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The month of March always marks our Annual Maple Sugaring Festival/Open House!  Our programs are designed to allow for a child’s active imagination and imitative nature. Indoor activity includes arts, crafts, baking, play time, puppetry, guided movement and singing. Nature walks, gardening and play are enjoyed outside daily.

Parents and children welcome! There will be a puppet show and crafts!

Kindly RSVP: call Susan Pharr at 845.258.1354

 

A few photographs from a recent mid-summer afternoon, featuring our new additions “mama,” “sister” and “plum-cake,” as well as two young acrobats.

Here are a few pictures from our beautiful Maypole celebration this Spring!

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Spiral of Light

A few images of our beautiful Spiral of Light, in celebration of winter.

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The sights, sounds of our first Long Meadow Lantern Walk linger on as we ‘live into’ the season of Autumn…I cannot Thank All of You enough for your support in creating such warmth and enjoyment and for a lovely evening together!

A little history on Lantern Walks past will be helpful…as a tradition rooted in European history. Ancient civilizations lived by the light of the sun, and guided by the rhythms of nature there was wisdom in marking  seasonal changes with celebrations.  In autumn as light diminished by day and the sun rode low on the horizon,  it was perceived as a time to call forth and protect one’s inner light and life giving forces.  Festivals would be held to assure that the sun’s light would return to warm and kindle new life again. Now in our Waldorf Schools we celebrate the changing light of the season by crafting lanterns to remind us of our own in-dwelling light. At dusk, our Long Meadow Families and Friends set out on a lantern lit walk through the Autumn woods, singing seasonal songs.  We then shared savory pot luck refreshments as we warmed our hearts and hands around our new and festive campfire circle!

The words of a favorite song describe the mood of the season and our lovely festival:

HIGH AND BLUE THE SKY
High and blue the sky
Trees are very tall.
Wild geese flying seem so small.
See on silent wings in flocks they go
Never parting from a single row.
We go through the land
Like a wild geese band
Brothers in one flight are we.
Clear and dark the night
Stars are very bright.
Lantern shining seems so small
See in single file we walk along
Singing joyfully our lantern song.
We go through the land
Like the wild gees band,
Sisters in one light are we.

After a most enchanting and sweet light filled evening here at Long Meadow’s Lantern Walk Festival memories and impressions linger. Your support helped make the magic happen for the children and for us grown ups too! The wonderful delicious food and great warming fire circle was good for the soul and the body! Today we started planting tiny crocus bulbs along the lantern path in the woods.  Where there had been lighted lanterns shining like little ‘earth stars’ the night before, now there will appear flowers in the spring!  I was told the following in an astronomy class during my training to become a Waldorf teacher.  The stars in the heavens have a direct correlation to the flowering of plant life on earth.  Reflecting on that over the years, when I remember to look into a flower, there I always see in some form a sign of visible truth.  Believe it or not, I have learned that if you look carefully, you will always find some sort of star formation in a flower.  I have not failed yet in seeing this–and it amazes me every time!

All in all our Lantern Walk has ‘quickened’ or brought to life an interest in the children– to plant our little bulbs and deepen the connection they made the night before.  The woods has special meaning now and it seems to offer something new, where we all journeyed with love, light and lanterns in the night.

May warmth and light keep and guide us throughout the season.

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