After months of preparation, love and care came the 26th of November, our Annual Christmas Fair! Thankfully we were blessed to have good weather which meant we could have our puppet show inside and the rest of the fair outdoors.
Children fossicked for crystals, made necklaces, played the fishing game, painted stockings and ribbons and visited the children’s treasure tent where they each chose a special handcrafted item made by a Periwinkle parent.
Flags filled the space, nachos sauce and coffee wafted through the air, delightful live music entered the ears, children played and wandered using their stone tokens as currency.
We had wonderful stallholders Susan Perrow and John with books and honey, Steffi with her gorgeous jewellery ,Claudia with beautiful handcrafted instruments and dolls and Sharon and Dave with their play stands, furniture, fairy wings and fairy doors.
Sandra Frain, Ineka Hanepen and Yasmin Vaknin enjoyed creating and performing a very special advent puppet show! The puppet shows were well attended with morning and afternoon sessions. On stage we had performances by Claudia Ocean on flute, Cole Clayton on didge, Anna O’Donnell on violin as well as Periwinkle teacher Simon playing us some children’s songs.
Nachos, sushi, curry and ice blocks were thoroughly enjoyed as well as a table full of delicious cakes and snacks. Coconuts were very popular!
Our first year as a “Waste Wise Event” went extremely well, filling only 1.5 compost bins! Our wash station was well received and plates were washed, dried and reused. All other plates, cups and serviettes were biodegradable and composted. Our cakes were served on banana leaves.
Big thanks to everyone who pulled this day together!
Thanks to Catherine for making our children’s activities a reality and generally helping everything just hum along.. Big thanks to Di who sourced all the nachos ingredients virtually free, Maki for her tremendous effort in sourcing and making so many delicious sushi rolls, Joe for crafting Marvell Street coffee with his new bub sleeping in a hug a bub on his chest as well as dropping and picking up the stage from Circus Arts. Thanks to Pete who drove all the way to Murwillumbah to pick up ice-blocks and coconuts, thanks to Susie for sewing stockings and Wayne for making tree round pendants. Thanks to Carolyn for handling the silent auction, Kieryn for handling the raffle, Skai for making sure we had those last minute things covered and thanks to all parents who helped out on stalls, setting up, and packing down… Thanks to everyone who donated items, sewed and crafted items, lent us tables and gazebos, sold raffle tickets, helped on stalls and activities and the rest! Thank you to our parents and the tremendous amount of time and energy which went into making the fair a success! Thank you for our local businesses who donated or gave us a sweet deal on food . Your generosity was very much appreciated… Byron Bay Ballooning, Crystal Castle Gaia Retreat, Neoflam pans, Bare Blends, Currumbin Wildlife Retreat Circus Arts for lending us the stage, Claudia Ocean, Cole Clayton, Anna O, Simon Mcellan for performing, Sandra Frain and Yasmin Vaknin for holding the puppet show, Suncoast Fresh, Santos Organics, Byron Bay IGA, Blue Bay Gourmet, Munch Crunch Organics, Baz and Shaz.
We look forward to doing it all again next year! Ineka x