This past weekend was the annual Conserve School Holiday Craft Fair. Spearheaded by art teachers, Nancy and Robert, staff and students participated in soap making, ornament and décor crafting, jewelry and metal crafts using natural, found, recycled and upcycled materials. There were baked goods, festive holiday music and an atmosphere of good cheer as the snow whipped around outside.
Five classrooms with ten or more craft making stations in total were going strong from 12:30pm to 4:30pm. It was impossible to make it to every station. Driftwood, aluminum cans, rocks, wire, beads, raffia, yarn, tree boughs, ribbon, paint, glycerin and essential oils were just some of the materials used. Sewing machines, pliers, needles, hammers, paper punchers, ice cube trays and soap molds were some of the many tools used.
It was a successful event! Gifts were made and good times were had. Many didn't want it to be over; myself included. The bonding, the warmth, the creativity, good conversation, camaraderie and laughter were fueled by homemade treats and the satisfaction of making and creating with our own hands. For a moment, it seemed as though, maybe, just possibly, time could stand still if we all wished hard enough. It was a memorable and relaxing way for students and faculty to spend their last Sunday afternoon together.