27th Annual Elves’ Faire Made a Big Splash

27th Annual Elves’ Faire Made a Big Splash 27th Annual Elves’ Faire Made a Big Splash 27th Annual Elves’ Faire Made a Big Splash 27th Annual Elves’ Faire Made a Big Splash 27th Annual Elves’ Faire Made a Big Splash 27th Annual Elves’ Faire Made a Big Splash 27th Annual Elves’ Faire Made a Big Splash 27th Annual Elves’ Faire Made a Big Splash 27th Annual Elves’ Faire Made a Big Splash

By JEFFREY POEHLMANN

4:59 pm | December 10, 2012


On Saturday, November 17th, Pasadena Waldorf School (PWS) welcomed approximately 3,600 visitors from all over the greater Los Angeles area to enjoy the festivities of the annual Elves’ Faire. Although the outdoor event kicked off with a morning rain shower, the activities went on as planned.

As a school fundraiser, several areas of the event broke records in spite of the inclement weather and lower attendance. The Holiday Boutique Silent Auction was a resounding success, bringing in its largest contribution to date. The school’s gift shop, the Wishing Well, also achieved its highest sales figures with many families enjoying the opportunity for holiday shopping.

Funds generated by the Elves’ Faire activities are used for campus improvements, upgrades to the historic Scripps Hall and to maintain the natural outdoor learning environment of the lower-school campus. The Faire also is an opportunity to give back to the community. In addition to providing a safe, fun and unique holiday entertainment experience, a few lucky winners walked home with wonderful prizes from the school. The prizes included a seven-night stay in Cancun with airfare for two, two nights in Villa Ojai, dinner at the Water Grill and a night at the Millennium Biltmore.

The Elves’ Faire strives to maintain Pasadena Waldorf’s eco-friendly mission and was very successful this year in diverting 89.3% of all waste away from landfills. This was due to the efforts of many parent volunteers assisting with the sorting of compostable and recyclable materials. The vast majority of consumables at the Faire (including paper cups and lids) are made from compostable materials, accounting for almost 87% of the overall waste. Overall, the school recovered 1,551.2 pounds for composting out of a total 1,783.2 pounds of waste.

Pasadena Waldorf School, founded in 1979, is one of over 1,000 Waldorf schools worldwide with over 90 years of experience offering inspired education. Pasadena Waldorf High School, which opened this year, joins 40 other Waldorf high schools now operating in North America. Waldorf education is the fastest growing independent school movement in the world.