It’s time for Peninsula School’s Spring Fair

by Linda Hubbard on April 29, 2011

Peninsula School is holding its annual Spring Fair on Sunday, May 1, from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. We checked in with Andromeda Garcelon in the school’s development, archives and alumni office for some background on the fair:

“Peninsula, which has been thriving since 1925, has been putting on fairs in the spring for the whole community for years. They used to be called  ‘the Learning Faire’ with the idea that visitors could learn at the craft booths and demonstrations. Old craft booths had things like book making, basket weaving, and hand-dipped candles. There were also demonstrations such aikido, African dance, and even a live chess game were students made costumes and were the chess pieces; two opponents would ‘move’ them around the life sized board.

“This ‘learning’ aspect is also why we have always had food booths from around the world, as we still do today.  This year we are welcoming a new addition, the African food booth,  which joins our traditional Greek and Mexican, as well as our American BBQ and Burgers and Kid’s Food.

“We changed the name to Spring Fair a few years back, because the real focus had always been to share a good time through hands on activities, good food – including the famous Strawberry Shortcake – and live music and dancing.  We still have demonstrations, or shows, from our younger students who make up the chorus from our music program [pictured], and also those from the drumming and the dance classes at school, as well as the older students performing with their rock bands.

“And we still enjoy hands on crafts like flag making and decorating hats for the little kids, and for the big kids, making your own buttons/pins to wear or put on your backpacks or action figures out of recycled toy parts (at ‘The Great Toy Mix-Up’ booth). And for the adults, there is a great books sale each year, and some great displays of student art, as well as historical pictures and information. ”

“We have face painting for all ages, and a zipline so kids can fly through the oak trees. A wonderful tradition is the fresh-squeezed lemonade made by the 2nd grade class; on a hot day, it really hits the spot! The good family fun, live music, dancing, and great food are by far the biggest draw.  It is so fun to have neighborhood families, friends, current school families, our staff past and present, as well as our alumni, new and old, all coming to enjoy a joyous spring day.”

Peninsula School is located at 920 Peninsula Way in Menlo Park. Family tickets (up to 2 adults and 3 kids) are $30. Individual tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for kids ages 3-14, seniors and under three years are free.


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