Strolling of the Heifers

Since 2002, Brattleboro, Vermont annually hosts the world-famous Strolling of the Heifers weekend festival that honors and celebrates family farmers, local food and rural life. In this year of 2015, it will be held on June 5 – 7. Once again, Oak Meadow will be participating in the Strolling of the Heifers festivities this year. If you live in or near Brattleboro, or if you will be visiting the area, we would love for you to join us! It is an eventful activity that all Oak Meadow families, friends, and supporters are welcome to attend and enjoy a festive time with the Oak Meadow staff and teachers, along with other home schooled families.
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Here are the two main events that include Oak Meadow participation:
Friday, June 5, 5-8pm
Bubble wand making activity at the Oak Meadow table in front of Brooks House.
Saturday, June 6, 9:30 to approximately 11am
March in the parade with Oak Meadow! We’ll be towing wagons with a bubble machine and buckets of soapsuds. Along the way we will be using our new bubble wands and leaving a sky full of little and big bubbles. We will also be carrying signs and our new Oak Meadow banner, waving streamers, and whooping it up. Our theme: DON’T LEARN IN A BUBBLE.
For the parade, we will meet at the Church Building parking lot on Flat Street by 9:30am. If you have an Oak Meadow t-shirt, remember to wear it for the parade. Otherwise, you can just wear something colorful. We hope you can join us!
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Oak Meadow Fairy House

fantastic-fairy-houses-gnome-homes-garden_01For those of you who live close to Grafton, Vermont or will be in the area on September 27th-28th, there is a planned Fairy House Tour at the Nature Museum. The Oak Meadow staff and friends will be gathering at the Cotton Mill (the current location of the Oak Meadow office) on Tuesday, September 23rd from 2-5 pm to build their own fairy creation as one of the displays for this event, and you are all invited to help with the creation!
Fairy-HouseOur Oak Meadow fairy house will be created around the theme of Head, Heart, and Hands. Fairy house books, sample fairy houses, and some building materials will be provided. Please bring glue guns and your own natural materials to contribute, such as dried flowers, wood, corn husks, shells, rocks, and any other natural materials that will add splendor to the fairy house.
 
Fairy House with childrenIf you are unable to join in the activities, but would like to contribute a fairy creation as part of the Oak Meadow display, please drop it off at the Cotton Mill before 3 pm on Thursday, September 25th. They can be returned to you after the event, or they can be left for the fairies to enjoy. (Please note that in the past rain has taken its toll on fairy houses over the course of the weekend. Also, avoid using edibles like seeds and acorns, for fairy houses have been nibbled on by curious woodland creatures.)

I do hope some of you can join the Oak Meadow fairy house building team or visit the Nature Museum for viewing the lovely displays of this annual event!

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Strolling of the Heifers Parade

StrollingoftheHeifersSince 2002, Brattleboro, Vermont annually hosts the world-famous Strolling of the Heifers weekend festival that honors and celebrates family farmers, local food and rural life. This year it will be held on June 6 – 8. On Saturday, June 7, Oak Meadow participants will join in the Strolling of the Heifers parade. If you live in or near Brattleboro, or if you will be visiting the area, it is an eventful activity that all Oak Meadow families, friends, and supporters are welcome to attend and march along with the Oak Meadow staff, teachers and other home schooled families.
mustachioed-marchersThe parade lasts approximately one hour long. Oak Meadow School will provide free Oak Meadow t-shirts for all marchers. A limited number have been ordered for the event, so please wear a colorful shirt in case they run out. If this does happen, you will be mailed a t-shirt when the next order arrives.
 
For those who plan to attend the Strolling of the Heifers parade, please meet no later than 9:30 a.m. at the C. F. Church Building parking lot. The address is 80 Flat Street and is located next to the New England Youth Theater. We hope to see you there!
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