Faces and Places: Michaelmas festival at Camellia Waldorf portrayed inner struggle between dark and light

Photos by Stephen Crowley

As the seasons between to change from long days of sunshine to darker, cooler days of fall and winter, the Camellia Waldorf School, located at 7450 Pocket Road, celebrated this transition in the calendar on Friday, Sept. 30 on the new campus. The festival — called Michaelmas — also celebrates courage that marks the passage into the darker half of the year. The event includes processions, banners, class presentations, costumes, and enormous puppets in a pageant that artistically portrays the human inner struggle between dark and light. After the pageant, the community enjoyed a picnic lunch, beautiful cakes baked by class parents, and games. Michaelmas is a faculty-led event. Parents provide support by baking cakes, organizing the cake procession, cutting and serving cake, cleaning up, and helping the faculty with games and in other areas as needed.


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