On Saturday, May 1, 2021, local nonprofit Shade Canyon School will host its first-ever May Faire from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Peace & Plenty Farm, 4550 Soda Bay Road in Kelseyville, to celebrate Spring and give supporting families a chance to sign Shade Canyon School’s charter petition. Admission and activities are free.
A beloved tradition at many Waldorf schools, Shade Canyon’s May Faire will include flower crown making, a children’s Maypole ribbon dance, a hay bale throne for photo ops, lawn games, a raffle, and The Pocket Lady, who wears a pocket-covered apron filled with small treasures for the children. Strawberry shortbread will be available for purchase. To RSVP for May Faire, visit
At theMay Faire, families can sign in support of charter petition for Shade Canyon to be authorized as a public charter school. Shade Canyon will submit the petition to the Kelseyville Unified School District (KVUSD) Board on May 21, 2021 If authorized, the Waldorf-inspired school would open in September of 2022 with grades transitional kindergarten through third grade, then expand by one grade each year until it offers a full TK/K-8 program. Shade Canyon School’s curriculum is designed to educate students’ head, heart, and hands through hands-on learning, integrated subjects, outdoor exploration, movement, storytelling, practical skills, and the arts. All Lake County students would be eligible to attend tuition-free.
May Faire attendees are invited to wear white or pastel clothing and bring drinking-water bottles and a picnic lunch if desired. The event will adhere to all county and state health mandates. Depending on Lake County’s tier assignment on May 1, if capacity is met, there may be a short wait for activities. Masks will be required at all times except while eating, with exceptions for children age six and under or people with eligible medical conditions.
People may enter the May Faire raffle by filling out the community interest survey at www.ShadeCanyon.org ahead of the event, with extra entries if they refer friends or family.Prizes include beautiful beeswax crayons and a set of two Sarah’s Silks mini play silks, a versatile Waldorf toy.
For details and free tickets to May Faire, visit www.shadecanyon.org/building-community. For families who wish to sign in support of the Shade Canyon School charter petition but are unable to attend the May Faire, alternate petition signing options will be available May 2 through May 18, to be announced. Those who wish to support Shade Canyon School’s initiative may contribute at http://gofundme.com/f/shadecanyon.