The fair went swimmingly last night. I’m so glad we went but sadly I didn’t take any photos but Krista has some photos of some of the wares that her family made and sold. We bought Turtles and Bear Claws (mouth watering chocolates), a fairy wand that didn’t survive more than 10 seconds before Lily started eating it in parts, bath bombs, beeswax candles, playdough for Leif and a gorgeous pink beaded necklace for Lily. We didn’t get there in time to buy the ever popular (!) invisible dog walking leash or a few other quick to sell items. It was so fun!

After the craft fair, we all gathered around for the talent show. Wow, this was diverse and thoroughly entertaining. It was all so good but I have to say my favourites were the two families that joined forces with voices and guitars, the father son duo playing lively music on the guitar and fiddle and the operatic (?) singing done with the piano which blew me away. (I wish I wasn’t so unsophisticated with music or I would describe that much better!)

Both Cam and I were astounded and impressed at the level of self confidence and esteem displayed by all the children. They were confident taking money and making change and were comfortable talking to adults and children customers alike. The lack of social self consciousness and conformity was refreshing. Everyone attending was there to enjoy themselves, nothing more and nothing less.

I found the NCHL before I moved to the island but first living in the Yellowpoint area and then in Parksville I found it really hard to make it to a meeting to join. All I had to do was show up with a filled out membership form and $25 and I’d be able to join in on the many group activities. It just never happened. I’d forget or I didn’t feel like driving the long distance… and I haven’t thought about it much since moving to Nanaimo proper.

I’m eager now to make the next meeting and join properly. I think it would be worth while spending time with this excellent community of families.

Last night I got reacquainted with a couple, who I knew from the first time I met them that I wanted to spend more time with. I also met Krista and her family. She’s as lovely as you’d guess she’d be. Lily did not want to leave at the end of the night and asked if there was going to be a similar night the next.

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5 Responses to Nanaimo Community Home Learners Craft Fair

  1. Lindsay says:

    That sounds really neat! What a fun evening. I wonder if Victoria has anything like that.

  2. Annie says:

    It really was. I often wish you weren’t so far away.

    There’s this one:

  3. hen says:

    that sounds fabulous annie!

  4. Sophia Sunshine says:

    Wow, you’re good! For a home body you do an amazing job of getting out and finding the right crews of people. It sounds like your family is going to enjoy the company of the other home schoolers/unschoolers!

  5. Lindsay says:

    I’ve heard of that VHLN one before, I’m going to have to check it out and see if they do activities like this.

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