Tuesday, August 28, 2012

My what a transformation!

In the beginning....we tore up our sod and planted a wee little garden.

And that little garden grew, and grew, and grew
until it couldn't even be contained by the likes of a picket fence.

Fundraiser time!!!

The Elm Tree's Annual
Benefit Concert and Silent Auction
A fundraiser to complete our Nature Playscape playground*
Sunday, September 9th 
1330 Alpine Ave, Boulder

Live Music Schedule:
  •   3:00 - 4:30  Local Songwriter's Showcase  A rotating stage with 15 minute sets featuring songs by local musicians
  •  4:45 - 5:15  Interactive Kid's Show with Jenn Cleary and Sarah Edwards
  •  5:30 - 6:30  Pot 'O Gold - local acoustic trio featuring lush harmonies and guitar stylings returns to The Elm Tree, this year with a special all-Beatles set!  
Kid's Activities:
  • Face painting
  • Bouncy castle
  • Nature art activities
  • Dance and movement classes
All-ages activities:
  • Silent Auction
  • Food, Beer and Wine 
  • Artwalk featuring local artists
  • Live music!!!
  • Raffle prizes
  • Self-guided playscape tours
    Tickets: $8 in advance / $10 day of the show 
    Free Admission for Kids under 13!
    Contact: info@theelmtree.org for advanced-ticket purchasing information

    Fundraiser location:
    Elm Tree Preschool
    1330 Alpine Ave
    Boulder, CO 80304

    >>>Early-bird special<<<
    Early birds may enjoy 1 free glass of beer or wine between 2:30 and 3pm (*over age 21 only)

    Parking is limited to neighborhood street parking, 
    please consider walking or biking to this event.
    See you there!

    Please forward this email to as many folks as you can....especially if they are the kinda folks who like kidsnaturemusicart OR amazing deals on silent auction items. (: 

    *More Info:
       The Elm Tree is a preschool in North Boulder that has been serving area families for 29 years.  Over the past two years we have been installing a new kind of playground in our backyard called a nature playscape.  By doing so we hope to start a revolution in the world of outdoor playgrounds; very soon we hope to bring this concept to children everywhere by transforming public parks and public school playgrounds into nature playscapes!  
       A nature playscape incorporates as many natural materials as possible instead of man-made ones, rather than a lone metal or plastic structure planted in the midst of a huge fall zone, children get to climb up hills, logs and boulders and wander through tall grasses, and vegetable and herb gardens.  The emphasis is on helping children have real, meaningful interactions with nature so that life-long connections can be formed.  All the research in recent years seems to suggest that children are more calm, engaged, cooperative and active in a nature playscape compared to traditional playgrounds.  Features we have already installed from previous fundraisers include a chicken coop, willow hut, hill slide, veggie garden and greenhouse, outdoor art area, mosaic murals, boulder and logs for climbing, a dirt digging area and more!
        The fundraiser is held in our playscape so not only will guests get to learn about the concept, they will be able to see one, and witness children playing joyfully in one!  We structure this event like a mini-festival complete with face-painting, kid’s art and dance classes, a bouncy castle,artwalk featuring local artists, beer, wine and food, silent auction, raffle prizes and of course, live music all afternoon!   With the funds raised we hope to finish the outdoor music stage (which will also be available for community events) as well as an outdoor "musical soundscape garden" consisting of instruments made out of recycled materials.  Come join us in this amazing project!