Raintree Open House and Fall Festival
Saturday, October 20th • 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Upon arrival guests will be given two maps each with a checklist of 40 places to find. A quasi scavenger hunt! The challenge? Find 40 places inside the buildings and 40 locations on the campus grounds.
Inside – The list of places to visit include the old and the new. In the old category will be the fire cabinet filled with mementoes from the fire of 2000, the stained glass which hangs of the planets from the Ruttinger family, and the Italian lire with Montessori’s portrait. The new additions will include Jasmy’s Kitchen, the Great Room, Erdkinder classrooms and the painting of a Raintree by Ben Rumback and Tim Holtzclaw. See if you can find them all!
Staff will set up their classrooms in all three buildings just as they would for the school day and lay out current and past photos. Please understand this is not a day for children to work in the classroom! Saturday will be a day for looking, not for touching! The art show will be located on the main floor of the Phoenix building. Bidding will be done online. All proceeds from the silent auction will go to the Friends of Raintree. Also in the Phoenix building will be a Memories Room which will house old photos and a timeline. Alumni and guests are encouraged to bring old photos to add to the timeline as well as help us organize and identify photos from the past four decades. (This may be a year-long project!)
Outside – The scavenger hunt continues outside with both the old (the creek, the apple tree, the Back 40) and the new sites, e.g., the greenhouse site planned by the Erdkinder, a redesigned pond, tunnels and berms on the primary playscape, and more. Again, can you find all 40? For young children there will be games, an inflatable slide, a bouncy house, and even a train to tour the campus. Raintree parent Eric Miltz, a.k.a., Cowboy Up BBQ guy, will bring his delicious BBQ to the event, and guests may purchase sandwiches while supplies last. Word of warning: Eric’s BBQ doesn’t last long! It is that yummy. Raintree photographers and an archivist will be available to take photos and to record your favorite Raintree story.