Some of the most unique artisan handcrafts, furniture, and original art can only be found once a year at our school’s annual fundraising gala. Also, bid on any number of vacations in Italy, Bali, Montana, or adventures right here in Alaska. This preview will help you come prepared! Thank you to our generous donors. Business donations of gift certificates, merchandise, and services are at the bottom.
*Donations as of October 14th
Handmade Solid Hard Wood Desk
This handmade, one-of-a-kind desk, by kindergarten parent Dohnn Wood, is a fully functional work of art! It is a modern take on a classic Queen Anne style. Made from solid American black walnut and curly sugar maple, with classic pinned mortise and tenon joinery and hand cut dovetails in the drawer, this desk is destined to become a family heirloom for generations to come. Dimensions are 44″W by 24″L by 30.5″ H
Donor: Dohnn & Kristi Wood
Fair Market Value (FMV) $4,500
The Tuscan Experience in Cortona, Italy: 6 Day/7 Night Lodging!
Casa della Nonna, or “home of the grandmother”, is a charming 2 bedroom, 2 bath apartment, tucked away on one of the ancient medieval alleys, Via Jennelli, in the centre of Cortona. This charming get-away will be yours for 6 nights and 7 days. The owner has just completed the restoration of Casa Della Nonna, with exquisite attention to historical detail and keeping the integrity of the medieval architecture intact. The blend of Tuscan antiques and contemporary furniture are tastefully appointed throughout the home. The accommodations are for 6 nights, 7 days, Saturday to Saturday, subject to availability. Trip must be completed 24 months from date of event. Casa della Nonna is ideal for 4 people, and is a wonderful home to base yourselves during your adventure in Cortona.
Minimum Bid: $2,500
Experience Bali: 7 Night Stay for 2 at Golden Buddha Cottages
Golden Buddha Cottages is a beautiful family-owned boutique hotel located on the tranquil eastern coast of Bali, near the village known as Amed. Famous for outstanding diving, snorkeling, hiking and a relaxed ambiance, the area has amazing natural beauty and the people are warm and friendly. Golden Buddha Cottages is an ideal location for those who wish to experience the “authentic” Bali, far away from the tourist crowds. Accommodations consist of a 1 BR/1BA cottage. The property is nestled in a jungle like setting amongst unparalleled natural beauty. Package includes daily breakfast, 1 special dinner, 2 massages, and 1 excursion.
Donor: Golden Buddha Cottages
Denali Unexplored, 4 Days/3 Nights – Basecamp Hiking in Denali National Park, for 1
Now you can combine authentic Alaska solitude, the greatest scenic flight on Earth, with the greatest basecamp hiking trip in Alaska and experience the real Denali Park! 4 day/3 night trip is for one person. Fly into the park by bush plane, then spend the next 4 days and 3 nights camping and hiking from the comfort of Alaska Alpine Adventure’s basecamp.
Must be booked on any one of Alaska Alpine Adventures’ “confirmed departures” during the 2012 season (6/2012-9/2012). Accommodations rustic and comfortable. You bring the sleeping bag/pad (rated to 30 degrees), they provide tent, meals, and guide service. No running water, showers, beds, or cabins–this will be real Alaska.
Donor: Alaska Alpine Adventures
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G Bar M Guest Ranch, Montana: 1 Week Vacation for 1 Plus Airmiles for 2 to Get There
3,200 acres of wild Montana cattle ranch await you! For one week (Sunday to Sunday), you’ll get to participate in the everyday activities of life on the G Bar M Ranch, a working cattle ranch located in southcentral Montana in the foothills of the Bridger Mountains. Imagine wide open spaces, sage covered hills sloping up to high timber covered ridges and meadows of native grass and wild flowers. Experience riding every day to help with the ranch chores of checking range fences or water holes and moving cattle, or relax with a good book in this beautiful setting.
Delicious home-cooked meals are served family style in the ranch-house kitchen. Must be used in August 2012. Package is for one person. G Bar M Ranch will give a 20% discount on a companion’s reservation. This trip will be packaged with air miles for 2 to get there!
Donor: G Bar M Ranch
FMV: $2,655 (ranch plus air miles)
More at: www.gbarm.com
Kantishna Air Taxi/Skyline Lodge: 1 Night Lodging and Flight for 4 in Majestic Denali National Park
Spend the night at the end of the road in the heart of the Denali backcountry wilderness! The Skyline Lodge in Kantishna has donated 1 cabin for 1 night for a family of 4 and a scenic flight in for 4 (including fly-by of Denali). This is an intimate, rustic lodge only 20 miles from the north face of Mt. McKinley. Don’t worry, “rustic” doesn’t mean uncomfortable. This solar-powered lodge even has a sauna, and the meals provided are great! Your travel will be by air one way and by National Park shuttle bus the other way (Lodge personnel will make the arrangements, $20 bus pass per person additional). Just imagine the views you’ll have of this almost 6-million acre park from the air! Bus trips also are an unmatched way to experience the almost overwhelming magnitude of this park.
Donor: Kantishna Air Taxi/Skyline Lodge
For more photos and information visit: www.katair.com
Landscape Paper Collage by Grade 5
Paper college is an art form where different types of paper, in this case handmade paper, are applied to a watercolor paper base to form a design. The paper is torn or cut into shapes to create an image. The fifth graders worked hard to come to consensus on a landscape design. After a process of submitting their designs, the class decided on some design elements which were incorporated into the final, a forest scene with a creek running through it. Step by step they worked to develop image. The larger shapes, such as rocks, trees and horizon line were worked with first. Then foliage and water were developed. Finally, the details were added. All the paper was applied using a matte, water-based glue.
Donors: Grade 5 Students, with Laurie Miller, sponsored by Blaine’s Art Store
3 Day/2 Night Boating & Camping Adventure in Prince William Sound
Alaska is full of special places. The only trick is finding them. With Captain Bill Spencer (Waldorf parent, outdoor enthusiast, and Alaskan personality) as your guide, the treasures of Prince William Sound will open up to you. On this 3 day/2 night trip you’ll travel far into the sound where hidden waterfalls, thundering glaciers, secret swimming holes, forgotten mines, great shrimping spots, and little-known beaches await you. Consider this a camping adventure, with a 26’ diesel cruiser as your transportation with kayaks, dingy, and fishing gear also provided. The boat has a dry heated cabin with bunks for 4 but no head (portable toilet only). Kitchen and lounging is on the covered back deck. Over nighting can occur on board or on a beach, depending on the size of the group, your preference and the weather. This is real Alaska, and the raw beauty and abundant wildlife of Prince William Sound never cease to inspire and amaze! Depart from Whittier, limit 4-5 (if small) people, May 1 –August 1 2012 (except for July 4th weekend). Mutually agreed upon date and weather dependent.
Donors: Bill and Wendy Spencer
Photo Coming Soon!
Aurora Over Waldorf
This one-of-a-kind piece was created by Anchorage artist Tam Johannes. It features Anchorage Waldorf School’s prominent symbols, the aurora and mountains, and was created to celebrate its past, present, and future, as the school transition to a new school name. Tam is an award-winning, multimedia artist, whose work has shown at national exhibits. For this piece, she used Bullseye art glass; sheet glass, blown glass fractures, glass stringers, frit, and dichroic glass. The hand-cut copper sheeting was embellished and fused at high temperatures between layers of clear art glass as a design element. It was kiln fired three times (once at 1500 degrees and twice at lower temperatures) to achieve color variations in the glass and to shape the overall piece.
Imagine it in your home, either mounted on a wall or used as a functional serving tray, because as Tam says, “The best pieces of art are those that are admired and used in our daily lives.”
Donor; Tam Johannes
28. Judo for the Whole Family for One Year!
Here might be just the ticket for fulfilling a New Year’s resolution. Learn the techniques and principles of Kodokan Judo. You can practice for fun, to learn an effective form of self-defense, for better health, or as a competitive sport. And while a student with Sensei Jacob Dempsey or one of the other accomplished instructors at the Anchorage Judo Center you can expect to see you and your family members grow in self-discipline and self-confidence, as well as in respect for self and others, all while having a great time doing something together as a family. In this package you will receive 1 year of family (up to 4 people) Judo lessons, 2 Gis for 2 members of the family, and membership in USA Judo and USJF for each family member taking lessons.
Donor: Anchorage Judo Center
This logo is found at http://www.anchoragedojo.org/
“Fanciful Fireweed” by Grade 6
This Alaskan wildflower felt tapestry of fireweed and lupine was created by the sixth grade students under the guidance of handwork teacher Elke Coon. The children used wool and silk and the techniques of both wet and needle felting.
Donors: Grade 6 Students, with Elke Coon
Seward Cottage Get Away Package
Come and stay 3 nights in a delightfully appointed “gingerbread cottage” in the heart of Seward. The “cottage” has 3 bedrooms, so invite some friends to share the fun! Spend the day exploring the area (art galleries, restaurants, shops and the Sea Life Center are all within walking distance) or just comb the beach. This package includes $100 for dinner out at a restaurant of your choosing. Expires Sept. 30, 2012. Maximum occupancy is 8, no pets.
Donors: Laura Thorpe and Martin Cary
Fresco Painting: “The Creation of Man” By Grade 7
The inspiration behind this project is Michelangelo’s sistine Chapel fresco. The 7th Grade is studying the Renaissance this year. Painting on wet plaster, like the Renaissance masters, they created this powerful interpretation of Michelangelo’s masterpiece. Later details were applied “a secco” to give this piece depth.
Donor: Grade 7 Students, with Renee Parks
Handcrafted Sideboard/Buffet Table
Store your treasures inside and place your party hors d’oeuvres atop this beauty. Fashioned out of birch and quartersawn spruce by AWS board member and wood craftsman, Joe Earsley. Dimensions: 51.5 x 17 x 33.
Handmade Traditional Parka
Envelop your child (or yourself!) in warmth and beauty this winter with this traditional parka. Meticulously made, stunningly beautiful, it includes quilted lining, velvet, seed beads, and arctic fox for ruff and trim. Made by Waldorf parent and business owner Inger MacRae, this parka is a children’s size 12, but Inger can alter (even into a women’s size small) at no extra charge.
Donor: Sewing Pretty, Inger MacRae
Thanksgiving Vacation at Alpine Chalet
Spend your Thanksgiving in Girdwood at a cozy 2 bedroom chalet, a very short drive from the mountain. Nestled among the trees, this chalet provides a cozy and quiet getaway, complete with 2BR/2BA, an outdoor hot tub and a river rock fireplace.
Fully serviced with stereo, cable TV, and a kitchen. Yours for 4 nights, Wed-Sunday, Nov, 23-27th.
Donor: K&A Investments
soon . . . a Thanksgiving Dinner will be added to this package so that you
can spend all your time skiing instead of cooking!
Handmade Playhouse by Grade 3 and 4
All young children love to play house, so it’s a sure thing that some child you know would love to have this handmade playhouse. Children also love to build houses. Working side by side with their teacher and some very skilled class parents, the Grade 3 and 4 students measured, sawed, sanded, pounded nails, and turned screws. The parents provided additional muscle, accuracy, power tools, and the fine detail that will give you confidence in a sound, sturdy, and beautiful playhouse. The house is about 8 feet tall, 7 feet across, and 11 feet deep. The intricate “windows” add class and style, and the trap door in the back (shown in photo) adds to the fun! Class parents will deliver the playhouse to the winning bidder. Photo below depicts in-progress playhouse. The item for bid will be completed and painted.
Donor: Grade 3 &4 Class
FMV: Priceless (material cost: $750)
“Under Alaskan Waters” By Grade 3 and 4
These mostly Alaskan fish and sea life were created by the enthusiastic and artistic hands of our third and fourth graders. Each piece was stunningly painted in acrylic with each child’s particular flair, and the work comes together with this striking frame of Turnagain Arm driftwood and Alaskan oyster shells. Measures 33” by 47”.
Donors: Grade 3 and 4 Students, with Carrie Sandin
Southside Bistro—Dinner Party for 6
The bearer of this certificate is cordially invited to a dinner party for 6 at the Southside Bistro. Southside is one of Anchorage’s hot spots for fine wining and dining so you know that this certificate entitles you to a real treat! The talented Bistro chefs will prepare a 5-course dinner of fresh, fun food for you and your guests, and complement it with matching wines from their award-winning wine list. Dinner must be redeemed before May 10, 2012. Not valid on New Year’s Eve or Valentine’s Day. Please make reservations a week in advance. Certificate does not include gratuity.
Donor: Southside Bistro
Mill a Log/ Create a Treasure Wood Project
Enter Joe Earsley’s magical workshop where he will guide you through the process of milling a log into lumber, then dressing it, planing it, and then using it to build the project of your choosing. You will be working in a heated wood shop on the hillside with lots of nice power tools. Outdoor bench, nature table, fire pit chairs, or your own design.
Donors: Joe and Jami Earsley
This alabaster piece (21 by 8 by 4) exhibits Terry Slaton’s ability to see and to respond to form, unfolding a stone’s true nature. Terry is an award-winning Seattle-area artist and Waldorf Grandpa.
Donor: Terry Slaton
For more photos, visit: www.slatonstone.shutterfly.com
Traditional Spanish Dinner for 6
A traditional Spanish dinner for 6 will be lovingly prepared and served in the home of Laurie Miller and Toby Allen. A most auspicious culinary treat for anyone who has sampled Laurie and Toby’s worldly cuisine. A menu choice will be given, but many include tapas, Spanish wine, and flan or crema catalane for desert.
Donors: Laurie Miller and Toby Allen
French Dinner and Chocolate Tasting
Treat yourself and five others (maximum 6 people) to an exquisitely prepared meal (by Chef Laura and Chef Martin) from various regions of France, then enjoy a chocolate tasting of several varieties of chocolate from around the world. A glass of champagne and wine included, all at home of Laura Thorpe and Martin Cary.
Donor(s): Laura Thorpe and Martin Cary
Handcrafted Jatoba End Table
Anchorage Waldorf parent Bruce Giffen, with help from his son Luke, has made this one-of-a-kind table, using the specialty wood Jatoba. Bring this item’s functional beauty from the Giffen shop to your home. You’ll treasure it forever.
Donor: Bruce and Luke Giffen
Multimedia Mosaic Coffee Table by Grade 2
Our Grade 2 class, with help from handwork teacher Elke Coon, created this one-of-a-kind coffee table! It is embellished with jewel-toned marble tile, birch rounds, and faux leather accented with metallic bits.
Donors: Grade 2 Students, with Elke Coon
Acrylic Floral Scene By Grade 1
This cheerful scene is a representation of our Grade 1 class! Each flower was lovingly painted by a 1st grade student. It is a one-of-a-kind keepsake, a true treasure for the winning bidder! Measures 48″w by 24″h.
Donors: Grade 1 Students, with Elke Coon
Stickley Wedding Mirror
This Collector Edition Harvey Ellis Wedding Mirror not only provides function, but an incredible aesthetic that will complement any décor. With its exquisite inlay and complementing woods, as well as printed “Prophet on Marriage” by Khalil Gibran, this mirror is perfect for weddings, anniversaries, or any occasion of appreciation.
Donor: Elaine S. Baker and Assoc.
“Raven’s Beauty,” by Leo Vait
Leo Vait, internationally acclaimed Homer artist, created this beautiful raven necklace based on sacred geometry principles. Inspired by this quintessential Alaskan bird, this raven is etched silver on an ebony base with mother of pearl beads and an amethyst eye. The treasure it holds is mother of pearl. This is more than jewelry; it is wearable art—signed by Leo and one of a kind.
Donor: Leo Vait
Handfelted Circus Playmat
Made by the talented hands of community artists this wool-felted piece will give your child hours of imaginative fun! Handfelted arena features a colorful and playful cast of characters: prancing pony, tiger, tamed lion, elephant, pink poodle, seal, clown, ring master and trapeze lady.
Donors: Elke Coon, Susan Barnes, and Beth Lowrance
My American Girl Doll and Handmade Wardrobe
Is there a little girl in your life who deserves a very special Christmas present? How about this pairing? The wardrobe consists of 1 bathrobe and pjs, 2 long dresses, 2 pant suits, 2 short skirt outfits, 2 medium dresses, an elaborate gold trimmed coat, 1 slip and 3 pairs of shoes! All stitched by a Waldorf grandmother. This package also includes a new doll from American Girl (different doll than pictured here).
Donors: Judy Barker, American Girl Doll
Hand Stenciled Child’s Table & Chair Set<
Your children will love spending time at this inspirational table/chair set, hand stenciled by Waldorf parent and artist Kelli Williams. Its fun design will inspire your whole family year round! 1 table and 2 chairs
Donor(s): Kelli and Larry Williams
Decorate your home with these one-of-a-kind artisan drapes. Each panel is uniquely stenciled using local plant materials. Use them as a beautiful well hanging, a room divider, over a closet doorway or as actual drapes!
Donor: Kelli and Larry Williams
Glacier Getaway: Sheep Mountain Lodge and Glacier Trek!
Head north to Sheep Mountain Lodge for a 1-night stay for 2 in a cozy, classic cabin. Let MICA guides take you both out on the glacier on an Ice Fall Trek which gets you up close and personal with crevasses, seracs and unique ice formations.
Donors: Sheep Mountain Lodge, and MICA Guides
These hand felted toys and refurbished stable make the Tomten’s world come to life! Like the character in children’s fables, this Tomten lives on a farm, secretively caring for the animals and keeping the children safe. The scene includes the Tomten, cat, horse, sheep, chicks, horse, and more! Truly, a one-of-a-kind piece. Also includes a Tomten book.
Donors: Donna Mears, Susan Barnes, Dohnn Wood, Martin Family, Sunflower Kindergarten Class
One Night Lodging at Lake Louise Lodge
Lake Louise Lodge, located 16 miles outside of Glennallen, is a year-round lodge situated on the spectacular Lake Louise, the largest lake in Alaska that you can reach by automobile. This certificate is good for one night lodging, and dinner and breakfast for 2.
Donor: Lake Louise Lodge
Rainy Day Ensemble, Size 8
A rainy day has never been so fun when your child is dressed in this wet-weather ensemble. Handmade by Connie Sanders, Waldorf parent and seamstress extraordinaire, this outfit includes rain coat, hat, and boot liners. Perfect for the puddle stumper in your life.
Donor: Connie Sanders and Robert Loeffler
“Ollie Jolly” Reading Time: 3 Picture Book and Framed Print
Everyone loves picture books and you know your little ones do, too! Curl up with these three stories, whimsically illustrated by local artist (and Waldorf mom) Amy Meissner. With a special piece of artwork from the book Ollie Jolly, Rodeo Clown hanging in your child’s room, you will always be reminded of the magic inside these illustrated pages.
Donor: Amy Meissner
Handmade Batik Lap Quilt
Wrap yourself in beauty with this handmade quilt (58 by 70 inches). Rich purple hues in a variety of batik fabrics lend beauty to this “1600 quilt.” It is machine pieced and quilted in a meandering pattern.
Donor: Jonette Conover
Introductory Tandem Paragliding Lessons
Under the guidance of parent Scott Amy, and in association with Skydance Paragliding and Paramotoring, you will launch a paraglider off a majestic mountain with a qualified, advanced USHPA Certified Tandem Instructor and soar like an eagle to a soft landing below. Take the controls and learn to turn and control your speed. What’s stopping you. It’s pure magic.
Donor: Scott Amy & Skydance Paragliding and Paramotoring
For more information visit: www.skydanceparagliding.com
“African Evening” By Renee Parks
Brighten your walls and your library! Artist and Anchorage Waldorf School teacher Renee Parks, created this stunning piece in pastel chalk. Accompanying this work of art, is her newly published book, “Chalkboard Drawing Through the Grades.”
Donor: Renee Parks
With her pressed flower portraits, Maggie Lake shares the glory of the woods and tundra with the world. Maggie’s love and knowledge of plants and herbs leads her on gathering expeditions throughout Vermont and to the alpine tundra fields of Alaska. With these plant specimens she creates her one-of-a-kind botanicals.
Donor: Vermont Botanicals
Multimedia Abstract Wall Piece by Grade 6
Willow boughs frame this piece which features birch rounds, copper, stainless steel, glass beads, and autumn toned felted pieces. It’s truly inspired and unique!
Grade 6 Students, with Elke Coon
Tomato Topiary: Framed, Original Watercolor
“Tomato lovers unite!” This may just be the talisman you need for growing those elusive beauties here in Alaska–don’t you have the perfect wall for such a whimsical piece of art? This watercolor was originally created for a gardening article in the ADN when Amy Meissner was a full time illustrator. Now she is a full time Waldorf Mom.
Donor: Amy Meissner
Handmade Waldorf Doll
Becky Alexander, master doll maker, sews Waldorf dolls that are as fine as a porcelain doll, but so much better because it is soft and lovable, perfect for your child to cuddle and sleep with.
Donor: Becky Alexander
Ceramic Urn by Steven Godfery
This beautiful ceramic urn with bird on top is a Steven Godfery original. Mr. Godfery is a nationally famous ceramic artist who teaches at UAA. He recently was awarded a grant from The Rasmuson Foundation.
Donor: Steven Godfery
Hand Felted Wall Hanging with Birchwood Frame
Hang this delightful felted piece on your wall and bring a little Waldorf magic into your home! Created by Kindergarten teacher Julie Driscall, it celebrates nature and the changing of the seasons.
Donor: Julie Driscall
Lots More for Your Holiday Shopping from Toys to Handcrafted Items like Scarves, Hats, and More!
Fun Food Experiences like a Spanish Dinner, a French Dinner, Soup and Bread from the Kindergarteners, Sourdough Cooking Lessons, and a Sourdough Breakfast.
Lots of Handcrafted Jewelry from Baba’s Beads and Baubles, Julie Homza, Brassica Designs, Earthmama, Mistress of Chaos, Leo Vait, and more!
Plus these Gift Certificates, Merchandise, and Services:
2 Friends Gallery: Beautiful Beaded Box
Aces: 4 Game Tickets!
Alaska Dance Theater: 2 Tickets to “Solos And Arias”
Alaska Sausage: $75 Gift Certificate
Alaska Starfish: $30 In Gift Certificates
Alaska Alpine Adventures: See description above
American Girl: My American Girl Doll
Anchorage Museum: 4 Guest Passes
Anchorage Symphony Orchestra: Jan 29th Concert, Tickets For 4
Core Pilates: Starter Kit (Individual And Group Lessons And Massage)
Army Navy/Classic Alaska
Dr. Kirk Johnson : Professional Tooth Whitening
Eaton Equestrian Center: 1 Hour Riding Lesson
European Piano School: Five 1/2 Hour Lessons
Elaine S. Baker and Assoc.: See above
Fiddle Dee Dee: 1 Hour of Interactive Children’s Music at your Party
GBAR M Ranch: See description above.
Giesswein: 100% Virgin Wool Felted Blanket
Glacier Dye Works: Rainbow Spiral Shirt
Glaze Nail Bar: 2, $50 Gift Certificates
Great Harvest Bread Company: Gift Card And Basket
Jo Jo De Go Go: Coffee Cards ($100)
John Osnes Violins: Gift Certificates for 2 Bow Rehairs
Kantishna Air Taxi/Skyline Lodge: See above
Kai Kanani Sailing: Deluxe Molokini Snorkel Trip For 4 (Maui)
Lake Louise Lodge: See above
Meg Allen Salon: 2, $50 Gift Certificates
Middleway Cafe: $75 Gift Certificate
MICA Guides: Ice Trek (See description above.)
Moose’s Tooth/Bear Tooth: Gift Certificate
Namaste: $20.00 Gift Certificates
Natural Birth Center: Massage
Natural Health Center: 6 Wellness Physicals, 1 Nutritional Counseling, 2 Parenting Sessions
Over The Rainbow Toys: 2, $35 Gift Certificates
Paramount Cycles: $50 Gift Certificate
Plush Sit On Toys: Collection Of 4 (Melissa And Doug, Fiesta, Orville)
Riley’s Vaulting And Trick Riding School: 1 Session
Sacks Cafe: $50 Gift Card
Sheep Mountain Lodge: See description, above.
Skhoop Skirt/Osa Detrick: Size Large Women’s Skirt
Skydance Paragliding and Paramotoring: See above.
Spenard Roadhouse: $50 Gift Certificate
Studio 1 Pilates: Saturday Intro Class For 2
Subway Sports Center: 1 Hour Turf Usage And 1 Hour Ice Usage
Taproot Cafe: Gift Certificate
Thai Kitchen GC $25.00
The Healing Center: One Hour Massage Or Trigger Point Therapy Sessions
Twisted Skein: Scarf To Go Kit
UAA: 2 Tickets To The Shootout
Vermont Botanical: “Tundra Circus” Framed Flower Arrangement
Wendy Spencer Photography: Photo Shoot Plus CD
Yak And Yetti: $50 Gift Certificate
Young Living Essential Oils: 4 Kits