Flora School Days–June 6, 2015, 10am-4pm

One hundred years old or young, whichever way a person looks at it, not many things reach that age. People do and we celebrate. Buildings do too and once again we celebrate. The Flora School will reach that ripe old age with the 2015-2016 school year.

School Days 2015 will start off the celebration with a change in date (back to the first Saturday in June, June 6 this year) and get back on track with the annual celebration after one year off. Then in 2016, School Days will have a birthday party for Flora School’s first school year 100 years later, a celebration to “make the old girl proud.”

School Days, as usual, will showcase the old time skills of the pioneers as they have for the past ten or so years with “School Days: A Celebration of Life”, Saturday, June 6, 2015, starting at 10am. Every year more skills are added to the fray, showcasing more pioneer activities that are slowly being swept under the carpet. Candle making, corn husk dolls, churning butter, grinding corn and flour and many more skills continue to entertain people, along with the Dutch oven lunch and pie social to fill out the day and the stomachs of visitors.

With the sound of the bell, the Dutch oven lunch starts serving, with a proclamation from years past: “Well worth the 100-mile trip to get here!” But there is one Flora School Board member that always heads for the pie social room before the lunch bell rings, declaring the old saying “Life is short. Eat dessert first.” The pie social was an old time gathering with the pioneers for many reasons and thus has been incorporated into the School Days festivities every year. Pies are made by many individuals and businesses, some as far as Walla Walla, WA. Tickets for the pie social and the Dutch oven lunch are sold in the Country Store, located in the Flora School gym.

A birthday celebration will start on a small scale at School Days 2015 and culminate with a major undertaking at School Days 2016. “Join us for both celebration. Both will be different and well worth the travel to Flora,” proclaims Nathan Thompson, MC for the event and volunteer coordinator for the Flora School Education Center.

For more information, call 541.828.7010 (message phone for the FSEC) or email info@floraschool.org for general information and questions; Nickie at education@floraschool.org for activities or classes to take or teach, and Nathan at volunteers@floraschool.org to volunteer. The FSEC is a 501c3 tax-exempt nonprofit so all donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.