4th annual apple festival!

we recently had our annual apple festival...our fourth one!
it was a gorgeous fall day and lots of folks came out...we saw lots of old friends and new ones too!

earlier that week, we took a trip up to ellijay to gather the apples for everyone who had purchased them through our fundraiser- thank you to those of you who bought apples this year!

we also want to thank everyone who gave something for our raffle- this, too, is another way for arrow to raise funds for our special projects, and we thank all of those who participated! so many special, handmade items...

we want to thank susan hable and her daughter bird for carving another block for us this year! bird was on hand to help with printing and she helped so many of you print your block...we are so proud of you, bird!

we also had an apple tasting and apple cider too...and this year, we had a record number of pies in our pie contest! the branded butcher took home the blue ribbon, and we love that an arrow dad won second place- it was his first time making a pie, too! many thanks to our guest judge, gena knox, and an arrow dad, don young, for helping judge the pies this year!

and we also want to thank amanda and jeremy for the music again this year- it wouldn't be the same without your fiddle tunes!

and a big thanks to Melissa & Hip Pops for coming out to celebrate with us...

and thanks to Mimi & her Home.made crew for providing us with the most delicious apple butter to try!

and last, but certainly not least, thank you to the arrow community for supporting this fun event...happy fall, everyone!


community egg hunt

thanks to everyone who came out to our 5th annual community egg hunt! what a fun day! it was grey and chilly, but that did not stop the littles from having fun looking for colorful eggs. held in the beautiful garden behind the cobb house across the street from arrow, it was fun to watch the children navigate the tiny paths and find little treasures: blueberries and strawberries, shells and acorns filled their eggs. even the tiniest of arrow friends was able to find something special, and we were extra happy to see some of our older arrow friends return for this special day...thanks, everyone!


arrow explores

arrow explores: double dutch

continuing our fun exploration of great things in athens through our 'arrow explores' series, the arrow kids spent a recent afternoon at double dutch press in normaltown...they practiced all types of printing techniques and came away with colorful printed tote bags and little arrow bookmarks that they printed themselves with the help of the kind folks at double dutch. it was a great afternoon, full of color and hands-on fun! thanks to everyone who came, and also to double dutch!

arrow explores

arrow explores: with wild intelligence

we had another fun-filled day of exploring recently, this time with the folks from wild intelligence. sarah, jason, and ann came to arrow to lead us on an urban hike. we gathered into a circle out back, in the arrow garden.

sarah set the tone for our morning by describing a story from the book, tom brown's field guide to the forgotten wilderness...then, we meandered up the sidewalk and over to our next batch of greenspace, the grounds of the historic camak house across the street.

underneath the tall oaks, the children and adults all played simple games that taught us awareness and agility. then, we began our scavenger hunt...some things were realtively easy,

but some things were harder like the snail's trail- but, alas, we found one on a large stump!

it was great to watch everyone looking for these things, while the street traffic could be heard in the distance and as the UGA football tailgaters were walking by.

next, we crossed the large intersection at prince and pulaski to make our way to our last stop, the backyard garden and stream a few houses down.

we walked in the stream and found animal tracks...a racoon maybe?

then, we made a 'nest' and a few of us pretended to be hawks looking for each other. we ended the day by creating a large web out of yarn that we passed amongst each other as we recounted our favorite parts of the morning.

we will definitely rendezvous with wild intelligence again...this was a very special morning!