General Information

General Information 2018-09-18T14:57:05-04:00
It is also necessary for his psychical life to place the soul of the child in contact with creation, in order that he may lay up for himself treasure from the directly educating forces of living nature.
Maria Montessori

Please read below for general 2018 Fall Festival information

Our 2018 Arctic Blast! Eight Annual Fall Festival is an afternoon of celebration for our families and the general public. Our focus this year is to celebrate the Arctic realm. In particular, this year we are highlighting the people, natural history and geography of our planet’s Arctic region, consistent with Maria Montessori’s focus on nature as an inspiration for learning.

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Date and Time

Date: Friday, Oct 12
Time: 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Admission: $15.00 for adults and children over 2 years old. Free for children younger than 2.

Location and Parking

We will be holding the festival at the school. Thanks again to our kind neighbor located at 5555 Sunset Lake Road, parking will be nearby. A roped walkway will guide you to the school. We also have a third parking location at Sunrise Methodist Church with a free shuttle to the school. Click “Parking” below for more details. Please do your best to carpool to ensure we have enough parking space.

Food and Drink

Back by popular acclaim, food will be provided by Jonesy’s. For your convenience, you can order directly from their menu. Prices range from $3 for fries to $8 for a BBQ sandwich and drink (credit cards accepted). And for dessert, you can satisfy your sweet tooth at our bake sale!


This is the General Information page. Click the pictures at the bottom of the page for additional festival information.

Click on the headings below to find out more about the 2018 Annual Fall Festival!

Festival Goals
In addition to offering a fun-filled, safe, social event for our families, our goal is for the festival to raise visibility for the school and promote Montessori education within the local community. We also want to provide Holly Springs businesses with an opportunity to share their information and products with our families. The festival also serves as a venue to raise awareness about a topic of interest to the wider public. Throughout the year, our students learn about topics related to the festival theme. The festival gives students the experience of presenting their research projects and artwork to a wider audience during their display at the festival.
This Year's Theme
This year’s topic highlights the planet’s Arctic region to excite and inspire children to learn about nature and our fragile environment! In particular, our theme is consistent with Maria Montessori’s focus on Cosmic Education, the path through which children develop a global vision. The event gives children a chance to experience the grandeur of nature and its ability to inspire their imaginations, creativity and love of learning. Part of the school’s mission is to foster a love of learning. Children benefit from learning about nature at even the youngest ages, and its fascination will help to develop a wonder of the world, and curiosity to investigate the unknown.
The festival will feature activities including bouncy houses, carnival-style games, prizes, rides, face painting, music with a DJ, and more. The variety of activities will provide entertainment for all ages! As always, all of the activities will be supervised by volunteers or the entertainment company’s staff to ensure the event is safe and enjoyable. We are also inviting presenters, vendors, and local businesses to share their information with educational booths. Please visit our Sponsors page to sign up for this opportunity to reach our community of parents and families.
Entry Tickets
To enter our festival, everyone aged 2 and older (including adults) will need to purchase a wristband. Your entry wristbands will include unlimited participation in all of the activities and events at the festival, and free popcorn. More information is available on our Tickets & Order Forms page.
map showing sunset lake road with parking zones 1, 2 and 3 for the new school montessori center fall festival

Map of parking availability for the Montessori Center Fall Festival. Please note that parking is not available in the school parking lot.

Parking is free. However, please carpool if possible! If you share transport you help to alleviate overcrowding in our parking area. Less traffic means a safer event with easier access and speedier departure for all. Free visitor parking is available at three locations along Sunset Lake Road, Holly Springs. The map above shows the festival parking options. Click the image to see the full size version. We will have parking attendants at the festival, and there will be an signed walkway to the school from this parking area.

To minimize traffic problems the school parking lot is closed at 3:15 p.m. sharp — 45 minutes before the festival opens. The visitor lot will remain open until all visitors have left. Parking in the school’s lot will only be available to vehicles with a valid handicapped sign, and to our vendors and top-level sponsors.

Parking Lot 1
The primary event parking will be at 5555 Sunset Lake Road, Holly Springs (#1 on the image), which is a short distance from the school on the same side of the road. The walk from the parking is not as far as it may look on the photograph. If you wish to let your children out of the car near the school instead of walking, we will have a drop off zone in our parking lot. Please be sure your child is left with an adult while the other adult is parking.

As always, we are truly grateful to our neighbor for offering his yard for parking. Please make sure to only park in the designated areas and NOT directly in front of the house.

Parking Lot 2
The second parking lot is adjacent to the school (#2 on the image). This lot is for the school’s staff and vendors. However, festival attendees may park there after 4:00pm if there is available space.

Parking Lot 3

The third location is the Sunrise United Methodist Church (#3 on the image) at 5420 Sunset Lake Road. The church has kindly offered their parking lot to assist with our festival. Because this lot is located across the street, we are looking for volunteers to help drive people to the school and drop them off at the entrance to our parking lot. Please let the school know if you are willing to volunteer. If families are traveling together, we also recommend dropping children and an adult off at the entrance of the school’s parking lot, while the other driver walks or is shuttled from one of the parking areas.

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Our official festival shirt comes in a variety of sizes. All shirts cost $12.00 except for the ladies’ cut and the extra large sizes, which are $14.00 each. The T-shirt will feature the 2018 festival logo you see at the top of this page.


Festival Partners
World Wildlife Fund logo panda and WWF lettersEach year we partner with local business and organizations to promote a specific cause. We’re delighted to announce that our Festival Partner this year is the World Wildlife Fund! This organization works to save fragile habitats around the world, and has a strong focus on conservation in the Arctic. Please take some time to explore WWF’s conservation work in the Arctic.

Marketing & Vendor Opportunities
We offer local businesses and organizations space to share your products and services with our educated and prosperous community of parents and local Holly Springs residents. For more details and to book your space, please check out our sponsors and vendors page and download our fall festival Sponsor and Vendor packet. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or suggestions.

Help Us Make The Festival Bigger and Better
Hosting the festival requires a substantial commitment of time and resources. We rely on our families and the local community to make our festival a success. Any and all help is truly appreciated and goes toward making the festival a truly memorable experience. Please visit our Volunteer and Sponsor pages to find out how you can help.

In addition to sponsoring the festival or volunteering, we very much welcome additional donations. We offer a variety of benefits for donors. We provide the festival as a community event for families and the public but the festival costs exceed the revenue raised by the event. Donations and sponsors are essential to offset the costs. Your kind donation will reduce the expense to the school and help us reach our goals for the festival. The net funds that we raise from participation, sponsorships, and donations will support The New School’s educational programs.

Please consider supporting the festival by clicking on the Paypal button below. We suggest $25. Many thanks for your kind donation!

The New School Montessori Center is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization. All contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by the law.

Additional information

  • We accept credit cards for all festival-related purchases and sponsorships. You can use your credit card for both pre-purchased items and at the festival itself!
  • Some festival purchases (entry wristbands and T-shirts) can be ordered in advance for your convenience via our PDF forms. Click for the forms page
  • We offer additional discounts and special offers when you order multiple items.
  • Families who assist the school in securing festival sponsors will get more benefits this year! Click here for more information.

Please check out our Tickets & Order Forms page for more information on how to order your wristbands, festival products, and how to take advantage of our special deals.

Thank you for taking the time to look over this information. We are very much looking forward to seeing you at the Arctic Blast Fall Festival.

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