St. George and the Dragon is used an allegory for the story of St. Michael throwing Lucifer from heaven, so many Waldorf schools make capes, swords and shields as well as bake dragon bread to celebrate. Since Jack was a little ahead in his fourth grade block, he joined in the Michaelmas fun for the week (as did Sean).
We made our capes with silk scarves and tie dye. Using a natural dye from goldenrod seems like the more traditional way to go, but we took the practical suggestion from our Waldorf Essentials curriculum and bought a tie dye kit from Dharma Trading. Naturally, we dyed some shirts while we were at it!
To no one's suprise, making swords was a thrilling activity for all involved. Since we didn't have a jigsaw to make wooden swords, we improvised with something we saw online. Our swords are made by a small stick as a handle and a large stick secured by twine.
On the day of the festival we baked a dragon bread which we feasted on with chili and blackberry pie. The legend says that when Lucifer fell to earth he landed in a blackberry bramble, making the berries turn sour, so you shouldn't eat them after Michaelmas. After our feast the boys acted out the story of St. George. I got to be the weeping princess sent as sacrifice to the horrible dragon. A great time was had by all. I think we are really going to enjoy the Waldorf festivals!