Harmony School Student Finds Happiness in Making Miniatures

BY BARB BERGGOETZ She’s artistic and good with her hands. She enjoys fine, detailed work. And she’s always liked small objects. So it’s not surprising that Autumn Siney, 17, makes miniatures — tiny, clay replicas of anything from cupcakes and root beer mugs to turtles and tigers. They’re only an inch or so, some smaller, some slightly larger. The intricate decorative features, such as a red heart on a cupcake’s icing or cherries in a pie, are teeny. Siney, a Harmony School senior, makes most of her miniatures for jewelry, such as bracelet charms, earrings, or necklaces. Others are used in miniature dollhouses. She says there is a huge online community of people who make or collect miniatures. “I enjoy […]

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The Winter Farmers’ Market Is Up and Running at Harmony (Photo Gallery)

BY AUBREY DUNNUCK On December 5, the Bloomington Winter Farmers’ Market picked up right where the Bloomington Community Farmers’ Market left off, making locally grown products available year-round. And there’s far more than fresh produce at the market. Every Saturday morning until March 26, there’s also a concert, a café, and a gathering place, all in the Harmony School gymnasium. Now entering its 12th season, the winter market was founded by Linda Chapman of Harvest Moon Flower Farm with support from Slow Food Bloomington and the Local Growers’ Guild. Today, the farmer-run market is a project of the Center for Sustainable Living, with more than 40 farmers and vendors participating. Katie Zukof, co-owner of Muddy Fork Farm & Bakery, has […]

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Harmony School to Celebrate 40 Years in True Harmony Style

BY ELISABETH ANDREWS Harmony School opened in 1974 with four high school students in an old house at 318 N. Grant St. The brainchild of then-25-year-old Steve “Roc” Bonchek and his wife, Barb, the school offered an individualized approach to education, forgoing what Roc calls “all the ‘isms’” that traditionally guide curricula. “I wanted to provide a place where teachers would adapt their teaching style to each kid and not try to fit the kid into a fixed philosophy,” he says. Forty years later, Harmony now serves about 200 students aged 3–18 in the large two-story building that was once Elm Heights School. More than 2,000 students have attended the unusual school, including a significant number of second-generation Harmony kids […]

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