Bethesda Friends Meeting

Spring Fling

spring fling was cancelled in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic

Below is the original information as a placeholder until we can re-institute this beloved spring event, hopefully in 2021.

The Spring Fling (Sunday, April 26, 2020, from 12:15-2:00) is a wonderful social event -- BFM's annual festival to build community and raise scholarships for Ramallah Friends School.

  • Can you help out? The more the merrier!
  • See below for details and the many ways you can participate.
  • Be sure to put the date (4/26) on your calendar to enjoy this event!
  • Meet us in the courtyard at Sidwell Friends Lower School Campus. 

Spring Fling

  • Lunch (and so much more!)
  • It's a festival, it's social, there's music!
  • There's a silent auction
  • A perennial plant sale
  • A large rummage sale
  • And a sale of Ramallah T-shirts and olive oil

Ways you can help!

Spring Fling for Ramallah -- Sunday, April 26 (begins at 12:15) Spring Fling is a fun and festive inter-generational event that includes

  • A tasty Middle Eastern buffet lunch -- By donation: please give generously to this worthy cause.
  • A large “Bazaar” (aka rummage sale).
    • Bring donated items that are worth $5 and up to BFM on Sat. 4/25 to BFM from 10-2.
  • A Silent Auction of donated goods and services 
    • Download your own donation form in Word or PDF.
    • Download a merchant solicitation form in PDF and a flyer to go with it.
  • A plant sale 
  • Lively music and swirls of kids.
    • NOTE: Any child attending Spring Fling will receive a $5 gift certificate to use at the Bazaar rummage sale.

Spring Fling begins at rise of Meeting (12:15 p.m.) on Sunday, April 26 in and around the Groome Building, and it benefits the Ramallah Friends School financial aid program.

Can you volunteer for Spring Fling? Read below and then use the "CONTACT US" button on our website to tell us how you plan to help or what you can donate.

Many helping hands make a light load for everyone. Please pick a way to donate &/or volunteer

  • Bring food for lunch contributions. 
  • Donate new or gently used household items, toys, jewelry, etc. for the rummage sale. (All items must be worth $5 and up. No clothes, books, or furniture, please!) 
    • Drop off donated items at BFM from 10-2 on Sat. 4/25.
  • Dig up any extra perennial plants you have and donate them to the plant sale
    • Pot them a week in advance and bring them to BFM from 10-2 on Sat. 4/25.
  • Offer an item to the Silent Auction 
    • Download your own donation form and instructions in Word  or PDF 
  • Solicit a donation &/or a gift certificate from your favorite restaurant or business. 

The Silent Auction needs your items by as soon as possible. Could you donate theater tickets or a restaurant gift certificate? Make a scarf or blanket? Dog sit? Give time at your weekend or vacation home? Join with others to set up a progressive dinner? Provide a service? Gardening? Tours? A dinner, dessert, soup?

For the Silent Auction, get creative and/or join with someone else.
Dig out that china or bicycle you no longer use. A little goes a long way.
Download an auction donation form and instructions in Word or PDF.
Hand in the form by April 1, 2019. Drop off your item by Sat, 4/25 (10:00-2:00)

The silent auction will sell some items online during a

"Buy it Now" sale from Tuesday, April. 14 - Monday April 20.

Look for an email to get an early-bird chance to buy unique items.


  • Services ("I will help you clean up your yard"),
  • Food items ("A batch of cookies or soup or dinner when needed"),
  • Get-a-way ("Use my beach-side condo for any fall weekend"),
  • Tour ("A personal tour of Folger's Library"),
  • One-of-a-kind (a ceramic platter; a framed, numbered print; bike; rocking chair, etc.).
  • Other offers might be for babysitting, a canoeing or sailing opportunity, lawn mowing, or teaching a sport or a skill.
  • A gift certificate to a restaurant or store. (Please print this donation request and this flyer or information about Ramallah Friends School to share with a merchant or donor.)

So clean out your attic and closets, and donate your items to either the $5-and-up Rummage Sale or to the Silent Auction. Come prepared to eat well, dance playfully, and spend some money!

We always need many volunteers to help the event run smoothly.
Please use the "CONTACT US" button to tell us how you can help or what you can donate.


Ramallah Friends, founded by American Quakers in 1869 (151 years ago!), is a co-ed K-12 school that provides a first-class, peace-oriented education to children of all faiths. It serves Palestinian families in the town of Ramallah in the West Bank. 

Spring Fling is a fundraising event to provide scholarships for multiple students at Ramallah Friends School. For about 40 years, this school has been a main cause for our Meeting, and each year our goal is to raise $10,000, which is the equivalent of three Ramallah Friends scholarships.

Ramallah Friends School strives to be a leading educational institution in the Palestinian community, seeking to promote a constant search for God to all human situations, and to cultivate ethical, moral and spiritual values.

Download a flyer or an information sheet about Ramallah Friends School.

After Spring Fling is over...

Did you purchase supplies for Spring Fling? If so, give your expense receipt to the Assistant Treasurer so that we know what our actual costs were.

Bethesda Friends Meeting

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 30152, Bethesda MD 20824

Our Meetinghouse is on the campus of the Sidwell Friends Lower School at the intersection of Edgemoor Lane and Beverly Road in Bethesda, Maryland

We are a member organization of the Religious Society of Friends
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