The Hippo


Mar 17, 2018








A fairy house creation at a previous fairy event. Courtesy of Tracy Kane.

Fairy Houses Day

When: Sunday, June 14, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Kimball Jenkins School of Art, 266 N. Main St., Concord
Cost: $10 per person
Faerie-Folk Festival
When: Saturday, June 6, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Peter Woodbury Elementary School, 180 County Road, Bedford
Cost: $10 for adults, $5 for children, $25 for a family (two adults & three children)

A fairy fun day
Faerie-Folk Festival comes to Bedford

By Angie Sykeny

Spread your wings and flutter over to the Faerie-Folk Festival on Saturday, June 6, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Peter Woodbury Elementary School in Bedford. Families can enjoy a day of all things fairy, including crafts and activities, performances, fairy house building and presentations from New Hampshire children’s author and illustrator Tracy Kane.

“It’s really a beautiful day of imagination, connecting kids with nature and enjoying the outdoors as a family,” said Mindy Beltramo, who is coordinating the event.
Attendees are encouraged to arrive dressed as fairies, gnomes, elves or anything folk-like, and to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy in “Mother Nature’s Meadow.” There will be some fairy snacks for sale as well.
The Southern New Hampshire Youth Ballet will perform a scene from Fairy Houses — The Ballet, a dance based on Tracy Kane’s Fairy Houses series. Flute players from Bedford High School will be meandering throughout the festival, serenading guests with ethereal, fairy tale music.
Children are invited to dine at the “tiny people tea house,” dance around the maypole, make fairy treasures and crafts in the garden, mail a mini letter in the pixie post box, make a wish at the wishing well and get a temporary elfin tattoo. There will also be the opportunity for fairy photos at the Pixie Picture Palace.
The highlight of the event is the fairy house village, where everyone can build their own fairy house, view others, vote for their favorites and enter a raffle to win fairy houses donated by local businesses, clubs or artists. The challenge of a fairy house is to make a small, whimsical house structure entirely from natural materials.
At 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tracy Kane will do a reading of her book Fairy Houses as well as present a slideshow of different types of fairy houses and offer tips for building them.
“The houses reflect the environment they are in,” Kane said. “Around here, it’s mostly woodland, so I encourage kids, if they are new to it, to collect sticks, bark, stones, and make a teepee against the base of a tree or a rock, then embellish it with a grass floor, leaves to protect the roof, and berries or seeds for if the fairies get hungry.”
One rule for the fairy house building is to use only non-living materials and to avoid disturbing plants that are still living and growing. Attendees can bring their own building supplies if they wish, but there will be some supplies provided at the festival.
Proceeds from the event will support the ongoing maintenance of the Peter Woodbury Elementary School schoolyard, which has a walking trail, meadow, labyrinth, covered bridge, weaving loom, vegetable gardens and flower beds.
“The schoolyard is such a catalyst for this event,” Beltramo said. “[The festival] is really just an extension of the environment we have here. It’s a really unique and special place.”
Kane will also be bringing her fairy house expertise to the Kimball Jenkins School of Art in downtown Concord for Fairy Houses Day on Sunday, June 14. She said building fairy houses has been gaining popularity as an outdoor activity for families to do together.
“I love spreading the enchantment,” she said. “I see kids over the moon, smiling, having fun connecting to the outdoors, and we forget how important that is these days with our busy lives. Kids are driven everywhere, they have their calendars filled with sports and things and [building fairy houses] gives them that quiet, reflective time for their creative spirit and imagination to take off.” 
As seen in the June 4, 2015 issue of the Hippo.

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