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Charlotte Dore of Rosalita’s Puppets dresses as Fairy Godmother Glitter. Courtesy photo.




Fairy Tale Festival

Where: Greeley Park, 100 Concord St., Nashua
When: Saturday, July 18, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
Cost: Free
Visit: nashuanh.gov




Goosin’ around
Fairy Tale Festival returns with nursery rhyme theme

07/16/15
By Angie Sykeny asykeny@hippopress.com



Nashua’s Greeley Park will be transformed into a life-sized storybook for the annual Fairy Tale Festival, happening Saturday, July 18, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., as part of the Nashua SummerFun program. 

Each year, the festival has a different theme revolving around a classic children’s story like Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland or Sleeping Beauty. This year’s theme is Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes.
“We try to come up with different things each year to keep it fresh and new,” said Tom Dwane, Nashua recreation program manager. “It’s all geared toward children using their imagination.”
At 10 a.m., Nashua Mayor Donnalee Lozeau will lead the opening ceremony and read a Mother Goose Nursery Rhyme aloud to the kids.
At 12:15 p.m., Rosalita’s Puppets of Boston will put on a puppet show. Charlotte Dore, founder and sole puppeteer of Rosalita’s Puppets, will arrive as the Fairy Godmother “Glitter” and mingle with the children before performing three fairy tale stories. A fairy named “Sparkle,” a silly goose, a princess, a dragon, a wizard and a unicorn will all make an appearance in the show. There will be plenty of opportunities for kids to participate as well.
“I play with the audience so much,” Dore said. “I’ll have the puppets ask the kids for suggestions about what they should do in the story, I invite kids to repeat and sing along, wave their imaginary wands, and then after the show I have a meet and greet where the kids can meet the puppets.”
Other entertainment will include music by children’s musician Marcus Gale at 10:30 a.m., a dance performance by the Positive Street Art Dancers at 11:30 a.m., a Lil’ Iguana’s Children’s Safety Foundation performance at 12:50 p.m., and more.  
Ongoing activities include a fairy castle, bounce houses, snow cones, face painting, a caricature artist, a balloon twister, and a fairy art school where kids can make shields and fairy wings.
Over 40 local businesses and organizations will have tables with games and giveaways, including Party Palace, Snip-its, the Nashua Firehouse and others.
Festival-goers are encouraged to attend dressed as characters from Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes. There will also be costumed characters for people to get photos with.
Dore, who performed at the Fairy Tale Festival for the first time last year, said the costumes are what make the festival come alive.
“I love the fact that lots of people come in costume,” she said. “Even parents dress up. They come as wizards, creatures, all sorts of wonderful outfits. It’s so fun seeing all the smiling faces and laughter, from grownups and children alike.”
The main event of the festival, Dwane said, is the book giveaway. The Fairy Tale Festival began 20 years ago as a literacy program, so in the spirit of that tradition, 1,500 Mother Goose-themed books will be given to kids this year, with different books appropriate for each age group.
“The Fairy Tale Festival is SummerFun’s signature event,” Dwane said. “It’s free family fun, and the kids get to leave with something, whether that’s a book, fairy wings they make in the art school or memories from the puppet show.” 
 
As seen in the July 16, 2015 issue of the Hippo.





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