'Architects' needed for Grafton Fairy House Festival

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GRAFTON — On Saturday, Sept. 24, and Sunday, Sept. 25, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., The Nature Museum will present its 8th annual Fairy House Festival. This enchanting family experience is held in the forests of Grafton, one of the 10 most beautiful places in America as named by USA Today.

Visitors will follow a nature path sprinkled with charming fairy houses, then return to The Nature Museum to create their own fairy dwellings in the gardens. Hands-on crafts, face painting and bubbles round out this interactive and magical experience for all. Light refreshments will be available for purchase and picnicking is encouraged.

Volunteers are a key component to the festival. Last year more than 40 individuals, families, and organizations joined together to construct the fairy village that is made up of charming fairy houses that have been made by volunteers (fairy architects) and carefully placed along a nature trail. Knotholes become front doors, seashells transform into bathtubs, acorn caps become dinnerware and twigs are woven into ladders.

The Nature Museum is seeking fairy architects for this year's festival. If you or your organization is interested, please contact Executive Director Carrie King at carrie@nature-museum.org or call the Museum at 802-843-2111 by Sept. 12. All fairy builders will be featured in the Museum's festival program, will receive two free tickets (for a child and an adult) to attend the event plus builders will be invited to attend the Fairy House Builders Party on Sunday, Sept. 25, from 4 to 5 p.m. Building a fairy house is a great way to promote your organization or business--or just to have some pure good fun with nature. The success of the Fairy House Festival is dependent upon the loyal and supportive efforts of volunteers.

The Fairy House Festival benefits the Museum's environmental education programs presented in regional public schools and libraries throughout the year. This event also benefits the Museum's exhibits enabling the Museum to continually update and renew its natural history displays.

Advance tickets to the festival can be purchased at The Nature Museum by visiting www.nature-museum.org, or by calling 802-843-2111. Tickets are also available at the gate. Children age 2 and under attend for free. This is a puckish annual tradition that inspires people of all ages to take a closer look at nature. All ages are welcome. Many are inspired to don fantasy dress for the theme.

Visitors to The Nature Museum find value in its updated educational offerings, hands-on resources, and natural history displays. Research has shown that time in nature offers both physical and mental health benefits. The Fairy House Festival is the perfect opportunity to rekindle curiosity, imagination and learning in a shared celebration of nature.

The Nature Museum is located at 186 Townshend Road in Grafton.


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