An imaginative, nature-based tradition

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GRAFTON — Where else do knotholes become front doors, sea shells transform into bathtubs, and twigs get woven into ladders? Where else but The Nature Museum's annual Fairy House Festival on Sept. 28 and 29, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

Registration is now open to become a builder in this year's festival, a celebration of local community in a nature-based tradition. Open to individuals, groups and local businesses, building a fairy house is a creative, collaborative endeavor that can awaken new awareness and bring a sense of excitement and good cheer.

The Fairy House Festival is The Nature Museum's annual fundraiser and draws more than 1,200 visitors to Grafton each September. Volunteers create a fairyland of small structures built out of natural materials, opening a portal to the incredible world around us through deep observation of nature's gifts. Guests of all ages walk the forested fairy house trail, make their own fairy houses, enjoy face painting, music, bubbles, crafts, and more: all in celebration of the relationship between nature and creativity.

In the months leading up to the festival, volunteers for The Nature Museum have been pulling on their hiking boots and heading out the door, combing fields, stream banks, forests, and hilltops with a basket in hand. These volunteers have been foraging for moss, bark, pine cones, twigs, pebbles, acorns, and other natural materials. With these earthy ingredients, they will craft this year's fairy house village.

The Nature Museum welcomes volunteers to help with the festival, and donors to support the event, which is the Museum's biggest fundraiser of the year. All proceeds support the year-round programming of The Nature Museum, which includes free programming for kids through the summer, immersive experiences in nature for kids and adults, and resources for teachers and schools to learn about our regional environment.

To learn all about building a fairy house, and to register as a builder, visit the website at nature-museum.org. All builders receive two free tickets. Tickets can be purchased online or at the fairy gate the day of the event.

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