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This year we're thrilled to welcome yet another crop of over 40 individuals, families, and organizations whose visions of what may appeal to our woodland friends drive the creativity and curiosity quotient of our festival.

The festival's houses and other creations are fresh each year. Made with natural materials and open to the elements, the stars of our festival stand-in as symbols of nature's impermanence and magic. All proceeds from Fairy House Festival go to support The Nature Museum and important natural science and environmental programming in our neighboring schools and communities year round. 

We were lucky that so many eager builders came our way this year. If you were hoping to participate with an official entered house, we're afraid that our roster is full for this year's fest. We hope the festival inspires you to build a dwelling for the fairies in your own backyard. Please join us our newsletter list to receive news of next year's call for builders. As in years past, we will have materials at the festival to build an impromptu fairy structure in the gardens behind the museum. 

Notes For This Year's Builders

We require that your fairy house structure be installed on The Nature Museum’s fairy trail on Friday, September 23rd between 10 AM and 6 PM. When you arrive with your exhibit on Friday, you are required to find an open site along the Fairy Trail to install your piece. Your site may be reserved in advance if you would like to walk the trail prior to Friday and select your site. On Friday, it is first come first serve to fill the available sites along the trail.

If you are unable to install your fairy house during this drop off time, please contact Carrie King (carrie@nature-museum.org) to make other arrangements. You may return to collect your fairy house exhibit any time after 4 p.m. on Sunday, September 25. 

Each year tour-goers like to know who builds which exhibit. In order to identify your exhibit along the Fairy Trail, please be sure to create a sign out of natural materials (i.e. handwriting on birch bark glued to a stick) that lists all the names of the Fairy Builders in your group. If you have given your exhibit a specific title, please make a second sign out of natural materials to share this with the viewer. Bring these signs with you and install them nearby your Fairy House Exhibit.

All registered Fairy Builders will be listed in our festival program, will receive 2 free tickets (for a child and an adult) to attend the event plus builders are invited to attend the Fairy House Builders Party on Sunday, September 25th from 4-5 p.m.

The name of the person who registered to build an exhibit will be on the FIP (Fairy Important Person) List at the Fairy House Festival Ticket Table during this weekend event; please check in at this table at the event to receive your Fairy House Builder badge. 

Please help us share the exciting news about Fairy House Festival 2016: invite your friends, join the 8th Annual Fairy House Festival Facebook Events, and share this good fairy energy! 

Thank you for spreading your wings and flying with The Nature Museum. We delight in the annual Fairy House Festival, when the gateway to the magical world of nature is wide open and we invite people of all ages to interact directly with the Vermont landscape, expressing their creativity while fostering a deeper relationship with the natural world.

Happy trails!

Carrie King, Executive Director, carrie@nature-museum.org

Tips for Builders //  Keep These Rules of Thumb in Mind

  1. Please use natural materials – feathers, dry grasses, leaves, sticks, pebbles, shells, bark from a fallen tree, milkweed, moss, nuts, pods, acorns, berries, gourds, miniature pumpkins, pinecones.
  2. All fairy houses must appear to be made entirely of natural components. Hot glue, acrylic spray, natural twine and other man-made items can be used but should be concealed by natural elements.
  3. Platforms or man-made support materials can be used for easier delivery and transport, but must be concealed with natural materials when installed on-site. There are a limited number of tree cookies available to builders from The Nature Museum. Please inquire about getting one to use as a foundation for your structure.
  4. Try to avoid using any reproductive materials (such as roots or seed pods) from invasive plant species that could spread the unwanted invasive plant. 
  5. Houses may be any size and the theme of the house may be anything you wish.
  6. Please do not use any items of value in the houses.
  7. Please keep in mind that edible materials (such as nuts or seeds) will attract woodland creatures other than fairies.

 


The simple challenge of creating a fairy house gives children a unique activity that encourages them to go outside and connect with the natural world, nurturing care and respect for the environment.”
— Tracy Kane, Author of "The Fairy House" series