What a Fairy Fest!: Share Your Experience

The Nature Museum would like to thank our community for helping us celebrate our 10th Annual Fairy House Festival on September 29 and 30! The weekend was a truly magical experience, and would not have been possible without the tremendous support we received from neighbors, volunteers, donors and local businesses. After ten years, this festival continues to bring all of us at The Nature Museum a profound sense of joy, accomplishment, and gratitude. It is also our most successful fundraiser, and the proceeds fund our year-round environmental education programs.

Over 1250 guests walked through the fairy portal on Saturday and Sunday, entering an imaginative world of creativity and nature. At the heart of the festival were the dozens of hand-made fairy houses created by our incredible fairy house builders and placed on the forest path. Each structure reflected the individuality and creativity of these volunteers, and we cannot thank them enough for welcoming the fairies to our forest and providing such beautiful art for our guests to enjoy. View the festival program, which includes a list of the builders names, here.

We especially want to thank Helga and Mark Piel and Terry and Joe Pollio on whose woodland paths the fairy village magically arrives each year and the Windham Foundation for allowing us to use all their available parking and their pasture trail.

We tip our fairy hats to the enthusiastic individuals whose hard work makes the magic flow: the parking lot helpers, the ice cream scoopers, the popcorn poppers, the glitter-covered craft assistants, museum docents, our strong set-up and clean-up crew, trail guides, bubble magicians, face painters, and more… your dedication and cheer have made this event an enchanting Grafton tradition, and we are grateful.

In the coming week we will be compiling an album of photos from the fest; thank you in advance to everyone who tagged their photos with the hashtag #fairyfestmagic on Instagram or Facebook. It’s not too late to add it to your photos! Or, if you’d rather send us photos directly to be included in our album, please send your photos to Katie, our Digital Coordinator, at katie@nature-museum.org.

As always, thank you for being part of The Fairy House Festival, and for supporting The Nature Museum as we continue to connect people and nature.

Help us continue to improve the Fairy House Festival! Tell us what worked, and what could be improved, and share your ideas for future fairy magic!