Submitted by the Nature Museum at Grafton
Something magical is going to happen in Grafton the last weekend in September. Scores of "houses" and other buildings, gardens, and constructions that might accommodate all sorts of wee folk will appear overnight as if by magic, on a woodland trail at the Village Park behind The Nature Museum.
Tour days at the Nature Museum and Village Park in Grafton will be on Saturday, September 26, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, September 27, 1 to 4 p.m.
These structures are being created by a variety of businesses, organizations, groups, professional artists, individuals, and families. While all themes have not yet been declared, there will be at least one library and something involved with transportation besides more traditional "houses" that combine art, nature, and lots of imagination.
Exhibiting participants thus far include the following:
From Chester: Carrie King and Jana Wunderle and Chester Community Garden, Chester Flowers and Village Children's Shop, Meg Minehan and Homeschoolers,Hugg-ing Bear Inn, Lisa Crocker and The Journey School, The Pear Tree, The Whiting Library, and the Pennell and Willis Families. From Grafton: the Elementary School, Library, History Museum, Vermont Mining and Mineral Museum, Women's Club, Lucia Corwin and Small Wonders Alpacas, Ann Brown and Ella Guerts, Megan and Kevin Hasseltine. From Saxtons River: Julie Moir Messervy Design Studio, Big Top Adventures and the Trop Wunderle Family. Also the Springfield Public Library, Dragon Camps from Brattleboro, the Braude family from W. Townshend, Porter Famiy from Ludlow, Kristen Ferenback from Wardsboro, the Champoli Family from Putney, and Tammy's Brick Shop Floral of Alstead, NH.
Supporters for the event include Sustaining Sponsor Cota & Cota, Inc.; Contributors Salmon and Nostrand Attorneys at Law, Anne and Tom Grape of Grafton; and Donor Snow & Lear\Newton Business.
The inspirational tour will be the first one to take place in Vermont with Fairy House Series author Tracy Kane of New Hampshire.
Tickets are on sale now at Misty Valley Books in Chester, Village Square Booksellers in Bellows Falls, and at the Museum. Tickets feature a discount for advance purchase. Children 3-18 are $4 and $5; adults are $10 and $12, Seniors 62 and up and students are $8 and $10.
After viewing the creations presented along the woodland trail, members of the public can hear Tracy Kane read from her books, discuss how to build a great fairy house, and then make their own house to display - all amidst giant, magical, floating bubbles.
The museum will be open and free to the public during the tour, and profits from the event will support the Museum's many educational programs that benefit over 40 area communities in Vermont and New Hampshire.
For more information, visit www.nature-museum.org, www.fairyhouses.com,or call 843-2111.