PORTSMOUTH, NH -It's time to dust off your fairy wings and start collecting twigs, stones, feathers and seashells. The annual Fairy House Tour returns to Portsmouth's South End on September 18 - 19, 2010 from noon to 4 pm.
Sponsored by the Friends of the South End (FOSE), the Sixth Annual Fairy House Tour will feature whimsical dwellings built by school children, families, artists, and local clubs. The self-guided tour will wind through the paths and gardens of Strawbery Banke Museum, the Governor John Langdon House, the Wentworth Gardner & Tobias Lear Houses and Prescott Park.
Visitors will be invited to build their own fairy houses at a new site this year in the enchanted forest of the Governor John Langdon House. Building materials will be available or tour participants can bring their own special supplies. The only rule is that fairy houses must be built using all natural materials, while not harming anything that is still growing.
"We are delighted that this year's tour will feature special participation by local elementary schools," said Nancy Pollard, president of the Friends of the South End. "Three dedicated building sites have been set up in Prescott Park for students at Dondero, Little Harbour, and New Franklin Schools. The tour raises funds that will be distributed to these schools and to local non-profit organizations, including those featured on the tour."
New this year will be a friendly competition in which visitors can cast their votes for 'The People's Choice Award' with a prize awarded to the most popular fairy house displayed at the Wentworth Gardner House. And back by popular demand, the Southern NH Dance Theater will perform a new ballet called 'Fairy Houses - The Journey' at Prescott Park. Students from the NH Theater Project will also be on hand to entertain and guide visitors along the tour.
Fairy houses have captured the imagination of local artists and crafts people. A special exhibit of their spectacular creations will be on display in the 'Artisans Showcase' at the Tyco Center at Strawbery Banke.
Another imaginative new twist will be a collection of Fairy-Charmers, human-size figures set up in gardens to attract butterflies, birds, crickets and toads. Made of natural materials, these whimsical wizards are guaranteed to delight and charm the crowds.
Tracy Kane, best selling author of the award-winning Fairy House Series® of books and DVD's will be on hand at Strawbery Banke to autograph her new mystery chapter book, 'Forest Secrets.' "In keeping with Michele Obama's 'Let's Move Outside' initiative, building fairy houses helps bring children outdoors," Kane said. "This activity simulates young imaginations and gives children a better understanding and respect for the natural environment."
Tickets are on sale at Discover Portsmouth, G. Willikers, The Flower Kiosk, Paradiza, Treehouse Toys, Mainely New Hampshire, and the Tyco Center at Strawbery Banke, or online at www.prescottpark.org. Ticket prices purchased before the event are: Adult $10; Senior $8; Child (3-12 yrs.) $4 and children under 3 yrs free. Family packages (2 adults, 2 children; or 1 adult, 4 children) $20. Family tickets are advance sale only. Day-of-tour ticket prices are: adult $15; senior $10; child $5. Tickets include admission to all historic sites on the tour. Free parking is available on Peirce Island.
Ticket proceeds to benefit local non-profit organizations.
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