Fairy House Festival at the Barnes
The Barnes Museum will host their 3rd annual Fairy House Festival in conjunction with the Southington Apple Harvest Festival on Saturday, October 4th, from 10 am to 4:30 pm on the museum grounds. Organized and sponsored by the Southington Orchard Valley Garden Club, most of the Wee Houses have been designed by their members and constructed by using all natural materials. Approximately 30 or more of them will be on display the entire week of the Apple Festival for visitors of all ages to roam the museum grounds to enjoy and be amazed at these magnificently created little dwellings.
A contest for contributed Fairy Houses created by residents other than the Orchard Valley Garden Club that were prearranged will be judged by the public by secret ballot voting of their favorite house. Winners will be awarded ribbons and cash prizes for first place of $100, second place of $50 and $25 for third place. Winners will be announced at 4:00 pm.
Children participating in the festivities during Saturday’s event will be given Fairy Bracelets upon entering the grounds to warn the Fairies they are entering their village. Other free activities will include making Fairy Wands and Wizard Hats with a Fairy House Construction Workshop in the old barn if they want to try their skills at designing a Fairy House of their very own.
FiFi & Mr. Joe of “Puttin’ on the Ritz” will be on the museum grounds from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. making balloon animals and painting Fairy faces on the children. This event is free and open to the public. Proceeds from the Fairy Festival Raffle prizes will be donated to the Barnes Museum trust fund for garden refurbishing. The Museum will be open for tours from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. For information, call the Museum at 860.628.5426.