This sweet little fairy house made from all natural elements is a picture-perfect residence for the spritely little fairy who lives here. She wasn't home when this photo was snapped, but left word that she hopes there will be plenty of visitors admiring her home during this year's festival on May 4. Those attending the event may bring their own fairy house to display or create one during the day's activities. - Special photo
COVINGTON -- Although the fairies will still fit into their diminutive houses, the fifth annual Fairy House Festival at Chimney Park promises to be bigger and better than ever, according to Fairy Festival Chair Linda Shore of Friends of Newton Parks which sponsors the event.
This year's fete is set for Saturday, May 4, from 2-5 p.m. at Chimney Park, located behind the Newton County Library at 7116 Floyd Street.
This year's event will feature several new elements, in addition to the storytelling, crafts, games and entertainment that those attending the festival have come to expect.
Students from the Atlanta Irish Music School will perform three sets of live Irish music during the afternoon.
"Dancing is encouraged," Shore said.
Additionally, handcrafted Gufo the Owl will act as mascot for the event and hang high above the festivities with his fairy and gnome friends perched on his shoulders.
"Owls represent the concept of conservation which is part of the inspiration embodied in the development of Chimney Park as an urban woodland for exploration and quiet enjoyment," Shore explained.
Visitors should plan to visit the new Fairy House Village where handmade fairy houses will line a trail to be explored as if a village of fairies and their friends reside in Chimney Park.
"Chimney Park exudes a magical aura where one might conjure up visions of fairies and gnomes," said Shore.
All natural materials will be available for attendees to make their own creations on-site. Individuals, schools, businesses and organizations are being invited to make fairy houses, fairy shops, play areas and gardens and bring them to the park on the morning of May 4.
Costumes are always encouraged for those who attend, whether young or old, according to Shore. This year, a company called Fairy Ware will be on hand to invite attendees to dress up in fanciful attire and pose for photos.
Also available during the day will be storytelling by Carol Fulton, crafts for boys and girls, visits to the Gnome Home, a gnome toss game with prizes for participants, decorating fairy wings, dashing through the decorated Fairy Tunnel, beribboned bicycles, dancing hula hoops, rock painting, making fairy dust, listening to wind chimes tinkling in the twig forest and dancing to the bubble machine.
The ruins of a grand home that stood on the site will be decorated in ways to spur the imagination, along with Eagle Scout projects including an arched bridge and a pergola where attendees can sit and listen to the wind.
Admission is $5 with children under 2 admitted free. Refreshments are included.
All proceeds will be used to support the development of Chimney Park, including paths to make the urban woodland accessible to special needs children and adults, Shore said.
For more information go to www.chimney-park.com or contact Shore at firstname.lastname@example.org.