Thursday, September 11, 2014

The Rosemary House's Fairy Festival

By Molly Sams

Last Sunday I had the opportunity to work at The RosemaryHouse’s annual fairy festival. It was not the first time I had ever worked at a festival (I’ve done several seasons at the PA Renaissance Faire and a year at Pennsic) but I was amazed by how quickly and how thorough each part of the festival was organized and executed. For a weekend, the garden truly became something completely different.

Unlike the other festivals I have participated in, this one was just for children. While many faires and festivals discuss being family friendly they do have some deviations. This festival, however, is definitely just for kids and I found that refreshing. It was nice to see so much focus go into the children having fun and making memories. There were plenty of activities for them and it was nice to see the parents enjoy watching their children have a great time. Even the people working and the parents become enthralled with the spirit. Before you know it, everyone is a fairy or gnome, knight, or whatever they want to be.

Or a moss man!

The detail that The Rosemary House and Sweet Remembrances puts into the festival is what makes it so magical. Nancy makes sure her fairy lunches are absolutely perfect and delicious while Susanna and Lori work for days making each part of the garden a perfect home for a fairy. The whole block seems to be a buzz for a week before the festival. 

Just one of the many works of art at the fairy festival

Everyone who works there does their best to make the fest as much fun as possible from fairy songs to the yearly fairy promise at the end. The children draped over their father’s shoulder or sleepily rubbing their eyes after a long day were still excited and smiling as I gave them their fairy name. Susanna and Nancy have a wonderful time creating the festival and it shows through each craft, play and song. If you are able to take your little ones to The Rosemary House for next year’s festival, bring your camera; you won’t want to miss a beat.

I was able to snap a picture of this little fairy before she ran off to more adventures!

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