MOORE — The Fairy House Festival is planned this weekend as a way thel allow youngsters and their parents to enjoy creative play.
The festival, presented by Southmoore Theatre Club and Boosters, will be fr 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Southmoore High School in the Commons area.
The Festival was inspired by an award-winning children's book series by Tracy Kane called Fairy Houses.
“I was at the library and saw a book about a little girl spending time and creative play in nature building fairy houses,” festival chairperson Kelly Koutahi.
She said she then thought, “the theater club could do something creative with this,” so she took her idea to the boosters and came up with the Fairy House Festival.
“Southmoore hopes to make it an annual community outreach event,” Koutahi said. “We hope the festival is an opportunity for kids and their families to get outside, have creative playtime outdoors, have an opportunity to use natural materials without spending a lot of money, and use things you find in your backyard to spend family time together.”
Currently Southmoore students participate in community service opportunities by sending their troupe of performers to local elementary schools to act out fairy tales. But these opportunities are limited.
“This is a community service event to give back to the community for their enthusiastic support of all of Southmoore's theatre productions,” Koutahi says, “We hope to reach more of the community this way than we can going to the schools.”
At the Fairy House Festival, participants will be encouraged to come in costume and can expect performances throughout the morning by the Southmoore Theatre Club, a fairy tea party w/the Fairy Queen, lots of imaginitve photo ops, face painting, and other family activities.
“The main activity is going to be for participants to bring natural materials of their own where they can build a fairy structure on the grounds to take home,” Koutahi said.
Each builder will get a bag of tokens that they can spend in the Fairy Market to get decorative items for their fairy structures.Admission and activities are free and open to the public but food, drinks and fairy merchandise will be for sale as a club fundraiser.