Barnes Museum to host Fairy House Festival in Southington

Barnes Museum to host Fairy House Festival in Southington


A fairy house from last year's event at the Barnes Museum in Southington made of acrons, rocks, and other natural materials. Photo coutsey of Marjorie Muzyczka, the president of the Southington Orchard Valley Garden Club.

SOUTHINGTON — In the next two weeks the grounds of the Barnes Museum will be filled with more than 30 nature-inspired fairy houses.

Roofs of the model homes often consist of items like acorns, grass, or straw. Chimneys will be built with pebbles or beans. Instead of grass around the houses, some have used moss. All of the designs and ideas of the houses were created by members of the Southington Orchard Valley Garden Club and locals for the Garden Club Fairy House Festival on Oct. 5.

“These little houses are just so intricate and detailed and to think that everything they use comes from nature — bark, ferns, pinecones, acorns — everything is all natural and they let their imaginations run wild with it,” said Marie Secondo, curator of the Barnes Museum.

Last year was the first time the garden club held the event and members asked Secondo if they could display all the fairy homes on the museum grounds. Secondo thought it was a great idea.

Eighteen fairy houses were set up in trees, in the grass, along bushes and everywhere in between during last year’s event. This year, the club will have more than 30 on display with many returning from the previous year. The gazebo will be transformed into a “Wee Fairy House Village” with a church, post office, library, and more.

“We’ve been working at it over the summer and, well, it depends on how involved it is,” said Marjorie Muzyczka, the president of the garden club. “It can take from a couple of days to a couple of weeks depending on how much time you work on it.”

Sizes of the houses range from a couple of feet tall to about a foot tall. A house that Muzyczka has been working on is 12 inches long, 9 inches deep and 12 inches tall.

Along with the display of houses, the festival will have magic wands and wizard hats, face painting, balloon making, games and children will be able to build their own fairy houses in a workshop. The event coincides with the Apple Harvest Festival and people can come through the grounds the week of the festival to look at the houses.

Over the past few years, Secondo said the interest in fairies has grown with many more books, movies, and games popping up. Last year’s opening day event drew crowds of about 300 people. Secondo said she was “shocked” with the outcome. She hopes for an even bigger turnout this time.

“We’re battening down the hatches,” Secondo said laughing. “I’ve asked a lot of volunteers to help.”

The Garden Club Fairy Festival is on Saturday, Oct. 5, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the grounds of the Barnes Museum, 85 N. Main St. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call the museum at (860) 628-5426. (203) 317-2212 Twitter: @FollowingFarrah

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