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February 13, 2013

Annual Faerie fest brings a little magic to downtown Farmington

By Tiffany Esshaki
C & G Staff Writer

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Annual Faerie fest brings a little magic to downtown Farmington
Faerie-lovers will find everything they need to make their own faerie gardens, faerie doors and other magical spaces at the second annual Farmington Faerie Gathering Feb. 14-16 in downtown Farmington.

It’s that time of year again. The snow is still falling, but spring is right around the corner. It’s the time of year when the faeries come out to play.

The second annual Farmington Faerie Gathering will begin Feb. 14 and will last through Saturday, culminating with the main event, The Sun, Moon and Stars Faerie Ball at Grand Celebrations on Grand River Avenue. The three-day festival includes a tea party for all ages, a vendor fair of all things faerie, a scavenger hunt for “faerie doors” and more.

According to Diane Rothman, event co-organizer and owner of The Sacred Sage metaphysical boutique on Farmington Road, the festival is a big hit with guests young and old who want to embrace a little whimsy.

“It’s a way to celebrate magic in life, and faeries are nature spirits. They are stewards of the natural world, and they do exist,” said Rothman. “It might seem strange to some people who aren’t into it or don’t understand it, but there is a big following. There are big faerie conventions in the United States that are very well attended.” 

The events begin on Thursday with the Faerie Door Scavenger Hunt in downtown Farmington sponsored by the Farmington Downtown Development Authority. According to Michelle Hinds, event co-organizer and owner of The Vines Flower and Gift Shop on Grand River, faerie-lovers will have three days to complete the trek by following clues to 26 merchants in the area that will have tiny faerie-sized doors to find.

The hunt begins at The Vines, where each team can pick up a playing card and the first clue between noon and 6 p.m. each day. The hunt, with different versions for adults and children younger than 12, is free, and completed cards will be entered into a drawing for a faerie gift basket and other prizes. Those who spend $25 in participating shops will be eligible to win additional prizes.

Then, on Feb. 16, downtown Farmington will be taken over by faerie fans. As players continue their scavenger hunt around town, the Village Mall will play host to the Faerie Fayre, where visitors can shop from a variety of faerie vendors and stock up on faerie dust and faerie garden accessories. Guests can also stop into Ginger’s, Mentobe Café and other spots around town to get their face painted, play faerie games, pay a visit to the faerie psychic or have their aura photographed.

Beginning at 3 p.m. that day, the mall will also host the Rose Garden Faerie Tea, an all-ages event with a feast of faerie treats and teas, accompanied by fun faerie-themed activities like make-and-take crafts.  Pre-paid reservations for the tea are a must, and can be made in person by visiting Victorian Lace Elegance, 23616 Farmington Road in Farmington or by calling (248) 474-4690.

Hinds said the fair and tea will be a hit with faerie fans of all ages — and there seems to be more and more fans each year.

We’ve had little faerie gardens (in The Vines) for 10 or 12 years, but I don’t know what has happened just in this last year or so. It’s huge. It’s on Pinterest and everyone is pinning faeries and faerie gardens. I have maybe half a dozen new suppliers that have gotten into it,” she said. “It’s so fun to do, and parents can have miniature gardens with their kids. It’s almost an extension of our youth and doll houses, I think.”

To wrap up the celebration, the Faerie Ball will take place beginning at 8 p.m. Saturday for faerie fans 21 and older. The $25 entrance fee includes an open bar, light hors d’oeurves, a DJ to keep everyone on the dance floor, and a costume contest that will decide the Queen and King of the Faerie Ball, who will receive crowns and free admission to next year’s ball.

Last year’s contest winner, Courtney Whitmore of Farmington Hills, said she’s excited to join the rest of her friends at this year’s event. Her tulle skirt with leaves attached won over the crowd at last year’s season-themed ball. This year, she’s got something else in mind.

“It’ll be navy-blue top with sequins and the bottom is kind of a gauzy net, and fairy wings of course, and I’ve got a rope belt and crystals, since this year’s theme is celestial,” said Whitmore.

“I guess we picked this time of year because it’s kind of quiet in town. I think the big kickoff is the scavenger hunt, but the Faerie Ball is just kind of like a fun dance party. Last year we had people come from all over for the ball,” said Hinds.

For more information on activities or to purchase ticket to the Sun, Moon and Stars Faerie Ball, visit www.farmingtonfaeriegathering.com or call The Vines at (248) 987-2191.

You can reach C & G Staff Writer Tiffany Esshaki at tesshaki@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1095.