Fairies are re­turn­ing to Chim­ney Park May 2

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On May 2, Chim­ney Park will host vis­i­tors to the an­nual Fairy House Fes­ti­val from 2pm to 5pm. For this one spe­cial Satur­day in May, the park will host hun­dreds of fairies, elves, gnomes, and other spe­cial crea­tures to our park where we will have fun ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing the Bub­ble­man, face pain­ters, a wish­ing tree, rock paint­ing, a scav­enger hunt, fairy wing mak­ing, archery, and the Char­lie El­liott Birds of Prey. Ad­mis­sion cost is $5 per per­son; chil­dren 2 and un­der are free.

A love of na­ture is ev­i­dent in the “Park with a Heart” be­hind the New­ton County Li­brary on Floyd Street. The vi­sion for Chim­ney Park is to cre­ate a peace­ful ur­ban wood­land that at­tracts chil­dren and adults of all ages and abil­i­ties with com­mu­nity ac­tiv­i­ties and el­e­ments that en­cour­age pas­sive play, ex­plo­ration, imag­i­na­tion, quiet con­tem­pla­tion and re­spect for na­ture and his­tory.

Ev­ery­one is in­vited to make a fairy house – ei­ther as a group or on your own. Fairy houses are con­structed from the imag­i­na­tion of chil­dren (of all ages) us­ing nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als one can find in a backyard, gar­den, or wood­lands. All houses must be de­liv­ered to Chim­ney Park no later than 12noon on May 2. Th­ese houses be­come more than a project in nat­u­ral art – they be­come mag­i­cal.

Come out on May 2 with your friends and fam­ily, old and young, and ex­pe­ri­ence the magic of Fairy Houses at Chim­ney Park.

Friends of New­ton park is a 501c(3) or­ga­ni­za­tion, formed to turn this dream into re­al­ity, and is work­ing with the New­ton County Parks and Recre­ation Com­mis­sion to­ward the na­tional goal of No Child Left In­side.

Chim­ney Park now holds two sig­na­ture fundrais­ing events de­signed to in­tro­duce more peo­ple to the site and to the hopes for her fu­ture. In ad­di­tion to the an­nual Fairy Houses in May, it also hosts “Twi­lights at Chim­ney Park” in De­cem­ber, where thou­sands of lights and the squeals of chil­dren warm a cold af­ter­noon, fea­tur­ing Santa and cider, car­ol­ers and sto­ry­tellers.

For more in­for­ma­tion on Chim­ney Park and our Fairy Houses, please ex­plore our web­site at chim­ney-park.com or find us on face­book.

Ques­tions about par­tic­i­pat­ing in Fairy Houses at Chim­ney Park, please con­tact Jean Austin at: austinj71@hot­mail.com

Dar­rell Everidge / The Cov­ing­ton News

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