Spoutwood Farm welcomes believers to annual Fairie Festival
So, you've been to the annual May Day Fairie Festival and you think you've seen it all.
There is new stuff this year. You could, in fact, find out how those little winged creatures made their way to Spoutwood Farm Center 24 years ago, said festival coordinator Amy January, who also goes by Amy Fae.
Fae said the back story tells of the arrival of the fairies and the creation of their four tribes — Mountain, River, Woodland and Meadow.
The Fairie Festival in Glen Rock is the oldest such event in the United States "and possibly in the world," she said.
And while she calls it a "big fairie tea party," she said the annual welcoming of spring event also "has grown into a live music festival."
"We are a family-friendly event but are also for the young at heart or even those who just enjoy spring," she said.
While your little believers might think they are just dancing with the fairies, they also might learn a thing or two, Fae said.
The self-described mission of Spoutwood Farm Center "is to help people connect with nature and nurture their own creativity," she said.
She explained that during the characters' stage performances and the ceremonial crowning of a new king and queen, the young ones are being taught about nature.
Also new at the festival this year, Fae said, is the Sprout Scouts for ages 4 through 16 where, in a fantasy theme, children are taught how to care for the earth by not disturbing plant life and composting.
On the more serious side, three of Spoutwood Farm Center's 26 acres have been farmed organically — without synthetic fertilizers or pesticides — since 1996 as part of the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. The garden can provide produce for up to 100 families each year who sign on as shareholders to help support the center.
Funds from the garden and from the Fairie Festival go to support the festival, the farm center itself and other worthy community programs, Fae said.
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