The News from Lake FaeBeWell
We interrupt our regular blogging for this dispatch from Fairyland (also known as Camp Newaygo):
A building boom is underway in preparation for the Enchanted Forest event, April 30 and May 1.
"The demand for twigs, stones, clay and moss is through the (tiny) roof," said Gnarly Gnome, manager of building materials. "Creativity is at an all-time high."
Indeed, our inquisitive, roving sprites have spotted activity throughout Newaygo County and beyond. Here are some of their surveillance photos and reports:
Over on the banks of the Little Muskegon River, fairy godmothers Brenda Huckins Bonter and Maureen Roslanic have been working some powerful magic with clay and imagination.
Croton resident Valerie Deur, who's rumored to be part pixie, has transformed a tree stump into a palace for tiny folk of all sorts.
Meanwhile, Diane "Diaphanous Di" Sack plans to take stump transformation to new heights with a multistory creation in this stump.
One evening, our sprites flew all the way down to Ada, where a fairy house-making party was in progress at Heather Lane Pottery. The intrepid imps returned with photos of these enchanting dwellings created by the group, which includes Lisa Boerema, Mary Beth Cooper, Dorrie Crago, Cortney Horan, Linda Kilmer, Janet Krueger, Terri Oostendorp, and Sue Monterusso.
Even my own home was invaded by those snoopy sylphs, who just couldn't stand the suspense of waiting to see what Ray has been up to in his workshop. They captured these pictures of the process and end result.
Feeling inspired? It's not too late to craft your own fairy house. You have until April 1 to finish your creation and deliver it to Camp Newaygo. So summon your muse, fire up the glue gun and get busy!
3/16/2016 07:04:18 am
Greetings from Florida. I am so excited to be home in time for this event. You creative folks are doing wonderful work.
3/16/2016 07:49:46 am
Glad to hear you'll be back in time for the event!
3/16/2016 08:36:59 am
The fairy homes are beautiful and very creative! I wish I could attend the event.
3/16/2016 08:43:27 am
Come on up, Debbie!
3/16/2016 09:05:32 am
Oh, I love them all. Thank you so much for taking me with you to see the progress. Hope we get to see them tucked in the woods before fae move in. :-)
3/16/2016 09:08:34 am
I think some have already taken up residence in the house Ray made. Unusual things happening around here!
3/16/2016 03:45:06 pm
How exciting to get a preview of the event. Can't tell you how happy I will be to stroll through the fairyland.
3/17/2016 11:51:37 am
Glad you'll be strolling again by then, Ruth.
3/16/2016 06:17:00 pm
Thanks for the preview! I'm looking forward to taking the tour via this blog, so take lots of pictures of the Enchanted Forest!
3/17/2016 10:36:16 am
Count on it!
3/17/2016 05:38:11 am
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3/17/2016 10:37:36 am
Just call me Tinkerbell. On second though, no, don't. I'm proud of Ray's efforts, too. He had fun doing it, and I had fun watching (and helping with the chimney).
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Written from the heart,
from the heart of the woods
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Nan Sanders Pokerwinski, a former journalist, writes memoir and personal essays, makes collages and likes to play outside. She lives in West Michigan with her husband, Ray.