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May 24, 2020








Last year’s Fairy House Festival. Courtesy photo.

Fairy House Festival

Where: Kimball Jenkins School of Art, 266 North Main St., Concord
When: Sunday, June 12, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Cost: $10
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Fairy fun
Tea parties and fairy houses featured at festival

By Matt Ingersoll

 Fairy tales will come true at Concord’s historic Kimball Jenkins Estate on Sunday, June 12, at the second annual Fairy House Festival, featuring tea parties, arts and crafts and an appearance by New Hampshire’s own children’s author and illustrator Tracy Kane.

“When I came up with the idea, not a lot of places in New Hampshire had these kinds of fairy festivals,” said event organizer Rachel Young. “The closest one I could find during the summer was all the way up in Maine, and the idea of six hours of driving just to get there for the event just didn’t seem doable. So with the more than four acres we have at Kimball Jenkins, we thought we could do one here.”
Young tracked Kane down while trying to plan the first event last year.
A resident of Lee, Kane majored in illustration at Philadelphia College of Art and is the author and illustrator of the award-winning Fairy House children’s book series. She will be on hand to teach children of all ages how to build fairy houses out of seashells, pine cones, bark, tree branches, pebbles and other materials. 
Kane’s books include instructions on how to build fairy houses and give children a fun way to get outside and learn about nature. She has attended events all over the country and was at last year’s festival at Kimball Jenkins as well. 
A series of three fairy tea parties will be held from 12:15 to 1:45 p.m. Pink lemonade, iced tea and cupcakes will be served for up to 152 people for each party, and guests are encouraged to bring their own snacks and lunch.
From 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., Kane will read excerpts from her series and her books will be available for purchase. A professional photographer will also be there to take photos, and parents can have any photos emailed to them if they wish.
“The children will get to meet Tracy, and if you buy one of her books there that day, she will sign them,” Young said.
The festival is an extension of the monthly fairy tea parties that are also hosted by the Kimball Jenkins School of Art at the estate.
“I don’t think a lot of people know that there is such a place in Concord as the Kimball Jenkins School of Art that has summer events,” Young said, “so we like to use the fairy tea parties to get people accustomed to the art school.”
The school also hosts a six-week summer camp program from early July to mid-August, with specific themes designated for each week.
“One week that’s been really popular is Fantasy Week,” Young said, which is a week that invites kids to travel through different times and universes by dressing up and creating fairy tale themed art projects.
Themes for other weeks during the summer camp program include Exploring Yourself Through Art, Animal Week, Studio Week, Comics and Manga Week and Great Artist Week.
Tickets to this Sunday’s event can be purchased at the door for $20 per person, though pre-registration is encouraged online at for those who wish to attend the first tea party.
For more information on Tracy Kane, how to build fairy houses and how to buy her books in advance, visit 

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