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Wee Faerie Village Presents WHIMSICAL KINGDOMS 
The Castles, Towers, and Palaces of Fiction’s Greatest Princes & Princesses (and perhaps a few Sorcerers and Witches) 

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October 1 through November 1, 2015

Take a look at a few of this year’s mascots!
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Drawings by Chicago based illustrator Aaron B. Miller

Ready to romp through some royal realms?

Follow the Wee Faerie Trail as it leads from one Whimsical Kingdom to the next; from Cinderella’s enchanted castle to Rapunzel’s towering tower to Aladdin’s shimmering palace—all fashioned with an emphasis on natural materials.

Whimsical Kingdoms will feature over two-dozen faerie-scaled castles, towers, and palaces on the Museum’s campus that celebrate fiction’s greatest princes and princesses in a new and imaginative way. Imagine fanciful edifices detailed with mini moats, pinecone pinnacles, fungus fortresses, acorn-topped timbered towers, bark-covered buttresses, fluttering feather flags, driftwood drawbridges…the list goes on and on. Who lives in these Whimsical Kingdoms? The Prince Charmings, Cinderella, Aladdin, King Arthur, Robin Hood, The Little (Petite) Prince, Price Caspian (Narnia), Snow White, Mulan, Belle, The Little Mermaid, The Princess and the Pea, The Snow Queen, The Frog Princess, Tiger Lily (Peter Pan), Rapunzel, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Dracula … the list goes on and on. Some characters have lived in their royal residence from birth. Others have earned their new stately abode through marriage or magic. Either way, the faerie version of these places, keenly crafted of natural materials and set within the nooks and crannies of the Museum’s campus, will present grand structures of wonder…as well as a glimpse into the stories from which they derive.

It will be a grand return to the notion of faerie houses, but on a grand scale…sound the mini-faerie trumpets.

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As part of its Wee Faerie Village exhibition, adults and families with children can enjoy a month of fun faerie and themed activities.

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Please note there are special hours & pricing for Wee Faerie Village from October 1 to November 1.

Tues. – Sat. 10am – 5pm & Sun. 11am – 5pm Open Columbus Day Monday (October 12) 10am – 5pm

View Wee Faerie Calendar

Wee Faerie Admission

During this time, Museum passes, Library passes, 2-for-1 offers, and other discounts apply to the regular admission fee.

Admission includes access to the Wee Faerie Village outdoor exhibition and the special exhibitions in the Krieble Gallery, as well as the historic Florence Griswold House and the rest of the Museum’s facilities. All visitors are responsible for the additional special event admission.
$15 Adults
$14 Seniors (62+)
$13 Students
$5 Members
Children 12 and under are free

Wee Faerie Village FAQs


Are reservations required?

No reservations are required.


Is it stroller/wheelchair accessible?

Yes, however, the trails are not paved.


Is this just for children?

No, it is enjoyed by visitors of all ages.


How much walking is involved?

The Village is scattered throughout our 11 acre campus.


Are there places to sit along the way?

There are benches in the garden and several chairs by the river, but not along the bulk of the trail.


Does it close when it rains?

The Village is open rain or shine.


How long does it take to go through?

You can spend as little or as much time as you like. There are nearly 30 stops along the trail. Visitors also have access to the galleries and the Florence Griswold House. There may be special activities on the day of your visit that you would like to participate in. On Sundays there are hands-on activities in the Hartman Education Center.


Is it free with my library’s pass?

No, there is an additional charge of $5.00 per adult using the library pass and children are free.


Does my FGM membership cover admission?

No, there is an additional charge of $5.00 per adult member and children are free.


Can I purchase admission for only the Wee Faerie Village?

No, our posted admission prices apply.

More Questions?

Please visit our general Frequently Asked Questions page or feel free to ask the front desk if you do not find your answer there!

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Wee Faerie Events

Merida’s Highland-Fling Crafting Party

Saturday, October 3, 11am-4pm

Merida appears at 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, and 3:30pm

Come to our daylong Merida’s Highland-Fling Crafting Party and enjoy sweet treats and crafts while awaiting Merida’s arrival. The feisty Scottish Princess will share adventure stories and song before posing for pictures.

Creative Crafternoons in the Kingdom

Enjoy a different hands-on craft project each week. Free with Museum admission.

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Lecture: Quests and Perils, Castles and Palaces: Classic Story Arcs in Fairytales Explored

Tuesday, October 6, 5:30pm

Dr. Mark J. Schenker, Dean of Academic Affairs, Yale College and former lecturer in English at Yale

$7 (members $5)
Please check back after September 15 to register.

Referencing several stories featured in this year’s Whimsical Kingdoms, Schenker outlines the characteristics of the classic fairy tale narrative with particular attention to the significance of architectural elements such as castles, towers, and palaces.


Fun-for-the-Family Wee Faerie Concert with Maria Sangiolo

Saturday, October 10, 11:30am and 2:30pm

Award-winning artist Sangiolo performs feature songs from her family recording Fairy Moon – Songs of the Ring. Audiences of all ages will croon and swing to songs of the little men who build shoes for the fairies, dance around a fairy ring, and even meet fairies who tie children’s hair in knots and bows at bedtime.


Wandering Prince Charmings

Sunday, October 11, 1-3pm

Enjoy the exuberant prince-like voices of Connecticut College’s all-male a cappela group, the Co-Co Beaux. This talented group of young “Prince Charmings” will wander the grounds, serenading young and old with their beautiful voices.


 

Monday, October 12, Columbus Day
The Museum is open!

Wee Faerie Bizarre Bazaar: A Quirky and Creative Artisan Faire

Monday, October 12, 10am-3pm (Columbus Day)

Artful objects created by local artisans and crafters inspired by the faerie realm will be featured in a special one-day, pop-up display at the Museum.

 

Mirth in the Monarchy Monday Featuring A Parade for the Newly Crowned Prince

Monday, October 12, 10am-5pm (Columbus Day)

Marvel at the “bronze” sculpture of the Crowned Prince before the fun parade at 12noon. Come early and get your enchantment on with dancer L’Ana Burton who will lead faerie dance lessons beginning at 11:30am. The faerie dancers will enchant the sculpture to life so he can lead the parade. Wings, crowns, tiara and Medieval attire encouraged. Sand-sculpting demos at the sand castle during the day.


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Cool & Creative Castle Cake Contest

Saturday, October 17

Drop Off: 9am-11am; Awards: 3pm; Pick Up: 4-5pm

Bake and decorate an edible castle. Cakes should be fully complete before delivery to Museum. Entries on view for visitors to choose the top three “Best in Show” creations. Three $75 Shopping Sprees in The Shop to be awarded. Bakers receive up to two free adult admissions on the day of the contest.


 

Cinderella’s Pumpkin Patch Party

Saturday, October 17, 11am-4pm

Come wander our impromptu pumpkin patch to choose the perfect pumpkin before decorating it with markers, gems, stickers, and more. Pumpkins, gourds, and other fall produce for sale by the Davis Farm in Norwich, CT.


 

Creating Whimsical Characters: A Master Class for Adults with Faerie Artist Katie Scarlett Faile

Tuesday, October 20, 2-5pm

$75 (members $60)
Please check back after September 15 to register.

Join Whimsical Kingdom artist and published illustrator Katie Scarlette Faile for this introduction to the whimsical world of faeries. During the workshop, Faile works with adults to draw, ink, and paint a faerie character of their own, while discussing her own creative process for character development. Class size is limited to offer individual attention to each student.


 

Book Talk: The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern’s Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure by William Goldman

Thursday, October 22, 4pm

Dr. Mark J. Schenker, Senior Associate Dean and Dean of Academic Affairs, Yale College

$7 (members $5)
Please check back after September 15 to register.

Different in several ways from the famous film, the book is rich in character and satire. Set in 1941, and framed cleverly as an “abridged” retelling of a centuries-old tale set in the fabled country of Florin that’s home to “Beasts of all natures and descriptions. Pain. Death. Brave men. Coward men. Strongest men. Chases. Escapes. Lies. Truths. Passions.” A perfect read for adults during the Museum’s Whimsical Kingdoms event. Book available in The Shop.


Art•Bar Happy Hour: Faerie Making Mania

Thursday, October 22, 5:30pm

$25 (members $22)
Please check back after September 15 to register.

The Museum’s Art•Bar combines creativity with light fare and libations. On this special faerie edition of Art•Bar, there will be three special faerie projects: making faeries led by artists Mary Jo Helchow, drawing faeries by artist Katie Scarlett Faile, and crafting mini faeries thrones by Museum Educator Julie Garvin Riggs.


Story Time: Palaces: Where Magic is at Home

Tom Lee, Storyteller

Saturday, October 24, 11:30am and 2:30pm

Join master story teller Tom Lee for an imaginary walk through a fairy-tale forest in a quest to discover an enchanted castle with a very good story. Listeners will need to keep their wits and pay attention to the people and animals along the way, because they often know more than you do, and could help you save the day.


All Hallow’s Eve All-Day Party

Saturday, October 31, 11am-4pm

Halloween fun lasts all day with treats and hands-on crafts. Visitors are encouraged to dress up as kings and queens, princes and princesses, each with a faerie twist to march in our Romping through the Royal Realm costume parade that begins at 11:30am. Prizes awarded for Best Royal, Best Faerie, and Best Combo (Royal/Faerie) costume.


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