Second annual Waterloom Fairy Festival on Sept. 21

  • The Waterloom Fairy Festival is scheduled to be held on Sept. 21 at the Souhegan Country Club in New Ipswich. Bring a fairy house for display in exchange for a free child's admission ticket. Staff photo by Ashley Saari—Marilyn F Stowe

Published: 9/10/2019 1:53:34 PM

The Waterloom Fairy Festival is back on September 21, for a second year. Colorful festoons will fly overhead as children and adults explore the delights that await them on the festival grounds at the Souhegan Country Club in New Ipswich.

The festival experience begins with a tour of the Enchanted Fairy Village, a hand-crafted fairy world made from natural materials. Bring a fairy house that you have created from natural materials for display in the fairy village and receive a free child’s festival admission ticket (valued at $4, one per family). Details and submission guidelines are listed on the Waterloom Fairy Festival website.

There will be plenty of games, prizes, and arts and crafts, as well as live music by blues artist Jake Elwell of 66 & Main and Matt Austin on the Irish fiddle. Put your dancing shoes on and join in a traditional New England contra dance, called by Frank Woodward from Bennington. Accompanying Woodward are John Rosenfelder on bass and Christine Anderson on the fiddle, both of New Ipswich. The dance is open to beginners and old hands alike.

The Monadnock Academy of Movement Arts will lead an impromptu fairy ballet for all the fairy ballerinas and danseurs who wish to participate. 

Jane Elwell of The Silver Scone will host an English Fairy Tea Party. There’s also a petting zoo, fairy fashion show, face painting, and a storyteller with tales of the mythical Selkie. Oberon the majestic King of the Fairies and his lovely Queen Titania will walk the fair and meet with children, greeting guests and be available for photos all afternoon. All activities listed above are included in the price of admission to the festival.

While you are at the festival, take time to browse the selection of fantasy creatures and jewelry from artist Melanie Chouinard of the Silver Branch in Wilton. Other handmade items will be available such as Bags by Judy, a stunning assortment of delicious hand decorated cookies by Marla Beller of Blueberry Hill Bakers, as well as fairy fashions by Peaseblossom of New Ipswich, and Wings and Things fairy accoutrements.

Master magician Jason Purdy returns with Precious the bunny and his doves, CJ, Skittles and Victoria, to amaze and mystify in a special one-hour magic show beginning at 3 p.m. Tickets to the magic show are available online or at the gate. Seating is limited.

Gates open at noon on September 21. Festival hours are from noon to 4 p.m. The Souhegan Country club is located at 290 Old Country Road, New Ipswich. Visit for more information, directions, or to purchase tickets. Admission is $9 for adults, $4 for children under 12. A magic show ticket is an additional $5 per ticket.

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