If you’ve never seen a fairy in Ann Arbor, perhaps it’s time you started hanging out at the Mity Nice cart. They like to stop by around dusk, and play a few games and pick up an itty bitty Italian ice to take home to their brothers and sisters.
Or better yet, come by on Sunday, Aug. 12 for the Fairies & Fairy Door Festival, when fairies and humans will mix and mingle and enjoy an afternoon of fun and games, arts and crafts.
We have some surprised planned, so we can’t tell you everything. But here’s some highlights of our fairy and pirate event:
- The folks at FLY Art Center will provide some wonderful craft activities. Fairy fans will be able to make a wand and a tiara and pirates and their pals can create their own villainous mustache and a hook from tin foil and a cup. (They also are our non-profit partner, so a percent of all Italian ice and food sales from Mity Nice will go directly to this great group.)
- Children and adults are encouraged to dress up as fairies or pirates, and join the costume contest at 1:30 p.m. (No sharp swords please.)
- The folks from BrickBash, the cool Lego-building festival, are bringing out some of their favorites to share with our guests.
- A face painter will be available to give you a flower or some fairy dust or perhaps a patch over your eye or a terrifying scar, if you’re a pirate. Thanks to the kind support of LilyGrace, the luxury cosmetics boutique on Main Street, we will offer free face painting for most of the event.
- We will offer an array of fairy games and dances – some of them will be magical. (Yes, you can play even if you have no wings or magical powers.)
- Hear stories of fairies and fairy adventures, listen to fairy tales in some storytimes on the steps.
- See some new fairy doors that are popping up, both at the Mity Nice cart and throughout the Artisan Market.
- Try some treats made by local fairies and their cousins, the sprites and brownies.
- Buy some amazing fairy items – including some locally made fairy doors and wands and some postcards, crowns and books from the Mity Nice Fairie Shop. We appreciate Nicola’s Books for handing over most of the fairy books that will available.