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Berlin To Create Its First Fairy Village


This September Scraptivity, 1020 Farmington Ave., will host the creation of Fiddlehead Fern Fairy Village. Fiddlehead Fern Fairy Village will go up on Sept. 1 and remain until the end of the month at Volunteer Park in Berlin.

Patricia Gibson, owner of Scraptivity said she first saw a Fairy Village at the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme.

“They have a gorgeous fairy village they create every October,” said Gibson. “When I opened this store I found we were doing a lot things with fairies. I thought maybe if I asked the town really, really nicely they would let me have a park and we would do it here.”

Last week the town approved the idea and plans have begun.

Anyone who lives or works in the town of Berlin is invited to participate in the creation of the Fairy Village.

“We are looking for makers! Creators! People who believe in Fairies,” said Gibson. “It is the hope of Scraptivity that local businesses will sponsor a free table in the Gazebo on Saturdays and Sunday with activities for children. We will be making wands, crowns, wings and other fairy related wonders.”

Hopes are for at least 30 fairy houses built by individuals or businesses. They can be from three inches tall to several feet tall.

The theme is “Nature Inspired”.

“Their house needs to include something from nature,” said Gibson. “It is pretty broad. It can be sticks, acorns and more.”

There are no specific hours for the event and it is free to the public. It will be different every weekend so people come back each week.

In order to participate you must fill out an application to build a dwelling or host a table. Applications are only available at Scraptivity. You must come to the store to fill it out and claim your spot in the park.

“I need to be able to plan the activities,” Gibson said. “Even children must come in. If they want to install a fairy house they need to apply. We will co-ordinate the actual installation.”

People do not need to make it in advance, but photos are welcome and it needs to be shown by Aug. 28 so it can be built by Sept. 1.

More details will be available on Facebook at and

This project has been approved by The Parks and Recreation Department.