DANSVILLE — Let it be known throughout the land that fairies now have a home in Dansville, and their magical doors will be open for all children and adults to enjoy for the whole year.
Dansville Artworks board members Jeanne Gridley and Susan DeMuth have worked tirelessly to bring this masterpiece to the community. They had help from Julee Acomb and Juli Severson in making the 16 fairy doors that now reside at several business and organizations in the area.
Dansville Artworks had a grand celebration on May 17 to welcome the fairies to Dansville. It is was well attended by children, local and state officials, and friends.
Mayor Peter Vogt read off a proclamation in honor of the special day.
“Be it known throughout the land that on this day, Wednesday, May 17, 2017 we hereby welcome the fairies of Norfolk to the village of Dansville,” he said. “We provide them with 16 tiny doors behind which they may set up residence. As mayor of this fine village I officially declare the fairy doors of Dansville ready for occupation.”
Gridley is the project manager of the Dansville Fairy Door Trail and is thrilled to have the community welcome it with open arms.
“When Susan and I decided it was time to jump in and do this, we presented the idea at a Dansville Chamber of Commerce marketing committee meeting to see if there was any interest at all. The idea was met with enthusiasm,” she said. “Our next step was to email the Fairy Door proposal to all the businesses in the downtown area. Susan and I then followed up by visiting each business in person to answer any questions and to sign people up for the project to reach a total of 16. I was told there was nearly 100 people at the ribbon cutting.”
The children do not need to find all of the fairy doors on the scavenger hunt. If they find most of them they will still get a prize. The prize is a tiny bottle of fairy bubbles.
Gridley felt inspired by a woman who does the fairy door trail in the small community of Port Rowan, Canada.
Salome Farraro said that she believes the fairy door trail in Dansville is the only one with downtown setting in Western New York.
Farraro hopes to work on a grant that will expand the fairy door trail for years to come.
Gridley mentioned she would like to keep the fairy door trail local with the lovely parks and trails we have right here in Dansville.
People are encouraged to post selfies with the fairy doors on the project’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/fairydoorsofdansville/ as they find them.
“The reaction we wanted was for people to look at these fairy doors, and get their imagination going. We want to keep the magic alive in Dansville,” Gridley said. “We are planning to have a fairy festival with storytelling and crafts on the First Friday in July.”
Gridley said she is very thankful to the response she has gotten from the community support.
“We are bringing a little extra magic to the village of Dansville for the Dogwood Festival,” she said. “We hope the children will enjoy them all year.”
DeMuth said the best part about the fairy door celebration was seeing the children’s reactions.
“I really appreciate the mayor coming down and doing the proclamation for us,” she said. “I think this will help tourism in downtown, and people will come from all over to do the fairy door trail.”
Those taking part on the fairy door trail include; Dansville Artworks, Tony’s Pizzeria, Village Clippers, The Hair Place, Rubicon Graphics, N. Dansville Town Hall, Dansville Public Library, Mill Creek Optical, Empire Realty, Nothnagle Realty, Star Theater, Dogwood Trading Company, Genesee Valley Credit Union, Sugar Bowl, Rushbottom Heights Salon, and Dogwood Floral Company. There is a fairy door trail map at these locations, and participants need to take the finished list to Dansville Public Library or Dogwood Trading Company to get their prize.
There will be two fairy workshops this weekend. On May 27 at 10 a.m. A make and take project led by Debbie Betts. Includes container (or bring one of your own), dirt, plants, accessories and special magical touches. $20/person; $35/two. On May 27 at noon Jeanne Gridley will help you create your own special door to invite fairies into your home or yard. Supplies provided. $20/person; $35/two. Space is limited! Don't miss these magical workshops. After the workshops, pick up a Fairy Door Trail map and seek all of the little doors in downtown Dansville.