Legend has it that if you build a fairy home and leave it in your garden, you just might attract a fairy into your garden.

If you have neither the time nor the talent to build your own Fairy home, then take a moment or two, to see the spectacular work of others at the Grand Rapids Symphony’s “Blandford Enchanted” at Blandford Nature Center here in Grand Rapids.

Some 35 fairy houses, none more that three-feet high, created by West Michigan artists will be on display indoors this Friday, June 2 through Sunday, June 4, in Blandford Nature Center’s new Mary Jane Dockeray Welcome Center. And, much more can be seen throughout the grounds wildlife and nature preserve located at 1715 Hillburn Ave. NW.

There will be outdoor displays, a special Fairy Boutique, live entertainment and more, all a  part of the three-day event organized by Grand Rapids Symphony Friends, formerly known as the Grand Rapids Symphony Women’s Committee.

Courtesy GRSO
Courtesy GRSO

They will even have a Do-it-yourself Fairy Door decorating and build-it-yourself Fairy House making kits for all who want to build their own.

A special Lantern Walk through the forest, complete with live music, will be held the evening of Saturday, June 3 among the grounds of the 143-acre preserve.

Hours for “Blandford Enchanted” are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, June 2, through Sunday, June 4. Admission is $10 adults, $5 children.

The Lantern Walk will be 7 to 10 p.m., Saturday, June 3. Tickets for the Lantern Walk are $15 for all ages.

A preview party, “One Enchanted Evening,” will be held 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. this Thursday, June 1. Along with a sneak-peak preview of the exhibition, the evening includes heavy hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar; music from the Celtic ensemble An Dro; and the premiere of a new ballet, set to the music of Maurice Ravel, featuring dancers from Grand Rapids Ballet and musicians of the Grand Rapids Symphony. Tickets for “One Enchanted Evening” are $75. Tickets include entertainment, food and a signature drink.

“Blandford Enchanted” is a fund raiser held to support the Grand Rapids Symphony’s educational programs.


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