Nickel Plate Arts presents sixth annual Fairyville


The Nickel Plate Arts campus in Noblesviille will once again be transformed into Fairyville.

“One of the reasons we do this event is it’s a chance to celebrate Earth Day by connecting nature and art, so it’s a fun way for families to celebrate Earth Day,” NPA Director Aili McGill said. “But it’s also great fun for kids because they can dress up and pretend with us. We’ll have real-life fairies on campus. It’s such a fun way to celebrate creativity. For anyone who is inspired by fairies or the magical world, it’s a fun way to celebrate spring.”

The sixth annual Fairyville is set for April 18 to 21 at NPA, 107 S. 8th St. The event starts with Winged Weekdays April 18-20 from noon to 5 p.m., with Fairy Tea Parties at 2:30 and 4:30 p.m. daily.

McGill said the entire event usually draws between 200 and 300 people.

Fairy Friday (April 20) and Sprite Saturday (April 21) are typically the busiest days.

“We’ll have music, storytellers and all sorts of fun stuff going on that (Friday) evening,” McGill said. “We have the Fairyville Trail set up. We have two branches of the trail this year, which is new. One branch will be the Nickel Plate campus west toward the River Walk and it will go along the River Walk. Then the other branch there will be Fairyville district around the historic square. Merchants are joining in with us and decorating their doors to show their doors are fairy-friendly, too.”

The fairy houses will be displayed along the trail.

“It’s kind of like a treasure hunt. You can get a map so you can find them all,” McGill said.

There also will be fairy storytelling and a Fairy Home awards show April 20.

The April 21 events feature fairy crafts, fairy-themed face painting and more Fairy Tea Parties from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with tea parties starting at 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

There will live be music by Resonate150 on the evenings of April 20 and April 21.

There will be three authors, including McGill, a Noblesville resident whose children’s book, “The Owl and the Pussycat Went to Sea,” comes out in April, along with Fishers resident Sarah Morin, who recently published the book “Rapunzel the Hairbrained,” and comic book author and illustrator Stuart Sayger.

“They will all be there Friday night and we’ll also be there Saturday, but we don’t know the timing of that,” McGill said.

There is a fairy house decorating contest and crafts. McGill said the winning fairy house is determined by the audience.

“There is a wide range of experience building fairy houses as well as people of all ages do this,” McGill said. “We’ll have professionals submitted. We’ll also have some fun houses made by 5- and 6-year-olds. They are all going to be amazing.”

The cost for Tea Parties is $10 and $5 for NPA members. Fairy crafts and face painting is $5 each. Proceeds benefit Nickel Plate Arts programs.

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