Rain, Schmain – it’s all Good Fun

It was a dark and stormy day…

But that didn’t stop the 100+ people who came out to Dahlem on Saturday for our Faerie Fest & Dragon Days!

Just as we had hoped, this event proved to be a huge draw for the young a heart, who didn’t care if they got wet or muddy – they were too focused on building their creations!

Boys and girls alike were drawn to this event.  These four young knights built a collection of dragon lairs in our rock garden, and, rumor has it, had an encounter with an ogre!

And there he is – the Ogre!  He was lurking in a hollow log when I caught him with my camera.

The sword demonstrations went well, with Tobin Bates giving historical background to the styles of fighting we saw.

Saltatoris, the medieval dance guild from the Society for Creative Anachronism, led some lively dances with eager participants.  Here they are doing a snake dance.

The vendors had to move indoors, but even so, some sales were hopping.  The baker’s faerie wing cookies practically flew off the table.

And who could resist the haunting music of Native American flutes?

Crystals and charms delighted many.

There was an assortment of dragons and pixies to choose from, too.

But the main reason for the day was the creation of houses for Dahlem’s homeless faeries and dragons.  Here is a taste of some of the wonderful homes that were built.  Click on each photo to enlarge it so you can see some of the wonderful details the builders put in.

At the end of the day we had a Grande Tour of Homes, where we took the opportunity to ooo and ahhh over each creation.

The Dragon Egg Hunt was also a hit.

Treasures were everywhere this day…not the least of which were our volunteers – hardy souls who braved the cold, wet weather to help families have a great time playing in the woods.

We’ll be doing this event again – I hope you will join us in 2013 for the second Faerie Fest & Dragon Days.


About Dahlem Center

The Dahlem Center is a non-profit nature center/environmental education center located on almost 300 acres just south of the city of Jackson, Michigan. The Center is one arm of the Dahlem Conservancy, which includes land conservancy and stewardship in its mission.
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One Response to Rain, Schmain – it’s all Good Fun

  1. Billy Kingston says:

    we had a great day. looking forward to next year…

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