Fairy and Gnome Village

The Southborough Open Land Foundation is pleased to announce the settling of a Fairy and Gnome Village at Beals Preserve during the spring and summer of 2018. This program is lead by artists, puppeteer and naturalist Deborah Costine, and with support from Art on the Trails Program Director Catherine Weber and in collaboration with a committee of fairy house enthusiasts throughout Southborough. This program is an opportunity for creative and resourceful architects of all ages to build a house within the village using natural materials found at the Preserve. Our goal is to honor nature by using what is at hand to create whimsical structures in a village setting. 

The program will begin with a workshop, Creating your own Fairy or Gnome House, lead by Deborah Costine on Saturday, May 12, from 2-4 pm. This program is free and all are welcome.  Meeting location and map. 

House building parameters
  • Materials must be sourced from nature, specifically from Beals Preserve and its surroundings.
  • No purchased or manufactured materials are allowed
  • Houses should be built on site
  • Each house will receive a sign, identifying the architect, as well as publication on the Art on the Trails Blog.
Following the May workshop, builders may visit the preserve and build houses throughout the summer. Builders should then send a picture of their house to us to have a sign made and their creation published on this website. 
 
Tours will be held throughout the summer by community members including the Girl Scouts, Deborah Costine, and the Art on the Trails program, among others.