A Flutter in Time: Faerie Houses Around the World & Across the Ages

October 1 - 30, 2016
Wee Faerie Village

OLD LYME, CT, August 31, 2016 – The Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme, CT presents A Flutter in Time: Faerie Houses Around the World & Across the Ages on the grounds of museum’s campus from October 1 through 30. Visitors follow a “Time Traveler’s Guide” to thirty-two hand-crafted faerie scenes. It’s a time-bending adventure of global (and miniature) proportions! One minute visitors are in ancient Babylon, then 13th century France, next they could be in Victorian Spain, or even outer space in 2817! All ages will marvel at the detail and craftsmanship as they visit Irish faerie folk from the 18th century and a Polynesian faerie from 20th century Hawaii.

Last year nearly 16,000 visitors enjoyed the 2015 event, Whimsical Kingdoms during its month-long run. This year’s Wee Faerie Village is the eighth of the Museum’s annual outdoor creative installations. Challenged to create their scenes using natural materials, most artists work for at least six months on their creations. “I had great time collecting palm thatch, sea grasses, banana leaves, bamboo, driftwood, and sea shells for my Polynesian faerie village," notes Jessica Zydeek of Cromwell, CT. “I wanted to include the diverse cultural and architectural styles of Hawaii, from humble ancestral huts to the grand palaces of King Kamehameha.” Artists are selected from across Connecticut and a few from outside the state. This year, students from Deep River Elementary School, Nathan Hale Arts Magnet School (New London), the Interdistrict School for Arts and Communication (New London), and Haddam-Killingworth High School created time-altering creations. This annual event has come to signify an enriching, not-to-be-missed outing for visitors of all ages.

Special Events

As part of its Wee Faerie Village exhibition, adults and families with children can enjoy a month of faerie-themed activities. Events include a visit from Mary Poppins, a Pirate Day, parties, performances, book discussions, and craft activities. Many events are included in Museum admission. Visit www.FlorenceGriswoldMuseum.org for a complete list.