Fairy Alert From Boxerwood
Editor’s note: The following is a “breaking news story” from Boxerwood.
Like Aesop’s town mouse and country mouse, it turns out that some fairy folk prefer city habitation to life in the country. And so, after a chilly winter in the Boxerwood Fairy Forest, some tiny residents have moved out of the woods and into town.
How would we know? A proliferation of 6-inch-high doors has been spotted in shops around Main Street.
Ben Eland, Boxerwood’s gardener, has been tracking the comings and goings of fairies, elves, gnomes and other wee folk since their unexpected arrival last spring at the nature center, where many built tiny homes in the forest with the help of human folk during last year’s Fairy Festival.
According to Eland, late last week Boxerwood received a flurry of phone calls from more than a dozen shopkeepers. “They all reported finding the same thing – a tiny door hidden somewhere inside their store.”
Ditto for the library, where Youth Services director Carol Elizabeth Jones reports finding “an itty-bitty door to who-knows-where, right next to a copy of ‘The Fairy Rebel.’ I hope everyone checks it out!”
Boxerwood, eager to share new news about the fairies – and to publicize this year’s Fairy Festival on April 29 – has issued a challenge to downtown shoppers: Find all 15 fairy doors of Lexington and enter a prize drawing to win a fairy shop (image attached) designed and built by J. Sylvan Architects, maker of many Boxerwood large- and small-scale creations. The fairy shop will be on display at the Rockbridge Regional Library.
Fairy door-finder cards will be available from participating shops beginning on Saturday, April 1. They include Artists in Cahoots, Books & Co, Cocoa Mill Chocolates, Earth, Fire & Spirit Pottery, Gladiola Girls, Ladles and Linens, Lexington Pet Place, Pappagallo, Shenandoah Attic, Southern Girls, Sunday’s Child, Victorian Parlor, Virginia Born and Bred, and Walkabout Outfitters.
For each door discovered, shopkeepers will mark the card with a sticker; all 15 must be found to enter the drawing. Cards must be turned into the Rockbridge Regional Library or Boxerwood on or before Friday, April 28. The drawing will be held during the Fairy Festival at Boxerwood on April 29.
More information about the Fairy Festival and the latest fairy sightings will be posted on Boxerwood’s Facebook page and on Instagram, #boxerwoodfairies. To speak with a human, call 463-2697.