October 27, 2021

‘Wee Faerie Village’ Returns to Old Lyme’s Florence Griswold Museum Through Oct. 31, ‘Balloon Art Day’ Planned for Oct. 23

Visitors of all ages are in awe of the Florence Griswold Museum’s Wee Faerie Village. Photo by Sean Flynn

OLD LYME — After postponing Wee Faerie Village last year due to COVID, the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme presents FOLLY WOODS: Awesome Wee Faerie Architecture Along the Artists’ Trail on the grounds of museum’s 12-acre campus from Oct. 1 through 31.

Visitors follow a map to explore 23 miniature wonders handcrafted by artists, designers, and faerie-aficionados. This annual event with its family-friendly walking trail has come to signify an enriching outing for visitors of all ages.

In past years, the Museum has greeted between 10,000 and 17,000 visitors during this family-friendly outdoor exhibition.

This year’s Wee Faerie Village is the 12th anniversary of the Museum’s annual outdoor creative installations. The theme, FOLLY WOODS is a playful, miniaturized take on ornamental buildings popular on country estates, parks, and gardens in the 18th and 19th centuries. They are often inspired by classical architecture of ancient Greece or Rome, but can borrow elements from all over the world—for example, Egypt, India, and Japan.

Visitors of all ages will enjoy the artists’ whimsical creative skills as they learn about different architectural styles from across the world.

Each Wee Faerie House is unique and demands close attention to take in all the intricate details.

Special Events

As part of its Wee Faerie Village exhibition, adults and families with children can enjoy a month of faerie-themed events. These events are included in admission. Visit www.FlorenceGriswoldMuseum.org for more information.

Saturday, Oct. 16
11am to 4pm

Pirate Day
Free with Museum Admission
Come meet the Free Men of the Seaarrr-fully good re-enactors who bring the myths and history of pirates and privateers to life. Visiting FOLLY WOODS for one special day only. Ask questions, pose for photos, and learn something new!

Saturday, Oct. 23
11am to 3pm

Twisting the Day Away: Balloon Art by April
Meet April, the balloon twisting artist who can conjure anything from her palette of colorful balloons. Ask for a wand, a sword, or a cartoon character, and watch it appear before your very eyes. A wonderfully colorful addition to FOLLY WOODS!

Sunday, Oct. 24
Noon to 3pm

Jolly Day in FOLLY WOODS
Free with Museum Admission
Enjoy a fun and jolly day in FOLLY WOODS with Joe Howard, entertainer extraordinaire—stilt walking, magic, and comedy to delight all ages. Fun for the whole family! Rain date: Saturday, October 30.

Sunday, Oct. 31
10am to 4pm
Halloween Fun in FOLLY WOODS
Dress up as movie stars, faeries, or wizards (or anything you like!) and frolic through FOLLY WOODS. Boo-tiful fun to be had for the whole family.

Editor’s Note: For more information, visit https://florencegriswoldmuseum.org/wfv2021/

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