13th Annual Portsmouth Fairy House Tour will feature more than 200 tiny houses
Annual charity event brings magic to Portsmouth’s South End
"Game of Faeries” by 2016 Artist Invitational Winner Marilyn Stowe
Photo by Barry Kane
The 13th Annual Portsmouth Fairy House Tour will take place on September 23 and 24, 2017 from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., rain or shine. The Portsmouth Fairy House Tour is the world’s largest fairy house tour and features more than 200 handcrafted fairy houses made by local artists, florists, garden clubs club members, businesses, families and local school children.
This year’s event will also feature the Artist Invitational, a judged competition among 10 fairy houses built by creative professionals. Tracy Kane, local author and illustrator of the Fairy Houses Series®, will be at the event on both days to greet ticket holders and sign autographs. In addition, visitors can expect to see performances by the Southern New Hampshire Dance Theater and the NH Theatre Project.
The proceeds of this long standing collaborative community event benefit Strawbery Banke, Prescott Park Arts Festival, the Governor John Langdon House, Prescott Park and the Portsmouth Elementary Schools. Since the Fairy House Tour began, FOSE has reinvested more than $280,000 in these important South End organizations and in the Portsmouth community as a whole.
Inspired by Kane’s Fairy Houses Series®, and produced by Friends of the South End with the assistance of Canoe Harbor Consulting, the annual Fairy House Tour attracts 6,500-8,000 families and fairies each year. The event is sponsored by Optima Bank and Trust, Parenting NH, Appledore Medical Group, Exeter Hospital, Infinite Imaging (design & print sponsor), Pickwick’s Mercantile, Cunningham Associates Insurance, Esther’s Marina, Geno’s Sandwich and Chowder Shop, Piscataqua Savings Bank, Rolling Green Nursery, Sander’s Fish Market, and Sandie Dika at Keller Williams Realty.
Once again, Parenting NH is giving away tickets for this great, annual event. Click here to enter to win a family pass.
About Friends of the South End
The Friends of the South End (FOSE) is a nonprofit corporation in the South End of Portsmouth, NH. FOSE’s mission is to foster a cooperative, neighborly spirit; encourage preservation of the neighborhood's historic character; promote public safety; monitor and disseminate information about important developments in Portsmouth and the South End; and protect and enhance the quality of life in the South End. Membership is open to others who share the goals of the organization. For more information or to become a member, please visit www.friendsofthesouthend.org.