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Fairy Tales at Ford House
Posted: August 24, 2012

Fairy Tales at Ford House
Grimm Brothers 200th Anniversary Serves as Inspiration for Magical Events
Come one, come all to a land of imagination and wonder for Fairy Tales at Ford House: A Grimm Celebration. For the second year, the historic estate takes visitors on a fantastical journey through some of the most well-known fairy tales. This year, Ford House celebrates the Brothers Grimm with an expansive art exhibit and numerous events sure to entertain families of all ages.
At the centerpiece of the celebration is Once Upon a Time: Grimmly Inspired, a community art exhibit located in the South Cottage. The exhibit features works submitted by adult and student artists placed alongside historic Grimm tale illustrations on loan from the Detroit Public Library. The magical exhibit runs through Nov. 4.
The artists recognized for their submissions are:
First Prize:  Artist: Laurie Longo, Student: Abby Grobbel 
Second Prize: Artist: Molly Alicki Corriveau, Student: Amelia Rennell
Third Prize: Artist: Lori Zurvalec, Student: Jordan Jackson

Story Awards Artists: Krysten Bobrowicki, Rhonda Denney, Kathleen McNamee, Lenore Orlowska-Warren, Nancy Pitel, Brenda Beene Shackleford, Marian Short, Cameron Wilcox. Students: Kimberly Higgins, Kerry Leannais, Bobby Simone, Gracie Tallarek
In addition to the exhibit, a variety of programs for families, youth and adults is offered.. (click on the program name for a link to more information and to purchase tickets)
Youth Programs
·    Fairy House and Terrarium Workshop (Sept. 8) – Using natural materials, families will create their own fairy house to place on the Ford House grounds. In addition, they will visit the fairy tale exhibit, listen to a story and make their own fairy terrarium to take home.
·        Fairy Tale Quests ( Sept. 15, 29) – Escape into a fantasy world to become a hero or a princess and travel through an adventure on the Ford House grounds, led by Russ and Julie Glen of Lore Adventures.
·        Artfully Inspired: Using Grimm Stories (Sept. 22) – Young artists will tour the Once Upon a Time: Grimmly Inspired exhibit to investigate how the student and adult artists created their works of art. Grosse Point North art instructor Rob Thies will lead children through a creativity exercise to help them create their own masterpiece.
·       Pewabic Tile Making (October 6) – Create your own Pewabic Tile using the Once Upon a Time: Grimmly Inspired exhibit as inspiration. Tiles will be created at Ford House, fired at Pewabic Pottery and available for pickup at Ford House at a later date.
Adult Programs
·       The Pied Piper: Franco-American Versions of a German Legend (Sept. 13) – Wayne State University Professor Dr. Anne Duggan explores The Pied Piper – from its German origins to the Brothers Grimm to French and American versions.

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