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05.05.10>

Finally! New tickets at the Ark. They are purple, with an "F" on one and a "P" on the next, and a frog and crown respectively on each.
I am waiting on a tour of girl sprouts, unfortunately it has started to rain, though it looks like it should blow over. I hope they make it, I have a surprise for them.

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Recap from last month.

The 3rd Jackson, MI Fairy Fest was fun! It was raining for a good portion of the event, but everything was inside. Lot's of cute fairies were scurrying about.

When I took the photos of the repairs to the Selo/Shevel fairy door, a man walked by to comment how his daughter LOVES the fairy doors and was very distressed one time when she saw some damage. He took his daughter to ACME and they got glue to fix the broken step of the fairy door. He said that the fairy doors are really a treasure for Ann Arbor. He & his daughter really made my day.

Rebecca Regnier, the reporter from ABC-13 will e-mail when the piece she did will air.

05.11.10>

Well the Web TEXT version of ABC13 interview is up. My name is spelled wrong :) (that happens a lot) & The Ark isn't quite a "theater", but still nice to inform the Toledoites of a fun day trip.

The girls sprouts were a riot! A bit noisy, maybe, for some of the other patrons at Sweetwaters. They all passed their fairyologist Fairy Finder applications and recieved their certificates. I took some pics, but I am waiting for permission to post them. I might post some "faceless" ones at least.

By the way, wathc your step at the Ann Arbor District LIbrary...they put the STRICT back into district. The last two times I was there (ABC News and a fairy door tour) security gave me a talking to! With the News, I was told "you cannot film in here without permission from administration". YIKES! So I was escorted upstairs to the administration office, where an administrator asked, "any kids in the shots?".... nope. OK!


For the fairy door tour, I arrived early and was waiting for the mom and her daighters. I sat on the brick wall of the planter in front of the library. Like a spectre, there is an inspector! (aka security)... "Can I help you?"

"Nope, thanks. I'm just waiting for some people."

"How long will you be? I'll have to ask you not to sit on the wall."

"uh....ok. They should be here in 15 minutes."

He hung out with me for 15 minutes. I was sure not to litter or swear or pick my nose!


I hope security is keeping an eye on the fairy door in the Books where the urban fairies keep their fairy reading room! It has endured a LOT of damage.

05.15.10>

Becoming a fairyologist (certified or not) was the smartest thing I ever did, and I've done a lot of stupid things in my.......er.....um.... I mean it was close to genius! Ok, maybe no, but it is very satisfying. I may never be able to actually earn a living at it, but that has never been the point, that would just be icing.

Coming to this conclusion has been a bit "wavey"... There is frustration with damage to the fairy doors, and though imitation is said to be the highest form of flattery... at times, I do not take it so well! My own short coming. HOWEVER, today I have been able to hang out at Sweetwaters between taxiing the family here and there, and sat by the fairy door here and watched, listened to and spoken to several groups of fairy finders in search of the fairy doors. Though I pretty much remain anonymous, I get to see a lot of joy and excitement and stimulated imaginations. One trio, a grandmother and grandson and granddaughter, came with weensie drawings for the fairies. Grandmother even had a wisk broom in her bag to clean off the outdoor fairy doors.

nice. Thank you, Grandma! ~(I did thank her)

05.05.10>

I put up a couple pics from Saturday, more to follow.

The ABC-13 interview video has been posted. The mention going to "the fairy door" web-site, sadly they never say or show what that is or have a link in the text. Oh well.

05.05.10 (later)> Yay, they got my comment and made a link.

05.26.10>

Some interesting urban fairy happenings downtown. Some miniature posters advertising "A Midsummers Night's Dream" started showing up in various locations, including near the fairy doors. I did some googling and it seems ligit. Shakespeare in the Arb is performing "A Midsummers Night's Dream" on every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday of June in Nichol's Arboretum (the Arb) at 6:30. Pretty cool! Cool poster art too, apparently the original, human sized, poster was designed by local artist, David Zinn. Some more googling and I got to see some of his previous poster designs...NICE!

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