by Edward Shanahan.
Izaak Walton League of America-Porter County Chapter is seeking partners and sponsorship for “Gnomes Day Out” — a fairy festival.
IWLA-PCC is a 501(c)3 organization raising money for its Youth Conservation Education programming and land stewardship of 100 acres of conservation property.
Partners would agree to participate in the 9am-5pm event on Sept 10, 2016 at 1288 County Line Road, Michigan City, IN. Participation includes building a fairy house for display along our Fairy Trail, doing volunteer hours to host children’s activities during event and /or donation of goods /services during the event with an opportunity to promote their appropriate business.
The Fairy House Challenge is OPEN!
CALLING ARTISTS, BUSINESSES, GROUPS & SERVICE PROVIDERS!
Fairy House Challenge and Guidelines
for “Gnomes Day Out” September 10, 2016 9am-5pm
“Gnomes Day Out” is an event for families that will transport young conservationists magically through land stewardship and conservation practices. This event will raise funds to support youth conservation education and land stewardship by the Izaak Walton League of America Porter County Chapter (IWLA-PCC). They are a community 501(c)3. IWLA-PCC brings free Family Nature Nights to Duneland schools annually. An expansion to Valparaiso schools is planned for 2017. Our target audience for this event are children ages preschool-3rd grade and their families. The event is also meant to introduce and raise awareness about local conservation lands available to families to share, explore and steward.
Visitors to Gnomes Day Out will receive breakfast, lunch and dinner for the price of admission. This is a Fairy Festival for N.W. Indiana; reminiscent of a Renaissance Faire. Children will earn their wings, take the pledge to care for the Earth, get a fairy name, meet the Fairy Queen, try archery and sling shots, swing in Titania’s bower, dance in Bubble Bee field, hear live music, register with the tooth fairy and lots of magical surprises along the way! Vendors will also be on hand to add to the fun and offer souvenirs.
Guests follow “Gnome” along the Fairy House Trail. It will meander around the 40+ acre property at Frame Family Little Calumet Conservation Area at 1288 County Line Road, Michigan City, IN (on CoLine between 20 & 6). As a local artist, group, business or service provider, you are asked to be a fairy house contributor. Your fairy house will be displayed along the Fairy House Trail and you are asked to volunteer time to do a children’s activity at your house’s location. Building a fairy house for the event will allow you to promote yourself, business, group or service.
Each stop on the trail will highlight an area on the property that Izaak Walton League of America Porter County Chapter (IWLA-PCC) is stewarding. For example, if your house is at the wetland location, your associates would volunteer to talk to the visitors about wetland conservation and facilitate an activity like face painting or a story time spot, while promoting yourself as well. We only ask that you use good conservation judgement with any promotional materials you plan to hand out; refrain from plastics and papers that would likely wind up in landfill; offer digital alternatives like QR codes or business card sized pieces that give web and facebook addresses.
Our coordinator, Annette Hansen, can offer lots of ideas and tips on these. All contributors will be listed in the event ad-book and all social media. (Like us on facebook: Gnomes Day Out-Fairy Festival)
Each fairy house should be about the size of a birdhouse. Fairies are usually about 3″-5″ tall so your house’s size should accommodate them. An actual birdhouse decorated to fit your location or business would be acceptable. All houses will be placed upon the ground. If your house has a “yard”, you will be responsible for installing and removing the extras. The fairy houses will not stay on the property after the event, so they do not need to be biodegradable and they must be removed at the end of the event or they will be recycled accordingly. Fairies do love nature, in fact it’s their job to take care of the Earth! Your fairy house should reflect that desire to steward the land and it’s inhabitants. When dreaming up the design of your fairy house use your imagination OR ask us and we’ll help provide some ideas. If you’d like to participate but are unable to make a fairy house, please donate $100 and we’ll make it for you in your selected theme.
Fairy houses must be in their places along the trail by 5pm on Friday, Sept. 9. An IWLA-PCC representative will be on site to receive your house for installation between 1-5pm that day before the event.
Your volunteers must be at the event and in their house’s location by 8:45am on Saturday, Sept. 10.
IWLA-PCC Contact: Annette Hansen, Executive Director, IWLA-PCC will be coordinating the event and will act as your liaison. Please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or 219-241-7431. Fairy House Entry form due August 15, 2016.