Find Your Space: Fairy Festival fun for all ages

The Second Annual Summer Fairy Festival with Rockford Dance Company will be from 5 to 8 p.m., Saturday, July 24. Photo provided

By Gale Ketteler
Womanspace Program Coordinator & Marketing Specialist

It’s time for our Second Annual Summer Fairy Festival with Rockford Dance Company from 5 to 8 p.m., Saturday, July 24. Start the magic early at 4:30 p.m. with your own picnic on our lawn before the festivities begin.

This is a delightful evening of fairies, magic, dance and fun! Stroll the grounds and art galleries at Womanspace, while fairies lead a scavenger hunt through the beautiful gardens, the magical pine forest, and out onto the Labyrinth on the prairie. Entertainment will be provided and guests can make a fairy crown and wand to take home.

Enjoy complimentary light refreshments, plus fairy items available for purchase from Wonderland Books and Toys. Bring a lawn chair or blanket for the performance.

Tickets for the Fairy Festival are $10 in advance/$15 at the gate for adults; $5 in advance/$8 at the gate for children 12 and younger.

This event sold out last year, so advance ticket purchase is recommended. All proceeds benefit Womanspace and Rockford Dance Company. Contact us at (815) 877-0118 and or purchase online at Sponsored by State Farm Agent Lisa Mawyer, Sandra J. Slaga, attorney-at-law, Rockford Woman, Comcast, B103 and MS2. The rain date is July 25.

Sandra J. Slaga, attorney-at-law, is also generously sponsoring our annual Star Student Show. It opens in Gallery 3 July 16 with a public reception to meet our artists. This impressive exhibit by students of all ages is open though Aug. 25. The Mandalas exhibit in Gallery 1 is open through Aug. 11, so make sure you visit both art galleries while on our campus. Then, shop Gallery2Go to make it a complete artistic experience!

What about you? Spend two days (9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.) at Claying Around: Cool Containers (July 19-20) and Oil and Acrylic Painting Camp: Fantastic Points of View (July 21-22). Karen Gines has taught Acrylic Painting for years at Womanspace, and July 27 is your chance to start a rare evening class with her. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from a master—no experience necessary! Tonight (July 14), you can explore Wheel Thrown Pottery with another expert artist. Cathy Hodges leads this six-week class for beginners, so call now to check if space is available.

Norm Knott teaches Corky Crafts Aug. 7. Spend a fun, artsy morning turning wine corks into small bulletin boards and trivets. For inspiration, we’ll watch Recycled/Re-seen about worldwide efforts to create recycling jobs.

Our Queen of Heaven group gathers July 25 to watch Jennifer Berezan’s spectacular Praises for the World, featuring Alice Walker, Eve Ensler, Drew Dillinger, Rhiannon and many other guests as they celebrate Mother Earth with music, dance, poetry and art. Arrive at 6:30 p.m. and dance around the Maypole with us!

We have a special Microfinance Lunch & Learn program Aug. 11 with Megan Zuba. Inspired by Margaret Wheatley’s presentation on the Grameen Bank at our conference in 2006, Megan started the first student microfinance group at UW-Madison. Come learn how these little loans are changing the world, plus how you can get involved.

Gale Ketteler is program coordinator & marketing specialist at Womanspace, a not-for-profit founded in 1975, and located on a 7-acre campus a half-mile west of Rock Valley College off Spring Brook and Applewood at 3333 Maria Linden Drive, Rockford. Regular office hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Thursday. Info at (815) 877-0118, or

From the July 14-20, 2010 issue

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