Tuesday, September 10, 2013


From staff reports, and many good times at the ball
Dancing young Fairies encircle Casey Tisdale and KC Ortega of StarDanceSwan at the Fairy Ball.Image by Skip Largent 2012. 

“How shall we beguile the lazy summer, if not with some delight?”  This timeless quote from Shakespeare is the inspiration for the 13th annual free Fairy Ball on Paseo, the Historic Arts District in Oklahoma City.   Artists invite children to bring their own special kind of enchantment to Paseo where they can step through wonder on the last day of summer to awaken fall.  The imagination of those who are young at heart brings the Fairy Ball to life through visual delights, music and dance on Saturday September 21, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Children of all ages are encouraged to ‘open up the art of make-believe’ and create a costume to wear to the ball.  This is a dress up event; any whimsical character that is found in a fairy garden can be made at home and worn to the Ball.  Children can become bugs, blossoms, elves, fairies, wizards, and any other magical characters that they may envision. Parents are encouraged to participate in the fun and creativity by building a costume at home with their children, letting their imaginations be the guide.

“To build a fairy frock, rummage through vintage clothing stores and thrift shops. What goodies lie in your grandparent’s trunks?  Find forgotten treasures in the back of your mother and fathers closets.  Repurpose what you find, go for originality, and allow yourself to be surprised,” suggests Lorrie Keller, founder of the event. 

At 6:30pm, just before dusk, participants will gather outdoors on Paseo’s  ‘green space,’ a grassy lot at Dewey and NW 28, just west of Paseo Grill.  Interactive activities like flower-weaving, dancing, and storytelling take place until 7:45, when all participants are encouraged to dance to the music of Steve McLinn until 9:00 p.m. 

 The PAA is committed to keeping the Fairy Ball a free event for the public, although donations are accepted to help offset the costs of the event.   Children must be accompanied by an adult.   The Fairy Ball is a project of the Paseo Arts Association and Theatre Upon a StarDanceSwan, and is made possible through the support of the Oklahoma Arts Council.   For more information, please call Jennifer Baron at the Paseo Arts Association, 525-2688, or go to www.thepaseo.com.


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