Living on the shoreline, we have been lucky enough to take part in many wonderful events at the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme, a beautiful place that sparks kids' imaginations with wonderful exhibits, featuring artistic Christmas trees and nursery rhymes. Our favorite has always been the incredible Wee Faerie Village in the fall, a beautiful display of tiny, handmade houses tucked into wooded areas of the museum's gorgeous grounds. The boys have always been enchanted by this yearly tradition, as they run around with their checklists, finding hidden treasure, as we gaze upon the changing leaves over the Lieutenant River.
And, this year, the highly anticipated exhibit, starting October 3rd through November 2nd, features a new twist. The landscape will represent "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" in a steampunk setting!
From a press release:
"Imagine a miniature Victorian world viewed through a steam-powered futuristic lens," explains David Rau, the Museum's Director of Education and Outreach. "With guide in hand, visitors will travel the Museum's 11 acres to discover Alice's adventures, including, keeping up with the tardy White Rabbit, surviving the Mad Tea Party, and playing croquet with the hot-tempered Queen of Hearts."
"In keeping with the time period of Alice, this year's Wee Faerie Village combines natural materials with vintage found elements to create installations inspired by the popular Steampunk movement. The term 'steampunk' was coined in the early 1980s, and refers to a fanciful art and design subculture that combines history, fantasy, and the Victorian era. The term describes an imaginary world where iconic images from our steam-powered past (think cogs, gears, and flywheels) are married to the technologies of today."
Nearly 50 artists are contributing precise, intricate, hand-crafted houses.
Last year, the exhibit attracted an astounding 17,212 visitors.
Honestly, it's a must-see...a perfect activity for Columbus Day with the kids...or a weekend family outing.
The Florence Griswold Museum is also hosting a month-long schedule of fairy-themed activities for children.
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