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A Hundred Kids Build Fairy Houses in Franklin Park

Sophia offers consulting advice to Cameron, Boys were more common this year.
Sophia offers consulting advice to Cameron, Boys were more common this year.

It was glorious mild spring Thursday at Schoolmaster Hill in Franklin Park for the Third Annual Fairy House Building Workshop sponsored by the Boston Parks Department and the Franklin Park Coalition.

Over a hundred boys and girls scampered over the drumlin collecting branches, leaves and cones to build houses for the magical woodland creatures that reappear in the springtime in New England fields and woods.

Storytelling and books from Read Boston and the MassHort plant education tent were also on hand as well as face painting.

The workshop showed kids of all ages how to have fun simply using natural items that are just lying around on the park floor under trees and shrubs.

Gathering materials for a Fairy House. Using what Franklin Park has to offer
Gathering materials for a Fairy House. Using what Franklin Park has to offer
Schoolmaster Hill Shelter
Schoolmaster Hill Shelter
Schoolmaster Hill the site of the 3rd annual Fairy House building workshop
Schoolmaster Hill the site of the 3rd annual Fairy House building workshop
Anita Mantra Matos. Franklin Park Coalition greets arrivals.
Anita Morson Matra of the Franklin Park Coalition greets arrivals.
Olivia, Cameron and Shane finish up a multifamily fairy house
Olivia, Cameron and Shane finish up a multifamily fairy house
Sophia Grabiel Butler and her sister from Goldsmith St JP
Sophia Grabiel Butler and her sister from Goldsmith St JP

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Jalinna and sister Brooklyn with dad Johnny make an apearance
Jalinna and sister  Jaela with dad Johnny make an appearance
Milo and Ari confer with mom Rachel.
Milo and Ari confer with mom Rachel.
Nina day and Audrey Rose work on a fairy house
Nina day and Audrey Rose work on a fairy house
Riley ( L) and Chloe from Dorchester work on a Fairy House
Riley ( L) and Chloe from Dorchester work on a Fairy House
Schoolmaster Hill terrace gets fairy house
Schoolmaster Hill terrace gets a fairy house
Chloe and her mom Sage from Forbes St collaborate on a fairy house
Chloe and her mom Sage from Forbes St collaborate on a fairy house
The facepainting table
The facepainting table