2018-01-04 / Community / JT Beacon

Historical Society offers a 'Teeny Teacup Fairy Garden' workshop

WELLS — The Historical Society of Wells and Ogunquit brings its "Teeny Teacup Fairy Gardens," a popular and well received program for all ages, back this year at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 17.

The Historical Society is delighted to withhold a tradition of Fairy houses, which debuted in the United States in 1893, with all materials supplied for create fanciful tiny worlds.

Sara Fawcett, attended last year and wrote, "We built fairy gardens in tea cups and had a lot of fun. We were ones of the few adults who showed up for this who didn't bring any children" in her review of the program on the HSWO Face Book page.

This program is part of an overall increase in the offering of programs at the Historical Society, and is part of a series called Saturdays in History. Parents, grandparents, and friends enjoyed this program last year for the opportunity to use into old fashioned materials to create something new.

The organization is partnering with Artsea, an innovative new company in our community, which specializes in producing creative art-making events.

Irene Crocker, Chair of the Board of Directors, speaks of this as a way to "focus on community involvement with a goal to increase in the number of programs provided for Wells and Ogunquit citizens of all ages."

Artsea is an art therapy company in Southern Maine offering art therapy groups and art-making events.

The owner of Artsea, Amy Welch-Olson, has been an art therapist for 10 years and loves to be creative. Her artistic focus has been in photography, but as an art therapist she's fluent in all sorts of art materials and techniques.

She describes her passion as "about curating groups where individuals experiment with new art materials or enjoy familiar ones they love."

Welch-Olson is thrilled to bring this workshop to the Historical Society as she considers the love of history to be a big influence on her creative practice. 

"As a child I read Laura Ingalls Wilder and I made the same crafts she portrayed in her book. I loved the corn husk doll, and her love of using natural objects." she said.

An 1862 Meetinghouse is the headquarters of the Historical Society of Wells & Ogunquit. The Meetinghouse Museum is also the home of the Esselyn Perkins Library, one of the finest genealogical collections in southern Maine.

The Society’s Meetinghouse is on the National Register of Historical Places and a meetinghouse has been on this site since the year 1662, when the first settlers came to Wells. The building is a beautiful light-filled space in the Gothic Revival style with historic original features.

The cost for Teeny Teacup Fairy Houses is $10 per family and limited space is available.

Call 646-4775 or send an email to Info@wohistory.org to reserve your spot.

The Meetinghouse Museum is at 938 Post Road in Wells.



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