Mary and Jane

History of the Festival

2013 - Record low temperatures may have kept a few away, but hundreds of costumed fairies showed up to revel in the festivities of the 5th annual Faerie Festival.  At any moment you could glance around and see children simultaneously dancing joyously at three different venues. Others were having tea while even more were counting fairies in the enchanted garden.  The festival seems to have come of age through the hard work and generosity of many volunteers and supporters.


2012 - Glorious sunshine, two stages, hooping , zumba, Fiddlers Four, faerie tea party, 11 floats, hundreds in the faerie parade, vendors, crafts, more and more costumes. Pure Enchantment!

2011 - The year of the big storm. A second stage was built for children. Six. floats were built for the faerie parade. Faeries were costumed to represent the four seasons. A unexpected seasonal storm blew in half way through the festivities and participants were ushered into homes and garages for shelter. Everyone was most thoughtful throughout the frenzy and all 400 participants were safe.

2010 - Adjacent land owners (Muellers and Kamschultes) joined in hosting the festival and the venue expanded. The Fiddlers Four created the perfect backdrop. A performing stage was erected and the Pageant of the Four Seasons was staged. Face painting, crafts and vendors were added.

2009 - On a cold, blustery, Friday August 7, 2009, 94 hardy souls, young and old alike showed up at the Enchanted Garden for the 1st Afternoon of Enchantment. Events for the afternoon included: Storytelling in the enchanted garden, maypole dancing, ribbon dancing, making faerie houses, a faerie parade, live violin music, making wishes at the ancient root, sweet treats with the faeries and wizards, and choosing a flower in a faerie.

The Northwoods Enchantment Faerie Festival emerged from summer garden walks held as fund raisers in the town of Three Lakes. Among the gardens visited was Sue Sadowske’s fairy garden comprised of “magnificent” tree stumps and roots artfully entwined with whimsical faerie elements. Upon seeing the garden of fey, longtime spinner of stories, Jane Moore offered to tell stories to children in the garden. . . and the seed for a festival was sown! The original title for the event was “An Afternoon of Enchantment” followed by the catch phrase, “It’s Time to Believe Again.” The original steering committee was comprised of Mari Lynn Garbowicz, Judi Grove, Jane Moore, Bev Radford, Ginny Starke and Sue Sadowske.