Brangelina could walk down the street and I don’t think I would blink. During the random moments that I read People magazine, I feel kind of silly because I’m at a loss for who the latest reality “celebrities” even are. I just don’t get star-struck very often.
But, then, scanning the Charlotte Mecklenburg Parks & Rec 5th Annual Fairy House Festival flyer the other day, I paused. I wasn’t planning to go. We’ve enjoyed it so much in the past, but it’s a long drive and I was flying solo for the day, so I was content to let this year pass by. And then I saw it: Tracy Kane, author of the “Fairy House” series of books was going to be there. In person. Signing books. Talking to real people, like us.
Ms. Kane and her wonderful books have been the inspiration for so many things – including the Festival itself and my gingerbread house entry into the Ballantyne Hotel gingerbread competition. Getting to meet her turned me into a 14 year old girl at a Justin Bieber concert. There I was, gushing and blabbing to the point where I started sort of having an out of body experience, telling myself to stop talking and let other people say hello. And there, like chopped liver, was Mr. Barry Kane, who photographs many of the fairy house works of art for books like “Fairy Houses…Unbelievable!” I don’t think I even thanked him for his talented work. So, Mr. Kane, Thank You!
Aside from our celebrity sighting, we wound up having an absolute blast at the festival, from house building to gnome geo-catching, sampling food from the food trucks to crafting flower garlands. My sprites and I were one with nature.
There was a record crowd this year, and it’s not hard to see why. The gorgeous weather certainly helped. With a sprinkling of pixie dust, the day is family fun at its best. The festival has traditionally been held the weekend before Valentine’s day at Latta Plantation Nature Center in Huntersville, NC. Keep an eye out for future Fairy House festivals at the Parks & Rec website (www.charmeck.org) and let’s hope this tradition continues. To check out other Kane family sightings and signings, visit www.fairyhouses.com.