Travel Tuesday: The Case of the Missing Faerie Wings

March 10, 2015 in announcements, blog posts, tuesday tales

Last spring, our faeries made a stop for a tire change in Hope, Arkansas en route to the Poteet Strawbery Festival in Poteet, TX. While we were there, we were able to snap this great picture of former president Bill Clinton’s childhood home. Note the progression of images in the photo – a historical marker for the Trail of Tears in the foreground, followed by a sign proclaiming a Tea Party meeting, then Clinton’s childhood home, and finally, a train running on the train tracks, which the locals frequently joked that he lived “on the wrong side of”! Our faeries had quite a laugh at this microcosm of America all in one photograph!

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We weren’t laughing for long, though, as we realized that four huge pairs of our faerie wings had been left by the side of the road there when we changed the tire! All of our faeries assumed another one of our troupe had packed them, and it wasn’t until we arrived in Poteet that we realized our mistake!

Our faeries called the Hempstead County Sheriff’s Department, but the sheriff told us that, unfortunately, there has been a big storm the night before and they most likely would have been blown away. He sent a deputy out to check, who found two pairs of them still by the side of the road! We were able to stop by and pick up the wayward wings on our way home, but just where the other two pairs flew off to is still a mystery – we must have forgotten they were enchanted and could fly off on their own! If you’re ever in the Hope, AK area, always keep your eyes to the sky – those missing glittering faerie wings could still be flying high up above you!

Travel Tuesday: Cloudy With A Chance Of Fairies!

March 3, 2015 in announcements, blog posts, tuesday tales

Our fairies are always looking toward the sky while we’re out on the road (in order to check the weather conditions for flying, of course!), which means we’ve gained an appreciation for beautiful and interesting cloud formations over the years. While we were in Cambridge, Minnesota last July performing at the Isanti County Fair, we managed to snap a few photos of a gorgeous lenticular cloud that had settled over the fairgrounds.

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In sharing our photos with other performers and fair employees, we found out we weren’t the only ones with our eyes on the skies – photos of the massive cloud were even featured by the National Weather Service!

Travel Tuesday: Swing the Night Away!

February 24, 2015 in announcements, blog posts, tuesday tales

It may still be below freezing here at the Faerie Factory, but we’re already in preparation mode to head out on the road for our summer 2015 touring season! This Travel Tuesday, we’re throwing back to our 2013 season and taking a look back at one of our favorite finds on the road, courtesy of the Scotts Bluff County Fair!

We see a lot of fascinating fair memorabilia while we’re out on the road, but it’s rare that the exhibit comes right to our dressing room! Our fairies found these wonderful vintage posters stashed away in the corner of our break space between performances at the Scotts Bluff Fair, and we couldn’t resist snapping a few pictures. While we’re not sure on the exact dates of all of these appearances, we believe most of the posters date back to the 1930s and 1940s.

Click on each thumbnail above to see the full image!

Tuesday Tales: Land of the Prairie Puppies, Buffalo Babies, and OMG! Teeny-Weeny Wild Horsies!

July 22, 2014 in blog posts, tuesday tales

We just got back from performing at the Upper Missouri Valley Fair in Williston, North Dakota – a huge shoutout to everyone who helped make the fair a great one for us!

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Whenever I’m in the ND area, I spend as much time as I can in the Badlands, also known as Theodore Roosevelt National Park. And what do you know – springtime is time for cute baby animals! In one day, I saw so many different types of babies I thought I would die of cute overload! While the tiny prairie puppies were adorable, the most unusual creature I saw was a gorgeous magnificent bug. She had beautiful wings on top of a green iridescent body, was quite large, and shone blue like a firefly. The bugs were all over the flowers on top of the mountains in the middle of the badlands. I’ve searched the internet for more information about this mysterious creature – while it appears to be some sort of flower beetle, I actually think it was just a fairy in disguise!

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When I came into the south unit, we went to the campground, and as usual, I put my bed roll out in the meadow so I could see the stars. My traveling faerie companion for the trip went to sleep in our touring van. Soon I started hearing a strange heavy breathing noise. I say to myself – oh no! Someone in a tent near us isn’t being very discreet about what they’re getting up to tonight! But soon a clomping noise added to the racket, and it became obvious to me – there must be teenagers in the campground causing mischief. I rose up on one elbow and turned around to give those kids a piece of my mind – and instead found myself face-to-face with a buffalo! I froze.  He froze – just ten feet away from me! We were staring at each other with the same stunned expression on our face!

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Once the buffalo had continued clomping down the road, I managed to stage-whisper “Buffalo!!” to my faerie companion. She scrambled fast for her glasses, but sadly missed it all. In the morning, though, I heard her stage-whisper “Horses!!” I pulled the covers off my head and saw wild horses grazing about me. It was a beautiful sight!