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Farmington Faerie Gathering: Fairies take over Michigan town

Fairies will take over the City of Farmington, MI for the third annual Farmington Faerie Gatering Feb. 20-22.
Fairies will take over the City of Farmington, MI for the third annual Farmington Faerie Gatering Feb. 20-22.
Sir Joseph Noel Paton, Public Domain

The city of Farmington, MI is unusual in that each February it turns the town over to the fairies for an entire weekend. This year, the Farmington Faerie Gathering takes place February 20-22 in the city’s downtown district.

The Farmington Faerie Gathering is the creation of two of the city’s business owners: Diane Rothman, owner of The Sacred Sage, and Michele Hinds, owner of The Vines Flower and Garden Shop. Diane told the Fairies Examiner:

“Michele and I love faeries and wanted to celebrate in a big way all of their wonderful appreciation of the wonders of life: magic, music, dancing, food, escape from the seriousness of life, and a little mischief too! It is important for lovers of the faerie realm to have a place to gather together, so when we couldn’t find another gathering nearby we created our own. With the support of the Farmington Downtown Development Authority we were able make our faerie gathering a city-wide event that attracts faeries from the tri-county area.”

This special fairy gathering features a series of events spread out over the weekend. Fairy events include:

Faerie Door Scavenger Hunt through participating downtown Farmington shops. Feb. 20-22: There will be two hunts, one for adults and one for children. Free activity.

Players will receive a goody bag with a scavenger hunt play card that leads players around to participating merchants where they will have to find faerie doors and collect clues. They have three days to complete the scavenger hunt. Participants turn in completed cards to be entered into a drawing for prize baskets.

Tell a Faerie Tale: Fri. Feb. 21, 7-9 p.m. at Raven Writing Studio in the lower level of The Sacred Sage. Open mic for poetry, prose, spoken word, and storytelling. Light refreshments and prizes. Contact Robert Palmer 231-590-3967 to register. Free activity.

Free Activities around downtown Farmington on Sat. Feb. 22 include: Victorian Lace Elegance: Guess the number of tea bags in the jar to win a prize. The Sacred Sage: Guess the number of Faeries in the faerie garden to win a prize. The Vines: Make your own Faerie crown. Tre Sorelle: Make a Faerie bracelet.

Faerie vendors & Psychic Fair: Located in The Village Mall on Sat Feb 22. Event is free to attend; however there is a charge for goods & services.

Rose Garden Faerie Tea: All ages. Afternoon of Sat. Feb. 22 in The Village Mall. $10 includes tea, treats, and faerie entertainment. Two seatings: 1 and 3 p.m. Tickets sell out as much as a week in advance, so visit event website for ticket information ASAP.

The Enchanted Forest Faerie Ball: Sat. Feb. 22 at 8 p.m. at The Finnish Cultural Center, 35200 W. 8 Mile Rd., Farmington Hills, MI 48335. Tickets are $20 and include appetizers, DJ, cash bar, entertainment, and a costume contest to elect the Faerie King and Queen. Adults 21 and over.

Tickets and more information available at The Farmington Faerie Gathering website, The Sacred Sage, or The Vines. Keep up to date via the Farmington Faerie Gathering’s Facebook Page. For further information contact Diane Rothman at 248-987-2191, or via email at

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