Once upon a time…That’s a phrase visitors to Edsel & Eleanor Ford House (Ford House), will hear quite a bit when the exhibit Fairy Tale Art: Illustrations from Children’s Books comes to the historic estate beginning July 16. Fairy tales will leap from the storybook pages on July 23 with a special Fairy Tale Festival designed to delight young and old alike with its activities, including multi-cultural storytelling, live musical and theatrical performances and the opportunity to roam Ford House’s enchanted grounds.

The Fairy Tale Art Exhibit, on display from July 16 through September 18, features 59 illustrations from well-loved classic fairy tales such as The Firebird, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and Little Red Riding Hood, as well as modern variations on traditional tales. The illustrations, by award-winning artists from across the globe, will be coupled with the story behind the tales and the history of their effect on past and present cultures.

On Saturday, July 23, Ford House’s idyllic grounds set the stage for a day of imagination and wonder as fairy tales from the exhibit come to life during Ford House’s first Fairy Tale Festival. Building on the Michigan Library Association’s summer reading theme, “One World, Many Stories,” the festival will take a global look at the tradition of storytelling through stories, fables and folklore, encouraging parents and children to read and explore the stories together.

With a variety of family-focused events and hands-on activities, the Fairy Tale Festival offers fun for visitors of all ages. Guests can expect to see multiple stages filled by performances such as Fractured Fairy Tales from the Grosse Pointe Theatre, the Magic Carpet Ride Theatre’s interactive telling of classic fairy tales, Magical Tunes and Marvelous Tales from the Michigan Philharmonic, Greg Lester’s Puppet Adventures and marimba virtuosos Marimbamania! – Music from Around the World. Favorite fairy tale characters will also stroll through the festival to greet visitors.

Around the grounds of the estate, guests will also find multi-cultural storytellers, a petting zoo of live fairy tale animals, story circles, croquet, a life-size chess set and a concession area decorated like a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. Children can also try mural painting, craft making or climbing aboard Cinderella’s carriage.

The inspiration for presenting Fairy Tales comes from Josephine Ford’s Play House, a 2/3 scale Tudor-like house decorated with characters from well-known nursery rhymes, such as Hey Diddle Diddle, Humpty Dumpty and Little Miss Muffet. During the festival, guests will receive a coloring book of the Play House nursery rhyme carvings as a keepsake.

“Ford House was a truly magical place for Edsel and Eleanor Ford and their children,” said Kathleen Mullins, president of Ford House. “We’re delighted to share this wonderful new exhibit, festival and programs with our guests and hope that they, too, will be enchanted by their surroundings and use the opportunity to create special memories together.”

A series of lectures and workshops for adults that explore writing, illustration and a deeper look at the messages behind fairy tales will be offered in August.

Admittance to the Fairy Tale Art exhibit is included with general admission and is free to members. Tickets for the Fairy Tale Festival on July 23 are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. To purchase tickets and download a complete list of activities, visit www.fordhouse.org.

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One lucky winner will win a Family Four Pack of tickets to the Fairy Tale Festival!

Entry Requirements

To enter, let us know what your favorite family fairytale is and why.

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Andrea
Andrea
9 years ago

Red Riding Hood was always fun to act out as a child!

Brandie
9 years ago

My daughter just got out of a Princess and The Pea phase. We LOVE fairytales in our house!

Jody
Jody
9 years ago

Our family favorite has to be The Legend of Sleepy Hollow…if that counts as a fairy tale! My kids love the spooky stories and they love the mystery of the headless horseman (and seeing him at Greenfield Village every Hallow’een) 😀

Melissa
9 years ago

We love Little Red Riding Hood. My 2 year old plays Little Red, I am grandma and my husband is the big bad wolf!