Imagination rules at Nashua's Fairy Tale Festival
By BARBARA TAORMINA
Union Leader Correspondent | June 21. 2014 7:41PM
Giovanna Roy of Bedford, also known as Mermaid Giovanna, welcomes kids to have their photos taken with a mermaid at last year's Oceans of Discovery Fairy Tale Festival. Courtesy
Aynsley Potter, 5, of Nashua, helps build a storm of bubbles at the annual Fairy Tale Festival, a city-sponsored event launched to promote literacy. Courtesy
On July 19, Mayor Donnalee Lozeau will welcome a crowd of children dressed as fairy tale characters to Greeley Park, 100 Concord St., at the festival's opening ceremony at 10 a.m. All-day events include stage performances on the bandstand, games, singing and more than 40 tables with games, crafts, kid-friendly exhibits and lots of giveaways. Admission to the festival is free and open to all.
Camden Brien, 7, of Nashua, checks out a violin at the Nashua Chamber Orchestra's Instrument Petting Zoo, one of the many community-sponsored activities at the 2013 Fairy Tale Festival. Courtesy
And Greeley Park's rolling green lawns, stone house, fountain, wading pool and gazebo are a perfect setting for fairy-tale photos, and a great spot for family picnics.
During the festival, volunteers will man craft tables where kids are welcome to create small art projects.
Besides crafts, there will be face painting, balloon twisting and other exhibits and demonstrations from local groups. Last year, the Nashua Chamber Orchestra set up an instrument petting zoo where kids could try out violins and other musical instruments.
The bandstand will be busy with performances by local dance troupes, musicians and theater groups, and the audience will be welcome to join in sing-alongs.
The Fairy Tale Festival is part of Nashua's Summer Fun Calendar, a full schedule of concerts, movies, theater performances and other festivals and events for adults and kids that take place at Greeley Park and other locations throughout the city.