The trail grew to over 40 houses this year
February 10, 2021
By Jana Pearce, Visitor Experience Manager
Fairy house delivery day this December brought not only quantity, but also quality. The trail grew to over 40 houses this year, and the creativity and craftsmanship have blown CNC visitors, staff members, and fairy house judges away. It was a tough race but in the end the winners for the 2020-21 Enchanted Woodland Trail have been selected.
First place went to house number 14, by Holly Kirk and daughter Tori (age 5), CNC members
Second place went to house number 34, submitted by Geetha Dheenathayalan and created by her all-girls BSA Troop, Troop 2000
Third place went to house number 17, by Katy Lockhart of Firefly Studios
The People’s Choice Award (voted on by CNC visitors) also went to house 14, by Holly Kirk and daughter Tori (age 6), CNC members
First place and People’s Choice Winner: House 14
The first place winner, Holly, wanted to use her submission not only as a way to dust off her skills as a former stained glass artist, but also to create an educational opportunity for her daughter Tori. A prime example is the small pine straw basket they made, inspired by the Native American technique. Many different tribes practiced this tradition, including the Cherokee people (although more traditionally they used materials harvested from river cane, white oak, and honeysuckle). For their materials, the duo used pine needles from a loblolly pine and waxed linen thread. See the instructions Holly and Tori used in this blog post, or this tutorial video.
There is so much more to discover about their house, but to give you a few teasers:
- The gold inscription above the door is a quote from JRR Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring “Not all those who wander are lost.”
- The dishes on the dining room table are made from coins.
- The stained glass windows were created using an ink jet printer and overhead projector transparencies.
Second place: House 34
“We are new to Scouting as BSA is taking girls now. We are a group of girls in boy scouts. We were looking for adventures, and as girls, we love fairies and tales. This a perfect blend of getting to hike and having a purpose to do that. This is our new venture hoping to go a long way from here. Like fairies we are taking our baby steps.”
– Geetha D
Third place: House 17
“2020 allowed many of us to have more down time. I’ve been wanting to participate in the enchanted woodlands trail for a few years now. As a ceramic artist many of my holiday shows were cancelled this year. This has allowed me to spend time on personal projects such as the enchanted woodland trail “Tree hugger village.” This year, if you are able, please support local artisans by purchasing from them.”
– Kathy L
Don’t forget you can visit the Enchanted Woodland Trail daily through February 28th! Included with general admission and free to CNC Members. Purchase admission tickets in advance to secure a date and time for your visit. Members may also make advanced reservations. Spots are timed and limited, however we may be able to accommodate walk-ups based on daily visitation.