Tuesday, July 24, 2012

GIVEAWAY: WIN 4 Tix to the 8/4 Fairy Tale Festival at @FordHouse in Grosse Pointe Shores - ENDS 7/30 (CLOSED)

Fairy Tales at Ford House: A Summer Imagination Celebration

Grimm Brothers Serve as Inspiration for Magical Events This Summer

Come one, come all to a land of imagination and wonder for Fairy Tales at Ford House: A Grimm Celebration. For the second consecutive summer, the historic estate will take visitors on a fantastical journey through some of the most well-known fairy tales. This year, Ford House celebrates the Brothers Grimm with an expansive art exhibit and numerous events sure to entertain families of all ages.< At the centerpiece of the celebration is Once Upon a Time: Grimmly Inspired, a community art exhibit located in the South Cottage. The exhibit features works submitted by adult and student artists placed alongside historic Grimm tale illustrations on loan from the Detroit Public Library. The magical exhibit runs July 28 through Nov. 4.

On Saturday, Aug. 4, the magic of the Grimm fairy tales will be brought to life as Ford House’s idyllic grounds set the stage for a day of creative exploration. This year marks the 200th anniversary of the Grimm Brothers’ first published story collection, Children’s and Household Tales. The 2nd annual Fairy Tale Festival will be an extravagant celebration of the brothers’ work welcoming guests into different storybook settings as they make their way across the estate grounds.

Families of all ages are invited to the festival to experience theatrical performances by Magic Carpet Ride Theater, Greg Lester’s Puppet Adventures and Grosse Pointe Theater’s youth group; musical performances; multicultural storytelling; story circles with Craig Fahle from WDET-FM, Syma Chowdhry from WWJ-TV and Anqunette Jamison and Amy Andrews from Fox 2 News as well as local teachers. Radio Disney will be hosting multiple fairy tale-themed activity stations featuring art and hands-on activities and The Parade Company will help set the tone of the enchanted day with floats, props and costumes. The sword fighting arena and strolling singing princesses help complete the experience for young visitors.

“We were overwhelmed with the positive response of our Fairy Tale initiative last year,” said Kathleen Mullins, president of Ford House. “The estate was a magical place for Edsel and Eleanor Ford and their children and Fairy Tales is the perfect way to invite curious dreamers – both young and old - to share in the magic and stretch the imagination . It’s a perfect opportunity to bring families together to create special memories.”

The Fairy Tale Festival runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 on the day of the festival and can be purchased at www.fordhouse.org.

In addition to the festival, Ford House will host a variety of programs for families, youth and adults throughout the exhibit run including:

Youth Programs -

· Fairy Tale Twilight Desserts (Aug. 7, 9, 15, 21, 23) – Children are invited to join a famous fairy tale princess in the gardens at the estate for songs, story time and crafts. Afterwards, an assortment of delicious fairy tale desserts will be served.

· Fairy House and Terrarium Workshop (Aug. 11, Sept. 8) – Using natural materials, families will create their own fairy house to place on the Ford House grounds. In addition, they will visit the fairy tale exhibit, listen to a story and make their own fairy terrarium to take home.

· Fairy Tale Quests (Aug. 18, Sept. 15, 29) – Escape into a fantasy world to become a hero or a princess and travel through an adventure on the Ford House grounds, led by Russ and Julie Glen of Lore Adventures.

· Artfully Inspired: Using Grimm Stories (Sept. 22) – Young artists will tour the Once Upon a Time: Grimmly Inspired exhibit to investigate how the student and adult artists created their works of art. Grosse Point North art instructor Rob Thies will lead children through a creativity exercise to help them create their own masterpiece.

· Pewabic Tile Making (October 6) – Create your own Pewabic Tile using the Once Upon a Time: Grimmly Inspired exhibit as inspiration. Tiles will be created at Ford House, fired at Pewabic Pottery and available for pickup at Ford House at a later date.

Adult Programs -

· Grimms’ Fairy Tales: The Real Story (Aug. 16) – Wayne State University Professor Dr. Donald Hasse pulls away the curtain and reveals the truth about the Grimms’ fairy tale collection.

· The Pied Piper: Franco-American Versions of a German Legend (Sept. 13) – Wayne State University Professor Dr. Anne Duggan explores The Pied Piper – from its German origins to the Brothers Grimm to French and American versions.

Edsel & Eleanor Ford House is located at 1100 Lake Shore Road in Grosse Pointe Shores. Since 1978, Ford House has welcomed hundreds of thousands of visitors to share in Eleanor Ford’s vision of preserving the estate for future generations to enjoy through interpretive tours, family activities, lectures, exhibits and gardens and grounds events. For more information, visit www.fordhouse.org or call 313.884.4222.

One (1) FREEISMYLIFE reader will WIN a Family 4 Pack of Tickets to The 2nd Annual Fairy Tale Festival held at Ford House in Grosse Pointe Shores, MI on August 4th, 2012.  This giveaway has a retail value of $60 - HOLLA to the FREE!!!


- Fill out the information in the form below.

- One entry form per person please. Duplicate entries will be removed.


- The contest ends on Monday, July 30, 2012 at 11:59 am EST.

- One (1) winner will be selected by random number generation.

- 4 Tickets will be provided to winner by Ford House or their PR company.


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Random.org has spoken! Out of 137 entries, Random.org has picked #34. Congratulations to the winner of the family four pack of tickets to the Fairy Tale Festival at Ford House - Eric V. of Farmington, MI!!!


Disclosure: Ford House is providing the prize for this giveaway.

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