During my years at Ball State, I spent a lot of time at
Minnetrista. I fell in love with the place! All the rich history, secret
passageways, and beautiful landscape seemed almost magical to me, even as an
adult. I remember hearing about the Faerie, Sprites, and Lights Festival, and
thinking Minnetrista was the perfect place for such a magical event. I thought,
if I ever had a daughter, I would love to take her to the festival. I imagined
little girls bubbling over with excitement as they fluttered down the candlelit
paths, donning wings on their backs, a song in their hearts, and a twinkle in
their eyes. A part of ...
Have you been reading the Faerie Stories on our blog? We're all excited about Faeries, Sprites & Lights coming up on July 8 & 9. If you're looking for fun things to do in Muncie, this is one of the most popular events at Minnetrista, and the most magical.
One of my favorite things about Faeries, Sprites & Lights is the faerie home exhibit by Twila Beahm, in the G.A. Ball home. The artist creates miniature faerie homes, made from things you find in the forest and woodland, and decorated with lights and natural objects. They are really beautiful! There's a lot to do at the event, but make sure you stop in to see the faerie home exhibit.
This is a photo of my oldest son making our fairy garden this summer. He wasn't sure if fairies were real, but excitedly checks the garden every day for signs of tiny visitors. Our family is looking forward to our first time experiencing Faeries, Sprites & Lights at Minnetrista.
My daughters, Reagan and Shelby, went for the first time last year. They had an incredible time. They loved finding the fairy houses and evidence that the faeries had been there. We watched the live play, took pictures on toad stools and just had a fun time. My husband and I so enjoyed the happiness it brought our girls. We have already been planning for this year's event.
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Last year was our family's first time at Faeries, Sprites & Lights! We had such a good time! Faeries, Sprites & Lights is now an annual event in our family. Prancing down the garden trails, dancing to the live folk music, playing in bubbles, watching Rumpelstiltskin, making honey comb crafts, and being surrounded by so many little faeries really makes you feel like you are living with the faeries! I took this picture in the Oakhurst Gardens. I am not a professional photographer, just a Mommy with good timing!
We always look forward to Faeries, Sprites & Lights
! There is something magical about spending the evening exploring the gardens
and looking for faeries! I took this photo of my daughter at the event last year. She was sure she'd see some faeries if she looked hard enough. :)
I hand-made their faerie skirts and tiaras, dusted them with glitter and added small little bells to their skirts to help them sparkle and twinkle.
They entered through the small faerie door and into the magical Oakhurst Gardens. They held out their little maps and started in on their adventure. As a faerie mommy, I was tickled. My girls were 4 years old and 2 years old and I could see them become more and more excited the further in we went.
My daughter, Brenley, and I attend FS&L every year, and every year it gets better and better. The highlight for us is always the Fairy Tea Party - I love the tiny cucumber sandwiches, and Brenley loves the chocolate-dipped strawberries. It's been fun over the years trying to teach her the proper tea-party etiquette! The best part of it all is the memories we've made - putting on her wings and a sprinkle of "fairy dust" glitter, searching through the enchanted forests for tiny fairy homes, walking the paths lit by luminaries with fairy music floating in the air, and the pure simple happiness that comes from just being together.
Do you have faeries living in your backyard? Have you ever been to a tea party? Have you been to Faeries, Sprites & Lights at Minnetrista in the past? Tell us about your encounters with faeries and send us a picture to enter the Faeries, Sprites & Lights giveaway! We're giving away free tickets to three lucky winners! Each winner will receive a pass for four to Faeries, Sprites & Lights, July 8 & 9.
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Between 1923 and sometime in the 1950s, Minnetrista Golf Course existed on the current site of the Muncie Central High School athletic fields. Established as a gift from Frank C. Ball and Edmund B. Ball to the Muncie Y.M.C.A., the Minnetrista Golf Course was a public nine-hole course that was one of Muncie’s unique recreational facilities. According to Frank C. Ball, he “shot the first ball” at the dedication of the course.