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Fairy Walk Returns

By Susan Manning
Staff writer

After year in which a pandemic caused a shift in programming for most organizations, Friends of Historic Hopedale is happy to be back to its regularly scheduled programming. 
“We’re so excited to be able to host the Hopedale Fairy Walk in person again! It’s going to be amazing to see all of our fans being able to enjoy the day and the hard work of our house builders to bring the magic to the Hopedale Parklands once again,” said Tracey Philips, chair of Friends Of Historic Hopedale.
Last year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the ferry walk was reimagined. Instead of walking through a trail, there was a reverse parade. It was still a success, but not as they envisioned. This year‘s event, though closer to previous years in terms of setup and design, will also give a nod to coronavirus.
“We remain focused on bringing a safe event to everyone in attendance, so there will be a few differences to the 2021 event to ensure that.
“Masks are required for the event and we ask that you social distance wherever possible while attending,” said Philips.
She said vendors will be spaced out even more for a comfortable shopping experience and “as much as we’ll miss our food vendor friends, we will follow Board of Health guidelines and ask them to return next year instead. If our attendees do bring their own snacks, we ask that they do not walk around eating, but instead find a spot they are able to sit and social distance.”
This year, there are two options for those who want to submit an creation. The first is a where individuals, organizations and businesses can submit a fairy house and a sign for $25.
The second option is new this year. It is free and it is where folks can submit fairy doors or fairy folk made completely out of natural materials.
“We are looking forward to seeing the houses that our builders come up with and have two options for submitting creations this year,” said Phillips.
 She said although this is a Friends of Historic Hopedale event, it would not be possible without community support.
“None of this would be possible without our amazing sponsors who help us bring this family fun event to you!
“Especially our 2021 Event Sponsors: Bright Insurance, PAWS Bed & Biscuit and New England Pressure Cleaning! They all stepped up with only a months’ notice to help us pull this off and we are so thankful. 
“We still have a few sponsorship opportunities left to bring music and special characters to the day so any interested businesses can find the information on our website as well.”
The walk will take place on Saturday, June 12, from 10 AM to 4 PM, along the 1-mile stretch of the blue trail between the Bath House and the Rustic Bridge. The entrance is just past the Bath House behind 76 Dutcher St., Hopedale, MA. Sizing restrictions for any entry can be found at: