New exhibit casts enchanting spell over Ford House

Classic fairy tales and storytelling are the focus of new art exhibit and

festival coming to Ford House in one of thier in July


Fairy tales will leap from storybook pages on July 23rd with a special Fairy Tale Festival designed to delight young and old alike with its activities, including multi-cultural storytelling, live musical and theatrical performances and the opportunity to tour Ford House’s enchanted grounds.

The Edsel & Eleanor Ford House will host a Fairy Tale Art Exhibit,  from July 16th through September 18, 2011.  The event will feature 59 illustrations from well-loved fairy tale classics such as Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and Little Red Riding Hood.  Illustrations will be shared by award-winning artists from across the globe sharing stories behind the tales and the history of their effect on past and present cultures.

On Saturday, July 23, 2011,  Ford House’s idyllic grounds will set the stage for a day of imagination and wonder as fairy tales from the exhibit come to life during Ford House’s first Fairy Tale Festival.  Building on the Michigan Library Association’s summer reading theme, “One World, Many Stories,” the festival will take a global look at the tradition of storytelling through stories, fables and folklore, encouraging parents and children to read and explore the stories together.

With a variety of family-focused events and hands-on activities, the Fairy Tale Festival will offer fun for visitors of all ages. Guests can expect to see multiple stages filled by performances such as Fractured Fairy Tales from the Grosse Pointe Theatre, the Magic Carpet Ride Theatre’s interactive telling of classic fairy tales, Magical Tunes and Marvelous Tales from the Michigan Philharmonic, Greg Lester’s Puppet Adventures and marimba virtuosos Marimbamania! – Music from Around the World.   Favorite fairy tale characters will also stroll through the festival to greet visitors.

Around the grounds of the estate, guests will also find multi-cultural storytellers, a petting zoo of live fairy tale animals, story circles, croquet, a life-size chess set and a concession area decorated like a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. Children can also try mural painting, craft making or climbing aboard Cinderella’s carriage.

The inspiration for presenting Fairy Tales comes from Josephine Ford’s Play House, a 2/3 scale Tudor-like house decorated with characters from well-known nursery rhymes, such as Hey Diddle Diddle, Humpty Dumpty and Little Miss Muffet.  During the festival, guests will receive a coloring book of the Play House nursery rhyme carvings as a keepsake.

 “Ford House was a truly magical place for Edsel and Eleanor Ford and their children,” said Kathleen Mullins, president of Ford House. “We’re delighted to share this wonderful new exhibit, festival and programs with our guests and hope that they, too, will be enchanted by their surroundings and use the opportunity to create special memories together.”

Admittance to the Fairy Tale Art exhibit is included with general admission and is free to members. Tickets for the Fairy Tale Festival on July 23, 2011 are $10 in advance and $12 at the door.

To purchase tickets and download a complete list of activities, visit

Fairy Tale Art and the Fairy Tale Festival are made possible in part through the support of the Michigan Humanities Council.  Fairy Tale Festival partners include MetroParent Magazine, The Parade Company, Ford Motor Company Fund, Radio Disney, Grosse Pointe Public Schools and Grosse Pointe Public Library.

Edsel & Eleanor Ford House is located at 1100 Lake Shore Road in Grosse Pointe Shores.   For more information, visit or call 313.884.4222.

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