The Hunt Is On For Fairy Doors

By: William F. Galvin

Community Center Director Carolyn Carey displays the fairy doors she has created for a scavenger hunt that will take place around town over the next 12 days. There will be prizes, cupcakes and a viewing of “Tinkerbell ans the Pirate Fairy” associated with the hunt. WILLIAM F. GALVIN PHOTO

HARWICH — There is a fairy name Finley who hangs out in the community center, and she has 11 additional friends who will be coming to town and taking up residence in other town buildings across the community.

With school vacation approaching, the folks at the community center are hoping people in town, especially kids, will help seek out the fairies to mark the center's 18th birthday, director Carolyn Carey said.

Finley wants to know where her friends will be staying and is asking residents to help in locating their residences through the scavenger hunt, she said.

On Feb. 8, Carey said, maps will be available at the community center that will indicate clues and the approximate location of the fairy doors leading into those residences. The fairies will be living primarily in municipal buildings, but a few will be located in other public facilities. Given the operating hours of some facilities, Carey said scavenger hunt participants might want to call about open times.

When people come to the community center for the maps, they will also be requested to find Finley's door, she said. The hunt can be done in one day or spread out through Feb. 20, when the maps will be returned and those properly identifying the 12 locations of the fairy doors will receive a prize. There will also be a fairy cupcake party at 5 p.m. at the community center that day and the recreation department will be showing the movie “Tinkerbell and the Pirate Fairy.”

“Fairies want to remind you to be respectful of their little homes and the spaces they are located in,” Carey said. “This is also a great way for kids to find out what the town has for public facilities and learn more about the community while having fun doing it.”

The crafty little fairy doors are the work of Carey, who said she spent one Sunday putting them together from boards and shingles, old Christmas ornaments and a little paint and glitter.

“Fairies are magic and allow you to imagine and grow and that's kind of what I feel about this building,” Carey said of the success of the community center.

Much like the mixed use of the community center, Carey said children and adults are invited to participate in the scavenger hunt. There is no age limit. Carey said there is no need to have anyone in the buildings sign off that the fairy door was discovered. Just write down the location in the building on the scavenger hunt sheet. Participation is free, Carey said.

The staff celebrates the entire month of February because the center had a soft opening on Feb. 5, 2000, but the town departments didn't move in until Feb. 15. Carey said there are a couple of additional birthday events scheduled in February, including the return of Bean Town Medium Ruthie Larkin on Feb. 15 at 6 p.m. Larkin sold out her previous visit. The medium will go around the room selecting members of the audience as the spirits connect to her. “You won't want to miss the show,” Carey said. Advance tickets are $10, $15 at the door.

The community center also has an indoor farmers market scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 22 from 3 to 6 p.m.

The theme is a celebration of local food and there will be artisan creations, fresh produce from local farms, handmade crafts and many more offerings. Vendors are welcome, Carey said.

For more information on any of these events, contact the community center at 508-430-7568.