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Fairy houses building event planned Saturday in Glen Osborne

| Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 9:00 p.m.
Kristina Serafini | Sewickley Herald
Fairy houses are displayed at Natasha Green's Sewickley Heights home on Wednesday, March 19, 2014.
Kristina Serafini | Sewickley Herald
A fairy house is on display at Natasha Green's Sewickley Heights home on Wednesday, March 19, 2014.

With a vivid imagination, there could be a host of new residents to Mary Roberts Rinehart Nature Park in Glen Osborne.

A fairy houses building event will be held Saturday in the park along Beaver Road.

The event includes a presentation by author Les Polinko. An organizer of the second annual event, open to all ages, said she hopes to build on last year's success, when about 300 people participated.

The homes will be placed along paths within the park, said organizer and Glen Osborne Mayor Barbara Carrier.

“They're very intricate,” she said. “People put great detail into their designs.”

Made of natural materials, such as bark, moss, feathers and pine cones, fairy houses serve as decoration in parks and gardens.

Carrier said some of the houses created last year had detailed designs mimicking indoor living spaces.

“People used shells from a beach as bathtubs (and made) chandeliers out of pine cones,” she said.

Part of the draw for Carrier is that the event spans all ages.

“It's a wonderful activity that grandparents can bring their grandkids to,” she said. “Parents and adults can actively participate with children. It's a true group activity.”

The fairy house event is one of two outreach events organized by the park's board, Carrier said.

“It's very important to the park because one of the main goals of the park is outreach,” she said. “It's a connection to the park.”

Some of the fairy houses' builders returned throughout last summer to care for the homes, Carrier said.

Since last year's event, she said, people from across the region have reached out to her asking if the event would be held again this year.

Carrier said she's grateful for support from the park board, the community and the Edgeworth Garden Club, which will provide some materials to help build the homes.

“Everyone really has been very supportive in this,” she said.

Bobby Cherry is an associate editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-324-1408 or

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