Howard Magazine - Page 43 - Magic in the Making - Continued from page 42

Howard Magazine
- Page 43
Magic in the Making - Continued from page 42

FantasyWood Festival


Where: Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods, 10431 Little Patuxent Parkway


When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. May 25 and 26. 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. May 27.


Tickets: $12 for adults, $10 for children (ages 3 to 12) Saturday and Sunday. $10 for adults, $5 for children Monday. Weekend passes weekend passes are $20 for adults, $15 for children. Children 2 and under are free. $9 to participate in The Quest adventure.


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pire Bar and the Brown Bear Beer Bar, with adult libations and “tree-and-root beer” for children.


Ellicott City’s Kinetics Dance Theatre will be among the performers at the festival, along with characters that interact with visitors. Numbers from the Columbia-born musical “Magic Under Glass” will entertain festival-goers as well.


And if that’s not enough to keep them busy, participants can sign up for The Quest, an adventure game of 26 challenges and riddles designed to immerse players in an alternate fairyland while they collect 20 tokens to win. Activities include howling at the Werewolves Den, crystal naming and telling a joke to a six-foot Sock Monster; if the sock monster likes the joke, players receive a token.


The festival will also publicly debut Andersen’s ManneqArt “sculpture on the human form” contest, now in its seventh year, where artists create themed outfits using materials such as magazines, plastic bags, metal and fabric. Each day of the festival, 30 models will wear the one of the 140 creations from ManneqArt’s past and present contests.


“I’m into original art. So what we did was [use] the fantasy thing to introduce the public to original art in a more accessible way. A bit sneaky,” Andersen says. “But what it does is introduce children, through something that they’re comfortable with, to creating original artwork.”


Laurel-based Alba, owner of the Circus Siren Pod mermaid troupe and entertainmorgana