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Wee Town plays host to fairies

Larry and Mania Moore created Wee Town, a town for fairies, pixies, elves and leprechauns after being inspired by the citywide fairy project coordinated by their neighbor Christine Melby, owner of Messes and Masterpieces. (Photo by Jackie Grumish)

When Messes and Masterpieces owner Christine Melby asked Mania Moore to create a fairy house for the citywide fairy project, Moore took it one step further — she created Wee Town.

Wee Town, population 17, was developed along the side of the road at Moore’s home, 533 E. First St.

It started as a project for the Moores to enjoy themselves but grew into something more, said Larry Moore, Mania’s husband.

“It really took on a life of its own,” he said.

Wee Town consists of three homes (belonging to the Fairytons, a family of fairies; Pip’s Pixies, a family of pixies; and the Loveys, a family of elves). The Wee Town Apartments were recently constructed in the tree behind the homes and Lucky Leprechaun’s Pub was installed in the base of the tree.

“It’s been unbelievable how people have just gotten into it,” Larry said.

It’s not uncommon for visitors to stop by Wee Town or for drivers to honk and give a thumbs up, the Moores said.

One day a woman and her grandchildren were driving by Wee Town when they stopped to view it from the car. Mania said she invited them to take a closer look and answered several of the kids’ questions (i.e. how the fairies get into the homes if the doors don’t open, how they see out the windows of the apartments, etc.) The answer? Magic.

Mania said the woman’s granddaughter got so wrapped up in Wee Town that she asked whether she could make her own fairy house. When her grandmother said yes, the girl was ecstatic and gave her grandmother a huge hug.

“We’ve had so much fun watching people out here,” Mania said. “It’s been so much fun to hear them and what they’re saying about it.”

Wee Town is made of a recycled file cabinet, table and wastebasket, all purchased at Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore. All the decorations are items the couple had lying around the house.

“I just thought it would be neat to do,” Mania said. “I didn’t realize the community involvement. The biggest thing for us now is seeing people enjoy it.”

Nine other fairy houses have been placed in parks around New Richmond. The homes, created by local artists, 4-H members, parents and city officials, were inspired by similar fairy projects across the United States.

There are no maps to help people find the houses; however, when visitors do locate a fairy house, they’re encouraged to leave notes for the fairies.

Wee Town is a bit different than the fairy homes found in New Richmond’s parks. The doors cannot be opened to leave the fairies notes; however, a magic cell phone is on site at Wee Town.

The phone, which appears to be a non-working cell phone, is really a way for humans to communicate with fairies, the Moores said. Any visitors are able to use the phone to leave voice messages for the fairies.

It’s unknown whether Wee Town’s population will increase over time; however, the Moores said they wouldn’t be surprised if more lots are sold and developed as the new Stillwater River Crossing bridge is constructed.

“You just never know what’s going to happen after the bridge is built,” Larry said with a laugh.

Jackie Grumish
Jackie Grumish has been a reporter with the New Richmond News since 2008. She holds degrees in journalism and fine art from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Ill. Before coming to New Richmond, Jackie worked as the city government reporter at a daily newspaper in Aberdeen, S.D. 
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