Fifteen child-size playhouses, collectively referred to as the “Fairy Tale Playhouses,” have moved into downtown West Palm Beach. To raise awareness of affordable housing while providing entertainment and shade to the smallest of waterfront visitors, the miniature homes carry a meaningful message.
Through a partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Palm Beach County, whose mission is to build simple, decent and affordable housing for low to very low-income families around the world, the City of West Palm Beach will continue to include philanthropy in its seasonal “Summer in Paradise” campaign. The community element matches Palm Beach County artists with local nonprofits who will come together to build the homes. The artists will then transform the playhouses into unique representations of popular fairy tales. The playhouses are on display on the Great Lawn of the West Palm Beach waterfront through July 26, when they will be auctioned off to support the corresponding nonprofits.
The artists interpret their fairy tale, with stories spanning the globe to reflect Habitat for Humanity’s worldwide reach. Featured fairy tales include “Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox,” from North America; “The Boy and the Dragon,” from Canada; “Rapunzel,” from Germany; “Anasi, and the Turtle: Jamaican Folk Tales,” from Jamaica.
In addition to Habitat for Humanity of Palm Beach County, participating nonprofits include Adopt-A-Family of the Palm Beaches, Inc., Autism Speaks, Children Seen and Heard, Homeless Coalition of Palm Beach County, Palm Beach Habilitation Center, Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League, Police Athletic League of West Palm Beach, Take Heed Theater Company, Take Stock in Children Palm Beach County, The Arc of Palm Beach County, The Lord’s Place, Inc., United Way of Palm Beach County, Urban Youth Impact, and Vita Nova, Inc..
Local artists include Steve Brouse, Marcos Conde, Sylvain Copon, Jason Fleurant, Freddy Hennevelt, William Joyner, Jr., Batia Lowenberg, Grace McGann, Craig McInnis, Erick Marquez, Mayling Marquez, Melissa Mastrangelo, Frank Navarrete, Missy Pierce, and Renata Rodrigues.
In addition to the “Fairy Tale Playhouses,” guests can take a “sip” of summer with additional waterfront activities, including a “Big Storybook” photo opportunity, with a newly crafted chapter; “StoryVille,” a create your own life-size fable activity; “FlaminGO Croquet,” complete with an “Alice in Wonderland” theme and flamingo mallets; and “Fairy Tale Trivia Tuesdays.” As is summer tradition, the City will expand its Clematis by Night offerings, booking two times the bands and extending entertainment hours to 10 p.m.