2018 FOX FESTIVAL
Planning is underway for the 2018 Fox Festival Parade, a festive collaborative event organized as part of Capitol Square's Feast of the East in June. which will include artmaking workshops and school-based programming to prepare for a parade celebrating the Fox Library, local wildlife, creativity and community. Check back for more updates.
All are welcome to join the parade. Come to a free advance workshop to make something or DIY at home. You can make your own masks, flags or costumes inspired by the themes of nature and animals with family or friends. Know how to juggle or stilt? Twirl a baton? Play the kazoo? Want to make a giant moveable sculpture of a fox on wheels? Please join us!
WHY THE FOX?
The much-loved Fox Library offers a vibrant, friendly space for afterschool learning and small scale community gatherings. The name originated with Edith M. Fox, the generous donor who provided funds for the library to construct a new home in 1969.
But thanks in part to artist and library neighbor Shunsuke Yamaguchi, the fox has become the library's mascot and a symbol of its survival of tougher economic times when the community rallied to save it from closing. Wild foxes also survive in Arlington thanks to habitat provided by the town's remaining green spaces, including Spy Pond and the areas surrounding the Alewife Brook. Environmental stewardship is a core value in Arlington, and protecting urban wildlife is an essential aspect of this commitment. of stewarding our environment.
So the fox is a mascot for something even bigger than the library -- for community spirit and activism which works to make our neighborhood, and the world, a better place!
Illustration by Shun Yamaguchi.