2019 FOX FESTIVAL
Designed by Kari Percival and decorated in an open air workshop at 2018 Porchfest
Thompson School students wearing masks made in 2017 with artist Kari Percival.
Made by the public in workshops lead by Sara Peattie at the Fox Library
Made in a 2017 workshop with artist Sara Peattie at the Fox Library
The 4th annual Fox Festival Parade will kick off the Feast of the East in Capitol Square on Saturday, June 15 at noon. Please join us – this participatory parade was started to celebrate the Fox Library, community, creativity, and Arlington wildlife. It has grown to include messages of environmental activism of all kinds. Contribute your voice – come to a workshop or make your own costumes and signs. Are you concerned about climate change? Habitat loss? Ocean plastic? Speak up!
Make a mask, banner or puppet inspired by local animals in a free workshop with artist Sara Peattie at the Fox Library. Kids can participate in afterschool workshops with Sara at the Thompson School. New family workshops at the Hardy School led by artist Kari Percival will celebrate the school's mascot, the playful dolphin, and advocate for preserving the health of our oceans.
You can also DIY – make your own costume, flag, or signs inspired by the theme of nature, animals, and environmental stewardship at home with family and 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! All are welcome in the parade.
FREE WORKSHOP SCHEDULE
EARTH DAY PICNIC – SPONSORED BY ARLINGTON RECYCLING COMMITTEE & LIVE ARTS ARLINGTON
Sunday, April 28, noon to 2 pm in the Park behind Robbins Library
Open air workshop with Sara Peattie
WEDNESDAYS AT THE FOX LIBRARY WITH SARA PEATTIE (with pizza!)
- Wednesday May 29, 4 to 7 pm
- Sunday, June 2, 12:30 to 3:30 pm
- Wednesday June 5, 6 to 8 pm
- Sunday, June 9, 10 am to 12:30 pm
- Wednesday June 12, 4 to 7 pm
HARDY SCHOOL WORKSHOPS
- Sunday, June 9, 1 to 2:30 pm (at the Fox Library)
- Tuesday, June 11, 1:15 to 2:30 (at the Hardy School Cafeteria)
- Thursday, June 13, 5 to 8 pm (at the Hardy School Family Picnic – raindate is Friday, June 14)
THOMPSON SCHOOL WORKSHOPS (sign up in advance with Vicki Rose)
- 5 sessions on Mondays, 2:30 to 4:30 pm
- May 6, May 13, May 20, June 3, June 10
Gather at 11:45 at the Fox Library, 175 Mass Avenue. The Parade starts at noon and will be led by the wonderful Second Line Social Aid & Pleasure Society Brass Band!
PARADE PARTNERS AND SPONSORS
Fox Library, Friends of the Fox, Arlington Commission on the Arts & Culture/LIVE ARTS ARLINGTON, Thompson School, Hardy School & Hardy School PTO, Capitol Square Business Association, Arlington Center for the Arts, Recycling Committee, and the Town of Arlington.
PHOTOS FROM 2017 FOX FESTIVAL PARADE BY MILTON BEVINGTON
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.
The fox has become the library's mascot. This is thanks in part to artist and library neighbor Shunsuke Yamaguchi, who painted whimsical foxes reading stories to their kits on the library walls. Years ago, Shun also painted fox banners to help the community rally to save the library from closing due to budget cuts; the Friends of the Fox was founded to raise funds to keep the library open and, later, to underwrite special programs. The resourceful and clever fox – also an excellent parent – remains the perfect symbol for this small but much loved library, which survived tough economic times to become a vibrant and welcoming community hub. A few 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.