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A place of wings and giggles

April E. ClarkPost Independent StaffGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado
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Two-year-old Katalena Lott is trying out her fairy wings for the first time.She soon learns being a fairy takes some practice. Camera in hand, her mom, Erin Martino, watches as Katalena spins on the wood floor of the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts Wednesday. The Fairy Festival returns, and Katalena is dressed for the part.She dons a short-sleeved pink leotard, tutu and fairy wings. Her blond curls and blue eyes complete the outfit.”I thought she’d have fun … She’s got a sweet personality,” Martino says, keeping her eye on her little dancing fairy. “I’m psyched. It’s all new.”

Every few minutes, Katalena runs to her mother for moral support.Fairies need their mommies, too.At the side of the room next to mothers and fathers, many with babies on their laps is Katalena’s big brother, Kougar.Girls’ giggles echo throughout the room. A few fairies start to cry.Kougar’s not so into the fairy music.Not many 12-year-old Batman T-shirt-wearing boys are. At one point, he rests his head of dark brown hair in his hands that are propped up on his legs.The things brothers do for their little sisters.

“She adores him,” Martino says.The fairies toddlers, girls, adolescents and teens are now pretending to sleep.A young boy stomps by in brown cowboy boots, tan-colored shorts and a blue-and-white plaid shirt. He will soon be king of the “enchanted forest,” where the fairies will awake and dance for him.Like Kougar, he doesn’t seem so impressed. There’s sugar-sweet distraction.A white fairy cake with whipped-cream icing, juice pouches and child-sized bottles of water are feet away from his folding metal-chair perch.”I want some juice and cake,” he says to his mother, standing near.

The costumed fairies in pink crushed velvet and lavender lamé fabrics aren’t as easily coerced from the dance floor.It’s not every day a girl has the chance to wear fairy wings.Contact April Clark: 945-8515, ext. 16601aclark@postindependent.comPost Independent, Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO

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