The Fox Festival
GIANT FOXES ARE COMING TO ARLINGTON
"The Fox Library is the face of government in East Arlington!" – East Arlington Resident
The Fox Festival Parade – June 18 – is envisioned as a celebration of the neighborhood of East Arlington, the Fox Library, resilient community spirit, creativity, environmental stewardship, and urban wildlife. Keep scrolling for information about the parade and advance workshops!
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!
FOX FESTIVAL PARADE: stepping off at noon at the Feast of the East in Capitol Square, June 18
The Parade will be led by the awesome Second Line Social Aid and Pleasure Society Brass Band and kick-off the Feast of the East Festival. Look for giant foxes and other urban animals marching along the sidewalks of Capitol Square to form a festive pageant!
For the parade, Arlington Public Art is organizing workshops to make giant puppets in collaboration with the Thompson School (for students in grades 2 to 5) and the Fox Library (for kids and families). Thompson School students can sign up in the Main Office and workshops start on May 9.
Library workshops are open to the pubilc on a drop-in basis; children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult or older sibling. Join artist Sara Peattie in the library's community room downstairs for one or both workshops:
- Wednesday, June 8, 4 to 7 pm
- Wednesday, June 15, 4 to 7 pm
In addition, Arlington Public Art will offer pop-up flag making tables for the parade as follows:
- Saturday, May 21, 12 to 4 pm as part of Playful at Spy Pond Park near Linwood Street
- Saturday, June 11, 12 to 4 pm during Porchfest, in front of the Fox Library in Capitol Square
You can also DIY -- make your own costume, banner, mask, or moveable sculpture inspired by the themes of nature and urban wildlife.
ABOUT SARA PEATTIE
Sara Peattie is the director of the Puppeteers Cooperative, which specializes in community workshops, giant puppets, pageants, and parades. She has been making puppets for more than 25 years, working with people of all ages and walks of life to transform simple materials – cardboard, paper mache, fabric and paint – into imaginative, magical creatures that are larger than life. Her puppets are featured in the First Night Parade in Boston every year, at NYC’s Lincoln Center, and at many other events.
FOX FESTIVAL PARTNERS AND SUPPORTERS
The Fox Festival is organized by Arlington Public Art in collaboration with the Fox Library, Thompson School & Capitol Square Business Association. It is supported by grants from the Arlington Cultural Council, Friends of the Fox Library, Vision 2020 & the Town of Arlington.