Twig the Fairy, Minneapolis, MN

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Twig the Fairy (full name: Twig Oaklyn Flewinia Thistlebottom) is enchanted fairy based in the City of Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Portrayed by actress Kathy Gfeller, Twig the Fairy travels to Renaissance fairs across the United States to charm young and old alike with her beauty, and the music from her double-piped fairy flute.

Unlike most live-performers, when Gfeller takes on the role of Twig the Fairy, she does not speak. She communicates through her eyes, her smile and the touch of her hands. She is a like a silent movie but in glorious, wonderful color. Geller feels that by talking, it takes away some of the mystery that is fairies.

As she told “Minnesota Monthly” magazine, “If I don’t say anything, the audience has to make up my story; be a little more creative. I love it when kids tell me things they’ve ‘figured out’ about me. By not talking, I’m letting others create their own ideas about fairies.”

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Twig the Fairy arrived on the scene in 2003 at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival and has since made her way across the country to the Carolina Renaissance Festival, the Arizona Renaissance Festival, the Scarborough Renaissance Festival (outside of Dallas, Texas), the Colorado Renaissance Festival, the Siouxland Renaissance Festival (in Sioux Falls, South Dakota), among other venues.

Described as “shy and gregarious, innocent, mischievous, and playful,” Twig the fairy seeks to be friends with all the children she meets as she plays her double-flute and dances gracefully as if floating on air. As a token of friendship, Twig gives children a small, smooth stone and sprinkles it with fairy dust.

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Kathy Gfeller hails from the town of Ely, in the North Woods of Minnesota. She attended Minnesota State University at Mankato where she studied theater, history, fiber arts and sculpture. After receiving her degree, she Joined the renaissance festival circuit as a performer where she honed her skills in their Faerie Court and eventually came up with the character of Twig the Fairy.

Some of Twig’s Renaissance festival friends are Tangle the Fairy, Redwood the Fairy, Moxie the Fairy, Zinnia the Fairy and Lyrique the Fairy.

“Whereas, Twig the Fairy has been delighting children and adults of all ages and creatures of all species from mermaid to goblin to unicorn for more that ten years…R.T. Rybak, The Mayor of the City of Minneapolis proclaims December 15, 2012 Twig the Fairy Day in Minneapolis.”

Twig the Fairy has appeared on the covers of “Faerie Magazine” and “Renaissance Magazine” and authored the books, “Twig the Fairy and the Curious Land of Real” (2010), “Twig the Fairy and the Mermaid Misadventure” (2011), “Twig the Fairy and the Rainbow to Someday” (2012); Twig the Fairy and the Goblin Masquerade” (2012); “Twig the Fairy Coloring Book” (2012) and “Twig the Fairy Storybook for Bad Days” (2014). Twig the Fairy sought funding for her story books (and received it) from Kickstarter projects.

Twig the Fairy keeps in touch with her nearly a quarter of a million followers via her Facebook and Twitter pages. Her Facebook page includes such motivational quotes as:

  • “Attitude is everything.”
  • “I would always rather be happy than dignified.”
  • “The world is only as small as your imaginations.”
  • “Believing in fairies is awesome. Believing in yourself is vital.”
  • “Strong people stand up for themselves. Stronger people stand up for others.”
  • “Good friends get you out of mischief. Best friends get you into it.”
  • “The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams.”
  • “Sometimes we have to grant ourselves permission to fly.”
  • “Don’t let anyone dull your sparkle”
  • “Let your dreams be bigger than your fears, and you actions louder than your words.”
  • “Don’t apologize for who you are. Be proud of your magical self.”

Fans of Twig the Fairy can purchase greeting cards or a 13-month calendar (listing Measure Your Feet Day, Goblin Taming Day, Fairy Day, Hiccup Appreciation Day. among other fun days) at her online store.

Twig the Fairy
c/o Minnesota Renaissance Fair
Minneapolis, MN

Twig the Fairy (Facebook)
Twig the Fairy (Twitter)
Twig the Fairy Interview (Article)
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Twig the Fairy Kickstarter Project (Video)
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Born in Philadelphia, Jerome Alphonse Holst worked 30 years as a librarian. He has since retired and lives in Greensboro, North Carolina. Mr. Holst is also the author of the children’s books “Norman the Troll,” "Norman the Troll and the Haunted House," and "Gretchen and the Gremlins." In addition, he penned the fantasy novel “The Adventures of Glinda Gale,” a retelling of “The Wizard of Oz" and the reference text “The Encyclopedia of Movie and TV Insults.” .

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