Borderlands returns with magical Halloween forest story-telling event

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The Borderlands take visitors into an enchanted Shelburne forest for stories, music, and magic.

The next two weekends, a forest in Shelburne will be transformed into The Borderlands, a special magical Halloween storytelling event by the Treewild nonprofit.

The Borderlands mix a woodland walk with theater, songs and poetry, stories, music and dance along the way – marking the edge where our world meets the world of magic, where fairies, elves, and dwarves dwell.

The performances will be on two Saturdays, Oct. 21 and 28, with groups leaving on walks through the course every 15 minutes from 1 to 5 p.m.

This year, the story is based on Snow White, who ran from her beauty-obsessed stepmother across the Border into the Otherworld, to live with magical dwarves. But does she choose to go back and live in a palace when she meets her prince? Think again.

The performance is appropriate for all ages. Many of the performers are children from the Way of the Bard and Enchantment Camps programs, although there are featured adults as well. Along the way, there will be magical activities for the audience to participate in, and everyone gets a fairy crown to keep them safe across the Border.

The route is rugged and appropriately wild, so good shoes, clothing for the weather, and tick spray are important. The audience goes out in small groups, with tickets for a specific time slot. All ticketing is done online at Treewild.org. The Borderlands is a major fundraiser for the Way of the Bard, a group that is enacting social change through their performance art.

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