A holiday fairy tale
Northport — Fairy tales do come true — and one came true a few days before Christmas in Northport. On Dec. 21, 10-year-old Madison Page Limeburner received a gift delivered by a magical creature, not one from the North Pole but one created by her own imagination.
Since Madison was about 3 years old, she and her grandmother, Carrie Limeburner of Ellsworth, have been telling each other fairy tales, stories they make up about a fairy named Lily Moon. Carrie said she shares special activities with each of her grandchildren, but the bond with Madison over Lily Moon is especially strong.
“Lily’s an amazing fairy, a lot of fun and she expresses herself. Her whole reason for being is to celebrate who you are and what makes you special,” Carrie said a few days before The Big Reveal.
Carrie and Madison hope eventually to make a book of their stories. A few months ago, Carrie was thinking about the upcoming holiday season and got inspired.
“How great would it be to have your own fairy come to life? So I called the Maine Arts Commission for an actress who would be a good fit, and they put me in touch with the New Surry Theatre,” said Carrie.
New Surry performer Nina Robinson-Poole, stepdaughter of District 37 Rep. Ralph Chapman, D-Brooksville, agreed to become Lily Moon and come up with a costume that reflects the fairy’s empowering outlook.
“She’s going to bring our fairy to life as sort of a Cyndi Lauper fairy. It’s so cool, I know she [Madison] is going to love it,” said Carrie.
Robinson-Poole, who has appeared this season in New Surry’s “Proof” (Catherine), “Steel Magnolias” (Annelle) and as a dancer in “Man of La Mancha,” said she did some research into fairy lore but mostly based her characterization on the things Carrie told her about Madison and Lily.
“She sounds very playful and fun,” said Robinson-Poole about her role.
Carrie said she wishes someone had done something like this for her when she was young.
“Oh she’s going to be totally surprised; I can’t even wait,” Carrie said.
Lily Moon, as created by Carrie and Madison, proves again and again in their stories that “it’s OK to believe in all the good things.” Carrie believes so much in the goodness of Christmas magic that she said she would not be at Madison’s house for the Lily Moon visitation, not even hiding around the door.
“I’m not going to be there because I don’t want to disturb the illusion one bit,” she said.
Carrie knew her daughter-in-law would take some photos, and she also knew what Lily Moon would say as she walked out the door.
“And remember to always believe! That how our stories end,” Carrie said.
“I think that’s a good message for everybody,” Robinson-Poole added.
Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or firstname.lastname@example.org.