Midcoast Mini Maker Faire calls for 2014

May 05, 2014
The 2013 Midcoast Mini Maker Faire offered opportunities to “make” on site.

Camden — The Midcoast Mini Maker Faire is returning this fall. The organizers invite makers, craftspeople and performers of all ages to participate, both individually and in groups. Applications will be accepted online at midcoastmakerfaire.com until June 15.

A Maker Faire is a place where inventors, artists, tinkerers, thinkers, and learners share their passions for innovation, creativity, and do-it-yourself activities. They inspire the next generation of makers and entrepreneurs. The Maker Faire motto is “Make, create, recycle, build, think, play, and be inspired by celebrating arts, crafts, engineering, food, music, science, and technology!”

This year, the local Mini Maker Faire hopes to represent a wide variety of makers including, but not limited to, those who work in traditional crafts (such as blacksmithing or tatting); artists who work in any medium (from canvas to fiber); technologists with expertise in robots, arduinos or other electronics; urban gardeners who use innovative techniques like aquaponics or who keep bees; food-makers who brew beer/soda; people who forage; dance performers, mimes or costume designers; musicians who make (or hack) instruments; energy experts who use wind, solar and other technologies to power communities; and any other fabulous idea participants can dream up — for inspiration, visit the web site.

The event welcomes both established and emerging makers to apply. The second annual Midcoast Mini Maker Faire will take place Saturday, Sept. 6, from 11 am to 3 p.m. at the Camden Public Library and adjacent amphitheater. A family-friendly event, the Maker Faire is geared towards visitors of all ages. Admission will be free. In July, midcoastmakerfaire.com will be updated with a list of the makers who will share their excitement, expertise and creativity.

Last year’s inaugural event drew approximately 900 attendees of all ages. More than 20 local makers demonstrated projects including underwater robots, interactive art projects, bicycles that made ice cream and printed postcards, environmentally friendly cars, space-age technology and more. The Midcoast Mini Maker Faire is co-organized by the Camden Public Library and Midcoast Magnet. Nikki Maounis, the library’s executive director, called the Maker Faire a good match for the library’s mission of Read; Connect; Discover. It also aligns with Midcoast Magnet’s mission to attract and inspire entrepreneurs and support innovative projects that foster creativity, livability and economic vitality. The event is generously sponsored by Bangor Savings Bank and MAKE Magazine.

The first Maker Faire occurred in 2005 in San Mateo, Calif., and was sponsored by MAKE and CRAFT magazines. It has since grown to more than 100 events in 10 different countries. More than 200,000 people attend the annual Flagship Maker Faires. For more information about the Midcoast Mini Maker Faire, visit the website or its Facebook page.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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