The inaugural Midcoast Mini Maker Faire is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 7, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Camden Public Library and in Camden Amphitheatre. Admission will be free for all ages. The call for makers, performers and crafters is open through July 12. Any groups or individuals interested in participating in this inaugural event should complete and submit the simple application at

The Midcoast Mini Maker Faire takes after its enormous parent event, Maker Faire, which hosts 90,000 visitors in San Mateo every May. The Midcoast Mini Maker Faire will be a smaller, community-focused event, but will follow the Maker Faire motto of celebrating do-it-yourself creativity and tinkering — “Make, create, craft, recycle, build, think, play, and be inspired by celebrating arts, crafts, engineering, food, music, science, and technology!”

Featuring both established and emerging local “makers,” the Midcoast Mini Maker Faire will be a family-friendly celebration featuring rockets and robots, DIY science and technology, urban farming and sustainability, alternative energy, bicycles, unique hand-made crafts, music and local food and educational workshops and installations.

The event is at heart a celebration of makers and making and about spreading the concept of the identity of “maker.” America, and New England specifically, has a long tradition of ingenuity and tinkering. Midcoast Mini Maker Faire is a place for inventors, artists, thinkers and learners to get together and share their passions and ideas. It is a place to inspire the next generation of makers.

Everyone is a maker, whether they be garage tinkerers, inventors, people who like to experiment, like to create, cook, sew or weld. Organizers are looking for hands-on activities local makers can share with the community. Makers and creators will be listed and featured on the website in early August.

The Midcoast Mini Maker Faire is fortunate to have the Camden Public Library as its sponsor and the Midcoast Magnet as a co-sponsor. The library’s mission of Read; Connect; Discover is well served by an event such as this, said Nikki Maounis, the library’s Executive Director.

“We hope to attract makers of all sizes, interests and talent. Show and Tell was always one of my favorite activities as a child, and now we get to experience it all over again,” she said.

The Maker Faire also is a perfect match for the mission of the Midcoast Magnet to support innovative projects that foster creativity, livability and economic vitality. Mini Maker Faires have started to sprout up around the United States including events in Ann Arbor, Sebastopol, Aspen, Kansas City and Boston. To follow the development of the Midcoast Mini Maker Faire, visit its website or Facebook page.

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