Learn to fix, rather than toss, at first Midcoast Repair Cafe

Aug 06, 2017

Appleton — The date for the first Midcoast Maine Repair Café has been set for Saturday, Aug. 26, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Appleton library.

The Repair Café concept comes from the Netherlands and is based on the concept of fixing rather than tossing. A team of volunteer repair specialists with very varied skills will be available to help teach you to fix your: appliance (blenders etc.), furniture, sewing project, bicycle, computer, watch, and more. If you can carry it in we’ll see if we can take care of it.

This event is under the auspices of the Repair Café Foundation and has the following goals:

1. Bring back repairing into local society

2. Maintain and spread the expertise required to repair things

3. Connect local community members through a fun, educational event.

There is no charge for this event and the hope is to create enough interest in the first event to branch out around the Midcoast with similar events on a quarterly basis.

Besides the Appleton library, two other venues are lined up in Belfast and the Repair Cafe organizers would be interested in hearing from nonprofits in Rockland, Camden, Rockport. Organizers are also looking for repair specialists. Those with skills and tools and want to be challenged are invited to get involved.

For more information, contact local organizers: Bart Read at 322-5368 and Julie Sells at the Appleton library or go to repaircafe.org.

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