Engine presents its biggest event of the year, the 2nd Annual York County Mini Maker Faire. The day-long event will be held on Sunday, November 3, 2019 from 10am-5pm at the Pepperell Mill Center, 40 Main Street in downtown Biddeford, Maine, on the floor of a 26,000 square foot historic textile mill. Over 50 makers will be demonstrating their work and many will be offering hands-on participation. There will be mini drone races, robotics, artists, makerspaces, soldering, blacksmithing, permaculture, wheatpasting, basket weaving, juggling, dance, music, and more. Over 2,000 people attended last year’s inaugural event.
Register for your free tickets to avoid the lines at yorkcounty.makerfaire.com/tickets/
This year’s headliners are three teens whose own curiosity and interest in making have garnered them national attention. Allie Weber of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and Elijah Horland of Brooklyn, New York, can be seen on this season of Mythbusters Jr. Gabriella White is the founder of Architecture Reaching Communities Helping to Inspire Youth (A.R.C.H.Y.) an organization that seeks to disrupt the status quo and create more diversity in the Architecture, STEAM and Design fields. At 1pm, a discussion followed by a Q&A with the three teens will be moderated by Main’s very own Dan Ryder, a nationally-recognized, award-winning education from Farmington. Ryder will be hosting a discussion ”Let’s Talk About Human Centered Makerspaces” for parents, educators, students, and school administrators at 3pm.
Participatory exhibits of note include the Create It Lab experimentation center, Engine’s animation station, the TASK Art Party corner, and the massive Rube Goldberg Machine organized by the Open Bench Project. The listing of Makers & Exhibits can be found at https://yorkcounty.makerfaire.com/makers-exhibits/
Workshops not to be missed include a wheatpasting workshop by artist Pigeon, a basket weaving workshop by Native American artist Sarah Sockbeson. Historic mill and downtown tours will be offered as well. The full schedule can be seen here: https://yorkcounty.makerfaire.com/schedule/
The York County Mini Maker Faire is a member of a prestigious group of over 190 smaller, independently-produced “Mini Maker Faires” and over 30 larger-scale Featured Maker Faires that take place around the world in cities including Tokyo, Rome, Shenzhen, Taipei, Seoul, Paris, Berlin, Barcelona, Detroit, San Diego, Milwaukee, and Kansas City. The event is produced by Engine, a nonprofit arts organization in Biddeford, Maine.
ENGINE, located in the heart of Biddeford, Maine, is a non-profit arts organization. Engine’s mission is to connect and inspire our community through art, design, and education.. ENGINE is the home to the Compass Project boat building and woodworking program for at-risk youth, the Maine Fablab makerspace and pilot design incubator and studios in addition to running a contemporary gallery space at 163 Main street. feedtheengine.org