Celebrating creativity: Westport Mini Maker Faire on Saturday
Updated 4:53 am, Saturday, April 30, 2016
The free event, which last year drew a crowd of more than 6,500, will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is produced by the library and Remarkable Steam.
On display and demonstrated will be projects by “makers” from wide-ranging backgrounds and ages, including technology enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, artists, science clubs, students, authors and commercial exhibitors.
“This year’s faire will be, by far, our largest,” Alex Giannini, the event co-chairmen, said in a publicity release. “We have more makers than in any previous year, and we cannot wait to see what incredible stuff they’re bringing.”
To mark the fifth anniversary, this year’s theme is “five” and those projects incorporating the number five will be featured, according to organizers.
Also on display will be a giant fiberglass dragon fashioned by local sculptor Chris Crowe at the Westport Library, with assistance from library visitors over the last several weeks. (Read a Westport News report on that project here: http://bit.ly/1plN4EW.) “It’s fitting that the dragon will officially be unveiled at the Maker Faire,” Giannini said. “It was a community project, and the Maker Faire is the culmination of that project and truly a community celebration of creativity.”
Some of the new maker exhibits this year will include modular art and paper engineering, fresh pasta-making demonstrations, mobile emergency medical technology, electronic dance production, sugar cane plates for school lunches to replace Styrofoam, and more.
Attendees will also have a chance to be photographed for the library’s “What Do You Geek?” campaign, an initiative designed to highlight the range of library programs and services, as well as patrons’ personal passions.
Photographer Pam Einarsen will be taking photos of people with what they “geek,” or are passionate about, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the photo studio near the MakerSpace on the library’s main level. All photo subjects should wear a solid black top and bring what they geek. Free digital and print photos will be available. To check out the Westport Library’s “What Do You Geek?” gallery, visit: http://bit.ly/1U7Emat.