LEWISTON — Makers, performers, entrepreneurs, garage tinkerers and 50 Model T Fords will descend on L-A on Saturday, Sept. 6, for Museum L-A’s third annual Lewiston-Auburn Mini Maker Faire.

The faire will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Bates Mill Atrium, 35 Canal St.

There will be opportunities for children and adults to get creative with a 3-D printer, work on a human patient simulator, get their hands dirty building a masonry wall, or enjoy the “gooiness” of making their own slime during Mad Science slime time.

Museum L-A sets this day aside for do-it-yourselfers and makers of all ages and backgrounds to share their projects and innovations with the community, as they also learn from each other. It is also a day for the public, especially families, to spend the day learning and becoming inspired while enjoying local inventions, craftsmanship, advances in technology, performances and a traditional barbecue with a vegetarian option catered by The Green Ladle.

The Maker Movement is cited to become the next revolution following that of the internet technological movement.

“Our history has many stories to tell about L-A being first in many areas of creativity and innovation. That is why Museum L-A worked hard to get the first license to hold such a faire here,” said Rachel Desgrosseilliers, executive director. “It is amazing to see the light bulb moments and the joy in all who come as they experience hands-on activities, very often three generations deep,” said Desgrosseilliers.

An added dimension to this year’s faire will be the arrival of 50 Model T Fords from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. along with their Model T cutaway from which one will be able to learn how the first Ford engine worked.

The faire will feature new exhibitors, such as Buckfield Aeronautical Exploration Association, currently working to send the first micro rover to the moon by 2017; Central Maine Medical Center through its Lifeflight Foundation bringing its human patient simulator; Paper Bull Puppets who will make, perform, parade and help educate on the history and intrigue of puppet making; Tinker’s Refuge following the Bryant family’s attempt to lose their mortgage by building their own house and their exhibit on the Tiny House Movement; Maine Robots with the debut of the new snowblower-conversion battle bot; Merritt Graphics 3D Printing demo; as well as Fred Garbo’s Inflatable Theater Co. and International Variety Artist Michael Trautman.

Mad Science of ME will return with a new show, “Marvels of Motion,” and a free “slime-time” booth. Also returning is Home Depot with three projects, the Gardiner Iron Tigers Robotics Team, Noadi’s Art, Open Bench Project, the Iron Man and Crusher, Maine Red Claws Mascot. Baxter Brewery Co. will offer tours and tastings with Maine–made Green Bee soda available for the young.

“Many come thinking they will come for an hour and end up spending the whole day and still haven’t experienced everything. I know since I was one of them,” said Ed Cormier, chairman of the Mini Maker Faire Committee.

The Maker Movement attracts scientists, tech enthusiasts, inventors, artists, craftspeople, fabricators, engineers and anyone who values creativity and innovation. The Lewiston-Auburn Mini Maker Faire is community-driven and independently organized by Museum L-A.

Tickets are $8 in advance or $10 at the door for adults; $5 for ages 11-18, children age 10 and under are free. Tickets can be purchased by going to the Maker Faire website. For more information, call Rachel at 240-6429, visit the website at makerfairelewistonauburn.org or the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/LAMiniMakerFaire or follow LAMMF on Twitter @LAMiniMakerFair.

Guests should park at the parking garage, 62 Canal St., or the garage at 29 Chestnut St. Sections of Ash, Canal and Chestnut streets parking will be closed to accommodate the Model T Fords. The faire is made possible through many supporters.


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