Maker Fair

Maker Fair at York Public Library
June 11, 2016
10am – 3pm 

Cosponsored by the York Public Library and York Schools

Life is what you make it and we want to help inspire you! Our Maker Fair will be part science fair, part artisan fair, part technology fair and it will appeal to all ages. We will gather together crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, artists and community businesses, who will all show off their creations and offer visitors hand-on “maker” experiences. We hope to have the latest technological devices along with 3D printers and a green screen! While many fairs offer great exhibits to look at; our Maker Fair will give participants a chance to try out the range of creative activities that are on display.

Coming to our maker fair (in no particular order): 

York High School Robotics Team, Carrie McKie and the Chix with Stix  from the Yarn Sellar,  Annette Slone and Michele Freitag from the Maker Madness Program, Engineer Adam Henckler from Portsmouth Navy Yard, Quilter extraordinaire Cheryl LaplanteLaura Jaquays from ArtHope, Girl Scout Troop 397, Corrine Gillman from York Art Association, Needle Felters Denise Pease and Ellen Lord, Interior Designer Barbara Herman, Tim Terranova from Destination Imagination, Seacoast Biomedical Science Institute, York PTA, Tamara Konczal from the Museums of Old York, Marc Couture from VEX Robotics Education Competition Foundation

 Meet the York High School Robotics Team! 2015, the York High School Robotics Team was understandably a little nervous about going into the regional VEX Robotics competition in Cape Elizabeth for their very first competition, as they faced well established seasoned high school programs.
“We were a new team. We weren’t sure how it was going to work,” said Taylor Bair of his all-freshman team. “But after the first five matches, we had an idea we could be doing well.”
Indeed, when the end of the day came, Bair’s team was part of a larger alliance of teams that won the entire competition, the Excellence Award as well and another York High team won the “skills challenge award” during a driver-control competition. So, two teams from York, during their first foray into robotics competition, showed that they really did know their stuff!
These fine talented students will be on hand at the Maker Fair at York Public Library to show all of you just how good their stuff is! Come see these fine folks and their robots in action on June 11th!

Carrie McKie and the “Chix with Stix”

York Public Library would like you to meet Carrie McKie! For those of you who don’t know Carrie, she lives with her husband and two children here in York on the Triple G Farm where she lovingly raises sheep.  She also happens to be the owner of a favorite local hangout for knitters – The Yarn Sellar!  If you are into anything fiber, you are sure to already know about this beautiful shop.  For those of you who would like learn about anything fiber, it is a must see!  The Yarn Sellar is a fiber lover’s heaven as it has one of the most extensive assortments of supplies for knitting in southern Maine. Check it out:

 The other reason for The Yarn Sellar’s great success is the fiber expertise of Carrie McKie herself. We are so lucky to have her come to the Maker Fair at York Public Library and show us her stuff!  Joining Carrie will be some of the members of the “Chix with Stix” community knitters!  They will be giving knitting, crochet and spinning demonstrations to any and all who want to learn more about the fiber arts.  So throw your latest knitting project in a bag and head on over to the library on June 11th to join these ladies as they dazzle us with a yarn load of possibilities! After all, there is nothing better than a pair of needles in your hands, a soft yarn in your bag and a fiber loving friend by your side.  Unless of course, you are packing your spinning wheel!

The SeaPerch!

Check out the SeaPerch! The SeaPerch is actually made from a kit. Imagine building your own Seaperch in the future! These photos were taken from a recent school’s testing at the pool at UNH. The Maker Fair at the York Public Library will feature these little ROVs (remotely operated vehicles) in a 1,000 gallon tank for kids (and others) to try to steer, dive, and maneuver!

Now meet Adam Henckler P.E.! Adam is a licensed professional Engineer and Planning Department Training Manager working at the Portsmouth Naval Yard.  He has experience working for public and private organizations in the area of structural engineering. He is a Leader in Environmental and Energy Design (LEED) and is an accredited professional by the United States Green Building Council.  Adam is one of the championed shipyard staff members who brings “STEM in a Box” into the community and schools. His programs help promote critical thinking, learning goals and STEM inspired programs for people of all ages!  You will want to mark your calendar to attend our Maker Fair on June 11th   where you will meet Adam and the SeaPerch ROVs here at York Public Library!

Destination Imagination!

 Destination Imagination (DI) is a non-profit, volunteer-led, cause-driven organization. Their purpose is to inspire and equip students to become the next generation of innovators and leaders. Annually, they offer seven new standards-based Challenges in STEM, Improv, Visual Arts, Service Learning, and Early Learning. Each Challenge enables student teams to learn and experience the creative process from imagination to innovation. Academic tournaments take place around the world where teams have the opportunity to present their solutions to trained appraisers. Students have fun and gain confidence in their ability to solve any challenge. In working to solve these Challenges, teams learn 21st century skills (creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, communication, citizenship and courage) to build on their unique strengths.  Representing Destination Imagination at our Maker Fair is Tim Terranova! Tim has been a DI team manager (coach) for seven years and finds it one of his most rewarding experiences.  Tim  is also on the Board of CreateME which is  the organization that oversees DI in Maine, where he serves as affiliate growth director.  He is looking forward to meeting everyone at the Maker Fair and sharing in some more fun activities.  Information about DI can be found at Who knows, you could be on the next DI team!

Quilter Extraordinaire, Cheryl Laplante

Throughout history, quilts have been a constant reminder of home, hearth and family.   They serve as an integral  part of the American culture – right up there with apple pie!  It is said that “a quilt will warm your body and comfort your soul”.  No one embodies that statement more than Cheryl Laplante!
Cheryl began quilting thirty-one years ago when her husband was in the Air Force and they were stationed in England. She joined a group of quilters in the little village of Thurston, meeting with them every fortnight at each others homes.  Cheryl still remembers that her grandmother made scrap quilts on her treadle sewing machine, but she herself didn’t start making her own until she was in England.  Perhaps this is where Cheryl gets her love for traditional quilt patterns.  Along with being a member of the Pine Tree Quilt Guild of Maine,  she is a member of the Evergreen Quilt Guild in Kennebunk.  Cheryl has shown her quilts in local quilt shows and her love for her craft is evident in each of her beautiful creations.  Come to the Maker Fair at York Library and stop by Cheryl’s table to learn more about quilting, patterns and projects that you may want try your hand at as well.  She will inspire you!


Art HOPE is a non-profit arts and healing organization dedicated to promoting health and well-being through free expressive arts programs for people living with cancer or other long-term illness and the community at large. Together with  community partners in Maine they offer inter-generational art therapy activities in hospitals, wellness centers, schools, public libraries, cultural institutions, and at scenic natural locations across the state.  Learn more about them!
Representing Art HOPE  at the Maker Fair at York Public Library is Laura Jaquays.  Laura is the founder and author of Art HOPE.
She is an artist and a creative wellness educator.  She is also the Board President & Executive Director.  We are so lucky to have Laura here in York.  She has built partnerships with communities all throughout Southern Maine by bringing creative wellness programs to artists of all ages.  Laura will be showing us how to make origami paper cranes.   It is said in Ancient Japanese tradition, that anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish by the Gods. Some believe you are granted eternal good luck,  as well as long life or recovery from illness or injury.
In the spirit of art, science and transformation, Art HOPE is a wonderful reminder that we can all find hope through art and sharing.   Come on by to meet Laura and she will teach you how to fold some beautiful origami paper cranes for yourself!

York, Maine Girl Scout Troop #397

There are over 1.9 million girls involved in the Girl Scouts in America. Let me introduce you to four of Maine’s finest – Skylar, Amy, Ella and Reilly who are all from Girl Scout Troop #397! These fine young ladies epitomize the Girl Scout mission of building girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place.  They don’t just talk about community service, they do it! In February Troop #397 set up at the York Public Library for a “Knit In”!  They spent their school vacation knitting for the Maine Mitten Project, to supply people in need with scarfs, mittens, and hats to keep them warm.  They are a shining example of our next generation of hope. On June 11th you will find them helping out at our Maker Fair at the “Goodies” table – one place you will not want to miss.

Seacoast Biomedical Science Institute

Seacoast Biomedical Science Institute is a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of biomedical science through original research, service, and education for the health, well-being, and interest of the public.  They pledge to work in support of, and on behalf of, our community and humanity at large.  Founded by a team including biomedical research scientists, health specialists, “STEM”, and experiential educators, they are uniquely positioned to carry out the important mission of this organization.  SBSI is divided into three arms: Scientific Research, Education and Outreach, and Scientific Services.

Have you seen this picture?  It features the hand-print of an 8-year-old girl, as cultivated by her (microbiologist!) mother.  It was shared across the internet in 2015, and serves as a great reminder that what we don’t see can be just as important as what we do see!  When you visit the Seacoast Biomedical Science Institute’s table at the Maker Fair at York Public Library, you can try your hand at this too!  Your invisible hand print will come to life, and you will see what lives there.  Just think of what a great keepsake photo it will make!

Adult Coloring and Beyond

Adult coloring has become such a craze these days and many of us have spent endless hours busily filling up the beautiful coloring books we have accumulated! Page after page is filled with gorgeous creations that we can be proud of, but then what?  Well, Barbara Herman is coming to our Maker Fair to show us exactly what we can do with all of our coloring book masterpieces! Barbara, who lives here in York,  is an Interior Designer who got her training from the Rhode Island School of Design and the New York School of Interior Design.  She owned and operated  Barbara Herman Interiors for thirty-seven years, and taught interior design through adult education courses for eighteen years.  Although Barbara is now enjoying her retirement, she continues to teach many different workshops. To name just a few –  interior decorating for small spaces, greeting card design, coloring and beyond,  and many others.  Come visit Barbara’s table at the Maker Fair at York Public library and learn what you can do with all of your beautiful colored pages!

Corrine Gilman from The York Art Association

“Creativity does not come with a set of instructions. There is no fragile, handle with care, this end up, contents may shift in transit. Yet we are fragile, a bag of bones inside a permeable membrane with a mass of gray matter held inside a thin, bony shell. And we definitely do shift in transit. So what are we waiting for?” Corrine Gilman

Corrine Gilman is a mixed media collage and fiber artist.  Her work is a form of meditation for her.  It brings her joy and feeds her soul.  Corrine is greatly influenced by the time she spends in nature and she loves to use organic forms in her work.   Her art is fun and beautiful! To see more of it, check out her website:
Corrine is also one of the Volunteer Event Coordinator’s at the York Art Association.  The York Art Association is a volunteer run organization that has been in existence since 1956. Not only do they do more than eight shows per year, they also offer a variety of educational and youth opportunities to promote the arts in the York community.

On Saturday, June 11th, Corrine will be helping visitors to our Maker Fair create collage postcards that they can take home with them.  Do stop by and let Corrine bring out the artist in you!

Ocean Fire Pottery

Introducing artist Amy Clark, the owner of Ocean Fire Pottery!

The pottery Amy makes is earthy and substantial, designed and created to be used and enjoyed. She creates simple forms with natural colors in hopes of evoking serene, effortless emotions from the user. The foundation of her pottery remains functional, with her own nature-inspired, graceful style. Amy’s story is best told by her however, so do check it out and be sure to stop by her table at the Maker Fair and learn more about her beautiful pottery and how its made!

The Creation Station

Have you heard of the Creation Station? Well, it is the new MakerSpace at Village Elementary!  The Creation Station was started in August of 2015 when the school’s computer lab was dismantled.  It now exists to provide hands-on experiences where young minds, teachers, and community members are inspired to wonder, explore, problem solve, collaborate, invent, and build.  Equipped with iPads, Chromebooks, green screen technology, huge rolling tables, and countless bins of supplies (much of it upcycled), the possibilities for hands-on learning experiences are endless!  Village Elementary is thrilled to be on this journey to blend “making” into the curriculum.  Come learn more about the Creation Station and the growing Maker Movement within York Schools from their wonderful team of educators who will be on hand to talk to you on June 11th here at York Public Library!

Basket Maker, David Brinkman

The Maker Fair at York Public Library is proud to include David Brinkman among its talented artist presenters! David is a fine example of the maker spirit in action.  His beautiful baskets are the result of that “maker” ingenuity and inspiration, but his story is best told by him. Here is David’s artist statement:

“At six, I watched intently as my grandmother (an amateur oil painter) skillfully peeled each apple in a lengthening single strand while teaching me to make apple pies. Then, at 10 years, I watched my General Electric draftsman father, evenings in our living room, as he drew the detailed plans and renderings for the new house his brother would then build for us. After a week in my first art class in seventh grade, the teacher sent me off to take industrial arts instead, since I showed no promise at the finger painting she was teaching.  So, I went on to get a degree in chemical engineering, and another in law, and there followed a more than thirty year career as a patent and copyright lawyer here in Washington D.C. Somewhere in that time, I began to draw and photograph out of necessity, to help inventors’ translate explanations and sketches into whatever would help them in their quests to protect what they had invented and created. And those became fun, and pathways I continue to enjoy for creative expression now that I’m retired.

While visiting the Fruitlands Museum, west of Boston several years ago, I was impressed to see pine needle baskets that had been made by Native Americans well over a hundred years ago. Here were elegantly simple and creative uses of natural materials: pine needles arranged in successive coils, held in place by flexible lacing, and ornamented by beads, feathers, quills, shells and pigment.

In the area where my wife Beth Saidman and I have come to spend winters on the Gulf Coast of Florida in recent years, beautiful long leaf pine needles (eight to fourteen inches long) fall from the trees. It didn’t take long for curiosity to get the best of me. I bought a pine needle basket-making book and got started. The book’s diagrams were like those for tying a bow tie, so my first efforts at coiling and lacing were equally sources of frustration and mirth.  But as it dawned on me to use the materials to develop my own ways of working, my baskets have become more unique to my imagination and craftsmanship. Beyond your appreciating them, I hope they inspire you to embrace whatever resources you encounter and use those to express your inner joy”.

Engaging the Community in the Joy of Learning