What a Wonderful Faire!

Thank you to everyone who came out to the 2nd annual Poughkeepsie Mini Maker Faire today! A huge thank you to our partners and sponsors – Make: Magazine, Vassar College, Squidwrench, Arts Mid-Hudson, Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce, Hudson Valley 3D Printing and Hudson Valley Parent. A HUGE HUGE thank you to our Makers. Many photos and stories to come. Enjoy this video.

Rigamajig is Coming to the Faire!

Rigamajig is an exhibit that is part of the Mid-Hudson Children Museum’s Link Lift Launch exhibition. The exhibit is a large scale building set with wooden planks, wheels, pulleys, nuts, bolts and rope that allows children to follow their curiosity through play. Children create contraptions to convey buckets, three legged spaceships, elephant movie projectors hiding under robot monsters, and all-purpose “Rigamajigs.” The act of playing and building is the goal, not the finished product.


The Vassar College Zines Library

Come and make a collaborative zine with Vassar College Library.  Zines are “do-it-yourself” publications that can be created by makers of all ages. Create a page about why you love the Mini Maker Faire and what being a “maker” means to you. At their booth, you’ll find paper, pens, pencils, crayons—everything you’ll need to make your page! After they collect all the pages makers contribute, they will bind them into a zine at the Vassar College Library. If you don’t have time to create one at the Faire, pick up our “Make your own zine” kit to take home! Receive a mini zine about the Vassar Zines Library, as well as information on how to donate your zines to our collection.


Arduino Bluetooth Lego R/C Car

The Fashionable Arduino Remote Control Car will be making an appearance at the Maker Faire.  The kit is ready to run when assembled, no programming required. You can modify the included program or install a completely new one. You can also change or build a new mobile app to run the car since everything is open and freely changed. You decide if and when!



Boasting one of the simplest Tesla coil driving circuits ever, Matthew Storer of Teslatronix makes wireless electricity experimentation simple, easy, and cheap for everyone. Perfect for classrooms and the electrical hobbyist, Teslatronix coils use lower DC input voltages and a basic circuit design to accomplish wireless power transfer demonstrations. Stop by and see how they work.


Jade Palace Guard – Experimental beat makers



The JADE PALACE GUARD, a collaboration of experimental beat makers and DJs, will be at Maker Faire. Their concepts and influences are from Martial Arts, Sci-FI, Horror, and Vintage films. They also specialize in Art Culture and DIY merchandise. The JADE PALACE GUARD is a sound testing, sampling and recording area (also called a Lab, Chamber, or DOJO) currently located in Poughkeepsie, NY. This team utilizes a broad range of electronic and classic instruments. The JADE PALACE GUARD has released multiple Experimental, Electronic and HipHop Digital EPs and recent CDs and cassettes, as well as clothing, fine art and toys. Stop by and visit them!


The Church of Nature

The Church of Nature will offer three activities designed to  connecting you more deeply to yourself and to Nature. 

Labyrinth – Meander through a hand drawn a labyrinth, finding words of encouragement and reflection along the way. Walking a labyrinth is an ancient tool used to connect to the earth and offer a time and space to reflect.  The labyrinth will be open from 10AM through the close of the Faire. 

The Constellation Project – Join a discussion on why we create stories in the night skies. Then answer the question ‘If I were a constellation I would be…’ Using black construction paper and a total of 15 silver dots, map out your own constellation. The Church of Nature will use all the constellations to create a constellation map of the Maker Faire community. Participants will receive a photo of the finished project.

Flower Power: The Seed Ball Project – Come get your hands dirty and make seed balls. Seed balls are the ultimate in surprise gardening. The clay and dirt protect the seeds, letting you thoughtfully launch them in places where a little brightness is needed.  Seeds are Native Northeast Wild Flowers both annual and perennial. Great for seeding areas that are hard to reach in your own yard, or for throwing into abandoned lots.  These seeds are neonic free making them a safe source of food for our pollinator friends.


Learn Native American Hoop Dancing

In this Maker Faire workshop attendees will learn basic steps and transformations to the Native American hoop dance and then combined them to tell a story. The workshop will be taught by Poughkeepsie Day School student Charlie Burns-Bahruth.

Ray’s Robots

Ray Rumore loves robots! He will be sharing several projects he has been working on during the past year. Each one addresses one or more areas of robotics – locomotion, vision, AI, etc. You will certainly enjoy interacting with them.

Visit Kappa, the Japanese Mythical Creature

Artist Leslie Pelino of Howling Spiders Studio in New Paltz, New York, will create an enchanted space with Kappa, the interactive sea monster. Kids and adults are invited to visit Kappa in his whimsical environment surrounded by giant colorful sculptures created from recycled materials. Move Kappa’s swimmy noodle arms and take “selfies” with this mythical Japanese creature. Kappa’s visitors will also be part of a Go Pro video art piece.

"Anenome" by Leslie Pelino

“Anenome” by Leslie Pelino