Learning, Play and Inspiration at Maker Faire 2016

Many families came to the Poughkeepsie Mini Maker Faire to celebrate what the mid-Hudson Valley is inventing, making and creating. Thank you to all of our Makers, Crafters, Farmers, Inventors, Hackers, Scientists and Artists of all ages who provided learning, play, spectacle and inspiration!

Community Coiled Jar

Faire goers are invited to contribute to a community-coiled storage jar with Jessica Longobardo of Art Centro and Mid Hudson Heritage Center.


Only three more days to purchase Advance online tickets and beat the lines at the door. Purchase tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/poughkeepsie-mini-maker-faire-2016-tickets-26910191106


Hudson Valley FIRST LEGO League – Robotics

Interested in learning about Hudson Valley FIRST LEGO League? John Houston will be on hand to give an introduction to Hudson Valley FIRST LEGO League, a program to satisfy the needs of youth to experience problem-solving, teamwork, hands-on robotics work, public speaking, and so much more.


Colonial Era Blacksmith

New to the Maker Faire this year will be a live demonstration of colonial era blacksmithing with Tom Hunt of  Waterside Forge.


Advanced tickets are available online only until midnight Friday!


Poughkeepsie Prints! Gyotaku Japanese Fish Printing

Teaching artist Anita Fina Kiewra, from the Barrett Art Center, will provide hands-on demonstration for participants to make a relief print of a fish on paper or fabric.

gyotaku - koi fish by Rchaem

gyotaku – koi fish by Rchaem




Herbaceutikals are made from fair trade organic plant parts that are sustainably grown and harvested. We grow and wildcraft many of the herbs here in Kent Lakes, New York.


Each product was originally produced as an everyday solution a friend or family member would need. As time passed it turned out we all need healthy, toxin free creams and remedies to sustain our skin and overall health. In five short years Herbaceutikals has grown to a full line of Skin, Body and Home products. What began as an offering of a few salves now extends to deodorants, toothpowder, herbal teas and everything in between. Each solution is crafted to be concentrated and powerful using no fillers or additives. Each herb and essential oil is carefully selected based on it’s effectiveness for the products intended use. We are committed to offering high quality, traditional medicine style remedies and solutions to anyone who seeks it. Herbaceutikals support and practices Non Gmo, 100% Organic and Sustainable agriculture and cultivation.

Pollution Free Electricity

Learn how to reduce your impact on the planet. Visit Green Mountain.


Green Mountain is an environmentally based energy company that offers 100% pollution free electricity. All of Green Mountain’s power is generated exclusively by renewable resources; wind and sun. The positive impact on the environment is tremendous. On average, each household can prevent over 13,000 pounds of pollutants from contaminating the planet each year!

To learn more about sustainability in the Hudson Valley, buy advanced online tickets to the Faire here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/poughkeepsie-mini-maker-faire-2016-tickets-26910191106

Rigamajig! Returns

Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum will be presenting Rigamajig! Children are invited to build giant contraptions with nuts, bolts, pulleys, wheels and wood.


Shoemaking Demo with Mike Grundy

Mountain Biking/Hiking Hybrid Shoe design by Mike Grundy

Mountain Biking/Hiking Hybrid Shoe design by Mike Grundy


For the first time at the Poughkeepsie Mini Maker Faire, visitors can learn about shoemaking with Mike Grundy. He will demonstrate the process from patterns to lasting.

Read Mike’s blog: http://mikegrundy.com/about



Shoe by designer Mike Grundy


The Vassar College Zines Library


The Zine Collection at the Vassar College Library invites all makers to come and make a zine with us! Zines are “do-it-yourself” publications that can be created by makers of all ages. This year, we would like to help makers create zines about their pets or favorite animals!

Makers are encouraged to bring printouts/photocopies of images featuring their pets. (Originals are welcome as long as you don’t mind cutting/gluing them.)


If you don’t have a pet, no problem! Just bring images of your favorite animal(s). Images can be as small as you like, but make sure they aren’t larger than 5″x7″. That way, we’re sure the image will fit in your zine. We will supply paper, markers, crayons, scissors, and glue sticks. We will also have button-making supplies on hand for you to make a button featuring your pet or favorite animal!

Don’t have time to make your own zine at the Faire? No problem! Take a kit to make one at home. You can also still contribute a photo or drawing of your animal friend to our collaborative zine. The collaborative zine of maker artwork we created last year will be on display!