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NH Maker Fest

June 3, 2023

The NH Maker Fest is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. From engineers to artists to scientists, to chefs, the Maker & Food Fest is a venue for these "makers" to show hobbies, experiments, projects, and for all of us to enjoy fantastic food!

We call it the Greatest Show & Tell on Earth - a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness.

Here's what the 2022 Fest looked like:

  • The Fest will took place at the Children's Museum of NH in Dover on Saturday, June 4, 2022. Masks were optional for this event.
  • Pay what you can admission: Everyone was welcome, regardless of the ability to pay! (suggested donation of $5 per person)
  • The Fest ran from 10am-3pm.
  • Curious? Check out the 2022 Maker Manual which has more details!

Questions? Reach out to nhmakerfest@childrens-museum.org

2022 PARTICIPATING MAKERS


ARTS & CRAFTS

Angry Gato Designs
Lindsey Castellon from Portsmouth, NH
Commercial Maker
Lindsey creates funny handcrafted gifts, jewelry, and illustrations and more to make people smile! She will be selling her wares at this year’s NH Maker Fest. Learn more about Lindsey at www.angrygatodesigns.com

Penny Benny and Jess
Jessica Paquette from Manchester, NH
Commercial Maker
Jessica makes fun, funky and vibrant necklaces and hair clips for kids and adults in all shapes, colors and styles. Her main goal is to bring a little sparkle to your day! Stop by and see her process and try your hand at making your own piece. Learn more on Instagram @pennybennyandjess.

Seacoast Pop Up Shop, also known as Mallard Cove NH Handmades
By Aimee Dion from Dover, NH
Commercial Maker
Aimee Dion has a goal: to keep as much fabric as possible out of landfills! With that in mind, she crafts things from upcycled fabric scraps like headbands, rugs, scarves, and more! Come see her wares at the 10th annual NH Maker Fest. Learn more about Aimee at www.etsy.com/shop/mallardcovenh

Jewelry Four Change
Catherine Slayton from Atkinson, NH
Commercial Maker
Since Catherine started Jewelry Four Change in 2020, she has raised and donated around $3,000 to local charities! Her wide range of beaded jewelry is made with all ages and style preferences in mind. Shop her items and know you are giving back to your community when you purchase! Learn more at www.etsy.com/shop/jewelryfourchange

Topanga Canyon Vintage
Durham, NH
Commercial Maker
Topanga Canyon Vintage is a local thrift store offering eclectic sustainable fashion and accessories for all humans! They will be selling some hand-made items, and also offering Mini Tarot Card Reading and free Reiki! Learn more about the thrift store at www.topangacanyonvintage.com.

Author/Illustrator Gina Perry
Dover, NH
Artist/Maker
Local published author and illustrator Gina Perry is back at NH Maker Fest with more fun drawing prompts and activities, all the while selling her art prints and children’s picture books including “Now? Not Yet,” “Too Much! Not Enough!,” and “small” among others! Stop by and draw a self-portrait of yourself as a cat or dog, with step-by-step guidance from Gina. Ask Gina about her work, see her demonstrate her skills, and enjoy some stories. Learn more about Gina at www.ginaperry.com

Soul Shine Clothing
Meredith Perrotto from Somersworth, NH
Commercial Maker
Soul Shine Scree Printing and Tie Dye Factory offers creative and fun handmade clothing and tie dye garments, textiles and housewares. Owner and artist Meredith Perrotto will be selling her wares as well as offering guests a chance to tie dye something to take home! Learn more about her at www.soulshinemaine.com

Wood Turnings by Cynthia
Cynthia Ellis from Dover, NH
Commercial Maker
Cynthia, a League of NH Craftsmen member since 2010, has been turning wood into useful, beautiful tools since 1978. She will be sharing and selling her creations like turned wood seam rippers, magnetic scissor pendants and even crochet and rug hooks, as well as and showing her process at the NH Maker Fest. Learn more about Cynthia at www.woodbyc.com.

Handmade by Jaie
Jaie Eibert from Dover, NH
Commercial Maker
This crafty Mom loves to sew, crochet and upcycle her materials into blankets, hats, scrunchies, jewelry, key fobs and more. Shop her wares and make a beaded bracelet of your own. Learn more at www.jaiesjewelry.com.

NH PBS
Susan Adams from Durham, NH
Non-profit and Fest Sponsor
NH PBS promotes active kids and families through high-quality children’s programming and services. Their philosophy is for families to combine viewing, reading, and most importantly doing, so they’ll be right at home at the NH Maker Fest. They’ll be leading a beaded insect craft using clothes pins, beads, and tulle. The museum thanks NHPBS for yet again sponsoring the NH Maker Fest! Learn more at www.nhpbs.org.

SoulCollage®
Jennifer Wolfe-Hagstrom from Amherst, NH
Commercial Maker
Part collage, part journaling, and part poetry, SoulCollage is a creative technique that anyone can do with a little practice! Jennifer will guide you in this fun hands-on process and you will leave the NH Maker Fest with your own 5”x8” SoulCollage card! Learn more about Jennifer and SoulCollage at www.kindnesscornerstudio.com


PERFORMANCE

Sages Entertainment
Wayne & Kali Moulton from Portsmouth, NH
Locally owned business/Maker
Husband and wife dynamic duo, Wayne and Kali, make up the Sages Entertainment team and they will be bringing their special blend of magic, balloon creations, and STEAM fun to the 10th annual NH Maker Fest! See them perform magic on the stage at Noon, and then catch them roaming the Fest with their up-close magic and balloon bird companion! Learn more about Sages Entertainment at www.sagesentertainment.com

McDonough-Grimes Irish Dance
John Grimes and students from, Dover, NH
Dance School
Irish step-dancer and instructor John Grimes and his students will once again perform for NH Maker Fest audiences! Their dancers (beginners to champions) will perform a variety of Irish dances on the Dover Rotary Pavilion Stage at 11am, all the while sharing the history and evolution of the dance form. Learn more at www.nhirishdance.com

S.T.E.A.M.

Port City Makerspace
Alex Nunn and others from Portsmouth, NH
Non-profit
Makers from Port City Makerspace have so many skills to share that it’s hard for them to pick just a few to show off at NH Maker Fest! As always, they will provide lots of hands-on demonstrations, crafts, and activities for visitors to engage with. Port City Makerspace is a welcoming and inclusive community workshop that provides tools, knowledge, and a collaborative culture to encourage the artist and maker in everyone. Learn more about them at www.portcitymakerspace.com

NASA Solar System Ambassador
Caleigh MacPherson from Lee, NH
Non-profit
Caleigh is our local NASA Ambassador and she can fill you in on all of NASA’s latest space missions! Stop by Caleigh’s booth at our 10th annual NH Maker Fest to space-out with her and pick up some NASA swag and freebies!

Albany Engineered Composites
Local Business and Fest Sponsor from Rochester, NH
Albany Engineered Composites is a company based here in NH that offers a wide range of capabilities utilizing their 3D woven composite technology. So naturally, during NH Maker Fest, they will be inside the museum next to our Cochecho Industry exhibit and offering a weaving project for visitors! The Museum thanks AEC for sponsoring the NH Maker Fest again this year! Learn more about Albany Engineered Composites at www.albint.com.

Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains with their STEM Van
Tammy Downing from Bedford, NH
Non-profit
Be prepared for some engineering fun with the Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains! They will be bringing their state-of-the-art STEM van with them to the 10th annual NH Maker Fest and inviting visitors to create straw rockets or build a dinosaur skeleton! Learn more about them at www.girlscoutsgwm.org.

TreeFort Teens
Emily Samuel from Durham, NH
Local Business
TreeFort Teen founder Emily knows that you are unique, and believes that your education should be, too. TreeFort Teens offers a self-directed learning community for teens focused around projects, passions, peers, and play. They will be challenging NH Maker Fest visitors to create towers with only two materials! How high and how strong can you build your tower? Learn more about TreeFort Teens at www.treefortteens.org.

Plastic Recycled
Nathan Gray from Barnstead, NH
Local Business
Owner and Founder of Plastic Recycled, Nathan Gray uses his plastic waste recycling machines to educate the public on the global plastic waste crisis. CMNH and Plastic Recycled have teamed up for a plastic cap drive leading up to the June 4th NH Maker Fest, and plan on transforming what they collect into special 100% sea turtle ornaments during the Fest itself. Watch the plastic waste transform before your eyes and enter your name to win one at the Fest. Learn more about Plastic Recycled at www.plasticrecycled.com.

Lowell Kinetic Sculpture Race
Michael Roundy from Lowell, MA
Non-profit
The Lowell Kinetic Sculpture Race is a one day, human-powered, all-terrain race in Lowell, MA and the organizers will be bringing one of their vehicle sized kinetic sculptures to the NH Maker Fest! Check out their sculptures, learn about the race, and maybe sign up to participate! Learn more at www.lowellkinetic.com.

Seacoast Permaculture
Yulia Rothenberg from Barrington, NH
Non-profit
This local group’s goal is to connect and educate people interested in sustainable living and offering opportunities to learn more about permaculture. A few of their members will be on hand at the NH Maker Fest with a worm bin to show off how these tiny creatures can eat kitchen scraps to make compost for your garden. They’ll also demonstrate how you can collect edible greens from your lawn or garden, and even show you how to crochet something useful out of old clothing or plastic! Learn more about Seacoast Permaculture at www.seacoastpermaculture.org

Scuba Steve’s 3D Toys
Steve Ballum from Raymond, NH
Local Maker Hobbyist
Steve loves making 3D printed toys and will have his 3D printer working at this year’s NH Maker Fest. Stop by to check out the toys, purchase some, and see the printer in action.

Dover Public Library
Patty Falconer from Dover, NH
Non-profit
The Dover, NH Public Library has a Maker Studio of its own where patrons can check out all kinds of tools for their next DIY project. They will be back at the 10th annual NH Maker Fest with a fun interactive project for everyone to try, along with information about the library and all they offer. Learn more about the library at https://www.dover.nh.gov/government/city-operations/library/

Strafford County 4-H
Caitlin Wollack from Dover, NH
Non-profit
The Strafford County 4-H’s NH Maker Fest booth will be all about trebuchets! Visitors can stop by and play with a tiny marshmallow catapult, and work their way up to a tabletop trebuchet, and then even all the way to a life-size version! Come learn about 4-H and find out more about the UNH Scholarship that is offered to every 4-H member! Learn more about them at https://extension.unh.edu/new-hampshire-4-h/counties/strafford-county-4-h

Legacy Lane Farm
Denielle Strader from Stratham, NH
Commercial Maker
Come say hello to the baby goats and other animals at Legacy Lane Farm’s booth at the 10th annual NH Maker Fest! This local by-donation farm will be selling animal feed cups for visitors to offer their petting farm animals. Stop by and learn about their kid’s day camps, birthday parties, and goat yoga, or pick up some of their handmade products including goat milk soap. Learn more about them at https://www.legacylanefarm.com/

Earthclay Magic - Awakening an Earth Resource
Vicky Anderson from Exeter, NH
Maker
Vicky will be bringing dry earth clay to the 10th annual NH Maker Fest and guiding guests through the process of turning that earth into clay! Learn how to identify the right earth, test it, and awaken it into clay that you can play with or create with! Learn more about Vicky at https://www.creativeground.org/profile/vicky-anderson

Dover Shockwave Robotics
Joe Chan from Dover, NH
Non-profit
The Robotics Team from Dover High School will be presenting and demonstrating their 2022 competition robot at the 10th annual NH Maker Fest! Check out their creations, drive a robot, and learn about their robotics team! Learn more about them at https://www.dovershockwave.org

Seacoast NEMBA (New England Mountain Bike Association)
Tim Mallard from Dover, NH
Non-profit
Join Tim Mallard, a member of the New England Mountain Bike Association, to learn some of the basics of fixing bikes, and keeping up with their maintenance. Learn more about NEMBA at https://www.nemba.org/node/2695

The EPS Podcast

Eric Salmonsen from Milton, NH
Maker
Eric is a history teacher and has been teaching his students how you can use “primary source materials” like pop culture items to help analyze the past. That is the basis for his podcast! During the NH Maker Fest he will have a variety of pop culture items like movies, toys, games, etc and use those items along with a question prompt to get visitors to analyze the object like anthropologists, all while recording their answers for future podcasts! Learn more about his podcast at https://www.epspodcast.club/home

LITERATURE

Author Carolyn Watkins from Dover, NH
Commercial Maker
Carolyn is a local author who has a book called “The Knock” which is an autobiographical reflection of a military family learning to cope with the stress of a long deployment and its eventual consequences. It was written to pay tribute to military families and to encourage open discussions within the family. Come meet Carolyn, purchase her book, and learn about her work. Learn more about Carolyn at www.carolynwatkinsbooks.com

FOOD

Zuri and Ollies Sweet Shop
Sarah Wilson from Dover, NH
Commercial Maker
Zuri and Ollies is an online bakery that draws inspiration for their sweet treats from a daughter and a pup! These two baker friends started their business during the pandemic, but they aren’t the only ones who love to bake- Zuri and Ollie always get in on the baking action! Stop by and purchase some of their sweet treats, for both pups and humans. Learn more about them online at https://zuriandolliessweetshops.com/

Kona Ice
Cheryl Strong
Food Vendor
Serving up delicious shaved ice! Cash preferred.

Betty’s Kitchen
Kim Oian from Hampton, NH
Food Vendor
Serving up all the family favorites like burgers, hot dogs and fries! Accepts debit/credit & cash. Learn more online at https://www.bettyskitchen.com/


Check out some Virtual Content from 2020!


Kerry’s Culinary Creations & Curb Appeal Meals Food Truck

Kerry Fay, Chef/Owner from Hampton, NH

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Kerry Fay, Chef and Owner of Kerry’s Culinary Creations & Curb Appeal Meals Food Truck has been serving up food on the seacoast for the past 17 years. For the 2020 Virtual NH Maker & Food Fest she shared her tips on how to make the best pulled pork at home! Check out that and more on our YouTube NH Maker Fest Playlist!


Bicycle Maintenance Tips & Tricks

Ryan Kinsella from Saco, Maine

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Ryan has been working on bikes since he was 13 and his most often asked question from bike owners looking to do their own repairs is “how do I change a tire?” So during the 2020 virtual NH Maker & Food Fest he answered that and gave a few great tips along the way. Check that out and more over on our YouTube NH Maker Fest Playlist!


Seacoast NH Permaculture - DIY Seed Balls for Guerrilla Wildflower Sowing

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Permaculture is a a holistic, living-in-harmony-with-nature worldview, as well as a technical approach for how to do so. The Seacoast NH Permaculture Group has over 1500 members and offers a wide variety of events such as: classes on seed saving, maple sugaring, swale building, scythe usage, local investing, book studies, kids programs, films, potlucks and more! For the 2020 Virtual NH Maker & Food Fest, Seacoast NH Permaculture member and gardener Ellen Karelitz shared how to create seed balls to help grow local wildflowers perfect for feeding and sheltering our pollinator friends likes bees and butterflies. Check that out and more over on our YouTube NH Maker Fest Playlist!

The Art of Scrimshaw with Francois Lamothe

Wells, Maine

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Local artist Francois Lamothe has been exploring the art of “scrimshaw” which is an old art created by whalers on the high seas, made by “scrimming” or etching with a stylus on plastic, dominoes, or vintage piano keys, then inking the etching to make a useful object. For the 2020 Virtual NH Maker & Food Fest, Francois showed us how to try this art form for ourselves with simple materials you probably have at home. Check that out and more over on our YouTube NH Maker Fest Playlist!


Jane Oneail and Culturally Curious

Manchester, NH

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Jane Oneail, owner and creator of Culturally Curious, curates and delivers engaging art talks to audiences throughout New England. For the 2020 virtual NH Maker & Food Fest she talked about the Top 10 Pets in Paintings, with a little help from her son, Teddy! Check that out and more over on our YouTube NH Maker Fest Playlist!


Author & Illustrator Gina Perry

Seacoast, NH

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Gina Perry is a NH author and illustrator of children’s picture books. Her debut published picture book as both an author and illustrator was SMALL, and she has since gone on to have “TOO MUCH! NOT ENOUGH!” And “NOW? NOT YET!” published as well. In the 2020 NH Maker & Food Fest she read “Now? Not Yet!”, did a demo on how to draw the two main characters Peanut and Moe, and invited us all to create a monster character of our own. Check that out and more over on our YouTube NH Maker Fest Playlist! Find her drawing demos here on her website as a free download.


I loved the diversity in the exhibits and the ability for my son to create things and bring them home. He absolutely loved the robots (that's something you don't see everyday) and being able to use his hands to make something grown-ups make.


Interested in sponsoring the 2022 NH Maker & Food Fest? Please email Monique for more information: monique@childrens-museum.org.


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INVENTOR SPONSOR

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ENGINEER SPONSOR

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CRAFTSMAN SPONSORS

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Chinburg Properties' Cocheco Mill

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