ICYMI: The November Open Meeting of Alamance Makers Guild

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Maker Updates

This month’s open meeting was a wonderful opportunity to get together with fellow makers and learn about Preserve Burlington, a new organization dedicated to the upkeep and revitalization of Burlington’s historic district.

Bennett Harris, director of Alamance Makers Guild, started things off with a number of announcements including information regarding upcoming Maker events, Maker Faire Burlington updates, and the guild’s open board member position.

Show and Tell

Show and Tell had a number of interesting contributions: 3D printed masks, hand-cut scroll saw work from our very own Artisan Pirate, and an ornate (but quite heavy!) blown glass pumpkin from the recent STEAM Junction glassblowing workshop. If you missed the last workshop, don’t worry—we’ll be doing it again soon!

Preservation Burlington

Most of the night was dedicated to a presentation by Faith Grant and Molly Whitlatch of Preservation Burlington, a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to building community and preserving historic properties. Preservation Burlington focuses on structures with architectural and cultural significance, empowering homeowners and DIYers to explore alternatives to demolition by offering workshops and a selection of resources for those who are interested in revitalizing their homes.

Preservation Burlington embodies the spirit of the Maker movement by bringing people together and instilling the confidence required to take on new projects. Faith and Molly discussed recent workshops the organization has held, such as window replacements and preventative maintenance, and they showed pictures from the ongoing Cates-Cobb renovation. Additionally, we learned about community projects such as the large-scale neighborhood yard sale and their upcoming holiday tour of historic homes.

Faith and Molly shared many more interesting ideas, ranging from the stories of local homes to replication of old-style components using modern technology such as 3D printing and CNC machining, and we got a little preview of some of the houses in downtown Burlington--the Henderson-May house, for example, is a combination of two different properties--a massive undertaking that required one home to be transported and attached to another!

Every house has a story. Every maker has a story. Come to our next meeting, 7 p.m. December 14th, and tell us yours!

NC Maker Faires 2017-2018

Maker Faires in North Carolina.

The Maker Movement is burgeoning in North Carolina. The proof is in the Maker Faire! Show your support: exhibit, volunteer or attend any or all of these.


Raleigh Mini Maker Faire
Saturday
September 23, 2017
10 am - 4 pm

Participate in this unique, family-oriented community event at Wake Technical Community College Wake Southern Campus. Tickets $5 plus fees.


charlotte-mini-makerfaire-logoCharlotte Mini Maker Faire
Saturday
October 14, 2017
9 am - 5 pm

Attend or join Alamance Makers Guild at our exhibit. We need all the support we can get!

Discovery Place Museum
Museum admission applies.


Graham Middle School Mini Maker Faire

Saturday
May 5, 2018
9 am - 5 pm
Second annual School Maker Faire hosted by Graham STEAM Middle School. We hosted the first ever School Maker Faire in Alamance County last year and look forward to continuing providing a space for students and community members to show us what they are currently working on.

Maker Faire BurlingtonMaker Faire Burlington

Saturday
April 28, 2018
10am - 5pm

Alamance Makers Guild is producing Maker Faire Burlington for its 7the annual year! Exhibit, Volunteer, or Attend with us.

Sign up here to receive emails from Alamance Makers Guild for volunteer news and opportunities.

NC Maker Events You Cant Miss This Fall

2015 Burlington's Maker Takeover
Much fun was had by all at the 2015 Burlington's Maker Takeover.

This fall brings lots of maker activities to North Carolina. The Greensboro Mini Maker Faire, Charlotte Mini Maker Faire, Burlington's Maker Takeover, and the grand opening of STEAM Junction Makerspace are happening thru October. Get out there and do something Fun, Educational and Inspirational!

 

charlotte-mini-makerfaire-logoCharlotte Mini Maker Faire
Attend or join Alamance Makers Guild at our exhibit. We need all the support we can get!

Saturday
October 8, 2016
9 am - 5 pm

Discovery Place Museum
Museum admission applies.

Burlington-Maker-Takeover-logo-300x1661-300x1662Burlinton's Maker Takeover
Calling all Alamance Makers Guild supporters to Attend, Volunteer or Exhibit!

Saturday
October 15, 2016
12 - 5 pm

sj-logo-2colSTEAM Junction Grand Opening!

Same day as the Maker Takeover. Show your support for Burlington's new Makerspace!

Saturday
October 15, 2016
7 - 9 pm

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Past Fall Events

greensboro-mini-makerfaire-logoGreensboro Mini Maker Faire
Attend or join Alamance Makers Guild at our exhibit. We need all the support we can get!

Saturday
September 24, 2016
11 am - 6 pm

The Forge, Greensboro
219 W Lewis St