When: Saturday, May 18th from 10AM to 3PM
Where: The New Paltz United Methodist Church on Main Street (corner of Grove, just up from the Bus Station).
What: Repair Café is a free meeting place that is all about repairing things—together. The idea was born in Amsterdam in 2009, quickly spun off satellites around Europe, and has just begun to pop up in the U.S.
Toss it? No way! Bring your beloved but broken item to the Repair Café.
When you arrive, you will find tools and materials to help you make the repair you need. You will also find “Repair Coaches” with the special skills to help.
We’ll be ready with 7 worktables:
MECHANICAL, ELECTRIC & ELECTRONIC * THINGS MADE OF WOOD * CLOTHING & TEXTILES * DOLLS & STUFFED ANIMALS * DIGITAL DEVICE RECONFIG * GLUE, STRING & TAPE * READING TABLE
Yes, there are limits:
- Your item must not be larger/heavier than one person can carry.
- No gas-powered engines.
- No bicycles (for now).
We can’t guarantee that the item you bring to Repair Cafe will get fixed. All we can guarantee is that you will have an interesting time! And you’ll know more than when you came in. And you might share a screwdriver with some very nice neighbors.
Coffee& tea are free; savory & sweet bakery treats and fresh fruit will be for sale on the “Café side” to sustain you on your repair journey. Many of the bakery items will come from The Bakery on Front Street—one of New Paltz’ most popular bakeries.
We (the organizers) invite the interest of any person with repair skills to volunteer as a Repair Coach. Best thing to do is email John Wackman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Repair Café will be an ongoing event, 3rd Saturday every other month through 2013.
Repair Café is sponsored by the New Paltz United Methodist Church and the Climate Action Coalition of New Paltz. This project is also coordinated with the Town of New Paltz Recycling Program and the Zero Waste Initiative of the Environmental Protection Agency.
The Dutch organizers have also established the Repair Cafe Foundation, whose purpose is to replicate the idea everywhere. To see the story of how it got started and how it’s grown, see their English-language website.
And if you do Facebook, go to the Repair Cafe New Paltz page for frequent updates & news. https://www.facebook.com/RepairCafeNewPaltz Pls Like & Share!
- How to start a Repair Cafe (resilience.org)