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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Fifth Mini Maker Faire Set for April 30

The fifth annual Westport Mini Maker Faire is set to showcase invention, creativity and resourcefulness on Saturday, April 30, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Westport Library and on Jesup Green.

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The free event organized by the Library and Remarkable Steam, is the first and largest Maker Faire in Connecticut, event planners say.

It brings together crafters, technology enthusiasts, engineers, hobbyists, science clubs and commercial exhibits. Last year the event drew 6,500, and this year organizers expect 10,000 attendees.

Alex Giannini, co-chair of the event, said that to celebrate the fifth anniversary, “five” is the theme this year.

“This year’s faire will be, by far, our largest,” Giannini said. “We have more makers than in any previous year, and we cannot wait to see what incredible stuff they’re bringing!”

On display will be a giant fiberglass dragon currently being constructed by local sculptor Chris Crowe along with community members at the Westport Library.

“It’s fitting that the dragon will officially be unveiled at the Maker Faire,” Giannini said. “It was a community project, and the Maker Faire is the culmination of that project and truly a community celebration of creativity.”

Many of last year’s exhibits are scheduled to return, plus new offerings, including: modular art and paper engineering: fresh pasta-making demonstrations; mobile emergency medical technology; electronic dance production; sugar cane plates replacing Styrofoam for school lunches; plus robotics and myriad STEAM projects.

Attendees will also be invited to participate in the Library’s“Geek the Library”campaign. The initiative is designed to bring awareness of library programs and services.

Professional photographer Pam Einarsen will take photos of people with what they “geek,” or are passionate about, from 11 a.m to 3 p.m., organizers say, in the photo studio near the MakerSpace on the library’s main level.

Participants should wear a solid black top and bring what they “geek.” Free digital and print photos will be available.

For further information about the event, phone (203)291-4800, or visit westportlibrary.org.

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