Biddeford to host inaugural York County Mini Maker Faire

Engine will launch the inaugural York County Mini Maker Faire, joining a prestigious group of over 220 mini and featured festivals around the world on October 13, 2018 from 10am-5pm at the Pepperell Mill Campus, in downtown Biddeford, Maine.

York County Mini Maker Faire is an all-ages festival that inspires, educates and entertains, propelling ideas into reality and passing curiosities into amazing creations. Makers will from all over Maine to share their cutting-edge inventions and artistry, as well as teach their craft to attendees—from woodworking to robotics.

York County Mini Maker Faire joins a prestigious group of over 190 smaller, independently-produced “Mini Maker Faires” and over 30 larger-scale Featured Maker Faires that take place around the world in cities including Tokyo, Rome, Shenzhen, Taipei, Seoul, Paris, Berlin, Barcelona, Detroit, San Diego, Milwaukee, and Kansas City.

Engine, a non-profit organization, is committed to celebrating the Maker Movement by connecting and educating York County makers of all ages. Engine will be the producer of the inaugural York County Mini Maker Faire.

If your company would like to be a participating sponsor  for York County Maker Faire, please contact or call 207-370-9130 or visit

ENGINE, located in the heart of Biddeford, Maine, is a non-profit arts organization. Engine’s mission is to foster and integrate the arts and design, education, and sustainable creative entrepreneurialism as an explicit community value and civic priority in Biddeford. ENGINE is the home to the Compass Project boatbuilding program for at-risk youth, the Maine Fablab makerspace, NOC Darkroom, a ceramic and screen printing facility, a design store, and artist studios in addition to running a contemporary gallery space at 128 Main street.



Inviting all makers to apply for the inaugural York County Mini Maker Faire, happening in Biddeford on October 13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the historic Pepperell Mill Campus. Join the fun!

Engine, the presenting organization, is looking for 100 makers to showcase their work, including D.I.Y. enthusiasts, inventors, scientists, artists, and craftspeople. Engine is looking for makers, presenters, and performers who can give Faire attendees the chance to experience interactive exhibits or be inspired by making. The Faire is an opportunity to meet like-minded individuals and be inspired by the creativity and innovation of the maker community in York County and beyond. The faire is not restricted just to York County makers, we’re open to all no matter where you live or work.

Click here to read our full CALL FOR MAKERS.

What is a Mini Maker Faire?

A Mini Maker Faire is an all-ages event that brings together science, art, craft, homesteading, and engineering plus music, food, and performance. Exhibits that are interactive or highlight the process of making things are especially desired. Participants could be individuals, groups such as hobbyist clubs and schools, commercial makers or crafters, companies and small businesses, and educators and performers of all types. This video is a great example of the kind of event we’re putting together in Biddeford: New Orleans Mini Maker Faire.



August 21st 5:30-7pm: Meet & Greet/Q&A @ Banded Brewing & Pepperell Mill/Exhibit Hall

September 16th: Deadline for Maker Applications. APPLY HERE.

October 13th 10am-5pm: The York County Mini Maker Faire @ Pepperell Mill Campus, 40 Main Street.


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ADVANCE $12 or $18* online / DOOR: $15 cash only and donations accepted

*$6 of this ticket will be donated to the Ever After Mustang Rescue Ranch in Biddeford


Holly Golightly & the Brokeoffs, the Georgia, USA duo of Holly Golightly Smith (aka Holly Golightly) & David Drake (aka Lawyer Dave, are back after a hiatus with a equine-themed full length record titled Clippety Clop! This set of twelve songs combines the spirit of punk with the authenticity of rural Americana.

Beyond the lyrical theme of the new album, Holly Golightly’s work with horses intersects with her music in a serendipitous way. Ive ridden horses my entire life, she explains. I used to be a horse trainer. I did long distance riding: 25 miles as a matter of course, three to four times a week. And thats a really long time to be out in the wilderness on your own, with only the occasional coyote for company.

From FLAGPOLE, “On Clippety Clop, UK punk turned Athens-area musician Holly Golightly explores songs that reflect her experiences and surroundings. Golightly and her significant other, Lawyer Dave, rescue horses in Madison County, so it makes sense that they’d relate to the folk and popular histories of equine-themed lyrics. Twelve such selections make up what might be the first and only covers album of blues, country and indie-rock songs about horses.”

In support of the new album, she and Lawyer Dave are looking forward to getting back on the trail and playing live dates across the U.S., with a European tour hopefully to follow.


Holly Golightly & The Brokeoffs is the Georgia, USA duo of Holly Golightly Smith (aka Holly Golightly) & David Drake (aka Lawyer Dave).

Holly & Dave met in a China Town smuggler’s den basement. Golightly was seeking an upright bass player, to do a small USA tour & Lawyer was the only one she found. After a half hour run-through, they were off the next day. You might could say that this was the beginning of their collaboration as the idea of doing records together was first conceived on those long drives in the American West. After nearly ten years, seven-hundred-thousand miles, countless shows and other misadventures, the time finally came.

In January of 2007 they built a make-shift studio, in the Southern English countryside, to record what they had talked about. With only four days to write, record & mix, the pair couldn’t have been happier with the result. Supposed to be a low key release, You Can’t Buy A Gun When You’re Crying (Damaged Goods), attention snowballed enough fill a year’s touring.

The second album by Holly Golightly & The Brokeoffs was recorded in Northern Spain during a break whilst touring their first album. Released in October 2008 & titled Dirt Don’t Hurt (Damaged Goods in UK / EU & Transdreamer in North America).

They released their album No Help Coming (2011), on Transdreamer, with a USA tour beginning shortly after.




Engine celebrates renowned designer, innovator, and artist Elizabeth Whelan with a showing of her process and her product from August 31 through September 22.

OPENING RECEPTION AUGUST 31 from 5:00-8:00pm


“The intent of this show is to provide a look at the work behind creating a textile for production.  Often, I am asked, “What does a textile designer do?” I design from the ground up, and the result is that I have created custom designs and weave constructions that are used in large-scale production.  My intent is to show the components of creating a textile design: drawings, material studies, weave drafts, color studies, woven samples, color ways, and final product.” says Elizabeth Whelan.


Elizabeth Whelan weaves innovation into the textiles she designs for industry.

Coupling a refined aesthetic sense with a sophisticated proficiency in textile manufacturing processes, Whelan applies a futurist’s sensibility to fabrics that function as integral and beautiful elements of consumer products that are sold worldwide.

Melding three elements — function, performance and beauty —successfully requires a set of skills spanning art and technology. “I work where visual, structural and functional design meets technical materials,” says Whelan. “For a long time, I didn’t want to be described as a technical textile designer because my background is in fine arts, but there are so many technical advances in what fabric can do, and I work where those advances meet design.”

It was the mesh textiles for Diffrient’s Liberty Chair that launched Whelan’s reputation as a fabric futurist, capable of seeing possibilities and applications beyond a client’s original notion of a textile’s role in product design. Other projects have included creating light-responsive fabrics for Nike to keep runners safe before dawn and after dusk. Using Whelan’s textiles, entire garments, not just sewn-on stripes, could glow in the dark and reflect headlights. Tumi tasked her with designing a new fabric using Tegris, a light thermoplastic composite for luggage. The result—a fabric Whelan dubbed Zipperweave and called Tegris-Light by Tumi—makes for lighter, stronger hard and soft luggage. For KnollTextiles, she designed a wallcovering using paper yarns that a remote Mexican mill with vintage looms fabricated into a textile far more refined than the mill’s customary end products — laundry hampers and cowboy hats. For Spinneybeck, Whelan created a woven leather collection inspired by the exoskeletons of ladybugs that is produced in Italy.

Leading cultural institutions have recognized her work, which is in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. The international textile industry has recognized her work with numerous awards. Most recently, her design for Tumi was awarded Launch of the Year for the 2017 Future Textile Awards.



EVENT: The Art of Saving Veterans’ Lives with Robert Foley
TIME: 6:00PM / Doors at 5:30PM
LOCATION: 128 Main Street in downtown Biddeford

Engine to feature U.S. Navy SEAL Robert Foley’s art therapy project, “Artists For Peace And Freedom”

Robert Foley–U.S. Navy SEAL, Middle East Veteran and Veteran Advocate–will give a presentation about his work as the U.S. Director for Artists For Peace And Freedom-United States (AFPAF-US) alongside Veteran Fred Moody, Maine State Facilitator for AFPAF. Engine will present the documentary “Artists For Peace And Freedom” on August 23, 2018 at 6:00pm at Engine, 128 Main Street, Biddeford.

Approximately 22 veterans per day end up choosing death by suicide. The AFPAF-US vision is to explore new and creative approaches with individual veterans through a unique form of art therapy. The activity that best captures this unique form is the Jackson Pollock style referred to as “action painting.”

While offering unconditional veteran-to-veteran support in outdoor natural settings, military veteran representatives from each state known as “facilitators” will introduce some of the most radical abstract styles for a military veteran to express his or her own thoughts, feelings onto canvas with the support of participating veterans offering encouragement and unconditional acceptance.

“Through this unique approach, we are creating a form of storytelling. We say to each and every one of our  veterans, “Leave It On The Canvas!” The canvas, like Jackson Pollock’s, is painted with fearless, forceful, rapid, impulsive brush strokes or by hurling, splashing or dripping the paint in the colors and or combinations that resonate in the minds of each individual veteran,” says Foley. “The veteran will “Leave It On The Canvas” while never forgetting. The goal of the AFPAF-US is that the veteran will no longer carry jarring memories ever again. With the help and support of veteran facilitators across the country, AFPAF-US and its existing brother affiliates worldwide envision a direct impact on tens of thousands of lives by restoring hope and purpose within each and every veteran.”