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2nd Annual York County Mini Maker Faire November 3

Engine presents its biggest event of the year, the 2nd Annual York County Mini Maker Faire. The day-long event will be held on Sunday, November 3, 2019 from 10am-5pm at the Pepperell Mill Center, 40 Main Street in downtown Biddeford, Maine, on the floor of a 26,000 square foot historic textile mill. Over 50 makers will be demonstrating their work and many will be offering hands-on participation. There will be mini drone races, robotics, artists, makerspaces, soldering, blacksmithing, permaculture, wheatpasting, basket weaving, juggling, dance, music, and more. Over 2,000 people attended last year’s inaugural event. 

Register for your free tickets to avoid the lines at yorkcounty.makerfaire.com/tickets/

This year’s headliners are three teens whose own curiosity and interest in making have garnered them national attention. Allie Weber of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and Elijah Horland of Brooklyn, New York, can be seen on this season of Mythbusters Jr. Gabriella White is the founder of Architecture Reaching Communities Helping to Inspire Youth (A.R.C.H.Y.) an organization that seeks to disrupt the status quo and create more diversity in the Architecture, STEAM and Design fields. At 1pm, a discussion followed by a Q&A with the three teens will be moderated by Main’s very own Dan Ryder, a nationally-recognized, award-winning education from Farmington. Ryder will be hosting a discussion ”Let’s Talk About Human Centered Makerspaces” for parents, educators, students, and school administrators at 3pm.

Participatory exhibits of note include the Create It Lab experimentation center, Engine’s animation station, the TASK Art Party corner, and the massive Rube Goldberg Machine organized by the Open Bench Project. The listing of Makers & Exhibits can be found at https://yorkcounty.makerfaire.com/makers-exhibits/

Workshops not to be missed include a wheatpasting workshop by artist Pigeon, a basket weaving workshop by Native American artist Sarah Sockbeson. Historic mill and downtown tours will be offered as well. The full schedule can be seen here: https://yorkcounty.makerfaire.com/schedule/

The York County Mini Maker Faire is a member of 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. The event is produced by Engine, a nonprofit arts organization in Biddeford, Maine. 

ENGINE, located in the heart of Biddeford, Maine, is a non-profit arts organization. Engine’s mission is to connect and inspire our community through art, design, and education.. ENGINE is the home to the Compass Project boat building and woodworking program for at-risk youth, the Maine Fablab makerspace and pilot design incubator and studios in addition to running a contemporary gallery space at 163 Main street. feedtheengine.org


Join us for PechaKucha Night Biddeford…at the Pool!

Engine is taking the show on the road for its 27th installment of PechaKucha Night Biddeford…to Biddeford Pool.

The event will be held at the Union Church in Biddeford Pool on Monday, October 14. Doors at 6:30pm. Speakers start at 7:20pm.

Because of limited seating, tickets can only be purchased via Eventbrite (includes a service fee). Light refreshments will be available.

Presenters for the evening are:

  • Lisa Barstow
  • Jen Elwell Comeau
  • The Trio of Laura Dunn, Julia Einstein, Kathryn Davis
  • Julie K. Gray
  • Jon Phillips
  • Elizabeth Hallett
  • Scott McPheeters

PechaKucha Nights are international storytelling events where speakers have 20 images, and 20 seconds per image, for a total of 6 minutes and 40 seconds, to weave their story. The story could be about your work (no commercials please), your art, your challenges, your travels, your passion. Learn more about PechaKucha Nights here.

Want to be a presenter?

If you’d like to have your story considered, please email your ideas to director@feedtheengine.org. We curate the evening so we have variety and can slate you for a future event if we don’t choose yours for this evening.

Visit https://www.pechakucha.com/cities/biddeford to see past events and learn more about PechaKucha Nights.


Engine’s Fall 2019 Children’s Theater Workshop & Performance begins September 23. For all the info, visit this link.


End of Season Backyard Party & Fundraiser for Engine

In the odd way of things in Maine, the end of summer is a bit of a celebration as far as locals go–a return to a slower pace as we say goodbye to our summer friends (frenemies?).

With that spirit, Engine Board Member Steph Edwards and co-conspirator Pete McGuire want to throw a little fall soirée in their backyard to close out the season AND keep our local community support of downtown redevelopment strong.

The event is $25 a person (includes fees). Proceeds go to support Engine after costs of event.

Browse this site for all the good things Engine does. And, learn more about Marble Block here and the our National Endowment of the Arts grant here.

And there’s more: New Biddefordians’ Food and Art Exchange, Mural Projects around town, Fringe Fest, and on and on!

Your donation will get you a selection of wine from Lorne, beer from Banded Brewing Co., and an array of apps from the hosts…and probably Part and Parcel. Steph and Pete can’t do it all!


Engine is pleased to announce the addition of Drew Chambers as its Youth Program Mentor/Manager, for the Compass Project. Chambers is wood worker, boat builder, artist, and educator with more than ten years of experience working in collaborative communities as a teacher and maker.

His roots lie in outdoor education. During three years at Slide Ranch, a non-profit educational farm on the Marin coast of California specializing in field trips for K-12 students, Chambers worked first as a teacher, and then a teacher trainer.  In his final position as the animal care manger, he managed budgeting, training, and day-to-day operations for the herds, flocks, and hives which involved developing and teaching a curriculum of animal care skills to a team of seven teaching interns during weekly afternoon workshops throughout the year. Chambers enjoyed coordinating with the development team as well, to win grants, put together an exit survey for program participants, and pull off numerous fundraisers and public events. 

Chambers left Slide Ranch to engage his passion for wood working.  In the past five years, he has learned to build furniture, boats, and houses, and gained substantial experience in managing the day-to-day operations of an educational workshop.  He has taught safety, use, and maintenance of hand and power tools to youth and adults in five different wood shops.  Along the way, I have worked with a wide range of educators, and designed and taught several of his own workshops as well, to youth and adults.  During a brief stint in Washington D.C. in 2015, he volunteered with the Alexandria Seaport Foundation, working with at-risk youth in a program very similar to the Compass program.  Recently, he has been working as a professional carpenter, with a worker-owned timber framing company in Montpelier, VT.  I have gained valuable experience with modern building and design practices, including CAD (in the form of Google SketchUp).

As a student, a teacher, and a professional craftsman, Chambers’ drive has always been to understand the traditions of self-sufficiency which seeded our modern maker culture. For me, the journey towards understanding this world of craft origins has been mind-blowing and empowering, and the joys and rewards of the journey are magnified when the experience is shared. 

“As we begin to understand the tools and techniques others have used to build our world, we gain a meaningful framework for our own creative endeavors. This engagement can ground us powerfully in our communities, and orient us in the present moment, which, in Maine’s vibrant craft and art world, is an expansive moment made up of many diverse voices.”–Drew Chambers.



Fill out the short form below to apply to be a maker at this year’s Makers Market at River Jam Festival.