Featured Festival: NoCo Mini Maker Faire 2016
1. A person or thing that makes or produces something
Synonyms; creator, manufacturer, constructor, builder, producer, fabricator, inventor, architect, designer
“The makers of fine furniture”
2. God; the Creator
I have a real affinity for makers. After all, my husband designs and builds furniture, so “making stuff” plays an important role in our lives.
A decade ago, the first Maker Faire was held in California. Since then, the movement has grown, and today there are maker faires across the world. A Maker Faire is a celebration of arts, crafts, engineering, science projects and the DIY mindset.
The 4th NoCo Mini Maker Faire, held in Loveland, Colorado, continues to grow, and with growth comes change. This year, the event is being held in a new location, inside the First National Bank Building at The Ranch Events Complex.
More than 100 Makers converge on Loveland for this event, which kicks off with an adults-only party on Friday, October 7, called Sparks & Spirits. Cocktails will be provided by local distillers and entertainers include Rubens Tube fire and music, interactive light art from Solid State Depot and Mystica body paint.
One of my favorite gin makers, Golden Moon Distillery, will be there, along with a nice lineup of other Colorado makers of fine spirits such as Syntax Spirits from Greeley. Distiller, Heather Bean, makes small-batch vodka, whiskey and rum from grain-to-glass using all Colorado ingredients.
The Noco Mini Maker Faire is an family affair. On Saturday and Sunday, children are more than welcome and in fact, encouraged to attend. A maker faire is an excellent place for a inquisitive child.
Attendees will be inspired, awed and intrigued. Some makers are students, while others are adults. Exhibits include everything from social robotics from Robauto to creative music makers, Serenity Forge. In addition, there will be several community art projects including a Chalkboard Art Car where guests can give voice to their creative expression. And fresh from Burning Man, no one will be able to miss the 30-foot DaVinci Flying Machine.
Attendees can expect to spend hours strolling through the event, chatting with makers and getting hands on with various projects and games.
A maker event is where the left and right brain merge to create amazing, innovative and beautiful things.
NoCo Mini Maker Faire
October 8-9, 2016
Location: The Ranch Events Complex, Loveland, Colorado
Advanced ticket prices $10 adults, $6 child/student
Sparks & Spirits, Friday evening, October 7
Advanced ticket price $50
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