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    August 21, 2018
    Children’s Museum of New Hampshire
    Contact: Neva Cole, Communications Director
    6 Washington Street
    Dover, NH 03820
    (603) 742-2002
    2018 NH Maker & Food Fest
    Schedule & Program
    (Dover, NH – August 20, 2018) – This Saturday, August 25th from 10am-4pm is the NH Maker & Food Fest in downtown Dover, NH, and the festival organizers, the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire, have the full schedule of all the fun. Close to 60 Makers and Food Vendors from across New England will come together for this one-day, end-of-summer festival. Come meet some Storm Troopers, play with robots, create and craft, and learn new things at New Hampshire’s largest showcase of Maker talent.
    Online tickets are on sale through noon on Friday, August 24th, otherwise, tickets can be purchased at the door starting at 10am. Visit www.childrens-museum.org for more information. The Fest is organized and hosted by the Children's Museum of New Hampshire and is sponsored by The Unique College Investing Plan, managed by Fidelity Investments, Prime Buchholz, Alexander Technology Group, Dover Emergency (A Campus of Portsmouth Regional Hospital), Great Bay Community College, STEM From the Start, iHeartMedia, 95.3 The Bull, Z107, 96.7 News Radio, Albany Engineered Composites, Beswick Engineering, The Rowley Agency, Inc., Chinburg Properties, Leone, McDonnell & Roberts, LLC, and Martel Plumbing & Heating, Inc.
    2018 NH Maker & Food Fest locations and descriptions
    The Makers and Food Vendors who are participating in the NH Maker & Food Fest are spread out between four locations in downtown Dover, NH: Upper and Lower Henry Law Park, Inside the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire, and One Washington Mill.
    Upper Henry Law Park
    Andre’s Anvil
    Looking for a one-of-a-kind gift? Andre’s Anvil might have what you are looking for! These makers use a mix of discarded metal, silverware and other materials to create unique items for the home and garden. Browse their booth and you might find nature-inspired items like ladyslippers, long-stemmed flowers, dragonflies and more.
    Awesome Robot Science Fiction Action Comix
    Painter, Michael Mongue, and his sons Diego & Garcia have embarked on a whimsical homespun comic book journey crafting the misadventures of anthropomorphic robot named Dennis. The story and renderings marry the fantasy riddled musings of two boys and the satirical commentaries on pop culture and commercialism of their outsider artist father.
    Dover Public Library
    Did you know your local library is a great resource for makers learning to expand their skills? Stop by the Dover Public Library booth to learn more about their maker space and all the support they offer to makers. Try out making a fun rainbow bubble snake while you’re there!
    Great Bay Community College
    Stop by their booth to see firsthand what they are training people for in advanced manufacturing at their Rochester campus.
    Henna By Squirrel Cat Designs
    Denice Kelly from Squirrel Cat Designs is back and offering all natural henna for $5 and up. Come learn about how henna is used in different cultures, shop henna-inspired items, or let the kids pick out a temporary glitter tattoo.
    Kids Makerspace with Woven Community Development Association
    This non-profit, that works to pursue the responsible revitalization and economic, social and spiritual flourishing of Rochester, NH and surrounding communities, will be offering kids crafts and projects for ages 4-12. Create a wind chime out of beads, jewelry, bottle caps, sticks and more, or try to create an unsinkable ship from cardboard and aluminum foil and test it out!
    Luna Canvas by Nicole Knowlton
    Nicole is a young art educator from Franconia, NH who will be showing off her fluid and beautiful conceptual art. Her art is created using house/acrylic paint on canvas, wood, boxes, magnets and a variety of found objects. Stop by Nicole’s booth to get inspired and maybe purchase a painting to bring home.
    Mixtape - A Capella
    This group of young professionals from NH’s Seacoast will mix it up on stage for a 30 minute a capella performance at 2:30pm. Stop by their booth and learn how to warm up your voices, try your hand at a capella trivia and play the “Wheel of Songs!”
    NASA Ambassadors
    NASA Ambassadors can tell you all about NASA’s latest space missions! Stop by their booth and space out with them!
    Northeast Buccaneers – Pirates!
    These rowdy bunch of friendly pirates will challenge you to a foam sword fight, “brand” you as a pirate, and invite you to take pictures with them and their pet parrot! Captain Jay Tucci will also share his book about diversity.
    Northeast Ghostbusters Alliance Taskforce Ecto
    This group of Ghostbusters cosplayers will be roaming the festival doing sweeps for ghosts, and if you catch them at their booth they’ll show you how to create your own ghost trap, make a marshmallow person, and maybe tell you some stories about their unique jobs.
    Restore For Life
    Susan Burdick from the Newington based “Restore for Life” business will be on hand to educate guests about how gentle touch can create a chain reaction inside your body for better health.
    Slime Buffet with Main Street Art
    This Newfields community art center will be talking about all their fall art classes suitable for children and families, while also inviting everyone to play in a slime buffet!
    Triaxial Weave Baskets
    Peggy Thrasher will be back promoting the art of basket weaving and selling her baskets made from colorful ribbons that are woven in three directions with each ribbon at a 60 degree angle. This produces a basket with vibrant colors that often have the 3D “Tumbling Blocks” pattern on the side of the basket. Stop by her tables and try weaving a pine needle basket and learn about available classes at the Northeast Basketmakers Guild.
    Unique College Savings Plan
    Stop by our Maker Fest Presenting Sponsor’s table and make a sun visor to take home with you! The Unique College Savings Plan is managed by Fidelity Investments.
    Wellspring Center for Wellbeing
    Dr. Lauren Yaeger from Dover’s own “Wellspring Center for Wellbeing” will be at a booth to talk about her work aiding people’s overall physical and mental health utilizing Network Spinal Analysis. She will also offer a workshop at 1pm called “Is Exhaustion Hijacking You?”
    Performances on Henry Law Park Stage:
    10:30 – 11am Morris Family Band
    This four piece folk family band from Strafford, NH features three fiddles and one guilt and a little live beatboxing! Mike and Heather Morris and their daughter’s Lily and Rosalia will sing songs that lift you up!
    11:30am - noon McDonough-Grimes Irish Step Dancing
    Watch an Irish step dance performance by students of Dover’s own McDonough-Grimes Irish Dance School. At their booth, learn more about different types of Irish dance and maybe join a group dance!
    12:30 – 1pm Southern NH Ukulele Group
    S.N.H.U.G is a group of local ukulele enthusiasts who put on shows for entertainment and for charity. Their mission is to provide a forum for area ukesters of all levels to share songs, techniques and friendship, while learning more about everyone’s favorite instrument!
    1:30 – 2:15pm The Fantastic Magic of Newt Scamander
    This comedy magic show inspired by the world of Harry Potter and stars Newt Scamander. Newt will perform magic with some of his fantastic beasts and teach a class in magic! This fun and interactive all ages magic and pop culture show is the brainchild of Mark Pinksten.
    2:30 – 3pm Mixtape - A Capella
    This Seacoast, NH based group of young professionals will serenade you with no instruments, only voices! Mixing it up since 2015 they’ve been performing songs across different eras and genres – all a capella, all the time.
    3:30pm Egg Drop Challenge Launches
    Watch the egg containers you engineered in today’s “Build a Spegg-tacular Contraption” workshop launch from the roof of the Children’s Museum and see if your eggs survive!
    4pm  Say Goodbye to Maker Fest 2018
    Join us as we say farewell to Maker Fest 2018 with the winners of the “Fan Favorite Food Vendor” and one final messy and explosively awesome experiment!
    Food Vendors:
    Kona Ice – flavored shaved ice
    The People’s Popcorn – kettle popped popcorn
    Sub Zero Nitrogen Ice Cream  - ice cream made on the spot with liquid nitrogen
    Inside Children’s Museum of New Hampshire
    AMITY Publications
    Have a great book idea and always wanted to publish it? Meet Author/Publisher Layne Case, AMITY Publications, to learn the steps needed to make it happen! Layne will be giving a workshop at 11am titled “So You Want to Be an Author” and two of her published authors will help give another workshop at 1:30pm titled “Storytelling with Young Authors Jadyn Steven & Grant Currie.”
    Corky’s Arduino Projects
    This local maker will be showing off his current and past projects which include arduino based robots and toys, as well as 3D printed gadgets and puzzles.
    Doggie Investigation Gang
    The Doggie Investigation Gang, DIG, is a children’s beginner chapter book series that promotes acceptance and teamwork while engaging the child in mysteries that a canine team solves. All proceeds from sales are donated to PAWS New England, All Breed Dog Rescue. One or more of the dogs from the books might be available for a meet-and-greet!
    Geekasaurus is a weekly webcomic that highlights the adventures and antics of Kali Moulton’s nerdtastic family. Featured on GeekMom, this weekly comic isfun for all ages and highlights the ups and downs of life and parenting, one dinosaur comic at a time.
    Giant Jenga
    Play a game of Giant Jenga if you dare!
    Hills Home Market
    This local home food delivery service will be talking about their services and products and also giving away sirloin steak samples that they cook right in front of you.
    Homeslice Puppetry
    Eric Weiss is a teacher and a puppet builder who has started his own business teaching puppetry. He travels to schools, camps and makerspaces throughout New England and New York, teaching both children and adults how to build and create a variety of different types of puppets. His specialty is foam puppets, but he also teaches how to build shadow puppets, mechanism puppets, upcycled puppets and more! Stop by to say hello to Eric and his puppets and learn more about this craft!
    Kaleidoscopes of Light with NHPTV
    One of the festival’s media sponsors, NHPTV and STEM from the Start, will be offering visitors a chance to create kaleidoscopes out of everyday items. Stop by and learn all about light and its effects on how we see the world around us!
    Magic Wheelchair
    Magic Wheelchair is a non-profit organization that gets volunteers to build crazy cool costumes for kids in wheelchairs! With build teams all over the country, it’s easy to get involved and help spread a message of inclusivity and help create awesome memories for kids and their families. Volunteer Bonnie Regan will be on hand to talk about the organization, and show off one of her own creations!
    McDonough-Grimes Irish Dance School
    Dover’s own traditional irish dance school, led by former “Riverdance” cast member John Grimes, will not only be performing on stage at 11:30am today, but will have a booth where you can stop by and learn more about the different dance steps or maybe even join in a group dance!
    Port City Makerspace
    The members of this local makerspace will bring you robots, lasers and fun this year! Stop by and learn how to build a bad robot, or try your hand at making a bristle bot. Then check out their laser cutter and see what cool things they can cut for you. Listen to a private jam session from Pierre and play along on a custom built device.
    Pretty Aud Face Paint
    Young maker Audrey Ammann is back for the third year in a row with more of her fantastic face paint designs (available for a small fee). Her original face paint designs use hypoallergenic and FDA-certified paints and can incorporate glitter, stencil work, and even rhinestones!
    Santa Randy
    A visit from Santa in August? We’re so lucky he could make the time to join us at this year’s Maker Fest! Get in a good word with the big guy before the Christmas season kicks into high gear!
    STEAM Innovation Lab
    Inside the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire’s own “STEAM Innovation Lab,” drop in to make roller coasters and turbines! Imagine, engineer, build and then rebuild to improve your design!
    WorkshopsAll workshops are free with fest admission
    10:30-11:30am Make A Shrink Sculpture Necklace
    11am So You Want To Be An Author with AMITY Publications
    11:45am & 12:30pm NAO Robot Demos with New Heights
    noon-12:30pm Meet Robots Dash and Ozobot
    1pm Is Exhaustion Highjacking  You?
    1:30pm Storytelling with Young Authors Jadyn Steven & Grant Currie
    2-2:30 & 3-3:30pm Build A Spegg-tacular Contraption for the 3:30 Egg Drop Challenge!
    Lower Henry Law Park
    The Northeast Ghostbusters Alliance Taskforce Ecto - vehicles
    This group of Ghostbusters cosplayers will be bringing two ghostbusters-inspired vehicles to this year’s festival! Stop by and see what they’re driving these days!
    Lichtenberg Figures – Young Maker, Caleb Weinstein
    This 8th grade Maker is new to the NH Maker & Food Fest this year, but we’re all pretty excited to see him in action! He’ll be showing off how he uses high voltage electricity to create unique patterns in wood, called Lichtenberg Figures. “To make a figure, you must take wood, braise it with water that is mixed with an electrolytes (I use baking soda), and then put high voltage electricity through it. I use a 12,000 kV 35 milliamp neon sign transformer.” His unique furniture will also be for sale!
    NH Soap Box Derby
    Curious about Soap Box cars? Come check out a few and learn all about this local racing event for kids between the ages of 7 - 20! Anyone who stops by can explore gravity, weight and aerodynamics and how that impacts speed by using matchbox cars and ramps.
    Port City Makerspace
    The members of this local makerspace will bring you robots, lasers and fun this year! Stop by and learn how to build a bad robot, or try your hand at making a bristle bot. Then check out their laser cutter and see what cool things they can cut for you. Listen to a private jam session from Pierre and play along on a custom built device.
    SEED (Seacoast Education Endowment of Dover)
    Stop by to learn about this local non-profit, and adopt a yellow rubber duck to participate in the September 22nd Dover Ducky Derby!
    Trebuchet Ice Launching
    Join us to launch ice into the Cocheco River using a trebuchet! A lucky few audience members will get to do the launching!
    Wheel Spun Pottery & Pinch Pot Making
    Kealey Gray is a young maker who has been crafting wheel spun pottery for the last three years and will have some unique items for sale. Stop by and play with clay as you learn to make a mini pinch pot out of air drying clay to take home.
    Bloom’n Cow Ice – Ice cream with tons of flavors and toppings. Non-dairy Sorbetto offered as well.
    Boogalows Island BBQ
    In the mood for some Jamaican food? How does Jerk Dinner, Jerk-a-Rito, Mango BBQ Chicken Skewers, Pork on a Bun, or a Jamaican Beef Patty sound? Stop by Boogalows Island BBQ Food Truck for tons of mouth watering BBQ from the island of Jamaica!
    Brother’s Concessions - Fresh squeezed lemonade
    Clyde’s Cupcakes - Offering cupcakes, cookies and ice cream sandwiches
    Curb Appeal Meals - Speciality sandwiches and American comfort food
    The Fuse Box Kitchen - Offering new American food and Spanish/Mexican favorites
    New England Biscuit Company - Traditional Scottish shortbread in a variety of flavors
    One Washington Mill
    Coca-Cola NNE Sustainability
    Laundry soap jugs, cardboard boxes, bottles...we throw all this stuff and more more in the recycling bin at home everyday and simply forget about it. But that stuff doesn’t just disappear. Come learn from the Coca-Cola NNE sustainability team about the neat things your recyclables are being made into and how they’re helping the local environment and economy!
    Dover Shockwaves Robotics
    Come visit this high school robotics team and say hello to Alfred and Chuck, two robots they built! Alfred stacks cubes and Chuck can knock them down with his cannon!
    Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers NH
    IEEE is an informal club of people who are interested in any or all aspects of robotics and who enjoy sharing and learning from each other! Come learn about their meet-ups, and see some of their robotic creations!
    Junk Journals
    Librarian Erin Mawn will be showing us all how to take discarded books and upcycle them into beautiful, unique junk journals. The possibilities are endless.
    Joy of Precision
    Max Phillips is an engineer who specializes in home shop machining, toolmaking, horology and more! He will be showing off his tools and past and current projects along with a miniature gear cutting machine (Trent Pinion Mill). Take a look through a microscope to see tiny lathe work in process.
    Nashua Robot Builders
    Nashua Robot Builders is an informal club of people interested in any or all aspects of robotics, and who enjoy sharing and learning from each other. Come meet some members and see some of their creations!
    NH LEGO League
    The NH LEGO League will be hosting build and drive robotics demo sessions featuring LEGO EV3, LEGO Boost, and VED IQ. Join them to work hands on with robots and get a sneak peek at this year’s RIZE Robotics competitions.
    Raspberry Pi & Artificial Intelligence
    Donald Norris, otherwise known as the Raspberry Pi Guy, is back again to help people understand what artificial intelligence (AI) is and how ordinary people encounter it in their everyday lives. He will have AI demonstrations, including two robots and a static display using the Raspberry Pi. Guests will get a chance to teleoperate a large robot!
    Snap Circuits with UNH InterOperability Lab
    Join members of the UNH InterOperability Lab, a testing lab right here in NH, to learn about electricity and STEM fields. Play with Snap Circuits and see if you can make lights turn on or spinners spin!
    UNH LunaCats Robotics
    The UNH LunaCats is a team from the University of NEw Hampshire that consists of seniors and undergraduates of various majors who design and build a robot each year to compete in the NASA Robotics Mining Competition at the Kennedy Space Center. Meet team members, check out their robots and learn more about the competition.
    Usborne Books
    Usborne Books and More is an award-winning children’s book publisher with unique and interactive books and activities for all ages - from infant, to young adult. Join in a book-based activity and browse the books for sale.
    Word Clock, An Arduino Powered Clock
    Stop by and say hello to young 12 year old Maker, Beckett who helped build an arduino powered clock that tells time in English, with the help of his father and neighbor. Adjust the time on the clock and see how different times are expressed!
    About the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire
    The not-for-profit Children’s Museum of New Hampshire is located at 6 Washington Street in Dover and offers two levels of hands-on, interactive exhibits for children from newborn to middle school. Children can explore a wide range of subjects, from dinosaurs, music and aeronautics to world cultures, art and natural history. Open year-round, the Silver LEED-certified museum specializes in creating memorable family learning experiences and works closely with schools, social service agencies and educators. The museum also hosts a variety of live performances, workshops, classes and special events for families. For more information, please call the museum at (603) 742-2002 or visit www.childrens-museum.org

    Neva Cole, Communications Director
    (603) 742-2002