A diverse collection of artists, tinkerers, chefs, writers and educators will gather in and around downtown Dover in mid-September to celebrate creativity and innovation at the annual day-long NH Maker and Food Fest at the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire.
What: NH Maker & Food Fest
When: Saturday, Sept. 18
Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: The Children’s Museum of New Hampshire, 6 Washington St., Dover
The NH Maker and Food Fest is a day-long festival that invites all ages to explore the creativity and ingenuity of area makers, hobbyists, artisans, performers and more.
“Much like the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire’s mission, which is to actively engage families in hands-on discovery, the NH Maker Fest is a great opportunity to experience a ton of local innovation and resourcefulness all in one place,” says Neva Cole, CMNH Communications Director.
Participants vary from year to year, and maker applications are still being accepted.
Among this year’s participants:
- Lindsey Castellon, owner of Angry Gato Designs, is excited to participate for the first time this year, and will not only be selling her fantastical laser-cut works of art, illustrations, jewelry and more, but will also be showing guests how to make their own fabric scrap garland.
- Local podcaster Laura Harper will be on hand with her friends from the Creative Guts podcast, and will be inviting folks to stop by and record answers to a few of their creative questions. Recordings from the Fest may even be used in a future episode of Creative Guts.
- NH Maker Fest alumni will include the Maker Lab at the Dover Library, as well as the talented students of the McDonough-Grimes Irish Dance group who will be performing on the Rotary Arts Pavilion stage in front of the museum.
- Also back again this year is the FIRST LEGO League team from the Dover Middle School who will not only show off their robots, but help guests code and operate a robot to complete missions of their own.
Interested makers also have the option of participating virtually through pre-recorded videos, online workshops, blogs and more.
“We went totally virtual with the Fest last year, and we wanted to offer that option to people again this year since it was a lot of fun, and an easy way for people to show off their talents,” Cole says.
Also new this year, the Fest has partnered with the Cochecho Arts Festival, organized by the Dover Chamber of Commerce. Magic Fred, a children’s magician will perform from 10-10:30 a.m., and The Kenney Brother Band, a folk rock group, will perform from 3-4 p.m. as the culmination of both the NH Maker and Food Fest and the Cochecho Arts Festival summer concert series. Both performances will take place on the Rotary Arts Pavilion at Henry Law Park.
“We are excited to partner with the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire to provide entertainment for the NH Maker Fest,” says Greater Dover Chamber of Commerce President Margaret Joyce. “This is a natural extension of our summer-long Cochecho Arts Festival and allows us to celebrate the arts with Maker Fest attendees.”