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How-To Festival & Block Party – Saturday September 16, 10 AM – 2 PM

Make.  Learn.  Create.  Have Fun.

Saturday, September 16, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

We hope you’ve marked your calendar for the 4th annual HOW-TO Festival on Saturday, September 16th from 10 AM to 2 PM. Over 50 free mini workshops and information tables, from how to save a shark – paint a community prayer flag – send a message using an 1880s telegraph – loom a giant potholder rug – brew the perfect cup of coffee – juggle – and more!

Middle Street will be closed to traffic and our block party extends to the Unitarian Church and Twice Told Tales Quality Used Book Store.

Thanks to Bath Savings / Pleasant Street Branch, for their support – celebrating 30 years in Brunswick!

Confirmed for 2017 (all activities 10 am – 2 pm unless otherwise indicated)


Astral Pines (10:30-11:45, 1-2 pm)

Dave Bullard (12-1pm)


Science & Technology

Build with Cubelet Robot Blocks – CML Staff (10 am – 12 pm)

Use a Vintage Typewriter – Cosco Technologies

Roaming Robots & Tech – Maine State Library (10 am – 12 pm)

Keep Backyard Bees – Sagadahoc County Beekeepers

Identify Tide Pool Life – Harpswell Heritage Land Trust

Adapt Using Fur, Feathers, Feet & Fangs – Critters of Merrymeeting Bay – Friends of Merrymeeting Bay

Use a Telescope – Southern Maine Astronomers

Help Save Sharks – Sharks4Kids

Send a Message Using an 1880s Telegraph – Harpswell Historical Society

Compost With Worms – Mainely Worm Bins

Aquaponics – Springworks Farm

Download E-Books, E-Magazines & More – CML Staff Tech Wizards

Get Consumer Reports Magazine for FREE – CML Staff

Apple Technology Help & Demos

Arts & Crafts

Play With Fiber – Halcyon Yarn

Make a Cutting Edge Cardboard Mask, Maine State Library(10 am – 12 pm)

Paint a Community Prayer Flag – Maria Castellano-Usery, Artist

Paint Kindness Rocks – Midcoast Maine Rocks —–Rocks donated by Cosmic Stone and Garden Supply

Punch Needle Rug Hooking – Christine Farrell, Artist

Origami – Bath Tsugaru Sister City

Community Giant Potholder Rug Loom – Stephanie Levy, Artist

Build & Decorate a Little Free Library – CML Staff & Volunteers

Make Envelopes – CML Staff (1-2 pm)

Color Yourself Calm – CML Staff & Volunteers (10 am – 12 pm)

Make T-shirt Yarn – CML Staff (10 am – 12 pm)

Recycle Craft Table – CML Staff & Volunteers

Create Wood Sculptures – CML Staff (10 am – 12 pm)

Soap Felting – CML Staff (12 – 2 pm)

Make a Kite in 5 Minutes (that’s guaranteed to fly!) – CML Staff (12-2 pm)

Design and Make a Button Pin -CML Staff (10 am -12 pm, 1-2 pm)


Home, Lifestyle & Fitness

How to Saute – Cooking Program, Region 10 Technical High School

International Handwashing Dance – Girl Scout Daisy Troop #520

Juggle – Circus Maine Performance Troupe (10-11 am, 12-1 pm)

Work Out and Have Fun  – Brunswick Landing YMCA (10 am-1pm; Pop Pilates demo at 11 am)

Bicycle Tips & Safety – Merrymeeting Wheelers Bicycle Club

  • Choosing & Fitting Bike Helmets & Clothing (11 am – 12 pm)
  • Bicycle Rules of the Road (1-2 pm)

SNAP Challenge: Eating Healthy on a Budget – Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program

Put a Historic Plaque on Your Home – NW Brunswick Neighborhood Association

Winter Heating Safety – Brunswick Fire Department (plus Fire Truck on site!)

Cold Brew 101 – Wicked Joe Coffee Roaster (11 am – 12 pm)

Safely and Effectively Use Essential Oils – Sarah Kelley, DoTerra – Busy Bright Essentials



Check out a Human “Book” (11 am – 2 pm) See schedule in the Collaboratory. Sign up to check out:

  • Kate Miller – Songwriter and Tiny House Builder
  • Stephanie Rayner – “Time Traveler”
  • Dr. James Weaver – Psychologist
  • Helen Watts – Structural Engineer

Become a Writer – People Plus Write On Writers (11 am – 12 pm)

Adopt, Foster a child in ME – Spurwink, A Family for ME

Brunswick Fire Department (plus Fire Truck on site!)

Brunswick Police Department

Read With ME – Tri-County Literacy

Take the Train to Boston – Amtrak Downeaster

Voice Your Choice – Peaceworks of Greater Brunswick

Overcome Podium Paralysis and Speak Like a Pro – Rita Losee, InspriACTion Enterprises (11 am – 12 pm)

Therapeutic Foster Care – Woodfords Family Services


Plus General All Around FUN!

Face Painting


Hoola Hoops

Festival Hats


Photos with Baxter the Library Cat Mascot (11-11:30 am, 12:30-1 pm)


Photos from last year’s event:


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