Call for Makers at the Champlain Mini Maker Faire

Maker Faire Bay Area 2012. Photo by SparkFunElectronics.

Maker Faire Bay Area 2012. Photo by SparkFunElectronics.

The Champlain Mini Maker Faire is looking for makers. On September 29th at Shelburne Farms, creators and crafters from around Vermont will gather for what has been called “the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth.”

So what is a Maker Faire? Well, it “brings together families and individuals to celebrate the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) mindset and showcase all kinds of incredible projects. At Maker Faire, you’ll find arts and crafts, science and engineering, food and music, fire and water but what makes this event special is that all these interesting projects and smart, creative people belong together. They are actively and openly creating a maker culture.”

And to make it happen, the Champlain Mini Maker Faire seeks makers and their goods. “Fancy yourself a Maker? If you like to tinker, sculpt, experiment, make tools, make toys, make art, make music, make anything – please respond to this Call For Makers!

Geek Things for August 18th

  • Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, 9AM–9PM, Bread Loaf Campus, Ripton. Lectures and readings are free and open to the public; see middlebury.edu for schedule. (Writing)
  • Basic Bike Maintenance, 5:30–6:30PM, Skirack, Burlington. Free. (Bikes)
  • Mount Mansfield Scale Modelers, 6:30–8:30PM, Brownell Library, Essex Junction. Free. (Modelers)
  • Summer Sci-Fi Film Series – It Came from Outer Space. 7PM, Town Hall Theater, Middlebury. $3. (Movies)
  • Chess Club, 7PM, Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington. $2-3. (Chess)
  • Zoom In on Zebra Mussels, 12:30PM, ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center/Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington. Regular admission, $9.50-12.50; free for kids 2 and under. (Kids)
  • ‘Ice Ages, Glaciers and Fossils — Oh My!’ Geological history of Button Bay and the Lake Champlain Basin. 3–3:30PM, Button Bay State Park, Vergennes. Regular park day-use fee, $2-3. (Fossils)
  • Panel Discussion – The role food plays in our lives. 6:30PM, Amy E. Tarrant Gallery, Flynn Center, Burlington. Free. (Food)
  • ‘Cinderella’, 7:30PM, Lebanon Opera House, Lebanon. $25-85. (Theater)
  • ‘Ten-Fest’, 8PM, Valley Players Theater, Waitsfield. $8-10. (Theater)
  • ‘Wicked City’, 8PM, Depot Theatre, Westport. $25. (Theater)
  • Book Talk, 11AM–12PM, Flying Pig Bookstore, Shelburne. Free. (Books)
  • Warmachine / Hordes, 5pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games Gamespace, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Planetarium presentation: KEPLER and the Search for New Worlds 11:00 am, Fairbanks Museum, St. Johnsbury. $5/person. (Science)
  • Color Mixing, 11:00 am, Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Fossils: Evidence of the Past. 3pm, Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)

Geek Things for August 10th

  • Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, 8:15PM, Bread Loaf Campus, Ripton. Lectures and readings are free and open to the public; see middlebury.edu for schedule. (Writing)
  • ‘Greening Your Home’, 6PM, Rutland Free Library, Rutland. Free. (Environmentalism)
  • Community Bike Shop, 5–8PM, Bike Recycle Vermont, Burlington. Donations accepted. (Bikes)
  • Public Viewing Night. Call for a status report in case of inclement weather. 9–10:30PM, McCardell Bicentennial Hall, Middlebury College, Middlebury. Free. (Astronomy)
  • ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream: The ’40s Musical’, 12PM, Battery Park, Burlington. Free. (Theater)
  • ‘Champ: Unsolved Mystery of the Lake’, 12:30PM, ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center/Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington. Regular admission, $9.50-12.50; free for kids 2 and under. (Kids)
  • Magic Booster Draft – $12, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Pathfinder Society, 6:30pm – 11:00pm, Game Lounge, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Straw Rockets, 11am, Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Kitchen Chemistry, 3pm, Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Free Tutorial About NOOK Color!, 5:30 PM, Barnes and Noble, South Burlington. (eReaders)
  • Children’s Storytime: Chinese Folklore!, 10:00am, Barnes and Noble, South Burlington. (Kids)
  • Used Book Celebration, 4pm, Northshire Bookstore, Manchester Center. (Books)
  • OmniGlobe Presents: Mystery of the Bleached Corals, Life in Pixels: using data imaging to explore the world. 1-2pm, Fairbanks Museum, St. Johnsbury. (Science)
  • Naruto, 4:30pm – 8:00pm, The Gamer’s Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)
  • Wednesday Night Board gaming at Triple Play, 6:00pm – 10:30pm, Triple Play, Lebanon, New Hampshire (Gaming)
  • D&D Encounter, 6:00pm – 8:30pm, The Gamers Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)
  • L5R Night at Triple Play, 6:30pm – 10:00pm, Triple Play, Lebanon NH. (Gaming)

 

Geek Things for August 9th

  • Green Drinks, 6–8PM, The Skinny Pancake, Montpelier. Free. (Environmentalism)
  • Radio Amateurs of Northern Vermont Ham Radio Club Meeting, 7–9PM, O’Brien Civic Center, South Burlington. Free. (Radio)
  • Ben & Jerry’s Outdoor Movie Festival – Toy Story 3, 9PM, Ben & Jerry’s, Burlington. Free. (Movies)
  • ‘Champ: Unsolved Mystery of the Lake’ 12:30PM, ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center/Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington. Regular admission, $9.50-12.50; free for kids 2 and under. (Champ)
  • Very Merry Theatre’s Annual Fundraiser – A Midsummer Night’s Dream: The ’40s Musical, 5:30PM, Shelburne Farms, Shelburne. $25 suggested donation; seating is limited. (Theater)
  • ‘Sweeney Todd’, 8PM, Lake Placid Center for the Arts, Lake Placid. $22-25. (Theater)
  • Christian Parenti – Tropic of Chaos: Climate Change and the New Geography of Violence, 7PM, Barnes & Noble, South Burlington. Free. (Environmentalism)
  • Boardgame Night, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • HeroClix!, 7:30pm – 11:00pm, Game Lounge, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • CLiF Presentation, 2:30pm, Camp Agape, Cabot. (Books)
  • Sound Science, 11am, Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Microscopic Investigations, 3pm, Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • OmniGlobe Presents: Full Force, Life in Pixels: using data imaging to explore the world, 10:30 am – 11:00 am, Fairbanks Museum. St. Johnsbury. (Science)

Geek Things for August 2nd

  • Computer Lesson, 5–8PM, Champlain Senior Center, McClure MultiGenerational Center, Burlington. $5 donation. (Computers)
  • ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream: The ’40s Musical’. Rain location: Town Hall. 6PM, Village Green, Bristol. Free. (Theater)
  • Boardgame Night, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • HeroClix!, 7:30pm – 11:00pm, Game Lounge, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Turtle Discovery, 11am, Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Creeping Colors, 3pm, Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • OmniGlobe Presents: Mystery of the Bleached Corals: Life in Pixels: using data imagry to explore the world, 1:00 p.m., Fairbanks Museum of Science, St. Johnsbury. (Science)

Geek Things for July 26th

  • Book Sale, 12–7PM, Stowe Free Library, Stowe. Free. (Books)
  • Time-Travel Tuesday, 10AM–5PM, Billings Farm & Museum, Woodstock. Regular admission, $3-12. (History)
  • Ben & Jerry’s Outdoor Movie Festival – Iron Man 2, 9PM, Ben & Jerry’s, Burlington. Free. (Movies)
  • Boardgame Night, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • HeroClix!, 7:30pm – 11:00pm, Game Lounge, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Leafcutter Ants, 11am, Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Who Sank the Boat?, 3pm, 11am, Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • OmniGlobe Presents: Full Force – Life in Pixels: using data imagry to explore the world, 10:40am, Fairbanks Museum, St. Johnsbury. (Science)

Geek Things for July 19th

  • Book Sale, 12–7PM, Stowe Free Library, Stowe. Free. (Books)
  • Time-Travel Tuesday, 10AM–5PM, Billings Farm & Museum, Woodstock. Regular admission, $3-12. (History)
  • Ben & Jerry’s Outdoor Movie Festival – How to Train Your Dragon, 9PM, Ben & Jerry’s, Burlington. Free. (Movies)
  • Game Day, 9:30–10:30AM, Champlain Senior Center, McClure MultiGenerational Center, Burlington. Free. (Kids)
  • Green Mountain College Morning Speaker Series – “Homestead Farming” – Contemporary take on the back-to-the-land movement. 9–10AM, The Station, Poultney. Free. (Talk)
  • Boardgame Night, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • HeroClix!, 7:30pm – 11:00pm, Game Lounge, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Paper Cup Telephone, 11:00, Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Fingerprints, 3:00, Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Ethan Allen: His Life and Times, Willard Sterne Randall, 7:00 PM, Barnes and Noble, South Burlington. (History)
  • OmniGlobe Presents: Full Force – Life in Pixels: using data imagry to explore the world, 10:30 am – 11:00 am, Fairbanks Museum, St. Johnsbury. (Science)

Explore the Night Sky with a Homemade Telescope

The Vermont Astronomical Society is looking to host a course on how to make your own telescope. There’s no class currently scheduled, but once they get enough people interested, they’ll start.

Have you ever wanted to explore the realms of the night sky? Would you like to view other worlds in our Solar System or see the majestic glories of the deep sky objects? Ever thought of owning a telescope to view celestial wonders?

Now you can have that telescope you’ve always wanted and see these night sky wonders. The Vermont Astronomical Society has put together a telescope workshop to assemble a telescope from a kit. You can easily assemble a powerful 6″ F/8 Newtonian Telescope at this workshop. No prior knowledge of telescope building is required. This telescope is far optically superior to the “typical box store telescope”. This telescope is not a toy but a powerful, portable instrument capable of revealing the following celestial wonders:

Solar System: See the Moon’s craters, valleys, and mountains; the dramatic phase changes of Venus; the polar caps of Mars; the nightly changes of Jupiter’s moons and colorful cloud belts; and the glories of Saturn’s ring system.

Deep Sky Objects: Split colorful double stars; resolve the gem like galactic star clusters; see the wispy shapes of distant nebulae; and observe galaxies millions of light years from Earth.

Welcome to the VAS Telescope Workshop!

The first order of business is to collect the fees for the workshop so that we can order the mirror kits and purchase the materials for the tube and mount. I’ve set the price at $340 for the whole kit minus any eyepieces.
For those of you that wish to also have us purchase eyepieces for you, we will work out the details at a later date. Estimates of about $160 for the eyepieces or about $500 for the whole scope kit with eyepieces.

If you can get a check made out to the VAS for the workshop fee sent to me at your earliest convenience, then I will order your mirror kits, which will take about 3 weeks to arrive. While we are waiting for the mirror kits, I will be purchasing the rest of the wood, tube and hardware (nuts, bolts, glue & screws) needed to assemble the telescope.

I’m anticipating that the first assembly meeting will probably occur sometime in February and we should be able to complete the scope in just a few weeks (4 maximum). There will be some homework involved, like applying flat-black paint to the inside of the tube and a color of your choice to the outside. The following is a rough plan of what each meeting will involve:

Week 1: Build Mirror Cell & Azimuth Base. Cut & Paint Tube (homework).
Week 2: RTV Mirror & Diagonal to Cells. Attach Spider, Focuser, and Finder.
Build Tube Cradle.
Week 3: Assemble Rocker Box. Attach Mirror & Diagonal to Tube.
Week 4: Finish & Tune Assembly. Telescope Collimation & Operation.

Go here for contact details.

Geek Things for July 11th

  • Book Sale, 9:30AM–5:30PM, Stowe Free Library, Stowe. Free. (Books)
  • Draw Comics!, 3–4:30PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Teens)
  • Bob DeVarney – Talk on bouncing signals off of the moon. 7:30PM, Brownell Library, Essex Junction. Free. (Radio)
  • Marjorie Cady Memorial Writers Group, 10AM–12PM, Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury. Free. (Writing)
  • Red Cross Blood Drive, 11:30am-5:30pm, Barre Elks Club, Barre. (Blood Drive)
  • Open Cardgames!, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • L5R Constructed, 7pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Mini Painting, 6:00pm – 8:30pm, The Gamers Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)
  • Mini Painting, 6:00pm – 8:30pm, The Gamers Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)
  • Monday Night Magic, 6pm – 9pm, Village Pizza, Montpelier. (Gaming)
  • Straw Rockets, 11:00 a.m., Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Kitchen Chemistry, 3:00 p.m., Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Presentation – Telescopes, 11:00am-12:00pm, Fairbanks Museum, St. Johnsbury. $5/person. (Science)

 

Geek Things for July 6th

  • Chittenden County Philatelic Club, 6:15PM, GE Healthcare Building, South Burlington. Free. (Stamps)
  • Computer Lesson, 9:30AM, Champlain Senior Center, McClure MultiGenerational Center, Burlington. $5 donation. (Computers)
  • College Observatory Public Viewing Night. Call for a status report in case of inclement weather. 9–10:30PM, McCardell Bicentennial Hall, Middlebury College, Middlebury. Free. (Astronomy)
  • ‘Frankenstein and Friends’, 12–1PM, Battery Park, Burlington. Free. (Kids)
  • Green Mountain College Morning Speaker Series – “Now Showing: A Tiny Theater Dreams Big,”, 9–10AM, The Station, Poultney. Free. (Talk)
  • Institute for Lifelong Education at Dartmouth Summer Lecture Series – “Corruption: Pervasive, Persistent and Virulent”, 9AM–12PM, Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover. $20. (Talk)
  • Kate Kenny – “The War That Wasn’t: Patented Inventions During the Civil War.” 7–10PM, Noyes House Museum, Morrisville. Donations accepted. (History)
  • Summer Speaker Series – Calvin Coolidge, 4PM, President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site, Plymouth. $8. (Talk)
  • Yestermorrow Summer Lecture Series – “Organic Architecture Guild: A Common Vision for Sustainable Design.” 7–9PM, Yestermorrow Design/Build School, Waitsfield. Free. (Architecture)
  • ‘I’ll Be Back Before Midnight’, 8PM, McCarthy Arts Center, St. Michael’s College, Colchester. $29.50-38.50. (Theater)
  • Readings at the Athenaeum – Gish Jen, 7:30PM, St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, St. Johnsbury. Free. (Reading)
  • Magic Booster Draft – $12, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Straw Rockets, 11:00 a.m., Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Kitchen Chemistry, 3:00 p.m., Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Come ALearn About New NOOK Simple Touch!, 6:00 PM, South Burlington. (eReaders)
  • Advance Screening of “Torchwood: Miracle Day”, http://nescifievents.org/?p=2662, 6pm – 8pm, Cambridge, MA (Screening)
  • Planetarium presentation – Monster Telescopes, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm, Fairbanks Museum, St. Johnsbury. $5/person. (Science)
  • Naruto, 4:30pm – 8:00pm, The Gamer’s Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)
  • Wednesday Night Board gaming at Triple Play, 6:00pm – 10:30pm, Triple Play, Lebanon, New Hampshire. (Gaming)
  • D&D Encounter, 6:00pm – 8:30pm, The Gamers Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)