Makerspace BOSTON Trip


Great news, everyone. We have planned a trip to Boston to check out some its favorite MakerSpots! We want to share this learning experience with our G.A.L.A. community. And so, it’s time for another GALAVANT!

On the weekend of February 24-25th, we will be carpooling and driving down to Boston to visit six amazing Maker/Co-working Spaces. The staff is going, some of the board is going, let’s see how much of the greater Ossipee Valley we can represent.

Please use the FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE to stay up to date on changes, communication, and happenings regarding this trip. For right now, we have an initial Itinerary. Specific times MAY change, so please continue to check the Facebook Event page as you make your plans.

Here is the first Itinerary:

10AM: Artisan’s Asylum (Maker)
11:30AM: Hackspace (Maker)
2pm: G-tek Labs (Maker)
4pm: Makeshift Boston (Co-working)

10AM: Hatch (Maker)
1PM: Lowell Makes (Maker)


You can meet us at The Grange (3 Pork Hill Rd., Ossipee) to carpool at 7am Saturday morning. You can meet us in Boston. You can come for both days, or one or the other. Basically we would just love to have you. We benefit from your input, knowledge, questions, and overall participation. If you would like to carpool, please use this website link to sign up:
You can add your car or find someone else to drive with.

You can write questions on the Facebook Event page and we will get back to you. If you prefer, please email Lily at

Thank you, and we really hope you can/will come!
The G.A.L.Avanters!


New Re-skill-ience Workshop

Intro to Electrical Theory

Thursday, February 15th
With Andrew Dube


Located at the G.A.L.A. Community Makerspace
23 Bay St in Wolfeboro


Local organization Global Awareness Local Action (G.A.L.A.) is excited to announce the next feature in their 2018 NH Re-skill-ience Workshop Series, hands-on workshops focusing on homesteading, sustainable living, and traditional bushcraft skills. Workshops are designed to help participants develop skills and knowledge that strengthen personal and community resilience.  The next workshop, Practical Electrical Theory, takes place on Thursday, February 15th from 5:30-7:30pm at the G.A.L.A. Makerspace at 23 Bay St. in Wolfeboro, NH.

Andrew Dube is a resident of Tamworth and spends a good deal of his time troubleshooting repairs and building electrical systems as needed for his personal benefit and in his profession even though he is not an “electrician”. In this workshop participants will learn about both AC and DC currents in both stationary and mobile installations. Folks will learn the fundamental of troubleshooting repair and the construction of home and automotive electrical systems with the goal of becoming more self sufficient.

The majority of this workshop will take place in a lecture style, so please come prepared to take notes. You are encouraged to think about what specifics you wish to learn in class prior to the event. You will leave with some resources of your own and notes to walk away with. You will develop and understanding of how electricity is generated, distributed, and used.

This workshop takes place from 5:30-7:30pm at the G.A.L.A. Makerspace at 23 Bay St. in Wolfeboro, NH. The cost to participate in the workshop is $16. Pre-registration is specifically requested for this event to be sure enough supplies will be provided. Please register HEREor by calling 603-539-6460.

Also, please share our Facebook Event page. We hope to see you there!


January Dance


Community Contra Dance
January 27th, 7-10pm
With the Brier Hill Band
And Caller Eric Rolnick

At the Wolfeboro Town Hall

The Community Contra Dance Series hosted by Global Awareness Local Action (G.A.L.A.) kicks off 2018 on Saturday, January 27th, at the Wolfeboro Town Hall’s “Great Hall”.  Dances runs from 7:00 to 10:00pm, with the first half hour dedicated to a brief overview of the basic steps of New England contra dance.  Dances are a fun and energizing night out for all ages and abilities, even if you simply prefer to cheer the dancers on from the sidelines.

The headline band for January’s dance is Brier Hill Band. Brier Hill has been playing local farmer’s markets and dances in the Wolfeboro/Ossipee area for the last four years. Named for one of the roads in Canaan Valley where they started playing, the band serves up standard New England dance tunes drawn from the French Canadian and British fiddle traditions that make up most of the contra dance repertoire. Brier Hill is comprised of Lane and Scott Evans, Patrick O’Hagin, Michael Haeger and Tim Morrison. Eric Rolnick will be calling the dance with the Brier Hill.  Eric is from Conway, has called many G.A.L.A. dances, and has also performed at many Wolfeboro First Night events with the Caribbean steel band, Mango Groove.

The name “Contra Dance” refers to partnered folk dance styles, where couples dance in two facing lines. Contra dance is a hybrid of English country dances and French court dances. At the end of the 17th century, French dancers began to incorporate the English country dances with steps from their own court dances and in turn called these dances contra-dance, or contredanse. Many of the moves called out during the dance originate from the French terminology.

The contra dance was very popular throughout America from the 1700’s well into the 1800’s, but with the arrival of the square dance, waltz, swing, and other forms of dance it’s popularity was mostly confined to rural areas. It is interesting to note that before the contra dance’s revival it was not known to be called a night of “Contra Dancing.” Rather it had other names such as: Barn Dance, Kitchen Junket, Old Timers Ball, and The Dance. These dances were held in church halls, grange halls, town halls, barns, and even places like kitchens and living rooms. There was a time in New England when contra dances were so popular that one band might be booked 6 nights in a single week!

There are a lot of reason to enjoy dancing, but here’s another fun fact – dancing is one of the more impressive ways to increase our brain’s cognitive reserve, something good for the brain at every age, but a particularly valuable protective force for maintaining cognition into old age.  In a New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) study, dancing was found to reduce risk of dementia more than any other physical or mental activity studied. Bicycling and swimming, for instance, while excellent for the cardiovascular system, reduced the risk of dementia by 0%, as did playing golf. Reading reduced the risk by 35% and puzzling out crosswords at least 4 days a week, 47%. Frequent dancing, however, reduced the risk of dementia by 76%!  

What does contra dancing have to do with G.A.L.A.’s commitment to sustainability?  Well, aside from strengthening community relations, warding off cabin fever, and keeping the blood moving to stay healthy, G.A.L.A. is known to claim contra dancing as, “the most sustainable way to stay warm on a cold winters night”!  

Dance admission fees are as follows:  $8.00 for adults, $5.00 for 6yr-18yr olds, and 5yr and under free.  Anyone experiencing financial hardship is invited to pay what they can and no one will be turned away for financial reasons.  In an effort to protect the newly refinished wood floor in the Great Hall participants are encouraged to bring an extra pair of shoes for dancing that do not have a black sole.  If you are unable to bring extra shoes there will be a brush at the door for you to remove dirt and snow before entering. G.A.L.A. is also looking to fill a few volunteer shifts for the dances this year if you are interested.  For more information about this event or to sign up to volunteer visit their website at, call the office at 603-539-6460, or email

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