Curious about what’s going on at 23 Bay St.? The former site of Wolfeboro Power Equipment was purchased last fall by local nonprofit Global Awareness Local Action (G.A.L.A.) to establish a Community Makerspace. This milestone was made possible with a grant from the Northern Borders Regional Commission matched by a successful grassroots fundraising campaign.
Last month more than 70 people convened at the Wolfeboro Town Hall for the first of two community-wide visioning nights. The tremendous about of feedback generated from that event has been summarized and used to plan this next follow-up event happening Tuesday, October 9th, 5:30-8:00pm at All Saint’s Church in Wolfeboro.
Tuesday’s event will be informative and engaging for people who are brand new to the concept of a makerspace, as well as those who have attended previous G.A.L.A. visioning nights and hard hat tours. This is the final public forum before floor plans will be generated by the team of architects.
This event is free and open to the public. Light food and refreshments will be provided, as well as a supervised “kids corner” to help make the event more accessible for families. Both year-round residents and visitors alike are encouraged to attend.
The Design Team is comprised of Leslie Benson, Principal of Leslie Benson Designs; Steve Hoffman of d/b/A, and Scott Simons Architects (SSA), all based in Portland, Maine.
Makerspaces are popping up all over the country and they each look different based on the local resident’s interest and needs, so this is your chance to share what you would like to see offered at 23 Bay St.
“Our team is very excited to be working with G.A.L.A. and the greater Wolfeboro community on this project. We believe in G.A.L.A.’s mission and we believe that this Makerspace project will really enhance the community. We invite everyone in the community to come on October 9th to share in the process and help make this project the best it can be.”
You do not have to be familiar with the makerspace concept to meaningfully participate in this event. In fact, to the contrary, G.A.L.A. is encouraging people who are still new to the concept to show up to learn more and contribute their ideas.
According to G.A.L.A. Board Member, Amy Gullicksen, the group envisions something that is “more than a makerspace”. They intend to incorporate a tool library, workshops and classes, co-working space, business incubator, workforce development, repair café, appropriate technology design challenges, private and independent work studios, apprentice and mentorship opportunities, and more. They envision a wood-shop, metal-shop, ceramic studio, fiber arts studio, computer lab, automotive bay, bicycle repair bench, laser cutter, and CNC routers and mills, among other tools and work spaces.
“All of these intensions are great,” explains G.A.L.A. Director, Josh Arnold, “but what really happens in this space will be defined by the community, which is why it is so important that we see a good turnout for our final visioning night on Tuesday at All Saint’s Church.”
For more information contact Josh Arnold at 603-569-1500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are unable to attend the event but would like to offer your feedback, visit G.A.L.A.’s website to take the makerspace survey at www.galacommunity.org.