RVA MakerFest spotlights local artisans and creators at Science Museum Saturday

by | Sep 26, 2014 | POLITICS

In our era of mass production, globalization, and outsourcing, it can sometimes seem as if everything we ever encounter is constructed in some other country, far from here. However, when you get away from the chain stores, there remains a thriving local community of creative artisans right here in RVA–and RVA MakerFest is the perfect opportunity to meet that community.


In our era of mass production, globalization, and outsourcing, it can sometimes seem as if everything we ever encounter is constructed in some other country, far from here. However, when you get away from the chain stores, there remains a thriving local community of creative artisans right here in RVA–and RVA MakerFest is the perfect opportunity to meet that community.

Taking place at the Science Museum of Virginia tomorrow starting at 10 AM, RVA MakerFest is a free exhibition bringing together dozens of local makers, from hobbyists working solo in garage workshops to high-profile local businesses. With over 65 local makers on hand for the event, you’ll get hands-on demonstrations in every field you can imagine, from science and technology to music, fashion, and food. There will also be workshops and speakers, plus handmade offerings for sale from some of the artisans in attendance.

Let’s get into specifics–what kinds of cool things will you get to see if you show up to RVA MakerFest? Well, for starters, there’s Sky Spider Productions, a photography service that uses aerial drones for its filming. Come check out these weird spider-helicopter looking drones up close and personal. And there will be robots in attendance as well, including Deep Run High School’s Blue Cheese Robotics Competition team, along with the Martin Agency’s Martin Lab, who will be bringing a PartyBot with them.

Or maybe you’re into something completely different–like the imaginative performances of the Barefoot Puppets Theatre! Or the genius nonsense of performance art troupe LoveBomb RVA! Or Pizza From Scratch, which actually isn’t pizza at all but a long-running comic strip by local artist Bill Lemmond.

The point is, there’s going to be all manner of stuff to see at the RVA MakerFest, and no matter where your interests lie, some of it is bound to entertain and fascinate you. So if you need an activity with which to spice up your Saturday, you really can’t go wrong. RVA MakerFest is free to attend and takes place from 10 AM-5 PM tomorrow, Saturday September 27, at the Science Museum of Virginia (located at 2500 W. Broad St). For more info, go to rvamakerfest.com.

Marilyn Drew Necci

Marilyn Drew Necci

Former GayRVA editor-in-chief, RVA Magazine editor for print and web. Anxiety expert, proud trans woman, happily married.




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