I caught wind of something called Repair Café through Facebook, and was immediately intrigued. According to their website "Repair Cafés are free meeting places and they’re all about repairing things (together). In the place where a Repair Café is located, you’ll find tools and materials to help you make any repairs you need. On clothes, furniture, electrical appliances, bicycles, crockery, appliances, toys, et cetera. You’ll also find expert volunteers, with repair skills in all kinds of fields."
There are several locations for Repair Cafés around the Mid-Hudson Valley. I visited Repair Café in New Paltz at the New Paltz Community Church, and coincidentally, it was their 4th anniversary, so there was much excitement. It was really neat to see the sense of community and the sharing of skills and knowledge. John Wackman is the Organizer of the New Paltz Repair Cafe, and he kindly sent me the names of some of the people, which I have indicated below. In addition to the repairs going on, there were also some folks from the church working on a piece of art that involved painting pieces of styrofoam to look like rocks. There was a lot to see!