Come all ye broken lamps, socks with holes, blades that have seen sharper days, bicycles needing a little tenderness! Come to Repair Café, co-sponsored by the South Williamstown Community Association and the Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation, at Sheep Hill, 671 Cold Spring Road (Route 7) Saturday afternoon, April 9th from 1 to 4:30 p.m.
It’s an occasion for people to bring in things that need repair. You can get advice, instruction or actual fixing of one or two items. There will be volunteer “fixers” standing by with tools, lamp parts, sewing machines, darning needles. You can make a donation if you wish, but it is all free.
It is good for all of us who aren’t so good at fixing things and it’s good for the environment. There will be music and refreshments and lots of good will. If you are willing to be a volunteer “fixer” or if you have questions, please contact Bette Craig at (413) 458-5257 or email BetteCraig@gmail.com.
Meanwhile, in addition to physical fixing, Williamstown’s first Repair Café is also offering advice. Standing by will be: a lawyer, a veterinarian, a genealogist, a specialist in Berkshire County elder services, a gardener, a realtor and a computer person. The list is growing longer every day. Leslie Reed-Evans, Executive Director of the Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation, says, “We anticipate this will serve a real community need and if we have a good turnout, we may do it twice a year.” Bette Craig, President of the South Williamstown Community Association, has attended two Repair Café events held in Pittsfield (and gotten two lamps fixed). She says, “I’m really excited about the generosity of our neighbors in wanting to share their skills.” Maija Lindaas, of Williams College’s Purple Bike Coalition, said, “Sign me up!”
The Repair Café concept arose in the Netherlands in 2009. There are now hundreds all over the world. Contact: Bette Craig (413) 458-5257 or BetteCraig@gmail.com