The Mill City Skill Share is a day of free community-led workshops in Lowell, Massachusetts. Lowell Makes has hosted the Mill City Skill Share since 2017. This event is open to the public; you do not need to be a member to teach or attend a class.
2021 Mill City Skill Share: Saturday, October 23
After hosting a very popular virtual event last year, Lowell Makes is excited to return to hosting the Mill City Skill Share in person on October 23, 2021 from 12pm – 4pm. This will be a hybrid event with restrictions on in-person attendees and options for virtual participation. Please see COVID-19 precautions below.
SIGN UP TO TEACH A SKILL
We are currently accepting applications for eight 30-minute sessions. See examples of previous sessions in the archives below. Please fill out this form to propose a session: https://forms.gle/W2Zay795NGDD8S9dA
- In-person attendees will be limited to 30 in-person attendees in the building at a time; all other attendees are invited to tune into our Live Stream on Facebook.
- All attendees must wear a mask at all times, regardless of vaccination status (instructors and hosts may temporarily remove masks while they are speaking to the camera).
- All attendees must have a (free) ticket and must sign in at our visitor station – ticket link will be added about a month before the event when our schedule is finalized.
- Event may go 100% virtual depending on COVID-19 risks as the date approaches. In that event, our instructors will be in person, but there will be no in-person attendees and all events will be broadcast virtually
Skill Share Archives
On May 2 2020, our Mill City Skill Share was a virtual event due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We livestreamed for 5 hours and hosted 10 sessions. The result was our highest turnout ever, with close to 900 attendees throughout the day.
Click each session for a video recording:
11:00 – 11:30 AM | Kite Making with Glenn Davison
11:30 – 12:00 PM | Relationship Marketing: Creating a Habit of Gratitude with Dot Richards
12:00 – 12:30 PM | Crocheting 101 with Paulina Migalska
12:30 – 1:00 PM | How to be a LLAMA: Participating in Mutual Aid
1:00 – 1:30 PM | Mozzarella Cheese Pulling with Beth Falk of Mill City Cheesemongers
1:30 – 2:00 PM | What is a Lapidarist? with Jim Pecora
2:00 – 2:30 PM | How to Make a Dog Bandana with Amy Wilson
2:30 – 3:00 PM | Kitchen Knife Skills with Ben Brown
3:30 – 4:00 PM | DIY Book Making: Make your own notebook with Resi Ibañez
Schedule of Live Events:
10am – 11am
Molding & Casting Pewter / Classroom / Bob Gampert
Jam Jar Candles / Electronics Area / Amy Wilson
How to Make a Cheese Plate / Kitchen / Beth Falk of Mill City Cheesemongers
10am – Noon
Sewing Basics: remake a man’s shirt into a summer top / Downstairs Workspace / Susan Ellis
11am – Noon
Black Holes / Conference Room / Ben Brown
Learn to Crochet / Downstairs Lounge / Billy Heath
Make your own “IKEA” furniture / Woodshop / Jon Goplerud of Drip Edge Furniture and Caroline Read
Noon – 1pm
Astrophotography / Classroom / Frank Masciulli
Homemade Bread and Yogurt / Kitchen / Rob Watson
Respirator use for crafting/workshops / Electronics Area / Bob Naylor
Making a mess with Epoxy! / Downstairs Workspace / Brad Powers
1pm – 2pm
Backpacking Gear Shakedown / Classroom / Sam Burdett
Learn to Crochet / Conference Room / Michelle Jerry of The Emerald Stitch
Copper Trees / Electronics Area / Derek Karalekas of @NorthEastBirch
Basic Bike repairs for Women/Trans/Femme people / Downstairs Workspace / Jess Schumann
2pm – 3pm
Weighted Blankets for Sensory Regulation / Downstairs Workspace / Allison Rugg
2pm – 4pm
Learn to play Dungeons and Dragons / Classroom / Brad Powers
Cold Process Soapmaking / Kitchen / Michele Albert