“Biophilia” at 1Million Cups

Our February presenters both promote a healthier you Last Wednesday as the audience at 1MillionCups of Central NH settled down with their coffee, our first presenter invited us to close our eyes and picture the place where we were happiest. Marlena Sevigney, the creative mind behind Mindful Making, then pointed out that most if not all of us had pictured … Read More

Road trip: Mancos, Colorado

In which our web host takes out his hostilities on hot metal The Wild West conjures up many things in our imaginations: sunsets behind tall red mesas, tumbleweeds, rough mining towns where folks are parted from their wages. For John Cassel, rugged individualist and DIYer who hosts our website, a trip to the Durango, Colorado area included hiking, the historic … Read More

An idea at the crossroads

This month 1MillionCups hosted a pair of inventors with a great idea and an unclear path ahead. Hal Koch, a hiking devotee, and William Haskett, a local maker, presented their Personal Assistive Lift. This device, which Hal demonstrated for the audience, gives those vulnerable to falls the gift of enjoying the outdoors, even rough terrain, secure in the knowledge that … Read More

Road Trip: Portsmouth!

In which the secretary of the board faces off with the table saw at the Port City Makerspace In The Breakfast Club, Anthony Michael Hall’s character makes the unfortunate calculation that taking shop will give him an easy A. I personally found shop not easy but TERRIFYING . Concerned that my elephant light wouldn’t turn on when I pulled the … Read More

MMNH News: Our first food event!

Ghana and Nar Sharma, frequent contributors to the Concord Multicultural Festival, share their love of momo with a hungry audience. Momos. Delectable delicate wrapped morsels from the Himalayas. You could watch a video online to learn how to make them… but why do that, when you could sit back with other Concord foodies and watch the experienced hands of Ghana … Read More

“You are in the right place”

1 Million Cups Central NH promotes women’s entrepreneurship at December meetup. “Couch Sales” for when your customers are prevented from shopping by several feet of snow. Free marketing from your squad of Instagram followers who send pics of the fun they are having in your store’s apparel. Social media fan or not, small businesses owners can’t afford to ignore it. … Read More

“I’m not going anywhere.”

New Hampshire is the perfect incubator for new industries. Just ask Dean Kamen. New England College students and other intrigued locals packed the Simon Center this fall to hear Dean Kamen share his launch story – which is also the beginning of his love for our state- and his perspective on New Hampshire’s opportunity for an innovative future. Responding to … Read More

Focus on our makers: Bill Bradley, toymaker

Bill Bradley’s workshop, Enjoy Wooden Toys, is a cleverly compact artisan’s haven complete with table saw, scroll saw, work bench, drill press, sanders…. and about 10,000 clamps. Sometimes it’s the roadblocks in life that actually lead us to new discoveries and opportunities. Bill Bradley, the toy maker who created our fun “help build it” model makerspace for our Market Days … Read More

Why Concord Needs A Makerspace

Over the past several months, Making Matters NH has met with and engaged residents from throughout Concord and around the region. Our community meetings are exciting. People share their ideas and they volunteer to push this project forward by helping us find a space, teaching a class, doing organizational planning, and raising money to make this space a reality. Our … Read More

Road Trip: Nashua! “The community itself is the biggest draw.”

If there is a stereotypical makerspace, it might look something like this: a cinder block walled building with battered metal shelves, filled with a random array of donated [read: broken] electronics. Beneath a sad, dangling light bulb in a cage, the same three bespectacled people with no dates on a Friday night are translating The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy … Read More