The next Pittsfield Repair Cafe will be Saturday, June 15th, between 1:00 and 5:00 pm in the basement of St. Stephen's Church, 67 East Street, in Pittsfield.
The Pittsfield Resilience Circle has been holding monthly repair events since January, fixing Berkshire County residents' broken and damaged items for free, at the Pittsfield Repair Cafe.
The next Repair Cafe on June 15 is in need of a sewing volunteer or two, a computer repair person, and a bicycle repair person. If you would like to volunteer, contact Tom Harter at 413-212-8589 or email Janet Henderson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The original Repair Cafe idea started with one event in the Netherlands in 2009 (repaircafe.org) and has spread throughout that country, where there are now 100 groups holding the free events. Recently, people in other countries have started their own Repair Cafes. The Pittsfield Repair Cafe is one of the few being held in the United States to date.
Anyone is welcome to bring non-working lamps, vacuum cleaners and other small appliances, and all types of clothing and fabric items to the Repair Cafe, where they will be repaired by volunteers.
If you are interested in having something repaired, remember the event is held only once a month, on the third Saturday, from 1:00 until 5:00 pm. You needn't arrive right at 1:00; in fact, organizers say, it works better if people stagger their arrival times throughout the afternoon, so there isn't a rush all at once.
Volunteers fix as many articles as possible in the time available. Guests can watch their item being repaired and learn a little about how repairs are done. Repair persons say that, if your broken item needs a part, and you know what it needs, it will save time if you bring the part with you.
You can see photos of past Pittsfield Repair Cafes on Facebook at The Pittsfield Repair Cafe: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Pittsfield-Repair-Cafe/349694531801567