Due to the impending storm, Rotary Club/Bolton Local’s Repair Cafe’, originally scheduled for Saturday 1/24, will be postponed. The Repair Cafe’ will take place on Saturday, 1/31, same time, same location:
Do you have a lamp with a frayed cord or a bike with a broken brake? Maybe a shirt or blouse with a loose or missing button? Don’t toss it! Bring it to the Bolton Repair Café on Saturday Jan. 24, 2015 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event will be held in Davis Hall at the First Parish of Bolton Church, 673 Main St. in Bolton. Residents of Bolton and surrounding towns are invited to come and find out what a Repair Café is all about.
At the Repair Café, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley, everything centers on making repairs. Knowledgeable volunteers will help repair items such as small appliances, computers, lamps, bikes, jewelry, and clothing — free of charge. (Some small parts may be supplied, such as wire or thread; you will be asked to pay for other parts.) If you know what parts are needed, please get them ahead of time and bring them to the Repair Café to save time. Outdoor power equipment cannot be worked on at this event. Please bring outdoor power equipment to our spring or fall event.
Volunteers at the Repair Café will look at all items brought in and try to repair them. Volunteers will sharpen knives, scissors, and garden tools, repair lamps and small appliances, repair furniture, and mend clothes. You can also bring your bike in for a checkup and minor adjustments and repairs. If the volunteers cannot repair something, they will offer suggestions about where you could go for repairs.
Unlike a “fix-it” shop, where people drop off items to be repaired and continue about their day, the Repair Café is meant to get people involved with the repair process and create connections with others in the community. People bringing in items for repair are asked to stay while your items are being fixed. You can just watch, help with the repair, fix the item yourself with help from volunteers, or just have a snack and visit with neighbors.
Promoting repairs will help reduce mountains of waste. According to organizer Ray Pfau, “We throw away lots of things that often have almost nothing wrong with them, things that could easily be used again after a simple repair. Unfortunately, many people have forgotten that they can fix things. Repair Café wants to change all that.”
Repair Café is also meant to put neighbors in touch with each other in a new way, save money, and discover that a lot of know-how and practical skills can be found close to home. Pfau added, “If you repair a bike, a CD player, or a pair of trousers with previously unfamiliar neighbors, you look at them in a different light the next time you see them. Jointly making repairs can lead to connections in the community.”
The Bolton Repair Café is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley with support from Bolton Local and the Repair Café Foundation. The Repair Café Foundation has been organizing Repair Cafés in the Netherlands since 2010 and has provided support since January 2011 to local groups in and outside the Netherlands wanting to start their own Repair Cafés.