Come out to the Rhinebeck Town Hall’s Third Repair Cafe – Sat. Oct. 11th noon to 4 pm

Come out to the Rhinebeck Town Hall’s Third Repair Cafe (special pre-Halloween edition) Sat. Oct. 11th noon to 4 pm at 80 East Market Street there– bring your “broken but beloved” items to be fixed for free!

[esp. Halloween costumes– bring materials to help us create/mend them for you!)

[two-item limit– must also be able to carry item in and out]

Rhinebeck Town Hall

80 E Market St, Rhinebeck, New York 12572

Sat. Oct. 11th noon to 4 pm

Repair Coaches:

Terry Nelson Woodworking– lamps, woodwork

Kathleen Everett and Sarah Stevens–sewing/knitting/needlework/mending

Chris Tirone– toys/musical instruments/everything

Chris Ham– computers

Sponsored by Co. Leg. Joel Tyner, the Real Majority Project, and the Rhinebeck Conservation Advisory Board (esp. Jess Scott and Gary Kenton); special thx to Kathleen Everett, Rhinebeck Highway Superintendent Kathy Kinsella and Rhinebeck Town Boardmember Bruce Washburn– inspired by New Paltz Repair Cafe founder John Wackman and !

Info: 845-453-2105; (Kathleen Everett);

Volunteers in Repair Cafés around the world share a passion for keeping items out of landfills, helping their neighbors, and sharing their skills and knowledge. Of course, not everything that is brought in can be fixed. Some repairs are just too extensive or complicated. Sometimes people are sent home with a list of parts to get and bring back to the next event. Many people have left beaming, carrying their treasure home to give it a second life; and everyone who attended left having learned something, even if their item was not able to be fixed.

There is no cost to have items repaired, though donations to purchase supplies and feed the crew are appreciated. As for what can be brought to be fixed: there is a two-item limit, and items need to be liftable by one person, which is important to keep in mind if your zeppelin is on the fritz. There have been two Repair Café events in Rhinebeck so far, a third is scheduled for October 11 and the goal is to hold them six times per year. Other towns in the Hudson Valley are holding Repair Cafés as well, including Poughkeepsie, Rosendale, Kingston, and New Paltz, If you have a talent for fixing anything, or want to help out; or you find that treasure, toaster, or trinket that you just can’t bear to throw out: come and be part of a Repair Café near you.

Or just go and watch, meet some interesting people, learn a thing or two, and leave inspired to breathe new life into some old treasures of your own. Maybe I’ll even see you there. I’ll be the one over by the knitting table watching a repair coach work her magic, helping my treasured blue mittens last another 35 years.

For more information about local Repair Cafés, email

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