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high-hat-bicycleFort Wayne Regional Maker Faire – Powered by TekVenture Sept. 13 & 14, 10am-6pm each day.

Have you ever seen a Shire bone-shaker or an Ariel highwheeler? Are these words as foreign to you as they were to this writer? Come to Maker Faire and learn about these keys to the history of the bicycle from an exhibit presented by The Bicycle Museum of America.

The origins of the museum come from the Schwinn Bicycle collection. In 1997, Jim Dicke II of Crown Equipment Corporation, a manufacturer of electric lift trucks, purchased the extensive collection of bicycles and memorabilia in Chicago and moved the collection to New Bremen, Ohio.

It’s only fitting the museum found a home in Ohio. The state has played an important part in the history of the bicycle. The Wright Brothers Bicycle Shop, where the first plans for flight were born, was located in Dayton. In 1892, the Davis Sewing Machine Company produced the Dayton bicycle. Ohio has also been home to other prominent bicycle manufacturers including Colson, Shelby and Cleveland Welding, makers of Roadmaster.

From wood, to mass-produced, to titanium, come see how bicycle Makers have solved problems that have transformed the industry over time.

The Glass Park
Introduces IlLegos

At Maker Faire’s past, fan favorite glass blower Eran Park of The Glass Park has lead guests on a community art-making project – you may remember the glass tree for example.

This year Eran and his band of merry glass blowing mates are introducing their newest, and hottest line – IlLegos. Check out how stackable or wearable glass art pieces turn into just plain fun.

Maker Pete Chaparro to Launch New Product
A few newsletters ago you heard from local Maker Pete Chaparro, creater of the Eclipse lamp. He unveiled a lighting project at Maker Faire 2013. So many folks were interested in buying it, he launched a successful Kiickstarter, got the project funded and now will be showing the end product at Maker Faire 2014! We are so happy for Pete and proud he’s part of our Maker community. Come check out the lamp and see what’s up next. Oh by the way, this year guests will be able to buy the lamp.

TekVenture is a 501(c)(3) public art and technology workshop funded by member fees, workshops, special events, grants and sponsorship.

We’ve also moved from Weekend to Family Pass this year to help offset guest expense.

We’re sure once you attend Maker Faire, you’ll understand the value of make-and-takes, learning opportunities, and fun had by all as Maker Faire really is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth!

The Waynedale News Staff

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