‘Fixers’ offering simple repairs at Saturday event

  • A fix-it fair will be held at the Montague Common Hall on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

Staff Writer
Published: 11/14/2019 6:26:39 PM
Modified: 11/14/2019 6:26:28 PM

MONTAGUE — A fix-it fair on Saturday is both a chance to get repairs done on household items, and to learn about making simple repairs on your own.

The fair is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Montague Common Hall, 34 Main St. in Montague Center. Admission and all services are free, but a $5 donation is suggested.

The fair is organized by Drawdown Montague, a group started about a year ago to support environmentally responsible practices in local settings.

“We feel that keeping stuff out of the landfill is part of looking at climate solutions,” said Judith Lorei, one of the fair’s organizers. “Fixing something, as opposed to throwing it out, is what we’re about.”

Organizers expect to have around four or five volunteer “fixers” at the fair. Fixable items are items like small furniture pieces and toys in need of repair, knives and tools in need of sharpening, and simple electronics like lamps and toasters, Lorei said. Large appliances and complicated electronics won’t be fixable — like computers, microwaves and refrigerators.

This is the third event of this kind that Drawdown Montague has organized, Lorei said. In March ,the group had a similar but smaller fair at Element Brewing Company in Millers Falls, and this summer there was a bike repair clinic at the farmers market in Peskeomskut Park.

Lorei said that Drawdown Montague was inspired by the book “Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming,” which focuses on global warming mitigation strategies that can be effective at a local level.

Earlier this year, Drawdown Montague worked with the Shea Theater Arts Center to replace all of its disposable cups with compostable ones, and to set up a compost collection schedule with the theater, Lorei said. Now, the group is working with the Franklin County Solid Waste Management District and other organizations to educate more businesses in the area about composting.

Reach Max Marcus at mmarcus@recorder.com or 413-772-0261, ext. 261.

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