Let’s Make It!

Join us in bringing G.A.L.A.’s original vision to life by establishing Makers Mill: A Makerspace & Vocation Hub where people come together to cultivate and share a wide variety of crafts, skills, technologies, and arts for personal, professional, and community goals.

Hip Hip Hooray, Phase 1 is Underway!

With the building renovation underway, now we need tools! A donation to our Tool Kitty Campaign means we'll be ready when the doors open, to welcome the community to a place in which it's fun and fulfilling to tinker, fix, repair, invent, build, design, produce, craft, iterate, and innovate. Read the full story here.

What Is Upcycling? Saturday, February 5

2/5/2022 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM ET

What Is Upcycling? A dive into repurposed materials for fashion. 

A look at upcycled fashions from practical to costume. We will provide upcycled offerings to get the process started and get the creative juices flowing. Begin deconstructing, designing and planing, and thinking about what other materials you need to further your project. A basic sewing kit will be given to each participant with instructions on how to use each tool. Instructors will assist with design questions you have. You are encouraged to bring your own materials to share and to get help in how to incorporate them into your own concept.

10AM-1PM on Saturday, February 5, 2022. 
Venue: J C Signs, 17 Grove St, Wolfeboro NH 03894

Instructors: Jeanne Flanagan, Liz Helfer and Cindy Durkee.

Jeanne: Most recently I taught Fiber Arts at Artisans Asylum, a makerspace in MA.  Sewing has always been a part of my life - beginning with clothing, quilting and embroidery, boat covers, cockpit cushions, upholstery and even a harp cover, in my mother's marine canvas shop. More recently my fiber arts include tatting and sculptural basket weaving. I love teaching fiber arts to inspire the creativity in all of us.   

Liz: Liz is a graduate of Kingswood Regional High School, and received her BFA from Alfred University, and Masters in Museum Studies at Harvard University Extension School. Liz Helfer Studios is located in Waltham, MA, where she creates metal and mixed media sculpture. In addition to creating commissioned work, she is the Public Arts & Culture Planner for Watertown, MA. 

Cindy is a graduate from Pratt Institute majoring in Fashion Design, specializing in swimwear design. She is also a freelance writer and an artist working in collage, watercolors, and oils. Her most recent upcycling project was making crazy quilt pillows repurposed from vintage napkins.

Participants should bring own paper bag lunch and water bottle.

All materials and equipment will be provided and participants are also encouraged to bring along any materials intended to be used in their design. 

Workshops are free to those who register to participate in the Upcycled Fashion Show on Saturday, April 23. Otherwise they are $10 for GWAC members and $15 for non-members. You can register and read more on how to participate in the Show HERE. 

To qualify for the discount GWAC member rate, you must be a member in good standing of the Governor Wentworth Arts Council.

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Town Clean Up Day is slated for Saturday May 7. Round up your friends and family, or put a team together, and let's make Wolfeboro beautiful and clean again!

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Join us for the Upcycled Fashion Show on Saturday, April 23 in the Wolfeboro Town Hall Great Room at 7pm.
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From time to time we'll spotlight one of our awesome volunteers and share the story of how we connected around mission-related values...

Construction has commenced!

  • Together, we bought a 10,000 sq ft building in downtown Wolfeboro, New Hampshire.

  • We asked the community how to best utilize the space to meet their goals and needs.

  • We used your feedback to prioritize programs and create floor plans.

  • We worked with the town and architects to turn those plans into actual construction - now underway!

  • Now we just need tools! Join our Tool Kitty Campaign so we can open the doors ready to rock!


Thank you to EVERYONE who helped us raised enough money to break ground on Phase One renovations.  Join our Tool Kitty Campaign to help stock the newly renovated facility with tools and equipment!


Thanks to everyone who has supported Makers Mill already!


Individual Donors to Date

There have been more than 963 donors to date and gifts of all kinds including . . .

One time gifts, recurring gifts, donor-advised funds, stocks, matching gifts, and in-kind contributions

State & Federal Funding

Northern Borders Regional Commission
Community Development Finance Authority
USDA Rural Development

Private Grants & Donor Advised Funds

Bald Peak Community Fund
The Wolfeboro Fund
Vanderheiden Family Foundation
Biber Foundation
Jockers Foundation
Hussey Family Foundation
Maine Community Foundation
NH Charitable Foundation

Tax Credit Investors

Mill Street Meat Market, LLC
Meredith Village Savings Bank
Carroll County Landscape, Inc
Made on Earth
Milestone Engineering & Construction
Healing Frontiers
New England Coastal Realty
Green Mountain Communications, Inc.
Stanley Elevator Company, Inc.
PSI Molded Plastics, NH Inc
Bradley’s Hardware
Wolfeboro Family Dental

Have a question?

You’re warmly invited to reach out to us via phone, email, mail, or in person.

The Makers Mill is a great example of what’s needed to help tackle New Hampshire’s outmigration and workforce challenges, especially in Carroll County where they are the most pronounced.

Will Stewart, Executive Director, Stay, Work, Play NH

We agree with G.A.L.A. on the benefits of bringing a makerspace into Carroll County, and are thrilled to name Wolfeboro as the home of this regional service.

Mary DeVries, Executive Director, Wolfeboro Chamber of Commerce

I am enthusiastic about working with the Makers Mill to address the gap in services for 18 - 30 yr olds who wish to upgrade their technical skills or the adults who wish to retrain for new job transitions.

Bruce Farr, President, Lakes Region Technology Center

We’ve come a long way!

The story of G.A.L.A. began with a potluck supper in the winter of 2006 when a small group of community members came together to ask themselves, “how can we be the change we want to see in the world?”

Join our Tool Kitty Campaign!

With Phase 1 construction of the Makers Mill building underway we are shifting gears from fundraising for bricks and mortar to fundraising for tools and equipment. Feels so much more real don't you think!?

Last year we ran a very successful Tool Raiser program that brought in some pre-loved equipment and tools for the shops, but there are still some very specialized items we need such as a laser cutter, CNC router, 3D printer, some of the bigger items for the wood and metal shops, and lots of supplies.

Join our Tool Kitty Campaign to help stock the makerspace with tools and equipment so we are ready to hit the road running when the doors open!

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