Makers at the Hall

Makers at the Hall is a lecture series held at Mechanics’ Hall on the last Wednesday of the month from January to May and September through November. Each talk is presented by a local Maine maker, a master of their craft. In an inviting and relaxed atmosphere, Mechanics’ Hall members and friends learn about a specific discipline and the triumphs and challenges of the speaker’s engagement with their medium. Past speakers have been Nick and David Wallace of Wallace Pipe Organs, Pandora LaCasse, Pilar Nadal of Pickwick Press, and Jonathan Cooper Luthier among many more. This is the program’s third year. It is administered by the Mechanics’ Hall programming committee and funded by membership donations.  We are currently looking for sponsors as well as volunteers for the 2019 season. Please email us at


Upcoming Speakers: Johanna & Steve Corman

On Wednesday, February 27th, we are pleased to welcome Johanna & Steve Corman, owners of Vena’s Fizz House, right here in Portland. “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade and add vodka!” Opened in 2013 in the Old Port, Vena’s was originally an alcohol-free bar serving imaginative mocktails. Now with a liquor license, they can offer boozy options as well. Hear all about the art of mixology! Refreshments and conversation to follow the presentation.

FREE for MCMA members, $5 general admission. 7:00PM. Elevator access to second floor library.


2019 Program Schedule


January 30th

David Wolfe

Letterpress Printing:

So Old It’s New Again


February 27th

Johanna & Steve Corman

Vena’s Fizz House: When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Lemonade, Add Vodka


March 27th

Nick Kaufman

User Experience Design


April 24th

John Sundling of Plant Office

Celebrating Ephemeralities,

the Specifics of Time,

Place & Chance


May 29th

Arthur Fink

Dance Photographer

Making a Photograph


September 25th

Katie Benedict

Graphic Design & Marketing


October 30th

Patricia Daunis-Dunning

Fine Art Jewelry


November 27th

David Masury

Fine Furniture

Video Below: Makers at the Hall with Pandora LaCasse – September 2018.