Don’t throw it out: Take it to the Repair Café

(L-R) Michael LaPoint and Frank Burnham work on an old chair (photo by Rich Corozine)

Repair Café in New Paltz begins another year of free repairs, courtesy of experts, this Saturday, January 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the New Paltz United Methodist Church, located at the corner of Main and Grove streets.

Here’s what you will find:

Repair “coaches” with significant skills in a wide range of categories, including mechanical, electrical and electronic, clothing and textiles (seamstressing by both hand and machine), jewelry, things made of wood, dolls and stuffed animals and digital repairs, too.


As your item is being repaired, your kids can be fully occupied at the supervised “kids’ take-apart area.

On the café side, people will find coffee and tea for free; and bakery treats and fruit for sale.

Repair Café continues its commitment to Family of New Paltz. Its events are free, but when you bring an item for repair, please bring a food item for Family.

Repair Cafés are a movement. Here in the Hudson Valley there are now eight — in Kingston, Poughkeepsie, Rhinebeck, Rosendale, Gardiner, Beacon and Warwick. For the full 2017 calendar of events, visit

Repair Café is sponsored by the New Paltz United Methodist Church and the New Paltz Climate Action Coalition. The project is also coordinated with the Town of New Paltz Recycling Program and the Zero Waste Initiative of the Environmental Protection Agency.

For questions, more information or to ask about being a “repair coach,” call John Wackman at 646-302-5835 or e-mail: