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Lowell Massachusetts is located in northeastern Massachusetts about 25 miles north of Boston and is accessible via the major highways of routes 495, 3, and 93 as well as the MBTA commuter rail.

Lowell's National Park serves as a tribute to the Industrial Revolution and the textile industry that was so much a part of New England in the 19th century. The rehabbed mill buildings, the trolley and canal, and the museums are all part of Lowell's Historical tours.

The 19th century mill buildings host small and large companies at unique financial incentives which serves to promote new growth and development in Lowell. The Lowell Auditorium is a 3,200 seat venue which hosts many of the country's best performers at very reasonable prices.

The city's workforce is computer literate and supported by the schools in the district. Lowell is home to the University of Massachusetts at Lowell and Middlesex Community College. The student population creates a profitable atmosphere for retail businesses in downtown Lowell and surrounding neighborhood.

Lowell is built around the Merrimack River and its diverse canal system which adds to its character and appeal. Residents proudly proclaim that Lowell has something for everyone with its unmatched quality of life.

The late Ed McMahon from the Tonight Show was born in Detroit and grew up in Lowell, Massachusetts. He got his start on television playing a circus clown on the 1950-51 variety series Big Top.

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Shikiboo Boston


When: Aug 21, 2014 8 PM in Lowell, Massachusetts (Thu, 21 Aug 2014 20 )
Handmade Black Leather Belt

 

Have you every bought a belt? Spent your hard earned money on a belt that looks great off the shelf, only to find that after a few months of every day use that it will split, crack, fade, rip, stretch, or become unstitched? In the end you are left with a belt that has poor grade leather, cardboard filler and brittle glue.

 

 

 

Is your only choice is to go buy another one? No!!

 

 

 

This class will provide the student the knowledge on how to make a solid, high quality basic black belt, which will last for decades with proper leather care. All teachings are based on centuries old leather crafting traditions, handed down through generations. As it was in your parents days and their parents days, such thing were made to last.

 

 

 

There will be no shortcuts, no cardboard fillers, brittle glue in short; there will be no shortcuts in crafting your belt.



Length of Class: 3 Hours (In case your project is not finished in this allotted time, Lowell makes has an Open House every Wednesday between 6p.m and 9p.m, which the class teacher will be available to help complete your class project,)

  

Recommendations for Students:

 

  • In order of student safety all, long hair must be tied back due to the tools that a student might come in contact with.

  • In the interest of safety, we ask that all sleeves be tight fitting, buttoned or rolled up, as not to be a hazard to you when working with various tools.

  • We will be working with various tools, dyes, finishes, and leather adhesives. So we recommend that you wear clothes that you will not mind getting dirty and/or ruined.

  • Notebook and pen is Highly Recommended for any leather working class.

  • Leather Classes are open to students 14 and older; students under 14 will need an adult with them during the class.

 

**All students over 18 will be asked to sign a waiver of indemnity. Those students under the age 18 will need to have permission slip signed by parent or legal guardian, in addition to a waiver of indemnity. **

 

Class Objective:

 

A genuine top grain leather belt and keeper will be hand crafted by the student himself/herself. At the end of this class the student will have crafted a high quality solid leather belt that he/she will enjoy for many years to come.

 

The students’ belt can be in any desired belt width from 1 inch to 1 ¾ inches and a maximum length of 60 inches long.

 

  • If student has a favorite buckle, and wishes to make a belt for it, feel free to bring it along.

 

Students will learn the process of hand crafting a belt from the basic beginnings including:

 

  • Belt Design

  • Strap Cutting

  • Hole Punching

  • Edge Beveling

  • Edge Dressing

  • Burnishing

  • Hardware Implantation

  • Proper Leather Care and Leather Upkeep

 

Tools Involved:

 

  • Belt Stripper

  • Hole Punches

  • Edge Beveller

  • Cutting Shears

  • Slot Punches

  • Dyes

  • Buckles

  • Snaps and Snap Dyes

  • Kick Presses

  

Materials Needed for Project:

 

  • Snaps

  • Edge Dye

  • 8-10 oz black Oak Tan Leather

  • Buckles

  

**Due to the nature of the industry and the cost of the materials, there sadly can be no refunds. In the event that a student can not make the class due to events on their end, we will be happy to reschedule the student for the same class, or transfer the monetary amount of the class toward a future class that Eeldrytch Leather Workshoppe offers at Lowell Makes.

 

**In the case of Hazardous weather conditions or events beyond our control, Eeldrytch Leather Workshop/Lowell Makes, reserves the right to change the date of the class, for the safety of our students and teachers.

 

 

 Eeldrytch Leather (978) 258-2667

Lowell Makes (978) 905-8123



When: Aug 23, 2014 1 PM to Aug 23, 2014 4 PMin Lowell, Massachusetts (Sat, 23 Aug 2014 13 )
the Dice Pouch

Dates: Wed August 9th Wed 1-4 pm

AND... Saturday August 20th 7-10 pm

 

 

Class Objective:

 

a draw string pouch, (12”x12” or smaller as desired) will be crafted using supple leather, in addition a decorative badge will be made and affixed to one side of the pouch to distinguish the pouch as unique.

 

A class designed for all our “Gamers”, “LARPers” & “Rennies”, finally a stylish and unique place to keep and travel with your dice, game tokens, magical components..., Whatever you carry in yours!

 

Join us and craft your very own unique addition to your gaming kit, stand out at your next game night, Convention, Ren-Faire or any place a hand crafted pouch might find it self.


Prerequisites: “... Just bring your dice, and your imagination...!”

  

Recommendations for Students:

 

  • In order of student safety all, long hair must be tied back.

 

  • In the interest of safety, we ask that all sleeves be tight fitting, buttoned or rolled up, as not to be a hazard to you when working with various tools.

 

  • We will be working with various tools, dyes, finishes, and leather adhesives. So we recommend that you wear clothes that you will not mind getting dirty and/or ruined.

 

  • Leather Classes are open to students 14 and older; students under 14 will need an adult with them during the class.

 

**All students over 18 will be asked to sign a waiver of indemnity. Those students under the age 18 will need to have permission slip signed by parent or legal guardian, in addition to a waiver of indemnity. **

 

Tools and Materials Involved:

thin supple bag leather

thick rigid oak tanned leather

needle and thread

rotary punch

drive punches

shears

knives

rivets

dye

sealer

carving tools

stamping tools

 

 

 

Materials Needed for Project and Costs:

bag leather

oak tanned scraps

needles

thread

dye

sealer


 

 Eeldrytch Leather (978) 258-2667

 

Lowell Makes (978) 905-8123



When: Aug 9, 2014 1 PM to Aug 9, 2014 4 PMin Lowell, Massachusetts (Sat, 09 Aug 2014 13 )
“Genuine”- Handmade Top Grain Leather Belt

 Date: AUGUST 27, Sept. 3 & 10th 2014

Times: Wed. 7 –10 pm


Have you every bought a belt? Spent your hard earned money on a belt that looks great off the shelf, only to find that after a few months of every day use that it will split, crack, fade, rip, stretch, or become unstitched? In the end you are left with a belt that has poor grade leather, cardboard filler and brittle glue.

 

 

 

Is your only choice is to go buy another one? No!!

 

 

 

This class will provide the student the knowledge on how to make a solid, high quality belt, which will last for decades with proper leather care. All teachings are based on centuries old leather crafting traditions, handed down through generations. As it was in your parents days and their parents days, such thing were made to last.

 

 

 

There will be no shortcuts, no cardboard fillers, brittle glue in short; there will be no shortcuts in crafting your belt.

  


Length of Class: 6 –12 Hours {2 to 3 class days, 3 hours per class}

(In case your project is not finished in this allotted time, Lowell makes has an Open House every Wednesday between 6p.m and 9p.m, which the class teacher will be available to help complete your class project,)

 

Recommendations for Students:

 

  • In order of student safety all, long hair must be tied back due to the tools that a student might come in contact with.

  • In the interest of safety, we ask that all sleeves be tight fitting, buttoned or rolled up, as not to be a hazard to you when working with various tools.

  • We will be working with various tools, dyes, finishes, and leather adhesives. So we recommend that you wear clothes that you will not mind getting dirty and/or ruined.

  • Notebook and pen is Highly Recommended for any leather working class.

  • Leather Classes are open to students 14 and older; students under 14 will need an adult with them during the class.

 

 

**All students over 18 will be asked to sign a waiver of indemnity. Those students under the age 18 will need to have permission slip signed by parent or legal guardian, in addition to a waiver of indemnity. **

 

Class Objective:

 

A genuine top grain leather belt and keeper will be hand crafted by the student himself/herself, from a top grain OAK TANNED LEATHER! This belt style will include hand carving and hand tooling, as well as hand dyeing and finishing..., to create a truly unique and individual item, that will last the student many decades, if in fact not they’re lifetime!

At the end of this class the student will have crafted a high quality solid leather belt that he/she will enjoy for many years to come.

 

The students’ belt can be in any desired belt width from 1 inch to 1 ¾ inches and a maximum length of 60 inches long.

 

  • If student has a favorite buckle, and wishes to make a belt for it, feel free to bring it along.

  • If the student intends to make this belt as a gift for another individual, make SURE OF ACCURATE SIZING!

 

Students will learn the process of hand crafting a belt from the basic beginnings including:

 

  • Belt Design

  • Strap Cutting

  • Hole Punching

  • Edge Beveling

  • Hand Carving

  • Hand Dyeing

  • Edge Dressing

  • Burnishing

  • Hardware Implantation

  • Leather Finishing

  • Proper Leather Care and Leather Upkeep

 

Tools Involved:

 

  • Belt Stripper

  • Hole Punches

  • Edge Bevellers

  • Swivel Knife

  • Cutting Shears

  • Slot Punches

  • Dyes

  • Leather Adhesive and Leather Finishes

  • Buckles

  • Snaps and Snap Dyes

  • Kick Presses

 

Materials Needed for Project:

 

8-10 oz Oak Tan Leather

  • Snaps

  • Leather Dye

  • Leather Finish

  • Leather Adhesive

  • Buckles

  • Pattern Making Materials (poster board, rulers, dividers, sharpies)

 

  

**Due to the nature of the industry and the cost of the materials, there sadly can be no refunds. In the event that a student can not make the class due to events on their end, we will be happy to reschedule the student for the same class, or transfer the monetary amount of the class toward a future class that Eeldrytch Leather Workshoppe offers at Lowell Makes.

 

**In the case of Hazardous weather conditions or events beyond our control, Eeldrytch Leather Workshop/Lowell Makes, reserves the right to change the date of the class, for the safety of our students and teachers.

 

 

 Eeldrytch Leather (978) 258-2667

Lowell Makes (978) 905-8123



When: Aug 27, 2014 7 PM to Aug 27, 2014 10 PMin Lowell, Massachusetts (Wed, 27 Aug 2014 19 )
Spell book / Journal

 

Dates: October 8th, 15th, & 20th

 

Times: Wed. 7pm-10pm



Class Description:the design and construction of a small writing tome, fully lined, and edged, and hand stitched, with a buckle closure and decorative embossing on the cover.


Length of Class: 6-9 hours [2-3 classes]

  

Recommendations for Students:

 

  • In order of student safety all, long hair must be tied back.

 

  • In the interest of safety, we ask that all sleeves be tight fitting, buttoned or rolled up, as not to be a hazard to you when working with various tools.

 

  • We will be working with various tools, dyes, finishes, and leather adhesives. So we recommend that you wear clothes that you will not mind getting dirty and/or ruined.

 

  • Leather Classes are open to students 14 and older; students under 14 will need an adult with them during the class.

 

**All students over 18 will be asked to sign a waiver of indemnity. Those students under the age 18 will need to have permission slip signed by parent or legal guardian, in addition to a waiver of indemnity. **

  

Tools and Materials Involved: shears, awls, needle and thread, hole punches, cement, pattern making materials, various leathers



 

 Eeldrytch Leather (978) 258-2667

 

Lowell Makes (978) 905-8123




When: Oct 8, 2014 7 PM to Oct 8, 2014 10 PMin Lowell, Massachusetts (Wed, 08 Oct 2014 19 )
leather belt pouch

 Date: September 17 & 24th,2014

Times: 7 P.M – 10P.M Weds



The belt pouch, in the modern world it is used to carry keys, multi tools, pocket knife, cell phone, money to aid in everyday life.

 

It has also found life in the world of Renaissance Faires, Larping events, cosplay, and a host of other venues. Regardless its’ main role is the same. Simply put, it keeps your stuff safe, your items from getting lost, and keeps them easily at hand, or causing you pain when you sit on the plethora of things shoved in your pockets.

  

The belt pouch has the ability to be the most attractive and useful pocket you could own. Its’ ability to perform under all weather and conditions has proven itself through the centuries that man has walked the earth. A belt pouch can be a simple as you would like, or as elaborate as you wish to fit your lifestyle or costume.

  

In this class, we will be teaching the students, the basic knowledge and foundation skills required to make a basic belt pouch, in the box pouch style.

 

Length of Class: 3 - 6 Hours, 3 hours per class [2 separate classes, held on consecutive Wednesdays ]

(In case your project is not finished in this allotted time, Lowell makes has an Open House every Wednesday between 6p.m and 9p.m, which the class teacher will be available to help complete your class project,)

 

Prerequisites: be sure as to the belt size this

  

Recommendations for Students:

 

  • In order of student safety all, long hair must be tied back due to the tools that a student might come in contact with.

  • In the interest of safety, we ask that all sleeves be tight fitting, buttoned or rolled up, as not to be a hazard to you when working with various tools.

  • We will be working with various tools, dyes, finishes, and leather adhesives. So we recommend that you wear clothes that you will not mind getting dirty and/or ruined.

  • Notebook and pen is Highly Recommended for any leather working class.

  • Leather Classes are open to students 14 and older; students under 14 will need an adult with them during the class.

  

**All students over 18 will be asked to sign a waiver of indemnity. Those students under the age 18 will need to have permission slip signed by parent or legal guardian, in addition to a waiver of indemnity. **

 

Class Objective:

 

In this class the student will be handcrafting a singular box pouch style belt pouch. This belt pouch will made with pre dyed and finished leathers and riveted in its’ construction to create a distinct and personalized belt pouch suitable for everyday use or any costume that the student will be wearing for such afore mentioned genre.

 

Students will learn the process of hand crafting a Box Style Belt Pouch from the basic beginnings including:

 

  • Basic Construction and Design Theory

  • Basic Pattern Making

  • Strap Cutting

  • Hole Punching

  • Edge Dressing

  • Hardware Implantation

  • Proper Leather Care and Leather Upkeep

  • Riveting

  • Studding

 

 

Tools Involved:

 

  • Belt Stripper

  • Hole Punches

  • Cutting Shears

  • Slot Punches

  • Leather Adhesive and Leather Finishes

  • Buckles

  • Kick Presses

  • Assorted Die Sets

 

Materials Needed for Project:

 

  • Assorted and Varied Leathers – Pre Dyed and Finished

  • Edge Dye

  • Leather Adhesive

  • Buckles

  • Rivets

  • Pouch Hasps

  • Pattern Making Materials (poster board, rulers, dividers, sharpies)

 

**Due to the nature of the industry and the cost of the materials, there sadly can be no refunds. In the event that a student can not make the class due to events on their end, we will be happy to reschedule the student for the same class, or transfer the monetary amount of the class toward a future class that Eeldrytch Leather Workshoppe offers at Lowell Makes.

 

**In the case of Hazardous weather conditions or events beyond our control, Eeldrytch Leather Workshop/Lowell Makes, reserves the right to change the date of the class, for the safety of our students and teachers.

 

 

 Eeldrytch Leather (978) 258-2667

Lowell Makes (978) 905-8123



When: Sep 17, 2014 7 PM to Sep 17, 2014 10 PMin Lowell, Massachusetts (Wed, 17 Sep 2014 19 )
Patchwork wrist cuff

Dates: August 18th, 2014 - Mon – 7pm-10pm

September 20th, 2014 - Sat. - 1-4pm                      

 

A patchwork wrist cuff, made to custom fit each students wrist, will be crafted from various selections of leather and hardware, each students project will be different, individually hand crafted according to they’re own design theory.

 

Mix and match asst. leathers, hardware and styles, to create a truly individual fashion statement, that you wont find anywhere in today’s market place, that will last you decades...!



Recommendations for Students:

 

  • In order of student safety all, long hair must be tied back.

  • In the interest of safety, we ask that all sleeves be tight fitting, buttoned or rolled up, as not to be a hazard to you when working with various tools.

 

  • We will be working with various tools, dyes, finishes, and leather adhesives. So we recommend that you wear clothes that you will not mind getting dirty and/or ruined.

 

  • Leather Classes are open to students 14 and older; students under 14 will need an adult with them during the class.

**All students over 18 will be asked to sign a waiver of indemnity. Those students under the age 18 will need to have permission slip signed by parent or legal guardian, in addition to a waiver of indemnity. **

 

 

Class Objective:

  

Students will learn the process of hand crafting a wrist cuff from the basic beginnings including:

  • Strap Cutting

  • Hole Punching

  • Edge Beveling

  • Edge Dressing

  • Burnishing

  • Hardware Implantation

  • Proper Leather Care and Leather Upkeep 

 

Tools and Materials Involved:

 

  1. Belt Stripper

  2. Hole Punches

  3. Edge Bevellers

  4. Rivets and studs

  5. Cutting Shears

  6. Slot Punches

  7. Dyes

  8. Leather Adhesive

  9. Buckles

  10. Snaps and Snap Dyes

  11. various leathers

  12. Kick Presses



 Eeldrytch Leather (978) 258-2667

Lowell Makes (978) 905-8123



When: Aug 18, 2014 7 PM to Aug 18, 2014 10 PMin Lowell, Massachusetts (Mon, 18 Aug 2014 19 )
Hallows Eve 5K Fun Run & Walk


When: Oct 26, 2014 7 AM in Lowell, Massachusetts (Sun, 26 Oct 2014 07 )
steel panther- JUDAS PRIEST


When: Oct 14, 2014 8 PM in Lowell, Massachusetts (Tue, 14 Oct 2014 20 )
Sept-(102) 8hr. Hazardous Waste Site Worker Refresher


When: Sep 24, 2014 8 AM in Lowell, Massachusetts (Wed, 24 Sep 2014 08 )
Sept (101) 40hr. Hazardous Waste Site Worker


When: Sep 15, 2014 8 AM in Lowell, Massachusetts (Mon, 15 Sep 2014 08 )
Sept-24hr. Emergency Responder


When: Sep 9, 2014 8 AM in Lowell, Massachusetts (Tue, 09 Sep 2014 08 )
Your City Summer: Family Fridays at Lowell National Park!
Ages: 3-9

Come hang out with park rangers, get creative, and explore your city’s stories! This summer, Lowell National Historical Park invites families to Your City Summer, a regular series of free intergenerational activities. Each Friday from June 20-August 22, come to Mack Plaza near the Visitor Center from 10AM-11AM for creative activities exploring three themes important to Lowell’s past and present. Your City Summer will take place outdoors (weather permitting, rain location inside the Visitor Center) with different explorations each week. Although Your City Summer programs are offered on a free, drop-in basis, families should arrive by 10AM and plan to participate for the complete hour. !

Your City Summer Dates: Family Stories: June 20, June 27, and July 4; City Kids: July 11, July 18, July 25, and August 1; Stories of Stuff: August 8,  August 15, and  August 22.



When: Aug 1, 2014 10 AM in Lowell, Massachusetts
Cost: Free (Fri, 01 Aug 2014 10 )
The ThrowDown Band


When: Sep 5, 2014 9 PM in Lowell, Massachusetts (Fri, 05 Sep 2014 21 )
Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood
When: Nov 9, 2014 11:59:00 PM in Lowell, Massachusetts (Sun, 09 Nov 2014 23:59:00 )
Workforce Training Fund Information Session-Lowell

Want more information about the Workforce Training Fund Program and which training grant would best fit your business' training needs?

This 2-hour information session will give an overview of all of the Workforce Training Fund Grant Programs:

  • General Program Training Grants - including Consortium Grants
  • Express Program Training Grants
  • Hiring Incentive Training Grants (HITG)
  • Technical Assistance Grants


The overview will cover the features and benefits of each program, the amount of available funding, and how to apply.

For more information about the Workforce Training Fund Program, visit www.mass.gov/wtfp



When: Nov 20, 2014 8 AM to Nov 20, 2014 10 AMin Lowell, Massachusetts (Thu, 20 Nov 2014 08 )
The Basic Knife Sheath Class

 

Date: August 6 & 13th, 2014 Times: 7 P.M – 10P.M


Length of Class: 3 - 6 Hours [ held on consectutive Mondays ]

(In case your project is not finished in this allotted time, Lowell makes has an Open House every Wednesday between 6p.m and 9p.m, which the class teacher will be available to help complete your class project,)

 

Prerequisites: Student is to bring their own blade to class ( Blade is to be no longer than 14 inches)

 

Class Maximum: 15

 

Recommendations for Students:

 

  • In order of student safety all, long hair must be tied back due to the tools that a student might come in contact with.

  • In the interest of safety, we ask that all sleeves be tight fitting, buttoned or rolled up, as not to be a hazard to you when working with various tools.

  • We will be working with various tools, dyes, finishes, and leather adhesives. So we recommend that you wear clothes that you will not mind getting dirty and/or ruined.

  • Notebook and pen is Highly Recommended for any leather working class.

  • Leather Classes are open to students 14 and older; students under 14 will need an adult with them during the class.

  

**All students over 18 will be asked to sign a waiver of indemnity. Those students under the age 18 will need to have permission slip signed by parent or legal guardian, in addition to a waiver of indemnity. ** 

 

Class Description:

 

Did buy a great knife or dagger, and realize that it comes with a plastic and foam sheath or none at all. Or perhaps, that your knife that was passed down to you, did not come with one, or it is no longer serviceable.

 

Welcome to sheath making 101, in this class the student will be learning the very basics of how to make a sheath that will provide the best protection for you and your knife edge. With the basic learning of this class the student will be able to learn the lessons to accommodate a wide variety of blades that he/she might come to possess. 

 

Class Objective:

 

In this class the student will be handcrafting a knife sheath, be it single or double edge for a blade no longer then 14 inches. This will be a welted sheath for a knife with a sharpened edge, as a beginning course for sheath making. This course will cover the basic tenets of sheath making. The knife sheath will hang straight down from the belt, and will include a retention strap, that straps cross the handle.

 

The edge of the sheath will be hand stitched, and with possible riveting if needed at stress points. The sheath will be hand dyed and finished, and hand stiched.

 

Students will learn the process of hand crafting leather sheaths as.

 

  • Basic Construction and Design Theory

  • Basic Pattern Making

  • Hole Punching

  • Edge Dressing

  • Proper Leather Care and Leather Upkeep

  • Hand stitching

  • Riveting

  • Snaps

  • Leather dyes, adhesives, and finishes

  

Tools Involved:

 

  • Hole Punches

  • Cutting Shears

  • Leather Adhesive and Leather Finishes

  • Kick Presses

  • Assorted Die Sets

  • Edge Beveller

  • Needles and Thread

  • Sand Paper

 

Materials Needed for Project:

 

  • 8-10 oz Oak Tanned Leather

  • Edge Dye

  • Leather Adhesive

  • Rivets

  • Snaps

  • Hand Stitching Thread

  • Leather Dye

 

 

 Eeldrytch Leather (978) 258-2667

Lowell Makes (978) 905-8123



When: Aug 6, 2014 7 PM to Aug 6, 2014 10 PMin Lowell, Massachusetts (Wed, 06 Aug 2014 19 )
Whiskey Tango


When: Aug 1, 2014 10 PM in Lowell, Massachusetts (Fri, 01 Aug 2014 22 )
JJ Grey and Mofro

Over the course of six albums on Alligator Records and a decade of touring, JJ Grey's grimy blend of front porch soul and down-home storytelling has taken him around the world and back again. Beating the streets on nearly every continent, he and his band Mofro have sewn a continuous thread of laying-it-on-the-line shows that move folks to dance and at times to tears.

The New York Times describes the music of JJ Grey and Mofro as a mix of "impassioned singing, riff-based Southern rock, cold-blooded swamp funk and sly Memphis soul." 



When: Aug 14, 2014 7 PM in Lowell, Massachusetts (Thu, 14 Aug 2014 19 )
Ashley Dawn


When: Aug 28, 2014 9 PM in Lowell, Massachusetts (Thu, 28 Aug 2014 21 )
Soldering Workshop

If you’ve never soldered before, this is the class for you! This course teaches through-hole (90% of electronic kits) soldering and is recommended for the beginner. This is a hands-on class where the students learn techniques to help them solder through-hole components. Soldering can be daunting for the first solder joint, then the 2nd solder joint is not so bad, and by the time you’ve assembled the blinky grid, you will be quite confident and proficient in basic soldering skills.

Classes take place at Lowell Makes. We provide all the tools, irons, solder, parts, and seats for up to 10 students.

The class is expected to take around 1.5 hour to complete, there is a buffer built in in case we go a bit longer.

Prerequisites: None! Just bring yourself. The class price includes the cost of the WeevilEye kit.

What to bring: Lowell Makes will provide all the tools, irons and solder.

Proceeds above will go to help support Lowell Makes.

Time and Place: Saturday August 9th from 10am to 2:00pm at the Lowell Makes



When: Aug 9, 2014 10 AM to Aug 9, 2014 2 PMin Lowell, Massachusetts
Cost: Visit EventBrite.com for pricing. (Sat, 09 Aug 2014 10 )
Big Ben Hillman the Professor of FUNK
This is going to be a WEEKLY FUNK/JAZZ JAM SESSION hosted by none other than BIG BEN HILLMAN the PROFESSOR of FUNK and featuring his TRIO (COWBOY BEN ALMAN on BASS and SUPERFREAK ZEKE MARTIN on DRUMS.) Musicians and singers are encouraged to come on down, sign up and sit in with the band. It'll be a FUNKY GOOD TIME!!!

When: Aug 6, 2014 8 PM in Lowell, Massachusetts (Wed, 06 Aug 2014 20 )
2014 International Rising Star Quartet Contest
Join Sweet Adelines International and Region 1 for the 2014 International Rising Star Quartet Contest for young women. Hear what awesome harmony arranged in the Barbershop style sounds like when young talented singers take the stage!

When: Aug 2, 2014 3 PM in Lowell, Massachusetts
Cost: $15 - 50 For advance tickets - go to: http://www.sai-region1.org/events/regional-events/2014-rising-star-contest-and-conference/rising-star-contest-flyer.html (Sat, 02 Aug 2014 15 )
Daemon Chili


When: Sep 12, 2014 9 PM in Lowell, Massachusetts (Fri, 12 Sep 2014 21 )
STRAIGHT NO CHASER



When: Nov 20, 2014 8 PM in Lowell, Massachusetts
Cost: $49.50 / $39.50 / $29.50 (Thu, 20 Nov 2014 20 )
13 Things About Ed Carpolotti Book, Music and Lyrics by Barry Kleinbort

When in debt, panic. Then sing.

 


Virginia Carpolotti is a devoted widow with loving memories for her recently-deceased husband. Though her love endures, her confidence in him flounders as one shady character after another comes calling for the debt that Ed put in her name, and things really heat up when a mysterious $1million ransom note appears. A delightful comic musical featuring Tony Award-nominee Penny Fuller.

 


Sponsored by Wannalancit Mills/Farley White Interests

Nov 28, 2014: 8 pm (Fri)



When: Nov 29, 2014 8 PM in Lowell, Massachusetts (Sat, 29 Nov 2014 20 )
Class of 2004 Lowell High School 10 Year Reunion

Hello folks, The Reunion committee would like to welcome you to celebrate our 10-year high school reunion. Isn’t incredible how time flies!  We want to reconnect with you and share a fun celebratory night & of course reminisce. Come join the party. You are welcome to purchase as many tickets as you like (please note that there is a 250 limit). Any questions feel free to email us at 2004lowellhighgraduates@gmail.com. Spread the word and tell all your fellow Alumni! See you all soon!!



When: Sep 20, 2014 8 PM to Sep 21, 2014 12 AMin Lowell, Massachusetts (Sat, 20 Sep 2014 20 )
The Twelfth Annual Marcia Lemkin Foundation Race & Walk to Conquer Lung Cancer


When: Aug 16, 2014 6 AM in Lowell, Massachusetts (Sat, 16 Aug 2014 06 )
Who is Lowell? - Portraits of the City Reception

 Lowell, Massachusetts. A reception to showcase the work of students from Lowell High School’s Freshman Academy, “Who is Lowell? – Portraits of the City” will be held at Lowell National Historical Park on Sunday, May 18th , 2014 from 12:00pm – 2:00pm. The show will run through August 15, 2014 at the Boott Cotton Mills Museum.

Through a selection of contemporary portraits of the people that live and work in Lowell, local youth photographers capture some of the complexities of community and self-identity in this diverse and dynamic city. The exhibit highlights the many dimensions of human experience in the city as seen through the eyes of Lowell's next generation of photographers. Visitors will also have the opportunity to contribute their own portraits and thoughts on self-identity and become a part of the exhibit themselves. Come discover the many faces of Lowell.

The Brush Art Gallery’s Lowell Photography Weekend, is a city-wide, multi-venue celebration of photography taking place in Lowell Massachusetts on May 17 and 18, 2014. Lowell galleries, museums and businesses will be hosting a wide range of photographic exhibitions. While the length of each exhibition will vary, all venues will host artists' receptions on the same weekend. Receptions will be staggered so that the visitor has time to visit each venue and meet all the exhibiting photographers.

The reception is free to attend and will be held at the Boott Cotton Mill Museum at 115 John Street in downtown Lowell. The art exhibition in the Reflection Room is free. If you would like to also visit the Museum, there is a fee. Parking is available at the City’s Joseph Downes Garage (75 John Street) at the corner of John and French Streets. For more information please call (978) 970-5055. For information on Lowell National Historical Park, visit our web site at www/nps.gov/lowe, or call 978-970-5000.

Jul 25, 2014: 9:30 am - 5 pm (Fri)



When: Aug 1, 2014 9 AM in Lowell, Massachusetts (Fri, 01 Aug 2014 09 )
Howie Day and Carbon Leaf

Howie Day's emotionally resonant lyrics and inventive melodies have earned him both critical praise and a legion of devoted fans. He is known for his energetic, heartfelt shows, where he connects with audiences through the strength of his songwriting and his quirky sense of humor. Day's warm tenor voice "soars into fluttering, high registers, but also grates with real, pleading grit," as one critic put it. After sales of over a million albums and two Top 10 hits, Day is back on the road showcasing old favorites, as well as new material from his upcoming studio release.

Virginia natives Carbon Leaf weave their signature indie-rock blend of Celtic, Appalachian, folk, pop, and country into a rousing new brand of music best described as "ether-electrified porch music." The five-man band's steadfast arrangement of guitar, bass, drums, and mandolin is rounded out with more exotic instruments, like the bouzouki, fiddle, accordion, and penny whistle, all tied together by lead singer Barry Privett's bold, straightforward baritone. 



When: Aug 2, 2014 7 PM in Lowell, Massachusetts (Sat, 02 Aug 2014 19 )
Lowell Summer Music Series
Ages: all

Free children's shows are part of the Lowell Concert Series. All shows begin at 10:00 AM with a make-and-take art project, followed by the performance at 11:00 AM.

Performance schedule:

July 9: Curious Creatures
July 10: The Wright Brothers Two
July 16: Peter Panic
July 17: Stacey Peasley
July 30: Ben Rudnick and Friends
July 31: The Red Trouser Show
August 6: Alice in Wonderland by the Hampstead Stage Company
August 7: Dino Man
August 13: Magic with George Saterial
August 14: Karen K and the Jitterbugs



When: Aug 1, 2014 10 AM in Lowell, Massachusetts
Cost: Free (Fri, 01 Aug 2014 10 )
The Outgoing Tide by Bruce Graham

Apr 23, 2015: 7:30 pm (Thu)



When: Apr 24, 2015 8 PM in Lowell, Massachusetts (Fri, 24 Apr 2015 20 )
Out of the City by Leslie Ayvazian

Mar 19, 2015: 7:30 pm (Thu)



When: Mar 20, 2015 8 PM in Lowell, Massachusetts (Fri, 20 Mar 2015 20 )
Oceanside

Feb 13, 2015: 8 pm (Fri)



When: Feb 14, 2015 8 PM in Lowell, Massachusetts (Sat, 14 Feb 2015 20 )
The Best Brothers by Daniel MacIvor

Jan 8, 2015: 7:30 pm (Thu)



When: Jan 9, 2015 8 PM in Lowell, Massachusetts (Fri, 09 Jan 2015 20 )
Dusk Rings a Bell by Stephen Belber

Oct 23, 2014: 7:30 pm (Thu)



When: Oct 24, 2014 8 PM in Lowell, Massachusetts (Fri, 24 Oct 2014 20 )
Year Zero by Michael Golamco

Sep 11, 2014: 7:30 pm (Thu)



When: Sep 12, 2014 8 PM in Lowell, Massachusetts (Fri, 12 Sep 2014 20 )
Panic in the Dark
Panic in the Dark is The Scariest Obstacle Run in the Country! Runners wear headlamps as they head out into the Dark of Night. What awaits the runners is a world that has only been visited in your worst nightmares and favorite horror flicks! Zombies swarm the course with intentions of eating every bit of flesh that dares run this course! Be ready to run, be scared and maybe even be Dinner!


Combo Deal Info:  When purchasing our Combo Deal you will be registering for both Panic in the Dark and Blizzard Blast.   Blizzard Blast is our 3-5mile Winter Obstacle Race that takes on Mother Nature in the dead of winter. This events incorporates great obstacles like the famous "Keg Kingdom" and Christmas Tree Carry!  For more info on Blizzard Blast you can go to: www.BlizzardBlastRun.com

 

Elite Heat Info:  Panic in the Dark "Elite Heats" will be held prior to night fall for all those who would like to get a time and race the course at full speed.  There is also a cash prize pool that will be announced for the Elite heat.  Blizzard Blast "Elite Heats" will run prior to all other heats allowing for first tracks and will also offer a cash prize pool.  

For more info: www.PanicintheDark.com





When: Nov 1, 2014 5 PM to Nov 1, 2014 11 PMin Lowell, Massachusetts
Cost: Visit EventBrite.com for pricing. (Sat, 01 Nov 2014 17 )
Peter Parcek
Age Limit: 21+

Peter Parcek



When: Oct 11, 2014 9 PM in Lowell, Massachusetts (Sat, 11 Oct 2014 21 )
The Basic Knife Sheath Class

Length of Class: 3 - 6 Hours [ held on consectutive Mondays ]

(In case your project is not finished in this allotted time, Lowell makes has an Open House every Wednesday between 6p.m and 9p.m, which the class teacher will be available to help complete your class project,)

 

Prerequisites: Student is to bring their own blade to class ( Blade is to be no longer than 14 inches)

 

Class Maximum: 15

 

Recommendations for Students:

 

  • In order of student safety all, long hair must be tied back due to the tools that a student might come in contact with.

  • In the interest of safety, we ask that all sleeves be tight fitting, buttoned or rolled up, as not to be a hazard to you when working with various tools.

  • We will be working with various tools, dyes, finishes, and leather adhesives. So we recommend that you wear clothes that you will not mind getting dirty and/or ruined.

  • Notebook and pen is Highly Recommended for any leather working class.

  • Leather Classes are open to students 14 and older; students under 14 will need an adult with them during the class.

  

**All students over 18 will be asked to sign a waiver of indemnity. Those students under the age 18 will need to have permission slip signed by parent or legal guardian, in addition to a waiver of indemnity. ** 

 

Class Description:

 

Did buy a great knife or dagger, and realize that it comes with a plastic and foam sheath or none at all. Or perhaps, that your knife that was passed down to you, did not come with one, or it is no longer serviceable.

 

Welcome to sheath making 101, in this class the student will be learning the very basics of how to make a sheath that will provide the best protection for you and your knife edge. With the basic learning of this class the student will be able to learn the lessons to accommodate a wide variety of blades that he/she might come to possess. 

 

Class Objective:

 

In this class the student will be handcrafting a knife sheath, be it single or double edge for a blade no longer then 14 inches. This will be a welted sheath for a knife with a sharpened edge, as a beginning course for sheath making. This course will cover the basic tenets of sheath making. The knife sheath will hang straight down from the belt, and will include a retention strap, that straps cross the handle.

 

The edge of the sheath will be hand stitched, and with possible riveting if needed at stress points. The sheath will be hand dyed and finished, and hand stiched.

 

Students will learn the process of hand crafting leather sheaths as.

 

  • Basic Construction and Design Theory

  • Basic Pattern Making

  • Hole Punching

  • Edge Dressing

  • Proper Leather Care and Leather Upkeep

  • Hand stitching

  • Riveting

  • Snaps

  • Leather dyes, adhesives, and finishes

  

Tools Involved:

 

  • Hole Punches

  • Cutting Shears

  • Leather Adhesive and Leather Finishes

  • Kick Presses

  • Assorted Die Sets

  • Edge Beveller

  • Needles and Thread

  • Sand Paper

 

Materials Needed for Project:

 

  • 8-10 oz Oak Tanned Leather

  • Edge Dye

  • Leather Adhesive

  • Rivets

  • Snaps

  • Hand Stitching Thread

  • Leather Dye



When: Aug 13, 2014 7 PM to Aug 13, 2014 10 PMin Lowell, Massachusetts (Wed, 13 Aug 2014 19 )
Wearable Art Extravaganza

Wearable Art Extravaganza at Western Avenue Artist Studios:  from the mild to the wild.   Artists from all media will be creating and showcasing wearable art.  Attendees will see everything from traditional clothing and earrings, to drag queens in “wearable” art.  This event will raise money, through your generous donations, for children impacted by HIV/Aids.   The Miracle Providers Northeast (MPs)  and the Loading Dock Gallery are partnering to raise money for the MPs annual holiday gift event.   Each year the MPs provide a wish list of gifts for approximately 400 children, through various agencies, whose lives have been affected by HIV/Aids.   The event will begin at 6:30 pm following open studios and the artist reception in the Loading Dock Gallery.  Cash bar and refreshments will be available.  Music and dancing will begin after the "fashion show".  Suggested donation is $10 per person, $15 per couple.



When: Oct 4, 2014 6 PM to Oct 4, 2014 10 PMin Lowell, Massachusetts (Sat, 04 Oct 2014 18 )
“Fiber Arts Fun” Week-long Program at the American Textile History Museum
August 11 –15, 2014 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. (grades 5 - 8) Instructor: Kristy Medina Each day in this series of five classes focuses on different fibers and techniques, including crocheting, knitting, dyeing, table and card weaving, and felting. Advance registration required.

When: Aug 11, 2014 9 AM to Aug 11, 2014 12 PMin Lowell, Massachusetts
Cost: $125 (Mon, 11 Aug 2014 09 )
American Red Cross Blood Drive
When: Aug 26, 2014 2 PM in Lowell, Massachusetts (Tue, 26 Aug 2014 14 )
Gregg Allman

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Gregg Allman is both a founding member of one of the biggest and most important American bands of all time, the still-active and thriving Allman Brothers Band, and a critically acclaimed solo talent. A natural artist gifted with a beautifully soulful and distinctive voice as well as brilliant keyboard and guitar expertise, Allman is a legendary performer who, more than 30 years down the road, still loves making music as much as ever. 

At the start of his enduring career, Gregg Allman and his brother Duane put together a number of different groups, including their very first professional ones, The Allman Joys and The Hour Glass. Whatever the configuration, Gregg's powerful lead vocals, emerging songwriting, and keyboard prowess perfectly complemented Duane's now-legendary guitar virtuosity. In 1969, their brotherhood made history with the formation of the massively influential act that both kick-started the entire genre of Southern Rock and defined an era of '70s rock and roll with its freewheeling yet musically masterful sound, The Allman Brothers Band. 

The band's unique amalgam of rock, blues, country, and even jazz flourishes expanded the boundaries of rock music and their signature, extended onstage jamming set new standards for live concert performance. In addition to his singing and playing, Gregg wrote many of their most memorable signature hits, including the classics "Whipping Post" and "Dreams" from their debut album, "Midnight Rider" and "Please Call Home" from their second LP Idlewild South, and "Melissa" from 1972's Eat A Peach



When: Aug 9, 2014 7 PM in Lowell, Massachusetts (Sat, 09 Aug 2014 19 )
American Red Cross Blood Drive
When: Sep 16, 2014 10 AM in Lowell, Massachusetts (Tue, 16 Sep 2014 10 )
The Lowell Food and Wine Festival
Eat. Drink. Build Community:) The Lowell Food and Wine Festival kicks off summer in the Merrimack Valley in style, creating a one-of-a-kind, Lowell food and wine experience – worth making a foodie trip here. Friday, August 8 through Saturday, August 9, 2014, we will be celebrating the culinar[...]

978-376-3315

When: Aug 9, 2014 11 AM in Lowell, Massachusetts
Cost: Free admission, but food and beverages must be purchased (Sat, 09 Aug 2014 11 )
First Saturday Open Studios

Join the over 300 artists of the Western Avenue Studios and Western Avenue Lofts as we open our doors to the public on the first Saturday of every month from 12-5PM.  See painters, photographers, mixed media artists, jewelers, sculptors, fiber artists, glassworkers, ceramics artists, and more.  See where our artists work, talk to them about their process, and bring home unique and local art for yourself or a loved one.  Something for everyone!  On-site parking is free.



When: Aug 2, 2014 12 PM in Lowell, Massachusetts (Sat, 02 Aug 2014 12 )
Marcia Ball

Marcia Ball is a woman with a reputation. The Texas-born, Louisiana-raised pianist/vocalist/songwriter is famed worldwide for igniting a full-scale roadhouse rhythm and blues party every time she strolls on stage. Ball's groove-laden New Orleans boogie and rollicking Gulf Coast blues have made her a one-of-a-kind favorite with music fans all over the world. But she's also a master at transfixing her audience with an emotionally rich, passionately sung ballad. The Boston Herald says, "Ballplays masterful, red hot tracks from the Texas-Louisiana border. Her voice can break your heart with a ballad or break your back with a rocker." On her latest CD, Roadside Attractions (her 15th solo recording), Ball's songwriting is at the forefront, ranging from tales of wild parties to stories of twisted motel affairs to declarations of the enduring power of love and family. It is inspired by her years on the road and from insights gained from everyday life, making it her most autobiographical album. Roadside Attractions is certainly more than capable of starting a no-holds barred bash. But endless talent, and among the most emotionally moving recordings she has ever made.



When: Aug 8, 2014 7 PM in Lowell, Massachusetts (Fri, 08 Aug 2014 19 )
American Red Cross Blood Drive
When: Aug 6, 2014 12 PM in Lowell, Massachusetts (Wed, 06 Aug 2014 12 )
Scissormen
Address: 15 Kearney Square. Venue phone: 978-455-4418. One of our favorite places to play! We love coming back to Lowell to see our friends at the Back Page! It’s always an awesome juke joint party — especially since the show is broadcasted live by our good friend Jack Baldwin and his pals on WCAP radio. Tune in from anywhere in the world via your web browser.

When: Aug 22, 2014 8 PM in Lowell, Massachusetts (Fri, 22 Aug 2014 20 )

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