Repair Cafe’ Headed Here!

January 23, 2019
Photo of volunteers for Tusten Repair Cafe.
Volunteers prepare for the first Repair Cafe’ to be held in Narrowsburg, NY on Jan 26, 2019.

Looking for a way to renew your commitment to sustainable living in 2019? SEEDS is excited to share the great news about the first Repair Café event in our area, this Sat. Jan 26 in Narrowsburg, NY. This exciting opportunity to salvage stuff that might otherwise end up in a landfill will take place in the Tusten Town Hall at 210 Bridge Street in Narrowsburg from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Local volunteer repair experts will be available to perform repairs free of charge, according to committee member, Jill Padua. “We throw away piles of stuff in the U.S, even things which practically have nothing wrong with them, and which could easily be used again after a simple repair,” says Jill. “Unfortunately, many people have forgotten that they can have things repaired. Repair Café’ wants to change all that.”

People visiting the Repair Café’ are encouraged to bring broken items like that favorite lamp, cracked crockery, bikes, toys, toasters and more. Repair Café’ coaches will tackle computers, electrical or mechanical items, furniture and clothing. Other opportunities include knitting and crocheting, house plant advice, costume jewelry repairs and repurposing, DIY garment fixes and a reading table of “Fix-it books.”

Additional goals of the Repair Café’ are to build new relationships between community members and to promote awareness of the local knowledge and skills that are readily available here.

Town of Tusten Councilwoman and committee member, Brandi Merolla points out that repairs can save money and resources and can help minimize CO2 emissions. “But above all, Repair Café’ just wants to show how much fun repairing things can be, and how easy it often is.”

Future Repair Café’ dates are planned for April 27, July 20 and November 9, with support from the Town of Tusten, Tusten Energy Committee and the Narrowsburg Chamber of Commerce.

For more information, contact Jill Padua at 845-252-6783 or visit Repair Café’ Tusten on Facebook. The Repair Café’ concept originated in the Netherlands in 2009 by Amsterdam-based journalist and publicist, Martine Postma. Visit to learn more.