Events: Artisan's Asylum is Hitting the Streets this Fall!

DATE:  September 28, 2013     CATEGORIES:  Events

The Asylum has had a relatively quiet summer, as far as public appearances are concerned, but the seasons have changed, we have a new Programs & Marketing Coordinator managing our events, and in September and October we’re doing our best to make up for lost time. So if you’ve missed seeing us on the streets of Somerville, come join us for one of the following events this fall! More details about all the events below.

  1. What the Fluff? Festival: Marshmallow Shooters – Saturday, September 28, 3-7pm (Raindate Sunday)
  2. Tufts Community Day – Sunday, September 29, 11am-3pm
  3. Somerville Mini MakerFaire – Saturday, October 5, 3-7pm (Raindate Sunday)
  4. Artisan’s Asylum Annual Meeting – Sunday, October 6, 6-9pm
  5. Giant Firebird Puppet at Honk Parade – Sunday, October 13, 12-2pm
  6. Power Tools Pumpkin Carving at SomerStreets – Sunday, October 20, 12-4pm

We’re always looking for additional volunteers to help at our events: preparing materials, sitting at a booth, giving tours, carrying our banner in a parade, or even just taking photos. If you’re interested in helping out at any of the upcoming events, email Sign up for our volunteers mailing list by sending an email to to hear about future volunteer opportunities as they arise!

1. 2013 What the Fluff? Festival – Saturday, September 28, 3-7pm (Raindate Sunday)

This weekend, Union Square will go crazy for marshmallow fluff, which was invented right here in Somerville by Archibald Query in 1917 — with games, food, music, and fluff everywhere. Artisan’s Asylum has participated in this fine festival since its inception as Somerville’s friendly local arms dealer, distributing mini-marshmallow shooters and bags and bags of marshmallow ammo to the festival-goers.

Join us Tuesday and Thursday to help prepare and assemble the pvc pipe shooter components, on Saturday to distribute to the eager milita, or just come to the festival to enjoy the food and games! Check out the Facebook Event here.

2. Tufts Community Day – Sunday, September 29, 11am-3pm

For the first time this year, Artisan’s Asylum will be participating in Tufts University’s annual Community Day. Four hours of “education, art, and family entertainment”, residents, neighbors and friends are invited to an afternoon of activities and lunch on Tufts campus, all free of charge. Join us at our table to tell community members about available local resources for making, to show off things you make, or teach something!

Events including lunch will take place on the main academic quad at the top of the hill by Goddard Chapel, Ballou Hall and the statue of Jumbo. Campus map available here. A complimentary shuttle will run from Davis Square (across the street from Somerville Theatre) to the Tufts campus. Davis Square Shuttle Schedule

3. Somerville Mini MakerFaire – Saturday, October 5, 3-7pm

In partnership with Maker Media and the Somerville Arts Council, Artisan’s Asylum is hosting the second annual Mini Maker Faire in Union Square, just two weeks away! Last year’s event was a huge success, with hundreds of attendees joining us to check out technology being developed in the greater Boston area by local artists, engineers, hobbyists, tinkerers, and more. Although the event is just around the corner, we are still accepting a few last applications for participants interested in displaying art, tech, relevant services and interactive activities: to register, fill out this form.

4. Artisan’s Asylum Annual Meeting – Sunday, October 6, 6-9pm

The Asylum’s Annual Meeting is an opportunity for all the members of our extended community to come together, review the year that has passed and talk about the year to come. Potluck dinner will begin at 6pm, and presentations from staff and board and community discussion will begin at 7pm. Come just to chat and meet people, or to learn more about how the Asylum works! Follow this link to let us know what you’ll be bringing for the potluck.

5. Giant Firebird Puppet at Honk Parade – Sunday, October 13, 12-2pm

We’ll be back at the annual Honk Festival of Activist Street Bands Parade this year, this time with a giant Firebird puppet! Two years ago, we brought the dragon head that so proudly watches over our front desk; Ecco Pierce and David Dowling are working hard at this year’s incarnation of Artisan’s Asylum’s spirit animal (if you’d like to help make it possible, they’re running an indiegogo campaign to fund the project). Come join us for the parade from Davis to Harvard Square on Sunday afternoon, October 3, 12-2pm!

6. Power Tools Pumpkin Carving – Sunday, October 20, 12-4pm

To wrap up the season, we have our annual appearance at the Somerstreets MonsterMashed Up Festival carving giant pumpkins with power tools! Check out pictures of these incredible 200-lb creations from the last three years on Facebook and Flickr. If you aspire to be a giant power tool pumpkin sculptor yourself, just email!