MAKE & CRAFT @ Tompkins Scare Park | Saturday October 28th 2006
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Phil Torrone sez:

Ok Makers and Crafters, if you’re in the NYC area we hope to see you here! MAKE & CRAFT will be at this event with lots of surprises!

NEW YORK– Halloween in NYC is about to change… Bringing together decades of inspiration on New York City’s favorite holiday, a group of artists and community theater producers are launching a brand-new “participatory theater” festival: Tompkins Scare Park, Saturday, October 28th, 2006, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. (Map).

The fest features a diverse cast of downtown talent that will entertain and engage participants with shows, music, exhibits and interactive diversions meant to inspire all. Family-friendly by day and spookier by night, expect humorous interactions and decadent revelry — embracing both the playful spirit of the holiday as well as serious artistic endeavors. Featuring kid-created art, multiple activity areas, colorful processions and outrageous competitions, there will be much to see, experience and do.

“Halloween is big fun, helps people discover the inner artist and brings communities closer together” says Executive Director Jim Glaser. “The East Village is the natural world capital of Halloween,” continues Producer Robert Prichard. “After all, it’s Halloween every day in the East Village. We will haunt the park with art, dance and music as only East Villagers know how.”

1:00 p.m.: The Million Superhero March with the “Feats of Strength” kids competition

2:00 p.m.: IFAM’s Robot’s Rule

2:30 p.m.: Vangeline Theater’s Sci-Fi Butoh Procession

3:00 p.m.: Zombie Olympics

4:30 p.m.: Kids Halloween Theater

5:30 p.m.: Dziezi Theater’s Makbet

6:00 p.m. – close: Video Dome by Glass Bead Collective

6:15 p.m.: Ambitious Orchestra rocks the main stage w/ haunting video projections by CAVE

7:00 p.m.: Theremin Society haunts the park. Whooo-weee-oooo.

AKAirways; Body Temple; Brief View of the Hudson, Br’er Brian, Corinna Hiller (Dean St. FOO); Dan Green, Institute For Aesthetic Modulation, Collective Unconscious; East Village Community Coalition; East Village Public Schools/ PTA; Empire City Garrison; Fusion Arts; Gathering of the Tribes; Kostume Kult; Lower East Side Girls Club; Make/Craft Magazine; Mehanata Meyhane; Rescue a Million Foundation; Shige Moriya (CAVE); Shizu & Machine; Surf Reality; Zeroboy.

Event host Costume Cultural Society is a new arts charity that supports the costuming arts, street theater and the growing ‘participatory culture’ arts movement through educational programs and themed events. For more see, for community events/media, see and for the latest festival info, check

Jim Glaser, Costume Cultural Society

Robert Prichard, Surf Reality

Phillip Torrone, Senior Editor, MAKE / CRAFT Magazine

Tompkins Scare Park Saturday October 28th 2006 – Link.

CRAFT – on sale starting today!@!@!@
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Phil Torrone sez:

The day is here! CRAFT Magazine is now available for you to buy on newsstands. So head on over to your favorite magazine stand and pick yourself up a copy of CRAFT! also available at Barnes & Noble, Borders, JoAnn Fabrics, Michael’s Craft Stores, and more.- Don’t want to venture outside? Subscribe! Use the MAKE4CRAFT code and receive the cool new CRAFT T-shirt – Link.


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Wonder if my posting this counts as a Trick-or-Treat entry? ^_^

Phil Torrone sez:

Makers and Crafters, it’s time to enter our ghoulishly fun Halloween contests! Anyone, anywhere can enter, and depending on what type of maker or crafter you are, you can enter all or just some of the contests. We’ll have lots of updates and posts regarding all these, but this is to get you started and planning.


Hack-o-Lantern contest: Decorate a pumpkin in any way you see fit, or unfit. It’s that easy. Then upload your photos to the MAKE or CRAFT Flickr photo pool and tag them “MAKECRAFTHALLOWEEN” Or you can email them to us, just be aware that we’re going to upload them to the MAKE and CRAFT Flickr photo pools. We’ll also have a round up of ways to decorate a pumpkin as it gets closer to Halloween.

Costume contest: Dressing up? Making your own costume? As long as you “make” something you can enter. Any costume with homemade elements on it, in it, or used is OK. Take a photo of your costume(s) then upload your photos to the MAKE or CRAFT Flickr photo pool and tag them “MAKECRAFTHALLOWEEN” Or you can email them to us, just be aware that we’re going to upload them to the MAKE and CRAFT Flickr photo pool. We’ll continue to post fun costumes and how-tos all this month as well.

Decorations, gadgets and more contest: Decorations at home, work, wherever, a haunted house, lawn gadgets, anything Halloweeny. If you’re one of those makers or crafters who goes all out and makes their surroundings spooky in some way, take a photo! Then upload your photos to the MAKE or CRAFT Flickr photo pool and tag them “MAKECRAFTHALLOWEEN” Or you can email them to us, just be aware that we’re going to upload them to the MAKE and CRAFT Flickr photo pool. We will spotlight some of our favorite Halloween related projects all this month to inspire folks.

Treat-or-Treat contest: This is the easiest one. If you have a blog, a website, MySpace or anything online, just post a link to MAKE or CRAFT. We will pick 10 people we see linking to us. It works best if you have a blog-like site; we’ll be using the Technorati service to track who is linking to us (you can view it here). You can post a link to us in your sidebar, a link about this contest, anything really. Do a post about MAKE or CRAFT, it doesn’t matter to us, but we can see it best if it’s on a blog and making it fun always helps (extra credit if it’s a SPOOKY STORY!).

Besides the glory and fame of being a winner of the MAKE & CRAFT Halloween Contest, we’re going to give away some stuff.

Hack-o-Lantern: We’ll pick 3 pumpkins and the winner gets a MAKE limited edition Pocket Ref & Makers the book.

Costumes: We’ll pick 3 costumes and each winner gets MAKE year one (4 volumes of MAKE in a collector’s box) and the first issue of CRAFT.

Decorate/gadgets: We’ll pick 3 winners and each will receive a MAKE controller kit and a POV kit.

Treat-or-Treat: We’ll pick 10 people who linked to MAKE & CRAFT and send the latest issue of MAKE or CRAFT (your choice).

Grand prize: We’ll pick one of our winners as the grand prize – they’ll receive: A MAKE controller kit, MAKE year one (4 volumes collectors set), CRAFT, a POV kit AND a box of MAKE magazines to a classroom / school of their choice! You want to win this, do it for the children!

Have your entries in before Saturday, Nov. 4, 2006, at 1:59 p.m. EST. We’re giving you a little time to take photos and get them up post-Halloween, but you can enter any time starting now. Contest is open to anyone on planet Earth or surrounding orbit.

Remember you can enter at any time just by tagging your photos on Flickr with “MAKECRAFTHALLOWEEN” and adding them to the MAKE and/or CRAFT photo pools or just email them to us too. To enter trick-or-treat just post about MAKE/CRAFT or the contest on your blog. And lastly if you want to use MAKE and/or CRAFT logos in your projects or posts, get’em here (MAKE logosCRAFT logos).

What are you waiting for? Scare us! Inspire us! Humor us!