The Rochester Mini Maker Faire is just 5 days away! We’re already pumped and can’t wait for Saturday to come. To help get you pumped, here is our schedule of talks that will be going on during the faire:

9:00 AM – Doors Open

9:30 AM10:30 AM: Tree Creations with Joseph Ferrero

11:00 AM12:00 AM: Airigami with Larry Moss & Kelly Cheatley

1:00 PM2:30 PM: The Crew from the “Making It” Podcast — Jimmy Diresta, Bob Clagett, David Picciuto, and David Waelder

All talks can be found upstairs from the main floor. Just take the escalator or stairs by Airigami’s creation and follow the signs.


Joe Ferrero is building a unique, whimsical, and ever expanding treehouse village in his backyard and he invites everyone to call him up and come over to play. This is not a business; it’s his family’s backyard playground. Joe started Tree Creations on January 28, 2012 with a castle themed tree house. Other tree houses would also be connected with rope bridges and ziplines. It has expanded with an automobile (1946 Triumph 1800 Saloon), a veranda, a village square, a tea room, a wizard’s den, and the World’s Smallest Chapel. The present tree houses under construction include a “Doctor Who” Tardis themed elevator (to assist people that may be “ground bound” to get to tree house level), a 40 foot long pirate ship, and a music themed tree house, with many more planned.



Larry Moss began his career in 1985 as a NYC street performer, but has gone on to display his amazing air‐filled art in over a dozen countries on four continents. His achievements have been recognized by The Wall Street Journal, the Associated Press, CNN Headline, PBS, Smithsonian Magazine, American Profile and Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Moss has appeared on The Martha Stewart Show, NBC’s “Today” and at the White House, and has set two Guinness World Records. Larry is the author of many published ballooning books and founder of, a resource that services the balloon industry and communicates with over a half‐million visitors annually. Larry also has a degree in applied math and computer science, as well as a master’s in elementary education. Building community through his large‐scale art creations is of particular interest to Larry, and was the focus of his 2009 TEDx talk in Rochester, NY.

Kelly Cheatle loves creating in any medium. She received her Design degree from the Rochester Institute of Technology with a minor in Illustration and a major interest in every studio elective she could find. Her diverse knowledge of traditional materials and image‐making techniques has given her an appreciation for texture and dimensionality, even in digital formats. When given an opportunity to work with balloons during Balloon Manor 2006, she was excited about a new medium for creating artwork. Now, as a partner in Airigami, her design sense and illustration background have helped to take it in new directions.


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