The Repair Café which was held on Sat., July 15 at the Warwick Senior Center broke its previous customer service record of 52. Based on the returned work forms, volunteer coaches helped 130 people. Most “customers” were from the Town of Warwick but the Repair Café also attracted people from Chester, Goshen, Highland Mills, Middletown, Monroe and other Towns.
Some of the repairs made were on lamps, vacuum cleaners, mixers, sewing machines, a “pillow speaker,” typewriters, clocks, radios, a fan, curling iron, a VCR/DVD, and more. During the Repair Cafe, Edwin Winstanley glued, clamped and advised customers about repairs to squadrons of vintage wooden chairs, while Steve Carras and Roger Moss sharpened knives and other tools.
For the first time at the event, there were two jewelry repair experts. Susanne O’Brien and Cathe’ Linton fixed a vintage Sunday school pin along with necklaces, bracelets, and earrings. The sewing crew labored on clothing, including a request to make a “sweater into a cardigan,” as well as a duffle bag and other items.
As a token of appreciation, customer Elfrede Vulpone of Greenwood Lake donated a hand-crocheted red, white and blue blanket that was raffled-off to help offset café expenses. Barb Smith of Warwick was thrilled to be the winner. The amount collected from the raffle tickets and donations was $425.92.