After a disturbingly storming early morning, things calmed down on the grounds and inner recesses of The Henry Ford, as makers began to prep in earnest, kids descended from the area for a little educational Faire preview, and Make: Live geared up for its 5:30pm ET webcast.

And then came Happy Hour, a chance for staffers and makers to meet and greet. Tomorrow, the real magic happens, as the Greatest Geek Show on Earth gets well and truly underway.

The Maker Faire crew cools off with a refreshing beer during Maker Happy Hour after the Make: Live webcast! That’s Bridgette, Louise, Sherry, Dale, Josh Goldberg, Becky, and Matt R in front of Gon KiRin. -Becky

130 six to twelve year old descended unto The Henry Ford today for an early preview of Maker Faire Detroit. They learned to solder, thanks to Maker Shed. The kids then got to do a hands-on project compliments of Arts & Scraps, had a walk through of Maker Faire and a great tour of the The Henry Ford Museum. As a finale everyone got a great show from the fine crew at the Lifesize Mousetrap. -Gidge

Matt Richardson and Becky Stern prep for Make: Live.

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Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor for Boing Boing and WINK Books. And he has a new best-of writing collection and “lazy man’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.