Happy 2014!

Happy 2014! May you all have a new year filled with peace, prosperity and joy.

Many, many heartfelt thanks to all of you, from all of us here at the Pajama Factory.

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Zumba

Zumba fitness classes fuse hypnotic Latin and world rhythms and easy-to-follow moves to create an effective and exhilarating workout designed for people of any fitness level, from any background, and of any age.

Vivian Severn has a background in music education and dance, and a love for Latin and world rhythms. Zumba fitness is the perfect combination of global dance, fitness and fun. Her classes include Latin, Hip hop, Reggaeton, Bellydance, Bhangra and other international dance styles.

Classes are $6 each, and 5-class punchcards can be purchased for $25. After 10 classes, the 11th class is free! No need to register and no dance experience needed – just drop in. Beginners are very welcome! Tuesdays and Thursdays 10 – 11am.

Wear comfortable clothes for working out, and sneakers without too much tread/grip (preferably not running shoes or cross trainers). If you have any questions please contact Vivian for advice on the best footwear.

Please park in the parking lot on Cemetery Street and enter through the double doors with the stars.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

We’d like to wish a very happy Thanksgiving to all of the friends, neighbors and tenants of the Pajama Factory.  Thanks for making this a great year! See you all at the Holiday Artisans’ Market on First Friday, December 6!

4th Annual Holiday Artisans Market

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Ribbon Cutting for the Building Seven Grand Opening.

Mayor Campana and a couple dozen friends stopped by this morning to celebrate the opening of the new studios on the third and fourth floors of building 7.

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In Memoriam

I write today with sadness as we reflect on the passing of one of the Pajama Factory artists, Steve Hirsch. While many of our tenants are younger folks just starting their businesses or careers in the arts, Steve arrived after retiring from his second career. He began as a Graphic Designer and Art Director on the West coast and then, after earning a Masters Degree in Fine Arts from the University of Pennsylvania, he spent 16 years as a Professor of Graphic Design at Penn College.

After he retired, Steve returned to Williamsport because the Pajama Factory offered affordable rents and a supportive creative community. Bringing a life’s worth of experience Steve was looked up to by many of us in the factory and he will be sorely missed. The Pajama Factory recently hosted a memorial service and exhibit of his work.

Of his time spent at the Pajama Factory, Hirsch reflected,

“Emotionally, I’m a lot better … This is a special place. You won’t find many places with these elements – carefree, motivation, conversation. Here, there are no egos. It’s the idea of, let’s just produce images. Let’s just produce art.”

Steve we couldn’t say it any better!

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Open House

Don’t miss the Open House at the (very nearly opened) Community Woodshop! We popped in on Adam and John to see how the space is coming along and found a bright, spacious shop that’s just about ready to open its doors to the community.

Community Woodshop

The shop will be open to those who’d like to take a peek, tomorrow, April 5th, from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM. Stop in on your First Friday to say hello!

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