Happy Halloween! Our Pumpkin Carving Contest Winners are…

Happy Halloween Everyone!

We hope you are having a SPOOK-tacular Halloween!  We wanted to give you a little treat by sharing the winners of this year’s Pumpkin Carving Contest.  Our tenant-run Garden Committee sponsored this year’s contest during OCTOFEST, our funky, Fall Festival that took place earlier this month.  There was both an Adult and Junior Division with the Best Overall Winner claiming 50% of the proceeds as their PRIZE!

And the winners for Best Overall Pumpkin are….

  • Adult Division – Josh Riggle
  • Junior Division – Libby Kilby

We had so many great submissions it was hard to pick!  So, we have chosen some honorable mentions below:

Adult Division

  • Most Creative – Tommy Grieco
  • Scariest – Jon Waller
  • Funniest – Kelly Fischer

Junior Division

  • Most Creative – Landon Druckenmiller
  • Scariest – Ryan Todor
  • Funniest – Karden Tramontana

Each winner and honorable mention will receive a special certificate and bragging rights for a full year.  Until next time… we wish you all a safe and candy-filled All Hallow’s Eve!

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Celebrating the Susquehannock People

Today, we are celebrating the Susquehannock People, Native Americans who lived in areas adjacent to the Susquehanna River and its tributaries ranging from the southern part of what is now New York through eastern and central Pennsylvania West of the Poconos.

The number of Susquehannocks is uncertain, but the best guess is that they numbered somewhere between 5,000 and 7,500 at their peak in the 1600’s and their rapid decline into the 1700’s culminated with the massacre of the last 20 members by the Paxtang Boys at the jail in Lancaster, PA.  Although almost completely forgotten today, the Susquehannock were once one of the most formidable tribes in the mid-Atlantic region.  At the time of first European contact, they dominated the Susquehanna and Potomac River valley areas but little was known about them as they lived inland far from the coast.

By the late 1600’s, these once noble and heroic Indians had their number so decimated by disease from the white man and wars with their bitter enemies the Iroquois, that their numbers were probably no more than 300-400.  Their constant warfare with the Iroquoian speaking tribes in the region made these people superior warriors. Using the rivers of the mid-Atlantic region as their highway, they routinely attacked the Delaware, Nanticoke, Conoy and Powhatans living on their borders. Their large stockaded forts (villages) afforded them great protection as they dominated the Pennsylvania area in the 1500 and 1600’s and evidence of their presence in the Susquehanna River Valley will remain on the rocks and in caves until the end of time.

Learn more about the history of our Native American tribes, by visiting https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Susquehannock  or read “Annals of the Susquehannocks: and Other Indian Tribes of Pennsylvania 1500-1763” written by Frank Eshleman where the above excerpt was taken.

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Happening Now! “Cancer Picked The Wrong Chick”

Megan West

“Cancer Picked The Wrong Chick” … words from Megan West, who is now in her second battle with Cancer! When Megan was just 20, she was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma… and ten years later her new fight is with Metastatic Breast Cancer. Diagnosed just 3 days before graduating as a Physician Assistant here at Penn College, Megan is a huge supporter of local artists and business, and is a loving caregiver, colleague, friend, and sister.

Please join us at Way Cool Beans, Saturday 9/30 from 12-5pm for a Family Friendly, Auction event to help raise funds to support our dear friend. Featuring an assortment of Artist’s work & businesses here at The Pajama Factory, live Music from 3 different local artists , Real Taste Food Truck, Tarot Readings by Miss Oliva, Childrens Face Painter, and more!

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2017 Solar Eclipse

We had a Solar Eclipse Party here at the Pajama Factory today! A big thank you to Way Cool Beans for providing the telescope and our amazing tenants who provided special specs so we wouldn’t hurt our eyes!

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Grand Slam Parade for Williamsport Welcomes the World

It’s that time of year again! The Little League World Series kicks off their festivities tonight and the folks over at Muncy Bank & Trust are preparing their float for the 13th Annual Grand Slam Parade. Looking good guys! The parade steps off at 5:30 p.m., and the Downtown Festival begins at 4:00 p.m.

Good luck to all the players this year! We hope you hit a HOME RUN!

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ACES North America – Annual Yard Sale

ACES North America will be hosting their annual Yard Sale on Friday, 4/21 and Saturday, 4/22 from 8am-3pm in the Community Room.

Kitchen Supplies, bedding, books, clothing, lamps, furniture, LP records, bookshelves, appliances, knick-knacks, glassware, and MUCH MORE!

Proceeds will benefit ACES North America and their education and community development projects in the Dominican Republic. For more information, visit www.pajamafactory.net/aces-yard-sale

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Our annual Spring Festival is back!

Spring has arrived, and the Pajama Factory would like to invite you and your family to our annual Springfest on Sat, May 6th from 12-5pm.  There be will artist open studios, art classes, gardening workshops, face painting, fun games and take aways for the kids, outside vendors… so much more!

This year we are Going Green with the launch of several new conservation initiatives for the building and the local community.  We will also be partnering with the Penn State Master Gardener Program to offer workshops on composting and gardening techniques! To see what else we have on offer, visit our event page at www.pajamafactory.net/may-springfest or like us on Facebook @PajamaFactory.

If you are interested in becoming a vendor?  You can register online at the form below:

https://goo.gl/forms/1bsG2gLocVwQtQqG3

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Commonwealth Charter Academy visits the Pajama Factory

The Commonwealth Charter Academy joined us yesterday for a day chock-full of workshops, classes, and hands on training right here at the Pajama Factory.  Ralph Wilson of the Williamsport Community Darkroom, one of the Factory Works program initiatives, coordinated with several other Pajama Factory tenants to design courses that would expose the students to a variety of subjects, mediums, and techniques.

Diane Hollis taught the students Drawing and Color Theory while Angela Nicholas worked with them on Creative and Memoir Writing.  Ralph Wilson introduced them to the historic photo process, and Lisa Andrus of the Williamsport Community Kitchen ran a Hospitality Class which taught students how to prep, prepare, and serve food.  This culminated with the students serving the entire group their lunch for the day.

We loved having the students and chaperons of the Commonwealth Charter Academy here and want to thank the many volunteers that made it all possible.  There is always something fun to do and learn here at the Pajama Factory.

If you are interested in learning more, be sure to like our Facebook page @PajamaFactory, and you will be kept up to date on all our latest happenings!

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Dragonflybus Came for a Visit

Dragonfly bus

Hathor Planckton and family called our North parking lot home a couple weeks back. Planckton is passionate about sharing art, exposing art’s importance in society, and advocating sustainable living throughout the United States.

Planckton, her partner Leroy, and their two small children live in what they call Dragonflybus, a converted 1953 Chevy 5800 School Bus with a 1953 Blue Flame van welded on top for additional space. Planckton says, “we’ve got solar panels, a refrigerator, and a really warm stove; our floors are finished, our walls are finished, my bed reclines down from the ceiling; my kids have bunk beds in the back. I am an extremely happy homeowner.” The walls are insulated with re-purposed denim, and the stove is wood-fueled, vintage, and sturdy.

And it’s truly a home—Dragonfly bus looks, inside, like any other home to a family with small children. Trinkets and toys are stashed and strewn, and the welcome, warmth, and color are undeniable. When I visited, there was even a blanket fort in progress.

Planckton’s art is an eclectic collection of portraiture, still life, and scenes from her travels. And while Planckton is an artist, the exterior is crowd-sourced art. Whenever the bus hits a town, Planckton issues an invitation for residents to add their own art to the bus.

The Pajama Factory community enjoyed having Dragonflybus and Planckton’s family with us for a week and a half; their commitment to living a life of art aligns with our ideals and mission. We’re looking forward to another visit when their travels bring them back this way.

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Our Neighbor

A story about our Pajama Factory neighbor. Her hardware store is just down the street and we visit often to buy building supplies!

The touching letter Hillary Clinton sent this lifelong Republican protesting Donald Trump

Read the whole thing on WashingtonPost.com

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