2018 PA Wilds Annual Awards Dinner and Creative Entrepreneur’s Conference

Don’t miss the premier annual networking event in the Pennsylvania Wilds being held at the Pajama Factory Thursday, 4/26 and Friday, 4/27!

More than 250 businesses and community leaders from across the Pennsylvania Wilds, along with state partners and officials from Harrisburg will gather for the dinner on Thursday night and the first ever Creative Entrepreneur’s Conference on Friday to get an update on the state and local effort to grow the region’s economy and recognize award winner Champions of the PA Wilds while “Celebrating 15 Years – The Wilds at Work.”

With wonderful keynote speakers, insightful topics of discussion, and empowering presentations, this is one event you will not want to miss.  To learn more and register for this event, visit the link below:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2018-pa-wilds-annual-dinner-awards-and-creative-entrepreneurs-conference-tickets-42053962534

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Strong Moms Event … Restoring Strength and Health After Baby

UPMC Susquehanna is hosting a special Spirit of Women event just for you! Join us for an afternoon of fun, food, friendship, and knowledge. Learn about the numerous anatomic and physiologic changes the female body undergoes during pregnancy, delivery, and during the postpartum period. UPMC Susquehanna’s women’s health specialists Shari Berthold, DPT; Victoria Hurwitz, DPT, WCS; and Amy Vandermark, DPT, will teach you strategies to restore your body to strength and optimal health as well as understand how to prevent and treat issues including urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, and pelvic pain.

Enjoy a glass of wine and delicious hors d’oeuvres while you mingle and shop with some of our favorite Spirit Business Rewards Partners. Bring your yoga mat to participate in group core strengthening activities and wear comfortable clothes that allow movement.

Don’t miss this Spirit of Women event in the beautiful Clearstory focusing on proactive health education for your generation! Space is limited and registration is required. To sign up for a free Spirit of Women membership and register for this event please call 1-888-720-8461.

Registration opens November 2.

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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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Bike Sale! Sat, 10/21 from 10am-12pm

Williamsport Bicycle Recycle will be hosting a Bike Sale on Sat, 10/21 from 10am-12pm on the corner of Park Avenue & Rose Street.  All bikes marked between $20-$80.  Many styles and sizes to choose from!

We will also be accepting donations of any usable bikes or parts you may want to get rid of.

*Cash or checks only.

Williamsport Bicycle Recycle is a part of Factory Works, a non-profit organization housed at the Pajama Factory. To learn more about all the different programs Factory Works has to offer the local community, please visit www.pajamafactory.net/factory-works

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Announcing our #OCTOPAS Winners!

We were thrilled by how many of our Octofest guests participated in the #OCTOPAS challenge!  The goal was to collect 8 stamps from 8 different, participating studios and you were entered for a chance to win Factory-made prizes.

Our 3 winners are… (drumroll please!)

  1. Katie DeHotman
  2. Kate Ferguson
  3. Theresa Clees

Every winner receives a package filled with multiple, Factory-made gifts & prizes that have a combined value of over $100 each!  A HUGE thank you to all of our tenants who contributed:

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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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Octofest: a funk fall festival… First time event showcases city’s creative community

We had a GREAT feature in the Showcase Section of the Williamsport Sun Gazette.  A huge thank you to Arts and Entertainment editor, Bethany Wiegand, for helping us get the word out there about our inaugural Funky, Fall Festival – Octofest!  Learn about what we have happening & when at www.pajamafactory.net/Octofest2017 –  We hope to see you there!

The Pajama Factory, 1307 Park Ave., is trying something new — and funky — this weekend with their inaugural event, Octofest. Taking place 6-10 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 7-10 p.m. Saturday, the Pajama Factory will be a place for everyone, with music, crafts, food, art and more.

According to Danielle Velkoff, head of events and business development at the Pajama Factory, the name for the event came from a brainstorming session with Kyle Huggins, Factory tenant and owner of Kyle Huggins Design & Photography.  “We wanted to find a name that represented our arts festival happening in October, but that would also embody the quirky, offbeat side of our creative community,” Velkoff said. Huggins came up with the idea of calling the event “Octofest” and using an octopus as the graphics. “At first we laughed, but then we realized it was spot on. Each of its eight legs representing all the different aspects of what we have happening — not only at this event in particular — but our community as a whole. It was perfect, fun and funky, just like us,” she continued.

Read the entire article in the Williamsport Sun Gazette below:

http://www.sungazette.com/life/showcase/2017/10/octofest-a-funk-fall-festival/

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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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