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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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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11th Annual Soup & a Bowl Event

Factory Works Clay Studio

Our Factory Works Clay Studio members have made these beautiful bowls as a donation to the 11th Annual Soup & a Bowl Event at the Genetti Hotel. We celebrate their contributions and efforts to end hunger in our local PA communities. Generous and inspired work everyone!

Factory Works Clay Studio - bowls

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