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

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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 or like us on Facebook @PajamaFactory.

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

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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

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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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Thank you!

SunGazette -Reader's Choice Winner
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Thank you for a job well done.

We don’t usually cross-post full Facebook posts to the website, but we’re making an exception for this one. Thanks again Jim for helping to chronicle that last five years and helping to spread the word about the Pajama Factory. Best of luck in all your future endeavors. We’ll see you around the campus.

Today is the last day of 2016, a fitting time to pair a goodbye with a hello, I suppose. My name is Jim O’Connell and I’m the person who’s been the “Facebook Voice” of the Pajama Factory for the past five years or so. (Nice to meet you all. :-)). But as I mentioned, this is a goodbye of sorts, as this will be my last day posting for the Pajama Factory.

I hope you’ve enjoyed what I’ve been doing here. I’ve had a lot of fun both writing about what goes on here, taking pictures and hoping to present an upbeat and accurate representation of an absolutely amazing group of people: the tenants and artists, craftspeople and businesses here at the Pajama Factory.

A Creative Community like the Pajama Factory really is an amazing thing to have here in Williamsport. Let me explain why it’s important, as I see it. I grew up here, but left in 1984, returning a couple of times a year at most. By 2010, I’d been living in Tokyo for a decade, but my mother now needed more help and it was time for me to come back to a town I’d thought I’d seen the last of.

I wasn’t happy to be back at first, but I soon learned that Williamsport had changed a great deal over the past 30 years. There was no appreciable art scene in Williamsport in the 1980s. Downtown was a grim place back then and “Millionaires’ Row” seemed beyond hope of ever revitalizing.

I explored town again and was pleased to find it full of life and hope—good shops and restaurants and a modern coffee shop alongside old friends like Otto’s and Plankenhorn. Millionaires’ Row was looking better than it ever had, I’d wager.

People kept telling me that I “should check out the Pajama Factory” and I eventually did, reluctantly riding my bike into the courtyard in May of 2010 and meeting Chad Andrews, who, within minutes, had me convinced that something worthwhile was happening here. (He has that effect on most people who meet him.)

For me, the draw of big cities has always been to be around creative thinkers – to be able to talk to people who think about things and get excited about Ideas. It becomes a very tangible thing, a “Currency of Ideas,” if you will, the lifeblood of creativity. This old factory somehow has it, in abundance. Ideas and creativity bounce through the long, maple-floored halls, held in by the bricks, warmed by the perfect light captured by our remarkable windows.

I could go on waxing poetic about the place, but, if I’ve done my work over the past five years, you already know all of that. Let’s look forward to 2017, shall we?

I’ll be staying at the factory, of course. In the new year, I hope to expand the work I’ve been doing with my students, young and old, to share my love of technology. I’ll still be getting my orders of parts from Shēnzhèn delivered to Way Cool Beans, from which I’ll continue to build my crazy gadgets.

Thank you all and Happy New Year!

Jim O'Connell

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Season’s Greetings

Growing up, you probably remember the very official radio and television reports from NORAD, the North American Aerospace Defense Command, tracking Santa’s progress around the world. Now, of course, kids can track him on their smartphones by visiting with realtime updates of his precise location, but did you ever hear the story of how it all began? Well, grab a plate of cookies and pour yourself an eggnog and give this heartwarming Christmas story a listen.

Here at the Pajama Factory, we’d like to wish all of you a joyous and safe Christmas. Again this year, thank you for making us a part of your creative life!

(Shared post from NPR)

It all started in 1955, with a misprint in a Colorado Springs newspaper and a call to Col. Harry Shoup’s secret hotline at the Continental Air Defense Command, now known as NORAD.

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Congratulations to Lisa and the Williamsport Community Kitchen

(Shared Facebook post from Williamsport Community Kitchen)

Williamsport Community Kitchen


Ready to join the kitchen? Go to our webpage at for details on how to join.

Check out the EVENTS page for the next ServSafe Manager Certification Class too!

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