6th Annual Blues Bash… now featuring Bullfrog Brewery!

We are happy to announce the Annual Blues Bash is back!

Start your New Year’s festivities off right with one of Williamsport’s biggest celebrations in town!  This fundraising concert event benefits Factory Works  and will feature local talent Stacia Abernatha & Gabe Stillman, plus Mystery Trayne.  With Miss Melanie & the Valley Rats from State College, and America’s oldest touring blues band, The Nighthawks.

NEW THIS YEAR… Bullfrog Brewery will be onsite to offering selection of their best brews!

Tickets are ON SALE NOW!  $30 in Advance & $40 at the Door.  They can be purchased at Franco’s Lounge, Way Cool Beans here in the Factory or online at https://www.artful.ly/events/13936.

Reserved seating is available for EVENT SPONSORS… learn how you can become a sponsor at www.pajamafactory.net/bluesbashsponsors

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Rita & Steve Bower: Painted Journal II, Opening Reception

Factory Works Gallery invites you to Painted Journal II, an exhibition of work by Rita & Steve Bower which chronicles the creative journey they have traveled over the years.  Join us on Friday, 11/3 from 6-9pm on the 2nd floor of Building 9, Studio 10.

According to Steve, “It is almost painfully difficult to describe art and the art experience. Try to describe the wind, the sun on your face, or the look in a child’s eye and that is what it is like. For each person it is a distinctly different experience or sensation and we as artists try to create things which in the presence of others are transcendent enough to connect.”

Rita added that, “It is my dream to one day make art that will stir someone. Although more comfortable wearing the hat of the ‘art educator,’ when I make art I am often filled with a sense of accomplishment and honesty.”

We hope you will join us in exploring this painted journal that Rita and Steve Bower have and continue to create.  This exhibition will be available to public through November 24th.  Gallery hours are Wednesdays & Thursdays from 4-7pm.

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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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Rocky Horror Picture Show LIVE 2017

You are hereby invited to the Annual Transylvanian Convention or the wedding of Betty Munroe and Ralph Hapschatt – our annual performance of the Rocky Horror “Picture” Show Live.

October 26th at 7pm, October 27th and 28th at 7pm and 11pm. Doors open at 6pm. $20 at the door, $15 pre-sale at the link below:

https://www.artful.ly/store/events/13574

Light refreshments, participation packs, and crafts available at the show. Raffle event at each performance. BYOB.

Join us for another year of absolute pleasure.  Participation and costumes are encouraged.  Don’t dream it, be it at the Pajama Factory in Williamsport.

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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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Don’t miss ‘Heidi’s Monkeys’ – LAST WEEKEND

Come experience Central PA’s terrifying new Halloween tradition – Only two performances remain!

13-year-old Heidi Mayerson is trapped inside the attic of a small church. The priest believes the visions she sees are messages from God, but others believe a far more sinister force is at work. Then, there are the wounds on her wrists. No matter how many times she covers them, they still won’t stop bleeding. This year, the audience is part of the show as Heidi’s secret is finally revealed in this stunning, tension-filled horror, sure to be unforgettable, theater experience.

Rated R for Profanity, Excessive Blood, and Horror. Complementary coffee will be served to all guests courtesy of Way Cool Beans beans. Free Tarot Card readings from Lady Olivia of Widow’s Walk.

Fri, 10/20 & Sat, 10/21.  Doors open at 6:30pm.  Show starts at 7pm. Limited seating available. 

Tickets are available online at the link below or can be purchased at the door: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3099418

HEIDI’S MONKEYS is directed by Desirae Ashilene Mausteller and written by author Matthew Lysiak (Newtown An American Tragedy, Simon and Schuster 2013 and Breakthrough Harper Collins 2015).

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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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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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ArtSHOW’17 – Opening Reception – 10/6, 6-9pm

Join us for ArtSHOW’17, an invitational group exhibition featuring artists from the north central Pennsylvania region.  The work included is diverse in form and content and demonstrates the strength and range of work being created in our own backyard.

The Opening Reception will be on Friday, 10/6 from 6-9pm during OCTOFEST at Factory Works Gallery located on the 2nd floor, Studio 10.  Visit the gallery, and have your #OCTOPAS stamped –  get 8 different stamps, from 8 different, open studios & you’ll be entered to win Factory-made prizes!  This show will be on display from October 6th – October 26th, 2017.

Featuring work by the following artists:

  • Anna Kell
  • Jonathan Frey
  • Chad Andrews
  • Madelin Beattie
  • Jeremiah Johnson
  • Elusive Ayla
  • Todd Rice
  • Diane Hollis
  • Dan Berberich
  • Tommy Grieco
  • Brian James Spies
  • Cliff Stevens
  • Barbara Andreassen
  • Deb Stabley
  • Dave Stabley
  • Steve Bower
  • Rita Bower
  • Sanh Brian Tran
  • Craig S. Kaufman
  • Ann Marie Furdock
  • Shanna Carpenter

What to know what else we have happening at the Pajama Factory’s Funk, Fall Festival? Just visit www.pajamafactory.net/Octofest2017!

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Tigers + Theives, Headliners at OCTOFEST

Read Lancaster Online’s recent article about our headline performers, Tigers + Thieves, joining us at OCTOFEST, Sat 10/7 at 7pm in the Community Room.  You can check out to their music on YouTube at https://youtu.be/7G4cBkgAsx8

Lancaster Online: Tigers + Thieves, performing at Velocity, embrace its musical evolution

We also have local favorites BOOTH35Royal Benson, and Trip the Light joining the lineup.  This is sure to be a night not to be miss.

Doors open at 6:30pm.  This portion of the festival is a ticketed event.  General Admission $10.  Tickets available at the door and online at the link below: https://www.artful.ly/store/events/13248

There’s something for everyone at the Pajama Factory’s Funky, Fall Festival!  Learn what else we have happening at OCTOFEST at www.pajamafactory.net/Octofest2017!

 

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