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

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.

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!

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.

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

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).

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:

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.