Small Business Saturday

#Shopsmall at the Pajama Factory this holiday season, and find something truly original for each person on your shopping list!

Nov. 25th is Small Business Saturday!  Be sure to support your local businesses by shopping SMALL this Saturday… and why stop there?  We have over 60 vendors attending our 8th Annual Holiday Market taking place next weekend – Fri, Dec 1st from 6-10pm & Sat, Dec. 2nd from 11am-4pm.

To see which small businesses will be in attendance, be sure to visit www.pajamafactory.net/holidaymarket and plan ahead!

Great article in the Sun Gazette about our upcoming Holiday Market

Our 8th Annual Holiday Market is almost here!  We hope you are getting as excited as we are to have you join us.

This holiday tradition is MORE than just a way to get your holiday shopping done! Experience open artist studios, live music, art exhibitions, and local vendors & food truck fare… shop local this season and add something truly original to your holidays this year.

See the write up about our event in the Sun Gazette’s Showcase section that was published today!

With the holiday season quickly approaching, the Pajama Factory will host a market to allow people to get started — or complete — their shopping list.

“Our goal is to keep local dollars local by encouraging folks to ‘shop small’ during the holiday season, said Danielle Velkoff, events manager and business development. “It is also an opportunity for us to showcase our tenants and the history of the Pajama Factory complex.”

The market will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. Dec. 1 and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 2.

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.

OPEN HOUSE! Williamsport Community Woodshop

Would you like to try something new?  How about making great things out of wood…

Join us at the Williamsport Community Woodshop for an

OPEN HOUSE

Saturday, November 18th from 10am to 5pm

Stop in and enter for chance to win a free 3 Month Membership valued at $150.00!

At the Open House we will offer:

  • A free class on “How to be Successful in a Woodshop” (12-4pm)
  • Demonstrations on Basic Woodworking techniques, Woodturning, Tool sharpening and more.
  • Guided tours of our great facility
  • Have qualified staff on hand to answer all your questions.
  • Displays of Members projects (that you can learn how to make)

And, if you are interested in signing up for a 3 Month Membership during Open House, we will throw in one month absolutely free ($50 value).  Must be present to win.

The Williamsport Community Woodshop is a non-profit entity of the Factory Works program at the Pajama Factory.

Clear Sphere Yoga presents a Chakra Balancing Workshop (just in time for the Holidays!)

Say hello to Annelise!

Annelise Latini is the powerhouse behind Clear Sphere Yoga at the Pajama Factory, a new yoga studio that has been generating a lot of excitement around here.  This weekend she will be teaming up with Brittany from the Triad Center for a Chakra Balancing workshop in her welcoming, light-filled studio.

Chakra is a Sanskrit word (meaning ‘wheel,’) that describes the seven energy centers in the human body. Ideally, these energy centers are balanced, leading to a mind filled with harmony and a body that’s well-suited to dealing with the stress and struggles we all face in life. (Something we will all need going into the holidays!)

The half-day workshop will take place on Sat, Nov. 18th from 1-5pm and will feature physical poses, breathwork, meditation, and essential oils (created in collaboration with Shana of BATHVS.) Of course this is a great workshop for Yoga practitioners, teachers and energy workers, but it assumes no prior knowledge, just a willingness to learn about this ancient, yet very modern tradition.

You can find all of the details and register on the event page: http://www.chakrabalancingworkshop.ontrapages.com/november18

Written by contributing editor, Jim O’Connell

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!