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Pajama Factory hosts open studios for February First Friday
Find a piece of your heart at the Pajama Factory, 1307 Park Ave., for February’s First Friday event, “Open Studios,” as local business owners open their studios to the community 6-9 p.m. Friday.
There is so much to see and do at the Factory — explore the tenants open studios, art exhibitions, workshops, and product launches. Among the variety of skills one can see at the Pajama Factory are woodworking, painting, fiber arts — including quilting and garment-making, photography, screen printing, pasta-making, metalwork and pottery/ceramics. Visitors can also meet yoga teachers, computer gamers, writers, printers, sculptors and coffee roasters among others.
Sixth Annual Blues Bash a kick off to New Year’s celebrations
The end of 2017 is days away and if you’re still looking for the best way to ring in the New Year, the search is over. Just head over to the Pajama Factory for a night of great food and entertainment, a selection of local craft beer and the opportunity to support a good cause.
Just make sure you head over one night earlier. The Sixth Annual New Years Blues Bash at the Pajama Factory kicks off at 5 p.m. Saturday and promises to be the greatest New Year’s Eve Eve party around. According to Danielle Velkoff, events and business development at the Pajama Factory, doors open at 5 p.m. and the concert beginning at 6.
“The evening will feature local talent Stacia Abernatha and Gabe Stillman, then Mystery Trayne,” said Velkoff. “They will be followed by Miss Melanie and the Valley Rats from State College, and our headliner – The Nighthawks, America’s oldest touring blues band.”
In addition, said Velkoff, Real Taste Food Truck will be offering up Mexican street-food and Leonard’s Backyard Bistro will be serving their signature burgers and fries. The Bullfrog Brewery also will be onsite serving a selection of their best brews and there will be a silent auction.
Holiday Market returns to the Pajama Factory
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.
“This is the eighth year we will be doing the Holiday Market at the Pajama Factory,” Velkoff said. “It gives us the opportunity to bring outside vendors in from the cold, and highlight our tenants and the historic Pajama Factory complex.”
Painted Journal II
The Factory had been doing shows in the gallery for several months when Steve and his wife Rita approached the director regarding a two-person show, which was scheduled for the month of November. Additionally, they have accumulated a number of pieces of themes they developed while traveling, many of which were exhibited at the Station Gallery in Lock Haven.
Rita and Steve share a working studio space together at the Pajama Factory which doubles as a classroom one or two days a month.
“At the Factory, we met a lot of talented people who also lease studios and work in many mediums,” Rita said. “Ralph Wilson, a photographer at the Factory, was also the coordinator of exhibitions for the Factory Works Gallery. We were talking with Ralph about traveling and creating works of art inspired by our journeys — and that’s how this exhibition came to be.”
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Penn College student transforms trash to fashion for show
A Pennsylvania College of Technology student’s ability to transform trash to fashion will be showcased for the public at 6 p.m. Nov. 30 in Penn College’s Thompson Professional Development Center. The “Trashion Fashion Show” is a free event devised by industrial design student Ashley E. Mahaffey, of Hughesville, as part of her senior capstone project. … Designer Valerie Beggs, director/owner of Make What You Wear at Williamsport’s Pajama Factory, has assisted Mahaffey throughout the project…
Williamsport Community WoodshopThe Pajama Factory encompasses many different creative facets from small business owners, to entrepreneurs, artists, musicians, coffee lovers, but tucked in the back part of the building past the courtyard is a special place for people to use their hands and learn a new skill.
Cliff Stevens and his wife, Veruschka, moved to the Williamsport area from center-city Philadelphia, and even though they have only been in the city a little over a year, they have felt a distinct welcome in the community.
Tommy Grieco is an artist from Lock Haven who uses the Pajama Factory for his studio space to create his paintings and chalk pastel pieces. “It’s great to get together and share ideas and creativity,” he comments about the atmosphere at the Pajama Factory. Tommy says that he feels a sense of community within the Pajama Factory, but felt an even greater sense of it when people from across the Williamsport and Lock Haven area donated to his GoFundMe site for a new wheelchair.