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Octofest: a Funky Fall Festival… First time event showcases city’s creative community
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.
‘We Come From Afar’ Artist-in-Residence program closes with exhibition at Factory Works Gallery
For eight years, the Pajama Factory’s Artist-in-Residence program has been providing an extensive work experience during which artists have time to create two- and three-dimensional work in studio space. The seven-week residency program typically concludes at the Factory Works Gallery, Studio 10, Pajama Factory, 1307 Park Ave., with an exhibition of participants’ work. “We Come From Afar,” a collection of art from this year’s AIR program artists, will open with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday.
‘Mind Shadows’: a photographic exhibit at Lycoming College Art Gallery
Just as the body creates a shadow in bright sunshine, so can the mind create a shadow of the self. These shadows of the mind are the topic of exploration for photographer Ralph Wilson’s upcoming exhibit at the Lycoming College Art Gallery. “Mind Shadows” runs through July 22.
Wilson is currently the director of the Factory Works Gallery and the Williamsport Community Darkroom at the Pajama Factory, where he teaches black and white film photography and historic processes.
Brownfield Coalition to meet, showcase grant benefits
Lycoming County commissioners, the county’s environmental consulting firm and representatives from the city and Muncy Borough will hold an outreach meeting at 10:30 a.m. June 7 in the Community Room of the Pajama Factory, 1307 Park Ave.
The meeting will focus on the final environmental assessment results and accomplishments of the Brownfield Coalition.
“The Pajama Factory is a really prime example of a Brownfield sight being reused and, really, what we want the program to achieve,” said Jenny Picciano, of the county Department of Planning and Community Development. “The current property owner had a vision of turning it into something else, and he’s making that vision a reality.”
“Going Green” with Springfest at the Pajama Factory
Spring is in the air at Williamsport’s Pajama Factory, 1307 Park Ave., as the creative community comes together to present their annual Springfest from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. A day when artists open their studios, teach classes and workshops, paint faces, and play games, Springfest is sure to have something for everyone.
Experimental music and conceptual art come together at Factory Works Gallery
Factory Works Gallery at the Pajama Factory is proud to host a night of art and music with “Factory Works Gallery Presents: experimental electronic music,” Friday from 7-10 p.m., in the unique, rejuvenated industrial space of Factory Works Gallery in Studio 10 on the second floor of the Pajama Factory, 1307 Park Ave.
In early 1900s, Lycoming Rubber Co. was largest Keds manufacturer in US
With peak employment at nearly 3,000 and daily output of hundreds of thousands of pairs of shoes, the Lycoming Rubber Co. once was one of Williamsport’s greatest industries.
The factory at Rose Street and Erie (now Memorial) Avenue was founded in 1882 and made its first pair of shoes in 1883.
For Park Avenue strategy, look at East End pathway
… Supporters of KIZs point to the Pajama Factory, an incubator for artists at Memorial Avenue and Rose Street, which used the KIZ designation to catapult into a successful community hot spot with staying power.
Pajama Factory celebrates ‘The Nature of Love’ at February First Friday event
The Pajama Factory, 1307 Park Ave., will be hosting a campus-wide celebration of “The Nature of Love” on Feb. 3. This love-themed feast for the senses will explore the many forms of love and feature special guest artists, live music, performances, artwork and more.
Pajama Factory holds fifth annual Pre-New Year’s Eve Bash
… For the past five years, Franco’s Lounge has been hosting its annual New Year’s Eve Blues Bash, first at the Genetti Hotel and then settling in at the Pajama Factory, 1307 Park Ave., after a conversation with owner Mark Winkelman sparked a partnership.
Local Artists React to Oakland Warehouse Fire
Williamsport has its own artists warehouse known as the Pajama Factory, but make no mistake, the owners an even City Officials are quick to point out that the similarities essentially end there. The Pajama Factory has played by the rules when it comes to code and regulations…
Pajama Factory expands 7th annual Holiday Market
The Pajama Factory’s annual Holiday Market is back and better than ever.
This year’s Holiday Market will now be a two-day event offering two beautiful venues to shop from for all your unique holiday and handcrafted gifts.
New business spotlight on Writers Qi
Local businesses looking for someone to help them with advertising, web content and other written material may need to look no further than Williamsport. Chris Hayward this June launched Writers Qi to fill what she sees as a niche market…
Williamsport Community Kitchen
Williamsport Community Kitchen build to help start-up food businesses grow
This time last year, Lisa Andrus, a native of Williamsport and professor of hospitality management at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, had been feeling the itch to get back into the operational side of the food and beverage business rather than just teaching it. When she connected with Mark Winkelman and looked at the space The Pajama Factory offers, two things became very clear…
Having a (masquerade) ball
City native plans masked event for Pajama Factory
It’s the perfect time of year for masks and costumes, and in the spirit of the season, Williamsport native Carey Chisolm has prepared a masquerade for the city. The Masquerade Ball, set for 8 p.m. to midnight Oct. 29 at the Pajama Factory, 1307 Park Ave., promises to be an eventful night with music, live performances and costumes required, Chisolm said…
Rocky returns, just in time for Halloween
Pajama Factory to host community production of ‘Rocky Horror Show’ for second year
“The Rocky Horror Picture Show” became an unlikely cult classic after its original lackluster release in 1975 — but there would have been no cult classic status for the film without the 1973 stage production that inspired it, “The Rocky Horror Show.”
Fortunately for fans of Dr. Frank N. Furter, Magenta, Riff Raff and the rest of the unique cast, the musical has become a Halloween-time-of-year tradition, and those living in central Pennsylvania get to join in on the fun. A community production of “The Rocky Horror Show” will return for the second year to the Pajama Factory, 1307 Park Ave., with performances at 7 p.m. tonight, Friday and Saturday, with additional 11 p.m. performances on Friday and Saturday…
Love is bottom line
Over 125 turn out for memorial for Orlando victims
Over 125 people bowed their heads for a moment of silence to mourn the 49 individuals who lost their lives last Sunday morning in Orlando at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida.
Friday night, the Spectrum Alliance of Williamsport, an LGBT support group, hosted a candlelight vigil in the courtyard of the Pajama Factory, 1307 Park Ave.
Making a new home for the summer
Visiting artists make the most of Williamsport and its arts community
For seven years, the Pajama Factory has hosted an Artist In Residence program that accept artists from all different genres, cultures and countries to come and create in the spacious factory, working alongside other artists, taking advantage of what Williamsport has to offer.
Celebrating spring with Pajama Factory’s 3rd annual MayFest
A festival of arts, fashion, food, and adventure, the 3rd Annual Mayfest celebration will be held from 2-8 p.m. May 7 at the Pajama Factory, 1307 Park Ave. Local and regional artists, vendors, musicians and designers will be showcased throughout the day.
Mansfield University student to hold photography exhibit at Pajama Factory
“Music: Home Grown to Well-known”is a photography art exhibit by Mansfield University student Morgan Matyjevich, which will be held from 6-8 p.m. April 30 at the Pajama Factory, 1307 Park Ave.
Pajama Factory to kick off Pajama Jam Benefit Series
When Cliff Stevens and his wife first moved here a few years back from Center City, Philadelphia, he was intrigued immediately by the potential of the Pajama Factory – the size and rawness, he said, sent his imagination spinning in all kinds of directions.
Pajama Factory to host photo exhibit by Mansfield junior
Mansfield University junior and advanced photography student Melanie Hartley will hold a photo exhibit, “Tattoos and Scars,” from 3-6 p.m. April 3 at the Pajama Factory, 1307 Park Ave.
“Tattoos and Scars” came about from noticing that the majority of Hartley’s friends had tattoos.
Front Parlor storytelling series coming to Pajama Factory for ‘Living Arrangements’
Upstate New York’s favorite storytelling series, Front Parlor, comes to Williamsport, with a performance at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 18 at the Pajama Factory, 1307 Park Ave.
‘The Graphite Gang’ to present new group exhibit at the Pajama Factory
A loosely-formed group known as The Graphite Gang will have its second show, “Grey Matters – More,” which will open with a reception from 6-9 p.m. Friday at the Pajama Factory, 1307 Park Ave.
The exhibit and reception will take place in the FactoryWorks Gallery on the second floor.
Site’s future may include apartments
Mark Winkelman, owner of the Pajama Factory on Park Avenue, has big plans for the future of the building, which has emerged in recent years as a haven for artists and creative types, as well as a space out of which entrepreneurs can operate a small business.
Ringing in the new
For some, a simple evening at home with a bottle of champagne and the Times Square festivities on TV is enough to ring in the new year. However, celebrating New Year’s Eve with dinner, drinks and dancing has its own appeal, and there’s plenty of opportunities in Williamsport and the surrounding area.
Holiday Artisans’ Market showcases local artists, builds community
Celebrate First Friday in December as the Pajama Factory, 1307 Park Ave., hosts its 6th Annual Holiday Artisans’ Market from 6-9 p.m. Dec. 4. Local artists and artisans will display their wares, factory tenants will open their studio doors for the evening and live music, food, local brews and great company will be enjoyed by all who attend.
Through the lens and back in time
The Williamsport Community Darkroom will take people back to the 19th century with a Victorian era-themed photoshoot.
The event – which will raise funds for the darkroom – will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 7 at the Pajama Factory, 1307 Park Ave.
Pajama Factory to offer free portfolio evaluations for high school students
Are you in 10th through 12th grade, interested in pursuing a degree in the art field and have a portfolio? You’re in luck – the Factory Works Gallery at the Pajama Factory, 1307 Park Ave., will hold a portfolio review for students from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 26. Light refreshments also will be served from places such as Way Cool Beans, a coffee shop which also is located in the Pajama Factory.
How a backpack-using entrepreneur ‘made his own path’
There are many creative ventures going on inside of the Pajama Factory – some of which are highly publicized, but many others that fly under the radar. Thought of mainly as a place for painters or graphic artists, it would have been easy to miss the news that Equinox LTD, a company that makes outdoor gear right in the factory, was commissioned by a 27-year-old entrepreneur from California to help design and create an innovative new backpack.
Pajama Factory owner granted variance to grow
An incubator business for artists, photographers and performers on Rose Street at Memorial Avenue can expand its residential and commercial tenant base after its owner was granted a variance Thursday by the city zoning hearing board.
Fun and flirty figure drawing
This month, the Pajama Factory, 1307 Park Ave., will present something new that involves drawing, burlesque and the cult classic 1980s film “Ghostbusters” – a unique event titled “Pasties, Pencils and Pints” that will be held at 8:30 p.m. Saturday.
Pajama Factory growth continues; former industrial site KIZ approved
The Pajama Factory has enjoyed a wave of expansion in recent years with rental space leased out for businesses, organizations and even dwellings in the former industrial site. That has especially meant new opportunities for entrepreneurs and artists.
Fashion returns to second Mayfest celebration
Design, performance, couture, art and charity – all in one! STRUT: A Runway Event, is an all-encompassing fashion show that will be held from 6-8 p.m. Saturday in the “clear story space” at the Pajama Factory, 1307 Park Ave.
Spring has sprung
After a long and bitter cold winter in the region, spring is in the air and warm weather has finally arrived, as the 2nd annual Mayfest celebration will be held from 2-8 p.m. May 2 at the Pajama Factory, 1307 Park Ave.
Collaboration and creativity merge in Pajama Factory’s resident artist program
The creative process involved in making works of art is often solitary, requiring personal reflection and a great deal of focus to turn ideas into physical pieces that can be viewed, perceived and critiqued by others.
Pajama Factory a haven for creative spirits
A creative incubator fostering small business owners, fine artists, performers and more sits at 1307 Park Ave.
As owner, executive director and self described man behind the curtain Mark Winkelman puts it, the Pajama Factory is a community developed by its users, nurtured by Winkelman and others who keep the building running.
The Pajama Factory: A building and a canvas
When folks outside of the artistic community describe the Pajama Factory, they might say something like “it’s just a place where artists like painters or designers do their work. But the 300,000-square-foot complex at 1307 Park Ave. is fundamentally more than that.
Believe in bikes: Couple helps cultivate cycling culture, community through Bicycle Recycle program
A neighborhood boy who looks to be about 11 walks into the Bicycle Recycle shop at the Pajama Factory, with a dysfunctional bicycle at his side. The bike doesn’t have a seat or brakes, and the boy doesn’t have a shirt.
GARMENTS GALORE: Pajama Design Lab offers classes, workshops for aspiring clothing designers
At the Pajama Factory in Studio 17, among the sewing machines, stacks of fashion magazines, hand-drawn design mock ups and limbless mannequins bearing unfinished designs – a stark contrast to the cutthroat-fashion-industry stereotype exists – one where diversity and imagination are encouraged, patience a virtue.
… She put her environmental studies degree to work at the Organic Garden Center in the Pajama Factory.
Neighborhood children, primarily from lower-income families, began gravitating toward the greenhouse, as the great opaque dome in the parking lot of the Pajama Factory sparked the interest of young minds.
Kick off spring with Pajama Factory Mayfest
ith the snow gone for good, flowers blooming, trees sprouting and birds chirping, May is a month of fresh starts and new beginnings.
Nature isn’t the only thing that emerges out of prolonged winter dormancy in the spring months; people do too – especially artists.
New business spotlight on Williamsport Community Woodshop
Got a yen for woodworking and carpentry?
Come to the Williamsport Community Woodshop in the city’s Pajama Factory. Here, area residents can practice their woodworking skills as hobbyists or as a business interest. John Meyer, woodshop manager, helped start it last year.
Argentinian artists spend summer at Factory
Buenos Aires-born artists Eli Cornejo and Juan Arata are spending their summer at the Pajama Factory, 1307 Park Ave., as part of its Artist-in-Residence program. The artists, who are currently based in Berlin, Germany, wanted to come here to have more time to focus on their work and to meet more artists.
Fashion Friday Q&A with Savannah Barr Dempsey, embroidered with love
Fiber and textile artist and clothing designer Savannah Barr Dempsey, 25, lives and works in the Pajama Factory, 1307 Park Ave. Her work is on display in a brick and mortor studio, Volund’s Wingtips, within the factory as well as the Volund’s Wingtips Etsy store and Facebook page.
Joanne Landis’ ‘In Story’ at Converge
When Joanne Landis said she wanted to “get away from it all,” she really meant it. The artist-writer-fashion designer was living in the lower east side of NYC and painting in a tiny apartment when she decided to move to a 9-acre property in Troxelville, a town with a population of 221…
Blues Bash at the Pajama Factory[Williamsport’s] become a place where we love to come,” Mark Wenner, founding member of veteran blues band The Nighthawks, said.
Upward Over the Mountain: An epic painting-in-progress to be unveiled at Mansfield University
Art patron and city native Elias Janetias loves Williamsport and wanted to commission an artwork that captured the beauty of the city and the area.
Absolute pleasure: ‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’ at Pajama Factory
The former Site:B at the Pajama Factory, 1307 Park Ave., will be transformed into Frank-N-Furter’s mansion as “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” is performed at 7:30 and 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, as well as 7:30 p.m. Oct. 25 and 7:30 and 11 p.m. Oct. 26 and 27.
Pajama Factory gets conditional use to pursue apartments, lofts
The Pajama Factory cleared a hurdle Thursday with City Council as the owner goes through the steps needed to convert unused space inside huge structure into studio apartments, two-bedroom lofts and larger living spaces for the building’s tenants, which includie working artists, performers and small business owners
Public Art Academy’s Artist-in-Residence exhibition is Friday
Despite dramatic cuts in funding, the Public Art Academy’s Artist-in-Residence program survived this year, albeit in truncated form. Whereas the program, which provides an art studio at the Pajama Factory and housing in the city for artists from across the country for a month or two during the summer, welcomed 17 artists last year, it took in just four artists this year.
Will Pajama Factory get OK to add apartments?
For years, the artists and performers at the Pajama Factory on Park Avenue haven’t been able to live where they work. That may soon change, however, because a plan for apartments in the Pajama Factory went before the city planning commission Monday, received a positive recommendation and will be on City Council’s agenda Thursday.
Adopted city artist talks about local charm
An abstract expressionist painter, Yocum moved here from New York City in 2010 and maintains a studio in the Pajama Factory. He describes himself as one of the “factory dwellers” and says there is no place he would rather live than here in Williamsport.
Around the Factory with Savannah Barr
Savannah Barr, originally from Smethport, has found a home at the Pajama Factory, 1307 Park Ave., as an artist of many mediums.
Introducing Circus Panacea: Pajama Factory tenant Mathias Lovemotor creates new show
For Mathias Lovemotor, creating a circus is a way of following what he calls his “highest expression.” The brains – or, more appropriately, the heart – behind Circus Panacea, Lovemotor is in the beginning stages of creating the show for the Williamsport area, with a tentative event date set for October.
Individuality on display: Williamsport students create mural
Although it was one project, a mural at the Williamsport Area High School that recently was completed on a stairwell wall shows each student’s individual talent.
Steve Hirsch died Friday morning at his home in Williamsport with his wife, Alison, at his bedside. He was 71 years old and had waged an eight-year struggle with Lewy Body Dementia, a little understood form of dementia related to Parkinson’s Disease
Liz Parrish’s Little Monsters: Artist to be featured in ‘Here Be Monsters’ at Grey Art Gallery
As long as there have been artists, there have been artists depicting monsters. Some paint the creatures that inhabit the unknown spaces of land or sea, or some, the creatures that torment the psyche.
Students create mural for city
Members of the Williamsport Area High School’s Youth Ambassador Program unveiled a mural they created on Maynard Street at the Wire Works, Inc. on Friday.
Creative incubator: Center for Creativity’s Clay Studio 26 begins public classes
The Center for Creativity’s newly created Clay Studio 26 at the Pajama Factory, 1307 Park Ave., will begin a seven-week series of ceramics classes starting Nov. 7.
Meet the artists-in-residence: Get to know the faces that will be around the Pajama Factory through the summer
The Public Art Academy’s Artist-in-Residence program at the Pajama Factory, 1307 Park Ave., came to a close last Friday with the 2011 Public Art Academy Artist-in-Residence art exhibition…With this edition, the Sun-Gazette presents the final AIR profile of the summer: Melissa Liegner.
NYC artist visits Paper+
It seems as if information flows directly through artist Paul Fabozzi and into projects. He’s just that kind of an artist – wherever he is, his surroundings become his work.
Meet the artists-in-residence: Get to know the faces that will be around the Pajama Factory through the summer
Throughout the months of June and July, the Sun-Gazette will profile each artist participating in the summer residency program at the Pajama Factory. This article features: Samantha Hookway, Sarah Knouse and Sophia Narrett…
Celebrate art during First Friday
Photojournalists Ralph Wilson and Stephanie Carey, owners of Street Light Photography, are hosting a studio open house and debuting a unique collection of travel photos Friday. The open house and show are two highlights of an evening of art and music from 6 to 9 p.m. at The Pajama Factory, 1307 Park Ave
New business spotlight on Creative Costumes
If vintage clothing is something that residents want, they should check out Creative Costumes, located at the Pajama Factory.