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.

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.