Creative Makers Exhibition to feature Pajama Factory Artists and Tenants

Creative Makers of the PA Wilds: ‘A Citywide Exposition’

The PA Wilds Center for Entrepreneurship, Inc. and Wilds Cooperative of Pennsylvania are proud to announce that the Creative Makers of the Pennsylvania Wilds – A Traveling Public Art Show will be featured in three venues across the City of Lock Haven in September 2019.

“This is the first time the exhibit has been displayed in this multi-venue format, so we’re calling it the Creative Makers of the Pennsylvania Wilds: A Citywide Exposition,” said Abbi Peters, Executive Vice President of Creative Industries at the PA Wilds Center.

The exhibit, which celebrates the artisans and producers of rural Pennsylvania by bringing processes that are often completed behind the scenes, in the rolling hills of the Wilds, to public spaces, will be displayed at:
— Avenue 209 Coffee Shop, 209 Bellefonte Ave., from September 3 – 30.
— Lock Haven University‘s Bentley Gallery, 401 N. Fairview St., from September 3 – October 5.
— The Station Gallery, home of the Clinton County Arts Council, at 2 E. Bald Eagle St. in Lock Haven, from September 13 – October 5.

An opening reception will be held at the Station Gallery from 6-9 p.m. on Friday, September 13 to kick off the exhibit.

When spread across the three venues, the entire show will feature more than 330 images of 82 artisans, creative entrepreneurs and cultural events, demonstrating the breadth of skill and talent in the Pennsylvania Wilds,” Peters added.

The show can be viewed throughout the month, and the goal is to get people moving throughout the community to view the entire show, Peters noted.

“The portion of the show exhibited at the Station Gallery will be part of the Clinton County Arts Council’s biannual Art in the PA Wilds Exhibit, which typically showcases finished works by artisans from across the 13-county region. This year’s exhibit will for the first time integrate images of Pennsylvania Wilds creative makers in the process of crafting their artworks and products – providing an opportunity for people to see the processes behind a finished piece,” explained Carol Cillo, president of the Clinton County Arts Council.

Artisans featured in the exhibit are juried artisan members of the Wilds Cooperative of PA (WCO), one of rural Pennsylvania’s largest networks of creative entrepreneurs, which is managed by the PA Wilds Center.

“The Pennsylvania Wilds region covers about 25 percent of the Commonwealth, but only about 4 percent of the population calls it home. A while back, it became a mission of the PA Wilds Center and the WCO to help share the stories of the artisans and makers, as well as how they create their products,” Peters explained. “This is what led to the Creative Makers of the PA Wilds – A Traveling Public Art Show.”

The exhibit features artisans from each of the 13 counties encompassed in the Pennsylvania Wilds region, including: Warren, Forest, Elk, Potter, McKean, Tioga, Clinton, Lycoming, Clearfield, Jefferson, Cameron, Clarion and Northern Centre.

The Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts (PPA) has supported this project for the past two years, helping the PA Wilds Center contract with five photographers from the region to document creative makers, including: Bill Crowell, Doug Bauman, Karen Heltzel, Katie Weidenboerner-Deppen, and Tracy Smith. So far, the show has been exhibited in five public spaces across the PA Wilds, as well as the Capitol Rotunda Gallery in Harrisburg.

Details about the Creative Makers of the PA Wilds Exhibit can be found at www.wildscopa.org/creative-makers.

Photo Credit: Doug Bauman

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Take our Bus Survey

Help us bring direct city-to-city bus service to Williamsport.

The Susquehanna Greenway Partnership’s Heart of Williamsport project has been collecting stories from our diverse community to identify what people value about living here and what they would like to see change. Eight focus groups generated action ideas based on our community’s values to guide in local decision making. Expanding bus service options was one of these priorities.

“The next phase of development for the Heart of Williamsport project is about taking action,”  said Alice Trowbridge, Project Coordinator. “It is about identifying key organizations and individuals we can partner with to do the work needed to produce results.”

The Pajama Factory has developed a plan to bring direct city-to-city bus routes to Williamsport. It starts with a survey to see exactly what people would like to see and gather the hard data to present to potential partners on the project.  If the data shows that residents from our region have an interest and a need for direct city-to-city transportation, finding the bus line to make it happen will be much easier.

“We are asking people to participate in our survey,” said Mark Winkelman, Owner of the Pajama Factory. “Once we know what the majority of folks are looking for, and we have the numbers to prove it, we can go out and shop our bus routes to different companies, such as Megabus, Boltbus, or Ourbus.com.  When they see there is a viable market, we believe it will only be a matter of time before these bus routes are realized.”

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WBRE/WYOU TV features Pajama Factory in ‘Beyond Baseball’ segment about Williamsport

The Pajama Factory started out in the 1880s, as a rubber company. Later on, hundreds worked here making Keds sneakers.  In the 1930s, the Weldons Pajama Company moved in. The eight-building complex would grow to become the largest pajama factory in the world. 

A set is on display inside Todd Foresman’s Coffee shop on the ground floor, where he takes pride in his work.  “When you are cooking for people that you care about, you make a better meal.  It’s the same with the coffee.  I really love what I do.  I really do believe I have the best coffee in the state,” said Todd Foresman, Owner, Way Cool Beans Coffee Shop

Todd’s landlord is property owner Mark Winkelman, an architect from New York.  He’s renovating the Pajama Factory and turned part of the building into his home away from home.  “We’ve owned it for twelve years.  It’s been a continuous renovation effort.  And we will continue for many more years.  I like the slow growth, the organic growth aspect of that,” said Mark Winkelman, Owner of the Pajama Factory.

To see more from the segment, visit https://www.pahomepage.com/sports/little-league-world-series/williamsport-beyond-baseball-the-pajama-factory/

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5 years and going strong … An interview with Todd Foresman, owner of Way Cool Beans Coffee Shop in the Pajama Factory

Who are you and what do you do here?

I’m a lot of things; a business owner, a coffee roaster, and when I came here I was a caregiver for my mother. So, my mother passed, but I’m still a caregiver. That’s just a part of my personality. I’m a people person, I LOVE people. Especially here [at the Factory], they’re so diverse. Having come here and been around such a wide variety of different people, I’ve become more open-minded toward different lifestyles. I try to work on being non-judgmental, the unlearning is the hardest part.

How long have you been with the Pajama Factory?

In a few short days, it’ll be five years.

Did ​you grow up in the area? If not, when and why did you move to this area?

I literally sleep in my childhood bedroom. I live in the house I grew up in, which is three blocks away.

What was your experience with coffee roasting before you opened your establishment?

I worked in a print shop, buying whole bean coffee from the coffee shop up the street, trying to figure out what I was going to do to retire, because the printing industry was changing. The coffee shop down the street that I went to every day was closing, so I decided I would make it myself. I did all the research and figured out how to roast my own coffee. I built my first roaster, and I really had no intentions of opening a coffee shop, but one day it worked. I looked at my brother and said, “I’m going to open a coffee shop.” And three years later – I was here. I started with a table and a tent and worked at music festivals, anywhere I could set something up. I never thought I had what it took to open my own business, and it definitely takes some discipline, but it’s fun.

Tell me the story of Way Cool Beans. Why did you open, and why did you choose to open here?

The completely honest answer is, I don’t know. I knew there was some stuff over here, and I was just kinda drawn to it. I wanted to be down where the woodshop is, or around the corner. I didn’t know anything about the building. Barb [Andreassen] and Mark [Winkelman] pushed this spot on me, because it had plumbing and gas and had been empty for some time. I actually said no three times until I finally decided to be here. After being here, it became really obvious to me why I wanted to be here. It’s partly because of the community, partly because people meet here, a lot of things happen in here. I’m kind of a facilitator, not really by choice, it just kind of happens. It’s just the energy of the place. For example, there was a lawyer sitting here and also a guy who wanted to start a music festival, but he needed a lawyer. And they just happened to both be here. I live in a constant state of amazement but I’m never surprised anymore. It’s amazing, but it’s common. These things happen all the time if you pay attention.

​What core value drives your business?

Getting people together. This is a great place for people to stop and breathe. Everyone is in a hurry, everyone has something to do. Everyone is goal oriented, which isn’t a bad thing, but if you’re so goal-oriented while you’re trying to get there, you’re missing life. It’s the journey, not the destination. It’s about the now. Everyone says the same thing to me: “The seats are so comfortable in here.”

​What do you love most about what you do?

I do it for me. I’m not working for someone else, [so] it doesn’t feel like work. I don’t feel like I need to retire. I hang out all day. That’s what I do for a living. I brew coffee, but for the most part, it almost never feels like work. Since my mother’s passed, my brother comes and has lunch with me every day here so we’ve gotten closer.

What are your hopes for the future of Way Cool Beans?

Actually, I hope to really keep doing what I’m doing, but more of it. My intentions for the physical part of the shop – I’d like to do a facelift. I’ve started some things cosmetically. I’m working on getting into a few more restaurants. I’m working on making deliveries. I’d like to put together a coffee trailer – like a food truck, but for coffee, so I can go to events and hang out. Hiring more employees is a goal in the future as well.

What’s your current go-to drink?

Believe it or not, I drink more water than anything. Sumatra is my everyday coffee. Probably my favorite is the Hawaiian Kona, but it’s expensive.

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Open your Heart to our Open Studios this February First Friday

This February First Friday, Open your Heart to our Open Studios at the Pajama Factory Experience our Creative Community in action.

Williamsport, PA, January 23rd, 2019  – Join us for Williamsport’s February First Friday event and discover our creative community. Tenants are opening their doors and sharing their hearts, and we’d love to see you there!

Starting at 6pm, Way Cool Beans (@ToddsCoolBeans) is celebrating 5 years of delicious, roasted coffee goodness (congratulations Todd!) and will host live music with Atom and Chloe.  Stop into Building 6 for a coffee, some tunes, and while you’re there – be sure to visit Pasta By Deb (@Pasta-By-Deb) down the hall in Studio 6-111.  Deb will be featuring heART you can eat and heART you can wear, so guests will want to check out her studio.  Across the courtyard, on the 2nd floor of Building 9 in Studio 10N, Factory Works Gallery (factoryworks.org) invites you to “Jonathan Preston,” an exhibition of street art influenced paintings by the Bellefonte / State College based artist. This is Jonathan’s first exhibition both at Factory Works Gallery as well as in Williamsport.

David DeFebo & Mary Woods owners of WholeheARTed Wholistic in Studio 7-240 will have Biocharger Demos every 30 minutes starting at 6pm with a presentation of the products and services they offer at 7pm.  Meet the artist in person! Todd Rice of Studio 7-243 and Barbara Andreassen of Studio 9-208 will each open their studios for guests to walk in, take a look around and discuss their work.  Paul Clacher of Studio 7-250 will also host an open studio and will be doing live watercolor paintings, while Pajama Factory owners, Mark and Suzanne Winkelman, will be opening their residential loft for visitors and friendly conversation!

This is only a sample of what will be happening around the Factory.  “February First Friday at the Pajama Factory has always been an opportunity for our community to welcome the greater Williamsport area community into what we do,” said Event Chair, Brian Spies.  “We can’t wait to have you see how our community continues to grow and thrive!” There is so much to see and do, so visit us and experience our Creative Community first hand.  And as we say around here: Dream it. See it. Do it. … at the Factory.

The Pajama Factory is located at 1307 Park Avenue, Williamsport, PA 17701.  The event will take place Friday, February 1st from 6pm to 9pm. Free admission.  Food trucks will be onsite. For more information about the Pajama Factory, please visit www.pajamafactory.net or email events@pajamafactory.net.

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About the Pajama Factory: The Pajama Factory is a community of artists, entrepreneurs, and local businesses who come together to build off of each other’s strengths and dreams in order to create something bigger than themselves. The Pajama Factory is a proud member of the Williamsport Business Association and the Williamsport Lycoming Chamber of Commerce, and is located at 1307 Park Avenue, Williamsport, PA 17701. To learn more, please visit www.pajamafactory.net.

Contact: Danielle Velkoff, Event Coordinator (570) 980-1452, events@pajamafactory.net

 

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Drag Bingo, a fundraising event for AIDS Resource, Friday, 2/8 in the Community Room

AIDS Resource, Inc., a community-based organization with offices in Williamsport and State College, announces a Drag Bingo Benefit at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, February 8, 2019 at the Pajama Factory Community Room, 1307 Park Avenue, Williamsport.

Advance tickets by credit card are $20 for 10 games by calling 570-322-8448 followed by option 1 then, ext. 10. or you may also email lizfink@aidsresource.com.  Tickets are $22 at the door.  The evening will feature prizes, 50/50 raffle, light snacks, and is BYOB.  Laurel Charleston, a State College based entertainer, will perform for the event.  All proceeds benefit the valuable programs of AIDS Resource.

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Happy Halloween! Congratulations to the WINNER of this year’s OCTOPAS!

Happy Halloween! Our funky, fall festival, Octofest, was a blast this year! We want to thank Bullfrog Brewery for joining us. We can’t wait to have them back for our Holiday Market on December 8!

Congratulations to our OCTOPAS prize winner, Sherry Hoovel! No tricks here—she took home some amazing factory-made treats from our tenants! This prize pack wouldn’t have been possible without generous donations from: Will Goddard, Steve Bower Studio, Rita Bower, Way Cool Beans, Paper+, Mark and Suzanne Winkelman, Our Generations’ Quilt Shop, Factory Works Photo Lab, Divine Qi, Jordan DeArment, and WholeHeARTed Health!

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KIDS DAY in the Courtyard at the Pajama Factory!

If you are looking for something FUN and FREE to do this summer with the kiddos, then join us at the Pajama Factory on Saturday, July 14th from 12-4pm for KIDS DAY!  A day full of kids crafts and activities as part of our Courtyard Series – free, community events being held in the courtyard off of the corner of Rose Street and Park Avenue.

Starting at Noon, the Pajama Factory’s Artist-in-Residency Program will be providing a series of creative activities including temporary tattoo style rubber eraser prints and a monoprint workshop. The Lycoming Arts’ Art2Go! Cart will be there as well, providing a series of projects for the kids to do. All activities include all the necessary supplies, and the kids can take them home when you leave.

Summer is in full swing and we’re sure your kids are looking for a creative way to spend an afternoon!

*This event is free and open to the public. In case of rain it will be moved inside to the Community Room directly adjacent to the Courtyard.  Photo courtesy of Kyle Huggins Design & Photography.

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Clear Sphere will be offering outdoor Yoga as part of the Courtyard Series!

As part of our Summer Courtyard Series, Annelise Latini of Clear Sphere Yoga will be offering two, different outdoor yoga classes this year!  Share in your connection to outdoors and to one another in these fun, summertime events.  Both offerings are FREE and open to the pubic.  ALL levels and ages are welcome!

  • Day Break Devotional Yoga, Thursdays at 6am (June)
    • Grab your mat and join other yogis in the Courtyard for this invigorating yoga class.  Start your day off right!
  • Fireside Yoga, Every 3rd Wednesday at 7pm (June – August)
    • LIVE MUSIC and teachers from Clear Sphere Yoga Studio will guide you through the breathwork, movements and meditation.

We can’t wait to see you in the Courtyard!

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Pajama Factory launches Summer Courtyard Series with a Community BBQ

Starting at 6:00pm on Friday, June 1st, The Pajama Factory will be firing up the grill for a community BBQ.  All are welcome!

Bring a dish of your own to share with the community and learn more about what we have planned for our inaugural Courtyard Series.  Events range from yoga and live music to a Kid’s Day full of crafts and games.  Winter is finally over so let’s celebrate with some delicious food and time with our friends, both old and yet to be made!

The Pajama Factory will be providing hot dogs, burgers, and buns (while supplies last) as well as plates, napkins and utensils.  All you need to bring is a meat, beverage, or dish to share and a desire to engage with our community!  See you there!

 

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