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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Our 10th Annual Holiday Market Vendor Registration is OPEN!

We are accepting applications from local artisans, craftspeople, and small businesses. 2018 was our best year yet, and we are hoping this year will be even better as we celebrate 10 years of supporting the “shop local, shop small” movement.

Saturday, December 14th, 2018 from 10am-4pm

Vendor spots are $50 each. Pajama Factory Tenants pay $20. Spots are limited.
  • 3 different, large market venues to choose from
  • All vendor spots are approximately 9ft x 10ft
  • Electricity and tables are available on a first come, first serve basis for a modest fee.
  • Each vendor will need to submit 3-5 images of their products. Past vendors do not need to resubmit photos.

Deadline to register is September 15th.
Vendors will be notified of their acceptance by September 30th. Payment is due upon acceptance and no later than October 15th.


To register and learn more about the terms and submission criteria, please visit the links below:

  1. Online Registration Form
  2. Upload your Vendor Images (new submissions only)

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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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TEDxWilliamsport – Speaker, Performers, and Event Staff Search

We are excited to be hosting a TEDxWilliamsport in April 2019. This will be a full-day event, and the theme is “21st Century Communities.” Our goal is to bring together bright minds who will give talks that are idea-focused and on a wide range of subjects to foster learning, inspiration, and wonder – as well as provoke conversations that matter.

We are seeking speakers, performers, and event staff.  We also need mentors to support our speakers.  All positions are volunteer.  If you plan on presenting, our selection committee will reach out to schedule your audition once your application has been received.  The application timeline is below:

  • Application Deadline: January 25th, 2019
  • Auditions:  Saturday, Feb. 2nd from 12-2pm & Wednesday, Feb 6th from 6-8pm
  • Dress Rehearsal: April 5th, 2019 (5-10pm)
  • TEDxWilliamsport: April 6th, 2019

To apply, please click on the link below:

TEDxWilliamsport Application

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9th Annual Holiday Market is back and offering more than ever before!

Our 9th annual Holiday Market is happening Saturday, December 8 from 11am-4pm! Shop local this season with 70+ vendors throughout our 3 market venues, PLUS open studios, live music, food, chances to win factory-made prizes, artist exhibitions, and more!  Follow us @PajamaFactory to learn all that we will have happening this year!

For a list of all of our 2018 Holiday Market Vendors, visit the link below:

www.pajamafactory.net/holidaymarket

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Guided Pajama Factory Studio Tours on September’s 2nd Saturday (FREE)!

You’re invited to participate in a guided open studio tour of a curated selection of artists’ spaces at the Pajama Factory!

On Saturday, September 8 from 10 am to 2 pm participants will be guided through the Pajama Factory complex of buildings, wherein the artists will be discussing their work and opportunities for you to become involved. After the tour is over you are welcome to continue to explore the Pajama Factory. Take this opportunity to revisit a space from the tour, explore the buildings’ unique architecture or pop into the Billtown Brainery for their monthly Billtown Bazaar, which runs concurrently with this event until 4 pm. A food truck will be on site for you to grab a snack as well.

This event is FREE and open to the public, but space is limited so please reserve your spot by emailing: gallery@factoryworks.org.

The tour will start promptly at 10 am from the courtyard directly adjacent to the parking lot at the corner of Rose Street and Park Avenue, so please arrive on time so as to not be left behind!

To learn which studios will be featured on the tour, visit www.pajamafactory.net/guided-open-studio-tour

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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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Blues and Brews event in the Courtyard

Bring your own beverage (BYOB) and invite your musically inclined friends to this bluegrass and old jam session. This event is FREE and open to the public. All are welcome – Join us in the Pajama Factory Courtyard for a relaxing, summer chill-out vibe.

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