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As we head into the holidays, many of us will be busy handcrafting gifts for our friends and family, which brings to mind a new and exciting cultural movement—both in and outside the Pajama Factory—called the Maker Movement. It’s a DIY movement that celebrates self-reliance and hands-on solutions. While much of the Maker Movement culture is technology based, it also extends to traditional arts and crafts. It’s grounded in invention with an emphasis on applying practical skills to pressing problems or challenges and then hacking and tinkering to come up with creative solutions.

Since our Pajama Factory community lives and breathes the DIY spirit every day, we decided to devote this newsletter to the Maker Movement, with a focus on just a few of our many makers.

We are hoping you will join us for the 5th Annual Holiday Artisans’ Market on December’s First Friday—to see what we are making here at the Factory, and meet the many artists and artisans exhibiting their work. We also invite you to our 3rd annual Blues Festival on December 30th with a line-up of four great bands making their own great music. Tickets can be purchased online at – order your tickets early, as they sell out fairly quickly—and let us know if you need a place to stay!

Mark and I wish everyone a wonderful holiday season and we are thankful for your continued support.

– Mark and Susie Winkelman

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