Pajama Factory’s ‘Courtyard Series’ to host Kids Day later this month

For those looking to do something fun and free with their kids this summer, look no further than “Kids Day” at the Pajama Factory on July 14.

The event, which is running from noon to 4 p.m., is a day full of kids, crafts and activities, and is part of the Pajama Factory’s “Courtyard Series” — free community events being held in the courtyard off of the corner of Rose Street and Park Avenue.

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Local bike shop expands, adds partnerships

David Stone working with a volunteer

Since Louisa and David Stone started Bicycle Recycle, many bikes that might otherwise have ended up in the junkyard have been repurposed, given a new life and sent back out on the road.

In the Pajama Factory, the shop has moved into a new 2,500-square-foot room, which almost doubles its floor space.

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The Pajama Factory Placed On National Registry of Historic Places

This is a prestigious and highly sought after designation according to the website of the National Park Service, “The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the Nation’s historic places worthy of preservation. Authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Park Service’s National Register of Historic Places is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect America’s historical and archeological resources.”

Mark and Suzanne Winkelman, owners of the property, are thrilled and pleased with this new designation.

“This building complex is a cornerstone of the city,” Mark told Webb Weekly. “We have people visit the building all the time who speak of their family members who used to work here when it was a manufacturing center.”

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Pajama Factory hosts open studios for February First Friday

Find a piece of your heart at the Pajama Factory, 1307 Park Ave., for February’s First Friday event, “Open Studios,” as local business owners open their studios to the community 6-9 p.m. Friday.

There is so much to see and do at the Factory — explore the tenants open studios, art exhibitions, workshops, and product launches.  Among the variety of skills one can see at the Pajama Factory are woodworking, painting, fiber arts — including quilting and garment-making, photography, screen printing, pasta-making, metalwork and pottery/ceramics. Visitors can also meet yoga teachers, computer gamers, writers, printers, sculptors and coffee roasters among others.

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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.


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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.”

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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.”

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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.

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‘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.

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‘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.

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