Celebrating spring with Pajama Factory’s 3rd annual MayFest

A festival of arts, fashion, food, and adventure, the 3rd Annual Mayfest celebration will be held from 2-8 p.m. May 7 at the Pajama Factory, 1307 Park Ave. Local and regional artists, vendors, musicians and designers will be showcased throughout the day.

“It’s a great way to show off the region’s creative talent, expose the broader community to the arts and offer a platform for community participation,” said Barbara Andreassen, manager of the Pajama Factory.

“Mayfest was branded in 2014 when the folks at the Pajama Factory decided to change the date of our big May event from First Friday to Saturday,” Andreassen said. “As the event gets bigger each year, we plan to extend the festival into a multi-day event. The festival is open for artists, local arts and community organizations, nonprofits and regional small businesses to get involved.”

A regional collaborative festival of arts, food, music and fashion, Mayfest 2016 will showcase local and regional vendors selling locally handcrafted wares, including bath and body care, jewelry, baked goods, woodworking, quilts and more. Way Cool Beans Coffee Shop and Roaster will host live acoustic music in the courtyard all afternoon and well into the evening – the perfect setting for a great cup of coffee and great music in a relaxing atmosphere. Way Cool Beans and the Columbia-Montour Visitor’s Bureau also will take part with a Taste of Columbia-Montour County, offering a taste of regional foods and spirits with samples from restaurants, breweries and shops from the region.

Factory Works Gallery will host an opening reception for a group exhibition by the Susquehanna River Arts in Studio 10 on the 2nd floor, and many Pajama Factory tenants will be showing new work for sale and opening their studios for guests to visit. The Williamsport Community Darkroom will be providing a tintype photography demo in the courtyard, an historic photo process that was popular between 1851 and the 1880s.

The STRUT Runway Event, a fashion show of regional designers, will include a spoken word dance by Georgiana Strait and Jessica Clees for the opening act, and a fashion illustration demonstration by Joanne Landis during the intermission. STRUT starts at 6 p.m. in the Clearstory.

“STRUT is featuring the Williamsport YWCA this year, both on the runway, and as one of our charities to receive proceeds from the event,” Andreassen said. “Heavenly Handbags, designed and made at the YWCA, will be modeled along with outfits from their boutique.”

The overall success of Mayfest is due to the collaborative effort and the diversity of the people involved. A grassroots endeavor, Mayfest continues to grow and evolve each year, bringing people together to not only create an enjoyable event, but to facilitate creative working relationships to continually spark ideas for future projects and artistic expression.

“Mayfest will continue to grow each year as more artists, artisans, musicians, arts organizations, and designers get involved,” Andreassen said. “The idea is that this one-day event will eventually grow into a three-day festival.”

Mayfest is family-friendly and is a free public event for people of all ages and tastes. For more information, contact barbara@pajamafactory.net or call 570-220-1170.