We’re gearing up for our annual community picnic—a time for employees, artisans, and the community to gather and celebrate another year’s worth of good work. The picnic takes place at The Factory from April 11th – 13th.

This year we’re kicking off our weekend-long gathering with a Supper Club dinner on Thursday evening featuring The Factory Café’s team. Join us for a night of good food and drink, and even better company. Limited seating is available.

We will also debut Threadways and The River Heritage exhibition. A part of Project Threadways, this exhibition showcases the stories of the Tennessee River, Tee Jays Manufacturing, and those who worked in the textile mills of the Shoals. Come out to learn about the history of textile manufacturing in our community. The exhibition will be up through the month of May.

Events continue on Friday with a custom DIY workshop and a chair workshop hosted by The School of Making team. Lunches will be available for pre-order, and our team will be giving guided tours of The Factory.

On Saturday join us for a series of mini-workshops including topics like embroidery stitches, t-shirt workshops, and for the history of Alabama Chanin and Project Threadways with Natalie. In lieu of Saturday brunch, a local lunch will be available for purchase. We’re hosting a stenciling booth, and tours will be given in the morning and afternoon.

The Gathering 2019 will take place Thursday, April 11th through Saturday, April 13th. Mark your calendars and make plans to join us.


Thursday, April 11th
6:00pm The Factory Café Supper Club

Friday, April 12th
10:00am Custom DIY Workshop
2:00pm The Factory Tour
2:45pm – 3:45pm Chair Workshop

Saturday, April 13th
9:00am – 10:00am One-Hour Embroidery Stitches Workshop
10:00am – 2:00pm Stenciling Booth
10:30am The Factory Tour
11:00am – 12:00pm One-Hour T-Shirt Workshop
11:00am – 1:00pm Lunch from The Factory Café
1:00pm – 2:00pm History of Alabama Chanin + Project Threadways with Natalie Chanin
2:30pm The Factory Tour

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