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Housing community hosts craft fair

Jennie McGibney (left), creator of Bubble Bar Soaps, sells her homemade goods Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015, in the Tierra Vista Communities community center during the Base craft fair. The craft fair vendors consisted mostly of residents who sold crocheted items, bags, hand-made candles, soaps and decorative wares. (U.S. Air Force photo/2nd Lt. Darren Domingo)

Jennie McGibney (left), creator of Bubble Bar Soaps, sells her homemade goods Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015, in the Tierra Vista Communities community center during the Base craft fair. The craft fair vendors consisted mostly of residents who sold crocheted items, bags, hand-made candles, soaps and decorative wares. (U.S. Air Force photo/2nd Lt. Darren Domingo)

Jordana Leigh, owner of “Jorgi’s Disnerd world,” sells homemade Disney-inspired jewelry Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015, in the Tierra Vista Communities community center during the Base craft fair, an open event that allowed community vendors to sell their homemade goods. Leigh explained the event was the first opportunity she had to publicly share her items. The craft fair offered a way for start-up vendors to share their creative passions with others. (U.S. Air Force photo/2nd Lt. Darren Domingo)

Jordana Leigh, owner of “Jorgi’s Disnerd world,” sells homemade Disney-inspired jewelry Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015, in the Tierra Vista Communities community center during the Base craft fair, an open event that allowed community vendors to sell their homemade goods. Leigh explained the event was the first opportunity she had to publicly share her items. The craft fair offered a way for start-up vendors to share their creative passions with others. (U.S. Air Force photo/2nd Lt. Darren Domingo)

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Schriever families and residents gathered Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015, in the Tierra Vista Communities Community Center in support of the TVC holiday craft fair, an open event that allowed community vendors to sell their homemade goods.

The majority of vendors were TVC residents. Homemade goods on sale included crocheted gifts, bags, hand-made candles, soaps and decorations. Santa Claus also attended to take pictures with children and offer cookies and hot chocolate.

One vendor in particular, Jordana Leigh, owner of "Jorgi's Disnerd world," offered Disney-inspired jewelry made originally and for custom orders. The event was her first opportunity to publicly share her items.

"This was an awesome opportunity, it's the first [event] like this I've ever done," said Leigh. "I'm still a little bit nervous but it seems to be going good."

The craft fair offered a way for start-up vendors to share their creative passions with other people.

"I like to create stuff and do a lot of different crafting," said Leigh. "I like to make people feel happy with the things I make and I like to show them my appreciation for them, so this [craft fair] is a way for more people to enjoy my [wares]."

Heather Avery, resident service coordinator, explained events like the craft fair are important for residents to create a support system amongst each other.

"These events allow us to all get to know our neighbors," said Avery. "Since we're a little bit further away [from town], everybody has each other to lean on."

Spouses are no exception. Community events at the center allow spouses to connect as well as enjoy scheduled festivities.

"In the military community, people move here and don't know anybody, so that's always a challenge for spouses-especially if their loved ones are deployed," said Sarah Stampka, assistant community manager. "So we try to do these events to bring people out to make friends [and] meet new people. Sometimes mothers meet other mothers with children for playdates where kids can meet other kids."

The TVC housing development is a small community on Schriever, far away from town. Avery explained the events held at the community center are important to combat this challenge.

"We don't want people to feel stuck out here and not know anybody," said Avery. "This event gives residents an opportunity to walk out the front door and have something fun to do that's free and not far away."

The housing community aims to hold at least one community event a month, ranging from kids craft and holiday events to general family-friendly events.

"We would like Schriever to be a close community, family-oriented, so it's good to hold these events to bring everybody together," said Stampka. "It's a good way to meet your neighbors. It is such a small community so when we bring people together like this it feels like home."
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