Ashlyn Walderman, ‘Doah Contributing Writer
December 4, 2013
From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday Nov. 23, in the old armory building, Student Life and Engagement hosted its first ever Christmas Crafts and Baking Bazaar!
The event provided artisans the opportunity to show off their hard work while earning money. At no cost, other than their materials, Shenandoah University students and employees were able to reserve tables where they were able to sell their sweet treats, nifty and knitted crafts, incredible gift baskets and more. Sophomore Sydney Vonada said, “I spent several hours crafting and [would do so] again just to be surrounded by supportive, caring, and cheerful people.”
With advertisements and endorsements from local television and newspapers, our own Sun-E newsletter, Student Life Facebook events and signs along Millwood Avenue, the bazaar welcomed hundreds of visitors from the Shenandoah University and Winchester communities. Vonada exclaimed, “it was [her chance] to provide someone with a quality, hand-made product that would guarantee a smile on someone’s face this holiday season” and those “interactions with customers and other crafters [were] what [she] enjoyed most.”
Organizations, such as the women’s softball team and the Alpha Kappa Psi- Psi Delta Chapter were well represented at the bazaar and were able to raise funds that will be used to purchase new team jackets and help brothers attend fraternity events. Freshman Gabe Cintron, of the softball team, found the experience to be “beneficial” because she “was able to meet [new] people and get closer to [her] teammates.”
The bazaar helped many customers get a head start on their holiday gift shopping just before the Thanksgiving break. Cintron also mentioned that she would like to see “more decorations around” to advertise the bazaar in coming years and bring more cheer to the “plain-looking” armory building.
But the holiday cheer is spreading more and more, as decorating has begun in the Brandt Student Center for the holidays. The halls have been decked with ornaments and garlands with the assistance of creations from students who participated in decorating events hosted by Student Life/Engagement.
In case you missed out on any of these decorating or shopping opportunities, make sure to stop by the Brandt Student Center between Dec. 2 and Dec. 4 for the second annual Christmas Market! Crafters from the bazaar will be selling any extra goodies and original gifts during these final days and the Shenandoah Salvage Company will be giving away free merchandise as well!