PHOTOS: Crafts bring out crowds at Goodson rec center

Annual fair at Goodson rec center included bake sale, food truck

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A packed parking lot was the sign of South Suburban Parks and Recreation's 33rd annual Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair, where several dozen vendors and baked goods helped whip up holiday spirit.

Highlands Ranch resident Mona Leonida, 70, used the Dec. 7 event as an outlet for an especially personal craft.

“My husband got cancer, and I didn't know what to do with myself,” said Leonida, whose husband has since recovered. In the meantime, she came up with the idea that helped her pass the time.

She arranges glass blocks with string lights inside for the holidays — with sports team memorabilia on the front.

“I do it for the fun,” Leonida said. “All the money I make goes to the grandkids at Christmas.”

The Goodson Recreation Center event was the first-ever craft show for Amy Albi, a Lone Tree-area resident who decided to build on a flash of inspiration.

“I saw in the background of a TV show an American flag made of beer bottle caps,” said Albi, 62, who decided to make art out of those caps and reclaimed wood. “Through word of mouth, friends and family heard about it.”

Customers gave her positive reactions, she said.

“And they're glad I'm recycling,” Albi laughed.

Goodson rec center is located at 6315 S. University Blvd. in Centennial, near East Arapahoe Road.

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