Rosewood Furniture Gallery was filled with holiday cheer last Sunday with the annual “Holiday Tables Spectacular.”
More than 150 people viewed tables decorated for Thanksgiving and Christmas by 18 of the area’s top designers and decorators. People also were treated to hors devours from the Rosewood Industrial Kitchen and they were provided an opportunity to taste Rosewood Wine.
“It truly was a spectacular event,” said Tammy Hammond, Rosewood Services executive director. “We are thankful to all who attended to help make this event a success. We especially thank the talented decorators for their amazing table displays. And we couldn’t have accomplished such a wonderful event without the help of a dozen volunteers, to whom we are grateful.”
Proceeds from the event go to Rosewood’s non-profit Roots & Wings Foundation, which helps to fund educational, medical and therapeutic expenses not covered by other means for people with developmental disabilities who are served by Rosewood Services.
Table entries and presenters were: “About to Hatch” – by Kat King and Kathy Straub; “A Pioneer Christmas” – Amy Shaffer; “Bird Nest Table and Chairs with Nests” – Carol Masor; “Caribbean Christmas” – Kustom Floor Designs; “Chic and Classy Winter Wonderland” – Sharon Ruble (awarded “People’s Choice”); “China Doll Tea Party” – Lisa Hayes; “Golden Glow of Christmas” – Sharon Ruble; “Coyotes and Cowboy Christmas” – Wendy Litzenberger; “Giving Thanks” – Nancy Lang (awarded “Most Complete”); “Just the Two of Us” – Debbie Jones; “Mixed and Matched” – Lisa Hayes; “Rustic and Cabiney” – Linda Ludes; “Snowman Wonderland” – Wanda Luft; “Snowy Christmas” – Iris Jenkins; “Thoughts of Thanksgiving” – Pam Miller and Katie Lies (awarded “Most Creative”); and “Vintage Jingle Bells” – Cornerstone Interiors.
The three category winners received a bottle of Rosewood Wine as well as a $50 gift certificate to the Rosewood Wine Cellar or Furniture Gallery.
Rosewood decorated three additional tables, which were not eligible for awards. They were designed by Rosewood Wine Cellar manager Dana Allison, with the help of some of Rosewood Services client-employees.
People can view photos of this year’s holiday table displays at flickr.com/photos/rosewood_services.
In addition to a $5 entry fee to attend the event, Rosewood also conducted a drawing. Six prizes were drawn. Susan Balding won the grand prize, a wine tasting & hors devours event for 8 at the Rosewood Winery. Other drawing winners were: Marilyn Warkentine, Christmas centerpiece; Cheryl Beckwith, wooden toy chest; and Christy Suchy, horsehair pottery vase. Pat Springer and Amanda Clark each won a bottle of Rosewood Wine.
Though Rosewood Furniture Gallery has help host the Holiday Tables Spectacular for the past seven years, the event originated nine years ago as a fundraiser for the Great Bend Beautification Committee. Members of that organization held the event every year before handing it off to Rosewood Services this year.
“We felt that it was important to continue a tradition that so many people worked so hard over the years to bring to downtown Great Bend,” said Hammond. “Some of those hard-working ladies from previous Holiday Tables attended this year’s event. It was an honor to have them in attendance and I believe they enjoyed this year’s display.”