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Tablescapes the centerpiece of Faith in Action's fundraising

Apr 4, 2019

The First Americans created by H.B. and Tricia Simpson for Tablescapes 2018

Winter Wonderland by Traci Toth for Tablescapes 2018

WINCHESTER — Faith in Action may have found the perfect recipe for raising money. Its Tablescapes fundraiser, now in its fifth year, brings in about $12,000 for the nonprofit, which provides rides to medical appointments for the elderly and the disabled. The service helps out residents of Winchester, Frederick, Clarke and the northern parts of Shenandoah and Warren counties. Money raised from Tablescapes helps pay for the salaries of two part-time staffers and for supplemental automobile insurance for the volunteer drivers. At Tablescapes, decorators create beautiful or whimsical tables using their own china, napkins and silverware. Some decorators use china that’s been in their families for years. Other tables are created from a mix and match of fun dishes found at local stores. This year, Tablescapes takes place from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Millwood Event Center, 252 Costello Drive.

Tickets are $25 and may be purchased in advance at Kimberly’s on Braddock Street, Piccadilly Printing on Valley Avenue or on Faith in Action’s website “They do a good job and it’s good to see the talent,” said Whitney Kern of Frederick County, who has teamed up with her sister Tara Duckworth of Frederick County to create a table. They’re using their mother’s china. This year, there will be about 25 decorated tables as well as three more tables created just for children.

Each tables is decorated in a different theme. There will be tables set for Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays as well as a brunch for mom and an anniversary. “It’s a good mix of everything,” said Executive Director Traci Toth, who is creating two Easter tables.

In addition to looking at the different tables, Tablescapes will include the “same plate, different take” event in which eight of the same plate are handed out to various decorators to see what sort of table setting they can come up with. The Valley Glasshoppers, a club for collectors of glass, will have a table displaying the members’ collections of candy dishes.

A harpist will play throughout the afternoon and attendees can also participate in a live auction and a raffle.

“It’s not just looking at decorated tables,” said Tricia Simpson, one of the decorators. “There’s a lot more to do.”

— Contact Robyn Taylor at

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