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Tablescapes will display vintage tableware to aid medical transport

Frederick County Tablescape artist Diane Ruckman, left, and Traci Toth, center, along with Faith in Action of Winchester are preparing for an April 12 fundraiser for Faith in Action at the George Washington ballroom.

Stephen Nielsen Mar 26, 2015

WINCHESTER — The George Washington Hotel won’t be setting its tables for a banquet on April 12 but for a different kind of event.

From 2 to 5 p.m. April 12, the hotel at 103 E. Piccadilly St. will host Tablescapes — a display of vintage tableware and demonstrations in mantel decorating and flower arranging presented by Faith in Action.

Tickets are $25 and are currently on sale. “[We wanted to] come up with something different as a fundraiser that no one’s done,” said Diane Ruckman, Faith in Action board member. “This was thought up as a tea in the beginning.”

Ruckman is one of 14 volunteers who will be using their own vintage tableware and decorating tables for the show.

“It had actually been a dream of mine to put this on,” said Karen Shipp, chairwoman of Faith in Action. “It was just a dream of mine that we could offer something different.” She added that the success of the annual Kitchen Kapers fundraiser, which tours kitchens in local homes, suggested that a display of decorated tables with vintage tableware would be a draw for a similar crowd.

Tables on display will have various themes including

Easter, birds, apple blossoms and an all-pink table. Each of the decorators will be sharing tableware from their own collection.

A collector of vintage and antique tableware, Ruckman will be decorating her table with golden Florentine-patterned vintage china. “We’ve been blessed that 14 ladies have come forth to share their talent [decorating],” said Traci Toth, Faith in Action board member.

There will also be a display of 16 vintage place settings from the collections of Ruckman and Tricia Stiles, the legislative assistant to Sen. Jill Vogel.

The event will include a raffle of decorative items and jewelry, as well as door prizes. Money raised by Tablescapes will go to general operations for Faith in Action, a local nonprofit organization that helps community members who can’t get to and from medical appointments.

The volunteers provide free transportation to residents of Winchester and Frederick, Clarke and Shenandoah counties.

In the past three years, Faith in Action has made more than 6,500 transports — more than two-thirds for life-sustaining treatments — according to the organization’s brochure.

Tickets can be purchased at Daily Grind at 621 W. Jubal Early Drive, Kimberly’s at 135 N. Braddock St. and Classic Touch at 3038 Valley Ave. or by calling Faith in Action at 540-536-1006. — Contact Stephen Nielsen at

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