Table setting twist for ’13: ‘Our Town’

MARSHALL – A variety of things to see, do and taste will be offered Friday at an annual fundraising event in Marshall.

The Prairie Home Hospice and Community Care Table Setting and Wine Tasting Affair will be from 4-8 p.m. Friday at The Mercantile. Valet parking will be available. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Ticket price includes admission, wine tasting, hors d’oeuvres and entertainment.

Participants can view decorated tables and a marble collection and take part in wine tasting and shopping.

The table setting portion of the evening has an “Our Town” theme with nine area towns represented – Balaton, Cottonwood, Ghent, Lynd, Marshall, Minneota, Russell, Taunton and Tracy. Someone from each town will “set a table that highlights their community – what makes their town unique,” said Julie Stiklestad, Prairie Home Hospice fundraiser coordinator.

Sixteen other table settings will be on view for a total of 25 settings.

In addition to the table settings there will be vendors with displays, which is something new this year, Stiklestad said.

“We’ll have jewelry. Brenda Byrnes will have her jewelry; Celebrating Home, which is home decor – food, candles, a little jewelry; Tastefully Simple; Avon; The Body Wrap and Thirty One Gifts,” she said.

Toward the end of the evening there will be drawings.

“People can buy chances to win a Pamper Me package, a homemade quilt, a Blue Ribbon carriage ride and something from Greenwood Nursery and a wine basket,” Stiklestad said.

Entertainment will be provided throughout the night. The quartet, Popular Demand, will perform, as well as Ross Anderson and Pete Lothringer and Dana Funk.

Stiklestad said with such a wide variety of events during the evening there will be something for everyone to enjoy.

“I invite men to come – they’ll want to see the marble collection,” she said.

Mari Jo Babcock will bring 1,000 marbles, including ones with gas station logos.

Proceeds from the event help to support Prairie Home Hospice and Community Care and its efforts to provide quality care for people with advanced, chronic or terminal illness and home care for people who need care and support to remain living independently in their home.

“Vendors will donate a percentage of sales to Prairie Home Hospice also,” said Stiklestad.