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Eyes on Arlington: Trending decor on display at Mansfield Tablescapes Luncheon Oct. 20

Some of the creations at the 2015 Tablescapes Luncheon hosted by the Professional Women’s Group of the Mansfield Chamber of Commerce.
Some of the creations at the 2015 Tablescapes Luncheon hosted by the Professional Women’s Group of the Mansfield Chamber of Commerce.

For anyone who loves to entertain, the annual Tablescapes Luncheon will stoke your imagination for hosting countless dinner parties and special occasions. Hosted by the Professional Women’s Group of the Mansfield Chamber of Commerce, the event is set for Oct. 20 at Walnut Creek Country Club where as many as 23 tabletops will be embellished with amazing original designs that will elicit gasps from those entering the room.

Event chairwoman Cheryl Scott, owner of Sport Clips in Mansfield, says table designers are free to create whatever they choose for the 60-inch round table they are given. Though table creations usually remain highly guarded secrets, their designs are likely to leave attendees awed and inspired. Assisting Scott was a large committee including Lori Williams, Cynthia Tobey and Lynn Mutti to name only a few.

“The tables are the main event of the luncheon,” said Scott. “Our guests look forward to going through the ballroom exploring all the sponsor-decorated and themed tables.” The event is the main economic engine of the women’s group, and monies raised are used to fund six college scholarships for local students.

The talented designers are local businesses, individuals, and venues that create themed decor for not only the table but many also choose to elaborately decorate the chairs to accent the table theme.

Tablescapes in the past have included fall, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas decor as well as a circus theme and scores of other creative ideas. Most business owners choose a theme that represents what their company does, and the talent of the designer and creativity of these designs is truly remarkable.

“As a local business owner myself, this event is an excellent, standout way to showcase your business and give back to the community,” Scott said.

No envy for the judges — Felix Wong, Chuck Roe and Angel Biasatti — who have the near impossible job of choosing the tables that are most creative, best use of theme and best overall. There’s also a People’s Choice award. Prizes to be awarded are not revealed until they are presented at the luncheon.

Individual tickets are $75 and include a delicious buffet lunch catered by the chefs at Walnut Creek. Become a decorating table sponsor for $550. Make reservations by Oct. 13 at www.mansfieldchamber.org or call 817-473-0507.

After Dark in the Park opens Friday for family fun all weekend

It’s the 20th anniversary of the amazing fall festival hosted by the River Legacy Foundation in partnership with the Arlington Parks and Recreation Department. The enchanting three-day event has something for everyone in the family, but many of the activities are geared more for the younger kiddos ages 2 to 10.

Excitement will build for families entering the beautiful park as they walk the pathway illuminated with the perfect mood-setting lights on their way to the festival activities that will include bounce houses, temporary tattoos, karaoke, a pumpkin patch, balloon artists and a variety of unique games, crafts and activities.

“We are so excited to partner with some great corporations and small businesses to be able to provide a top-notch fall festival that is not only a significant fundraiser for River Legacy Foundation’s environmental programs, but has also become the fall festival that families turn to for a safe and fun seasonal event,” said Becky Nussbaum from the River Legacy staff.

Parents will want to make sure the children experience the mini-camping scene at Camp REI and listen to professional storytellers as they weave a web of tales for young listeners. Six Flags will offer prizes for participants in the Walk on the Wild Side musical roundabout game and later they will get a charge from participating in the pumpkin roll maze, spider bean bag toss, snake in a hole and jolly jack-o-lanterns activities.

“Guests of all ages will have fun discovering facts about nocturnal wildlife along the Nature at Night path, getting an up-close look at a live animal during our Animal Encounters show,” said spokeswoman Kristi Payne. And photographers will be on hand for those wanting a cute family fall photo to take home.

Don’t worry about dinner because the Yummy Pizza food truck will be at the festival along with On the Border and Chick-fil-A who will serve up delicious festival food. And of course, everyone will want treats from Kona Ice as well as cotton candy, kettle corn and roasted nuts.

Admission is $8 per person for everyone age 3 and older. Food and some activities require coupons, but there are more than 20 activities that are free with the price of admission. The $45 family fun package provides four admissions and $20 in coupons for food and activities. Packages must be purchased by Thursday at the River Legacy Living Science Center, 703 NW Green Oaks Blvd. or online at www.riverlegacy.org.

Symphony Arlington opens new season Oct. 13

Symphony Arlington has chosen “Symphony Goes Wild!!” as the new season’s theme and invites the community to enjoy all the monthly performances at Arlington Music Hall running Oct. 13 through May of next year.

“Composers have always taken inspiration from nature, so it is no surprise that many have picked up their pens to give us musical depictions of the fascinating creatures with whom we share the planet,” writes a symphony spokesman. “Throughout the 2016-17 season, the talented musicians of Symphony Arlington will offer our audience the most delightful and entertaining of these philharmonic fauna, from the smallest (Shostakovich’s gadfly) to the largest (Saint-Saëns’ elephants).”

“Our musical zoo will include bears (Haydn and Bartók), horses (Auber), penguins (Scott) and even a cow (Milhaud). A few mythical animals will come to musical life as well, including Stravinsky’s Firebird and Debussy’s Faun. It’s a symphonic safari not to be missed.”

The Oct. 13 concert will feature violinist, Kiarra Saito-Beckman performing Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D Major. The music director for Symphony Arlington is Robert Carter Austin.

Tickets are $16.50 to $46.50 with season tickets as low as $60. Purchase online at www.symphonyarlington.org or call 817-385-0484. Arlington Music Hall is at 224 N. Center St. in downtown. All performances begin at 7:30 p.m.

Briefly

  • Arlington Genealogical Society will meet from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Oct. 11 in the community room of the Arlington West Police Service Station, 2060 W. Green Oaks Blvd. Speaker is Kelvin L. Meyers on “Finding the Women in our Family.” Visitors are welcome. arlingtongenealogytx.org
  • ACOLYTES (Arlington Community of Lovely Young Teens Excelling in Service) is an organization for young ladies in Arlington and the surrounding communities. For anyone interested in joining, contact Tenisha at xtoacolytes@gmail.com. Learn more at www.xithetaomega.com.
  • Arlington Woman’s Club performing arts group will have a fundraiser show at 7 p.m. Oct. 13. Numbers include a medley of Celine Dion songs, music from My Best Friend’s Wedding and selections from Lady Antebellum and Idolmania. Duets by talented club members will also be part of the program. Dessert and beverages will be served. Tickets are $10.Call the club office at 817-277-7666 for tickets and information.
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