Fall is officially here! While that reality may make us think about all there is to get done before the holidays, it also offers fun and festive events like Deck the Tables at the Hotel Winneshiek in Decorah, now in its sixth and final year. The historic hotel’s renovated Steyer Opera House is the perfect setting for a room full of beautiful tables created by local decorators that will inspire your own holiday decorating.
Three events on November 4th and 5th offer opportunities to view the table masterpieces—a fun and informal Blue Jeans and Bling cocktail party Friday night with live Blues music; a luncheon in the 2nd floor ballroom decorated in a vintage theme, new this year; and the Grand Finale Banquet with dining at the decorated tables.
As a table decorator, Karla Brown knows how much fun it is to come up with a table theme and let the creative process begin. Her past tables have paid homage to Christmas in Victorian times, to the Fourth of July and Uncle Sam, and to the angels and hymns of the holidays. This year she’s working on a garden theme, as well as to create a Norski Noel table included in the raffle drawing, along with a chair from Decorah Furniture and a kayak from Upper Iowa Marine. From fun to whimsical, there will be 28 different decorated tables this year.
Proceeds from this event sponsor one of the jewels of Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum—the annual Pioneer Immersion Program that gives over 150 local fourth-graders “living history” experiences. The kids come to the museum to explore pioneer life by churning butter, sawing wood, washing clothes by hand, packing an immigrant trunk, and building a log cabin out of big foam “logs.” Students create an immigrant identity and journal through that perspective. Then they complete individual projects such as building a Viking ship or sewing a quilt, and these are on view to the public in an official exhibition at Vesterheim.
Now is the time to get your friends, family, and acquaintances together and reserve tickets to these fantastic events! For tickets, call Vesterheim at 563-382-9681, or visit vesterheim.org for a printable reservation form.