Special to the Tribune-Star
TERRE HAUTE —
TableScapes is Arts Illiana’s sole fundraising event that brings together area businesses and designers to create spectacular, themed dinner settings. They are elegant, whimsical, and sometimes funny — but always very inventive. Designers compete for a variety of awards, including the coveted People’s Choice award. Artisan Glass of Terre Haute is designing the 2012 TableScapes awards.
The Ohio Building opens its doors from 6 to 9 p.m. today for a special TableScapes preview evening sponsored by the Vigo County Public Library’s Wabash Valley Big Read. The Big Read book for 2012 is “Fahrenheit 451,” and free copies of Ray Bradbury’s classic science fiction work will be available to patrons. Preview attendees will enjoy the jazz sounds of Easy Street and great food created by the Saratoga. This evening is the first glimpse of this year’s tables and opens one of the best silent auctions in the Wabash Valley.
The public is encouraged to stop by for TableScape Daily Viewings, where for a $5 admission fee people can view the tables and vote for their favorite. Daily Viewing visitors may also view and bid on silent auction items (silent auction winners do not have to be present on Saturday evening to win.) The auction includes stunning original artwork, fine collectors wine, great gift baskets, and a host of great things to do. Daily Viewing hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.
TableScapes culminates with Dinner on the Scapes on Saturday. A truly unique dining experience, people will have the opportunity to feast at a designed table with cuisine prepared by Chef Shelby and the Country Club of Terre Haute. Dinner guests will be treated to a special duet performance from guitarist Brent McPike and Solly Burton, the 2011 National Mandolin Champion. As the evening draws to a close, the award-winning table designs will be announced, including a special award for new designer chosen by Frontier, the evening’s sponsor.
Other sponsors for the event include Old National Bank, Country Club of Terre Haute, WTHI, the Ohio Building, and the Saratoga, and a host of table designers who are celebrating the arts community with this venerable, one-of-a-kind extravaganza of creativity.
With a record number of table designers participating, this year’s TableScapes promises to be fun and unforgettable. For more information visit tablescapesofterrehaute.com or call (812) 235-5007. Dinner reservations are limited and going fast.