Woman’s Club offers ‘Settings III … Designer Tablescapes for your Home’ Sept. 16

• Event will be at Forest Hills Country Club; tickets are $45, luncheon included

By Ellie Musil

Enjoy browsing for new and unique ideas for table settings for your next special luncheon or dinner party at “Settings III … Designer Tablescapes for your Home” presented by Rockford Woman’s Club, Monday, Sept. 16, at Forest Hills Country Club. The event opens at 10 a.m.

Some of the tables included are:

• “A Stitch in Time” planned by Neva Kelley-Paesani;

• Brunch romantique sous le parapluie (romantic brunch under the umbrella) by Maniena Maring and Earline Dickinson;

• “Harvest Table” by Kelly Delamayer of Backyard Soiree Wedding and Events Designer;

• “Little Birdie, Fly Away Home” by Cathie Thiede and Susan Polivka;

• “Retro Revisited” by Lyn Becknell and Neva Kelley-Paesani;

• “A Colorful Garden Lunch” by Cheri Eaton and Linda Salamon;

• “A Garden-themed Table” by Jessica Salisbury from Village Green;

• “A Christmas Table” by members of the Lathrop Department; and

• “Halloween” by Tara Blazer

In addition to tables with creatively designed settings, the event will feature a marketplace with more than a dozen boutiques set up by vendors from around northern Illinois who offer items such as special jewelry, silk floral designs, handbags, kitchen items, hand-painted scarves and many more items.

A delicious luncheon will be served at noon.

A number of interesting items will be raffled, as well as a 50-50 raffle. Larger and more elaborate items will be included in a silent auction.

Proceeds from “Settings III …” will be earmarked for the preservation of the Rockford Woman’s Club historic clubhouse at Park Avenue and Church Street in downtown Rockford, owned and maintained by the club since it was built and dedicated in 1918. Benefactors of a large share of the cost of the building were the family of Adaline Talcott Emerson, who had died a few months earlier, as a memorial to their mother. Her portrait hangs above the fireplace in the Memorial Room.

The building holds the Rockford Theater, which seats more than 800, numerous meeting rooms, a large board room, a garden-level dining room and spacious kitchen. The facilities are often rented out for weddings and other receptions and special parties. Until a few years ago, it was the location of the well-known Food Shop. The theater is often rented by local as well as traveling groups for their productions.

Rockford Woman’s Club is a philanthropic organization with a long history of projects to benefit Rockford. They built, and for many years operated, Montague House, a community center for immigrants; they owned and operated one of the first senior activity centers in the country, at 982 N. Main St.; and later supported the Literacy Council by letting them use that building on North Main rent and utilities free from 1992 until 1999, when they sold it to the council.

The club’s present all-club philanthropy is “Sharing Our Closet,” begun 10 years ago to benefit women with limited resources who hope to get back into the workforce, and women in general whose budgets make it difficult to spend money on clothing.

Tickets for “Settings III…” are $45. For reservation information, contact Neva Kelley-Paesani at (815) 637-1220, or send your check for the event to Neva at 5352 Winding Creek Drive, Rockford, IL 61114.

From the Sept. 11-17, 2013, issue

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