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Salvation Army needs your creativity

Creativity is on the table at the annual Salvation Army fundraiser.
Creativity is on the table at the annual Salvation Army fundraiser. Kathleen Purvis

How creative can you get with a flat table, a set of dishes and your imagination?

Every year, the Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary hosts the Festival of Tables, where interior designers, homeware shops and various artistic types come up with their own fantasy versions of tables. The tables get judges, followed by a lunch and a keynote speaker. This year’s: Beth Troutman of WCNC will be the host and Molly Barker of Girls on the Run International will be the speaker. I’ll also be there signing my bourbon and pecan books from the “Savor the South” cookbook series.

I’ve judged the festival a couple of times, and some of my favorites always stick out in my memory, like the year someone built an entire table out of Tab cans and last year’s gravity-defying table with chairs that seemed to be flying through the air. The whole thing happens April 15 at the downtown Sheraton from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

The auxiliary is lining up entries right now and they need to hear from you. There’s no participation fee for designers. If you want to sign up to do a table or to get tickets for the lunch, go to www.salvationarmycharlotte.org/fot. Or email Halina Robertson, this year’s table wrangler, at halina.robertson@gmail.com.

Kathleen Purvis: 704-358-5236, @kathleenpurvis