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St. Francis Parish hosts first ‘Festival of Tables’

Jessica Keefe of Dracut sets up a Nativity set handmade by St. Francis parishioner Larry Gagnon. The Nativity set will be raffled off as part of this

DRACUT — They’re calling it a “fun raiser.”

St. Francis Parish of Dracut this weekend will be hosting its inaugural Festival of Tables, an event featuring 20 creative tablescapes with themes that will later be raffled off.

Part of St. Francis Fall Fest 2017, admission to attend the Saturday-Sunday event is $10. The Festival of Tables will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday in the parish hall, 115 Wheeler Road, Dracut.

“We had a great response when we advertised for people who would be interested in designing a table for this event,” said Sharon Coram, one of the organizers of the event and a Dracut resident. “We are so excited because it’s (the event) is new for us, and it should be a nice way to sort of show what our parishioners do — many who have talents that you’re not able to see on a daily basis.”

Some of the themes include Christmas Dinner in the Country, Thanksgiving harvest, Patriots tailgating, Dinner in Tuscany and more surprises, including an extraordinary Nativity set handcrafted by parishioner Larry Gagnon, according to a release. Included in the $10 admission price are raffle tickets that allow fairgoers to place their tickets at their favorite tables for a chance to win the table’s contents or partial contents, including gift cards, wine, centerpieces and, in some cases, the entire tablescape with china, glassware and tablecloths.

Coram said 20 teams — including some individuals — have donated very generous tables.

“For instance, the Christmas table may be decorated with a table-sized Christmas tree on it, and dinnerware that would go along with the Christmas theme,” she said, adding off that there will be a showing from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday.

There will also be other activities, free of charge, taking place Saturday for children.

According to the release, proceeds from the festival benefit the parish’s ministries. For more information on the Festival of Tables, please call 978-452-6611.

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