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Matt Harrelson | Richmond County Daily JournalParticipants of the Parade of Tables, taking place today at First Baptist Church in Rockingham, decorate their respective tables in anticipation of the 130-plus guests who will attend.
Matt Harrelson | Richmond County Daily JournalParticipants of the Parade of Tables, taking place today at First Baptist Church in Rockingham, decorate their respective tables in anticipation of the 130-plus guests who will attend.
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ROCKINGHAM — For the ninth year in a row, women from First Baptist Church in Rockingham have decorated 17 tables and invited others from the community to enjoy what’s called the Parade of Tables today.


Each table seats eight, equaling 136 people for this year’s event, said Parade of Tables Chairwoman Myra Deane.


For a price of $15 per person, which goes to future women’s mission projects at First Baptist Church, each patron’s donation will include viewing the tables, lunch and a fashion show put on by Cato’s of Rockingham and Lawana Bowler of Cato’s, who will be providing the clothes for the eight models who will show them off.


Doors will open at 11 a.m. with everyone at that point being able to parade the tables until lunch is served at noon. On the menu this year will be chicken salad, marinated bean salad, apple congealed salad, a garnishment of fruit, croissant and cheesecake with strawberries and a chocolate drizzle for dessert.


Every table is a different theme and color, said Deane, which allows the ladies to be as creative and colorful as they can possibly be each year. Even a quick glance at the tables, which are decorated with everything from a pirate theme to a University of North Carolina Tar Heel theme, shows these women take their time in deciding how to decorate their respective tables and what to put on them for their guests.


“A lot of us will start for next year about a week after this one is over,” said Deane. “We plan this throughout the year. It doesn’t just happen overnight.”


Guests at each table are also treated to a to-go bag of goodies after the event is over.


Reach reporter Matt Harrelson at 910-997-3111.

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