One of the most anticipated holiday events is the Depot Theater Guild's holiday table showing at the Santa Fe Depot
One of the most anticipated holiday events is the Depot Theater Guild's holiday table showing at the Santa Fe Depot. This year's tables will be on display from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 17.
This year marks the 10th holiday table event. The first one was held in 2003 when construction on the depot was not yet complete.
"We love this event because we love the building," said guild president Barb Straight. "And we love to get people into the theater for the first time. They always say 'I didn't know we had this in Dodge!'"
Tickets for the event are $5 in advance, and $6 at the door.
Those who have attended over the years will recognize all the familiar elements again this year: the festivally-decorated tables (28 this year), the soup-and-a-biscuit lunch, the holiday boutique with homemade goodies, and the seasonal workshops.
The theme for this year's table displays is "Timeless Celebrations," and the table designers have interpreted the theme with a wide array of designs: White Glove Affair, Cena de Noche Buena, A Night at the Peking Opera, A Dinner at Nick's Rod and Reel, Christmas on Main, and many more.
The Dodge City Women's Chamber, winner of last year's people choice award, is celebrating the 25th anniversary of their rose garden with a table called Everything's Coming Up Roses.
Other tables depict the Desert Rose of Africa, Mother's Day Tea, Colorado Christmas with Friends, One Dark Night (a Victorian Gothic table), and Sunflower Showdown (a K-State/KU table).
The guild began providing the lunch option because there's a kitchen on site and people were asking for a light lunch. A cup of soup and a cheesy biscuit can be had for an additional $4.
The workshops were added several years ago to provide tips for holiday decorating and cooking.
The workshops, called "Oh, I Can Do That!," will include Creative Christmas, featuring Lisa Jackson from Flowers By Irene in a demonstration of fireplace swags, centerpieces and wreaths presented by the DC3 floral design department. Also on the menu will be Cook's Corner, hints for Christmas appetizers and snacks.
The workshops will be presented in the theater throughout the afternoon.
New this year is an attic sale, featuring trees and other Christmas accessories such as ribbon and bulbs.
"We're doing some sorting in our storage area," Straight said.
The Depot Theater Guild was formed to support the efforts of the Depot Theater Company.
"We provide ushers for every show," Straight said.
Guild members also help out in the kitchen, set the tables for every performance and even help serve tables on occasion.
They also organize tours of the depot during spring, summer and fall months. They stock and operate a small gift shop and also organize the displays of art in the theater gallery for each production.
The guild also hosts an opening night reception for each production to showcase the artists featured in the gallery.
The holiday table event is the guild's primary fundraiser, but they also raise funds through special events like the 5x5 art auction last fall, which netted $1,000 for the theater.
"We've helped pay for stock flats for scenery, we support the student division and we put $3,500 in the signage fund to help install the Santa Fe sign on the north side of the building," Straight said.
Combining their interest in the history of the depot with their interest in the work of the theater, the 70 members of the Depot Theater Guild provide important support for one of Dodge City's primary arts organizations.
IF YOU GO
What: Holiday Tables at the Santa Fe Depot
When: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Nov. 17
Where: Santa Fe Depot, 101 E. Wyatt Earp Blvd.
Tickets: $5 in advance, $6 at the door.
Tickets are available from any guild member or by calling the theater at 225-1001 for more information.
Soup-and-biscuit lunch available for $4.