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‘UnforgetTABLES’ to raise money for music fest

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The theme of Ojai Picnic Moments' table is "Golden Hour Boho."

Perry Van Houten, Ojai Valley News Senior Reporter

The Ojai Festival Women’s Committee will celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Ojai Music Festival with an event that’s sure to be a visual feast. 

The inaugural “unforgetTABLES” event, July 31 from 4-6 p.m. at Casa Barranca, will support the festival and the BRAVO! music program. 

“This is one of many events that are leading up to the festival in September, which will be in person,” said the committee’s Judith Norris, a member and past president of the organization.

For years, the committee’s major fundraiser has been the Holiday Home Tour and Marketplace. “But what we wanted to do was to create another sustainable event. We put our heads together and this is what we’ve come up with,” Norris said. 

UnforgetTABLES are unique, imaginative “tablescapes,” featuring creative place settings for four to eight people, including linens, dishware, glassware and centerpieces. Everything is donated. 

Tablescape themes run from picnic to garden to children’s party. “We have everything from whimsy to rustic to elegant,” said committee member and fi rst Vice President Laurel Crary. One of the 15 tables on display will be a children’s tablescape with a rainbow-unicorn theme, “with everything from balloon arches to oversized unicorns, piñatas, florals and gifts,” Crary said. 

Guests at the event can walk among the tablescapes and check out the many creative ideas for parties or intimate dinners. At a silent auction, guests can bid on donated table settings, décor and centerpieces. 

The event also features live music, food and a signature cocktail. 

The venue for the first unforgetTABLES is Casa Barranca, a national historic landmark built in 1909 for Charles and Mary Pratt and designed by preeminent architects Charles and Henry Greene. 

“It’s a very special place,” said Norris about the estate on Foothill Road in Ojai. “The views from the terraces are gorgeous.” 

The Ojai Festival Women’s Committee, one of the largest fi nancial supporters of the Music Festival, has been helping to fund the internationally acclaimed event for more than 60 years. This year’s festival runs Sept. 16-19, with composer and conductor John Adams taking the helm as music director. 

The festival’s BRAVO! program brings music education to elementary through high school students through workshops, interactive demonstrations and free concerts. 

Current president of the Women’s Committee is Cheree Edwards. Treasurer Peggy Russell and committee chairs Barbara Hirsch and Anna Wagner also helped create the event, according to Norris. 

Norris said unforgetTABLES will be an opportunity to gather around the table once again and enjoy conversation, food and lasting memories with friends and family. 

And it’s a chance to be inspired by the imaginative tablescape presentations. “Now that people are going out and entertaining more, this will be inspirational, with designs that should really give people some wonderful ideas about how to gather festively. And they can take home a bit of that inspiration with them,” Norris said. 

Tickets are $50 and can be purchased online at www.ojaifestival.org/unforgettables/. 

 

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