TRIMONT - As the Trimont Area Women feature their designing flair for the annual Tour of Tables on Saturday, Doug Wollam will be featured, offering tips on interior design.
"There are a lot of common questions, and there will be a question-and-answer time," Wollam said. "A lot of times, I get asked about furniture arrangement, and the truth is sometimes there's only one way that furniture can be arranged in a given room, due to sizes. You might have to just change furniture."
Another point Wollam finds himself explaining is that interior design is not always quick and easy, like on TV shows.
"I spend a lot of time dispelling HGTV," he said. "They make it look like these big projects can all get done in three days. People need to remember that there are huge crews [involved with that] and it's totally planned out; they have all the material they need on hand that probably took about six weeks to gather. So people end up getting frustrated when they start these projects and get 'surprises,' which you do a lot with older houses. You can only foresee so much."
Wollam enjoys attending Tour of Table events, considering he was involved in some of the first ones held in Fairmont in the 1980s.
"I like china, and crystal, and table settings," Wollam said. "This is a great get-together. I'm impressed that it draws in so many visitors, including visitors from Fairmont. But they have music beforehand, and have everything lined up and organized well."
The tour opens at Trimont Covenant Church on Main Street at 10:30 a.m., with the Centennial Band performing from 10:45-11:15 a.m.
"The entertainment beforehand will be in the sanctuary for those who are waiting to be seated at the tables," explained Roxanne Scholl.
Seating at the tables will begin after the band performs.
Funds raised from the tour go toward scholarships for two Martin County West seniors.
The Tour of Tables also holds a winter clothes collection, with donations of hats, gloves, scarves, boots and coats to be donated to the schools. Each person who donates will receive a raffle ticket for the quilt drawing being held during the event; otherwise tickets can be purchased for $1 each.
Last-minute reservations for the Tour of Tables can still be arranged by calling Jessica Fisher at (507) 236-0183.