By Christina Calloway
PNT senior writer
Women are drawing inspiration from what’s important in their lives to decorate the 50-plus tables at this Saturday’s Holiday Happening event sponsored by the Altrusa International Inc. of Portales.
The 16th annual event is Altrusa’s largest fundraiser for community projects according to event organizers.
In addition to the decorated tables, what the event is most known for, there will be a silent auction, luncheon, and a holiday fashion show.
Here are what a few local women have planned for their tables:
• Bette Martinez is moving away from traditional holiday colors and decorate her table with black and red.
“My first table is called “Christmas in Ram Country,” and we’re highlighting the high school and the junior high,” said the 69-year-old retired educator.
Martinez said she was a teacher in California for 40 years before moving to Portales about seven years ago to be near her grandchildren. Her granddaughter, Hannah Cissell, played volleyball, basketball and ran track for Portales High.
Martinez said being a guest at the Holiday Happening was what sparked her interest in Altrusa.
“I just think it’s just so fascinating, all the creative people there,” said Martinez about the event. “It’s amazing that after 16 years, they’re (tables) never the same.”
• Roosevelt County’s Pioneer of the Year Teresa Nance is excited to display her collection of snow globes for her table.
The retired school teacher from Causey said she’s been given many snow globes from friends and family.
Nance, 70, said decorating her table is a family tradition.
“My granddaughter always helps me decorate,” Nance said. It’s a family deal. My daughter from Roswell is also coming in for the event.”
Of the 20 snow globes of different shapes and sizes she plans to use, her favorite is one of Santa Claus holding a snow globe.
Though she’s not a member of Altrusa, she participates in the event because she believes in what the group does.
“It helps the different charities that Altrusa is involved in and the help stays in Portales,” Nance said.
• This year JoBeth Massey is taking on two tables with her friends.
The first table the 63-year-old former Dora teacher is decorating is one that will recognize Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, which falls on Saturday.
She said the table will be decorated in the nation’s colors and American flags and was the idea of her friend who’s husband retired from the U.S. Armed Forces.
Massey said the second table titled “A Simple Elegance,” will have more of a holiday theme.