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Michael Blake/Hands Jewelers wins Hancher table-decorating contest
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Michael Blake's design for Hands Jewelers won the
table-decorating contest sponsored by the University of Iowa Hancher Auditorium
in conjunction with the Nov. 5 concert of the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra.
Harlan Sifford of Iowa City received honorable mention.
More than 20 individual and business designers entered the competition.
The theme of Blake's gold-and-white decoration was "go for baroque,"
incorporating gold-painted fruits, leaves and drapery on a table-spanning
arch. The place-settings were Lenox china and Waterford crystal.
Tafelmusik means, literally, "table music," reflecting that
fact that much of the music the orchestra performs was composed for banquets
and feasts. In recognition of the Baroque tradition of feast music, Hancher
invited businesses and members of the public to decorate tables for two
that were displayed in the Hancher lobby at the Nov. 5 concert.
Audience members voted for their favorite table, and the winning table-top
designer was announced at the conclusion of the concert. As the winning
designer, Blake received two tickets to an upcoming Hancher event.
The Tafelmusik performance was part of the Cambridge Place Apartments