Did you know that Wichita has a Porsche club?
If you didn’t, you can plan to meet it off-road next week, at one of the earliest holiday happenings in town.
The occasion is Holiday Tables – 33 tables decorated by individuals, companies and clubs that will be on display in the galleries of the Wichita Center for the Arts. Holiday Tables is a fundraiser for Designing Women, the center’s volunteer group.
Several members of the Wichita Region Porsche Club of America have attended or been involved in the table-decorating event in past years. This year, the club members decided to decorate their own table and knock out several of their goals at one time: have fun, support the arts, get the word out about the club and compete.
“There’s a lot of competition in the club,” said Brenda Zickuhr. She’s an interior designer and an autocross racer and only one of many members of the Porsche club – men and women – who are helping put together “50 Shades of Porsche” for Holiday Tables, which runs Thursday through Nov. 10 at the Center for the Arts, 9112 E. Central.
Designing Women, the volunteer group for the Center for the Arts, throws the event every year. This year’s theme is Table Dressings.
Lunch will be served each of the three days from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for $12, and there will be a boutique for holiday and home shopping and baked goods for sale as well.
The Porsche club has 170 members and welcomes new ones. The only requirement is that you own a Porsche (that’s a two-syllable word, Zickuhr points out).
The club has many engineers among its members, she said, because a Porsche is “a car you own because you appreciate the performance of the engine, the performance of the vehicle.” The club “is about coming together and having fun,” she said. It also raises money for charity. Last year, it sent two veterans to Washington, D.C.
The club’s table is decorated for Christmas and tucked into a mock-up of a garage.
“The whole group has come together on the design,” Zickuhr said. It includes:• A tire cut in half and studded with bulbs to become a lighted Christmas wreath
• Stacked wheels as chairs
• A transmission case as the base for a lamp
• Cloth napkins emblazoned with the Porsche emblem resting on gold charger plates
• A tire wrapped in lights as a chandelier
• A child’s electric Porsche under the Christmas tree
• A roof of Porsche flags and a floor of rubber from the showroom of Scholfield Auto
• A Christmas tree decorated with Porsche ornaments
The club will be competing against the 32 other tables for the People’s Choice Award.