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'No Room in the Inn' nativity exhibit in Marble Falls helps those in need

An exhibit of nativity scenes at Marta Stafford Fine Art in Marble Falls is part of a fundraiser for the Highland Lakes Crisis Network. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

"No Room in the Inn," an exhibit of nativity sets at Marta Stafford Fine Art, will put you in the Christmas spirit while raising the spirits of those who've experienced a crisis in their lives.

The Highland Lakes Crisis Network fundraiser is 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Nov. 20-21, at the downtown Marble Falls gallery, 200 Main St. Organizers ask for a $5 donation, which goes to the Crisis Network.

Nativities from as far away as Africa will be on display.

“We’ll have at least 15, but you never know if more will show up on the day we set up,” said JoAnn McCormack, one of the organizers and a Crisis Network volunteer. “I have a friend in Odessa who started this out there with just a few like we are, but it’s grown into a really big event now. We hope this one will get larger next year and after.”

The Highland Lakes Crisis Network assists people who have gone through crises such as fires, floods, and, recently, the pandemic. It relies on donations and fundraising for much of its operations.

“Marta (Stafford) has been so generous to allow us to use her space for this,” said network volunteer Rachel Naumann. “But we’ve taken up pretty much all the space she can give us.”

They’ve collected a variety of nativities.

“We have so many that are from all over the world,” McCormack said. Each one's story will be noted on its display. “I had a woman from Meadowlakes call, and she didn’t have a nativity, but she really wanted to be a part of this. So, she raced over to Costco and bought one so she could help us out.”

During the two-day display, people can bid on three nativity scenes, including one from Peru, in a silent auction or purchase tickets at $10 each for chances to win one of three wooden crosses.

The Highland Lakes Crisis Network is also hosting a preview party 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, at the gallery. The come-and-go event features wine and hors d’oeuvres. A few tickets remain at $50 each for the preview party, and can be purchased online.

Another way to support the Crisis Network is purchasing tamales for the holidays or making a donation through the organization’s website.

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