With 35 Designers, gardening aficionados and non-profit groups competing for the coveted “best in show” honors at the 4th annual “Set 2 Celebrate” at the gracious Town & County Club in Hartford, CT on Nov 13-15, it is clear this event is definitely becoming a favored feature to introduce the holiday season in style. Each setting developed it’s chosen theme with such care and attention to detail that it was a pure delight to record their creations with my camera. These creative interpretations showcased exquisite china, crystal, silverware, antique collectables and divine floral displays with a splash of the unexpected or whimsical.
As a casual observer the previous 2 years I was already impressed by their ingenuity. This year as the official photographer this year to help the Connecticut Valley Garden Club with its major fundraiser event this year I witnessed this metamorphosis at close hand to help capture the beautiful details before this 2.5 day event was gone, like an ethereal spirit. It was a delight to see the ballroom, library and every significant room transformed by exquisite tablescapes. CT based videographer, Alex Sauerbrunn, recorded the transformation with his time lapse while I concentrated on the still images. It’s always fun to share a project with someone new who offers complementary skills so we continually evolve as a profession to remain current.
It’s amazing to realize this fleeting showcase event for dedicated designers that delights 1,000+ visitors is orchestrated largely through their efforts, the T & C staff and by 35 active volunteer members of the CVGC. Kudos to all who generously share their time and energy. Monies raised help fund the Heritage Rose Garden project at Elizabeth Park, several community outreach programs and will help seed the Centennial activities (yes, pun intended). I cannot imagine how 2015 will exceed this year’s experience but planning is already underway with 20 tables already booked so it promises to something to definitely anticipate.
From this simple experience of helping a small group of committed individuals I have met selfless and talented creatives. New projects are emerging on the horizon but that’s a topic for another day. In the meantime, save the date for S2C Nov 13-14, 2015. See you there.