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  • Logo CVGC - Nov 14 2018

© 2019 By Connecticut Valley Garden Club / Set 2 Celebrate

  • Deb Key

Meet the Designer: John Bates

Beautiful decor always been a passion for John Bates III, our exceptional host at the Town & County Club. John has collected exquisite china and glass all his adult life, influenced by early memories of polishing silver for special occasions with his grandmother. When entertaining close friends, John always takes great care to arrange novel tablescapes, finding original ways to “set the scene” for special dinners. He adores the opportunity to display favored pieces in new and interesting combinations.

This year John will set a “Bejeweled” table in the wood-paneled library, his preferred room at the T&C. With his selection of china, crystal and linens layered in rich warm tones, the overall impression will exude all the cosy warmth of his favorite season. As usual, John (an avid gardener) will arrange his own flowers for the table. John wants all our visitors to be inspired to try some of the decorating ideas in their own homes. As he says “beauty is achievable and you can do it yourselves too!”


John Bates at his S2C Thanksgiving table in the T&C's Library

John takes great pride and joy in welcoming everyone again for our 9th annual S2C, just as he has done for the T&C for 30 years. If you are looking for a special venue to host your next event, please call John Bates, Assistant Manager (Club Services) on 860 522 1100 x27 or email him at jbates@towncounty.com