2014 Tablescape Show House at the RJD

winter tablescapeThe Rotch-Jones-Duff House will be transformed into a gallery of stunning holiday displays in the second annual Celebrate the Seasons November 13th ~ 16th. Experience the creativity of area designers as the museum celebrates the time-honored traditions of gracious entertaining and warm hospitality with more than 34 tablescapes by talented professional and amateurs. The period rooms of this Greek Revival mansion will sparkle, celebrating the traditional and the whimsical, offering plenty of ideas for your own holiday décor.


Following a very successful debut of Celebrate the Seasons last fall, this year’s fundraising event will feature returning designers and a number of new exhibitors in an expanded program.

“We are very pleased by the originality of this year’s table themes,’” notes Director Kate Corkum. Tables will include traditional holiday motifs for Thanksgiving and Christmas celebrations, as well as titles such as Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, Outside the Box, and Dinner Under the Big Top, reflecting the range of creativity of participating designers.

zoo tablescapeAn optional talk, book signing and luncheon will be offered on November 14th and 15th. Friday’s program features Ellen Brown, author of Soup of the Day, a new cookbook featuring recipes from top restaurants across the nation. The following day Tammy Inman will give a presentation about her new dessert cookbook entitled Wintersweet, a perfect holiday gift for dessert lovers. Reservations are required and can be made by calling the museum at 508-997-1401 or online at www.rjdmuseum.org. Luncheon includes a soup from Soup of the Day and a Wintersweet” dessert; tickets are $40 and includes Open House Tour admission.

“We are delighted that six area garden clubs will showcase their creative designs at this event, in addition to some of the area’s finest floral and interior designers,” notes Committee Co-chair Mary Schubert. “By holding this fundraising event before Thanksgiving, Celebrate the Seasons is not only an opportunity to support programming and garden restoration at the RJD, it is also an opportunity for attendees to garner creative ideas and themes that can be incorporated into their own holiday planning and décor.” The Museum gratefully acknowledges the support of the Maurice and Anne Makepeace Foundation in once again making this fundraiser a success.

Grandmothers Christmas TablescapeCelebrate the Seasons kicks off with a gala preview party on Thursday, November 13th followed by three Open House Days on Friday, November 14th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, November 15th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the final day, Sunday, November 16th from 10:00 a.m.to 2:00 p.m. A selection of hand-crafted designer wreaths from our renowned Greens Market, under the direction of Tina Read, will be on display throughout the event. Don’t miss this opportunity to place an order for a beautiful customized wreath for the holidays.






Open House tickets are $15 prior to November 11th and $20 at the door. Refreshments will be served. Tickets are available online or at 508-997-1401. The Museum is located at 396 County Street in New Bedford. Due to the fragile nature of the tablescapes, children under the age of 12 are not permitted.

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