There are only 2 weeks of the year when the hayloft is empty before the new crop comes in. And in that great high ceiling space , and hemlock floor, I always get the urge to dance and sing. And so it happened, the first time, within a weeks notice, we joined up with The Clay Hill Band, who had had a last minute cancellation, a caterer, Marnie Rogers, who was happy to promote her new business, a word of mouth guest list ending up with 110 neighbors who brought their own chairs and beverages, a donation for the music… and a fantastic night was had by all.
The following year, we were delighted to help make a wish come true for a local couple who had been looking for the perfect venue “to tie the knot”. Brian and Carly got married in early June 2019, so no barn dance that year. Next came the pandemic , so no public gatherings for the next two years, although we still were able to have our son marry his Lady ,outdoors, in house gardens.
We provided an “Emergency Wedding Venue” at the last minute for a neighbours’ outdoor wedding .
The people who lived on the next street over the fence from us, had been planning to have a garden wedding for one of our neighbours. Everyone seemed to be involved, with grass cutting, organizing food and tables, decorations et al. A few days before the wedding the weather channel was calling for major rain and thunder storms heading our way. Owen offered to provide an alternative venue should the skies open up. “All I need is a day’s notice,” he said. And that’s how it happened to be that Sharon and Eric ended up getting married in the Riverdale utility barn, at the altar under an arbour devised from the canoe rack. Owen even picked the Bride up at her front door with the horses and wagon. It was lovely. I think there are still faerie lights hanging from the rafters