Winter Projects

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  Winter months are the only time we have to do projects – upgrades – and improvements.  My husband claims that my mind just doesn’t stop but both me and Jill had a long list of ideas that we wanted to implement this winter.  As we complete them – I will add photos here and maybe facebook for you all to see.  I hope you all will be excited about them as we are.  As each year passes, we envision ways to improve our venue for you – our bride and your guests!   As you can see by the first picture – my husband David has his number one helper (Finn) to oversee every little projects.  We are in good hands!
   First up is the Groom’s Room.  We admit that we had not given much attention to our Grooms.  Give them a corner and they can drop their drawers and change at a moments notice without much fuss.  And – we have certainly spent more effort as we concentrate on our brides and their surroundings.  But – we saw that the guys really needed a place to hang out – to chill – and to just hide at some point.  So…the Groom’s Room (a.k.a. Man Cave) was chiseled out of the Milkhouse for them.  We did put a hunkin’ big air-conditioner in there for them last year and as primitive as it was – we thought with some more time this winter that we would give it a bit of an upgrade.

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A fresh coat of paint, an indoor-outdoor rug, curtains to match (don’t fret guys – they aren’t frilly or girly at all), additional seating, some art on the walls, and some very manly decor here and there.
  Next was to add an outlet (and breaker) placed in the front corner of the dancing area intended mainly for the DJ or Band so they can power up without laying out extension cords.  Great – done.
 

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  One of our main projects that is not completely done but I will start showing you all the progress…..are wings added onto the barn on the west side (the grove side).  We wanted to accomplish several things with this project….1.  Create some additional photo ops on this side of the barn, 2. Add some more space to the Caterer’s Room, 3. Provide back access for the Caterer’s Room, 4. Provide a sheltered area for your sound guy’s equipment when setting up for the ceremony music, and 5. Increase our storage areas and move the haybales to this side area to make it more convenient for the transportation of those haybales back and forth.  So……….it began.  We brought out the west side of the barn even with the Ladies Restroom.

  I found these great funky doors…..6 of them!  What  a find!  So….we needed a bit of paint to spruce up the doors and to camouflage the new rough cut lumber – let it blend a bit.
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  Well….stark difference, huh?  The project is not complete.  The week of torrential rains came and the frigid temps and a bit of snow….so my painting halted.  But…..I weathered the boards pretty good…put a coat of primer on the old doors and will continue with this project.  We will throw some sod down to cover the warn patches and of course I will say that we have a few more surprises in this area to showcase a bit later…but….we are pleased with the progress so far.
  A quick note about a few more projects we are in the midst of…..just some hints and stirring of your curiosity here.  We have added an additional restroom.  It is referred to as the “Family Restroom.”  It is wheelchair accessible, has a changing station, and is meant also to be an overflow to our men’s restroom if need be.  This means we have done some rearranging in the Lounge with some upgrades to introduce to you later.
  A project including “Olive Buckets” (know what those are?) in the Buffet Room – will show pictures and explain later.
  New Signage out on the Highway will come soon.
  A new vendors parking area is being created behind the Farmhouse.  This will keep the vendors from parking up near the Guests Entrance – something that always perturbed me. The vendors will be able to park still close to the barn but out of  your guests way.  We are also taking steps to camouflage this parking too so you won’t be able to see them…but they will be there.  This particular project has stemmed another one – which I will tell you about later too.  Brides will be glad to hear this one!
  And finally – tho I hesitate to say finally…it feels like my list is much longer but no need to tell you all of my secrets and improvements…..but our entry way will have a bit of a facelift as well – as you approach the barn.  We can’t wait to show case that too!
  So – just in case you all thought that we snoozed the winter away…..oh you jest!  We have been busy bees trying to improve our venue for the delight and pleasure of you – our sweet brides – and for your guests.
  Check back soon for more updates and pictures!!!

Margie Gardner