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Rustic event and wedding venue launched in Thurman

Burlap & Beams

A cluster of barns at former Orley Needham farm, now an event venue known as Burlap & Beams, provides a charming backdrop for weddings and special events.

A cluster of barns at former Orley Needham farm, now an event venue known as Burlap & Beams, provides a charming backdrop for weddings and special events. Photo provided

— Folks planning on holding a memorable wedding or special event have a new option: the pastoral Thurman setting of the new “Burlap & Beams” enterprise.

Burlap & Beams proprietors Terri Larson and Mechelle Roy held an open house this last weekend to introduce their enterprise — and various other associated services — to the public.

The open house, Larson said, showcased the carefully restored historic barns and breathtaking mountain views of this new venue for weddings, receptions, reunions, and other parties. The event also presented vendors from around the region who offered such services as catering, wedding photography, jewelry for bridal parties, floral arrangements and sweets.

Burlap & Beams, which combines rusticity and elegance, is located at 242 Cameron Road.

With catering arranged by the proprietors, Burlap & Beams offers a memorable setting for bridal brunch picnics, as well as bridal luncheons and dinners in a unique, historic setting. Also, the proprietors can arrange carriage rides, provided by 1000 Acres Ranch Resort. They are also seeking to arrange train transportation through the Saratoga & North Creek Railway.

Larson and Roy encourage organizers to approach them with any event dreams, and they say they’ll strive to help realize them.

Much work, including installing hardwood floors, has been accomplished to make one of the historic barns suitable for elegant functions, while maintaining its ambiance.

The site of Burlap & Beams is the Orley Needham Farm, which in the 1800s hosted Guy Brooks’ Boarding House or the Loveland Hotel & Tavern. Remains of a large stone fireplace from that early building still stand in the yard of the mid-19th century farmhouse built to replace it. The barns, long part of the pastoral landscape of this area, were working outbuildings well into the last century.

Larson and Roy welcome visitors, by prior arrangement, to stop in and see this scenic site as it turns the page to a fresh chapter in its history. Read more about the new venture at www.burlapandbeans.com.

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