Wedding pavilion grand opening set for May 19
Winter construction is always a challenge, but we're pushing through with the final phases and are getting ready for the grand opening of Brambleberry's Grand Wedding Pavilion and Event Center to Saturday, May 19.
We're excited to reveal one of western Wisconsin's finest wedding facilities!
The grand opening will be 1 to 5 p.m. on May 19. Some of our preferred vendors will be in attendance. Sample fantastic food from Big Boar Barbecue, photographers Kam and Mindy Johnson will be displaying some of their beautiful work and Good Times Entertainment DJ service will be on hand. Come and tour the facility, along with touring the bed and breakfast and sample wine!
We've been busy planting the flower gardens but because of the late winter, we're still waiting for the grass to grow. But the Enchanted Forest ceremony site will be available for tours.
Anyone who books a Saturday wedding reception for 2018 by May 25 will receive a free ceremony valued at $800!
Winter hangs on too long
In the first three weeks of April we had three major snowstorms, including one that dumped 14 inches on the farm.
Our lawn and garden chores are even bigger this spring because we have additional flower beds to plant near our new wedding event center. Preparations for that began last fall when Sherry ordered shrubs, trees, plants, grapevines and other rootstock to assure us that our selection would be available.
Normally receiving a nursery order the third week of April is ideal planting time. But not when there is snow on the ground and the earth is partially frozen. We were able to plant a few trees the day before we got 14 inches of snow, but much of the planting area still needs to be prepared.
In order to keep the planting stock alive, we heeled them into the ground. We dug through a layer of snow to dig a trench. We soaked the roots with water and covered up the roots. So far we’ve had 200 of our estimated 300 trees and shrubs arrive, along with 150 grapevines, which are now getting planted as the snow has finally melted and more springlike weather is back.
It's lambing and calving season
Spring is lambing season on the farm and we've had six lambs born this year. Many came during the cold winter-like weather and at the same time when we were starting to dismantle and move their barn. But with the creative use of some tarps, the lambs and mothers did fine.
Joining our menagerie of animals -- sheep, lambs, goats and donkeys -- are two of our Scottish Highland calves. Victoria is a six-month-old calf who we nursed back to health after she was very sick and nearly died. Squall is a newborn calf that was born during one of the April blizzards and was suffering from hypothermia. Squall's now a bottle calf and is great friends with Victoria.
In a few days the animals will be moved to their new barn. We plan on putting in grapevines where the barn was.
Expanded winery hours and tasting menu
Brambleberry Winery's tasting room hours are now Friday and Saturday from noon to 7 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. The Friday hours resumed on April 20. We've also expanded our weekly tasting menu to include 16 wines -- you can try three for free or sample up to 10 wines for $5. We also serve delicious cheese trays and homemade pizzas on Saturday and Sunday.
Chris will be pouring wine at the Great Tastes Festival in Black River Falls on May 5. And don't forget to bring your mother to the winery for a treat on Mother's Day!