Couples scramble as popular Mass wedding venue set to close – Boston 25 News
Couples jostle as popular Mass wedding venue is set to close
TEWKSBURY, Mass. – A popular country club and wedding venue will close at the end of 2022, forcing dozens of engaged couples with later wedding dates to find new venues.
Tewksbury Country Club owner Marc Ginsburg made the announcement Thursday on Facebook. Within an hour of posting, hundreds of people shared their memories of unforgettable weddings, showers and events spanning 2.5 decades.
“It is with heavy hearts that we inform you that after 25 wonderful years we have made the very difficult decision to sell Tewksbury Country Club. As you can imagine, it was not an easy decision, but we feel it is right for our family at this time,” the post said. “We have been blessed to have witnessed so many celebrations of your life and we appreciate the kindness and support you have given us over the years. We are delighted to end the year strong and hope you will help you do it.
Tree House Brewing Company announced on Facebook on Friday that it is buying Tewksbury Country Club.
“We will transform the space into a large and welcoming brewery and retail store and continue to operate the golf course and various amenities with the full strength of our brand behind it,” Tree House Brewing said.
Mikayla LeBlanc and her fiancé Malachi Kokko, of Billerica, had deposited a deposit at Tewksbury Country Club and secured a wedding date on May 26, 2023, the Friday before Memorial Day.
But on Wednesday evening, she received a call telling her she would have to find another venue.
“She told me that they literally had to pay us back and literally take the wedding away. And I told him I didn’t want to talk to him, and I told him to call my mom,” LeBlanc said. “I cried for hours. I was so upset. I didn’t even want to look at different places. I thought we planned it.
“If we had known beforehand that they were planning to sell or that they had offers, that probably would have influenced our decision,” Kokko added.
Ginsburg said the sale was a recent and unexpected opportunity he felt compelled to pursue after a tough few years in the wedding industry during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We decided after 25 years that it was time to move on,” Ginsburg told the Boston 25 News by phone Thursday. “You know how the last few years have been. The government shut down the governor. We are only feeling the tip of the iceberg. The shutdown was pretty tough, but the residual effects of that are still reverberating through the industry.
Ginsburg said not only are deposits being refunded to affected couples, but the property will also provide extra money for inconvenience and help couples book new venues and vendors.
About 35 weddings had been booked for 2023 at the facility, Ginsburg said. Some couples choose to push their dates until 2022, he said.
Kristen Kelley and Dave McLean, who will be the last couple to wed at the country club, expressed relief at their good fortune and sympathy for those struggling to make other plans.
“Our wedding is booked for New Years,” Kelley said. “So I guess we are the last event they are booked for. And I’ll take it as a sign of good luck that we got in.
“It would be devastating to try to reschedule and plan other things,” McLean added. “We are lucky to have chosen this date.”
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