By BRIAN SMITH
It’s the time of year where outdoor events abound. Doss Heritage and Culture Center has a new space to take advantage of the warmer weather.
Event Coordinator Miranda Murphy says the newly expanded outdoor event space, which opened April 6 after four months of work, is perfect for weddings of up to 200 people. She said the idea for the space came from the public.
“We kept hearing how that area behind the building would be perfect for an outdoor wedding with a little work,” Murphy said. “That was kind of my ‘make it work’ moment.”
Murphy said the facility previously held around 3-4 weddings a year for about 50 people. With the recent work being done, which included construction of a bridge, a small path near the building’s handicapped parking for those guests with mobility issues, and the clearing out of a number of trees and brush, the facility is now booked solid for weddings for the rest of the year.
“We have a couple of openings in November and December around Thanksgiving and Christmas but other than that we are full on Saturdays for the rest of the year,” Murphy said. “We have lots of openings for 2014, however.”
What makes the work even more worthwhile is the fact much of it was done in-house with center staff, board members, family members and volunteers pitching in, Murphy said. She said the space came together over the four workdays with her and staff member Nathan Beck, who constructed the bridge, doing additional work whenever possible.
With the Doss Center being a non-profit facility, there is still some minor work to be done outside. The planting of some very small areas of sod, having no direct electricity to the space and one outside plug are some of the improvements Murphy would like to see done in time. Still, the large shaded area that features a nice breeze with the trees surrounding the venue and the competitive prices provide for a nice facility.