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Pole Barn Event Center

Event Centers

A little over four years ago, I introduced you, my gentle readers, to my late Grandma Jerene and her boyfriend Bob, the “Weather Cat” (https://www.hansenpolebuildings.com/2012/07/weather/). They are going to play a part in this story.

Earlier this summer my lovely bride and I had just gotten home when a couple pulled up in their Jaguar. They had been out for an evening drive, saw our pole barn building and thought maybe it was an event center. I suppose as the top of the cupola is more than 50 feet above the ground, the mistake is inevitable.

Here is the story of my first (unbeknownst to me) event center – or at least for one event!

When I was a post frame building contractor, back in the 1990’s, we contracted to construct a pole barn for a gentleman named Scott Dockins, down in the Palouse country of Idaho, near Moscow. There was one catch, he and his betrothed were going to be wed in this building, so there were time constraints.

The building was completed well within the needed time frame and this was the end of the story….or was it?

pole-barn-wedding-150x150My grandmother was both sharp and active into her 90’s. I made it a point to see or at least talk to her once a week or more. A few weeks after we had finished Scott’s building, in one of our calls, Grandma reported she and Bob had been to a wedding down near Moscow…..in a pole barn…..our pole barn!

Bob had been President of Rotary Club 21 in Spokane, and later a Rotary District Governor. It turns out Scott’s new bride Debi, was the staff secretary for the very same Rotary club – and had invited Bob and Grandma Jerene to their wedding! In our building!

Event venues are growing in popularity by leaps and bounds.

The goal of event venues all along has been to create a mood and a feeling for guests and attendees, but in the past it was a pleasant surprise when one came out of an event with a specific experience which was envisioned by the planner. Such an experience would be similar to how a marketer envisions a brand and takes specific steps to shape the brand image in the mind of the customer. Now attendees expect to be provided with an experience.

It is the audience expectation which has upped the ante here. Haute cuisine TV shows and foodie restaurants have multiplied almost exponentially over the last decade, so now people expect much more than coffee and canapés. Hipster weddings and gala affairs have given people a taste of themed events where every detail has been studied and considered, so people expect this level of refinement in all events. And there’s so much competition among venues, caterers and other event vendors businesses are scrambling to create a lasting impression for both the clients and planners who hire them and the attendees who sample their goods.

Our barn, used as a home for us, is not an event center. But for the older couple in the Jag, it definitely was both interesting and appealing to the eye. My bride and I have to agree!

Service Club Pole Buildings

rotaryThe world’s first service club, the Rotary Club of Chicago, was formed in 1905 by Paul P. Harris, an attorney who wanted to create in a professional club with the same friendly spirit he had felt in the small towns of his youth. The Rotary name derived from the early practice of rotating meetings among members’ offices.

Other large service organizations include Lions and Kiwanis. Often these organizations provide structures for public and/or private use. Here is a recent case in point:

This September 22, 2016 article by Jennifer Waters appeared in the West Seneca (New York) Bee:

Anyone who has been to West Seneca’s Town Hall campus this week should have noticed something new: The Kiwanis Pavilion shelter is up. Construction started on Monday, and Kiwanis board member Daniel Nagy said the shelter should be finished in about four weeks. Nagy said the project came about after the Town Board chose to tear down the 1960s-era Kiwanis Youth Center earlier this year. Since that time, the West Seneca Youth and Recreation Department has been using the town’s ice rink for its activities. “We figured they could use a little bit of an outdoor shelter a little closer to the playground,” he said.

 Kiwanians had saved some money, and Nagy said they agreed to roll up their sleeves to build a structure that both the youth programs and the Kiwanis could use during the summer months.

The Kiwanis Pavilion is intended to replace the Kiwanis Recreation Center, which was demolished earlier this year on the Town Hall campus. The new shelter will provide space for outdoor youth activities. Next, the floor will be set, and once it has had time to cure, final touches with lighting will be completed, Nagy said.

 “Of course, the town has been very instrumental,” he said, explaining that the town’s building and code enforcement offices have been helpful in the process.

The town has allowed the Kiwanis Pavilion to be placed on its land, but no taxpayer funds will be used in construction of the shelter, Nagy said.

Rather, the project has been a community effort.

“Thanks to the community, and to the Kiwanians who have labored at Bills games … in order to raise the funds to build this — everyone who supports our craft show and who come to our food tent at Community Days,” Nagy said.

Nagy said he hopes the shelter can be useful primarily for summer recreation programs in the town and also for other Kiwanis events.

“At Halloween, I think we’ll have a small event here,” he said. “We used to do a large haunted house in the Youth Center, and we were unable to find a new location to host that, but we would like to do something still for Halloween. It’s been a legacy project. Anyone who grew up in West Seneca who is under 40 years old will remember going to that as a little kid.”

 Kiwanis members were heartbroken to discontinue the haunted house, but Nagy said the pavilion will hopefully allow the club to offer some kind of Halloween event for children.

In the spring, he said, the annual Kiwanis Easter egg hunt will take place at the shelter for Easter festivities.

“I’m sure it will get an awful lot of use throughout the entire year,” Nagy said.

Rotarian, Lion, Kiwanian, or other service club, Hansen Pole Buildings supports qualifying charitable organizations (https://www.hansenpolebuildings.com/2013/08/charitable-organizations/) by offering a discount on complete pole (post frame) building kit packages. The buildings are designed so as your service club members can follow the complete plans and detailed step-by-step instructions allow for those service club dollars to be stretched even farther using club members to perform the construction.