If you’re interested in holding a wedding reception, banquet, dance, or other similar activity in a warm rustic atmosphere surrounded by large open spaces, then the Barn at Glistening Pond in Falls may be just what you’re looking for.
Located at 421 Pine Hill Road in Falls, the Barn at Glistening Pond opened in August and is the brainchild of D.J. Martin, who with is brother Bernie Martin and sister Denise Smith, operate the establishment. For the Barn is exactly that - a former hay and dairy barn which has been converted into a banquet and reception facility.
“I got the idea when a catering company - Epicurean Delight - approached me and asked if we’d be interested in setting something up,” Martin explained.
The barn and the property is owned by Martin’s parents, and he was working the farm when Epicurean Delight approached him with the idea. Because of the financial uncertainties involved in farming, Martin decided converting the barn would be a worthwhile endeavor.
“We had to go through to get all the permits. Follow all the commercial codes,” Martin said, explaining they had to make certain the building met the requirements for handicapped access, as well as followed all the guidelines set down by the Department of Environmental Protection.
The Barn at Glistening Pond can hold up to 200 people. When folks want to hold a dance - sometimes using a DJ or even bringing in their own band - about 120 to 130 people participate. The Barn is extremely popular with women who want to hold a wedding reception in an out-of-the-way place that has great atmosphere.
“We started work on it over a year ago,” Martin said. Our engineers designed it and checked it out for structural strength.”
The barn also features a large outdoor fireplace.
“A lot of people get married in front of it,” Martin said.
He continued by explaining that some couples have gotten married at the Barn, while others have tied the knot elsewhere, but held the reception at the Barn. In addition to weddings and receptions, the Barn also allows people to hold ice cream bars on the premises, s’mores bars, and other similar activities.
“People sit at the fireplace and eat s’mores,” he said. “Or they sit on the deck under the umbrellas.
The Barn at Glistening Pond does not provide food as part of its service.
“We supply the venue (the building),” Martin explained. “Along with the tables, chairs and decks.”
Everything else is up to the customer to supply, who can hire a caterer to supply food for an event, a band or a DJ for music, and just about anything else with approval from the management. During the wedding receptions, Martin explained, everything has looked wonderful, with the arrangements of flowers and lights, and the chandeliers hanging from the ceiling.
One of the things which make the Barn at Glistening Pond so appealing, Martin explained, is its located right in the middle of nowhere.
“People like being in the middle of nowhere,” Martin said. “I’ve had professional people - doctors and lawyers - from New York and Philadelphia come here because of its location.”
Martin still works the farm that the Barn at Glistening Pond sits upon, producing crops such as corn, hay, and pumpkins. But it was the barn’s conversion to a banquet and reception facility that helped save it.
“The barn was falling apart,” he said. “A whole wall was rotten, there were holes in the floors. Converting it to another business helped save the barn.”
Martin said the Barn hosted 40 weddings receptions this past year, and they expect to host between 30 to 40 next year. They’ve been approached by the local fire hall to use the facility.
Renovating the barn into the Barn has also had a positive effect on some of the local businesses, Martin explained. Many of the local motels and hotels offer a shuttle service to the Barn, because they know people will need a place to stay overnight before the wedding is held. The Barn has received a lot of business from local florists who have been hired to decorate the facility when a wedding reception is held.
“It’s amazing the amount of people who benefit,” Martin explained. “I have a person who rents tents and chairs, and our clients have been keeping him going.”