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New a la carte event pricing offers more flexibility and potential savings for your wedding, elopement or party

Questions about On Sunny Slope Farm Answered

Today I got an inquiry from a friend of a bride who was looking for a venue for her. She had A BUNCH of questions! But they were really good ones!  So I thought I would post them here for others. Hope they are helpful.

  1. What is the number of guests you allow? 250 IS INCLUDED IN PRICE. MORE AT AN UP CHARGE.
  2. Can the venue host the ceremony, reception, and rehearsal dinner to all be included in the Saturday wedding price? YES
  3. How long would we have access to the event spaces we’ve reserved? I.E. bridal suite to get ready? 10 AM – 10PM STANDARD MORE HOURS AT UP CHARGE.
  4. What is the cost of the day-of-wedding coordinator? I checked the website and it does not have this information. What are this person’s duties? $425. MOST ANYTHING NEEDED. NORMALLY TIME LINE AND COORDINATION THE DAY OF.
  5. Does the venue provide cutlery, cake-cutting knives? NO
  6. Is there a cake cutting fee? NO
  7. For inclement weather, is there an indoor venue area for the wedding ceremony or are tents the only option? TENT HAS DOORS AND WALLS AND CAN BE COMPLETELY CLOSED. SITS ON PATIO SO IS LIKE A BUILDING.
  8. At what time on the day of the wedding can vendors set up? AFTER 10 AM
  9. Can we source out for our caterer, floral, DJ, etc? YES If we outsource, is a kitchen or anything available to them? RESIDENTIAL KITCHEN IS AVAILABLE BUT IS NOT INSPECTED. SO MOST ARE REQUIRED TO COOK IN THEIR OWN KITCHENS BY LAW AS I UNDERSTAND IT.
  10. How much is the deposit? 1/2
  11. What is the cancellation policy? YOU MAY CANCEL BUT PAYMENTS ARE NON REFUNDABLE UNLESS I REBOOK DAY.
  12. What’s the payment plan? 1/2 AT BOOKING 1/2 AT ONE MONTH MEETING. FINANCING AVAILABLE. IF MORE THAN 12 MONTHS OUT 1/3, 1/3,1/3
  13. Are there any decoration limitations? MUST BE SAFE AND NO TAPE. Are candles permitted? YES IN CONTAINERS THAT REACH HIGHER THAN FLAME.
  14. May we bring our own decorations if we chose to or do we have to use the packages available on the website? YOU MAY BRING YOUR OWN.
  15. Can we move things around and decorate to suite our needs? YES
  16. Do you own sound equipment? YES. TWO.
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Local family business uses celebration to lend a helping hand for the community

Local family business uses celebration to lend a helping hand for the community

March 17, 2017              By Daniel Brammer

The inspiration for On Sunny Slope Farm came roughly five years ago, when the owner’s daughter wanted to have her dream wedding on their farm in Rockingham County. The land has been in the family since 1828, and it now operates as a scenic location for various events. “I enjoy what I do, and planning events is where I get my energy,” says Harry Jarrett, owner of On Sunny Slope Farm, “I can always see through the planning stages knowing how wonderful the celebrations will be.”

Considering its award-winning status as a licensed wedding and special events venue, Jarrett has taken great strides to ensure this family farm could provide more than just holy matrimony to the surrounding community. They have had enormous impact on many non-profit organizations in the area by hosting fundraisers, festivals, and other special events. “I’m a pastor, so funding non-profit organizations, benefitting the community, and doing good for simply good sake is one of my core values,” says Jarrett, who is also currently an interim pastor at Elk Run Church of the Brethren.

Realizing the amount of potential and amenities his farm had to offer, Jarrett was more than reluctant to begin reaching out to help. “I’ve always been involved in altruistic, non-profit things, so it was a natural part of what I wanted to do here,” he explains. His venue hosts 12 events annually for local non-profit organizations, including JMU SafeRides, New Creation, Bridgewater Historical Society, and more. All proceeds go towards the respective organization with no profit returning to On Sunny Slope Farm.

One of the biggest festivals they host is the annual Food Truck Festival coming this April. Every penny raised during the event helps to fund Open Doors, a homeless shelter operating in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County. This fundraiser alone raises half of Open Doors’ annual budget at over $30,000 each year. Without the supporting efforts from volunteers, along with generous donations, Open Doors would cease to even exist. It is organizations in need that inspire Jarrett to roll up his sleeves and help make a difference.

“This event has allowed us to think less about getting the bills paid, and more about how we can grow and better serve our guests and their needs,” says Rachel Howdyshell. As Executive Director, Howdyshell witnesses first-hand how much impact the Food Truck Festival has on the organization and its efforts. Funding from the community is what makes Open Doors possible, so the people at On Sunny Slope Farm take every step necessary to provide the best experience they can offer. Jarret says, “I find great joy in helping others, especially in their time of need. My farm would almost be going to waste if I didn’t use it to support organizations like Open Doors.”

Open Doors began its efforts roughly ten years ago, in hopes of providing shelter and support for homeless individuals in Harrisonburg and Rockingham. Because of their non-profit status, they rely on the generous help offered by countless volunteers within the area. “I fell in love with the organization and became passionate about the work because I believe everyone deserves food and shelter,” says Howdyshell, who started as a volunteer in 2009.

Not only do they rely on volunteering individuals, but Open Doors reaches out to local churches and faith communities to be the hosting shelter for scheduled weeks. The two organizations team up to provide the necessary amenities, such as meals, bedding, toiletries, and volunteers, to serve the homeless individuals. Open Doors receives support from over 30 faith communities that offer shelters throughout Rockingham County.

Just last year, the shelter helped house 171 unique individuals, with an average of 29 guests every evening. To help manage and support these people, Open Doors had the help of over 1,300 shelter volunteers and over 55 different volunteer groups.

To help organize, Howdyshell relies on each shelter’s staff to have everything in place and ready for the arrival of those planning to use the shelter. Phil Kniss, pastor at Park View Methodist Church, tells us, “We often volunteer to host at least one or two weeks each year, and provide all the meals and volunteers necessary.” He also detailed that they provide overnight presence from staff, personally prepare the meals, and even transport linens for laundry. Along with providing shelter, Kniss says they include support of Open Doors in their annual budget as well.

When asked about Food Truck Festival, Howdyshell explained, “The event’s success draws from its ability to bring the community together to celebrate food, music and warm weather. Not only that, but also knowing the money is supporting such a great cause.” At last year’s festival, they had over 2,000 people attend, with 14 food trucks, three local bands, and 24 vendors. With all the moving pieces involved, both Howdyshell and Jarrett say their organizations begin planning for this event roughly nine months in advance each year.

Along with the thanks given to the volunteers and donors that support Open Doors, Howdyshell was also more than grateful for the support from On Sunny Slope Farm. “On Sunny Slope Farm was generous enough to donate their venue to us. Harry and his employees are great to work with and work hard to pull off a successful event year after year,” says Howdyshell. She sincerely appreciates their ability to treat Open Doors like family and help with the fight against homelessness.

Especially after seeing success in recent years, Jarrett is more than ready to see what the Food Truck Festival will bring this year. As he and his family prepare for this event, they are making every necessary adjustment to top previous years. Although there are still weddings to plan for the spring, Jarrett assures they will never fall short of providing Open Doors the festival they deserve.

At the end of the day, those at On Sunny Slope Farm want nothing less than to bring people together to celebrate and enjoy life. “This is more of a family-friendly, local farm that is big in its surroundings, but intimate in the sense of how we go about doing business,” says Jarrett. Whether its running their own business, or offering services to others, everyone is welcome in the Jarrett family when coming to the farm.

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Get 4 hours of Decoration time for FREE! When you book your 2017 Wedding.

4 Hours of Decoration Time FREE with every new Friday Wedding Booking in 2017!

Are you concerned about not having enough decoration time on your wedding day? Do you feel like you need a few more hours to get things ready? Maybe you want to get all the DIY stuff done so you can relax on your wedding day and enjoy all the pampering? What about setting up the plate-ware on the tables, getting the beer, wine and mixers cold and getting that ceremony rehearsal out of the way? Would you like it if, on the day of the wedding, you could relax, enjoy your family and friends and maybe even get a couples massage as you prepare for the biggest day of your life?

Well, if you said yes to any one of these decoration questions then booking your Wedding on a Friday in 2017 On Sunny Slope is the best choice you could ever make! That’s right, I said you need to book a Friday Wedding at our local wedding venue in the Shenandoah Valley located in Rockingham County right on the city limits of Harrisonburg Virginia. Why you may ask?

Several Reasons:

  • We set up the venue for you on Thursday morning including the ceremony site. And put all the linens on the tables so that you can get everything ready the day before your Friday Wedding.
  • You get 4 hours of decoration time on Thursday FREE to come to the wedding venue and get everything preset.
  • We  open up the buildings for those 4 hours so that you can leave your stuff over night and use the restrooms if you need to during your rehearsal.
  • You get an additional hour (that makes 5) to have your ceremony rehearsal at the location of your wedding the next day.
  • After you ceremony rehearsal is over you can either head off to your rehearsal dinner at another location and we ill close everything up for you safe and sound OR you can add-on time to have your rehearsal dinner at our wedding venue for a small fee (based on number of people, amount of time and services needed)

See what one family was able to do with 4 hours of Decoration time on Thursday…

8 Wineries Participating in 2017 Wine Festival On Sunny Slope Farm

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Announcing our new partnership with @BellaFesta

2017 Wine Festival On Sunny Slope Farm Press Release – February 14, 2017

2017 Wine Festival On Sunny Slope Farm Press Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 14, 2017
 
On Sunny Slope Farm, https://onsunnyslopefarm.com Rockingham County’s Premier Special Events venue will be hosting a Wine Festival on August 6, 2017 from 11 AM – 5 PM: https://onsunnyslopefarm.com/wine-festival/ . 8 wineries, 6 food vendors, VIP tent food tasting vendor, 1 oyster purveyor, 12 Juried Artisan Vendors and 4 bands will be present at the festival. Attendees will enjoy a beautiful day on Sunny Slope Farm; a Virginia Century Certified Farm and the home place of the Wampler Family. 
 
Wineries include: Bluestone Vineyard, Castel Glen Winery, Hunt’s Vineyard, North Mountain Vineyard and Winery, Narmada Winery, Barren Ridge and White Barrel Winery. Our VIP tent food tasting vendor will be Bella Luna. Our oyster purveyors, Bruce and Daniel Vogt of Big Island Aquaculture Oysters http://www.coastalvirginiamag.com/January-2017/The-Real-Oysters-Rockefeller… joining us from Hayes, Virginia. And our Juried Artisan Vendors are local and will include members of the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Artisan Trail.
 
Plans include a judging of premium wines in the VIP tent by local Chefs and perhaps some Virginia wine enthusiasts and promoters.
 
Proceeds from this event will be going to the Artisan Center of Virginia in support of the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Artisan Trail and the Virginia Oyster Trail.
 
“…NOTHING HAVE THE HABITS OF THE PALATE MORE DECISIVE INFLUENCE THAN IN OUR RELISH OF WINES.”
Thomas Jefferson, October 1818
 
What began as a failed viticulture experiment in Charlottesville, Virginia in 1773 has become one of the leading agricultural industries in Virginia. Virginia Wine now rivals and often surpasses any wine in the United States.
 
So it makes sense why more and more tourists are coming to Virginia to travel wine trails and enjoy wine festivals.
 
It also makes sense why On Sunny Slope Farm, located an hour away from Charlottesville and situated in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley would want to host a wine festival.
 
Our historic farm, known mostly for our contribution to the poultry industry has incredible views of the Shenandoah Valley. We are very conveniently located in Rockingham County on both the Harrisonburg City Limits line and the Dayton Corporate Limits line which means locals can quickly enjoy a high quality wine festival in “The Triad of the Valley” without the inconvenience of a long drive.
 
As a licensed special events venue we have all the comforts and facilities attendees of a festival will need in any weather condition without obstructing the beauty, openness and century certified history of the farm. And we have lots of intimate spots for people to enjoy their family and friends.
 
On Sunny Slope Farm is quickly becoming the place where Harrisonburg, Dayton and Rockingham County meet to celebrate our families and friends.
 
Tickets go on sale April 15, 2017. Presale tickets are $20 for 21 & over (Tasting) – $25.00 (at entrance), Ages 12 & under – free, 13 – 20 years – $5.00 and 21 & over (No Tastings) – $10.00. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wine-festival-tickets-30049567064
 
For full information go to our website: https://onsunnyslopefarm.com/wine-festival/
 
On Sunny Slope Farm is still receiving applications for wineries, food vendors, Artisan Craft Vendors and bands. https://onsunnyslopefarm.com/wine-festival-2017-vendors/
 
On Sunny Slope Farm is grateful for our current sponsors and is still accepting applications for sponsorship of this local wine festival. https://onsunnyslopefarm.com/wine-festival-2017-sponsors/
 
On Sunny Slope Farm is also offering free admission to person willing to volunteer at the festival for a 3 hour shift. https://onsunnyslopefarm.com/wine-festival-2017-volunteer/
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Winner 2016 Best of Harrisonburg Award in Wedding Planning

On Sunny Slope Farm Receives 2016 Best of Harrisonburg Award

Harrisonburg Award Program Honors the Achievement

HARRISONBURG December 8, 2016 — On Sunny Slope Farm has been selected for the 2016 Best of Harrisonburg Award in the Wedding Planning category by the Harrisonburg Award Program.

Each year, the Harrisonburg Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Harrisonburg area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2016 Harrisonburg Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Harrisonburg Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About Harrisonburg Award Program

The Harrisonburg Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Harrisonburg area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The Harrisonburg Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.

SOURCE: Harrisonburg Award Program