complex offers a space simply known as the meadow and offering simple, rustic surroundings.
Located just outside the Visitor Center are the apple orchard lawns. As the name indicates, this area is flanked by an apple orchard on one side and Zielke said it is a perfect site for an outdoor wedding.
Yet another venue available for rent is the carriage pavilion. The structure features overhead doors which can bring in or keep out the weather. The rustic setting is surrounded by plenty of open area and has a spacious, unobstructed interior with a capacity of 500 people. Because the carriage pavilion is not heated, it is only available for rent from May to October.
The Wade House itself is also available for smaller functions of 30 to 40 people.
Rental spaces at the Wade House are available individually as well as in combination with other areas. All wedding rentals include on-site event assistance, use of the Wade House grounds for photo opportunities, and complimentary ceremony rehearsal.
Functions held in the Visitor Center concourse are limited to being held after the normal public open hours.
Zielke said the new Visitor Center has hosted quite a few functions despite being open only a little more than a year. Proving that the facilities and staff can handle larger functions, Zielke said a May wedding had 425 people on the guest list, and last June’s trio of grand openings for the new facility each had 350 to 450 people in attendance.
Anyone wishing food service at a function there must choose from one
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of four preferred caterers offered by the Wade House, two from the Fond du Lac area and two from the Sheboygan area. Those caterers are Eden Catering, Linstrom’s Catering of Fond du Lac, Kitchens of Kohler, and Watson’s Elite Catering of Sheboygan. “They all have different price points,” Zielke said, and they can offer anything from appetizers only to multiple-course meals.
Zielke said the response from people who have rented one or more spaces from the Wade House has been “all very positive— they love the spaces.”
As an added bonus, any function held at the Wade House visitor center includes admission to the Wesley W. Jung Carriage Museum. The new museum is professionally done and offers a large, quiet space to reflect on a time prior to people being moved around via gasoline engines.
“Our site is all about horse power,” Zielke said. To that end, the Wade House also offers brides the option of being taken to their wedding site in a stagecoach pulled by a team of Percherons.
Zielke said a check of the going price for facility rentals shows that the Wade House’s facilities are a little less expensive than others. While dates are already being booked for next summer, plenty of openings remain for this venue which offers something for all ages. For more information contact Zielke at 526-3271 or go to www.wadehouse.org.
More than once Zielke has heard someone say, “Wow, we are so happy that we found your facility.”
One event at a time, this hidden gem is becoming more well known.