April 4, 2014:

The first batch of spring weddings has passed, and all three were a rousing success. It seems like everyone that has set foot in the building this year has been both kind and interesting, and we couldn't be more grateful. This last weekend we were proud to host Sarah and David, who were two of the people that helped work on this place when it was little more than a dream. To have them come back and choose to have the most important day of their lives here has been an honor and privilege. We also got some fantastic photos!

This month has been eventful just as always, and we're getting excited for the summer to arrive. It's time to stain the deck, mow the lawn for the first time, and finish the cobblestone on the driveway. We have also had such a big influx of goodies into our decoration library (or "Imagination room") that it's time to build new shelves. (vases, vases, and more vases.) Now that the frost is off the ground, it's time to get some things done!

We've had several events for the 500 festival crew and are getting geared up for the big day of the parade. The festival princesses continue to be some of the nicest bunch of young women we've encountered. Last year was the first year we hosted the celebrities, and we're looking forward to that too. The excitement of a parade day at The Sanctuary can't be matched.

The inaugural year for Tanjerine seems to be coming together nicely. Their team is beyond enthusiastic and it appears as though it's going to be a huge cultural event for this city, just like Oranje. We have no doubt that it too will grow each year after this - the talent both producing and surrounding this show is immense. Come check it out!

February 20, 2014:

February is winding down and we're getting excited to start the busy part of year three here at The Sanctuary. The year began with a beautiful wedding on the day of the snowpocalypse! After talking it over with everyone, the family decided to march on. The snow came hard and fast and made for some MAGNIFICENT photos. Half of the RSVPed guests ended up showing, and we had a great time. Since the other half didn't come and we had an available date the next weekend, we decided to have a do-over! We cleaned up a little, left the decorations right where they were, and EVERYONE that didn't make it the first time around showed up! It's the first time we've done something like that, and it was interesting. On the first day there was all of the preparation, anticipation, and detail that goes along with planning a wedding. The second time around not only was it all done, but everyone had already the experience of having a great event and there was NO stress. From anyone. It was so light and pleasant!

The blitz of tours is coming to a close, and now it's time for "spring cleaning". We're gearing up for a little work on the roof and are polishing up a ton of the woodwork inside. In the meantime, we have several other events going on. Oranje has locked down a sister event to hold here in the third week of April that should be fascinating. It's a music, food, and fashion festival they've called "Tanjerine". We're just now learning details ourselves, but we'll keep you posted as to what they are!