Tree House Brewing Company set to purchase a popular Mass. wedding venue

TEWKSBURY, Mass. — A popular country club and wedding venue will close at the end of 2022, forcing dozens of engaged couples with later wedding dates to find new venues.

Tewksbury Country Club owner Marc Ginsburg made the announcement Thursday on Facebook. Within an hour of posting, hundreds of people shared their memories of weddings, showers and unforgettable events over 2.5 decades.

“It is with heavy hearts that we inform you that after 25 wonderful years we have made the very difficult decision to sell the Tewksbury Country Club. As you can imagine this was not an easy decision but one that we feel is right for our family at this time,” the post said. “We have been blessed to have witnessed so many of your life celebrations and we appreciate the kindness & support you have given us over the years. We are excited to finish up the year strong and hope that you will support us in doing so.”

Tree House Brewing Company has announced on Facebook Friday it is buying Tewksbury Country Club.

“We will evolve the space into an expansive and inviting beer hall and retail store and continue to operate the golf course and various amenities with the full strength of our brand behind it,” said Tree House Brewing.

Mikayla LeBlanc and her fiancé Malachi Kokko, of Billerica, had put down a deposit at Tewksbury Country Club and secured a wedding date of May 26, 2023, the Friday before Memorial Day.

But on Wednesday night, she received a call informing her she would need to find another venue.

“She told me that they had to literally refund us and literally take away the wedding. And I told her I didn’t want to talk to her, and I told her to call my mom,” LeBlanc said. “I cried for hours. I was so upset. I didn’t even want to look at different venues. I thought that we had it planned.”

“If we had known prior they were either planning on selling or they had offers out there, it probably would’ve influenced our decision,” Kokko added.

Ginsburg said the sale was a recent, unexpected opportunity he felt compelled to take after a couple challenging years in the wedding industry during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We’ve decided after 25 years it was time to move on,” Ginsburg told Boston 25 News by phone Thursday. “You know how the past few years have been. The government shut-down from the governor. We’re just feeling the tip of the iceberg from that. The shut-down was hard enough, but the residual effects of that are still rippling out in the industry.”

Ginsburg said not only are deposits being refunded to affected couples but the facility will also provide additional money for the inconvenience and help couples book new venues and vendors.

About 35 weddings had been booked for 2023 at the facility, Ginsburg said. Some couples are opting to bump up their dates up to 2022, he said.

Kristen Kelley and Dave McLean, who will be the last couple to get married at the country club, expressed relief at their good fortune and sympathy for those scrambling to make other plans.

“Our wedding is booked for New Year’s,” Kelley said. “So, I guess we’re the last event that they are booked. And I’m going to take it as a sign of good luck that we got in.”

“It would be devastating trying to reschedule and plan other things,” McLean added. “We’re fortunate that we picked that date.”

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