Barn party scene coming to town
Woman sees opportunities in barn event business

By Josh Perttunen - Enterprise Staff

Sept. 4, 2014

Carolyn Hewitt is aiming for rustic elegance when she officially opens the
Barn at Trinity Peak as an events venue this Saturday.
Josh Perttunen/Enterprise Staff

TOWN OF OCONOMOWOC - A nearly 100-year-old barn is bound to acquire some history of its own, but it is the history thatís yet to come for the Barn at Trinity Peak that excites Carolyn Hewitt.

The barn, at N80-W38726 McMahon Road in the Town of Oconomowoc, has been a dairy barn and antiques business for the majority of its life, she said, but will now host fundraisers, parties, weddings and any other event that requires a touch of rustic elegance.

Constructed in 1918, the structure suffered a fire in 1967 - prompting the  top, fire-damaged portion to be repaired by the owner and neighbors who were eager to assist. Now, as Hewitt embarks to prepare the structure for its new purpose, she has similar help - coming again from family members and neighbors. 

She discussed her plans with the Enterprise on Tuesday.


ENTERPRISE: What led you to think of using the barn in this manner? And do you have any experience in planning or hosting events?

HEWITT: We had fallen in love with the barn while visiting relatives. Our purchase of it is what drew my family back to Wisconsin and Oconomowoc; I had lived here until I was a senior in high school, moved to Arizona and have spent the past 20 years in California.

The previous owner, Curtis Weide, said that neighbors would knock on his door to inquire if their son or daughter could have a wedding there.

I have spent the last 25 years as an event consultant for companies such as Kawasaki and Harley-Davidson. Iíve participated in events such as the Harley-Davidson anniversaries and Sturgis Motorcycle Rallies, where I worked in the section for women riders. 

The land surrounding the Barn at Trinity Peak in the Town of Oconomowoc is five landscaped acres that can fuel the imagination, says owner Carolyn Hewitt.     
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ENTERPRISE: Can you describe to the readers the renovations that were done by the previous owners? And what renovations are you responsible for?

HEWITT: They added two bathrooms, a kitchenette, a game room and a lounge area. When the barn doors are opened, there are built-in screens that come down to keep the bugs out.

We mostly did the lighting, installing the old Edison-style bulbs, which hang from the ceiling. We were going for the type of lighting youíd see in an old barn.


ENTERPRISE: What pre-existing features are of note?

HEWITT: It has the oldest stucco poured concrete silo in the state and there is an old silo turned planter that I was told held the record for ďworldís largest planter.Ē

In the barnís downstairs, which will be used for storage, you can still see the milking stalls and hoofprints.

The Barn at Trinity Peak has been standing since 1918. A fire damaged its upper portion in 1967, but neighbors turned out to help the repair.      
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ENTERPRISE: What was the wedding scenario you first envisioned when you saw the barn? And how will this venue spark other peopleís creativity?

HEWITT: The bride and groom are standing under an oak tree as the sun sets, and the cornfield is in the background. Thatís the beauty of this location; you donít have to do much decorating because nature is so beautiful on its own.

On the other hand, if the couple does want to do some decorating, this is the perfect setting to showcase their personality. When you go with a wedding hall or other location, you can only do so much; youíre stuck with that look. This venue, however, can accommodate anything from a pig roast to something really elegant, where the party is using only the finest crystal. 


ENTERPRISE: What events do you have planned next?

HEWITT: The first wedding at the venue is set to occur on Saturday. It is for a friend of the family. Then we will be hosting the 11th annual Chairmanís Round Table recognition event for the YMCA at Pabst Farms on Sept. 25.  


ENTERPRISE: How can people make a reservation or seek out more information about the facility?

HEWITT: They may visit or email