By Rod Lee
The usual power-packed Summer Concert Series and excursions on the Indian Princess are not the only thing fans of Indian Ranch have to look forward to in 2017.
Refusing to rest on its laurels, the entertainment venue on Gore Road in Webster has also undertaken what Indian Ranch President Suzette Raun describes as “Phase 1” of a major revamp—starting with a complete renovation of the banquet facilities that will be followed by a buildout of related space—all of it situated directly behind the main stage and bleachers.
Discussing the changes amid a flurry of construction activity on April 25, Ms. Raun said the banquet space is being brought in to the 21st century. The room will have a much lighter, cleaner, more modern and more elegant look. White columns add a touch of class. There is plenty of floor between the stage and a bar, creating a perfect setting for weddings, private parties, corporate events and more.
This is more than just a face lift. A complete new sound system and modern bar system have been installed. Modern dressing rooms, built for brides and bands alike, sit adjacent to either side of the stage. The one constant – the great view of Webster Lake and the moored Indian Princess
Last fall, Raun brought in Nancy Raymond to oversee function bookings. With more than 18 years of event planning experience, Raymond spent the past eight months meeting with brides, wedding planners, corporate meeting producers and others interested in booking space.
The new team also includes Chef Michael Winslet, who has been cooking over 20 years. Winslet started working in the family sandwich shop as a teenager and over the course of his career worked in hotels, country clubs, and fine dining restaurants, working his way up to Executive Chef.
“Hard to believe we started work on this project last fall after the closing of the Indian Ranch concert season. And our first event is here this Friday, May 5,” said Raun. “I think you will be pleased with our level of professionalism and attention to detail that your event requires.”
Indian Ranch will host an Open House Sunday, May 21, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. “This will be our first chance to showcase the renovations,” said Raymond.
Plans are currently underway to build the “Samuel Slater’s Restaurant” above the banquet hall patio. Set to open in early 2018, the year-round restaurant will provide panoramic views of Webster Lake from the dining room and from a wraparound porch.
Contact Rod Lee at [email protected] or 774-232-2999.