The rustic barn has hosted many local events over the years.
Legendary party thrower Annie Oxborough is hosting one last knees up at her “Speakeasy” barn at 1168 Leigh Road, in Matakana on Friday, July 2, at 4pm.
The venue has been something of a secret gem, hosting private events, weddings and a regular ladies’ lunch. However, Annie has sold the barn and doesn’t believe the new owner will continue to hire it out. It only has consent to hold six events a year.
To say goodbye to the venue, Annie is hosting a barn dance and barbecue with Mangawhai’s Big D BBQ catering and Auckland’s soulful Mema Wilda playing live.
“It will be one last hurrah to say goodbye to this iconic venue,” Annie says. “It’s going to go off like a bride’s nightie.”
As well as darts and a pool table, the barn contains the entire original bar from the Bridgehouse in Warkworth which was painstakingly moved there piece by piece.
The barn dance has been strictly limited to 120 tickets, which are $95 from www.moshtix.co.nz or see “Barn Dance BBQ” on Facebook.