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Avon wedding barn will stay open

by Jennifer Lee

Avon, N.Y. - A popular wedding venue called Century Avon Barn on West Henrietta Rd was in jeopardy of closing after the state cited fire safety concerns, but Town officials put those concerns to rest Thursday night.

The historical 1913 barn will remain open, according to the owner Sandy Howlett.

She said, "The issue has been resolved and we will be able to move forward just as we had planned. I'm very happy with how the meeting went and the outcome and what our future holds."

Howlett's daughter, Melissa Stanton, was the first bride to get married at the venue.

Stanton said, "Many brides contacted me afterwards after seeing the pictures and wanted to have a country setting as well."

Since then, it became one of the most sought after sites. With ten weddings per season, the barn is booked for seven more weddings this year.

Stanton said, "My mom and I do this together and we enjoy every part of it and being part of so many people's best days of their lives and we know for the future there's going to be so many more."

Town of Avon officials said the Howlett's followed town orders from the beginning to get the barn up to code.

The barn is a "temporary use" building, and only used during the summer. The family added a large gravel road in case emergency vehicles need to get to the barn.

Smoking is not allowed inside the barn. There is also no heating and a no flame rule inside the barn.

Town officials believe this may be a misunderstanding, and said they would reach out to the state to clear up the issue.

Wedding pictures courtesy of Michal-Kathryn Photography

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