The Pittsfield Union Grange has regularly hosted dances and other events over the years. Many old timers remember kicking up their heels at the Grange, and there are lots of stories of couples meeting for the first time at a dance there. Today, the Grange mostly rents the hall to other groups that host dances and events, keeping the hall alive and full of music much of the year.
When the Grange hall is not in use by weekly and monthly renters, it is available to other members of the community. We are glad to be able to offer a facility, which though not modern, is nonetheless charming, and is a place to which you may bring your own food or potluck, and which has a very fine wood dance floor. We maintain the hall with regular cleaning, member and volunteer work days, and a Grange officer in charge of taking care of building maintenance.
We would be pleased to meet you at the Grange hall if you would like to check it out for your event, and will work with you to make sure your event goes smoothly.
The rates to rent the Grange are Friday, Saturday, Sunday is $375 and Monday through Thursday is $275.
There is a $275 deposit, which is returned once the hall key is given back to us and we confirm that the hall is left clean and undamaged. Rental is for the entire day and is for the whole building: upstairs dance floor with stage, downstairs dining area, complete kitchen, parking area.
Q:How many people can the Grange hall accommodate?
A: 80 for a sit down dinner, or for dancing upstairs. 125 for a concert.
Q:How much does it cost to rent the Grange?
A: Friday, Saturday, Sunday rent is $375. Monday – Thursday rent is $275. There is a $275 deposit, which is returned once the hall key is given back to us and we confirm that the hall is left clean and undamaged. Rental is for the entire day and is for the whole building: upstairs dance floor with stage, downstairs dining area, complete kitchen, parking area.
Q: Is there a breakdown of rent for just a few hours?
A: Generally not. You have the whole day for preparing the space, holding your event, and cleaning up afterwards. (If you have a special circumstance, please let us know — we will certainly listen.)
Q: Do you have tables and chairs?
A: Yes, we have. We have several 6’ and 8’ tables (enough to seat 80), and about 100 chairs.
Q: May we bring in our own food?
A: Yes, you may! We are a volunteer organization, so we do not offer catering. We are happy for you to bring in your own food. You may use our kitchen to prepare it, or have a potluck, or have a caterer bring in food. We do not have a licensed kitchen, so you may not prepare food for sale. There are two stoves, and a refrigerator.
Q: Is the Grange handicap accessible?
A: Unfortunately not. This is an old building which is not up to ADC standards. We hope we can change this in time, but for now, there are steps to negotiate.
Q: Is there air conditioning?
A: YES! Air conditioning was installed in the summer of 2012.
Q: What is your policy about drinking and smoking?
A: We do not allow drinking at open events. However, we may make exceptions for wine and beer for weddings, receptions, and private events. Smoking is not allowed indoors.
Q: Does it cost to hold a date?
A: No, it does not cost anything to pencil in your event for a particular date. If anyone else requests that date, we would contact you to see if you wished to confirm the date with a deposit, or release it.
Q: How far ahead should I reserve a date?
A: You should make your reservation as early as you can. Please be aware that the Grange hall has many regular renters, so that most of the Saturdays from September through April are not available. Summer months have two or three Saturdays open, so it is helpful to make your reservation early.
Please call Joan Hellmann at 734.769.1052 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org for detailed information and to make your reservation — we do not have a person at the number listed for the Grange in the phone book. We look forward to talking with you!