When I bought this property in 1988, the barn was in serious disrepair and I was advised by many to tear it down. Little did they know that when I had driven down the Common Road some time earlier and first seen the property, I had had an epiphany; a voice told me this was to be my home. I was single at the time, enjoying a successful career on the stage and on TV in NYC, and though it would be many years before I moved here full-time, my roots were planted and quickly took hold. Now, many years have passed. After an eight-year renovation, I was able to realize the vision I had for the barn as a hub for social and cultural events. I moved here full-time, raised my beautiful daughter and have been hosting and producing events long enough now that her peers are coming here to get married! How lucky I've been to create my own piece de resistance; a warm and welcoming space that invites all comers and offers an elegant and peaceful refuge where we can share intimate moments with those we love. Whether you come to The Skinner Barn for a social, educational or cultural event, my goal is to make your experience a meaningful and memorable one. • Peter Boynton
My beautiful bride, Regina, and I got married at the barn in 2008. For years I had been telling couples not to fret if the weather is poor on their wedding day because the intimacy and charm of the hayloft level make an inside ceremony nothing short of magic. Well, on our wedding weekend it poured for three days - our guests never once saw the mountains! Undaunted, we began our indoor ceremony with my rendition of Our Love Is Here To Stay, with the amazing Jono Mainelli on the piano, exchanged our vows during an instrumental interlude, followed with a short dance break and finished the ceremony with my final chorus of the song. Well - we're theater people, and it worked for us! What a magical night as our Broadway friends serenaded our guests throughout the evening!
The Commons Group
The Commons Group is a non-profit organization that was created to develop cultural and educational programs at The Skinner Barn. The group has enjoyed generous financial support from the businesses and residents of our Mad River Valley and central Vermont region. Each summer we produce and present THEATER PRODUCTIONS, SUMMER CAMPS for young thespians and social events. As a 501C3 corporation, tax deductible DONATIONS to The Commons Group are an important part of our business model as we strive to offer quality events at affordable prices!