Need event space for 50 with local flavor
I am planning an alumni event for a Florida college to take place in October. We expect around 50 people. The budget is $50 per person. Not looking for a plated dinner, but rather a scenario that allows for mingling and movement. We want a place that has some character that people are willing to drive to. In the past they have done summer clam bakes. We may need a private space conducive to a speech being delivered.
I am thinking some sort of farm environment that would utilize local foods like Gibbet Hill Grill in Groton. Looking for other ideas.
The two places that I can think of are Verrill Farm, Concord and Gore Estate, Waltham. Verrill Farm definitely does a farm to table dinner. Gore Estate does farm to table dinners, but I see this event only once a year, so it may not be able to cater to your needs. Verrill will likely do this type of event at different times of the year for various organizations, so may be closer to what you are looking for.
Unless its changed much in recent years, I always rec Ocean View in Gloucester on Bass Rocks. We got married there with less than 50 and it was perfect. Its elegant old school inn style with bar, billiards room, fireplaces and beautiful view overlooking Bass Rocks and the food was perfect. We were on the inn side, but theres another side too where I think they can set up volleyball. Also theres a place I have never eaten at so don't know how they are but its The Farm in Essex. They have a big backyard with things like volleyball, horseshoes, a BBQ pit etc etc and although not a farm I think they use local produce a lot.