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The Barn’s open house to feature venue makeover

This photo of The Barn was reportedly taken in 1982 when the iconic beer mug was painted on the silo. In 1981, The Barn was named one of the Top 10 Nightclubs in the U.S. by Oui magazine. (Douglas County Historical Society file photo)1 / 4
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This photo was taken recently, of the newly renovated bar area of The Barn, which was updated with paint and décor. (Amy Chaffins/Echo Press)3 / 4
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Out with the old dated décor, in with the contemporary country feel – The Barn at the Holiday Inn in Alexandria had a makeover this winter.

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Now, the community is invited to stop by to check out the updates. An open house will be held Saturday, May 10 from 3 to 7 p.m. at The Barn.

Serena Lehman, Holiday Inn event coordinator, said, “We sent some invitations but you definitely don’t need one to come. We welcome the public to attend.”

The event will include live entertainment and refreshments. The main feature will be The Barn’s new look. Lighting was replaced, catering space rearranged, walls painted and the bar area spruced up.

Decades ago, The Barn served as a popular nightlife hot spot for the Alexandria area, featuring live music six nights a week. Today, it is only open for special events.