Metcalf opens special occasion business in historic home

15 years ago

ImageBy Karen Donato
Staff Writer

    Judy Metcalf of Houlton is opening a new business in her home offering an elegant venue for those who are planning special parties and events, but don’t have the space or setting to host them. Metcalf’s European-style home with its mansard roof was built in 1882 and is located at 58 Military Street.
    ‘To the Manor Born” is the perfect place for special occasions such as bridal or baby showers, a wedding rehearsal dinner, bridal party brunch, a coffee or tea, intimate anniversary, engagement or birthday party or even a small retirement send off.
    How romantic for a couple or a party of six or eight to enjoy a quiet social time in the beautiful burgundy, white and mauve living room with comfortable seating and then dine by candlelight in the formal dining room, listening to soft music that may include local harpists or other guest musicians. Guests will also enjoy their five-course gourmet dinner using fine bone china, sterling silver and crystal. Theme dinners are also available through prearrangement. Metcalf will take care of all your catering needs.
    Her home offers several rooms to choose from that will accommodate your special occasion. She also has a more masculine gentlemen’s parlor for a businessmen’s group. This is the perfect place to entertain clients for lunch or dinner to discuss business more privately than at a restaurant.
ImageHoulton Pioneer Times Photo/Karen Donato
SPECIAL OCCASION HOME — Judy Metcalf’s historic home at 58 Military Street offers a perfect setting for photos of engagements, wedding parties or any special occasion. Then enjoy a brunch, a coffee, luncheon, or an elegant meal inside for your momentous event.

    Ralph and Miriam Zuraik, owners of The Vault Restaurant on Main Street in Houlton will cater the meals with Metcalf assisting with appetizers or desserts.
    “To the Manor Born” is also located within close proximity to local churches and is ideal for bridal party dressing and formal photos.
    Metcalf, the former Judy McBride of Littleton graduated from Ricker Classical Institute that was just across the street from where she lives now. After leaving Houlton, Metcalf attended the University of Maine in Orono majoring in English and history. She completed her degree at Berry College in Rome, Ga. where she joined the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Metcalf was the first woman hired for this type of career in that area. She said, “I had a college degree and that was what opened the door for this job.”
    Metcalf spent several years with the Atlanta Police Department and then was recruited for a position with the United States Drug Enforcement Administration as a narcotics agent. She traveled all over the world in this position and that is where she met her late husband Ron Metcalf.
    Retiring from law enforcement, the Metcalfs moved to Houlton in 1995 to help care for her father, the late Henry McBride who had lost his wife, Cecile 10 years before.
    Metcalf said, “Ron, originally from Chicago had grown to love Maine and when we decided to move here, we looked at the coast first, but Ron loved the County and it was easier for us to be here in the area for Dad.”
     Metcalf remembers telling her husband, “ ‘although I love my hometown I have always loved the coast, but I will be happy in Houlton if you buy me a historic home’ and that is what he did.”
ImageHoulton Pioneer Times Photo/Karen Donato
SPECIAL OCCASION HOME — Judy Metcalf’s historic home at 58 Military Street offers a perfect setting for photos of engagements, wedding parties or any special occasion. Then enjoy a brunch, a coffee, luncheon, or an elegant meal inside for your momentous event.

    After moving here, Ron, even though retired took a job with the Houlton Police Department and loved the slower pace of life. He passed away unexpectedly nearly two years ago leaving a void in the Metcalf home.
    As Judy Metcalf adjusted to a new journey in her life she recalled a saying that her grandmother, Mina Atherton McBride often said of various lots in life, “to the manor born”, and therefore the name of this special occasion house came to be as a reminder of her special grandmother, as well as a look to the future.
    Event planning services, both on- and off-site are offered. For more information, contact Metcalf at 532-4965.