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Susie B. · Married on 08/18/2019
Perfect from Beginning to End
The venue's setting is so beautiful that it needs little decoration. Julie is experienced and professional - she and her staff made our day run smoothly. The wedding seemed to flow effortlessly because of Julie's skill. Having her in charge made it easy to enjoy the night and celebrate the love of our daughters. Her DJ & caterer recommendations were reliable. Thank you to you Julie , your husband, and your staff!Sent on 09/08/2019
Mountain Memories at ThorpeWood's reply:Thank you Susie for this wonderful review of Erin and Nina's wedding celebration!! It was a fun day and one I will always cherish. I enjoy both girls, and know they will have a wonderful life together! It was also a pleasure meeting you and many of your family!!
Elizabeth P. · Married on 08/10/2019
Mountain Memories at Thorpewood
My husband and I were blessed with our absolute DREAM wedding at Mountain Memories at Thorpewood! From planning details, to helping with the day-of schedule, Julie went above and beyond for us and our family! We could not be more grateful!Sent on 11/26/2019
Kelsey T. · Married on 07/06/2019
Amazing Staff and Beautiful Venue
ThorpeWood was the first and only venue we toured. After that first visit, we couldn't get it out of our heads. It had everything we were looking for in a wedding venue -- outdoors, peaceful, naturally beautiful.
Once we decided on ThorpeWood, other details fell into place easily. We loved that they only work with select caterers because our decision was simplified, and the caterers know the venue well. Also, we felt that because the venue is so beautiful on its own, our decorations could be very minimal. Throughout the planning process, Julie and her team were very responsive and easy to reach.
Hands-down, the best part of our experience was the staff's professionalism and flexibility on the day of our wedding. We had major delays due to a snafu with our transportation company as well as scattered thunderstorms all evening. The ThorpeWood staff handled the logistics in such a way that none of us (bride, groom, or families) had to get stressed out. In particular, Julie was incredible. She went above and beyond her duties to ensure that every small detail was taken care of, including bustling the dress, setting up last-minute flowers, and checking weather radar. She and her staff also worked with us to adjust the timing of our ceremony and reception, so we didn't have to feel rushed.
Our family and friends continue to rave about how much fun they had at ThorpeWood. We are so glad we found it, and can't imagine our wedding anywhere else.Sent on 08/04/2019
Mountain Memories at ThorpeWood's reply:Thank you for this very kind review of your day and experience with Mountain Memories at ThorpeWood!! I am so glad that we were you first...and only choice! :) And that we exceeded your expectations. Yep, there were some hurdles trying to get in the way, but we ALL worked through them together. You both trusted me and the staff and for that we THANK YOU!!! It was a wonderful celebration. We look forward to seeing you back on the mountain again some day!! For now...Congratulations and thank you!!! Julie :)
Rosalyn J. · Married on 06/04/2019
Magical experience at an unforgettable venue
Julie and her staff provided exceptional service to us from our first contact all the way through the magical wedding of our daughter's dreams.
The wedding took place entirely in the lodge and every detail was perfect. Our guests were blown away by this unique venue, which required minimal decorations.
After the ceremony Julie took our daughter Deena and her new husband Jason along with the photographer to several outdoor spots on the property for what turned out to be some amazing pictures.
During dancing, the porch was available along with the fun photo booth and a welcoming fire pit on a crisp evening.
Our wedding was truly enhanced by Jake and his team from Renaissance Chef caterers, which was served family style. Everything was as we anticipated and was delicious.
We couldn't imagine a nicer experience and thank Julie from the bottom of our hearts.
Roz and Joel Altman
Wedding date: 4/6/19Sent on 04/24/2019
Alex · Married on 06/01/2019
A Dream Come True
Last June, my husband and I were married at ThorpeWood with 160 of our family and friends. It was (hands down) the happiest and most amazing day of our lives! We worked with Julie who was basically our own, private wedding planner/guardian angel/surrogate mother/counselor/party fairy. From the beginning, I was a little anxious (read: totally stressed!). There were so many piece that needed to be organized: people coming in from out of town (and out of the country), accommodations for our families and wedding party, transportation, catering, decorations, music, rehearsal dinner, etc. However, Julie was there each step of the way to tell me that everything was going to be all right. In short, the woman is an angel! Every bride (and groom) needs a "Julie" on their team when they are planning a wedding.
As for the venue: It is one of the most beautiful and enchanting places I have ever been! Anyone planning an event at ThorpeWood will not be disappointed. The entire property is a natural wonderland with unique features for every style and season. If you are into the outdoors, nature, rustic beauty, and a staff that will do everything in their power to make sure your day is perfect, Mountain Memories at ThorpeWood is the perfect choice.Sent on 11/22/2020
Mountain Memories at ThorpeWood's reply:Hey there Alex (and Chris): Thanks for reaching out as you reminisce about your wedding day! It has been a tough year, but we are so hopeful for a great 2021 with many clients postponing until then. We want all clients to experience what you and Chris did and make wonderful, joyful memories!! Best to you both! Hope to see you soon!
Sarah W. · Married on 06/01/2019
Excellent service and beautiful location
We attended a wedding at Thorpewood from out of town. The staff was phenomenal at making sure we knew where to go, attended to every need, and provided outstanding service throughout the night. The venue is gorgeous, and with top notch service, you can't go wrong with Thorpewood!Sent on 11/22/2020
Mountain Memories at ThorpeWood's reply:Thank you Sarah! It is so great when we hear from guests from past weddings! These type of reviews are so helpful for us and those potential couples! :)
Wayne F. · Married on 06/01/2019
Very professional, well organized, while at the same time a very relaxed environment and atmosphere.
The event was fantastic. All the guests enjoyed themselves in a very beautiful, rustic and relaxed environment. The staff and proprietor were accommodating and helpful and did a wonderful job.Sent on 11/22/2020
It was truly beautiful both outdoor and indoor areas. I believe it was just what my daughter wanted and expected for her ‘special day’!!
Mountain Memories at ThorpeWood's reply:Thanks Wayne! Alex and Chris's wedding was beautiful!! I love seeing them occasionally and when they visit us on the mountain!
Vikky D. · Married on 05/19/2019
The perfect location for our ceremony
When we toured Thorpewood, we knew right away this was the location for us. The arboretum site was stunning and exactly what we were looking for. There are many other ceremony locations on their property to choose from also. Julie was great to work with, and handled all of the details on our wedding day with ease. We would highly recommend them!Sent on 05/24/2019
Mountain Memories at ThorpeWood's reply:Hi Mrs. DeForce! :)
Saskia O. · Married on 01/09/2019
This Crunchy Couple Loved our Fairy Tale Wedding !
The entire ThorpeWood team was a dream to work with. From day one, Julie was extremely prompt and thoughtful in her responses to all our emails and questions. Everything ran seamlessly under Julie's leadership on our actual wedding day and our entire wedding party was impressed by her assertiveness and attention to detail. All of the vendors (many of which were recommended by ThorpeWood) worked harmoniously together and were FANTASTIC!!
The venue is absolutely stunning and has a variety of picturesque locations to utilize throughout the day, for both events and taking awesome photos. We held our ceremony at the Pine Cathedral, cocktail hour in the barn and the reception at the lodge – many of our guests approached us during the reception and raved about the phenomenal guest experience and the unique beauty of the venue and each of its sites. My husband and I had butterflies when we drove onto the property for the first time and boy were our instincts right! We could not have dreamed up a better team and venue for our special day. Highly recommend to those looking for a rustic, dreamy, one-of-a-kind, mountain wedding!
Sent on 12/01/2019
Mountain Memories at ThorpeWood's reply:Wow!! I am beyond happy that you have this memory of your wedding celebration at Mountain Memories at ThorpeWood!! This is the experience we hope everyone has...wherever their celebration is, but certainly when they are with us!! Your photos and video are just beautiful and really caught the essence of your day!! Thank you!!!!
Corey · Married on 01/05/2019
A dream venue
They made our wedding day a dream come true. Everything was perfect. If you’re thinking of mountain memories at thorpewood as your wedding venue - do NOT look anywhere else. So beautiful and cozy. Our families LOVED the venues uniqueness!Sent on 01/24/2019
Mountain Memories at ThorpeWood's reply:Thanks Corey for your great "do not look anywhere else" review!! Your wedding celebration was a blast!! Congratulations!!!
Kim B. · Married on 12/15/2018
The staff has been incredibly helpful and helped to create the perfect wedding!Sent on 01/28/2019
Mountain Memories at ThorpeWood's reply:Thanks Kim!! We appreciate this great review!! Thank you for taking the time to share with us. We had a great time helping to create a great experience for your daughter!!
Barbara · Married on 11/01/2018
Gorgeous venue/Amazing attention to every detail
Julie and her staff were amazing. I think the woman is bionic! She handled everything seamlessly and calmly for our daughters wedding 2 weeks ago-- not sure how she does it. If you are thinking about using this venue, the setting is gorgeous and Julie and her staff are second to none. Thanks again for a memorable day/evening.Sent on 11/01/2018
Mountain Memories at ThorpeWood's reply:Hi Barbara!! It was a wonderful day and we appreciate that you felt that our staff met expectations! :) Thank you for sharing your experience for others to read. All the best!! Julie Castleman, Owner of Mountain Memories at ThorpeWood
Brittanie · Married on 10/20/2018
Enchanting Venue, Incredible Service, Overall Perfect Place for a Wedding!
My husband and I searched for venues for at least a month to no avail - that is until we stumbled upon Mountain Memories at Thorpewood. We wanted an outdoor ceremony and indoor reception in the middle of winter (crazy we know) and we couldn’t have found a more perfect venue. Having worked in the events industry for the last 10 years I was picky about venue and who would be hosting our celebration. A few reasons why I love MM:
1. There are tons of spots to host an outdoor ceremony - we chose the wooded pine cathedral and our photos were unreal. Every single one of our guests commented on how beautiful the ceremony space was - between the outdoor fire pit, the towering woods and the uber instagrammable aisle - the site is something you rarely see on the east coast.
2. The lodge is super cozy, is flexible for multiple floor plans and has a split level to move guests around easily.
3. Rustic elegance is super easy to pull off here and you can keep decor to a minimum as the space is primed for easy set up.
4. The client service was nothing short than over the top. Julie and Lexi were flexible with our requests, advised on troubleshooting and overall were so responsive and considerate of my husband and I - total dream team!Sent on 02/10/2019
Mountain Memories at ThorpeWood's reply:"Dream Team" ... this is a phrase that we are sure all folks in the industry want to hear about their team!! Yours was certainly a wonderful day...yep, cold, but warm at the same time!! Lexi enjoyed working with you and helping ensure that the day was all you and Ben had dreamed of! Thank you for choosing Mountain Memories at ThorpeWood!! Congratulations!!! :)
Adrienne · Married on 09/15/2018
Our Sept. 15th wedding at Thorpewood was everything we could have dreamed of and more. The venue had so many spots we could have our ceremony and backups for rain. It was great. Everything was very well put together and the owner was the best and very easy to work with! She had many great ideas and helped us with whatever we needed. There is a cabin in the woods with a little pond that we stayed at the night of our wedding. This will be great to go back to on our anniversary's! Would HIGHLY recommend this to anyone looking for a rustic, outdoor wedding venue.
~Thanks for all you did!
Adrienne and Marvin SpiglerSent on 09/20/2018
Mountain Memories at ThorpeWood's reply:We are so sorry that we did not reply to your wonderful review!!! Your day was so much fun and I thank you so much for this wonderful review and for choosing Mountain Memories at ThorpeWood. I look so forward to seeing you and your adorable kids again soon!!! Holiday Open House: December 8!! :) Julie Castleman, Owner, Mountain Memories at ThorpeWood
Liz J. · Married on 09/08/2018
Great experience - beautiful venue!
We loved everything about our wedding at Thorpewood. Julie and Lexi were both great to work with and knew everything like the back of their hands. We are so happy we decided to have our ceremony under the covered pavilion even with a chance of rain. It was our backup plan (we wanted to do it in the pine cathedral) but it was SO beautiful. Lexi was our day-of coordinator and she was on top of everything. We are very thankful for the Thorpewood team.Sent on 02/04/2019
Mountain Memories at ThorpeWood's reply:Hi Liz:
Samantha · Married on 08/11/2018
Call Thorpewood NOW if you're looking for a once in a lifetime, magical experience to shape your married lives together forever.
ThorpeWood itself is an enchanted forest, even though it's only an hour from DC. From the moment we approached the driveway adorned with twinkling lanterns lighting our way, we knew this was the place was "the one." The grounds at ThorpeWood are absolutely breathtaking and provide infinite ceremony and reception possibilities, whether it's the lodge with the wood floor made from planks of barn wood hundreds of years old, the pastures dotted with Icelandic ponies frolicking in the sun, or the pine cathedral, aptly named as it gives you a sense of spiritual serenity and wonder as you're surrounded by an ancient pine grove and seemingly insulated from every care in the world.
But the true magic of ThorpeWood lies in Julie and her team, who treat you like close and cherished family members from the first encounter to the last. Julie is a master of her craft and no matter how outlandish your wedding goals have become, she has already thought of everything and will also encourage and actively support your loftiest ambitions. (Mine included a 40 ft paper curtain & fire dancer!) The vendors they recommend are exceptional and coordinate together flawlessly to make your exact vision come true. Believe it or not, they can do all of this and more within your budget and can work with you at nearly any price point to make your wedding as low key or high key as your heart desires. The flexibility, free wedding coordination support, and budget friendliness are absolutely unparalleled in the DC area.
I will never in my life forget what Julie and her team did to make my wedding dreams come true and look forward to engaging with ThorpeWood through their non-profit, community events, and other opportunities to stay connected. Thank you!!!!!!!!!!Sent on 09/23/2018
Mountain Memories at ThorpeWood's reply:Oh my!! This review brought tears to my eyes and a smile to my face!!! Your wedding was so much fun and one that I will never forgot! Thank YOU for choosing Mountain Memories at ThorpeWood! It seems that the memories were made and for that we are all so happy!! Looking forward to seeing you and Joseph often in the future. Much happiness and congratulations to you!!! It was my pleasure!!!
Kelly · Married on 06/16/2018
My husband and I chose Thorpewood for our wedding for the beauty of the place. Nestled in the Catoctin Mountains, Thorpewood offers several different outdoor and indoor ceremony sites (arboretum, pine tree cathedral, stone bridge, barn, pavilion, and more) and a gorgeous lodge that is a perfect reception site.
Beyond the venue itself, the biggest value of working with Mountain Memories at Thorpewood is being able to work with the coordinators Julie and Lexi. Part of your overall package includes these ladies as your month-of and day-of wedding coordinators.... and really, to answer any questions you have along the way at any stage of the planning process.
They went WAY above and beyond they usual coordinator duties by:
- Scheduling multiple times when we could visit the venue with friends and family so they could see the place and help with planning.
- Connecting us with the arboretum's caretaker, Gordon, so that we could plant our own dedicated tree as a "thank-you" to the land.
- Forgiving us when we stopped by the arboretum unannounced one day (oops, that was a no-no!) to envision the setup of the ceremony space.
- Less than two weeks before the wedding, connecting us with a liquor store who could provide us with alcohol, when our previous arrangement fell through at the last minute.
Another nice touch is that they use a program called Social Tables that helped us to seat our guests. We uploaded a spreadsheet of names, dragged and dropped them to the correct tables, then exported a new spreadsheet that included table numbers - made it easy to print table assignment cards!
And a final bonus -- Non-profit organizations in Frederick County can use Thorpewood **at no cost** to hold meetings and events, participate in equine communication/relationship educational events, use the nature preserve, or camp overnight as well. We love knowing that a portion of of money is going to support our community in this way.
Overall, highly recommended!Sent on 06/23/2018
Mountain Memories at ThorpeWood's reply:What a wonderful day on the mountain for you two...and us!! So much planning and it all paid off!! Thanks for choosing Mountain Memories at ThorpeWood for your wonderful storybook wedding celebration!! We can't wait to see the photos!! Please be sure to stay in touch with us!!! Best Wishes!!!
Ashley · Married on 06/02/2018
We could not have asked for a better wedding venue. The entire place is absolutely gorgeous. There are so many locations to have your ceremony. In the case of rain, there is no losing because all ceremony sites are breathtaking. We worked with Julie for our day and she was amazing. She made sure everything flowed well and was in place. I️ am So grateful for her and Mountain Memories for making our wedding day perfect.Sent on 07/02/2018
Mountain Memories at ThorpeWood's reply:Hi there!! It was a pleasure for all of us at Mountain Memories at ThorpeWood to work with you as you planned this great day!! We appreciate your very nice review! We will look forward to seeing you often on the mountain!! Until then, best wishes!!!
Ben · Married on 05/27/2018
We had a wonderful wedding at Mountain Memories at ThorpeWood. The grounds are beautiful and so is the lodge. In the event of rain, there are two potential locations for back up that can accommodate your ceremony. They offer several outdoor ceremony locations that provide a wide variety of natural settings and lots of options for pictures. All of our guests had a great time and it was a very special day for my wife and I. The staff is very friendly and helpful. Julie and Lexi provided great communication leading up to our wedding. We highly recommending putting ThorpeWood at the top of your list for venues.Sent on 06/22/2018
Mountain Memories at ThorpeWood's reply:Ben and Rachel: thank you for choosing Mountain Memories at ThorpeWood for your wedding celebration!! We so enjoyed working with you and helping ensure that the day ran as smoothly as possible! We appreciate your very kind review of your experience and hope you will share your memories with others! Send some photos when you get them! We hope to see you again on the mountain....until then, Best Wishes and Congratulations!!!
Karson · Married on 05/26/2018
My husband and I got married on May 26th, 2018. The weather was very crazy during the month of May, and we were sure that it was going to storm on our wedding day. My heart was set on the Pine Cathedral, and I did not want to consider any back up plan. However, Julie made sure to let us know the different back up plans that we could put into place incase the storm hit. She was very on top of it and looked up the weather with us during the rehearsal time. While I was waiting to be picked up on the golf cart the thunder was rolling in. Luckily there was 1 drop of rain that hit me while I was walking down the aisle, and the thunder just added a little extra to our ceremony. Julie was great with keeping everything in line and on schedule. Being a previous event manager and coordinating over 100 weddings, I had extremely high expectations of what I wanted the wedding to be like. Everything was so smooth and our guests constantly talked about how it was one of their favorite weddings and was the most unique setting they have ever been too. The only thing that I would say was that since the storm hit it was extremely humid, and since the lodge does not have AC it was a little hot during dancing. However, it didn't stop anyone from having a blast! This venue was the first venue that we visited when we got engaged, and as soon as we toured we immediately booked and did not look elsewhere. This is a place you can not pass up! The only thing that was a little disappointing was that we were planning on having our cocktail hour in the newly renovated barn, and since the weather was so bad it delayed their progress and we were not able to have it there. But, after seeing picture of what the outside looks like now all upcoming brides should highly consider using that space since its so gorgeous!Sent on 07/03/2018
I really can't say enough great things about Julie and her staff at Thorpewood. My parents were so happy and also felt that it was the smoothest wedding they went to. 10/10!!!
Mountain Memories at ThorpeWood's reply:Thank you so much for taking the time to share your recent experience with Mountain Memories at ThorpeWood. As the one that worked with you for the months leading up to your celebration, I enjoyed getting to know you and helping you pull all of your planning together. I was happy to play a small part in the success of your day!! The rain and thunder, well, as you say, they added some extra magic into the day!! Wishing you much happiness! Congratulations!!
Clay · Married on 05/19/2018
Fairly certain Julie is an angel sent from the wedding heavens to make sure you have the most perfect wedding day imaginable. The property is stunning and offers several locations for you to host your event to fit your group size. We had a wedding of about 100 people and we very comfortably fit in the main lodge for the ceremony and dinner, with plenty of room for dancing downstairs. There is also a covered patio where we had bar service, and a screened in porch so guests could go cool off but still be right in the action! As mentioned, there are outdoor and indoor locations so in the case of a rain event, there will always be a back-up location prepared so there is no worrying day of!Sent on 06/27/2018
Julie is also so personable and caring. She truly gets to know each couple on an individual level and make sure she has their exact needs met. She replies to emails within hours usually and is always so informative. Her experience with the industry is unmatched and hearing what has and has not worked was so insightful. She and her staff also helped set-up all of our "small detail" decorations ranging from a photo wall, to a display set, to the centerpieces. They really do it all and to a high standard. We were blown away walking in to the venue the day of and seeing all of the hard work we had all talked about for over a year come to life. She even packed us in her car to drive around to different locations to get some incredible photos. Her knowledge on vendors was also spot on. Every outside vendor we used was on her preferred list from the photographer, to the DJ, catering, shuttles and more! The best thing was each of these vendors all knew each other from having so many events together at Thorpewood!
We could never say enough good things about Julie, or her staff, or the Mountain Memories venue. If you are considering a wedding, this is your one stop shop for an unforgettable day. Julie, we cannot thank you enough for everything you did for us!!
Mountain Memories at ThorpeWood's reply:Wow!! Thank you so much for this wonderful summary of your fun wedding day on the mountain!! We had so much fun working with you and helping you pull all of your great ideas together and then to see them come to fruition!! It was a wonderful, joyful, love-filled day!! You have great support in your family and friends....we loved witnessing this special day!! All the best! Please keep in touch!
Charlene · Married on 01/06/2018
Lexi was the Best - they worked with out through out the whole experience - On the wedding day they were attentive and more then accommodating for all are requestSent on 01/08/2018
The place is beautiful and a wonderful setting for any wedding any time of the year
Would recommend for any Bride
Mountain Memories at ThorpeWood's reply:Thank you so much for this fun and helpful review from your experience at your daughters wedding! We appreciate your taking the time to write the review and are so happy that the day was all that you, as the mother, hoped for your daughter!!
Matthew · Married on 11/12/2017
We found ThorpeWood at the Frederick Wedding Expo when everyone kept telling us to check it out. After meeting Lexi, we scheduled a tour to see the venue, and as soon as the tour ended we canceled all our other tours because we knew that ThorpeWood is where we wanted to get married. Julie, Lexi, and everyone else at ThorpeWood were all amazing! They were great at staying in contact with us and answering any question we came up with. For such a hectic day, they made sure we were all calm and having the time of our lives. We could not have had a better wedding, we loved everything about it! We also stayed at the Little Pond Cottage afterwards which was very relaxing. Being able to stay on property and not worry about traveling far after the wedding made things very easy. It actually started raining as soon as we got in to the cottage so we were able to enjoy the sounds of the tin roof. Thank you Julie and everyone else at ThorpeWood for making our wedding amazing!Sent on 12/27/2017
Mountain Memories at ThorpeWood's reply:Hi Matthew! Thanks so much for this review!!! We so appreciate your taking the time to share your experiences with Mountain Memories at ThorpeWood! Your wedding day was wonderful and we are all so happy to have been a part of it. Congratulations to you and Samantha!!!! :)
Adam · Married on 11/04/2017
I first came to know of ThorpeWood through attending a wedding there a few years before meeting my husband. He is actually from MD and has family in Frederick. When looking for a venue I knew I had to share this beautiful location with him. Upon leaving our walk through of ThorpeWood we knew we had found our venue.
From our first meeting, up until the wedding day, Julie and her staff were always available for any questions, concerns, or advice.
Our wedding day was perfection. Julie and her staff are amazing, warm and accommodating. We were married in the Arboretum the first weekend in November and autumn arrived bringing beautiful colors and an extra layer of magic. The lodge is a beautiful space and many of our guests commented on how great everything was. The day ran like clockwork, but we never felt rushed or hurried, instead we are left with fantastic memories to share for a lifetime.
If you are looking for a wonderful venue, look no further!
Sent on 11/18/2017
Mountain Memories at ThorpeWood's reply:Hi Adam and Travis!! I sure thought we had sent you a response...but alas, I see that did not happen!!! Thank you for your wonderful review. Your wedding celebration was so much fun and so well planned....by you two!! Great family and friends, terrific vendors...the perfect day!! See you in NYC some day!!!
Emily · Married on 10/21/2017
Julie and Lexi are amazing!!! I was "assigned" Lexi but Julie was extremely helpful as well because Lexi was out on maternity leave. As soon as I walked into the lodge at Thorpewood, my husband and I knew it was the venue for us, then Julie sealed the deal with the beautiful property and her welcoming, kind attitude. Lexi took all of the stress out of my wedding day, she set-up all of my centerpieces and decorations, conducted the rehearsal and ceremony order, and helped coordinate guests to and from the locations they needed to be. She even reminded my husband and I what time it was during the reception so we could stay on schedule (always very politely!). My wedding day went perfectly, there was no problems whatsoever and at the end of the night, Thorpewood's staff had packed everything up and set it at the front door! If you want stress free and a beautiful venue, so with Thorpewood! Every guests keeps telling me that it was the most beautiful wedding they had ever been to!Sent on 10/27/2017