Nat Small, Owner
Nat is the son of a third generation farmer, and was born and raised in Walla Walla. After several years of work, Nat has renovated and restored the barn to its former glory, by hand. As a student of Walla Walla’s rich agricultural history, owning this barn recognized by the Washington State Register of Historical Places is nothing less than a dream come true. Nat is a Walla Walla police officer who lives with his wife and three young children in the foothills of the Blue Mountains.
Q: “Nat, what was your favorite part of restoring the barn?”
A: “My favorite part of the process was scavenging reclaimed and locally sourced materials, and seeing how well they fit in with the existing structure. It was as if they had been made for the barn in the first place.”
Karen Carlile, Director of Event Sales & Venue Manager
When Karen’s not participating in a triathlon (or training for a triathlon), she oversees events at Red Star Barn and at the Cadaretta Glass House. As if that wasn’t enough, she is also the mother of six. Nat and Natasha can’t begin to keep up with her, but they try.
Q: “What draws you to Red Star Barn?”
A: “Striding up the path to the peak of the property, and listening to the quiet beauty; reveling in the stillness of its rustic, bucolic setting, which soothes my soul and heart. There are very few places in the world quite like it.”
Natasha Blake Rudnick, Event Marketing Manager
Natasha grew up in rural England and moved to Walla Walla with her husband David, in 2011. By day she works at Eritage, and also has her own event services company, The Pen & Anchor. She and David live near Pioneer Park with their threenager, Charlotte.
Q: “What’s the thing that you love the most about being a part of the team at Red Star Barn?”
A: “Besides the sheer splendor of the property and the privilege of being associated with events there? I absolutely love the drive up Mill Creek, and just getting away from it all. Everything melts away, with every mile that takes you further along that road and into the beauty of the Blues.”