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Live Music, Free Drawings for Fishing Gear and More

(Nashville, Tennessee…) –January 11, 2011– The inaugural bi-weekly Thursday Night Fishing Club Music Series at The Farm House Restaurant at Fontanel kicked off to a packed house last month, and organizers are pleased to announce A.J. Croce as the special guest appearing Thursday, January 13, 2011 and Opry legend Jan Howard appearing Thursday, January 27, 2010. Doors open at 5:00 p.m., and music kicks off at 6:00 p.m. In addition to a delicious fish special and all of the other tasty items on the Farm House Restaurant menu, the evening will feature free drawings for fishing rods, reels, baits, tackle and passes to tour the Fontanel Mansion.

A.J. Croce is the son of critically-acclaimed singer/songwriter Jim Croce, who gave the world such hits as “Don’t Mess Around With Jim," “Operator" and “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown" before his untimely death in 1973. A.J. has released eight albums, and the first five of which each landed on the radio charts in a different genre. His 2009 release, Cage of Muses, included some of his most smartly composed roots rock/pop to date.

Often referred to as one of the "Grand Ladies" of the Grand Ole Opry, Jan Howard is truly regarded as a legend in the country music industry. She is not only a talented recording artist and entertainer, but also a gifted songwriter and author. From 1960 through 1978, Jan placed 30 singles from over 20 albums on the Billboard country music charts.

Each person who is seated at the restaurant will receive a raffle ticket at the door from the hostess. The correlating ticket will go into a fish bowl, and winners will be drawn throughout the evening from stage for chances to win passes to tour the Fontanel Mansion and a variety of prizes courtesy of Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits, Costa Del Mar Sunglasses, Shimano, Owner Hooks, Creek Company, Spiffy Dog, Plano Molding and Aftco Bluewater Sportswear.

Thursday Night Fishing Club founder Gary Shiebler along with bassist Jimmy Johnson will bring a seasoned ensemble to the Farm House Restaurant that includes musicians who play for Vince Gill, Patty Loveless and the Grand Ole Opry. The music series will peak in June with the 4th annual Porter Wagoner Memorial Artist/Angler Fishing Tournament that will also feature a first-ever Fishing and Boating Expo at the Fontanel.

The Farm House Restaurant at Fontanel opened in June of this year and has become a staple for local residents as well as visitors to the Nashville area. Virtually every item on the farm-to-fork menu features some ingredient from a local Middle Tennessee farm. Interested in eggs and Chardonnay? Breakfast is served all day, and patrons may bring their own wine, with no corkage fee. The full menu can be viewed here. In a rave review, the Nashville Scene wrote, “Nothing about this country cooking is copied or cliché. It's simply true, it resonates, and it just makes sense."

Reservations for the Thursday Night Fishing Club Music Series at the Farm House Restaurant at Fontanel are strongly encouraged and can be made by calling 615-724-1601.

For additional information and directions to the Farm House Restaurant, which is a short 15-minute drive from downtown Nashville, visit

About the Fontanel Mansion & Farm The Fontanel Mansion, a 27,000 square foot log home formerly owned by Country Music Hall of Fame® member Barbara Mandrell, opened to the public on June 7, 2010. Located less than 15 minutes from downtown Nashville, The Mansion at Fontanel boasts three stories, over 20 rooms, thirteen bathrooms, five fireplaces, two kitchens, indoor pool and even an indoor shooting range on 136 acres of pristine land. An exclusive spot for the stars, the home and grounds have been the setting for numerous photo and video shoots, CMT's top-rated "Gone Country" show and most recently the hit Hollywood movie Country Strong. Nashville's only country music mansion tour, the Mansion at Fontanel gives visitors a sneak peek into the lives of country music greats by providing a truly interactive experience!

A ticket to tour the Mansion at Fontanel is like a ticket to the inside life of Nashville's most famous export. The Mansion at Fontanel has been filled to the brim with photos, memorabilia and personal items from the period when the Mandrell family lived there. Additionally, the personal collections of current owners Dale Morris and Marc Oswald are featured which include one of a kind items, personal photos, and keepsakes of the artists they currently manage, including Alabama, Kenny Chesney, Big & Rich, Gretchen Wilson and many others. But make no mistake, this is not a museum. At Fontanel, visitors get to do more than just look, guests are welcome to touch, see, feel and relax in this magnificent home.

A tour of the Mansion is guided in small groups room by room, with amazing sights and special stories around every corner. Tour guides escort guests from the moment they walk into the front door through the entire home starting in the great room and ending in the glorious sunlit pool atrium. Tours are available Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Tickets are $19 for adults, $16 for seniors, $9 for youths and kids 6 and under are FREE.

There are many other exciting facets for visitors to Fontanel in addition to the "country music mansion tour." Guests who want to enjoy nature can hike or mountain bike The Trails at Fontanel. With over 136 acres of pristine land that the mansion resides on, the Trails at Fontanel provide a FREE system of trails for both locals and visitors. Guests can access over two miles of trails during daylight hours. The trails are open Tuesday through Sunday from 7:30 a.m. until dusk.

Unlike anything in Nashville, The Woods at Fontanel is an outdoor music venue surrounded by the woods of the Fontanel property. This new venue showcases major artists in an intimate format that no one will have a chance to experience anywhere else.

After touring the mansion and hiking the trails, guests who have worked up an appetite can dine at The Farm House Restaurant at Fontanel. Offering southern-style comfort food with a fun creative twist, the Farm House showcases a "farm to fork" menu with items that feature local produce, dairy and meats delivered from area farms and sustainable sources. The Farm House serves breakfast, lunch and dinner six days a week. Hours of operation are Sunday and Tuesday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Local arts and crafts are available in the Fontanel Stone House Gift Shop as well.

The Studio Gallery at Fontanel is perhaps the most versatile spot on the property. With 5,000 square feet of multi-use open space, the Studio Gallery was designed from the ground up to be the “session player" of Fontanel, standing in for almost any need any day. The building is fully-equipped for state-of-the-art television and video productions. The Studio Gallery is also ideal event space. Whether you are looking for a home for a rehearsal dinner, corporate gathering or charity event, the Studio Gallery at Fontanel is perfect-suited to most any event needs.

The property is managed by Fontanel Attractions, made up of entertainment entrepreneurs Dale Morris and Marc Oswald, world-class developer, Alex Marks and Tom Morales, owner of TomKats, Inc., as the operating partner. TomKats' experience ensures Fontanel Mansion's role as a cherished community asset in the heartbeat of Music City. For more information visit
Winter Storage Tips for Creek Company Boats.

Winter officially arrives in the Rocky Mountains.The Creek Company is hoping that everyone had a great season of Reel Fish and Tall Tails. Even though salmon, steelhead and saltwater destinations are still in full swing, many parts of the country are getting their first real taste of winter. For a first time Creek Company float tube or pontoon boat owner, the maintanence and proper storage of their brand new investment can seem daunting. Let us give you a couple of suggestions to ensure that your float tube or pontoon boat will be ready to float and fish next spring.

1. Remove the bladders from the covers and thoroughly rinse off any dirt, sand or debris. You might need to remove the valve panels to get rid of any build-up around the valves. Next, be sure to completely air-dry the bladders/liners and covers for at least 48 hours, this will decrease the chance of mold or mildew forming on the material.


2. Once everything is sufficiently dry, re-install the valve panels and boston valves on the bladders. Place each bladder back inside it's proper cover, this will help to protect the bladders exterior surface from punctures, cuts and unnecessary abrasions while it is in storage.


3. When space is not an issue, an indoor closet/storage room is ideal for protecting the actual pontoons. If the pontoons or bladders must be stored outside, be sure to place them in a well-sealed RubberMaid style plastic tub. Rodents can and WILL make a nice cozy nest out of the PVC bladder material if they are just left folded/rolled on a shelf.

4. Hang the oar sections and all frame members to drain and remove any residual water from the interiors, this is extremely important in areas that can experience cold temperaturedown to 32 degrees. Water left in a piece of tubing will expand when frozen, thus causing cracks and bulges in the frame sections. THIS IS NOT COVERED UNDER THE WARRANTY! Think of it as a $300.00 can of pop in the freezer.


The Creek Company Wishes Everyone Happy Holidays and a Great New Year!