Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Moe and TG Tickets for Sale, Willie Nelson Tribute, Penny Progressive Tops $60K, CVI is Best of NV and More

This Week at the Inn:
  • Please Give Blood Today: United Blood Services is holding their annual All-American Blood Drive from noon to 6 p.m. in our parking lot. Look for the big Bloodmobile and stop by to donate!
  • See Willie Thursday: Roger Hegyi as “True Willie” pays tribute to the life and music of one
    Roger Hegyi as “True Willie
    of the world’s most recognizable and distinctive musicians. Not just a Willie Nelson “impersonator,” Roger has found a way to reach into the musical soul of Willie Nelson and share it with audiences wherever he performs. Free shows are at 7 and 9 p.m. in our Cabaret Lounge
  • Tanya Tucker Concert Friday: How many of Tanya Tucker's ten #1 hits can you name? And with 41 top-10 hits in her career, how many do you think she'll perform at her concert in TJs Corral Friday night? The best way to find out is by snapping up some of the few remaining tickets and joining us this Friday with the doors opening at 7:15 p.m. and the show starting at 8 p.m.  It's just $39 to see this incredible country legend who blazed the trail for the many female country stars who followed.
  • New July Poker Promos Start Saturday: A $2-$6 Pineapple game spreads Saturday starting at 12:30 p.m., there's a reduced rake and free bar basket for those participating in the Saturday no-limit Texas hold 'em game starting at 6 p.m., and a "high hand spins the wheel" promo runs for a few hours on Saturday afternoons.
  • Ladies Only Poker Tournament Sunday: The action starts at 4 p.m. and this one is a party as much as a tournament!
  • Multiply Your Points Monday: it's 5X Points on video reels and 3X Points on video poker all day every Monday in July. There's no fine print on this one – earn as many points as you can at these incredible multipliers.
  • Eat Chocolate on Tuesday: Here's the deal – Tuesday is Chocolate Day. We offer a multitude of ways to celebrate so take your pick or try them all . . . a chocolate-topped Long John in Job's Perk, a Chocolate Fudge Cake (full or mini) at the Katie's bakery counter,  the Stuffed Fudge Brownie in Katie's or the CV Steak Chocolate Mousse!   

Jessica as Vanna White
The Penny Progressive Jackpot in our casino is now over $60,000. You know what that means: Play will increase even more, the Jackpot will go up faster, and pretty darn soon someone will win enough money to buy a brand-new vehicle - or a couple of brand new vehicles depending on your tastes!  As a reminder, this Jackpot is not part of one of those statewide progressive jackpots that could "hit" anywhere. It will be paid right here at the Carson Valley Inn.  While we are on the subject, the Dollar Progressive at the CV Steak Bar is now over $5,300. Not a bad bet when you can find a seat . . . the word must already be out!

Best of Nevada – Again! We did it again – the Carson Valley Inn was voted Best Casino by the readers of Nevada Magazine in the "Everywhere Else" category. Sounds like a catchall category at first, so we did a little research. Seems there are 325 casinos in the state of Nevada with unrestricted gaming licenses. About half are in the greater Las Vegas area and about 40 are in the greater Reno/Sparks area - each of these two areas had their own winner. That left over 100 other casinos throughout the state and that's the category in which we were named "Best of Nevada" for the second-year in a row.  We consider this an honor and will continue to strive to provide the services, facilities and ambiance that will keep us pointed us in the direction of a three peat!

Concert Updates:
  • 38 Special Concert on Thursday, July 23: This special evening of classic southern rock is just three weeks away . . . don't miss out!
  • Moe Bandy & TG Sheppard Concert Tickets Available Today!  Moe Bandy and TG Sheppard were here within a few months of each other in late 2013 and early 2014 and both of these performers sold out their Valley Ballroom concerts. So, on August 8 we're bringing them together in the much larger TJ's Corral for a special night featuring both artists! Tickets go on sale today at 11 a.m. - just $29!

There are lots of Independence Day activities going on in and around the Carson Valley this weekend.  Can't list them all without getting the blog cops to go on "tilt," but here are two for Saturday, July 4:
  • In the morning, we invite our Sharkey's neighbors to stop by Heritage Park (right across Hwy 395 from Sharkey's) for the Town of Gardnerville's Celebration which includes a fun run, Lion's Club Pancake Breakfast and obstacle course of the kids.
  • Mid-morning and early afternoon, we invite our CVI neighbors to stop by Minden Park (just 2 blocks from the CVI) for the Town of Minden's Celebration which includes DJ music plus water games and free balloons and bounces houses for the kids. Food? Try free apple pie, free popsicles and, courtesy of the CVI, free hot dogs and hamburgers while they last! 

As Always, Interesting, Helpful and Even Useful Tidbits and News
  • Hey, Where'd My Horse Go? Over two dozen Horseless Carriage Club vehicles will continue to tie to the hitchin' post in our parking lot through tomorrow - a great way to experience the history of these pioneer gas, steam and electric motor vehicles built or manufactured prior to January 1, 1916.
  • Pink Snow? Seriously? We didn't know about this one until we stumbled across it on the Internet a week or so ago. It turns out that there's such a thing called Watermelon Snow, and, if you believe everything you read on the Internet, it apparently can be found somewhere nearby on the Western slope (that's California side) of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. How does it all work? What's it mean? Just check out this short video we found on weather.com.
  • Wednesday Ladies' Night 5:30 to 8:30 PM: The first 150 ladies to sign up tonight receive the first piece in a 5-piece condiment set – we're giving away a different item each Wednesday! Also enjoy hot seat drawings for Independence Day Chocolate Shoppe Baskets, ladies-only drink specials and more.
  • Elk Tenderloin Friday, King Crab Sunday in CV Steak:  Our Friday Game Special this week is Grilled Elk Medallions with a Brandy Cherry Demi served with fresh vegetable, choice of potato (au gratin, baked, or a one-pound, twice-baked) and tableside tossed salad all for $30. Sundays in CV Steak we feature one pound of King Crab Legs for $32 and that also includes tableside-tossed salad, vegetable and your choice of potato.
  • Free Entertainment in the Cabaret Lounge: Greg Austin is here tonight, True Willie is a tribute to the life and music of Willie Nelson Thursday, The Blues Monsters entertain Friday and Saturday and George Pickard appears Sunday through Wednesday nights.  You can also watch and bet Major League Baseball games, NASCAR and horseracing! 

Comments? Have questions or comments about the CVI? Use the comments section below, shoot us an email or just pick up the phone and call us @ 775-782-9711. Hit "0" when the automated voice comes on and you'll go right to the hotel operator who can get you to the correct person or department.  We have a lot more coming up at the Carson Valley Inn so check our Blog posting every Wednesday morning!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Very Old Cars, Blood Drive, Concerts, It Sure Looks Like Willie and More!

Is One of These Three People Performing Next Week at the CVI? If you are a regular reader of our weekly Wednesday morning blog postings, you know that we will occasionally embellish things to make them sound a little more exhilarating. You can't really blame us; it's really tough these days to get anyone to read anything unless you can WOW them with something absolutely spectacular! So, back to the subject: Turns out one of the three people in this picture will actually perform in our Cabaret Lounge next Thursday, July 2 and it isn't one of the ladies. Stop by next Thursday evening, July 2 and check it out!

Concert Updates:
Rodney Atkins Concert this Saturday, June 27:  2006 Academy of Country Music Top New Male
Vocalist Rodney Atkins is performing live in TJs Corral this Saturday! With numerous Country Music Association and Academy of Country Music nominations, Rodney's No. 1 singles include "If You're Going Through Hell (Before the Devil Even Knows)," "Watching You," "These Are My People," "Cleaning This Gun (Come On In Boy)" featured in The Bourne Legacy and "It's America."
Tanya Tucker Concert Friday, July 3: Nine-time Grammy nominee and recipient of eight Gold and four Platinum albums, Tanya Tucker has had 23 Top 40 albums and 56 Top 40 singles with 41 of these reaching the Top 10, 33 advancing to the Top 5, and 10 No. 1 hits.  A stellar career by any standards!
38 Special Concert on Thursday, July 23:  When you read "Quicken Loans Arena" what's the first thing that comes to your mind? If you're sports a fan of any level, you know that's the arena where the Golden State Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers earlier this month for the NBA Championship. How does that relate to our 38 Special Concert? If you live in the Cleveland area, and want to see 38 Special this July, you'll have to go to the massive Quicken Loans Arena and hope to catch a glimpse. If you're in northern Nevada and want to see 38 Special, you can catch them in the close-up setting of TJ's Corral where the furthest seat from the front of the stage is less than the length of an NBA basketball court.

Mike Pegram, Susie Messina, Sherry Dilly, Brenda Robertson, Jeri Johnson and Coach MIke Tice with check for $128,500 - before an additional $2,000 was received!
Mike Tice Charity Golf Weekend Yields $130K for Boys & Girls Club:
An incredible weekend of fun and generosity combined to raise over $130,000 for the Boys and Girls Club of Western Nevada, Carson Valley Branch. What an awesome effort by the friends of Mike Tice from around the country, the local sponsors and participants and the match contribution made by Mike Pegram. Some of the key things we learned this weekend:
  • Mike Tice can sing as he proved (sort of) by joining in on some of the harmonies as Decades performed  Paul Simon's "You Can Call Me Al" at the Crawfish Feed on Saturday night in TJ's Corral.
  • TJ's Corral is the perfect venue for a summer night party as over 400 people showed us by turning what started out as a "how can this possibly be exciting" Crawfish Feed into a full-blown, high-energy party!
  • Much to our surprise, you can cook and serve JT Restaurant and Bar French fries to 140 people over 5 hours on the 12th tee at the Golf Club at Genoa Lakes!
  • Given 40 women, two hours and an ample supply of wine, a good instructor can help all the participants turn out a fairly decent acrylic painting independent of their level of talent!
  • Ask anyone who participated in the Saturday night party or the Sunday golf tournament what they thought . . . Every one of them told us they can't wait for next year's event! 
Blood Drive at CVI July 1. We know it's still a week away, but now is the time to pull out your calendar and mark down Wednesday, July 1 to donate blood right here at the Carson Valley Inn. United Blood Services is holding their annual All-American Blood Drive from noon to 6 PM next Wednesday in our parking lot. To make an appointment, you can go to www.bloodhero.com and enter code All American or call 800-696-4484. Not that anyone we know donates blood for this reason, but when you donate at any of the northern Nevada United Blood Services drives through September 5 you are able to enter a drawing to win a new 2015 4-Door Toyota Corolla LE Plus!

Ah Ha for Ahi! We used the picture to the left in one of our CV Steak Facebook Page postings earlier this week and it looked so very inviting we just had to use it again in our blog! This incredible appetizer is just $10 for a generous portion of seared Ahi Tuna server with a Yin and Yang of a wasabi soy sauce and a toasted sesame seed soy sauce. We also include a taste of wakami salad, pickled ginger and a dollop of straight Wasabi! CV Steak manager Mike Meza suggests a glass of Meiomi Pinot Noir to accompany your Ahi appetizer. Not that we doubt Mike, but we tried this combination and he is spot on!!
Horseless Carriage Motor Vehicles in Town Next Week: Watch around the CVI and the Carson Valley next week as the Horseless Carriage Club Harvest Tour headquarters here for festivities and tours Sunday through Thursday. A great opportunity to check out what the Horseless Carriage Club of America defines as "any pioneer gas, steam and electric motor vehicle built or manufactured prior to January 1, 1916." 

As Always, Interesting, Helpful and Even Useful Tidbits and News
  • Wednesday Ladies' Night 5:30 to 8:30 PM: The first 150 ladies to sign up tonight receive the last in the set of June canisters. Also enjoy hot seat drawings for Blue Cow Cheese Company Baskets, ladies-only drink specials and more.
  • Duck Friday, King Crab Sunday in CV Steak:  Our Friday Game Special this week is Maple Leaf Farms Grilled Duck Breast served with fresh vegetable, choice of potato (au gratin, baked, or a one-pound, twice-baked) and tableside tossed salad all for $28.00. Sundays in CV Steak we feature one pound of King Crab Legs for $32 and that also includes tableside-tossed salad, vegetable and your choice of potato.
  • Free Entertainment in the Cabaret Lounge: George Pickard is here tonight, The Vegas Road Show entertains Thursday through Saturday nights and Greg Austin appears Sunday through Wednesday nights.  You can also watch and bet Major League Baseball games, NASCAR and horseracing! 
Comments? Have questions or comments about the CVI? Use the comments section below, shoot us an email or just pick up the phone and call us @ 775-782-9711. Hit "0" when the automated voice comes on and you'll go right to the hotel operator who can get you to the correct person or department.  We have a lot more coming up at the Carson Valley Inn so check our Blog posting every Wednesday morning!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Martini's, Wine, Concerts, Gunslingers and Tin Cup?

Beau Bridges in "The Wizard" Over 25 Years Ago
We mentioned last week that our friends at carsonvalleytimes.com were working on a story about The Wizard, a movie filmed in part in the Carson Valley over 25 years ago. The story came out a few days ago and it is worth a read with lots of quips and anecdotes about the stars who were in our Valley and who stayed at the Carson Valley Inn during the local filming.  The picture above shows Beau Bridges throwing a shovel in a scene filmed in front of the historic old Minden Inn on nearby Esmeralda Street.

Reasons to Celebrate at the CVI This Week!
  • Friday is Martini Day.  That's a darn good reason to remind you that we offer a slew of specialty martinis in CV Steak. A great way to unwind after work or round of golf . . . and a nice starter to an enjoyable meal or evening with friends!
  • Saturday is Ice Cream Soda Day. Katie's makes it easy to jump on this one as we make ice cream sodas (and shakes) to order!
  • Monday is Onion Rings Day and not that onion ring lovers need an excuse, but if you are such a person, you can celebrate by enjoying an order of battered onion rings in Katie's.  You can also substitute onion rings for just a dollar more on any of our items (Katie's Menu or Bar Bites)  normally served with French fries. 
Concert Updates:
  • Rodney Atkins on Saturday, June 27 is next up in TJ's Corral. With six No. 1 hits and four
    studio albums to his credit, Rodney had plenty in his music arsenal to choose from for his first-ever Greatest Hits compilation released just a few months ago featuring 11 of his most popular songs as well as his new single, "Eat Sleep Love You Repeat." More than a country singer Rodney participated in the 4th Annual Tug McGraw Foundation Celebrity Sporting Clay Pro-Am last week at the Nashville Gun Club alongside Tim McGraw, Joe Montana and a host of other celebrities!
  • Tanya Tucker on Friday,July 3 is trending to an advance sell-out so please don't delay in getting your tickets.  And since we're going to ask her to say "Nev-AD-a" and not "Nev-AH-da,"  let's also be correct in calling her Tanya correctly . . . the "tan" rhymes with "can."
  • 38 Special on Thursday, July 23: Hmmm . . . we just put these tickets on sale a week ago and based on the sales in just seven days if you want to be "Rockin’ Into the Night" with 38 Special we suggest you act soon as you don't want to be left out thinking "If I’d Been the One" who acted sooner I might've actually gotten tickets to this one!

Bodines Casino Offers a Freebie! The end of this rainbow must have touched General Manager Brent's heart 'cause he came up with a freebie for a couple of our readers this week. Brent has a Free Large Pizza at Bodines for the first two people who comment correctly below as to how the original Bodines Restaurant (before Bodines Casino was built) got its name. 

Gunslingers and Horses in Sharkey's Thursday? Good grief, we certainly hope not! However, there is a western theme for the second Thirsty Third Thursday Wine Walk this Thursday and Sharkey's is one of the stops. Sponsored and produced by our friends at Main Street Gardnerville, this week's TTT is certain to draw quite a crowd after rain dampened the opening Wine Walk in May. Be sure to register starting at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at either Big Daddy's Bicycle Shop near the Minden-Gardnerville line or at the Town of Gardnerville office across the street and two blocks south of Sharkey's.

New Mural in Sharkey's Showing the Old Golden Bubble
Sharkey's Jackpot Café Daily Specials
The first lineup of daily specials is now being served in the Jackpot Café at Sharkey's. These run from 11 AM to 10 PM daily and all are just $7.99!
  • Monday Chicken Piccata Pasta: Chicken Sautéed in a white wine, lemon juice, and caper butter sauce tossed in penne pasta.
  • Tuesday Meatloaf: Savory meatloaf served with mashed potatoes and vegetables topped with gravy.
  • Wednesday Chicken Pot Pie:  Tender cooked white meat and vegetables topped with flaky pastry.
  • Thursday Beef Stroganoff: Tender chunks of beef sautéed with mushrooms and onions in a creamy sherry sauce served over egg noodles.
  • Friday Fish and Chips: A generous serving of fresh fried cod and French fries served with tartar sauce and lemon.
  • What About Saturday and Sunday? We're working on it! 
Tin Cup Story with Local Tie?? OK, so this one is a long shot. Golf's U.S. Open is this weekend and if you saw the movie Tin Cup you know there is a nationwide qualifying process for any golfer up to the grueling task. In May, Jared Becher of Reno survived a sudden death playoff to become one of the first round qualifiers at the Golf Club at Genoa Lakes. He then went to the early-June Sectional Qualifier in Newport Beach and finished second in a 36-hole event held at Big Canyon Country Club and Newport Beach Country Club. This weekend, he's playing in the U.S. Open. Wonder if his girlfriend looks like Rene Russo and his caddy looks like Cheech Marin?

As Always, Interesting, Helpful and Even Useful Tidbits and News
  • Wednesday Ladies' Night 5:30 to 8:30 PM: The first 150 ladies to sign up tonight receive the third in the set of June canisters. Also enjoy hot seat drawings for Chocolate Shoppe Gift Baskets, ladies-only drink specials and more.
  • Bison Friday, King Crab Sunday in CV Steak:  Our Friday Game Special this week is Braised Buffalo Short Ribs, one and a half pounds of American Bison short ribs braised and slow cooked, finished with natural pan sauce, served with fresh vegetable, choice of potato (au gratin, baked, or a one-pound, twice-baked) and tableside tossed salad all for $29.00. Sundays in CV Steak we feature one pound of King Crab Legs for $32 and that also includes tableside-tossed salad, vegetable and your choice of potato.
  • Free Entertainment in the Cabaret Lounge: George Pickard is here tonight, Midnight Express entertains Thursday through Saturday nights and Phil Prunier appears Sunday through Wednesday nights.  You can also watch and bet Golf's U.S. Open, Major League Baseball games, NASCAR and horseracing!
  • Pineapples Getting High in Poker Room: Oops, got the words mixed up. Was trying to say we'll be holding our first monthly Crazy Pineapple High Tournament in our Poker Room tonight at 7 PM.  $50 buy-in with no re-buys. If you need a refresher on how this works, simply stop by the poker room and one of our supervisors or dealers will give you a quick demonstration.
  • HR Made Me Say This: Our current job openings list has been updated and the details are on this page on our website or call our Job Hotline at 775-782-9711, #3.
Comments? Have questions or comments about the CVI? Use the comments section below, shoot us an email or just pick up the phone and call us @ 775-782-9711. Hit "0" when the automated voice comes on and you'll go right to the hotel operator who can get you to the correct person or department.  We have a lot more coming up at the Carson Valley Inn so check our Blog posting every Wednesday morning!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

38 Special Concert Tickets Available, Crazy Pineapple, Pizza, More

Concert News:

  • 38 Special Concert Tickets on Sale at Noon Today - for $38! Some like country/Southern music sounds. Some like rock 'n' roll. Nobody blends these two sounds  together into Southern Rock better than 38 Special and tickets go on sale at noon today for the 38 Special Concert on Thursday, July 23 in TJ's Corral here at the Carson Valley Inn. 
  • The Davisson Brothers Band and Loving Mary Band in Concert this Friday: Two up and coming country acts certain to provide a fitting kick-off to the Friday night festivities of Carson Valley Days Weekend. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. and the concert starts at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are just $22.50 and you can buy them online or call 775-783-6606.
  • Tickets are also available for the Rodney Atkins Concert on Saturday, June 27 and the Tanya Tucker Concert on Friday, July 3.  
  • 50 Biggest Country Stars: We found a list posted yesterday of one person's opinion on the 50 Biggest Country Stars. TJ's Corral has hosted three of them so far, one more coming this year and, who knows what the future will bring . . .
  • Coming Up: So, (beware of sentences starting with "So"), if you happen to catch the CMT Music Awards on TV tonight, watch carefully and inquisitively. If everything goes right, we will soon be announcing another concert later this year featuring one of tonight's nominee's.
Four Ways to "Experience" Pizza at Bodines:
We can describe it in words - barely effective unless your brain is highly capable of reading a description and converting it into a mouthwatering image. We can show you a picture - that's certainly a little better. We can show you a video like the one above that was one of the five live broadcasts aired on Lake Tahoe Television last Thursday morning. Or you can just come over to Bodines and enjoy one firsthand. We included a description and one picture in this blog a couple of weeks ago. Now we suggest you look at the video above. Then, move on to the fourth step and visit Bodines, order a pizza just the way you like it, and enjoy it while it's piping hot! Piping hot? Anyone know the origin of this term?

Horse Racing: Our heartfelt congratulations go out to Bob Baffert, trainer of Triple Crown winner American Pharoah. Bob has also trained all of CVI owner Mike Pegram's horses over the years. Speaking of Mike's horses, his colt Gimme Da Lute won the 3rd race at Santa Anita last Sunday.

Crazy Pineapple High Tournament: We mentioned this briefly last week and now for the details. Starting next Wednesday, June 17 at 7 PM we'll  be holding a monthly Crazy Pineapple High Tournament in our Poker Room. If you are not familiar with this game, the concept is fairly simple: it is basically the same as a Texas Hold 'em game except at the beginning of each hand you get three cards down instead of two. Then, after the flop (that's the three face up cards that follow) you have to toss one of your down cards before the hand proceeds with the final two up cards. This one has a $50 buy-in with no re-buys. If you need a quick refresher on how this works, simply stop by the poker room and have one of our supervisors or dealers give you a quick demonstration.

Who Stayed at the CVI??? It's been over 25 years since the movie The Wizard was filmed. And as many longtime Carson Valley residents know, part of the filming was done just a few blocks from the Carson Valley Inn on Esmeralda Street in "downtown" Minden. You also might remember that the stars (and their parents in the case of the kids) and some of the crew stayed here at the Carson Valley Inn during the local filming. Our friends at carsonvalleytimes.com are putting together a story on that chapter in Carson Valley history - if you have memories of those few weeks (and there were some "goings-on"), get in touch with Joey@carsonvalleytimes.com as soon as possible as the story is just about finished.

As Always, Interesting, Helpful and Even Useful Tidbits and News
  • Wednesday Ladies' Night 5:30 to 8:30 PM: The first 150 ladies to sign up tonight receive the second of the set of June canisters. Also enjoy hot seat drawings for World Market gifts, ladies-only drink specials and more.
  • Venison Friday, King Crab Sunday in CV Steak:  Our Friday Game Special this week is Roasted Rack of Venison with Cherry Port Demi. This is a 4-bone venison rack served with fresh vegetable, choice of potato (au gratin, baked, or a one-pound, twice-baked) and tableside tossed salad all for $32.00. Sundays in CV Steak we feature one pound of King Crab Legs for $32 and that also includes tableside-tossed salad, vegetable and your choice of potato. 
  • Free Entertainment in the Cabaret Lounge: Jonathan "JB" Barton is here tonight, Just Us entertains Thursday through Saturday nights and George Pickard appears Sunday through Wednesday nights.  You can also watch and bet on the NBA Finals, NHL Stanley Cup Finals, U.S. Open Golf, Major League Baseball games, NASCAR and horseracing!
  • Sharkey's Memories: We heard some great stories and learned a lot of interesting trivia when we gathered memories at Sharkey's last Friday. As a reminder, if you have any Sharkey's memories or stories you'd like to share, please send them to us by email. As anyone who has been to Sharkey's already knows, we cleaned and are reusing many of those incredible tables with various inlaid items. Do you know who made these tables?
  • Tourney Winners: Our Monthly Blackjack tournament last night paid a prize pool of $1225. Joy Trott won the tournament and $613. Second Place was Richard Leigh for $367 and the $245 Third Place money went to Malcolm Treasure. Our next event is Tuesday, July 14.
  • Three Reminders:
    • Say "Make it a double!" at the Cabaret Bar or CV Steak Bar and we'll do so for just $2 more! The fine Print: Cash sales only - all cocktails but not beer or wine.
    • Sharkey's Happy Hour runs from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. daily with $2 Domestic Draft Beer or House Wine plus $5 Doubles on these favorites: Vodka (Absolute & Sky), Rum (Captain Morgan & Bacardi), Whiskey (Jack Daniels & Jameson), Scotch (J.B & Dewers) and Tequila (Cuervo).
    • We Are Hiring! Job openings at the Carson Valley Inn are on this page on our website or call our Job Hotline at 775-782-9711, #3.
  • Because We Want To Make Sure You Know:  Today is Ball Point Pen Day - at least it's something to write home about! Sunday is Flag Day - make a note now to fly your American Flag on Sunday. Monday is Smile Power Day and we'll give you something to smile about: earn 125 Points on Monday and then swipe at the casino kiosk for a Free Food Credit for $5 to $50 valid over the next six days.  Tuesday is both Fresh Veggies Day and Fudge Day. To us, this is the dietary equivalent of driving with one foot on the brake and one on the accelerator. However, we appear to have a corporate stance as we do sell Chocolate Fudge Cake (Full and Mini) and Chocolate Fudge Brownies at the bakery counter outside Katie's! 
Comments? Have questions or comments about the CVI? Use the comments section below, shoot us an email or just pick up the phone and call us @ 775-782-9711. Hit "0" when the automated voice comes on and you'll go right to the hotel operator who can get you to the correct person or department.  We have a lot more coming up at the Carson Valley Inn so check our Blog posting every Wednesday morning!

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Sharkey's Memories, Triple Crown, Concert News, More

Sharkey Begovich
Please Share Your Sharkey's Memories with Us Friday 
If you read our blog last week, you know that this Friday is the day we are asking you to come share your Sharkey's memories with us in person at Sharkey's Casino. We would like to hear what you remember about Sharkey Begovich, the Cow Pasture Boxing events across the street in what is now Heritage Park, the Serbian Christmas celebrations that produced long lines going down Gilman Avenue, the characters who stopped in to Sharkey's, late-night happenings in the casino, morning gatherings in the restaurant, etc.  Just stop by this Friday between 2 and 4 PM or between 5 and 7 PM. We'll buy you a cup of coffee or a drink, make you comfortable and get your story recorded.  Then we'll gather the tales together and start building the memory bank to preserve the history of Sharkey's. If you can't make it this Friday, send us an email to SharkeysCasino@gmail.com and we'll get in touch to make other arrangements.

Triple Crown History this Saturday?
Andy Gibb had two of the Billboard Top Ten Songs of the Year (Shadow Dancing at #1 and  Thicker Than Water) and the Bee Gees had three (Night Fever, Stayin' Alive and How Deep Is Your Love). Grease, Superman and Animal House were the top three grossing movies of the year.  Jimmy Carter was president.  The three top TV shows were Laverne & Shirley, Happy Days and Mork & Mindy. The Yankees won the World Series and the Dallas Cowboys won the Super Bowl. And – Affirmed won the Triple Crown, the last horse to do so!  It all happened 38 years ago in 1978. The sounds of disco are now a memory from the past; the movies have become classics; the Yankees and Dallas Cowboys are both struggling to return to their glory days. And this Saturday, we have a chance to see another Triple Crown winner as American Pharaoh runs in the Belmont Stakes. We'll be showing the race at all three of our properties (Carson Valley Inn, Bodines Casino and Sharkey's Casino) and we
Bob Baffert & Mike Pegram
will be taking bets on the race at both Carson Valley Inn and Bodines. As for us, we're rootin' for American Pharaoh whose trainer Bob Baffert is a longtime friend of Mike Pegram and trainer of all of Mike's horses. Bob has visited the Carson Valley Inn and will no doubt return in the future . . . Hopefully in triumph as the trainer of the first Triple Crown winner since we first heard this classic line by John Belushi in National Lampoon's Animal House, "My advice to you is to start drinking heavily!"

And Speaking of Drinking . . .
  • Make Mine A Double:  It's the end of a long hard day and you just sat down at the Cabaret Bar or CV Steak Bar at the Carson Valley Inn and your first urge is to lay down a $20 bill, order your cocktail and tell the bartender to "make it double!" Hey, we understand. So as soon as we see your cash and hear you say "make it a double," we will do so for just $2 more! This applies to all cocktails but not to beer or wine. No one wants to read qualifying "fine print" in a blog, so we'll state it in regular size print: the "make it double!" offer is for paid drinks only.
  • Sharkey's Happy Hour Is Quite the Deal:  Sharkey's new Happy Hour runs from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. daily with $2 Domestic Draft Beer or House Wine plus $5 Doubles on these favorites: Vodka (Absolute & Sky), Rum (Captain Morgan & Bacardi), Whiskey (Jack Daniels & Jameson), Scotch (J.B & Dewers) and Tequila (Cuervo).
Mike Tice Charity Golf Tournament Update! Thanks . . . the Golf Tournament is sold out but there are still tickets available for the Crawfish Feed in TJ's Corral on Saturday evening, June 20. Just $40.00 includes quite a bit: draft beer "'til it runs out," the Crawfish, blackened chicken, dirty rice, hush puppies, sweet corn casserole and red beans . . . plus music by “Decades.” You can buy tickets at our hotel desk or contact Jeri Johnson at 775-771-6432 or 775-783-7037.  Proceeds stay right here in our community and benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Nevada, Carson Valley Branch!

Carson Valley Inn, Bodines & Sharkey's on Live TV Thursday:  It will be a whirlwind, but Lake Tahoe Television will be broadcasting live interviews from all three of our locations this Thursday morning between 7:00 a.m. and 9:10 a.m. You can catch the broadcasts on Charter cable's channel 12 on the south shore of Lake Tahoe and on channel 195 in Carson City and Carson Valley.

Poker Room Stuff:
  • Ladies Poker Tournament Sunday: Our monthly ladies poker tournament is this Sunday, June 7. Get a free refresher course in "Poker Tournaments for Ladies 101" with Sharon at 3 p.m.  The the Ladies-Only No-limit Texas Hold'em Bounty Tourney starts at 4 p.m. under the direction of Derek Johnson with the usual friendly assistance of Sharon & Jimmy.
  • Crazy Pineapple Coming Soon: Sure sounds like a new app for your iPhone, doesn't it! Actually, it's another monthly event being cooked up by the crew in the poker room and they promised we will have more information for next week's blog. 
Concert News:
  • Gary Allan on Thursday June 4: We opened up a few more seats for the Gary Allen Concert this Thursday night.
  • The Davisson Brothers Band and Loving Mary Band on Friday, June 12: Last week Loving Mary played the American Idol Finale with Steven Tyler in front of 8 million viewers. He debuted his new single "Love Is Your Name" featuring three vocalists from Loving Mary:  Marti Frederiksen, Rebecca-Lynn Howard and Suzie McNeil.
  • Rodney Atkins on Saturday, June 27:  Did you know Rodney always makes time for volunteer opportunities amidst his touring schedule, as well as for visits to the Holston Methodist Home for Children in Greeneville, TN, where he was adopted as a small child. 
  • Tanya Tucker on Friday, July 3: Did you know Tanya once had a relationship with Glen Campbell?
  • 38 Special on Thursday, July 23: Tickets will be going on sale sometime next Wednesday, June 10. We will have a definitive time in next week's blog which publisheses on at 7 a.m. on June 10.
Who Said There Aren't Any Jobs in Carson Valley! Do you have experience as a Restaurant Supervisor in a casino environment?  How about experience as a hotel front desk clerk or valet/bellman? Ever been a food server? These are just a few of over a dozen positions we have open at the Carson Valley Inn and we invite you to apply!  All of the openings and more about our benefits are on this page on our website. Or, call our Job Hotline at 775-782-9711, #3.

As Always, Interesting, Helpful and Even Useful Tidbits and News
  • Wednesday Ladies' Night 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.: The first 150 ladies to sign up tonight receive the first of the set of June canisters. Also enjoy hot seat drawings for Delasant Skin Care baskets, ladies-only drink specials and more.
  • Braised Lamb Shank in CV Steak:  Our Friday Game Special this week is Braised Lamb Shank with Pearl Barley Risotto, braised and slow cooked with herbs, Cabernet and mustards -  served with a pearl barley risotto, vegetable and tableside-tossed salad for $28.00. As a reminder, Sundays in CV Steak we feature one pound of King Crab Legs for $32 and that also includes tableside-tossed salad, vegetable and your choice of potato - au gratin, baked, or a one-pound, twice-baked potato.
  • Free Entertainment in the Cabaret Lounge: Greg Austin is here tonight, Thursday brings an evening of rock and blues with the local Markleevillians Band, modern country and classic rock by the John Dawson Band takes over the Cabaret on Friday and Saturday nights and Jonathan "JB" Barton entertains Sunday through Wednesday nights.  You can also watch and bet the NBA Finals, NHL Stanley Cup Finals, Major League Baseball games, golf's U.S. Open, NASCAR and horseracing including this Saturday's Belmont Stakes!
  • Because We Want To Make Sure You Know: Sunday is Chocolate Ice Cream Day. We're not sure why this is even necessary because people who like chocolate ice cream consider every day Chocolate Ice Cream Day! 
Comments? Have questions or comments about the CVI? Use the comments section below, shoot us an email or just pick up the phone and call us @ 775-782-9711. Hit "0" when the automated voice comes on and you'll go right to the hotel operator who can get you to the correct person or department.  We have a lot more coming up at the Carson Valley Inn so check our Blog posting every Wednesday morning!

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

My Wife Got the House But I Kept My Truck!

One of the Ford F-150 Pickups We Are Giving Away
My Wife Got the House But I Kept My Truck!
Whether it's a booze-soaked ballad or a driving southern anthem, three "things" seem to be true about country lyrics and music: the message comes from the heart, you will be able to understand the words, and there are an unusually high number of references to pickup trucks! Just check out this Top Ten Country Songs About Pickup Trucks from 2011 - one of a bunch of such lists. Anyway, we "get it" so we (CVI, Bodines Casino and Sharkey's Casino) are giving away two Ford F-150 Pickup Trucks on the second weekend of July - plus a guaranteed $25,000 in cash and Freeplay during the same promotion that kicks off on June 1. Look for an F-150 on display at each location thanks to our friends at Dick Campagni's Capital Ford in Carson City.

About the Country Songs: We're not sure how many songs from these artists cover the pickup truck subject, but these four concerts are all coming to TJ's Corral during our Ford F-150 Pickups and $25,000 Giveaway Promotion and tickets are on sale now!
  • Gary Allan on Thursday June 4: Gary will launch the Chevrolet Riverfront Stage performances at the 2015 CMA Music Festival on Thursday, June 11 just a week after his June 4 concert in TJ's Corral. Big time in Nashville, big time in Minden. Don't miss out . . . get your tickets now before we sell out.
  • The Davisson Brothers Band and Loving Mary Band on Friday, June 12: The song lyrics and sound of Brothers Donnie and Chris Davisson, cousin Sammy Davisson, and life-long best friend Aaron Regester tell powerful stories of their family history and lifestyle in West Virginia. The Loving Mary Band will jet to Minden after a performance the day before on the Chevrolet Roadhouse Stage at the CMA Music Festival.
  • Rodney Atkins on Saturday, June 27:  We like Rodney's comments about his approach to writing love songs, "Love is not all blue skies and no bills …it's gutters leaking and the cat messed in the fireplace. It's not convenient at all, and you've got to make time for it - that's the toughest part of it."
  • Tanya Tucker on Friday, July 3: Did you know . . . Tanya was the first female country artist to appear on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, she performed at halftime of the 1994 Super Bowl and appeared on an episode of the popular TV series The Love Boat in 1981. 
WW II Vintage Aircraft in Town Monday - Wednesday:  The Carson Valley Inn is honored and privileged to host the pilots and crew for the Collings Foundation’s Wings of Freedom Tour as it brings World War II history and nostalgia to Minden-Tahoe Airport next week. This is a rare opportunity to visit, explore (inside and out), and learn more about four unique treasures of aviation history: The B-17 is one of only 8 in flying condition in the United States, the B-24J and Full Dual Control P-51C Mustang are the sole remaining examples of their type flying in the World. The B-25 is best known for flying the Doolittle raids. Visitors may also experience the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to actually take a 30-minute flight aboard these rare aircraft. For reservations and information on flight experiences call 800-568-8924.  Meanwhile click here for times, costs and other details.

What Are Your Memories of Sharkey?
We've been overwhelmed by the number of people who, upon visiting Sharkey's Casino in the first month, have told us about memories they have of Sharkey, Cow Pasture Boxing, Serbian Christmas or some of the characters and stars who made Sharkey's a stop while in town. You've also told us we did a pretty darn good job of preserving the spirit of Sharkey in the physical building and accompaniments. Now we want to complete the task and start building the emotional, colorful, and historic memories that chronicle the "story" of Sharkey's since it opened in the early 70s.  We'll start this process on Friday, June 5 when we invite anyone with a "Sharkey's Story" to stop by so we can get it on video. Could be a short one-liner, could be a three or four minute story. We'll get them all together, start building the memory bank, and use these videos to preserve the history of this important Gardnerville landmark just as we have preserved the building.  So, please join us on Friday, June 5 either between 2 and 4 PM or between 5 and 7 PM. We'll buy you a cup of coffee or a drink, make you comfortable, and look forward to you sharing a few memories with us. Can't make it on June 5? Send us an email to SharkeysCasino@gmail.com and we'll get in touch to make other arrangements.

Mike Tice Charity Golf Tournament Update! We mentioned this event in detail in last week's blog and "poof," Coach Tice showed up this past week for a final planning meeting with the CVI's Greg Enholm and Lori Gorris and Susie Messina from the Boys & Girls Club of Western Nevada. As a quick reminder because time is running out to get in on this event: Tickets are available for the Crawfish Feed in TJ's Corral on Saturday evening, June 20. Just $40.00 includes beer, the Crawfish and accompaniments, and music by “Decades.” For tickets, contact Jeri Johnson at 775-771-6432 or 775-783-7037.  There are still a very few spots available in the golf tournament on Sunday, June 21 at the Golf Club at Genoa Lakes. Click Here for Sponsorship Information. Proceeds stay right here in our community and benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Nevada, Carson Valley Branch!

Motorcycles and Riders Decked Out in Pink? It's true - there will be hundreds of them and some of the sights will be most interesting and unusual when the Pinocchio's Ride for the Tatas 6th Annual Motorcycle Poker Run makes a stop at the Carson Valley Inn this Sunday. All proceeds benefit Moms on the Run, a local charity helping women battling breast and gynecological cancers.

As Always, Interesting, Helpful and Even Useful Tidbits and News
  • Wednesday Ladies' Night 5:30 to 8:30 PM: The first 150 ladies to sign up tonight receive the last set of two May spa products.  Also enjoy hot seat drawings for Tahoe Toffee Baskets, ladies-only drink specials and more.
  • Roasted Stuffed Quail in CV Steak:  Our Friday Game Special this week is Roasted Stuffed Quail with prosciutto, wild rice and plum port glaze . . . Served with tableside-tossed salad and vegetable for $28.00. As a reminder, Sundays in CV Steak we feature one pound of King Crab Legs for $32 and that also includes tableside-tossed salad, vegetable and your choice of potato - au gratin, baked, or a one-pound, twice-baked potato.
  • Free Entertainment in the Cabaret Lounge: George Pickard is here tonight, The California Cowboys entertain Thursday - Saturday and Greg Austin takes the stage Sunday through Wednesday nights.  You can also watch and bet the NBA Playoff games, NHL Stanley Cup games, Major League Baseball games, NASCAR and horseracing.
  • Because We Want To Make Sure You Know:
    • Today is Senior Health and Fitness Day. We have been asked not to bring this up so we won't.
    • Thursday is Hamburger Day and we have some recommendations in order from traditional to more adventurous: The Bodines Restaurant Double Cheese Burger with beer-battered French fries is our north sister property's biggest seller.  The Cheese Burger is also Katie's biggest seller, but we suggest stepping it up a notch with the Smoke House Burger (double bacon, cheddar cheese and hickory BBQ sauce). Next up the gastrointestinal delight ladder are two from Sharkey's Jackpot Café: The Drunken Burger (includes one well shot or domestic draft beer) and the Volcano Burger (stuffed with ghost pepper cheese and chorizo, topped with more ghost pepper cheese and spicy secret sauce). And for a most-un-traditional and "bet-you-can't-eat-the-whole-thing" experience, go for the Gourmet Hamburger (aka The French Disaster) in CV Steak.
    • Monday is Leave the Office Early Day. Assuming this is acceptable in your environment and doesn't result in an "Oh yeah? Well then you might as well just take the rest of the week off without pay" response, why not leave an hour or two early and make plans to enjoy the Sunset Special (sometimes referred to as Early Bird) in CV SteakClick here for the menu and be sure to arrive at CV Steak between 4:30 and 5:30 PM to take advantage of this Sunday thru Thursday special offering. 
Comments? Have questions or comments about the CVI? Use the comments section below, shoot us an email or just pick up the phone and call us @ 775-782-9711. Hit "0" when the automated voice comes on and you'll go right to the hotel operator who can get you to the correct person or department.  We have a lot more coming up at the Carson Valley Inn so check our Blog posting every Wednesday morning!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Tanya Tucker Tickets on Sale, Mike Tice Charity Golf Tournament, Much More

Concert Updates:
Tanya Tucker Tickets Are On Sale Now: Before all of today's country superstars, Tanya Tucker blazed an eclectic new trail for female country artists when "Delta Dawn" became a Top 10 country hit in 1972. A year later at 14, Tanya topped the Billboard country chart with her first of many #1 hits "What's Your Mama's Name." At 15 she was on the cover of Rolling Stone with the prophetic headline, "Hi, I'm Tanya Tucker, I'm 15, You're Gonna Hear From Me." Tucker's path through the country world is highlighted in this interview from Rolling Stone published late last year after the unveiling of the Tanya Tucker Exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville on November 13, 2014.

Tickets are also on sale for these upcoming TJ's Corral concerts:
  • Gary Allan June 4: Just two weeks until Gary Allan takes the stage in TJ's Corral. Catch up on some of Gary's music videos (including him telling the background on some of the songs he's written) and fan club comments on hiswebsite.
  • The Davisson Brothers Band and Loving Mary Band June 12: Plan to kickoff Carson Valley Days weekend with these two upcoming country acts and be able to say you remember when they played in the Carson Valley!
  • Rodney Atkins June 27:  The Academy of Country Music's Top New Male Vocalist of 2006, Rodney's 2006 album If You're Going Through Hell produced four #1 country hits!
Feed Me Seymor: Our annual Food Truck Festival is this Saturday from noon to 8 p.m. in the back parking lot and TJ's Corral.  What better way to put it than pirating a few phrases from Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Bill Chernock as he described the event in one of his updates to the Chamber membership last week: May 23rd is the date, and like the swallows to Capistrano and the buzzards to Hinckley, Ohio, the 23rd is the date that the food trucks shall return to the Carson Valley Inn. A flock of the four wheeled eateries will gather next to TJ's Corral, accompanied by additional beverage service and free music from the 'Blues Monsters' . . . even stuff for the kids to do. Just a reminder, white shirts show stains.

Mike Tice Charity Golf Tournament! If you've spent much time around the Carson Valley Inn, or read our blog or know anything about the local Boys and Girls Club, you certainly know about the Mike Tice Annual Golf Tournament.  There is golf, merriment, and a couple of nights of serious fundraising that have produced over a quarter of a million dollars for the Boys and Girls Club of Western Nevada, Carson Valley Branch over the last four years.  What started out as just Coach Tice and his friends has slowly welcomed in others who are willing and able to help in this incredible fundraising event.  This year promises to take on even more "flair" as Mike was head coach Jack del Rio's first addition to the Oakland Raiders staff for 2015 as Offensive Line Coach. There are two ways you can jump on board for this year's long weekend of frivolity and fundraising: Tickets are available for the Crawfish Feed in TJ's Corral on Saturday evening, June 20. Just $40.00 includes beer, Crawfish and accompaniments, music by “Decades” and the always entertaining and sometimes colorful comments by "Coach." For tickets, contact Jeri Johnson at 775-771-6432 or 775-783-7037.  For those willing to pony up a little more for the B & G Club, there are still a few spots available in the golf tournament on Sunday, June 21 at the Golf Club at Genoa Lakes. Click Here for Sponsorship Information. Proceeds stay right here in our community and benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Nevada, Carson Valley Branch!

Wear Your PJs to Sharkey's on Thursday! This is not one of those trick headlines to get you to read something that is only mildly related (not that we wouldn't do that!). We really do expect to see people wearing pajamas in Sharkey's Casino Thursday afternoon as they participate in the first 2015 Thirsty Third Thursday Wine Walk sponsored and produced by our friends at Main Street Gardnerville.  Be sure to register starting at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at either Big Daddy's Bicycle Shop near the Minden-Gardnerville line or at the Town of Gardnerville office across the street and two blocks south of Sharkey's. The two in the picture? That's Shannon Crabtree & Paula Lochridge in the "old" Sharkey's 2+ years ago

The Seafood Linguini in CV Steak received "Top Four" support in the nomination round of Pasta Wars, another of the Food Wars polls by carsonvalleytimes.com. The final round of voting starts Monday morning, May 25 and continues through Friday, May 29. For those who haven't had this popular CV Steak entrée, let us tell you about it: Our chef starts a fresh sauté for each order by browning lobster, shrimp and scallops. He completes the sauté by mixing in a lemon butter cream sauce with fresh dill, diced tomatoes and capers – and serves it over freshly cooked linguini pasta. By the time this entrée arrives hot at your table, you will have already enjoyed a basket of freshly baked and still warm sourdough bread and our house salad which some consider a meal in itself: we start with mixed greens (romaine and iceberg) and add artichoke hearts, croutons, Parmesan cheese and grape tomatoes. Each salad is tossed tableside with our special house dressing which is best described as a creamy Italian herb dressing (shown "on the side" in the photo - always an option). Want to vote for this tasty and filling dinner? Click here after the polls open on Monday morning, May 25th

As Always, Interesting, Helpful and Even Useful Tidbits and News
  • Douglas County Is Healthiest in Nevada: At least that's what we read on the internet earlier this week. Seems 24/7 Wall St. developed the list of the Healthiest County in Each of the 50 States. While we are not surprised that Douglas County won for Nevada, we sure don't understand why, with all of the beauty and spectacular scenery around here, "they" had to use a picture of Las Vegas! A more representative shot could have been the picture above that Bonnie Klein posted on the Douglas County Exposures, a local Public Group on Facebook.
  • Wednesday Ladies' Night 5:30 to 8:30 PM: The first 150 ladies to sign up tonight receive the third set of two May spa products.  Also enjoy hot seat drawings for Patriotic Themed Chocolate Shoppe Gift Baskets, ladies-only drink specials and more.
  • Elk Medallions Friday in CV Steak:  Our Friday Game Special this week is Grilled Elk Medallions with a Brandy Cherry Demi - two 3 oz. elk tenderloin medallions grilled and finished with demi and sundried cherries; served with fresh vegetable, choice of potato (au gratin, baked, or a one-pound, twice-baked) and tableside tossed salad all for $30.00.  
  • Free Entertainment in the Cabaret Lounge: Jonathan "JB" Barton is here tonight, Nancy Barker, Curt Lee & Friends entertain Thursday, Stew Stewart covers Friday and Saturday nights, The Blues Monsters make a one-night appearance on Sunday and George Pickard takes the stage Monday through Wednesday nights.  You can also watch and bet the NBA Playoff games, NHL Stanley Cup games, Major League Baseball games, NASCAR, Indianapolis 500 and horseracing.
  • Because We Want To Make Sure You Know:
    • Today is Be a Millionaire Day and the theory is that you are to use visualization techniques to see yourself surrounded by luxury, free of monetary concerns, and living your life on your terms.  We have a less-mentally-challenging suggestion: Megabucks - Why be a millionaire when you can be a ten millionaire!
    • Saturday is Turtle Day – a perfect opportunity to corner our entertainment manager, Stew Stewart, and ask him how he got "The Turtle" moniker stuck in the middle of his name. Happened shortly after he got involved with our owner Mike Pegram in 2010 and we can't seem to get anyone to tell us the straight story. Oh, and be sure to wish Stew Happy Turtle Day!
Comments? Have questions or comments about the CVI? Use the comments section below, shoot us an email or just pick up the phone and call us @ 775-782-9711. Hit "0" when the automated voice comes on and you'll go right to the hotel operator who can get you to the correct person or department.  We have a lot more coming up at the Carson Valley Inn so check our Blog posting every Wednesday morning!