Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Tanya Tucker Concert Announced, Davisson Brothers Tickets on Sale, Sharkey's Next Week? and More

Tanya Tucker Coming to TJ's Corral July 3!
Only 13 when her provocative "Delta Dawn" caused a nationwide stir and became a Top 10 country hit, Tanya Tucker has built one of the most successful and compelling careers in music. Considered one of the very few females of the "outlaw" country movement, she holds a Grammy award, two Country Music Association awards, Two Academy of Country Music awards, and three CMT Awards. 23 of her albums have landed in the country Top 40 chart since her 1972 debut, and she has amassed 10 #1 country singles, 33 that have reached the Top 5, and 41 in the Top 10.  Catch her live in TJ's Corral on Friday, July 3!
Davisson Brothers Tickets on Sale:
Loving Mary to open for Davisson Brothers
In other CVI Concert News, Loving Mary will bring their mix of Rock, Country and a touch of Alternative to the TJ's Corral stage on June 12 to open for the The Davisson Brothers. The two groups of young country artists will combine for quite an entertaining start to the Carson Valley Days weekend and tickets are on sale now for just $22.50! Click here for the full lineup of all the concerts scheduled so far for TJ's corral.

Silver Dollar Bar
Taking Shape at Sharkey's
Sharkey's Could Open Next Week!  Talk about a frenzy of last-minute activity and finishing touches . . . well, it's all coming together and, if things keep progressing in a positive manner, Sharkey's Casino should be reopened by the end of next week! We'll be serving a bunch of cold draft beers on tap at the Silver Dollar Bar, have over 200 slots fired up, the Sports Book will be taking bets and our Guest Services folks will be churning out Sharkey's Player Club cards. Within a week after the casino opens, the Jackpot Café restaurant will start serving and, after getting a peek at the menu, we know you're going to be pleased with the variety and value of this additional eatery in the core of Gardnerville.

Plenty of Sports Book Action This Week:
  • The NBA regular season winds up today and the playoffs start on Saturday when 16 teams vie for the 2015 championship. Current favorites are the Cavaliers and Warriors who are both posted as 8-5 odds in our sports book.
  • In the NHL, the first round of the 2015 Stanley Cup playoffs starts tonight and the odds-makers have the Blackhawks (4-1) and the Rangers (5-1) as the favorites.
  • Major League Baseball games are also on the board every day and, with over a week of activity to draw upon, the action is starting to pick up, especially with our West Coast teams. Who is favored to win the World Series? The Dodgers at 5-1 followed by the Nationals at 7-1.
  • What about the Super Bowl 2015? Try the Seahawks at 5-1 and the Patriots at 6-1.
  • About odds: All odds shown above were as of Tuesday afternoon and they can and will change at any time so be sure to check the board at our Race & Sports Book.
  • Don't think you have the "skills" to bet sports?  Sometimes luck is just as successful so take advantage of today being Take a Wild Guess Day and, who knows, your SWAG may just best the experts!
Really Big Tent Next to TJ's Corral:  No, the circus is not coming to the Carson Valley Inn this week. Produced under the umbrella of the Nevada Commission on Tourism, and with incredible assistance from the Carson Valley Visitors Authority, the TravelNevada 2015 Rural Roundup brings over 250 people from Nevada's tourism industry to the Carson Valley through midday Friday. There are activities this afternoon in Genoa, this evening at the new Douglas County Community and Senior Center and then all day Thursday plus Friday morning here at the Carson Valley Inn. With the large number of people and functions, we brought in a 3,200+ sq. ft. tent to accommodate some events.

Tournament Winners:
Free Roll Poker Tournament Winners: Joe "13" ($575) and Fizze ($425) captured the top two spots in our Free Roll Tournament last Saturday as four full tables of qualifiers played for a piece of the $2000 in cash prizes which went in increments to the top-ten finishers. The participants also enjoy a deli spread, cake, beverages, souvenir hat and a great time! Please come down any time and enjoy the zany group of customers and employees who make our poker room simply the best in the area . . . whether you're a regular, a newcomer to our area, or just visiting while staying at the CVI.


The April CVI Blackjack Tournament on Tuesday night brought a $1,600+ prize fund consisting of all the fees and re-buys . . . and happy faces on the top three finishers: Richard Leigh ($800 for first), Richard Trott ($500 for second) and Teresa Sexton ($325 for third). Our next monthly Blackjack Tournament is Tuesday, May 12!

New Collegiate Boxing Champs Were Here at CVI: Congrats to University of Nevada-Reno for winning the men's national team title at the National Collegiate Boxing Association national championships in Sunrise, FL last Sunday. Four members of the Nevada Boxing Club won individual titles . . . and three of the four started their 2014/15 training here at the CVI in Exhibition matches in TJ's Corral last September. Kudos to Jarred Santo (132 pounds), JJ Mariano (139 pounds), Johnny Aguilar (156 pounds) and Garrett Felling (185 pounds). We are currently coordinating with the Nevada Boxing Club to bring back the exhibition boxing event in September of 2015 and will certainly let you know in our weekly blog as soon as we finalize the date.

As Always, Interesting, Helpful and Even Useful Tidbits and News
  • Wednesday Ladies' Night: We're taking tonight off due to 5X points today from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. as the finale of our Fifth Anniversary Celebration.
  • Grilled Elk Medallions 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 the demi and sundried cherries. Served with tableside-tossed salad, vegetable and your choice of potato - au gratin, baked, or a one-pound, twice-baked potato . . . all for $30.00.
  • Free Entertainment in the Cabaret Lounge: Steve Lord is here tonight, Karaoke with Anthony Janssen will bring plenty of audience performance opportunities on Thursday, The Blues Monsters entertain Friday and Saturday, and Greg Austin takes the stage Sunday through Wednesday.
  • We Thought You Should Know: Thursday is Eggs Benedict Day – a perfect time to try a full or half order of Eggs Benedict in Katie's! Thursday is also Wear Your Pajamas to Work Day . . . if you do so; let us know how it went over with your boss!
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, April 8, 2015

Gary Allan Tickets On Sale, Sharkey's Casino Update, CVI 5th Anniversary, Much More

Gary Allan Concert Tickets On Sale!

We were going to take a week off from mentioning anything about the Aviation Roundup on August 22 and 23 featuring the USAF Thunderbirds . . . But in viewing Gary Allan's top-10 hit Watching Airplanes (video above) . . . Well, the two subjects just tied together. Anyway, tickets for the June 4 Gary Allan concert in TJ's Corral are on sale and we hope you'll plan to attend! As for the other concerts we covered last week: the Merle Haggard concert on May 1 is sold out – Thank You to all who bought tickets as your support of our concerts helps us bring in more artists to the incredible mountain-view setting of TJ's Corral.  A list of  our six concerts lined up so far are at this link. In addition to the two concerts mentioned above, you can click through to information on  The Davisson Brothers Band (June 12), Rodney Atkins  (June 27), 38 Special  (July 23) and Mo Bandy and TG Sheppard (August 8).

The Outside Sign Shows Up Again - Now Inside in a Most Unusual Location!
When Is Sharkey's Going to Open?! 
This is the most common question we hear these days at the Carson Valley Inn. The way things have been progressing in the last week, we are unofficially projecting we will be open before the end of April - a purposely vague projection because we will open as soon as we're ready! Some more things still have fall into place, but the rapid progress gives us cause for optimism.
In the next few days, you'll see more visible outside progress as some of the signage starts
One of the Many Chalk Witticisms
Over the Counter in Sharkey's Restaurant
going up and the paving begins on the lot immediately adjacent to the building. Inside, carpeting will start being installed as soon as it arrives later this week or early next week. The bar is just about completed and the booths for the restaurant have all arrived . . . But there's much more still to do over the next couple of weeks. There's that small matter of all the slots and videos to be delivered, installed and connected. There are many more decorative and memorabilia-related items to go up on the walls and in the nooks and crannies.
The coordinated efforts of the many trades and subcontractors will soon give way to a well-choreographed "step over each other gingerly" performance by the various vendors whose products and services bring us down the home stretch towards the finish line of opening.
So why haven't we been touting all of the features of Sharkey's and profusely blabbing about how great it will be? The answer is simple: if you have never had the honor of watching Mike Pegram and his architect, Larry Henry, do a project like this, you just simply can't appreciate how much time, thought and creativity goes into taking advantage of every opportunity to make improvements along the way. What we might've announced as something "really cool" a couple of weeks ago has now been tweaked into an approach that even better preserves the history of the location, the legacy of Sharkey Begovich or the customer experience. So, just take our word that the final product will be unique, comfortable and an exceptional "no corners cut" addition to the core corner of Gardnerville!

5 Years Already??? Yep, it's actually been over 5 years since Mike Pegram and his partners bought the Carson Valley Inn. The first few months were a frenzy of remodeling, refurbishing, refreshing and rejuvenation . . . so we had the grand opening of the casino in April of 2010. Next week, we are celebrating our 5th Anniversary under Mike's ownership so please join us on Tuesday, April 14 for double points from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., free cake and champagne in the casino from 1 to 2 p.m. and again from 7 to 8 p.m., and free anniversary t-shirts distributed randomly throughout the day while they last. Then come back on Wednesday, April 15 for five times points from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Free Entertainment in the Cabaret Lounge: Our resident entertainment manager Stew Stewart has been lining up some new acts for our Cabaret Lounge and two of them are performing this weekend.
  • Jonathan "JB" Barton finishes up his four-day stint tonight.
  • The Kool Shifters Band is in for one night Thursday with a great mix of music from the 60's, 70's, 80's, country, blues and swing. 
  • River Road takes the stage on Friday and Saturday nights entertaining with their diverse backgrounds in country, pop, rock, R&B and jazz.
  • Steve Lord handles the early week gig Sunday through Wednesday.
  • And just a little peek ahead: on Thursday, April 16 we will be featuring Karaoke with Anthony Janssen.
Breakfast Wars: Joey Crandall, the man behind carsonvalleytimes.com is at it again with another Food War – this time it's Breakfast Wars and two popular Katie's favorites are on the nomination ballot: Our Giant Ham Steak & Eggs and our Chicken Fried Steak & Eggs. These hard-to-beat specials are worthy of your vote by 5 p.m. this Friday, April 10. Sure we are biased, but your positive comments have been numerous! 

As Always, Interesting, Helpful and Even Useful Tidbits and News
  • Mike's Horses: Horse racing – not for the faint of heart . . . Mike had four horses scheduled to run at Santa Anita last weekend. One scratched, two finished out of the money, and one took first place. The light at the end of the tunnel? The winner's name was Gimme The Lute!!
  • Best of Nevada: Voting ends April 17 so please indulge us this last request to give us your consideration in the Best Casino, Best Hotel and Best Restaurant (CV Steak) categories in the Nevada Magazine Best of Nevada poll.
  • Wednesday Ladies' Night 5:30 to 8:30 PM: The first 150 ladies to sign up tonight receive the second set of three April kitchen utensils.  Also enjoy hot seat drawings for gift baskets from the Blue Cow, ladies-only drink specials, a ladies-only slot tournament and more.
  • Field Set for Free Roll Poker Tournament: The action starts Saturday at 11:30 a.m. and a full field of 40 will compete for $2,000 after qualifying in February and March. Just one of the many special games and promotions in our Poker Room!
  • The April CVI Blackjack Tournament is Tuesday, April 14 with all entry fees and re-buys going to the prize fund. Sign-ups are from 5 to 6 p.m. and the tournament starts at 6:00 p.m. The tournament is open to all INN Club members and the prize pool is distributed to the top three finishers.
  • Braised Buffalo Short Ribs 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 served with tableside-tossed salad, vegetable and your choice of potato - au gratin, baked, or a one-pound, twice-baked potato . . . all for $29.00.
  • We Thought You Should Know: Thursday is Name Yourself Day – apparently the one day of the year you can change your name for the day. Friday is Golfer’s Day when we celebrate, not the game itself, but the men and women who play it . . . including the few thousand golfers who stay at the CVI each season while playing our area courses and taking advantage of our group packages or special events like the upcoming Spring Stag. Sunday is Walk On Your Wild Side Day - a chance to do something no one would ever expect you to (like read all the way to the end of our weekly blog).
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, April 1, 2015

Four More Concerts Announced, Secret Circle a Big Winner, Easter at the Inn, Much More


Some of this broke at the last minute yesterday so please excuse us not getting all the concerts in order by date!
  • 38 Special Concert July 23: Hold On Loosely is just one of the many Southern Rock hits 38 Special will be performing live in TJ's Corral on Thursday Night, July 23. With sales in excess of 20 million, most associate the band with this and other arena-rock pop smashes such as  “Rockin’ Into the Night,” “Caught Up in You,” “Fantasy Girl,” “If I’d Been the One,” “Back Where You Belong,” “Chain Lightnin’,” “Second Chance,” and more. Watch for ticket information soon and make your plans to attend!
  • The Davisson Brothers Band June 12: An up and coming group with a unique style fusing a blend of country, southern rock, and bluegrass to create a distinctive sound that, combined with the band's talent and energy, has gained them an incredibly loyal and rapidly growing fan base. The band recently worked with acclaimed producer Keith Stegall on their first national single Jesse James.
  • Gary Allan Concert June 4:  Tickets will go on sale on Wednesday, April 8.
  • Merle Haggard May 1: SOLD OUT . . . However, we will be putting a few Standing Room Only tickets on sale today.
  • Mo Bandy and TG Sheppard August 8: Both Mo Bandy and TG Sheppard Sold Out when they last appeared in the Carson Valley Inn's Valley Ballroom . . . so we're bringing them together in the much larger TJ's Corral for a special concert night featuring both artists!
  • Rodney Atkins June 27:  Atkins has received six nominations from the Academy of Country Music and two from the Country Music Association, winning Top New Male Vocalist from the former in 2006. His #1 hits 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)" and "It's America." 

Mikes Horses: two of Mike Pegram's horses were in the winner's circle last weekend: Secret Circle won the $2 Million Dubai Golden Shaheen on Saturday and Five Palms finished first in a race at Santa Anita on Thursday. All was not roses at Santa Anita as Chasintheaces finished out of the money and Secretsatmidnight was a last-minute scratch. Mike has more horses running this week at Santa Anita. The crew at our Race & Sports Book can tell you the particulars and and we'll give you an update in next week's blog. Kudos to Steve Coburn's California Chrome who put up a valiant effort and finished second in the $10 Million Dubai World Cup last Saturday. 


Car Winner Takes Magic Carpet Ride: Helen Brownfield won the Chevy Sonic at CVI on Saturday but decided to take the $10,000 Cash to help pay for new carpeting and flooring this spring. Interesting story about Helen: she was not planning to come to the CVI on Sunday night, but her husband talked her into it because she had two Golden Tickets for the car drawing. She acquiesced, they both came in and she was playing the penny slots. When the last finalist's name was called it was not hers. However, that person was not present (spouse not as persistent?) so one more name was called . . . Helen's and she wound up being the grand prize winner! Throw whatever cliché you want at this situation but it's proof once again that "it's never over till it's over!"

Poker News:
  • Tournament Winners: Donna Negrey and Janice Tucker "chopped it two ways" at the end of
    our Ladies Bounty Tournament last Sunday. For those non-poker players (like the guy writing this blog), that means they were the only two left and agreed to split the first and second place prize money between the two of them.  Veronica Pardee finished third.  The next monthly ladies-only tournament is on Sunday, May 3.
  • Special Stuff: The crew in the poker room continues to make improvements to their growing list of promotions and special games. The newest is Aces Cracked Spins the Wheel on Wednesdays. Monday and Friday night cash drawings have also been tweaked slightly. You can get all the information on the poker room promotions and special games at this link.
April at the Inn:
  • Katie's Nightly Dinner Specials (2 to 10 p.m.) have a new twist on Tuesdays: we'll have a different Chef's Special every Tuesday, always tasty and always value priced. The popular Prime Rib Dinner special continues on Friday and Saturday nights and we've also added a second special: Charbroiled Salmon, a fresh boneless, skinless filet charbroiled with lemon, garlic and butter and served with rice and vegetable for $9.99. Click for more on all the Nightly Katie's Dinner Specials.
  • The CV Steak Sunset Specials continue to be a hard-to-beat dining value at just $19. The Sunset Specials are available from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday nights.
  • $50,000 Cash & FreePlay Giveaways with drawings on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights highlights our April Casino promotions. Also in the mix: spell CA$H days, ladies nights, 3X points days, 5th Anniversary extras, the monthly blackjack tournament and more.
Easter at the Inn:
  • CV Steak is open for dinner on Easter Sunday from 4:30 p.m. In addition to the regular CV Steak menu, two Easter dinner specials will be offered: The Duet of Filet Mignon and King Crab includes a 6 oz. Filet Mignon with Green Peppercorn Sauce and Half Pound of King Crab Claws with legs, drawn butter and lemon for $36.  The Grilled Salmon Oscar includes crab meat, asparagus, béarnaise sauce and port wine glaze for $29. For CV Steak reservations, call 775-783-6650.  Note: The Sunset Menu is not available on Easter Sunday.
  • Katie's is offering two Easter Sunday dinner specials from noon to 9 p.m.: Baked Ham with orange glaze and rice pilaf for $12.99 and Roast Leg of Lamb with minted pan gravy and mashed potatoes for $14.99.
  • Get the Easter Menus for both restaurants by clicking here.
As Always, Interesting, Helpful and Even Useful Tidbits and News
  • Tickets Now on Sale for the Aviation Roundup: we've been writing a lot about the Aviation Roundup on August 22 and 23 and its cast of performers including the USAF Thunderbirds. Tickets are now on sale on the Aviation Roundup website.
  • Job Opportunities: The always-helpful staff in our HR Department asked that we remind our blog readers that we still have openings here at the Carson Valley Inn and also at the soon-to-open Sharkey's. Your best bet: stop by the HR office at the Carson Valley Inn or call 775-783-6663.
  • Wednesday Ladies' Night 5:30 to 8:30 PM: The first 150 ladies to sign up tonight receive the first set of three kitchen utensils . . . a total of 12 such utensils will be given away on Wednesdays in April.  Also enjoy hot seat drawings for Chocolate Shoppe Baskets (what else on Easter week!), ladies-only drink specials, a ladies-only slot tournament and more.
  • Roasted Rack of Venison Friday in CV Steak:  Our Friday Game Special this week is Roasted Rack of Venison with Cherry Port Demi - a 4-bone venison rack seasoned with fresh herbs and served with tableside-tossed salad, vegetable and your choice of potato - au gratin, baked, or a one-pound, twice-baked potato . . . all for $32.00.
  • Free Entertainment in the Cabaret Lounge: George Pickard is here tonight, American Made entertains Thursday thru Saturday and Jonathan "JB" Barton takes the stage Sunday through Wednesday nights. The NCAA Final Four Games? Of course we'll hold the entertainment 'til the end of the game on Saturday and Monday nights and we'll also take your action in the Race & Sports Book!
  • We Thought You Should Know: Thursday, April 2 is Tell a Lie Day which we find puzzling since today, April 1, is the day on which people tend to stretch the truth in order to create foolery!  Saturday is Pillow Fight Day but you can avoid such a skirmish buy exercising the privileges of Walk Around Things Day which is also on Saturday. Finally, Tuesday, April 7 is No Housework Day . . . so just plan on spending the day at the Carson Valley Inn.
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, March 25, 2015

Merle Haggard Selling Fast, Free Chevy Sonic Saturday, Dubai World Cup, More

Free Car Saturday Night! We've been promoting it all month and now the time has come: this Saturday night we are giving away a free Chevy Sonic or a cash option in our grand prize drawings which will be held at 6 and 8 p.m. in the casino. Don't have a Golden Ticket yet for the free car drawing? Stop by this Friday for drawings at 5, 7 and 9 p.m. for more chances to win! And if you happen to be going to Bodines casino this coming weekend, don't fret – we're giving away a Chevy Sonic up there also! Special thanks to our most cooperative friends at Michael Hohl Motor Company who helped with this promotion. 


Silver Wings – One of Merle's Classics!
Tickets are selling quite briskly for the Merle Haggard Concert on Friday night, May 1. Might want to make sure you get yours before too long 'cause this one is trending towards an advance sell-out! Tickets for the Gary Allan Concert on June 4 will go on sale sometime in early to mid-April.

Sharkey's Update of Sorts: We had a great walk-through with the architect on Tuesday of this week. Some of the visions he's been explaining to us are now starting to show themselves and we're getting pretty excited about the look, feel and ambiance associated with the rebirth of Sharkey's. We'd like to share more, but things are happening so fast and furious that our visit was cut a bit short with a half kidding, half serious comment from the general contractor as he walked by us, "Grab a hammer or a paintbrush or move along!!"

Job Opportunities This Friday: Our HR folks will be at the Spring Carson Valley Career Job Opportunity Fair this Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the CVIC Hall in Minden. We're still looking for food servers for the soon-to-open Sharkey's and we have about a dozen positions open here at the Carson Valley Inn. Stop by and look us up!

Forty to Qualify for Free $2000 Poker Tournament: Players in our poker room have been moving up and down rungs on our poker ladder as we get closer to the March 31 cutoff when we determine the top 40 players to participate in the free poker tournament on April 11 with $2000 in cash prizes. The points you earn in the poker room help you climb up the ladder. And, with some of our poker room promotions providing wheel spins which can give you extra points, you never know who's going to suddenly move up on the ladder, move on to the ladder, or drop to a rung below the cutoff. The standings are posted and last we checked at least 15 people sitting below the 40 cutoff could easily move into a qualifying spot with a little more play time or one spin of the prize wheel. Come on in and check it out! (More Poker info for the ladies below)


California Chrome and Secret Circle in Dubai: This Saturday the horse racing world turns its attention 8000 miles from the Carson Valley when the world’s richest day of racing unfolds at Meydan Racecourse and the Dubai Racing Club.  Richest day? Try this: Nine races with total prize money of just short of $30 million! Mike Pegram's Secret Circle is scheduled to run in the $2 Million Dubai Golden Shaheen and Steve Coburn's 2014 Horse of the Year California Chrome is slated to go in the feature event, the $10 Million Dubai World Cup.  Interested? Read on:
  • We will be showing the races on the televisions in our cabaret bar.
  • You can bet the two races with local connections at the Race and Sports Book at the CVI.
  • The first race starts at 5 a.m. Saturday. The Golden Shaheen is not until the 6th race and the Dubai World Cup will not start until 8:00 a.m. or after, best we can figure. Anyway, we'll be open before the Golden Shaheen starts.
  • For more about the richest day in racing click here.
Imagine this Phone Conversation: Think the Dubai World Cup races are an instant path to riches for winning horses from the USA? That big prize money for each race is distributed to the various finishers, it isn't winner take all. The trainers, managers, jockeys and handlers all get a piece of the winnings. The owners need to get to Dubai and back (Southwest doesn't fly there for $199 each way!), they'll need a place to stay (sure makes the CVI look like a bargain) and dining out in Dubai is . . . well, you would long for the prices in Katie's or CV Steak. Then there's this call:
  • Other End: Good Morning, Federal Express, may I help you?
  • You: Yes, I'd like to ship my prized thoroughbred from southern California to Dubai and back, first class of course, and can you arrange boarding for the week he is there?
  • Other End: Sure, (pause) . . . that total will be $$$$ - no make that $$$$$ - including pickup and delivery and all fees.
  • You: Gulp!
The August Aviation Roundup is More Than Airplanes: Don't you think this little guy had his day made when he met one of the Thunderbird pilots at the Minden-Tahoe Airport earlier this week! A memory for a lifetime. Their advance visit to Carson Valley on Monday was most productive and you can catch more in this story posted by Joey Crandall of carsonvalleytimes.com and this story posted by Shane Murphy of The Record CourierBe sure to mark August 22 & 23 on your calendars for the 2015 Aviation Roundup!

Ladies Poker Tournament Sunday: Our monthly ladies poker tournament is this Sunday, March 29 so that we don't conflict with Easter next week. The fun starts at 3 p.m. when Sharon gives free poker lessons for all the ladies. If you've played just a little, or are somewhat nervous about participating in a tournament, stop by starting at 3 and Sharon will have you tuned up and ready to go by the time the tournament starts. Under the direction of Derek Johnson, the Ladies-Only No-limit Texas Hold'em Bounty Tourney starts at 4 p.m. with the usual friendly assistance by Dean and Roberta. We hope you can join us!

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 a series of four March Bakeware products. Also enjoy hot seat drawings for Ghirardelli Chocolate Baskets, ladies-only drink specials, a ladies-only slot tournament and more.
  • Grilled Duck Breast Friday in CV Steak:  Our Friday Game Special this week is Grilled Duck Breast, a Maple Leaf Farms 9 oz. duck breast marinated with fresh herbs, grilled to medium rare-medium doneness with natural duck jus, served with tableside-tossed salad, vegetable and your choice of potato - au gratin, baked, or a one-pound, twice-baked potato . . . all for $28.00.
  • Free Entertainment in the Cabaret Lounge: Johnny Smokes is here tonight, Decades entertains Thursday & Friday, Stew Stewart prowls the Cabaret Lounge on Saturday night and George Pickard takes the stage Sunday through Wednesday nights.
  • We Thought You Should Know: Continuing our series of bringing you interesting and unusual information: tomorrow is Make up Your Own Holiday Day and Friday is Quirky Country Music Song Titles Day (we think our entertainment manager Stew Stewart celebrates this every day -  give him a subject and he'll make up a song title on the  spot!). Have an interesting holiday you'd like to see? How about a quirky country song title? Tell us about it in the comments section below.
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, March 18, 2015

Thunderbird in Town, Mother's Day Package, Sharkey's Update, WW II Aircraft Returning, More

Look Up in the Sky! This Sunday afternoon the #8 Thunderbird Jet will be overflying the Minden-Tahoe Airport a few times mapping checkpoints and landmarks for the USAF Thunderbirds performance at the Aviation Roundup on Saturday and Sunday, August 22 and 23. Major Scott "Cheetah" Petz will be in town for a Monday morning logistics planning meeting at the CVI with various agencies and committee chairpersons. We are working closely with the folks at the Minden-Tahoe Airport on this event and will post new information as it is available. 

Merle Haggard Concert May 1: Tickets now on sale.

WW II Aircraft Return with 3 Free Rides! Those authentic WW II aircraft preserved and displayed by the Collings Foundation are returning to Minden-Tahoe Airport on June 1 – 3 with plenty of opportunities to tour the aircraft (inside and out) and even take a ride! Included are a P-1 Mustang, B-17 Flying Fortress, B-24 Liberator and, if all goes as planned, a B-25 Mitchell.  As host hotel for the crews, the Carson Valley Inn will be giving away three free rides, one each at the CVI, Bodines Casino and Sharkey's Casino.  Watch the April issue of the Carson & Valley Voice for more information on the ride giveaways. Meanwhile click here for more about the aircraft, the Wings of Freedom Tour stop in Minden, and how to make reservations for a 30-minute "free to move around the cabin" WW II bomber ride!

Mother's Day Less Than 2 Months Away: Mother's Day is a great weekend to invite mom, daughter or any of your relatives to visit from out of the area and we've got a great way for them to stay with us rather than you cleaning out the spare bedroom and figuring out the where put all that "stuff."  Our Mother's Day package includes accommodations in the hotel for Friday and Saturday nights, May 8 and 9 plus $80 in food credits for use in Katie's or CV Steak. It's just $199 per couple and you can make reservations by calling 775-783-6629 or click here for more information.

A Few More Cowboy Packages: We just got access to a few more tickets so we again have a limited number of  Genoa Cowboy Festival Weekend Special Packages available for May 1 & 2. For $279 plus tax you get a room for two people for Friday and Saturday nights, two front section tickets for the Friday night concert, two front section tickets for the Saturday night concert and a $50 food credit. 

Sharkey's Remodeling Progressing Nicely. We are excited about the progress of the remodeling project at Sharkey's Casino. The casino bar structure has been installed, wall treatments are going up in the casino, tile is being installed in the restrooms and kitchen, electrical work is going on along with many of the other steps that are necessary to completely rebuild the inside.  More visible signs of progress will start in a few weeks with exterior painting and the parking lot surfacing. As for that horizontal Sharkey's sign that was lifted off of the vertical Casino sign earlier this week… It's off being refurbished and you'll see both sides of that sign again on the inside when Sharkey's reopens. Still no projected opening date, but it's "gettin' closer!" Anyone remember what Sharkey's was called before it was called Sharkey's? 

Concert Tickets:
CVI Running in Two Polls:
  • It's Not How You Finish, Its How You Start: We're talking Appetizers (how you start) and our CV Steak Sampler Platter is one of the finalists in the carsonvalleytimes.com App Wars. Voting continues through 5 p.m. Thursday (that's tomorrow, so hurry!) by clicking on this link. The CV Steak Sampler Platter is the perfect way to sample four of CV Steak's favorite appetizers - Shrimp, crab cake, warm spinach dip and Ahi Tuna. Prepared for either two or four people.
  • Best of Nevada: Feeling inclined to give us a favorable nod? We'd appreciate your consideration in the Best Casino, Best Hotel and Best Restaurant (CV Steak) categories in the Nevada Magazine Best of Nevada poll. 
As Always, Interesting, Helpful and Even Useful Tidbits and News
  • Boxing Update:  If you caught the Boxing Exhibition in TJ's Corral last September, you may remember seeing Nevada boxers Garrett Felling and Jarred Santos in action. Last Saturday, both captured top honors at the College Boxing Regional Championships at the Eldorado Hotel-Casino. Santos won the 132-pound championship bout over Jamal Johnson of Air Force Academy and sophomore Garrett Felling got a win at 185 pounds when his opponent, Chyre Anderson of UNLV, was disqualified in the second round.
  • How Many is 9.2 Quintillion? Here's what it looks like in actual numbers: 9,223,372,036,854,775,808. This  is supposedly the number of different possibilities there are in filling out a 64 team bracket . . . sure explains why there is so much office time wasted this week each year as March Madness gets started. We say Bring it On! We'll have all the games on our three dozen plus TVs and we'll be patient as you anguish over whether to bet for or against your alma mater at our Sports and Race Book!
  • Wednesday Ladies' Night 5:30 to 8:30 PM: The first 150 ladies to sign up tonight receive the third in a series of four March Bakeware products. Also enjoy hot seat drawings for Popcorn Gift Baskets, ladies-only drink specials, a ladies-only slot tournament and more.
  • Cabaret Lounge
  • Elk 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 and served with tableside-tossed salad, vegetable and your choice of potato - au gratin, baked, or a one-pound, twice-baked potato . . . all for $29.00.
  • Free Entertainment in the Cabaret Lounge: Steve Lord is here tonight, Just Us entertains Thursday - Saturday nights and Johnny Smokes, an incredible one-man-band, takes the stage Sunday through Wednesday nights.
  • We Thought You Should Know:  Sunday is Goof Off Day, as if some of us need an excuse!
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, March 11, 2015

Gary Allen Concert Announced, Sharkey's Job Fair Reminder, Pinyon Trail Dedication, More

Gary Allan Concert in JTs Corral: Country artist Gary Allan will appear in concert in TJ's Corral on Thursday, June 4! Allan has registered four #1 singles and his latest single "Hangover Tonight" is impacting radio stations across the nation. His top-10 hit "Every Storm (Runs Out of Rain)" from his "Set You Free" album is in the video above. He has amassed seven gold albums so far, three of them certified platinum.  Tickets will be on sale within a few weeks.

Best of Nevada: The Carson Valley Inn is very proud to have been voted the Best Casino in the 2014 best of Nevada poll taken by Nevada Magazine last spring. We won it for the category of "everywhere in the state except Reno/Sparks or Las Vegas" as each of those areas has their own award winner. The publication just announced the opening of voting for the 2015 awards and. . . Well, we'd feel even more honored to win it two years in a row! If you're feeling inclined to give us a favorable nod, we'd also appreciate your consideration in the Best Hotel and Best Restaurant (CV Steak) categories also. Take the 2015 poll here.

Panoramic Valley Views: Sounds like the beginning of a real estate listing for a home in the foothills! Actually, we're talking about the absolutely incredible and often breathtaking views from many of the groomed trails that surround the Carson Valley, both from the Pinenut Mountains to the east and the Sierra Nevada Range to the west. Many of these views are made possible to hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians thanks to the efforts of the Carson Valley Trails Association, "a non-profit, volunteer based organization working with partners to provide access to public lands through a recreational trail system for present and future generations to enjoy."  Yet another option will be added to the list this Saturday with the dedication of the new Pinyon Trail, located east of Carson Valley and accessible off Pinenut Road.  Many of the guests staying at the Carson Valley Inn enjoy the trail systems in our area and our hotel desk staff has maps to help make it easy to get to the trailheads. We encourage you to check out all of the trail maps, projects, events, photos and more available on the Carson Valley Trails Association website.

Final Four of a Different Kind: Nope, not basketball – that Final Four is still a few weeks away. However, the CV Steak Sampler Platter made the Final Four in App Wars - a poll in search of Carson Valley’s Signature Appetizer or Starter. Voting starts Monday by clicking on this link. Give us a shout out!

Sharkey's Casino Job Fair This Saturday: Just a reminder that hiring will begin for a number of positions at Sharkey's Casino during the Job Fair here at the Carson Valley Inn this Saturday, from 9 AM to 2 PM.  The action will be in the Picon Room located just inside the hotel entrance to the left. Job Positions to be filled include Slot Floor Persons, Sports Book Writers, Security, Cleaning Attendants, Cashiers, Main Bank, Cook, Host, Servers and Bartenders.

It’s Not Crazy, It’s Sports: ‘Chrome’ - For Steve Coburn, California Chrome was a literal dream come true. In Errol Morris’s fifth of six shorts for ESPN Films, we meet the passionate owner of the horse who nearly became the first Triple Crown winner in 36 years!  This one is a must watch .

No Wisecracks in This One: You may have read that we had a small fire on the Katie's cooking line late Monday night. No one was hurt, the suppression system functioned exactly as designed and there was no damage. Katie's was closed for about 17 hours while we replaced sprinkler heads, cleaned up, recharged the fire suppression system and got the green light from the Health Department and Fire Department.  Our sincere thanks to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office and the East Fork Fire and Paramedic District who responded very quickly to the alarm. While our fire suppression system did its job in extinguishing this fire almost immediately, it's heartening to know that we live in a community where this type of support is so readily available.

Active Weekend at CVI: The Carson Valley Arts Council and the Proscenium Players, Inc. are presenting "Polter-Heist: A Hauntingly Hilarious Show!" as a fundraising murder mystery dinner theater show in our Valley Ballroom this Friday. Seems the Bogeyman Outreach Organization (BOO), a support group for ghosts, is holding its annual convention and . . . . well we're just tellin' ya 'cause there may be some unusual characters roaming the halls outside our convention center. Moving on to Saturday night, we do not anticipate there will be any wild game creatures roaming the halls when Minden Rotary hosts its annual Beast Feast fundraiser. We offer our thanks to both of these organizations for choosing the Carson Valley Inn. If you're considering a fundraiser, business meeting, social gathering or any type of large event, please contact Carrie in our Sales department at 775-783-6673.

As Always, Interesting, Helpful and Even Useful Tidbits and News
  • Merle Tickets – Almost! Still working out the final details on the seating chart with our online ticketing service . . . should have tickets on sale very soon for the Merle Haggard Concert on Friday, May 1 in TJ's Corral.
  • Wednesday Ladies' Night 5:30 to 8:30 PM: The first 150 ladies to sign up tonight receive the third in a series four March Bakeware products. Also enjoy hot seat drawings for Chocolate Shoppe gift baskets, ladies-only drink specials, a ladies-only slot tournament and more.
  • Braised Buffalo Short Ribs This Friday in CV Steak: One and a half pounds of American Bison short ribs braised and slow-cooked, finished with natural pan sauce. Served with tableside-tossed salad, vegetable and your choice of potato - au gratin, baked, or a one-pound, twice-baked potato . . . all for $29.00.
  • St. Patrick's Day Tuesday, March 17:  INN Club members earn 5X Points from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Cash and FreePlay Giveaways will be held at noon, 2, 4 and 6 p.m.; $2 Green Bud Light draft will be served at the Cabaret Bar, a traditional Bag Pipe Salute will take place at 3 and 7 p.m. and Cabaret Lounge entertainment starts at 6 p.m. on St. Patrick's Day.
  • Royal Flush Progressive Bonus Hits: Richard S gathered up $3,834 last Monday when he drew a Royal Flush in Clubs – just one of the many promotions and extras in our Poker Room!
  • Blackjack Tournament Pays Out $1650: Last night's monthly tournament brought $825 to Joy T. for finishing first, $495 to Blaze H. for second and $330 to Gary H. for third. The next Monthly Blackjack Tournament is Tuesday, April 14 with all the entry fees and re-buys going to the prize fund.
  • Free Entertainment in the Cabaret Lounge: Dale Poune is here tonight, 7se7en5 makes a one-night appearance tomorrow, After Dark entertains Friday & Saturday nights, and Steve Lord takes the stage Sunday through Wednesday nights.
  • We Thought You Should Know: This Friday is Open An Umbrella Indoors Day. This is important in case you see someone opening an umbrella indoors or, and this is really a stretch, in case you want to know the proper indoor umbrella procedures on this 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, March 4, 2015

Sharkey's Job Fair, New Chevy Sonic, Appetizers, More

Is There a New Chevy Sonic in Your Future? One lucky INN Club member is guaranteed to win a Chevy Sonic or a cash option in our grand prize drawings on Saturday, March 28! The new car, on display near our electronic sign courtesy of Michael Hohl Motor Company, will go to one of the Golden Ticket holders who qualifies in our Friday and Saturday night drawings all month. Add in free gift days, ladies nights, 3X points days, St. Patrick's Day fun and our monthly blackjack tournament and you have quite a plethora of payout possibilities this March at the CVI!

Let's Get this Meal Started Right! Our friend Joey Crandall at carsonvalleytimes.com is at it again with another one of his "throw downs" for a readers-choice favorite Carson Valley food dish. This time it's App Wars - a poll in search of Carson Valley’s Signature Appetizer or Starter. The nomination round is now open and you can vote through 5 p.m. Friday, March 6 by clicking on this link. You'll  notice we have a good representation of appetizer selections from both CV Steak and Katie's on the ballot so far. My personal favorite? Glad you asked: it's the Sampler Platter in CV Steak which can be ordered for either two or four people . . . and the Ahi starter is a very close second!!

Sharkey's Casino Job Fair March 14 at CVI: As the reopening of Sharkey's Casino gets closer, hiring will begin for a number of positions at a Job Fair here at the Carson Valley Inn on Saturday, March 14 from 9 AM to 2 PM. Here are more details:
  • Location: The Picon Room, which is just inside the hotel entrance, to the left.
  • Job Positions to Be Filled:
    • Casino: Slot Floor Person, Sports Book Writers, Security, Cleaning Attendants.
    • Guest Service: Cashier, Main Bank.
    • Food & Beverage: Cooks, Hosts, Servers, Bartenders.
  • Fastest Way to Be Considered: Bring a completed Carson Valley Inn application. Here are a few ways you can obtain one in advance:
    • Go to www.carsonvalleyinn.com and click on the word "EMPLOYMENT" which appears at the bottom of every page on our website. Click in the appropriate place for the job application. Or, better yet, click here and the job application will load. You can complete it on your computer, save it, print it, and bring it with you. Or you can print out the blank form, fill it out by hand, and bring it with you.
    • Stop at the Carson Valley Inn HR office, pick up an application, complete it and bring with you on March 14.
    • Employment Applications will also be available at the Job Fair.
  • Answers to some of the common job-related questions we receive about Sharkey's Casino:
    • All pre-opening hiring for Sharkey's will be done through the Carson Valley Inn HR Department. Please do not go to Sharkey's as it is a very busy construction zone.
    • We do not know the exact opening date. It will most likely be sometime in April. However, we will be hiring and start training shortly after the Job Fair.
    • If a job position does not appear above, we do not have that position open at Sharkey's.
    • Sharkey's will have slots plus a sports book, bar and restaurant. No table games are planned.
    • Yes, you still have to submit a completed application even if you have a resume.
    • Oh, in case you "just tuned in" and are wondering why we at the CVI are doing a Sharkey's Job Fair? Mike Pegram, owner of the Carson Valley Inn, bought Sharkey's late last year and many of the administrative support services for Sharkey's will be provided by the Carson Valley Inn.

How Did the Last Hour Escape Me? Happens to all of us: We get busy, we lose track of time, and the next thing we know it's an hour later. One time a year it's really not an illusion – it actually happens. So, this Sunday at 2 a.m. we spring the clocks forward to 3 a.m. Is it Daylight Saving Time or Daylight Savings Time? The answer to that trivia question and some more interesting facts about this twice-a-year exercise are at this link.

Ladies-Only Poker Tournament a Good "Deal!"  Our inaugural Ladies-Only, No-Limit Texas Hold 'Em Bounty Tourney was a big hit last Sunday and Donna Negrey won the tournament on, get this, her 59th wedding anniversary! If you're doing the math in your head, you gotta be thinking "How did a 'gotta-be-close-to-80-year-old' take out all of the younger competitors!" Actually, we're thinking the same thing and will ponder it until Sunday, March 29 when Donna defends her title in the next monthly tournament which was moved a week earlier than normal due to Easter Sunday the following week.

Lasso This One Soon: As of the posting of this blog we only have four of the Genoa Cowboy Festival Weekend Special Packages left to sell for May 1 & 2. Just $279 plus tax includes a room for two people for Friday and Saturday nights, two front section tickets for the Friday night concert, two front section tickets for the Saturday night concert and a $50 food credit.

As Always, Interesting, Helpful and Even Useful Tidbits and News
  • Merle Still Has It! Judging by the record-setting readership of our blog posting last Wednesday, Merle Haggard still has incredible popularity and name recognition. We know you are hankering to buy tickets for his appearance live in concert in TJ's Corral on Friday, May 1 . . . . And we promise we'll have that information soon and post it in our weekly blog and on  this page!
  • Soar Like an Eagle - Only Higher! Last week we mentioned four community organization events happening in our Valley Ballroom during March and, by gosh, we forgot one! Also happening here at the CVI is the Sports Aviation Foundation Dinner on Friday, March 20 featuring Jim Payne who will be talking about this experience preparing for the Perlan II high-altitude flight which will take soaring to the edge of space. For tickets and more information call 775-782-9871.
  • Seriously? If you are reading this blog on Friday, March 6, you are definitely not observing this national day!  Enjoying an omelet in Katie's on Saturday, March 7? You obviously missed the point of this national day. And, finally, if you see someone in an obvious frenzy on Monday, March 9, don't be too concerned - they're likely just letting off some steam on this national day.
  • Venison Friday in CV Steak:  Our Friday Game Special this week is Roasted Rack of Venison with Cherry Port Demi. A 4-bone venison rack seasoned with fresh herbs and roasted; served with tableside-tossed salad, vegetable and your choice of potato - au gratin, baked, or a one-pound, twice-baked potato . . . all for $32.00.
  • Wednesday Ladies' Night 5:30 to 8:30 PM: The first 150 ladies to sign up tonight receive the second in a series four March Bakeware products. Also enjoy hot seat drawings for World Market gift baskets, ladies-only drink specials, a ladies-only slot tournament and more.
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!