Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Blues in TJ's Corral, Concerts Selling Fast, Wine Walk, Motorcycles, Bicycles, More

Our First Four Concerts are Almost Here!

Concert Ticket Update
We’ve been hinting it was getting close  . . . and now all seating tickets for the Clint Black Concert are sold out and we are counting down the remaining Standing Room Only tickets (actually, you don’t have to stand, you can bring a blanket and sit on the grass.)  Some of the other concerts are getting close . . . so please don’t miss out. As a reminder, our full schedule includes the romantic sounds of The Righteous Brothers: Bill Medley & Bucky Heard next week on Friday, May 25; Travis Tritt on Friday, June 1; Granger Smith Featuring Earl Dibbles Jr. on Saturday, June 16; Clint Black on Friday, June 29; Ted Nugent on Wednesday, July 4; Trace Adkins on Saturday, July 14; and Creedence Clearwater Revisited on Sunday, August 12.  You can purchase tickets through our website which allows you to see the seating layout map and pick your seat(s) for one or more concerts in one transaction. You can also purchase tickets in person at our Hotel Desk. We’ve also added a Blues themed event on June 15 - covered in the next article so please keep reading.

The Carson Valley Music, Food & Brew Fest in TJ’s Corral is the evening kickoff event for the 8th Annual Mike Tice Charity Weekend “For the Kids” and coach Tice invites everyone to attend! Blues Music is the theme and the area’s longest-running blues band, The Blues Monsters start the evening at 4 PM. Formed at Lake Tahoe 27 years ago the “Monsters” are led by dual guitarists Chuck Dunn and Barry Slayton. Northern Nevada’s most active blues group, The Buddy Emmer Blues Band then takes the stage. Buddy is among a litany of blues gunslingers born in Texas, and his influence of ZZ Top is delightfully obvious. Singer Kim Emmer’s voice is dynamic and sultry. After their own set, Buddy and his band then back up three incredible blues talents appearing in succession as the blues jam continues until 10 PM.  Tenor saxophone player Nancy Wright has a huge, soulful sound. A 30-year resident of the Bay Area, she’s played with all the greats, including Stevie Ray Vaughan, Albert King and Albert Collins. Mighty Mike Schermer built a following over 20 years in Northern California before moving to Austin, Texas, in 2009 to join boogie woogie pianist Marcia Ball. As a solo artist, Schermer sometimes explores rockabilly and country areas. Chris Cain is as talented as any contemporary bluesman. His guitar virtuosity and baritone voice spark comparisons to B.B. King.

The $25 admission price includes a beverage tumbler and we'll have more on that plus details on the beer and wine tastings and the food in next week's blog. There will also be a raffle for sports memorabilia and all raffle proceeds go to the Boys and Girls Club of Western Nevada, Carson Valley Branch.

Sip ‘n’ Shine Third Thursday Wine Walk
Main Street Gardnerville’s first Third Thursday Wine Walk is tomorrow and, as usual, many of the wine walk pathways lead past or through Sharkey’s Casino. All those who sign up and are carrying the official event glass receive a free sampling of wine at Sharkey’s and (please don’t tell anyone because it’s a surprise for this month) a free Sharkey’s T-Shirt while they last! Details on the Third Thursday Wine Walk program including how to sign up are at this link and we do encourage you to click through and read the information.  There’s a different theme to each month’s event this year and tomorrow’s Sip ‘n’ Shine theme will bring a proliferation of classic cars displayed in the various lots along Highway 395 in Gardnerville. As you enjoy the evening, keep in mind that the proceeds from the Third Thursday Wine Walks help fund the ongoing revitalization efforts in Gardnerville’s Main Street District.

Bandtastic 2.0 in TJ’s Saturday
Band-tastic  . . . a long standing gathering of the different school music groups comprised of hundreds of students from Pau Wa Lu Middle School, Carson Valley Middle School, Pinion Elementary, Jack’s Valley Elementary and Douglas High School. The event thrived for years in the gym at Douglas High School. As the number of participating students increased, so did the number of parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles. So, last May the event was moved to TJ’s Corral, Bandtastic 2.0 was born and 1,000 people showed up to watch the various groups perform! The 2018 version happens this Saturday and our entire community is invited to enjoy a free concert featuring the Valley’s music students as they perform on the same stage as over two dozen national touring artists during the last few years. The gates open at 11:30 AM, the concert runs from noon to 1:30 PM and – to emphasize an important point – admission is free!

About Last Week’s Blog and the Coming Week
  • Some thoughts - and comments we’ve fielded - after Last Week’s Blog:
    • Yes, hockey fans, the penalty boxes did line up with the approximate location of the two bars at TJ’s and yes, it is quite appropriate!
    • Thanks for pointing out that not only did the Vegas Golden Knights team not exist this time last year, but many Vegas folks weren’t hockey fans this time last year . . . and this year they are avid fans “competing” to get home game playoff tickets!
    • No, we would not think it is cute if concert fans showed their appreciation for a good performance by showering the TJ’s Corral stage with some of the strange things that hockey fans have thrown on the ice. And to the Vegas Golden Knights fans, we apologize in advance that the lead image on the article shows Marc-André Fleury in a Pittsburg Penguins uniform (after all, they did draft him!)
    • To the candlestick maker who called: sorry, we really can't use your talents as candles just aren’t permitted anymore. Please consider applying for one of these open positions at the CVI?!
  • Motorcycles, Costumes and a Great Cause: it’s all part of the 9th Annual Pinocchio’s Ride for the Tatas this Sunday and the CVI parking lot is one of the stops for the Poker Run portion of this annual fundraiser for Moms on the Run.
  • If Human Powered Cycles are More to Your Liking:  The Amgen Tour of the California Alps comes through the Carson Valley this Friday along Foothill Road. Catch all the details at this link and watch carefully ‘cause they’re moving pretty fast!
  • Thursday is World Baking Day. Great reason to acknowledge the bakers on our culinary staff who, in an average month, produce literally tens of thousands of items for Job’s Perk, Katie’s bakery counter, Katie’s restaurant, CV Steak and banquet functions. These include cookies, lemon squares, brownies, pies (full size and mini), cupcakes, cakes, a variety of pastries, individual desserts, loaves of bread, dinner rolls and more.
  • Friday is No Dirty Dishes Day. We’ll make this one easy for you: stop in Katie’s for breakfast, enjoy lunch at the Jackpot Café in Sharkey’s, and come back for dinner in CV Steak at the CVI. Three meals, no dishes for you to worry about!
  • Friday is Pizza Party Day, one of nine days designated each year to “honor” pizza in one form or another. Since this one specifically calls out party, we suggest gathering some friends, descending upon some of the tables around the circular casino bar at Bodine’s Casino, ordering  a couple of pitchers of beer and a few different kinds of pizza, all cooked to order in Bodines’ special brick pizza oven!
  • Saturday is World Whisky Day. On this day last year, we mentioned that the roof had just been hoisted onto the silo building at Buckeye and Hwy 395 as part of the Bently Heritage project. So very much has progressed with this project over the last year! With landscaping just about done and most of the interior work completed, the final tweaking stages are happening as the necessary licensing is secured and plans are starting to develop for what is hoped to be a late-fall opening to the public. We are so looking forward to having this incredible project operating within steps of the Carson Valley Inn’s front door!
  • Monday is Waitstaff Day. Nights, weekends, holidays . . . . Over 100 of these folks are there when we need to them in our restaurants at the Carson Valley Inn, the Jackpot Café in Sharkey’s Casino, Betsy’s Kitchen and at Slot World, and the restaurant in Bodines Casino. So on Monday, whether it’s at one of our restaurants or elsewhere, let’s all take a minute and thank them for always being there when we choose to go out for a meal!

 In the Casino
Free Thermo Bento Box to First 150 Ladies
at Tonight's Ladies' Night
  • Ladies’ Night Tonight: Join us from 5:30 to 8:30 PM with a Free Thermal Bento Box for the first 150 ladies and Wine Country Gift Baskets as hot seat prizes.  Also tonight: games, a weekly drink special, free bingo and your chance to earn entries for the May 30 drawing for a $500 Southwest Airlines Gift Card.
  • A Different Color Free Camo Hat Thursday: Another Free CVI Camo Hat is yours this Thursday for earning just 50 base points the same day. You get the hat - and it's a different color than last week - plus keep those 50 points. Be sure to use your Inn Club card!
  • Cash & FreePlay Drawings Friday: Join us at 5, 7 and 9 PM this Friday for drawings for cash and FreePlay. You automatically receive one free entry into these drawings for every five base points you earn during May . . . so stop by ‘cause you can’t win if you aren’t here!
  • 5X Points Saturday: Inn Club members earn 5X Points this Saturday which translates to five times the build-up of comp value!
  • Cash & Freeplay Bash Saturdays: Every Saturday in May from 7 to 8 PM our Cash & Freeplay drawings guarantee ten $100 winners . . . be sure to use your INN Club card while playing in the casino!
  • Free Gift Mondays: We have a free gift for INN Club members earning just 100 base points the same day . . . You get the gift plus keep the points!
  • At the Sports and Race Book: This week you can bet the Preakness Stakes and other Horseracing,  Major League Baseball, The NHL Conference Championships, NBA Playoffs and Saturday’s Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race.  Futures on the board include the FIFA World Cup Russia™ (June 14 – July 15), NBA Championship, NHL Stanley Cup, World Series, NASCAR Monster Energy Series, the NFL Conference Championships and the 2019 Super Bowl!
In Our Restaurants
  • Wednesday is Italian Day in Katie’s – three specials for $6.99 each served from 11 AM to 10 PM! The Friday and Saturday night special in Katie’s is Roasted Prime Rib & Fried Shrimp for $14.99 served from 4 PM.
  • Thursday’s special in CV Steak is the CV Steak Mix Grill, a combination of our Filet Mignon, a Dijon and molasses Marinated Pork Tenderloin Medallion and Herb Marinated Lamb Chop for $26. This Friday it's Bison Tournedos Rossini for $35. Saturday night’s special is Garlic Studded Prime Rib for $26 and Sunday's special is King Crab Legs for $28. These specials are served with fresh vegetable, choice of rice or potato – au gratin, baked, or a one-pound, twice-baked – tableside tossed salad and warm demi-loaf of bread.
  • Click the restaurant name for more info, specials and links to menus for Katie’sCV Steak and Jobs Perk at the CVI . . . or our nearby sister property restaurants, the Jackpot Café at Sharkey's Casino, Bodines Restaurant at Bodines Casino and Betsy’s Big Kitchen at Slot World Casino.
Free Entertainment in the Cabaret Lounge
Roem Baur Duo tonight and Thursday, John Dawson Band Friday and Saturday, Bill Wharton Sunday and Monday and Jeff Campbell Tuesday and Wednesday. Roem Baur is a multiple award-winning touring songwriter and classically trained opera singer who ultimately answered the call of rock n' roll.  The John Dawson Band is a Reno based group of five fun-lovin' guys who just like to entertain with a variety of modern country and classic rock. Bill Wharton’s smooth, melodic tone comes out in his vast repertoire from old classic country thru modern country, pop to classic rock, blues and jazz. Jeff  Campbell is a vocalist,  impassioned  songwriter  and  lifelong  musician . . .  an  emotional,  evocative  poet  with  a  rock  lover’s  heart!

Planning a Stay at the CVI? You will always get the best rate by booking directly with the Carson Valley Inn either online or by
calling our Reservation Department directly at 775-783-6629 or 800-321-6983. 

Comments? Have questions or comments about the CVI? Use the comments section below, shoot us an email or 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 9, 2018

Nevada Coach at CVI, Incredible Soaring Video, Mother's Day Dining, Hockey and TJ's, More

Wolf Pack Football Coach Here Tuesday,
Come Meet Him!
The Nevada football team finished strong last year winning two of their last three games. So, what will the 2018 season bring? Who are the strong recruits or returning players expected to make a difference? What about the new coaches and what they bring to the table? What’s the outlook for senior quarterback Ty Gangi and the two hot sophomore receivers in the Spring Game, Elijah Cooks and McLane Mannix? What did coach Norvell glean from the 2017 season that he hopes will pay dividends for this year?  Get the answers to these questions and any other questions you’d like to ask when The Wolf Pack Caravan with Coach Norvell comes to the Carson Valley Inn on Tuesday evening, May 15.   Admission is free and light refreshments will be served starting at 5:30 PM with the program scheduled from 6:00 to 7:00 PM. If you plan to attend, please give Holly a heads up at 775-682-6961. If you decide to drop in on the “day of,” feel free to do so!

A Hockey Rink Would Fit Inside TJ’s Corral,
So What?
Hockey fans already know this story and sports fans who don’t usually follow hockey are starting to take note: the Vegas Golden Knights, an NHL first-year expansion team that didn’t exist last season, won the NHL Pacific Division, has handily made it past the first two rounds of the Stanley Cup playoffs and they’re going on to the Western Conference Championship Round. With more Nevada eyes now on hockey, we’ll take this opportunity to give you an idea of how close to the action you are at a concert in TJ’s Corral.

A hockey rink will just fit inside the audience area of TJ’s Corral. If you’re sitting on the scorekeepers bench at center ice, the distance you see straight across to the other side of the rink is about the distance from the front of the stage to the back of the audience area on the raised grass. The “nosebleed seats” in TJ’s Corral (we really don’t have such a thing, but we are talking about hockey so it seemed appropriate) would be from the scorekeepers bench (front of the stage in TJ’s) to the far corners (Boards) of the hockey rink (standing in the grass area as far from the stage as possible). If you’ve ever sat or stood center ice against the glass at a hockey rink, you know that’s pretty darn close.

Now that we’ve established there really isn’t a bad seat in the house, here’s a reminder of what’s coming up: The Righteous Brothers: Bill Medley & Bucky Heard kick off the concert season on  Friday, May 25 with their romantic sounds that defined the sixties and seventies and have continued to stand the test of time. Country is the theme for the following three concerts with Travis Tritt on Friday, June 1; Granger Smith Featuring Earl Dibbles Jr. on Saturday, June 16; and Clint Black on Friday, June 29. We then switch to rock with Ted Nugent on Wednesday, July 4; back to country when Trace Adkins visits on Saturday, July 14; and wrap it up with more classic rock with Creedence Clearwater Revisited on Sunday, August 12.

Your best and fastest bet for purchasing tickets for any TJ’s Corral concert is through our website which allows you to see the seating layout map and pick your seat(s) for one or more concerts in one transaction. You can also purchase tickets in person at our Hotel Desk. Back to the Vegas Golden Knights and another tie to TJ’s Corral: the team has already sold out its season tickets for the 2018/2019 season. The analogy? A couple of our concerts just have a few tickets left so please consider this a friendly nudge!

Mother’s Day is Sunday
We Still Have Room for You!
So many times we get down to a few days before a holiday and we are pretty much “sold out” of available reservations for dinner. However, with the addition of so much more capacity due to our Champagne Brunch, we still have room for you for Mother’s Day this Sunday. Please join us at our Champagne Brunch in the Valley Ballroom from 10 AM to 2 PM (call 775-783-7768 for Brunch reservations) or Mother’s Day Specials plus the regular dinner menu in CV Steak (call 775-783-6650 for CV Steak reservations.) In Katie’s we’re serving the regular menu plus a Seafood Omelet from 7 to 11 AM and Grilled Salmon Oscar from 11 AM until 9 PM.



  Soaring Above the Carson Valley and Lake Tahoe
Soaring or gliding . . . call it what you may, but definitely put it on your bucket list and be sure to make it happen here in Carson Valley. Soaring NV at Minden-Tahoe Airport (5 minutes from CVI) offers a variety of soaring experiences with spectacular views of the Carson Valley and Lake Tahoe. Many Carson Valley Inn hotel guests have come back marveling about the visual sensation. The 360° video above gives you an idea   . . .  but sitting in the front seat and being able to see over a hundred miles in any direction in almost complete silence is something you just have to experience!

Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Maker
Actually, we’re up to snuff on the butcher, baker and candlestick maker openings here at the CVI. However, we are looking for cooks, a banquet steward, coffee bar attendant, front desk clerk, marketing coordinator and a few other positions. See all the openings at this link and consider applying for one of these positions. We can honestly tell you there’s never a dull day at the Carson Valley Inn! Oh, and as long as we're being honest, we do not, nor never did we, employ a candlestick maker . . . even back when candles were allowed on the tables in CV Steak and at banquets!

Stay Up All Night, Eat What You Want!
Are we really suggesting that you abandon all restraint? Only marginally, read on.
  • Today is Third Shift Worker’s Day and we salute the CVI employees who stay up all night keeping the Carson Valley Inn open for those of you who wander in during the wee hours of the night. Thanks also to the law enforcement, fire department, paramedics, doctors, and others who work graveyard shift and are there for us when we need them!  
  • Ironically, Thursday is Stay Up All Night Day. We suppose this is no cause for celebration for those who work the third shift and we applaud whoever came up with this day for their highly complex recommendation as to how to best celebrate the occasion . . . And this straight from the page at the link above: “The best way to celebrate this night is to stay up all night.” Whew - we never would’ve figured that out on our own!
  • Friday is Eat What You Want Day and our only guess is that this “special day” was instituted for those who simply want to continue the overindulgence of last Sunday’s No Diet Day. 
  • Sunday is Top Gun Day which we only mentioned because it reminds us how absolutely incredible it was to have Kenny Loggins perform Danger Zone in TJ’s Corral last summer! 
  • Tuesday is Chocolate Chip Day. This one’s a no-brainer: go directly to Job’s Perk or the Katie’s Bakery Counter, buy one or more chocolate chip cookies, consume immediately or at your pleasure!
In the Casino
  • Ladies’ Night Tonight: Join us from 5:30 to 8:30 PM with a Chocolate Shoppe Treat for the first 150 ladies and Chocolate Shoppe Baskets as hot seat prizes.  Also tonight: games, a weekly drink special, free bingo and your chance to earn entries for the May 30 drawing for a $500 Southwest Airlines Gift Card.
  • Free Wearable Thursday: A Free CVI Camo Hat is yours this Thursday for earning just 50 base points the same day. You get the hat plus keep those 50 points, so be sure to use your Inn Club card!
  • Cash & FreePlay Drawings Friday: Join us at 5, 7 and 9 PM this Friday for drawings for cash and freeplay. You automatically receive one free entry into these drawings for every five base points you earn during May . . . so stop by ‘cause you can’t win if you aren’t here!
  • 5X Points Saturday: Inn Club members earn 5X Points this Saturday which translates to five times the build-up of comp value!
  • Cash & Freeplay Bash Saturdays: Every Saturday in May from 7 to 8 PM our Cash & Freeplay drawings guarantee ten $100 winners . . . be sure to use your INN Club card while playing in the casino!
  • Free Gift Mondays: We have a free gift for INN Club members earning just 100 base points the same day . . . You get the gift plus keep the points!
  • At the Sports and Race Book: This week you can bet Major League Baseball, NHL Conference Championships, NBA Playoffs, Horse Racing and the NASCAR KC Masterpiece 400.  Futures on the board include the FIFA World Cup Russia™ (June 14 – July 15), NHL Stanley Cup, NBA Championship, World Series, NASCAR Monster Energy Series, NFL Conference Championships and the 2019 Super Bowl!
In Our Restaurants
  • Wednesday is Italian Day in Katie’s – three specials for $6.99 each served from 11 AM to 10 PM! The Friday and Saturday night special in Katie’s is Roasted Prime Rib & Fried Shrimp for $14.99 served from 4 PM.
  • Thursday’s special in CV Steak is the CV Steak Mix Grill, a combination of our Filet Mignon, a Dijon and molasses Marinated Pork Tenderloin Medallion and Herb Marinated Lamb Chop for $26. This Friday it's Medallions of Wild Boar Tenderloin with Bourbon Jus and Spiced Grapes for $30. Saturday night’s special is Garlic Studded Prime Rib for $26 and Sunday's special is King Crab Legs for $28. These specials are served with fresh vegetable, choice of rice or potato – au gratin, baked, or a one-pound, twice-baked – tableside tossed salad and warm demi-loaf of bread.
  • Click the restaurant name for more info, specials and links to menus for Katie’sCV Steak and Jobs Perk at the CVI . . . or our nearby sister property restaurants, the Jackpot Café at Sharkey's Casino, Bodines Restaurant at Bodines Casino and Betsy’s Big Kitchen at Slot World Casino.
Free Entertainment in the Cabaret Lounge
Chris Twomey tonight, Jo Mama Thursday through Saturday, Carolyn Dolan and Big Red Sunday and Monday and Roem Baur Tuesday thru Thursday. Chris Twomey’s roots are deep into a genre of folk-rock . . . from 2Me to The Diva Kings to Dad's LPs to whatever is next.  Jo Mama conveys the same high energy whether they are playing funk, Latin, blues, swing, rock, country or calypso.  The group features Paul Covarelli on guitar and vocals, drummer Bill Heise lays down the back beat, Rocky Taterelli horns in on smokin' sax and Nancy Barker rounds it out on keyboards and vocals.  Carolyn Dolan can dive into powerful R & B, deliver a smooth jazz standard or a gentle country ballad.  Roem Baur is a multiple award-winning touring songwriter and classically trained opera singer who ultimately answered the call of rock n' roll.  

Planning a Stay at the CVI? You will always get the best rate by booking directly with the Carson Valley Inn either online or by calling our Reservation Department directly at 775-783-6629 or 800-321-6983. 

Comments? Have questions or comments about the CVI? Use the comments section below, shoot us an email or 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 2, 2018

First TJ's Event May 19, Bodines Turns 10, Derby Saturday, More

Three Weeks Until First TJ’s Concert, But First . . .
The first national-act of the TJ’s Corral 2018 concert season is just three weeks away, however that’s not our  season’s first event! On Saturday, May 19 we turn TJ’s over to the music programs of the Douglas County Schools to perform on the same stage that has seen the likes of the Charlie Daniels Band, Oak Ridge Boys, Michael McDonald, Chris Young, Kenny Loggins, Merle Haggard and dozens more (see Upcoming Events section below). Then, The Righteous Brothers: Bill Medley & Bucky Heard kick off the concert season on Friday, May 25 with their romantic sounds that defined the sixties and seventies and have continued to stand the test of time.  Country is the theme for the following three concerts with Travis Tritt on Friday, June 1; Granger Smith on Saturday, June 16; and Clint Black on Friday, June 29. We then switch to rock with Ted Nugent on Wednesday, July 4; back to country when Trace Adkins visits on Saturday, July 14; and wrap it up with more classic rock with Creedence Clearwater Revisited on Sunday, August 12.  Your best and fastest bet for purchasing tickets for any TJ’s Corral concert is through our website which allows you to see the seating layout map and pick your seat(s) for one or more concerts in one transaction. You can also purchase tickets in-person at our Hotel Desk.

Happy Birthday Bodines Casino!
Bodines Casino celebrates its 10th Birthday this weekend and here’s a peek into some of the history: In the mid-1970s the Mendeguia family was operating a bar called The Golden Horse on the corner of Highway 395 and Clear Creek Rd. where Bodines Casino is now located. They closed it down, remodeled, added a kitchen and opened a small Basque restaurant called Toki-Ona which they operated until the mid-1980s. When that restaurant closed, three restaurateurs from Lake Tahoe bought the old building and decided to refurbish it into a new restaurant. They then bought the Heitman Barn for $1000 that sat on property on the corner of Douglas Avenue and Gilman in Gardnerville - within a stone’s throw (for a major-league outfielder) from Sharkey’s Casino. The gentlemen dismantled the barn board by board and used the materials to redo the interior and exterior of the Toki-Ona restaurant, reopening it as Bodines (a nickname tagged on one of the partners in the military). The trio operated Bodines as a rustic and popular local restaurant and bar until 2005 when they sold the property to Mike Pegram and his partners who then opened the current Bodines Casino in May of 2008. Both Rick Murdock, one of the partners, and Larry Henry, the architect, grew up in Carson City not far from Bodines.

Upcoming Events
  • Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 13: Make your plans now to enjoy our Champagne Brunch in the Valley Ballroom from 10 AM to 2 PM (775-783-7768 for Brunch reservations), Mother’s Day Specials plus the regular menu in CV Steak (775-783-6650 for CV Steak reservations) or stop in Katie's for a Seafood Omelet from 7 to 11 AM and Grilled Salmon Oscar from 11 AM until 9 PM.
  • The Wolf Pack Caravan with Coach Norvell, Tuesday, May 15:  Wolf Pack fans can meet second year head football coach Jay Norvell, get his inside scoop on the upcoming Wolf Pack football season and ask questions! Admission is free, doors open at 5:30 PM and the program runs from 6 to 7 PM.  Planning to attend? Try to give Holly a heads up at 775-682-6961.
  • Thirsty Wine Walk, Thursday, May 17: More on this next week, but put it on your calendar and be sure to wander through Sharkey’s as you make the rounds that evening!
  • Band-tastic 2.0, Saturday, May 19: A great opportunity for members of our community to enjoy a free concert featuring the different music groups comprised of hundreds of students from Pau Wa Lu Middle School, Carson Valley Middle School, Pinion Elementary, Jack’s Valley Elementary and Douglas High School.  The gates open at 11:30 AM, the concert runs from noon to 1:30 PM and admission is free!
  • 9th Annual Pinocchio’s Ride for the Tatas, Sunday, May 20: The CVI parking lot is one of the stops for the Poker Run portion of this annual fundraiser for Moms on the Run. The bikes are nice, but the costumes definitely make the day!
  • 8th Annual Mike Tice “For the Kids” Charity Weekend, June 15 – 17: Join in on this incredible fundraising event for the Boys and Girls Club of Western Nevada, Carson Valley Branch by checking the participation and sponsorship opportunities at the MikeTiceForTheKids website!  

Appreciation and Awareness
Friday is Firefighter's Day and Saturday is Wildfire Community Preparedness Day.  We have a strong appreciation and admiration for the dedicated firefighters and paramedics who make up the East Fork Fire Protection District. They are always there when we need them at the Carson Valley Inn and their professional and swift responses are also exhibited daily as they respond to businesses and citizens within our community.  We also aknowledge the danger of wildfire in our community and applaud the efforts of the Living With Fire Program. Started 1997, this organization is a collaborative effort involving many organizations and is managed by University of Nevada Cooperative Extension. They developed and update a set of consistent wildfire threat reduction recommendations for Nevadans and continue to share them with homeowners living in fire prone areas.

In the Casino
Watch & Wager Here at the CVI
  • Ladies’ Night Tonight: Join us from 5:30 to 8:30 PM with a Chocolate Shoppe Treat for the first 150 ladies and All Wrapped Up Baskets as hot seat prizes.  Also tonight: games, a weekly drink special, free bingo and your chance to earn entries for the May 30 drawing for a $500 Southwest Airlines Gift Card.
  • Free Wearable Thursday: We have a free CVI wearable for INN Club members earning just 50 base points the same day . . . You get the wearable item plus keep the points!
  • Cash & FreePlay Drawings Friday: Join us at 5, 7 and 9 PM this Friday for drawings for cash and freeplay. You automatically receive one free entry into these drawings for every five base points you earn during May . . . so stop by ‘cause you can’t win if you aren’t here!
  • 5X Points Saturday: Inn Club members earn 5X Points this Saturday which translates to five times the build-up of comp value!
  • Cash & Freeplay Bash Saturdays: Every Saturday in May from 7 to 8 PM our Cash & Freeplay drawings guarantee ten $100 winners . . . be sure to use your INN Club card while playing in the casino!
  • Kentucky Derby Saturday: Catch the race on the big screen here at the CVI or our sister property Bodines Casino in Carson City and enjoy drink specials while you watch the pre-race festivities and the Derby itself! Wagering starts Friday at both properties for all the races on the Friday and Saturday Churchill Downs cards.
  • Free Gift Mondays: We have a free gift for INN Club members earning just 100 base points the same day . . . You get the gift plus keep the points!
  • At the Sports and Race Book: This week you can bet Major League Baseball, The NHL and NBA Playoffs, Horse Racing and the NASCAR AAA 400 Drive for Autism.  Futures on the board include the FIFA World Cup Russia™ (June 14 – July 15), NBA Championship, NHL Stanley Cup, World Series, NASCAR Monster Energy Series, the NFL Conference Championships and the 2019 Super Bowl!
In Our Restaurants
  • Wednesday is Italian Day in Katie’s – three specials for $6.99 each served from 11 AM to 10 PM! The Friday and Saturday night special in Katie’s is Roasted Prime Rib & Fried Shrimp for $14.99 served from 4 PM.
  • Thursday’s special in CV Steak is the CV Steak Mix Grill, a combination of our Filet Mignon, a Dijon and molasses Marinated Pork Tenderloin Medallion and Herb Marinated Lamb Chop for $26. This Friday its Grilled Duck Breast marinated with fresh herbs and grilled with natural duck jus for $28Saturday night’s special is Garlic Studded Prime Rib for $26 and Sunday's special is King Crab Legs for $28. These specials are served with fresh vegetable, choice of rice or potato – au gratin, baked, or a one-pound, twice-baked potato – tableside tossed salad and warm demi-loaf of bread.
  • Sunday is No Diet Day which pushes throwing the diet out the window. We have avenues for such a rash celebration between many of the items in Katie’s Bakery counter and some (certainly not all) of our delicious home-style entrees. But, we would never mention anything like that! We find it somewhat ironic that Sunday is also Beverage Day which advocates, among other celebratory approaches, to drink only beverages on this day. Probably ought to leave it at “enough said.” 
  • Click the restaurant name for more info, specials and links to menus for Katie’sCV Steak and Jobs Perk at the CVI . . . or our nearby sister property restaurants, the Jackpot Café at Sharkey's Casino, Bodines Restaurant at Bodines Casino and Betsy’s Big Kitchen at Slot World Casino.
Free Entertainment in the Cabaret Lounge
Denver Saunders tonight, Full Blast Thursday through Saturday, Jamie Rollins Sunday and Monday and Chris Twomey Tuesday and Wednesday. Denver Saunders gives you a chance to dance, laugh and sing-along to this inspiring vocalist/guitarist who is a mainstay with the band Well Dressed Mannequins! Cliff Porter’s Full Blast is a high-energy, genre-crossing band that will take you on a trip through old school classics to today’s hits! Music styles range from funk, to jazz, from Gospel infused instrumentals to country and rock!  An upbeat and experienced entertainer, Jamie Rollins performs a variety of music from country to rock, to classic oldies and R&B – plus a few of his own songs. Chris Twomey’s roots are deep into a genre of folk-rock . . . from 2Me to The Diva Kings to Dad's LPs to whatever is next.

Planning a Stay at the CVI? You will always get the best rate by booking directly with the Carson Valley Inn either online or by
calling our Reservation Department directly at 775-783-6629 or 800-321-6983. 

Comments? Have questions or comments about the CVI? Use the comments section below, shoot us an email or 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 25, 2018

Rockin' Country at Super Bowl and TJ's Corral, Mike Tice Event for the Kids, Golf, Blueberry Pie and More

Super Bowl 1994 Halftime Show
Ties to TJ's Corral!
The 1994 Super Bowl halftime show was called a "Rockin' Country Sunday" and, get this, the show featured 4 names who would all appear in TJ’s Corral over 20 years later: Clint Black, Tanya Tucker, Travis Tritt and Wynonna Judd - with a special appearance by Naomi Judd for the finale. The show included dancers with yard-long light sticks and it was the first Super Bowl halftime show in which the main stadium lights were turned off for the performance. Fast forward 20+ years: Tanya appeared in TJ’s Corral in 2015, Wynonna opened the 2017 TJ’s concert season and both Travis (June 1) and Clint (June 29) are performing at TJ’s this year!

Our full 2018 Concert Lineup includes The Righteous Brothers: Bill Medley & Bucky Heard on Friday, May 25; Travis Tritt on Friday, June 1; Granger Smith on Saturday, June 16;  Clint Black on Friday, June 29; Ted Nugent on Wednesday, July 4, Trace Adkins on Saturday, July 14;  and Creedence Clearwater Revisited on Sunday, August 12.

Your best and fastest bet for purchasing tickets for any TJ’s Corral concert is through our website which allows you to see the seating layout map and pick your seat(s) for one or more concerts in one transaction. You can also purchase tickets in person at our Hotel Desk. Important Note: A few of these concerts are selling through fast – please don’t miss out.

The 1994 Super Bowl game itself? The Dallas Cowboys handed the Buffalo Bills their fourth consecutive Super Bowl loss, 30 – 13.

Mike Tice Event – For the Kids!
The 8th Annual Mike Tice “For the Kids” charity weekend is quickly approaching and both Coach Tice and the Boys and Girls Club of Western Nevada are inviting the community to get more involved this year.  Since all money raised by this event is matched by CVI owner Mike Pegram for the benefit of the Boys and Girls Club Carson Valley Branch, the more involvement, the more benefit to the kids! The weekend kicks off with the Carson Valley Music and Brew Fest on Friday, June 15 from 4 to 10 PM in TJ’s Corral and tickets are only $25.  Saturday, June 16 is the Granger Smith Concert at 8 PM with tickets starting at $29. Sunday brings the Charity Golf Tournament at Genoa Lakes Golf Club followed by an evening BBQ Dinner with cocktails, live music and a live auction in TJ’s Corral.  We’re looking for some additional generous sponsors and participants and all the details are on the MikeTiceForTheKids website!
   
Gentlemen, Act Now!
Holiday plans are always much better received and appreciated (and more points scored) when the husband, boyfriend or father thinks it through, makes the dining arrangements, and takes the burden off of the wife, girlfriend, or mother. So, gentlemen, this is a friendly reminder that Mother’s Day is only two weeks from this coming Sunday. To help you make your plans, here’s a quick recap of the dining options for Mother’s Day at the Carson Valley Inn – and two of these events are enhanced by advance reservations:
  • Champagne Brunch in the Valley Ballroom: Enjoy a variety of upscale buffet  entrees from Seafood Crepes to Steak Diane, Smoked Salmon to Oysters on the Half Shell, a Made-To-Order Omelet Station, Carving Station, Dessert Station and an assortment of additional breakfast and lunch accompaniments. Check out the menu and make your reservations now by calling our special Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch reservations line at 775-783-7768.
  • Dinner Specials in CV Steak: Join us for Mother’s Day Dinner starting at 4:30 PM with the regular CV Steak menu offerings plus two Mother’s Day Specials, Beef Wellington or Seafood Bordelaise. Details on the specials are on this page and reservations are strongly suggested at 775-783-6650. The Sunset Special will not be served on Mother's Day.
  • Mother’s Day Specials in Katie’s: In addition to all regular menu items on Mother’s Day, Katie’s is also serving a Seafood Omelet from 7 to 11 AM and Grilled Salmon Oscar from 11 AM until 9 PM. Get the details on this page.
  • Mother’s Day Weekend Hotel Package: join us for two nights over Mother’s Day Weekend and receive $80 in Dining Credit for use in CV Steak, Katie’s or the Valley Ballroom Champagne Brunch.   Get all the details on our website and be sure to book the Mother’s Day Package.
Golf, Prime Rib, Blueberry Pie
and a Big Thank You!
The Northern Nevada 2108 Golf Season
is Officially Teed Up!
  • Today is Golf Day – not to be confused with Golfer's Day which was earlier this month. Quite fitting, we say, as the first participants in this weekend’s CVI Spring Stag Golf Outing arrive today, the weather has been changing to golfer-friendly, the fairways and greens are that bright spring green and the northern Nevada golf season is teed up and ready to roll! We’ve already hosted our first half dozen of what will be almost 100 golf visits this year by groups from as few as 8 to over 100. Plan you group’s visit by contacting Greg today either by email or call him at 775-783-6615.
  • Thursday is Thank You Thursday. Thank You to all of our guests who stay in the hotel, motor lodge and RV Park; to all who patronize or restaurants; to those who play in the casino; and to the many who participate in meetings and banquets in our convention center. We appreciate your business!
  • Friday is Prime Rib Day.  We’ve got you well covered on this one as the Friday and Saturday night special in Katie’s is Roasted Prime Rib & Fried Shrimp for $14.99 served from 4 PM. If you can wait another day, Saturday night’s special in CV Steak is Garlic Studded Prime Rib for $26 – served with fresh vegetable, choice of rice or potato – au gratin, baked, or a one-pound, twice-baked – tableside tossed salad and warm demi-loaf of bread.
  • Saturday is Blueberry Pie Day. No need to wait . . . We have mini blueberry pies available every day in the Katie’s Bakery case!
  • Monday is Oatmeal Cookie Day. Again, our oatmeal raisin cookies and our oatmeal lemon bars are also available every day in the Katie’s Bakery case!
In the Casino
Hayley Rockin' One of the
Free Tote Bags
for the First 150 Ladies Tonight!
  • Ladies’ Night Tonight: Join us from 5:30 to 8:30 PM with a Free Tote Bag (they finally arrived!) tor the first 150 ladies and Shelly Camp Baskets as hot seat prizes.  Also tonight: games, a weekly drink special, free bingo and last chance to earn entries for tonight’s 8 PM drawing for a Designer Watch.
  • Hot Seats Wednesday: Use your Inn Club card while playing in the casino and qualify for our hot seat drawings from 11 AM to 4 PM . . . win up to $500!
  • Free Bingo Thursday: Free bingo game on the hour from 11 AM to 7 PM with cash and free play prizes. Be sure to use your Inn Club card while playing in the casino to qualify.
  • 8th Anniversary Cash & FreePlay Grand Prize Drawings Friday & Saturday: Join us at 6 & 8 PM for drawings for cash and freeplay (guaranteed $2,500 each night) as we wind up our 8th Anniversary celebration! You automatically receive one free entry into these drawings for every five base points you earned during April . . . so stop by ‘cause you can’t win if you aren’t here!
  • 5X Points Saturday: Inn Club members earn 5X Points this Saturday which translates to five times the build-up of comp value!
  • Free T-Shirt Sunday: Last chance to receive a Free CVI logo T-Shirt when earning 50 base points on the same day - plus you keep the points!
  • Free Gift Mondays: Final day of the April Free Gift with a To-Go Theme for INN Club members earning just 100 base points the same day . . . You get the gift plus keep the points!
  • At the Sports and Race Book: This week you can bet Major League Baseball, The NHL and NBA Playoffs, Horse Racing (Kentucky Derby this Saturday!) and the NASCAR GEICO 500.  Futures on the board include the FIFA World Cup Russia™ (June 14 – July 15), NBA Championship, NHL Stanley Cup, World Series, NASCAR Monster Energy Series, the NFL Conference Championships and the 2019 Super Bowl!
In Our Restaurants
  • Wednesday is Italian Day in Katie’s – three specials for $6.99 each served from 11 AM to 10 PM! The Friday and Saturday night special in Katie’s is Roasted Prime Rib & Fried Shrimp for $14.99 served from 4 PM.
  • Thursday’s special in CV Steak is the CV Steak Mix Grill, a combination of our Filet Mignon, a Dijon and molasses Marinated Pork Tenderloin Medallion and Herb Marinated Lamb Chop for $26. This Friday it's Grilled Elk Medallions finished with a brandy cherry demi and sundried cherries for $32. Saturday night’s special is Garlic Studded Prime Rib for $26 and Sunday's special is King Crab Legs for $28. These specials are served with fresh vegetable, choice of rice or potato – au gratin, baked, or a one-pound, twice-baked – tableside tossed salad and warm demi-loaf of bread.
  • Click the restaurant name for more info, specials and links to menus for Katie’sCV Steak and Jobs Perk at the CVI . . . or our nearby sister property restaurants, the Jackpot Café at Sharkey's Casino, Bodines Restaurant at Bodines Casino and Betsy’s Big Kitchen at Slot World Casino.
Kid & Nic Show Thursday - Saturday
Free Entertainment in the Cabaret Lounge
Tim Snider tonight, The Kid and Nic Show Thursday through Saturday, Rock River Sunday and Monday and Denver Saunders Tuesday and Wednesday. Tim Snider not only plays violin but loops guitar, percussion, and vocals into a sound that has been described as a “world-folk hybrid, aimed at the heart, the head and the feet.” The Kid and Nic Show keeps the crowd dancing, singing and laughing a long as they perform pop, rock, dance, oldies, current and classic country, 80's hits, Latin, funk, swing, blues, jazz and reggae. The show also features some fun "theme" medleys of songs from movies such as Grease, The Blues Brothers and Animal House. Rock River is Buddy and Kim from the Buddy Emmer Blues Band presenting an evening of blues and other music! Denver Saunders gives you a chance to dance, laugh and sing-along to this inspiring vocalist/guitarist who is a mainstay with the band Well Dressed Mannequins!

Planning a Stay at the CVI? You will always get the best rate by booking directly with the Carson Valley Inn either online or by
calling our Reservation Department directly at 775-783-6629 or 800-321-6983. 

Comments? Have questions or comments about the CVI? Use the comments section below, shoot us an email or 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!