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More Than 150 Jobs to be Added to Middle Tennessee by Privately-Funded Development

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – April 7, 2010 –Fontanel Attractions announced today that they will be hosting a job fair for potential employees for the Fontanel Mansion property on Tuesday, April 20, 4:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. at Whites Creek High School in the gymnasium (7277 Old Hickory Blvd., Whites Creek, Tenn. 37189). This announcement comes after an overwhelming response to a series of craigslist postings and from community interest for this spectacular new attraction.

"It is personally gratifying for us to be able to give back to this historic neighborhood in the form of jobs and local pride. This is great for the Whites Creek community and neighbors who have worked with us through this process,” says Marc Oswald, co-owner of Fontanel Attractions.

Organizers are seeking qualified individuals who are outgoing and personable; people who enjoy offering others a wonderful and hospitable experience. Interested individuals are asked to bring resumes if they have them and come prepared to complete an application onsite and pre-screen interview. Hundreds are expected to attend the fair.
“All of us have been touched by this recession whether you have a job or not, our team is so thrilled to bring Fontanel Mansion to completion and help lift the spirits of 150 people and their families in our community by providing new employment opportunities,” says Tom Morales of TomKats, Inc., operating partner of Fontanel Attractions.

Opportunities at Fontanel will include positions at the box office and welcome center, gift shop sales associates, property and grounds maintenance, housekeepers, security, concessions, tour guides, restaurant management and assistants, dishwashers, bussers, grill, fry and sauté cooks, prep cooks, expediters, bakers, servers, greeters (host/hostess), and special event staff.  Openings include full and part-time hourly positions, seasonal help, as well as salaried management positions. Start dates for the positions will range from May 1-May 15. 

The community is looking forward to the economic stimulation and opportunities the privately funded project will bring. Councilman of the 3rd District William Hunt adds, “I want to thank Dale Morris, Marc Oswald, Alex Marks of Fontanel Attractions and Tom Morales of TomKats, Inc. for having the vision to bring such a wonderful venue to the Historic Whites Creek area. For so long this area has been absent of this type of economic development that would create employment within this community.  I and the citizens of this community thank the entire Fontanel team for their vision, talent and time for improving the quality of life for the Whites Creek community.”

About the Fontanel Mansion: 
The Fontanel Mansion, a 27,000 square foot log home formerly owned by Country Music Hall of Fame® member Barbara Mandrell, will open to the public on June 1, 2010.  Located less than 15 minutes from downtown Nashville, The Mansion at Fontanel boasts three stories, over 20 rooms, thirteen bathrooms, five fireplaces, two kitchens, indoor pool and even an indoor shooting range on 136 acres of pristine land.  An exclusive spot for the stars, the home and grounds have been the setting for numerous photo and video shoots, CMT’s top-rated “Gone Country” show and more.  Nashville’s only country music mansion tour, the Mansion at Fontanel will give visitors a sneak peek into the lives of country music greats by providing a truly interactive experience!

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

Folks can learn about the process of building this 27,000 square foot log home, mere minutes from downtown Nashville, yet lifetimes away from the average home. Visitors can also learn about the land and how the Mandrell family started a legacy of sustainability that survives today.

A tour of the Mansion is guided in small groups room by room, with amazing sights and special stories around every corner.  Tour guides escort guests from the moment they walk into the front door through the entire 27,000 home starting in the Great Room and ending in the glorious sunlit pool atrium.  There, can grab refreshments, stay and relax as long they wish, discussing the experience of Fontanel with experts and fellow visitors. 
There are many other exciting facets for visitors to the Fontanel Mansion in addition to the "country music mansion tour."  Guests who want to enjoy nature can hike or mountain bike The Trails at Fontanel.  With over 136 acres of pristine land that the mansion resides on, the Trails at Fontanel provide a FREE system of trails for both locals and visitors.  Guests can access over two miles of trails during daylight hours.
Unlike anything in Nashville, The Woods at Fontanel is an outdoor music venue surrounded by the woods of the Fontanel property.  This new venue showcases major artists in an intimate format that no one will have a chance to see anywhere else.
After touring the mansion and hiking the trails, guests likely will have worked up an appetite.  They can dine at The Farm House Restaurant at Fontanel.  With over 140 seats, the Farm House showcases a “farm to fork” menu items featuring CSA certified local produce, dairy and meats delivered from area farms and sustainable sources.  Offering southern-style comfort food with a fun creative twist,  the Farm House has an on-site organic teaching garden and house photos of the farmers and families that produce the food for the restaurant.  The Farm House serves breakfast lunch and dinner seven days a week.  Local arts and crafts are available in the Fontanel gift shop as well.

The property is managed by Fontanel Attractions, made up of entertainment entrepreneurs Dale Morris and Marc Oswald, world-class developer, Alex Marks and Tom Morales, owner of TomKats, Inc., with TomKats, Inc. as the operating partner.  Perhaps best known locally for managing the Loveless Cafe and internationally for the 750 movies catered over 20 years, TomKats’ experience ensures Fontanel Mansion’s role as a cherished community asset in the heartbeat of Music City.  For more information


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