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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
OWNERS OF THE WOODS AT FONTANEL
ANNOUNCE INAUGURAL EVENT
“Songwriters Sing for Nashville” to Benefit Nashville Flood Victims
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- June 16, 2010 -- Nashville’s newest outdoor concert venue, The Woods at Fontanel, Anchor Trailways & Toursand theNashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Foundationwill present Songwriters Sing for Nashville, a benefit for flood relief, onSaturday, July 17, 2010 from 4:30 to 8:00 p.m. The special concert, and the first event at the beautiful amphitheatre, will bring together one of the most impressive groups of Hall of Fame songwriters ever assembled on one stage for an evening of wonderful music for a great cause.
“We’re honored to share this exciting occasion with our friends at The Woods at Fontanel and Anchor Trailways & Tours,” said Roger Murrah, hit songwriter and Board Chairman of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Foundation. “What a pleasure it will be to join our efforts and resources to help relieve those who are still trying to recover from the Nashville flood. Our performing hall of fame members will be inspired by this great cause and the beautiful grounds surrounding this new venue to sing their classic songs from their hearts.”
Songwriters slated to join Murrah on stage include Matraca Berg, Kye Fleming, Dallas Frazier, Dickey Lee, Dennis Morgan, Hugh Prestwood, Mark D. Sanders, Don Wayne, Jim Weatherly, Mike Reid, and a few surprise guests are likely to hit the stage. All ticket proceeds and all receipts from the day’s tours at the Fontanel Mansion will be donated to First Tennessee Bank for flood relief.
“Just the thought of these incredibly gifted songwriters performing together on one stage is almost too good to be true,” said Marc Oswald, co-owner of Fontanel and manager of country stars Gretchen Wilson, John Rich and others. “It should come as no surprise that the Hall of Fame songwriters are donating all of the proceeds from this show to the victims of Nashville’s historic flood. We really wanted the first ever performance at The Woods amphitheatre to be special. And we got our wish.”
Tickets to Songwriters Sing for Nashville, a benefit for flood relief, will be $20.00 per person and can be purchased immediately at www.ticketmaster.com. Children 12 and under are admitted free.
At the press conference on The Woods stage today, Anchor Trailways and Tours presented a check in the amount of $10,000 to get the flood relief fund started so people in need can begin to apply and get much needed help. Anchor Trailways and Tours, who provides transportation for the Mansion at Fontanel tours also announced they will be donating their services on the day of the concert.
Walter Hunt, Nashville Metropolitan Councilman for the 3rd District, explained the process of applying for funds from the account established at First Tennessee Bank during today’s press conference. Applications will be available at most First Tennessee Banks in the Nashville area, and donations can also be made at any First Tennessee location. The certified public accounting firm of Hoskins and Company, Harvey Hoskins, CEO, will assess the needs and forward the application to First Tennessee Bank for payment on a case-by-case basis. The intention of the fund is to assist families affected by last month’s floods with short-term bills including, but not limited to, mortgage and rent payments, utility bills, etc.
“With the ongoing traumatic stress, financial strain and frustration people have had to endure because of the flood disaster, it is so worthwhile and an honor to assist people of the 3rd District and the city of Nashville,” said Councilman Hunt. “It is also a wonderful opportunity to work with the Fontanel owners, songwriters and the Fontanel team.”
Pictured L to R: Marc Oswald co-owner of Fontanel Mansion and Farm, Karen Graves of First Tennessee Bank, Councilman Walter Hunt, Ken Hoskins CPA, John Stancil of Anchor Trailways & Tours, Vice Mayor Diane Neighbors, Alex Marks of Tower Investments, Jared Stancil of Anchor Trailways & Tours, Tom Morales of TomKats, Inc. and Roger Murrah of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Foundation
About the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Foundation:
Established in 1970, the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame boasts 176 members, including songwriting luminaries such as Max D. Barnes, Felice and Boudleaux Bryant, Johnny Cash, Rodney Crowell, Bob Dylan, Don and Phil Everly, Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs, Bob DiPiero, Harlan Howard, Bob McDill, Roger Miller, Bill Monroe, Roy Orbison, Dolly Parton, Carl Perkins, Dottie Rambo, Jimmie Rodgers, Cindy Walker, Jimmy Webb, Hank Williams, Sr. and Hank Williams, Jr. Induction into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame is the highest honor that can be given to a songwriter associated with the Nashville music community. In 2009 the Hall of Fame inducted Kye Fleming, Mark D. Sanders, and Tammy Wynette.
The Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit foundation that owns and operates the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. The principal purposes of the Foundation are to educate, archive, celebrate and honor the legacy of songwriting that is uniquely associated with the Nashville music community. For additional information, please visit www.nashvillesongwritersfoundation.com.
About Anchor Trailways & Tours:
Anchor Trailways & Tours, a family-owned company based in Whites Creek, TN in operation for over 20 years, is dedicated to providing the safest group travel available in motorcoach transportation. In addition, the company operates the ATRunner scheduled service between Nashville and Memphis as well as Nashville and Lawrenceburg, TN. These transportation specialists have three strategically chosen locations in the southeast to enable them to best serve their customers - Nashville, TN, Paducah, KY and Tuscumbia, AL. Anchor Trailways & Tours is certified by the Department of Defense - a higher level of safety certification that only 10% of motorcoach carriers qualify for - which certifies them to carry military personnel. As a member of Trailways Transportation System, the oldest national system of independent motorcoach companies, Anchor Trailways & Tours has access to a national ba ckup support system. For information on Anchor Trailways & Tours please visitwww.AnchorTrailways.comor call us at 615-860-6800.
About the Fontanel Mansion & Farm:
The Fontanel Mansion, a 27,000 square foot log home formerly owned by Country Music Hall of Fame® member Barbara Mandrell, will open to the public on June 7, 2010. Located less than 15 minutes from downtown Nashville, The Mansion at Fontanel boasts three stories, over 20 rooms, thirteen bathrooms, five fireplaces, two kitchens, indoor pool and even an indoor shooting range on 136 acres of pristine land. An exclusive spot for the stars, the home and grounds have been the setting for numerous photo and video shoots, CMT’s top-rated “Gone Country” show and 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, including Alabama, Kenny Chesney, Big & Rich, Gretchen Wilson and many others. But make no mistake, this is not amuseum. 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 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 home starting in the Great Room and ending in the glorious sunlit pool atrium. There, guests can grab refreshments, stay and relax as long as they wish, discussing the experience of Fontanel with experts and fellow visitors. Tours are available 7 days a week from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Tickets are $19 for adults, $16 for seniors, $9 for youths and kids 6 and under are FREE.
There are many other exciting facets for visitors to the Fontanel Mansion in addition to the "country music mansion tour." Guests who want to enjoy nature can hike or mountain bikeThe Trails at Fontanel.With over136 acres of pristine land that the mansion resides on, the Trails at Fontanel provide a FREE system of trails for both locals and visitors. Guests can access over two miles of trails during daylight hours. The trails are open 7 days a week from 7 a.m. until dark.
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 with items that feature 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 houses photos of the farmers and families that produce the food for the restaurant. The Farm House serves breakfast lunch and dinner 7 days a week. Hours of operation are 7 a.m. – 9 p.m. Local arts and crafts are available in the Fontanel Stone House 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 visit www.fontanelmansion.com.