Edited from the Nashville Ledger:
The announcement of a new $50 million water and snow park being built by Nashville entertainment giants Dolly Parton and Gaylord would seem to be great news for all of Nashville. More tourists, 450 new jobs and positive national exposure – who couldn’t rally around this news?
How about the owners of Nashville’s existing water parks, Nashville Shores and Wave Country? Surely they are feel like a mom-and-pop business watching a Walmart pop up next door.
Actually, even they seem excited.
“We think it will definitely be very helpful for business in this area,” says Lou Anne Wheeler, a manager at the nearby Jellystone Park campground. “We just went to an RV show in Huntsville and everyone who stopped at our booth said they heard about the new water park, so the excitement is everywhere already.”
Nashville Jellystone Park has 230 camping sites, and Wheeler says they are full during CMA week and would like to see more people stay there and enjoy the new theme park.
“We anticipate we will get busier when it opens because we are a family-oriented campground to begin with. We are pretty excited about it,” she adds.
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“Puddle-Palooza” to feature performances by Rodney Crowell, Emily West, Lane Brody, John Anderson, Robin Meade, and more to be announced
The 2010 Walden’s Puddle “Puddle-Palooza” benefit concert and festival has been scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 21, at Nashville's Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park™ campground.
Hosted this year by the Music Valley Merchants Association, the festival and concert raises funds for Walden’s Puddle Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center. Artists scheduled to perform include John Anderson, Lane Brody, Cerrito, Rodney Crowell and the Notorious Cherry Bombs, Jypsi, HLN news anchor Robin Meade, Victoria Shaw, Army Ranger and Country artist Keni Thomas, Emily West and additional special guests to be announced soon. GAC’s Nan Kelley serves as MC of the event.
All proceeds benefit the non-profit facility, located approximately 20 minutes from downtown Nashville in Joelton, Tenn. The Walden’s Puddle organization receives a substantial portion of its annual financial support each year from the daylong event.
“The new board of Walden’s Puddle is grateful to the Music Valley Merchants Association and Jellystone Park™ for teaming up with us for our first ‘Puddle-Palooza!’ said Walden’s Puddle Board Chair and recording artist, Lane Brody. “It is a fresh start for all of us, and God willing, this event will bring more awareness to the important work Walden’s Puddle does every single day in giving injured and orphaned wildlife a second chance, as well as bring community support and patronage back to Music Valley, which was so impacted by the flood.”
Festival gates open at noon, with the live concert kicking off at 3 p.m. Tickets are $20 (tax-deductible) and available online at www.VisitMusicCity.com. Hard tickets can be purchased at Jellystone Park (2572 Music Valley Drive, Nashville, TN, 37214 (615) 889-4225) or at the Willie Nelson and Friends General Store and Museum in Music Valley (2613 McGavock Pike, Nashville, TN, 37214 (615) 885-1515). Children under 12 and accompanied by an adult get in to the event for free.
This year’s festival also serves to raise public awareness of the local Music Valley merchants, which are open for business following the historic flooding in Nashville on May 1-2, 2010. Music Valley offers visitors access to more than 15 hotels, 8 restaurants, several campgrounds, nightlife and live entertainment options and numerous shopping and family-friendly destinations.
“The merchants of Music Valley at Opryland are very excited to sponsor the upcoming ‘Puddle-Palooza’ event at Jellystone Park. This will be a great afternoon of fun and music to benefit the animals and efforts of the Walden’s Puddle organization,” says Music Valley Merchants Association President, Mark Hughes. “Our Music Valley area took a substantial blow from the flooding this past May, but we are getting back on track and events such as this are exactly what we need to raise awareness and bring more visitors to our area.”
In addition to the concert, other family-friendly activities offered at Nashville Jellystone Park include swimming, hiking, mini-golf, hayrides, volleyball, appearances by Yogi Bear™ and more. Food vendors provide options ranging from hot dogs and hamburgers to Mexican and barbecue. Visit www.NashvilleJellystone.com for more information.
About Walden’s Puddle:
Walden’s Puddle provides care and treatment to sick, injured and orphaned Tennessee wildlife. It is the only professionally staffed wildlife rehabilitation and education facility in Middle Tennessee. The facility does not charge for services and receives no federal or state funding at this time. Visit www.WaldensPuddle.org for more information.
The Jellystone Park campground in Nashville is letting guests know that many area attractions are still open despite recent flooding. The Grand Ole Opry is continuing with its concert schedule and holding performances at the Ryman Auditorium in downtown Nashville and other venues around town. The CMA music festival, to be held June 10-13, is now dedicated to flood relief efforts and will include performances by country’s biggest stars. Go to visitmusiccity.com for a current list of open attractions.
The Jellystone Park campground in Nashville is open for business depite flooding in the area. Most of the campsites are undamaged and ready for campers. Only 30 campsites, which are located in the back of the campground, have been affected. Campers are encouraged to continue with vacation plans and help support the area.
Each year the Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park campground chain conducts a guest satisfaction survey. The results and comments help us improve our campgrounds and provide you with a great family vacation. Four winners are selected at random from the respondents to receive a $500 Visa gift card. Here are the 2009 winners.
The 2010 survey will start Memorial Day Weekend and run thru Labor Day. To enter: Be sure your email address is on your park reservation, and you’ll get an email invitation to complete the survey after your stay.
Congratulations to our guests!
Karin M. from Pleasant Valley, NY camped at the Woodridge, NY Jellystone Park campground
Donna F. from Bridgeport, MI camped at the Frankenmuth, MI Jellystone Park campground
Eddie M. from Stanley, NC camped at the Nashville, TN Jellystone Park campground
George C. from Cordona, TN camped at the Memphis, TN Jellystone Park campground