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Lakeside blowout 'like none other' set for MJ

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It's going to be a grand trifecta of sorts in Mt. Juliet on Memorial Day.

Biggest ever: Launch. Reveal. Great fun.

Helping Big Brothers in the midst.

Honoring the fallen on this special day.

First, national multi-platinum act to perform.

Second, reveal and launch of Cedar Creek Marina's new persona.

Three, proceeds of huge concert go to Big Brothers of Mt. Juliet.

And, a fourth prong.

New owners hope to build about 30 rental cabins on their adjoining six acres. They have to annex the property, but hope it will be successful to uplift this property to new heights - not seen in these parts recently.

Cabin on the lake. Retreat. Here, locally. They hope to beckon visitors to Mt. Juliet.

The event

May 30, on the banks of beautiful Old Hickory Lake, at the "best kept secret" in Mt. Juliet, there is going to be a huge blow out.

Cedar Creek Marina will host the first national-act concert Mt. Juliet has seen in almost 30 years on this day. Also, this marina has new owners, and it has morphed into a destination-marina in Middle Tennessee.

They've planned and it's all set. The entire event on this local lake to will be filmed, and broadcast, on Andy Ross's upcoming Destination America network show called "Back on the Back Roads."

How it came to be

Steve Bone is all about Mt. Juliet. He loves Cedar Creek Marina and has spent the last year, with partner Jim Figurerado, revamping, amping and re-energizing this beautiful marina on the banks of Old Hickory Lake in Mt. Juliet.

"As the first marina on Old Hickory Lake, Cedar Creek Marina, it's truly a treasure of our community's history," Bone said. "We want it to be Mt. Juliet's destination for family activity."

Bone said the revamped marina "belongs to the people of Mt. Juliet."

"We are just blessed enough to be called the owners. We want everyone to come out and support Big Brothers at our first huge event."

Bone built the restaurant at Four Corners Marina for his partner. They looked toward Mt. Juliet and saw the possibilities.

"We talked a lot about Cedar Creek," he recalled. "We took it on Oct. 1, 2015."

The renovation

They've been working ever since. Beautifying. Amplifying. Making great, in hopes this marina will be the hotspot in Mt. Juliet. One that will not only salute locals, but also invite many others to enjoy in the family atmosphere, good food, entertainment and general atmosphere. And, no, you don't have to be a member. It's open. Public.

There are now 300 docks at the marina. And their Fishtails Restaurant has spilled onto the multi-level decks.

Now there's a full bar.

And full breakfast, lunch and dinner menu.

Let's just say "fish tacos."

In two weeks they will get their liquor license, but for now, they serve beer and wine coolers. The seating has expanded to 250 and there's a new Ship Store.

Bone said they've added an "order window," where diners are called when orders are up and ready.

"This is Mt. Juliet's only marina," Bone enthused. "It's totally public access, a marina, full service. It belongs to Mt. Juliet! It's the best-kept secret. We need people to be aware we are here. Come. Welcome! We are Northtown, part of it's revitalization!"

No boat, no problem

There are 46 new slips. Though they are all leased out already! However, lake lovers can go there and rent out pontoon and deck boats, plus more.

"For tubing and family fun," Bone said.

They rent double decker pontoon boats with slides.

There's also kayak rentals, and soon to be tours around the lake.

A new deal with the marina is the Freedom Boat Club where for a small membership fee, people can rent, on demand, boats with their pre-reservation. Bone knows it's a trending activity. The club is in 100 different locations in the U.S.

This past Friday was their pre-view launch leading to Memorial Day's blast. The Old Hickory Boys blew off the "tiki" roofs and even had the lake waters jiving with their live entertainment with almost 400 people enjoying. And yes, parking is easy to find.

Thursdays are reserved for acoustic bands, and oyster night and peel-and-eat shrimp. Friday's the "Big Stage" where regional acts will heat up the stage, from Patsy Cline to Fleetwood Mac renditions.

"Everyone is welcome," said Bone. "We are just blessed enough to present this."

Little Texas member lives in Mt. Juliet

Duane Propes loves Mt. Juliet. Period.

He said marina owner Bone goes way back to the mid-90s when Bone served as director of merchandising for the band's headline arena tour.

Props said they reignited a friendship recently.

"As the first marina on Old Hickory Lake, Cedar Creek is truly a treasure of our community's history. Bone really wants this to be Mt. Juliet's destination for family activity, and we appreciate them wanting to be a strong supporter in the fabric of our town. Everything Big Brothers does is a community effort, and we are thankful that Steve and his team, Austermiller Roofing, and so many others have come together to donate their time and resources to make this show something the whole town can enjoy for years to come. "

Big Brother's Joey Benson said he's thrilled the fundraiser will go directly to Big Brothers. He, along with Propes, are board members of the organization that started in 1948.

"I'd say it was a perfect storm of caring people, "he said. "How this whole thing was put together is amazing. We salute all."

Be there!

The extravaganza will kick off at 3 p.m. May 30 with Little Texas concert at 7:30 p.m. There will be food and beverage trucks on site with an expected 700-plus crowd. There will be plenty of room for "bring your own seating," but up close VIP seating reservations are available for $50 donation to Big Brother of MJ. Call Joey Benson at (615) 593-6726 or Duane Propes (615) 498-6988.

Writer Laurie Everett can be contacted at laurieeverett1@gmail.com.

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