Something in my Bones is a Young Mary’s Record series devoted to a song that quite literally just does something in my bones. They can range from happy to sob-worthy to summer time jams. Today’s tune is Regina Spektor’s “Small Town Moon” — featured on her newest record, What We Saw From the Cheap Seats.
Spektor, who may be my favorite female singer of modern times — is an excellent lyricist, who somehow is able to retain emotional accessibility with her audience while writing songs that use complex concepts, unusual word choices and verbal turns, and also being just…kind of.. weird. It’s like the real deal of the word “quirky” before hipsters got a hold of it.
She’s been playing this song live for some time — I remember being so disappointed that I could never find a great bootleg live rendition of it to share, so its inclusion on this new record delights me.
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Young Mary’s Record is delighted to welcome Nick Noble, the owner of Park Mammoth Resort and Hotel - the hosting venue of this weekend’s much-anticipated Stucky Music Festival ! Nick was sweet enough to give us the skinny on his own history with Park Mammoth, the many neat offerings at the resort, and special rates for Stucky Music Festival attendees.
Young Mary’s Record: Hi Nick. Introduce yourself to the YMR gang and tell us about you and your resort, Park Mammoth Resort and Hotel.
Nick Noble: My name is Nick Noble and my brother, Nate and I purchased Park Mammoth 3.5 years ago. It is a beautiful 2,000 acre resort that we fell in love with the second we stepped foot on it. For the first 14 years of our careers, we were in corporate America and worked our way up the ranks to become sales and marketing executives. We got sick of the corporate life and decided to set out on our own. We weren’t sure what we wanted to do, but felt that we had some very valuable business experience under our belt. Our main goal was to develop a business around our passions. Having grown up in the mountains of Colorado we knew that our next business venture would have something to do with the outdoors. So, we took an inventory of our passions and built a business plan around developing a world class shooting sports resort. That’s how we found Park Mammoth.
YMR: You mentioned that you bought Park Mammoth with your brother – that’s a big investment, what did you fall in love with about the place or the area, or both, or neither that convinced you on the decision?
NN: Park Mammoth is an amazing place. It was built in 1964 as a golf resort and we fell in love with it because of its amazing infrastructure. It is very nostalgic and is like stepping back in time. The 100 guest room hotel sits up on a ridge 150’ above the Mammoth Cave Sink Hole Basin. The view from our Lookout Restaurant is unbelievable and would rival any restaurant view..anywhere. You can see for almost 20 miles; sometimes it’s like eating lunch in the clouds. We serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven days a week and we are famous for our “pan fried chicken.” Ms. Clara has been frying chicken at Park Mammoth for over 40 years!
YMR: We are all about some fried chicken. Count us in.
NN:The hotel not only has a great restaurant, but also three conference rooms for meetings, banquets, reunions, etc. We also have 18 holes of golf at our Cave Valley Golf Club. 75% of our golfers come from Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Ohio and most of the groups have been coming for over 20 years.
NN: We founded the Rockcastle Shooting Center in 2010 and it has quickly become one of the premiere shooting range facilities in the world. We have been featured on national TV over 15 times and are most famous for hosting major national and international level shooting competitions. We will host over 50 shooting competitions in 2013 and will have visitors from all over the world.
In 2011, we founded the Cave Valley Winery. Edmonson County was dry and we challenged it and won. We have a 2 acre vineyard and will start producing our own wines this year. Currently in our Wine Bar at the hotel we feature several Kentucky Small Farm Wineries. The whole Kentucky wine scene is a neat story and we are proud to be part of it.
YMR: What’s different about Park Mammoth than other chains that you might wheel into from the Interstate?
NN:When is the last time you checked into a hotel and got a three inch brass key? This world has gone so corporate cookie-cutter that you can get off any exit of any interstate in America and get the same vanilla experience. Not so at exit 48 on I-65 in Kentucky.
YMR:For folks attending Stucky Music Festival and being introduced to Park Mammoth for the first time – what do you hope that they’ll take away about your resort?
NN: There is a lot more to do here than just this festival. Lodging, restaurant, winery, shooting sports, and golf. We host a ton of weddings and will continue having live music at the winery every Saturday evening through the summer. It’s a great place to hang out. We very close to Bowling Green, just 30 minutes.
YMR: Are you a music-lover yourself? What’s a favorite artist or record of yours?
NN: I love music. Growing up in Durango, Colorado one of our favorite summer trips was the Telluride Bluegrass Festival. Two of my favorite bands are from Boulder, Colorado, Big Head Todd and the Monsters and The Samples. My all-time favorite band is U2 and I listen to all kinds of music from country to rap.
YMR: We’ve been listening over and over to this Johnny Cash cover of One for the last day, so U2 is a great choice.
YMR: Tell me about the special rates for Stucky Music Festival and pertinent information for folks attending the music and also staying at the hotel rather than camping. Is there a shuttle? A far walk?
NN:We are offering a special rate of $69 for a room at the lodge during the Stucky Music Festival. We will have a shuttle that will leave on the hour and take folks to the hotel.
YMR: What do you love about being in the hotel industry?
NN: I love delivering a unique experience. That’s what we try to do at Park Mammoth. It is great to meet people from all corners of the globe and our goal is for them to leave saying….
“That was just like staying and Nick and Nate’s house, everyone treated us like family.”
Interested in drifting off into dreamland after a long wonderful day of music and festivites in a warm king size bed and starting your next day with a refreshing hot shower? That’s where we’ll be. To book at Park Mammoth, their official website is HERE and you can ring them up at 270.749.4101.
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Our Young Mary’s Record series, Melissa in Lovely Things continues this week right on into swimsuit seasons. Melissa is a natural at mixing and matching textiles, color, and styles in her clothes and accessories — We’ve been watching her for a while - We’re creeps. — and she never disappoints — flawlessly dressing herself for a range of occasions, parties, shows, adventures.
It’s that time again ladies, the dreaded swimsuit season. But rather than starve yourself or spend hours at the gym, I recommend taking the easy (and much less painful) route of adopting the flirty and flattering pin-up style. My friends and I made our first trip to the creek this week, and I threw together a few essentials for achieving the look:
1) High waisted shorts. Embrace your inner Daisy Duke with a great pair of cut-offs.
2) A cute retro style swimsuit. High waist swim bottoms and one pieces are super flattering on all body types, and sweetheart necklines and halter necklines are a MUST. (Tip: Modcloth.com is great for finding these— Hit our Modcloth ad link right in ye olde sidbar, y’all! )
3) Every girl needs a cute pair of sunglasses (Heart shaped sunnies are my go to in the summer!).
Channel your inner pin-up with some sassy style that will put the rest of those string bikini wearin’ girls to shame. Oh, and don’t forget the red lipstick!
CLOTHES FROM: ASOS bikini, thrifted/DIY Levi shorts, Ebay sunglasses
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