Welcome . . .

welcomeODMWelcome to OurDowntownMarina.com – an information harbor for the slip holders at Volunteer Landing Marina (VLM).   Full Membership is reserved exclusively for persons who keep their boats at the marina. There are no membership meetings, officers, or membership dues.  Slip holders are simply encouraged to create a free user account and contribute content in the form of posts, pictures & comments.

We welcome posts describing accounts of (a) the good times you enjoy on your boats and in our beautiful downtown area, (b) invitations you may wish to extend for friendly “get-togethers” on your boat or at some other specific location in the downtown area, (c) photos of you with your family & friends at the marina or out on the water,  (d) delicious recipes you have prepared and enjoyed on your boat, and (e) any other helpful “boat keeping” tips that you would like to pass along.   In addition, we look forward to regular features from Joe Cornelius (our Harbormaster) with (a) important information about the operation of the marina, (b) interesting photos he has taken, (c) information about upcoming events on the water, (d) alerts about “specials” offered at the ships store, (e) introduction of new staff members & slip holders, and (f) preventive maintenance & security tips.

If everyone creates a username and posts something new every now and then, we will all certainly become better at associating names and faces with the boats docked in our marina.   Ultimately, this will increase our sense of “community” and provide added security for everyone.

Thanksgiving Open House Update

It is officially Thanksgiving Week.  Reminder that the Volunteer Landing Marina Open House is next Saturday, November 29 at the Kokoasis, Slip B12.  KevinANDrew will be making the Turkey and stuffing.

Don’t forget, if you are coming please let us know what you plan to bring.  Right now we have no sides or deserts accounted for.

Please respond to QueenPriscilla@TennesseeBoatRest.com.

This is what we have in the meal so far:

  • Turkey with stuffing
  • Cranberry Sauce
  • Mashed Potato’s

Thanksgiving 2014 at KokOasis

KevinANDrew of the KokOasis will be cooking a turkey with stuffing this year on Saturday, November 29th.  This will be our annual Marina Thanksgiving Open House.  If anyone wants to join us, we ask people to bring a traditional side dish or dessert.  As we identify the meal and what everyone is bringing we will update this post with the list.

  • Turkey with Bread Stuffing

Please RSVP to QueenPriscilla@TennesseeBoatRest.com.

We will be serving it during the Tennessee-Vanderbilt game.  While the game time has not been announced yet, we will know that about 1 week before.

Game Plan: TN vs Ole Miss?

TN_MSDo you have a game plan for Saturday’s Tennessee/Ole Miss game? You may want to consider the Downtown Grill & Brewery. Their focus is uniting excellent beers with the exquisite flavors of open-flame mesquite grilled steak, seafood, and chicken. They offer a menu ranging from pastas to Mexican cuisine to seafood to the finest steaks. Best of all, you can easily walk to the restaurant from the marina. If you are planning to go there for the game, you may want to consider getting there early and saving a few seats at your table for some of the rest of us!

The Watch . . .

Screen Shot 2014-10-13 at 11.55.27 AMOne year ago, Andrew’s Dad passed away. Andrew loved him dearly and it still hurts him that he is gone. John Polyak proudly served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War by piloting landing boats that delivered marines to the shore. He also loved college football and the Tennessee Vols. Homecoming 2014 was celebrated at UT this past Saturday providing the opportunity for a brief but meaningful memorial service aboard the KokOasis docked at the Vol Navy. Our good friend, Lt. Commander Kevin West, officiated the beautiful ceremony captured in the attached video. It is only 4.5 minutes long, but it is definitely worth watching.