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Smoky Mountain Adventures + Dixie Stampede Summer Blowout Combo

Published July 26, 2017 / Last Updated July 26, 2017

Save at Smoky Mountain Adventures with the Summer Blowout Combo!

Smoky Mountain Adventures and Dixie Stampede in Pigeon Forge, TN have a great deal for everyone visiting the Smokies! For a limited time, get your Smoky Mountain Adventures adult tickets for only $26* using the Summer Blowout Combo Smoky Mountain Adventures + Dixie Stampede!

The Summer Blowout Combo lets your family see the two most exciting dinner shows in Pigeon Forge for a great price! At Dixie Stampede, cheer for the North side or the South side in a friendly competition. See 32 magnificent horses, daring trick riders, the Roman Rider and much more! Then visit Smoky Mountain Adventures for an action-packed show with jaw-dropping stunts, incredible acrobatic feats, dramatic aerial acts and more!

Arrive early for exciting pre-show activities and come hungry because both shows serve a delicious feast. At Dixie Stampede you’ll receive the famous Four-Course Family Feast. Smoky Mountain Adventures serves a mouthwatering Home Cooked Feast, with delicious dishes straight from the Parton’s own family cookbook.

*Discounted price of $26.00 for one adult ticket to Smoky Mountain Adventures available only when purchased with regularly priced Dixie Stampede adult ticket and only for a limited time. Cannot combine this offer with any other Smoky Mountain Adventures or Dixie Stampede offers. Only valid on online reservations. Offer valid at Dixie Stampede Pigeon Forge location only. Not valid on prior purchases. ©2017 Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Adventures. ©2017 Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede.

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Dolly Parton And Kenny Rogers To Share One Final Stage At “All In For The Gambler”

Published July 19, 2017 / Last Updated July 19, 2017

Country Music Hall Of Famers Kenny Rogers And Dolly Parton To Share Stage In Last Performance Together Ever!

Blackbird Presents and Kenny Rogers announce “All In For The Gambler: Kenny Rogers’ Farewell Concert Celebration,” an all-star concert event taping at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN on Wednesday, October 25, 2017, at 7 p.m. CT. This once-in-a-lifetime concert event will honor Kenny Rogers’ historic 60-year career and will feature the final performance together by Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton, one of popular music’s most beloved duets of all time. Kenny said,

“As I’m bringing this chapter of my career to a close, this will be an unforgettable way to celebrate with my talented friends, who I’m so grateful to have crossed paths with.”

Kenny went on to say,

“It means so much that they would feel compelled to do this for me. Of course, the night would not be the same without Dolly Parton being part of it. We’ve enjoyed a special friendship for decades, and I’ll forever look back fondly on the many collaborations, performances, and laughs we’ve shared as some of the most extraordinary moments of my career. I know it will be a moving experience for us standing on that stage together for one last time.”

All-Star Lineup

This one-night-only concert event taping will bring together fans, friends and music icons to celebrate Kenny Rogers. “All In For The Gambler” will feature performances by Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton, Little Big Town, Alison Krauss, The Flaming Lips, Idina Menzel, Jamey Johnson, Elle King and many other special guests to be announced in the coming weeks. Dolly said,

“Kenny is like a family member to me. We have been friends for over 30 years and made musical magic together. Since 1983, when we released ‘Islands In The Stream,’ everyone has had an expectation to see Kenny everywhere I go and me with him wherever he goes.”

Dolly continued,

“Well, I guess for many of those fans that wanted to see us together, this will be that night. Performing with Kenny for the last time ever on October 25th is going to be emotional for both of us, but it’s also going to be very special. Even though Kenny may be retiring, as he fades from the stage, our love for each other will never fade away.”

In this video, Kenny comments on what it be like to perform with Dolly for the last time in a public setting?

When asked, How do you begin to put together the set list for your final show – what kind of pressure is that? Kenny said,

“My favorite set list would be, some of my hits with Dolly. I think “Can’t Make Old Friends”…”Islands in the Stream” and the songs I’ve done with other people. I would love to do some of those…Duets are part of the high point in my life and in my career.”

Ticket Information

Tickets go on sale July 21, 2017, at 10 a.m. CT online at Ticketmaster.com, by phone at 800-745-3000, all Ticketmaster locations and the Bridgestone Arena box office. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the T.J. Martell Foundation and the Kenny Rogers Children’s Center.

About Kenny Rogers

In a career that has spanned more than six decades, Kenny Rogers has left an indelible mark on the history of American music. His songs have endeared music lovers and touched the lives of millions around the world. Chart-topping hits like “The Gambler,” “Lady,” “Islands In The Stream,” “Lucille,” “She Believes In Me,” and “Through the Years” are just a handful of Kenny Rogers’ songs that continue to inspire new generations of artists and fans alike.

Kenny, with twenty-four number-one hits, is a Country Music Hall of Fame member, six-time CMA Awards winner, three-time GRAMMY® Award winner, recipient of the CMA Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013, CMT Artist of a Lifetime Award honoree in 2015 and has been voted the “Favorite Singer of All Time” in a joint poll by readers of both USA Today and People.

Dolly & Kenny Through The Years

“Islands in the Stream” Duet With Kenny Rogers
“Kenny & Dolly: A Christmas to Remember”
“Real Love”
“Kenny, Dolly and Willie: Something Inside So Strong”
Sold-Out Kenny Rogers Concert Raises $60,000 for Dolly’s Imagination Library
Smoky Mountains Rise: A Benefit for the My People Fund Telethon

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Auditions For Dolly Parton’s Dinner Attractions

Published July 17, 2017 / Last Updated July 19, 2017

Dixie Stampede, Pirates Voyage and Smoky Mountain Adventures will hold auditions on Aug. 14-15 in Nashville, TN!

On Aug. 14-15, 2017, Dolly Parton’s dinner attractions will hold auditions for multiple roles at the Sheraton Music City Hotel located at 777 McGavock Pike in Nashville TN!

Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede, Pirates Voyage and Smoky Mountain Adventures are auditioning actors for multiple roles. Auditions are held by appointment only. Call 865-774-8176 to set up a time. Please bring a photo and resume. These popular dinner attractions are looking for MC’s, Comedians, Pirates and Swashbucklers, as well as Storytellers and Country Characters.

Audition Dates & Times

Aug. 14-15, 2017
Sheraton Music City Hotel
777 McGavock Pike in Nashville, TN 37214
Call 865-774-8176 to set up an audition time.

Roles

  • Dixie Stampede – Master of Ceremonies and Skeeter
  • Pirates Voyage – Blackbeard the Pirate and Calico Jack
  • Smoky Mountain Adventures – AppleJack and Joshua

Detailed Role Descriptions Listed On Backstage.com

Dinner Attractions

Dixie Stampede has locations in Pigeon Forge, TN and Branson MO
Pirates Voyage located in Myrtle Beach, SC
Smoky Mountain Adventures located in Pigeon Forge, TN

 

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“Dolly Parton’s Christmas Of Many Colors: Circle Of Love” Nominated For Emmy Award

Published July 14, 2017 / Last Updated July 14, 2017

“Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle Of Love” receives Emmy nomination for Outstanding Television Movie!

On July 13, the Television Academy announced nominations for the 69th Emmy® Awards. Television Academy Chairman and CEO Hayma Washington along with Anna Chlumsky from the HBO series “Veep” and Shemar Moore from CBS’ “S.W.A.T.” hosted the ceremony. “Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle Of Love” is among those recognized by the organization. This second installment of Dolly’s four-movie deal with NBC is nominated for Outstanding Television Movie. Dolly said,

“I am so very proud and excited to have ‘Christmas of Many Colors’ be nominated for an Emmy award. Special thanks to my partner and executive producer Sam Haskell, a wonderful cast and crew, Steve Herek (our producer) and Pamela Long for a great script. And a special thanks to all of the many fans that watched it.”

In the two-hour movie, the Partons, a family of humble means living in the mountains of East Tennessee, face a devastating event, challenging their will. But when they experience a bewildering Christmas miracle, the Partons are drawn closer together than ever — with deepened faith and love for one another. Jennifer Nettles, who plays Dolly’s mother in the film, said,

“This project for me was a celebration of the family and the beautiful story of Miss Dolly Parton. Each day I played Avie Lee Parton was a joy. For “Christmas of Many Colors” to be nominated and celebrated further by the Emmy’s, thrills me.”

Live Telecast

The 69th Emmy Awards will telecast live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, CA. Watch on Sunday, September 17 (8:00-11:00 PM ET/5:00-8:00 PM PT) on CBS. Stephen Colbert will serve as host. White Cherry Entertainment will produce the 69th Emmy Awards. Glenn Weiss and Ricky Kirshner are executive producers. Weiss is the director. And Chris Licht, executive producer of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, is a producer.

Outstanding Television Movie Nominees

Here is a list of works nominated alongside “Christmas of Many Colors.”

  • Black Mirror: San Junipero • Netflix • House of Tomorrow
  • Dolly Parton’s Christmas Of Many Colors: Circle Of Love • NBC • Dixie Pixie Productions, Magnolia Hill Productions, Warner Bros. Television
  • The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks • HBO • HBO Films in association with Your Face Goes Here Entertainment and Harpo Films
  • Sherlock: The Lying Detective (Masterpiece) • PBS • Hartswood Films in co-production with Masterpiece
  • The Wizard Of Lies • HBO • HBO Films in association with Tribeca Productions and Levinson/Fontana Productions

See a full list of Emmy nominees

About “Christmas of Many Colors”

Alyvia Alyn Lind, Jennifer Nettles, Ricky Schroder, and Gerald McCraney co-starred in the holiday movie. The film aired on NBC, with Dolly Parton making a special guest appearance. In addition to the Emmy nomination, “Christmas of Many Colors” earned the Movieguide® Epiphany Prize. The family-focused film also received honors at the 68th Annual Christopher Awards.

Past Nominations

This nomination marks Dolly’s second Emmy nod. She received her first in 1978. Her appearance on the one-time television special “Cher…Special” earned Dolly a nomination for Outstanding Continuing or Single Performance by a Supporting Actress in Variety or Music.

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Imagination Library Homecomin’ 2017 Highlights

Published July 12, 2017 / Last Updated July 13, 2017

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library affiliates enjoyed four days in Pigeon Forge, TN during Homecomin’ 2017!

Local affiliates from Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States visited Dolly’s home in the Great Smoky Mountains during Homecomin’ 2017. The biennial celebration was held at Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa. And visiting affiliates took advantage of all the amenities of the resort and the Smokies during their working conference. David Dotson is the President of the Dollywood Foundation which houses the Imagination Library. David said,

“We hosted the very first Homecomin’ way back in 2001. We had just started to promote the Imagination Library and as I recall, we had about a dozen participants discussing how they could expand to their neighboring communities. Now the discussions are about expanding DPIL across entire states and provinces, becoming a part of public policy and celebrating over 100 million books gifted to our children.”

The Conference

Homecomin’ is held every two years in Pigeon Forge, TN. This year’s conference offered attendees the chance to gain valuable insight into the overall growth of the program and highlighted some recent case studies. The conferenced kicked off with a major announcement.

The legislature in North Carolina allocated $10,000,000 to expand the program across the state. This decision is a huge boost for the program and more importantly a wonderful resource for children and their families in that state.

During the week, some affiliates were invited to share their own success stories about program sustainability. Other topics included fundraising as it pertains to building relationships within a community. Additionally, members of the Book Selection Committee, including program partners from Penguin Random House, shared the process of choosing the high-quality, age-appropriate books for each child group. Attendees also listened to presentations about engaging political figures and in-depth research on the Imagination Library’s impact.

Surprises & Celebrations

Little Engine That Could Wall Quilt at Imagination Library Homecomin' 2017

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library of Mendocino County, First 5 Mendocino, surprised the event staff with a beautiful handmade quilt. With permission from Penguin Random House, Renee M. Gannon from Ukiah, Canada made the beautiful Little Engine wall quilt. This display piece was raffled off at the end of the week to one lucky winner. Affiliates also celebrated Canada’s 150th birthday.

In keeping with the international gathering, attendees donned bunny ears and celebrated “The Tale of Peter Rabbit.” This classic story welcomes children into the program in the United Kingdom.

Visiting Author

Special guest and award-winning author Matt de la Peña charmed the audience with his personal stories. He shared his experience growing up as a mixed-race child in Southern California. Matt openly talked about the lack of books in his childhood home and the impact that had on his family. His book, “Last Stop on Market Street” and his personal experiences make him the ideal ambassador for early literacy awareness. His message is especially relatable to minority children and their families.

In reflecting on the program and Matt’s guest appearance at the conference, David Dotson said,

“We have reached the point where authors recognize the honor bestowed upon their work when their book is chosen for the Imagination Library. We have now hosted a number of illustrious authors who tell us it is not just the number of books distributed by us that is so impressive. Rather it is witnessing this vast network of organizations and governmental entities that are united in their efforts to inspire children to love to read and to love to learn.”

Matt’s book, “Last Stop on Market Street” has beautiful illustrations by Christian Robinson. It takes readers on an energetic bus ride through a bustling city with CJ and his Grandma. Along the way, Grandma helps CJ see the beauty—and fun—in their routine and the world around them.

The Imagination Library Book Selection Committee unanimously voted to add Matt’s book to the 2016 Book List (Canada & USA)*. “Last Stop on Market Street” would go on to win the 2016 Newbery Medal. It also earned a 2016 Caldecott Honor and a 2016 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor. Furthermore, it became a #1 New York Times Bestseller.

*“Last Stop on Market Street” will appear in the United Kingdom’s 2018 Book List.

Entertainment & Fun

Rest assured, the week wasn’t all work and no play for this group. Affiliates visited several attractions during their time in the Smoky Mountains. They enjoyed nightly fireworks at Dollywood’s DreamMore as well as live music and a host of amenities at the resort.

Small groups formed for some shopping at The Island. While they were there, they posed for a photo in front of The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel, a now iconic Pigeon Forge symbol. On one night, they took in a dinner show at Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Adventures. There they cheered on the Partons and the Owens families. They also went sightseeing and grabbed some photos of the Great Smoky Mountains.

On the final day, the entire group gathered at The Little Engine Playhouse inside Dollywood’s Heartsong Theatre. They watched the stage production of “Coat of Many Colors” based on Dolly’s book of the same name. In addition to this show, The Little Engine Playhouse will feature performances based on Jennifer Plecas’ “Pretend” and “The Little Engine that Could” by Watty Piper

Special Thanks & Looking Ahead

The Dollywood Foundation and Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library would like to send a special thank you to everyone who helped make Homecomin’ 2017 a huge success. With a final thought, David Dotson said,

“Lastly, it is all too easy to be discouraged about the times we live in. When our network gathers for Homecomin’, the discouragement evaporates and is replaced by an abiding belief that there is indeed more good than bad in the world. These are the inspiring leaders in their communities and they will never rest to insure that their children are given every opportunity in the world to thrive and succeed.”

Plans are already underway for Homecomin’ 2019!

Visit Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to learn more about this incredible program that now mails over one million free books each month to children in four countries!

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