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Longhorns Are Back For Dixie Stampede’s 30th Season

Published January 23, 2017 / Last Updated January 23, 2017

Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede in Pigeon Forge is celebrating their 30th season with the return of the thundering Longhorns!

Coming off a record-setting season, Dixie Stampede thunders into the new year with the return of a crowd favorite—the mighty Longhorns. “The Most Fun Place to Eat in the Smokies” celebrated the beginning of its thrilling 30th season on Jan. 13.

David Swangel, Dixie Stampede General Manager, says Dixie Stampede’s cast members and guests are the real reason the attraction is celebrating 30 years of providing quality family entertainment.

“Thanks to all of our cast members and guests for helping us reach the impressive milestone of our 30th season,” said Swangel. “We owe our success as the most-visited dinner attraction in the world to everyone who has come to see us through the years. We’re excited about what the next 30 years holds for us.”

The impressive Longhorns make an appearance during the show as the pioneering settlers move west in search of new lands. For most guests, this is the closest they will come to these magnificent animals. The return of the Longhorns came as a result of guest requests to bring back this favorite show feature.

“We had a number of requests from our guests about bringing back the Longhorns to the show this year,” continued Swangel. “They are fascinating animals that our guests ask for often, so we’re excited to bring them back to celebrate this season!”

Learn more about Dixie Stampede’s exciting 30th season and make your reservations by visiting DixieStampede.com.

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Dolly Parton And Jane Fonda To Present Lily Tomlin With SAG Life Achievement Award

Published January 18, 2017 / Last Updated January 18, 2017

Dolly Parton and Jane Fonda will present their “9 to 5″ co-star Lily Tomlin with the SAG Life Achievement Award!

Dolly Parton and Jane Fonda will present the SAG Life Achievement Award to actor, comedian, writer, producer and all-round entertainment maverick Lily Tomlin during the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, Executive Producer Kathy Connell announced today. Lily’s accepting SAG-AFTRA’s highest accolade from her two long-time friends, a trio beloved as the co-conspirators in the 1980 feminist revenge comedy hit “9 to 5,” will be a highlight of the annual SAG Awards® ceremony, which will be simulcast live on TNT and TBS on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017 at 8 p.m. (ET), 5 p.m. (PT).

“9 to 5″ is now number 74 on American Film Institute’s list of “100 Funniest American Movies of All Time.” When the film was shot, Jane and Lily were friends who had already received numerous honors for their acting achievements. It was Dolly’s first feature film role, but she was a veteran of live and television performances as herself, an award-winning musician and writer. She also wrote, performed and received dozens of awards for the movie’s title song which she composed by creating a rhythm with her fingernails.

The three legendary artists, each of whom has a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame, have remained close friends since that catalyst film. Jane and Lily joined forces again as stars and executive producers of the current Netflix series “Grace and Frankie.” The success of the show led to both being honored this year with Actor® nominations for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series, along with Emmy® and Golden Globe® nominations for Tomlin. “Grace and Frankie” returns for its third season in May 2017.

When Dolly received the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award at the 50th Annual CMA Awards, Lily was on hand to present the honor. All three ladies have received multiple honors throughout their phenomenal careers including Jane’s 2014 AFI Lifetime Achievement Award.

The 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will be simulcast live on TNT and TBS on Sunday, Jan. 29 at 8 p.m. EST/5 p.m. PST.

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Lyrics & Lore Weekend At Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort

Published January 5, 2017 / Last Updated January 6, 2017

Lyrics & Lore weekend set for Jan. 26-29 at Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort showcases songwriters and storytellers.

Songs and stories blend with the beauty and inspiration of the Great Smoky Mountains for a weekend of Lyrics & Lore at Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa, an event held Jan. 26-29, 2017, in conjunction with The Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival (SMSWF) and The International Storytelling Center (ISC).

Lyrics & Lore brings together some of the country’s most talented storytellers and musicians to celebrate the rich traditions of songwriting and storytelling in the Appalachian region. The weekend allows the public to interact with storytellers and songwriters who will teach participants ways to tell their family’s unique stories. Additionally, songwriters participating in the event will work in small groups to pen songs to be performed during Saturday’s activities, offering those in attendance the opportunity to experience the process of story developing into song.

Throughout the event, nationally-recognized storytellers and hit songwriters from country, bluegrass and gospel perform for Lyrics & Lore guests. On Friday, a country songwriters’ showcase and a concert featuring Bryan White and Brady Seals from the country group Little Texas highlight the evening’s activities. Sunday morning brunch and an inspirational gospel hour with Grammy Award winner Carl Jackson, Larry Cordle and Jerry Salley round out the special weekend event. Some of the music concerts are separately ticketed events.

The International Storytelling Center, based in Jonesborough, TN, will award its inaugural Seal of Excellence to Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort during the weekend event. ISC created the Seal of Excellence program to recognize storytelling-related sites of superior quality across a variety of cultural institutions, heritage sites, tourist attractions and communities. Kiran Singh Sirah, President of the International Storytelling Center said,

“We created the seal as a way to recognize excellence in different organizations that are using storytelling to enhance their own core mission, whatever that may be. I think anyone who’s been there (to Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort) could tell you that this designation has been richly earned.”

Lyrics & Lore Schedule And Lodging Information

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From Hollywood To Dollywood – 2016 In Review

Published December 22, 2016 / Last Updated December 22, 2016

From the Great Smoky Mountains to the Hollywood Hills and back again with Dolly Parton in 2016!

Featured photo courtesy of Joseph Llanes

Dolly Parton once dreamed of turning the famous sign on the California hill from Hollywood to Dollywood. Later, when she opened her theme park in Tennessee, Dolly would see that dream come true. This year, during two sold-out shows at the Hollywood Bowl the iconic sign might have read Hollywood, but in the hearts of her adoring fans, it read Dollywood!

When Dolly performed in the Hollywood Hills, the stars came out and not just the ones shining overhead. Dolly’s audience included an impressive list of A-list stars including Katy Perry, Kirsten Dunst, Elizabeth Banks, Lance Bass, Reese Witherspoon and Henry Winkler to name a few. Dolly’s “9 to 5″ co-star Lily Tomlin was also there. Dolly, with her L.A. look and Tennessee heart, charmed this “who’s who” list along with everyone else in attendance. Dolly performed a Pure & Simple show with all her hit songs and heartfelt stories from her childhood growing up in the mountains of East Tennessee.

Throughout 2016, Dolly celebrated one milestone after another both personally and professionally. During the last two months of the year, in one of the most inspirational and generous acts of 2016, Dolly would see the Great Smoky Mountains and it’s people hold a very special place in the hearts of so many around the world.

Dolly Parton receives Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award at CMA Awards- Photo Credit: Joseph Llanes
 
Dolly Parton receives Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award at CMA Awards- Photo Credit: Joseph Llanes
Dolly Parton receives Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award at CMA Awards- Photo Credit: Joseph Llanes
 
Dolly Parton receives Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award at CMA Awards- Photo Credit: Joseph Llanes
Dolly Parton receives Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award at CMA Awards- Photo Credit: Joseph Llanes
 
Dolly Parton receives Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award at CMA Awards- Photo Credit: Joseph Llanes
Dolly Parton receives Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award at CMA Awards- Photo Credit: Joseph Llanes
 
Dolly Parton receives Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award at CMA Awards- Photo Credit: Joseph Llanes
Dolly Parton receives Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award at CMA Awards- Photo Credit: Joseph Llanes
 
Dolly Parton receives Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award at CMA Awards- Photo Credit: Joseph Llanes
Dolly Parton receives Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award at CMA Awards- Photo Credit: Joseph Llanes
 
Dolly Parton receives Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award at CMA Awards- Photo Credit: Joseph Llanes
Dolly Parton receives Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award at CMA Awards- Photo Credit: Joseph Llanes
 
Dolly Parton receives Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award at CMA Awards- Photo Credit: Joseph Llanes
Dolly Parton receives Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award at CMA Awards- Photo Credit: Joseph Llanes
 
Dolly Parton receives Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award at CMA Awards- Photo Credit: Joseph Llanes
Dolly Parton receives Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award at CMA Awards- Photo Credit: Joseph Llanes
 
Dolly Parton receives Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award at CMA Awards- Photo Credit: Joseph Llanes
Dolly Parton receives Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award at CMA Awards- Photo Credit: Joseph Llanes
 
Dolly Parton receives Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award at CMA Awards- Photo Credit: Joseph Llanes
Dolly Parton receives Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award at CMA Awards- Photo Credit: Joseph Llanes
 
Dolly Parton receives Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award at CMA Awards- Photo Credit: Joseph Llanes
Dolly Parton receives Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award at CMA Awards- Photo Credit: Joseph Llanes
 
Dolly Parton receives Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award at CMA Awards- Photo Credit: Joseph Llanes
Dolly Parton receives Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award at CMA Awards- Photo Credit: Joseph Llanes
 
Dolly Parton receives Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award at CMA Awards- Photo Credit: Joseph Llanes
Dolly Parton receives Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award at CMA Awards- Photo Credit: Joseph Llanes
 
Dolly Parton receives Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award at CMA Awards- Photo Credit: Joseph Llanes
Dolly Parton receives Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award at CMA Awards- Photo Credit: Joseph Llanes
 
Dolly Parton receives Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award at CMA Awards- Photo Credit: Joseph Llanes
Dolly Parton receives Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award at CMA Awards- Photo Credit: Joseph Llanes
 
Dolly Parton receives Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award at CMA Awards- Photo Credit: Joseph Llanes
Dolly Parton receives Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award at CMA Awards- Photo Credit: Joseph Llanes
 
Dolly Parton receives Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award at CMA Awards- Photo Credit: Joseph Llanes
Dolly Parton receives Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award at CMA Awards- Photo Credit: Joseph Llanes
 
Dolly Parton receives Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award at CMA Awards- Photo Credit: Joseph Llanes
Dolly Parton receives Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award at CMA Awards- Photo Credit: Joseph Llanes
 
Dolly Parton receives Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award at CMA Awards- Photo Credit: Joseph Llanes

Spring

Dolly began the year by celebrating her 70th birthday and in May she and her husband Carl renewed their wedding vows in honor of their 50th anniversary.

Summer

In June, she embarked on a mostly sold-out, 60-city tour. Her new album, “Pure & Simple” debuted at No. 1 on charts around the world. She also enjoyed great success with the revival of two of her hits from the 1970s. “I Will Always Love You” was featured in “Forever Country” a mashup of three Country mega hits celebrating the CMA Awards 50th anniversary. “Jolene” became a 21st century hit when the a cappella group Pentatonix covered the song and invited Dolly to add her vocals to the track. This brilliant collaboration would earn them a Grammy nomination.

Those accolades in and of themselves are impressive, but the success of 2016 doesn’t end there. Music fans were delighted when Dolly together with Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt opened the vault to release a third and final installment of their “Trio” collaboration. “Trio The Complete Collection” has unreleased tracks and never-before-heard versions of the original recordings from this Grammy award-winning group.

Fall

Dolly received the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award at the 50th Annual CMA Awards. Long-time friend and “9 to 5″ co-star, Lily Tomlin presented the honor. Reba McEntire, Martina McBride, Kacey Musgraves and Carrie Underwood joined Jennifer Nettles on stage in a beautiful tribute to Dolly. Jennifer Nettles reprised her role as Dolly’s mom in the sequel to the 2015 record-breaking television film, “Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors.” The cast, including Jennifer, Ricky Schroder, Alyvia Alyn Lind and more walked the red carpet along with Dolly at the Hollywood-style premiere of “Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love” inside Dollywood.

The new film, “Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love” aired on NBC on Nov. 30 in a special two-hour movie event. Dolly appeared as The Painted Lady. Over 11 million people watched the world premiere, and the DVD was released on Dec. 20 just in time for the holidays.

In addition to inspiring the films, Dolly’s “Coat of Many Colors” story is the subject of a new children’s book featuring all new illustrations. Part of Dolly’s life’s work has been to instill a love of reading in the hearts of as many children as she can. In October, her Imagination Library reached an incredible milestone when the non-profit organization began sending one million free books per month to children around the world. Dolly marked the occasion by giving a $30,000 college scholarship to two-year-old Evey Johns from Conway, AR.

Winter

The Imagination Library is made possible through the Dollywood Foundation, which Dolly founded in 1988 shortly after opening her theme park. On Nov. 28, 2016, devastating wildfires affected parts of Sevier County and the Great Smoky Mountains where Dolly calls home. The fires took the lives of 14 people, injured over 100, burned over 17,000 acres inside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and damaged or destroyed over 1700 structures (homes, businesses, and churches). Dolly called on the Dollywood Foundation, the Dollywood Company, and her dinner attractions and within a few days after the fires together The My People Fund was established. The Fund committed to giving every family who lost their home in the fires $1000 per month for six months.

As the news about the My People Fund was shared, Dolly’s network of friends, fans and fellow entertainers offered their support. Smoky Mountains Rise: A Benefit for the My People Fund telethon was organized. Millions of people tuned in to see star performances by Kenny Rogers, Hank Williams Jr., Reba McEntire, Cyndi Lauper and many more. In total, over $9 million was raised. After the first distribution, the My People Fund served nearly 900 families.

From her early days in Nashville to the stage of the Hollywood Bowl in 2016, Dolly Parton has charmed the world with her contagious smile that’s, at times, bigger than her hair. This year, it was her generous heart that proved contagious. When Dolly’s “people” in the Smoky Mountains needed her she was there for them and she invited the rest of the world as well.

Month after month, both professionally and personally, in artistry and philanthropy Dolly’s dream of changing the H of the Hollywood sign to a D may have already come true. She has proven she holds Tinseltown and beyond in the palm of her tiny, acrylic nail adorned, hand.

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My People Fund Serves Nearly 900 Families

Published December 22, 2016 / Last Updated January 5, 2017

The Dollywood Foundation’s My People Fund served nearly 900 families in the first distribution as donation totals climb to $9.3 million including $250,000 from Food City.

In a little more than two weeks after the wildfires that spread across Dolly Parton’s home area of Sevier County, TN, Dolly and the Dollywood Foundation launched the distribution of assistance from the My People Fund. During the four-day check distribution, 884 families received their initial support payments. Dolly said,

“It’s a blessing during this holiday season that we are able to help as many families as we have so far. We know there are more families out there who need our help and we encourage them to be in contact with us before our January distribution.”

The next distribution is set for January 26 and 27, 2017, at the LeConte Events Center in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

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Food City Donation

Thanks to the generosity of Food City, their customers, associates and more, the company presented checks to the Dollywood Foundation’s My People Fund and the Gatlinburg Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Gatlinburg Relief Fund totaling $750,000. Steven C. Smith, Food City President/CEO said,

“Our company has been privileged to operate in the Sevier County/Gatlinburg area for more than thirty years and we certainly want to do everything possible to help our friends and neighbors recover from this devastating disaster.”

Food City designated $500,000 to benefit the Gatlinburg Relief Fund, while the remaining $250,000 was directed to the My People Fund.

About My People Fund

The Dollywood Foundation’s My People Fund provides $1000 each month to Sevier County families whose homes are uninhabitable or were completely destroyed in the recent Smoky Mountain wildfires. Any family who lost their primary residence (renters and homeowners) due to the wildfires in Sevier County are eligible. A pre-application for those affected is available at DollywoodFoundation.org.

Millions of people watched Smoky Mountains Rise: A Benefit for the My People Fund telethon on Tuesday, December 13 on GAC, AXS-TV, RFD and The Heartland Network and during several rebroadcasts throughout the last weekend. As a result, donations continued to roll in and thanks to generous people from coast to coast and Dolly’s friends, the total amount raised has climbed to $9.3 million. David Dotson, Dollywood Foundation President commented saying,

“As, Dolly said, the response has been overwhelming. We will distribute all $9.3 million to the families affected. That will insure all of the money raised will go to where Dolly promised it would.”

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