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Dollywood’s Eagle Mountain Sanctuary Graduates Two Eaglets

Published June 2, 2017 / Last Updated June 15, 2017

Two eaglets born in the Eagle Mountain Sanctuary at Dollywood this season will graduate to the Hack Tower on Douglas Lake.

The American Eagle Foundation (AEF) says bald eagles Eleanor and Roosevelt became first-time parents seven weeks ago. Both showed remarkable skills as they learned to care for their eaglets, and ER2 and ER3. The eaglets grew strong and healthy under their care.

On May 30, 2017, with great care, the eaglets received a physical examination. Afterward, they were taken to the AEF Hack Tower overlooking Douglas Lake. At approximately 13 weeks of age, they will be released into the Great Smoky Mountains.

At the Hack Tower, they will be together inside their new 8’ x 8’ x 8’ nesting compartment. There they will acclimate to their new home surrounded by trees in the natural lake setting. A few years after their release, it’s possible, they could return with a mate to raise babies of their own.

While in this lake setting, the eaglets will not come into contact with humans. AEF caregivers will be there, unknown to the eaglets each day. They will provide fresh food and water (through sliding drawers) and make sure the eaglets are doing well.

The AEF’s hacking program has resulted in the release of 150 young bald eagles and 12 golden eagles from 1992 through 2016.

Plan a visit to Dollywood and see Eagle Mountain Sanctuary

Dollywood and the AEF will hold ceremonies for American Eagle Day on June 17, 2017.
Visit 
American Eagle Foundation to learn more. 

About Eagle Mountain Sanctuary at Dollywood

In July 1990, Dolly Parton announced the construction of a major eagle complex at Dollywood. The five-part complex includes Eagle Mountain Sanctuary, the country’s largest living showcase of American bald eagles; the Wings of America theater, featuring a birds of prey show; the neighboring Birds of Prey viewing facility added in 2008 which showcases raptors from the show; and an eagle breeding and rehabilitation facility which includes an eagle medical clinic and nursery that is not open to the public. Eagle Mountain Sanctuary and the Wings of America theater have entertained and educated Dollywood visitors since its April 1991 debut. As a matter of fact, one of the most often asked questions of Dollywood guests upon entering the park is, “Where are the eagles?”

The eagle complex is a cooperative effort between Dollywood and the AEF, a non-profit organization with permits from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency to possess, care for, exhibit, rehabilitate and breed birds of prey.

Team DollyDollywood’s Eagle Mountain Sanctuary Graduates Two Eaglets

Visit Dolly’s Home In The Smoky Mountains: Some Place Special

Published June 1, 2017 / Last Updated June 2, 2017

Dolly Parton invites everyone back to the Smoky Mountains – Some Place Special!

Visit the beautiful Smoky Mountains and experience nature’s renewal along with your own. Dolly invites families back to the Smokies and shares why they really are some place special. Here families can laugh, play and stay as they rejuvenate their spirit and make lasting memories together. Dolly says,

“Come on back; we’re here and better than ever.”

With the award-winning atmosphere of Dollywood theme park, America’s must-see water park, Dollywood’s Splash Country, and multiple lodging options, families can create a unique experience they’ll remember for a lifetime.

Families can also find world-class entertainment in Pigeon Forge at Dixie Stampede Dinner Attraction and Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Adventures – the all-new dinner and show now in its premier season.

Plan an exciting summer getaway in the Smoky Mountains – Some Place Special!
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Dixie Stampede Dinner Attraction
Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Adventures

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WATCH: Return To Gatlinburg With Dolly Parton And HLN’s Robin Meade

Published May 24, 2017 / Last Updated June 15, 2017

Dolly Parton sits down with HLN’s Robin Meade in “Return to Gatlinburg”

HLN’s Robin Meade of the Morning Express Show recently visited the Great Smoky Mountains. She talked with Dolly Parton about ongoing recovery efforts and the final My People Fund disbursements.

Robin also visited with one of the families affected and shared their story. Roger Prince and Megan Kelly are just one of the families who lost their home in the devastating wildfires. Robin accompanied the couple as they revisited the site where their home once stood.

Robin also reminds everyone that visiting the Great Smoky Mountains is the best way to show their support. Morning Express with Robin Meade airs weekday mornings on HLN from 6 AM – 11 AM EST.

About My People Fund

The Dollywood Foundation’s My People Fund provided a total of $10,000 (per family) over the course of six months to the more than 900 Sevier County families whose homes were completely destroyed in the Smoky Mountain wildfires. Any family who lost their primary residence (renters and homeowners) due to the wildfires in Sevier County were eligible.

About The Mountain Tough Recovery Team

The mission of the Mountain Tough Recovery Team is to assist individuals and families recovering from the 2016 wildfires in Gatlinburg and the surrounding Sevier County area to rebuild and provide resources for other unmet needs for both homeowners and renters impacted by the fires.

Devastating wildfires claimed the lives of 14 people and destroyed thousands of homes and buildings in Sevier County, TN, on November 28, 2016.

Team DollyWATCH: Return To Gatlinburg With Dolly Parton And HLN’s Robin Meade

Extraordinary Bluegrass Entertainment & Tasty Barbeque At Dollywood

Published May 24, 2017 / Last Updated May 24, 2017

Dollywood’s Barbeque & Bluegrass (May 26-June 4) features extraordinary bluegrass acts and delicious barbeque!

With Dollywood’s award-winning chefs offering up tasty barbeque and the biggest names in bluegrass serving up some sweet sounds, Dollywood’s Barbeque & Bluegrass (May 26-June 4) continues the “Year of the Family” with a special treat for the senses.

Steep Canyon Rangers (May 31), Rhonda Vincent & The Rage (June 4), Dailey & Vincent (May 29), and seven-time International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Vocal Group of the Year Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver (May 28) are among the acts helping the festival reach a high note. Dolly Parton said,

“There’s no doubt bluegrass holds a special place in my heart. There is something so beautiful about the sounds of that good ol’ mountain music. That’s why it’s a treat to have these great bluegrass performers, like my good friend Rhonda Vincent, at Dollywood during my Barbeque & Bluegrass festival. These really are the best in the business, and I’m glad we’re able to share their gifts with the guests who come visit us. Heck, I might even grab a plate of those ribs and sit down and enjoy some of the shows myself!”

Award-Winning Acts

Dailey and Vincent at Dollywood's Barbeque & Bluegrass Dailey and Vincent at Dollywood's Barbeque & Bluegrass
Rhonda Vincent and the Rage at Dollywood's Barbeque & Bluegrass Rhonda Vincent and the Rage at Dollywood's Barbeque & Bluegrass
Hot Rize at Dollywood's Barbeque & Bluegrass Hot Rize at Dollywood's Barbeque & Bluegrass
Mark O'Conner Band at Dollywood's Barbeque & Bluegrass Mark O'Conner Band at Dollywood's Barbeque & Bluegrass
Steep Canyon Rangers at Dollywood's Barbeque & Bluegrass Steep Canyon Rangers at Dollywood's Barbeque & Bluegrass
Flatt Lonesome at Dollywood's Barbeque & Bluegrass Flatt Lonesome at Dollywood's Barbeque & Bluegrass
Blue Highway at Dollywood's Barbeque & Bluegrass Blue Highway at Dollywood's Barbeque & Bluegrass
Cricket Tell the Weather at Dollywood's Barbeque and Bluegrass Cricket Tell the Weather at Dollywood's Barbeque and Bluegrass
The Gibson Brothers at Dollywood's Barbeque & Bluegrass The Gibson Brothers at Dollywood's Barbeque & Bluegrass

This year’s festival includes a number of IBMA and Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America (SPBGMA) award winners. Award-winning acts include Flatt Lonesome. This rising new group won the 2016 IBMA Vocal Group of the Year. They also received Album of the Year and Song of the Year the same year. The group headlines the festival on June 3. Kelsi Robertson Harrigill of Flatt Lonesome said,

“Flatt Lonesome always looks forward to being part of the Dollywood Barbeque and Bluegrass Festival. It is a great event that features all our favorite things – roller coasters, barbeque and bluegrass music, and the folks that come to the shows are always so much fun to play for. We sure hope to be part of this great festival every year!”

Artist Line-Up

An impressive calendar of bluegrass talent performs throughout the festival. Guests can enjoy more than 25 individual concerts scheduled each day on stages across the park. Legendary bluegrass group Hot Rize kicks off the festival on May 26. The Gibson Brothers (May 27) and Band of Ruhks (May 28) are also playing on opening weekend. Other Barbeque & Bluegrass performers include Blue Highway (June 3), Cricket Tell the Weather (June 3) and Farmhands (June 2). The lineup also includes the ETSU Pride Bluegrass Band (May 30). Also, catch Carson Peters and Iron Mountain (May 26) and The Loose Strings Band (May 31). Six-String Soldiers, the bluegrass arm of the United States Army Field Band, play, appropriately enough, on Sunday, May 28 and Memorial Day Monday, May 29. Andrea Asprelli of Cricket Tell the Weather said,

“As a singer and a songwriter who loves bluegrass music, it’s an honor to be able to play at Dollywood this year. I first listened to Dolly on the ‘Trio’ albums, and soon learned that her powerful vocals were just as inspiring as her creative, entrepreneurial and loving spirit.”

All concerts are free and included with park admission.

Delicious Barbeque

Dollywood’s award-winning food perfectly complements the sounds of bluegrass music’s finest. The aroma of bold barbeque wafts through the air, thanks to expertly-prepared pulled pork, smoked sausage and chicken. Bountiful barbeque entrees are accompanied by Southern favorites like baked beans, corn on the cob and more. Guests also can find a number of sweet treats to put an exclamation point on their meal!

Dollywood’s Year of The Family provides amazing new memory-making moments for families to celebrate.

Learn more about Dollywood’s Barbeque & Bluegrass online or call 1-800-DOLLYWOOD.

Team DollyExtraordinary Bluegrass Entertainment & Tasty Barbeque At Dollywood

Pirates Voyage Hosts 13th Annual Imagination Library Kid’s Festival

Published May 22, 2017 / Last Updated May 23, 2017

Huge crowd at 13th Annual Imagination Library Kid’s Festival at Pirates Voyage in Myrtle Beach, SC

The crew at Pirates Voyage wants to say thank you to everyone for another great Imagination Library Kid’s Festival!

This year’s event drew an estimated crowd of over 7,000! At one point, our local police officers had to leave their booth to help direct traffic into the event. We are thankful they were happy to help out.

Special thanks to all the volunteers for their many hours of service. And thank you to our vendors for their wonderful booths and fun activities. We know Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library means as much to you as it does to us!

The Imagination Library in South Carolina serves over 36,000 registered children. Pirates Voyage is the local affiliate here in Horry County where 7,576 registered children receive one free book each month.

If you live in Horry County, SC and have a child under five years old, visit the Imagination Library website to register.

Imagination Library Kid's Festival at Pirates Voyage in Myrtle Beach, SC Imagination Library Kid's Festival at Pirates Voyage in Myrtle Beach, SC

About Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

Founded in 1995, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a book gifting organization that currently mails over one million free books each month to children in Australia, Canada, United Kingdom and the United States. Each month, the program mails specially selected, high-quality, age-appropriate books to registered children from birth until they start Kindergarten in participating communities. Dolly envisioned creating a lifelong love of reading in children, preparing them for school and inspiring them to dream. Recent studies suggest participation in the Imagination Library is positively and significantly associated with higher measures of early language and math development. Penguin Random House is the exclusive publisher for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.

Team DollyPirates Voyage Hosts 13th Annual Imagination Library Kid’s Festival