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Dollywood’s Harvest Festival Brings Fall Family Fun to America’s #1 Theme Park

Published September 21, 2022 / Last Updated September 21, 2022
Team Dolly is a collaboration of writers, editors, and publishers assembled by Dolly Parton Productions. Each member is dedicated to accurately publishing the latest news and historical archives of the living legend that is Dolly Rebecca Parton.

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New Hoot Owl Hollow displays provide more fun for all during Dollywood’s 2022 Harvest Festival

Dollywood guests are sure to have a hoot during this year’s Harvest Festival presented by Humana (Sept. 23 – Oct. 29), thanks to a brand new area created within the family-favorite Great Pumpkin LumiNights presented by Covenant Health.

Appropriately named Hoot Owl Hollow, the area features hundreds of pumpkins in Dollywood’s Craftsman’s Valley that celebrate the nocturnal creature, including a massive 14-foot tall version created with more than 150 carved white pumpkins. It’s just the latest addition to the event that has overwhelmingly become one of America’s favorite fall family destinations, and it will surely have guests pulling an “owl-nighter” in order to experience “owl” the fun!

“I just know folks are going to get a kick out of the new Hoot Owl Hollow,” Dolly shared. “And in ‘owl’ seriousness, I hope our guests make their own precious Smoky Mountain memories while they are here. As I look back on my favorite family memories, so many of them took place during this time of year, and I hope our guests leave with those special moments they’ll share forever.”

A longstanding tradition for so many, the Harvest Festival greets guests with the surrounding mountainsides draped in vibrant colors. Dollywood’s landscaping and fresh décor accent the autumn atmosphere and bring the beauty right into the park, making it ripe for families to create their picture-perfect pumpkin photo ops to share with friends!

“I think everybody knows I believe every day in the Smoky Mountains is beautiful and truly a gift from God,” Dolly said, “but I do feel like fall is when He really puts on a show for all of us to admire and enjoy. As the leaves change, the mountains transform into a patchwork of bright, vibrant colors that make them look as if they’ve come alive. The hot summer days start to fade and crisp, cool winds bring that fresh mountain air down into the valleys and right into my Dollywood. To me, this has to be the most beautiful theme park in the whole world, because no park in the world is built right in the middle of the Smokies!”

Great Pumpkin LumiNights

At night, Great Pumpkin LumiNights, one of the nation’s premier family-friendly harvest time events, provides bushels of memories for guests, thanks to thousands of glowing and carved pumpkins throughout Dollywood. For those with small children—or anyone looking for a fun, not scary experience—this event is certainly the cream of the crop. Families can bask in the glow as they wander through displays in Dollywood’s Timber Canyon, Wilderness Pass, Wildwood Grove and Craftsman’s Valley areas. Beyond the impressive displays, guests can find a number of exciting activities to create long-lasting memories together.

Award-Winning Entertainment

No festival at Dollywood is complete without award-winning entertainment, and the Harvest Festival certainly delivers. Several genres are well-represented with a wide range of Southern Gospel and bluegrass artists, as well as Americana acts and classic country performers scheduled to appear. In all, more than 1,900 performances take place during the Harvest Festival.

Fresh off a finalist appearance on America’s Got Talent, Chapel Hart graces the stage of DP’s Celebrity Theater on Oct. 2. Country music legend John Anderson—known for hits like “Swingin’,” “Seminole Wind,” and “Straight Tequila Night”—visits the park on Oct. 10. Contemporary Christian group Sidewalk Prophets visits Sept. 28, while Southern Gospel favorites, including The Collingsworth Family (Sept. 26), Karen Peck and New River (Oct. 5), Triumphant Quartet (Oct. 19) and The Isaacs (Oct. 21), also entertain guests throughout the festival. Bluegrass is well represented with Rhonda Vincent and the Rage (Oct. 24), Dailey & Vincent (Oct. 24) and more set to perform. Knoxville’s Emily Ann Roberts—who placed second on season nine of NBC’s The Voice—performs Oct. 20.

A complete schedule can be found on Dollywood.com. Performances take place on indoor and outdoor stages throughout the park, allowing the beautiful sounds to echo through the surrounding hillsides and create highly-engaging entertainment offerings.

Flavors of Fall

Dollywood’s culinary team has created a smorgasbord of creations to take advantage of the bountiful supply of crops provided by the Smoky Mountain harvest. The smells of smoked bratwursts, turkey legs or smoked andouille sausage mac and cheese pair nicely with the fresh tastes of sweet potato poutine, spiced pumpkin bisque and BUSH’S three bean pumpkin chili. For sweet treats, the ever-popular pumpkin spice is in full supply with items ranging from pumpkin spice churros with pumpkin fluff to pumpkin spice iced coffee. Items like the maple pecan bacon funnel cake, hot apple cider, wassail or an apple pie milkshake are perfect to carry and enjoy while admiring the beauty of Dollywood in the fall.

Several other guest favorites return to the Harvest Festival, including the colossal pumpkins—last year’s pumpkins ranged in weight from 800 to 1,500 lbs. each—which come from growers across the East Coast. Visiting artisans display their handmade wares at locations throughout Dollywood, with many demonstrating the skills and techniques they use as they create their one-of-a-kind treasures.

Harvest Festival Happenings at DreamMore Resort

The Harvest Festival fun is also celebrated at Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa with themed activities and harvest décor planned throughout the resort’s property.

Guests can enjoy live entertainment by featured Harvest Festival performers in the resort’s atrium every Tuesday, including performances by The Young Fables, The Woods, Billy and Cruz Contreras, the High Beams and Kate and Corey. Daily roaming performers can also be found throughout the resort.

The resort’s culinary team is cooking up special dining experiences, including an unforgettable wine pairing event on Saturday, Oct. 23. In The Lounge, guests can feast upon delicious harvest-themed food and beverage options. At The Spa at DreamMore Resort, guests can relax with special treatments infused with fall scents and ingredients. For Dollywood’s Harvest Festival, guests can choose from treatments that are reminiscent of harvest in the Smoky Mountains such as the Honey Chai Massage or Luminous Pumpkin Facial.

Plan Your Visit

With so many opportunities for creating vibrant new family traditions, Dollywood’s Harvest Festival is a must-see experience this season.

Dollywood is open 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. each day of operation (Sept. 23 – Oct. 29) during the Harvest Festival. The park is closed on Tuesdays throughout the festival. For more information and a park operating calendar, visit Dollywood.com or download the Dollywood app.

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Fall Into Autumn with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

Published September 20, 2022 / Last Updated September 21, 2022
Team Dolly is a collaboration of writers, editors, and publishers assembled by Dolly Parton Productions. Each member is dedicated to accurately publishing the latest news and historical archives of the living legend that is Dolly Rebecca Parton.

Managing Editor - Jacob Timmons
Creative Director - Sarah Chapman
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Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Inspires a Love of Reading This Fall

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library ushers in autumn by celebrating major achievements in literacy, while encouraging good reading habits with a colorful selection of fall books!

As of September 2022, Dolly’s childhood literacy program has gifted over 190 million books to children across the U.S., Canada, U.K., Australia and the Republic of Ireland. As we enter into fall, the Imagination Library continues to inspire more children around the world to Dream More, Learn More, Care More and Be More!

Celebrating Statewide Successes

On August 9, Dolly visited statewide celebrations of her Imagination Library in Ohio and West Virginia. Capping each appearance with a special musical performance, Dolly wanted to personally congratulate these states on their significant achievements of full statewide coverage, which gives every child under age five in each state the opportunity to enroll in her Imagination Library. The events were broadcast live on YouTube and Facebook, and you can view Dolly’s appearances at the celebrations by watching the replays, now available to stream online.

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art Honors Imagination Library

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library has been chosen as the recipient of this year’s Carle Honors Angel by the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. The 2022 Carle Honors will be awarded at a special benefit gala on Thursday, September 29 in New York City, recognizing individuals and organizations whose creative vision and long-term dedication have had a profound effect on picture books and the vital role they play in arts appreciation and early literacy.

Fall in Love With Reading

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is dedicated to inspiring a love of reading and learning by gifting books to families through funding shared by Dolly and local community partnerships. Fall is a wonderful time of year to cozy up with your child and read a good book together! Here are a few of the specially selected, age-appropriate books going out to registered children this fall.

 

Goldilocks - Imagination Library Fall BooksGoldilocks and the Three Bears

The classic tale of Goldilocks comes to life in this enchanting edition, filled with lavish illustrations by Jan Brett.

 

 

Counting with Barefoot Critters - Imagination Library Fall BooksCounting with Barefoot Critters

Join a cast of adorable animal characters as they explore numbers and counting in this charming book by Teagan White.

 

 

Lion vs Rabbit - Imagination Library Fall BooksLion vs Rabbit

This hilarious story by Alex Latimer shows that when it comes to outwitting a bully, someone small can truly be more powerful than someone big.

 

 

New to the Imagination Library?

Check availability in your area to register a child, sign up to receive a notification when the Imagination Library becomes available to you or learn more about how to Start A Program in your area.

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Sail Into an Autumn Adventure at Pirates Voyage

Published September 20, 2022 / Last Updated September 21, 2022
Team Dolly is a collaboration of writers, editors, and publishers assembled by Dolly Parton Productions. Each member is dedicated to accurately publishing the latest news and historical archives of the living legend that is Dolly Rebecca Parton.

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Creative Director - Sarah Chapman
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Celebrate Fall With Fun, Feast, and Adventure at Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show

Ahoy, matey! Are you ready to set sail into an unforgettable autumn adventure? Plan a visit to Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show! This incredible dinner attraction has two locations — one in Pigeon Forge, TN, and one in Myrtle Beach, SC. Find out why you’ll love celebrating the fall season with fun, feast, and adventure at Pirates Voyage:

Fall Fun

The one thing your fall vacation needs is fun. And, the best way to have fun is to visit Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show! Join the Crimson and Sapphire crews in an epic pirate adventure as they battle for the pirate treasure. You’ll be amazed by sword fighting, cannons blazing, acrobatics, and high-diving stunts in an epic battle on land, on deck, in water, and high above two full-sized pirate ships in an indoor hideaway lagoon. This thrilling show doesn’t just have pirates, though! You can expect to see mystical mermaids, tropical birds, salty sea lions, and diving dogs as well. Your whole crew will love cheering on the Crimson and Sapphire crews during their action-packed battle!

A Fall Feast

You better bring your appetite when you visit Pirates Voyage. This dinner attraction is serving up a four-course feast this fall that is enough to fill the hungriest of pirates. When we say big, we mean bigger than the autumn harvest! At the Myrtle Beach Location, the Me Hearties Feast includes Voyager Creamy Vegetable Soup, Buccaneer Bread, Half O’ Roasted Cackler (Chicken), Swashbucklin’ Sugar-Cured Ham, Cob O’ Buttery Corn, Pirate Herb-Basted Potato, and Apple O’ Me Eye Pie! You’ll also be able to wet your whistles with unlimited Coca-Cola, tea, or coffee.

If you visit the Pigeon Forge location, the four-course feast includes Voyager Creamy Vegetable Soup, a Buccaneer Biscuit, Cracklin’ Pan-Fried Chicken, Sugar-Cured Ham, Corn on the Cob, an Herb-basted Potato, a Walk the Plank Peach Turnover, and unlimited Coca Cola, tea, or coffee.

Pirates Voyage offers vegetarian, gluten-free, vegan, and dairy-free meals upon request.

Plan Your Autumn Adventure

Your treasure awaits at Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show! If you’re ready for an autumn adventure unlike any other, start planning your visit to this popular dinner attraction. Visit the Pirates Voyage website to get your tickets.

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Fall for Fun at Dolly Parton’s Stampede

Published September 20, 2022 / Last Updated September 22, 2022
Team Dolly is a collaboration of writers, editors, and publishers assembled by Dolly Parton Productions. Each member is dedicated to accurately publishing the latest news and historical archives of the living legend that is Dolly Rebecca Parton.

Managing Editor - Jacob Timmons
Creative Director - Sarah Chapman
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Enjoy a High-Spirited Autumn Adventure at the World’s Most Visited Dinner Attraction®

Leaves are changing, temperatures are cooling, and unforgettable autumn adventures are waiting to be had! There’s no better way to celebrate the fall season than with a visit to Dolly Parton’s Stampede in Pigeon Forge, TN and Branson, MO. Here’s what you can expect when you visit Dolly Parton’s Stampede this fall.

A High-Spirited Autumn Adventure

Tighten your bootstraps for a thrilling performance that features 32 magnificent horses and a cast of top-notch trick riders! When you visit Dolly Parton’s Stampede this autumn, you’ll experience everything from horseback riding stunts to phenomenal musical productions. Watch in excitement as our talented cast members show off their skills and put on a performance of a lifetime. Friendly competition, impressive stunts, spectacular special effects, and more all combine to provide you with a high-spirited autumn adventure!

A Four-Course Fall Feast

At Dolly Parton’s Stampede, you can enjoy a four-course feast as big as the autumn harvest! Your dinner includes The Stampede’s Original Creamy Vegetable Soup, a Scrumptious Homemade Biscuit, a Mouth-Watering Tender Whole Rotisserie Chicken, Delicious Hickory Smoked Barbecued Pork Loin, Buttery Corn on the Cob, a Tasty Herb Basted Potato, and The Stampede’s Specialty Dessert while you watch the show. Dolly Parton’s Stampede also offers vegetarian and gluten-free meals available upon request!

Family Fun

Dolly Parton’s Stampede is the perfect attraction for family fun this fall. Everyone from kids to adults will love celebrating a family tradition at this world-class attraction. Begin your experience with the Horse Walk, which allows your family to meet the four-legged stars in their stalls before the show. Then, grab your seats and prepare for a delicious meal together while you watch the adventure unfold. After the performance, stop by the gift shop for the perfect souvenir! Your kids can get a plush horse like the ones they just saw perform, and you can purchase the family photo you took in The Stampede when you arrived! One thing is for sure — your family will have an unforgettable fall evening at Dolly Parton’s Stampede.

Are you ready to fall for fun at Dolly Parton’s Stampede? Visit the Dolly Parton’s Stampede website and start planning your visit to the show!

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Dolly Parton Teams With Kelly Clarkson for “9 to 5” Remake

Published September 9, 2022 / Last Updated September 14, 2022
Team Dolly is a collaboration of writers, editors, and publishers assembled by Dolly Parton Productions. Each member is dedicated to accurately publishing the latest news and historical archives of the living legend that is Dolly Rebecca Parton.

Managing Editor - Jacob Timmons
Creative Director - Sarah Chapman
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Dolly Parton and Kelly Clarkson release “9 to 5” duet from the new documentary, Still Working 9 to 5

Dolly Parton has teamed up with Kelly Clarkson for a new duet of her classic hit, “9 to 5.” The reimagined version, produced by Shane McAnally, Sasha Alex Sloan and King Henry, was created especially for the new documentary Still Working 9 to 5, which will be released in select theaters on September 16.

“I was blown away when I heard what Shane had done with my song,” Dolly shared with Rolling Stone. “This arrangement shows how differently a song can be done and the story can be told in a whole new way. A special thanks to Steve Summers for getting the ball rolling on this whole musical venture.”

Steve Summers, creative director for Dolly Parton Enterprises and an executive producer on the new film, is credited with suggesting the slower-tempo, moodier interpretation that reflects the continuing struggles faced by women in the workplace.

Still Working 9 to 5

The documentary film Still Working 9 to 5 examines the 40-year evolution of gender inequality and discrimination in the workplace since the 1980 release of the groundbreaking seminal comedy, 9 to 5, which starred Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Dolly Parton, and Dabney Coleman. Featuring interviews with Dolly and some of her original 9 to 5 co-stars, Still Working 9 to 5 reflects on the making of the original comedy, the issues of gender inequality that the film addresses, and explores why workplace inequality is no laughing matter.

Now Available

The “9 to 5” duet, featuring Dolly Parton and Kelly Clarkson, is available now on all digital and streaming platforms. Still Working 9 to 5 will be available for a limited theatrical release beginning September 16, with additional screenings at major film festivals throughout the United States.

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