Published September 28, 2021 / Last Updated September 29, 2021
Dolly Celebrates Her Favorite Time of Year and Embraces the Beauty of Fall
As summertime comes to a close, the days start to get shorter, and we all get to slow down a bit to appreciate the beauty that arrives with autumn. Dolly ushers in a celebration of this wonderful season by sharing everything she loves about her favorite time of year.
“I love fall. It’s my favorite time of the year,” Dolly shared. “I love all the fun, the food, the beautiful leaves… I love all of God’s beauty and the fall, I think, shows it almost more than any other part of the year.”
FALL FAMILY FUN
Dollywood welcomes guests to celebrate the splendor of autumn during their annual Harvest Festival, happening September 24-October 30. The popular event, which includes the family-friendly Great Pumpkin LumiNights, features all of the fun, flavorful food and award-winning entertainment that make this a must-see experience for your family this fall!
Dolly’s Stampede in Pigeon Forge and Branson welcomes families to saddle up for an autumn adventure filled with thrilling horse riding stunts, while enjoying a bountiful four-course feast. Buccaneers of all ages will enjoy visiting Pirates Voyage in Pigeon Forge and Myrtle Beach, where a swashbuckling adventure awaits!
NEWS WORTH SHARING
Library of Congress
Dolly’s Imagination Library received one of the highest literacy honors from the Library of Congress for its dedication to inspiring a love of reading in children. The Library of Congress awarded the Imagination Library with the $150,000 David M. Rubenstein Prize for its work in gifting more than 167 million books to children around the world.
During the 2021 Creative Arts Emmy Awards ceremony, Dolly won her first Emmy for Outstanding Television Movie as executive producer of her Netflix holiday musical, “Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square.” The film’s choreographer, Debbie Allen, also took home an Emmy for Outstanding Choreography For Scripted Programming.
TIME Magazine has named Dolly Parton among the 100 most influential people of 2021, with a foreword written by her goddaughter, Miley Cyrus. Dolly is one of only two country artists, along with Kane Brown, who earned a coveted spot on the list, announced on Wednesday, September 15.
MUSIC & MORE
“Eagle When She Flies”
Dolly has partnered with award-winning Puerto Rican musician José Feliciano to add some “new flair” to her song, “Eagle When She Flies,” in a new recording of the country music classic.
Dolly – Scent From Above
Dolly’s first-ever signature fragrance in partnership with Scent Beauty is now available! Dolly – Scent From Above transports us to a place where everything is possible. Flowers blossom with rhinestone hearts and playful butterflies. Notes of mandarin, peony blossoms, jasmine, vanilla, sandalwood, musk and patchouli are truly Scent from Above.
EMBRACE THE BEAUTY OF AUTUMN
Fall is an inspiring time of year, not just in the Great Smoky Mountains where Dolly grew up, but God’s beauty can be seen all around us. As the leaves change and autumn colors burst forth, take time to reflect and embrace the beauty found in our own lives.
“Everything’s Beautiful (In its Own Way)”
Words can’t describe what I feel inside When I see the beauty in each coming day What my eyes behold can’t be bought or sold And everything’s beautiful in its own way
Published September 23, 2021 / Last Updated September 23, 2021
Sail into an action-packed autumn at Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show!
Sail into fantastic fall fun at Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show! With locations in Myrtle Beach, SC, and Pigeon Forge, TN, landlubbers will thrill at the swashbuckling action and bountiful four-course feast that awaits yer crew in this amazing adventure!
Swashbuckling Fall Fun
Join the Sapphire and Crimson crews for an amazing adventure led by the most famous pirate, Blackbeard, and his quartermaster, Calico Jack. Buccaneers of all ages will be amazed by mystical mermaids, daring pirates, tropical birds and much more in this thrilling battle on land, on deck, in water and high above two full-sized pirate ships in an indoor hideaway lagoon! Daring diving dogs, salty sea lions and tropical birds join the quest. Yer crew is sure to be cheering at every thrilling moment!
As any pirate knows, searching for treasure can work up quite an appetite! Our mouthwatering four-course feast is sure to quench your hunger with a bounty bigger than the autumn harvest.
The Four-Course Pirate Feast in Myrtle Beach begins with voyager creamy vegetable soup and buccaneer bread. The feast fit for a pirate continues with a half o’ roasted cackler (chicken), pulled barbeque pork, cob o’ buttery corn and a pirate herb-basted potato. Apple o’ me eye pie and unlimited Coca-Cola® products, tea or coffee complete the meal.
In Pigeon Forge, Me Hearties Feast begins with a buccaneer biscuit and voyager creamy vegetable soup. Then, indulge in a bountiful fare of cracklin’ pan-fried chicken, sugar-cured ham, cob o’ buttery corn and a pirate herb-basted potato. Our delicious walk the plank peach turnover completes the meal, along with unlimited Coca-Cola® products, tea or coffee to wet yer whistle!
Savory vegetarian, gluten-free, vegan and dairy-free meals are available upon request at the time of reservation.
No fall vacation is complete without a visit to Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show in Myrtle Beach, SC, or Pigeon Forge, TN! What are ye waiting for, matey? Visit Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show to book your tickets today!
Team DollyFollow Yer Compass to Autumn Adventure at Pirates Voyage!
Published September 23, 2021 / Last Updated September 23, 2021
Feast your way into fall at The World’s Most Visited Dinner Attraction®
Take the reins and saddle up for spectacular autumn adventure at Dolly Parton’s Stampede! With locations in Branson, MO, and Pigeon Forge, TN, there’s no better place to enjoy the sights, sounds and tastes of fall than Dolly Parton’s Stampede.
From the stirring music and thrilling horse-riding stunts to the friendly competition and mouthwatering Four-Course Feast, Dolly Parton’s Stampede is an exciting dinner experience for all ages.
Gather ‘round the campfire and go back in time to the sights and sounds of the old west. With foot-stomping singing and dancing and state-of-the-art effects, experience a timeless adventure filled with galloping horses, free-roaming buffalo, cowboys and cowgirls.
You’ll be in awe of our 32 magnificent horses as our show takes you on a thrilling ride of epic proportions. Cheer for your team as our talented riders jump into autumn’s timeless colorful traditions with a wide variety of classic trick riding events. You can count on an exhilarating show filled with lots of friendly competition, daring stunts and phenomenal music, all while you enjoy a mouthwatering Four-Course Feast!
Savory Fall Flavors
Savor the tastes of fall as you feast on a four-course meal as big as the autumn harvest! Our Four-Course Family Feast includes our famous creamy vegetable soup, a homemade buttery biscuit, a whole rotisserie chicken, hickory-smoked barbequed pork loin, buttery corn on the cob, an herb-basted potato, Stampede’s own specialty dessert and unlimited beverages including Coca-Cola® products, tea and coffee. (Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free meals are available upon request.)
With incredible stunts, show-stopping music and a fabulous four-course feast, no fall vacation is complete without a visit to Dolly Parton’s Stampede in Branson, MO, or Pigeon Forge, TN!
Published September 20, 2021 / Last Updated September 29, 2021
Award-winning musician José Feliciano adds Latin influence to Dolly’s country music classic, “Eagle When She Flies”
Global music icons José Feliciano and Dolly Parton released their first-ever song collaboration in a new recording of “Eagle When She Flies.” Dolly originally wrote and recorded “Eagle When She Flies” for the 1991 album of the same title, with the song reaching No. 33 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. Now, Dolly has partnered with award-winning Puerto Rican musician José Feliciano to add some “new flair” to her song in a new recording, released on September 17 along with a new lyric video.
“Eagle When She Flies” releases on the heels of Feliciano’s recent 50-year anniversary celebration of his iconic holiday classic, “Feliz Navidad.” No stranger to the country music world, he has recorded many country songs in the span of his legendary career and performed with some of the genre’s most critically-acclaimed artists, including Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Glenn Campbell. Now, his collaboration with Dolly marks his latest contribution to the country music world. Feliciano shared,
“‘Eagle When She Flies’ became very personal when my producer, Rick Jarrard, brought it to me for our Nashville recording session for the ‘Behind This Guitar’ album. After hearing it the very first time, I knew exactly what Dolly was saying, knowing certain women who are precisely what the song is about and so I needed to echo that, myself. I am blown away and so honored, really, that she offered to sing it with me. You know, Dolly, herself, is a magnificent eagle.”
“Eagle When She Flies,” featuring José Feliciano and Dolly Parton, is available now via all digital and streaming services.
Team DollyDolly Parton Partners With José Feliciano on New Version of “Eagle When She Flies”
Published September 20, 2021 / Last Updated September 23, 2021
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 2021, Dolly’s childhood literacy program has gifted over 167 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 Significant Achievements
On International Literacy Day, September 8, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library received one of the highest literacy honors from the Library of Congress for the work it does to instill a love of reading in children. The Library of Congress awarded the Imagination Library with the $150,000 David M. Rubenstein Prize for its work in delivering more than 160 million books to children around the world. According to a release from the Library of Congress,
“Since 2014 when the Imagination Library received ‘best practice’ recognition from the Library of Congress Literacy Awards, the Dollywood Foundation has strategically positioned the Imagination Library for aggressive growth…Although mailing the books to each child’s home is only one aspect of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, it is a remarkable feat that helps improve literacy on an international scale and creates special moments for children and families.”
Another recent achievement of the Imagination Library was its recognition as the 2021 Friend of Education by the National Association of State Boards of Education. This national award is given annually to an individual or organization whose contributions to preK-12 education are significant and enduring. Robert Hull, NASBE president and CEO said,
“The Imagination Library exemplifies what NASBE values: equity and excellence in the education of all children. The Imagination Library has inspired the love of reading in our youngest children, making it possible for children in all circumstances to thrive in school and support lifelong learning.”
Fall in Love With Reading
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is dedicated to inspiring a love of reading and learning by gifting books, free of charge to families, through funding shared by Dolly and local community partnerships. Fall is a wonderful time of the 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.
You Choose Fairy Tales
Children can choose what’s happening next in this imaginative adventure! “You Choose Fairy Tales” by Pippa Goodhart and Nick Sharratt inspires children to use their imagination to make up a story of their own.
Corduroy Takes A Bow
Using her own experiences as a Tony Award-winning Broadway actress, Viola Davis writes the story of Corduroy and Lisa’s first trip to the theatre in “Corduroy Takes a Bow.”
The Golden Glow
Fox embarks on a quest to find a rare and mysterious plant in “The Golden Glow,” a perfect book for nature lovers, written and illustrated by Benjamin Flouw.
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.
Team DollyUsher in Autumn with Imagination Library