As summer slips away, the days get shorter and the air gets crisper, giving us the perfect opportunity to turn over a new leaf and welcome the fresh energy that comes with fall. As a true lover of all things autumn, Dolly shares what makes this one of her most favorite times of the year.
“Fall has always had a special place in my heart,” Dolly shared. “It’s like the world is putting on a show with all those colorful leaves. It’s a time when everything’s changing…and that reminds all of us that a little bit of change can be beautiful.”
This fall, Dolly is not only enjoying the beauty of the season, but she’s been busy making new music and reaching new milestones, imparting an air of excitement into the autumn months that lie ahead.
This year, Dollywood took top honors at the Golden Ticket Awards by claiming the award for Best Park, following several years’ worth of recognition of Dollywood’s top status within the theme park industry. Dolly Parton was also personally recognized with the prestigious Industry Legends Golden Ticket Award. Dollywood received finalist placement in ten total categories and achieved a record-breaking five Golden Ticket Awards, securing its place as the world’s most-honored theme park.
Dollywood welcomes guests to celebrate the splendor of autumn during their annual Harvest Festival, happening September 20 – 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!
Take the reins this fall and experience an unforgettable autumn adventure at Dolly Parton’s Stampede! With locations in both Branson, MO and Pigeon Forge, TN, there’s no better place to celebrate the fall season. Enjoy thrilling horse riding stunts, stunning musical productions, breathtaking aerial performances, and a delicious four-course feast when you visit this family-friendly, world-class dinner attraction.
For an unforgettable autumn adventure, Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show is the place to be this fall. This popular dinner attraction has locations in Pigeon Forge, TN and Myrtle Beach, SC, taking guests on an epic pirate journey featuring high seas escapades and romance, complemented with a hearty four- course pirate feast.
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library enters the fall season with over 200 Million Reasons to Celebrate, having now gifted over 218 million books to children across the U.S., Canada, UK, Australia and the Republic of Ireland. With the significant achievement of full statewide coverage in Kansas and Washington and the rollout of new statewide programs in Alabama and Indiana, they’re expanding access to free books, inspiring children everywhere to Dream More, Learn More, Care More and Be More!
Dolly’s latest single and music video from her upcoming Rockstar album is now available. A stirring rendition of the ‘90s hit, “What’s Up?” features the song’s writer and lead singer, Linda Perry. In this song about the at-times, overwhelming pressures of the world around us and the need for release, Dolly’s angelic and hopeful voice ushers in a sense of promise for a better tomorrow.
Dolly was joined by fellow musical titans Paul McCartney (vocals/piano), Ringo Starr (drums), Peter Frampton (guitar) and Mick Fleetwood (additional percussion) to create an iconic rendition of the classic Beatles hit, “Let It Be,” for her upcoming Rockstar album.
Dolly collaborated with NBCUniversal on the video for her new song “We Are The Champions/We Will Rock You,” which will be used to promote NBCUniversal’s coverage of the Olympic Games Paris that begin in summer 2024. A huge fan of the Olympics and Team USA, Dolly aligned with NBCU to produce an Olympic-themed video that celebrates the athletes and gets people excited about next year’s Games in Paris.
For the first time, Dolly’s taking to Pinterest to give Pinners an insider’s look into her story, style and inspiration, from past to present. Like her beloved “Coat of Many Colors,” a lifetime of moments are weaved together, across a colorway of boards, Pin-by-Pin, to showcase “Dollycore” like never before on her Official Pinterest Profile.
Autumn invites us to embrace its soothing sounds, from the gentle rustle of leaves to the rhythmic patter of rain. Take a moment to step outside and allow these simple melodies to serenade your soul. Within the serenity of these moments, you’ll discover the profound beauty of fall.
I can hear the wind go whistling through the treetops
I hear raindrops falling softly to the ground
In the distance I can hear the roar of thunder
Seems there’s sounds of nature all around
Sounds of nature fill the air with music
How I love and cherish every sound
I often kneel in prayer to thank the Master
For the sounds of nature all around
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library enters the fall season by celebrating new achievements in its statewide expansion efforts and encouraging good reading habits with an imaginative selection of fall books!
Dolly’s book-gifting program has over 200 Million Reasons to Celebrate, having now gifted over 218 million books to children across the U.S., Canada, UK, Australia and the Republic of Ireland. As we embark upon the fall season, the Imagination Library continues to inspire more children around the world to Dream More, Learn More, Care More and Be More!
Dolly’s renowned early childhood literacy program has recently made significant strides in expanding its reach by launching 2 statewide expansions in Indiana and Alabama, with a goal of one day soon providing full statewide access to free books for all children under five in these states.
In Indiana, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is available in 54 counties and is partially available in eight counties, with expansion plans to soon fully cover the entire state – all 92 counties.
Alabama’s program currently has 55 operating local program partners covering portions of Alabama’s 67 counties. The Imagination Library of Alabama expansion will focus on finding community partners to start new Imagination Library programs to eventually reach full coverage across the entire state. These expansions mark an exciting development in providing access to free books for children in these states, furthering the program’s mission of inspiring a love of reading and learning in children from birth to age five.
Dolly Parton recently visited Imagination Library Statewide Celebrations in Kansas and Washington, which marked the significant achievement of full statewide coverage to every child under five in these states.
Governor Kelly welcomed Dolly to Kansas for the Statewide Celebration of the Imagination Library held on August 14, designating it as "Imagination Library of Kansas Day." The celebration, attended by nearly 500 supporters of the program and special guests hosted by the Imagination Library of Kansas, marked the expansion of the Imagination Library to cover the entire state of Kansas, while highlighting the program's significant impact, offering an inspiring example of its mission to provide every child with the gift of reading.
On August 15, Dolly visited Washington to commemorate the "Imagination Library of Washington Day" during a Statewide Celebration of her Imagination Library. This event marked the expansion of the Imagination Library to all Washington counties, extending its reach to all children under five across the state. Hosted by the Imagination Library of Washington, the celebratory event featured a fireside chat with Dolly Parton, small performance, and recognition of champions from across the state who are making Dolly’s dream possible for Washington’s earliest learners.
In celebration of Dolly Parton's Imagination Library reaching the incredible milestone of gifting over 200 million books worldwide, an exciting initiative went underway this September for International Literacy Month. Over 2,800 local partners worldwide have contributed to this achievement by gifting books each month to children.
During the month of September, seven magical Dolly bookmarks were discreetly placed inside Imagination Library books provided to children and families enrolled in the program around the world. Seven fortunate recipients from five different countries who discover these hidden bookmarks in their books will have the chance to enjoy a video chat with Dolly, receive a personalized signed letter, an autographed photo, and four Dollywood Theme Park tickets if they wish. As a gesture of gratitude to the program's dedicated local program partners, the Dollywood Foundation will also donate $2,000 USD/CAD/AUD or £2,000 GBP to the Local Imagination Library Partner, recognizing them as the true heroes of Dolly's initiative.
If you have a child who is enrolled in Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, check inside your September book now to see if you are one of the lucky families!
To learn more, visit www.imaginationlibrary.com/200-million-books.
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is dedicated to inspiring a love of reading and learning by gifting books, free of charge, to families via funding shared by Dolly and local community partners. Fall is a beautiful time of year to spark the imagination, not only by spending more time enjoying fall festivities, but also by spending more time reading! Here are a few of the specially selected, age-appropriate books going out to registered children this fall.
Everybody loves the story of the curious little girl named Goldilocks, who made herself quite at home in the house of the three bears. Jan Brett’s lavish illustrations for this classic tale, full of details and surprises, gives this edition a special flair. Children will marvel at the enchanted world created herein.
Acclaimed paper artist Elly MacKay illustrates a lovely family narrative through the use of weather sayings, creating a beautiful and informational story which will appeal to a child’s fascination with the natural world.
A little boy says goodnight to all his toys, but who is the favourite? Why, it's Tractor of course! With a rhyming text, atmospheric illustrations and plenty of animal sounds to join in with, Goodnight Tractor will help your little darlings go to bed and stay there.
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 summer starts to fade and autumn colors burst forth, Dolly sends warm wishes and shares a few things she loves about her favorite time of year.
“Happy autumn! This is my favorite time of the year, and I’m certainly hoping to get to the Smokies, myself, to see the leaves when they turn color and start falling. Eating all that pumpkin pie, drinking all those pumpkin drinks and all the fun stuff we do this time of year.”
On August 9, Dolly travelled the country to visit statewide celebrations of her Imagination Library in Ohio and West Virginia. Capping each visit with a special musical performance, Dolly appeared 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.
Dollywood welcomes guests to celebrate the wonders of fall during their annual Harvest Festival, happening September 23 – October 29. This year, Dollywood guests are sure to have a “hoot” thanks to a brand new area called “Hoot Owl Hollow,” created within the family-favorite Great Pumpkin LumiNights.
Dolly’s Stampede in Pigeon Forge and Branson welcomes families to enjoy a high-spirited autumn adventure filled with friendly competition, impressive stunts, spectacular special effects and more! Buccaneers of all ages will thrill at the fun, feast and fall family adventure that awaits at Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show in Pigeon Forge and Myrtle Beach.
Dolly 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 released in select theaters on September 16, 2022.
Dolly is set to release “Diamonds & Rhinestones: The Greatest Hits Collection” on Friday, November 18, 2022, a career-spanning retrospective showcasing 23 essential recordings from 1971-2020. A cross-label anthology, “Diamonds & Rhinestones: The Greatest Hits Collection” brings together, for the first time on one album, recordings originally released on Dolly Records, RCA Victor and Columbia Records, as well as the Butterfly Records digital single, “When Life Is Good Again,” written and recorded in 2020 as Dolly’s musical message of hope to fans as the pandemic rolled in.
Dolly’s new pet product line, Doggy Parton, is now available — a line of dog apparel, accessories, toys and more that feature a little “Dolly” inspiration that is sure to get tails waggin’! In partnership with SportPet Designs, Doggy Parton is quite literally a “pet” project that is very near and dear to Dolly’s heart, with part of the proceeds going to Willa B. Farms – a rescue that provides a loving home to displaced animals of all kinds.
With summertime coming to a close, the days start to get shorter and we all get to slow down a bit to appreciate everything that autumn brings. As the leaves fall and nature puts on a beautiful display of color, take time to reflect and embrace the beauty found in our own lives.
It must be you that’s always walking in my dreams
It must be you who’ll always be right next to me
So when you find yourself alone
Just think of me and I’ll be there
Must be you by my side the whole way through
Just like the fresh white winter snow
Our love is pure and it will always grow
And when we’re in those autumn years
Together, we’ll look back, but we won’t shed a single tear
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!
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.
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.
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.
The classic tale of Goldilocks comes to life in this enchanting edition, filled with lavish illustrations by Jan Brett.
Join a cast of adorable animal characters as they explore numbers and counting in this charming book by Teagan White.
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.
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:
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!
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.
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.