Posts Tagged ‘Great Smoky Mountains’

Magician Romeo To Appear In New Theater

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (Jan. 31, 2017) — The Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group is proud to present the return of “Magic Beyond Belief™ Darren Romeo” in the ALL NEW Magic Beyond Belief™ Darren Romeo Theater, 2135 Parkway in Pigeon Forge (across the street from “The Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Feud™”).  Co-owners David Fee and Jim Hedrick, of the Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group, will premiere the new 525 seat-theater on Friday, March 3.

Romeo, an internationally acclaimed magician, has been the star of Fee/Hedrick’s “Magic Beyond Belief™ Darren Romeo” show for the past two years in a matinee show at The Smoky Mountain Opry™ Theater.  Romeo will now star in his own show in a magical evening time slot at the new theater.

This full, two-hour “Magic Beyond Belief™ Darren Romeo” production will feature stunning illusions, mind-boggling special effects, parody celebrity impersonations, hilarious comedy, vocal performance and a huge tribute to the magicians who inspired him the most:  Siegfried and Roy and Harry Blackstone Jr.  It is a high-energy, fast-faced production.

“As a former magician myself, I have loved magic all of my life,” said David Fee, co-owner of the new theater. “Darren Romeo is one of the best magicians I have ever seen. He is extremely special and unique.  His show mixes amazing magic with music, and it is mesmerizing! We are very proud of Darren and of the success of his show in Pigeon Forge and it became obvious to us that he needed his own theater.”

“We expect to invest over $500,000 dollars in theater upgrades to complete the theater with all of the bells and whistles for a truly magical experience,” Fee said. “Two large video screens will complement the show, as well as the glamour of mood-setting lights, engaging music, new elaborate sets, fantastic costumes and state-of-the-art lighting and sound systems.” Fee says the show will leave the entire family spellbound.

Romeo, the first and only protégé of Master Magicians Siegfried and Roy, will appear Monday through Saturday, March through October, at The Magic Beyond Belief Darren Romeo Theater.  Romeo’s “Magic Beyond Belief™ Darren Romeo” is known for his combination of live singing with the art of magic and illusion for a one-of-a-kind magical performance.

Before coming to Pigeon Forge, Romeo previously performed in his own show as “Siegfried & Roy presents: Darren Romeo” at the Mirage in Las Vegas and all over the world.  He has also performed in Las Vegas at Caesar’s Palace, at the Flamingo Hilton and at the world-famous Magic Castle in Hollywood.

Magician Romeo said, “Magic is my passion, and I will be able to present the biggest and best versions of my show to date in the new Magic Beyond Belief Darren Romeo Theater.”

One of the most awarded magicians in the history of magic, Romeo has garnered an extensive list of accolades including:

“Show of the Year” (2 years in a row) from the Branson Critic Association,

Magician of the Year” from the Magic Castle, The Academy of Magical Arts, Inc., the prestigious Merlin Award for “Entertainer of the Year” from the International Magician’s Society and the Milbourne Christopher Award for “Notable Contributions to the Art of Magic” from The Society of American Magicians (SAM).

In addition to all of the large illusions people would expect to see on stage from Siegfried and Roy’s protégé, Romeo will perform close-up magic and sleight of hand tricks in the new show as well.

Romeo will carry on Harry Blackstone Jr.’s legacy by performing his famous “Floating Light Bulb” Illusion.  He is the only magician in the world granted permission from the Blackstone family to perform this tribute.

The New York Daily News called Romeo’s show “Irresistible” and the Las Vegas Review Journal said it was “the most unique and compelling show to hit the strip in many years.” Entertainment Today said his show was “Extraordinary. Fantastic!”

“We want to provide clean wholesome entertainment for families who will return to see our shows again and again,” Fee said. “Our new theater is Beyond Belief!  Get your tickets now before they all . .  . DISAPPEAR!”

“Magic Beyond Belief™ Darren Romeo” will be performed at 8:15 p.m. on Monday through Saturday.  Tickets for the show will be $29.95, plus tax per person and children 11 and under are only $9.95 plus tax per person. There will be a combo deal when guests buy tickets to “The Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Feud™” they will be able to purchase tickets to “Magic Beyond Belief™ Darren Romeo” for $19.95 plus tax per person. For more information visit pigeonforgemagic.com.

The Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group, one of the largest show production companies in the southeast, also owns and produces other major shows in the Smoky Mountain area including “The Smoky Mountain Opry,™” “The Comedy Barn®,” The “Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Feud,™” and “The Smith Morning Variety Show.”

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Dolly Parton Names 2017 Year Of The Family; Adds Two New Rides in 2017

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (Oct. 26, 2016) — Coming off a record year which featured the best new attraction of 2016, Lightning Rod, as well as the successful first anniversary of Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort,  The Dollywood Company continues to provide more unique experiences at each of its family-friendly properties.

Two new family rides debut this summer at Dollywood providing thrilling new adventures for guests. The first is Drop Line, a 200-foot tall free-fall experience that towers over Timber Canyon and provides an incredible view of the park before its exhilarating finish. The drop tower ride lifts Dollywood guests nearly 20 stories above the Canyon’s pool, before plummeting them back to the ground in a thrilling rush. Also new is Whistle Punk Chaser, a junior coaster which throws exciting twists and turns at Dollywood’s younger loggers, helping prepare them for the day they can join their parents aboard the award-winning Thunderhead wooden coaster.

“As everybody already knows, family is very important to me,” Dolly Parton explained. “These days, there doesn’t seem to be enough time for families to be together, whether you’re a just a couple like me and Carl or you have 12 kids like my family did growing up. That’s why we continue to add all these new rides and shows for families to experience together.

“We have something for everyone, but even more important, we have something for you AND your family. We’re adding so much this year; I’m calling 2017 ‘the year of the family!’”

In addition to the new attractions, families have two engaging new events to experience 2017. Just in time for families enjoying spring break, the park will introduce enra, a Tokyo-based dance company which was featured on America’s Got Talent in 2015. The group wowed audiences with their high-energy multi-media dance, light and video fusion show. Interactive video and lights combine with the talented performers to create a unique, cutting-edge experience for guests.

In October, Dollywood’s Harvest Festival adds the spectacular GREAT! Pumpkin LumiNights event. This nighttime event immerses families in fabulous fall pumpkin illumination. Additionally, a new pumpkin trail comes to life after dark with a number of spectacular pumpkin displays glowing with the fire of fall.  The festival also includes the Southern Gospel Jubilee which brings in the greatest Southern gospel talent around.

“We are really excited about adding the GREAT! Pumpkin LumiNights to our Harvest event,” Gene Scherrer, Dollywood Vice-President and General Manager said.  “We’ve created a number of impressive displays that will light up the night and allow us to add some new experiences for families to enjoy the fun of fall in a uniquely Dollywood way.”

The company also recently announced the addition of TailSpin Racer, a multi-lane, mat-racer-style slide to Dollywood’s Splash Country for 2017. The parks’ 2017 additions are all part of Parton’s $300 million investment in Dollywood announced in 2013.

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About The Dollywood Company:   A highly-awarded and widely-recognized leader in the amusement industry, The Dollywood Company consists of the 150-acre Dollywood theme park; the 35-acre Dollywood’s Splash Country; Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort; and Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Cabins. As unique as its namesake and owner Dolly Parton, Dollywood is the 2010 Applause Award winner, the theme park industry’s highest accolade; winner of nearly 30 Golden Ticket Awards; and recipient of 25 Brass Ring Awards for Live Entertainment (more than any other theme park in the world). In 2014, Dollywood was named a top three US theme park by USA Today and TripAdvisor recognized Dollywood as a top 20 worldwide theme park in 2015. Dollywood is open nine months a year (late March through early January) and offers rides and attractions, shows, and a dozen crafters authentic to the East Tennessee region.  Dollywood’s Splash Country, recognized by the Travel Channel as one of the country’s most beautiful waterparks and named 2009’s Must-See Waterpark by the International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions, operates from Memorial Day to Labor Day. The 300-room Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort provides guests spectacular mountain views and family-friendly amenities next door to Dollywood theme park and Dollywood’s Splash Country. Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Cabins offers luxurious cabin accommodations overlooking Dollywood. For more information, call 1-800-DOLLYWOOD or visit dollywood.com. Operating days and hours vary.

Media Contacts:

Pete Owens: Director of Communications, (865) 428-9486, (865) 755-7972 or powens@dollywood.com

Wes Ramey: Public Relations Manager, (865) 428-9484, (865) 640-3805 or wramey@dollywood.com

Amber Davis: Publicist, (865) 428-9601, (865) 591-1002 or aldavis@dollywood.com

Ellen Liston, Publicist, (865) 428-9629, (865) 919-7001 or eliston@dollywood.com

Dollywood Becomes Hollywood On Tuesday, Nov. 22

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (Monday, Oct. 31, 2016) —Dollywood becomes Hollywood on Tuesday, Nov. 22, complete with red carpet arrivals, media interviews and special viewing areas for guests, as Dolly Parton has invited the cast from her new NBC movie, Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love, to visit the park for the worldwide premiere.

Dollywood adds another operating day to its 2016 calendar to allow park guests the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see behind-the-scenes of a real Hollywood premiere. Dollywood opens from 2 -9 p.m. on this special day, providing a sneak peek at the festivities which include red carpet arrivals and more!

The premiere event begins at 5 p.m. with red carpet arrivals following. Parton and cast members of Christmas of Many Colors make their way down the red carpet along Dollywood’s Showstreet as media from across the country cover the action.

The Coca-Cola Refresh Team brings the Coca-Cola Polar Bear to make photos for guests in attendance. Coca-Cola also offers special holiday beverage samplings during the event.

Guests at the premiere also can enjoy Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas presented by Humana, the nine-time award winner for Best Christmas Event. Two new holiday shows and four million dazzling Christmas lights combine with the park’s award-winning rides, delectable holiday dishes and heart-warming Christmas atmosphere for a delightful yuletide experience.

Smoky Mountain Christmas guests can upgrade a paid one-day admission ticket to a regular 2017 season pass for as low as $27 (plus tax when buying four or more). Ticket purchasers receive credit for the value of a regular one-day ticket ($65) toward the purchase of a 2017 season pass. A season pass purchased during Smoky Mountain Christmas provides unlimited admission to this year’s Christmas festival along with Dollywood’s entire 2017 season. (A one-day ticket is valid for upgrade on the day of visit only.) Also, guests who purchase a Dollywood one-day ticket after 6 p.m. receive free admission to the park’s next operating day.

Please visit www.dollywood.com or call 1-800-DOLLYWOOD for more information, including operating days and hours, daily show schedule and more helpful tips to help plan a visit.

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About The Dollywood Company:   A highly-awarded and widely-recognized leader in the amusement industry, The Dollywood Company consists of the 150-acre Dollywood theme park; the 35-acre Dollywood’s Splash Country; Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort; and Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Cabins. As unique as its namesake and owner Dolly Parton, Dollywood is the 2010 Applause Award winner, the theme park industry’s highest accolade; winner of nearly 30 Golden Ticket Awards; and recipient of 25 Brass Ring Awards for Live Entertainment (more than any other theme park in the world). In 2014, Dollywood was named a top three US theme park by USA Today and TripAdvisor recognized Dollywood as a top 20 worldwide theme park in 2015. Dollywood is open nine months a year (late March through early January) and offers rides and attractions, shows, and a dozen crafters authentic to the East Tennessee region.  Dollywood’s Splash Country, recognized by the Travel Channel as one of the country’s most beautiful waterparks and named 2009’s Must-See Waterpark by the International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions, operates from Memorial Day to Labor Day. The 300-room Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort provides guests spectacular mountain views and family-friendly amenities next door to Dollywood theme park and Dollywood’s Splash Country. Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Cabins offers luxurious cabin accommodations overlooking Dollywood. For more information, call 1-800-DOLLYWOOD or visit dollywood.com. Operating days and hours vary.

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Media Contacts:

Pete Owens: Director of Communications, (865) 428-9486, (865) 755-7972 or powens@dollywood.com

Wes Ramey: Public Relations Manager, (865) 428-9484, (865) 640-3805 or wramey@dollywood.com

Amber Davis: Publicist, (865) 428-9601, (865) 591-1002 or aldavis@dollywood.com

Ellen Liston, Publicist, (865) 428-9629, (865) 919-7001 or eliston@dollywood.com

 

 

Three Months of Ripken Experience: 363 Teams, 23 States, $6.7 Million

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (June 2016) – The first three months of youth baseball tournaments at the Ripken Experience Pigeon Forge have been everything the city expected – and perhaps more.

“Baseball lives on statistics, and the numbers coming out of the Ripken Experience are awesome. Visitor spending of $6.7 million in Pigeon Forge is simply wonderful,” said Eric Brackins, Pigeon Forge assistant city manager, who worked closely on development of the $22.5 million project.

Cal Ripken Jr., a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame and chairman and founder of Ripken Baseball, cut the ribbon on the six-field complex on March 9. The first tournament was March 12-13. Ripken Baseball has a 10-year contract to manage the facility.

Cal Ripken Jr. with young player

Cal Ripken Jr. with young player

From mid-March through the third week of June, there have been 11 tournaments that drew 363 teams from 23 states. The Alaska Quakes from Anchorage traveled the greatest distance to play on the fields that offer unobstructed views of the Great Smoky Mountains.

“The 363 teams and their followers, almost 18,000 people, benefit Pigeon Forge in many ways. They stay in our hotels, they dine in our restaurants and they have fun at our attractions and theaters,” Brackins said, noting that tournament scheduling gives them plenty of recreational time.

The appeal of Pigeon Forge as a family vacation destination was a major reason the city built the complex and contracted with Ripken Baseball to operate it.

“We were confident Ripken Baseball could attract teams, and we were equally confident Pigeon Forge would appeal to the players’ families. We’re attracting new people to Pigeon Forge and the Smokies, and we know that new visitors are almost certain to return for future vacations,” said Leon Downey, executive director of the Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism.

The Southeast, the Midwest and the Mid-Atlantic produced the greatest number of teams in the first three months. There were 144 teams from Tennessee, 43 from Georgia, 37 from North Carolina and 24 from Ohio.

In addition to Alaska, other distant states that produced teams included Wisconsin, Texas and Massachusetts.

A tournament with 44 teams from 16 states and Canada in the last days of June will push the team total to more than 400.

The Ripken Experience Pigeon Forge is on a ridge above Pigeon Forge. Each field borrows its design from well-known professional ballparks, including Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore.

The others are Calfee Park in Pulaski, Va., the oldest park in the Appalachian League; Fluor Field in Greenville, S.C., known as “Little Fenway”; Engle Stadium in Chattanooga, Tenn., a filming location for the “42” movie about Jackie Robinson; BB&T Ballpark in Winston-Salem, N.C.; and Isotopes Park in Albuquerque, N.M.

The Ripken Experience Pigeon Forge will host tournaments nine months out of the year and offer year-round branded events in its 14,000-square-foot clubhouse.

Visitor information about Pigeon Forge is available online at MyPigeonForge.com and toll-free at 800-251-9100.

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Contact:

Tom Adkinson

tadkinson@bohanideas.com

615-341-8796

 

 

Pigeon Forge’s July 4 Patriot Festival To Feature Joe Diffie, Fireworks Spectacular

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (June 2016) – Grand Ole Opry member and Grammy Award winner Joe Diffie will rock Patriot Festival, Pigeon Forge’s annual blowout to celebrate July 4, immediately before a spectacular fireworks show brightens the sky over this Great Smoky Mountains resort city.

Activity begins at noon, and onstage entertainment begins at 1:30 p.m. for guests at Patriot Park.  Admission is free.

Joe Diffie

Joe Diffie

In addition to a variety of local entertainers, music will come from Emily Ann Roberts, who placed second on NBC’s “The Voice,” and Tribute, a celebration of the Allman Brothers Band.

Patriot Festival guests will recognize Diffie’s songs that will come from his 20 Top 10 hits and his 13 albums. Count on sing-alongs to “John Deere Green,” “ Prop Me Up Beside the Jukebox” and “If the Devil Danced (in Empty Pockets).”

Food and family games are part of the day’s activities, and guests are welcome to bring lawn chairs and blankets. Free parking will be at Patriot Park and the city’s Teaster Lane parking lot. A free shuttle will run from the Teaster Lane lot.

Fireworks will begin at approximately 9:30 p.m., and WIVK-FM in Knoxville will simulcast the fireworks show’s patriotic soundtrack.

Patriot Festival in Patriot Park, Pigeon Forge

Patriot Festival in Patriot Park, Pigeon Forge

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Contact:

Tom Adkinson, APR

tadkinson@bohanideas.com

615-341-8796

 

 

 

 

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Hosts ‘Music in the American Wild’ Events

Great Smoky Mountains National Park invites the public to celebrate the National Park Service Centennial with Music in the American Wild for two live performances of music from eleven composers and seven performers, all affiliated with Eastman School of Music in upstate New York. The group is traveling to various National Parks in the country and will play two concerts in the park on June 14 and June 15.BearAmerican Wild

On June 14, the performance will be at Purchase Knob near Maggie Valley, N.C., at 6 p.m. Parking is limited, so reservations are required at https://musicinthesmokies2016.eventbrite.com.

On June 15, the performance will be at the Cades Cove Amphitheater at 7 p.m. and does not require a reservation. Both programs are free. These concerts are the premiere of music being played in the places that inspired the compositions. The seven performers play flute, clarinet, horn, violin, viola, cello and percussion.

“We are excited to celebrate the NPS Centennial with Music in the American Wild,” said Park Superintendent Cassius Cash. “National Parks have inspired many artists over their 100 year history, and listening to original compositions inspired by places like Great Smoky Mountains National Park surrounded by natural beauty is a unique opportunity.”

Music in the American Wild is part of the Imagine Your Parks grant initiative from the National Endowment for the Arts created in partnership with the National Park Service to support projects that use the arts to engage people with memorable places and landscapes of the National Park System. More information about the project is at www.musicintheamericanwild.com.

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Contact:

Dana Soehn, Dana_Soehn@nps.gov, 865-436-1207

Jamie Sanders, Jamie_Sanders@nps.gov, 865-436-1203

 

Amazing Animals Exotic Animal and Pet Show Debuts at Comedy Barn Theater

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (May 2016)  – Where do trained pigs, parrots, housecats, dogs, a serval cat, a Burmese python, a kinkajou and a mini-donkey all perform together? The answer is at the new and original Amazing Animals Exotic Animal and Pet Show at The Comedy Barn Theater in Pigeon Forge, Tenn,, produced by The Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group. Anthony and Alena King, their trained “amazing animals,” animal trainer “Professor Bumblemoore,” (Corkey Miller, Action Animals, USA) and her trained exotic pets perform in a hilarious new pet variety show at The Comedy Barn Theater at 2 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. The show opened May 21.

The two-hour show includes zany comedy, animal antics and family fun for all ages. Ten high-diving housecats all perform in a comedy routine. They jump through hoops, move in a zig zag pattern, complete a high step routine, perform an Olympic pole balance, walk upside down, do super jumps, and even do a high diving stunt. In addition, pig stars Boris Bacon and Jessie Hamm compete with the audience in piggy games.

“We have a whole cast of fuzzy, furry, feathered and four-legged friends,” said David Fee, president and chief executive officer of Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group and co-owner of The Comedy Barn Theater. “We have exotic and domestic animals, a wonderful mix of live music and plenty of mayhem. Charlie the donkey astounds the audience with his mathematic skills, and we have wonderful waltzing dogs. We have dogs who roll over, do hurdle jumps and barrel rolls, hind leg stands, and some dogs even jump rope.”

“There are beautiful exotic birds,” Fee said. “The birds do comedy, skate, ride scooters and bicycles, go through Roman rings, perform on the high wire, dance, pull carts, see-saw, do foot juggling, fly through rings and achieve many other unusual feats.”

The Kings have performed on Animal Planet’s Pet Star, The Tonight Show, at theme parks, festivals, fairs, pet expos, conventions and corporate events across the country, in Branson, Mo., theaters, and with The Comedy Pet Variety Show in Lakeland, Fla., as well as with the Royal Hannelford Circus.

“The Kings have been performing at the Comedy Barn and their act has been so requested that we have opened up a matinee format where they can perform with all of their animals in one show,” said Fee. “A couple of their animals will also be in our regular Comedy Barn Show every night.”

Miller has accumulated over three decades of experience working with exotic animals. She has traveled all over the United States and Canada. She has worked with Oprah Winfrey, Brendan Fraser, Sidney Poitier, Jack Hanna, Steve Irwin, Jim Fowler, Bill Murray, Robert DeNiro, Maya Angelou, John Cusack, Hulk Hogan and Dolly Parton, just to name a few. She’s been seen on The Today Show and Late Night with David Letterman several times. Her animals have been seen in hundreds of major motion pictures, thousands of commercials and print ads.

All of Miller’s shows feature rescue animals that have found their “furever” home with her. Miller is a champion for the humane treatment of all animals and is a huge advocate for teaching children how to care for their pets properly.

Also featured in the matinee show is magician/comedian Greg Franklin as goofy Farmer Klemm. A native of Kannapolis, N.C., Franklin has performed professionally since he was 16 when he landed a part in the Paul Osborne Merlin Rainbow Mystery Cavern Show just down the road at the site of what is now lost Treasure Miniature Golf in Pigeon Forge.

Since then, he starred in his own magic show produced by Dallas-based Osborne at amusement parks all over America. He has owned his own magic store near Orlando, created a villainous professional wrestling character named “The fabulous Mister Franklin” and was appearing at The Carolina Nights Dinner Theater in Maggie Valley before coming to The Comedy Barn Theater.

Fee said, “Our goal is to offer clean, family entertainment at a reasonable price. The main focus of our new show is amazing animals; however, we have some pretty spectacular clogging, singing and magic, too. This is a variety show that the whole family can enjoy. We combine laughter with lots of fun and talented performers to delight people of all ages.”

Open year round, The Comedy Barn Theater has two shows nightly throughout the year as well as some scheduled matinees for groups throughout the season. Tickets for the new Amazing Animals matinee show are $29.95 plus tax for adults and $9.95 plus tax for children ages 3-11.  Guests may purchase tickets to either the Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Feud or The Smoky Mountain Opry at regular price and get a combo deal of $19.95 plus tax to add one, two, three, four or five additional Fee/Hedrick Shows including The Amazing Animals Show. In the combination package children are FREE per each paid adult ticket. Toll Free 1-800-29 LAUGH or (865) 428-5222.  For more information, visit http://comedybarn.com/pigeon-forge-show/amazing-animals-exotic-pet-show.

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 CONTACT:  Deborah Fee Newsom

(865) 414-6887 or (865) 774-8877

Deborah@FeeHedrick.com

 

Hallmark Channel’s ‘Home & Family’ Goes to Dollywood with the Legendary Dolly Parton

STUDIO CITY, Calif. (May 2016) – For the first time ever, Dolly Parton and Dollywood host Hallmark Channel’s Daytime Emmy® nominated series “Home & Family.”  Tune in the week of May 30 to enjoy this exciting week of shows, “Home & Family: The Ultimate Dollywood Experience.”

Throughout the week, special guest Dolly Parton hosts Mark Steines and Cristina Ferrare as well as H&F’s family members.  The shows will highlight Dollywood’s unique mix of southern charm, thrill rides, amazing shows, down-home cooking and Dolly will sing some of her most memorable songs.

Family members that will be joining in this ultimate Dollywood experience are lifestyle expert Debbie Matenopoulos, beauty expert Kym Douglas, medical expert Matt Iseman, family man Matt Rogers, fashion designer Orly Shani, DIY expert Ken Wingard and design expert Paige Hemmis.

ABOUT “HOME & FAMILY”

The fourth season of “Home & Family” features not only the best in lifestyle advice, but also plays host to some of Hollywood’s biggest stars and most exciting music acts.  Recent guests that have visited include Dolly Parton, Geena Davis, Kathy Bates, Mira Sorvino, John Rhys-Davies, Joseph Fiennes,  Kate Bosworth, Naomi Judd, Wolfgang Puck, Tony Robbins, Melissa Ethridge, Fran Drescher, Hayden Christensen, Betty White, Olivia Newton-John, La Toya Jackson and James Brolin.  The series reaches viewers’ homes from its own 2,800-square-foot working home at Universal Studios.

Woody Fraser is the creator of “Home & Family.” Marty Tenney and Tracy Verna Soiseth are executive producers.  Rob George and William O’Hara are directors of “Home & Family” from Woody Fraser Enterprises. “Home & Family” is broadcast in 1080i, Hallmark Channel’s selected HD Format.  This program carries a TV-G parental guideline.

MEDIA CONTACTS: 

Home & Family:

Shannon Leigh Turbeville

Triple 7 Public Relations, LLC

213-599-8714

ShannonLeigh@triple7pr.com

 

Hallmark Channel:

Chandler Hayes

818-755-2490

chandlerhayes@crownmedia.com

 

Dollywood:

Pete Owens

865-428-9486

powens@dollywood.com

 

Lucky Winners To Get Exclusive Concert from Maddie & Tae in Pigeon Forge

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (May 20, 2016) – The duo of Maddie & Tae is one of country music’s hot new acts, and the Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism has booked the two highly declarative singers for a exclusive concert on July 31.

The audience will be limited to approximately 100 winners of the no-cost-to-enter Maddie & Tae Pigeon Forge Getaway sweepstakes that concludes May 31. To enter, visit MyPigeonForge.com/maddieandtae.

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Maddie & Tae

Maddie Marlow and Tae Dye brought their distinctive styles from Sugar Land, Texas, and Ada, Oklahoma, to Nashville in 2014 and scored immediate hits on their first album, “Start Here,” released in August 2015. The Academy of Country Music named them the 2015 Vocal Duo of the Year.

“Girl In A Country Song” got instant acknowledgement from NPR, Rolling Stone and David Letterman, and songs such as “Shut Up and Fish,” “Fly” and “Sierra” are securing new fans for Maddie & Tae.

“The music of Maddie & Tae is a treat, and the singers themselves are wonderful people. We wanted to present them to an appreciative and intimate audience, and we hope our contest winners become fans of Maddie & Tae and of Pigeon Forge,” said Leon Downey, executive director of the Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism.

In addition to the concert, winners will meet Maddie & Tae and will receive a three-night Pigeon Forge vacation that includes admission to Dollywood and Dollywood’s Splash Country, admission to almost two dozen other Pigeon Forge attractions, and $500 for travel expenses.

Pigeon Forge, a gateway to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, is one of America’s top family vacation destinations. Each year, more than 10 million people visit Pigeon Forge.

Information about all aspects of Pigeon Forge is available online at MyPigeonForge.com or by calling 800-251-9100.

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Contact:

Tom Adkinson, APR

tadkinson@bohanideas.com

615-341-8796

Pigeon Forge’s New Rite of Spring: Wilderness Wildlife Week

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (May 2016) – Pigeon Forge, a gateway to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, has a new way to celebrate spring. It’s a five-day event saluting the national park, Mother Nature and the culture of the southern Appalachians.

It is Wilderness Wildlife Week from May 18-22, and it’s new as a springtime event after 25 years as part of Pigeon Forge Winterfest.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is America's most visited national park.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is America’s most visited national park.

You can learn about bears and trout, hone your nature photography skills, join a celebration of gospel singing, discover your artistic side, and even meet President Franklin Roosevelt – all for free. There are more than 250 programs at the LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge plus 40 hikes, field trips and excursions into the national park and surrounding areas.

Event manager Butch Helton said 2016 is special because this is the centennial year of the National Park Service, and Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the system’s most visited park. More than 10 million guests visit the 800-square-mile park every year

“We’re going to do our part to help more people understand and be active in our treasured neighbor,” Helton said.

President Roosevelt appears courtesy of actor Gary Stamm. Stamm’s keynote program on May 18, “A Fireside Chat with FDR: Celebrating a Century of the National Park Service,” will recall Roosevelt’s dedication of Great Smoky Mountains National Park in 1940.

An array of programs fills all five days. Among the topics:

  • 900 Miles and Then Some: A Hiking Journal
  • Logging Railroads of the Smokies
  • Waterfalls of the Southern Appalachians
  • Turn Your Photography into Art
  • Recording the Smokies: An Audio Journal
  • Leave No Trace: Principles of Outdoor Ethics
  • Fly Fishing the Smokies
  • Bears in the Back Seat
  • Painting the Smokies
  • Moonshine: The Past, Present and Future
  • A Miller’s Life (about the historic Old Mill in Pigeon Forge)
  • Birds of Prey Live Bird Show
  • The Art of Dowsing: Do You Have the Gift?
  • Gospel Music of the Smokies

Experts in numerous fields donate their time to deliver programs. Among them are current and retired National Park Service rangers, wildlife experts, artists, local historians and musicians.

In addition to FDR, evening programs include “Heaven and Nature Sing,” a presentation from Wilderness Wildlife Week creator Ken Jenkins; Dr. Bill Bass about the University of Tennessee’s famous “Body Farm”; and “Tales From Lost,” recollections from retired backcountry ranger Dwight McCarter about searches for people lost in the wilderness.

Hikes in the national park utilize numerous trails with various degrees of difficulty, and the excursions include a visit to the American Eagle Foundation’s research and rehabilitation facility at Dollywood.

On May 21, the first Appalachian Homecoming is planned at Patriot Park. This is a celebration of music, storytelling, children’s games and antique tractors. The Cades Cove Preservation Association will have a fundraising picnic, capped at 200 dinners, in conjunction with the event.

Wilderness Wildlife Week attracts people from throughout the U.S.  A voluntary sign-up sheet in 2015 identified visitors from 28 states. The most distant were from Alaska, California, New York and Wyoming.

Information about all aspects of visiting Pigeon Forge is online at MyPigeonForge.com and by calling 800-251-9100.

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Contact:

Tom Adkinson, APR

tadkinson@bohanideas.com

615-341-8796