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Former America’s Got Talent Performing Act Comes To Dollywood April 10-22

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. — Families looking for a way to squeeze a  few more hours out of spring break should visit Dollywood’s Spring Break (April 10-22) to enjoy the award-winning park’s extended operating hours, thrilling rides and the mesmerizing talents of enra, a cutting-edge performance group which appeared on America’s Got Talent in 2015.

For families visiting Dollywood during the spring season, the park’s Spring Break Planning Guide is the perfect companion to help them make the most of their trip. With sample itineraries, show information, lodging offers, dining options and more, the guide is designed to make planning simple. Visit Dollywood.com/spring to start planning now.

Dollywood’s extended Spring Break hours give families more time to experience everything the park has to offer, including headlining performance group enra. The Tokyo-based performing arts company creates on-screen computer graphics to accompany live action performance including modern dance, martial arts, rhythmic gymnastics, ballet, juggling and street dance. The synchronized combination of motion graphics and on-stage performance creates an unprecedented treat for audiences.

“We started fusing live performance with video five years ago,” the group communicated via an interpreter. “To make a single performance piece, it takes us from two months to half-a-year, so we spend a lot of time on production, adding new expressive elements and developing the show little by little.”

With this new-age approach, enra wowed audiences on America’s Got Talent. The experience of competing on the show helped the group elevate their performances to an even higher level.

“It was amazing to have the opportunity to perform on such a popular TV show—and also it was at the Academy Awards venue, the Dolby Theatre,” the group explained. “We had the chance to meet a lot of other performers backstage, and we were so happy to get such a warm reaction from the audience. And we were thrilled when all four judges gave us a yes!”

The group is thrilled to add its unique show to the park’s entertainment lineup, which has won the award for Best Theme Park Shows for eight consecutive years. Dollywood guests will be awed by enra’s captivating performance style.

“It’s a great honor to stand on the stage that has brought this award to Dollywood for eight years,” they said. “We hope that our performance will contribute to Dollywood winning the award for the ninth time. Dollywood guests will have the chance to experience our world through a form of expression unlike anything they have ever seen before. We know that Dolly has captured the hearts of countless people. We want to take inspiration from her and also charm the audiences. We’ so excited to experience the great atmosphere at Dollywood.”

During Dollywood’s Spring Break, park hours are extended each weekday from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; hours on Saturday, April 15 are 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. Dollywood is closed on Easter Sunday (April 16). For more information, please visit www.dollywood.com.

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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 more than 30 Golden Ticket Awards; and recipient of 26 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

For B-roll, photography and more information, visit the Dollywood Media Room at http://www.dollywood.com/Media/Media-Room

 

 

Pigeon Forge Receives Eight Kaleidoscope Awards for Special Events

Pigeon Forge Special Events Dept. Coordinator (left) and Pigeon Forge Special Events Manager Butch Helton (right) carried home eight awards from the Southeast Festivals and Events Association awards ceremony in Lexington, Ky., in recognition of the city’s special events.

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (March 2017) – The Pigeon Forge (Tenn.) Department of Tourism claimed eight Kaleidoscope Awards in recognition of the city’s special events during the 14th annual Southeast Festivals and Events Association (SFEA) conference in Lexington, Ky., in February.

Pigeon Forge’s 2016 Saddle Up festival, a celebration of the Western lifestyle, claimed four Silver Awards and one Bronze Award. Saddle Up’s Chuck Wagon Cookoff was recognized with one of the Silver Awards for best event within an event. The outdoor-focused Wilderness Wildlife Week was recognized with one Silver Award and a Bronze Award for best event within an event for Appalachian Homecoming’s Cades Cove Preservation Association Picnic Dinner fundraiser. A Mountain Quiltfest, which features displays and dozens of classes, earned a Bronze Award.

“The quality of submissions continues to increase each year making it more difficult for the judges to select the winners,” noted Brenda Pierce, SFEA executive director.

“Pigeon Forge’s special events are entertaining and educational and give our guests even more reasons to visit,” said Leon Downey, executive director of the Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism. “We are certainly appreciative of SFEA’s award-winning recognition.”

Pigeon Forge’s 2017 Wilderness Wildlife Week takes place May 9-13. For more information, visit www.MyPigeonForge.com.

SFEA is a 501 (c) 6 membership-based organization comprised of festival and event planners, venues, and industry service providers. It was founded in 2009 to strengthen the festival and event industry throughout the southeastern U.S. by hosting educational sessions, networking opportunities, award recognition, and additional events throughout the year; thus, allowing for continued professional growth within the festivals and events industry.

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Media Contact:

Trish McGee

tmcgee@bohanideas.com

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Country Tonite Opens for 20th Year!

PIGEON FORGE, TN (March 20, 2017) – Celebrating its 20th year, Country Tonite rises to new heights in 2017 with a new show opening on March 30 that showcases new elements and changes along with fan favorites from past seasons. This year’s show yet again promises the unique entertainment experience and award winning identity that sets Country Tonite apart. Where faith, family, and freedom are themes that resonate throughout.  Spectacular production numbers, great new video accompaniment, superb live musicians, a moving Veterans Tribute, and dazzling new costumes and choreography that have won numerous awards throughout the years makes Country Tonite the “Must See” show in Pigeon Forge.   You will enjoy music ranging from old country favorites and gospel, to modern hits and patriotic playlists. You will experience the best singers, dancers and musicians in the business. From the strong talent of our youth performers, to the experienced veterans of stage and song, no matter what your age, Country Tonite is THE SHOW you are going to love! Whether it is your first visit, or you’re a Country Tonite veteran, you are sure to enjoy the show repeatedly voted the “Best Show in the Smokies”.

“Country Tonite is grounded on a foundation of family values, the same values that have made this show a tremendous success. We’re excited and blessed to be opening for our 20th year and we owe it all to the strong support we have received from the community, our guests, families and friends, ” says sales & marketing director Laurie Taylor.  “Country Tonite will continue to do what they have done best over the past 19 years, delighting families with an unforgettable show at the best overall entertainment value.”

The first show of 2017 is scheduled for Thursday, March 30th.  In addition to its regular show, which will run most nights at 8 pm and selected afternoons at 3 pm, Country Tonite Theatre presents a celebrity concert series starring some of the biggest names in country music. In 2017, look for headliners like Tanya Tucker, The Oak Ridge Boys, Neal McCoy, The Bellamy Brothers, and Tracy Lawrence to name a few.  For reservations and information about any of the shows at Country Tonite, call 865-453-2003 or visit www.countrytonitepf.com. The Country Tonite Christmas show runs November and December. You don’t want to miss this Pigeon Forge Show!

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All New 2017 Smoky Mountain Opry™ show opens with “Feel the Music”

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn., March 14, 2017 –The “Smoky Mountain Opry™,” renowned as the must-see variety show in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., has opened for its grand finale farewell season with “Feel the Music,” an all-new original show, with many new cast members and what Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group is promising to be their biggest and best production show in Pigeon Forge to date.  “Our new show is all about the wow,” said David Fee, president and chief executive officer of Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group.   The show has earned the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence five years in a row for having a 5-star average rating on their site, making the “Smoky Mountain Opry™” show one of the top-performing 10 percent of businesses worldwide on Trip Advisor. Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group is planning to re-brand the “Smoky Mountain Opry™” show and re-name the theater in 2018.

Hosted by Hugh Warren, the brand-new “Smoky Mountain Opry™ Feel the Music” show is the largest and most attended musical variety show in the Smokies and is marking its sixth season.  The new show features a musical journey through some of music’s greatest hits with country, Broadway, the silver screen, classic rock, gospel and patriotic numbers.  The song and dance performances are showcased in a variety of genres and styles ranging from ballroom to tap to country western and everything in between.  “Combine all of this with the special effects of this beautiful theater – and you are in for an incredible musical journey that you will never forget,” Fee said.

Back by popular demand are the high-flying silk aerialists Duo Artis’ Leann Farley and Semyon Gruzdev and the juggling artistry and comedy of David Hirschi, better known as “Slim Chance.”   Farley has been performing since the age of 15 all over the world.  Gruzdev graduated from one of the most prestigious dance academies in Russia and was a member of the Russian National Theater Dance Group. Chance previously performed in Las Vegas and in Branson, Mo.  He juggles a bowling ball, a rubber chicken, a ping-pong ball, saw blades and many other unusual items in his act, mixed with lots of humor and audience interaction.

“We are thrilled to welcome our new cast members and our returning cast members this year,” Fee said. “Our audiences are always amazed to see Leann and Semyon gracefully fly through the air, but they also love their quick-change act, where you barely blink and they have changed costumes.  Slim Chance is well-known for his unbelievable skillful juggling and he is heartwarming and hilarious too!

“To call The Smoky Mountain Opry show the largest and most exciting variety show in the Smokies is an understatement,” Fee said.  “We are bringing a variety of new production numbers to the stage this season, and we want to especially thank all of our fans who have seen the Smoky Mountain Opry show over the years and invite new visitors to a spectacular new show.

“Our Smoky Mountain Opry show this year features songs that our guests will remember and love all over again, with a remarkable live band,” Fee said.  “Our exceptional cast of singers, dancers and musicians bring back some great memories for our guests with genres that have truly impacted the evolution of music.”

The acclaimed “Smoky Mountain Opry™” show, in the 1400 seat Smoky Mountain Opry™ Theater, is known for its diverse musical variety acts and special effects such as lasers, pyrotechnics, flying musicians, water elements and giant video screens.

Singer Charlie Bob Smith performs Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights in the “Smoky Mountain Opry™” show this year.  Smith, well known as the man of a thousand voices, was winner of The Mountain Press Readers’ People’s Choice Award seven times and “Entertainer of the Year” in 2009.  He also performs in “The Smith Morning Variety Show” at The Smoky Mountain Opry Theater on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 10:30 a.m.

Other cast and musicians in this year’s Smoky Mountain Opry Theater’s “Feel the Music” Show™” include:  Talibah Ashe, Kara Bergman, Alison Bray, Mowava Bucciero, Summer Collins-Wright, Michael DeJesus, Kevin Eknes, Matt George, Timothy Goins, Mark Holbrook, Daniel Longacre, Sally Mementowski, Tim McManus, Cody Parisi, Jeremy Phillips, Kelsey Rae Reinsfelder, Luke Sanderford, Hugh Warren, Jared Willson and Kaleb Wright.

Michael Headla, general manager of The Smoky Mountain Opry™ Theater and entertainment director for Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group, is the producer of the 2017 Smoky Mountain Opry™ Theater’s “Feel the Music” show.  The production team includes:  David Fee and Jim Hedrick, executive producers; Regina Laughlin, choreographer; Marshall Whaley, technical director; Joel Bruce, production manager; and Sunny Ware and Carol Culp, costume designers.

The show runs at 8:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday with matinees on Tuesdays, Thursday and Saturdays at 3:30 p.m. There will be occasional Sunday shows and on holiday weekends at 3:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. The theater is located at 2046 Parkway in Pigeon Forge.  Ticket prices are $39.95 plus tax for adults and $19.95 plus tax for children ages 3 to 11. For more information, visit http://www.smokymountainopry.com/ or call The Smoky Mountain Opry Theater box office at 865-428-7469 or 1-800-768-1170.

Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group offers a combo show deal for only $19.95 plus tax for adult tickets to The “Smoky Mountain Opry™” when guests buy a ticket to the “Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Feud™” for $56.95 plus tax. With this combo deal, children are $24.95 plus tax to the “Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Feud™” and free to The “Smoky Mountain Opry™” (one child per paying adult).

After this year’s regular season closes, The Smoky Mountain Opry Theater will open its “Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry™” show on Nov. 1.  After the Christmas show closes in January, the theater will undergo a significant upgrade with details to be announced later this year.

The Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group, one of the largest show production companies in the southeast, owns and produces nine shows in the Smoky Mountain area including: The “Smoky Mountain Opry™,” “The Comedy Barn®,” the “Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Feud™,” “Magic Beyond Belief™” starring Darren Romeo and the “Smith Morning Variety Show” featuring Charlie Bob Smith. In November and December, the company presents “Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry™,” The “Hatfield and McCoy Christmas Disaster Dinner Feud™,” and “The Comedy Barn® Christmas Show.” In addition, the company produces a summer seasonal “Amazing Animals®” show at The Comedy Barn® Theater.

In the Dec. 2014 edition of “Southern Living” magazine The “Smoky Mountain Opry™” was named the “Don’t Miss Variety Show” in Pigeon Forge.

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Contact:  Deborah Fee Newsom

(865) 774-8877; (865) 414-6887 (cell)

Deborah@feehedrick.com

 

 

 

 

Pigeon Forge Readies For Spring Travel Season With New Attractions

PIGEON FORGE, TENNESSEE (Jan. 10, 2017)—Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, the popular family vacation destination located in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, announces several new attractions for the 2017 travel season.

“As folks begin to make their spring break plans or look for a summer family getaway, we want to remind them of the great variety of attractions and accommodations that Pigeon Forge has to offer,” said Leon Downey, executive director of the Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism. “Tourism is our lifeblood and helping our visitors make their memories is what we do best.”

Pigeon Forge is well known for delivering on the promise of something new each year, along with offering a wide variety of attractions, museums, entertainment, special events, lodging and restaurant options.

New for 2017 visitors includes:

  • Alcatraz East Crime Museum, a family friendly 25,000-square-foot facility that houses five unique galleries and more than 100 interactive displays including a crime scene investigation laboratory. Authentic crime-related artifacts feature John Dillinger’s death mask, Al Capone’s rosary, a Bonnie & Clyde collection, the Bronco from the OJ Simpson chase, an FBI polygraph machine, Al Pacino’s submachine gun from the movie Scarface, and the latest in law enforcement technology. www.alcatrazeast.com
  • Dollywood theme park adds two new rides and two special events. Drop Line, a 200-foot-tall free-fall experience takes guests approximately 20 stories in the air before plummeting down. Whistle Punk Chaser, a junior coaster, features exciting twists and turns in a logging-themed experience. This spring, enra, a Tokyo-based dance company (featured on America’s Got Talent in 2015) fuses multi-media dance, light and video in a new show at the park. For fall, the award-winning theme park unveils GREAT! Pumpkin LumiNights, an evening-time event. Also, a new pumpkin trail comes to life after dark featuring glowing pumpkin displays. Dollywood opens March 18. www.Dollywood.com
  • Dollywood’s Splash Country waterpark adds TailSpin Racer which allows up to six riders to race each other along a journey through a unique spiraling tube design with exciting drops and curves. Dollywood’s Splash Country opens May 13. www.Dollywood.com
  • The Pigeon Forge Chuck Wagon Cookoff featuring Food Network star Kent Rollins on Saturday, March 4, (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) brings more than 10 authentic chuck wagons to compete for top honors in this day-long outdoor cooking food event. Attendees can purchase lunch for $12.50 per person from these Western kitchens on wheels while learning more about life on the open prairie through roping and branding demonstrations, Western poetry and music, and Sisters on the Fly, the largest women’s outdoor adventure group in the U.S. www.MyPigeonForge.com
  • New lodging properties include the 178-room Black Fox Lodge offering panoramic river and mountain views; the 137-room Courtyard Marriott featuring modern, contemporary rooms with private balconies, river and mountain views; and, opening later this year, the Summit Tower with 98 family suites and a 30,000-square-foot waterpark.

Other upcoming events in Pigeon Forge this year include:

  • A Mountain Quiltfest—March 21-25, showcasing one of the country’s oldest hand-sewn crafts
  • The annual Dolly’s Homecoming Parade—May 5, marching bands and floats travel the city’s main thoroughfare along with grand marshal Dolly Parton
  • Wilderness Wildlife Week—May 9-13, with seminars and workshops showcasing the vast variety of wildlife and nature in and around Great Smoky Mountains National Park
  • Patriot Festival—July 4, an annual celebration of our nation’s independence, featuring a free concert by Grand Ole Opry member Craig Morgan

Pigeon Forge is home to approximately 6,000 permanent residents but welcomes more than 10 million visitors annually. The town offers more than 15,000 overnight accommodations ranging from hotels and motels to cabins and condominiums. Pigeon Forge is home to entertainment legend and hometown girl Dolly Parton’s Dollywood theme park, the state’s number one ticketed attraction. It also is a gateway city to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the country most-visited national park.

Tourism is the city’s top-ranking industry and number one employer. For more information, please visit www.MyPigeonForge.com.

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Media contact:  Trish McGee

tmcgee@bohanideas.com

615-327-1189

 

 

 

The Inn At Christmas Place Wins 2017 Tripadvisor Travelers’ Choice Award

Pigeon Forge, Tennessee – January 26, 2017 The Inn at Christmas Place today announced it has been recognized for the fourth time as a Travelers’ Choice winner, in the best service category of the 2017 TripAdvisor Travelers’ ChoiceR awards for hotels.  In the 15th year of the awards, TripAdvisor has highlighted the world’s top properties based on the millions of reviews and opinions collected in a single year from travelers around the globe.  Winners were identified in the categories of Top Hotels, Luxury, Bargain, Small, Service, B&Bs and Inns, Romance, and Family.  The hallmarks of Travelers’ Choice hotels winners are remarkable service, value, and quality.

“I am so proud of the entire team at The Inn at Christmas Place!  It’s the guest experience that they create that makes us such an amazing place to visit, and which has earned us this reward for the fourth time!” says K-Kin Fairbank Biggs, managing partner.  “It’s such a beautiful testament to our focus of continuing to offer the absolute best service, and to the relationships we have built with our guests over time.  But, of course, without our guests choosing to share their great experiences with TripAdvisor, we wouldn’t have been considered – so we thank them for taking the time to give us those good reviews!”

Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, The Inn at Christmas Place has earned its status as America’s premier Christmas lodging destination.  With a year-round Christmas theme, guests come again and again to enjoy the warmth of the holiday spirit through beautiful decorations in every guest room and public space and the welcoming atmosphere created by a dedicated team of associates, as well as many special activities and events offered exclusively for guests.

“For the past 15 years, TripAdvisor has relied on the experiences and opinions of our travel community that has explored thousands of hotels around the world to determine these celebrated awards,” said Barbara Messing, chief marketing officer for TripAdvisor.  “Travelers planning their trips for 2017 can find inspiration for some of the best places to book from this diverse group of outstanding accommodations around the globe.”

To see the 2017 Travelers’ Choice U.S. Hotel winners for Best Service, visit https://www.tripadvisor.com/TravelersChoice-Hotels-cBestService-g191.

For reviews of The Inn at Christmas Place, visit https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g55270-d659723-Reviews-The_Inn_at_Christmas_Place-Pigeon_Forge_Tennessee.html

Travelers can also follow the conversation on Twitter at #travelerschoice and #2017TCwinners.

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Contact:     Janet Donaldson, Chief Marketing Officer, Christmas Place Properties; janet@christmasplace.com; 865-453-0415, ext. 114

 

Bluegrass Artists Headline Two-Night Concert Feb. 10-11 To Benefit Dollywood Foundation Wildfire Scholarship Fund

PIGEON FORGE, Tennessee (Jan 10, 2017)—A lineup of bluegrass music’s top artists is scheduled to perform Feb. 10-11 in Pigeon Forge with proceeds from ticket sales to benefit the Dollywood Foundation Wildfire Scholarship Fund.

Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, the Grascals, Flatt Lonesome, and Volume 5 will take the stage on Friday, Feb. 10. The Lonesome River Band, Barry Bales & Friends, Newtown, Dave Adkins Band, and Jimbo Whaley & Greenbriar perform on Saturday, Feb. 11, during a two-night bluegrass celebration to benefit those affected by recent wildfires in East Tennessee.

“For these stellar artists to step up and donate their time and talents to support Sevier County families is beyond belief,” said Leon Downey, executive director of the Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism. “This two-night music event will help ensure that Sevier County students receive scholarship funds and that’s an important investment in the students’ future—and ours.”

“As an East Tennessee native, I’ve been especially moved by the mountain tough spirit of my neighbors in the aftermath of this event,” said Lawson. “I am excited and humbled to participate in this two-night bluegrass celebration offering relief and support for some well-deserving folks.” Lawson was born in Kingsport, Tennessee, and resides in Bristol, Tennessee. Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver is a member of the International Bluegrass Music Association’s (IBMA) Hall of Fame, seven–time IBMA Vocal Group of the Year Award winner and has four Grammy Award nominations for best bluegrass album.

General admission tickets are $30 per person for each concert, or a two-concert ticket is available for $50 per person (ticketing service and handling fees not included). Tickets go on sale Wednesday, Jan. 18, at knoxvilletickets.com or at the Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism offices (open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.) located at the LeConte Center (135 Jake Thomas Road). For more information, please visit http://mypf.social/smokymtnstrongbluegrasscelebration.

Dolly Parton established the Dollywood Foundation Scholarship Fund to provide support for Sevier County students to attend the university of their choice. The scholarship fund includes the Dolly Parton Scholarship, awarded annually to a student at each of Parton’s native Sevier County’s five high schools. In November 2016, the fund presented the One Million Children Scholarship, a special $30,000 scholarship awarded to a two-year-old Imagination Library participant to commemorate the literacy program’s achievement of a monthly enrollment of one million children. The Wildfire Scholarship will provide financial aid to students whose homes were lost to the fires.

Sevier County firefighters and first responders along with families currently participating in the My People Fund distribution will be special guests at the concerts.

Friday’s concert begins at 5 p.m.; Saturday’s show starts at 4 p.m. (doors open an hour prior to each concert).

The concert is sponsored by the City of Pigeon Forge and the LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge with talent provided by Moonstruck Management. Sound and lighting is donated by Blue Ridge Sound; Stellar Visions and Sound is donation staging. Catering is provided by Bullfish Grill. Other sponsors include the Sevier County Economic Development Council. WDVX radio is the official media sponsor.

Media contact:         Trish McGee

tmcgee@bohanideas.com

615-327-1189

 

Lyrics & Lore Weekend At Dollywood’s Dreammore Resort Showcases Songwriters And Storytellers

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (January 3, 2017) — Songs and stories blend with the beauty and inspiration of the Great Smoky Mountains for a weekend of Lyrics & Lore at Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa, an event held Jan. 26-29 in conjunction with The Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival (SMSWF) and The International Storytelling Center (ISC).

Lyrics & Lore brings together some of the country’s most talented storytellers and musicians to celebrate the rich traditions of songwriting and storytelling in the Appalachian region. The weekend allows the public to interact with storytellers and songwriters who will teach participants ways to tell their family’s unique stories. Additionally, songwriters participating in the event will work in small groups to pen songs to be performed during Saturday’s activities, offering those in attendance the opportunity to experience the process of story developing into song.

Throughout the event, nationally-recognized storytellers and hit songwriters from country, bluegrass and gospel perform for Lyrics & Lore guests. On Friday, a country songwriters’ showcase and a concert featuring Bryan White and Brady Seals from the country group Little Texas highlight the evening’s activities. Sunday morning brunch and an inspirational gospel hour with Grammy Award winner Carl Jackson, Larry Cordle and Jerry Salley round out the special weekend event. Some of the music concerts are separately ticketed events.

The International Storytelling Center, based in Jonesborough, Tennessee, will award its inaugural Seal of Excellence to Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort during the weekend event.  ISC created the Seal of Excellence program to recognize storytelling-related sites of superior quality across a variety of cultural institutions, heritage sites, tourist attractions and communities.

“We created the seal as a way to recognize excellence in different organizations that are using storytelling to enhance their own core mission, whatever that may be,” said Kiran Singh Sirah, President of the International Storytelling Center. “I think anyone who’s been there (to Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort) could tell you that this designation has been richly earned.”

A full schedule for Lyrics & Lore is available at www.dollywood.com. To stay at Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort for the event, visit www.dollywood.com or call (800) DOLLYWOOD.

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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

 

Pigeon Forge Winterfest Welcomes Guests with Five Million Lights, New Attractions; Annual celebration slated for Nov. 8-Feb. 28, 2016

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (Oct. 5, 2016)—Draped in more than five million lights, Pigeon Forge creates a winter wonderland for guests to enjoy during the city’s annual Winterfest celebration (Nov. 8-Feb. 28).

Located in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains in East Tennessee, the family friendly destination brings new meaning to sparkle, twinkle and glow as colorful light displays depicting popular characters and playful scenes illuminate the city’s six-lane Parkway from one end to the other.

“Whether folks are visiting Pigeon Forge for the first time or making a return trip, Winterfest is the perfect occasion to share those moments that become memories,” said Leon Downey, executive director of tourism for the city of Pigeon Forge. “It’s a special time of year, and we’re proud to offer folks something new to experience alongside the many traditions they’ve come to expect in Pigeon Forge.”

This year, several new attractions expand the scope of Winterfest, giving families more reasons to visit:

  • The Island in Pigeon Forge unveils $1.5 million in new Christmas experiences for guests. All-new decorations are showcased throughout the 23-acre property, including approximately 40,000 ornaments, half a million lights and more than 5,000 feet of garland. Guests are treated to three new Christmas trees, including one that stands 40 feet tall and allows guests to walk through. Santa and Mrs. Claus greet guests at their new workshop while roving carolers fill the air with Christmas music. Paula Deen presides over The Island’s annual tree lighting ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 26, at 6 p.m. There is no admission fee to enjoy the Christmas décor.
  • Dollywood recently announced the $2.5 million addition of Dolly’s Parade of Many Colors, featuring new floats, specialty characters and songs. The park also adds a new show to its entertainment lineup with the stage production It’s a Wonderful Life. Both are part of Dollywood’s award-winning Smoky Mountain Christmas festival (Nov. 5-Jan. 1, 2017).
  • Dolly Parton’s Lumberjack Adventure Dinner & Show puts a new spin on the holidays with an all-new Christmas show. This year, it is Christmas in Timber Ridge and the competition is on to see which lumber camp family is the best at growing and supplying the best Christmas trees in all the land. A cast of lumberjacks, “lumberjills” and “lumberjacrobats” bring this fast-paced, high-energy Christmas spectacular to life. A show-stopping Nativity scene, set to the sounds of Dolly’s own recording of The Little Drummer Boy, celebrates the true meaning of Christmas.

Other Winterfest highlights include:

  • The Titanic Attraction’s fourth annual Thanksgiving fireworks spectacular on Thursday, Nov. 24, at 7 p.m. Festivities also include a whimsical parade of costumed steampunk revelers. 
  • The Inn at Christmas Place welcomes Gerald Charles Dickens, great-great-grandson of literary master Charles Dickens, on Nov. 6-8. In his seventh year at the property, Dickens performs his one-man enactment of A Christmas Carol. New for 2016, Inn at Christmas Place offers afternoon tea featuring A Child’s Journey with Dickens on Sunday, Nov. 6, at 3 p.m.

Details about all aspects of Winterfest are available at www.mypigeonforge.com.

 

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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