Posts Tagged ‘families’

Dollywood Begins Season-long Celebration of Biggest Year in Park History

PIGEON FORGE, Tennessee (March 15, 2019)—Dollywood’s 34th season—and undoubtedly the park’s biggest ever—opened today with a special preview day for season passholders and a surprise visit from Dolly Parton. In a year that also includes the opening of the largest addition in Dollywood history later this season—the $37 million Wildwood Grove—the award-winning park’s range of unique festival offerings, spectacular shows and memorable experiences make this the best year yet to experience the spirit of the Smokies.

Veteran Dollywood guests know each season offers a completely new atmosphere for families to enjoy. With Wildwood Grove’s thrilling new attractions, award-winning entertainment and fabulous festivals, 2019 is the perfect year to take advantage of a Dollywood season pass or multi-day ticket.

Dollywood’s Festival of Nations (now-April 14) allows guests to travel the world without leaving the Smokies. Cultures from around the globe come together in this festive event which offers the excitement of traditional music, dance, food and art from a wide array of countries. A number of internationally-recognized performing groups come to Dollywood for the first time in 2019. Headliners Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba and Drum Struck bring unique, high-energy shows to Dollywood’s stages, while a number of returning favorites allow guests to reconnect with old friends. Festival of Nations is a fun, educational and uplifting experience for families to enjoy. The Passport to Food features authentic international cuisine, while daily celebrations by visiting nations throughout the park provide an exceptional escape to another world.

Bluegrass fans know Dollywood’s Barbeque & Bluegrass presented by BUSH’S® (May 24-June 2) provides them with 10 days of toe tappin’ music served up alongside some of the tastiest pulled pork, barbequed chicken and traditional sides anywhere! This year’s festival features an impressive bluegrass lineup with a heaping helping of free daily concerts from an amazing collection of talented performers. Grammy and International Bluegrass Music Association winner Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, IBMA winners Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, and Dailey & Vincent are just a few of the headliners who make this annual tradition music to the ears! With the tantalizing treats from Dollywood’s award-winning chefs and the sweet sounds of bluegrass, Dollywood guests have the perfect recipe to kick off the summer!

Dollywood’s Summer Celebration (June 22-Aug. 4) is just that—a time to celebrate making memories with family at a place everyone enjoys! This summertime event gives families a unique chance to ride Dollywood’s world-class roller coasters, including Lightning Rod and Wild Eagle all day and well into the night! With the opening of Wildwood Grove, families can bask in a colorful kaleidoscope of summer fun as the area glows to life when the sun sets. Each evening ends with a spectacular fireworks extravaganza that lights up the night sky. High-energy music and shows like Dreamland Drive-In make dancing in the aisles acceptable and bring out the kid in everyone. Dollywood’s Summer Celebration is a great reminder that some of the best family memories are made after the sun goes down.

Dollywood’s Harvest Festival presented by Humana (Sept. 27-Nov. 2) provides fabulous fall family fun with the new Smoky Mountain tradition, Great Pumpkin LumiNights. Dollywood stays open until 9 p.m. every evening allowing families more time to enjoy the glow of thousands of carved pumpkins throughout the park. Several hundred performances by award-winning Southern gospel artists make the Harvest Festival’s Southern Gospel Jubilee the genre’s largest event in America. Grammy nominees The Isaacs and Ernie Haase and Signature Sound already are set to perform. Dollywood guests also can enjoy the spectacular artistry of visiting crafters from across the country, or sample the special harvest-themed food items from Dollywood’s award-winning foods team. Each day is a picture-perfect opportunity for families to enjoy the experiences of a Smoky Mountain harvest!

Named the Best Christmas Event at any theme park worldwide for more than a decade, Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas presented by Humana (Nov. 9- Jan. 4, 2020) provides the perfect holiday atmosphere to put families in to the Christmas spirit. Wander through the park’s more than five million holiday lights, enjoy the festive holiday performances and warm Christmas atmosphere, or taste the holiday-themed food, and it is easy to understand why it has become a family tradition for so many. From the cheer and joy of Dollywood’s Parade of Many Colors to traditional holiday shows like It’s a Wonderful Life and Christmas in the Smokies, Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas helps families create memories to share for a lifetime. Glacier Ridge returns to transport guests to the arctic with the Northern Lights, the Arctic Passage and a 50-ft. tall animated tree. Most of Dollywood’s signature rides and attractions operate in this merry environment. From the award-winning shows and elaborate holiday decorations to the twinkling lights and Christmas-themed menus, Dollywood captures the essence of Christmas.

For more information about multi-day ticket options or 2019 Dollywood season passes, visit Dollywood.com or call 1-800-Dollywood.

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“Twas the Fight Before Christmas” at the “Hatfield and McCoy Christmas Disaster Dinner and Feud!” ™

Tim Harkleroad Hatfield and McCoy Christmas

Pigeon Forge, Tenn., (Nov. 1, 2016) – At the “Hatfield and McCoy Christmas Disaster Dinner and Feud”™ in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., the bitter conflict between the two families continues as neither family stops their  feudin’ for Christmas.

Back for a sixth season, The “Hatfield and McCoy Christmas Disaster Dinner and Feud” ™  kicked off Nov. 1 and runs every day until Jan. 3, 2017 at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. nightly, with occasional 2 p.m. matinees.  The audience follows the lives of the two clashing mountain clans with their vibrant dancing, foot stomping music and a backwoods decorating contest!

“’Twas the Fight before Christmas’ and it is bigger and better than ever with a brand new set with multiple levels for added craziness,” said David Fee, president and chief executive officer of The Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group. “We have put $500,000 into our new set this year and we have feudin’ feastin’ holiday fun at ‘The Hatfield and McCoy Christmas Disaster Dinner and Feud’,” he said. “If you think your family fights during the holidays, come spend the holidays with the Hatfield and McCoys.  It is a hilarious holiday disaster and things are bound to go wrong.  Guests will be cheering for the Hatfields or the McCoys.  We have lively new characters, plenty of new laughs and upbeat Christmas music.  It is lots of good, clean, family Christmas fun!”

Unscrupulous Mayor Timothy O’Reilly (played by Tim Harkleroad) is plotting to steal the Hatfield’s and the McCoy’s land in order to build some time-share property. When the two families discover his plans they drop their feud and band together to get him to come to his senses. The Mayor’s encounter with the Ghost of Christmas past helps him to discover the true meaning of Christmas.  Situations include a barn party, a Christmas lighting contest, and some ghost costumes!

“The Hatfield and McCoy Christmas Disaster Dinner and Feud”™ tells a hilarious story of fussin’ and fightin’ inspired by real life tragic events.  The musical clogging show is full of family friendly comedy with many holiday twists.   There are many favorites Christmas carols and traditional spiritual songs of Christmas in the show such as, “Children Go Where I Send Thee,” “O Holy Night,” and “Joy to the World.”

This approximately two-hour live show offers guests extraordinary country, bluegrass and gospel music.  It also features award winning hillbilly musicians, cloggers, and an abundance of country cooking.

“This show is something the whole family can enjoy,” Fee said.  “Our delicious home-style Christmas feast cooked by Granny includes all-you-can-eat Feudin’ Fried Chicken, Open Pit Pulled-to-Pieces Pork Barbecue, Granny’s Creamy Chicken Soup, Smashed Mashed Taters, Buttery Corn on The Cob, Ma’s Homemade Bread, No Tellin’ What’s In It Coleslaw and  Specialty Desserts. A vegetarian option is also available upon request.  It is the best dinner in town.

“We have two talented families who will bring you all the sweetness and craziness of this beautiful season,” Fee said.  “Whether you are city-folk or country cuzins, you will love the holiday mayhem, lots of singing and dancing, jaw dropping stunts and sidesplitting comedy.  We hope you will come spend some time with us this holiday season. We have lots of holiday havoc and plenty of action and excitement.”

Fee stated that guests are treated to a pre-show full of musical Christmas fun before the real show starts.  The Hatfield’s and the McCoy’s invite each side of the audience to support “their kin” at the “Hatfield and McCoy Christmas Disaster Dinner and Feud”™ in the legendary hillbilly feud of rival families.

For more information about the show, visit www.HatfieldMcCoyDinnerFeud.com or call (865) 908-7469 (SHOW).  The Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Theater is located at 119 Music Road between traffic lights 0 and 1 on the Parkway in Pigeon Forge next to the Titanic.

Ticket prices for “The Hatfield and McCoy Christmas Disaster Dinner and Feud”™ are $54.95 plus tax and children are $24.95 plus tax.  Group rates are available for groups of 15 or more.   Fee/Hedrick offers a special combination show deal that gives adult customers the opportunity to pay only $19.95 plus tax for “Christmas at The Smoky Mountain Opry”™ when they buy the world-famous “Hatfield and McCoy Christmas Disaster Dinner and Feud” ™ at the regular price of $54.95 plus tax.  With this combo deal, children are $24.95 plus tax for the “Hatfield and McCoy Christmas Disaster Dinner and Feud”™ (up to age 11) and children are free to the “Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry” ™.

The Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group is one of the largest show production companies in the southeast.  The company also owns and produces other major shows in the Smoky Mountain area including: “A Comedy Barn Christmas®”, “Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry™, “ “The Smith Morning Christmas Show” featuring the Charlie Bob Smith and “Magic Beyond Belief”™ starring Darren Romeo, (which will reopen in March).  In addition, the company also owns Chef’s Catering.

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 CONTACT:  Deborah Fee Newsom, (865) 414-6887 or (865) 774-8877; Deborah@FeeHedrick.com

Photo:  Mayor Timothy O’Reilly (played by Tim Harkleroad) on banjo.