The fires in Tennessee came very close to wiping out Dollywood and is devastating the community around the park.
Dolly Parton has come forward with her many companies including Dollywood and DreamMore to pledge $1000 per family per month to help families get back on their feet.
When we as the “unwashed masses” deal with celebrities, it is always tough to tell who is the real deal and who is just putting a public face forward for the cameras. Such people as Sigourney Weaver and Chris Pratt actually are the nicest people in the world, and everything bad you’ve heard about Kate Beckensale and Matthew McConaughey are also probably true.
But I’m here to tell you, Dolly Parton is the real deal. I’ve known this for a while, but this goes beyond what I’ve known about her.
We, as theme park fans, always have the choice to vote with our feet and wallets, and I think this is one of those times we need to do so.
As we are approaching the end of the year, many of us are already starting to make plans for what parks we are going to visit as soon as the snow moves back to Canada and the weather gets warmer. I want everyone to see if they can somehow fit Dollywood into their itinerary for the coming season. $1000 per family per month is not going to be a cheap pledge and I can think of no better way to support Dolly Parton than to make next year the busiest year Dollywood has ever seen.
In the meantime, why not reconnect with some classics and tune your Spotify account to a Dolly Parton channel and go reacquaint yourself with one of my favorite movies while growing up: 9 to 5.
I will be getting with my Midwest Tour Guide (I’m looking at you, Jim) and specifically requesting that we make the trip after we take a couple of spins on Cedar Point’s new Iron Streak roller coaster (or whatever they name it).
For those of you in the affected areas of Tennessee, our hearts and thoughts are with you as you take the painful steps of recovering from such a tragedy. Consider yourselves blessed to have such a wonderful person keeping an eye on things who is willing to step in to help her people.
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