DOLLYWOOD’S FLOWER & FOOD FESTIVAL BRINGS BRIGHT BLOOMS TO SMOKY MOUNTAINS BEGINNING JUNE 15
Dollywood’s inaugural Flower & Food Festival presented by Covenant Health blooms to life with a vibrant new event that adds another touch of dazzling color to the natural beauty that already surrounds the award-winning theme park.
Originally scheduled for mid-spring, the breathtaking festival now begins when Dollywood reopens to season passholders on June 15. During this spectacular event, guests can explore larger-than-life plant sculptures adorned in half-a-million colorful flower blooms. These colossal displays reach heights up to 14 feet and create breathtaking displays celebrating the spirit of the Smoky Mountains. Floral carpet beds envelope walkways, embellish buildings and fill flowerbeds throughout the park.
Throughout the festival, the park stays open until 9:30 p.m. every night to allow families more time to make memories together. Additionally, each evening concludes with a fireworks show to put an exclamation point on the day.
“I know everyone is tired after being cooped up inside for the last few months, but I think all of us probably appreciate our family and friends even more right now,” Dolly Parton said. “I’m glad we’re able to start welcoming folks back to Dollywood with a brand new festival to help them make fresh memories together. Things may look a little different, but when they see all those beautiful flowers in bloom, I think it will help them take a bit of a break from everything that’s been going on.
“When we had the idea for this festival, I definitely gave them some input because you know how much I love flowers,” she added with a laugh, “but I was just delighted when my creative team told me their idea for the biggest flower display would be my mama sewing the Coat of Many Colors. I was so surprised, and I know she would be so proud they represented her in this way.”
Dollywood’s Flower & Food Festival brings Dolly’s dreams to life with floral displays blooming in a kaleidoscope of colors. In partnership with internationally-acclaimed Mosaicultures flower sculpting team, a multitude of flowers come to life throughout Dollywood as Smoky Mountain turtles, raccoons, frogs and black bears. Dolly’s rich influence through song comes alive thanks to tributes of “I Will Always Love You” with a floral heart umbrella, as well as “Coat of Many Colors” with the marvelous scenic sculpture of her mother Avie Lee sewing the priceless garment.
The festival takes its blooms and brilliance throughout Dollywood, starting with photo opportunities as soon as guests step foot through the turnstiles. Once in the park, guests quickly find themselves under an Umbrella Sky, an awe-inspiring sight which features more than 600 hundred umbrellas dancing above their heads.
Special “Instagram-able” photo locations allow families to capture special memories that will live on long after the festival flowers bloom.
The colorful splendor created by an artful array of flowers and plants is accented by delicious dishes of mouth-watering festival flavors. Dollywood’s team of culinary experts dug deep into the traditions of Southern and Smoky Mountain cuisine to create garden-fresh items sure to delight.
Items on the menu include grilled citrus shrimp over delta peas and rice, gyros, Greek orzo pasta, grilled chili lime skirt steak, chicken stir fry, zucchini fritters, lobster rolls, charcuterie in a cone, and pork sliders with pineapple chutney.
Dessert highlights include chocolate-dipped macaroons, toasted coconut cupcakes, blueberry tarts, and chocolate ganache brownies. Guests looking for a way to cool off have a number of refreshing beverages to enjoy during the festival. The selection includes strawberry guava, blueberry lavender lemonade, blood orange lemonade, and watermelon lime fresca.
After much careful preparation, Dollywood Theme Park and Dollywood’s Splash Country Water Park open June 15 and 16 for season pass guests only. Both parks open to the general public on June 17.
Social distancing guidelines will limit the capacity of the parks on a daily basis. As a result, season passholders will be required to reserve the date and time they wish to visit, and general admission guests will purchase a date-based ticket to ensure all have a safer, socially-distanced experience. Reservations can be made at www.Dollywood.com/reservations and on the Dollywood mobile app where a how-to video will demonstrate the process. Guests should book their reservations early to ensure the date of their choice.
Additional information and a video detailing the safety and operational changes at the park are available for review at www.Dollywood.com/playsafe and on the mobile app.
Gaylord Opryland Hotel & SoundWaves are both set to reopen on Monday, June 25th. The resort will provide new cleaning technology, hospital-grade disinfectants, attendants dedicated to sanitizing frequently throughout the day, new social distancing practices and enhanced cleaning protocols, outlined by Marriott’s “Commitment to Clean” standards.
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After three months of closure, Nashville Zoo is excited to announce that we will be reopening our gates to a limited attendance on June 15. Only Nashville Zoo members will be able to visit for the first three days of our reopening. Beginning June 18, the Zoo will be open to everyone.
Advance tickets go on sale June 1.
“All of us here, staff and animals alike, have missed seeing our guests enjoying the Zoo,” said Zoo President and CEO Rick Schwartz. “Our team has been working this whole time to keep our animals happy and healthy and the Zoo looking beautiful. In appreciation to our members who have waited patiently through these tough times, we’re going to give them a chance to visit before we open to everyone else.”
LIMITED ATTENDANCE:The Zoo will open at a limited capacity and continue to perform rigorous and periodic cleaning practices. All Zoo staff will be screened daily and required to wear masks while in public areas. The Zoo will also require all guests to wear masks while on Zoo property with the exception of children three years old or younger.
TIMED TICKETS:All guests will be required to purchase or reserve, in advance, a timed ticket for entry. Zoo members will have options to reserve entry at the top of each hour from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 pm. Non-members will be able to purchase timed tickets at the bottom of each hour from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. All tickets go on sale June 1 at noon.
GUEST EXPECTATIONS:The majority of the Zoo's pathways will be one way guiding guests through the park. Some inside areas including the Unseen New World and the Historic Grassmere Home will remain closed. The Wilderness Express Train and Jungle Gym will also be closed. Animal contact areas including Kangaroo Kickabout and Lorikeet Landing will be closed. Any programing that draws large groups of people will either be limited or canceled.
The Zoofari Café will be open for take-out only with outdoor seating close by. Concession stands will also be available. Water fountains will be turned off. As always, guests are welcome to bring in food and beverages. The Zoo’s indoor gift shop and all restrooms will be open with limited capacity.
Additionally, the Zoo will provide hand sanitizers along the trails and signs that promote social distancing and good health practices. The Zoo will monitor local health officials and leadership to determine when safe practices can be loosened or lifted.
MEMBERSHIP:Nashville Zoo is happy to state that no member will lose time to enjoy the Zoo. All current memberships including those that were purchased or renewed during the Zoo’s closure, will be automatically extended to accommodate for the time the Zoo was closed. The date adjustment will take place automatically after the Zoo opens on June 15.
ABOUT NASHVILLE ZOONashville Zoo is a nonprofit organization and an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, assuring the highest standards of animal care and husbandry. The Zoo is actively engaged in conservation research, habitat protection, breeding programs and education initiatives around the globe as well as in our own backyard. The Zoo attracts more than 1,260,000 visitors annually and is considered one of the top attractions in Nashville. Nashville Zoo is located at 3777 Nolensville Pike and is open every day except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. For more information about Nashville Zoo, visit nashvillezoo.org.
This has been one interesting year! As a parent, we are having to make decisions for ourselves and our kids when it comes to getting back out and safety precautions. While everyone might not feel the same way we have chosen to let our boys play baseball this summer. We feel like this will give them a since of normalcy after being home bound for over 12 weeks. Just remember to make the decision that you feel is right for your family.
DOLLY PARTON’S SUCCESSFUL “GOODNIGHT WITH DOLLY” BEDTIME READING SERIES FINALE SET FOR THURSDAY, JUNE 4
DOLLY PARTON’S SUCCESSFUL “GOODNIGHT WITH DOLLY” BEDTIME READING SERIES FINALE SET FOR THURSDAY, JUNE 4 AT 7 P.M.
Dolly Parton closes her 10-week bedtime reading series with a special finale episode that includes a tribute to the more than 1,700 local organizations that offer her Imagination Library to the children in their community. Since its inception in 1995, the Imagination Library has gifted more than 138 million books through its local affiliates to preschool children. The library currently gifts books to 1.6 million children around the world each month.
“The local affiliates are the heart and soul of the Imagination Library,” said Parton. “They work hard every day to raise the funds to make sure the books remain free to all of the children enrolled in the program.”
The series began on April 2, 2020, with The Little Engine that Could® and will conclude June 4. The series has been viewed more than 15 million times on YouTube, Facebook and other popular social media platforms.
The finale episode features “Pass It On” written and illustrated by Sophy Henn. This book was specifically selected to end the series because it encourages all children and adults to share their joy, their happiness and their kindness with others.
“I am thrilled this series has meant so much to so many families across the world,” Parton continued. “I hope our finale episode featuring ‘Pass It On’ will be another way for us to transform this moment of hardship into more love and more kindness.”
The finale concludes with the re-release of the trailer for the documentary “The Library That Dolly Built.” The film was scheduled for a nationwide release on April 2, 2020, but was postponed because of the spread of COVID-19. The film will be released in late September 2020.
“The Library That Dolly Built,” directed and produced by journalism professor and director of Land Grant Films Nick Geidner, and narrated by Danica McKellar, goes behind-the-scenes of Dolly Parton’s literacy-focused non-profit, Imagination Library, to show how one of the most famous and beloved performers in the world has developed an efficient and effective program for spreading the love of reading.
The Imagination Library started as a gift for the children in Dolly’s hometown, Sevierville, Tennessee, and is now active in all 50 states, and five countries, gifting more than 1.6 million free, age-appropriate books to children every month. The film also provides a glimpse of the profound impact the Imagination Library has on people through original interviews with authors, policymakers, Imagination Library staff, recipients, and the legend herself, Dolly Parton. Woven throughout the film is a biographical sketch of Dolly Parton, featuring rare photos and films from her childhood. Unlike many biographies of Dolly, it doesn’t focus on her music. Instead it demonstrates that at every point in her career, any time she has had success, Dolly Parton has come back to Sevierville to give back to her people.
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