What a fun week it was to watch Hallmark’s Home and Family from Dollywood with Dolly Parton! It brought back so many good memories of the weekends I used to spend there and after seeing all the new things introduced over the years, I’m itching to go back for another visit. I recall many of the places they featured on the show during the week including The Dixie Stampede but I never got a chance to visit everything. Our weekends were so busy with…
… benefit concerts twice a day, (here she is with Kenny Rogers).
Then there were fan gatherings or a luncheon. Above is what she wore at the very first picnic luncheon back in 1988).
And the rest of the time we followed her around the park just to take pictures, often outside the Celebrity Theater by the ‘Butterfly’.
Or we’d watch her make a commercial…
…Or introduce a new ride like the Carousel or a new attraction.
Lots of times we waited outside her apartment just to get a picture of her going upstairs or coming down. Here she is with her best friend Judy Ogle.
The food was always delicious and we ate a lot of it at Aunt Granny’s which I’m not even sure is still in existence. No doubt they’ve built something bigger by now like they did her museum. I need to get in touch with my friend Mark and have him bring me up-to-date on a few things. He still attends the Grand Opening every year and often sends me pictures but I haven’t spoken to him in quite some time. My sister is still bedridden and I spend most of my time taking care of her which leaves me little time for much else. Getting to watch Dolly all week was uplifting for both of us! Dolly will always be special to me!