Dolly Parton celebrated her theme park's season passholders Friday, making what she noted was her first appearance at Dollywood’s passholder preview day prior to its general public opening.
She joined the cast of the Festival of Nations headliners, Le Grande Cirque's Imaginé, to address a crowd in the Celebrity Theatre and promote the park's year of festivals and events as well as plug her Cracker Barrel CD, upcoming Broadway musical and the Imagination Library.
Following her remarks, she was scheduled to take questions from the media, but the press microphone malfunctioned, so she called on passholders in the crowd to shout out questions: Does she still like to sit and sing on the front porch (hopefully she'll get some time off to do just that soon), why was there no "Blue Smoke" on Sha-Kon-O-Hey! ("It's not about the Smokies; that's about a train."), and when is her dance CD is coming out (she's still working on it – and it will include her much-talked-about track "Just A Wee Bit Gay").
This reporter wrapped up the session asking if she wants to be remembered 100 years from now as an entertainer or "The Book Lady," to which she jested: "A hundred years from now, ain't none of us gonna care what they call me!"... read the rest of the story by Subscribing now.