As a one-time season pass holder to Dollywood and devoted Dolly fan, I offer you this How To on making the most of your Dolly Parton concert experience...
Because Dolly is, quite simply, a national treasure people, even those not from Tennessee, will line up hours before her show....
Patrick lives Two Doors Down from Beth
even in the sweltering Virignia sun.
I work 9 to 5 with these guys
With coolers and blankets in tow, you must be in line very early to ensure a prime viewing spot...
Steven used the down time to whip up a centerpiece for our spread from flowers growing in the Wolf Trap garden...
...because if ever there is a show for which you
Kenny Rogers for Islands in the Stream? Clearly!
Kenny Rogers Roasters for your concert picnic? Please. Only a giant ham will do for Dolly.
You will, obviously, also need biscuits. Dolly's Dixie Fixins, y'all.
So as to ensure that no one picks up someone else's Dolly Partini, drink labels inspired by Dolly song and film characters are also recommend.
While Dolly sings everthing from Jolene to the Hannah Montanna theme song, one must sing along...and maybe even clog a little during Rocky Top. You singing with Dolly while Dolly sings Miley? Truly, the best of both worlds.
Even if you have to be at work very early the next morning...
you must stay til you see Dolly's bus pull away immediately following her encore. Her band will still be on stage playing, but with a police escort, she'll travel into the night. She's just that
Despite the heat and the hard ground, you will have an absolute blast!
And when you read your local paper's review the next day, and they describe Dolly and her performance as "real and gorgeous"...well, you will agree.
Your next move, after making an appointment with your hair dresser to go a bit blonder, will be to plan a trip to, where else......Dollywood.