By Kirt Webster
Dolly Parton returned home to sing and help raise money for the Imagination Library and to visit her new resort. Although her concert performances were billed Dolly: Pure & Simple, in simple Dolly fashion she shined brighter than the stars in the sky. The four sold-out shows, which took place at Dollywood’s D.P. Celebrity Theater, raised over $500,000.
When welcoming the audience, Dolly said, “Thank you from all the kids and me. We give books to children all over the world now and the Imagination Library started right here in Sevier County, right up here in these hills. So thank you all for coming. I truly believe that you can never get enough books into the hands of enough children.”
Currently in Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States, the Imagination Library has mailed more than 71 million free books.
From “Blue Smoke” to “Backwoods Barbie,” “9 to 5” and “Coat of Many Colors,” Dolly captivated the audience after performing her latest and greatest hits. During her performances, Dolly also shared her excitement for her new resort, “I am so proud of all the things we are doing here. Of course, it’s our 30th Anniversary and we’ve been longing for our own hotel ever since we started Dollywood. Yesterday, I had a chance to go over to the resort and do some videos and things in my suite, and I got to see the resort up and breathing with real people in it. We are just so proud of it!”