Dolly Parton celebrates the revitalization of businesses reopening in Tennessee amid the coronavirus pandemic at her own theme park, Dollywood.
The country music icon joined “Good Morning America” host Robin Roberts of 150-acre Pigeon Forge Park in Tennessee on Wednesday morning in honor of his annual flower and food festival, which this year pays homage to Parton’s mother with a colorful statue erected in the flower park.
Parton reflected on how far Dollywood has come since its 2020 season, which has been subject to restrictions due to COVID-19.
“I think it’s amazing how our crew did everything they did. Last year of course like everyone else we were open on a limited basis but everyone was so great to practice safety rules, ”Parton said. Roberts as he sat outside in the park. “People here are like family so anytime you have a process of any kind you come together and do it. People always brag about the staff here at Dollywood.”
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2021 marks the park’s 36th season and it looks like the Dollywood employees really feel at home, as does Parton, who sees herself as a “colleague” among the staff.
“We’ve had all kinds of people coming here from the very beginning. That’s how I’m with my group. We’re just all partners here. We all need to make it work,” she said.
The flowered statue dedicated to Parton’s mother is called the “coat of many colors”, which symbolizes the importance that her parents, and more specifically, her mother, had on her childhood. It’s also the name of a song she performed on stage, with a rainbow-colored guitar.
“I was really moved and took a lot of photos,” Parton said when seeing the statue for the first time on Tuesday. “I had seen brochures of it and I knew what it was supposed to be, but just seeing it all knowing my life as it turned out, thinking about my mom and having this thing over there that represents who I am as a person, who my parents were and the kind of mother I was lucky enough to have – and that little coat that has carried me so far. “
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“It’s kind of like a figurative thing. My life has been a life of many colors, not just a coat. It’s important to me, but just seeing it all made me grateful,” a- she declared.
Parton’s visit to the park on Wednesday marked the first time she has returned since last year, when the coronavirus pandemic first exploded.
“We came here last year to open the show and that’s when they closed everything. We came here to have a press conference, we couldn’t even have it. . I just got off that bus, they said, ‘No we’re closed. This is my first time coming back so it’s exciting to see all the new things we have for the flower and flower festival. food for this season. We have a lot to be thankful for, ”she added.
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Dollywood is now filled with “millions of flowers” to celebrate this year’s food and flower festival, she said.
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The global artist made headlines last year for donating $ 1 million to Vanderbilt University for coronavirus vaccine research and development. His seven-figure donation would have helped researchers conduct trial phases that led to the development of the Moderna vaccine, according to the New England Journal of Medicine.
The 75-year-old announced in early April that she had received her second dose of the vaccine on her official Twitter account.
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