Spontaneity, entertainment and Dollywood – three of my favorite things about life. And when the three of these are combined together at the theme park’s Festival of Nations that started March 16 – well, it just doesn’t get any better in my world!
Now I love the fancy choreography and special effects and spiffy costumes that are part of the big festival acts in Dollywood’s indoor theaters, like this year’s internationally-known headliners – The National Dance Company of Siberia, The Flamenco Kings starring Los Vivancos, and Ladysmith Black Mambazo. But if you give me a choice of the kind of entertainment I like best at Festival of Nations, I’m going to channel my favorite Doobie Brothers tune and have to be “takin’ it to the streets.”
Over the years, I’ve always been drawn to these musicians, singers and spreaders of fun that turn up in various places throughout Dollywood during Festival of Nations. I absolutely loved last year’s duo who are festival favorites, Hodman & Sally from the country of “Oblivia.” Pretty sure I have dual citizenship there! And one of my all-time favorite photos of Dolly at Dollywood is our sweet superstar hanging out with Zebra Stelzentheater, and they are back this year! These German stilt dancers wear incredible, colorful costumes and seem to always be on the lookout for fun from their tall perch. All I have to do is see them seemingly walking up among the tree tops, and a smile immediately takes over my face. Pretty sure they will make everyone else’s day every day they are at Dollywood, just like they do mine.
So if you’re looking for me at Dollywood during the Festival of Nations (now through April 9), don’t look for me in line waiting to ride the Dollywood Express train or at the Celebrity Theater waiting to see a great show on stage. Instead, you’ll find me with some delicious cinnamon bread or kettle corn in hand (maybe both!), waiting to experience the fun about to be had listening to some pretty spectacular entertainers just roaming around helping folks like you and me make memories. Just follow the sound of laughter and fun out in the streets of Dollywood – should be pretty easy to find me!