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Destinations & Diversions: A red carpet premier in Dollywood

From left to right: Ricky Schroder, who portrays Robert Lee Parton; Alyvia Alyn Lind, who portrays Dolly;and Jennifer Nettles, portrays Parton's mother Avie Lee Parton.

Destinations & Diversions: A red carpet premier in Dollywood

Destinations & Diversions: A red carpet premier in Dollywood

Destinations & Diversions: A red carpet premier in Dollywood

Destinations & Diversions: A red carpet premier in Dollywood

Destinations & Diversions: A red carpet premier in Dollywood

Destinations & Diversions: A red carpet premier in Dollywood

Destinations & Diversions: A red carpet premier in Dollywood

Destinations & Diversions: A red carpet premier in Dollywood

Destinations & Diversions: A red carpet premier in Dollywood

Destinations & Diversions: A red carpet premier in Dollywood

Destinations & Diversions: A red carpet premier in Dollywood

Destinations & Diversions: A red carpet premier in Dollywood

Destinations & Diversions: A red carpet premier in Dollywood

Destinations & Diversions: A red carpet premier in Dollywood

Destinations & Diversions: A red carpet premier in Dollywood

Destinations & Diversions
Destinations & Diversions: A red carpet premier in Dollywood J. H. Osborne • Today at 1:15 PM

josborne@timesnews.net


PIGEON FORGE — My destination last Tuesday (Nov. 22) originally was Florida. But then a diversion of a whole new color came up. The folks at Dollywood called and wanted me to work the red carpet at the Dollywood-goes-Hollywood-style premier of “Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love.”

It is scheduled to air tonight (Wednesday, Nov. 30) on the NBC television network.

At first, I leaned toward sending my regrets. I planned to be halfway across Georgia by the time the red carpet walk was set to begin at 4 p.m. But I was, in fact, planning to make my annual birthday pilgrimage to Walt Disney World via Knoxville, in order to drop my mother Wanda at my sister Pamela’s house.

So, Dollywood was practically right on the way. And mother was among the millions of television viewers who adored last year’s “Coat of Many Colors,” based on Parton’s song. It also aired on NBC, as the first in a series of movies Parton and the network made a deal to make based on the songwriter’s songs. Many expected the next to be “Jolene.” But “Coat of Many Colors” proved to be “box office” gold: it was the most-watched television movie in six years.

So, I reconsidered. I don’t usually take mother on assignment. But after I explained to the Dollywood folks that I would have her in the car and would be delaying my ultimate destination by a day, they said she was welcome to join me in what turned out to be one of the largest groups of media I’ve experienced in more than 15 years of covering events at Dollywood.

I dragged out my black velvet sport coat with black satin lapels (impulse buy off a “last chance” sale rack) and shined my best black dress shoes. Mother pulled out a gold-sequined jacket she hadn’t worn in at least a decade, along with her black-sequined flats. I warned her it would be pretty cold once the sun went down. Mother gave my niece Emily her old mink cape to wear between her wedding and reception a few years ago. And her old “mouton” jacket is deep somewhere in a storage unit. And no one wears real fur anymore, including mother.

Our friend Vicki Cooper Trammell, as she often does, came to the rescue, lending mother a lush, black faux fur.

Me (on the phone without even saying “hello”): “Do you happen to have a dark-colored faux fur coat Mom could borrow?”

Vicki: “Of course I do.I’ll drop it by as soon as I find it.”

So off we went to our first red carpet event.

We got to talking about movies in general, favorite Christmas movies in particular, and that led to a flood of memories for each of us as we made our way to Dollywood.

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