Every season brings a completely new experience for Dolly Parton‘s Dollywood guests, and the park’s 30th anniversary celebration provides six spectacular festivals and a number of surprises to delight visitors in 2015. From amazing stage shows and award-winning roller coasters to a nightly summer fireworks display and the seven-time winner for Best Christmas Event, guests can enjoy seasons of fun at Dollywood!
For the first time in a decade, the Showcase of Stars brings some of the biggest names in entertainment to Dollywood. Dolly Parton, whose last benefit concert at Dollywood was in 2005, kicks off the series with four concerts Aug. 8-9 at D.P.’s Celebrity Theater, a venue which provides the perfect atmosphere for fans to enjoy this stellar concert schedule. Performers include Parton herself, as well as a few special friends. Showcase of Stars takes place in August and September.
Dollywood welcomes the world during the 15th anniversary of Festival of Nations (March 21- April 20). Featuring the traditional music, dance, food and art of countries from around the globe, Festival of Nations is a fascinating celebration which reminds guests of shared similarities while embracing unique, time-honored traditions. Many favorite acts from the festival’s colorful history return to mark this special anniversary. Rhythm of the Dance, a Celtic music and dance spectacular, celebrates Ireland with a high-energy show featuring authentic instrumentalists, vocalists and dancers. New this year is Timber!, a colorful, energetic show which displays epic feats of agility and strength mixed with a traditional French-Canadian soundtrack. Other acts include Argentina’s Los Pampas Gauchos, the Mariachi Divas from Mexico, Zebra Stelzentheater’s German stilt dancers, various roaming musicians and much more. Guests can escape around the world without leaving the heart of the Smokies.
Dollywood’s Barbeque & Bluegrass (May 23- June 7) launches the unofficial start of summer on Memorial Day weekend and combines the tastiest barbeque in the South with the biggest names in bluegrass, including The Earls of Leicester, Del McCoury Band, Balsam Range, Rhonda Vincent and Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen. This year’s festival features Dollywood’s best bluegrass lineup ever with a multitude of free daily concerts from an impressive collection of International Bluegrass Music Association award winners. This annual tradition wouldn’t be complete without pounds of saucy pulled pork, barbequed chicken and ribs by the slab. Aspiring chefs will enjoy cooking demonstrations by championship-winning barbeque experts from across the country. This family-favorite event is music to the ears… and a treat for the taste buds.
Dollywood’s Great American Summer (June 13-Aug. 2) provides families even more of what they already love—time together at Dollywood. This summertime celebration features extended park hours, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, giving families a unique chance to ride Dollywood’s world-class attractions like Wild Eagle and FireChaser Express all day and well into the night! The park’s festive nightly fireworks show, Dolly’s Nights of Many Colors, has been reimagined to feature new music and interactive elements to celebrate Dollywood’s 30th anniversary. Each evening a high-spirited dance party entertains guests in Wilderness Pass with a fun-filled, 15-minute party designed to get every member of the family on their feet prior to the fireworks extravaganza!
Dollywood’s Rock the Smokies (Sept. 5) features inspiring contemporary Christian music on stages throughout the park for an incredible time of praise and worship. Third Day and For King & Country highlight this day-long celebration. With a powerful combination of thrilling attractions and dynamic music, Dollywood provides the perfect location for this amazing Labor Day weekend event. Area student ministries should plan to cap off the summer with this energizing event which is sure to become a hit.
Dollywood’s National Southern Gospel & Harvest Celebration presented by Humana (Oct. 2- Oct. 31) provides the perfect setting for fall in the Smokies. Featuring a lineup which includes some of the biggest names in Southern gospel music, the soul-stirring sounds of beautiful harmonies ring through the crisp autumn air as free daily concerts take place on the park’s various stages. Visiting artisans from across the country share their talents through an array of handmade wares, spanning from functional to decorative. Each day is a picture-perfect opportunity to enjoy the traditional experiences of a Smoky Mountain harvest!
A seven-time winner of America’s Best Christmas Event, Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas presented by Humana (Nov. 7- Jan. 2, 2016) features four million holiday lights and spectacular holiday performances, including Dollywood’s A Christmas Carol, which features a hologram version of Dolly Parton as the Ghost of Christmas Past. Guests also can experience the fun and excitement of Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer and his friends who return after their overwhelmingly-popular debut appearance in 2014. From the award-winning shows and elaborate holiday decorations to the twinkling lights and Christmas-themed menus, Dollywood captures the essence of a Smoky Mountain Christmas.
Nashville BROADWAY/ THE GULCH/ MUSIC ROW/ WEST END
A picker who absorbed the lessons of Nashville guitar master Chet Atkins, Steve Wariner is also a country hit-maker who has scored with such heartfelt tunes as 1988‘s “I Should Be With You.” The Indiana native made his bones as bassist for country singers Dottie West and Bob Luman before Atkins gave him his major label break in 1976. Over the years, Wariner has balanced songwriting with his guitar prowess — among his many other achievements, he co-wrote 1988’s “Baby I’m Yours” with great Music City tunesmith Guy Clark and played on Brad Paisley’s post-Chet Atkins instrumental “Cluster Pluck,” a track from Paisley’s 2008 Playfull-length. Wariner has also released some fine instrumental records, including his 2009 My Tribute to Chet Atkins, and his 2013 It Ain’t All Bad showcases his genial vocals, songwriting flair and storehouse of country-rock hot licks. EDD HURT $30-$35
Debuts on WHIR Wildhorse Internet Radio @ 11am this morning
Just click on the radio icon below to listen to this wonderful Music Carousel Radio show hosted by International Singing sensation “CLIFF AYERS” out of Nashville Tennessee. Today’s show features a lineup of mostly original songs sung by various artists including Cliff Ayers:
Big Band Hall Of Fame Member “Cliff Ayers”, has a great show in store for you this morning so click the icon below and listen to the smooth voice of Cliff Ayers and friends singing many Millions Seller Hits, you wont be sorry with a great line up this morning
|1. Baby Fall With Me||Hiroaki Serizawa||Hiroaki Serizawa|
|2. She Was There Within My Heart||John Orlowske||Cliff Ayers|
|3. And Mom Became Mother||Gloria McMurry||Cliff Ayers|
|4. Let There Be Light||Ron Moss||Cliff Ayers|
|5. Memphis City Blues||Susan Reichen||Cliff Ayers|
|6. Under The Pale White Moon of Mexico||Ursel Blanco||Joanie Deckard|
|7. Cowboy Boots For Your Love||David Antor||Cliff Ayers (Spoken Word/Music)|
|8. Honestly||Art Mooney||Cliff Ayers & Art Mooney Orchestra|
|9. Oh What A Mess I’m In||Willie McMiller||Cliff Ayers|
|10. Little Girl Blues||K Gigikos||K Gigikos|
|11. A Birth By Starlight||Riley Evans||Cliff Ayers|
|12. I Love You Because You Are You||Kenneth Webster||Cliff Ayers|
|13. Treasure Of Your Love||Anthony Pace||Anthony Pace|
|14. Today I Started Loving You Again||Merle Haggard||Cliff Ayers|
Hope you will join Cliff Ayers in a few moments with his very popular Music Carousel Radio Show on WHIR Wildhorse Internet Radio
LONGYEARBYEN, Norway (AP) – Sky-gazers in the Arctic were treated to a perfect view of a total solar eclipse Friday as the moon completely blocked out the sun in a clear sky, casting a shadow over Norway’s remote archipelago of Svalbard.
People shouted, cheered and applauded as Longyearbyen, the main town in Svalbard, plunged into darkness. The skies were clear, offering a full view of the sun’s corona – a faint ring of rays surrounding the moon – that is only visible during a total solar eclipse. Earlier, a blanket of clouds in the Faeroe Islands blocked thousands of people there from experiencing the full effect of the total eclipse.
The Faeroes and Svalbard were the only two places on land where the eclipse was total.
Despite the clouds in the Faeroes, tourists and residents in Torshavn alike hooted and applauded as the daylight dimmed for about 2 minutes and 45 seconds.
“It was a pretty big disappointment not to be able to see the sun,” said Janaki Lund Jensen, who had sailed from Copenhagen with 884 others to see the eclipse. Hotel rooms have been booked for years as thousands came to the Faeroe Islands to try to see the eclipse.
Sigrun Skalagard, in the northern parts of the Faeroes, said birds there went silent and dogs started howling.
“Some people were surprised to see how fast it became dark,” she said.
A partial solar eclipse could be Friday across Europe and parts of Asia and Africa. Britain’s Met Office says 95 percent of the sun was covered in the Hebrides, Orkneys and Shetland Islands, and one percent less in in further south in Glasgow and Edinburgh.
In Copenhagen, the sun was 85 percent covered up while 80 percent was hidden in southern Sweden. However, cloudy weather put a lid across large parts of the continent, making it hard to see the eclipse.
The last total eclipse was in November 2012 over Australia. The next one will be over Indonesia in March 2016, according to NASA.
– Associated Press writers Jan M. Olsen in Copenhagen and Karl Ritter in Stockholm contributed to this report.
Keith Bradford is the host of this very popular radio show and you can tune in right now by clicking on the radio icon below. The show is partly recorded in Nashville and South Africa then mastered and debuts live on the Nashville Radio Network on Tuesdays. The Likileakes Show is a one of a kind, original radio show listened to worldwide on various terrestrial and Internet radio stations.
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Pry your mind away from plans and problems so you can rest in My healing Presence. Whisper, I trust You, Jesus, while you relax-body, mind, and soul-in My protective Presence. If anxious thoughts try to intrude, give them over to Me with thanksgiving. Be grateful that I understand everything about you and your circumstances; also, I love you eternally and take care of you continually. Instead of pondering your problems, let these precious truths renew your mind. They will set you free.
As you refresh yourself in My peaceful Presence-trusting and thanking Me-I go to work on your behalf. While you stay in communication with Me, I show you the way forward. I may open up a way that previously seemed blocked, or I may take you along a new path altogether. Remember that you are never alone in your struggles. You have a Helper who is infinitely powerful, tenderly loving, and wise beyond all understanding. So rejoice!
And He said, My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest. -Exodus 33:14 nkjv
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. -Philippians 4:4-7
Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. -John 8:31-32 esv
But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father,
the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me. -John 15:26 nkjv