DREAMMORE RESORT STORYTELLING
PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (Sept. 30, 2014)—The International Storytelling Center and Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort announced Tuesday they will join forces in the coming year to highlight the art of storytelling at Dollywood’s newest destination in the Great Smoky Mountains.
The announcement coincides with the International Storytelling Center’s flagship event, the National Storytelling Festival, set for Oct. 3-5 in Jonesborough, Tenn. In addition to sponsoring the festival’s Family Tent on Oct. 3, the DreamMore Resort will help hundreds of schoolchildren in the region attend the event as sponsor of the Festival’s School Day.
Opening next summer, Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort is “inspired by Dolly Parton’s warm childhood memories of life growing up in the Smokies and telling stories on her family’s front porch,” according to a press release from the resort.
Located near Dollywood’s theme parks, the new resort “is committed to maintaining and building new multigenerational storytelling traditions,” the resort said. It has partnered with the storytelling center to assist with training, performances and other special activities to incorporate the art of storytelling into the DreamMore Resort experience.
“Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort is excited to draw on East Tennessee’s rich tradition of storytelling to enhance our guests’ experience,” said Amy Owenby, vice president of hospitality for The Dollywood Company.
“Dollywood fans have come to love our parks for the stories we tell. We are now thrilled to partner with the International Storytelling Center as we work in the coming year toward integrating storytelling in a meaningful way into our new resort.”
“Dolly Parton’s story, and her legacy as a songwriter and a storyteller, is an inspiration to people all over the world,” says Kiran Singh Sirah, the storytelling center’s executive director. “We’re delighted to have the tools to support the DreamMore Resort in its vision of using storytelling as a way to bring families closer together, not just during their vacations, but after they return home.”
-Asheville Citizen Times, September 30, 2014-