Transcript for Dolly Parton talks about reopening of Dollywood, Moderna vaccine and more
She said it well. This is an amazing place. I'm sorry I stole your line about having the sense to stay out of the rain. That was your line. I'm going to stay in out of the rain. You go to it, girl. Your job is bigger than mine today enjoying all the stuff I've been working on for years. Yi, you have and people have been able to enjoy it for years and this is really a family you have there and I mean it. I've been here before, and to see everybody come together, what has it meant to you to know how everybody has banded together here at dollywood during this time? I think it's amazing how our crew has done all the things they've done. Last year we were open on a limited basis but everybody was so great to practice the safety rules and all that but the people here are like family, so any time you have a crisis of they kind, you just kind of pull together and get it done so people always brag about the staff here at dollywood. This is our 36th season, by the way. 1986. All got started. Who's been here from the very beginning miss Johnnie back there. We got all kinds of people been here from the very start. I Loven the piece she said you're not her boss, we're all co-workers here. We're partners. That's the way I am with my band. I don't even have -- we're just all partners here, it takes it all to make it work. There's a reason they call Tennessee the volunteer state, neighbor helping neighbor during this time and really banding together and you all did your part too. I know that you all helped out in making masks and other things for the workers here. Oh, we do everything through Tennessee and certainly dollywood and all the people. We were available to anybody for anything and still are. We're not out of it all yet but can feel a new energy. Just feeling like I could come home and say hey, everybody, and thank you for everything because it's like you said it's last year since I was here since March. We came up here last year to open the show and that's when they closed everything down. We got up here, were going to have a big press conference. We didn't even get to have it. I walked off the bus, no, we're closed down so locked down for a year so this is my first time back so it's exciting to see all the new things we've got, the flower and food festival for this season so we've got a lot of things to be thankful for. That food and flower festival, last year, had you to scale it back and had you to delay it. But it's in full bloom. No pun intended but in full bloom. It is and it's kind of like the rose parade. Every single thick in the park, all the big statue and thing of my mom doing the coat of many color, all those things, all those little colors are made out of flowers and it's just millions of flowers all over this park and it's amazing how they can do all that. That takes a lot of time. Yeah, it does. What did you feel when you saw it for the first time yesterday. I was real emotional and took a lot of pictures because I had seen the brochures and knew what it was supposed to be but seeing that whole thing and my life as it turned out and thinking about my mom and that represents who I am as a person and the my parents and the mother that I was lucky to have and that coat has carried me so far, a little signature thing, my life has been a life of many color, not just the coat that I really -- it's very significant to me but just seeing that whole thing with mom sewing that made me grateful. I think a lot of people can relate to this season that they've gone through with the pandemic and everything like that and were you able to spend more time with family? Were you able to do things that you possibly could not have done before, work on some things? I think you do because I've always been one to be going everywhere all the time but we had to be so very limited. I don't have children. No grandchildren but I have a lot of nieces and nephews but most people are pretty much having to stay in their own homes and do whatever. I managed do a lot of things because I have my own little studios and things so I was on social media all the time reading books to the children, through the imagination library and I was creating all kinds of songs, you know, about the pandemic and trying to lift people up and be spirited and got to be with as many of my family as I could, so I just used the time to keep working. Yeah, yeah, that's all you've known, keep doing it like that and thank you and Vanderbilt thanks you and the world thanks you for the contribution you made for the vaccine research. It really was a help and then that storytelling, those -- your imagination library, which do you know 2 million books a month, 2 million books a month you donate and what is it about reading that really speaks to you? Well, I really think it's important as you do, I'm sure, anybody out there if you can read you can educate yourself and you're just lost if you can't. Actually I started that whole program through my relatives and my dad couldn't read and write but he was so smart and I just started the whole program for the unty here and had my dad involved with me but turned into this wonderful thing and we're heading toward like 200 million books. We were like 150 million and going on up now hoping in a short time we'll be doing that -- it's been 25 years since we started it but I just think it's important for children to learn to read in the early years to learn to love books and all that so I'm just so proud to have been a part of anything that's good and making life a little better for people. You do that and all the little ones call you book lady. I'm the book lady. My dad took great pride in that and lived long enough to see the imagination library doing so well and got such a kick of them calling me the book lady. You too. Sitting out here in the rain. We both got tissue in our waistbands. It's live television. So let us shine. Let it shine She's going to be singing for us. Shoutout to Kelly Harper, the head coach of the Tennessee lady vols out there with some of her players so it's wonderful how many people have made the effort to be out here with us but we'll be cooking and we'll be singing so we got a lot more from dollywood ahead but let's get
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