Dolly Parton Returns To Hometown With Announcement That Has Whole Town Talking
Cailyn Finkel 5/10/2018
Spotting a celebrity while visiting places like Los Angeles or New York City is exciting -- there's no doubt about it. But when you see someone famous in your own hometown, it's even more thrilling! There they are, sitting at your favorite coffee shop or browsing the aisles at the local grocery store!
That's the exact feeling residents from Sevierville, Tennessee felt during the unveiling of the My People Senior Activity Center. They were all gathered to celebrate the reopening of the center when a bubbly, blonde legend came strolling onto the stage...
It was country music sweetheart Dolly Parton! The 11-time CMA award-winning singer was there to help celebrate with the center's residents, staff members and volunteers. She was also there to honor her parents, Robert and Avie Lee Parton, to whom the center was dedicated.
Alongside the Sevier County Mayor, Larry Waters, and Sevierville Mayor, Bryan Atchley, as well as several of her family members, Dolly welcomed the audience, saying:
"I'm proud to be a senior citizen. Of course, we all wish we could stay 30 forever, but we can't, so I think it's important that we stay active, we stay with a good attitude and get out and stay involved, make friends and be whatever, and I think being a part of this whole thing is really great, and it is my pleasure to dedicate this [visit] to My People."
She then went on to joke with the crowd about realities of aging! Dolly enthusiastically exclaimed she's in her "second childhood" and doesn't have a problem with being a senior again.
"I'm a senior, too. When I was over in Sevier County High School, I couldn't wait to be a senior, and now that I'm in my second childhood, I'm a senior again.
Anyways, I saw one of my old boyfriends from high school. He said, 'Dolly, you look like a million dollars.' I said, 'Well, thank you. That's just about how much it's cost to make me look like this.'"
After the jokes and the touching tribute to her late parents were complete, the 72-year-old grabbed her guitar and shared an emotional rendition of "My Mountains, My Home." She even participated in the center's exercise class and mingled with seniors in the quilting, wood-burning and carving classes!
Your hometown will always hold a special place in your heart, and Dolly made sure to treat the people of her hometown the right way! This was a day everyone at the My People Senior Activity Center will remember.