Last night was one of the most amazing nights of my life. Dolly Parton was performing at Wolftrap. One of the things I love about Virginia’s Wolftrap performing arts center (and I think it is the only one in the country) is that it is actually IN a national park. So there is all this lush greenery and a stage and some seating but a large lawn where folks can sit and just listen.
Renee and I originally were going to try and catch Dolly in Philadelphia or Pigeon Forge. As was pointed out, she turned 70 this last January and likely wouldn’t be doing too many national tours after this. Luckily for us, and not so luckily for someone else, they broke their foot and couldn’t attend. The result? Monday night we learned we could go to the Wednesday night performance!!!!
We planned a full picnic. 🙂 Brie (and 3 other kinds of cheese), prosciutto, black pepper cheese loaf, fancy chocolate, apples, raspberries, strawberries, tea, ginger beer, cider. An extra big blanket, another for cover, a body pillow, a regular pillow, as well as snacks and a dish for the dog! Yes, we do snooty picnics. Can’t help it cheese plates are among my most favorite things in the WORLD.
It was lovely and Dolly Parton was in full voice. And I must admit, like the rest of the world, as much as we love her for her songs, we also love her for her wit and charm. She told jokes and shared stories, all the while engaging the audience and making us feel like we were special.
I have very few people on my bucket list and all for very different reasons. But one of the reasons that she is so important to me is because of leadership. That sounds like an odd thing to say about an actor and country music singer but I remember years ago, when i was trying to figure out who I wanted to be and HOW I wanted to be, I found a quote of hers that really spoke to me. It tends to be misattributed to John Quincy Adams, but it is definitely Dolly.
If your actions create a legacy that inspires others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, then, you are an excellent leader. – Dolly Parton
I can’t say I’ve always gotten it right, but it is who I want to be in the things that I choose to do, whether that is working with policy, politics, fiction, film, or just being me. She trusts in faith, and firmly believes in seeing the good in people and accepting them for who they are. She “shares the candy” in spreading her good fortune with literacy groups, raptor rescue and many others that I don’t even know. Good advice for life, I think. And a good example for life. That is why I adore Dolly Parton and so desperately wanted to see her.
Thrilled to be able to cross this item off my Bucket List.
PS Special thanks to Jen Horan for taking the awesome pic above. Makes it even more special as that image came from OUR concert.