Saturday, April 9, 2016

Festival of Nations at Dollywood!

We decided to attend Dollywood's Festival of Nations.  We had been several years ago and wanted to go back.  I'm glad we did.  We had a wonderful time with MeeMee!

The first evening in Pigeon Forge, MeeMee surprised the kids with tickets to The Dixie Stampede.  This is always a supper fun treat!

The next morning we got up early and headed to Dollywood.  We had a full schedule of show we wanted to see.  We love that Dollywood does The Festival of Nations.  It is a great way to expose the children to different cultures.

We loved Atahualpa!  The band is from Central America and they are very talented.  They played traditional music and then did How Great Thou Art and Amazing Grace.  It is wonderful that Dollywood embraces Christian life and doesn't hide it!

Celtic Coast was from Nova Scotia, Canada.  They are outstanding.  Of course, Scottish and Irish descendants abound in Appalachia.  We love this part of our ancestry and naturally gravitate towards it. 

Egee was excited about the Ukulele Orchestra.  She has taught herself to play the ukulele and couldn't wait to hear them.  The group was quite entertaining!

Mother Africa was full of action.  Dancing, acrobatic feats, drums, etc.  It definitely kept Little Man's attention!

Via Romen gave us a nice introduction to Eastern European music and style.  We enjoyed listening to them.

Enjoying the music!

Los Pampas Gauchos was a hit!  Fast pace, drums, dancing, comedy, etc.  They were wonderful! We all loved this show! 

I think we will be renewing our Dollywood Passes just to be able to go to Festival of Nations again next year!