Grand Ole Opry to celebrate Dolly Parton's 50 years of membership with Dolly Week

The Grand Ole Opry will have a string  of events in October to celebrate country music legend Dolly Parton's 50 years of membership.

Dolly Week starts Oct. 10 and will include two sold-out shows with Parton herself. The "week" is actually three nights of performances.

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"It was always my dream to be on the Opry," Parton said in a statement last November. "I actually got to sing on the Grand Ole Opry when I was about 10 years old. I officially became a member back in 1969 and I cannot believe next year I will celebrate 50 proud years of being a member of the Grand Ole Opry! They call it the 'Mother Church' because the old Ryman was a church, but it's sacred to me, wherever it goes – the church of my heart. For me, the Opry is like the song 'New York, New York' – if you can make it there, you can make it anywhere. I am excited to be coming back home to celebrate 50 years of membership!"

The Grand Ole Opry will celebrate Dolly Parton's 50 years of membership with "Dolly Week" in October.

Credit: Kevin Winter

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Credit: Kevin Winter

Parton made her Opry debut at age 13, performing with her uncle, Bill Owens.

Events for the celebration, according to the Opry, are below:

  • Oct. 10: Opry Country Classics featuring performances of No. 1 Dolly hits.
  • Oct. 11: Friday Night Opry: Dolly's Mountain Soul: Bluegrass, Americana & Roots Music honor Dolly.
  • Oct. 12: Dolly Parton's 50th Grand Ole Opry Anniversary Celebration, featuring Dolly Parton and others.

Artists for the week will be announced at a later date.