Dixie Cannell will be one of the stars in this weekend's "Hee Haw Y'All" country music show at the Lehigh Senior Center on Plaza Drive in Lehigh Acres. Dixie, of Lehigh, and a member of the senior center, will appear as Dolly Parton, one of her favorite performers.
She and her husband, James Cannell are retired and moved to Lehigh a year ago. He's a photographer and uses his video camera to record such events and will be at the center doing video of this latest show.
Hee Haw Y'All starts at 1 p.m. and is being held after a dinner at the Senior Center' dining room and auditorium. Cost is $10. If you just want to see the performance, the cost is $6. It is open to the public.
Dixie Cannell as Dolly Parton
If you go, you need to stop by the Senior Center on Plaza Drive and buy tickets so they can plan for the seating and meal. For information, call the center at 369-5355.
Dixie also wil play the ukulele and accompany Darrell Fratzke as he sings Cold, Cold Heart as country music personality Roy Clark.
Joanie Ferster, a promoter at the senior center, said this is going to be one of the best country events ever held on the center's stages.
"Dixie can be herself and in 10 minutes, she turns into Dolly Parton," she said.
She has performed in Las Vegas, singing and dancing while Jim has done photography there.
"Dixie was the star in the Senior Center's South Pacific last spring, giving a top notch performance and Jim videotaped the show for anyone who wanted to purchase a copy at very reasonable prices. They both are mannerly and charming people" Ferster said.
"Dixie has a sparkle in her eyes and is very energetic and is a singer, dancer, including hula and she is also an actress. Quite light on her feet, she appears a lot younger than her chronological years. She's enjoying Tai Chi at the Senior Center and is active in other ways, too," she said.
Originally from Tennessee, Dixie said she grew up in St. Louis, Mo., and over her lifetime has been a musical director and teacher at 13 schools and at one time was even an optician.
She said she loves all types of music, but classical and Hawaiian music are maybe her favorites.
She and her husband moved to Lehigh from Las Vegas and bought a house in October, sight unseen.
"We had vacationed in Sanibel and we just liked Southwest Florida. I like nature and the outdoors, the animals and the birds and we find Lehigh to be a great place to live. It has a small-town atmosphere and the people are friendly. We love it here," she said.
Although she says she has never met Dolly Parton, she has seen her in Las Vegas and said it was of the best shows she had ever seen, so it has become quite natural for her to do the imitation and her husband says she is good at it, too.