College to honor rocker Patti Smith
BRYN MAWR, Pa. (AP) — Rock music veteran Patti Smith will be honored by Bryn Mawr College for her artistic accomplishments and pioneering spirit.
The women’s liberal arts school near Philadelphia announced that Smith will receive the 2013 Katharine Hepburn Medal.
The college on Wednesday called Smith “a trailblazer in the male-dominated world of rock ‘n’ roll.” She also wrote a critically acclaimed memoir in 2010.
Bryn Mawr will award the Hepburn Medal to Smith at a campus event on Feb. 7. A performance for students is being planned.
The medal is given to women who embody “the intelligence, drive and independence” of the Oscar-winning college alumna for whom it is named.
Hepburn graduated from Bryn Mawr in 1928. Previous winners include actresses Lauren Bacall and Blythe Danner.
Dolly Parton pulls out of water park
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Dolly Parton says she won’t be involved in a planned water and snow park project in Nashville.
The country legend’s withdrawal from the project comes after shareholders for Gaylord Entertainment, voted to reorganize the company as a real estate investment trust. The company was going to be a partner in the venture.
The park was touted as a $50 million venture and was projected to open as early as summer 2014.
Parton said Friday that “Gaylord makes decisions that they feel are good for their company and their stockholders and I have to make decisions based on what is best for me and the Dollywood Company.”
Parton’s Dollywood theme park and Splash Country water park in eastern Tennessee attract about 4 million visitors a year.