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Dolly posed for photos before leaving Burdett’s. CHERI REEVES
The Connection’s Cheri Reeves, the one on the right, just a tad star struck, poses with Dolly Parton at Burdett’s Tea Shop and Trading Company on Main Street in Springfield. Dolly said she liked her patriotic shirt and wanted to know the name of her perfume.
You never know who you'll run into at Burdett's Tea Shop, located at 618 S. Main Street, in Springfield. Today, Dolly Parton had a late lunch with her sister in the eatery. The Connection was there also and took this photo as Dolly looked at the gift books for sale. CHERI REEVES
Burdett’s owner Sandy Ramsey spoke with Dolly and welcomed her to the tea shop before posing in a photo.

From the response to our posting of superstar Dolly Parton's recent visit to Springfield, you would have thought country royalty was having lunch in an eatery near the city's historic downtown square.

Just about everybody evidently loves the entrepreneur, singer and actress, and has responded with excitement on news that she had lunch at Burdett's Tea Shop and Trading Company, located at 618 S. Main Street in Springfield, on Tuesday, July 11.

Parton sat with her sister at a corner table with her back to the front of the restaurant as they dined on some of Sandy Ramsey's delicacies offered at the world-renowned tea shop.

The Burdett's staff was gracious and kind and allowed the entertainer to enjoy her lunch without making a big fuss about her presence.

Parton showed her appreciation by asking to enter the kitchen following her meal in order to greet the staff members and thank them for her wonderful lunch.

But as soon as the door to the restaurant's door closed behind her, the giggles and thrills from both restaurant staff and patrons could be heard breaking the silence with excitement from Parton's mere presence.

And that's because Dolly is a kind, human being.

How can we forget the outpouring of love she shared with her very own community in the hills and mountains of East Tennessee late last year when the fires there took more than a dozen lives and destroyed hundreds of people's homes and livelihoods?

Dolly Parton pledged millions of her earnings and began distributing checks to the people who suffered from the blaze.

It was her Imagination Library effort, begun in communities all over the world in the mid-1990s, to which she referred when choosing a spot to pose for photos after her meal ended at Burdett's.

"I like books," Parton said. "How about if I stand here?"

After giving the Connection permission to snap a few photos, Dolly invited others in to stand beside her and take selfies and group shots.

She posed with waiters, waitresses and even the shop's owner, Sandy Ramsey. And then, as quick as she arrived in Springfield, Tenn., she was gone.

She put a big smile on my face and I've been singing and humming Jolene, Coat of Many Colors and I will Always Love You all week long.

It's fun just reading the outpouring of support and love Parton has received on our Facebook page, at Facebook/Robertson County

Dolly Parton is welcome to visit Springfield, Tenn. anytime.

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