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12th ANNUAL JOURNEY'S END – December 13, 2011

December 05, 2011

On Tuesday, December 13th (inclement weather date is Thursday, December 15th) at 6:30 PM, Journey’s End will again take place in Historic Downtown Bristol! Starting at the Downtown Center and ending at the Paramount Center for the Arts, Journey’s End is our local interpretation of the Latino tradition of Las Posadas (The Inns). Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem is recreated as they go from inn to inn seeking lodging. The final inn welcomes them in and celebrates their arrival.

How does Bristol Celebrate Journey’s End?
Our inns are the restaurants on State Street and our innkeepers are various choirs and choral groups. We will begin at the Downtown Center (hot chocolate will be provided) then process by candlelight with Mary and Joseph down State Street. Singing the traditional song and various carols accompanied by instrumentalists, we will arrive at the Paramount Center for the Arts, where we will have gingerbread and hot cider.

This year Mary will be Erin Luther and Joseph will be Adam Gambrell. Along the way, choirs from Redeemer Lutheran Church will be at Shanghai, Emmanuel Episcopal Church at the State Line Bar & Grill, First Presbyterian Church at Manna Bagel Café, State Street United Methodist Church and Central Presbyterian Church at K P Duty, and First Presbyterian Church at Java J's. A special thank you to Southeast Culinary & Hospitality College for providing gingerbread, Java J’s for providing hot cider, the Bristol TN Department of Community Relations for providing hot chocolate and song books at the Downtown Center and last but not least our wonderful musicians — Pete Buhls, Bob Greene, Dale Keller, Ralph Davis, Molly & Dale Keller, Bill Tiller, Heath Vance, Jonathan Davis, Mark Hicks, Andy Morgan, Roger & Ben Leonard and friends.

The Believe in Bristol event lasts a little more than an hour. Restaurants will be taking dinner reservations, several of the downtown shops will be open and The Paramount will be host to an event. Come and celebrate Christmas in the heart of our community!

Believe in Bristol is a non-profit organization composed of dedicated citizens, business owners, government officials and other friends of Bristol who recognize the role a vital downtown plays in preserving and furthering our community’s identity, spirit and economy.

By donating to, volunteering with and/or becoming involved in Believe in Bristol, you can become an active part of Bristol’s ongoing success story. Thanks to the participation of our citizens, Downtown Bristol has been, and will continue to be, a source of pride and delight for the people of Tennessee and Virginia—because we BELIEVE IN BRISTOL! Please visit www.believeinbristol.org or call 423-573-2200 for more information.