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Believe in Bristol's From the Top down Loft Tour

April 27, 2011
On Saturday, April 30th from 1 to 4pm, Believe in Bristol will host the annual From The Top Down Loft Tour. The Loft Tour will include over ten complete and in-progress lofts throughout Historic Downtown Bristol. Come and pick up tickets on Saturday starting at noon at the new Sessions 27 music store located at 505 State Street. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 day of event.

Go at your own pace with the Loft Tours self-guided brochure and be sure to wear your walking shoes! “This is going to be a great tour. We are so excited to show off these multi-use properties. The rehabilitation and design work is amazing!” said Christina Blevins, Executive Director for Believe in Bristol.

For questions and ticket information, please visit www.believeinbristol.org or call 423-573-2200.

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!

A special thank you to our Sponsors for 2011: City of Bristol TN and City of Bristol VA, Wachovia Bank – A Wells Fargo Company, PennStuart, Dent K. Burk & Associates, Greg Fahn & Rob Simis – Edward Jones Investments, Merrill Lynch, Blakley-Mitchell, Curcio & Stout, Kerr-Boswell, Inc., Blackbird Bakery, Kil’n Time Pottery, Strongwell, First Tennessee Foundation, Bank of Tennessee, Burke, Powers & Harty, Inc., Nash & Powers Insurance, Bristol Dental, Cranberry Lane, JA Street & Associates, Inari Wines, Jeff & Terri Gregory, Tom & Barbara Smith, The Blue Stocking Club, HVAC, Frank & Jerry Goodpasture, Boxwood Antiques, Regions Bank, Robin & Margaret Feierabend, Tom & Carolyn Hanlon, WCYB – Citadel Broadcasting, Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion and William & Brenda Johnstone.

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Final Jury Session for Heartwood

May 03, 2011
Take your place among Southwest Vriginia's master artisans! Heartwood is having is last jury session on May 3 and 4 in Abingdon. This will be the last jury session before Heartwood opens. Jury criteria and applications are available at www.roundthemountain.org. Email info@aroundthemountain.org or call 276-492-2079 with questions.

"Voices of Colors" Exhibit at Bristol Public Library

May 03, 2011
“Voices of Colors” , an exciting and eclectic exhibit of artwork by four women artists, Nancy Bilbro, Pat Jessee, Sherre Sullivan, and Karen Yau, will be featured in the Bristol Public Library’s Virgie R. Fleenor Gallery for the entire month of May. In this exhibit, each artist will bring a very different view of how she interprets the world around her.
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Full Moon Jam Concert Series

May 03, 2011
For the 15th year the City of Bristol will be hosting the twice weekly concert series "Full Moon Jam" at the downtown Center in the heart of historic downtown. Tuesday May 3, 2011 will be the kickoff of another jam-packed year of music. The music venue located at 810 State Street has been the location of jam sessions that sprung up years ago and grew into what it is today, a bi-weekly concert featuring bands from around the area. The bands play to crowds of 450-750 nightly.
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Imagination Library of Washington County & Bristol, VA Spring Tea

May 01, 2011
Celebrate May with your mother, daughter or friends at an Afternoon Tea featuring a Silent Auction, Children’s Activity Table and appearance with Dove Bush as Dolly Parton Tickets are $20 adults ~ $10 children and may be purchased at Southeast Culinary & Hospitality College, Bristol Library and Washington County Public Library Children’s Department
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Mayors' Award of Distinction

May 01, 2011
The ceremony recognizes individuals or organization which made outstanding contribution to Bristol in the arts, industry, commerce, entertainment, education, or to the welfare of others. An award panel selects the recipients of this prestigious award for conferral by the Mayors, along with entertainment and a guest speaker. Free to the public. Sunday, May 1, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. at The Paramount Center for the Arts.

Keep Bristol Beautiful Annual Great American Cleanup

April 30, 2011
Civic groups, youth teams, churches, schools, clubs, and businesses are asked to show community pride and volunteer to help clean up Bristol. Volunteers are needed to step forward to improve the Bristol community as part of the Great American Cleanup, a grassroots beautification, litter prevention, and community improvement program led nationwide by Keep America Beautiful, Inc. Volunteers in Bristol are joining millions of others across the country to rid our streets, waterways and public spaces of litter and illegal dumpsites. We’re greening-up parks, schoolyards and other public spaces, holding recycling drives and educational events.
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Believe in Bristol's From the Top down Loft Tour

April 30, 2011
On Saturday, April 30th from 1 to 4pm, Believe in Bristol will host the annual From The Top Down Loft Tour. The Loft Tour will include over ten complete and in-progress lofts throughout Historic Downtown Bristol. Come and pick up tickets on Saturday starting at noon at the new Sessions 27 music store located at 505 State Street. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 day of event.
Click here to read more.

State Street Farmers Market Opening Saturday

April 30, 2011
City of Bristol Tennessee officials announced Saturday, May 7, 2011 as the opening of the State Street Farmers Market. This year a new program is being introduced to market patrons who possess SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) EBT cards. For the first time in its decade old history, the market will be accepting SNAP EBT cards on the grounds. The market received approval from the USDA to accept SNAP Benefits. An EBT system will be set up in the concession area where participants can scan their card and receive wooden tokens of either $1 or $2 value. Those tokens may be redeemed with any market vendor offering food items. Terry Napier, Director of Parks and Recreation, the department which oversees market functions stated, “We are very excited about offering this new service to those in our community who wish to shop the market for the fresh produce and fruits offered during the season. It is a wonderful opportunity for us to support not only those holding EBT cards but for us to support our local farmers to an even greater degree than we have been able to in the past.”
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Bristol Public Library Closed

April 28, 2011
The data servers for Bristol Public Library as well as several other libraries in the region are migrating. During the transition, the card catalog and patron files will be unavailable. This means that no one will be able to use the public computers or card catalog, access their library accounts from home or check out any materials. In view of this, Main and the Avoca Branch Library are going to join the other system libraries in being closed to the public on Sunday, May 8 and Monday, May 9. Staff will be available regular hours to answer questions by phone; no library materials will be due those days.
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Royal Wedding Event Fundraiser

April 28, 2011
You are cordially invited to a Royal Weding Shower to benefit Abuse Alternatives on Thursday, April 28 from 4pm to 7 pm. Drop by anytime for a fun filled evening of music, art and refreshments. We ask that guests bring either a monetary donation or a "wedding gift" to benefit the women and children residing at Abuse Alternatives' domestic violence shelter program. For a gift "registry", or to volunteer for the event, conact: royalweddingbenefit@gmail.com 10% of all artwork purchased during the event will be donated to Abuse Alternatives

Upcoming Events

Virgie R. Fleenor April Art Exhibit

April 01 - 30, 2011

Music, Storytelling, Art at State Street Gallery

April 01 - 30, 2011

Teen Book Club at Bristol Public Library

April 27, 2011

Wine Down Wednesday

April 27, 2011

Hoop class at Theatre Bristol

April 27, 2011

Rex Montgomery to perform at Machiavelli's

April 28, 2011

Painting class at blowfish emporium

April 28, 2011

Royal Wedding Event Fund-Raiser

April 28, 2011

Atlanta-Based Lefty Williams Band to Perform

April 29, 2011

Discount at The Bistro

April 29, 2011

THEATRE OF BALLET ARTS presents UNDER THE SEA at The Paramount

April 29, 2011

Half priced wine bottles at KP Duty

April 29, 2011

Believe in Bristol's From the Top Down Loft Tours

April 30, 2011

Wine Tasting at Inari Wines

April 30, 2011

Great American Cleanup

April 30, 2011

Theatre of Ballet Arts presents "Under the Sea" at The Paramount

April 30, 2011

James Justin and Co. to perform at Machiavelli's

April 30, 2011

Mayors' Award of Distinction

May 01, 2011

"Voices of Colors" exhibit on display at the Bristol Public Library's Virgie R. Fleenor Art Gallery during the month of May

May 01 - April 30, 2011

Caterpillars & Butterflies at the Bristol Public Library

May 02, 2011

Final Jury Session for Heartwood

May 03, 2011

Caterpillars and Butterflies at Bristol Public Library

May 03, 2011

Wine Down Wednesday

May 04, 2011

Hoop class at Theatre Bristol

May 04, 2011

Introduction to Photoshop Elements

May 05, 2011

ETSU Old Time Pride Band and Henhouse Prowlers to Kick-off Downtown Bristol's Summer Concert Series!

May 06, 2011

Half priced wine bottles at KP Duty

May 06, 2011

Ballroom class at Bristol Ballet

May 06, 2011

ARTS presents CATS

May 06, 2011

Discount at The Bistro

May 06, 2011

ARTS presents CATS

May 07, 2011

Discount at The Bistro

May 07, 2011

Bristol Public Library Closed

May 08, 2011

ARTS presents CATS

May 08, 2011

Bristol Public Library Closed

May 09, 2011

The Business of Tourism — An Entrepreneur and Small Business Workshop

May 10, 2011

Wine Down Wednesday

May 11, 2011

Warner on Your Corner

May 11, 2011

Hoop class at Theatre Bristol

May 11, 2011

Roots of American Music

May 13, 2011

Roots of American Music at The Paramount

May 13, 2011

Half priced wine bottles at KP Duty

May 13, 2011

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