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BCMA Announces Grassroots Capital Campaign, New Branding

May 11, 2011
An innovative grassroots initiative to bring the Birthplace of County Music Cultural Heritage
Center one step closer to fruition, and strategies to build a unified BCMA brand were revealed Thursday by officials from the Birthplace of Country Music Alliance (BCMA).

According to John Rainero, BCMA President‐Elect, the capital campaign evolved from a simple idea aimed at putting the realization of the Cultural Heritage Center directly into the hands that embrace Bristol’s birthright ‐‐‐ the citizens of the region. The crux of the campaign relies upon 1927 individuals to commit to a $520 donation over the course of a year, resulting in a million‐dollar fundraising effort.

“The 1927 number is, of course, significant because that is the year the Bristol Sessions were recorded,” said Rainero. “The realization of this million‐dollar grassroots effort will bring the Cultural Heritage Center away from being a dream and closer to an opening date,” he added. “The $520 donation is equal to a commitment of just $10 per week,” said Rainero. “This is a realistic dollar amount that puts involvement in the campaign within most everyone’s reach, especially if you consider it is roughly equivalent to the price of one lunch out during the work week,” he added.

At the conclusion of the year, the funds raised during the campaign will represent twenty‐five percent of the remaining balance needed, significantly narrowing the funding gap necessary for the Center. “Not only does this allow the citizens of our region to have ownership in our unique place in history, but it is precisely this type of broad support from the community that will allow us to apply for matching grants and tax credits from state and national programs and endowments,” said Rainero.

Donations will be made securely through the BCMA’s website, birhplaceofcountrymusic.org, as well as in person and via the US postal service through pledge cards which are available at the BCMA office, 416 State Street, Bristol, TN.

“Those participating in this campaign will be inducted into an elite founder’s club, and will receive a commemorative lapel pin, a keepsake certificate, as well as insider information and discounts on merchandise and ticket purchases,” explained Rainero.

According to Rainero, the campaign is as much about public awareness, as it is fund raising.
“I think there is a perception out there that we can just apply for grants to build this Center,” he said. “In reality, while there are grants available, the majority of them are matching grants, which means, while we may be awarded the grant, we must be able to match the grant amount.” Rainero explained that quite often, the grant match is dollar for dollar, sometimes even higher. In all cases, the providers of the grant also require extensive documentation showing broad‐based support from the community for the project. Rainero emphasized that funds raised will be used toward the physical building and capital improvements, and not for operations or administrative costs. As a case in point, BCMA has utilized previously obtained grants, including a $250K tobacco grant, to re‐engineer drainage pipes at the site, installation of a pad for the chiller unit and preparing the facility for utilities, as well as a new roof and brick and mortar repair, and maintenance of all keystones and archways to preserve the architectural and historical integrity of the building.

“Just as those musicians came down from the mountains in 1927 one by one; just as the Cultural Heritage Center building must be lovingly restored brick by brick; funding of this facility will take place dollar by dollar by proud Bristolians, visionaries, and protectors of history,” Rainero added. The capital campaign is the first to launch under new branding initiatives for the BCMA. Officials revealed an updated and modernized logo that pays homage to the organization’s role as keeper of Bristol’s musical legacy, yet is designed with an eye towards future growth.

“ In our new logo, you can read various scenes from Bristol, from Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion, one of the most revered music festivals in the Southeast, to the Bristol Chamber’s 20’ guitar that serves as a beacon welcoming visitors to our area,” said Rainero. “These elements were incorporated with a graphic commemorating the famed RCA Victor record label, which is the unifying symbol of the historic Bristol Sessions,” he added. Rainero added that the branding’s correct mix of modernity, while preserving the past, illustrates the importance of tying Bristol’s rich country music heritage to the city’s thriving music scene of today, helping the next generation of music lovers and historians continue to tell the story of Bristol.

Downtown Bristol Blog

Downtown planting set for May 19th!


Helpers in the planting last year!
May 19, 2011
Would you like to help makeour community more beautiful? If so we have just the job for you...downtown flower planting! We will start at the Downtown Center at 10 am on May 19, and everything you need is provided. Please call 423.989.4872, or emailklowdermilk@bristolchamber.org for more information! Thanks for helping to make Historic Downtown Bristol even more BEAUTIFUL!

BPL's Homegrown Series Presents Vegetable Extension Specialist, Dr. Annette Wszelaki!

May 15, 2011
Dr. Annette Wszelaki, Vegetable Extension Specialist at the University of Tennessee will be speaking to the community as a part of the Bristol Public Library’s Homegrown Series on Sunday, May 15th at 3 p.m.
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JLB to host 3rd Annual Caterpillar Carnival on May 14!


2010 Caterpillar Carnival FUN!
May 14, 2011
The Junior League of Bristol is bringing the Caterpillar Carnival back for a third year in a row on Saturday, May 14. This event for children and families will take place in the lower parking lot of the Bristol Public Library from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. The parking lot is located on Piedmont Avenue in Bristol, VA. This rain or shine event will include games and crafts, a bounce house, face painting and tattoos, free cookies, free books, and much more.
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Who Hates Shakespeare? I hate Shakespeare!


"To be, or not to be?" Hamlet (Jared Colley) asks the question in Theatre Bristol's upcoming production of I Hate Shakespeare
May 13, 2011
What do talking cows, zombies and Hamlet have in common? They all make an appearance in Theatre Bristol’s production of I Hate Shakespeare. I Hate Shakespeare is a side-splitting romp through a myriad of familiar Shakespeare characters including Richard the III, Romeo & Juliet, Othello and Mac-buh (you know, the Scottish play – it’s bad luck to say it out loud!). I Hate Shakespeare! is a hilarious and fast-paced introduction to Shakespeare — with a modern twist. I Hate Shakespeare public performances are May 6, 7, 13 & 14 at 8 pm and May 15 at 2:30 pm in Theatre Bristol’s ARTspace, limited seating, reservations suggested. Reservations can be made by ordering online at Theatre Bristol’s website www.theatrebristo.org.
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Roots Tour Stops in Bristol

May 13, 2011
Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion sponsors the Bristol leg of the Roots of American Music Tour at State Street's Paramount Center for the Arts, Friday, May 13th at 7pm. Doors open at 6:30pm. The Crooked Road, Heartwood and Blue Ridge Traditional Arts have organized a travelling road show of historic Downtown theatres across southwest Virginia in support of the permanent exhibit, "Roots of American Music", opening at the Blue Ridge Music Center May 28th in Galax, VA. The show tells the story of how American music was created in Southwestern Virginia after 1720 from a variety of foreign influences. Sounds were delivered to our beautiful mountains from as far away as Ulster in Ireland, the Rhine Valley of Germany, England and Africa.
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Art in Public Places Announces 2011 Outdoor Sculpture Competition


2011 Juror Lorelei Stewart
May 11, 2011
Bristol, VA / TN — Art in Public Places is now accepting submissions from sculptors for its sixth annual Outdoor Sculpture Competition. Up to ten works will be selected for a one-year exhibition in downtown Bristol, TN/VA. A $1000 stipend will be awarded to each of the artists chosen. The deadline for entries to be postmarked is Tuesday, May 31, 2011. Artists who wish to enter may visit the Art in Public Places website at aippbristol.org/competition to obtain submission instructions, or contact Art in Public Places by email at submissions@aippbristol.org.
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Preservation Month — May 2011

May 11, 2011
WHEREAS, historic preservation is an effective tool for managing growth and sustainable development, revitalizing neighborhoods, fostering local pride and maintaining community character while enhancing livability; and
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MUSIC PICK OF THE WEEK FROM SESSIONS 27!

May 11, 2011
BIB and Sessions 27 are partnering to bring you a music pick of the week! We hope you enjoy this first one, Jessica Lea Mayfield. Although we don't know for sure yet, we have a hint that she might be playing a big festival very near and dear to Bristol's heart in the future! So check her out...
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Upcoming Events

Art, Storytelling, Wine, Music at 606 State Street Gallery

May 01 - 31, 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 - 31, 2011

Painting class at blowfish emporium

May 11, 2011

Warner on Your Corner

May 11, 2011

Hoop class at Theatre Bristol

May 11, 2011

Wine Down Wednesday

May 11, 2011

Painting class at blowfish emporium

May 12, 2011

Meet & Greet With Jamie Radtke — Virginia US Senator Candidate

May 12, 2011

Full Moon Jam concert series

May 12, 2011

Half priced wine bottles at KP Duty

May 13, 2011

I Hate Shakespeare! at Theatre bristol

May 13, 2011

Roots of American Music at The Paramount

May 13, 2011

Roots of American Music

May 13, 2011

Meet The Farmers Night!

May 13, 2011

Kid's Painting Workshop at blowfish emporium

May 14, 2011

I Hate Shakespeare! at Theatre Bristol

May 14, 2011

3rd Annual Caterpillar Carnival

May 14, 2011

"Pictures at an Exhibition" Bristol Ballet's Spring Student Concert

May 15, 2011

I Hate Shakespeare! at Theatre Bristol

May 15, 2011

Bristol Public Library's Homegrown Series Presents Vegetable Extension Specialist, Dr. Annette Wszelaki

May 15, 2011

Full Moon Jams Concert Series

May 17, 2011

Painting class at blowfish emporium

May 17, 2011

Wine Down Wednesday

May 18, 2011

Rain Gardens

May 18, 2011

Hoop class at Theatre Bristol

May 18, 2011

Full Moon Jams Concert Series

May 19, 2011

Painting class at blowfish emporium

May 19, 2011

TITO PUENTE, JR. & HIS ORCHESTRA at The Paramount

May 19, 2011

Wine Luck at 606 State Street Gallery

May 20, 2011

Half priced wine bottles at KP Duty

May 20, 2011

Princesses Pirates and Pals Brunch

May 21, 2011

Lefty Kreh & Flip Pallot to speak at Bristol Public Library

May 21, 2011

Highlands Ballet Recital, A Midsummer's Nights Dream

May 21, 2011

Highland's Ballet Recital, A Midsummer's Nights Dream

May 22, 2011

Full Moon Jams Concert Series

May 24, 2011

Painting class at blowfish emporium

May 24, 2011

How to convince your boss that an iPad is good for business

May 24, 2011

Wine Down Wednesday

May 25, 2011

Full Moon Jams Concert series

May 26, 2011

Painting class at blowfish emporium

May 26, 2011

Liquid Assets

May 26, 2011

Half priced wine bottles at KP Duty

May 27, 2011

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