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Congratulations Chef Walsh!


Executive Chef Chris Walsh
October 12, 2011
Congratulations to Bistro's Executive Chef Chris Walsh for being elected to the Bristol State Street farmer's market commission. We feel that his experience, dedication and commitment to providing the freshest local products available to area diner's will be an asset to area customers and farmer's alike and to help grow our farmer's market into one of the best in the region. For more information visit http://troutdalebistro.com/

NEWS for The Cultural Heritage Center!

October 12, 2011
The Birthplace of Country Music Alliance has been granted $1.7 million from the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission to aid in completion of the Cultural Heritage Center in Historic Downtown Bristol. Renovation of the site, located on Cumberland and Moore Streets, is ongoing with a projected completion date of 2013.

"We couldn't be more excited to have been granted this funding," says BCMA Board President John Rainero. "The Cultural Heritage Center is key in promoting Bristol's heritage as the Birthplace of Country Music. It will provide a touchstone for our community and cement Bristol's appeal as a music destination year-round."

State Senator Phillip Puckett, D-Lebanon, is among the Commissioners who supported the funding. "Bristol Sessions is known all over the world and we've never had a place to showcase it. It took us a while to get there but we picked up some partners along the way and that makes it easier to do what we're doing. We're [commission] never the first dollar in."

BCMA has worked diligently to raise over $10 million. Both Bristol cities have committed a total of $1.1 million over five years to aid in the Center's operation once the doors are open. The BCMA is also seeking state and federal historic tax credits to help fund operations after construction is complete.

"Now it's more important than ever for our community to support the Friends of 1927 campaign," says Rainero. "If 1,927 people donate $520 to the Cultural Heritage Center, it will help us take the project home." The Friends of 1927 campaign is a grassroots fundraising effort designed to show community support for the Cultural Heritage Center. It is also a way for the community to take ownership of the project.

Around 300 Friends now exist, but many more are needed. To become a Friend of 1927 or to learn more about the campaign, visit http://www.birthplaceofcountrymusic.org/support.php. Donations can be made in installments or as a one-time gift of $520.

The Birthplace of Country Music Alliance, based in Bristol, TN/VA, is dedicated to calling attention to the crucial role played by artists from East Tennessee, Southwest Virginia, and the southern Appalachian region in country, bluegrass, and other musical avenues which have been nurtured by this region. Attending not only to the past, BCMA has developed programs which address this music heritage in the present and promote its continuation into the future.

Birthplace of Country Music's Mission:
“To tell the story of the musical and cultural heritage of the region, its role in the birth and development of country music, and its influence on music around the world.”

For more information contact
Charlene Tipton Baker, BCMA Director of Marketing/PR
marketing@bristolrhythm.com
423-573-1927

Correction from last weeks e-News

October 12, 2011
KP Duty opens new banquet facility!

Believe in Bristol would like to welcome KP Duty to their new Bank Street location in the site of the 1928 Bristol Recording Sessions. This location is a charming and much needed banquet facility with a lovely large room upstairs perfect for a wedding reception and a smaller private room downstairs ideal for board meetings or more intimate functions. KP Duty is now taking reservations for holiday parties at this beautiful new facility and would love to have an opportunity to show you their space and plan your next catered affair. With 20 years in the business, Lisa Martin has all the experience necessary to make your special event an unforgettable one.

Contact Lisa at 423.764.3889 for you reservation today!

Downtown Bristol Blog

The Quickening: A Survivor's Manifest

October 15, 2011
In collaboration with The Bristol Crisis Center, The Quickening: A Survivor's Manifest will be presented at Theatre Bristol on Saturday, October 15th at 2:00 & 7:00 p.m. An original work weaving the stories of four characters through their journey as victims of domestic violence and the moment that was their "quickening" and allowed them to break the cycle.
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Ring & Earring Jewelry Workshop at blowfish emporium

October 15, 2011
Call and sign up to join us in creating a beautiful pair of earrings and matching ring made with copper, brass & your choice bead (example: turquoise). Learn techniques and designs as instructor Penny Prada guides the class with this special workshop! Saturday, October 15, 1-4pm, cost $55, includes everything. Pre-registration & payment required (limited spots available). Call or visit — 529 State Street, Bristol VA 24201, (276) 644.1428. info@blowfishemporium.com.

CITY YOUTH BALLET OF JOHNSON CITY PRESENTS "DRACULA" at The Paramount Center!

October 14, 2011
The City Youth Ballet brings “ballet with a bite” to the Halloween season with its staging of Dracula set for 7:30 p.m. on October 14 & 15 as well as a matinee performance set for 2:30 p.m. on October 15 at The Paramount Center for the Arts located in downtown Bristol. This rendition of Bram Stoker’s classic story of horror and passion features impeccable pas de deux, along with haunting sets and costumes, and even humor set among the menacing vampires and gypsies who grace the 19th-century stage. “This is an action-packed ballet that has challenged our dancers to bring to life the conflict, romance, and suspense of this story,” said Pace-White.
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Beaver Creek Watershed Action Plan

October 13, 2011
A public meeting to receive community input regarding the Beaver Creek Watershed Action Plan will be held on October 13, 2011 at 7:00 pm at the Bristol Chamber of Commerce, 20 Volunteer Parkway in Bristol. This “action plan” is an initiative by Boone Watershed Partnership to reduce the pollutants: E. coli, sediment and nitrates coliform in Beaver Creek in Tennessee. This meeting is an opportunity for residents in the Beaver Creek Watershed and others to learn more about Beaver Creek and this initiative to clean it up. Public input is invaluable and will be incorporated into the final version of the plan.
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The Grape Easel painting party — Retro Flowers


Retro Flowers
October 13, 2011
On Thursdays we offer painting events with an instructor to guide you. Events start @ 6PM and costs $31.50 per person (includes EVERYTHING- canvas, paint, tools & instruction- You just show up!) This is NOT a painting class! It is very relaxed & informal. The point is to have fun & allow yourself the option to get as creative as you want. NO SKILL IS REQUIRED, really!
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Register today for 2011 East Tennessee Preservation Conference and Awards

October 12, 2011
The Heritage Alliance of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia, The East Tennessee Preservation Alliance, and Knox Heritage are hosting the 2011 East Tennessee Preservation Conference in Jonesborough. This year’s theme, “Positioning Preservation for Prosperity: Conservation and Preservation in the New Economy” will focus on the emerging economy and how our cultural and natural assets are critical for East Tennessee’s economic development.
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The Mad Hatter — Pink Feathers in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month!

October 12, 2011
The Mad Hatter is celebrating October in style with pink feathers in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness! $8/feather or 3 for $21. Supplies are limited so call 276.466.1010 to get yours before they get gone! The Mad Hatter is the hippest new addition to historic downtown Bristol and is located at 14 Piedmont, just beside The Burger Bar!
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Theatre Bristol needs YOUR input!

October 12, 2011
Theatre Bristol would like your input about their program. If you would take a few minutes to complete the following survey (link below), they would appreciate it.http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FKY28BQ

Believe in Bristol Achieves Recertification in the Tennessee Main Street Program!

October 10, 2011
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty today announced that Believe in Bristol has achieved certification through the Tennessee Main Street Program.
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Upcoming Events

Bristol Virginia Parks and Rec Dept to offer financial workshop

October 03 - 24, 2011

Bristol Parks and Rec Department to offer Batik Classes at One of a Kind Gallery

October 05 - 12, 2011

Bristol Virginia Department of Parks and Rec to offer pottery class at One of a Kind

October 11 - 12, 2011

Warner on Your Corner

October 12, 2011

Wine Down Wednesday at KP Duty

October 12, 2011

Full Moon Jam Concert Series

October 13, 2011

Beaver Creek Watershed Action Plan

October 13, 2011

8-12 Yr Old Book Club at Bristol Public Library

October 13, 2011

Painting class at blowfish emporium

October 13, 2011

The City Youth Ballet of Johnson City presents DRACULA

October 14, 2011

The Quickening: A Survivor's ManifestPresented by The Bristol Crisis Center and Theatre Bristol

October 15, 2011

The City Youth Ballet of Johnson City presents DRACULA

October 15, 2011

Ring and Earring Workshop at blowfish emporium

October 15, 2011

Bristol Virginia Department of Parks and Rec to offer Jewelry Workshop at blowfish emporium

October 15, 2011

Just Blowin' Smoke at Sidetrack Tobacco

October 15, 2011

Wine Tasting at Inari Wines

October 15, 2011

Beaver Creek Litter Cleanup

October 16, 2011

Childrens' Storytime at Bristol Public Library

October 17, 2011

Childrens' Storytime at Bristol Public Library

October 18, 2011

Full Moon Jam Concert Series

October 18, 2011

Wine Down Wednesday at KP Duty

October 19, 2011

8-12 year old Book Club at Bristol Public Library

October 20, 2011

Full Moon Jam Concert Series

October 20, 2011

Painting class at blowfish emporium

October 20, 2011

Halloween Art D'Vine: an art walk & wine tasting.

October 21, 2011

Miss Food City Pageant

October 22, 2011

Wine Tasting at Inari Wines

October 22, 2011

Unity in Community Gospel Extravaganza

October 23, 2011

Childrens' Storytime at Bristol Public Library

October 24, 2011

Children's Storytime at Bristol Public Library

October 25, 2011

2011 East Tennessee Preservation Conference and Awards in Jonesborough on November 11 & 12

October 26, 2011

Wine Down Wednesday at KP Duty

October 26, 2011

Full Moon Jam Concert Series

October 27, 2011

Painting class at blowfish emporium

October 27, 2011

Ghost stories in the Park

October 29, 2011

Pumpkin Palooza

October 29, 2011

Comedian Bob Zany to perform at The Paramount Center

October 29, 2011

Wine Tasting at Inari Wines

October 29, 2011

Childrens' Storytime at Bristol Public Library

October 31, 2011

Beaver Creek Storytellers to perform at 606 State Street Gallery

November 03, 2011

Mary Kay Andrews to speak at Bristol Public Library

November 05, 2011

Warner On Your Corner

November 09, 2011

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