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TopShelf Tuesday ~ A Vertical of Pinot Noir

November 15, 2011
You are cordially invited to our 9thTopShelf Educational Tasting, Tuesday November 15th. Vintage is everything in the world of wine. To many – perhaps most — wine drinkers, it means nothing more than the four digits on the label of the bottle. But those who are attentive will notice that wines show an incredible variation in style and execution from vintage to vintage. We will experience this in a unique and focused setting – our first “vertical tasting!”
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Flannagan to Speak on the Remarkable life of Judge John Alexander Kelly


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November 14, 2011
The Bristol Historical Association will hold a general membership meeting on Monday November 14th in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting room at the Bristol Public Library. This month’s guest speaker will be Charles B. Flannagan, retired judge from the Bristol Virginia Circuit Court. Flannagan, a student of local and judicial history, will present, “John Alexander Kelly: A Man to Remember from Early Southwest Virginia.”
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GLOBAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP WEEK

November 14, 2011
The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development has confirmed more than 75 events across the state during the fourth annual Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) Nov. 14-20, 2011. This strong showing continues Tennessee’s tradition of offering a variety of events and educational opportunities encouraging entrepreneurship and supporting startup companies.
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Ballroom lessons at Bristol Ballet!

November 12, 2011
November 11, 2011- Put on your dancing shoes and learn how to Waltz at the Bristol Ballet! Class costs $10 per person and begins at 7:30. No partner is needed. The one hour class is followed by social dance. Beverages and refreshments will be served. Bristol Ballet Studio is located at 628 Cumberland Street, Bristol VA. Please contact 276-669-6051 or www.bristolballet.org for more information.

Local Author, Chuck Thompson to sign books at Bristol Public Library

November 12, 2011
For C.S. “Chuck” Thompson, Bristol, TN is more than just a place he calls home. It’s the place that became the setting for his detective novels, The Natasha McMorales Mysteries. Thompson, Director of Counseling at King College, was born in Greenville, Texas. His family encouraged and embraced individual creativity. Early in life, he gained an appreciation for the arts, as him and his family frequently listened to jazz, visited art museums and attended musicals. “By the time I was a junior in high school, I took an adult class in existential philosophy at a nearby college with my father,” said Thompson. After his family moved from Texas, Thompson attended high school in New Jersey and went on to Ohio University before moving to Naperville, IL. where he then met his wife, Barbara. His pursuit of a degree in Psychology was initiated in 1987 after several adolescents in his town attempted and one committed suicide. He returned to North Central College to finish his psychology degree and received his Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Wheaton College Graduate School.
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Virginia Intermont to Host "Art Walk" on Campus & Downtown on Nov. 12

November 12, 2011
With photography, sculpture, paintings, ceramics and mosaics populating the historic campus of Virginia Intermont College, the public is invited to enjoy the college’s first “Art Walk” Saturday, Nov. 12.
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31st Annual Turkey Trot & Gobbler's Gait!

November 12, 2011
Don't miss the 2011 Turkey Trot & Gobbler’s Gait — Saturday, November 12, 2011! YWCA Bristol, 106 State Street, Bristol, TN — RUN starts at 8 AM; WALK starts at 8:05 AM — entry fee: $20 w/ pre-registration by Nov. 7th. $25 regular registration.
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Highlands Ballet presents ROBIN HOOD

November 12, 2011
The question has long been asked... is he fact or fiction? Robin Hood is personified as a figurehead of justice. A brave and kind protector of the oppressed. His newest adventure is seasoned with humor, and larger-than-life heroism. Whether thief or hero, one man from humble beginnings will become an eternal symbol for freedom and his people.Special guests The Shire of Nant-Y-Derwyddon will also perform and provide special activities for children.Tickets $15 Adult, $12 Senior, $6 Students/Children. Call the Paramoutn Center for the Arts for more information — 423-274-8920 or visit them online at http://theparamountcenter.com/events.html.

Junior League of Bristol Wine Tasting Event!

November 12, 2011
This Saturday, November 12th The Junior League of Bristol will be hosting a wine tasting event at the Bristol Train Station. Tickets are $25/ person and include 5 wine pairings from the Abingdon Vineyard and Winery with food prepared by Chef Jassen Campbell and musical entertainment provided by Clay Prewitt.
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Soup and Cider Reception at blowfish emporium

November 11, 2011
Join us in warming up from the chill of the winter season with a variety of soups & delicious homemade cider! Local potter, Aleta Chandler, will be our Featured Artisan showcasing her talents with an assortment of handmade soup bowls (which are amazing!!!). Purchase a bowl and fill it with any of the offered soup choices and keep your dirty bowl!!! Come hungry, leave happy! Friday, November 11th, 6-8pm, Bowls Starting at $12+. Fore morem information please contact blowfish emporium at (276) 644.1428 or info@blowfishemporium.com.

Troutdale Bistro Veterans Day Special!

November 11, 2011
The Troutdale Bistro is proud and honored to offer all Veterans and active duty military personnel 50% OFF Any dinner entree’ on Friday November 11, 2011 5PM – 9PM ***Does not include tax, gratuity or alcoholic beverages and cannot be combined with any other offer — Must show proof of service, military id card, copy of DD214 or membership card from military organization, ie; VFW or American Legion*** Troutdale Bistro, 724 State Street, Bristol, TN.

Insurance Exchanges: What Makes Sense for Tennessee?

November 10, 2011
Jointhe Bristol Chamber of Commerceas we hear from Brian Haile, Department of Finance and Administration, as he discusses the basics of the insurance exchange and its required functions under the Affordable Care Act. We will also discuss the implications for Tennessee residents, insurers, employers and health care providers. Finally, we will outline the looming decisions for Tennessee, the relevant considerations, and the risks associated with the State's options. Be part of this important discussion, Thursday, November 10, 3-4pm, Bristol Chamber Board Room. Please RSVP to tgoforth@bristolchamber.org.
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Auditions for The Nunsense Christmas Musical!

November 10, 2011
What do you get when you cross four show-biz crazy Nuns, with a priest and parochial students? Nuncrackers! Theatre Bristol is pleased to announce open auditions for Nuncrackers on Tuesday, November 8 and Thursday, November 10 at 7 p.m. Nuncrackers follows the ongoing escapades of those Little Sisters of Hoboken. This time the parish priest and nuns are taping a Christmas pageant, their rendition of “The Nutcracker” when the star of the show, Sister Leo, injuries her ankle and can’t perform, the remaining cast members pick up the slack but are poor understudies, as they fill time with zany, madcap routines. Parts are available for four women (ages 16 and up), one man (age 18+) and up to four parochial students (ages 8-15). No prepared materials are necessary, please wear appropriate footwear (no flip flops, sandals, crocs or clogs), please bring your calendar of any potential conflicts and lots of enthusiasm!
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Pledge your support for Small Business Saturday®

November 09, 2011
The 2nd annual Small Business Saturday® is a day dedicated to supporting small businesses on one of the busiest shopping weekends of the year. On November 26,American Express isasking millions of Americans to shop small at their favorite local stores and help fuel the economy. When we all shop small, it will be huge. Check out https://apps.facebook.com/sbsmerchant/Default.aspx?p=GetSignage&like=false. To learn how you as a merchant and as a consumer can help our independent businesses!

White Dog Papery is going out of business.

November 09, 2011
It is with great sadness that we announce our GOING OUT OF BUSINESS SALE. We have all items 75% off except our consignment items. We have enjoyed the last 3 1/2 years in business both in Abingdon and now in Bristol. Come mark things off your Christmas list and get a great deal! White Dog Papery is located at 504 State Street, Bristol, TN.

Now accepting students — Christmas Crunch Camp at Theatre Bristol

November 09, 2011
Kid’s out of school & underfoot? Trying to get shopping, wrapping & packing done? Theatre Bristol’s got what you need! A special holiday camp December 19, 20 & 21 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily culminating with performances on Wednesday, December 21. The cost is $75 per camper (Please pack a lunch, snacks provided). Theme will include select scenes from a variety of holiday shows and include Christmas songs! Only 25 spots available, for students grades K thru 12th, registration starts November 14. Call Theatre Bristol 423.968.4977 to reserve your spot today!

City Wins Two National Awards

November 09, 2011
The City of Bristol was recognized by the City-County Communications and Marketing Association (3CMA) with a Savvy Award (1st place) for the “Then & Now-The Bristol Sign” in the category of TV and Videos – Regularly Scheduled Programming. A Silver Circle Award (2nd place) was also received for the 2010 State Street Farmers Market Posters under the category of Printed Publications.
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Welcome Becca Powers to Wm. King Clothiers!

November 09, 2011
Wm. King Clothiers is pleased to welcome Becca Powers to our sales family. Becca will be in our downtown Bristol store helping us with both men’s and women’s clothing. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a degree in Business Administration & Marketing. Stop in and meet Becca at 534 State Street, Bristol, TN 37620. http://wmkingclothiers.com.

C.J. & Company — start your planning now for THANKSGIVING!!

November 09, 2011
Need sides for your Thanksgiving meal? Need dessert for your Thanksgiving meal? Or just need your whole Thanksgiving meal? Our calendar is filling up fast! Call C.J. & Company today to ensure we can get yours done. Also, CJ's Downtown Market has dinner to grab and go — all you have to do is reheat. New to the market is fresh produce like 1/2 runners green beans, Tomatoes, new potatoes. Call or visit them soon. 16 6th Street, Bristol, TN — 423.573.1608 — http://www.cj-catering.com.

Upcoming Events

Silent Auction to Benefit "For Pete's Sake' Animal Rescue

November 05 - 26, 2011

Warner On Your Corner

November 09, 2011

Mark White to perform at O'Mainnin's

November 09, 2011

Ryan Ward to perform at O'Mainnin's

November 10, 2011

THEATRE BRISTOL is holding open auditions for The Nunsense Christmas Musical Nuncrackers

November 10, 2011

Painting Class at blowfish emporium

November 10, 2011

The Jones Boys to perform at O'Mainnin's

November 11, 2011

Troutdale Bistro recognizes veterans

November 11, 2011

Highlands Ballet presents ROBIN HOOD

November 11, 2011

Soup and Cider Reception at blowfish emporium

November 11, 2011

Ballroom lessons at Bristol Ballet

November 11, 2011

The Fifth Street Saints

November 11, 2011

Highlands Ballet presents ROBIN HOOD

November 12, 2011

Fustics to perform at Machiavelli's

November 12, 2011

31st annual Turkey Trot/ Gobbler's Gait

November 12, 2011

Virginia Intermont to Host "Art Walk" on Campus Nov. 12

November 12, 2011

Local Author, Chuck Thompson to sign books at Bristol Public Library

November 12, 2011

Wine Tasting event at Inari Wines

November 12, 2011

2nd Annual Wine Tasting Event with Junior League of Bristol and SJ Strategic Investments

November 12, 2011

Flannagan to Speak on the Remarkable life of Judge John Alexander Kelly

November 14, 2011

TopShelf Tuesday ~ A Vertical of Pinot Noir

November 15, 2011

The Stereofidelics to perform at O'Mainnin's

November 16, 2011

Ryan SheffieldAnd Last in Line W/ Steve Gilbert to perform at O'Mainnin's

November 17, 2011

Guy Penrod to perform at The Paramount Center

November 17, 2011

Sweet Cyanide to perform at O'Mainnin's

November 18, 2011

Big Something to perform at Machiavelli's

November 18, 2011

Wine Tasting event at Inari Wines

November 19, 2011

Christmas Down Home

November 19, 2011

William Walter and Tucker Rodgers to perform at Machiavelli's

November 19, 2011

Crooked Road General Store presents Gene Watson

November 20, 2011

John Carter Cash Book Signing at Downtown Christmas Open House

November 21, 2011

Downtown Christmas Open House

November 21, 2011

Humorist Jeanne Robertson to appear at The Paramount Center

November 21, 2011

Filthy Still from RI to perform at O'Mainnin's

November 23, 2011

If Birds Could Fly to perform at Machiavelli's

November 25, 2011

Wine Tasting event at Inari Wines

November 26, 2011

Jonathan Scales to perform at Machiavelli's

November 26, 2011

Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

November 28, 2011

Graybeal, Steele and McCoy to perform at O'Mainnin's

November 30, 2011

30th Annual Bristol Christmas Parade

December 01, 2011

The Bristol Public Library Invites Local Artists to Showcase Artwork in December

December 01, 2011

Christmas with the Cake Boss

December 01, 2011

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