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Celebrate Bristol Announces Star-Spangled Weekend Schedule!

June 27, 2012
Non-profit organization Celebrate Bristol is proud to announce the upcoming schedule for Bristol’s annual Star-Spangled Weekend. Each year the organization partners with local organizations for a slate of family friendly events to celebrate America’s Independence. This year’s event is scheduled for June 28-30 and will include a traditional schedule in downtown Bristol and at Boyce Cox Field. Star-Spangled weekend occurs each July 4 weekend and provides free parade entry, food and music to all those in attendance due to the strong support of local sponsors.

The featured musician’s for 2012 will be Box Set, a local band built around the great and obscure sounds of the 60’s and 70’s. They will be preceded by the ever-popular Bristol Virginia Senior Showchoir. While in Cumberland Square Park you can enjoy pizza, chips and water, great music, book-signings by local authors and children’s inflatables. It’s a traditional patriotic block party in downtown Bristol!

The weekend begins early on Thursday evening with BVU’s annual Music & Movies in the Park in Cumberland Square Park. Music begins at 6:30pm, followed by the movie, Dolphin Tale, which begins at 9:00pm. Music & Movies will continue each Thursday through the month of July. Each evening, along with great White Sox baseball, there will be family fun with Watermelon, Hot Dog and Apple Pie eating contests at Boyce Cox Field. On Friday evening come downtown to the annual Appalachian Region AACA Antique Car Show in the Tri-Summit Parking lot, 5:00pm through 9:00pm.

Saturday June 30 begins early with Bristol’s annual Independence Parade, beginning at 10:00am. Any business, non-profit organization, church group, neighborhood or resident is welcome to enter a float in this city event. Line-up begins at 8:00am on Bob Morrison Blvd entering on Euclid Avenue. It’s a great start to the city-wide gathering at Cumberland Square Park for food provided by Bristol’s business community at 11:00am. There will be children’s inflatables, music featured by Box Set and the Bristol Virginia Senior Showchoir, book signings by local authors, local vendors, vision and hearing tests and a blood drive by Marsh Regional Blood Center. Winners of the Miss Celebrate Bristol Photogenic contest will be announced on the Cumberland Square Stage at 12 noon.

The Bristol Lion’s Club has scheduled the second annual Rubber Ducky Race to be held in Beaver Creek next to festivities at Cumberland Square Park following the Independence Parade. This year there will be 1,500 ducks available to purchase for this contest. The first prize is a new Schwinn Bicycle; second prize is a $100 Gas Card among dozens of other prizes. You don’t have to be present at the duck race to enter or win these great prizes. Contact a Lion’s Club member to purchase your ducky or contact Minuteman Press located on Volunteer Parkway. If motorcycles are your interest, join-in the second annual Celebrate Bristol Motorcycle Poker and Bug Run through the countryside of Sullivan County. Registration begins following the parade at 11:00am at the Bristol Rhythm & Roots parking lot on State Street.

The evening concludes with Celebrate Bristol Night at Gene Malcolm Stadium for the Bristol White Sox verses Princeton Rays, followed by Fireworks by Pepsi. Celebrate Bristol is expecting packed crowds to this year’s ballgame, which follows the largest attendance ever at the ballpark the past three years, with over 3,000 fans attending. Enjoy great American family fun with fantastic baseball, an Apple Pie eating contest and fireworks.

According to Tim Buchanan, chairman of Celebrate Bristol, “it’s the partnerships in Bristol that make successful celebrations happen”. He continued, “This weekend has something for every member of the family”. There’s nothing more American than baseball, apple pie, a parade, antique cars, fireworks, and Bristol has it all for this year’s Star-Spangled Weekend. It is because of the support of our sponsors that there is a Star-Spangled Weekend. Our Gold Sponsors includes Shearer’s Snack Foods, Pizza Plus, Food City, Alpha Natural Resources, Kroger’s, Bristol Tennessee Essential Services, Bristol Virginia Utilities and the Cities of Bristol Tennessee and Virginia. Our media sponsors include Bristol Herald Courier & Cumulus Broadcasting.

Visit our website, www.celebratebristol.com or our Face book page, Celebrate Bristol VA-TN, for further details on Star-Spangled Weekend and other community events. Also catch us on Twitter, Cel_Bristolvatn.

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UVA Wise presents Aaron Copland's The Tender Land

June 30, 2012
Saturday, June 30th at 7:30pm, The Paramount — The Southwest Virginia Summer Opera Company of the University of Virginia’s College at Wise presents Aaron Copland’s “The Tender Land.” The score weaves Copland’s signature Americana melodies into a story centered on the farmlands of the depression-era Midwest.
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David Caldwell Tunes @ Noon Summer Concert Series presents The Academy of Strings

June 29, 2012
Friday, June 29th at Noon — the Paramount Center for the Arts — The Academy of Strings believes with the right environment and the right works, every child can! The Academy of Strings was established as the Suzuki School of Music in 1991 by a gift of $50,000 from the late Mrs. Ruth Harris of Johnson City. Today, the Academy of Strings is a music academy devoted to the personal development of children/youth through quality music education and performance. The primary goal of the Academy of Strings is to foster well-balanced children/youth and provide them with an enriching musical and learning experience while creating an atmosphere of sharing and mutual learning for the parent and child. Music is used as a tool to teach children/youth sensitivity, patience, confidence, respect and self-discipline. The potential of each child, Dr. Suzuki believed, could be developed if each was given the proper training and learning environment.
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Antique Automobile Club of America Car Show

June 29, 2012
Please join us in the TriSummit Bank parking lot on June 29 from 5 pm to 9pm to show off your car and celebrate thr fourth in style. The car show will take place this year on the Friday evening before the parade, giving the participants ample chance to enjoy the Saturday parade and Downtown activities without distraction. Contact John for more information at johnlase@aol.com.

Bristol Chamber of Commerce Welcomes University of Tennessee Athletic Director, Dave Hart

June 28, 2012
The Bristol Chamber of Commerce will welcome Dave Hart, Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics for the University of Tennessee, at a motivational breakfast to benefit the Bristol Youth Leadership program on June 28. The event will be held at 8 a.m. the King College Dining Hall. Comprehensive athletic success exemplified Hart's tenure as the Florida State athletic director, as a combined 35 ACC Championships were won by 10 different Seminole athletic programs during his tenure. Additionally, the Seminole football team won nine ACC titles and appeared in four national championship games, winning the 1999 BCS National Championship with a Sugar Bowl victory over Virginia Tech. Additionally, during Hart's three years at Alabama, the Crimson Tide claimed the 2009 BCS National Championship and the individual athletic teams posted a combined eight top three finishes nationally over the last three years.Call or email today to reserve your tickets. (423) 989-4859 or Cgammon@bristolchamber.org.

Music & Movies in the Park are starting back!

June 28, 2012
Starting Thursday, June 28 and extending through the month of July, Music & Movies in Cumberland Square Park! Music & Movies are FREE courtesy of BVU, Bristol VA Park & Recreation Department and Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion. Each night the concert will start at 6:30 pm and the movie will begin at 9:00 pm. Each movie is family friendly and participants are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket. Concessions will be sold! The June 28th kick-off event will have Symphony Rags at 6:30 pm and Dolphin Tale shown at 9:00 pm. For a complete list of movies and concerts, please call 276-669-4112 or visit www.believeinbristol.org.

Call for Parade Entries for Star-Spangled Weekend

June 27, 2012
The organization "Celebrate Bristol" is announcing a Call for Parade Entries for Star-Spangled Weekend to be held on Saturday June 30th. Plans are being finalized for Bristol's annual Independence weekend celebration in downtown Bristol, which will include a concert and food at Cumberland Square Park, a motorcycle Poker Run held on Saturday and the AACA Antique Car Show will be held on Friday evening, and other fun family events. The Bristol Host Lion’s Club will host their second annual Rubber Duck Race, which will be held following the parade at 11:15am in Beaver Creek. The annual parade will begin on Morrison Blvd at 10:00am and follow the traditional route down State Street to end at Lee Street at the park. Line-up will begin at 8:00am on Morrison Blvd.
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Order Roses for your sweetie!

June 27, 2012
Pens Floral hasa special through the week of July 4th: one doz. roses wrapped in paper for $25.00.They have assorted shades of pink, coral, green and confetti yellow. We will be closed on Wednesday, July 4 but will return to normal hours on Thursday. For more information call or visit 32 Moore Street Bristol, VA 24201 — (276) 644-4600.

Help one of downtown's oldest businesses sucure success!

June 27, 2012
LC King Manufacturing needs 250 votes needed to become eligible for a small business grant. With the money, they plan on expanding its line and hopefully hiring 40 more workers at the Bristol plant. Please go to www.missionsmallbusiness.com and search for LC King. You can vote for all the Bristol businesses applying! We only have until Friday so don't wait! for more about LC King, visit http://www.pointerbrand.com/index.php/.

Announcement from CityMug!

June 27, 2012
CityMug, Espresso Cafe, at CityMac, Bristol Virginia, is pleased to announce that we will be the exclusive local purveyor of Boars' Head Meats and Cheeses, beginning June 28th 2012. Boars' Head products are highly regarded as the finest quality meats and cheeses, with no artificial color, flavor or fillers and are gluten-free. In addition ro using Boars' Head products with our freshly baked breads, City Mug will also be selling a wide assortment of their meats and cheeses, sliced to order. We look forward to seeing you at City Mug, 629 State Street, downtown Bristol, for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Call 276-644-4327 for more information.

Theatre Bristol 2012 Summer Camp accepting registration!

June 27, 2012
Theatre Bristol's 2012 Summer Camp is open to children ages 6 through17 who are interested in the performing arts. The camp runs daily from July 23-27th 9 AM to 3 PM with a special performance for parents on July 27th at 1 PM in the ARTspace. Students will learn about stage direction, movement, voice, audition techniques, and much more while rehearsing for their very own show! The cost is just $125 with scholarships available. For more information or to register your child, contact alscyphers@gmail.com.

Vote Benjamin Walls Gallery!

June 27, 2012
We have several downtown merchants participating in Mission Small Business — you can vote for all of them so please do! This could have a HUGE impact onBenjamin Walls Galleryand our community. HOW? 1. Click on www.MissionSmallBusiness.com 2. Log in using your Facebook accoun 3. Search for Benjamin Walls Gallery, Bristol VA and VOTE! Voting ends this week. PLEASE forward this request on to other supporters ofBen's work.
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The Boxwood Antiques is having a SALE!!!

June 27, 2012
Boxwood Antiques is having a summer sale! The entire store is 20 — 30% off — one week only! Stop in and visit 533 State Street, Bristol, VA — or call 276-644-9520 for more information.

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