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Downtown Bristol showed little sign Monday of weekend Mumford event.


Photo by: Maynard Ratcliff
August 15, 2012
Check out this story by: David Mcgee | Bristol Herald Courier
Published: August 14, 2012 Updated: August 14, 2012 — 8:21 AM

The British flags are down, the Mumford & Sons tour has moved on and all that remained downtown Monday of the Gentlemen of the Road Stopover were 20 golf carts, some lighting equipment and memories.

The municipal parking lot along Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard – which held some 17,500 music fans Saturday – was quiet except for city workers collecting garbage containers and contractors applying a fresh coat of sealer.

Nearby, other city workers began removing the last vestiges of a British invasion weekend – banners and Union Jack flags. A total crowd estimated at 22,000 descended on the Twin City’s downtown for the show and related activities. Music fans from 42 states and four foreign countries attended the one-day music festival and nearly all were well-behaved.

“We didn’t know what to expect and there were a couple of little bumps, but overall it was great,” said Leah Ross, executive director of the Rhythm & Roots Reunion, who helped coordinate the event. “We had extra police but there were only a couple of arrests.”

The average fan was likely age 30 or younger, but the crowd included all ages.

“We were very pleased,” police Capt. Maynard Ratcliff said. “Everything went really well. Everyone was very orderly.”

City police made three arrests, including two for public intoxication, but none inside the fenced area that included the municipal parking lot, part of Cumberland Street and all of Cumberland Square Park.

“Given the number of people who were here, including a lot of people not at the concert who were just downtown, for the whole day was pretty good,” Ratcliff said.

In addition to extra police officers, 16 city public works employees and nine from the Parks and Recreation Department were involved in everything from hanging banners to collecting trash, setting up and removing traffic-control devices and cleanup.

Concert promoter A.C. Entertainment is expected to reimburse the city for about $12,000 in employee costs over and above normal hours, City Manager Dewey Cashwell said.

“We think it was a phenomenal success in so many different ways,” Cashwell said. “They’re already talking about doing another concert or maybe two or three events.”

The event was a boon for local businesses, both downtown and the hotels and restaurants on both sides of town, Cashwell said.

The event will, however, put some pressure on the annual Rhythm & Roots Reunion, which is scheduled Sept. 14-16 and gives the festival staff little time to finalize preparations, Ross said.

“This has stretched us and Believe in Bristol to the limit. But it was a great opportunity to show off our community and we think some of those folks will come to our festival – if not this year then in 2013,” Ross said. “We sold a lot of tickets to Rhythm & Roots on Friday and Saturday, but they may have been folks who were coming anyway.”

Downtown Bristol Blog

606 Jam Band at 606 State Street Gallery

August 20, 2012
606 Jam Band — Monday, August 20, and 27 from 7-9pm. Monday got you down? Join us at the gallery every Monday (except for the first Monday of each month) for the 606 Jam Band from 7-9pm. No charge and great music! Bring your guitar or instrument of choice and join in! Pick some tunes or pick some great art...either way, you are in for a fantastic evening!

Final Border Bash of 2012 to host Onward, Soldiers and Uncle Lucius

August 17, 2012
Set in Historic Downtown Bristol, Border Bash continues on Friday August 17, 2012 in the 500 & 400 blocks of State Street. The evening’s events will start with children’s activities, crafters, and concessions at 6PM. Live music begins at 7:00PM with Onward, Soldiers followed up by Uncle Lucius around 8:30PM. As always, Border Bash is free to the public!
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Unibroue, New Belgium, and Ommegang tasting at Inari

August 17, 2012
Unibroue, New Belgium, and Ommegang — August 17, 2012, Friday 4:00 pm until 6:45 pm (or until it's gone) $5 per person — Here is an eclectic combination of beers from three hot craft breweries. Unibroue and Ommegang represent the Belgian tradition, with a Tripel, Strong Dark Ale, and Quad. New Belgium tosses a little smug irreverence into the lineup with Tart Lychee, an interesting and original crossover style, and Red Hoptober, which is... well, we don’t know exactly what it is, but it sure is delicious. Come explore the best of Belgian and American styles.
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The Appalachian Pastel Society will display their artwork at the Bristol Public Library's Virgie R. Fleenor Art Gallery during the month of August


Trail Dog by Kitty Williams
August 15, 2012
Artwork by the Appalachian Pastel Society (APS) will be featured in the Bristol Public Library’s Virgie R. Fleenor Gallery during the month of August. APS is centered in western North Carolina (Asheville area) and serves members from North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Virginia. The organization works to promote understanding and appreciation of pastel painting throughout the Appalachian region. APS is a member of the International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS) and APS member paintings have received national recognition.
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State Street Farmers Market — open Wed afternoon & Saturday morning!

August 15, 2012
The market opens in May of each year and remains open through October. Its hours are from 8:00 AM to 12:00 each Saturday and opens Wednesday evenings from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM beginning in July and going through September.

Session Winners Announced in Paper Windows Photo Contest


After a Rain — Greg Booher — 1st Place
August 15, 2012
The 4th session of the Paper Windows photo contest was completed. “There were so many exceptional photos entered that the judges had a very difficult time just awarding three winners. We are so pleased that so many people in the area are getting out with their cameras and smart phones, capturing the beauty and feel of our area,” said Lisa Beckner, Community Relations Office project coordinator. The 1st place winning picture was titled, “After the Rain” and was shot by Greg Booher. The 2nd place picture was taken by Rudy Morales and was titled “Another Day on the Job”. This picture was taken in the Steele Creek area and reportedly reminded the photographer of what the early mornings were like as he drove into work. The 3rd place picture titled “Steele Creek Mist” was also taken by Greg Booher. This photo was taken in Steele Creek as well.
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Welcome downtown Studio 6 Apparel!

August 15, 2012
Studio 6 Apparel opened its doors in August of 2009 on a hope and a prayer. It is now three years later and we have bloomed into a successful and many-dimensional business. We offer our stylist services to recording artists for their performance wardrobes and to pageant contestants for their different categories during competition. We have even expanded our boutique onto the internet and now successfully ship across the country. As a boutique, we at Studio 6 pride ourselves in bringing great quality at affordable prices. From younger girl to mature woman, our store is about feeling good, dressing to suit your mood, or even to create a mood. It is not about age appropriate clothing – no such thing here. We are hip, funky, urban and chic. We encourage customers to shop by our motto that “style is not an age, it’s a frame of mind”. Come shop our exciting second location and find your fun self! Come and visit the ladies at Studio 6, 600 State Street, Bristol TN, or check them out online at http://www.facebook.com/Studio6Apparel.

Upcoming Events

Local artists and groups invited to apply to exhibit in the Virgie R. Fleenor Art Gallery at the Bristol Public Library in 2013

July 01 - August 24, 2012

Nevermore Book Club at Bristol Public Library

July 09 - August 31, 2012

Lisa Blankenship Boardwine and Tammy Carter: 606 State Street Gallery Featured Artists

August 01 - 31, 2012

State Street Farmers Market

August 15, 2012

James Meadows and the Countrymile Drifters at Full Moon Jam

August 16, 2012

Beer tasting at Inari Wines

August 17, 2012

Antique car show

August 17, 2012

Final Border Bash of 2012 to host Onward, Soldiers and Uncle Lucius

August 17, 2012

Wine tasting at Inari Wines

August 18, 2012

State Street Farmers Market

August 18, 2012

606 Jam Band at 606 State Street Gallery

August 20, 2012

Kids Our Age at Full Moon Jam

August 21, 2012

State Street Farmers Market

August 22, 2012

Food City Race Night

August 23, 2012

Beer tasting at Inari Wines

August 24, 2012

Antique car show

August 24, 2012

State Street Farmers Market

August 25, 2012

Wine tasting at Inari Wines

August 25, 2012

State Street Farmers Market

August 25, 2012

606 Jam Band at State Street Gallery

August 27, 2012

Raisin Cain at Full Moon Jam

August 28, 2012

State Street Farmers Market

August 29, 2012

Good Company at Full Moon Jam

August 30, 2012

Popular Young Adult Author of Novel Thirteen Reasons Why, Jay Asher, To Speak at the Bristol Public Library

August 30, 2012

Beer tasting at Inari Wines

August 31, 2012

Antique car show

August 31, 2012

Briana Morris and Petty Shepard: 606 State Street Gallery Featured Artists

September 01 - 30, 2012

Wine tasting at Inari Wines

September 01, 2012

State Street Farmers Market

September 01, 2012

Borderline at Full Moon Jam

September 04, 2012

State Street Farmers Market

September 05, 2012

State Street Farmers Market

September 05, 2012

Hells / Bells — A Tribute to AC/DC at Full Moon Jam

September 06, 2012

Beaver Creek Storytellers at 606 State Street Gallery

September 06, 2012

Antique car show

September 07, 2012

Beer tasting at Inari Wines

September 07, 2012

State Street Farmers Market

September 08, 2012

Wine Tasting at Inari Wines

September 08, 2012

Watercolor Painting Class by Claudia Rutherford at 606 State Street Gallery

September 08, 2012

606 State Street Gallery Presents the 606 Jam Band

September 10, 2012

Holston Mnt. Boys at Full Moon Jam

September 11, 2012

State Street Farmers Market

September 12, 2012

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