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Come out for Believe in Bristol's 4th Annual Downtown Showcase!

March 06, 2013
Bristol TN/VA — Bristol is gearing up for our fourth Downtown Showcase! This year’s showcase will be an amazing event featuring a signature dish from many of our downtown restaurants, a beer & wine tasting, live music & performances, local art and much, much more — all from our Historic Downtown District! A live & silent auction will be held during the course of the evening with exclusive and interesting offerings! We invite you to experience all the best the heart of our community has to offer.

Bristol’s Downtown Showcase will be held on Thursday, March 7, 2012 from 6pm – 8pm at the Historic Bristol Train Station. Tickets are $55 per person and $100 per couple. Space is limited and interested attendees should call Believe in Bristol at 276-644-9700 or email info@believeinbristol.org to reserve tickets. You can also buy tickets on the door. Bristol’s Downtown Showcase is a fundraiser for Believe in Bristol; all proceeds will benefit the Main Street Program and downtown revitalization efforts. For more information about Believe in Bristol, please visit www.believeinbristol.org.

Northeast State Community College launches Bristol teaching site

March 06, 2013
Northeast State Community College has received approval from the Tennessee Board of Regents to bring higher education to downtown Bristol. The College’s new teaching site will be situated at 620 State Street, location of the old H.P. King Building. J. Allen Hurley, president of Vision, LLC and former CEO of Touchstone Wireless, recently purchased the property from the City of Bristol and has proceeded with plans to make the facility a downtown attraction. The facility will be known as City Central.

“This plan is a commitment to drive the growth of downtown Bristol and make higher education more convenient for area residents,” said Hurley, a Northeast State alumnus.“The project has generated a lot of excitement as we seek to create a more prosperous downtown.”

Northeast State will lease 15,979 square-feet of third-floor space to house classrooms and offices. The space is currently under renovation and the College will soon move forward with the installation of fixtures, equipment, and furniture. The College envisions having personnel on site by early March to provide information and answer questions. Initial enrollment is estimated at 100-200 students.

Northeast State President Dr. Janice Gilliam said the College plans to offer two-year associate degrees, certificates, Workforce Development Training, and GED/Adult Education at the site and is seeking partnerships with other area higher education institutions including Virginia Highlands Community College, King College, and East Tennessee State University. Northeast State officials also are planning to offer an entertainment technology program that will mesh with Bristol’s “Birthplace of Country Music” brand. The program would focus on equipping students with sound, lighting, and rigging skills, which could be used in performances, hotels, churches, theaters, and other related venues.

“We are very excited to announce that 620 State Street is Northeast State’s new teaching site in Bristol,” said Dr. Gilliam. “We’ve been working on this project at the state and local level for two years and we are very appreciative of the support we’ve received from the Chamber, the City, and other state and local leaders. We especially appreciate Allen Hurley’s support, through his leadership and funding to set up this great facility.”

Hurley complimented the spirit of cooperation exhibited by the City of Bristol and Northeast State saying he hopes the effort will further revitalize the downtown area, as well as spark similar endeavors. “It’s great to see people on the same page and moving toward a common goal,” Hurley said. “This will make for a stronger downtown and a better quality of life for residents.”

The Northeast State at Bristol Advisory Board met Feb. 22 with Northeast State officials to discuss and tour the site which houses classroom and office space that melds features of the vintage building with modern construction. All classrooms will be equipped with multimedia facilities and wired for interactive television broadcasts to capture local and remote instruction. “This is a great day for Bristol, a great day for Northeast State,” said Hurley. “Northeast State has made a name for itself with partnerships and this is just one more step. Everyone at the College is so willing to resolve issues, move forward, build things – that’s very admirable.”

For more information about the facility, contact Dr. Keith Young at 423.354.5237 or ckyoung@NortheastState.edu.

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Basic Earring and Pendant Making Class at The Purple Loon

March 12, 2013
The Purple Loon is offering a Basic Earring and Pendant Making Class on Tuesday, March 12 from 6-7pm. Students will leave with a pair of earrings and matching pendant. Cost is $10 plus materials. Pre-registration is required one week in advance. Private classes and parties are available as well. Please contact The Purple Loon on 276-494-7927 for more information and to register for this class.

Buechner Institute Lecture by Kenda Dean

March 11, 2013
Kenda Dean will be speaking at the Bristol Public Library on March 11 at 7pm as part of the Buechner lecture series. One of the more pressing concerns of our time is the relationship between faith and culture. The Buechner Institute at King was founded in 2008 to address this vital issue while also paying tribute to the American writer and Presbyterian minister, Frederick Buechner. Kenda Creasy Dean is an ordained United Methodist pastor in the Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference and Professor of Youth, Church and Culture at Princeton Theological Seminary, where she works closely with the Institute for Youth Ministry. She serves as the coordinating pastor of Kingston United Methodist Church in Kingston, New Jersey. She has authored numerous books on youth and the church, including Almost Christian: What the Faith of Our Teenagers Is Telling the American Church (recipient of Christianity Today's 2010 Book Award and listed by Preaching Magazine as one of 2010's Best Books for Preaching) and The Theological Turn in Youth Ministry with Andrew Root (recipient of Christianity Today's 2011 "Award of Merit").

BCM presents Mountain Stage at the Paramount

March 10, 2013
Birthplace of Country Music will be welcoming Mountain Stage with Larry Groce to the Paramount on Sunday, March 10. Asleep at the Wheel, Lúnasa, Larry Keel & Natural Bridge, Kate Campbell, and The Down Hill Strugglers have been chosen for the show. Tickets to Mountain Stage are $35. For $75, patrons can reserve a seat at Mountain Stage and also take part in a pre-show reception at K. P. Duty. For reservations visit The ParamountCenter.com or call the box office at 423-274-8920.
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Charm Bracelet Building Class at The Purple Loon

March 09, 2013
The Purple Loon will be offering a Charm Bracelet Building Class on Saturday, March 9th from 10-11am. Students will create a one-of-a-kind charm bracelet! Cost is $10 plus materials. Pre-registration is required one week in advance. Private classes and parties are available as well. For more information, please contact The Purple Loon on 276-494-7927.

Free Drawing Sessions at the Purple Loon

March 09, 2013
The Purple Loon offers a wide range of classes and opportunities to express your creativity! Starting March 9th, they will be hosting a bi-monthly FREE figure drawing session with local artist Derick Morton. Running from 4 to 6 pm, you get 2 hours with one of Bristol’s finest artists. Private lessons are available for $15 an hour. For more information on private lessons please contact Mr. Morton at derickmorton@gmail.com or call The Purple Loon. Pre-registration is required one week in advance. Please contact The Purple Loon on 276-494-7927 for more information and to register.

Bristol Ballet SPRING GALA at the Paramount

March 09, 2013
Come see the Bristol Ballet SPRING GALA! The performance will be held at the Paramount Center for the Arts on Saturday, March 9th at 1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.. Tickets are $5 for children, $8 for students and Seniors, and $12 for adults. They can be purchased at the Paramount or online using etix.com. This special event will feature: Coppelia (Act II) — Fun and delightful story about a toy maker who thinks his doll has come to life; Celtic Flair — An original fun and exciting choreography by Michele Plescia to the music of Riverdance; and Pas De Trois from Swan Lake — A classical and beautiful piece from Tchaikovsky's ballet, featuring Guest Dancer Mauricio Canete. For more information, please contact either the Paramount Center for the Arts at (423) 274-8920 or Bristol Ballet at (276) 669-6051 or info@bristolballet.org.

Hickey Freeman Trunk Show at Wm. King Clothiers

March 08, 2013
Wm. King Clothiers will be hosting their Hickey Freeman Trunk Show on Friday, March 8, 12-7p.m. Mr. James Blaikie, their sales representative from Hickey Freeman, will be in store showing their exclusive presentation of spring and summer custom suits and sport coats. Since 1899, Hickey Freeman has been made in America. As one of the select number of stores in the country to carry Hickey Freeman clothing, Wm. King Clothiers is proud to make this custom service available to you. Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres will be served. Please contact Wm. King Clothiers on 423-968-9389 for more information.

Art D'Vine in Downtown Bristol

March 08, 2013
The Historic Downtown Bristol galleries are again joining forces to present Art D’Vine on Friday, March 8, 6–9p.m. This evening stroll offers patrons the chance to gain after-hours access to merchants, sample domestic and international wines, and review a range of works from artists across the region. As in the previous gallery hops, participants are invited to stroll around Historic Downtown Bristol, stopping at Kil’n Time, Benjamin Walls Gallery, CityMug, 606 State Street Gallery, One of a Kind Gallery, blowfish emporium, One Night Stand Gallery, Pretty Girl Station, The Purple Loon, and Hatching Perspective Gallery. Each gallery will feature a different wine varietal for sampling. As always, this event is free to the public, though there is a suggested one-time donation of $5 with the proceeds supporting the work of the Arts and Entertainment District of Historic Downtown Bristol, TN-VA. For more information, please contact René Rodgers of Believe in Bristol at 276-644-9700, rrodgers@believeinbristol.org, or visit the website at www.believeinbristol.org.
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Contemporary Christian Artist David Crowder Performing at the Paramount

March 08, 2013
WCQR presents David Crowder with special guests at the Paramount on Friday, March 8, at 7:30pm. As the David Crowder Band has now put a period at the end of its sentence, a new chapter is emerging for front–man, David Crowder. As the next paragraph begins, David Crowder will take the stage of The Paramount Center for the Arts performing with his new collective, simply called, Crowder. Fans can expect more of what they’ve always loved about David Crowder through the years; the songs, the worship, musical innovation and now they get to be a part of the new beginning when the doors of the Paramount open for the 7:30 PM show on Friday, March, 8, 2013. Tickets are $27 general admission, $42 VIP (including meet and greet), and $32 on the door. They will go on sale Friday, January 11, 2013 on-line at E-Tix, at the Paramount Box Office, and Viking Hall Civic Center Box Office at 10:00 AM. To charge tickets by phone please call 423-274-8920 or 423-764-4171.
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HTV's Spotlight on Music Taping The Shifters at CityMac

March 07, 2013
HTV's Spotlight on Music in March will be featuring The Shifters. Join them at CityMac on State Street in Downtown Bristol on Thursday, March 7 at 6pm for a one-hour taping for TV. Bring a lawn chair or sit cross-legged on the floor!

Beaver Creek Storytellers at 606 State Street Gallery

March 07, 2013
The Beaver Creek Storytellers will be at 606 State Street Gallery on Thursday, March 7, 2013, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Admission: $5.00, Refreshments at intermission. (Free to members. Ask about our annual membership.)
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Kids' Art Hour at One of a Kind Gallery

March 07, 2013
Kids' Art Hour at One of a Kind Gallery — Especially designed for children aged 5-7, this class meets on Thursday afternoons beginning March 7, 4-5p.m. Cost is $20 per session or $90 for five classes. For further information, please contact One of a Kind Gallery on 423-652-2648.

Pottery for Youth Classes at One of a Kind Gallery

March 07, 2013
Pottery for Youth Classes at One of a Kind Gallery — five Thursdays beginning March 7, 4-5:30p.m. This great class will teach students how to throw on the potter's wheel as well as model clay by hand. Glazing will be included. Cost is $95, which includes everything but your tools. For further information, please contact One of a Kind Gallery on 423-652-2648.

Thursday Advanced Pottery Class at One of a Kind Gallery

March 07, 2013
Thursday Adult Advanced Pottery Class at One of a Kind Gallery — five consecutive Thursdays beginning March 7, 7-9p.m. This is a wheel-throwing class for those with some experience. Cost is $100 plus a $25 materials fee. For further information, please contact One of a Kind Gallery on 423-652-2648.

The Bristol Public Library will be Closed on March 7th & 8th for Software Upgrades

March 07, 2013
The Bristol Public Library will be closed on Thursday, March 7th, and Friday, March 8th, due to a scheduled upgrade to its library management system. Both the Main Library and Avoca Branch will be closed. Other systems and resources that are available on our website will be unavailable at this time as well. Both branches will return to regular hours on Saturday, March 9th. If you have any questions about these dates or any of the library’s programs, please call (276) 645-8780 or visit our website at bristol-library.org.
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March Specials at KP Duty

March 06, 2013
Your friends at KP Duty noticed how Friday nights in February were a hit with you! We noticed so much that we decided to extend those specials through March! Come to KP every Friday night this month for 75 Cent Oysters, 50 Cent Shrimp, $2 Drafts, and $5 Martinis! Start your March off right with KP! We also have a special Wednesday promotion in March: 1/2 off selected wines!

Bristol Public Library Awarded $2,500 grant to present America's Music from Tribeca Film Institute

March 06, 2013
The Bristol Public Library partnered with Virginia Intermont College and BCMA and has been awarded a $2,500 grant to host a series featuring documentary film screenings and scholar-led discussions of twentieth-century American popular music. The Bristol Public Library will host the “America’s Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway” series to enlighten audiences about uniquely American musical genres including blues and gospel, Broadway, jazz, bluegrass and country, rock n’ roll, mambo, and hip hop. The BPL is one of fifty sites nationwide selected to host this program series. “America’s Music” is a project by the Tribeca Film Institute in collaboration with the American Library Association, Tribeca Flashpoint, and the Society for American Music. “America’s Music” has been made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor. The schedule for this film series will be announced later when dates have been confirmed. For more information on this program or other library events, please visit www.bristol-library.org or call (276) 821-6148.
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Upcoming Events

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Weekend Passes on Sale for $45

January 01 - May 31, 2013

March Featured Artists at 606 State Street Gallery: Bruce Cole and Ken Simmelink

March 01 - 31, 2013

Theatre Bristol presents A Midsummer Night's Dream

March 01 - 17, 2013

Tuesday Pottery Classes at One of a Kind Gallery

March 05 - April 02, 2013

Kids' Color Drawing Classes at One of a Kind Gallery

March 05 - April 02, 2013

Wednesday Pottery Classes at One of a Kind Gallery

March 06 - April 03, 2013

Wednesday "Whatever" Workshops at One of a Kind Gallery

March 06 - April 03, 2013

Loves It at O'Mainnin's

March 06, 2013

March Specials at K.P. Duty

March 06, 2013

Kids' Art Hour at One of a Kind Gallery

March 07 - April 04, 2013

Thursday Advanced Pottery Class at One of a Kind Gallery

March 07 - April 04, 2013

Pottery for Youth Classes at One of a Kind Gallery

March 07 - April 04, 2013

The Bristol Public Library will be Closed on March 7th & 8th for Software Upgrades

March 07 - 08, 2013

Believe in Bristol presents the 4th Annual Bristol's Downtown Showcase at the Train Station

March 07, 2013

Beaver Creek Storytellers at 606 State Street Gallery

March 07, 2013

JP Parsons at O'Mainnin's Pub

March 07, 2013

HTV's Spotlight on Music Taping The Shifters at CityMac

March 07, 2013

Adult Ballet Classes at the Bristol Ballet

March 07, 2013

Beer tasting at Inari Wines

March 08, 2013

Grass Monkeys at O'Mainnin's Pub

March 08, 2013

Contemporary Christian Artist David Crowder Performing at the Paramount

March 08, 2013

Art D'Vine in Downtown Bristol

March 08, 2013

Hickey Freeman Trunk Show at Wm. King Clothiers

March 08, 2013

Charm Bracelet Building Class at The Purple Loon

March 09, 2013

Appalachian Farmers Market Association Conference to be Hosted in Bristol

March 09, 2013

Acoustifried at O'Mainnin's

March 09, 2013

Bristol Ballet SPRING GALA at the Paramount

March 09, 2013

Wine tasting at Inari Wines

March 09, 2013

Ro-Sham-Bo at 620 State

March 09, 2013

Free Drawing Sessions at the Purple Loon

March 09, 2013

BCM presents Mountain Stage at the Paramount

March 10, 2013

Open Jam at O'Mainnin's Pub

March 11, 2013

606 State Street Jammers at 606 State Street Gallery

March 11, 2013

Buechner Institute Lecture by Kenda Dean

March 11, 2013

Laurel Creek Trail at the Pickin' Porch at the Foundation Event Facility

March 11, 2013

Basic Earring and Pendant Making Class at The Purple Loon

March 12, 2013

Guido Au'Some Open Mic Players at O'Mainnin's Pub

March 12, 2013

Buechner Bonus: Screening of Your Name is My Name at Bristol Public Library

March 13, 2013

Thursday Pastel Drawing Classes at One of a Kind Gallery

March 14 - April 11, 2013

Adult Ballet Classes at the Bristol Ballet

March 14, 2013

Honey Badgers at State Line Bar & Grille

March 15, 2013

Beer tasting at Inari Wines

March 15, 2013

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