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Believe in Bristol receives award for special achievement in downtown revitalization efforts


Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade Jim Cheng presents Chris Canfield, Vice President of Partnership Marketing for Virginia Tourism Corporation, with the Virginia Main Street Milestone Achievement Award. Canfield accepted the award on behalf of Believe in Bristol.
March 26, 2013
Richmond, VA – On Friday, March 22, Believe in Bristol was presented with a Virginia Main Street Milestone Achievement Award for special achievement in its downtown revitalization efforts. The award recognized the leadership and management role that the organization played in the one-day Mumford and Sons Gentlemen of the Road Tour in August. The awards were presented at Richmond’s historic Hippodrome Theater.

At the ceremony that focused on the results of Main Street efforts, Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade Jim Cheng spoke to the audience of more than 70 downtown revitalization volunteers and professionals about the visible results of their leadership. “Virginia main streets are thriving because of the collaboration between public and private sector, local and state governments and the citizens of each community getting involved to make their downtowns an attractive place to live, work and play,” said Cheng.

The Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development Director Bill Shelton pointed to downtown progress through the numbers. “In the last five years, designated Main Street communities have sparked more than $252 million in private investment in their districts,” said Shelton. “As a result, last year, there was a net collective gain of 424 jobs across the 25 Main Street downtown districts.”

"Historic Main Street communities are much more than bricks and mortar. They serve as the heart and soul of our communities as they evoke the stories of our past while providing incomparable economic and cultural opportunities which sustain the quality of life for all citizens,” said Cate Magennis Wyatt, former Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade and the founder of The Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership. "Our national surveys have found that 84 percent of potential visitors are, first and foremost, attracted to the region because of our quaint small towns. The work of the Virginia Main Street Program is critically important to creating jobs and attracting these visitors to the commonwealth."

In Bristol, revitalization strategies include the development of an IdeaSpace to engage and support local entrepreneurs and downtown businesses, the creation and promotion of events that help people to enjoy Historic Downtown Bristol, and providing advice on preserving and restoring our downtown architecture and streetscape. Believe in Bristol organizes broad-based community support for these goals and works with volunteers from all parts of our community.

In addition to Bristol, Virginia Main Street recognized the following communities for excellence:

· Abingdon
· Berryville
· Blackstone
· Culpeper
· Harrisonburg
· Lynchburg
· Manassas
· Marion
· Orange
· Radford
· St. Paul
· Staunton
· Waynesboro
· Winchester

Currently there are 25 designated Virginia Main Street communities: Abingdon, Altavista, Bedford, Berryville, Blackstone, Bristol, Culpeper, Farmville, Franklin, Harrisonburg, Hopewell, Luray, Lynchburg, Manassas, Marion, Martinsville, Orange, Radford, Rocky Mount, Saint Paul, South Boston, Staunton, Warrenton, Waynesboro and Winchester.

The Virginia Main Street program, managed by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, provides assistance and training to help communities increase the economic vitality of their downtown commercial districts. Virginia Main Street uses the National Main Street model to help communities revitalize their downtowns by focusing on their unique heritage and attributes. The program helps communities implement a comprehensive revitalization strategy that creates economic growth and pride in downtowns.

For more information about the Virginia Main Street program, call (804) 371-7030 or visit www.dhcd.virginia.gov/MainStreet.

For more information about Believe in Bristol, visit www.believeinbristol.org or email rrodgers@believeinbristol.org.

New Health Education Series Beginning at the Bristol Public Library in April

March 26, 2013
The Bristol Public Library is partnering with East Tennessee State University’s Bristol Family Medicine Residency and Wellmont Health System to bring a comprehensive health education series to the Tri-Cities. The series will take place at the Bristol Public Library at 7pm on the second Thursday of every month, beginning in April. These public forums will feature outstanding speakers from our region to discuss a wide range of important issues in health, including specific diseases such as cancer and diabetes, public health concerns, and changes in health care brought on by the Affordable Care Act. Following each presentation will be a question and answer session.

Dr. Raymond “Robin” Feierabend of the Quillen College of Medicine and ETSU Family Physicians of Bristol will moderate the series. He will be leading the discussion at the first event on Thursday, April 11th with the topic “Obamacare in 2013: Where Do Things Stand Now?”

So, join us for this informative and educational series beginning on April 11th at 7pm in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room at the Bristol Public Library.

A full schedule of the series will be announced soon.

For more information on this series or other adult programming, please call (276) 645-8781 or visit www.bristol-library.org.

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Bristol Public Library Closed for Easter

March 31, 2013
The Bristol Public Library will be closed for Easter on March 31 — regular hours will resume on Monday, April 1.

City Easter Egg Hunt at Cumberland Square Park to Offer Fun By The Basketful!

March 30, 2013
It’s been an Easter tradition for over three decades, and the 2013 Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by the City of Bristol Virginia Parks & Recreation Department once again promises to deliver fun by the basketful to local children through a variety of festive events and activities. The Easter Egg hunt will be held on Saturday, March 30 at Cumberland Square Park in Bristol, Virginia. Activities get underway at 9:30 am with Easter arcade games, Easter bonnet and hat making, and photos with the Easter Bunny sponsored by the Twin City Photo Club. At 10 am, an Easter Parade will usher in the official line-up for the Easter Egg Hunt at 10:10 am. The Easter Egg Hunt is a much-anticipated event for children aged two to nine years old. Prizes will be awarded at 10:20 am. In addition to the scheduled events, children can enjoy free cotton candy, and visit with some of their favorite larger-than-life City and organizational mascots like the Bristol Virginia Police Department Crime Dog, the Fire Department’s Fire Pup, JB Parrot from the Sheriff’s Office, and the White Sox Ding Bat.
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Pinterest Project Saturday at blowfish emporium: "Wine Cork Bottle"

March 30, 2013
Pinterest Project Saturday at blowfish emporium on Saturday, March 30, 12-2p.m. — create a Wine Cork Bottle! Be sure to register for this project class by Thursday, March 28th. The cost is $35 and includes everything! For further information and to register, please contact blowfish emporium on 276-644-1428 or info@blowfishemporium.com.

Come Celebrate with CJ & Company on their last day in Downtown Bristol!

March 28, 2013
Come out to CJ & Company on Thursday, March 28 between 7a.m. and 3p.m. as they mark their last day on 6th Street in Historic Downtown Bristol. They would like to celebrate with their friends and customers since they mean so much to them and have been such a big part of their success!

10th Annual Celebration of Bluegrass, Old-Time, Celtic, and Country Music at the Paramount

March 28, 2013
ETSU presents the 10TH ANNUAL CELEBRATION OF BLUEGRASS, OLD-TIME, CELTIC, AND COUNTRY MUSIC! Join the top ETSU Bluegrass, Old-Time, Celtic and Country Music Bands on Thursday, March 28, at 7p.m. for this wonderful celebration featuring guest of honor, Doyle Lawson! Tickets: $14 Adults, $10 Seniors (over 65), Students, Children 12 & Under. Call the Ticket Hotline on 423-274-8920 for further information.

Color Theory Workshop at One of a Kind Gallery

March 28, 2013
This is the first of a two-night workshop and will be a crash course for all of you who would like to truly understand color and color mixing. Whether you are looking to improve your painting, want to start painting, or even just want to be able to figure out what to mix to get that perfect wall color, this class is for you. Two Thursdays, March 28 and April 4, from 7:00 to 9:00p.m. Cost is $50.00 which includes your materials! Instructor: Mimi Kind. For more information, please contact One of a Kind Gallery on 423-652-2648.

Thursday Night Painting Party at blowfish emporium: "Rooster"

March 28, 2013
Thursday Night Painting Party at blowfish emporium on Thursday, March 28, 6-8:30p.m. Open to whoever signs up! Cost is $32 and includes EVERYTHING! There is a 5-person minimum, so we will be sure to contact all that have signed up by phone/email in case a class is cancelled. For further information and to register, please contact blowfish emporium on 276-644-1428 or info@blowfishemporium.com.

March Specials at KP Duty

March 27, 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!

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

March storytime, youth activities, and the Nevermore Book Club at the Bristol Public Library

March 01 - 31, 2013

Kids' Color Drawing Classes at One of a Kind Gallery

March 05 - April 02, 2013

Tuesday Pottery 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

Kids' Art Hour 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

Thursday Advanced Pottery Class at One of a Kind Gallery

March 07 - April 04, 2013

Thursday Pastel Drawing Classes at One of a Kind Gallery

March 14 - April 11, 2013

Adult Ballet Classes at the Bristol Ballet

March 28, 2013

Thursday Night Painting Party at blowfish emporium: "Rooster"

March 28, 2013

Color Theory Workshop at One of a Kind Gallery

March 28, 2013

10th Annual Celebration of Bluegrass, Old-Time, Celtic, and Country Music at the Paramount

March 28, 2013

Come Celebrate with CJ & Company on their last day in Downtown Bristol!

March 28, 2013

Ryan Ward at O'Mainnin's Pub

March 28, 2013

Folk Soul Revival at 620 State

March 29, 2013

Annabelle's Curse at Machiavelli's

March 29, 2013

Twang Bangers at O'Mainnin's Pub

March 29, 2013

Beer tasting at Inari Wines

March 29, 2013

Lefty Williams at 620 State

March 30, 2013

Wine tasting at Inari Wines

March 30, 2013

City Easter Egg Hunt at Cumberland Square Park to Offer Fun By The Basketful!

March 30, 2013

Pinterest Project Saturday at blowfish emporium: "Wine Cork Bottle"

March 30, 2013

Shades of Grey at O'Mainnin's Pub

March 30, 2013

Bristol Public Library Closed for Easter

March 31, 2013

606 State Street Gallery Featured Artists for April: Lauren Pruett and Alexis Snyder

April 01 - 30, 2013

Open Jam at O'Mainnin's Pub

April 01, 2013

Bob Smallwood & Friends at the Pickin' Porch

April 01, 2013

Guido Au'Some Open Mic Players

April 02, 2013

The Grand Ole Uproar at O'Mainnin's Pub

April 03, 2013

Color Theory Workshop at One of a Kind Gallery

April 04, 2013

Beaver Creek Storytellers at 606 State Street Gallery

April 04, 2013

Beer tasting at Inari Wines

April 05, 2013

Artists' Reception: Alexis Snyder and Lauren Pruett at 606 State Street Gallery

April 06, 2013

Bela Fleck Benefit for Birthplace of Country Music Museum at the Paramount

April 06, 2013

Photo Workshop "The Art of Seeing Part I" at blowfish emporium

April 06, 2013

Wine tasting at Inari Wines

April 06, 2013

Business Week at the Bristol Public Library

April 08 - 10, 2013

Using Census Statistics for Grants Workshop at the Bristol Public Library

April 08, 2013

Carolina Crossing and New Covenant at the Pickin' Porch

April 08, 2013

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