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Downtown Bristol Blog

Downtown Merchants & Residents Update: Neighborhood Watch and Upcoming Events at Believe in Bristol office

April 22, 2013
Attention Historic Downtown Bristol business owners, merchants, entrepreneurs, and residents! Believe in Bristol will be holding a "Downtown Update" on Monday, April 22, at 6p.m. at the Believe in Bristol office, 36 Moore Street, Bristol, VA. We will be discussing establishing a downtown Neighborhood Watch, with special guest Nicole Slagle of the Bristol, VA Police Department. We will also be presenting information on upcoming downtown events, including Border Bash and State of the Arts Weekend — these events are great opportunities to tap into the thousands of potential customers who attend! Attendance at this meeting is free, and light refreshments will be provided. For more information, please contact Ben Collins of Believe in Bristol on 423-742-7081 or email rrodgers@believeinbristol.org.

7th Annual Corn Bread & Collard Greens Blues Festival

April 20, 2013
Come to the Foundation Event Facility on Saturday, April 20, at 8p.m. for the 7th Annual Corn Bread & Collard Greens Blues Festival! Where else can you enjoy great live music from Mac Arnold & Plate Full O' Blues, Eddie Shaw, and Catfish Fry Band with cornbread, collard greens, chicken wings, and beer? All proceeds benefit our local Susan G Komen foundation! You don't wanna miss this one! Doors open at 7p.m. and tickets are $40 GOOD TIMES General Admission and $500 GOLD ELITE – Table for 10 (Includes cornbread, collard greens, chicken wings, souvenir mug, and one beer ticket per seat). Tickets are on sale now at www.foundationeventfacility.com.

Soulful Weekend at Shelbee's Vintage Cafe

April 20, 2013
Shelbee's Vintage Cafe will be offering Soulful Weekends on the 1st and 3rd weekend of each month. We will offer: collard greens, yams, mac n cheese, beans, meat options will change weekly, banana pudding, cobblers and much more! This weekend the Soulful Weekend will be on Saturday, April 20, 1-6p.m. and Sunday, April 21, 11 until the food is GONE. FIRST COME FIRST SERVED! Check Facebook for menu details.
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Official opening of CrossFit 423!

April 20, 2013
Join us to celebrate the official opening of CrossFit 423 — open house, competition and food.
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Press Conference to Announce Border Bash 2013 Line-up!


Border Bash 2012, copyright Dan Hardoby
April 19, 2013
Now in its 14th year, Border Bash, a free concert series, has grown into a true Bristol tradition! Every first and third Friday, May – August, families join Believe in Bristol, Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion, and Birthplace of Country Music® to celebrate our music heritage and community spirit! This year’s lineup is unmatched – from Folk Rock and Alt-Americana to Southern Soul and Country Swing, the bands will deliver soulful vocals and toe-tapping sound throughout the summer. We look forward to releasing this year’s stellar line-up and unveiling the poster for Border Bash 2013! Please join us for a press conference on Friday, April 19, at 11:00 a.m. at the Believe in Bristol office located at 36 Moore Street, Bristol, VA.

How I Became a Pirate at the Paramount

April 18, 2013
King University Theatre presents HOW I BECAME A PIRATE at the Paramount Center for the Arts on Thursday, April 18th and Friday, April 19th at 7:30pm and Saturday, April 20th at 2:30pm. Based on the popular children's book, How I Became a Pirate tells the tale of ten year old Jeremy Jacob who joins a pirate crew for the adventure of a lifetime. Tickets: $10 Adult, $8 Seniors, $5 Local students and children, Free for King University students. For more information or to buy tickets, contact the Paramount on 423-274-8920.

Thursday Night Painting Party at blowfish emporium: Chickadee

April 18, 2013
Thursday night painting party at blowfish emporium on Thursday, April 18, 6-8pm! This fun night is open to whoever signs up... so bring a friend, bring a group, or come solo and meet new people! $32 per person, includes all materials. You are welcome to bring snacks & BYOB (alcohol is premitted for those 21+). For more information or to register, please contact blowfish emporium on 276-644-1428 or info@blowfishemporium.com.

Author Book Signings during National Library Week at the Bristol Public Library

April 17, 2013
Local authors will sign books at the Bristol Public Library during National Library Week, on Wednesday, April 17 and Thursday, April 18, from 4:30-6pm in front of the Burriss Reading Room. Two local authors, Lightnin' Charlie and Tim Rouse, will be at the library on Wednesday, April 17th. Lightnin' Charlie has been a favorite of music fans for almost thirty years. His hilarious and sensational autobiography The Trials and Tribulations of a Traveling Troubadour is now in its second edition and is in over 18,000 bookstores worldwide. Tim Rouse is a Bristol native and 8th generation Appalachian. He is proud of his roots and constantly inspired by "his people". Having grown up in this area he has a deep and profound respect for the place, the people and their heart. On Thursday, April 18th, oral historian and author Kathy Shearer will be at the library. She is the author of Tales from the Moonshine Trade. Shearer became interested in moonshine stories while interviewing people for her three previous books, community histories based on oral narratives and old photographs she collected in Russell County, Virginia. For questions about this event or any other library programs, call 276.645.8781 or visit bristol-library.org.

Upcoming Events

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Weekend Passes on Sale for $45

January 01 - May 31, 2013

April youth and adult activities at the Bristol Public Library — storytimes, book clubs, and much more!

April 01 - 30, 2013

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

April 01 - 30, 2013

Author Book Signings during National Library Week at the Bristol Public Library

April 15 - 18, 2013

How I Became a Pirate at the Paramount

April 18 - 20, 2013

Thursday Night Painting Party at blowfish emporium: Chickadee

April 18, 2013

Ryan Ward at O'Mainnin's Pub

April 18, 2013

Beer tasting at Inari Wines

April 19, 2013

Press Conference to announce Border Bash 2013 Line-up!

April 19, 2013

Soulful Weekend at Shelbee's Vintage Cafe

April 20 - 21, 2013

Official opening of CrossFit 423!

April 20, 2013

The Shifters with Electric Ills at O'Mainnin's Pub

April 20, 2013

Wine tasting at Inari Wines

April 20, 2013

7th Annual Corn Bread & Collard Greens Blues Festival

April 20, 2013

Open Jam at O'Mainnin's Pub

April 22, 2013

Downtown Merchant & Resident Update: Neighborhood Watch and Upcoming Events at Believe in Bristol office

April 22, 2013

ETSU Old-Time, Bluegrass and Country Bands at the Pickin' Porch

April 22, 2013

606 State Street Jammers at 606 State Street

April 22, 2013

Unplugged Open Mic at O'Mainnin's Pub

April 23, 2013

Thursday Night Painting Party at blowfish emporium: Waves of Freedom

April 25, 2013

JP Parsons at O'Mainnin's Pub

April 25, 2013

Beer tasting at Inari Wines

April 26, 2013

King University Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Choir present DANCE! at the Paramount

April 26, 2013

Kristen Cothron at 620 State

April 26, 2013

Drifting Westward at Machiavelli's

April 26, 2013

Honey Badgers at 620 State

April 27, 2013

Student photographers host exhibition at KP on Bank Street

April 27, 2013

Pinterest Project Saturday at blowfish emporium: Children's Van Gogh Flower Vase

April 27, 2013

Wine tasting at Inari Wines

April 27, 2013

The Paramount Chamber Players present Lasting Impressions at the Paramount

April 27, 2013

606 State Street Jammers at 606 State Street Gallery

April 29, 2013

Featured Artists for May at 606 State Street Gallery: Josh Shaffer and Fred Martin

May 01 - 31, 2013

Beaver Creek Storytellers at 606 State Street Gallery

May 02, 2013

Wine tasting at Inari Wines

May 04, 2013

Derby Day at the Foundation Event Facility

May 04, 2013

Artists' Reception — Josh Shaffer and Fred Martin at 606 State Street Gallery

May 10, 2013

606 State Street Jammers at the 606 State Street Gallery

May 13, 2013

Annual Police Memorial at Cumberland Square Park

May 15, 2013

An Intimate Evening with Clint Black at the Paramount Center for the Arts

May 17, 2013

606 State Street Jammers at the 606 State Street Gallery

May 20, 2013

606 State Street Jammers at the 606 State Street Gallery

May 27, 2013

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Weekend Passes on sale for $50

June 01 - August 31, 2013

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