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Come enjoy Independence Day with Bristol's Community-Wide Celebration!

June 25, 2013
The non-profit organization Celebrate Bristol is proud to announce the upcoming schedule for Bristol’s annual Independence Day celebration! Each year Celebrate Bristol partners with local organizations for a slate of family friendly events to celebrate America’s Independence! This year’s July 4th Celebration is packed full of fun events and activities the whole family can enjoy.

Wednesday, July 3
– Support the Bristol White Sox Night
6:30 pm — Watermelon Eating Contest at Home Plate (Sponsored by Kroger)
Fireworks following game!

7:00 pm – Home Game at Boyce Cox Field

Thursday, July 4
– Star-Spangled 4th
3:00 pm – Parade Line-up on Bob Morrison Blvd. (Free entry for participants)

5:00 pm – Bristol’s Independence Day Parade – State Street

6:00 pm — Star-Spangled Evening in Cumberland Square Park begins with family fun events including inflatables, petting zoo, "eating contests", kids activities, food concessions, and arts & crafts vendors ! Hey kids, be sure to wear your swimsuits – BVFD and BVU have a WET surprise for you.

6:00 pm — Bristol’s July 4th Photo Contest Awards

6:15 pm — Lions Club Rubber Ducky Race in Cumberland Square Park at the Beaver Creek Basin

6:30 pm – War Hero Presentation on Cumberland Stage

7:00 pm — Border Bash LIVE music begins on stage with the Jon Stickley Trio

8:45pm — Border Bash continues with L Shape Lot performing

10:15pm — Fireworks!!! You haven’t seen a show like this in a long while Bristol – don’t miss out on this Star-Spangled fireworks event.

Friday, July 5
– The celebration continues!
5:00 pm – Star-Spangled Car Show in the TriSummit Bank parking lot. Sponsored by Antique Automobile Club of America – Appalachian Region and BVU.

9:00 pm – Drive-In Movie under the Stars – “GREASE” will be shown. Sponsored by BVU.

We would like to give our sponsors for 2013 a huge thank you for helping us make this successful for our Bristol community! Those sponsors are City of Bristol, VA and City of Bristol, TN, Bristol Herald Courier, Bristol Virginia Utilities, Alpha Natural Resources, Kroger, Holston Valley Broadcasting, Bristol Tennessee Essential Services, Shearer’s, Believe in Bristol, Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion, and Birthplace of County Music.

For more information, please visit our website celebratebristol.com or our Facebook page, Celebrate Bristol VA-TN.

Blackbird Bakery Now Offering Sweet Treats 24/6

June 25, 2013
Next time you have a midnight craving for doughnuts or other sweet treats, you won’t have to go far for the very best. Starting on July 1, 2013, Blackbird Bakery will be open 24 hours a day, Monday through Saturday!

"Free Wi-Fi is available, and I am just thrilled about offering these extended hours in order to better accommodate our customer’s busy schedules," says bakery owner Carla Perkins.

But that’s not all! Blackbird Bakery will also be adding espresso and Homestead Creamery ice cream to their already extensive menu. Homestead Creamery, located in southwest Virginia, makes a variety of flavors of premium all-natural ice cream free of antibiotics and hormones.

With the expanded opening hours and new items to choose from, Blackbird is the perfect place to relax over a cup of coffee and a treat, whether you are an early bird or a night owl!

Opening hours from July 1, 2013: Monday–Saturday, 24 hours; Sunday, closed.

For more information, please contact Carla Perkins at 276-645-5754 or www.blackbirdbakerybristol.com.

Little Italy's New Summer Opening Hours — Plus After-Hours Pizza on the Weekend!

June 25, 2013
Little Italy, home of the biggest slice in town, has announced their new summer opening hours: Monday to Thursday, 11am to 9pm, and Friday and Saturday, 11am to 10pm. They will also be offering daily lunch specials. Most exciting of all — this weekend they will be having an inaugural "After Hours" weekend! So come on in between midnight and 4am on Friday and Saturday night to fulfill your late night cravings for a slice of pizza! Little Italy is located at 16 6th Street in Downtown Bristol, and you can contact them on 423-878-7492.

Pen's Floral Offering a Veterans Promotion for all of July!

June 25, 2013
Pen's Floral will be offering a 20% discount off orders to all veterans throughout the month of July! Come on down and check out their beautiful arrangements and place an order today. Pen's Floral is located at 32 Moore Street in Historic Downtown Bristol. For further information or to place an order, please call 276-644-4600.

Congratulations to Jessica Turner as she is named director and head curator of the Birthplace of Country Music Museum!

June 26, 2013
Jessica Turner has been named the director and head curator of the new Birthplace of Country Music Museum, set to open in August 2014. Believe in Bristol wishes to extend their congratulations — we are looking forward to working with you!

For the full story, check out this link: http://www.tricities.com/news/local/article_749831b0-ddfe-11e2-8bf6-001a4bcf6878.html.

Downtown Bristol Blog

Beaver Creek Storytellers at 606 State Street Gallery

July 02, 2013
606 State Street Gallery presents The Beaver Creek Storytellers on Tuesday, July 2, 2013, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.! Admission: $5.00; refreshments at intermission.
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State Street Farmers' Market at the Downtown Center on State Street

June 29, 2013
It is market time in Tennessee so come on out to the State Street Farmers' Market every Saturday morning! Since 1999 the market has been hosted in the Downtown Center where there is the availability of hot coffee and fresh-baked morning biscuits, along with restroom facilities and entertainment most mornings.
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AACA car cruise-in at Tri-Summit Bank Parking Lot

June 28, 2013
Come downtown and enjoy the Antique Automobile Club of America – Appalachian Region Car Show! This car cruise-in is held every Friday night, May through October, 6-8pm in the TriSummit bank parking lot across from the Bristol Train Station in downtown Bristol.

The Duggar Band at Paramount Center for the Arts

June 28, 2013
On Friday, June 28 at 7:30pm,The Dugger Band will be performing at the Paramount Center for the Arts. The Dugger Band is led by brothers Jordan and Seth Dugger who carry on a Christian and musical heritage that has been passed down throughout several generations. Each member of the band is blessed musically, and in addition to singing, all are talented writers and play multiple instruments. Tickets: $10.00, and children 6 & under are free. For more information or to buy tickets, please contact the Paramount on 423-274-8920.

Tunes @ Noon at the Paramount — Barlow Gin & The Hatchetmen

June 28, 2013
David Caldwell Tunes @ Noon presents Barlow Gin & The Hatchetmen at the Paramount on Friday, June 28 at noon! Elvis would be proud. Back in the day, hardly anybody knew about jazz, much less rockabilly. Elvis embraced this obscure phenomenon. Which is a huge coincidence, because Barlow Gin is an obscure phenomenon, too. But just because they aren't famous doesn't mean they aren't great. Take one guy from here, another couple of guys from there. Mix in an oddball drummer. Stir in one mean Mama. Sort of like the good ol' days — a potent, hip switchin' brew. Yep. Elvis would probably like it a lot. Ask him when you see him. Admission is by a suggested donation of $5.00. For further information, please contact the Paramount on 423-274-8920.

Music and Movies in Cumberland Square Park — Amazed by Grace and Iron Man 2!

June 27, 2013
This summer will once again find free music and movies in Cumberland Square Park on Thursday nights! Concerts begin at 6:30 pm with the movies showing at 9 pm. Bring a blanket or a chair, and concessions will be sold. On Thursday, June 27, BVU will be featuring the music of Amazed by Grace and showing Iron Man II! For more information, please contact at 669.4112 or check out the website: bvu-optinet.com.

Kil'n Time Afternoon Art Camps!

June 27, 2013
Afternoon Art Camps at Kil'n Time are back! Our popular 3-hour sessions feature creative, constructive projects in drawing, storytelling, ceramics and glass. Some of the art camps feature guest instructors, including Brian & Marie Bridgeforth of Bridgeforth Design Studio and Carolyn Koesters, story coach extraordinare. Each session is $50 and includes all materials, supervision and snacks. Participants will bring home 1-4 projects from each session. Recommended for ages 8 and up, reservations preferred but not required. Join us from 2-5 p.m. on the following days in June & July * Thursday, June 27 * Tuesday, July 9 * Thursday, July 11 * Tuesday, July 23 * Thursday, July 25. Call 423.573.9950 for more info and to register.

Thursday Night Painting Party at blowfish emporium

June 27, 2013
Come to blowfish emporium with a date, a friend, or han-solo to create a fun masterpiece on Thursday, June 27, 6-9pm! SPECIAL REGISTRATION DETAILS: blowfish emporium will be closed the week of this event, so you must call Pat Jessee to register you and your guest at 276-591-7767. Accepting early registration now!

Come out for a Sweet Treat or a Good Beer!

June 26, 2013
Want to sample lots of treats in Historic Downtown Bristol this summer? Then this new event – the Sugar-Coated Pub Crawl – was made for you! From one end of town to the other, we have mapped out your sweet treat experience. With a ticket to the Sugar-Coated Pub Crawl, you can enjoy a sample of beer or dessert as you explore our restaurants and bars and all they have to offer from May 30 until September 30, 2013. Sample from each venue throughout the summer, and when you receive your beer, dessert or game of pool, the venue will punch your ticket. There are two levels of ticket – dessert-only for $20 or full-access (beer and dessert) for $35 – and these can be purchased from Believe in Bristol, Birthplace of Country Music, Bristol Public Library, blowfish emporium, and Serendipity. Tickets will be on sale until June 30. For more information or to buy tickets, please contact Believe in Bristol on 276-644-9700 or info@believeinbristol.org.
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Benjamin Moore Paint Promo and Bristol Need Your Vote!

June 26, 2013
MAIN STREET IS THE FOUNDATION FOR THRIVING COMMUNITIES – Benjamin Moore Paint Promo and Bristol need your vote!!!!
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KP Duty Farm-to-Table Menu on Wednesday Night

June 26, 2013
Local Chef Blake Sallie will be preparing a special "Farm to Table " menu on Wednesday nights at KP Duty — come enjoy good food from local farmers! We promote locally grown or raised animals, vegetables, herbs, and fruit. The menu for Wednesday, June 26 includes: * Salad — Roasted beets, River Valley Farms sorrel, Zieganwald fresh feta and a brown butter emulsion *Appetizer — Soy-brined Roffey Farms Fried Chicken thighs, pickled kale and radishes * Entree — Roffey farms marinated flank steak, caramelized leeks, green tomatoes. For more information, call KP Duty on 423-764-3889.

There's still space in our July Who Art You? Camp — so join now!

June 26, 2013
Find Yourself at Art Camp in Historic Downtown Bristol! By joining our Who Art You? camp, your child can leave their mark on the Bristol arts! This camp focuses on 15 downtown arts and entertainment activities hosted by our local arts-related businesses — activities include painting, pottery, graphic arts, creative movement, music, storytelling, karate, culinary arts, and much, much more. The camp runs daily from 9a.m. to 3p.m., and the second session will be held July 22-26. The cost is $250 per child and $25 off for 2+ children. Ages 8 — 12! For registration details, contact Rene Rodgers at 276-644-9700 or rrodgers@believeinbristol.org.

Upcoming Events

Bristol Public Library's Virgie R. Fleenor Art Gallery to Feature Artist Nick Freeman in Exhibit in May and June

May 01 - June 30, 2013

Sugar-Coated Pub Crawl in Downtown Bristol

May 30 - September 30, 2013

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

June 01 - August 31, 2013

Featured artists at 606 State Street Gallery for June

June 01 - 30, 2013

June programs and reading groups at the Bristol Public Library

June 01 - 30, 2013

Grand Opening Sale at TriSup on State Street!

June 22 - July 06, 2013

Who Art You? Summer Art Camp in Downtown Bristol

June 24 - 28, 2013

KP Duty Farm-to-Table Menu on Wednesday Nights

June 26, 2013

Last Call at O'Mainnin's Pub

June 26, 2013

Movies and Music in the Park: Amazed by Grace and Iron Man II

June 27, 2013

Thursday Night Painting Party at blowfish emporium

June 27, 2013

Kil'n Time Afternoon Art Camps!

June 27, 2013

Full Moon Jam at the Downtown Center — Southern 76

June 27, 2013

Tunes @ Noon at the Paramount — Barlow Gin & The Hatchetmen

June 28, 2013

Marcus Boyd at Stateline Bar and Grill

June 28, 2013

Supa Tight at Machiavellis

June 28, 2013

The Dugger Band at the Paramount Center for the Arts

June 28, 2013

Beer Tasting at Inari Wines

June 28, 2013

Yankee Dixie at O'Mainnin's Pub

June 28, 2013

AACA Car Show at TriSummit Bank parking lot

June 28, 2013

Wine Tasting at Inari Wines

June 29, 2013

The Great Affairs at O'Mainnin's Pub

June 29, 2013

State Street Farmers' Market

June 29, 2013

Dennis Cash at the Pickin' Porch at the Foundation Event Facility

July 01, 2013

Open Jam at O'Mainnin's Pub

July 01, 2013

Beaver Creek Storytellers at 606 State Street

July 02, 2013

Full Moon Jam at the Downtown Center — Shadow Drifters

July 02, 2013

The Farmhouse Ghost and Jimi Hall at O'Mainnin's Pub

July 03, 2013

Bristol Public Library Closed on July 4

July 04, 2013

July 4th Celebration in Downtown Bristol

July 04, 2013

Celebrate Bristol Car Show and Screening of "Grease"!

July 05, 2013

Jerry's Bones at O'Mainnin's Pub

July 06, 2013

State Street Farmers' Market at the Downtown Center

July 06, 2013

Summer Intensive Camp for Advanced Students at Bristol Ballet

July 08 - 19, 2013

Steve & Ruth Smith and Burchett, Faust & Teak at the Foundation Event Facility

July 08, 2013

606 State Street Jammers at 606 State Street Gallery

July 08, 2013

Kil'n Time Afternoon Art Camps!

July 09, 2013

Kil'n Time Afternoon Art Camps!

July 11, 2013

Kil'n Time Afternoon Art Camps!

July 11, 2013

Music & Movies in the Park: Southern Countrymen Band and Three Stooges

July 11, 2013

Snuffy Smith Artist to Present Cartooning Workshop & Book-signings In Bristol

July 12 - 13, 2013

Tunes @ Noon at the Paramount — Tim Landis and Mark Davis

July 12, 2013

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