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Bristol Public Library to host America's Music Film Series

July 09, 2013
The Bristol Public Library is hosting a new six week program series entitled “America’s Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway.” The series features documentary film screenings and scholar-led discussions of twentieth-century American popular music. The series allows audiences to focus on uniquely American musical genres including blues and gospel, Broadway, jazz, bluegrass and country, rock n’ roll, mambo, and hip hop. The first session—Blues and Gospel—will take place Saturday, July 13 at 11:00 AM in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room at the Library. Sessions will continue on each Saturday through August 10, 2013.

The BPL is one of fifty sites nationwide selected to host this program series and has partnered with Believe in Bristol, The Birthplace of Country Music, and Virginia Intermont to build on the rich music scene in downtown Bristol and our region with this series.

“The Bristol Public Library is delighted to make this series available to the community. With Bristol’s unique musical heritage and ongoing cultivation of roots music, it will be fun to step back and take a look at a few of the roots that have sprouted the strongest in this country,” said Jud Barry, Executive Director of the Bristol Public Library.

“America’s Music” is designed for a general audience and will introduce genres of twentieth century popular music that are deeply connected to the history, culture, and geography of the United States. Older and younger Americans alike will have the chance to recognize how the cultural landscape that they take for granted today has been influenced by the development of popular music forms discussed in this series. Showing how modern music has been shaped by older styles, the series seeks to enrich, entertain, educate and bridge the gap among generations.

Dr. Jessica Turner, Assistant Professor of Cultural Heritage and Public Arts at Virginia Intermont College, is the Project Scholar for the series. An ethnomusicologist and the newly appointed Director and Curator of the Birthplace of Country Music Museum , Dr. Turner will introduce and provide an overview of the genres of music and facilitate discussion and understanding of the films.

According to Dr. Turner, “We all have experiences with music that lead us toward certain understandings about the world. This series is a chance to watch key documentaries about music and discuss our understandings of different American musical genres. I think we will find that these genres are far more connected than we realize, as America’s music styles overlap as we experience them.”

All sessions will be at 11 AM in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room at the Bristol Public Library. Some genres will have guest speakers at 2 PM in the meeting rooms and will be announced as they are scheduled.

America’s Music is a project of the Tribeca Film Institute in collaboration with the American Library Association, Tribeca Flashpoint, and the Society of American Music. America’s Music has been made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring Human Endeavor to these organizations.

World Renowned Clydesdales To Visit Bristol, Virginia

July 09, 2013
The world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales, the symbol of quality and tradition for Anheuser-Busch since 1933, will visit Bristol, Virginia July 16-22 to help commemorate the 50th anniversary of Walling Distributing Co.

Members of the Bristol Virginia Police Department will escort the three 50-foot tractor trailers which will transport the 10 horses, the famous red, white and gold beer wagon and other essential equipment from Exit 5 into the city around noon on Tuesday, July 16. The public is invited to watch, as the parking lot adjacent to Cumberland Square Park is transformed into accommodations for the ‘Gentle Giants’ during their stay in Bristol.

Weather permitting, the eight-horse hitch will make four processions through historic downtown Bristol, the first Friday, July 19 at 5:00pm and 6:30pm; and again on Saturday, July 20 at 5:00pm and 7:00pm. During the remainder of their time in Bristol, the legendary Clydesdales will be on view to the public for photos and interaction, and will participate in specially planned events including Believe in Bristol’s Border Bash on Friday, July 19 and “Party in the Park with the Clydesdales,” on Saturday, July 20 sponsored by City of Bristol, VA, Believe in Bristol, Birthplace of Country Music and Walling Distributing. Both events will feature music and food and craft vendors.

As the Anheuser-Busch distributor in southwestern Virginia, Walling Distributing has been a respected mainstay in the Bristol Virginia community since 1962, and has a market share that is among the top in the entire United States.

A stalwart supporter of the communities they serve, officials with Walling Distributing see the Clydesdales’ visit as a way to give something back to the region that has been so instrumental to the success of their family-owned business.

“The Clydesdales are easily the most iconic symbol of any brand in history,” said Mark Walling, President, Walling Distributing. “Moreover, they have the ability to transcend all age groups and captivate the hearts of all they come in contact with. You can’t help but be enthralled by these beautiful creatures, and we are honored they are joining us for this significant milestone in our company’s history.” he added.

Horses chosen for the Budweiser Clydesdale hitch must be at least three years of age, stand approximately 18 hands – or six feet – at the shoulder, weigh an average of 2000 pounds, must be bay in color, have four white legs, a blaze of white on the face and a black mane and tail. A gentle temperament is very important as hitch horses meet millions of people each year.

A single Clydesdale hitch horse will consume as much as 20-25 quarts of feed, 40-50 pounds of hay and 30 gallons of water per day.

Each hitch travels with a Dalmatian. In the early days of brewing, Dalmatians were bred and trained to protect the horses and guard the wagon when the driver went inside to make deliveries.

New owners intend for blowfish emporium to be a voice for regional artists


The handover of blowfish emporium from Bethany Wilson to the new owners.
July 09, 2013
When blowfish emporium opens its doors on Wednesday, July 10, it won't be business as usual for the established Bristol gallery. Visitors will be greeted by a new look, new merchandise, and a new set of owners!

Established in 2009 from the vision of Bristol businesswoman and arts advocate Bethany Wilson, the recent news of the impending arrival of twins prompted Wilson to evaluate both the future of her growing family and the successful downtown venue for local and regional artists.

The result was a consortium comprised of artists, marketers, an interior designer, a manager, and a business expert who will assume operations of the gallery today. The new owners of blowfish each bring a unique skillset to the gallery. The owners include:

* Eric Cunningham — Bristol, TN resident, US Department of Justice employee, and a prolific and successful artist with a unique style of outsider folk art
* Joey Gibson — Louisville, KY resident, business expert, and chief procurement officer for a company dealing with vendors in a global marketplace
* Malandra Gibson — Louisville, KY resident, certified interior designer who works to find creative solutions for restaurants, hotels and other commercial spaces, and a merchandising expert
* Erin Hill — native Bristolian, managing partner and overseer of daily operations at blowfish
* Malcolm & Jennifer Wilson — Bristol artists and marketing and communication specialists

The gallery and retail shop will retain many of the aspects customers have grown to love — such as painting parties, artistic workshops, and highlighting local and regional artists. However, the new blowfish will also work hard to promote regional artists nationally and internationally, through sales, promotion and exhibits. They will offer expanded workshops specifically targeted to assist artists, such as business education, and precisely targeted exclusive arts events. There will also be an online presence for selective online sales, an increased social media presence, wider opening hours, and increased marketing efforts.

The new hours for blowfish emporium will be Wednesday through Saturday, noon until 7pm. blowfish is located at 529 State Street. For more information, visit online at blowfishemporium.com or on Facebook.

Downtown Bristol Blog

YWCA Bristol to Host Cancer Prevention Study-3 Registration Open House

July 15, 2013
YWCA Bristol will host a Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3) open house Monday, July 15 for all community members interested in signing up for this national research study. Qualified applicants can register for CPS-3 in the YWCA computer lab 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. or 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Following registration, participants will attend their scheduled enrollment appointment at one of five regional locations: YWCA Bristol, Bristol Regional Medical Center, Holston Valley Medical Center, Kingsport Hematology Oncology Associates, and Southwest Virginia Cancer Center Aug. 6 — 9. At enrollment, participants will sign a consent form, complete a brief survey, provide a waist circumference measurement, and give a small blood sample. For more information or to learn how to become involved with CPS-3, visit cps3northeasttn.org (TN) or cps3swva.org (VA), email cps3@cancer.org, or call toll-free 1-888-604-5888.
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Bristol Ballet Clearance Sale on Dance Items!

July 13, 2013
Bristol Ballet will have a 1 DAY ONLY — CLEARANCE SALE on Saturday, July 13, 8am-12 noon. Over the years we have accumulated more items than we can use, and are having a huge "yard sale" to make room for the things that we so use! This fundraiser will offer a huge variety of sale items: * new and used dance wear * tap, ballet, jazz, character, gymnastic shoes * new and used costumes * display racks and cases * electronics * vintage LPs and audio/visual equipment * used sewing machines * office equipment and more. BRISTOL BALLET is located at 519 State Street, Bristol, VA, (276) 669-6051.

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

July 12, 2013
David Caldwell Tunes @ Noon presents Tim Landis and Mark Davis at the Paramount on Friday, July 12 at noon! This Friday the Paramount hosts a crowd favorite! Vocalists Tim Landis (aka Bristol’s Favorite Basso) and Mark Davis promise to delight the crowd with exquisite tunes (and voices!) as well as terrific energy and showmanship. Admission is by a suggested donation of $5.00. For further information, please contact the Paramount on 423-274-8920.

Mountain Music Museum open for "Sneak Peek" after Tunes @ Noon

July 12, 2013
From Friday, July 12, the Appalachian Cultural Music Association will open the Mountain Music Museum on Friday afternoons from 1 to 2:30pm, following the Tunes @ Noon Concert Series at the Paramount on State Street. The Mountain Music Museum is located next door to the Foundation Event Facility at 620 State Street, just a short stroll down the street from the Paramount. So after enjoying the Tunes @ Noon concert, come on down to the museum for a "sneak preview"! If your organization would like a private tour (5-7 people), please contact Susan Gobble (276-676-0446 or 276-274-3764) or Delores Anshutz (423-943-0514).

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

July 12, 2013
Professional syndicated cartoonist John Rose will have a number of public appearances in the Twin-Cities on Friday, July 12 and Saturday, July 13. Rose has been on the public circuit since publishing his new book “The Bodacious Best of Snuffy Smith”. His most recent book is a collection of King Features’ popular, long-running Barney Google and Snuffy Smith comic strip. In this volume, Rose selects his favorite strips from 2004-2013. This book is the first collection of Rose’s work on the strip and the first SNUFFY SMITH book published in America since 1994. Rose will make a number of public appearances on his Bristol visit. On Friday July 12 he will have a book-signing for his new release at One of a Kind Gallery, 604 State Street, in downtown Bristol from 2:00pm – 4:00pm. Rose will then present a one-time Chalk Talk, a cartooning workshop, at Broadmore Senior Living at 6:00pm. He will talk about his career as a cartoonist, show examples of his work and draw characters from the Barney Google and Snuffy Smith comic strip. A book signing and public reception will follow the workshop. On Saturday, July 13 Rose will also appear for a public presentation and book signing at 10:00am at the Bristol Public Library. All his appearances are free and open to the public. Due to the popularity of Rose’s “Chalk Talks” and limited seating, you may call in advance and reserve a seat, though not required. For details on these appearances or to RSVP for the Chalk Talk, contact Tim Buchanan, 423-764-4622 or by e-mail info@broadmore-bristol.com. These appearances are co-sponsored by the Bristol Public Library and Broadmore Senior Living. It also builds upon the library’s mission of “Expanding Minds and Building Community.”
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Kil'n Time Afternoon Art Camps!

July 11, 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 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 July: * Thursday, July 11 — Superhero Drawing Day with Bridgeforth Design Studio * Tuesday, July 23 * Thursday, July 25. Call 423.573.9950 for more info and to register.

Bristol Public Library hosts Dr. Tim Urbin talk on Dementia: Myth & Reality

July 11, 2013
As Part Four of the Health Education Series being offered by the Bristol Public Library, the Quillen College of Medicine’s Bristol Family Medicine Residency Program, and Wellmont, Dr. Tim Urbin will speak on Dementia: Myth and Reality. This presentation will take place on Thursday, July 11 at 7 PM in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room at the Bristol Public Library, 701 Goode Street, Bristol, Virginia. 24201. This series is free to the public. For more information on this series or other adult programming, please call Doris Stickley (276) 821-6148 or visit www.bristol-library.org.
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BVU presents Music & Movies in the Park: Southern Countryman Band and The Three Stooges

July 11, 2013
This summer will once again find movies and music in Cumberland Square Park. Concerts begin at 6:30 pm with the movies showing at 8:45 pm. On Thursday, July 11, BVU will be featuring the music of Southern Countrymen Band and showing Three Stooges.

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

July 10, 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.

State Street Farmers' Market — Wednesday Opening!

July 10, 2013
Come on out to the Farmers' Market, now open on Wednesdays too! The hours of the Wednesday market are from 3:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M each Wednesday. The weekday market runs through September of each year. Check out the market’s new weekly blog on the State Street Farmers Market website at www.statestreetfarmersmarket.com. See what is “growing on” at the market! Remember SNAP/EBT cards are happily accepted at the market. If you would like to participate in the market as a vendor contact Mike Musick at 423-764-4023 to find out how to apply. And remember the Farmers' Market is also open on Saturday mornings from 8am until 12 noon!

Historic Downtown Bristol welcomes Phyl's of Bristol to our retail community!

July 10, 2013
Phyl's of Bristol is excited to join the downtown Bristol community with their unique collection of toys, dolls, collegiate items, and gifts! They are open 6 days a week from 11am-7pm with extended hours during downtown events. Please stop in and check them out — there's something for everyone! Phyl's of Bristol is located at 507 State Street, Bristol, VA.

Get your tickets to Bowls Make It Better at Kil'n Time Now!

July 10, 2013
Each year, dozens of artists come together to create more than 100 original works of art with one central purpose — to support Healing Hands Health Center in their mission of providing health care to the working uninsured. This event, called Bowls Make it Better, offers patrons the chance to take home a hand-crafted bowl, hear great music with Symphony Rags, and this year, celebrate Healing Hands' Sweet Sixteen with ice cream sundaes, fresh cut fruit, and bananas and strawberries foster. With millions of patient visits over the past 16 years, chances are you know someone in your neighborhood, workplace, church or family who has relied on services provided by Healing Hands. Help us, and them, by joining us at Kil'n Time Ceramics Studio at 818 State Street on Sunday, July 21 from 2-4 p.m. for this uplifting event. Tickets are a $25 donation to Healing Hands, and are tax deductible. 100% of the proceeds goes to Healing Hands so they can provide services for others. Tickets are on sale now, and only 100 are available. We sell out each year, so call the studio today at 423.573.9950 for yours!

Applications for Up Against the Wall Gallery Rockin' Stroll Window Contest

July 10, 2013
Attention Downtown Businesses and Building Owners! Applications are now open for the Up Against the Wall Rockin' Stroll Window Contest. You are invited to decorate your windows in a MUSIC THEME and compete in this fun contest. By committing to decorate your windows, you'll have the opportunity to showcase your business at the festival as part of the Up Against the Wall Gallery Rockin' Stroll self-guided walking tour during the Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion, September 20-22, 2013. Any business along the festival route in downtown can participate; owners of empty buildings are also encouraged to participate. Prizes will be awarded to businesses only. Contact Believe in Bristol on 276-644-9700 for more information or for an application form! And remember these dates and rules: * 5pm, Wednesday, July 31 — Deadline for the completed application form to be in to Believe in Bristol * Thursday, August 22 — Completed windows decorated in a MUSIC THEME. Please also note that they should be lit and visible for nighttime viewing. * August 23-29 — Judging by an independent panel from the Arts & Entertainment District will take place * Saturday, September 21 — Winners announced at Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion * September 23, 2013 — Decorations must stay up through this date * Prizes include 1) Best in Show — Winner receives the grand prize of 300 business card-sized magnets from Jerry Peter Sales, 3 free ads in The Loafer, and $300; 2) Most Creative — Winner receives $100; and 3) Most Festival Spirit — Winner receives $100.

Virgie R. Fleenor Art Gallery of the Bristol Public Library features works by Joyce Kistner and Kitty Williams for July and August

July 10, 2013
The July and August exhibition in the Virgie R. Fleenor Art Gallery at the Bristol Public Library features two award-winning artists well-known in the region. Joyce Kistner and Kitty Williams have mounted the show “Retrospective Art Compositions”. This exhibition is unusual in that the show for the most part is work that was painted over the years by the two artists who have won many awards in juried fine arts show in East Tennessee, Southwest Virginia, and other locales. The Gallery is open Monday through Thursday 9 AM until 8 PM.; Friday and Saturday 9 AM until 5 PM; and, Sunday 2 PM until 5 PM.
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Upcoming Events

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

Virgie R. Fleenor Art Gallery of the Bristol Public Library features works by Joyce Kistner and Kitty Williams for July and August

July 01 - August 31, 2013

July events, book clubs and all things fun at the Bristol Public Library

July 01 - 31, 2013

Summer Intensive Camp for Advanced Students at Bristol Ballet

July 08 - 19, 2013

State Street Farmers' Market — Wednesday Opening!

July 10, 2013

Bristol Public Library hosts Dr. Tim Urbin talk on Dementia: Myth & Reality

July 11, 2013

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

July 11, 2013

Kil'n Time Afternoon Art Camps!

July 11, 2013

Kil'n Time Afternoon Art Camps!

July 11, 2013

Full Moon Jam at the Downtown Center — Jessica Nixon

July 11, 2013

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

July 12 - 13, 2013

Mountain Music Museum open for "Sneak Peek" after Tunes @ Noon

July 12, 2013

AACA car show at TriSummit Bank parking lot in Downtown Bristol

July 12, 2013

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

July 12, 2013

Beer tasting at Inari Wines

July 12, 2013

State Street Farmers' Market at the Downtown Center

July 13, 2013

Bristol Ballet Clearance Sale on Dance Items

July 13, 2013

Wolf Creek at 620 State

July 13, 2013

Bristol Public Library to host America's Music Film Series

July 13, 2013

Wine tastings at Inari Wines

July 13, 2013

DJ B-Digital Dance Party at O'Mainnin's Pub

July 14, 2013

Bristol Criterium Bicycle Races in Downtown Bristol

July 14, 2013

Open Jam at O'Mainnin's Pub

July 15, 2013

Come join the 606 State Street Jammers at 606 State Street Gallery

July 15, 2013

606 State Street Jammers at 606 State Street Gallery

July 15, 2013

YWCA Bristol to Host Cancer Prevention Study-3 Registration Open House

July 15, 2013

Separate Directions and Ray Edwards & Hard Rock Mountain at the Pickin' Porch at the Foundation Event Facility

July 15, 2013

World-famous Budweiser Clydesdales in Historic Downtown Bristol

July 16 - 21, 2013

Full Moon Jam at the Downtown Center — Duty Free

July 16, 2013

State Street Farmers' Market — Wednesday Hours!

July 17, 2013

Last in Line 'Farewell, Bristol', along with Andy the Doorbum and The Whiskey Incident at O'Mainnin's Pub

July 17, 2013

Music & Movies in the Park: Ivy Road and We Bought A Zoo

July 18, 2013

Full Moon Jam at the Downtown Center — Borderline

July 18, 2013

Barlow Gin & The Hatchetmen and Field Report Feature at Border Bash on State Street

July 19, 2013

Tunes @ Noon at the Paramount — Glasgow Theatre Company

July 19, 2013

Mountain Music Museum open for "Sneak Peek" after Tunes @ Noon

July 19, 2013

Beer tasting at Inari Wines

July 19, 2013

AACA car show at TriSummit Bank parking lot in Downtown Bristol

July 19, 2013

Wine tastings at Inari Wines

July 20, 2013

Bristol Public Library to host America's Music Film Series

July 20, 2013

State Street Farmers' Market at the Downtown Center

July 20, 2013

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