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Bigfoot Believes in Bristol, and so can you!

July 23, 2013
Believe in Bristol has a new t-shirt and it's proving to be a real hit, and a great conversation starter! Come on down to our office to get your t-shirt now — t-shirts are $20 and we have youth (S, M, L) and adult (S, M, L, XL, XXL) sizes in various colors (Carolina blue and navy for youth and adults, grey and navy for youth, and grey and red for adults). For more information, call 276-644-9700 or email us on info@believeinbristol.org.

Back to School Supply Drive by Southeast Culinary & Hospitality College and the Eagles Aerie


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July 24, 2013
The Eagles Aerie and the Southeast Culinary & Hospitality College are trying to help kids this year with their much needed school supplies. Each year a list is given to all children in VA and TN of all the necessary items for the upcoming school year. Teachers tell us that there are many kids in our community who cannot afford to bring any supplies in; sadly when the other kids have the supplies they need to have a successful year, the children without supplies feel bad and it shows in their work. We can all agree that we want well-educated, happy children in our community!

If you would be so kind to help us in our Back to School Supply Drive, we would greatly appreciate it. Supplies may be dropped off at the Southeast Culinary and Hospitality College (100 Piedmont Ave., Bristol VA) any weekday between 8 am and 4 pm. Other times and days can be arranged. If you have any questions, please contact Chef Richard Erskine at 276-591-5699.

Below is an example of the list that is sent home and some of the supplies needed. If you look at this Sunday's paper, you will see many of the supplies on sale at prices that are to good to pass up! Also, some of the stores will let you buy more than the limited amounts, if you tell them that you are donating them to needy children.

If you would like to donate money instead of items so that we can get items that may be in greater need, you may do that also. The Eagles Aerie is a 501 C 3 organization and you can get a donation receipt for your taxes.

School supplies:
Notebook paper (college and wide rule)
Crayons (boxes of 24)
Pencils
Washable Markers
Erasers (pencil top and bar)
Protractors
Black and white marbled Mead composition books
Plastic pocket folders with prongs
Ziploc baggies (sandwich, quart, or gallon size)
Notebook subject dividers
Paper towels
3 ring binders (all sizes)
Index cards (small size)
Colored Pencils
Fiskars Scissors
Red, Purple, Black, Blue Pens
Kleenex
Dry erase markers (both skinny and fat)
Hand Sanitizer
Highlighters
Lysol/Clorox wipes
5 subject spiral bound notebooks
3 subject spiral bound notebooks

Clydesdales Mania!

July 24, 2013
Having the Clydesdales here last week was an absolute blast — and it was wonderful seeing them in all their finery and seeing all the people here in Historic Downtown Bristol to visit them! If you missed seeing these magnificent horses, check out our website — www.believeinbristol.org — under Photos & Video for lots of great pics!

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America's Music Film Series at Bristol Public Library — Jazz!

July 27, 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 next session—Jazz—will take place Saturday, July 27 at 11:00 AM in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room at the Library. It will be focused on International Sweethearts of Rhythm, Ken Burns' Jazz Episode 6: Swing, The Velocity of Celebration. Sessions will continue on each Saturday through August 17, 2013.
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Crooked Road General Store presents Memories of Conway at the Paramount

July 27, 2013
Crooked Road General Store presents MEMORIES OF CONWAY at the Paramount on Saturday, July 27, at 7pm! Country music cherishes family tradition and Michael Twitty is an integral part of that great heritage. He is the oldest son of rock and country legend Conway Twitty. Michael is not only carrying on his father’s celebrated legacy, he is making a mark of his own. Michael truly possesses a rare ability to reach out and establish a very special relationship with his fans. As did Conway, Michael can take an audience inside the music. Whether it is the tender meaning of a soulful ballad, or the frenzied excitement of a rockin’, stompin’ dance tune, Michael’s audiences live each song along with this irresistible entertainer. Michael takes you down memory lane, while he shares his thoughts of his Dad in story and song. He will make you laugh, make you cry and he will definitely entertain you. Opening the show will be Ron & Nancy Onesong beginning at 7:00pm. Tickets: $20.00. For more information contact the Paramount on 423-274-8920.

Tyger! Tyger! Premiere at Benjamin Walls Gallery

July 27, 2013
Internationally recognized artist and Tri-Cities native, Benjamin Walls, has been in hot pursuit of tigers! Now, six months of pursuing the perfect tiger image are complete, and it all comes down to one big night, and one very big question... Did Benjamin Walls get the shot? To answer that question, the Benjamin Walls Gallery is hosting a gallery premier on Saturday, July 27, 6-9pm. Named Tyger! Tyger! — in honor of the William Blake poem that originally inspired Ben's fascination with tigers — the gallery premier will feature 8 new tiger images, Ben's behind the scenes stories about each, refreshments, and a few surprises. Tickets to the main event are $10 and are available at the door on a first come, first serve basis. The gallery is expecting a record crowd and also plans to host a private VIP party (currently sold out) following the premier. For more information, call 877-989-2557.
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Mountain Empire Comics sponsoring the annual Rob-Con!

July 27, 2013
Our own downtown comic book store — Mountain Empire Comics — will be sponsoring their Annual Rob-Con once again this year! Over 20 artists and writers, both local and regional, will be guests at Rob-Con 2013, the annual comic book, toy and fantasy convention set in Bristol’s Viking Hall on Saturday, July 27, 2013. Hours of the convention are from 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM.
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Assemblage Workshop with John Richards at blowfish emporium

July 27, 2013
Come to blowfish emporium for a fun new assemblage workshop on Saturday, July 27, 12-2PM. Cost is $35 per person. This is a fun, new workshop with regional artisan John Richards. ALL materials are supplied, you just show up for a hoot of a good time! MUST PREREGISTER. Event may be cancelled due to no sign ups.

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

July 26, 2013
On Friday, July 26, 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).

AACA car show in TriSummit Bank parking lot in Downtown Bristol — Community Non-Profit Night for Healing Hands Health Center

July 26, 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. Healing Hands Health Center of Bristol will be the recipient of the funds from the Antique Automobile Club of America’s Cruise In at TriSummit Bank on State St in Bristol, across the street from the Bristol Train Station on Friday, July 26. Dolphis Booher of Booher’s Auto Auction will be the emcee. Healing Hands is a charitable health clinic serving our community’s working, uninsured residents with their medical and dental needs. Over 6,000 people have received free health care. You are invited to come on out and support this worthy cause.
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Tunes @ Noon at the Paramount — Rex Ward on the Mighty Wurlitzer

July 26, 2013
David Caldwell Tunes @ Noon presents Rex Ward on the Mighty Wurlitzer at the Paramount on Friday, June 26 at noon! Thrill to the ‘notable’ frills from your dancing ears to your tapping toes as the pipes from the Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Organ delivers an exciting “Puttin On The Tops.” Your choices of pomp to pops, Sousa to swing, classical to disco, or great movie themes as Rex Ward plays some of the top requests from the past 20 years! Admission is by a suggested donation of $5.00. For further information, please contact the Paramount on 423-274-8920.

Kil'n Time Afternoon Art Camps!

July 25, 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. for the last afternoon art camp in July: Thursday, July 25. Call 423.573.9950 for more info and to register.

Full Moon Jam Tribute Series at the Downtown Center — The System: A Bob Seger Tribute

July 25, 2013
Full Moon Jam is held every Tuesday and Thursday, May through September, from 7pm at the Downtown Center, 810 State Street. This year there will be over 30 bands at no charge — from country and Southern rock to bluegrass and nostalgic music! The Full Moon Jam is in full swing, with hundreds showing up each in historic downtown Bristol to listen to the music under the stars. Darlene Cole, Venue Manager for the city said in a recent interview, “The Full Moon Jam has become a part of the music fabric in downtown Bristol. The Jam is over 15 years in the making and it just keeps growing.” Three years ago the city added the tribute segment to the Jam. This segment brings in acts that “reincarnate” major entertainers that normally would not play in a region the size of the tri-cities market. “The tribute series was a huge success the very first year and continues to grow. We have noticed that other cities within the area have taken the idea and made it fit into their summer music programming as well,” Cole said. This year the Jam has already featured the Kenny Chesney tribute, along with The Heart tribute and will follow up with the Bob Seger tribute on July 25th at 7PM.
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Music and Movies in the Park: Shooter Band and Here Comes the Boom

July 25, 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 25, BVU will be featuring the music of Shooter Band and showing Here Comes The Boom.

Thursday Night Painting Party at blowfish emporium

July 25, 2013
Come on out to blowfish for a fun painting party on Thursday, July 25, 6 – 8:30PM. Cost is $32 per person. This event is open to whomever signs up... join us for a fun night and bring a friend or 2! We provide it all, just show up and get ready to have some fun. You may BYOB (supply your own drinking/eating materials). MUST PREREGISTER. Event may be cancelled due to no sign ups.

KP Duty's Farm-to-Table Menu — A Fresh Feast!

July 24, 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, July 24 includes: * Corn bisque with heirloom pico * Marinade blue lake green bean salad * Stuffed pork loin * Carolina rice and local summer vegetable plate. For more information, call KP Duty on 423-764-3889.

Blackbird's Offer of Sweet Treats 24/6 is a Big Hit — So Come on Down!

July 24, 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. From July 1, 2013, Blackbird Bakery started new opening hours: 24 hours a day, Monday through Saturday! 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, free wi-fi, 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.

The Crisis Center Needs Volunteers to Help with Food City Family Race Day in August

July 24, 2013
The Crisis Center, Inc. is pleased to announce that we are one of this years recipients for Food City Family Race Night proceeds! But we will need your help with providing 75 volunteers for the day. We're on our way to getting that number but sure could use a few more to reach that goal. Food City Family Race Day is Thursday, August 22. There are four different times that you can volunteer. The shift options are: All Day; 8am-2pm; 2-9pm; or 5-9pm. The deadline to sign up to volunteer is Wednesday, July 31. Please contact The Crisis Center 276.466.2218 by Wednesday, July 31 to sign up to volunteer. You can also find out more on our FB page: https://www.facebook.com/events/540066626039728/.

Prime 6th Street Property for Sale!

July 24, 2013
At just under 10,000 square feet, the property encompasses three commercial spaces on the lower street level with six residential lofts (Six Lofts on Sixth) located directly above on the second floor. Uniquely different from most properties in downtown Bristol, The Upper East Side Village offers an extremely desirable blend of both commercial and residential property. The price for the property is $625,000. Please contact Mitch Skaggs at 423-646-3483 for annual income and fixed expenses for this property.

Chelsea Matney Watson Offers a Wide Range of Beauty Services at the Mad Hatter Salon

July 24, 2013
Come see Chelsea Matney Watson at the Mad Hatter Salon on Piedmont Street for a wide range of services! Chelsea has lived in Bristol, Virginia, her whole life, and has been a hairstylist for 6 years after taking the opportunity to work in an Aveda Salon in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, for the past two years. She recently moved back home and is now working in the beautiful Mad Hatter Salon in Historic Downtown Bristol. She offers a whole list of services including all hair services. She is certified in Brazilian Blowout and has over 2 years of Aveda color specialty training. She also offers spa services, including Eye Lash Extensions, facials, Microdermabrasion, pedicures, manicures and Gelish Gel polish. She is at the Mad Hatter Monday through Saturday, by appt only through the week and walk ins as well as appointments are welcome on Saturdays!

Little Italy Now Features Pasta Wednesdays


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July 24, 2013
Little Italy not only brings you a great slice, but now they also offer hearty spaghetti and meatballs every Wednesday (and only Wednesday)! So get your fork twirling and come on down for a great meal! Little Italy is located at 16 6th Street, Bristol, TN. Call them on 423-878-7492 for more information.

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

Who Art You? Summer Art Camp in Downtown Bristol

July 22 - 26, 2013

Summer Institute for Entertainment Technology featuring Doyle Lawson

July 23 - 25, 2013

State Street Farmers' Market — Wednesday Hours!

July 24, 2013

Last Call at O'Mainnin's

July 24, 2013

Full Moon Jam Tribute Series at the Downtown Center — The System: A Bob Seger Tribute

July 25, 2013

Music & Movies in the Park: Shooter Band and Here Comes The Boom

July 25, 2013

Kil'n Time Afternoon Art Camps

July 25, 2013

Ryan Ward at O'Mainnin's Pub

July 25, 2013

Tunes @ Noon at the Paramount — Rex Ward on the Mighty Wurlitzer

July 26, 2013

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

July 26, 2013

Beer tasting at Inari Wines

July 26, 2013

James Meadows at Stateline Bar & Grill

July 26, 2013

Catfish Frye Band at Machiavelli's

July 26, 2013

AACA car show in TriSummit Bank parking lot in Downtown Bristol — Community Non-Profit Night for Healing Hands Health Center

July 26, 2013

River Bank Ramblers at O'Mainnin's

July 26, 2013

State Street Farmers' Market at the Downtown Center

July 27, 2013

Crooked Road General Store presents Memories of Conway at the Paramount

July 27, 2013

Polychrome at O'Mainnin's Pub

July 27, 2013

Bristol Public Library to host America's Music Film Series

July 27, 2013

Wine tastings at Inari Wines

July 27, 2013

Tyger! Tyger! Premiere at Benjamin Walls Gallery

July 27, 2013

America's Music Film Series at the Bristol Public Library — Jazz!

July 27, 2013

Mountain Empire Comics sponsoring the annual Rob-Con!

July 27, 2013

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

July 28, 2013

My Brother's Keeper at the Pickin' Porch at the Foundation Event Facility

July 29, 2013

606 State Street Jammers at 606 State Street Gallery

July 29, 2013

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

July 29, 2013

Full Moon Jam at the Downtown Center — Daisi Rain

July 30, 2013

State Street Farmers' Market — Wednesday Hours!

July 31, 2013

Teresa Kath and Jacob Edwards: Featured Artists at 606 State Street Gallery

August 01 - 31, 2013

Full Moon Jam Tribute Series at the Downtown Center — Rob Caudill: A Rod Stewart Tribute

August 01, 2013

Erick Baker and Leah Gardner Feature at Border Bash on State Street

August 02, 2013

Tunes @ Noon at the Paramount — Bristol Virginia Senior Show Choir

August 02, 2013

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

August 02, 2013

Bristol Public Library to host America's Music Film Series

August 03, 2013

National Night Out Block Party for Downtown Bristol and Solar Hill NW Neighborhoods!

August 06, 2013

Beaver Creek Storytellers at 606 State Street Gallery

August 06, 2013

Full Moon Jam at the Downtown Center — Ken Morrell Family

August 06, 2013

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