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Come Celebrate the Beginning of Fall at Art D'Vine in Historic Downtown Bristol

September 09, 2013
On Friday, September 13, 2013, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., the downtown Bristol galleries are again joining forces to bring Art D’Vine to the local community. This evening art walk offers patrons the chance to gain after-hours access to merchants, sample domestic and international wines, and enjoy a range of works from artists across the region.

“As always, downtown Bristol will be hosting a wide range of art and artists for Art D’Vine,” says René Rodgers, Associate Director of Believe in Bristol. “It’s such a great way to explore your local arts scene, spend time with friends, and enjoy all that our downtown community has to offer.”

As with the previous gallery hops, participants are invited to stroll around Historic Downtown Bristol, stopping at Kil’n Time, Benjamin Walls Gallery, 606 State Street Gallery, One of a Kind Gallery, blowfish emporium, Pretty Girl Station, and KP Duty. Each gallery will feature different varieties of wine for sampling.

A crisp fall evening will be the perfect time to enjoy fine art and fine wine as you explore the downtown galleries, all of which will be highlighting special events, releases or artists:

• Kil’n Time will be hosting Brian and Marie Bridgeforth of Bridgeforth Design Studio, who will be doing drawing and painting demonstrations.
• The Benjamin Walls Gallery will be showing a new release of a stormy landscape at his gallery.
• 606 State Street Gallery will feature the work of local artists Jessica Graybeal and Carl Jenkins.
• One of a Kind Gallery is looking forward to many exciting changes in the near future so stop by to learn more!
• blowfish emporium will feature the eclectic acoustic music of Bristol, Virginia, artist and musician, Mark Luage. The gallery will also host a meet-and-greet with a selection of blowfish artists.
• Pretty Girl Station will have an opening reception for regional artist, Lauren Siegner, and her Diner Series. Siegner’s large-scale, mixed-media pieces feature expressive color and textures, and offer an interesting twist on an American icon.
• KP Duty, a new participant for this Art D’Vine, will be showing works by three artists: painter Kyle Buckland, photographer Danny Dorsey, and William Thompson, a maker of furniture and fittings.

As always, this event is free to the public, though there is a suggested one-time donation of $5 with the proceeds supporting the work of the Arts & Entertainment District of Historic Downtown Bristol, TN/VA. There is one more Art D’Vine to look forward to this year on December 13 so mark your calendars now!

For more information, please visit www.believeinbristol.org or contact René Rodgers of Believe in Bristol at 276-644-9700, rrodgers@believeinbristol.org.

Final week to vote for Bristol to be the next Blue Ridge Outdoors Best Music Town — Please vote now!

September 10, 2013
The Blue Ridge Outdoors 2013 Best Mountain Town reader poll is entering its final week! With only six more days to vote, now is the time to get out the word and make a final push for Bristol, TN/VA to win Best Music Town!

With four categories to choose from — Best Beer Town, Best River Town, Best Trail Town, and Best Music Town — there is ample opportunity to influence the vote, and it is never too late to rally the troops. This one is sure to come down to the wire, so every vote will count in the end. Go vote now and then get the word out through social media — please post it to your Facebook page, pin it to your Pinterest boards, tweet it on your Twitter pages, and add it to your newsletters!

The contest will end at midnight on September 15th, so this week will be very exciting to see if the leaders can maintain the momentum or if there will be a come-from-behind victory.

Also you can tag your Instagram photos with the hashtag #BROmtntown for a chance to win a Blue Ridge Outdoors prize package and have your photo in the magazine!

So please support Bristol, and go to this link and vote now: http://www.blueridgeoutdoors.com/contests/best-mountain-towns-reader-poll-2013/

Up Against the Wall Gallery Rockin' Stroll Window Contest Winners Announced!


The winning window at The Boxwood.
September 09, 2013
Several businesses in Historic Downtown Bristol have turned their windows into a celebration of Rhythm & Roots Reunion and our musical heritage for this year’s Up Against the Wall Rockin’ Stroll Window Contest. From a tribute to musical heroes and the music industry at blowfish emporium to the pairing of fashion with musical instruments declaring music as “always in style” in the windows of Pretty Girl Station, the creativity and artistic talent in our downtown community is on display!

“Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion’s partnership with Believe in Bristol’s Up Against the Wall Gallery Rockin’ Stroll was designed to help downtown businesses get foot traffic to their doors during the event,” says Charlene Baker, Director of Marketing and Communications for Birthplace of Country Music®, the non-profit parent organization of Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion. “The prize structure was created to offer cash prizes as well as goods and services that may help downtown businesses succeed. The Loafer has offered free advertising, and Jerry Peter Sales is donating business card magnets to the Best in Show window contest winner. It’s just one more way to show appreciation for our downtown community. They provide a warm and welcoming atmosphere to our visitors and make us unique from other festival experiences. As an attraction, Historic Downtown Bristol is every bit as important as the artist line-up to artists and tourists alike.”

The windows were decorated in time for Food City Family Race Night on August 22, and a panel of three members from Believe in Bristol’s Arts & Entertainment District Committee faced some tough judging decisions. After examining each window in detail and much deliberation, the panel came up with three winners and two honorable mentions:

* Best in Show – The Boxwood, 533 State Street
* Most Creative – Stateline Bar & Grille, 646 State Street
* Most Festival Spirit – Holly Help Spay-Neuter Fund, 14 6th Street
* Honorable Mentions – Serendipity, 705 State Street, and 606 State Street Gallery, 606 State Street

Other participants included Pretty Girl Station, 505 State Street; blowfish emporium, 529 State Street; Uncle Sam’s Loan Office, 614 State Street; Cranberry Lane, 623 State Street; Green with Envy, 20 6th Street; Pen’s Floral, 32 Moore Street; and The Mad Hatter Salon, 14 Piedmont Avenue. The three main winners will receive a variety of cash and advertising prizes, and will be presented with trophies during the festival on Saturday, September 21 from the State Street Stage.

The windows will be on display through the Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion on September 20–22 and be part of the festival’s Rockin’ Stroll self-guided tour. Beat the crowds now and come on down to Historic Downtown Bristol to see these wonderful windows!

Thanks to our sponsors for supporting this creative contest: Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion, Up Against the Wall Gallery, Jerry Peter Sales, and The Loafer.

For more information, please visit www.believeinbristol.org or contact René Rodgers of Believe in Bristol at 276-644-9700, rrodgers@believeinbristol.org.

ECU supports first permanent AiPP sculpture in Historic Downtown Bristol

September 10, 2013
What weighs 7,500 pounds, is 16 feet tall, 16 feet wide, tells the story of our region’s unique culture, reaches sister cities crossing state lines and is sure to make you smile?

According to an announcement made by Eastman Credit Union (ECU) and Art in Public Places (AiPP) at the Bristol Public Library on Tuesday, September 10th the answer will be unveiled in October 2014 as Bristol marvels in the first, permanent AiPP sculpture to adorn both cities. Representative of the area’s rich and distinctive culture, the sculpture sponsored by ECU will be located on the corner of Piedmont Avenue and Goode Street directly in front of the library.

“When we were approached about sponsoring this particular piece, there was an instant connection for us. We are proud to have a long history in this region, and this particular sculpture tells the story of what makes our region unique,” said Olan Jones, CEO and president of ECU. “Plus”, Jones continued, “the sheer size of it exemplifies our commitment to the communities of Bristol, Tennessee, Bristol, Virginia and beyond.”

An $80,000 contribution on the part of ECU will fund a structure scaled to fit the library’s architectural presence. Appropriately named “Bristol’s Cultural Heritage”, it will be an everlasting, artistic feature of Bristol.

“It’s impressive,” said Candy Snodgrass, president of AiPP, “and we are thrilled that ECU has partnered with AiPP to bring life to a concept generated by one of our very own board members –Mary Jane Miller. The layers of the arch are sure to strike an emotional connection with anyone who nears its commanding presence,” said Snodgrass.

While the details of the actual design will remain guarded as “top secret” until its October 2014 reveal, updates, hints and possibly some partial sneak peeks may arise over the next year.

“Here at the library, we are honored AiPP chose our location as the home for this exceptional piece. Many people may not realize that the library was built as a vehicle for the arts. This sculpture will be the highest profile example yet, fulfilling one of our basic purposes as a public building,” said Jud Barry, Bristol Public Library director.

Mary Jane Miller, a local interior designer and active AiPP board member, conceptualized the sculpture. She then worked with world-renowned Abingdon illustrator, Charles Vess, to put her concept to paper and create preliminary sketches. In an effort to keep the project local, Vess recommended local sculptor, Val Lyle, who is coordinating the project with sculptor and fabricator, Jim Gallucci of Greensboro, NC.

“The arch will be constructed contemporarily because that’s what artists are doing these days, but I talked with local artists to come up with elements that we could present in a traditional manner. The statement made by this piece will be outstanding as it represents the many layers of our rich and unique culture with a physical presence sure to demand attention from passersby,” said Miller.

While AiPP has a few existing pieces of permanent sculpture donated for various reasons, “Bristol’s Cultural Heritage” will be the first gifted piece, specifically created for Bristol.

“We’re proud, here at ECU, to support this project. This is a powerful sculpture in its beauty, its
presence and its community and cultural significance,” said Jones.

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U. S. Constitution Day to be celebrated with Stewart L. Harris, the creator of "Your Weekly Constitutional," at the Bristol Public Library

September 17, 2013
Continuing in its mission to expand minds and build community, the Bristol Public Library will present Stewart L. Harris, Professor of Law at the Appalachian School of Law and radio personality on WETS, in a public talk at the Library at 4:00 PM on Tuesday, September 17. The 17th is U. S. Constitution Day. Professor Harris is the creator and commentator of Your Weekly Constitutional on the local NPR affiliate WETS radio at East Tennessee State University. This presentation will be the first of annual presentations on the Constitution the Library has planned. This event is free and open to the public. For further information, please contact Doris Stickley on 276-821-6148.
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Bristol Public Library to preview documentary on Czech Republic bluegrass artists

September 15, 2013
The Bristol Public Library will preview the documentary film BANJO ROMANTIKA on Sunday, September 15 at 2 PM in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room. The showing is free to the public. The documentary is based on the research and experiences of ETSU faculty member Dr. Lee Bidgood. BANJO ROMANTIKA (www.banjoromantika.com), introduces the musicians who play this unique bluegrass hybrid music. Czechs first heard bluegrass during World War II when the Armed Forces Network broadcast American music for soldiers. This strange new music: American roots bluegrass music—Bill Munroe, Earl Scruggs, the Stanley Brothers, and others — found a great following among the Czech people because the music meant things that were great about America: freedom of choice (Czechoslovakia was communist), a return to the land where a man was his own boss (cowboys and cabins), and freedom of movement.
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BCM's "Will the Circle Be Unbroken" exclusive concert event at Theatre Bristol — tickets available now!

September 14, 2013
BCM proudly announces an exclusive Friends of 1927 event on September 14, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. at Theatre Bristol: “Will the Circle Be Unbroken.” The evening is a tribute to The Carter Family and will be hosted by John McEuen and feature John Carter Cash and family. Come celebrate the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s landmark Circle album and join the story of The Carter Family. Cash will share his family history through music, narrative, and photos. Remaining tickets are now available to the public. Tickets are $75.00 per person. Call (423) 573-1927 for more information.

ArtSmart children's art class at the Bristol Public Library

September 14, 2013
After a short summer break, ArtSmart classes have returned to the Bristol Public Library. ArtSmart, a collaboration between the William King Museum and the Library, began last February and was highly successful. Offered on the second Saturday of each month from 10 AM until 11:30 AM, ArtSmart will be taught in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room at the Bristol Public Library. Cost is $5 per child which covers the purchase of art supplies. Designed for grades 2-5 ArtSmart coordinates the Bristol classes with the William King exhibits. Taught by Joyce Kistner, a long-time art teacher in the Bristol Virginia City Schools and acclaimed local artist, the classes give children a bit of history and art background along with hands-on fun and creativity with art activities. Class size is limited to 24 children so parents should register their child as soon as possible. Registration can be done over the phone by calling 276-645-8781 as of September 4. The next ArtSmart class is Saturday, September 14, 10-11:30 AM.

Melissa Manchester at the Paramount: A Paramount Season Show

September 14, 2013
Grammy Award Winner MELISSA MANCHESTER performs at the Paramount on Saturday, September 14, at 7:30pm as part of the Paramount Season Shows! Melissa was nominated for a Grammy in 1978 and 1979, and received the Grammy Award in 1982 for Best Female Vocalist. In 2010, Melissa co-created and starred in the five-time Ovation Award nominated ballroom dance spectacular Fascinating Rhythms at the Rubicon Theatre. Her song "I Know Who I Am," co-written with Joanna Cotton and Greg Barnhill, was recorded by Leona Lewis for the Tyler Perry feature film "For Colored Girls." For more information about Melissa, or to listen to her music, please visit her website at www.melissa-manchester.com/. Tickets: Adult $35.00; Seniors/Student $31.50; Students w/ID $28.00; Groups of 10 or more $30.00. For more information, contact the Paramount on 423-274-8920.

Welcome Coffee and Lunch hosted by Newcomers and Friends Club at the Bristol Public Library

September 13, 2013
Newcomers and Friends Club of Bristol Tennessee/Virginia is having a Welcome Coffee and Lunch at the Bristol Public Library meeting room on Friday, September 13, 2013 at 10:30 am. The primary purpose of the Club is to welcome newcomers and other residents to the area and to raise benefits for various local charities. There will be a program by Doris Stickley of the Bristol Public Library, which will highlight all that the library has to offer the community. Please call Gwen, Membership Chairman, at 423-212-0726 if you would like to attend or want more info.

Shop American Made with Pointer Brand — 15% discount

September 11, 2013
This Labor Day, honor the American worker by shopping for Pointer Brand clothing and accessories from L. C. King in Historic Downtown Bristol! Go to https://www.pointerbrand.com/index.php/ and use code "labor" for 15% off through September 15!

KP Duty's new fall hours and Tuesday special

September 11, 2013
KP Duty's new fall hours begin now! We will be closed on Mondays (except for special events and catering orders) and will be serving lunch and dinner Tuesdays through Saturdays. Call KP today to begin booking your special event at 423-764-3889. Use one of our venues or have us bring the party to yours! KP also has a new special: Select 1/2 price sandwich and salad menu from 5pm until close on Tuesdays. Dine in only.

Come attend Jam Camp with Gilbert Nelson!

September 11, 2013
Did you know there's an etiquette to jumping into a bluegrass jam? Want to know how to find melodies and fake solos? Those are just a couple of the valuable lessons you will learn at Jam Camp using the Wernick Method! Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion and Virginia Intermont College will host the festival's first Bluegrass Jamming Camp, taught by Gilbert Nelson, leading up to the festival. The camp takes place Wednesday, September 18 — Friday, September 20 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. each day. Jam Camp will be held in the Harrison Jones Auditorium on the campus of Virginia Intermont, lunch is included and one (1) Weekend Pass to Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion will be provided to each student. $120 deposit is required, $175 balance due first day of class. Visit BristolRhythm.com for more information or to reserve your spot, or call 423-573-4898 for more information.

Super Supervisors Part I training at the Bristol Chamber of Commerce

September 11, 2013
Super Supervisors Part I training on September 11 at 8:30 – 10:30 AM at the Bristol Chamber of Commerce. Super Supervisors is a people-skills training seminar needed by all front line supervisors. This interactive video training is the only management training program from the employee's viewpoint. Front line supervisors will learn the people skills they need to connect with their workers and nurture goodwill in the workplace. This workshop focuses on the "What your employees always wanted to tell you but were afraid you would fire them" feedback supervisors need but rarely get from their workers. In this session attendees will learn how to: • Get a response instead of a reaction • Meet people’s emotional needs • Build Goodwill in the Workplace • Motivate with Respect and Recognition • The Super Supervisor Role Model • Operate in the Positive Zone. Presented by SESCO Management Consultants. The Bristol Business Resource Center (BBRC) provides training sessions throughout the year. A variety of topics are offered for both the entrepreneur, small business owner, and mid to large size businesses. For more information or to request a specific training, please contact Karen Witcher at 423.989.4870 or via email at kwitcher@bristolchamber.org. Chamber Members: No Cost; Non-Members: $35.

Upcoming Events

Sugar-Coated Pub Crawl in Downtown Bristol

May 30 - September 30, 2013

Shop American Made with Pointer Brand — 15% discount

August 29 - September 15, 2013

606 State Street Gallery Featured Artists for September: Carl Jenkins and Jessica Graybeal

September 01 - 30, 2013

Dr. Gary Chambers' Artworks to be shown in "Dreams of Africa" exhibition in the Virgie R. Fleenor Gallery at the Bristol Public Library

September 01 - 30, 2013

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Day Passes On Sale

September 01 - 22, 2013

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Weekend Passes on sale for $60

September 01 - 19, 2013

Bristol Tennessee Police accepting applications to Citizens' Police Academy

September 09 - November 11, 2013

State Street Farmers' Market at the Downtown Center — Wednesday Hours

September 11, 2013

Super Supervisors Part I training at the Bristol Chamber of Commerce

September 11, 2013

Full Moon Jam at the Downtown Center — Shooter

September 12, 2013

Scott Miller and special guests at Machiavelli's

September 13 - 14, 2013

Nat Osborn at 620 State

September 13, 2013

Welcome Coffee and Lunch hosted by Newcomers and Friends Club at the Bristol Public Library

September 13, 2013

AACA car show at TriSummit Bank Parking Lot

September 13, 2013

Beer tasting at Inari Wines

September 13, 2013

Art D'Vine in Downtown Bristol

September 13, 2013

Wine tasting at Inari Wines

September 14, 2013

ArtSmart classes at the Bristol Public Library

September 14, 2013

Melissa Manchester at the Paramount: A Paramount Season Show

September 14, 2013

Bristol Public Library to preview documentary on Czech Republic bluegrass artists

September 15, 2013

Blue Edition at the Pickin' Porch at the Foundation Event Facility

September 16, 2013

606 State Street Jammers at 606 State Street Gallery

September 16, 2013

U. S. Constitution Day to be celebrated with Stewart L. Harris, the creator of "Your Weekly Constitutional," at the Bristol Public Library

September 17, 2013

Full Moon Jam at the Downtown Center — Sigmon Family Stringers

September 17, 2013

State Street Farmers' Market at the Downtown Center — Wednesday Hours

September 18, 2013

Farmhouse Ghost at O'Mainnin's Pub

September 19, 2013

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion in Historic Downtown Bristol

September 20 - 22, 2013

AACA car show at TriSummit Bank Parking Lot

September 20, 2013

Beer tasting at Inari Wines

September 20, 2013

606 State Street Jammers at 606 State Street Gallery

September 20, 2013

Rodney "Darlin Boy" and The Dillard Band at the Foundation Event Facility

September 21, 2013

Servant Heart playing at 606 State Street Gallery

September 21, 2013

Wine tasting at Inari Wines

September 21, 2013

State Street Farmers' Market at the Downtown Center

September 21, 2013

YWCA offering women's 5K walk / run conditioning program before the Turkey Trot / Gobbler's Gait 5K

September 23 - November 14, 2013

606 State Street Jammers at 606 State Street Gallery

September 23, 2013

Ivy Road at the Pickin' Porch at the Foundation Event Facility

September 23, 2013

Full Moon Jam at the Downtown Center — Music Memories

September 24, 2013

The Power of Constant Contact — Leveraging Social Media at the Bristol Chamber of Commerce

September 24, 2013

State Street Farmers' Market at the Downtown Center — Wednesday Hours

September 25, 2013

Full Moon Jam at the Downtown Center — Southern 76

September 26, 2013

AACA car show in TriSummit Bank parking lot

September 27, 2013

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