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Calling All Artists! Join in the "Swaptober Fest" Art Swap in Historic Downtown Bristol

October 01, 2013
On Saturday, October 12, from 9 a.m to 12 noon, Believe in Bristol’s Arts & Entertainment District and Arts Alliance Mountain Empire will be hosting Swaptober Fest, a fun swap meet for artists of all types!

“Art swaps are a great way for local artists to meet each other, to talk about art and the arts scene here in Bristol, and most importantly to barter for some great art!” says René Rodgers, Associate Director of Believe in Bristol. “We had our first arts-related swap meet in June during State of the Arts Weekend, where people both traded and bought art, and we’d like to build on that experience with this Swaptober Fest.”

At this event, you can swap paintings, photographs, or sculptures, along with any unneeded tools or art supplies. But you don’t have to stop there – the swap is also for the whole range of the arts, so it could include fiber arts, ceramics, pottery, jewelry, and much more. We want you to be creative in what you offer to trade!

And more good news! There will be no registration charge, though space is limited so please do register your interest with Believe in Bristol. You will just need to bring your own table and chairs so that you have space to display your art or supplies. Swaptober Fest will also be open to the public, so don’t be afraid to barter!

What else do you need to know? We will be setting up at the Country Music Mural Stage at the Farmers’ Market, 810 State Street, in Historic Downtown Bristol. Set-up time on Saturday, October 12 will be from 8 a.m to 9 a.m., and clean-up/pack-up from 12 noon to 1:00 p.m. Please be aware that the Farmers’ Market will already be up and running by 8 a.m., and therefore there may not be space to pull up in front of the Country Music Mural stage. Alternate unloading zones include the area behind the market where the transit buses come and go, or you can park on State Street, where you can unload and then bring your table and swap items to the stage.

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

It's not too early to plan ahead! Southeast Culinary & Hospitality College can host your Christmas Party!


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October 01, 2013
Is your business too small to rent a function room for your company Christmas party? If so, Southeast Culinary & Hospitality College has a great idea — they will be havinga delicious Christmas buffet so that you can celebrate your company's Christmas party with all the fixings and even have Santa delivery your gifts or bonus checks to your employees. The tables and ballroom will be decoration for the holidays. The buffet includes salad bar, chef carved prime rib au jus, roast turkey, honey pecan chicken, roasted new potatoes, mashed potatoes, stuffing, green beans, mixed vegetables, glazed carrots, buttered corn, rolls, and elegant dessert buffet. Tea, coffee and water are included, and there is a cash bar with beer and wine available.

When: Tuesday, December 10, or Friday, December 13
Where: Southeast Culinary & Hospitality College, 100 Piedmont Avenue, Bristol, VA
Times: You can book anywhere between 5-8pm
Cost: $17.95 per person plus tax and scholarship fund; $25 charge to have Santa visit your tables and pass out gifts and candies
For more information or to book reservations: 276-591-5699

Downtown Bristol Blog

Theatre Bristol to perform "Miracle on 34th Street" — audition and show dates announced

October 06, 2013
Theatre Bristol will bring a “Miracle” to Historic Downtown Bristol this holiday season, a “Miracle on 34th Street”. The holiday family favorite will open Thanksgiving weekend, beginning Friday, November 29th and run through December 15th. (Weekend one; Nov. 29, 30, Dec. 1. Weekend two; Dec. 6, 7, 8. Weekend three; Dec. 13, 14, 15). Show times are 8:00 pm for Friday & Saturday evening performances and 2:00 pm for the Sunday matinees. Directing the cast of over 25 will be regionally respected director and longtime Theatre Bristol collaborator Glen Patterson. Auditions are set for Sunday, October 6th at 3:00 pm and Monday, October 7th at 7:00 pm. They will be held at Theatre Bristol, 506 State Street, Bristol, TN. The cast includes principal roles for a young girl (age 7 and up), 2 women, 3 men and 14 supporting roles for men or women and many extras including children (age 6 and up). All experience levels are encouraged to audition. No previous acting experience is necessary. No prepared material is needed. Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. Rehearsals will begin the week of October 13. For more information see the Theatre Bristol website, www.theatrebristol.org, Theatre Bristol Facebook page, email info@theatrebristol.org, or call Theatre Bristol’s information line at 423-383-5979.
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Saint Francis Benefit Concert at Emmanuel Episcopal Church to benefit Holly Help Spay & Neuter Fund

October 04, 2013
Emmanuel Episcopal Church is hosting a Saint Francis Benefit Concert on Friday, October 4 at 7:00pm. All proceeds will go to Historic Downtown Bristol's Holly Help Spay & Neuter Fund. This is a concert which will feature local musicians performing pieces depicting animals and nature. Guests will receive an information packet about Holly Help that will include a dog treat and bandana. A reception will follow the concert. For more information, check out the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/#!/events/381676618624852/. Emmanuel Episcopal Church is located at 700 Cumberland Street, Bristol, VA.

Bristol Business Series: Hot Business Topics for Business Owners and Managers at the Bristol Train Station

October 03, 2013
Brown Edwards & Company, L.L.P., in partnership with Elliott Lawson & Minor, P.C., Trustpoint Insurance, and Merrill Lynch invites you to attend "Practical Implementation Issues Relating to the Affordable Care Act." This seminar will be presented by Carl Grear of Trustpoint Insurance, and will be held at the Bristol Train Station on Thursday, October 3, 11:45am — 1:15pm. Cost is $25 per person, and a catered lunch is included. There is limited seating available so please contact Holly Moore on hmoore@becpas.com or 276-466-5248 to see if there is still availability.

"Fall Bead Out Sale" at The Purple Loon from now until Halloween!

October 02, 2013
The Purple Loon is running a "Fall Bead Out Sale" from now to Halloween! All beads, findings and strands are 30% off. All 2 Dye 4 tank and halter tops and dresses are 40% off. All of the art work by Derick Morton is up for silent auction as well. The Purple Loon is at 58 Piedmont Avenue; for more information, call them on 276-494-7927.

Scythian Coming Back to Bristol at the Paramount — so get your tickets now!

October 02, 2013
Scythian will be back in Bristol on Friday, October 18, at the Paramount Center for the Arts at 7:30pm — so get your tickets before they're gone! This show is for all ages — $15 Advance Tickets and $20 Day of Show. Rousing and raucous, Scythian (sith-ee-yin) plays kicked-up Celtic and world music with hints of Gypsy and Klezmer, all infused with a touch of punk-rock sensibility. Take a trio of classically trained dueling fiddlers, toss in a rhythm guitar, a banjo and the occasional funky accordion, then power it with the driving rhythm of a world percussionist, and you've got the ingredients for a show you won't soon forget. Scythian's high-energy, adrenaline-peddling, interactive brand of music is the result of their origins as street performers and has one goal in mind — to get people up on their feet and dancing. Their repertoire ranges from traditional and contemporary Celtic and folk music to the alluring and dramatic strains of Gypsy and Eastern European tunes, and then crosses back over the border to pick up some good old-fashioned bluegrass licks. Scythianincludes Josef Crosby (Fiddle/Bass), Alexander (Fiddle/Mandolin) & Danylo Fedoryka (accordion/guitar), Ben-David Warner (Fiddle/Banjo), and Tim Hepburn (Percussion). For tickets, contact the Paramount on 423-274-8920 or www.etix.com.

Tastes of the Town Tour in Downtown Bristol

October 02, 2013
The popularity of food tours in Bristol and Abingdon has Tastes of the Town Tours gearing up for several events in the fall. Participants visit 5-6 stops on the tour for small tastes of food and drink which highlight each establishment’s unique flavor. The Bristol, VA/TN tour features a walking tour through downtown with stops at several iconic and historic restaurants, including Burger Bar. “The first walking tour through Bristol was so much fun, and all of the folks enjoyed delicious food as well as learned about the rich cultural heritage of the area,” says tour organizer, Sara Cardinale. The 2nd food tour of Historic Downtown Bristol is set for Wednesday, October 9th, 5:30-8:30pm. The stops include: Burger Bar, Inari Wines, Eatz, KP Duty and Machiavelli’s. This tour is limited to 25 particpants, and is expected to sell out. Cardinale touts the tours as a “food experience”, an opportunity to get VIP access to chefs and owners of each venue. Tickets for the tours range from $30-38/ea and can be purchased online or by phone. For more information about the events, please visit www.tastesofthetowntours.com or call 276-274-5483. More information about the Rooted in Appalachia program can be found on www.rootedinappalachia.com.
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Wm. King Clothiers' new Peter Millar sport coat collection is in stock!

October 02, 2013
The Art of Dressing... Peter Millar Style! Come to Wm. King Clothiers to check out our new collection of Peter Millar sport coats — they are timeless, classic, and just downright tasty. Just another reason to start dressing up... again. It's time.

Beaver Creek Storytellers at 606 State Street Gallery

October 01, 2013
Stop by 606 State Street Gallery from 7-9pm on Tuesday, October 1 to hear tales from the Beaver Creek Storytellers. Light refreshments will be served, and a $5 donation is suggested.

Upcoming Events

Bristol Tennessee Police accepting applications to Citizens' Police Academy

September 09 - November 11, 2013

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

September 23 - November 14, 2013

"Fall Bead Out Sale" at The Purple Loon

September 30 - October 31, 2013

Features Artists in October at 606 State Street Gallery: Tom Burnheimer and Pat Bussard

October 01 - 31, 2013

Full Moon Jam at the Downtown Center — Thomas Taylor & The Night Shade Band

October 03, 2013

Bristol Business Series: Hot Business Topics for Business Owners and Managers at the Bristol Train Station

October 03, 2013

Beer tasting at Inari Wines

October 04, 2013

Reagan Boggs and the Coal Men at 620 State

October 04, 2013

Saint Francis Benefit Concert at Emmanuel Episcopal Church to benefit Holly Help Spay & Neuter Fund

October 04, 2013

James Meadows at Stateline Bar & Grill

October 04, 2013

Catfish Frye Band at Machiavelli's

October 04, 2013

Wine tasting at Inari Wines

October 05, 2013

Theatre Bristol to perform "Miracle on 34th Street" — audition and show dates announced

October 06 - 07, 2013

Glenn Bolick, Decker & Skinner, and Separate Directions playing at the Pickin' Porch at the Foundation Event Facility

October 07, 2013

Cyber Liability Lunch & Learn at the Bristol Chamber of Commerce

October 09, 2013

Tastes of the Town Tour in Downtown Bristol

October 09, 2013

Beer tasting at Inari Wines

October 11, 2013

The Broadcast at 620 State

October 11, 2013

Cha cha and mambo lesson at Bristol Ballet — put your dancing shoes on!

October 11, 2013

ArtSmart classes at the Bristol Public Library

October 12, 2013

Swaptober Fest Art Swap at Farmers' Market!

October 12, 2013

2014 Miss Food City Pageant at the Paramount Center for the Arts

October 12, 2013

Wine tasting at Inari Wines

October 12, 2013

Bristol Public Library to Host Bristol Premiere of Documentary about Local Ghost Legends

October 13, 2013

One Song playing at the Pickin' Porch at the Foundation Event Facility

October 14, 2013

606 State Street Jammers at 606 State Street Gallery

October 14, 2013

Beer tasting at Inari Wines

October 18, 2013

Scythian Back in Bristol at the Paramount!

October 18, 2013

Wine tasting at Inari Wines

October 19, 2013

Artist reception for Pat Brussard at 606 State Street Gallery

October 19, 2013

Cancer Outreach Foundation's 1st Annual Music for Hope Concert at the Bristol Train Station

October 19, 2013

Bluegrass Kinsmen and New Covenant playing at the Pickin' Porch at the Foundation Event Facility

October 21, 2013

606 State Street Jammers at 606 State Street Gallery

October 21, 2013

Super Supervisors II training at the Bristol Chamber of Commerce

October 23, 2013

Brass Transit — The Music of the Legendary Chicago at the Paramount

October 25, 2013

AACA car show at TriSummit Bank Parking Lot

October 25, 2013

Beer tasting at Inari Wines

October 25, 2013

Wine tasting at Inari Wines

October 26, 2013

Kristen Bearfield and Chasing Blue playing at the Pickin' Porch at the Foundation Event Facility

October 28, 2013

Todd Shy at the Bristol Public Library as part of the King University Buechner Lecture Series

October 28, 2013

606 State Street Jammers at 606 State Street Gallery

October 28, 2013

November Featured Artists at 606 State Street Gallery: Virginia Hiss and June Henry

November 01 - 30, 2013

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