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Believe in Bristol to host 9th Annual Downtown Loft Tour!

October 08, 2013
On Saturday, October 26, 2013 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, Believe in Bristol will again host the annual From The Top Down Loft Tour. This year the Loft Tour will include over fifteen completed lofts throughout Historic Downtown Bristol. Each loft has its own unique style and history – these lofts are a must see! The organization changes the lofts for viewing annually so it’s never the same tour. You can pick up tickets on October 26th starting at noon at the Believe in Bristol office located at 36 Moore Street, Bristol, VA, or call in advance and put your name on the will-call list. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 on the day of the event. Go at your own pace with the Loft Tours self-guided brochure and be sure to wear your walking shoes!

“We are so excited to show off these multi-use properties,” stated Christina Blevins, Executive Director for Believe in Bristol. “The rehabilitation and design work is amazing! The loft residents are so generous to let us show off their homes, and give others a taste of downtown living.”

For questions and ticket information,
please call 276-644-9700 or visit believeinbristol.org.

A special thank you to our Sponsors for 2013: Bank of Tennessee; Birthplace of Country Music; Blackbird Bakery; Blakley-Mitchell; Bristol Herald Courier; Bristol Virginia Utilities; Burke, Powers & Hardy; Child Study Club; Citizens Bank; City of Bristol, TN; City of Bristol, VA; Cranberry Lane; Dr. and Mrs. Richard Penny; Dr. and Mrs. Robin Feierabend; Drs. Clyde and Susan Long; Edward Jones Investments – Greg Fahn, Robert Hollo, Rita Kiscaden and Rob Simis; First Bank of Virginia; First Tennessee Foundation; Frizzell Foundation; Inari Wines; Kerr-Boswell Inc.; King University; MedExpress Urgent Care; Merrill Lynch; Mr. and Mrs. Bill Johnstone; Mr. and Mrs. Charles Earhart; Mr. and Mrs. John Vann; Mr. and Mrs. Steve Paul; Mr. and Mrs. Tom Hanlon; Mr. and Mrs. Harry Oakley; Mr. and Mrs. Tom Smith; Mrs. Mary Landrum; Serendipity; Spiegler Blevins & Co.; Strongwell; The Boxwood Antiques; The Robinette Company; and Wells Fargo.

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

October 08, 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.

Second graders to "Capture the Colorful Cosmos" with VI, BCM

October 08, 2013
Kids often dream about experiencing outer space. For second graders at Highland View Elementary School in Bristol, Va.., this dream will soon be closer to reality.

Hosted by the Birthplace of Country Music® and Virginia Intermont College, and made possible by a grant from the Smithsonian, “Youth Capture the Colorful Cosmos” is an astrophotography program giving students access to the Smithsonian’s Micro-Observatory Telescope Network and photo editing software. With these tools in hand, they can control robotic telescopes via the Internet and “capture” their own versions of the cosmos through photographs taken from these telescopes.

Second-graders in the HVES after-school program will participate in YCCC, photographing and editing their takes on outer space. Dr. Jessica Turner, BCM Museum Director and Head Curator and VI Assistant Professor of Cultural Heritage Studies and Public Arts, will facilitate these sessions with the help of VI students and BCM staff.

Last spring and fall, Turner coordinated this program with VI Physics Professor, Dr. Chuck Pearson. Thirty students from Virginia Middle School and Vance Middle School participated in the program, which helped to highlight and nurture their creative and scientific strengths.

“YCCC promotes increased interest, awareness, and knowledge of astronomy content, and understanding of technology and proficiency in real scientific research skills,” said Turner. “Our role as a Smithsonian Affiliate is to provide a variety of educational programs for students of all ages.”

For Turner, working with these second graders is an exciting opportunity to extend the program’s success. Virginia Intermont students already trained in the program will work with the second graders.

“I’ve already tested the program on my own third grader, who thinks that taking photos of space is very cool. As a mother, it is important to me to teach my children to reach for the stars.”

For more information on this program, please contact Dr. Turner by calling the BCM office at 423-573-1927 or by e-mailing jturner@birthplaceofcountrymusic.org.

Downtown Bristol Blog

blowfish emporium's Tuesday Night Painting Party — Ghost Tree

October 15, 2013
Come out to blowfish emporium's Tuesday Night Painting pARTy on Tuesday, October 15, 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. For more information, contact blowfish emporium on 276-644-1428.

Pottery class at One of a Kind Gallery

October 15, 2013
One of a Kind Gallery is offering a hands-on pottery class — Tuesday, October 15 and Wednesday, October 16, 11am to 1pm. You will learn to transform clay into a beautiful work of art on the electric potter's wheel. The clay will be formed into a bowl, then fired and glazed during your class. Your instructor is Ed Lockett, and cost of the class is $60. For more information, contact One of a Kind Gallery on 423-652-2648.

Citizen's Municipal Academy Deadline Fast Approaching — get your application in now!

October 14, 2013
The deadline for Bristol’s Citizen’s Municipal Academy is only a few days away — Monday, October 14, 2013. There is a limit to the number of citizens that can be accommodated, so please get your application in as soon as possible. The academy begins on October 17, 2013 and will run through December 3, with a graduation ceremony taking place during the city council meeting. Each week the class will meet on Thursday evenings for two hours at different locations throughout the city. During the class participants will have the opportunity to meet most all administrative staff including the City Manager, Fire Chief, Police Chief and other department heads. “One of the nice things is there are no tests,” laughed Terrie Talbert, Community Relations Director. “The academy is very laid back. There are no dress codes so come as you are. A light dinner will be served due to the hours of the classes. There is plenty of one-on-one time with the different speakers and they are always happy to address any questions one might have.” To apply for the academy, go to the city website at www.bristoltn.org/cma.cfm and complete the application electronically or stop by the Bristol Public Library or City Hall (City Manager’s Office) and pick up the application. For more information, please contact Terrie Talbert at 423-764-4171 or email tsmith-talbert@bristoltn.org .

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

October 13, 2013
On Sunday, October 13 at 2:30 PM in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room of the Bristol Public Library the Bristol premiere of the documentary film This Place is Haunted will be shown. The film is the work of Southwest Virginia native Jerry Sword whose belief that more films should be made within our local community to preserve the history and the legacy of our region led him to make, This Place is Haunted. Jerry Sword considers himself first and foremost a story teller. He is also a skilled song writer, director, independent film producer, and a newly published author. In 2006 two years after his graduation from King University in Bristol, Sword read the script for the motion picture Grizzly Park and composed what become the film’s theme song, “Dead Man’s Hands”. His song was chosen from more than 250 artists’ submissions. This achievement landed him a position working with Emmy-winning editor Neil Mandelberg, and he moved to Los Angeles in early 2007.Using the Civil War in this region as a backdrop and weaving in many historical facts, Sword blends little known ghost legends into a unique offering that should please both the historian and those who just like a good ghost story. The film features well-known local historian V. N. “Bud” Phillips as well as Abingdon’s own Donnamarie Emmert. After the film Sword will be available to answer questions from the audience. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Bristol Public Library on 276-645-8780.

Oktoberfest Saturday Nights at KP Duty!

October 12, 2013
Join KP Duty for their 2nd Annual Oktoberfest Saturday Nights! On October 12 and 26, you can enjoy wonderful Oktoberfest food, including Wienerschnitzel, sauerbraten, jager schnitzel, brats and veal sausage, spaetzli, and applestrudel. For more information and for reservations, call 423-764-3889.

St. Anne's Catholic School Oktoberfest 2013 at Machiavelli's!

October 12, 2013
St. Anne's Catholic School Oktoberfest 2013 will be at Machiavelli's on Saturday, October 12, at 7 pm. Advance Tickets are $20 and tickets at the door are $25. Dinner will be served, and there will be beer tasting, entertainment featuring Annie Robinette, and a silent auction (cash or credit, you must be present when the auction is over). Tickets can be purchased at: * Machiavelli’s; *Online at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/465093; *Call Brandy Schrenker at 423-863-6823 or bschrenker@gmail.com.

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

October 12, 2013
The 2014 Miss Food City Pageant will be presented at the Paramount Center for the Arts on Saturday, October 12, 7pm. The winner will represent Food City at the 2014 Food City 500 NASCAR Race, plus other race nights, grand openings, and many other special events. For more information, please contact the Paramount at 423-274-8920.

ArtSmart classes at the Bristol Public Library

October 12, 2013
Come join in the ArtSmart classes at the Bristol Public Library on Saturday, October 12, 10-11:30am! Offered on the second Saturday of each month, ArtSmart will be taught in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room. 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 Museum 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 25 children so parents should register their child as soon as possible. Registration can be done over the phone by calling 276-645-8781.

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

October 11, 2013
On Friday, October 11 there will be a Cha Cha and Mambo lesson at the Bristol Ballet studio, 519 State Street. Lesson from 7:30-8:30pm followed by dancing until 10pm. $5 per person with all proceeds going to support the Bristol Ballet, a 501(c)3 non profit organization. Refreshments provided, but a snack to share is welcome!

Announcement from BCM!

October 11, 2013
Birthplace of Country Music® invites the media and public to a press conference Friday, October 11, 2013 at Noon. The event will be held outside the Birthplace of Country Music® Museum, corner of Cumberland and Moore Streets, in Bristol, VA. Much will be revealed during this historic occasion!

blowfish emporium's Thursday Night Painting Party — Fall Fun

October 10, 2013
Come out to blowfish emporium's Thursday Night Painting pARTy on Thursday, October 10, 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. For more information, contact blowfish emporium on 276-644-1428.

Bristol Public Library Health Education Series Event: Stroke

October 10, 2013
The continuing Health Education Series at the Bristol Public Library on the second Thursday of each month will feature a presentation on Stroke on Thursday, October 10, 7 pm in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room at the Library. The presenter will be Dr. Earl Wilson, a Board certified neurologist, or one of the other physicians from the Bristol Regional Medical Center Primary Stroke Center. It is estimated by the Center for Disease Control that 130,000 Americans die each year from stroke. That is one in every nineteen deaths and one death from stroke every four minutes. Every year, more than 795,000 people in the United States have a stroke. About 610,000 of these are first or new strokes. One in four is a recurrent stroke. Stroke costs the United States an estimated $38.6 billion each year. This total includes the cost of health care services, medications, and missed days of work. Stroke is also the leading cause of serious long-term disability in the United States. The region with the highest percentage of stroke is the southeastern area with particularly high percentages in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. For more information, contactDoris Stickley on 276-821-6148.
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Scythian Coming Back to Bristol at the Paramount — so get your tickets now!

October 09, 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 on the day ofthe 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. Scythian includes 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 click here http://www.etix.com/ticket/online/performanceSearch.jsp?performance_id=1754251&cobrand=theparamountcenter

Tastes of the Town Tour in Downtown Bristol

October 09, 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 event, 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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"Fall Bead Out Sale" at The Purple Loon — Additional 10% off on beads, findings and strands with children's clothing donation!

October 09, 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. In addition to the 30% off on beads, findings, and strands, you can get an extra 10% discount with a donation of children's clothing. Emmett Elementary in Sullivan County is the poorest school in the district. Most of the children are on the free lunch program and many are in need of both shoes and winter clothes. Because of thisThe Purple Loon has decided to do a clothing drive in the shop. The drive will not only be for Emmett, but for area schools in general. Anyone that brings a bag of gently used or new children's clothes, shoes or a winter coat into The Purple Loon will get an additional 10% off the Fall Bead Out Sale equaling a 40% discount on all beads, bead strands, findings and custom orders. While the 30% off sale last only through October, the clothing donation 10% discount will apply through out the winter. The Purple Loon is at 58 Piedmont Avenue; for more information, call them on 276-494-7927.

Cyber Liability Lunch & Learn at the Bristol Chamber of Commerce

October 09, 2013
Cyber Liability Lunch & Learn on Wednesday, October 9 at 11:45 AM – 1:00 PM at the Bristol Chamber of Commerce.Chamber Member: No Cost; Non-Member: $25. Do you maintain employee social security numbers, phone numbers, home address and birth date on your computer system? What about your customers? Do you keep their credit card information or, accept payments via the internet? Even with the best security for these records your computer system is subject to breech by a professional. What happens to you when your system is compromised? Are you responsible, can you be sued, is there a way to recover from impending financial loss? This informational lunch will cover the answers to all these questions and more. This seminar is presented by Burke, Powers & Harty. 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.

National Main Street Center guidance on how the Affordable Care Act affects small businesses — helpful information!

October 09, 2013
Things are about to change dramatically in the way you and the businesses in your town purchase health insurance. Open enrollment for federal subsidies started on October 1 and the first plans of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will be effective January 1, 2014. There are many elements to the law that small business owners should know and understand, including obligations to notify employees about their health care options. Rob Dooley, Director of Employee Benefits at Maury, Donnelly and Parr, a partner of National Trust Insurance, provides a helpful guide for small business owners regarding the new health care law at http://www.preservationnation.org/main-street/main-street-news/story-of-the-week/2013/affordable-care-act-101.html#.Uk8GphCHemw.

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 — Additional 10% off on beads, findings and strands with children's clothing donation!

September 30 - October 31, 2013

Karate lessons at Japan Karate Organization

October 01 - November 05, 2013

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

October 01 - 31, 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

Jimi Hall and That 80s Band at O'Mainnin's

October 09, 2013

blowfish emporium's Thursday Night Painting Party — Fall Fun

October 10, 2013

Bristol Public Library Health Education Series Event: Stroke

October 10, 2013

Dan Deel at Stateline Bar and Grill

October 11, 2013

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

October 11, 2013

Beer tasting at Inari Wines

October 11, 2013

The Broadcast at 620 State

October 11, 2013

Twang Bangers at O'Mainnin's

October 11, 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

Dirk Quinn Band at O'Mainnin's

October 12, 2013

Wine tasting at Inari Wines

October 12, 2013

ArtSmart classes at the Bristol Public Library

October 12, 2013

St. Anne's Catholic School Oktoberfest 2013 at Machiavelli's!

October 12, 2013

Oktoberfest Saturday Nights at KP Duty!

October 12, 2013

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

October 13, 2013

George "Lukeman" Barnes, Bryan Chapman, Teddy Helton, and Tim White & Friends 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

Pottery class at One of a Kind Gallery

October 15 - 16, 2013

blowfish emporium's Tuesday Night Painting Party — Ghost Tree

October 15, 2013

blowfish emporium's Thursday Night Painting Party — Black Cat & Moon

October 17, 2013

Beer tasting at Inari Wines

October 18, 2013

Scythian Back in Bristol at the Paramount!

October 18, 2013

Beth Snapp at 620 State

October 18, 2013

Tattoo Bruise at O'Mainnin's

October 19, 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

blowfish emporium's Tuesday Night Painting Party — Red Robin

October 22, 2013

Super Supervisors II training at the Bristol Chamber of Commerce

October 23, 2013

blowfish emporium's Thursday Night Painting Party — Owl in Tree

October 24, 2013

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

October 25, 2013

Beer tasting at Inari Wines

October 25, 2013

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