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Journey's End moved to Thursday, December 19 due to rain!

December 17, 2013
Due to rain, Journey's End has been moved to Thursday, December 19th at 6:30pm. Journey’s End will again take place in Historic Downtown Bristol — starting at the Downtown Center and ending in Cumberland Square Park, Journey’s End is Bristol’s local interpretation of the Latino tradition of Las Posadas (The Inns). Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem is recreated as they go from inn to inn seeking lodging, and the final inn welcomes them in and celebrates their arrival.

How does Bristol Celebrate Journey’s End?
Our inns are several downtown businesses and our innkeepers are various choirs and choral groups from the Bristol area. We will begin at the Downtown Center then process by candlelight with Mary and Joseph singing the traditional songs and various carols accompanied by instrumentalists.

This year Mary will be played by Clair Morison and Joseph will be Adam Gambrell. Along the way choirs from Redeemer Lutheran Church will be at Shanghai; Emmanuel Episcopal Church at Benjamin Walls Gallery; First Presbyterian Church at 620 State Street Restaurant; State Street United Methodist Church at KP Duty; and Central Presbyterian Church at Believe in Bristol office on Moore Street. The final stop will be at the stage in Cumberland Square Park with a live nativity scene and handbells by Central Presbyterian Church.

A special thank you to Southeast Culinary & Hospitality College for providing gingerbread and hot cider, Bristol TN Department of Community Relations for providing the song books at the Downtown Center, David Little and Dr. Fred Gent for the use of the live animals, Bob Greene and Robert Campbell for heading up our processional and working with Joseph & Mary, Robert Hollo and Pete Buhls for working with the strolling musicians, the Ladies of the Evening of Emmanuel Episcopal Church for the assortment of wonderful cookies, and primary event sponsor for the evening Burke, Powers & Harty for providing the star ornaments, luminaries, and helping hands.

Journey’s End lasts a little more than an hour. Restaurants will be taking dinner reservations and several of the downtown shops will be open. Come and celebrate Christmas in the heart of our community!

Please visit www.believeinbristol.org or call 276-644-9700 for more information.

One more chance to win Downtown Dollars for a downtown shopping spree!


Week 3 Winner Laura Stamper picking up her 200 Downtown Dollars!
December 16, 2013
Downtown Dollars has been a great success with $600 already given out over the last three weeks – winners Maggie Bundy, Mary Blevins, and Laura Stamper each took home $200 in Downtown Dollars, ready to spend in participating businesses in Historic Downtown Bristol.

There is one more week to participate so visit the 12 participating businesses to pick up your entry form – by going to at least six businesses on the list and getting your entry form signed beside each business's name before Saturday, you are in with a chance to win the final $200 Downtown Dollars! The next and last drawing will be this Saturday, December 21 after 5pm.

The participating businesses are: Serendipity, Memory Lane Cafe, 606 State Street Gallery, One Of A Kind Gallery, Green With Envy, The Pink Zebra, KP, blowfish emporium, Blakley Mitchell Co., Studio 6 Apparel, Phyl's of Bristol, and Pretty Girl Station.

For more information, contact Patty Canonico at Pretty Girl Station on 276-644-4701.

BTPD Captain Matt Austin promoted to Police Operations Manager

December 17, 2013
Bristol Police Chief Blaine Wade has announced the promotion of Captain Matt Austin to Police Operations Major. The promotion is effective immediately.

Austin was promoted to the position of Major upon the retirement of long-time BTPD Major Walt Musgrove. Major is the second highest rank in the department. Major Austin, who joined the Police Department in 1991, will be overseeing all daily operations of the Police Department. He is a former Administrative Captain with the department. He has also served as a uniform Patrol Officer, a member of the SWAT team, a Narcotics Investigator, School Resource Officer, General and Child Abuse Investigator, Patrol Shift Sergeant, Shift Lieutenant and Patrol Captain.

Austin attended the F.B.I. Academy in Quantico, VA and served as the Tennessee State Chapter President of the F.B.I. National Academy Associates. Austin has served as instructor and taught classes including Child Sexual Abuse, Building Searches, Chemical/Less Lethal weapons, Taser and Police Ethics.

“This is an exciting and rather humbling time in my career, and one that is shared by many people who have supported me throughout my career in law enforcement. I appreciate the Chief’s confidence in my abilities,” said Austin. “Matt will work tirelessly, just as he has for the past 22 years with the force, as we continue to work towards attaining our shared goal of a safe and livable community,” noted Chief Blaine Wade.

Downtown Bristol Blog

Holiday closures for Bristol Public Library

December 23, 2013
The Bristol Public Library will be closed on December 23, 24, 25 for the Christmas Holidays. The Library will close at 5 PM on December 31 and be closed on January 1, 2014, for New Year’s.

"It's a Wonderful Life" showing at the Paramount!

December 22, 2013
Oakley-Cook Funeral Home is sponsoring the classic movie "It's a Wonderful Life" on Sunday, December 22 at the Paramount Center for the Arts. The movie starts at 2 p.m. and Rex Ward will play the Mighty Wurlitzer Organ starting at 1 p.m.. Admission is Free — Tickets are required and are available at The Paramount Box Office (423-274-8920).

Peter Mayer Group presents Star & Promises: Follow the Star at the Paramount

December 20, 2013
The Peter Mayer Group is coming to the region, bringing their 13th annual national Christmas Show, Star & Promises: Follow the Star. Playing a blend of traditional favorites and original Christmas compositions, this unique musical journey of story and song is not to be missed. “The concert features music for the Christmas journey; songs that call us to follow the light of the star of Bethlehem, to travel roads old and new to the Peace and Joy of this Christmas, and share a song of Hope to lead us on,” says a release announcing the tour. The concert will be Friday, December 20, 2013 at 7:30pm at The Paramount Center for the Arts in Bristol, TN. The proceeds for this event will benefit the Children’s Series at The Paramount Center for the Arts, providing scholarships and educational programs.Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 on the night of show (if any are available), VIP tickets are $50 and can only be purchased by calling the ticket office. Tickets can be purchased online at www.petermayer.com and www.theparamountcenter.com or by calling the ticket office at 423-274-8920.
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Thursday Night Painting Party at blowfish emporium: Reindeer

December 19, 2013
Thursday Night Painting pARTy at blowfish emporium on Thursday, December 19, 6 – 8:30 PM — only $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, please contact blowfish emporium on (276) 644-1428.

The Dugger Band Sleighride Concert at the Paramount

December 19, 2013
The Dugger Band — a five-piece band led by brothers Jordan and Seth Dugger — will be at the Paramount Center for the Arts in Historic Downtown Bristol on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 7:30pm. The Dugger Band will be wrapping up their Christmas Tour "Sleigh Ride" at the Paramount. The concert will feature their take on several of the most popular Christmas tunes ever performed and some of their original songs. Special guests will include Santa, a three-piece horn section, and many more. Come out for a night full of good music and plenty of laughs! Admission is $10, children 6 and under are free. For further information, contact the Paramount Center for the Arts at 423-274-8920 or go to theparamountcenter.com.

Bristol Business Series: Hot Business Topics for Business Owners and Managers

December 19, 2013
Brown, Edwards & Company, L.L.P., in partnership with Elliott Lawson & Minor, P.C., Trustpoint Insurance, and Merrill Lynch invites you to attend our seminar "Are You Prepared for Income Tax Changes?," presented by Stan Bowles of Brown, Edwards & Company. Held on Thursday, December 19, 11:45am — 1:15pm at the Bristol Train Station, the seminar costs $25 and includes a catered lunch. Please contact Holly Moore at hmoore@becpas.com or 276-466-5248 to see if space is still available.

City of Bristol, VA hosting press conference announcing an EXCITING new business downtown!

December 19, 2013
There will be a press conference at the Bristol Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, December 19 at 9am — officials from the City of Bristol, VA will be sharing some exciting news about a new business coming to Historic Downtown Bristol! Please note that some of this event will be held outside so dress accordingly.

Join KP for 1/2 price bottles of wine — every day in December!

December 18, 2013
KP is celebrating the holiday season with a host of festive fun, including 1/2 price bottles of wine every day in December! Call today to make your reservation — 423.764.3889!

Make this a Made in America Christmas with Pointer Brand gifts!

December 18, 2013
Need last minute Christmas gifts? Then look no further than Pointer Brand for American-made presents for everyone on your list! If you shop online at https://www.pointerbrand.com/ before Thursday, December 19, you can get 15% off with the code 'last minute.' Make this a Made in America Christmas!

Tech the Halls with Bristol Office Supply

December 18, 2013
Check out Bristol Office Supply and get some great holiday deals on gadgets and gears for everyone on your list! Go to their website to find out more: http://view.sprtmail.com/?j=fecb11727d64077f&m=fe9715707060007a76&ls=fe161275726c037c7d1378&l=ff65127475&s=fe5d1d707562057b7013&jb=ffce15&ju=fe5b157970640d7e7c14.

Check out Wm. King Clothiers for great holiday gifts!

December 18, 2013
Wm. King Clothiers made in America Bills Khakis are the defining standard for khakis. As always, a pair or two of Bills Khakis will make a coveted gift this holiday season. So do your holiday shopping with Wm. King Clothiers — and make everyone on your Christmas list happy!

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion 12 Days — 12 Artists Revealed! Plus $40 weekend passes!

December 18, 2013
Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion has started their 12 Days — 12 Artists Revealed — check out their Facebook page as they reveal a new BRRR 2014 artist / group each day in the run up to Christmas: https://www.facebook.com/bristolrhythm. And what better stocking stuffer than a weekend pass to BRRR 2014? Remember they are only $40 until December 31st and then the price will go up — so get your pass now! For more information, call 423-573-4898.

Inari Gift Baskets and much more!


Paul and Aulikki Brandt
December 18, 2013
Need a last minute gift for a holiday party? Think about Inari Wines, great gift baskets at great prices. Stop by the shop, 39 Piedmont Avenue, Bristol, VAor call them (276) 821-9463. New holiday hours: Monday – Saturday, 10 am — 7 pm.

Upcoming Events

Featured artists at 606 State Street Gallery for December: Kaylynn Wilster and Lisa Boardwine

December 01 - 31, 2013

Matt Counts and the Hard Times at O'Mainnin's Pub

December 18, 2013

New Date — Journey's End in Historic Downtown Bristol

December 19, 2013

The Dugger Band Sleighride Concert at the Paramount

December 19, 2013

Thursday Night Painting Party at blowfish emporium: Reindeer

December 19, 2013

Bristol Business Series: Hot Business Topics for Business Owners and Managers

December 19, 2013

Mark White at O'Mainnin's Pub

December 19, 2013

K. T. Vandyke and Driftin' Westward at Stateline Bar and Grill

December 20, 2013

Lovely Goodbye (on tour!) at O'Mainnin's Pub

December 20, 2013

Beer tasting at Inari Wines

December 20, 2013

Peter Mayer Group presents Star & Promises: Follow the Star at the Paramount

December 20, 2013

Jaystorm Project at O'Mainnin's Pub

December 21, 2013

Wine tastings at Inari Wines

December 21, 2013

"It's a Wonderful Life" showing at the Paramount!

December 22, 2013

Sunday Funday at O'Mainnin's Pub

December 22, 2013

Holiday closures for Bristol Public Library

December 23 - 25, 2013

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

December 23, 2013

Open Band Jam at O'Mainnin's Pub

December 23, 2013

Guido Au'Some & the Open Mic Players at O'Mainnin's Pub

December 24, 2013

Christmas at Machiavelli's

December 25, 2013

Thursday Night Painting Party at blowfish emporium: Snowman and Star

December 26, 2013

JP Parsons at O'Mainnin's Pub

December 26, 2013

Borderline at 620 State

December 26, 2013

F-Bomb at O'Mainnin's Pub

December 27, 2013

Shake It Like A Caveman at 620 State

December 27, 2013

Wine tastings at Inari Wines

December 28, 2013

Flipside Runner at O'Mainnin's Pub

December 28, 2013

Sunday Funday at O'Mainnin's Pub

December 29, 2013

Open Band Jam at O'Mainnin's Pub

December 30, 2013

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

December 30, 2013

Holiday closures at the Bristol Public Library

December 31, 2013 - January 01, 2014

9th Annual New Year's Eve Party with Citizen Kane at O'Mainnin's Pub

December 31, 2013

The Deep Fried Five at 620 State

December 31, 2013

606 State Street Gallery Hosts Featured Student Artist Reception for Natalie Monyak

January 04, 2014

606 State Street Jammers at 606 State Street Gallery

January 13, 2014

606 State Street Jammers at 606 State Street Gallery

January 20, 2014

606 State Street Jammers at 606 State Street Gallery

January 27, 2014

An Evening with C. S. Lewis

March 30, 2014

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