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AAME Presents a New Speakers Series at the Bristol Public Library

January 28, 2014
The Arts Alliance Mountain Empire, in cooperation with the Bristol Public Library, is pleased to announce a new endeavor for the Mountain Empire region. The AAME Speakers Series will feature local and regional personalities sharing their expertise on topics that will enrich and encourage the arts and general communities of our region. This series will also provide a forum for member organizations of AAME to tell of their contributions to the Mountain Empire region.

The first event in the series, taking place on Thursday, February 13 at 7:30 p.m., will feature Dr. Martin Dotterweich, Associate Professor of History at King University. Dotterweich’s topic will be “From Clay Tablet to Kindle: Book History in the Digital Age.” This past summer, Dotterweich spent four weeks in New York City for a National Endowment for the Humanities Seminar, “Researching Early Modern Manuscripts and Printed Books.” His presentation will draw on that experience.

Dotterweich received a BA in literature and Philosophy from Wheaton College, a Masters of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and a Doctorate in Ecclesiastical History from the University of Edinburgh. He has taught on the faculty of King University since 2004. He has written and lectured extensively on topics related to his specialties: Scottish history, book history, and the Reformation. A native of Knoxville, Dotterweich is married to Heather Dotterweich, who teaches yoga locally, and is the father of Kathleen and Peter.

Each of the AAME Speakers Series events will take place at the Bristol Public Library, located at 701 Goode Street, Bristol, Virginia. The second event in this year’s series will feature Rick Rose of the Barter Theatre on Thursday, March 20. His topic will be “Community Building through Theatre and the Arts.”

Bristol, TN City Manager hired, no stranger to role


Bill Sorah, Bristol TN City Manager
January 28, 2014
City Council voted to extend a contract offer to Mr. Bill Sorah to serve in the capacity of City Manager. Sorah has served as Bristol’s Interim City Manager on two different occasions, the most recent upon the departure of previous City Manager Jeff Broughton. Sorah is a native of Bristol, Tennessee. “I am humbled by City Council’s selection. This was a great community to have grown-up in and to have raised my children in. I am gratified in knowing that I am surrounded by a talented staff and a remarkable City Council,” Sorah said after endorsing the contract.

Sorah has 30 plus years of experience spanning both cities of Bristol, Tennessee and Bristol, Virginia. He is a graduate of Belhaven College with a Bachelors of Arts degree and a Master of City Management degree from East Tennessee State University. He is a member of the International City Management Association, American Public Works Association, American Water Works Association, and the Water Environment Federation. Bill and his wife, Karen, have a son and two daughters. He is also an NCAA Division 1-A football official.

After hiring Sorah, Mayor Michelle Dolan said, “Mr. Sorah was one of the most qualified candidates considered. He’ll be ready to hit the ground running. He has the proven expertise and experience to lead the city. He knows Council, staff and other leaders in the city well, which will provide a solid foundation from which to work.” Dolan continued, “I am thrilled to see Bill take the helm and begin implementing the plans of this council into a vision that will allow Bristol to grow and prosper in the future.”

Sorah was chosen from an original field of fifty-two candidates from throughout the country. After Council evaluation the field was narrowed to eighteen and then to a final three.

Vice-Mayor Lea Powers said, “I am impressed with the expertise that Bill Sorah will bring to our community as the new City Manager. Mr. Sorah has provided oversight to our Public Works sector for twenty–three years and in so doing has directed the largest portion of Bristol’s annual budget.” Powers continued, “With the City Council’s emphasis on Economic Development and improving Bristol’s employment opportunities, Mr. Sorah brings a tremendous skill set of commercial infrastructure and financial incentives to attract such industries. With Mr. Sorah’s leadership, I look forward to a positive and successful working relationship between City Council, city staff and our community of great citizens.”

Vice Mayor Powers was joined by Councilman Chad Keen, reflecting confidence in the selection of Sorah, “I believe the real difference between success and failure in our city can be traced to the question of how well we bring out the great energies and talents of our people. It was evident that Bill Sorah will accentuate those energies and talents. With many exceptional applicants explored, Bill is without a doubt, the best choice for Bristol.”

Sorah will assume the duties of City Manager immediately.

Downtown Bristol Blog

Beaver Creek Storytellers at 606 State Street Gallery

February 04, 2014
Stop by 606 State Street Gallery from 7 — 9pm on the first Tuesday of each month to hear tales from the Beaver Creek Storytellers. The next program will be on Tuesday, February 4, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Admission: $5.00 and refreshments are served at intermission. The Beaver Creek Storytellers are attempting to preserve and tell stories of the past. Come, Listen, Enjoy and Pass these stories on to the younger generations. We have a variety of Storytellers, Poets and Musicians who perform because they all enjoy passing their stories, songs and poems on to old and new listeners. See you there!! Ask about our annual membership. Everyone Can Support Storytelling!
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blowfish emporium painting party — Abstract Flowers

February 04, 2014
Come on out to blowfish emporium's regular Tuesday & Thursday night painting parties! The next painting party is Tuesday, February 4 from 6 to 8pm. Be assured, this is NOT a painting class! It is very relaxed & informal. The point is to have fun & allow yourself the option to get as creative as you want. NO SKILL IS REQUIRED, really! The cost is $32 per person (includes EVERYTHING — canvas, paint, tools & instruction — you just show up!). For more information contact blowfish emporium on 276-644-1428 or info@blowfishemporium.com.
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Machiavelli's 2014 Super Bowl Party

February 02, 2014
Come on out to Machiavelli's and join us for our Annual Super Bowl Party on Sunday, February 2 at 4pm! As always our "Fit to Feed a Line Backer Buffet" will have a host of great food — Wings, Pizzas, Grinders, Chips, Dips, Salads and More. There will also be a Sunday Two for $20 Pizza special, Beer Features, Happy Hour 4:00 — 7:00, and a Raffle give away! For more information, call 423-573-9955.

Super Bowl Party at O'Mainnin's Pub

February 02, 2014
Come on out to a fantastic SUPERBOWL PARTY at O'Mainnin's Pub on Sunday, February 2! Free food spread at halftime, giant screen up in the loft, sound over our house system. $2 domestic pints & longnecks and $3 premium pints & longnecks. After Party with DJ B-Digital and $1 Drafts! No cover charge!
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The Paramount Chamber Players present "Song, Rhapsody and Drama" at the Paramount

February 01, 2014
The Paramount Chamber Players will present "Song, Rhapsody and Drama" at the Paramount on Saturday, February 1 at 7:30pm. Celebrating song with and without words is the core of the first half of Song, Rhapsody and Drama. The song, Let Us Garlands Bring, contains poetry of the great Shakespeare combined with the harmonies of contemporary England. Songs America Loves to Sing presents instrumental versions of tunes you are likely to have sung all your life (Amazing Grace, What a Friend and Happy Birthday etc.). The second half tips-the-hat to rhapsodic drama with two of music’s most well-loved composers, Debussy and Mozart. Appearing in this program: Craig W. Combs, piano; Vicki Fey, piano; George Figueroa, violin; Kimberly Ray, violin; Luis Casal, viola; Cherylonda Fitzgerald, cello; Rebecca Paluzzi, flute; Eugene Jones, clarinet; and Mark Own Davis, baritone. Adults $12, Seniors/Students without ID $10, Students with ID free of charge — all general seating. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 423-274-8920 or go to www.theparamountcenter.com.

blowfish emporium painting party — Abstract Flowers

January 30, 2014
Come on out to blowfish emporium's regular Tuesday & Thursday night painting parties! The next painting party is Thursday, January 30 from 6 to 8pm. Be assured, this is NOT a painting class! It is very relaxed & informal. The point is to have fun & allow yourself the option to get as creative as you want. NO SKILL IS REQUIRED, really! The cost is $32 per person (includes EVERYTHING — canvas, paint, tools & instruction — you just show up!). For more information contact blowfish emporium on 276-644-1428 or info@blowfishemporium.com.
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Serendipity Semi-Annual Winter Clearance Sale — You don't want to miss this!

January 29, 2014
Starting January 13, all of Serendipity's fall and winter merchandise will be 50% off! This is one of our two BIG sales of the year with some of the deepest discounts, and will run through the remainder of January. Please note that new spring styles are not included in this sale. Not only will the fall and winter merchandise be on sale, select styles of TOMS will be 40% off, and select pieces of jewelry and accessories will be 30% off. We might be just a few months away from spring, but the weather is still cold, so come in and stock up on sweaters, scarves, sweater dresses, long-sleeve tops, and all of your fall and winter essentials. You really won't want to miss this sale!

It's time for Healing Hands 4th Annual Sweets for the Sweet!

January 29, 2014
Cupcakes orders are NOW being taken for Healing Hands Health Center’s 4th annual Sweets for the Sweet Fundraiser! Let us surprise someone for you this Valentine's Day, Friday, February 14th, with a beautifully boxed and wrapped, delicious Blackbird Bakery cupcake and a card with your special message, all for your $50 donation to Healing Hands! To place an order, go to our website www.healinghandshealthcenter.org, email devassistant@btes.tv, or call 423-573-4327 to order a sweet for your sweetie! **Don't forget about your customers, co-workers, employer/employees, nursing home residents, friends who have lost a loved one, students, etc. — they all love Blackbird Bakery cupcakes, too! **All orders must be submitted by February 11th. Orders of 10 or more are $25 each. Quantities are limited so order now! ** Delivery in: Tri-Cities, Abingdon and Surrounding Areas. Our fundraising goal is $20,000 which will go to help fund our medical and dental clinics serving the working, uninsured residents in NE Tennessee and SW Virginia.

Valentine's Sweet for your Sweetheart from Southeast Culinary & Hospitality College — Order Yours Now!

January 29, 2014
The Southeast Culinary & Hospitality College will be selling Valentine Sweets — perfect for your special sweetheart! The following sweet treats are available: * Heart-shaped tray full of chocolate-dipped Strawberries $15.00; * Heart-shaped Tray full of assorted chocolate truffles $20.00; * Combination of strawberries and truffles $22.00; and *Combination Long Stem Rose wrapped with greenery and Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries $25.00. You can order for pick-up or delivery (business and schools only in local Bristol, VA area). Please send the following information: Sender's Name; Sender's phone number; Recipient's name; Phone number; Delivery or Pick-up at college; Delivery date or pick-up date; Items ordered. Please return orders and payment to the college by February 12, 2014. Payment may be made by check, cash or credit card. If using credit card please fill in information. Please make check payable to: Southeast Culinary College. 100 Piedmont Ave, Bristol, VA 24201. For more information, call 276-591-5699.

blowfish emporium painting party — Trees

January 28, 2014
Come on out to blowfish emporium's regular Tuesday & Thursday night painting parties! The next painting party is Tuesday, January 28 from 6 to 8pm. Be assured, this is NOT a painting class! It is very relaxed & informal. The point is to have fun & allow yourself the option to get as creative as you want. NO SKILL IS REQUIRED, really! The cost is $32 per person (includes EVERYTHING — canvas, paint, tools & instruction — you just show up!). For more information contact blowfish emporium on 276-644-1428 or info@blowfishemporium.com.
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Upcoming Events

Serendipity Semi-Annual Winter Clearance Sale — You don't want to miss this!

January 13 - 31, 2014

Humpday Party with The Mark Barkin Trio at O'Mainnin's Pub

January 29, 2014

Local singer and songwriter Jimi Hall at O'Mainnin's Pub

January 30, 2014

blowfish emporium painting party — Abstract Flowers

January 30, 2014

Flipside Runner at O'Mainnin's Pub

January 31, 2014

The Honeybadgers at Stateline Bar & Grille

January 31, 2014

Beer tasting at Inari Wines

January 31, 2014

The Paramount Chamber Players present "Song, Rhapsody and Drama" at the Paramount

February 01, 2014

Wine tasting at Inari Wines

February 01, 2014

Sucker Punch at O'Mainnin's Pub

February 01, 2014

Super Bowl Party at O'Mainnin's Pub

February 02, 2014

Machiavelli's 2014 Super Bowl Party

February 02, 2014

The Gospel Two at the Pickin' Porch at the Foundation Event Facility

February 03, 2014

blowfish emporium painting party — Abstract Flowers

February 04, 2014

Beaver Creek Storytellers at 606 State Street Gallery

February 04, 2014

Pinterest Party: "Crafty Valentine" at 606 State Street Gallery

February 05, 2014

Ryan Ward at O'Mainnin's Pub

February 06, 2014

South River at Stateline Bar & Grille

February 07, 2014

Beer tasting at Inari Wines

February 07, 2014

Wine tasting at Inari Wines

February 08, 2014

King University Choral Department presents "Lift Every Voice and Sing" at the Paramount

February 08, 2014

Buster Keaton Silent Movie Film Festival with Rex Ward on the Mighty Wurlitzer at the Paramount

February 09, 2014

Father Daughter Dance at Bristol Ballet

February 09, 2014

Casting call for Barter Theatre Youth Academy workshops and classes at the Paramount

February 10, 2014

Changin' Lanes and The Willy Boone Wildcats at the Pickin' Porch at the Foundation Event Facility

February 10, 2014

606 State Street Jammers at 606 State Street Gallery

February 10, 2014

Terry Napier to Unveil History of Steele Creek Park at Bristol Public Library

February 10, 2014

Valentine's Sweet for your Sweetheart from Southeast Culinary & Hospitality College

February 12, 2014

Local Musical Talent Showcase at 606 State Street Gallery

February 13, 2014

AAME Speaker Series at the Bristol Public Library: Dr. Martin Dotterweich, "From Clay Tablet to Kindle: Book History in the Digital Age"

February 13, 2014

Valentine's Dinner at Southeast Culinary & Hospitality College

February 14, 2014

Valentine's Day at Machiavelli's with the Rickshaw Roadshow!

February 14, 2014

Dirty Bourbon River Show at 620 State

February 14, 2014

Swing Dance class at Bristol Ballet — the perfect date for Valentine's Day!

February 14, 2014

"L'Amour Toujours Valentine's Concert" at the Paramount Center of the Arts

February 14, 2014

Beer tasting at Inari Wines

February 14, 2014

The Hit Men — former members of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons and Tommy James & The Shondells performing live at the Paramount

February 15, 2014

Wine tasting at Inari Wines

February 15, 2014

ETSU Bluegrass, Old-Time & Country Bands at the Pickin' Porch at the Foundation Event Facility

February 17, 2014

606 State Street Jammers at 606 State Street Gallery

February 17, 2014

Beer tasting at Inari Wines

February 21, 2014

Motel Rodeo at Stateline Bar & Grille

February 21, 2014

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