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It's time for the 5th Annual Downtown Showcase — and you can still get tickets!

March 04, 2014
Downtown Bristol is gearing up for the Fifth Annual Downtown Showcase — on Thursday, March 6, 6 — 8:30pm at the Foundation Event Facility — and you are invited to attend! At the Downtown Showcase, you will experience all the best the heart of our community has to offer. This year’s event will be an amazing evening featuring a signature dish from many of our downtown restaurants, a beer & wine tasting, live music by The Harlow Experience, celebrity emcee Mr. Chad Keen, local arts and artists, a fashion show, and much more – all from our Historic Downtown District!

A live and silent auction will be held during the course of the evening with exclusive and interesting offerings, including one-month membership to the Carefree Boat Club, a gift certificate for ballroom dance lessons, a 5-course dinner with wine pairing in your own home, a full set of murder mystery books by local author Chuck Thompson, several home décor and fashion items, and much more! The live auction will begin at 8pm and will offer six big items to bid on: a vacation package to Cancun, a rooftop party at the Benjamin Walls Gallery, a Chic in the City package for the ladies, a Fashionable Gentleman’s Outing package, a $500 gift certificate to the Benjamin Walls Gallery, and a Get Into the Spirit package, perfect for the connoisseur of a variety of spirits!

Bristol’s Downtown Showcase will be held at the Foundation Event Facility at 620 State Street. Bristol, TN. Tickets are $55 per person and $100 per couple; tables of 8 are $400. Space is limited and interested attendees should call Believe in Bristol at 276-644-9700 or email info@believeinbristol.org to reserve tickets, though we will have some tickets for sale on the door. Bristol’s Downtown Showcase is a fundraiser for Believe in Bristol; all proceeds will benefit the Main Street Program and downtown revitalization efforts. For more information about Believe in Bristol, please visit www.believeinbristol.org.

As a Certified Main Street Community, Downtown Bristol has more to offer every day – more activities, more shops, more homes, more offices and more life. Believe in Bristol is a nonprofit 501 ( c ) 3 organization composed of dedicated citizens, business owners, government officials and other friends of Bristol who recognize the role a vital downtown plays in preserving and furthering our communities identity, spirit and economy.

By donating to, volunteering with and/or becoming involved in Believe in Bristol, you can become an active part of Bristol’s ongoing success story. Thanks to the participation of our citizens, Downtown Bristol has been, and will continue to be, a source of pride and delight for the people of Tennessee and Virginia—because we BELIEVE IN BRISTOL!

2014 Mayors' Award of Distinction Call for Nominations Opened

March 04, 2014
Each year the cities of Bristol, Tennessee and Bristol, Virginia call for nominations for the Mayors’ Award of Distinction. This is the seventh year of this event which recognizes individuals and organizations for their efforts to better our community.

Those individuals who go about quietly making others’ lives better and more fulfilling are honored through this program. Groups who strive to make sure the less fortunate have food, clothing, housing and medical needs are recognized for their valiant efforts.

Twenty-three awards have been bestowed over the last six years in a ceremony that takes place each spring. This year the ceremony will be held at the Paramount Center for the Arts on Thursday, April 17, 2014. The community will be invited to the event along with families of the award recipients.

Nominations will be accepted through Thursday, March 27, 2014. Nomination forms may be found on either Bristol, TN or Bristol, VA websites as well as in each city hall and the Chamber of Commerce. Nominees must be at least 25 years of age and have been born in, lived in, worked in or have strong ties to the City of Bristol Tennessee/Virginia. Self-nominations are also welcome. Posthumous nominees must be nominated within 24 months following the death of the nominee.

For more information on the program go to www.bristolva.org or www.bristoltn.org or call or email Darlene Cole, Venues Manager of Community Relations @ 423-764-4171 or dcole@bristoltn.org for more information.

606 State Street Gallery Now Offering Meeting Space Rentals

March 04, 2014
An inexpensive, quality rental space can be difficult to find in the Tri-Cities area, and so the artists at 606 State Street Gallery, an artist cooperative in downtown Bristol, TN, are willing to help meet that need!

For businesses or groups seeking a space to meet in the downtown Bristol area, 606 State Street Gallery now offers rental of their entire gallery space for $50/hour, before and after hours each day of the week. By offering the gallery as a meeting space with seating capacity for up to thirty individuals, 606 provides a space for groups to come together in the heart of Historic Downtown Bristol.

Reservations of the space are required at least 48 hours (2 days) in advance to allow for adequate staffing and availability. To find out more or rent the gallery for a specific time period, contact 606 at info@606statestreetgallery.com or call the gallery during normal business hours at 423.573.2438.

606 State Street Gallery is a cooperative art gallery in downtown Bristol, owned and operated fully by the artist members. 606 is a gallery of quality, regional artwork, and a business that builds upon the varied strengths of the community.

Student Art Gallery Brings a Hint of Spring to Historic Downtown Bristol

March 04, 2014
The Arts & Entertainment District is hosting the 3rd Annual Student Art Gallery in Downtown Bristol. In an effort to “Cultivate Bristol’s Creativity,” the district has invited the local schools to help us beautify our community by providing art to decorate the front windows of the former Hayes Furniture Building on State Street.

“The Student Art Gallery is such a positive way to showcase the creative talent in our own community and to encourage students in our schools to embrace the arts,” says René Rodgers, Associate Director at Believe in Bristol. “This initiative has become one of the most successful programs hosted by Believe in Bristol in the Arts & Entertainment District, and the enthusiasm and artistic energy of the students is wonderful to see.”

Each school or group that participates has a month-long period to display their students’ art in the space. The fifth gallery of art went up on March 4, showcasing art from students in grades 9 to 12 at Virginia High School. Deborah Martin’s students worked on a variety of different projects with a broad array of subject matter – however, the idea of spring time and spring activities became more of a dominant theme during the cold winter we have been experiencing!

Artwork by the students from Virginia High School will be on display at the Hayes Furniture Building until April 1, 2014.

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

Downtown Bristol Blog

blowfish emporium painting party — Abstract Circles

March 11, 2014
Come on out to blowfish emporium's regular Tuesday & Thursday night painting parties! The Tuesday painting party is March 11 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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Believe in Bristol's Informational / Social Meeting for downtown businesses, property owners, developers, and future entrepreneurs!

March 11, 2014
Mark your calenders — Believe in Bristol is hosting an Informational Social/Meeting on Tuesday, March 11, 5 — 7pm at the BIB IdeaSpace at 36 Moore Street, Bristol, VA! This meeting is for Downtown Bristol Businesses, Property Owners, Developers, and Future Entrepreneurs — all are encouraged to attend, and everyone is welcome! This meeting is an opportunity for BIB to share important information and generate discussion with you on: • Border Bash Summer Concert Series (May – August) • Bristol Half & Half Marathon – April 12, 2014 • Lead Bristol! presents a new retail initiative – Sunset Shopping Downtown • Meet the Design Committee & learn what can they do for your business or property • Information about the Bristol Entrepreneurial Center • How to take advantage of the IdeaSpace. Refreshments will be served on the night! If you have any questions, please contact Christina Blevins, BIB Executive Director, info@believeinbristol.org, (276) 644-9700. We host quarterly meetings to keep everyone informed of issues that affect you. We hope to host our next meetings in June, September, and December.

March Pinterest Party at 606 State Street Gallery: DIY Dahlia Mirror

March 11, 2014
Feeling crafty? Want a fun creative object for your home? If so, come on out to 606 State Street Gallery where Teresa Kath will host a Pinterest Party on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 from 6 — 9PM. The featured project will be a DIY Dahlia Mirror (sometimes called a Chrysanthemum or Sunburst Mirror) made from plastic spoons! Teresa Kath, a 606 juried artist, will be there to assist you in the creation of your mirror project. No experience in crafting is required, and the cost is $15 per project. There’s no need to pay extra for the fun...it’s included. Join us at the gallery! RSVP is required to reserve supplies. Email info@606statestreetgallery.com or call the gallery at 423.573.2438.

The Carolina Chocolate Drops at the Paramount

March 08, 2014
The Carolina Chocolate Drops will be performing live at the Paramount on Saturday, March 8 at 7:30pm. Rolling Stone Magazine described the Carolina Chocolate Drops’ style as “dirt-floor-dance electricity.” If you ask the band, that is what matters most. Yes, banjos and black string musicians first got here on slave ships, but now this is everyone’s music. It’s okay to mix it up and go where the spirit moves. Tickets are $25 — for more information, call 423-274-8920 or go to www.theparamountcenter.com.
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RESCHEDULED: Local Talent Showcase @ 606 State Street Gallery

March 07, 2014
The Local Talent Showcase, hosted by 606 State Street Gallery in Historic Downtown Bristol, TN has been rescheduled due to the snowstorm and will now take place on Friday, March 7, 2014 from 6 — 10PM. The excitement only grows stronger! A $5 cover will give event attendees access to the following music lineup in the gallery: * 6:00PM PJ Steelman * 6:30PM Isaiah & David Odum * 7:00PM Josh Bremerman * 7:30PM DC Wolf * 8:00PM Kat Rush * 8:30PM Sandra Parker * 9:00PM Rich Allen * 9:30PM Chaz Spence * 9:50PM Randy Broyles & Chaz. For more information about this event, call 606 State Street Gallery on 423-573-2438.
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Nat Osborn at 620 State!

March 07, 2014
Nat Osborn will be performing live at 620 State on Friday, March 7 from 9:30pm until 12:30am! This is an all ages show and there is no cover!!!
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YW Prom Dress Sale to Offer $25 Deal

March 06, 2014
The YWCA Junior Board of Directors, in partnership with Belk Tri-Cities, is gearing up for its 6th annual Prom Dress Sale March 6 – 8, which will feature hundreds of gently used prom dresses, shoes and accessories. A community service project of the YWCA, the Prom Dress Sale features all dresses for only $25; high school girls may also obtain vouchers from their guidance counselor. The sale will take place in the gymnasium at YWCA Bristol, 106 State Street in Bristol, Tenn., from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. March 6 and 7 and 8 a.m. to noon March 8. “We will have several volunteers on hand to assist with selecting dresses of all styles, lengths and sizes and to help each girl feel special in the gown she selects,” said Crystal Allison, chair of the Prom Dress Sale. Dressing rooms will also be available. The YWCA accepts prom gown donations year around. For more information, please call YWCA Bristol at 423.968.9444 or email t_henkel@ywcabristol.org.

Former U.S. Ambassador to Poland to Speak at Bristol Public Library

March 06, 2014
Former ambassador to Poland and mayor of Knoxville Victor Ashe will speak at the Bristol Public Library as part of the King Institute for Security and Intelligence Studies’ lecture series. Co-sponsored by the King Security and Intelligence Studies Group, Ashe’s lecture will focus on the timely topic of “Russian Foreign Policy in Eastern Europe” at the Bristol Public Library on Thursday, March 6 at 6:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. For additional information, contact Dr. Joseph Fitsanakis at 423.652.6014 or jfitsanakis@king.edu, or Doris Stickley at 276-821-6148 or doris@bristol-library.org.
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Bristol's Downtown Showcase — The Big Reveal!

March 05, 2014
Bristol's Downtown Showcase is going to have a lot of FANTASTIC silent and live auction items on the night. From fun "experiences" and downtown gift certificates to local art and beautiful fashions, there's going to be something for everyone! Here are just a few of the great items you can bid on: * The band Strange Awakenings playing at your next party * Ballroom dancing classes with Ashby Dickerson * A Country Breakfast Basket from Cranberry Lane * Pointer Brand clothing and totes * A birthday party at Kil'n Time! Not only are there great auction items to bid on, but there are also several artists doing live demos at the event, including Pat Jessee, Kent Paulette, and Teresa Kath, along with several ballerinas from the Bristol Ballet! The event is on Thursday, March 6, 6 — 8:30pm — the silent auction will last until 8pm, and the live auction will begin at 8:00pm. Tune in next week for the next Big Reveal!

Check out KP's great weekly specials!

March 05, 2014
Come on out to KP on State Street in Bristol, Tennessee, to enjoy a host of weekly specials! * On Wednesdays, you can get 1/2 off bottles of wine and 1/2 off appetizers after 3pm. * On Thursdays, there are Craft Beers for $2. * On Fridays, try the 75 cent oysters, $2 drafts, and $5 martinis — the perfect way to end a work week! KP is open for lunch and dinner. For more information, call 423-764-3889.

Upcoming Events

Humpday Party with Last Call at O'Mainnin's Pub

March 05, 2014

Marcus Boyd at O'Mainnin's Pub

March 06, 2014

Believe in Bristol's Annual Downtown Showcase Fundraiser at the Foundation Event Facility

March 06, 2014

Former U.S. Ambassador to Poland to Speak at Bristol Public Library

March 06, 2014

Nat Osborn at 620 State

March 07, 2014

Beer tasting at Inari Wines

March 07, 2014

Acoustrifried at O'Mainnin's Pub

March 07, 2014

Matt Jones and The Bobs at Stateline Bar & Grille

March 07, 2014

RESCHEDULED: Local Talent Showcase @ 606 State Street Gallery

March 07, 2014

JP Parsons and the American Bandwagon, plus Adam Bolt, at O'Mainnin's Pub

March 08, 2014

The Carolina Chocolate Drops at the Paramount

March 08, 2014

Wine tasting at Inari Wines

March 08, 2014

Sunday Funday with DJ B-Digital at O'Mainnin's Pub

March 09, 2014

Open Jam with Adam Graybeal at O'Mainnin's Pub

March 10, 2014

March Pinterest Party at 606 State Street Gallery: DIY Dahlia Mirror

March 11, 2014

blowfish emporium painting party — Abstract Circles

March 11, 2014

Believe in Bristol is hosting an Informational / Social Meeting for downtown businesses, property owners, developers, and future entrepreneurs!

March 11, 2014

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

March 11, 2014

"Women of Ireland" at the Paramount Center for the Arts

March 12, 2014

Rex Montgomery at Stateline Bar & Grille

March 14, 2014

Cha-Cha Lesson and Dancing at Bristol Ballet

March 14, 2014

Wine tasting at Inari Wines

March 15, 2014

The Art of Criticism...Giving & Taking Training at the Bristol Chamber of Commerce

March 18, 2014

CHANGE OF DATE — Art D'Vine in Historic Downtown Bristol

March 21, 2014

Beer tasting at Inari Wines

March 21, 2014

"Tribute to Barbra Streisand" at the Paramount Center for the Arts

March 21, 2014

Wine tasting at Inari Wines

March 22, 2014

"MARCH MADNESS — 1930'S STYLE — LAST CHANCE": Mighty WurliTzer Organ / Film Festival's Finale at the Paramount

March 23, 2014

Royal Moscow Ballet presents "Sleeping Beauty" at the Paramount

March 28, 2014

Beer tasting at Inari Wines

March 28, 2014

Wine tasting at Inari Wines

March 29, 2014

An Evening with C. S. Lewis

March 30, 2014

Beer tasting at Inari Wines

April 04, 2014

Wine tasting at Inari Wines

April 05, 2014

Beer tasting at Inari Wines

April 11, 2014

Russell Howard performing live at 606 State Street Gallery

April 11, 2014

Wine tasting at Inari Wines

April 12, 2014

Beer tasting at Inari Wines

April 18, 2014

Wine tasting at Inari Wines

April 19, 2014

Beer tasting at Inari Wines

April 25, 2014

Wine tasting at Inari Wines

April 26, 2014

Save the date for Girls Inc.'s "An Evening of Musical Entertainment, Inspiration and Leadership" with special guest Louise Mandrell at the Paramount Center for the Arts

May 02, 2014

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