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Believe in Bristol needs your vote in First Tennessee Foundation's 150 Days of Giving

March 18, 2014
Believe in Bristol is one of the non-profits on First Tennessee Foundation's 150 Days of Giving site — and we need your vote! This is your chance to help us receive $5,000, which will go towards supporting downtown revitalization and the Main Street program!

Voting for the First Tennessee Foundation’s 150 Days of Giving is open now and will accumulate throughout the 150 Days of Giving. Beginning on March 25 — First Tennessee’s 150th anniversary — their foundation will grant $5,000 to a different nonprofit each day for 150 days. To vote for up to 10 nonprofits each day, visit www.150DaysofGiving.com.

So go to the site, search for Believe in Bristol, and start voting — every day from now to the end of the 150 Days of Giving! We need your support!

Bank of Tennessee Invests in Birthplace of Country Music® Museum as BCM Kicks Off "Name Your Seat" Fundraising Campaign


Pictured L to R: Roy Harmon, CEO Bank of Tennessee, Edd Hill, BCM Board, Leah, John Rainero BCM Board, Jessica Turner BCMM Director, Jim Tench BCM Board Chair, David Wagner, Market President Bank of Tennessee
March 18, 2014
A press conference was held Tuesday, March 18, 2014, in the atrium of the Birthplace of Country Music® Museum to announce a $100,000 gift by Bank of Tennessee to the museum. Bank of Tennessee CEO Roy Harmon and Bank of Tennessee Market President David Wagner presented the check to BCM Executive Director Leah Ross during the conference.

“This commitment to the Birthplace of Country Music® Museum is another wonderful example of Bank of Tennessee’s investment in the communities where they do business,” Ross stated. “We are so grateful for their continued support over the years and look forward to the future they are helping us create.”

Bank of Tennessee has been a valued supporter of BCM for many years, having sponsored a number of BCM events including Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion and Friends of 1927 concerts. Birthplace of Country Music® Museum will open its doors in August of this year.

“Bank of Tennessee has been a supporter of Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion for nearly a decade,”
Bank of Tennessee Market President David Wagner said. “When we toured the museum and saw the impact the Birthplace of Country Music® Museum would have on our region, we knew we wanted to further our commitment.”

There are also other opportunities for individuals, groups, and organizations to contribute to the Birthplace of Country Music®.

“Hey, let the music play...” Name Your Seat in the Birthplace of Country Music® Museum:
You don’t have to be a musician to leave your signature on the Birthplace of Country Music® Museum. BCM invites contributors to “let the music play” as they kick off the museum’s “Name Your Seat” fundraising campaign. Contributors will be given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to purchase seats in the museum’s 100-seat Performance Theater and 64-seat Orientation Theater for $1,000 each. Your seat in the spotlight can be named for family members, loved ones, organizations or employees. A personalized engraved plaque will adorn the arm of each dedicated seat.

The museum’s Performance Theater is an intimate, inviting space designed with state-of-the-art acoustics and live recording and broadcasting capabilities. Throughout the year, the theater will play host to live music performances and an array of special events such as classes, lectures, and films.

The Orientation Theater will introduce visitors to the Bristol Sessions – how they began, what they did, and how they continue to impact generations young and old, near and far – through a film produced by Washington, DC-based, Academy Award-winning media team Hillmann & Carr. Upon exiting the Orientation Theater, visitors will be ready to engage with the museum’s exhibits.

*Note: A seat naming opportunity does not guarantee the reservation of the seat for performances. Ticket purchases are handled separately.

Bank of Tennessee’s Story:
Like many other successful companies, Bank of Tennessee and Carter County Bank, a division of Bank of Tennessee, came from humble beginnings. But even when you Start Small, Think Big. with visionary leadership, knowledgeable employees, and good investment decisions, success will be the result.

Bank of Tennessee opened in 1974 in Kingsport, Tennessee with one branch on the corner of Center Street. Now, forty years later, Bank of Tennessee’s presence now includes locations in Bristol, Johnson City, Jonesborough, Gray, Erwin, and Middle Tennessee.

In January 2013, Carter County Bank and Bank of Tennessee joined together to form one financial institution. Combining two strong financial institutions meant they could remain competitive in pricing and technology offerings. Bank of Tennessee is genuinely a locally owned and operated company with 98% of the ownership and 100% of business decisions made here. That means Bank of Tennessee understands the challenges and opportunities our communities face.


Birthplace of Country Music®:
Birthplace of Country Music® is a non-profit organization established to enhance Bristol’s role in the birth and development of country music through the Birthplace of Country Music® Museum (open August 2014), the Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion music festival (September 19-21, 2014), and educational outreach and programming. For more information about BCM, visit www.BirthplaceofCountryMusic.org. or e-mail info@birthplaceofcountrymusic.org.

Border Bash is fast approaching — so get your vendor application in now!

March 18, 2014
Summer is fast approaching — which means it's time for the 15th Annual Border Bash summer concert series! So get ready for a summer packed with free live music and family fun on State Street and beyond!

Border Bash, the twice-monthly free concert series held annually May through August, is a wonderful roving mini-fest that features live music, children's activities, and street vendors. The concerts will take place on the first and third Fridays of the months May through August. Children's activities will begin at 6:00p.m., live music at 7:00p.m. Admission is free.

Believe in Bristol is now accepting applications from food and arts and crafts vendors, along with non-profits that would like to have a display table at the event. Please note that there is a small charge for food and arts and crafts vendors, and that payment must be sent in with your application. Space at the event is limited and on a first come, first serve basis so we recommend you get your application in as soon as possible to guarantee space — however, you must have your application in at least one week before the month you start vending in order to be considered for the event.

If you are interested in vending at Border Bash, or having a non-profit display table, please contact Believe in Bristol at info@believeinbristol.org to request a vendor application.

Theatre Bristol announces new show — "Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs" — which opens March 28

March 18, 2014
Theatre Bristol announces its first show of 2014, raising the curtain on its 49th season, with the fairy tale “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs."

Performances of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” will open Friday, March 28 at the ARTspace Theatre at 506 State Street, Bristol, and run Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through Sunday, April 13th. The Friday and Saturday performances will be at 7:30 pm. Sunday matinees will be at 2:30 pm. Adult tickets are $12.00. Senior (60+), student and children’s tickets are $10.00. Reserve your tickets in advance by calling 423-383-5979.

Based on the familiar tale by the Brothers Grimm, the play tells how Snow White, supposedly disposed of by the wicked queen, finds her way to a happy glen and the home of seven friendly dwarfs. A deadly apple, wielded by the queen, casts her into a deep sleep. She is revived just in time, and, with her prince, lives... Well, come see for yourself.

Directing the cast is highly respected and talented actor/director, Chris McVey, a Theatre Bristol veteran. He is supported by crew Sarah McCall, T.J. Voorhees, Lindsay Marshall, Camille Gray, Natasha Trombly, Sharon Flake, and Nicholas Thompson.

Grace Glover stars as the beautiful Snow White, the Evil Queen Brangomar is played by Hannah Crawford, Witch Hex, Brangomar's accomplice, is played by Lee Anne Hitch, and the Mirror is voiced by long-time Theatre Bristol veteran Michael Locke. The Huntsman is played by Jacob Alvis, returning to the Theatre Bristol stage after performances in Anne of Green Gables and Miracle on 34th Street. The charming Prince Florimond is played by Mason Johnson, and James Altman makes his debut on the Theatre Bristol stage as Sir Dandiprat, the meticulous chamberlain.

Snow White's eight Maids of Honor are played by Sara Harless, Gabrielle Harmon, Jaymee Woodmore, Destiny Keene, Samantha Mays, Ava White, Emmerson Hardy, and Emma Hatcher. The Seven Dwarfs are brought to life by John Mullins, Rori Simmons, Emma Kennedy, Ethan Riffey, Luke Childress, Caleb Hale, and Aaron Blankenship. The cast is rounded out by the Witch's adorable cats, played by Mary Hitch, Carolyn Hitch, Zaiah Gray, and Ethan Baker.

For more information, visit www.theatrebristol.org or visit the Theatre Bristol facebook page.

Downtown Bristol Blog

blowfish emporium painting party — Key Note

March 25, 2014
Come on out to blowfish emporium's regular Tuesday & Thursday night painting parties! The next Tuesday painting party is Tuesday, March 25 from 6 to 8:30pm. 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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"MARCH MADNESS — 1930'S STYLE — LAST CHANCE": Mighty WurliTzer Organ / Film Festival's Finale at the Paramount

March 23, 2014
Come on out to the Paramount for the grand finale of a wonderful Silent Film Series with the Mighty Wurlitzer — the final showing is on Sunday, March 23 at 3pm. Mix Laurel & Hardy's famed top comedy film "Liberty" with "Teddy At The Throttle" (first original animal actor's silent movie), along with over 1,000 real pipes, pianos, harps, bells, whistles, gongs, & percussions of the Mighty WurliTzer Organ, live accompaniment with 20th Year House Organist Rex Ward, lucky ticket prize drawings, and an audience rhythm instruments play along for the perfect recipe of a March Madness Organ Film Event Finale! You just can't miss this amazing event! Make our winter Organ/Film Finale complete with YOU in a seat! It's not just a show-its a Mighty WurliTzExperience! See you here! For more information, contact the Paramount on 423-274-8920.

Basic Photography Crash Course Class with Briana Morris at 606 State Street Gallery

March 22, 2014
You have a camera with lots of different settings, but you haven't been able to get the pictures you want. If that sounds like you, bring your camera and get ready to get engaged during this crash course with photographer Briana Morris, a juried 606 artist since 2010. This $40 Basic Photography Crash Course will be held between 11am and 2pm on Saturday, March 22, 2014, at 606 State Street Gallery, Bristol, TN. RSVP is required on the event page on Facebook, at info@606statestreetgallery.com, or 423.573.2438. Payment accepted on the day of the course.
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"Tribute to Barbra Streisand" at the Paramount Center for the Arts

March 21, 2014
With an uncanny resemblance both in voice and looks, Sharon Owens has been performing her “Tribute to Barbra Streisand” to critical acclaim nationwide in major showrooms, for corporate events and as a Headliner in Las Vegas. She spent ten stellar years recreating the sound and style of Streisand in the multi-million dollar productions shows “Legends in Concert” and Berlin’s “Stars in concert”. From the classic songs of the 60's to the power ballads of today, Sharon takes the audience on a spectacular journey through the music of Streisand's greatest hits. Sharon not only has the look but has the voice that is unmistakably that of the legendary Barbra. Now, she will be presenting her wonderful show here in Bristol at the Paramount Center for the Arts on Friday, March 21 at 7:30pm. Tickets are $25 for adults, $22.50 for seniors, and $20 for students. For more information, contact the Paramount on 423-274-8920.

Come on out to Art D'Vine gallery hop and wine tasting in Historic Downtown Bristol

March 21, 2014
On Friday, March 21, 2014, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., the downtown Bristol galleries and arts venues are again joining forces to bring Art D’Vine to the local community. This evening art walk offers patrons the chance to gain after-hours access to merchants, sample domestic and international wines, and enjoy a range of works from artists across the region. As with the previous gallery hops, participants are invited to stroll around Historic Downtown Bristol, stopping at Kil’n Time, Benjamin Walls Gallery, 606 State Street Gallery, One of a Kind Gallery, blowfish emporium, Pretty Girl Station, KP Duty, One Night Stand Gallery, and Hatching Perspective Gallery. Art D'Vine is also playing host to the senior photography exhibit of King University student Arlyn Kimbrough. Most of the galleries will feature different varieties of wine for sampling. This event is free to the public, though there is a suggested one-time donation of $5 with the proceeds supporting the work of the Arts & Entertainment District of Historic Downtown Bristol, TN/VA. We will be hosting other seasonal Art D’Vines in 2014 – June 20 to kick off State of the Arts Weekend and September 12, along with moving our regular December Art D'Vine to January 2015 to beat the post-holiday winter blues!

AAME Speaker Series at the Bristol Public Library: Richard Rose of the Barter Theatre, "Community Building through Theatre and the Arts"

March 20, 2014
The Arts Alliance Mountain Empire, in cooperation with the Bristol Public Library, is pleased to announce the second in the AAME Speakers Series. The AAME Speakers Series features local and regional personalities sharing their expertise on topics that enrich and encourage the arts and general communities of our region. This series also provides a forum for member organizations of AAME to tell of their contributions to the Mountain Empire region. This event, taking place at the Bristol Public Library on Thursday, March 20 at 7:30 p.m., will feature Richard Rose, Producing Artistic Director of Abingdon’s Barter Theatre. His topic will be “Community Building through Theatre and the Arts.”
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blowfish emporium painting party — Birds in a Tree

March 20, 2014
Come on out to blowfish emporium's regular Tuesday & Thursday night painting parties! The next Thursday painting party is Thursday, March 20 from 6 to 8:30pm. 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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State Street railroad crossing closing for one day


Photograph courtesy of Malcolm Wilson / pixandpr.com
March 20, 2014
Norfolk Southern Railway will be closing the State Street railroad crossing from approximately 7:00 am to 7:00 pm on Thursday, March 20, 2014, for crossing rehabilitation, including final paving of the crossing. If this is your usual travel route, please plan an alternative to avoid delays.

Upcoming Events

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

March 19, 2014

blowfish emporium painting party — Birds in a Tree

March 20, 2014

AAME Speaker Series at the Bristol Public Library: Richard Rose of the Barter Theatre, "Community Building through Theatre and the Arts"

March 20, 2014

Laura Thurston at O'Mainnin's Pub

March 20, 2014

Art D'Vine gallery hop and wine tasting in Historic Downtown Bristol

March 21, 2014

The Mobros at 620 State

March 21, 2014

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

March 21, 2014

Weaving the Fate at O'Mainnin's Pub

March 21, 2014

Basic Photography Crash Course Class with Briana Morris at 606 State Street Gallery

March 22, 2014

Plan Z at O'Mainnin's Pub

March 22, 2014

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

March 23, 2014

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

March 23, 2014

Open Band Jam with master blues guitarist Adam Graybeal at O'Mainnin's Pub

March 24, 2014

Jeff Ingersaw at the Pickin' Porch at the Foundation Event Facility

March 24, 2014

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

March 25, 2014

blowfish emporium painting party — Key Note

March 25, 2014

US Navy Band "Sea Chanters" at Paramount

March 26, 2014

Royal Moscow Ballet presents "Sleeping Beauty" at the Paramount

March 28, 2014

Sullins Academy "Bringing Back the BBQ" fundraiser at the Foundation Event Facility

March 29, 2014

An Evening with C. S. Lewis at the Paramount

March 30, 2014

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

March 31, 2014

Come Celebrate 606 State Street Gallery's 4th Anniversary with cupcakes and a silent auction!

April 03, 2014

Bristol Ballet presents "Coppelia" at the Paramount

April 05 - 06, 2014

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

April 07, 2014

The Paramount Chamber Players to present Trout, Ghost & Tchaikovsky at the Paramount, along with performances in Kingsport and Abingdon

April 11 - 13, 2014

Russell Howard performing live at 606 State Street Gallery

April 11, 2014

David & Valerie Mayfield and Daniel Sage at the Pickin' Porch at the Foundation Event Facility

April 14, 2014

Chase & Melissa Johner at the Pickin' Porch at the Foundation Event Facility

April 21, 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

Fourth Annual State of the Arts Weekend in Historic Downtown Bristol

June 20 - 22, 2014

Art D'Vine in Historic Downtown Bristol

June 20, 2014

Who Art You? Summer Art Camp in Historic Downtown Bristol

June 23 - 27, 2014

Who Art You? Summer Art Camp in Historic Downtown Bristol

July 21 - 25, 2014

Art D'Vine in Historic Downtown Bristol

September 12, 2014

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