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Enjoy Sunset Shopping in Downtown Bristol VA/TN!

March 24, 2014
Believe in Bristol has been hard at work finding new ways to help grow business in Historic Downtown Bristol! In partnership with a group from the LEAD Bristol class of 2014, Believe in Bristol is working with our downtown retailers to extend their shopping hours once a week. Called Sunset Shopping Downtown, this initiative will kick off on Thursday, April 3rd and run every Thursday night from 5:00 – 8:00 pm until October 2, 2014! The purpose of this is to give customers and visitors extended hours to shop in our unique downtown.

Participating retailers include 606 State Street Gallery, Be.Ella, Benjamin Walls Gallery, blowfish emporium, Cranberry Lane, LC King/Pointer Brand, Misty Mountain Designs, Mountain Empire Comics, One of a Kind Gallery, Pen’s Floral, Phyl’s of Bristol, Pretty Girl Station, Serendipity, Shoozies, Studio 6 Apparel, and Wm. King Clothiers.

Get your Sunset Shopping Downtown restaurant rewards card at participating restaurants as a thank you for shopping local. An array of various discounts from our very own 620 State Street, Blackbird Bakery, Burger Bar, KP, Little Italy, Macado’s, and Machiavelli’s.

For the big kick-off on Thursday, April 3, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., we will be giving a free Sunset Shopping Downtown large shopping bag to the first 50 retail customers with a valid receipt as a thank you from us!

“We hope this is a start to continued late night shopping downtown and our community supporting local retailers every week. The overall goal of Sunset Shopping Downtown is to cross-promote between our restaurants and our retail businesses,” stated Christina Blevins, Executive Director of Believe in Bristol.

For more information, please visit www.believeinbristol.org or contact Believe in Bristol at 276-644-9700, info@believeinbristol.org.

Bristol featured in the Washington Post!


Bristol sign photograph by Malcolm Wilson / pixandpr.com
March 24, 2014
A new article about Bristol / Blountville’s musical heritage is now in the Washington Post’s online edition (links below) and also appeared in this past Sunday’s print edition. The readership of the Sunday issue of the Washington Post is 1,774,397 people.

This article came out of the Bristol Convention and Visitors Bureau hosting travel writers and national media to our region in mid-October; the Washington Post is the fourth major newspaper that has featured Bristol this year (along with the Dallas Morning News, Miami Herald, and Philadelphia Sun).

If you enjoy the article, please share it on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media by clicking the buttons on the article webpage. There is also a comments section if you’d like to leave a (hopefully positive) comment.

Main article:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/travel/on-the-va-tenn-border-two-towns-celebrate-old-time-and-bluegrass-appalachian-music/2014/03/20/0ae52f4c-a0c3-11e3-b8d8-94577ff66b28_story.html

Where to stay, eat, play info side-article:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/travel/2014/03/20/216fd5cc-aeca-11e3-96dc-d6ea14c099f9_story.html

Remember to keep voting for Believe in Bristol on First Tennessee Foundation's 150 Days of Giving!

March 25, 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 (through August 21)! We need your support!

Downtown Bristol Blog

An Afternoon with C. S. Lewis at the Paramount

March 30, 2014
“An Afternoon with C.S. Lewis” is being presented at the Paramount Center for the Arts on Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 3:00 PM. “An Evening with C.S. Lewis proves again and again to be an enthralling theatrical experience. Thousands have already discovered or rediscovered Lewis and the insights of a man whose collected works made him one of the literary giants of the 20th Century,” said Darlene Cole, Assistant Director of Community Relations for the City of Bristol. “British actor David Payne will take you through a great story. You won’t want to miss this once in a lifetime opportunity in Bristol.” Lewis is best known for his classic children’s series – The Chronicles of Narnia, first launched in 1950 with the publication of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. Allseven books remain among today’s favorite children’s novels, three of which have been turned into blockbuster movies. Tickets are available now at the Paramount Center for the Arts or online at www.ETIX.com or by phone at 423-274-8920. Tickets purchased for the original date of November 2, 2013 will be honored. For more information on the event contact Darlene Cole, Venue Manager in the Department ofCommunity Relations at 423-764-4171 or email dcole@bristoltn.org.

Basic Lighting in Photography Workshop at 606 State Street Gallery

March 29, 2014
Come on out to 606 State Street Gallery for a Basic Lighting in Photography Workshop with Mike Waddell on Saturday, March 29, 11am — 2pm.Get ready to get engaged during this crash course with photographer Mike Waddell, a juried 606 artist as you learn more about how you can use light to completely change your photos! The cost for this course is $40 — RSVP is required on the 606 Facebook page, info@606statestreetgallery.com, or 423.573.2438. Payment accepted day of course.

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

March 29, 2014
Sullins Academy will be hosting a BBQ and Silent Auction on Saturday, March 29 at 6pm at the Foundation Event Facility. Pre-sale tickets are available for $60 ($70 at the door) and will include dinner, drinks and a concert by The Black Lillies. Tickets can be purchased for $20 after 9:00 p.m. and will only cover admittance to the concert. To reserve a ticket please contact Katy Sikorski at 276-669-4101 or ksikorski@sullinsacademy.org. All proceeds benefit Sullins Academy, an independent Preschool – 8th grade school in Bristol, VA.

Theatre Bristol presents "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs"

March 28, 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. For more information, visit www.theatrebristol.org or visit the Theatre Bristol facebook page.
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blowfish emporium painting party — Saxophone

March 27, 2014
Come on out to blowfish emporium's regular Tuesday & Thursday night painting parties! The next Thursday painting party is Thursday, March 27 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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Inari's "It's Been a Blast" Sale — now through June 21!

March 26, 2014
Come downtown & shop Inari Wine's "It's Been a Blast!" SALE! On June 21st, they will close their doors forever. As a way to show their appreciation to their loyal customers, you can stock up on your favorites & save through June 21! Enjoy personalized customer service and stock up your shelves so you won’t have to shop the big box stores (at least for awhile)!
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Fun Family Craft at 606 State Street Gallery

March 26, 2014
Come to 606 State Street Gallery on Wednesday, March 26, anytime between 4 and 7pm for a Fun Family Craft! The fun craft project will teach children to love and explore art. This Wednesday's craft will be a family tree with the hands of the child, mother, and/or father. An example is posted in the 606 State Street Gallery window. Cost is $10/craft and includes all supplies and some snacks. For more information, contact 606 State Street Gallery on 423-573-2438.

US Navy Band "Sea Chanters" at the Paramount Center for the Arts

March 26, 2014
The US Navy Band "Sea Chanters" will be performing at the Paramount Center for the Arts on Wednesday, March 26 at 7:00pm. The Navy Band Sea Chanters is the United States Navy’s official chorus. The ensemble performs a variety of music ranging from traditional choral music, including sea chanteys and patriotic fare, to opera, Broadway, and contemporary music. Under the leadership of Chief Musician Adam Tyler, the Sea Chanters perform for the public throughout the United States. At home in Washington, they perform for the president, vice president and numerous congressional, military and foreign dignitaries. In 1956, Lt. Harold Fultz, then the band’s assistant leader, organized a group from the Navy School of Music to sing chanteys and patriotic songs for the State of the Nation dinner. An immediate success, Adm. Arleigh Burke, then chief of naval operations, transferred them to the Navy Band, named them the Sea Chanters and tasked this all-male chorus with perpetuating the songs of the sea. In 1980, the group added women to their ranks and expanded their repertoire includes everything from Brahms to Broadway. Tickets for this event are free. For more information and to reserve tickets, contact the Paramount on 423-274-8920 or go to www.theparamountcenter.com.

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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Upcoming Events

Fun Family Craft at 606 State Street Gallery

March 26, 2014

US Navy Band "Sea Chanters" at Paramount

March 26, 2014

Humpday Party with The Tyler Nail Band at O'Mainnin's Pub

March 26, 2014

Brad White's Beat About Town comedy show at O'Mainnin's Pub

March 27, 2014

blowfish emporium painting party — Saxophone

March 27, 2014

Theatre Bristol presents "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs"

March 28 - April 13, 2014

March Madness at Machiavelli's with DJ B-Digital

March 28, 2014

Flipside Runner at O'Mainnin's Pub

March 28, 2014

Bret Mosley at 620 State

March 28, 2014

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

March 29, 2014

Citizen Kane at O'Mainnin's Pub

March 29, 2014

Basic Lighting in Photography Workshop at 606 State Street Gallery

March 29, 2014

An Evening with C. S. Lewis at the Paramount

March 30, 2014

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

March 30, 2014

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

March 31, 2014

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

March 31, 2014

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

April 01, 2014

Up to 60% off on Local Art at our 4th Anniversary Celebration at 606 State Street Gallery

April 03, 2014

House concert with Donna Ulisse & The Poor Mountain Boys at Downtown Loft!

April 04, 2014

Bristol Ballet presents "Coppelia" at the Paramount

April 05 - 06, 2014

The Clothesline Project at the Downtown Center (Farmers' Market)

April 05, 2014

The Grand Ole Uproar at O'Mainnin's Pub

April 05, 2014

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

April 07, 2014

"Dealing with Irate Customers" at the Bristol Chamber of Commerce

April 08, 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

Bristol Half & Half Marathon

April 12, 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

Border Bash in Historic Downtown Bristol

May 02, 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

"Quickbooks for Beginners" at the Bristol YWCA

May 07, 2014

Border Bash in Historic Downtown Bristol

May 16, 2014

Healing Hands Health Center's "Diamonds and Ice" Luncheon at the Bristol Train Station

May 16, 2014

Border Bash in Historic Downtown Bristol

June 06, 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

Border Bash in Historic Downtown Bristol

June 20, 2014

Who Art You? Summer Art Camp in Historic Downtown Bristol

June 23 - 27, 2014

Border Bash — and 4th of July Celebration — in Cumberland Square Park

July 04, 2014

Border Bash in Cumberland Square Park

July 18, 2014

Who Art You? Summer Art Camp in Historic Downtown Bristol

July 21 - 25, 2014

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