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Calling all artists! It's time for State of the Arts Artist Power Hour Competition!

May 19, 2014
Calling all artists! From painting, photography and mixed media to woodturning, sculpting, collaging and art improv — we want you all!

Come out on State of the Arts Weekend and be a part of Artist Power Hour Competition on Saturday, June 21, from 11am until noon at the Farmers' Market, Downtown Center, State Street.

* This free event is open to all varieties of artisans: painters, sculptors, jewelry makers, crafters, collage enthusiasts, woodcarvers, and much more!
* Artists will have only ONE HOUR to start and finish their art project.
* Artists will need to bring all their supplies and table or easel, as well as a tip jar.
* Artists should arrive prior to the event to set up and be ready to start making art at 11am!
* There will be 3 winners to represent 3 categories: Artists' Choice, People's Choice, & Most Tips
* The winning artist (People's Choice) will be written up on the Believe in Bristol website and FB page, and get displayed in one of the downtown galleries for one month.

For questions or to register, contact Debi at info@believeinbristol.org. Please register by Wednesday, June 18.

Congratulations to our Southwest Virginia Best of Virginia winners from Historic Downtown Bristol!

May 19, 2014
Congratulations to our Historic Downtown Bristol winners of Best of Virginia from Virginia Living magazine! Every year, readers from each part of Virginia vote on the best venues, events, restaurants, retailers, and much, much more. Several of our very own downtown businesses won places in the Southwest Virginia categories:

* Best Bakery, 3rd place — Blackbird Bakery
* Best Burger Joint, 2nd place — Burger Bar
* Best Shoe Store, 3rd place — Shoozies
* Best Women's Clothing Store, 2nd place — Serendipity

Be sure and congratulate all of our winners — and be sure and get ready to vote again this year so that more of our wonderful and unique businesses can be recognized for all they do!

Pickin' Porch to be featured at The Crooked Road: Virginia's Heritage Music Trail music series at Heartwood in Abingdon

May 19, 2014
The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail (TCR) music series at Heartwood in Abingdon showcases communities of the region through their traditional music venues and their youth music. From 6:30-9:00 pm on Thursday, May 22, 2014, the Pickin’ Porch from the City of Bristol will be the featured Venue Showcase at Heartwood.

The Pickin' Porch Show is a weekly two-hour Bluegrass and Old-time music show hosted by "Your Bluegrass Buddy", Tim White. These wonderful performances feature some of the finest singers, musicians, and groups the region has to offer, and many of them hail from right in the Country Music Birthplace! All shows are videotaped and archived in the ACMA Mountain Music Museum adjacent to the Pickin’ Porch. The mission of the Pickin' Porch is to honor the region's deep musical roots and to promote Bluegrass and Old-Time music here and around the world. The Pickin’ Porch presents a great variety of music including gospel, bluegrass, and old time every Monday night from 7:00-9:00pm at the Foundation Event Facility located at 620 State Street in Bristol, Tennessee.

Venue Showcases are held at Heartwood to make more people aware of the many wonderful music venues they can visit throughout Southwest Virginia.

The Crooked Road’s mission is to support tourism and economic development in Southwest Virginia by celebrating and preserving this Appalachian region's unique musical and cultural heritage. The 19 counties, 4 cities, and over 50 towns and communities in Southwest Virginia that make up The Crooked Road region represent one of the richest sources of traditional heritage music in the world.

For additional information about The Crooked Road, call 276-492-2409 or send an email to info@thecrookedroad.org.For more information about the Pickin’ Porch, call 423-573-2262 or visit http://www.pickinporch.org.Heartwood: Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Gateway is located of I-81 at Exit 14 in Abingdon, Virginia and features food, music and craft of Southwest Virginia.

Admission is free but donations will be accepted for the series performances.

Northeast State hosting "Grow Your Business" Workshops featuring a downtown business owner on their Blountville campus

May 19, 2014
Northeast State's Workforce Solutions will offer workshops this spring and summer designed to boost business growth. The seminars are offered through a grant from the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship.Based on the experience and insight of local successful entrepreneurs, the seminar will challenge participants to develop an action plan and take away the confidence to grow an existing company or launch a start-up. The speakers include Mayor Dan Eldridge, May 27, and Karen Hester, June 24. The hours for each workshop are 5:45 – 8:30 pm. A light dinner will be served each workshop. Each speaker will present the most important lessons they learned about business growth. Attendees will have the opportunity to develop their own plans with the speaker’s guidance and recommendations. The fee for each event is $30, with a $10 discount for chamber members. To register, contact Diana Harrison at 423.354.5520 or dlharrison@NortheastState.edu. The workshops will be held in the Wayne G. Basler Library on the College's Blountville campus, 2425 Highway 75.

Johnson City Mayor Dan Eldridge is a graduate of East Tennessee State University where he majored in Construction Management. In 1987 he joined Summit Communications, Inc. in Jackson, Miss., as general manager and led the company in growing more than 300 percent in three years.

In 1990, Eldridge founded Com-Net Construction Services, Inc. The company became a nationwide provider of wireless communications infrastructure development and services before merging with SBA Telecommunications in 1999. The combined company, SBA Communications Corp., has since become an international provider of communications tower leasing and network services. From 2003 through 2008 Eldridge focused on residential and commercial real estate development. In 2010 he was elected Mayor of Washington County.
Karen Hester grew up in Marion, Va., and in 1993 she fell in love with Bristol, especially historic downtown. In 2001, she became part of the "downtown community" by selling antiques at the State Street Antique Mall. Her entrepreneurship and passion for business led her to open her own business a few short months later.

Karen has successfully grown her business and has become an anchor store for Downtown Bristol. She has now expanded her store, Cranberry Lane, into a 15,000 square foot location and sells, home decor, gifts, gourmet food, and old fashioned candy. Hester's desire to work and live downtown led to her establishing the historic preservation and real estate development company — Preservation Properties.

Registration open for Who Art You? summer art camp in Historic Downtown Bristol!

May 19, 2014
Find Yourself at Art Camp in Historic Downtown Bristol!

By joining our Who Art You? camp, your child can leave their mark on the Bristol arts! This camp focuses on 15 downtown arts and entertainment activities hosted by our local arts-related businesses — activities include painting, pottery, graphic arts, creative movement, music, storytelling, karate, yoga, and much, much more.

There are two week-long summer sessions, with the camp running daily from 9a.m. to 3p.m. Session 1 is scheduled for June 23 — 27 and Session 2 for July 21 — 25; the cost is $250 per child and $25 off for 2+ children. The age range is 8 — 12.

To register your child for Who Art You?, contact Believe in Bristol at 276-644-9700 or info@believeinbristol.org. The registration deadline for the June camp is June 16 and for the July camp it is July 14.

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blowfish emporium painting party — Funky Trees

May 27, 2014
Come on out to blowfish emporium's regular Tuesday & Thursday night painting parties! The next Tuesday painting party is Tuesday, May 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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YWCA hosting 5-week photography course

May 27, 2014
YWCA Bristol will host a 5-week photography course for teens and adults beginning Tuesday, May 27 from 6 to 9 p.m. at 106 State Street. The course, led by Lee Jones, King University Photography / Digital Media Art & Design professor, will teach participants how to use their digital camera. Topics include proper exposures, modes and features, flash, composing an image, and depth of field. The course will include ample hands-on learning and will conclude with a class project.Participants should bring a D-SLR or a point and shoot camera at minimum. Space is limited and available first come, first serve. Sessions are $25 each or $20 if paid in-full up front. For more information or to register, visit YWCA Bristol or call 423.968.9444.
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"Memories of Elvis" at the Paramount Center for the Arts

May 24, 2014
"Memories of Elvis" will be presented at the Paramount Center for the Arts on Saturday, May 24 at 7pm. Donnie does not consider himself to be "Elvis Presley" but wants to keep the "Memories of Elvis" alive for everyone to enjoy. Donnie was raised in the Cherokee Mountains and loved Music and the Music of Elvis Presley since he was very young.As Donnie grew he conditioned his voice to sound a lot like the King of Rock and Roll Himself. And being born with jet-black hair it seemed natural to become an Elvis Entertainer. Come and listen as Donnie sings most of Elvis number one songs. Come let Donnie keep the “Memories Of Elvis” Alive for You! It's a family show you don't want to miss!!! For more information, contact the Paramount:423.274.8920 orhttp://www.theparamountcenter.com. This show is presented by Carolina Concert Productions http://carolinaconcertpro.com/.

AACA car show at TriSummit Bank Parking Lot


Photo courtesy of Randy Smith
May 23, 2014
Come downtown and enjoy the Antique Automobile Club of America – Appalachian Region Car Show on Friday, May 23! This car cruise-in is held every Friday night, end of April through October, 6 — 8pm in the TriSummit bank parking lot across from the Bristol Train Station in downtown Bristol. It's always a fun night — full of classic cars!

Bill Gatton Honda Memorial Freedom 5K in Downtown Bristol

May 23, 2014
The Bill Gatton Honda Memorial Freedom 5k weekend is May 23 — 24 and benefits the Make a Wish Foundation, ALS and No Child Left Unfed. Pre-race packet pickup and late registration is May 23 at Bill Gatton Honda in Bristol from Noon-8 p.m. Also that evening you can enjoy music, pasta and hear speakers Jennifer Messer, a top-5 finalist from the Biggest Loser, and Paul Godola, owner of Iron Mountain Cross Fit. The dinner is from 6-8 p.m. and the cost is $5, with all proceeds going to ALS, Make A Wish and No Child Left Unfed. The 5k is Saturday, May 24 in downtown Bristol. Pre-registration fee (through May 22) is $25 or $30 on event weekend. For more information, check out the website:http://www.gattonhonda5k.com/.

Support your local small businesses with Sunset Shopping Downtown!

May 22, 2014
As the weather continues to get warmer and brighter, remember to come out for Sunset Shopping in Downtown Bristol! We'll be here again this Thursday, May 22 until 8pm — and every Thursday night for the next six months! So go ahead and mark your calendars and make your plans — it's the perfect way to have a great night out and support your local businesses! For more information, please visit www.believeinbristol.org or contact Believe in Bristol at 276-644-9700, info@believeinbristol.org.

blowfish emporium painting party — Trees

May 22, 2014
Come on out to blowfish emporium's regular Tuesday & Thursday night painting parties! The next Thursday painting party is Thursday, May 22 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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The Infamous Stringdusters with the Whiskey Gentry at the Paramount

May 22, 2014
The Infamous Stringdusters will be at the Paramount on Thursday, May 22 at 8pm. Dismiss labels. Forget trying to fit into a scene. Be true and play your songs.That encompasses the prevailing spirit of Let It Go, the fifth studio album from Grammy-nominated bluegrass expansionists The Infamous Stringdusters. The new effort, released April 1 on the band’s own High Country Recordings, finds the band on firm footing, at ease with an evolving sound that defies categorization. It’s acoustic music, sure, but not the kind you’ll hear from any other band. Roots can be traced but boundaries don’t exist. They have proven they can both mine the past and look forward to the unknown, and their new album is a touchstone for a group of tightly bonded musicians completely comfortable with each other and their collective identity.Perhaps the sentiment is best summarized through five joined voices in the mountaintop gospel-hued title track: “If it’s worry you’ve been feeling over things you can’t control, it’s time to let it go.” Tickets:Adults $20 | With Student ID $15. For more information or to buy tickets, contact: Paramount Center for the Arts, 518 State Street Bristol TENNESSEE 423.274.8920 http://www.theparamountcenter.com

Wm. King Clothiers hosting a Peter Millar Party!

May 22, 2014
Wm. King Clothiers is pleased to invite you to our Peter Millar Party on Thursday, May 22nd, 12:00 – 8:00 p.m. Come and enjoy the event alongside Mr. Chris Knott, founder and creator of your favorite iconic brand. Beverages provided by Wolf Hills Brewing. This is one party you will not want to miss!

Mad Hatter Salon offering Pedicure Specials!

May 21, 2014
The Mad Hatter Salon welcomes you to come in a for a Pedicure before you throw on those flip flops for the summer!! We offer a Basic Pedi for $25 and Spa Pedi for $35 and for the month of May add on a Mani for only $15!! Pedicures include nail and cuticle maintenance, scrub and dead skin removal, and moisturizing foot and leg massage. Top it off with a beautiful color from our large selection of OPI Nail Polish! Call for your appointment today (ask for Charity or Chelsea) — 276-466-1010.

Loft apartment available on 6th Street!

May 21, 2014
Loft apartment available at 29 1/2 Sixth Street. This 1 bedroom, 1 bath unit (3 large rooms) with a small outside deck is available for $475 per month with all utilities included (not cable or internet). 6 month lease minimum. References required. No pets. Contact David Shumaker at 423-366-0979 for more information.

Upcoming Events

Virgie R. Fleenor Art Gallery at the Bristol Public Library Features "Retric" Showing by Fiber and Mixed Media Artist Margaret Gregg

May 02 - June 28, 2014

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

May 20, 2014

blowfish emporium painting party — Birds

May 20, 2014

Jackdaw's 7 and Farmhouse Ghost at O'Mainnin's Pub

May 21, 2014

The Infamous Stringdusters with the Whiskey Gentry at the Paramount

May 22, 2014

blowfish emporium painting party — Trees

May 22, 2014

Julie Gribble at O'Mainnin's Pub

May 22, 2014

Full Moon Jam: Catfish Frye at the Downtown Center

May 22, 2014

Wm. King Clothiers hosting a Peter Millar Party!

May 22, 2014

YWCA hosting 5-week photography course

May 22, 2014

Bill Gatton Honda Memorial Freedom 5K in Downtown Bristol

May 23 - 24, 2014

AACA car show at TriSummit Bank Parking Lot

May 23, 2014

David Bradley at 620 State

May 23, 2014

Biscuits & Groovey at O'Mainnin's Pub

May 23, 2014

"Memories of Elvis" at the Paramount Center for the Arts

May 24, 2014

Jimi & the Poor Valley Collective at O'Mainnin's Pub

May 24, 2014

Memorial Day Party with DJ B-Digital at O'Mainnin's Pub

May 25, 2014

Pike City and Isaac Smith at the Pickin' Porch at the Foundation Event Facility

May 26, 2014

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

May 26, 2014

Northeast State hosting "Grow Your Business" Workshops featuring a downtown business owner on their Blountville campus

May 27, 2014

blowfish emporium painting party — Funky Trees

May 27, 2014

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

May 27, 2014

blowfish emporium painting party — Piano

May 29, 2014

Laura Thurston at O'Mainnin's Pub

May 29, 2014

Full Moon Jam: James Meadows

May 29, 2014

AACA car show at TriSummit Bank Parking Lot

May 30, 2014

Letters to Abigail

May 30, 2014

The Secret B-Sides at 620 State

May 30, 2014

Steve Gilbert at O'Mainnin's

May 30, 2014

Acclaimed Author and Poet Rita Quillen to have Book Event at the Bristol Public Library

June 01, 2014

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

June 02, 2014

Pickin' Porch with The Gospel Two at 620 State

June 02, 2014

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

June 02, 2014

Tall Tales and Fantastic Fables with the Beaver Creek Storytellers at 36 Moore Street

June 03, 2014

Full Moon Jam: Duty Free

June 03, 2014

Full Moon Jam: Retroville

June 05, 2014

AACA car show at TriSummit Bank Parking Lot

June 06, 2014

Ryan Ward at O'Mainnin's

June 06, 2014

The Jaystorm Project at O'Mainnin's Pub

June 06, 2014

Border Bash in Historic Downtown Bristol

June 06, 2014

Bombadil at O'Mainnin's Pub

June 07, 2014

The State Street Project: Health Across the Borders event at the Foundation Event Facility

June 12, 2014

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