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Blackbird Bakery Expansion Includes an Art Gallery

September 02, 2014
If you have a craving for sweets and art, you don’t have to go far. Blackbird Bakery has more than doubled their seating area and the space is inclusive of an art gallery. The new space has been named “The Nest at Blackbird Bakery”. A featured local artist will “hatch” new art at the beginning of each month. During that time the artist will be available to meet with the public to introduce and discuss the art.

During the month of September, the work of local photographer, Matthew Mills, will be on display. He will be available on Friday, September 5th from 6pm-8pm at the bakery to introduce his photography on exhibit. Matthew is the creative and twisted mind behind Four Terriers Light Collection and Archiving. He had no interest in photography up until five years ago, but four active Jack Russell Terriers changed that, so his photography endeavor was named for them.

Matthew is a member of the Twin City Photo club, and he has won numerous awards in local shows. In 2013, he was selected as a featured artist for PictureItOnCanvas.com, where his work is currently offered. Subjects range from landscapes and urban decay to his preferred genre – classic 1940s portraiture.

Four Terriers is first and foremost about the joy of taking pictures and was not formed to make money. In fact, 100% of the sales price for this and every show that Matthew participates in will be donated to charity. For this show, the Holly Help Spay and Neuter Fund is the designated recipient, so the purchase of Matthew’s art will make a difference in our community.

Blackbird Bakery is open from Monday at 06:00 am until Saturday at midnight, Closed Sunday. For more information, please contact Carla Perkins at 276-645-5754 or www.blackbirdbakerybristol.com.

Fall Clothing at Wm. King Clothiers

September 02, 2014
With Labor Day behind us and football season here, it’s official... Fall is on the way! Our store is filled with crisp new merchandise for the cooler days that are headed our way. This Fair Isle sweater from Polo is just one example from our new seasonal collection. Come check out our great looking clothes for fall!

Art D'Vine in Historic Downtown Bristol

September 03, 2014
On Friday, September 12, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., the downtown Bristol galleries are again joining forces to bring Art D’Vine to the local community, with the gallery hop serving as the unveiling of our canvases for the Arts & Entertainment District Fundraiser. This 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, A Work of Art Gallery (formerly 606 Gallery), One of a Kind Gallery, blowfish emporium, Pretty Girl Station, and Hatching Perspective Gallery. Many of the galleries will feature different varieties of wine for sampling.

“Art D’Vine is the perfect way to explore downtown Bristol’s art scene – and to meet all of the other wonderful art enthusiasts that call Bristol home,” says Brad White, Associate Director of Believe in Bristol.

The Art D’Vine galleries will be highlighting various special events, releases or artists, including:

• Kil’n Time will be offering 20% off select Rhythm & Roots themed ceramic items.
• Benjamin Walls images recently chosen for exhibit at The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. The exhibit, entitled "Wilderness Forever," is part of a nationwide celebration commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act – a landmark legislation that has preserved over 100 million acres of land since its signing in 1964. Benjamin's two successful images were among only 64 images chosen for display from more than 5,500 professional submissions. The exhibit opens September 3 in Washington, DC, but you can see the newly awarded images here in downtown Bristol at Art D'Vine.
• Several artists will be unveiling new works at 7pm at A Work of Art Gallery.
• One of a Kind Gallery will be introducing the work of Jamie Estes of Thistle Ridge Soaps. The gallery will also be offering 40% off all canvases.
• Resident artist Michelle McKinney will be painting at blowfish emporium.
• As part of our Arts & Entertainment Fundraiser, Pretty Girl Station will be showcasing a series of 8x8 canvases donated by local artists. Each canvas will be available for purchase at $30, all proceeds will go to further the Arts & Entertainment District.

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 the next Art D’Vine next year on January 9. For more information, please visit www.believeinbristol.org or contact Believe in Bristol at 276-644-9700 or info@believeinbristol.org.

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Third Piedmont Avenue Bike Night at Quaker Steak & Lube

September 12, 2014
Join Quaker Steak & Lube for Bike Night on Thursday, September 4! A section of Piedmont Avenue will be closed off for the event starting at 6pm. The event will feature live music, great food, and hundreds of fellow bikers. Don't miss out!!

Paramount hosting fundraiser "Puttin' on the Ritz...60s Style"

September 12, 2014
Puttin' on the Ritz- 60's style is coming to State Street. On Friday, September 12, 2014 at 6 pm The Paramount is rolling back the wheels to the 60's. We have live entertainment direct from the Epcot Center in Florida with the World Renowned, BeatlesBeat; "recognized as one of the best and most requested Beatles bands in the world.", says Ron Besser of Besser Entertainment. There will be cocktail's, a dinner buffet, $5000 cash giveaway, and Live Auction on Premise. All proceeds benefit the Paramount Center for the Arts on Historic State Street in Downtown Bristol, TN.
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Quarterly Downtown Gathering

September 11, 2014
ATTN: Downtown Bristol Merchants, Property Owners and Residents!Mark your calendars for the quarterly downtown gathering featuring presentations by: • 14th Annual Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Leah Ross, Executive Director of The Birthplace of Country Music will be here to discuss the upcoming downtown music festival (September 19-21) and answer questions from you! • Meet our Mayors! The Mayor of Bristol, VA, Catherine Brillhart and The Mayor of Bristol, TN, Lea Powers cordially invites you to discuss exciting possibilities for our downtown and a general update on the “State of Our Cities”.
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Pickin Porch with Boots on the Ground

September 08, 2014
The Pickin Porch Show will feature Boots on the Ground on Monday, September 8th at 7pm. The Pickin Porch is located at The Foundation Event Facility.

Program to Explore Lewis & Clark's Return Trip Through Region at the Bristol Public Library

September 08, 2014
Local history buffs have enjoyed stories of the exploits of Daniel Boone as he cut trails into the western wilderness and the living history that can be found at the Capital of the Southwest at Rocky Mount. Very few are aware of the pilgrimage by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark in the region as they returned in 1806 from their historic exploration of the West Coast. Their travels led them up the Great Valley Road through present Bristol and Washington County Virginia.
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Southern Culture Cuisine Foodies Benefit BCMM

September 07, 2014
If you are passionate about local food and always looking for an adventure, there is a foodie event coming to the Tri-Cities that promises to delight your palate. Southern Culture Cuisine is teaming up with Tastes of the Town Tours this September to create a unique dining experience modeled after underground supper clubs that are gaining in popularity in metropolitan areas across the country.
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State Street Farmers Market

September 06, 2014
State Street Farmers Market was opened in 1999 with the support of 4 different governmental agencies: the City of Bristol Tennessee, the City of Bristol Virginia, Sullivan County Tennessee and Washington County Virginia. The market is open on Saturdays from May through October each year. Additionally, the market opens mid-week on Wednesdays July through September. The market is located at the Downtown Center, 810 State Street. The market's operations are overseen by the Parks and Recreation Department. There is a Market Supervisor on sight each time the market is open to answer any questions the public may have or to assist vendors participating in the market. Learn about our Farmer's Market Board.

Support your local small businesses with Sunset Shopping Downtown!

September 04, 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, September 4 until 8pm! 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.

Theatre Bristol Going Back in Time with a Totally Awesome Musical!

September 03, 2014
Marty McFly had his time traveling DeLorean. Bill & Ted used a time traveling phone booth for their excellent adventures. Theatre Bristol is using music and nostalgia to roll back the clock for the fourth show of their 49th season. From the era that brought the world The Rubik's Cube, Max Headroom, The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and a president who was an actor comes the "totally awesome" musical Back To The 80's. In the style of movies such as Back To The Future, Ferris Bueller's Day Off,and The Karate Kid, Back To The 80's is a nostalgic romp through the greatest hits of the decade.
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There's Always Something Happening at Quaker Steak & Lube!

September 03, 2014
Be sure to update your calendar with all of the great upcoming events at Quaker Steak & Lube! There's Bike Night, Live music, and more!

Upcoming Events

Third Piedmont Avenue Bike Night at Quaker Steak & Lube

September 04, 2014

Full Moon Jam — Billy Crawford at the Downtown Center

September 04, 2014

M Cochran at O'Mainnin's Pub

September 04, 2014

Melanie Reed at Stateline Bar & Grille

September 05, 2014

Southern Culture Cuisine Foodies Benefit BCMM

September 07, 2014

Pickin Porch with Boots on the Ground

September 08, 2014

Program to Explore Lewis & Clark's Return Trip Through Region at the Bristol Public Library

September 08, 2014

Quarterly Downtown Gathering

September 11, 2014

East Coast Swing Lesson at Bristol Ballet

September 12, 2014

Paramount hosting fundraiser "Puttin' on the Ritz...60s Style"

September 12, 2014

Paramount hosting fundraiser "Puttin' on the Ritz...60s Style"

September 12, 2014

Art D'Vine in Historic Downtown Bristol

September 12, 2014

The Carter Family: Lives & Legacies Exhibit at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum

September 16, 2014

Twin City Photo Club Photo Competition

September 19 - 21, 2014

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion!

September 19 - 21, 2014

Bristol Business Series: Hot Business Topics for Business Owners and Managers

September 25, 2014

Annie Robinette at Quaker Steak & Lube

September 27, 2014

Bristol Recovery Road for Women

October 02, 2014

Believe in Bristol's 10th Annual Downtown Loft Tour!

November 01, 2014

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