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Bristol named one of the Top 10 Most Beautiful Towns

Bristol has been named one of the Top 10 Most Beautiful Towns in Southern States by The Culture Trip online magazine. According to their website, The Culture Trip "is a one-stop digital platform for global culture and lifestyle. Think of what you would find in the art, culture, food and travel supplements of The New York Times — but for every country." Click here to read the full article.



Virginia Living recognizes Serendipity Boutique

Virginia Living’s fourth annual Best of Virginia issue, now on newsstands, is the statewide guide to the best venues in Virginia from dining to shopping to doing. The Best of Virginia Readers’ Survey conducted in January had more than 40,000 ballots cast in 95 categories covering the best in Arts, Culture & Entertainment, Living & Recreation, Shopping & Services and Food & Drink across the state.



Downtown Bristol Events

Theatre Bristol presents Les Miserables

June 19–28 | Paramount Center for the Arts

Theatre Bristol and the Paramount Center for the Arts present the Broadway hit show “Les Misérables” in six performances, June 19-28. This production of Boublil and Schonberg's “Les Misérables” is directed by Glenn Patterson, most recently director of “Scrooge! The Musical” and “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.”

Opening June 19 at The Paramount Center for the Arts (518 State Street, Bristol, TN), “Les Misérables” runs for two weekends with four evening and two matinee performances. Reservations can be made by calling 423-274-8920 or purchasing tickets online at www.theparamountcenter.com.

“Winner of over 100 international awards and seen by over 65 million people worldwide,” reports Music Theatre International, “‘Les Misérables’ is an epic and uplifting story about the survival of the human spirit.”

“Capturing this uplifting story together with the Paramount Center for the Arts is a dream come true as we celebrate Theatre Bristol’s 50th anniversary and Cathy DeCaterina’s legacy,” said Samantha Gray, Theatre Bristol Board member and producer of the show. “Director Glenn Patterson has brought together incredible talent from our area, and audiences will be moved by his ability to touch our hearts.”

On behalf of the the Paramount Center for the Arts, Suzanne Brewster said, “The Paramount is thrilled to be partnering with Theatre Bristol to bring Les Misérables to the Paramount and we believe that in doing so we are fulfilling our mission of bringing local talent to this beautiful stage.” The Paramount Center for the Arts and Theatre Bristol share a long history because of the determination of Theatre Bristol founder Cathy DeCaterina, catalyst for restoring the Paramount to its grandeur.

Tracking intertwined lives laced with poverty, power, dreams and grace, Boublil and Schonberg’s emotion-packed production features Bristol-area talent performing “I Dreamed a Dream,” “Who Am I,” “Stars,” and “On My Own.” With a cast of nearly 60 on the Paramount stage you will “...hear the people sing...” dramatic company numbers like “At the End of the Day,” “Master of the House,” “The People’s Song,” and the stirring “One Day More.”

With entertaining choreography, period costume and set design, and beautiful music, Theatre Bristol will bring this Victor Hugo story to life. In 19th century France, Jean Valjean is released from 19 years of unjust imprisonment, but finds nothing in store for him but mistrust and mistreatment. He breaks his parole in hopes of starting a new life, initiating a life-long struggle for redemption as he is relentlessly pursued by police inspector Javert, who refuses to believe Valjean can change his ways. Finally, during the Paris student uprising of 1832, Javert must confront his ideals after Valjean spares his life and saves that of the student revolutionary who has captured the heart of Valjean's adopted daughter (Music Theatre International).

Director Glenn Patterson elaborates, “At its heart, Les Misérables is a story of redemption and the ability of mercy to transform even the hardest of hearts. But it also forces us to acknowledge that if we look for the worst we are sure to find it. Two characters, Valjean and Javert, stand in sharp contrast to each other. I think this is less so because they are on opposite sides of the law as it is because one of them, Valjean, allows the grace shown him to rescue him while the other, Javert, cannot understand it and his inability to accept it destroys him.”

Patterson continues, “My favorite line from the show is this, “To love another person is to see the face of God.” Les Miserables shows us many faces of love, sacrificial, self-less, deep and sometimes relentless. Even in the midst of the poverty, violence and hardship the characters often suffer, love is the final winner whenever it is shown and accepted. The novel on which the musical is based is powerful, and the musical is as well. It will be an extremely entertaining experience, and a moving one as well.”

“Putting together a show like this one is a huge undertaking, even in the largest organizations,” said Patterson. “For a theatre where everyone is a volunteer this is doubly true. It takes a great deal of dedication and tremendous amount of work to pull it together. For 50 years, Theatre Bristol has drawn its strength from volunteers. To say the theatre wouldn’t exist without them has been true from the beginning, but even more so today.

“I feel extremely fortunate to be working with marvelous people like Samantha Gray, Jessica Flagg, Alyssa King, Jenny Carpenter, Camille Gray and Jessica Gamble in key staff positions. Without them, the production wouldn’t get very far. You will see the work of our talented actors, and we have a wonderful cast (Theatre Bristol Announces Cast), but more goes on backstage than most people realize. To make a show like this happen at all, much less to make it successful, requires everyone. It requires sacrifice, hard work and a lot of dedication. In the end, though, it’s well worth it.”

Theatre Bristol presents a new production of BOUBLIL and SCHÖNBERG'S LES MISÉRABLES, licensed by Music Theatre International (MTI) by arrangement with CAMERON MACKINTOSH LTD.

Founded in 1965, Theatre Bristol is the oldest continually running children’s theatre in northeast Tennessee and now celebrating its 50th season. Its Main Stage season consists of up to five productions. Some of its performances take place in the ARTspace, a multi-purpose, black box theatre which seats up to 120, and major productions are performed at the Paramount Center for the Arts. Theatre Bristol is entirely volunteer run and we invite you to get involved.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Paramount Center for the Arts is an excellent example of the art deco motion picture palaces built in the late 1920's and early 30's. The restoration retained the Paramount's opulent, richly embellished interior. The original Venetian-styled murals and the art deco ambience were faithfully recreated. The auditorium holds 744 with 5 wheelchair locations. You'll feel as though you are a part of the performance from every seat in the theatre.

For more information, visit www.theatrebristol.org, like TheatreBristolTN on Facebook, call 423-383-5979, or email info@theatrebristol.org. For tickets and more information, visit www.paramountcenter.com, call 423-274-8920, like Paramount Center on Facebook, or email paramounttickets@btes.tv.

Full Moon Jam — James Meadows

June 25 | Downtown Center

The Turkey Creek String Band is an exciting seven-person acoustic ensemble centered in Southern Middle Tennessee. Their repertoire consists of traditional fiddle tunes, folk, western swing, waltzes, bluegrass, and Irish jigs. Their unique triple and quadruple fiddle tunes add a flavor rarely seen in string bands.

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For the 19th year, the City of Bristol Tennessee will be hosting the free concert series "Full Moon Jam" on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Downtown Center (Country Music Mural), 810 State Street. Performances begin at 7 p.m. and continue until 9 or 9:30 p.m. through September 24th.

Bring a lawn chair or come early to grab one of the 350 chairs provided on-site. Refreshments are sold in the concessions area for a nominal fee. Clean, well-stocked restrooms also available.

You are asked not to park in the bank drive-through area adjacent to the venue and please do not to bring skateboards or bicycles into the venue. Parking is available on Shelby Street in the Municipal parking lot or on State Street in designated parking spaces.

Bands subject to change without notice. For more information visit the City of Bristol TN website.

BCM's Free Family Fun Day

June 28 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum

Bring in the whole family for musical activities, stories and songs, homemade instruments, and more!

Full Moon Jam — Turkey Creek

June 30 | Downtown Center

The Turkey Creek String Band is an exciting seven-person acoustic ensemble centered in Southern Middle Tennessee. Their repertoire consists of traditional fiddle tunes, folk, western swing, waltzes, bluegrass, and Irish jigs. Their unique triple and quadruple fiddle tunes add a flavor rarely seen in string bands.

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For the 19th year, the City of Bristol Tennessee will be hosting the free concert series "Full Moon Jam" on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Downtown Center (Country Music Mural), 810 State Street. Performances begin at 7 p.m. and continue until 9 or 9:30 p.m. through September 24th.

Bring a lawn chair or come early to grab one of the 350 chairs provided on-site. Refreshments are sold in the concessions area for a nominal fee. Clean, well-stocked restrooms also available.

You are asked not to park in the bank drive-through area adjacent to the venue and please do not to bring skateboards or bicycles into the venue. Parking is available on Shelby Street in the Municipal parking lot or on State Street in designated parking spaces.

Bands subject to change without notice. For more information visit the City of Bristol TN website.

Star-Spangled 4th of July Celebration

July 4 | Downtown Bristol

Celebrate Bristol invites you to enjoy a star-spangled 4th of July celebration in Cumberland Square Park beginning at 6pm.

Featuring:

  • Special Recognition of all Veterans
    Presented by Danny Hill
  • “Cool Down to a Summer Evening”
    Kids bring your swimwear and join us!
    Sponsored by BVFD & BVU
  • Bristol’s July 4th Photo Contest Winners
    Sponsored by Twin-City Photo Club
  • Celebrate Bristol Miss & Mr Photogenic Contestant Winners
    Sponsored by Kroger
  • Family Fun Events in the Park
    Inflatables, “Eating Contests”, and much more.
    Food, Beverage, and Craft Vendors Available
  • Free Watermelon
    Sponsored by Kroger

Fireworks begin at 10pm!

Robert Earl Keen

July 12 | Paramount Center for the Arts

The Paramount Center presents Robert Earl Keen July 12that 4pm.

Tickets: $35 presale (June 5 — July 11); $40.25 individual. Password: yardbird. Tickets are available at the Paramount box office, or click here to buy online.

"The road goes on forever ..."

It's not always easy to sum up a career — let alone a life's ambition — so succinctly, but those five words from Robert Earl Keen's calling-card anthem just about do it. You can complete the lyric with the next five words — the ones routinely shouted back at Keen by thousands of fans a night ("and the party never ends!") — just to punctuate the point with a flourish, but it's the part about the journey that gets right to the heart of what makes Keen tick. Some people take up a life of playing music with the goal of someday reaching a destination of fame and fortune; but from the get-go, Keen just wanted to write and sing his own songs, and to keep writing and singing them for as long as possible.

"I always thought that I wanted to play music, and I always knew that you had to get some recognition in order to continue to play music," Keen says. "But I never thought of it in terms of getting to be a big star. I thought of it in terms of having a really, really good career and writing some good songs, and getting onstage and having a really good time."

Now three-decades on from the release of his debut album — with well over a dozen other records to his name, thousands of shows under his belt and still no end in sight to the road ahead — Keen remains as committed to and inspired by his muse as ever. And as for accruing recognition, well, he's done alright on that front, too; from his humble beginnings on the Texas folk scene, he's blazed a peer, critic, and fan-lauded trail that's earned him living-legend (not to mention pioneer) status in the Americana music world. And though the Houston native has never worn his Texas heart on his sleeve, he's long been regarded as one of the Lone Star State's finest (not to mention top-drawing) true singer-songwriters

Kids Yoga

July 17 | Wellness Yoga of Bristol

Have a night on the town while the children stay and play. Arts and crafts, mini meditation, and of course, Yoga! Ages 4 to 8.

Cost: $25 for 1 child, each additional sibling $20.

Abigail L. Freeburn
RYT 200, TECTA

Sign up at Wellness Yoga of Bristol or call (856) 506-2558. Space is limited, so make your reservation today!

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