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Creative Community Summits on Placemaking — A Main Street Event

Tennessee has more than 60 beautiful courthouse squares, historic downtowns and rural villages that have participated in ECD's downtown revitalization programs — Tennessee Main Streets and Tennessee Downtowns. All have unique features, but they share a common trait in having dedicated people who want that downtown to be the best possible place it can be. Whether volunteer, staff or elected official, we all want our communities to be places where people can earn a living, enjoy life and plan a future. And we want a downtown that attracts good things to the broader community.



Bristol Ballet announces inaugural recipient of Teresangela Schiano Memorial Scholarship

Bristol Ballet is proud to announce that senior company level dancer Monica Kaul is the first recipient of the Teresangela Schiano Memorial Scholarship. At age 17 Monica is a deserving young dancer who has been studying ballet for an amazing 12 years, nine of those with the Bristol Ballet.



TriSUP sponsors 3rd Annual Appalachian Challenge SUP and Kayak Race

The third annual Appalachian Challenge SUP (stand up paddleboard) and kayak race will take place Saturday, August 1, beginning at 10 a.m. at the Sportsman Marina, 23511 Sportsman Drive, Abingdon, on South Holston Lake. It is open to paddleboards and kayaks. The event is sponsored by TriCities Stand Up Paddleboard store (TriSUP) in downtown Bristol, TN, and features a 12-mile long race, a 3-mile short race and a fun race.



Downtown Bristol Events

From The Edge at Bike Night

July 30 | Quaker Steak and Lube

From The Edge will play Quaker Steak and Lube in downtown Bristol Thursday, July 30th at 6pm.

Full Moon Jam — Daisi Rain

July 30 | Downtown Center

Daisi Rain is an East Tennessee based country-pop band that has been established since 2004 by siblings Cameron, Donovan, Amelia Brown. Over the years this young group has worked hard to build a fine reputation and have established themselves on the music scene. They have earned credibility opening for major Nashville artists as: Jerrod Niemann, Ashton Shepherd, Craig Campbell, Easton Corbin. Daisi Rain is greatly honored to be working under the consultation of Grammy Award winner, Mrs. Linda Davis. They accomplished their second Nashville recording June 2013.
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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.

Painting Class: The Basics

July 30 | Distressed Gentleman

Sign up now for The Distressed Gentleman's first Painting Class: The Basics, July 30th from 7pm-9pm at The Distressed Gentleman. Learn how to use General Finishes Milk Paint to create a unique refurbished piece. Class price is $95 plus tax.

Please bring your own piece to this class. You must be able to carry your piece in with no assistance. If you can't carry it on your own, it is too big! This could include small side tables, or simple chairs without too much detail. If you have questions about whether your piece would be appropriate, email a picture to thedistressedgentleman@gmail.com.

All supplies are included in the price. Participants will select a paint color from current stock, and may take the remaining paint home. Brushes, cleaning supplies, etc. will be provided.

Class can accommodate up to 8 people, so reserve your spot today! Payment can be made online, in store, or by phone. No cancellations, no refunds, no exceptions. In case of an emergency, class fee may be credited towards another class date on a case by case basis.

Tunes @ Noon featuring the Senior Show Choir

July 31 | Paramount Center for the Arts

On Friday, July 10th, the David and Francis F. Caldwell "Tunes @ Noon" Concert Series held at the Paramount Center for the Arts will proudly present the Senior Show Choir.

Rob-Con 2015

August 1–2 | Viking Hall

The 30th annual Rob-Con Comic Book Convention is set for August 1 and 2 to take place at Viking Hall, located at 1100 Edgemont Avenue in Bristol. Rob-Con is organized by longtime downtown business Mountain Empire Comics.

“There will be something for everyone,” said Rob-Con creator Robert Pilk. “There are a number of comic artists and writers who will be on hand to chat, sketch and mingle. Horror fans can meet actors from the hit TV show, The Walking Dead, and talk with the man who played supernatural killer Michael Myers in Halloween II.”

A costume contest will begin at 3 pm on August 1.

Pilk said this year's show will feature the largest number of vendors at any Tri-Cities comic con. The Scooby Doo van and the Star Wars droids will also be on hand. The 2015 Rob Con is expected to be the largest in Rob Con’s 30 year history.

Make Me3D.com will be using 3-D printers to manufacture action figures of attendees.

“Activities are planned throughout the weekend for all age groups,” Pilk said.

Convention time for both days is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Parking is free and tickets are available at the door. Admission is $10 for one day or $15 for both days. Children under five are admitted free.

For more information call Mountain Empire Comics at 423-274-0450 or 423-929-0245. Find out more about the show at www.facebook.com/RobConBristol or check the website at robcon.net.

Anndrena Belcher's "My Story, My Song, My Voice: Riding Route 23/75"

August 2 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum

Veteran storyteller and folklorist Anndrena Belcher will present her one-woman show "My Story, My Song, My Voice: Riding Route 23/75" at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum on Sunday, August 2 at 2:00 p.m.

It's a one-woman show for children about growing up in Appalachia and moving to Chicago, and perfect for elementary and middle school kids.

This event is FREE to attend.

About Anndrena Belcher
A self-described storyteller, singer, dancer, actress, and dress-up artist,Anndrena Belcher's oral history performances integrate folktales, song, dance and poetry. The performances are woven tightly and presented in a style which reflects both her eastern Kentucky coal field roots, and urban-Appalachian migration experience. She has been described as "...a Minnie Pearl with track shoes," and "...a rocket-powered raconteur" who delivers a performance which comes across "like a cannonball compared to some [other] performer's water pistol." Author and historian Studs Terkel calls her "...a national treasure." For more information about Anndrena Belcher visit www.Anndrena.com.

The Pickin' Porch Show: Tim White CD Release Party

August 3 | Foundation Event Facility

This week's Pickin' Porch Show will be a special celebration for the release of Tim White's new CD, King of the Left-Hand Lane. August 3 from 7-9.

The recording was produced in Bristol, TN at Ray Dearstone's Heartland Recording Studios and includes Tim's original song, the title cut "King of the Left-Hand Lane". There are eighteen cuts in all on the project, which includes several bluegrass standards as well as four Tim White originals. Joining Tim on August 3rd will be his good friend David Browning as the "Mayberry Deputy". Also on the Pickin Porch Stage will be Glen Harlow on mandolin, Kevin Jackson on fiddle, Teddy Helton on bass, Mack Puckett on guitar, Ray Dearstone on mandolin and Gary Wayne Laws on bass.

The recording also includes some humorous stories told by Tim at some of his live shows. Music and comedy are both on this CD. For information on the CD visit www.heartlandrecordings.com.

Full Moon Jam — Cedar Valley

August 4 | Downtown Center

One of the best bluegrass bands in the Tri-Cities. Come out and enjoy those old time sounds when the music started.

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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.

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