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Downtown Bristol Events

Ghost Stories & Appalachian Folktales with Leon Overbay

October 28 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum

During Halloween week, both kids and adults can come by the Birthplace of Country Music Museum to hear spooky and music-related local tales.

On Wednesday, October 28, at 6:30pm, join Leon Overbay, the “Boones Creek Bard,” as he shares ghost stories and Appalachian folk tales. A founding member of the Jonesborough Storytellers Guild and a charter member of the Barter Storytellers, Leon is known for his cowboy poetry, Appalachian stories, and southern humor. This storytelling session is free and will be held in the museum’s Performance Theater; it is suitable for older kids and adults.

Appalachian AACA Trunk & Treat

October 30 | TriSummit Bank

Appalachian Region Antique Automobile Club of America invites you to Trunk and Treat, Friday, October 30th from 5pm until dark at TriSummit Bank. This event will feature a 50/50 Raffle, candy, fellowship, costumes, and old cars & trucks. Children of all ages are welcome to dress up in their favorite Halloween costume!

Please bring at least one canned food item per participant to be donated to Communities in Schools of Southwest Virginia.

Pumpkin Palooza

October 31 | Downtown Center

State Street Farmer's Market is pleased to present Pumpkin Palooza, downtown's favorite Halloween event! Enjoy free pumpkin decorating, a costume parade, and treat bags (while supplies last). The fun continues as Believe in Bristol and downtown merchants are open for trick-or-treating at various shops along State Street. It's fun for the whole family!

October Comic Fest & 2nd Annual Zombie Walk

October 31 | Downtown Bristol

October Comic Fest and the 2nd Annual Zombie Walk will take place on Halloween, October 31st, starting at 10 am on 6th Street in Downtown Bristol. Bring your dollars and support the authors, artists, and vendors, along with the 6th street merchants that this fun event brings together in celebration of Halloween Comic Fest. Get your free comic at Mountain Empire Comics while supplies last!

Come dressed in costume, or come as you are. Facepainting will be available, so you can get zombified right here on 6th street before the event! Register for the Zombie Walk at Bridgeforth Design Studio, and get ready to do your best zombie impersonation as the horde shambles up and down State Street.

Zombie Walk begins at 6:30pm, and is free to the public. However, we do ask that instead of an entrance fee, you bring a donation for Holly Help Spay Neuter Fund.

This Festival showcases some of the area's best local authors, artists, and craftsmen, while providing you with a great, fun time. October Comic Fest is a free event for the entire family.

Downtown Bristol Trick-or-Treating

October 31 | Downtown Bristol

After Pumpkin Palooza, head down State Street for trick-or-treating at participating merchants from 10:30 am to noon. It's fun for the whole family!

Pam Neal presents "The Bell Witch" Legend

October 31 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum

During Halloween week, both kids and adults can come by the Birthplace of Country Music Museum to hear spooky and music-related local tales.

The museum will also host a retelling of “The Bell Witch” legend suitable for all ages on Saturday, October 31 at 12 noon. Free and open to the public, this event is the perfect way for families to end their morning after Pumpkin Palooza at the Farmers’ Market and trick-or-treating on State Street. Bristol Public Library children’s librarian Pam Neal will entertain with this wonderful spooky tale, and there will be candy for your little trick-or-treaters.

A Community in Harmony: Bristol Music Club Scholarship Benefit

October 31 | Paramount Center for the Arts

A Community in Harmony, The Bristol Music Club Scholarship Benefit, will be held at the Paramount Center for the Arts on Oct. 31, 2015, at 2 pm. There will be a musical program presented by BMC scholarship winners, a fashion show featuring fine apparel from The Galleria and wedding dress from the Bristol Bridal Station at the YWCA, door prizes provided by area merchants, and a reception of homemade goodies provided by members of the Music Club. Tickets are $20 and will be available at the door or may be purchased from members of the Bristol Music Club.

Special Screening of Tennessee Ernie Ford: His Life & Times

November 3 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum

Tennessee Ernie Ford is one of the most beloved entertainers the world has ever known. From the timeless comedy of I Love Lucy‘s Cousin Ernie to his Emmy-nominated prime time series The Ford Show...from his legendary single, “Sixteen Tons” to the classic hymns that helped bring inspirational music into the mainstream, Ernest Jennings Ford made an indelible, lasting impact on the world through his unparalleled accomplishments in radio, records, and television. In a legendary half-century in the spotlight, Ernie was honored with three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, 1964’s Grammy for Best Gospel Recording, induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Minnie Pearl Humanitarian Award, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest honor that a sitting President can bestow upon a civilian on behalf of his country. Now you’re invited to experience the story behind the legend in this premiere DVD edition of Tennessee Ernie Ford: His LIfe & Times. Featuring rare footage, classic performances, appearances by Della Reese, Rosemary Clooney, and many others, this is an unforgettable program about an unforgettable man; a genuine American Classic – Tennessee Ernie Ford.

Admission to all film screenings are free. Regular admission fees apply for visiting the museum exhibits and tours of the “Tennessee Ernie Ford: A Life on Stage” special exhibit.

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Community Notice Board

BPL Call for Artists

Deadline: November 16 | Bristol Public Library

Bristol Public Library invites artists and artist-based groups to apply to exhibit works of art in the Virgie R. Fleenor Gallery in the year 2016. These exhibitions provide an opportunity for award-winning artists to display their work to the public in a variety of media and styles and to further the Bristol Public Library’s mission of “Expanding Minds, Building Community.” Artwork should come from the areas of 2D painting, drawing, prints, photography, fiber, glasswork, and multimedia. Each exhibition will be two months in length.

The BPL Gallery Committee reviews all applications annually and makes selections based on criteria of artistic quality and contribution to a diverse program of exhibitions for the year with regional and local artists being given preference. All applications for 2016 must be submitted by 5 PM on November 16, 2015. Once selection has been made, the artist or group representative will receive an award letter, a schedule for hanging and removing the exhibit, and an inventory list that must be submitted at the time of installation.

Applications may be obtained at Bristol Public Library at 701 Goode Street, Bristol, Virginia, 24201. For additional information, please call the BPL marketing department at 276-821-6148.



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