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2016 Mountains of Music Homecoming now accepting applications for cultural experiences

In June, the mountains of Southwest Virginia will literally tap their hills as the region harmonizes and sets the tone of its rich musical heritage. The Crooked Road’s second annual Mountains of Music Homecoming (MoMH) will be held June 10-18, 2016.

This 9-day region-wide celebration is an exciting opportunity for the communities in the region to showcase and celebrate those community assets they are most proud of and want to share with visitors, such as traditional music, crafts, history, and outdoor recreation offerings.

Naturally, a highlight of the MoMH celebration will be music from these hills. Crooked Road concerts celebrating old time, bluegrass, gospel, traditional ballad singing, and many other styles will be presented in over 20 different communities where this musical heritage lives and breathes.

Last year, more than 200 MoMH concerts and cultural experiences were presented in 64 communities in Southwest Virginia. For 2016, businesses, organizations, localities, and individuals are invited to submit their proposed cultural experiences to The Crooked Road for consideration to be included in the 2016 MoMH.

The deadline for submit an application to be considered as a cultural experience is Friday, February 26. To request an application, please send an email to admin@TheCrookedRoad.org, call 276-492-2409, or contact your local tourism office.

The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail is a year-round internationally acclaimed destination for traditional music lovers. The Crooked Road is a 330-mile driving trail through the mountains of Southwest Virginia that connects nine Major Venues and over 60 Affiliated Venues and Festivals that visitors can enjoy every day of the year.

The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization founded in 2004 whose mission is to support economic development in Southwest Virginia by promoting this region’s rich heritage of traditional music.

The Crooked Road’s Mountains of Music Homecoming is made possible by the generous support of the Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission, National Endowment for the Arts, Virginia Tourism Corporation, Heartwood: Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Gateway, Montgomery County Regional Tourism Office, Virginia Commission for the Arts, Town of Rocky Mount, Lays Hardware Center for the Arts, and the Town of Marion.

For more information, call 276-492-2409 or email admin@TheCrookedRoad.org.



Bristol Public Library Welcomes New Teen Librarian

Bristol TN/VA: Teen Services librarian Hannahlily Angus has been hired by the Bristol Public Library to direct activities for tweens and teens, ages 11-18. Her arrival coincides with the completion the new teen area remodeling being done at the Library.

Ms. Angus worked as the Teen Coordinator for the Johnson City Public Library for the last eight years. “I am delighted to now have the opportunity to work with teens and tweens in Bristol,” commented Ms. Angus. “I plan to resume book clubs immediately, and I hope to soon incorporate other types of fun programs and events that fully utilize the exciting new teen space.”

Under the direction of Teen librarian Pam Neal who retired last December, the BPL Teen Services program ranked fourth in the State of Tennessee in 2014. Only Nashville, Chattanooga, and Sevier County provided more programming for teens. The Bristol Teen Program works not only in the Library but does outreach book clubs with several community organizations such as the YWCA’s Tech Gyrls and the Boys and Girls Clubs. “I am so excited to meet all the young library patrons and am eager to hear their ideas on how to make the Bristol Public Library the most welcoming and enriching place for tweens and teens!”

“We are thrilled to have Hannahlily join our team here at the Bristol Public Library,” says Executive Director Amy Kimani. “The teen program is a very important part of what we do here at the Library and we were looking for the right person to fill the role that not only knew the literature but who could bring great energy to the program. Hannahlily’s knowledge of the young adult literature was beyond impressive and her creativity and enthusiasm made our decision an easy one.”

For more information on the Teen Services program call Hannahlily Angus at 276-821-6192 or the BPL marketing office at 276-821-6148.



Bristol TN's Spread the Glove Campaign a Success

The City of Bristol, TN’s Spread the Glove campaign has proven to be an overwhelming success, with over 1,000 items donated to date. Colder weather and snow is being predicted next week, so the city staff will be in the downtown area and at shelters on Monday, February 8 offering cold weather apparel to those who need it.

The campaign began last year with a transit driver who saw some of her bus riders without gloves and other cold weather necessities. She decided she had to do something to help out, so she set out to gather cold weather items. On cold days, she tied the items to umbrellas located at the city’s transit center for anyone to take who needed such. Other members of the community reached out to help and began knitting toboggans, mittens, gloves and scarves to donate.

This year the city’s Community Relations Department took on the program; and with the assistance of Bristol Broadcasting’s WXBQ radio and Bristol Tennessee High School’s girls’ basketball program, the Spread the Glove campaign began without any expectations of how it would work out. With those partnerships in place, the department was able to spread the word into the community.

“We are overwhelmed with the thoughtfulness shown by so many in our community. St. Anne’s Catholic school has been a great partner along with countless others who have dropped off items at our fire halls,” said Terrie Talbert, Director of Community Relations for the City. “Some individuals have written checks and asked us to buy item’s that weren’t being donated. We purchased a lot of infant and small children’s items that didn’t seem to be coming in. It has just been amazing,” continued Talbert.

The program will continue through the March 1.

For more information on the program, contact Terrie Talbert at 423-989-5500 Ext. 2250, or email tsmith-talbert@bristoltn.org.



Downtown Bristol Events

Valentine's Dinner

February 12–13 | KP

Join KP for a special Valentine's Menu served Friday, February 12 and Saturday, February 13. Call 423-764-3889 to make your reservation!

Nightclub Two Step Lesson

February 12 | Bristol Ballet

Join Bristol Ballet for a Nightclub Two Step lesson at Bristol Ballet Studio. The lesson will begin at 7:30pm, followed by dancing from 8:30 – 10:30 pm.

Cost is $5 per person. All proceeds benefit Bristol Ballet, a 501(c)3 non-profit.

Refreshments will be provided, but a snack to share is always welcome!

Color Your Companion Workshop

February 13 | Bristol Public Library

Kinetic Performance Coaching presents COLOR YOUR COMPANION by Jenny K. Brown on Saturday, February 13 (10am-12:30pm) at the Bristol Public Library. This interactive workshop helps break down communication barriers in relationships by teaching folks the Driving Core Motive behind each of the four personality types, which type you are, and how then to relate better to those around you. This workshop is not just for romantic couples, but is also great for friend, parent-child, and sibling relationships. Early Bird rate of $69 per couple through February 1st!

Click here to register or learn more.

Yoga in the Gallery

February 13 | A Work of Art Gallery & Gifts

February is the month for celebrating love, for making connections with those nearest and dearest to our hearts. On February the 13th, the day before Valentine's Day, do something to make this month extra special for you and those most precious to you. Join Bristol Yoga in a new experience as we take our practice to the Work of Art Gallery located on 600 State Street for a memorable event. We will be hosting an all-levels practice. Surrounded by inspiring artwork illustrating beautiful landscapes as seen through the eyes of local artists. Following the practice, feel free to explore the gallery with your loved ones getting lost in the visions of featured artists and delighting the comfort of a full heart.

Cost: $12. For this event, we ask that you please bring your own mat.

Partner Yoga

February 13 | Wellness Yoga of Bristol

Bring a friend, spouse, family member or anyone you choose to share a soulful and supportive partner yoga practice. Strengthen your connection with your partner and yourself as you explore breathing, strengthening, stretching and so much more. If you do not have a partner, contact Wellness Yoga of Bristol ahead of time, and they will pair you up. All levels are welcome!

Bristol Ballet Presents Bows & Bow Ties 7th Annual Father Daughter Ball

February 14 | Bristol Train Station

Magic. Moments. Memories. And Twirling. Lots of Twirling.

Their first words. Their first steps. Their first break-up. It may sound cliché, but it all goes by so fast. Whether she’s 4 or 40, she’ll always be your little girl. You’ll always be the most important man in her life. The Bristol Ballet’s 7th annual Father Daughter Ball, themed “Bows & Bow Ties,” promotes healthy father daughter relationships and creates a tradition of memories to last a lifetime.

Dads should bring their little sweethearts to the Bristol Train Station on Sunday, February 14, 2016, 2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., for sweets, treats, and dancing. From Sinatra to Taylor Swift, DJ Express will spin a variety of appropriate hits both generations will enjoy. Reservations are $10 per person, call 276-669-6051.

Be Mine Beer Dinner

February 14 | Studio Brew

Studio Brew is excited to announce their first beer and food pairing dinner. Join Studio Brew in their newly renovated Studio Space on Valentine's Day. For $85/person, they will provide an authentic, five course dinner that will include new creations from our talented Chef Ryan. Owner and Master Brewer, Erich Allen, will be pairing each dish with one of our tasty brews. Each attendee will receive a Studio Brew snifter glass to take home. They'll also have live music from the renowned Samantha Gray during this one-of-a-kind experience. It's sure to be an unforgettable evening with your Valentine!

Click here to explore the menu and purchase your tickets.

Valentine's Day Tango Night

February 14 | Shelbee's Vintage Cafe

Dance the Salsa, Bachata and Merengue, along with a special Tango performance. Lessons start at 6:00pm followed by dinner at 7:00pm. After dinner, let’s dance the night away. Cover is $10 and includes dance lesson and dinner. Please RSVP on Facebook or by calling (423) 652-1000.

Colin Hay

February 14 | Paramount Center for the Arts

UPDATE: Use code "BIB" and get $5 off your tickets. Buy online here. Bring your sweetheart to the Paramount this Valentine's Day for an evening with Colin Hay! Sunday, February 14, 2016 at 7 pm.

About Colin Hay
Colin Hay, familiar to millions as front-man, songwriter, and vocalist of pop sensation Men at Work, has released twelve solo albums. He is now on tour to promote his next albumNext Year People, coming February 17th.

Over the past 15 years Hay has reinvented himself as a solo artist, regularly selling out theaters and listening rooms across the US and around the world and introducing himself to a new generation of fans in the process. The frequent use of his music in TV and film—including hit shows such as Scrubs (on which he has made several cameo appearances) Army Wives and Modern Family, the hit soundtrack to the film Garden State and the recently released Words and Pictures—has proven the timeless appeal of his songs.

Dale Carnegie Class: Present with Impact

February 16 | Bristol Chamber of Commerce

In his book, The Quick and Easy Way to Effective Speaking, Dale Carnegie says that people evaluate us in four ways: what we say, how we say it, what we do, and how we do it. Presenting with impact means we use every resource available to communicate with credibility and confidence. This includes the wide spectrum of visual support tools available. It also includes us. The most important part of any communication is how we present ourselves. We are the message. At the completion of this module, participants will be able to:

  • Establish trust, credibility, and respect with listeners
  • Clarify the key points of a message
  • Open and close sessions with impact
  • Understand the variety of support tools that strengthen a message

Cost: Complimentary for members, $35 for non-members. Email reservations@bristolchamber.org to RSVP.

Quarterly Downtown Gathering

February 16 | Believe in Bristol Office

Believe in Bristol invites you to attend the Quarterly Downtown Gathering, to be held at the Believe in Bristol office on February 16th from 5:30 – 6:30 pm. Our topic this quarter is the Downtown Bristol Loan Fund, presented by speaker Cindy Green, Director Community Economic Development for People, Inc.

Who should attend? Property owners, developers, loft dwellers and future entrepreneurs are encouraged to attend, but everyone is welcome!

We look forward to seeing you! Refreshments will be served.

A Night at the Museum: A Murder Mystery Themed Party

March 24 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum

You're invited to Believe in Bristol's 7th Annual Downtown Showcase: A Night at the Museum – a murder mystery themed party!

Your presence is requested at the A-list party hosted by Believe in Bristol on Thursday, March 24th from 6-9 pm at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum. While socializing and schmoozing with country music legends, careers will be made, secrets will be revealed, scandals will be broken and a homicide will happen.

With a V.I.P. victim and all legends suspect, you will be called upon to find the criminal by cracking this tragic event.

Will it be a super-fan, overly excited to meet their favorite star? A livid lover who has been pushed too far? Or possibly a legend who is jealous of the fame of another?

As the night unfolds, so will a web of lies and scandals intricately woven to point you to a killer. It is up to you to uncover the clues or the culprit will remain concealed!

Come walk the line for A Night at the Museum full of mystery, celebrities & scandal.

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Tenneva Phil and BOGO at BCM

Through February | Birthplace of Country Music Museum

In honor of Punxatawny Phil’s shadow detecting skills, the Birthplace of Country Music Museum is celebrating Groundhog Day throughout the month of February with repeat ticket deals and a furry keepsake giveaway that includes Tenneva Phil, Punxatawny’s cute southern cousin. It remains to be seen if Tenneva Phil, a limited edition plush toy, can predict the weather but he looks amazing in his Birthplace of Country Music t-shirt.

The limited offer includes buy one, get one free admission on Tuesdays and Thursdays to the Birthplace of Country Music Museum throughout the month of February.

In addition, folks are urged to visit the Birthplace of Country Music Museum’s Facebook page to enter the museum’s Groundhog Day giveaway for a chance to win a museum gift package containing two (2) plush Tenneva Phils, two (2) passes to the Birthplace of Country Music Museum, two (2) $10 gift cards to The Museum Store, and (2) BCM t-shirts. The contest will begin on February 2, 2016 and will run throughout the month of February. A winner will be selected once a week.

Visitors are encouraged to use their buy one, get one free passes to explore the special exhibit “Tennessee Ernie Ford: A Life On Stage,” which comes to an end on February 14. Tickets bought during this promotion can only be used on Tuesdays and Thursdays in February.



Valentine's Day Savings at the Museum Store

Through February 14 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum

Get up to 20% off at the Museum Store with coupon. Click here to print the coupon.



Save 15% at A Work of Art & Last-Minute Gift Ideas for Valentine's Day

Through February 14th | A Work of Art Gallery & Gifts

Click here to view specials.



Bristol Office Supply Weekly Specials

Through February 12th

Click here to view weekly specials.