Believe in Bristol

Welcome Bank Street Bristol!

Like many Bristolians, we were sad to hear that downtown KP Duty, a State Street veteran for over twenty years, would be closing its doors at the end of February. However, fans of owner Lisa Martin's tasty offerings will be pleased to hear that her new catering venture, Bank Street Bristol Catering & Events, is open for business at 14 Bank Street, Bristol, TN! Check out their website at bankstreetbristol.com or follow them on Facebook at facebook.com/bankstreetbristol.

Downtown Bristol Blog

2016 Mountains of Music Schedule Announced

The Crooked Road has released its schedule of music events during the 2016 Mountains of Music Homecoming. Visit their website to view the concert list, purchase tickets and more.



Downtown Bristol Events

Chicken4Charity: Holly Help

April 27 | Quaker Steak and Lube

On April 27th from 6-9 pm, in conjunction with Holly Help Spay/Neuter Fund, Quaker Steak will host a Chicken 4 Charity Event. You can stop by the restaurant and drop off a donation or you can help out by dining that night and 10% of the food sales* will go to Holly Help. Free calendars and pet treats will also be available.

The Holly Help Spay-Neuter Fund is a Bristol based organization which focuses on the spay sterilization surgeries for dogs and cats. They were founded in the Spring of 2001 and maintain a 501.c3 tax exempt status as a branch of United Humanitarian, A Corporation. They rely mainly on the money received from recycling aluminum cans to fund surgeries. It is an all volunteer organization, and Holly Help pays no salaries.

The Holly Help Spay-Neuter Fund has paid for in full or in part, the sterilization surgeries for thousands of animals. Because one unspayed female animal can produce between 50,000 and 350,000 offspring in a 5 year period, their sterilization rate will make a very substantial dent in the overpopulation rate of cats and dogs in our community. Holly Help has successfully recycled many tons of aluminum cans which were generously donated by the animal-friendly public! The proceeds were used to pay for the surgeries. It takes approximately 4000 aluminum cans to pay for the surgery of one animal.

Grand opening of Tri-Cities Escape Game

April 28 | Tri-Cities Escape Game

Bringing the nation’s latest craze in immersive game experiences to the region — the Tri-Cities Escape Game (located at 642 State Street, Bristol, Tennessee) will host a Grand Opening Celebration & Ribbon Cutting Thurs., April 28 at 10 am. The event, coordinated with the Bristol Chamber of Commerce, will be catered by The Burger Bar.

“The support and enthusiasm we’ve experienced since we decided to open on State Street has been incredible. It goes without saying that we’re pretty excited to bring this element of challenge and creative fun to Bristol, and all of the Tri-Cities,” says Taylor Crowe, Tri-Cities Escape Game co-owner. “We think it’s a super fit for State Street — complimenting it’s eclectic dining, shopping, and brewing atmosphere. The ‘Believe in Bristol’ culture is alive and well in downtown and we’re thrilled to be joining it!”

The Tri-Cities Escape Game will be open Wednesdays through Fridays from 3 pm to 10 pm and Saturdays from 11:30 am to 11 pm. It will also be open at other times, upon request, for company and group events, or to compliment the demand of State Street festivities and Bristol-area events.

Reservations may be made online by visiting www.tricitiesescapegame.com. Advance reservations are highly recommended as game slots tend to fill-up several days to weeks in advance.

Tri-Cities Escape Game t-shirts will be free to the first 200 players who post their pre- or post-game experience to social media.

For more information or to schedule a special event or corporate experience, please contact info@tricitiesescapegame.com.

The Diamonds

April 28 | Blackbird Bakery

From East Tennessee, The Diamonds play a diverse mix of music, specializing in jazz standards. The group performs at various venues and events throughout the region, including weddings, parties, and restaurants. They have also volunteered at many nursing homes, assisted living homes, and charitable organizations in the area.

Ethan Keller

April 29 | Shelbee's Vintage Cafe

Ethan Keller is a singer-songwriter from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He was voted Best Solo Artist in the 2011 Milwaukee Music Awards, and Best Pop Artist in the 2011 Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI) Awards. Over the years, Ethan has supported a myriad of artists: Third Eye Blind, Rusted Root, Umphreys McGee, Galactic, Grupo Fantasma, Medeski Scofield Martin & Wood, Willy Porter, Erin McKeown, Glenn Tillbrook, Fareed Haque, Danny and The Juniors, Hanson, Bif Naked, The Exies, Crown City Rockers, Citizen King, Better Than Ezra, Lucky Boys Confusion, Night Ranger, The Lost Trailers.

If Birds Could Fly

April 29 | Bristol Brewery

If Birds Could Fly will play Bristol Brewery Friday, April 29th at 8pm. Click here to buy tickets online.

Beth Snapp Band

April 29 | Studio Brew

Beth Snapp Band is thrilled to have their first show at Studio Brew! Join them for some of the yummiest brews and local bites you'll find anywhere. Then top off the night with your friends here delivering some of the yummiest tunes, and stay tuned for a give away!

Bristol Crisis Center Charity Ride / Bike Night

April 30 | Quaker Steak and Lube

Quaker Steak & Lube and Black Wolf Harley-Davidson will host a charity ride and bike night benefiting Bristol Crisis Center on April 30th. Cost to participate is $20 for riders and $10 for passengers. Proceeds benefit the non-profit Bristol Crisis Center. The ride kicks off at Black Wolf Harley-Davidson, followed by a block party and kick off of bike night season at Quaker Steak & Lube in downtown Bristol.

Schedule

  • 1:30 — 2:45 pm – Registration at Black Wolf Harley-Davidson
  • 2:45 — 3:00 pm – Blessing of the bikes
  • 3:00 pm – Kick stands up
  • 3:00 — 5:30 pm – Riders leave Black Wolf Harley-Davidson
  • 5:30 — 6:00 pm – Riders make their way to Quaker Steak & Lube in downtown Bristol
  • 6:00 pm – Presentation of charity check to Bristol Crisis Center
  • 6:15 — 9:00 pm – Block party / bike night season kickoff party at Quaker Steak & Lube

Join QSL for a great night of entertainment, door prizes, drink specials & more!

David Gans

April 30 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum

The Birthplace of Country Music is proud to present David Gans on Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum.

Tickets go on sale March 1, and are $10 in advance / $15 at door.

About David Gans
A David Gans “solo electric” performance is likely to consist of several elements: country-blues-style fingerpicking; loop-based improvisations created live in the moment; sweetly-sung ballads, original or borrowed; Grateful Dead songs reinterpreted to suit his voice and guitar; wry observations of the music-festival subculture and the larger world; soulful and passionate political commentary; favorites from the folk-rock canon of the last 50 years. Mix and match – it’s never the same show twice, but it’s always worth a listen. For more information about David Gans, visit www.dgans.com.

Porch 40

April 30 | Bristol Brewery

Porch 40 will play Bristol Brewery this Friday with Field Notes as the opener. $9 online in advance (click here to buy tickets) or $15 at the door. Show starts at 8 on the outdoor stage. Jae's BBQ will be coming as well.

Paws & Pints

May 1 | Studio Brew

Support a local shelter by bringing donations of food and or supplies while hanging out with your 4 legged friends enjoying craft beer, fine wines and awesome foods.

Beaver Creek Storytellers

May 1 | Bristol Public Library

Join Beaver Creek Storytellers at Bristol Public Library (use rear entrance) for a fun afternoon of entertaining stories. Admission is $5.

Also Coming Up

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2016 Artistic Excellence Exhibit Now Open

Through May 1 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum

Artwork from area art students who competed in Art in Public Places' 2016 Artistic Excellence Competition is now on display at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum through May 1st.

Renowned juror Hank Foreman of Appalachian State University selected winners from among submissions by area art teachers on behalf of their talented students. Foreman is Associate Vice-Chancellor for University Communications and Cultural Affairs at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. He also serves as Director and Chief Curator of the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts. He received his B.C.A. in Painting and Sculpture from UNC at Charlotte and his M.A. in Art Education from Appalachian State University.

The winning entries were:

Best in Show
“Regal” by Berkeley Richard, Virginia High School

Acrylic
Freshman/Sophomore
1st Place: “Self Portrait” by Tanner Earhart, Tennessee High School
2nd Place: “Daryl Dixon” by Marissa Waddell, Sullivan North High School
3rd Place: “Venice” by Peyton Christian, Sullivan North High School
Honorable Mention: “Palm Paradise” by Morgan Fleming, Sullivan North High School

Junior/Senior
1st Place: “Tulips” by Kaitlyn Rasnick, Virginia High School
2nd Place: “Untitled” by Peyton Spencer, Abingdon High School

3D/Sculpture
Freshman/Sophomore
1st Place: “The Hunting Hobsquatch” by Daniel Kersey, Mendota Art School
2nd Place: “Strong” by Daniel Kersey, Mendota Art School
3rd Place: “Bonsai” by Leah Mumpower, Virginia High School
Honorable Mention: “Dwalin” by Harrison Murphy, Mendota Art School

Junior/Senior
1st Place: “Cold Hearted” by Berkeley Richard
2nd Place: “Reality” by Leydi Rodriguez, Abingdon High School
3rd Place: “Mask” by Kayla Guinn, Sullivan East High School

Oil / Gouache
Freshman/Sophomore
1st Place: “Thoren” by Harrison Murphy, Mendota Art School
2nd Place: “Raccoon” by Daniel Kersey, Mendota Art School

Junior/Senior
1st Place: “Coryn” by Anna Whitted, Abingdon High School
2nd Place: “Dearest” by Jordan Kersey, Mendota Art School
3rd Place: “Coastal Sunrise” by Jordan Kersey, Mendota Art School
Honorable Mention: “Mountain Sunrise” by Jordan Kersey, Mendota Art School

Mixed Media
Freshman/Sophomore
1st Place: “Freedom Fighters” by Trey Boothe, WCCTEC
2nd Place: “Metroid” by Blayne Delp, WCCTEC
3rd Place: “Sailing Seas” by Leah Mumpower, Virginia High School
Honorable Mention: “The Magic of Old Time” by Annie Frazier, Abingdon High School

Junior/Senior
1st Place: “Styles” by Peyton Christian, Sullivan North High School
2nd Place: “Like Stars” by Leydi Rodriguez, Abingdon High School
3rd Place: “Lady in Mourning” by Joanna Lovins, WCCTEC
Honorable Mention: “Digital Recreation of Marion Bolognesi Artwork” by Selena Barr, WCCTEC
Honorable Mention: “Imagine” by Lauren Boyda, WCCTEC
Honorable Mention: “In the Clouds” by Josh Winkler, WCCTEC

Colored Pencil / Pastels
Freshman/Sophomore
1st Place: “Rainbow Rhino” by Kaitlyn Rasnick, Virginia High School
2nd Place: “Thorakismenos” by Daniel Kersey, Mendota Art School
3rd Place: “Evening Hunt” by Antony Cowfer, Sullivan North High School

Junior/Senior
1st Place: “Unpolished” by Tiffany Fields, Tennessee High School
2nd Place: “Mona Lisa-West” by Katherine Martin, Abingdon High School
3rd Place: “Leopard” by Keirsten Hawthorn, Tennessee High School
Honorable Mention: “Emma Watson” by Carl Murphy, Abingdon High School
Honorable Mention: “Exonerated” by Keeley Morton, Tennessee High School

Watercolor
Freshman/Sophomore
1st Place: “Let Down Your Hair” by Kaitlyn Rasnick, Virginia High School
2nd Place: “Autumn Glow” by Leah Mumpower, Virginia High School

Junior/Senior
1st Place: “Deception” by Lilley Perkins, Tennessee High School
2nd Place: “My Cousin Max” by Berkeley Richard, Virginia High School
3rd Place: “Mystic Peacock” by Lincoln Laster, Abingdon High School
Honorable Mention: “Call it what you want” by Molly Shaw, Tennessee High School

Black & White Pencil / Charcoal
Freshman/Sophomore
1st Place: “The Survivor” by Benjamin Seguin, Sullivan South High School
2nd Place: “Predator” by Benjamin Seguin, Sullivan South High School
3rd Place: “Brendan Urie Portrait” by Kylie Shields, Sullivan South High School
Honorable Mention: “Christopher Drew Ingls” by Tori Tonkersly, Sullivan North High School

Junior/Senior
1st Place: “Nothing Good Happens After Midnight” by Keeley Morton, Tennessee High School
2nd Place: “Mithrandir” by Katlyn Shipplett, Tennessee High School
3rd Place: “Lily Collins” by Katherine Martin, Abingdon High School
Honorable Mention: “Dorothy and Toto” by Emma Carico, Sullivan South High School
Honorable Mention: “Matt Healy” by Anna Whitted, Abingdon High School
Honorable Mention: “Melanie” by Tory Dillard, Tennessee High School
Honorable Mention: “The Open Sea” by Katie Carico, Virginia High School
Honorable Mention: “Jessica” by Tory Dillard, Tennessee High School
Honorable Mention: “Self Portrait” by Tenner Earhart, Tennessee High School
Honorable Mention: “Still” by Isabella Filetti, Sullivan South High School

Winning artists received cash prizes. Prize money and other funding were raised through corporate and individual donations.



Bristol Office Supply Weekly Specials

Through April 29

Click here to view weekly specials.



Curating the Classics

Wm. King Ladies Department

The Wm. King Clothiers expanded ladies collection is receiving rave reviews this season. Visit their historic Downtown Bristol store and to see their interpretation of ready to wear for women. The look is sprightly style with purpose.



Jessica & Brooke Beaver Exhibit

Through May | A Work of Art Gallery & Gifts

The VIP Room at A Work of Art Gallery & Gifts will host an exhibit during the month of May for 16-year-old twins Jessica and Brooke Beaver of Jonesborough, TN. The exhibit will include artwork from both sisters, as well as a sampling of Jessica’s written works.

Jessica and Brooke Beaver (both juniors at Daniel Boone High School in Gray, TN) love music, art, writing, and encouraging other students to reach for their dreams. The two rising stars are driven, passionate, and already-accomplished at 16: Brooke has represented DBHS in local writing events and has won local competitions for her poetry, while Jessica Beaver has completed eleven books since the age of 10 with three books published since the age of 13. They both maintain a 4.0 grade point average in school while remaining active in clubs, volunteering at their church and community help center, studying music in a pre-college music program at ETSU, and studying art in advanced classes. Both sisters hope to pursue a degree in art and writing after graduating high school in 2017.

A meet-the-artists reception for Jessica and Brooke Beaver will be held at A Work of Art Gallery & Gifts, 600 State Street, Bristol, TN on May 20, 2016 from 5pm-7pm.



Theatre Bristol Summer Camp

July 11-15 | Theatre Bristol

Theatre Bristol proudly announces its 2016 children’s summer camp The Start of Adventure, running July 11-15 at 512 State Street, Bristol, Tennessee.

Campers will explore theatre and acting skills from talented and highly respected teachers and theatre veterans in the area. "We're really excited to be bringing our camp program back this year," said James Altman, the camp coordinator. "We're also very thankful to the professionals who will be teaching the campers valuable theatrical skills and knowledge." Guided by the Theatre Bristol Youth Service Board (YSB), campers will spend the week learning acting skills, creative movement, music, costuming, makeup design, set design, props, and more.

At the end of the week, campers will perform three classic shows from Theatre Bristol's early days. Kindergarten and first graders will participate in Peter Pan, a show performed many years through Theatre Bristol’s history; second, third, and fourth graders participate in Alice in Wonderland; and fifth and sixth graders will participate in King Arthur. As a special treat for the campers and their families, the Theatre Bristol Youth Service Board will perform a show, included at no extra cost.

The Start of Adventure is organized by the Theatre Bristol Youth Service Board, with guidance and counsel from the Theatre Bristol Board of Directors. “I see camp as a great way for the YSB to learn leadership, organization, planning, and responsibility,” said Camille Gray, the Youth Service Board president, “We have all had wonderful opportunities on and off stage, and now we get a chance to offer our experience and knowledge to the next generation of young actors. I know Cathy [Theatre Bristol's founder] would be proud.”

Camp will run Monday to Friday from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm, with early drop-off and late pick-up times available. Theatre Bristol will provide a healthy snack in the afternoon, however campers will need to pack a lunch each day. Registration is available online. The cost per camper is $150, with a family discount of each additional child reduced to $75, as well as early drop off and late pick up options. Financial assistance applications are also available. Space is limited so register soon!

For more information about camp and registration, please email info@theatrebristol.org.