Downtown Bristol Events
October 27 | Studio Brew
Join Studio Brew for a fun night of Salsa Dancing. Studio Brew's Craft Beer, Chef Ryan's Studio Salsa & Chips, plus Aulikki's Sangria Special will be available. Come dance Salsa, Bachata, Merengue and some Hip Hop. Beginner Salsa lesson kicks off the party from 7:00pm to 7:45pm.
$10.00 cover includes your dance lesson plus complementary chips & salsa. Come and enjoy the Dance Party at Studio Brew! Cheers!
October 27 | 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.
October 27 | Bristol Brewery
Who doesn't like a good old fashioned game of trivia? Join Bristol Brewery Thursday October 27th for a FREE game of trivia. Bring your dogs, your kids, and your (smart) friends to create a team! Knox Trivia Guys will be hosting the game starting at 7:30. KB'z Kitchen LLC will be serving that evening and the brewery will be donating a portion of beer sales so come early to eat, drink, and prep for trivia! Prizes for top teams will be awarded!
All proceeds benefit the Sullivan County Humane Society and donations are greatly appreciated.
October 28 | TriSummit Bank
Appalachian Region Antique Automobile Club of America invites you to Trunk and Treat, Friday, October 28th 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.
October 28 | Quaker Steak and Lube
About James Meadows
October 28 | Studio Brew
James started up his band, James Meadows & The Country Mile Drifters, just after his album officially released in August of 2008. The band is compiled of amazing professional musicians who put on a very high energy show. Their shows contain a huge set list filled with both fan/crowd requested and timeless Classic Country, Top 40 Country, Bluegrass, Southern Rock, and Originals that are sure to blow the walls off of any event or venue.
About Billy Crawford Band
Blues guitar might be associated with Mississippi, Texas and Chicago, but a man of the mid-South has something to say about that. The city of Bristol, smack on the Tennessee/Virginia border, claims itself as the birthplace of country music. But one of its native sons is making a huge blues noise.
The common denominator in all of this is Billy Crawford – raised playing bass in church, then gaining an early hard-rock pedigree on electric guitar. But for the past three decades, he has turned his six-string action toward the blues.
For much of the 1990s, audiences around the world heard Crawford’s intense work with blues-rocker Deborah Coleman. He gave up the road in 2002, when his wife gave birth to their son. Turns out, son Tyler is a little guitar hotshot, too.
But his daddy still has something to say. His Bristol-based Billy Crawford Band includes some of that region’s finest blues men. The fire is still burning blue from Crawford’s Guitar, as he rips through blues, ballads, rock, surf – even New Orleans-style.
Underpinning it all is a band with plenty of energy and mastery of dynamics. Go to thebillycrawfordband.com to hear and see more and find out when the band is playing in your town.
October 28 | Bristol Brewery
The Crooked Road Rejects will play Bristol Brewery this Friday, October 28th at 8pm!
About The Crooked Road Rejects
October 29 | Downtown Center
The Rejects are a group of musicians from all over the S.W Virginia region. The diversity of the Band is a unique quality, tasteful music mixed with a passion for Great Sound and a strong love for Good Music.
It's time for the Annual Pumpkin Palooza and Trick-or-Treating on State Street! On Saturday October 29, 9am to 12 noon, kids of all ages can come to the Farmers' Market at the Downtown Center, 810 State Street for a spooktacular event! Hosted by Bristol Tennessee Parks & Recreation Department and Believe in Bristol, there will be fun and games galore — children can decorate a pumpkin with a variety of fun craft materials. There will be treat bags for kids to take home (while supplies last), along with the pumpkin they decorated. The fun continues as downtown merchants are open for trick-or-treating at various shops along State Street from 10am until 12 noon, or until the candy runs out! It's fun for the whole family!
October 29 | Mountain Empire Comics
Join Mountain Empire Comics Saturday, October 29th from 10-6 for Halloween Comic Fest! Featuring FREE candy and comics (while supplies last), local artists, writers and vendors. Costume contest at 2pm, so come dressed in your Halloween best!
October 29 | A Work of Art Gallery & Gifts
For Jonesborough’s Larry VerRan, his stained glass guitar lamps represent more than a work of art – each one is a true masterpiece.
“It’s a lot of trial and error when making these pieces. I start with a real guitar and remove the top of the body, and then, I work on lighting the guitar. It’s fun to figure out what material works best to reflect light and how the wiring should be set up,” said VerRan. “Stained glass presents challenges of its own, but it’s not just stained glass when you’re trying to make a lamp out of a guitar – it’s also woodwork and electrical work.”
Larry VerRan created his first stained glass guitar in the spring to sell at A Work of Art Gallery & Gifts in Downtown Bristol, an artist cooperative of which he is a member. Within two weeks, the guitar sold in the gallery, and then a gentleman in Texas saw the first guitar on the gallery’s Facebook page. He commissioned VerRan to make his second guitar that incorporated the Texas flag. Fifty hours, several wooden reinforcements, and many feet of aluminum reflective tape later, he shipped the guitar to Texas to complete his second sale of the guitars.
VerRan has now completed a third guitar that is for sale in the gallery, and he doesn’t plan to stop creating them anytime soon, each a little different than the previous. “I keep learning better ways to craft them and I think they’ll get better every time. I have three more guitars in my studio ready to start.”
An artist since childhood, Larry VerRan considers himself a “dabbler”, working in a variety of media such as charcoal, pen/ink, acrylics, pastels, and — since 2007 — stained glass. VerRan recalls, “In 1973, I received a stained glass hummingbird as a gift from the youth group I had been leading, and I was completely mesmerized by how the light reflected and absorbed and how I could hold this piece of art in my hand and look at it from different perspectives. I always thought it would be great to learn how to make stained glass. In 1992, I took a 2-night evening class at ETSU to learn about stained glass, but I was working two jobs and never had the time or means to start creating things on my own.”
It was the desire to give his sister a stained glass gift when she quit smoking in 2007 that compelled him to create his first piece on his own. After the candleholder he created for her, he had many requests for commissioned stained-glass work for fishermen who he had contact with at his campground. The next year, in 2008, VerRan retired, but never stopped working on his craft. He now spends his days exploring and creating, always captivated and inspired by stained glass art.
To commission a stained glass guitar or see some of his other stained glass work, a meet-the-artist reception for Larry VerRan will be held at A Work of Art Gallery & Gifts, 600 State Street, Bristol, TN on October 29, 2016 from 1pm-4pm. For inquiries, Larry's contact information can be found on the gallery's website at www.aworkofartgallery.com.
October 29 | Wellness Yoga of Bristol
Join us for a night of Black Light Vinyasa Yoga! Wear your brightest neon yoga outfit. We will provide the glow sticks and glow paint so you can get creative before doing an all-levels vinyasa practice.
Cost: $15 For more information, or to register, please call (276) 644 3086
October 29 | Bristol Brewery
Join us for a special Halloween show featuring a musical costume of JP Parsons & The American Buckaroos. Costume contest during intermission. This is going to be so much fun!
About JP Parsons
October 31 | Blackbird Bakery
Generous Americana and Folk from The Birthplace of Country Music, Bristol TN/VA
Clap along to the bluegrass sounds of State Street String Band.
November 1 | Bristol Public Library
Rita Quillen presents "A Visit with the Mad Farmer's Wife" Nov. 1 at 7 p.m., at the Bristol Public Library, Bristol, Virginia.
Quillen is an author and poet from Scott County, Virginia. Her novel, "Hiding Ezra," was a finalist in the 2005 DANA Awards competition, and a chapter of the novel is included in the scholarly study of Appalachian dialect published by the University of Kentucky Press entitled "Talking Appalachian."
She has released a poetry chapbook, "Something Solid To Anchor To." Her new full-length poetry collection, "The Mad Farmer's Wife," is due out in the fall of 2016. One of six semi-finalists for the 2012-14 Poet Laureate of Virginia, her poetry received a Pushcart nomination as well as a Best of the Net nomination in 2012. "Her Secret Dream," new and selected poems, was named the Outstanding Poetry Book of the Year by the Appalachian Writers Association in 2008. Previous works are poetry collections "October Dusk" and "Counting The Sums," as well as a book of essays "Looking for Native Ground: Contemporary Appalachian Poetry."
November 5 | Downtown Bristol
For well over 50 years the veterans of Bristol have honored their fallen comrades with a parade and memorial service in downtown Bristol. Whether through years of recognition or obscurity the parade has reminded the region of the sacrifice of our own citizens in wars and military engagements since the beginning of our nation. The annual event will once again be held in the streets of downtown Bristol on Saturday November 5. Any veteran is welcome to participate in the parade. Line-up begins on Morrison Blvd at 8am, with the parade beginning at 10am using the traditional parade route. Following the parade, approximately at 11am, citizens will gather for the traditional memorial service at the Bristol War Memorial at Cumberland Square Park.