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City announces community photo contest


Paper Windows: A Photographic Vision of Bristol, a community photo contest, kicks-off on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 as Bristol begins a year-long call for photo entries in twelve different sessions during the next twelve months as a means of collecting and sharing images of our community. This is the second time the City of Bristol has held the photo contest. “This project is one that anybody can participate in. The Paper Windows project was introduced in 2012 and was a tremendous success with well over 100 entries. Paper Windows is not an annual project, it is only re-introduced once every 4 years for competition,” Said Terrie Talbert, Director of the Office of Community Relations.

The project intends to collect photos of the people of Bristol, the downtown area, as well as nature and wildlife scenes showcasing our community. Each session will carry a theme and will last approximately 30 days. Entries must be submitted before the last day of each session. The first theme “Hidden Hearts” begins on February 1 and ends on February 21, 2017.

Amateurs and professionals, young and old are encouraged to enter. Photographers are welcome to use any type of camera, including Smartphones. Entries will only be accepted in digital format and must be submitted through the City’s website by the last day of each session. Judging will be conducted by a panel of judges with backgrounds in the arts. Rules, entry and release forms are available online at www.bristoltn.org by clicking on the Paper Windows tab on the home page. Parents or guardians must submit entries and release forms for entrants younger than 18 years.

1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners will be announced during each session, with an over-all winner at the end of the year-long contest. The top three winners in each session will be featured on the City’s website and social media pages.

For more information on the project contact Terrie Talbert at tsmith-talbert@bristoltn.org or call 423-764-4171.



Downtown Bristol Events

Groundhog Day Craft Beer Challenge

February 2 | Bristol Station Brews & Taproom


Join Bristol Station for a Groundhog Day Get Down! Not only is it team trivia night with Knox Trivia Guys, but owner/brewer Ken Monyak has been challenged by a home-brewer to a brew off!

Ken and his challenger will each brew a Honeydew Ginger beer to be tasted and voted on by the patrons that evening. Winner will be decided by the popular vote!

The Feeding Frenzy Mobile food truck will be on hand as well. Come down to Bristol Station for a great Groundhog Day!

The Nest Featured Artist Meet & Greet: Marcy Hullander

February 2 | Blackbird Bakery


It's that time again, new art has been hatched in "The Nest at Blackbird Bakery." The Nest features art from up-and-coming local artists. Additionally, 25% of sales goes to a local non-profit agency.

This month's featured artist is Marcy Hullander. Come by to meet Marcy and view her works Thursday from 6-8 pm, or stop by to view her art all through February.

1st Annual Wine & Chocolate Festival

February 3 | Foundation Event Facility


Enjoy Bristol's first annual Wine & Chocolate Festival, a fundraiser for the Children’s Advocacy Center and all other children’s services at Highlands Community Services.

Your ticket will give you entrance to the event, two samples at each vendor station, beer and wine samples, heavy hors d’oeuvres and dancing with Mick Glasgow & The House Hoppers. In addition, you’ll be able to purchase items from our vendors, purchase a Cork Pull ticket, bid on Silent Auction items – all in time for Valentine’s Day! The event will feature a cash bar with all proceeds going towards the CAC and HCS Children’s Services.

While this event is open to all ages, it is intended to be a 21 yrs. and older event. Please have a photo ID with you since alcohol will be served.

Purchase your tickets at 2017wandcfest.com.

Art D'Vine

February 3 | Downtown Bristol


On Friday, February 3, 2017, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., downtown will be filled with art lovers as several galleries and some local favorites join together to host another Art D’Vine event! This art walk offers patrons the chance to gain after-hours access to merchants, sample domestic and international wines, and enjoy a range of works from artists across the region.

As with the previous gallery hops, participants are invited to stroll around Historic Downtown Bristol, stopping and enjoying all that our downtown has to offer! Refreshments will be provided and many of the galleries will feature different varieties of wine for sampling. The Art D’Vine galleries will be highlighting various special events, releases or artists. Those who complete their passport and visit each stop will be entered into a raffle to win a gift certificate for Whiskey Rebellion!

This event is free to the public, though there is a suggested one-time donation of $5 with the proceeds supporting the work of the Arts & Entertainment District of Historic Downtown Bristol, TN/VA.

Singer Songwriter Event featuring Jamen Denton, Bonnie Blue & Mark Mahoney

February 3 | Studio Brew


Three wonderful musicians you won't want to miss!

Bella Bane

February 3 | Blackbird Bakery


Bella Bane will play Blackbird Bakery from 8-10pm.

Earth by Train

February 3 | O'Mainnin's Pub


Earth By Train’s influences include, but are not limited to, making good music with each other, believing in the power of music and what it can do for our hearts and our world. They use drums, guitars, keyboards, hands, voice, heads and hearts to create sound that hopefully is appealing and helps in some way.

Bristol CSA Fair: Meet Your Farmer!

February 4 | Bristol Public Library


Join the Appalachian RC&D Council in beautiful downtown Bristol to meet local famers offering Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) shares. What is a CSA? It's a subscription to a farm for a share of the harvest, usually a weekly or monthly box filled with fresh fruits and vegetables. CSAs are a conveinient way for you to support your local farmers and eat healthier this year!

The CSA Fair will feature area farmers offering a variety of CSA options. Farms will offer options for different size shares and options for fresh produce, meat, eggs, bread and more!

There will be fun kids activities, door prizes and more. Come celebrate local food, meet your farmer, and sign up for healthier eating in 2017! This is a free event!

When: Saturday, Feb. 4th, 1-4pm
Where: Bristol Public Library

For more information, please contact the Appalachian RC&D Council at 423-979-2581, or by emailing rachel@arcd.org.

Fine Art Body Painting Competition

February 4 | Studio Brew


Five world-renowned body artists and their models will gather at Studio Brew (221 Moore St.) on Saturday, February 4th to bring Studio Brew's beer to life! Each contestant will paint his or her “human canvas” with a design inspired by one of Studio Brew's beers. The artists include Tiffany Beckler (of Skin Wars Season 3 fame), Ren Allen, Aubrie Goodnoe, Jason Lozano, and Aline Backes.

Guests in the audience will receive a flight of all five beers the artists will be representing, a tasting of food designed by Studio Brew's chefs to pair with both the artwork and the beer, and the chance to watch the art-making process and help judge the final results.

Fine art photographers are encouraged to attend and submit their photographs for a special gallery showing and juried competition being held later in the month. Participants may contact Bill Bryant at bill@studiobrew.beer for details.

Doors will open at 4pm for those who would like to watch the artists in action. The presentation of the finalized designs and judging will begin at 6:30pm. Tickets are available online at eventbrite.com and are limited to 100 spaces. Please, no unattended minors.

For more information, please contact Bill Bryant at 423.416.2150 or createdwithaclick@gmail.com.

An Evening With Travis Tritt

February 4 | Paramount Center for the Arts


No sky is bluer, no air crisper, no leaf greener than after a storm, and Travis Tritt is adding a musical addendum to that list with the release of The Calm After .... Part metaphor and surprisingly literal, the title is reflective of a fresh and focused start for one of the most successful and acclaimed musical creators of his era. The tumult his music has come through to get this point, however, is very real.

"I feel so humbled and blessed to be where I am right now," says Travis, who will release the album on his own Post Oak Records. "My voice has never been stronger, I'm constantly playing and working to become a better guitar player, banjo player, vocalist and songwriter. I am honestly as excited about the creative process and performing now as I was the day I signed my first record deal."

The highly abbreviated Tritt timeline has the young Georgian incorporating lifelong influences in Southern Rock, blues and gospel into his country during a honky-tonk apprenticeship that led him to Warner Bros. His 1990 debut Country Club and its succession of hits put him in the vanguard of the genre's early '90s boom. At the same time, his conspicuous lack of a cowboy hat and musical aggressiveness set him apart. The next eight albums and scores of hit singles led him to amass more than 25 million in career album sales, two Grammys, three CMA Awards and a devoted fan base that filled venues coast-to-coast.

Madly Backwards

February 4 | Bristol Station Brews & Taproom


Madly Backwards is a rock n’ roll band from Harrisonburg, VA. Formed in 2013, they are currently comprised of Eric Sites onguitar and vocals, Neil Forde on guitar, Nick Wilson on bass guitar, and Jamie Infantino on drums. Their music combines the grit of blues, the energy of funk, and the sonic experimentation of psychedelic on top of a rock foundation. They draw on everything from the alt-rock of The Black Keys to the heaviness of Black Sabbath and then add a willingness to jam reminiscent of the Allman Brothers Band to create a distinct yet classic sound. When playing live, they constantly adapt their set and often feature other musicians to produce a unique experience for every show. They are beginning to work their way around the Mid-Atlantic United States and continue to play extensively in the Harrisonburg music scene.

Beaver Creek Storytellers

February 5 | Bristol Public Library


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

AAME Speaker Series: Banjo Romantika

February 7 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum


The Arts Alliance Mountain Empire has partnered with the Birthplace of Country Music Museum and the William King Museum of Art to present its 2016-2017 Speaker Series. Five speakers will present six talks around the common theme: "Art in Appalachia, Appalachia in the World." A number of events will be held over the course of the series including a film screening of "Banjo Romantika: American Bluegrass Music & The Czech Imagination" at the museum on Tuesday, February 7 at 7:00 p.m.

Filmmaker and ETSU professor Shara Lange will lead the discussion of the documentary "Banjo Romantika," which broadcast on PBS across 40 states in the country. Czechs first heard bluegrass during World War II when the Armed Forces Network broadcast American music for soldiers. The music represented freedom to dissatisfied Czechs living in a communist state. Inspired by classic American bluegrass sounds, an assortment of musicians from across the formerly communist Czech Republic have melded the past, the political, and the present into a lively musical tradition entirely its own.

Click here to view the entire listing of AAME's Speaker Series events.

Also Coming Up

Groundhog Day Craft Beer Challenge
February 2 | Bristol Station Brews & Taproom
The Nest Featured Artist Meet & Greet: Marcy Hullander
February 2 | Blackbird Bakery
Cornbred
February 2 | O'Mainnin's Pub
1st Annual Wine & Chocolate Festival
February 3 | Foundation Event Facility
Art D'Vine
February 3 | Downtown Bristol
Singer Songwriter Event featuring Jamen Denton, Bonnie Blue & Mark Mahoney
February 3 | Studio Brew
Bella Bane
February 3 | Blackbird Bakery
Earth by Train
February 3 | O'Mainnin's Pub
Bristol CSA Fair: Meet Your Farmer!
February 4 | Bristol Public Library
Fine Art Body Painting Competition
February 4 | Studio Brew
An Evening With Travis Tritt
February 4 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Madly Backwards
February 4 | Bristol Station Brews & Taproom
Beaver Creek Storytellers
February 5 | Bristol Public Library
State Street String Band
February 6 | Blackbird Bakery
Studio Brew Tap Takeover
February 7 | Model City Tap House
AAME Speaker Series: Banjo Romantika
February 7 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Bristol Public Library Strategic Planning Public Forums
February 8–18 | Bristol Public Library
Farm & Fun Time: Jesse McReynolds and Fly By Night Rounders
February 9 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
The Diamonds
February 9 | Blackbird Bakery
Ryan Ward
February 9 | O'Mainnin's Pub
Blue Mother Tupelo
February 10 | Studio Brew
"Moulin Rouge" Fundraiser for Bristol VA Schools
February 11 | Studio Brew
Phoebe Hunt & The Gatherers
February 11 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Bristol Ballet Presents Bows & Bow Ties 9th Annual Father Daughter Ball
February 12 | Holiday Inn
Singer Songwriter Event featuring Adam Bolt, Jeff Benedict & Arnold Davidson
February 12 | Studio Brew
Dustbowl Revival
February 16 | Studio Brew
Author Meet & Greet: Michael C. Miles
February 16 | Blackbird Bakery
Ron Short and the Possum Playboys
February 17 | Studio Brew
Matt Walsh
February 17 | Bristol Station Brews & Taproom
Stemwinder
February 18 | Blackbird Bakery
Gallagher! w/ special guests Artie Fletcher and Bob Nelson
February 18 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Goat Whiskey
February 19 | Bristol Station Brews & Taproom
Goat Whiskey
February 19 | Bristol Station Brews & Taproom
State Street String Band
February 20 | Blackbird Bakery
The Diamonds
February 23 | Blackbird Bakery
Hundred Acres
February 24 | Studio Brew
Mama Molasses
February 24 | Bristol Station Brews & Taproom
The Diamonds
February 26 | Studio Brew
The Farmhouse Ghost
March 3 | Studio Brew
Ian Feathers CD Release
March 11 | Studio Brew
Singer Songwriter Event featuring Jeff Lane, Justin Mychals & Regan Boggs
March 12 | Studio Brew
Faded Travelers
March 17 | Studio Brew
Bristol Ballet presents Celtic Flair
March 18–19 | Various locations
Rockin' Road to Dublin
March 18 | Paramount Center for the Arts
The Adventures of Peter Rabbit and His Friends
March 24 – April 2 | Theatre Bristol
The Blackwood Quartet presents The Gospel Side of Elvis
March 25 | Paramount Center for the Arts
James Gregory, "America's Funniest Man"
April 1 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Singer Songwriter Event featuring Adam Bolt, Logan Fritz & Jamen Denton
April 2 | Studio Brew
Ryan Ward
April 13 | O'Mainnin's Pub
Tanya Tucker — Benefit Performance for the Appalachian College of Pharmacy
April 21 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Ronnie Milsap
May 5 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Bristol Ballet presents Mulan
May 13 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Triumphant Quartet
May 19 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Pick Along Summer Camps: Week 1 — Intermediate
June 19–23 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Pick Along Summer Camps: Week 2 — Beginner
June 26–30 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Pick Along Summer Camps: Week 1 — Intermediate
July 10–14 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Pick Along Summer Camps: Week 2 — Beginner
July 17–21 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum

More Upcoming Events »

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Bristol Office Supply Weekly Specials

Through February 3


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Are you a down-to-the-crunch Cupid?

Through February 14


Whether you are a procrastinating Romeo, or a down-to-the-crunch Cupid, let the artists of A Work of Art Gallery & Gifts play matchmaker for you this Valentine's Day...matching you with an original gift of art for your sweetheart – and at 15% off. This Valentine’s Day, A Work of Art Gallery & Gifts is offering a 15% discount on EVERYTHING from February 11 until February 14, 2017! The gallery, an artist-operated co-op located in historic downtown Bristol, offers the best of dozens of regional artists, from original jewelry and pottery, to handmade bags and furniture, to home decor and stained glass, to paintings and photography — all inside a large 4000 sq. ft. shop on the corner of State Street and 6th street. Hours of operation are Sunday-Friday 10-5 and Saturday 10-4.

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