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Paper Windows Session 2 Winners Announced


The second session of the Paper Windows project was just completed and the winning entries posted.

“This session was titled ‘Clouds’ and ran from February 22 – March 21, 2017. We had an incredible response with 21 entries,” said project manager Brittany Fleenor. “There are so many talented individuals participating in this project.”

The first place photograph was shot by Gina Deloatch; the title of her piece was “Sky Masterpiece.” She was captivated by the sunset sky on March 14 and decided to capture it in a photo.

The second place winner was Tera Burnette who entered a photograph of a storm rolling in and titled it “Looking Up in Bristol,” third place was taken by Katie Campbell with a photograph titled “Color Me Happy” that was taken at the South Holston Dam.

The photographs are posted on the city’s Facebook page and website, bristoltn.org. “Each month, as the winners are selected, they will be posted on the city’s social media platforms as well as being featured on the city’s government channel, BTES Channel 16 and Charter Channel 192,” Fleenor stated.

Paper Windows Session 3, “A Bird’s Eye View,” is now underway. The deadline to submit photos for Session 3 is April 21, 2017. To submit a photo, entrants must go to bristoltn.org, and click on Paper Windows.

For more information contact Brittany Fleenor at bfleenor@bristoltn.org or call 423-989-5500 Ext 2028.



Bearcats Bleed for Bristol

Virginia High School's senior class of 2017 has partnered with Marsh Regional Blood Bank to collect much needed blood. The seniors have taken up the challenge to be the first graduating class to have 100% of the graduates awarded the red cord. If a senior donates blood 3 times during their senior year, or has a representative donate for them, they will be awarded a red cord to wear at graduation. If we have all of our seniors earn a red cord, Marsh will award three seniors a $1000 scholarship. Anyone over the age of 17 may visit MARSH blood center on West State Street to donate. The donor must have the name of the senior they are representing.

To obtain the name of a senior who needs donations, contact Jinx Rasmussen at jrasmussen@bvps.org.



Downtown Bristol Events

Believe in Bristol's Downtown Showcase: An Old Hollywood Murder Mystery Themed Party

March 30 | Bristol Ballet


You're invited to Believe in Bristol's 8th Annual Downtown Showcase: An Old Hollywood Murder Mystery Themed Party!

Your presence is requested at the A-list party hosted by Believe in Bristol on Thursday, March 30th from 6-9 pm at Bristol Ballet. After a night of accolades at the Noscar Awards Show, you will attend the A-list after-party. While socializing and schmoozing with Hollywood’s elite, careers will be made, secrets will be revealed, scandals will be broken and a homicide will happen.

With a V.I.P. victim and the celebrities all suspect, you will be called upon to find the criminal by cracking this red carpet caper.

Will it be an aspiring actress, tired of living in the shadows? A livid lover who has been pushed too far? Or possibly the teen starlet trying to attract a more mature audience?

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 blood red carpet for a night of secrets, celebrities & scandal. Call 276-644-9700 or email info@believeinbristol.org for more information or to order your tickets.

$55 per individual & $100 per couple. Ticket holder will receive food, beverage and entertainment; portion of total ticket price will be tax deductible. Those who purchase a ticket will also be given a free membership for the month of April to Champion Striking Fitness! Hold onto that ticket and present to Len Cook at Champion Striking Fitness to claim free April membership (one membership per ticket, includes classes and use of gym facilities).

Mama Molasses

March 30 | Blackbird Bakery


Mamma Molasses performs Alt-Country, Americana, Indie Folk, and Blues. She is a songwriter, and she has her own way of fingerpicking a guitar. A lot of her inspiration is drawn from Appalachian Folk Music, Gospel, Old Country, Piedmont Blues, and Contemporary Roots Music. It's gonna be a great evening of fun!

The Fustics

March 31 | O'Mainnin's Pub


Hailing from Wilmington, North Carolina, Brad Heller and The Fustics continue to expand their audience throughout the east coast with spirited live shows, and acclaimed studio releases. Blending an array of musical genres into their own distinctive style, the band has evolved from humble acoustic beginnings to a high-energy touring outfit. The Fustics incorporate a slab of blues, gallons of folk, a pint of punk, and a hint of country within their blue-collar rock.

James Gregory, "America's Funniest Man"

April 1 | Paramount Center for the Arts


For over two decades, the unforgettable caricature of veteran comedian James Gregory has stood grinning: his shirt untucked, his arms outstretched, a carefree welcome to a down-home, hilarious comedy experience. It’s storytelling at its best. The trademark caricature is the essence of humorist James Gregory’s comedy: rib-tickling reflections on life from the front porch.

James is constantly touring. He’s on the road about three days a week, forty six weeks a year. He continues to entertain sold-out crowds in theaters and comedy clubs and remains in demand for corporate events. James has been the featured entertainer for over 200 corporations, including the Coca Cola Company, Kimberly Clark Corporation, Hewlett Packard and Kroger. James has also been the featured speaker for events sponsored by various civic and church groups.

Blair Crimmins and the Hookers

April 1 | Studio Brew


“Atlanta’s genre blending ensemble Blair Crimmins and The Hookers have been creating a sound that is both unique and inspired for years. Crimmins himself began developing it some time ago, honing in on the magic of ragtime and the 1920’s, coupled with some Dixieland jazz. The fourth studio album from Crimmins’ impressive creative mind is due out in February of 2017, and we haven’t been this excited in quite some time.” – Impose Magazine

The Grand Shell Game

April 1 | Bristol Station Brews & Taproom


This isn't an April Fools' Joke — It's a FREE show!

About The Grand Shell Game
the grand shell gamewas formed in 2014, bringing together an eclectic, rock-based blend with intriguing lyrics and strong musicianship. It was created by a group of musicians who realized they were a band within the first few notes of their first jam together.

Their genre-bending sound is one that is truly hard to describe. ThisCarrboro, North Carolina band has been labeled as cosmic roots rock mutates with Americana andZappa.

Singer Songwriter Event featuring Adam Bolt, Logan Fritz & Jamen Denton

April 2 | Studio Brew


Three wonderful musicians you won't want to miss!

How to Advertise in Social Media Class

April 4 | Bristol Chamber of Commerce


From a social media strategy to targeting your audience in the social space, we will show you how to make social media work for you. Have you heard of the 80/20 rule? We will walk you through how to schedule posts for your business, what your posts should look like to appeal to your audience, and how to review analytics and make adjustments to your strategy. Do you know how to advertise on Facebook and Instagram? We will help you learn the tricks of the trade in this interactive workshop. Presented by The High Road Agency.

Cost: $25 for Chamber Members, $35 for non-members

Click here to register now. Deadline to register is March 31.

Create Appalachia Workshops – Arts@Work 101: Presenting Yourself Professionally

April 4 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum


Presenting Yourself Professionally: Creating a Basic Marketing Kit in Three Easy Sessions is presented by Dr. Katie Hoffman of Appalworks.com.

“This is an excellent value! You’ll emerge from this workshop with a bull basic marketing kit, and all for less than it would ordinarily cost to hire a photographer for the head shot alone!” ~ Dr. Katie Hoffman

Artists and makers of all genres need to be able to market themselves effectively. This workshop is designed to help artists of all types create the three basic items they need to pitch themselves and their work. At the end of the series, you will have created a customized marketing kit including:

* An artist statement
* A brief biography
* A head shot taken by a professional photographer

Having a compelling, coherent, and grammatically correct bio and artist statement is important for any creative hoping to connect with a venue that will purchase or showcase their art. These documents can also be the initial elements of a simple, do-it-yourself website. This series will teach you how to craft a statement that best promotes and describes you and your work and how to adapt it for a specific purpose, such as submission to an exhibition or gallery, promotion of a performance, or publicizing a speaking engagement. In the final session, a professional photographer will work with you to make another essential element: an artist photo for your kit. Our photographer is Kalani Odom of White Creek Photography, who has a great deal of experience working with other creatives to highlight themselves and their work. You can see her latest photoshere.

With a Ph.D. in English, over twenty years’ experience teaching rhetoric and composition, and experience as an artist herself, Dr. Katie Hoffman is well equipped to lead you through the process of creating a set of professional promotional materials. You’ll receive good advice, input from your colleagues, and individualized attention customized to your specific needs.

But sign up now! Space is limited. Click here to register.

Also Coming Up

The Adventures of Peter Rabbit and His Friends
March 24 – April 2 | Theatre Bristol
Believe in Bristol's Downtown Showcase: An Old Hollywood Murder Mystery Themed Party
March 30 | Bristol Ballet
Mama Molasses
March 30 | Blackbird Bakery
The Fustics
March 31 | O'Mainnin's Pub
James Gregory, "America's Funniest Man"
April 1 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Blair Crimmins and the Hookers
April 1 | Studio Brew
The Grand Shell Game
April 1 | Bristol Station Brews & Taproom
Singer Songwriter Event featuring Adam Bolt, Logan Fritz & Jamen Denton
April 2 | Studio Brew
How to Advertise in Social Media Class
April 4 | Bristol Chamber of Commerce
Create Appalachia Workshops – Arts@Work 101: Presenting Yourself Professionally
April 4 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Radio Bristol Premieres: Western Centuries
April 7 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Loose Leaves
April 7 | O'Mainnin's Pub
My New Favorites
April 7 | Studio Brew
Easter Eggstravaganza
April 8 | YWCA
Bristol Half & Half Marathon
April 8 | Downtown Bristol
Paramount Chamber Players Singing in the Rain
April 8 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Ryan Ward
April 13 | O'Mainnin's Pub
Quarter Bounce w/ Rusty Steel
April 14 | O'Mainnin's Pub
JV Squad
April 14 | Studio Brew
Victor Lawson & Boogie Chillen w/ Catfish Frye Band
April 15 | Studio Brew
Relay for Life ELT Committee Meeting
April 17 | Studio Brew
Shake it Like a Caveman
April 20 | Studio Brew
Tanya Tucker — Benefit Performance for the Appalachian College of Pharmacy
April 21 | Paramount Center for the Arts
If Birds Could Fly
April 21 | Studio Brew
Energy and Rejuvenation
April 22 | Wellness Yoga of Bristol
Ricky Skaggs
April 22 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Redleg Husky
April 27 | Studio Brew
Logan Fritz and Jake Quillen Band
April 28 | Studio Brew
Ronnie Milsap
May 5 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Real Life Heavies
May 5 | Studio Brew
Bristol Ballet presents Mulan, the Legend
May 13 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Relay for Life New Team Party
May 15 | Studio Brew
Border Bash
May 19 | Downtown Bristol
Triumphant Quartet
May 19 | Paramount Center for the Arts
The Grand Ole Uproar
May 20 | O'Mainnin's Pub
Bristol Train Day 2017
May 21 | Bristol Train Station
Below 7
May 26 | O'Mainnin's Pub
Relay for Life Bristol
June 2 | Cumberland Square Park
Border Bash
June 2 | Downtown Bristol
Border Bash
June 16 | Downtown Bristol
Beauty and the Beast by Theatre Bristol
June 17–25
Pick Along Summer Camps: Week 1 — Intermediate
June 19–23 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Hope Griffin
June 21 | O'Mainnin's Pub
Pick Along Summer Camps: Week 2 — Beginner
June 26–30 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Border Bash
July 4 | Downtown Bristol
Pick Along Summer Camps: Week 1 — Intermediate
July 10–14 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Quarter Bounce w/ Rusty Steel
July 14 | O'Mainnin's Pub
Pick Along Summer Camps: Week 2 — Beginner
July 17–21 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Border Bash
July 21 | Downtown Bristol
Border Bash
August 4 | Downtown Bristol

More Upcoming Events »

Community Notice Board

$5 Belk Charity Sale to Benefit Holly Help

April 29th | Belk


A Holly Help representative will sell tickets inside Belk on pre-selected days before their sale, on Saturday April 29th, 2017 from 6-10 am, In Store Only. This is a Private Ticketed event.

You can purchase the $5 Belk Charity Sale tickets directly from Holly Help on site or you can earmark a check for your tickets by mail to: Holly Help Fund, PO Box 1264, Bristol, VA. 24203.

Bristol Office Supply Weekly Specials

Through March 31


Click here to view specials.

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