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River's Way hosts Downtown Alive Summer Camp


In the months of June and July, River’s Way provided an entirely new style of summer camp located in and around downtown Bristol called Downtown Alive. This camp was made possible through community partnerships with the Bristol Family YMCA, Bristol Public Library, Barter Theater, and community volunteers. Downtown Alive summer camp is a program for students and young adults with disabilities in our community.

In the month of June, the camp was held primarily at the Bristol Family YMCA. Campers participated in many different activities including morning songs and games, the Reading Buddies program with the YMCA, book club, acting/interview skills, basketball, yoga, weight lifting, cycling, cardio, swimming, and gardening.

In the month of July, campers spent mornings on walks around Downtown Bristol, with a map designed by students from Emory and Henry College to track our distance and set goals. They also stopped to pick up trash along the way! Downtown Alive campers also spent a big part of their mornings at the Bristol Public Library with various programs provided by library staff and Barter Theatre staff.

The activities in July included book club and story analysis, interview skills and practice, acting skills, 3D printer workshop, clay modeling, and games related to the material in the book club. Afternoons were spent at the YMCA continuing the camp's regular schedule of basketball, yoga, weights, cardio, swimming, and gardening.

River's Way is excited to offer this new summer camp to local community members in and around the Bristol area. It is a great way for students and young adults with disabilities to get involved in a program that provides them many different opportunities and activities.

River’s Way Downtown Alive is a place to meet new friends, develop social skills, develop physical fitness routines and goals, explore Downtown Bristol, get out into the community, read books and act out scenes, be a part of a supportive and encouraging team, and of course, have tons of fun!

River's Way will be making a short film of its first summer of Downtown Alive! Be sure to check their Facebook Page and website over the next few months for updates!

River's Way extends its thanks to Chris Ayers and the entire staff at the Bristol Family YMCA; Hannahlily Angus and T. J. DeWitt at the Bristol Public Library; Michael Ambrister and the students in his geography class at Emory and Henry College; Megan Atkinson and Nikki Shumate of Barter Theater; and summer staff and volunteers. Without the collaboration of these folks on this unique program, Downtown Alive would not have been possible!



Downtown Bristol Events

Creative and Crafty: Mini Mandala Portraits

August 23 | Bristol Public Library


On August 23, BPL will offer Mini Mandala Portraits for registered participants. These intricate, colorful prints are incredibly fun to create, and painters are welcome to add any colors they like! This canvas class begins at 5:30 p.m. in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room. Supplies will be provided for a nominal fee of $5, and registration is required.

Space is limited, so make sure to confirm your registration with the Bristol Public Library by visiting the Reference Desk or calling 276-645-8781.

Book Signing: B.T. Harris

August 23 | Blackbird Bakery


B.T. Harris was born in a small town of Missouri and is now currently residing in Virginia. Harris loved writing stories ever since he was a small child and learned to love the creativity of science fiction and fantasy writers such as J.R.R. Tolkien and Jules Verne. When writing the manuscript which is now 'The Legend of Arothe' he started by writing a giant epic poem that eventually become a bigger story that will become the 'Heir of the Dark Lords' series.

When asked what his main focus to influence readers from the series, he replied, "The old Tolkien paradigm; that there is still good in the world and it is worth fighting for." B.T. Harris dedicated his writings to his close friends and family as something beyond words. He lives with his lovable and protective blue-tick healer Darcy Abu.

Magical Mug Cakes

August 24 | Bristol Public Library


Are you a fan of cake? Then join BPL for "Magical Mug Cakes" in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room on August 24 at 5:30 p.m. For this class, you will learn how to make mug cakes from scratch. Mug cakes are appropriately named, because they're made in mugs. They're a single serving of deliciousness conveniently cooked in the nearest microwave.

Participants will choose between three delicious flavors: Brownie, Strawberries 'n' Cream, and S'mores. There is no fee for this event, but registration is required. Ingredients will be supplied for registered participants; mugs will be available for use at the library, but you may bring your own supplies if you have a recipe you're just dying to try or if you have a special mug you'd like to use.

For more information, please contact the Bristol Public Library at 276-645-8780.

Full Moon Jam: Billy Crawford

August 24 | Downtown Center


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.

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The City of Bristol Tennessee will host its annual free concert series "Full Moon Jam" on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Downtown Center (Country Music Mural), 810 State Street. Performances begin at 7 p.m. and continue until 9 or 9:30 p.m. through September 28th. Bring a lawn chair or come early to grab one of the 350 chairs provided on-site. Refreshments are sold in the concessions area for a nominal fee. Clean, well-stocked restrooms also available.

Bands subject to change without notice. For more information visit the City of Bristol TN website.

The Diamonds

August 24 | 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.

Steele Cookin Band

August 25 | Studio Brew


The Steele Cookin’ Band is a tribute to all the great jam bands circa August 15, 1969 to the present. If you would like to hear Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds, Tedeschi Trucks, Johnny Winter, The Black Keys, Janis Joplin, Grace Potter, ZZ Top (early years), The Alabama Shakes, Jimi Hendrix, Sheryl Crow, Eric Clapton, then you need to see the New Steele Cookin’ Band.

BCM's Free Family Fun Day

August 26 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum


The museum's Free Family Fun Day is focused on maker activities and crafts including a 3D printer demo presented by the Bristol Public Library, local artisan Terry Clark creating art from found objects, and more! This event is free and open to the public, and includes free admission to "Things Come Apart."

"Australian Dress Down Under" Benefit for Boys & Girls Club

August 26 | Cumberland Square Park


The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Mountain Empire will host their 2nd annual Australian Dress Down Under in Cumberland Square Park on Saturday, August 26 from 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. Entertainment by Gomer & the Three Pyles. Primary food sponsor will be Outback Steakhouse. Beverages by Bristol Station Bar & Taproom and Studio Brew. There will be an 8 week old Australian Shepherd puppy for auction, a 1996 vintage Kawasaki motorcycle and many other live and silent auction items. For more information, call 276-696-9920 or visit our Facebook Page at facebook.com/boysgirlsclubsofthemountainempire.

Bristol Pirates vs. Kingsport

August 26 | Boyce Cox Field


AAME presents The First Generation of the English Bible

August 29 | Bristol Public Library


Michael Morgan will return to the Bristol Public Library for a special presentation on "The First Generation of the English Bible" on August 29 in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room.

Morgan, who currently serves as Seminary Musician at Columbia Theological Seminary, owns one of the most comprehensive private collections of English Bibles in the country at more than 4,800 volumes. His hour-long presentation will showcase a number of these rare books, including a 1611 King James Bible, the Geneva Bible, and the Bishops' Bible, and discuss the English Bible as it has changed throughout history.

Attendees will have the opportunity to view several of these precious volumes beginning at 2:00 p.m. when the meeting room doors open. Morgan's presentation will begin at 7:00 p.m.

Full Moon Jam: Turkey Creek

August 29 | Downtown Center


The Turkey Creek String Band is an exciting seven-person acoustic ensemble centered in Southern Middle Tennessee. Their repertoire consists of traditional fiddle tunes, folk, western swing, waltzes, bluegrass, and Irish jigs. Their unique triple and quadruple fiddle tunes add a flavor rarely seen in string bands.

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The City of Bristol Tennessee will host its annual free concert series "Full Moon Jam" on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Downtown Center (Country Music Mural), 810 State Street. Performances begin at 7 p.m. and continue until 9 or 9:30 p.m. through September 28th. Bring a lawn chair or come early to grab one of the 350 chairs provided on-site. Refreshments are sold in the concessions area for a nominal fee. Clean, well-stocked restrooms also available.

Bands subject to change without notice. For more information visit the City of Bristol TN website.

Bristol Pirates vs. Burlington

August 29 | Boyce Cox Field


Lunch & Learn: Current Topics in the Retirement Plan Industry

August 30 | Bristol Chamber of Commerce


You are cordially invited to a Lunch and Learn that will be heldWednesday, Aug. 30 at noonin the Bristol Chamber of Commerce Boardroomto review current topics in the retirement plan industry for plan sponsors. During the presentation, several key issues facing today's 401k industry and regulations will be covered, including:

  • When was the last time you analyzed your plan investments and benchmarked your fees?
  • Do you know if you are properly fulfilling your role as a plan sponsor and fiduciary to the plan?
  • Did you know that the Dept. of Labor intends to audit every 401k plan in the next 5-7 years?
  • Do you know who is serving as your plan trustee?

Lunch will be provided and there is no cost. We hope you will be able to attend. Please RSVP byAug. 25by emailingJoy Krantzor by calling423-782-7990.

Community Notice Board

Tickets for Mike Farris will sell out soon!

September 7


Thursday, September 7, 2017 the Birthplace of Country Music is proud to present the Friends of 1927 Concert Series featuring the Grammy Award-winning artist Mike Farris.

BCM reports that tickets are selling out fast! There are a limited number of tickets, so get yours today.

Click here to purchase tickets.

Also Coming Up

Creative and Crafty: Mini Mandala Portraits
August 23 | Bristol Public Library
Book Signing: B.T. Harris
August 23 | Blackbird Bakery
Magical Mug Cakes
August 24 | Bristol Public Library
Full Moon Jam: Billy Crawford
August 24 | Downtown Center
The Diamonds
August 24 | Blackbird Bakery
Tom Sawyer
August 25 – September 10 | Theatre Bristol
Steele Cookin Band
August 25 | Studio Brew
BCM's Free Family Fun Day
August 26 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
"Australian Dress Down Under" Benefit for Boys & Girls Club
August 26 | Cumberland Square Park
Bristol Pirates vs. Kingsport
August 26 | Boyce Cox Field
Quarter Bounce w/ Rusty Steel
August 26 | O'Mainnin's Pub
Bristol Pirates vs. Kingsport
August 27 | Boyce Cox Field
Bristol Pirates vs. Kingsport
August 28 | Boyce Cox Field
AAME presents The First Generation of the English Bible
August 29 | Bristol Public Library
Full Moon Jam: Turkey Creek
August 29 | Downtown Center
Bristol Pirates vs. Burlington
August 29 | Boyce Cox Field
Lunch & Learn: Current Topics in the Retirement Plan Industry
August 30 | Bristol Chamber of Commerce
Bristol Pirates vs. Burlington
August 30 | Boyce Cox Field
The Adventures of Robin Hood
August 31 | Bristol Public Library
PBS Documentary: "Note by Note: The Making of Steinway L1037"
August 31 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Full Moon Jam: Old School Revue
August 31 | Downtown Center
Bristol Pirates vs. Burlington
August 31 | Boyce Cox Field
Swing Band Trio
August 31 | Blackbird Bakery
The Eagle Huntress
September 5 | Bristol Public Library
Slim Pickins Band
September 7 | Bristol Public Library
Full Moon Jam: Southern Countrymen
September 7 | Downtown Center
Friends of 1927 Concert Series: Mike Farris
September 7 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Hundred Acres
September 8 | Studio Brew
Downtown Bristol TN/VA Loft Tour
September 9 | Downtown Bristol
Sugar Lime Blue
September 9 | Studio Brew
Something Beautiful Fall Market
September 10 | Bristol Train Station
Certified CPR, AED & First Aid Training
September 12 | Bristol Chamber of Commerce
Quilting: A History in Stitches
September 12 | Bristol Public Library
"May it Last: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers" Film Screening
September 12 | Marquee Cinemas — Pinnacle 12
Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion 2017
September 15–17 | Downtown Bristol
Farm & Fun Time Live from BRRR
September 16 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
The Jaystorm Project BRRR After Party
September 16 | Studio Brew
Full Moon Jam: Nightrain Guns n Roses Tribute Band
September 21 | Downtown Center
Museum Day Live!
September 23 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
PBS American Experience Documentary: Tesla
September 23 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Comedian Henry Cho
September 23 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Photography 101: Learning the Basics
September 25 | Bristol Public Library
All Abuzz About Beekeeping
September 26 | Bristol Public Library
BPL Movie Night: A Man Called Ove
September 27 | Bristol Public Library
The Time Machine
September 28 | Bristol Public Library
Full Moon Jam: Southern 76
September 28 | Downtown Center
Victor Lawson & Boogie Chillen w/ Catfish Frye Band
September 29 | Studio Brew
The Paramount Chamber Players Presents "Pure Classics"
October 6 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Black Jacket Symphony: Fleetwood Mac's Rumours
October 7 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Delbert McClinton Presented by Big Spring Entertainment
October 13 | Paramount Center for the Arts
PUSH! Film Festival
October 20–22 | Downtown Bristol
Chicks with Hits: Terry Clark, Pam Tillis, Suzy Bogguss
October 20 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Appalachian AACA Trunk & Treat
October 27 | Downtown Bristol
Pumpkin Palooza and Downtown Trick or Treating
October 28 | Downtown Center
Veteran's Day Parade & Traditional Memorial Service
November 11 | Downtown Bristol
Theatre Bristol presents Annie
November 17–26 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Downtown Bristol's Annual Christmas Open House
November 20 | Downtown Bristol
Small Business Saturday
November 25 | Downtown Bristol
Annual Community Christmas Tree Lighting
November 27 | Cumberland Square Park
Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells
December 1–17 | Theatre Bristol
Bristol Christmas Parade
December 7 | Downtown Bristol
Bristol Ballet presents The Nutcracker
December 8–9 | Paramount Center for the Arts

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