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Believe in Bristol Office Relocating


Effective September 1st, 2017, the Believe in Bristol office will be relocating to 20 6th Street, Bristol, TN. Come visit us in our new space soon!



New items at Pen's Floral


Pen's Floral is pleased to announce that they now carry a selection of The Willow Tree figurines in their downtown shop. Stop by and check them out at:

Pen's Floral
32 Moore Street Bristol, VA 24201
276-644-4600
pensfloral.net



Downtown Bristol Events

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.

Bristol Pirates vs. Burlington

August 30 | Boyce Cox Field


The Adventures of Robin Hood

August 31 | Bristol Public Library


The Bristol Public Library presents Classic Movie Corner with The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938).

Starring Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Claude Rains, Eugene Pallette, and Basil Rathbone, The Adventures of Robin Hood tell the epic, swashbuckling story of Robin of Loxley. Called a bandit and a thief, Robin Hood (Flynn) has spent years as a thorn in the side of Prince John (Rains); however, when Prince John and Guy of Gisborne (Rathbone) attempt to overthrow King Richard III in a devious plot to seize the throne of England, Robin Hood will become a hero with the help of Maid Marian (Havilland) and Friar Tuck (Pallette).

It starts at 5:30 p.m. in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room on August 31. Popcorn and water will be provided for movie attendees.

Rated PG. 102 minutes.

PBS Documentary: "Note by Note: The Making of Steinway L1037"

August 31 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum


BCMM will present the PBS documentary “Note By Note: The Making of Steinway L1037,” companion programming designed to complement“Things Come Apart,”a traveling exhibit from the Smithsonian Institution. “Things Come Apart” is on display in the special exhibits gallery from July 15, 2017 to October 8, 2017.

About the Film
Pianos rest in the conditioning room for up to eight weeks to season the wood. Courtesy of Ben Niles.

In our age of mass-production and consumption, what is the role of the musician? Both an instrument’s craftsman and its player? Musically, what have we gained? More importantly, what are we losing? The most thoroughly handcrafted instruments in the world, Steinway pianos are as unique and full of personality as the world-class musicians who play them. However, their makers are a dying breed of skilled cabinetmakers, gifted tuners, thorough hand-crafters.

“Note By Note” is a feature-length independent documentary that follows the creation of a Steinway concert grand from forest floor to concert hall. It explores the relationship between musician and instrument, and chronicles the manufacturing process. It illustrates what makes each Steinway unique in this age of mass production.

From the factory floor in Queens to Steinway Hall in Manhattan, each piano’s journey is complex — spanning 12 months, 12,000 parts, 450 craftsmen, and countless hours of fine-tuned labor. Filmed in key Steinway locations — the factory, Steinway’s reserved “Bank,” and private auditions — “Note By Note” is a loving celebration of not only craftsmanship, but also a dying breed of person who is deeply connected to working by hand.

Richly cinematic and surprisingly emotional, “Note By Note” has found diverse audiences, both in America and around the globe. From musicians to wood-workers, educators to journalists, jazz-aficionados to indie rockers, the film brings together many interests in the themes it weaves. Historically, the film touches on the impact of the digital era on a stalwart business like Steinway. Artistically, it touches on the creative process as various artists select concert pianos for upcoming performances—each piano’s attributes and nuances as discrete and intriguing as the next.

Lastly, the film touches on musical themes throughout — weaving a common thread of emotion and delight in a carefully selected score that ranges from cartoon favorites “Tom & Jerry” to complex modern pieces performed by famed pianist Pierre Laurent Aimard.

In the end, this is an ode to the most unexpected, and perhaps ironic, of unsung heroes. It reminds us how extraordinary the dialogue can be between an artist and an instrument—crafted out of human hands but borne of the materials of nature.

Recommended for viewers of all ages, the film is frequently used in educational settings and for community events such as fundraisers or study groups. The website,notebynotethemovie.comoffers additional information about various parts of the film, as well as interactive features such as “Piano Stories” where fans share tales of their own relationships with their Steinway.

Full Moon Jam: Old School Revue

August 31 | Downtown Center


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.

Swing Band Trio

August 31 | Blackbird Bakery


Serendipity launches CURVY

September 1 | Serendipity


Join Serendipity this Friday, September 1, 2017, as they launch CURVY sizes in the Serendipity Bristol location. The CURVY line will offer sizes up to 3X! See below for a sneak peak into the CURVY styles that will be available in store and online starting Friday.

Singo — Music Bingo

September 1 | Bristol Station Brews & Taproom


Singo is an exciting musical spin on the traditional game of Bingo!

Everyone likes the competition of playing Bingo. Singo combines the best of both and creates a high energy evening of fun. Instead of listening for a number, players are listening to their favorite music!

#BristolStationgift certificates up for grabs!

Earth by Train

September 2 | Bristol Station Brews & Taproom


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.

The Eagle Huntress

September 5 | Bristol Public Library


The Bristol Public Library will offer a special movie presentation of The Eagle Huntress (2016).

Directed by Otto Bell and narrated by Daisy Ridley, The Eagle Huntress tells the story of Aisholpan, a young Mongolian girl who strives to become an eagle hunter. Eagle hunters train from an early age with golden eagles, becoming adept at taming these massive, majestic birds as hunters and companions. Should Aisolpan pass the rigorous training of becoming an eagle hunter, she would be the first female eagle hunter in twelve generations of her Kazakh family.

It starts on September 5 at 6:00 p.m. in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room.

Rated G. 87 minutes.

Downtown Bristol TN/VA Loft Tour

September 9 | Downtown Bristol


On Saturday, September 9, 2017 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, Believe in Bristol will host the From the Top Down Loft Tour in Historic Downtown Bristol.

Each loft has its own unique style and history. Bristolians and visitors alike enjoy strolling up and down State Street and getting a feel for downtown living. The downtown dwellers are their own community, hosting events and participating in a neighborhood watch program. Believe in Bristol works on changing the lofts for viewing annually so it’s never the same tour year after year.

Pick your tickets up on Saturday, September 9th, starting at noon at the Believe in Bristol office located at 20 6th Street, Bristol, TN or call in advance and put your name on the will-call list. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 day of event.

Go at your own pace with the self-guided brochure and be sure to wear your walking shoes! “We are so excited to show off these multi-use properties. The rehabilitation and design work is amazing! We truly appreciate the loft dwellers allowing us to show off their homes,” stated Maggie Bishop, Executive Director for Believe in Bristol.

For questions and ticket information, please call 276-644-9700.

A special thank you to our Sponsors for 2017!

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Celebrate Labor Day with a Sale

This weekend at Serendipity | Serendipity


Serendipity has received LOADS of new merchandise recently, and they are excited for you to see the new line up of clothing styles for this season. To help you head into FALL with style, Serendipity is offering $20 off a $100 regular priced purchase. This offer excludes sale merchandise and is only valid on NEW Fall arrivals. Limitone $20 discount per customer.

TOMS just got marked down to 40% off (What?!?!). This only happens twice a year!

Also, this weekend only, Serendipity will offer an additional 50% off the marked down price of clearance merchandise. YES! That is 75% off original retail prices. There are some AMAZING deals and it all starts TODAY!

Also Coming Up

Tom Sawyer
August 25 – September 10 | Theatre Bristol
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
Serendipity launches CURVY
September 1 | Serendipity
Singo — Music Bingo
September 1 | Bristol Station Brews & Taproom
Earth by Train
September 2 | Bristol Station Brews & Taproom
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
Gerald Sheppard
September 7 | Blackbird Bakery
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
The Nest Featured Artist Meet & Greet: Highlands Camera Club
September 12 | Blackbird Bakery
"May it Last: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers" Film Screening
September 12 | Marquee Cinemas — Pinnacle 12
Voices of Cades Cove: Winds of Change
September 13 | Bristol Public Library
Book Signing: Katie Richardson
September 13 | Blackbird Bakery
The Diamonds
September 14 | Blackbird Bakery
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
Wolf Hills Jazz Quartet
September 21 | Blackbird Bakery
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
Book Signing: Clinton Blevins
September 27 | Blackbird Bakery
The Time Machine
September 28 | Bristol Public Library
Full Moon Jam: Southern 76
September 28 | Downtown Center
The Diamonds
September 28 | Blackbird Bakery
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
Corey Smith
November 11 | Paramount Center for the Arts
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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