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Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion receives 50 for 50 Arts Inspiration Award from VCA

From a pool of over 350 nominees, the Virginia Commission for the Arts (VCA), the state arts agency, has selected the Birthplace of Country Music's (BCM) Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion music festival to receive one of its prestigious “50 for 50 Arts Inspiration Awards” in the category of Exemplary Programs & Pinnacle Events!

The “50 for 50 Arts Inspiration Awards” were conceived and designed by the Commission as a 50th anniversary tribute to 50 examples of programs, individuals, and organizations critical to the arts in Virginia. The designated “Arts Inspirations” may have played a critical role in the last 50 years, or they may serve as today’s leaders and exemplars or be tomorrow’s visionaries, leading the way to a culturally vibrant future. The Commission was established by law in 1968 to promote awareness of and access to the arts across the state and to support a broad range of artists, arts organizations, and arts educators.

"The Birthplace of Country Music is honored to have achieved this recognition for Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion from the Virginia Commission for the Arts," said Leah Ross, BCM Executive Director. "Art and culture is essential to achieving a vibrant community. Business owners want to locate in communities that not only offer good education, infrastructure, and a strong and diverse work-force, they also want a good quality of life for their employees. Communities that offer a wide range of arts and culture cultivate a good quality of life for their residents. The arts help provide an identity that is very specific to a region. This is essential for tourism. The state of Virginia and the Virginia Commission for the Arts recognize this and offer valuable support to communities. There has never been a more important time to support the arts than right now. We are so grateful to VCA for their amazing work and for everything they continue to do for Bristol."



Downtown Bristol Events

Creative & Crafty: Christmas Canvas

November 1 | Bristol Public Library


On November 1 at 5:30 p.m. BPL will offer a Christmas Canvas Class. Registered participants will have the opportunity to create a fun, holiday-themed canvas. Participants will have two different ideas from which to choose, and will have the chance to give it their own personal flair.

Supplies will be provided for a nominal fee of $5, but participants are welcome to bring their own canvas and painting supplies to waive this fee. Registration is required, and space is limited.

To sign up, visit the Reference Desk at Bristol Public Library to add your name to the list or call 276-645-8781.

BPL Anime Club: Steamboy

November 2 | Bristol Public Library


Steamboy (2004) is the featured movie for BPL Anime Club's November meeting. Starring Anna Paquin, Patrick Stewart, and Alfred Molina, Steamboy is a fascinating, steampunk adventure of epic proportions.

Rei (Paquin) is a young inventor living in Manchester. The son and grandson of inventors, Rei has a very big legacy behind him; not to mention, he’s just come into possession of his grandfather’s (Stewart) invention: the “Steam Ball.” Seemingly filled with limitless power, the Steam Ball is an incredible invention in the right hands—and a dangerous weapon in the wrong ones.

Rated PG-13. 103 minutes.

Bristol Becomes... Community Workshop

November 2 | Slater Community Center


What will Bristol be like 5, 10, or 20 years from now? You tell us! Join the City of Bristol, TN, at the second Bristol Becomes... community workshop at the Slater Center Thursday, November 2nd at 6pm. Share your vision and learn more about Bristol, TN’s Comprehensive Plan. The Comprehensive Plan is community driven and citizen participation is a vital component of the planning process, and city leaders need to hear from you!

This second meeting will involve a review of the committee's initial findings along with some emerging goals and strategies.

Visit the Comprehensive Plan page at bristoltn.org to learn more.

Mama Molasses

November 2 | 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!

Songs Come Apart: A Workshop with Ed Snodderly

November 4 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum


Join BCM for Songs Come Apart, a workshop with renowned songwriter Ed Snodderly. Ed will pull apart one of his songs to delve deep into the songwriting craft – looking at the ways lyrics come together, the harmony of the words used, and the way a song changes from inception to final cut. To really get the full benefit of the workshop, participants are encouraged (but not required) to bring their own works in progress, giving you the opportunity to take apart your song and put it back together with Ed’s guidance.

Workshop space is limited to 16 people so register now; the cost of the workshop is $50. If the workshop is full, please email info@birthplaceofcountrymusic.org to join the waiting list.

This event is companion programming to Things Come Apart, on display in the museum’s Special Exhibit Gallery until October 8, 2017.

Breathe Bristol & Brews

November 4 | Bristol Station Brews & Taproom


Ashley Boyer and Breathe Bristol Yoga are teaming up to bring you an empowering yoga experience. $10 includes your yoga session led by Jonya and a pint of Bristol Station cold beer! All level yogis are welcome.

Paper Quilling Class

November 4 | A Work of Art Gallery & Gifts


It's time to start shopping for those special people on your holiday gift list! But not only can you buy a handmade gift in our shop, you can make a handmade gift, too! Discover how to turn colorful paper strips into beautiful works of art and keepsakes with this beginner quilling class. Local artist Patrice Wells is offering a class in paper quilling. Participants will create their own snowflake by curling and folding narrow pieces of paper. The snowflake can then be used as an ornament, decor, or as an accent on Christmas wrapping or a greeting card. All supplies are included in the cost of the class. Ages 10+. Register by October 28, 2017 by contacting the gallery at 423-797-0089.

3D Printing Workshop and Demonstration

November 4 | Bristol Public Library


BPL's Jones Creativity Center will host a free 3D Printing Workshop on November 4. Starting at 3:00 p.m., the JCC will offer ongoing demonstrations to highlight all the amazing things 3D printers can create. From making small, plastic toy frogs to constructing a prosthetic hand, 3D printers are truly incredible! No registration is necessary.

November Full Moon Yoga

November 4 | Breathe Bristol Yoga


Join Cassidy Jane at Believe Bristol Yoga for a practice in cultivating gratitude to celebrate November's full moon. This all levels vinyasa practice and guided meditation is a community class run on a sliding scale. Just give what you can! All proceeds will benefit The Crisis Center.

State Street String Band

November 6 | Blackbird Bakery


Join Blackbird Bakery for live bluegrass with State Street String Band.

BPL Movie Night: Hook

November 7 | Bristol Public Library


Starring Robin Williams, Dustin Hoffman, and Julia Roberts, Hook (1991) tells the story of Peter Banning (Williams), a lawyer and father who is dangling at the end of his robe as he attempts to reconcile his job, his family, and his past. When Captain Hook (Hoffman) breaks into his home during the Christmas holiday and kidnaps his children, Peter knows it’s time to return to Neverland for one last showdown with his oldest and most formidable nemesis.

Hook starts at 5:30 p.m. on November 7 at Bristol Public Library. Popcorn and water will be provided for all movie attendees!

Rated PG. 114 minutes.

Meet & Greet with Stained Glass Artist Lisa Gentry

November 7 | 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.

Come meet this month's artist: stained glass artist Lisa Gentry.

AAME Public Speaker Series: Jack Beck and Wendy Welch

November 7 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum


The Arts Alliance Mountain Empire’s Public Speaker Series kicks off its fall programming with An Evening of Song and Story with Jack Beck and Wendy Welch on November 7.

Scots balladeer Jack Beck (a native of Dunfermline in Scotland) is an honorary life member of the Traditional Music and Song Association of Scotland and was external examiner in Scots Song for the Degree programme in Scots Music Performance at the prestigious Royal Conservatoire in Glasgow.

Wendy Beck is a storyteller who founded the American Folklore Society’s Storytelling Section and was the former branch secretary of the Traditional Music and Song Association of Scotland. Her best-selling memoir The Little Bookstore of Big Stone Gap: A Memoir of Friendship, Community, and the Uncommon Pleasure of a Good Bookis now in its fourth printing.

A recent venture for Jack and Wendy is an “infotainment” called “Stranger in This Country” in which Jack and Wendy examine Scots and American versions of the same songs and ballads. This has been performed both in Scotland—twice at the Celtic Connections Festival—and in the United States from South Carolina to New York and all points in between.

The event is free and open to the public; doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Community Notice Board

Breathe Bristol announces fall classes

Daily

Check out a few of the classes now offered at Breathe Bristol Yoga:

Gentle Flow – Mondays & Fridays @ 8:30 am
Hot Vinyasa – Mondays @ 5:45 pm
$8 Lunch Class – Tuesdays & Thursdays @ 12:15-12:45 pm
Mid-Day Motivation – Tuesdays & Thursdays @ 1 pm
Ashtanga Yoga – Tuesdays @ 6 pm
Kids Yoga – Wednesdays @ 4 pm
Chair Yoga – Wednesdays @ 1 pm

See the complete schedule of classes online at breathebristol.com.

BPL Food Drive

Through November


During November, Bristol Public Library will collect food donations for the Bristol Emergency Food Pantry. Starting November 1, patrons and visitors are welcome to bring canned goods and nonperishable items to BPL to donate to our local community food bank. For more information, please contact Bristol Public Library at 276-645-8780.

Happy 10th Anniversary to Serendipity!

November 3 & 4


Serendipity is celebrating 10 years in business. You are invited to their Anniversary Sale, this Friday and Saturday, November 3rd and 4th. Receive 20% off the entire store, and a free gift with purchase, while supplies last.

Also Coming Up

Creative & Crafty: Christmas Canvas
November 1 | Bristol Public Library
BPL Anime Club: Steamboy
November 2 | Bristol Public Library
Bristol Becomes... Community Workshop
November 2 | Slater Community Center
Mama Molasses
November 2 | Blackbird Bakery
Songs Come Apart: A Workshop with Ed Snodderly
November 4 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Breathe Bristol & Brews
November 4 | Bristol Station Brews & Taproom
Paper Quilling Class
November 4 | A Work of Art Gallery & Gifts
3D Printing Workshop and Demonstration
November 4 | Bristol Public Library
November Full Moon Yoga
November 4 | Breathe Bristol Yoga
State Street String Band
November 6 | Blackbird Bakery
BPL Movie Night: Hook
November 7 | Bristol Public Library
Meet & Greet with Stained Glass Artist Lisa Gentry
November 7 | Blackbird Bakery
AAME Public Speaker Series: Jack Beck and Wendy Welch
November 7 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Book Signing & QA with B.T. Harris
November 8 | Blackbird Bakery
Farm & Fun Time: John McEuen and The Brother Boys
November 9 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
The Diamonds
November 9 | Blackbird Bakery
Classic Hits 102.7 presents: 1964 The Tribute (Beatles)
November 10 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Veteran's Day Parade & Traditional Memorial Service
November 11 | Downtown Bristol
Mind-Body-Chakras: 7 Ways to Create Health for Yourself
November 11 | Breathe Bristol Yoga
Corey Smith
November 11 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Preserving Family History Workshop
November 14 | Bristol Public Library
Bustles, Bloomers, and Naked Elbows: Women’s Fashions and Fads in the Nineteenth Century
November 15 | Bristol Public Library
BPL Book Club: The Handmaid's Tale
November 16 | Bristol Public Library
Gerald Sheppard
November 16 | Blackbird Bakery
Theatre Bristol presents Annie
November 17–26 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Theatre Bristol to Reveal 2018 Season at New York City-Themed Fete on November 18th
November 18 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Downtown Bristol's Annual Christmas Open House
November 20 | Downtown Bristol
The CCC Boys of Bristol: A Presentation by Bill Jamerson
November 20 | Bristol Public Library
State Street String Band
November 20 | Blackbird Bakery
Small Business Saturday
November 25 | Downtown Bristol
Annual Community Christmas Tree Lighting
November 27 | Cumberland Square Park
Christmas Carols with the Children’s Choir
November 29 | Blackbird Bakery
The Cleverlys with Paul Harris — Laugh Your Bluegrass Off!
November 30 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Wolf Hills Jazz Quartet
November 30 | Blackbird Bakery
Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells
December 1–17 | Theatre Bristol
Farm & Fun Time Christmas Ball
December 2 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Bristol Christmas Parade
December 7 | Downtown Bristol
Bristol Ballet presents The Nutcracker
December 8–9 | Paramount Center for the Arts
East Tennessee PBS Presents Ethan Bortnick East Tennessee PBS Presents Ethan Bortnick
January 5 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Emporium Presents The Black Jacket Symphony: Led Zeppelin II
January 19 | Paramount Center for the Arts

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