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Bustles, Bloomers, and Naked Elbows: Women’s Fashions and Fads in the Nineteenth Century

November 15 | Bristol Public Library


Colleen Callahan, a costume and textile historian with experience in conservation and as a theatrical costumer, will present a lecture titled“Bustles, Bloomers, and Naked Elbows: Women’s Fashions and Fads in the Nineteenth Century” on Wednesday, November 15, at 6:30 pm at the Bristol Public Library. This free event is sponsored by the Fort Chiswell Chapter NSDAR. Ms. Callahan worked at the Valentine Museum for many years. She consults with large and small institutions nationwide on exhibition, collection management and documentation, conservation, and reproduction clothing projects. She is a lecturer and contributes to popular and scholarly publications. For further information contact Nancy Estes at 423-652-7460.

BPL Book Club: The Handmaid's Tale

November 16 | Bristol Public Library


This month, BPL Book Club will finish reading The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood. Starting at 6:00 p.m. on November 16, the club will discuss Atwood's controversial classic and spend an evening enjoying books and Blackbird Bakery treats!

BPL Book Club is free and open to everyone. New members are always welcome, so feel free to drop in any time for a wonderful evening.

To learn more about BPL Book Club, contact Ambrea with Bristol Public Library at 276-821-6147 or at ajohnson@bristol-library.org.

Gerald Sheppard

November 16 | Blackbird Bakery


Sheppard has been repairing, refinishing, and building guitars for over thirty years. In 2013 he celebrated the 20th Anniversary of Gerald Sheppard Guitars. Gerald builds nine to twelve guitars per year. His guitars have been used by professional artists and featured on the Grammy winning Pink Guitar CD. He has been a featured luthier at the renowned Swannanoa Gathering for thirteen years. As an accomplished lifelong fingerstyle guitarist himself, Gerald understands how to match custom design components to the needs of his client. His instruments have been used for professional studio work and on stage by today's top guitarists.

Theatre Bristol presents Annie

November 17–26 | Paramount Center for the Arts


Theatre Bristol presents ANNIE for the holidays at the Paramount Center for the Arts November 17 through 26, with tickets on sale now at ParamountBristol.org. Directed by Kenn Naegele, with music direction by Steve Davis, ANNIE features a cast of 51 of the area's talented, dogs too, from around the region.

This Thanksgiving, ANNIE brings together a family – one of her very own, including dog Sandy. This heartwarming family comedy is a perfect way to celebrate the holiday together, with favorite songs Maybe, It's a Hard Knock Life, Easy Street, N.Y.C., Little Girls, I Don't Need Anything But You, and, of course, Tomorrow. The much-loved story and music finally returns to the Paramount Bristol stage November 17-26 for six performances.

ANNIE opens November 17 at 7:30 pm, and runs the 18 at 7:30 pm, 19 at 2:30 pm, 24 at 7:30 pm, 25 at 7:30 pm, and 26 at 2:30 pm at the Paramount Center for the Arts. Tickets are $16 for adults and $12 for seniors and students, plus processing fees, and will be available at ParamountBristol.org or 423-274-8920.

For more information, visit Theatre Bristol’s website or Facebook page, contact Theatre Bristol at 423-212-3625, or email info@theatrebristol.org.

End of the Season: Fire Market

November 17 | Elder Brew


Do you like hot food? Locally-grown produce? Salsa? Do you enjoy watching people's faces turn red as they participate in a pepper-eating contest? If so, come down to Elderbrew this Friday! There will be pepper powders, fresh peppers, and salsa from a few of the area's finest pepper growers, a pepper eating contest, and two pepper beers on tap for the more adventurous drinker!

And yes. One of them is Thai Fighter.

Friday Night Fire Market is organized and hosted by Only Burns Twice Chili Peppers and Keatley Farms.

Turkey Trot 5k & Gobbler's Gait

November 18 | YWCA


The Turkey Trot is an event hosted by the YWCA Women's Fitness Spa that encourages women to achieve their fitness goals. It is the longest running women's 5K in the Tri-Cities that features joggers and walkers of all skill levels. Every year, the YW cheers on first-time participants and veteran runners who achieve a new personal best. The race route certified by USA Track and Field. All proceeds from the race benefit the health and wellness programs of the YWCA's Women's Fitness Spa.

Saturday, November 18th, 2017
Trot begins at 8:00 a.m.
Walk begins at 8:00 a.m.

Registration is $25. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

All pre-registered participants are guaranteed a FREE t-shirt and goody bag; breakfast will be provided after the race.

Please contact f_simpson@ywcabristol.org‚Äč with any questions.

Studio Brew 2nd Anniversary Party

November 18 | Studio Brew


Studio Brew is turning TWO and we are ready to THROW DOWN celebrating how far they've come with the people who have made it all possible...including YOU!

Join Studio Brew for an all-out PARTY from noon to close on Saturday, November 18th. The chefs will be cooking up a feast of food, the taps will be gushing their award winning beer, and they'll be ROCKING OUT to an incredible group of local bands kicking off at 4pm on the Event Studio Stage:

Sammy Guns
DeadwoodDrifters
Loose Leaves
Dullside
Nerve Endings
These are the Angles

$10 cover upstairs

Bristol Ballet presents a sneak peek at The Nutcracker

November 18 | Bristol Public Library


Bristol Ballet, along with the Bristol Public Library Children’s Department, invites families to a special mini-performance of The Nutcracker. The performance will take place at the Bristol Public Library Children’s Department on Saturday, November 18 at noon. The mini-performance will include two dances from the holiday favorite. The Children’s Library will also provide a craft for children who attend the event.

Public performances of The Nutcracker will be: December 8 at 7:30 pm and December 9 at Noon and 5:30 pm at the Paramount Center for the Arts in Historic Downtown Bristol. Visit www.paramountbristol.org or www.bristolballet.org for ticketing information.

"Healthy Eating for the Holidays" Workshop

November 18 | Breathe Bristol Yoga


Do you want some tips for avoiding the dreaded weight gain during the holidays? Do you want a balanced meal plan for your special day that is delicious, filling, and healthy?

Breathe Bristol will hos this lunch ‘n learn which includes helpful tips on navigating healthy eating through the holidays. Lunch will be provided. To sign up for this workshop, call or visit Breathe Bristol by Wednesday, Nov. 15. The cost is $20 per person.

For questions please visit: www.ignitelifehealthcoach.com.

Theatre Bristo's 2018 Season Reveal

November 18 | Paramount Center for the Arts


Theatre Bristol reveals its 2018 Season of dramas and musicals with the best of Broadway tunes and NYC-themed fare on November 18 at 5:00 pm at the Paramount Center for the Arts. Following the reveal announcement, guests will enjoy premium seating at Theatre Bristol's production of "Annie" directed by Kenn Naegel

"Based on the popular comic strip by Harold Gray, "Annie" has become a worldwide phenomenon and was the winner of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The beloved book and score by Tony Award winners, Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, features some of the greatest musical theatre hits ever written, including "Tomorrow" (MTI Shows). Theatre Bristol is pleased to present "Annie" as part of its family-friendly 52nd season!

The evening event organized by That's It Meetings & Events will feature J&K Classics performing favorite Broadway show tunes in the beautiful Art Deco Paramount Center for the Arts, along with the featured presentation and prize drawings for 2018 season tickets.

Admission to the 5:00 pm event is $150 for couples and $75 individuals, which includes the evening’s full-length performance of "Annie." Reservations can be made online by visiting www.theatrebristol.org or by calling423-212-3625by November 13.

Downtown Bristol's Annual Christmas Open House

November 20 | Downtown Bristol


Ready or not, it’s time to GET INTO THE HOLIDAY SPIRIT! Believe in Bristol will again sponsor the Annual Christmas Open House in Historic Downtown Bristol on Monday, November 20, 2017, 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm.

Come kick off the holiday season with merriment and good cheer! Santa Claus will be giving out candy canes, Bristol Ballet will have dancers in costume, the Washington–Lee Warblers from Washington Lee Elementary after-school program will perform at 6:30 pm.

Last, but certainly not least, a holiday favorite has returned — Horse & Carriage Rides! Come to the Downtown Center (Farmer's Market) to catch your ride through downtown, $5 each person, children 5 and under are free.

“We look forward each year to showcasing our beautiful downtown to the community and surrounding areas. Our Believe in Bristol Downtown Open House is the perfect way to ‘kick-off’ the holiday season. This event offers something to every age, and we hope the attendees will feel the warmth and hospitality of Bristol” said Maggie Bishop, Believe in Bristol Executive Director.

Be sure to keep a look out for your favorite decorated window as the downtown merchants will be participating in the Merry Merchants Window Decorating Contest.

The Open House has traditionally been a customer appreciation night when merchants stay open late, have special discounts, and refreshments are served at participating locations. Join us and support your downtown shops; it’s a great way to stimulate our local economy and find special one-of-a-kind gifts for everyone on your holiday list. Don’t miss an evening planned for the entire family’s enjoyment!

The CCC Boys of Bristol: A Presentation by Bill Jamerson

November 20 | Bristol Public Library


Michigan based author/songwriter Bill Jamerson will present a music and storytelling program about the Civilian Conservation Corps on November 20 at 6:00 p.m. in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room of Bristol Public Library. Dressed in uniform, Jamerson will share stories about the CCC, read excerpts from his book, show a short video from his PBS film, and sing original songs with his guitar.

The CCC was a federal work program created by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in the midst of the Great Depression. During its nine-year run, more than 76,000 men served in the CCC throughout cities in Tennessee and Virginia, including Bristol. Jamerson will explore the history of the CCC and its impact on everyday living, especially in rural areas where the corps helped plant trees, built bridges and dams, and constructed roadways.

Jamerson will also talk about many of the interesting CCC enrollees he's met over the years, and discuss his research into the CCC. Patrons and visitors are encouraged to bring CCC photos and memorabilia to this free presentation.

For more information, please call Bristol Public Library at 276-645-8780 or visit Jamerson's website at billjamerson.com. For more information on the Civilian Conservation Corps, visit ccclegacy.org.

State Street String Band

November 20 | Blackbird Bakery


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

Small Business Saturday

November 25 | Downtown Bristol


Believe in Bristol announced its participation in the seventh annual Small Business Saturday on November 25th to support small businesses in Historic Downtown Bristol. Founded by American Express® in 2010, Small Business Saturday® is a day to celebrate the small businesses that help support their neighborhoods and is held every year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Now in its eighth year, Small Business Saturday has been embraced as part of the holiday shopping tradition as each year shoppers, businesses and public officials come together to Shop Small® and show their neighborhood pride.

Understanding the important contributions small businesses make to their communities, Believe in Bristol is pleased to be part of Small Business Saturday and the Neighborhood Champion program. On November 25 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., the greater Bristol area is encouraged to take part in the Small Business Saturday. Stop by to support small businesses and pick up some unique gifts for the holidays. Shoppers can also expect to receive Shop Small® giveaways like tote bags, buttons and balloons as well as special sales and promotions.

American Express created the Neighborhood Champion program to help rally communities around Small Business Saturday and is working alongside numerous business organizations to support local Small Business Saturday celebrations throughout the country. Participating organizations include the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives, the American Independent Business Alliance (AMIBA), the International Downtown Association, The Latino Coalition, the National Main Street Center, the U.S. Black Chambers, Inc. and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

“Small Business Saturday plays a key role in driving customer traffic and growing revenue for our Historic Downtown during the important holiday retail season,” says Maggie Bishop, Believe in Bristol Executive Director. “By shopping local and small, the majority of the money stays within the community. We’re also encouraging consumers to ‘dine small’ by grabbing a bite at a local eatery.”

Small business owners can learn more about taking part in Small Business Saturday and download free marketing materials on www.shopsmall.com. Consumers can also visit the site to find small businesses to shop at on Small Business Saturday. For questions or more information about Small Business Saturday, visit www.believeinbristol.org or call 423-573-2201.

Also Coming Up

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
End of the Season: Fire Market
November 17 | Elder Brew
Turkey Trot 5k & Gobbler's Gait
November 18 | YWCA
Studio Brew 2nd Anniversary Party
November 18 | Studio Brew
Bristol Ballet presents a sneak peek at The Nutcracker
November 18 | Bristol Public Library
"Healthy Eating for the Holidays" Workshop
November 18 | Breathe Bristol Yoga
Theatre Bristo's 2018 Season Reveal
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
BPL Movie Night: The Wizard of Oz
November 30 | Bristol Public Library
Holiday Sip & Shop Ladies Night Out
November 30 | Downtown Bristol
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
Creative and Crafty: Create Your Own Christmas Ornament
December 2 | Bristol Public Library
Farm & Fun Time Christmas Ball
December 2 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
BHA Christmas Luncheon
December 3 | Bristol Train Station
Coffee with the Mayors
December 5 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
BPL Movie Night: How the Grinch Stole Christmas
December 5 | Bristol Public Library
AAME Public Speaker Series: Eugene Wolf
December 5 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Creative & Crafty: Christmas Canvas
December 6 | Bristol Public Library
BPL Anime Theater: Escaflowne
December 7 | Bristol Public Library
Bristol Christmas Parade
December 7 | Downtown Bristol
Bristol Ballet presents The Nutcracker
December 8–9 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Breakfast with Santa
December 9 | Bank Street
"How to Kick the Sugar Habit" Workshop
December 9 | Breathe Bristol Yoga
Creative & Crafty: Paper Quilling Ornaments
December 9 | Bristol Public Library
Christmas Candy Contest
December 12 | Bristol Public Library
Creative & Crafty: Christmas Canvas
December 16 | Bristol Public Library
BPL Double Feature: Rudolph and The Grinch
December 19 | Bristol Public Library
BPL Book Club: Jamaica Inn
December 21 | Bristol Public Library
BPL Movie Night: Miracle on 34th Street
December 28 | Bristol Public Library
East Tennessee PBS Presents Ethan Bortnick East Tennessee PBS Presents Ethan Bortnick
January 5 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Farm & Fun Time ft. Flatt Lonesome, Uncle Shuffelo & His Haint Hollow Hootenanny
January 11 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
The Black Jacket Symphony: Led Zeppelin II
January 19 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Farm & Fun Time ft. Willie Watson, Larry Sigmon & Martha Spencer
February 8 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
18th Annual Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion
September 21–23 | Downtown Bristol

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