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The Angry Italian is now open for business! Located just down from our BiB offices at 16 6th Street, the Angry Italian serves lunch, dinner and drinks. Featuring pizza, pasta, sandwiches and more.



Downtown Bristol Events

Christmas Carols with the Children’s Choir

November 29 | Blackbird Bakery


Join Blackbird to kickstart the holiday season with an evening of Christmas carols sung by the children’s choir.

BPL Movie Night: The Wizard of Oz

November 30 | Bristol Public Library


Starring Judy Garland and Frank Morgan, The Wizard of Oz is a classic story of adventure and magic. Dorothy (Garland) has always longed for adventure; instead, she finds herself stuck in Kanas. But when a tornado hits her aunt’s homestead and whisks her away to the magical Land of Oz, Dorothy just might get more of an adventure than she ever bargained for!

Popcorn and water will be available for movie attendees, so make sure to drop in for a special showing of this exciting classic!

Rated G. 102 minutes.

Holiday Sip & Shop Ladies Night Out

November 30 | Downtown Bristol


Join Bristol's downtown merchants the evening of November 30th for this exclusive holiday event! A $10.00 ticket allows you after hours special discounts at participating stores, two adult beverages (must be 21 years of age or older) and/or lemonade, light appetizers, and door prize drawings!

Stores include:

  • Serendipity
  • Shoozies
  • Studio 6
  • Christina’s Closet
  • Mercantile on State
  • Misty Mountain Designs

Tickets are available at the participating stores, on-line (Pay Pal) at www.bvpsfoundation.org or by phone at 276-821-5615. Tickets will also be available at the door. This event is sponsored by the Bristol Virginia Public Schools Education Foundation. Ticket price is tax-deductible and supports the BVPS Education Foundation.

The Cleverlys with Paul Harris — Laugh Your Bluegrass Off!

November 30 | Paramount Center for the Arts


The Cleverlys are a Family "GrassHipPop Fusion" Bluegrass band from a remote thicket of Stone County Arkansas.

Vernon Dean “ VD “ Cleverly is my oldest brother. He left home as a teenager, didn’t leave momma a note or nothing, and run off with a bunch of “ long hairs “ called the Rainbow Family. He ate dirt and roots, run around naked wearin nothing but his banjo and a cowboy hat. He finally moved back home with his wife T Fairy and his sons J Zone, K Bush, and R Bird. They now live in a TP behind Grand Mommy’s old house, and make dream catchers out of cat hair. He plays banjo, guitar, jaw-bone and sangs the low harmonies.

Munk is our youngest brother. You might remember him from being the power forward on Unites States Olympic Donkey Basketball team, till he bit his tongue off during a game. His name was Mark till he bit that tongue off. Now its...Munk. Munk plays Mando, and bout anything with strings on it. He sangs the best harmonies in the family, guess its cause of that new bionic tongue.

Ricky Lloyd is our sister Delva’s boy. He goes by Lloyd, the first L is silent. He loves nature, and chemical dumps. He loves to give back, in fact, he wants me to tell you about his charitable exploits. He wants to invite you all to his annual benefit squirrel hunt to raise money for save the whales. Y’all come out to Cleverly Mountain, second week of October, and for three days we kill the crap outta every squirrel we see! We donate a dollar fifteen to Save the Whale for every mutilated tree rat, then we eat em. So have a heart...kill a squirrel and save a whale. Lloyd plays Bass, phonograph sound machine, and is our spoken word expert. He is huge in the Amish Rave Scene.

I am Digger Cleverly Sr. I have two boys, Digger Jr, and Digger Jr.Jr.. I hate to name drop, but I have played music with everyone from Terk Blitzer to Diamond Cherry. You might remember my #89 hit record “ Dry Huntch “ from Stabbin Cabin records. I also wrote “ Good thang you got two “ for the Rickets, and toured all over the county with them for three solid days back in the 80’s. I took over my daddy’s band the Cleverly Trio, which was founded by him and his four brothers. I decided to really make something out of the group. I play Guitar and do most of the lead sangin.

TICKETS

Wolf Hills Jazz Quartet

November 30 | Blackbird Bakery


Wolf Hills Jazz Quartet is Tom Peterson, Ed Davis, Joe Pendergast, and Ernie Braganza.

Whiskey Magnolia

December 1 | Quaker Steak and Lube


Whiskey Magnolia will perform at Quaker Steak and Lube on Friday at 8pm.

Santa at The Center

December 2 | Downtown Center


Join us at the Downtown Center / Country Music Mural for a visit and professional photo with Santa Claus! Sponsored by Believe in Bristol and the City of Bristol, TN. We'll have hot chocolate and cookies for you while you wait to meet with the jolly man himself!

Creative and Crafty: Create Your Own Christmas Ornament

December 2 | Bristol Public Library


On December 2nd, BPL will host a Christmas ornament making class. Participants will have the opportunity to choose one of three projects: a snowman, Santa Claus, or a reindeer. The library will provide the paint, supplies, and plastic ball ornaments. Only one ornament per person; registration is required.

To register,please contact Bristol Public Library at 276-645-8780.

Farm & Fun Time Christmas Ball

December 2 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum


Come celebrate the Christmas season with a festive, live radio show at the Birthplace of Country Music!

Farm & Fun Time, the historic Radio Program broadcasting from Downtown Bristol, was a staple to listeners across the Southeast during the 1940s and 1950s on the former WCYB Radio. Radio Bristol breathes new life into the classic program with a fun, energetic show broadcasting live from the Birthplace of Country Music Museum and features music by house band Bill & the Belles. Hosted by Radio Bristol producer and house band-leader Kris Truelsen, Farm & Fun Time is an event the whole family can enjoy live, in the studio or when gathered around their radios.

Tickets to Radio Bristol'sFarm & Fun Time Christmas Ballmay be sold out, but you can still enjoy the show from home, thanks to a generous donation from community partnerEastman Credit Union. Tune in to the live video stream onRadio Bristol's Facebook pageSaturday, December 2, at 6:55 p.m. VisitListenRadioBristol.orgfor more information.

RTE 23 Listening Room: Matt Martin & Zaq Suarez

December 2 | The Inn at Wise


RTE 23 Music Festival presents another stellar Listening Room experience with Matt Martin & Zaq Suarez to The Inn at Wise in beautiful Wise, Virginia.

The Hermit Kings and this mountain have been a consistent presence at Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion for the past five years. Matthew Martin (this mountain, Amythyst Kiah & Her Chest of Glass) and Zaq Suarez (Hermit Kings, Tiny Things) seek to finally let you hear their lyrics clearly while carefully avoiding eye contact. Both gentlemen are excited to bring what you’ve heard before, as well as new material, with a more intimate acoustic experience.

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Wise Old River

December 2 | Quaker Steak and Lube


Wise Old River shares songs about the human condition, human experience, times of need, times of pain, times of being lost and times of being found, our searching, and finding hope, grace and truth as well as times of spiritual growth. They sing about it all. Their desire is for their music to be stripped down organic, earthy, wires, wood and vibrations from the soul.

BHA Christmas Luncheon

December 3 | Bristol Train Station


Each year the Bristol Historical Association begins the holiday season with a festive Christmas Luncheon. On Sunday, December 3, 2017, the Association will celebrate 30 years of this annual holiday tradition. The guest speaker for this event will be Ron Flanary, a resident of Big Stone Gap, Virginia. An avid railroad enthusiast, Flanary will present a wonderful program entitled, "A Lifetime of Railroading". This special Luncheon will be held at 12:30pm at the historic Bristol Train Station, the perfect venue for a program about railroading!

The cost is $30 per person paid in advance. Make your reservation by November 27 by mailing a check to Bristol Historical Association, ATTN: Carter Miles, P.O. Box 204, Bristol, TN 37621. Guests are welcome, and the public is invited to attend, but seating is limited.

The Opioid Crisis: Removing Barriers to Saving Lives

December 4 | Bristol Train Station


Join Bristol Chamber of Commerce to learn how to effectively work with employees, family members and community members who are impacted by opioid addiction.. Naloxoneuse will be part of this important discussion.

Coffee with the Mayors

December 5 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room


Attention Downtown merchants, residents, and property owners! Join City of Bristol VA Mayor Mumpower and City of Bristol TN Mayor Young for coffee and conversation. Coffee, fruit and pastries will be served.

BPL Movie Night: How the Grinch Stole Christmas

December 5 | Bristol Public Library


Directed by Ron Howard, How the Grinch Stole Christmas is a full-length movie based on the Dr. Seuss Christmas classic. All the Whos down in Whoville love Christmas; however, the Grinch (played by Jim Carrey) does not. And, this year, the Grinch has an idea — a wonderful, awful idea — to steal Christmas from the Whos and destroy their holiday cheer once and for all.

Popcorn and water will be provided for movie attendees.

Rated PG. 104 minutes.

AAME Public Speaker Series: Eugene Wolf

December 5 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum


The Arts Alliance Mountain Empire’s Public Speaker Series presents Excerpts from The Book of Mamaw by Eugene Wolf on December 5, 2017 at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum.

Eugene Wolf has been performing since he was two years old, when he won his first talent contest at the Capitol Theatre in Greeneville, Tennessee. Wolf studied music and theater at the University of Tennessee and worked for The Road Company, a professional acting ensemble in Johnson City, Tennessee that was the first group of American artists to visit Bashkiria, Russia in 1994. Many will recognize him as one half of The Brother Boys, a critically acclaimed duo he and Ed Snodderly formed over 30 years ago. The Brother Boys are featured on the album On Top of Old Smoky: New Old-time Smoky Mountain Music alongside Dolly Parton. For two decades Wolf has been a member of the Acting Company of Barter Theatre where he originated the role of A. P. Carter in the play “Keep On the Sunny Side.” In 2013 he traveled again to Russia to collaborate with Russian musicians on American spirituals and recorded a CD, Where We’ll Never Grow Old.Wolf has adapted his years of songs, photographs, and musings into a heartfelt, hilarious, one man show paying homage to the person who has influenced his life the most, his Mamaw.

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

Creative & Crafty: Christmas Canvas

December 6 | Bristol Public Library


Since the November class was such a hit, BPL will offer another Christmas Canvas Class on December 6th. 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.

Community Notice Board

Toy Drive on the Line

Through December 18th


Businesses in downtown Bristol are banding together to help out children in need this holiday season, and it could mean deals and discounts for you!

Just bring $30 worth of new, unwrapped toys/clothes (suitable for ages 17 and under) and your receipt to any participating downtown merchant to receive a gift for yourself or a loved one.

Particpating merchants include:

  • Bank Street Bristol: (3) $10 Gift Certificates
  • Birthplace of Country Music: (2) Museum Admissions
  • Bristol Tattoo Company: $50 Gift Certificate
  • Christina's Closet: (3) $10 Gift Certificates
  • Fabric Etc: 30% off In Stock Fabric
  • Goodman Jewelers: 10% off In Stock Merchandise Free Watch Battery
  • Misty Mountain Designs: (3) $10 Gift Certificates
  • Paramount Center for the Arts: BOGO Ticket to the Cleverlys On Nov. 30
  • Team Shear Obsession: Complimentary Conditioning Treatment
  • Virginia Vintage Interiors: $40 Gift Certificate
  • Wm. King Clothiers: $30 Gift Certificate
  • Whiskey Rebellion: (3) BOGO Half Off Entree

All donations will be delivered to Abuse Alternatives, Inc. Abuse Alternatives provides temporary, emergency shelter and emotional support to survivors and their children who need safety from violence in the home. The agency serves people in Bristol, TN/VA; Washington County, VA; and upper Sullivan County.

Holiday Happenings at the Haberdashery

Through Christmas | Wm. King Clothiers


With the change of seasons comes a change in our hours. Starting today, Wm. King Clothiers will be OPEN each Wednesday until 5:30 pm and OPEN each Saturday until 5:00 pm through the holidays. They would like to take this time to wish each of you a Happy Thanksgiving!

Breathe Bristol Yoga offers 25 classes

Every week | Breathe Bristol Yoga


Find the complete schedule at breathebristol.com/schedule.

Mon-Fri: Sunrise Yoga, 6-7am
Mon&Fri: Gentle Flow, 8:30-9:30am
Tue/Wed/Thu: Warm Yoga Flow, 8:30-9:30am
Tue/Thu: $8 Lunch Yoga, 12:15-12:45pm
Tue/Thu: Mid Day Motivation, 1-2pm
Wed: Kids Yoga, 4-5pm
Mon: Yoga Flow, 5:45-6:45pm
Mon: Beginners Flow, 7:15-8:15pm
Tue: HOT Power Yoga, 6-7pm
Wed&Fri: Connect & Flow, 5:45-6:45pm
Wed: Yin Yoga & Meditation, 7:15-8:15pm
Thu: Gentle Flow, 6-7pm
Sat: Weekend Warrior Fun Flow, 9-10:15am
Sun: Soul Full Sunday Renew & Restore Yoga, 3-4:15pm

Also Coming Up

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
Whiskey Magnolia
December 1 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Santa at The Center
December 2 | Downtown Center
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
RTE 23 Listening Room: Matt Martin & Zaq Suarez
December 2 | The Inn at Wise
Wise Old River
December 2 | Quaker Steak and Lube
BHA Christmas Luncheon
December 3 | Bristol Train Station
The Opioid Crisis: Removing Barriers to Saving Lives
December 4 | 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
Watauga Elementary Carolers
December 8 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Preserving Family History Workshop
December 8 | Bristol Public Library
Alli Epperson
December 8 | Quaker Steak and Lube
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
Smokehouse Crickets
December 9 | Quaker Steak and Lube
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
Workshop: Learn to Draw Using a Plexiglass Viewing Panel
January 12 | A Work of Art Gallery & Gifts
Workshop: Pouring, Spraying, and Layering Watercolor Paint
January 13–14 | A Work of Art Gallery & Gifts
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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