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Bristol Station launches crowd-funding campaign


Bristol Station Brews & Taproom is focused on pleasing their customers with terrific craft beer. One of the biggest customer requests they receive is to make our their beer portable – in other words, to start canning. You can help them make this dream a reality!

Visit Bristol Station on Indiegogo to contribute today and do your part to help out a great downtown Bristol business.



Downtown Bristol Events

Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells

December 1–17 | Theatre Bristol


The children of Room One are excited about Christmas and the celebrations, especially singing, "Jingle Bells, Batman Smells." That sounds like it makes for an interesting outcome so be sure to see Theatre Bristol's holiday production of Junie B in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells when it comes to the ARTspace stage for three weekends from December 1 through 17. Tickets are now on sale to seeJunie B. make her debut on the Theatre Bristol stage and bring holiday cheer in her own spunky way.

Written by Allison Gregory and distributed by Playscripts, this first-grader in the title role is really excited about the upcoming holiday gift exchange at her school. Tattletale May is always ruining Junie B.'s fun, so when Junie B. draws May's name things get interesting. "Will the Christmas spirit of peace and goodwill interfere before she can give you-know-who what she deserves? A hilarious and endearing tale based on the best-selling book series by Barbara Park (Playscripts)."

June B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells opens December 1 at Theatre Bristol's ARTspace, and runs for three weekends, Fridays at7:30 pm, Saturdays at 10:30 am and 5:30 pm, and Sundays at 2:30 pm, closing on December 17. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors and students, and available at www.Theatre Bristol.org.

Book Signing: B.T. Harris

December 13 | 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.

Chicken4Charity: Girls Inc.

December 14 | Quaker Steak and Lube


Thursday, December 14th from 5-10pm, Quaker Steak and Lube will host another Chicken4Charity night to benefit Girls Inc. of Bristol.

15% of all proceeds will be given to Girls Inc. of Bristol, empowering women to be strong, smart and bold!

Bring the family, invite friends, and have fun! Come watch the Denver Broncos vs. the Indianapolis Colts, eat some wings and support a great local cause!

YP Bristol Holiday Party

December 14 | Studio Brew


YP Bristol will hold its holiday party at Studio Brew December 14th at 6pm. Wear your best worst sweater for the tacky sweater contest.

YP Bristol is a program of the Bristol Chamber of Commerce for young professionals (ages 21-40).

The Diamonds

December 14 | 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.

Neil Burcham

December 15 | Blackbird Bakery


Join Blackbird for an evening of jazz provided by Neil Burcham.

Meet Santa in His Sleigh

December 16–17 | Cranberry Lane


Get your photo taken with Santa in the sleigh. He will be at Cranberry Lane on December 16th& 17th for the last time before he has to get back to the toy factory. He will be here from 11-4 on Saturday the 16th and from 1-4 on Sunday. Stop by and enjoy free cider and food samplings as well as special sales all throughout the store.

Lunch with Santa

December 16 | Quaker Steak and Lube


Join Quaker Steak and Lube for Lunch with Santa! Kids receive their meal for just $0.99 (with purchase of adult entree).

Workshop: Making Fire Cider

December 16 | Breathe Bristol Yoga


Join herbalistLesley Setchim in making this traditional wintertime herbal cold and flu remedy! Learn the medicinal properties of all ingredients (provided) asyou create your own Fire Cider to take home!

Cost: $25. All ingredients will be provided. Bring a knife, cutting board and quart-size Mason jar to take home your finished product.

Creative & Crafty: Christmas Canvas

December 16 | Bristol Public Library


Since the November class was such a hit, BPL will offer another Christmas Canvas Class on December 16th. 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.

Before the Storm

December 16 | Blackbird Bakery


Join Blackbird Bakery for an evening of acoustic rock with Before the Storm.

Ugly Sweater Party

December 16 | Quaker Steak and Lube


Join Quaker Steak and Lube for an ugly sweater party! Wear your tackiest Christmas sweater and enjoy live music, great food, and brews with QSL!

It's a Wonderful Life

December 17 | Paramount Center for the Arts


The annual screening of "It's a Wonderful Life" will be showing at Paramount Bristol again this year. Doors open at 1:00 pm with music: "Seasonal Greats" by Rex Ward and The Mighty Wurlitzer Theater Organ. Screening begins at 2:00 pm. Refreshments provided after screening.

Tickets are free — Reserve Online at Paramountbristol.org.

State Street String Band

December 18 | Blackbird Bakery


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

BPL Double Feature: Rudolph and The Grinch

December 19 | Bristol Public Library


It's just not Christmas without Rudloph! On December 19th, BPL will offer a special double feature of two quintessential Christmas classics: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964) and Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966).

Popcorn and water will be provided for movie attendees. Everyone is welcome to join us for this free, family-friendly presentation of our favorite Christmas movies!

Movies not rated. 47 minutes; 26 minutes. (73 minutes total.)

Journey's End

December 19 | Downtown Bristol


On Tuesday, December 19th at 6:00 PM, Journey’s End will again take place in Historic Downtown Bristol! Journey’s End is Bristol’s local interpretation of the Latino tradition of Las Posadas (The Inns). Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem is recreated as they go from inn to inn seeking lodging and the final inn welcomes them in and celebrates their arrival.

How does Bristol Celebrate Journey’s End?
Our inns are several downtown businesses and our innkeepers are various choirs and choral groups from the Bristol area. We will begin at the Downtown Center then process by candlelight with Mary and Joseph singing the traditional songs and various carols accompanied by instrumentalists.

Journey’s End lasts a little more than an hour. Restaurants will be taking dinner reservations and several of the downtown shops will be open. Come and celebrate Christmas in the heart of our community!

Cookies with Santa

December 19 | Blackbird Bakery


Ho, Ho, Ho! Santa's coming to Blackbird! Be sure to drop by and share your wish list with Santa. He'll be giving away cookies (while supplies last).

Senior Showchoir "This is Christmas"

December 19 | Paramount Center for the Arts


Suggested donation $5. A tradition each Holiday Season in Downtown Bristol is the Senior Showchoir’s Christmas production brought to you by the city of Bristol, Virginia. This year’s show is called "THIS IS CHRISTMAS."

PUSH! Film Festival Encore Screening of Forgive – Don’t Forget

December 21 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum


Join PUSH! Film Festival for an encore screening of the 2017 PUSH! Film Festival Best Feature FilmForgive – Don’t Forgeton Thursday, December 21 at 6:00 p.m. at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum. The evening will begin with a welcome and cocktails at 6:00 p.m., followed by the film screening at 7:00 p.m. Afterwards filmmaker Brad Bennett will be present for a Q&A and a reception. This event is free and open to the public; however, due to limited seating, an RSVP is required.

Reserve your place here!

About Forgive – Don’t Forget
At its core,Forgive – Don’t Forgetis a documentary about the connection between two very different cultures and the importance of remembrance. When Japan surrendered to the U.S. at the end of World War II, numerous Japanese swords were confiscated and taken back to the States. The Japanese sword, while once a symbol of wartime aggression, is also deeply embedded in Japan’s rich history and spiritual heritage. In order to better understand the past and build a bridge between cultures in the present, an American filmmaker attempts to return one of these surrendered swords to its original owner. Check out the trailer to the film here.

Community Notice Board

Holly Help's Annual Holly-Day Appeal

December 1 — October 31, 2018


Who's a lucky dog? YOU can be a lucky dog when you help Holly Help Spay and Neuter Fund. Two winners will be chosen from Holly Help's donor list each month between December 1st and October 31, 2018. Winners will receive gift certificates to local businesses, including Quaker Steak and Lube, Mountain Empire Comics and many more.

Click here to download the donation form.

Also Coming Up

Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells
December 1–17 | Theatre Bristol
Book Signing: B.T. Harris
December 13 | Blackbird Bakery
Chicken4Charity: Girls Inc.
December 14 | Quaker Steak and Lube
YP Bristol Holiday Party
December 14 | Studio Brew
The Diamonds
December 14 | Blackbird Bakery
Neil Burcham
December 15 | Blackbird Bakery
Meet Santa in His Sleigh
December 16–17 | Cranberry Lane
Lunch with Santa
December 16 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Workshop: Making Fire Cider
December 16 | Breathe Bristol Yoga
Creative & Crafty: Christmas Canvas
December 16 | Bristol Public Library
Before the Storm
December 16 | Blackbird Bakery
Ugly Sweater Party
December 16 | Quaker Steak and Lube
It's a Wonderful Life
December 17 | Paramount Center for the Arts
State Street String Band
December 18 | Blackbird Bakery
BPL Double Feature: Rudolph and The Grinch
December 19 | Bristol Public Library
Journey's End
December 19 | Downtown Bristol
Cookies with Santa
December 19 | Blackbird Bakery
Senior Showchoir "This is Christmas"
December 19 | Paramount Center for the Arts
BPL Book Club: Jamaica Inn
December 21 | Bristol Public Library
PUSH! Film Festival Encore Screening of Forgive – Don’t Forget
December 21 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Bella Bane
December 21 | Blackbird Bakery
The Diamonds
December 22 | Blackbird Bakery
Rylee Peters
December 23 | Blackbird Bakery
BPL Movie Night: Miracle on 34th Street
December 28 | Bristol Public Library
New Year's Eve Masquerade Party
December 31 | Quaker Steak and Lube
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
East Tennessee PBS screening of "Victoria" premier
January 13 | Paramount Center for the Arts
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
Big Spring Entertainment Presents: Wynonna & The Big Noise Big Spring Entertainment Presents: Wynonna & The Big Noise
March 17 | Paramount Center for the Arts
18th Annual Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion
September 21–23 | Downtown Bristol

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