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Merry Christmas from Believe in Bristol


On behalf of the Believe in Bristol Board of Directors, we want to wish you a very Merry Christmas! Please remember us for your year-end contributions this holiday season! Believe in Bristol is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization composed of dedicated citizens, business owners, government officials and other friends of Bristol who recognize the role a vital downtown plays in preserving and furthering our community’s identity, spirit and economy. As a certified Main Street organization, we work hard to organize broad-based community support and advocacy for our downtown, promote all that our downtown has to offer, preserve and restore the area's classic architectural design, and increase commercial potential through economic restructuring.

Historic Downtown Bristol has more to offer every day – more activities, more shops, more homes, more offices, and more life. But Believe in Bristol needs your support to help us continue our revitalization efforts and make our downtown an even better place to live, work, shop and play! It's thanks to people like you that we have made the great strides that we have in recent years.
As much as has been accomplished through the efforts of Believe in Bristol and our partners, there is still much to do and a huge amount of potential that remains to be tapped! By donating to, volunteering with, and becoming a member of Believe in Bristol, you can be an active part of Bristol's success story.

Follow the link to make a donation: Donate. For more information, contact Believe in Bristol at 423-573-2201 or info@believeinbristol.org. We hope to hear from you soon!



Downtown Bristol Events

BPL Book Club: Jamaica Inn

December 21 | Bristol Public Library


BPL Book Club will meet on Thursday, December 21, in the Frances Kegley Conference Room at 6:00 p.m. The club will finish discussing Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier and start the next book, Dead Wake by Erik Larson.

Join BPL for an excellent evening of books and Blackbird Bakery treats!

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.

Bella Bane

December 21 | Blackbird Bakery


Bella Bane will play Blackbird Bakery from 8-10pm.

The Diamonds

December 22 | 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.

Rylee Peters

December 23 | Blackbird Bakery


Join Blackbird Bakery for Rylee Peters' Christmas Mix.

BPL Movie Night: Miracle on 34th Street

December 28 | Bristol Public Library


Doris Walker (played by Maureen O'Hara) is the special event director for Macy's Department Store and the Thanksgiving Day parade. When she discovers the actor playing Santa Claus is out of commission, Doris drafts Kris Kringle (Edmund Gwenn) to play the part. But Doris and her daughter, Susan, are about to find out there's more to Kris than meets the eye.

Kegley Meeting Room. Popcorn and water will be provided to all movie attendees.

Not rated. 96 minutes.

Pints & Prose

December 30 | Elder Brew


Join the Casual Word and Elderbrew on Saturday, December 30th for an evening of Pints and Prose! Ten Pre-War typewriters will be on hand for you to empty your minds, and fill your glass!

Roaring 20s New Year's Eve Party

December 31 | Whiskey Rebellion


Join Whiskey Rebellion for a roaring 20s New Year's Eve celebration! WR will open the doors on Sunday, December 31st at 6pm to serve a limited menu, offer passed hors d'oeuvres, and a midnight champagne toast! Just $15 per person and $25 per couple. Get your tickets while you can, put on your 1920s best, and come ring in 2018 downtown. It's sure to be the cat's meow!

Tickets for sale at Whiskey Rebellion. Reservations will be required for ticket holders who would like to purchase dinner as seating is limited.

New Year's Eve Masquerade Party

December 31 | Quaker Steak and Lube


Join Quaker Steak and Lube for a New Year's Masquerade Party. Featuring the music of Syren, and no cover charge! The fun begins at 9pm.

Community Notice Board

Serendipity's "Jingle Bell Shop"

December 21-23


Serendipity is gearing up for the last big shopping weekend before Christmas. They're sharing some great gift giving ideas and saving you some money this weekend, all while making it fun for those last minute shoppers. Serendipity will host a "Jingle Bell Shop" event, where jingle bells are stuffed with GREAT gift giving ideas and DISCOUNTS to help you shop. Let Serendipity help you finish your holiday shopping this weekend.

Arrange the Family Christmas ESCAPE and get a $25 gift voucher

December 22 — January 1


Tri-Cities Escape Game knows what it's like beingtheone who arrangesschedules and gets everyone there on time!So as their way ofsaying "thank you," TCEG is giving a FREE $25gift voucherto the person within every party who schedules the familyChristmas escape!

Make it a new familyChristmas tradition that they'll NEVER FORGET!What's even better? They're gonna love all there is to experienceon State Street!

Visit tricitiesescapegame.com to book your family's escape.

Also Coming Up

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
Pints & Prose
December 30 | Elder Brew
Roaring 20s New Year's Eve Party
December 31 | Whiskey Rebellion
New Year's Eve Masquerade Party
December 31 | Quaker Steak and Lube
BPL Anime Theater: Big O
January 4 | Bristol Public Library
East Tennessee PBS Presents Ethan Bortnick East Tennessee PBS Presents Ethan Bortnick
January 5 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Breaking Up Christmas Concert
January 6 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
New Tech Workshop
January 8 | Bristol Public Library
BPL Movie Night: Ever After
January 9 | Bristol Public Library
FAFSA Workshop
January 10 | Bristol Public Library
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
Creative & Crafty: January Canvas Class #1
January 13 | Bristol Public Library
East Tennessee PBS screening of "Victoria" premier
January 13 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Creative & Crafty: Homemade Wax Candles
January 17 | Bristol Public Library
BPL Book Club: Dead Wake
January 18 | Bristol Public Library
The Black Jacket Symphony: Led Zeppelin II
January 19 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Photography 101: Learning the Basics
January 22 | Bristol Public Library
Understanding Credit Reports & Scores with ECU
January 23 | Bristol Public Library
BPL Movie Night: Close Encounters of the Third Kind
January 25 | Bristol Public Library
Self-Defense & Personal Safety with Stryker Martial Arts Academy
January 27 | Bristol Public Library
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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