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Theatre Bristol and Bristol Ballet Recipients of Food City Family Race Night Funding

Representing each side of the state line and two types of performing arts, Theatre Bristol and Bristol Ballet joined with Food City and served as August Family Race Night volunteers. In return, on December 19, Food City presented Michele Plescia of Bristol Ballet and Samantha Gray of Theatre Bristol a donation check of $7,500 at the Euclid Food City. The organizations were thrilled to receive the contribution as it will support affordable performances for schoolchildren, their scholarship programs, and general operations to help support their 2018 seasons.

Food City's contributions have significantly benefited nonprofits in our community and the Bristol Ballet and Theatre Bristol were grateful to have been selected by the organizing committee. The organizations worked for weeks to gather the needed volunteers to work the day-long event alongside the many Food City employee volunteers.

Theatre Bristol and Bristol Ballet are very familiar with Food City Family Race Night, their respective students and performers are often downtown for rehearsal for a portion of the evening's events over the years while waiting family members attend the event. The organizations gained an appreciation for all that goes into the event and just how much the racing fans — volunteers included — enjoyed the opportunity to meet their sports' heroes.

Bristol Ballet and Theatre Bristol would especially like to thank Steve Smith for the generous contribution, Lisa Johnson and Alisa Sturgill for their support and assistance, all the Food City volunteers, our Board Presidents for speaking at the event, all the race fans, and our many devoted volunteers for all their hard work.

Race fans and arts patrons alike will enjoy the 2018 season of the Bristol Ballet, includingAlice in Wonderlandin the spring andThe Nutcrackerfor the holidays, both at the Paramount Center for the Arts; and Theatre Bristol's ARTspace and Paramount shows, includingLessons from Shakespeare: How to Avoid a Personal Tragedy; Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day; Chitty Chitty Bang Bang; Tartuffe; Pinocchio; Blithe Spirit; She Loves Me;and The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.

Founded in 1965, Theatre Bristol is the oldest continually running children’s theatre in northeast Tennessee. Its Main Stage season consists of up to six productions. Some of its performances take place in the ARTspace, a multi-purpose, black box theatre which seats up to 120, and other performances are on stage at the Paramount Center for the Arts. Theatre Bristol is volunteer run and we invite you to get involved.

The Bristol Ballet school and company were founded in 1948 by Constance Hardinge. She opened the school after falling in love with the area, having been drawn to Bristol on a temporary teaching contract with Sullins College. For the last six years, Bristol Ballet has been located at 519 State Street, the heart of downtown, where Hardinge’s vision now carries on. Students of all ages may register for ballet classes and there are many opportunities for supporters of the ballet to become involved.



Downtown Bristol Events

FAFSA Workshop

January 10 | Bristol Public Library


Ready to go to college? Need help applying for scholarship or financial aid? Visit Bristol Public Library on January 10, 2018, from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. for assistance in submitting your FAFSA (Federal Application for Federal Student Aid), completing college admissions and scholarship applications.

Participants will need to bring proof of identity (like a drivers' license, etc.), 2016 tax returns and W2s (if applicable), parents' income tax forms and W2s (if under 24), permanent mailing address and contact information.

Additional documents may be required. To learn more or schedule an appointment, contact Donna Quillin at the ETSU Educational Opportunity Center at 423-392-8043.

7 Healthy Habits You Can Begin Today

January 10 | Bristol Public Library


As part of its "New Year, New You" series, Bristol Public Library will offer a free seminar on learning and sticking with healthy habits. Kimberly Toby, an instructor with the YWCA, will be at the library on January 10, 2018, at 6:00 p.m. for “7 Healthy Habits You Can Begin Today.” Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and learn more about small, healthy habits that can have life-changing results.

No registration is required. Simply drop in and join the library for this free seminar!

Farm & Fun Time ft. Flatt Lonesome, Uncle Shuffelo & His Haint Hollow Hootenanny

January 11 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum


Radio Bristol presents the Farm & Fun Time variety show, live from the Birthplace of Country Music Museum with the award-winning bluegrass group Flatt Lonesome and the old-time acoustics of Uncle Shuffelo & His Haint Hollow Hootenanny.

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About Flatt Lonesome
From the moment of their brilliant self-titled debut in 2013, it’s been clear that Flatt Lonesome is, as the title of its third album a Runaway Train. Multiple IBMA, SPBGMA, and Dove nominations and awards, top charting songs, Billboard charting albums, countless media appearances (including becoming familiar faces on the legendary Grand Ole Opry stage), and a demanding tour schedule all combine in testimony to the phenomenon that is Flatt Lonesome.

About Uncle Shuffelo & His Haint Hollow Hootenanny
Uncle Shuffelo & His Haint Hollow Hootenanny is a seven-piece, old-time string band from Rover, Tennessee with a mission to relieve stress, give off good vibes, and cause a general feeling of well-being in all people, while promoting the awesomeness of old-time music. They can be counted on to deliver a high-energy performance influenced by Uncle Dave Macon, Grandpa Jones, The Carter Family, and other old-time greats.

The Diamonds

January 11 | 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.

Workshop: Learn to Draw Using a Plexiglass Viewing Panel

January 12 | A Work of Art Gallery & Gifts


Getting an image to paper or canvas just got a whole lot easier! During this workshop, you will learn a simple and convenient way to transfer images from life or photos to a canvas or paper. You can sketch difficult perspectives or create accurate figure sketches in minutes – by just using a piece of plexiglass and a dry erase marker! This technique allows you to capture several complicated sketches in a very short period of time (2-3 minutes) without the concerns of drawing correct perspective, shadows, movement, or measuring.

The plexiglass and dry erase marker are included in the cost of the workshop, so students will only need to bring a sketchbook, pencil, and eraser. Payment is due by January 5, 2018. To register, stop by or contact the gallery at 423-797-0089 between 10 am and 5 pm.

James Meadows

January 12 | Quaker Steak and Lube


James started up his band, James Meadows & The Country Mile Drifters, just after his album officially released in August of 2008. The band is compiled of amazing professional musicians who put on a very high energy show. Their shows contain a huge set list filled with both fan/crowd requested and timeless Classic Country, Top 40 Country, Bluegrass, Southern Rock, and Originals that are sure to blow the walls off of any event or venue.

Shimmy & The Burns with Identikit

January 12 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room


Shimmy & the Burns have drawn comparisons to artists such as Neil Young, Whiskeytown, American Aquarium, John Prine, Jason Isbell and Tom Waits. Part rock n’ roll, part country and part folk, the group creates familiar sounds in a style all their own. Front man Brian “Shimmy” Paddock delivers straightforward and brutally honest lines with a vocal style which sounds like it’s been stained with cigarette smoke and soaked in cheap whiskey.

Identikit is a sextet that performs original progressive music drawing from diverse genres and traditions including klezmer, latin jazz, orchestral rock, and big band swing. Bringing their orchestral string- and woodwind-infused instrumentation to the stage, Identikit's unique sound has been exploring the limits of Atlanta's taste in music since early 2017.

Auditions for Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

January 13–15 | Theatre Bristol


Theatre Bristol announces auditions for Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Daydirected by Steve Davis January 13, 14, 15 at the Theatre Bristol, 512 State Street, Bristol, TN. The popular children's book comes to life on the ARTspace stage in March with music and dancing, and especially all the laughs. No preparation is required to audition and roles are available for men, women, and children. Show details, audition times, and rehearsal dates are available at www.TheatreBristol.org/audition.

"Alexander is having a bad day. A terrible day. A horrible day. To be quite honest, it's a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. But then, everybody has bad days, sometimes. In this delightful adaptation of her popular book, Judith Viorst sets Alexander's rather trying life to music and brings to the stage one of America's feistiest characters. Not only does Alexander wake up with gum in his hair, but his mother forgets to pack him dessert, and his best friend decides he's not his best friend anymore. And if that's not bad enough, Alexander's brothers don't have any cavities but—he does. And just when it can't get any worse, there are lima beans for supper and —yuck!—kissing on TV. It is enough to make anyone want to go to Australia. Alexander's struggles with life's daily dramas will not only entertain but educate young audiences as they identify with Alexander and the obstacles he encounters, encouraging them to share their feelings and to realize that bad days happen—even in Australia. Commissioned and premiered by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts" (Dramatic Publishing).

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Dayopens March 9, and runs for three weekends at the Theatre Bristol ARTspace, Fridays at 7:30 pm, Saturdays at 5:30 pm, and Sundays at 2:30 pm, closing on March 25. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors and students, and available at www.Theatre Bristol.org.

Workshop: Pouring, Spraying, and Layering Watercolor Paint

January 13–14 | A Work of Art Gallery & Gifts


Loosen up at this fast-paced, two-session workshop showing the techniques, tricks, and supplies needed for making your own poured, sprayed, and layered watercolor painting. During this workshop, there will be several short demonstrations of every step of the process — masking, pouring, spraying, layering, glazing, and finishing — with hands-on work following each step.
A starter kit will be supplied including a photo reference, value study, watercolor paper, foam mounting board, spray bottles, masking fluid, pipette, containers, soap, ammonia, rubber pickup, a foil tray, and a class syllabus.

Instructor: David Kramer
Cost: $45

Students are asked to bring their own paint, brushes, palette, water container, paper towels, and masking tape. Suggested paint colors are Perm. Yel. Deep, Lemon Yel., Vermillion, Magenta, Cobalt Blue, and Cerulean Blue. Suggested brushes are rounds, flats, one brush for masking fluid, and one scrubber brush. Payment is due by December 29, 2017. To register, stop by or contact the gallery at 423-797-0089 between 10 am and 5 pm.

Creative & Crafty: January Canvas Class #1

January 13 | Bristol Public Library


On January 13, 2018, starting at 2:00 p.m., Bristol Public Library will offer a brand new canvas class in which participants will have the opportunity to create a fun, winter-themed portrait. Participants will have have two different canvases from which to choose, and will be able to give the project their own personal flair.

The cost for the canvas class is $10, which will cover all the supplies needed for registered participants, including canvas, paint, brushes, instruction, and more. Participants are welcome to bring their own canvases to waive this fee.

Registration is required. To register, call 276-645-8780 or email ajohnson@bristol-library.org.

Pints & Pets

January 13 | Elder Brew


Elderbrew will be opening their doors early to welcome volunteers from the Sullivan County Animal Shelter, and a few dogs looking for their forever home. Adoptions will be available from 2-5 pm. The guys at Elderbrew will also be donating a portion of Saturday’s sales to the S.C.A.S., so even if you can’t take a dog home, you’ll know that you too are helping a great cause.

East Tennessee PBS screening of "Victoria" premier

January 13 | Paramount Center for the Arts


East Tennessee PBS and the Paramount Center for the Arts invite you to a free advanced screening of the second season premier of MASTERPIECE "Victoria" on Saturday, January 13.

Jenna Coleman (Doctor Who) returns for a new season as the young queen who wants it all — romance, power, an heir, and personal freedom. Joining the cast in the new season is legendary actress Dame Diana Rigg (Game of Thrones), who plays the Duchess of Buccleuch, the court’s new Mistress of the Robes. Tom Hughes reprises his role as the queen’s dashing consort, Prince Albert, and Rufus Sewell returns as the smoldering Lord Melbourne. Victoria, Season 2, airs in seven episodes created and scripted by bestselling novelist Daisy Goodwin and premieres January 14, 2018 on MASTERPIECE on PBS.

Hello October

January 13 | Quaker Steak and Lube


Hello October is an indie/folk rock band based in Southwest Virginia.

Sands & Hearn

January 13 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room


Husband and wife Richard Hearn & Quinn Sands have been writing and performing together since 2015. Both grew up on the southwest side of Cleveland Ohio, but never met until decades later at the famous Barking Spider Tavern on the campus of Case Western Reserve University. Similar life experiences led to each of them following the muse out of difficult times and toward one another. Their first CD “Time is a Line” was released on May 28, 2017.

Framing the Red

January 13 | O'Mainnin's Pub


Framing The Red is a Southern Rock n Roll band that is taking the national music scene by storm. They are not trying to get their foot in the door of opportunity, they are knocking it down. For a band that has only been together and touring for a little over 3 years, each and every member has the talent and can put on a show that any onlooker would think this was a seasoned band that has been touring for years. Framing The Red promises to deliver a show like none other, grabbing their audiences and bringing everyone to their feet with catchy riffs, great lyrics, and high impact live stage show that people will continue to talk about!

The Legacy Lives March in Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 15 | Bristol Train Station


Bristol TN/VA will hold a community-wide march and celebration on Monday, January 15 in celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The Legacy Lives will begin at 1:30 pm with gathering at the YMCA (Bristol TN) or First Christian Church (Bristol VA).

The groups will walk down MLK Jr. Blvd. to the Bristol Train Station, meeting under the sign for photos before entering the station.

A program will begin at the Train Station at 2:30 featuring video interviews, readings from Dr. King, and music. Refreshments will follow. Handicap and senior parking will be reserved in the Train Station parking lot.

Call the YWCA, 423-968-9444 or email bristolmlk@gmail.com for more info.

State Street String Band

January 15 | Blackbird Bakery


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

Artist Meet & Greet: Michala Morris with music by Tom Harmon

January 16 | Blackbird Bakery


Meet and greet with artist Michala Morris, featuring the music of Tom Harmon and his band (music begins at 6:30).

Creative & Crafty: Homemade Wax Candles

January 17 | Bristol Public Library


In January, Bristol Public Library will offer a new Creative & Crafty class: Homemade Wax Candles! Starting at 5:30 p.m. on January 17, 2018, participants can learn to make homemade wax candles using mason pint jars, natural soy wax, essential oils, and cotton wicks.

Supplies will be provided for a nominal fee of $5, which covers all the supplies needed for the class, including wax, oil, wicks, jars, instruction, and more.

Registration is required. To register, call 276-645-8780 or email ajohnson@bristol-library.org.

Community Notice Board

Breathe Bristol Yoga offers over 25 classes

Every week | Breathe Bristol Yoga


Beginner Yoga
Monday 7:15 pm, Wednesday 8:30 am & 5:45 pm

Mid-Day Motivation
Tuesday & Thursday 1-2 pm

HOT Yoga
Tuesday 6 pm

Gentle Flow
Monday & Friday 8:30 am, Wednesday 7:15 pm, Thursday 6 pm

Sunrise Yoga
Monday — Friday 6 am

$8 Lunch Class
Tuesday & Thursday 12:15 — 12:45 pm

Chair Yoga
Tuesday & Thursday 11 am — Noon

Find the complete schedule online at breathebristol.com.

WKC Blowout Sale

Save 50-75%

Wm. King Clothiers is excited to announce its winter blowout sale. Every item in the ladies department is 50% off! This sale will not last long, so arrive early to take advantage of these sweet deals. The sale doesn’t end with the ladies merchandise either – since WKC will be doing another renovation on the store, they are having a huge blowout sale for the men as well. Now is the time to save between 50% to 75% off! With the new expansion of the men’s department, Wm. King Clothiers will be bringing in new vendors, so it’s time to move out the old to make room for the new. This is a once in a lifetime sale, so come take a look. This merchandise is priced to move!

Also Coming Up

FAFSA Workshop
January 10 | Bristol Public Library
7 Healthy Habits You Can Begin Today
January 10 | Bristol Public Library
Farm & Fun Time ft. Flatt Lonesome, Uncle Shuffelo & His Haint Hollow Hootenanny
January 11 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
The Diamonds
January 11 | Blackbird Bakery
Workshop: Learn to Draw Using a Plexiglass Viewing Panel
January 12 | A Work of Art Gallery & Gifts
James Meadows
January 12 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Shimmy & The Burns with Identikit
January 12 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Auditions for Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
January 13–15 | Theatre Bristol
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
Pints & Pets
January 13 | Elder Brew
East Tennessee PBS screening of "Victoria" premier
January 13 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Hello October
January 13 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Sands & Hearn
January 13 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Framing the Red
January 13 | O'Mainnin's Pub
The Legacy Lives March in Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
January 15 | Bristol Train Station
State Street String Band
January 15 | Blackbird Bakery
Artist Meet & Greet: Michala Morris with music by Tom Harmon
January 16 | Blackbird Bakery
Creative & Crafty: Homemade Wax Candles
January 17 | Bristol Public Library
BPL Book Club: Dead Wake
January 18 | Bristol Public Library
Wolf Hills Jazz Quartet
January 18 | Blackbird Bakery
The Black Jacket Symphony: Led Zeppelin II
January 19 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Victor Lawson
January 19 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Indighost with The Mercury Arcs
January 19 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Alli Epperson
January 20 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Photography 101: Learning the Basics
January 22 | Bristol Public Library
BPL Movie Night: Close Encounters of the Third Kind
January 25 | Bristol Public Library
The Diamonds
January 25 | Blackbird Bakery
An Evening with Jayne Henderson and Wayne Henderson
January 26 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Dan Deel
January 26 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Self-Defense & Personal Safety with Stryker Martial Arts Academy
January 27 | Bristol Public Library
Loose Leaves
January 27 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Computer Privacy & You: Security and Safety Online
January 29 | Bristol Public Library
State Street String Band
January 29 | Blackbird Bakery
Fire Safety with the Bristol Virginia Fire Department
January 31 | Bristol Public Library
Candy Lab
January 31 – February 7 | Bristol Public Library
Kids Create-a-Dough Workshop
February 3 | That Cookie Dough and Sweets Bar
Black Garlic with Rhythm & the Roosevelts
February 3 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Understanding Credit Reports & Scores with ECU
February 6 | Bristol Public Library
Farm & Fun Time ft. Willie Watson, Larry Sigmon & Martha Spencer
February 8 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Author Fair
February 10 | Bristol Public Library
Lessons from Shakespeare: How to Avoid a Personal Tragedy
February 17 | Theatre Bristol
Black Mass: Art Exhibition by Brian Serway
February 17 | Elder Brew
The Barbaric Yawps
February 20 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
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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