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Bristol's Downtown Showcase TOMORROW!

February 24, 2010
Downtown Bristol Tennessee and Virginia is gearing up for Bristol’s Downtown Showcase!
Bristol's Downtown Showcase will be an amazing event featuring a sampling of our finest downtown restaurants, beer & wine tasting, live music & performances, silent auction, local art and much, much more — all from our Historic Downtown District!

Thursday, February 25, 2010 from 6 – 8pm at Bristol’s Historic Train Station.
Tickets are $50 per person and space is limited, interested attendees should RSVP ASAP to Believe in Bristol at 423-573-2200 or on our contact page.

As a Certified Main Street Community, Downtown Bristol has more to offer every day – more activities, more shops, more homes, more offices and more life. 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 communities identity, spirit and economy.

By donating to, volunteering with and/or becoming involved in Believe in Bristol, you can become an active part of Bristol’s ongoing success story. Thanks to the participation of our citizens, Downtown Bristol has been, and will continue to be, a source of pride and delight for the people of Tennessee and Virginia—because we BELIEVE IN BRISTOL!

Bluegrass All-Star Jam at the Paramount THIS SUNDAY!

February 24, 2010
Claire Lynch, David Grier, Mike Compton, Michael Cleveland, Charlie Cushman, and Rob Ickes have been added to the lineup for the Bluegrass All-Star Jam on Sunday, February 28, 2010 at The Paramount Center for the Arts for two shows, an afternoon matinee at 2:30 PM and an evening performance at 7:30 PM.

“We are very excited about these additions to the line-up,” noted Bill Hartley, Executive Director of the Birthplace of Country Music Alliance. Hartley commented that the additions compliment the other artists in the line-up. “Adding Claire Lynch along with Kim Fox, Missy Raines, and Dale Ann Bradley, highlights some of the top female performers in bluegrass music. Mike Compton, Michael Cleveland, David Grier, and Rob Ickes are all multiple IMBA Award winners, as are many of the other artists in the line-up.” Hartley added that Ickes is the most awarded individual player in the history of the IBMA.

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Route 66 at the Paramount

February 24, 2010
New Route 66 musical comedy screeches to a halt at the Paramount Center for the Arts. You can drive from Chicago to Los Angeles in about thirty-one hours — if you stick to the interstates, that is. However, for the road warrior who isn’t in a hurry, a cruise along old Route 66 can be an unforgettable journey – one with surprises beyond every curve. Now, a new musical comedy comes to town – Route 66, by Roger Bean – that celebrates the golden era of the quirky old highway. Route 66 will be coming to the Paramount Center for the Arts February 26th at 7:30 p.m. in downtown Bristol, TN.

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Last Call For Nominations: 2010 Mayors Award of Distinction.

February 23, 2010
The third annual awards event for the cities was created to recognize an individual or organizations that have made an outstanding contribution to Bristol in the arts, industry, commerce, entertainment, education or to the welfare of others.
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A Century Later, Bristol Sign A Timeless Icon

February 23, 2010
The historic Bristol sign, a glowing bridge that has served as a visible icon of a city separated by geography, but united in spirit, turns 100 this year. A committee of local residents and business professionals has planned to celebrate and commemorate the sign’s century mark with city-wide events and activities that will take place in April.
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Virginia Commission for the Arts needs your help!

February 22, 2010
Urgent! Contact your house of delegates representatives! The House budget plan released by the House Appropriations Committee on Sunday calls for reducing arts grants through the Virginia Commission for the Arts by 50 percent during FY11 and eliminating the Commission altogether at the end of FY12.
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Upcoming Events

'Picturing America' Exhibit at Bristol Public Library

January 02 - February 28, 2010

Bristol Public Library Genealogy Workshop

January 09 - April 10, 2010

Bristol's Downtown Showcase!

February 25, 2010

Java J's LIVE Jam

February 25, 2010

Route 66 at the Paramount

February 26, 2010

Food, Family & Friends at Java J's

February 27, 2010

Leon Kiser Memorial Tribute Show at the Paramount

February 27, 2010

Bluegrass All-Star Jam at the Paramount

February 28, 2010

Here...There..And Yonder on display @ BPL

March 01 - 31, 2010

The Taming of the Shrew by Theatre Bristol

March 04 - 25, 2010

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