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A Paramount Season Show — Church Basement Ladies TONIGHT!

March 26, 2010
Who are the "Church Basement Ladies?"

A celebration of the church basement kitchen and the women who work there, Church Basement Ladies is a new musical comedy will be coming to the Paramount Center for the Arts March 26 at 7:30 p.m. in downtown Bristol, TN/VA. Featuring four distinct characters and their relationships as they organize the food and solve the problems of a rural Minnesota church about to undergo changes in 1964. From the elderly matriarch of the kitchen to the young bride-to-be learning the proper order of things, we see them handle a record breaking Christmas dinner, the funeral of a dear friend, a Hawaiian Easter Fund Raiser, and, of course, a steaming hot July wedding. They stave off potential disasters, share and debate recipes, instruct the young, and keep the Pastor on due course while thoroughly enjoying, (and tolerating) each other as the true "steel magnolias" of the church. Funny and down to earth, audiences will recognize these ladies as they witness the church year unfold from below the house of God. This is most certainly true!

Church Basement Ladies uses the renowned Scandinavian Lutheran humor writings of "The Lutheran Ladies," Janet Martin and Suzann Nelson, authors of a host of humorous books the most famous being Growing Up Lutheran. The script is by Jessica Zuehlke and Jim Stowell with music and lyrics by composer Drew Jansen, who gave us the music for the popular long-running hit musical, How To Talk Minnesotan, The Musical.

Tickets to this show Adult $36, Seniors/Students $32,. Group rates are available. To purchase tickets for this show call the Paramount Center for the Arts box office at 423-274-8920 or purchase them online at

Riders in the Sky Workshop & Concert Saturday

March 26, 2010
The Birthplace of Country Music Alliance proudly presents the Riders in the Sky, Saturday March 27, 2010 at The Paramount Center for the Arts in historic downtown Bristol TN/VA for a concert at 7:30pm and workshop at 3:00pm.

For thirty years Riders In The Sky have been keepers of the flame passed on by the Sons of the Pioneers, Gene Autry and Roy Rogers, reviving and revitalizing the genre. And while remaining true to the integrity of Western music, they have themselves become modern-day icons by branding the genre with their own legendary wacky humor and way-out Western wit, and all along encouraging buckaroos and buckarettes to live life "The Cowboy Way!" Riders In The Sky are exceptional not just in the sense that their music is of superlative standards (they are the ONLY exclusively Western artist to have won a Grammy, and Riders have won two), but by the fact that their accomplishments are an exception to the rule as well.

The afternoon workshop is at 3pm at The Paramount and will consist of an hour long presentation illuminating the fascinating bit of cultural history known as the “singing cowboy”. Part lecture, part audiovisual, and showing musical clips of the major players in the cinematic flowering of the style, the workshop will be supported by live performances by their lead member, "Ranger" Doug Green and other members of the Riders In The Sky.

The lecture would cover the historical background from the rise of the cinematic singing cowboy, the arc of popularity in the 1930s and 1940s, and the reasons for the inevitable decline in the 1950s, going up to the renaissance of the style in the 1980s and 1990s, and continuing with Riders In The Sky. It is a bit of American history, popular culture, musicology, and folklore, presented in a relaxed and enjoyable manner. A question and answer session will follow the presentation.

This show is sponsored by Alpha Natural Resources, Bristol Virginia Utilities, City of Bristol Tennessee, Fox Tri-Cities, WETS, WOPI, Virginia Commission for the Arts, Tennessee Arts Commission, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Ticket prices are $25, ($15 students) and may be purchased at The Paramount Center for the Arts box office at 423.274.8920 or visit or

Downtown Bristol Blog

Bristol Slogan Lapel Pins Available at Outlets

March 26, 2010
The committee coordinating the plans for the upcoming Bristol Slogan Sign Centennial has just placed centennial logo lapel pins into stores through out the city. The bronze die-cut lapel pin depicts the official logo of for this year’s celebration. The logo was created by Chris Hall a graduate of King College and employed by Bristol Virginia Utilities, who along with Bristol Tennessee Essential Services are the primary sponsors of the anniversary.
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What Merchants Love About Downtown Bristol

March 24, 2010
Several downtown merchants were asked what they love about Bristol and here is what they had to say!

Whimsical Gems & Treasures is now OPEN!!

Photo by Karen Royal, The Royal Studio
March 22, 2010
The doors are open at Whimsical Gems & Treasures located at 509 State Street, Bristol, VA.
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Upcoming Events

Bristol Public Library Genealogy Workshop

January 09 - April 10, 2010

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

March 01 - 31, 2010

Church Basement Ladies at the Paramount

March 26, 2010

Kids Our Age at Machiavelli's

March 26, 2010

Birthplace of Country Music Alliance presents Riders in the Sky

March 27, 2010

Live Music @Machiavelli's

March 27, 2010

Riders in the Sky Workshop

March 27, 2010

Virgie R. Fleenor Art Gallery to Feature Quilts from Holston Quilters Guild in April

April 01 - 30, 2010

Brim Leal @Machiavelli's

April 01, 2010

Holy Ghost Tent Revival/Uncle Mountain/Now You See Them at Machiavelli's

April 02, 2010

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