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Get Your Tickets Now for a New Event in Downtown Bristol — The Sugar-Coated Pub Crawl!

May 21, 2013
With summertime coming, it’s a great opportunity to get out and about in Historic Downtown Bristol! With a ticket to the Sugar-Coated Pub Crawl, you can enjoy a sample of beer or dessert as you explore our restaurants and bars and all they have to offer from May 30 until September 30, 2013.

When you buy a ticket to the Sugar-Coated Pub Crawl, it entitles you to one 3 oz. sample serving of beer, one sample-size dessert, or one free game of pool at the participating venues listed below:

• 620 State Restaurant (beer)
• Blackbird Bakery (dessert)
• Borderline Billiards (game of pool)
• CityMug Espresso Café (dessert)
• Eatz on Moore Street (dessert)
• KP Duty (beer)
• KP Catering on Bank Street (dessert) – one night only!
• Macado’s (dessert)
• Machiavelli’s (beer)
• Memory Lane Café (dessert)
• O’Mainnin’s Pub & Grill (beer)
• Shang Hai Chinese Restaurant (dessert)
• State Line Bar & Grille (beer)

You can get one sample from each venue throughout the summer, and when you receive your sample, the venue will punch your ticket. There are two levels of ticket – dessert-only for $20 or full-access (beer and dessert) for $35 – and these can be purchased from Believe in Bristol, the Bristol Public Library, Serendipity, blowfish emporium, and Birthplace of Country Music. Tickets will be on sale until June 30.

The event kicks off for a special opening night on May 30, 2013, from 6 to 9pm, and one venue – KP Catering on Bank Street – will only be open on that night to share their dessert option with you. But remember for all the other venues, you can redeem your ticket throughout the summer until September 30.

This is a great way to promote our local businesses, have fun-filled nights in Historic Downtown Bristol, and find your new favorite beer or dessert! So get your tickets before June 30, and come out and enjoy the Sugar-Coated Pub Crawl!

For more information, please contact Believe in Bristol on 276-644-9700 or

Save the Weekend! Schedule for Arts & Entertainment District's 3rd Annual State of the Arts Celebration Announced!

May 21, 2013
Once again, Bristol will be alive with the arts for a special State of the Arts Weekend on June 14–16, coordinated by the Believe in Bristol Arts & Entertainment District Steering Committee. Committee members are working with numerous venues, artists and performers to promote and plan arts activities to enjoy throughout downtown the entire weekend. It's also a time to spotlight artists and venues that are doing what they do best: bringing Bristol consistently great performances and memorable artistic experiences.

Artists, venues and performers are invited to contact Believe in Bristol to participate in the collective promotions, coordinate with others in downtown Bristol, or participate in the Committee's efforts to build on the success of last year's event.

The following is a partial list of confirmed activities for the State of the Arts Weekend. If you are a business owner in the downtown community and would like to publicize an arts event, or need help developing an event, please contact the Believe in Bristol office at 276-644-9700.

Friday, June 14

12:00 pm — Tunes @ Noon with Symphony Rags at the Paramount Center for the Arts
4:00–6:45 pm — Artistic-themed beer tasting at Inari Wines
6:00–9:00 pm — Art D'Vine, a gallery hop and wine tasting on State Street – Participating galleries include Kil’n Time, Benjamin Walls Gallery, 606 State Street Gallery, blowfish emporium, Hatching Perspective Gallery, One of a Kind Gallery, Pretty Girl Station, and The Purple Loon.
6:00–9:00 pm — 606 Jammers at 606 State Street Gallery
7:30 pm — Swing dance lessons at Bristol Ballet

8:00 pm–1 am — Roots Beards & Boots Road Show at Machiavelli’s with Folk Soul Revival, This Mountain and The Whisky Gentry
Time TBC — F-Bomb at O’Mainnin’s Pub

Saturday, June 15

10 am–noon — State of the Arts Kids Day at the TriSummit Parking lot – There will be a hands-on craft project, face painting, cookie decorating, jazz movement class, sidewalk chalk for creative expression, and a guided Caterpillar Crawl (parents must accompany their children on this guided walk).
10:00 am–6:00 pm — Sidewalk comic book sale at Mountain Empire Comics
11:00 am–noon — State of the Arts POWER HOUR art competition at State Street Farmers Market – Artists from all over the area are invited to come out and complete a work of art of their choosing from start to finish in one hour. The winning artist will be featured on the A&E section of the Believe in Bristol website, along with our Facebook page, and also displayed in a local gallery for one month.
For more information and to register, contact Bethany at 423-360-7376 or
11:00 am–4:00 pm — Where’s Bob Ross? Find our Bob Ross-alike in Downtown Bristol and you can be a “Happy Little Tree” and get your picture taken with him!
12:00–2:00 pm — Free figure drawing class at The Purple Loon
1:00–2:00 pm — Strike a pose! Check out the ballerinas in the Bristol Ballet window.
3:00–4:30 pm — Free earring assembly class at The Purple Loon (materials not included)
3:00–4:00 pm — Strike a pose! Check out the ballerinas in the Bristol Ballet window.
4:00–6:45 pm — Artistic-themed wine tasting at Inari Wines
At dark — Special screening of 2012’s “Pitch Perfect” at Cumberland Square Park, sponsored by BVU
8:00 pm–1 am — Roots Beards & Boots Road Show at Machiavelli’s with Folk Soul Revival, These Undowners, The Twang Bangers and Wise Old River
Time TBC — Polychrome at O’Mainnin’s Pub

Sunday, June 16

1:00–4:00 pm — Art Swap at Downtown Center (Farmer’s Market site) – Visual artists can swap paintings, photographs, sculptures and unneeded supplies. But don’t stop there: the swap is also for the whole range of the arts, so it could include fiber arts, ceramics, pottery, jewelry and their related supplies. It can also include sheet music, instruments, dance clothes and shoes, literature and even an offer to trade lessons in piano, dance, voice, painting, etc. Be creative in what you offer to trade!
For more information and to register, contact Susan Long at276-494-9925 or
1:00-5:00 pm — Special Sunday opening hours at select stores

All weekend!

Friday & Saturday 8:00 pm, Sunday 2:00 pm — Glasgow Theatre Company’s Urinetown: The Musical at the Paramount Center for the Arts
Art in Public Places self-guided sculpture walk (pick up your map from various outlets downtown)
Historic Downtown self-guided walking tour (pick up your map from various outlets downtown)
Rising Stars Art Show at One of a Kind Gallery
15% off all artwork at 606 State Street Gallery
10% off custom framing @ Benjamin Walls Gallery
Select offerings at blowfish emporium
15% select items at Kil’n Time

In November of 2010, the City of Bristol Virginia officially designated Downtown Bristol as an Arts & Entertainment District and charged Believe in Bristol with the oversight of this district. The district steering committee has representation from each of the arts-based businesses in Downtown Bristol and works together to boost Bristol's creative economy and cultural tourism, and collaborate to develop, encourage, and enhance ideas that cultivate Bristol's creativity. The sponsors for this year’s event are the Arts & Entertainment District of Historic Downtown Bristol, Arts Alliance Mountain Empire, Believe in Bristol, Birthplace of Country Music, BVU, the City of Bristol, VA, the City of Bristol, TN, and the Junior League of Bristol.

For more information, please contact René Rodgers at Believe in Bristol at 276-644-9700 or

Select AACA Car Shows to Benefit Local Agencies

May 21, 2013
The Antique Automobile Club of America — Appalachian Region, which hosts the Friday night Drive-In car shows in downtown Bristol all summer, is setting aside proceeds from one event per month to benefit area nonprofits.

Nonprofit Nights begin May 31, when the proceeds will be donated to the Virginia Highlands Community College Foundation. The fun starts at 6 p.m.

Additional nonprofit nights and beneficiaries are:

· June 28 — Communities in schools of Southwest Virginia;

· July 26 — Healing Hands Health Center;

· Aug. 30 — Boy Scouts of America;

· Sept. 27 — Paramount Center for the Arts;

· Oct. 25 — Saint Anne Catholic School

Last Chance to Get Tickets to BRRR 2013 for $45!

May 22, 2013
Don't wait! Only a few days left to get your Weekend Passes to Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion for $45! Purchase online today at Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion will be held September 20-22, 2013. Weekend Passes to BRRR 2013 will increase to $50 June 1st. September 1st the price goes up to $60, then $70 at the gate. Don't pay the gate, get your discount today!

This year's line-up is a Pandora's box of great singer/songwriters including Lucinda Williams, Keller Williams, Masters of Bluegrass, Deer Tick, Blitzen Trapper, Colin Hay, Iris Dement, Hayes Carll, JD McPherson, Shovels & Rope, James McMurtry, The Travellin' McCourys, Scythian, The Apache Relay, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Paul Thorn and many, many more.

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion is a non-profit music festival brought to you by Birthplace of Country Music®.

Mumford & Sons Bristol Stopover Wins Awards!

May 22, 2013
Last August Mumford & Sons made a Bristol Stopover on their Gentlemen of the Road tour, playing to a sold-out audience of 18,000 fans in Historic Downtown — the Birthplace of Country Music®. The GOTR 2012 tour earned the band unlimited commercial success, a couple Grammys and international acclaim. When Mumford embarked on their tour of small-town America, they likely never considered what those Stopovers meant to the communities they were visiting.

According to a study conducted by the Virginia Tourism Corporation, the economic impact of the Mumford & Sons Gentlemen of the Road Bristol Stopover generated more than $5 million in revenue for Bristol and the surrounding area — further proving the important role tourism plays to small communities. If the numbers aren't convincing enough, ask the industry. Mumford's GOTR Bristol Stopover is winning awards with them, too.

Earlier this May the Bristol Convention & Visitors Bureau, Birthplace of Country Music®, Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion, and Believe in Bristol took home the Pinnacle Award for Special Events in the Hospitality Organizations Classification from the Northeast Tennessee Tourism Association for the role they played in fascilitating Mumford's stay. Last week the Virginia Convention & Visitor's Bureau awarded the organizations with two Virgo Awards for Destination Event of the Year and Best in Show.

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Bluegrass Circle and Gospel Grass at the Pickin' Porch at the Foundation Event Facility

May 27, 2013
Come to the Pickin' Porch on Monday, May 27 at 7pm and enjoyBluegrass Circle and Gospel Grass. The Pickin' Porch Show is a weekly two hour Bluegrass and Old-Time music show hosted by "Your Bluegrass Buddy" Tim White.These wonderful performances feature the very best singers, musicians and groups to be found anywhere, and most of them hail from right here in the Birthplace of Country Music region! The mission of the Pickin' Porch is to honor the region's deep musical roots and to promote Bluegrass and Old-Time music here and around the world.We invite you to join us every Monday night at 7:00 PM. All Pickin' Porch shows are performed live at Foundation Event Facility, 620 State Street in Bristol, Tennessee. Admission is free, but an optional donation of $4 per person is greatly appreciated.

Bristol Public Library Closed for Memorial Day

May 26, 2013
The Bristol Public Library will be closed on Sunday, May 26 and Monday, May 27 for Memorial Day. Regular hours resume on Tuesday, May 28.

Zumba Classes at Bristol Ballet

May 25, 2013
Get energized and come out for the fun Zumba classes on Saturday mornings from 8:30-9:30 at Bristol Ballet! Classes are $3 per class and they are running a promotion through June: 5 classes for $10 if you purchase a punch card. For more information, contact Bristol Ballet on 276-669-6051.

Full Moon Jam Tribute Series Concert Features Denny as Kenny!

May 23, 2013
Full Moon Jam is held every Tuesday and Thursday, May through September, from 7pm at the Downtown Center, 810 State Street. This year there will be over 30 bands at no charge — from country and Southern rock to bluegrass and nostalgic music! Thursday, May 23 will be a Full Moon Jam Tribute Series concert, featuring the music of Denny as Kenny: A Tribute to Kenny Chesney. With the tip of a hat, he transforms from Dennis to Denny, Kenny Chesney’s look-a-like. “No shoes. No shirt. No problems,” sings Dennis in a cut off shirt, blue jeans and a cowboy hat. “You put the hat on and it sort of just like comes... I don’t know, I can’t explain it.”

Seafood and Wine Specials at KP Duty

May 22, 2013
Your friends at KP Duty noticed how their seafood Friday nights have been a big hit with you! And so they have decided to extend those specials for a while longer! Come to KP every Friday night this month for 75 Cent Oysters, 50 Cent Shrimp, $2 Drafts, and $5 Martinis! They also have a special Wednesday promotion: 1/2 off selected wines!

Who Art You? Summer Art Camp Registration Now Open and Places Are Filling Up Fast!

May 22, 2013
Find Yourself at Art Camp in Historic Downtown Bristol! By joining our Who Art You? camp, your child can leave their mark on the Bristol arts! This camp focuses on 15 downtown arts and entertainment activities hosted by our local arts-related businesses — activities include painting, pottery, graphic arts, creative movement, music, storytelling, karate, culinary arts, and much, much more. There are two week-long summer sessions, with the camp running daily from 9a.m. to 3p.m. Session 1 is scheduled for June 24-28 and Session 2 for July 22-26; the cost is $250 per child and $25 off for 2+ children. For registration details, contact Rene Rodgers at 276-644-9700 or

Bring a Date or a Friend! BVU Screening 2012's "Pitch Perfect" in Cumberland Square Park as Part of State of the Arts Weekend

May 22, 2013
As part of the State of the Arts Weekend, BVU will be screening 2012's "Pitch Perfect" in Cumberland Square Park on Saturday, June 15. So help us celebrate the arts by bringing your blanket or a chair, a picnic and a friend, and enjoy a good movie on a warm summer's night! The movie will begin at dark in the park! For more information about this and other State of the Arts events, contact Believe in Bristol on 276-644-9700 or check out or

Upcoming Events

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Weekend Passes on Sale for $45

January 01 - May 31, 2013

Bristol Public Library's Virgie R. Fleenor Art Gallery to Feature Artist Nick Freeman in Exhibit in May and June

May 01 - June 30, 2013

Inari Wine Celebrates 10th Anniversary with Specials and Events Throughout May!

May 01 - 31, 2013

Featured Artists for May at 606 State Street Gallery: Josh Shaffer and Fred Martin

May 01 - 31, 2013

R.A.D. (Rape Agression Defense) Course at YWCA

May 14 - June 04, 2013

Heather Lutrell at O'Mainnin's

May 22, 2013

Mark White at O'Mainnin's Pub

May 23, 2013

Full Moon Jam Tribute Series at the Downtown Center: Denny as Kenny!

May 23, 2013

The Red County Gospel at O'Mainnin's

May 24, 2013

The Farmhouse Ghost at Machiavelli's

May 24, 2013

Barlow Gin & The Hatchetment at O'Mainnin's Pub

May 24, 2013

Beer tasting at Inari Wines

May 24, 2013

Wine tasting at Inari Wines

May 25, 2013

Hundred Acres at O'Mainnin's

May 25, 2013

Bristol Public Library closed for Memorial Day

May 26 - 27, 2013

606 State Street Jammers at the 606 State Street Gallery

May 27, 2013

Bluegrass Circle and Gospel Grass at the Pickin' Porch at the Foundation Event Facility

May 27, 2013

Open Jam at O'Mainnin's Pub

May 27, 2013

Full Moon Jam at the Downtown Center — Box Set

May 28, 2013

State Line Wind Symphony performing at the Paramount

May 30, 2013

Beer tasting at Inari Wines

May 31, 2013

Sounds & Samples of Bristol at the Paramount

May 31, 2013

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Weekend Passes on sale for $50

June 01 - August 31, 2013

Jack Tottle and Friends at the Pickin' Porch at the Foundation Event Facility

June 03, 2013

Art D'Vine in Downtown Bristol

June 14, 2013

Celebrate Bristol Car Show and Screening of "Grease"!

July 05, 2013

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Day Passes On Sale

September 01 - 22, 2013

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Weekend Passes on sale for $60

September 01 - 19, 2013

Art D'Vine in Downtown Bristol

September 13, 2013

Art D'Vine in Downtown Bristol

December 13, 2013

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