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Believe in Bristol Announces Art Fundraiser for A&E District in September and Film Festival for 2015!

June 23, 2014
On Friday, June 20, 2014, the kick off to the 4th Annual State of the Arts Weekend, Believe in Bristol announced two new arts ventures for the Arts & Entertainment District of Historic Downtown Bristol.

Mimi Kind, chair of the A&E District Committee, put out a call for artists to join in a new art fundraiser to help support the district and its many free events, including Art D’Vine, State of the Arts Weekend, and the Student Art Gallery, along with helping to provide scholarships to the Who Art You? Camp and promotion of the downtown arts businesses and events.

“We have purchased thirty-five 8 x 8 canvases, and we are asking artists to create works of art on these blank slates, which can then be displayed and sold at our September Art D’Vine event,” said René Rodgers, Associate Director of Believe in Bristol. “The canvases will be hung in Pretty Girl Station, creating a wonderful, vibrant display of the many talented artists in our community. With this event, we hope to raise money to help the district grow.”

The A&E Committee settled on a general theme for the canvas creations – “Play On,” taken from Shakespeare’s quote in Twelfth Night: “If music be the food of love, play on...” Artists are invited to interpret this theme creatively. The canvases, along with guidelines for participation in the fundraiser, will be available to pick up from Believe in Bristol, beginning Tuesday, July 1; the finished artworks must be returned to Believe in Bristol by Friday, August 22. They will then go on display at Pretty Girl Station for the two weeks before Art D’Vine is held on September 12, and will also be displayed in a rotating “gallery” on Believe in Bristol’s Facebook page. The canvases will sell for $30 each with the proceeds going towards the A&E District.

This art fundraiser is not the only new venture to come out of the A&E District – Believe in Bristol also announced plans to host a film festival in downtown Bristol in 2015 to coincide with the 5th Annual State of the Arts Weekend. While the event is only in the early planning stages, newly appointed Associate Director Brad White told media, “We want our event to provide two cinematic experiences to our community: ‘bought-in’ already-made films and a local / regional filmmaker competition, with the winning films being screened at the festival. We want this event to be fun for the filmmakers and audience alike!”

A dedicated Film Festival Committee is hard at work planning the logistics and parameters of the 2015 event, and Believe in Bristol is looking for sponsors and partners to help make this festival a reality. Further details about the film festival will be shared as the planning continues, including information for local filmmakers about entering the festival.

For further information about the fundraiser and the film festival, please contact Brad White at 276-644-9700 or

Celebrate Bristol presents the Star-Spangled 4th of July Celebration!

June 24, 2014
Celebrate Bristol — along with Border Bash — invites you to enjoy our Star-Spangled 4th of July Celebration — three days of FUN! Starting on July 3 and going through July 5, the celebratory events and activities include:

July 3
* Free Music and Movies in the Park, Cumberland Square Park — Concert by Shooter at 6:30pm and "Man of Steel" screened at 9pm, plus dress the kids up as Superman for a "Super March" pre-movie parade!

July 4
* 3pm — Parade line up on Morrison Blvd.
* 5pm — Bristol's Independence Day Parade on State Street
* 6pm — Cumberland Square Park events:
Special Recognition of All Veterans (presented by Danny Hill)
"Cool down to a Summer Evening" — kids bring your swimwear and join us!
Bristol's July 4th Photo Contest Winners
Celebrate Bristol Miss & Mr Photogenic Contestant Winners
Family Fun events including inflatables, petting zoo, eating contests, vendors
Star-Spangled Car Show (TriSummit Bank parking lot)
* 6:15pm — Great American Lions Club Rubber Duck Race in the Beaver Creek Basin of Cumberland Square Park
* 7pm — Border Bash presents Adam Faucett
* 8:45pm — Border Bash presents Josh Daniel & Mark Schimick Project
* 10pm — Fireworks in Historic Downtown Bristol near Cumberland Square Park

July 5
* Support the Bristol Pirates Night with a Watermelon Eating Contest at Home Plate at 6:30pm and a home game at 7pm!

For more information, go to or see us on Facebook — Celebrate Bristol Va-Tn.

Sponsors for Celebrate Bristol's Star-Spangled 4th of July Celebration and various events include City of Bristol,VA, City of Bristol, TN, Bristol Virginia Parks & Rec, BVU, Bristol Virginia Fire Department, Twin-City Photo Club, Kroger, Antique Automobile of America, Electro-Mechanical Corporation, Bristol Herald Courier, Holston Valley Broadcasting, BTES, Shearer's, Believe in Bristol, and the Birthplace of Country Music.

Calling all downtown businesses! Join in the BRRR Rockin' Stroll Window Contest for a chance to win great prizes!

June 24, 2014
Believe in Bristol is calling for downtown businesses to join in the 2014 Rockin’ Stroll Window Contest – just in time for the opening of the Birthplace of Country Music Museum in August!

Participants will also be part of the Rockin’ Stroll self-guided walking tour during Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion on September 19–21, 2014. By committing to decorate your windows, you’ll not only showcase your business to more than 50,000 visitors at this year’s Reunion, but you’ll also be helping to create a festival atmosphere for Historic Downtown Bristol.The best part? Your participation puts you in the running to win various prizes and full-on bragging rights for a year!

The RULES are simple:
• Complete and return this application form to Believe in Bristol (36 Moore Street, Bristol, VA, phone: 276-644-9700; mail to PO Box 1931, Bristol, TN 37621; or fax 276-644-4181) by 5pm on Wednesday, July 9.
• Decorate your window in a music theme. Windows must be lit and visible for nighttime viewing. Decorations must be up by 5pm on Thursday, July 31, and must stay up throughout the Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion weekend (September 19–21).
• Judging, by an Arts & Entertainment District panel, will take place between August 4 and 8; winners will be announced during Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion.
• Prizes will be awarded to businesses only. Owners of empty buildings are encouraged to participate. There is no category for residences at this time.
• There will be three prizes awarded: Best in Show (2 free ¼-page ads in The Loafer, 250 logo magnets from Jerry Peter Sales, $300 cash, 3 BRRR FB mentions, and 3 BRRR Twitter mentions); Most Creative ($100 cash, 1 BRRR FB mention, 1 BRRR Twitter mention); and Most Festival Spirit ($100 cash, 1 BRRR FB mention, 1 BRRR Twitter mention).

Who Art You? Summer Art Camp for July — there are still a few spaces left so sign up now!

June 24, 2014
The June Who Art You? Summer Art Camp is halfway through and the kids are having a GREAT time — they've embraced their inner artists and done a host of fun activities! So if you'd like your little camper to get artsy in downtown Bristol this summer, there's still time to sign up for our July Who Art You? Session!

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, magic, storytelling, karate, yoga, and much, much more.

There is a week-long July session, with the camp running daily from 9am to 3pmon July 21 — 25; the cost is $250 per child and $25 off for 2+ children. The age range is 8 — 12.

For registration details, contact Believe in Bristol at 276-644-9700 or Please register by July 14.

Downtown Bristol Blog

AACA car show to host a Non-Profit Night Benefiting Believe in Bristol at TriSummit Bank Parking Lot

Photo courtesy of Randy Smith
June 27, 2014
Come downtown and enjoy the Antique Automobile Club of America – Appalachian Region Car Show on Friday, June 27! This car cruise-in is held every Friday night, end of April through October, 6 — 8pm in the TriSummit bank parking lot across from the Bristol Train Station in downtown Bristol. It's always a fun night — full of classic cars! Plus this Friday is a Non-Profit Night with the 50/50 raffle benefiting Believe in Bristol!

Theatre Bristol presents Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor® Dreamcoat at The Paramount Center for the Performing Arts

June 27, 2014
Theatre Bristol returns to the Paramount Center for the Performing Arts stage with the Broadway hit musical by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber, “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor® Dreamcoat" this June. The final weekend of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor® Dreamcoat” will be on Friday, June 27th, Saturday, June 28th, and Sunday, June 29th. Evening performances on Friday and Saturday will be at 7:30 pm and Sunday matinees will be at 2:30 pm. Tickets available now online or call the Paramount Box Office at 423-274-8920, Tuesday through Friday, 9am to 5pm. The show will open with a gala event with special $15 tickets. All tickets are already priced with group rates for everyone, including families, church, and community groups at $12 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. Gold Circle seating is also available by calling 423-383-5979.
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Tunes @ Noon with the Lee Street Baptist Praise Team at the Paramount

June 27, 2014
The Lee Street Baptist Church Praise Team will perform for Tunes @ Noon at the Paramount Center for the Arts on Friday, June 27. There is a $5 suggested donation at the door. For more information, contact the Paramount Center for the Arts at 423.274.8920 or go to their website:

Support your local small businesses with Sunset Shopping Downtown!

June 26, 2014
As the weather continues to get warmer and brighter, remember to come out for Sunset Shopping in Downtown Bristol! We'll be here again this Thursday, June 26 until 8pm — and every Thursday night for the next six months! So go ahead and mark your calendars and make your plans — it's the perfect way to have a great night out and support your local businesses! For more information, please visit or contact Believe in Bristol at 276-644-9700,

blowfish emporium painting party — Flowers

June 26, 2014
Come on out to blowfish emporium's regular Tuesday & Thursday night painting parties! The next Thursday painting party is Thursday, June 26 from 6 to 8:30pm. Be assured, this is NOT a painting class! It is very relaxed & informal. The point is to have fun & allow yourself the option to get as creative as you want. NO SKILL IS REQUIRED, really! The cost is $32 per person (includes EVERYTHING — canvas, paint, tools & instruction — you just show up!). For more information contact blowfish emporium on 276-644-1428 or
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Quaker Steak & Lube Wingtastic Specials

June 25, 2014
Check out Quaker Steak & Lube's wing specials, every Tuesday and Wednesday! On Tuesdays, it's All You Can Eat Wings (mix & match) for $12.99. On Wednesdays, you can get breaded boneless wings (available in any of the award-winning sauces) for 60 cents each. Restrictions apply. For more information, call Quaker Steak & Lube on 276-644-9647.

1/2 price bottles of wine every Wednesday at KP!

June 25, 2014
Every Wednesday night, you can have a fantastic dinner at KP — with a 1/2 price bottle of wine! For more information or to make a table booking, call 423-764-3889.

Phyl's of Bristol — Promotions Galore!

June 25, 2014
Phyl's of Bristol has a whole host of wonderful promos! Check out these great ways to save: * Team Spirit Thursdays — Wear your favorite college team's gear/colors and receive 20% off of any item(s) for that team. Every Thursday, All day!! *Train Tuesday — All trains, or train related items will be 20% off. This will be a once a month special, falling on the first Tuesday of every month. The next Train Tuesday is Tuesday, July 1! *Bring in your tickets or program from any Paramount or Theatre Bristol show and receive 20% off of your entire purchase. Good on day of or day after event only! For more information, contact Phyl's of Bristol at 276-591-1652.

Inari Wines hosting Sidewalk Sale!

June 25, 2014
Stop by Inari Wines to get a host of amazing bargains! Their last official day was June 21st, but they still have some great deals on gifts, food, and wine and beer. Get there before it's all gone — you won't regret it!

KP is serving up another DELICIOUS farm-to-table menu on Wednesday!

June 25, 2014
Check out KP's farm-to-table menu — and make your reservations now! It's sure to be delicious! * Tomatoes two way.... fresh sliced and some green, fried with fresh local cheese * Panzanella Tuscan salad of bread and tomatoes * Try this Burger!8-ounce fresh ground beef stuffed with goat cheese topped with charred red pepper and served with fresh tomato jam and sweet potatoe fries * North Carolina pecan-encrusted trout finished with a Tennessee Whiskey butter *June apple tart with Tennessee Infused whip cream. To book a table, call KP on 423-764-3889.

Come get fit at Bristol Ballet!

June 25, 2014
The Bristol Ballet has new fitness classes for everyone, check out the schedule! Barre: M-W-F 8:30-9:30 AM & Wednesday 5:30-6:30 PM Belly Dancing: Thursday 9-10AM Yoga: Monday 6-7PM Zumba: Wednesday 6:30-7:30PM For more information, please call (276) 669-6051 or email

Upcoming Events

Virgie R. Fleenor Art Gallery at the Bristol Public Library Features "Retric" Showing by Fiber and Mixed Media Artist Margaret Gregg

May 02 - June 28, 2014

Barter Youth Academy Summer Workshops to be held at Paramount

June 09 - July 25, 2014

Who Art You? Summer Art Camp in Historic Downtown Bristol

June 23 - 27, 2014

Humpday Party with Last Call at O'Mainnin's Pub

June 25, 2014

Jimi Hall at O'Mainnin's Pub

June 26, 2014

blowfish emporium painting party — Flower

June 26, 2014

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor® Dreamcoat at The Paramount Center for the Performing Arts

June 27 - 29, 2014

The New Busy at O'Mainnin's Pub

June 27, 2014

Tunes @ Noon with the Lee Street Baptist Praise Team at the Paramount

June 27, 2014

Cold Cold Sweats at 620 State

June 27, 2014

49 Winchester at Machiavelli's

June 27, 2014

Amythyst Kiah at Quaker Steak & Lube

June 27, 2014

AACA car Show Hosts Non-Profit Night Benefitting Believe in Bristol at TriSummit Bank Parking Lot

June 27, 2014

JP Parsons at Quaker Steak & Lube

June 28, 2014

The Whiskey Gentry at 620 State

June 28, 2014

Samantha Gray & The Soul Providers at O'Mainnin's Pub

June 28, 2014

Sunday Funday with DJ B-Digital at O'Mainnin's Pub

June 29, 2014

Open Band Jam with master blues guitarist Adam Graybeal at O'Mainnin's Pub

June 30, 2014

Jim Gates & The Key Keepers at the Pickin' Porch at the Foundation Event Facility

June 30, 2014

Guido Au'Some & the Open Mic Players at O'Mainnin's Pub

July 01, 2014

Full Moon Jam at the Downtown Center: Sons of Bluegrass

July 01, 2014

KP's Farm-to-Table Menu for Wednesday!

July 02, 2014

Celebrate Bristol presents the Star-Spangled 4th of July Celebration!

July 03 - 05, 2014

BVU's Music & Movies in the Park: Shooter and Man of Steel

July 03, 2014

Full Moon Jam at the Downtown Center: Southern Countrymen

July 03, 2014

Border Bash — and 4th of July Celebration — in Cumberland Square Park

July 04, 2014

BVU's Music & Movies in the Park: Kids Our Age and Despicable Me 2

July 10, 2014

Bristol Public Library's Health Education Series: "The Perils of Summer"

July 10, 2014

BVU's Music & Movies in the Park: Ivy Road and Parental Guidance

July 17, 2014

Border Bash in Cumberland Square Park — Al Scorch and Loves It

July 18, 2014

Who Art You? Summer Art Camp in Historic Downtown Bristol

July 21 - 25, 2014

One of a Kind offering Beginners Crochet Camp

July 22 - 26, 2014

Beginners Crochet Camp at One of a Kind Gallery

July 22 - 26, 2014

BVU's Music & Movies in the Park: Amazed By Grace and Now You See Me

July 24, 2014

Border Bash in Historic Downtown Bristol — Mustered Courage and The Deep Fried Five

August 01, 2014

Bark in the Park & Movie in the Park: Firehouse Dog

August 07, 2014

Hot Bristol Night Antique Car Show in Historic Downtown Bristol

August 08, 2014

Border Bash in Historic Downtown Bristol — Leo Rondeau and The Deslondes

August 15, 2014

Paramount hosting fundraiser "Puttin' on the Ritz...60s Style"

September 12, 2014

Art D'Vine in Historic Downtown Bristol

September 12, 2014

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