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STAR-SPANGLED 4TH OF JULY in Cumberland Square Park!

July 01, 2014
The non-profit organization Celebrate Bristol is proud to announce the upcoming schedule for Bristol’s annual Independence Day celebration. Each year Celebrate Bristol partners with local organizations for a slate of family friendly events to celebrate America’s Independence! This year’s July 4th Celebration is packed full of fun events and activities the whole family can enjoy.

3:00 pm Parade Line-up on Morrison Blvd

5:00 pm Bristol’s Independence Day Parade — State Street

6:00 pm Events in Cumberland Square Park

Special Recognition of all Veterans

Presented by Danny Hill

* “Cool Down to a Summer Evening” Kids bring your swimwear and join us! -Sponsored by BVFD & BVU

* Bristol’s July 4th Photo Contest Winners -Sponsored by Twin-City Photo Club

* Celebrate Bristol Miss & Mr. Photogenic Contestant Winners -Sponsored by Kroger

Family Fun Events in the Park Including:

* Inflatable’s, Petting Zoo, “Eating Contests”, and much more.

* Food, Beverage, and Craft Vendors Available

* Free Watermelon — Sponsored by Kroger

6:00 pm Star-Spangled Car Show

TriSummit Bank Parking Lot & Adjacent Lots -Sponsored by Antique Automobile Club of America

6:15 pm Great American Lions Club Rubber Duck Race

* Cumberland Square Park/Beaver Creek Basin


7:00 pm Adam Faucett (

8:45 pm Josh Daniel & Mark Schimick Project (

10:00 pm FIREWORKS in Historic Downtown Bristol near Cumberland Square Park!

Art Fundraiser for the A&E District in September!

July 01, 2014
Historic Downtown Bristol's A&E District 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.

Call for volunteers at Believe in Bristol

July 01, 2014
We need YOUR help! In preparation for the opening of the Birthplace of Country Music Museum on August 1 we are seeking out volunteers to help turn our office into a visitor center. We are looking for anyone and everyone that can work a 4 hour shift. Volunteer training session will be held on Wednesday, July 30 from 6pm — 7pm at the Believe in Bristol office located at 36 Moore St.

Shifts are as follows:

Friday 10 — 2 and 2 — 6
Saturday10 — 2 and 2 — 6
Sunday 10 — 2 and 2 — 6

To volunteer or request more information contact us at or 276.644.9700

Art in Public Places Announces 2014 — 15 Winners!

July 01, 2014
Sculptors from around the South will visit downtown Bristol, TN and VA, on August 4, 2014, to install the winning sculptures in Art in Public Places' 2014-15 Outdoor Sculpture Competition.

Art in Public Places has hosted the Outdoor Sculpture Competition since 2005. Four new sculptures have been selected to appear in the ninth annual exhibition. The winning sculptures are:

“Corps de Ballet” by Michael Bednar, Charlottesville, VA
“Hummingbird” by Dalia Delanuez, Greenville, SC
“Indian Summer” by Cathy Perry, Chocowinity, NC
“Tractor Fin” by Kurt Dyrhaug, Beaumont, TX

The winning pieces were selected by 2014 juror Steven Matijcio from a pool of eighty-eighty entries by forty-one artists.

Matijcio is the curator of the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. Prior to this position he served as Curator of Contemporary Art at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, from 2008-2013. Matijcio is a graduate of the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, New York, and has held positions in a number of important galleries and museums, including the Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art (Winnipeg, Canada), the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery (Toronto, Canada), the Art Gallery of Ontario, and the National Gallery of Canada.

Matijcio was honored in 2010 with a prestigious Emily Hall Tremaine Exhibition Award for his expansive project “paperless.” In the summer of 2011 he was chosen from an international pool of candidates to participate in curatorial residencies in Gwangju, South Korea (as part of the Gwangju Design Biennale) and Berlin, Germany (as part of the Haus der Kulturen der Welt’s “Synapse” project exploring the relationship between art & science). In the fall of 2012 he curated the 4th edition of the Narracje Festival in Gdansk, Poland, which involved a city-wide program of installations, interventions and video projections upon the surfaces of historic buildings. Matijcio’s 2013 essay “Nothing to See Here: The Denial of Vision in Media Art” was recently accepted into the RENEW: Media Art Histories Conference in Riga, Latvia.

Matijcio has also lectured on theory and criticism at the University of Manitoba, written for numerous catalogues and journals (including the Guide to the 27th Sao Paulo Bienal), and was commissioned in 2003 by the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation to curate one of their first online exhibitions. He remains active as a curator, writer, professor, and researcher.

A reception for the artists, juror, and sponsors will be held the evening of August 4. As part of the reception, Art in Public Places will host two additional competitions, Food As Art and Flowers As Art. Food As Art challenges the local culinary community to create edible sculpture or artistically designed food displays. Flowers As Art is a similar competition, which challenges local florists, garden clubs, and floral designers to create sculptural floral arrangements. Food As Art and Flowers As Art entries will be judged and cash prizes awarded to the winning participants by juror Steven Matijcio.

Art in Public Places is a community art project organized and implemented by the Art in Public Places Board with the cooperation of the Bristol, Tennessee, and Bristol, Virginia, city governments. Art in Public Places installs art in public spaces in Bristol for the enjoyment and enrichment of the community. Artists’ submissions are solicited from throughout the nation, and entries are judged by an expert juror, who is selected by the Art in Public Places Board.

The Art in Public Places project is funded by donations from area businesses and individuals. To make a contribution, visit the Art in Public Places website at, or mail your donation to AiPP, PO Box 1502, Bristol VA 24203.

Believe in Bristol welcomes Brad White as the new Associate Director

July 02, 2014
Believe in Bristol is pleased to welcome Brad White as its new Associate Director. Brad is a Bristol native with a background in grassroots organizing and film studies. After a brief time living in Portland, Oregon, Brad has returned to Bristol and heads up the Arts & Entertainment District of Historic Downtown Bristol.

Welcome new owners — Renee & Patrick MacNeil — to Shelbee's Vintage Cafe

July 01, 2014
We are proud to welcome the new owners of Shelbee's Vintage Cafe to downtown!

Shelbee’s Vintage Café is centrally located on Historical State Street in Bristol, TN between the Paramount Theatre and Birthplace of Country Music Headquarters. Their creative and talented staff, led by new owners Patrick and Renee MacNeil, use the freshest local ingredients to create wonderful dishes for breakfast and lunch!

Breakfast is served from 7:30am — 10:30am and lunch is served from 11:00am — 3:00pm.

(423) 652-1000

Quaker Steak & Lube — Our Ribs Your Grill — July 4th Weekend

July 01, 2014
Quaker Steak & Lube is offering $12 full racks of ribs served hot and ready to serve or cold and ready to grill all July 4th weekend! Ala cart sides will be served individually with pint or quart sizes also available.


Downtown Bristol Blog

The VW Boys at the Pickin' Porch at the Foundation Event Facility

July 07, 2014
The Pickin' Porch Show is a weekly two-hour Bluegrass and Old-Time music show hosted by "Your Bluegrass Buddy" Tim White every Monday night at 7:00 PM. 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.
Click here to read more.

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

July 04, 2014
Set in Historic Downtown Bristol, Border Bash continues on Friday, July 4, 2014 in Cumberland Square Park. This Border Bash is part of Historic Downtown Bristol’s July 4th festivities, which include a host of events and activities:
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AACA 4th of July car show in TriSummit bank parking lot

July 04, 2014
AACA is hosting a 4th of July car show in the TriSummit bank parking lot this Friday, starting at 6pm! The event will include trophies, door prizes, and a 50/50 drawing. There will be a car entry fee of 10 dollars while the event itself is free to the public.

Support your local small businesses with Sunset Shopping Downtown!

July 03, 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, July 3rd 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,

Full Moon Jam at the Downtown Center: Southern Countrymen

July 03, 2014
The Downtown Center hosts the Full Moon Jam concert series each year beginning in May and going through the end of September. Concerts begin at 7:00 PM nightly.
Click here to read more.

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

July 03, 2014
Come on out to Cumberland Square Park in downtown Bristol for Music & Movies in the Park! On Thursday, July 3, Shooter will be performing live at 6:30pm and Man of Steel will be screened at 9pm. Bring a lawn chair or blanket, and settle in for a fun night! Concessions will be sold. Movie and concert provided free by BVU. For more information, call 276-699-4112. Special thanks to: Bristol Rhythm & Roots, Believe in Bristol, Citadel Broadcasting Tri-Cities, and Bristol VA Parks & Recreation.

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

July 02, 2014
Check out KP's farm-to-table menu on Wednesday, July 2 — and make your reservations now! It's sure to be delicious! *Corn Blini * Center cut bone-in pork chop with peach glaze * Corn chowder with local diced tomatoes * Brioche creme fresh tart. To book a table, call KP on 423-764-3889.

Upcoming Events

Barter Youth Academy Summer Workshops to be held at Paramount

June 09 - July 25, 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

Full Moon Jam at the Downtown Center: Southern Countrymen

July 03, 2014

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

July 03, 2014

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

July 04, 2014

The VW Boys at the Pickin' Porch at the Foundation Event Facility

July 07, 2014

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

July 10, 2014

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

July 10, 2014

Sarah Beth Meadows at the Pickin' Porch at the Foundation Event Facility

July 14, 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

Chosen Road at the Pickin' Porch at the Foundation Event Facility

July 21, 2014

Beginners Crochet Camp at One of a Kind Gallery

July 22 - 26, 2014

One of a Kind offering Beginners Crochet Camp

July 22 - 26, 2014

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

July 24, 2014

My Brother's Keeper at the Pickin' Porch at the Foundation Event Facility

July 28, 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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