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Art Fundraiser for the A&E District in September!

July 08, 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.

Home Afloat Houseboat Tours To Benefit YWCA on July 10

July 08, 2014
Laurel Marina & Yacht Club, in conjunction with the YWCA of Bristol, will present Home Afloat, Houseboat Tours on July 10 from 6 until 9pm.

Participants will have the opportunity to tour a multitude of houseboats in the newly expanded Kings Cove area of Laurel Marina & Yacht Club. Owners will be opening their doors to give visitors a look-see at what it is like having a floating, summer home on South Holston Lake. Similar to home, garden or loft tours, guests will be offered the opportunity to walk through an amazing variety of luxurious floating homes.

Prepared and presented by the Harbor Grill at Laurel Marina chef, Justin Peters, participants will also be treated to an assortment of delicious eats with each boat serving one item starting with appetizers and ending with dessert.
According to Dale Thomas, President and CEO of Laurel Marina & Yacht Club, visitors won’t be disappointed.

“We are fortunate to slip some of the finest houseboats in the region at Laurel Marina & Yacht Club. We have a wide variety of boats signed up for the tour and want to thank all those who are so graciously opening up their vacation homes to support the efforts of the YWCA,” Thomas said.“Visitors will have the opportunity to walk through the homes and see the elegance and sophistication of today’s modern houseboats, and they will also be afforded the opportunity to sample fine cuisine prepared by Chef Peters,” he added.

Kathy Waugh, YWCA Executive Director also expressed excitement for this inaugural event.
“I’m so thrilled for us to partner with Laurel Marina on this exciting event. Not only does it provide the public an opportunity to tour these amazing vessels, it provides us an opportunity to enrich our programing at the YWCA,” Waugh said.

The tours begin at 6pm at Laurel Marina & Yacht Club on Thursday, July 10. Tickets for the event can be purchased at Laurel Marina & Yacht Club, 191 Shady Ford Road, Bristol, TN. The cost of the tour is $50 per person or $75 per couple. Proceeds will benefit the YWCA of Bristol.
To register, contact Laurel Marina at (423) 878-3721.

Welcome to State Street — Mooska!

July 08, 2014
Mooska's Home Furnishings has moved to State Street! Now located at 525 State Street, Mooska is equipped with unique furniture, lamps, rugs and pillows. Owned by mother & daughter duo, Sharon Elliott and Molly Barr, Mooska also offers a variety of custom services including — but not limited to — draperies, slipcovers and upholstered headboards.

Store hours are as follows:

Tue — Fri: 11:00 am — 6:00 pm
Sat: 12:00 pm — 5:00 pm

For more information call or email at:

Phone: (423) 502-0992

Call for volunteers at Believe in Bristol

July 08, 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

The Junior League of Bristol grants Bristol Public Library Teen Book Club $1000

July 08, 2014
The Junior League of Bristol awarded the Bristol Public Library Teen Book Club with $1,000. The check will cover the cost of books for program participants. The participants will keep the books once the program concludes. The Teen Book Club (ages 14-18) meets on Wednesdays at 4pm at the Bristol Public Library. The Junior League of Bristol supports the program as one of their many summer community projects. The Junior League has also helped support the program by providing snacks and helping hands to assist in logistical needs as well as to facilitate discussion among the group and further knowledge on concepts in the book. The Junior League of Bristol, Tennessee-Virginia, Inc. is committed to ensuring that children and their families have the opportunity and services for optimal physical, intellectual, emotional, mental and socialdevelopment and will advocate that opportunities and services are provided.

Junior League of Bristol

Contemporary Artist Lauren Seigner Exhibits "Diner Series" in the Virgie R. Fleenor Art Gallery at the Bristol Public Library July 3rd- August 30th, 2014

July 08, 2014
Ohio native and Abingdon based artist Lauren Seigner loves giving things a second chance. “I love giving things, objects, a second chance because it takes something that one might overlook (or view as insignificant) and gives it new purpose.”

When asked about her Diner Series, Seigner responds by saying it reminds her of a simpler time. A time during the 50’s and 60’s era which serves as the inspiration behind Siegner’s mixed media collages and her latest series. “The Diner Series” is a dining scape based on the idea of old-school diners, “Mom and Pop” shops and energetic colors.

Although she may start with an initial idea of how she wants a piece to look, the end result is often far from her original idea. Layer upon layer, the piece builds upon itself and continues to transform until it looks nothing like the original piece. “It even surprises me sometimes what comes from my imagination and creativity,” says Seigner. “Sometimes I just have to relax, let go of my initial idea, and see what happens.”

A closer look at each piece of work reveals “second-chance items” such as old maps, fabric, and even pages from an old cookbook that was bought at a thrift store which adds to the nostalgic feel of each piece. “I love giving things a second chance. If someone can be drawn to one of my paintings and discover a story that even I didn’t think of, then I am happy,” says Seigner.

“I think there’s something in “The Diner Series” that everyone can relate to. It’s familiar, it’s comforting but presented in a different way whether that be part of an old map which becomes part of a coffee cup, bits of fabric and drywall tape that become part of the American flag, or an old sock which transforms into the burger, French fries, and milkshake you see in one piece.”
The Virgie R. Fleenor Art Gallery is open during the regular hours of the Bristol Public Library. The Seigner Exhibition will be on display during July and August.


Doris Stickley
Bristol Public Library
701 Goode Street, Bristol, VA 24201
Bristol Public Library

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

July 14, 2014
This Monday, July 14at 7:00pm features the music of Sarah Beth Meadows.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.
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Folk Soul Revival at 620 State

July 12, 2014
Folk Soul Revival performs live at 620 State in historic downtown Bristol on July 12 at 10pm. 2011's VIRGINIA'S BAND OF THE YEAR Folk Soul Revival is an upbeat, rootsy, acoustic group from the mountains of Appalachia. With their distinct vocal approaches, back-porch instrumentation, haunting four part harmonies and infectious stage presence, the band has garnered much success and have attracted a large fan base...affectionately called “the Congregation. Folk Soul Revival have shared the stage with such high profile acts as Jason Isbell, Justin Townes Earle, John Cowan, Justin Moore, The Felice Brothers, Jesse McReynolds, Goose Creek Symphony, Mel McDaniel, Dr. Ralph Stanley, Jessica Lea Mayfield, The Black Lillies, Tim Easton, The New Familiars, Holy Ghost Tent Revival and Chris Janson....just to name a few. Come join ‘The Congregation’ and witness it for yourself. Cost: $10 at door 21+ to attend

Annie Robinette at Quaker Steak & Lube

July 11, 2014
Annie Robinette will be performing at Quaker Steak & Lube on Friday, July 11th.

Support your local small businesses with Sunset Shopping Downtown!

July 10, 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 10th until 8pm! 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,

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

July 10, 2014
Come on out to Cumberland Square Park in downtown Bristol for Music & Movies in the Park! On Thursday, July 10, Kids Our Age will be performing live at 6:30pm and Despicable Me 2 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.

Full Moon Jam — Daisi Rain at the Downtown Center

July 10, 2014
Daisi Rain We are Daisi Rain ~ a fun-luvin' good-timin' country/rock/blues/pop band from East Tennessee! We are young enthusiastic musicians who are full of energy so come downtown and check out our music! Daisi Rain will be playing at the Downtown Center Thursday, July 10 at 7:00 PM
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KP's Farm to Table Menu

July 09, 2014
This week's farm to table at KP features: Corn Blini Center cut bone in Pork chop with a wild blackberry sauce Roasted Corn chowder with local diced tomatoes Smoked turkey with grilled peach topped salad Jack Daniels chocolate drizzled bread pudding Tomatoes two way with a honey basil vinaigrette Also fish tacos and craft beer Thursday ...2.00 For more information or to make your reservation, please call (423) 764-1536.

Health Education Series 'Summer Perils' at Bristol Public Library

July 09, 2014
The July program of the Health Education Series 2014 will help make your summer safer and healthier. On July 10th at 6:30 PM in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room at the Bristol Public Library, Dr. Raymond Feierabend will present “Summer Perils.” This presentation will look at threats to your summer health and vacation fun such as Lyme’s Disease, insect bites, West Nile Virus, sunburns and heat strokes, food poisoning, and other issues that come with the hot months. Attendance is free and open to the public.
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Laney Jones at O'Mainnin's Pub

July 09, 2014
Laney Jones’s songwriting is as quirky and charming as her upbringing in rural Florida. Raised on an exotic animal farm surrounded by an alligator-infested lake, she artfully spins tall tales of love, life, and adventures from down in the swamplands. From a young age Laney enjoyed performing, honing her effortlessly welcoming stage presence through years of dramatic and musical theater. Since discovering Bluegrass music while attending open mics at a neighborhood coffee shop, she has rapidly built an impressive repertoire of original music and has performed at concert venues and festivals across the eastern United States. She will be playing Wednesday, July 9 at 10 PM.

State Street Farmers' Market

July 08, 2014
State Street Farmers Market was opened in 1999 with the support of 4 different governmental agencies: the City of Bristol Tennessee, the City of Bristol Virginia, Sullivan County Tennessee and Washington County Virginia. The market is open on Saturdays from May through October each year. Additionally, the market opens mid-week on Wednesdays July through September. The market is located at the Downtown Center, 810 State Street. The market's operations are overseen by the Parks and Recreation Department. There is a Market Supervisor on sight each time the market is open to answer any questions the public may have or to assist vendors participating in the market. Learn about our Farmer's Market Board.

Upcoming Events

Barter Youth Academy Summer Workshops to be held at Paramount

June 09 - July 25, 2014

State Street Farmers' Market

July 09, 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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