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Twin City Photo Club Photo Competition

August 04, 2014
Twin City Photo Club is hosting its 7th annual Photography Competition between September 19 — 21.

1. Best of Bristol; Festival/Event; Landscape/Plant; People; Animals; Inanimate; Altered Image; Youth
(age 17 and under). *Black and White images may be entered in these categories.
2. Altered image is defined as any image which adds content, removes content, merges images, or applies a filter that could not have been added in front of the lens.
3. Photos may be entered in any category for which they qualify.

1. This competition is limited to amateur photographers only, amateur being defined as a person that derives less than 25% of his or her income from sale of photography.
2. All photos should reflect life in our mountain empire region, and must have been taken in the state of Tennessee, Virginia, North Carolina, Kentucky, or West Virginia.
3. Entrants may enter up to 5 photos in each category, not to exceed 10 total entries.
4. The entry fee is $5.00 per print. All fees are nonrefundable*.
5. Print image must be 8 x 10 matted to 11 x 14, OR, 8x12 matted to 12x16 and mounted on a firm backing, such as foam board or cardboard. Mats must be white, cream, gray or black, and must be rectangular window mats; no geometric shapes will be accepted. No frames, hangers, or glass will be accepted, and inadequately constructed mats and/or mounting boards will disqualify the entry. TOP or UP must be indicated on the back of the mounting board if there is a question about the orientation.
6. Each photograph must be titled. "Untitled" is not acceptable.
7. Identical photographs cannot be entered in different categories, even if altered.
8. Photos that have been publicly published on social media cannot be entered.
9. Photos that have won in previous years cannot be entered.

TCPC will attempt to exhibit all entries, but we reserve the right to decide which entries will be displayed in the event that space limitations do not permit displaying all entries. No photograph will be accepted that is deemed offensive to the morés of the community, as determined by Twin City Photo Club.

Entries will be received only at 36 Moore Street, Bristol, VA. on Saturday September 13th, 2014 from 10 AM till 2 PM. No mail-in entries will be accepted.

Category First Place Award
Best of Bristol Rosette and $125
Festival / Event Rosette and $125
People Ribbon and $50
Animals Ribbon and $50
Inanimate Ribbon and $50
Altered Image Ribbon and $50
Landscape / Plant Ribbon and $50
Youth Rosette and $125

Best of Show will receive a Rosette and $200.00
Second, third and honorable mentions in each category will receive ribbons.

There will be a reception for the entrants on Thursday, September 18th at 36 Moore Street, Bristol, VA. from 5:30-7:30 PM, during which time winners will be announced.
Entries will be displayed at 36 Moore Street, Bristol, VA. for the duration of the festival.

*Entries must be picked up Sunday, September 21st between 3:00-5:00 PM at 36 Moore Street. Any entries not picked up at this time will become property of Twin City Photo Club, and will be disposed of. Entries must be claimed by the owner of the photographs.

For more information please contact:

Thank you Up Against the Wall Rockin' Stroll Participants!

August 05, 2014
Thank you to all of the downtown businesses that participated in our Up Against the Wall Rockin' Stroll window decoration contest. Judging is currently going on and winners will be announced at this years Rhythm & Roots!

Participating stores are:

Holly Help Spay — Neuter Fund
BeElla Boutique
The Mad Hatter
Cranberry Lane
O'Mainnin's Pub
Shelbee's Vintage Cafe
Pen's Floral
The Boxwood
Vape Aloud
One of a Kind
Studio 6

Believe in Bristol Visitors Center New Merchandise Available!

August 04, 2014
Come check out all of the great new merchandise that Believe in Bristol now has available in its new Visitors Center! You'll be a believer in no time! New merchandise includes:

UFO themed Believe in Bristol t-shirt: $20
Cow Plushie: $12
Slide Whistles: $2
UFO Magnets: $3
Cow Pencils: $1

Find all of these great new things and our classic merchandise at the visitors center. Believe in Bristol's visitors center is open seven days a week from 10 am — 6pm.

To volunteer or request more information contact us at or 276.644.9700

Retail Space Available for rent in Historic Downtown Bristol

August 05, 2014
The former 606 State Street Gallery space is now for rent! For more information, please 423-361-0123.

Congratulations to the Birthplace of Country Music for its Grand Opening Weekend

August 05, 2014
Thank you to everyone at Birthplace of Country Music for making the museum grand opening a smashing success! Without all of their hard work our great new cultural centerpiece wouldn't have been possible. BiB loves BCM!

The museum's hours are as follows:

Monday and most major holidays: Closed
Tuesday–Saturday: 10am to 6pm
Sunday: 1pm to 5pm

Come see Art in Public Places new permanent statue, Take the Stage by Val Lyle!

August 05, 2014
In conjunction with the opening of the Birthplace of Country Music Museum's grand opening, AIPP unveiled a brand new piece located across from the museum. Crafted by artist Val Lyle, the piece is titled Take the Stage and invites onlookers to have their picture taken with its two performers.

Bristol Pirates and the Children's Programs at the Bristol Public Library Team up for Success

August 04, 2014
Each year the Bristol Pirates Minor League Baseball organization schedules several events to support the Children’s Programs of the Bristol Public Library. This year some members of the Bristol Pirates team will visit the BPL on August 5th at 10:30 AM. The players will talk with fans and sign autographs for the children in the Food City Children’s Program area of the Children’s Library. Hopefully they will be accompanied by Dingbat the mascot!
August 18th The Pirates will have a Bristol Public Library promotions night. Each fan that brings a book to donate to the BPL will have his or her name entered in a drawing for a team autographed bat. The donated books will be delivered to the BPL by players the week after the event.
The Pirates organization has also provided free tickets for each child enrolled in the Summer Reading Program who has read 27 books. A second free ticket can be obtained by reading an additional 27 books. More than 4000 children participated in the activities and special events during the six weeks of the SRP with a significant number of them reading 27 books or more.
“Minor League Baseball has been a very important part of our community for many years. We are really pleased to be able to work with the Bristol Pirates to support the BPL and to give their young fans an opportunity to meet some players,” said Doris Stickley, director of marketing for the Library. “This is another way we fulfill our mission to build community.”

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Health Education Series 2014 August Presentation

August 14, 2014
August 14, 2014 at 6:30 PM in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room of the Bristol Public Library Dr. Diana Heiman talks about "Head Injuries and Traumatic Brain Injury in Sports".Every year there are an estimated 1.6 to 3.8 million traumatic brain injuries related to sports. Most of these injuries occur in younger children and teens. Do you have children or grandchildren involved in cycling, soccer, football, baseball, basketball, snowboarding, skiing, or another sport? Are you a coach? Someone interested in the newest information on this critical public health issue? Then you need to attend the August presentation of the Health Education Series: 2014.

Northeast State Community College Entertainment Technology Meet & Greet

August 12, 2014
“Join Northeast State Community College for a “Meet and Greet” to celebrate the opening of a new Entertainment Technology certificate program in Bristol. Program Director Jeff Little will be on hand to answer questions and perhaps play a tune or two on Tuesday, August 12th from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., on the mezzanine level of 620 State Street, Bristol, TN. Refreshments and tours of the Northeast State at Bristol teaching site will be available to visitors that evening.”

Loose Strings Band at the Pickin' Porch at the Foundation Event Facility

August 11, 2014
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.
Click here to read more.

Music for Hope Concert at the Bristol Trainstation

August 09, 2014
Saturday, August 9th, 2014 — 6pm You can make a difference by attending the Music for Hope concert. The proceeds from this event directly impact deserving cancer patients in Southwest Virginia and East Tennessee. They provide financial assistance to the patients of the Wellmont Health System, Mountain States Health Alliance as well as other referring Oncologists in our service area. With your donations to the Foundation over the past 11 years you have provided gas cards so patients can receive treatments, and attend appointments. You have provided medication to those who could not afford to purchase, but could not afford to go without. The event will be held at the Bristol Trainstation.
Click here to read more.

Hot Bristol Night Antique Car Show in Historic Downtown Bristol

August 08, 2014
Come out to Historic Downtown Bristol on Friday, August 8 from 6 — 9pm for the Hot Bristol Night Antique Car Show! A hot August evening is the right time to cruise downtown Bristol where you'll find State Street closed to normal traffic and full of cars of yesteryear. Last year's event brought almost 300 cars and we expect more this year! Trophies will be awarded at the end of the show at Quaker Steak & Lube. All cars will enter State Street from Commonwealth Avenue / Volunteer Parkway. Gates open at 5pm. There is a $10 entry fee for antique cars, which included 50/50 ticket, door prize ticket, and more! Admission to the event if free for the public. For more information, contact Jamey Rector, President of the Appalachian Region of AACA at 423-383-2322.

"Bristol Sings" Fundraiser Bristol Faith in Action

August 08, 2014
On Friday, August 8 at 7:00 PM at the Paramount Center for the Arts, Bristol Faith in Action will present a fun-filled and inspirational gospel music program like never before in Bristol. David Browning as the Mayberry Deputy will emcee the show with the most talented performers in the area.
Click here to read more.

Support your local small businesses with Sunset Shopping Downtown!

August 07, 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, August 7 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,

Paramount Center for the Arts to Re-Light the Marquee

August 07, 2014
On March 1, 2014, the Paramount Center for the Arts began a campaign entitled “Watt’s Up” – a drive to update and relight its historical marquee.
Click here to read more.

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

August 07, 2014
BRING YOUR DOG to Bark in the Park for this annual pet awareness event! Pet Parade, contests, photo booth, and more! Afterward stay for the movie: Firehouse Dog (PG). Bark in the Park begins at 6:30pm. Movie begins at dusk, approx. 9pm. FREE Event. Bring a lawn chair of a blanket. Concessions will be sold.

Upcoming Events

Riverbank Ramblers at Quaker Steak & Lube

August 07, 2014

JP Parsons at O'Mainnin's Pub

August 07, 2014

Full Moon Jam — Night Shift at the Downtown Center

August 07, 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

Brad Puckett at Quaker Steak & Lube

August 08, 2014

The Grand Ole Uproar at O'Mainnin's

August 09, 2014

Open Jam at O'Mainnin's Pub

August 11, 2014

Loose Strings Band at the Pickin' Porch at the Foundation Event Facility

August 11, 2014

Full Moon Jam — The Eliminator Band at Downtown Center

August 14, 2014

Bret Mosely at 620 State

August 15, 2014


August 15, 2014

Matt Counts at Quaker Steak & Lube

August 15, 2014

Sun-Dried Vibes at O'Mainnin's

August 15, 2014

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

August 15, 2014

The Catfish Frye Band at Quaker Steak &

August 16, 2014

Open Jam at O'Mainnin's Pub

August 18, 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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