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Believe in Bristol to host 10th Annual From the Top Down Loft Tour!

On Saturday, November 1, 2014 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, Believe in Bristol will host the 10th Annual From The Top Down Loft Tour in Historic Downtown Bristol. In honor of the 10th anniversary, Believe in Bristol is celebrating with a little birthday party; each loft tour ticket purchased will put you in the drawing for fun giveaways and everyone gets to enjoy a birthday cupcake! The Bristol Historical Association will also be participating by hosting an exhibit of historic pictures all based in downtown Bristol.

Each loft has its own unique style and history. Bristolians and visitors alike enjoy strolling up and down State Street and getting a feel for downtown living. The downtown dwellers are their own community, hosting events and participating in a neighborhood watch program. Believe in Bristol works on changing the lofts for viewing annually so it’s never the same tour year after year.

Pick your tickets up on Saturday, November 1st, starting at noon at the Believe in Bristol office located at 36 Moore Street, Bristol, VA or call in advance and put your name on the will-call list. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 day of event.

Go at your own pace with the self-guided brochure and be sure to wear your walking shoes! “We are so excited to show off these multi-use properties. The rehabilitation and design work is amazing! We truly appreciate the loft dwellers allowing us to show off their homes.” stated Christina Blevins, Executive Director for Believe in Bristol.

For questions and ticket information,
please call 276-644-9700 or visit

A special thank you to our Sponsors for 2014: Along Came Mary — Mary Jane Miller, Ann & John Tickle, Appalachian Region – Antique Automobile Club of America, Bank of Tennessee, Be.Ella, Benjamin Walls Gallery, Birthplace of Country Music, Blackbird Bakery, Blakley-Mitchell, Bob & Ellen Mueller, Brenda & John Fincher, Bristol Herald Courier, Charles & Stephanie Earhart, Clyde & Susan Long, Commonwealth Coal Corp., Cranberry Lane, Dent K. Burk Associates, Dr. & Mrs. Bennett Cowan Jr., Dr. and Mrs. Jim Geiger, Dr. Michael D. Rowell, Edward Jones Investments – Robert Hollo, Rob Simis, Brad Baker, Greg Fahn, First Bank of Virginia, First Tennessee Foundation, Frizzell Foundation, Jack & Anne Southerland, John & Karen Vann, Kerr-Bowell Inc. – Joe & Pam Kerr, Kil’n Time Pottery, MedExpress, Merrill-Lynch, Motel 6 – Mr. Neal Gopal, Nationwide Insurance – Brian Lewis, One of a Kind Gallery, Renasant Bank, Robin & Margaret Feierabend, Ruth King, Serendipity, Spiegler Blevins & Co., Spike & Lisa Tickle, Stateline Bar & Grille, Studio 6, The Boxwood, The Homer A. and Ida S. Jones Charitable Trust, The Williams Company, Tom & Barbara Smith, Tom & Carolyn Hanlon, Wells Fargo Foundation.

Believe in Bristol's Masquerade Progressive Loft Dinner

You're invited to a Masquerade Progressive Loft Tour Dinner! Thursday, October 30, 2014. Cost is $75 per person, and includes a toast, Soup, Entree, Dessert one loft tour ticket to the 10th Annual From The Top Down Loft Tour on Saturday, November 1. Please call 276-644-9700 or email for more information.

Go See the Great New Releases at Benjamin Walls Gallery

Visit the Benjamin Walls Gallery to see the 30 new images this year. On display now, the new release entitled "Aloft. " The gallery is open Monday-Thursday 11AM — 6PM Friday-Sat 11AM — 8PM. See all the new images at

Birthplace of Country Music Presents: Suzi Ragsdale w/Special Guest Luke Dolahenty in Concert at Birthplace of Country Music Museum

Birthplace of Country Music is proud to present renowned Nashville singer/songwriter Suzi Ragsdale with special guest Luke Dolahenty for an intimate concert in the Performance Theater of the Birthplace of Country Music Museum. The performance will be held Saturday, November 1, at 6:30 p.m.

Suzi Ragsdale virtually cut her teeth in the recording studio. At age five she sang on her father's (Ray Stevens) Grammy-winning smash, “Everything Is Beautiful," and has been writing and performing ever since. Her voice can be heard on a number of artists' recordings including Guy Clark, Pam Tillis, and Randy Travis.In the 90s, Suzi's collaboration with former Restless Heart vocalist, Verlon Thompson, led to a number of recordings including two duet albums. The albums were so well received that many songs have been recorded by other artists including Anne Murray, Suzy Bogguss, and Rodney Crowell.

Australia-born folk singer/songwriter Luke Dolahenty will perform with Ragsdale as her special guest. Dolahenty toured internationally with the band Sons of Summer, which included Crowded House's Matt Sherod and John Mayer's bass player David Labruyere, before settling in Nashville in pursuit of a solo career.

The evening offers a unique opportunity to dine and socialize with special friends and featured artists. Never predictable, BCM's intimate concerts make lasting memories for those in attendance. Heavy hors d’oeuvres and cocktails are included. Reservations are $80 per person and includes a 5% Bristol, VA admissions tax fee. Seating is very limited so call 423-573-1927 to reserve without delay.

Special thanks to Bank of Tennessee for making this event possible.

Anniversary of The Great War to be Topic of Presentation

While U.S. historians are focusing on the 150th Anniversary of the American Civil War, Europe and Africa are commemorating the beginning of World War I. It was the “Great War” and centered in Europe, which claimed more than 9 million combatants and 7 million civilians. At the outbreak of the war in 1914 the U.S. had a policy of non-intervention, avoiding conflict and trying to broker peace. Ultimately, direct threats to the American homeland and unrestricted submarine warfare brought President Woodrow Wilson to declare war on Germany on April 6, 1917.

Association member Josh Blankenship will give an overview for the Bristol Historical Association General Membership Meeting on Monday, November 10th at 6:30pm. The presentation is entitled “The Boiling Point: the Rise of Nationalism, the Fall of Nations, and Fighting the Gentleman’s War”. He will discuss the world stage leading up to the beginning of the war and the events of 1914. He is well studied and has keen interest in The Great War much overlooked by the overwhelming interest in the American Civil War and World War II.

Blankenship has a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Virginia Tech and specialized in European Imperial & Colonial history with a concentration in British Imperial & Colonial history (1870-1918) and World War I (1914-1918). He devotes much of his free time to historic preservation of local cemeteries, primarily East Hill, where he is on the board of directors. He has been instrumental in the preservation of historic monuments and stones and general promotion of the cemetery. He is also actively involved in researching the U.S Army’s 30th Infantry Division during World War I, the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879, and a number of current association projects.

The November 10 meeting will be held at the Bristol Public Library at 6:30pm in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room and is in conjunction with the library’s mission of “Expanding Minds and Building Community”. In addition to this lecture from Blankenship there will also be a recognition of Charter Members of the Bristol Historical Association in commemoration of the organization’s 35th Anniversary. The public is cordially invited to attend this free meeting. Contact Tim Buchanan, president, for details of this or other upcoming meetings,

Artist Returns Home to Exhibit in the Virgie R. Fleenor Gallery at the Bristol Public Library

Bristol native and Tennessee High School graduate Meghan O’Connor will be exhibiting her intricate prints in the Virgie R. Fleenor Gallery at the Bristol Public Library November 3 through December 28, 2014. The exhibition is entitled “Coming Home” to honor her roots in the Bristol community.

Meghan O’Connor received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Printmaking from East Tennessee State University in 2003, and a Master of Fine Arts from Clemson University in 2007. Since 2005, Meghan has been an active member of Southern Graphics Council, where she has organized and participated in international exhibitions and portfolio exchanges. She has assisted more than 30 artists at Frogman’s Print & Paper Workshop in Vermillion, S.D. Meghan enjoys spending long hours in the printmaking studio getting her hands dirty, listening to music, teaching workshops, and collaborating with others. Currently, she teaches foundations and printmaking courses at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tenn., where she has been since 2009.

In her artist’s statement O’Connor says, “The act of making art is me processing my everyday experiences and looking at relationships: how we treat each and ourselves. When approaching daily choices, oftentimes we end up with short-term fulfillment rather than a long-term contribution to a positive well-being. My work is an awareness of these self-destructive tendencies and the inherent struggle that results upon this realization, a fight for self-control.”

In describing her intricate prints, O’Connor explains:” A visually complex format is a “hook” to keep the viewer interested. Animals become a stand-in for the human figure and mechanical forms are a metaphor for harmful systems of power. The level of detail within the forms is a representation of control; whereas, the embossed layers of look mark-making symbolize letting go. This pairing of working methods provides a level of spontaneity within my studio practice. I combine these disparate forms to evoke empathy toward the human condition and show that outside variables are ultimately out of our control.”

The Virgie R. Fleenor Gallery is the only free to the public art gallery in Bristol. Located at 701 Goode Street in Bristol, Virginia, inside the Bristol Public Library it offers award-winning regional artists exhibition space and educated patrons on various forms of 3 dimensional arts.

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Trunk or Treat with the AACA

Join the AACA for Trunk or Treating this Halloween Friday, October 31 at 5pm. The event will take place in the TriSummitBank parking lot and last until dark. There will be a 50/50 raffle, candy, fun, fellowship, costumes, and old cars. Children of all ages are encouraged to dress up in their favorite Halloween costumes. Please bring at least one canned food item per participant to be donated to "Communities in Schools of Southwest Virginia."

Bristol, Virginia Police Department Trunk or Treat

Halloween night, from 5:30pm until the candy is gone, the Bristol, Virginia Police Department will be hosting a trunk or treat event. The festivities will be held in the back lot of City Hall. For more information call 276-645-7281.

$2 Craft Beers and $2 Fish Tacos at KP

KP Thursday special $2 craft beers and $2 fish tacos every Thursday from 5:00 — Close!

After Hours Halloween Party at Kil'n Time

Kil'n Time has some serious fun planned for you for this Wednesday's After Hours! Join them for a Halloween party, complete with candy, punch, a costume contest (the winner will receive a $25 gift certificate!), and a 20% discount off of ALL Halloween items. Items painted Wednesday will be ready for pickup before we close on Friday, so it's still not too late for decorations! As always, no reservation needed, BYOB, and kiddos are welcome. They'll be dressed up, too! For more information call (423) 573-9950

Don't Miss Out On These SPOOKY Savings From Bristol Office Supply

Be sure to check out these discounts on all the items you'll need to get ready for Halloween and the clean up after! Follow this link for the full ad:

Try Blackbird Bakery's Fabulous Hot Chocolate!

You haven't had Hot Chocolate until you've had Blackbird Hot Chocolate. Don't hesitate to stop in and grab yours today! Contact Blackbird at (276) 645-5754.

Upcoming Events

After Hours Halloween Party at Kil'n Time

October 29

Circuit Court Candidates Meet & Greet

October 30

Believe in Bristol's Masquerade Progressive Loft Dinner

October 30

Beat About Late Night Comedy at O'Mainnin's Pub

October 30–31

Machiavelli's 6th Annual Halloween Bash

October 31

Trunk or Treat with the AACA

October 31

Bristol, Virginia Police Department Trunk or Treat

October 31

Hundred Acres at Quaker Steak & Lube On Halloween

October 31

Folk Soul Revival at 620 State's Halloween Celebration

October 31

Citizen Kane at O'Mainnin's Halloween Bash

October 31 – November 1

Believe in Bristol's 10th Annual Downtown Loft Tour!

November 1


November 1

Marty Stuart & the Fabulous Superlatives

November 1

Soulfinger at O'Mainnin's Pub

November 1–2

Artist Returns Home to Exhibit in the Virgie R. Fleenor Gallery at the Bristol Public Library

November 3 – December 28

The Pickin' Porch at The Foundation Event Facility with Union Trio

November 3

Southern Gospel Music Revival at the Paramount

November 7

Gospel Christian Music Association presents Southern Gospel Music Revival with The Primitives Ivan Parker and Jordan's Bridge

November 7

Vetertans Day Parade & Traditional Memorial Service in Downtown Bristol!

November 8

Anniversary of The Great War to be Topic of Presentation at Bristol Public Library

November 10

YWCA Turkey Trot & Gobbler's Gait 5K

November 15

Mary Chapin Carpenter with Special Guest Tift Merritt at The Paramount

November 15

The Bristol Music Club will A Scholarship Benefit and Anniversary Gala at the Paramount Center for the Arts

November 22

Historic Downtown Bristol Christmas Open House

November 24

Support Local Businesses on Small Business Saturday!

November 29

Downtown Bristol Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony hosted by Bristol Virginia Utilities

December 1

Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver

December 6

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