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Blackbird Bakery Unveils New Artwork in The Nest

Blackbird Bakery has hatched a new art showcase by artist Nick Freeman for the month of November. Be sure to check it out during your next visit!

Located just off State Street, in the historical section of downtown Bristol, Virginia, Blackbird Bakery opened its doors in the summer of 2008. Since then, it has become a favorite bakery shop for the locals in Bristol and the Tri-City area.When you visit the bakery, you will feel as though you stepped back to a time when neighbors and shop owners knew each other on a first name basis. Although the specialty of the house is doughnuts, you will also find delicious pastries and desserts ranging from mouth-watering baklava and brownies, to cheesecakes, cupcakes, and pies.

So come see us at Blackbird Bakery, we are here for you 24 hours a day from Monday at 6:00 am until Saturdays at midnight.

Please note: Although our goal is to have all items on our menu available for you when you visit the bakery, we are unable to guarantee the availability of all items at all times. If you are looking for a specific item, please order ahead, and we can hold the item for you. We appreciate your patronage.

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 "Infinite Instant. " The gallery is open Monday-Thursday 11AM — 6PM Friday-Sat 11AM — 8PM. See all the new images at

Bristol Historical Association Commemorates 35th Anniversary

The Bristol Historical Association will commemorate its 35th anniversary year with several events during the month of November. A general membership meeting will be held on Monday, November 10 at 6:30pm where charter members and former officers of the organization will be recognized. At this meeting Josh Blankenship will also present a program on the century anniversary of World War I, entitled “The Boiling Point: the Rise of Nationalism, the Fall of Nations, and Fighting the Gentleman’s War”.

The following weekend, on Sunday, November 16th from 2:30pm to 4:30pm, an Anniversary Gathering will be held to exhibit memorabilia from its collection as well as displays portraying current projects of the association. Among these projects there will be a slide presentation on the restoration of the Robert Preston House being restored at Exit 7 and an educational video that is presented in Bristol elementary schools. Refreshments will also be provided and special music will be provided by Bristol’s Own Dixieland Band. The November 10 and 16 events are open to the public and will be held at the Bristol Public Library.

The 1970’s was a significant period in the history of the Twin-Cities. Out of concern about a period of decline in downtown Bristol and almost destruction by Urban Renewal came a vision to preserve the history of the city. The effort was made by a small group of concerned citizens, led by Bristol Virginia elementary school teacher Joyce Kistner. Following months of generating interest in the project the Bristol Historical Association was formed in 1979 with 58 charter members.

The association has a considerable collection and archives on the history of the city. Among its real estate holdings are the Robert Preston House an Eighteenth Century homestead located at Exit 7 and the birthplace of Bristol’s own Tennessee Ernie Ford on Anderson Street. The association is very active in the community with public lectures & tours throughout the year, elementary school presentations, and a newly released collection of modern and vintage recipes from Bristol citizens. The association will also be leading the celebration of the 125th Anniversary of the independent City of Bristol Virginia in February of 2015.

For details on this program or information on the work of the Bristol Historical Association contact Tim Buchanan, BHA President, by e-mail, or visit the association’s Facebook page, Bristol History.

Downtown Bristol Blog

Vetertans Day Parade & Traditional Memorial Service in Downtown Bristol!

For well over 50 years the veterans of Bristol have honored their fallen comrades with a parade and memorial service in downtown Bristol. Whether through years of recognition or obscurity the parade has reminded the region of the sacrifice of our own citizens in wars and military engagements since the beginning of our nation. The annual event will once again be held in the streets of downtown Bristol on Saturday November 8. Any veteran is welcome to participate in the parade. Line-up begins on Morrison Blvd at 8am, with the parade beginning at 10am using the traditional parade route. Following the parade, approximately at 11am, citizens will gather for the traditional memorial service at the Bristol War Memorial at Cumberland Square Park.

Southern Gospel Music Revival at the Paramount

The Gospel Christian Music Association is presenting the Southern Gospel Music Revival on Friday, November 7, 2014 at 7p.m. in the Paramount Center for the Arts. Tickets are on sale now at the Paramount Box Office located at 518 State Street or call 423-274-8920.The concert will feature the Primitive Quartet, a group who has been traveling and singing gospel music for over forty years. Ivan Parker, will be performing his signature song “Midnight Cry”. Most will remember Parker from his stint with the Gold City quartet and more recently from his performance with the Gaither Gospel series. Others performing will be Dennis Benton and Jordan’s Bridge, who just signed a record deal with Pathway Records and recently released their new album “All Who Call”.
Darlene Cole, Deputy Director, Office of Community Relations said in regards to the unique show, “This is a great time of year to offer a show such as this. It seems Fall and changing of the leaves brings a time to reflect and this music is the perfect backdrop for that. We hope everyone will come out for an evening of great music.”

Half Price Wine Every Wednesday at KP!

1/2 Price Wine every Wednesday atKP, 5:00 pm — CLOSE.

IT Specialist Wanted at Bristol Public Library

The Bristol Public Library seeks a full-time IT specialist for the operation, maintenance, and development of the computers and networks of its Main Library and Avoca Branch. Candidates should have a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent in information technology or a related field, as well as demonstrated experience/expertise in providing a wide range of IT functions such as server management, network maintenance, and Internet support. Fill out a City of Bristol, VA, application at and send it along with a resume to BPL/IT, 701 Goode St., Bristol, VA 24201.

Holidays After Hours at Kil'n Time

Thanksgiving is just a few short weeks away, and we are getting ready with this serving platter project Wednesday night from 6-10 at our weekly After Hours. Put this design on a big platter or small salad plates — doesn't matter! We've also got lots of Christmas shelves set up if you want to get a jump on gifts and ornaments. For more information please call(423) 573-9950.

Ballroom dancing lessons at Bristol Ballet — Waltz

Friday, November 7: Waltz lesson at Bristol Ballet, 519 State Street, Bristol, VA, 24201 (across from the Paramount Center); Waltz lesson 7:30 -8:30pm followed by dancing until 10pm; $5 per person with all fees going to support the non-profit Bristol Ballet; refreshments provided but snacks to share are always welcome.

Great New Promotions at Bristol Office Supply

In 2014, Hammermill is repeating its support of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital with a $250,000 donation. When you buy Hammermill products from Bristol Office Supply you're broadcasting your support, too. It's coming through loud and clear! To view Bristol Office Supplies latest ad click here:

Upcoming Events

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

November 3 – December 28

Holidays After Hours at Kil'n Time

November 5

Dallas Danger and Others at O'Mainnin's Pub & Grille

November 5

Southern Gospel Music Revival at the Paramount

November 7

Marcus Boyd at Quaker Steak & Lube

November 7

Plan Z at O'Mainnin's Pub

November 7

Bristol's Fraternal, Veterans & Civic Council Veteran's Day Parade

November 8

Jeff Lane and Hundred Acres

November 8

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

November 10

Pickin' Porch with Boots on the Ground

November 10

AAME Speakers Series event at BCMM

November 13

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

Chicken 4 Charity

November 24

Charles Dickensâ Classic Comes to Life with Song and Enchantment in Theatre Bristolâs âScrooge! The Musicalâ Opening November 28

November 28 – December 14

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

13th Annual Journey's End

December 16

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