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A Holiday Tradition in Historic Downtown Bristol!

Ready or not, it’s time to GET INTO THE HOLIDAY SPIRIT! Believe in Bristol will again sponsor the Annual Christmas Open House in Historic Downtown Bristol on Monday, November 24, 2014, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm.

Come kick off the holiday season with merriment and good cheer! Santa Claus will be giving out candy canes, Bristol Ballet will have dancers in costume, the Washington –Lee Warblers from Washington Lee Elementary After School Program will perform, Quaker Steak & Lube to host a fundraising event benefiting Celebrate Bristol, MedExpress will again partner in the BELIEVE scavenger hunt, and last, but most certainly not least, the downtown Horse & Carriage rides are back. Don’t miss an evening planned for the entire family’s enjoyment!

A special thank you to Serendipity and Be.Ella Boutique’s for allowing us to bring back an old favorite, Horse and Carriage rides to the Open House event. There are 2 locations planned for pick-up / drop-off, The Downtown Center (Country Music Mural/Farmers Market area) and TriSummit Bank parking lot, a small charge of $2 per person for a one-way ticket down State Street or $4 per person for a round-trip ride.

Keep a look out for your favorite decorated window as the downtown merchants will be participating in the Merry Merchants Window Decorating Contest. The theme this year is from the movie “The Christmas Story” and A Major Award will be given to the winner!

The Open House has traditionally been a customer appreciation night when merchants stay open late, have special discounts, and refreshments are served at participating locations. Join us and support your downtown shops; it’s a great way to stimulate our local economy and find special one-of-a-kind gifts for everyone on your holiday list!


On Saturday, November 22,3pm at the Paramount Center for the Arts, The Bristol Music Club will host a Scholarship Benefit and Anniversary Gala in celebration of the 100 years of the club's existence. The event will include a Fashion Show by Massengill's of Johnson City, a musical program presented by former scholarship winners Lydia Smythe, Piano, Martha Eason, Soprano and Daniel Blair, Violin and a festive reception in the theater's lobby with music provided by a string trio comprised of former scholarship winners Benjamin Dawson, Bethany Dawson and Cameron Lugo. Tickets for the event are $20 and can be purchased from any Music Club member or at the door on the day of the event.

Bristol Rhythm "Throwback Thursday" Photo Contest

Do you have a favorite personal photo from Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion? If so, you could win tickets to next year's festival just by using a hashtag and posting to your social media page!

Bristol Rhythm is asking Facebook, Instagram and Twitter users to tag their favorite BRRR festival pics with @BristolRhythm and #BristolRhythmntbt. Each Thursday during the contest period, we will pick one lucky winner and post their old festival picture on our FB, Twitter, and Instagram. The weekly winner will qualify to win a grand prize, which includes two (2) weekend passes to Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion 2015, September 18 – 20, 2014.

The grand prize winner will be announced Friday, December 19, 2014. Photos can be funny or serious, and feature an artist, you or your friends. The most original pics will win! Dig through your photos from the past 14 years of BRRR and submit your best one.

Weekly winners will be posted each Thursday during the contest period, including November 13, November 20, November 27, December 4, December 11, and December 18, so keep an eye out and see if you won!

Visit or for official rules and post your favorite festival pics today!

Downtown Community Gathering Meeting — Maintaining A Vibrant Downtown

Mark your calendars! Believe in Bristol in conjunction with the Cities of Bristol,will be hosting a Downtown Gathering focused on Maintaining a Vibrant Downtown!

Who: Downtown Bristol Business, Property Owners, Loft Dwellers, and other interested parties are welcome to attend!

When: Monday, November 24, 2014 from 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Where: The Foundation Event Facility (located on the 2nd floor)
620 State Street, Bristol, TN

Why: Discussion to include:
Downtown Community Watch Update
Presentation by the City Police Departments

Please contact Christina Blevins, BIB Executive Director, (276) 644-9700 or for more information or questions.

Looking forward to seeing you – refreshments will be served!

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

Smithsonian "Virtual Museum" to Highlight Music

Music lives and breathes at the Smithsonian. Join Smithsonian Secretary Wayne Clough as he highlights their efforts to share musical performances, instruments, documents and collections by creating a Smithsonian music hub available to everyone.

"Through Smithsonian Music Initiative we're going to bring together the efforts of over two dozen units of the Smithsonian in and around music," said Clough in an online video posted to the Smithsonian's website. Birthplace of Country Music Museum, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, is one of two music museums mentioned in the piece.

"We're going to digitize our holdings and make them available through our first virtual museum so scholars, enthusiasts and music lovers all over the world can access our collections. There will be nothing like it in the world."

The Smithsonian Institution is the world's largest museum institution. Through programming, events and their notable music collections, the Smithsonian is a leader in showcasing the impact and influence of music on human culture.

Birthplace of Country Music urges musicians in our region to
join the initiative. Artists are invited by the Smithsonian Institution to post a video performance or photos of musicians with their instruments to for their online gallery.

Do you have recordings or items that relate to the Bristol Sessions and their legacy in American music? The Birthplace of Country Music Museum, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, accepts donations of historic significance. Contact Dave Lewis, Curator of Collections & Digital Media at or call 423-573-1927.

Downtown Bristol Blog

20% Off Coupon to The Museum Store for Downtown Open House & Small Business Saturday!

The Birthplace of Country Music Museum Store is supporting Historic Downtown Bristol's Open House and Small Business Saturday by offering a 20% off coupon for holiday shopping during those events!

Birthplace of Country Music Museum Holiday Hours

Monday, November 24 – Downtown Open House, 5—8pm. Thursday, November 27 – Thanksgiving Day, museum closed. Friday, November 28 – Black Friday, museum open 10am—6pm.Saturday. November 29 – Small Business Saturday, museum open 10am—6pm.Wednesday. December 24 – Christmas Eve, museum open 10am—3pm.Thursday, December 25 – Christmas Day, museum closed. Wednesday, December 31 – New Year’s Eve, museum open 10am—3pm.Thursday. January 1 – New Year’s Day, museum closed.

Shelbees "Pay by Donation" for St. Jude

Shelbees Vintage Café “Pay by Donation Only” event is gearing up to raise funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®,one of the world’s premier centers for the research and treatment of pediatric cancer and other catastrophic childhood diseases.

Chicken 4 Charity

Celebrate Bristol has partnered with Quaker Steak & Lube to bring Chicken 4 Charity, a great way to raise money for our July 4, 2015 event here in Downtown.

The 1/4 Zip Pullover... Bobby Jones Style!

One of the most beloved cottons of all time — the Peruvian Pima cotton — is taken to a different level with these Bobby Jones pullovers. Offered in a slew of colors, these ¼ zips are available both sleeveless and long sleeve. Perfect for layering over one of our Bobby Jones sport shirts or on its own, these ¼ zips will be a welcome addition to anyone's sartorial arsenal.

Tis the Season to be a Techie at Bristol Office Supply

Bristol Office Supply has some great holiday deals for the techie in your life! Save big on gadgets, accessories, and much more. Follow the link to view the full ad.

$2 craft beers and $2 fish tacos SPECIAL at KP

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

Second Harvest Food Bank Drive at KP

Help spread the holiday love and support Second Harvest Food Bank by dropping off non-perishable food items at KP by December 17. Bringing in 5 items will get you a KPgift certificate good for $5. Every little bit helps!

Upcoming Events

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

November 3 – December 28

Thelma & The Sleaze at Machiavelli's

November 19

Jana & The Ukuladies at Omainnin's Pub

November 19–20

Ryan Ward at O'Mainnin's Pub

November 20

My New Favorites at Quaker Steak & Lube

November 21

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

November 22

Black Mountain Shine at O'Mainnin's Pub

November 22

Historic Downtown Bristol Christmas Open House

November 24

Chicken 4 Charity

November 24

"Scrooge! The Musical" presented by Theatre Bristol

November 28 – December 14

Support Local Businesses on Small Business Saturday!

November 29

The Barter Players Present "Frosty" at The Paramount

November 29–30

Downtown Bristol Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony hosted by Bristol Virginia Utilities

December 1

Bristol Christmas Parade

December 4

Bristol Ballet's "The Nutcracker"

December 5–7

Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver

December 6

The 18th Annual Bristol Christmas Tour of Homes

December 7

13th Annual Journey's End

December 16

Breakfast with Santa at KP!

December 20

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