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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 "The Clearing" The gallery is open Monday-Thursday 11AM-6PM Friday-Sat11AM-8PM. See all the new images

Celebrate Small Business During Small Business Saturday!

Believe in Bristol has announced participation in the fifth annual Small Business Saturday on November 29th to support independent businesses in Historic Downtown Bristol TN/VA. Founded by American Express in 2010, Small Business Saturday® is a day to celebrate the small businesses that help support your neighborhood and is held every year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.Now in its fifth year, Small Business Saturday has been embraced as part of the holiday shopping tradition as each year shoppers, businesses and public officials come together to Shop Small® and show their neighborhood pride.

Understanding the important contributions small businesses make to their communities, Believe in Bristol is pleased to announce our participation in Small Business Saturday and the Neighborhood Champion program. On November 29th from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm, Believe in Bristol would like to encourage you to take part in Small Business Saturday. Be sure to stop by to support local businesses and receive Shop Small® giveaways like tote bags, buttons and balloons while supplies last.

Did you know that more money spent at a locally owned business stays in our community to support schools, emergency services, roads, and jobs? When you buy from a locally owned business more of your money is used to purchase from other local businesses – a multiplier effect of at least 3. Local businesses utilize other business services such as print shops, local attorneys, local CPAs, etc. National companies use these services out of our area. So this holiday season remember to support a local business with your purchases.

Believe in Bristol is also excited to announce a partnership with Bank of Tennessee in encouraging everyone to support locally owned businesses as they are shopping and eating out this holiday season. “We know people will still buy online and at big box retailers. But if we all can commit to buying a few things at a locally owned store that will make a huge impact on our local economy” stated Rebecca White, Marketing Director, Bank of Tennessee. Bank of Tennessee is a locally owned and operated company. They understand the challenges that small businesses face when competing against a large national chain. While nationally owned companies provide valuable services to our community, Bank of Tennessee would like to show their support and help other locally owned small businesses. Bank of Tennessee will be providing radio coverage for Historic Downtown Bristol on Saturday, November 29th, from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm, listen on WAEZ. Be sure to visit for a SHOP LOCAL section that will educate you on the benefits of supporting local.

American Express created the Neighborhood Champions program to help rally communities around Small Business Saturday and is working alongside numerous business organizations to support local Small Business Saturday celebrations throughout the country. Participating organizations include the American Chamber of Commerce Executives, the American Independent Business Alliance (AMIBA), the International Downtown Association, the Latino Coalition, the National Main Street Center, the U.S. Black Chambers, Inc.and theU.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Small business owners can learn more about taking part in Small Business Saturday and download free marketing materials on For more information about Believe in Bristol please visit

The Barter Players Present "Frosty" at The Paramount

The Paramount Center for the Arts and The Barter Players are teaming up to bring performances of “Frosty” to Bristol before the acting company embarks on a national tour.
Performances will be held on November 29 and 30 at 2pm at The Paramount in Bristol, TN. A special charity food drive will be held at 7:00pm on Saturday, November 29. Attendees are encouraged to bring canned goods to trade for admission to see “Frosty.” All proceeds will benefit Second Harvest Food Bank. Officials will begin accepting canned goods in exchange for ticket cost at 5:30 pm. Reserve tickets by calling The Paramount at (423) 274-8920 or by visiting Reservations cannot be accepted for those bringing canned goods for the November 29 performance at 7:00pm.

A young orphan named Billy discovers magic in a stolen hat when he places it on a snowman’s head and that snowman comes to life! But can Frosty the snowman help Billy find his real family in time for Christmas? Join Billy and Frosty as they embark on a New York City adventure filled with thrills and chills and the discovery that the real magic of Christmas is love.
The beloved holiday song “Frosty the Snowman” has inspired a brand new story by Catherine Bush that includes original music by Mandy Williams and produced by The Barter Players, from Barter Theatre in Abingdon, VA.

The performance of "Frosty" at The Paramount is sponsored by Birthplace of Country Music, Bristol Virginia Utilities and Bristol Tennessee Essential Services.
Don’t miss your chance to add to the season of magic with “Frosty” by the critically acclaimed Barter Players at The Paramount.

Photo Caption: Barrett Guyton and Terrance Jackson in The Barter Players' production of "Frosty".

Community Christmas Tree Lighting Event

Bristol’s 34th Annual Community Christmas Tree Lighting is set for Monday, December 1st at 6:30 p.m. at Cumberland Square Park in Historic Downtown Bristol. The event showcases the site’s nearly 50-foot Norwegian Spruce and its younger counterpart, a 25-foot Douglas Fir. BVU technicians decorate the pair with thousands of warm-white Christmas lights – about 30,000 of them – for a dramatic and joyous display.

The event begins at 6:30 p.m. with live music performances, refreshments and a special visit from the Tennessee High School Viking Marching Band. Members of the local WCYB news team will lead attendees in the official countdown at 7:00 p.m.

Bristol’s twin-city mayors, Catherine Brillhart [VA] and Lea Powers [TN], are slated to throw the switch that illuminates Bristol’s beautiful community trees. Music, community and Spirit will fill the evening air as local residents crowd around the trees to ring in the holiday season together.

“This event holds a special place in hearts all across our community,” says Chris Hall, event coordinator and BVU employee. “Each year, we learn new stories of people that have attended this community tradition for decades. Of course, we love this event, but we’re amazed to see just how many others love it too.”

2014 marks a special year in Bristol’s history. In keeping with Bristol’s musical roots and the recent grand opening of the Birthplace of Country Music Museum adjacent to the community trees, BVU will be welcoming the Blue Ridge Entertainers to the stage for portions of the event. The area’s premier old-timey duo, featuring the talents of Kris Truelsen and Coleman Akin, will engage the audience with a deep dedication to their craft and love for making music.

2014 is BVU’s ninth consecutive year as the event sponsor. Cider and hot chocolate will be provided.

“This event is a small escape from the hectic schedules and chaos that are sometimes associated with the holiday season. It is an honor to see different families and members of our community come together to ring in the Christmas season,” explains Hall. “Over the past few years, we have seen this event grow into thousands of attendees.”

Bristol Christmas Parade

One of Bristol’s most anticipated celebrations, the 32nd Annual Downtown Bristol Christmas parade, takes place Dec. 4 this year.

Helping usher in the holiday season, the parade, which starts on Bob Morrison Blvd. and travels down State Street to the historic Bristol Train Station, brings out thousands of area residents who can’t wait to see the beautifully decorated floats, as well as the jolly old man himself. Yes, that’s right, Santa will be part of the parade too, watching to see who’s been naughty or nice!

Local businesses, civic and volunteer organizations, church groups, bands, schools, neighborhood groups and beauty contestants are all invited to participate in the parade, which starts at 7 p.m. Lineup will be at 5 p.m. near the Bristol Herald Courier on Morrison Blvd.

There is a cost associated with entering floats/vehicles (starting at $25 per vehicle). Vehicles without the appropriate passes will be charged upon arrival. Please note that the deadline for entry is Thursday, Nov. 13.

We look forward to seeing you there as we celebrate the holiday season in Bristol!

For more information, please call 989-4850.

"Scrooge! The Musical" presented by Theatre Bristol

Theatre Bristol presents a major musical production just in time to celebrate the holidays. “Scrooge! The Musical” opens the day after Thanksgiving, November 28, and runs for three weekends, closing with a matinee on December 14. Reservations for this ARTspace production (506 State Street), can be made by calling 423-383-5979.

Show performances are Fridays, November 28, December 5, December 12 at 7:30 pm; Saturdays, November 29, December 6, December 13 at 7:30 pm; and Sundays, November 30, December 7, and December 14 at 2:30 pm.

Scrooge! is the timeless tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, a lonely miser who is visited on Christmas Eve by three spirits who teach him lessons of love and giving. Don’t miss Ebenezer, Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim, the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future and a whole host of Dickensian characters in this award-winning, international smash hit musical by Leslie Bricusse, which includes such acclaimed songs as “Thank You Very Much,” “A Better Life” and “A Christmas Carol.”

Directing the show will be highly respected and talented actor/director, Theatre Bristol veteran Glenn Patterson (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Miracle on 34th Street). “It is a pleasure to work with this timeless classic. Scrooge! the Musical reminds us that it is never too late to embrace the joy of living,” said Patterson.

Steve Baskett in the title role of Ebenezer “Scrooge,” is joined by a cast of 43. Scrooge experiences other-worldly nightly visits by Jacob Marley played by Bill Locke, The Ghost of Christmas Past by Camille Gray, The Ghost of Christmas Present by Michael Bishop, and The Ghost of Christmas Future by Daniel Freeman. Scrooge is taken back to his youth where he is played as a child by Hope Oliver and his sister Jenny is played by Emma Bishop. Christmas Past then escorts Scrooge to the holiday celebration of Mr. and Mrs. Fezziwig portrayed by Theatre Bristol veterans Jim Yencha and Dottie Havlik. There, young Ebenezer, Ben Fitton, meets Isabel, Emily Glover.

Christmas Present soon appears and he and Scrooge attend the holiday party of Scrooge’s nephew Harry, also played by Ben Fitton, and Harry’s wife Helen, Lacey Williams. The nightly tour ends with Christmas Future guiding him to the family home of Bob Cratchit played by James Altman, with Mrs. Cratchit by Lee Anne Hitch, Peter Cratchit by Alayna Walker, Kathy Cratchit by Lauren Turner, Martha Cratchit by Eden Phillips, Belinda Cratchit by Emmersyn Hardy, and Tiny Tim by Olivia Stevens.

The townspeople include Mark Hutton as Tom Jenkins, Jim Yencha as the Wine Merchant, Daniel Freeman as Pringle, Ashton Bishop as Mrs. Pringle and Mary, John Mullins as Jollygood/Topper, Seth Gilstrap as Harty/Dick Wilkins, Jaimie Carnell as Miller/Mr. Bleak, April Helton as Bess, Dan Gray as Bissett, Amanda Keith as Mrs. Dilber, Laci Fleenor as Miss Dilber, Alayna Walker as the Beggar woman, and Sabrina Briggs as the lady with a baby.

Urchins returning to the Theatre Bristol stage are Carly Street, Emma Bishop, Carolyn Hitch, Mary Hitch, and Logan Plymal. Urchins making their debut on the Theatre Bristol stage are Ava White, Charli Carpenter, Sutton Hughes, Hope Oliver, Parker Cannon, Parker Collins, Hope Godsey, Thatcher Hutton, Owen Griffith, and Haley Russell.

Jessica Flagg, choreographer for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, returns for Scrooge along with Technical Director and Designer David Hyde. Costume Designer is Andrea Wakely. The Stage Manager is Kaylie Crain, Properties Manager is Matthew Torbett, and the Dance Captain is Camille Gray. Nicholas Thompson is Deck Manager and Steve Baskett is Master Carpenter. Scenic Artists are Jenny Carpenter and Edie Cannon. Title Sponsor is Stephanie Snelson, DDS.

“Perhaps one of the best-known modern adaptations of [A Christmas Carol] is the musical Scrooge! by Leslie Bricusse. The musical, made into a film in 1970... is traditional, and the stage show has enjoyed noted success in England, where it was hailed as “Sensational” and “Terrific” by BBC Radio 2; and in the Unites States, where it has become an established favorite of regional playhouses nationwide," Breaking Character. In Bristol, Scrooge! is a holiday tradition, popular with audiences over the years.

“Scrooge! The Musical” is presented through special arrangement with and all authorized performance materials are supplied by SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

Founded in 1965, Theatre Bristol is the oldest continually running children’s theatre in northeast Tennessee and now celebrating its 50th season. Its Main Stage season consists of up to five productions. Some of its performances take place in the ARTspace, a multi-purpose, black box theatre which seats up to 120. Theatre Bristol is entirely volunteer run and we invite you to get involved.

For more information, visit the Theatre Bristol's website or Facebook page, contact Theatre Bristol at 423-383-5979, or email

Downtown Bristol Blog

Celebrate Black Friday Early with Bristol Office Supply

Check out all of the great deals happening at Bristol Office Supply from now until Cyber Monday! With deals this good, why wait until Black Friday? To see the full ad click here.

Seafood Fridays at KP!

Don't forget that Friday's are for the Seafood lovers at KP! Seafood Fridays include fresh Oysters and peel and eat Shrimp along with Salmon and house made Crab Cakes! Yum. For more information please call 423-764-3889 or visit 520 State Street,Bristol TN.

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.

20% Off Coupon to The Museum Store for Small Business Saturday!

The Birthplace of Country Music Museum Store is supporting Historic Downtown Bristol's Small Business Saturday by offering a 20% off coupon for holiday shopping the entire day!

Event Space at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum

Searching for a unique location for your holiday party? The Birthplace of Country Music Museum is available for special events that will leave a lasting impression on your guests. There are a variety of spaces and set up options available. For more information, contact Carey Kidd via Email or at 423-573-1927. Also, be sure to keep The Museum Store in mind when doing your holiday shopping. The Museum Store features local artisans and has a number of unique finds sure to please everyone on your list. Gift cards are also available!

Northeast State Community College needs your input!

Northeast State Community College iscurrently conducting a survey regarding a culinary arts program at Northeast State and would appreciate input from hotels/motels, conference centers, caterers, casual dining establishments, fast food restaurants, recreation centers, school cafeterias and hospitals. To take the anonymous survey, please click here

Upcoming Events

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

November 3 – December 28

Shake It Like A Caveman at 620 State

November 26


November 26

Thanks-Spinning at Machiavelli's!

November 27


November 28

"Scrooge! The Musical" presented by Theatre Bristol

November 28 – December 14

Weaving the Fate at O'Mainnin's Pub

November 28

Support Local Businesses on Small Business Saturday!

November 29

The Barter Players Present "Frosty" at The Paramount

November 29–30

Chris Ellis & The Weekenders at O'Mainnin's Pub

November 29

34th Annual Community Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony hosted by BVU

December 1

Pickin Porch with Sycamore Hollow at the Foundation Event Facility

December 1

Bristol Christmas Parade

December 4

Bristol Ballet's "The Nutcracker"

December 5–7

Doyle Lawson & The Quicksilver at The Paramount Center for the Arts

December 6

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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