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Pen's Floral Wins A Major Award

Pen’s Floral has received A Major Award! On Monday, November 24, during the annual Downtown Christmas Open House, Pen’s Floral became the first recipient of the Merry Merchants Window Decorating Competition Award hosted by Believe in Bristol’s Design Committee. The theme for this year’s contest was based around the classic Christmas film ‘A Christmas Story’ and the winner was decided by judges from the Believe in Bristol Design Committee. Pen’s Floral cleverly recreated some of the most memorable moments from the movie which set them apart from other displays.

“We’ve all agreed now that the trophy will fit the theme every year so we won’t be taking this one back come next year – it’s Pen’s Floral to keep and they can do what they want with it. If it were mine, I’d put this in my window in perpetuity for all to behold its glory and radiance. As has been said before, this lamp is indescribably beautiful and is like the Fourth of July. Also, I really think we should mention One of A Kind Gallery as a very strong runner-up in this contest. They clearly put a lot of thought and energy into what they did and more than one judge said they wished we had two leg lamps to give out,” stated Michael Haslam, Chair of the Believe in Bristol Design Committee.

The prize awarded was a replica of the very leg lamp featured in the movie! The window display will remain up throughout the holiday season. Thank you to everyone that participated, we look forward to seeing what you come up with next year! Pen’s Floral is located at 32 Moore St, Bristol, VA 24201.

Bristol Rhythm 2015 Discount Weekend Passes

Discount Weekend Pass wristbands to Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion 2015 are now offered at the minimum pre-sale price of $50 (plus Bristol, VA admissions tax) through
December 31!

Just in time for the holidays, Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion will offer a special, limited edition holiday gift box when you order wristbands during December.

Decorative, holiday-themed gift boxes securely house your RFID (radio frequency identification) wristband(s) to Bristol Rhythm 2015, no gift wrap needed. They make perfect stocking stuffers!

Once received, individuals are encouraged to register their wristbands online at so they can be replaced if lost or stolen.

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion 2015 pre-sale Weekend Passes may be purchased exclusively at, The Museum Store at Birthplace of Country Music Museum, The Bristol Mall Customer Service Desk, and the Bristol, TN/VA Chamber of Commerce. Check location websites for addresses and hours of operation.

The award-winning Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion celebrates its 15th anniversary in 2015 and booking for the event has already begun. Be sure and watch for the festival's annual 12 Days of Christmas Artist Reveal starting Sunday, December 14 in the Bristol Herald Courier and on Facebook, Twitter and

Mark your calendars now for Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion, September 18-20, 2015!

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.

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

For more information, please call 989-4850.


Bristol Ballet Features Professional Dancers and Gingerbread Ball in 2014 “The Nutcracker”

Familiarity and surprises in store for Bristol Ballet’s production, and includes special free school performances!

What: Bristol Ballet’s “The Nutcracker”

Where: Paramount Center for the Performing Arts

When: School performances: December 4 and 5 at 10:00 am

Public performances: December 5 at 7:30 pm, December 6 at 12:30 pm, and December 7 at 2:30 pm

Cost: School performances: Free to school children and qualifying chaperones

Public performances: $6 children under 6, $12 students and Seniors, $15 Adults

George Balanchine’s visions of sugar plums took a lesser known Russian ballet featuring national dances and made it into one of the most popular ballets of all time. As the Bristol Ballet prepares its “The Nutcracker” confections, it is part of a well over 100-year-old tradition. First presented in Russia in 1892, the ballet was not an instant hit. In 1954, Balanchine made the first radical changes to the ballet, embellishing the various dance sequences, divertissements, as candies and treats instead of just national dances. That was the change that made the ballet wildly popular in the United States.

Carrying on the great tradition, Bristol Ballet prepares for its 2014 holiday evening and matinee performances on December 5, 6, and 7, at the Paramount Center for the Arts, in Bristol, Tennessee, along with a special Gingerbread Ball event. No radical changes are in store for the much-loved ballet, but there are some differences from last year. “We are always changing little things to feature the talents of our current company dancers”, said Michele Plescia, Artistic Director of Bristol Ballet. “Additionally, choreographers are rarely completely content with their choreography and like to fine tune it, especially when it’s performed for many years,” added Plescia. “The audience may notice some variations in costuming and set design as our community support and capacity continues to grow.” Ms. Plescia has added a Lead Angel to the opening of Act II, and made the Chinese variation a little pas de deux, with two younger company members. “It’s going to be cute. The two dancers work well together, and it gives them a new and exciting challenge,” said Plescia.

Five guest dancers will appear in the production. Professional dancer Erin Ginn, a native of Kingsport now residing in New York City, appears again as the Sugar Plum Fairy. Joel Levy, a professional dancer also from NYC, will appear for the second year as the Nutcracker. New guest dancers to Bristol Ballet this year are J. Ryan Carroll and Lydia Haug, professional dancers living in New York City. They will be appearing as the Snow Pas de Deux couple and Arabian Divertissement. Former Bristol Ballet dancer Camille Clark will appear as a guest artist in the roles of Demi Soloist Snow and Spanish Soloist.

Additionally, the production will have 42 Bristol Ballet students and company members, and 16 community members performing. Mike Locke, a local high school football coach and active community theatre member, will reprise his role as Drosselmeyer again this year. “Mike is a wonderful Drosselmeyer. He’s animated and stately on stage, and has a good sense of musicality,” said Pat Holden, rehearsal assistant at Bristol Ballet.

Two school performances are planned, free of charge, on December 4 and 5 at 10am. Schools can reserve seats by calling Bristol Ballet at 276-669-6051. Additionally, Tennessee school teachers can apply for transportation costs through the Tennessee Arts Commission at Commission funds are limited, so applications should be made right away.

One of the most exciting new plans is the addition of the “Gingerbread Ball” after the Saturday matinee, held in the new addition of Blackbird Bakery. Attendees will enjoy gingerbread cookies, snowflake sugar cookies, hot chocolate, tea, or coffee. They will also have the opportunity for photographs to be taken with some of the cast members. The cost is $10 per person. Reservations can be made by calling Bristol Ballet at 276-669-6051.

Come one, come all! If you’ve seen The Nutcracker one time or fifty times, there’s always something new blended with the tradition that we all love about the holiday season. Support the ballet and enjoy this show to remember!

Theatre Bristol's "Scrooge! the Musical"

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.

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.

Robert Greene, Music Director of the 2009 Scrooge! production returns to lend his talent. 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, Emma Kennedy is the Child Wrangler, 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. Graphic Designer is Bert White. Makeup Artists are SaBrina King and Allyson Collins, and Hair Stylists are Sabrina Briggs and Shonda Ollis. Light Board Operator is Renee Hardy and Sound Operator is Jessica Gamble. Promotions provided by Mike Musick and Vince Turner.

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.

“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 by 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

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 at

Wellness Yoga of Bristol Announces December Class Schedule

Pre-Opening classes now being offered at Wellness Yoga of Bristol. The schedule is as follows:

Tuesday: Rise and Shine Yoga — 6 a.m. — 7 a.m.

Wednesday: Rise and Shine Yoga — 6 a.m. — 7 a.m.

Wednesday: Yoga for Everyone — 6 p.m. — 7 p.m.

Thursday: Power Yoga — 8:30 a.m. — 9:30 a.m.

Thursday: Yoga for Everyone — 6 p.m. — 7 p.m.

Cost: $5 per class

Please arrive 15 — 20 minutes prior to class! More classes will be announced soon. Wellness Yoga is located at 39 Piedmont Ave Bristol, VA 24201 (formerly InariWines). For more information please call 276-644-3086.

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$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!Visit 520 State Street,Bristol, TN or call(423) 764-3889.

Bristol Office Supply Has Your Holiday Essentials

Let Bristol Office Supply help you get the party started this holiday season! Follow the link to check out their latest holiday deals. Office supply is located at 28 Moore St, Bristol, VA 24201. For more information call(276) 669-7131.

Quaker Steak & Lube December Calendar

Check out Quaker Steak and Lube's full December calendar!

Great Christmas Gifts from Wm. King

'Tis the season to pick up some great clothes from Wm. King Clothiers for that special someone!

Upcoming Events

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

November 3 – December 28

"Scrooge! The Musical" presented by Theatre Bristol

November 28 – December 14

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

The 18th Annual Bristol Christmas Tour of Homes

December 7

13th Annual Journey's End

December 16

Breakfast with Santa at KP!

December 20

"It's a Wonderful Life" presented by Oakley-Cook Funeral Home and Crematory

December 21

More Upcoming Events »