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Thriveworks to Provide Free Therapy Sesssions to Those Affected by Knoxville Bus Crash

Following a tragic school bus accident in Knoxville, TN, Thriveworks is offering 3 free therapy sessions to those that have been affected. Thriveworks Counseling said those involved in the wreck will likely experience the trauma differently. Counselors said some may experience ongoing anxiety, sleeplessness and agitation. Thriveworks is offering these sessions at all three of its locations, including Bristol. To contact them call (423) 822-5099 or visit

Bristol Virginia Senior Show choir at the Paramount

The Bristol Virginia Senior Show choir will be presenting their annual Christmas Show at the Paramount Center for the Arts on Tuesday, December 16 at 7:30 p.m. This year’s show is entitled “Tis’ the Holiday Season” and will once again entertain audiences young and old with their traditional characters of the season such as Santa, Rudolph and Frosty plus some new ones as well like the Tooth Fairy, Mother Nature, Bernard the Head Elf of the North Pole and Bubba the “misfit’ toy! Memories of Christmas’ Past as well as the songs of the season will resonate throughout the theatre during their performance. The show will conclude with a dramatic full stage Nativity scene depicting the Christmas Story. Admission is a suggested $5.00 per person at the door.

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

Winner Announced for Downtown Christmas Open House Scavenger Hunt!

Suzanne Cook has won the Christmas Open House Scavenger hunt this year! She will receive 2 BCM tickets, 2 tickets to see Scrooge at the Theatre Bristol, and a $50 gift certificate to KP.

Bristol Nail Salon Grand Opening

Bristol Nail Salon is now open at 529 B State Street! Don't hesitate to take advantage of their great Grand Opening and Holiday specials. The following deals will available until January 31, 2015:

Pedicure & Manicure: $30

Full Set: $20

Gel Polish: $23

Anything else: 20% off

Walk-ins welcome. For more information call 276-669-8557

15th Annual Journey's End

On Tuesday, December 17th at 6:00 PM, Journey’s End will again take place in Historic Downtown Bristol! Journey’s End is Bristol’s local interpretation of the Latino tradition of Las Posadas (The Inns). Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem is recreated as they go from inn to inn seeking lodging and the final inn welcomes them in and celebrates their arrival.

How does Bristol Celebrate Journey’s End?
Our inns are several downtown businesses and our innkeepers are various choirs and choral groups from the Bristol area. We will begin at the Downtown Center then process by candlelight with Mary and Joseph singing the traditional songs and various carols accompanied by instrumentalists.

This year Mary will be played by Claire Morison and Joseph will be Adam Gambrell. Along the way choirs from Redeemer Lutheran Church will be at Shanghai; Emmanuel Episcopal Church at Stateline Bar & Grille; First Presbyterian Church at 620 State Street Restaurant; State Street United Methodist Church at Wells Fargo, Theater Bristol at the Paramount Center, and Central Presbyterian Church at Cumberland Square Park. Afterwards a small reception will be held at The Birthplace of Country Music Museum with refreshments.

A special thank you to the Cities of Bristol, Crystal Key, Bob Greene, Robert Campbell, Robert Hollo, Pete Buhls, Sam Cox, Marcia Cooper, Stephanie Yoder, Steve & Vicki Fey, Adam Gambrell, Claire Morison, and primary event sponsor for the evening is Burke, Powers & Harty for providing the star ornaments, luminaries and helping hands.

Journey’s End lasts a little more than an hour. Restaurants will be taking dinner reservations and several of the downtown shops will be open. Come and celebrate Christmas in the heart of our community!

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Girls Inc Holiday Fundraiser Hosted by Machiavelli's

Join Machiavelli's this Thursday December 11 as they raise money to support Girls Inc. Bambi Akard, Bart Long, and Megan Kerr will be your Celebrity Bartenders with all tips going to Girls Inc. Girls Inc inspires girls to be strong, smart, and bold.

Half Price Wine Every Wednesday at KP!

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

Get Organized with Bristol Office Supply

The end of the year is near! Take part in Bristol Office Supply's 23 Day Organization Challenge these great deals on office supplies. Click here to view the full ad. For more information call 276-669-7131.

Johnstons of Elgin — An Ideal Holiday Gift from Wm. King Clothiers

Winter has come early this year, so let our blankets from Johnstons of Elgin keep you warm and cozy this holiday season. Our collection of home blankets and throws, offered in a variety of patterns and tartans made from extra fine merino wool, lambswool double face and cashmere make for the ideal holiday gift.

Health Education Series: 2014 December Event on Robotics

The acclaimed Health Education Series: 2014 at the Bristol Public Library will host Dr. William Messerschmidt on December 11th for a discussion on Robotics used in surgery. The presentation is free and open to the public. It will begin at 6:30 PM in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room of the main BPL.
Dr. William Messerschmidt is a surgeon with a specialty in cardiothoracic surgery who performs the bulk of his surgeries on the heart. Dr. Messerschmidt and his team at the Wellmont CVA Heart Institute perform coronary artery bypass grafting and valve replacements, as well as surgery to correct heart rhythm problems and enlarged arteries in the heart and chest.
Recognized as one of the top heart surgeons in the region, Dr. Messerschmidt completed his medical education at the Jefferson Medical College, and his internship and residency in surgery at the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Since 2010 he has been a Clinical Professor of Surgery at the Quillen College of Medicine at East Tennessee State University. He has served on the active cardiothoracic surgery staff of Bristol Regional Medical Center since 1993. Dr. Messerschmidt serves on a number of committees for Wellmont and other regional organizations. He is the author of numerous articles, abstracts, book chapters, and has given many award winning presentations, both locally and nationally. His use of Robotics in surgeries has been ground-breaking for the region.
The Health Education Series: 2014 is a partnership between the Bristol Public Library, the Quillen College of Medicine, the Family Residency Program of Bristol, and Wellmont Health Systems. Offered on the second Thursday of each month March through December, the series seeks to help educate and inspire people to be more proactive about their health.
For additional information, please contact Doris Stickley at 276-821-6148.

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

Ryan Ward at O'Mainnin's Pub

December 11

Scratch River Telegraph and Dallas Danger at Machiavelli's

December 12

Borderline at 620 State

December 12–9

Chris Smith at Quaker Steak & Lube

December 13

Dugger Band Sleigh Ride at the Paramount

December 15–9

Pickin' Porch with The Ransom Notes at The Foundation Event Facility

December 15

13th Annual Journey's End

December 16

Bristol Virginia Senior Showchoir at The Paramount

December 16

Breakfast with Santa at KP!

December 20

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

December 21

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