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YWCA and the Bristol Train Station Form Partnership

The Bristol Train Station and the YWCA of Bristol announced a long-term partnership Thursday.Effective immediately, the YWCA will manage the train station’s operations, including human resources, financial management, facility maintenance, event management and marketing. The train station foundation will focus on historical preservation and anything related to capital improvements.Sydney Burns will work as event and communications administrator for the YWCA as well as manager and marketing director of the train station. Photo Credit:Earl Neikirk/BHC

Get Your Vote in for the Best of Bristol 2015

It's time once again to get your vote in for your favorite restaurants, shops, and services.

Wellness Yoga Mini Retreat with Melissa Hite

Wellness Yoga is hosting a mini-retreat on Saturday, February 21 from 1 — 4:30pm. The class is being lead by Melissa Hite, all materials provided. Please call 276-644-3086 to reserve your spot, space is limited! Retreat is $50 per person.

BCM Museum, Bristol Featured on Covers of VA/TN Vacation Guides

The official 2015 Virginia Travel Guide and Tennessee Vacation Guide have launched, both highlighting Bristol on their covers.

Special Gift Made to the Bristol Public Library by Holston Rivers Master Naturalists

The Holston Rivers Chapter of the Virginia Master Naturalist program has donated a copy of the recently publishedFlora of Virginiabook to the Bristol Public Library and is in the process of donating books to the libraries serving the region of Bristol City, Russell County, Hayter’s Gap, Smyth County, Damascus, Glade Spring, Scott County, Tazewell County, and Wise County. The Washington County Library has already received a copy of the book from the Creeper Trail Association.

Huffington Post Names Crooked Road One of the Top Ten Places to Propose

The Crooked Road has been named by The Huffington Post one of the best places to pop the big question: "Music has a tendency to bring people together.Couples bound by Country and Roots Music will want to dedicate themselves to each other in Southwestern Virginia. First, at Smithsonian affiliate The Birthplace of Country Music Museum in Bristol VA, and then in Hiltons, at the Carter Family Fold(yes, THAT Carter Family), where you can celebrate the enfolding of hearts whileFlat Foot Cloggingtogether on the worn dance floor. For apre-honeymoon road trip, drive 333 miles on The Crooked Road,a corridor through the best small and large venues and impromptu musical gatherings in rural Virginia."

Downtown Bristol Events

Mike Farris: Live from the Birthplace of Country Music

January 31

Former front man for the Screamin' Cheetah Wheelies, Mike Farris is known as a powerhouse vocalist with blue-eyed soul. As a solo artist, Farris has earned an Americana Music Award and the Dove Award. He has also performed at Bonnaroo, Merlefest, SXSW, and Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival. Artists such as Rodney Crowell, Buddy Miller, Patty Griffin, and Marty Stuart are struck by Mike Farris' incomparable voice. He has opened for Patti LaBelle, Mavis Staples, Blind Boys of Alabama, Ricky Skaggs and Bruce Hornsby. Mike's spirited soul-gospel fusion also led to an invitation to perform at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 16th Annual American Music Masters Concert honoring Aretha Franklin. Concert takes place in the Performance Theater at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum.

$30 per ticket, purchase print-at-home tickets at


February 6

Blakley Leonard & the Folkups will perform at Quaker Steak & Lube in downtown Bristol on Friday, February 6.

Dale Jett and Wayne Henderson at The Birthplace of Country Music Museum

February 6

Songs and Stories from A. P. Carter's Martin Guitar with Dale Jett and Wayne Henderson
Friday, February 6, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.
Performance Theater at Birthplace of Country Music Museum

In the 1930s, A. P. Carter bought a Martin 000-28 guitar to play on border radio from Mexico. A fancy guitar for the time, it is now considered one of the finest examples of the "golden age" of Martin production. That guitar was later handed down to A.P.'s grandson, Dale Jett and is currently on display in the museum's Carter Family exhibit, running through February 28. When a guitar of this caliber needs repair, Jett trusts friend and luthier Wayne Henderson to do the job. Songs and Stories is an intimate concert experience and rare occasion to hear A.P. Carter's guitar played by Jett and Henderson.

Cash bar will be available at the event. $25 per ticket, doors open at 6:00 p.m. Click here to purchase print-at-home tickets.

Lightwire at The Paramount Center for the Arts

February 6

Absolutely Amazing is correct. Coming off the hot hot heels of the Americas Got Talent television appearance, the Lightwire Theatre are amazing crowds all over the country. Bring the family for an incredible night of adventure told in such a unique way, light.

Find out more at

The Paramount Chamber Players to present Age of Elegance and Sensibility

February 20–22

The Paramount Chamber Players will be joined by nationally renowned violinist Tessa Lark, winner of the prestigious Naumberg International Violin Award in 2012. Tessa Lark is consistently praised by critics and audiences for her astounding range of sounds, technique and musical elegance.In this concert, TPCP celebrates an age of elegance and sensibility, a time frame roughly spanning the nineteenth century, when composers were interested in conveying emotional range in agraceful and sophisticated manner. The ensemble will present Brahms’ lyrical composition Piano Quartet in A Major, op. 26. Balancing this major work is seldom-heard Swedish composerBernhard Crusell’s Quartet for Clarinet and Strings op. 2, no. 1 and a set of songs for the cello and piano by Gabriel Fauré. Appearing in this concert are TPCP members Craig W. Combs, piano; Luis Casal, viola; Cherylonda Fitzgerald, cello; and Eugene Jones, clarinet.Performances are on Friday, February 20, 7:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Kingsport, TN; Saturday, February 21, 7:30 p.m. at The Paramount Center for the Arts in Bristol, TN; and on Sunday, February 22, 3:00 p.m. as part of the Spencer-Miller Memorial Concert Series at Sinking Spring Presbyterian Church in Abingdon, Va.

Tickets available at the door are $15 General Admission, $12 seniors, and students admitted free. On Saturday evening, tickets are also available through the Paramount Box Office 423-274-8920 or on line at Tickets for the Spencer-Miller Memorial Concert Series
performance on Sunday afternoon are available at the door for $10 adults, free for students.

OSHA 10-Hour Construction Course

February 23

Make certain your workers are up to date on safety standards before the busy season! Topics covered include Record Keeping; Focus Four — Falls, Electrocution, Struck by & Caught Between;Personal Protective & Life Saving Equipment; Health Hazards in Construction; Scaffolds; and Cranes, Derricks, Hoists, Elevators & Conveyors. Training supplied by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

The class is Feb. 23 from 8 a.m.-5:15 p.m. and Feb. 24 from 8 a.m.-noon in the Bristol Chamber of Commerce board room. Cost for Chamber members is $100 and $150 for non-members. Fees include all materials and lunch.

RSVP by Feb. 18. For more information or to register, Email Karen Witcher or call 423-989-4850.

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Community Notice Board

Bristol Public Library Invites Community Members to Join Focus Groups on Adult Learning and Programming

January 20 – February 5

The Bristol Public Library is planning new programming for adults through the renovated Adult Learning Lab and a new creativity center. To better serve the community, the BPL is asking for community members to serve on focus groups about adult learning, lifelong learning, and adult programming. Focus groups are scheduled for January 20 through February 5 and will last approximately 90 minutes. Sessions will occur during morning, afternoon, evening, and weekend hours to make it most convenient for participants. Participants should be age 18 or older and willing to provide some demographic information such as age. A small thank you gift will be provided to participants.

Anyone interested in joining a focus group should contact Doris Stickley at or call 276-821-6148.

Join KP for Saturday Brunch

Saturdays 10 am — 2 pm

Start your day out with a delicious brunch at KP. Join us for biscuits & gravy, French toast, eggs Benedict, chefs frittata, and a black salmon croissant.

L.C. King Brown Duck Blowout Sale

January 27–29

Save 20% on all Brown Duck items at L.C. King Mfg., makers of Pointer Brand Clothing. For more information visit

Prom Dress Drive and Sale at YWCA

January 27 – April 30

Clean out your closet and donate your old prom dresses, bridesmaids dresses, shoes, and accessories. Help deserving girls go to prom in style! Bristol Bridal Station is a program of YWCA Bristol that provides new, couture wedding gowns at affordable prices to women of all income levels. Through partnerships with bridal salons, we offer beautiful gowns up to 75% off retail value! We want every bride's experience to be one they remember — and can afford!

Proceeds support women, children and families in YWCA programs. Click here to learn more about our "Couture for a Cause." Giving back has never been easier!

Get Ready for the Big Game at Bristol Office Supply

January 28 – February 1

Bristol Office Supply has everything you need to get ready for the BIG game this Sunday. Follow the link to view the full ad.

Support Downtown Businesses and Save at Shelbee's Vintage Cafe

January 28 – February 28

Get 10% off your entire order at Shelbee's Vintage Cafe when you shop in Downtown Bristol. Just bring in your merchant receipt and save! For more information call (423) 652-1000.

Bristol Half & Half Marathon Needs Volunteers

January 28 – April 11

We need MANY volunteers to help make this event a success!

Positions Needed:
Course Marshals (must be 16 years of age)
Bicycle Riders
Set up and clean up for Virginia High and Tennessee High

If have questions or need more info, please call Susan Stout at 645-8844.

All volunteers must register on the website:

It’s not too early to sign up!!

Line Dancing Classes at Bristol Ballet

January 28 – April 30

Line Dancing this Friday, January 30 at Bristol Ballet! Half Price for your first class. RSVP required. To RSVP email Rachel Pearson at or call (423) 534-0104. Classes by Nuline Dance and Fitness with Rachael, who offers lots of classes around the area — visit their Facebook page to stay on top of the latest schedule.