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Believe in Bristol Announces Downtown Showcase Auction Items

The Downtown Showcase is tomorrow night! Thanks to an upswell of community support, we have received a dozens of wonderful items to bid on, from a trip to Cancun to a Pointer Brand garments to gourmet dinner and a night out!

Click here for the complete list of auction items

Downtown Bristol Blog

PUSH! Film Festival Surpasses Kickstarter Goal, Focuses on Film Competition

PUSH! Film Festival is off to a great start after surpassing its Kickstarter fundraiser goal! The first-year festival will be held on June 12—14, 2015 in Historic Downtown Bristol. The Festival plans to bring a variety of curated movies, workshops and presentations about film, and screenings of juried films including shorts, features, and films focused on Tennessee and Virginia.

Farmers Market Vendor Applications Now Available

The State Street Farmers Market launches its 16th season on Saturday, May 2, providing farm-fresh produce, baked goods, meats, cheeses and other specialty foods on State Street in the Downtown Center. In anticipation of the market opening, vendor applications are being made available on-line at

Abingdon Olive Oil & Blackbird Bakery Truffles

Two of downtown Bristol's most popular destinations have teamed up to bring something delicious to downtown!

Abingdon Olive Oil wedding registry

Abingdon Olive Oil Company now offers a bridal registry. Come by for a free consultation and private tasting and register.

Downtown Bristol Events

Believe in Bristol Annual Downtown Showcase!

March 26

UPDATE: Click here for a complete list of auction items!

Downtown Bristol is gearing up for its Annual Downtown Showcase and you are invited to attend! At the Downtown Showcase, you will experience all the best the heart of our community has to offer. This year’s event will be an amazing evening featuring a signature dish from many of our downtown restaurants, live music, local arts and artists, a fashion show, and much more – all from our Historic Downtown District!

A live and silent auction will be held during the course of the evening with exclusive and interesting offerings!Bristol’s Downtown Showcase will be held on Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 6pmat the Foundation Event Facility at 620 State Street. Bristol, TN. Space is limited and interested attendees should call Believe in Bristol at 276-644-9700 or email to reserve tickets ($55 a person or $100 for two), though we will have some tickets for sale on the door. Bristol’s Downtown Showcase is a fundraiser for Believe in Bristol; all proceeds will benefit the Main Street Program and downtown revitalization efforts.

As a Certified Main Street Community, Downtown Bristol has more to offer every day – more activities, more shops, more homes, more offices and more life. Believe in Bristol is a nonprofit 501 ( c ) 3 organization composed of dedicated citizens, business owners, government officials and other friends of Bristol who recognize the role a vital downtown plays in preserving and furthering our communities identity, spirit and economy.

By donating to, volunteering with and/or becoming involved in Believe in Bristol, you can become an active part of Bristol’s ongoing success story. Thanks to the participation of our citizens, Downtown Bristol has been, and will continue to be, a source of pride and delight for the people of Tennessee and Virginia—because we BELIEVE IN BRISTOL!

Jeff Little Trio & Wayne Henderson

March 31

Northeast State’s Entertainment Technology Program and Bristol’s Paramount Center for the Arts present the acclaimed Jeff Little Trio and guest Wayne Henderson in concert March 31 at 7 p.m.

The Trio and Henderson promise a toe-tapping night of music ranging from traditional old-time country to bluegrass to rockabilly to blues. The show is free and open to the public.

For those with an interest in Northeast State’s Entertainment Technology program, an open house is slated from 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m. at 620 State St., site of the College’s Bristol campus. The open house will feature tours of the program’s state-of-the-art sound, lighting, and recording facilities.

Bristol Ballet presents Unbroken Circle: Bristol's Music in Motion

April 11–12

Ballet Meets the Bristol Sessions and Beyond!

Bristol Ballet, in cooperation with the Birthplace of Country Music (BCM), presents Unbroken Circle: Bristol’s Music in Motion at the Paramount Center for the Arts April 11 at 7:30 p.m. and April 12 at 2:30 p.m.

Unbroken Circle: Bristol’s Music in Motion challenges the imagination through the lyrical poetry of our region’s music and the ethereal beauty of classical dance. The imaginative combination of ballet, the music of the Bristol Sessions, and beyond, honors Bristol’s music legacy with innovation and originality by marrying two forms of creative expression in an unexpected way.

The visionary behind the project, Bristol Ballet’s Artistic Director Michele Plescia cleverly inflects the show with imaginative details and nuance. 19 dancers from Bristol Ballet’s Senior and Apprentice Companies will perform Plescia’s original choreography.

“I wanted the program to be reflective of the history involved,” said Plescia. “For example, knowing that the Bristol Sessions took place in an old hat factory, part of the costumes will include 1920s style hats. Thomas Richardson has been exceptionally helpful in guiding us to make sure that our production truly reflects the music behind the history.”

Richardson is curator of education and outreach for Birthplace of Country Music Museum and served as an advisor on the project. BCM was helpful in providing program notes about the songs being used and provided education to the dancers about Bristol’s music legacy.

“Being part of such an inventive interpretation of our region’s music is of particular interest to BCM,” said Richardson. “The museum demonstrates a very modern way of telling Bristol’s story. Bristol Ballet’s Unbroken Circle is a very interesting concept and we were thrilled to be involved.”

Both recorded and live music selections have been chosen for the performances including “Will the Circle Be Unbroken,” “Pretty Polly,” “Bury Me Under the Weeping Willow Tree,” and “The Longest Train I Ever Saw.” There will be a dance to “Sixteen Tons” and a worship section featuring a medley of “Moonlight Sonata/Amazing Grace/Bound for the Promised Land” and “Down to the River to Pray.”

The Empty Bottle String Band, composed of former and current members of the East Tennessee State University Bluegrass, Old-Time, and Country Music studies, will perform “Coat of Many Colors” and the finale, “Will the Circle Be Unbroken.”

“Our goal at Bristol Ballet is to broaden the horizons of balletomanes and country music fans,” said Plescia. “We would love to see both of these audiences come together for this production and develop an appreciation for each art form.”

Unbroken Circle: Bristol’s Music in Motion is sponsored in part by the Tennessee Arts Commission, the Virginia Commission for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Tickets to the performances are $6 for children, $10 for students and seniors, and $15 for adults. Tickets may be purchased at The Paramount Center for the Arts box office or online at Call 423-274-8920 to purchase by phone.

For more information about other Bristol Ballet programming, visit For more information about Birthplace of Country Music, visit

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Bristol Office Supply Weekly Specials

Through March 27

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Bristol Public Library Poster Contest for Kids

March 25 — April 2

The Bristol Public Library and its Avoca Branch invites young people between the ages of 6 to 17 to enter a poster contest honoring libraries and National Library Week. This year’s theme for National Library Week (which is April 12 through the 18) is UnlimitedPossibilities@your library and the BPL has chosen the theme of "Every Week is Library Week at the BPL" for the contest.

There will be three age groups for entries: Ages 6-8; Ages 9-12; and, Ages 13-17. There will one winner chosen from each group. Each winning poster will be displayed at the BPL or Avoca Branch Library for the last two weeks of April and each winning artist will receive a gift certificate from Walmart. Entries will be accepted in the Children’s Department beginning at 9 AM Wednesday, March 25, through 5 PM Thursday, April 2. Contest winners will be announced on Sunday, April 12 at 2 PM in the lower court area of the BPL.

Contest Rules

  1. All work on the poster must be done by the young person and must be original. Children of BPL and the Avoca Branch Library employees may not enter the contest.
  2. The entry should measure at least 8. 5 inches x 11 inches.
  3. All contestants must agree to allow to the BPL to display his or her entry.
  4. Judging will be Monday, April 6. Judges will be one BPL Board of Trustees member, one BPL staff member, and one representative from a local organization.

For additional information, please contact the marketing office of the BPL at 276-821-6148.