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Basq Restaurant Now Open for Dinner

Basq Restaurant And Catering (website, Facebook) is now open for dinner! Thurs-Sat 5pm-10pm, you can enjoy incredible food in a beautiful setting perfect for the night out. Creative menu options are to be expected, such as this week featuring a special four course meal meant to pair with Holston River Brewing flavors in celebration of Tri-Cities Craft Beer Week. Prepare for your taste buds to be blown away with items like "Prosciutto wrapped scallops", "Grilled quail with bourbon gastrique", "Burgundy-braised short ribs", and "Tri-Layered custard cake." Mmmmm!

Checking in with Bristol Brewery

Believe in Bristol got a chance to catch up with Ken Monyak, brewmaster of Bristol Brewing, opening later this year in our old downtown 1930's bus station on Piedmont across from the library. The equipment is mostly setup and ready to go!

Downtown Bristol Events

Tap Takeover and Brushfire Stankgrass

April 9

Holston River Brewing takes over the taps at Machiavelli's during Tri-Cities Craft Beer Week! To celebrate the festivities, they are throwing a FREE SHOW with Asheville phenoms Brushfire Stankgrass.

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

Second Sunday Concert Series: Haywood County Ramblers

April 12

The Birthplace of Country Music and William King Museum of Art present the Haywood County Ramblers Sunday, April 12 at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum.

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About Haywood County Ramblers
The Haywood County Ramblers are part of the next generation of traditional mountain musicians, dedicated to honoring the old tunes and songs of the southern Appalachian Mountains. Each performance is a combination of fiddle tunes, Baptist spirituals, banjo tunes, square dance hoedowns, traditional ballads, and Carter Family songs.

About the Concert Series
Every second Sunday, March through August in 2015, music brings two of the region's premier museums together for one amazing concert series. The Second Sunday Concert Series, presented by William King Museum of Art and the Birthplace of Country Music, will feature a fantastic afternoon of great music in two of the region's most celebrated museums.

Beginning in March, the Second Sunday Concert Series will alternate locations between William King Museum of Art in Abingdon, Virginia and Birthplace of Country Music Museum in Bristol, Virginia.

Admission to each concert is $15 with the opportunity to purchase packages of three (3) concerts or the entire series at a discount. Cash bar and light hors d'oeuvres will be served, two (2) drink tickets included per concert ticket. Must be 21 and over with valid photo I.D. to consume alcohol at the event.

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Through April 10

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City of Bristol, VA Budget Adoption Schedule

April 9 — June 9

The schedule for the adoption of the 2015-2016 budget is as follows:

April 9 — Town Hall meeting to include budget overview and smaller group discussion
April 28 — Budget Workshop
May 2 — Public Hearing and First Reading if the Budget Ordinance
June 9 — Second Reading and Adoption of the Budget Ordinance

Newcomers and Friends Club of Bristol Meeting

April 10

The Newcomers and Friends Club of Bristol VA/TN will have its regular meeting on Friday, April 10 at the 2nd floor meeting room at the Bristol Public Library beginning at 10:15 am. There will be a special program by Holston River Brewing Company which opened in May 2014 as the first Brewing company in Bristol. Everyone is welcome, whether you are new to the area or not. A lunch reservation ($12.00) is required in advance. For more information about the Club or to make a reservation, please contact Gwen Paton, Membership Chairman at 423-480-9016.

Yoga and a Downtown Walk

Mondays at 9am thru May 18

Join Wellness Yoga of Bristol for a unique and fun workshop. Come and enjoy a 30 min yoga class that includes meditation, warm-up and building a little heat...then we head out for a 30 minute power walk around downtown Bristol (window shopping suggested)...finally, we head back to the studio for 30 more minutes of yoga, which will include your cool-down and of course the all time favorite pose...savasana!

This is a 6 week workshop and will begin on Monday, April 13, 2015, 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. (Please arrive 15 minutes early.)

Dates for workshop
Monday, April 13, 2015
Monday, April 20, 2015
Monday, April 27, 2015
Monday, May 4, 2015
Monday, May 11, 2015
Monday, May 18, 2015

Will have rain-dates available if needed.

Cost per class: $12.00