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PUSH! Film Festival Deadline coming up soon!

The film competition continues to bring in new and exciting films from near and far. The regular deadline for film submissions is Monday, April 20 — so if you are a filmmaker, we want to hear from you! We will be awarding prizes to the winners in four categories: Best Tennessee Film, Best Virginia Film, Best Short, and Best Feature. Electronic submissions are encouraged, and you can submit online via Film Freeway. You can also submit via email screener link or by sending in a DVD. For more details about the categories, fees, submission methods, awards, and rules for PUSH!'s film competition, go to:

Congratulations to BIB new Board Members!

Congratulations to Believe in Bristol new Executive Committee and Board Members;

Executive Committee:

President – Sarah Hutchinson, Bristol Chamber & CVB
Past President – Marjorie Tester, First Tennessee Bank
Vice-President – Kathryn Cole, Wellmont
Secretary – Emily Patton, Edward Jones
Treasurer – Vicie Dotson, Bristol VA School System

New names for BOD:

Kathi Boatright to replace Emily Loudon, King University
Jessica Barnett, Northeast State
Seth Bartee, Virginia Tech & Northeast State
April Taylor-Barnes, Abingdon Olive Oil of Bristol
Kevin Jessee, Citizens Bank

Returning for another 3 year term:

Jean Burnette, The Boxwood
Chris Chandler, Chandler Landscape Design

Downtown Bristol Blog

Benjamin Walls Gallery presents Abstract Spring

Eighteen of fine art photographer Benjamin Walls' best abstract images are now on display at Benjamin Walls Gallery in downtown Bristol. Visit the gallery for some you know and some new ones that will bend your perspective. Walls' "Elements" was previously chosen to be on display at The Natural History Museum in London.

Have you visited A Work of Art Gallery & Gifts?

Situated on the corner of State Street and 6th Street is a business that residents and tourists alike are sometimes surprised to find in Downtown Bristol, but once they find it, it’s a treasure. It’s an artist cooperative – A Work of Art Gallery & Gifts – that boasts an artist membership of over thirty local artists that collectively own and operate the gallery.

Downtown Bristol Events

ETSU presents the 12th Annual Celebration of Bluegrass, Old Time, Celtic, and Country Music featuring Bobby Hicks

April 18

ETSU will present the 12th annual Celebration of Bluegrass, Old Time, Celtic, and Country Music Saturday, April 18th at 7pm at the Paramount Center for the Arts. The event will feature top ETSU bluegrass, old time, country, and celtic bands, as well as this year's guest of honor, Bobby Hicks. Hicks is a 10-time Grammy Award-winning fiddler.

Tickets are $16 for adults and $12 for students with student ID, children under 12, and seniors over 65. Click here to purchase tickets online.

Free Family Fun Day at Birthplace of Country Music Museum

April 19

Bring in the whole family for musical activities, stories and songs, homemade instruments, and more!

Also Coming Up

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Community Notice Board

New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots

March 8 – September 30

The Birthplace of Country Music Museum (BCMM) further explores America’s roots music through New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music. Originally a traveling exhibit of the Smithsonian Institution, New Harmonies will be on view beginning March 8, 2015 and continuing through September 30, 2015.

Music is all around us—at a local festival, a dance hall on a Saturday night, or on your radio or .mp3 player. Whether you’re hearing blues, country, folk, or gospel, American roots music reveals the American story. As Americans from a variety of backgrounds and shared cultural influences, musicians found new ways to play unique sounds learned from new neighbors or traditional instruments. The inevitable intermingling of musical influences created exciting new sounds.

Through a series of photographs, recordings, instruments, lyrics and artist profiles, New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music will explore the distinct cultural identities of American roots music forms. The exhibition will examine the progression of American roots music, as rich and eclectic as our country itself. Other musical genres profiled include zydeco, tejano, bluegrass and klezmer.

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