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Believe in Bristol 2015 Design Symposium

October 1–2 | Downtown Bristol

Join us for three days of free events celebrating Design in Downtown Bristol Tennessee and Virginia. Download Flyer | Download Printable Schedule

OCT. 1st, 3pm — 8pm The Paramount Center for the Arts
OCT. 2nd, 8am — 3pm The Birthplace of Country Music Museum

The Believe in Bristol Design Symposium

A gathering of nationally known creative thinkers will lead a thought-provoking discussion of human-centered, participatory processes in the creation of vibrant, sustainable places.


American Institute of Architects Young Architects Honor Award Winner
Principal, Latent Design Chicago, IL

Former Director of Graduate Studies
University of Notre Dame School of Architecture Notre Dame, IN

Overseer of Design Services for the Virginia Main Street Program
Principal, Frazier Associates Staunton, VA

Director, Natural Learning Initiative
North Carolina State University College of Design Raleigh, NC

Executive Vice-president/CEO, AIA Virginia
Executive Director, Branch Museum of Architecture and Design Richmond, VA

Former Design Director, Nashville Civic Design Center
The University of Tennessee College of Architecture and Design Knoxville, TN

and more...

Sugar Lime Blue

October 2

Sugar Lime Blue will perform at O'Mainnin's in downtown Bristol on Friday, October 2 at 10 p.m.

Pottery Birdhouse Workshop

October 3–17 | A Work of Art Gallery & Gifts

Downtown Art Class by Teresa Kath
Ages 14 and up
$60 one-time registration fee (due at door )

Creation Day: Saturday, October 3, 2015 from 2-4pm.
Glazing Day: Saturday, October 17, 2015 from 2-4pm.
Pickup available after October 31, 2015 at the gallery.

Register by September 25, 2015 by phone or email! Late registrations may be considered. All materials will be supplied. Class is limited to eight participants.

For more details, visit Register: 423.797.0089 or

St. Francis Concert to Benefit Holly Help

October 3 | Emmanuel Episcopal Church

A St. Francis Concert will be on Saturday, October 3 at 7:00 pm featuring local musicians performing selections from classical to pop. Donations for the concert will go to the Holly Help Spay Neuter Fund. The concert will be at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 700 Cumberland St. Bristol VA 24201.

Jud & Carolyn Berry
Robert Campbelle
Rebecca Catalano
Ryan Gray
Robert Greene
Jeremy & Ashley McLaughlin
Martha Painter
Martin Robinette
Chris & Stephanie Yoder

The Holly Help Spay-Neuter Fund is a Bristol VA based organization which focuses on the spay sterilization surgeries for dogs and cats. It was founded in the Spring of 2001 and maintain a 501.c3 tax exempt status as a branch of United Humanitarian, A Corporation. We rely mainly on the money received from donations and recycling aluminum cans to fund our surgeries. We are all volunteers and Holly Help pays no salaries. To date we have over 23,567 spay/neuters completed!

Radio Bristol Sessions: Amythyst Kiah

October 7 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum

Join WBCM Radio Bristol for an exciting Radio Bristol Sessions concert featuring Amythyst Kiah. This event is FREE to the public and will be aired on WBCM Radio Bristol.

Event will be held at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum, in the Performance Theater.

Doors Open at 11:30 a.m. Concert Begins at 12:00 p.m. (Please be in your seat by 11:50 a.m.)

About Amythyst Kiah
Amythyst Kiah is a Southern Gothic, alt-country blues singer/songwriter that has found a way to fuse traditional roots music with a contemporary style that does not take away from the integrity of the original song, and transforms them into powerful, soulful renditions.

She draws heavily on Old Time music (Mississippi Sheiks, Son House, Roscoe Holcombe, Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers), and is inspired by vocal stylings of R&B and Country music from the ’50s-’70s (Big Mama Thornton, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Nina Simone, Dolly Parton, Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn). She also draws from contemporary popular artists that have similar powerful vocal integrity (Megan Jean and the KFB, Dax Riggs, Thom Yorke). Needless to say, Amythyst has got a lot of tools in her vocal tool box, and is also well on her way to joining the powerhouse vocalist pantheon.

An Evening with Mark O'Connor with special guest Carson Peters

October 9 | Paramount Center for the Arts

ACMA and the City of Bristol TN are proud to present an evening with Mark O'Connor with special guest Carson Peters.

Yoga & Suds

October 10 | Bristol Brewery

Join Wellness Yoga and Bristol Brewery for a crazy fun yoga practice under the skylights at Bristol Brewery, conveniently located right next door to Wellness Yoga of Bristol. Enjoy a one hour yoga
class, then partake in a flight of beer. A flight is a yummy sampling of 4 different Bristol Brews.

When: October 10, 2015
Yoga Practice: 12:00 p.m. — 1:00 p.m.
Flight Sampling: 1:00 p.m. till ????
Cost: Yoga Class — $10
Flight of Beer — $5

Please stop by Wellness Yoga to check in and grab a mat if you do not have one, then head over to Bristol Brewery to enjoy your yoga class.

Spaces are limited! Please call Wellness Yoga at 276-644-3086 to reserve your spot or stop by the studio and place your name on the sign-up sheet.

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Tennessee Ernie Ford Exhibit

Through Feb. 14 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum

In October 2015, the Birthplace of Country Music Museum will unveil the special exhibit Tennessee Ernie Ford. A look into the life and legacy of Tennessee Ernie Ford, the special exhibit will feature photographs, audio and video materials, interactive components, and special programming during its four (4) month duration in the museum.

A magnetic performer and a pioneer in radio and television broadcasting, Tennessee Ernie Ford made his mark on American show business through the blockbuster recording “Sixteen Tons,” his television show The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show, and his gospel television specials. At ease performing with entertainers from Minnie Pearl to Odetta to Liberace, Tennessee Ernie Ford demonstrates masterful talent as an entertaining personality. All the same, “The Ol’ Pea Picker” kept his hometown of Bristol, TN close to his heart and in his persona, and his performances captured the down-home character and integrity he valued.

This special exhibit will open during the 60th anniversary of the release of “Sixteen Tons” and will commemorate not only the accomplishments of Tennessee Ernie Ford, but also his values of faith and family. Up close and personal, visitors to the exhibit will be invited to consider his enormous impact on the music business, his amazing ability to capture audiences young and old, and his ever-present personality as a boy from Bristol.