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Due to technical difficulties, some items were mistakenly omitted from the eNews earlier this morning. Below is the complete eNews for November 4, 2015. We apologize for any inconvenience!

Think BCM for the Holidays!

Searching for a unique location for your holiday party? The Birthplace of Country Music Museum is available for special events that will leave a lasting impression on your guests. There are a variety of spaces and set up options available. For more information, contact Carey Kidd via email or at 423-573-1927. Also, be sure to keep The Museum Store in mind when doing your holiday shopping. The Museum Store features local artisans and a number of unique finds sure to please everyone on your list. Made-to-order gift baskets and gift cards are also available!

Downtown Bristol Blog

BiB welcomes Maggie Bishop to the Bristol Main Street Team

We are pleased to welcome Maggie Bishop as the new Main Street Associate Director. Maggie will be overseeing the Arts & Entertainment District, will work closely with downtown Bristol merchants and assist with management of downtown festivities and events. Maggie comes to us from Lexington, Kentucky where she graduated with her Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations from Eastern Kentucky University. She has a background in customer service and interpersonal communications and is excited to join the Believe in Bristol team.

Bristolopoly is Back!

The Bristol Crisis Center announced today the popular board game, “Bristolopoly II” is currently in development and will be ready for Christmas. Promotions on the board go on sale today through November 11, 2015. As sponsor of the game, with the underwriting support from J.A. Street, the Bristol Crisis Center will receive funds which will go toward operations of the Center

BCM hosts "16 Tons" Music Competition

Now is your chance to record your own version of "16 Tons," the iconic tune made famous by Tennessee Ernie Ford and covered by many other great musicians. This competition is part of the Birthplace of Country Music Museum's programming to complement the special exhibit "Tennessee Ernie Ford: A Life on Stage," now open. Deadline for Entries is December 4, 2015.

Downtown Bristol Events

Blacklight Yoga with Sandi Nelson

November 6 | Wellness Yoga of Bristol

Time to get wild and crazy at Wellness Yoga's very first Blacklight Yoga Workshop. Grab your glow-in-the-dark yoga gear and come prepared to enjoy a yoga practice with fun, upbeat music. Before your practice, use the Blacklight paint, makeup and jewelry glow sticks to decorate yourself. May your inner artist come out!!!

When: Friday, November 6th, 2015
Time: 7:00 p.m. — 8:30 p.m.
Cost: $15

Junior League Follies 2015

November 6–7 | Paramount Center for the Arts

Follies performances at the Paramount Center. Shows begin at 8pm. Proceeds benefit Bristol Junior League's Splash Pad project.

Since 1949, and approximately every three years since, the Junior League of Bristol (previously the Border Guild) presents a musical Follies production. The show consists of comedy skits, solo and group musical performances and dances. Follies has been an event that gives our region an opportunity to showcase its homegrown talent with the cast made up of both JLB members and others in the community who are eager to showcase their talent. Bright costumes and a professional director from New York bring a bit of bright lights and showbiz to Bristol.

Veteran's Day Parade & Traditional Memorial Service

November 7 | Downtown Bristol

For well over 50 years the veterans of Bristol have honored their fallen comrades with a parade and memorial service in downtown Bristol. Whether through years of recognition or obscurity the parade has reminded the region of the sacrifice of our own citizens in wars and military engagements since the beginning of our nation. The annual event will once again be held in the streets of downtown Bristol on Saturday November 7. Any veteran is welcome to participate in the parade. Line-up begins on Morrison Blvd at 8am, with the parade beginning at 10am using the traditional parade route. Following the parade, approximately at 11am, citizens will gather for the traditional memorial service at the Bristol War Memorial at Cumberland Square Park.

The Crooked Road Rejects

November 7 | O'Mainnin's Pub

The Crooked Road Rejects will play O'Mainnin's Pub November 7th at 8pm.

Blankenship to Present World War 1 as the "New War in the Old World"

November 10 | Bristol Public Library

While U.S. historians regularly focus on World War 11 and the American Civil War, Europe and Africa are commemorating the early years of World War 1. On Monday, November 9 the Bristol Historical Association will present a program, led by Josh Blankenship, entitled “1915, The New War in the Old World: Technological Advances and the Entente’s Struggle in Europe.” The lecture will be held at 6:30pm at the Bristol Public Library.

At the outbreak of the war in 1914 the U.S. had a policy of non-intervention, avoiding conflict and trying to broker peace. Ultimately, direct threats to the American homeland and unrestricted submarine warfare brought President Woodrow Wilson to declare war on Germany on April 6, 1917. Blankenship will discuss the world stage in 1915. There were many setbacks and military blunders for the Entente, including the sinking of the Lusitania, the first use of poison gas, and Winston Churchill’s disastrous invasion of Gallipoli. There were questions if the war could be won.

Technology began to “catch up” with military tactic. Flamethrowers, Poison Gas, Tracer Bullets, and Synchronized Machine Guns began to find their place on the battlefield. They became much needed tools to help advance combat for their respective sides. Blankenship will discuss how several key battles ushered in several personnel changes throughout many nations as a last result to help break the stalemate.

Blankenship has a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Virginia Tech and specialized in European Imperial & Colonial history with a concentration in British Imperial & Colonial history (1870-1918) and World War I (1914-1918). He devotes much of his free time to historic preservation of local cemeteries, primarily East Hill, where he is on the board of directors. He is also actively involved in researching the U.S Army’s 30th Infantry Division during World War I, the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879, and involved in a number of current Bristol Historical Association projects.

The November 10 meeting is a partnership with the Bristol Public Library and the library’s mission of “Expanding Minds and Building Community”. In addition to this lecture from Blankenship there will be recognition of Lee Street Baptist Church as they celebrate their 150th Anniversary in 2015. The public is cordially invited to attend this free meeting. Contact Tim Buchanan, president, for details of this or other upcoming meetings,

2015 Fall Gala featuring a performance of Beyond Glory

November 13 | Paramount Center for the Arts

The Paramount Center for the Arts will host its Fall Gala on Friday, November 13th. The reception begins in the lobby at 6pm, including hors d'oeuvres and an open bar, followed by a performance of Beyond Glory, featuring award-winning actor Stephen Lang, at 8 pm.

The Paramount Gala event is by invitation only. Tickets are $135, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit a localVeteran Support Organization.

Visit this link and complete the contact form to ensure you receive your invitation to this highly anticipated event.

About Beyond Glory
Award-winning stage and screen star Stephen Lang brings the stories of eight different Medal of Honor recipients to the stage in his exciting one-man show. Adapted from Larry Smith’s book, Beyond Glory will reach into your very soul and keep you thoroughly spellbound.

Beyond Glory presents the stories of eight veterans from World War II, Korea, and Vietnam, rendering first-hand accounts of valor which resulted in the nation’s highest military award, the Medal of Honor. The oral histories of these eight men are brought to life through Lang’s commanding performance.

Beyond Glory enjoyed a celebrated run on Broadway in 2007, after its initial production at Chicago’s Goodman Theater. Since then,Lang has performed the show on military bases, and gave a command performance on the floor of Congress with Medal of Honor recipient Senator Daniel Inouye of Hawaii in attendance. As a tribute to fallen soldiers,Lang is now taking it to various states for a limited run in October and November.

Additional performances of Beyond Glory will be held Saturday, November 14th at 3 and 8 pm.

Introduction to Printmaking Workshop

November 14

Downtown Art Class by Alexis Snyder
$60 registration fee + $40 supply fee (both due at door)
Ages 14 and up

Block printing is a great method for creating handmade, reproducible fine art prints as well as personalized greeting cards and similar items. In this class, students will make a linoleum block print and will learn about other traditional methods of printmaking, such as woodcut, monotype, etching, engraving, and lithograph. This is a beginner class; previous drawing experience is helpful but not necessary. (Those who are not confident in their drawing abilities can use transfer paper for tracing images or can create designs with stencils, stamps, etc.)

Register by November 9, 2015 by phone or email. Maximum class size is 8 students. Minimum class size is 2 students.

Students who wish to bring their own supplies must notify the gallery/instructor when registering so they are not charged for these supplies. Supply fee is $40.

For more details and a list of supplies, visit Register: 423.797.0089 or

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Holston View Elementary Student Artwork on Display in Historic Downtown Bristol

Through November 30 | Hayes Furniture Building

The Arts & Entertainment District is hosting the 5th Annual Student Art Gallery in Downtown Bristol. In an effort to “Cultivate Bristol’s Creativity,” the district has invited the local schools to help us beautify our community by providing art to decorate the front windows of the former Hayes Furniture Building on State Street.

“The Student Art Gallery is an important part of the A&E District’s mission,” says René Rodgers, the Arts & Entertainment chair. “It gives students an outlet for their artistic efforts and shows them the value of creativity, while also beautifying an empty storefront and sharing the arts with our downtown visitors. I am always excited to see the wonderful projects and the different ways the students express themselves each month.”

Each school or group that participates has a month-long period to display their students’ art in the space. The first gallery of art went up today, showcasing art from students in the 4th and 6th grades at Holston View Elementary School. Roslyn Eitel’s students have the opportunity to complete a piece of art that has both emphasis and contrast. The fourth-grade students first trace their hands on gridded paper, then filling in every box with designs, pictures and words that represent themselves. Next, they chose a favorite color scheme and color in all the outside boxes with colored pencils. “This is one of my students’ very favorite projects,” Eitel explains. “It takes them quite a while to complete, but they always love it and keep it for years to come.”

Artwork by the students from Holston View Elementary School will be on display at the Hayes Furniture Building until November 30, 2015.

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