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BCM Museum Recognized with Industry Awards

The Birthplace of Country Music Museum has recently been recognized with a variety of industry awards and commendations, including the American Alliance of Museums 2015 Museum Publications Design Competition, the Southeastern Museums Conference 2015 Technology Competition, and the British Guild of Travel Writers 2015 Tourism Awards.

Downtown Bristol Events

2015 Holiday Scentsy Open House

November 20 | Bristol Brewery

A 2015 Holiday Scentsy Open House will be held at Bristol Brewery on Nov 20th from 6-9pm. Products that will be offered are wickless candles, electric warmers, wax bars, bath & body products, laundry products and household products. All are available in an array of scents. There will also be some cash and carry items. Please join us for an evening of fun and maybe get a little Christmas shopping done!

Marcus Boyd

November 20 | Quaker Steak and Lube

Marcus Boyd will play Quaker Steak and Lube in downtown Bristol Friday, November 20th.

Marcus grew up in and has lived most of his life close to his roots in Southwest Virginia. He learned to play guitar at the young age of 8 and played in church growing up. His love for music brought him to learn to play piano, bass, banjo and mandolin as well. He broadened his horizons in his college days at Clinch Valley College (now UVA Wise), where he met several talented musicians of differing styles and spent many evenings collaborating.

He grew up playing country, bluegrass and gospel music and later became acquainted with rock, blues and classical styles. Some of his professional influences include Tom Petty, Garth Brooks, Vince Gill, Leo Kottke, and Counting Crows. His music is a blend of traditional country, bluegrass, modern country and rock. Many enjoy his baritone vocals and smooth guitar style.

Lately, Marcus has spent more time working on original music. Painting vivid pictures of his own life, songs like I Gotta Go, Route 22, End of our Song, Beer League, Tuesday Sunset, Take A Little Walk With You and Fifteen Minutes show some of the many facets of his life.

Whicker Glass Building Auction

November 21 | Downtown Bristol

Opportunity, opportunity – here it is! Downtown Bristol is booming, and this is your opportunity to own a piece of it. This 10,000 sq. Ft. Building (5,000 sq. Ft. On each floor) is one of the very few free standing buildings in all of downtown Bristol, giving you a view from every window. This 2 story building has multiple uses for both business and residential, including: retail space, office space, loft apartments and so much more — the possibilities are endless.

You walk out the back of the building and immediately enter the Downtown Center, where you can experience the farmers market to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables in season, enjoy music on a summer’s night, or view the beautiful mural. Then you’re on State Street, ready to enjoy all that downtown has to offer.

This well built building has a new rubber roof (only 1 year old) and has a manual elevator, making it easy to move items to and from the second floor. No problem with parking here; there are parking spaces in front of the building and the municipal parking lot is directly across from the building. You also have a nice park across the street, great for relaxing, with a nice view from the 2nd floor. If you have been looking for an investment building in downtown Bristol, don’t miss this one!

Property will be auctioned Saturday, November 21st at 10am. Location: 815 Shelby Street, Bristol, TN.

First Appalachian Robotics Mountain Mayhem Scrimmage

November 21 | Bristol Public Library

On November 21, from 10 am – 4pm, eight or more robotics teams from southwest Virginia and western North Carolina will move mountains together for an FTC Res-Q Challenge Scrimmage. Hosted by FTC Team 7090 First Appalachian Robotics (Bristol, VA) and Team 7300 the Ashebots (Asheville, NC), this event will be held in the main conference room of the Bristol Public Library.

The scrimmage will have a full competition field set up for the teams to try out their robot designs in a friendly, non-competitive situation. Scrimmages like these enable teams to troubleshoot and improve their robots before a competition and practice working both with and against other teams. Come see the next generation of engineers at work and robots in action!
This event is free and open to the public.

For further information, please contact Garry Wakely of First Appalachian Robotics on 276-791-2414.

About First Appalachian Robotics
The First Appalachian Robotics team strives to inspire and provide opportunities for young people to be science and technology leaders by engaging students not just in building robots, but by building life skills such as leadership, communication, engineering, and design, and encouraging innovation and self-confidence. They also work hard to do outreach and educational opportunities in the community about their work, including high-altitude balloon launches and educational programs for both peers and younger students. For more information about the multiple outreach programs, go to their Facebook page:

12 Sprays of Christmas Social

November 21 | Wellness Yoga of Bristol

Join Wellness Yoga of Bristol for a casual holiday social. Enjoy wine (BYOB) and snacks as Cassie shares two of her favorite Christmas beverages with you (recipes included). You will learn
a few tips on how to manage holiday stress and how to avoid overeating. You will also get to make two Essential Oil Holiday Spray Blends to take home so that you can bring in the Christmas Spirit. A happy, healthy, Holiday Season awaits!

Cost: $20

Bring a new friend and each of you will receive a free gift!

Coffee with the Mayors

November 23 | KP

Attention Downtown Merchants, Residents, and Property Owners! Join City of Bristol VA Mayor Hubbard and City of Bristol TN Mayor Powers for coffee and conversation. Coffee, fruit and pastries will be served.

RSVP to is appreciated, but not required.

Downtown Bristol's Annual Holiday Open House

November 23 | Downtown Bristol

A holiday tradition in historic downtown Bristol! Ready or not, it’s time to get into the Christmas spirit! Believe in Bristol will again sponsor the Annual Holiday Open House in Historic Downtown Bristol on Monday, November 23, 2015, 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm.

Come kick off the holiday season with merriment and good cheer! Santa Claus will be giving out candy canes, Bristol Ballet will have dancers in costume, the Washington –Lee Warblers from Washington Lee Elementary After School Program will perform, and the downtown Horse & Carriage rides are back. Don’t miss an evening planned for the entire family’s enjoyment!

A special thank you to Serendipity and Be.Ella Boutique’s for allowing us to bring back an old favorite, Horse and Carriage rides to the Open House event. Come to the Downtown Center (Farmer's Market) to catch your carriage ride, $5 each person, children 5 and under are free.

Keep a look out for your favorite decorated window as the downtown merchants will be participating in the Merry Merchants Window Decorating Contest.

The Open House has traditionally been a customer appreciation night when merchants stay open late, have special discounts, and refreshments are served at participating locations. Join us and support your downtown shops; it’s a great way to stimulate our local economy and find special one-of-a-kind gifts for everyone on your holiday list!

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