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Bluff City Holiday Concert to Benefit WBCM

The Bluff City Rescue Squad will welcome The Church Sisters, Bill & The Belles, and & Duty Free for a fun night of great music on Saturday, December 12, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. at the Bluff City Elementary School. This special concert will benefit WBCM Radio Bristol and the Bluff City Rescue Squad. The night will be filled with great live bluegrass, old time, gospel and country music.

The Church Sisters recently performed as part of the opening act for the 49th Annual CMA Awards, singing back up vocals for Hank Williams, Jr. and Eric Church. The Church Sisters also appear on Orthophonic Joy: The 1927 Bristol Sessions Revisited alongside Dolly Parton, Brad Paisley, Emmylou Harris, Vince Gill, and many more.

Concert Begins: 7:00 p.m.

$15 in Advance
$20 at Door

Tickets are available at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum (Bristol, VA), Boyd’s Bicycle Shop (Bristol, TN), Pizza Plus (Tri-Cities locations), or online.

Mythical Creatures Calendars now available!

Get your 2016 limited edition calendar today! Believe in Bristol has listened to your requests and is pleased to announce the 2016 Mythical Creatures Calendar. It’s a crazy idea, but we like those crazy ideas! For your holiday season, birthdays and/or the gift for that someone you never know what to buy. Contact the Believe in Bristol office at 276-644-9700 to purchase a calendar for $15.

Downtown Bristol Events

Bristol Christmas Parade

December 3 | Downtown Bristol

One of Bristol’s most anticipated celebrations, the 33nd Annual Downtown Bristol Christmas parade, takes place Dec. 3 this year.

Helping usher in the holiday season, the parade, which starts on Bob Morrison Blvd. and travels down State Street to the historic Bristol Train Station, brings out thousands of area residents who can’t wait to see the beautifully decorated floats, as well as the jolly old man himself. Yes, that’s right, Santa will be part of the parade too, watching to see who’s been naughty or nice!

Local businesses, civic and volunteer organizations, church groups, bands, schools, neighborhood groups and beauty contestants are all invited to participate in the parade, which starts at 7 p.m. Lineup will be at 5 p.m. near the Bristol Herald Courier on Morrison Blvd.

There is a cost associated with entering floats/vehicles (starting at $25 per vehicle). Vehicles without the appropriate passes will be charged upon arrival. Please note that the deadline for entry is Friday, Nov. 13.

We look forward to seeing you there as we celebrate the holiday season in Bristol!

For more information and an application, please call Bristol Chamber of Commerce at 423-989-4850.

Spirit of the Season Book Fair/Shopping Event

December 4–5 | Bristol Public Library

Jan-Carol Publishing will be bringing a number of their most popular authors to the BPL for an exciting book fair. Books make great Christmas presents and Jan-Carol publishes books from all genres. The Friday night event is a fund-raising event for the Library and our remodeling fund for our new Teen area and the Jones Creativity Center. Participants will receive a gift bag full of treats, discounts on all the authors' books, and a luscious reception. Tickets for Friday night are $20 and may be reserved by calling 276-821-6148 or coming by the BPL or Avoca branch. Events on Saturday, December 5 are free and include a large book fair, children's story time, a writers seminar for Teens, and door prizes every hour.

Scrooge! The Musical

December 4–13 | Theatre Bristol

Tickets are on sale now for Theatre Bristol's Scrooge! The Musical at the ARTspace Theatre. Bring the whole family for this timeless tale of Ebeneezer Scrooge, hope, and redemption. Following 2014's sold-out run, new evenings and matinees have been added to the 10-performance run of this uplifting holiday tradition. Scrooge! The Musical opens December 4, and runs for two weekends of matinee and evening performances, closing with a matinee on December 13. Reservations for this ARTspace production (506 State Street), can be made by calling 423-212-3625.

Scrooge! is the timeless tale of Ebeneezer Scrooge, a lonely miser who is visited on Christmas Eve by three spirits who teach him lessons of love and giving. Don’t miss Ebeneezer, Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim, the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future and a whole host of Dickensian characters in this award-winning, international smash hit musical by Leslie Bricusse. In Bristol, Scrooge! is a holiday tradition, popular by audiences over the years, featuring memorable songs “Thank You Very Much,” “A Better Life” and “A Christmas Carol.”

Directing the show will be highly respected and talented actor/director, Theatre Bristol veteran Glenn Patterson (Les Misérables, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Miracle on 34th Street). “It is a pleasure to work with this timeless classic. Scrooge! The Musical reminds us that it is never too late to embrace the joy of living,” said Patterson. This year's production features Theatre Bristol's new lighting system, as well as a re-imagined set by Patterson and crew, choreography, beautiful costumes, and more!

Steve Baskett in the title role of Ebeneezer “Scrooge,” is joined by a cast of 34. Scrooge experiences other-worldly nightly visits by Jacob Marley played by Mike Bishop, The Ghost of Christmas Past by Camille Gray, The Ghost of Christmas Present by Coy Owens, and The Ghost of Christmas Future by Anthony Underwood. Scrooge is taken back to his youth where he is played as a child by Xander Harris and his sister Jenny is played by Emma Bishop. Christmas Past then escorts Scrooge to the holiday celebration of Mr. and Mrs. Fezziwig portrayed by Theatre Bristol veterans Dan Gray and Hyacynth Barbera. There, young Ebenezer, Ben Fitton, meets Isabel, Jessica Hughes.

Christmas Present soon appears and he and Scrooge attend the holiday party of Scrooge’s nephew Harry, also played by Ben Fitton, and Harry’s wife Helen, Ashton Bishop. The nightly tour ends with Christmas Future guiding him to the family home of Bob Cratchit played by Mark Hutton, with Mrs. Cratchit by Angie Hyche, Peter Cratchit by Xander Harris, Kathy Cratchit by Lauren Turner, Martha Cratchit by Gracie Brooks, Belinda Cratchit by Emmersyn Hardy, and Tiny Tim by Owen Griffith and Lucy Tester.

The townspeople include Daniel Freeman as Tom Jenkins, Coy Owens as the Wine Merchant, Steve Kestner as Pringle, Alayna Walker as Mary, Anthony Underwood as Harty/Topper, Daniel Freeman as Dick Wilkins, John Runde as Jollygoode, Dan Gray as Miller, Anthony Underwood as Mr. Bleak, Gerri Timmons as Bess, Billy Baugher as Bissett, Shannon Dabney as Mrs. Dilber, Eden Phillips as Miss Dilber, and Alayna Walker as the Beggar woman. Hughes, Kestner, Underwood, Dabney, and Timmons will all be making their debut with Theatre Bristol in this production.

Urchins returning to the Theatre Bristol stage are Carly Street, Emma Bishop, Rori Simmons, Thatcher Hutton, and Jazz Strachan. Urchins making their debut on the Theatre Bristol stage are Whitney Brooks, Ethan Riffey, and Faith Vance.

Musician Bob Greene returns as the Music Director. Lindy Ley, choreographer for past Theatre Bristol productions returns along with Technical Director and Designer David Hyde. Costume Designer is Camille Gray, assisted by Tiffany Fleenor. The Stage Manager is Suzanne Eleas, Properties Manager is James Altman assisted by Luke Gray, and the Dance Captain is Camille Gray. Eric Griffith and Brett Hatcher are Master Carpenters. Title Sponsor is Stephanie Snelson, DDS.

Show performances are Fridays, December 4 and 11 at 7:30 pm; Saturdays, December 5 and 12 at 2:30 pm and 7:30 pm; and Sunday, December 6 at 2:30 and 7:30 pm; Sunday December 13 at 2:30 pm; and Thursday December 10 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $12. Senior and children’s tickets are $10. Call 423-212-3625 with name, phone, performance date, and number of tickets to arrange reservations.

“Perhaps one of the best-known modern adaptations of [A Christmas Carol] is the musical Scrooge! by Leslie Bricusse. The musical, made into a film in 1970... is traditional, and the stage show has enjoyed noted success in England, where it was hailed as “Sensational” and “Terrific” by BBC Radio 2; and in the Unites States, where it has become an established favorite of regional playhouses nationwide," Breaking Character. In Bristol, Scrooge! is a holiday tradition, popular with audiences over the years.

Scrooge! The Musical is presented through special arrangement with and all authorized performance materials are supplied by SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

Founded in 1965, Theatre Bristol is the oldest continually running children’s theatre in northeast Tennessee and is now celebrating its 50th season. Its Main Stage season consists of up to five productions. Some of its performances take place in the ARTspace, a multi-purpose, black box theatre which seats up to 120. Theatre Bristol is entirely volunteer run and the community is invited to get involved.

For more information, visit the Theatre Bristol’s website or Facebook page, contact Theatre Bristol at 423-212-3625, or email

Art D'Vine

December 4 | Downtown Bristol

On Friday, December 4, 2015, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., downtown will be filled with art lovers as several galleries and some local favorites join together to host another Art D’Vine event! This art walk offers patrons the chance to gain after-hours access to merchants, sample domestic and international wines, and enjoy a range of works from artists across the region.

As with the previous gallery hops, participants are invited to stroll around Historic Downtown Bristol, stopping and enjoying all that our downtown has to offer! This Art D’Vine will include Benjamin Walls Gallery, A Work of Art Gallery, The Bristol Public Library, KP Market and Eatery, The Distressed Gentleman, Studio Brew and Hatching Perspective Gallery. Many of the galleries will feature different varieties of wine for sampling.

The Art D’Vine galleries will be highlighting various special events, releases or artists, including:

  • Bristol Public Library – “Art and Authors” event going on at Bristol Public Library! The library will have the art works of Brian and Marie Bridgeforth hanging in their Virgie R. Fleenor Gallery. It is a great display – very colorful, fun and different. Coffee and cookies will be provided for anyone visiting the gallery and the first 50 participants will receive a free gift bag. Meanwhile, in the large meeting room the Jan-Carol authors will be available to sign books people may purchase. The authors cover all genres: children's, fantasy, romance, non-fiction, etc.
  • Benjamin Walls Gallery – The Benjamin Walls Gallery will offer a rare 10% discount on fine art purchases over $500. The gallery will premiere new images from the coast of Maine to the hills of Tennessee. In addition to his traditional fine art offerings, Benjamin’s sister company WALLSabout, LLC will be promoting a Luxury African Safari. There are only four spaces left to travel along with the adventure-seeking artist to East Africa. This is not a photo tour, but a luxury safari experience that’s open to anyone with a love for travel. Refreshments including hot apple cider will be served.
  • A Work of Art – A stop at A Work of Art Gallery & Gifts is sure to put you in the holiday gift-giving spirit! The 40+ local artist vendors have been working hard to bring in new work for you! Small, unique items that make great office gifts or stocking stuffers are available starting at $2 – gifts like ornaments, hand-painted wine bottles, handmade pottery, postcards, note cards, and Bristol-themed snow globes. Larger items from $20–$1,000 will truly make a statement – paintings, furniture, photographs, and stained glass. During this exclusive after-hours shopping experience, you'll have help from multiple artists on-site, so you can be sure to find A Work of Art – a truly unique and memorable gift to give this season!
  • Hatching Perspective – The elementary students’ artwork at the Hatching Perspective Gallery in the Virginia School Board Office on Lee Street is going to leave an Impression on you! Students have been studying about the creation of Impressionism with Monet's painting "Impression: Sunrise” as well as learning about his house and gardens in Giverny where he painted "The Japanese Bridge" paintings and "Waterlilies" series. There are also some chalk pastel portraits in the style of Modigliani and watercolors featuring Van Gogh's Field of Cypress Trees as inspiration. Fifth grade students at Stonewall Jackson painted winter landscapes using tints and shades inspired by Canadian artist Lawren Harris. Third graders at Washington Lee created tapestry weavings out of yarn after a visit from Alpacas! There will also be some fantastic middle school art from Jan Black's students. They have created some really impressive zen tangle designs on glass windows and origami frames.
  • KP Market and Eatery – Owner of KP Market and Eatery, Lisa Martin’s creative side has grown and she has taken to expressing herself on canvas in the form of fun, abstract acrylic paintings. Nick Freeman, who has been drawing in charcoal for almost 10 years, will also be featured at KP. Freeman’s subject matter ranges from urban landscapes and animals to character studies and iconic figures.
  • Studio Brew – Beer is an art, and Studio Brew is the artist! A new addition to downtown, Studio Brew is offering one small tasting from the front 3 taps for each legal attendee. What once began as owner Erich Allen’s photography studio in Kingsport has now expanded into our Arts & Entertainment District in Downtown Bristol. Join in this sharing of the tasty art of beer at the old firehouse museum turned beautiful new brewery.
  • The Distressed Gentleman – Bringing life to old furniture is an art in and of itself, and owner Gabe Helton has some hand-painted furniture to showcase! Have a quality piece of furniture at home that you’re unsure about displaying? Visit The Distressed Gentleman for some inspiration on bringing a new look to your own furniture as well as the custom creations for sale on site.

This event is free to the public, though there is a suggested one-time donation of $5 with the proceeds supporting the work of the Arts & Entertainment District of Historic Downtown Bristol,

Second Harvest Foodbank Fundraiser

December 5 | Wellness Yoga of Bristol

Wellness Yoga is hosting a Fundraiser for the Second Harvest Food Bank. Come by our studio and enjoy a wonderful yoga practice while helping out a good cause. Wellness Yoga is offering the yoga
class for free, but asking for a suggested minimum donation of $5 and a couple of cans of food.

The Holidays are such a hard time for most food banks to keep food on the shelf. They offer so many wonderful meals for our Homeless as well as for others who are in need of food. Wellness Yoga has accepted a challenge of meeting any cash donation $1 for $1.

When: Saturday, December 5, 2015
Time: 1:00 pm — 2:30 pm
Cost: Humbly request a minimum of $5 donation and a few cans of foo

Doyle Lawson

December 5 | Paramount Center for the Arts

Doyle Lawson will perform at the Paramount Saturday, December 7, 2015 at 7 pm.

Latin Dance Social

December 5 | Shelbee's Vintage Cafe

Join Shelbee's on December 5 at 7:30pm for a Cuban Night of Merengue Dancing. Beginner Lessons are from 7:30pm to 8:30pm followed by a Buffet of Roasted Pork, Congri (Rice and Beans), Yucca in Garlic Mojo, Tostones (Fried Plantines) and Flan for Dessert. Afterwards we’ll be dancing into the night. Cover charge is only $10 and includes lesson, buffet and drink ticket.

Bristol Ballet presents The Nutcracker

December 11–13 | Paramount Center for the Arts

The holidays are made up of wonderful traditions and warm memories, and for many of us that includes attending the holiday ballet favorite, The Nutcracker. Carrying on this great tradition, Bristol Ballet prepares for its 2015 holiday evening and matinee performances of The Nutcracker on December 11, 12, and 13, at the Paramount Center for the Arts, in Historic Downtown Bristol.

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Whether this is your first experience at a Nutcracker performance or your fiftieth, you’re sure to see something new. "This year we are excited to have more boys involved in the production. We held auditions for local community members and had a nice turnout", said Michele Plescia, Artistic Director of Bristol Ballet. "We have also added a character who is in a wheel chair, which gives the Party Scene a new depth and variation."

Some things remain the same, such as returning local actor and high school football coachMike Locke playing Drosselmeyer, and the four professional dancers returning to their same roles this year, by popular demand. "Everyone loved our guest artistsfrom last year, and we are thrilled that they are all able to return to their roles as Drosselmeyer, Sugar Plum Fairy, Nutcracker, Snow Queen and Cavalier, and Arabian. It's fun to have some things remain the same and other aspects change from year to year. We hope it will peak the interests of audience members and keep them excited to return each year”, Plescia said.

Bristol Ballet Junior Company member, Collin White, will dance the roll of Clara. In addition, 47 Bristol Ballet students and company members, and close to 20 community members will perform in roles such as Angels, Russian, Marzipan, and Party Guest.

A new tradition in the making is the Gingerbread Ball. For the second year, Bristol Ballet invites families to meet some of the main characters in The Nutcracker. Families will enjoy delicious Blackbird Bakery gingerbread cookies, snowflake sugar cookies, hot chocolate, tea, and coffee at the Bristol Ballet Studio immediately after the Saturday matinee performance. Photos of the event will be provided to each attendee. The cost (which is separate from the tickets to The Nutcracker performance) is $10 per person. This was a sell-out last year, so reservations are strongly recommended, and may be made by calling Bristol Ballet, 276-669-6051.

Special Screening of A Ford Show Family Christmas

December 16 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum

Woven together from six original Ford Show Christmas editions from 1956 to 1960, this timeless, enchanting classic features performances of many of the world’s most beloved Christmas songs from Ernie and his Ford Show co-stars, the incomparable Top Twenty. Decorated with classic guest appearances from the legendary Kate Smith, along with Jon Provost and Lassie, Lee Aaker and Rin Tin Tin, and Gordon MacRae, and the most endearing moments from the original shows that could have happened on live TV.

A Ford Family Christmas creates a tapestry of holiday memories you’ll want to watch again and again.

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