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Downtown Bristol Events

Waltz Lesson

January 8 | Bristol Ballet

The one hour lesson will be followed by dancing until 10:30 pm; $5 per person with all fees going to support the non-profit Bristol Ballet; refreshments provided, but snack to share always welcome.

Nurture 2016 Workshop

January 9 | Wellness Yoga of Bristol

The new year is quickly approaching, and what a wonderful year it will be! Join Wellness Yoga in welcoming 2016, moving into this new year with self love and self care. Come with those new year resolutions in mind as you learn and explore techniques to nurture your mental, physical and emotional bodies through self care. Learn ways to help us optimize your path throughout this year and many more to come. Each student will receive a handout and handmade goodies to assist you in your journey.

When: Saturday, January 9, 2015
Time: 1 pm — 3 pm
Cost: $25

Holston Habitat for Humanity Meeting

January 12 | Bristol Public Library

Holston Habitat for Humanity is recruiting volunteers to build 1 to 2 houses each year in Bristol. Join them for a session to learn how you can help! To learn more, visit

Special Screening of The Ford Show Double-Bill

January 12 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum

In cooperation with Tennessee Ernie Ford Enterprises, the Birthplace of Country Music Museum hosts a special double-bill of The Ford Show episodes, Ernie Ford’s prime-time variety show, in the Performance Theater. There will also be special evening screenings of one of Ford’s Christmas television specials, and a biographical film on Ford.

Admission to all the film screenings are free. Regular admission fees apply for visiting the museum exhibits and tours of the “Tennessee Ernie Ford: A Life on Stage” special exhibit.

The Paisley Fields

January 13 | O'Mainnin's Pub

The Paisley Fields will play O'Mainnin's Pub in downtown Bristol on January 13, 2016.

About The Paisley Fields
The Paisley Fields are a country band based in city where the blue of the sky is snatched from skyscrapers. There is no doubt Brooklyn has more concrete than fields. But the band is unapologetic about pushing boundaries and seeking inspiration in the unexpected.

Singer/songwriter/pianist James Wilson is not the cowboy hat wearing, good old boy one pictures when thinking about country music. The Brooklyn resident and lead singer cuts a different kind of cowboy figure.

Wilson also happens to be a gay man.

In 2010, Wilson spent a year living in Japan and making music with his band Sora Ocean. His time living in the Japanese countryside made him realize he wanted to make a change in his life.

Back in New York, he decided to leave his former band behind and play music full time. Wilson spoke to his longtime collaborator Jessica Kimple about forming a band together, a country band.

Growing up in Iowa, Wilson listened to country musicians like Dolly Parton and Garth Brooks. Kimple, a trained opera singer and an Iowa native, signed on immediately.

In 2012, The Paisley Fields played their first gig.

“I see myself as coming full circle with The Paisley Fields,” Wilson says. “We are playing country music inspired by the songs I grew up with, and that really brings me back to my roots.”

The band added Anna Volpe to the mix in 2014. Volpe is also a trained opera singer.

“From the beginning, I always knew there was something special about this band,” Volpe says. “The Paisley Fields' music is not only unique, but the lyrics are thoughtful and can strike a chord with any audience member.”

Though Wilson is inspired by country musicians like Parton and Brooks, he wanted The Paisley Fields lyric’s to reflect the modern world, particularly his own experience of it.

Wilson penned The Paisley Fields’ song, “Windows Fogged Up” about his longtime boyfriend, now husband, Ryan. The video follows a gay couple as they meet, fall in love and eventually get engaged. The band’s videos have over a 100,000 views on YouTube.

Though Wilson is an award-winning songwriter, he sometimes struggles to write. Almost two years ago, he entered one of those periods. The next day, Wilson began his commitment to write a song a day for one year.

Wilson wrote “She’s No Angel” on day five. The song debuted at #17 on the New Country Releases on the iTunes Charts.

The Paisley Fields’ momentum continues. The group was awarded a sponsorship from Brooklyn Arts Council to record a full length album.

The Paisley Fields’ second EP Oh These Urban Fences is out now.

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Saturday Southern Breakfast

Saturdays from10-2

Join KP for a delicious Southernstyle breakfast. Served Saturdays from 10 am to 2 pm.

Thirty-One Fundraiser for Holly Help

Through January 17

Charlotte Dale, Independent Thirty-One Consultant, is hosting a fundraiser for Holly Help Spay-Neuter Fund, now through January 17th! 20% of all sales (before tax and shipping) will be donated to Holly Help. Visit and choose to shop in the fundraiser.

Bristol Office Supply Weekly Specials

Through January 8

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