Believe in Bristol

Tickets on sale now for A Night at the Museum!

Nearly a week away from Believe in Bristol's biggest fundraiser of the year! Tickets are selling fast for the 7th Annual Downtown Showcase: A Night at the Museum murder mystery party. Only a limited number of tickets are available. It'll be such a fun time – everyone is DYING to go! Be sure to get your tickets in advance so you can properly prepare for your role!

$55 individual | $100 per couple. Tickets can be purchased at the Believe in Bristol office located at 36 Moore Street — cash or check payments only!

Call 276-644-9700 or email for more information.

Downtown Bristol Blog

Best Small Town Shopping- Bristol Needs Your Vote!

Bristol has been nominated in the Shop on Main competition that's identifying the best small town shopping in America that ends on March 31st!!

The winner of the competition will be featured in an episode of Small Town Big Deal (a national TV Show with 500,000+ viewers syndicated on ABC and RFD-TV.) Below is 30 second video explaining the competition on, the competition website:

Click here to vote

* Search "Bristol" to vote
* An email address is needed for each time you vote (only one vote per email)
* Encourage your co-workers to vote at home and at work on their computers
* You can also vote on your cell phone and tablet
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Downtown Bristol Events

The Adventures of Robin Hood

March 11–20 | Theatre Bristol

Theatre Bristol presents a madcap band of merry men and the people of Nottingham in The Adventures of Robin Hood at the ARTspace theatre, opening March 11 and running through March 20.

The Adventures of Robin Hood is a whimsical retelling of the folk fable about the outlaw/hero Robin of Locksley, whose mission it is to "steal from the rich to give to the poor." Robin Hood, his merry band, and Maid Marian join forces in Sherwood Forest to foil the evil Sheriff of Nottingham and restore justice to the kingdom.

For reservations, tickets may be purchased online at, by phone at 423-212-3625, or at the door, though please note that many shows sell out in advance. Tickets for all performances are $12 for adults, $10 for students and senior citizens (over 60).

Performances are scheduled for:
March 11th at 7:30 pm
March 12th at 2:30 and 7:30 pm
March 13th at 2:30 pm
March 17th at 7:30 pm
March 18th at 7:30 pm
March 19th at 2:30 pm and 7:30 pm
March 20th at 2:30 pm.

Clockwork Wizards

March 18 | Shelbee's Vintage Cafe

Clockwork Wizards genre includes that of classic rock, rockabilly and what they like to call "Avant-GardeAmericana."

Easter Eggstravaganza

March 19 | YWCA

Join the YWCA for an Easter Eggstravaganza! Unique themed Easter baskets, Easter crafts, and baked goods for sale. Have your picture made with the Easter Bunny. All proceeds benefit YWCA sliding scale childcare center.

$5 for Adults, $3 for children 10 and under. Cost includes Bunny photos and pancake breakfast (reservations are required for breakfast).

Call 423.968.9444 or email for reservations.

Yoga & Suds

March 19 | 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.


  • 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.

How the American Chestnut Acquired and Lost Foundation Species Status

March 19 | Bristol Public Library

Many of us have heard how chestnuts were a dominant tree in Appalachian forests and in the lives of those living here in the early 1900’s before a disease eliminated the majority of chestnuts. This talk, presented by Dr. John Scrivani, will review the scientific evidence of the pre-blight role of the American chestnut as a foundation species in eastern North American Forests and the current efforts of the American Chestnut Foundation to restore chestnuts to the forests. Dr. Scrivani is the Geospatial Program Manager with the Virginia Information Technology Agency. He has been active in the Virginia Chapter, including serving as president. His talk will cover changes in the range and dominance of the chestnut since the last ice age. Scientific evidence on the ecological functions of the chestnut will be reviewed, especially those that qualify chestnut as a foundation species. The role of humans in the spread and decline of chestnut will be postulated. Statistics and maps will be presented on the past and present ranges, including chestnut sprouts and large survivors. Lastly, implications of these factors to current restoration efforts will be explored.

About The American Chestnut Foundation
In 1983, a dedicated group of scientists formed The American Chestnut Foundation and began a special breeding process which, in 2005, produced the first potentially blight-resistant American-type trees suitable for widespread testing called Restoration Chestnuts 1.0. Now assisted by almost 6,000 members and volunteers in 16 state chapters, TACF has developed a sophisticated chestnut breeding program with over 300 breeding orchards located throughout the eastern US. The mission of The American Chestnut Foundation is to restore the American chestnut tree to our eastern woodlands to benefit our environment, our wildlife and our society. For more information on TACF and its national breeding program, visit or contact TACF Director of Communications Ruth Gregory at (828) 281-0047, email:

The Secrets of Anahata Chakra

March 19 | Wellness Yoga of Bristol

The Anahata chakra governs the heart and lungs. It is associated with balance, calm, and serenity. Our inherent nature is love, kindness, and respect. Anahata helps you make decisions based on your higher self rather than emotions or desires of lower nature. Join Rita for the fourth in eight series on the chakras as we will learn about the foundational elements of this chakra, analyze how we use this chakra when we interact with other people, and work on a series of breathing exercises and asanas, which will help direct energy to heal your chakra.

Cost: $10

Abuse Alternatives' 5th Annual Top Shelf Wine Tasting

March 19 | Piedmont Station

Abuse Alternatives, Inc. of Bristol, TN/VA is holding its 5th Annual Top Shelf Wine Tasting on March 19, 2016 at Piedmont Station in Bristol, VA.

Proceeds will be used to support Abuse Alternatives' mission:

Abuse Alternatives, Inc. is committed to providing quality services through direct support and advocacy to the victims of domestic violence with the goal of eliminating the pattern of abusive behaviors from the lives of those individuals and their families.

Support may be provided through purchasing individual ticket(s) ($75.00 per person) or through a sponsorship (see flyer attached). To purchase tickets or a sponsorship, please contact Abuse Alternatives, Inc., at 423.652.9093. Hours of operation are Monday – Thursday 9-5 and Friday 9-3.

Bachata Dance Social

March 19 | Shelbee's Vintage Cafe

Let’s move! You hit the floor in a 60-minute dance lesson followed by a latin themed dinner and a dance party. What better chance to learn new moves, get exercise and listen to live music while you socialize and have fun? Cover $10. Please RSVP on Shelbee's Facebook page or by calling 423-652-1000. Please include number of guests.

A Night at the Museum: A Murder Mystery Themed Party

March 24 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum


You're invited to Believe in Bristol's 7th Annual Downtown Showcase: A Night at the Museum – a murder mystery themed party!

Your presence is requested at the A-list party hosted by Believe in Bristol on Thursday, March 24th from 6-9 pm at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum. While socializing and schmoozing with country music legends, careers will be made, secrets will be revealed, scandals will be broken and a homicide will happen.

With a V.I.P. victim and all legends suspect, you will be called upon to find the criminal by cracking this tragic event.

Will it be a super-fan, overly excited to meet their favorite star? A livid lover who has been pushed too far? Or possibly a legend who is jealous of the fame of another?

As the night unfolds, so will a web of lies and scandals intricately woven to point you to a killer. It is up to you to uncover the clues or the culprit will remain concealed!

Come walk the line for A Night at the Museum full of mystery, celebrities & scandal. Call 276-644-9700 or email for more information or to order your tickets.

Comedian James Gregory

April 1 | Paramount Center for the Arts

BUY TICKETS ONLINE HERE! For over two decades, the unforgettable caricature of veteran comedian James Gregory ( has stood grinning: his shirt untucked, his arms outstretched, a carefree welcome to a down-home, hilarious comedy experience. It’s storytelling at its best. The trademark caricature is the essence of humorist James Gregory’s comedy: rib-tickling reflections on life from the front porch.

James is constantly touring. He’s on the road about three days a week, forty six weeks a year. He continues to entertain sold-out crowds in theaters and comedy clubs and remains in demand for corporate events. James has been the featured entertainer for over 200 corporations, including the Coca Cola Company, Kimberly Clark Corporation, Hewlett Packard and Kroger. James has also been the featured speaker for events sponsored by various civic and church groups.

James is heard weekly on syndicated radio shows such as Rick and Bubba, John Boy and Billy and Bob and Tom. Combined, these shows are broadcast to people in over 220 cities nationwide. As a result, he now has a grass-roots following that numbers in the millions.

James was born in a rural area about twenty five miles east of Atlanta, GA. He got his first job at the age of twelve at a small country grocery store. By the time he was fifteen, he was working thirty-seven hours a week, as well as going to school. As an adult, James has worked for the U.S. Postal Service, the Department of Defense, and spent almost ten years as a salesman before discovering the wonderful world of stand-up comedy.

James does not “tip-toe” through life as if he’s walking on broken glass or egg shells. That style is evident on stage as well. He is not politically correct. Much of his humor is centered on brilliant observations of crazy relatives and people obsessed with the slightest change in weather conditions – now referred to as global warming. He delights in poking fun at modern sensitive parents and out-of-control environmentalists. Gregory has been quoted as saying, “If you want me to be concerned about endangered species, you need to convince me that we’re about out of chickens.”

The James Gregory show turns the clock back to a time when life was simpler; to a better time, before the death of common sense; a time when people sat on the front porch and actually talked to each other without a cell phone in their ear.

James’ success, like his comedy, is the direct result of the values he grew up with. And now, twenty something years later, it is this unique brand of humor that packs the crowds into his sold-out shows. The absence of vulgarity sets James apart and his stories are carefully crafted art. “I have lived long enough to know people, know life”, Gregory reflects. “My comedy is based on my life experiences. It’s real, it’s funny and the audience loves it. That’s why I’m still in business.”

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Easter Deals at Phyl's

This week

Hop on in for some great Easter goodies from Phyl's! Save 10-50% off your entire purchase. It's easy, just pick an Easter egg to reveal your discount.

Beats & Steps Hip Hop Dance

Mondays at 6pm | Bristol Train Station

Join the YWCA and instructor Brandi Owens for a fun hip hop dance class in the Engineer's Quarters at Bristol Train Station. Class begins Monday, March 14th, from 6-7 pm.

Ages 14 and up (16 and under must be accompanied by an adult). Cost for the class is $5 for YWCA Fitness Spa members or $10/class for non-members.

Bristol Office Supply Weekly Specials

Through March 18

Click here to view weekly specials.

Just Landed from England at Wm. King Clothiers

In stock now!

For the chap who loves a dapper tie, check out our new collection from Seaward and Stearn. Bright and bold, these ties are not for the faint of heart. If you think these are cool, you should see the pocket squares that we have from our buddies from across the pond. Worthy of a visit to the haberdashery!

Spring Break at BCM

March — April

Want to know what to do with the kids during Spring Break? Bring them to the Birthplace of Country Music Museum during their special Spring Break promotion throughout March & April. Two children get in for free with one paid adult! Kids can explore their rich music heritage through interactive exhibits they can actually touch, amazing film experiences, and sing along with Bristol Sessions classics in the museum's Sing Along Station. Visit the BCM website for more information and sign-up the kids for Pick Along! Summer Camps coming in June!

The countdown to Bristol Rhythm is on!

Through April 21

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion is unlocking a different act leading up to the festival's "Big Lineup Reveal" April 21. Click here to see if your favorite band will be part of the coveted lineup. Bristol Rhythm festival dates are Sept. 16-18, 2016. Weekend passes on sale now!

Ralph Peer Display

March 30 — August 1 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum

On March 30, the Birthplace of Country Music Museum will open a special display on the legacy of Ralph Peer, the Victor record producer who recorded the legendary 1927 Bristol Sessions. Using artifacts loaned by the Peer Family Archives, the display will give visitors a glimpse into Peer’s influence beyond the Bristol Sessions and country music. The display will be integrated into the museum’s permanent exhibits and will be open through August 1.

YWCA Bristol Adult Pickle Ball League

Thursdays at 7pm | YWCA

Join the YWCA's adult pickle ball league! All Skill levels are welcome, and all equipment will be provided. League begins March 31, 2016 and will meet every Thursday at YWCA Bristol Gym from 7-9 PM.

Cost for the 5 week league is $15 for all 5 weeks.

You must register by Monday, March 28. Call 423.968.9444 or email for more information.

Pick Along! Summer Camps

June — July | Birthplace of Country Music Museum

The Birthplace of Country Music Museum’s Pick Along! Summer Camps are back for a second season! Not only will your child learn about Bristol’s important role in country music history and its lasting influence on the music of today, they’ll actually learn to play an instrument!

Visit the BCM website for complete schedule and information.