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Help the Bristol Pirates

The Bristol Pirates are in need of host families or players, giving them a place to sleep and including them in family meals and other activities if you choose. Host families can accommodate as many players as they'd like. If you're interested in hosting a player, call 423-366-6205, 276-206-9946 or email

Brown Edwards welcomes Laura Sprouse

Brown Edwards, a leading regional certified public accounting firm, is pleased to announce Laura Sprouse (CPA) and Tim George (MST, CPA, CCIFP) have joined the partnership. Laura is the Firm Administrator and her responsibilities include the Information Technology and Training areas. She has worked over 18 years in public accounting and offers expertise in training personnel, automation, and utilization of information technology in the work place. She is a graduate of Ferrum College with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting, Financial Management, and Decision Support Systems. Tim serves in the assurance area of the firm. He specializes in accounting, taxation and various consulting services for privately held firms in the construction and engineering and design industries and has extensive experience dealing with employee benefit plans. Tim graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from the West Virginia Institute of Technology and later received a Master of Science in Taxation from the University of Akron.

Welcome Damsel & Daisy Home!

Believe in Bristol is pleased to welcome Damsel & Daisy Home to downtown Bristol. Located at 511 State Street, Bristol, VA, Damsel & Daisy Home is a home decor shop specializing in handmade soy candles. Open Tuesday & Wednesday from 11 am – 5 pm, and Thursday – Saturday from 11 am – 5:30 pm. Follow them on Facebook at

Downtown Bristol Blog

Anderson East Added to Bristol Rhythm ’16 Lineup

When Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion released their annual lineup they promised a couple more headliners “TBA.” This week they made good on revealing one of those artists: Anderson East.

Listed among Rolling Stone’s “10 New Country Artists You Need to Know,” Anderson East has had a busy year performing sold out shows across the country with his Devil In Me Tour. He’s opened shows for Sturgill Simpson and Chris Stapleton, and is featured on Grammy-winning producer Dave Cobb’s critically acclaimed Southern Family compilation.

Anderson’s brand of blue-eyed soul is often compared to that of Sam Cooke and Wilson Pickett, but his brand of Americana is all his own.

Weekend Passes to Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion are $80 for a limited time. Click here to purchase your tickets.

Birthplace of Country Music Museum’s Permanent Exhibits Win 2016 AASLH Award of Merit

The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) proudly announces that the Birthplace of Country Music Museum is the recipient of an Award of Merit for their permanent exhibits on the history and legacy of the 1927 Bristol Sessions. The AASLH Leadership in History Awards, now in its 71st year, is the most prestigious recognition for achievement in the preservation and interpretation of state and local history.

The Birthplace of Country Music Museum (BCMM), a Smithsonian affiliate, opened in August 2014. The museum’s permanent exhibits – through text and artifacts, interactive components, and multiple film experiences – tell the story of the 1927 Bristol Sessions recordings, explore how evolving sound technology shaped their success, and highlight how this rich musical heritage lives on in today’s music. The Bristol Sessions, the first recordings of The Carter Family and Jimmie Rodgers, along with other early country artists, set the stage for the later commercial country music industry. The permanent exhibits, along with complementary programming, have been instrumental tothe museum’s mission. The exhibits delight and inspire visitors, many of whom have related their strong emotional responses to the content, and the museum has become a significant community resource. By highlighting a story that, until recently, has not been well known outside of academic circles and music fans, and exploring the related history, technology, and lasting impact, the Birthplace of Country Music Museum has taken this music heritage beyond the local community to national and international audiences.

This year, AASLH is proud to confer sixty-three national awards honoring people, projects, exhibits, and publications. The winners represent the best in the field and provide leadership for the future of state and local history. Presentation of the awards will be made at a special banquet during the 2016 AASLH/MMA Annual Meeting in Detroit, Michigan, on Friday, September 16. The banquet is supported by a generous contribution from the History Channel.

The AASLH awards program was initiated in 1945 to establish and encourage standards of excellence in the collection, preservation, and interpretation of state and local history throughout the United States. The AASLH Leadership in History Awards not only honor significant achievement in the field of state and local history, but also bring public recognition of the opportunities for small and large organizations, institutions, and programs to make contributions in this arena. For more information about the Leadership in History Awards, contact AASLH at 615-320-3203, or go to

Downtown Bristol Events

Chicken4Charity: MBM Spay / Neuter Clinic

June 22 | Quaker Steak and Lube

On June 22 from 5-9 pm, in conjunction with MBM Spay / Neuter Clinic, Quaker Steak will host a Chicken 4 Charity Event. You can stop by the restaurant and drop off a donation or you can help out by dining that night and 10% of the food sales* will go to Holly Help. Free calendars and pet treats will also be available.

The mission of the MBM Spay / Neuter Clinic is to provide targeted, high-volume, reduced-cost spay and neuter services in an effort to reduce the dog and cat over-population problem in the Virginia counties of Buchanan, Dickenson, Lee, Russell, Scott, Smyth, Tazewell, Washington and Wise; the Cities of Bristol and Norton; and the City of Bristol and County of Sullivan in Tennessee. While the clinic's focus is on serving these counties, animals will be accepted from other counties as availability permits.

MBM's vision is to end the need to euthanize healthy, adoptable dogs and cats by reducing the number of dogs and cats that enter the region's shelters.

Dale Carnegie Class: Step Up to Leadership

June 23 | Bristol Chamber of Commerce

Employees are open to influence and motivation: "If you tell me what to do, I will do it to protect my job. But if you inspire me to do it, I will do it to the best of my ability." Supervisors who understand this simple truth and know how to apply it are the ones who generate results in today's organizations. Great managers develop high-performance teams that get results because they know how to lead a team, not just manage it. This program will smooth your transition from individual contributor to supervisor to leader. You will learn the basics like delegation, time management, and performance appraisal techniques, and gain insights into the more advanced aspects of leadership needed to inspire and motivate teams.

Cost: Complimentary for members, $35 for non-members. Click here to register.

"The Music Man" Gala and Fundraiser

June 23 | Paramount Center for the Arts

Announcing an unforgettable evening of talent and celebration in a fundraising event to benefit Theatre Bristol on June 23 at 6:00 pm at the Paramount Center for the Arts. The community is invited to this Thursday Gala event that features an exclusive presentation of "The Music Man" directed by Glenn Patterson. Enjoy Americana fare and drinks with J&K Classics singing great standards and Broadway favorites in the beautiful Paramount Center for the Arts Art Deco lobby.

Admission to the 6:00 pm event is $100 and reservations can be made online by visiting or by calling 423-212-3625. The admission includes a ticket to the evening’s special full-length performance of "The Music Man." Join Theatre Bristol and support an evening of live performing arts in our community and enjoy an unforgettable evening!

Sponsorships are also available by calling 423-212-3625.

Farm & Fun Time: South Carolina Broadcasters and Dori Freeman

June 23 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum

Radio Bristol Presents: Farm & Fun Time, a live radio show at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum on Thursday, June 23, at 7:00 p.m. with guest performances by the South Carolina Broadcasters and Dori Freeman. Hosted by Kris Truelsen and featuring musical breaks by house band Bill and the Belles, the program also features the Appalachian Sustainable Development Farm Report with Corbin Hayslett, a recipe segment, and much more!

Radio Bristol Presents: Farm & Fun Time is a revival of WCYB radio’s Farm & Fun Time show which broadcast live from a studio inside the General Shelby Hotel in downtown Bristol. In the 1940s and the 1950s, Farm & Fun Time was an important program in the history of early bluegrass music and helped to establish the careers of legendary performers including Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs, the Stanley Brothers, the Osborne Brothers, Jim and Jesse McReynolds, Mac Wiseman, The Sauceman Brothers, and Curly King & The Tennessee Hilltoppers.

Tickets to be part of the studio audience are $20 with open seating; doors open at 6:30 p.m. Click here to purchase tickets.

Full Moon Jam: Shooter

June 23 | Downtown Center

Shooter is a 4 piece band with 3 part harmonies on every song. Formerly known as Old Dogs- New Tricks, they are ready to spread the joy of Music.

About Full Moon Jam
For the 20th year, the City of Bristol Tennessee will be hosting the free concert series "Full Moon Jam" on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Downtown Center (Country Music Mural), 810 State Street. Performances begin at 7 p.m. and continue until 9 or 9:30 p.m. through September 29th.

Bring a lawn chair or come early to grab one of the 350 chairs provided on-site. Refreshments are sold in the concessions area for a nominal fee. Clean, well-stocked restrooms also available.

You are asked not to park in the bank drive-through area adjacent to the venue and please do not to bring skateboards or bicycles into the venue. Parking is available on Shelby Street in the Municipal parking lot or on State Street in designated parking spaces.

Bands subject to change without notice. For more information visit the City of Bristol TN website.

Bike Night w/ Quarter Bounce

June 23 | Quaker Steak and Lube

Quaker Steak & Lube presents Bike Nights! All summer long (through October) Thursday nights in downtown Bristol, VA.

About Quarter Bounce
Quarter Bounce hails from Southwest VA and Northeast TN. The band is composed of very serious and seasoned musicians who would rather perform than just about anything else. Quarter Bounce plays classic rock, a few ballads, a few country & western tunes, and blues for a great mix.

My New Favorites

June 24 | Quaker Steak and Lube

About My New Favorites
Award-winning songwriters hook up with top-notch players to fly off into an Americana frenzy. Eclectic in all things, they combine musical styles without fear and serve up high energy at every show.

Under the Willow

June 24 | Bristol Brewery

Blending socially conscious lyrics with intricate compositions to evoke a sound that is wholly inimitable. Under the Willow is a Nomadic Newgrass Band growing roots across the nation and helping revive the love of traditional Bluegrass instrumentation in the hearts of a new generation.

Steele Cookin Band

June 24 | Studio Brew

The Steele Cookin’ Band is a tribute to all the great jam bands circa August 15, 1969 to the present. If you would like to hear Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds, Tedeschi Trucks, Johnny Winter, The Black Keys, Janis Joplin, Grace Potter, ZZ Top (early years), The Alabama Shakes, Jimi Hendrix, Sheryl Crow, Eric Clapton, then you need to see the New Steele Cookin’ Band.

State Street Farmer's Market

June 25 | Downtown Center

Join us at the State Street Farmer's Market, where local merchants, fresh food and fun times come together. Choose your favorite local produce, homemade foods and unique arts and crafts. The market is open from May through October.

May — October
Saturdays 8 am — Noon

July — September
Wednesdays 2 — 6 pm

Don't forget! The State Street Farmer's Market accepts SNAP/EBT cards. Participants can scan their card and receive wooden tokens of either $1 or $2 in value and can use those tokens with participating vendors.

Yoga in the Park

June 25 | Cumberland Square Park

Do you like spending time outside? Do you like listening to bird songs? Do you want to meet new friends and take care of your health? Join Wellness Yoga of Bristol in the park for a free yoga practice. Classes will be held every Saturday in June, July, and August, weather permitting. The yoga practices will be taught by Rita Gregory and Nicole Putnam. Enjoy your free yoga practice in the midst of beautiful nature! Practices will be held at Cumberland Square Park in Bristol, VA! See you on the mat!

Mindful Practice

June 25 | Wellness Yoga of Bristol

Our busy lives and busy minds can keep us just that, busy. Taking time to slow down can be wonderful for mental and physical health. Join Nicole as we explore mindfulness. What is it? How can we invite mindfulness into our lives? We will learn about mindfulness as we work into the body with an asana practice, delve into our inner self through a mindfulness practice, and follow up with a restful savasana. All levels welcome!

Cost is $15.

You may sign up for this workshop by leaving a message at 276-644-3086, place your name on the sign-up sheet at Wellness Yoga of Bristol.

Bristol Ballet's 2nd Annual Fairy Party

June 25 | Cumberland Square Park

Godmothers, grandmothers, mothers, and all those with a fairy spirit in your heart are invited to spend an afternoon with your little fairy! Saturday, June 25 from 1-3pm at Cumberland Square Park, Bristol Ballet will host a Fairy Party. The Fairy Party will feature a Scavenger Hunt, Fairy Treats, a Belk Fashion Show, and more! Fairy wings and accessories are provided. Tickets are $25 for adults and $5 for children.

“We wanted to host an event that will bring multiple generations together, and what could be more festive than a Fairy Party,” Committee Chair, Karen Tillison said. “I’m so thankful for our sponsor, Highlands Union Bank, and for the beautiful art work provided by Charles Vess.”

The funds raised at the Fairy Party benefit the Bristol Ballet’s operations, performances and two scholarship programs: The Jerry Goodpasture Tuition Assistance Fund and the Teresangela Memorial Scholarship Fund. The Jerry Goodpasture Tuition Assistance Fund is a need-based fund that provides tuition assistance to qualifying students aged 5 and older. The Teresangela Memorial Scholarship Fund is a competitive scholarship fund for advanced students. Tuition for regular season classes, summer intensive classes, dance wear and other fees are provided for through the scholarship.

Please contact Bristol Ballet at 276-669-6051 or to RSVP to the Fairy Party. If you are unable to attend and would still like to donate, you may visit

Exit 23

June 25 | Bristol Brewery

From the hills of Eastern Kentucky, Exit 23 was formed in the Summer of 2014 by core members Johnny “Pop” Day (Vocals/Guitar), Charlie Cable (Banjo/Mandolin/Guitar), and Scott Cable (Lead Guitar). Morphing each member’s musical influences and styles, a sound of their own was created as they began to arrange acoustic driven, country-tinged songs.

Foodie Fiction will also be on-site with delicious tacos and more, starting at 6:30 pm.

YWCA Olympic Day Celebration

June 27 | YWCA

YWCA Bristol will host an Olympic Day Celebration June 27, YWCA open to Bristol VA/TN Boys and Girls Club, Girls, Inc., YMCA Teen Program and YWCA TechGYRLS from 12:15-4 pm. Student athletes from King University will work with participants at sport specific stations where they will experience a variety of indoor and outdoor sports. The theme for this year's event is "Run, Jump & Throw". King athletes will also hold a question and answer session with participants to give them an inside look at what it means to be an athlete. YWCA Bristol will have the honor of flying an official Olympic flag as part of the celebration. For more information, please contact YWCA Bristol at 423-968-9444 or Email Aubree Cook.

How to Sell on eBay and Etsy Workshop

June 27 | Bristol VA Public Schools Office

People, Inc. will walk you through the whole process of selling on Ebay & Etsy. They even have some advanced tips for those of you already selling online. Turn old inventory into cash, or make money off things cluttering your basement!

This Free Workshop Includes:

  • How to set-up Ebay & Etsy accounts
  • How to list items for sale
  • Selling Strategies
  • Advice for Amazon, Craigslist, and more!
  • Tips & Tricks for Success

Click here to register online.

Quarterly Downtown Gathering

June 30 | Believe in Bristol Office

Believe in Bristol invites you to attend the Quarterly Downtown Gathering, to be held at the Believe in Bristol office on June 30that 3:00 pm.

Our topic this quarter include:

  • Mark Canty, Tri-Cities Regional Airport, Foreign-Trade Zone Information
  • Beaver Creek Walk Update
  • Upcoming Downtown Events, including Battle at Bristol and PUSH! Film Festival
  • Street Closures and General Information

Who should attend?Property owners, developers, loft dwellers and future entrepreneurs are encouraged to attend, but everyone is welcome!

We look forward to seeing you! Refreshments will be served.

5 Basic S’s of Drawing — Part 1

July 9 | A Work of Art Gallery & Gifts

Students will learn the basics of drawing with pencils in this 2-part class taught by Virginia Hiss, an art educator with a B.F.A. from Carnegie Mellon University and a Master's in Art Education from the University of Pittsburgh. With emphasis on still life, the two-part class will cover the 5 S’s of drawing: shape, sight, spacing, shading, shadows, and more!

Lessons will be held on Saturday, July 9 and Saturday, July 16 from 10am – 1pm. Students are asked to bring a drawing pad (11 x 14 inches or similar), #2 pencil, pencil sharpener, Eraser, and a 12-inch ruler. The cost of the class is $55, to be paid at the first lesson. The class limit is 10 persons, ages 12 & up. Reserve your spot by calling the gallery at 423-797-0089 or by emailing before the deadline of July 1, 2016.

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Community Notice Board

Bristol Office Supply Weekly Specials

Through June 24

Click here to view weekly specials.

YWCA Bridesmaid Dress Sale

Through July 29th

YWCA's Junior Board of Directors is offering a bridesmaid dress sale at the Priceless Thrift Shoppe located at 63 Commonwealth Ave., Bristol, Va., through July 29th. There will be hundreds of gently used bridesmaid dresses in a variety of styles and colors. A community service project of the YWCA, the Bridesmaid Dress Sale features all dresses for just $25 each. Dresses will be available at the Priceless Thrift Shoppe Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

On Sale at L.C. King: Traditional Workwear

Through July 4

All traditional workwear up to 50% off. Click here to view specials.