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Bobby Farrelly to Attend PUSH! Film Festival

PUSH! Film Festival is excited to announce that famed film producer, director, and writer Bobby Farrelly will be in attendance during festival weekend on October 21-23, 2016 in Historic Downtown Bristol!

"I'm really excited about the PUSH! [Film] Festival. I'm happy to be coming to Bristol for this, and looking forward to seeing you all [on] Opening Night," said Farrelly. "Some of my films have screened at film festivals before, but never in East Tennessee. All I know about that area is that my friend Johnny Knoxville is from around there."

Natives of Rhode Island, Farrelly and his brother Peter have written, produced, and directed many well-known films such as There’s Something About Mary, Dumb and Dumber, Shallow Hal, and more. “Cinema is important because films tell stories about our society. And it's important to go to film festivals because it's getting harder and harder to find those moving films that capture a slice of life in our society,” said Farrelly.

Farrelly added that having film festivals is important not just for the filmgoers, but also the filmmakers. “Everything in the theaters is a comic book movie nowadays, and it's frustrating. But at a film festival you do get to see films that really move you. And you find inspiration at film festivals, especially for filmmakers. [Filmmakers] need to watch great films and be inspired to create [their] own."

PUSH! Film Festival will host a special ticketed event with Farrelly in attendance on the evening of Friday, October 21. Tickets to the event will be $10, which includes a meet-and-greet and audience question and answer session at The Paramount Center for the Arts. Fans may participate in a poll on PUSH!’s Facebook page to select which Farrelly Brothers movie to screen prior to the special event with Farrelly. Filmgoers may purchase a special event ticket by calling the Believe in Bristol office at 276-644-9700, or purchase a ticket at the venue on the day of the event. Special events are included in the purchase of a weekend pass for PUSH! Film Festival, which can be purchased on the festival website at

“We are so excited to have Bobby Farrelly with us at PUSH! during the festival weekend,” said PUSH! Film Festival Chair Jessica Barnett. “Farrelly is very well recognized in the filmmaker community, as well as by filmgoers, and it is wonderful to see professionals in the film community noticing us. The committee members have worked so hard since last year’s festival prepping for 2016, and it’s great to see their hard work paying off! PUSH! is developing into a premier festival not just in the Tri-Cities, but also in the Southeast. Based off the feedback we are receiving, we are really looking forward to seeing the festival attendees in Downtown Bristol in October. This is great for opening up Bristol even more to the art of filmmaking!”

PUSH! Film Festival will host a variety of curated movies, workshops and presentations about film, along with screenings of juried films including shorts, features, and films focused on Tennessee and Virginia over the course of a three-day weekend on October 21–23, 2016. Check out the festival’s online store at, where filmgoers and PUSH! supporters can purchase festival tickets. Tickets may also be purchased at Believe in Bristol located at 36 Moore Street Bristol, Virginia.

Festival attendees should note that because seating is limited, film, workshop, and event attendance will be based on a first-come, first-served basis at each venue. Venues will be The Paramount Center for the Arts, The Birthplace of Country Music Museum, and The Bristol Public Library.

In addition, with PUSH! quickly approaching, there are a variety of volunteer needs during the festival. If you are interested in volunteering for PUSH!, please visit Each volunteer for PUSH! will receive two complimentary single screening tickets and a t-shirt. Underneath the ‘CONTRIBUTE’ section, you may download and complete the application. Please return the completed application via fax to Believe in Bristol, Attn: PUSH! Film Festival at (276) 644-4181 or email to

PUSH! Film Festival is looking for contributors. For more information about contributing to PUSH! Film Festival, please visit or contact Christina Blevins or Maggie Bishop at 276-644-9700,

The Fairmount Garden Club honored in Historic Downtown Bristol

The Fairmount Garden Club aims to beautify the highways entering our cities and conserve by education and practice. They make homes and gardens in the region beautiful and aim to make Bristol a Bird Sanctuary. The club sponsors a city clean-up, a food drive for Bristol Faith in Action in October, financially supports Steele Creek Nature Center, and helps to organize the downtown planting each spring.

Earlier this morning the Fairmount Garden Club was honored with a plaque and small gathering of appreciation. The plaque is located at 627 State Street, Bristol, VA. Special thank you to Karen Hester of Southern Churn for allowing the plaque placement.

The Fairmont Garden Club was formed in 1938 with the first president being Mrs. C.A. Schirer. The Club was federated in 1951 and continues to meet monthly now in their 78thyear! Current club president is Marietta Gangwer of Bristol, TN.

Please join us in congratulating and thanking for The Fairmont Garden Club for your community service.

Ruby Asbury, Club Secretary commented “With the wind and rain in our face, the sun in the sky above, and from the master gardner himself, we have come to know that the hand that made us is divine.”

For more information about The Fairmont Garden Club, please call Ruby Asbury, 423-612-0138 or

For more information about Historic Downtown Bristol, please visit www.believeinbristol.orgor contact Believe in Bristol office at 276-644-9700,


Front Row, Left to Right– Sharon Foster, Sandra Campbell, Ann Griffith

Back Row, Left to Right – Ruby Asbury, Gina Rossetti, Lena Mullins, Karen Hester

Downtown Bristol Events

Bristol, VA Comprehensive Plan Open Houses

October 4–5

Now's your chance to shape the future of your community. Join the City of Bristol, VA and be a part of the Comprehensive Plan process. Drop by and share your thoughts at one of three public open houses.

Tuesday, October 4 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm — Bristol Mall (inside courtyard area in front of Sears)
Wednesday, October 5 from 8:00am to 10:00am — Food City on Euclid Avenue (Meeting Room)
Wednesday, October 5 from 12:00pm to 5:00pm — City Hall (City Council Chambers)

Laura Thurston

October 6 | O'Mainnin's Pub

Laura Thurston will perform at O'Mainnin's Pub in downtown Bristol.

About Laura Thurston
Laura brings multi-instrumentalism to a new level! You will be enthralled when you see this lovely lady rappin’ on a suitcase kick drum with one foot and tappin’ on a tambourine with the other; all the while, hands on her guitar and mouth on her harp. On top of that, Laura then adds sweet sugary vocals to her acoustic Folk-Grass mix while giving energy and presence to capture your attention.

This talented musician launched her solo career in 2011, performing up and down the east coast. With her original ideas and talented executions this one woman band is sure to dazzle any audience. Laura Thurston has her own unique style from a vintage era that will enliven you and have you feelin fine.

Art D'Vine

October 7 | Downtown Bristol

On Friday, October 7, 2016, 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! Refreshments will be provided and 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.

The ArtD’Vinegalleries will be highlighting various special events, releases or artists, including:

  • Benjamin Walls Gallery – Join us at the Benjamin Walls Gallery during Art D’Vine and see the pieces from Benjamin’s “Through Appalachian Eyes” exhibit at the Tennessee State Museum in Nashville, Tennessee!
  • Birthplace of Country Music Museum – At the Birthplace of Country Music Museum, Art D’Vine participants can visit the special exhibit “We Are the Music Makers: Preserving the Soul of America’s Music” – the exhibit includes portrait photography, instruments and artifacts, folk art, and audio. The Museum Store will also be hosting featured artisan Eric Cunningham, creator of Appalachian Disasterpieces.
  • Hatching Perspective – The Bristol Virginia School Board office on LeeStreet will exhibit artwork completed by Bristol Virginia Public School students for public viewing.
    • Virginia High School students are represented by anassortment of paintings and drawings from Art 1 throughArt 4 including creative self-portraits,number designs and perspective work created under the direction of art teacher Deborah Martin.
    • Jan Black’s Virginia Middle School students were interested in moveable crafts. They made moving paper craft fish and caterpillars. Students also created a symmetrical mirror image of their name using a lightbox. Images and designswere added in crayon or color pencilwithin their names.
    • Selected elementary art students in grades third, fourth, and fifth from Washington Lee Elementary, Stonewall Jackson Elementary, and Highland View Elementary will showcase their Square One Art marker drawings. Square One Art is a fundraising company that creates lasting keepsake memories for students and their families. Participating students will receive a custom sheet of free stickers featuring their art along with a sample catalog for parents to purchase custom products as gifts or useable keepsakes.
  • Kil’n Time Contemporary Ceramic Studio – Fall is in the air! Why just buy decorations when you can make your own one-of-a-kind seasonal ceramics?! Be sure to stop by Kil’n Time Ceramic Studio for a special discount during Art D’Vine only! Kil’n Time is one of the largest paint-your-own pottery studios in the nation, and it’s located in Downtown Bristol! They offer a wide selection of ready-to-paint ceramics for both children and adults, as well as fused glass and mosaics.
  • Blackbird Bakery – Blackbird Bakerywill be featuring the work ofZackary VanHoy, a local artist from Bristol, Virginia andcurrently attending ETSU. Zackary is both a filmmaker and a photographer, where he takes his passion to the next level with aerial imaging. His show will includebodies of work from Bristol, Chicago, Cancun, and Charleston to only name a few. Zackary's work will be on display during the month of October for viewing and purchase!
  • Bristol Brewery – Visit with resident artist for Bristol Brewery, Ryan Matheson! Ryan is a former student of the digital media program at East Tennessee State University. In 2015, he left ETSU to pursue his interest in street art full time. Ryan's inspiration is drawn primarily from musical artists, mainly those in genres of the rap/hip-hop/r&b, but his work and style have been impacted by the works of visual artists like Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso, and Jean-Michel Basquiat. Since deciding to pursue art full time, Ryan has exhibited his work at two street art fairs in Los Angeles with the famous Jeff Hamilton and has begun work as a tattoo artist with Timeless Ritual in Bristol, VA. Beginning at 8pm during Art D’Vine, enjoy music from Paleface on Bristol Brewery’s outdoor stage! A great way to end a perfect evening!

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, TN/VA.

Dan Deel

October 7 | Quaker Steak and Lube

Dan Deel is a singer/songwriter who was born in Pikeville, Kentucky and raised in Buchanan County, Virginia (pronounced BUCK-anan not BYOO). Singer/songwriter who has performed solo and with bands in honky-tonks, bars, restaurants, nursing homes, and private parties all throughout the Appalachians. He has opened for a wide diversity of acts such as Roger Alan Wade, Kentucky Headhunters, Dave Pirner of Soul Asylum, and several others. Hardcore rockin honky tonk music at its core., Dan always weaves captivating, motivational , and even humorous tales with every song he performs. Dan really gets the crowd involved and feeling good!

Victor Lawson and Boogie Chillen

October 7 | Studio Brew

Victor Lawson and Boogie Chillen are among the talented bands in the burgeoning blues scene in the Tri-Cities. Established about nine years ago and led by Lawson, the tight three-man band take their name from the song, “Boogie Chillen,’” which was made famous by late Delta blues icon, John Lee Hooker.


October 7 | Bristol Brewery

Bristol Brewery is proud to have PALEFACE at the Brewery Friday, October 7, from 8:00 — 10:00 PM. Come out to Bristol Brewery for some good tunes and, of course, some good beer! No cover!

Prolific, influential, cult-­hero& indie -folk icon, PALEFACE, is now a high-energy & charismatic duo featuring his girlfriendMonica "Mo" Samalot, on drum-kit& charming candied vocal harmonies.The band celebratedthe release of their latest album, One Big Party (Ramseur Records), with a special guest ­performance alongside The Avett Brothers at Radio City Music Hall, followed by US & Europe tours...including special performances on NPR's Mountain Stage & Daytrotter(voted top 20 of the year). PALEFACE, was schooled musically by friend Daniel Johnston (The Devil And Daniel Johnston) and soon discoveredat an NYC open mic by Danny Fields (The Stooges, The Ramones, MC5). He's released over a dozen records including two major label releases, and has been called a major influence & inspiration by a wide range of artists including Grammy Award recipient BECK, and The Avett Brothers. He's also collaborated and appeared on three albums by The Avett Brothers. Additionally, Paleface is visual artist who's been selling hundreds of his original music inspired paintings at concerts, art shows, festivals and via his website:

State Street Farmer's Market

October 8 | 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.

How to Make Peace with Your Body Workshop

October 8 | Wellness Yoga of Bristol

A Multi-Sensory Workshop for Women
Igniting Your Inner Fire
Presented by Julia Parsell (owner of Java J's 2000-2012)

Have you lost that sense of inner/outer wellness?
Do you desire change, but get frustrated with so many mixed messages and marketing schemes?
Are you tired of an artificial life?
Do you desire more energy?
Is your heart demanding change?

If you find yourself in any one of these questions, please come and learn some easy action steps that can help you be more in touch with you. Delve deeply into the feminine and find renewed energy and vigor. Learn to develop practices that will help you feel fresh. Can you say ageless?

Come learn about my serendipitous life and as a result, how I found myself. Learn some of my secrets to feeling and looking younger. I wish to encourage and inspire you to live your best years now.

Contacts: or contact Julia at
Cost: Your Precious time
RSVP to Julia and receive an encouraging word.

Lauren Cole Band

October 8 | Studio Brew

The Lauren Cole Band is from Johnson City, Tennessee, and can best be described as blues with an infusion of soul and rock. Every venue she has played has enthusiastically invited her back. Dom Avento plays the bass, and it's when he gets out the upright that the fun really begins. Guitarists Joe Avento and Mike Murphy are joined by drummer Josh Shores.

"Fun and full of energy" is how described one of her shows at the Hard Rock Cafe. "Johnson City, TN native Lauren Cole brings no small amount of local flavor to the stage. Her powerful vocals are backed by an understated but no less talented ensemble that includes the always on-point Josh Shores on drums and Mike Murphy on guitar."

From Lightnin' Charlie, voted Favorite Musician in the Mountain South, "Great stuff! But I'm a sucker for good songs, good players, gutsy singers, pretty girls, hot rod guitars and doghouse basses."

The New Conspirators

October 8 | Bristol Brewery

The New Conspirators will be bringing their honky tonk stylings to one of the finest brewery establishments in the southeast!

Bristol Brewery is proud to have The New Conspirators at the Brewery Saturday, October 8, from 8:00 — 10:00 PM. Come out to Bristol Brewery for some good tunes and, of course, some good beer! No cover!

Kids' Paint Pouring Class: Ages 7-12

October 14 | A Work of Art Gallery & Gifts

Your child will create their own masterpiece in this two-hour paint pouring class with artist Laura King at A Work of Art Gallery & Gifts on State Street in Downtown Bristol! This class will contain an overview of the basics of paint pouring with acrylics, the difference in artistic styles, and all students will come home with their own work of art. All supplies are included in the cost of the class. Make sure your child wears clothing they won’t mind getting a little messy — just in case! Class limit is 7 students. Registration closes October 9. To find out more information, contact the gallery via Facebook, or email To register, visit the gallery.

Instructor: Laura King
Cost: $25
Time: 6-8pm

Also Coming Up

Laura Thurston
October 6 | O'Mainnin's Pub
Art D'Vine
October 7 | Downtown Bristol
Dan Deel
October 7 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Victor Lawson and Boogie Chillen
October 7 | Studio Brew
October 7 | Bristol Brewery
State Street Farmer's Market
October 8 | Downtown Center
How to Make Peace with Your Body Workshop
October 8 | Wellness Yoga of Bristol
Lauren Cole Band
October 8 | Studio Brew
The New Conspirators
October 8 | Bristol Brewery
11th Annual "Dump the Pump" Transit Day
October 13
Salsa Social
October 13 | Studio Brew
Ryan Ward
October 13 | O'Mainnin's Pub
Kids' Paint Pouring Class: Ages 7-12
October 14 | A Work of Art Gallery & Gifts
The Royal Hounds
October 14 | O'Mainnin's Pub
State Street Farmer's Market
October 15 | Downtown Center
The Roan Mountain Suite: The Kruger Brothers with The Kontras Quartet
October 15 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Earth by Train
October 15 | Studio Brew
Jeff Little Trio & Wayne Henderson
October 20 | Paramount Center for the Arts
PUSH! Film Festival
October 21–23 | Downtown Bristol
The Gentlemen & Liars
October 21 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Beth Snapp Band
October 21 | Studio Brew
State Street Farmer's Market
October 22 | Downtown Center
Chakras: Awakening Your Life Force
October 22 | Wellness Yoga of Bristol
Below 7
October 22 | O'Mainnin's Pub
Salsa Social
October 27 | Studio Brew
Appalachian AACA Trunk & Treat
October 28 | TriSummit Bank
James Meadows
October 28 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Billy Crawford Band
October 28 | Studio Brew
State Street Farmer's Market
October 29 | Downtown Center
Pumpkin Palooza and Downtown Trick or Treating
October 29 | Downtown Center
Meet-the-Artist Reception: Larry VerRan
October 29 | A Work of Art Gallery & Gifts
Black Light Vinyasa Yoga
October 29 | Wellness Yoga of Bristol
Laura Thurston
November 3 | O'Mainnin's Pub
Teens' Paint Pouring Class: Ages 13-19
November 4 | A Work of Art Gallery & Gifts
Blue Mother Tupelo
November 4 | Studio Brew
Veteran's Day Parade & Traditional Memorial Service
November 5 | Downtown Bristol
Ron Short and the Possum Playboys
November 5 | Studio Brew
Below 7
November 5 | O'Mainnin's Pub
Farm & Fun Time: Dom Flemons and Sunny Mountain Serenaders
November 10 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Ryan Ward
November 10 | O'Mainnin's Pub
The Low Counts
November 11 | Studio Brew
The Hoodoos
November 12 | Studio Brew
Radio Bristol Premieres: Caleb Klauder Country Band w/Reeb Willms
November 15 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Kids' Painting Class: Trees (Ages 7-12)
November 18 | A Work of Art Gallery & Gifts
Little Women: The Musical
November 18 – December 4 | Theatre Bristol
PF Flyers
November 18 | Studio Brew
Stephen Bennett, Harp Guitarist
November 19 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Singer Songwriter Event featuring Jeff Lane, Jamen Denton & Annie Robinette
November 20 | Studio Brew
Downtown Bristol's Annual Christmas Open House
November 21 | Downtown Bristol
James Meadows
November 25 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Small Business Saturday
November 26 | Downtown Bristol
Annual Community Christmas Tree Lighting
November 28 | Cumberland Square Park
Bristol Christmas Parade
December 1 | Downtown Bristol
Laura Thurston
December 1 | O'Mainnin's Pub
Ryan Ward
December 8 | O'Mainnin's Pub
Bristol Ballet presents The Nutcracker
December 9–10 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Below 7
December 16 | O'Mainnin's Pub

More Upcoming Events »

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$5 Belk Charity Sale to Benefit Holly Help

November 5th | Belk

A Holly Help representative will sell tickets inside Belk on pre-selected days before their sale, November 5th 6-10 AM

You can purchase the $5 Belk Charity Sale tickets directly from Holly Help on site or you can earmark a check for your tickets by mail to: Holly Help Fund, PO Box 1264, Bristol, VA. 24203.

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