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Congratulations, Kil'n Time – Winner of the 2017 Merry Merchants Competition

Kil’n Time Contemporary Ceramic Studio in downtown Bristol has been voted first place in the window decorating contest! On Monday, November 20, during the annual Downtown Christmas Open House, Kil’n Time caught the eye of many and became the fourth recipient of the Merry Merchants Window Decorating Competition Award hosted by Believe in Bristol’s Design Committee. The merchants were challenged to make the most of their favorite Christmas song and the winner was decided by judges from the Believe in Bristol Design Committee.

“We were really looking for one that followed the theme with creativity. Kil’n Time definitely did that with their Grinch themed window,” stated Emily Champagne, Believe in Bristol Design Committee member.

Additional congratulations to Willow Creek Antiques and Bristol Ballet for honorable mention for the Merry Merchant Competition. “Willow Creek was beautiful and creative. We also wanted to honor the Nutcracker live performance window at Bristol Ballet, although that was only for Open House night. The creativity and the participation from all of the merchants was outstanding and helped to make downtown festive and ready for the holiday season.”

The prize awarded was a certificate to showcase the win, features in Believe in Bristol’s e-news and social media pages, and, of course, bragging rights! The window display will remain up throughout the holiday season. Thank you to everyone that participated, we look forward to seeing what you come up with next year! Kil’n Time Ceramic Studio is located at 818 State Street, Bristol, TN 37620.

Downtown Bristol Events

Theatre Bristol presents Annie

November 17–26 | Paramount Center for the Arts

Theatre Bristol presents ANNIE for the holidays at the Paramount Center for the Arts November 17 through 26, with tickets on sale now at Directed by Kenn Naegele, with music direction by Steve Davis, ANNIE features a cast of 51 of the area's talented, dogs too, from around the region.

This Thanksgiving, ANNIE brings together a family – one of her very own, including dog Sandy. This heartwarming family comedy is a perfect way to celebrate the holiday together, with favorite songs Maybe, It's a Hard Knock Life, Easy Street, N.Y.C., Little Girls, I Don't Need Anything But You, and, of course, Tomorrow. The much-loved story and music finally returns to the Paramount Bristol stage November 17-26 for six performances.

ANNIE opens November 17 at 7:30 pm, and runs the 18 at 7:30 pm, 19 at 2:30 pm, 24 at 7:30 pm, 25 at 7:30 pm, and 26 at 2:30 pm at the Paramount Center for the Arts. Tickets are $16 for adults and $12 for seniors and students, plus processing fees, and will be available at or 423-274-8920.

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

Small Business Saturday

November 25 | Downtown Bristol

Believe in Bristol announced its participation in the eighth annual Small Business Saturday on November 25th to support small businesses in Historic Downtown Bristol. Founded by American Express® in 2010, Small Business Saturday® is a day to celebrate the small businesses that help support their neighborhoods and is held every year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Now in its eighth year, Small Business Saturday has been embraced as part of the holiday shopping tradition as each year shoppers, businesses and public officials come together to Shop Small® and show their neighborhood pride.

Understanding the important contributions small businesses make to their communities, Believe in Bristol is pleased to be part of Small Business Saturday and the Neighborhood Champion program. On November 25 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., the greater Bristol area is encouraged to take part in the Small Business Saturday. Stop by to support small businesses and pick up some unique gifts for the holidays. Shoppers can also expect to receive Shop Small® giveaways like tote bags, buttons and balloons as well as special sales and promotions. This year, be sure to pick up your Passport to Prizes in participating businesses and complete 15/20 stops in Downtown Bristol to be entered in for drawings for some awesome prizes! No purchase necessary to get a stamp on your Passport, just have to make it in the door (it'll be hard to pass up the unique gifts once you're in those doors, though)!

American Express created the Neighborhood Champion program to help rally communities around Small Business Saturday and is working alongside numerous business organizations to support local Small Business Saturday celebrations throughout the country. Participating organizations include the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives, the American Independent Business Alliance (AMIBA), the International Downtown Association, The Latino Coalition, the National Main Street Center, the U.S. Black Chambers, Inc. and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

“Small Business Saturday plays a key role in driving customer traffic and growing revenue for our Historic Downtown during the important holiday retail season,” says Maggie Bishop, Believe in Bristol Executive Director. “By shopping local and small, the majority of the money stays within the community. We’re also encouraging consumers to ‘dine small’ by grabbing a bite at a local eatery.”

Small business owners can learn more about taking part in Small Business Saturday and download free marketing materials on Consumers can also visit the site to find small businesses to shop at on Small Business Saturday. For questions or more information about Small Business Saturday, visit or call 423-573-2201.

Annual Community Christmas Tree Lighting

November 27 | Cumberland Square Park

Bristol’s Annual Community Christmas Tree Lighting is set for Monday, November 27 at 6:30 p.m. at Cumberland Square Park in Historic Downtown Bristol. The event showcases the site’s nearly 50-foot Norwegian Spruce and its younger counterpart, a 25-foot Douglas Fir decorated with thousands of warm-white Christmas lights – about 30,000 of them – for a dramatic and joyous display. This event is sponsored by McCall Capital: The Bristol Hotel, J.A. Street & Associates, and Believe in Bristol.

Christmas Carols with the Children’s Choir

November 29 | Blackbird Bakery

Join Blackbird to kickstart the holiday season with an evening of Christmas carols sung by the children’s choir.

BPL Movie Night: The Wizard of Oz

November 30 | Bristol Public Library

Starring Judy Garland and Frank Morgan, The Wizard of Oz is a classic story of adventure and magic. Dorothy (Garland) has always longed for adventure; instead, she finds herself stuck in Kanas. But when a tornado hits her aunt’s homestead and whisks her away to the magical Land of Oz, Dorothy just might get more of an adventure than she ever bargained for!

Popcorn and water will be available for movie attendees, so make sure to drop in for a special showing of this exciting classic!

Rated G. 102 minutes.

Holiday Sip & Shop Ladies Night Out

November 30 | Downtown Bristol

Join Bristol's downtown merchants the evening of November 30th for this exclusive holiday event! A $10.00 ticket allows you after hours special discounts at participating stores, two adult beverages (must be 21 years of age or older) and/or lemonade, light appetizers, and door prize drawings!

Stores include:

  • Serendipity
  • Shoozies
  • Studio 6
  • Christina’s Closet
  • Mercantile on State

Tickets are available at the participating stores, on-line (Pay Pal) at or by phone at 276-821-5615. Tickets will also be available at the door. This event is sponsored by the Bristol Virginia Public Schools Education Foundation. Ticket price is tax-deductible and supports the BVPS Education Foundation.

The Cleverlys with Paul Harris — Laugh Your Bluegrass Off!

November 30 | Paramount Center for the Arts

The Cleverlys are a Family "GrassHipPop Fusion" Bluegrass band from a remote thicket of Stone County Arkansas.

Vernon Dean “ VD “ Cleverly is my oldest brother. He left home as a teenager, didn’t leave momma a note or nothing, and run off with a bunch of “ long hairs “ called the Rainbow Family. He ate dirt and roots, run around naked wearin nothing but his banjo and a cowboy hat. He finally moved back home with his wife T Fairy and his sons J Zone, K Bush, and R Bird. They now live in a TP behind Grand Mommy’s old house, and make dream catchers out of cat hair. He plays banjo, guitar, jaw-bone and sangs the low harmonies.

Munk is our youngest brother. You might remember him from being the power forward on Unites States Olympic Donkey Basketball team, till he bit his tongue off during a game. His name was Mark till he bit that tongue off. Now its...Munk. Munk plays Mando, and bout anything with strings on it. He sangs the best harmonies in the family, guess its cause of that new bionic tongue.

Ricky Lloyd is our sister Delva’s boy. He goes by Lloyd, the first L is silent. He loves nature, and chemical dumps. He loves to give back, in fact, he wants me to tell you about his charitable exploits. He wants to invite you all to his annual benefit squirrel hunt to raise money for save the whales. Y’all come out to Cleverly Mountain, second week of October, and for three days we kill the crap outta every squirrel we see! We donate a dollar fifteen to Save the Whale for every mutilated tree rat, then we eat em. So have a heart...kill a squirrel and save a whale. Lloyd plays Bass, phonograph sound machine, and is our spoken word expert. He is huge in the Amish Rave Scene.

I am Digger Cleverly Sr. I have two boys, Digger Jr, and Digger Jr.Jr.. I hate to name drop, but I have played music with everyone from Terk Blitzer to Diamond Cherry. You might remember my #89 hit record “ Dry Huntch “ from Stabbin Cabin records. I also wrote “ Good thang you got two “ for the Rickets, and toured all over the county with them for three solid days back in the 80’s. I took over my daddy’s band the Cleverly Trio, which was founded by him and his four brothers. I decided to really make something out of the group. I play Guitar and do most of the lead sangin.


Wolf Hills Jazz Quartet

November 30 | Blackbird Bakery

Wolf Hills Jazz Quartet is Tom Peterson, Ed Davis, Joe Pendergast, and Ernie Braganza.

Community Notice Board

Give the Gift of Bristol Rhythm

2018 Tickets on Sale Black Friday

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion is excited to announce that weekend passes for BRRR 2018 will be on sale beginning this Friday! Give the gift of music this holiday season.

Holiday Happenings at the Haberdashery

Through Christmas | Wm. King Clothiers

With the change of seasons comes a change in our hours. Starting today, Wm. King Clothiers will be OPEN each Wednesday until 5:30 pm and OPEN each Saturday until 5:00 pm through the holidays. They would like to take this time to wish each of you a Happy Thanksgiving!

Also Coming Up

Theatre Bristol presents Annie
November 17–26 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Small Business Saturday
November 25 | Downtown Bristol
Annual Community Christmas Tree Lighting
November 27 | Cumberland Square Park
Christmas Carols with the Children’s Choir
November 29 | Blackbird Bakery
BPL Movie Night: The Wizard of Oz
November 30 | Bristol Public Library
Holiday Sip & Shop Ladies Night Out
November 30 | Downtown Bristol
The Cleverlys with Paul Harris — Laugh Your Bluegrass Off!
November 30 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Wolf Hills Jazz Quartet
November 30 | Blackbird Bakery
Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells
December 1–17 | Theatre Bristol
Santa at The Center
December 2 | Downtown Center
Creative and Crafty: Create Your Own Christmas Ornament
December 2 | Bristol Public Library
Farm & Fun Time Christmas Ball
December 2 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
RTE 23 Listening Room: Matt Martin & Zaq Suarez
December 2 | The Inn at Wise
BHA Christmas Luncheon
December 3 | Bristol Train Station
Coffee with the Mayors
December 5 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
BPL Movie Night: How the Grinch Stole Christmas
December 5 | Bristol Public Library
AAME Public Speaker Series: Eugene Wolf
December 5 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Creative & Crafty: Christmas Canvas
December 6 | Bristol Public Library
BPL Anime Theater: Escaflowne
December 7 | Bristol Public Library
Bristol Christmas Parade
December 7 | Downtown Bristol
Bristol Ballet presents The Nutcracker
December 8–9 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Watauga Elementary Carolers
December 8 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Preserving Family History Workshop
December 8 | Bristol Public Library
Breakfast with Santa
December 9 | Bank Street
"How to Kick the Sugar Habit" Workshop
December 9 | Breathe Bristol Yoga
Creative & Crafty: Paper Quilling Ornaments
December 9 | Bristol Public Library
Christmas Candy Contest
December 12 | Bristol Public Library
Creative & Crafty: Christmas Canvas
December 16 | Bristol Public Library
BPL Double Feature: Rudolph and The Grinch
December 19 | Bristol Public Library
BPL Book Club: Jamaica Inn
December 21 | Bristol Public Library
BPL Movie Night: Miracle on 34th Street
December 28 | Bristol Public Library
East Tennessee PBS Presents Ethan Bortnick East Tennessee PBS Presents Ethan Bortnick
January 5 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Farm & Fun Time ft. Flatt Lonesome, Uncle Shuffelo & His Haint Hollow Hootenanny
January 11 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
The Black Jacket Symphony: Led Zeppelin II
January 19 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Farm & Fun Time ft. Willie Watson, Larry Sigmon & Martha Spencer
February 8 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
18th Annual Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion
September 21–23 | Downtown Bristol

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