Downtown Bristol Events
November 29 | Blackbird Bakery
Join Blackbird to kickstart the holiday season with an evening of Christmas carols sung by the children’s choir.
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.
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!
- Studio 6
- Christina’s Closet
- Mercantile on State
- Misty Mountain Designs
Tickets are available at the participating stores, on-line (Pay Pal) at www.bvpsfoundation.org 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.
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.
November 30 | Blackbird Bakery
Wolf Hills Jazz Quartet is Tom Peterson, Ed Davis, Joe Pendergast, and Ernie Braganza.
December 1 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Whiskey Magnolia will perform at Quaker Steak and Lube on Friday at 8pm.
December 2 | Downtown Center
Join us at the Downtown Center / Country Music Mural for a visit and professional photo with Santa Claus! Sponsored by Believe in Bristol and the City of Bristol, TN. We'll have hot chocolate and cookies for you while you wait to meet with the jolly man himself!
December 2 | Bristol Public Library
On December 2nd, BPL will host a Christmas ornament making class. Participants will have the opportunity to choose one of three projects: a snowman, Santa Claus, or a reindeer. The library will provide the paint, supplies, and plastic ball ornaments. Only one ornament per person; registration is required.
To register,please contact Bristol Public Library at 276-645-8780.
December 2 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Come celebrate the Christmas season with a festive, live radio show at the Birthplace of Country Music!
Farm & Fun Time, the historic Radio Program broadcasting from Downtown Bristol, was a staple to listeners across the Southeast during the 1940s and 1950s on the former WCYB Radio. Radio Bristol breathes new life into the classic program with a fun, energetic show broadcasting live from the Birthplace of Country Music Museum and features music by house band Bill & the Belles. Hosted by Radio Bristol producer and house band-leader Kris Truelsen, Farm & Fun Time is an event the whole family can enjoy live, in the studio or when gathered around their radios.
Tickets to Radio Bristol'sFarm & Fun Time Christmas Ballmay be sold out, but you can still enjoy the show from home, thanks to a generous donation from community partnerEastman Credit Union. Tune in to the live video stream onRadio Bristol's Facebook pageSaturday, December 2, at 6:55 p.m. VisitListenRadioBristol.orgfor more information.
December 2 | The Inn at Wise
RTE 23 Music Festival presents another stellar Listening Room experience with Matt Martin & Zaq Suarez to The Inn at Wise in beautiful Wise, Virginia.
The Hermit Kings and this mountain have been a consistent presence at Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion for the past five years. Matthew Martin (this mountain, Amythyst Kiah & Her Chest of Glass) and Zaq Suarez (Hermit Kings, Tiny Things) seek to finally let you hear their lyrics clearly while carefully avoiding eye contact. Both gentlemen are excited to bring what you’ve heard before, as well as new material, with a more intimate acoustic experience.
December 2 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Wise Old River shares songs about the human condition, human experience, times of need, times of pain, times of being lost and times of being found, our searching, and finding hope, grace and truth as well as times of spiritual growth. They sing about it all. Their desire is for their music to be stripped down organic, earthy, wires, wood and vibrations from the soul.
December 3 | Bristol Train Station
Each year the Bristol Historical Association begins the holiday season with a festive Christmas Luncheon. On Sunday, December 3, 2017, the Association will celebrate 30 years of this annual holiday tradition. The guest speaker for this event will be Ron Flanary, a resident of Big Stone Gap, Virginia. An avid railroad enthusiast, Flanary will present a wonderful program entitled, "A Lifetime of Railroading". This special Luncheon will be held at 12:30pm at the historic Bristol Train Station, the perfect venue for a program about railroading!
The cost is $30 per person paid in advance. Make your reservation by November 27 by mailing a check to Bristol Historical Association, ATTN: Carter Miles, P.O. Box 204, Bristol, TN 37621. Guests are welcome, and the public is invited to attend, but seating is limited.
December 4 | Bristol Train Station
Join Bristol Chamber of Commerce to learn how to effectively work with employees, family members and community members who are impacted by opioid addiction.. Naloxoneuse will be part of this important discussion.
December 5 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Attention Downtown merchants, residents, and property owners! Join City of Bristol VA Mayor Mumpower and City of Bristol TN Mayor Young for coffee and conversation. Coffee, fruit and pastries will be served.
December 5 | Bristol Public Library
Directed by Ron Howard, How the Grinch Stole Christmas is a full-length movie based on the Dr. Seuss Christmas classic. All the Whos down in Whoville love Christmas; however, the Grinch (played by Jim Carrey) does not. And, this year, the Grinch has an idea — a wonderful, awful idea — to steal Christmas from the Whos and destroy their holiday cheer once and for all.
Popcorn and water will be provided for movie attendees.
Rated PG. 104 minutes.
December 5 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
The Arts Alliance Mountain Empire’s Public Speaker Series presents Excerpts from The Book of Mamaw by Eugene Wolf on December 5, 2017 at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum.
Eugene Wolf has been performing since he was two years old, when he won his first talent contest at the Capitol Theatre in Greeneville, Tennessee. Wolf studied music and theater at the University of Tennessee and worked for The Road Company, a professional acting ensemble in Johnson City, Tennessee that was the first group of American artists to visit Bashkiria, Russia in 1994. Many will recognize him as one half of The Brother Boys, a critically acclaimed duo he and Ed Snodderly formed over 30 years ago. The Brother Boys are featured on the album On Top of Old Smoky: New Old-time Smoky Mountain Music alongside Dolly Parton. For two decades Wolf has been a member of the Acting Company of Barter Theatre where he originated the role of A. P. Carter in the play “Keep On the Sunny Side.” In 2013 he traveled again to Russia to collaborate with Russian musicians on American spirituals and recorded a CD, Where We’ll Never Grow Old.Wolf has adapted his years of songs, photographs, and musings into a heartfelt, hilarious, one man show paying homage to the person who has influenced his life the most, his Mamaw.
The event is free and open to the public; doors open at 6:30 p.m.
December 6 | Bristol Public Library
Since the November class was such a hit, BPL will offer another Christmas Canvas Class on December 6th. Registered participants will have the opportunity to create a fun, holiday-themed canvas. Participants will have two different ideas from which to choose, and will have the chance to give it their own personal flair.
Supplies will be provided for a nominal fee of $5, but participants are welcome to bring their own canvas and painting supplies to waive this fee. Registration is required, and space is limited.
To sign up, visit the Reference Desk at Bristol Public Library to add your name to the list or call 276-645-8781.