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Rom-Com Marathon: You've Got Mail

February 28 | Bristol Public Library


Join Bristol Public Library throughout February to enjoy a Rom-Com Movie Marathon!

You've Got Mail (1998) is a quintessential 90s rom-com starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. Hanks, the owner of a large bookstore chain, starts putting Ryan, the owner of a small local bookstore, out of business. Meanwhile they have been corresponding over the internet without knowing who either of them are. They can't stand each other in person but over the internet they are very attracted. He finds out who she is but she doesn't know. He starts to like her more but she still hates him. He has to fix it.

PG. 1hr 59min.

Grand Reopening

March 1 | Wm. King Clothiers


Wm. King Clothiers is lining up the props for their grand reopening on Thursday, March 1st! The downtown shop will be closed Monday through Wednesday to complete the final touches on the store's renovation, but the doors will open again on Thursday morning.

Mark your calendar to stop by Wm. King Clothiers on Thursday from 9:00 am until 7:00 pm. William and the team will be celebrating in style as they unveil the new haberdashery.

Budgeting for First Time Home Buyers & Owners

March 1 | Bristol Chamber of Commerce


Bristol Chamber will host a free educational workshop on budgeting for first-time home buyers and owners. Free to attend, but registration is required. Click here to register.

Appalachian Arcana podcast debut episode — LIVE

March 1 | Elder Brew


The Appalachian Arcana podcast will record its debut episode live at our favorite brewery, Bristol TN's Elderbrew. Come join us for Appalachian weirdness and a beer!

Wolf Hills Jazz Quartet

March 1 | Blackbird Bakery


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

Doors Open Downtown

March 2 | Downtown Bristol


Believe in Bristol has been hard at work finding new ways to help grow business in Historic Downtown Bristol! In a cross promotional effort between Bristol’s main street program and the downtown merchants, participating businesses are extending their shopping hours once a month. Called Doors Open Downtown, this initiative will kick off on Friday, March 2nd and run every First Friday from 6:00 – 8:00 pm!

As an added bonus to an already great opportunity, customers and visitors will also be able to enjoy extended happy hours featuring a variety of food and drink specials at participating restaurants. There's always affordable entertainment to be had on Fridays in Downtown Bristol, and Doors Open Downtown offers even more with a rotating monthly entertainment and activity provided by Believe in Bristol. This month’s activity features our gallery hop and wine tasting Arts & Entertainment event: Art D'Vine! This free 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.

“The overall goal of Doors Open Downtown is to cross-promote between our restaurants and our retail businesses and to give our Bristol community something to look forward to every First Friday,” stated Maggie Bishop, Believe in Bristol Executive Director. “It’s so important to support these local businesses, the more money spent in locally-owned businesses, the more money stays in our community and overall strengthens our Bristol economy.”

For more information, please visit www.believeinbristol.org or contact Believe in Bristol at 423-573-2201, info@believeinbristol.org.

Art D'Vine

March 2 | Downtown Bristol


On Friday, March 2, 2018, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 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. Those who complete their passport and visit each stop will be entered into a raffle to win a prize!

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.

Iliad with The Wormholes

March 2 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room


About Iliad
Formed in the fall of 2016, Iliad immediately got to work and wrote their full length album. At the end of 2017 they recorded their first single “Shakey House,” a song portraying the perspective of the socially anxious. The band displays confidence in their ability to construct songs with jazz progressions and progressive structures, as well as using ambient elements to accompany the guitar and keyboard solos. The band begins recording their debut album in March of 2018, tentatively titled Landz.

About The Wormholes
The Wormholes are an electro-alternative trio from Charlotte, NC, formed in 2011. The band consists of multi-instrumentalists and visual artists, Ben Verner, Chris Dameron, and Chris Walters. As self-proclaimed "Ambassadors of Cosmic Propaganda", The Wormholes' name speaks to their live show experience, which has the power to transport minds to a more present realm, where the illusion of ego is shattered.

Rhythm & The Roosevelts

March 2 | Quaker Steak and Lube


Rhythm & The Roosevelts say are a simple Indie-Soul quartet based out of Johnson City, TN, who like to make people dance.

Ian Feathers Band

March 3 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room


Ian Feathers rises up from Bristol, TN. Feathers’ musical background is rooted by a foundation of edgy traditionals. These roots provide a sound foundation for musical and spiritual exploration, which has been described as “smokey music from the hills and hollers of Appalachia” that combines “blues, bluegrass, and funk” and feels “delightfully energetic, with a hint of surprise and passion.” Feathers’ first independent music venture has grown popular over the last 2 years, and he is playing larger venues and crowds.

State Street String Band

March 5 | Blackbird Bakery


Join Blackbird Bakery for live bluegrass with State Street String Band.

Harry Potter Trivia (Part 1)

March 5 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room


Muggles allowed! This Trivia will cover books and movies, and will be split into 2 parts. Part 1 will include the first 4 books and movies.

There will also be a costume contest! Come dressed as your favorite witch or wizard and the audience will vote on the winner. Winner will get a $20.00 gift card to Bloom. No spells cast on the audience or there will be consequences!

Trivia winner will receive a $25.00 gift card. No use of owls allowed.

Nerve Endings, Secret Bleeders & Indighost

March 6 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room


Nerve Endings (garage punk), Secret Bleeders (Appalachian dark punk) and Indighost (electric fuzz magic) will play Bloom on March 6 at 7:30pm.

$5 door / all ages

Farm & Fun Time ft. Bumper Jacksons, Roochie Toochie & the Ragtime Shepherd Kings

March 8 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum


Radio Bristol presents the Farm and Fun Time variety show, live from the Birthplace of Country Music Museum with the rootsy jazz of Bumper Jacksons and the tin pan alley sound of Roochie Toochie & the Shepherd Kings.

Click here to purchase tickets.

Dancing Downtown: Adult Prom

March 23 | Bristol Train Station


Believe in Bristol is gearing up for a BRAND NEW spring fundraiser, Dancing Downtown: Adult Prom! Join us Friday, March 23, 2018 at the Bristol Train Station and party with a purpose!

This event includes all your favorite prom staples from balloon arches and photo booths to finger foods and a DJ with the added bonus of games and a bar! Nominate your friends and vote for King and Queen, dance the night away with our DJ, and create fun memories along the way — all while supporting a local non profit organization! This event is open to anyone and everyone over the age of 21. Relive your high school glory days: dust off that old dress, suit, or just use the night as an excuse to look good and have fun!

TICKETS ON SALE NOW! Individual and couple tickets will be available for sale both at the Believe in Bristol office and online HERE for $25 and $40 respectively. Tables will be available for purchase through the Believe in Bristol Office only at $150 for 8 seats (table quantity limited). Tickets include entry, food, two drinks, and photo booth access. King and Queen nominations, extra drinks, games, and official photos will be cash only.

Dancing Downtown: Adult Prom is a fundraiser for Believe in Bristol; all proceeds will benefit the Main Street Program and downtown revitalization efforts. For more information, please contact the Believe in Bristol at 423-573-2201 or info@believeinbristol.org. As a Certified Main Street Community, Downtown Bristol has more to offer every day more activities, more shops, more homes, more offices and more life. Believe in Bristol is a nonprofit 501 ( c ) 3 organization composed of dedicated citizens, business owners, government officials and other friends of Bristol who recognize the role a vital downtown plays in preserving and furthering our communities identity, spirit and economy.

Community Notice Board

Women's Self Defense Course

March 1 — 22 | YWCA


YWCA NETN and SWVA and the Bristol TN Police Department are offering a free women’s self defense course beginning March 1. The 4 week course will meet every Thursday evening from 6-9 p.m. at the YWCA beginning March 1 and ending March 22. Preregistration is required. Sign up by calling the YWCA at 423.968.9444 or emailing Felicia at fsimpson@ywcatnva.org.

Also Coming Up

Rom-Com Marathon: You've Got Mail
February 28 | Bristol Public Library
Grand Reopening
March 1 | Wm. King Clothiers
Budgeting for First Time Home Buyers & Owners
March 1 | Bristol Chamber of Commerce
Appalachian Arcana podcast debut episode — LIVE
March 1 | Elder Brew
Wolf Hills Jazz Quartet
March 1 | Blackbird Bakery
Doors Open Downtown
March 2 | Downtown Bristol
Art D'Vine
March 2 | Downtown Bristol
Iliad with The Wormholes
March 2 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Rhythm & The Roosevelts
March 2 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Ian Feathers Band
March 3 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
State Street String Band
March 5 | Blackbird Bakery
Harry Potter Trivia (Part 1)
March 5 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Nerve Endings, Secret Bleeders & Indighost
March 6 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Canning Weekend
March 8–11 | Bristol Station Brews & Taproom
Farm & Fun Time ft. Bumper Jacksons, Roochie Toochie & the Ragtime Shepherd Kings
March 8
Farm & Fun Time ft. Bumper Jacksons, Roochie Toochie & the Ragtime Shepherd Kings
March 8 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
March 9–25 | Theatre Bristol
Porno Arcade album release
March 9 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Auditions
March 10–20 | Theatre Bristol
Scroungehound
March 10 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Drifters Two
March 13 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Moose Roberts, Cornbeef & The Pillbillies
March 13 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Spring Open House
March 15 | Willow Creek Antiques & Collectibles
Ladies Safety Night
March 15 | Holiday Inn
St. Patrick's Day Party to benefit BVPS Education Foundation
March 17 | Warehouse 817
Wynonna & The Big Noise
March 17 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Dancing Downtown: Adult Prom
March 23 | Bristol Train Station
Confederate Railroad with special guest Jim Brown
March 31 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Sulphur Springs String Dippers
April 6 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Phil Vassar
April 7 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Farm & Fun Time ft. Ralph Stanley II & the Clinch Mountain Boys, David Davis & the Warrior River Boys
April 12 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Triumphant Quartet
April 20 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives
April 22 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Colly
May 3 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
James Gregory, "America's Funniest Man"
May 4 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
June 22 – July 1 | Paramount Center for the Arts
18th Annual Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion
September 21–23 | Downtown Bristol

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