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Downtown breweries nominated in "Go To" Brew Contest


Bristol Station, Elderbrew and Studio Brew have all received nominations in The Loafer's first annual Art of Craft Brew Contest. Winners will be chosen by popular vote – that means YOU have a say in which beer wins! Voting closes March 21 at 11:59 pm, and winners will be announced March 27th.

We all know Bristol has the best beer in the region. Show your support for your favorite brewery by casting your vote here.



Downtown Bristol Events

Spring Open House

March 15 | Willow Creek Antiques & Collectibles


Willow Creek is proud to showcase an Open House event to the public. Stop by and meet their many dealers. Door prizes will be announced throughout the night, and refreshments offered. Many of the dealers will be discounting their one of kind items!

Several how-to workshops will be offered as well. Learn how to:

  • Paint and distress furniture.
  • Use Restor – a product that can restore furniture.
  • Restore paintings that have chips and need touch-ups.
  • Make easy flower arrangements from different items around your home.

Join Willow Creek for this fun filled event!

BPL Book Club: The Glass Castle

March 15 | Bristol Public Library


BPL Book Club will discuss The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls, and pick up its next reading adventure. Copies of the next book will be provided for readers to check out and read over the next month.

Join BPL for an excellent evening of books and Blackbird Bakery treats!

YP Monthly Social

March 15 | Studio Brew


Join Bristol Chamber for a Young Professionals of Bristol for its monthly social.

YP Bristol is a program of the Bristol TN/VA Chamber of Commerce inspiring young professionals to connect, lead and serve to build leaders and improve our community.

Dolores — PBS Independent Lens

March 15 | Paramount Center for the Arts


FREE ADMISSION. Link to Paramount Event. East Tennessee PBS and the Paramount Center for the Arts invite you to a free screening of "Dolores"

With intimate and unprecedented access, Peter Bratt's Dolores tells the story of Dolores Huerta, among the most important, yet least-known, activists in American history. Co-founder of the first farmworkers union with Cesar Chavez, she tirelessly led the fight for racial and labor justice, becoming one of the most defiant feminists of the 20th century.

Gerald Sheppard

March 15 | Blackbird Bakery


Sheppard has been repairing, refinishing, and building guitars for over thirty years. In 2013 he celebrated the 20th Anniversary of Gerald Sheppard Guitars. Gerald builds nine to twelve guitars per year. His guitars have been used by professional artists and featured on the Grammy winning Pink Guitar CD. He has been a featured luthier at the renowned Swannanoa Gathering for thirteen years. As an accomplished lifelong fingerstyle guitarist himself, Gerald understands how to match custom design components to the needs of his client. His instruments have been used for professional studio work and on stage by today's top guitarists.

Best of Times Band

March 16 | Quaker Steak and Lube


The band that helps you have the "Best Of Times"! Playing oldies, classic rock, Southern rock, R&B, beach music, and more.

JV Squad

March 16 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room


The JV Squad is an eclectic R&B band featuring Jared and Vanessa Bentley, David Cate, Lance McCloud and Mike Sams.

Creative & Crafty: Shamrocks

March 17 | Bristol Public Library


It's very nearly St. Patrick's Day, and Bristol Public Library is ready to celebrate the season by painting shamrocks! Shamrock templates will be available, and you can customize your canvas how you like. Ribbons will be available to add to the canvas, so you can hang it on your door.

The cost for this canvas class will be $5 per person. This will cover all the needed supplies, including canvas, paint, brushes, ribbons, and instruction.

Registration is required. To sign up, contact Bristol Public Library at 276-645-8780 or ajohnson@bristol-library.org.

St. Patrick's Day Party to benefit BVPS Education Foundation

March 17 | Warehouse 817


The non-profit organization,Bristol Virginia Public Schools Education Foundation announces an upcoming fundraiser, CELEBRATE THE LUCK OF THE IRISH! on March 17, 2018. The St. Patrick’s Day Party will be held at the newly opened Warehouse 817 venue located at 817 State Street, Bristol, Virginia, across from the Farmer’s Market.

The St. Patrick’s Day Party will begin at 7:00 p.m.ending at 11:00 p.m. Tickets are $30 for an individual ticket and $50 for a couple’s ticket. Ticket prices include heavy hors d’oeuvres, 2 free beverages tickets per person, party favors and LOTS OF FUN! A cash bar will be available and music will be provided by the well-known, recently signed, recording artist, HB Beverly.

"What better way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day with friends than investing in the leadership of tomorrow,” commented Catherine Brillhart, President of the BVPS Education Foundation.

Tickets can be purchased via PayPal atwww.bvpsfoundation.org, emailing foundation@bvps.org, or calling 276-821-5615. All proceeds benefit the BVPS Education Foundation focusing on High School Senior Merit/Need-Based Scholarships, Creative Classroom Mini-Grants, School wide Funding for Selected Academic Programs, Permanently Named Endowed Scholarships, Public/private partnerships, and implementing public school improvement projects approved by the Bristol Virginia School Board.

Moose Roberts, Cornbeef & The Pillbillies

March 17 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room


Local favorite Moose Roberts will play Bloom on St. Patrick's Day with Cornbeef & The Pillbillies.

Wynonna & The Big Noise

March 17 | Paramount Center for the Arts


Respected by the millions of fans who are drawn to her music and her undeniable talent, Wynonna's rich and commanding voice has sold over 30 million albums worldwide spanning a remarkable 33-year career. Charting countless singles, including 20 #1 hits and over 60 industry awards, the iconic performer was dubbed by Rolling Stone as “the greatest female country singer since Patsy Cline.”

The show will feature incomparable musical arrangements from The Big Noise, putting Wynonna’s voice front and center for what promises to be a truly memorable evening of music.

St. Patrick's Day fun with DJ Mike "The Hype" Payne

March 17 | Quaker Steak and Lube


Join Quaker Steak and Lube for St. Patrick's Day fun, all day from 11am – close. DJ Mike "The Hype" Payne will be spinning some tunes beginning at 8pm.

Tri-Cities Synthesizer Meet Up

March 18 | Elder Brew


Join Elderbrew Sunday, March 18 for the monthly Tri-Cities Synth Meet Up. Each month the group will discuss the multitude of ways to incorporate synthesizers into your music, as well as give hands on demos of some of today’s (and yesterday’s) most cutting edge tools for music production, and manipulation. This is a free event, open to the public, and requires no experience, just an open ear.

State Street String Band

March 19 | Blackbird Bakery


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

The Office Trivia

March 19 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room


Think you know enough about The Office? Do you have what is takes to be Assistant to the Regional Manager? Prove it! Winner of trivia will get a $25 gift card to Bloom. Best costume will get a $15 gift card!

Teetotalers & Moonshiners: Prohibition in Virginia, Distilled

March 21 | Bristol Public Library


Virginians imbibed their last legal drink on Halloween night in 1916, more than three years before national prohibition was enacted. Newspapers reported bacchanalian scenes in the Old Dominion’s cities as “wets” drank up and bought out of the stocks of saloons and bars. Most of the state’s liquor, beer, and wine producers quietly shut down. Many farmers worried that a major part of their livelihood from corn and fruit had disappeared overnight, while supporters of prohibition exulted in the promise of a morally upright “Dry Virginia.” For the next 18 years the state became a laboratory for a grand social experiment that ultimately left many Virginians with a serious hangover – and led to repeal.

Teetotalers & Moonshiners: Prohibition in Virginia, Distilled, a traveling exhibition from the Library of Virginia, tells the story of Virginia Prohibition and its legacy through an exciting exhibition and associated programming. The exhibition addresses the important and long-lasting effects of Prohibition on the commonwealth and America, including its effects as a social reform movement, its costs, and its legacy in the creation of NASCAR and the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.

To celebrate the arrival of Teetotalers & Moonshiners at Bristol Public Library, the library will host a gallery reception on March 21 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Visitors will have the opportunity to experience a tour of the new gallery exhibition and enjoy light refreshments. Teetotalers & Moonshiners will be open to the public in the Virgie R. Fleenor Gallery during the library’s hours of operation from March 20 to April 28, 2018.

Book Signing: Mark Mangrum

March 21 | Blackbird Bakery


Join Blackbird Bakery for a book signing with Bristol's own Mark Mangrum, the young author of the new book Becoming You: 31 Day Spiritual Devotion.

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

WIN an escape, dinner at Eatz and dessert at Blackbird Bakery

March 16-18 | Tri-Cities Escape Game


In every game playedFriday, March 16 — Sunday, March 18, 2018, Tri-Cities Escape Game is locking up a chance towin an escape game for two, dinner at Eatz and dessert at Blackbird Bakery! If your teamfinds the "Four Leaf Clover" puzzle andunlocks aspecialGREEN BOXhidden in your game, you could win!

Click here to learn more.

Tri-Cities Bra Drive

March 14 — 31 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room


Donate a new or gently-used bra to help survivors of sex trafficking gain economic empowerment and walk in true freedom!

All across the country, from March 14th-31st, Everyday Abolitionists will be collecting bras at their work, their schools, their churches, their homes, their businesses to help bring true freedom to survivors of sex trafficking around the world with Free The Girls: Fight Human Trafficking.

Bloom Cafe and Listening Room will be participating in collecting bras. So stop in to drop your bra(s) off or even get your own book club/sports team/Bible study/sorority/whatever together to be involved in Free The Girls: Fight Human Trafficking 2nd National Bra Drive.

Also Coming Up

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
March 9–25 | Theatre Bristol
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Auditions
March 10–20 | Theatre Bristol
Chamber 101
March 14 | Bristol Chamber of Commerce
Spring Open House
March 15 | Willow Creek Antiques & Collectibles
BPL Book Club: The Glass Castle
March 15 | Bristol Public Library
YP Monthly Social
March 15 | Studio Brew
Dolores — PBS Independent Lens
March 15 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Gerald Sheppard
March 15 | Blackbird Bakery
Best of Times Band
March 16 | Quaker Steak and Lube
JV Squad
March 16 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Creative & Crafty: Shamrocks
March 17 | Bristol Public Library
St. Patrick's Day Party to benefit BVPS Education Foundation
March 17 | Warehouse 817
Moose Roberts, Cornbeef & The Pillbillies
March 17 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Wynonna & The Big Noise
March 17 | Paramount Center for the Arts
St. Patrick's Day fun with DJ Mike "The Hype" Payne
March 17 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Tri-Cities Synthesizer Meet Up
March 18 | Elder Brew
State Street String Band
March 19 | Blackbird Bakery
The Office Trivia
March 19 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Teetotalers & Moonshiners: Prohibition in Virginia, Distilled
March 21 | Bristol Public Library
Book Signing: Mark Mangrum
March 21 | Blackbird Bakery
The Diamonds
March 22 | Blackbird Bakery
Dancing Downtown: Adult Prom
March 23 | Bristol Train Station
Lodi
March 23 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Cigarillo with The Force Field
March 23 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Rockin Boogie Party
March 23 | Studio Brew
Holly Help to Benefit from Liberty Tax Special Offer (Half Off Tax Preparation)
March 24
Victor Lawson
March 24 | Quaker Steak and Lube
The Retrovales
March 25 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
"Amongst the Barrels" Beer Dinner
March 25 | Studio Brew
Tales from the Moonshine Trade with Kathy Shearer
March 27 | Bristol Public Library
Creative & Crafty: March Canvas Class
March 28 | Bristol Public Library
Classic Movie Corner: Rio Bravo
March 29 | Bristol Public Library
Ted Yoder — "Dulcimer Dad"
March 29 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Britni Zoe Hambrick Quartet
March 29 | Blackbird Bakery
Old-Timers Art Opening
March 30 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Annie Robinette
March 30 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Creative & Crafty: Spring Mesh Wreath
March 31 | Bristol Public Library
Confederate Railroad with special guest Jim Brown
March 31 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Smokehouse Crickets
March 31 | Quaker Steak and Lube
The Kindest People with Art Smashes Records
March 31 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
BPL Anime Theater: Tenchi Muyo! The Movie
April 5 | Bristol Public Library
Appalachian Arcana podcast LIVE recording
April 5 | Elder Brew
Strong Mountain Women: How Ballads Power People
April 6 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Sulphur Springs String Dippers
April 6 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
The Black Jacket Symphony: Guns N' Roses "Appetite for Destruction"
April 6 | Paramount Center for the Arts
RTE 23 Listening Room Concert: Folk Soul Revival
April 7 | Park Avenue Theater
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
Independent Lens: Look & See
April 12 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Triumphant Quartet
April 20 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives
April 22 | Paramount Center for the Arts
EmiSunshine with Etta May EmiSunshine with Etta May
April 28 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Colly
May 3 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Appalachian Arcana podcast LIVE recording
May 3 | Elder Brew
James Gregory, "America's Funniest Man"
May 4 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Independent Lens: Look & See
May 17 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Border Bash
May 18 | Downtown Bristol
Border Bash
June 1 | Downtown Bristol
David Wiseman
June 1 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Mighty Wurlitzer Day
June 2 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Border Bash
June 15 | Downtown Bristol
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
June 22 – July 1 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Border Bash & Celebrate Bristol
July 4 | Downtown Bristol
Border Bash
July 20 | Downtown Bristol
Border Bash
August 3 | Downtown Bristol
18th Annual Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion
September 21–23 | Downtown Bristol
PUSH! Film Festival
October 12–14 | Downtown Bristol

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