Downtown Bristol Events
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.
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.
March 22 | Blackbird Bakery
From East Tennessee, The Diamonds play a diverse mix of music, specializing in jazz standards. The group performs at various venues and events throughout the region, including weddings, parties, and restaurants. They have also volunteered at many nursing homes, assisted living homes, and charitable organizations in the area.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
March 23 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Lodi are a folk-acoustic-bluegrass-rock fusion group based out of Bristol, VA.
March 23 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Cigarillo from Richmond VA returns for a night of psych infused indie hip hop & electronica with local legends The Force Field.
$5 cover. 18+
March 23 | Studio Brew
Great food, brews, and the rockin blues!
March 24 | Quaker Steak and Lube
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.
March 24 | Elder Brew
Ghoul Feeding was formed in 1994, as a performance art project, by Scott Rader and William Van Huss. Over the years, they combined sonic influences ranging from experimental, industrial, and noise, along with striking visuals, to produce atmospheric and theatrical performances.
Their latest installation, titled “Satanic Panic”, uses original music and archival video footage to explore a dark episode of mass hysteria that swept the nation — including the Tri Cities region — in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
March 25 | Breathe Bristol Yoga
Appalachian Alchemy and Breathe Bristol Yoga present Garden & Grow, a garden and yoga workshop! Join Lesley Setchim as she offers advice on soil preparation, garden growing and cultivating! Cindy Gardner will follow up with a restorative yoga practice.
March 25 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
The Retrovales are a folk/pop group from Huntsville, AL fronted by SarahJayne and Corey Travis.
March 25 | Studio Brew
Join Studio Brew for 5 bourbon barrel aged craft beers paired with 5 incredible food offerings! Tickets are $65 per person, and there is a limit of 50 seats, so reserve yours now.
Beer — Mosaic Sunset Barrel Aged “Caribbean Style I.P.A"
Pairing — Charred Salmon, Dancing Monk Whole Grain Mustard & Brown Sugar Glaze, Mosaic Hop Dust, Ethiopian Spice Blend, and Sprouthead Pea Shoots
Beer — Belgian Bonk Barrel Aged Dubble Delight
Pairing — Slow Smoked Brisket, Humboldt Fog Cheese, Dubble Reduction, Scratch Pizza Crust, and Micro Spicy Radish Melange
Beer — Rye Whiskey Hop Rye Barrel Aged
Pairing — High Spiced North Georgia Jerked Chicken, Barley Risotto, Buffalo Trace Rye Infused Caramelized Mango and Pineapple Pico De Gallo
Beer — “Cherry Bomb” Strong Ale Barrel Aged
Pairing — Duo Plate – House Cured Duck Confit, Pam’s Crostini, Benton’s Bacon & Chipotle Aioli/ Prosciutto Curl, Green Pea Tendrils, and Mischievous Cheddar Aioli
March 26 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Beer — Mischievous Solstice Ole World Ale Barrel Aged
Pairing — Dark Chocolate Bread Pudding Ball, House Whipped Cream, Drunken Cherries and Blood Orange Zest
TREAT YO SELF to Bloom’s Parks and Recreation Trivia! Trivia starts at 8 pm and there will be a themed menu, so come hungry! (I can’t make any promises but you can bet there will be a “meat tornado” option on there.) It’s always a good idea to come a bit early – trivia nights can get really busy.
$25 gift card to the winner of trivia! Costume contest winner will receive a $15 gift card.
March 27 | Bristol Public Library
Kathy Shearer, author of Tales from the Moonshine Trade, will speak at Bristol Public Library on March 27 at 6:00 p.m. in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room. Shearer will discuss her book and share stories with the public on local history, including Prohibition and its impact on northeast Tennessee and southwest Virginia. She’ll also have copies of the book available for purchase.
Shearer’s visit coincides with the installation of a new gallery exhibition at the Bristol Public Library titled Teetotalers & Moonshiners: Prohibition in Virginia, Distilled, a traveling exhibition from the Library of Virginia presented with support from Virginia ABC and the Virginia Distillers Association. Teetotalers & Moonshiners will be available and open to the public in the Virgie R. Fleenor Gallery during the library’s hours of operation, from March 20 to April 28, 2018.
April 3 | Bristol Public Library
To celebrate its new exhibition, "Teetotalers & Moonshiners: Prohibition in Virginia, Distilled," Bristol Public Library will host a free showing of The Untouchables (1987) on April 3 at 5:30 p.m. in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room. Popcorn and water will be provided for all movie attendees!
Federal Agent Eliot Ness (Kevin Costner) is a Treasury agent committed to upholding the law and enforcing Prohibition in 1920s Chicago. Together with a handpicked team of officers and agents—featuring the talents of actors Sean Connery, Charles Smith, and Andy Garcia—Ness sets out to fight corruption and take down the biggest gangster in Chicago: Al Capone himself (Robert De Niro).
Rated R. 119 minutes. Please note: The Untouchables may not be suitable for all audiences. Viewer discretion is advised.