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Bloom introduces bike delivery

Beginning April 9th, Bloom is pleased to offer bike delivery to downtown Bristol. Case will bring you coffee, breakfast, lunch, whatever you desire. Delivery hours are Monday-Friday from 9am-5pm. Call 423-573-1602 to place an order!

Reminder: Deadline for Entries in Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion through Your Eyes is Next Week!

Later this year the Birthplace of Country Music Museum will host a new special exhibit Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Through Your Eyes, featuring photographs from Bristol Rhythm fans and festivalgoers. The juried exhibit will be created in-house by the museum’s curatorial team, based on photographs taken at any Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion from its beginnings in 2000 to the most recent festival in 2017.

Photographs can include shots from all aspects of the festival from the performances on stage and buskers on the street to people enjoying the festival atmosphere to the variety of activities on offer such as Children’s Day or jam workshops. The images will be judged by professional photographers Neil Staples, Jay Phyfer, and Billie Wheeler, former Virginia Intermont professors and alumni, all of whom have worked at the festival and other BCM music events. Photographs will be judged and chosen on the basis of quality and content. The chosen images will then be included and credited in the special exhibit on a series of designed panels.

The exhibit is tentatively set to open in the Special Exhibits Gallery of the Birthplace of Country Music Museum in mid-August and will be on display during this year's festival and through October 21, 2018.

Deadline for entries is April 19, 2018 – that's next Thursday!

Enter today!

Downtown Bristol Blog

Discover Bristol Announces Video Contest: Why Do You Love Bristol?

Discover Bristol is asking local residents and students to make a video sharing what they love about Bristol and why visitors should come discover what Bristol has to offer. Entrants will compete for the chance to win $1,000.

Videos submissions should inspire millennials to visit Bristol. The audience can be singles, couples, groups, families, etc. These videos should include at least one attraction and why someone would want to come to Bristol to experience it. All experiences described should be legally open and accessible to visitors. Qualifying entries will be fun and promotional – not a documentary or news piece. The videos should be 0:30 – 3 minutes long. The point of the video is to showcase Bristol from the local perspective and get people excited about why they should come here.

Two winning video submissions will be chosen. The top video selected by a committee will win a $1,000 grand prize. There will also be a $500 people's choice prize, which will be voted on via social media. If the video chosen by both is the same, the $500 prize will go to the runner-up for the people's choice award.

The contest is open now through July 1. By July 15, the voting will begin for the people's choice award. Both winners will be announced on August 1.

Any video meeting the qualifications listed above would have the opportunity to be featured during Push Film Festival and will posted on Discover Bristol’s YouTube, Facebook and Instagram channels. The selected filmmakers may also write a blog post (300-500 words) and have the video featured on the Discover Bristol blog.

This video contest is being funded by a grant from the Virginia Tourism Corporation urging millennials to Crush Friday and take their vacation days. We hope they will choose to spend those Fridays with us in Bristol!

For more information on the contest, please see the Discover Bristol website.

Bristol and Startup Tri-Cities team up to bring Austin startup scene to the region

The Cities of Bristol and the Bristol Chamber of Commerce have teamed up with Startup Tri-Cities, a local entrepreneur organization, to bring a piece of the vibrant Austin, Texas startup community to our region. The festival is a collaboration between small business owners, entrepreneurs, and the many supporting organizations that bring innovation and growth to our region.

Free community events will take place May 3rd – 5th across the Tri-Cities and will be focused on helping new businesses get started, helping existing ones grow, and connecting the region together in a celebration of the successes of our local entrepreneurs.

The festival provides our region with the opportunity to highlight the excellent programs and services already available to local entrepreneurs, and provides valuable exposure for our local subject matter experts.

As our various associations, government departments, and local experts come together during National Entrepreneurship week, we celebrate the roles we all play in our small business community year-round. We are excited to be one of the many cities hosting the national movement that is Small Business Festival.

When local entrepreneurs get together and openly share their experiences, challenges, and successes amazing things happen economically for the region’s growth and development. Bristol and Startup Tri-Cities invite everyone with an interest or experience in entrepreneurship to join them at the Small Business Festival. Learn more at

Believe in Bristol Vying for $25K Cash Prize in National Contest Recognizing America’s Main Streets

On February 26, Independent We Stand, the national small business movement, kicked-off its third annual America’s Main Streets contest to help consumers, small business owners and Main Street organizations reward a deserving Main Street with $25,000 in cash and sponsor-related prizes. Believe in Bristol in Downtown Bristol is among this year’s nominees.

America’s Main Streets play an important role in the long-term success of communities and help build a sense of place reinforcing this year’s theme: “Local Memories. Lasting Impact.”

“Our Independent We Stand America’s Main Streets contest shines a light on the pride business owners and communities take in their Main Streets,” says Independent We Stand co-founder Bill Brunelle. “We know small businesses on these Main Streets help them thrive and have a measurable economic impact. This contest is a chance to share those stories with people from coast-to-coast.”

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! These achievements are largely thanks to the ongoing unified efforts of businesses, groups, and individuals coordinated through Believe in Bristol. Believe in Bristol is a non-profit organization, composed of dedicated citizens, business owners, and other friends of Bristol who recognize the role a vital downtown plays in preserving and furthering our communities identity, spirit, and economy.

After dedicated revitalization efforts, Historic Downtown Bristol has welcomed over 50 new businesses and 60 residential lofts, played host to a plethora of downtown events, been a leader in local and regional arts and culture, and experienced a significant increase in downtown foot traffic over the past 10 years. The vitality of Downtown Bristol is a wonderful asset, one that attracts new people and economies to Bristol.

“We love our unique downtown – straddling the state line means that we run two Main Street accredited programs, which doubles our challenges and opportunities,” says Believe in Bristol Executive Director Maggie Bishop. “Believe in Bristol works hard for our downtown community, and this prize would allow us to continue the revitalization of our Historic Downtown. With this $25,000 we could create new promotions to attract more visitors and shoppers to downtown and expand our entrepreneur support.”

The first round of voting in the contest began as soon as Believe in Bristol was nominated and runs through April 22. All nominations and voting take place on You can vote once every 24 hours, no sign-up required!

Important dates:

  • February 26 to April 22: “America’s Main Streets” nominations and quarterfinalist voting
  • April 30 to May 27: “America’s Main Streets” semifinalist voting
  • June 4: “America’s Main Streets” winner announced
  • July 4: “Main Streets Make Us Better” event; “America’s Main Streets” winner announces plans for $25,000 grand prize

Additional contest prizes include:

  • STIHL Equipment Certificate for $1,000 worth of STIHL equipment good at any STIHL dealer in the U.S.
  • Do it Best Corp. $500 shopping spree
  • PPG Paints $500 shopping spree
  • Public relations and social media recognition
  • Special plaque for winner to proudly display

Downtown Bristol Events

Prohibition & Modern Moonshine with the Virginia ABC

April 11 | Bristol Public Library

Join Bristol Public Library on April 11 at 5:30 p.m. for a special presentation on “Prohibition & Modern Moonshine.” Brian Edwards from the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) will be at the library to discuss the impact of Prohibition and its legacy, as well as the modern growth of legal and illegal moonshine.

Edwards’ visit to the library coincides with the library's current gallery installation, "Teetotalers & Moonshiners: Prohibition in Virginia, Distilled," a traveling exhibition from the Library of Virginia presented with support from the 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, until April 28, 2018.

Beginning Genealogy

April 12 | Bristol Public Library

Designed to help new and experienced genealogists, Beginning Genealogy is an introductory class on both online research and book resources. Participants will be able to learn more about using Ancestry and Heritage Quest, library resources, and creating family trees. Kristin will be teaching this free educational program and offering tips on how to best navigate genealogy online, as well as printed sources.

Space is limited, so pre-registration is strongly encouraged. Library computers will be available for patrons in the JCC, but participants may also bring their own laptops or electronic devices. For more information on Beginning Genealogy, please contact BPL at 276-645-8781 or

Farm & Fun Time ft. Ralph Stanley II & the Clinch Mountain Boys, David Davis & the Warrior River Boys

April 12 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum

Radio Bristol presents the Farm and Fun Time variety show, live from the Birthplace of Country Music Museum with Ralph Stanley II & the Clinch Mountain Boys and David Davis & the Warrior River Boys.

Click here to purchase tickets.

Independent Lens: Look & See

April 12 | Paramount Bristol

Look & See: Wendell Berry's Kentucky is a portrait of the changing landscapes and shifting values of rural America in the era of industrial agriculture, as seen through the mind’s eye of award-winning writer and farmer Wendell Berry, back home in his native Henry County, Kentucky.

The Diamonds

April 12 | 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.

MakerSpace Open House

April 13 | Bristol Public Library

To celebrate National Library Week, the Jones Creativity Center at Bristol Public Library will host a MakerSpace Open House, beginning at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, April 13. The JCC will offer free demonstrations of the new 3D printer, 3D scanning, our new Cricut, Raspberry Pi, and much more!

For more information on all the interesting MakerSpace products available in the JCC, please contact Bristol Public Library at 276-645-8780 or

Ales of the British Isles

April 14 | Elderbrew

Join Elderbrew in welcoming Joe Wentz to discuss the Ales of the British Isles.

Joseph Wentz is retired from a career in Natural Resource Conservation. He began brewing beer while attending N.C. State University. A British Math professor/beer maker/oboe player in the orchestra pointed him in the right direction. Wentz has been brewing beer, and making wine continuously since 1972, and selling brew supplies since 1978, and enjoys helping others to begin a rewarding hobby of beer, and/or winemaking.

This event is limited to the FIRST 15 THAT RSVP! Click here to register.

Justin Nelson with JB 5-N-Dime

April 14 | Studio Brew

Nashville Americana artist Justin will perform with local rowdy country artist JB 5-N-Dime and an acoustic set with Jacob Moore. $5.00 cover at the door.

State Street String Band

April 16 | Blackbird Bakery

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

From Busthead to Boozy Creek: Moonshine on the Map of VA & TN

April 18 | Bristol Public Library

Joe Tennis, noted local author and journalist, will speak at Bristol Public Library on April 18 at 6:00 p.m. in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room. Tennis will explore the history and legacy of moonshine throughout the region, inspecting the marks it has left on our map and recounting the legends that have sprung up around it. Tennis will share ghost tales from Patrick County, stories from the moonshine trade in Tazewell, Washington, and Sullivan counties, and legends of whiskey and more from Franklin County.

Tennis’ visit to the library coincides with the library's current gallery installation, "Teetotalers & Moonshiners: Prohibition in Virginia, Distilled," a traveling exhibition from the Library of Virginia presented with support from the 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, until April 28, 2018.

Tim Easton House Party & Record Release

April 20 | Earnest Tube

2017 Rhythm and Roots performer Tim Easton stayed in Bristol last year and recorded an entire album (Paco and the Melodic Polaroids) at The Earnest Tube. Tim will be releasing the album on 4/20/2018 in Bristol while performing a house concert at 22 1/2 Lee St. No admission charge but donations will be accepted for Tim.

BYOB. Doors @7pm. Music @8pm.

Space is extremely limited, so be sure to RSVP! Message the Earnest Tube on Facebook, and be sure to let them know the number in your party.

Community Notice Board

Theatre Bristol Summer Camp

July 9-13 | Theatre Bristol

Theatre Bristol proudly announces its 2018 children’s summer camp The StART of Adventure, running July 9-13, 2018. This year's camp features two new offerings: camp for rising second graders through eighth graders, and a new one half-day camp for rising kindergartners and first graders.

Campers will explore theatre and acting skills from talented and highly respected teachers and theatre veterans in the area. “We’re really excited to be able to continue our camp program,” said Seth Gilstrap, camp coordinator. Co-coordinator James Altman adds, “We’re also very thankful to the professionals who will be teaching the campers valuable theatrical skills and knowledge.” Guided by the Theatre Bristol Youth Service Board (YSB), campers will spend the week learning acting skills, creative movement, music, costuming, makeup design, set design, props, and more.

At the end of the week, campers will perform three classic stories inspired by Dr. Seuss, as well as dances and songs they learned during the week.

The StART of Adventure is organized by the Theatre Bristol Youth Service Board, with guidance and counsel from the Theatre Bristol Board of Directors. “I see camp as a great way for the YSB to learn leadership, organization, planning, and responsibility,” said Anna Kimerer, the Youth Service Board president, “We have all had wonderful opportunities on and off stage, and now we get a chance to offer our experience and knowledge to the next generation of young actors. I know our founder, Cathy DeCaterina, would be proud.”

Camp will run Monday to Friday from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm, with early drop-off and late pick-up times available. Theatre Bristol will provide a healthy snack in the afternoon, however campers will need to pack a lunch each day. Registration is available online. The cost per camper is $150, with a family discount of each additional child reduced to $75, as well as an extra charge for early drop off and late pick up options. Financial assistance applications are also available. Space is limited so register soon!

For more information about camp and registration, please visit or email

Also Coming Up

Prohibition & Modern Moonshine with the Virginia ABC
April 11 | Bristol Public Library
Beginning Genealogy
April 12 | Bristol Public Library
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 Bristol
The Diamonds
April 12 | Blackbird Bakery
MakerSpace Open House
April 13 | Bristol Public Library
Ales of the British Isles
April 14 | Elderbrew
Justin Nelson with JB 5-N-Dime
April 14 | Studio Brew
State Street String Band
April 16 | Blackbird Bakery
From Busthead to Boozy Creek: Moonshine on the Map of VA & TN
April 18 | Bristol Public Library
Bristol VA Candidate Forum / Meet & Greet
April 18 | Bristol VA Public Schools Office
BPL Book Club: The War that Saved My Life
April 19 | Bristol Public Library
Ashley 6 Gun
April 19 | Blackbird Bakery
Triumphant Quartet
April 20 | Paramount Bristol
Tim Easton House Party & Record Release
April 20 | Earnest Tube
The Pythia and Archaic Knowledge
April 20 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Rocky Horror Trivia
April 21 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
"Amongst the Barrels" Beer Dinner
April 22 | Studio Brew
Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives
April 22 | Paramount Bristol
Boozy Creek Grass Band
April 24 | Blackbird Bakery
Hand-Crafted: Craft Beers & Local Wine in Tennessee and Virginia
April 25 | Bristol Public Library
Classic Movie Corner: Thunder Road
April 26 | Bristol Public Library
The Diamonds
April 26 | Blackbird Bakery
Bristol PD Prescription Drug Take-Back
April 28 | Bristol TN Municipal Parking Lot
Creative & Crafty: April Showers Canvas Class
April 28 | Bristol Public Library
EmiSunshine with Etta May
April 28 | Paramount Bristol
State Street String Band
April 30 | Blackbird Bakery
May 3 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Appalachian Arcana podcast LIVE recording
May 3 | Elderbrew
James Gregory, "America's Funniest Man"
May 4 | Paramount Bristol
The Big Bad with Moose Roberts and Th' Monkeypaws
May 4 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
The Paramount Chamber Players "Of Bohemians and Princes"
May 5 | Paramount Bristol
2nd Annual NO FARMS NO FOOD Farm to Table Brunch FUNdraiser
May 6 | Machiavelli's
Good Golly, It's Dolly! Student Art Show
May 10 | Paramount Bristol
Farm & Fun Time ft. Traveller and Roy Book Binder
May 10 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Gleam: A Jones/Serway Collaborative Exhibit
May 11 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
The Roy "Futureman" Wooten and Kevin Spears Experience
May 11 | Paramount Bristol
Bristol Ballet presents "Alice in Wonderland"
May 12 | Paramount Bristol
Independent Lens: Served Like a Girl
May 17 | Paramount Bristol
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 Bristol
Teacher In-Service Special Program
June 8 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
The Kind Thieves with Collateral Jammage
June 8 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
If Birds Could Fly
June 9 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Border Bash
June 15 | Downtown Bristol
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
June 22 – July 1 | Paramount Bristol
Paul Thorn
June 23 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Border Bash & Celebrate Bristol
July 4 | Downtown Bristol
Border Bash
July 20 | Downtown Bristol
Dale Murphy Night
July 21 | Boyce Cox Field
Border Bash
August 3 | Downtown Bristol
Humorist Jeanne Robertson
August 4 | Paramount Bristol
18th Annual Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion
September 21–23 | Downtown Bristol
PUSH! Film Festival
October 12–14 | Downtown Bristol

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