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Bristol, TN seeks nominations for city's first Historic Preservation Awards

The City of Bristol, Tennessee’s Historic Preservation Awards Committee wants to recognize the people and projects that are making preservation happen. Nominations for the city’s first Historic Preservation Awards are being accepted now through July 11, 2018.

The awards program will be a new initiative for the City of Bristol, Tennessee to celebrate historic preservation efforts and recognize those property and business owners who champion these assets. The awards program will recognize properties located within the three National Register districts designated within the city, the Bristol Commercial Historic District, Fairmount National Register District, and Holston Avenue National Register District. In addition to the three districts, one city-wide award will be issued to a historic property located anywhere within the city limits of Bristol, Tennessee.

Residential and commercial properties are eligible for nomination. There are no costs involved, and anyone may submit a property for consideration or self-nominate.

The City’s Historic Preservation Awards Committee will review nomination forms, and an awards program will be held later this summer to honor the winners.

Nomination forms may be submitted electronically or printed and delivered to the Community Development Department at 104 8th Street. Please type "Historic District Preservation Award" in the search box on the city website at www.bristoltn.org for submission materials. Call 423-989-5518 for more details.



Downtown Bristol Events

Traditional Memorial Day Services

May 30 | Cumberland Square Park


The Traditional Memorial Day Services, conducted by Bristol's Fraternal Veterans & Civic Council, will be held on Wednesday, May 30th, at Noon located at Cumberland Square Park War Memorial.

Meal Planning & Prep for the Beginner Workshop

May 30 | Bristol Public Library


Have you ever wanted to learn more about planning and prepping your meals? Then join BPL on May 30 at 6:00 p.m. for a free seminar on Meal Planning & Prep for the Beginner!

Ambrea, a library staff member, will offer an introduction to meal planning – explaining what it is, and what it isn't, and how you can get yourself started on the right foot. Materials will be provided, so just bring yourself and learn all about meal planning!

For more information, contact BPL at 276-645-8780 or ajohnson@bristol-library.org.

Jigsaw Jane

May 31 | Quaker Steak and Lube


Jigsaw Jane is a high energy 5-piece cover band that plays everything from classic/southern/alternative rock to driving/old school/new age country music.

Gerald Sheppard

May 31 | 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.

Family Fun Yoga

June 1 | Breathe Bristol Yoga


Join Cindy Gardner for a family friendly yoga session before heading out to Border Bash in downtown Bristol! $5/person

Border Bash — Sulphur Springs String Dippers & Appalachian Trail Bluegrass

June 1 | Downtown Bristol


Celebrating 19 years in Historic Downtown, Border Bash—Bristol’s premier summer concert series—is back for another amazing season! Hosted by Believe in Bristol and the Cities of Bristol, Virginia and Tennessee, Border Bash is about fun, family, great music, and creating memories to last a lifetime.

“Border Bash is a tradition that showcases everything that makes Downtown Bristol special, and that includes great live music,” said Maggie Bishop, Executive Director of Believe in Bristol. "Bristol’s downtown is definitely a hub for a wide variety of food, unique shopping, community events, and an all-around great place to come together with friends and family. This year Border Bash will introduce audiences to a whole new roster of talented, emerging acts as well as a few familiar favorites.”

June 1st – Downtown Center / Country Music Mural Stage
7:00 pm, Sulphur Springs String Dippers
8:30 pm, Appalachian Trail Bluegrass Band

Border Bash takes place on State Street in Historic Downtown Bristol. Children’s activities and vendors begin at 6:30 PM and live music will kick off at 7:00 PM. Border Bash is hosted by Believe in Bristol and the Cities of Bristol, TN & VA. Border Bash would not be possible without our community sponsors. Our sponsors in 2018 include The Antique Automobile Club of America – Appalachian Region, Bank of America, Bank of Tennessee, Birthplace of Country Music, Blackbird Bakery, Bristol Herald Courier, Camellia Digital, Coca-Cola Bottling Company, Anne & Ben Cowan, Discover Bristol, Express AV Productions, John & Brenda Fincher, Highlands Realty – Bristol Branch, Anna Morgan, Tom and Barbara Smith/ Merrill Lynch, Stateline Bar & Grille, Tri-Cities Escape Game, Tri City Tent and Event, Walling Distributing Dr. & Mrs. Zaidi and media sponsors Bristol Herald Courier, WBCM Radio Bristol, WCYB-5, and WXBQ 96.9 FM.

About Sulphur Springs String Dippers
The Sulphur Springs String Dippers are part of an ongoing, dynamic tradition of southern Appalachian music. The vehicle for their artistic expression is old-time fiddle music played, past and present, in the hills and hollows of western North Carolina and East Tennessee. Old-time music is the binder or the roux in the Sulphur Springs String Dippers performances, but the music is ever-evolving every time the duo hits the stage.

About Appalachian Trail Bluegrass
Appalachian Trail Bluegrass Band is a collective group of singers, musicians, and songwriters from Northeast Tennessee. The band has been invited to play at festivals across the U.S, riverboat weddings in Nashville, are regular guests at the infamous Carter Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, corporate parties, and have played the “Song of the Mountains” public television series three times. The band is diversified, choosing innovative and original material to record.

David Wiseman

June 1 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room


David Wiseman has been doing more extensive traveling to share his music and meet new friends. David performs Blues, Folk, and Ballads; Truth and Lies at this Tennessee. If you're near Bristol TN, come enjoy the music and storytelling, and meet a new friend.

Billy Crawford Band

June 1 | Quaker Steak and Lube


About Billy Crawford Band
Blues guitar might be associated with Mississippi, Texas and Chicago, but a man of the mid-South has something to say about that. The city of Bristol, smack on the Tennessee/Virginia border, claims itself as the birthplace of country music. But one of its native sons is making a huge blues noise.
The common denominator in all of this is Billy Crawford – raised playing bass in church, then gaining an early hard-rock pedigree on electric guitar. But for the past three decades, he has turned his six-string action toward the blues.

For much of the 1990s, audiences around the world heard Crawford’s intense work with blues-rocker Deborah Coleman. He gave up the road in 2002, when his wife gave birth to their son. Turns out, son Tyler is a little guitar hotshot, too.

But his daddy still has something to say. His Bristol-based Billy Crawford Band includes some of that region’s finest blues men. The fire is still burning blue from Crawford’s Guitar, as he rips through blues, ballads, rock, surf – even New Orleans-style.

Underpinning it all is a band with plenty of energy and mastery of dynamics. Go to thebillycrawfordband.com to hear and see more and find out when the band is playing in your town.

Lucy Bird Handmades Trunk Show

June 2 | Serendipity


Serendipity will host a trunk show in their downtown Bristol location this Saturday, June 2 from 10am-2pm with local jewelry company Lucy Bird Handmades. This brand is on trend with leather earrings and bracelets, necklaces and so much more. Check them out on social media @mylucybird .

This Saturday see Lucy Bird's full product line and experience their NEW (never seen before) jewelry at their Summer product launch in Serendipity Boutique.

A portion of the sales from Lucy Bird Handmades will support the Lucy Simpson Foundation, which offers comfort, care, and financial assistance to families that have lost children. See www.lucysimpsonfoundation.com to learn more.

Mighty Wurlitzer Day

June 2 | Paramount Bristol


Internationally known theater and classical organist Mark Andersen is coming to Paramount Bristol on June 2 for a special “open console” event. You will have a chance to play the Paramount’s Mighty Wurlitzer Pipe Organ followed by a screening of the Charlie Chase silent film “Mighty Like a Moose," accompanied by an original live score played by Mr. Andersen.

Directed by Leo McCarey and released in July 1926, “Mighty Like a Moose” is representative of Chase’s adroit blend of farce, surrealism, and sight gags. After a homely married couple separately undergo plastic surgery, they unwittingly flirt with each other. Scholars consider this two-reel short comedy to be Chase’s finest silent film. In 2007, “Mighty Like A Moose” was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress, which recognizes American films deemed culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.

Mark Andersen’s music is well known throughout America and Europe. He served as organist to the Boston Symphony, and won the International Composer’s Competition in Amsterdam – twice. He has performed in prestigious concert halls around the world, including Carnegie Hall in New York, Royal Albert Hall in London, and Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. While living in New York City, Mark worked for NBC and produced Off-Broadway shows. For the past 10 years, he has served as Artist in Residence to Daniels Recital Hall in Seattle, playing one of the largest pipe organs in the state. As a composer, Mark is well known for his original scores for many silent movies.

Soul Swagger

June 2 | Quaker Steak and Lube


Soul Swagger will perform at Quaker Steak and Lube at 8pm.

Matt Smile

June 3 | Quaker Steak and Lube


Matt Smile of the Buddz will perform at Quaker Steak and Lube. There is no admission charge for this special event.

State Street String Band

June 4 | Blackbird Bakery


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

Canning, Freezing, Preserving & More: Food Safety in the Kitchen Workshop

June 6 | Bristol Public Library


Join BPL or Canning, Freezing, Preserving, and More: Food Safety in the Kitchen with Sandy Stoneman from the Virginia Cooperative Extension office. Ms. Stoneman will provide participants with an overview of canning and food handling safety, as well as offer tips and tricks for the best way to preserve fresh food.

For more information, contact Bristol Public Library at 276-645-8780 or ajohnson@bristol-library.org.

Open Mic Night

June 6 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room


Open Mic is every first Wednesday of the month at Bloom and is a free event. Performers all night!

6PM — tba
6:30 — Matt Sanders
7:00 — Moose Roberts
7:30 — Toby Wilkins
8:00 — Marshall Henderson
8:30 — Wayne Penley
9:00 — Joey Yost
9:30 — House Cat!

Bike Nite w/ Rusty Steele & Quarter Bounce

June 7 | Quaker Steak and Lube


Rusty Steele and Quarter Bounce will perform at Bike Nite.

Community Notice Board

Serendipity Memorial Day Sale

Through May 31


20% off Just for YOU!

Take time out this weekend to enjoy friends and family and pamper yourself with something NEW from Serendipity while enjoying 20% off all regular priced merchandise, now throughMay 31st.

Can't shop in store? No problem, shop Serendipity online. Use promo code: REMEMBER20 at checkout to receive 20% off your entire purchase throughMay 31st.

Military Families Free at Birthplace of Country Music Museum

Through Labor Day | Birthplace of Country Music Museum

As part of its participation in Blue Star Museums—a collaboration between the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America — the Birthplace of Country Music Museum is offering free admission to the nation's active duty military personnel, including National Guard and Reserve and up to five family members, through Labor Day 2018. Click here for more information.

Also Coming Up

Traditional Memorial Day Services
May 30 | Cumberland Square Park
Meal Planning & Prep for the Beginner Workshop
May 30 | Bristol Public Library
Classic Movie Corner: Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
May 31 | Bristol Public Library
Jigsaw Jane
May 31 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Gerald Sheppard
May 31 | Blackbird Bakery
Family Fun Yoga
June 1 | Breathe Bristol Yoga
Border Bash — Sulphur Springs String Dippers & Appalachian Trail Bluegrass
June 1 | Downtown Bristol
David Wiseman
June 1 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Billy Crawford Band
June 1 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Lucy Bird Handmades Trunk Show
June 2 | Serendipity
Mighty Wurlitzer Day
June 2 | Paramount Bristol
Soul Swagger
June 2 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Matt Smile
June 3 | Quaker Steak and Lube
State Street String Band
June 4 | Blackbird Bakery
Canning, Freezing, Preserving & More: Food Safety in the Kitchen Workshop
June 6 | Bristol Public Library
Open Mic Night
June 6 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Bike Nite w/ Rusty Steele & Quarter Bounce
June 7 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Rylee Peters
June 7 | Blackbird Bakery
Teacher In-Service Special Program
June 8 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
The Kind Thieves with Collateral Jammage
June 8 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
RTE 23 Listening Room: Saw Black
June 8 | Gather
If Birds Could Fly
June 9 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Rodney Crowell with Special Guest Jedd Hughes
June 9 | Paramount Bristol
Terry Baucom’s Dukes of Drive
June 11 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Artist Meet & Greet: Dale McKinney
June 12 | Blackbird Bakery
Isaac Gibson, Jake Quillin and Magus Vaughn
June 14 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
The Diamonds
June 14 | Blackbird Bakery
RhythOM
June 15 | Breathe Bristol Yoga
Border Bash: JP Parsons & The American Bandwagon & Beth Snapp
June 15 | Downtown Bristol
Book Signing: Michael C. Miles
June 16 | Blackbird Bakery
Todd Snider
June 16 | Paramount Bristol
State Street String Band
June 18 | Blackbird Bakery
Summer Solstice Yoga Nidra
June 21 | Breathe Bristol Yoga
Bella Bane
June 21 | Blackbird Bakery
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
June 22 – July 1 | Paramount Bristol
Rocky Patel Cigar Smoker
June 22 | Sidetrack Tobacco
Cooking with Essential Oils
June 23 | Breathe Bristol Yoga
Paul Thorn
June 23 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
The Diamonds
June 28 | Blackbird Bakery
A Great American Tapestry
June 30 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Border Bash & Celebrate Bristol
July 4 | Downtown Bristol
A Gathering of None, Pythia & The Reppertons
July 7 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Border Bash
July 20 | Downtown Bristol
Dale Murphy Night
July 21 | Boyce Cox Field
Tartuffe
July 27–29 | Theatre Bristol
Border Bash
August 3 | Downtown Bristol
Humorist Jeanne Robertson
August 4 | Paramount Bristol
Evening with John Anderson – Acoustic — special guest Elvie Shane
September 7 | Paramount Bristol
18th Annual Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion
September 21–23 | Downtown Bristol
Chicks with Hits: Terry Clark, Pam Tillis, Suzy Bogguss
October 4 | Paramount Bristol
The Black Jacket Symphony: AC/DC "Back in Black"
October 5 | Paramount Bristol
PUSH! Film Festival
October 12–14 | Downtown Bristol
EmiSunshine with Etta May
December 1 | Paramount Bristol

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