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Christina’s Closet is now Christina’s!

Have you heard the news? Christina’s Closet has a new name! The downtown boutique is nowChristina’s! Check out their new look and new items at:

christinas4u.com or facebook.com/christinas4u

Downtown Bristol Blog

Bristol TN introduces Watering Bowl Pit Stops for fur-buddies


Dog friendly watering stations, or “pit stops,” are located in many of Bristol, Tennessee’s parks, and in a city known for racing, the term seems appropriate. As the weather gets warmer it is important to ensure that your pet is well hydrated. If you look around the city while walking your fur-buddy, you will find plenty of “pit stops” for your pet to refuel.

“Pit stops” for pets, as well as drinking fountains for pet owners, can be found at these locations: Bark Park located at 1155 Vance Drive, the Downtown Center 810 State Street, Steele Creek Park Splash Pad located on 4 Little Lane, Anderson Park found on 341 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., and Holston View Park at 1840 King College Road. Coming soon, water fountains and “pit stops” will be available in Rooster Front Park and the Mill Creek Trail Head at Steele Creek Park.

During the hot summer months it is best to walk dogs early in the morning or late in the evening, during the coolest portions of the day. Remember, if the asphalt or concrete is too hot for your hand, it’s too hot for your animal’s paws. Keep in mind when walking your fur-buddy that animals can go into heat distress when temperatures rise, so be sure to make a “pit stop” when needed.

For more information on the pet watering locations contact Terry Napier at tnapier@bristoltn.org or 423-764-4023.



Bristol TN and DAR dedicate U.S. Flag Retirement drop box

The City of Bristol Tennessee, in conjunction with the Fort Chiswell Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), have created a space to place a U.S. Flag Retirement Drop Box in the Bristol Tennessee Municipal Building’s Atrium. The dedication of the drop box has been scheduled for 10 am on Thursday, June 14, 2018 at 801 Anderson Street.

According to United States Flag Code, Title 4, Section 8k, the flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem of display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning. Flag retirement services are offered by local Boy Scout troops each winter and by a local veterans group each summer. During these services, flags are burned, which has long been considered a dignified way of paying respect in a most reverent method of final tribute. Between these private, non-public ceremonies the Daughters of the American Revolution saw a need to have location for the community to drop the flags for the next retirement ceremony. “One of the missions of the DAR is patriotism. Two of the objectives of the Flag Committee, which fall under patriotism, is to encourage the replacement of worn flags and to give instruction on the proper disposal of a worn flag,” said Donna Fitzgerald of the DAR Fort Chiswell Chapter. “This drop box will provide an easy opportunity for everyone to bring their worn flags so they may be retired with honor and dignity.”

The community, and especially local veterans, are invited to attend the dedication ceremony. Anyone with a tattered or worn flag is encouraged to bring it to the ceremony for disposal. “This is a great opportunity for the City and a highly regarded group of patriotic individuals to collaborate on a much needed project,” said Mayor Jack Young. “The drop box will be available to the public Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm. The DAR will be collecting the flags on a regular basis and delivering those to other groups who will dispose of them in a dignified ceremony.”

For more information contact Terrie Talbert, Director of Community Relations at 423-989-5500 Ext. 2055 or email tsmith-talbert@bristoltn.org.



Downtown Bristol Events

Pinocchio Auditions

June 9–16 | Theatre Bristol


Theatre Bristol announces auditions for Pinocchio June 9, 11, 12, and 16 at Theatre Bristol, 512 State Street, Bristol, TN. Like Pinocchio himself, the classic children's story comes to life on the ARTspace stage in September under the direction of Camille Gray. No preparation is required to audition and roles are available for men, women, and children. Show details, audition times, and rehearsal dates are available at www.TheatreBristol.org/audition.

Geppetto’s mischievous wooden puppet, Pinocchio, is on a quest to be a real boy...and keep his nose in check. On his adventures, he encounters Mr. Cricket, Stromboli the Fire Eater and puppet master, Red Fox, Black Cat, Candlewick and friends, puppet friends Harlequin and Columbine, and of course, a whale. With some help from the Blue Fairy, Mr. Cricket and puppet friends, Pinocchio learns what it means to be a son.

Director Camille Gray, most recently choreographer for Theatre Bristol's production of Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, has directed Godspell, as well as choreographed, stage managed, costumed, and performed in many shows. A Theatre Bristol veteran of 15 years and vice president of the Youth Service Board, she is currently pursuing a BFA in Musical Theatre at Emory & Henry College. She is supported by stage manager Abigail Combs, costumers Cameron Roberts and Whitney Brooks, and set designer Luke Gray.

Pinocchio opens August 31, and runs for two weekends at the Theatre Bristol ARTspace, Fridays at 7:30 pm, Saturdays at 5:30 pm, and Sundays at 2:30 pm, closing on September 9. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors and students, and will be available at www.Theatre Bristol.org. For information on school shows, please contact info@theatrebristol.org.

Isaac Gibson, Jake Quillin and Magus Vaughn

June 14 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room


One Night Only! Join the Undeniably genius, soulful acrobat, Isaac Gibson from the legendary 49 Winchester, The Guitar slinging extraordinaire, incredibly soulful, Jake Quillin, and The Rock n Reggae songster, the magnificent, Magus Vaughn, from Magus and the Movers, as they perform together at Bloom cafe in Bristol! This is a 'pay what you want' event so we want everyone to come experience the Magic!

Hip Gypsy

June 14 | Quaker Steak and Lube


From many different musical backgrounds, Hip Gypsy has come together to form a band that reaches into many genres in their original music. From hard hitting Rock to Reggae, Funk, Blues, and Soul Hip Gypsy has formed an alliance sure to thrill the ears of any musical connoisseur.

Sounds of Summer: Phantom

June 14 | Downtown Center


The Sounds of Summer Concert Series, formerly the Full Moon Jam, will start June 5th and run through September 27th. Concerts will be held on Tuesdays & Thursdays from7-9pmfrom June -Augustat the Downtown Center (Country Music Mural), 810 State Street. Concerts will be held on Thursdays during the month of September.

Bring a lawn chair or come early to grab one of the 350 chairs provided on-site. Refreshments are sold in the concessions area for a nominal fee. Clean, well-stocked restrooms also available.

Bands subject to change without notice. For more information visit the City of Bristol TN website.

1958 Film Series: South Pacific

June 14 | Paramount Bristol


Director Joshua Logan’s filmization of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s smash-hit Broadway musical starring Mitzi Gaynor as WAVE officer Nellie Forbush, stationed overseas during World War II, who falls in love with French planter Emile De Becque (Rosanno Brazzi). Brazzi sings the film’s most famous song, “Some Enchanted Evening.”

FREE and open to the public.

The Diamonds

June 14 | 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.

RhythOM

June 15 | Breathe Bristol Yoga


Join Breathe Bristol as local musician, Anthony Wayne & Jonya Kennedy direct your senses of listening, breathing, & moving through live music during your practice.

Preregisteration $15

Border Bash: JP Parsons & The American Bandwagon and Beth Snapp

June 15 | 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 15th – 500 Block of State Street
7:00 pm, JP Parsons & The American Bandwagon
8:30 pm, Beth Snapp

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 Alpha Natural Resources, 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, Strongwell, 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 JP Parsons & The American Bandwagon
Blending folk, bluegrass, americana, and roots music, East Tennessee luminary JP Parsons has been received as a regionalsongwriting sensation throughout the Southeast. Either performing as a solo artist or with The American Bandwagon, his songs are immediately familiar. From large festivals to the tiniest of bars and listening rooms, this is definitely one bandwagon worth joining.

About Beth Snapp
Beth Snapp is a pop infused roots artist from Northeast TN. Her style flits between folk, bluegrass, pop, early R&B and jazz, all with an ease that connects the listener to complex emotions that fall on every day moments to create an “I’ve been there before” sensation. Be this releasing a new EP, entitled “Don’t Apologize”, in early summer 2018. Recorded at the renown Echo Mountain Studios in Asheville, NC, this EP focuses on one theme: love. Love yourself, love others, and do good things. Beth has opened/shared stage with acts such as Jill Andrews, Cruz Contreras of the Black Lillies,Iris Dement, Scott Miller and the Commonwealth, and Grammy nominated cellist Dave Eggar.

The Borderline Band

June 15 | Quaker Steak and Lube


The Borderline Band plays all the songs you love to hear and dance to, from some of the newest country and rock hits to the oldies that we all love.

Book Signing: Michael C. Miles

June 16 | Blackbird Bakery


Author Michael C. Miles will be signing his new book, The Dying Lessonfrom 11am to 1pm. To learn more, visit Miles' Facebook page at facebook.com/MichaelCMilesAuthor.

Creative & Crafty: BPL Rocks

June 16 | Bristol Public Library


The summer reading theme at Bristol Public Library: "Libraries Rock" – in more ways than one! To celebrate summer reading, the library will offer rock painting on June 16 as part of its BPL Rocks project. BPL will supply the rocks, paint, and decorations, and only ask that participants leave at least one kindness rock in the new BPL Community Rock Garden.

No registration is required, simply drop in to the library anytime between 2:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. to paint kindness rocks. For more information about BPL Rocks, call 276-645-8780 or email ajohnson@bristol-library.org.

Todd Snider

June 16 | Paramount Bristol


TICKETS

Singer/songwriterTodd Snideris a beloved country folk singer who has been compared toBob Dylan,Tom PettyandJohn Prine. He is a storyteller, performer and stand-up comedian – all rolled into one!

Syren

June 16 | Quaker Steak and Lube


Syren comes to bring the rock.

Father's Day Luncheon

June 17 | Bristol Train Station


Bristol Train Station will host a Father's Day Luncheon catered by Cafe Alona on Sunday from noon to 2pm.

The buffet-style menu will include:

  • Chicken & Prime Rib
  • Roasted & Mashed Potatoes
  • Green Beans
  • Spring Mixed Salad
  • Carrot Cake
  • Coconut Cream Pie
  • Raspberry Chocolate Decadence
  • Tres Leches Cake
  • Coca Cola Chocolate Cake

Cost is $30 for each adult, $15 for children 10 and under. Prepayment is required, and reservations must be made by June 15th. Phone 276-644-1573 for reservations.

PC Class: Internet Searching

June 18 | Bristol Public Library


BPL will offer a special class on “Library Resources.” Participants will learn about the Internet, how to use different search engines and browsers, how to uncover safe websites and exercise internet safety.

Classes will be held on June 18 at Bristol Public Library at 5:30 p.m. and on June 21 at the Avoca Branch Library at 5:30 p.m. For more information on upcoming PC Classes, contact Bristol Public Library at 276-645-8780.

State Street String Band

June 18 | Blackbird Bakery


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

The Honey Badgers

June 19 | Downtown Center


Bluegrass with a twist!

...

The Sounds of Summer Concert Series, formerly the Full Moon Jam, will start June 5th and run through September 27th. Concerts will be held on Tuesdays & Thursdays from7-9pmfrom June -Augustat the Downtown Center (Country Music Mural), 810 State Street. Concerts will be held on Thursdays during the month of September.

Bring a lawn chair or come early to grab one of the 350 chairs provided on-site. Refreshments are sold in the concessions area for a nominal fee. Clean, well-stocked restrooms also available.

Bands subject to change without notice. For more information visit the City of Bristol TN website.

Community Notice Board

Escape with DAD this weekend!

June 15-17


Tri-Cities Escape Game is celebrating celebrating Father's Dayweekend in a GREAT Big Way!Use the coupon code DadFREE the weekend of Friday, June 15 through Sunday,June 17, 2018 and Dad plays for *FREE when you have a four or more people per reservation transaction.

Make your reservation at tricitiesescapegame.com or call 423-573-2114.

*This offer cannot be combined with Birthday orMilitary discounts.

Also Coming Up

Pinocchio Auditions
June 9–16 | Theatre Bristol
Isaac Gibson, Jake Quillin and Magus Vaughn
June 14 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Hip Gypsy
June 14 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Sounds of Summer: Phantom
June 14 | Downtown Center
1958 Film Series: South Pacific
June 14 | Paramount Bristol
The Diamonds
June 14 | Blackbird Bakery
RhythOM
June 15 | Breathe Bristol Yoga
Border Bash: JP Parsons & The American Bandwagon and Beth Snapp
June 15 | Downtown Bristol
The Borderline Band
June 15 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Book Signing: Michael C. Miles
June 16 | Blackbird Bakery
Creative & Crafty: BPL Rocks
June 16 | Bristol Public Library
Todd Snider
June 16 | Paramount Bristol
Syren
June 16 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Father's Day Luncheon
June 17 | Bristol Train Station
PC Class: Internet Searching
June 18 | Bristol Public Library
State Street String Band
June 18 | Blackbird Bakery
The Honey Badgers
June 19 | Downtown Center
YP Bristol Monthly Social: Meet the Makers
June 20 | Mercantile on State
BPL Book Club: The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
June 21 | Bristol Public Library
Shades of Grey
June 21 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Sounds of Summer: From the Edge
June 21 | Downtown Center
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
Bristol Pirates vs. Elizabethton
June 22 | Boyce Cox Field
Jigsaw Jane
June 22 | Quaker Steak and Lube
3D Printer Grand Opening
June 23 | Bristol Public Library
Cooking with Essential Oils
June 23 | Breathe Bristol Yoga
Bristol Pirates vs. Elizabethton
June 23 | Boyce Cox Field
Paul Thorn
June 23 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Wyldeheart
June 23 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Bristol Pirates vs. Elizabethton
June 24 | Boyce Cox Field
Bristol Pirates vs. Pulaski
June 25 | Boyce Cox Field
Creative & Crafty: andelion Wishes & Lilacs Canvas Class
June 26 | Bristol Public Library
Bristol Pirates vs. Pulaski
June 26 | Boyce Cox Field
Sounds of Summer: Cedar Valley
June 26 | Downtown Center
Classic Movie Corner: Singin' in the Rain
June 28 | Bristol Public Library
Below 7
June 28 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Sounds of Summer: Asylum Suite
June 28 | Downtown Center
The Diamonds
June 28 | Blackbird Bakery
The Great American Novel Book Club: Lonesome Dove
June 29 | Bristol Public Library
Blue Reign
June 29 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Bingo
June 30 | Bristol Public Library
A Great American Tapestry
June 30 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
James Meadows
June 30 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Sounds of Summer: Turkey Creek
July 3 | Downtown Center
Star-Spangled 4th of July Celebration
July 4 | Downtown Bristol
Bristol Pirates vs. Johnson City
July 4 | Boyce Cox Field
Bristol Pirates vs. Johnson City
July 5 | Boyce Cox Field
Sounds of Summer: Frontier
July 5 | Downtown Center
Bristol Pirates vs. Johnson City
July 6 | Boyce Cox Field
Square Dance
July 7 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
A Gathering of None, Pythia & The Reppertons
July 7 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Bristol Pirates vs. Princeton
July 7 | Boyce Cox Field
Bristol Pirates vs. Princeton
July 8 | Boyce Cox Field
Bristol Pirates vs. Princeton
July 9 | Boyce Cox Field
Sounds of Summer: Linda Lay & Springfield Exit
July 10 | Downtown Center
Farm & Fun Time ft. Carson Peters & Iron Mountain
July 12 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Sounds of Summer: Sons of Sailors
July 12 | Downtown Center
Sounds of Summer: Ken Morrell Family
July 17 | Downtown Center
Bristol Pirates vs. Burlington
July 18 | Boyce Cox Field
Bristol Pirates vs. Burlington
July 19 | Boyce Cox Field
1958 Film Series: The Big Country
July 19 | Paramount Bristol
Sounds of Summer: Billy Crawford Band
July 19 | Downtown Center
Border Bash: Ancient Cities and Justin Fedor & Frank Bronson
July 20 | Downtown Bristol
Bristol Pirates vs. Burlington
July 20 | Boyce Cox Field
Dale Murphy Night
July 21 | Boyce Cox Field
Bristol Pirates vs. Kingsport
July 21 | Boyce Cox Field
Bristol Pirates vs. Kingsport
July 22 | Boyce Cox Field
Bristol Pirates vs. Kingsport
July 23 | Boyce Cox Field
Sounds of Summer: Nortfork
July 24 | Downtown Center
Sounds of Summer: Retroville
July 26 | Studio Brew
Tartuffe
July 27–29 | Theatre Bristol
Blair Crimmins and the Hookers
July 27 | Studio Brew
Bristol Pirates vs. Bluefield
July 31 | Boyce Cox Field
Sounds of Summer: Matt Ledbetter & Friends
July 31 | Downtown Center
Sounds of Summer: Sail On
August 2 | Downtown Center
Border Bash: Thrift Store Cowboys and Guy Marshall
August 3 | Downtown Bristol
Humorist Jeanne Robertson
August 4 | Paramount Bristol
Healthy Hands Cooking Lunch Workshop
August 6 | Bristol Public Library
Sounds of Summer: Loose Strings
August 7 | Downtown Center
1958 Film Series: Thunder Road
August 9 | Paramount Bristol
Samantha Gray
August 9 | Downtown Center
Sounds of Summer: Appalachian Trail
August 14 | Downtown Center
Food City Family Race Night
August 16 | Downtown Bristol
Sounds of Summer: Borderline,Wyldeheart and Shooter
August 16 | Downtown Center
Sounds of Summer: Beaver Creek
August 21 | Downtown Center
Sounds of Summer: Shake Yo Money Maker
August 23 | Downtown Center
Sounds of Summer: ETSU Bluegrass Band
August 28 | Downtown Center
Sounds of Summer: Shades of Refinement
August 30 | Downtown Center
Sounds of Summer: Head Games
September 4 | Downtown Center
Evening with John Anderson – Acoustic — special guest Elvie Shane
September 7 | Paramount Bristol
Downtown Bristol TN/VA Loft Tour
September 8 | Downtown Bristol
Sounds of Summer: My New Favorites
September 13 | Downtown Center
18th Annual Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion
September 21–23 | Downtown Bristol
Sounds of Summer: James Meadows
September 27 | Downtown Center
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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