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State Street Farmers Market celebrates National Farmers Market Week

State Street Farmer’s Market joins markets across the country in celebrating National Farmer’s Market Week from August 5-11. During the week of celebration the market will feature two festivals. On Saturday, August 4, 2018, the annual Tomato Fest will be featuring some of the best tomatoes raised in our area. Stop buy and pick up a hot biscuit fresh from the oven topped with a juicy slice of red tomato. At the close of Farmer’s Market Week on Saturday, August 11, 2018, the market will feature Corn Fest. Stop by the market and get your buttery, hot corn on the cob. The market features several varieties of corn, so patrons may sample the sweetest corn this side of the state. The market will also have free recyclable shopping bags and this year’s market posters on hand for as long as they last.

As demand for local food continues to grow, so too have the opportunities for America’s farmers to market fresh fold directly to the consumer. According to statistics recently released by United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), farmer’s markets and farm stands account for roughly $2 billion of the $3 billion that Americans spend annually on farm-direct products. This revenue, in turn, supports the livelihoods of more than 165,000 mostly small and mid-sized farms and ranches.

State Street Farmer’s Market begin in 1999, and currently hosts 40 farmers selling a wide variety of products including, tomatoes, corn, squash, greens, green beans, cucumbers, onions, lettuce, potatoes, broccoli, locally grown meats, eggs, and lots more. State Street Farmer’s Market usually generates over $100,000 annually for these local producers, a valuable economic boost for the region.

“A farmer’s market is one of the best ways to experience the true nature of any city. You meet the remarkable men and women who grow the fresh vegetables that are sold at the booths, you get to know them with ease while talking about a commonality, food,” said Mike Musick, the market manager. “While it is a very social atmosphere, it is also a place where commerce takes place in a very quiet unassuming manner.”

State Street Farmer’s Market accepts SNAP/EBT, WIC, and Virginia Senior vouchers.

For more information on the State Street Farmer’s Market go to www.statestreetfarmersmarket.com or contact Mike Musick at 423-764-4026, or email mmusick@bristoltn.org.



Downtown Bristol Events

Bristol Barre Classes

August 7–9 | Bristol Ballet


FREE Open House classes August 7th @ 6:15 PM & August 9th @ 9 AM! Pre-registrationis required, direct message @bristolbarre on Instagram to reserve your spot.

What is barre? Barre uses small isometric movements to lean and sculpt the muscles in your body. Every movement is small and controlled to alleviate any pressure from your joints while strengthening your muscles. You will truly work the entire body in a class. Barre is for any body type, age, or athletic ability. Just get ready to shake!

Annual Bristol Chamber of Commerce State of the Cities

August 8 | Bristol Train Station


Join Bristol Chamber of Commerce for its annual State of the Cities luncheon to be held at the historic Bristol Train Station. Special thanks to premier event sponsorsBristol Tennessee Essential Servicesand Food City.

TICKETS

Library Movie: Mrs. Doubtfire

August 8 | Bristol Public Library


Daniel Hillard (played by Robin Williams) loves his kids, but, after a bitter divorce, he doesn’t get to spend as much time with them as he would like. In order to stay close to his kids, Daniel disguises himself as the sweet, Scottish housekeeper, Mrs. Doubtfire. But when his ex-wife, Miranda (Sally Field), meets Stu Dunemeyer (Pierce Brosnan), Daniel’s disguise as Mrs. Doubtfire is soon put to the test as he grapples with Miranda’s budding relationship and his uncertain future.

Rated PG-13; 125 minutes.

The Gin Rickys

August 9 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room


The Gin Rickys, an incredible mix of soul, jazz, & blues will be appearing this Thursday from 4-6pm on their way through town. Don’t miss this amazing band!

Bark in the Park

August 9 | Cumberland Square Park


PET PARADE
A designated parade around the park kicks off the event at 6:30 p.m. A suggested donation of $1.00 is requested to participate in the walk with the proceeds given to the Greyhound Rescue Foundation of TN.

PHOTO BOOTH
Have your dog photographed by the Twin City Photo Club for a nominal fee.

CONTESTS

  • Best Trick
  • Largest & Smallest
  • Best Dressed Dog
  • Sit & Speak
  • Most Hair
  • Most Unusual
  • Peanut Butter Lick

Awards presented for 1st place. Ribbons given for 2nd & 3rd Bark in the Park T-shirts will be given to the first 24 to register. (Only one shirt per pet family)

EXHIBITORS & EVENTS

  • Pet friendly Services
  • Rescue Groups
  • Crime Dog of Bristol VA Police Dept.
  • Fire Pup of Bristol VA Fire Dept.

RULES & REGULATIONS

  • All pets must be leashed
  • Vaccinations must be current
  • Pets must be kept under control
  • Rights are reserved to refuse a dog from participation if deemed to pose a threat to others or their pets

For more information call 276 — 645 — 7370.

1958 Film Series: Thunder Road

August 9 | Paramount Bristol


Robert Mitchum stars in a thriller about moonshiners battling the mob and outrunning the law in the mountains of Kentucky and Tennessee in the late 1950s. Robert Mitchum co-wrote and performs “The Ballad of Thunder Road,” the movie’s theme song. The car chase scenes are breathtaking.

FREE and open to the public.

Samantha Gray

August 9 | Downtown Center


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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.

Wyldeheart

August 9 | Quaker Steak and Lube


Wyldeheart brings a unique edge to Rock,Country, 80's, Dance and Oldies music.

Farm & Fun Time ft. Che Apalaché and Jesse Lege & the Old Fashioned Aces

August 9 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum


Radio Bristol presents the ever-so-entertaining Farm and Fun Time variety show, live from the Birthplace of Country Music Museum, featuring musical guestsChe Apalachéand Jesse Lege and the Old Fashioned Aces plus Farm and Fun Time house band Bill & the Belles.

The Diamonds

August 9 | 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.

Hot Bristol Night Antique Car Show

August 10 | Downtown Bristol


Come out to Historic Downtown Bristol on Friday, August 10 from 6 – 9pm for the Hot Bristol Night Antique Car Show! All cars will enter State Street from Commonwealth Avenue / Volunteer Parkway. Gates open at 5pm. There is a $10 entry fee for antique cars, which included 50/50 ticket, door prize ticket, and more!

Admission to the event if free for the public.

For more information, contact Dolphia Booher, of the Appalachian Region of AACA at 423-418-2103.

1927 Society Concert: Malpass Brothers

August 10 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum


The Birthplace of Country Music proudly presents a very special 1927 Society Concert experience with The Malpass Brothers.

As young boys, Christopher and Taylor Malpass soaked up the music of their granddad’s phonograph records. Christopher earned his first talent show trophy at age 7, and Taylor was playing mandolin by the time he was 10. Today, they promote the work and music of classic country artists they treasure while creating new music and making their own mark in the lineage of a rich American cultural heritage.

With sincerity, honesty and an utter ease on stage that belies their years, their smooth vocal blend and skillful musicianship layer infectiously into the deep respect they pay to legends who have paved the way. Add the funny, off-the-cuff quips between the two 20-something siblings, and the engaging concert becomes a magnetic time-traveling journey to when a calmer rhythm reigned supreme.

TICKETS

JB 5 & Dime with Jackdaw's 7

August 10 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room


JB 5 n Dime was established in 2012. Band members include James Brashears (vocals), Jason Shaffer (bass), Jeff Waddell (electric guitar), and Jimmy Richardson (drums). A group of friends with a love for many styles of music. Their musical background includes country, southern rock, soul, and a hint of southern gospel influence. There are a number of covers and originals performed. The covers include songs from artists such as Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings, George Jones, Garth Brooks etc. Their first demo song She Left Me for Jesus was released in 2012 by producer and engineer Troy Whitson with Sound Asylum.

Billy Crawford Band

August 10 | 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.

Fiddler on the Roof Auditions

August 11–13 | Theatre Bristol


Theatre Bristol announces auditions for its November production of Fiddler on the Roof,directed by Glenn Patterson, on August 5, 11, 12, and 13 at Theatre Bristol, 512 State Street, Bristol, TN. The award-winning, long-running Broadway musical is on stage this fall for the holidays at the Paramount Center for the Arts and we invite everyone to audition. Show details, audition times, character roles, and rehearsal dates are available at www.theatrebristol.org/audition.

No preparation is required to audition and roles are available for men, women, and children.Doors will open 30 minutes before the first audition on each of these dates:

Sunday, August 5: 2:30 pm
Saturday, August 11: 10:00 am
Sunday, August 12: 2:30 pm
Monday, August 13: 6:30 pm
Callbacks are August 16.

The audition will consist of singing, reading, and dancing. No preparation is necessary as musical pieces will be provided, but prepared material will also be welcome. Auditions will also include cold readings and simple choreography (close-toed shoes are required).

Anyone interested in being a part of the production crew may contact Theatre Bristol at info@theatrebristol.org, or be present at any of the audition times.

State Street Farmers Market Corn Fest

August 11 | Downtown Center


At the close of Farmer’s Market Week on Saturday, August 11, 2018, the market will feature Corn Fest. Stop by the market and get your buttery, hot corn on the cob. The market features several varieties of corn, so patrons may sample the sweetest corn this side of the state. The market will also have free recyclable shopping bags and this year’s market posters on hand for as long as they last.

Victor Lawson and Boogie Chillen

August 11 | 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.

IRS Public Forum: Taxpayer Services

August 14 | Bristol Public Library


On Tuesday, August 14, the IRS will be hosting a public forum on taxpayer service options and virtual services at the Bristol Public Library on 701 Goode Street in Bristol, Virginia, starting at 6:00 p.m. This public forum is an opportunity for taxpayers to voice their ideas and concerns, as well as help shape the future of IRS services in Bristol, TN/VA. They will also host a live demonstration of IRS virtual services, which will be available at the Bristol Public Library, starting on July 17.

Registration is not required to participate; however, the IRS encourages potential attendees to RSVP by sending an email to officecomments@irs.gov. Additional comments, questions, and feedback can be submitted to the same email address.

Artist Meet & Greet: Jodi Bowery

August 14 | Blackbird Bakery


Jodi Bowery, the August artist in The Nest,is a self taught artist that works mostly in acrylics.Shewill have her Meet and Greet 6-8 pm.

Casual Word Poetry Slam!

August 14 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room


Bloom Cafe and Listening Room will be hosting a Poetry Slam once a month. It will be held on every 2nd Tuesday of the month, so mark your calendars! Here are the details:

The Casual Word Poetry Slam
Hosted by Langley Casual-Word Shazor

Free and open to all ages
• Please make sure all pieces are appropriate for all ages

Perform spoken word or read poetry
• Original works

Typewriters on hand
• For those who get inspired and want to write a piece to read

Sign up from 6:30 – 7pm
• Stage opens at 7 pm

Sounds of Summer: Appalachian Trail

August 14 | Downtown Center


Appalachian Trail was formed around 1984. Original members Linda Lay and Carson Cooper were traveling to their first show and did not have a name for the band when they saw a sign that read "Appalachian Trail" and decided on that until they thought of something better but the name has lasted and fitting it is... 30 years later, the band is still burning new trails in the bluegrass arena. This band helped cultivate the careers of the likes of Adam Steffey, John Bowman, Becky Buller and countless others.

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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.

Red, White & Bristol Block Party

August 15 | Downtown Bristol


Discover Bristol is excited to announce the inaugural Red, White & Bristol block party in partnership with Bristol TN, Bristol VA and Believe in Bristol in downtown Bristol on Wednesday, August 15. Bristol TN kindly moved their Sounds of Summer concert series to Wednesday night, so we’re excited to have Borderline, Wyldeheart and Shooter perform from 5 – 11 that evening on a stage at the intersection of State Street and Piedmont.

In addition, we’ll be hosting a cornhole tournament further down State Street, exclusively serving Bristol beer. The winner will receive an authentic, one-of-a-kind State Street brass marker trophy! Multiple restaurants along State Street will extend their service out onto the street with beer gardens for the evening.

For young and old alike, there will be yard games and kids’ activities along the 600 block of State Street with show cars and even Special Guest Appearances (stay tuned!)

Our businesses are ready with unique race souvenirs and specials to show off the best of what Bristol has to offer. This event showcases what our Bristol community does best: racing, music and partnering! It's Bristol Baby!

"Australian Dress Down Under" Benefit for Boys & Girls Club

August 25 | Cumberland Square Park


The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Mountain Empire will host their 3rd annual Australian Dress Down Under in Cumberland Square Park on Saturday, August 25 from 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. Entertainment by The Phantoms, sponsored by Renasant Bank. Primary food sponsor will be Outback Steakhouse. Beverages by Bristol Station Bar & Taproom and Studio Brew. There will be a 9 week old Australian Shepherd puppy for auction, sponsored by First Bank & Trust, a raffle for an Indy Red 2018 Polaris Sportsman 570, and many other live and silent auction items. For more information, call 276-669-8932 or visit our Facebook Page at facebook.com/boys&girlsclubsofthemountainempire.

Community Notice Board

Bristol Ballet Fall Registration

In person or online | Bristol Ballet


Registration for fall classes is now open at Bristol Ballet.

Classes begin August 13. Bristol Ballet offers ballet for ages 3 and up, and contemporary dance for ages 8 and up.

Register online, or visit the studio in person to register on one of these dates:

  • July 30: 5-7 pm
  • July 31: 5-7 pm
  • August 2: 5-7 pm
  • August 4: 10 am – 2 pm

Special Exhibit: Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Through Your Eyes

August 11 — October 21 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum


Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion had its beginnings in 2001 with a few thousand people, nine stages, and around 100 bands. Today the festival has grown to encompass all of Historic Downtown Bristol with over 45,000 festivalgoers, 19 stages, and almost 150 bands.

The fans and festivalgoers are the people who truly make Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion special, and this juried exhibit features a unique view of the festival through the lenses of their cameras. Based on submissions from a community call-out, dozens of photographs were chosen by three professional photographers and brought together into one exhibit. Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Through Your Eyes highlights images of bands and musicians, buskers on the street, festivalgoers enjoying all the Bristol Rhythm has to offer, and more – a chance to see the festival through our fans’ eyes and to celebrate the festival experience.

The exhibit will be in the Special Exhibits Gallery of the Birthplace of Country Music Museum from August 11, 2018 to October 21, 2018.

Also Coming Up

The Casual Word: Teen Poetry Class
July 17 – January 1 | Bristol Public Library
Bristol Barre Classes
August 7–9 | Bristol Ballet
Annual Bristol Chamber of Commerce State of the Cities
August 8 | Bristol Train Station
Library Movie: Mrs. Doubtfire
August 8 | Bristol Public Library
The Gin Rickys
August 9 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Bark in the Park
August 9 | Cumberland Square Park
1958 Film Series: Thunder Road
August 9 | Paramount Bristol
Samantha Gray
August 9 | Downtown Center
Wyldeheart
August 9 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Farm & Fun Time ft. Che Apalaché and Jesse Lege & the Old Fashioned Aces
August 9 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
The Diamonds
August 9 | Blackbird Bakery
Hot Bristol Night Antique Car Show
August 10 | Downtown Bristol
1927 Society Concert: Malpass Brothers
August 10 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
JB 5 & Dime with Jackdaw's 7
August 10 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Billy Crawford Band
August 10 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Fiddler on the Roof Auditions
August 11–13 | Theatre Bristol
State Street Farmers Market Corn Fest
August 11 | Downtown Center
Victor Lawson and Boogie Chillen
August 11 | Quaker Steak and Lube
IRS Public Forum: Taxpayer Services
August 14 | Bristol Public Library
Artist Meet & Greet: Jodi Bowery
August 14 | Blackbird Bakery
Casual Word Poetry Slam!
August 14 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Sounds of Summer: Appalachian Trail
August 14 | Downtown Center
Red, White & Bristol Block Party
August 15 | Downtown Bristol
BPL Book Club: The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
August 16 | Bristol Public Library
Hip Gypsy
August 16 | Quaker Steak and Lube
The Zoh Hamrick Trio
August 16 | Blackbird Bakery
Benny Wilson Band
August 17 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Savory Sandwich Class for Kids
August 18 | Bristol Public Library
Yoga 101
August 18 | Breathe Bristol Yoga
Creative & Crafty: Floral Canvas Class
August 18 | Bristol Public Library
Cleve Edwards Music Live
August 18 | Blackbird Bakery
Wise Old River
August 18 | Quaker Steak and Lube
State Street String Band Bluegrass
August 20 | Blackbird Bakery
Video Development & Promotion Workshop
August 21 | Bristol Chamber of Commerce
Banking Basics for Students with Regions Bank
August 21 | Bristol Public Library
Write Here: A Writing Club for Current and Future Authors
August 21 | Bristol Public Library
Sounds of Summer: Beaver Creek
August 21 | Downtown Center
Bingo
August 23 | Bristol Public Library
Sounds of Summer: Shake Yo Money Maker
August 23 | Downtown Center
Shades of Grey
August 23 | Quaker Steak and Lube
The Diamonds
August 23 | Blackbird Bakery
Asylum Suite
August 24 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Creative & Crafty: Crumple Dyeing
August 25 | Bristol Public Library
"Australian Dress Down Under" Benefit for Boys & Girls Club
August 25 | Cumberland Square Park
Hello October
August 25 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Yoga 101
August 26 | Breathe Bristol Yoga
Sounds of Summer: ETSU Bluegrass Band
August 28 | Downtown Center
Classic Movie Corner: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
August 30 | Bristol Public Library
Sounds of Summer: Shades of Refinement
August 30 | Downtown Center
Below 7
August 30 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Gerald Sheppard
August 30 | Blackbird Bakery
The Great American Novel Book Club: Their Eyes Were Watching God
August 31 | Blackbird Bakery
About Folk Soul Revival Album Release Concert
August 31 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Moose Roberts & Mama Molasses
August 31 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Loose Leaves
August 31 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Sounds of Summer: Head Games
September 4 | Downtown Center
Flood Insurance Seminar
September 5 | Bristol Chamber of Commerce
Evening with John Anderson – Acoustic — special guest Elvie Shane
September 7 | Paramount Bristol
David Wiseman, Smokey Joe Peoples, and Moose Roberts
September 7 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Downtown Bristol TN/VA Loft Tour
September 8 | Downtown Bristol
Momma Molasses and Earleine
September 8 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Sounds of Summer: My New Favorites
September 13 | Downtown Center
Healthy Dinner Class
September 20 | Bristol Public Library
18th Annual Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion
September 21–23 | Downtown Bristol
Business Planning & Finance Options Workshop
September 26 | Bristol Chamber of Commerce
Sounds of Summer: James Meadows
September 27 | Downtown Center
Video Editing & Marketing Workshop
October 2 | Bristol Chamber of Commerce
Chicks with Hits: Terri 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
Farm & Fun Time ft. the Quebe Sisters and The Barefoot Movement
October 17 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Networking & Promotion Workshop
October 24 | Bristol Chamber of Commerce
Spectral Celestial: Art Exhibit by Brian Serway
October 26 | Elderbrew
Pumpkin Palooza and Downtown Trick or Treating
October 27 | Downtown Center
Downtown Bristol's Annual Christmas Open House
November 19 | Downtown Bristol
Steve Earle and the Dukes: 30th Anniversary of Copperhead Road
November 23 | Paramount Bristol
Small Business Saturday
November 24 | Downtown Bristol
Annual Community Christmas Tree Lighting
November 26 | Cumberland Square Park
EmiSunshine with Etta May
December 1 | Paramount Bristol
Bristol Christmas Parade
December 6 | Downtown Bristol
Bristol Ballet presents "The Nutcracker"
December 7–8 | Paramount Bristol

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