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Tri-Cities Escape Game now booking office holiday parties


Tri-Cities Escape Game is now booking Christmas events! Whether you're part of a small office or a large corporation, Tri-Cities Escape Game is a fun and unique Christmas outing for everyone – even families!

Earn a $25 or $50 gift card!
Because Tri-Cities Escape Game knows how much work it takes arrange the office Christmas party, they want to say "thank you" with a $50 gift card (valid until January 1 to December 2019) to the individual who "organizes" an office Christmas event of 16 or more people! (If you're booking 8 to 16 people, get a $25 gift card!)

Quick Facts

  • Accommodates groups of all sizes!
    Tri-Cities Escape Game hosts groups as small as 4 all the way up to more than 100 people.
  • Small Office Escapes
    For the small office gathering, you might enjoy an escape and then dinner at any of our incredible restaurants and bakeries in downtown Bristol! They are happy to coordinate dinner arrangements with you.
  • Large Office Events
    For large office gatherings, Tri-Cities Escape Game works closely with Stateline Bar & Grille and other locations in Bristol to utilize their space for food and drink – while escapees make their way to Tri-Cities Escape Game at an assigned time to try their hand at an escape! They then re-join the rest of the party for bragging rights! Many of neighboring venuesdo not charge rental space as long as you are purchasing food of some sort. They are happy to help you coordinate details.
  • Group Discounts
    For groups of 17 people or more, we offer a 10% discount.
  • New 60 Minute Game Available!
    The newest game "Alien Deception" will be available by mid-November!
  • New, Mobile 15 Minute Game Now Available!
    New, this year! Try the new portable game (Revenge of the Headhunters) that Tri-Cities Escape Game can bring to your off-State Street gatherings!


Downtown Bristol Events

Pinocchio

August 31 – September 9 | Theatre Bristol


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 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, Cricket and puppet friends, Pinocchio learns what it means to be a son.

Newcomer to Theatre Bristol Cooper Knapp plays Pinocchio, while veteran Steve Baskett plays Geppetto. Ava White is the Blue Fairy and Luke Gray is Stromboli. Iona Blackburn and Madisen Evans are the Red Fox and Black Cat, respectively. Libby Street plays Cricket. Zaiah Gray plays Harlequin and Claire Hankins, Columbine. Mason White is Candlewick Roselini, Faith Vance Madame Roselini, and Avery White Calliope Roselini. Devon White is the Sandwich Man. Ryleigh Tolbert plays Sophia, Raina Moody is Maria, and Ella Combs is Leona. Shane Webb plays Alfonso, Braden Mitchell Eduardo, Carter Lawson Pietro, and Colt Fleenor Alidoro.Preslon Meares isPulcinella and Lilly Hankins isDonabella.

Director Camille Gray, most recently costumer and assistant choreographer for "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang," 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, assistant stage manager Lucy Tester, costumer Whitney Brooks, makeup designer Cameron Roberts, 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 online at www.TheatreBristol.org. For information on school shows, please contact info@theatrebristol.org

Flood Insurance Seminar

September 5 | Bristol Chamber of Commerce


Join Burke, Powers & Harty Insurance Agency for a Flood Insurance Seminar at the Bristol Chamber of Commerce. This event will serve to bring insight and further understanding to the intricacies of flood insurance, the different factors accounted for in rating flood insurance policies, and information about the NFIP through which a great deal of flood insurance policies are written.

Our speaker will be Tammy Goodman, Senior Flood Territory Manager for Tennessee, North and South Carolina, and Georgia with the Selective Insurance Company. Tammy has built a career spanning 30+ years in flood insurance and will work to answer questions and address concerns for participants of this event. Space is limited and seats are filling up quickly!

For more information or to RSVP, please contact Chrissy Chapman or Alayna Holden at 423-764-2112.

Open Mic Night

September 5 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room


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

Library Movie: Bedknobs and Broomsticks

September 5 | Bristol Public Library


In the midst of World War II, Charlie, Carrie, and Paul Rawlins are sent out to the English countryside to live with Eglantine Price, a witch—an apprentice witch, to be precise. But living with children proves more difficult than Miss Price anticipates and, in order to keep them from blabbing her secret, she offers them an enchanted bedknob that can take him anywhere in the world—from the streets of London to the remote, mysterious island of Naboombu.

Rated G; 117 minutes.

Karaoke Fundraiser for Kingston

September 6 | State Line Bar & Grill


Stateline’s fundraiser for Kingston is this Thursday, Sept 6th. Ginny White is in the house bartending from 5-7pm. Michael’s Krazy Karaoke starts @8pm. Let’s come together and raise some Krazy Money for Kingston!

Creative & Crafty: Galaxies and Nebulae Canvas Class

September 6 | Bristol Public Library


Join Bristol Public Library on September 6, 2018, at 5:30 p.m. for a special paint-and-pour class. Each participant will have the opportunity to create two unique miniature portraits of a galaxy or nebula, using paint pouring techniques. We will have 3 pearlescent pigments available (misty lavender, emerald, and flamingo pink); however, participants will also experiment with other acrylic paints for different effects.

Registration is required. The cost for this class is $5 per person, which includes supplies, pigments, paints, brushes, miniature canvases, and more. For more information, contact Bristol Public Library at 276-645-8780 or ajohnson@bristol-library.org.

Sounds of Summer: Head Games

September 6 | Downtown Center


Head Games is a Foreigner tribute band.

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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.

Wolf Hills Jazz Quartet

September 6 | Blackbird Bakery


Wolf Hills Jazz Quartet is Tom Peterson, Ed Davis, Joe Pendergast, and Ernie Braganza.

Bingo

September 7 | Bristol Public Library


Join Bristol Public Library for Bingo! No registration is necessary. Just drop in for free bingo games and family-friendly fun. BPL will have snacks available and small prizes for bingo winners!

Art D'Vine

September 7 | Downtown Bristol


On Friday, September 7, 2018, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., downtown will be filled with art lovers as several galleries and some local favorites join together to host another Art D’Vine event! This art walk offers patrons the chance to gain after-hours access to merchants, sample domestic and international wines, and enjoy a range of works from artists across the region.

As with the previous gallery hops, participants are invited to stroll around Historic Downtown Bristol, stopping and enjoying all that our downtown has to offer! Refreshments will be provided and many of the galleries will feature different varieties of wine for sampling. Those who complete their passport and visit each stop will be entered into a raffle to win a prize!

This event is free to the public, though there is a suggested one-time donation of $5 with the proceeds supporting the work of the Arts & Entertainment District of Historic Downtown Bristol, TN/VA.

PUSH! Rewind — A Screening of Previous Festival Winners

September 7 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum


Can't wait until October's festival to watch some great films? Have no fear. Join us for PUSH! Rewind, a screening of previous festival winners, in the performance theater of the Smithsonian-affiliated Birthplace of Country Music Museum!

David Wiseman, Smokey Joe Peoples, and Moose Roberts

September 7 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room


Songwriters Round with David Wiseman, Smokey Joe Peoples, and Moose Roberts will play Bloom Cafe and Listening Room.

Downtown Bristol TN/VA Loft Tour

September 8 | Downtown Bristol


On Saturday, September 8, 2018 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, Believe in Bristol will host the From the Top Down Loft Tour in Historic Downtown Bristol.

Each loft has its own unique style and history. Bristolians and visitors alike enjoy strolling up and down State Street and getting a feel for downtown living. The downtown dwellers are their own community, hosting events and participating in a neighborhood watch program. Believe in Bristol works on changing the lofts for viewing annually so it’s never the same tour year after year.

Pick your tickets up on Saturday, September 8th, starting at noon at the Believe in Bristol office located at 20 6th Street, Bristol, TN or call in advance and put your name on the will-call list. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 day of event.

Go at your own pace with the self-guided brochure and be sure to wear your walking shoes! “We are so excited to show off these multi-use properties. The rehabilitation and design work is amazing! We truly appreciate the loft dwellers allowing us to show off their homes,” stated Maggie Bishop, Executive Director for Believe in Bristol.

For questions and ticket information, please call 423-573-2201.

Momma Molasses and Earleine

September 8 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room


Bristol based songstress Momma Molasses will team up with Boone based musician Earleine for a night of serenading, story telling, and tune crooning! You don’t want to miss it!

PC Class: Online Course Learning

September 10 | Bristol Public Library


Bristol Public Library will host a special class on "Online Course Learning." Interested students will have the opportunity to learn more about digital learning websites, including how to pick up new skills, how to create accounts and navigate online courses, and how to connect with educational institutions.

Historic Preservation Awards

September 13 | Paramount Bristol


The City of Bristol Tennessee will host its annual Historic Preservation Awards ceremony September 13th at 5:30 pm at The Paramount.

Community Notice Board

Latin Dance Classes

Mondays & Wednesdays | Bristol Ballet


Come and learn Salsa and Bachata dance styles Mondays or Wednesdays from 7:30-8:30. You don't need to register ahead of time, or bring a partner!

Bristol Barre Classes

Monday — Saturday | Bristol Ballet


New class times added! Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 5:45am, starting September 4. Come and get your workout done before the day gets hectic. Here are all the times you can experience a Bristol Barre class at Bristol Ballet:

M, W, F 5:45am
T, Th 9:15am
T, W 6:15pm
Saturday 9:00am

Also Coming Up

The Casual Word: Teen Poetry Class
July 17 – January 1 | Bristol Public Library
Pinocchio
August 31 – September 9 | Theatre Bristol
Flood Insurance Seminar
September 5 | Bristol Chamber of Commerce
Open Mic Night
September 5 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Library Movie: Bedknobs and Broomsticks
September 5 | Bristol Public Library
Karaoke Fundraiser for Kingston
September 6 | State Line Bar & Grill
Creative & Crafty: Galaxies and Nebulae Canvas Class
September 6 | Bristol Public Library
Sounds of Summer: Head Games
September 6 | Downtown Center
Wolf Hills Jazz Quartet
September 6 | Blackbird Bakery
Bingo
September 7 | Bristol Public Library
Art D'Vine
September 7 | Downtown Bristol
PUSH! Rewind — A Screening of Previous Festival Winners
September 7 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
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
PC Class: Online Course Learning
September 10 | Bristol Public Library
Historic Preservation Awards
September 13 | Paramount Bristol
Sounds of Summer: My New Favorites
September 13 | Downtown Center
The Diamonds
September 13 | Blackbird Bakery
Roundtable Discussion Meet & Greet with Dr. Marty Olsen
September 14 | Bristol Chamber of Commerce
State Street String Band Bluegrass
September 17 | Blackbird Bakery
Chamber 101
September 18 | Bristol Chamber of Commerce
Write Here: A Writing Club for Current and Future Authors
September 18 | Bristol Public Library
Healthy Dinner Class
September 20 | Bristol Public Library
18th Annual Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion
September 21–23 | Downtown Bristol
Bristol Ballet at BRRR Children's Day
September 22 | Anderson Park
Business Planning & Finance Options Workshop
September 26 | Bristol Chamber of Commerce
Sounds of Summer: James Meadows
September 27 | Downtown Center
The Diamonds
September 27 | Blackbird Bakery
Video Editing & Marketing Workshop
October 2 | Bristol Chamber of Commerce
Preserving History in Southwest Virginia
October 4 | Bristol Train Station
Chicks with Hits: Terri Clark, Pam Tillis, Suzy Bogguss
October 4 | Paramount Bristol
Brew & View: The Big Lebowski
October 5 | Studio Brew
The Black Jacket Symphony: AC/DC "Back in Black"
October 5 | Paramount Bristol
Fiddler on the Roof
October 9 – November 18 | 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
Brushes for Books fundraiser for Sullivan County Imagination Library
October 19 | Mercantile on State
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
Evening with John Anderson – Acoustic — special guest Elvie Shane
November 4 | Paramount Bristol
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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