Downtown Bristol Blog
SOURCE: Dave McGee, Bristol Herald Courier
The Twin City’s State Street was named one of 15 great places today by the American Planning Association.
The organization’s Great Places program annually recognizes streets, neighborhoods and public spaces for demonstrating exceptional character, quality and planning, according to the statement announcing this year’s winners.
“Places are selected annually from nominations and represent the gold standard of projects and places that truly have a sense of place, cultural history interests and community involvement— and a good vision for tomorrow,” APA President Earl Anderson said Monday. “Bristol was nominated for State Street for the work both localities have been doing on the street itself. A good many projects have been community driven and led by both the Virginia side and the Tennessee side. The organization wanted to recognize that collaboration planning process to help revitalize the street.”
Other winners of Great Streets were in Alaska, Michigan, North Carolina and Texas.
The Bristol award was unique because State Street spans two states.
“You have two cities in two different states with two different sets of legislatures and governors and they are still able to come together and work collaboratively to revitalize this area,” he said.
Both city planning departments have worked with private landowners and through Believe in Bristol— the local Main Street group— which promotes downtown redevelopment.
“This award speaks volumes to the hard work of both of our cities and our entire downtown community,” said Maggie Bishop, executive director of Believe in Bristol. “We have always considered State Street to be a Great Street, and are very appreciative to the American Planning Association for this recognition.”
Local organizers are planning a celebration at 6 p.m. Oct. 16, featuring the bands and cheerleaders of both Tennessee High and Virginia High, who will coordinate a line dance on the state line.
The City of Bristol, Tennessee’s Department of Community Development recently hosted the 1st Annual Historic Preservation Awards in the Paramount Center. The City presented five awards recognizing preservation work by individuals involved in revitalizing historic homes and buildings within the city.
The Bristol Downtown Commercial Historic District award was presented to Joseph Gregory for the preservation of the E.W. King Building located at 636 Shelby Street. The building was designed by C.B. Kearfott, a prominent Bristol architect of the early 20th century, and was constructed in 1929. The building is now home to a company headquarters and will house other business and offices in the future.
The Fairmount Neighborhood Historic District award went to Emily Blackwell for the work she had done in bringing back the historic character of the home located on 423 Pennsylvania Avenue. The building is an outstanding example of a three-bay center gable house with a Dutch Colonial Revival influence and was built in 1913.
The Holston Avenue Neighborhood Historic District award was presented to Debra Kennedy for the efforts she provided to ensure the home’s preservation. Her home is located at 916 7th Avenue and is an example of an American Foursquare, a home type popular from the mid-1890’s to late 1930s.
The City-Wide Historic Preservation award went to George and Kim Knoll of 924 Maryland Avenue. This property is an example of the Colonial Revival style and was designed by architect Clarence B. Kearfott. It was built between 1920 and 1926 by the original owners, E. Munsey and Maxie Slack. Mr. Slack's family owned many newspapers in the region including the papers that would become the Bristol Herald Courier.
Each of the awards recognized the positive impact the projects have had on the community.
The first Historic Preservation Stewardship Award was presented to Mr. Allen Hurley. This award was designed to recognize those individuals who have gone above and beyond expectations in historic preservation, to acknowledge their efforts and the sensitive management of the properties in their care. Mr. Hurley owns eight properties in the downtown area and has worked tirelessly in preserving many of those properties to their original beauty and revitalizing them for reuse.
“The City is focused on raising awareness of historic buildings and celebrating those projects which have shown excellence in historic preservation, said Cherith Marshall. “The hands-on work and investment by these private sector community members needed to be recognized. Their blood, sweat and tears have gone into ensuring that these properties from our past remain as a steadfast reminder of where we came from as a community.”
The Historic Preservation Award Committee who reviewed each application and declared the award recipients were local community members. The members were Susan Tanner, Kelly Moran, Rebecca Wilkerson, Gray Stothart, Maggie Bishop, Linda Kirk, and Joel Staton.
For more information on the Preservation Awards, please contact Cherith Marshall, City Planner at 989-5500 Ext. 2082 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Downtown Bristol Events
September 26 | Bristol Chamber of Commerce
If you are thinking of starting a new business or looking to expand your existing enterprise, and want to learn how to write a business plan and learn about financial options, this workshop is for you! Topics covered include:
- Tips to prepare and present a business plan
- Evaluating your market
- Managing cash flow and growth
- How to prepare before seeking financing
- Lending options and opportunities
September 27 | Bristol Public Library
BPL Book Club will finish reading and discussing Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi and pick up its next book, We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson.
BPL Book Club is open to everyone, so feel free to drop in at any time for a wonderful evening of good books, good company, and sweet treats!
September 27 | Downtown Center
James started up his band, James Meadows & The Country Mile Drifters, just after his album officially released in August of 2008. The band is compiled of amazing professional musicians who put on a very high energy show. Their shows contain a huge set list filled with both fan/crowd requested and timeless Classic Country, Top 40 Country, Bluegrass, Southern Rock, and Originals that are sure to blow the walls off of any event or venue.
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.
September 27 | Paramount Bristol
Join East Tennessee PBS and Paramount Bristol for a sneak peek of MASTERPIECE'S Poldark Season 4! Almost 40 years ago Ross Poldark galloped across the TV screens of millions of PBS viewers, vexing villains and winning hearts in one of MASTERPIECE’s earliest hit series, Poldark. Now the gallant hero rides again. Aidan Turner (The Hobbit) stars as Ross Poldark, a redcoat who returns to Cornwall after battle to discover that his father is dead, his lands are ruined, and his true love is engaged to another. Can Poldark change his destiny, restore his lost fortune, and reclaim his love?
September 27 | 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.
September 28 | State Line Bar & Grill
In the early 1970’s, Cleve performed with various well known artists, and opened for big name bands such as Bonnie Raitt, The Four Seasons, Ike and Tina Turner, Johnny Winter, and The Allman Brothers Band, just to name a few.
September 28 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
An intimate evening of songcraft and storytelling, featuring Tri-Cities songwriters Latrelle, Tree Hollow, and daniel couper music.
September 29 | Kil'n Time Ceramics Studio
Join Victoria and learn the basic tools and techniques of hand building with clay that it takes to recreate this adorable seal! Once finished, we will do the first fire of participants’ pieces so they will be ready to paint in store when they come to pick up or they can take them home!
This class is for kids ages 7 and up. Pre-registration is required. Call (423)573-9950 or email kilntimeLLC@aol.com.
September 29 | Paramount Bristol
In one of its most unusual offerings, The Paramount Chamber Players present Vignettes: “Covered Wagon Woman” by Alan Louis Smith. Taken from the daily journal of Margaret Ann Alsip Frink, the text tells the story of her journey with her family across the American continent in 1850 during the California Gold Rush. Playing the part of Frink is mezzo soprano Hannah Dishman, native Bristolian returning to perform with us from New York City. Preceding this unusual story is music featuring the oboe and bassoon, a discovery of sound and color. TPCP welcomes additional guest artists Zachary Millwood, bassoon, and Larry Mueller, oboe. Players include Cherylonda Fitzgerald, George Figueroa, and Craig Combs.
September 29 | Studio Brew
Say WHAT? Yep, you got it! ONE show in 2018, and it's this one!! Don't miss it. Upstairs opens at 6pm, and no reservations will be taken, so you better be there to claim your table! A mere $5 cover to get upstairs and see a great show ... and eat some killer food before!! See you there.
September 30 | Breathe Bristol Yoga
Join Breathe Bristol Yoga in welcoming back herbalist, Lesley Setchim! This workshop will include demonstrating how fire cider is made, while including information on the medicinal properties of the ingredients used. Please bring your own knife, cutting board, and quart sized jar to travel home with your very own fire cider to assist you in the upcoming cold & flu season.
October 2 | Bristol Chamber of Commerce
Creating videos to promote your organization does not need to be complicated or expensive. Make use of the tools that are readily available — you likely have a decent camera and full editing suite sitting in your hand or pocket. At this workshop, we will review the steps to creating and editing videos and explore the various apps and software available to make it easy. Discover channels and tips to marketing your video to promote and connect to your audience.
October 2 | Bristol Public Library
As a professor at Berea College, Dr. Libby Falk Jones, Photographer and Retired Professor of English at Berea College, taught courses in creative, academic, professional, and contemplative writing. She’s published extensively in the fields of writing and learning, visual learning, women’s academic vocations, utopian communities, and faculty development. Her poems and essays have appeared in Low Explosions: Writings on the Body, New Growth: Recent Kentucky Writings, Connecticut Review, Poetry as Prayer: Appalachian Women Speak, and I To I: Life Writing by Kentucky Feminists, among others. Her photography has been exhibited locally and regionally and is part of the permanent Art As Healing collections at three Kentucky hospitals. In photographing ice, mountains, sea, sky, and wildlife in the Antarctic summer of 2017, she investigates the surprising beauty of this unique landscape.
October 4 | Paramount Bristol
Hailing from Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada, Terri Clark is a 3-time JUNO Award winner and 8-time CCMA Entertainer of the Year and she has taken home the Female Vocalist of the Year award five times. She still holds the honor of being the only Canadian female artist to be a member of the Grand Ole Opry. Terri has sold more than four million albums worldwide and has made her mark on radio with 13 Top Ten singles – hits that include “Better Things To Do,” “Poor Poor Pitiful Me,” “Girls Lie Too,” and “I Just Wanna Be Mad.” Terri is host of Country Gold, a four-hour Classic Country radio show that airs on more than 100 stations across the US and Canada. In 2016 Terri brought her critically acclaimed “Back to My Roots Solo Acoustic Tour” to Canada. The 40-city tour traversed Canada from Prince Edward Island to British Columbia and showcased Terri’s hit songs in an intimate acoustic setting with stories and laughs along the way. Terri isn’t slowing down in 2017 — she’ll continue to tour in the US and Canada with her full band and solo shows. In October of 2017 Terri will join forces with Pam Tillis and Suzy Bogguss for a guitar-pull acoustic tour call the “Chicks With Hits Tour.” www.terriclark.com
As the child of Country Music Royalty, Pam Tillis was determined from a young age to find her own way in music as a singer and songwriter. Pam Tillis has always insisted on writing and cutting songs that speak from the soul. With 6 number ones and 14 top ten singles, Pam knows all about breaking the platinum barrier. With more than 30 singles charting on US Billboard charts and selling more than 7 Million copies of her studio albums, Pam’s critical acclaim has not diminished. Sony Records “It's All Relative” (a tribute to Mel Tillis) was USA Today’s #4 Country Album of the Year and most recently Pam has released 3 Albums from her own record label Stellar Cat Records landing her a #1 on the European ECMA Chart. Pam is a 15-time CMA nominee and 2-time winner, a 9-time Academy of Country Music Award nominee, a 2-time Grammy award winner and 6-time Grammy nominee, an American Music Award’s nominee. Most recently, a 2 time IBMA nominee and one time winner. As a songwriter, Pam’s songs have been recorded by respected names throughout all genres of music, including Chaka Khan, Juice Newton, Dan Seals, Gloria Gaynor, Conway Twitty and Highway 101. She is currently a reoccurring guest on the TV show “Nashville”, performed an extended run on Broadway in New York in Smokey Joe’s Cafe and is a proud member of The Grand Ole Opry. Pam Tillis’ star continues to shine brightly in the 3rd decade of her career.
October 5 | Downtown Center
During the creative explosion that was country music in the 1990s Suzy Bogguss sold 4 million records with sparkling radio hits like “Outbound Plane”, “Someday Soon”, “Letting Go”, and “Drive South”. But you can’t peg Suzy that easily. In the midst of her country popularity she took time off to make a duets album with the legendary Chet Atkins. In 2003 she made an album of modern swing music with Ray Benson of Asleep At The Wheel. An album of original music in 2007 landed her at number 4 on the jazz charts. Her folk music roots show through in her frequent appearances on public radio’s A Prairie Home Companion, in the Grammy she earned for her work on Beautiful Dreamer: The Songs of Stephen Foster, and in her critically acclaimed album and book project from 2011, American Folk Songbook. In 2014 she released Lucky, a collection of songs written by Merle Haggard and interpreted through Suzy’s crystal vocals from the female point of view. Her latest offering, Aces Redux, is a re-recording of her platinum selling album Aces produced by Suzy with fresh arrangements and her signature sparkling vocals. So yes, you can call her a country singer if you want, but really that’s just the beginning.
ON OCTOBER 5TH Doors Open Downtown presents "Dinner" and a Movie!! With the help of Bristol Tennessee Parks and Recreation, we will be showing Ferris Bueller's Day Off for FREE at the Downtown Center! We will also be serving popcorn and soft drinks for FREE with proof of purchase at ANY downtown business! Whether it be dinner/drinks, shopping, or an activity like billiards or the escape game, keep your receipt for popcorn and soda on us! (Combo for $1 without downtown business receipt.) So join us as it gets dark for a family friendly film downtown!
October 5 | Studio Brew
Slip into your comfiest robe and call up your bowling pals. It's one week until the fourth annual PUSH! Film Festival, and we've already got festival fever. We've partnered with Studio Brew to host Brew & View, a film-lover's event that includes a costume contest (with an awesome prize including weekend passes to the festival), a themed menu for purchase, and a screening of "The Big Lebowski." See you there!
"Careful man, there's a beverage here!"