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Sign Up for Bristol Christmas Parade

Thousands of area residents willlineState Street Thursday night, Dec. 6for the Bristol Christmas Parade to kick-off the holiday season. The parade, which has been taking place in the downtown area for more than a century, is a program of the Bristol Chamber of Commerce.

The night'sfestivities, which will start on Bob Morrison Blvd., make its way through the center of town before finishing up at the Train Station. As always, jolly oleSaint Nick will make his presence known, riding in the final float.

More than 150 floats from local businesses, civic and volunteer organizations, church groups, bands,schools, neighborhood groups, etc. make up the parade.

Businesses that would like to participate should visit bristolchamber.com to register.



For All the World To See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights at BCM


For All the World To See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights special exhibit opens this week at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum.

For All the World To See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights examines the role that visual culture played in shaping and transforming the struggle for racial equality in America from the late 1940s to the mid-1970s. Through a compelling assortment of photographs, television clips, art posters, and historic artifacts,this exhibit traces how images and media disseminated to the American public transformed the modern civil rights movement and jolted Americans, both black and white, out of a state of denial or complacency.

Visitors to this immersive exhibition will explore dozens of compelling and persuasive visual images, including photographs from influential magazines, such as Life, Jet, and Ebony; CBS news footage; and TV clips from The Ed Sullivan Show. Also included are civil rights-era objects that exemplify the range of negative and positive imagery—from Aunt Jemima syrup dispensers and 1930s produce advertisements to Jackie Robinson baseball ephemera and 1960s children’s toys with African American portraiture.

For All the World To See is not a history of the civil rights movement, but rather an exploration of the vast number of potent images that influenced how Americans perceived race and the struggle for equality. As Ebony founder John H. Johnson put it, magazines and television “opened new windows in the mind and brought us face to face with the multicolored possibilities of man and woman.”

A supplementary display focused on the local African American schools in Bristol – Douglass School in Virginia and Slater School in Tennessee – has been added to the exhibit.



Downtown Bristol Events

Open Mic Night

November 7 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room


Bloom Cafe’s Open Mic! Every first Wednesday from 6pm until 10, with performers of all types: musicians, singers, poets, comedians, magicians, etc are all welcome to take the stage. Performers please sign-up in the event discussion, schedule below:

6PM till 7 — Songwriting Class
7:00 — Green Mtn Howlers
7:20 — Blane Sage
7:40 — Shane Roberts
8:00 — Fortch
8:20 — Donard ‘M’ Doyle
8:40 — Gage Summers
9:00 — Stray Cat
9:20 — Joey Yost
9:40 — Wayne Penley

CBD 101 and Yoga Workshop

November 7 | Breathe Bristol Yoga


Join herbalist, Lesley Setchim as she shares her CBD infused products and in depth knowledge of CBD, then RYT Cindy Gardner will guide you through a restorative yoga practice to calm the central nervous system and mind. Registration is now open~reserve your spot!

Book Signing: Alexis Cole

November 7 | Blackbird Bakery


Alexis Cole will be signing books at Blackbird from 7:30 — 9 pm.

Farm & Fun Time ft. Blue Highway and Five Mile Mountain Road

November 8 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum


Radio Bristol presents Farm and Fun Time with special guests, the award- winning Blue Highway and Five Mile Mountain Road.

Tickets: $30

TICKETS

The Diamonds

November 8 | 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.

Appalachian Arcana LIVE podcast

November 8 | Elderbrew


Appalachian Arcana brings you tales of the strange and unusual from around the Appalachian region. From hair-raising accounts of true crime to haints and hauntings, ghost cats and goatmen, tune in for stories of the many things that go bump in the night in these hills.

Fiddler on the Roof

November 9–18 | Paramount Bristol


It's tradition! Theatre Bristol presents the award-winning, long-running Broadway musical Fiddler on the Roof for the holidays, November 9-18,at the Paramount Center for the Arts, Bristol, TN; tickets on sale now at www.ParamountBristol.org.

Directing Fiddler on the Roof will be highly respected and talented actor/director, Theatre Bristol veteran Glenn Patterson (Disney's Beauty and the Beast,The Music Man, Les Misérables, Scrooge! The Musical, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Miracle on 34th Street).

Fiddler on the Roof features iconic and beloved songs such as "Sunrise, Sunset," "If I Were a Rich Man" and "Matchmaker, Matchmaker."Fiddler on the Roof's music and messages transcend time and culture. "Set in the little village of Anatevka, the story centers on Tevye, a poor milkman, and his five daughters. With the help of a colorful and tight-knit Jewish community, Tevye tries to protect his daughters and instill them with traditional values in the face of changing social mores and the growing anti-Semitism of Czarist Russia. Rich in historical and ethnic detail, Fiddler on the Roof's universal theme of tradition cuts across barriers of race, class, nationality and religion, leaving audiences crying tears of laughter, joy and sadness" (MTIshows).

Fiddler on the Roof opens November 9, and runs for two weekends at the Paramount Center for the Arts, Fridays at 7:30 pm, Saturdays at 7:30 pm, and Sundays at 2:30 pm, closing on November 18. Tickets are $16 for adults plus fees ($20 total) and $12 for seniors and students plus fees ($15.75 total), and will be available atwww.ParamountBristol.org.

Theatre Bristol is pleased to present Fiddler on the Roof as part of its family-friendly 53rd season of ARTspace and Paramount shows, including Lessons from Shakespeare: How to Avoid a Personal Tragedy with River's Way; Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day; Chitty Chitty Bang Bang; Tartuffe; Pinocchio;and The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.

Theatre Bristol 2019 Season Reveal and Opening Gala

November 9 | Paramount Bristol


Theatre Bristol reveals its 2019 Season of dramas and musicals as part of its arts benefit gala on November 9 at 6:00 pm at the Paramount Center for the Arts. Following the reveal announcement, food, drinks, and Broadway show tunes, guests will enjoy premium seating at Theatre Bristol's production of "Fiddler on the Roof" directed by Glenn Patterson. Tickets are available at www.TheatreBristol.org.

Fiddleron the Rooffeatures iconic and beloved songs such as "Sunrise, Sunset," "If I Were a Rich Man" and "Matchmaker, Matchmaker."Fiddleron the Roof'smusic and messages transcend time and culture. "Set in the little village of Anatevka, the story centers on Tevye, a poor milkman, and his five daughters. With the help of a colorful and tight-knit Jewish community, Tevye tries to protect his daughters and instill them with traditional values in the face of changing social mores and the growing anti-Semitism of Czarist Russia. Rich in historical and ethnic detail,Fiddleron the Roof's universal theme of tradition cuts across barriers of race, class, nationality and religion, leaving audiences crying tears of laughter, joy and sadness" (MTIshows).

The evening event will feature J&K Classics performing favorite Broadway show tunes at the Paramount Center for the Arts annex, along with the featured presentation and prize drawings for 2019 season tickets.

Admission to the 6:00 pm event is $50, which includes the evening’s full-length performance of "Fiddler on the Roof." Reservations can be made online by visiting www.theatrebristol.org or by calling 423-212-3625by November 7.

Marques Puckett & Paul Viers

November 9 | Quaker Steak and Lube


Take an acoustic detour with Marques and Paul as they bring you all your favorite songs.

Rylee Peters

November 9 | Blackbird Bakery


Join Blackbird Bakery to enjoy the powerhouse voice of local teen Rylee Peters from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm!

Songwriter’s Round: Momma Molasses, Mike Preslar, Moose Roberts

November 9 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room


Three very talented songwriters grace the stage to play their original tunes and compositions.

Veteran's Day Parade & Traditional Memorial Service

November 10 | Downtown Bristol


For well over 50 years the veterans of Bristol have honored their fallen comrades with a parade and memorial service in downtown Bristol. Whether through years of recognition or obscurity the parade has reminded the region of the sacrifice of our own citizens in wars and military engagements since the beginning of our nation. The annual event will once again be held in the streets of downtown Bristol on Saturday November 10. Any veteran is welcome to participate in the parade. Line-up begins on Morrison Blvd at 9am, with the parade beginning at 10am using the traditional parade route. Following the parade, approximately at 11am, citizens will gather for the traditional memorial service at the Bristol War Memorial at Cumberland Square Park.

Metal for Maddie

November 10 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room


Gather at Bloom for an evening of rock and metal music from both local bands and bands from the Middle and East Tennessee areas. Featuring performances by:

Deconbrio
Heretics
Archaic Knowledge
Time & Eternity
Hourglass
Decade of Deceit
BasketCase
Altargrave

Kelly J

November 10 | Quaker Steak and Lube


Kelly J is a 20 year old singer/songwriter from Bristol, TN.

Appalachian Highlanders Pipes & Drums

November 11 | Quaker Steak and Lube


Come join us and Appalachian Highlanders Pipes and Drums on Veterans Day. Their band is participating in a worldwide tribute sponsored by the College of Piping/National Piping Centre in Glasgow, Scotland. The event is called "Battle's Over" and is a tribute and memorial to the 100th year anniversary of the end of WW1. Pipers and pipe bands throughout the world will be playing on November 11th to honor the fallen Allies of the Great Wars.

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November 11 | Elderbrew


A night of electronic music featuring Gloom Mtn Gospel, Klimchak, Embral and K. Ro. Crvz.

Napoleon Dynamite Trivia

November 12 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room


I bet you I can throw my trivia answer clear over those mountains. Test your knowledge of the cult classic film Napoleon Dynamite. Bring chapstick. I caught you a delicious bass.

Friends of Bristol Public Library Information Session and Launch Party

November 13


The Friends of the Bristol Public Library (FOL) are hosting an information session on FOL membership and launch party on November 13 at 6:30 p.m. They will meet in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room of the Bristol Public Library. Members of the Friends committee will be present to answer questions, speak about community membership and projects, as well as help interested participants sign up for their very own membership.

Event participants will have the opportunity to sign up early for the Friends of the Library, before the beginning of the new calendar year, and receive a special commemorative pin for their attendance. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information about the Friends of the Bristol Public Library, please contact the library at 276-821-6147 or by email at FriendsoftheBristolLibrary@gmail.com.

Downtown Bristol's Annual Christmas Open House

November 19 | Downtown Bristol


Ready or not, it’s time to GET INTO THE HOLIDAY SPIRIT! Believe in Bristol will again sponsor the Annual Christmas Open House in Historic Downtown Bristol on Monday, November 19, 2018, 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm.

Come kick off the holiday season with merriment and good cheer! Santa Claus will be giving out candy canes, Bristol Ballet will have dancers in costume, there will be carolers amongst the early Christmas shoppers!

Last, but certainly not least, a holiday favorite has returned — Horse & Carriage Rides! Come to the Downtown Center (Farmer's Market) to catch your ride through downtown, $5 each person, children 5 and under are free.

“We look forward each year to showcasing our beautiful downtown to the community and surrounding areas. Our Believe in Bristol Downtown Open House is the perfect way to ‘kick-off’ the holiday season. This event offers something to every age, and we hope the attendees will feel the warmth and hospitality of Bristol” said Maggie Bishop, Believe in Bristol Executive Director.

Be sure to keep a look out for your favorite decorated window as the downtown merchants will be participating in the Merry Merchants Window Decorating Contest.

The Open House has traditionally been a customer appreciation night when merchants stay open late, have special discounts, and refreshments are served at participating locations. Join us and support your downtown shops; it’s a great way to stimulate our local economy and find special one-of-a-kind gifts for everyone on your holiday list. Don’t miss an evening planned for the entire family’s enjoyment!

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Ladies Night — 50% Off Pints

Wednesdays | Bristol Station Brews & Taproom


Bristol Station offers something special for the ladies on each Wednesday. Enjoy half-priced pints all night long!

Growler Day — Save $4 On Fills

Wednesdays | Bristol Station Brews & Taproom


Each Wednesday, Bristol Station offers a $4 discount on growler fills. 64 oz. fills start at $13.50. Perfect for social gatherings, parties, or just enjoying a pint at your comfy confines.

For All the World To See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights

November 10 — January 7 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum


Coming in November! For All the World To See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights special exhibit at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum.

For All the World To See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rightsexamines the role that visual culture played in shaping and transforming the struggle for racial equality in America from the late 1940s to the mid-1970s. Through a compelling assortment of photographs, television clips, art posters, and historic artifacts,this exhibit traces how images and media disseminated to the American public transformed the modern civil rights movement and jolted Americans, both black and white, out of a state of denial or complacency.

Visitors to this immersive exhibition will explore dozens of compelling and persuasive visual images, including photographs from influential magazines, such asLife, Jet,andEbony;CBS news footage; and TV clips fromThe Ed Sullivan Show. Also included are civil rights-era objects that exemplify the range of negative and positive imagery—from Aunt Jemima syrup dispensers and 1930s produce advertisements to Jackie Robinson baseball ephemera and 1960s children’s toys with African American portraiture.

For All the World To Seeis not a history of the civil rights movement, but rather an exploration of the vast number of potent images that influenced how Americans perceived race and the struggle for equality. AsEbonyfounder John H. Johnson put it, magazines and television “opened new windows in the mind and brought us face to face with the multicolored possibilities of man and woman.”

A supplementary display focused on the local African American schools in Bristol – Douglass School in Virginia and Slater School in Tennessee – has been added to the exhibit.

November Canvas Classes

Thursdays in November | Kil'n Time Ceramics Studio


CANVAS CLASSES EVERY THURSDAY FROM 6-9PM!

Check out our upcoming canvas classes for November happening every Thursday 6-9 PM! Cost is $35 per painter. Reserve your seats before they are gone! Call or message us with your name, number of people in your party and phone number to reserve your spot. BYOB always!

November 1st #AutumnApple Canvas with Susan
November 8th #Pumpkin Canvas with Marcy
November 15th #Wild Canvas with Susan
November 29th #FeelsLikeFall Canvas with Marcy

YWCA Winter Adult Volleyball League

Thursdays | YWCA

YWCA NETN and SWVA will hold an adult volleyball league on Thursday nights beginning November 8th.

FORMAT: Men's & Women's 4'S
ENTRY FEE: $25 per player. Deadline for registration is Monday, November 5th.

Contact Patty Bailey at pbailey@ywcatnva.org or 423-968-9444 for more information or to register a team.

Also Coming Up

The Casual Word: Teen Poetry Class
July 17 – January 1 | Bristol Public Library
Open Mic Night
November 7 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
CBD 101 and Yoga Workshop
November 7 | Breathe Bristol Yoga
Book Signing: Alexis Cole
November 7 | Blackbird Bakery
Farm & Fun Time ft. Blue Highway and Five Mile Mountain Road
November 8 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
The Diamonds
November 8 | Blackbird Bakery
Appalachian Arcana LIVE podcast
November 8 | Elderbrew
Fiddler on the Roof
November 9–18 | Paramount Bristol
Theatre Bristol 2019 Season Reveal and Opening Gala
November 9 | Paramount Bristol
Marques Puckett & Paul Viers
November 9 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Rylee Peters
November 9 | Blackbird Bakery
Songwriter’s Round: Momma Molasses, Mike Preslar, Moose Roberts
November 9 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Bristol Chamber presents How to Supervise People & Lead a Team (A Glenn Shepard Seminar)
November 9 | Bristol Hotel
Veteran's Day Parade & Traditional Memorial Service
November 10 | Downtown Bristol
Metal for Maddie
November 10 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Kelly J
November 10 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Veteran's Day — Donate to ALS
November 11 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Appalachian Highlanders Pipes & Drums
November 11 | Quaker Steak and Lube
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November 11 | Elderbrew
Napoleon Dynamite Trivia
November 12 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Friends of Bristol Public Library Information Session and Launch Party
November 13
Radio Bristol Sessions ft. Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen
November 15 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Graphic Novels and Under-represented Stories: A talk about persons of color in comics and graphic books
November 15 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Gerald Sheppard
November 15 | Blackbird Bakery
Place Called Home
November 16 | Machiavelli's
Turkey Trot 5K
November 17 | YWCA
Honky Tonk Night
November 17 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
The CK5, Stringer, Nerve Endings, and Moose Roberts
November 17 | Studio Brew
Downtown Bristol's Annual Christmas Open House
November 19 | Downtown Bristol
Christmas Music by Anthony Mangram
November 19 | Blackbird Bakery
Steve Earle and the Dukes: 30th Anniversary of Copperhead Road
November 23 | Paramount Bristol
Small Business Saturday
November 24 | Downtown Bristol
Kids Hand Building Class: Christmas Bell Ornament
November 24 | Kil'n Time Ceramics Studio
Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker
November 24 | Paramount Bristol
The Swing Band
November 24 | Blackbird Bakery
Annual Community Christmas Tree Lighting
November 26 | Cumberland Square Park
Christmas Music by Fellowship Chapel Children's Choir
November 28 | Blackbird Bakery
Soundtrack for a Revolution
November 29 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World
November 29 | Paramount Bristol
Christmas Music by Mama Molasses
November 29 | Blackbird Bakery
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
November 30 – December 16 | Theatre Bristol
Tom's Handgun w/ Loose Leaves
November 30 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
How To Workshop: Cookie Plates
December 1 | Kil'n Time Ceramics Studio
Sweetheart of the Rodeo
December 1 | Paramount Bristol
The Brewery Comedy Tour
December 1 | Bristol Station Brews & Taproom
Community Conversations about Race: A moderated panel discussion
December 4 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Bristol Christmas Parade
December 6 | Downtown Bristol
Bristol Christmas Parade
December 6 | Downtown Bristol
Bristol Ballet presents "The Nutcracker"
December 7–8 | Paramount Bristol
Andrew Alli
December 7 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Jane Kramer w/ Momma Molasses
December 7 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Andrew Alli
December 8 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
A Clint Black Christmas
December 9 | Paramount Bristol
Black Jacket Symphony: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers "Damn the Torpedoes"
December 14 | Paramount Bristol
Corey Smith
December 15 | Paramount Bristol
EmiSunshine Christmas Show with Etta May
December 16 | Paramount Bristol
Farm & Fun Time ft. The Church Sisters, Carolina Blue and Sally & George
December 20 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Kids Hand Building: Snowman
December 29 | Kil'n Time Ceramics Studio
An Evening with Dailey & Vincent
January 4 | Paramount Bristol
AAME Speaker Series: An Artist’s Journey through Virginia
February 25 | Bristol Public Library
AAME Speaker Series: The Play's the Thing
March 4 | Bristol Public Library
AAME Speaker Series: Art in Advertising
March 14 | Bristol Public Library

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