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Remember Believe in Bristol for your Year-End Contributions!


Please remember Believe in Bristol for your year-end contributions this holiday season! Believe in Bristol is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization composed of dedicated citizens, business owners, government officials and other friends of Bristol who recognize the role a vital downtown plays in preserving and furthering our community’s identity, spirit and economy. As a certified Main Street organization, we work hard to organize broad-based community support and advocacy for our downtown, promote all that our downtown has to offer, preserve and restore the area's classic architectural design, and increase commercial potential through economic restructuring.

Historic Downtown Bristol has more to offer every day – more activities, more shops, more homes, more offices, and more life. But Believe in Bristol needs your support to help us continue our revitalization efforts and make our downtown an even better place to live, work, shop and play! It's thanks to people like you that we have made the great strides that we have in recent years.

As much as has been accomplished through the efforts of Believe in Bristol and our partners, there is still much to do and a huge amount of potential that remains to be tapped! By donating to, volunteering with, and becoming a member of Believe in Bristol, you can be an active part of Bristol's success story.

As a local non profit organization we rely on your support — at ANY level!

Follow the link to make a donation:Donate. For more information, contact Believe in Bristol at 423-573-2201 or info@believeinbristol.org. We hope to hear from you soon!

Downtown Bristol Events

Christmas Music by Fellowship Chapel Children's Choir

November 28 | Blackbird Bakery


Fellowship Chapel Children's Choir will provide Christian Christmas music.

Classic Movie Corner: Casablanca

November 29 | Bristol Public Library


Join the Bristol Public Library on Thursday, November 29, at 5:30 p.m. for a special showing of Casablanca (1942) for Classic Movie Corner! Popcorn and water will be served to all movie attendees.

Based on Everybody Comes to Rick’s, an unproduced stage play by Murray Burnett and Joan Alison, Casablanca is a story of espionage, betrayal, and romance starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. Rick Blaine (Bogart) owns a nightclub and gambling den in Casablanca, catering to a varied clientele of Vichy French fighters, German officials, refugees, and the occasional criminal. But Rick’s world is set to turn upside down when Ugarte, a petty criminal, leaves an incredible treasure in his hands and Ilsa Lund (Bergman), his former lover, appears out of the blue with her husband in tow.

Not rated; 102 minutes.

Holiday Sip & Shop Ladies Night Out

November 29 | Downtown Bristol


Join Bristol's downtown merchants the evening of November 29th for this exclusive holiday event! A $10.00 ticket allows you after hours special discounts at participating stores, two adult beverages (must be 21 years of age or older) and/or non-alcoholic beverages, light appetizers, and door prize drawings!

Stores include:

  • Blakley-Mitchell Clothing
  • Cranberry Lane
  • Mercantile on State
  • Misty Mountain Designs
  • Serendipity
  • Shoozies
  • Southern Churn
  • Studio 6
  • Willow Creek Antiques

Tickets are available at the participating stores, on-line (Pay Pal) at www.bvpsfoundation.org or by phone at 276-821-5615. Tickets will also be available at the door. This event is sponsored by the Bristol Virginia Public Schools Education Foundation. Ticket price is tax-deductible and supports the BVPS Education Foundation.

Soundtrack for a Revolution

November 29 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum


A free film screening for Soundtrack for a Revolution, a docudrama exploring the civil rights struggle through powerful and stirring songs that inspired a generation.

Offered as companion programming for the new special exhibit For All The World To See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights, the docudrama Soundtrack for a Revolution is afresh and exhilarating take on one of the most important social movements in American history. The filmexplores the civil rights struggle through the powerful and stirring songs that inspired a generation. In this deeply moving documentary, legends of the fight for equal rights such as Congressman John Lewis, Julian Bond, Ambassador Andrew Young and Martin Luther King Jr.’s widow, Coretta Scott King, testify to the indispensable role that songs of rebellion and hope played in helping activists fight against brutality and injustice. In riveting studio performances, top contemporary artists including John Legend, Wyclef Jean, Blind Boys of Alabama & Anthony Hamilton, Richie Havens, The Roots and Joss Stone reinvigorate and reinvent timeless songs like “We Shall Overcome” and “Wade in the Water.”

Through a creative combination of historical footage, deeply personal interviews and heartfelt performances, Soundtrack for a Revolution makes an original, emotionally stirring contribution to the civil rights story. This stunning film is a testament to the vitality of music in the lives and times of those who strive for justice.

RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World

November 29 | Paramount Bristol


East TN PBS presents a free screening of RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World!

RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World is an electrifying look at the Native American influence in popular music – despite attempts to ban, censor and erase Indian culture. The film reveals how early pioneers of the blues and jazz had Native American roots, and as the folk-rock era took hold in the '60s and '70s, Native Americans such as Peter La Farge and Buffy Sainte-Marie helped to define its evolution, while Native guitarists and drummers such as Link Wray, Jimi Hendrix, Jesse Ed Davis, and many more forever changed the trajectory of rock and roll.

Their stories are told by some of America’s greatest music legends who knew them, played music with them, and were inspired by them, including Robbie Robertson, George Clinton, Taj Mahal, Slash, Jackson Browne, Taboo, Buddy Guy, Quincy Jones, Derek Trucks, Toney Bennett, Iggy Pop, Steven Tyler and Stevie Van Zandt.

TICKETS

Christmas Music by Mama Molasses

November 29 | Blackbird Bakery


Mamma Molasses performs Alt-Country, Americana, Indie Folk, and Blues. She is a songwriter, and she has her own way of fingerpicking a guitar. A lot of her inspiration is drawn from Appalachian Folk Music, Gospel, Old Country, Piedmont Blues, and Contemporary Roots Music. It's gonna be a great evening of fun!

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

November 30 – December 16 | Theatre Bristol


Theatre Bristol is pleased to present The Best Christmas Pageant Ever 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 Fiddler on the Roof.Directing The Best Christmas Pageant Everwill be Theatre Bristol veteran actor and director Steve Baskett (Mark Twain's Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Robin Hood).

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever is based on Barbara Robinson's much-loved best-selling novel by the same title.The Best Christmas Pageant Ever is presented through special arrangement with Samuel French.

"In this hilarious Christmas classic, a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the Herdman kids — probably the most inventively awful kids in history. You won't believe the mayhem — and the fun — when the Herdmans collide with the Christmas story head on (Samuel French)!"

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever opens November 30, and runs for three weekends at Theatre Bristol's ARTspace, Fridays at 7:30 pm, Saturdays at 5:30 pm, and Sundays at 2:30 pm, closing on December 16. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors and students, and will be available at www.TheatreBristol.org/tickets.

The Great American Novel Book Club: The Things They Carried

November 30 | Bristol Public Library


On Friday, November 30, the Great American Novel Book Club will be meeting to read The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien. We’ll meet at Blackbird Bakery in Bristol, Virginia, at 6:30 p.m.

The Great American Novel Book Club meets on the final Friday of each month, and readers decide our new location after each meeting. Readers will be responsible for acquiring their own copy of the book each month; however, they are more than welcome to request a copy from the library. We’re happy to help you find what you need!

No registration is required, simply drop in and enjoy an evening of good company and good books. If you have any questions about our upcoming book club meeting, please contact Ambrea at the Bristol Public Library at 276-821-6147 or ajohnson@bristol-library.org.

Matt Smile

November 30 | Quaker Steak and Lube


Matt Smile of the Buddz will perform at Quaker Steak and Lube. There is no admission charge for this special event.

How To Workshop: Cookie Plates

December 1 | Kil'n Time Ceramics Studio


Join #KTCrew member Susan on Saturday, December 1st to learn how to create these adorable Santa Cookie Plates! Painters will have the choice of one of the three design templates to make their own cookie plate.

Cost for this class is $35

Call or Message us with your name, phone number and number of people in your party to reserve your seats!

Santa at The Center

December 1 | Downtown Center


Join us at the Downtown Center / Country Music Mural for a visit and professional photo with Santa Claus! Photos will be printed on site and will cost $5 per print. Sponsored by Believe in Bristol, Tri-Cities Photo Club, and the City of Bristol, TN. We'll have hot chocolate, apple cider, and cookies for you while you wait to meet with the jolly man himself!

BPL Anime Theater: Visions of Escaflowne

December 1 | Bristol Public Library


Join the Bristol Public Library on December 1 for our last BPL Anime Theater of 2018! This month, we're showing the first five episodes of Visions of Escaflowne. Popcorn, snacks, and water will be provided to all theater attendees!

Hitomi Kanzaki ijust your average girl, until, one day, a strange man appears from a beam of light and she's thrown into a new world called Gaea. Full of magic, mechas, and danger, Gaea is strange and exciting — and a far cry from Earth. Hitomi must help Van — the stranger from earth — stop the war and save his kingdom if she ever hopes to return home.

Rated TV-14; approximately 150 minutes.

Sweetheart of the Rodeo

December 1 | Paramount Bristol


The Byrds co-founders Roger McGuinn and Chris Hillman are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the band’s pioneering album “Sweetheart of the Rodeo” on a national tour that is coming to The Paramount! Country all-star Marty Stuart and his amazing band join McGuinn and Hillman onstage, where they will perform songs and tell the stories behind the 1968 LP, one of the milestones in American Music. After kicking off in Los Angeles, the tour has a short run and is selling out much larger venues – from New York’s Town Hall to Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. Don’t miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime event!

TICKETS

The Brewery Comedy Tour

December 1 | Bristol Station Brews & Taproom


Herron Entertainment has been producing the best shows at clubs and theaters across the country and is now bringing those same great shows to the breweries across America. Featuring comedians in an environment they truly can feel at home in.

Herron Entertainment continues to lead the way in comedy with its cross country brewery tour. Featuring some of the best NYC and LA based comedians without NYC/LA prices because we know your money is important to you and only want you to enjoy a nice night out — without having to take out a loan.

ON TAP (pun intended) for Herron Entertainment, LLC is "The BREWERY COMEDY TOUR" and it's picking up much steam as it heads into 2018 promising to hit 300 breweries all across the U.S.A.

Megan Jean/Maggie Valley Band in Bristol

December 1 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room


The Green Rumours

December 1 | Quaker Steak and Lube


The Green Rumours are a sultry indie folk duo comprised of Jason Wilson and Jen Fields. Founding members of the Appalachian Alternative band, Jackdaw's 7, the two decided to begin an acoustic singer/songwriter project together, and The Green Rumours were born. Vastly different in their musical backgrounds (Wilson has a punk rock background, and Fields is a musical theatre aficionado), the duo has a surprising connectivity both in songwriting and stage performance. They meet on a plane outside of their collective background to create a uniquely alluring sound, and their voices blend in an almost ethereal blues-tinged harmony. Both Wilson and Fields have a strong affinity for words, an affection that shines in the crafting of the lyrics of their original songs. They have the ability to make universal themes such as losing a loved one, or missing the innocence of childhood feel intensely personal.

Elf Trivia

December 3 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room


Does somebody need a hug?

Get in the spirit and come try your hand at Elf Trivia! We don't have chocolate syrup and spaghetti but boy do we have fun. Enjoy the Christmas classic with your family and then see who the smartest is!

Winner will receive a $25 gift card! We'll also have our full menu available as well as beer and drink specials.

We'll see you there!

Cookies with Santa

December 4 | Blackbird Bakery


Ho, Ho, Ho! Santa's coming to Blackbird! Be sure to drop by and share your wish list with Santa. He'll be giving away cookies (while supplies last).

Community Conversations about Race: A moderated panel discussion

December 4 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum


Join BCM on Tuesday, December 4, at 6:30pm for a panel discussion exploring race reconciliation and how to engage in difficult conversations about race in your community, the importance of representing African American experiences, and the power of media imagery on perceptions of race issues. After the panel discussion, there will be time for audience questions. The panel will be moderated by Alana Simmons, Project Coordinator in the Division of Student Life, Student Success & Inclusion at Emory & Henry College, and panelists will include Dan Gray (Be the Bridge Bristol), Tina McDaniel (YWCA of Northeast TN and Southwest VA), Sam Page (Applied Theater student, Emory & Henry College), and Danianese Woods (Mass Communications, Emory & Henry College).

This program is free and open to the public; it is offered in conjunction with the special exhibit For All the World to See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights.

Open Mic Night

December 5 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room


Bloom hosts an open mic every first Wednesday of the month. Come join us December 5th!

Bristol Christmas Parade

December 6 | Downtown Bristol


Thousands of area residents willlineState Street Thursday night, Dec. 6for the Bristol Christmas Parade.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 nightsfestivities, 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.

Click HERE for Rules & Regulations

REGISTER HERE — Deadline to register is Friday, November 30, 2018.
All Parade Credentials will be mailed to the address you provide IFyour registration is completed by November 22. For those who registerAFTERNovember 22, you will need to come to the Bristol Chamber to pick-upyour credential packet. The Bristol Chamber of Commerce hours of operation are Monday — Friday 8:30 a.m. — 5 p.m.

Community Notice Board

Holiday Happenings at the Haberdashery

November 21 – December 28 | Wm. King Clothiers


With the change of seasons comes a change of hours for the holiday season. Starting November 21st, we will be OPEN each Wednesday until 5:30 pm and OPEN each Saturday until 5:00 pm. Stop by today and load up on our famous Big Tom Bloody Mary mix that is imported from England.It’s the perfect cocktail for the holiday weekend! All you need to do is add a good measure of your favorite Vodka (we are partial to Bristol based Volunteer Vodka) and Big Tom is guaranteed to help ease the pain of a button-busting Thanksgiving dinner with your favorite relatives.

We wish each of you a Happy Thanksgiving!

Also Coming Up

The Casual Word: Teen Poetry Class
July 17 – January 1 | Bristol Public Library
Christmas Music by Fellowship Chapel Children's Choir
November 28 | Blackbird Bakery
Classic Movie Corner: Casablanca
November 29 | Bristol Public Library
Holiday Sip & Shop Ladies Night Out
November 29 | Downtown Bristol
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
The Great American Novel Book Club: The Things They Carried
November 30 | Bristol Public Library
Tom's Handgun w/ Loose Leaves
November 30 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Matt Smile
November 30 | Quaker Steak and Lube
How To Workshop: Cookie Plates
December 1 | Kil'n Time Ceramics Studio
Santa at The Center
December 1 | Downtown Center
BPL Anime Theater: Visions of Escaflowne
December 1 | Bristol Public Library
Sweetheart of the Rodeo
December 1 | Paramount Bristol
The Brewery Comedy Tour
December 1 | Bristol Station Brews & Taproom
Megan Jean/Maggie Valley Band in Bristol
December 1 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
The Green Rumours
December 1 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Elf Trivia
December 3 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Cookies with Santa
December 4 | Blackbird Bakery
Community Conversations about Race: A moderated panel discussion
December 4 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Open Mic Night
December 5 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
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
Laura Thurston
December 8 | Quaker Steak and Lube
A Clint Black Christmas
December 9 | Paramount Bristol
Library Movie: A Christmas Story
December 11 | Bristol Public Library
Appalachian Arcana LIVE podcast
December 11 | Elderbrew
Black Jacket Symphony: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers "Damn the Torpedoes"
December 14 | Paramount Bristol
Bill Edwards
December 14 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Corey Smith
December 15 | Paramount Bristol
JP Parsons
December 15 | Quaker Steak and Lube
EmiSunshine Christmas Show with Etta May
December 16 | Paramount Bristol
Journey's End
December 18 | Downtown Bristol
Cookies with Santa
December 18 | Blackbird Bakery
Bingo
December 18 | Bristol Public Library
Senior Showchoir Christmas Show
December 18 | Paramount Bristol
Creative & Crafty: Merry Christmas Canvas
December 19 | Bristol Public Library
BPL Book Club: All the Light We Cannot See
December 20 | Bristol Public Library
Farm & Fun Time ft. The Church Sisters, Carolina Blue and Sally & George
December 20 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
James Meadows
December 21 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Matt Smile
December 22 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Lily Comer
December 28 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Kids Hand Building: Snowman
December 29 | Kil'n Time Ceramics Studio
Alli Epperson
December 29 | Quaker Steak and Lube
New Year's Bash
December 31 | Bristol Hotel
An Evening with Dailey & Vincent
January 4 | Paramount Bristol
Farm & Fun Time
January 10 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Symphony of the Mountains: Classical Masters
February 2 | 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
Home Free
May 5 | Paramount Bristol

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