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LUMAC Rooftop Bar at Bristol Hotel featured in Architectural Digest


LUMAC, the rooftop bar at Bristol Hotel, has been featured as one of the "most beautifully designed bars" in America in an article in Architectural Digest.

Kristine Hansen writes, "Life at the Bristol is pretty sweet thanks to the scenic perch at Lumac Rooftop Bar (open since October), where you can see the Smoky and the Appalachian Mountains, while kicking back under strung lights and on a mod-print sofa."

Read the full article here.



Downtown Bristol Events

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.

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.

Cleve Edwards

December 6 | Blackbird Bakery


An evening of Jazz, Blues and R&B featuring "Cleve Edwards Live at Blackbird Bakery", Thursday, December 6th, 7:30pm till 10:30pm. We are sure you will enjoy this inspiring, life-long musician and accomplished artist!! Mr. Edwards' vocal talents are akin to Michael McDonald and Louis Armstrong...a deep, “bluesy”, soulful style of music. His repertoire is broad and ever changing, and believes no artist can ever “stand still” in his talents and to grow in music is to still have the passion for the artistry.
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.

Bristol Ballet presents "The Nutcracker"

December 7–8 | Paramount Bristol


More than 40 years after its inaugural production of “The Nutcracker,” Bristol Ballet continues the tradition of this beloved ballet, while adding refreshing changes to keep things interesting. There will be a few four legged doggie cast members in the show, as well as new and returning professional guest artists, a new way for Clara to travel home, and maybe even an appearance by someone made famous by the 1927 Bristol Sessions! Local dancers and community people continue to be the heart and soul of this production; we look forward to seeing you in the audience and spreading joyful holiday spirit.

Showtimes are Friday, December 7 at 7:30pm; Saturday, December 8 at noon; and Saturday, December 8 at 5:30pm. Tickets are available online at www.paramountbristol.org or at the Paramount Center for the Arts box office.

Andrew Alli

December 7 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum


The Birthplace of Country Music proudly presents the acoustic blues, folk, and soul of Andrew Alli, accompanied by Josh Small, in the Performance Theater at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum.

TICKETS

Jane Kramer w/ Momma Molasses

December 7 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room


Asheville, NC folk songstress Jane Kramer will be debuting songs from her newest record, slated for a March 2019 release. Local hero Momma Molasses kicks off the evening!

Tacky Christmas Sweater Party

December 8 | Bristol Station Brews & Taproom


Get in the holiday spirit by putting on your parent's tackiest Christmas sweater and party with us on Saturday, December 8!

Donate 5 non-perishable food items to be eligible.
Party starts at 7 PM. Judging at 9 PM.
#BristolStationGift Certificates up for grabs!

Donations benefitFeeding America Southwest Virginia.

Andrew Alli

December 8 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum


The Birthplace of Country Music proudly presents the acoustic blues, folk, and soul of Andrew Alli, accompanied by Josh Small, in the Performance Theater at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum.

TICKETS

Laura Thurston

December 8 | Quaker Steak and Lube


Laura brings multi-instrumentalism to a new level! You will be enthralled when you see this lovely lady rappin’ on a suitcase kick drum with one foot and tappin’ on a tambourine with the other; all the while, hands on her guitar and mouth on her harp. On top of that, Laura then adds sweet sugary vocals to her acoustic Folk-Grass mix while giving energy and presence to capture your attention.

This talented musician launched her solo career in 2011, performing up and down the east coast. With her original ideas and talented executions this one woman band is sure to dazzle any audience. Laura Thurston has her own unique style from a vintage era that will enliven you and have you feelin fine.

Christmas Tour of Homes

December 9


Usher in the Christmas Season with an enchanting tour of historic homes. The 20th Annual Bristol Christmas Tour of Homes will be held on Sunday, Dec 9th from 1:30 to 6:30.

Homes on the tour include; 611 Lawrence Ave., Bristol, Va., 916 Prospect Ave., Bristol, Va., 311 Spencer Street Bristol, Va., First Christian Church, 1730 Lee Hwy. Bristol, Va.,902 Edgemont Ave., Bristol. Tn., 905 Maryland Ave., Bristol, Tn.

Tickets for the self-guided tour are $12 per person in advance or $15 the day of the tour. Tickets are available at Cranberry Lane, 623 State St., Bristol, Va. (276)652-9899, Country Gallery Florist, 193 Old Airport Road, Bristol, Va. (276) 669-8099, Grand Antiques, 615 State St., Bristol, Virginia, (276) 591-3443 , and Southern States Bristol Co-op, 1313 Euclid Ave., Bristol, Va. (276-669-8101).

Tickets must be presented at each home and can also be purchased at each residence the day of the tour. Comfortable low-heeled shoes are advised for safety. The event, co-sponsored by Premier Printing Company, (Director) Jewell Williams , is a benefit to sponsor transplant lodging at Vanderbilt Hospital for area residents.

For more information, call (director) Jewell Williams (423) 652-0163.

A Clint Black Christmas

December 9 | Paramount Bristol


Multi-platinum-selling country legend Clint Black brings holiday cheer to Paramount Bristol with A Clint Black Christmas. The holiday-themed show will include a sampling of fan favorites as well as music from both of his Christmas albums: Christmas with You and Looking for Christmas. Black has sold over 20 million records, earned more than a dozen gold and platinum awards in the U.S. and Canada, landed nearly two dozen major awards and nominations, including more than a dozen GRAMMY nominations, and earned a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The singer, songwriter, actor and multi-instrumentalist has had one of the most storied careers in modern music. He surged to superstardom as part of the fabled Class of ’89, reaching #1 with five consecutive singles from his triple-platinum debut,Killin’ Time (unprecedented from a debut album in any genre). Black followed that with the triple-platinum Put Yourself in My Shoes, and then a string of platinum and gold albums throughout the ’90s. Perhaps most impressively, Black wrote or co-wrote every one of his more than three dozen chart hits, including “A Better Man,” “Where Are You Now,” “When My Ship Comes In,” “A Good Run of Bad Luck,” “Summer’s Comin’,” “Like the Rain” and “Nothin’ But the Taillights,” part of a catalog that produced 22 #1 singles and made him one of the most successful singer/songwriters of the modern era.

TICKETS

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation Trivia

December 10 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room


Coffee with the Mayors

December 11 | Bristol Hotel


Attention Downtown merchants, residents, and property owners! Join City of Bristol VA Mayor Mumpower and City of Bristol TN Mayor Feierabend for coffee and conversation. Coffee and pastries will be served.

Library Movie: A Christmas Story

December 11 | Bristol Public Library


Join the Bristol Public Library on Tuesday, December 11, for a free movie showing of A Christmas Story at 6:00 p.m. Popcorn and water will be served, and we might even have a surprise in store for our movie attendees!

Based on the writings of and narrated by author Jean Shepherd, A Christmas Story follows Ralphie Parker (Peter Billingsley) as he deals with school, bullies, snow, his little brother, and dreams of one day getting a Red Ryder BB gun. Frequently at odds with his cranky dad (Darren McGavin) but comforted by his doting mother (Melinda Dillon), Ralphie struggles to make it to Christmas Day with his hopes of finding a Red Ryder BB gun under the tree — and his glasses — intact.

Rated PG; 94 minutes.

Appalachian Arcana LIVE podcast

December 11 | 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.

YP Bristol Tacky Christmas Sweater Party

December 12 | Studio Brew


YP Bristol will hold its holiday party at Studio Brew December 12th at 6pm. Wear your best worst sweater for the tacky sweater contest. RSVP here.

YP Bristol is a program of the Bristol Chamber of Commerce for young professionals (ages 21-40).

Community Notice Board

BCM Pickalong Summer Camps registration now open

Summer 2019 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum

The Birthplace of Country Music is proud to announce that registration for the 2019 Pick Along Summer Camp 2019 is now open. It's the perfect Christmas gift for the budding musician in your life!

THE CAMPER EXPERIENCE

  • Expert instruction on the same style of instruments that were used in the 1927 Bristol Sessions recordings (guitar, fiddle, and banjo)!
  • Music performances
  • Exploration of the Birthplace of Country Music Museum
  • Singing, dancing, and fun!
  • Introduction to our working radio station
  • Forging new musical friendships
  • And so much more!

DATES
June 17 — 21, 2019 Beginner
July 8 — 12, 2019 Beginner
July 15 — 19, 2019 Intermediate

Holly Help's Annual Holly-Day Appeal

Through the Holidays


It's the 2018 Holly-Day Appeal! Holly Help cannot do what they do without your help. With all area shelter bursting at the seams, it is SO important to spay or neuter the animals – your pets or feral animals that you can catch. Please, THEY need your help! You can either mail in your donation or use the all new "Donate" button now located at the top right of Holly Help's Facebook page.

Help us help you help them! Thank you for all you do! And Happy Holly-Days from Holly Help!

Also Coming Up

The Casual Word: Teen Poetry Class
July 17 – January 1 | Bristol Public Library
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
November 30 – December 16 | Theatre Bristol
Open Mic Night
December 5 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Bristol Christmas Parade
December 6 | Downtown Bristol
Cleve Edwards
December 6 | Blackbird Bakery
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
Christmas Music by the Tom Harmon Quartet
December 8 | Blackbird Bakery
Tacky Christmas Sweater Party
December 8 | Bristol Station Brews & Taproom
Andrew Alli
December 8 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Laura Thurston
December 8 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Christmas Tour of Homes
December 9
A Clint Black Christmas
December 9 | Paramount Bristol
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation Trivia
December 10 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Coffee with the Mayors
December 11 | Bristol Hotel
Library Movie: A Christmas Story
December 11 | Bristol Public Library
Artist Meet & Greet: Joan Dickeyson
December 11 | Blackbird Bakery
Appalachian Arcana LIVE podcast
December 11 | Elderbrew
YP Bristol Tacky Christmas Sweater Party
December 12 | Studio Brew
The Diamonds
December 13 | Blackbird Bakery
Black Jacket Symphony: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers "Damn the Torpedoes"
December 14 | Paramount Bristol
Bill Edwards
December 14 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Rylee Peters CD Release Party
December 14 | Blackbird Bakery
Corey Smith
December 15 | Paramount Bristol
JP Parsons
December 15 | Quaker Steak and Lube
EmiSunshine Christmas Show with Etta May
December 16 | Paramount Bristol
State Street String Band Bluegrass
December 17 | Blackbird Bakery
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
Christmas Jazz by the Wolf Hills Jazz Quartet
December 20 | Blackbird Bakery
James Meadows
December 21 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Matt Smile
December 22 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Christmas Music by Anthony Mangram
December 22 | Blackbird Bakery
The Diamonds
December 27 | Blackbird Bakery
Lily Comer
December 28 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Zoh Hamrick
December 28 | Blackbird Bakery
Kids Hand Building: Snowman
December 29 | Kil'n Time Ceramics Studio
Alli Epperson
December 29 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Swing Band Trio
December 29 | Blackbird Bakery
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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