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Merry Christmas from Believe in Bristol! Please remember us 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.

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Downtown Bristol Blog

Theatre Bristol Announces 2019 Season

Theatre Bristol plans to enchant audiences with traditional and American fairy tales, a mystery, and a miracle for its 54th Season!We invite you to get involved!

The season kicks off with its third River's Waycollaboration on March 9 in "Cinder Red Robin Hood and the Seven Dwarfs" a Theatre Bristol original production written and directed by Dottie Havlik.Please watch for reservation information for this collaboration that played to standing ovations and sold-out in 2018!

Then we're off to see "The Wizard of Oz" by L. Frank Baum, with music and lyrics by Harold Arlen and E. Y. Harburg,under the direction of Kenn Naegele at the Paramount Center for the Arts June 21-30.The beloved tale of a Kansas farm girl who travels over the rainbow to discover the magical power of home includes favorite iconic songs "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," "If I Were King of the Forest," and many more.Auditions for men, women, children and dogs too, areMarch 11, 12, 16, and 17. Rehearsals begin April 14. Performances are June 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, and 30. Be sure to see the audition place, times, and details at www.TheatreBristol.org/audition.

Theatre Bristol’s annual The Start of Adventure summer camp for kindergarten through eighth grade runs July 8-12.Registration will begin in February at www.TheatreBristol.org.
It's elementary for the Youth Service Board to follow up their hard work on camp, as well as past successful productions of "Tartuffe," "The Importance of Being Earnest," and "Love's Labour's Lost" with a production of "Sherlock Holmes," July 26-28.

What big plans we have to present "The Trial of the Big Bad Wolf" directed by Camille Gray on the ARTspace stage September 6-15. The Wolf, villain or victim? The Three Pigs, innocent or at fault? The Jurors, Miss Muffet, Bo Peep, Cinderella and Humpty-Dumpty, to name a few, solid citizens or characters with a past in this trial of the century?Auditions for men, women, and children are July 13, July 14, and July 15. Rehearsals begin on July 29. Performances are September 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15. Be sure to see the audition times and details at www.TheatreBristol.org/audition.

Then, for a perfectly charming holiday experience, Theatre Bristol presents "Into the Woods" under the direction of Glenn Patterson at the Paramount Center for the Arts, November 15-24. "James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim take everyone's favorite storybook characters and bring them together for a timeless, yet relevant, piece... and a rare modern classic. The Tony Award-winning book and score are both enchanting and touching," with the notable music of "Children Will Listen," "Ever After," "Agony," "The Last Midnight," and many more.Auditions for men, women, and teenagers are August 3, August 4, August 5, and August 10. Rehearsals begin September 8. Performances are November 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, and 24. Be sure to see the audition times and details at www.TheatreBristol.org/audition.

"Miracle on 34th Street" directed by Dottie Havlik will have everyone believing December 6-22 at the Theatre Bristol ARTspace.By chance, Kris Kringle, an elderly man in a retirement home, gets a job working as Santa for Macy's. Kris unleashes waves of good will with Macy's customers and the commercial world of New York City by referring parents to other stores to find exactly the toy their child has asked for, but the magic of Christmas ends up on trial!Auditions for men, women, and children are September 28, September 29, September 30, and October 1. Rehearsals begin October 6. Performances are December 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, and 22. Be sure to see the audition times and details at www.TheatreBristol.org/audition.

In advance of the 2020 season, Theatre Bristol will hold auditions for a winter holiday musical directed by Steve Davis and Steve Baskett in Theatre Bristol's ARTspace. Auditions for men, women, and teenagers are December 7, December 8, December 9, and December 10. Rehearsals begin December 15. Performances are February 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, and 16, 2020.
Please follow Theatre Bristol’s site for details on the audition times, announcements and performance dates, as well as for tickets, for these 2019 shows.

Haley White, designer of the Theatre Bristol 2019 Season poster, is a local graphic designer who specializes in logo design, social media content, illustration, photography and hand lettering. She graduated from East Tennessee State University in 2017 with a bachelor’s in graphic design. She currently works for the nonprofit the Upper East Tennessee Human Development Agency.She is thrilled to work with Theatre Bristol and present the 2019 Season Reveal design. Haley appreciates the opportunity to give back to the community by doing something that she loves. To see her work visit www.haleycatherinedesigns.com.

Theatre Bristol is currently welcoming show and season sponsors and souvenir program advertising for the 54th Season. Please contact info@TheatreBristol.org or 423-212-3625 for more information.

Those interested in being a part of the wonderful experience of live performance by bringing it to life over several weeks and working backstage as part of the production team and stage crew are welcome to come to any of the audition dates and discuss their interest and skill. This invitation includes those interested in orchestra, costuming, set design and construction, lighting, sound, stage management, props, publicity, and many other roles. Interested individuals can also email info@theatrebristol.org. All roles are volunteer, as there is no paid staff. No experience is necessary for crew work, though welcome.



Downtown Bristol Events

Creative & Crafty: Merry Christmas Canvas

December 19 | Bristol Public Library


The Bristol Public Library is excited to announce we have a new canvas class for December: our Merry Christmas Canvas! For this class, we're painting an adorable Santa face or a quirky Christmas tree. Registered participants will have the chance to choose between our two canvases, or create something equally festive!

Our canvas class will cost $10 per person, but all supplies will be provided. Registration is required, so please contact the BPL at 276-821-6147 or ajohnson@bristol-library.org in order to secure your seat. For more information, feel free to reach out to us at any time!

Auntie Ruth's Donuts & Pretzels

December 20 | YWCA


Auntie Ruth's is joining us for the day to raise awareness for Bristol Bridal Station at the YWCA.

Our boutique receives donations of new couture bridal gowns from Boutiques all over the U.S. We then sell the gowns for hugely discounted prices. This allows us to raise funds for our programs and help Brides in our region.

Bristol Bridal Station is a unique way to find your perfect dress and support your community!

BPL Book Club: All the Light We Cannot See

December 20 | Bristol Public Library


The BPL Book Club will meet on December 20 at 6:00 p.m. at the Bristol Public Library. This month, our book club decided on a different book, since we weren't able to secure enough copies of Girls Burn Brighter by Shobha Rao. We’ll finish reading and discuss All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, and then we’ll pick up our next reading adventure for the New Year, The Mountain Between Us by Charles Martin.

Anyone is welcome to join BPL Book Club at any time. We meet on the third Thursday of each month, unless noted on our calendar, to read and discuss a wide variety of books. Make sure to join us for good company, good books, and sweet treats from Blackbird Bakery!

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Ambrea at the library you can contact her by phone at 276-821-6147 or by email at ajohnson@bristol-library.org. We look forward to seeing you at our next book club!

Holiday Headshot Hangout 2018

December 20 | Warehouse 817


That is right... totally FREE for local entrepreneurs, professionals or small business owners.

You get one: high quality, professionally retouched, royalty free image to use in your 2019 marketing. All you have to do is be a local of the Tri-Cities of Tennessee or Virginia area and fill out the registration form below and show up.

Reservations are required; space and times are limited.

Register HERE

Farm & Fun Time ft. The Church Sisters, Carolina Blue and Sally & George

December 20 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum


It’s a Farm & Fun Time Christmas Spectacular variety show with The Church Sisters, Carolina Blue, Sally & George, plus house band Bill & the Belles, at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum!

SOLD OUT SHOW! Watch Live on Radio Bristol's Facebook Page

Christmas Jazz by the Wolf Hills Jazz Quartet

December 20 | Blackbird Bakery


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

Tacky Christmas Sweater Party

December 21 | Machiavelli's


Laurel Fork : Jamie and Blake Collins with Brett Morris perform from 7:30-10:00 with contest being judged at 9:00!!!!
1st, 2nd, and 3rd Prizes and Giveaways while they last!
Sam Adams Winter Lager Special

James Meadows

December 21 | Quaker Steak and Lube


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.

Breakfast with Santa

December 22 | Manna Bagel


Join Manna Bagel for Breakfast with Santa!

Contact Manna Bagel for reservations: (423) 652-2216.

Matt Smile

December 22 | 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.

Christmas Music by Anthony Mangram

December 22 | Blackbird Bakery


Anthony Mangram will provide Christmas music from 8pm to 10pm.

Home Alone

December 22 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room


All ages (PG) / Free / 8-10pm

Home Alone movie night at Bloom! Nothing fills you with holiday cheer quite like watching a young child defend his home from Joe Pesci. And by the end we learn a lesson about the true meaning of Christmas: gratuitous slapstick violence.

Also Coming Up

The Casual Word: Teen Poetry Class
July 17 – January 1 | Bristol Public Library
Creative & Crafty: Merry Christmas Canvas
December 19 | Bristol Public Library
Auntie Ruth's Donuts & Pretzels
December 20 | YWCA
BPL Book Club: All the Light We Cannot See
December 20 | Bristol Public Library
Holiday Headshot Hangout 2018
December 20 | Warehouse 817
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
Tacky Christmas Sweater Party
December 21 | Machiavelli's
James Meadows
December 21 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Breakfast with Santa
December 22 | Manna Bagel
Matt Smile
December 22 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Christmas Music by Anthony Mangram
December 22 | Blackbird Bakery
Home Alone
December 22 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
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
An Evening with The Cleverlys
January 25 | Paramount Bristol
Symphony of the Mountains: Classical Masters
February 2 | Paramount Bristol
The Magic of Bill Blagg LIVE!
February 9 | 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
Clint Black
March 31 | Paramount Bristol
Triumphant Quartet
April 25 | Paramount Bristol
Home Free
May 5 | Paramount Bristol

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