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YWCA Seeking Nominations for 28th Annual Tribute to Women Awards

YWCA NETN and SWVA is now accepting nominations for YW Tribute to Women, an awards program that recognizes outstanding women in the Tri-Cities region.

Women may be nominated by an organization, business, and community groups for this prestigious award in one of three categories: Nurture, Empower, and Transform. Candidates should be leaders who have experienced significant growth and/or achievement in their areas of expertise.

Judges residing out of the states of Tennessee and Virginia will select three exemplary recipients in each category, and these award recipients will be honored at an awards banquet on April 25 at the Bristol Trainstation. “Tribute to Women is an excellent opportunity to celebrate employees or volunteers who have made significant contributions in the workplace or community,” said Kathy Waugh, CEO.

Nomination forms are available online at www.ywcatnva.org/tribute-to-women and should be mailed to YWCA NETN and SWVA at 106 State Street, Bristol, TN 37620 or emailed to alinder@ywcatnva.org by February 15, 2019. Forms are also available for pick-up at the YWCA front desk.

For more information, please contact Allison Linder at alinder@ywcatnva.org or call 423.968.9444.



Downtown Bristol Events

Reading Appalachia: Voices From Children’s Literature

February 1 – June 30 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum


Reading Appalachia: Voices From Children’s Literature, a new special exhibit at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum!

Dates: February 1, 2019—June 30, 2019

Walk through the pages of your favorite storybook in Reading Appalachia: Voices from Children’s Literature, a groundbreaking exhibit on Appalachian children’s books and stories.

Sporting life-size characters from Appalachian children’s books, this exhibit looks at the seminal titles from the late 1800s through the modern story of Appalachia – you’ll feel like you’re walking through the pages of a storybook. Children can stand eye-to-eye with characters from Journey Cake Ho,A Mountain Rose,When Otter Tricked the Rabbit,When I Was Young, and others.

The exhibit also includes representative clothes and toys from Appalachia, music, and hands-on activities that bring the subject to life for kids of all ages. Children are encouraged to try on masks of storybook characters and find themselves in a story. They can create their own story of childhood set in Appalachia and hear the voice of old-time storyteller Ray Hicks along with some of their favorite authors and illustrators. Each panel includes an interpretation of the text from a child’s perspective.

All are invited to walk into the pages of a story of childhood in Appalachia!

Reading Appalachiawas organized by theEast Tennessee Historical Societyand theKnox County Public Library; it is made possible through the generous support of Clayton Homes, the Jane L. Pettway Foundation, Friends of the Knox County Public Library, and the University of Tennessee’s Center for Children’s and Young Adult Literature.

The exhibit will be on display in the museum’s Special Exhibits Gallery fromFebruary 1 to June 30, 2019. Itwill be complemented by a variety of engaging public programs and can serve as a wonderful educational resource for school groups and educators.

The Casual Word Black History Month Typewriter Tour

February 2–23 | Bristol Public Library


Join The Casual Word for its typewriter tour of the Tri-Cities in celebration of Black History Month!

  • Saturday, Feb 2 – Eatz on Moore Street, Bristol VA, 1-4 pm
  • Saturday, Feb 9 – Main Street Pizza Company, Kingsport TN, 1-4 pm
  • Saturday, Feb 23 – The Willow Tree Coffee House, Johnson City TN, 1-4 pm

Open Mic Night

February 6 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room


Bloom hosts an open mic every first Wednesday of the month. Come join us January 2nd!

Wine & Unwind Wednesday with Amythyst Kiah

February 6 | Bristol Hotel


Come out to our rooftop bar, Lumac, for some great live music and drinks! Before the show, be sure to stop by Vivian's Table for some amazing food!

Essential Oils 101: DIY Roller Bottle

February 7 | Bristol Public Library


The Bristol Public Library will be offering a new class on essential oils, starting at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 7. During this workshop, participants will explore different kinds of essential oils and learn their benefits, how they can be used, and how to select safe essential oils for yourself and your family.

Interested participants can also make their own roller bottle of essential oil blends for $5 per bottle per person. Blends include immune support, muscle and joint discomfort, headache relief, sleep and calm, respiratory support, energy and focus, and seasonal relief.

Registration and supply fee are required to complete a roller bottle; however, participants are welcome to attend the class for free. For more information or to register for Essential Oils 101, please contact the Bristol Public Library at 276-821-6147 or ajohnson@bristol-library.org.

Wolf Hills Jazz Quartet

February 7 | Blackbird Bakery


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

Matt Smile

February 7 | O'Mainnin's Pub


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

Eric Gress Duo

February 8 | State Line Bar & Grill


Matt Smile

February 8 | 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.

Ragged Sally

February 8 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room


Come kick your night off with some country music! $5 door! Starts at 8!

Creative & Crafty: Valentine's Day Canvas

February 9 | Bristol Public Library


To celebrate Valentine's Day, the Bristol Public Library is offering a special Creative & Crafty canvas class on Saturday, February 9, at 2:00 p.m. Registered participants will have the opportunity to customize a Valentine’s Day-themed canvas, using either the examples available or their own imagination.

The class will cost $5 per person, but all paint, canvases, and necessary supplies will be provided. Registration is required. To sign up, please contact the library by phone at 276-821-6147 or by email at ajohnson@bristol-library.org.

Get Thrifty With It

February 9 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room


Gettin thrifty with it
Na na na na na na na nana

Come out and go thrifting at Bloom! We'll have multiple vendors with vintage and thrift items. Let's make a deal.

The Magic of Bill Blagg LIVE!

February 9 | Paramount Bristol


Award-winning illusionist Bill Blagg is bringing his unique style of magic and illusion to Paramount Bristol! This action-packed spectacular is filled with mind-blowing magic and jaw-dropping illusions that will have you rubbing your eyes in disbelief. With over 90 minutes of incredible interactive magic, this action-packed show takes you on a magical journey you will never forget! You will witness objects floating in mid-air, vanish in the blink of an eye, and so much more. THE MAGIC OF BILL BLAGG LIVE! Is more than a magic show – it’s an interactive magic experience for audiences of all ages. You have to see it to believe it!

"Unbelievable!" – USA Today
"Absolutely Incredible!" – Chicago Tribune

TICKETS

EC Frazier

February 9 | Quaker Steak and Lube


Please join us for EC Frazier, a night of good music, great food, and cold beer!

Book Signing: Vicki Booker

February 9 | Blackbird Bakery


Vicki Booker will be signing "Thorn to Rose" from 11pm — 2 am.

Bristol Ballet Presents Bows & Bow Ties 11th Annual Father Daughter Ball

February 10 | Holiday Inn


Their first words. Their first steps. Their first break-up. It may sound cliché, but it all goes by so fast. Whether she’s 4 or 40, she’ll always be your little girl. You’ll always be the most important man in her life. Why not make as many happy, memorable moments in your lives as possible?

The Bristol Ballet’s 11th annual Bows & Bow Ties Father Daughter Ball celebrates healthy father-daughter relationships and has become a wonderful tradition for families in our community. We know families come in many different forms, and father figures could include grandpas, uncles, and beloved caregivers. All will be welcome to bring their favorite little girls out to make memories that will last a lifetime!

Michele Plescia, Artistic Director of Bristol Ballet, said that many attendees have come every year since the inception of the dance. “Now that says a lot about the event, but more importantly about the result — making great memories for your daughter. I just love seeing the girls all dressed up, and so happy to be at a special event like this. The dads have a lot of fun, and some of them can really dance!”

Dads or caregivers can bring their little sweethearts to the Holiday Inn located at 3005 Linden Drive in Bristol, Virginia on Sunday, February 10, 2019, 2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., for sweets, treats, and dancing. From Sinatra to Taylor Swift, DJ Express will spin a variety of appropriate hits both generations will enjoy. Tickets are $15 per person. For fastest entry once you get there, please purchase tickets in advance at www.bristolballet.org. Tickets will also be available at the door.

Families will participate in a free photo shoot and will receive a digital commemorate photo file that will be emailed to them following the event. A raffle will also take place with a great assortment of gift items.

Last year around 350 fathers and daughters made Bristol Ballet’s Father Daughter Ball a wonderful success, and there are still a number of sponsorship opportunities available to help add sparkle to this amazing family tradition.

The Bristol Ballet wishes to thank our media sponsor Electric 94.9 FM, and table sponsors Bill Gatton, Permatile, House Dressing, Citizens Bank, Dean and Karen Tillison, Penny Bruce, and Barbara Hendrickson.

Proceeds from Bows & Bow Ties Father Daughter Ball benefit the Bristol Ballet Company’s programming and scholarships. For more information about the history of Bristol Ballet and its programming, visit www.bristolballet.org.

For more information about advertising opportunities, patronage, contributions and sponsorship packages, please contact Moira Frazier at mfrazier@bristolballet.org or 276-669-6051.

Junior Jam

February 10 | Studio Brew


Open to young musicians under the age of 20 who want to share their talent with friends and family. This is not a competition. It's a jam for young people to get together and have some fun. To join in please contact us at info@studiobrew.beer or call 423-360-3258.

Parks & Rec (Part Two!) Trivia Night

February 11 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room


Time is money, money is power, power is pizza, pizza is knowledge. Knowledge gets you a Bloom Giftcard! Parks and Rec Trivia round 2!

Type-In and Poetry Slam

February 12 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room


Valentine’s special! Type In and Poetry Slam hosted by Langley Shazor. Typing at 5pm and Poetry at 7pm. Family friendly event! Learn to type on vintage typewriters or if you already know how, just type away. Feel inspired by the feeling and write a personal note, a bit of poetry, or whatever you like!

Type In: 5pm
Poetry Slam: 7pm

The Nest Featured Artist Meet & Greet: Linda Ketner

February 12 | Blackbird Bakery


This month's featured artist is Linda Ketner.

Sandra Parker

February 12 | Blackbird Bakery


Join us at Blackbird Bakery for the music of Sandra Parker from 6 — 8 pm.

The Great American Novel Book Club: The Sun Also Rises

February 12 | Bristol Public Library


Join the Bristol Public Library on February 12, 2019, at 6:30 p.m. for the next meeting of our Great American Novel Book Club. For our February meeting, we’ll be reading and discussing The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway. The library will have a few copies of the next book selection, The Color Purple by Alice Walker, available for interested readers and will provide light refreshments.

Any reader is welcome to join, and no registration is required. For more information, please contact Ambrea at the Bristol Public Library by phone at 276-821-6147 or by email at ajohnson@bristol-library.org.

A Conversation with Buck Ford and Sid Oakley

February 12 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum


On Tuesday, February 12 at 7:00 p.m., the Birthplace of Country Music Museum and the Bristol Historical Association will co-host an informal conversation in the museum’s Performance Theater between Ernie’s older son, Buck, and long-time Ford family friend Sid Oakley. Ford family home movies will also be screened. There is no charge for admittance, but you must RSVP to gain entry.

Western Wednesday: El Dorado

February 13 | Bristol Public Library


Visit the Bristol Public Library for our Classic Movie Corner: Western Wednesday on February 13 at 12:30 p.m. This month, we’ll feature a special screening of El Dorado (1966), directed by Howard Hawks and starring John Wayne, Robert Mitchum, and James Caan.

Cole Thornton (John Wayne) is a gunslinger-for-hire in El Dorado, Texas. Originally hired by a wealthy rancher, Bart Jason, Thornton quickly becomes caught up in a range war with the McDonald family. Although grievously wounded by a bullet, Thornton will once more put his life on the life when his friend, Sheriff J.P. Harrah (Robert Mitchum), finds himself put in danger by the same man who hired Thornton.

Not rated; 126 minutes.

Tennessee Earnie Ford Birthday Celebration

February 13 | Paramount Bristol


On Ernie’s actual 100th birthday,Wednesday, February 13, the Paramount Bristol will host an afternoon of Tennessee Ernie Ford music and films culminating with the serving of birthday cake courtesy of Food City.

FREE admission with reservation.

Wine & Unwind Wednesday with Symphony Rags

February 13 | Bristol Hotel


Come out to our rooftop bar, Lumac, for some great live music and drinks! Before the show, be sure to stop by Vivian's Table for some amazing food!

Dancing Downtown: 2nd Annual Adult Prom

February 23 | Foundation Event Facility


You asked and we listened, Adult Prom is back! Believe in Bristol is gearing up for our spring fundraiser, Dancing Downtown: 2nd Annual Adult Prom! Join us Saturday, February 23, 2019 at the Foundation Event Facility and party with a purpose!

This event includes all your favorite prom staples from balloon arches and cheesy prom photos to finger foods and a DJ with the added bonus of games and a bar! Nominate your friends and vote for King and Queen, dance the night away with our DJ, and create fun memories along the way — all while supporting a local nonprofit organization! This event is open to anyone and everyone over the age of 21. Relive your high school glory days: dust off that old dress, tux, or suit, or use the night as an excuse to look good and have fun!

TICKETS ON SALE NOW! Individual and couple tickets will be available for sale both at the Believe in Bristol office and online (BIBadultprom2.brownpapertickets.com) for $25 and $40 respectively. Tables will be available for purchase through the Believe in Bristol office only at $185 for 8 seats (table quantity limited). Tickets include entry, food, one drink, and dancing 'til you drop. King and Queen nominations and votes, extra drinks, games, and official prom photos will be cash only.

Dancing Downtown: 2nd Annual Adult Prom is a fundraiser for Believe in Bristol; all proceeds will benefit the Main Street Program and downtown revitalization efforts. For more information, please contact the Believe in Bristol at 423-573-2201 or info@believeinbristol.org. As a Certified Main Street Community, Downtown Bristol has more to offer every day – more activities, more shops, more homes, more offices and more life. 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 communities identity, spirit and economy.

Community Notice Board

Celebrating Tennessee Ernie Ford

Feb 1-28 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum


February 13, 2019 marks the 100th anniversary of Bristol native Tennessee Ernie Ford’s birthday, and his hometown has come together to celebrate that milestone with a variety of events and activities, including a musical performance, a conversation with Ford’s son Buck, a special church service, show screenings, a commemorative stamp, and birthday cake!

A number of events will take place during the month of February. For a full listing plus a timeline of important dates in Tennessee Ernie Ford’s life and career, visitErnieFord100.com.

Also Coming Up

The Casual Word Black History Month Typewriter Tour
February 2–23 | Bristol Public Library
Open Mic Night
February 6 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Wine & Unwind Wednesday with Amythyst Kiah
February 6 | Bristol Hotel
Essential Oils 101: DIY Roller Bottle
February 7 | Bristol Public Library
Wolf Hills Jazz Quartet
February 7 | Blackbird Bakery
Matt Smile
February 7 | O'Mainnin's Pub
Eric Gress Duo
February 8 | State Line Bar & Grill
Matt Smile
February 8 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Ragged Sally
February 8 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Creative & Crafty: Valentine's Day Canvas
February 9 | Bristol Public Library
Get Thrifty With It
February 9 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
The Magic of Bill Blagg LIVE!
February 9 | Paramount Bristol
EC Frazier
February 9 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Book Signing: Vicki Booker
February 9 | Blackbird Bakery
Bristol Ballet Presents Bows & Bow Ties 11th Annual Father Daughter Ball
February 10 | Holiday Inn
Junior Jam
February 10 | Studio Brew
Parks & Rec (Part Two!) Trivia Night
February 11 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Type-In and Poetry Slam
February 12 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
The Nest Featured Artist Meet & Greet: Linda Ketner
February 12 | Blackbird Bakery
Sandra Parker
February 12 | Blackbird Bakery
The Great American Novel Book Club: The Sun Also Rises
February 12 | Bristol Public Library
A Conversation with Buck Ford and Sid Oakley
February 12 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Western Wednesday: El Dorado
February 13 | Bristol Public Library
Tennessee Earnie Ford Birthday Celebration
February 13 | Paramount Bristol
Wine & Unwind Wednesday with Symphony Rags
February 13 | Bristol Hotel
Daniel Davis of Folk Soul Revival
February 14 | Bristol Hotel
The Diamonds
February 14 | Blackbird Bakery
Groundhog Gravy
February 15 | State Line Bar & Grill
Vaden Landers & Xaris Waltman
February 15 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Rylee Peters
February 15 | Blackbird Bakery
Laura Thurston & Joe Henderson
February 15 | Quaker Steak and Lube
The Parachute Brigade / The Dividends / Plowman & The Ruckus
February 16 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Jana Saltz
February 16 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Friends of the Bristol Public Library Meeting
February 18 | Bristol Public Library
State Street String Band Bluegrass
February 18 | Blackbird Bakery
Get Your Business Found on Google Search and Maps
February 20 | Bristol Public Library
Wine & Unwind Wednesday with Logan Fritz
February 20 | Bristol Hotel
Financial Tips for Your Small Business with Regions
February 21 | Bristol Public Library
BPL Book Club: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
February 21 | Bristol Public Library
Marissa and Mitch
February 21 | Blackbird Bakery
The Honey Badgers
February 22 | State Line Bar & Grill
Kevin Lorenz
February 22 | Blackbird Bakery
House Cat Album Release! w/ The Pythia and Hurl Brickbat
February 22 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Water Bath Canning 101
February 23 | Bristol Public Library
Dancing Downtown: 2nd Annual Adult Prom
February 23 | Foundation Event Facility
Brielle Rathbun
February 23 | Quaker Steak and Lube
The Swing Band
February 23 | Blackbird Bakery
AAME Speaker Series: An Artist’s Journey through Virginia
February 25 | Bristol Public Library
Creative & Crafty: I
February 26 | Bristol Public Library
Wine & Unwind Wednesday with Virginia West
February 27 | Bristol Hotel
Classic Movie Corner: Laura
February 28 | Bristol Public Library
The Diamonds
February 28 | Blackbird Bakery
The Chris Kelley Band
March 1 | State Line Bar & Grill
49 Winchester & Loose Leave
March 1 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
BPL Anime Theater: My Hero Academia
March 2 | Bristol Public Library
Vinyl Night
March 2 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
AAME Speaker Series: The Play's the Thing
March 4 | Bristol Public Library
Evelyn Pursley-Kopitzke's Magic Butterfly
March 5 | Paramount Bristol
Wine & Unwind Wednesday with JP Parsons
March 6 | Bristol Hotel
Women's Health & Essential Oils
March 7 | Bristol Public Library
Troy
March 8 | State Line Bar & Grill
Annie Robinette & Rising Violets
March 8 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Songs From the Road Band
March 9 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
AAME Speaker Series: Art in Advertising
March 14 | Bristol Public Library
Fortch
March 15 | State Line Bar & Grill
Jake Quillin + Donnie and The Dry Heavers
March 15 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Black Jacket Symphony: Queen's "A Night at the Opera"
March 15–22 | Paramount Bristol
Bristol CSA Fair: Meet Your Farmer!
March 16 | Bristol Public Library
The Honey Badgers
March 22 | State Line Bar & Grill
Tommy Yon, Kyle Corbett and Stephen Evans
March 22 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
The Mavericks
March 23 | Paramount Bristol
Ken Burns's "Country Music"
March 24 | Paramount Bristol
Wolf & Johnny
March 29 | State Line Bar & Grill
Guy Penrod
March 29 | Paramount Bristol
Clint Black
March 31 | Paramount Bristol
Genealogy: Researching Historical Photos
April 3 | Bristol Public Library
The Honey Badgers
April 5 | State Line Bar & Grill
Charm City
April 11 | Paramount Bristol
Thomas Willard
April 12 | State Line Bar & Grill
Cave Twins
April 12 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
The Del McCoury Band: With a Little Help From Our Friends
April 20 | Paramount Bristol
Triumphant Quartet
April 25 | Paramount Bristol
James Meadows
April 26 | State Line Bar & Grill
Julie Williams
May 3 | State Line Bar & Grill
Home Free
May 5 | Paramount Bristol
Rex Montgomery
May 17 | State Line Bar & Grill
Border Bash
May 17 | Downtown Bristol
Wrestle
May 23 | Paramount Bristol
Chris Long
May 31 | State Line Bar & Grill
Border Bash
June 7 | Downtown Bristol
Border Bash
June 21 | Downtown Bristol
Border Bash
July 4 | Downtown Bristol
Border Bash
July 19 | Downtown Bristol
Border Bash
August 2 | Downtown Bristol
Get the Led Out
August 9 | Paramount Bristol

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