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BELIEVE IN BRISTOL ANNOUNCES BEN COLLINS MEMORIAL ENTREPRENEUR GRANT — TRAINING AND $5,000 IN GRANT MONEY WILL BE AWARDED!


A partnership with Believe in Bristol and Wells Fargo.

Do you have an idea that will help continue to grow Historic Downtown Bristol VA/TN?
Are you an entrepreneur and local community advocate?
Are you just getting started with your product or service idea and think that downtown is the right fit?
Are you already in business downtown but have plan to expand your business offering new services or growing your current location?

If so, you are eligible to participate in the Ben Collins Memorial Entrepreneur Grant Program.

Thanks to a Community Development grant from Wells Fargo, Believe in Bristol will be awarding $5,000 in grant funding to a winning and innovative business idea for downtown Bristol!

Applicants will apply online atBelieveInBristol.org/businessor in person at the Believe in Bristol office located at 20 6th Street, Bristol, TN. Applications accepted February 13th – March 3rd, 2019.

Applicants will be notified by Friday, March 8th, 2019 if they are selected to move forward with the interview process. Applicant interviews will be scheduled the week of March 11 – March 14, 2019.

The top 10 businesses selected to move forward in the grant program will be notified by Friday, March 15, 2019.

Week 1 – What is a Business Plan? – March 19, 2019
Week 2 – Business Structure: From a Tax and Legal Perspective – March 26, 2019
Week 3 – Discovering the Bottom Line & Cash Flow – April 2, 2019
Week 4 – Customer Service & Adaptability – April 16, 2019
Week 5 – Understanding Your Market – April 23, 2019
Pitch Day – Small Business Week – May 5-11, 2019 (Specifics TBA)

Class Format: Tuesdays from 6:00-8:00 PM at the Believe in Bristol office located at 20 6th Street Bristol, TN, unless notified otherwise. Refreshments will be provided.

Please note that by participating in this grant process, no reasonable expectation of confidentiality can be expected. This is public grant funded monies and confidentiality can’t be guaranteed.

The grant money is contingent on;

  • Opening or expanding a business in the Historic Main Street District of Downtown Bristol
  • Participation and attendance in a 5-week training course, which includes 2-hour classes and outside field work.
  • Becoming the top business selected by a panel of judges during the final pitch day event.
  • Opening or expanding your existing business by September 30, 2019.
  • This reimbursement grant maybe used for property ownership, leased space, business licenses, professional training, utilities, computer equipment, restaurant equipment, and/or other business supplies. A formal request to Believe in Bristol along with documentation will be required for the reimbursement.

For questions please call the Believe in Bristol office at 423-573-2201.

CLICK HERE TO APPLY BY MARCH 3RD



Registration now open for Theatre Bristol Summer Camps

Theatre Bristol proudly announces its 2019 children’s summer camp The StART of Adventure, running July 8-12 at 512 State Street, Bristol, Tennessee. This year's camp features camp for rising second graders through eighth graders, and one half-day camp for rising kindergartners and first graders. Registration is now open online at www.TheatreBristol.org.

Celebrating the 80th anniversary of The Wizard of Oz movie, Theatre Bristol is not only bringing the show to the Paramount stage this summer, but giving campers a chance to try their hand at the beloved roles. Guided by the Theatre Bristol Youth Service Board (YSB), along with highly respected teachers and theatre veterans in the area, campers will spend the week with The Wonderful Wizard of Oz theme learning acting skills, creative movement, music, costuming, makeup design, set design, props, and more. At the end of the week, campers will bring L. Frank Baum’s nearly 120-year-old classic The Wonderful Wizard of Oz to life!

“We’re really excited to have the kids on stage again!” said Marley Hillman, camp coordinator. Co-coordinator Whitney Brooks added how very thankful the YSB is to the professionals who will be teaching the campers valuable theatrical skills and knowledge.

The StART of Adventure is organized by the Theatre Bristol YSB, with guidance and counsel from the Theatre Bristol Board of Directors. “I see camp as a great way for the YSB to learn leadership, organization, planning, and responsibility,” said Cameron Roberts, the YSB president, “We have all had wonderful opportunities on and off stage, and now we get a chance to offer our experience and knowledge to the next generation of young actors. I know our founder, Cathy DeCaterina, would be proud.”

Camp will run Monday to Friday from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm. Theatre Bristol will provide a healthy snack in the afternoon, however campers will need to pack a lunch each day. Registration is available online. The cost per camper is $150, with a family discount of each additional child reduced to $75, as well as an extra charge for early drop off and late pick up options. The Thursday half-day camp is $25. Financial assistance applications are also available. Space is limited so register soon!

For more information about camp and registration, please go to www.TheatreBristol.org or email info@theatrebristol.org.



Bristol Virginia Historic District Preservation Award Program Seeks Nominations For Annual Award


Nominations are now being accepted for the 2019 Historic District Preservation Awards for the City of Bristol, Virginia.

The purpose of the award program is to recognize and honor property owners and developers who engage in preservation projects within the city’s five historic districts: Euclid Avenue Historic District, Solar Hill Historic District, Virginia Hill Historic District, Bristol Warehouse Historic District, and Bristol Downtown Commercial Historic District.

“Restoration projects and long-term maintenance of properties in our historic districts encourage community revitalization, preserving the rich history and charming landscape of our city” according to Catherine Brillhart, Committee Chair.

The 2019 award recipients will be recognized at a public ceremony on May 16, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum in Bristol, Virginia.

Nomination forms may be printed and sent in or submitted directly online from the City’s website at www.bristolva.org. The deadline for nominations, including self-nomination, is March 31, 2019.

Properties are selected based on exterior appearance only.

For additional information, contact Catherine Brillhart, Chair of the Historic District Preservation Award Committee, at cbrillhart100@yahoo.com or (276) 591-6952.



Downtown Bristol Events

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 Ernie 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.

Doors open at 1:00 PM, Rex Ward on the Mighty Wurlitzer at 1:30 PM

Special Screenings: 2:00 PM — 4:00 PM
Q&A with Buck Ford and cutting of birthday cake
Live music provided by Duty Free

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!

Daniel Davis of Folk Soul Revival

February 14 | 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!

The Diamonds

February 14 | 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.

Groundhog Gravy

February 15 | State Line Bar & Grill


Their mission is simple – everybody in the crowd is just as vital as the band.

Every time Groundhog Gravy takes the stage they consume on-lookers and compel their attention. Their charismatic stage performance inspires devotion and movement. They have learned to harness the energy of a crowd, make it swell like a puffer-fish and use it in such a way that all present can rejoice in its pleasure. It’s easy to forget that one is at a show when seeing this band, instead it just feels like dancing and grooving to music with a bunch of friends.

The Gravy boys were lucky enough to cross paths in Fayetteville, West Virginia. It was due to the white-water that this particular Appalachian area provides, that this group of musicians were brought together. This “white-water capital of the world” allowed one passion in each member’s life to lead to another passion – music. What had started off as acoustic, beatnik, grass-funkin’ on the front porch of the “Bungahole” (guide camp), has evolved into an electric, groove filled, rock and roll band with deep funk fusion and blues roots that blend together in a way that astonishes listeners. One cannot help but tap their feet, sway their shoulders, bob their head and let themselves go.

Groundhog Gravy consists of four members: Ed Lehrter, Matt Harrison, Scott Ferris and Berry Rainwater. Ed is the front-man, eccentric, charming and a natural leader who provides the rhythm electric guitar and passionate vocals. Matt slaps the bass with blended styles and brings skilled vocals to the table. Scott Ferris is the percussion perfectionist, the drum king and a jack of all traits when it comes to any instrument. Berry Rainwater plays lead guitar and is an absolute string monster-machine, both surgical and skillful in his playing abilities and portrays experienced pedal work. Both Ed and Matt write lyrics and songs for Groundhog Gravy based on personal experiences, life as they see it and fun stories (non-fiction and fiction) to entertain. Both have a way with words to write powerful lyrics that engage listeners and bring a relatable platform for both them and the audience to stand on.

In October 2017, Groundhog Gravy recorded their album Insignificant. They named it after the first class (v) rapid on the Gauley River – like the rapid, the album is everything but insignificant. The nine-track album was recorded in Montgomery, WV at 777 Studios by Tony Daniels. The album truly captures the essence and soul of the band. Coming up soon they are playing on October 26th at the Russell Fork River Festival at the Rendezvous in Haysi, VA. These guys are booking at surrounding areas for the summer (for they are running the river through the season) and are mapping a Fall 2018 east coast tour. If this band is playing at a venue near you, clear your schedule for they are a “must see.” Catch them on stage and get your Gravy on!

Vaden Landers & Xaris Waltman

February 15 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room


Vaden Landers (Asheville, NC) is a multi-instrumentalist from eastern Tennessee. As a young man he began traveling America's highways and railroads, studying American folk music styles such as Old-time, Country, Blues, Cajun & Jug. With a voice like a young Hank Williams, and an acute musical attention to detail, he plays with an authenticity that he hopes will spread the knowledge of American culture and music through his own.

Xaris Waltman (Pensacola, FL) has been humming tunes since before she could talk and started writing songs on the guitar since as early as 8-years-old. At eighteen, Xaris is jumping into the world of being a traveling musician; just a young girl and her guitar. A self proclaimed Folksinger, her music style is somewhere in between American folk and country. According to listeners, Xaris's voice is reminiscent of young Dolly Parton and Allison Krauss.

Rylee Peters

February 15 | Blackbird Bakery


Join Blackbird Bakery to enjoy the powerhouse voice of local Rylee Peters from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm!

Laura Thurston & Joe Henderson

February 15 | Quaker Steak and Lube


The One Woman Band returns to Quaker Steak and Lube. We are excited to have Laura back and if you have never seen her play live, then you must! Laura also has her own wraps and jewelry that are out of this world.

Community Jam Sessions

February 16 – December 21 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum


The Birthplace of Country Music Museum will begin hosting a monthly gathering of local musicians for a full-on community jam session on the third Saturday of every month. The community jams are open to all ages and all skill levels.

The jam events have been organized to provide a space for local musicians to gather and pick, collaborate, share their experiences, and—most importantly—to have fun!

Jams will be scheduled for the third Saturday of each month from 2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m., serving as a great warm-up for Saturday night gigs! Musicians are asked to bring their own instruments.

The sessions will be held in the Learning Center at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum.

For more information call 423-573-1927.

The Parachute Brigade / The Dividends / Plowman & The Ruckus

February 16 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room


Beckley, West Virginia's The Parachute Brigade make their Bristol, TN debut on Saturday, February 16th at the Bloom Cafe and Listening Room with special guests The Dividends and Plowman & The Ruckus!

8pm / All Ages / $5

Jana Saltz

February 16 | Quaker Steak and Lube


A singer-songwriter residing in Charlotte,NC. Plays and assortment of instruments but mainly relies on the ukulele to support unique rhythmic melodies.

Friends of the Bristol Public Library Meeting

February 18 | Bristol Public Library


Join the Friends of the Bristol Public Library on Monday, February 18, at 6:00 p.m. for their monthly meeting. Although the library will be closed in observance of Presidents' Day, the Friends will be meeting in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room to discuss Friends' projects and direction.

All interested members and participants are encouraged to use the meeting room entrance on the upper floor. For more information about the Friends of the Bristol Public Library, please contact the library at 276-821-6147 or the Friends directly at FriendsoftheBristolLibrary@gmail.com

If you are interested in joining the Friends, you can pick up a membership application at the library at any time or you can sign up online using Google.

State Street String Band Bluegrass

February 18 | Blackbird Bakery


Join Blackbird Bakery for live bluegrass December 17th at 7pm.

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.

Also Coming Up

The Casual Word Black History Month Typewriter Tour
February 2–23 | Bristol Public Library
Western Wednesday: El Dorado
February 13 | Bristol Public Library
Tennessee Ernie 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
Cinder Red Robin Hood and the Seven Dwarfs
March 9–10 | Theatre Bristol
Songs From the Road Band
March 9 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Auditions for The Wizard of Oz
March 11–17 | Theatre Bristol
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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