Downtown Bristol Events
March 11–17 | Theatre Bristol
Lions, tigers and bears... well, definitely a lion, and tinman, scarecrow, Dorothy, Toto, Aunt Em, as well as witches, flying monkeys, Winkies, and munchkins, and many other great characters are needed for Theatre Bristol's summer production of The Wizard of Oz directed by Kenn Naegele, with music direction by Steve Davis.
Men, women, children and dogs are invited to join us for auditionson March 11, 12, 16, and 17 at Theatre Bristol, 512 State Street, Bristol, TN. Be sure to see important details at www.TheatreBristol.org/audition.
Theatre Bristol is thrilled to help celebrate the 80th anniversary of the beloved musical, “The Wizard of Oz” by L. Frank Baum, with music and lyrics by Harold Arlen and E. Y. Harburg, and bring it to the Paramount Center for the Arts June 21-30. The favorite tale of a Kansas farm girl who travels over the rainbow to discover the magical power of home includes iconic songs “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” "Merry Old Land of Oz," "Ding Dong the Witch is Dead," “If I Were King of the Forest,” and many more.
Being a part of this cast and crew will be memorable experience and we invite everyone to audition. No preparation is required. Auditions will include provided readings, singing, and movement/dancing. Show details, audition times, character list, and rehearsal dates are available atwww.TheatreBristol.org/audition.Rehearsals begin April 14. Performances are June 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, and 30.
March 14 | YWCA
It is difficult to truly understand the situation that families living in poverty experience every day—the decisions they have to make, and the fears and frustrations they feel. We invite you to walk a mile in their shoes by participating in the Poverty Simulation. This simulation provides participants with the opportunity to assume the role of a low-income family member living on a limited budget.
Location: YWCA NETN & SWVA
Date: March 14 from 1–4:30 pm
Please RSVP by Friday, March 8 to:firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling the United Way of Bristol office at 423-968-4912
March 14 | Paramount Bristol
Academy Award-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville (“Twenty Feet from Stardom”) looks back on the legacy of Fred Rogers, the host of the beloved television program, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, focusing on his radically kind ideas. While the nation changed around him, Fred Rogers stood firm in his beliefs about the importance of protecting childhood.
This emotional and moving film takes us beyond the zip-up cardigans and the land of make-believe, and into the heart of a creative genius who inspired generations of children with compassion and limitless imagination.
Screening is followed by a talkback with the Director of East TN PBS Community Outreach.
Free ticket with online registration.
March 14 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Come enjoy the warm weather and bring out those bikes! Quaker Steak & Lube will be hosting an Emergency Bike Night Thursday! Marques Puckett will be rockin' the patio from 6:30-9:30 PM. We can't wait to see everyone!
March 14 | Bristol Public Library
A Rogersville, TN, native, Will Griffith is the creative lead at Creative Energy, the largest multimedia production and ad agency in the Tri- Cities, with clients including Texas Pete, Pal’s, Bank of Tennessee, Coca Cola, ETSU, General Shale, and Siemens.
March 14 | Breathe Bristol Yoga
Join herbalist, Lesley Setchim and RYT Cassidy Hutchinson for a workshop on spring herbs and yoga to help detoxify and nourish the body from the inside out.
March 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.
March 15 | Northeast State Community College
YWCA Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia will be kicking off their 2019 EMERGE Women’s Professional Development Workshop on March 15 in celebration of Women's History Month. Incepted in 2015, the female focused, expert led workshop series is geared to empower women at all levels of their career. The spring session will be held at Northeast State Community College from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The full-day workshop for professional women will feature four accomplished presenters with a diverse set of expertise in Women’s Suffrage, Law Enforcement, Leadership Development and Organizational Change. With decades of experience and wisdom to share, each session promises take-aways that directly address the challenges and potentials of professional women.
Nicole Collins serves as the Assistant Vice President and Chief of Police for East Tennessee State University Department of Public Safety. The department is allocated 21 sworn officer positions, 2 security guards, 6 full-time and 1 part-time dispatcher, and an Emergency Management coordinator. She has over 12 years of law enforcement experience that includes supervision of the Professional Standards Unit (Accreditation, Background Investigations, Clergy, Early Intervention System, Records, Communications, and Special Investigations) for Vanderbilt University Public Safety. She maintains certifications to instruct self-defense programs through Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) systems. She graduated from Savannah State University with a BS degree in Criminal Justice and a minor in Naval Science. She served as a Cryptologic Technician Technical in the US Navy and as a Public Relations Officer in the Marine Corps Reserve. The Master Chief of the Navy selected a handful of women from various occupations to be assigned to Naval Carriers to test the perimeters needed for successful integration. Nicole Collins was selected and deployed on the U.S.S. Eisenhower out of Norfolk, Virginia.
Jenny K. Brown is Owner of KINETIC PERFORMANCE COACHING, Business & Life Coach. Jenny has over 25 years of experience in leadership and management roles, which has included supporting both Corporate Executives as well as Small Business Owners. With experience in entertainment/theatre, fitness, retail, and restaurant industries and working with corporate giants likeChick-fil-A, Walt Disney World, Bath & Body Works, and Dollywood, Jenny has a diverse background from which she pulls valuable lessons on how to succeed in both business and personal life. Jenny now coaches individuals and teams on how to be more productive and lead more balanced lives through conversations around discovering purpose, leveraging strengths, and utilizing SMART action plans. For more information visit her website at coachjennykay.com.
Becky Caldwell is the first-ever Executive Director of the Virginia Highlands Festival. She has produced international arts programs and festivals in Chicago, Atlanta, and Detroit. A graduate of Northwestern University, Becky has spent most of her career in Chicago with Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Chicago Humanities Festival, and the Chicago Improv Festival. She launched Spontaneous Combustion, an improv comedy festival, with a producing partner at the Basement Theatre (Atlanta), and together they have produced 10 improv comedy festivals. Becky is an expert in festival producing, event programming, and board development. She came to the Virginia Highlands Festival as the Festival Producer in 2012, and in her first year she took the Festival finances from deficit to surplus, almost doubled the amount of corporate donations, exponentially increased the marketing and publicity reach, and led the effort to develop a 3-year strategic plan. She advises other nonprofit organizations as a “Virtual Executive Director,” helping them with fundraising strategies, board relations, and strategic planning. Her podcast, “Virtual Executive Director,” is available on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, and SoundCloud.
Paula F. Casey is a dynamic speaker on voting rights, particularly the 72-year struggle for women to be included in the U.S. Constitution. She published a book,The Perfect 36: Tennessee Delivers Woman Suffrage. She produced a12min. 40 sec. DVD on woman suffrage that covers the struggle for American women to win the right to vote. Paula has spoken extensively around the country at universities, colleges, and junior colleges. Paula is the Co-Founder of the Tennessee Woman Suffrage Heritage Trail, she served as president of Tennessee Woman Suffrage Monument, Inc., and was primarily responsible for the fund-raising for the monument that was unveiled in Nashville’s Centennial Park. She is working to get monuments to the suffragists across the state of Tennessee before 2020. She served as fiscal agent for Jackson’s statue of Sue Shelton White, the only Tennessee woman jailed fighting for suffrage in front of Jackson’s City Hall. A monument is planned in Memphis to be unveiled in May 2019. For more information visit her website at www.paulacasey.com.
Guest Performer: Joyce Rouse (Earth Mama) is a singer, songwriter, actor, educator, and creator of the Earth Mama music projects. In August, 1995, the United States celebrated the 75th anniversary of the 19th Amendment which granted women the right to vote. Joyce wrote and performed the theme song,Standing on the Shoulders.This song has introduced Joyce to the gracious wisdom and power of women's groups around the world.
Key take-aways include:
- Lessons we can learn from early suffragists to be resourceful, build alliances and persevere as leaders
- Learn to trust your instincts, be resilient, embrace your flaws and follow your passion with fearless execution
- How to create an environment and culture that promotes continuous development in yourself and others
- Understanding the framework and necessary resources in accountability for creating big changes in an organization
The full-day workshop will include a light breakfast and lunch. Attendees of EMERGE Women’s Professional Development Workshop will also be awarded .5 Continuing Education Unit credit by Northeast State Community College. For pricing and registration, visit www.ywcatnva.org/emerge or contact the YWCA at 423-968-9444.
March 15 | State Line Bar & Grill
March 15 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Friday, March 15th! We bringing the soul train back to Bristol! Join us at Bloom Cafe and Listening Room along with our homies Donnie & The Dry Heavers for a night of sweet jams and soulful blues! Music at 9pm//$5 at the door!
March 15 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Noah Spencer is a musician who enjoys singing and playing guitar, drums, piano and the ukulele. He enjoys learning and performing all types of music!
March 16 | Bristol Public Library
Join us March 16th from 10-2 for the 3rd Annual Bristol CSA Fair! Meet your farmer, learn options for eating healthier fresh local foods, and become a part of community supported agriculture! This event is free and includes door prizes and kid’s activities. Brought to you by the Appalachian RC&D Council and Appalachian Sustainable Development.
March 16 | Elderbrew
Join Elderbrew this Saturday, March 16 for the Shamrockin’ Swap Meet. We will be opening early at 2pm, so plan on getting there early for first dibs on some cool stuff. Our friends at @letstacoboutit17 will be slinging food from 5-? and we’ll have plenty of great brews on tap. See you Saturday!
March 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.
March 16 | Warehouse 817
The non-profit organization,Bristol Virginia Public Schools Education Foundation announces an upcoming fundraiser, CELEBRATE THE LUCK OF THE IRISH! on March 16, 2019. The St. Patrick’s Day Party will be held at the newly opened Warehouse 817 venue located at 817 State Street, Bristol, Virginia, across from the Farmer’s Market.
The St. Patrick’s Day Party will begin at 7:00 p.m.ending at 11:00 p.m. Tickets are $30 for an individual ticket and $50 for a couple’s ticket. Ticket prices include heavy hors d’oeuvres, 2 free beverages tickets per person, party favors and LOTS OF FUN! A cash bar will be available and music will be provided by the well-known, Jamen Denton.
"What better way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day with friends than investing in the leadership of tomorrow,” commented Catherine Brillhart, President of the BVPS Education Foundation.
Tickets can be purchased via PayPal at www.bvpsfoundation.org, emailing email@example.com, or calling 276-821-5615. All proceeds benefit the BVPS Education Foundation focusing on High School Senior Merit/Need-Based Scholarships, Creative Classroom Mini-Grants, School wide Funding for Selected Academic Programs, Permanently Named Endowed Scholarships, Public/private partnerships, and implementing public school improvement projects approved by the Bristol Virginia School Board.
March 16 | Paramount Bristol
The Paramount Chamber Players joins forces with Highlands Ballet Company to present the world premiere of Evelyn Pursley-Kopitzke’s Magic Butterfly, a brand-new ballet, set in Africa. The ballet tells the story of a child who has been rewarded with an adventurous magical journey through Africa because she decided not to collect (kill) butterflies anymore. The music was expanded from African Vignettes, two 15-minute tone poems also by Pursley-Kopitzke, to an approximately 80-minute work for mixed chamber ensemble. Magic Butterfly is a world premiere of a work written, prepared and performed by local community talent.
March 16 | Blackbird Bakery
March 16 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Ragged Sally is an east Tennessee based country duo consisting of singer/songwriters Seth Broyles and Alli Epperson.
March 17 | Paramount Bristol
The Mighty Wurlitzer Organ Concert will feature favorite pieces from Ragtime, Broadway, Big Band, Movie Soundtracks and Gospel Greats!
Charles “Uncle Charlie” Lawson is a Knoxville, TN native who made Bristol home for 65+ years. A serious musician from his youth, Charlie has performed from high school to touring band, national music shows, theatres, and concert halls such as Radio City and Cincinnati Music Hall. He was musical consultant for Baldwin Piano & Organ as atop dealer for decades.
His service to God as organist and music director spans 60+ years.His success as Lawson Music Center for over 40 years placed pianos and organs in hundreds of area homes, churches, and educational venues and continues today.
Charlie’s lifelong motto of “Love God, love people; never regret doing right in the first place” has won him thousands of genuine friends. Please join us in celebrating his 90th birthday!
Suggested donation $5. No ticket required.
March 18 | Blackbird Bakery
Join Blackbird Bakery for live bluegrass at 7pm.
March 18 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Bring your stethoscopes, and battle for the $25 gift card of a lifetime. Scrubs Trivia!