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Bristol Baseball, Inc. signs new lease to keep professional baseball in Bristol

Bristol Baseball, Inc. (BBI) announced today that it has signed a five-year lease to help keep the Bristol Pirates professional baseball team in the Twin Cities.

2019 marks BBI’s 50th year of operating a professional baseball team in Bristol.

“With professional baseball celebrating its 150th year of existence this summer, we are proud to be able to say that, as a small non-profit entity operating without a paid staff, we have been able to provide affordable, family-friendly entertainment here in Bristol for a third of that time,” noted BBI’s president, Mahlon Luttrell. “BBI is unique among minor-league operators in that it relies on volunteers, and all of our volunteers look forward to continuing to provide professional baseball in town for many more years.”

According to a study at East Tennessee State University, the minor league team has an annual economic impact of $2.8 million on the Bristol economy. On top of that, BBI has spent more than $600,000 improving the facilities at DeVault Memorial Stadium in Bristol, Virginia over the past quarter-century.

BBI’s efforts were recognized last year by the Virginia General Assembly, which unanimously commended BBI for bringing professional baseball to Bristol for 50 years.

“Although the new lease quadruples BBI’s rent, and increases our responsibilities for the ballpark and its field, we are confident that BBI will be able to continue to operate the team,” he continued. “We want to thank the City of Bristol, Virginia for negotiating and approving this lease, and we’ll continue to explore our options for a longer-term solution to keep professional baseball in Bristol.”

For more information on the Pirates and professional baseball in Bristol, visit www.BristolPiratesBaseball.com.



Downtown Bristol Events

Genealogy: Researching Historical Photos

April 3 | Bristol Public Library


Join the Bristol Public Library on Wednesday, April 3, at 2:00 p.m. for a special genealogy workshop on “Researching Historical Photos.” Presented by Jessica McNeely from the Holston River Regional Library, “Researching Historical Photos” is an hour-long workshop on how to look for and uncover forgotten family photographs by using both online and paper resources. Jessica will also answer questions regarding genealogy research and common pitfalls researchers encounter in recovering old photographs.

This workshop is free to attend and open to the public; no registration is required. For more information, please contact the Bristol Public Library at 276-821-6147 or ajohnson@bristol-library.org.

HB Beverly

April 4 | Blackbird Bakery


Blackbird Bakery is proud to welcome HB Beverly to perform!

Teacher In-Service

April 5 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum


Join Teaching with Primary Sources—MTSU and the East Tennessee Historical Society for a day of learning more about Tennessee’s historical moments featured in the Tennessee social studies standards. We will explore these stories using a wide range of primary and secondary sources and share hands-on, literacy-rich strategies for using the sources in classroom instruction. The Birthplace of Country Music Museum will also give a short tour of their exhibits and share information about their educational resources and programs.

This workshop is supported through the Library of Congress and Humanities Tennessee and is designed for social studies and English language arts teachers as well as librarians and media specialists in grades 4 and up. Administrators and coaches responsible for supporting classroom curriculum are also welcome, as are museum educators.

To register or for questions, contact Lisa Oakley, ETHS Curator of Education, at oakley@eastTNhistory.org or call 865-215-8828.

The Honey Badgers

April 5 | State Line Bar & Grill


(Bluegrass) Comprised of a rotating group of notable Tri-Cities-based musicians, this band’s just crazy – about traditional bluegrass! Throw in a little newgrass, they don’t care! Artistically speaking, they take what they want! Stomp your feet, clap your hands, cut a rug!

Rylee Peters

April 5 | Blackbird Bakery


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

Ragged Sally

April 5 | Quaker Steak and Lube


Ragged Sally is an east Tennessee based country duo consisting of singer/songwriters Seth Broyles and Alli Epperson.

Derrick Ryan

April 5 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room


Live performances by
Derrick Ryan
Arm The Witness
Desmond Fugate
Fling

Anime Theater: Interviews with Monster Girls

April 6 | Bristol Public Library


Demi-humans (colloquially known as demis) are now largely accepted by society. They work, they learn, and they live alongside humans, sometimes with no one the wiser. For Tetsuo Takahashi, a local biology teacher, meeting and interviewing a demi was a pipe dream — and now he suddenly has four of them in his life!

Rated TV-14; approximately 160 minutes.

Blues by Samantha Gray

April 6 | Blackbird Bakery


Come out and enjoy some soulful Blues by Samantha Gray, 8-10pm!

Tennessee Beach

April 6 | Quaker Steak and Lube


A new rock/country band from the coast of northeast Tennessee. Whether its on the lake, a house party, or benefit concert, everyday's a party with TN Beach.

Western Wednesday: The Gunfighter

April 10 | Bristol Public Library


Reformed gunfighter Jimmy Ringo (Peck) travels to a sleepy little western town in search of his estranged sweetheart. But when Jimmy arrives, he discovers his reputation casts a long shadow and brings trouble to him even when he's not looking for it.

Not rated; 85 minutes.

Community Notice Board

Champion Striking's Daily Fitness Classes

Monday — Saturday | Champion Striking & Fitness


Champion Striking and Fitness offers daily fitness classes for youth and adults.

Click here for complete schedule.

Also Coming Up

Genealogy: Researching Historical Photos
April 3 | Bristol Public Library
HB Beverly
April 4 | Blackbird Bakery
Teacher In-Service
April 5 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
The Honey Badgers
April 5 | State Line Bar & Grill
Rylee Peters
April 5 | Blackbird Bakery
Ragged Sally
April 5 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Derrick Ryan
April 5 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Anime Theater: Interviews with Monster Girls
April 6 | Bristol Public Library
Blues by Samantha Gray
April 6 | Blackbird Bakery
Tennessee Beach
April 6 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Western Wednesday: The Gunfighter
April 10 | Bristol Public Library
Chamber 101
April 11 | Bristol Chamber of Commerce
Charm City
April 11 | Paramount Bristol
Farm & Fun Time ft. Becky Buller Band, The Matchsellers, and Chatham Rabbits
April 11 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Victor Lawson and Boogie Chillen
April 11 | Quaker Steak and Lube
The Diamonds
April 11 | Blackbird Bakery
Bristol Public Transit & Paratransit Self-Advocacy Training
April 12 | Bristol Public Library
Thomas Willard
April 12 | State Line Bar & Grill
Cave Twins
April 12 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Retroville
April 12 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Easter Eggstravaganza
April 13 | YWCA
Steele Cookin Band
April 13 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Friends of the Bristol Public Library Meeting
April 15 | Bristol Public Library
State Street String Band Bluegrass
April 15 | Blackbird Bakery
The Ukelele Strings
April 16 | Blackbird Bakery
Bingo
April 17 | Bristol Public Library
Wordloose: A teen poetry experience!
April 17 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
BPL Book Club: Girls Burn Brighter
April 18 | Bristol Public Library
Below 7 — Bike Night Kickoff!
April 18 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Wolf Hills Jazz Quartet
April 18 | Blackbird Bakery
Mr. Nobody & the Extras
April 19 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Shannan Miller
April 19 | Blackbird Bakery
Creative & Crafty: Paint Pouring
April 20 | Bristol Public Library
The Del McCoury Band: With a Little Help From Our Friends
April 20 | Paramount Bristol
Indighost Album Release with Nerve Endings and Realm
April 20 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Rusty Steel & Quarter Bounce
April 20 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Hiring Expo
April 25 | Bristol Motor Speedway
Triumphant Quartet
April 25 | Paramount Bristol
Wyldeheart
April 25 | Quaker Steak and Lube
The Diamonds
April 25 | Blackbird Bakery
James Meadows
April 26 | State Line Bar & Grill
Billy Dean
April 26
Jackdaw's 7
April 26 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Mitch & Marissa
April 26 | Blackbird Bakery
Poetry Reading: Dr. Thomas Alan Holmes
April 27 | Bristol Public Library
Tennessee Champagne
April 27 | Quaker Steak and Lube
The Swing Band
April 27 | Blackbird Bakery
Cooking with Essential Oils
April 29 | Bristol Public Library
State Street String Band Bluegrass
April 29 | Blackbird Bakery
Creative & Crafty: Dyeing Silk Scarves
April 30 | Bristol Public Library
Wine & Unwind Wednesday with Steve Gilbert
May 1 | Bristol Hotel
The Black Jacket Symphony: Journey's "Esc4p3"
May 2 | Paramount Bristol
Julie Williams
May 3 | State Line Bar & Grill
Masterworks of Chamber Music
May 4 | Paramount Bristol
Home Free
May 5 | Paramount Bristol
Bristol Ballet's The Wizard of Oz
May 11 | Paramount Bristol
State Street Tattoo Festival Kick-off!
May 11 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Rex Montgomery
May 17 | State Line Bar & Grill
Border Bash
May 17 | Downtown Bristol
Wrestle
May 23 | Paramount Bristol
State St. Tattoo Fest 2019
May 24–26 | Foundation Event Facility
Chris Long
May 31 | State Line Bar & Grill
John Schneider
May 31 | Paramount Bristol
Wyldeheart
June 6 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Border Bash
June 7 | Downtown Bristol
Theatre Bristol's The Wizard of Oz
June 21–30
Border Bash
June 21 | Downtown Bristol
The Allman Betts Band
June 25
Railway Express
June 29 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Border Bash
July 4 | Downtown Bristol
Border Bash
July 19 | Downtown Bristol
Border Bash
August 2 | Downtown Bristol
Tab Benoit
August 2 | Paramount Bristol
Get the Led Out
August 9 | Paramount Bristol
Railway Express
August 24 | Quaker Steak and Lube

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