Downtown Bristol Events
May 8 | Bristol Public Library
Jeff Waring (Starrett) and his friends, Tex Harding and Cannonball, become involved in a bloody rivalry between competing stagecoach lines. Mary Halliday (Carole Mathews) and Forrest Brent (Al Bridge) are in a race to have the top stagecoach line in the West, but when murder is thrown into the mix, it’s up to the Durango Kid to stop more bloodshed.
Not rated; 60 minutes.
May 8 | Bristol Hotel
Please come out and enjoy the latest installment of Wine & Unwind Wednesdays with Isaac Gibson of 49 Winchester at our beautiful rooftop bar and lounge, Lumac! Get here early because it's first come, first serve and the music starts at 7:00 pm!
May 9–11 | Downtown Bristol
The Cities of Bristol, TN and VA and the Bristol Chamber of Commerce have teamed up with Startup Tri-Cities, a local entrepreneur organization, to bring a piece of the vibrant Austin, Texas startup community to our region. The 2019 Small Business Festival is a collaboration between small business owners, entrepreneurs, and the many supporting organizations that bring innovation and growth to our region.
Serving as a culminating event for National Small Business Week, the festival will take place May 9 –11. Events will be hosted across the Tri-Cities with a focus on providing actionable information to help anyone start and grow their businesses. Individuals curious about any type of small business are welcome. By combining retail, service, and technology companies together, amazing things happen as they share their experiences. The festival also provides our region with the opportunity to highlight the excellent programs and services already available to local entrepreneurs, and provides valuable exposure for our local subject matter experts. Selections from the festival lineup include:
Thursday, May 9:
9am: Thursday begins with a kickoff event at Bristol Motor Speedway with featured entrepreneur and speaker Jose Castillo, of NASCAR Trackside Live, who will be speaking on “The Birth of an Idea” which will inspire your creative side.
Afternoon: Workshops on how to start and grow a business will be held in Johnson City.
6:30pm: The fourth annual Pitches and Pints, the region’s largest open “Shark Tank”-like competition, will put aspiring entrepreneurs against the clock to pitch their ideas in 5-minutes or less for a chance to win cash prizes. Free finger foods, local craft beer, and audience participation are part of this year’s event.
Friday, May 10:
9am: Friday begins with a kick off breakfast in Kingsport’s Inventor Center, a new facility to help anyone build a prototype, learn about entrepreneurship, and engage our youth in hands on STEM education.
Afternoon: Workshops on how to start and grow a business will be held in Kingsport’s Inventor Center.
5:30pm: Entrepreneurial Networking Social will be held in downtown Kingsport to connect small businesses together, share stories, and learn from one another.
Saturday, May 11:
9am-5pm: All day in downtown Bristol, local entrepreneurs, business leaders, and supporting organizations will gather at the Foundation Event Facility on State Street to provide inspirational talks, workshops, and detailed information on how to start and grow your business. The focus of this main event is to provide all businesses with valuable tools to take their existing business to the next level with actionable information. For those thinking of starting a new venture, Saturday will have the information you need on how to get started in entrepreneurship in the Tri-Cities, as well as on pitfalls to avoid.
“When local entrepreneurs get together and openly share their experiences, challenges, and successes, amazing things happen economically for the region’s growth and development,” said David Nelson, entrepreneur and Startup Tri-Cities member. He added, “Bristol and Startup Tri-Cities invite everyone with an interest or experience in entrepreneurship to join them at the Small Business Festival.”
This festival is a free event to all attendees and refreshments will be provided at select events.
To learn more about the 2019 Small Business Festival and to view the full schedule as events and speakers are added, visit www.startuptri.com/sbf2019. For more information, about Startup Tri-Cities, contact David Nelson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 9 | Bristol Public Library
During May, the JCC will be hosting a special class on social media and using Instagram. Interested students will receive step-by-step instructions on how to set up an Instagram account and learn the basics of using Instagram, including how to upload and edit pictures, how to add “stories,” and how to edit your profile.
No registration is required. To join, simply visit the Bristol Public Library on May 9 at 5:30 p.m. or the Avoca Branch Library on May 16 at 2:00 p.m. For more information, please contact the JCC at 276-645-8790.
May 9 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Radio Bristol’s Farm and Fun Time live variety show featuring special music guests Davina & The Vagabonds and Hoot & Holler, plus house band Bill & the Belles, Thursday, May 9th at 7:00 p.m.
Tickets $30, doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Farm and Fun Time hearkens back to the days of classic live radio and features today’s top traditional country, bluegrass and old-time artists. We’re proud to bring back this classic program from the 1940s and 1950s to a new generation of listeners!
Hosted by Kris Truelsen and featuringhouse band Bill and the Belles, Farm and Fun Time is a celebration of Appalachian music and culture with various segments jingles and featured artists. You can enjoy the show every month, live in person, at the museum by purchasing a ticket, or you canlisten onlineat listenradiobristol.org or through our mobileApp for iOS and Android. Farm and Fun Time is proudly supported byEastman Credit Union,Window World of Tri-Cities, andHVAC Bristol.
May 9 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Let's rock out the patio!
May 9 | 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.
May 10 | Blackbird Bakery
Join Blackbird Bakery to enjoy the powerhouse voice of local Rylee Peters from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm!
May 10 | Quaker Steak and Lube
BIG Son is an eclectic Mountain Soul band featuring Jared Bentley, Mike Sams, Kevin Light, Cepheus Strachan, and Jerry Henninger. We like playing soulful music for soulful people. It’s a pretty basic recipe.
May 10 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
9pm show, $5 & all ages come get your face fuzzed off
May 11 | Paramount Bristol
Follow the Yellow Brick Road to the Paramount Bristol for Bristol Ballet’s production of “The Wizard of Oz”! Kicking off a multiple event celebration at the Paramount of the 80th anniversary of the movie release, Bristol Ballet puts its own spin on the familiar story and characters. Music, storyline, and characters will all be recognized as they dance their way to the Emerald City to help Dorothy find her way home. One show only, so get your tickets now! Bristol Ballet is funded in part by the Virginia Commission for the Arts, Art Works, Tennessee Arts Commission, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
May 11 | Elderbrew
Join us as we welcome local artist Matthew Kilby this Saturday to Elderbrew.
May 11 | Bristol Station Brews & Taproom
Bristol Station will host the music by Juan John on Saturday May 11th.
May 11 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Friendship Motorsports presents: State Street Tattoo Festival Kick-Off Party at Bloom Cafe & Listening Room!
8pm / $5 raffle buy-in
Limited-run beer from Elderbrew! Music! Raffle for tattoo festival tickets, and more!
Music 8:30-12pm from House Cat, Scroungehound (wv), and Indighost
May 11 | Quaker Steak and Lube
From the Edge is a new and fresh Rock n’ Roll Cover Band with members from East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. Playing all types of venues from Pubs and Parties to Weddings and Festivals! Providing an electric mix of Girl Pop Tunes to your favorite oldies, we will serve up music you will absolutely enjoy.
May 13 | Bristol Public Library
The May 13th meeting of the Bristol Historical Association will feature a presentation on family tree research by two experienced researchers. Dan Kegley, the current Deputy Clerk with the Smyth County Circuit Court, will begin with the presentation, entitled, “Finding Grandpa in the Vault”. The second half of the program will be led by Diane Hayes on “Restoring the Past: Uncovering Black Gold.” The meeting begins at 6:30pm at the meeting room at the Bristol Public Library.
For 23 years Dan Kegley worked at Smyth County News & Messenger and Washington County News in positions including reporter, editor, photographer/darkroom technician, and general manager. In 2012 he became a deputy clerk in Smyth County Circuit Court. He has been the records vault supervisor there since August 2015. He is the past president of the Archeological Society of Virginia and its Wolf Hills Chapter, and has written about the 19th century flatboat enterprises on the North Fork of the Holston River.
Diane Hayes is from Southwest Virginia and attended Carnegie High School in Marion, an all-black school for grades 1- 4. After schools integrated she attended the traditional Marion public schools. She was accepted and graduated from Ferrum College and took her first job with Franklin County Recreation Department’s Young Adults Conservation Corps, and in 1979 she began working at the Franklin County Public Library. During her 33 years at the library Diane compiled more than 50 family histories, 90 percent were African American. When a local historian and genealogist passed away she compiled her collection titled "The Gertrude Mann Collection.”
This informative program is free to the public and is in partnership with the Bristol Public Library’s mission of “Expanding Minds and Building Community”.
Contact Tim Buchanan, program chairman, for details of this or other upcoming programs, email@example.com. Get more details on Facebook at BRISTOL HISTORY.