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Creative & Crafty: Tie-Dye Your Own T-Shirt

July 24 | Bristol Public Library


This month, the Bristol Public Library is offering a free class on tie-dyeing your own t-shirt!

Starting at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 24, we'll be showing registered participants tie-dye techniques. We'll supply the dyes and necessary materials, just bring your t-shirt or other fabric item (preferably fabric that is 100% cotton) and get ready to create!

Space is limited, so registration is required; however, the event is free to attend. If you would like to register or if you have a few questions about our upcoming class, please contact the Bristol Public Library at 276-645-8780.

Wine & Unwind Wednesday w/Ashley Heath

July 24 | Bristol Hotel


Another installment of Wine & Unwind Wednesday, this time we welcome Ashley Heath! We're excited for this duo to play for us on our rooftop bar and lounge, Lumac! Come out and enjoy some great live music while you sip on a signature cocktail and eat some of Chef's one-of-a-kind entrees!

Classic Movie Corner: The Big Sleep

July 25 | Bristol Public Library


Private investigator Philip Marlowe (Bogart), is hired by a wealthy general to find out who is blackmailing his daughter Carmen (Martha Vickers) and bring their activities to a halt. Immediately, Marlowe finds himself caught in a web of love triangles, backstabbing, murder, blackmail, gambling, and organized crime. With the help of Vivian (Bacall), the general's eldest daughter, Marlowe skillfully plots to bring the man behind the mischief to justice.

50th Anniversary Film Screenings: The Day We Walked on the Moon

July 25 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum


You’re invited to join us to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the historic Moon landing for a screening of Smithsonian Channel’s The Day We Walked on the Moon!

Mini Moon Pies, courtesy of the Moon Pie company, and Tang will be on hand while supplies last!

Half a century after humanity’s historic first step on the Moon, the Birthplace of Country Music Museum is hosting a screening of Smithsonian Channel’s The Day We Walked on the Moon.

Astronauts (including Michael Collins, the third member of the Apollo 11 mission), members of Mission Control (including Flight Director Gene Kranz, Capsule Communicator Charles Duke and Guidance Officer Steve Bales) and the children of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin reveal their personal stories behind the scenes of that iconic day.

Pop culture notables like Queen guitarist and doctor of astrophysics Brian May and television personality and professor of physics Brian Cox describe where they were and what they felt during that “One Small Step.” It’s a story that ranges from the deeply personal to the grand and historic, an in-depth look at one of the most important 24-hour periods in history.

RESERVATIONS are required.

Living Wreath Workshop — Self Made Creations

July 25 | Mercantile on State


Each Living Wreath is individually created and made from grapevine, various succulents, moss, and pinecones. All supplies are provided. Let's Play in the Dirt and use our imagination to make some beautiful creations together...it is so much fun and really relaxing. Class is $50 and includes a drink and your choice of edible cookie dough or gelato! Also feel free to BYOB or snacks!

Sounds of Summer: Retroville

July 25 | Downtown Center


Retroville plays all your oldies favorites.

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The Sounds of Summer Concert Series, formerly the Full Moon Jam, will start June 4th and run through September 26th. Concerts will be held on Tuesdays & Thursdays from 7-9pm from June — September at the Downtown Center (Country Music Mural), 810 State Street.

Bring a lawn chair or come early to grab one of the 350 chairs provided on-site. Refreshments are sold in the concessions area for a nominal fee. Clean, well-stocked restrooms also available.

Bands subject to change without notice. For more information visit the City of Bristol TN website.

Tennessee Beach

July 25 | 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.

Sherlock Holmes

July 26–28 | Theatre Bristol


Theatre Bristol is proud to present a collection of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle classics, “Sherlock Holmes,” produced by the Theatre Bristol Youth Service Board, with direction by Camille Gray, July 26, 27, and 28 at the Theatre Bristol ARTspace (506 State Street). Tickets are $8 each for the evening and matinee performances and available at the door one hour before show times.

Sherlock Holmes is on the case again! Sherlock solves a fifteen-year-old mystery, diffuses a bomb, evades a near-death poisoning, and finishes by arresting an escapee from the local asylum. With help from Dr. Watson, Mrs. Hudson, and Inspector Lestrade, Sherlock Holmes solves four puzzling mysteries in the course of one evening. It’s elementary, my dear, to observe these gripping adventures!

The cast and crew are comprised of the Theatre Bristol Youth Service Board members, all veterans. Seth Gilstrap leads the cast in the role of Sherlock Holmes, supported by his trusty friend and biographer, Dr. John Watson, played by Devon White. Faith Vance, as landlady Mrs. Hudson, keeps a watchful eye on Sherlock and Watson, and Luke Gray portrays the respected Inspector Lestrade, chief of Scotland Yard. Bailey Lowe portrays distressed widow Sarah Walker and family helper Miss Westfield, Carly Street plays the conniving Elizabeth Crawford and dependable Sergeant Collins, Mason White performs the roles of forlorn Thomas Turner and twisted Amos Bundy, and Enelisa Sutton plays the murderous Mrs. Nicole Reid.

Director Camille Gray, a Youth Service Board veteran of six years and Theatre Bristol veteran of sixteen years, and most recently choreographer for Theatre Bristol's production of The Wizard of Oz, has directed Pinocchio, and Godspell, as well as choreographed, stage managed, costumed, and performed in many shows. She is currently pursuing a BFA in Directing at Emory & Henry College. Whitney Brooks is stepping up to the new challenge of stage managing, and Albert Tester and Jim Altman are working in the tech deck, operating lights and sound. With the help of their mentors, Samantha Gray and Steve Baskett, the Youth Service Board has put together a truly entertaining evening of mystery.

"Sherlock Holmes" is managed by Theatre Bristol Youth Service Board members ages 13 to 20. After the successes of their previous productions, "Pygmalion," "Love's Labour's Lost," “The Importance of Being Earnest,” and “Tartuffe,” the YSB is excited to have the opportunity to present this collection of classic stories.

"Sherlock Holmes" runs July 26-28, 2019, with evening performances on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 and matinees Saturday and Sunday at 2:30. Tickets are $8 each and available at the door one hour before showtimes.

Super Raffle Sneak Peek

July 26 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum


Join us for a fun event previewing many of the Super Raffle prizes. A fun afternoon with at the Birthplace of Country Music office, with food trucks, and many of our Super Raffle prizes.

Radio Bristol Sessions ft. The McLain Family Band

July 26 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum


Tune in toListenRadioBristol.org or show up for a free Radio Bristol Session featuring The McLain Family Band at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum!

Direct from the hills of Kentucky, The McLain Family Band has become internationally known as one of the most spontaneous, creative and spirited groups performing contemporary Appalachian Bluegrass music.

Since 1968, they have performed in all 50 states – and 64 countries during 15 international concert tours, some as musical ambassadors of the U.S. Department of State. The McLain Family Band has appeared on prestigious stages such as the Grand Ole Opry, Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Lincoln Center, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Carter Family Fold. They have been featured at thousands of festivals and concerts and performed as soloists in more than 230 appearances with orchestras. 2018 marked 50 years in the music business for the McLain Family Band.

For eleven years, The McLain Family Band hosted The McLain Family Band Festival which was featured on NPR’s Folk Festival USA and produced by Kentucky Educational Televisionfor national distribution. Other television appearances include NBC’s Today Show, The CBS Morning News, ABC’s Good Morning America, The Pearl Bailey ETV Special, The BBC, TNN’s Nashville Now and the Johnny Cash Christmas Special.

The McLain Family Band has consisted, through the years, of various combinations of family members.The core touring bandincludes: Raymond McLain, Ruth McLain, Alice andAl White andDaxson Lewis,with occasional guest appearances from Nancy Ann Wartman and Michael & Jennifer McLain.

USAF Band of Mid-America USAF Band of Mid-America

July 26 | Paramount Bristol


The United States Air Force Band of Mid-America Concert Band represents the professionalism and excellence found every day throughout the Air Force. This diverse, 45-piece ensemble’s repertoire ranges from symphonic band masterworks, to traditional marches, to modern compositions, to pops and jazz. During a concert, you are likely to hear stirring works from contemporary composers as well as the familiar sounds of John Philip Sousa or Major Glenn Miller. The band also features talented vocal soloists, performing a wide variety of popular, classical, and patriotic selections.

Tan Universe with The Kindest People and Broken Daze

July 26 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room


Tan Universe (Asheville, NC) will be coming to the Bloom Cafe and Listening room on 7/26! They will be joined by local The Kindest People and Broken Daze.

Back to School Palooza

July 27 | Cumberland Square Park


Attention TEACHERS: Come and get your Free Tote bag filled with School Supplies for your classroom and gifts and coupons to local businesses as our appreciation for being an AWESOME TEACHER! (Please bring School ID)

Tons of Free Fun that Saturday for Kids: Foam Bubble Machine (Goodson Kinderhook FD), Face Painting, Balloon Animals, Magic Show by Dave Vault, Free Food & Drinks (while supplies last), Dunk Tank, Drawings for Gift Baskets and Gift Cards, Self Defense Demo by Bristol Jui Jitsu, and lots more Free Fun!

Sponsored by American Realty Associates. For more information, please call 276-466-0836.

Shark Week Kids Canvas Class

July 27 | Kil'n Time Ceramics Studio


Join Julie on Saturday, July 27th from 12-2 PM for our special #SharkWeek #KidsCanvasClass! Parents are welcome and encouraged to join this class. Cost is $20 per painter. Call or message us to reserve your seats!

Harry Potter Day

July 27 | State Street Brewing


Gather all your Potterhead friends and join us for an early celebration of Harry Potter’s birthday.

We will have a movie marathon, face painting beginning at 5 p.m., trivia starts at 7 p.m. and we’ll tap a brand new Hogwarts-inspired beer.

Ragged Sally

July 27 | Quaker Steak and Lube


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

State Street String Band Bluegrass

July 29 | Blackbird Bakery


Join Blackbird Bakery for live bluegrass at 7pm.

Sounds of Summer: Hollow Ground

July 30 | Downtown Center


The Sounds of Summer Concert Series, formerly the Full Moon Jam, will start June 4th and run through September 26th. Concerts will be held on Tuesdays & Thursdays from 7-9pm from June — September at the Downtown Center (Country Music Mural), 810 State Street.

Bring a lawn chair or come early to grab one of the 350 chairs provided on-site. Refreshments are sold in the concessions area for a nominal fee. Clean, well-stocked restrooms also available.

Bands subject to change without notice. For more information visit the City of Bristol TN website.

Border Bash

August 2 | Downtown Bristol


Celebrating 20 years (!!!) in Historic Downtown, Border Bash—Bristol's premier spring/summer concert series—is back for another amazing season! Hosted by Believe in Bristol, and the Cities of Bristol, Virginia and Tennessee, Border Bash is about fun, family, great music, and creating memories to last a lifetime.

“We are always excited when it’s time for Border Bash.It is an opportunity to bring great music to our downtown and bring the community together during the summer months.Believe in Bristol is proud to have brought this event to the community for twenty years,” stated Maggie Bishop, Executive Director, Believe in Bristol.

August 2, 2019 — Piedmont Intersection
7:00 pm: Magnolia Boulevard
8:30 pm: Holler Jake with Dave Eggar


Border Bash takes place on State Street in Historic Downtown Bristol. Children’s activities and vendors begin at 6:30 PM and live music will kick off at 7:00 PM. Border Bash is hosted by Believe in Bristol and the Cities of Bristol. Border Bash would not be possible without our community sponsors. Our sponsors in 2019 include Bank of Tennessee, Birthplace of Country Music, Blackbird Bakery, Bristol Herald Courier, Camellia Digital, Cascade Draft House, Coca-Cola, Dr. & Mrs. Ben Cowan, Express AV Productions, Dr. & Mrs. John Fincher, Framed, Jeff & Terri Gregory, Knoxville TVA Employee Credit Union, Lost State Distilling, Merrill-Lynch, Anna Morgan, Dale & Joneen Sargent, Tom & Barbara Smith, The Bristol Hotel, John & Ann Tickle, Tri-City Tent & Event, Turtleson, and Dr. & Mrs. Zaidi.

Community Notice Board

Serendipity's Summer Clearance Sale

Through July 31


We are headed into Fall, can you believe it? As we start to make that transition, we are excited to wrap up an amazing Summer and see what a new season has for us. BUT, first we have to make room for all the lovely Fall styles that will be gracing our doors soon. Our Summer Clearance SALE starts TODAY in stores and online.

Receive 30% — 50% off some of our most loved brands in the store.This sale is for a limited time, so hurry in today.Not all brands will remain on sale.

PLUS, now through July 31st receive an extra 50% offclearance merchandise. That is savings up to 75% off original retail prices.

Also Coming Up

Senior Show Choir
July 24–25 | Paramount Bristol
Creative & Crafty: Tie-Dye Your Own T-Shirt
July 24 | Bristol Public Library
Wine & Unwind Wednesday w/Ashley Heath
July 24 | Bristol Hotel
Classic Movie Corner: The Big Sleep
July 25 | Bristol Public Library
50th Anniversary Film Screenings: The Day We Walked on the Moon
July 25 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Living Wreath Workshop — Self Made Creations
July 25 | Mercantile on State
Sounds of Summer: Retroville
July 25 | Downtown Center
Tennessee Beach
July 25 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Sherlock Holmes
July 26–28 | Theatre Bristol
Super Raffle Sneak Peek
July 26 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Radio Bristol Sessions ft. The McLain Family Band
July 26 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
USAF Band of Mid-America USAF Band of Mid-America
July 26 | Paramount Bristol
Tan Universe with The Kindest People and Broken Daze
July 26 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Back to School Palooza
July 27 | Cumberland Square Park
Shark Week Kids Canvas Class
July 27 | Kil'n Time Ceramics Studio
Harry Potter Day
July 27 | State Street Brewing
Ragged Sally
July 27 | Quaker Steak and Lube
State Street String Band Bluegrass
July 29 | Blackbird Bakery
Sounds of Summer: Hollow Ground
July 30 | Downtown Center
Wine & Unwind Wednesday w/Jason "Hoss" Hicks
July 31 | Bristol Hotel
Border Bash
August 2 | Downtown Bristol
Tab Benoit
August 2 | Paramount Bristol
Into the Woods Auditions
August 3 – July 10 | Theatre Bristol
Farm & Fun Time ft. The Lonesome River Band and Irene Kelley
August 8 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Hot Bristol Night Antique Car Show
August 9 | Downtown Bristol
Movies in the Park: Ant-Man & The Wasp
August 9 | Anderson Park
Get the Led Out
August 9 | Paramount Bristol
Summer Pasta Class
August 10 | Mercantile on State
Food On Your Feet
August 16 | Cumberland Square Park
Applachian Outlaw Jamboree
August 23 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
RTE 23 Music Festival
August 24 | UVA Wise
RTE 23 Music Festival
August 24 | UVA Wise
Hank, Pattie, & The Current
August 24 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Railway Express
August 24 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Summer's End 5k Run and Back to School Youth Mile
August 31 | Anderson Park
VMFA on the Road Artmobile
September 18–22
VMFA on the Road Artmobile
September 18–22 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Auditions for Miracle on 34th Street
September 28 – October 1 | Theatre Bristol
The Black Jacket Symphony: The Eagles' "Hotel California"
October 3–4 | Paramount Bristol
Russian Ballet Theatre's Swan Lake
November 1 | Paramount Bristol
Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker
November 8 | Paramount Bristol
Theatre Bristol presents Into the Woods
November 15–24 | Paramount Bristol
Front Country
November 23 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Miracle on 34th Street
December 6–22 | Theatre Bristol

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