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Now Accepting Applications for Ben Collins Memorial Entrepreneur Grant — Training and $7,500 in Grant Money to be awarded!

Thanks to a Community Development grant from Wells Fargo Foundation, Believe in Bristol will facilitate the 2019-20 Ben Collins Memorial Entrepreneur Grant Program and award a total of $7,500 in grant funding to TWO winning and innovative businesses for downtown Bristol!

Applications are open now through September 25th, 2019. Applicants will apply online at believeinbristol.org/business or in person at the Believe in Bristol office located at 20 6th Street, Bristol, TN.

Applicants will be notified by Friday, September 28th, 2019 if they are selected to move forward with the interview process. Applicant interviews will be scheduled the week of September 30th – October 3rd, 2019.

The top 10 businesses selected to move forward in the grant program will be notified by Friday, October 4th, 2019 of their acceptance into the five-week training program, ending in a Shark Tank style pitch competition. Judges from all walks of local entrepreneurialism will score contestants and the winner will be announced that day.

  • Week 1 – What is a Business Plan?
  • Week 2 – Business Structure: From a Tax and Legal Perspective
  • Week 3 – Discovering the Bottom Line & Cash Flow
  • Week 4 – Customer Service & Adaptability
  • Week 5 – Understanding Your Market
  • Pitch Day – Thursday, December 12, 2019 – (Location TBD)

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 June 30, 2020.
  • 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.

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.

For more information please contact the Believe in Bristol office at 423-573-2201.



Rhythm & Roots 2019 parking passes to benefit Friends of the Bristol Public Library

The Friends of the Bristol Public Library have available for $75, weekend parking passes for parking spaces at the Bristol Public Library for the 2019 Rhythm & Roots Reunion.

Passes may be reserved by emailing friendsofthebristollibrary@gmail.com. You will receive a reply email with instructions for payment and how your physical pass will be distributed. Passes may also be picked up at the Bristol Public Library on Thursday, August 29 from 5:00-8:00, and Friday, August 30 from 2:00-5:00 ONLY. No phone calls, you can reserve through email, first come first served.

Passes will be good for the entire festival weekend, in one of the two library parking lots. Passes will be $75 for the weekend, non-negotiable. Cash or checks only. Checks should be made out to “Friends of the Bristol Public Library”.

For more information, please email Friends of the Bristol Library at friendsofthebristollibrary@gmail.com.



Rhythm & Roots 2019 parking passes to benefit Bristol Historical Association

Bristol Historical Association will be parking vehicles for BRRR 2019!

Parking locations include:

  • 3-Day VIP Parking Century Link lot (6th and Anderson Streets across from Bristol TN Post Office)
  • Ferguson Animal Hospital, 316 7th Street
  • Massengill, Caldwell & Coughlin, 777 Anderson Street
  • Randy Kennedy Law Office, 625 Anderson Street
  • Frank Slaughter Law Office, 324 6th Street
  • 300 Piedmont Avenue, Bristol VA(Old Bristol Steel office)

To reserve one of these spots, please contact Amy Hopper at423-341-5270 or amyhopper2014@gmail.com.



Bristol Ballet introduces Discover Dance program


The Discover Dance Early Childhood Program is a series of movement classes designed to introduce children to the creative and expressive world of dance. The program offers children the opportunity to develop their natural movement ability in a multi-sensory environment. Music, movement, visuals, and props are used to enhance the students' love of the art form, and the unique conceptual approach to dance education will provide the opportunity for cognitive growth. Bristol Ballet's Creative Movement, Pre Ballet, Pre Primary, and Primary classes (ages 3-6) will be using the curriculum.It's not too late to register for classes, as we take registrations year round. For 3 year olds, Bristol Ballet offers 8 week sessions of Creative Movement, and the next one starts on October 8. They also accept students of all ages all year. For more information, email mfrazier@bristolballet.org or call 276-669-6051.



Downtown Bristol Events

The Trial of the Big Bad Wolf

September 6–15 | Theatre Bristol


Theatre Bristol presents the fairytale comedy "The Trial of the Big Bad Wolf" on stage at the Theatre Bristol ARTspace, weekends September 6-15. Camille Gray directs a cast of 21 from around the region in this fractured fairy tale comedy for all ages. Tickets are on sale now at www.TheatreBristol.org.

The Wolf: villain or victim? The Three Pigs: innocent or at fault? The Jurors (Miss Muffet, Bo Peep, Cinderella and Humpty-Dumpty, to name a few): solid citizens or characters with a past? And what about Judge Wise O. Al? Is justice on his side—or does he have a secret to hide? Then there's the media—a reporter, newscaster and town crier. Have they come to accurately report the proceedings—or to turn the courtroom into a media circus? And who is that surprise witness at the end? The answers to these profound questions and even more are revealed once and for all in this rollicking, fun-filled, action-packed trial-of-the-century (Dramatic Publishing).

The Trial of the Big Bad Wolf opens September 6, and runs for two weekends at the Theatre Bristol ARTspace, Fridays at 7:30 pm, Saturdays at 7:30 pm, and Sundays at 2:30 pm, closing on September 15. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors and students, and are on sale at www.TheatreBristol.org.

Raspberry Pi Theremin Workshop

September 11 | Bristol Public Library


Raspberry Pis are inexpensive, single-board computers ($10-$35 depending on the model) They are great for projects and education. On Wed Sep 11, we will make a Theremin:an electronic instruments that make sound by waving your hand through the air- their eerie sound is featured heavily in classic horror movies.

This Raspberry Pi version uses the Pi as computing power, a few electronics, and some simple programming. No prior electronic or programming experience needed, this is a great project for families or anyone ages 10+. All materials will be provided, but if you have your own Raspberry Pi, bring it with you. The workshop is free, but at the end you can take home your Theremin for $5 (Raspberry Pi NOT included). Please make a reservation at (276) 635-8790.

Wine & Unwind Wednesday w/Monica Woodard

September 11 | Lumac Rooftop Bar


Another installment of Wine & Unwind Wednesday, this time we welcome Monica Woodard! We're excited for this artist 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!

Drafts and Rolls!

September 12 | Cascade Draft House


Come on out for dinner as we welcome Mae Malee's Spring Rolls to the Cascade Draft House. All the Goodness you can handle!

Preparing for College

September 12 | Bristol Public Library


Are you, or someone you know, preparing for college? Testing, Financial Aid, picking a school; there is much to do. Fortunately Bristol Public Library offers many online resources specifically for college planning, free to patrons! This class will be offered both at BPL at 5:30 on Thursday September 12th and at the Avoca Branch at 2:00 on Thursday September 19th. Feel free to bring your own laptop, but laptops will be provided.

A Good Place to Live Canvas Class

September 12 | Kil'n Time Ceramics Studio


Join #KTCrew member Susan on Thursday, September 12th at 6:00 PM to learn how to paint the #AGoodPlacetoLive Canvas! Cost for this class is $35 per painter which includes all of your supplies. Bring you best friend and your favorite bottle of wine and join us to #MakeYourMasterpiece! Call to make your reservations.

Sounds of Summer: Crossroad Band

September 12 | 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.

The Diamonds

September 12 | 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.

Sammy Smile

September 12 | O'Mainnin's Pub


Singer/songwriter Sammy Smile comes to O'Mainnin's!

Sasan Ahovan

September 13–14 | Bristol Hotel


We are excited to welcome back Sasan Ahovan for a weekend acoustic set at Vivian's Table. Please come enjoy music while you dine with us from 6-8 pm. All ages are welcome!

Broken Daze

September 13 | Cascade Draft House


A new age rock and roll band doing what we love!

Harry Potter Trivia

September 13 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room


We're barely into the Hogwarts School year and it's already time for a pop quiz! Join us here at Bloom Café for a magical night of Harry Potter Trivia. Trivia supplies will be provided, and wizarding robes are encouraged!

Compete for a $25 bloom Gift Card-and even if you don't win that, make sure to come in costume for an additional chance at a prize in the costume contest!

Featuring half-off on our Pimento Cheese & Crackers, Black Bean & Corn Salsa, and Buffalo Chicken Dip. We will also have a few truly bewitching drink specials for the night.

Rylee Peters

September 13 | Blackbird Bakery


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

Victor Lawson w/ Catfish Frye

September 13 | Quaker Steak and Lube


It's a birthday celebration! Come down to The Lube and check out one of our favorites Victor Lawson, while he rocks out with Catfish for his birthday!

I Love You, Deer Kids Canvas Class

September 14 | Kil'n Time Ceramics Studio


Join #KTCrew member Julie for this sweet and playful Kids Canvas Class! On Saturday, September 14th from 12-2, Julie will teach painters how to recreate this adorable family canvas! A stencil is available for those not wanting to use their feet for their figures. Parents are welcome and encouraged to join! Cost is $20 per painter and includes all supplies. Call to reserve your seats!

Oktoberfest with Mountain Top Polka Band

September 14 | Abingdon Vineyard


Come celebrate Oktoberfest with the Mountain Top Polka Band! Beer by Studio Brew, bratwurst, pretzels and more! All ages welcome, bring your lawn chairs and picnic blankets!

Billy Crawford and Samantha Gray

September 14 | Delta Blues BBQ


Join Delta Blues BBQ for a night of Blues with Billy Crawford & Samantha Gray!

Hollow Mana: An Art Exhibition by Brian Serway

September 14 | Elderbrew


Join Elderbrew for another night of local craft beers and the surreal works of illustrator Brian Serway. He will be showcasing new works from the past year that touch on the primal, mythical, and surreal of the ancient Appalachian mountains.

Brian's work is inspired by southern gothic and cosmic horror literature, cryptozoology, indie horror films, regional and familial folktales, and a myriad of different albums and songs.

Originals, prints, pins, and stickers will be available for purchase!

Cleve Edwards

September 14 | Blackbird Bakery


An evening of Jazz, Blues and R&B featuring "Cleve Edwards Live at Blackbird Bakery", September 14 from 8:00pm to 10:00pm. We are sure you will enjoy this inspiring, life-long musician and accomplished artist!! Mr. Edwards' vocal talents are akin to Michael McDonald and Louis Armstrong...a deep, “bluesy”, soulful style of music. His repertoire is broad and ever changing, and believes no artist can ever “stand still” in his talents and to grow in music is to still have the passion for the artistry.
In the early 1970’s, Cleve performed with various well known artists, and opened for big name bands such as Bonnie Raitt, The Four Seasons, Ike and Tina Turner, Johnny Winter, and The Allman Brothers Band, just to name a few.

Low Sugar Cooking Workshop

September 15 | Mercantile on State


Is sugar really bad for you?

In this class we will review the answer to that questions as well as learn why the over-consumption of sugar can be unhealthy as well as how to understand how much sugar we are actually consuming. We will create delicious low-sugar treats and complete a fun hands-on nutrition activity as well.

During the workshop, Katy Crockett will be discussing easy ways moms can make healthy treats for their family!

Seats are limited and registration is required!

Creative & Crafty: Dyeing Silk Scarves

September 16 | Bristol Public Library


For this project, we will be using acid dyes in limited colors (yellow, red, blue, navy, magenta, and black) to create unique tie-dyed/twist-dyed silk scarves. This project is easy and fun, and we'll show you each step in making your own personal scarf!

This class will cost $5 for materials and instruction; however, if you bring your own white silk scarf, we will waive the materials fee. We are limited to only 10 participants, so if you are interested in joining our class, please contact the Bristol Public Library at 276-645-8790 or tjdewitt@bristol-library.org.

Friends of the Bristol Public Library Meeting

September 16 | Bristol Public Library


Join the Friends of the Bristol Public Library for their monthly meeting.

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

September 16 | Blackbird Bakery


Join Blackbird Bakery for live bluegrass at 7pm.

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Also Coming Up

The Trial of the Big Bad Wolf
September 6–15 | Theatre Bristol
Raspberry Pi Theremin Workshop
September 11 | Bristol Public Library
Wine & Unwind Wednesday w/Monica Woodard
September 11 | Lumac Rooftop Bar
Drafts and Rolls!
September 12 | Cascade Draft House
Preparing for College
September 12 | Bristol Public Library
A Good Place to Live Canvas Class
September 12 | Kil'n Time Ceramics Studio
Sounds of Summer: Crossroad Band
September 12 | Downtown Center
The Diamonds
September 12 | Blackbird Bakery
Sammy Smile
September 12 | O'Mainnin's Pub
Sasan Ahovan
September 13–14 | Bristol Hotel
Broken Daze
September 13 | Cascade Draft House
Harry Potter Trivia
September 13 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Rylee Peters
September 13 | Blackbird Bakery
Victor Lawson w/ Catfish Frye
September 13 | Quaker Steak and Lube
I Love You, Deer Kids Canvas Class
September 14 | Kil'n Time Ceramics Studio
Oktoberfest with Mountain Top Polka Band
September 14 | Abingdon Vineyard
Billy Crawford and Samantha Gray
September 14 | Delta Blues BBQ
Hollow Mana: An Art Exhibition by Brian Serway
September 14 | Elderbrew
Cleve Edwards
September 14 | Blackbird Bakery
Low Sugar Cooking Workshop
September 15 | Mercantile on State
Creative & Crafty: Dyeing Silk Scarves
September 16 | Bristol Public Library
Friends of the Bristol Public Library Meeting
September 16 | Bristol Public Library
State Street String Band
September 16 | Blackbird Bakery
VMFA on the Road Artmobile
September 18–22 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Rhythm & Roots Kickoff Show: Dave Eggar & Friends
September 18 | Bristol Hotel
Happy Fall Canvas Class
September 19 | Kil'n Time Ceramics Studio
Blue Mountain Saints
September 19 | Blackbird Bakery
19th Annual Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion
September 20–22 | Downtown Bristol
Broken Daze
September 21 | Cascade Draft House
Bristol Sessions Super Raffle
September 22 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Sounds of Summer: Tim Laughlin & The Longbow Ramblers
September 24 | Downtown Center
Wine & Unwind Wednesday w/ Lightnin' Charlie
September 25 | Lumac Rooftop Bar
Beat of Your Own Drum Canvas Class
September 26 | Kil'n Time Ceramics Studio
The Ballad of Shirley Collins
September 26 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Sounds of Summer: Wanted Stranger Band
September 26 | Downtown Center
The Diamonds
September 26 | Blackbird Bakery
Small Business Advocate
September 26 | Bristol Chamber of Commerce
Gerald Sheppard
September 27 | Bristol Hotel
Paramount Chamber Players presents American Women Composers
September 27 | Paramount Bristol
Zamar Band
September 27 | Blackbird Bakery
Big Son and The Parachute Brigade
September 27 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Miracle on 34th Street Auditions
September 28 – October 1 | Theatre Bristol
Auditions for Miracle on 34th Street
September 28 – October 1 | Theatre Bristol
Fall Pasta Making Workshop
September 28 | Mercantile on State
Gerald Sheppard
September 28 | Bristol Hotel
The Swing Band
September 28 | Blackbird Bakery
Tomcats
September 28 | O'Mainnin's Pub
High Kicking Cancer for Steve
September 29 | O'Mainnin's Pub
State Street String Band
September 30 | Blackbird Bakery
Beatles vs. Stones – a Musical Showdown
October 1 | Paramount Bristol
The Black Jacket Symphony: The Eagles' "Hotel California"
October 3–4 | Paramount Bristol
First Fridays: Mini Golf
October 4 | Downtown Bristol
Rebirth Brass Band
October 5 | Paramount Bristol
An Evening with Lorrie Morgan
October 6 | Paramount Bristol
PUSH+2 — Photography Competition & Show 2.0
October 7–12 | State Street Brewing
Wine & Unwind Wednesday w/ Daniel Byrd
October 9 | Lumac Rooftop Bar
Farm & Fun Time ft. Chatham County Line and Jeff Scroggins & Colorado
October 10 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
The Marshall Tucker Band
October 10 | Paramount Bristol
The John Pizzarelli Trio
October 11 | Paramount Bristol
PUSH! Film Festival
October 12 | Downtown Bristol
Wine & Unwind Wednesday w/ Beth Snapp & Jason Crawford
October 16 | Lumac Rooftop Bar
Pumpkin Palooza and Downtown Trick or Treating
October 26 | Downtown Center
First Fridays: Scavenger Hunt
November 1 | Downtown Bristol
Russian Ballet Theatre's Swan Lake
November 1 | Paramount Bristol
Karla Bonoff with Nina Gerber
November 6 | Paramount Bristol
Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker
November 8 | Paramount Bristol
Veteran's Day Parade & Traditional Memorial Service
November 9 | Downtown Bristol
Symphony of the Mountains: The Magic of Strings | Strings and Things
November 9 | Paramount Bristol
Theatre Bristol presents Into the Woods
November 15–24 | Paramount Bristol
Front Country
November 23 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Downtown Bristol's Annual Christmas Open House
November 25 | Downtown Bristol
Tinsley Ellis and Tommy Castro & the Painkillers
November 29 | Paramount Bristol
Small Business Saturday
November 30 | Downtown Bristol
Mark O'Connor's "An Appalachian Christmas"
December 1 | Paramount Bristol
Annual Community Christmas Tree Lighting
December 2 | Cumberland Square Park
Bristol Christmas Parade
December 5 | Downtown Bristol
Miracle on 34th Street
December 6–22 | Theatre Bristol
First Fridays: Art D'vine
December 6 | Downtown Bristol
Santa at The Center
December 7 | Downtown Center
Robert Earl Keen: Countdown to Christmas
December 7 | Paramount Bristol
Bristol Ballet presents "The Nutcracker"
December 13–14 | Paramount Bristol
Journey's End
December 17 | Downtown Bristol
An Evening with Dailey & Vincent
January 3 | Paramount Bristol
Henry Cho
January 17 | Paramount Bristol
Bill Engvall
February 9 | Paramount Bristol

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