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FRESHFIELDS VILLAGE TO HOST INTERNATIONALLY-ACCLAIMED ARTIST BENJAMIN WALLS FOR EXHIBIT AND FILM SCREENING


CHARLESTON, SC – Freshfields Village in partnership with the Benjamin Walls Gallery will host a weekend-long art exhibit and exclusive pre-release screening of the award winning film, KIFARU on the Village Green. The Art of Adventure: A Weekend of Art & Film at Freshfields Village will take place February 14 to 17, 2020 to coincide with the annual Freshfields Village Art & Wine Walk.

“We’re excited to partner with Benjamin Walls to showcase an exhibit of his best large-scale pieces, and to also support his mission of conservation, both domestically and abroad,” said Trish Pruitt, Freshfields Village marketing director. “At Freshfields Village, we strive to create memorable experiences for our guests. This exhibit, paired with our annual Art & Wine Walk and the screening of KIFARU, will be a unique and educational experience.”

As a contemporary renaissance man, Walls is an internationally acclaimed artist, avid environmentalist, and successful entrepreneur. Walls’ artwork has received seven international awards, and has been displayed in dozens of museums, including five exhibits at the Smithsonian and twice at the Natural History Museum of London. His work with major conservation organizations such as the Jane Goodall Institute has assisted nonprofits in raising over $500,000.

"I'm honored to join Freshfields Village in this special weekend-long exhibit and screening of KIFARU at Freshfields Village." said Walls. "I'm looking forward to sharing my best work with the Lowcountry, while also sharing the importance of conservation."

The Freshfields Village screening will debut an exclusive showing of KIFARU before its release to the public. The film is a feature-length documentary following the lives of two young, Kenyan recruits who join Ol Pejeta Conservancy's rhino caretaker unit – a small group of rangers that protect and care for Sudan, the last male Northern White Rhino in the world. Spanning the course of the caretakers’ first four years on the job, KIFARU allows viewers to intimately experience the joys and pitfalls of wildlife conservation firsthand through the eyes of these Kenyan rhino caretakers.

The screening of this film is significant today as the race to save the Northern White Rhino from extinction plays out in real time. As an executive producer of KIFARU, Walls will be introducing the film at the 4pm Saturday screening, and sharing the latest developments in the quest to save the Northern White Rhino.

The annual Freshfields Village Art & Wine Walk will take place on Friday, February 14 at 4-7pm. Residents and visitors are invited to watch live art demonstrations, view works from local and visiting artists and enjoy live jazz music and wine tastings in participating retail stores. A list of participating stores and artists is available here.

The Art of Adventure: A Weekend of Art & Film at Freshfields Village
Event Schedule
February 14 to 17, 2020

  • Friday, February 14; Wall’s exhibit will be open from 10am to 9pm and the Art & Wine Walk will take place from 4 to 7pm. An opening reception with Walls will take place at on the Village Green at 5:30pm.
  • Saturday, February 15; the exhibit will be open from 9am to 9pm with the exclusive prerelease screening of KIFARU at 4pm, which tells the story of the pending extinction of the Northern White Rhino.
  • Sunday, February 16; the exhibit continues from 10am to 7pm
  • Monday, February 17; the exhibit will be open from 10am to 12pm

Additional presentations and events will be added throughout the weekend. Walls will also be available throughout the weekend to personalize copies of his book BEYOND, with a foreword by Dolly Parton. For more information about this event, visit https://freshfieldsvillage.com/weekend-of-art-at-freshfields-village/. For more information about Benjamin Walls and the Benjamin Walls Gallery, visit www.BenjaminWalls.com or connect with him on Facebook or Instagram.

About Freshfields Village

Operated by Northwood Retail, an affiliate of Northwood Investors, Freshfields Village is located at the crossroads of Kiawah Island, Seabrook Island and Johns Island in South Carolina. A short 30-minute drive from Downtown Charleston, the outdoor pedestrian village offers unique architecture, beautiful courtyard patios, and seasonal events that include cultural festivals, outdoor concerts and movies, and a seasonal Farmer’s Market. For more information, visit www.freshfieldsvillage.com, Facebook or Instagram.



Downtown Bristol Events

Open Mic Night at Delta Blues

February 5 | Delta Blues BBQ


No Name Blue Band
Keith Love

6 PM — 8 PM
Contact Buddy Capps to book a date!

Music Bingo at Stateline

February 5 | State Line Bar & Grill


Music Bingo every Wednesday at Stateline Bar & Grille in Bristol, TN.

We start at 7pm sharp so get there early and get your bingo cards.
1st & 2nd rounds win $10 Cash each round. Final Round win a $20 Gift Certificate.

Spread the word and come have some fun!

BPL Theater — Queen of Katwe

February 5 | Bristol Public Library


The Bristol Public Library is offering a free viewing of Queen of Katwe (2016), starring David Oyelowo, Lupita Nyong’o, and Madina Nalwanga. Based on a true story and adapted from the novel by Tim Crothers, this film depicts the life of Phiona Mutesi. Refreshments will be served!

Living in the slum of Katwe in Kampala, Uganda, is a constant struggle for 10-year-old Phiona (Madina Nalwanga) and her family. Her world changes one day when she meets Robert Katende (David Oyelowo), a missionary who teaches children how to play chess. Phiona becomes fascinated with the game and soon becomes a top player under Katende's guidance. Her success in local competitions and tournaments opens the door to a bright future and a golden chance to escape from a life of poverty.

PG; 124 minutes.

Level 2 Canvas Class

February 6 | Kil'n Time Ceramics Studio


Join Victoria on Thursday, February 6th starting at 6:00 PM to learn how to paint this #ParadiseFound Canvas! This is a level 2 class, but no experience is required. This class will give a little more insight and detail into techniques for painting. Cost is $35 per painter. Call or message us to reserve your seats!

The Steeldrivers

February 6 | Paramount Bristol


Take a rock and roll attitude, mix in some great songwriting, and place it on top of a foundation of bluegrass music. That's the formula that describes the Grammy-winning Steeldrivers. This is new music with the old feeling. It’s a sound The Tennessean once described as "gutsy, gritty bluegrass songs." The Philadelphia Inquirer put it even more succinctly: "You can call it power-bluegrass or country soul, but whatever you call it; Nashville's Steeldrivers have bushels of it."

Wolf Hills Jazz Quartet

February 6 | Blackbird Bakery


Wolf Hills Jazz Quartet is Tom Peterson, Ed Davis, Joe Pendergast, and Ernie Braganza.

She Loves Me

February 7–16 | Theatre Bristol


Love runs deep in Theatre Bristol's 55th Season. From new romance to love for family, community, country, and society, the season is full of laughs and heart-warming moments for the whole family, as well as thought-provoking and important reflection and connection.

The season kicks off with "She Loves Me," the award-winning romantic comedy musical inspired by the same story that brought "You've Got Mail" to the screen — though here love letters are exchanged to beautiful music in a 1930s perfumery. Directed by Steve Davis and Steve Baskett, celebrate Valentine's with "She Loves Me," weekends February 7-16.

Candle Pouring Class!

February 7 | Mercantile on State


Whisky Wick candle company will be on hand Friday 2/7/20 at 6 pm for a candle pouring class! Come pour your very own custom soy candle and create your very own label!

Class is 25$ per person! Message Whisky Wick to sign up for this amazing class!!

First Fridays: Cocoa Crawl!

February 7 | Downtown Bristol


Friday, February 7, 2020 | 6-8pm | Historic Downtown Bristol, TN/VA

Cost: FREE! ($5 Donation Always Appreciated)

The holidays may be behind us, but that definitely doesn't mean the cold temperatures are behind us, which is reason enough to drink some chocolate! Enjoy visiting our downtown merchants and sipping on a variety of creative hot cocoas while you shop.

Pick up your passport at any of the participating locations and see if you can try them all!

This event is free to the public, though there is a suggested one-time donation of $5 with the proceeds supporting the work of the Arts & Entertainment District of Historic Downtown Bristol, TN/VA.

Jess Nunley

February 7 | State Line Bar & Grill


Come warm your bones by putting on your dancing shoes. We will be playing your favorite honky tonk tunes from 7-10 while Stateline will be serving delicious food and cold drinks!

Quarter Bounce Unplugged

February 7 | Quaker Steak and Lube


Come out and enjoy CC Clevenger, Bob Bordwine, and Jeremy Vance for an unplugged version of The Quarter Bounce band!

Friday Night Jams ft. Post Bop Revival

February 7 | Bristol Hotel


What better place to be on a Friday night than on our rooftop bar and lounge, listening to Post Bop Revival?! Come out and enjoy some great music while sipping on a specialty cocktail!

Gnome Making Class!

February 8 | Mercantile on State


If you love decorating for holidays as mu h as I do the. You know these little gnomes are all the rage!

We’re hosting a Gnome making class! Come join us for a night of fun and snacks! 20$ per person includes all supplies needed to make your gnome! Snacks and drinks included!

Get your friends and family or have a girls night out and join us for Gnome much fun!!! Message us to reserve your spot! These are gonna go quick!!

Zak Saltz Live

February 8 | Cascade Draft House


Singer/Songwriter Zak Saltz will begin at 7pm.

Trucky Cheese Food Truck on site.

Dustbowl Revival

February 8 | Paramount Bristol


Dustbowl Revival is an Americana and Soul band with eight full-time members who mash the sounds of New Orleans swing, Americana, a little blues, and roots-rock into a genre-hopping, time-bending dance party. Over the last five years, Dustbowl has become known for their free-flowing and joyous live shows. Their music video that featured famous actor Dick Van Dyke for "Never Had to Go," garnered over 10 million views.

"We’ve had big brassy funky vintage soul-meets-country-blues bands before, but none has had more chair-by-chair excellence in musicianship, showmanship and vocal power than Dustbowl Revival out of Los Angeles.” – Music City Roots

TICKETS

Virginia West

February 8 | Blackbird Bakery


Formed in late 2017 and comprised of two Appalachian born-and-bred musicians Toni Doman and KT Vandyke, Virginia West is a musical duo based out of Abingdon, VA. Specializing in Country Western, Folk and Swing music styles, they bring a uniquely vintage approach to their musical escapades. Fresh with colorful harmonies, vibrant rhythm and melodies, they paint compelling musical landscapes. Pulling their influence from classic country greats like Patsy Cline, Hank Williams and George Jones, as well as intriguing swing acts like Squirrel Nut Zippers, Cab Calloway and other dance friendly swing icons, their music is simple yet captivating, emotive and catchy.

Bluesman and The Blues Essentials

February 8 | Delta Blues BBQ


Plays original blues songs and personal interpretations of blues classics.

Justin Mychals

February 8 | Quaker Steak and Lube


We are excited to bring Justin Mychals in for his debut show here at Quaker Steak and Lube!

Electric Nights with Doctor Ocular

February 8 | O'Mainnin's Pub


The party is coming to you Bristol at the one and only O'Mainnin's Pub! Saturday, February 8th will feature a full night of dance music brought to you by groovin' Major Payne, the Treez on Marz Collective, and the high energy, musically intricate musicians in Doctor Ocular.
Come enjoy the first in a series of Electric Nights that will be hosted by Doctor Ocular in Bristol!

Have to be 21 or older.

Cover Charge: $5


Treez on Marz (DJ) 10pm — 10:45pm
Major Payne (DJ) 11pm — 11:45pm
Doctor Ocular (Band) 12am — 2am

Doctor Ocular has been traveling heavily the past two years spreading their unique brand of funk/jazz dance music with electronic elements. They are a unique band that is very quickly rising and winning the hearts of all who hear them. You do not want to miss this great performance that will stimulate your mind and move your body!
Check out their EP "Hippocratic Toast" and their newest album "Hindsight"!

Bill Engvall

February 9 | Paramount Bristol


Bill Engvall is a Grammy nominated, multi-platinum selling recording artist and one of America’s most hilarious comedians. Engvall’s iconic brand of observational satire is as relatable as it is laugh out loud funny.Bill's first album, “Here's Your Sign,” held the #1 position on the Billboard Comedy Chart for 15 straight weeks.He previously starred in, and executive produced, the TBS sitcom The Bill Engvall Show. Alongside Jeff Foxworthy, Larry the Cable Guy and Ron White, Bill was part of the enormously successful Blue Collar Comedy concert films, which have sold more than 9 million units and received a Grammy nomination.

Two shows – one at 5:00 and one at 8:00!

TICKETS

Bristol Historical Association Meeting: Wythville County History

February 10 | Bristol Public Library


Wytheville native,Michael Gillman, will be the featured speaker before the Bristol Historical Association in February. Gillman, who is the Coordinator of Heritage Sites and Programs for the Town ofWytheville, will present the program, “Resolved to live or Die”,Southwest Virginiain the Revolution. The meeting will be held onMonday, February 10, 6:30pm, at the Bristol Public Library. The general public is invited to attend this free event.

WytheCounty’s history is very strategic to the history ofSouthwest Virginia. The current location ofFortChiswellis the site of a frontier fort built in 1758 as an outpost during the French and Indian War. The fort was of strategic importance during the American Revolution as the guard post over a deposit of lead used by the militia to mold bullets. It was situated at the junction of the Great Trading Path and theRichmond Road, near theNew River.

WytheCountywas created after the American Revolution in 1789 and named for George Wythe, the "father of American Jurisprudence" and signer of the Declaration of Independence. In May 1790, 100 acres of land was donated to establish a town and county seat at Wytheville. The fort fell into disrepair after the county seat and courthouse were moved fromFortChiswellto its new location at Wytheville. Gillman will discuss the history and importance ofFortChiswell, the lead mines and the Fincastle Resolutions.

Michael Gillman was born and raised in Wytheville. He is currently the Coordinator of Heritage Sites and Programs for the Town ofWytheville, Department of Museums. Gillman is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Business-Project Management from Liberty University Online. He is an avidSouthwest Virginiamaterial culture and decorative arts collector. A member of the Fincastle/Montgomery County Militia ofSouthwest Virginialiving history group, he most recently was named as an adviser to an upcoming PBS series.

The February 10th meeting is open to the public and held in conjunction with the library’s mission of “Expanding Minds and Building Community”. Contact Tim Buchanan, Program Chairman, for details of this or other upcoming programs, by e-mail;buchanan03@bvu.net. Visit our Facebook page for details, BRISTOL HISTORY. JudgeCharles Flannaganwas recently named as the new president of the Bristol Historical Association.

Featured Artist Meet & Greet: Janina Williams

February 11 | Blackbird Bakery


Meet & Greet the artist Janina Williams at 6pm.

Farm & Fun Time ft. Wayne Henderson & Presley Barker, Kody Norris Show

February 13 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum


Be part of the studio audience for a Valentine’s edition of Farm & Fun Fun Time, featuring Wayne Henderson & Presley Parker, The Kody Norris Show, and house band Bill & the Belles!

TICKETS

Believe in Bristol's Dancing Downtown: Adult Prom Volume III

March 7 | Foundation Event Facility


Join us for Believe in Bristol's spring fundraiser, Dancing Downtown: Adult Prom Volume III: Prom through the Decades! Join us Saturday, March 7, 2020 at the Foundation Event Facility and party with a purpose!

This event includes all your favorite prom staples from balloon arches and cheesy prom photos to finger foods and a DJ with the added bonus of games and a bar! Nominate your friends and vote for King and Queen, dance the night away with our DJ, and create fun memories along the way — all while supporting a local nonprofit organization! This event is open to anyone and everyone over the age of 21. Relive your high school glory days: dust off that old dress, tux, or suit, or use the night as an excuse to look good and have fun!

Individual and couple tickets will be available for sale both at the Believe in Bristol office and online for $25 and $40 respectively. Tables will be available for purchase ONLY through the Believe in Bristol office at $300 for 8 seats (table quantity limited). Tickets include entry, food, one drink, and dancing 'til you drop. King and Queen nominations and votes, extra drinks, games, and official prom photos will be cash only.

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Dancing Downtown: Adult Prom Volume III is a fundraiser for Believe in Bristol; all proceeds will benefit the Main Street Program and downtown revitalization efforts. For more information, please contact the Believe in Bristol at 423-573-2201 or info@believeinbristol.org.

As a Certified Main Street Community, Downtown Bristol has more to offer every day more activities, more shops, more homes, more offices and more life. 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.

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Taco Tuesdays

Tuesdays | Cascade Draft House


Help us Welcome Go Burrito!
They will be serving tacos each Tuesday.

Music Bingo at Stateline

Wednesdays | State Line Bar & Grill


Music Bingo every Wednesday at Stateline Bar & Grille in Bristol, TN.

We start at 7pm sharp so get there early and get your bingo cards.
1st & 2nd rounds win $10 Cash each round. Final Round win a $20 Gift Certificate.

Spread the word and come have some fun!

YW Prom Dress Project

March 5-7 | YWCA


Bristol, Tenn. – Last year’s sparkle can light up a girl for the upcoming 2020 prom season. Teens and young women have a unique opportunity to “pay it forward”, by donating their previously worn prom accessories to the YWCA Prom Dress Project. Every girl should have the opportunity to wear a beautiful dress with accessories to their special event!

“Get involved and contribute to help our young ladies across the region have a wonderful prom experience,” said Tammy Alls, Director of Mission Advancement. “All contributions are immensely appreciated and will make a difference for making her night special!”

This year’s Prom Dress Project, is open to all area high school girls and will be held at the YWCA on Thursday and Friday, March 5th and 6th from 3 pm to 6 pm and Saturday, March 7, 2020 from 8 am to 5 pm. The sale will feature hundreds of previously worn gowns and accessories at a deeply discounted price of only $25. Scholarships are available to any girl needing assistance.

This community service project is hosted by the YWCA Junior Board of Directors- a diverse group of women ages 20-40 with a desire to enhance their servant leadership skills in our community. If you would like more information about the Prom Dress Project or the YWCA Junior Board of Directors, please call the YWCA at 423.968.9444 or emailthenkel@ywcatnva.org.

Also Coming Up

Open Mic Night at Delta Blues
February 5 | Delta Blues BBQ
Music Bingo at Stateline
February 5 | State Line Bar & Grill
BPL Theater — Queen of Katwe
February 5 | Bristol Public Library
Level 2 Canvas Class
February 6 | Kil'n Time Ceramics Studio
An evening with Momma Molasses w/Uptown Cheesesteak
February 6 | Cascade Draft House
The Steeldrivers
February 6 | Paramount Bristol
Wolf Hills Jazz Quartet
February 6 | Blackbird Bakery
TJ Darnell
February 6 | O'Mainnin's Pub
She Loves Me
February 7–16 | Theatre Bristol
Candle Pouring Class!
February 7 | Mercantile on State
First Fridays: Cocoa Crawl!
February 7 | Downtown Bristol
Jess Nunley
February 7 | State Line Bar & Grill
Quarter Bounce Unplugged
February 7 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Jeff Lane LIVE
February 7 | Delta Blues BBQ
Friday Night Jams ft. Post Bop Revival
February 7 | Bristol Hotel
Kids Canvas Class
February 8 | Kil'n Time Ceramics Studio
Gnome Making Class!
February 8 | Mercantile on State
Zak Saltz Live
February 8 | Cascade Draft House
Dustbowl Revival
February 8 | Paramount Bristol
Virginia West
February 8 | Blackbird Bakery
Bluesman and The Blues Essentials
February 8 | Delta Blues BBQ
Justin Mychals
February 8 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Electric Nights with Doctor Ocular
February 8 | O'Mainnin's Pub
Bill Engvall
February 9 | Paramount Bristol
Bristol Historical Association Meeting: Wythville County History
February 10 | Bristol Public Library
Featured Artist Meet & Greet: Janina Williams
February 11 | Blackbird Bakery
BPL Theater — Selma
February 12 | Bristol Public Library
Music Bingo at Stateline
February 12 | State Line Bar & Grill
Initial Barn Painting
February 13 | Mercantile on State
Yours and Mine Canvas Class
February 13 | Kil'n Time Ceramics Studio
Farm & Fun Time ft. Wayne Henderson & Presley Barker, Kody Norris Show
February 13 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
The Diamonds
February 13 | Blackbird Bakery
Matt Smile
February 13 | O'Mainnin's Pub
Operation HOPE: Credit and Money Management Workshop
February 14 | Bristol Public Library
Rylee Peters
February 14 | Blackbird Bakery
Valentine's Day with Ivy Road
February 14 | Delta Blues BBQ
Jordan Anderson
February 14 | Quaker Steak and Lube
The Brewery Comedy Tour
February 14 | Bristol Station Brews & Taproom
Valentines Extravaganza w/ Fiddling Leona & J.P.
February 14 | Bristol Hotel
Monthly Community Jam
February 15 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Axes & O's
February 15 | Mercantile on State
Jason Senters
February 15 | Cascade Draft House
Square Dance
February 15 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Kevin Lorenz
February 15 | Blackbird Bakery
Tomcats CD Release Party
February 15 | Delta Blues BBQ
Nerve Endings, Love Unit, Inside Voices
February 15 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Sucker Punch
February 15 | O'Mainnin's Pub
State Street String Band
February 17 | Blackbird Bakery
2020 Film Series: Legend of Lead Belly
February 20 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Shannan Miller
February 20 | Blackbird Bakery
TJ Darnell
February 20 | O'Mainnin's Pub
Jason Lloyd
February 21 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Donnie and the Dry Heavers
February 21 | O'Mainnin's Pub
Mike Preslar
February 22 | Cascade Draft House
Anthony Mangrum
February 22 | Blackbird Bakery
Roaring 20's Party!
February 22 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Dine to Donate!
February 25 | Quaker Steak and Lube
The Diamonds
February 27 | Blackbird Bakery
Laura Thurston
February 27 | O'Mainnin's Pub
Mick Kyte
February 28 | Cascade Draft House
Virginia West
February 28 | State Line Bar & Grill
Cleve Edwards
February 28 | Blackbird Bakery
Sam Collie and the Roustabouts
February 29 | Cascade Draft House
The HillBenders: WhoGrass!
February 29 | Paramount Bristol
Pinion Pine
February 29 | Blackbird Bakery
TJ Darnell
February 29 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Below 7
February 29 | O'Mainnin's Pub
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
March 6 | Paramount Bristol
Believe in Bristol's Dancing Downtown: Adult Prom Volume III
March 7 | Foundation Event Facility
The Blind Boys of Alabama
March 27 | Paramount Bristol
Charles Esten
April 2 | Paramount Bristol
Golden Dragon Acrobats
April 4 | Paramount Bristol
Leo Kottke
April 7 | Paramount Bristol
Triumphant Quartet
April 18 | Paramount Bristol
The Paramount Revival 2020
April 19 | Paramount Bristol
Jim Messina
April 25 | Paramount Bristol
Sebastian Bach
April 26 | Paramount Bristol
Béla Fleck & the Flecktones
May 28 | Paramount Bristol

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