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Bristol Ballet
Subject: Unbroken Circle- Bristol''s Music in Motion

Bristol Ballet presents Unbroken Circle—Bristol’s Music in Motion on March 13 at the Paramount Center for the Arts at 3:00pm. And, for the first time, at Heritage Hall in Mountain City, TN on March 19 at 7:00pm.

The Empty Bottle String Band, composed of former and current members of the East Tennessee State University Bluegrass, Old-Time, and Country Music studies, will perform a variety of music including “Coat Of Many Colors” and the finale, “Will The Circle Be Unbroken.” Both recorded and live music selections have been chosen for the performances.

For more information about other Bristol Ballet programming, visit

For More Information, contact: Ivy Ritchie
Phone: 276-669-6051
Watauga Valley Railroad historical Society & Museum
Subject: Train Excursion

The Watauga Valley Railroad Historical Society & Museum is pleased to announce its Spring 2016 Rail Excursion through the Scenic Hiwassee River Gorge to the mining town of Copperhill in East Tennessee. We have never done the trip all the way to Copperhill. Excursion date is set for Saturday, April 2, 2016. The excursion will offers an opportunity to ride the rails through the one of the most beautiful river gorges in the United States as the railroad tracks travel along the Hiwassee River all the way to Copperhill, TN. The rail trip will take a 50-mile, 3-1/2 hour round trip rail excursion along this beautiful river to the famous "Hiwassee Loop" After traversing the river gorge and negotiating the spiral near Farner, the train continues through Turtletown and Ducktown to the former mining town of Copperhill, TN/McCaysville, GA.

The special attraction of the trip is traveling through the Narrows, where the Hiwassee River flows through rock channels, and the Bald Mountain Loop. The track actually passes over itself on a high trestle during a corkscrew climb up the mountain near Farner, TN. Tracks along this route parallel the river for most of its length, providing views of the lower gorge. After we leave Copperhill via motor coach, passenger will get to view the beautiful Ocoee River Gorge

The railroad was originally built to haul ore from the copper basin in Copper Hill, TN. Regularly scheduled passenger trains operated over this line until 1968; the last freight train traveled the "Old Line" in 2001. The Tennessee Overhill Association took over ownership of the rail line in 2004. This will be a very unique opportunity to ride on this historic railroad.

General Coach seating is offered on this excursion, providing passengers with comfortable cushioned seats with large windows. Historic 1950''s-era diesel locomotives will pull the vintage enclosed climate-controlled coaches with rest rooms on each car. Snack items are available for sale on the train including: soft drinks, coffee, water, chips, crackers, and candy bars. Souvenirs are sold onboard including: t-shirts, caps, and books. A loading ramp is available at the train boarding location and in Copperhill.
We are happy to announce for 2016 we will have the First class car “Algonquin Park” which offers high-level dome and comfortable observation lounge seating. Dome seating allows passengers a panoramic view of the passing scenery from high above the car. Observation lounge seating gives passengers a unique view of the passing railroad from the end of the car which will be on the rear of the train. Both seating options in “Algonquin Park” include complimentary snack service.

Our trip will begin in downtown Johnson City, TN at 7:15 am on the morning of April 2 at The Big Burley Parking Lot at 104 Legion St. (corner of State of Franklin and Legion St.) where passengers will board a motor coach to Etowah, TN. We will also pick up passengers at the Sleep Solution Mattress Gallery parking lot at 2030 E. Andrew Johnson Hwy, Greeneville, TN, at 7:45 am as well as passengers in Morristown, TN at 8:15 am at the Expo Center Parking lot near the exit of I-81 and US 25E. A map will be included with tickets to your designated parking area. Lunch will be on your own at restaurants in Athens, TN before we get to the train boarding site at 12:45 pm for a 1:00 pm departure. The train will Copperhill 3:30 pm. Our motor coaches will depart Copperhill at 3:45 pm with expected arrival back at Morristown at 7:15 pm, Greeneville at 7:45 pm and Johnson City at 8:15 pm. The motor coaches will make a food stop during the return trip.

Ticket cost:
Deluxe Coach _ $94.00 per Adult and $84.00 per Child.
Observation - $120.00 per Adult and $110 per child
Dome Class - $150.00 per Adult and $140 per child
(Note: Observation & Dome Class are very limited)
Please specify if you will accept an alternate class of service if your choice is sold out. You will be refunded the difference. Money will be refunded if you do not wish an alternate service.
Ticket includes train ride and motor coach to and from Etowah, TN. Meals are not included. To order tickets, send a check or money order (sorry, cash or credit cards not accepted) along with the number of tickets you''re purchasing to Spring 2015 Rail Excursion, Watauga Valley Railroad Historical Society & Museum, P. O. Box 432, Johnson City, TN 37605-0432. A printable order form is available ON LINE at click on excursons. Please be sure to tell us whether you''re boarding the motor coach in Johnson City, Greeneville or Morristown. For questions about the trip e-mail or phone our ticket office at (423) 753-5797 call between the hours of 9am – 4 pm.

For More Information, contact: Bob Schubel
Phone: 4237535797
YWCA Bristol
Subject: Prom Dress Sale!

Bristol, Tenn. – The YWCA Junior Board of Directors is gearing up for its 8th annual Prom Dress Sale February 25-27, which will feature hundreds of gently used prom dresses, shoes and accessories. A community service project of the YWCA, the Prom Dress Sale features all dresses for just $25 each; high school girls can also inquire about scholarship vouchers from their schools or the YWCA. 

The sale will take place in the gymnasium at YWCA Bristol, 106 State Street in Bristol, Tenn., from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. February 25 and 26 for students only. On February 27 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon the event will be open to the general public. “We will have several volunteers at the sale to assist with selecting dresses of all styles, lengths and sizes and to help each girl feel special in the gown she selects,” said Sarah Faulk, President of the Junior Board of Directors. Dressing areas will also be available.

The YWCA is partnering with the Bristol Recovery Road for Women, Inc Priceless Thrift Shoppe located at 63 Commonwealth Avenue Bristol Virginia for girls who will not be able to make the sale dates at the YWCA. “This is a great opportunity for the Prom Dress Project to serve girls all year long from prom needs to special events that require formalwear. Dress selections at the shoppe will be available the first week of March.” said Tammy Henkel, Director of Mission Advancement.

The YWCA Junior Board of Directors is a diverse group of young women ages 20-40 who have a desire to acquire more leadership and service skills within the community. Their goals are to build awareness and support of the YWCA in the younger adult segment and to enhance and support the mission of the YWCA.

The YWCA accepts prom gown donations year around. For more information, please call YWCA Bristol at 423.968.9444 or email

For More Information, contact: Tammy Henkel
Phone: 423-968-9444
Johnson City Community Theatre
Subject: Leading Ladies

Johnson City Community Theatre
Leading Ladies

Written by Ken Ludwig Directed by Josh Cassels

Performances: February 5, 6, 12, 13 , 19 & 20 at 7:30pm.
February 14 & 20 at 2:00pm
*Doors Open 45 Minutes Before Show Time*

Johnson City Community Theatre is proud to present Leading Ladies. Join JCCT February 5th though the 20th as they begin their 104th continuous season. Directed by Josh Cassels, and featuring the talents of Shawn Landreth, Angela Stanbrough, Hannah Swayze, Matt Quick, Dick Lura, Hannah Faith Rader, Daniel Harr, and Jonathan Marin.

About Leading Ladies: When two has-been British Shakespearean actors realize they''re 15 minutes of fame ran out 5 years ago, they resolve to make a last-ditch attempt at the good life by masquerading as an elderly woman''s long lost relatives to swindle her out of her massive inheritance, only to find that the relatives she''s searching for are her nieces. Undeterred, the pair do everything necessary to follow through with their plan, petticoats and all, until of course they each fall in love and realize money might not be everything. From renowned playwright Ken Ludwig (Lend Me A Tenor) comes this raucous 50''s farce which is sure to leave you clutching your sides.

Tickets on sale now. Visit our website at, or call our box office at (423) 926-2542 for more information.

For More Information, contact: Veronica
Phone: 423.926.2542
Bristol Ballet
Subject: Father Daughter Ball

Bristol Ballet Presents Bows & Bow Ties
7th Annual Father Daughter Ball

Magic. Moments. Memories. And Twirling. Lots of Twirling.

Their first words. Their first steps. Their first break-up. It may sound cliché, but it all goes by so fast. Whether she’s 4 or 40, she’ll always be your little girl. You’ll always be the most important man in her life.

The Bristol Ballet’s 7th annual Father Daughter Ball, themed “Bows & Bow Ties,” invites dads, grandfathers, and male care-givers to create memories that will last a lifetime for the special child in his life.

Dads should bring their little sweethearts to the Bristol Train Station on Sunday, February 14, 2015, 2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., for sweets, treats, and dancing. From Sinatra to Taylor Swift, DJ Express will spin a variety of appropriate hits both generations will enjoy. Reservations are $10 per person, call 276-669-6051.

Show her Dad can be cool. Bust a move to the dance hits you rocked back in the day, maybe she’ll teach you The Dougie. YouTube videos help. A lot.

Dads and daughters will receive a free commemorate photo file from the event, courtesy of King College Digital Media Art & Design volunteers, and a treasured keepsake to take home.

Last year over 300 fathers and daughters made Bristol Ballet’s Father Daughter Ball such a success the organization is taking it to a new level. There are many sponsorship opportunities available to help add sparkle to this amazing family tradition.

For more information about the history of Bristol Ballet and its programming, visit

For more information about advertising opportunities, patronage, contributions and sponsorship packages, please contact Ivy Ritchie at or 276-669-6051.

For More Information, contact: Ivy Ritchie
Phone: 276-669-6051

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