Monday, March 11, 2013
The local initiative hopes for a boost from exposure in national magazines and websites.
Bristol may not be completely done with winter, but the Explore Bristol effort is already looking ahead to tourist season. Jeff Hirsh, owner of The Lobster Pot, recently traveled to New York for meetings with writers and editors of some of the major travel publications in the country in an effort to reach potential new visitors. Explore Bristol organizer Michael Byrnes explained during a recent interview at Bristol Bagel Works that Hirsh's visit is a key milestone for the initiative, which is seeking to draw people within "a one gas tank drive from Bristol — and that includes Washington through Montreal." The overal goal of Hirsh's visit, Byrnes said, was "positioning Bristol as that quintessential New England waterfront town steeped in …
Monday, January 28, 2013
The local economic development group is scheduled to discuss its progress with the Bristol Town Council on Wednesday night.
As part of its meeting scheduled for Wednesday night at Bristol Town Hall, the Bristol Town Council will hear from representatives of Explore Bristol, the local initiative aimed at promoting the local economy. Mike Byrnes, one of the organizers of the collaborative effort, explained in an email message that the workshop is a chance for Explore Bristol to introduce its work to the three new council members and give an update on its progress. "Our workshop with the Town Council in November of 2011 and the Council's subsequent support is what put us on the road to enhancing economic vitality in our community and thus Explore Bristol," Byrnes wrote. "Town support remains important— both the Town Council and the Administrator are engaged with…
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
A town-wide effort to highlight the many positive aspects of Bristol recently launched its own website.
From the wreckage of Hurricane Irene in August, 2011, a new effort called Explore Bristol has sprung to life. The initiative — a collaboration among business, government, education, and nonprofit groups — recently launched its own website to establish an online presence. Michael Byrnes of Weetamoe Farm, one of the organizers of the effort, explained the idea behind the new push to promote the community during an interview at Angelina's coffee shop on Hope Street. "We said 'What we really need to do is really identify all the positive aspects of Bristol, we need to figure ways to make them better, and we need to figure out ways to link them more closely,'" Byrnes said. "The bottom line was to enhance economic vitality — because if you …
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Daffodil Days will run from April 13, through April 15.
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Celebrate the start of Spring in Bristol, RI with the first annual Bristol Daffodil Days! Bristol will come alive with hundreds of daffodils lining the streets of Downtown Bristol and at participating Bristol merchants storefronts during the weekend of April 13 - 15. Shop local and participate in contests, promotions, raffles and discounts over the weekend. Events over the weekend include Special "daffodil" themed restaurant menu items and consumer goods, fun, raffles, live Jazz music and store sales. Consumers can look for daffodil window/door clings to direct them to which businesses are participating in the weekend’s festivities. Families can also head on over to Blithewold for a daffodil garden walk, kids crafts and more. Local …