Upcoming events and news about the sounding area of Rocky Mount North Carolina Eastern North Carolina, promoting the New Belmont Lake Community and Golf Club.

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Specialty Burgers and Craft Beer…Just a Few of Our Favorite Things at Barley and Burger

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The newest addition to the Rocky Mount  restaurant scene, Barley and Burger  is located just a few minutes from your family’s new dream home in the Belmont Lake Preserve new home community and features not only some of the area’s most sought after craft beers and specialty, delicious ,burgers but also hosts a variety of community based events that truly define the “neighborhood feel” that is always so prominent in the town’s downtown area.

Backing that description of itself, on the official website of Barley and Burger , they actually identify theirselves similarly, stating, “We believe in community. Located in the heart of Rocky Mount, our North Carolina products … have quickly made us a destination for families and friends to gather.”\

Barley and Burger in  boasts an always rotating selection of area craft beers in addition to offering some of the other more popular brews from across the nation. Likewise, the unmatched selection of coffee drinks available at the Mill  starts with its coffee from local roaster Joe Van Gogh, and includes numerous delicious options not only in coffee, but also espresso drinks, specialty lattes, chai, and other hot and cold beverages that are sure to satisfy the desires of any thirsting customer.

Looking to bring a bit of the community feel from Barley and Burger back home after a visit…no problem…the ever growing retail store on site allows you to bring home locally roasted coffee beans, fine wines, hard-to-find beers, and a nice assortment of Mill merchandise for you to select from.

On top of all of this, Barley and Burger  also hosts events where they bring in some of the most popular food trucks in the area and if it is your own personal event you are looking to host, the “high ceilings, exposed brick, and tasteful décor make the Mill the perfect location for corporate gatherings, wedding receptions, and private parties as well. To get more information on hosting an event at Barley and Burger , call 919-557-2123.


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Rocky Mount Event Center Looking Like a “Slam Dunk”


On the heels of its grand opening just this past week with some Halloween events and a free show featuring the legendary George Clinton and P-Funk, the spectacular new Rocky Mount Event Center located just minutes from your new home at the NC golf community, Belmont Lake Preserve will be welcoming two big attractions to the venue here in its first full month of operation.

Located downtown at 285 Northeast Main Street, the Rocky Mount Event Center has without question been the talk of the town over the past few weeks as it neared and then held its ribbon cutting and grand opening event. Giving a sneak peek at the world class talent that is sure to start being booked to appear at the arena, there will be a sporting event coming in first, followed by one of R&B’s most decorated artists later in October.

The always family friendly and fun Harlem Globetrotters are the first sporting event to take place at the new Rocky Mount Event Center, as they will bring the athleticism and a lot of laughs to center court on Sunday, November 4 at 4:00 pm. Ticket prices range from $16-55 making any seat in the house very affordable for the whole family to come out and see the game.

On Saturday, November 17, starting at 7:00 pm, will be the first official concert to be held at the Rocky Mount Event Center, with Keith Sweat and Friends taking the stage. Included in his “friends that will be appearing on November 17 will be, R&B star Dave Hollister, North Carolina’s Black Diamond Southern Southern Soul Band, AJ Jackson AKA Ezell from The Movie Friday, social media star, Eddie Harris, T Ray Saunders from Comic View BET and North Carolina’s DJ Faab.

These two world class events are just the beginning of great things to come to town at the Rocky Mount Event Center. To keep up will all of the news on upcoming artists, events, and everything happening at the new venue, visit rockymountevents.com.

Rocky Mount Event Center Grand Opening and Halloween Events

The grand opening for the spectacular, new, Rocky Mount Event Center is happening with an exciting line up starting on Thursday, October 25 with a huge, free event and the celebration continues this weekend with the venue hosting “Spooktacular Oktoberfest.”

Grand Opening Event

The official grand opening of the Rocky Mount Event Center takes place on Thursday, October 25 from 4:00-8:00 pm.The beautiful, new Rocky Mount Event Center is located at 285 North East Main Street in Rocky Mount and will feature several music acts as part of the ceremonies.

There will be free admission and the first 75 people who arrive will receive a free hot dog and soft drink.  The doors will open at 4 p.m. and the program will begin at 4:30. The Master of Ceremonies for the grand opening of the Rocky Mount Event Center will be Christ Hohmann, Chief Meteorologist for WTVD ABC 11. Also on hand will be Congressman G.K. Butterfield and live music will be played by opening acts, The Tams and Deep Fried Funk starting at 5:45 p.m.  The main attraction of the grand opening will be a free concert by the legendary George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic.

Spooktacular Oktoberfest

More family friendly, free fun will be coming to the Rocky Mount Event Center this weekend, as the annual fall Rocky Mount tradition, Spooktacular Oktoberfest event will take place at the new downtown venue on Saturday, October 27 at 4-7 pm. As always, there will be various fun activities for the whole family to enjoy, including, free treat bags to the first 200 kids in costumes and “special guests” that all the kids will enjoy to include: Moana, Paw Patrol-Skye and Marshall, and Captain America Minion. In addition, there will be games with prizes, face painting, a magic show, bounce house, a live DJ, food and carnival style food. For those looking for a scare, there will also be a haunted house attraction also.

The grand opening of the Rocky Mount Event Center is just the beginning of the grewat attractions and events that will be coming to the newest addition to the city’s entertainment scene. For more information on these two events and all the great upcoming talent set to perform at the Rocky Mount Event Center, visit rockymountevents.com.

Rocky Mount Continues to Climb up list of Most Affordable Places in NC

After finally cracking the prestigious annual listing of movoto.com’s Most Affordable Places in NC on last year’s rankings and much like the great price you paid to get you fabulous new house at the premiere NC golf community, Belmont Lake Preserve, the cost efficient living in the town of Rocky Mount continues to garner attention as this year, they moved up the list nearly ten spots from their ranking in last year’s study.

Gathering information on any municipality with a population of at least 10,000 residents in the “Tar Heel State” to compile the Most Affordable Places in NC list each year. The criteria used was based upon six different categories in determining which were the Most Affordable Places in NC, with improved scores in each area this year helping to see Rocky Mount climb up several spots from last year’s tally.

Several of the categories which aided in the climb up the list of Most Affordable Places in NC for Rocky Mount were first and foremost the affordability of its “miscellaneous costs.” This area was based upon the cost of the area entertainment, clothing, repairs, and restaurant options, and for the first time in the history of the Movoto poll, Rocky Mount moved into the top ten in this category, statewide. Likewise, the affordability of a beautiful new home, like the one you and your family are enjoying along with the area’s most spectacular on site amenities at Belmont Lake Preserve, played a major role in Rocky Mount’s improved score, as it placed 13thstatewide in this category.

Other categories in which were analyzed in making the final decisions on which were the Most Affordable Places in NC by Movoto included, utility costs, unemployment rank, food costs, and overall adjusted income per household, in all of which areas, Rocky Mount scored better than they did just one year ago.

To see the final results including a listing of the municipalities included in this year’s top 50 Most Affordable Places in NC, visit movoto.com.

Support Local Business and “Tap the Tar” at Rocky Mount Mills Event

In the first of what is planned to be an annual Rocky Mount Mills Event, just minutes away from your new dream home at Belmont Lake Preserve NC golf community, you can try the best in local brews while enjoying some great “home grown” food and entertainment as well as a part of the “Tap the Tar” event on September 22.

There will be over ten different local and North Carolina based breweries represented at this Rocky Mount Mills Event, that are set to include Bull Durham Beer Company, BDD Brewing Company, HopFly Brewing Company, Planetary Elixers, Neuse River Brewing Company, Uptown Brewing Company, Duck Rabbit Craft Brewery, Goat Island Bottle Shop, Fishing Creek Ciders, Nash Community College, New Village Brewery , and more yet to be named. The popular and impressive sounds of local favorite Matty Begs will be the live music at “Tap the Tar,” which has a starting time set for 6:00 pm.

Tickets are currently still on sale for this great Rocky Mount Mills Event, that will be an outdoor event (weather permitting) and are $50 per person or $30 for any designated drivers not interested in the actual; beer tasting portion of “Tap the Tar.” With your admission ticket to this great Rocky Mount Mills Event, you receive food by Nixon Catering (Shrimp, fish and the fixins’), tasting glass, 4 oz beer samples, live music. Designated driver tickets include food and live music.

The “Tap the Tar” event at Rocky Mount Mills is sure to become another great Rocky Mount Mills Event tradition and runs from 6-10 pm on Saturday, September 22 at 1151 Falls Road in Rocky Mount. Presale tickets can be purchased online at soundrivers.com. For more information on this and all other fantastic upcoming community gatherings and Rocky Mount Mills Events, visit there official website.

Promoting an Active Lifestyle in Rocky Mount for All Ages at Harrison Family YMCA


Located a short drive up the road from the Belmont Lake Preserve NC Golf Community at 100 Independence Drive in Rocky Mount, and founded in 1911, the Harrison Family YMCA offers countless fun, community based programs for all ages that introduce residents to an Active Lifestyle in Rocky Mount, while meeting new people and having a great experience.

As they state on their official website in regards to locals attaining an Active Lifestyle in Rocky Mount, Rocky Mount’s Harrison Family YMCA “exists to strengthen community.” Continuing to expound on that statement, the site goes on to explain that “Together, with people like you, we nurture the potential of kids, help people understand and improve their health and provide opportunities to give back and support our neighbors.”

Backing up those words, the Harrison Family YMCA offers both seasonal and year round special programs for all ages to help improve not only youth development, but also an Active Lifestyle in Rocky Mount, both physically and socially. The Health and Wellness programs offered at the Harrison Family YMCA gives adults and children the option of an array of classes and even the option of personal training. Likewise their swimming programs offer first class training in many forms that include lessons for any age level, adult water fitness classes, the youth “Racers” swim team, life guard training and certification classes and much more.

On top of offering the children of the Rocky Mount area the swim team, there also are a variety of other team and individual sports offered at the Harrison Family YMCA, including flag football, karate, gymnastics, soccer, home school physical education, and basketball is available for youth and adult leagues.

The family friendly Active Lifestyle in Rocky Mount options at the Harrison Family YMCA are seemingly endless, as they understand the demands of today’s families and offer educational and healthy programs for both before and after school child care for the children. The largest childcare provider in Nash and Edgecombe counties, the Harrison Family YMCA also offers many Summer Camps, giving children and teen a chance to expand their social horizons, reach their mental, physical, and social potential, while creating great friends and memories to last a lifetime.

For a full listing of membership options, summer camp offerings, class schedules, programs, and registration information for each of these great offerings from the Rocky Mount Harrison Family YMCA, visit their website at harrisonfamilyy.org.

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2018 Concerts Return as Highlight of Downtown Rocky Mount Events


After a long, cold winter faded into the warmer months of Spring, it was just a matter of time before the warmth  of the summer sun came around, and to many local residents, that means their favorite of all Downtown Rocky Mount Events, the Downtown Live concert series returns, just minutes away from your new home at the Belmont Lake Preserve new home community in the heart of downtown Rocky Mount.

The schedule for the 2018 Downtown Live series has been released and it will feature no less than nine weeks of Downtown Rocky Mount Events, which started the week of May 24 and is running through the week of September 18 with a weekly concert featuring some of the most loved local acts of all time.

These popular Downtown Rocky Mount Events take place every other Thursday during that time frame and as always start at 6:00 pm. The Downtown Live concert series is held outside of the Imperial Centre for the Arts and Sciences building, at 270 Gay Street in Downtown Rocky Mount. There will be local food and beverage vendors on site at each of these Downtown Rocky Mount and you can bring your own lawn chairs to set up, as admission as always is free.

The remaining 2018 Downtown Live concert schedule is:

  • July 19: Jim Quick & the Coastline
  • August 2: The Main Event Band
  • August 16: The Entertainers
  • August 30: The Band of Oz
  • September 13: The Embers featuring Craig Woolard

For more information on the Downtown Live concert series and all the great upcoming Downtown Rocky Mount Events, visit downtownrockymount.com.

Rocky Mount Independence Celebration “Waving the Flag” for its 47th Year

Holding with a tradition that will be in its 47th year, on Sunday, July 3, live music, great food, fun and entertainment, and finally fireworks will all play a part in the annual Rocky Mount Independence Celebration, being held just a short drive from your new home at Belmont Lake Preserve at Rocky Mount Athletic Stadium.

Scheduled for all the “Star-Spangled” fun to kick off at 6:00 p.m. and conclude with the always spectacular fireworks display to end at 9:30 p.m., the Rocky Mount Independence Celebration offers something for all ages in the 45th annual offering of the city’s July 4 event.

For the youngsters in attendance, there will be inflatables amongst many fun activities and amusements on hand at the Rocky Mount Independence Celebration. A wide assortment of tastes will be available as well, with a variety food and beverage vendors on site at Rocky Mount Athletic Stadium (RMAS) throughout the event.

The live entertainment at the Rocky Mount Independence Celebration will no doubt have those in attendance grooving to the beat right as the July 4 festivities begin at 6:00, as is tradition in Rocky Mount on the 4th of July, with several great local live music acts that will no doubt have those in attendance on their feet and having a great time.

Following the opening band getting everybody up on their feet, there will be a singing of the National Anthem leading into the honoring of the many local veterans and active military personnel that are on hand to enjoy the festivities at the Rocky Mount Independence Celebration. This will be followed by a second musical act, before the dark of night takes over for the main attraction.

Fittingly enough the evening will end with a “bang,” as the fireworks show will begin at around 9:15 p.m., at the conclusion of Rubberband’s set. For those attending the Rocky Mount Independence Celebration, parking will be available at both Rocky Mount Athletic Stadium and Rocky Mount Sports Complex. For more information on this and all other upcoming City of Rocky Mount events, visit rockymountnc.gov .

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Rocky Mount Business One of Just 13 in U.S. Selected for EPA Grant


Showing the strength of the growing and bustling local business community in Rocky Mount Business, Babington Technology, was one of just 13 small businesses from across the United States recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to receive a grant from the allotted $1.3 million dollars to be part of a project to aid in the reduction of electrical power consumption, reduce the emission of carbon, and lower the price for consumers associated with cookstove combustion technology.

On the EPA’s official website, it was noted that “The 13 businesses we are funding today are producing innovative and creative solutions for our country’s environmental problems,” said Thomas Burke, EPA science advisor and deputy assistant administrator of EPA’s Office of Research and Development. “Small businesses play an integral role in creating technologies that will help ensure a sustainable future for our country.”

The article continued in explaining the grants, saying, “Each of the 13 companies will receive a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I contract for up to $100,000 to develop their green technology. If Phase I is successful, companies will be eligible to apply for a Phase II contract of up to $300,000 to develop and commercialize their technology for the marketplace.”

For more information on these grants including more on Rocky Mount Business, Babington Technology, visit the official site of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, epa.org.

Live Music in Rocky Mount at the Mills

The Rocky Mount Mills site is introducing another way for the Live Music in Rocky Mount options that are always so popular every summer, and with acts coming in from across the south east just minutes from your new home at Belmont Lake Preserve .

A package show coming to town will featuring Atlanta’s top Rhythm and Blues artists and Pat “Mother Blues” Cohen. This is a fast paced and engaging program that I have toured on major festival stages all over the world. This show features an incredible rhythm section and horns. They present a rich and dynamic program that encompasses many blues traditions and R&B.

Schoolkids Records – Raleigh & North Carolina Public Radio – WUNC are extremely proud to announce the Mill Music Sessions @ Rocky Mount Mills featuring very special guest Music Maker Relief Foundation Blues Revue!

Join us on the lawn at Rocky Mount Mills for an evening of music and fun. Just bring your lawn chair, blanket, family and friends. Pick up a picnic dinner from one of the restaurants, food trucks on campus and grab a drink from one of the local breweries or the bottle shop.

5:30pm-Food Trucks and Beer Vendors Open
5:30pm-6:30pm- Opening Act, TBD
7:00pm-9:00pm- Music Maker Relief Foundation Blues Revue