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.

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.

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.

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 can keep residents active and fit, while meeting new people and having a great experience.

As they state on their official website, 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 healthy living, and social responsibility. 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 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 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

Another package show 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

Braswell Memorial Library Offers Up Rocky Mount Youth Activities to Build Stronger Skills

Rocky Mount Youth Activities

Located just a few minutes away from your spectacular new home at the Belmont Lake Preserve NC golf community, Braswell Memorial Libraryoffers up several great Rocky Mount Youth Activities and even some for the adults that can help to build stronger literacy skills, while giving youngsters a safe and productive way to interact socially and have some fun with teens and young adults of the same age.

Through the array of Library Clubs that are offered at Braswell, there are Rocky Mount Youth Activities that will appeal to any and all tastes and allow the kids to interact among their peers in doing so. The following Rocky Mount Youth Activities and clubs are being offered currently at the library and are always accepting new members.

  • Coloring Club – Taking place on the fourth Saturday afternoon of every month from 3:15-4:30, and open to teenagers and adults, this is considered a great way to enjoy a stress free atmosphere and the company of others, while you color on materials provided by the library.
  • Good Read Book Club- On every fourth Monday of the month, the library’s Wiley Room is host to this club for adults. A book is selected and read at home by the members, who then come into their meetings for in depth conversation and discussion on what has been read from 10:30 am-12:00pm.
  • Teen Advisory Board- From 5:30-7:00 pm on the second Tuesday of each month, this may be the most popular among the library’s Rocky Mount Youth Activities, and is a wonderful way for teenagers in the area to become more actively involved in the on-goings of the local community. New ideas are discussed and suggestions and thoughts can be offered here by teenagers regarding possible new teen programs, services, and materials.
  • 1stTuesdays for Business- For the aspiring entrepreneur, this is the one club that stands out among these Rocky Mount Youth Activities. Open for all ages teenage and above, this club is offered through a partnership with the Rocky Mount Chapter of S.C.O.R.E. The library hosts monthly workshops for members covering all facets of business operation, ownership, and management.
  • Teen Minecraft Club- This club allows for teens to get together every second Thursday of the month and create different structures in the world of the popular game, Minecraft. Teens can design and build their own structures, or jump in and lend a hand to others while taking part in some fun, yet thought provoking design challenges.

These Rocky Mount Youth Activities are just a small sampling of the great things going on regularly at Braswell Memorial Library. The library is located at 727 North Grace Street in Rocky Mount  and for details on all the upcoming events and great things going on in the upcoming weeks and months, visit braswell-library.libguides.com.

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D.R. Horton Now Selling New Homes in BLP

D.R. Horton’s Raleigh division is pleased to announce it is now selling homes in the Rocky Mount community of Belmont Lake Preserve. Offering popular single-story ranch and two-story home plans, the beautiful golf community offers resort-style amenities everyone can enjoy.

Belmont Lake Villas features four- and five-bedroom, two-story home plans ranging from 1,927 to 2,361 square feet, with prices in the high $180s to the low $200s. For customers interested in D.R. Horton’s highly sought after ranch style plans, Belmont Lake Villas Estates features single-story homes from the high $190s to the low $200s. Homes in this section of the community range from 1,588 square feet to over 2,600 and offer two to four bedrooms and two-car garages.

The community boasts an 18-hole public golf course, with a 7,000-square-foot clubhouse including a full pro shop, grille room and beautiful patio. Stay active with a state of the art fitness facility, relax by the indoor and outdoor swimming pools, or socialize in the clubhouse dining room, billiard room or many activity rooms. Nearby attractions include the historic Tar River Trails along its namesake river, stretching over 20 miles of waterways connecting the Tar River and Stony Creek.

For more information, visit www.drhorton.com/North-Carolina/Raleigh-Durham/Rocky-Mount /Belmont-Lake-Villas.

D.R. Horton, “America’s Builder,” has been building families beautiful homes in desirable locations for more than 35 years. America’s largest homebuilder for fifteen years in a row by volume, D.R. Horton has built more than 600,000 homes with quality, functionality, value and style in mind.

For more information about D.R. Horton’s Raleigh division, please visit www.drhorton.com/North-Carolina/Raleigh-Durham. Home and community information including pricing, included features, terms, availability and amenities are subject to change and prior sale at any time without notice or obligation. Square footage dimensions are approximate. D.R. Horton is an equal housing opportunity builder.

A “Barking” Good Time for All at the annual Rocky Mount “Paws in the Park”

Rocky Mount Dog Park

Minutes away from your new home in the premier North Carolina golf and retirement community,  Belmont Lake Preserve, at Rocky Mount’s beautiful “Best Friend’s Dog Park,” pet owners are welcome to come out on Saturday, April 7 and take part in “a day for the dogs” at the 8th annual Rocky Mount Paws in the Park event featuring a day full of free family fun showcasing “man’s best friend.”

The all-free Rocky Mount Paws in the Park event promotes responsibility in pet ownership and the humane treatments of dogs, with a full day of contests and special events. The days events will begin at 10:00 a.m. with the opening ceremonies. Following this, at 11:00, the dogs will take center stage, as contests taking place at the Dog Park, located at 480 Lee Street, adjacent to Sunset Park are scheduled to include, a Pet Fashion Show, as well as Pet Costume and Look-a-Like Competitions, in addition to a wide array of vendors, food trucks, and music to keep all entertained throughout the day.

A very special Masters of Ceremonies at the Rocky Mount Paws in the Park will be named in the very near future, and also, back by popular demand at this years’ Rocky Mount Paws in the Park event will be the acrobatic and incredible “K-9’s in Flight”Frisbee dogs. Described as the “premier K-9 sports entertainers in the world,” these dogs and their trainers are sure to provide some high flying fun that the entire family is certain to enjoy.

There will also be the opportunity for those in attendance to adopt a dog at the 6th Annual Rocky Mount Paws in the Park, for anyone interested in leaving the event with a brand new pet. The sponsors for the event include, Pet’s Best Friend, Rocky Mount Telegram, Life Exposed (Photos by Lindsey), Crossdogs, Target, Rocky Mount Parks and Recreation Department, and radio stations, 98.5 FM “The Big Dawg,” Power 95.5 FM, and 99.3 FM Rock City.

For more information on this and all other upcoming Summer Family Events in Rocky Mount, visit rockymountnc.gov.