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The “Dream” Lives On through Martin Luther King Day Events in Rocky Mount

On their official website, the City of Rocky Mount explains in a recent posting that the municipality has long been linked to the inspirational and world- changing words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as one of his speeches immediately prior to the famous “I have a dream” address he gave was right in the city, and the pride in the Doctor’s strong words is still as evident as ever at any of the Martin Luther King Day Events in Rocky Mount celebrating MLK’s legacy.

The City of Rocky Mount piece went on to explain that “the upcoming events and those partnering with them for the Martin Luther King Day Events in Rocky Mount, saying, “The Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission, in conjunction with the city of Rocky Mount, will host several events honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The overall theme for this year’s events is “Unfinished Work of a Dreamer.”’

Continuing to speak of each of these Martin Luther King Day Events in Rocky Mount, the city website went on to tell that,”The theater at the Imperial Centre for the Arts and Sciences will be the location for the MLK Oratorical Competition on Saturday, Jan. 6, 2017 beginning at 9 am. Students in grades sixth through eighth will speak to the theme “Building Bridges,” while speeches for contestants in grades ninth through 12th will speak around the “Unfinished Work of a Dreamer” theme.”

The main event will as always be the annual Unity Breakfast, to take place this year on Monday, January 15 at 7:00 am, and will take place just a few steps away from your new home at the Belmont Lake Preserve NC golf community at the Dunn Center on the campus of NC Wesleyan College.

Detailing the annual breakfast, the site said, “Keynote speaker, Synthia Saint James, will be on the dais during the 8 a.m. program, following the 7 a.m. breakfast. James, an artist, author, educator and architectural designer, has garnered numerous awards, including the prestigious Trumpet Award, a Coretta Scott King Award and an honorary doctorate from Saint Augustine’s University. James’ artwork can be found in hospitals, universities and embassies all over the world. Known for being a multicultural artist, James’ designs include the first Kwanzaa Commemorative Stamp in 1997 and the 2016 Forever Kwanzaa Stamp celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Kwanzaa holiday.”

Following the 30th Annual Unity Breakfast, volunteers will team together for the annual Day of Service projects. All events are free and open to the public.

Events honoring King will continue on Saturday, Mar. 3, 2018, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., at Nash Community College’s Brown Auditorium. The International Festival of Cultures showcases Rocky Mount’s cultural diversity! Admission is free.

For more information on any of these events, please contact the city of Rocky Mount’s Human Relations Department at 252-972-1181.

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New Rocky Mount Mills Incubator to Support North Carolina Breweries

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The bustling industry of craft beers across the state gained another boost from Rocky Mount Mills as it was recently announced that the venue will begin with its first “class,” consisting of several North Carolina Breweries joining a brewing incubator.

There will be four North Carolina Breweries sharing a refurbished, on site, 6,000 square foot shipping warehouse, and each will be able to produce up to 1,000 barrels annually and have a keg cooler featuring eight taps to serve their finished product from. In addition, they will be given the opportunity to take classes in the Nash Community College Brewing, Distillation, and Fermentation program and be serving up their brews in a public beer garden.

The four North Carolina Breweries involved will be, Planetary Elixirs, HopFly Brewing Company, BDD Brewing Company and Bull Durham Beer Company. The Bull Durham Beer Company is already up and open for business, Planetary Elixirs will be soon bottling their product, and HopFly just “opened up shop,” on November 18. The fourth of the North Carolina Breweries involved, BDD Brewing Company is set to debut later this winter.

“Our inaugural class of brewers comes from all walks of life and bring with them different approaches, methods, and philosophies towards brewing,” says Sebastian Wolfrum, executive brewmaster of Rocky Mount Mills. “We see the spirit that built Rocky Mount Mills 200 ago, and that continues to make our community one of hard work and triumph in each of them. We’re looking forward to seeing and, more importantly, tasting what they have to offer.”

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

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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.

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The Main Course at Belmont Offering a New Look at Fine Dining in Rocky Mount

The Main Course at Belmont Lake Preserve has been offering up delicious tastes inside the BLP Golf Clubhouse for years, however, a fresh new menu offering some exciting new choices may have you hustling off the 18th green and to a table, whether you prefer breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

Always a hit at the Main Course at Belmont, popular, delicious and affordable breakfast options in crude “the Hobo,” with a choice of sausage or bacon chopped up with eggs and cheese and served on your choice of toast. The Main Course omelet is another favorite in the morning, boasting 3 eggs with one meat and a choice of vegetable.

Lunch favorites at the Main Course at Belmont are the “Rich Boy,” a beer battered flounder filet on our Parmesan hoagie roll with lettuce, tomato and tarter sauce and the “Southerner,” a unique take on the classic BLT, featuring candied bacon and a house made pimento cheese.

Dinnertime is a special time as well with the new menu at The Main Course at Belmont, with such crowd pleasers as the “Hen and Waffle,” ( 1/2 pan seared Cornish hen on top of a gaffer with a maple bbq glaze) and “Shrimp-n-Gritz, served in either Charleston or Cajun style.

Described on their new website as “Rocky Mount North Carolina’s Premier Fine Dining Experience.” The Main Course is open to the public and ready to serve you. Founded in in 2014 with one goal in mind, exceptional service, Proprietor Mark Piatkowski and his staff headlined by Chef Robert “Buck” Gibbs have created a menu and atmosphere that is both inviting and fulfilling. They urge you at the new website to “Come join us at The Main Course at Belmont for breakfast, lunch and dinner and while you’re there ask Mark about your group events, private dining experience and catering options.” To see a full menu and for more information on The Main Course, go to themaincourseatbelmont.com.

 

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Rocky Mount Christmas Parade to team up with Toys for Tots

Following in the classic holiday tradition that is trimming the tree, hanging the stockings, and awaiting Santa to descend down the chimney, the 62nd annual Rocky Mount Christamas Parade returns on December 3, just down the street from your new home at Belmont Lake Preserve, bringing holiday joy and the yuletide spirit once again to downtown Rocky Mount.

This years’ Christmas Parade in Rocky Mount has a very special theme, as the city officials and members of the community will band together with the United States Marine Corps Reserve, who will be on hand to collect donated toys for less fortunate youngsters in the area to help ensure a special Christmas morning for the little ones who may not normally receive such gifts. The representatives from the Marine Corps will be located near City Hall, on the corner of Church and Nash Street before, during, and after the Christmas Parade in Rocky Mount to collect the “Toys for Tots.”

The 62nd annual Christmas Parade in Rocky Mount will commence at 3:00 p.m., ringing in the holiday season as the community and all its residents “get in the spirit of the season” as they march through downtown in grand fashion. In addition to the area schools, bands, dance groups, and other groups that are sure to impress with there individual floats that are encouraged to be decorated in accordance with this years’ worthy them of “Toys for Tots,” the little ones will also be thrilled to know that once again, Santa Claus himself, along with Ms. Claus will also be on hand as a part of the 2017 Christmas Parade in Rocky Mount.

For more information on the 62nd annual Christmas Parade in Rocky Mount, you can email susan.ball@rockymountnc.gov, or call the city’s Parks and Recreation Department office at 252-972-1159.

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First Friday at the Imperial Centre offers Holiday Fun for the Whole Family

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Normally held on the first Friday evening of each month, the December 1 installment of First Friday at the Imperial Centre will carry a Christmas theme, featuring activities for the whole family in all sections of the downtown Rocky Mount arts center.

The Imperial Centre website listed the following special activities that will be taking place on the December 1 First Friday at the Imperial Centre in addition to the lighting of the Imperial Centre Christmas tree, a visit from Santa Claus for the kids, and carriage rides and bounce houses in the courtyard where there has been a forecast for “snow,” to get all in the mood of the season.

In the Childrens’ Museum at First Friday at the Imperial Centre will be:

  • Free admission featuring new exhibit, Ocean Bound
  • Chris “JuggleBoy” Fowler – magic and juggling program at 6:30
  • Kid’s activities
  • Rocky Mount Wildlife Rehabbers
  • Planetarium Show: Season of Light at 7 pm
  • Lasershow: Laser Holiday  at 8 pm
  • Braswell Memorial Pop-Up Library
  • Meet naturalist, Tom Stutz

In the Arts Center at First Friday at the Imperial Centre will be:

  • Live Music
  • Photo Booth
  • Gallery Sketching
  • Craft
  • Hot Cocoa & Cookies

The Imperial Centre is located at 270 Gay Street in Rocky Mount. For more information on First Friday at the Imperial Centre and all their fun upcoming family friendly events, go to imperialcentre.org.

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The Classics to Headline Winter Lineup at Imperial Center in Rocky Mount

With two legendary tales taking center stage at the theatre at the Imperial Centre for the Arts and Science, the winter schedule for great entertainment, just up the street from your new home at Belmont Lake Preserve NC Golf Community, will continue to heat up as the temperature drops with “Pride and Prejudice,” and the holiday classic, “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”

Starting on October 26 and running through the 29th, Jane Austin’s “Pride and Prejudice is a brilliant tale of a simpler time in history. The Imperial Center home website describes the show as, “ humorous story of love and life among English gentility during the Georgian era. Mr Bennet is an English gentleman living in Hartfordshire with his overbearing wife. The Bennets 5 daughters; the beautiful Jane, the clever Elizabeth, the bookish Mary, the immature Kitty and the wild Lydia.”

Just in time for the holidays, the Winter Lineup at Imperial Centre welcome the Charles Shultz classic, “A Charlie Brown Christamas,” to the Rocky Mount stage, starting on November 30 and running until December 3. 49 years after first stealing the hearts of a nation and becoming a holiday staple on television in its near five decades of existence, the Peanuts crew will no doubt be a crowd pleaser that all ages can enjoy. The Imperial Centre Christmas Choir will also take part in this show, making this a can’t miss part of the Winter Lineup at Imperial Centre.

With these great offerings on the horizon and several familiar stage favorite already scheduled for the Spring, it is safe to say that the fantastic Winter Lineup at Imperial Centre is just the beginning, as 2018 promises to be a talented and entertaining ride for all to enjoy.

The Imperial Centre is located at 270 Gay Street in Rocky Mount. For more info on the Winter Lineup at Imperial Centre and all the other great vents coming up, visit imperialcentre.org

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Rocky Mount Farmers Market ringing the Freshest Local Deals to Your Kitchen Table

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Open every Saturday through the month of November, and located conveniently at 1006 Peachtree Street, just a short drive from your new home at the Belmont Lake Preserve new home community, the freshest produce, meats, seafood, and all other local products you could imagine are available at the Rocky Mount Farmers Market.

Running each Saturday morning from 8:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., the Rocky Mount Farmers Market gives area farmers a “storefront” in which to sell their fantastic produce and local residents can not only get their fresh items straight from the farm, but also support the hardworking members of their community in doing so.

The philosophy of the Rocky Mount Farmers Market is simply described on the official Nash County website as a place where “local farmers sell products they actually produce.” Going on it explains, “This market philosophy is consistent with long term economic development and preservation of our local farming community.”

Over the years, the Rocky Mount Farmers Market has become a tradition and somewhat of an institution on Saturday mornings, with residents enjoying not only the goods for sale, but the friendly, community feel and the social aspect of the market as well.

“This market is not just a building,” the Nash County website explains. “It’s the dynamic activity of all of the people involved in growing, harvesting, buying, selling and sometimes socializing. Shoppers come to enjoy the farmers market experience.”

Throughout the Rocky Mount Farmers Market annual schedule, which runs from April through November, they also have a variety of activities periodically that take place at the market including live music and entertainment, opportunities to tour the farms of some of the participants following the Saturday sales, and much more.

The Rocky Mount Farmers market is a great place to get in touch and support the local community and its also a great place to get some unique items and some of the most delicious, homegrown fruits, veggies, meats, and more. For more information o the market or to see some photos of some of the produce and goods you’ll find there each Saturday, vista the Rocky Mount Farmers Market Facebook page here.

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Eastern Carolina BBQ Throwdown Set for 10th Annual Event


One of the most anticipated and for sure tastiest annual events on the Town of Rocky Mount calendar will be returning to town for a “smokin’” good time, as just a few minutes from the Belmont Lake Preserve NC golf community, the 9th Annual Eastern Carolina BBQ Throwdown takes place on Friday and Saturday, October 13-14.

The Eastern Carolina BBQ Throwdown festivities kick off this year on Friday at noon, at 101 Coastline Street in Downtown Rocky Mount, directly in front of the Helen P. Gay Historic Rocky Mount Train Station. And the “delicious” fun on opening day goes until 8:00 p.m. Saturday morning The “Throw Down” continues and swings into full effect as will be evident by the incredible smell wafting through town from the countless BBQ pros plying their craft from 10:00 a.m until 6:00 p.m.

For those who have not yet had a “taste” of the Eastern Carolina BBQ Throwdown, it is a professional cooking competition based on the Kansas City Barbeque Society’s (KCBS) official categories, which are chicken, pork ribs, pork brisket, and beef brisket. Awards are given out annually for the Grand Champion, Reserved Grand Champion, and the People’s Choice Award, decided upon by the attendees of the tops in Fall Events in Rocky Mount. Additionally, prizes to include cash awards, trophies, and plaques will be given out to the top ten finishers in each of the above categories.

Returning for the second consecutive years on the heels of its success at last year’s Eastern Carolina BBQ Throwdown will be the 3rd Annual Home Brew Competition, as once again, local beer enthusiasts and brewers will compete on Saturday. Each entrant in this competition may submit any style beer of their choosing, and each will be judged in different categories based upon the style they enter. If the entry does not fit into one of the specific categories they still are eligible for the overall “Best in the East” award that will awarded by a panel of judges representing this events sponsor from Rocky Mount Mills.

Although the Eastern Carolina BBQ Throwdown begins at noon on Friday, and the judging will commence throughout the two-day festival, there will also be other great food and entertainment ongoing throughout. The “Kick Off Party and Concert” has become almost as much of a tradition as the ribs, chicken, brisket, and other delicious food, with great live, local music being played throughout the day. Always a family friendly event, there will also be an assortment of vendors, and kid specific activities throughout the weekend as well

The 10th Annual Eastern Carolina BBQ Throwdown is free to the public. For a full schedule of events and more information on the Eastern CarolinaBBQ Throwdown, visit their website at bbqthrowdown.net.

Its Fun For the Whole Family at Rocky Mount Easter Events

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In addition to the fantastic on-site amenities at the Belmont Lake Preserve NC golf community, there are also many fantastic events and activities for both children and adults alike in Rocky Mount. Whether they are outdoor events in the Summer time or one of the many Rocky Mount Family Events like their upcoming annual Spring themed activities, including the Easter Eggstravaganza to be held on Sunday, April 9 at the Imperial Centre for the Arts and Science in downtown Rocky Mount

Holiday themed Rocky Mount Family Events are always some of the most anticipated, with something for all ages to enjoy. With traditional Easter activities for the children starting at 2 p.m. and running until 5 p.m., along with games, rides, prizes and refreshments, the Easter Eggstravaganza will for sure be one to put a smile on the faces of the little ones. There will be three separate age groups, with different “hunting” areas for each to allow all the children to enjoy the annual Easter egg hunt held at the event.

The celebration of the Easter holiday and fun filled kid activities are not the only reasons making this one of the most highly anticipated Rocky Mount Family Events on the calendar, as it also signifies the start of spring for many with the official opening of Sunset Park for the season.

In addition to the Easer Egg Hunt, there will also be inflatable games, free admission to the Children’s Museum, and other special activities including a meeting and greet with you favorite characters! Also free hot dog combos to be given away while supplies last. Also, the lucky “hunter” hat finds any of the “golden eggs” will be rewarded with a special grand prize.

In addition, Sunset Park also features concession stands, lighted basketball and tennis courts, four picnic shelters in addition to many other picnic sites, and a little league baseball field. The park is open for children’s parties as well, and can be reserved in two hour blocks for up to 40 children at a time.

The Imperial Centre is located 270 Gay St, Rocky Mount. For more detail on he Rocky Mount Easter Events or for information on any of the town’s upcoming great family events, visit rockymountnc.gov.