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Its Fun For the Whole Family at Rocky Mount Easter Events

Rocky Mount Easter Events

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 1 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


The Green Get Greener: Grant Received to Improve Rocky Mount Outdoor Living


In early December, the already beautiful scenery and vast options in Rocky Mount Outdoor Living received a nice boost, as the NC Community Foundation gave a grant to the city to aid in the Rocky Mount Litter Cleanup Project.

Speaking about the grant to improve the quality of Rocky Mount Outdoor Living, which actually was given to the city through the Futrell-Mauldin Community Fund for a Greater Rocky Mount, the city grant writer, Cornelia McGee stated the following.

“ I am excited about the opportunity for the city of Rocky Mount to partner with the Futrell-Mauldin Community Fund for Greater Rocky Mount.” She continued, “I am further confident that this amazing grant opportunity will afford up to eight residents at Christian Fellowship Home and Tri-County Industries employment and a more stable quality of life. The grant will also help to reduce litter and restore cleanliness to our roadsides.”

According to the official City of Rocky mount website, to this point, even prior to the grant for improving Rocky Mount Outdoor Living, the city funded Rocky Mount Litter Cleanup Project has been a huge success and helped drastically to keep the streets and parks city wide clean. “The litter crew has retrieved a total of 2,027 bags of trash, an estimated 40,540 pounds of trash, 149 signs and 15 tires. From March 1, 2017 through Nov. 10, 2017, the crew has worked more than 4,300 hours on litter cleanup,” the city website explained.

To read more on this grant to help keep the city clean and continue the ongoing efforts to improve the quality of Rocky mount Outdoor Living, visit

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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 /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 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.


Rocky Mount named as #1 on List of Best Places for Millennials in Nash County

Best Places for Millennials in Nash County

The 2018 “Best of” Rankings from the “experts on safety and family living” at, has named the City of Rocky Mount the number one municipality among the Best Places for Millennials in Nash County.

Using their tried and true grading system to arrive at the annual listing of Best Places for Millennials in Nash County in 2018, Rocky Mount achieved the number one ranking out opf the five major municipalities they reviewed in their county-wide study.

The major factors given for being named the top city among Best Places for Millennials in Nash County in 2018, were several very crucial elements that millennials, and any new home owner would take into consideration before relocation. First and foremost in the items in favor of Rocky Mount was its diverse community, as well as being noted for a vast improvement over the past decade in being a family friendly environment to raise a family a great selection of entertainment options year round under the catergory “nightlife.”

In support of Rocky Mount’s ranking atop the list of Best Places for Millennials in Nash County in 2018, was a review submitted by a life long resident of the city, offering support and credibility to this honor.

“I’ve lived here from the time I was born and I love it,” the reviewer began. “Although we could have a better mall and more food options, its the perfect place to retire or raise a family. Everything you need is in one place. The review continued, saying, “There are great schools here and great people…I’d definitely consider raising a family here if a job presents itself by the time I graduate.”

For more information on the Best Places for Millennials in Nash County for 2018, and the full listing in greater detail, visit

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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


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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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


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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, 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


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

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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