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2018 Concerts Return as Highlight of Downtown Rocky Mount Events

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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 2018 Downtown Live concert schedule is:

  • May 24: The Legacy Motown Review
  • June 7: The Fantastic Shakers
  • June 21: The Holiday Band
  • July 5:  The Tams
  • 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.

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

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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 rockymountnc.gov.

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Shop Fresh and Local this Spring at the Rocky Mount Farmers Market

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Open every Saturday throughout the months of April and May, 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.

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 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 rockymountnc.gov.

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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.

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

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The 2018 “Best of” Rankings from the “experts on safety and family living” at niche.com, 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 niche.com.

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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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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.