Social events and activities in Rocky Mount NC and the surrounding area.

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“Start with Some Art” in 2019 with Rocky Mount Family Programs at Imperial Centre

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Always a great spot, that’s only a short drive from your home at Belmont Lake Preserve, to find countless educational and enjoyable activities alike for members of the whole family, the ongoing schedule and upcoming Spring 2019 slate of Rocky Mount Family Programs at the downtown Imperial Centre is sure to offer up a way for you and your kids alike to expand your horizons and add some culture to your life as you can learn and experiment with many different mediums depending on your course of choice.

There is registration needed for some of the courses, classes, and workshops offered as part of the Imperial Centre’s Rocky Mount Family Programs,  and this can be done online at imperialcentre.org. The upcoming Spring 2019 schedule for Rocky Mount Family Programs will be released very soon, and current offerings for the entire family posted at the Imperial Centre website are as follows:

-Make Art Saturdays (Every Other Saturday 11 am-1 pm)
January 12 and 26, February 9 and 23, March 9 and 23, April 6 and 20, May 4 and 18

(Registration is not required) Experiment with different types of art as part of this program. Travel around the Imperial Centre, observe sculpture, paintings, drawings, photographs, architecture, and many more artist-made objects, and then make your own.

-Family Sundays (Every Other Sunday 2-4 pm)
January 20, February 3 and 17, March 3, 17, and 31, April 14 and 28, May 12 and 26

(Registration is not required) At the Imperial Centre, Sundays are for Family! Bring your family to the art gallery for an afternoon full of family-friendly activities. Drop into the gallery for art making, interactive play, gallery sketching, or go on your own exhibition tour.

-Lunch and Learn (Select Fridays to be announced at 12-1 pm)

(Registration suggested by the Wednesday preceding the program date you intend to attend) Bring a lunch and interact with artists! From painters, to photographers and all artists in between, learn about process, discuss projects, and ask questions during an hour-long interactive gallery talk and demonstration.

In addition to these great Rocky Mount Family Programs being offered, there will soon be dates available to schedule for the upcoming Spring for the “Sculpture, Talk, and Draw” classes as well. To keep up on these courses, and all the fantastic stuff being offered at the Imperial Centre, visit their website at imperialcentre.org.

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Events in Rocky Mount to Remember “A Dream” with Martin Luther King Day Events

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. The pride in the Doctor’s strong words is still as evident as ever locally and can be experienced just minutes from your new home at Belmont Lake Preserve at any of the recently announced Martin Luther King Day Events in Rocky Mount celebrating his legacy.

Martin-Luther-King-Day-Events-in-Rocky-Mount-Belmont Lake PreserveThe City of Rocky Mount piece went on to explain that “January will be a month where the Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission and the city of Rocky Mount pause to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through community events.”

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. 12, 2019 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, Rick Glazier, executive director of the N.C. Justice Center, will serve as the keynote speaker for the 31st annual Unity Breakfast that will be held beginning at 7 a.m. on Jan. 21 at the Dunn Center for the Performing Arts on the campus of N.C. Wesleyan College.”

Going on to explain why Mr. Glazier was the selection for keynote speaker, the posting said, “Glazier’s resume is extensive. He previously represented Cumberland County for seven terms in the North Carolina House of Representatives. He also served as a visiting professor in Criminal Justice at Fayetteville State University for eight years and has taught pre-trial civil law at Campbell University’s School of Law for the past 24 years.”

Following the  Annual Unity Breakfast, volunteers will team together for the annual Day of Service projects. All events are free and open to the public. City of Rocky Mount Human Relations Director addressed the annual “Day of Service” and what it means to him and the community as a whole, stating, ““We are always excited about the start of a new year, providing everyone an opportunity to look beyond our differences and focus on the things that unite us as we strive for an inclusive community,” Human Relations Director Archie Jones said.

For more information on any of these Martin Luther King Day Events in Rocky Mount, please contact the city of Rocky Mount’s Human Relations Department at 252-972-1181.

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Lou Reda’s Offers a Unique “Taste of America” Among Rocky Mount NC Restaurants

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Delicious steaks, chops, and like dishes are always popular at “An American Table”

The state of North Carolina has long been known for its wide array of incredible and unique food offerings ” The city of Rocky Mount NC Restaurants can certainly offer up a wide variety of dining options and one of the most unique and delicious experiences you will find state wide is just minutes from the premier North Carolina golf community at Belmont Lake Preserve , at Lou Reda’s” An American Table Restaurant.

An immediate favorite among Rocky Mount NC Restaurants since opening doors in the Fall of 2013, Lou Reda’s has impressed both the local residents and travelers passing through town on either US Highway 64 or I-95 with what they refer to on their own website as “ a wide variety of tantalizing upscale American cuisine.” The uniqueness of such an incredible array of choices on the brunch, lunch or dinner menus is unparalleled by any other Rocky Mount NC restaurants and combines all of the elements and menu options from your favorite steak houses, seafood restaurants, and comfort food joints.

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A variety of succulent seafood dishes and pastas are a staple of Lou Reda’s menu

Continuously striving to build on a reputation for their commitment to that “one of a kind” dining experience, as well as to set the standard for authentic quality taste and freshness among Rocky Mount NC Restaurants, Lou Reda has spent over two decades in the culinary field and prides himself on every item from sauces to butters being made in house.

The local favorites on the ever-evolving menu at Lou Reda’s is nearly impossible to list with so many popular items and such a wide variety of choices. However, mouth watering items such as the slow cooked brisket and ribs, fresh cut varieties of fish and seafood options, chicken-n-waffles, or a juicy 14 ounce rib eye steak are just a few staples that keep the locals choosing Lou Reda’s as their number one among Rocky Mount NC restaurants. Additionally, they take the Rocky Mount NC Restaurants experience “across the globe” on a weekly basis, changing menu options to represent a different area or ethnicity, possibly offering a Creole-style Cajun menu one week, to be followed by one resembling an Irish or British pub, with maybe more Asian themed dishes the next.

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Lou Reda’s sandwiches and burgers are some of the best in the land!

With an unbelievable variety on their lunch, dinner, and brunch menu, Lou Reda’s: An American Table restaurant is sure to please every appetite at your own personal table, one way or another. They also offer several catering options for all your special events and much like their food menus, boast the widest selection among Rocky Mount NC Restaurants behind the bar also, with an incredible list of “bourbon infused” cocktails, all featuring home made syrups and puree’s used in the drinks.

Lou Reda’s: An American Table is located at 3646 Sunset Boulevard in Rocky Mount, to see their full menu and all the details on what is sure to be your most unique experience among Rocky Mount NC Restaurants, check out their website at www.louredas.com

 

(Photos Courtesy of Lou Reda’s American Table)

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“Tis’ the Season” for a Holiday Edition of First Friday at the Imperial Centre

Normally held on the first Friday evening of each month, the December 6 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 only a few minutes from your family’s new home at Belmont Lake Preserve new home golf community.

The Imperial Centre website listed the following special activities that will be taking place on the December 6 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, “Rainforest Adventures”
  • 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

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

  • Live Music with Susan and Thomas Wells
  • Photo Booth
  • Gallery Sketching
  • Art Activities and Demos
  • Art Exhibitions open to the public

In the Main Lobby Area atFirst Friday at the Imperial Centre will be:

  • Art Demonstartion
  • Vendors
  • Dance USA information and demos
  • Tar River Piecemakers Quilt Guide information table

In the Theatre atFirst Friday at the Imperial Centre will be:

  • “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” and the Christmas Chorus at 7:30 pm

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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Deck the Halls for the 63rd Annual Rocky Mount Christmas Parade

Following in the classic holiday tradition that is trimming the tree, hanging the stockings, and awaiting Santa to descend down the chimney, the 63rd annual Rocky Mount Christmas Parade returns on Sunday, December 2, 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 63rd 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 2018 Christmas Parade in Rocky Mount.

For more information on the 63rdannual 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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Rocky Mount Event Center Looking Like a “Slam Dunk”

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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.

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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 10thAnnual Eastern Carolina BBQ Throwdown takes place on Friday and Saturday, October 12-13

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 4th 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 10thAnnual 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.

 

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Brews with the Board: Meet the Rocky Mount Chamber of Commerce

In a continued effort to get the residents of Rocky Mount more familiar with its board members, and thus get all involved and on the same page with all of the new businesses and opportunities coming to town, the Rocky Mount Chamber of Commerce welcomes you to join on Thursday, September 13 at 5:30 pm them just minutes down the street from your new home at Belmont Lake Preserve on the Rocky Mount Mills Campus, where they will be there to socialize with the public over a few refreshing beverages in a very casual setting as a part of their “Brews with the Board” meet and greet event.

This innovative and very casual Rocky Mount Chamber of Commerce Event, at 1151 Fall Road in Rocky Mount, will give residents a chance to meet all of the board members in a setting that everyone can relate to. On top of introducing themselves and both the board members and residents getting a chance to know one another on a far more personal level, the Rocky Mount Chamber of Commerce will also be happy to bring all of those on hand up to speed on the happenings, both recent and that will be coming in the future to all that are present.

For those planning to attend, all will meet for this Rocky Mount Chamber of Commerce gathering at the Beer Garden beginning at 5:30 pm. To register and attend the “Brews with the Board” event or fore more information on this, visit the official Rocky Mount Chamber of Commerce site at web.rockymountchamber.org.

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Food Trucks at Station Square are “Upping the Game” in Rocky Mount Dining Experiences

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With an already impressive array of Rocky Mount dining options, the popular trend of food trucks and their offerings of everything from sweet treats to sandwiches to gourmet foods has “rolled” into Rocky Mount, and just minutes from your new dream home in Belmont Lake Preserve, every Tuesday and Wednesday through August and into September, the “Food Trucks at Station Square” series will give you plenty of delicious offerings to “up the game” in Rocky Mount dining options.

Located at 301 South Church Street in the heart of Rocky Mount, Station Square will be featuring Everette’s Concessions of Wilson serving up their delicious American fare that includes options for both breakfast and lunch, as well as several dessert options as well. Everette’s Concession will be open as part of this unique Food Truck Rocky Mount dining experience each Tuesday through the end of August from 11:00 am through 2:00 pm at Station Square.

Each Wednesday morning through August and finishing up on September 5, Lillie Mae’s Kitchen, whose scrumptious offerings have been a staple of Rocky Mount Dining for many years out of its location at 700 Myrtle Avenue in Rocky Mount, will bring their Food Truck to Station Square between the hours of 8:00 am and 1:00 pm, serving up breakfast options in addition to their local favorites including cheesesteaks, burgers, chops, sausages, fish plates, and so  much more.

The craze in the local area that has become the Food Truck industry is alive and well twice a week now at Station Square and this is one delectable experience in Rocky Mount dining that you will certainly want to give a taste for yourself.

 

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Rocky Mount Family Events Under the “Summer Night Lights”

As the hot summer continues, one of the favorite Rocky Mount Family Events of the season, “Summer Night Lights,”  will host four more of its fun filled Friday night events at a variety of locations between July 20 and August 10.

Created five years ago in an attempt to offer more Rocky Mount Family Events that teenagers and their parents could both attend and enjoy, “Summer Night Lights” has done just that, giving kids an alternative to taking the chance of winding up in less than satisfactory situations while still being able to interact socially with their peers.

Since the initial launch of these Rocky Mount Family Events, “Summer Night Lights” has grown in popularity, giving teens and adults an outlet for fun like no other throughout the summer months. A free, block party style program that takes place most weekends throughout the summer, “Summer Night Lights” was described by Rocky Mount Parks and Recreation Program Supervisor, Heather White, who said, “While the program is designed to attract area teens, over the past few years, it has grown into an outreach for families as well.”

The remaining schedule for

  • July 20th: Stith-Talbert Park, Rocky Mount, NC

  • July 27th: Aycock Park, Rocky Mount, NC

  • August 3rd: Lancaster Park, Rocky Mount, NC

  • August 10th: South Rocky Mount Community Center, Rocky Mount, NC

For more information on these and all other Rocky Mount Family Events, visit the city’s website at rockymountnc.gov.