Holiday themed events and activities in the Rocky Mount NC area.

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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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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 Independence Celebration Returns for its 45th Year of Star-Spangled Fun

Rocky Mount Independence Celebration

Holding with a tradition that will be in its 45th 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 Rocky Mount’s own Rhythm Express will be the first to take the stage. This popular local act touches on several genres of music, playing your favorite R&B, Southern Soul, Top 40, Beach, and Oldies tunes.

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.

The final musical act will take the stage directly following this, as the fun and diverse “party” band, Rubberband will the live entertainment portion of the night at the Rocky Mount Independence Celebration. Described by eastcoastentertainment.com as a band that “refuses to be a cookie-cutter band,” and an act that “gives 200 percent and leaves partygoers exhausted and begging for more,” their renditions of timeless party favorites from any and all eras and genres of music is the perfect prelude to the annual fireworks display at the Rocky Mount Independence Celebration.

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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Easter Eggstravaganza Kicks off Season of Rocky Mount Family Events at Sunset Park

Rocky Mount Family 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 Sunset Easter Eggstravaganza to be held on Sunday, March 20 at Sunset Park.

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.

The city’s main park, Sunset Park is a favorite for Rocky Mount Family Events throughout the Spring, Summer, and Fall seasons. Featuring a 36 passanger train ride, a “county fair” style carousel, a disc golf course, and a spray park to keep cool in the summer, the options at Sunset Park are endless for your Rocky Mount Family Events.

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.

Sunset Park is located off Sunset Avenue on Taylor Street and River Drive beside the famous Tar River. For more information on the park and all upcoming Rocky Mount Family Events, visit rockymountnc.gov.

 

 

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Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Raleigh at “First Night”

New Year's Eve in Raleigh

The entire team at Belmont Lake Preserve NC golf community extends its sincere wishes that you as well as your family and friends enjoy a safe and Happy New Year, with one of the state’s most famous annual celebrations taking place just a short drive up the road from Rocky Mount, offering a great way to enjoy New Year’s Eve in Raleigh.

Since the event’s inception on December 31, 1991, the “First Night” celebration has grown to become the most popular way to ring in the upcoming year. The Board of Directors at Artsplosure was initially responsible for the creation of this now-traditional way of celebrating New Years Eve in Raleigh, and have seen it grow over the course of the past 24 years by leaps and bounds. On average, the event has seen a crowd of over 40,000 in attendance to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Raleigh, with a record breaking 80,000 plus on hand at the 2012 “First Night.”

In addition to showcasing performances and refreshments being served up by local acts and businesses, the “First Night” New Year’s Eve in Raleigh also established the tradition of the “dropping of the acorn.” Much like the apple dropping in the famous Times Square New Year’s celebrations, the “Acorn” descends from the sky in accordance with the countdown each year on New Year’s Eve in Raleigh.

With over 100 total performances spread out across over 30 downtown locations for the affordable price of only $10, celebrating the New Year in Raleigh at “First Night” is a tradition that you, your family, and your friends can remember and cherish as you count down the hours, minutes, and seconds to 2016. For full details, event schedules, directions, maps, and ticket info on “First Night Raleigh,” check out their official website at www.firstnightraleigh.com

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Independence Celebration ringing in the 4th of July in Rocky Mount

4th of July in Rocky Mount

On Friday, July 3, PNC Bank presents the most anticipated summer event for over four decades, as just up the road from your home at Belmont Lake Preserve Golf and Retirement Community, the 44th annual Independence Celebration combines music, family fun, and fireworks to honor America and celebrate the 4th of July in Rocky Mount.

With a 6:00 p.m. start, the Independence Celebration is a free event that will be held at Bishop Stadium in the Rocky Mount Sports Complex at 600 Independence Drive. The event celebrating the 4th of July in Rocky Mount will start with the city’s Fire Department Honor Guard giving a presentation of the colors to accompany the singing of our national anthem. Getting the festivities started will be the beach music sounds of one of the area’s most popular bands, East Coast Rhythm and Blues. Always sure to get a crowd out of their seats for a dancing good time, East Coast Rhythm and Blues proclaims on their website that they have “all the talent and experience you will ever need to get your guests (and even you) out of their Seats and onto the dance floor!”

After the opening 75 minute set of music and a short break where families can enjoy some of the great food and beverages offered by a wide variety of vendors at the 4th of July in Rock Mount event, The Main Event Band will take centerstage at 7:45- 9:15 p.m. Known across the state of north Carolina for their great blend of all genres and eras of feel good rock-n-roll music, The Main Event Band will surely have the Independence Celebration crowd grooving to the beats and ready to ring in the 4th of July in Rocky Mount as a lead-in to the fireworks.

Following the final act, the Independence Celebration will conclude with the traditional fireworks show, which is scheduled to begin at 9:15 p.m. For all the details on the Independence Celebration go to www.rockymount.gov.

 

 

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Celebrating the New Year in Raleigh

Celebrating the New Year in Raleigh

The team at the premier Eastern NC new home golf course community, Belmont Lake Preserve in Rocky Mount extends its wishes for a happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year, reminding you to be safe as you celebrate at one of the many great events offered in the area when ringing in 2015.

Just a few minutes down the road from Belmont Lake Preserve golf and retirement new home community, is the North Carolina Triangle Area’s most famous New Years Eve celebration, as the dropping of the “Raleigh Acorn” culminates a day of activities in the city’s annual “First Night Raleigh” event. Although the traditional acorn drop at midnight has become synonymous with Celebrating the New Year in Raleigh, the annual event actually offers a full day filled with fun that the entire family can enjoy in preparation of bringing in the year 2015 with a smile.

Originally brought to the downtown Raleigh area on December 31, 1991 after the city’s Artsplosure Board of Directors had decided to create a community themed celebration for New Year’s Eve, “First Night ” has grown to become the state’s most popular way of Celebrating the New Year in Raleigh in a safe and inexpensive fashion, drawing families and friends from across North Carolina to be a part of the tradition.

Showcasing performances and refreshments being served up by local acts and averaging a crowd of over 40,000 attendees annually while attracting as many 80,000 at the record breaking 2012 event, Celebrating the New Year in Raleigh at “First Night” is a tradition that you and your family can remember and cherish as you count down to 2015.

With over 100 total performances spread out across over 30 downtown locations for the affordable price of only $10, you and your family will want to join the thousands of visitors in the annual tradition of watching the acorn drop and Celebrating the New Year in Raleigh. For full details, event schedules, directions, maps, and ticket info on “First Night Raleigh,” check out their official website at www.firstnightraleigh.com