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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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“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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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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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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New Grant and Addition at Harrison Family YMCA adds to Rocky Mount Outdoor Living options

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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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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 Monk to Mill Trail Would Add Beauty and Expand Active Lifestyle Options

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In what would add to the already plentiful active lifestyle options and picturesque scenery of the city, the proposed Rocky Mount Monk to Mill Trail would be a project adding trails and potentially another beautiful city park, linking downtown Rocky Mount to the Rocky Mount Mills site.

The potential addition to the city is detailed at the official City of Rocky Mount website, where it describes the Rocky Mount Monk to Mill Trail, stating, “The Monk to Mill Trail is a conceptual greenway and urban trail project that will serve as a location of experience for cyclists and pedestrians between Downtown Rocky Mount and the Rocky Mount Mills. The Monk to Mill Trail provides a “linear commons” that will weave the fabric of central city living in Rocky Mount. “

Continuing on about the exciting prospect of a greenway and trail linking downtown to the mill site, it reads, “This dynamic platform designed for creativity and active living will be the point of assembly for locals and visitors alike to observe and experience the vibrancy happening along this linear park and throughout downtown. Monk to Mill Trail will be the place for recreation, relaxation, and fellowship.”

The name for the Rocky Mount Monk to Mill Trail would come from a salute of sorts to the city’s rich history in two different areas, with one obviously being the cotton mills and the mill site and the other being its ties to jazz music and legendary musician, Thelonious Monk, who was born in Rocky Mount.

An editorial/opinion piece which ran recently in The Rocky Mount Telegram,  spoke of these ties and recognizing the city’s history in offering a vote of support for the Rocky Mount Monk to Mill Trail and its tip of the cap to its storied past. “Other cities with more resources would love to be known as Monk’s hometown.” The Telegram opinion piece went on to voice its support, saying, “Monk’s pioneering music is still celebrated and loved by jazz scholars and aficionados all over the world. The idea to tie Monk Park to the Rocky Mount Brewmill is a creative means of linking past and future in entertainment and recreation. A trail would beckon to music fans, fitness buffs, craft beer enthusiasts and many more tourists.”

Further details of the proposed Rocky Mount Monk to Mill Trail including renderings of the proposed trail and greenway and the park among other information can be seen at rockymountnc.gov.

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Rocky Mount Downtown Community Facility Could be a “Game Changer”

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Working towards an idea that originally surfaced among city council members as far back as the 1940’s and brought back to the council chambers again in the mid 1970’s and 1990’s, the possibility of a Rocky Mount Downtown Community Facility (RMDCF) with an emphasis on hosting incoming sporting events among other activities could stand to bring an economic impact of an estimated $264 million spending dollars to the city with in ten years of its doors opening.

Detailed and referred to at the City of Rocky Mount’s official website as a “conceptual indoor sports destination” that would be located only minutes from your new home at Belmont Lake Preserve, in the heart of downtown Rocky Mount, rockymountnc.gov goes on to explain the proposed facility would be “unlike any sporting event center in eastern North Carolina.”

Continuing to explain what would set the Rocky Mount Downtown Community Facility apart from any similar in Eastern NC, the website noted it would be “unique in that it not only caters to sporting tournaments, but also has the capacity to accommodate a multitude of other occasions. The piece went on to promote the idea, noting, “This space is ideal for use by both locals and visitors alike, and will set Downtown Rocky Mount apart as the perfect destination location of experience for people of all ages and interests.”

Despite the planning stages obviously taking some time and since the concept has been brought back about by the council, there have obviously been some questions raised by Rocky Mount residents, the “Frequently Asked Questions” section devoted to the concept of a Rocky Mount Downtown Community Facility would point towards a very promising economic effect that the new facility could have on the city.

While the document does state that the Rocky Mount Downtown Community Facility would require several subsidies in its first few operating years ($872,000 in year one, $682,000 in years two and year three $264,000), the anticipated generated revenue and jobs locally would seem to counteract these and then some.

“In its first year, the projected operating revenue will be $1,646,552. By year 10, the projected revenue is $5,938,327, “ the document states. Equally as promising as that statement would be the section addressing the potential new jobs created by a Rocky Mount Downtown Community Facility. “The Downtown Community Facility would create 50 new jobs from the ongoing operations, plus 200 construction jobs. A general manager at the facility would make approximately $90,000 annually. A marketing director would generate $70,000 to $80,000 per year. There are also other high skilled positions that would be available. “

On top of these figures the anticipated economic impact of $264 million in new spending in the city over 10 years, coupled with several other high profile announcements recently of economic development in Rocky Mount and the surrounding community it would seem that things are looking bright for the future of the a Rocky Mount Downtown Community Facility and the entire city as a whole.

To view the information at the City of Rocky Mount’s website on the Rocky Mount Downtown Community Facility, visit rockymountnc.gov.

(Photo Credit: City of Rocky Mount)