Taking a cue from the success of a similar Rocky Mount Community Event, “Paws in the Park,” the city’s Parks and Recreation Department invite pet owners and their dogs to be a part of the first ever “Splash Bark,” being held just up the street from your new home at Belmont Lake Preserve NC golf community at Sunset Spray Park on Sunday, September 18.

This unique Rocky Mount Community Event will feature many fun activities for you to enjoy with your dog throughout the three-hour festivities. These would include many of your favorite Sunset Park activities that you’ve come to love over the years, including taking a ride through the park on the train, circling around the carousel, and of course cooling off while splashing around with “man’s best friend” in the spray park.

This very special day for a pet and his owner begins at 2:00 pm. and wraps up at 5:00. Upon arrival to this Rocky Mount Community Event at Sunset Park it is asked that you and your pet enter through the concessions building. Also, for obvious safety precautions, a proof of your dogs’ rabies vaccination is required for entry. Your dog will be required to be on a leash in all areas of Sunset Park except for the spray park area, where they are free to splash and frolic at this Rocky Mount Community Event, “leash-free.”

In discussing the first ever “Splash Bark” event recently with the Rocky Mount Telegram, Event Organizer Alex Langley said, “We have a vibrant and excited dog lovers’ population in our community.” Langley continued, “Events like this enable us to provide increased activities for our four legged friends and their owners.”

For further information on “Splash Bark,” or any other upcoming Rocky Mount Community Event, visit the “Splash Bark” Facebook Event page or contact Alex Langley at

Durham Performing Arts Center

At Belmont Lake Preserve, you are afforded some of the greatest on-site amenities here at the premier North Carolina golf community and locally with all the fantastic outdoor living and active lifestyle options that Rocky Mount has to offer. However, the central location of our community to the incredible entertainment options also puts with in a short drive to some of the finest theatres and concert venues in the country, including the Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC) which features the biggest names in all genres of music, an incredible “Broadway” lineup, comedians, children’s shows, and much more.

Durham Performing Arts Center

The legendary Bob Dylan comes to DPAC on November 4

In this, a two –part series focusing on all of the awesome national and world famous acts that perform at DPAC, we will look at just a sampling of the incredible live entertainment you can be on hand for in just over an hour on a straight shot up US-64 East. Starting this upcoming week as an example of the variety of world-class talent that graces the Durham Performing Arts Center stage, Grammy Award Winner, Anthony Hamilton will take center stage on Thursday, October 6, 3 Doors Down on Friday night (October 7), and an Evening of YES music with original members of the legendary classic rock band hitting DPAC on Sunday, October 9. Sandwiched between these great musical acts on Saturday, October 8, will be a night for the kids, as Disney Live! Mickey and Minnie’s Doorway to Magic comes to Durham Performing Arts Center for a night of family fun.

Other incredible talent just in the months of October and November scheduled to be at Durham Performing Arts Center include: Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and pioneer, Bob Dylan on Friday, November 4, Country Music Superstar, Vince Gill on November 9, Motown legends, The Temptations and The Four Tops on November 18, and guitar virtuoso, Joe Bonamassa on November 25.

The great music at Durham Performing Arts Center is only a portion of the talented upcoming schedule though, as if you are looking for a night of laughter, comedy acts to include the Trailer Park Boys (October 21), and Bill Engvall (November 6) will all be tickling your “funny bone” at Durham Performing Arts Center.

Durham Performing Arts Center

Great children’s shows, like Disney Live! are a staple of DPAC’s schedule

Much like the aforementioned “Disney Live” performance, Durham Performing Arts Center also has many great shows bringing the favorite, lovable characters that all children know and appreciate so much to life on the stage. PBS Kids favorites, The Odd Squad: Live (November 5), and Octonauts Live! will be at DPAC on Friday, November 11 in a pair of shows the children won’t want to miss.

Your location at Belmont Lake Preserve puts you in the perfect spot to see all the great things across the state of North Carolina. In making the choice of Lifestyle Redefined at Belmont Lake , you truly are “never too far from world class entertainment at Durham Performing Arts Center.” To see the full lineup of acts and performances Arts Center.” To see the full lineup of acts and performances and for tickets, visit


Coming off their second ever trip to the Super Bowl and the best season in franchise history, it is an exciting time for the NFL’s Carolina Panthers Football team. Luckily for the fan of the gridiron under your roof at your new home at the Belmont Lake Preserve NC golf community, “you are never too far away from Charlotte and Bank of America Stadium, as the final installment of our three part series on football in NC takes a look at the upcoming 2016-17 schedule and season for last year’s NFC Champions.

Carolina Panthers Football

QB Cam Newton was the NFL’s 2015 MVP

Recording one of the all time greatest regular season records in the rich history of the National Football League (NFL) by winning 15 games, while only losing one, the Carolina Panthers Football team made it all the way to the Super Bowl, before losing a hotly contested contest in their bid for the championship against the Denver Broncos. Despite the loss, the core of the NFC conference champion Carolina Panthers Football team, led by recipient of the 2015 league Most Valuable Player award, Cam Newton at quarterback and the 2013 and 2015 NFL Coach of the Year, Ron Rivera, will be back and hopes are high for a return to the Super Bowl this season.

Carolina Panthers football

Panthers Head Coach, Ron Rivera has been named NFL Coach of the Year in 2013 and 2015

With the home games for the Carolina Panthers Football team being played under 200 miles from your new home in Rocky Mount at Belmont Lake Preserve ready to start in the second week of September, the road back to the Super Bowl begins on the road in a rematch of last year’s Super Bowl in a week one, prime time matchup this Thursday night with the Denver Broncos at 8:30 p.m. on September 8.

The Carolina Panthers Football team’s entire home schedule to be played at Charlotte’s Bank of America Stadium is as follows:

With the defending NFC Champion, Carolina Panthers Football team in Charlotte vying for a return to the Super Bowl, or as detailed in the first two blog posts in our three part series, the ECU Pirates shooting for an AAC title, and all of the exciting ACC football action heating up this fall, your choice of “Lifestyle Redefined” you’re your location at Belmont Lake Preserve without question puts you “never too far away,” from some of the most exciting action on the gridiron anywhere in the entire country.

For more information on 2016-17 Carolina Panthers Football including directions to Bank of America Stadium and ticket prices and availability, visit

The Main Course at Belmont
The Main Course at Belmont

Mouth watering steaks and chops are a staple at The Main Course

They say that “laughter is always the brightest in the place where the food is,” and no where is this statement truer than here at Belmont Lake Preserve NC golf community, as you can “savor the taste of Lifestyle Redefined” without leaving your own neighborhood with the delicious offerings at The Main Course at Belmont.

Since its opening day in late 2014, The Main Course at Belmont has been earning rave reviews from its customers, whether they stopped in for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or some type of catered or special event. Located at 201 Belmont Way in the Belmont Lake Golf Clubhouse, The Main Course at Belmont is open Monday through Saturday from 7:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m., and Sunday from 7:00 a.m until 3:00 p.m.

The Main Course's Seafood Sampler is always a popular menu option

The Main Course’s Seafood Sampler is always a popular menu option

Named recently by the accredited art, food, and culture website, “The Culture Trip” as one of the top ten best restaurants in Rocky Mount, NC, whether a great home cooked breakfast, an authentic American lunch, or a delicious staek or seafood offering for dinner, anytime of day, The Main Course at Belmont has you covered.

At, over 50 customers have reviewed The Main Course at Belmont, raving over the fantastic meals and service they received at the restaurant. Described by one reviewer as “ one of the best kept secrets in Rocky Mount,” and “not quite like anywhere else you will go,” The Main Course at Belmont consistently has drawn fantastic reviews since opening almost two years ago.

The Main Course at Belmont

The classic American breakfast options at the Main Course are a delicious way to start the day

Serving breakfast seven days a week, customers have noted being impressed both by the quality and great, affordable pricing whether they go with the always popular “Monster Cheese Biscuit,” one of the made to order omelettes, the “Hobo,” or any of the other standard American breakfast favorites available at The Main Course at Belmont. See their full breakfast menu here.

With a wide selection of sandwich options that include the often talked about Shrimp Po’ Boy, a fantastic Philly Cheesesteak, Robbie’s Chicken Salad, the “Tailgater” burger, and so many more, lunch time at The Main Course at Belmont is one you will also want to check out soon. Daily specials, fresh salads, and lunch “bowls and  baskets” featuring Robbie’s Famous Ribs, Chicken Tenders, and more are also available Monday-Friday during the lunch hours of 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Check out the full lunch menu for The Main Course here.

The Main Course at Belmont

The jumbo lump crab cakes at The Main Course are a “must try” for any seafood lover

The three courses offered for dinner at The Main Course at Belmont are like no other offerings in the city of Rocky Mount.With “first course” appetizers that include a bourbon-glazed smoked pork belly offering or their delicious buffalo shrimp, there is no bad way to start. The soup of the day, or a choice of several salads make a perfect set up for the “main course” of which the choices are endless. Chef specials such as the succulent prime rib or the everyday options including several juicy, made to order steaks, seafood, chicken entrees, and the incredible prime rib pork chops keep the customers coming back for more and leaving happy every time. The full dinner menu can be seen here.

The Main Course at Belmont

Good times with friends and family await you at The Main Course at Belmont

In addition to all of the great food options, which also includes homemade desserts, The Main Course also features a full bar, where you can enjoy a few beverages either before or after a meal, or while waiting or finishing up a round of 18 holes on the spectacular, award winning Belmont Lake Golf Club. For more information on The Main Course and Belmont Lake Preserve visit


North Carolina Outdoor Living

With the month of May is known across the United States as “National Bike Month,” the array of Rocky Mount NC Bike Trails give you a glimpse of the incredible North Carolina Outdoor Living options give you a way to recognize this celebrated month as well as keep fit and enjoy some beautiful scenery all with in minutes of your new home at the Belmont Lake Preserve NC golf community.

The League of American Bicyclists established “National Bike Month” in 1956, with the premise that each May, the public be educated on the benefits of cycling, either for exercise, pleasure, or transportation. The North Carolina Outdoor Living options in Rocky Mount are plentiful, especially when it come to biking, as there are no fewer than five distinct parks and designated trails that specifically cater to those pedaling about. These not only give you a nice surface to ride on, but also allow you to enjoy North Carolina Outdoor Living with the scenic and historic backdrop that is Rocky Mount NC. The five pathways in Rocky Mount include:

  • Battle Park

    North Carolina Outdoor Living

    There are many winding trails that lead you through Battle Park

The largest park in the city of Rocky Mount is centered around the “falls of the Tar River.” A sprawling 57 acres in size, Battle Park once was a prime hunting and fishing ground for the native Tuscarora Indians. Those days have passed, however, the opportunity to enjoy North Carolina Outdoor Living is plentiful here, with biking and walking trails curving through the park and leading to picnic areas, a boat ramp, several fishing piers, and a gazebo

  • Sunset Park
North Carolin Outdoor Living

The beautiful scenery at Sunset Park

The city of Rocky Mount’s main park, complete with a carousel, a spray park, a boat ramp, picnic areas, tennis and basketball courts, and a skate park also offers a unique and beautiful landscape view of North Carolina Outdoor Living while you pedal your way around the trails weaving through and around the park.


  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Park

Many historians feel that the first uttering of Dr. King’s famous “I have a dream”phrase took place right in Rocky Mount at a public speaking engagement just a short time before his now iconic speech that took place on the steps onf the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.. This historic park honoring the Civil Rights leader has a bike/waliking pathway surrounding it and among its 28.42 acres also features a playground, swings, and recreational fields.

  • The Raised Walking and Biking Path

On the way out of Sunset Park, from this wooden path you get a spectacular look at the wetland habitat along Rocky Mount’s Tar River.

  • Rocky Mount Pedestrian Bridge (Pictured at Top)

One of the longest wooden structures of its kind in the entire United States. The pedestrian bridge also crosse over the Tar River as you ride out of Battle Park.

Celebrate National Bike Month and enjoy the great scenic landscapes and history while taking in all the North Carolina Outdoor Living that Rocky Mount NC has to offer all month long and throughout the summer months. For a comprehensive guide and more details of these etrails and all of the parks in the city, visit

Kitty Hawk NC
Kitty Hawk NC

The Wright Brothers Bridge in Kitty Hawk NC is named after is the “innovators of aviation” who first took flight just outside of town.

The location of your new home in the premier NC golf community at Belmont Lake Preserve is one of the most attractive points that both local and transplanted new home owners can all agree upon. Whether looking to stay close to family in the North or south eastern part of the country, or for the central location to all the great things going on right here in North Carolina, such as the beautiful Outer Banks and historic Kitty Hawk NC…at Belmont Lake Preserve, you are never to far from “there.”

Maybe the most historic town of any on the Outer Banks, Kitty Hawk NC’s motto of “Take Flight” stems from their most famous residents, Orville and Wilbur Wright, who used the gentle hills for glider launching, the sandy surfaces for soft landings, as well as its private and remote location to avoid garnering unwanted attention when they started their experimentation that would lead to the first controlled, sustained flight of a powered aircraft, just a few miles south of Kitty Hawk, NC on December 17, 1903.

Fast-forward to the modern day, and the town of Kitty Hawk NC, while always steeped in its rich history, now consists of the picturesque Kitty Hawk beach community featuring residential cottages as well as hotels and a traditional village. The unique shops and impressive dining options that characterize both the beach area and the village in Kitty Hawk NC emanate a welcoming, small time feel that is as endearing to tourists and visitors as it is to the tow’s life long residents. Echoing these sentiments, the website,, speaks of Kitty Hawk NC, saying the following, “Both the beach and the village share a feeling that development should remain on a human scale and in harmony with nature. It is a pattern and character of the town that both year-round and seasonal residents want to preserve.”

Kitty Hawk NC

With a variety of spectacular plant and animal life, nature awaits in the Kitty Hawk Woods

Yet another feature of Kitty Hawk NC that sets it apart from most other Outer Banks towns is its 461-acre maritime forest reserve, the Kitty Hawk Woods. With an incredible variety of both plant and animal life, “The Woods” in Kitty Hawk NC are for sure an attraction worth taking a look at on your way through town.

The Outer Banks of North Carolina has become one of the most popular vacation and “get away” spots in the entire country, and with its beaches, friendly atmosphere, unique shops and eateries, as well as its ties to American history, Kitty Hawk NC is one of the main stops you don’t want to miss.

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



Top U.S. Growth State

Many north easterners and transplants from all across the country are moving to beautiful neighborhoods like Belmont Lake Preserve NC golf community and others across the “Tar Heel State,” as evidenced is the annual report done by U-Haul naming North Carolina as the “Top U.S. Growth State.”

Although the state only ranks ninth over all in actual population, which according to a July 2015 U.S. Census estimate for North Carolina is a little more than 10 million people, there has been a consistent growth, with a 4.3 percent increase between 2010-14. This is over one percent higher than the national average during this same time frame.

U-Haul bases its ranking of North Carolina as the Top U.S. Growth State on its posting the biggest net gain of of one-way U-Haul truck rentals entering a state versus the number which have left the same state during the past calendar year. This data was compiled for this years listing of the Top U.S. Growth State from a total of over 1.7 million one-way U-Haul truck rentals that occurred between January and December of 2015.

Several U-Haul representatives did not seem surprised in the least with North Carolina being named ad the Top U.S. Growth State for 2015, as the President of the company’s Central North Carolina operation, Jason Grider noted. “I am not surprised to hear North Carolina is the number one top growing state,” he said. “North Carolina is a great state to live and work. I think people are drawn to the state because of the strong economy and job opportunities, the climate, and the diversity of the people and state as a whole.” He concluded, “From the Atlantic Coast to the lakes and Appalachian Mountains, we have much to offer and opportunities for everyone. The growth is not limited to certain areas. We have seen tremendous growth all over the state.”

Echoing his sentiments was the President of U-Haul’s Raleigh base, Paul Smedberg, who added, “The temperate climate and overall quality of life that North Carolina offers is contagious. All the metro areas, including Raleigh, Durham, Charlotte, Greensboro and Winston-Salem have experienced steady growth. It doesn’t appear to be slowing down any time soon.”

For the complete listing of the Top U.S. Growth States, visit

Economic Development in Rocky Mount

With an influx of new businesses and industry in the area, none may have a larger positive impact on the local economy than a merger that has taken place right across the street form your new home at the Belmont Lake Preserve NC golf community, as the recent acquisition of Hospira by Pfizer figures to have huge implications on the Economic Development in Rocky Mount.

A recent article in the Triangle Business Journal by staff writer, Jason deBruyn, detailed the impact that the Pfizer purchase will have on Economic Development in Rocky Mount. The piece, titled “What Pfizer-Allergan means for manufacturing in Rocky Mount,” explains that the merger between Pfizer and Allergan, combined with the purchase of the Rocky Mount plant that employs about 3,000 workers, will make the group the largest pharmaceutical drug maker in the world.

Krista Ikirt, the Vice President of the Carolina Gateway Partnership, which is a recruitment agency dedicated to the Economic Development in Rocky Mount as well as all of Nash and Edgecombe counties, noted in the article, “It’s been very important to our community.” She continued, speaking on the long-term impact the purchase will have on Economic Development in Rocky Mount, adding, “I don’t think any business makes that kind of investment and then thinks about getting rid of it…we just hope that they continue to invest in the Rocky Mount plant.”

Echoing Ikirt’s enthusiasm toward the acquisition of Hospira upon the finalized agreement this fall, Pfizer Chairman and CEO released the following statement, “We are pleased that Hospira, the world’s leading provider of injectable drugs and infusion technologies and a global leader in biosimilars, is now part of Pfizer. We want to welcome our new Hospira colleagues to Pfizer. We are excited to add their talents and proud of the shared commitment of all Pfizer colleagues to serving patients worldwide.”

To read the full Triangle Business Journal article on the Pfizer/Allergan acquisition’s effect on Economic Development in Rocky Mount visit and to see more on the Pfizer company got to

Craft Brewery in Rocky Mount

Founded in 2014 and aiming to provide “high quality, interesting, and delicious craft beer,” the first ever Craft Brewery in Rocky Mount, Koi Pond Brewing Company has officially opened its doors for business at 1107 Falls Road, just minutes away from your new home at the premier NC golf community, Belmont Lake Preserve.

What began as a request from a friend and eventually turned into a hobby for Koi Pond founder, Eric Ghiloni has resulted in the opening of the first Craft Brewery in Rocky Mount after said hobby became more of a passion and the responses from those tasting his product were increasingly positive.

Ghiloni explains on the official website of the Craft Brewery in Rocky Mount, “I had a friend, Jeff May, who asked me to make some beer. I was at a point in my life where I wanted to try something new, s I bought a homebrew kit and made up a batch.” He continued, “Jeff told me the brew was the best he’d ever had for a beginner. My mind raced with enthusiasm and ideas, from the single, heartfelt compliment.”

The rest of the story, as they say, “is history,” as Eric continued his exploration into the world of brewing and for more than a year began developing recipes that would include much of what you can expect to find at the new Craft Brewery in Rocky Mount. He would encourage his friends to taste the vast catalog of Indian Pale Ale’s(IPA’s), Witbiers, Stouts, and other tasty selections he created, basing his next moves on the essential feedback he received from them.

“The response has been overwhelming,” he noted. “There is a strong foundation for support of products like these in Rocky Mount, and an even stronger desire to see local businesses start up and become part of the action.”

The name, which was decided upon for the first ever, Craft Brewery in Rocky Mount, Koi Pond Brewing Company, comes from very deep and personal reasoning from Ghiloni. “I literally wear my life and heart on my sleeve,” he said in explaining how the name was decided upon as he has two koi fish tattooed on his arm representing each of his two sons. “My two sons…are responsible for the greatest joy in my life and provide the harmony, symbolic to many with Koi, that each of needs to succeed and do good.”

After opening production several months back at their production and bottling facility on South Grace Street near downtown, Rocky Mount’s first ever Craft Brewery opened it’s doors on January 3 and along with his wife, Mary and long-time friends and partners in Koi Pond, Matthew and Deborah Sperati they look forward to helping with the growth of the local business community.

“There is plenty of opportunity out there, especially in the Rocky Mount area.” My partners and I want to see Koi Pond grow, and we also want to see the establishment of other local breweries and supporting businesses.”

To see more on Koi Pond Brewing Company including their full selection of craft beers and hours of operation, visit their website at