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 dpac.com.


Custom Home Design Trends

As 2016 heads into the end of summer and toward the fall, there are several popular Custom Home Design Trends that have become increasingly popular, that you may want to consider as work through the building and construction process at your new home at Belmont Lake Preserve in Rocky Mount.

The kitchen as many of you know has become one of the main focal points not only when building a new home, but also among the Custom Home Design Trends that have been noted throughout 2016 thus far. One such trend that has consistently remained popular in kitchens this year is “white on white spaces.” This “clean look” with the usage of white cabinets with a light colored or white counter top or back splash has returned in a big way. The main factor attributing to making this one of the most frequently seen of 2016’s Custom Home Design Trends, is the overall desire of new home buyers and builders to use the kitchen as the center of the home for entertaining guests, as the brightness of the “white on white” helps in opening up and making the appear large.

Double islands in the kitchen is another of this year’s Custom Home Design Trends that has seen many who have built a new home include, for much of the same reason. One island for seating and entertaining, with a second for much of the same and in some cases even for a sink, makes for more overall space when trying to be a good host.

As far as Custom Home Design Trends in regards to flooring this year, reclaimed lumber continued to be the choice of many. First gaining major popularity a few years back, this eco-friendly option in floors adds a unique look, and a bit of character and personality also.

It was not very long ago that brass fixtures in a newly built home were considered outdated and less than savory as far as Custom Home Design Trends go. However, they are back with a vengeance this year, mainly due to how “unique look of the brass when partnered with a more contemporary style fixture.

Continuing to take priority among the new homeowners in 2016 was a focus on indoor/outdoor living spaces. As is commonplace here among each of the Custom Home Design Trends discussed, this too plays into the open space concept that has become so important in recent years. Allowing indoor and outdoor spaces to flow seamlessly such as an outdoor living room type area around a fireplace or the indoor dining area opening to a patio space.

With these and so many other Custom Home Design Trends to consider in building a home at Belmont Lake Preserve, you can add some of these ideas to the existing floor plans or discuss other ideas with the builder team working on your new house. To see the floor plans and for more information on the Halle Building Group, visit belmontlakepreserve.com.

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 www.panthers.com.

Rocky Mount Active Lifestyle

With the Rocky Mount city council recently discussing possible upgrades to one of the city’s beautiful outdoor spaces that sits only minutes from your new home in Belmont Lake Preserve, the already plentiful options for Rocky Mount Active Lifestyle activities could increase with the proposed changes at Battle Park.

Although the upgrades that would include these Rocky Mount Active Lifestyle options at Battle Park are not likely to occur immediately, the interest from the city officials was genuine. The upgrades that were spoken of at the meeting would see a new “spray ground,” a butterfly garden, a zip line, widened walking paths, and a BMX track.

These proposed items were noted to be in the concept stage still, however, several other short-term efforts that also would offer some new Rocky Mount Active Lifestyle options were also brought up at the August 10 council meeting. An outdoor outfitter, environmental education, and educational hiking trails were the short term Rocky Mount Active Lifestyle ideas tossed around, and Assistant City Manager, Thomas Moton, Jr. explained that many residents have been behind this project because they’d like to see Battle Park made a focal point of Rocky Mount’s tourism industry and economy.

“With ideas for improvements we hope to make this area a destination location,” Moton, Jr. went on to explain. “With possible bike trails and other activities, we hope to attract more travelers and to maximize opportunities for people to enjoy the water.” He added, “Battle Park is also the hub to connect our assets from MLK Park to City Lake, so visitors can use the greenway to enjoy all seven miles of greenway trails that Rocky Mount has to offer.”

Being in such early stages of development, the cost of the Battle Park project that would see the addition of these great Rocky Mount Active Living options was not brought to the table. However, there has been some interest shown by Rocky Mount Mills (which is owned by Capitol Broadcasting Company) in a possible lease or purchase of Panther Island,  which is part of Battle Park. If this were the case, that company would implement improvements by itself and allow the city to focus on the remainder of the park.

Rocky Mount Parks and Recreation Department Director, Kelvin Yarrell addressed the possibility of the Battle Park upgrades, voicing the following conclusion.  “The true plan would come from working with our citizens, elected officials and the business community, such as Capitol Broadcasting, to look at the entire scope of the project once funding becomes available.”

2016 ACC Football

Continuing with our series on the football action with in a quick drive of your new home at the premier North Carolina golf community in Rocky Mount, Belmont Lake Preserve, the second installment focuses on “never being too far from,” the home games of three of the top teams heading into the start of th 2016 ACC Football schedule this week,  the University of North Carolina (UNC) Tar Heels, Duke Blue Devils, and NC State Wolfpack.

2016 ACC Football

Raleigh’s Carter-Finley Stadium is a “sea of red” for NC State Wolfpack football.

Starting this Thursday evening, the three local favorites in the area will begin their 2016 ACC Football season, when NC State plays a nationally televised game at home in Raleigh at Carter Finley Stadium. The Wolfpack will no doubt be looking to contend in the Atlantic Division throughout the 2016 ACC Football season starting this week on September 1, when they have a non conference tune-up with William and Mary. Not only do they open the 2016 ACC Football at home, but outside of  a week off on September 24, the Wolfpack will play each of their first four weeks of the new season in the state of North Carolina. The Wolfpack will head to Greenville on September 10 to battle East Carolina, before Old Dominion visits Carter Finley on September 17, and finally the first NC State conference home game of 2016 ACC Football conference schedule will be against Wake Forest on October 1. The remainder of NC State’s home 2016 ACC football schedule will see the squad host Boston College (Oct. 29), Florida State (Nov. 5), and Miami (Nov. 19).

Moving over to the Coastal Division, UNC is the preseason favorite to win it all and return to the championship game when the 2016 ACC Football schedule has wrapped up. Ranked number 22 in the preseason AP Top 25 poll,  Tar Heels figure to have the home crowd in Chapel Hill rocking throughout the season.

2016 ACC Football

The UNC Tarheels, Ranked #22 in the AP Top 25, play there home games at Kenan Memorial Stadium

The Tar Heels will open the season this Saturday, September 3 on the road against the University of Georgia and travel for a second away game to start the season on September 10. The home schedule for UNC begins when they host James Madison on Saturday, September 17 and then September 24, they welcome Pittsburgh to Kenan Memorial Stadium. The only October home game for the Heels is October 8 against Virginia Tech, but the month of November sees three home contests, with Georgia Tech (Nov. 5), The Citadel (Nov. 19), and a big rivalry game to end the regular season on Friday, November 25, when the NC State Wolfpack travel from Raleigh to do battle with UNC. The other November matchup on the 2016 ACC Football schedule for UNC will see them face off on November 10 with their arch rival, Duke Blue Devils at Wallace Wade Stadium in Durham.

The Blue Devils will actually open their season opposite the Tar Heels, as Duke will begin play at home for two weeks, starting with NC Central coming in to Wallace Wade Stadium this Saturday, September 3 before their 2016 ACC Football conference opener sees them matchup with Wake Forest on September 10. The month of October for the Duke Blue Devils will start with back-to-back home matchups in Durham versus Virginia and Army. Before the final home game of the 2016 ACC Football schedule against the enemy Tar Heels (Nov.10), Duke will host one other game at Wallace Wade against Virginia Tech on November 5.

There were many great reasons in making the choice to move to Belmont Lake Preserve, with its great centralized location being one that can help you experience “Lifestyle Redefined” along side thousands of other fans when you cheer for your favorite team as they play under an hour away during the 2016 ACC Football schedule. For more information on each of these teams and all others in the conference, visit theacc.com.

Photo Credits:
UNC/Kenan Memorial Stadium:Yeungb
NC State/Carter Finley: SMaloney