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DPAC Broadway Series

The second in our two part series on the incredible, world class talent that awaits you just over an hour from your new home at Belmont Lake Preserve at the Durham Performing Arts Center focuses on the live theater performances that are a part of the DPAC Broadway Season at the venue, boasting eight shows in which seven are current or recent smash hits in New York and the other is wildly successful in London’s West End.

DPAC Broadway Series

The DPAC Broadway Series will see RENT on stage this week

Currently featuring Tony Award winning Best Musical, a Tony Award winning Best Play and a pair of Tony Award winning Best Revivals, the DPAC Broadway Season is the leading one-week Broadway series in the entire United States. The seats in the beautiful Durham Performing Arts Center are available in a season package for these great shows at a locked in low price and give you the same fantastic location you choose for every event, or also available for single shows too.

The shows that are a part of the “Dream Big” DPAC Broadway Season are not the only performances scheduled, however, as some of the most popular shows to ever grace a Broadway stage are also currently slated to enthrall the audiences in the upcoming months. The week of October 11-16 the DPAC Broadway Season will feature one of the most popular shows ever, Rent. The following week will see the 2015 Tony winning Best Musical, Fun Home on October 25-October 30. For the holiday season, the DPAC Broadway Season brings the classic tale of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas, The Musical to center stage from November 29- December 4.

DPAC Broadway Series

The Grinch will take center stage at DPAC on Nov.29- Dec.4

Other shows featured as a part of the DPAC Broadway Series heading into 2017 will be some more of the most classic tales of all time retold with Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella (Dec. 30- Jan.1), An American in Paris (Jan. 3- 8), Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Jan. 31-Feb. 5), The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Feb.21- 26), and The Bodyguard, The Musical (March 14-19).

For the member of your household whom “Lifestyle Redefined” means the bright lights and the thrills and chills that can only be felt under the stage lamps and from the cheers that follow the final curtain call, they should continue to “Dream Big,” and know that just an hour from Rocky Mount, the stage that is life awaits them with the DPAC Broadway Season.For tickets, seating information, and more details on the DPAC Broadway Season, visit dpacnc.com.

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.”

East Carolina University Football

In the state of North Carolina, the changing of the seasons from summer to fall signifies many things. However, more so than the changing colors of the leaves, or the beautiful, crisp autumn air, one tradition across the “Tar Heel State” that may be the most symbolic of the season is the start of another football season. In choosing to relocate to the premier NC golf community, Belmont Lake Preserve, you truly are “never too far from” a wide selection of both Division I NCAA and even National Football League action. In this, the first of a three-part series on the North Carolina Living tradition that takes us on too the gridiron every Saturday and Sunday (and sometimes during the week, too!) we take a look at the closest squad to Rocky Mount, and ask, “Are you ready for some East Carolina University Football?”

East Carolina University Football

ECU has seen many superstar players move on from the program to the NFL, like Chris Johnson (pictured above)

East Carolina University Football (ECU) play their home games throughout the American Athletic Conference (AAC) schedule and against some home state rivals at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium in Greenville, North Carolina just over 40 miles away from Belmont Lake Preserve. Entering a new era in the East Carolina University Football program, first year head coach, Scottie Montgomery will look to relive the Pirates past glory which has seen them win a total of seven conference titles, picking up championships in each of the conferences they were a part of prior to joining the AAC. (North State, Southern, and Conference USA)

This season, the East Carolina University Football team will not only play their always spirited conference games, but also have several interesting non-conference matchups as well that should have the Pirates’ “purple and yellow” faithful cheering right from the opening snap. ECU will open the season with two consecutive home games, hosting Western Carolina on Saturday, September 3 before welcoming the NC State Wolfpack into Greenville for “Hall of Fame Weekend” festivities on September 10. The remainder of their tough non-conference schedule takes them on the road for games with powerhouses, South Carolina and Virginia Tech.

East Carolina University Football

As passionate of a fan base as any in the nation, the ECU “Pirate Nation” is always behind their team

Kicking off their home AAC schedule on Saturday, October 1, the University of Central Florida visits Dowdy-Ficken Stadium for “Paint it Purple Family Weekend.” The remainder of the home 2016 schedule for East Carolina University Football will see Navy come to the Greenville campus on Thursday night for a nationally televised game on ESPN, before the final two home contests take place on Saturdays, October 13 against Connecticut and October 29 versus SMU.

The East Carolina University Football program has some of the most passionate fans across the entire state, as do the remaining college and professional teams to be touched upon in the two stories to follow this one, covering the exciting football action that you are “never too far from” at Belmont Lake Preserve. For more information on the ECU Pirates 2016 season including ticket information, visit ecupirates.com.

Rocky Mount Economic Development

With an influx of new jobs and businesses coming to town, Rocky Mount Economic Development continued on a huge upswing last week with the announcement that Rocky Mount has been selected as the location for an all new $272 million CSX rail-to-truck terminal project that will bring about 900 jobs to the area and another 1,500 state wide.

Announced on July 19 in a press conference held next door to the Belmont Lake Preserve North Carolina golf community, at the Dunn Center by Governor Pat McCrory, was the news of the project’s financial awards that were unanimously approved by the state’s Economic Investment Committee. These include $110 million from the N.C. Transportation Department in performance incentives, $4.3 million in Job Development Investment Grants, and $7.8 million in intermodal tax credits. Ensuring the huge spike in Rocky Mount Economic Development is the fact that for CSX to receive the above incentives, they must invest $160 million into the Rocky Mount facility by 2024, meet all local hiring goals and keep 876 jobs that are already in the state.

CSX CEO, Michael Ward spoke on the selection of Rocky Mount for the 500 acre terminal, which will transfer freight containers that hold a variety of consumer goods between trains and trucks by electric cranes before being  sent to their drop off destination. Ward noted that the ideal location, the growing industrial market in Rocky Mount, and its existing CSX rail operations all weighed into the project that will be a huge boost to Rocky Mount Economic Development.

Leonard Wiggins, the Chairman of the Edgecombe County Board of Commissioners spoke on several topics that residents may have been wondering about following the CSX announcement, as he had recently toured a similar facility in Ohio. “We stood right under this massive crane and you couldn’t hear it operate,” he offered up clearing the air for any residents who may have worries about any noise disturbances. Wiggins went on to remind residents that the terminal will also bring Rocky Mount back to its roots. “This is a railroad community,” he said. “ Railroad lines in Rocky Mount date back as far as 1840.”

This latest project in Rocky Mount Economic Development, the terminal, will be known as “The Carolina Connector” will also bring more public benefits and economic output for both the Rocky Mount community and the surrounding area. The Carolina’s Gateway Partnership noted that more than $310 million in public benefits and upwards of $125 million in statewide economic output. Gateway Partnership CEO, Norris Tolleson spoke to the huge effect this will have on the Rocky Mount Economic Development and the surrounding municipalities, stating, “This is the beginning of a new era of quality jobs in the Twin Counties.

The terminal is set to open for business in 2020 and CSX will host two open house events for the public to find out more and ask any questions they may have about the project. These will be held on Wednesday, July 27 at 6-8 pm at the Edgecombe County Administrative Building in Downtown Tarboro and on Thursday, July 28 in the Brown Auditorium at Nash Community College in Rocky Mount from 6-8 pm.

(Photo Credit: Nate Beal)

Greenboro Coliseum Concert Lineup

Less than two hours up the road from your new home at Belmont Lake Preserve North Carolina golf community, world class music, comedy, and all other forms of entertainment await you as “when you are here, you are never too far from the Greensboro Coliseum Concert Lineup.

Greensboro Coliseum Concert Lineup

The Greensboro Coliseum is one of the nation’s most famous concert venues, for acts of all genres and styles.

While many look to the cities of Raleigh and Charlotte when they think of world- renowned music, comedy, and entertainment acts, located in between the two larger municipalities, the Greensboro Coliseum Concert Lineup would beg to differ with anywhere having a more impressive lineup of entertainers appearing on their stage.

In addition to the famous 22,000-seat arena, the Greensboro Coliseum complex also is home to a 167,000 square foot Special Events Center featuring three separate exhibition halls, a 4,500-seat mini-arena, the White Oak Amphitheater, the Odeon Theatre, the Greensboro Aquatic Center, and the Terrace. As the Coliseum itself is synonymous with Atlantic Coast Conference college sporting events, the complex also is host to the ACC Hall of Champions.

On average, the Greensboro Coliseum Concert Lineup combined with the happenings at the other on site venues makes the Complex one of the most actively booked in the country with about 1,100 events taking place there annually.

Greensboro Coliseum Concert Lineup

The long time host of the ACC Basketball tournament, the Coliseum Complex is host to the ACC Hall of Champions

Upcoming events scheduled for the rest of August alone as part of the Greensboro Coliseum Concert Lineup include 3-time Grammy award winning singer Jill Scott on August 18, multi-platinum selling and Grammy award winning artist, Drake on August 23, and legendary Rock-n-Roll Hall of Famers, AC/DC on August 27.

Outside of the coliseum itself, highlights of the upcoming events at the Complex will see the White Oak Amphitheatre feature comedian Jim Gaffigan on August 13 and the 14th annual Taste Carolina Wine Festival on October 1. Pet lovers can enjoy the Carolina Kennel Club Dog Show, at the Special Events Center on August 18-21 and the annual Central Carolina Fair will be held in the Coliseum’s parking lot daily from September 9-18.

With so many options in entertainment to the north, south, east or west, the location of your new home at Belmont Lake Preserve truly puts you in a position where “when you are here, you’re never to far from there.” Under two hours away, the Greensboro Coliseum Concert Lineup and the great events there year round can help you in your quest for “Lifestyle Redefined.” For more details on the Coliseum, each of its venues, and a full schedule of events, visit, greensborocoliseum.com.

on Saturday, July 30 for the Rocky Mount Rockin’ Classic Auto and Motorcycle Expo

on Saturday, July 30 for the Rocky Mount Rockin’ Classic Auto and Motorcycle ExpoThe downtown Rocky Mount community will once again be “revving up their engines” in anticipation for one of the area’s great summertime traditions as auto enthusiasts will gather just a few short minutes from your new home at Belmont Lake Preserve North Carolina golf community on Saturday, July 30 for the Rocky Mount Rockin’ Classic Auto and Motorcycle Expo.

The day of “fast fun” at the Rocky Mount Rockin’ Classic Auto and Motorcycle Expo will start at 8:30 a.m. where participants can register their cars. Registration runs for two and a half hours, finishing up at 11:00 a.m.. The Rocky Mount Rockin’ Classic Auto and Motorcycle Expo will not only feature a cool assortment of classic cars and motorcycles on display in the downtown area, but the morning and afternoon will see some fantastic local live bands and area vendors serving up delicious food and refreshments throughout the day as well.

As in prevous years at the Rocky Mount Rockin’ Classic Auto and Motorcycle Expo, some of the area’s top collectors and enthusiasts in addition to others traveling from all across the state of North Carolina are expected to be on hand to showcase their classic automobiles and cycles . These will be judged throughout the days’ festivities, starting once registration ends at 11:00 a.m. This years’ categories which the entries will be judged upon include, Best Import, Best Ford, Best Chevy, Best of Show, Sport Bike, Harley Cruiser and more. The general public will also have a chance to select the winner of the “People’s Choice” award, and trophies will be handed out for all winning entrants.

The live music and entertainment at the Rocky Mount Rockin’ Classic Auto and Motorcycle Expo will begin at 12:30 p.m. and run until 2:00 p.m., when the presentation of the winning entries will take place on the event’s Main Stage. Once all winners have been announced, the annual Rocky Mount Rockin’ Classic Auto and Motorcycle Expo parade will commence at 2:45 p.m., with all entered vehicles and bikes being shown off as they maneuver through beautiful downtown Rocky Mount.

The full schedule of events for the 2016 Rocky Mount Rockin’ Classic Auto and Motorcycle Expo is as follows:

8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.- Car Registration

10:00 a.m. -Rockin’ Classic Begins

11:00 a.m. – Judging Begins

12:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m. -Live Entertainment

2:00 p.m. – Presentation of winners

2:45 p.m. – Motorcycle & Car Parade

The Rocky Mount Rockin’ Classic Auto and Motorcycle Expo is only the next in what is a continuous string of great events held in Downtown Rocky Mount NC. For full details on this event and all on the upcoming schedule, visit the Downtown Rocky Mount NC website at downtownrockymount.com.

Durham Bulls Baseball

With a lineage unmatched by even most Major League Baseball teams, and a place in pop culture history and lore forever, Durham Bulls Baseball is a tradition like no other in the summer months that awaits you and at under an hour away from your front door at the Belmont Lake Preserve NC golf community, it won’t be long until you are saying, “Play Ball.”

Durham Bulls Baseball

A beautiful night of Bulls Baseball at DBAP

Dating way back to the 1902, the history of the Durham Bulls baseball franchise is one of the most interesting and storied of any professional sports organization at any level of play. While the most recent run of pro ball in Durham began in 1980, when they became the Bulls and later that decade would gain notoriety through the major motion picture bearing the team’s name, the team originally began play in the North Carolina League as the Durham Tobacconists in April of 1902.

After the initial season of play that league folded, but in the teams’ first appearance under the Durham Bulls name, they would not have too long before they once again were taking the field, as the North Carolina State League (NCSL) formed in late 1912 and at the start of 1913 the Bulls would start playing at Hanes Field, which sits on what would now be part of Duke University’s east campus. The NCSL would cease to exist in May of 1917 due to the start of World War I in leading to a two year hiatus in professional baseball being played in Durham.

Durham Bulls Baseball

The “snorting bull” that was originally developed in the movie “Bull Durham,” now has a variation sitting beyond the outfield wall at DBAP

After the disbanding of the NCSL and the two years before Durham Bulls Baseball would return to action in 1919 with the formation of the Piedmont League, there would only be one summer (1944) without professional baseball in town until 1972. During this 50 year period, one significant pickup by the franchise would be when they purchased and then began the 1926 season playing their home games at El Toro Park, which would be renamed in 1933 as Durham Athletic Park where they would continue to play at until 1993. It would also be during this time period that Durham Bulls Baseball would first become affiliated with an MLB franchise, as they became part of the Philadelphia Phillies organization in 1932. To the day, they remain an MLB affiliate, just one league below the “bigs,” as the Triple A team in the Tampa Rays organization.

Following their brief merger with the city of Raleigh from 1968-1972 in the New York Mets family as the Raleigh-Durham Mets, pro baseball again left the Triangle area, but Durham Bulls Baseball would return for good in 1980 and become the franchise that is more recognizable than any in the country among the ranks of the minor leagues. The late fall months of 1987 would have much to do with the spike in notoriety for Durham Bulls Baseball as, Kevin Costner, Tim Robbins, and Susan Sarandon would star in the huge box office hit, “Bull Durham,” which would be released in 1988 and most of which was filmed at Durham Athletic Park and in the surrounding areas.

Durham Bulls Baseball

Released in 1988, “Bull Durham” starring Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon, and others brought national attention to the franchise

In May of 1990, Jim Goodmon would purchase the Durham Bulls Baseball franchise, and announce his plans for a new stadium in what would be known as Durham Bulls Athletic Park (DBAP), a beautiful ballpark by the standards of any league that would have an additional 10,000 seats and allow for the team to begin setting attendance records on a near annual basis. Just last season, in 2015 the Durham Bulls Baseball club set their own single season paid attendance record, with 554,788 fans coming through the turnstiles at DBAP last season.

Durham Bulls Baseball is steeped in a rich history that continues to excite their fans and provide great family fun at every one of their home games played. The team also offers many great giveaways and host theme nights at the park throughout the season. For a complete look at Durham Bulls Baseball including their full schedule, ticket information, specials and discounts, and so much more, visit durhambulls.com.