Tameka Kenan-Norman: Spring events in store
BY TAMEKA KEENAN-NORMAN
City of Rocky Mount
Sunday, March 24, 2019
It’s hard to believe spring is already here. Wednesday marked the first day of spring, and the season extends through June 21.
Many of us are often in a much better mood during these months. According to an article in Psychology Today, people are generally happier when the days are longer. Those extra hours of sunlight and happy moods often mean people are searching for more to do, and the Rocky Mount Parks and Recreation Department provides ample opportunities for family fun.
First Friday continues from 6 to 9 p.m. April 5 in the Imperial Centre for the Arts and Sciences. The event will feature the Mac McLaughlin Band performing in honor of JAM, or Jazz Appreciation Month. A blacksmith demonstration will be held by Ed Story, and the “No Shame Mic” night provides a chance for talented dancers, singers, musicians and more to perform in front of an audience.
Admission to First Friday is free.
Also as a part of First Friday, an artist in residency reception will be held from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at the Rocky Mount Mills. Guests will meet photographers from the Black Light Project, which will be a 2020 exhibit at the Imperial Centre for the Arts & Sciences.
April 13-14 will be a fun-filled weekend, too. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m on April 13, bring your furry friends to the ninth annual Paws in the Park event at Best Friend’s Dog Park at 480 Lee St. There will be a fashion show, vendors, food trucks, music from DJ Slammin and more. You are also encouraged to enjoy a performance from Fetch N’ Fly specializing in dog training and dog sports.
Rabies tags are required, and dogs six months old and younger will not be allowed inside the fence.
The date set for Rocky Mount’s annual Easter Eggstravaganza is April 14. From 2 to 4 p.m., children ages 12 and under are invited to the Imperial Centre for the Arts and Sciences for an egg hunt, inflatable games, free admission to the Children’s Museum and more. Children must bring their own basket or bag for egg collection, and hunts will be divided into zones based on age.
Downtown Live! gets underway May 23 with a performance from Chairmen of the Board. The concert series will take place every other Thursday through Sept. 12. There will not be a performance held on July 4. Bring your lawn chairs for free concerts on the Imperial Centre lawn starting at 6 p.m. For all scheduled acts, visit imperialcentre.org.
The Juneteenth Community Empowerment Festival will take place May 31-June 1 at the Imperial Centre. The festival includes education about Juneteenth, music, activities, vendors and more.
A formal announcement of the national recording artist set to perform at Juneteenth will be delivered first to the city’s V.I.P. text message subscribers. To get on the V.I.P. list, text CITYBEAT to 55469.
Spring has sprung, and so have many of the events happening in Rocky Mount. For continued updates and for a list of all events coordinated by the city of Rocky Mount, visit www.rockymountnc.gov.