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Holiday events loom on horizon

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Parade participants wave while riding the Rocky Mount Senior Center float on Dec. 3, 2017, during the Rocky Mount Christmas Parade.

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From Staff Reports

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Local music sensation Brooke Simpson is making a stop on her U.S. tour to serve as grand marshal of the Rocky Mount Christmas Parade.

Simpson has released two singles, “Perfect” and “2am,” since placing third on season 13 of NBC’s hit show “The Voice.”

Simpson will add to what is an annual tradition in downtown Rocky Mount. The parade also will feature local marching bands, colorful floats and more.

The parade — set to begin at 3 p.m. Dec. 2 in downtown Rocky Mount — is part of a full season of holiday events on tap to end the 2018 calendar year.

Holiday fun doesn’t have to wait until December. Local actors will continue the tradition of performing “A Charlie Brown Christmas” with the first performance scheduled for 7 p.m. Nov. 29 at the Dunn Center for the Performing Arts.

Brooke Edwards, artistic and managing director at the Imperial Centre for the Arts & Sciences, will direct the adaptation, which includes Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the Peanuts gang.

Performances continue Dec. 6-9 with “A Charlie Brown Christmas” and the 50th annual Christmas Chorus at the Imperial Centre for the Arts & Sciences. The Dec. 6-8 shows will begin at 7:30 p.m., while the Dec. 9 show opens at 2 p.m.

Holiday celebrations will continue with the Imperial Centre’s First Friday from 6-9 p.m. Dec. 7, featuring a tree lighting ceremony, Santa Claus, carriage rides and more. First Friday events are free.

Two days later, the Imperial Centre will hold its annual Winter Wonderland, a four-hour event from 1 to 5 p.m. Dec. 9 that provides carriage rides, arts and crafts, pictures with Santa Claus and admission to the Children’s Museum and Arts Center.

Arts and crafts options also are available at the Imperial Centre through clay ornament workshops from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Nov. 29 and Dec. 6. The fee is $20 for residents and $30 for non-residents.

The Rocky Mount Senior Center will hold a Christmas Gala from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Dec. 10 at Nash Community College for $25. The seniors also will hold a Christmas Light Tour on Dec. 20. The Senior Center Christmas Chorus will perform Nov. 29 at Hunter Hill; Dec. 3 at South Village; Dec. 4 at Heritage Nursing; Dec. 5 at Breckenridge; Dec. 7 at Rocky Mount Rehab; Dec. 11 at Summerset Court; Dec. 12 at Spring Arbor; Dec. 13 at RM Wilson Housing. All performances begin at 11 a.m. except Rocky Mount Rehab. Their show begins at 11:30 a.m.

For more information and to sign up for the Christmas Chorus, visit the front desk at the Rocky Mount Senior Center or call 252-972-1152.

The Kwanzaa Kickoff celebration will be held from 3-6 p.m. Dec. 16 at the Imperial Centre. This new, free event will celebrate and introduce African-American heritage and Kwanzaa principles through interactives, African drum and dance performances and exhibitions featuring Kente cloths and drums. Kwanzaa is celebrated Dec. 26-Jan.1.

For more information on events at the Imperial Centre and the Christmas parade call 252-972-1266. For more information about the senior events and activities call the Rocky Mount Senior Center at 252-972-1152.

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