Mills to host tower lighting event


Staff Writer

Friday, November 30, 2018

The Rocky Mount Mills and a local jewelry store is helping the Twin Counties get into the holiday spirit with a free weekend event.

The inaugural Rocky Mount Mills Tower Lighting celebration sponsored and presented by Bailey’s Fine Jewelry will start at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the water tower near the Main Mill building. Julie Baggett, events and marketing manager of the Rocky Mount Mills, said the Mills is excited to be a part of a Capitol Broadcasting Co.’s tradition this year.

The company’s tower lighting tradition has been known to glow in both WRAL’s studios in Raleigh and at Durham’s American Tobacco Campus.

“We’re happy to join in with the Capitol Broadcasting Co. family and bring Rocky Mount’s first tower celebration,” Baggett said. “This is for the entire community to come out, celebrate the holidays, bring friends and family and just enjoy the Rocky Mount Mills campus.”

The Mills Tower Lighting celebration will be hosted by veteran WRAL anchor and reporter Gerald Owens, who has worked for the Raleigh television station since 2002.

“We’re extremely excited to have one of WRAL’s best, well-known anchors in Rocky Mount to host the event,” Owens said.

While the occasion will feature the tower lighting celebration, the Mills will be providing a variety of other activities on Saturday. Part of the Tower Lighting program will be performances by the Englewood Elementary Glee Club and the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tar River Region as well as a special visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus, who will kick off the festivities.

Visitors at the Mills can also get a chance to take horse drawn carriage rides, which will be offered from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. starting at the Nash Community College 360 Classroom. In addition, Winde Jackson, owner of Winde Jackson Cakes, will be doing cookie decorating inside the lobby of the Main Mill for the first 250 guests.

After the celebration of the lighting, at 7:15 p.m. the Rocky Mount Mills will host “Movie in The Mills,” featuring the 2003 Christmas fantasy comedy, “Elf,” in the Main Mill building. Goat Island Bottle Shop will be selling refreshments.

The Mills also is participating in the  ninth annual Joshua’s Toy Drive as holiday boxes have been set up at the indoor beer garden space, Main Mill lobby, Koi Pond Brewing Co. and Planetary Elixirs. The Mills is encouraging people attending the event to bring a new, unwrapped toy to help less-fortunate children in the area.

Each year, local teen Joshua Moore organizes a toy drive and works with social workers in Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools to ensure the donations reach appropriate children. Last year, the drive was able to help 500 children in the Twin Counties.