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Rough Draft Band Rocks Downtown Belmont

The Rough Draft band from Charlotte rocked downtown Belmont last night during the second installment of the 2008 Friday Night Live! series.

Disco hits of the late 70’s and early 80’s were mixed in with pop tune covers throughout both sets. Of course the obligatory, “Electric Slide” was played for the female (and the few male) dancers. Seems liked every band that comes to Belmont has to play “Electric Slide”. Ok, just kinda confirms for us the level of “sophistication” the bands have when they pander to crowds.

The interesting part of the Friday Night Live! is becoming the intermission between sets. The Downtown Belmont Merchants Association takes the opportunity to thank the sponsors of the event, make announcements, and let the evening’s sponsor do their song and dance.

Last night the sponsor was Neil Brock and Associates (Nationwide Insurance). Neil was able to get Nationwide to bring in their showcar from the newly sponsored under-card of NASCAR (formerly the Busch Series), now called the Nationwide Series. They also had a racing simulator on hand that was free. Neil did a good job, even handing out a lot of “freebies”.

Belmont is certainly getting spoiled by all the largess that is being lavished on the crowds at Friday Night Live! Our little crowd certainly enjoyed ourselves last night. The “expanded” beer garden now extends from the tracks to the Day Spa and occasionally pushes onto the state road commonly known as Main Street (gasp).

The dude from the hardwood flooring store with the annoyingly high pitched voice needs to find someone else to lead the announcements. While his statements are needed – he just is not the person needing to make them. Certainly someone with a better microphone voice can be found to rally the crowd at intermission.

One important point that was stressed at the last event and again last night was that the downtown businesses were the overall sponsors of this entertainment – not the Chamber of Commerce. Although, there was a lot of cooperative work being done between the two groups. That collaboration is key to the success of this event.

We really enjoyed the fact that the evening’s lead sponsor gets to do a bit of promotion. Will a bridal show be on tap in the future? Or, maybe a beer-chugging contest sponsored by one of the downtown “pubs”? just random thoughts to ponder…

 One highlight of the dancing action was a certain Jaquie Allen of Charlotte, who was able to dance (disco-style actually), and hula-hoop at the same time. She provided quite a bit of entertainment for the crowd and did some instructional work with the kids at the same time. We love it Belmont!

The food vendors are constantly improving. The po-po are lightening up a bit, and the city’s street maintenance crews seem to be enjoying themselves so much more. Maybe that overtime agreement helped out a lot…

The downtown merchants hawked the Friday Night Live! t-shirts for $10, and explained that the funds raised would be going to a scholarship program for South Point students. They brought up some of the applicant/volunteers of the scholarship program during the intermission. Pretty neat idea there folks.

Overall, another enjoyable night in the lively downtown area. We think it would be cool if the merchants association could give out some economic impact numbers by week or by season. It helps when you are attempting to draw interest to the community at several levels.

The next Friday Night Live! is June 13 with Jimmy Quick & the Coastline band.

Don’t forget the Parks and Recreation concerts in the park, next Saturday night with the Center City Groove Band.

May 31, 2008 at 11:05 am 5 comments

Seniors – 2008!

South Point Seniors put on their traditional Senior Show this afternoon during 4th period – and was received with much success.

Loud, rowdy, and possibly over the top student performances, parodies of teachers and administrators ruled the last official day of classes before final exams next week.

South Point seniors recognized Mrs. Collins as “educator of the year” and presented her with a plaque. They thank Mrs. Little for “putting up with the largest graduating class for the past four years”, and got down to having fun through the rest of the afternoon.

Matt Crane and Wilson Nguyen co-hosted and introduced the various acts.

Mallory McCarn did an outstanding interpretative dance, Pria Patel performed a traditional Indian dance, and Cameron Matthews/Jonathan Howland/Aaron Pegues performed a Garth Brooks song, “I’ve Got Friends in Low Places” inviting the crowd to sing along – which they did enthusiastically.

The students performed a take off on “The Next Top Model”, who knew those boys were so pretty!

Paul Stillwell reprised his Mr. South point performance of “It’s not Easy”, with his superman rendition and video.

The teacher parody of “So You Think You Can Dance”, pitted, “the teachers”, Mrs. Pierson, Mrs. Lawing, Mrs. Mac, Mr. Cavnar, and Mr. Grelis in a dance off competition. Nathan Francis, Erica Jordan, and Aaron Pegues were the judges. The students nailed the mannerisms and words of the real teachers spot on.

The final dance performance of the show was Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”. Both entertaining and engaging with a number of dancers, again getting the choreography just perfect.

Thank you seniors for another entertaining show – we hope this tradition remains alive and well with new adminstrators in the coming years.

Thank you Mr. Grimes and Mrs. Hall for putting up with this “crowd” of seniors – they definitely keep pushing the envelope as they have for the past thirteen years.

We are all looking forward to graduation next weekend! 

May 30, 2008 at 4:14 pm Leave a comment

Blowing (in) with the Wind: Myrick legislative works

US Representative, Sue Myrick, has introduced legislation to open drilling activities off the North Carolina Outer Banks region. “Some may say my legislation is controversial. So be it.”

Duh.

Representative Myrick points to a recent Gallup poll that says 57% of Americans support drilling for offshore oil. Does she represent the 9th district of North Carolina or the oil barons of Texas?

Oil rigs visible from the shoreline of Hatteras, more – barely secured facilities off the US coastline, and destruction of active fishing grounds – both sport and commercial. Just a few of the results of trying to save her seat in Congress.

Pandering to the whims of an administration bent on “doing nothing”? Yet, attempting to show “independence of thought” by doing “what is right” to loosen our dependence on foreign energy supplies?

Ms. Myrick continues to Blow with the Wind – too bad she couldn’t see past her next round of election campaigns.    

May 30, 2008 at 11:01 am 2 comments

Rough Draft TONIGHT! Friday Night Live!

Rough Draft will be performing tonight on Main Street in downtown Belmont. This is the second of the Friday Night Live series sponsored by the downtown merchants association.

Festivities begin at 6:30 PM.

Bring your dancing feet!

 

 

May 30, 2008 at 10:38 am Leave a comment

WOW – SP Baseball Team Makes it Exciting!

 

South Point made an exciting statement last night in the first game of a 3 game series to determine a state finalist in 3A baseball.

A 1-0 victory over a previously undefeated West Rowan pitcher and a No-Hitter by local standout Zach Horne, put SP in the driver’s seat to advance in this tournament.

(Gazette Photo)

The Gazette account of the game is pretty accurate.

Sophomore Wes Lawing, the hero of the R.S. Central game the other day, provided the scoring heroics again last night. His eighth-inning bloop single scored Jordan Edgerton who sprinted in from third base. But the real hero was Horne’s pitching performance.

Horne struck out 10 batters, and allowed only one runner to progress, and that was on a fielding error in the top of the 8th inning. For the most part, SP had come to play, they just couldn’t score off the 6 or 7 hits that they made through the game.

The next game is tonight at West Rowan, where the opposition has several tough undefeated pitchers waiting to face the Raider bats. Depending on that outcome, a third game will be played on Saturday night at South Point or the Raiders advance with a win tonight.

Go Red Raiders!

May 23, 2008 at 10:29 am Leave a comment

Grier marched through MS soccer playoffs

Grier middle school used consecutive “shots from the mark” situations to win the Girls MS Soccer Championship this week over Cramerton.

Grier needed to get past Belmont last Thursday to play in the championship match. They progressed after outlasting Belmont through 70 minutes of a scoreless draw and winning 2-1 in “shots from the mark” ( commonly called, “PK shootout”). Neither team had many opportunities in regulation and the overtime periods. Both coach Wydo of Grier, and coach Barnhardt of Belmont looked to bulking up their defenses using Shannon Kay of Grier, and Molly Fisher of Belmont as center backs or sweepers to keep out the opposition. The resulting progession to shots allowed Grier to progress after the girls figured out how to look for corners in those big goals.

A similar scenario greeted the Grier Knights as they played Cramerton for the championship. After a 1-1 regulation match and no score in overtime, Pk’s once again forced a result.

Congratulations, we at the Front Porch are looking forward to the next year of soccer in the Gaston County area. There will be many exciting youngesters joining the high school programs, and the continued growth of the sport in this area is developing many more players and fans.

May 22, 2008 at 1:08 pm Leave a comment

South Point Baseball players breathe sigh of relief

Underclassman have continued to come through for the South Point HS baseball team this spring.

A 1-0 win over R.S. Central on Tuesday night has put SP into the next round of the HS playoffs.

Tonight, at South Point, the Western regional finals begin a three game set against 26-2 West Rowan. Game 2 will be played on Friday at West Rowan, with a thrid game, if needed back at SP on Saturday night.

Congratulations to coach Lineberger and the ballplayers. A great turnout certainly would help the home team tonight!

 

 

May 22, 2008 at 12:49 pm Leave a comment

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