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Living the Good Life

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Welcome to the November issue. I hope you voted on Election Day. Voting is one of the real privileges that we have as Americans. It is also an important process to help bring about change and set the direction of Iredell County, and our country as well. Make your vote count and have your voice heard. Let us remember our veterans on their special day. Sandwiched between Election Day and Thanksgiving Day, Veteran’s Day is celebrated on November 11th. We should always remember and honor our veterans for their service and sacrifice. The freedoms that we enjoy today are a direct result of the dedication of our men and women who have served in the armed forces. As the Sun sets on 2010, Thanksgiving is the perfect time to reflect back on this year. As you look back, I hope you find much to be thankful for. Most of us don’t have to look too hard or long to realize that we are indeed fortunate. We are blessed to live and work in such a wonderful county and to have great friends and neighbors. Thank you for reading the November issue of Iredell Living Magazine.

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Publisher - Myron T. Gough 1670 E. Broad St. , Suite 195 Statesville, NC 28625 704-873-7307 Art Direction / Graphic Design - Kathy Wheeler Advertising Consultants - 704-873-7307 Linda Wilson - 704-657-0237 Debbie Sturm - 704-402-8513 Contributing Writers - Kristie Darling Karen Shore David Bradley Cheryl Grant Rebecca Pence Janet Harriman Linda B. Wilson Cover Photography - Shane Greene Photography LSQUARED E-mail submissions and ads: IredellLiving@gmail.com Website: www.IredellLivingMagazine.com Iredell Living reserves the right to deny any advertisement or listing. Submissions are welcome, but unsolicited materials are not guaranteed to be returned. Iredell Living assumes no responsibility for information, products, services or statements made by advertisers or editorial contributors. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission from the publisher is prohibited.


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November 2010 8 • Thanksgiving: Counting Your Blessings 10 • November Is Hospice Month 12 • LSQUARED–Mooresville’s Distinctively Different Boutique 16 • Effective Tips On Training Your Dog 18 • Focus On The Important Things On Your List 20 • Quilt Trails Of Iredell County 23 • Remembering Bethlehem 24 • Dancing With The Iredell Stars 26 • The Top Ten Ways To Be Happy In Your Work Forever! 27 • Food! Maple Mustard Glazed Turkey 28 • A Word From The Mooresville South Iredell Chamber: MSI Leadership–Developing Potential Leaders 29 • A Word From The Statesville Chamber: Proud To Live, Work And Play In Our Region 30 • Iredell Resources

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Article and photos by Linda B. Wilson Ten years have passed since the first “Walk to the Stable” reenactment was presented by the congregation of New Salem United Methodist Church as a Christmas gift to the community. Not much has changed since the first “Walk to the Stable” in 2000 when costumes were sewed, the market place props were secured, backdrops painted and scripts written. A few stations have been added and the children have grown into new characters. Others who were not even born in 2000 have come to fill their places. Christmas after Christmas, the one thing that never changes is the purpose of “Walk to the Stable”– to remind us of the true meaning of Christmas. Always performed the first weekend in December the cast of “Walk”, dressed in period costume, reenacts the time of Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem. While driving to the church, we will see the tiki torches lighting the night sky in Bethlehem. Across the road the cemetery is adorn with luminaries - the youth of New Salem’s own Festival of Lights. Visitors to the Bethlehem marketplace are invited in by the census taker to watch the weavers, potters, and other vendors. Many animals, such as camel, sheep, donkey and goats are near the market place. We listen for the shofar, and a guide will take us on a journey to see the new Savior. Following behind the guide, along a torch-lit path we pass weary travelers. When we stop to warm by their fire they tell us about their life, hardships and the hope they cling to for a Messiah. The travelers tell us the reason they are on the road; their need for a Savior, Adam and Eve, Noah and the flood, Abraham and Isaac, 10

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Moses and the Ten Commandments. In the distance we see shepherds, watching their flocks, who have also traveled long distances. The torch-lit path leads us on to the stable where an Angel announces the birth of our Savior. We are drawn to the warm glow surrounding the stable where the miracle has occurred. The tiny newborn king lies in a manger bed surrounded by Mary, Joseph, kings and wise men. The last tents on the walk are a time to reflect what we have seen. Sue Goodwin, coordinator of the outdoor reenactment, wants everyone in the community to come out and be blessed by the experience. “My biggest thrill last year, was to see a young lady in a wheelchair, burst into smiles at the sight of our camel and other animals,” Sue recalls. “At the end of your journey to the stable, we invite you into the fellowship hall for hot chocolate and cookies. The mission of “Walk to the Stable” is to provide a gift to the community, opportunities to witness on behalf of Jesus, and reminders that Christ’s birth underscores how much God values each one He has created.”

New Salem United Methodist Church invites you to attend the 10th annual reenactment of the night Jesus was born, Sat. & Sun. Dec. 4 and 5 from 5 – 8 p.m. Photos, top to bottom: • Shepherds, Tracy Greer and Ross Robinson, settle their camels in for the evening. • Shepherds, Michael Murphy and Jeff Hendry • Kings, Harry Mayes, Bobby Stone • Marketplace mother and daughter, Madison and Amy Cummings


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cover story Mooresville’s Distinctively Different Boutique Chic x Comfortable + LeeAnn Little = L2 By Kristie Darling

Photos: On the cover and pictured here– LeeAnn Little, Owner of LSQUARED Opposite page–Inside this stylish boutique you will find the newest designer apparel.

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rom the French word for “shop,” a fashion boutique is a small store that specializes in unique, sophisticated and stylish items such as clothing, jewelry, accessories and gifts. The desire to dress with a serving of pizazz, in a style that is uniquely you, is likely a reason that boutiques have become a fashion savvy woman’s shopping experience of choice. At L2, downtown Mooresville’s distinctive women’s clothing boutique, your unique style will be nurtured in a vibrant, contemporary way. Located in the heart of Mooresville at 127 North Main Street, L2 (also LSQUARED) offers women’s clothing, accessories and gifts of exceptional quality and detail. Hanging throughout the intimate space are clothes for all occasions—career, party, evening and daytime—for any woman. The defining features at L2 are fashions that can carry you from play to work to evening, all the while keeping you comfortable, chic and looking your best. “There’s been plenty of boutiques popping up in the last few years,” LeeAnn Little explained as she introduced me to her shop. “They all carry the same things. We’re different. We carry fun, wearable, stylish clothes from new lines you’re not likely to find around here.” In fact, the separates, dresses, jeans, bags and jewelry I saw at L2 were different, upscale and artistic. Nanette Lepore, French Connection, LA Made, dresses by BB Dakota and intricately embroidered, artsy tops by Free People—it was hard to resist shopping while LeeAnn and I talked! “My style is somewhat more hippy-chic, rock and roll inspired, but we have all types of customers from 18 to 70!” LeeAnn says with a smile. “My goal when helping dress someone is for them to feel comfortable no matter if they are rocker chic or timelessly sophisticated. To me, comfort equals confidence. The joy is finding a customer who doesn’t love clothes or shopping, but when I put them in the right outfit they walk out of L2 loving life. I go out of my way to help people—we offer home delivery, personal shopping service, alterations and one-on-one consultation and advice. Being in this for so long, I’ve come to understand who my customers are and what they like to wear. I like to take someone outside their box and show them new ideas.” At the same time, LeeAnn says she’s very honest. “I’m serious about having you look great, so if you have something on that’s not working for you, I’ll tell you to take it off and we’ll start over.” Customer service and satisfaction are critical in the success of L2. LeeAnn doesn’t open each day just to make a sale. Her passion is to find the exactly right outfit for each customer. She takes the time to learn about her customers’ likes, dislikes,

style and preferences. Understanding that each woman is different and looks best when her clothes are right for her, LeeAnn pays attention to detail. Proper fit is critical. Her professional seamstress ensures that each purchase fits just right. “It’s not enough for a dress or jacket to look great on a mannequin, it has to look good on you!” LeeAnn told me. “I am all about women looking right for their age, their size and color—their way of being in the world. Upscale, quality clothes don’t work if they don’t fit or feel good.” LeeAnn has been in the fashion business “just about all my life” and was mentored by two creative, savvy business women. The shop’s history begins with LeeAnn’s grandmother, Dot Lineberger and Dot’s, the women’s clothing store she opened in Maiden, NC when she was in her thirties. For the next forty years, while LeeAnn’s mother, Susan Little, was growing up in and around the store, and later when LeeAnn was old enough to start working there part-time, Dot’s was a driving force in downtown Maiden. At Dot’s women enjoyed a totally unique, contemporary shopping experience. “My grandmother’s vision was not just to be a store, but to help bring life to downtown, something we’re working on here in Mooresville, too. That’s certainly one of my business goals today.” Dot’s dress shop served the women of Maiden until IREDELL IREDELLLIVING LIVING••NOVEMBER NOVEMBER2010 2010

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her retirement, when daughter Susan moved Dot’s to Hickory. There the business continued to offer women with discerning tastes a more contemporary feel and expanded inventory. “I lived in the Maiden store,” LeeAnn shared. “I would go there everyday when I was a kid. I played dress-up with friends there. What I learned from my grandmother are her strong values and big ideas. When I was planning the decor for L2 I really got in tune with what Dot’s was like. I think a lot like her. It’s not just about having a store, it’s getting involved with the community. My mom learned from her first, and I wouldn’t have been able to do this without my mom’s guidance.” Susan Little will soon be working with LeeAnn at L2. She plans to keep her Hickory customers happy with traveling road shows and home fashion parties—more personal service! 14

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LeeAnn Little has fashion sense running through her veins. She’s a wealth of creative ideas and business smarts. “What I like most about this work is buying for the store. I enjoy getting a sneak preview of what’s coming,” LeeAnn says. “It’s loads of work, but the fun thing for me is discovering lines that are different from most shops. I like the artistic side of fashion—working with colors and shapes.” LeeAnn travels to Atlanta to select the clothes and accessories she features at L2. She researches online the couture houses, knowing that those very artsy styles will transition from runway to ready to wear. “That’s where creativeness comes in, when you see how the original designs change and influence what’s hot each season,” she explained. “I’m very much into fabric, detailing and dimension.” LeeAnn’s eye for what’s new and stylish, but also comfortable and affordable, is what keeps the racks at L2 ever changing and up-to-date.

The store’s future is bright, too. “My goals are to increase my space here in downtown and start carrying men’s clothes and more gifts. I’ll continue to explore ways to provide personal service, maybe add closet organizing and design. I like being able to bring our expertise to you,” LeeAnn shared. “And, like my grandmother did in Maiden, I want to help grow downtown Mooresville. I see Main Street as a park-eat-shop-walk, young, hip shopping district full of fun surprises.” LeeAnn is on Mooresville’s Downtown Commission and very involved in its revitalization efforts and developing downtown events. “We want people to know that Mooresville has arts, history, and a thriving retail district with something for everyone. I love the downtown art walks and keep L2 open especially for them.” LeeAnn knows that being successful in


© 2010 Shane Greene Photography

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© 2010 Shane Greene Photography

downtown includes supporting the community. She has been involved with various organizations through fundraising fashion shows and donations to charity auctions. “It’s important to show up when help is needed, and this is just a small way I can help,” she says. Fashion, according to the modern lexicon, means, “… the application of design and aesthetics or natural beauty with clothing and accessories to the human body.” LeeAnn Little has arrived as owner and creative spirit at L2 with a strong legacy from the women in her life before her to do just that. If you would like her to “apply design to your body,” make a point of stopping in at Lee Ann’s fun, unique dress shop in downtown Mooresville. You’re sure to walk out of L2 loving life!

Opposite page–LeeAnn showing a brown leather jacket by Muuba. Pictured right, top–Leslie Pless, sales associate, gift wraps a purchase for a customer. Middle–Jewelry by various designers. Bottom–Leslie Pless and LeeAnn Little

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Quilt Trails Of Iredell County By Janet Harriman

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hat would we uncover in the trail of a quilt’s life? Driving south through the fields of Iredell County from a barn quilters’ meeting this summer, I considered where the natural beginnings of these artistic quilt replicas were rooted. Driving through the night concerts of cicadas and crickets, the pungent fields of Iredell County released a floral bounty of Mother Nature - all gifted to me aloft the light, humid fog weaving through my truck’s open windows. Admittedly, the livestock scents took my breath away - but I grinned, just the same. Reveling in the essence of summer, I pondered how these county soils likely seeded and yielded large cotton crops decades ago that local families harvested, and perhaps spun into the threads that were crafted into family blankets for comfort and survival. Through time, we know these crops were transported to mills where textile fabrics were produced and then brought to market - only to return into the very hands of our quilters, again. Now that’s quite a trail! 16

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Envision matriarchs sharing artistic and creative nuances of this craft with their daughters and sisters – stitching intentional blessings of love, sorrows, concerns and laughter into the quilts that were also functionally designed to keep their families warm. Each quilt surely inherited a unique history by its makers, and subsequent life with beneficiaries; sometimes known, sometimes lost to descendents who may covet them today. Whether folded and preserved inside a cedar chest or openly displayed on a home wall to be admired each day, some quilt patterns in Iredell County may soon be memorialized in an outdoor county gallery setting as a barn quilt! This summer, many quilters and lovers of this cultural craft were prompted to gather by Johnny Elliott and Cora Stroud, after their partnership in a barn quilt installation project on his farm. Many residents of our community understood this calling to organize and extend the heritage and charms of fabric quilting with our neighbors and visitors to Iredell. Recently named

and organized as the ‘Quilt Trails of Iredell County’ they have a mission: to provide a sustainable heritage and tourism attraction while preserving and celebrating the unique agriculture, history, and arts culture of our area, through visual combinations of barns and quilt designs with public education to showcase our quilting tradition. This new organization intends to apply and operate as a nonprofit 501(c) entity. Several recent events at the Harmony Fall Fest and the Quilt Show at Harmony Gardens raised seed money to develop various committee objectives and projects. Additional events and fundraising ideas will be planned and organized to meet all the visions of this group, especially to welcome new barns destined to host colorful quilt patterns and highlight their heritage on our quilt trails! The Quilt Trails of Iredell County seeks individuals to assist with fundraisers, construction and painting, route planning and mapping for the new quilt trail. Additional assistance will be


Photos: Opposite Page: This barn quilt became a family project after Julia Wilson researched quilt blocks and discovered one called ‘Sunflower’. Julia’s 10-year old niece, Lindsey Dotson, selected the colors for the quilt. Julia painted a replication and her Dad, Tom (Lindsey’s grandfather), installed it on the barn. They love it and receive many compliments! Photo by Cotton Ketchie. Pictured left: Top–Owned by Johnny and Glenda Elliott, this quilt was made in the late 1800’s by Nancy Massey Houpe and given to her daughter, Daisy Houpe Murdock. The quilt was then passed on to her daughter, Cora Murdock Elliott, and is now owned by Dr. Johnny Elliott. The design is a Fundamental Nine-Patch Block and was replicated by Cora Stroud of Taproot Artisans. Photo by Janet Harriman.

needed in marketing/advertising, storywriters for each quilt block, barn or land history, and an attorney to provide non-profit organization requirements. Officers: President, Tammy Wilcox; Vice-President, Cora Stroud; Treasurer, Ann Cline; Secretary, Doug Galliher

Bottom–The “Flowering Vine” fabric quilt was made by the Hager Family of the Central School Community of Iredell County around 1890. The colors are all natural dyes. The quilt is currently owned by Phyllis Bailey and displayed on the James King Barn in Iredell County, which is owned by Paul & Carolyn King Harrington. Photo by Janet Harriman.

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Committees: Advertising/Marketing Chairs, Joy and Bill Young; Materials/ Building Frames Chair, Johnny Elliott; Painting/Installation Chair, Cora Stroud; Agri-tourism Chair, Tim Trivette Existing and new barn quilts are now being catalogued with this group and some are sure to qualify for inclusion in the Quilt Trails of Iredell County directory. For information about workshops, quilt square replications, trails, donations and volunteer opportunities, please contact Tammy Wilcox (www. creative-crafters.com) or Cora Stroud (www.taprootartisans.com).

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By Rebecca Pence Live from Iredell County, it’s Dancing with the Iredell Stars! Don’t let the sequins and tights fool you; that might just be your neighbor or co-worker on the dance floor. Fifteen local “stars” and their professional partners are set to rumba for a reason – the Mitchell Community College’s Endowment for Excellence Scholarship Fund. “All the participants and supporters should take pride in participating in an event that will make such a difference to so many,” said Mitchell’s Director of Development and College Relations Harry Stillerman. “The need is great, especially in these times,” Stillerman said, referencing Statesville’s unemployment rates and the College’s astounding enrollment increases – the enrollment in curriculum and continuing education programs has more than doubled in the last five years. After Kathy Holland, Mitchell’s Communications Coordinator, attended Brunswick Community College’s Dancing with the Brunswick Stars, she knew it was just what the Endowment needed.

• Steve Bograd, Owner of Shred-South • Kelley Daspit, Director of Planning and Community Relations for Iredell Health System • Andy Davis, CEO at Davis Regional Medical Center • Cindy Floyd, Branch Office Administrator for Edward Jones • Jill Baker Gibson, Community Relations Manager for Binder Chiropractic • Sandra Gordon, Philanthropy Consultant • Mike Griffin, President of Griffin Insurance • Bill Long, President and CEO of Yadkin Valley Bank • Suzanne Hedrick Osborne, Owner/Broker in Charge at Tarheel Realty II • Dr. Dick Rankin DDS, Pediatric Dentist • Jared Reimann, Regional Sales Manager with Jedmed Instrument Company • David Stamey, Partner at Stamey Farms and Mooresville Ice Cream Co. (DeLuxe Ice Cream) • Susie Wiberg, Community Relations Coordinator with Iredell-Statesville Schools • Dr. Mario Zapata, Physician/Psychiatrist The choreography should be as diverse as the dancers themselves with tango, foxtrot, hip-hop and cha-cha all in the lineup. “I was a little afraid I was going to have to samba or something,” said participant Bill Long of meeting his dance partner, Columbia native Maria Herrera. “But I think when she saw me she had something else in mind.” Just what she has envisioned will be revealed on Saturday, November 13 at the Statesville Civic Center. Tickets for the event are $75 and can be purchased at http://mitchellcc. edu/dancing/buy-tickets.cfm or at the Mitchell Community College Kirkman House, Mitchell’s Mooresville Center, or the Statesville Chamber of Commerce. The black-tie optional event will kick off at 6 p.m. with preparty hors d’oeuvres at the Sharpe House. The celebration will move to the Civic Center at 7:30 p.m. for the show to begin. The evening will also feature performances by students from the Visual and Performing Arts Center, IredellStatesville Schools/Early College and the Havana Ballroom.

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Two winners will be announced - the people’s choice, determined by number of public votes, and the judges’ pick, chosen by a panel of critics that will be evaluating the performances. Votes can be cast online at http://mitchellcc. edu/dancing/voting.cfm or via paper ballots, available at the ticket purchasing sites. Voting will continue throughout the performances. “The dancers, the voters, the sponsors and those attending are all contributing to a great cause,” said Holland. “And they’re going to make this an unforgettable event.”


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MSI LEADERSHIP:

Developing Potential Leaders As we progress into the month of November, we are reminded of Election Day. Iredell voters will be determining important future leadership for our country, our state and our county. Every vote can make a difference, and it is my hope that every reader has taken the privilege of voting seriously. Leadership is needed in elected positions, in our businesses, homes & churches, and in many places throughout our community. Leaders need discernment and often have traits such as good listening skills, flexibility, good intuition, an optimistic outlook and are well-networked. The Chamber of Commerce is proud to offer MSI Leadership, for adults, and Junior Leadership, for high school students, as structured forums through which we develop potential leaders. Each class is part of an eight-month curriculum that begins in the fall, and the participants are exposed to many aspects of the Mooresville-Lake Norman region such as education, government, economic development and community services. Graduates of the course have moved on to serve in elected offices and as directors on boards for various non-profit organizations. The Chamber also offers opportunity 20 20

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to develop skills through the work conducted by our committees in legislation, transportation, marketing, membership development & retention, workforce development and more. As volunteers get involved with the work of the Chamber, they gain knowledge about the community and establish a professional/personal network . If you look for the definition of LEAD, it is to show the way; to cause to progress; to serve; to be the principal; to influence; to have command; to conduct, to direct or to effect the course of. Leadership, however, is much more complicated by the various facets of respect, trust, people skills, vision, timing, emotional strength, and that ability to lead is truly a collection of gifts and skills. Successful leaders are learners, and the learning process must be continuous through the result of self-discipline and perseverance while achieving personal growth. Two important lessons noted by author and international leadership expert John C. Maxwell are 1) a leader’s credibility begins with personal success. It ends with helping others achieve personal success; and 2) leadership is relational as much as positional. Maxwell explains that “leading yourself well means that you hold yourself

to a higher standard of accountability than others do, because you are held responsible not only for your own actions, but also for those of the people you lead. Leadership is a trust, not a right. We must always seek to do what’s right, no matter how high we rise or how powerful we become.” This leadership principle that Maxwell notes is one of great importance. The expectation of upholding high ethical standards will provide the highest point of development for our leaders. The Mooresville-South Iredell Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to leadership development with a commitment to excellence in serving our community.

Karen Shore President and CEO Mooresville - South Iredell Chamber of Commerce

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A Word From The Mooresville-South Iredell Chamber of Commerce


© 2010 Linda Wilson

A Word From The Greater Statesville Chamber of Commerce

Proud To Live, Work And Play In Our Region Somewhere around 4:45pm on a Friday afternoon, the phone rang at the office. A concerned citizen was calling and wanted to express her opinions on things to do (or not) in Statesville. We try to take any complaint or inquiry as a veritable gift from which we can do something better and I got off the phone with a mindset noting, “perhaps we need to do more.” As I thought back about our conversation, I realized that her concern might not be that nothing was going on, but rather she didn’t know about it. That is precisely why organizations like the Greater Statesville Chamber of Commerce should team up with publications such as Iredell Living, so that we can increase the understanding that this town really is offering its citizens and region plenty to see and do.

and a kid zone to spark the interest of patrons of all ages. October 29 – Halloween in downtown Statesville. My goodness, you would think that every child in America descends onto the corner of Broad and Center Streets. Merchants throughout downtown offer gifts and goodies for kids dazzled in their finest costumery. The town is buzzing with energy and excitement (some of which might be attributable to the sugar).

Over four successive weekends beginning in mid-late October, Statesville hosted and will host some extraordinary events to tickle the fancy of just about anyone:

November 6 – Crossroads PumpkinFest in downtown Statesville. This regional festival brings in the best of local foods, arts and crafts. Three stages will display musical talents to pique any interest. Center Street will be converted into a fairyland of kids play areas. Take your turn smashing a pumpkin or two, bowling with a pumpkin or even partaking of the culinary feast – our pumpkin pie eating contest. We expect over 15,000 people for this growing event.

October 22-24 – the Carolina BalloonFest – the Statesville Regional Airport will serve again as the host location for the 2nd longest running hot air balloon festival in the country. Over 50 pilots from around the world will be in town showcasing the community’s heritage in hot air ballooning. While the balloons are always at the mercy of a mercurial Mother Nature, we’ll have NC Wine, food, music, crafts

November 13 – Dancing with the Iredell Stars. Fifteen of the communities more prominent (and courageous) citizens will display all the skills they’ve developed over the previous three months as they’ve practiced with their professional dance partners. This event has been seven months in the planning and will prove to be one of Statesville’s most memorable events. Bell and Howard Chevrolet is the pre-

senting sponsor of this extravaganza. The proceeds will be used for the Mitchell Community College Education Endowment Scholarship Fund. For more information, and to vote for your favorite “celebrity” go to http:// mitchellcc.edu/dancing/. I am thankful that I picked up the phone on that late Friday afternoon to hear a local resident grumble. Perhaps we get so caught up in the “doing” that we fail to adequately do the “promoting” of our local liveliness. There is much to do in Statesville and Iredell County. We are truly blessed to live in a place where so many people, so many organizations are intent on making this a region in which we can all be proud to live, work and play.

David Bradley President and CEO Greater Statesville Chamber of Commerce IREDELL IREDELLLIVING LIVING••NOVEMBER NOVEMBER2010 2010

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