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Lake Gaston

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inside Lakelife Lake Gaston | Vol. 4 | 2021

5 Boater Safety more important now than ever 8 What’s on tap at The Trophy Room 18 The Beauty of the Moon 30 Let your colors show 42 Food Review : Blue Jay Bistro

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ith the exception of the imact C ad la t year on bars, there might not have ever been a better era for beer enthusiasts. And Lake Gaston residents John and Lisa Haggerty are hoping the growth in popularity of craft beers will add to the intrigue of their ne ent re, e ro y oo ar n al a ey ll re larly rotate cra t beer options (12 oz and 16 oz), on tap, but still offer a selection of classic domestics to go along with red and white wine. n a n t ell e ro y oo , which celebrated a soft opening Aug. at t n treet locat on eore e n o fic ally n e led to t e l c, a l ttle lace to an o t, o n said. e ro y oo ar dea re o t o a erty tea o e, c o n and Lisa opened two years ago in Roanoke Rapids before gaining a loyal and ent a t c atrona e e ro y Room, managed by Glen Buckner, is an expansion of sorts, offering more space to mingle, and a wider selection of beer and wine, within a short walking distance of the historic sites of Halifax and other local businesses. nd, o yea t e ar ac dro is literally a big game trophy room of building owner Bob Caudle. o e a er y a e ta enly thought the space was related to local taxidermy. Nope, most of these bags came from overseas, like the red stag ro r ent na ere a Ca e alo and even a giraffe. John recognizes the theme might not suit everybody, but he and Lisa were taken by the distinctiveness of the space, which had previously hosted Big Game Brewing. on, t n , t ll doe t e e a ar , o n a d o Ca dle t t ere o n to e ore t n n ere e ent ally e t lo ed t, a ad e thought it was really unique and should e ared e tar et cl entele or e ro y

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John and Lisa Haggerty, of Haggerty’s Steakhouse in Roanoke Rapids, recently opened The Trophy Room in Halifax.


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Room is similar to that of Hagerty , c doe a e a ar area - that can get quite crowded on certain nights. on o en n , e ro y oo cra t eer o t on ere ly an ace t eattle , e y Canoe ar oro , old oc C der r n a Nort Carolina), and Pernicious Wicked Weed (Asheville). dra t ale ere do n n ficantly la t year eca e o C , accord n to t e re ers Association, but the number of craft breweries continued to , reac n a total o , ercent ro fi e year ago. e cra t eer en at on a ta en o er, o n a d M ller, Budweiser have seen that and t ey re yn t e le t and r t e oy eat t e l ttle oy t al ay a e ot a relationship with both companies at t e re ta rant and ll a e a relationship with both compan e ere e ll tc t o t to ee t re and ne e ll listen to customers like we do at the restaurant and if they request t n , ll do y e t to o l e If your tastes are more like

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Four domestics and four rotating crafts beers are on tap at The Trophy Room.

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art Moon t e fi t lar e t o t e moons orbiting planets in our solar system. art only nat ral atell te ly called t e Moon eca e eo le d dn t no ot er moons existed until Galileo Galilei discovered four moons orbiting Jupiter in 1610. eca e o t e oon connect on to ater and the tides, it is said to represent our emotions and our subconscious mind - what e ee on t e r ace o ten doe not re ect what is going on underneath, nor does it reveal its vast depths. e o an odde o t e oon na ed na, t e refi o t e ord l nat c e ord t el co e ro t e at n ord l natc , c or nally re erred to e le y and madness, diseases though to be caused by the moon.

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e ll oon occ r en t e oon directly opposite the sun in its orbit around art r t ally ea n , t at o o t on — between ying and yang, light and dark — makes for a potent time for surrender and a heightened sense of emotionality. As such, full moons are synonymous with closure and endings; of cycles, habits, relationships. When we talk about moon phases, we refer to the lunar cycle, which runs from new moon to new moon, eight phases of the moon, acro day is a cycle that we all follow, even if inadvertently eca e t trad tionally the basis for our calendar months. Within this cycle, there are eight notable phases, which are: THE NEW MOON e ne oon not le eca e the sun and moon are on the same side of the Earth. At this stage, we are faced by ‘the dark side of the oon THE WAXING MOON e a n oon or a n crescent) is a crescent illuminated on the right side as the sun begins to move from behind the moon. t e re ld n a e a t e oon a re enated and emerged again. THE FIRST QUARTER At this stage, the whole right side of the moon is illuminated as the sun and moon are side by side. 20

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Buck S prings.................................................. 2 Buggs Point.................................................... 2 Burwell A cres ................................................. 2 Canaan S hores.............................................. 2 Cannons F erry ............................................... 2 Carolina Pines................................................ 2 Cedar H ill ....................................................... 3 Cedar Point.................................................... 3 Cedar R idge................................................... 3 Cedar R idge................................................... 3 Champion F orest ........................................... 3 Chamelon H eights ......................................... 3 Chestnut H ills ............................................... 3 Clear Water.................................................... 3 Cliffs on the R oanoke..................................... 3 Clyde’s R etreat .............................................. 3 Cold S pring S hores........................................ 4 Colonial E states ............................................. 4 Colony Club ................................................... 4 Cornerstone ................................................... 4 Country Clue S hores...................................... 4 Cover Manor .................................................. 4

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Whispering Pines ......................................... 2 Whitby Cove................................................. 2 Whit-Locke Point.......................................... 2 Wildwood Point ............................................ 2 Wilkins Court................................................ 2 Will’s Landing............................................... 2 Wilsor Oak ................................................... 2 Wilsor Pines ................................................. 2 Windy Pointe................................................ 2 Windward S hores......................................... 2 Woodhaven.................................................. 2 Woodlake Point............................................ 2 Woodlanndhurt............................................. 2 Woodland S hores ........................................ 2

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Photos courtesy of TAMMY JEAN Tammy Jean of Creative Designs in Roanoke Rapids enlisted the services of Riley Mills for window art and murals for her store. ro err rren, and too ad anta e o anot er local o tlet n oano e a d C ty c ool art teac er an at on, who hosted painting sessions in her home studio. Counting M at on ann al o , ley or a een on lc display since he was 8. ley fi re e a enerated clo e to co on pieces around Lake Gaston alone in the last several years. Recently, he painted a mural onto the brick exterior of downto n ttleton e lla e Mar et, c o ened n May e is quite well known for his regular window artwork at Chick-FilA in Roanoke Rapids, and for the 200-plus hearts he painted onto windows around the city to support local businesses and fir t re onder d r n t e on et o C la t year n t, e t t e fin n lac and old to c e o c ool spirit on a mural inside of Roanoke Rapids High, part of a gift to the historic building from his graduating class of 2020. Riley c ly a n a na e or el aro nd C and t at likely to only grow in the next couple of years given his acumen as a muralist and speed painter. a y ean o ened oano e a d Creat e e n n , o er n a ran e o er ce n nter or de n alon t ell n t , clot e , e elry, candle , and ot er acce or e Having known his mother and grandparents, Jean enlisted Riley to a nt er tore ndo and a ral n de to co leent ne dre n roo n t e ac e e en a e t e

key to the business so he could paint on his own time. anted o et n t at co ld t cont n ally carry t ro and not er e, a e a ean n , ean a d t t o et n t at o ld e r t and c eer l and retty all t e t e ean ot t at n t e or o la e o oral color e e re ed a t o t ley a en to are at e yo color etter t an o er ‘Loyal and bold’ ley doe a e a a or te color t reen ec fically, o the lime-ish variety; a leafy green. Ever the artist and perhaps the diplomat, Riley is quick, however, not to show favoritism en t co e to art en t o really l e reen, ley a d, really lo e all o t e ot er color eca e a nt t them. ay t at a e a a or te color, t don t o t at a e a a or te color First, understand that Riley prefers a style he refers to as a tract real e doe n t ancy a nt n eo le a c a ta n c e ro nat re or ot er o ect a nt n a le ct re at or n or Riley cites an example of his painting that depicts a blue heron diving to the surface of the water on a vast canvas. ta n t e t t at already real, l e a rd, and adding hot pinks and doing a blue for the tail and feathers and LAKELIFE 2021

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Editor’s Note: This review originally ran in the September 1 edition of the Lake Gaston GazetteObserver. I threw caution to the wind last weekend and did something I never do. I dined at a new restaurant on opening weekend. After spending 13 years in the o tal ty nd try n y fir t career, ne etter on t do t told y el et t e or o t t e n fir t o yo on t e d a o nted a n an eye ro , ondered to y el o ld do t any ay e e , o ld, eca e a ter all o t e r oc al media posts, teasing us for months with accolades a o t C e le le n a rad ate o e Culinary Institute of America — pictures of the gor-

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and delicious and clearly included a homemade peach ree, t t ny t o re eac fi er n t or a et er , or at t e en call area le , we ordered three of the four selections: Hams and a ,t e tro ta e on c arc ter e ld Catter y ter and l e ay Ne t ate er d t on Hams and Jams includes assorted cured and o ed eat , tard, da ly read, tr e oney, and ea onal a no r t t e read a t ree lar e co ntry tyle c t , and t e ea onal a a ade from gooseberries, which come in various colors and are a ood o rce o ta n C re , reen oo e-err e c t e tro y ro a ar er n rham — garnished the wooden platter and were fun to eat, mostly sweet and a few tart. Our party felt the large biscuits may not have been the best accompaniment for traditional charcuterie meats, and t at a aller, le o t ern read c o ce o ld have been better, especially for a shareable. Or if bis-cuits are the thing, make them smaller and sub out the prosciutto for some thinly sliced country ham. For the oyster lovers out there, or even those who t l e t e , defin tely order t e r ed ld Catter Oysters, which are served on the half shell with a slice o ar nated a y tr lo n, a a ce, and e er a ol to a area le late, and yo re not o n to ant to are, t do t any ay eca e e re t ett n tarted r t e, yo don t ant to de ert e tro nat re l e ay Ne t a late o ea o er de led e ye , t e a e ea o er color n t at n ed t e n fi , t la acon arn on top, toasted rye crumb, potato nests, and petite salad co r ed o cro reen e e aren t yo r nday co ered d de led e , ol e fil n crea y and tard a ed, o deal or t o e o aren t nto ayonna e t e nto t e rye cr or a l ttle crunch, and you have a great one-bite app. or o r entree , e ne n ad ance e d e a n le to er t e ollo n day, t t at alr t ere a t too c e anted to try, o e ordered, ro all late alad , t e ee artar, and ro o e ntree , t e a y tr , c ca e t aligot, roasted broccoli, fried rosemary, and espresso butter, and Pork Chop, brined in sweet tea and accom-panied by warm marble potato salad. e a or l ee artar a de cr ed y ta a en t e c e lay l nter retat on o a c a n re ta rant a o r er, t t ec al a ce, ea shoots, aged cheddar powder, dill pickles, crispy onion r n , and r ed e a e alt ne e crac er ere t e favorite part of the dish for everyone at the table. e a y tr , at , t e o t e en e entree on the menu and is priced well below where it

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Pork Chop: sweet tea brined pork chop, apple barbecue sauce, warm marble potato salad o ld e or at ar a ly t e e t tea on t e lanet l e ay tro coo ed perfectly medium-rare as requested — did not disappoint. Neither did the cheesy creamed otatoe er ed t t e e late a arn ed t r ed ro e ary, a old c o ce given that you either love it or you hate it. I happen to love it, but a little goes a long way, and o nd t e aro a to e o er o er n order t e tea a a n, ll re e t t at t e rosemary be omitted. e tar o t e a ory d e or a t e one n or c o Not only a t a er n a le eno or t o o a t e tea , t e ea on n and coo ere ot on o nt e ar fin erl n otato alad a re n cent o a tard a ed er an otato alad, and al dente reen ean ere er ed a anot er de e ent re late a dr led t an apple barbecue sauce that perfectly paired with the dish. o fin o r eal e ordered t ree o t e o r de ert , and let e t ay t order n de ert fir t ne t t e ey, don t d e ad Ca e, de cr ed a a o rle c ocolate ca e, ecan ral ne, c ocolate cocon t o e, cocon t no oly c oly No ord ce t t at r or to t , t e e t de ert d e er ad a at dda an n N C No dd n at one a a c ocolate o et n t a e cara el dot , o ay eeee don t no t l terally e en te en norally don t order de ert e ce t at er n ce re ta rant ere t e re entat on lo yo r oc or eel o , and e ad y are o o rle c ocolate ca e eca e, ell, l ten an e Mo t o rle ca e are o den e yo al o t need a n e to c t t e , but not this one at Blue Jay Bistro. It was topped with a light mousse and beautiful sugar or , ad ro en cocon t no on t e de and ecan ral ne or arn t a ta work of art, as were our other desserts. e econd c ocolate de ert e ordered a t e a on n et, l ted y a ry ece o c ocolate atea on e ca e, lace coo e , conden ed l c tard, a ley anac e and e re o a ordered y o eone o doe n t a e c o a eet toot and o nt a e an o c ocolate, nor o e re o e co ldn t to tal n a o t t, or t e act t at e co ld eat t e ed le o er arn a e to ad t, d dn t LAKELIFE 2021 1


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