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An annuity is simply a contract between you and an insurance company to provide guaranteed income. You can decide if that’s good or bad. With Social Security in trouble, pensions quickly becoming a thing of the past, and market volatility - you be the judge if guaranteed income is good or bad for your specific situation. By the way, no insurance company has ever not met its contractual obligation to pay income to contract holders. That’s a pretty impressive track record that can’t be denied. Folks, here’s what really peeves me off and is a disservice to the public: people making blanket statements about annuities or any other investment or savings tool. That drives me nuts! Have you ever opened up the Charlotte Observer and seen a full page ad that states “I HATE ANNUITIES, AND YOU SHOULD TOO”? Well, those ads are done by a multi-billionaire who gets paid to invest your money in the stock market (and he’s lost people’s money plenty of times doing so, by the way). Does that mean that everyone should invest in the stock market? Of course not. Does that mean that all annuities are bad? Of course not. All investment vehicles and insurance products are simply tools. We must use the correct tool for the job, it’s really that simple. Can you imagine hiring a carpenter to add an addition to the house, and he shows up with only a hammer? Well guess what, if you only have a hammer, then everything looks like a nail! The carpenter needs a hammer, a saw, a tape measure, etc. An investment advisor needs stocks, bonds, mutual funds, CDs, savings accounts, life insurance, and annuities to effectively address the needs and goals of their clients. There’s no such thing as “one size fits all” when it comes to financial planning, and no investment or strategy is right for everyone. Annuities should primarily be used for INCOME PLANNING STRATEGIES. The simple fact is that annuities are the only investment tool that can provide guaranteed lifetime income. There are various types of annuities that can be chosen. I don’t have the space to go over them in detail,

but here are the basic types of annuities and a few “key words” to think of for each type: Immediate – Think pension. You give the insurance company a sum of money, and they guarantee a stream of income. Fixed – Think CD. Rolls up at a certain “declared rate”, and then provides income at a later date. Variable – Think Mutual Fund. Invests in “sub-accounts” (mutual funds purchased through an insurance company), then provides variable or fixed income at a later date. Fixed Indexed – Think a combination of a fixed & variable. An FIA links to an index like the S&P 500. If markets go up, then you can earn interest. If markets go down, then you earn zero. All interest earned is “locked in” each year, then income is provided at a later date. Hybrid – Think living benefits (riders) added to your annuity. Income, death benefit, or long term care riders can be added for additional protection. As you can see, annuities can provide a lot of very important benefits for retirees. But should everyone use them? No. Are they great for other folks? Ye s. So, don’t give me this blanket statement junk about whether annuities are good are bad, because it all depends on the situation and goals you’re looking at. As always, if anyone would like additional information, any of our free reports, or a free 1 hour consultation, then just give us a call at the office or shoot us an email. I’ve also just recently come out with my new book “Finding Safe Harbor in Retirement”. If you’d like a free copy just let us know, and don’t forget to listen to “The Safe Harbor Retirement Planning Show” each week on WSIC radio 1400AM and 100.7FM We dnesdays at 8:00am & Saturdays at 10:00am. Until next month, James D. Stillman

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Contents — April 2015 —



It’s one of those unique experiences that you don’t get to have very often and would be very difficult to replicate.”

18 LAKEVIEW Find some feeds worth following this month


– Alex Villanueva, a participant of Lisa Sherry’s Luxe Life Camp for women (page 50).

Faking It Bring camping to the backyard


Be Prepared From camping tips for kids to cool events, we’ve got you covered




Social Scene The latest happenings, from a Heart Ball to a women’s conference

34 Calendar The top five outdoor events this month


Gear Up Get a look at some of the latest gear for your next trip


Off the Grid Grab a tent and head to some of these picturesque places



Luxury Escape Plan a girl’s weekend to the Luxe Life Camp


Lasting Tradition A general store worth the drive


Design Intervention Designer Stephanie Dixon helps a family create their dream home


Rest & Relaxation Turn to Georgia for a worthwhile spring retreat

74 Business Update 80 Snapshot

On the cover Conor Merrigan sporting gear from Brushy Mountain Outdoors. Photo by LunahZon Photography

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Editor’s Note


It never fails—once I get the first glimpse of warmer weather, I start getting the itch to grab a tent and spend a weekend in the woods. I have fond memories of numerous camping trips with my family and friends growing up. From hiking during the day to marshmallows over the fire at night, camping was always an easy and quick getaway for us. This year, we decided to dedicate an entire issue to camping close to the lake. While

planning a trek through the woods may seem like a daunting task, we have some information to help you out—even if you don’t want to leave all the comforts at home. We have a feature on products to get you ready on page 36, and another story on where to visit across the state for dispersed camping on page 42. We also realize that not everyone enjoys roughing it, but may still want a rustic destination to regroup. For women who would like to escape without sacrificing style, Leah Hughes documents the Luxe Life Camp outside of Asheville in her feature on page 50. April is the perfect month to start planning your getaway. Before the temperatures get too high and the mosquitoes take over, pack up the car and explore all the natural beauty North

While planning a trek through the woods may seem like a daunting task, we have some information to help you out—even if you don’t want to leave all the comforts at home.”

Carolina has to offer. Whether as a family or on your own, being able to unplug for a weekend works wonders.


Katie Coleman, Editor kcoleman@charlotteobserver.com


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Lakeview — Connected —

Targeted Publications Division of The Charlotte Observer, A McClatchy Publication ANN CAULKINS Publisher

Feeds to Follow Twitter is a great resource for ideas, tips, and giveaways. There are a couple of feeds related to this month’s camping theme that could help you out.

For families: @dayhikingtrails If you’re looking to get kids into camping and hiking, this is a great feed full of resources. Find articles about gear for kids, hiking trails, and activities for kids to do while on a hike.

For the glampers: @GlampingCamps This feed is associated with several glamping sites across the country and abroad. While some posts are related to specific sites to help you discover your next destination, other posts include tips like staying hydrated, strength training for hiking, and even great recipes beyond the traditional hot dogs and hamburgers.

Instagram Inspiration Instagram is full of pretty pictures, but it can also be a source of inspiration. User @bryceandhammy documents his adventures with his ENO hammock, a product we have featured on page 38. Bonus points: he recently gave away a hammock to a lucky follower. Follow him to add a little adventure to your feed.

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Learn How Moving To Trilogy Can Change Your Life Introducing Trilogy by Shea Homes, opening in the Lake Norman area later this year. We’re excited to bring our resort lifestyle to Charlotte, with a community that will offer you a whole lot more than just an excellent Shea home. Trilogy Lake Norman will feature a community club, beautiful walking trails, a state-of-the-art fitness center, dining options and all kinds of fun things to do. Discover why resort-style living at Trilogy is the perfect choice for the next chapter of your life. Welcome to The Good Life.

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Faking It

While some folks love taking in the great outdoors on a good old-fashioned camping trip, there’s plenty of people who’d rather not brave the elements. If backyard lounging is more your style, bring a camping classic to your home with a backyard S’mores Bar using an outdoor fire pit. Set up a S’mores Bar with several different types of chocolate, large marshmallows, and graham crackers and invite the neighbors over for a low-key backyard bash. Local chocolatier Davidson Chocolate Co.’s dark and milk chocolate bark squares are the perfect match for gooey S’mores on a crisp evening in your own backyard. Camping optional. —Jackie Fogartie, wedding and event planner, www.jackiefogartie.com.

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Cozy Comfort D

o you love the idea of camping, but not so fond of sleeping in a tent? Rustic Trail Teardrops offers affordable and practical campers for those who prefer an alternative to roughing it. These simple designs allow you to attach the small, teardrop camper to the back of your vehicle. Rustic Trail Teardrops, located near Mt. Airy, North Carolina, began as a personal project but soon became a family-owned business. They currently offer five models of customizable teardrops ranging from the basic economy model to the stand in model. The larger model even comes with a cold-water sink! For more information, visit their website at www.rustictrailteardrops.com —Margaret Kaufmann



ach year Operation North State hosts fishing festivals for the Wounded Warriors and Disabled Veterans, previously held at Badin Lake and Oceancrest Pier on Oak Island. This year, the Top Shelf Fishin’ Festival has expanded to include a day on Lake Norman. The festival will be held on April 16 at the Pinnacle Access Ramp on Hwy 150. The 75 veterans participating get a day of bass and crappie fishing, followed by a 3 p.m. weigh in and a dinner at Berea Baptist Church. The festival is free to participate (and watch) for both veterans and fishing hosts and boaters. To participate or volunteer, email mailbox@operationnorthstate.com or call 336-764-5967.

Shop & Save L

KNSavings.com, a known community resource for deals and discounts at area businesses has just made shopping local even easier. Consumers can now download a new free app from the creators of the site, making it a snap to save on the go. Coupons and loyalty cards are updated daily. The app is available through the Apple Store, Google Play, and Amazon. www.lknsavings.com


rading in a tennis racket for a spatula, former tennis pro Jamey Lowe has started a new food truck at the lake, Smokey J’s BBQ. Jamey learned the trade from his father-in-law, an amateur pit master in Memphis. Smokey J’s BBQ serves sandwiches and platters featuring pork, chicken, brisket, and ribs, with a selection of seasonal sides. Food truck menu prices range from $3 for an individual side to $25 for a family pack that feeds four. Find daily locations and menus by following Smokey J’s on social media, or visit www.eatsmokeyjsbbq.com.


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Camping with Kids Made Easy



f you love all things mac and cheese related (like most of us), don’t miss out on the 3rd Annual Mac & Cheese Cook Off on April 11 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Mooresville Arts Depot. The event includes a fashion show featuring designs by the students at Future Fashion Designers, along with some mac and cheese-inspired fashion. Tastings of the mac and cheese dishes and voting for the winner of the cook off begins at 6:00 p.m. and the fashion show starts at 8:00 p.m. There will be raffle drawings throughout the evening with proceeds going to the Mooresville Arts Depot. Tickets are $20 for adults and includes two drink tickets. www.futurefashiondesigners.com


taying up late, snuggling around a campfire, and s’mores! It sounds lovely, but as we found out when we first started camping with our daughter, it takes more planning than we thought. Here are the best tips I’ve learned for making the trip as idyllic as it sounds.—Allison Andrews ➤ Prepare food BEFORE you leave. Camp sites don’t offer much clean preparation space. Cut veggies, measure ingredients, and assemble your foil packets (double wrapped) ahead of time. Pack the cooler so the food you want first is on top! ➤ Fill an empty milk jug with water and freeze. It keeps the ice from melting as fast in the cooler and by the end of the weekend you can use the water for brushing your teeth and/or cleaning up. Let the kids bring one electronic device but don’t let me use it until 9 p.m. Even as an adult it’s fun to watch a movie in the tent at night. ➤ A $5 dollar solar light can be used to light a table, or a path between tents. ➤ Don’t forget duct tape (it can patch a tent, or build a fort), mosquito spray, and a garbage bag!


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Hold Your Horses T

he state’s largest consignment sale for equestrian products, Equestrian Exchange Tack Consignment Sale, is being held on April 23-26 at the Cabarrus Arena Event Center in Concord. Sign up to be a consignor, or visit as a consumer. Consignor drop off is April 22 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and all items must be clean and tagged with a price bar code. Get a first look at the premiere shopping night, April 23 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Admission during this period is $7 per person. Admittance during the remaining days of the event is free. Unsold items will be donated to horse-related non profit groups. www.equestrianexchange.com


Residency Concert featuring

Aubrey Logan, trombone & singer

Friday, April 17, 2015 7:30 p.m., Duke Family Performance Hall, Knobloch Campus Center Breaking traditional genre barriers by combining jazz vocals with R&B, neo-soul pop and a touch of rock,Aubrey Logan performs as a vocalist, horn player and educator.The award-winning trombonist will join the Jazz Ensemble for their April residency, culminating in this FREE feature performance.


Marinus Ensemble Sunday, April 19, 2015 3 p.m., Tyler-Tallman Hall, Sloan Music Center Distinguished by their engaging programs and youthful passion for great music, the Marinus Ensemble is delighted to continue their tour of liberal arts schools with a visit to Davidson. Bringing a program of piano trios, violinist Hye-Jin Kim, cellist

For tickets, please call the Union Ticket Office at 704-894-2135 or visit them online at www.davidson.edu/tickets.

Joseph Kuipers and pianist Ellen Hwangbo, will take you from the brilliance of Mendelssohn, to Piazzolla’s sensuality and finally to the subtlety of Ravel.

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The Sound of Music

Davidson College has a packed calendar for music this month. These are our top five picks for April. Davidson College Chorale: Chiaroscuro Friday, April 10, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. Davidson College Presbyterian Church The acclaimed Davidson College Chorale will present their spring concert, “Chiaroscuro”, featuring challenging and rewarding choral literature. You won’t want to miss this meaningful performance highlighting the talents of student singers at Davidson. Free and open to the public.

Jazz Ensemble Residency Concert featuring Aubrey Logan, Trombone Friday, April 17, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. Duke Family Performance Hall, Alvarez College Union Breaking traditional genre barriers by combining jazz vocals with R&B, neo-soul pop and a touch of rock, Aubrey Logan performs as a vocalist, horn player, and educator. The award-winning trombonist will join the Jazz Ensemble for their April residency, culminating in this free feature performance. Open to the public.

Concert Series: Marinus Ensemble Sunday, April 19, 2015 at 3 p.m. Tyler-Tallman Hall, Sloan Music Center Distinguished by their engaging programs and youthful passion for great music, the Marinus Ensemble continues their tour of liberal arts schools with a visit to Davidson. Bringing a program of piano trios, violinist Hye-Jin Kim, cellist Joseph Kuipers, and pianist Ellen Hwangbo, will take you from the brilliance of Mendelssohn, to Piazzolla’s sensuality, and, finally, to the subtlety of Ravel. Tickets $5-17. To order, call the Union Ticket Office at 704-894-2135 or visit online at www.davidson.edu/tickets.

Davidson College Symphony Orchestra: Flame & Glory, featuring William Fried, Piano Thursday, April 23, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. Duke Family Performance Hall, Alvarez College Union The Davidson College Symphony Orchestra performs their last full concert on the On Fire! season. For this special evening, Artist Associate William Fried tends the embers with a glowing piano performance of de Falla’s Nights in the Gardens of Spain. Free and open to the public.

Choral Arts Society: A Symphony of Psalms Monday, April 27, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. Duke Family Performance Hall, Alvarez College Union Two of the greatest masterworks of the twentieth century are featured in the Choral Arts Society’s final concert of the year, “A Symphony of Psalms”. Bernstein’s mesmerizing Chichester Psalms is paired with Stravinsky’s powerful Symphony of Psalms to create and unforgettable evening that you won’t want to miss! Tickets $5-15. To order, visit www.davidson.edu/tickets, or call 704-894-2135.


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Social Scene — Out & About —


The 40th Annual Iredell County Heart Ball was held at the Statesville Civic Center on Feb. 7. This year’s ball raised $175,000 for the American Heart Association. Open Your Heart Chair and Heart Ball honoree Jane Onsrud (third from right) poses for a picture with members of her family: (left to right) John Onsrud, Amelia Onsrud, Tom Onsrud, Shelley Starman-Onsrud, Charles Onsrud, Bill Onsrud, and Betty Onsrud.

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40th Annual Iredell County Heart Ball Over 460 guests attended the 40th Annual Iredell County Heart Ball on Feb. 7 at the Statesville Civic Center. The event, which brings together corporate, medical, and community leaders for an evening of dinner, dancing, and entertainment, benefits the American Heart Association. Breaking last year’s record for the most money raised, this year’s event brought in $175,000 that will be used to support the association’s mission of building healthier lives, free of caridovascular disease and stroke.

3rd Annual Lake Norman Chamber Women’s Conference The 3rd Annual Lake Norman Chamber Women’s Conference, held on Feb. 24 at the Peninsula Club in Cornelius, was well attended despite the snowfall that morning. The event included lunch as well as a wine and cheese reception. This year’s conference featured Astrid Chirinos, Chief Development Executive of the Latin American Economic Development Corporation, a panel discussion focused on Marketing Your Business, and a book signing by Pamela Lue-Hing who discussed and signed her latest book, “Pink Slip to Powerhouse – 12 Steps to Next.”

Julia Thomas Holyfield, Bill Russell, and Rondlyn Hawthorne. Co-Chair Dr. Robert Kimball (speaking), along with co-chairs Marian Kimball and Mae Jackson, of Premier Sponsor Piedmont HealthCare, welcome guests to the 40th Annual Iredell County Heart Ball.

Attendees listened to presentations on Leadership Development, Working With Your Strengths, and Fitness Tips. 2013 Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce Chair and conference emcee Wendy Moran with Keynote Speaker Astrid Chirnos, Chief Development Executive for the Latin American Economic Development Corporation, and Lake Norman Chamber President Bill Russell.

Guests mingle and peruse silent auction items at the 40th Annual Iredell County Heart Ball.


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Wendy Moran emcees the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce Women’s Conference.

Chamber President Bill Russell receives a book from Pamela Lue Hing, author of “Pink Slip to Powerhouse - 12 Steps to Next.”

Guests were also treated to a self-defense demonstration by the R.T. Berry School of Tae Kwan Do.


The Statesville Civic Center is transformed to honor the “ruby” anniversary of the Iredell County Heart Ball.


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The 7th annual Fairy House Festival was hosted on Feb. 7 by the Latta Plantation Nature Center, part of Mecklenburg County’s Park and Recreation Department. As the largest Fairy House Festival yet, between 3,000 and 3,500 people attended and enjoyed storytelling, children’s crafts and activities, and games focused on fairies and nature. “Our primary goal is to bring people into the nature preserve and out into the woods at a time of year when they might not think of visiting,” says Anne-Marie Stevenson, environmental educator and event organizer. “We also want to reconnect whole families with nature; we love that children and parents can build the fairy houses together.” Parents and children

The Improv Vikings teamed up with Bella Love Inc. to host an all-day Improv Workshop for middle school age teens on Saturday Feb 21. These “Vikings in-training” were introduced to the some of the fundamental rules of performing Improv Comedy. Liz Doten and Rachel Lock, creative directors for The Improv Vikings, led the students through a series of games and exercises that implement the fundamentals that allow each scene to build up enough to often have a hilarious conclusion. Improv instills leadership skills through honing in on the ability to listen and react with positivity and confidence. Five students from area middle schools participated in what is the first of a series of workshops planned for the group.

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Second place fairy house by Anna Cate and Avery Blackburn.

Third place winning entry from the Sorenson family.

John Cowart and Clara McGuiggin perform a high-energy Improv game.

The Dunn family’s first place winning fairy house. Jessica Boye, Rachel Lock, Clara McGuiggin, Wilson MacIntyre, Drew Colven, John Cowart, and Will Harsch think on their feet to pose for a game called “Family Photos.”

Brucie Abella, a professional Woodland Fairy, works with the children.

Although it wasn’t required, many children dressed up in costumes such as fairies and gnomes.

Bella Love 2nd Friday On the second Friday of every month, Cornelius residents gather at Oak Street Mill to celebrate local art, music, food, and community. The event is free to attend, has something for everyone and is produced by Cornelius Cultural Arts Group and Bella Love Inc. February’s event was held on Feb. 13.

Local band Astral Lion performs with a smooth reggae sound.

Megan McFadden shares the images she has captured during her travels. Currently she has an exhibit in Summit Coffee in Davidson that features photos from Cuba during the past decade.


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LNWC Spring Fling: The Lake Norman Wildlife Conservationists (a chapter of the NC Wildlife Federation) presents its first Earth Day event. The Spring Fling is a new effort to educate the community about the importance of enhancing habitat for area wildlife. The event’s theme, “All Things Nature,” will include information and demonstrations about animals, gardening, landscaping, outdoor activities, and more. Look, learn, and participate through hands-on projects for all ages, nature activities, and enjoy live music and food and beverage vendors. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. LangTree of Lake Norman, 401 Langtree Road, Mooresville. 704-231-3317. www. lakenormanwildlife.org.

APRIL 25 Earth Day Celebration: Show your support for the planet and environmental awareness by participating in this annual event. The morning will be filled with “green” activities including arts and crafts, demonstrations, wildlife habitat improvements, nature walks, and more. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Robbins Park, 17738 West Catawba Ave., Cornelius. www. cornelius.org.

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There are pretty much two types of campers in this world—those that enjoy staying in a cabin or campground site with showers and flushing toilets nearby, and those that just need a spot to pitch their tent and some handi-wipes. If you fall into the latter category, the average KOA just isn’t going to cut it. Dispersed camping, or “roughing it,” takes guts and ingenuity. Think you’re up for the challenge? Check out some of these beautiful spots to camp that are totally off the grid and in touch with nature.


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Uwharrie National Forest


he smallest of the four National Forests found in North Carolina, Uwharrie spans just over 50,000 acres, between Montgomery, Randolph, and Davidson counties. Located only 55 miles east of Charlotte, it offers more than 100 miles of hiking trails and a variety of water activities on the 5,350 acre Badin Lake. Directions: From I-85N/I-485, take the exit for NC-49/University City Blvd toward Harrisburg. Turn left onto NC-49N and continue for 32 miles. Keep left to continue toward NC-8N and follow for 7.8 miles. Take the NC-109 ramp to Denton/Troy and turn right onto NC-109S. Continue for 15.2 miles and turn right onto Mt. Carmel Church Road. After 1.5 miles, turn right onto Dusty Level Road. Where to park: Parking is available throughout the Forest, however the parking area off NC-109 provides easy access to the Uwharrie National Recreation Trail, while the picnic/boat launch area at Badin Lake puts you close to the water.

When to visit: Uwharrie National Forest is beautiful year-round, although running enthusiasts may want to plan a trip during February when the Forest hosts its annual Mountain Run. Participants can choose from an 8-, 20-, or 40-mile run that takes them up and down hills, through creeks, and over rocks on the Uwharrie Trail.


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Must see: Badin Lake. The 5,350 acre man-made lake offers spectacular views and opportunities for swimming, jet skiing, picnicking and boating. It is also well-stocked for anglers, has an extensive equestrian trail system for horse lovers, and 17 miles of OHV trails for dirt bikes, motorcycles, and 4x4’s.

Snowbird Backcountry Area in the Nantahala National Forest


ust outside of Asheville is the Nantahala National Forest, the largest of the four national forests in the state. Its 531,148 acres has elevations ranging from 1,200 feet to 5,800 feet and includes many rivers, creeks, waterfalls, and even rapids. The Snowbird Backcountry area encompasses 8,000 miles and over 35 miles of hiking trails. Directions: Take US-74W for about 150 miles to NC-28N for 11.3 miles. Turn left onto NC-143W and follow for about 15 miles. Turn left onto Snowbird Road. After about 3 miles, turn slight right onto Big Snowbird Road. Where to park: Hooper Bald rest area off Cherohala Skyway (NC-143)


Must see: Big Snowbird Trail. This old railroad grade extends for 15 miles and still features some artifacts from days gone by like original railroad ties. Passing through several creeks and waterfall areas, it is recommended for advanced hikers because of the frequent possibility of washouts along the trail. When to visit: Since the Snowbird Trail is a wet hike, visit in the summertime and take advantage of the many opportunities to cool off in the water along the way.

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Croatan National Forest


s the only true coastal forest in the east, the Croatan National Forest is made up of 160,000 acres of wetlands, estuaries, and pine forest. In addition to numerous hiking trails and fishing options, the Forest is also home to a wide variety of wildlife including alligators, black bears, and bald eagles, as well as several species of carnivorous plants.

Where to park: Pine Cliff picnic area – From NC-101, go 5.3 miles to NC-306/Ferry Road and turn left. Go 3.3 miles to Forest Road 132. Turn left on unpaved road and go 1.7 miles to picnic area at the end of the road. Must see: The Neusiok trail. This 20-mile trail is suitable for beginner hikers and covers a range of landscapes from beaches and marshes to swamps and bogs. The trail is also part of the 900 mile Mountains-to-Sea Trail that stretches from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Jockey’s Ridge State Park. When to go: October through May are the best months for hiking when the brush is thinnest and the insects are at a minimum.


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Directions: Take I-85N to I-40E for approximately 80 miles. Take exit 309 for US-70E toward Smithfield/Goldsboro and continue on US-70E for 16.5 miles. Follow the US-70E Bypass and continue for approximately 21 miles. Merge onto US-117/ US-70E toward Kinston/Greenville and follow for 25 miles. Keep following US-70E/W New Bern Road for 53 miles. Turn slight left onto NC-101E/Fontana Blvd.

Pink Beds in the Pisgah National Forest


his flat, yet high-elevation valley is home to a variety of rare and endangered species of plants, mountain bogs, and beavers working hard to dam the South Fork Mills River. In addition to the blooming rhododendrons that earned the valley its name, the Pink Beds also features large pine trees and clear babbling brooks. Directions: Take I-85S to US-321N to I-40W toward Asheville. Take I-240W to I-26E to exit 40/Asheville Airport. Turn right onto NC-280 and follow for 16 miles toward Brevard. Turn right onto US-276W and follow for 11.4 miles (following the signs for Pisgah National Forest) to the Pink Beds Picnic Area. Where to park: Parking area on US-276W Must see: The Pink Beds Loop Hike. This 5.1-mile hike is moderately difficult and reaches a maximum elevation of 3,290 feet. Winding through mountain bogs, wooded areas, and wildlife openings, you may catch a glimpse of a beaver, deer, or wild turkey. When to visit: Since this area was originally named for the breathtaking colors of the laurels and rhododendrons found there, it’s best to visit in the spring when they are in full bloom. May and June bring out the bright pinks and purples, while July shows off the lighter white and pale pink blooms. APRIL 2015 lakenormanmagazine.com


Looking Glass Rock in the Pisgah National Forest


lso outside Asheville lies the majestic Pisgah National Forest. Stretching over 500,000 acres, the hardwood forest boasts waterfalls, whitewater rivers, and hundreds of hiking trails, ranging in difficulty from beginner to advanced. The Looking Glass Rock, a pluton monolith, is named for the way its granite face reflects the sunshine.

Where to park: Parking area on National Forest Road 475 Must see: The Looking Glass Rock Hike. This moderately difficult trail climbs steeply for 6.4 miles, reaching a maximum elevation of 3,969 feet. From the top of the Looking Glass Rock, enjoy views of the Black Balsam Mountain and Blue Ridge Parkway, as well as the Pisgah Ridge. When to visit: Although Looking Glass Rock is enjoyable year round, take advantage of the warm summer weather by taking a swim at Skinny Dip Falls, just a half-mile hike from the Rock. The swimming hole features a waterfall, soaking spots, and clear, cool mountain water.


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Escape to Luxury Experience more than just a sojourn in the mountains at Luxe Life Camp. by LEAH HUGHES • photos by REBECKA VANDERVEEN


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It starts with dinner. A long table stretches the length of the barn loft. Strings of globe lights hang overhead. Wine bottles stand in line down the table’s center. Twenty-five women climb up to the loft and take a seat. Plates are passed, wine is poured, and laughter rings out. “It’s one of those unique experiences that you don’t get to have very often and would be very difficult to replicate,” says Alex Villanueva. She drove three hours from Atlanta to spend the weekend with a group of women she’s never met. Villanueva, a 42-year-old human-resources specialist, enjoys studying and reading about interior design and decorating as a hobby. She subscribes to several shelter magazines. And she follows Lisa Sherry’s interior design blog. She admires Sherry’s aesthetic, so when she learned about Sherry’s Luxe Life Camp for women in the North Carolina mountains, she signed up. And after the first camp in Sept. 2013, she signed up again for 2014. She doesn’t plan on missing one. “It’s such a reflection of who she is,” Villanueva says of Sherry’s camp. “It’s great that she shares her thought process and inspiration with us.” Lisa Sherry, owner of Lisa Sherry Interieurs, lives in High Point and designs for clients up and down the East Coast, including many in Charlotte. She describes her work and her life’s motto as “luxurious living.” By luxurious, she doesn’t mean fancy or stiff. She means bringing all of life’s elements together—relationships, food, exercise, design, travel—to create a beautiful life. “Me, personally, I love interior design, but I love the whole lifestyle side,” Sherry says. The idea for her Luxe Life Camp began to take shape while she was working on a client’s home in Washington, D.C. Her clients, Sherry Brown and Kay Anderson, own a camp in Clyde, about 30 minutes west of Asheville. Skyland Camp for Girls

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For the Luxe Life Camp, Lisa Sherry brings in a life coach, a chef, and she outfits the camp cabins with fine linens, artwork, and aesthetic lighting.

began in 1917 when Brown’s great-grandmother purchased the property. Brown and her twin brother, Mike, took over as co-directors when their mother, Bunny Brown, stepped down as director about 12 years ago. Brown and Anderson were sitting in their living room one day chatting with Sherry. Sherry told them about her ideas for a women’s getaway weekend. It would incorporate all sorts of luxury aspects: a spa, gourmet food, yoga. Brown and Anderson told her about their search for something to extend the camp’s season, which runs from June to August. “When we started talking about doing programs


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outside of camp, we’re not going to just rent the property to someone for a workshop,” Anderson says. “The energy of the program has to be in line with improving and furthering the mission of Skyland.” Girls ages 6 to 15 attend Skyland in the summer for 18-day sessions. By the time they leave, they’ve changed somehow, Anderson says. Some gain confidence from learning to hit a bull’s-eye with a bow and arrow or ride on horseback around a rink. Others have a new sense of independence after sleeping away from their parents for more than two weeks. In much the same way, Sherry hopes that the women

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who attend her camp leave changed. She brings in a life coach to teach a class on stress management. The chef for the weekend explains how she composes the meals and offers suggestions for how women can incorporate “clean” eating into their daily routines. Sherry not only outfits the camp cabins with fine linens, artwork, and aesthetic lighting, she also talks with campers about her design techniques. “My design is sophisticated, but there’s this side of me that’s bohemian,” Sherry says. “I like that outdoor sensibility.” During the weekend, women are welcome to participate in as much or as little as they want. In addition to healthy eating and yoga, more traditional camp activities, such as archery and horseback riding, are also available. But if someone wants to sit in a rocking chair and gaze at the Great Smoky Mountains, she’s welcome to do that, too. “There was a woman the first morning,” Anderson says, “she was sitting on the porch with a latte in her hand, and she exhaled and said, ‘I don’t remember the last time I didn’t have anything I had to do.’” Villanueva, though, wanted to do it all. She tried archery and yoga. She got a massage and took an art class. The class allowed her to tap into her creative side that she hadn’t exercised in a while. “I think the only thing I didn’t do was horseback riding,” Villanueva says, “but maybe next year.” LNM

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Lasting Tradition Homemade breads and baked goods beckon at this traditional general store run by an Amish family outside Union Grove. by LEAH HUGHES • photos by GRANT BALDWIN

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“Ding.” A customer taps the bell on top of the deli case. A young girl in traditional Amish dress steps out from a door to the left and takes his order. A pound of habanero cheddar, he says. He points to width No. 4 on a wooden thickness chart. Another customer fills out one of the order cards for a sandwich. Name, white or wheat, mayo or mustard, choice of meat and cheese—the questions are simple, the options limited. Shiloh General Store is located in Hamptonville, about five miles off of Interstate 77, just north of Statesville. Exit onto U.S. Highway 421, and you’ll pass Windsor Run Cellars on your way in. Or jump off early on exit 65 and head through Union Grove, past the Burger Barn and through a couple of hairpin curves on Howards Bridge Road. Either way, Shiloh isn’t a convenience store. People don’t just pass by and stop. They come here on purpose. The lunch special is reason enough, a made-to-order sandwich with a bag of kettle-cooked potato chips for $4.90. Add a glass bottle Cheerwine and tax, and you’ve got lunch for $6 and a quarter. The store has no indoor seating, but a few chairs dot the front porch, and some tables are scattered on the patio. Take a seat, and you’ll see the church and farm fields that anchor this small Amish community. The store attracts locals regularly, but people from elsewhere hear about it through friends who stumbled upon it or from winery owners in one of several local tasting rooms. Meeting the people who come through his door is Phil Graber’s favorite part of running the store. Graber, 43, sits behind the counter explaining different types of honey to a customer. He steps in the back to see about some sandwich rolls another customer wants.


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“They’re in the oven baking right now,” Graber says upon his return. That’s OK, the woman says. She’ll be back to get three bags before closing time. The homemade baked goods are some of the store’s best sellers. Graber; his wife, Margaret; and their seven children make assorted breads, such as whole wheat, sourdough, and oatmeal raisin; oversize cinnamon rolls with thick, white icing and pecan sticky buns; and a slew of pies, cookies, and tartlets. Don’t pass up the shoofly pie because of its odd name; the rich, molasses-based pie is a staple in Pennsylvania Amish country. Every Saturday morning, the Grabers make homemade doughnuts. People call to reserve them. The doughnuts disappear before lunch. Graber says they moved from Indiana to Union Grove because they liked the place and the church. They took over the store in 2010. In addition to the deli and baked goods, they stock several rows of spices, baking mixes, jams, salsas, granola, and snack mix. Some customers pop in, pick up the one thing they came for, and check out. Others linger in the aisles, scanning the shelves for something that catches the eye, maybe some sweet potato butter, a block of blueberry cheddar, or a bag of ginger snaps. The visit to Shiloh requires an intentional detour, but once you’re here, what you find might surprise you. LNM

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Intervention A stylish redesign in Cornelius leads to a serendipitous collaboration—and an international business. by DEB MITCHELL • photos by JUSTIN DRISCOLL


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Dixon used this custom console table to disguise a HVAC vent that was visible from the front door.


When interior designer Stephanie Dixon, owner and principle designer at dABBLE Co, a full-service design firm in Huntersville, took on an interior design project for homeowners Josh and Lisa Lippiner, she had no idea she would become a part of creating something that solves problems for other designers and creative professionals. Josh, a web-based business developer, and Dixon created Wecora, an interactive visual project management tool, when Josh realized she and other designers didn’t have an efficient way of collaborating with clients like him about visuals such as product images and room renderings. Now, Wecora is used by thousands of interior designers, graphic designers, photographers—even just parents planning their child’s birthday party or kids creating a Christmas wish list—all over the world. The Lippiners originally sought Dixon’s help to resolve aesthetic and functionality issues in the Cornelius home they’d bought in 2007. Built in the Peninsula development in 1992, the home was torn down to the studs just a year before the Lippiners purchased it, but that renovation left much to be desired. “I used to just try never to look in the dining room,” Lisa, a marketing professional, says.


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“The whole project was like the book, ‘If You Give a Pig a Pancake’,” says Josh (he and Lisa have two daughters, Ellie, 5, and Emma, 7). “We said we wanted to change the light in the dining room, and then it was like, if we do that, the light won’t go with the doors; and if we change the doors, they won’t go with the trim. We finally said that if we were going to do all that, we may as well just hire a designer!” When they met Dixon, the Lippiners had already met with several designers. They were even ready to pull the trigger on a plan. “It was one of those moments in life when you ask yourself, ‘Should I tell them the truth?’ Nothing about that plan was right!” says Dixon. She gave them her take on it and the couple, impressed by her candor, hired her on the spot. One of the first problems Dixon solved was to disguise an HVAC vent in plain view of the front door by placing a console table, custom made to fit the space, in front of it. The large wooden bread bowl Dixon had wired and outfitted with bare bulbs as a foyer light is just one of the many creative touches she gave the home. That dining room Lisa tried to ignore is now one of the couple’s favorite spaces. Dixon created a lounge space there with a laid-back, stylish feel. The white sofa and rug, along with a pair of fun cow

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print chairs are sophisticated but don’t take themselves too seriously. Dixon even had the coffee table built at desk height so Josh, who works from home, can type comfortably while on the sofa. “I’m in here all the time!” he says. Dixon turned an extraneous kitchenette off the dining room into two much-used rooms: a wine room on the dining room side and a mud room behind accessed by the back hallway. Dixon, herself a mom of two, solved the ‘crumbs in the sofa’ problem: She had a sofa table built so barstools could tuck underneath when not in use. Now the girls can snack while watching TV and still keep the mess away from rugs and upholstery. Throughout, Dixon repeated earthy elements for cohesiveness. The barn door made from reclaimed factory beams, columns and ceiling beams made from hand-hewn oak, brick veneer walls and ceilings, and metal barn lights were mixed with sleek touches, such as glass ‘bubble’ chandeliers and a steely gray paint palette to create a warm, ‘modern rustic’ style. Thanks to their serendipitous meeting, the Lippiners now have a beautiful home they enjoy every day, and more than 1,400 creative professionals like Dixon have a tool that helps them collaborate with their clients more efficiently, leaving them more time to enjoy their lives. LNM


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Rustic Retreat What was once a booming mining town is a now a haven for outdoor recreation—and rest and relaxtion. By SAM BOYKIN


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in the mountainous woods along an old dirt road that was used during the Georgia Gold Rush, Cavender Creek offers seven simple, but well-appointed cabins, with fireplaces, full kitchens, hot tubs, and spacious decks. Also on the property are a number of nature trails and a fishing pond stocked with catfish, bass, and bream. Smithgall Woods State Park (www.gastateparks.org/SmithgallWoods; starting from $185 a night) in nearby Helen, Ga., has six elegant and beautifully decorated cottages. The one- to fivebedroom cottages boast full kitchens, living rooms, fireplaces, washer and dryers, garages, and decks. And because the cottages are located in a 5,664-acre state park, there’s ample opportunity to explore the surrounding wilderness, with 23 miles of hiking and biking trails, as well as Duke’s Creek, one of north Georgia’s premier trout streams. COTTRELL PHOTOGRAPHY


Dahlonega, a small town of about 5,000 in northern Georgia, first rose to prominence when early settlers discovered gold nuggets in some of the creeks that meander through the area. This led to the Georgia Gold Rush, which started in 1828 and brought some 10,000 miners to the state before they moved on to California. Today, visitors can still search for treasure at a number of area gold mines, but there is also a host of fun outdoor adventures, such as boating, hiking, mountain biking, and fishing, all within the shadows of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains.

Adventure Awaits Both Cavender Creek Cabins and Smithgall Woods State Park are within a quick drive to a number of fun activities. At Appalachian Outfitters River Outpost (www.canoegeorgia.com), rent a kayak or canoe and paddle down the scenic Class I-II Etowah or Chestatee rivers, where you’re likely to see ducks, blue heron, beaver, and deer. Along the way stop at secluded beaches and swimming holes, and take in the beautiful mountain laurel and rhododendrons along the banks. For something a little more challenging, head to the nearby Chattahoochee River, where you can navigate Class III rapids. Back on land, there are 22 different hiking trails within 32 miles of Dahlonega. Highlights include the Amicalola Falls State Park (www.gastateparks.org), which, at 729 feet, has the highest

waterfall east of the Mississippi River. The park is also the southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail. At nearby Chattahoochee National Forest (www.stateparks. com), you’ll find some of the best mountain biking in the state, including the 36-mile Jake and Bull Mountain Trail System, which has lots of loops and varied scenery. For anglers, there are about a dozen creeks and streams in the area stocked with rainbow, native, and brown trout. Chestatee Wildlife Preserve (www.chestateewildlife.com) offers visitors an opportunity to get up close and personal with dozens of exotic animals, including the rare “zedonk,” which is a cross between a zebra and donkey. Situated on 205 acres of gently rolling farmland, Chestatee Wildlife Preserve has more than 100 animals, such as Bengal tigers, black leopards, lions, monkeys, and black bears.

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And a visit to Dahlonega isn’t complete without exploring the area’s fascinating gold rush history. At Consolidated Gold Mines (www.ConsolidatedGoldMine.com) you can climb 200 feet underground for a guided tour of a turn-of-the-century mine, where you’ll learn how workers toiled and struggled to uncover gold deep within large quartz veins. Once you return aboveground, pan for gold and gemstones, and the experienced staff will help you pick out the best pieces, such as emeralds, rubies, and sapphires. Afterwards, visit the Dahlonega Gold Museum Historic Site, which has rare coins from when Dahlonega thrived as a U.S. Branch Mint in the 1830s, along with sizeable gold nuggets, and old machinery like a hydraulic cannon and nozzle used to blast soil from mountainsides.

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Dahlonega’s Bear on the Square Festival (April 24-26) is named for the time when a bear cub took refuge in a sycamore tree on the busy Historic District’s Public Square. Launched in 1996, it’s an authentic Appalachian festival with traditional music, arts and dancing, featuring local and regional performers.

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where you can stroll along the pedestrianfriendly streets and check out all the great restaurants, charming shops, and lovely parks. Highlights include Back Porch Oyster Bar (www.backporchoysterbar.net). While north Georgia may seem like an unlikely spot for a seafood restaurant, owner Lee Creef didn’t let that stop him. A longtime resident of North Carolina’s Outer Banks, he decided to bring a fun and funky beach vibe to the area after falling in love with Dahlonega. Situated in a renovated twostory house with big porches overlooking downtown, this popular spot serves North Carolina-style catfish, tuna, shrimp, lobster, oysters, and more. Another popular downtown eatery is Gustavo’s. This casual spot has pool tables, live music, and lots of TVs, along with a large selection of beer and wine, pizza, calzones, strombolis, burgers, and sandwiches. Cavender Creek Vineyards & Winery (www.cavendercreekvineyards.com) is another not-to-miss Dahlonega attraction. Situated just a few miles from downtown on 15 acres of rolling hills, the winery features live music and a circa-1820 hand-hewn guest log cabin that was disassembled and moved down from Tennessee. Next door is the winery, styled after an oldfashioned barn, with the loft housing the tasting room, and a deck overlooking the mountains. www.Dahlonega.org LNM

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Business Update NEW CONSTRUCTION J.D. Goodrum Company Inc., a commercial general contractor based in Cornelius, announced construction of the Berwick Park project, a 10acre pubic park for Mecklenburg County Parks and Recreation. The park was designed by Alfred Benesch & Company of Charlotte, and includes baseball fields, a multipurpose field, picnic shelters, asphalt walking trails, and an interactive playground. J.D. Goodrum adds this project to their portfolio of animal facility projects completed over their 29 year history. www.jdgoodrum.com.

PEOPLE NEWS Huntersville commissioner Sarah McAulay was reelected to continue as chairwoman for the Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization (CRTPO) for 2015, and current vice chairman Brad Horvath, mayor of Wesley Chapel, was also reelected. Both were nominated by councilwoman Vi Lyles from Charlotte and representatives from around the region unanimously selected the two candidates. CRTPO includes all of Mecklenburg County and a portion of Iredell County and Union County. Tammi Murphy, owner of Blarney Stone Marketing & Design in Cornelius, purchased LKNSavings. com in December 2014. For the past year and a half, Murphy managed the social media, website, and email marketing for the company under the direction of Diana Howard. Since the acquisition, Murphy has unveiled a new logo and launched a mobile app in January. Howard sold LKNSavings. com to work full time as an independent financial

advisor with Lake Norman Financial Group in Cornelius. LKNSavings.com is a community resource where consumers find deals and discounts at hundreds of area businesses. The website includes a comprehensive events calendar and community information for kids, families, and senior specials. To subscribe to LKNSavings.com for the most up-to-date specials, send your email address by texting LKNSAVE to 22828, or visit www.lknsavings.com.

AWARDS Catawba Regional Hospice (CRH) has been designated a Level Four partner in the National Veterans Program, We Honor Veterans (WHV). The initiative, which launched in September 2010 was jointly implemented by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Its goal is to focus attention on the needs of military veterans and support hospices in meeting those needs. CRH performed specific activities to attain this status, including developing and strengthening partnerships with VA offices and organizations, increasing access to hospice care for all eligible veterans, and training staff and volunteers to provide high-quality care to veterans. From Jan. 2013 through June 2014, CRH served 335 veterans in the WHV program and is one of four NC hospices to achieve Level Four partnership in the program. www.catawbaregionalhospice.org; www.wehonorveterans.org. Habitat for Humanity International announced that Our Towns Habitat for Humanity is an

Affiliate of Distinction for 2015-2017, Habitat’s highest honor. Launched in 2013, Affiliates of Distinction was established by Habitat for Humanity International to honor U.S. affiliates that meet or exceed best practice standards. Recipients maintain their recognition for two years, and then reapply for the following award period. The Our Towns Habitat for Humanity family worked hard to achieve these results while simultaneously merging two affiliates into one. Fourteen Habitat affiliates (including Habitat for Humanity Charlotte) were recognized during a ceremony at Habitat’s biennial U.S. Affiliate Conference in March. www. ourtownshabitat.org.

ANNIVERSARY Lakeside Counseling & Hypnotherapy celebrated its 15th anniversary. Amy Bernstein, LCSW, CH, owner and therapist opened the company in 2000 in Davidson and provides services including psychotherapy, hypnotherapy, sandplay therapy, and Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT). Bernstein’s most popular programs are treatment for anxiety, social anxiety, weight reduction, optimal health, phobias, public speaking, and smoking cessation. All hypnosis is personalized, and clients are given a CD/mp3 of their sessions. www.lakesidetherapy.com. — Compiled by Moment Palmer. Email business news to kcoleman@charlotteobserver.com



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Cornelius’ Historic “First” Church with a Great Future 19600 Zion St., Cornelius, NC 28031 2 Blocks South of the Cornelius Police Dept., off Hwy. 115 Sunday Worship 8:30 AM With Weekly Communion Traditional Worship 11:00 AM Praise & Worship With Praise Band 9:45 AM 704-892-8566 • www.mtzionumc.net



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CARDIOLOGY Gary D. DeWeese, MD, FACC 359 Williamson Road Mooresville, NC 28117 704-235-1829

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HEALTH & WELLNESS PROVIDERS GASTROENTEROLOGY Carl A. Foulks, Jr., MD Angela Kellermeyer, PA-C 359 Williamson Road Mooresville, NC 28117 704-878-2021

Neil M. Kassman, MD Leann Barnett, PA-C 359 Williamson Road Mooresville, NC 28117 704-838-8215

HOME HEALTHCARE Interim HealthCare Mooresville 235 Medical Park Rd., Suite 203 704-840-0040 Interimhealthcare.com/Carolinas RN’s, LPN’s, CNA’s, CNA+ available Homecare for Pediatrics & Seniors

lredell Home Health Fully Accredited, Non Profit, 24 hours, 7 days a week 888-872-6652

HOSPICE/PALLIATIVE CARE Hospice & Palliative Care of Iredell County Mooresville Office Terri Phillips, MS, BSN, RN, CHPCA, President Teresa Romzick, MD, Medical Director Laura Chambers Blackwelder, RN, Nurse Liaison 150 Fairview Road, Mooresville, NC 28117 704-663-0051 • www.HOIC.org

Hospice & Palliative Care of Iredell County Statesville Office Terri Phillips, MS, BSN, RN, CHPCA, President Teresa Romzick, MD, Medical Director Kim Ashley, BSN, RN, Nurse Liaison Sina Brown, RN, Community Liaison 2347 Simonton Road, Statesville, NC 28625 704-873-4719 • www.HOIC.org

Hospice & Palliative Care of Iredell County Gordon Hospice House

Dana Bell, BSN, RN, Gordon Hospice House Director 2341 Simonton Road Statesville, NC 28625 704-761-2400 • www.HOIC.org

Catawba Regional Hospice — Catawba Valley Hospice House Dr. William Thompson, Medical Director Dr. Virginia Duany Jimenez, Assistant Medical Director Dr. J. Steven Corder, Part-time Physician Dr. Philip Greene, Part-time Physician Dr. David Lowry, Part-time Physician

INTERNAL MEDICINE Manish G. Patel, MD Amy Bolling, FNP-BC Julie Abney, PA-C 128 Medical Park Rd, Suite 101 Mooresville, NC 28117 704-658-1001

Huntersville Eye Care Center Vision Care, Eyewear, Contact Lenses Across from Huntersville Elementary. 215 Gilead Rd., Huntersville, NC 28078 704-992-EYES (3937)

University Eye Associates Steven H. Eyler, OD

NEUROLOGY Andrew Braunstein, DO Ryan Conrad, MD Craig DuBois, MD Douglas Jeffery, MD 124 Professional Park Dr. Mooresville, NC 28117 704-662-3077 9735 Kincey Avenue, Suite 203, Huntersville, NC 28078 704-766-9050

Lakeside Neurology Lori B. Schneider, MD Treatment of all Neurological Disorders including Headaches, Neck & Back Pain and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. 19615 Liverpool Pkwy. (Exit 28) Cornelius, NC 28031 704-896-5591 • www.drlorischneider.com

Dharmen S. Shah, MD 359 Williamson Road, Mooresville, NC 28117 704-873-1100

NUTRITION Lake Norman & Charlotte Nutrition Associates

Kenneth W. Best, OD Maggie M. Metwalli, OD Robert C. Hamp, OD 455 South Main St., Ste. 100, Davidson, NC 28036 704-896-9090 • www.universityeye.net

Vision Center of Lake Norman Chuck Monson, OD 125 Commerce Park Rd. Ste 103 Mooresville, NC 28117 704-799-2020 • www.visioncenterlkn.com

OPHTHALMOLOGY Charlotte Eye Ear Nose & Throat Assoc, P.A. Huntersville Office Celebrating more than 90 years of commitment to the Charlotte area. James H. Antoszyk, MD Justin C. Brown, MD Julian C. Culton, MD Scott Jaben, MD

Jennifer Manley, RD/LDN

Kashyap B. Kansupada, MD FACS

Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist

Robert M. Saltzmann, MD

16501-D Northcross Drive, Huntersville, NC 28078

Erin O. Schotthoefer, MD

704-650-9745 or 704-895-9865

Usha Reddy, MD

Providers for BCBS, Cigna and Aetna Insurance

Northcross Medical Park Exit 25 Off I-77


16455 Statesville Rd., Ste. 280,

Charlotte Eye Ear Nose & Throat Assoc, P.A. — Huntersville Office Celebrating more than 90 years of commitment to the Charlotte area.

Huntersville, NC 28078 704-295-3600 • www.goodsenses.com

Charlotte Eye Ear Nose & Throat Assoc, Statesville Office

Comprehensive Optometry/Ocular Disease

646 Hartness Road, Statesville, NC 28677 704.872.4108 Andrew N Antoszyk, MD

Northcross Medical Park Exit 25 Off I-77

Wei Huang, MD

16455 Statesville Rd., Ste. 280

Elliot McKee, MD

Michael J. Spicola, OD

3975 Robinson Road Newton, NC 28658 828-466-0466 • www.CatawbaRegionalHospice.org

Huntersville, NC 28078 704-295-3600 • www.goodsenses.com

Omar Punjabi, MD

Catawba Regional Hospice — Sherrills Ford Hospice House

Eyes On Lake Norman Optometry Jonathan Sugarman, OD

Usha Reddy, MD

Dr. Karim Nazer, Assistant Medical Director Dr. Khawaja Rehman, Part-Time Physician 7473 Sherrills Ford Road Sherrills Ford, NC 28673 828-466-0466 • www.CatawbaRegionalHospice.org


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134 Mooresville Commons Way,

Rachel Sabo, MC Craig S. Self, MD

Mooresville, NC 28117

Brent B. Warren, MD

704-696-8370 www.eyesonlakenorman.com

HEALTH & WELLNESS PROVIDERS OBSTETRICIANS & GYNECOLOGISTS James Al-Hussaini, MD, FACOG Teresa Melvin, MD, FACOG Grant Miller, MD, FACOG James Wilson, MD, FACOG Laura Arigo, MD Katie Collins, DO Melissa Poole, CNM Lauren Crosslin, CNM 131 Medical Park Road, Suite 102 Mooresville, NC 28117 704.663.1282

ORAL SURGERY Carolina Oral & Facial Surgery Patrick Coleman, DMD



Kenneth Bloom, DPM Kurt Massey, DPM

Sean M. Fahey, MD

137 Professional Park Drive, Mooresville, NC 28117 704-662-8336

128 Medical Park Road, Suite 101

PELVIC HEALTH Carolina Urology Partners, PLLC Pelvic Health Institute G. Bernard Taylor, MD David Konstandt, MD The Park - Huntersville 9735 Kincey Ave. Suite 302 Huntersville, NC 28078 704-414-2870 • www.carolinaurology.com

PHYSIATRY Interventional Spine care Harsh Govil, MD, MPH

Dijana Christianson, DO Mooresville, NC 28117 704-658-1001

SLEEP MEDICINE Andrew Braunstein, DO 124 Professional Park Drive Mooresville, NC 28117 704-662-3077

Dharmen S. Shah, MD 359 Williamson Road Mooresville, NC 28117 704-873-1100


19910 North Cove Rd., Ste. 100

359 Willamson Road Mooresville, NC 28117 704-235-1838

Cornelius, NC 28031

Jacqueline Zinn, MD

Piedmont HealthCare

359 Willamson Road Mooresville, NC 28117 704-978-3560

Express Care

Michael J. Coleman, DDS

704-892-1198 • www.carolinaoms.com

Johnson Oral Surgery Matthew Johnson, MD, DMD


229 Medical Park Rd., Ste. 310

Harborview Plastic Surgery

704-799-0771 johnsonoralsurgery.com


Scott Brandon, MD Byron E. Dunaway, MD Kim Lafreniere, PA-C Dawn Repass, FNP-BC 359 Williamson Road Mooresville, NC 28117 704-235-1838

Mooresville, NC 28117 704-660-9111

Mount Mourne Springs Mooresville, NC 28117

125 Days Inn Drive

Specializing in Breast Surgery & Body Contouring Jean-Pierre Riou, MD 19615 Liverpool Pkwy. (Exit 28) Cornelius, NC 28031 704-896-5806 • www.riouplasticsurgery.com

UROLOGY Carolina Urology Partners, PLLC Michael R. Cram, MD David Konstandt, MD Stewart M. Polsky, MD

Charlotte Eye Ear Nose & Throat Assoc, P.A. Huntersville Office

137 Professional Park Drive, Suite D

Celebrating more than 90 years of commitment to the Charlotte area. Mark T. Weigel MD James H. Antoszyk, MD

The Park - Huntersville

Usha Reddy, MD

Mooresille, NC 28117

9735 Kincey Ave. Suite 302, Huntersville, NC 28078

Northcross Medical Park, Exit 25 Off I-77

For appointments 704-660-3322

16455 Statesville Rd., Ste. 280 Huntersville, NC 28078 704-295-3600 www.goodsenses.com


RADIATION ONCOLOGY Lake Norman Radiation Oncology lredell Orthopaedic Center Lake Norman Dr. Jason Batley 544 Brawley School Road, Mooresville • 704-658-0956 www.jasonbatleymd.com

170 Medical Park Rd., Ste 100, Mooresville, NC 28117 704-235-2580 • 704-235-2599 (fax) www.treatcancer.com Mon-Fri 8:00am-5:00pm

Rehab Services Brian Center Health & Rehab 520 Valley Street, Statesville, NC 28677 (704) 873-0517 • www.Savaseniorcare.com

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Snapshot photo by JORDAN FLAHERTY


ordan Flaherty, 17 years old and a senior at Hough High School, captured this colorful picture of Lake Norman while watching the sunset with her friends. Flaherty has been pursuing photography since her freshman year, is currently the president of the Hough High School Photography Club, and is enrolled in an Advanced Placement photography course. “I have been doing freelance photography for senior pictures, and have completed a number of local volunteer community events as the professional photographer,” says Flaherty. She has also partnered with Bailey’s Glen Retirement Community to teach a Basics of Photography class. See her Scholastics Art & Writing Silver Key winning photograph currently on display at the Mint Museum Uptown. See more of her work at www.jordanflahertyphotog.wix.com/jordanflahertyphoto and on Instagram @joeflaher18.

Send photos for consideration to kcoleman@charlotteobserver.com


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Lake Norman Magazine - April 2015  

The camping issue of Lake Norman's premier lifestyle magazine.

Lake Norman Magazine - April 2015  

The camping issue of Lake Norman's premier lifestyle magazine.