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Contents October vol. 13 No. 10

24 It’s About Time

Ben Anderson juggles a schedule full of work, play and life

26 Thoughts from the Man Cave Should big kids leave trick-or-treating to the young?

76 Out + About Mutts and Music Festival

78 On the Circuit What’s happening at Lake Norman this month



80 Renee Wants to Know

What skills can young players learn through Lake Norman Giants?



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Check out hot air balloons at Carolina BalloonFest in Statesville this month.

Channel Markers

Movers, shakers and more at the lake

17 Megan Miranda’s new novel gets nod from Reese Witherspoon

18 For the Long Run — The Carolina BalloonFest lands in Statesville benefitting charities

19 Dachshund race takes downtown Mooresville

20 Live Like a Native—Fall festivals all within a short drive

23 Woodlawn athletic director blazes new trails

28 T rends + Style

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Lake Spaces

How we live at the lake

56 Dwellings

Designer Anna Stowe brings personalized touches to Airbnb listing

Dine + Wine

Eating, drinking, cooking and fun

70 Wine Time

Fish and chips pair perfectly with Viognier

72 On Tap

CrossFit 926 and Eleven Lakes Brewery combine burpees and beer

44 N avigators

Big hope comes in small packages for breast cancer warriors

73 In the Kitchen with Jill Dahan

Bring fall flavors in the kitchen with Autumn Stuffed Squash

74 Nibbles + Bites

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Special Section 31 Women in Business

46 G ame On

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The Bestseller Around the Corner club team out in LA and we put together some behind the scenes material, which is available through the Reese’s Book Club and Hello Sunshine YouTube Channel.” The Last House Guest unfolds in a small town in Maine, where the divide between wealthy summer goers and yearround residents precludes friendships between the groups. Yet, two girls strike up an unlikely companionship from a young age and grow inseparable during the warm months, until one of the girls is discovered dead. The other, suspected of foul play, rushes to clear her name. “I’m usually someone who begins with character, but The Last House Guest was inspired partly by place: a vacation town. I knew I wanted to set the story in a town where there would be

this contrast of insiders and outsiders,” says Miranda. To bring the setting to life, she piled into a minivan with her parents, husband, and two children and toured the Maine coast, where she spent summers in her youth. “It was a fantastic experience, both as a way to channel the setting—each town along the coast feels so unique and distinct—and also as a way to think about perspective and memory, both of which ended up expanding the idea even further.” Although Miranda has penned ten novels, her background is in science. She graduated from MIT and worked in biotech before becoming a high school science teacher. In the years after her children were born, Miranda began to pursue writing with the goal of publication. She launched her

career as an author via young adult fiction and has since expanded her repertoire to include adult fiction, like The Last House Guest. “The main difference to whether a story is YA or adult is primarily about the character and the perspective the story is filtered through. Deciding which type of story I’m going to write depends on whether the idea fits more strongly with a character experiencing an event at a pivotal time when everything is new, or whether the idea belongs with a character who filters their perspective through years of lived experiences.” No matter the perspective, Miranda’s books are nearly impossible to put down once you pick them up. Just ask Reese Witherspoon. — by Eleanor Merrell, photography by Ken Noblezada



harming and poised, Megan Miranda quietly writes bestselling novels from her home in Davidson. Her latest book, The Last House Guest, was selected as Reese Witherspoon’s book club pick for the month of August. “My editor at Simon & Schuster called me up on a Saturday, as soon as she’d heard. I think I made her repeat it several times so I could be sure it was real,” says Miranda. On the reading list, Miranda is keeping company with authors like Ann Patchett, Celeste Ng, and Brene Brown. “I’ve had the opportunity to share several pieces on the inspiration behind the story with Reese’s Book Club, and to participate in a video Q&A with readers through their Instagram stories,” says Miranda. “I also met with the book


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For the Long Run

Take to the Sky

The Carolina BalloonFest Lands in Statesville Benefitting Area Charities

The festival features two stages with live performances by musical acts.



Carolina BalloonFest takes place near the Statesville Regional Airport.


he mass ascension of brilliantly-colored hot air balloons is the main attraction at the Carolina BalloonFest, an event which has drawn large crowds of loyal patrons on the third weekend of October for the past 46 years. “It’s a beautiful sight,” says Executive Director, Bud Welch, but if you stop to look at all the smiles on the crowd’s faces, “that’s the truly magnificent part.” In addition to the ascensions (which take place twice), other highlights of the multi-day event include an aerialist circus performance and a skydiving exhibition. The “balloon glow” is a new event that will take

place at dusk. Music plays in the background as pilots inflate their balloons, which illuminate and twinkle, but do not leave the ground. If you’re more of an early riser, the hot air balloon competitions start at 8 a.m. Looking for your own personal aerial experience? Tethered balloon rides are available in the afternoons (weather permitting). Carolina BalloonFest is a nonprofit event run by National Balloon Rally Charities, Inc. Following the 2018 festival, $100,400 was donated to more than 30 nonprofits, agencies, and partners. “We’re the nonprofit that gives back to other nonprofits,” says Haley

Jones, director of marketing. The amount distributed to each organization is based on the number of hours their volunteers have donated over the weekend. With nearly a thousand volunteers, “it is truly a community effort,” says Jones. Down on the ground there are a plethora of other opportunities: Stroll through an artisan and marketplace village, sample a few beverages at the NC Wine and Craft Beer Garden, nibble delicious food on Eat Street, or enjoy a live music performance. Kids will want to check out the Kid Zone, which features magic shows, bungee jumping, and a climbing wall,

as well as interactive theater performances. Parking is free if you take the eight-minute charter bus ride from the off-campus Park & Ride (located at 630 N. Main Street, Troutman). An on-site parking pass is also an option for $10$20 (general admission or VIP). Admission prices range from $10-$25 (depending upon the day) to full weekend passes $35$40 (discounted if purchased in advance). — by Elizabeth Watson Chaney, photography courtesy of Carolina BalloonFest

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Doggone fun

Four divisions compete for trophies at in the Weiner Dog Race.

Dachshund race takes downtown Mooresville


the finals. An awards ceremony follows the race recognizing race division winners, as well as the cutest wiener dog and the best dressed. Tom Kilroe, race organizer, says the event is fantastic entertainment for people of all ages and even four-legged family members on leash. Kilroe insists the unpredictability of the race is what makes the event fun for by-standers. “Watching these dachshunds run just tickles us,” he says. “It’s quite interesting watching the interplay between the owner and pet. Many come back year after year,” he says. “Some of them race, and some of them just sniff around. You never know what will happen.”

The canine competitors are put in individual chutes prior to each heat.

Mooresville businesswomen Roberta Roberts spearheaded the first Mooresville Wiener Race in 2009. The proud owner of a dachshund, Roberts brought the race concept to Mooresville after visiting the Midwest where many wiener dog races are held as part of Octoberfest celebrations. The Mooresville Wiener Race attracts visitors downtown Mooresville for fun while showcasing businesses.

Proceeds benefit the Lake Norman Humane Society. Vendors include downtown and local businesses and pet groups, with each contributing donations to the raffle tent. — by Renee Roberson, photography courtesy of Andy Pipas of ADIOS Images

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Live Like a Native Fall Festivals All Within a Short Drive Seek out food, brews, music and family fun at these annual events OCTOBER


CORNELIUS 2nd Friday Street Festival (Oct. 11) A monthly celebration of local art, music by Shades of Brown, food and drink. 6-10 p.m. Free. Oak Street Mill, 19725 Oak Street, Laketoberfest (Oct. 12) Live music, beer from local breweries, food trucks, a kids’ zone and more. 4-9 p.m. Free admission and parking. Bailey Road Park, OCTOBER 2019


DAVIDSON Ada Jenkins 3rd Annual Food Fight (Oct. 6) This fun family event challenges competing restaurants, caterers and talented chefs to bring their best dish to the table for a chance to win the battle and bragging rights. Tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for kids 14 years and under. 11:30 a.m.–2 p.m. Ada Jenkins, 212 Gamble St., Davidson,

Carolina Renaissance Festival & Artisan Marketplace runs through late November.

vendors, food, live bands and other amusements. Park opens at 10 a.m.; music and other events start at noon. Free admission; but there is a cost for rides and food. Rescue Squad Park, Galway Lane, Denver, www.

MOORESVILLE Uncorked and Artsy (Oct. 4) Enjoy art, craft beer and wine in Downtown Mooresville at a number of area business locations in this art crawl. 6-9 p.m. $25 per person or $30 at the gate. The art and live music performances are free to attend. Downtown Mooresville, Broad and Main Streets, www.

HUNTERSVILLE The Carolina Renaissance Festival and Artisan Marketplace (Oct. 5-Nov. 24) History comes alive with nonstop, day-long entertainments, arts and crafts, games and rides, jousting knights on horseback, feasting and more. 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. $24 for adults; $14 for kids. 16445 Poplar Tend Road, Huntersville, www.

DENVER Denver Days (Oct. 4-5) This two-day festival features

Hops and Hogs Festival (Oct. 5) The Kansas City Barbeque

Society presents a competition set against the backdrop of live music and the best breweries in the Carolinas. This event is for ages 18 and older. 11:30 a.m. $20+. Historic Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Road, Huntersville, STATESVILLE Hops and Harmony Brew Fest (Oct. 5) Sample and enjoy craft beers and ciders from local and regional breweries, all while listening to a great lineup of live bands. 1–5 p.m. $35 in advance; $40 at the gate. 101 W. Broad Street, Statesville, www.



HUNTERSVILLE Rural Hill Sheepdog Trials and Dog Festival (Nov. 9-10) Watch the sheepdog trials with herding, hayrides, agility trials and food and wine vendors

and history demonstrations. 10 a.m.–5p.m. $11 for adults and $7.50 for children. Historic Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Road, Huntersville, LINCOLNTON Lincoln County Apple Festival (Oct. 19) This annual event is back with the Apple Dish Contest, live music, kids’ activities and more. Free admission. 9 a.m.–4 p.m. West Main Street, Lincolnton, www. lincolncountyapplefestival. com. MOORESVILLE Arts at the Mill (Nov. 8-10) This three-day indoor national fine arts festival showcases the art of nationally-selected artists. Free admission. 500 S. Main Street, Mooresville, www. — compiled by Renee Roberson, photo courtesy of The Carolina Renaissance Festival & Artisan Marketplace


Bet You Didn’t Know Narrow Passage Hill in Davidson Lives On Development Works to Offer Conservation Neighborhood


at that time, called the bridge, the Narrow Passage, because it was very narrow and dangerous to cross by horse or horse and buggy and possibly even by foot. It became a good meeting place for the locals and a good directional tool for finding the locals properties. To this day, the bridge abutment still sits on the land and designated with a historical marker. When developer Karl Plattner purchased 60+ acres of land from the Mayes family, he envisioned creating one of the area’s first conservation neighborhoods. After working with the Town of Davidson for

the past several years, plans have been approved and Narrow Passage will feature only 39 homesites on the property, with three custom builders taking the lead on development of the homes. The homes will be built using all-natural materials (wood, stone, cedar, brick, etc.) to maintain the natural look of the neighborhood. The Narrow Passage neighborhood also has a large canopy of trees for privacy, natural wetlands, and walking

trails. As a bonus, the town eventually plans to connect Narrow Passage to Fisher Farm Park, where there are hundreds more biking and walking trails. — By Renee Roberson, photography courtesy of Narrow Passage Davidson


n our September column, we mentioned how Sam Furr (of Sam Furr Road notoriety) used to enjoy hunting for foxes on Narrow Passage Hill in Davidson. That part of town has a rich history that is ever evolving, and area residents now have an opportunity to live and play in this very spot. East Rocky River Road used to run in a different direction than it does currently. In the southernmost area of the Narrow Passage development, the East Rocky River Road in those days used to curve up to a very narrow bridge on steep land. The residents of the area,


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untersville resident Erica Sara has been making jewelry in some form or fashion since she was eight years old, but she didn’t get serious about it until 2003, when she was undergoing some pretty significant changes in her life. She had left a corporate career in fashion, was going through a divorce, and chose to stay in her New York city apartment every night and use jewelry making as a therapeutic creative outlet. But when her friends saw her designs, they started encouraging her to turn it into a viable business. Inspired by the New York City Marathon, which passed by her apartment every year, Erica took up running. As she logged in her miles and trained for her first race, she wanted to wear a charm symbolizing her accomplishments and decided to create a line specifically for running. Designer Erica Sara was inspired to create “I engraved the name and distance of my races at first, and then jewelry to celebrate her accomplishments evolved my designs to include landmarks, course maps, and even when she took up the sport of running. elevations like the piece I created for the Huntersville Half,” she says. She now lives in Huntersville with her husband and two children, and her pieces, which she handcrafts herself in her home studio, have been featured in publications like Fitness, Health, Shape, UsWeekly, and many more. She will be accepting orders for holiday gifts up until Dec. 15. Shop her designs at — Renee Roberson, photography by Jamie Irvin Photography



Not Afraid of Competition Woodlawn athletic director blazes new trails



From left to right: Keith Davis, Woodlawn Parent and Booster Club Membership Coordinator, Paul Zanowski, Woodlawn Head of School, Paul Capodanno, Woodlawn Athletic Director and Greg Williams, Woodlawn Parent and Booster Club Chair


aul Capodanno, the new director of athletics at Woodlawn School, is on a mission. “Woodlawn has a tremendous reputation for academics, but it is not known as much for its athletics. We have the opportunity to build from the ground up,” he says. The Wilmington, Del., native became director of the Davidson private school’s athletics and summer programs in July. He also is head boys’ basketball and tennis coach, a physical education teacher for kindergarten through

sixth grade and an assistant in teaching sixth and seventh grade physical education. Woodlawn boasts 13 varsity and eight middle school sports teams competing in the Southern Piedmont Athletic Association. Capodanno wants to build a name for the school’s athletic programs. “It (the job) was an opportunity to come to this area and take the reigns of an athletic program, re-envision the PE program and take the basketball program and build a culture that starts with middle school,” says Capodanno. Basketball definitely is in his

blood, as Capodanno says, “I’ve been around this amazing game since I was a kid.” At age six, he began playing basketball, eventually earning spots on his high school team and at Becker College in Worcester, Mass. There, he received a degree in athletic administration. Prior to Woodlawn, Capodanno simultaneously worked as a basketball coach at private school and a physical education teacher at a public school in Wilmington, N.C. Capodanno says he’s excited to move the area because “Charlotte seems to be a hotbed

of basketball tradition.” He comes from a long family line of coaches and educators. His grandmother and uncle were both hall of fame coaches. Two of his aunts are teachers. His father is a headmaster of a private school and a coach. Capodanno says being both a teacher and a coach is rewarding. “The most enjoyable thing is to teach the kids I coach. You can build better relationships with students in the classroom when you are with them on the athletic field,” he says. — by Holly Becker, photography by Ken Noblezada


New athletic director Paul Capodanno speaks to a group of student athletes at Woodlawn School.

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Head of the Class

by Rosie Molinary photography by Jamie Cowles

Ben Anderson juggles a full schedule of work, play and life Hough High School Senior Class President Ben Anderson.




oon the Hough High School Huskies will celebrate Homecoming. For most students, the festivities will be a welcome a departure from more ordinary days. For Ben Anderson, it will be the culmination of months of brainstorming, planning, and execution. “I really like feeling involved, and I pride myself on being busy. That is just how I have always been. I like to have something to do,” says Anderson, 17, who serves as the Senior Class President at Hough while also helping to lead several other organizations. With all of his commitments, including a job at The Pines at Davidson, Anderson has had to learn how to manage his time and responsibilities in order to be successful. “I really like to do well. I like to meet expectations and

surpass them,” he explains. While he knows that getting involved in extra-curriculars as a freshman and watching older students execute projects gave him a good sense of how to manage things when it was his turn, he’s also learned from his own experience. “Going to high school as a freshman was a big step because there is a lot of freedom. It’s preparing you for college and the real world,” says Anderson. “A lot of my time management process has come from experience. There was a time when I would go home between a play rehearsal and work in order to change and, after doing it once or twice, I realized that I could take my work clothes with me to school, change there, and then be a couple minutes early to work.” On a typical day, Anderson sets a few alarms to make sure he’s up in time to leave

for school by 6:45 a.m. After his 2:15 p.m. dismissal, he typically stays at school for a club meeting, play rehearsal or to meet with teachers. If he’s working that day, he’ll head straight to The Pines and then return home by 9 p.m. to start his homework. If he’s off, he’ll enjoy some downtime at home before pulling out his books. “For me, it’s important to have a little bit of time to wind down. When I do get started on my work, I like to lay out all the things I have to do in front of me. As I get it completed, I put that notebook away. I am cleaning off my desk as I am completing the task,” he explains. With his busy schedule, Anderson has to carefully gauge invitations, responsibilities, and priorities like spending time with his family and friends. “I decide what to say yes to depending on how rare the

occasion is. If it’s my friend’s birthday dinner, I would definitely go do that, but if my friends are going to the park for a little while, it is something I could potentially say no to if I have other responsibilities at that time because I am not going to hurt anyone’s feelings or it’s not like that won’t happen again,” says Anderson. Though he’s managing a lot, Anderson prioritizes taking care of himself. “You need to have a little me time to unwind. It is something that I learned from my parents and also from being aware of mental health. From experience, there have been days where I haven’t had that time for myself and it’s not quite as great of a day as it could be.”

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t’s just after 5 p.m. on Halloween, I’m barely home from work, and I hear the doorbell ring for the first time. As the voice in my head starts saying “isn’t it just a bit early for the fun to begin?,” my heart fills and I smile when I spot a tightly-packed squad of cute and tiny Ewoks, miniature pirates, knee high ghosts, two adorable and perfectly matched mermaids, and a SCUBA toddler (who is actually wearing a mask and flippers) all crowding around the door. They focus their glare on me, say “trick or treat” in unison, then raise tiny plastic pumpkin and pillowcase candy collection sacks with a give-us-candy-now! sense of urgency.

Since I always overbuy multiple bags of candy and am left eating sugar and chocolate for weeks, my first inclination is to give each of these early bird trick-or-treaters a giant handful, but when I spot their parents, who are waiting just on the edge of the sight line, and see them shaking their heads while mouthing, “no, just one piece please” I think differently then watch as the kids turn to leave with a gratuitous “thank you” and a bounce in their tiny steps. This is the picture of Halloween I know and love. For the next couple of hours, I greet a steady flow of costumed pre-school, elementary, and middle

schoolers with assembly-line candy distribution precision. I sneak extra pieces to kids who look like they made their own costumes—I admittedly skimp on giving extra candy to kids whose elaborate costumes look like they belong on the Broadway stage, and I totally load up the sack of a kid dressed as an actual ice hockey goalie, complete with huge pads, gloves, a stick and a helmet. He’s hard core. And I’m really feeling the spirit of the holiday. Then the unthinkable happens. It is close to 10 p.m., well after the candy rush, and I’m about to kick back and tear open what I hope will be the first of a dozen mini peanut

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butter cups which I have selfishly hidden at the bottom of the bowl, when the doorbell rings again. This late? Really? Nevertheless, I grab the bowl, rekindle my Halloween energy, and roll to the door. The smile leaves my face as I see who is waiting. It’s high schoolers and only one of whom has made even a slight attempt at a costume — a eye black and a high school football jersey. They are standing together with their expectant hands outstretched. I say hello and there’s not even a murmur of “trick-or treat.” My Halloween happy energy disappears, and I wonder to myself if I should give them candy or send them on their way empty handed


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aren’t even dressed up. That’s just not right.” Then, after senior Sam Mock explains the awkward feeling that comes with having to say “trick or treat” while shuttling a younger brother house to house, I can’t help but smile when his classmate, Liam Ahearn, also a senior, paints a picture of how it feels to be 6’1” and trick-ortreat alongside others who come up to his knee caps. I feel like he’s almost relieved that basketball tryouts have given him a reason to avoid the awkwardness these last couple years. Reflecting on our conversations, I begin to see that as desperately as I’m trying to label high schoolers as lazy, late, and disrespectful, I really shouldn’t. I need to remember that high schoolers are unique and complex individuals who are just trying to be the best representatives of themselves, even at Halloween. And as a giver of candy, I should respect that when there are those who are so passionate about a costume and a holiday evening that they are willing to rip off a mask to reveal their soul, and there are those who awkwardly trick-or-treat out of sibling duty, and there are even those who might want to trick-ortreat but stand out, or come late due to extracurricular responsibilities, that Halloween can and should be enjoyed by everyone regardless of age. And, oh, before I forget to mention it, remember those peanut butter cups I was saving and craving as the end of last year’s Halloween was interrupted by the late-night doorbell ringing of some older teens? I not only gave them the benefit of the doubt, I also shared my candy with them, too.


because they are too old, lack costumes, and have little respect for arriving so late. Yes, this scenario happened last year, so to better prepare for the possibility of it happening again, and also to help educate those candygivers reading this article who might find themselves in similar situations, I decided to get a get a better understanding of the minds of high schoolers at Halloween by going directly to the source. For the sake of Halloween happiness, I sit down with a group of students armed with a list of questions and a voice recorder, pen and pad in hand, too. I think to myself, surely a group of high schoolers can explain teenage Halloween behavior. Lauren Whitley, a junior, begins by sharing the story of how one year she and her brother decided to dress up as ninjas and details how a homeowner scars the otherwise awesome experience. Lauren, a true Halloween lover, remembers, “We walk to the door and he says, ‘isn’t it great to see brothers going out trick-ortreating together’ and I start fuming and rip off my mask to let him see I’m a girl.” Lauren then tells me that while experiences like that can be tough, they haven’t soured her love of trick-or-treating and adds that the whole Halloween experience can be an emotionally fantastic endeavor no matter how old you are. Sophomore Hope Mullins stopped trick-or-treating at age five because Halloween really “freaked me out” but decided to give it another shot last year. “We went to a few houses and I’ll tell you I what,” Hope recalls, “I was totally annoyed to see the teenagers not even dressed up.” From Hope, I learn, “you can’t expect to get candy if you




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Focused. Dedicated. Philanthropic. These area women in business are focused on learning their craft, making strides in the professional world, and giving back to the communities that suport them. Read on to learn more about this dynamic group of women.

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The Day Makers at Savvy Salon and Day Spa



avvy Salon and Day Spa opened in 1995 offering only hair and nail services. After a few years, they expanded to include body, skin and massage. They now have everything from massage, facial treatments, hair color, manicures and pedicures, waxing, make-up and lashes and more. With 6,400 square feet of space to provide these services, Savvy has been recognized in the national trade magazine, Salon Today, for their achievements in growth, pay and compensation and their educational program, says co-owner Lauren Springer. Their education program is what drew Hair Stylist and

Education Director Michelle Anderson to Savvy after working in four other salons in four different states. “Through their educational programs, in house, and extra education offered to me by the company I feel like I have a PhD in hair, especially color,” she says. “I did training for and received training from L’Oréal Paris and passed the American Board Certified Haircolorist exam.” Brittney Hudson, Hair Stylist, also says she is looking forward to completing the training program offered at Savvy, as well as becoming a better colorist. Bailey Dorman, Hair Stylist and Bb Educator, is a network educator for Bumble & bumble

and enjoys focusing on “livedin” NYC styles which are cut with either a razor or scissor and effortlessly styled. Chrissy Hough, Hair Stylist and Insalon Color Educator, loves enhancing the growth and development of others, as it gives her a sense of accomplishment and helps her learn more about herself. Brenda Flores, Hair Stylist, took part in the cosmetology program at North Mecklenburg High School and loves working at Savvy as a way to express her creativity. Mariela Mejia, Hair Stylist, attended the Aveda Academy in Charlotte and has become skill-certified to perform most of all the hair services at

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Savvy, which she considers a real achievement. Hair Stylist Hannah Dean also received several recognitions while working at the Aveda Academy and looks forward to showing off her skills at Savvy. Pat Helmandollar, co-owner, says Savvy is also committed to participating in philanthropy and providing relief to people in the community. Each year they choose a single charity with which to participate, and in 2019, they’ve decided to focus on several. Make-A-Wish, The Ada Jenkins Center and Angels and Sparrows are favorites. “We always try to keep it local and involve our entire team as well,” she says.



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fter spending more than 20 years in management and buying for large North American retailers, Starr Miller decided to follow her passion and return to school to study interior design. She graduated from the prestigious Parsons School of Design in NYC and now serves as the principal designer for StarrMiller Interior Design. When she decided to change her career path, she vowed to become exactly the kind of designer she would hire herself: a great listener, with the design education and empathy to translate a client’s thoughts and desires into a home that says, “Wow, this is me!” In addition to Miller, StarrMiller Interior Design employs three designers, a bookkeeper and an administrative assistant. The company focuses on offering New Construction and Renovation Design. Miller says “the forever home” has become a clear focus for most of their clients. These are clients who want their dream home now and want homes that will not inhibit them from ease of movement as they retire. “We have the BEST clients,” says Miller. “They can be described as philanthropists, entertainers, travelers, business owners and truly kind people who appreciate great design.” StarrMiller Interior Design has garnered many accolades, including six National IDS Designer of the Year awards, 9 Best of Houzz awards, Top 20 Designers in Charlotte and more. Miller is also a sought-after speaker on color, interior design and aging-in-place, and acts as a mentor/coach to many interior designers. Miller is adamant about investing in her team to ensure they are the best in the business. They spend a large amount of time for professional development, traveling to shows, manufacturing plants and educational retreats in order to stay on top of trends and innovation. Each person on the Design Team has a degree in design and have developed processes to make sure they offer the best design experience. The company spends a great deal of time giving back to the community through

Starr Miller StarrMiller Interior Design philanthropy projects, including the Interior Design Society of Charlotte’s Charity Showhouses coming March 2020. “It is important that our clients do not end up with a trendy home, but that they have a home that can delight them for many years,”

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family physician with Piedmont Healthcare-Lake Norman Family Medicine, Dr. Amanda Bailey knew from a very young age she wanted to be a doctor. Her father had a neuromuscular disease (Spinal Muscular Atrophy) and Dr. Bailey remembers him being very sick most of her whole life. Her mother also worked at the local hospital in the business office, and her grandmother was a nurse at that same hospital. “I loved my pediatrician and enjoyed going to the doctor as a child,” says Dr. Bailey. “I told my parents I was going to be just like my pediatrician because she made such an impact on me and was taking care of people. I wanted to help people like my dad and make a difference in the lives of others.” While attending medical school, this award-winning physician received a scholarship through the Health Professions Scholarship Program with the Air Force. She did rotations at the NICU and with genetic counseling in San Antonio, Texas and completed an anesthesia rotation at the Veterans Administration in Martinsburg, W. Va. “After the residency, I went into active duty in the Air Force,” says Dr. Bailey. “I served as the family doctor taking care of active duty military and their families as well as retirees and their families. During my time in the Air Force, I obtained the rank of Major. I got extensive training with the Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) while in the Air Force.” She joined Piedmont Healthcare two years ago, and the practice specializes

Dr. Amanda Bailey Piedmont Healthcare-Lake Norman Family Medicine in family medicine, including routine chronic family medical care of all ages; acute medical conditions such as colds, flu, joint pain/sprains; physicals, gynecologic services; sports medicine/joint therapy, DOT physicals, outpatient lab and x-ray services and more. Dr. Bailey also believes in maintaining an active

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and healthy lifestyle, so she is better equipped to encourage and discuss lifestyle modification with her patients. She is active with CrossFit and Street Parking exercise programs as well as engaging in healthy eating. “My personal beliefs are that it is quality care, not quantity, when it comes to caring for my

patients,” she says. She is also active in giving back to the community, specifically with Starworks Gallery (which helps fund resident and intern artists along with glassblowing and clay studio classes for local students), Relay for Life, March of Dimes, Alzheimer’s Support, and more.


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fter 23 years of working in the nursing field and a move from Kentucky to North Carolina, Nadine Wynn’s then-husband lost his job, leaving her to find a solution to make up that income. Her father had been a realtor and the job had always interested Nadine, so she began studying to make the transition into real estate. Within three years, she became Prudential Carolinas Realty’s #1 Realtor in all of the Charlotte area, eventually joining Keller Williams Realty in 2010. Team Nadine is a fullservice residential real estate company with Keller Williams Realty with a specialty in selling luxury homes on the lake. Nadine Wynn has the designation of being a Luxury Home Marketing Specialist, which assures affluent buyers and sellers that the agent who earned it has the knowledge, experience, competence and confidence required for smooth transactions. Nadine, and Team Nadine, LLC, has sold more than $345 million in residential home sales in the past 15 years. She has been a member of the North Mecklenburg and Mooresville Rotary Clubs, as well as the Past President and Current VP of Education for Lake Norman Toastmasters. Most recently, she has added public speaking, teaching, and coaching with the John Maxwell Team to her repertoire of passions, and she also teaches for Keller Williams Realty across North and South Carolina. After graduating from High Point University and working in sales, catering and event design for the Proximity and O.

Nadine Wynn, CEO, Team Nadine, LLC and Keller Williams Realty Lake Norman Kirsten Roberts, Real Estate Broker, Team Nadine, Keller Williams Realty Greensboro North Henry Hotels in Greensboro, N.C., Kirsten Roberts recently made the decision to join her mother in the real estate business. She will be running the Triad division of Team Nadine in the residential real estate market, working with both buyers and sellers. Kirsten is also a passionate advocate

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for community development and growth in Greensboro and a consultant with Rodan and Fields. In 2018 and 2019, she has served as the Co-Chair of the Events Committee for the Greater Greensboro Future Fund, an initiative of the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro.

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Nadine feels that what sets Team Nadine apart from competitors is her energetic and dynamic personality that she adds to every endeavor. She believes Kirsten inherited that same drive to excel, and brings insight into the perspective of the millennial first-time home buyer to the team.

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ennifer Harrison started out her career in fashion by working for KMart Apparel and then moving on to the TJX Corporation. After taking some time off to raise her children, she was ready to try something new. A friend told her about a sales associate opportunity at the consignment store, Fifi’s, and within three months she became promoted to manager. After five years, she and her husband decided to purchase the businesses, and FlairTrade Consign was born. “The prior owner did a great job of establishing the business over a ten-year period prior to our purchasing,” says Harrison. The store employs approximately 20 employees at any given time and

Owner, FlairTrade Consign has seen double-digit growth in the past two years, and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down. Harrison and her team have become focused on building their social media following, as well as building their e-commerce business. The website features about 15-20 percent of the store’s inventory and they have been shipping items to customers outside the local market. She is also passionate about the store being a source for affordable, high-quality fashion, and she and her team members truly love what they do. FlairTrade specializes in mint condition curated clothing and accessories consignment for men and women. They strive to create

a connection between store associates and clients that is unparalleled. The team at FlairTrade are also strong advocates for environmental conservation and educating clients on the importance of clothing resale. “Every week 11 million items of clothing end up in landfill,” says Harrison. “Throwaway fashion is putting increasing pressure on our planet and its people—it’s unsustainable. Also, from growing the cotton to the dyeing process, it can take an estimated 20,000 liters of water to make just one pair of jeans and one t-shirt. To put this into perspective, it would take more than 13 years to drink this amount.”

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FlairTrade utilizes unsold inventory by donating unpurchased items that consignors choose not to pick up once their consignment period ends. Some of the local organizations they donate to are Amy’s Closet in Denver, Lydia’s Loft in Huntersville, Hope House, Dress for Success in Charlotte, Mary Ellen Levine Behavioral Center: Clothing Closet and Charlotte Mission. “Above all our goal is to create an awesome atmosphere coupled with a unique, fun customer focused shopping experience,” says Harrison. “Our goal for our consignors is to help them make the most from their fashionable closet.”



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ancy Little Hucks began her career as an interior designer, operating Nancy Hucks Designs until 2001. In 2001, while managing her family restaurant, The Little Spaghetti House, in Mooresville, a local realtor suggested she get into the real estate business since she knew so many people through her work at the restaurant. She followed his advice and went back to school to get her real estate license. In 2011, she joined Lake Norman Realty, and the company has continued to expand to include five offices across the Lake Norman area. “We are a full-service agency,” says Hucks. “We find a home for you; we help you connect with the best lender for your needs and choose the right attorney for your closing. We do a fabulous job with advertising and staying connected with our clients. We keep up with the market so that we can give you a true value in listing your home and give advice on what is needed to get the home on the market to sell quickly.” Lake Norman Realty was founded by James Jennings, who had a strong passion for the Lake Norman area and its growth. His daughter Abigail and her mother, Jane Getsinger, now own the company and it has evolved into one of the most successful and respected real estate companies in the state. Hucks believes what sets Lake Norman Realty apart from other competitors is their focus on client service. “The care of the client is paramount in the day-today operations of the company,” she says. “Lake Norman Realty stays abreast of the changing

Nancy Little Hucks Broker/Realtor market. Our real estate market is forever changing, and it is a must to keep up with it daily.” Her industry awards include: • Top Service Provider of the Year in 2015 • Top Sales Associate for Lake Norman Realty 2012 • Top Sales Associate for Lake


Norman Realty-Davidson in 2012-2019 • Eagle Award Winner 2011-2019 Hucks says her slogan is “Southern Charm, Seasoned Sophistication.” She was taught a strong work ethic from her parents at an early age, and the experience served her well.

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It’s her belief that loving what you do makes the job so much easier. “I am on top of my game,” she says. “Most importantly, I answer my phone, make myself accessible at all times and put my clients first. I love what I do and that helps me to give it my all.”

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nterior designer Anna Stowe believes in living an abundant life enriched with beauty, and she has built a successful business in helping others do the same. From a very young age she had a love of architecture and interior design and was drawn to color and creativity. It was only natural she chose to follow her heart when choosing her career path. Stowe is at the helm of Great Design 4 U, a general interior design company offering everything from renovations and new construction design to re-design of existing spaces, window treatments and furniture color consultations. The company is an active member of the Window Coverings Association of America and Interior Design Society (IDS). Working in the furniture and interior design industry for more than a decade, Stowe says she had many opportunities to study furniture construction. She has also excelled in window treatment trends, rug construction, and color theory. Her continuous training keeps her updated with the latest trends and information in the field of interior design. With more than 20 years of experience, Great Design 4 U essentially operates as a one-woman operation that also includes what Stowe calls a fabulous assistant and many wonderful contractors to assist in offering clients top-notch services. “Our motto is, ‘everything including interior design needs a starting point,’ so we offer a design starter kit to help you get started with your own do-it-yourself project or begin working with us directly,” says Stowe. “Your home is our

Anna Stowe Great Design 4 U office,” she says. “We bring our mobile showroom to you.” Great Design 4 U is wellequipped to consult with clients every step of the way, whether it’s with decorative elements such as artwork selection and staging, home or office remodeling, color and paint consultation, setting a budget or project management. Stowe believes in giving

back to the community and participates in charity galas whenever possible. She is also looking forward to providing her expertise at one of the homes in this year’s 2020 IDS Showhouses, benefitting Motor Racing Outreach. You can often find Great 4 U participating in design events such as Festival of Tables, Southern Spring Show and 704.305.0139

Southern Christmas Show. Stowe also makes regular appearances on local TV stations such as WBTV and WCCB discussing design trends. “We truly want to make this an enjoyable experience,” says Stowe. “We try to bring joy and laughter into the process so you can actually enjoy doing something that many people dread.”


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omen make up approximately 19 percent of the work force at car dealerships, according to the National Automotive Dealers Association. Most are in support positions and, of those who are in sales, 90 percent leave within 12 months. At Lake Norman Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, which offers new and pre-owned vehicle sales, women make up 25.5 percent of the staff, and the female members of their sales staff have been working there as long as 16 years. The support staff for all departments includes strong female representation, with team members who have been with the dealership as long as 28 years. In the service lane, women have been traditionally underrepresented, and in some

cases, completely absent. Lake Norman Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram has two female service advisors, one of which has been with the dealership for over five years. Women tend to be very successful at communication with customers and building long-term relationships with service customers, though there can be some resistance and skepticism regarding their automotive knowledge, the ladies of Lake Norman hold their own with their male counterparts, working hard to establish trust and rapport with their customers. Robin Smith-Salzman, co-owner of Lake Norman CDJR, attributes the longevity of employment with not only establishing a female-friendly atmosphere long before it


was the trend in the still maledominated automotive field, but with creating an overall sense of inclusion and diversity among employees, without regard to race, gender, age or orientation. Female staff members have a wide variety of training and backgrounds. Several have BS/BA degrees, as well as certifications in their specific areas. Sales team members receive ongoing training and certification from FCA LLC on all new vehicle models/features; service/parts team members are primarily trained on the job in all related software and systems necessary, as well as regarding proper procedures; business office/support staff also receive job-specific training, some are certified as a notary public. Over the years, the dealership

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has received numerous awards, including the Customer First Award for Excellence – FCA/JD Power (2019, 2018, 2017) the TIME Dealer of the Year (2018), among others. Lake Norman Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram is deeply committed to philanthropy, with SmithSalzman receiving personal awards from the Humane Society of Charlotte Women for Animal Welfare and Makea-Wish Central & Western NC, among others. Over the years, the company has worked closely more than 30 area organizations to give back, including Dove House Children’s Advocacy Center, Classroom Central, Lake Norman Hospice, Angels & Sparrows, Amy’s House Domestic Violence shelter, to name a few.



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hen Marty Wilcox graduated from Guilford College in Greensboro with a major in Business Administration, she wasn’t quite sure what career path she wanted to follow. After some research, the enterprising young woman discovered “Airbnb.” She began brainstorming and thought about her family’s lake house in Lake Norman, and the lack of hotels in the area. At the time, her father had also purchased a neighboring home in a real estate deal. Wilcox proposed living in the garage apartment of one of the properties in exchange for working in a property management role. With the vacation rental success, she was able to help her father with other investment deals, and realize she had a passion for real estate. With her family’s rental business, Wilcox Real Estate, she manages two vacation rentals, two long-term rentals, a commercial building rental, and rental spaces for boats and RVs at another commercial location. All of these are located in Denver, where Wilcox also continues to reside. Wilcox then worked to obtain her real estate license and took a position with Lake Norman Realty in Denver, where she now offers resale services specializing in waterfront homes. In 2018, Lake Norman Realty awarded Wilcox with the “Success Award for Outstanding Sales Performance.” She believes the company honored her for her savviness, work ethic, and the sales volume she achieved with no prior real estate experience. Wilcox works hard to market what she calls

Marty Wilcox Realtor for Lake Norman Realty “The Lake Life” and making sure every home owner and buyer gets the attention and respect they deserve. “The thing about Lake Norman is that you’re not just selling a house, you’re selling a lifestyle,” says Wilcox. “I do ‘lifestyle’ videos and post them as the virtual tour and on search engines like YouTube,” she says.

“Of course, I still have beautiful pictures, but I take advantage of drones, GoPros and live actors to really show what it is like to live in this home on the lake.” In her spare time, Wilcox, a former collegiate softball player, coaches for elementary and middle school softball players. “I know from playing competitive softball from ages 9

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to 25 that this is a game where if you only success three out of ten times, you’re considered successful—that success comes from failure. I love being able to teach these girls about failure,” she says. I think in life, just like softball, the failures teach you persistence, patience, and that success comes along the way.”




Denise Curtis Physician Assistant/Owner, More Than Faces Medical Spa

aster your craft. Exceed your potential. Fall in love with your purpose. These are the words Denise Curtis lives by. She holds a B.S. in Pre-Medicine at Lenoir-Rhyne University and is a graduate of the Physician Assistant program at Wake Forest University. She now holds multiple certifications in aesthetic medicine, such as Master Injector and Industry Trainer. Denise has always loved performing medical procedures, so aesthetics became the perfect fit for her. More Than Faces Medical Spa offers clients an array of services, from Juvéderm to Restylane to laser services, spider vein treatments, micro needling, chemical peels, to name a few. When it comes to choosing treatments, Denise advises that less is more.

“So many patients feel pressured to do more procedures or services than they want,” she says. “The newer trend is to only enhance a person’s beauty, not change it. I love providing subtle results.” Denise also sees the patient/provider relationship as a long-term relationship and treats patients like she would her own family. She believes continual training and education is critical in this industry and strives to stay on top of treatments and procedures while being protective of a patient’s safety. Denise was recently elected the President of the Executive Women of Lake Norman, a 50-plus member group that partners with a non-profit each year to raise money for services and is excited to support other women in the community.

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Candace Bongiovanni Proprietor, CoCo Couture


19818 N. Cove Road, Suite B, Cornelius, NC

The boutique carries more than 70 designers, including Frank Lyman, Joseph Ribkoff, Alberto Makali, Made in Italy and French Kande. Bongiovanni is also passionate about giving back to her community, including the Cain Center for the Art, Pounding for Parker, Taste of the Lake, The Ada Jenkins Center, and much more. “I truly love what I do and love my clients,” says Bongiovanni. “Each and every day I get to go to work and do what I love best . . . shop!



andace Bongiovanni, owner of CoCo Couture, strongly believes in client relationships. “I have been in the sales and design industry for more than 20 years and the love of fashion and being able to help create a unique wardrobe for women based on their needs, personality and best use is extremely fulfilling,” she says. CoCo Couture has been open for three years and received the 2019 Small Business of the Year Award from the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce. Bongiovanni has become more focused on buying collections that are a great price point but can also be paired with various other pieces, creating multiple looks. She believes having a fabulous wardrobe should not “break your pocketbook.”

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If you’ve lived in the area for the past few years, chances are you’ve stopped at a local pumpkin patch located in the lot next to Bruster’s Real Ice Cream in Cornelius. But did you know this patch has been supporting a local Boy Scouts of America troop for the past six years? Fully decorated for the season, this fall favorite offers pumpkins of all sizes, shapes and colors, as well as assorted fall gourds and pumpkin carving kits as well. It’s also a great spot to take fall family photos. This patch is truly a labor of love for the troop, as each Scout family member is committed to working four shifts at this patch and each Boy Scout works at least two. The funds raised through the pumpkin patch benefit the troop by supporting their programming throughout the year, including training opportunities, camping equipment, and nine camp outs which provide great outdoor learning experiences as well as fun and fellowship for the Scouts.

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Shirley’s Angels


Big hope comes in small packages for local breast cancer warriors by Grace Kennedy | photography by Lisa Crates

Photo by Katheryn Jeanne Photography

Shannon Laatsch, Shirley’s Angels Director and Stacey Morrison, Director of Outreach, invite the community to support their mission. All donations go directly to warriors, since Shirley’s Angels is volunteerrun. Visit shirleysangels. org or call 704.516.0586 to make a financial or in-kind donation.

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Clockwise from right: “Love gifts” the organization Shirley’s Angels provides, and an event featuring the assembly of them.

Shirley’s legacy

Hope in the mail Shirley’s Angels supported 15 warriors in its first year. Now the organization, which became a 501(c)3 nonprofit in 2012, supports more than 100

The ‘All done club’ When warriors finish treatment, Shirley’s Angels welcomes them to the

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“All Done Club” with a celebratory gift. To keep the hope circulating, a diagnosis package is dedicated to every new member of the “All Done Club”. This way, warriors at the beginning of the journey know of at least one other woman who made it to the other side. Pistone is one of those who made it to the “All Done Club.” Now she gladly gives back to the angels who gave her hope. She’s hosted packing parties, coordinated donations and organized fundraisers. She uses her pageant platform to spread the word about Shirley’s Angels and to share how early detection saved her life—twice. A recurrence of breast cancer this year required Pistone to undergo a bilateral mastectomy, but that didn’t stop her from competing in the Mrs. America competition in Las Vegas two months after surgery. “It’s a blessing to have a bigger platform to share my message,” says Pistone.


Those care packages came from a nonprofit called Shirley’s Angels. Shannon Laatsch founded the organization in honor of her mother, Shirley, after losing her to breast cancer in 2006. “Losing my mom was one of those ‘end of the world’ moments,” says Laatsch. “When I got past my initial grief, I wanted to continue her legacy.” She diligently raised money for other breast cancer organizations. Then her only sister, Stacey Morrison, was diagnosed with breast cancer five years after their mother’s passing. “That’s when we saw an opportunity to take care of people here and now.” The care package idea came from Shirley herself. “Our mom always wanted to get gifts for the people she met during chemotherapy,” says Laatsch. “She called them love gifts.”

warriors each month. Shirley’s Angels serves patients diagnosed with breast cancer in North and South Carolina. Patients can sign up or be nominated for support at The first “love gift” is a diagnosis package customized for the recipient’s treatment plan. Contents may include blankets for chemotherapy, pillows for surgery recovery, and mouthwash to combat the “metallic mouth” side effect of chemotherapy drugs. Each month during treatment, warriors get a care package from Shirley’s Angels. Groups or individuals can host packing parties or donate items like handmade scarves or spa kits. “Not a lot of fun things come in the mail anymore. We want to give our warriors something to look forward to,” says Laatsch, who lives in Mooresville with her husband Brad and their children, ages 15 and 12.



o say Phaedra Pistone was surprised by her breast cancer diagnosis is an understatement. She was under forty with no family history of the disease and had been married barely over a year. “What does this mean? Where do I go from here?” she asked herself. She chose the treatment plan that made the most sense to her. The Mooresville resident then carried on with her busy life as a business owner, wife and loving mom to three “fur babies.” She also continued to pursue her love of pageantry, winning the title of Mrs. North Carolina America 2019. She used her platform to talk about how early detection saved her life. Cancer was an unexpected challenge for Pistone, but she overcame it with support from family and friends. And there was another thing that helped her: care packages that showed up at her house once a month during treatment. “It was like an angel saying, ‘you’re not alone,’” says Pistone. “That was instrumental in giving me hope and inspiring me to get better.”

Mrs. North Carolina America 2019, Phaedra Pistone, uses her platform to talk about early breast cancer detection.

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The Numbers



Mooresville resident’s background adds up to a job with the New York Yankees

by Aaron Garcia | photography by Lisa Crates



rowing up, there were two constants in Matt Reiland’s home: math and baseball. Back then the Reilands were decidedly a baseball family. This was before one of his younger brothers defected for — gasp — lacrosse. The tinny broadcast of Carolina Mudcats or Durham Bulls games scored the spring and summer evenings and, almost always, there was a baseball scorecard on the kitchen table somewhere among the stacks of college textbooks being copyedited by the family.



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Reiland says. “I had that itch.”


So, when Reiland, who recently completed his first season as an advanced scouting analyst for the New York Yankees organization, says this past baseball season was “definitely different from anything I was doing before,” it’s not exactly accurate — at least not to those that know him.

Following the path Reiland’s parents, Tom and Susan, were both statistics professors in college before Susan switched to a career in publishing. Matt, the second-oldest child of six, was an all-state shortstop at Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons High School before matriculating to Massachusetts’ Holy Cross University. After two years he retired from baseball to focus

on school and transferred to N.C. State, where he studied Mathematics and Physics. Inspired by the attacks on 9/11, he joined the Navy’s Nuclear Equipment Program after graduating in 2002. He spent a year and a half in training, another three in a submarine and served a stint teaching classes at The Citadel. He then joined the private sector, joining oil and gas giant ConocoPhillips before landing in Mooresville with a finance job at Lowe’s. Lots and lots of math. It was perfect, at least almost. Reiland says something was missing, and you can guess what it was. “I kind of realized office life wasn’t for me,” Reiland says. “I had that itch.”

A new formula Reiland took his first step toward the New York Yankees in the fall of 2017 with an unsolicited email to Jeff Burchett, the head coach of Mooresville High’s baseball team. “It was sort of out of the blue,” recalls Burchett. Reiland was looking to volunteer as a coach and told Burchett about his background, which also included strength and conditioning. Burchett gave him a shot designing the team’s offseason training routine. The following month, Reiland left his job at Lowe’s. He saw the trend toward analytics in the sport. He also knew many coaching staffs couldn’t translate the higher-level

statistics being collected. He started a company called Power Alley Analytics and quickly earned a following by breaking down the complicated data so coaches could use it for player development. During that time Reiland also was an assistant coach under Burchett and helmed the Race City Bootleggers, a summer team for college players based in Mooresville. Burchett says Reiland introduced him to analytics, a different side of the game he’d been coaching for 22 seasons. “It enhanced what we do on a daily basis as far as evaluating our guys,” says Burchett. The following offseason, late in 2018, Reiland attended several coaching conferences, including Major League

Photo courtesy of Matt Reiland

Mooresville High baseball players and Coach Burchett give Reiland a shirt from their state championship during his team’s game in Charlotte. (From L to R: Parker Justice, Andrew Martin, Blake Burchett, Coach Jeff Burchett, Matt Reiland)

and phone calls, Reiland was offered a position as an advanced scouting analyst with the Yankees’ AAA affiliate, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders. He would need to report to spring training in Florida.

Everything adds up Megan and Matt Reiland’s first date was at a Charleston

settling into the offseason. The RailRiders finished the campaign with a 76-65 record, a division title and a trip to the playoffs, where they were eliminated by the Durham Bulls on Sept. 7. Reiland drove home to Mooresville the following morning. During the drive, while speaking with a former high school teammate, Reiland was reminded of that alltoo-common scene atop his parent’s kitchen table. Maybe, suggested the friend, this new role wasn’t all that new to Reiland, after all. “I’ve thought about that,” says Reiland. “If there was ever an intersection of my passion for baseball, my interest and ability in math and physics, this is it. There’s not another job like this that’s going to have that intersection. I need to see what I can do with it.”

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Baseball’s Winter Meetings. In a grassroots effort, he scheduled a presentation in a hotel meeting room during the MLB event and sent invitations and samples of his work to several teams. It worked — standing somewhere in the back of the room were a few representatives from the Yankees. After a few conversations

RiverDogs baseball game. They met when Matt was in the Navy and Megan was studying physical therapy at the Medical University of South Carolina. So, it hardly came as a surprise when, after seven years of marriage, Matt got the itch to get back into the game. “I had faith in him,” says Megan. “I knew he’d do well. He’s a smart guy.” After Matt was hired, Megan spent the spring and summer traveling with the couples’ two boys; Luke, 8; and Andrew, 6, to whichever ballpark the RailRiders were playing in at the time. The Burchett family helped; Jeff ’s twin daughters, Bailey and Brooke, were the Reiland boys’ babysitters when Megan couldn’t be in two places at once. “That’s what made this all possible,” says Megan. Now, the Reilands are



Meet Lightstyles in Cornelius

Business Profile: Special Advertising Feature

What do you do? Lightstyles is a locally-owned independent showroom that provides the ultimate lighting experience by offering light fixtures, ceiling fans, lamps, prints, mirrors, and accessories. What do you like most about the Lake Norman area? The people. Lightstyles has been incredibly fortunate to have worked with so many great homeowners, contractors, and builders that have turned into relationships that have lasted for years. People move, build a new home, remodel, or simply redecorate and come to see us again and again. It’s incredibly fulfilling to be able to “catch up” with someone that we’re on a first name basis with when they come in. How long have you been in business? Lightstyles is celebrating their 35th year in business in 2019. We started on Main Street in downtown Cornelius, moved to a larger location on Statesville Road, and then to our current location on West Catawba Avenue Tell us about your team. As cliché as it sounds, we really do consider ourselves one big, happy family. We all want the same thing, to prove that great customer service still exists. We’ve established a set of core values and a core focus that we follow to insure that we’ve helped our clients create their perfect home. What is your biggest pet peeve? The misconception that you can get a better deal/ price online. There are so many advantages to dealing with someone in person for the type of product that we carry, especially when it comes to determining the proper size, scale and design aesthetic. Even though you are working with our professional design staff, we can still offer the same or better price than you find online almost all of the time. What sets you apart? We are truly lighting specialists. Our showroom designers can guide you to the lighting that fits any room, space, style, or budget. Our designers receive regular product training from the more than 75 manufacturers that we deal with, so they can show you everything from classic styles to the most on trend fixtures in the industry. More than a quarter of our employees have been in the lighting industry for more than 20 years, so there is plenty of experience to draw from. In addition to design suggestions, we can help you navigate through the increasingly technical side of lighting, such as the difference between LED Kelvin temperature and CRI, and why it’s so important in your home.

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Suds & So Much More! Family owned Sue’s Soap Shop & Boutique is your one stop shop in downtown Mooresville. They feature organic artisan soaps, candles, skin care, and elderberry syrup all handcrafted by the shop’s owner, Sue Arbucci. Shop trendy junior and women’s apparel (plus size too!) handbags, jewelry, gifts, full spectrum cbd oil, and more! Custom gift baskets are also available! Follow us on facebook and instagram @suessoapshop. Mention this ad and get 10% off! Sue’s Soap Shop & Boutique

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Locally owned by Davidson residents Sandy and Bobby Bowers, MINE by sandy was established in 2008 and is recognized as one of the top women’s boutiques in the country. With two locations in Davidson, MINE by sandy carries the largest selection of women’s Golden Goose in the region and will feature the men’s collection soon. The shops also feature highly curated collections of contemporary and emerging designers. Visit Sandy and her crew in person or online and “make MINE yours.”

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Don’t be Typical, be Tropical! Stemming from a love of art and the unusual, our shop is an eclectic blend of gifts, home décor, and art mainly of the tropics. We also offer custom framing from owner Joyce and husband Chip. Let us help you decorate for the new season! Come in to see all our new Fall home decor! Glass pumpkins from Ganz $25-$50. Hand carved critters from Indonesian$36-$48.

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In that kind of market, you want to make sure your place gets noticed, and people really enjoy their stay… the ratings and reviews can make or break you. Enter Anna Stowe, founder of Great Design 4 U, who was brought on to transition a clients’ temporary home into a top-notch Airbnb lake listing. Located on the water in the Villas at Harborside, the clients, moving from Connecticut, purchased the Cornelius condo as a base while they searched for their new home. Inspired by their own experience of wanting more comfort and convivence than a hotel could offer while they became acquainted with the lake area, they decided to dive into the world of hosting travelers. “The clients were excited to list the condo as soon as possible, so we completed the design on a tight twomonth deadline,” says Stowe.

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One of the first tasks was to assess the living space for comfortable sleeping and seating for six. The condo has three bedrooms and two baths.




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The style of the Airbnb is modern and classic.

“We wanted the space to be durable but beautiful; all of the fabrics have either been staintreated or are performance fabrics. Even though the fabrics are light and bright, they can withstand spills and every day wear and tear,” says Stowe. The approach to designing an Airbnb versus a private home is going to differ. “We took great care to reflect the personality of lake living rather than the owners’ personal style,” says Stowe. The style of the property is modern classic—very

comfortable and inviting, but also crisp and clean. Stowe and her team worked to create a very calm, tranquil space where guests feel peaceful and quiet—classic qualities of a stay at the lake, using a monochromatic blue color palette.

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Stowe feels the attention to detail makes the property booking worthy, including art that the clients commissioned from local artists; a painting

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dwellings by Kelli Scott, and a photograph from Jan Black. Another thoughtful touch is the crystal chandelier over the dining room table. “It is definitely a statement piece in the open-concept great room. It really sets this condo apart from other Airbnb’s with its unique quality and very high-end look,” says Stowe.

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Stowe and her team used a monochromatic blue palette throughout the condo.

The condo is also filled with natural light, with lake views from the great room, expansive patio, and the master bedroom. However, just like when staying in a hotel, travelers are inclined to relax and take naps so a lot of attention—perhaps more so than if this was a private residence—went into blocking out the light. Because Great Design 4 U specializes in window treatments, Stowe used custom-made draperies. She was cognizant of having shades in the bedrooms, and blackout panels in the two front bedrooms for daytime naps so that outdoor lighting didn’t affect the quality of nighttime sleeping.


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Movies in the Park: “Hocus Pocus” (Oct. 25) Bring lawn chairs and settle in for a Halloween-themed movie on the big screen. Drinks, candy and popcorn will be available for purchase. Free admission.

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Boos and Brews (Oct. 24-26) Davidson Community Players presents its third annual short play festival with a Halloween twist, plus beer available for purchase. $15 plus tax. 8 p.m. DCP Actor’s Lab, 20700 N. Main Street, Ste. 112, Cornelius. Purchase tickets at www.

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Wine Time

by Trevor Burton | Photography by Trevor Burton

A Trip Down Memory Lane Fish and chips pair perfectly with Viognier

bonkers at the thought of “fish bits” but they tasted good, the price was right and don’t forget that news digest. A couple of quick asides. Nowadays, fish-and-chipshops are known as “chippys.” They can keep that name, I’m emotionally unable to



Viognier is a white grape of the Rhône region of France.


ish and Chips and I have been pals for a long time. It’s a joy when we meet up regularly at Davidson’s Flatiron Kitchen + Taphouse, where we share a wine together. Back in my younger days, also known as “distant history,” there was a fish-and-chipshop on almost every corner in our neighborhood. Across the pond, in my heavily industrialized hometown, restaurants were non-existent. We made do with fish-andchip-shops and pubs. We didn’t know what we didn’t have, and fish and chips were a supreme and tasty source of culinary comfort.

To keep prices down, portions were often wrapped in newspaper. This practice survived until relatively recently when it was ruled unsafe for food to come into contact with newspaper ink without greaseproof paper in between. I like to look at it differently. Not only were we served a tasty dish, but because of the newspaper we had, literally, a news digest along with our food at no extra cost. Many an evening I would go into the corner shop and ask for a portion of “fish bits.” The proprietor would gladly give them away. These are simply bits left from frying the fish. My nutritionist, today, would go

pronounce it. I’ll stick with “fish-and-chip-shop.” Also, fish and chips were such a key part of British morale during World War II that Winston Churchill made sure that the dish was one of the few foods that were never rationed. So, back to the present day. Times have changed and I have changed with them. I still have a craving for fish and chips, but I also crave a glass or two of wine to go along with them. That’s why I like the Flatiron Kitchen + Taphouse in Davidson. They have a large selection of wines and one of them pairs perfectly with this dish. First, I like fish and chips as close to the original as possible—just fish and chips and a good sprinkling of malt vinegar. I always forgo any

remoulade. I want this dish to return me to my roots and, back then, we would have thought that remoulade was some kind of explosive device, not a garnish. That starts to define the wine, at the Flatiron Kitchen + Taphouse, I chose a viognier from Paso Robles. Viognier is the workhorse white grape of the Rhône region of France and it has found a home in the Paso Robles region of California’s Central Coast. More important, it really fits the bill for fish and chips. It is complex enough and has enough character to handle the grease and fried texture of the dish and has an oily sensation on the middle of the tongue, which is a characteristic of wines made with this grape. That oiliness balances the tartness of the malt vinegar—I use a lot of malt vinegar. How can you beat this? I dined on a piece of World War II history, I kept up a long-term friendship and I had a couple of glasses of a wine that I really like and that is the perfect companion for my fish and chips fix. Roots and taste buds were both well served. Flatiron Kitchen + Taphouse 215 S Main St, Davidson, NC 28036

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CrossFit 926 and Eleven Lakes Brewery offer a Taproom Workout every fourth Tuesday of the month. OCTOBER 2019




f physical fitness were to have an archenemy, it would have to be beer. Sure, a toned stomach has plenty of other villains, but beer is the jiggly Joker to its Batman. It’s been that way since fermentation was first wielded. Beer even has its own type of belly. Can high fructose corn syrup or polyunsaturated fats say that? So why does the monthly collaboration between Crossfit 926 and Eleven Lakes Brewing, known as Taproom Workout, work? Everything in moderation The way Jacob Norris sees it, beer is the light at the end of the tunnel. Norris, along with Zach Brock, is the co-owner of CrossFit 926, a fitness program and gym in Huntersville. Every fourth Tuesday of the month, Norris and his team load up some of their equipment and head for the Eleven Lakes parking lot. They bring weights, boxes, whiteboards; everything they need to put on a workout. The roughly hour-long regimen, designed by CrossFit 926’s

Brandi Arey, was created as a one-size-fits-all workout; there are modifications to keep the seasoned and uninitiated sweating at the same pace. “Afterwards, you get an ice cold, free beer courtesy of (Eleven Lakes Brewing),” says Norris. But, wait — aren’t calories a bad thing? “We’re not saying it’s good for you, or it’s a healthy habit to maintain,” says Norris, “but it’s okay to reward yourself.”

Crafting community Teri Lippy, along with husband, Jack, and brewmaster Ray Hutchinson, opened Eleven Lakes Brewing Company two years ago. They first connected with Norris when CrossFit 926 hired the brewery for its grand opening party in October 2018. From there Eleven Lakes hosted the company’s Christmas party and then the group’s first organized social mixer. They even provided the beer when Norris married his wife, Michelle, in May.

Participants treat themselves to beer from Eleven Lakes Brewery after their workout.

“They’re the nicest group of kids I’ve ever met,” says Lippy. “I just immediately fell in love with them.” So, when the group was looking for a way to increase its community involvement, Norris says one of his coaches, Stephanie Funderburk, thought partnering with Lippy and Eleven Lakes seemed like a natural fit, even if beer and physical exertion don’t seem to be. “I told them a thousand percent yes,” says Lippy.

The event began in May and has grown each month; Norris estimates they draw 30 to 40 people at each workout. Everyone gets a free beer at the end, and, while many buy a second, that wasn’t the goal, says Lippy, who will host the next event on Oct. 22 at 6:30 p.m. The fact that both companies are helping support another local business — that’s what makes the brewery and the fitness gym perfect, albeit unlikely, partners. “That’s what it’s all about,” says Lippy.

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In the Kitchen with Jill Dahan Photography courtesy of Jill Dahan



4 small acorn squash 1 cup quinoa and 1 1/2 cups filtered water 1 large shallot or small red onion diced finely 1 large garlic clove, crushed 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil 2 tablespoons lemon juice 1 1/2 cups finely cut kale or spinach greens 1/4 cup unsalted pumpkin or sunflower seeds 4 heaping tablespoons crumbled feta cheese 1 dozen dried figs finely chopped A pinch of red chili flakes (optional)

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Autumn Stuffed Squash

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The autumn squashes are here they are in fine fettle. These brightly-hued fellows make a perfect autumn dinner when roasted and stuffed chock full of nutty quinoa, sweet figs, and salty feta. This is a perfect do-ahead meal that is protein packed and full of bodyhugging fiber, vitamins, and minerals too. Go wild at your local farmers market and don’t let anyone “squash” your enthusiasm for trying these glossy green gems.

Cut the top off each squash and remove the seeds and the unnecessary center filling. Bake in the oven with the tops on for 30 minutes at 375F until flesh is soft. Remove and in a covered saucepan, sauté the onion covered for five minutes on low heat until softened. Add in the quinoa and water and bring to a boil. Cover and cook on low heat for 15 minutes. Remove from the heat and add in figs, garlic, lemon juice, greens, and chili flakes and cover and let stand for five minutes. Mix in the feta and seeds and use mixture to fill each squash cavity. This can all be done ahead and ready to serve. To serve, heat for 10 minutes at 350F or serve at room temperature. These can be served as whole squashes or cut into halves. Serves four as main course or eight as a side dish.


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The menu at Carolina Juice Company lists each item’s ingredients as well as the health benefits.


onsuming whole and nutritious foods can be intimidating even for the most health-conscious people. Not only are ingredients like spirulina and activated charcoal foreign to many, but chugging down a juice as green as grass can give people pause. Husband and wife owners of Carolina Juice Company, Kirby and Travis Gordon, have always tried to fuel their bodies through exercise and nutrition and wanted to bring a superior juice product to the market. Their goal was not only to create unique juices and smoothies that appeal to everybody but a welcoming, customized experience for every customer. Carolina Juice Company delivers. The location is a win, conveniently located next to CycleBar and just a few doors

down from Orange Theory, making Carolina Juice Company the perfect post workout stop to refuel. If you’re not the type to hit the gym, you might want to take advantage of one of the many tables, the ideal place to set up shop with your laptop and snack on avocado toast and a smoothie while you bang out some emails in a calm, quiet atmosphere.

A personal touch The team at Carolina Juice Company whole-heartedly believes that food is medicine. Their menu not only lists the ingredients found in each juice and smoothie, but also the health benefits, helping to educate shoppers to choose the juice that’s right for them. Their juices can help to fight

ailments such as inflammation, fatigue, digestion issues, poor energy, and more. Their wealth of positive reviews all touch on what sets Carolina Juice Company apart from the competition – their customer service. Not only is the staff wellversed in nutrition, providing personalized recommendations, but employees are happy to let you try a plethora of juices before making a purchase. They also believe that their juice cleanses (lasting anywhere from 1-5 days) shouldn’t be a “one size fits all” experience. Each cleanse is a unique combination of juices that is tailored to the customer’s specific health concerns or goals.

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All of the fruits and vegetables found in the juices are sourced locally.

Winning combinations Wondering what types of juices you’ll see on the menu? The Blue Wave is packed with red apple, pineapple, lemon, ginger, and

blue spirulina (an algae-based protein supplement). While it closely resembles a blue sports drink in color, the health benefits far exceed anything you’ll find in a sugary preservative packed bottle of Gatorade. With tons of vitamins and minerals, this drink is known for is anti-inflammatory and immune boosting powers – the perfect defense as we head into cold and flu season. If you’re the creative type, you’ll want to check out the list of smoothie add-ins, with several types of proteins and supplements. Feel free to make your own smoothie combination or sub in any of the fruits and vegetables listed, at no added charge. While no official plans have been put into place, owners hope to one day franchise Carolina Juice Company, bringing this same neighborhood juice experience into other markets. Carolina Juice Company 20601 Torrence Chapel Road, Unit 5B, Cornelius

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water in any of the drinks on this menu. All juices and smoothies are dairy-free and gluten-free, with homemade oat milk as the base of their superfood smoothies. Each recipe was developed over several months by the team, taking palatability into consideration along with a number of other factors. All of the fruits and vegetables found in their juices are sourced locally. Supporting North Carolina and South Carolina farmers is another unique feature that customers appreciate and that sets this juice shop apart from others of its kind. Their specific processing of cold pressing is something that simply cannot be achieved at home. It allows for a longer shelf life, a more nutrientdense final product, and less waste.

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Mutts and Music Festival photography by Alison Smith and Scott Williams On Saturday, Sept. 14, CURRENTS and Galway Hooker in Cornelius presented the Mutts & Music Festival along with sponsor Lake Norman Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram. Community members were invited to bring their four-legged friends and shop the Piedmont Animal Rescue Fair and pet and artisan vendors. We introduced a few of our CURRENTS Canine Cover Competition pups and presented a check to the Mooresville Police Department in honor of the late Officer Jordan Sheldon. OCTOBER 2019

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Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas (Oct. 24) 7:30 p.m. $5-$20 and free for students, but tickets required, Tyler-Tallman Hall, Sloan Music Center. Chorale and Davidson Singers (Oct. 25) 5:30 p.m. Free. Davidson College Presbyterian Church. Symphony Orchestra (Oct. 25) 7 p.m. Free. C. Shaw Smith 900 Room, Alvarez College Union.

Jazz Ensemble (Oct. 25) 9 p.m. Free. Tyler-Tallman Hall, Sloan Music Center. Voice Studio Fall Recital (Oct. 26) 2 p.m., Free. Tyler-Tallman Hall, Sloan Music Center. Piano Studio Fall Recital (Oct. 26) 7:30 p.m. Free. Tyler-Tallman Hall, Sloan Music Center.


19th Annual All-American Dog Show (Oct. 5) Bring your pooch for the opportunity to win prizes in a number of categories. 3-5 p.m. Free admission. Robbins Park, 17728 W. Catawba Avenue, Art in the Park (Oct. 9) Children of all ages can have fun creating fall-themed art in this drop-in event. A parent or guardian is required to

stay within the playground area of the park. 1-3 p.m. Free. Robbins Park, 17738 W. Catawba Avenue, Mooresville Wiener Race (Oct. 12) This race is open to any breed classified as a Dachshund and entrants can register in a variety of categories. The event raises money for local pet rescue groups. 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Free for spectators; $25 per dog entered in the race. 168 E. Center Avenue, Mooresville, Hooked on Cornelius (Oct. 19) Open to girls and boys ages 7-12 years; space is limited. Pre-registration is required to fish. 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Robbins Park, 17728 W. Catawba Avenue,

Date Night

Girls’ Night Out

Fall Fun Days and Corn Maze Presented by Mazola (Through Oct. 26) Animal demonstrations, hay rides, games, music, barrel train rides and a fun corn maze. Sat., noon-5 p.m.; Sun., 1-5 p.m. $5 for ages 2-23; $10 for 14 and up; under 2 free. Rescue Ranch, 1424 Turnersburg Hwy., Statesville,

Lake Country Gallery Various exhibitions. Mon.Fri., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Exit 36-Mooresville, between Belk and Kohl’s. 704.664.5022, www.


Opening reception: Oct. 11 from 6-8 p.m. Mooresville Arts Depot, 103 W. Center Avenue, Mooresville, www.

Foster’s Frame and Art GalleryVarious exhibitions. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. 403 N. Old Statesville Road, Huntersville, 704.948.1750.

Tropical Connections Various exhibitions. Tue.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. or by appointment. 230 N. Main Street, Mooresville. The Van Every/Smith Galleries The days of yesterday are all numbered in sum (Through Oct. 6) Harold Mendez uses diverse materials—archival photographs, found objects, and organic matter, such as flower

petals and pigment—to communicate complex and politicized concepts around history, memory, the body, and geography. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat-Sun., noon-4 p.m. Davidson College, Katherine and Tom Belk Visual Arts Center, 315 N. Main Street, Davidson, www.


Davidson College Men’s Soccer UNCG (Oct. 1, 7 p.m.), Massachusetts (Oct. 9, 7 p.m.), East Tennessee State (Oct. 15, 7 p.m.), St. Bonaventure (Oct. 23, 7 p.m.) Davidson Women’s Volleyball VCU (Oct. 4, 6 p.m.), Fordham (Oct. 11, 7 p.m.), Rhode Island (Oct. 13, 1 p.m.),


Almost, Maine Oct. (3-5) Nine short plays explore love and loss in an almost-mythical town called Almost, Maine. Thurs. and

Me Time Fri., 7 p.m.; Sat., 5 p.m. See website for ticket prices. The Charles Mack Citizen Center, 215 N. Main Street, Mooresville, Disney’s Frozen Jr. (Oct. 23-26) Wed., Thurs., Fri., 7 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. See website for ticket prices. The Charles Mack Citizen Center, 215 N. Main Street, Mooresville, The Mystery of Irma Vep (Oct. 11-20) This spoof of Gothic melodramas can be described as Greater Tuna meets Downton Abbey meets the Werewolf. Two actors engage in a quickchange marathon to play all the show’s characters. Fri. and Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 3 p.m. The Green Room Community Theatre, 10 S. Main Avenue, Newton, www. Wait Until Dark (Through Oct. 13) A terrifying game of

CURRENTS Events cat and mouse takes place in the Greenwich Village apartment of Sam Hendrix and his blind wife, Susy in this suspense/thriller. Thurs.Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m. $20; seniors, $18 and students, $12. Add $3 if purchasing tickets at the door. Armour Street Theatre, 307 Armour Street, Davidson,


Pounding for Parker Foundation Gala at the Lake, Oct. 10 Enjoy food, wine, beer, music and live and silent auctions to benefit research for pediatric brain tumors. $100 per person. Hello, Sailor, 20210 Henderson Road, Cornelius, 7-10 pm. CURRENTS Kids’ Storytimes Main Street Books in Davidson Saturday, Oct. 12 at 10 a.m. Walls of Books in Cornelius on Oct. 25 at 11 a.m.


Four Corners Framing and GalleryVamos al Ecuador! (Oct. 18) This exhibit features all things Ecuador with the Crespo family. Visitors can enjoy food, drinks, art, textiles, a photo show and more. 6:30-8 p.m. 148 N. Main Street, Mooresville,

Mooresville Arts GalleryThe 37th Annual Juried Artoberfest Juried Show and Competition (Oct. 1-Nov. 14)

Family Fun



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Lake Norman Giants is a nonprofit program that teaches tackle football to players ages 5-13 years.


What skills can young players learn through Lake Norman Giants?


ootball has always been in Davidson resident Brandyn Michalak’s blood. Having played the sport most of his life and coached a 6A high school football program in Texas, he immediately began seeking out football programs for his young sons when he moved to the area. It didn’t take him long to find Lake Norman Giants, a nonprofit program that teaches tackle football to players starting at age 5 years up to age 13. After first getting involved as a coach, Michalak also now serves as the president of the organization. Lake Norman Giants believes in teaching young players the basics of tackle football early on. Michalak, who is currently coaching the Mighty Mites division for 8 and 9-year-olds, says when kids decide

to start playing tackle football they can be at a disadvantage if they haven’t already started learning the fundamentals. The organization is USA Football-certified, which is a development model that focuses on creating safe, developmentallyappropriate skill instruction. The model follows six pillars of instruction: whole-person and multi-sport development, physical literacy and skill development, coach education and training, multiple pathways and entry points, fun and fulfilling and participation and retention. Players register in late spring and the season typically starts at the beginning of August and runs through November. “We want the kids to start getting used to their bodies,” he

says. “We teach proper stances. We want to produce as much power as we can from their bodies. We also want to teach the basics about football-positions, how to carry the ball this way, hold a football, etc.” The organization works to do this by using the USA-Football fundamentals coupled with the Hawk Tackling program basics. Lake Norman Giants currently has 125 kids enrolled in the program this fall, which Michalak estimates is up about 30 percent from last year’s numbers. The board of directors has a coaching selection committee, and coaches apply to volunteer their time for one of the five teams. They hope to also add a flag football division next year as well as integrating in a division for players with special

needs. In addition, they also offer a cheerleading program for the ages 5 to 13 years. Lake Norman Giants also puts a strong emphasis on community. “We’re competitive football,” says Michalak. “We’re teaching the kids to do their best at everything. It’s not just what you do on a football field. It’s about carrying that off the field. Whether taking a test, or being a good leader, just always doing your best. In October, each team will be assigned a community outreach program. This community is what makes our program.”

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