Lake Norman Currents October 2017

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Coach Matt Spear’s brotherhood A functional and fabulous renovation

Wendy Jordan Mrs. North Carolina gears up for fall and the future

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Contents October 2017 vol. 10 No. 10

About the Cover:

Brant Waldeck and Gillen Waldeck photographed Wendy Jordan at Historic Rural Hill in Huntersville. Shirt and necklace from The Enchanted Olive Style Loft & Boutique in Mooresville.

20 Make a Mess Learning new things is

Anna Freuler’s superpower

24 Thoughts from the Man Cave

A Halloween wedding

77 Out + About 6th Annual Pet Life Celebration

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

80 Lori’s Larks Editor Lori K. Tate checks out Board Game Night at Parker Banner Kent & Wayne

Channel Markers Movers, shakers and more at the lake

15 F3 brings LKN’s Basin Run Relay to life

16 Julia Austin forges into a new era with FlairTrade

19 Boo’s & Brews takes the stage

26 T rends + Style

Mrs. North Carolina, Wendy Jordan, gears up for fall and the future

Lake Spaces


How we live at the lake

40 Dwellings

Southern Cottage Corporation gives a Cornelius lakeside home a modern makeover


Dine + Wine

Eating, drinking, cooking and fun

54 Wine Time

A wine pairing dinner at Wine Maestro

34 G ame On

The making of Coach Matt Spear

Lake Norman Nuptials

55 On Tap

Craft breweries push more than pumpkin this season

56 Nibbles + Bites

On the Nines tees up for business

58 In the Kitchen

with Jill Dahan

Flourless Chocolate Fudgy Cookies

62 M eet the Bride

Erin Gleason and Trey Jewett tie the knot this month

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Between the Beacons Charting Your Course to Retirement

Five Key Areas of Retirement Planning

ello Lake Norman Currents Readers! As some of you may know, I have written an article each month for Lake Norman Magazine for the past six years, and we’ve developed a nice following, but September was Lake Norman Magazine’s last month in print. We’re sad to see them go, but we wanted to be sure we found a new home to share our tips and strategies for ensuring a successful retirement, so we’re glad to now be a part of Lake Norman Currents. We appreciate you reading and look forward to sharing our retirement planning knowledge in the coming months and years. For those of you who haven’t seen us before, I’ll give you a little bit of a feel for who we are at JDS Wealth Management. We are a fam-

1) Income Planning - Your income will dictate your lifestyle

in retirement. You need to figure out the level of income you’ll need to sustain the lifestyle you want in retirement and plan for where you’ll get it. Keep in mind that you can have guaranteed or “maybe” income. 2) Investment Planning - As we grow older, most folks can’t afford too much risk, because time is no longer on your side. When you get closer to retirement, you don’t have decades of working years left to wait around for your portfolio to recover from losses. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t invest in retirement. The trick is making sure you’re investing properly. Know your Risk Number and invest accordingly. We use a program called Riskalyze that helps you determine how much risk you should take. 3) Healthcare Planning – Healthcare costs are the number one reason for bankruptcy. The average couple age 65+ will spend approximately $250k on healthcare costs in retirement. This includes both Medicare and Long Term Care spending. Learn newer strategies to cover these costs. 4) Tax Planning - Don’t pay more in taxes than you need to! Learn what’s taxable, what’s not, and at

what rate. Plan for future taxes, and look at strategies to limit taxation when possible, especially when it comes to IRAs, 401(k)s, qualified pensions, etc. 5) Legacy Planning - Leaving a legacy to family, loved ones, or charities is a very important thing for a lot of folks. Unfortunately, most folks don’t understand the strategies that can be used to effectively pass assets on to heirs. A little bit of planning can go a long way when it comes to leaving a legacy. At JDS, we have the tools available to help with any of these key areas. Everything we do is designed to take the worry out of your retirement. If you’d like to set up a visit to discuss your retirement and get your own Chart Your Course Retirement Plan, then give us a call. Be sure to tune in to The Safe Harbor Retirement Planning Show every Saturday at 10am and Wednesday at 8am on WSIC radio AM 1400 or FM 100.7 where Kelly and I discuss financial planning topics of interest each week. And remember: The purpose of the money dictates where you put it! Until Next Month, James D. Stillman

(704) 660-0214 119-F Poplar Pointe Drive Mooresville, NC 28117 James D. Stillman is a licensed insurance professional, Registered Financial Consultant, and Investment Advisor Representative. He is the founder and president of two companies: JDS Enterprizes, Inc. and JDS Wealth Management Corporation, a Registered Investment Advisory Firm. All content is intended for informational purposes only. Guarantees apply to certain insurance and annuity products (not securities, variable or investment advisory products) and are subject to product terms, exclusions, and limitations and the insurer’sclaims-paying ability and financial strength.

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ily firm – comprised of myself, my co-advisor/daughter Kelly, and her husband Matt as our office manager – that focuses on retirement planning. We operate on both the insurance and investment sides of the financial industry and take pride in our ability to provide well-balanced comprehensive retirement plans to our client family. We are an independent fiduciary firm and we work hard to be sure we’re providing the best possible solutions to the concerns our clients face. It isn’t always the easiest endeavor, but we are passionate about what we do and hope that we can be a resource for retirees and soon-to-be retirees in the Lake Norman area. I’m proud to have a family business focused on retirement planning with an educational approach and personal touch. I think a good place for us to start with our articles here is to outline our planning process. So, below are five key areas of retirement planning that we use in our practice when putting together Chart Your Course Retirement Plans. We’ll discuss topics that fall under these areas each month moving forward in more detail, and we hope you’ll enjoy the articles.

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s the daughter of an entrepreneur, I was constantly at my dad’s business. My mom was my dad’s secretary, so she placed a table in the corner of her office just for me. I’d make all kinds of artistic creations from office supplies while mom did the payroll. Turns out paper clips are quite versatile. Growing older, I was allowed to answer the phone and even page employees in the plant. It was thrilling because it made me feel so grown up. When I look back at those experiences, I’m grateful that I got to see my parents at work. It’s one thing to tell your kid that you work for a living, but it’s quite another when they see you doing it. If you’re a frequent reader of CURRENTS, you know that I often have my 7-year-old twins, Graydon and Margot — The Tater Tots, in tow. They’ve gone with me to the occasional interview, concerts and numerous other events. For this issue, they got to come out to Historic Rural Hill to see their first fashion shoot (page 26). When they arrived, stylist Brenda Flores was doing makeup and hair for Wendy Jordan (our model, who also happens to be the reigning Mrs. North Carolina), while photographer Brant Waldeck and his son, Gillen, were setting lights for the first shot. I was running back and forth typing in captions, taping shoes and making sure the

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clothes were ready to go when everyone else was. “All of this for just one picture?” asked a baffled Margot. “Yep,” I said as I checked on Brenda’s progress with Wendy. Graydon was instantly drawn to the photography aspect of the project, as he finagled my iPhone away so he could take his own pictures. Throughout the shoot, they would offer their opinions here and there about where things should be and how the lighting looked. Eventually they got bored with it and wandered off to the corn maze with their dad, but for the brief time they were interested, they saw what it takes to create a few pages in the magazine. And they saw another aspect about what their mother does for a living. After the photo shoot, my husband and I took The Tots out to dinner. They began asking more questions. “Where did the clothes come from? How many pictures did you take? Is there a

Mr. North Carolina?” I answered all of them the best I could, secretly thrilled that they wanted to know more. Every month when I pick up the magazines that I’m assigned to deliver, my kids are usually with me, so they’re the first two people I give copies to. I’m always interested to hear their take on the issue. Sometimes they spot people they know. Sometimes they think an ad is funny. Sometimes they comment on the cover. Now that they can read, things should really get interesting. As I write this, they have not yet seen the final spread from the fashion shoot. Needless to say, I can’t wait to hear their thoughts because I know they’ll bring a perspective to it that I haven’t considered. To me, that’s one of the best things about being a parent. This fall, as life gets busier going toward the holiday season, I’m going to listen to my children even more to make certain I’m seeing different perspectives. Instead of getting locked into my own vision, I’m going to look at the changing seasons through their eyes. In the meantime, I’ll enjoy the fact that I’m keeping up the family tradition of sharing work with my children. Happy fall!

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kept telling the guys in our van, we’re going to do this.” When the guys returned to the Lake Norman area, they reached out to a couple of race companies. Jones Racing Company took them up on it, and now LKN’s Basin Run Relay is scheduled for November 3-4. “There is no shortage of 5Ks and 10Ks in this area, but an overnight relay race not only attracts the F3 crowd, it also attracts those moderate, intermediate athletes who have done previous relays in the past,” says Stramenga, adding that this relay is 70 miles as opposed to some of the longer relay races in the region. The race is open to anyone over the age of 18, and teams can be as small as two or as large as six. “We didn’t want to go over six because then you have a lot more logistical problems,” explains Stramenga, the event organizer from F3. “It becomes tougher to organize a

team. We didn’t want to go lower than a two-man team. I’m not sure that anyone would want to brave that.” Because it’s not possible to run directly on the coastline of the lake, the route takes you through the towns of Lake Norman — think Cornelius, Huntersville, Denver, Mooresville and Davidson. The relay begins at 10 p.m. on Friday, November 3 at D9 Brewing Company in Cornelius. Friends and family are welcome to come out beforehand and send the runners off, as there will be live music. There will also be a celebration at D9 at the end. Stramenga says most runners will run between an eight-minute mile to a 10-minute mile, which means the relay will most likely finish up between 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday. At press time, 24 teams had signed up, which is approximately 150 people. The bulk of the teams include six members, but there

is a team of two. Stramenga says they can probably accommodate 20 more teams. Money raised through the event goes to the Movember Project, a charity focused on tackling men’s health issues on a global scale. “For me the most exciting part of it is the event itself and all the planning that goes into it,” says Robert McAloon, an F3 member in Huntersville who is also helping organize the event. “To pull off something like this we’re watching guys and their wives and their family members all do different stuff out of their comfort zone and learn how to lead. … We’re excited to see what sort of gains this brings as far as getting the word out about F3.” — Lori K. Tate, photography by Ken Noblezada

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hen you go on road trips with friends, it’s easy to start dreaming of things to do. There’s something about being in a confined space, free of your everyday responsibilities that allows you to imagine all sorts of possibilities. That’s what happened last March when Mooresville’s Vic Stramenga and a group of his F3 buddies ran the Palmetto 200, an overnight relay run covering 200 miles in South Carolina. “It was the early morning hours [in the van], and the running joke was, that turned into a reality, was that we should put on our own race,” remembers Stramenga, who has been working out with F3 (a free men’s exercise group) for three years. “We kept talking about how we were going to have our own event and we could have it circle Lake Norman and how cool that would be. And low and behold by the time it was over, I


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For the Long Run

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his fall is all about change at Julia Austin’s upscale consignment store in Cornelius. Formerly known as FiFi’s Fine Resale, the consignment boutique debuted its new name, FlairTrade, in September as part of a rebrand. “Like any small business, you have to always assess your relevance in the industry,” says Austin. “We took a look last year of where we wanted to go.” The new moniker is, in part, an effort to further expand into the men’s resale industry. Austin says men’s clothing is a growing niche in the consignment world. The rebranding also coincides with the launch

of new, faster consignor services and the expansion of its e-commerce store at www.FlairTradeConsign. com. FlairTrade’s online store broadens exposure beyond the Lake Norman market and typically showcases shoes, purses and accessories. Austin left her 20-year nursing career 10 years ago to purchase FiFi’s Fine Resale, then located in Magnolia Plaza in Cornelius. “I needed a career change, a new chapter, a page-turner,” says Austin. Five years ago Austin moved to a larger retail space at The Shops at Fresh Market in Cornelius. FlairTrade remains

at the same location. “Consignment was a relatively new industry when I started. It definitely wasn’t what it is today,” says Austin, who was named the 2017 Retailer of the Year by the North Carolina Retail Merchants Association. Austin says people are discovering that you don’t need to spend an excessive amount of money to look stylish. “With high-end consignment, you can find cheaper stuff [clothes and accessories], but you’re also getting quality,” she explains. A more environmentally conscience society also makes shopping consignment appealing. In addition,

FlairTrade donates unsold clothes to area nonprofits, such as Amy’s Closet, Lydia’s Loft and Carolinas HealthCare System Behavioral Health Center. “We’re a nation of waste. Every year, more than 10 million pounds of clothes are dumped into landfills,” says Austin. “That recycle piece to consignment makes me feel good to think I’m doing something positive for the environment.” — Holly Becker, photography by Brant Waldeck

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The Quest of a Lifetime Davidson’s Jeffrey Meyer channels his love for China into a novel



Davidson resident Jeffrey Meyer wrote A Call to China after retiring from UNC Charlotte, where he focused on Asian religions.

etired UNC Charlotte professor and Davidson resident Jeffrey Meyer has long felt a connection to China. It is a connection that has remained a prominent thread in his life — he pursued an academic career teaching Asian religions, and he and his wife adopted a daughter from China in 1988. When he retired in 2008, he began to figure out how he could channel his passion for China into a work of fiction. The result is his recently published novel through Ingram Elliot, A Call to China. The novel follows the story of an American child who disappears at a Bejing festival in 1940 and is never seen again. Years later, her younger sister embarks on a mission throughout China to find the sister she never knew. Meyer says he started working on fiction after his retirement and attended a book signing for one of his former students, novelist Kim Wright. They reconnected, and she suggested he join a writers’ group. The discipline of meeting with his group every two weeks and exchanging pages gave him the opportunity he needed to flesh out his ideas. He scrapped one novel before completing A Call to China, which took him about four years to write. “I had to unlearn all sorts of habits — academic ways of writing,” says Meyer. “When teaching, you repeat the important things a number of times. While that works in a classroom, it gets tedious if you are doing that in fiction.” Having traveled to China and Taiwan several times, Meyer says a lot of the stories in the book are based on the lives of people he met on those trips. — Renee Roberson, photography courtesy of Ingram Elliot

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“The majority of the plays are comedies and are some sort of take or satire on Halloween. ....They’re all upbeat and quirky, some are quirkier than others.” — Sylvia Schnople

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them to direct,” says Schnople. “We thought this would give directors a chance to do something without a huge time commitment.” Guests are encouraged to wear Halloween costumes to the performances, and Cornelius’ Ass Clown Brewing Company will be serving beer to handle the “Brews” part of the evening. “We want it to be a fun night,” says Schnople. “We’re

excited about it and hope to expand it to a national [play festival] event in the spring or next fall.” — Lori K. Tate Boo’s & Brews takes place October 27-28 at 8 p.m. at The Actor’s Lab, 20700 N. Main Street, Suite 112 in Cornelius. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at www. davidsoncommunityplayers. org. Note that here are only 50 seats available per performance.


ast winter Sylvia Schnople directed Marla Brown in Davidson Community Players’ production of A Streetcar Named Desire. After the play, Schnople, artistic director at DCP, and Brown, managing artistic director at Cornelius’ Warehouse Performing Arts Center, began brainstorming. They wanted to figure out a way to utilize The Actor’s Lab, DCP’s new rehearsal space in Cornelius, even more. After consulting the calendar, they discovered that the weekend prior to Halloween (October 27-28) was free, and Boo’s & Brews, a 10-minute play festival was born. “We realized that this would be a perfect time to do this because it’s a great theme for




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Learning is Her Superpower Cornelius’ Anna Freuler tries new things to fuel her creativity

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Cornelius resident Anna Freuler likes looking for opportunities to try something new.




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Process Creativity is: All around you.

s a child in the 1980s, Anna Freuler kept herself busy like so many kids of that era did — finding something to do outside until dinnertime. Little did she know that she was creating a foundation for the creativity that fuels her professional and personal life today. “I am of the generation where you got home from school and went outside to play by the creek or play a pick-up game of football until dinnertime, so I have always enjoyed getting out and doing. I still seek to create that fun and excitement in my life,” says Freuler, who lives in Cornelius

and still constantly enjoys new adventures to fuel her creativity and problem solving. “I like learning things, so I like looking for opportunities to try something new. Having new experiences helps me break outside of my comfort zone, and that allows me to think differently about a problem that I might be having and a creative way to solve it,” she explains. Trying new experiences isn’t just something Freuler values in her personal life. It also profoundly informs her professional approach. As an Early Talent Technology Consultant for Wells Fargo, Freuler uses unique

experiences to teach the company’s prospective new talent valuable professional skills. “I get the opportunity to think about innovative ways to help someone develop their professional skills. I try to find ways that incorporate the learning objectives without it feeling like a classroom setting,” says Freuler. “For example, I like to leverage things in the community like an escape room challenge as a way to help individuals identify what their leadership or communication styles are based on an experience that is new, exciting, fun and challenging for them.”

What do you wish you had more time for in your life? Travel. When you were 10 years old, what was your favorite way to be creative? Rearranging my room. What has creativity taught you? Perspective. It’s a lesson that I keep having to learn. What creative resource has been most helpful to you? Trying new things. What creative recommendation do you have? Go to the McColl Center for Art + Innovation [in Charlotte] for an open house where you can meet the artists, see their work and talk to them about their process.

a marathon.’ Then it was so much fun to cheer her on and see her accomplish it that when a friend asked me to do one with her six months later, I said ‘yes.’ I thought, ‘I want to be bold and brave like her.’ ” Ultimately, Freuler says her approach doesn’t prioritize creativity as much as it acknowledges the fact that creativity is really inevitable. Realizing what a vital part of our lives it already is and embracing it can only benefit us. “We are creative every day even if we don’t think we are. Creativity is everywhere, but we just don’t always realize that because we think only artists can be creative,” she says. “We are all creators even if we aren’t recognized for it. We can all decide for ourselves what is important creatively. As long as you like it; that’s all that matters.”

Freuler is inclined to say “yes” in every aspect of her life, even to things that she never imagined she would do.


Freuler’s professional pursuits extend beyond her work at Wells Fargo. In her free time, she creates compelling landscape and interior designs for clients that prioritize their wants and needs while showcasing her unique point of view. A talented do-ityourselfer, Freuler recently flipped a house in Mooresville, executing many elements of the design and renovation herself. With creativity as a foundational value, Freuler is inclined to say “yes” in every aspect of her life, even to things that she never imagined she would do. “I have friends that do really cool stuff. I am always amazed and in awe of the things they accomplish, and it inspires me to seek new adventure and try new things,” she says. “A friend of mine did an Ironman. I had always said, ‘I can’t do


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Top, Jen Munroe and Alan White tying the knot. Bottom, White’s dad wore a wig while standing as his best man, while White’s mom dressed as a witch.


o you’ve always thought of yourself as the type who absolutely loves Halloween. In no particular order you: • Enjoy dressing up more as an adult than you did as a kid. • Spend more time (and money) on your costume than on your Sunday best. • Are guilty of dressing the dog as Batman (or a hot dog) much to your wife’s chagrin. • Smile when you are able to scare the neighborhood kids as they ring the trick-or treat door buzzer. • Laugh if you can get said kids to cry. • Rank attending grown-up Halloween costume parties

right up there alongside watching playoff football. • Decorate the yard with inflatable ghosts, goblins and creatures of the night as soon as September turns to October. • Cover the bushes in giant spider webs with oversized plastic spiders hanging from tree limbs. • Prank the neighbors by putting plastic severed body parts in their yards. • Buy more trick-or-treat candy than you’d ever need “just in case.” • Have watched jack-o- lantern carving videos on YouTube. • Watch old horror movies on Netflix while drinking Halloween beer. You get my point.

But here’s the true test of Halloween love, would you ever consider getting married on Halloween? And by getting married on Halloween, I don’t mean hosting a traditional ceremony and reception that just happens to fall on Halloween so you decide to put a piece or two of dark chocolate candy at each place setting. No, that’s not it at all. Far from it. I mean getting married on Halloween in a ceremony and reception unlike anything you or any of your guests have ever experienced in this life, a past life or the afterlife. An occasion complete with a vampire groom, his bride dressed as the bride of the vampire (with a gothic twist), Dr. Victor Frankenstein (ordained through the Internet)

leading the ceremony, witches, warlocks, flappers, fangs, jumping over a witch’s broom and a casket. Yes, I said a casket. After all, isn’t a casket the perfect place from which the groom might emerge before his bride makes her entrance (in a trance) from a dark, musty closet unlocked by her brother dressed as Jack Sparrow. Sidenote — the casket was built by the groom’s father, who also served as the best man, fittingly dressed as an undertaker. It was Halloween 2009 when Davidson’s Jen Munroe married Alan White in a ceremony that basically out-ghouled every wedding this side of Transylvania. When they were dating, they both discovered a shared love of Halloween

The guests were asked to attend the wedding in costume, and they did not disappoint.

a nun, two witches (the mothers), Freddie Mercury, Texas Pete, Miranda Lake, Cruella Deville (with one dalmatian), punk rockers, Scarlett O’Hara, Rhett Butler, Cleopatra and a southern gentleman. Full disclosure, the southern gentleman chose to come in a suit instead of a costume. His attire was fittingly relabeled. There was more. In a rural South Carolina dairy barn that resembled a cathedral, the haunting melodies of Carl Orff ’s Carmina Burana filled the air while a wedding singer and magician performed for guests. The couple danced the Tango.

The first kiss? Fittingly, a bite on the neck. None went thirsty either. For those who chose not to bite necks and suck the blood of their spouse, date or an unsuspecting bystander, guests drank a specially brewed batch of punch from science class beakers and test tubes instead of wine glasses and champagne flutes. Dry ice added just the right amount of boil, toil and trouble. “It was a night, or should I say knight, to remember,” Munroe recalls. So you say you love Halloween, do you? How much?


— her love a bit deeper than his — and rather than elope to Las Vegas and throw a Halloween party upon their return, they decided to step into the unknown of marriage by stepping into the darkness of a Halloween night wedding. “We did it because we wanted something out of the ordinary, we wanted people to have fun and we have all been to so many traditional weddings,” says Munroe. White says the guests were asked to come in costume and did not disappoint. Spotted during the festivities were the Pope (the bride’s father), a naughty priest,



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hen I meet Wendy Jordan for the first time at Waterbean Coffee in Cornelius she walks up and gives me a hug. It’s not the fake pageant hug that you see on TV, even though a little over a week before our interview she was competing in a pageant — on TV. “I’m a hugger,” she says before ordering a water. As Mrs. North Carolina, Wendy ventured to Las Vegas to compete against 51 other contestants for Mrs. America in August. It was only her second pageant, as Mrs. North Carolina was her first. Even though Mrs. Indiana took home the crown, Wendy was named the first runner-up and can’t wait to see what’s next.


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At 5’10 with blonde hair, brown eyes and sparkling white teeth, Wendy is hard to miss. A man comes up to her at the coffee shop to shake her hand and congratulate her on how she did in Vegas before we sit down to chat. She’s wearing a teal sleeveless sheath dress (her go-to outfit) and tan heels. Looking at her, it’s hard to believe she grew up as a tomboy on a 47-acre farm in Bassett, Virginia (population 1,100 at last count). But when you talk with her, it’s obvious that she’s not your typical beauty queen. In fact, beauty was the last thing on her mind when she signed up for the pageant during the summer of 2016. “When I decided to do it [the pageant], a lot of my friends were like ‘What are you doing? This isn’t typical you,’ ” the 32-year-old Cornelius resident remembers. “I’ve done modeling for quite a few years, but it’s more like lifestyle, casual, catalog, all-American type modeling, not really glamour or fashion or anything like that. … The beauty world is kind of new to me.” Wendy heard about the pageant from a fellow model that won the competition a few years prior. She went back and forth before deciding to do it. “It was almost like something I felt called to do. I thought, ‘You could do this, and you could actually make a difference. You need to quit buying into your fears and insecurities and actually take a stand for some of the things that you believe in,’ ” remembers the stepmother of two. “That just kind of kept coming to me, and I decided to quit ignoring it and actually go after it.” Go after it she did with a cause she is more than passionate about — the elderly. The official name of her platform is Giving Back to Our Greatest Generation. “I just really, really have a heart for the older generation, and I always have,” she says.” I remember when I was in middle school, we went on a field trip to the nursing home, and I just remember feeling the joy that they had when we

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With the new Mrs. North Carolina being crowned next month at the Charles Mack Citizen Center in Mooresville, Wendy is reflecting on what this past year has meant to her. One of her big realizations is that she’s more capable than she thought she was. “I just enjoyed the adventure of the unknown, stepping outside of myself and

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doing something greater than my typical everyday life,” she says. “Just to have the opportunity to be the representative of all the married ladies in our state was such an absolute honor, and I didn’t take the responsibility lightly. I wanted to stand with grace, integrity and class, and pour my heart into this. I enjoyed the fun, and I enjoyed the hard part, too.” She’s sad to see her reign end, but she’s also excited about what’s to come. “I’m trying to take the time to actually be proud of what I did because my husband is trying to encourage me to do that. It’s easy to get caught in the flurry Wendy Jordan of everything when you get back home,” she explains. “You wonder, ‘What else can I accomplish? What else can I do.’ ” As Mrs. North Carolina, Wendy has accomplished plenty. Being named first runner-up in a national pageant is no easy feat, and although she didn’t win, her performance only makes her look forward to the future and what she can do to help the Greatest Generation more. “I’m excited to see what’s next for me because I know this isn’t the end,” she says. “It’s preparation for something else.”



Matt Spear is in his 17th season coaching men’s soccer for Davidson College.



Davidson College’s Matt Spear teaches lessons that build winners on and off the soccer field

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by Mike Savicki | photography by Brant Waldeck

att Spear was just 30 years old when Davidson College made the decision to hire him as its head men’s soccer coach. As if following in the footsteps of longtime leader Charlie Slagle wasn’t enough, Spear became, at the time, one of the youngest Division I coaches in any sport across the country. His only high level coaching experience came as a graduate assistant in his immediate years after graduating from Davidson. What the college saw in him were intangibles that things like a resume don’t capture. As a four-year soccer starter and senior captain who led his team to the 1992 College Cup (NCAA soccer’s version of basketball’s Final Four), he understood the game, how


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A four-year soccer starter and senior captain who led the Davidson Wildcats to the 1992 College Cup, Spear understands how to build player confidence.

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now really hasn’t changed much. There have been some tweaks, but what I have learned to do is do it better,” Spear says, adding, “I remember that first season I really relied on the seniors, and I saw how that could build chemistry and elevate a team, and I still rely on seniors even today. I empower them, allow them to lead and cultivate, and my coaching follows.” Spear likes to use the word “brotherhood” when he builds his team each year. It helps him develop a team positioned to compete against every opponent. In the last five years, after working with Davidson psychologist Dr. John Brunelle, Spear has made it a central focus. “We use the word brotherhood first and foremost. That’s the basis of everything we do,” Spear explains. “And the piece that goes with that is ‘I am strong; we are stronger.’ You have to believe in yourself, your path, your journey — pull your weight and do your job, then always help other people.” And after working with athletic consultant Dr. Jeff Moore in 2016, Spear began asking his teams to focus additionally on family, strive and excellence. “It starts in player-driven group conversations when we

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a lecture. They want to be a part of the process, and they have to feel good about the environment,” he says. “It’s not about ‘break them down and build them back up’ anymore. I keep it exciting, and I keep it fun. I like the term ‘serious fun.’ It helps keep the game in perspective.” If you watch Spear, now in his 17th season, Spear likes to use the word “brotherhood”when he builds his team each year. It helps him on the sidelines develop a team positioned to compete against every opponent. even for a fleeting he explains. “It empowers you “What I love most about moment, you’ll see to become a quick thinker and his love and appreciation of the soccer is it is a player-driven a confident decision maker game remains as strong as ever. sport. It is so simple, yet so and to see firsthand how even complex. When you have the And it is that love that keeps a group of normal kids can ball, you are the one making him going. It is that love that overachieve, and those lessons the decisions, not a coach or has made him the coach he is carry over into life, too.” coaches sending in directions,” today.


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Coaching at such a high level is not without its challenges. Looking beyond the obvious factors of full scholarship versus partial scholarship programs (such as Davidson), how international the game has become and the academic rigors of being a Davidson student-athlete who must enter through the main admissions process, Spear says the players have changed. “This generation needs buy in, and they don’t take it from

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share about our family roots, traditions, parents, siblings, even moments of family challenge, and we look at how that can influence us as we fit into a team and learn our roles,” he explains. “Then it’s about challenging fiercely, engaging teammates and embracing tension, a part of life, too, that we see on the field during every practice and game.”



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An exterior renovation gives a Cornelius lakeside home a new start, p. 40

The outdoor kitchen of a Cornelius lakeside home makes entertaining effortless.


From Fluff to

FABULOUS by Lori K. Tate



A raised hot tub with an infinity edge serves as the focal point of this outdoor space in Cornelius.


photography by Joe Purvis

Southern Cottage Corporation gives a Cornelius lakeside home a modern makeover




hat began as an exterior “fluffing” job quickly morphed into the complete exterior makeover of a Cornelius lakeside home. A blended family wanted to redesign their outdoor space into an entertainment and relaxation destination. By enlisting the help of Cornelius’ Southern Cottage Corporation, they did just that.


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A modern twist now exudes from the home’s exterior, but that wasn’t always the case. “All of the outdoor decking area had lived its lifespan if you will,” explains Chris Hoffman, president/founder of Southern Cottage Corporation, adding that everything was ripped off the back of the house. To freshen the exterior even more, the taupe stucco was painted in a fresh white. Originally the three deck levels of the home were floored with a slatted material. In order to install the one-and-ahalf-inch thick silver travertine the family desired, structural changes had to be made. A steel I-beam was installed on the side of the house to handle the extra weight of the travertine. This was also done to minimize the amount of columns needed, as there were initially eight. The fewer the columns, the better the view. When the project began, the main focus was designing a pool for the property. However, when plans were submitted for approval, the Southern Cottage team, as well as the family, discovered that a covenant in that particular cove did not allow pools. Storey Ellis, an interior designer with Southern Cottage quickly went back to the drawing board. “We hunkered down and figured out what we could do to make it really cool,” explains Ellis, who drew out square step pads leading to a large spa/hot tub with jets and lights. Walking on the bottom patio today, you’ll find these steps leading to the raised hot tub featuring an infinity edge. Water runs beneath the pads, giving them a floating feeling that works perfectly with lake living.

On the second floor deck, Bahama shutters provide shade from the sun, as they balance out the Ipe wood (a durable Brazilian hardwood) that tops the cable railing.


Clad in Raindance Blue tile, the hot tub serves as a focal point of the space. Royal blue throw pillows pepper the patio furniture, as they bring out the blue of the hot tub, as well as the sky.

In addition to the hot tub area, the bottom deck offers all sorts of enjoyable spaces. A living room area with a TV serves as the perfect place to watch a fall football game, while an outdoor kitchen, complete with a grill, double side burner, icemaker and mini-fridge, makes cooking outside almost effortless. The backsplash of the kitchen area features porcelain and stone mesh mounted mosaic tile that beautifully ties the cypress ceiling and travertine floors together. “This resort theme is so popular. It’s just a little bit more modern,” explains Hoffman. “We keep seeing more and more people using that terminology.” A sundeck opens from the kitchen area to give the space an expansive feeling. This also allows room for guests to socialize during gatherings. Slider doors on the bottom floor of the space help to seamlessly connect the interior

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One of the biggest challenges of this project was working with the prescribed setbacks of the adjacent lots and the water.

with the exterior. One of the project’s challenges was placing the stairs in the appropriate place. The owners wanted the stairs to wrap around, so guests would enter the lower level from the back. “We ended up building a steel platform there that’s anchored by two columns, so there are cantilevers on the right side and on the opposite side,” explains Jon Searcey, project manager for Southern Cottage. “There are actually two columns that hold all of those stairs up. We did a lot of welding and metal fabrication in that area.” Searcey says that 15-foot helical piers corkscrew into the ground to provide even more support for the structure. “From there it’s steel pipe columns all wielded in together,” he explains, “it’s strong.” On the second floor deck, Bahama shutters provide shade

from the sun, as they balance out the Ipe wood (a durable Brazilian hardwood) that tops the cable railing. The cable railing allows for better views of the lake, as it gives the façade a clean look. Hoffman says the biggest challenge with this project was working with the prescribed setbacks of the adjacent lots and the water. “The challenge was creating this outdoor living area that was cohesive, but also comprehensive in a small amount of space because we didn’t have a lot of room,” he says. “We were locked in on all sides. It was a tight dance.” Now that the project is complete, the family enjoys the space much more than they did prior to the renovation. “It’s well appointed. It’s modern. It’s clean,” says Hoffman. “It’s so much more useful and functional than what it was.”



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Meet Jacqueline

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How long have you been in medicine; how long at current practice? I have been practicing medicine for more than 10 years now and have been part of Piedmont HealthCare since 2012. How long have you been in the Lake Norman Area and why practice here? My husband and I moved to the Lake Norman area in 2009 and even though we are transplants here, we feel as if we have been here forever. I love the lake lifestyle. Briefly describe your practice. I am a physical medicine and rehab physician who specializes in musculoskeletal health. That means treating knee and shoulder injuries, acute pain management and diseases of the spine. What made you decide to go into medicine and choose your specialty? I have always loved solving problems – diagnosing problems and figuring out how to solve them. I found that in medicine my aptitude for science and drive to figure out puzzles or diagnoses matched my interest in helping others. In high school I spent one summer helping rebuild a school devastated by a hurricane in Costa Rica and did a similar project in Belize. I was well into my medical training when I learned about a little known specialty (physical medicine and rehab - PM&R - or physiatry). When I was 7 years old my mother suffered a very severe leg break with lifealtering effects. A good rehab doctor could have addressed some of those challenges and made my mom more functional so she could go for a bike ride with her 10 year old. What is the most rewarding aspect of your job? Making a positive impact on someone’s life is a game changer! Whether helping someone work through a flare

of their back pain or support a patient who is having a difficult time in their lives, it’s rewarding. What do you want patients/public to know about you and/or your philosophy? My goal is always to improve function and quality of life for every patient who walks through my door. One of the most challenging things is that none of us stay 20 forever. It can often take multiple approaches with patients and doctors working together to get the results we want. Medication or injections alone often will not get the results we desire. We all need to understand that the lifestyle choices (smoking, dietary habits, weight, stress and anxiety, exercise habits) have a large impact on our health and often these issues need to be addressed as well. What do you believe sets you apart from others in your field? I pride myself on seeing and listening to each patient personally and on explaining the diagnosis and then focusing on each individual’s goals. As a smaller practice under the larger umbrella of Piedmont HealthCare, I have the best of both worlds. I have the advantage of a boutique practice, getting to know my patients personally and spending the time I need with them, listening to their goals and objectives for themselves. They get to know my terrific, exceptionally professional staff by name as well because we are like family here, but as part of a larger network, I have access to the latest imaging and technology. Tell us about your Family. My husband and I have been married since 2008 and have a new puppy named Zoe. We enjoy spending time on the lake and with friends and family.

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Living Well Your local resource for health and wellness services near you Audiology Piedmont HealthCare Megan Mathis-Webb, AuD Susie Riggs, AuD Del L. Hawk, Au.D

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Dermatology PHC – Mooresville Dermatology Center Naomi Simon, MD Scott Paviol, MD Kristin Prochaska, PA-C Lauren Wilson, PA-C 128 Medical Park Road, Suite 201 Mooresville, NC 28117 • 704-235-1827

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Gastroenterology Charlotte Gastroenterology and Hepatology John H. Moore, III, MD Steven A. Josephson, MD Scott A. Brotze, MD Michael W. Ryan, MD

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Dine + Wine Eating, drinking, cooking and fun

A native of Charleston, South Carolina, Chef Steve Jordan says Southern roots heavily influence the On the Nines menu.



Photography by Ken Noblezada


A wine pair dinner at Wine Maestro, p. 54 Boo brews, p. 55 On the Nines tees up, p. 56 Flourless Chocolate Fudgy Cookies, p. 58

Dine + Wine

Wine Time

better than good. Our wine pairing Local Boys Actually, dinner at Wine Maestro was an amazing Make Good culinary experience

by Trevor Burton Photography courtesy of Trevor Burton



o come up with a spectacular meal, three components have to come together and work in harmony. First, all great dishes have to begin with the best ingredients. Second, those ingredients need the hands of someone who knows how to make them shine to the best of their potential. And third, add to that some wines that kick the meal up several notches and you’re really onto something. When an announcement about a wine dinner at Wine Maestro in Mooresville came across my computer screen, I knew that my wife, Mary Ellen, and I could not pass it up. Wine Maestro’s Graddie Lane and Jamie Venable cover spectacular meal components two and three, shining and wining. And Lane has the expertise to bring out the best from ingredients. Lane also helped kick the meal up a notch with wines that would accompany it. In addition to being a great chef, Lane is a self-proclaimed wine geek, equaled in wine geekiness by Venable, the owner of Wine Maestro. Now, let’s cover the first component — ingredients. There were two players involved, Josh Graham and Landon Wilder. This meal featured two of our long-time sources of excellent products, Josh’s Farmers Market and The Shrimp Connection — both operate from their site on Williamson Road in Mooresville. A cherubic curmudgeon,

Clockwise from top left, Chef Graddie Lane with writer Trevor Burton; Jamie Venable; Landon Wilder and Josh Graham.

Wilder brings in fresh seafood from the shore to Mooresville each week. The quality of his seafood has grown his business from the back of a truck to three sites in North Carolina. Wilder’s motto is “Radically Fresh Seafood.” His goodies live up to their description. Enough about the players. What was the meal like? I won’t hit just the high points because each course was a high point. Wine Maestro’s menu had me at “Hello” — the first course. Wilder is famous for his scallops. This course combined them with Graham’s heirloom tomato bruschetta with homemade pesto. The dish was paired with a Vermentino from Sardinia. Two things. First, I’m a big fan of Sardinian wines, and, second, Vermentino screams out for seafood. This was delicious.

There was another menu item that caught my eye — the Burgundy red wine on the list, Chassagne-Montrachet. My wife and I have spent some wonderful times hanging out with winemakers in this part of France, so we were more than casually interested. This wine joined forces with Wilder’s Faroe Island salmon, hot smoked with a fresh cherry coulis from Graham, all finished off with Israeli couscous. Another thing of beauty. If this pairing doesn’t destroy the myth of only white wine for fish, nothing will. As I said before, the menu had me at “Hello.” It more than held onto my attention at “Goodbye,” as the ending featured a fresh North Carolina mixed berry crumble and vanilla ice cream paired with a Zinfandel from Turley Estate.

Helen Turley, the source of this wine, is a legend in the wine world. Just to have her wine on the menu was a special treat. I’ve ranted and raved many times about the quality of dining in our lake communities. When we moved here 20-some years ago, we had to head to that banking city to the south for a true dining experience. No longer. This meal is a great example. It more than met our expectations; it pulverized them. Fresh, quality ingredients pampered with skill and knowledge put on a great show. We’re not strangers at Wine Maestro, and when another opportunity like this comes along, which it will, we’ll be first in line. Wine Maestro 690 A Bluefield Road Mooresville

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with a little bit of tartness from the cranberries, on tap. If Ass Clown does a pumpkin beer at all this season, Glidden says it will likely be Chipotle Pumpkin, a spicy pumpkin stout, or Pumpkin IPA, a strong flavored IPA with lots of pumpkin added. As for customers hooked on or still wanting that pumpkin taste, Glidden says, “Sure, for pumpkin you can get the bold taste of pumpkin casserole baked with butter and brown sugar but don’t limit yourself. People don’t expressly want just that pumpkin taste. They want something warmer and a bit heavier to take the chill out of the day, and that’s why fall is such a popular season for beers that break away from the norm. They want other beers that remind them of fall.” No matter your taste preferences, if you want a fall beer, Glidden says to get on it quickly. “Even with the local craft breweries offering a bigger variety and introducing them sooner, and bars putting in requests for riskier fall beers to have on tap,” he explains, “you’ve got a very short window before the Christmas beers hit the shelves.”



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Here’s a news flash for those who think fall beer is solely about pumpkin variation. Thanks to the creativity and ingenuity of craft brewers, the taps and shelves of fall now include more diversity than ever before. Yes, pumpkin beer, the once most popular beer of the season, now shares the spotlight. “If you wanted a pumpkin beer in the fall, it used to be you had to get there fast,” says Matt Glidden, owner of Cornelius’ Ass Clown Brewing Company. “The popularity of pumpkin beer used to be through the roof but that’s one thing I’ve seen slowly diminish. I tell everybody, believe it or not, those beers that used to fly off the shelf are slowly taking the back seat in the craft beer industry. “The big guys are still doing it, but they are now changing, too,” he continues, “because it is the craft brewers who are leading the way. ” So what is taking pumpkin’s place? If you stop by Ass Clown’s Cornelius taproom this fall, you’ll find two of Glidden’s fall favorites in rotation. Ghost Chili IPA, with it ghostly, gloomy look and ghost pepper taste, and Cranberry Chipotle Saison, fruity

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Nibbles & Bites

On the Nines Tees Up for Business

Town-owned Mooresville Golf Club debuts restaurant venue by Holly Becker


Photography by Ken Noblezada

On the Nines

STATS Cuisine

Classical French with a southern twist

Price Lunch Dinner


Live Music Yes



Business casual

Atmosphere Modern, rustic

On the Nines Bistro is the latest tasty offering from Chris Boukedes (bottom right) and Steve Jordan.

hen planning a fine dining experience, the local municipal golf course doesn’t typically come to mind. Chris Boukedes and Steve Jordan are hoping to change that with the launch of On the Nines Bistro at the Mooresville Golf Club. The restaurant is a unique partnership between The Town of Mooresville, which owns and operates the golf course, and Bouk Management, the hospitality company Boukedes and Jordan own.

Bouk Management beat out other contenders to occupy the restaurant space in the newly renovated golf course clubhouse. Business partners for nearly 12 years, Boukedes and Jordan own Galway Hooker Restaurant & Irish Pub at Kenton Place in Cornelius, The Comedy Zone in Charlotte, as well as other bars and Bouk Catering. The duo spent three years scouting locations for their next restaurant when the partnership with the town

evolved. “The town built an amazing place. It’s a multi-venue entertainment complex,” says Boukedes.

Where the South meets France The golf club’s 250 members, as well as the community, get two distinct restaurant venues at the clubhouse. On the Nines is an elegant southern bistro with a modern, rustic feel. Old black and white photos don the bistro’s walls, with

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inspired samplings. “For a while, food got away from being food,” says Jordan. “I want to bring back beautiful, delicious food that’s hearty.” Boukedes promises southern hospitality and quality food that doesn’t break the bank. “You’re going to get great service, great value and a full belly,” he says.

Street food meets the golf course Tavern at the Turn will feature street food for golfers, as well as the community. “Think Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives at the golf course,” says Boukedes. Classic golf course menu items will be available like hot dogs and hamburgers, but they’ll also kick it up a notch with some more adventurous offerings like bacon-wrapped hot dogs on a pretzel roll. Golfers have the option to order food from the course from a touchscreen on the golf

cart, so it’s ready upon arrival at the turnhouse. As Boukedes sees it, the charm of On the Nines is its ability to cater to a mixed crowd of people all under one roof. He talks with robust enthusiasm as he envisions golfers enjoying a beer after a round of golf, a couple celebrating an engagement or anniversary, a family out to dinner with children, and a retirement party going on in the banquet room. “I see this [On the Nines] as a go-to spot when someone wants a special menu,” says Boukedes, “but we’ll have a community vibe, too.” On the Nines Neighborhood Bistro & Cocktails 205 Golf Course Drive Mooresville 704.799.4240 Hours: On The Nines 11 a.m.- 10 p.m. Sunday- Thursday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday; Tavern at the Turn 7 a.m.-until.


large windows overlooking the fairway. There’s intimate booth seating for a quiet date night, a large community table for gatherings of friends and family, and a full bar with wine, beer and cocktails on draft. The bistro also houses a banquet room with seating for 140 people. Named Circa 1873, the year Mooresville was incorporated as a town, the banquet room is available for weddings and other special events, as well as corporate meetings.

Tavern at the Turn, a turnhouse for golfers, is a shortorder grill. Though no seating is inside, there is ample room on the covered patio. “He’s the best chef in the region — hands down,” says Boukedes about his business partner, Steve Jordan. A native of Charleston, South Carolina, Chef Jordan says southern roots heavily influence the On the Nines menu. He went to school at Johnson & Wales in Charleston, and the classically Frenchtrained chef says the South meets France at On the Nines. “We’re taking classical French menu items and putting a southern twist on it with ingredients,” says Jordan. Sour dough biscuits with blackberry honey butter, a southern egg roll with smoked chicken, braised cabbage, curried collard greens and black truffle mashed potatoes are just some of the southern-


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Erin Gleason and Trey Jewett tie the knot this month, p. 62

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Erin Gleason and Trey Jewett tie the knot this month


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Mooresville’s Erin Gleason met Trey Jewett when they were both students at UNC Charlotte.

nyone who has ever planned a wedding knows that time is an essential element. Brides book locations and vendors months, even years, in advance to make sure their big day turns out to be perfect. However, when Mooresville’s Erin Gleason got engaged this past spring, the bride-to-be didn’t have time on her side, at least not the time most wedding planning requires. Regardless, she and her mother, Cindy Gleason ( full disclosure, Cindy is an advertising sales executive for CURRENTS), managed to plan a charmingly elegant wedding slated for this month. Erin met Trey Jewett when they were students at UNC Charlotte. This past March, Trey proposed to Erin while they were vacationing at Sullivan’s Island in South Carolina. Even though the couple had talked about marriage, Erin was surprised

This past March, Trey proposed to Erin on Sullivan’s Island in South Carolina.




The couple will wed at the Charles Mack Citizen Center in Mooresville on October 21.

hit the ground, she and Trey selected October 21 at 5 p.m. for their ceremony. “We had eight months to plan. For Saturdays, a lot of places were booked,” remembers Erin, 23. “We narrowed a search and set a budget.” One of her top choices was the Charles Mack Citizen Center in Downtown Mooresville. “I knew it was a beautiful venue, and I’ve always loved downtown,” explains Erin. “They [the staff] were very helpful. We really liked what we were hearing and everything that was included.” That said, they booked the Charles Mack Citizen Center, opting to hold the ceremony and reception there, and began making other important decisions. Erin received a list of approved caterers for the facility and selected Southern Style Events and Catering in

Kannapolis. Initially the couple wanted a barbecue dinner, but they soon realized the formality they desired for their wedding called for baked chicken and pasta selections. Jennifer Duncan of Celebrate Event Planning was hired as the event coordinator, while Moments by Heather Edmunds was contracted for photography. Bec Car Printing in Mooresville printed the invitations and programs, as 110 guests are expected. On the RSVP card, Erin and Trey asked guests to list a song they would like to hear at the reception. Jason Britt, also known as DJ Breeze, a seasoned DJ in the Charlotte area, plans to play those songs. “I want them [guests] to have fun,” says the bride-to-be. “I want them to be comfortable.” As for her dress, Erin knew exactly what she wanted for

herself and for her bridesmaids. She selected a white satin gown from David’s Bridal. “There’s no beading, no lace, no nothing, just a satin drop waist ball gown,” Erin explains. “I did buy a beaded sash that I’ll wear for the reception, but I’m keeping the ceremony just very, very simple with how I look.” Her bridesmaids will be wearing black dresses with lace detailing, also purchased at David’s Bridal. “They [bridesmaids] are carrying orange spider mums, red roses and sunflowers — very fall,” says Erin. “This is kind of the kicker, we’re actually using Harris Teeter in Davidson [ for the flowers].” Erin and her mother heard so many stories about how wedding flowers cost so much only to be thrown in the dumpster after the ceremony that they decided to go against


when Trey popped the question. “I didn’t really think anything about it, but the whole day he kept saying that we need to be on the beach at sunset,” recalls Erin, who is a fifth grade teacher at H. H. Beam Elementary School in Gastonia. Although they didn’t make it to the beach for the sunset, Erin, Trey, Trey’s sister (Rachel) and their good friend Jacob finally got there later that evening. “The moon is huge and full over the ocean, and it’s really illuminating the sand,” describes Erin of the evening. Once they were on the beach Trey asked his sister to take a picture of the two of them. When Trey got on one knee, Erin knew what was going on. “I was so excited,” she says. “I can’t remember much after that.” When Erin’s feet finally





The couple can’t wait to share their big day with friends and family.

that. Instead of flowers on the dining tables, they opted for lanterns. “I just felt like it wasn’t wasteful,” says Erin. “We’re pretty much telling the guests that anybody that stays to help clean up can take what they want. We have 16 lanterns. What am I going to do with all of those?” Justina Adams of Mooresville’s Indulge Desserts is making a naked cake featuring three layers (brown sugar bourbon, lemon and vanilla) for the couple. Flowers will be tucked around the cake for decoration. Though the rehearsal dinner is scheduled for Friday evening at Dressler’s Restaurant in Huntersville, the rehearsal will take place on the day of the wedding. “We have the space from 8 a.m. until midnight,” says Erin, adding that she and her bridesmaids are having their hair styled at Island Shears in Mooresville. “We wanted to keep everything local. …Ultimately, I just want people to have fun and enjoy themselves, and eat wonderful food.”


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Carey Driscoll, wedding and events specialist at Chetola Resort at Blowing Rock, North Carolina, knows a thing or two about weddings worth remembering. “Chetola Resort at Blowing Rock specializes in outdoor ceremonies and tented receptions, lovingly creating an intimate ceremony for 40 beneath the canopy of the willow tree, or a grand reception for 200 under the lakeside tent,” Driscoll says. “We pride ourselves in our attention to detail of all aspects of the special milestone from start to finish, including pre-wedding celebrations such as bridal luncheons and rehearsal dinners, complete event set-up by Chetola’s professional event staff, and accommodating wedding guests through a variety of lodging options.” Chetola’s onsite gourmet restaurant, Timberlake’s, offers custom catering, from heavy hors d’oeuvres to elegant plated and buffet dinners. Guest lodging is available in all shapes and sizes, from the charming Bob Timberlake Inn to the cozy Chetola Lodge to local condominiums. And imagine your wedding photography with Chetola Lake and the Blue Ridge Mountains as the perfect backdrop. “Weddings at Chetola are magical, instilling a fairy tale-like wonder from the minute a couple enters the property until the moment they leave to begin their happily ever after,” Driscoll says. To ensure the day is perfect, Driscoll urges brides to work with a professional wedding planner. “Hire a detailed wedding planner, someone whose job it is to focus on the minute details, allowing the bride to focus simply on enjoying the special moment,” Driscoll says. “Chetola Resort works in tandem with our list of preferred wedding planners to ensure the bride’s day is as perfect as she envisioned it.”

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Lauren Petervary is the wedding and special events director at Historic Rural Hill in Huntersville. Her favorite element of wedding planning is helping clients juggle all the tiny details that make an event memorable for years to come. “I love helping my clients with vendor recommendations and space layout ideas in order to create a unique event,” she says. Petervary says location is everything. Situated on 265 acres of pristine land, Rural Hill offers a beautiful backdrop for your

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Savvy Salon and Day Spa is devoted to helping brides get gorgeous. The Cornelius salon and spa specializes in everything related to beauty and well being, and the staff enjoys accommodating a large wedding party for hair, nails and makeup. What’s hot in hairstyles for fall? Savvy Salon owner Pat Helmandollar says, “We are seeing a lot of braids incorporated in hair that is put up or down. The Game of Thrones was very impactful on the fashion industry, including hair. Kaleesi is the woman they all love to love.” That said, Helmandollar suggests considering your true personality before opting for the trendy route with hair and makeup. “In order for the bride to look spectacular, my advice is to be as natural as possible,” Romantic hair is a must. she says. “Regarding hair and makeup, do you normally wear it piled up on top of your head with gobs of make-up? Or are you a more natural girl? Remember there will be photos for many years to come. Extremely trendy things will date the photos.” She counsels the wedding party to be on time for spa and beauty appointments. Show up at the salon with a clean face and clean, dry hair, and wear a button-up shirt for easy removal afterward. Lastly, Helmandollar suggests brides take a few practice runs with hair and make-up. “A practice run will eliminate any misgivings later and save time on the big day,” she says.

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time restraints at NorthStone and prefer to set up the reception the day before,” she says. NorthStone offers all-inclusive packages for ceremonies and receptions, including food and beverage catering, complete with set-up and break down. Couples should consider the invitation list carefully, Bowers says. “The best advice I can give a bride is to invite only guests that are special to you. It will save the most money and make it a more intimate affair.”

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and groom met, and I like to incorporate their love story into the wedding photography,” she says. “I love being able to capture each little moment, from getting ready to walking down to aisle to bloopers at the reception. Each moment is what will make your big day so special and important — and a good wedding photographer will capture them all.” After you’ve found the one, Edmunds encourages drafting a formal agreement, which protects the photographer and the bride. Be sure to keep your photographer updated if themes or plans change. “As a photographer, my main concern is taking the stress away and making sure I am able to tell your wedding day story through high resolution, hand-edited, crisp images from your special day,” she says. Edmunds has a few openings for 2017, and is booking for 2018.

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and beyond. She takes each wedding to heart, an attribute that is apparent in her work … not to mention the satisfaction of her clients. “I was voted Lake Norman’s Best Photographer from 20142017,” Edmunds says, “and this year I was voted the 2017 Best Photographer for Charlotte as well.” Edmunds offers tips for making the perfect match with your wedding photographer. “Verify their portfolio and make sure you like their work style,” she says, “but you’ll also want to meet them and have a consultation. Most photographers include the first consultation in their quote as free of charge. It is a great way to meet each other, go over details, and help your photographer understand your vision as the bride.” Edmunds takes interest in each couple’s love story. “I love to learn about how a bride



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Taking care of your mental and physical health is important if you want to look and feel your best on your wedding day. “The stress of wedding planning can take a toll on your well-being, and exacerbate any existing medical conditions,” says Meagan Kowalski, marketing director for Iredell Health System. “While you are preparing to start a new life with your significant other, why not start out on a healthy note?” The Iredell Physician Network includes specialists in women’s health, psychiatry and more to help you address any physical and mental health concerns you may have leading up to your wedding. Iredell Health can also help you plan a strong future. “This is a great time to find a physician for your entire family as you and your spouse start a new life together,” Kowalski says. Dr. Amanda Bailey of LKN Family Medicine says that you need to make sure you have a first aid kit somewhere close the day of the wedding, as accidents can happen anywhere. “If going overseas or to a different country for a honeymoon, ensure you get your recommended immunizations at least three to four weeks prior,” she adds. “Try to enjoy yourself and don’t let yourself get too stressed.”

color,” she says. “Traditionally, wedding invitations were always white or cream, but modern brides are mixing it up a little more.” When it comes to invitations, Kazmer says to forget traditions and trends, and instead, select what you love. She personally is a softy for save-the-date cards that show off the couple-to-be. “I love a save-the-date with a photo,” she says. “If you only know one of the families represented, it’s nice to take a peek at the person they’ve chosen to marry.” Coordinating gifts for the wedding party is extremely popular. Kazmer says, “The insulated stemless wine tumblers and insulated cocktail glasses from our Corkcicle line make the perfect gifts for bridesmaids and groomsmen. When you add a monogram, it turns a gift into a keepsake.” Lastly, she says not to overthink cards versus thank you notes. “Anything goes these days … but please, just send them,” she says. “Gratitude is the most attractive thing a bride can wear.”


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For The Men

The Back Room is a full service, fine men’s clothier and boutique that specializes in men’s formal wear and accessories. Owner Ed Wheeler is an expert on the hottest trends in tuxedo styles, and he notes that the tailored or fitted look has officially become the norm today. Wheeler says, “The hottest looks today incorporate a sleeker look with narrower leg trousers and slim-fitting jackets to showcase the customer’s physique. Jackets tend to be designed to be worn shorter, as well.” The Back Room is an elite dealer for Jim’s Formal Wear, one of the nation’s largest distributors of formal attire. Wheeler offers a Johnston & Murphy Salesmen sample shoe program, as well as clothing choices from both Italian and French designers. Wheeler says the biggest trend

on the rise is the addition of brown shoes when wearing navy and gray formal wear. “Also, there is a trend toward wedding suits as opposed to the traditional tuxedo, especially when the venue is casual,” he says. “A groom and his bride should consider all aspects of their wedding in determining what tuxedo or suit to choose for that special occasion.”

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a maximum mortgage payment goal? “Many firsttime homebuyers ask, ‘How much can we afford?’ ” Blackwell says. “I like to turn the question around and ask, ‘What is your monthly payment goal?’ If their answer is lower than mine, they are well on their way to becoming new homeowners.” Lastly, couples should be sure they are ready for the responsibility of home ownership. Blackwell says, “If they are unsure, they may seek out advice from local housing counselors, local mortgage consultants or websites such as” There’s a lot to think about when you join your life with someone else’s, but the most important thing is to remember why you’re doing it in the first place. In the end, love is all that really matters.

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n September 10, Pet Pilgrimage Crematory & Memorials in Mooresville invited fellow pet lovers to share in an evening of reflection and celebration. It was an opportunity to honor pets that have touched their lives, as well as a chance to pay it forward by touching the lives of pets still in search of a forever home through Piedmont Animal Rescue. Attendees spent time decorating luminaries in honor of their beloved pets and in honor of pets still in search of homes. Pets that came to the event received individual pet blessings given by Pastor Mark Pitts, and their pet parents received a Saint Francis charm keepsake. The evening came to a close with a beautiful biodegradable dove-shaped balloon release and a radiant sunset. The Pet Life Celebration is held annually the second Sunday of September, coinciding with National Pet Memorial Day, and always benefits a local animal rescue group. This year the event raised more than $1,800, including the matching donation given by H. Mike Cook, owner of Pet Pilgrimage and CavinCook Funeral Home. In addition, the event raised awareness about Piedmont Animal Rescue’s mission to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome lovable pets.

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a month of things to do at the Lake Alexander Community Concert Series (October 1) Eight Track Parade is a profoundly polished cover band on the southern rock scene that offers a combination of musical chops and great songwriting. Think refined piano-heavy ‘70s-fueled rock and solid vocal harmonies producing bright melodies and tunes that glide with feel-good momentum. Presented by the Alexander Community Concert Series. 3 p.m. Adults $15, seniors (65 and above) and students $10, children under 12 free. The Episcopal Church of St. Peter By-theLake, 8433 Fairfield Forest Road, Denver, 704.489.6249,



Music on Main (October 6) Legacy Motown Revue performs. 6:30-9 p.m. Free. Mooresville Town Hall, 413 North Main Street, Mooresille,


Performing Arts Live of Iredell (October 7) A long time ago (1980s) in a land far away (Vancouver, Canada) a troupe of misfits decided they wanted to see the world. Together they started the All and Everything Theater, a non-profit Children’s Theater focusing on Children’s Entertainment, Street Theater and Life-sized Bunraku Puppetry. That vision evolved into Artrageous and they have since performed for the likes of Sir Richard Branson, Steve Forbes, General Colin Powell... and in venues and events all over the world from India to Austria. 7:30 p.m. $27.17, students $12.18 plus 6.75 percent sales tax. Mac Gray Auditorium at 474 North Center Street, Statesville, Organ at Davidson (October 9) David Brinson, associate director of music at Davidson College Presbyterian Church, performs. 7:30 p.m. Free. Davidson College Presbyterian Church, Davidson. Davidson College Chorale and Davidson Singers (October 20) The Davidson College Chorale & Davidson Singers offer the first choral concert of the season. This special performance for friends and family highlights some of the vibrant and challenging repertoire

the ensembles are performing this year. 5 p.m. Free. Davidson College Presbyterian Church, Davidson College Symphony Orchestra (October 20) The DCSO presents highlights from the season in an intimate, up-close setting, including Gershwin’s An American in Paris. 7 p.m. Free. C. Shaw Smith 900 Room, Alvarez College Union, Davidson College Jazz Ensemble (October 20) Join the Davidson College Jazz Ensemble as it performs highlights of its season during Davidson College’s Family Weekend celebrations. 9 p.m. Free. Tyler-Tallman Hall, Sloan Music Center, Davidson College Concert Series: Barnaby Bright (October 21) Davidson College welcomes back the award-winning, classically-trained, indie folk duo Barnaby Bright. Garnering high accolades for their songwriting and sound, they have been featured on television soundtracks to ER and Days of our Lives, graced such notable venues as Lincoln Center and NPR’s “Mountain Stage” in West Virginia, and shared stages with such artists as The Lumineers and Norah Jones. Their latest album, This is Life, speaks to where they’ve been, who they are, what they want and where they’re going. It’s smart pop with an authentic Americana stamp. 8 p.m. Free for Davidson College students, tickets TBA. Tyler-Tallman Hall, Sloan Music Center, Music at St. Alban’s (October 22) Directed by Kenny Potter, Bach Akademie of Charlotte performs J.S. Bach’s powerful cantata Ein Feste Burg and the motet Der Geist Hilft in the debut performance of this new 16-voice professional choir. 3 p.m. General admission $15, students and young adults under 25 $10, seniors (62+)$10, children under 12 free. St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 301 Caldwell Lane, Davidson, www. An Evening with the Classical Guitar: James Easteppe, Guitar (October 26) Join

Family Fun

Me Time

adjunct instructor of guitar, James Easteppe, as he takes you through an exciting concert of various repertoire for classical guitar. 7:30 p.m. Free. Tyler-Tallman Hall, Sloan Music Center, Choral Arts Society Fall Concert: Funda nos in pace (October 29) Join the Choral Arts Society of Davidson for the kickoff of its 10th anniversary season. Funda nos in pace, or, “establish us in peace”, features what some call Haydn’s Artrageous performs via Performing Arts Live of Iredell on greatest single composition, known October 7 in Statesville. as the Lord Nelson 4431 Neck Road, Huntersing categories: Cheesiest, Mass or Mass for Ultimate Seafood, Ultimate ville, Troubled Times. Also featured Meat-Lovers, People’s Choice is British composer Cecilia Rescue Ranch’s Corn Maze and Kid’s Choice. The event McDowall’s mystical peace (October 6-28) Beginning will also feature craft beer from anthem, Ave Maris Stella, a Saturday, October 6 and a local brewery. 11:30 a.m.-2 work originally intended for running through October 28, p.m. $20 for adults, $5 for kids Armistice Day performed in Rescue Ranch will open its under the age of 14. Gymnathe shadow of the events of gates for visitors to experisium at Ada Jenkins Center, 9/11. 3 p.m. Free for Davidson ence the twists and turns of a 212 Gamble Street, DavidCollege students, tickets TBA. son, Davidson College Presbyterian lighted Corn Maze presented by Chevrolet. The nine-acre Church, corn maze boosts a Chevy Faculty Recital: Scott Hartdesign. The lighted maze will man, Trombone (October be open Friday and Saturday 29) Adjunct instructor of nights from 7 to 10 p.m. during trombone and bass trombonist October. $8 for guests 13 and of the Charlotte Symphony older; $5 for children two to Orchestra, Scott Hartman, 12; children under 2 are free. invites you to his recital Rescue Ranch, 1424 Turnersfeaturing many stimulating burg Highway, Statesville, Hops & Harmony is October works for solo trombone 7 in Downtown Statesville. and piano. 7:30 p.m. Free. Downtown Mooresville Tyler-Tallman Hall, Sloan Music Hops & Harmony (October Wiener Race (October Center, 7) Hops & Harmony features 7) The Mooresville Wiener local craft beer and ciders, EVENTS Race is an event organized as well great live music from The 2017 Rural Hill Amazand presented by Downtown local bands. Sample and enjoy ing Maize Maze (Through Mooresville in which all en60+ craft beers and ciders November 5) Get lost in this trants are required to be clasgiant seven-acre corn maze sified as a Dachshund breed to from 20 local breweries, all while listening to a great featuring more than two miles be eligible to participate. This lineup of local bands. Many of interconnecting paths. One charitable event helps raise downtown restaurants will be of the largest in the Southeast, awareness and donations for this maze is sure to please. The local animal advocate groups, onsite offering delicious fare whole of Rural Hill’s 265 acres such as Lake Norman Humane. for your convenience. The full is available to you and your spectrum of beer styles will be 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Tickets group during maze hours. Take TBA. Downtown Mooresville, represented from Pilsners and a hayride around the farm, play www.downtownmooresville Ambers to IPAs and Stouts. 1-5 a round of corn-hole, explore p.m. Tickets are available for Ada Jenkins Mac’N’Cheese the historic site, play in the purchase now at the Early Bird mini-mazes, have a picnic, hike Cookoff (October 7) This Pricing of $30 per person. Pricthe trails, pick a pumpkin (in competition will feature eight es go up to $40 per person beOctober,) and more. Times and to 10 local restaurants, battling ginning October 1, 2017, www. ticket prices vary. Rural Hill, for first place in the follow-

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Girls’ Night Out

Photography courtesy of Downtown Statesville

Date Night

with Carolina Clay Matters, Inc. Ceramics Guild and features functional and sculptural pottery created by 30 local ceramic artists. Four of the Cornelius Arts Center’s ceramic instructors and five of the center’s students are guild members and participating in the show. (Through October 26). MonThu 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Fri-Sat 9 a.m.-noon. 19725 Oak Street, Cornelius,

17th Annual All American Dog Show (October 7) Come out and see some of the cutest dogs around. 3-6 p.m. Robbins Park, Cornelius, Uncorked & Artsy (October 13) Enjoy wine as you peruse the shops and galleries of Downtown Mooresville. 6-9 p.m. The art walk and live music performances are free. The wine and beer tasting portion of the event is $25 per person in advance or $30 at the gate. Tickets include all tastings and a souvenir Downtown Uncorked & Artsy glass. Downtown Mooresville, www.

“Cotton” Ketchie’s Landmark Galleries Various exhibitions. The work of watercolorist ‘Cotton’ Ketchie. Mon-Sat 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 212 North Main Street, Mooresville, 704.664.4122,

3rd Annual Makers’ Market (October 14) Shop for goods from 50 artisan vendors, as you support Girls on the Run. Tickets TBA. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Merino’s Mill, 500 S. Main Street, Moorsesville, www.

Foster’s Frame and Art Gallery Various exhibitions. Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat 10a.m.-4p.m. 403 N. Old Statesville Road, Huntersville, 704.948.1750. Four Corners Framing and Gallery Various exhibitions. Tue-Fri 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 148 N. Main Street, Mooresville, 704.662.7154, www. 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,

Little Smiles Golf Tournament (October 22) This 7th annual golf tournament benefits Little Smiles, a non-profit that strives to fulfill the dreams of children in local hospitals, hospices and shelters. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. $600 per team, $150 per person. NorthStone Country Club, 15801 NorthStone Drive, Huntersville,

Sanctuary of Davidson Various exhibitions. 108 S. Main Street, Davidson, www. Tropical Connections Various exhibitions. Tue- Fri 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. or by appointment. 230 N. Main Street, Mooresville, The Van Every/Smith Galleries Lenin Lives delves into the history of the Russian leader. Van Every Gallery. (Through

All Hallows Eve Family Day (October 21) Dress in your best Halloween costumes and trick or treat around Latta Plantation. Play games, see historical demonstrations and meet the friendly farm animals while you visit. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. $9, $8 students and seniors, children 5 and under are free. Historic Latta Plantation, 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville, Boo’s & Brews (October 27-28) Presented by Davidson Community Players and Warehouse PAC, Boos & Brews is a 10-minute play festival featuring eight 10-minute original plays written by community playwrights. These plays all have one major theme in common — ghoulish fun. 8 p.m. $15. DCP Actor’s Lab, 20700 North Main Street, Cornelius, Davidson Halloween March

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Fifth Annual Laketoberfest Music & Brew Festival (October 21) Enjoy beer from local North Carolina breweries in addition to food truck fare, music from local bands, a kids’ zone with crafts and games, and more. 4-9 p.m. Free. Bailey Road Park, Cornelius,

Mooresville Arts Gallery Various exhibitions. 103 W. Center Avenue, Mooresville,

Halloween in Huntersville & Fireworks Spooktacular (October 21) Enjoy live music, balloon twisters, airbrush tattoos, magicians, bounce houses, Halloween crafts, Springfree Trampoline and local craft vendors. Food trucks and beverages will be available for purchase. End the event by enjoying fireworks at 7:15 p.m. (weather permitting). 4 p.m. Free. Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Road, Huntersville,

Downtown Mooresville Trick or Treat (October 31) Thousands of pieces of candy will be given out to children from local businesses in Downtown Mooresville. 3-5 p.m. Free. Downtown Mooresville, www.


Carolina Raptor Center Live bird presentations, flight shows, behind-the-scenes tours and more take place at Carolina Raptor Center throughout the month. Visit carolinaraptorcenter. org for more details. 2nd Friday Street Festival (Every second Friday) This event features many of the area’s most talented and innovative artists and craftsmen while showcasing a fabulous lineup of entertainment including local bands, performance groups, live art demonstrations and much more. Area businesses will be out to impress, offering special sales and incentives to event guests, who can also enjoy a variety of food and drinks from local breweries and food. 6-10 p.m. Free. 19725 Oak Street, Cornelius, Davidson Farmer’s Market (Every Saturday) 8 a.m.-noon. Next to Town Hall between Main and Jackson streets in downtown Davidson, www.



Cornelius Arts Center Mud at the Mill is a collaborative exhibition

Ghost Walk Haunted Trail (October 27-28) This thrilling haunted trail is for only the bravest souls. Historic Latta Plantation is turned into a frightening sight once the moon rises over the forest and the spooks come out at night. Those who dare must come aware that the haunted trail is a true scare. Not suggested for children under 9. 7-10 p.m. (Last admission for ghost walk is 9:45 p.m.). $10 per person. Historic Latta Plantation, 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville,

Rescue Ranch’s Corn Maze is open October 6-28.

Davidson College Men’s Soccer The Wildcats begin another competive season under Head Coach Matt Spear. Duquesne (October 11, 7 p.m.), Rhode Island (October 14, 6 p.m.), Elon (October 24, 7 p.m.), La Salle (November

1, 7 p.m.). Davidson College, Davidson College Women’s Soccer Get ready for another great season of soccer at Davidson. Duquesne (October 8, 2 p.m.), George Mason (October 15, 1 p.m.), George Washington (October 19, 7 p.m.). Davidson College,


Tuck Everlasting (October 5-9) Tuck Everlasting is a new musical based on the beloved novel by Natalie Babbitt. Community School of Davidson has been chosen to be a pilot high school and will be the first in the area to produce this beautifully drawn tale of Winnie Foster, a free spirit who longs for adventure. When she meets the Jesse Tuck and family — and discovers they hold the secret to everlasting life — she faces an extraordinary choice: return to her own family, or join the Tucks on their never-ending journey. Times and tickets TBA. Community School of Davidson, 404 Armour Street, Davidson, On Golden Pond (October 5-22) Retired couple, Ethel and Norman Thayer spend every summer at their home on Golden Pond. This year, their adult daughter visits, bringing along her 13-year-old son. The turbulent relationship between father and daughter, the generation gap between young and old, and the difficulties facing a couple in the twilight years of a long marriage, all combine in a play that gives us unique insight into the modern American family. On Golden Pond is a classic American story that is touching, warm and witty. Thu-Sat 8 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. Adults, $20; seniors, $18; students, $12. Davidson Community Players, Armour Street Theatre, 307 Armour Street, Davidson. The Dragon (October 20-21, 27-29) The Dragon is Davidson College’s Theatre Department’s entry in the Revolution and… series. A town ruled by a dragon has a chance for freedom thanks to a visit from Sir Lancelot. But perhaps the dragon lives within all of us. This comedic allegory by Evgeny Shvarts is deadly earnest, sending echoes from his Soviet world that still reverberate today. Be on the lookout for more details about other events in the Revolution and… series. Mark Sutch directs this production. Duke Family Performance Hall, times and tickets TBA. Davidson College,


Huntersville United Methodist Church Fall Community Extravaganza (October 21) This event includes a pancake breakfast ($6), a car show, silent auction, vendor sale, children’s activities, touch a truck, bounce house, trick or treating, food, and more. 8 a.m-2 p.m. All proceeds benefit local missions. Huntersville United Methodist Church, 14005 Stumptown Road, Huntersville,


(October 27) The Town of Davidson will celebrate the Halloween season with its traditional Halloween March along Main Street. Families should line up at town hall to parade along Main Street to receive treats from merchants and organizations. 5 p.m. Free. Downtown Davidson,


Rescue Ranch Fall Fun Days (October 14 and 28) Enjoy animal presentations, a barrel train, corn maze, games, hay art, music, pumpkin painting, hay rides and more. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. $10; 2-12, $7; under 2 free. Rescue Ranch, 1424 Turnersburg Highway, Statesville,

October 6). Revolution on Display: Soviet Propaganda Posters looks at the history of the Soviet Union. Smith Gallery. (Through October 6). Bob Trotman: Business as Usual (October 19-December 8) The opening reception for Bob Trotman: Business as Usual is October 19, 7-8:30 p.m. Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat-Sun noon-4 p.m. Davidson College, The Van Every/Smith Galleries, 315 N. Main Street, Davidson, www.

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Roll the Dice by Lori K. Tate Photography courtesy of Lori K. Tate



y husband and I try to keep things at our house as “old school” as possible. For example, our children are probably the only 7-yearolds in the Lake Norman area who regularly listen to records. Along those same lines, we encourage board games. Turns out Margot and Graydon are quite the Monopoly players, and the best part is that they play on the board my parents bought me in the early 1980s. As I write this, The Tots are in the next room playing a rousing game of Battleship with their dad. Again, old school. When I found out that Parker Banner Kent & Wayne, the comic book store in Old Town Cornelius, offered Board Game Night on Thursdays and Saturdays, I knew we had to try it. Owner Matt Milburn opened the store in 2008 after having a comic book store in Florida for 13 years. The 4,200-square-foot space offers everything a comic book connoisseur could want. My daughter immediately found every Wonder Woman item he carries. While one side of the store offers comic books and board games for purchase, the other side serves as a community space filled with tables and chairs. There are even a couple of couches for lounging, along with a drink machine. After we looked around the store, we walked over to a tall cart where Milburne displays the games that guests can play — for free. I didn’t see any of the usual

Editor Lori K. Tate checks out Board Game Night at Parker Banner Kent & Wayne in Cornelius

suspects such as Life, Monopoly or Yahtzee, but I saw about 100 other games that looked intriguing. We must have appeared puzzled because a young man named David Wilson offered to help us select some games. Wilson, a recent UNC Charlotte grad, works at the store but had the night off. He always tries to come to Board Game Night. He suggested we play Tsuro, a game based on following a winding path, and proceeded to play it with the kids and I. After a round of Tsuro, he taught us how to play Rumble in the Dungeon and later King of Tokyo, which is too complicated to get into here. Editor Lori K. Tate plays King of Tokyo with her daughter, Margot, and Matt Milburn, owner of Parker Banner Kent & Wayne. Zach Torrence of Cornelius says that board games are Magic The Gathering is also popular. enjoying a resurgence because video Wilson says that almost any day games are now played online. “There’s employees can demo most of the games no sitting on the couch and playing with and that guests are welcome to come in friends anymore,” says Torrence, who is and play games from the cart any time, a former president of The Guild, UNC unless there is an event going on. It’s also Charlotte’s Science-Fiction & Fantasy Club. fine to bring food with you. “People are pushing back and want to be As for The Tots and I, we’ll definitely with their friends more.” be back to master King of Tokyo — and a Milburne explains that kids mainly whole lot more. come in with their parents for Board Board Game Night takes place on Game Night during the summer and Thursdays and Saturdays from 6-11 p.m. on Saturdays, while the constant Parker Banner Kent & Wayne demographic is adults (young and old). 21500 Catawba Avenue, Suite A There’s almost always a Star Wars X-Wing Cornelius Miniature Game going on in the back, and

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