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Contents December 2016 vol. 9 No. 12


About the Cover:

Game Changers Kristy Serdinsky’s leap of faith



A Day in the Life

11 Davidson’s Village Store celebrates 50 years

13 Opportunities to reach out and help your community

Navigators Terilynne Knox celebrates the holidays with dance

Dine + Wine

Thoughts from the Man Cave

24 The Galley with

The lure of holiday programming

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Eating, drinking, cooking and fun Lynn and Glenn Firestorm Pizza

Holiday Essay

28 On Tap

Jody Seymour has a fresh take on the holidays this year

28 Wine Time

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


Ben Sherrill shot the cover photo at The Village Store in Davidson.

Movers, shakers and more at the lake

Up in the air with Brent Cagle


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Barefoot water skiers hit the lake

D9’s multi-faceted expansion

Kindred’s wine list is no accident

30 In the Kitchen with Jill Dahan

Lori’s Larks

Peppermint Pavlova Yuletide Log

Lori K. Tate takes a turn at Ada Jenkins’ LEARN Works

Shop Local Support your neighbor by shopping nearby


42 Game On

48 Trends + Style Gift getting made easy

48 Trends + Style Gifts for your list

52 Holiday Pets The truth about cats and dogs

Lake Spaces How we live at the lake

64 Dwellings Decking the halls with two talented elves

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Unfortunately, they had to cancel so we were left with a blank Saturday night. While most people would scurry to make plans, we didn’t. Instead, I grew excited about what I could get accomplished in this vacant time slot. My attention immediately turned to my closet, the space in our home that has been neglected the most lately. When I opened the door, I could barely make my way to the back of it. Clothes hung on other clothes because I reasoned, while in a hurry, that I just didn’t have time to hang them properly. Stacked sweatshirts waited on the floor for a space on a shelf; scarves were crumpled into colorful balls; and mismatched shoes lay on the carpet like limbs blown from a tree. As I looked at my quagmire of possessions, I became more determined than ever to get things in order, to make everything look nice. I even archived some T-shirts from college — yes, that’s actually a thing. After four hours of hanging, folding and throwing away all sorts of items, I had a clean closet. Instead of a place to avoid, it became a place to make a fresh start. It was like my own personal New Year’s Day, ripe with possibility. The next morning I felt energized and even walked into

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my closet a few times just so I could take in the organization of it all. Over the next few days, I wore clothes I hadn’t seen in months as if they were recent purchases. It’s amazing how much a new perspective can invigorate and inspire. The same can be said for CURRENTS, as we have a new owner. MacAdam Smith, a father of three who lives in Huntersville with his wife, Alison, bought our publication this past fall and has exciting plans for it. As you hold this month’s issue, you’ll notice it feels differently. That’s because we’re using a thicker stock for the cover. When I was just starting out in the magazine business, a publisher told me he always checked the “thump” factor when he received a publication. He made this scientific deduction by dropping the magazine on his desk to see

how loudly it thumped. I think he would be impressed with our thump factor this month. Now back to MacAdam. A native of Doylestown, Pennsylvania, MacAdam comes from a family of magazine publishers, as his parents, brother and sister all own magazines. He also owns a few publications up North, but his desire to own a local publication led him to CURRENTS, and we’re thrilled that it did. Adding a new batch of ideas to the mix allows us to improve how we share stories about the fascinating people and places at Lake Norman. In the coming year, you’ll see more changes (all good, I promise) and you’ll still recognize the folks on the masthead, as our staff is just as committed as it’s always been to bringing you a quality publication each month. So as you embark on this holiday season, think about what needs a new perspective in your life and do what’s needed to achieve it. For me, cleaning out my closet allowed me to have a calm space to start my day. Sure, it’s a little thing, but not having to play hopscotch as you reach for a sweater at 6:30 a.m. goes a long way in reducing your stress level. Here’s to a wonderful new year for us all. Happy holidays.

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A World of Gifts

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Megan Blackwell owns The Village Store in Davidson, which celebrations its 50th anniversary this year. Her late in-laws, Taylor and Irene Blackwell, opened the store before I-77 was built.

It’s hard to walk past the sales table at The Village Store in Davidson. If it’s not raining, you’ll find a table of treats sitting in front of the store, marked down and looking for a home. Once you stop at the table, it’s almost impossible not to step inside the store to see what other fun items you might find. This year marks 50 years since the late Taylor and Irene Blackwell opened The Village Store. Before you start thinking about what a no-brainer it is to open a gift store in downtown Davidson, you need to realize what Davidson was like in the 1960s. There was no I-77, Lake Norman had just filled and Davidson College was still an all-male institution. “There was nothing up here,” says Megan Blackwell, the daughter-inlaw of Taylor and Irene and also the store’s current owner. “They had no money, but Taylor was very smart, and he was good with numbers.” Megan says that Taylor’s skills


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coupled with Irene’s creativity made the store a success. The twosome would sell things from their travels, as the tagline for the store used to be “A World of Gifts.” “What Irene loved was the story behind things,” explains Megan. “She loved to display items. One time she bought 12 Curious George dolls and hung them on a vine. …They [Taylor and Irene] were more likely to buy small batches of things.” In addition to the store, Taylor also ran the North Mecklenburg Gazette next door and was one of the founders of the Lake Norman YMCA. The two worked hard to strengthen the community by being involved with various organizations and causes. For example, Irene helped start Christmas in Davidson and Town Day. When Taylor and Irene decided to retire, Megan took

over the store in 1997. She and her husband, Greg, had just moved back to the area from Atlanta, and she was feeling a bit burned out in her marketing career. The time was right for a new generation of Blackwells to run the store. “It was a good fit for us,” says Megan. “This is exactly where I need to be.” As the area has grown, so The Village Store is always full of surprises.


We’re Just Crazy About Anna Balkan Jewelry gs Almost six years ago Jacqueline Bassett of Huntersville purchased a pair of earrings gled designed by artist Anna Balkan. Basset knew of Balkan’s work and had even Googled as her to learn that she was a native of the Chernobyl area in the Ukraine. Balkan has said of her homeland, “I’ve never had any preconceived notions of which colors did olor or did not go together. Because I lived in a world that was so drab, I thought all color was beautiful.” cious That’s obvious when you see Balkan’s colorful designs created with semi-precious gemstones and pearls from around the world. Her pieces certainly connected with ue.’ ” Bassett. “I thought, ‘These are really beautiful,” Bassett recalls. “ ‘These are unique. When Bassett traveled to Georgia, she continued to buy pieces from Balkan’s d of las st Norcross gallery, as Balkan immigrated to the United States in 1992. At the end last ns at year, Bassett decided to open a gallery named Juelerye featuring Balkan’s designs arringgs, The Shoppes at Home Heart & Soul in Cornelius. There you’ll find bracelets, earrings, necklaces and rings from all six of Balkan’s design collections. se You can purchase the Regina necklace by Anna Balkan for $336 and thes these l, peach quartz earrings for $78 at The Shoppes at Home Heart & Soul, photography by Lisa Crates

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has the volume of items in the store, as well as the types of items. You can find Ella B candles and North Carolina pottery, in addition to colorful scarves, fun purses, jewelry, and a variety of home and holiday items. “You can always find something you weren’t expecting,” says Megan, adding that the store now carries

Reach Out This Season and Beyond

There are many ways to help our neighbors in need One of the best ways to feel good is to help someone else, especially someone in need. Below are some easy ways you can help those who need it in our community during the holidays and beyond.

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Lydia’s Loft — The mission of Lydia’s Loft is to provide clothing to those in need. Volunteers are needed to sort and hang in-season clothing, pack off-season clothing, and greet and assist clients. Contact Darlene O’Toole at dotoole. Lydia’s Loft, 203 N. Old Statesville Road, Huntersville, Mooresville Soup Kitchen — The Mooresville Soup Kitchen serves approximately 200 guests each day. The non-profit serves lunch on Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. until noon, and a hot breakfast on Monday from 8-9 a.m. A continental breakfast is provided on other weekday mornings. Volunteers are needed to assist with cooking, food sorting

Novant Health Huntersville Medical Center — Volunteers are needed to take the Art Cart into the Outpatient Infusion area and engage with patients. Pet therapists are always needed. The dog needs to be 2 years old and certified with TDI (Therapy Dogs International). All hospital volunteers must be willing to take a flu shot and commit for six months or 50 hours a year. Contact Peggy Barnette at for more information. Novant Health Huntersville Medical Center, 10030 Gilead Road, Huntersville,


The Village Store 110 S. Main Street Davidson Look for The Village Store on Facebook.

Angels & Sparrows — Angel & Sparrows serves a free nourishing lunch Monday through Friday from 11 a.m.1 p.m. to less fortunate members of the community. Greeters, kitchen helpers and dining room helpers are needed. Volunteers need to be at least 18 years old, able to stand for long periods of time, able to lift up to 20 pounds, agreeable to wearing hair restraints and able to stay and participate for the entire shift (until cleanup is done at approximately 2 p.m.). You are also welcome to donate the following: canned stocks

of all kinds (chicken, beef and vegetable), canned fruits and vegetables, coffee, tea (gallon-size), paper products (dessert plates, soup bowls and paper towels), and freezer bags (gallon and quart). Angels & Sparrows, 514 N. Statesville Road, Huntersville, www.


more apparel items and added a dressing room last year. Some employees have been working at the store for 30 years or more. Anita Blackwell, Megan’s sister-in-law, continues Irene’s legacy of beautiful displays, and oftentimes, you’ll find her daughter, Kate, working in the store as well. Though the area has changed throughout the years, many tenets of The Village Store remain firm. “We focus on keeping a price point that people can feel good about,” explains Megan, “and giftwrapping is huge. That was Irene’s idea, and that can never go away.” — Lori K. Tate, photography by Ben Sherrill

Ada Jenkins Center — Volunteer orientations for Ada Jenkins Center are held the second Wednesday of each month from 9-10:30 a.m. or 5-6 p.m. Volunteer options include group volunteer projects, internships, food pantry, health services-dental, health services-medical, LEARN Works (see page 80), special events, marketing, interpreting/translation, administration, and building and maintenance. Ada Jenkins Center, 212 Gamble Street, Davidson,

and distribution, as well as donation pick-up from grocery stores. Morning and afternoon volunteer opportunities are available. Contact Judith Thomas, volunteer coordinator, at volunteer@ mooresvillesoupkitchen. com for more information. Mooresville Soup Kitchen, 275 S. Broad Street, Mooresville, www.

Our Towns Habitat for Humanity — Our Towns Habitat for Humanity is always looking for people to help build homes in the community. There are construction and nonconstruction positions available. Volunteers are also needed at The ReStores in Cornelius and Mooresville. Our Towns Habitat for Humanity, 20310 N. Main Street, Cornelius, — Compiled by Lori K. Tate

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Beneath The Surface

Lake Norman’s story continues with its people


millhouse windows disappearing. It’s the story of nuclear reactors, coal ash and mercury deposits that make you think twice about frying up that massive catfish you reeled in after sunrise near the Cowan’s Ford Dam. The story of the lake is the story of farmland becoming suburbs, and all the positives and negatives that accompany that change. The stories of success and affluence and dream homes and dairy farmers turned real estate magnates. But it’s also the story of neighborhood NIMBYism and narrow classism and the struggle — and often failure — of local governments to maintain access to public

Lake Norman has been around for 53 years now. That’s almost a lifetime for many, but the blink of an eye in historical terms. Throughout its brief history, the Lake Norman area has experienced tremendous change. That history is full of stories as varied as the 520 miles of the lake’s shore. We’ve spent the last 24 months highlighting just a handful of those stories, but we’ve barely scratched the surface. The story of the lake is the story of a grand vision for an electrified river — of the prosperity that followed the glowing lights on the mill floors and farmhouse windows — and then it’s the story of those

resources and recreation. There’s a more arcane story here, too. It’s a story about the challenges of regional government. It’s about the tangled web of municipalities, state and federal agencies and a major public utility, all with competing values, missions and responsibilities. It’s a story of frustrated residents who just want to know where they can report an oil leak or who to talk to for a dock permit. More than anything, though, the story of Lake Norman is the story of people. Starting with the Catawba Indians who made their home along the banks of the river and the settlers that followed.

It’s the story of James B. Duke and Bill Lee’s drive to drag the sleepy farms into the twentieth century. And the story of Carl Blades’ “delicate work” convincing those farmers to leave the only way of life they knew. It’s the story of countless developers and business people who saw dollar signs in the fields and forest along the lake’s jagged shore. And it’s the story of fishermen and office workers who just wanted a slice of that shore to call their own. And it’s the people – native and newcomer alike – who will shape the region’s future. Chuck McShane is director of research at the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce and the author of A History of Lake Norman: Fish Camps to Ferraris. He can be reached at chuckmcshane@gmail. com. On Twitter: @chuckmcshane



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A seasoned preschool operations professional, Serdinsky designed preschools and regularly traveled to help open her schools. When a summer 2015 opening took her to Florida, her husband joined her for the road trip that would end up changing their direction. “That’s a lot of time in the car to talk,” says Serdinsky, 38, of Cornelius. The couple had long dreamed of one day owning a business and, on that car ride, they discovered a strong desire to make that wish a reality. Moreover, that long car ride gave them the time to really talk about how to do it. “We said, ‘We can talk about this for the next 10 years and not do anything or we can take the next step,’ ” recalls Serdinsky. “We made the commitment to no longer talk about owning a business and to take action on living our dream.” Back home, they hired a franchise consultant and started doing their homework on what type of business would make sense for them, with a sensitivity to what was a good fit for Serdinsky, as she would be the one making the professional transition to run the business. “Having come from an educational background, I wanted to do something that I was proud of and that would help others,” explains Serdinsky. “We did our research on the different possibilities, and we had lots of different phone interviews and meetings.”

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When they learned about Massage Heights, a membership model massage company with a resort-like setting that also offers skincare services, they felt compelled by the family-focused ownership. A late October 2015 trip to Massage Heights’ headquarters convinced them it was the right fit, and Serdinsky left her preschool operations role at the end of the year to begin concentrating her efforts on building their new business. “This was something different for me; something for me to have more flexibility and

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Cagle says that when he first arrived in Charlotte to start his new job, he asked his co-workers for advice on where to live. “Several people suggested the Lake Norman area,” remembers Cagle. “In fact, several members of the airport executive staff

live in Huntersville.” After renting an apartment at Birkdale Village for a while, Cagle, his wife, and their son, Thomas (now 12), bought a home in Huntersville along a golf course. “We love it here,” Cagle says. “You can’t beat the quality of life.”

Huntersville resident Brent Cagle is the aviation director of Charlotte Douglas International Airport. He’s responsible for the experience of approximately 120,000 passengers daily.

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Most mornings 8:30 usually involve a.m. back-to-back meetings with members of Cagle’s executive team. Meetings cover status updates and briefings, human resource issues, airport events, and any passenger issues. Cagle also meets regularly with other city departments to provide updates. “We make sure that operationally we’re ready,” says Cagle. Cagle almost always has a working lunch. “I never say, ‘Okay, it’s noon, I’m going to a restaurant for lunch, and I’ll be back in an hour.’ It just doesn’t happen.” Meetings include speaking engagements and conferences with various community and business groups and professional organizations. “It’s all about getting our message out and talking about the wonderful community and business asset the airport is.” The

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Prepares for upcoming Charlotte City Council meetings.

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Andrew Durstewitz can remember a time when D9 Brewery was nothing more than two fermentation tanks, grain, hops and an overflowing barrel of hope all housed together in a 1,200-square-foot Cornelius garage space. Along with co-founders Aaron Burton and John Ashcraft, the trio simply hoped to introduce to the community a new label of craft beer that reflected their dedication and enthusiasm for high quality brewing that leaned toward eccentric. Think lesser-known IPAs with a tropical lean, or sours brewed with a detailed focus on tradition, or a core of eccentric ales and you’ll be on the right track. Being strong community citizens with a focus on community building, the threesome also hold the environment and the arts as a priority. If you visit D9’s new 12,000-square-foot production facility, you’ll see that their plan is working. When you have grown from brewing 49 barrels in 2014 to now more than 3,000 in 2016, using more than 7,000 pounds of grain per week, you need the space. Under the same newly expanded roof as their 12-tank brewing room is a new computerized bottling line, 500-barrel cold room, full microbiology lab and small bath brewing room, is a taproom designed and engineered to give the consumer a total tasting experience. “When you come into the brewery, we want you to have the total craft experience. You’ll see the earth tones and harsher surfaces, and you’ll see and hear the facility in operation,” Durstewitz explains. “In planning

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It does that in a number of ways. First, the types of wines match the types of dishes on Kindred’s menu. That’s not to say that each dish has a particular wine that goes with it. No, there’s a common theme shared by both food and wine —understated excellence. The best possible sourcing of ingredients is key to the restaurant’s dishes, and that goal carries through to wine. Kindred emphasizes quality and value in its wines. It has a network of small volume producers who put their heart, soul and philosophy into a bottle rather than going for flashy marketing. Guests get to fill their glasses with liquid poetry rather than commercial hype. I like that. Then there’s the “feel” of the wine list. The basis behind Kindred restaurant is to provide guests a welcoming and comfortable experience — as well as great dining, of

course. That flows seamlessly to the wine list. Diners may not know specific wines on the list, but they will be familiar with the types of wines, familiar enough to expand their horizons by exploring. Again, that doesn’t just happen. It’s the skill and experience of Katy Kindred that puts it all in place. (One more thing about the feel of the wine list. I’ve come across many a wine list that’s all about showing off with some obscure wines that demonstrate how erudite the proprietors are. Not so at Kindred, it’s all about that value and comfort idea.) There’s a lot of effort and skill that goes into creating a wine experience like this. We have Katy to thank for that. She is a certified sommelier and has spent years honing her talents in fine dining establishments in Chicago and San Francisco. All of that she puts to work in Davidson. Nice. One rainy Saturday my wife, Mary Ellen, and I enjoyed a languid lunch at the restaurant. The nasty weather

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constantly changes. Kindred’s sourcing philosophy means that dishes feature seasonal ingredients. So, naturally, wines on the list change to reflect that. The list is revamped four times a year but gets tweaked weekly to keep it up to date. A simple thing but it addresses a pet peeve of mine; ordering wine from a list and then being told that it’s not available. I’m a firm believer in languid lunches, and I really enjoy curling up with a good wine list. That rainy, end-of-summer afternoon truly hit the spot. Kindred 131 N. Main Street Davidson


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A holiday meal for Europeans is not complete without a Yuletide Log or “Buche de Noel” (posh version) made traditionally of sponge cake in the shape of a log with buttercream frosting to resemble bark. The tradition dates back from the medieval era when Europeans would gather to burn logs to welcome the winter solstice and to cleanse the air of the previous year’s events. The ashes were said to be valuable and to bring medicinal benefits and guard against evil. Over the years, hearths became smaller and impractical for huge log burnings, but they were the perfect size for baking cakes, hence the birth of the Yuletide Log. My version made of “marshmallowy” crisped clouds of meringue wrapped around silky smooth chocolate yogurt filling with the every now and then crunch of peppermint makes this yuletide log a frenzy for your taste buds and a delight for digestion. What could be more perfect? Happy holidays and happy cooking to all. May peace be your gift this holiday and your blessing all year through!

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Performance Passion Terilynne Knox celebrates the holidays with dance

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f you walk past Terilynne Knox’s office in August, you’ll most likely hear Christmas music. It’s not that she’s trying to rush the holiday season; it’s just that she has to begin planning Dance Davidson’s winter show that far in advance. Knox, owner and director of Dance Davidson in downtown Davidson, opened her studio 34 years ago. She’s been producing a winter show for the past 24 years with the exception of 1998 when she was pregnant with her oldest son, Joseph. “We still did the Singing Christmas Tree in Charlotte that year,” remembers Knox, who gave birth to her son the next day. “We do the [winter] show to give the students a performing experience. I think it’s really important.”

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Up until four years ago, Dance Davidson performed The Nutcracker every December. “We decided we needed to change it up,” explains Knox. “We did Radio City Music Hall, then Christmas Spectacular, Babes in Toyland and then Nutcracker again last year.” This year’s show is called Holiday Wishes and features approximately 350 dancers ages 6 through 18. Knox says it will be a review of ballet, tap, jazz, modern and contemporary performances. “The first thing we do is we have to make up the show. We have to decide which classes are going to be in them [the numbers],” explains Knox, sitting in Owner and director of Dance Davidson, Terilynne Knox begins planning the company's winter show in August. This winter's performance is scheduled for December 18. The show is called Holiday Wishes.

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front of two large computer monitors in her office. “This year I actually did it backwards, and I put the classes in order before I even chose the song or the type of dance because it’s such a nightmare trying to get the dances in order where kids have time to change clothes.” Knox says that the younger dancers don’t have many costume changes but that the older girls, especially company dancers, can be in up to 15 numbers and have just as many costume changes. Along with nine teachers/ choreographers and an office manager, approximately 80 to 100 volunteers, typically parents, help with the show’s two performances.

Getting it right

Photography by Chad Macy Photography

The proscenium theatre in the Knobloch Campus Center offers a state-of-the-art performance experience for dancers as well as audience members. “It’s a very special spot [the Duke],” says Knox. “It holds close to 700 with standing room. It usually sells out.” For Knox, who grew up dancing with Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and later danced professionally with Bristol Ballet and Roanoke Ballet Theatre (both in Virginia), the experience of creating the show is priceless. “I love picking the music,” says Knox. “That takes weeks because I might find a song that I think will work, but I feel obligated, say if it’s Jingle Bells, I feel obligated to listen to all of the Jingle Bells versions that I can find from beginning to end and then try to narrow it down from there.” Knox says that the audience, especially dads

and brothers, tend to appreciate the shows more if the music is interesting and not what you would hear at a typical classical ballet. Another part of the process she enjoys is rehearsing. Although she doesn’t do a lot of the choreography anymore, she loves cleaning up the numbers during rehearsals. “That’s probably what I’m best at is nitpicking and just doing it over and over and over until it gets right,” she says. “We just really push technique, which is important, but I also want the dancers to have that performing opportunity after all of that hard work.”

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The first winter show was held in Love Auditorium in the Chambers Building at Davidson College. “That stage was like a dinosaur,” remembers Knox. “We didn’t have union members working, and so we had the dads opening the curtain and doing the lights, and the curtain would fall down. …We’ve come a long way.” A long way indeed, as Dance Davidson’s winter and spring shows are now held at Duke Family Performance Hall at Davidson College.

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and things were very different. Like families used to do with radio, we all sat around together and watched. It was all new.” Holiday programming, I learned, holds an extra PLUS, WHY BUMBLES BOUNCE AND special place in his heart. THE LURE OF HOLIDAY PROGRAMMING “Back in those days, we only got one or two Christmas shows by Mike Savicki a season, and you either caught it at the right time or you missed it,” he remembers. “There was no recording or streaming, and for us, if we wanted to watch, we had to have our homework done and get ppermission to stay up late. I’ll always rremember how television played a role in shaping our holidays.” Paul tells me that Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, first released in black and white in 1964, made the biggest impression on him as a kid. It view, I have to admit I shuddered IF YOU ARE A FAN OF ANIMATION ATION v ew, h vi set the bar high for other programs. wondering if my tendency toward AND LOOK FORWARD TO THAT TIME In fact, with all due respect to other holiday evil was something that OF YEAR WHEN THE ABOMINABLE might need a psychological diagnosis classics he describes like White SNOWMAN, HEAT MISER, Christmas and It’s a Wonderful Life, or, perhaps, might be a trait I’m FREEZE MISER, THE GRINCH AND and admitting he played Charlie subconsciously passing along to BURGERMEISTER MEISTERBURGER Brown in his church’s production our 4-year-old daughter. I can take REAPPEAR ON OUR SCREENS, of A Charlie Brown Christmas ruining another Christmas for my THEN THIS IS A COLUMN I HOPE sometime after 1965, it wasn’t until family and me, I just don’t want to YOU’LL FIND WORTH READING. A Christmas Story was released in ruin Christmas for the readers, too. If you are more of a fan of real life 1983 that his emotions and feelings To get a more fair and balanced holiday villains Scut Farcus, Scrooge, explanation of holiday programming, were stirred to the same level again. Marv and Henry, and even the “As much as Rudolph affected Bumpus’ dogs then please continue and to help me better understand me, I’ll tell you what, the first time I my Scrooge-like leaning, I decided reading, too. But before you go saw A Christmas Story, it had a huge to call WBTV’s Paul Cameron, on, look in the mirror and admit impact on me and my family, and it a longtime that you, like me, are just twisted has become our show,” he explains. enough to root for evil at Christmas Lake Norman “I laugh when they even mention resident, for even though, year after year, the Bumpus’ dogs and just love help. For these characters succumb to the how excited the family gets when more than 35 magical forces of good in the end. the father’s ‘major award’ arrives.” Cue Rudolph, Hermie, the Misfit years, Paul has And, yes, for the record, Paul once appeared on Toys, Yukon Cornelius, Cindy Lou had a Red Ryder, carbine action, our television Paul Cameron Who, Ignatius Thistlewhite, Frosty, 200-shot range model air rifle. No, he screens, Ralphie and that cute Home Alone told me, he didn’t shoot his eye out. tasked with sharing the best and character, Kevin McCallister. Sure, Before asking him to diagnose worst sorts of stories with viewers they might all win out in the end, my evil leaning, we talk about the all year long. I was right when I but what guy doesn’t like a good unique power of how television, scare, stocking full of coal, sleigh full hoped Paul might have answers. especially at the holidays, can bring “You might say I go back to of stolen holiday gifts or city with no us together like almost nothing else. the dark ages of television,” Paul toys allowed? Bah humbug, I say. “The holidays are an emotional begins when I ask what role So, this year, when I was asked time of the year, and that’s what television played in his early life. to write about televised holiday television does best, it brings “It was the late ‘50s and early ‘60s, programs from a guy’s point of

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emotions to the screen. It emotes feelings like nothing else can, at a high level already because of the holidays,” he says, “and these classics harken back to a simpler time in our childhood that we miss. There’s not the hustle and bustle like today. We see the images of young kids waking to look out the window and see snow on the ground on Christmas morning, and we have all received that horrible present like a pink bunny costume from an aunt. “The timeless stories, like the timeless Christmas songs, were always there,” he adds, “but it wasn’t until we saw them on television that they became real. When we first saw them, and when we see them even today, they give us that great feeling of Christmas.” With nostalgia and a jolly Christmas spirit dominating the conversation, I figure I’d go all Scrooge and see if he had an answer to why I root for evil at Christmas. I ask him why writers introduce characters like The Abominable Snowman into shows that might otherwise be more positive and uplifting. I then ask if my evil holiday soul might be destined to live on its own island of misfit souls. “Scary characters exist in these shows to reinforce the point that good wins out in the end, a lesson at Christmas, and as parents that’s the lesson we need to teach our kids,” he offers. “Point out the conflict, let the kids experience it and reinforce that things work out in the end.” So that’s why Yukon Cornelius tames The Abominable Snowman with the help of an elf turned dentist, and we learn that bumbles bounce. Ralphie doesn’t shoot his eye out. And who would have known that all it would take to transform Burgermeister Meisterburger from evil to good would be a toy yo-yo? There is good at Christmas, that’s for sure, and this year, with a nod to television classics, I’m ready to experience it again. Differently.

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Matt Mondek has fun while competing at the Lake Norman New Year's Day Barefoot Tournament.

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and Spin and Flip and Bounce



Barefoot water skiers will again hit the lake to welcome the New Year in one of the nation’s oldest and most unique tournaments by Mike Savicki

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Blair hops into the icy cold water on New Year's Day.

Photography by Allison Blair

Photography by William Anthony Photography

The Blairs weren’t so successful at first and,


Getting his footing

in the waterski world, having difficulty and not being successful translates to experiencing the perils and pains of repeated failed attempts at starting, falling at full speed, getting dragged, and, most inconveniently, downing gallons of lake water while tumbling and flailing at speeds often in excess of 40 mph before slowing to a stop. It wasn’t until Jeff attended a barefoot camp in Florida that he learned how to do it. He was 12 when he became a confident “footer.” Around the same time Jeff was learning to stand, flip, turn and roll on the water without the aid of skis on a ski lake in Florida, a lake neighbor named Terry Cody was growing from his Denver home what would become an annual barefoot ski competition on Lake Norman. The tournament now draws competitors from juniors to those in their 70s who travel from as far away as Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Ohio and New Jersey. Held on a circular course visible to spectators at Lake Norman Marina, the tournament’s format


Jeff Blair, who learned to waterski shortly after he learned to walk, performs a tumble turn.


eff Blair grew up on the water. And by on the water, he learned to waterski shortly after he learned to walk and felt equally comfortable standing on both solid and liquid surfaces for as long as he can remember. Credit his parents, his mom from Lincolnton and his dad from Charlotte, for introducing him to the sport. Lake Norman was their centrally located lake for weekend learning. At first, it was the basics — slalom, trick and jump — for Jeff until that one day he and his family first saw a skier drop not one, but both skis and barefoot behind the boat. It was something new, cool and different, and it was something the family just had to try themselves. “My dad saw someone step off a ski and barefoot, and we all thought that was the coolest thing possible,” Jeff, a 40-year-old who lives in Mooresville, explains, “so we stopped him, asked for some tips, watched him, then tried it ourselves.”

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Going the distance Beginning in his college years, Jeff made a name for himself as a skier. He worked on the

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demonstration team at Sea World and began competing in barefoot nationals. He still regularly performs exhibitions (including a jaw-dropping impromptu on a recent Caribbean vacation that left resort staff in amazement, awe and disbelief), but now limits his competitions to the Lake Norman Barefoot Tournament. And if you are wondering about his skill set, Jeff typically begins his run with a flying back deep start, meaning he jumps off the dock, lands on his face and chest (facing backwards, the boat dragging him the entire time). Then he slowly rises to his feet, still backwards, before performing some backwards one-footer tricks and spinning around, usually on his back. As one of the few barefoot endurance events in the country, competitors receive points in the open, men, women and junior divisions based on the degree of difficulty of their starting method, any tricks they perform and one point for every second they remain on

Photography by Allison Blair



is as challenging as it is unique. Combining barefoot starts with tricks and endurance skills in one single run, the tournament gained notoriety and attention for its uniqueness and for its scheduling. The Lake Norman Barefoot Tournament is held the first weekend of the year—regardless of the weather. “Right when I started barefooting we entered the tournament,” Jeff recalls. “We were drawn to it for the same reasons we were drawn to skiing; it’s a great sport for families to do together and the people who do it all share the same sort of love and camaraderie. And doing it on New Year’s makes it that much more special. Yes, there was once a year we had to scrape ice off the boat ramp.” And through the years, as the tournament continued, Jeff almost always competed, at first with his parents and sister, and now, with two of his three boys, Will, 12, and Wesley, 10. His youngest, Walker, 4, is already skiing thanks to Jeff and his wife Allison’s guidance. A family RV covers the miles between North Carolina and Florida so the Blairs can train, compete and enjoy the sport all year long. “Yes, waterskiing is a family sport,” Jeff explains. “As newlyweds, we put car seats in the boat for Will and Wesley, so they have been in the boat their whole lives. In the summer, they live in board shorts and ski all the time. That’s our favorite thing to do.”

Photography courtesy of Jeff and Allison Blair

The Blair family, from left, Wesley, Allison, Walker, Will and Jeff. Right, competing in barefoot tournaments is a family affair for the Blairs. They travel in a family RV to train and compete all year long.

their feet. Some skiers will stay on the water for almost 10 minutes, choosing endurance over tricks to earn maximum points, while Jeff will combine tricks with a shortened time. Jeff is the course record holder. So if you waterski or wakeboard and are thinking barefooting might be something cool to try, Jeff offers a few words of advice. “Barefooting is a hot dog, show-off-to-yourfriends, as-cool-a-sport-as-there-is thing, but it isn’t easy to learn,” he says. “Take a lesson from a good instructor, then get in shape. If your feet aren’t in shape, your feet will start burning and so will your body. You are using a lot of muscles you don’t typically use, and you’ll feel it in your legs, back and arms almost immediately. “But the sport, and the tournament, is all about the tradition, the time of year and the weather,” he adds. “And it’s about who can go the farthest.”

THE 39TH ANNUAL LAKE NORMAN NEW YEAR’S DAY BAREFOOT TOURNAMENT The 39th Annual Lake Norman New Year’s Day Barefoot Tournament is Saturday, January 1, 2017 at noon at Lake Norman Marina, 6965 NC Hwy 150 East, Sherrill’s Ford. For more information, contact John Gillette at The event is organized by the Carolina Show Ski Team, and the tournament is partnering with Samaritan’s Feet to help raise funds and awareness for the 1.5 billion people who are infested with diseases that are transmitted through contaminated soil.

Photography courtesy of John Gillette

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Pets and the Holidays

The Truth About Cats and Dogs We asked veterinarians throughout the Lake Norman area how to protect our furry friends during the excitement of the holidays. Here’s their advice produced by Lori K. Tate

Dr. Tom Hemstreet & Dr. Donna Warren

food, treats and medications to make it easier for the kennel employees and safer for your pet. Boarding pets can also be very stressful for your pet.



What should pet owners be most concerned about regarding their furry friends during the holidays? You should be concerned about danger due to new holiday decorations that are easily ingested by pets and lots of new stress due to changes in routine, travel and guests. You should also think about lack of attention and exercise for the pet due to busy holiday schedules. New and different foods that can be poisonous, dangerous, cause vomiting, internal bleeding, diarrhea and more.

Are there certain plants that are more frequent during the holidays that we should be concerned about? Definitely! Amaryllis, poinsettia, mistletoe and holly plants are all extremely toxic for animals. Water in the Christmas tree basin is also toxic because of the sap that leaches into the water. What should you consider when boarding your pet for the holidays? Remember that kennels will be busier and will book up much earlier. Make sure to book ahead. Also, prepackage your pet’s

What should you consider when selecting a pet sitter for the holidays? Always look for bonded pet sitters and check references and make sure they are able to administer medications if necessary. Look for sitters who are trained in pet CPR and pet first aid. Having pet sitters in the home can also be very stressful for your pet. If your pet is nervous around strangers, is there a way to prepare them for holiday guests? There are definitely things that can help with holiday stress due to new humans in the house. Make sure to have an area where pets can retreat to feel safe and get away from visitors if they get nervous. Are their other important things to consider in keeping pets safe during the holiday season? Use caution regarding new electrical cords, holiday decorations and new Christmas


Photography courtesy of Dr. Dick Hay

Photography courtesy of Lakecross Veterinary

Dr. Dick Hay


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toys. They can all be easily chewed and/or ingested, causing illness, internal damage or death for your pet.

What should pet owners be most concerned about regarding their furry friends during the holidays? Holidays are very stressful for everyone, and pets are very adept at picking up on stress in those around them. So, trying to minimize household stress will make everyone feel better. Pets are also creatures of habit, and they do not like change. Keeping your daily routines as close to your non-holiday schedule

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to being cut, and some of our pets will have allergic reactions (skin irritation or breathing problems/coughing/asthma) due to the treated trees. Greenery cut for display is usually an irritant if eaten, so these displays should be kept out of our pets’ reach. This is true of wreaths as well. What should you consider when boarding your pet for the holidays? Boarding is stressful on most pets, and stress causes the immune system that fights disease to weaken. So, your pet should be current on all of its vaccines so that it is not susceptible to a disease being carried by another pet. Also, you want your pet properly vaccinated so that it does not act as a reservoir and carry disease to other boarding pets. What should you consider when selecting a pet sitter

for the holidays? I really like the idea of your pet being able to stay at home with someone coming in to check on them. This is much less stressful for the pets and the owners, unless the pets are very social and need a lot of attention. As for the pet sitter, they need to be responsible — checking to make sure that the pets are eating well and using the bathroom normally. They also need to make sure the pets have plenty of fresh water and provide the pets with enough attention to keep them content. The amount of time and attention (and number of visits) will vary with the age, breed and personality of the pet. For cats, we can often be okay with one visit a day, but for dogs I like at least two visits daily. Some dogs will require three or more visits, especially younger dogs.

If your pet is nervous around strangers, is there a way to prepare them for holiday guests? Mildly anxious pets can often be bribed with food treats. If you give treats to visitors and have them give them to the pet, the pet begins to associate good things (treat rewards) with meeting new people. Over time, this allows them to be less nervous around strangers. However, some pets are very shy or reserved and cannot be trained out of their fear of strangers. With these pets you should provide them with a “safe harbor,” i.e., an area that they can retreat to that is calm, quiet and away from the action. And for those pets that are severely affected, owners should consult with their veterinarian about whether there are medications that would be appropriate for their pet to take in order to make them less anxious when visitors are around.


will help decrease stress. Another thing that is common around the holidays is that we tend to overeat. With all of the extra food around, it is not surprising that our pets get extra treats as well. Often these treats are high in fat and sodium and cause gastrointestinal upset (decreased appetite, vomiting and/or loose stools). Keeping a routine schedule and feeding our pets their regular food is the best way to go. Are there certain plants that are more frequent during the holidays that we should be concerned about? You read about poinsettias being toxic all of the time. They will cause irritation of the intestinal tract, but they are not life threatening. Easter lilies are toxic to cats, but this is not the time of year we typically see them. Some Christmas trees are sprayed prior


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Pets and the Holidays

Dr. Nicole Peterson Sheehan & Dr. Carrie Uehlein THE VETERINARY

Photography courtesy of The Veterinary Hospital of Davidson



What should pet owners be most concerned about regarding their furry friends during the holidays? During the holidays we see a rise in problems regarding what our pets are ingesting. There may be more unusual foods around the house or parties where our pets can consume foods they normally would not. This can lead to upset tummies, sometimes severe

in nature. There may also be things like toys and wrapping paper around, which can cause obstructions at times in pets that swallow them. Are there certain plants that are more frequent during the holidays that we should be concerned about? The classic plant to think about is a poinsettia, although most pets would just have a mild upset stomach with ingestion. What should you consider when boarding your pet for the holidays? We have several fantastic boarding facilities in the area to accommodate your pets’ needs. Some are best at having a fun playtime to make sure your pet is well exercised while you are gone, while others are best at making sure your older, injured or more reclusive pet is happy and safe without


playtime. Just make sure you book your reservation early. Most boarding facilities book up quickly for the holidays. What should you consider when selecting a pet sitter for the holidays? Having a pet sitter come to the home is a great option for some pets, especially those who may be older, anxious outside the home or for dogs who do not need playtime with other dogs. It can also be more economical for those with multiple pets in the home. There are a lot of differences in pet sitters. Some stay the night in your home, while others come and go a few times a day. Just make sure you are on the same page with them. The best pet sitter is one who understands and wants to closely follow your instructions for your pets.

If your pet is nervous around strangers, is there a way to prepare them for holiday guests? First of all, remember to set your pet up for success. Some pets are not comfortable around strangers or crowds. For these animals, it can be best to keep them in a quiet room or a familiar kennel while guests are visiting. If you have a pet that is just a little nervous and needs some warming up to guests, consider having each guest give a little favorite treat to your pet while coming into your home. This is a great way to associate something a little scary with something very positive. Always remember to have your guests respect the boundaries of your pets. Make sure they have a safe, private place to rest while guests are present.


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over to Betsy beside me in bed and whispered, “Let’s get up and see,” but as I rolled over, Amanda’s eyes met mine at the edge of the mattress. Then she said it, “Where is baby Jesus?” What? We had carrots and cookies and milk, which Amanda had seen, but she had heard her father talk about the birth of a child. Before I could answer, she simply asked, “Is he up at the church?” So Amanda, what shall I do this Christmas as I find myself removed from sharing the story after all these years? I shall allow myself to be found by a child; yours and the one who you longed to discover years ago and who gave me a story to tell for so long.


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by Jody Seymour photography by Brant Waldeck


or 45 years Christmas found me. I retired to tell almost every Christmas Eve. We this year from my role as a United were serving a small rural church, and Methodist pastor, so what will I do this Amanda had listened to her father tell the Christmas? Looks like for the first time in a people on Christmas Eve that “tomorrow long time I will have to find out what Christmas we would celebrate the birth of Jesus.” is like without “helping make it happen.” She had witnessed a Christmas pageant Our youngest daughter, Amanda, who with shepherds in bathrobes, wisemen is a member at Davidson United Methodist carrying tin foil gifts and a smiling young Church, where I was Senior Pastor for the past girl holding a baby doll. And then, as 13 years, said to me a few months before I was the custom at that church, everyone retired: “Dad, what will you do next Christmas adjourned to the fellowship hall to await the Eve?” She knows how special Christmas arrival of none other than Santa Claus. Eve is not only for me but for our family. I appealed to my folks not to conflate Amanda and her dear husband, the baby and the red coat wonder, but accompanied by his family, would join my family alas, it was a losing cause. I was swimming for the 7 p.m. Christmas Eve service, and then upstream, and after all, our family would join I would meet all of them at her house for some in the tradition later that night by having refreshment before I left to go back for the 11 carrots for Rudolph, as well as cookies and p.m. service. You might say I earned my keep on milk for Santa Claus beside the tree. Christmas Eve because there are five services, Betsy and I were anxious to see Amanda’s but I loved it. I like to be that kind of busy. reaction for this was her I love seeing the many faces reflecting the first Christmas to be light of the Christ Child as Silent Night is played fully aware of her and candles are lit. As the final verse is sung, surroundings. Early everyone lifts his or her candles. It is magical. Christmas morning I So what will I do to find Christmas this heard her footsteps year? My answer to Amanda came quickly for as her footy she had announced a month earlier that she pajamas crossed would give us our first grandchild. The “due the linoleum floor date” is December 17. “Well, Amanda,” I said, of the kitchen. I “I might just be having a private candlelight reached service at your house next Christmas Eve. What do you think?” Both our daughters are older, and we sort of gave up the idea of grandchildren, so this Christmas surprise will sure help me make a transition. At Christmas a child will “find me.” How appropriate that for so many years I helped people find a special child and now I shall be found not only by the one whose message I proclaimed for so many years but also by a child of love that shall come to our family. Jody Seymour with Amanda was the one his daughter, Amanda who as a 2-year-old gave us Chaney, who is expecting this month. a Christmas story that I used

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Frank Schuster and Gary Skaggs of Seasons At The Lake in Davidson plumped up the tree and mantel in the den by adding berries and extra stems.


hree years ago we ran a photo feature of Bob Conder’s Cornelius lakeside home. For the past six years, he’s hired Frank Schuster and Gary Skaggs of Seasons At The Lake in Davidson to deck every hall of his house. While we thought Schuster and Skaggs couldn’t top the holiday décor they originally shared with us, they invited us back to see how they spruced up the decorations for Christmas 2016. Hopefully some of their tricks will help you put some more merry into your holiday.

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To understand why someone would go to such great lengths to decorate a vacation home for the holidays, you need to understand Bob Conder. At 86, he walks through his house wearing a constant smile because as he says, “I love life, and I love people, and I love to have fun.” A widower who retired last year, Conder is all about having a good time and living in the moment. He purchased his lake home six years ago, as he also has a home in Charlotte and at Myrtle Beach. “I entertain like crazy, from family to business associates,” says Conder, rattling off the list of dates for his upcoming holiday parties. His neighborhood party attracts as many as 80. “If you can’t do it right, don’t do it.” Schuster and Skaggs definitely know how to do it right, as it took five days to decorate Conder’s home. With four trees coupled with elegant Continued on page 68

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Eighty-six-year-old Bob Conder loves to entertain during the holiday season at his vacation home on Lake Norman, and his decorations reflect that. Bottom right, Conder requested a tree be put in the guest bedroom of his home this year.

Continued from page 65



interior and exterior details, Conder’s house feels like a warm, holiday respite, complete with logs burning in the fireplace. For the tree and mantel in the den, Skaggs plumped up both areas by adding more stems and berries. He then carried the idea to the foyer’s stairwell, where an 18-inch pre-lit garland filled with cherry berries and embroidered ribbon greets guests. Conder often has overnight guests, so this year he requested that Schuster and Skaggs decorate a tree for the guest bedroom. Throughout the tree you’ll find three types of ribbon, crystals, a variety of angels, pine branches and sprigs of juniper. “We played off of the grays, taupes and blues of the room,” explains Skaggs, who has been in the holiday decorating business since 1981. “This tree was more décor driven than theme driven. When you have more than one tree in your home, that gives you the opportunity to do things like this.”

Glammed out The tree in the basement is always more whimsical, and this year is no exception. “Bob likes to give away ornaments from this tree,” explains Skaggs, pointing to Mr. and Mrs. Snowman, new residents of the tree. “We added some ice crystals, as well as pine branches.” If you’re looking to change a tree you already have, Skaggs recommends replacing the ribbon or adding a new pattern Continued on page 71

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Schuster and Skaggs took inspiration from the grand piano and replaced the holiday fairy and angel theme with a music theme, complete with keyboard ribbon and violins.

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of ribbon. You can also introduce a new color of ornament to the mix for a whole new look. “You can take a larger, iconic piece that you already have and put it in the tree,” he says. “Maybe you have a snowman that always sits on the mantel. This year you could put it in your tree.” The tree in the main living room is a perfect example of how to change a theme easily. Previously, the tree had more of a fairy and angel theme. However, for many of his parties, Conder hires a pianist to play his grand piano, which happens to reside in the main living room. With that in mind, Skaggs ran with a music theme for the mantel and the tree. Now, keyboard ribbon fans throughout the tree, while violins punctuate the mantel. Skaggs layered the music theme with gold tones to give it a rich and elegant feeling. “We really glammed it up this year,” says Skaggs. The formal dining area opens to the main living room and features a Santa hanging on the chain of the chandelier — the perfect spot for him to spy on who’s naughty or nice. For Conder, the decorations give him more pleasure than he can express. “I just like to see people’s eyes light up when they come in,” he says. “It makes me feel like I’ve done something halfway right.” We first wrote about Bob Conder’s holiday decorations in the December 2013 issue of CURRENTS, page 30. To see the article, visit our website at

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a month of things to do at the Lake Date Night CHILDREN Cocoa with Santa (December 2) At this popular annual event, preschoolers will enjoy great photo opportunities with Santa, holiday arts & crafts and cookies and cocoa. Don’t forget to bring your camera or phone to take pictures/ 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Cornelius Arts Center, 19725 Oak Street, Cornelius, The 8th Annual Holiday Children’s Party (December 4) Join in the fun and don’t forget to dress to impress because Santa and Rudolph will be there to take complimentary photos. Brought to you by the Town of Mooresville. 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Free. The Charles Mack Citizen Center, 215 N. Main Street, www.



Private Visits With Santa (December 10) Enjoy a one-of-a-kind experience as you and your family have a private visit with Santa inside of a 200-year-old log cabin. Sit and visit with Santa, take pictures with him, and just maybe you’ll receive an early Christmas gift straight from the North Pole. Visits are open to families to enjoy together and are only available for families with one or more paying child. After hanging out with Santa enjoy a stroll around the plantation grounds while sipping a cup of hot coco, visit the Latta farm animals, watch a Christmas video in the Exhibit Hall and shop in the Merchants Wagon gift shop. 3-7 p.m. $10 per child, adults over 18 are free. Historic Latta Plantation, 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville,

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Baptist Church, Huntersville; Saturday, December 10, 3 p.m., Community in Christ Lutheran Church, Cornelius; Monday, December 12, 7:30 p.m., Huntersville United Methodist Church. Free. Annie Moses Christmas Show (December 3) Annie Wolaver Dupre is a violinist and vocalist, wife and mother. At the inspiration of her mother, Annie began violin lessons the week before her fifth birthday. At the age of 13 she made her debut as soloist with a professional orchestra and at 15 was accepted as a scholarship student to the pre-college division of the Juilliard School where she was a featured chamber musician and concert mistress of the Juilliard Pre-college Orchestra. In 2001 Annie was accepted as a scholarship student to the collegiate division of the Juilliard School. Performing Arts Live of Iredell, Mac Gray Auditorium, 474 North Center Street, Statesville, Celtic Guitar Christmas (December 4) The music of Christmas, perfectly suited to the ageless tones of the acoustic guitar, comes to life in

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Steve Baughman and Robin Bullock’s Celtic Guitar Christmas concert. Drawing from their bestselling holiday recordings, two of North America’s leading Celtic guitarists join forces to create a uniquely beautiful sonic experience. 7 p.m. $15, $10 seniors/ students. St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, 164 Fairview Road, Mooresville, Christmas Vespers (December 4) Join the Davidson community for the annual Lessons & Carols Christmas Vespers service featuring music from the Davidson College Chorale and Davidson Singers, as well as Carolina Brass. 7:30 p.m. Free. Davidson College Presbyterian Church, Messiah Sing-Along (December 6) All are invited to join the Davidson College Choirs in their one-night-only sing through of the Christmas portion (plus a few extras) of Handel’s Messiah. Joined by an orchestral chamber ensemble, student soloists and guests will enjoy this evening of jubilant choral revelry. Bring your own score. The college will have a few to share. 7 p.m. Free. Duke Family

Me Time Performance Hall, A Nutty Crackin’ Christmas (December 8-10) The East Lincoln Community Chorus performs a story about miscommunication regarding seeing The Nutcracker. The show features music, hand bells, comedy and much more. Thursday and Friday 7:30 p.m.; Saturday 2 p.m. Free. Denver United Methodist Church, 3910 Highway 16 N, Denver. Carillon Christmas Carol Concert (December 10) The Carolers of Christmas Past perform as monetary donations are collected for Stocks for Tots. Stocks for Tots was created as a way to bring together stock car racing and its fans to collect toys and raise money during a festive, family-oriented holiday event. RSVP at 704.550.3369. 2:30-4:30 p.m. (concert 3-4 p.m.). Carillon Assisted Living of Mooresville, 198 E. Waterlynn Road, Mooresville, Lake Norman Big Band (December 19) The Lake Norman Big Band plays every third Monday night at The Finish Line Restaurant in Mooresville. The show features favorite hits from

A Charlie Brown Christmas (December 9-11, 16-18) Activate Community Through Theatre (ACT) celebrates the holiday season with A Charlie Brown Christmas by Charles M. Schulz based on the television special by Bill Melendez and Lee Mendelson with the stage adaptation by Eric Schaeffer and special arrangement with Arthur Whitelaw and Ruby Persson. Friday 7 p.m.; Saturday 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., Sunday 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. $12. Warehouse Performing Arts Center, 9216 Westmoreland Road, Cornelius,

A Lawrence Welk Christmas (December 2, 5, 10, 12) The North Mecklenburg Community Chorus performs holiday favorites from the legendary Lawrence Welk Show. Friday, December 2, 6 p.m., Christmas Tree Lighting, Huntersville Town Center; Monday, December 5, 7:30 p.m., First

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DANCE The Nutcracker Holiday Benefit (December 2) The Academy of Dance and Fine Arts performs a Holiday Benefit of The Nutcracker to support Ace and Tj’s Grin Kids. 6 p.m. $17; children 6-11 $15; five and under free. Elevation Lake Norman, 8325 Copley Drive, Cornelius,

EVENTS Downtown Mooresville Holiday Light Spectacular (Through late December)This orchestrated light show includes 75,000 lights set to music. 7-9 p.m. Free. Lawn of Mooresville Town Hall, www.

Celebrate the Holidays in Downtown Mooresville (December 2, 9, 16) Music, Santa visits, Christmas Tree Lane, Wagon Rides, 75,000 Holiday Light Spectacular and more. 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Activities take place on Broad & Main Streets. Loading and unloading for wagon rides takes place at the Christian Mission on Broad Street. Santa visit and wagon ride loading ends promptly at 8 p.m. Candlelight Christmas (December 3) Enjoy a beautiful stroll among the candlelit property and buildings that make up Latta Plantation. Take a peek inside the home to see firstperson dressed interpreters as they theatrically celebrate Nancy Latta’s holiday wedding. Enjoy caroling and a 1800s-inspired live nativity scene. $8, $7 seniors/students and free for children 5 and under. Historic Latta Plantation, 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville, The 20th Annual Lighted Boat Parade (December 10) Area boats dress up for the holidays with the theme “Christmas Around the

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Old Fashioned Christmas Tea (December 11) Enjoy an intimate holiday tea party inside of the nearly 250 year old Alexander log cabin. Stay warm by the fire and have fun making a Christmas craft and learning of tea party traditions. Enjoy refreshments and tea as you socialize and show off your favorite tea party hat. Reservations required by calling 704.875.2312, only room for 20 guests and fill at a first-come-first-reserved basis. 2-4 p.m. Admission $30 a pair, an additional $10 per extra person (adult or child of any age). Historic Latta Plantation, 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville,

Cornelius Arts Center Various exhibitions. Mon-Thu 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Fri-Sat 9 a.m.-noon. 19725 Oak Street, Cornelius,

Stocks for Tots (December 13) Stocks For Tots was created as a way to bring together stock car racing and its fans, while raising awareness of the child abuse problem in North Carolina. The idea was to collect toys and raise money during a festive, family-oriented holiday event. Folks get to see many of their favorite NASCAR & NHRA drivers / celebrities, as well as their show cars on display and even a visit from Santa himself. 5-9 p.m. NASCAR Technical Institute, 220 Byers Creek Road, Mooresville, First Footin’ at Rural Hill (January 1) Start the new year off right with First Footin’, Rural Hill’s annual walk and celebration of Hogmanay, aka Scottish New Years. 10 a.m. First Footin’ Five Miler Trail Run begins, 11 a.m. First Footin’ Walk begins, noon Stone Soup Blessing and Gathering. $25 registration fee for First Footin’ Five Miler. Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Road, Huntersville,

Brick Row Art Gallery Various exhibitions. Tue-Sat 10 a.m.-6 p.m. or by appointment. 21325 Catawba Avenue, Cornelius, look for Brick Row Art Gallery on Facebook.

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

Watercolor Society’s Travel Exhibit (Through December 30) The American Watercolor Society is a nonprofit membership organization that began in 1866 to promote the art of watercolor painting in America. Each year the Society holds a juried exhibition of watercolors from artists throughout the world. 103 W. Center Avenue, Mooresville, 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. 112 S. Main Street, Mooresville, 704.662.7154, 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, Sanctuary of Davidson Various exhibitions. 108 S. Main Street, Davidson, 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

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Huntersville Christmas and Town Center Tree Lighting (December 2-4) Start off the season by watching Huntersville Town Center’s Christmas tree come to life, followed by two days of festival fun. Tree lighting December 2, 6-9 p.m.; December 3, 2-8 p.m.; December 4, times TBA.



Christmas in Davidson (December 1-3) Enjoy this Davidson tradition filled with carolers, a live nativity, food, performances, carriage rides and more. Norman Rockwell’s vision of the holidays comes to life. 6-9 p.m. Free. Downtown Davidson, www.

World” in mind. Concession open at 5 p.m. Santa arrives by fireboat at 6 p.m., and the parade begins at 6:15 p.m. Peninsula Yacht Club, 18501 Harbor Light Boulevard, Cornelius,

FILM Warehouse Cinema (December 2-4) Hunt for the Wilderpeople is the story of A hard-to-handle foster kid from the big city and a grouchy bushman in his 60s are forced to forge an unlikely alliance to survive in the New Zealand wilderness. This film has a gently absurdist quality, a simultaneously sweet and subversive sensibility all its own, mixing warmth, adventure and comedy in ways that consistently surprise. Fri-Sat 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m. Doors open 30 minutes before showing. $10 admission, $6 students. Warehouse Performing Arts Center, 9216-A Westmoreland Road, Cornelius, 704.996.7724, Movies on Main (December 23) The Town of Mooresville presents It’s a Wonderful Life. 8 p.m. Free. Charles Mack Citizen Center, www.

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at the Lake words and images, inviting us to question the image-word divide, and reminding us of our current saturation — digitally and materially — in images with words (Through December 9). Bethany Collins: In Evidence uses educational materials such as erasers, graphite, old dictionaries and found text from government documents, literary journals and historical records to explore the relationship between race and language (Through December 9). 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.

MONTHLY EVENTS Carolina Raptor Center Live bird presentations, flight shows, behind-the-scenes tours and more take place at Carolina Raptor Center throughout the month. Visit for more details.


The Artisan Market Craft Crawl (First Saturday) Formerly known as the Mooresville Craft Crawl, this market features baked goods, clothing, embroidery, jewelry, paintings, pottery, quilts and woodcarvings with an edge. 5-9 p.m. Free. Mooresville Town Square across from Lowe’s Foods. https://www. Lunch in the Lot (every Friday) Feast from a food truck in Old Town

Cornelius at Oak Street Mill. Tables and chairs are set up at Kadi Fit so you can enjoy your lunch with friends. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Look for Old Town Cornelius on Facebook. 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 (December 10 and 17) 9 a.m.noon. Free. Next to Town Hall between Main and Jackson streets in downtown Davidson, www.

urday. 9 a.m.- noon. Free. Richards Coffee Shop & Veterans Museum, 165 N. Main Street, Mooresville,

SPORTS Davidson College Men’s Basketball Every season seems to get better and better. Could Davidson College go back to the big dance this year? Jacksonville (December 21, 7 p.m.), Hartford (December 28, 7 p.m.), University of Richmond (December 31, 2 p.m.). John M. Belk Arena, Davidson College, Davidson College Women’s Basketball The Lady Wildcats take to the court for another great season. High Point University (December 7, 7 p.m.), Furman (December 18, 2 p.m.), Mercer (December 29, 7 p.m.), Saint Louis (December 31, 11 a.m.). John M. Belk Arena, Davidson College,

Mooresville Museum (First and Third Saturday)View exhibits and artifacts from Mooresville’s past and present. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. 132 E. Center Avenue, Mooresville,

31st Annual Ice Bucket Regatta (January 1) The Lake Norman Yacht Club hosts its 31th Annual Ice Bucket Regatta. Fingers crossed for warm temperatures. The event also features a Hot Soup Lunch. The event is open to PHRF and one design centerboard and keel boats.

Richard’s Coffee Shop & Veterans Museum (Every Saturday) Enjoy a community music jam every Sat-

39th Annual Lake Norman New Year’s Day Barefoot Tournament (January 1) Hosted annually at Lake

Norman Marina and organized by the Carolina Show Ski Team, this is one of the longest running and unique barefoot skiing tournaments in the world. The towboat’s circle pattern keeps the action close to the spectators, and this year plans are to reduce the time between contestants making it a faster moving event. Color commentary by former US Barefoot Ski Team members adds to the enjoyment. Noon. Free. Lake Norman Marina, 6965 NC 150 East, Sherrill’s Ford, www.lakenormanmarinacom.

THEATRE Holly and Tinsel (December 1-18) The Flats & Sharps are on their way to a Christmas Eve concert when a snowstorm causes them to stop in a diner to wait out the storm. Ellie, the crusty waitress, and Will, the all-too wise cook, along with a few other guests help them re-discover the meaning of Christmas. A musical celebration of the Christmas spirit and a world premiere of a new work written exclusively for Davidson Community Players audiences by Matt Merrell. Thu-Sat 8 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. Adults $20, seniors $18 and students $12 — add $3 to door tickets. Armour Street Theatre, 307 Armour Street, Davidson, www.


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The 18th Annual 2016 LKN Wine Spectacular Photography by LaNell McIntosh

On Saturday, October 22, The Rotary Club of Lake NormanHuntersville hosted The 18th Annual Wine Spectacular charity event presented by Novant Health at NorthStone Country Club. The proceeds from the event will benefit Lake Norman Community Health Clinic, Little Smiles and Rotary’s End Polio Now. The evening’s theme was “An Italian Affair,” which featured fabulous Italian food and Italian wine. More than 180 patrons enjoyed the event, which included silent and live auctions and the Champagne Diamond Reverse Raffle. The event netted more than $25,000 for the charities.



Glamping for a Cause Photography by Stephanie Niblack

On October 21, the Lake Norman YMCA hosted its Glamping for a Cause event at River Run Country Club in Davidson. The event featured gourmet s'mores in addition to other fun camp activities. A live auction was held, followed by dancing. Each fall the Lake Norman YMCA's Board of Managers hosts a signature fundraising event. This year $45,000 was raised at the event. At the Y, no child, family or adult is turned away because of their inability to pay. Through the community's generosity, the Y is able to provide scholarship assistance for membership access and program participation, making life-changing Y programs and services available to those who need them most. For more information regarding the Lake Norman YMCA's Annual Campaign, visit

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Lori's Larks


n August I received an e-mail from Leslie Wilson, the assistant director of LEARN Works at Ada Jenkins Center in Davidson. She wanted to know if someone from CURRENTS could come talk to students about our business in October. The students were studying 16 Career Clusters, and they would be covering Marketing, Sales and Service, and Business Management and Administration during the fall. I was intrigued by the invitation and replied that I would be glad to visit. In appropriate Lori fashion, I completely forgot about it until Wilson sent me a reminder a week before my slated appearance — October 28. Suddenly it hit me that I would be talking in front of a group of middle schoolers. And let’s be honest, who enjoyed

Dream Teacher

Editor Lori K. Tate takes a turn at Ada Jenkins Center’s LEARN Works by Lori K. Tate

photography courtesy of Lori K. Tate

although I took the scenic route, I arrived at my destination. That said, the most important thing to me about this speaking engagement was that I validate any dreams that they mentioned. As I hobbled into the LEARN Works portion of the Ada Jenkins building carrying an overstuffed bag of magazines, handouts and journals, I began to get nervous. The class was an hour long. How


Editor Lori K. Tate talks with a group of students at Ada Jenkins Center's LEARN Works in Davidson about how a magazine is made.


middle school? I wondered what I had gotten myself into. Luckily, Wilson sent me a packet of speaker tips that went along with the topic and simply asked me to talk about what I do and how I got to a place where I get to do what I do for a living. The packet also included two marketing activities I could do with the students. For me, it’s not so crazy to think that these kids might know what they want to do for a living at this age. After all, I decided in fourth grade that I wanted to be a journalist, and

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student was especially interested in art and was so excited when I told him that he could work as a graphic designer. After the class, Wilson explained that the purpose of LEARN Works was to “foster academic development for youth in the community.” It serves a maximum of 115 students from first through eighth grade, as it

were we going to fill that up? Regardless of my fears, the students began arriving, along with their mentors/volunteers from Davidson College. I requested we sit in a circle, as I wanted to promote conversation and keep it casual. We started by introducing ourselves and sharing our interests. Almost all of the students loved soccer, and many of them wanted to own their own businesses one day. I told them about my fourth grade epiphany and then began explaining how we put together a magazine. I then asked them

what they thought would make a good story for CURRENTS, and several of them mentioned I should find out if Adam Sandler is really moving to Lake Norman, a rumor that’s come up in several of my social circles. The students began to get the gist of magazine making, so I proceeded to go over one of the activities. It involved designing a logo for a fictional restaurant that serves farm-totable food. We didn’t have time to sketch the logos, but I hope they went home and tried to come up with something. One

focuses on tutoring, enrichment and advancing family engagement. “The beauty of our program is that we believe we really help the family help the child,” says Wilson. There are regular volunteer roles for which you can sign up, and they ask that weekly volunteers commit to coming to the center at least twice a week. When Davidson College students are away on winter break, they need volunteers more than ever. You can apply to volunteer online. I have no idea what these students thought of the experience, but I know that I enjoyed hearing about their dreams. I can only hope that listening to them gave them the validation that they needed to begin plotting their course.

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