Lake Norman Currents Magazine June 2019

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June 2019


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Contents June vol. 13 No.6

24 It’s About

Movers, shakers and more at the lake

Michael Jaycocks starts his day off right

17 Melissa Reddick captures precious

26 Thoughts from Mike Savicki’s annual Father’s Day letter to his daughter, Caroline

28 Navigators Curiousity drives Ashley Oliphant

68 Out + About Jack Grossman’s

Cover illustration by Kerrie Boys.

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the Man Cave

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18 For the Long Run — The Quarry at Carrigan Farms will cool you off

19 Dave Scott Crowe’s IMUSINATION teaches the art of fun

20 Live Like a Native — Splash pads and Farmers’ Markets

21 Bet You Didn’t know — Old Town Cornelius lives again

32 T rends + Style

Dad treats for Father’s Day

reading of Child of the Forest

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


72 Lori’s Larks Editor Lori K. Tate

finds inspiration at Waterbean Poetry Night at the Mic

Lake Spaces

How we live at the lake

49 Dwellings

A Mooresville lakeside home offers fun for family and friends

Dine + Wine

Eating, drinking, cooking and fun


34 S ummer Fun

25 ways to enjoy summer at Lake Norman

62 Wine Time

Flock checks all the right boxes

64 On Tap

The brotherhood of fatherhood

65 In the Kitchen with Jill Dahan Beer Mac and Cheese

66 Nibbles + Bites

Fresh Egg is all it’s cracked up to be

44 G ame On

The boys of summer play baseball with integrity

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The magazine by and for the people who call Lake Norman home

The Healing Power of Summer

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ummer has always been my favorite season. When I was little, I got so excited when suntan lotion (that’s what we called it back then) popped up in the grocery store. These magical potions from Coppertone and Hawaiian Tropic meant that summer was on its way, with all its fun and frolicking. Summer meant sleeping in, playing kickball until sunset, swimming until exhaustion, braiding friendship bracelets and boat rides with my dad. It was a time to pause and soak in everything that was good. As I reflect over the past weeks in our community, I can think of nothing we need more. Between the mass shooting at UNC Charlotte that took the lives of Riley Howell and Reed Parlier, and the senseless murder of Mooresville Police Officer Jordan Sheldon, we need goodness more than ever. I don’t expect summer to magically relieve the pain and anguish of these events, but I do think it can help us stop for a minute to catch our breath. The older I've grown, the more I've realized that you don’t move on from tragedies like these; you move through them. Right now as our community tries to process what’s happened, it’s imperative for us to come together and support each other, even if our opinions differ on how to prevent events like these from happening in the future. The beautiful weather

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of our area naturally promotes community in the summertime. If it’s one of those “real estate days” — think mid-80s, Carolina blue skies, a slight breeze and sundrenched water reminiscent of diamonds — it’s impossible not to be outside. We’re lucky to live here in so many ways, weather being one of them, but another great thing about the Lake Norman area is all of the outdoor concerts and festivals offered. (Check out our Summer Fun feature on page 34 for evidence of this.) The other night my husband and I were driving home from a party in Davidson and had about an hour left of sitter time. Lucky for us the Cornelius Jazz Festival was still going on as we drove past Smithville Park. We found a parking space and walked over to catch the last band of the evening performing We Are Family by Sister Sledge, one of my all-time favorites. The field was filled with families, friends and dates listening and dancing to the music. There was a baby

playfully crawling away from his grandfather before being scooped into the air. There was an older brother and younger brother playing tag. And there were police officers walking around and chatting with folks, making sure everything was okay. One officer started bouncing to Stevie Wonder’s I Wish. (You’d have to be in a coma not to move to this song when you hear it.) You could feel the sense of community in the air as the moon started shining down. It was magic. I know that a concert isn’t going to heal the wounds our community is currently reeling from, but it can remind us that the slightest things can bring joy, if only for a moment. As I watched that baby crawl away from his grandfather over and over, I was reminded of the circle. While there have been so many endings lately, there are so many new beginnings taking place all the time. We held our monthly staff meeting a few days after Officer Sheldon was killed. Sharon Simpson, our advertising director and the daughter of a police officer, suggested that we dedicate the June issue to him. We all agreed instantly. So Officer Sheldon, this one is for you. Thank you for protecting our community. We promise to take good care of it.

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Artist Melissa Black Reddick’s work ponders a deeper meaning University) in Charlotte with degrees in studio art and art history. In 2002, after teaching at museums and art centers in Boston, Melissa and her husband, Brad, a Davidson College graduate, moved to Davidson. While growing her family, she opened Black Seed Pottery in 2007. Until approximately three years ago, her creations were primarily sculptures and utilitarian vessels. Then she became fascinated by several boxes she inherited of family relics spanning generations. Feeling such a strong pull toward the papers and objects, it was inevitable that they would show up in her art. “I explore because I can’t help it,” she says, “and that has always been true.” Over the next two years she talked to other artists, did extensive research and

spent long hours in her studio experimenting. She knew she wanted to capture the actual images from her family’s historic documents and photos, but she was adamant about not damaging the relics. Since there was no known technique for doing this, she engaged in endless trial-anderror experiments. Finally, after two years, she emerged with an original technique that allowed her to transfer the exact images from delicate items onto clay without damaging the objects themselves. “I actually cried,” she recalls of that moment. Her innovative technique has led to an entirely new body of work, which she launched with her new business, Modern History Clay Works, in 2018. Melissa has added other techniques to vary her work, using a combination of photography, printmaking,

sculpting and texturizing with objects that speak to her. Her newest pieces recently caught the attention of several museums, and she is currently working on commissioned orders for the Philadelphia Museum of Art and The Martin House (a historic landmark designed by Frank Lloyd Wright). Though Melissa feels delighted and fortunate to be able to spend time creating artwork she loves, she also spends time pondering the deeper meaning behind what she’s doing. That’s why she accepts custom orders from people who want to have a piece of art made with photographs of their family. “It’s equally important to me,” she says, “that other people are able to enjoy this same experience.” —Elizabeth Watson Chaney, photography Jamie Cowles


elissa Black Reddick’s affinity for molding materials with her hands showed up early during her childhood in Knoxville, Tennessee. That’s when her pre-school teacher told her mother that she was particularly taken with the class craft project, making little medallions out of clay. Melissa’s parents encouraged her artistic inclinations and signed her up for classes nearby through the Knoxville Museum of Art. By the time she was in high school, she was working on projects collaboratively with the art department at the University of Tennessee, where she later earned a master’s in education ( focused on ceramics and museum education). Prior to that, she graduated from Queens College (now Queens

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Capturing Life’s Most Precious Moments


For the Long Run

Coolin’ Off at The Quarry

Carrigan Farms offers a summer splash

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Swimming at The Quarry at Carrigan Farms is a great way to cool during the summer.

farm isn’t the first place you think of when it comes to swimming, but The Quarry at Carrigan Farms has made quite a splash since opening to the public a few summers ago. Now a popular summertime destination, the quarry attracts Lake Norman residents and visitors from as far away as Winston-Salem and Rock Hill. Mined for granite stone in the 1960s that was used for construction of Interstate 77, The Quarry filled with water when a spring was discovered. Private events, such as weddings, corporate picnics and other private parties have been booked on site for decades. Only recently has The

Quarry been available for open swim times. Doug Carrigan’s family has owned and operated Carrigan Farms for five generations. The idea for open swim came while scanning the summer calendar. Many weekends were reserved for private events but not many weekdays. “We looked at the calendar and had a lot of Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays available during the day. We asked ourselves, ‘Who’s available to swim during the day?’ ” The answer was simple — parents home with children on their summer break from school. Many Sundays and some Fridays are open if there are no special events booked.

The rock cliffs and giant rope swing are the biggest attractions at this epic swimming hole. The rocks offer a thrill-seeking 15-foot dive into the water. “The kids love jumping off the rocks, especially since many neighborhood pools have no jumping and diving,” says Carrigan. The giant rope swing jettisons swimmers 20 to 25 feet from the wall and approximately 10 to 15 feet in the air to splash into the cool, refreshing water. “It’s every 14 year old’s dream. We even have moms and dads out there that turn into little kids again,” says Carrigan.

With a depth of 25 feet, the quarry water usually hovers around a comfortable 78 degrees, much cooler than many pools during the dog days of summer. For those less adventurous, there is a zeroentry sand beach and a sand volleyball area. Visitors are permitted to bring in picnic baskets or buy from concessions. Carrigan Farms offers burgers and hot dogs, as well vegetables and fruits picked fresh from the farm that morning. Produce such as watermelon, arugula, sweet corn, tomatoes and cucumbers are used to create daily specials for snacks. “We produce food so we might as well take it straight to your face,” chuckles Carrigan. “We want people to eat colorful, fresh and healthy.” — Holly Becker, photography by Ken Noblezada Swim season at The Quarry at Carrigan Farms runs Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. Open swim is generally Monday-Thursday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., but Carrigan Farms encourages the public to check its web site, www., for an updated schedule of open swim times. Admission is $15 per person. Children under 12 are required to wear life jackets. A rigorous swim test is required for anyone over 12 who desires to swim without a life vest. While lifeguards are on hand, The Quarry at Carrigan Farms is swim at your own risk. Carrigan Farms is located at 1261 Oak Ridge Farm Highway, Mooresville.


You Can Dance and Do Anything Dave Scott Crowe’s IMUSINATION teaches the art of fun

Dave Scott Crowe wants to wants to unearth people’s inner selves, young and old, with IMUSINATION.

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Mooresville. “IMUSINATION came from kids seeing that they can do something. They don’t care what it is. If you can make it within their instinctual reach, once they say, ‘I can do that,’ they’re in.” Crowe met Case Warnemunde, founder of Bella Love Inc. (a physical social network based in Cornelius) in Old Town Cornelius (OTC), about two years ago and instantly knew IMUSINATION would be a good fit for the cultural community Warnemunde has cultivated. “He [Crowe] was clearly a top-class entertainer,” recalls Warnemunde of first seeing Crowe perform. “Building a creative economy, a big part of it that was missing was so evident after meeting Dave. We’re

gearing to adults. …We have to be able to engage youth like nothing else.” That’s what Crowe is doing with IMUSINATION now. He’s performing at all of the 2nd Friday Street Festivals in OTC this summer, and he’s teaching workshops at his IMUSINATION Academy at Oak Street Mill in OTC. Workshops like Summon Your Inner Rock Star! involve becoming a live rock musician in just one morning, while Rock the 145 features four rock bands creating their own songs from the most famous chord progression in popular music. Then there’s Sweet Home NC, a battle of the band format that takes on the song Sweet Home Alabama North Carolina style, and BOOM SPLAT: A Throwing Catching Contact Concert.

“My goal is to connect people in the long run,” says Crowe. “Confidence is why people connect.” That goes for children and adults, as Crowe unearths people’s inner selves no matter their age and helps them find their stage. “IMUSINATION is imagination in music and amusement in concert. That’s kind of the blend of the things I do that makes me happy.” — Lori K. Tate, Brant Waldeck CURRENTS Events is co-hosting the Every Body Can Dance Party with IMUSINATION on Sunday, June 30, 3-5 p.m. at Brick Row, 19725 Oak Street, #9, Old Town Cornelius. This interactive dance showcase is for all ages, www.lncurrents. com/events.html. For more information regarding IMUSINATION, visit Facebook or


ave Scott Crowe is tall and thin, and he has long dark ringlets of hair framing his face. He totally looks the part of the artsy, creative guy, but when you see him in action, he nails the part of the artsy, creative guy. Crowe, who lives in Davidson, has taught, coached and entertained more than 100,000 adults and children in five continents. He’s also the founder of IMUSINATION, “a blend of supercharged interactive experiences aimed at empowering families to connect, exploring the peaks of possibility.” “It’s about experiential learning. It’s athletics. It’s academics. It’s arts – the three ‘A’s,” explains Crowe, who teaches Spanish at Pine Lake Preparatory’s lower school in


Live Like a Native Cool off with Find Your splash pads Farmers’ Market

Photography by Jody Clark

f you have little ones, splash pads are a gift during the summertime. And really, even if you don’t have little ones, they’re super fun. Here’s a roundup of where to find splash pads in the Lake Norman area. Have fun cooling off ! — Lori K. Tate

Fresh produce is a given at Lake Norman

ne of the best things about summer in the Lake Norman area is all of the fresh produce that’s available at local farmers’ markets. Check out this list to find one that’s close to you, and don’t forget to eat your vegetables. — Lori K. Tate Davidson Farmer’s Market

When: Every Saturday, 8 a.m.-noon; Wednesday Evening Market, August 22, 29 and September 5 from 5-8 p.m. Where: Next to Davidson Town Hall between Main and Jackson Streets Info:

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The Evening Farmer’s Market of Statesville

When: Every Thursday, 4-7 p.m. Where: Pecan Park in historic downtown Statesville Info:

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Huntersville Growers’ Market

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The Market at DSS — Lincolnton

Lake Norman Kiwanis Splashville Park (at Smithville Park)

Photography by Jody Clark

Denver Market

When: Every Saturday, 8 a.m. until noon Where: Rescue Squad Park, 7835 Galway Lane Info:

Hope Park

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When: Every Saturday, 8 a.m.-noon Where: Veterans Park, Huntersville Info:

Above and below, Lake Norman Kiwanis Splashville Park (at Smithville Park) in Cornelius is a hot spot during the summer months.

When: Every Tuesday and Thursday, 8 a.m.-noon Where: Department of Social Services, 1136 West Main Street Info:

Lincolnton Market

When: Every Saturday, 8 a.m. until noon Where: Giles L. Martin, Sr. Shelter, 225 West Water Street (downtown Lincolnton) Info:

Troutman Farmer’s Market

When: Every Tuesday, 4 -7 p.m. Where: Troutman ESC Park Pavilion, 338 North Avenue Info: Look for Troutman Farmer’s Market on Facebook

Bet You Didn’t Know

Old Town Cornelius

Residents would watch both teams play. Hoyt Wilhelm, who was the pitcher for Cornelius High School’s team, played professionally and was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1985. A few years ago Case Warnemunde, founder of Bella Love (a physical social network based in Cornelius), reintroduced the name Old Town Cornelius. It’s only

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the already-swollen Catawba River. In some places, the river rose 54.9 feet in two days, causing massive flooding. Bridges along the Catawba, including the one that stood approximately where the Hwy. 150 bridge now stands, were destroyed. Folks had to take ferries to get across the river. Many people refer to this period before Lake Norman as Old Town Cornelius. Old Town Cornelius was filled with events and traditions that sustain small towns. Cornelius High School had a baseball team in the 1920s and 1930s, as did Smithville in the 1940s.

Top, a ferry crossing the Catawba River. Above, C.S. Cashion Groceries in Old Town Cornelius.

fitting that the name is gaining traction again, as Old Town Cornelius continues experiencing a renaissance. — Lori K. Tate

Feel Your Best

Live Longer




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ike any small town, Cornelius was mixed economically throughout the years. Residents went to church together, worked together and took care of one another, regardless of whether they were wealthy, middle class or poor. They took the time to talk under the Tree of Knowledge, which was where the Cashion’s now stands at N.C. 115 and Catawba Avenue. These bonds helped the area weather disasters that could not be avoided. In 1916, two hurricanes coming from different directions dumped 22 inches of rain in 24 hours into

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OTC is not a new concept in these parts


s Old Town Cornelius continues to become the place to hang out in the Lake Norman area if you’re into art, culture, community, live music and food trucks, it’s no surprise people want to show their allegiance. Show your “The OTC-style shirts have been offered pride for for several years and are very popular. When Cornelius with people who are connected to our community these products. learn about the initiatives of Old Town Cornelius (OTC) and its identity as an arts and cultural destination, they gravitate toward wanting to represent the brand and share the message of it,” explains Jessica Boye, communications coordinator of Bella Love Inc., adding that the COR-NEL-IUS shirts are new. “The idea [for the COR-NEL-IUS] sparked when we cohosted the first annual Cornelius Arts District Soirée with the Cain Center for the Arts in early spring. Our lead designer, Alisa Ferrara Agnew, created the design. It embodies the stylish and fresh take on Cornelius as a whole, with the emerging of the arts district located within OTC.” Fun fact, there’s also an OTC Baby line, which offers onesies, bucket hats, sun hats and beanies.

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You can purchase OTC T-shirts at Old Town Public House (21314 Catawba Avenue, Old Town Cornelius) or Brick Row (19725 Oak Street, Old Town Cornelius) or any community event for $20 each. The onesies are $12 or two for $20, and the hats are $10-15. For more information on these items, message Old Town Cornelius on Facebook or e-mail

Photography courtesy of Jessica Boye

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Special Thanks to Erin Comerford Photography Update to May’s Dwellings Feature

In our May issue we featured a stunning renovation of a Mooresville lakeside home by Kathy McLeod of RES Interiors. In the spread, we mistakenly did not give proper attribution to the photographer, Erin Comerford of Erin Comerford Photography ( We appreciate her work on this piece and regret the error. — LKT



Yoga for Little Ones

Stefanie Ezratty, owner of Tiny Blooms Yoga, knew she wanted to teach kids yoga as soon as she completed her yoga teacher training.

Pint-sized Poses have a big impact at Tiny Blooms Yoga and more in control of their thoughts, emotions and movements. Tiny Blooms offers a welcoming environment for kids trying yoga for the first time or those familiar with the practice. Classes and camps vary according to age and skill level and often include a craft and meditation. There are also Spanish sessions, which are taught in both English and Spanish. “I remember one particular student made a mindfulness jar in our class. He didn’t seem too excited about the craft. But, weeks later, his mom told me that every time he is stressed or challenged, he goes to his room, finds the jar and it calms him,” recalls Ezratty. “The impact of yoga and mindfulness on kids is truly amazing.” — Bek Mitchell-Kidd, photography by Lisa Crates


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ig ideas often spark from a tiny thought. Stefanie Ezratty, owner of Tiny Blooms Yoga, says that after she completed her yoga teacher training, she immediately knew that she wanted to teach children. “Though there’s a variety of yoga studios for adults at Lake Norman,” she says, there really isn’t anything that focuses on children.” Tiny Blooms recently opened its new studio in Huntersville as part of Blossom Tree Wellness, a collective that supports children from birth through teens. You’re never too young to start, however, Ezratty says there is a lot of benefit to beginning in the 3- to 5-year-age range. “Our classes can help kids who may feel stressed and overwhelmed by teaching them breathing techniques and mindfulness,” explains Ezratty. “Yoga can also be an outlet for children who struggle with confidence; they become stronger

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Michael Jaycocks starts his mornings off right

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As Director of Parks and Recreation for the town of Huntersville, Michael Jaycocks oversees more than 50 staff members during their busiest season.

ichael Jaycocks has watched Huntersville grow up. And as the town has grown, so have the Director of Parks and Recreation’s responsibilities to it. Jaycocks moved to the area in 1999 to take a position as a recreation leader with Huntersville. Over the years, he moved up the ranks. Now, as he oversees the management of busy facilities and parks, diverse programming, and more than 50 staff members

during their busiest season, Jaycocks is never without an exhausting to-do list. Yet, his first focus is always on wellbeing. “The safety of residents and staff is number one in terms of prioritizing our tasks. Is it going to impact the user and their experience in our park or program? Anything that is a hazard or a safety concern is number one,” explains Jaycocks, 45, of how he and his staff prioritize their responsibilities. In his varied role, Jaycocks

has created some structure around how he uses his time. Each morning, he devotes the first hour to 90 minutes in the office to answering email and returning phone calls. “I usually try not to schedule any meetings in the mornings so I can respond to emails and phone calls. By starting that way, I feel like I accomplished some things,” he says. On Fridays, he reviews the past week and plans for the coming one. “I look at what I accomplished and then I make a list of my tasks for the next week. I number them, and they don’t come off the list until they have been accomplished or I realize that it is a priority that needs to shift,” Jaycocks explains. The first week of every month, he walks through a few of the town’s parks for an inspection. When he realized that the growth of the department and his busyness was interfering with his ability to really know his team, he made a concerted effort to do something about it. “I felt like I was rushing through everything, and I wasn’t really spending the time getting to know staff better and making sure I know how life is going for them,” he explains. “By no means am I perfect, but now a priority is building a team that feels like family. I schedule time at lunch on Wednesdays and Fridays to go and hang out with our departments that are housed in different areas. We don’t have to talk about work.” His desire to practice greater presence isn’t just at work. Jaycocks and his wife have two daughters, and he wants

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Dear Caroline Mike Savicki’s annual Father’s Day letter to his daughter

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Mike Savicki’s daughter, Caroline, and her scooter.


Dear Caroline, Every year for Father’s Day I write you a letter, and this year I thought I’d tell you a story about a mirror. It’s not just any mirror, it is a very special mirror I first discovered in the weeks before you were born. And now, nearly seven years later, this mirror has become a special part of our day, a helper in the way we interact, laugh and communicate. It is the way we see each other and connect when we are in the car together, me up front and you in the back. As far as mirrors go, it is fairly small, but it captures so much. The story begins right before you were born. I first noticed the mirror shortly after clipping in your car seat for the first time. As I looked back at the empty seat, I thought about how different it soon would be when you arrived, and I wondered how different I’d

feel as a new dad driving a newborn, then a baby, then a toddler, then (what I couldn’t even comprehend at the time) a little girl old enough for kindergarten and elementary school. I’ll admit I was kind of scared those first few years, Caroline, even though I tried to make it seem like I was cool, calm and collected. Looking in the mirror was all about balancing my nervousness with your safety and security. Well, those early years passed quickly, and before I knew it a little voice started asking questions from the back seat. The first few questions showed me your imagination. “Daddy, was Flat Stanley flat when he was born or did he get flat when he grew up?” How do I even answer that? I tried, but I’m not sure many dads know the real answer. Then your questions got deeper and more thoughtful.

As we drove across the I-77 overpass bridge one day, you asked, “Daddy, if the highway is already so crowded then why are so many people still trying to get onto it all at once?” Again, I’m not sure many dads know the answer to that question either. Then that same voice started sharing what it knows. You’d tell me, “Daddy, I’ll bet you didn’t know that the cheetah is the fastest runner in the world, not Usain Bolt or even you.” Then you’d ask things like, “Daddy, did you know that chocolate chip ice cream

gets its name because it has chocolate chips in it?” After hearing that, we’d usually pull over for ice cream. You have me trained. My favorite was when you said recently, “Daddy, the reason I-77 is so crowded all the time is because it is the most popular road in the world, and everyone wants to be on it whenever they can.” Great reasoning, I think you might have a future in politics. Truth be told, I love the mirror most when I glance back and you don’t know I’m doing it. I see you deep in

and I’ll be sitting next to you. I’m not sure how important the mirror will be to us at that point. I think my head will be rotating like a radar dish trying to keep you aware of everything happening around us on the roads, and I just hope you use it to look back every now and then when you are driving, too. So for Father’s Day this year, Caroline, here’s to all the special times we have together in the car going all the places we do. Here’s to discovering what’s over the horizon. Here’s to seeing a beautiful, happy, outgoing, strong, growing girl every time I look back. Here’s to the questions you ask, the facts you share, and even the quiet smiles and winks we exchange. And here’s to looking at you, kiddo. As your daddy, I’m so proud of you. Love, Daddy


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conversation with a stuffed animal or singing a song at the top of your lungs or even looking out the window, alert with your wide eyes absorbing so much of what’s happening in the world. My heart skips a beat, and my soul shines when I see you sleeping peacefully, all strapped in, because I know no matter how the world is turning and whatever is happening around us, your mind has told your body to take it down a notch to rest and reenergize. You are growing, my friend, and I’m so glad I have that mirror to watch it all happen. The next chapters of the story will come quickly. The high back booster will turn into a regular booster, then simply a seatbelt. And before I know it you’ll be sitting right next to me in the passenger seat. Then, oh gosh, we will swap positions,

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Denver’s Ashley Oliphant wrote the book Shark Tooth Hunting on the Carolina Coast. Chair of the English Department and the Humanities Department at Pfeiffer University in Misenheimer, Oliphant is also an expert on Ernest Hemingway.

Tips on Shark Tooth Hunting By: Ashley Oliphant 1. Timing is everything. I like to be out when the tide is falling because when the water is pulling over those shell beds, shark teeth will actually shine brighter and they move differently in the water than a shell does.

Oliphant found her first shark tooth at age 14 and has been on the hunt ever since.

When Oliphant was little, she and her father, Joe Yarbrough, would walk along the beach looking for

as well as how and where to find them. She also included detailed sections about how to identify shark teeth, how to display them and the Top 10 Things You Should Know about Sharks in the Carolinas. Oliphant says that the best place to look for shark teeth in the Carolinas is Cherry Grove, South Carolina because of the fossil deposits and sediments in that area. “There are fossils all over the sandhills of North Carolina. They’re just pockets that get washed out in a better way, and what we see in the southern part of the North Carolina coast and north of South Carolina is a big area of wash out from the Miocene and Pliocene eras, which were time periods when there were tons of sharks,” she explains. “So you’ve got that happening, plus the wash out. That creates the good hunting.”

Solving mysteries

Though Shark Tooth Hunting on the Carolina Coast involved a lot of research, Oliphant completed the book in a year. “Once I decide on something, I become so passionate about it that

3. You need to look for shape, so it’s good to see some shark teeth in person if you’ve never hunted before. You need to familiarize yourself with the angles because that’s basically what you’re looking for. 4. Having good gear is important. If you’re just learning, you’re going to be bending over a lot to pick things up. It helps to have a scooper. (My husband and I actually make them and sell them at festivals. It’s a modified golf club.) It’s also important to have a waterproof beach necklace to put them in. That will allow you to be hands free. (You can find them at beach stores.) 5. Go out on the beach after a big storm for good hunting conditions. 6. Hunting is better with a full moon. I book my vacations on full moons. 7. Get yourself a tide chart. Don’t waste time heading to the beach if it’s high tide. There will be very few areas to search. You need the beach. 8. Location is very important. If you spend a week up in the Outer Banks looking, you probably aren’t going to find anything. Being in the right location like Cherry Grove is going to make a difference. Make sure you put yourself in a location where there are a lot of fossils washing up. 9. I always have the best luck in the morning. 10. Don’t forget to check the tidal pools because that’s a good place to find shark teeth.


Finding a lifelong hobby

interesting things. Those walks led to searching for shark teeth. When Oliphant was 14, she found her first shark tooth at South Carolina’s Windy Hill Beach. “We [she and her father] just sort of happened upon it and didn’t realize that the beach we were looking on was a good place to be looking for shark teeth, but there it was,” she recalls. “By the time I got to be a young adult, I had all of these shark teeth and I wanted to know more about them and started looking for sources and was hitting dead ends.” All of the books she found were too scientific or didn’t pertain to the geographic area in which she was looking. “They didn’t have good pictures to compare to what I’d found, to what the species were,” recalls Oliphant. “I just decided that there needs to be a shark tooth book for everybody who is interested in this hobby that’s very easy to understand.” In 2015, Pineapple Press published Oliphant’s book, Shark Tooth Hunting on the Carolina Coast. The 129-page book is easily accessible, as it explains what shark teeth are,

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shley Oliphant credits her father with cultivating her curiosity. And the more you talk with her, the more you realize what a good job he did. For example, as Chair of the English Department and the Humanities Department at Pfeiffer University in Misenheimer, Oliphant is an expert on Ernest Hemingway. The Denver resident (Lincolnton native) is active in the Hemingway Society and has been published in the Hemingway Review. She was inspired to write the book Hemingway and Bemini — The Birth of Sport Fishing at The End of the World (published in 2017) because she didn’t believe that Hemingway never returned to Bimini after 1937. Her curiosity proved that he did. Not many people would let a question result in a book, but that’s how Oliphant operates, and she’s done it more than once.

2. Color is important. The vast majority, probably 99 percent of the teeth that you find are black. Those are the easiest ones to see, and the water makes that ever more visible because when they get dried out on the beach they kind of become the same color as oyster shell, and it makes it difficult to see.


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I don’t let very much grass grow underneath me while I’m working,” she says. “If I’m excited, nothing will stop it from coming out.” Her latest book is a novel titled A Key West Revival — ­ In Search of Jimmy Buffett, which she says just came to her while she was vacationing in Key West. “It poured out of me in three months and didn’t stop. I just wrote and wrote and wrote, and it was a novel,” she says. “It’s a southern comedy.” She’s currently working on a book about Jean Lafitte, a pirate that is rumored to have settled in Lincolnton under the name Lorenzo Ferrer. Oliphant grew up hearing stories about him, so she assembled a research team and has been working back from when he supposedly died (sometime in the 1820s). “There’s all kinds of death stories,” she says. “The most common are centered in the Yucatan, but they’re all really sketchy accounts, so there’s no, in my opinion, solid evidence that he died there.” She’s been to dozens of libraries sifting through records and documents to find out the truth about this mysterious man. “In a small county library where nothing is digitized, you just have to dig through folders and look for stuff,” she explains. “So without that legwork, nobody was ever going to be able to solve that mystery.”

A spiritual experience Hunting and finding are what she enjoys about teaching and writing, and the same can be said for her love of searching for shark teeth. Even though she’s been hunting for shark teeth since she was a child, the search never grows old. “It’s still the thing that I do that brings me some of the most complete happiness that I know,” Oliphant says. “It’s being outside. It’s being alone, having solitude.” She loves getting out on the beach before anyone else is up, as she’s usually out there before the sun rises with a flashlight. “I want to be there to see the sun come up. That’s also a very spiritual experience for me to just be able to disconnect and flow into the creator and just sort of feel close in that way.” And then it’s about curiosity because she never knows what she’s going to find. It could be something great, or it could be nothing. “Very often I’ll find things that I don’t know what they are,” she says, “and so that will lead me down a lot of inquiry to talk to other sources and figure it out.” Recently, her 8-year-old son, Miller James, found his first shark tooth, and he was at the best place to find it — Cherry Grove. “Mama was proud,” she says. Looks like curiosity is a family trait.

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Swimming at The Quarry at Carrigan Farms in Mooresville is a great way to cool off during the summer.

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The Cornelius Outdoor Cinema Series offers fun for the whole family.

Downtown Mooresville’s Festival of Food Trucks serves up yummy dining options for all. Symphony in the Park features The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra at Bailey Road Park in Cornelius.

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his year has brought lots and lots of rain so far, and somehow it always seems to fall on the weekends. Now that school is out and the days are longer, it’s time for the rain to ease a bit so summer fun can commence. (If anyone knows how to do the opposite of a rain dance, please let me know.) Regardless, let’s get back to summer because one of the best things about living in the Lake Norman area is the season that is upon us. Whether you prefer outdoor concerts, lazy days on the water, street festivals or a musical theatre production that will make your toes tap long after you’ve left the theatre, you’re good here — and then some. So sit back with a tall glass of lemonade, and let CURRENTS help you plan a summer of fun. Enjoy!


2nd Friday Street Festival

Old Town Cornelius’ (OTC) 2nd Friday Street Festival is gaining quite a following as OTC continues to be the cool place to hang out in the Lake Norman area. Presented by Cornelius Cultural Arts Group every second Friday during the summer (and into October), this culture crawl offers craft beer, local artists and artisans, food trucks, and live music. 2nd Friday Street Festival 2019 Music Lineup — Brian Rigby Band (June 14), Moses Jones & The Dirty Southern Soul (July 12), The HC Oakes Band (August 9), Calvin Edwards Trio (September 13) and Shades of Brown (October 11). 2nd Friday Street Festival, Old Town Cornelius, Oak Street Mill, 19725 Oak Street,, Facebook.

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Davidson’s Concerts on the Green will get you out of your seat and onto the dance floor.


All Day with Summit

Join the Denver Area Business Association for one of the biggest fireworks and concert shows ever. Headlining artists PARMALEE, Jeff Bates and Kelby Costner perform at East Lincoln High School for this celebration. The event is free, and the music starts at 5 p.m. Denver Fireworks Spectacular, Denver Area Business Association, East Lincoln High School, 6471 NC-73, Denver,

The 5 Charlotte Symphony at Duke Energy’s EnergyExplorium If the traffic on I-77 deters you from going to see the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra perform, you’re in luck because they’re bringing their talent to Huntersville on June 14 at 8:15 p.m. Duke Energy’s EnergyExplorium hosts the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra on the shores of Lake Norman. Come by car or by boat to listen to classical music at its best. Admission and parking are free, and early arrival is encouraged.

Cornelius 6 Outdoor Cinema Series 2019 Enjoy movies outside all over the town of Cornelius through Cornelius Parks, Arts, Recreation and Culture (PARC) Department. Outdoor Cinema Series 2019 Lineup — Smallfoot (June 15) Cornelius Town Hall, 21445 Catawba Avenue; How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, (July 27) Ramsey Creek Park, 18441 Nantz Road and Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse, (August 24) Robbins Park, 17738 West Catawba Avenue. Cornelius Outdoor Cinema Series 2019; Cornelius Parks, Arts, Recreation and Culture (PARC) Department;


Davidson’s Concerts on the Green

Megan Blackwell, owner of The Village Store, began this Davidson tradition 20 years ago because she was inspired to create a community concert event based on Summer Pops in the Park at Charlotte’s

SouthPark. If you drive by the Davidson Village Green on the first and third Sundays of the month during the summer ( from 6-8 p.m.), you’ll see that her vision is still going strong. At Concerts on the Green, you can pitch tents as early as Sunday morning on the perimeter to claim your spot. You can also bring a picnic or pick up something at one of the local restaurants. Regardless of how you decide to dine, you’ll definitely see someone you know, hear good music and maybe even dance. All concerts are free. Davidson’s Concerts on the Green 2019 Lineup — Party Parrot Band (June 2), Band of Oz (June 9), Da Throwback Band (July 4), Dirty Grass Soul (August 4), Gospelfest (August 25), Chicago Rewired (September 1) and The Davidson College Symphony & Jazz Festival (September 15). Davidson’s Concerts on the Green, Davidson Village Green, intersection of Main Street and Concord Road, Davidson, www.


Festival of Food Trucks

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Give your children the theatre bug by taking them to see Mooresville Children’s Theatre’s production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast July 25-28. This timeless tale of love warms everyone’s heart — even when it’s hot outside. Children under the age of 3 must be in a parent’s lap or purchase a ticket. Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Mooresville Children’s Theatre, 215 N. Main Street, Downtown Mooresville, Charles Mack Citizen Center, www.

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There’s no better way to polish off the week than with friends, good music, and beer and wine, and that’s what you’ll get at All Day with Summit presented by Founders Brewing. This event takes place every Friday evening this summer from 4:30 p.m. until behind Summit Coffee Co. in Downtown Davidson. Text your friends to meet you there. All Day with Summit, Summit Coffee Co., 128 S. Main Street, Davidson,, Facebook.


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CURRENTS Kids Storytime Bring your children out for CURRENTS Kids Storytime. Storytime at Walls of Books is 11 a.m. on the following days — June 14 (Father’s Day theme), July 19 and August 16. Walls of Books, 20920 Torrence Chapel Road, Cornelius, Storytime at Main Street Books is at 10 a.m. on the following days — June 22 (special astronaut craft, followed by a reading of Papa Put a Man on the Moon by author and guest reader Kristy Dempsey), July 6 and August 24. Main Street Books, 126 S. Main Street, Davidson, www. mainstreetbooksdavidson. com. For more information regarding CURRENTS Events, visit www.


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Every Body Can Dance — Family Dance Party (June 30) It’s time for the kids to hit the dance floor with mom and dad. If you’re a little hesitant at first, no worries because Dave Scott Crowe of IMUSINATION will get you out there in no time. Check out page 19 for more information on Crowe. All ages welcome. 3-5 p.m. Free. Brick Row, 9725 Oak St #9, Cornelius, www.

truck. Festival of Food Trucks in Downtown Mooresville offers one of the best gatherings of food trucks around, and it takes place from 5-8:30 p.m. at North Main Street in Downtown Mooresville. Come hungry! Festival of Food Trucks 2019 Schedule — June 1, July 6, August 3, September 7 and October 5. Festival of Food Trucks, The Mooresville Downtown Commission, www.


Frolic in Jetton Park

Cornelius’ Jetton Park offers a 104-acre forest oasis on the shores of Lake Norman. You can spend the day riding, walking and running the trails; playing tennis; lounging on the beach (no swimming); and/or grilling out in designated picnic areas (reservations and fee required). There’s even a playground for your little ones. Jetton Park, 19000 Jetton Road, Cornelius, www.


Huntersville Latino Night

So what if we’ve already celebrated Cinco de Mayo. Good music and good food are always valid reasons to celebrate, and that’s exactly what you’ll find at Huntersville Latino Night on August 23 from 6-9 p.m. Ballet Folklorico, Los Acoustic Guys and Orquesta Mayor perform, so prepare to dance the night away. In addition, local food truck offerings and beverages will be available for purchase. Huntersville Latino Night, Huntersville Parks & Recreation, Veterans Park, 100 Main Street, Huntersville, www.


Huntersville Movies in the Park

There’s not a drive-in super close to the Lake Norman area, but outdoor movies in the park are just as good, if not better. Huntersville Movies in the Park takes place at Veterans Park, and it’s free. However, candy and snacks are sold because you can’t watch a movie without candy, especially on a summer night. Movies begin at 7 p.m. Huntersville Movies in the Park Lineup — Smallfoot (June 27), Ralph Breaks the Internet (July 25), Lego Movie 2 (August 22) and Hocus Pocus (October 25). Huntersville Movies in the Park, Huntersville Parks & Recreation, Veterans Park, 100 Main Street, Huntersville www.


Just Kidding Around

If going to the pool is getting old for your kiddos, take them to Just Kidding Around. Held at Veterans Park, Just Kidding Around encourages children to dance, sing, learn instruments and listen to stories with Bach to Rock. An added bonus? It’s free. For ages 1-5 on June 21, July 19 and August 16 from 1011 a.m. Just Kidding Around, Huntersville Parks & Recreation, Veterans Park, 100 Main Street, Huntersville,


Lake Norman Community Sailing

Set sail at Lake Norman Community Sailing at Blythe Landing Park in Huntersville,

where adult and youth programs are offered at reasonable rates. Here, you can sail recreationally or competitively, and you can also earn various American Sailing Association (ASA) certifications (think basic keelboat, bareboat cruising, coastal navigation and a basic learn to sail class). If sailing is not your jam, you can kayak and paddleboard at Lake Norman Community Sailing, too. Lake Norman Community Sailing, Blythe Landing, Huntersville,


Lake Norman State Park

This little nature gem is actually not that little. Located just off Exit 42 in Troutman (10 miles south of Statesville and 32 miles north of Charlotte), Lake Norman State Park (LNSP) offers more than 1,900 acres of natural fun. The park has pedal boats, kayaks, paddleboards and canoes for rent. You can also bring your own boat and launch it from the park’s boat ramp for free. In addition, mountain biking is an option, as there’s the 30.5mile Itusi Trail. If you’re into hiking, you can also hike the Itusi Trail, but you must yield to bikers. Also note that this trail closes when it’s too wet from precipitation. In addition, the beach is open daily for swimming. (There’s a small fee when lifeguards are working.) And you can camp (tent or trailer) at the park. LNSP is open 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. (May through August hours). Lake Norman State Park, 759 State Park Road, Troutman,

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Take a sunset paddleboard tour through Cornelius PARC and Aloha Paddle Sports.


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Mamma Mia!

Sure it’s hot outside, but Davidson Community Players’ production of Mamma Mia! at Duke Family Performance Hall is even hotter. From June 20-30, sit back and let the songs of ABBA tell the comical story of a young woman’s search for her birth father on a sun-drenched Greek island paradise. David Townsend directs this

production, with choreography by Gina Duckworth and music direction by Anne Beach. Mamma Mia! is ideal for large groups, which are eligible for a group discount. Come on, take a chance on it! Mamma Mia!,Davidson Community Players, Duke Family Performance Hall, Davidson College, www. davidsoncommunityplayers. org.

Mingling 18 on the Greens Concert Series Come to the unofficial town square of Huntersville — Birkdale Village — for live music every Friday and Saturday evening during the summer. Be sure to bring a chair or blanket to this family event that also happens to be free. Performances take

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Last year our readers voted this free summer concert series the “Best Place for Live Music.” LangTree LIVE takes place on Thursday evenings from 7-9 p.m. at LangTree Lake Norman in Mooresville. Some folks arrive as early at 5:30 p.m. to secure a good spot for the show. If you’re lucky, a DJ might be on hand to get the party started early.

Now in its fifth season, the series takes place May through September and features a variety of music genres. LangTree LIVE, LangTree Lake Norman, 401 Langtree Road, Mooresville, www.

over to Latta Nature Center and Preserve in Huntersville. You can hike as little or as much as you like, as there are 16 miles of trails to explore. Enjoy open prairies, lush forests and scenic views of Mountain Island Lake. Latta Plantation Nature Center and Preserve, 6211 Sample Road, Huntersville,



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Mooresville Spinners

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Take yourself out to the ballpark to see the Mooresville Spinners play baseball. Part of the Southern

Collegiate Baseball League, the Spinners play June through July against teams such as the Charlotte Crushers, the Lenoir Oilers and the High Point Locos. All home games are played at Moor Park, and general admission tickets are $5 each. If you come to a home game on a Thursday night, enjoy $1 beers in honor of Thirsty Thursdays. Mooresville Spinners, Moor Park, 691 S. Broad Street, Mooresville, www.

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Lineup — The Legacy Motown Revue (June 7), Mooresville Town Hall Lawn, 413 N. Main Street; Irrashional (July 3), Lowe’s YMCA, 170 Joe Knox Avenue; Part Time Blues Band (August 2), Mooresville Town Hall Lawn, 413 North Main Street; Band of Oz (September 6), Mooresville Town Hall Lawn, 413 North Main Street; Kids in America (October 4), Mooresville Town Hall Lawn, 413 North Main Street. The 2019 Music on Main Free Summer Concert Series, Mooresville Parks & Recreation, www.


The Quarry at Carrigan Farms

The Quarry at Carrigan Farms is probably one of the most beautiful secrets around. This natural, spring-fed body



of water was created when this section of land was mined in the late 1960s for its granite stone (some of which I-77 is made). It’s one of the best places to cool off in the area during the summer, not to mention its picturesque setting (think Hawaii in the Piedmont). You can even reserve The Quarry in advance for private swim parties. See page 18 for more information. The Quarry at Carrigan Farms, 1213 Oak Ridge Farm Highway, Mooresville,


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5. Guests will enjoy playing moon games and looking at the moon and stars through telescopes. The rain date is July 6. Star Gazing takes place from 7:30-10 p.m. Star Gazing, Lake Norman State Park, Swim Beach Parking Lot, 1412 State Park Road, Statesville, 704.528.6350,


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Beginning on July 1, the search is on for Waldo in Davidson. All participants have to do is pick up a Find Waldo passport at Main Street Books and collect a store stamp or signature from dozens of Downtown Davidson locations for each Waldo or Odlaw (see what we did there?) they locate. The grand finale party, complete with prizes, will be held on August 3 at 11 a.m. at Main Street Books. Where’s Waldo?, Main Street Books, 126 S. Main Street, Davidson,






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If you missed seeing The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra perform on June 14 at Duke Energy’s EnergyExplorium, this is your chance. Bring your blankets and chairs out to Bailey Road Park in Cornelius on Saturday, June 22 to hear the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra perform Celebrate America! with Albert-George Schram conducting. A free KidZone will be open from 6-8 p.m., while Statesville’s Rockie Lynne opens the evening by performing some of his country favorites. And if that’s not enough, fireworks round out the night. Concessions will be available for purchase throughout the evening, and cooler and picnic baskets are welcome (no glass bottles or containers). Wine and craft beer proceeds benefit Lake Norman Wildlife Conservationists. Symphony in the Park; Cornelius Parks, Arts, Recreation and Culture (PARC) Department; Bailey Road Park; 11536 Bailey Road; Cornelius;

about 10 years ago, and it’s still going strong for good reason — it’s fun and relaxing. This summer you can paddle to a new level by taking a Sunset Paddleboard Tour through the Town of Cornelius PARC Department. Enjoy the sights and sounds of Lake Norman, as the state’s largest manmade lake prepares to settle in for the night. Led by certified and experienced instructors from Aloha Paddle Sports, the cost per person per tour is $25 for Cornelius residents and $35 for non-residents. Tours will be held on June 20, July 18 and August 15 from 7-8:30 p.m. Meet at Aloha Paddle Sports’ waterfront location, 17505 W. Catawba Avenue, Cornelius. Sunset Paddleboard Tour; Cornelius Parks, Arts, Recreation and Culture (PARC) Department and Aloha Paddle Sports;

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PHC – Lake Norman Ear, Nose & Throat Megan Mathis-Webb, AuD Susie Riggs, AuD Del L. Hawk, Au.D 140 Gateway Blvd. Mooresville, NC 28117 • 704-664-9638


PHC – Cardiology Gary K. DeWeese, MD, FACC Jips Zachariah, MD

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

PHC – Wolfe Dermatology Steven F. Wolfe, MD S. Ashlyn Djali, PA-C

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PHC – Nabors Family Medicine Emily Nabors, MD

142 Professional Park Drive Mooresville, NC 28117 • 704-696-2083

PHC – Lake Norman Family Medicine Timothy A. Barker, MD Heather C. Kompanik, MD Bruce L. Seaton, DO Amanda H. Bailey, DO Sherard Spangler, PA 357 Williamson Road Mooresville, NC 28117 • 704-664-7328

PHC – Sailview Family Medicine Tiana Losinski, MD Courtney Mastor, FNP

206 Joe V. Knox Ave. Suite J Mooresville, NC 28117 • 704-360-4801

PHC – Full Circle Family Medicine James W. McNabb, MD Ann Cowen, ANC-P 435 East Statesville Avenue Mooresville, NC 28115 • 704-663-5056

PHC – Fairview Family Medicine Golnar Lashgari, MD Jennifer Scharbius, MD Lana Simmons, ANP-C

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PHC – Lake Norman Ear, Nose, & Throat Keith Meetze, MD Thomas Warren, MD Herb Wettreich, MD Fred New, Jr., ANP 140 Gateway Blvd. Mooresville, NC 28117 • 704-664-9638

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PHC –Northlake Digestive Care Carl A. Foulks, Jr., MD Chi Zuo, PA-C

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PHC –Comprehensive Digestive Care Center Vivek Trivedi, MD Tiedre Palmer, FNP-C

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Occupational Medicine Iredell Occupational Medicine Joe Wolyniak, DO

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Internal Medicine PHC – Internal Medicine & Weight Management Manish G. Patel, MD Julie Abney, PA Andrea Brock, PA-C

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PHC – Lake Norman Internal Medicine John C. Gatlin, MD LuAnne V. Gatlin, MD 548 Williamson Road, Suite 6 Mooresville, NC 28117 • 704-660-5520

Stout Internal Medicine & Wellness Dr. Sam Stout Andrea Colvin, NP 444 Williamson Road, Suite B Mooresville, NC 28117 • 704-360-9310


PHC – Neurology & Sleep Medicine Dharmen S. Shah, MD 359 Williamson Road Mooresville, NC 28117 • 704-873-1100

PHC – Lake Norman Neurology Andrew J. Braunstein, DO Ryan Conrad, MD Craig D. DuBois, MD Douglas Jeffery, MD Roderick Elias, MD

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Obstetrics/Gynecology PHC – Lake Norman OB/GYN James Al-Hussaini, MD Laura Arigo, MD Katie Collins, DO Grant Miller, MD James Wilson, MD Nicole S. Wellbaum, MD Coral Bruss, ANP-C

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Orthopaedic Surgery Iredell Orthopaedic Center Jason Batley, MD

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PHC – Piedmont Bone & Joint Scott Brandon, MD Byron E. Dunaway, MD Brett L. Feldman, MD Alex Seldomridge III, MD Kim Lefreniere, PA-C Sherry Dawn Repass, FNP-BC

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PHC – Interventional Spine Jacqueline Zinn, MD

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PULMONOLOGY PHC –Pulmonology Enrique Ordaz MD Jose Perez MD Ahmed Elnaggar, MD

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| photography courtesy of The Triple Crown Lookouts (Matt Phillips) Denver's Triple Crown Lookouts know how to play baseball, but they are learning so much more as a team.


Local 9-and-under ball club gaining momentum after being together for two years

The 13-1 clobbering came courtesy of a team from Matthews. It was the group’s first game together after the roster was picked as a group of East Lincoln Optimist Club league all-stars following the spring season. Kids’ feelings at that age, just like their bones, seem to be made of rubber. The coaches, however, didn’t want the summer to be filled with similar experiences for the boys, so Matt developed a set of rules the players and coaches could learn and abide by. The guidelines emphasized having fun, doing your best, paying attention, putting your

As of early May, the Lookouts had a 14-4 record. In four tournaments so far, they've won two championships and finished second in another.


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little over two years ago, the team now known as the Triple Crown Lookouts 9-and-under baseball team in Denver made its debut, and the results were extraordinary. What does player Zac Phillips remember about that game? “Not really anything,” he says with a shrug. “It was just a ton of 7- and 6-yearolds.” It’s a fair point. It’s also a reminder that some memories are better held by the adults. Besides, the players have had enough success in the past two years to make that opening game a distant memory. As of early May the Lookouts have a 14-4 record. In four tournaments so far, they’ve won two championships and finished second in another. In what should come as a surprise to few, there are statewide rankings for 9-year-old baseball teams. Several, in fact. The Lookouts, thanks to their success so far in 2019, are ranked anywhere from No. 1 to fifth among those lists, a testament to the level of ball they’re playing right now. Which, to hear Coach Matt Phillips tell it, really goes back to that first game. “We went out to that first tournament … and got absolutely waxed,” recalls Matt.

GameOn team and teammates first, and being good sportsmen and servant leaders. Matt explains that it was his way of setting a culture for the program that didn’t include 12-run losses. “The kids really responded to it,” recalls Matt. Within a few weeks, the club started winning and advanced deep into the Cal Ripken state tournament, where they beat that same team from Matthews, 8-5. The rules, says player Josh Beam, have made a big difference. “It helps your confidence go up because you know how you’re supposed to behave,” says Beam, who pitches and plays third base. “If you have people pitching fits, it’s not going to be fun.”

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The guidelines of the team emphasize having fun, doing your best, paying attention, putting your team and teammates first, and being good sportsmen and servant leaders.

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The last rule The roster, which also includes Jake Hollifield, Blake Hunter, Tanner Matile, Beckett Rinkus, Carson Rivenbark, Maddox Robinson, Daniel Smith and Nick Wuerdeman, is combining for a blistering .383 batting average this season while scoring an average of more than nine runs per game. Now, headed into the meat of their spring schedule, which concludes at the end of June before picking back up a few weeks later for the fall season, the Lookouts are hoping to continue winning and building on their rankings. There’s one more rule, however, that Matt hopes will keep his players focused despite their success. Rule No. 7: “Be the best we can be on the last day of the season,” recites the coach. If they can do that, there will be plenty more moments worth remembering.

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year. Matt, though, had a different idea and began trying to convince the parents and players on the team to forgo their spring seasons at East Lincoln Optimist in favor of starting a new travel ball team that would exclusively play higher-level tournaments. “It took quite a bit of convincing,” says Matt. Convince them he did, however, and the team went 19-7 over the course of the 2018 spring and fall seasons, which also included a good chunk of the summer. Some attrition was to be expected, especially with the taxing schedule. That opened spots for new players such as Christian Cherry, whose mom, Jaclyn, says the team’s structure and level of competition has made sacrificing her weekends worth it. “I don’t think we would’ve joined this team if it wasn’t for the atmosphere,” says Jaclyn.


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fter eight years on the market with other brokerage firms, Victor and Amy Petrenko of Premier Sotheby’s International Realty’s Cornelius office listed and sold the most expensive home in 2019 to date on Lake Norman in just eight months. The successful sale was a testament to the company’s local expertise, global reach and time-honored brand. Its legacy of serving discerning customers began in 1744 with the inception of Sotheby’s auction house; it continues today as one of the most influential affiliates in the Sotheby’s International Realty® network bringing its elevated service to friends and neighbors in North Carolina. The lakefront estate in Mooresville sold for $4.78 million, the highest-priced sale recorded in Lake Norman and in the Charlotte region, year-to-date. The residence encompasses over 12,000 square feet of luxury living, with four bedrooms, four full and five half baths. Countless custom details abound, from rich wooded corridors and elegant staircases to a chef-inspired kitchen with double ovens and stainless steel appliances.

The 1,200-bottle wine cellar, home theater and game room are an entertainer’s delight. An outdoor oasis provides breathtaking lake views and stunning sunsets from the infinity pool or numerous balconies. A stone fireplace showcases a cozy al fresco living area. Additional appointments include an art studio, two-car day garage and four-car, climate controlled collector’s garage perfect for the auto enthusiast. Uniting the buyer and seller of this extraordinary property — the epitome of luxury living on Lake Norman — required the global reach and marketing expertise of an iconic real estate brand. Premier Sotheby’s International Realty is like no other local brokerage; with a network of 22,500 expert associates in 72 countries, it is instantly known and respected by the most desired customers. Its strategic marketing advantage offers customized digital print and social media campaigns created by the finest in-house team of marketing professionals. Regional and global media partnerships deliver content both locally and around the world to influential media partners, while unrivaled online exposure displays properties to the

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A Mooresville lakeside retreat welcomes family, friends and fun

esigned by Ashley J. Design and built by Grainda Builders in 2015, this Mooresville lakeside home feels like a year-round summer retreat. At approximately 6,600 square feet, the home maximizes every inch of what could be perceived as a challenging lot, as it has a steep incline from street level. However, with a natural preserve to one side of the house, privacy is ensured for years to come, as well as lots of fun.

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Left: An infinity edge pool offers an oasis of relaxation. Right: The exterior of the home offers rustic elements, as well as a hint of Cape Cod.


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The white aesthetic of the kitchen gives the space a fresh feel.


Lake views were paramount in the design of this home, as evidenced by views from most of the rooms of the home’s three levels. In addition, there’s a mountain retreat vibe that runs throughout the house given the way the home is nestled into the lot and its rustic features, including exposed beams of reclaimed wood in the kitchen. But, the house would just as easily be at home on Cape Cod with its craftsman-style exterior and attention to detail — think shiplap walls, vaulted ceilings and a strong focus on natural light with a white aesthetic. The main level includes a family foyer accessed from the three-car garage, or directly from the outside as a secondary entry. The customized drop zone has cubbies for each family member, a workstation,


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The dining room offers a welcoming atmosphere to family and friends.

Papers wallpaper in the guest powder room to the Restoration Hardware fixtures on the doors that make you want to open everything just to touch them. The master bedroom is also on the main level, boasting lake views and access to the extensive second-level outdoor area, which


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Top, shiplap walls and vaulted ceilings take center stage in the living room. Above, the customized drop zone has cubbies for each family member, a workstation, beverage area and access to the laundry room.

includes a screened-in porch and alfresco dining room. It’s obvious that much thought was put into the use of space, as the master bathroom is large and airy. Its free-standing soak tub is a luxurious touch, and the oversized shower not only makes sense but makes one question why this size isn’t considered standard. The master bedroom and bathroom are indicative of what makes the entire home work well. The proportions are spot

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Dads Doing Better offers dads a chance to hang out with other dads.


t’s unfortunate that DDB is an acronym for both Dads Doing Better and Dads Drinking Beer. It makes it seem as though it’s an eitheror scenario; that the meanings should be at odds. The guys wearing the initials on their shirts, however, believe they’re accomplishing both at the same time. “Sometimes, to be a good dad, you need to be around other dads,” says member Jeremy Tilson. Sometimes, that also means drinking beer. Officially, as far as their wives are concerned, the group is called Dads Doing Better. It consists of 30-plus members, all of whom are dads, and most of whom live in the Lake Norman area. They meet semi-regularly at the area’s hoppy hot spots, including breweries and bottle shops. The group even had a booth at Charlotte’s Queen City Beer Festival earlier this year. If you’re thinking of this as

a workshopping environment where guys spitball parenting ideas or discuss the latest expert childcare opinions, you’d be wrong. The point, says founder Eric Rowles, is to allow dads to shake off the rust and do something they used to be better at: just hanging out. Rowles explains that modern parents often let their social lives wither while keeping up with the normal expectations of raising kids today. Men, in particular, can have a tough time resuscitating it when their schedule actually allows for them to break free for a bit. “I found, for a lot of guys, if you’re not connected in some kind of golf league or bowling league, we don’t do as good of a job socializing with other guys,” says Rowles. After seeing the same dads at their kids’ various practices and meetings, Rowles joined a few of them at a bar one night. That’s when the idea came up.

Rowles, a motivational speaker (and a bit of a force of nature), not only set a date in July 2016 for the group’s meeting, but also had coasters made. With that, DDB went from a thought to an official club. While the first few meetings topped out at under 10 dads, DDB’s following gradually increased. Since then different contingents have spawned from bleachers and sidelines across the area, with word of mouth pulling in thirsty newcomers at each get together. Now there are soccer dads, softball dads, Girl Scout dads and more. The stipulation that each member be a father is all the commonality needed to make it work, says the group, and makes their meetings as beneficial as any in-depth conversation on parenting approaches. “When I come home from these things, I feel refreshed,” says Brian Miller.“I feel like I can devote more time to my family because I’m able to get

out and experience things.” While he didn’t need to, Rowles went ahead and put “Lake Norman Chapter” on DDB’s official T-shirts. There are no other chapters, and no real thoughts of expansion, at least not yet. It’s really a nod to the belief that his group hasn’t yet tapped out its potential. He thinks at some point they can organize events similar to the daddy bootcamps he attended when his wife was expecting their daughters, who are now 14 and 11. There’s valuable knowledge and experience to be shared and stories to be told. If, however, it doesn’t balloon past being an opportunity for dads in the Lake Norman area to break free, it will have still served its purpose. “It’s about having a group of dads that can have each other’s backs,” Rowles explains,“and beer.”

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Mooresville’s Flock checks all the boxes a true bistro needs

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A Super Tuscan wine — a perfect companion for an Italian sandwich.

ny place that calls itself a bistro is an attraction to me. The name conjures up thoughts of “comfort food” that’s well-prepared using quality ingredients — with a wine list to match. Sometimes, however, the name is just that, a name — disappointing and not worthy of a second visit. However, it’s great when a restaurant lives up to its bistro description. Not only is there a second visit, it becomes the beginning of a long-term affair. That’s what we ran into at lunch a few months back at Flock in Mooresville. A number of friends had been talking up Flock, and we wanted to taste for ourselves what all the buzz was about. My wife, Mary Ellen, is a fanatic for calamari. We had hardly sat down before she announced what she would be having. One of her quirks with the dish of fried squid that she so adores is that any tentacles end up on my plate, as she does not care for them. The dish she had at Flock was devoured in its entirety, tentacles and all. What was neat was that when deciding on a wine to go with it, she was able to sample a couple of wines on the list and then choose one. She ended up with a Chenin Blanc from South Africa. As for me, I was tempted by Flock’s hot Italian mixed sandwich. It had a couple of notso-common charcuterie meats in there; capocolla and soppressata. That caught my interest, and I decided to explore. The sandwich called for an earthy, chewy wine, and I picked out a wine from Spain. That’s when I got lucky. Flock had exhausted its supply of the Spanish wine and offered an Italian wine instead. In retrospect, I should have gone there in the first place; an Italian wine with an Italian sandwich just seems like the right thing to

do. And, anyway, I should have paid more attention to the wine list. This wine was a winner. It had all the indications of being a “Super Tuscan.” A little background. Some years back a group of Tuscan winemakers felt constrained by strict Italian wine laws. They wanted to make a Bordeauxstyle wine but, by law, they could not use a regional name such as Chianti. They made their wine but could use only the lowly “vino da tavola” (table wine) designation. Some of these table wines were spectacular, which gave them the name “Super Tuscans.” Recognizing one of these wines is not difficult. Look for Indicazione Geografica Tipica, Toscana on the label. The Italian legal system eventually yielded in 1992 and let winemakers put this on their labels for better identification. Flock’s wine had the Indicazione Geografica Tipica printed on the back label. As I said, this wine was a winner. It’s a blend of grapes used in Bordeaux wines: Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. They come from a vineyard in the birthplace of Super Tuscans, Bolgheri. And, more importantly (and enough nerdy stuff), it was a perfect companion for my Italian sandwich. So, back to my initial premise, a bistro should be known for “comfort food” that’s well prepared using quality ingredients — with wine to match. There’s a second visit to Flock in store and, paraphrasing Rick Blaine in the movie Casablanca, “This is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.” Flock 129A Marketplace Avenue Mooresville

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Ingredients 2/3-cup beer (Stella Artois works well.) 2 cups cream (whipping is good or one cup heavy and one cup whole milk) 1 cup Tolerant Organic Green Lentil Elbows (or regular elbow pasta)

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Treat your father or the friends and family in your life to this sensationally decadent mac and cheese. It’s comfort food at its best. By using lentil pasta, this dish contains a whopping amount of protein and fiber, tastes just like wheat pasta and is also gluten free. Gruyere cheese elevates this dish with a rich fondue taste, and spinach adds interest. Substitute gluten-free beer for the Stella and this dish becomes completely gluten free. Whip this up and you will not only be grateful for the incredible fathers in our world but also the ease of this one-pan dreamy concoction. So this Fathers Day, keep calm and get your Mac and Cheese on.



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All It’s Cracked Up to Be


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he decision for Mel Funk to open Fresh Egg in mid-April wasn’t part of any grand design, explains the restaurant owner. The other three openings he’s helped oversee over the past four months — all expansions of his ultra-popular Cornelius spot, Fresh Chef — were bullets on his to-do list. He saw them coming. But opening a brand new breakfast and lunch concept at the same time? “We would’ve never planned it this way,” says Funk with a laugh. So how does an in-demand new eatery like Fresh Egg just happen?

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A large piece of the puzzle falls into place when you walk up to Fresh Egg and realize wholesale changes haven’t taken place, and they didn’t really need to. For starters, it’s located in Fresh

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Chef ’s former 1,900 squarefoot spot in The Shops at Fresh Market shopping center. Really, the biggest change seems to be the logo — a mustachioed egg sits between the familiar collegiate block lettering of “FRESH” and “EGG,” a spinoff of Fresh Chef ’s mustache with a chef hat (or is it a chef ’s hat with a mustache?). The changes made inside are

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as minimal. It still feels natural and fresh with its light green and white paint stacked on top of its dark wood floors and trim. The giant “CHEF’S TABLE” sign still runs down the sidewall. Now, though, it’s sandwiched by oversized prints of waffles and eggs benedict instead of grilled meats and peppers. The transition has certainly seemed just as smooth for its patrons, as the only gripe since it opened seems to be the long lines on weekends. For Funk, the spark that started his latest restaurant happened when a new opportunity struck an old idea. For five years Fresh Chef made good use of Fresh Egg’s current address. At times, though, customers waiting in line would have to stand just a few feet away from those already seated and eating. “We were just too successful for the space,” Funk explains.

He’d had his eye on a larger spot previously occupied by another restaurant just six doors down. When they moved out earlier this year, Funk says he jumped on the opportunity to nearly triple his square footage. The old spot, however, “was too good to walk away from,” says Funk.

What came first? The Chef or the Egg? Funk had the sketching for a new, “eclectic” menu already in his head. It had been there since he owned a breakfast place in northern Georgia 15 years ago. Now with an open space he had a reason to put them on paper. Funk says the goal was to offer some down-home, comfort-food-style offerings that still honored the “Fresh” part of the name. That’s why you have the option of stacking bacon, sausage and hollandaise on top of a cauliflower patty

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for your benedict instead of an English muffin. The omelets range from Meat Lovers to Vegetarian, and the upcoming Quiche of the Day

biscuits, waffles, pancakes and French toast, too. The lunch menu takes that notion a step further, with freshmade chicken potpie, gumbo and pork chops among the 10-item lunch lineup. “I wanted it to feel like a 1983 diner,” says Funk. The new project also gives Funk the chance to tinker. Fresh Egg offers curbside pick-up and is serving to-go orders in commuter friendly trays. There are plans to use Fresh Egg as a private room or event space during its off hours. Funk also hopes to draw in the brunch crowd with mimosas and wine. “To get people away from their normal breakfast spot,” says Funk, “you’ve got to be special.”

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n May 16, CURRENTS Events hosted a reading by Mooresville author Jack Grossman from his book Child of the Forest at Four Corners Framing and Gallery in Downtown Mooresville. The book is a true story about Charlene Perlmutter Schiff and how she survived the Holocaust. As a young girl, Schiff hid in the forests of Poland for two years during World War II, dodging death at every turn. Grossman worked closely with Schiff on the book until she passed away in 2013. He is now working on turning the book into a movie, as he continues to share her story with the world. The evening benefitted Dove House Children’s Advocacy Center, which serves child victims of sexual abuse and their non-offending family members in Iredell and Alexander Counties. For more information regarding Jack Grossman, visit For more information regarding CURRENTS Events, visit

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Me Time

Band of Oz performs on June 9 at Davidson’s Concerts on the Green.



Just Kidding Around (June 21) Held at Veterans Park, Just Kidding Around encourages children to dance, sing, learn instruments and listen to stories with Bach to Rock. 10-11 a.m. Free. Huntersville Parks & Recreation, Veterans Park, 100 Main Street, Huntersville,


LangTree Live (Every Thursday) Come enjoy live music every Thursday at LangTree Lake Norman. Joystick (June 6), Decarlo (June 13), Red Dirt Revival (June 20) and Blue Monday (June 27). These concerts are kid and dog friendly. No outside coolers permitted. 7-9 p.m. Free. LangTree Lake Norman, 401 Langtree Road, Mooresville, Davidson’s Concerts on the Green (June 2 and 9) One of the best concert series traditions in the area is back for the summer. Party Parrot Band (June 2) and Band of Oz (June 9). 6-8 p.m. Free. Davidson Town Green,

Mingling on the Greens Concert Series 2019 (Every Friday and Saturday night) — Come to the unofficial town square of Huntersville — Birkdale Village — for live music every Friday and Saturday evening during the summer. Be sure to bring a chair or blanket The Kevin Jones Experience (June 1), Party Parrot Band (June 7), Acoustic Measures 2.0 (June 8), Calvin Edwards (June 14), The Instigators (June 15), Groove Masters (June 21), Borderlyne (June 22), Shelley Ruffin & Soul Revival (June 28) and Soundbarrier (June 29). 6-9 p.m. Free. Birkdale Village, 16725 Birkdale Commons Parkway, Huntersville, The 2019 Music on Main Free Summer Concert Series (June 7) The Legacy Motown Revue performs June 7. Time TBA. Free. Mooresville Town Hall Lawn 413 N. Main Street, Mooresville Parks & Recreation, Laval Celtic Concert (June 21) Jamie Laval and Megan McConnell take an exciting musical journey through ancient Celtic lands, evocatively reimagining Gaelic love songs and boisterous peasant dances. Laval is recognized

throughout the U.S. and Britain as one of the premier performers of Celtic music on the international touring circuit. He has performed for Her Majesty the Queen, appeared on Dave Matthews’ platinum Some Devil album, and presented a TEDx Talk on the value of arts and music in our communities. Vocalist Megan McConnell is lauded for the ethereal, lyric beauty of her singing, her broad stylistic range, and her perky, theatrical performance sense. 7:30 p.m. $22.50, students $12. Warehouse Performing Arts Center, 9216-A Westmoreland Road, Cornelius, Symphony in the Park 2019 (June 22) Albert-George Schram conducts The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra performing Celebrate America! at Bailey Road Park. A free KidZone will be open from 6-8 p.m., while Statesville’s Rockie Lynne opens the evening by performing some of his country favorites. And if that’s not enough, fireworks round out the night. 6 p.m. Free. Cornelius Parks, Arts, Recreation and Culture (PARC) Department, Bailey Road Park, 11536 Bailey Road, Cornelius,

CURRENTS Kids Storytime Bring your children out for CURRENTS Kids Storytime. Storytime at Walls of Books is 11 a.m. on the following days — June 14 (Father’s Day Theme), July 19 and August 16. Walls of Books, 20920 Torrence Chapel Road, Cornelius, www.wallsofbooks. net. Storytime at Main Street Books is at 10 a.m. on the following days — June 22 (special astronaut craft, followed by a reading of Papa Put a Man on the Moon by author and guest reader Kristy Dempsey), July 6 and August 24. Main Street Books, 126 S. Main Street, Davidson, www. mainstreetbooksdavidson. com. For more information regarding CURRENTS Events, visit

FAMILY TIME Every Body Can Dance — Family Dance Party (June 30) It’s time for the kids to hit the dance floor with mom and dad. If you’re a little hesitant at first, no worries because Dave Scott Crowe of Imusination will get you out there in no time. Check out page 19 for more information on Crowe. All ages welcome. 3-5 p.m. Free. Brick Row, 9725 Oak St #9, Cornelius, 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. Davidson Farmer’s Market (Every Saturday) Find fresh local produce and flowers and this event. 8 a.m.-noon. Next to Town Hall between Main and Jackson streets in downtown Davidson, www. Huntersville Growers’ Market (Every Saturday through the summer) Come stock up on local produce. 8 a.m.-

CURRENTS Events noon., corner of Main and Maxwell Streets, Huntersville, Monocacy: The Battle that Saved Washington (June 1-2) This Civil War living history event focuses on the role North Carolina regiments played in the battle that was a victory for the South but resulted in saving the Union capital. Infantry, cavalry and artillery demos with 100 reenactors. Visit the period encampments and with sutlers. Hear from the wife of General Stonewall Jackson and other historical figures. Kids can learn military drills. Enjoy live music, food, beer and a tavern talk with free rum drink tastings. And of course the Battle Reenactment each day at 2 p.m. Bring your lawn chairs. Leashed dogs allowed, but please be aware there will be loud cannon fire. Sat 10 a.m.-Sun 5 p.m. $10, $9 seniors/students, members ages 5 and under, free. Historic Latta Plantation, 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville, Festival of Food Trucks (June 1) Come to Downtown Mooresville for a food truck fantasy. 5-8:30 p.m. North Main Street, Downtown Mooresville, www. 2nd Friday Street Festival (June 14) Presented by Cornelius Cultural Arts Group every second Friday during the summer (and into October), this culture crawl offers craft beer, local artists and artisans, food trucks, and live music. 6 p.m. Free. Old Town Cornelius, Oak Street Mill, 19725 Oak Street,, Facebook.

The Charlotte Symphony at Duke Energy’s EnergyExplorium (June 14) Duke Energy’s EnergyExplorium hosts the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra on the shores of Lake Norman. Come by car or by boat to listen to classical music at its best. Admission and parking are free, and early arrival is encouraged. 8:15 p.m. Free. Duke Energy’s EnergyExplorium, 13339

Photography by Brant Waldeck

clude Jarod Charzewski, Robert Doster, Scott Froschauer, Cathy Perry, Richard Pitts and Robert Porreca. Robbins Park, 17738 West Catawba Avenue, Cornelius Arts Center Various exhibitions. Mon-Thu 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Fri-Sat 9 a.m.noon. 19725 Oak Street, Cornelius, 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.

Dave Scott Crowe’s IMUSINATION and CURRENTS Events host the Every Body Can Dance — Family Dance Party on June 30 at Brick Row in Cornelius. McGuire Nuclear Station Road, Huntersville, www. Cornelius Outdoor Cinema Series (June 15) Enjoy movies outside all over the town of Cornelius through Cornelius Parks, Arts, Recreation and Culture (PARC) Department. Smallfoot plays on June 15 at Cornelius Town Hall, 21445 Catawba Avenue,


Beyond Walls (Through January 31, 2020) Beyond Walls is Cornelius’ annual, award-winning public art exhibition. Of the 30 submissions representing 9 different states, the Public Art Committee selected seven sculptures by six artists for the 2019-20 show. Artists in-

Lake Country Gallery Various exhibitions. Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Exit 36 – Mooresville, between Belk and Kohl’s, 704.664.5022, www. Mooresville Arts Gallery Art of the Wild is an exhibit and fundraising event, showcasing North Carolina wildlife through fine art. This exhibit/ fundraiser is a collaborative effort between Moores-

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 Various exhibitions. Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; SatSun noon-4 p.m. Davidson College, The Van Every/Smith Galleries, 315 N. Main Street, Davidson,


Mooresville Spinners Come root for the home team. Part of the Southern Collegiate Baseball League, the Spinners play June through July. Statesville Owls (June 1, 7 p.m.), Concord Athletics (June 4, 7 p.m.), High Point

Locos (June 5, 7 p.m.), LKN Copperheads (June 7, 7 p.m.), Lenoir Oilers (June 10, 7 p.m.), Carolina Vipers (June 15, 7 p.m.), Race City Bootleggers (June 19, 7 p.m.), Lenior Oilers (June 20, 7 p.m.), Statesville Owls (June 21, 7 p.m.), Piedmont Pride (June 22, 7 p.m.), Concord Athletics (June 24, 7 p.m.), Race City Bootleggers (June 26, 7 p.m.), LKN Copperheads (June 27, 7 p.m.), Charlotte Crushers (June 28, 7 p.m.). $5. Moor Park, 691 S. Broad Street, Mooresville, www.


Mamma Mia! (June 20-30) ABBA’s hits tell the hilarious story of a young woman’s search for her birth father. On the eve of her wedding, her quest brings three men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. This sunny and funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. Recommended for ages 12 and up. Thu-Sat 8 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. $15-$29. Davidson Community Players, Duke Family Performance Hall, Davidson College,

JUNE 2019

Huntersville Movies in the Park (June 27) Come see Smallfoot under the stars. Movie begins at 7 p.m.

Free. Huntersville Parks & Recreation, Veterans Park, 100 Main Street, Huntersville

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,

ville Arts and Lake Norman Wildlife Conservationists - a local chapter of the North Carolina Wildlife Federation. Proceeds from sales of donated and sold artwork will benefit the mission of both organizations. (June 4-27, opening reception June 14 from 6-8 p.m.).Tue-Fri noon-4 p.m., Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 103 W. Center Avenue, Mooresville,


Lori's Larks

Express Yourself by Lori K. Tate | photography by José Vásquez

JUNE 2019


can write in many forms, but poetry has always eluded me. Sure, I completed the poetry assignments I was given in my high school English classes, but my poems aren’t anything anyone would ever want to publish — or read for that matter. But like ice-skating, gymnastics and guitar playing, just because I can’t do it doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy watching other people do it. So when I discovered Waterbean Poetry Night at the Mic, I made plans to attend. Founded by Jonathan K. Rice and Leslie M. Rupracht, Waterbean Poetry Night at the Mic began at Waterbean Coffee in Huntersville in April 2015. Rice founded the Iodine Poetry Journal, which was in print for 17 years, while Rupracht served as the senior associate editor of the publication. Rice retired from his hosting duties in December 2017, so Rupracht, a poet, editor and artist who lives

in Huntersville, now hosts the evening solo. Waterbean Poetry Night at the Mic is held on the fourth Wednesday of every month from 7-9 p.m. “The audience varies each month, and many in attendance sign up to read during the open mic segment of the evening,” explains Rupracht. “There’s always a nice range of established, emerging and student poets, as well as academics, editors, retirees, educators, first-timers and lay people.” My friends, Carole Lambert, a sales associate for CURRENTS, and Ginny Wiese joined me, and on the night we went, José Vásquez, a multidisciplinary artist (and published poet) originally from Mexico who now lives in Charlotte, and Gabrielle Brant Freeman, a professor at East Carolina University who recently published a book of poetry called When She Was Bad, were the headliners for the evening.

Gabrielle Brant Freeman reads from her book of poetry titled When She Was Bad. Inset, from left, Freeman, Leslie M. Rupracht and José Vázquez.

Vásquez started out with a poem that he wrote for his children titled The Most Beautiful Sound. Freeman followed Vásquez’s readings by sharing her poems called Keep Your Shirt On and How to Snag a Man. These readings were powerful in content and delivery. One of Vásquez’s poems nearly brought me to tears. There were about 30 of us in the audience, and after these two read, we took a 15-minute break, where we could purchase books and have them signed. The second portion of the evening was filled with readings from local poets of all ages and backgrounds covering a variety of topics. Some were funny, while others were extremely poignant. That’s the magic of the evening. Rupracht loves the element of diversity that the readings foster. “There are so many different kinds of people who love the same genre,” she says.

Editor Lori K. Tate soaks in Waterbean Poetry Night at the Mic

From left, Leslie M. Rupracht and Lori K. Tate.

“These readings are meant to be a safe place. My philosophy as host is fostering diversity, kindness, community and peace through poetry.” It was a fun night, and all three of us left inspired. No, I’m not going to start writing poetry, but I’m certainly going to go back and listen to more of it.

Waterbean Poetry Night at the Mic - Every fourth Wednesday from 7-9 p.m. Waterbean Coffee 9705 Sam Furr Road, Suite A Look for Waterbean Poetry Night at the Mic on Facebook and Instagram.

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CURRENTS dedicates our June issue to the service and sacrifice of Mooresville Police Officer Jordan Harris Sheldon. Thank you for your heroic service to our community. March 4, 1987 — End of Watch May 4, 2019

Photography by Ken Noblezada


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