Lake Norman Currents September 2017

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Downtown Statesville comes alive Cookies for Kids’ Cancer’s Emily Fowler and Nicole Fiehler A fresh Mooresville home redo

Renovate +Restore Time to regroup for fall

VOL. 10 NUMBER September 2017





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Contents September 2017 vol. 10 No. 9

20 Make a Mess Rosa Murillo’s organically grown career

22 Thoughts from the Man Cave The perils of home remodeling

24 Navigators Emily Fowler and Nicole

About the Cover:

Ken Noblezada shot this Mooresville home that was designed by Kelly Cruz of Kelly Cruz Interiors in Davidson.

Channel Markers Movers, shakers and more at the lake

15 Jenna Patrick pens a tale of forgiveness and family ties

16 Hoke Lumber’s legacy 18 Tim and Christina Britt

Lewis love coming home

Fiehler are good cookies

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

72 Lori’s Larks Editor Lori K. Tate soaks in relaxation at Buoyancy

Lake Spaces

How we live at the lake

48 Dwellings

Kelly Cruz helps a Mooresville couple rightsize into the perfect home

28 G ame On

Competitive cheering soars to new heights


Dine + Wine

Eating, drinking, cooking and fun

62 Wine Time


Synergy at Mestizo

63 On Tap

Craft beers and cook outs

64 Nibbles + Bites

34 T rends + Style Autumn accents

Duck, duck, donuts

66 Click Cuisine

A Slice of Jess blog

68 In the Kitchen

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e didn’t have plans. My husband and I went back and forth about what to do for the 2017 Solar Eclipse. With no hotel reservations and signs on I-77 warning about bad traffic five days prior, we decided against driving to South Carolina the morning of the big sun and moon show. Our daughter, Margot, wanted to go to school, even though her absence was excused, and our son, Graydon, was devastated that he wouldn’t get to experience the line of totality. I felt guilty that we didn’t have something special planned for this once in a lifetime event, and my husband, John, just wanted the four of us to be together. As luck would have it, most of our extended family was coming into town for a family gathering during the time of the eclipse. After mulling through our options, John came up with the brilliant idea of going out on the pontoon to view it. Not only would the four of us be together, but we’d also be with aunts, uncles and cousins. By the time we loaded the boat, we had 12 people aboard ages 7 to 88 and five sets of glasses. We ventured to D5 in Davidson Creek and stopped the boat. To our surprise, traffic was pretty heavy for a Monday. It didn’t take long to realize that all of the other boats were up to the same thing we were. As the clock

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approached 2:30 p.m., things began to slow down. By 2:40 p.m., all the boats had stopped, and any kids that were playing in the water took a break from splashing around. The air began to get cooler, and a subtle breeze kicked up. Suddenly the lake was flooded with a strange kind of light I had never seen before. It wasn’t twilight. It wasn’t overcast. It was the shadow of light, eerie and beautiful all at once. We took turns using our special glasses to see the eclipse. Although we knew we weren’t in the line of totality, we kept hoping the moon would cover just a little bit more of what now looked like a giant orange fingernail. We wanted more of the magic. While I stood there looking at the eclipse, I felt a peaceful calm. It only lasted for a couple of minutes, but it was wonderful. Everything was still. Everything was quiet. Soon the other boats started moving, and I

remembered a suggestion my daughter gave that morning. She asked my husband to cue up The Beatles’ Here Comes the Sun on his iPod for the end of the eclipse. As the song’s sweet guitar intro began to play, I looked at the tableau of my family. There was Aunt Ebba Jo chatting with her grandson’s girlfriend, Zoe. My cousin, Jessie, leaned on her father’s shoulder. John, Margot and Graydon were preparing to jump in the water, while my mother-in-law tried to catch the last views of the eclipse. Uncle Bob was trying to take a photo through the glasses with his iPad, and Aunt Martha was sipping her drink. Though we didn’t plan it, I realized that this was the best way to watch the eclipse, totality or not. Those few moments of tranquility were powerful in the perspective they provided. With the beginning of school and activities, work commitments, and entertaining family, I had reached my stress limit and desperately needed to be reminded to appreciate what’s in front of me. Everything became clear between the eclipse and watching my family. As we made our way back to the dock, I listened as George Harrison sang, “Here comes the sun, and I say it’s all right.” It’s all right, indeed.

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of Half as one of “10 Books You Have to Read this Summer,” and Patrick has also received reviews from Kirkus, Buzzfeed, Working Mother, Popsugar and SheKnows. In addition, while promoting the novel, she published essays with Harper’s Bazaar and First For Women. Patrick says she always loved writing but wasn’t sure she would be able to sustain a good career taking the English major route. “As time went on I missed it so much,” she says. “For me, it’s a great release. If I’m stressed, I write. It soothes me. A page became a chapter, and a chapter became a book. It helps me. It’s complex, and there are a lot of different things going on at once and my engineering background helps.” She likes to work on outlining and plotting using the software program Scrivener, as well as Excel spreadsheets. Patrick is working on her next novel, while continuing to work as an engineer three days a week and drive her daughters to their practices and competitions, many of which are out of town. She always credits her husband for making sure she has time to write when she needs it. — Renee Roberson, photography courtesy of Jenna Patrick


Redbook gave Patrick's book rave reviews.

hen Jenna Patrick first got the idea for her debut novel, The Rules of Half, she was juggling the demands of a career in engineering and the schedules of her two daughters, who are both competitive gymnasts. Patrick says it took her about a year to finish the first draft of the book, which centers on a family dealing with mental illness set in small-town America. While Patrick’s path to publication was different than she first imagined it, she couldn’t be happier with the reception of her novel. The Sherrills Ford resident says she first got the idea for the story after reading a newspaper article about an accidental death in a family. She wondered if she would be able to live with herself personally if something similar happened to her. She has also struggled with depression in the past and has had family members deal with mental illness. After finishing the novel, hiring an independent editor, and sending out queries to agents and publishing houses, she learned about SparkPress, an independent publishing company (and imprint of Ingram Publisher Services) that specializes in merging the traditional publishing model with new and innovative strategies. Redbook has listed The Rules


For the Long Run

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Hoke Lumber Company is a family legacy



Davidson's Hoke Lumber Company is a fourth generation family business.


n the ever-changing and growing Lake Norman area, a fourth generation family business like Hoke Lumber is an anomaly. Hoke Lumber Company’s story began in 1940 when Charlie Hoke bought an existing small sawmill on six acres in Davidson. His business partners were his brothers, Alton and Woodrow. By 1943, Charlie added a retail store selling building supplies, and a second generation of Hokes, his children, Charles Jr. and Dot, came on board. “A lot of lumber yards started after World War II to support the needs of soldiers coming home, getting married, and wanting to build a house and start a family,” says Rick Hoke, who took over for his father, Charlie Jr., in 2006. Rick manages Hoke Lumber with his sister, Tammy, and

her son, Ryan. Dot, who was 19 years old when she came to work at the family business, retired this year at the age of 87. Little did the Hoke brothers know that the area surrounding their lumber store would one day become prime real estate. Lake Norman and Interstate 77 did not exist when they went into business. Regardless, development has had a profound impact on the lumber store. Until the building of Interstate 77, Rick says most of Hoke Lumber’s business was local. The Interstate expanded business into counties surrounding the lake, such as Rowan, Catawba and Lincoln. When Lake Norman, the largest man-made lake in North Carolina, was completed in the early 1960s, people began moving to the lake and building houses. The population growth continues today, as

custom builders and remodelers comprise much of Hoke Lumber’s business. The store is open to the public for purchasing building supplies, doors and windows. The lake lifestyle has also shaped the direction of Hoke Lumber. In addition to lumber and building materials, Hoke Lumber has ventured into boat and powered watercraft lifts. “People who gravitate to the lake tend to want outdoor living spaces,” says Rick. Building materials for docks, decks, porches and sunrooms continue to be in high demand. Many independent, familyowned lumber companies are a thing of the past. Rick says Hoke Lumber, which employs 30 people, continues to thrive because the company

Hoke Lumber Company began in 1940.

continues to focus on providing quality products and customer service. “Our focus, since the beginning, has always been on selling high quality products and services. We’ve always been a small, family business that puts a lot of emphasis on customers,” explains Rick. “It’s all about relationships. We know our customers by name, and they can come in and sit down with us.”

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Baseball hats are always fun,and these North Carolina hats made in Wilmington, North Carolina especially for Sweet Magnolia are extra fun, as the shape of our state is cut from vintage Lilly Pulitzer shower curtains and sheets. You can purchase these hats for $22 each at Sweet Magnolia, 8301 Magnolia Estates Drive, Cornelius, look for Sweet Magnolia on Facebook. — Lori K. Tate

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n our March 2017 issue, we wrote about Davidson’s Stacey Simms' podcast called Diabetes Connections (p. 15). Simms was recently named one of “12 People to Know for 2017” by Diabetes Forecast®, the Healthy Living Magazine of the American Diabetes Association. The magazine calls the list The Movers, Shakers, and Game Changers in the Diabetes World. Simms’ weekly podcast aims to educate and inspire listeners about diabetes, with a focus on type 1. A former local TV anchor and radio news host, her son was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes just before he turned 2 in 2006. Since then, Simms has

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focused on advocating and educating for and about diabetes. "This is such an honor and incredibly gratifying,” says Simms. “When I started the podcast in 2015, I wanted to create a show with credible information, good support and unlimited inspiration. I also missed all the interviews I used to do as a radio host. Being on this list is a pinch-me moment.” — Compiled by Lori K. Tate, photography courtesy of Stacey Simms

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Tim and Christina Britt Lewis love coming home

Top and bottom left: Tim and Christina Britt Lewis of Davidson started The Redesign Company, a business that focuses on using what clients already have to beautify their homes. Bottom right: Tim and Christina with their two sons.

Tim and Christina Britt Lewis



“Home is the most important place in the world,” says Christina Britt Lewis, an interior designer in Davidson. After staying with home with her children for seven years, Christina decided she wanted to use her design skills to help others. Before becoming a mother she worked at a small architectural firm as a project assistant. “My husband, Tim, and I were living a traditional life. We were climbing the ladder and keeping up with the Joneses. We felt that there was more,” remembers Christina. “We wanted to spend our lives giving back to the world.” At the time they were living in Bedford, New Hampshire. They sold everything, moved South and started The Redesign Company, a business that focuses on using what clients already have to beautify their homes. In order to keep overhead costs at an affordable price for her clients, Christina works out of her home, alongside her husband. “Word of mouth caused it to grow into what it is today,” says Christina. “While we sometimes buy, we use things that people already have. People can then see its beauty.” In order to make their home feel most like them, Christina

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Organically Grown Rosa Murillo trusts the creative process

by Rosie Molinary photography by Lisa Crates

Three years ago Huntersville's Rosa Murillo launched Muro Jewelry. SEPTEMBER 2017


Behind the s a jewelry maker, Rosa Murillo knows the creative process is organic. But it is not just her process that is organic. Getting to where she is today was also completely organic. Originally from Mexico, Murillo practiced architecture before her husband’s work brought them to the United States. When they moved, she was originally without a work permit. Meanwhile, she had her first child and discovered she desperately needed something for herself as she navigated a new country and motherhood. “The reason I really started painting was I became a mom,” recalls Murillo. “You become

a different person completely; you have all of these different responsibilities. Painting for me became my time.” To make time for painting, Murillo placed her daughter in daycare on Friday mornings and would go home to paint, play with materials and research other people’s work. “I tried to get the creative thing going and that for me was like a meditation. It really grounded me; it made me feel like I was myself again,” she says. “Having something to do, a little project, gave me some space for me. It made me happy. It was like I had a secret no one knew.” When Murillo's second child was born, she experienced

post-partum depression. Her artwork became a saving grace, allowing her to claim a sense of calm in the midst of the challenge. A move to Huntersville was also healing, as Murillo welcomed the friendliness of the community. Soon, Murillo’s art moved from larger paintings to smaller forms. “I started painting smaller and smaller paintings, and I thought maybe I could put this in a ring. I put resin on top of those rings to protect the painting,” she explains of the process that ultimately led her to begin creating necklaces that are a unique union of wood, resin and metal. Three years ago she

Process Creativity is: Life. What do you wish you had more time for in your life? Travel. What creative resource has been most helpful to you? My sketchbook. What recommendation do you have? Join a group that is doing something creative. Why does creativity matter? Creativity is not about making something that is good or making something people like. It is about the process you go through. The final piece is not what it is about; it is about the person you become after it.

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process when you feel like it is terrible, but you have to push through it. It may not end up being a masterpiece, but you will learn something.” When she hits the creative wall, Murillo doesn’t despair. She regroups. “You can force it, but it’s not going to turn out good. I switch to a different activity. If I am making jewelry and I am not feeling it, I go take a walk. If I think I have made everything I can make, I give myself permission to not do anything, and I take a class — like weaving or woodworking. I am doing something creative, but it is not in my medium. That has helped open up the ideas.” It’s not surprising that this organic shift works for her art since it has worked so profoundly for her life. Says Murillo, “Creativity taught me to push through the bad times, to trust the process and push through it to get to a beautiful result.”


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by Mike Savicki

The perils and pitfalls of a home remodel



“A remodel is a reality check not a reality show," says Ray Kelly. rue story. Many years ago, my family made the decision to undergo a series of fairly invasive home remodeling projects on an old summer cottage all at the same time. Why did I choose the word invasive? Because each of the three remodels involved areas of the house we, as a family, used daily — the kitchen, master bathroom, plus the front entry and wraparound deck — and we knew there would be some degree of inconvenience to our lifestyle as the magnificent transformations took shape. Now the builder we chose, let’s call him Remodeler Ted, assured us that he and his team would move swiftly, work diligently and efficiently, stay within budget, and be in

and out before we knew it, especially since this cottage was a summer seasonal and summer was approaching quickly. And he said with a straight face that if we prepaid for much of the materials and labor in cash up front, he would have the extra freedom to place better than timely orders, pay sub-contractors swiftly, and generally incentivize anyone and everyone who might have the authority and wherewithal to potentially slow things down. So we listened to Remodeler Ted, handed over the cash, put on our happy faces and then prepared for the best. To say things didn’t go as planned would be an understatement. In the

bathroom, mold and mildew from years of slowly leaking pipes became visible as soon as the walls were removed. In the kitchen, termites had caused so much hidden damage below the floorboards that moving the refrigerator alone became an exercise in navigating thin ice. The kicker came when Remodeler Ted didn’t show up for work or answer calls for what seemed like an eternity. It seems our friendly faced contractor had a little run in with the law after work one evening and had been given residence at the local jail. Our money was used to pay off debts and post bail, not order fixtures, faucets and flooring. To see if my story was far out of whack, and to learn more

about the perils and pitfalls of remodeling, I decided to check in with a couple of respected local builders. Ray Kelly of Kelly Custom Builders, Inc. says that when he first meets with remodel clients he mentions that unlike new construction, remodeling has a better than likely probability of veering off course if, for instance, the scope of work changes and/or the mysteries of the existing house begin to reveal themselves once work begins — or any of a long list of other things happen. Ray also reminds me that in our age of reality television meets home remodel, pretty much every type of project takes longer than a neatly packaged 30- or 60-minute episode narrated by flippers,

Don’t be surprised if your old house never had footings included when it was built more than 50 years ago. Have a house on Lorimer? Floors that are two inches off center aren’t uncommon. Even something as simple as removing a wall to open up your kitchen and dining room space in your 80-year-old address off South Street becomes a challenge. Especially when you remove sheetrock only to find wire and plumbing pipe already occupy the space you hope to transform easily into open space by simply adding a header. “You never know what might happen in a remodel,” Gene says. “There is just so much out of your control. When it comes to budget, inflation can drive a project over, and allowances can drive it up, too. “And then there’s weather,” he adds. But do contractors typically wind up in jail I wondered?

During a remodeling job, things rarely ever go as planned.

“There was this one time I got a Monday call from a friendly neighbor who lived next door to a house I was doing. He had been out walking on a Saturday morning when he came across two men on the site trying to load a new,

yet-to-be-installed skylight and garage door in their hatchback,” Gene remembers with a bit of a chuckle. “We never found them, nor did the skylight and door ever reappear.” Such are the perils of remodeling.


fixer uppers, brothers, hunters, or love it or leave it types. Customers who make false assumptions about the complexity of the work and assume the time it will take to complete it mirrors what they see from their sofas are likely setting themselves up for a dose of reality hammer to the head. “A remodel is a reality check not a reality show,” Ray tells me. “When I work with clients on a new build, I’ll tell them they generally will see me as the hero. Remodels are different and things rarely go as planned, so when we discuss these types of projects, there are times I tell them they will see me as a zero.” Ray’s thinking isn’t unique in the builder world either. Gene Keener, one-half of the husband and wife team at Fine Homes, Inc., told me remodels around the lake, and in Davidson in particular, can be particularly tricky. Want to add a kitchen to your house on Concord Road?



Two Good Cookies by Lori K. Tate

photography by Brant Waldeck


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Emily Fowler and Nicole Fiehler lead Cookies for Kids’ Cancer to combat pediatric cancer

From left, Emily Fowler and Nicole Fiehler lead Cookies for Kids' Cancer's national effort to combat pediatric cancer.

mily Fowler and Nicole Fiehler are a force. When you sit down for coffee with them, their passion and enthusiasm envelopes you and gets you going faster than a double espresso ever could. As the executive director (Fowler) and donor relations manager (Fiehler) for Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, these two Cornelius women lead the national effort of this nonprofit

to combat pediatric cancer. For Fowler and Fiehler, September is much more than football and falling leaves, it's Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and it’s the anniversary of Cookies for Kids’ Cancer’s founding in 2008. Since its founding, the organization has granted $12.5 million to fund pediatric cancer research, and things are just getting started.

A magic path

Around the time that Fiehler began working for Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, Liam’s battle grew more acute. Though everyone held out hope until the end, Liam passed away in January 2011. “We grew by 150 percent that year,” remembers Fowler. “Because in the face of tragedy, human nature is to want to help. We had money coming in with zero effort, just drawn by the fact that Liam was this very vibrant life that was snuffed out as a 6 year old. … Our job was

Cookies for Kids’ Cancer Events The 3rd Annual Chefs for Kids’ Cancer takes place on Thursday, October 19 at The Fillmore Underground in Charlotte. The event begins at 6:30 p.m., with VIP access beginning at 5:30 p.m. The evening includes heavy hors d’oervres from area chefs, including Tim Groody of Fork!, local bakeries’ cookie creations, cocktails from local mixologists, a silent and live auction, and live music from Dead Man’s Banjo. For tickets, visit www. Pete & Pop’s Findery’s grand opening on September 12 will benefit Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. The event takes place 6-8 p.m. at 605-C Jetton Street, Davidson.

kid’s school, host a yoga class. …Anything you do will make a difference.” In 2014,Cookies for Kids’ Cancer hosted its first annual gala called Chefs for Kids’ Cancer in New York City. In 2015, the organization began hosting a Chefs for Kids’ Cancer in Charlotte, as well. The gala takes place next month at The Fillmore Underground in Charlotte. “I think a real hallmark of our organization is community. It’s bigger than yourself, whether you’re a 10-year-old hosting a bake sale in your front yard or a company who is doing an event in your office,” says Nicole. “I don’t want families [affected by pediatric cancer] to be the only ones carrying the burden,” says Fowler. “I can’t fix children. I can only inspire people to donate.”

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One objective

to keep things rolling, and we have.” Cookies for Kids’ Cancer takes an objective approach, complete with checks and balances, to ensure that funds are distributed to the most promising pediatric cancer research available. The nonprofit has a medical board filled with leading childhood cancer researchers from the Cookies for Kids’ Cancer partner centers, including Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis and Texas Children’s Cancer Center. Cookies for Kids’ Cancer also partners with COG Phase 1 Centers across the country. By taking recommendations from the Medical Advisory Board, the Board of Directors decides how the money will be distributed. “We’re looking at what’s called translational research, which is a scientist who is doing research in the hopes that it will result in a treatment for children. …We want our support to result in a treatment as soon as possible,” explains Fowler. “For our ninth anniversary this fall, we’re hoping to be right at the $15 million mark in research money granted.” Much of the money is raised through bake sales across the country. Cookies for Kids’ Cancer’s website offers a starter kit with tips and branding supplies for a bake sale, and there are even cookbooks available with cookie recipes. Because the organization’s slogan is “Be a good cookie,” people are free to use their unique interests and talents to raise money. “If you’re not a baker, don’t worry, do what you do,” says Fiehler. “Have a hat day at your


It all goes back to 2007 when 2-year-old Liam Witt was diagnosed with Stage IV Neuroblastoma. His parents, Larry and Gretchen, were astounded when they learned of the lack of effective treatments for pediatric cancers due to inadequate funding. To be the number one cause of death in children in the United States, pediatric cancer is only allotted a mere 3 percent of the National Cancer Institute’s $4.6 billion federal budget for the 12 major groups of childhood cancer. That wasn’t acceptable to the Witts, so the New Jersey family took action. With the help of 250 volunteers, Gretchen baked and sold 96,000 cookies and raised more than $420,000 for research. That initial bake sale set off a movement around the country, and it also caught the attention of Emily Fowler. Neither Fowler or Fiehler set out to pursue careers in the nonprofit world, but a series of random events resulted in the perfect path to Cookies For Kids’ Cancer. Fowler, who worked in marketing and communications prior, learned about Liam’s battle through a friend and began reading Gretchen’s blog about their journey. “My heart was devastated for this child,” remembers Emily, a mother of two. “I just loved the stories that Larry and Gretchen told about Liam. I was inspired by them as parents, them as individuals and for the cause.” When Emily heard the Witts were founding a nonprofit she knew she was at an intersection. “I had a choice, either I was going to be a voyeur who read a blog and hoped for good things, or I was going to jump in and get involved,” she recalls. “I reached out.” It turns out that Emily and Gretchen were both Meredith

College graduates, did the same study abroad and had the same major (English), as well as the same academic advisor. Fate doesn’t mess around. When Emily contacted them, Gretchen asked her to write copy for the web site, as she and Larry were dealing with Liam’s first relapse. Eventually Emily’s volunteering efforts morphed into a paid part-time position in early 2009. By the end of the year, she was full time. In 2004, Fiehler began working as a nanny for a Davidson family with four boys. During the five years she worked for them, the youngest was diagnosed with leukemia at the age of 2. “I had no experience with childhood cancer before that. All I knew is that I loved that boy and his family, and I was along for the ride,” remembers Fiehler, who reports that the boy is happy and healthy today. When he finished his treatment, his family opted to throw a festival in May 2010 to celebrate. One part of the festival was hosting a bake sale for Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. Fiehler was in charge of it, and that’s how she met Fowler. After raising $15,000, Fiehler couldn’t walk away, and eventually her volunteer efforts led to a paid position.

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Competitive cheer is a high energy sport that combines gymnastics and dance with stunting and stage.

From left clockwise, Sarah Schriefer, Lauren Johnson, Ashyln Getway and Caroline Johnson.

The sport of competitive cheering soars to new heights by Mike Savicki photography by Ken Noblezada



aroline Johnson is a flier. In competitive cheer speak, that means she spends the vast majority of her team’s two-and-a-half minute routine twisting, turning, flipping and otherwise spinning at various heights high above the gym floor, while being tossed, spotted and supported by a two-person base, plus a back spotter. There is almost nowhere else this 10-year-old Denver girl would rather be.

GameOn As a flier, Denver's Caroline Johnson spends most of her time in the air.



Caroline’s older sister, Lauren, 15, is a competitive cheer athlete, too. She loves the sport for its physical and mental demands, the tight-knit community, and the feeling of satisfaction that comes with having to learn routines and perform them as close to perfection as possible.

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Caroline and Lauren are just two of the growing number of boys and girls who are discovering competitive cheer, the high-energy sport that combines gymnastics and dance with stunts and stage. And there’s an element of ninja warrior to it, too, with cardio, strength and a bit of daring as the required elements that go along with just having fun. On the surface, competitive cheering might seem like organized chaos, with anywhere from 25 to 36 athletes orchestrating a series of well-rehearsed tumbles, stunts and dance moves set to high-energy music all at once. That’s far from the case. “There is a rhyme and reason to it,” says Brandon Arbogast, coach and director of Cheer Athletics’ Charlotte gym, “All our routines are held to tight standards. Stunts, tumbles, dance are all judged, and there is a performance aspect, too. Imagine going two- and-a-half minutes all out while keeping a smile on your face.” Teams in the sport are organized by age, size and skill level, making the sport inclusive for all. Caroline competes as a junior level 4, and Lauren competes as a senior level 3. And at Cheer Athletics, one of largest gyms in the region, introductory classes for athletes as young as 3, a six-month all-star preparatory

to make and keep a commitment; they have to be accountable for their practices and their competitions," says Jennifer Johnson.

A team effort Huntersville’s Sarah Schriefer, a 16-year-old senior level 4 team member, is partly drawn to the sport for its family feel. “I know that I can talk to everyone and anyone in this gym, and they will be there for me no matter what,” Schriefer explains. “You always have to be watching out for your team, too. If one person is down or having a tough time, you have to be there for them because it could affect the whole team.” Competitive cheering also teaches life lessons to its athletes. Jennifer Johnson, mom of Lauren and Caroline, says, “What I like about it for my girls is the commitment. They learn how to make and keep a commitment; they have to be accountable


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From left, Lauren Johnson, Ashlyn Getway and Sarah Schriefer agree that competitive cheer athletics is much more than a sport.

for their practices and their competitions. And this being a team sport, they learn to look out for and take care of one another. If one person is out, it affects everyone.” Competitive cheer athletes are also taught to handle pressure. Since routines are tightly scored, with required elements for each team size and skill level, even one mistake can make a big

difference. “It gets tough sometimes, and it’s one mistake that usually makes the difference, but what they learn as they go through the process is that because they are all part of a team, you can’t blame that one person,” says Lauri Schriefer, mom of Sarah. “Someone might fall one day, but you might fall another. And the coaches are behind them every step of the

way no matter what, and they encourage and provide support and guidance like you don’t see in other sports.” To those who might be interested in giving competitive cheer a try, Arbogast offers a few insights. “To come in here you don’t have to be a gymnast and you don’t even have to know how to do a back handspring,” he says. “Sure, there is stress and

pressure, but that is something we work together on all the time. “And once you get into it,” he continues, “you see that the sport teaches you much more than just cheering. It is an investment in itself in that it is family oriented, teaches teamwork, discipline, leadership, time management and that you have to work for others, not just yourself.”


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Autumn Accents Produced by Lori K. Tate photography by Lisa Crates


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The Heart of Lush trees pepper the landscape of Downtown Statesville.



by Lori K. Tate photography courtesy of LandDesign


Community Downtown Statesville’s renaissance offers something for everyone

hen you walk through Downtown Statesville with its wide sidewalks, manicured landscaping and architectural gems filled with restaurants, shops, businesses and schools, you experience the best of small town USA. This is a place where you can run errands, bump into friends, meet for dinner or shop for a special occasion dress. It’s where children go to the local donut shop after school and where church members stroll after a Sunday morning service. It’s everything a downtown should be — and it’s no accident.




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required in order to revitalize your downtown.” So is a lot of planning. In 2006, the City of Statesville issued a request for proposals seeking a consultant to create a plan to guide future growth and investment in both downtown and in the Hwy-115 Corridor. “While the Statesville Central Business District has experienced a significant revival since a Main Street program was initiated in the early 1980s,” explains Tomlin, "we realized that the area had yet to realize its full market and economic potential.” After extensive research and a significant retreat to Greenville, South Carolina’s thriving downtown, the Downtown Master Plan Committee was created, including City Council members, property owners and community leaders. The committee moved forward

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Realizing potential These days, Downtown Statesville is home to approximately 350 shops, restaurants, services, professionals and businesses. “Downtown Statesville is a mixed-use historic business district that is the heart of the community,” says Tomlin.


with a Streetscape Master Plan for downtown’s Center and Broad Streets. “The turning point was the investment in the Streetscape,” says Tomlin, who has been with the Downtown Statesville Development Corporation since 2006. Charlotte’s LandDesign created the master plan for this project, which involved reducing downtown’s streets from four lanes to two, widening sidewalks, implementing lush landscaping, moving power lines underground and enhancing other public utilities. “The benefit that we had was that Statesville was laid out

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“Downtown is the hub of education, cultural arts and entertainment experiences, and the center of urban living opportunities in a walkable, livable downtown district.” Statesville is also the county seat for Iredell County, and if you’re an architectural buff, you’ll love Statesville City Hall. Built in 1892, the building went through a $2 million renovation during Streetscape. It is North Carolina’s best surviving



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regulars here.” When Liz Petree bought Wine Maestro five years ago, she moved it downtown from Newtowne Plaza. “Everybody told me I was crazy,” she remembers, adding that she had been coming downtown for events and could see the area’s potential. “We all work together to make it a better experience for everyone.” One of the best ways for folks to enjoy downtown is

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example of Richardsonian Romanesque Architecture. Across the street, the Statesville Civic Center echoes the city hall’s architecture with its red brick and arched windows. It hosts about 790 events per year, attracting more than 82,400 participants. Layers of old renovations are being pulled off to reveal the original beauty of many of downtown's storefronts. Preston Canter, owner of Sweet Thing bakery, has been downtown for five years and is in the process of moving to a newly renovated larger space on West Broad Street for his business. “I love the constant hustle and bustle of downtown,” he says, adding that his bakery makes about 30 wedding cakes a month. “We have lots of

indeed through events. The Fall Art Crawl takes place on September 15, as more than 75 artists show their work in 30 galleries, shops and businesses in the heart of downtown. During the Fall Art Crawl, new pieces will be installed in the Statesville Sculpture Garden, which debuted in spring 2016. The 3,600-square-foot garden is located on the corner of Water and Center Streets. “The Sculpture Garden is absolutely open to everybody,” says Anne Rhyne, chair of the Statesville Community Appearance Commission. “We all want a place where we can go and be happy.” And if that’s not enough for September, the Full Bloom Film Festival also takes place during the weekend (September 14-16)




Downtown Statesville Fall Events Full Bloom Film Festival — Thursday-Saturday, September 14-16 The Full Bloom Film Festival is dedicated to bringing quality, diverse cinema to Statesville. This year 73 films, 10 of them feature films, will be shown throughout downtown,



Fall Art Crawl — Friday, September 15, 5:30 8:30 p.m. The Fall Art Crawl showcases more than 75 artists in more than 30 different galleries, shops and businesses scattered throughout the heart of Downtown Statesville. It is self-guided and you can begin the Crawl at any location. Just look for the sidewalk markers indicating a participating business. A program/map directing attendees to all the locations and listing all participating artists will be available at each location, Hops & Harmony – Saturday, October 7, 1-5 p.m. Hops & Harmony features local craft beer and ciders, as well as great live music from local bands. Sample and enjoy 60+ craft beers and ciders from 20 local breweries, all while listening to a great lineup of local bands. Many downtown restaurants will be onsite offering food. The full spectrum of beer styles will be represented from Pilsners and Ambers to IPAs and Stouts. Tickets are available for purchase now at the Early Bird Pricing of $30 per person. Prices go up to $40 per person beginning October 1, Pumpkin Fest— November 4, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
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of the Fall Art Crawl. Seventy-three films, 10 of them feature films, will be shown in downtown locations. “Downtown is a great environment to have a festival,” says Cait Gordon, the director of the Full Bloom Film Festival. “It’s easier for guests to get around in this cool historic area.” Tomlin says her organization began adding more events (and tweaking old ones) around 10 years ago. “Events

are important because they establish downtown as an attractive place for shoppers, investors and visitors, but they also help to rekindle community excitement and involvement in downtown,” she says. “Because our downtown is so attractive and walkable, people identify with it and want to be a part of what’s going on down here. It is everyone’s neighborhood.”

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Cruz worked with this couple, that prefers to remain unnamed, 16 years ago when they were building a 10,000-squarefoot custom home in Mooresville. They worked together for two years from concept to furnishings. “We really got to know each other well,” says Cruz, adding that they stayed in contact through small maintenance design jobs and holiday related projects. When the couple decided to rightsize, or downsize, they called Cruz in immediately to help them. They found a home near their previous residence that was a third of the size but still offered the amenities of the Lake Norman area that they enjoy. The traditional layout and architectural finishes appealed to the couple, as they were similar to their previous residence. “They had been in the house as a visitor. They knew the house, and it had a really good feel,” explains Cruz, adding that what began as a minor up-fit morphed into the interior being completely gutted and the attic being converted into an entertainment area. “We really fit the house to them. The

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“We reupholstered the chairs to freshen the look of it. It had a really bright red floral on it before,” recalls Cruz. “We changed it [the upholstery], and it [the table and chairs] completely changed personalities.” The same can be said for the hardwood floors in the home. The floors are red oak and were


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a Walker Zanger tile called Tuileries Loire Brique for the backsplash. The custom stools are from Lorts, while the table and chairs in the kitchen area are from McGuire Furniture and were in their previous house.

“We really fit the house to them. The renovation became more extensive as they began letting go of their other house and investing in the second house.” ~ Kelly Cruz space works perfectly for them. A new island was installed in the kitchen, along with custom cabinets, appliances and lighting. “We rescaled everything. The island is similar but a different size than the last one. The oven and cabinet height is more appropriate for them,” says Cruz, who used


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sanded and carefully stained to replace the yellow-orange tones with a more fashion forward gray-brown tone. The sofas in the living room are the same ones they had in their former home. However, they were previously upholstered in cobalt blue. Now they’re covered in antique strie velvet in Oyster by Schumacher. “They [the sofas] were wonderful quality, so we just reupholstered them,” says Cruz. “It [the fabric] feels as good as it looks.” The owners wanted the house almost neutral with a subtle splash of color. Cruz had the same vision, as she wanted to embrace the lake feel of the house. “I just felt like in the smaller scale of it, it was more important to keep things lighter and brighter,” says Cruz.

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says Cruz, “so it’s easier to make the bed.” They originally considered putting a fireplace in the master suite, but opted not to because of space issues and the fact that it would only be used a couple of times a year. In the master bath they decided to install a large shower featuring a porcelain tile that hints of marble and a built-in bench as opposed to a standalone tub. The thought process was that they would rarely use a tub and that there is the danger of falling as they grow older. Attic space was converted to an entertainment room, with a billiard table and kitchenette, while the dining room area is used as a game room. “They decided that they really don’t need to have a large dining room anymore. They wanted a place to play bridge and Bunco and have their friends in and set up a card table,” explains Cruz “That was more of what their life uses than formal dining.”


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get a kick out of taking mystery and intimidation out of wine. I get an even greater kick out of doing the same thing out of food and wine pairing. Pairing wine with food creates an experience that is greater than the sum of its parts. Of the thousands of different wines in the world, is there a perfect one to pair with a particular dish? Perhaps, but why bother trying to answer what, in essence, is such a dumb question? Why let perfection interfere with greatness? Pairing wine with food is all about creating balance and harmony, and there’s a whole range of foods and wines that do that

together. A place to head for some fun with food and wine synergy is Mestizo Contemporary Mexican Cuisine on Main Street in Davidson. Whenever I talk about Mestizo I get a couple of reactions: Wine with Mexican food? You’re supposed to drink beer. Or, there’s: Mexican wine? You have to be joking. Misinformed on both counts. First, the food. Most Mexican restaurants offer a “Tex-Mex” version. You’d be hard pressed to find anyone eating this food south of the border. Mestizo is different, as it has “Contemporary Mexican Cuisine” in its name for a reason. Second, Mexican

wine. Wine has been made in Mexico since the 16th century. In fact, Mexico was the source of grapes that created the wine industries in California, Chile and Argentina. Some joke! Here’s the fun part. Just as in Europe, food and wines in Mexico evolved together over centuries. They kind of blended together to create a more perfect union. One union in particular is a treat for me. It gets back to my first point about balance and harmony. My wife and I often eat lunch at Mestizo, taking a break from Saturday errands. I generally order a Chile Relleno. It has deep flavors and a definite smokiness to it. The wine list here has a few choices from

Valle de Guadalupe, the main Mexican wine region. The wine I like to pair with my dish is a Nebbiolo. This grape is more associated with the chilly northwestern part of Italy, but it’s taken a liking to this equally chilly part of Mexico. What makes this food and wine work together is that Nebbiolo also has a deep and smoky aspect to it. The two play together nicely, in harmony with each other. That little bit of synergy is a great relief from Saturday errands. Mestizo Contemporary Mexican Cuisine 121 N. Main Street Davidson

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THERE’S MORE TO PROPER PAIRINGS THAN MEETS THE EYE a safety net, “especially if they are in a rush or haven’t given beer much thought,” he says. “But what happens with IPAs is the stronger hops take over the taste of the meats, and that’s not something you want. “It really comes down to experience,” Westgard continues. “Because craft breweries change their menus so frequently, who knows what is currently available better than the craft brewers themselves. So pay a visit to a brewery, tell the brewer what you plan to do, and ask for suggestions.” Westgard says there is one more thing to keep in mind about craft beers and cookouts. “And that is smoked beers,” he explains.“Don’t overlook them even if you have tried one as a standalone.” For example, Triple C has brewed smoked

amber for about as long as they have been open for business. That beer is best presented with barbecue, and that’s why you’ll see it served at many of the area’s barbecue joints, but it is a very different taste if you drink it alone. “But don’t blindly take it from me,” he says. “Personal preference is what it really comes down to. I can make all sorts of suggestions of what I think is a great pairing, but at the end of the day it is what you want, you like and the feeling you want to create at your barbecue.”




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When you talk about craft beer and food, it is common knowledge that to make the best pairing, it makes sense to match intensity. For example, through the fall, when cookouts dominate, the lighter Oktoberfest beers, typically the amber lager types, arrive to complement the lighter seasonal grilling staples of chicken and pork. Then, with the coming of winter, breweries shift their efforts to the porters and stouts that go hand in hand with heavier, heartier grilling favorites like filets, steaks and other thicker cuts. “But common knowledge can sometimes be a little too obvious,” says Chris Westgard, general manager of the Beer and Wine Bottle Shop at Crafty Beer Guys in Huntersville. “So that’s why it makes sense to know, too, what not to do with craft beers and barbecue if you want your barbecue to be a success.” Take IPAs for example. Westgard says people will often grab their favorite IPAs as

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about franchises, as customers wanted to take the tasty donuts to their own communities. A vacation tasting sealed the deal for Scott and Jennifer Plassman, owners of Duck Donuts Huntersville and Charlotte’s Dilworth store. Their daughterin-law introduced them to Duck Donuts while on a trip to Virginia Beach and Williamsburg. “We couldn’t get into the store because there were so many people. The lobby was packed,” recalls Scott. “We

sat and listened to people’s comments. We left there and said, ‘We’re going to do this.’ ”

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donuts, too. While donuts are definitely the culinary stars of the menu, other features include breakfast sandwiches on a donut, muffin or bagel, and donut sundaes. Of course, no donut shop would be complete without coffee. Duck Donuts carries its own premium blend of dark, light and decaf coffee. A Coca-Cola Freestyle machine also offers endless soda combinations. Seating is limited with just a few tables inside, but there are additional tables on the patio and nearby benches. Duck Donuts 9931 Rose Commons Drive, Huntersville Hours: Sun-Tues 6 a.m.-3 p.m., Wed-Sat 6 a.m.-7 p.m.


order, customers fill out an order form with their donut selections. First, customers pick a coating (glazed, maple, lemon, chocolate, blueberry, vanilla, strawberry, peanut butter, powdered sugar or cinnamon sugar). Next, they select a topping (rainbow sprinkles, chopped peanuts, chocolate sprinkles, chopped bacon, shredded coconut or crumbled Oreos). Then the donut is topped off with a drizzle (hot fudge, blackberry, raspberry, salted caramel or marshmallow). If the process of selecting combinations is too daunting, there are signature Duck Donuts combinations on the menu. Best sellers include the maple coating with bacon, the cinnamon sugar with vanilla drizzle and chocolate coating with anything (big surprise). Donut traditionalists, rest assured there are glazed


Scott Plassman co-owns Duck Donuts Huntersville with his wife, Jennifer.

the only home they’d ever known, to move to the Queen City to launch Duck Donuts in Dilworth in September 2015. Two of their three sons live in Charlotte, and they felt it was the perfect market to open Duck Donuts. The Plassmans say the Huntersville location is ideal with its proximity to I-77, as well as many neighborhoods. “This [Huntersville] is a nice setting because we are in a family friendly community,” says Scott. “We have quite a few customers at our Dilworth store from Huntersville.”

Endless flavor combinations Made in-house each day, Duck Donuts are always served warm. Customers can get creative, mixing and matching flavor combinations on the menu to suit their taste buds. “You can watch donuts being made,” explains Jennifer. “We do everything right in front of the customers.” Newbies to the franchise should know that placing orders is a little different than at other donut shops. Because Duck Donuts are made-to-

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Cornelius resident Jess Bentley has always had a special connection with food — she loves whipping up new recipes in her kitchen, worked in restaurants during college and later joined a restaurant group in San Francisco as an accounting manager. When she moved to the Lake Norman area in 2013 with her husband, she started a website as a way to share recipes with interested family members. At one point, she signed up for Google Analytics and realized she was slowly developing an audience of followers she didn’t know. After that discovery, she started focusing on sharing more details of her recipes along with styled photos, as she has always had a passion for photography. Over time, publications began contacting her for food writing assignments. She now attends three to four food events in the Charlotte area on any given week, in addition to working as a part-time accountant. Bentley focuses on food content, food photography and styling, restaurant reviews, menu tastings, and recipe development (collaborating with different brands to help develop unique recipes). She recently returned from a North Carolina farm tour sponsored by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture. Being the mom of a 2-year-old son, she tries to focus on healthy recipes but also enjoys the indulgent side of food, too. “I’ve met a lot of bloggers and other people in Charlotte from this job,” she says. “It really has helped me make Charlotte my home. It really is becoming a foodie destination. I don’t even miss San Francisco at all.” — Renee Roberson, photography by Jess Bentley


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What better way to welcome back to school and apple season than with a nutritious, delicious, quick and easy muffcake. Muffcakes are rather special because they are less sweet like a muffin but can be iced and individualized like a cupcake. They are perfect for those dashout-the-door mornings when a routine is more of a dream than a reality. Moist and laden with applesauce and apple pieces, they are an easy way to get a head start on an apple a day. In Wales in the 1860s, the saying was “eating an apple before bed kept the doctor from earning his bread.” ill Dahan lives in Cornelius and is the author of Starting Fresh! J Recipes for Life. You can learn more about her at


1 cup organic unbleached flour or cassava flour (gluten free) 1 teaspoon aluminum-free baking powder 1 teaspoon cinnamon A pinch of freshly grated nutmeg 1/3-cup unsalted butter 1 large responsibly laid egg ¾-cup organic applesauce 1/3-cup coconut sugar ½-teaspoon vanilla bean paste 1 small organic apple, finely diced with skin

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In the Kitchen with Jill Dahan Jill Dahan

Optional Frosting 8 ounces cream cheese 2 tablespoons unsalted butter 1/3- ½-cup powdered sugar 1/2 -teaspoon vanilla powder or paste


Mix the butter and sugar until combined, and stir in egg, vanilla and applesauce. Stir in flour, powder, cinnamon and grated nutmeg just until moistened, and then fold in apple pieces. Spoon batter into a lined muffin pan, and bake at 375 F near the top 1/3 of the oven for 15 to 18 minutes. Cakes are ready when the top springs back when pressed and a knife is clean when inserted into the middle of a cake. These can be eaten with or without frosting. If you choose to add frosting, mix frosting ingredients together until combined. Spread on cooled cakes. Makes about eight.


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at the Lake

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Davidson Concerts on the Green (September 3 and 17) Chicago Rewired performs September 3 and comprises a unique blend of talented and seasoned musicians from all over the Charlotte and Piedmont Triad areas, who have joined forces with the common goal of accurately replicating the timeless music of “Chicago.” The Davidson College Symphony Orchestra performs September 17 and is an ensemble of approximately 50 student musicians, all of who have diverse backgrounds and varying career interests but have a keen passion for music. With only about 4 percent of the orchestra being composed of music majors, the orchestra is an excellent place for students to rehearse and perform in a collaborative atmosphere while honing their technical skills and broadening their musical knowledge and experience. The Davidson College Jazz Ensemble is an auditioned “big band” of approximately 18 musicians. 6-8 p.m. Free. Davidson Village Green, www. Scholar’s Concert (September 12) Join the students and faculty of Davidson College as they celebrate the start of the school year with an annual concert highlighting the music department scholarship winners. 7:30 p.m. Free. Tyler-Tallman Hall, Sloan Music Center, Davidson College, An evening of Carnatic Music from Southern India: Mallika Vadlamani (September 14) Come experience this unique performance by adjunct instructor Mallika Vadlamani in the traditional south Indian format of Carnatic music that will include a variety of compositions by some of the major composers in this tradition. 7:30 p.m. Free. Tyler-Tallman Hall, Sloan Music Center, Davidson College,

Photography by Tim Cowie

Music on Main (September 1) Underhill Rose with Coddle Creek performs. 6:30 p.m. Free. Free. Town Hall lawn, Mooresville, www.

The Davidson College Girls Soccer team hits the pitch against Winthrop on September 14. Performing Arts Live of Iredell (September 16) Lara Downes performs with Alexander Bernstein. American pianist Lara Downes has garnered wide acclaim as one of the most exciting and communicative pianists of today's generation called "a delightful artist with a unique blend of musicianship and showmanship" by NPR. Alexander Bernstein is Leonard Bernstein's second child. He is president of Artful Learning Inc., and founding chairman of The Leonard Bernstein Center For Learning. 7:30 p.m. $27.17, students $12.18 plus 6.75 percent sales tax. Mac Gray Auditorium at 474 North Center Street, Statesville, Davidson College Concert Series: Brahms and Dvorák (September 17) Enjoy an afternoon of Brahms as local professional musicians perform his String Sextet No.1 in B-flat Major, Op.18. Following the performance enjoy a reception in honor of the musicians sponsored by Ruth and Richard Ault. 3 p.m. Free for Davidson College students, other

tickets TBA. Tyler-Tallman Hall, Sloan Music Center, Davidson College, An Evening of Music for Organ and Strings: Dongho Lee, organ, Nicholas Kitchen, violin, and Yeesun Kim, cello (September 18) Prize-winning organist Dongho Lee joins with Nicholas Kitchen and Yeesun Kim — members of the acclaimed Borromeo Quartet, currently Quartet-in-Residence at the New England Conservatory of Music — for a concert of music for organ and strings. The program includes works by Max Bruch and Tomaso Vitali, and features Josef Rheinberger's exquisite Suite for Organ, Violin and Cello, op. 149. 7:30. Free. Davidson College Presbyterian Church, Time for Three featuring the Davidson College Symphony Orchestra (September 23) Time for Three consists of violinist Nicolas Kendall, violinist Charles Yang and double-bassist Ranaan Meyer. The trio performs a variety of music from Bach to Brahms

and beyond. They perform with the Davidson College Symphony Orchestra via a special residency. This performance is part of The C. Shaw and Nancy K. Smith Artist Series. 8 p.m. Tickets TBA. Duke Family Performance Hall, Knobloch Campus Center, Davidson College, Faculty Recital: Cynthia Lawing, Piano (September 24) Join artist associate in piano Cynthia Lawing as she performs a fabulous program of works for solo piano. 3 p.m. Free. Tyler-Tallman Hall, Sloan Music Center, Davidson College, Music at St. Alban’s (September 24) Mandolin and guitar virtuoso Robin Bullock performs a program of classical and Celtic music, including his interpretation of Bach’s unaccompanied cello suites played on mandolin. Davidson College, Alexander Community Concert Series (October 1) Eight Track Parade is a profoundly polished cover band on the southern rock scene that offers

a combination of musical chops and great songwriting. Think refined piano-heavy ‘70s-fueled rock and solid vocal harmonies producing bright melodies and tunes that glide with feel-good momentum. Presented by the Alexander Community Concert Series. 3 p.m. Adults $15, seniors (65 and above) and students $10, children under 12 free. The Episcopal Church of St. Peter By-theLake, 8433 Fairfield Forest Road, Denver, 704.489.6249,


Revolutionary War Battle Reenactment (September 2-3) The circa 1800 living-history farm and cotton plantation will buzz with action in honoring the history of the founding of the region as we know it today. Throughout the weekend meet with Colonel Polk and General Lord Cornwallis. Learn of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence and see it’s repercussions as the Revolutionary War makes it’s way through the local communities. Patriot and British soldier camps will be open for visitors to venture

October 6). Revolution on Display: Soviet Propaganda Posters looks at the history of the Soviet Union. Smith Gallery. (Through October 6). Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat-Sun noon-4 p.m. Davidson College, The Van Every/Smith Galleries, 315 N. Main Street, Davidson, www.


Photography courtesy of Mooresville Arts

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. Farmer’s Market at The Park – Huntersville (every Tuesday) Fresh produce during the week is the idea here. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 10030 Gilead Road, Huntersville.

Artist Dennis Stanke's work will be on display at Mooresville Arts Gallery September 5-29.

The 2017 Rural Hill Amazing Maize Maze (September 9-November 5) Get lost in this giant seven-acre corn maze featuring more than two miles of interconnecting paths. One of the largest in the Southeast, this maze is sure to please. The whole of Rural Hill's 265 acres is available to you and your group during maze hours. Take a hayride around the farm, play a round of corn-hole, explore the historic site, play in the mini-mazes, have a picnic, hike the trails, pick a pumpkin (in October,) and more. Times and ticket prices vary. Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Road, Huntersville, 2017 Pet Life Celebration (September 10) Pet Pilgrimage invites you to share in an eve-

The 2017 Downtown Statesville Fall Art Crawl (September 15) The Art Crawl showcases more than 75 artists in more than 30 galleries, shops and businesses scattered throughout the heart of Downtown Statesville. It is self-guided, and you can begin the Crawl at any location. Stay late for live music, food and drinks at the area’s restaurants and bars. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Downtown Statesville, www. ‘Tawba Walk Arts & Music Festival (September 16) Enjoy a day of culture in Old Town Cornelius. Food, fun, art and live music are all part of the fun. 2-8 p.m. Free. Old Town Cornelius,


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

“Cotton” Ketchie’s Landmark Galleries Various exhibitions. The work of watercolorist ‘Cotton’ Ketchie. Mon-Sat 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 212 North Main Street, Mooresville, 704.664.4122, Foster’s Frame and Art Gallery Various exhibitions. Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat 10a.m.-4p.m. 403 N. Old Statesville Road, Huntersville, 704.948.1750. Four Corners Framing and Gallery Various exhibitions. Tue-Fri 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 148 N. Main Street, Mooresville, 704.662.7154, www. Lake Country Gallery Various exhibitions. Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Exit 36 – Mooresville, between Belk and Kohl’s, 704.664.5022,

2nd Friday Street Festival (Every second Friday) This event features many of the area's most talented and innovative artists and craftsmen while showcasing a fabulous lineup of entertainment including local bands, performance groups, live art demonstrations and much more. Area businesses will be out to impress, offering special sales and incentives to event guests, who can also enjoy a variety of food and drinks from local breweries and food. 6-10 p.m. Free. 19725 Oak Street, Cornelius,


Davidson College Men’s Soccer The Wildcats begin another competive season under Head Coach Matt Spear. Radford (September 1, 7 p.m.), Winthrop (September 9, 6 p.m.), High Point (September 12, 7 p.m.), Wofford (September 15, 7 p.m.), Dayton (September 30, 6 p.m.) Davidson College, Davidson College Women’s Soccer Get ready for another great season of soccer at Davidson. Winthrop (September 14, 7 p.m.), Elon (September 17, 2 p.m.), VCU (September 24, 2 p.m.), Davidson College,


Large Animal Games (September 15-30) This larger-than-life tale of sex, love and self-delusion tracks the escapades of a group of friends old enough to know better in love (but still naïve enough to mess things up anyway) and the man who supplies them with equal parts tough love, lingerie and self awareness. Large Animal Games takes a comically skewed and razor-sharp look at modern relationships through a mix of bullfights, big game hunting and intimate apparel. This is a production of Warehouse PAC. Thu-Sat 8 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. $20; seniors/students $15. Warehouse PAC, 9216-A Westmoreland Road, Cornelius,

Mooresville Arts Gallery Enjoy an exhibition by Dennis Stanke, Jayne Braxton and artists from the Wednesday Open Studio. (September 5-29) The public is invited to an artist reception Friday, September 8 from 6-8 p.m. 103 W. Center Avenue, Mooresville, Tropical Connections Various exhibitions. Tue- Fri 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. or by appointment. 230 N. Main Street, Mooresville, The Van Every/Smith Galleries Lenin Lives delves into the history of the Russian leader. Van Every Gallery. (Through

Jayne Braxton shares her work at Mooresville Arts Gallery this month.


ASC Culture Feast (September 8) Enjoy performances by local cultural organizations in the streets of Old Town Cornelius. An open table meal will also be enjoyed by guests. 7-11 p.m. Single tickets $35, two tickets for $60 using the promo code CultureForAll at Old Town Cornelius,

ning of reflection and celebration — an opportunity to honor pets that have touched our lives and a chance to pay it forward by touching the lives of pets still in search of a forever home. Luminaries ($5) can be personalized in honor of pets, past and present, or in honor of those pets that are still in search of a forever home. Well-behaved leashed pets are welcome to attend the event. Pet supply collection boxes will be available for Piedmont Animal Rescue. Proceeds benefit Piedmont Animal Rescue. 6-8 p.m. Free. Pet Pilgrimage, 492 E. Plaza Drive, Mooresville,

Davidson Farmer’s Market (Every Saturday) 8 a.m.-noon. Next to Town Hall between Main and Jackson streets in downtown Davidson, www.


through. Children’s drills will take place daily and are a hit among the youngsters. The Latta farm animals will be out for the children to meet and the home, outbuildings, barn, and cabins will be open for demonstrations. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $9 adults, $8 seniors (age 62+), $8 students, free for children 5 and under. Historic Latta Plantation, 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville,

Lunch in the Lot (every Friday) Feast from a food truck in Old Town Cornelius at Oak Street Mill. Tables and chairs are set up at Kadi Fit so you can enjoy your lunch with friends. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Look for Old Town Cornelius on Facebook.

Lori's Larks

Finding My

Bliss SEPTEMBER 2017


’m good at a lot of things, but one thing I haven’t mastered is relaxation. I can’t sit still. If I do manage to sit still for a few minutes, my mind keeps moving, filing through topics ranging from grocery lists to world peace. So when I was asked to try a form of Floatation Therapy at Buoyance The Salt Spa in Huntersville, I was a little hesitant. However, being the dedicated journalist I am, I made an appointment with coowner Cecil Roebuck for a session. He and his wife, Lydia Breighner, opened the spa seven years ago after relocating from Virginia. Buoyance is a full-service spa sans hair and nail treatments. Here, you’ll find massage therapy, skin rejuvenation, hydrotherapy baths, Halotherapy and more. By the way, Halotherapy involves exposure to kinetically activated dry salt, where micro-sized particles can be inhaled while large salt particles are spread on the top of the skin. Its been shown to benefit allergies, bronchitis, ear infections and many other ailments. I need to remember this come spring. For my visit, we focused on Floatation Therapy. I explained to Roebuck during my initial call that I was mildly claustrophobic so I wouldn’t be able to float in the isolation tank. He understood and explained that an open tub (5- by 9-feet) would work perfectly for me. Though I had prepped for my visit, Roebuck explained the process to me in more detail upon my arrival. The idea

Editor Lori K. Tate floats to serenity at Buoyance The Salt Spa

behind this type of therapy is to rest the body, mind and soul. Obviously, that takes different forms for each individual, as Cecil’s client list ranges from athletes to preachers. “This is for stressed out folks. People from all walks of life do it,” he said. “It’s a way to get away from society.” He had me at stressed out. Roebuck went on further to say that I would be floating in 12 inches of core temperature (98.7 F) water that was mixed with magnesium sulfate. “Magnesium is a catalyst for our system,” he told me. “All of your joints really benefit from this because you’re in a no-weight bearing, gravity-free environment.” Even though the room is sound proof, I began my session by putting ear plugs in to protect my ears from the salt. Next, I showered with a blue gel that Buoyance provided. The gel contains a negative isotope because our skin carries a positive charge. In other words, by using this gel, the salt didn’t stick to me. I returned to the Flotation Therapy room, where I got into the tub. Roebuck told me that I would hear faint tones playing through the water, and then the room would go completely dark for an hour. If I wanted to stop, I could press a large light button above the tub to get out safely. I was determined to stay in the whole time. As the room darkened, the salt began soaking into my skin. Not floating was much harder than floating because of the amount of salt involved. I fluctuated

by Lori K. Tate Photography courtesy of Lori K. Tate

Top, from left, Editor Lori K. Tate with Cecil Roebuck. Above, the open soaking tub.

between the noodle pillow and the donut pillow to keep my neck comfortable. Near the end, I simply floated in the water. I was anxiously waiting for my brain to go into what Roebuck refers to as “rest performance.” “You loose all contemplative and cognitive thought,” he said. “It’s the thinking between the thoughts.” While I never arrived in rest performance, which is pretty hard to accomplish the first time out, I found that I drifted off in thoughts and then found myself again. It’s like when you’re driving and suddenly you’re at Exit 36 and the last thing you remember seeing is Exit 28. It was pretty cool. When the tones returned and the lights came on, I was shocked that an hour had passed. I was so proud of myself for lasting the full 60 minutes. I returned to the shower where I washed my hair with a white substance Roebuck provided, and I was done. My skin felt nourished and smooth, and I had this extra energy about me that I didn’t have when I arrived. I don’t know if my personality can ever reach rest performance, but the celestial minutes I enjoyed definitely make it worth another try. Buoyance The Salt Spa 16501 Northcross Drive, Suite B Huntersville

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