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Contents APRIL 2017 vol. 10 No. 4

22  Make a Mess Cathy Barkley designed

Channel Markers

24  Navigators Greg Wessling leads the

17  Colleen Varnum’s Fit4Mom

26  Thoughts from

18  Artistry Florals continues to

the perfect career

way for a new arts center

the Man Cave

Guys and weddings

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

88  Lori’s Larks Lori K. Tate rocks her ride at CycleBar

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About the Cover: Photo illustration by Kerrie Boys.

Movers, shakers and more at the lake

helps moms get their groove back bloom

20  Your guide to spring festivals

Dine + Wine

Eating, drinking, cooking and fun

72  Wine Time

28 G  ame On

Archery hits the mark

Mickey & Mooch offers tasty wine nuggets

73  On Tap

Spring beers for the season

74  Nibbles + Bites

Harvey’s Cornelius brings good food to the neighborhood


76  In the Kitchen

with Jill Dahan Almond Cake

Lake Spaces

44 Trends + Style Spring fashion gets real

How we live at the lake

34  Dwellings

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Love, ceremony and celebration

54  Vows

Pastor Jody Seymour reflects on how many times he’s tied the knot

52 Meet the Bride Natives Patrick Mason and Katie Farmer keep it local

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It’s easy to take things for granted. Look at spring for example. Usually I’m ecstatic when the calendar flips to March 20. One year, I even counted down the days until the first day of spring. This year, I shrugged the news off with the level of excitement that I have when I take my vitamins. It’s not that I don’t like spring anymore; it’s that it’s felt like spring since Groundhog Day, with a few exceptions here and there. The first official day of spring made it just that — official. As a native North Carolinian, I’m accustomed to those sunny winter days when you can break out shorts and flip-flops. Going on a pontoon ride in the middle of February isn’t an abstract concept in these parts. However, having that kind of meteorological luck on a daily basis is something rather new. I think I’ve worn my winter coat six times this year, and my boots have seen less action than that. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed the 80-degree days that allowed unseasonal patio dinners and long afternoon walks in T-shirts, but at the same time, the warm weather spoiled me. I began to assume that all I would need to wear was a light cardigan. I scoffed at the forecast when it dipped below 60 degrees. And on the warmest days, I cursed the fact that I was sweating while

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reading outside — in February. I became a warm weather brat. Then the other day one of my friends unknowingly gave me perspective. She moved here recently from Chicago, a place that rarely wins the winter weather lottery, and her mother was visiting from up north. When I asked what their plans were for the day, my friend said she hoped her mother would sit on the patio so she could enjoy the sun. “She can’t do that back home right now,” my friend explained. The next day she took her mother, who mainly gets around in a wheelchair, to Jetton Park, where she sat in the sun some more. Her mom told her the warm weather made her legs feel better and that she was able to move them more than she could in Chicago. It was then that I had this

huge rush of gratitude. I almost ran outside and apologized to spring, but then I realized how ridiculous that would appear to anyone walking by. (Who talks to seasons?) Nevertheless, it became clear to me that spring is just as glorious as it ever was and that regardless of its early entrance this year, I should simply be thankful that I don’t have to bundle up in layers to go check the mail — in April. My aunt used to live at the beach. When I told her how envious I was of her living within walking distance of the ocean, she quelled my jealousy by explaining that living at the beach was not the same as vacationing there. She still had to do laundry. She still had to run errands. Days would go by, and she wouldn’t even see the water. When the sun shines most every day, it’s easy to stop noticing it. The trick is to appreciate it even when you’re expecting it. So this spring as you wipe the green pollen from your windshield and get the lawnmower back in working order, remember how lucky we are to experience spring at Lake Norman. You’ll find me swinging back and forth in my hammock, welcoming my favorite time of the year. Happy spring!

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Huntersville resident Colleen Varnum brought Fit4Mom to the Lake Norman area.

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Taking Strides for Your Health Colleen Varnum runs fitness classes to help moms get their sparkle back etting fit doesn’t have to be complicated, and for moms, it doesn’t have to be an isolating experience. That’s what Huntersville resident and mother of two Colleen Varnum believes, and that’s also why she worked to bring the program Fit4Mom to the Lake Norman area. Fit4Mom is a franchise that offers flagship programs — it started out as Stroller Strides but quickly grew to use Fit4Mom as the main umbrella as it developed other fitness programs. Varnum says she began attending Stroller Strides with her first child when she lived in

San Diego, California and enjoyed it so much she became an instructor. When she and her family relocated to Huntersville in 2013 she started looking for classes. “I couldn’t face not having it in my life,” she says. She looked into buying a franchise and set up classes almost four years ago. Varnum now runs Stroller Strides, a fitness program moms can attend with their stroller-age kids, and the Body Back program, which is for moms who are looking for a results-based class they can do without their children. Classes take place at Birkdale Village and Bailey Road Park.

“We really try and work on empowering moms and giving them the strength for motherhood,” explains Varnum. “Having a new baby can be isolating and add stress. You also want to work out after having a baby because there are a lot of changes that happen to a woman’s body. The camaraderie and support and community are what makes it truly special and a good thing.” — Renee Roberson, photography by Lisa Crates 

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ot everyone is lucky enough to come to work with a smile each morning, but Lee Caldwell has been beaming for nearly 31 years. She was just 23 years old when she opened Artistry Florals, the Cornelius flower shop that focuses on high-end floral arrangements and gift baskets for delivery and special events. It also features a seasonal gift shop. “I walk into the door every day and love what I do, and it’s different every day,” says Caldwell. “You never know what that next call will be.” The name of her business reflects Caldwell’s business motto. “Artistry means artists try. We try to do our best every day,” she explains. Her commitment to excellence

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Lee Caldwell was 23 years old when she opened Artistry Florals, a Cornelius flower shop that focuses on high-end floral arrangements and gift baskets.

has not only built a strong customer base but it’s also created loyal employees. Most of Caldwell’s six full-time employees have been with her for at least 20 years. “I like to say we’ve grown up together,” she jokes. Caldwell’s payroll also includes her 85-year-old mother who works in accounts receivable. “I’m proud she’s still able to come into work

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each day,” says Caldwell. “It keeps her young.” The Davidson native’s passion for flowers began when she was 16 years old while delivering flowers to an elderly woman. “She came to the door walking with a cane. She had those big crocodile tears and said, ‘Who thought enough of me to send me flowers?’ ” recalls Caldwell. “I knew from that moment that was what I wanted to do. I wanted to make people happy like that.” After college, Caldwell worked for a florist. A year and a half later she bought out the florist and launched her own shop. Artistry Florals began in a rented space in Norman Landing. The space was the size of her current floral showroom on Statesville Road, where Artistry Florals has been located since 2000. In her three decades as a small business owner, Caldwell has witnessed and adapted to economic and floral industry changes. “We’ve kept growing slow and steady, and we’ve built our roots

deep so our tree wouldn’t topple fast. That is how we have been able to survive three down times,” says Caldwell. Locally owned floral shops have faced increased competition as grocery stores and big box stores have added floral departments. More products are imported from outside the United States, too. The Internet has also radically changed the business, and it’s not just with customers buying flowers online. “We’ve gone from being creative and design based in our ability to copying pictures that people bring in,” she says. Caldwell enjoys the creative side of the business, and encourages customers to ask what flowers are in season and in stock, and let the artist create a special arrangement. Says Caldwell, “You get a whole lot of bang for your buck.” — Holly Becker, photography by Brant Waldeck 

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Hop Into Spring 2017 (April 8) Enjoy egg-themed activities (bring your Easter basket), arts and crafts, inflatables, balloon twisters, face painting, a DJ, and more at Cornelius’ annual Hop Into Spring. 2-4 p.m. Free. Robbins Park, 17500 West Catawba Avenue, Cornelius, www. Family Fun Day (April 22) Enjoy a fun day at the Lake Norman YMCA. Enjoy canoeing, kayaking, a bounce house and more. Time TBA. Free. Lake Norman YMCA, 21300 Davidson Street, Cornelius,

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Art on the Green (April 22-23) This enormously popular event brings thousands of people to Davidson to enjoy art, live music and food. Art on the Green is a juried art festival featuring booths filled with top-quality art works from artists throughout the region. The weekend will include musical performances by a variety of local talents and a host of food choices from both on-site vendors and area restaurants. Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun noon-4 p.m. Free. Davidson Village Green,

The North Carolina Brewers & Music Festival at Rural Hill is May 12-13.

at 10 a.m. for participants 13 and older, and a Trailblazer Scavenger Hunt for teams of two to four people that takes place on the East Lincoln/Forney Creek — Sally’s Y Davidson Town Day (May 6) This Trail. All money raised supports these trails. 10 a.m. Some events annual festival brings everyone to require participation fees. Sally’s Y, town. Learn about communityDavidson 1601 Forney Creek Parkway, Denver, oriented organizations, listen to Davidson Gallery Crawl (April 21) Davidson’s Gallery Crawl music, play games and enjoy good food. Also enjoy CURRENTS Canine is a great way to see art all over Huntersville Davidson. Artists display their work Cover Dog Contest during the in Davidson’s establishments from event. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Davidson Rural Hill Scottish Festival Village Green, downtown Davidson, and Loch Norman Highland historic Main Street over to South Games (April 8-9) Look for Main Street and at the Circles @ 30. highland dancing, bagpipe bands, Galleries, businesses and town hall highland athletics, a giant kid’s Denver host visiting artists, including some zone, haggis and more. Times and Healthy Outdoors Fun Day that will be featured at Art on the ticket prices vary. Rural Hill, Green. Visitors can ride a trolley to (April 29) Support the City of Lincolnton Trail, South Fork Corri- 4431 Neck Road, Huntersville, all stops along the Crawl. dor Trail and East Lincoln/Forney ments and music enhance the Creek at Sally’s Y in Denver. Enjoy festivities. 6-9 p.m. Free. Davidson, a corn hole tournament beginning Bark in the Park (April 29) Bring your favorite furry friend out to Rural Hill for the day. Time and price TBA. Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Road, Huntersville,

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When you were 10 years old, what was your favorite way to be creative? Gymnastics and dancing. What do you wish you had more time for in your life? Long walks outside. What creative resource has been most helpful to you? I love CPCC. They have great instructors, and their catalog is so expansive. It is a great way to get your foot wet to see if you want to pursue something else. What creative recommendation do you have? If you are trying to figure out what your interests are or trying to expand your creativity, go to the library or a bookstore. Sit in front of a section that interests you and start pulling out books and seeing what they say.

hen Merrill-Jennings Galleries closed in the summer of 2014, the owners gave Cathy Barkley, an interior designer, their framing samples. For years, those framing samples sat untouched while Barkley, 53, waited for inspiration to strike. While the idea of a starburst mirror had come to her, the right mirror for it and even a clear vision of it eluded her. Then, in 2016, she found the right mirror. And, finally, when snow hit Davidson in January 2017, Barkley found herself unpacking those frame pieces and carefully arranging them until she found just the right design for the statement mirror. Giving something time to evolve is not something that is foreign to Barkley, the creative and entrepreneurial force behind Davidson Interiors. An undergraduate business major, she developed a profound interest in helping others and ultimately went back to school to earn a Master of Social Work degree. Pregnant with her second child when she graduated from the program, she regularly volunteered while her children were growing up in hopes that she would find the type of work she wanted to do when her children were older. Meanwhile, another love was developing. “I would help some people with paint colors or something like that, and it got me thinking that this might be something I could do,” says Barkley of realizing her penchant for interior design. “I love everything about making a home function from filling it with things that you love to making sure that the space

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open to the day. Help me to prioritize what I want to do and let the other things fade away.’ ” Barkley also finds that a dedicated creative space and uninterrupted time to focus on a creative project serve her creativity well. “I brainstorm with friends. It helps to bounce things off other people, and our friends usually encourage us to try things, especially when we are doubting ourselves,” she says. “When you work by yourself, you can overthink things.” Her best creative advice for others, no matter their field? “Carve some time or space out that you give to yourself so that you can be creative; even if it is just a desk that you fill with things that are inspiring you or a notebook if you don’t have the space. Start working on whatever it is that is motivating you.”

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reg Wessling has never sat at a pottery wheel, and he’s never performed on a stage. When it comes to visual art, the Cornelius resident and businessman admits he can’t even draw a straight line. However, regardless of those artistic deficiencies, Wessling is passionate about making the Cornelius Arts and Community Center a reality.

A partnership In the fall of 2015, Cornelius Mayor Chuck Travis called Wessling, the chief operating officer of Morris International Inc. in Davidson and a personal friend of Travis’, to see if he would become involved in the beginning stages of planning an arts and community center for the Lake Norman area. “I knew very little about it,” recalls Wessling of his first meeting with Travis regarding the project. Now, as the chairman of the board of directors for the Cornelius Arts and Community Center, he knows quite a lot about it. “I’ve gotten hooked on the project personally because I see what this can do for the town. I see what it can do for the community, and more importantly, I see what it can do for the region.” The idea for an arts and community center isn’t a new one. In 2013, Cornelius constituents voted for a $20.4 million

bond, with the money being designated for three areas: road improvements, park and recreation improvements and additions, and an arts and community center. Four million was earmarked for the center. “We had the beginnings of a public/ private partnership right there,” explains Wessling. “We thought that was a great foundation.” Soon the town purchased the land (approximately 1.8 acres) across from town hall for the center. “The community, the public at large, has about $5.5 million invested in the project at this point. Our [the board’s] job will be to see what we can raise in addition to that, and that will determine how big, how tall and how much.” The partnership will work as follows. The town of Cornelius will own the land and the building. Operating as a 501(c)(3) (nonprofit), the arts and community center will rent the space via a long-term lease while occupying and running the facility. Wessling says the group has applied for 501(c)(3) status and is close to receiving it. With a board of 13 members and an advisory board of six (with ample opportunity for growth), the center is coming closer to fruition. The goal is to break dirt during the third quarter of 2018 and open the doors one year later. So far the board is on track with its timeline, as it’s hired Capital Development Services in Winston-Salem to conduct a search for

an executive director for the center and to also research the philanthropic potential in the Lake Norman area. In addition, Ginger Griffin Marketing and Design has been retained to create the branding as well as the website for the project. The next big piece is fundraising. Wessling says they could be looking at a $10-15 million goal, but there is still more research to be done to determine the cost.

Becoming famous Throughout the process, Wessling and other board members visited arts facilities across the state, including The Yadkinville Arts Center, Charlotte’s Clayworks and Charlotte Ballet, to understand how these centers work and meet the needs of their patrons. With each respective visit, members of the board were asked, “What are you going to be famous for?” The Yadkinville Arts Center has a national reputation for weaving, Charlotte Ballet is renowned for its annual Nutcracker production, and Clayworks is one of the most popular ceramics and pottery studios in the United States. Wessling said it became clear that the center had to find its “nutcracker” before moving forward. To do that, more research was required. The group sent out a survey to 3,000 Cornelius residents, and it also looked at data from the Cornelius Arts Center, which has existed for 11 years.

Town Cornelius, where some of the artistic offerings would not even be located in the center. Wessling says one of the board’s goals is that the center be self-sustaining in a reasonable time frame so that it is not a drain on taxpayers for a long period of time. He adds that once the building is open they should be able to build an operating plan in fairly short order. “We want this building to be busy 24-7. Cuisine …Our research so Pizza far has told us that we’re and Salads not pushing spaghetti up a staircase. There are folks are in the community that really want this, and they’re pretty Pricevocal about what they want it to be,” Lunch says Wessling. & Dinner “This is a bigger project than just the town of Cornelius. It’s bigger than the Lake Norman area. This could be a regional draw if it’s done right. …Right now, we’ve got a piece of dirt and a good idea. We’ve got a long way to go.”

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by speaking with Erin and Jonathan Padgett, she the owner and lead planner of Erin Padgett Events, he a full-time finance guy. Together they are the decade-long married couple who share ownership of Paige & Elliott Bridal in Huntersville. I wasn’t surprised when Jonathan took deep, long, deliberate breathes before responding to almost every one of my questions. Something immediately told me by his tone and demeanor that he is the keeper of some of that inner wedding knowledge that we could all use. Two particular pieces of advice stood out as we chatted. “Working alongside my wife, I have seen all sorts of things unfold,” he said. “Let’s start with the venue. A golf course wedding, a hotel wedding, a location wedding, they all require different sets of rules for behavior that every guy should keep in mind. And they all present unique potential pitfalls. So know where you are and remember not to make it about you. “And as for the event itself,” he continues, “basic rules apply depending on age. Keep in mind the younger weddings tend to be bigger and louder, more of a party with chances for guys to do something wrong, while the older weddings tend to be more

about the bride and groom. So know who you are with and avoid the age trap.” Erin’s advice followed suit. It is that certain type of guy that puts her on edge. “Sadly, I’ll tell you, it’s rarely the groom but instead the groomsmen or wedding guests who sometimes do the damage,” she explained. “The groomsmen, I can pick them out at the rehearsal the night before and the guests almost as soon as they arrive. The funny guys, the jokesters, the guys who don’t take their dress rehearsal as seriously, they are the ones. What I tell my couples about choosing their groomsmen, for example, is that these guys might be fun in stages but remember you have to spend the whole day with them. Sometimes the message gets through before it’s too late.” What Jonathan and Erin showed me is that what weddings represent to women Sprinkles of innocent fun make for a perfect wedding day.

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he way I see it, women love weddings. They love the romance, the beauty, the idea of floating down the aisle dressed in a dazzling white dress. It is the day of a lifetime — the culmination of months (or years) of detailed and diligent planning, However, things are different for guys, as most grooms would just assume have a life-size fathead standee positioned at the alter so as not to not screw up in any one of the 1,000 different ways we have proven we can. Instead, we’d prefer getting a two drink head start at the adjoining reception bar, while remaining poised to make the dash back to the chapel to magically pop out from behind said standee, kiss the bride, run down the “I’m now happily married” aisle then assume our place in the receiving line. It could happen. As for being a wedding guest, the potential for guy disaster is greater. The first things that come to mind for us — open full bar, bottomless food selection, available bridesmaids and guests (for the single crowd), fun with buddies at an outof-our-league venue, dancing to music we have no right to even attempt to – are the basic ingredients for short-term wedding craziness. I put my theory to the test



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At last seasonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s national event in Kentucky, of the 180 archers in his class, Jacob Brown finished eighth. By the end of the season, following a shoot in Illinois, he was third in the nation and eighth in the world. Photography courtesy of Jacob Brown.

Jacob Brown of Newton received his first bow at age 9 and fell in love with archery immediately.

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acob Brown was just 9 years old when he received his first bow. It was a gift to him from his grandfather, Johnny, who had received his first bow at the age of 16. The gift came with some simple instructions. Johnny showed Jacob how to grip the bow, knock the arrow, sight a target, draw the string and release the arrow, and then he sent him on his way to figure out on his own how to become an archer. It was the same way Johnny had learned the sport many years beforehand. “So I learned on my own and practiced and practiced and practiced,” Jacob, now 19 and living in Newton, remembers. “I would come home from school and pick up that bow every single day. It was a very basic hunting bow just like the one my granddad used, and I didn’t have any sort of high-tech equipment at all, so I learned everything I could about it with just what I had. I fell in love with the sport from the very first day.”


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There are 30 to 40 youth members of the Lake Norman Archery Club. Above: Scott and Angie Long host practices for the club on their property in Huntersville.

Not long after he began shooting, Jacob was introduced to the competitive side of the sport and began to excel. He spent his Sundays, nearly every Sunday between January and September, either shooting in the woods or in local tournaments. He only stepped away from the schedule when deer season in the highlands began. Of the 15 shoots he entered during his first year of competition, he won 13. Unlike spot shooting, the variation of the sport where an archer stands stationary and shoots at a downrange target consisting of various sized and colored circles, Jacob competes by shooting at “Three Dimensional” or 3-D targets positioned at various distances downrange. A typical tournament consists of a group of archers (split into divisions based on skill level, target distance, and the use or absence of a range finder — for example the “Known 25” is for archers who use rangefinders to sight and spot targets at a 25-yard distance) moving around a 20-plus acre venue shooting at 20 different targets. The two rounds of a competition typically last three to four hours, and an archer strives for a perfect score of 480 (240 possible points in each of the two rounds). At last season’s national event in Kentucky, of the 180 archers in his class, Jacob finished eighth. By the end of the season, following a shoot in Illinois, he was third in the nation and eighth in the world. If anything can match Jacob’s skill level, it is his love of the sport, his humility about his growing list of accolades and his desire to share his passion with others. “As I learn and grow, I have been fortunate to have the support of my family, my friends, my girlfriend and a man named Dave Tetrick [owner of Ben Pearson Archery} at my side. Every day I pick up a bow I know how fortunate I am to be able to do this, to be outside, to meet great people and to have the opportunity to get better,” says Jacob. “The people in this sport are so generous, willing to do anything for almost everyone, and that isn’t lost on me. I’m just beginning, and there is nothing I’d rather do.”

Archers shoot at 3-D targets and compete following scholastic 3-D shooting (3DSA) rules.

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kids, not only because he has national level experience and understands the mental game better than anyone else but also because he is so close in age, is that no matter how old you are or how difficult it might seem, archery can be fun, exciting and rewarding on so many levels,” explains Angie. And archery, as both Jacob and Angie believe, is a lifetime sport best shared by family and friends of all ages and abilities. Both agree the sport is growing rapidly, and both see the need for more instructors to keep up with the level of interest, especially at the youth and scholastic levels. Until additional instructors can be trained, the Lake Norman Archery Club is at full capacity. Archery is also about giving back. Nearly 10 years after Johnny Brown gave Jacob his first bow, Jacob recently returned the favor by giving his grandfather a tournament-level Ben Pearson bow.

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If it’s Tuesday, then it’s practice night for the 30 to 40 youth members of the Lake Norman Archery Club, one of two archery clubs in the area (the second is Foothills Archery Club in Newton where Jacob Brown serves as

current president) and the only area club founded solely to help children get involved in the sport. Huntersville’s Scott and Angie Long host the practices on their property in Huntersville, an approved range, where they are certified as senior instructors. Their

archers also shoot at 3-D targets and compete following scholastic 3-D shooting (3DSA) rules. “What we see week in and week out is how excited these kids are to be here,” says Angie. “It is entertainment, competition, exercise, exposure to the outdoors all wrapped into one. During open range at the beginning of practice I encourage parents to get involved, too, because we know from experience that there is no other sport where you can be on the same team as your kids and spend such valuable time together. I want the kids to learn, and I want the parents to see this is a family sport.” One of the most popular instructors, as you might imagine, is Jacob Brown. In addition to running a growing program for youth in Newton, he travels weekly to Huntersville to share his skillset and expertise. “What Jacob can teach these


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Aleutian Blue by Sherwin Williams — that’s the name of the paint color Lee and Wernikoff were given by the young couple, who prefer to remain anonymous for this story. They wanted this color for their master suite. “She [the wife] had this blue paint color that she really wanted, and some pattern and some fun,” explains Lee. “It’s not that we don’t do color because we do, but a lot of our bedrooms in our designs these days are going a little bit more subdued.” The trick was using the vibrant blue as a neutral to create a calm space in which the couple could relax at the end of the day. “We wanted to find a way to introduce the color but still give them a

subdued feeling, which is kind of hard to do if you think about it,” explains Lee. “But I do think blue can be very neutral if you do it the right way, so that was kind of our guideline for the master bedroom.” With that in mind, the designers went to work. They selected a king-sized bed from My Chic Nest that features navy velvet detailing. Custom linens for the bed were designed in neutral colors with the exception of the duvet, which touts a vibrant Robert Allen print in spring grass called Ring Stitch. Lee further framed the sleeping area by hanging custom window treatments on the small horizontal window above the bed. “That was the only way I could figure out how to balance it,” she says. “I think it looks so pretty whenever you

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have drapery behind a bed.” At the foot of the bed sits a bench by Gabby, upholstered in a cream linen fabric and nailhead trim. A plush rug by Stark adds even more comfort to the space. Because of the room’s length, Lee flanked the bed with mirrored chests by Horchow instead of

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Continued from page 36 The design for the master suite began with the paint color Aleutian Blue by Sherwin Williams.

offers a cozy spot for reading. The standing lamp by Arteriors features a burled wood-like finish, offering more texture to the tableau.

Texture takes a turn

Lee and Wernikoff also worked their magic in the breakfast area and living room. Initially, the couple wanted a tufted Chesterfield sofa in their living room, but it didn’t work in the space. Instead, Lee incorporated a custom sectional by Vanguard into the room and also placed a tufted leather chair featuring a grayish-brown leather by Brownstone Upholstery in the space. Lee admits that she hardly ever uses brown leather. However, in this case, it worked. “As we were starting to pull the fabrics together, we thought with the hearth, the stone and the gray, and all the neutrals

that it [brown leather] would be pretty and classic,” she says. “A lot of brown leather looks standard and staple. This piece has some distressing to it, so it also gave it an old bomber jacket feel.” When the couple built their home, they opted not to have bookcases flanking the fireplace. That said, Lee tucked mirrored consoles by Stein World in the two spaces and highlighted them with two modern pieces of artwork from Leftbank Art. Shear curtains hang in the room on a traverse rod made of flat fascia wood to allow in the appropriate amount of light. A shag carpet by Royal Dutch rests underneath a round black metal coffee table from Noir Furniture. “We were trying to introduce all of the textures with the neutrals. Instead of doing wood, we did a nice round metal,” explains Lee. “So you see

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With its wavy edges, the wood slab table commands attention.

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you have leather, metal, fabric, mirror, shag and shear.” In the breakfast area, a wood slab table with wavy edges by Sunpan Modern Home commands attention. Again, wooden flat fascia traverse rods hold in place custom draperies boasting a geometric print by Kasmir Fabrics + Furnishings. The chairs are from Crate + Barrel and are upholstered in a microsuede for easy cleaning. An indoor/outdoor rug brings the space together in a functional, yet artistic way. “I love the whole project,” says Lee. “It just feels very inviting to me. My favorite part is that we didn’t have to use a ton of color, but I still feel like we came up with very interesting rooms just by using the texture.”



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Spring Fashion Gets Real

Trends + Style

We asked four local boutiques to show off their spring finery with some of their favorite clients. Prepare to spring forward Produced by Lori K. Tate Photography by Allison Hinman

Trends + Style

Katie Addington (far left) Mooresville Mother of one and stepmother of two Personal Pilates Instructor White ankle skinny jean by 7 For All Mankind, $198; Chantel top, $89; Effie shoes in tan suede by Dolce Vita, $150 (not shown); necklace by Love Poppy, $59; Lavendar Boutique, 279 Williamson Road, #F, Mooresville,


Mango quarter-zip pullover in a cotton blend by Biscayne Bay, $69.95; Sun button-down 100 percent cotton shirt by Biscayne Bay, $59.95; modern fit slacks in 100 percent cotton by Berle (Vintage 1946 Collection), $89.95; prima cotton, argyle pattern socks by Johnston & Murphy, $14; leather and linen casual belt by Johnston & Murphy, $44.95; Johnston & Murphy shoes (from the Johnston & Murphy Salesman Sample Shoe Program, retail prices average $149-$375), $64.95; MontBlanc Meisterstuck watch (modelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own), personally designed by Jewelers on Main in Mooresville, $1,500; The Back Room Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fine Clothier, 119 North Main Street, Suite 102, Mooresville,

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Ed Wheeler Mooresville Father of two and grandfather of two Owner of The Back Room, LLC

Trends + Style

Wendy Presley Cornelius Mother of three Senior Sales Director, Mary Kay Cosmetics White yoga jeans, $132; Nic + Zoe top, $148; May Y Sol Bag, $110; jewelry from Sweet Magnolia, Sweet Magnolia, 8301 Magnolia Estates Drive, Magnolia Plaza, Cornelius, look for Sweet Magnolia Lake Norman on Facebook.

Catharine Pickard Huntersville Mother of four and grandmother of three Dress by Johnny Was Collection, $354; Luna’s at the Lake, 19732 One Norman Boulevard, #320, Cornelius. You can also visit Luna’s on Facebook. Streets Ahead bracelet, $78; Ann Paige bracelet, $25; Lisa George ring $99; Mickey Lynn earrings, $196; Streets Ahead bracelet, $60; Cocobelle straw bag, $220; Sam Edelman shoes, $160 (not shown); Blonde Faith at Luna’s at the Lake, 19732 One Norman Boulevard, #320, Cornelius, look for Blonde Faith on Facebook.

Special thanks to NorthStone Country Club (15801 Northstone Drive, Huntersville, for providing the location for the shoot. Special thanks also to Shelly Edwards, make-up and esthetician; Alicia Baker, hairstylist; Bailey Dorman, hairstylist, all from Savvy Salon and Day Spa, 20430 W. Catawba Avenue, #2, Cornelius,


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Photography courtesy of Northstone Country Club


A local love story at its best, p. 52 Pastor Jody Seymour reflects on tying the knots of others, p. 54

This year,the more rustic your wedding, the better.

nuptials ~ meet the bride Patrick Mason and Katie Farmer, natives of the Lake Norman area, plan to marry in Davidson on May 6.

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Homegrown by Lori K. Tate

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Katie Farmer and Patrick Mason’s celebration is all about family and friends

t can be challenging finding a local in the Lake Norman area, much less two, but we looked around and discovered that — and more. Katie Farmer, who grew up in Davidson, and Patrick Mason, who grew up in Huntersville, are getting married next month, and their celebration has all the makings of a lovely local soiree. Though Katie (28) and Patrick (27) knew each other as students at North Mecklenburg High School, they didn’t become good friends until after college. Soon their friendship blossomed into romance, and now the couple is getting married at Davidson United Methodist Church on May 6. Patrick asked Katie for her hand in marriage on April 9 of last year as they stood gazing at the view of Charlotte’s skyline from Fahrenheit’s rooftop. “[That night] I had a fleeting thought that maybe something would happen, but I just kind of dismissed it,” remembers Katie, who teaches eighth grade math at Bailey Middle


Patrick and Katie selected Langtree Plantation for their reception.

said there were 13 other brides looking at that date.” Needless to say, Katie and her mother booked it immediately. On her wedding day, Katie and her bridesmaids will get ready for the ceremony in the property’s historic home that dates back to the end of the Civil War. Patrick and his groomsmen will get dressed nearby in the Plantation Stone Lodge. The cocktail hour will also be in the Plantation Stone Lodge, while a buffet dinner, complete with dancing, will be held at the Plantation Stable Pavilion. Once the reception venue was settled, Katie began other preparations for the big day, including finding a dress. “I didn’t have a Pinterest board with all kinds of dresses,” says Katie. “That’s not my style.” Instead she went to several bridal shops in the area to see what she liked. Katie finally selected her “fit and flair” gown from Angelique Bridal & Formal in Old Town Cornelius. “You buy the dress off of the rack there, and they carry everything in the appropriate sizes,” explains Katie. “I like the way this dress makes me feel.” Katie’s four bridesmaids will be wearing Tiffany blue, which will perfectly match the blue Mason Jars filled with blush and pink flowers at the reception. She couldn’t resist using Mason Jars since that will be her new last name. Julie Vieau’s Sprout is doing the catering and flowers for the event. “Julie is very laid back and easy to talk to,” says Katie. “She designed the menu around food that Patrick and I enjoy. She’s making it very personal.” For example, Patrick loves

Patrick proposing to Katie at Fahrenheit.

wedge salads, so those will be served at the reception. However, instead of the standard blue cheese dressing, the salads will be served with ranch, the groom’s favorite. As for photography, they’ve implored Megan White of Megan White Photography to capture their special day. “I’ve been in two weddings where Megan was the photographer, and I’ve attended more where she was the photographer,” says Katie. “I was very impressed with her work.” Now that most of the preparations have been made, Katie and Patrick are simply waiting for May 6 to arrive. Katie’s parents want the day to be special for their daughter and her beau, as well as all of their guests. “One thing that my parents have said is that they want people to feel like they’re part of our family for the day,” says Katie. “I want everybody to feel very welcomed and comfortable and to have a great time. …I’m excited to get to spend the evening with all of our family and friends in the same place at the same time.”


accommodate,” explains Katie. “We made our guest list first. It was right around 200, and it has since grown. It’s around 230 now, but we haven’t sent out invitations yet.” Though Katie grew up in River Run (her family purchased the fifth house there), the accommodations of River Run’s clubhouse wouldn’t work for their amount of guests. In addition, they didn’t want to have to rely on any of the reception being outside in case of inclement weather. That said, they ventured over to Langtree Plantation to see if that would be a good fit. A friend of the family was having her wedding there, and the mother of the bride invited Katie and her mom, Cindy Farmer, to see everything all set up. “We were just kind of blown away,” remembers Katie. “We set up an appointment to go look officially, and when we did the woman who was in charge of events there at the time

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School and also works at The Village Store in Davidson. “We had talked about it [marriage] a few times, but I really felt like it was the furthest thing from his mind. We’ve been together three and a half years. It didn’t seem like something that was going to happen in the near future.” Obviously, Patrick, a professional firefighter at the Huntersville and East Lincoln Fire Departments and an employee of D9 Brewing Company, had other plans. That all became clear to Katie when Patrick asked a stranger at Fahrenheit to take their picture as he began to kneel on one knee. From there the planning began with a guest list. “Before we even officially started looking for a reception location, we made a guest list because we didn’t want to be constricted by the venue. If you want to invite X amount of guests, you want to make sure you have the space to

Photography courtesy of Katie Farmer

Katie’s four bridesmaids will be wearing Tiffany blue, which will perfectly match the blue Mason Jars filled with blush and pink flowers at the reception. She couldn’t resist using Mason Jars since that will be her new last name.

nuptials ~ vows

How Many Knots Have I Tied? Pastor Jody Seymour reflects on love, marriage and the rapids by Jody Seymour Photography courtesy of Jody Seymour

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fter being a pastor for 44 years I wonder how many knots I have tied. The expression “tying the knot” is sometimes used for marriage. I have often told couples that I hope to not tie a slipknot when I stand before them on that special day. Unfortunately, if my track record reflects the national average, I have tied a good number of slipknots. I remind those idealist couples sitting before me that no one thinks that they will “not make it,” but that 50 percent of the people who get married do not stay married. I then tell them, for what it’s worth, to expect speed bumps and that most marriages need a mid-course correction somewhere along the way. To not do so may mean that they will end up “someplace else.” Another expression for marriage is to “get hitched.” We say that with a smile, but the truth of the matter is that marriage is a form of binding. One derivation of the Old English word for covenant means “to bind or to shackle.” Try those words on two starry-eyed people who are in the throes of planning a wedding, and you will see some pause in their expression. I have often said to couples, “You do know that you are getting ready to be shackled.” There’s usually no response. I then tell them that they do not have to go through with it. After all, freedom and independence are the “in” words these days. Who wants to be shackled? But what really gets some attention is when I am asked to perform a marriage and I say, “Okay, come by and let’s see if I

Jody Seymour performs a marriage ceremony at Pawleys Island.

can talk you out of it.” I then quickly tell the couple, “Well, if I can talk you out of it you should not get married anyway.” For the record, I have only talked one couple out of it in over 40 years. That was my first year in the ministry when I asked the two people before me to give me an example of how they handled conflict. The woman brought up an issue, and before I knew it, they had almost come to blows. I endeavored to calm them down and then said that maybe they ought to rethink this. A few days later she called and informed me that my services would not be needed. The truth is that for that couple I did not need to “talk them out of it,” they did that. So after the couple I am to marry hears my story, they are relieved and they go back to finding caterers and looking at travel brochures about exotic honeymoon destinations. How many fathers of brides have I told

about what I call the “wedding white water rapids”? No matter how much reason is brought to bear in planning weddings, it seems that the rapids simply take over and down the river they go. I then tell fathers that they have two choices; they can grumble, complain and write the check or they can keep quiet, enjoy the white water experience and write the check. Weddings have a life all their own. After getting on the other side with my two daughters’ weddings, I hereby testify that the rapids are indeed a reality. I remember what my marriage counseling professor said the first day of class, “Let’s get something straight. No one knows what they are doing when they get married. That is why you are in this course.” ‘Tis true. Marriage is a lab where we learn or we don’t. I heard Scott Peck say one time, “If we fall in love, what happens when we get up? It’s called marriage.”


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Wedding Day

Craft a personal celebration of love

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Photography courtesy Visit Lake Norman

Photography courtesy Visit Lake Norman


Top: Celebrate your special day by sailing off on Lake Norman.

Left: There are so many fun ways to plan your special day on the lake.

nce upon a time, weddings were predictable with white satin, staid invitations and well-behaved receptions being the order of the day. But today, trends in nuptials are frisky, bold, drenched with color and above all, customizable. Craft your celebration style to match your love style with help from a variety of wedding experts sprinkled throughout the Lake Norman area and beyond.




Going For Fairytale

Personalized gifts add the perfect touch to a special day.

Every wedding should feel like a fairytale.

shooting, pistol range, archery, plus fly-fishing excursions. And just imagine your wedding photography with Chetola Lake and the Blue Ridge Mountains as the perfect scenic backdrop. “Weddings at Chetola are magical, instilling a fairytalelike wonder from the minute a couple enters the property until the moment they leave to begin their happily ever after,” Driscoll says.

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Amy Bowers has been the banquet and catering director for NorthStone Country Club for 12 years — she knows a thing or two about weddings. Bowers says brides should consider the timing of their event, because no one wants to feel rushed on the most important day of their love life. “We have no time restraints at NorthStone and prefer to set up the reception the day before,” she says. Off The Beaten Path NorthStone offers all Lauren Petervary, wedding inclusive packages for and special events director ceremonies and receptions, at Historic Rural Hill in including food and beverage Huntersville, loves helping clients juggle all the tiny details catering, complete with set-up that make weddings memorable and break down. Bowers says that couples for years to come. “I love should consider the invitation helping my clients with vendor list carefully. “The best advice recommendations and space layout ideas in order to create a I can give a bride is to invite only guests that are special to unique event,” she says. you,” she says. “It will save the Don’t give up until you find most money and make it a more a space that speaks to you, intimate affair.” Petervary suggests. Situated on 265 acres of pristine land, Rural Hill offers that once-in-a- Inclusively For You lifetime feel. Clients can create Trump National Golf Club indoor or outdoor events. in Mooresville specializes in Petervary advises brides to weddings, rehearsal dinners, follow their heart. “You’ll receive corporate events and birthday lots of opinions, but this is your parties. For the big day, the day to celebrate the love you company provides all-inclusive and your partner have for one features including tables, select another,” she says. linen colors, reception chairs


Photography courtesy of Poppies, Birkdale Village.

Nothing beats a destination wedding. Just ask Carey Driscoll, wedding and events specialist at Chetola Resort in Blowing Rock, North Carolina. “A destination wedding allows for creativity, reflecting the styles and tastes of the couple. It also serves as a reunion or vacation of sorts, wherein close friends and family can spend a unique weekend together,” Driscoll explains. Chetola Resort can host weddings of intimate or grand scales. Enjoy the full-service spa, luxury dining, lakeside bonfire, miles of adjacent hiking trails, local attractions and the Chetola Sporting Reserve, which offers outdoor adventures such as clay

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Paint the tapestry of your big day any way you choose, but keep in mind that atmosphere is everything. When it comes to the perfect setting for the perfect day, Lake Norman offers a casual yet elegant ambiance that is hard to beat. “Lake Norman weddings are a dream come true,” says Cyndi Bartley, operations and marketing director of Visit Lake Norman. “That said, planning a wedding can be tedious, and that begins with selecting a venue. Why not let Visit Lake Norman provide a list of unique venues in the area with the LN Weddings Comprehensive Venue Guide?” Visit Lake Norman can help with hotel accommodations, from room blocks to discounted rates, and don’t miss the Say “I Do” wedding promotion, running through the end of May. Sign up for VLN’s

complimentary wedding services and be entered to win a two-night courtesy hotel stay and a $100 VISA gift card.

Photo courtesy of Chetola Resort, Blowing Rock, NC

A Beautiful Backdrop



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luncheon or rehearsal dinner. Lucia Caminiti says, “We are conveniently located off I-77 and within earshot from many hotels in the area. Our restaurant’s interior and décor is rustic, inviting and warm. We can customize your affair to fit every budget.” In addition to authentic Neapolitan Pizza, the menu is pleasing to all palates, including vegetarian, gluten free, not to mention children. Ingredients are sourced in North Carolina as Rehearse This well as imported from Italy. The If you are looking for bar features local beers on tap the perfect place to host and an extensive Italian wine a bridal shower, rehearsal and cocktail menu. dinner or bridal luncheon, Another rehearsal dinner consider Novanta 90 Pizzeria option includes Jeffrey’s Napoletana. The rustic dining space holds up to 45 people, and Restaurant in Mooresville. is the perfect place to celebrate The restaurant specializes in American cuisine with a an intimate bridal shower, southern twist.

and unique centerpieces. This year, she is witnessing an influx of simple elegance in bridal floral art. Trends include soft, tone-on-tone flowers with muted blues and grays, or blush and pink color schemes. More important than trends, however, is selecting a florist that you can trust. “Choose a vendor with whom you feel confident and can trust, then relax and enjoy,” Caldwell says.

Photography courtesy of Savvy Salon and Day Spa

and catering. Trump National prides itself on being a one-stop shop, helping to alleviate stress for brides knee-deep in the planning process. Trump National also has its own bakery, which can make shopping for a cake … well, a piece of cake. Be sure to ask about the hottest trends in cakes these days, including naked cakes and almond with raspberry.

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Bouquets And More When it comes to the bride, don’t forget to stop and smell the roses. Lee Caldwell, owner of Artistry Florals in Cornelius, specializes in bridal bouquets

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to jewelry trends. “The hottest trends include performance metal bands for the gents, and diamond halo engagement rings for the ladies,” he says. No matter the style, Allman says brides-to-be should receive special service from their jeweler. “Every upcoming bride should expect complete care and customer service up to — and a lifetime after — the couple’s recent nuptials,” he says.

For The Men The Backroom is a fullservice, fine-line men’s clothier and boutique that specializes in men’s formal wear and accessories. Owner Ed Wheeler says, “We rented over 1,000 tuxedos in 2016.” One of the hottest trends for 2017 is the ultra slim fit tuxedo,

featuring a slimmer, straight leg pant and shorter, tailored coat. Fashion-forward lines include Michael Kors and Ike Behar. Wheeler has advice for the bride and groom. “When considering and selecting wedding attire, I would remind the couple that, just as no member of the wedding party should ever look like the bride, this should hold true for the groom as well.”

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Owner Pat Helmandollar says the undone look is in this year. Hair is relaxed, with loose, disheveled curls. “It can be up, down or a little of both, but must have an undone look about it,” she says. It’s not just about your ’do, either. “Healthy skin is a must,” she says. “And a one-time visit cannot always ensure that.” Even the most perfect makeup won’t mask major flaws, and

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Just Face It As a medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology practice, Mooresville Dermatology Center can help you put your best face forward on the big day. Naomi Simon, M.D., has suggestions for ways to ensure everything goes as planned. “Try cosmetic products well in advance of your wedding day to avoid unanticipated reactions,” says Dr. Simon. “Schedule procedures to allow for optimal results, as well as appropriate downtime or healing. While a SilkPeel treatment can be performed two to three days before your wedding to refresh and renew your skin, Botox/Dysport and dermal filler appointments should be scheduled four, and six to eight weeks prior, respectively. For services requiring a series of treatments, Continued on page 64



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appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. They even offer laser hair reduction and miraDry, a non-invasive, FDA-approved treatment to ensure your special day is free of underarm sweat.

Cecil Roebuck, of Buoyance Salt Spa in Birkdale, offers a unique way for brides and company to relax before the big day. Why not host a private spa day for up to 10 people and spoil yourself with every imaginable luxury? “We offer a private spa day to indulge in everything relaxing, from salt baths, facials, massage and exfoliation, to iWrap’s, salt soaks, water massage, steam treatments and several different flavored scrubs,” Roebuck says. “We also treat this as a bridal brunch, and will provide fresh fruit, bagels, chocolates and champagne.” Roebuck believes it’s important to take a deep breath and relax before the big day. “This is without a doubt

the most important day of someone’s life,” he says. “The biggest decision they will ever make. Why not make it with a relaxed tone and quiet vision of the rest of their life?”

On The List Registered yet? Stephanie Nieuwendijk-Bramble, owner and creative director of Dutchmans Casual Living Store in Cornelius, says brides should think beyond trends and add items to their registry that will bring joy for years. Dutchmans offers plenty of choices for presents that happy newlyweds love, and the in-store registry helps craft the perfect gift wish list. “Most brides are on a budget,” she says, “and your style will probably change as Continued on page 67


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The Love Trend Of The Year According to Carey Driscoll, wedding and events specialist for Chetola Resort in Blowing Rock, the hottest trend this year is vintage glamour, which includes: » natural materials » neutral color palettes » native greenery » twinkling lights and candles “Whimsical-themed weddings are also on the rise as well,” adds Driscoll, “with the bride and groom embracing everything from pop culture to personal hobbies and interests in an effort to make their wedding unique and memorable and a photographer’s dream.”


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Rich Sampson, owner of the Great Frame Up, says framing wedding photos and mementos from your special day is the perfect way to hold onto memories for a lifetime. The Great Frame Up specializes in custom framing photos and items that can be passed down through generations. Consider framing wedding invitations, place-card holders from receptions, and other souvenirs. Sampson suggests

incorporating your wedding colors into your frame. Mat borders can be wrapped in fabric that mimics the style and texture of the bride’s dress. Sampson has framed many engagement photos for display at wedding receptions, using a wide border so friends and family members can write their best wishes. “We frame the photo with the mat in front of the glass,” he says. “After the reception, brides bring it back to us so we can put the mat under the glass and complete the framing.”

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ickey & Mooch has been a Lake Norman institution for many years. It has a loyal cadre of diners and sippers and, maybe more importantly, a definite continuity of staff — 10 years and more. To borrow from Cheers (one of my favorite TV shows), Mickey and Mooch is a place where everybody knows your name. Whether familiarity, comfort and the restaurant’s offerings drive customer loyalty or whether loyal customers shape the restaurant is difficult to discern. Either way, both shape Mickey & Mooch’s wine list. I recently sat down with Hope Jones, who manages the list, to chat about it. First, let’s look at the restaurant. Mickey & Mooch offers a large choice of hearty servings of classic American cuisine, steaks and seafood for the most part, at attractive prices. Choice and hearty are also attributes of the wine list. To start with, there’s a large choice of wines by the glass. (I counted 17 red wines and an equal amount of their white cousins.) As for hearty, Jones told me that her pours are eight ounces per glass. That’s quite a bit larger than most other places and, importantly, not for a larger price. Tasty nuggets. Matching Mickey & Mooch’s food offerings, wines are mainly American classics, the vast

is that the restaurant is buying young wines and aging them on premises until they are ready for guests to drink. That’s a noble venture, in my mind, and the main reason that there are no vintages on the list. Nice. With so many wines offered, I had to ask Jones which was her favorite and which seemed to be most popular. The answer to both questions was a little bit of a surprise, a pleasant one. The wine was not one of the Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon big boys but a blended Pinot Noir with grapes from the Central Coast and Sonoma regions of California. I’m an avid fan of wines from these regions, as they are great values and exhibit a clear sense of place. This particular wine, carrying the Meiomi label, is definitely This blend of grapes from California’s Central Coast and Sonoma on the deep side for a Pinot regions is one of the restaurant’s favorites. Noir and great to go with the cuisine. It’s not too difficult to majority from California. And quickly restored. they’re heavily skewed to the A great selection of wines by understand its popularity. But back to my initial Cabernet Sauvignon grape. the glass is matched by a great premise, Mickey & Mooch Classic American cuisine and selection of bottles of wine. and its wine list have that classic American wines — that’s One thing on the list got my comfortable, classic consistency one driver of the wine list, how attention. Jones pointed out to them. It’s something that about the other? that there are no vintages for attracts regulars, and something Let’s get back to that wines. That’s unusual, but it’s that regulars helped shape. Not familiarity and comfort thing. driven by a great idea. Many of Regulars certainly play a part. the wines on the list are on tight surprising that the restaurant has and deserves its institution They are fond of their wine list allocation; they’re so popular status. and get quite perturbed when that they are sometimes it changes. Several times Jones difficult to obtain. Whenever has taken a wine or two off of wines like this come on the Mickey & Mooch the list to make it more current. market, Jones gobbles them up 9723 Sam Furr Road Huntersville Reaction was immediate and many cases at a time. vehement, so the wines were Essentially what’s going on


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don’t traditionally speak to transitional times, and here in North Carolina, we have our own set of rules, too.” But don’t fret and don’t hold onto your hard-charging and heavy winter imperial barrel-aged stout any longer than necessary if you are in search of a craft brew to match your lighter spirit. Much like daffodils give way to the blooms of spring, craft beers in the Carolinas transition, too. “What happens around here as it gets warmer and people head back to

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the lake as well as the pool, beach or even the Whitewater Center, is that you see saisons, the traditional beer of summer, and sessions and wit beers and wheat beers with fruit, get an early start,” Johnson explains. “People are transitioning out of the high ABV cold weather beers and, following the lead of the brewers, are trying to get that early start on finding the beer that will become their summer staple.” So if you are looking for a specific local change-of-season craft on tap, whether it is a maibach, saison, session, wit, wheat or fruity IPA, Johnson has a suggestion. “Pick an afternoon to go out and visit some of the local brewers. Try a few different beers in their taprooms, and let them tell you the story behind their beers. They have been thinking about it long before you and are eager to let you in on their beers. The experience is uniquely theirs.” And while you are at it, why not grab a case of cans for the lake, too. With the new offering of the local craft brewers about to be tapped, and the warmer weather arriving, you’ll likely soon create your own religious craft brew experience.

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Here is a beer-focused tale that has to do with the changing of the season. And religion. Because, as any true beer drinker will attest, enjoying a good craft can be a religious experience unto itself — especially as winter turns to spring. Legend has it that in the 13th century, German monks who were aware of the upcoming Lent and Easter season pumped up the alcohol and calorie counts in their seasonal beer to help fill the empty void created by fasting. First brewed in the central town of Einbeck, they named the beer “boch,” meaning “Billy Goat” as a tribute. A maiboch, now one of the most popular beers of springtime, typically contains between 6.3 to 7.2 percent ABV (alcohol by volume), although you might be able to find some with a 12 percent ABV if you look hard enough. It is lighter in color, less malty and presents a drier finish with a larger hop profile. So should we all go rushing out in search of the perfect spring maibach? “Not exactly,” says Dan Johnson, coowner of Bottled & Tapped in Cornelius. “With maibach as a notable exception, and you will see some around here, beers

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Harvey’s Cornelius brings good food to the neighborhood

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From left, Josh McCracken and Charlie Dyer own Harvey’s and Block Bistro in Huntersville. They recently opened a Harvey’s location in Cornelius.

ake Norman’s latest neighborhood restaurant is no stranger to these parts. It’s just Charlie Dyer and Josh McCracken’s newest business venture. The two already own and operate Harvey’s and Block Bistro, two restaurants in Huntersville’s Vermillion neighborhood. McCracken, a graduate of Johnson & Wales University, met

Dyer at Harvey’s Huntersville when he was a regular customer. “I fell in love with the bar because it really felt like home,” says McCracken. He started as a guest chef and eventually a business partnership blossomed.

A focus on food Dyer and McCracken weren’t planning to open a second location, but when

they stumbled upon a vacant restaurant space in Jetton Village, they changed their minds. It was too perfect of an opportunity to pass on. Though the location, which formerly housed Peninsula China Bistro, needed major renovations, the spacious kitchen immediately sold them on the site. The large kitchen also allowed them to expand into

catering. “We wanted to get into catering, but the kitchen in Huntersville is too small,” explains Dyer. “Now, we can cater parties up to 300 people.” The goal of Harvey’s is to create a friendly environment for people to gather. “We created an open atmosphere so customers can interact with one another,” says Dyer. The restaurant

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also affordable for families, with $5 children’s entrees and a Kids Eat Free Night offered on Tuesdays.

Same place, different options Harvey’s Cornelius, or H2, as many patrons call it, features a similar menu as the Huntersville location. Customers will find staples like chicken wings in a variety of flavors and specialty sandwiches and burgers. One notable difference at Harvey’s Cornelius is a beefed up entrée menu. Popular dishes include the Arizona BLT, fresh salmon, sirloin salad and Louisiana shrimp and grits. “We expected some differences, but we have a lot more business in the entrée side and high-end wines in Cornelius,” explains Dyer. “In Huntersville, it’s more wings, craft beers, appetizers and sandwiches.” Regardless of the differences, these two have big plans for Harvey’s Cornelius, including hosting wine tastings, beer dinners and block parties in the near future.

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wine or craft beer. However, Dyer says Harvey’s is not “just a bar.” “Our focus is on the restaurant, not the bar scene. We love wine and craft beer sales, but that’s not our focus,” says Dyer. “We put all attention on the food.” Harvey’s prides itself on offering an inviting atmosphere for adults and families. “You feel safe and get to have a dinner with a craft beer or wine,” says Dyer. Harvey’s Cornelius is

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features booths, high-top tables and a long community table made from reclaimed wood and a cedar-paneled wall, giving the restaurant an industrial chic feel. Flat screen TVs line one wall, making it a gathering place for sports fans and families. The Peninsula China Bistro coy pond was converted into a stage for live music on the weekends. A handcrafted stained wood bar provides plentiful seating for patrons wishing to enjoy

In the Kitchen with Jill Dahan EASY, DELICIOUS AND GOOD FOR YOU

You could measure my life in baked cakes. Baking a cake brings a ray of sunshine into your life and the people you choose to eat it with. Whether it is a birthday, graduation, troubling problem or just one of those days the clouds seem to be hanging particularly low, every type of cake has its own anecdotal purpose. Almond is one of my favorites and seems to span whatever the occasion. Many can enjoy this cake, as it is gluten/lactose free and low in sugar. It’s a doddle to make because it only requires one bowl and a couple minutes of your time. Full of protein and decadent too, this cake works for breakfast, snack or dessert. Few things make a cook happier than someone asking for the recipe, so get ready and make copies of this now.


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4 large eggs, responsibly laid 4 ounces unsalted butter 2/3-cup coconut sugar 1/3-cup organic cassava or unbleached flour ¾-cup organic or steamed whole almonds, ground until very fine like flour ½-teaspoon aluminum-free baking powder ¼-teaspoon organic almond extract

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Frosting ½-teaspoon organic almond extract 1/3-cup unsalted butter 8 ounces Green Valley lactose-free cream cheese or regular cream cheese 1/8-teaspoon vanilla bean powder 2 teaspoons hot water ½- to 2/3-cup organic powdered sugar ¼-cup all fruit berry jam


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

359 Williamson Road Mooresville, NC 28117 • 704-878-2021

Internal Medicine Piedmont HealthCare Manish G. Patel, MD Julie Abney, PA Andrea Brock, PA-C

128 Medical Park Road, Suite 101 Mooresville, NC 28117 • 704-658-1001

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

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Iredell Orthopaedic Center Jason Batley, MD

544 Brawley School Road Mooresville, NC 28117 • 704-658-0956

Orthopedic Surgery – Spine Piedmont HealthCare Alex Seldomridge, III, MD

359 Williamson Road Mooresville, NC 28117 • 704-235-1838

Physiatry –Interventional Spine Care Iredell NeuroSpine Dr. Peter Miller, Ph.D

544 Brawley School Road 28117 Mooresville, NC 28117 • 704-954-8277

Piedmont HealthCare Harsh Govil, MD, MPH Thienkim Walters, PA-C April Hatfield, FNP-C

359 Williamson Road Mooresville, NC 28117 • 704-235-1829

Piedmont HealthCare Jacqueline Zinn, MD

359 Williamson Road Mooresville, NC 28117 • 704-235-1838

PULMONOLOGY Piedmont HealthCare Enrique Ordaz MD Jose Perez MD Ahmed Elnaggar, MD

125 Days Inn Drive, Mooresville, NC 28117 • 704-838-8240

Rheumatology Piedmont HealthCare Sean M. Fahey, MD Dijana Christianson, DO

128 Medical Park Road, Suite 101 Mooresville, NC 28117 • 704-658-1001

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The Lake Norman area is filled with talented business professionals who specialize in a variety of fields, and CURRENTS is proud to introduce you to them. From Real Estate and Healthcare to Law and Financial Services, CURRENTSâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Below the Surface will connect you to these professionals on a more personal level. Be sure to tell them you read about them in CURRENTS.

What do you like most about your job? My very favorite thing is helping sellers get their houses ready for the market, by encouraging them to do the heavy lifting up front (staging, painting, re-carpeting, etc.) and then see their excitement when they receive an offer right out of the chute. What drove you to be a Real Estate Agent? I was a soccer mom until my kids went to college, and I knew I would be super antsy if I wasn’t productive. Our son had given my husband a book Wild at Heart by John Eldridge, which was written for men. In one chapter he tells men to figure out what makes them “come alive” and find a way to make money doing it. Early in our marriage, my husband and I bought houses that needed a facelift, I would do the work myself, and we would sell them for a profit. The challenge made me “come alive,” so real estate seemed to be the logical progression.

Meet Dixie

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How long have you been in your profession? 13 years.

What is your biggest pet peeve? Tardiness. If you didn’t have a career in Real Estate, what would you be doing instead? Driving myself crazy! What is your favorite thing about your community? The sparkling lake and its lifestyle.

NAME: Dixie Dean BIRTHPLACE: San Diego, CA PROFESSION: Real Estate Agent

What is your favorite quote? This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only son into the world that we might live through him. 1 John 4:9


How long have you lived or done business in the Lake Norman area? 20 years. Tell us about your family. Married forever to Mike Dean. Two married children; Michael and Jordan. Two grandbabies; June and Adeline. Do you have pets? Two nutty Boxers, Hannah and Lucy.


Describe your dream vacation. Amanyara Resort, Turks and Caicos. Amanyara means “peaceful place”. Mike and I were just there for an anniversary trip, and it truly was.

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What is your favorite thing to do in the area? Spend the day out on the lake with my family.

Meet John

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What do you like most about your job? Believe it or not, my job is very exciting. Every day, even every hour, brings a different question or project to undertake for a client. You just never know what is going to be happening next. What drove you to be a CPA? I worked at a Ford dealer’s rental car department when I was a teenager, and the controller must have seen that I had a talent toward accounting since he had me performing various accounting procedures, such as maintaining the dealership’s inventory records. When I was undecided in college as to a direction, he suggested I take an accounting class. The rest is history. How long have you been in your profession? 33 years. What is your favorite thing to do in the area? We enjoy visiting the many wineries in our region and talking with the owners about their craft. Describe your dream vacation. Since there are two that are still on my bucket list, I can’t wait to go to Napa and enjoy the scenery and wine and then hop on a boat to cruise Alaska.


What is your biggest pet peeve? On a serious note, humility; I think everyone should be humble in their daily life. On a less serious note, I don’t like colored paperclips! If you didn’t have a career as a CPA, what would you be doing instead? I always had an interest in the sciences and wanted to be a marine biologist. What is your favorite thing about your community? I enjoy that our community is very diverse and transient. It must be a great place to live since so many people from elsewhere come here. What is your favorite quote? Any job large or small, do it right or not at all. How long have you lived or done business in the Lake Norman area? I moved here in 2005 and began building the CPA practice in 2006. Tell us about your family. My lovely wife, Julie, and I live in Troutman with our very puppy-like, 100-pound golden retriever, Jake. Our kids are all grown and on their own.

NAME: John R. Wheeler RAISED IN: Northern VA PROFESSION: CPA 704.664.6464

at the Lake

a month of things to do at the Lake Date Night


Lake Norman Big Band (April 17) The Lake Norman Big Band plays every third Monday night at The Finish Line Restaurant in Mooresville. The show features favorite hits from the big band era and more. 7-9 p.m. $20 cover (includes buffet dinner). Call 704.664.2695 for reservations. The Finish Line Restaurant at George Pappas Victory Lanes, 125 Morlake Drive, Mooresville, www.

Alice in Wonderland (Through April 1) Activate Community Through Theatre (ACT) performs Alice in Wonderland, an audience participation play. 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Tickets TBA. Warehouse Performing Arts Center, 9216 Westmoreland Road, Cornelius,

Jazz Residency Concert Featuring Anat Cohen, Clarinet (April 21) Israeli clarinet virtuoso Anat Cohen has been “bringing the clarinet to the world” (Fresh Air) and making it relevant in today’s musical landscape. Universally critically acclaimed, Anat has been labeled a “master” by the New York Times, and voted best clarinet player by Downbeat and JazzTimes. Anat will be joined by the full Jazz Ensemble for this performance. 8 p.m. $13.99. Duke Family Performance Hall, Davidson College,


WDAV Young Chamber Musicians Competition (April 23) The nation’s top young chamber ensembles compete for their share of $10,000 in prizes. Now in its fourth year, the Young Chamber Musicians Competition, created by 89.9 WDAV-Davidson College’s classical public radio station-and sponsored by OrthoCarolina, is produced as a live radio broadcast. Members of the audience join in the excitement by deciding the winner of the People’s Choice Award. 3 p.m. $9.32. Duke Family Performance Hall, Knobloch Campus Center, Davidson College,


Spring Chorale Concert (April 7) Davidson’s premier student choral ensemble performs its annual spring concert in the Davidson College Presbyterian Church. Join the Chorale-with Davidson Singers, Collegium Musicum and After Hours Vocal Jazz-as they present their beautiful and varied a cappella and accompanied choral repertoire. 6 p.m. Free. Davidson College Presbyterian Church, Stephen Drury, Piano (April 9) Pianist and conductor Stephen Drury has performed throughout the world with a repertoire that stretches from Bach to Liszt to the music of today. He has appeared at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Barbican Centre and Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, the Cité de la Musique in Paris and more. 3 p.m. $15.85. Tyler-Tallman Hall, Sloan Music Center, Music on Main (April 15) Stephen Freeman as Elvis pays a special tribute to the legendary Elvis Presley. 6:30 p.m. $20. Charles Mack Citizen Center, 215 N. Main Street, Mooresville, www.

Music at St. Albans (April 23) Back by popular demand, A.W. Duo, the husband and wife duo of James Waldo (cello) and Alyona Aksyonova (piano), present a program linking the music of J.S. Bach and J. Brahms. 3 p.m. $15, students and young adults under 25 $10, seniors (62+)$10, children under 12 free. Music at St. Alban’s, St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 301 Caldwell Lane, Davidson, Davidson’s Concerts on the Green (April 23) The favorite concert series kicks off spring officially. 6-8 p.m. Free. Davidson Village Green, www. The Planets (April 27) Prepare for an astronomical (and astrological) performance of Holst’s The Planets. From the bringer of war to the mystic, hopeful, primal, and peaceful, the DCSO presents this 100-year-old music of the spheres through a unique, twenty-first century lens. 7:30 p.m. Free. Duke Family Performance Hall, Davidson College,


Easter Eggstravaganza (April 8) Search for more than 20,000 Easter eggs at Cornelius Road Park. This is event is sponsored by the Town of Mooresville. 1-4 p.m. Cornelius Road Park, Silverlining Road, Mooresville, Hop Into Spring 2017 (April 8) Enjoy egg-themed activities (bring your Easter basket), arts and crafts, inflatables, balloon twisters, face painting, a DJ and more ath Cornelius’

Photography courtesy of the Town of Mooresville.

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Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka, Jr. (April 28-May 6) Follow enigmatic candy manufacturer Willy Wonka as he stages a contest by hiding golden tickets in five of his scrumptious candy bars. Whoever comes up with these tickets will win a free tour of the Wonka factory, as well as a lifetime supply of candy. Presented by Davidson Community Players’ Connie Company. Show runs 70 minutes. April 28, May 5 — 7 p.m., April 29, 30, May 6-7 — 1 p.m., April 29, 30, May 6 — 4 p.m. $12. Armour Street Theatre, 307 Armour Street, Davidson,

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Family Fun annual Hop Into Spring. 2-4 p.m. Free. Robbins Park, 17500 West Catawba Avenue, Cornelius, Pictures with the Easter Bunny (April 9) Hop on over to Holbrook Park for pictures with the Easter Bunny! Children can come meet the Easter Bunny located at the Holbrook Park gazebo. Parents/ guardians make sure to bring your camera for pictures. The Easter Bunny will be giving an Easter egg to any child who gets their picture taken. Face painting, balloon twister, and a bounce house will be available for free. The Easter Duck will be waddling through Holbrook Park to meet and greet children. In case of rain, the event will be held at Robert B. Blythe Building, 102 Gilead Road, Huntersville. 1-3 p.m. Free. Holbrook Park, Huntersville, Easter Egg Hunt at Latta Plantation (April 15) This is one of the area’s most popular events. Search for thousands of Easter eggs at Latta Plantation. Registration opens April 1 through Eventbrite. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Historic Latta Plantation, 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville,


Uncorked & Artsy (April 7) This event features wine tastings, an art walk, live music and more. This is a ticketed event that includes a souvenir wine glass and tastings at 10+ locations. Time and price TBD. Downtown Mooresville, www. Joggin’ for Jugs (April 8) This local 5K benefits women in the Lake Norman area with ovarian cancer via the Sharon White Foundation. Register online at Day of registration begins at 7:30 a.m., race begins at 8:30 a.m. Registration fee, $25. Lower parking lot of the Charles Mack Citizen Center, Downtown Mooresville. Festival of Food Trucks (April 8) Gourmet fare from a bunch of food trucks, plus live music. 5-8:30 p.m. Admission free. Main Street, Downtown Mooresville, www.

Mooresville’s Easter Eggstravaganza is April 8.

Rural Hill Scottish Festival and Loch Norman Highland Games (April 8-9)

Me Time Look for highland dancing, bagpipe bands, highland athletics, a giant kid’s zone, haggis and more. Times and ticket prices vary. Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Road, Huntersville, Davidson Gallery Crawl (April 21) Davidson’s Gallery Crawl is a great way to see art all over Davidson. Artists display their work in Davidson’s establishments from our historic Main Street over to South Main Street and at the Circles @ 30. Galleries, businesses and town hall host visiting artists, including some that will be featured at Art on the Green April 16-17. Visitors can ride a trolley to all stops along the Crawl. Refreshments and music enhance the festivities. 6-9 p.m. Free. Davidson, Family Farm Day (April 22) Enjoy a fun-filled day on the living history farm, as you see all of the new life brought about by spring. See farm animals, brand new baby lambs (hopefully), newly planted spring gardens, sheep shearing, fiber working, open-hearth cooking and more. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $9 adults, $8 seniors/students, children 5 and under are free. Historic Latta Plantation, 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville, Family Fun Day (April 22) Enjoy a fun day at the Lake Norman YMCA. Enjoy canoeing, kayaking, a bounce house and more. Time TBA. Free. Lake Norman YMCA, 21300 Davidson Street, Cornelius, Langtree Springfest (April 22) This first annual spring festival features live entertainment, music, food, bounce houses, stilt walkers and more. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Free. LangTree Lake Norman, 119 Landings Drive, Mooresville, Vessel Safety Check (April 22) The Lake Norman Sail & Power Squadron will offer Vessel Safety Checks. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Holiday Harbor Marina, 20139 Henderson Road, Cornelius, Art on the Green (April 2223) This enormously popular event brings thousands of people to Davidson to enjoy

Photography courtesy of Davidson College.

under the stars. Drinks, candy and popcorn are available for purchase. 7:30 p.m. Free. Bradford Park, Huntersville, Warehouse Cinema (April 2123) Elle, a 2017 Golden Globe Winner, will be presented in French with English subtitles. Fri-Sat 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m. Doors open 30 minutes before showing. $10 admission, $7 students, plus tax. Warehouse Performing Arts Center, 9216-A Westmoreland Road, Cornelius, 704.996.7724,


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

Pianist Stephen Drury performs April 9 at Davidson College.

Bark in the Park (April 29) Bring your favorite furry friend out to Rural Hill for the day. Time and price TBA. Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Road, Huntersville,


Movies on Main (April 9) Space Balls will be shown at Movies on Main this month. 8 p.m. Free. Charles Mack Citizen Center, 215 N. Main Street, Mooresville, www.

Photography courtesy of Downtown Mooresville.

Movies in the Park (April 13) Enjoy Trolls with your family

“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, Depot Art Gallery Various exhibits. 103 W. Center Avenue, Mooresville, Foster’s Frame and Art Gallery Various exhibitions. Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat 10a.m.-4p.m. 403 N. Old Statesville Road, Huntersville, 704.948.1750. Four Corners Framing and Gallery Various exhibitions. Tue-Fri 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 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,

The Van Every/Smith Galleries The Annual Student Art Exhibition highights works produced during the academic year by art majors and non-art majors. (April 26-May 10) Opening reception April 26, 7-8:30 p.m. Group Faculty Exhibition features works by Tyler Starr, Joelle Dietrick and Katie St. Clair. (Through April 14) 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.


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. The Artisan Market Craft Crawl (First Saturday) Formerly known as the Mooresville Craft Crawl, this market features baked goods, clothing, embroidery, jewelry, paintings, pottery, quilts and woodcarvings with an edge. 5-9 p.m. Free. Mooresville Town Square across from Lowe’s Foods. https://www.facebook. com/artisanmarketnc. Lunch in the Lot (every Friday) Feast from a food truck in Old Town Cornelius at Oak Street Mill. Tables and chairs are set up at Kadi Fit so you can enjoy your lunch with friends. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Look for Old Town Cornelius on Facebook. 2nd Friday Street Festival (Every second Friday) This event

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


Davidson College Baseball Head out to Wilson Field to watch the Wildcats play baseball. Saint Joseph’s (April 1, 2 p.m.), Saint Joseph’s (April 2, 1 p.m.), Appalachian State (April 11, 6 p.m.), North Carolina A&T (April 22, 4 p.m.), Wake Forest (April 26, 6 p.m.), Davidson College, Wilson Field, 202 Martin Court Drive, Davidson,


I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (Through April 9) This hilarious musical revue celebrates the agonies and triumphs of the mating game, from dating and finding love to marriage and inlaws. Recommended for ages 12 and up. Thu-Sat 8 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. $20, seniors $18, students $12 (in advance). Armour Street Theatre, 307 Armour Street, Davidson, Student Directed One Acts (April 26-27, May 3-4) Davidson College students direct one-act plays covering all topics. These plays serve as the final project for students in Directing II and Advanced Scenic Design courses. Times and ticket prices TBA. Davidson College,

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Healthy Outdoors Fun Day (April 29) Support the City of Lincolnton Trail, South Fork Corridor Trail and East Lincoln/ Forney Creek at Sally’s Y in Denver. Enjoy a corn hole tournament beginning at 10 a.m. for participants 13 and older, and a Trailblazer Scavenger Hunt for teams of two to four people that takes place on the East Lincoln/Forney Creek — Sally’s Y Trail. All money raised supports these trails. 10 a.m. Some events require participation fees. Sally’s Y, 1601 Forney Creek Parkway, Denver,

Fifth Annual Iredell Garden Fair (April 29) Hosted by the Iredell Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Association, the event features approximately 50 vendors from the Charlotte metro area, plant sales, yard art and garden accessories, speaker workshops, garden demonstrations, handson activities for kids, food and more. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. NC Agricultural Center, 444 Bristol Drive, Statesville, www.

Tropical Connections Various exhibitions. Tue- Fri 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. or by appointment. 230 N. Main Street, Mooresville,

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,

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art, live music and food. Art on the Green is a juried art festival featuring booths filled with top-quality art works from artists throughout the region. The weekend will include musical performances by a variety of local talents and a host of food choices from both on-site vendors and area restaurants. Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun noon-4 p.m. Free. Davidson Village Green,

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

Sanctuary of Davidson Various exhibitions. 108 S. Main Street, Davidson, www.

Out and About

Lincoln County Coalition Against Child Abuse & Child Advocacy Center Dinner Concert

Photography by Cheryl Hoke

n Saturday, March 11, Nashville recording artist Bruce Hedrick performed at a dinner concert benefitting the Lincoln County Coalition Against Child Abuse & Child Advocacy Center and Bruce Hedrick Nursing Home Ministries. The event was held at Verdict Ridge Country Club in Denver, and a silent and live auction was also part of the fun. Hedrick was recently nominated for ICMA Male Vocalist of the Year and has two number one hit singles â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Roses from God and Gravy. Bruce Hedrick Ministries performs weekly across the region for multiple nursing home facilities. APRIL 2017


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Lori's Larks

Rocking Her Ride

Editor Lori K. Tate conquers her first indoor cycling class at CycleBar.

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Lori K. Tate takes a turn at CycleBar Lake Norman

APRIL 2017


eing a journalist forces you to face your fears. So far in my career while covering stories, I’ve touched a snake, driven a go-kart and used power tools. Last month, I was able to knock another fear off of my list — indoor cycling. I love to exercise, and in my day I’ve tried a lot of different activities, but one thing I’ve never had the courage to try is indoor cycling. Some of my dearest friends are cycling instructors, but I always declined their invitations, as I envisioned myself being trapped on a stationary bike and forced to go speeds faster than Chuck Yeager. Obviously, I let my imagination get the best of me, but nonetheless, I was terrified of hopping on a bike. When I heard that CycleBar was coming to Cornelius, I knew it would be a perfect Lori’s Larks. And I knew that to make it a perfect Lori’s Larks, Lori would have to be the one on the bike, so off I went on a group ride with some fellow CURRENTS staff members. Courtney Stachowski opened CycleBar Lake Norman in March. A former Wake Forest University cheerleader, the Cornelius resident has torn her ACL twice and two years ago was facing her third knee surgery. “My body got banged up with cheerleading,” says the mother of two. When she had to look at different workouts to facilitate her injuries, she discovered cycling, and there was no turning back. “I fell in love,” she says. “I still got that runner’s high, and I didn’t hurt.” At the time she was working in medical sales but decided to begin investigating indoor cycling franchises. That’s when she discovered CycleBar. Created in Boston 13 years ago by Bill Pryor and his sister, Alex Klemmer, CycleBar offers an indoor cycling experience filled with great music (it often has live deejays) and a community feeling (think lots of high fives). The company

also has a philanthropic 501(c)(3) called CycleGiving that allows studios to raise money for various charities. Prior to my ride, I had to register online for my class and share my weight and height. This is necessary so your bike

Instructor Grant Hill with CycleBar Lake Norman owner Courtney Stachowski.

will be ready to go when you arrive, as you get to pick out your bike when you register. Knowing I would need all the help I could get, I signed up for the front row. Cycling shoes, fresh fruit, water bottles and towels are all complimentary at CycleBar, and shiny white lockers are also available for storing your belongings. If you need to take a shower after class, they have those facilities as well. Anyway, back to my class. When I walked into the cycling room, I was greeted by 48 bikes on three levels. The instructor’s bike was in front on a lighted podium so we could see him well. I jumped on my bike and began pedaling slowly to warm up for the big event. Moments later our instructor, a guy named Grant Hill who looks like a younger (and fitter) version of Coldplay’s Chris Martin, came in and asked if we had any

questions. In minutes we were off. We began with a warm up, which felt a lot more like a workout, and then we hit the harder stuff, which felt like a much harder workout. The 50-minute class revolved around changing resistance levels and shooting for RPMs. Sometimes we’d stand up on our pedals, and sometimes we’d sit. About 20 minutes into it I began to feel the high Stachowski was talking about. Suddenly, I wasn’t scared anymore. Throughout the class, TV screens hung in the front of our studio showing our stats — and our rankings. I wasn’t last, but the competitive side of me wasn’t as high as I wanted to be either. Near the end of class, Hill challenged us to sprint as fast as we could to make our numbers go up. Believe it or not, I came in first on the first sprint and third on the second. I was shocked — and thrilled. We ended the workout with some bar work (there are bars — four and six pounds — within arm’s reach on the bike) for sculpting and a cool down. When I got off my bike, I had sea legs for a few minutes, but I was so proud of myself for being brave enough to take the class. My reward was getting a great workout in return. CycleBar Lake Norman 20601 Torrence Chapel Road Cornelius



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Lake Norman Currents April 2017  

A magazine celebrating the Lake Norman NC area.

Lake Norman Currents April 2017  

A magazine celebrating the Lake Norman NC area.