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from Where I Sit

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


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ast month my husband and I took our 7-year-old twins on their first plane trip. If that wasn’t enough to blow their little minds, the plane delivered us to New York City. Every step of the trip was a wonder to them — the shuttle at the airport, the people movers in the airport, the vast amount of skyscrapers in the city, the lights in Times Square and the seemingly endless ramp at the Guggenheim. I’ve always loved visiting New York City, but this trip to The Big Apple will always be my favorite. For me, one of the best parts about traveling is looking forward to your trip. We began planning this journey in the fall, so for the past seven months, New York City has been the topic of conversation. Margot and Graydon, also known as The Tater Tots, asked all sorts of questions. How fast will the elevator be in The Empire State Building? Will there be bathrooms in our hotel? Can we go to the Lego store? John and I answered everything as best we could, constantly reminding them that there would be a lot of people in New York City — and that there would be a lot of walking. We secretly worried that the city might overwhelm them at first, but as soon as we landed, our little travelers showed us that they were ready to take on anything. They rolled

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their suitcases up to the cab at the airport and jumped in the backseat. By the next day, Graydon hailed a cab for us, and Margot was wearing a crossbody like a native. As I watched them adapt to the excitement and rushed atmosphere of New York, my husband reminded me of a quote by the writer Thomas Wolfe. “One belongs to New York instantly. One belongs to it as much in five minutes as in five years.” For us that was certainly the case, as we walked block after block eating delicious food and taking in all the sights as if we were residents of the Upper West Side. Every morning, we ventured to Central Park, where we watched pigeons and turtles, as well as dogs walking with their owners. Everyone belonged in this setting, including us — southern tourists only there for a

few days. As I thought more about Wolfe’s quote, I realized that the same could be said of Lake Norman. I’m a native of this area and so is my husband. While you’d think that natives are commonplace, nothing could be further from the truth. At parties, we’re the novelty, not the folks who recently transferred here from Ohio. What’s interesting is how quickly everyone learns to call the Lake Norman area home. Whether you find connection through your child’s school, your church, your neighborhood or your love of the lake, our sense of community welcomes newcomers and brings them into the fold. This summer, I want to carry that sense of discovery my children had in New York into their day-to-day lives here. We all know that the Lake Norman area is a wonderful place to live year-round, but it really shows off during the summer months. I want to take advantage of all Lake Norman has to offer, as if I were a newcomer trying to learn the area. With the help of our Summer Fun Guide on page 40, I think it just might be doable. I encourage you to do the same, and I hope you have as much fun as I plan on having with my family. Happy summer!

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Contents June 2017 vol. 10 No. 6

20  Make a Mess Laurian Bowles chose her newly found passion

24  Thoughts from the Man Cave Mike Savicki’s annual letter to his daughter

Movers, shakers and more at the lake

13  Pound for Parker gains momentum

14  Lake Norman Marina rides the waves of change

16  A roundup of local farmer’s markets

Lake Spaces

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

64  Lori’s Larks Editor Lori K. Tate gets

Cover by Kerrie Boys.

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her own adventure

22  Navigator Suzanne Johnson-Ritz digs

About the Cover:

How we live at the lake

46  Dwellings

28 T  rends + Style

Summertime sensations for good times

Janet Nixon learned to garden in a new climate with the help of Jan Enright

down at Davidson’s Concerts on the Green

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Dine + Wine

Eating, drinking, cooking and fun

54  Wine Time


Caruso’s authenticity


55  On Tap

The case for craft cans

30 G  ame On

Ashlynn Serepca’s loves soccer with a splash of the lake

56  Nibbles + Bites

Great Harvest Bread Company comes to Cornelius

57  In the Kitchen

with Jill Dahan

Lebanese Lamb Koftas

34 A  Ride Up the Lake

A lesson in history and nature

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Upcoming Events for Pounding for Parker Pound out Pediatric Cancer Community Event When: June 4 from 4:30-8 p.m. Where: Kadi Fit, Cornelius What: Attend this free event and participate in art-based activities, visit with a fire truck from the Cornelius-Lemley Fire and Rescue Station One, sample food beverages from a local brewery and food trucks, and bid on items in the silent auction.

No One Fights Alone Pounding for Parker raises money for pediatric cancer or Allison and Jon Cowherd of Cornelius, the worry started when they noticed their son, Parker, who was then about 14 months old, having trouble with his left hand. He began occupational therapy, but the issues progressed to his opposite hand, leading doctors to diagnose him with spastic cerebral palsy. It wasn’t until 2015 that a series of MRIs and surgery revealed the truth — Parker has a rare, cancerous glioneuronal tumor on his spine, which has disseminated into his lower brain and cannot be removed. Only about 2 percent of children will be diagnosed with this type of cancer. Parker began chemotherapy in December 2015, but after a few months, the tumor

stopped responding to treatment. He then began a second type of chemotherapy with the long-term goal of stopping the tumor’s growth. The family’s hope is that the tumor will go into a dormant state. Allison and Jon were prompted into action by their son’s diagnosis, as they strongly feel that pediatric cancer does not have the awareness or funding for research that it deserves. (Allison says as of right now only 4 percent of the federal budget for cancer research is designated for pediatric cancer.) In response to that percentage, they recently launched the non-profit foundation, Pounding for Parker, which is dedicated to advancing research for pediatric cancer and helping improve the quality of life of childhood cancer survivors. Allison notes that

many children who survive cancer end up having lifelong health issues that stem from the drugs used to treat the illness. Parker is currently 8 years old and is a firstgrader at J.V. Washam Elementary. He loves sports and being active. He also has a younger 5-year-old brother, Owen, who makes it his personal mission to make Parker laugh as often as possible. “We have had so much support,” says Allison. “It’s been really amazing. We’ve taken a step back and learned to enjoy every little bit of everything. We’ve tried to live our life like normal but not let little silly things bother us.” — Renee Roberson, photography by Lisa Crates 

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Allison and Jon Cowherd with their sons, Owen and Parker. The Cowherds launched the nonprofit Pounding for Parker to raise money for pediatric cancer research.

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1st Annual Pounding for Parker Golf Tournament When: June 5, shotgun start at noon Where: Northstone Country Club, Huntersville What: Sign up for a day on the golf course, complete with a swag bag, lunch and dinner and a drink ticket during the awards ceremony, and a silent auction. Cost is $150 per player, dinner/drink ticket $50.


For the Long Run

Riding the Waves of Change

14,000-square-foot building. That first year the company made $350,000 in sales, service and parts. “We have some boats now that cost that much,” says Mark. Look more closely, and you’ll realize the marina’s beginnings date back to the mid-1960s when the first commercial gas dock was built on the property. The Kales had no idea their small business would grow to become the largest waterfront showroom in the Carolinas and one of the largest on the East Coast. Lake Norman

Lake Norman Marina has the largest waterfront showroom in the Carolinas.

Marina’s wide array of services at one location, including wet and dry storage, sales, service, parts, rentals and a boat club, is a key distinction from its competitors. Mark worked alongside his parents for 30 years before they retired. The family tradition continues with Mark’s son, Logan, who now works as a sales manager. “My dad used to say, ‘We are in the people business. We just happen to sell boats,’ ” recalls Mark, who credits his parents for laying a solid foundation for the business, centered on a strong work ethic and a love for people. “We build a close relationship with our customers. We get to know their families.” Many Lake Norman Marina employees have been with the company for more than 20 years. “Our team loves serving our customers, while at the same time laughing and having fun while doing it,” says Mark. — Holly Becker, photography by Ken Noblezada 

Lake Norman Marina 6965 NC-150 Sherrills Ford

From left, John Gillette, Logan Kale and Mark Kale.

Photography by Ken Noblezada


Griffin "Dip" and Elsie Kale

Photography by Photography courtesy of Lake Norman Marina

JUNE 2017


ake Norman Marina in Sherrill’s Ford was in the boating business long before boating was big business at Lake Norman. “We are off the beaten path now, but when my parents built this in 1974, you almost had to be lost to find us,” says Mark Kale, president and owner of Lake Norman Marina. In the early 1970s, boating was just beginning to take off at Lake Norman, the largest man-made body of fresh water in North Carolina. Then, boating traffic was mostly on weekends, and small cabins and singlewide mobile homes lined Lake Norman’s vast shoreline. Mark was 15 years old when his parents, Griffin “Dip” and Elsie Kale, started Lake Norman Marina in 1974 with the construction of a

Photography by Photography courtesy of Lake Norman Marina

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Get fresh at our local farmer’s markets uring the summer at Lake Norman, the only reason people walk down the freezer aisle at the grocery store is to either cool off or get beer or ice cream. Everyone knows that frozen vegetables are a no-no when locally grown produce is so readily available. Realizing how many green thumbs there are in the area, we scoured Lake Norman for a roundup of the best farmer’s markets. — Compiled by Lori K. Tate, photography by Abby Wyatt

The produce at Davidson Farmer's Market is some of the best around.

JUNE 2017


Davidson Farmer’s Market When: Every Saturday April through October, 8 a.m.-noon; first and third Saturday, November through March, 9 a.m.-noon Where: Next to Davidson Town Hall between Main and Jackson Streets Info: The Evening Farmer’s Market of Statesville When: Every Thursday through October, 3:30-6 p.m. Where: Pecan Park in historic downtown Statesville Info: Farmer’s Market — The Park, Huntersville When: Every Tuesday May through August, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Where: 10030 Gilead Road Info: Look for Farmers’ Market — The Park, Huntersville on Facebook

Huntersville Growers’ Market When: Every Saturday May through September, 8 a.m.-noon Where: Huntersville Elementary School front parking lot, 200 Gilead Road Info:

Lincoln County Farmer’s Market — Lincolnton When: Every Saturday, 7 a.m. until noon Where: Giles L. Martin, Sr. Shelter, 225 West Water Street (downtown Lincolnton) Info:

Lincoln County Farmer’s Market — Denver When: Every Saturday April through November, 8 a.m. until noon Where: Rescue Squad Park, 7835 Galway Lane Info:

Mooresville Farmer’s Market When: Every Saturday May through September, 8 a.m.-noon Where: Liberty Park, 225 East Iredell Avenue Info:

Lincoln County Farmer’s Market — Lincolnton When: Every Thursday April through November, 7 a.m.-noon Where: Department of Social Services, 1136 West Main Street Info:

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


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Whether you’re a resident of the area or just visiting for the summer, these notecards by Tiramisu Paperie offer just the right amount of geographical whimsy to your correspondence. Use them as thank you notes or as an enticement to get friends and family to visit you here.

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Choose Your Own Adventure Laurian Bowles wrote her own story hether you are making art or making a life, you never know where the creative process will take you. Laurian Bowles, an assistant professor of anthropology and a core faculty member of the Africana Studies Department at Davidson College, planned on a career in journalism, but when journalism tried to box in her creativity, a trip abroad changed everything. “I worked for a newspaper

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outside of Philadelphia. They would say, ‘You need to give us 10 inches,’ but my articles were always too long and too detailed. I am interested in not just the story but the why behind the story,” explains Bowles, 39, who saved her money and traveled to London after working a year as a journalist. Profoundly interested in culture and art, Bowles found London had much to offer, including her next creative and professional endeavor. “I wanted to experience the sameness and difference between people. I discovered that the University of London had this graduate degree in anthropology and media studies and applied,” recalls Bowles. “It wasn’t a carefully thought out decision. It was a young woman who was on vacation who happened to be at this place in this moment, and I thought, ‘Oh yeah, I think I can do that.’ ” Now, in the classroom, Bowles doesn’t just nurture her own creative process, but she empowers her students to see beauty and creativity in the cultures and people they study and beyond. As a visual cultural anthropologist, she is particularly interested in how the things we create tell us who we are as a people. “How do people imagine their environments? How do they talk about them? How do they visualize their communities? How do communities connect to one another,” asks Bowles, who loves, especially in this time where we are more connected

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technologically but less truly connected, having those around her share photos or heirlooms from their families and tell the stories that those images and objects inspire. Because of teaching’s intense nature and her particular area of interest, Bowles nurtures her own creativity through photography, visual planning, drawing, day dreaming, astrological readings and more. “While some people have imposter syndrome about themselves as a scholar, I hold it around getting comfortable with myself as an artist. Being an artist means to create imaginatively,” she says. “You don’t have to be really good at this thing to be creative — to meet some external type of criteria in order to be an artist. I spend a lot of time doing the verbal version of finger

painting.” After an intense academic year, the summer is an important time for those in education to focus on refueling their own creativity. This summer Bowles will refill her well by enjoying early morning yoga in her back yard and reading in front of the college library, so as to appreciate the slower pace. “This summer, I will delete work email from my phone so that I am not habitually checking it. This way, I will be more excited about a new school year, because I will have had some distance from work,” Bowles explains. “And I make a few notes in my gratitude journal so I can look back and actually remember that gratitude that can be so easy to dismiss when I’m feeling stressed out.”



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Discovering a Faraway Land

Davidson resident Suzanne Johnson-Ritz went on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem that changed her life. Inset: JohnsonRitz working at the Mount Zion Archaeological Project site.

Suzanne Johnson-Ritz digs her newly found passion by Renee Roberson photography by Brant Waldeck

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n 2013, Davidson resident Suzanne Johnson-Ritz decided to go on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem with a friend. Deciding to go on the trip was a whim because her friend’s sister had decided not to go at the last minute. While JohnsonRitz was excited about the chance to tour a place of such rich history, she had no idea how life-changing it would be.

Photography courtesy of Suzanne Johnson-Ritz

A new discovery During her first visit, Johnson-Ritz visited an excavation site called the Mount Zion Archaeological Project and met Dr. Shimon Gibson, Visiting Professor of Archaeology in the Department of History and a Senior Fellow at the Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem. She was fascinated by the work a team of excavators were doing to uncover relics that dated back 3,000 years in Jerusalem’s history. Right then she made the decision to return in 2014 and work on the dig. “I really went over there on a lark the first time,” recalls Johnson-Ritz. “But I fell in love with it. You can’t help but get sucked in. You’re there uncovering things from the time of Christ. It’s mind blowing.” The Mount Zion Project is under the academic oversight of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, which is currently the only American university that has approval to carry out an excavation in Jerusalem. Last year, the group uncovered a rare

Learning the process All the finds from the excavation are stored in the Armenian Museum, which is about a 10-minute walk from Mount Zion. Teams get to take turns carrying the pieces of pottery and other finds to the museum, which gives them the opportunity to experience how the operations work, including washing the individual pieces. Johnson-Ritz says the directors of the excavation, Dr. Gibson and Dr. James Tabor, a professor of Ancient Judaism and Early Christianity in the Department of Religious

Photography courtesy of Suzanne Johnson-Ritz

they can dine together in the evenings or spend solitary time alone in one of the public spaces at the picturesque Knights Palace, which is located in the Old City just inside the New Gate, where this year’s group is staying.

Volunteers at the dig typically rise around 4:30 a.m.

Studies at UNC Charlotte, have also enriched her knowledge of the biblical history that surrounds the city. In one of her earlier visits, she attended lectures and was able to go on group excursions with the professors, which fueled her enthusiasm for the project. "With the leadership and where the site is located," she says, "you can't help but want to be a part of it." 

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gold coin bearing the image of Roman Emperor Nero at the site, and researchers predict the coin was struck as early as 56/57 AD. Johnson-Ritz is returning to the site this year for the third time, where she will hold a staff position as a registrar, coordinating the 80 volunteers on the trip. She admits the work is not always easy, as fascinating as it is. Volunteers typically rise anywhere from 4:30 to 5:15 a.m. and make their way through the streets of the Old City in the pre-dawn hours.

They arrive on Mount Zion as the sun is rising over the Mount of Olives and begin working by 6:30 a.m. Johnson-Ritz says what surprises most people is how much dirt is involved in the dig. Volunteers must sift through tons of dirt and shards of pottery, glass, metal, shells and other miniscule finds. But through it all, the group bonds over their shared enthusiasm for the project, no matter how hard the work. There’s a sense of anticipation every day,” she says. “You don’t know what is going to happen or what you’re going to find. It’s like nothing I’ve ever done before.” The group breaks for breakfast around 8:30 in the morning, with work ending each day around 1:30 p.m., as volunteers clean and prepare the areas for the next day. In the afternoon, they are free to head out for sightseeing or resting in the hotel. Then


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A Fish Story Mike Savicki’s annual letter to his daughter, Caroline, for Father’s Day by Mike Savicki Photography courtesy of Mike Savicki

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Dear Caroline, For Father’s Day this year, I’d like to tell you a story about how a little 4-year-old girl caught her first fish. Yes, Caroline, before you ask, that little girl is you. And because I was lucky enough to be there when it all happened, and because I’m all about teachable moments, I’d like to share some lessons I learned while watching you that recent afternoon on the lake. To begin, let’s see, for the longest time, you had been asking me to take you fishing. “Can we try to catch a fish today?” you’d ask me over and over and over, sometimes even appearing with a fishing pole or stick with a ribbon tied to it in hand. “I know I can do it, and I’m not scared of fish.” Because I’m not a great fishing daddy, and because I wasn’t sure I’d know how to console you if and when we did not catch anything, I’d drag my feet and think of lots of silly reasons why we shouldn’t do it. Truth be told, I was kind of afraid myself. But on one late spring weekend day, when my friend, Bruce, called and volunteered to bring his two boys, Brady (10) and Mason (9), along to serve as tutors and co-conspirators, I agreed. Both Brady and Mason love fishing and have a knack for pulling in fish that are almost as big as they are. It’s almost like they know the

language of fish. And also, I figured you’d be in good playdate hands if things got boring. At least you’d have friends to talk Star Wars with. I think it’s pretty cool that you like “The Dark Side”. So Brady baited your hook, and then Mason showed you how to cast. Bruce and I just watched. “Okay, Caroline, this is the hard part,” Brady said as he and Mason turned to rig their own poles and cast out their lines. “You have to wait for the fish to bite, so hold on tightly and let us know if you feel a pull. If it gets hard, we will help you reel it in.” Almost immediately, something magical happened. “I caught a fish. I caught a fish,” you said with eyes as big as saucers and enough energy to power a carnival ride. “What do I do now?” We couldn’t believe it. Both boys dropped their poles and raced toward you. Feeling your energy and excitement, yet trying to balance their joy and amazement with the reality that there was still work to do, they slowly and carefully walked you through reeling the line, then lifting the bending rod up and out of the water. All the while an upset fish was trying to break free. “Look daddy,” you exclaimed while jumping up and down, squirming almost as much as the fish. “I caught a big squishy

Carolina Savicki catches her first fish.

fish with whiskers. I want to keep him as a pet.” Watching through tears of love, joy, wonder and amazement, I was awestruck. I gave you a hug and clapped. You suggested we throw him back, so he could swim back to his home and grow up to be an even bigger fish someday. I agreed. Now, kiddo, for the lessons. When your fishing pole began bending after you hooked that fish, I saw coming from your soul an almost uncontainable sense of wonder, amazement, happiness, pride and self-confidence. No matter where you go or what you do as you grow and mature, Caroline, always put yourself in situations where there is that same opportunity and possibility for discovery. The world around us still holds so many treasures to discover, and it is up to you to find them. Releasing that fish, especially when both Brady and Mason were ready to clean and cook it on the spot, showed an amazing level or maturity. I was proud of your decision. Please keep that level of selflessness, care and compassion toward other people, animals, plants and resources in your heart. Our world needs more people to treat it the way you did that fish.

Mike Savicki with his daughter and their two friends, Mason and Brady.

Lastly, I’ll be honest with you, Caroline, it is tough keeping up with you as you grow and change. For every instance I’m lucky enough to be there with you, there are those times I miss seeing you doing something else new. Maybe it’s reading your first word at school or climbing higher up a tree than ever before, but please remember even when I’m not there, or Mommy misses something, too, we are proud of you simply for trying. Never be too afraid or timid or shy to step outside your comfort zone and into the unknown. Just do it, okay? So Happy Father’s Day, Munchkin, and thanks for continuing to bring that special daddy/daughter sense of joy to my life, especially on that day you caught your first fish. I will always remember it. Now, will you please put your toys away and clean your room? Love, Daddy

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Ashlynn Serepca's love of soccer goes back to when she was a little girl.

Ashlynn Serepca loves soccer with a splash of the lake by Mike Savicki photography by Ken Noblezada

Ashlynn Serepca, a rising senior at William A. Hough High School, made her first overseas appearance wearing red, white and blue as a member of U. S. Soccer’s Under-16 squad playing in Amsterdam in November 2015. Three months later she joined Team USA’s U-18 squad for three matches in England, beating both Norway and the host country.

Serepca's love of soccer took root at a young age. Thinking back to her beginnings, first as a 3 year old at Strikers Soccer Center then progressing through coed and, at the age of 10, single sex teams, Serepca, now 16, says she knew almost right away that soccer was the


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sport that filled her heart. “I experimented with sports, yes. I did soccer, dance and gymnastics, and even played some basketball in middle school, but every time I went out there [on the soccer field] I had a love I didn’t have anywhere else," she says. "And if you love something, why should you stop doing it? So I kept playing.” Through the Carolina Soccer Academy and later the Carolina Rapids, she caught the eye of national team staff while playing in big tournaments with her club team then attending higher level training camps at the state level. While some players folded under the scrutiny and pressure that comes with having almost every drill, touch and movement graded, Serepca shined. “I loved, and still love that I’m meeting girls from all across the country who are out there trying their best, all working to get better themselves and as a team, and we are becoming best

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here is beauty and grace in soccer, and to see it played well, there is no need to look beyond the local area. Lake Norman-area high school teams routinely dominate not only the state but also the national rankings. And if you are looking for the best of the best, simply catch Hough High School’s girls’ team at a practice or a game. Then put your focus on Ashlynn Serepca. When the ball moves up the field with a surgeon’s precision, then finds its way to the back of the net, chances are good the rising senior standout had something to do with it.


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friends in the process,” she explains. “I love the pressure no matter what, it brings out my best.” Her favorite part of the game, you ask? “Scoring goals,” she says as her eyes light up. “As a team we all work so hard and give everything for each other. Scoring goals is what a team needs to win, so if that’s what I can do then that’s what I love.” “But as opposing teams make adjustments, and Ashlynn is no secret anymore,” adds Coach David Smith, “she has become equally dangerous creating plays for her teammates and assisting on their goals. We are blessed to have a team deep in talent, and Ashlynn plays unselfishly.” In the last year, Serepca’s trajectory has continued upward. In November 2015, she made her first overseas appearance wearing red, white and blue as a member of U. S. Soccer’s Under-16 squad playing in Amsterdam. Three months later she joined Team USA’s U-18 squad for three matches in England, beating both Norway and the host country. She is now squarely

Ashlynn give her all in every game.

on both the sport’s national and international radar and, back home playing club and high school. It is almost a given teams will double and even triple team her. Once solely a forward, she now plays as an attacker and a midfielder, the latter to help create space in front of her to

better position her teammates and better control the ball moving forward. With the changes, she has developed a unique style. “As far as role models, and those I try to model my game after,” she explains, “I try to play with the speed of Alex Morgan and finish with all surfaces of the foot, and play with composure in the final third, like Kristen Press.”

On the lake For Serepca, there really is no off season, as she transitions almost directly from her winter and spring high school season directly to her summer and fall club competitions (and Team USA is always on her mind). But there is Dave and Gina Serepca with their daughter, Ashlynn, after she won North Carolina Girls Soccer something close to Player of the Year. nostalgia. “We weren’t that United States or Europe), plus home that serves different from other families in her drive to go as far as she can as a counterbalance to the my neighborhood either.” with Team USA, you might say pressures and pace of her day. Then there is shopping. Serepca’s cup is overflowing. “The lake,” says the lifelong “Shopping is my thing, and Her coach disagrees. Cornelius resident, “is and my mom and I are the worst. “From the first day she set always has been my favorite We share everything and neither foot on campus as a freshman part of living here. Any time of us can say ‘no,’ ” she says. and I saw how she blended I have down time I’m on the “There is Birkdale, Northlake seamlessly with our team, lake with my friends, tubing, or even SouthPark, and any which was full of juniors, it was tanning, listening to [country] time we go, which is a little pretty obvious she fit right in music, wakeboarding or just too often, we love it. It is our with her physical attributes, relaxing, especially after long bonding time. skill, maturity and confidence,” days of working out.” “But our closets are a little recalls Coach Smith. “Her She believes it was her overfilled,” she adds. attitude, her presence, it’s hard parents, Dave and Gina, who to put it all into words. There is instilled the love of water in her So with practices, games, travel and tryouts filling not that level of arrogance you’d and her brother, Joel. her days, a scholarship to think would appear. Instead “When we were little, my the University of Virginia there is a level of confidence parents took my brother and on the horizon, and goals of around her teammates which I I out on the lake all the time, succeeding in college, playing think is remarkable. She really and we’d sleep in the cabin professionally (either in the is someone special.” below,” she says with a bit of

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John Tate, Editor Lori K. Tate’s husband, drives photographer Brant Waldeck up the lake for a day of adventure.

A ride up Lake Norman shows how the lake is enjoyed daily by all sorts of creatures and people.

A journey to Lookout Shoals Dam delivers lessons in nature and history

Herons roost on their protected island between markers D4 and D6.

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J.W. and Deane Washam own the large white barn near marker D4 that has served as a landmark since the beginning of the lake.

iding on the southern portion of Lake Norman’s waters, it’s easy to forget that this huge body of water is really a river. In the 14 years I’ve lived in this area, I’ve only been to the most northern part of the lake twice. One of those times was last month when my husband, John, drove photographer Brant Waldeck and I up Lake Norman to Lookout Shoals Dam. With 520 miles of shoreline (more than North and South Carolina’s coasts combined), there’s a lot to see. Geese swim across Lake Norman, completely oblivious to the I-40 bridge.

An osprey rests in his nest perched atop a shoal marker.

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We set out on a Wednesday morning. As the day unfolded, we watched the lake wake up, and we realized that this manmade creation means different things to all sorts of creatures and people. In the morning, the lake serves as a playground for wildlife and those who are serious about fishing. We followed a couple of herons to their protected island between markers D4 and D6. As we slowed the boat down, we watched them fly majestically in and out of the trees, delivering fish to their treetop nests. When we turned the engine off, their chattering echoed throughout the island’s forest, letting us know that this is indeed their territory. If that wasn’t enough to keep us at bay, a team of floating geese also served as security. From the east side of the island you can see a large white barn. Built in 1950 for Boyce

Knox’s farm, the barn has served as a landmark for boaters since the lake was created in 1963. Before the Lake Norman Sail and Power Squadron put up markers throughout the lake, landmarks were essential to navigating your way. Moments later we began traveling up the main channel, past a section of shore fondly known as “Meck Neck.” Water doesn’t know county lines, so when the water originally settled in Lake Norman, a 660-acre tract of land at the end of Brawley School Road was still considered to be Mecklenburg County. One of John’s best friends rode the school bus from Meck Neck to North Mecklenburg High School every day. Mecklenburg County eventually sold the land to Iredell County, so those long bus trips are a thing of the past. As we continue up the main channel, a sparkling red fishing boat whizzes by on its way to


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Old boathouses brimming with character can still be found on the shores of Lake Norman.

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a prime fishing spot, while a tugboat pushing a barge with a backhoe resting on it creeps along to a construction site. Everyone has a purpose and a place to be, including us as we are in need of gas. After going under the N.C. 150 Bridge, we stop at Apps & Taps, a lakeside restaurant and bar, to fill up. It’s not officially open yet, but the staff lets us fuel up anyway. Driving away from the dock, the sweet smell of gasoline and lake water creates a sweet perfume that reminds me of summers past. Cruising by house after house, we see colored Adirondack chairs dotting beaches, tall trees sprouting from our region’s red clay, and a variety of boathouses and docks, old and new. Everyone has their own spin as to how to live on the lake, and the more north we go, the more old school lake houses we find. (Think A-frames from the ‘70s


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and ‘80s.) Regardless of the type of house, lake residents know the magic of living on the water and the pride they take in their property is obvious. Passing Lake Norman State Park, a 1,328-acre park with 13 miles of shoreline, the breeze picks up, and the water begins to get choppy. The topography also gets steeper, forcing lake residents to build steps down to their docks in many places. We decide to stop at Long Island Boat Ramp in Catawba, so Brant can launch his drone for a few aerial shots. Cognizant of the buzzards flying overhead, we move away from them so they won’t attack the drone. Two elderly fishermen ride up in their bass boat asking us what in the world we’re doing. As Brant sets up the drone, which looks like something out of Star Wars, the men tell us that they’ve been out since 8 a.m. and nothing is biting. It’s time for them to give it up for the day. Once we get the shots, we’re back on our journey. Soon, there are hardly any houses, and the waterway becomes narrower. Even if we didn’t have a map, we’d know we’re now on the Catawba River, as there is a current and the water is cooler. The farther we go, the more desolate the terrain becomes. We soon come upon an

Lake Norman’s train trestle has a rustic, yet haunting appearance. Sitting in our ski boat, I think about the people that must of traveled over this bridge by train. The river they saw isn’t much different from the river we’re looking at today.

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Lake Norman becomes more desolate as it morphs back into the Catawba River.

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Your guide to enjoying Lake Norman to the fullest

Compiled by Lori K. Tate


Beatty’s Ford Park — Lake Norman State Park This Denver park includes a picnic shelter, disc golf, a walking trail, a volleyball court, horseshoe pits, a splash park area (open 10:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.), two playgrounds and an amphitheater. Beatty’s Ford Park 8335 Shipley Lane (located off Unity Church Road) Denver Blythe Landing — Sand volleyball courts, a beach (no swimming), playground, picnic area and floating piers where you can launch your boat fill this 24-acre park in Huntersville. Lake Norman Community Sailing is also located here (www.lnsailing. org). From March through October, the park entrance fee for Blythe Landing on weekends and holidays is $3 per vehicle for county residents and $5 per vehicle for non-county residents. Boat launch fees for the same time period are $5 per vehicle for county residents and $8 per vehicle for non-county residents.

all. The 1,328-acre park includes 13 miles of shoreline along the northeastern shore of Lake Norman, a boat ramp and fishing spots along park trails. There is a 125-yard beach, complete with a concession stand, bathhouse and public swimming area, which is supervised by lifeguards seasonally (Memorial Day Blythe Landing Weekend through Labor Day, 10 15901 NC Highway 73 a.m.-5:30 p.m.). Huntersville Here you’ll also find one of the region’s most popular mountain biking networks, as there Jetton Park — With 104 acres, are 30.5 miles of single-track Jetton Park offers a beach area, trail on this property. A family a formal garden, a playground campground with 32 sites and a and Waterfront Hall for events. In group campground are available addition, you’ll find eight tennis courts, as well as paved walking and during warm weather months, biking trails — many of which are in and a community building with kitchen facilities, restrooms and a the shade. For a small fee, visitors fireplace can be rented for family can rent waterside picnic decks and group events year round. equipped with a grill and a table. There are no entrance fees for the park. However, swimming fees Jetton Park are charged when lifeguards are 19000 Jetton Road on duty — adult (13 and over) $5 a Cornelius day; children ages 3-12 $4 a day. Lake Norman State Park — Located in Troutman, Lake Norman State Park is the perfect place to get away from it

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If you want to spend time outdoors, the Lake Norman area has a great public park system and five of them are located on the water.

Lake Norman State Park 759 State Park Road Troutman

Ramsey Creek Park — This 43-acre waterfront park is located in Cornelius and features boatlaunching areas, docks, a fishing pier and a public swimming beach. The beach is open through Labor Day from 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m., and lifeguards are on duty during beach hours. There are also picnic shelters, horseshoe pits, a volleyball court, a three-acre dog park, playground and nature trails. Visitors can rent large “funbrellas” to utilize on the large waterfront picnic area. On Monday through Thursday, county residents pay $5 per vehicle and non-county residents pay $10. On Friday through Sunday and observed holidays, county residents pay $10 per vehicle and non-county residents pay $15 per vehicle. Individuals who walk in and are 14 years and older pay $5, while children 6-13 pay $3 each. Children under 6 are free. Season passes are available for county residents for $52; noncounty residents $77. Ramsey Creek Park 18441 Nantz Road Cornelius

No matter how old you are, driving to a restaurant in a boat never gets old. Here’s a roundup of the restaurants on Lake Norman’s shores

Public Boat Ramps

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Blue Parrot Grill — Enjoy a spectacular sunset on the deck of this eatery where the crab cakes win folks over. Sandwiches, wraps and entrees are on the menu. Cover-up friendly. 169 Pinnacle Lane, Mooresville, 704.663.1203, Just north of Highway 150 bridge.

Jack’s Dockside Grille & Patio — Jack's new signature burger called The Charlottean, complete with smoked chopped pork barbecue, sauce and cole slaw, is one reason to stop here. Other reasons include southern pickle chips, The Paleo Burger and The Carolina Puppy, a hot dog topped with chili and onions. 1459 River Highway (Queen’s Landing), Mooresville, 704.663.2628, www. Channel marker 17A.

Midway Boathouse Grill — The Bang Bang sauce on the mahi sandwich and shrimp po’boy make them standouts. Also known for blue-plate lunch specials and nightly features. 8693 N.C. Highway 150 East, Terrell, 828.478.3078, www. Channel marker 17A. North Harbor Club — The place to go to for an upscale casual meal with a waterfront view. Seafood, steaks and pasta are prepared with a creative flare. Dress code is nice casual. 100 North Harbor Place, Davidson, 704.896.5559, www. Channel marker T4. Port City Club — Whether you dine inside or outside, Port City offers a casually elegant atmosphere for lunch or dinner. Look for a fresh selection of fish, plus an interesting mix of cuisine. 18665 Harborside Drive, Cornelius, 704.765.1565, www.

Lake Norman Cottage — Wine tastings with food pairings reign supreme here. Nothing beats a glass of wine by the water with friends. 200-A North Harbor Place, Davidson, www. Prickly Pear — Enjoy Channel contemporary Mexican Eddie’s Seafood & Raw marker T4. cuisine served lakeside. This Bar — A consistent lake favorite, restaurant previously enjoyed Eddie’s draws a laid-back The Landing — Best known a successful nine-year run in crowd with its vast selection for its fall-off-the-bone ribs, this Downtown Mooresville. Cover-up of seafood, Italian specialties, family atmosphere establishment friendly. 637 Williamson Road, burgers and sandwiches. Coverhas been around for almost 20 Mooresville, 704.799.0875, up friendly. 643 Williamson Road, years. Cover-up friendly. 4491 Channel Mooresville, 704.799.2090, Slanting Bridge Road, Sherrills marker D11. Ford, 828.478.5944, www. Hours tend to change seasonally Channel marker D11. Channel so please call before going to marker M4. these establishments.

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Beach House LKN — Popular dishes include seared ahi tuna, the porterhouse pork chop and the BLT. Live music. Dress code is casual. 167 Pinnacle Lane, Mooresville; 704.799.0074, look for Beach House LKN on Facebook. Just north of Highway 150 bridge.

Hello, Sailor — This restaurant is slated to open during the summer of 2017. Owners Katy and Joe Kindred have established a stellar reputation in the restaurant world with downtown Davidson’s Kindred. Hello, Sailor should be just as satisfying. 20210 Henderson Road, Cornelius, 704.892.9195, East of channel marker D6.

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Apps & Taps — This laid back restaurant features live music, as well as barbecue and sliders. In addition you’ll find appetizers such as mac and cheese bits, potato skins, nachos and entrees like flatbread pizzas, chicken wraps and salads. Dress code is casual. 155 Pinnacle Lane, Mooresville, look for Apps & Taps on Facebook; just north of Highway 150 bridge by water.

Blythe Landing Park 15901 NC Highway 73 Huntersville, 704.432.1369

McCrary Boat Launch Highway 150, Mooresville Pinnacle Access Area Highway 150, Mooresville Ramsey Creek Park 18441 Nantz Road, Cornelius 704.432.1369 Stumpy Creek Boat Ramp 160 Stumpy Creek Road Mooresville, 704.878.3103 Nothing beats a day spent on the water.

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Photography by Brant Waldeck

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Blue Parrot Grill is just north of the Highway 150 bridge on Lake Norman in Mooresville.

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From left, Jan Enright and Janet Nixon (plus Janet's dog, Angus) worked together to create a southern garden of delight.

anet Nixon has been gardening since she was a little girl. The Cornelius resident grew up in upstate New York, where she gardened with her mother on the shores of Lake Ontario. “We had begonias, geraniums, petunias and morning glories,” remembers Janet. “It was a very typical northern garden.” When she and her husband, Peter, moved to the Lake Norman area in 2001, Janet had to learn the ways of southern gardening. With the help of Jan Enright, a landscape and garden designer and owner of Jan Enright Creations, Janet now has elegant southern gardens in her yard throughout the year.




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Above, white allium peppers the curb garden. Middle, Peach Drift Roses are one of Janet's favorite flowers, as they can be found throughout her yard. Bottom, a mixture of textures and colors help the garden tell a story.

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In 2008 Janet read about Enright in a newspaper article and decided to give her a call. “She [Jan] came over on a Sunday afternoon and presented this survey to my husband and I,” recalls Janet. “She had all of these very thought provoking questions — What are your favorite colors? What textures do you like? What’s your favorite holiday or season of the year?” As Enright does with all of her clients, she took that information and created a strategy. “When she came up with a plan it was absolutely what I loved,” says Janet. “She just understood it.” For their first project together, the main goal was to reclaim use of the back yard. The Nixons home sits on a lowlying lot, so the back yard often ended up being soggy because the drainage wasn’t adequate. “With a leap of faith I said, ‘What if we pushed the drainage out by creating this dry creek bed?’ It works also as a garden feature when it’s not being filled with rainwater.” That’s exactly what they did, and the bed of river rock works perfectly to this day. Now the Nixons entertain on their back patio throughout most of the year. “We’ll sit out there in November. We’ll sit around the fire pit,” says Janet. “In the summertime we don’t use it as much because it’s too hot, but in other seasons, it’s wonderful.”

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Fueled by the success of their first project, the Nixons hired Jan to design gardens for the front of their house in addition to a curb garden. “It’s important when you’re designing gardens like this to make sure you always have something coming into bloom,” explains Enright. “There’s never really a down time. There’s enough evergreen, and there’s enough color.” The curb garden illustrates this philosophy perfectly as it’s a magical mix of all types of plants on different schedules and with various textures. There are Peach Drift Roses, Clematis, lambs ear, irises, Allium, Panicum in the “heavy metal” variety, creeping phlox, gaura, hibiscus and more. “This has just been such a new experience for me because I’m from a different climate zone,” says Janet. “In the North, the flowers bloom pretty much

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Pasquale Caruso's authentic talent, p. 54

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Wine Time

Complete Authenticity

by Trevor Burton

Pasquale Caruso has talent with his palate and with his palette he, his brother and his mother made their own wine. For breakfast his mother would take a slice of toast and dunk it in a glass of wine. I’ve toasted with wine many times, but this takes it to a whole new level. Caruso arrived in New York years ago and immediately got into the food and wine business. He moved from kitchen to kitchen, gathering fame as he went. One article in the New York Times listed him as the city’s King of Sauce — not too shabby. His wine background made him a natural for becoming a wine expert.

Pasquale Caruso — an artist in so many ways.

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One article in the New York Times listed Pasquale Caruso as the city’s King of Sauce — not too shabby.


learned something really interesting when I sat down with Pasquale Caruso, owner and chef at Caruso’s Restaurant in Mooresville. We were sharing a bottle of his Cortese di Gavi, getting ready to talk about his wine list. It was mid-afternoon, and the place was empty except for a few people setting up tables and someone adding a new oil painting to the many that adorn the walls in each of

the restaurant’s rooms. It turns out that Caruso is the artist who created the painting — and all of the others. Dining at Caruso’s in the 11 years it’s been opened, I had no idea that he was such a talented artist. Very impressive. Don’t worry, we also talked about wine. Caruso has been involved in wine all of his life. He grew up in Naples, in the Campania region of Italy. Before he moved to our shores

For me, of all the places he worked, the most interesting was Windows On The World in the World Trade Center. That’s where Kevin Zraly was wine director. Zraly is an outstanding author of wine books and has been called the most famous wine teacher in the country. All this is very nifty, but Caruso doesn’t flaunt it. He’s as self-effacing about his culinary and wine credentials as he is about his painting skills. His approach to cuisine is based on total authenticity. Everything is made in-house, from scratch — the sauces, pasta, gnocchi, salad dressing, dessert and even the ciabatta bread. It’s easy and cheaper to cut corners in a restaurant,

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Canned goodness from D9 and Ass Clown, both breweries are based in Cornelius.


while they are doing something else.” And what kind of beer goes well with the active drinking lifestyle? “That’s easy,” Durstewitz adds, “beer in a can.” With the rise in popularity of craft beer, especially as the seasons change and the days grow longer, breweries like D9 and Ass Clown (both based in Cornelius) have begun offering 16-ounce cans named “craft cans,” to the marketplace. Their hope is that by offering a unique, easy drinking craft beer like D9’s Swell Rider and Ass Clown’s Tie-Up Pale Ale to the active lifestyle population, consumers will have not only more choices of how they drink — bottle, can or tap — but they will also enjoy a higher level of satisfaction, plus a new level of appreciation for the beauty of a good craft beer when they drink. There’s just something about a can when you grab it. A can makes you feel different. It is accessible — pop the top and start drinking — and it is a great partner to have

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So here is a question to ponder — with a beer in hand, of course. When was the last time you bellied up to the bar, ordered a bottle of beer, and then sat passively while drinking it? I’ll bet you a beer it hasn’t been recently. Here’s another question. When was the last time you did something active — running; hiking; camping; fishing; boating; surfing; paddling; grilling; heck, even mowing the lawn, and did not enjoy a beer either while you were doing it or immediately afterward? The next beer is on you if it has been outside of the last week or weeks. Or day or days. “Especially in an active state like North Carolina, we have moved beyond the old passive stigma that comes with sitting and just drinking a beer,” says Andrew Durstewitz, D9 Brewing Company CEO and co-founder. “You are now allowed to have a beer in your hand doing things, active things, like never before. People more and more are looking for something to consume

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Rise and Shine

Great Harvest Bread Company brings its goods to Cornelius by Holly Becker

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ovens. It is then transported to the Cornelius store. Farmhouse white, honey whole wheat, cinnamon chip and Dakota bread (mixed with pumpkin, sesame and sunflower seeds), are popular customer favorites. Three gluten-free breads are sold, as well as gluten-free cookies and scones. The menu changes monthly with new offerings each day. Breakfast sandwiches, biscuits, muffins and scones are made on-site at the Cornelius location. The bakery café also sells espresso and local coffee. Deborah Hamilton co-owns Great Harvest The lunch Bread Company with menu features her husband, Bob. two daily The couple bought Great soups, an assortment of Harvest Bread Company in cold sandwiches and four North Charlotte five years ago hot sandwiches, salads and after retiring early. Deborah grain bowls. Great Harvest previously worked in benefits Cornelius also offers catering for TIAA-CREF. Bob was a and gift baskets. In addition, minister at Hospice. dipping oils, apple butter, Deborah enjoyed baking almond butter, soup mixes and as a hobby but knew she had scuppernong grape wines are more to learn before opening a for sale. bakery. Her research led her to The Hamiltons are excited Great Harvest Bread Company, about the bakery space in a bread store franchise based Cornelius because operating in Dillon, Montana. The from a house gives the bakery a company provided training, cozy, café feel. Small tableclothcovered tables inside seat Making the dough including how to produce bread on a mass scale. approximately 22 people. An Great Harvest Bread outdoor patio with umbrella Company is an old-fashioned tables seats another 22 folks. neighborhood bakery that Focused on fresh A bike rack and Adirondack serves up scratch-made The bread rises with the chairs make it an inviting spot breads, treats and freshly made sun at Great Harvest Bread for pedestrians and bikers to sandwiches using whole-grain Company, as it is made from stop, and the rooms upstairs wheat from Montana. scratch each morning at the will eventually be open for “We grind our wheat every North Charlotte location, small group meetings. other day,” says Deborah. which houses much larger

he Hamiltons were not going to throw away their shot at opening a new bakery location for Great Harvest Bread Company in the Lake Norman area. The opportunity came on one of the busiest days of the year for the food industry — the day before Thanksgiving. In the midst of the holiday baking frenzy at Great Harvest Bread Company in North Charlotte, Deborah Hamilton received a call from a loyal customer in Huntersville. “There is a house you need to look at in Cornelius,” Deborah recalls the customer saying. Her husband and business partner, Bob, scurried up I-77 to South Main Street to view the property. “We’d been looking at the whole Lake Norman area because we have lots of customers up here who drive down to see us,” explains Deborah. Located across from the Antiquity neighborhood and retail shops, the house seemed like the ideal location. “There’s a need for sandwich and breakfast options here,” she says.


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LEBANESE LAMB KOFTAS Barbecue season and Fathers Day all scream out for a fuss-free dish, and these Middle Eastern gems are as delicious to eat as they are to make. Lamb is a staple dish in cuisines throughout the world and has a delicate mild taste — not the dreaded gamey tasting mutton of past preconceptions. Grass-fed lamb is chock full of omega 3s, bodyhugging B vitamins and other cardiovascular-loving goodies. Get grilling this summer, and keep your father (and everyone you love) in “fine fettle”. Great fathers know that like life, good cooking can be achieved by doing simple things well.



Lebanese Lamb Koftas 1 pound grass-fed ground lamb meat Jill Dahan (New Zealand for sure) 1/2 tablespoon each of cumin and coriander seed, toasted and lightly ground 1 tablespoon fresh oregano, finely chopped 2 large garlic cloves, crushed 1 shallot, grated finely Rosemary stalks for threading meat onto Instructions (optional) A grind of black pepper and sea salt Mix the meat ingredients together, and break into eight pieces and roll Tzatziki each into a 4-inch fat sausage shape. 1 cup whole milk Greek yogurt Skewer with rosemary if using. These 1/3-cup cucumber, finely chopped can be made ahead and chilled or 2 medium garlic cloves, crushed frozen to use later. Mix the yogurt 3 to 4 tablespoons finely sliced green sauce ingredients together and chill to onions develop flavors. 2 tablespoons fresh mint, finely chopped To serve, heat a grill or frying pan on medium-high heat and grill until 1 teaspoon dried oregano and lightly brown on one side (about four thyme leaves minutes), then flip each to brown the 2 tablespoons organic lemon juice other side. Place on grilled pita bread and 1 teaspoon zest (organic has brushed with olive oil, and top with no wax on rind) yogurt sauce and mint to garnish. A grind of black pepper, chili flakes, Serves four to six. and sea salt JUNE 2017

 ill Dahan lives in Cornelius and is the author of J Starting Fresh! Recipes for Life. You can learn more about her at

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Photography courtesy of Jill Dahan

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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.

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Meet Michael

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What do you like most about your job? Helping families and individuals meet their goals for selling, relocating and finding a new home. The biggest satisfaction is seeing the process from start to finish with satisfied clients. What drove you to be a successful Real Estate Broker? I majored in geography at East Carolina University and went on to grad school. After realizing how little money the jobs within my field paid, I began to explore other options. My aunt was an appraiser, and she encouraged me to get my real estate license. I found a great company to start my career and realized it was my passion. How long have you been in your profession? Since 2004. My Partner and I, Jeana Young, have a combined 36 years of experience in the Lake Norman market. What is your favorite thing to do in the area? Going to Panthers games. Describe your dream vacation. One where I didn’t have to work while I was there, but it will never happen. What is your biggest pet peeve? Part-time real estate agents. I always know when it is 5 p.m. because my phone rings continuously when those agents get off of work. If you didn’t have a career in Real Estate, what would you be doing instead? Unimaginable, it's what I love. What is your favorite thing about your community? We’re a small enough community to often see people we know when out and about, yet big enough to meet new residents almost every day. What is your favorite quote? “When all is said and done, more is said than done.” — Lou Holtz. I want to be the person that gets it done. How long have you lived or done business in the Lake Norman area? 13 years. Do you have pets? 4 Boys — Jager, Steve and Cooper (all dogs), and one cat, Axel.

NAME: Michael Morgan BIRTHPLACE: Salisbury, NC PROFESSION: Real Estate Broker 704.224.6941 LKNPROS.COM

What do you like most about being a doctor? Vision is such an important part of our everyday lives. Whether it is treating an eye infection, glaucoma or performing cataract surgery, helping people see better is hugely rewarding. What drove you toward this profession? A family member had a serious eye injury when I was a boy. This fostered an interest in the field at a very young age, and it grew from there. How long have you been practicing? I finished my residency this summer and am excited to start my practice with my colleagues at Graystone Eye. What is your favorite thing to do in the Lake Norman area? Yet to be determined! My family and I are excited about all of the outdoor opportunities afforded in the area. We love to hike, canoe and camp as a family.

What is your biggest pet peeve? People running red lights.

If you were not a doctor, what would you be doing instead? Glaucoma research. My PhD is in congenital glaucoma. If I had not fallen in love with the clinical side of medicine, I would be continuing my laboratory studies trying to understand how congenital glaucoma develops.

NAME: DR. CHRISTOPHER P. TANZIE PREVIOUS RESIDENCE: Relocating from New York PROFESSION: Eye Doctor 888.626.2020

What is your favorite book? So many! I recently read the book When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi. The author was a neurosurgery chief resident at Stanford when he was diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer. The book is beautifully written and details his thoughts of training to be a doctor juxtaposed to his love of literature and language during his last months of life. Do you have pets? No.


Tell us about your family. We have four kids ages 7 and younger. My wife is a music teacher. As a family, we love checking out local festivals, museums, and finding new places to hike and explore.

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Describe your dream vacation. I met my wife while on a college wind symphony tour of Scandinavia. I would love to go back there with her and see the mountains and fjords again.

Meet Christopher

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at the Lake

a month of things to do at the Lake Date Night

Mingling on the Greens Concert Series (throughout the summer) Enjoy live music at Birkdale Village Friday through Sunday evenings throughout the summer. Neighbor Unknown (June 2), Leslie & Friends (June 3), The Rowan Big Band All-Stars (June 4), Alan Barrington & Blue Boulevard (June 9), The Invaders (June 10), Thirsty Horses (June 11), Hipshack (June 16), HC Oakes Band (June 17), Acoustic Measures with Bob Trice (June 16), TBT Band (June 23), Matthew Walsh (June 24), Angela Easterling (June 25), Game Face (June 30). Fri-Sat 7-9 p.m., Sun 4-6 p.m. Birkdale Village, Huntersville, look for Mingling on the Greens Concert Series on Facebook. JUNE 2017


Music on Main (June 2 Prepare to let Trial by Fire take you back to an earlier day when lighters were held high, and you couldn’t help but sing along. 6:30 p.m. Free. Town Hall lawn, Mooresville, www. Davidson Concerts on the Green (June 4, 11 and 18) Kids in America (‘80s variety) performs on June 4. Band of Oz, a beach band favorite in the Carolinas, performs June 11 and the Emily Minor Band (country) performs June 18. 6-8 p.m. Free. Davidson Village Green, www. LangTree Live (June 1 and 8) The Colby Dobbs Band performs on June 1, while HeartBreaker, a band that pays tribute to Heart and Led Zeppelin, performs June 8. 5-9 p.m. Free. LangTree Lake Norman, 401 Landings Drive, Mooresville, Symphony in the Park (June 24) The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra performs an evening of patriotic, classical and pops performances. Stateville’s Rockie Lynne will open for the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra and will perform a number of patriotic songs. The evening will conclude with a spectacular fireworks display (weather permitting). Be sure to bring your blankets, chairs and a picnic basket. No glass containers of any kind,

Family Fun

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no pets and no open flames. 6 p.m. Free. Bailey Road Park Cornelius, Alive After Five Concert Series & Cruise In (June 29) On the last Thursday evening of the month you’ll find Lincolnton’s Main Street full of music and merriment. On June 29, Jim Quick & Coastline perform. Prior to live music, DJ Johnny B gets things moving. Bands play from 7- 10 p.m. Free. On the East side of Court Square in downtown Lincolnton, rain location is the Lincoln County Farmer’s Market. Look for more information on The Downtown Development Association of Lincolnton’s Facebook page.


African American History Celebration (June 3) This event will provide a unique and exciting take on African American history and customs including an interactive drum circle ran by Drums 4 Life. You will have the opportunity to learn the history of the famous Buffalo soldiers, listen to timed talks with notable historic figures including Harriet Tubman and Abraham Lincoln. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $9 adults, $8 seniors and students, children under 5 free. Historic Latta Plantation, 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville, Warrior Dash (June 3) Test your physical ability on the grounds of Rural Hill. The Competitive Dash begins at 8 a.m. with the Preferred Dash beginning at 8:30 a.m. The Standard Dash starts at noon. $90 per person the day of the event. Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Road, Huntersville, PinkySwear Kids Triathlon (June 3) The PinkySwear Kids Triathlon features non-timed, non-competitive races for kids ages 6-18 of all abilities. The fundraising involved goes to the Pinky Swear Mission to help kids with cancer and their families. 8 a.m. Ingersoll Rand campus, Davidson, Festival of Food Trucks (June 10) Check out awesome food and fare, listen to music, stroll the streets and shop. Be sure to bring a chair. 5-8:30 p.m.

The cast of Davidson Community Players' production of Annie rehearses. Annie will be performed June 22-July 2. Downtown Mooresville, Main Street from Moore Avenue to Iredell Avenue, www. Founder’s Dinner (June 14) Rescue Ranch hosts Founder’s Dinner, a farm to table dinner series. All proceeds benefit Rescue Ranch’s mission. Guests (approximately 130) will experience Iredell County’s local agriculture, farms and vendors while dining outside on Rescue Ranch’s lush property. 6 p.m. $100 per person. Rescue Ranch, 1424 Turnersburg Highway, Statesville, The Lake Norman Sail & Power Squadron Boater Safety Education Program (June 17) Learn the safety rules and laws associating with boating. Vessel operators born on or after January 1, 1988 must have successfully completed a Boating Safety Education course to operate a vessel with a motor of 10 horsepower or more. Class limited to 70 students. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. $45. Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, 19600 Zion Street, Cornelius,


Movies in the Park (June 29) Watch Storks outside at Richard Barry Park in Huntersville. 8 p.m. (movie begins 10 to 15 minutes after the sunset). Free. Richard Barry Park, 13707 Beatties Ford Road, Huntersville,


Cornelius Arts Center Various exhibitions. Mon-Thu 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Fri-Sat 9 a.m.-noon. 19725 Oak Street, Cornelius, “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 Mooresville Arts’ Small Works Exhibit (June 4-July 6). 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,

Photography courtesy of Davidson Community Players


Girls’ Night Out

Photography courtesy of IMAGINE Music Group

Band of Oz performs on June 11 at Davidson Concerts on the Green. Sanctuary of Davidson Various exhibitions. 108 S. Main Street, Davidson, www.

at Carolina Raptor Center throughout the month. Visit carolinaraptorcenter. org for more details.

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,

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

The Van Every/Smith Galleries Various exhibitions. 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.


2nd Friday Street Festival (Every second Friday) This event features many of the area’s most talented and innovative artists and craftsmen while showcasing a fabulous

Carolina Virginia League. June 1, Charlotte Crushers, 7 p.m.; June 2, Lenoir Oilers, 7 p.m.; June 3, Race City Bootleggers, 7 p.m.; June 8, Catawba Valley Stars, 7 p.m.; June 9, Race City Bootleggers, 7 p.m.; Deep River Muddogs, 7 p.m.; June 11, Fuquay Varina Twins, 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.; June 13, Charlotte Crushers, 7 p.m.; June 14, Race City Bootleggers, 7 p.m.; June 15, High Point Locos, 7 p.m.; June 16, Kernersville Bulldogs, 7 p.m.; June 17, North Wake Fungo, 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; June 20, Morganton Venom, 7 p.m.; June 23, Catawba Valley Stars, 7 p.m.; June 24 (Craft Beer Night), Lenoir Oilers, 7 p.m.; June 29, Catawba Valley Stars, 7 p.m. $5 per person per game, $100 season pass. Moor Park, 691 S. Broad Street, Mooresville, www.

Davidson Farmer’s Market (Every Saturday) 8 a.m.-noon. Free. Next to Town Hall between Main and Jackson streets in downtown Davidson, www. Huntersville Growers Market (Every Saturday) Come for fresh produce, meats, seafood, artisan breads, delicious cakes and homemade cupcakes, jams and jellies, fresh cut flowers, potted plants, and more. 8 a.m.noon. Huntersville Elementary School, 200 Gilead Road, Huntersville,


Comedy of Errors (June 8-11) Chickspeare performs Comedy of Errors, one of the Bard’s most farcical comedies. Shakespeare meets ’70s and ’80s television as seven actors bring to life 15 characters in the original sitcom Comedy of Errors. Not one, but two sets of identical twins, separated at birth, encounter a series of wild


Mooresville Spinners (Through the summer) Come out and watch the Mooresville Spinners play baseball. The Spinners are a summer collegiate baseball team in the

mishaps based on mistaken identities that lead to wrongful beatings, a near-seduction, an arrest, and false accusations of infidelity, theft, madness, and — in this case — lots of TV theme songs. Thu 7:30 p.m., Fri-Sat 8 p.m. and Sun 2 p.m. $20 in advance, $24 at the door. Warehouse Performing Arts Center, 9216-A Westmoreland Road, Cornelius, Annie The Musical (June 22-July 2) With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone’s heart despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. She is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of an orphanage that is run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan. With the help of the other girls in the orphanage, Annie escapes to find a new home and family in billionaire, Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary, Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy. Performed by Davidson Community Players. Thu-Sat 8 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. Ticket prices vary from $15 and up. Duke Family Performance Hall, Davidson College,

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Carolina Raptor Center Live bird presentations, flight shows, behind-the-scenes tours and more take place

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.

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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Lori's Larks

Sunday Night Fun

Editor Lori K. Tate dances to a Stevie Wonder tune with her daughter, Margot.

by Lori K. Tate

Photography by John G. Tate

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Editor Lori K. Tate gets down at Davidson’s Concerts on the Green


The last time I went to Davidson’s Concerts on the Green, our twins were five months old. They are 7-year-olds now, so do the math. It’s not that I don’t enjoy this concert series because I have a great time when I go; it’s that I’m lazy on Sunday evenings. If I’m in the vicinity of my couch around 5:30 on a Sunday night, odds are we’re not packing up the minivan and heading out to a concert. However, last month, the couch lost, and we made it out to see Natural Wonder, a Stevie Wonder tribute band, perform. This was the perfect fit for our family, as John and I danced our first dance as a married couple to Wonder’s You Are the Sunshine of My Life, and our twins, Margot and Graydon, are obsessed with Wonder’s Don’t You Worry ‘Bout a Thing because it’s on the Sing soundtrack. (If you don’t have kids, Google it. It’s a great movie.) Megan Blackwell, owner of The Village Store in downtown Davidson, began Davidson’s Concerts on the Green in 1999. “It began as a way to bring people downtown to enjoy Main Street,” explains Blackwell, adding that Summer Pops in the Park at SouthPark was a loose model for the event. The concerts have always

taken place on the town’s green in front of the Davidson branch of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library. As the concerts gained momentum over time, the town of Davidson took it over. Now 11 concerts are included in the series, which takes place on the first and third Sundays in April through September. All types of music is performed from big band to country, and crowds can reach as many as 3,000 when Band of Oz, a Carolina beach band favorite, comes to town. (Band of Oz performs the 11th of this month.) You can pitch tents as early as Sunday morning to claim a prime spot, but the town asks that you do so on the perimeter of The Green so that others can see. We took a more casual approach to seating and asked our friends, Hattie and Brian Kissel, to put some chairs on The Green for us early in the day, as they live closer to town. They selected a great spot to the left of the stage and near the tree that all of our children like to climb. Even though both of our families packed picnic baskets and coolers, we caved when we saw that Davidson Pizza Co. was selling pizza just feet from our chairs. Dunkin Donuts and Whit’s Frozen Custard also

Tate and her friend, Hattie Kissel.

had tents at the concert. And, of course, you can always get take-out from one of the restaurants in town. As for the band, they were fantastic. People of all ages were dancing in front of the library from the first song. Even my husband popped up on the dance floor without being dragged. Oh the power of a beautiful spring night and a hot horn section. Our kids ran around the green with their friends when they weren’t dancing or eating, and the library opened its restrooms for the evening. Luckily for us, there was no rain, but even when a shower comes up during the series, the town tries to continue with the concert when it clears. We had a great time hanging out and listening to Sir Duke. My only regret is that it took me so long to make it back for a concert. Davidson’s Concerts on the Green Every first and third Sunday through September Davidson Village Green

Lake Norman Currents June 2017  

A lifestyle magazine celebrating Lake Norman NC.