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Contents March 2017 vol. 10 No. 3

22  Make a Mess Michele Miller Houck has a bird’s-eye view

30  Thoughts from the Man Cave

A change in scenery

58  Out and About The 2017 LKN Chamber Annual Awards Banquet and Gala

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

72  Lori’s Larks Lori K. Tate gets cool with disc golf

MARCH 2017


Channel Markers Movers, shakers and more at the lake

About the Cover:

Photo of Bret Baronak on the Carolina Thread Trail by Brant Waldeck.

15  Sandra McCaslin throws

herself into a new career

16  Dearness Gardens grows with the community

18  Coach David Marsh makes a bigger splash

20  Charlotte Cycleboats brings the party to the water

Dine + Wine

34 Game On

Meet Lake Norman’s ninja

Eating, drinking, cooking and fun

66  Wine Time

Alton’s and its gastropub feel

67  On Tap

Beer and running


68  Nibbles + Bites


Huntersville’s Cast Iron Waffles

69  In the Kitchen with Jill Dahan

The Perfect Tart

38 Trends + Style Fun finds for the great outdoors

Lake Spaces

How we live at the lake

44  Dwellings

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24 Get Outside

Explore Lake Norman’s greenways

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overlook, it became apparently clear to me how small we indeed are in the universe. When you feel like the weight of the world is on your shoulders, it’s refreshing to feel small once in a while. Later in the day we drove on the Blue Ridge Parkway, stopping each time we saw a view we just needed to see a little better. The feeling of freedom a mountain vista provides plus the lower temperatures of the mountains during July made for an exhilarating experience. While riding home that night, I began planning when we could return, hoping we could make it at least once a month. I’m sure if I’d had the financial means that day, I would have put in an offer on a mountain house. As the summer progressed, there were more doctor appointments, more important decisions to be made and more stress, but there was also the memory of our day in the

mountains. Just thinking about how much fun we had that day as a family seemed to be a balm that could combat any amount of stress I faced. I treasure that day so much that the wallpaper on my phone is still a picture of the four of us standing on the Blue Ridge Parkway, taking in our big summer adventure. There’s something about being outside that calms the soul. Hearing leaves rustle while you carefully make your way through a wooded path invigorates the mind, making room for solutions and positive thoughts. This month marks CURRENTS’ first Great Outdoors issue, and with that theme in mind, we set out to explore the lake area’s greenways (see page 24). As I walked greenways in Davidson, Cornelius and Huntersville for the story, I was struck by how happy and relaxed the folks I encountered appeared. Whether they were running, walking a dog or strolling with their ear buds in, they were connected to the peace these ribbons of trails provide. If you haven’t explored our area’s greenways, I hope our story will inspire you to do so. We’re fortunate to have so many ways to experience nature in our area, and lucky for us, more ways are coming. As for me, I’m going to be outside as much as possible this spring, searching for another perfect day.

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When Mooresville resident Sandra McCaslin retired from a long and happy teaching career in 2007, she never imagined she would embark on a second career. But she did, and it’s something for which she has a strong passion and talent. A couple of years before her 2007 retirement, McCaslin started making decorative throws/blankets. At first, she gave them as gifts, but after some trial and error, she realized that she had a feel for it. “I thought, ‘I can really do this, and I like doing it,’ ” she recalls.” With that, Alexandra’s Accents was born. The quality of her throws is impressive, as the material is rich and beautiful. They look and feel substantial, with a nice weight to them. She uses a different design on each side, choosing patterns and colors that coordinate and complement one another. McCaslin works with a chenille blend, and likes that material because it is plush and soft. “I love finding the fabric and knowing it will add a pop to a room,” she says, adding that she finds a lot of her fabrics in Boston, as many high-end, quality fabrics are available there. McCaslin has a son who lives there, and several times a year she and her husband make the trip up. She’s been known to bring empty luggage for her purchases. For a while, she sold some of her work in a few high-end shops in the Charlotte area but decided she’d rather sell directly to customers. Her pieces are now sold on Etsy, and she also sells at design shows in North Carolina and elsewhere. A Broadway set designer discovered McCaslin’s work on Etsy and purchased one of her throws for the Broadway show You Can’t Take It With You, starring James Earl Jones. Another of her throws was used at the Court Theatre in Chicago, and another made it onto the Amazon series Alpha House. McCaslin now has customers all over the world, including Australia, Hong Kong and Great Britain, as she’s received thank you notes from almost everywhere. She finds it very satisfying knowing her designs bring happiness to people and add beauty to For more information regarding their homes. — Allison Futterman, Alexandra’s Accents, visit photography by Lisa Crates


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Sometimes big things start small. That’s the case with Dearness Gardens Nursery and Landscaping in Huntersville. In 1995, the business started as a small herb stand that Rich and Suzanna Strickland ran outside their 1920s farmhouse on South Old Statesville Road. “She [Suzanna] had one employee and an umbrella, and it kind of evolved from there,” says Morrie Brawley, longtime sales manager at Dearness Gardens. As more people began stopping by their home, the Stricklands cleared land to add greenhouses. Now owned by Ken Forster, Dearness Gardens is a busy garden center and landscaping company, employing approximately 30 people during peak summer months. Myrtle, the garden center’s long-time resident cat, also is a staple on the grounds. Brawley credits much of Dearness Gardens’ success to being in the right place at the right time. The growth of the Lake Norman area, particularly Huntersville, has provided a thriving customer base. Located on four acres near the heart of downtown Huntersville, Dearness Gardens still has three undeveloped acres for future expansion. The garden center carries a variety of trees, shrubs, perennials and annuals, as well as garden décor and pottery. Customers shop and leisurely stroll through beautiful gardens, stone paths and relaxing water features while they make their selections. In 1998, the Farmhouse Gift Shop opened, featuring an eclectic mix of seasonal items, seeds, houseplants, candles, lamps,

Huntersville’s Dearness Gardens began as a herb stand in 1995.

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David Marsh, on the bottom right, has been coaching some of the nation’s top swimmers for the past 35 years.


If you think a 35-year career on the pool deck that includes earning 12 combined men’s and women’s NCAA swimming championships, growing and leading America’s top communitybased swim program, and coaching in four Olympic games might be enough to satisfy David Marsh, you are gravely mistaken.

On the heels of leading Team USA’s Rio “swimming women” to more medals than any other team in history, Marsh is going big with plans to make Team Elite a global force in top-level swimming. Founded in 2007 as our country’s first “Center of Excellence” in the sport of swimming, Team Elite has grown

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to become the training and racing home to some of the top postgraduate swimmers in the world. In 2016 Team Elite placed more athletes on the Olympic team than any other program in the country. “The reality is we think that after three Olympics, Team Elite is a significant national entity, and it is our hope that as we move toward Tokyo 2020, Team Elite, while staying aligned with its community roots, can become a truly unique professional organization that is known and respected globally,” explains Marsh, who lives in Davidson. “At the heart of what we are doing is strengthening our focus on increasing the medal count for the USA, but because swimming is the type of sport where athletes become better by working together, and we believe so much in Charlotte as an emerging hub of swimming, we are welcoming

athletes from around the world to live here and train with us day in and day out.” To catalyze the growth, Marsh is going big while going small. He has partnered with Dreamfuel, a modern online funding startup for athletes and teams, to raise capital (including a $1M naming campaign), while also looking to the local community to lend support. “Having world class Olympiclevel swimmers — the best of the best of the best — in our community brings global attention and awareness to an area that is also seeing growth happen, especially in business, from all across the world,” says Marsh. “So we are looking for local businesses to join us, printing help, transportation help, even restaurants to help feed our athletes and residents to offer temporary housing, as we move ahead.” Knowing Marsh and Team Elite will be making an even bigger splash in the Charlotte and Lake Norman communities is a fact to be appreciated. “When I first heard David and his family were moving to the Lake Norman community, I knew immediately he would have a positive impact on swimming in the area. His reputation as an innovator in the sport preceded him,” says University of Georgia swimming alum and Huntersville mayor John Aneralla. “What I didn’t realize at the time was how much of an impact he would have on the community as a whole. David’s positive message and energy transcends swimming and applies to so many other aspects of our lives.” — Mike Savicki, photography courtesy of David Marsh


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questions. I wanted to know when visitors came here what did they see, what did it make them think about, how did it make them feel, and what were they going to do about it,” she explains. “The birds are a tool for us to engage with the humans. Because, at the end of the day, we love the birds, but what we are really passionate about is connecting the humans to the birds. We are trying to move the big needle here.” Periods of observation have been critical to Houck in her creative process professionally. When exhibits are being planned, she brings pertinent objects into her office and goes


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Process Creativity is: Essential. When you were 10 years old, what was your favorite way to be creative? Being outside. What’s a good way to be more creative every day? Be open to the possibilities no matter what you are doing. Carolina Raptor Center’s Michele Miller Houck is all about the wonder factor. “I want to measure wonder.”

When a contemporary in the science museum field mentioned this desire at an annual meeting, Michele Miller Houck, the associate executive director of Carolina Raptor Center, didn’t think, “That’s impossible.” She thought, “How can we do that?”

“We really thought that would be the key to understanding our visitor experience,” recalls 52-year-old Houck, who lives in Davidson. “Wonder is what we are trying to achieve so that people will want to engage over and over again in our organization.” Now, more than two years

into measuring wonder at the Carolina Raptor Center, Miller Houck is more aware than ever of the difference that thinking creatively can make not just for a non-profit but for the people (and animals) who run them and benefit from them. “We had interns out here over the summer to ask

What do you wish you had more time for in your life? Everything. What creative resource has been most helpful to you? Other people. What is something that will enhance someone’s life in an unusual way if they just do it? Connect with the natural world.

immersive observation, deliberate innovation and inspired passion in her own personal life as well. “Creativity is actually what is bringing the most joy to both me and my husband these days. I’ve often thought it would be fun to be a kindergarten teacher and play with crayons and paper all day long,” says Houck. “Just to have that outlet while we manage stress in our lives with aging parents and living together without the kids at home.” In fact, Houck has found that this effort has helped her address one of her greatest personal challenges, enjoying the journey. “I don’t have joy in the journey as much as I do in the end game,” she says. “I am trying to learn to take more joy in the journey. Anything that is worth doing is worth doing passionately. Showing up is 90 percent of life.”

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out and observes the spaces where a new installation may live. “I like to have an idea, get some stuff and live with it for a little while. When we are doing a new exhibit, I like to go out and see how people are in that space,” she explains. “I like to see what they are interacting with, what we need more of or less of.” Houck is also aware of how other people can inspire her own inspiration and creativity. “When I see someone who is really excited or worked up about something, I am inspired. I get inspired by public servants. I get inspired by people who are really good at their jobs. I get inspired by the guy who is coming to pick up my garbage, and he says ‘hello’ and wants to know how my day is,” she says. “Those are the kind of things that you want to put in your life.” Houck embraces that


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Our area’s greenways are more than just a walk in the park


t’s a Sunday afternoon on Davidson’s South Prong Rocky River Greenway. The 2.8-mile greenway, also known as the Randall R. Kincaid Trail, is peppered with folks walking their dogs, friends talking as they powerwalk and a kid zipping by on a scooter. This cross section of community is the norm on this greenway, as well as all of the other greenways that run through the Lake Norman area, and that’s by design. “One of the biggest benefits of the greenways is that they create community. You meet people on the greenway who are different than you,” explains Gwen Cook, a planner for Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department. “The momentum [for greenways] is building. We have 42 miles on the ground in Mecklenburg County, and 21 more miles in design or under construction.” Not only do these vegetated ribbons protect wildlife, improve water quality, reduce flooding impacts and provide buffers from development, but they also connect people, geographically and personally. In a world filled with computer screens, smart phones and social media, greenways offer a respite, a place to unplug. And as traffic in this area continues to be a challenge, these greenways also offer a more scenic route to and from the places people want to go.

The Torrence Creek Greenway in Huntersville runs 2.36 miles through woods, a meadow and short sections of wetlands.

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From left, John DeKemper and Troy Fitzsimmons of the Town of Cornelius Park, Arts, Recreation & Culture department stand on the Caldwell Station Creek Greenway, which is slated to open in May.

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Unstructured fun In the northern part of Mecklenburg County, Huntersville, Cornelius and Davidson have their fair share of greenways with more to come. Cornelius’ most recent addition, the Caldwell Station Creek Greenway, is slated to open on May 13. This 2.6-mile greenway will connect Bailey Road Park to Highway 21 near Northcross Shopping Center. “It’s [greenways] the number one priority in our comprehensive Parks and Greenways Master Plan,” says Troy Fitzsimmons, director of the Town of Cornelius Parks, Arts, Recreation & Culture (PARC) department. “If you look nationwide, I would be surprised not to see other municipalities’ plans that didn’t have greenways if not the top

priority, definitely in the top five.” Fitzsimmons says there are many reasons that the popularity of greenways is growing, with one of the biggest being that it’s an unstructured activity. “You can walk, you can run, you can bike,” he says. “With today’s busy lifestyles, it’s hard to go do organized activities; the time may not be right. But with greenways, you can do it in the morning, afternoon, evening; it doesn’t matter. You don’t need to be with a bunch of people to play a sport.” “There’s no cost for equipment. You can get out here with your dog,” adds John DeKemper, assistant director of the Cornelius PARC Department. “When you do a survey, and you ask people

what they want, nationally and in Mecklenburg County and in Cornelius, we all come up with the same thing, walking, running and hiking. That’s the number one activity that people are interested in.” Another attractive aspect of greenways is their convenience. The Caldwell Station Creek Greenway runs up against the Heritage Green and Oakhurst subdivisions, making access to the trail just a few steps away from residents’ homes. The trail also backs up to Poole Place, a Habitat for Humanity neighborhood. A small park is planned for that section of the trail. Dr. Scott Higgins, chair of the Parks, Arts, Recreation & Culture Commission in Cornelius lived in the San Diego area before retiring in Cornelius.

In California he saw firsthand how greenways, bike paths and walking/running trails change lifestyles for the better. “We wanted to come to an area that had the ability where we could walk and we could ride and do those kinds of things,” says Higgins, an avid cyclist, runner and walker who lives in Antiquity. “The real key for us is the connectivity of the greenways in order to allow folks to traverse from one place to another, to get to places they want to go without getting into a car.”

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On many of the area’s greenways, you’ll see markers that read Carolina Thread Trail. In fact, 24 miles of the Carolina Thread Trail’s 250 completed miles run through the Lake Norman area. The trail, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, runs through 15 counties in North and South Carolina. Catawba Lands Conservancy serves as the lead agency for the trail, while Foundation For The Carolinas is its philanthropic partner. “Originally when the organization first got started, the vision was 500 miles of trails for the Thread Trail network,” explains Bret Baronak, community coordinator for the Carolina Thread Trail. “Then as popularity grew, and there was success, the decision was made to push this out to what is now almost 1,600 miles of trail. … One of the other components that was added was recognizing some of our rivers as blueways.” For example, the Lake Norman section of the Catawba River Blueway (part of the Carolina Thread Trail) is approximately 31 miles long, making it possible to paddle part of the trail. Throughout the trail, you’ll find various attractions, both historical or commercial. Baronak says that in the past decade there’s been a paradigm shift in how people view recreation. “Traditionally it’s always been stick and ball sports and ball fields and those kinds of things. There’s really been a rise in passive recreation to walk and bike,” he says. “Really the mindset is to be a little more connected with nature. I think people just enjoy getting outdoors and carrying out simplified activities like biking and walking.”

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Bailey Road Park Trail Length: 1.7 miles (0.3 is part of the CTT)

Forney Creek Trail — Catawba Springs Preserve Segment (CTT) Length: 1.3 miles


Caldwell Station Creek Greenway Length: 2.6 miles Jetton Mini Park Trail Length: 0.4 miles Jetton Park Trail Length: 1.5 miles Legion Park Trail Length: 0.5 miles McDowell Creek Greenway (CTT) Length: 1.5 mile Robbins Park Trails Length: 2.7 miles Torrence Chapel Park Trails Length: 0.6 miles

Forney Creek Trail — Kathryn G. Clark Segment (CTT) Length: 1.1 miles Rock Springs Nature Preserve Trail (CTT) Length: .5



Murray’s Mill Trail (CTT) Length: 1.4 miles



South Prong Rocky River Greenway/Southeast Greenway/Davidson Greenway (CTT) Length: 5.7 miles

West Branch Nature Preserve Trail (CTT) Length: 0.8 miles

Statesville Greenway — The Fourth Creek Section (CTT) Length: 3.1 miles


Statesville Greenway — Gregory Creek Section (CTT) Length: 1.3 miles


Blythe Landing Park Trail (CTT) Length: 0.2 miles



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Torrence Creek Greenway (CTT) Length: 2.36 miles

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The soon-to-be-open Caldwell Station Creek Greenway in Cornelius.

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As greenways continue to grow in popularity, municipalities are working to make more of them a reality. Land is obtained for greenway projects via acquisitions, donations and agreements, as there is no eminent domain in the process. Baronak says that there is interest in all 15 counties involved with the Carolina Thread Trail. “The success of these trails is all about the partnerships,” he says, adding that almost 90 municipalities are involved with the trail. “We can’t do it without the support of the local communities.” This past fall the Richardson Greenway, part of the Carolina Thread Trail, opened in Troutman. The Troutman Depot, home to the local farmers market during the summer, is located on this rail-to-trail conversion. In Huntersville, there is a proposed tunnel that will run under I-77 connecting downtown Huntersville with Rosedale Park. A proposed Lower McDowell Creek Greenway west of the Wynfield subdivision is in the development stages that would

connect the Upper McDowell Creek Greenway, which runs along Birkdale in Huntersville, and create seven miles of trail. On a larger scale, the proposed Mooresville-Charlotte Trail, would offer a 30-mile bicycle and pedestrian corridor running north/south along Highway 115 from Mooresville to Charlotte. In Cornelius, construction on the South Prong Rocky River Greenway begins this year, and in 2020, construction will begin on the JV Washam to Smithville Park Greenway. The town is also partnering with the Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department to construct a half-mile South Bailey Road Greenway in 2019. This trail will link the Caldwell Station Creek Greenway via the existing Bailey Road Multi-Use Path to the South Prong Rocky River Greenway trail, creating almost nine miles of trail connecting the Northcross shopping center area to Antiquity. Perhaps the jewel in the mix is the Emerald Necklace concept that will create 12 miles of greenway or multi-use paths around Cornelius. “It [the Emerald

Necklace] would tie in businesses with recreation areas, [offer] civic areas for people to congregate, just really tie in the town,” explains Fitzsimmons, adding that the idea was partly inspired by the Swamp Rabbit Trail, a 19.9-mile multiuse rail trail in Greenville, South Carolina. “It’s about getting a critical amount of distance of greenway trail so that not only would residents come out, but hopefully it would draw other folks in from out of town. They would take the kids, ride their bikes around for the day, eat at some of our restaurants and stop at some of our shops. There’s great opportunity for tourism with that.” In the meantime, residents can enjoy the greenways that are in place, as they take a therapeutic time out in nature. Nothing clears your head quite like a long walk with frogs singing in the background and birds chirping from the trees. “When you get out on a trail 100 percent of the time you can just tell by the way people are looking that they are enjoying themselves,” says Baronak. “They’re smiles on their faces.”


A path for the future

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Feel, Just Feel To all the creatures of habit out there, to those who feel comfortable in the safety, security and predictability of their regimented day, to those

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who shun spontaneity, and to those who sit (willingly or otherwise) each day in their metal, four-wheeled internal combustion engine-powered machines pointed north or south depending on what hour the clock reads, I’m here to tell you a change, with a focus on the great outdoors, will do you good. To begin, let’s agree that hearing the words “great outdoors” might call to mind a wide variety of feelings and emotions. Think that person, not you, who exudes amazement while standing on top of a mountain gazing over the horizon to the world below. Or that person, again not you, standing peacefully alongside a bubbling brook which parallels an empty trail. And think about that person, surely not you, showing the fear and distress that comes with having to suck the venom from your buddy’s ankle after a poisonous snake latched on if you want to save his life. Nature and the great outdoors? Perhaps, perhaps not. Realizing that someone like me, who spends most of his day hunched over a keyboard in an office lit by florescent light, might not be the best person to give advice on getting outdoors, and to reignite my sense of wanderlust, I sat down for a simple chat with Lee and Ale Warden, co-owners of Brushy Mountain Outdoors in Mooresville. Having their huge

white Simoyan, Aspen, sitting and howling alongside, was a bonus. Lee and Ale live by the motto, “life is better outdoors,” and both were quick to point out that the outdoors, more than simply a physical location, is a feeling or approach to life that isn’t too far outside our reach. “Getting outdoors, getting into nature, getting away from everything resets me. It allows me to feel more alive,” Lee explained when I asked him about what pulls him to explore and experience. “It’s just a different viewpoint, a different pace out there that we all need if we are to be able to put in perspective our everyday lives.” “And what is special about the outdoors is that everyone experiences it differently,” Ale added. “If you are the competitive guy type, it can push you to get out of your comfort zone if you aren’t prepared, and if you are the goal-setting type, it can add a whole new dimension to how you feel accomplishment.” I told Lee and Ale that I have been lured and tempted by the promise of the outdoors in two very different, yet related ways at various times of my life. In the early seasons of the television show Survivor, I fantasized about lounging on a beach, eating tropical fruits and occasionally having to do some physical test of skill and gamesmanship. I dreamed about having only to endure the weird and wacky outbursts of a handful of folks wholly different than me for 30 days before flying home with a cool million.

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Will a change (in scenery, latitude, longitude, elevation, etc.) really do us good? by Mike Savicki

But when I learned about all the sleep deprivation and illnesses, plus the backstabbing and rice robbing that happens within tribes, not to mention all contest tiebreakers coming down to having to start a fire without matches, I gave up on the dream. And I’m an Eagle Scout. In the more modern sense, I told them I do still feel a pull to experience the outdoors — through hiking the Appalachian Trail, BASE jumping, kayaking a Class V rapid, catching a salmon, ice climbing northern Canada, wind suit flying, first descent snowboarding, fly fishing Montana, climbing Colorado’s 14-ers, big wave surfing the Pacific, kite-surfing the Caribbean, mountaineering Alaska’s Chugach mountains, wrestling a bear — but that pull has become tainted by things like age and responsibility, plus not having either long hair, a full beard or enough tattoos to help me blend in with the zebras of the African wildlands. So I’m happy enough to watch documentaries and read about these adventures in outdoor

Lee Warden (above) and his wife, Ale (left), own Brushy Mountain Outdoors in Mooresville and go on adventures in nature every chance they get.

magazines. “Getting outdoors doesn’t have to be a grand adventure,” Lee explained. “It doesn’t have to be the Rocky Mountains, for example. It could be the Pisgah National Forest, Grayson’s Highlands, Stone Mountain or even a day hike to Linville Gorge. It’s just about getting to experience more than you do in your everyday life.” I then played devil’s advocate and suggested to Lee that I have done fairly well on my path of life never having had to use a tourniquet, saline tablets, a snake bite kit or even a hastily prepared first aid kit, and it’s not too often that I am dehydrated or have to reach painfully for a bottle of aloe vera after a long day on the trail. “But where do you go and what do you do to feel free and alive?” he asked me. “Being on a trail or out in nature where you can’t see or feel anything else, I think, is necessary to creating that separation and freedom. When was the last time you stood somewhere, anywhere, in awe and feeling small at the sight in front of you?” Great questions. Nature, I learned from Lee and Ale, has a way of making us all feel small and for that, I argue, we need to get out of town, get outdoors and feel, just feel.

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Eduardo Lorenzo, also known as Ninja Ed, hopes to compete in season nine of American Ninja Warrior.

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duardo Lorenzo loves to hang. And by hang, I don’t mean the “stay in one place while relaxing and taking it easy” definition of the word. In fact, if you tell Ninja Ed to “hang in there,” don’t be surprised if he breaks out in a huge smile then jumps for a bar, beam, tree limb, overhang, flag pole, gutter, basketball goal, soccer crossbar or basically any sort of elevated piece of apparatus, grabs on with one or

both hands, and does just that – hang. And don’t be surprised if he does it for a very, very, very long time either, as he is that good. Lorenzo, more commonly known to his friends as Ninja Ed, is an athlete best described as a ninja. His training consists of any and every activity that tests strength, speed and agility, and pushes the body to its limits. Think running, jumping, climbing, swinging and balancing on an extreme scale.

Also think gravity defying leaps from obstacle to obstacle, rope to rings, warped wall to netting — all at heights that would make even the tallest basketball player feel small. That’s what Ninja Ed loves to do. Born in Puerto Rico and raised in the New York/New Jersey area, Ninja Ed, 37, spent the majority of the most recent decade on the west coast of Florida before relocating to the Lake Norman area in 2015 with his wife, Elizabeth, who just

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Ninja Ed and his wife, Elizabeth, share the same passion for hanging out.

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In 2012, as ninja and obstacle racing began to gain a mainstream following, Ninja Ed got “bit by the bug” while watching season four of American Ninja Warrior on

network television. “I can do that,” Ninja Ed thought to himself. “I’m the type who always, and I mean always, has loved to either climb trees or jump rooftops, so here’s my chance.” He completed the

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so after a bit of time off my feet, I went right back to it.” Not only did he compete again in 2014, falling just short of advancing, Ninja Ed was invited to be a course tester for the national finals in Las Vegas. “It was another amazing step in the journey that I thoroughly appreciate,” Ninja Ed recalls, “but I learned after 2014 that the hardest obstacle by far, because this is a television program first and foremost, is the sitting and waiting. There are some amazing ninjas out there, but who they pick for the show, then how we all come together, wow, that’s a challenge in itself.” If you have seen American Ninja Warrior and are wondering

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what to make of the obstacles, Ninja Ed says his favorite is the Salmon Ladder (a brutal vertical ascent up what can loosely be described as rungs of a ladder — a test that requires strength, athleticism and technique) and he also favors any and all obstacles that require grip strength. His weakness? Balance, he says. Think moving across a slack line, teeter-totter, or unstable row of stones of small platforms, all while being pressured by time. “When we are training, none of us ever panic,” Ninja Ed explains. “We fall so much it just becomes second nature. But on the show, it’s different, it’s one and done. One miss, one slip, one

Both Ninja Ed and his wife, Elizabeth, have submitted applications for season nine of American Ninja Warrior in 2017, and both are now in holding. From a likely applicant pool of 40,000, fewer than 800 will have the opportunity to challenge the course in one of five city qualifiers. It’s rare that both partners in a married couple are selected, but Ninja Ed hopes their story, and dedication to the lifestyle, help them stand out. And speaking of standing out, if 4’ 11 ¾ Elizabeth is selected, she will be the shortest competitor ever to accept the challenge. “My life has been enriched, and I have met so many great people through this, not only as an athlete but also as a coach, and for that I feel very lucky and appreciative,” Ninja Ed says candidly. “And working now, too, as a coach, do you know how many people I have seen get off the couch and grow and change their lives and do what they never thought they could do because of this? Do you know how training like this brings hope and happiness even to those who have been athletes most of their lives? “As for me,” he adds, “the world will always be my playground. We don’t stop playing because we grow old. We grow old because we stop playing, and I’ll never stop playing.” So tune in and keep an eye out for Ninja Ed and his wife as the 2017 American Ninja Warrior qualifying and competition season begins. There’s a strong chance you’ll see one or both of them again on television but, if not, simply look up wherever you might be standing, Ninja Ed will surely be hanging around.



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While meeting at Summit Coffee, Craft sketched an exterior picture of the house, nailing exactly what the couple wanted. The napkin drawing of the hipped-roof house now hangs in the kitchen of the home, which won one of the Best New Home Construction awards at the Lake Norman Home Builders Association’s 2016 Best of the Lake Design

Competition. And the homeowners who moved into their 2,450-square-foot home almost a year ago couldn’t be happier.

New, yet old The couple, who previously built a 5,300-square-foot custom home in a lakeside community in Mooresville, were looking to downsize. In addition, Continued on page 48

dwellings An armoire from Charlotte’s Sleepy Poet hides the TV. The sheers were custom made with fabric from Cornelius’ Distinctive Fabrics & Furniture.

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they didn’t want a shiny brand new home. They wanted a new home that had the character and personality of an older home. One of the best compliments they’ve received since moving in came when someone walking by asked how much renovating they had to do to the house. For Graham, having a hippedroof house was imperative to blend in with the complexion of this section of Davidson. “When we started the neighborhood, there were a lot of these mill houses,” recalls Graham. “They’re all characterized by having hipped roofs, and I wanted this house on this end of the street and the house on the other end of the street to have a hipped roof to kind of blend in.” To make sure he got what he MARCH 2017


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wanted, he took a picture of a hipped-roof home on Pine Street in Cornelius and sent it to Craft. The result is an open home, smartly appointed with all

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chandelier by Tara Shaw. Both the reclaimed elm table and the chandelier were in their former house. “We tried to incorporate things that she [the Continued on page 53

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homeowner] didn’t want to let go of,” explains Mimi Walsh of Mimi Walsh Interiors in Duxbury, Massachusetts and a friend of the couple from when they also lived Duxbury. “We tried to repurpose things.” However, some things were purchased just for this space, such as the end chairs for the dining room table. Made by local artist Sharon Goheen, the contemporary French provincial chairs feature appliqued cranes in a color motif of black, white and gray. The cranes, lovingly named Simon and Sylvia, give the

space an artistic punch while bringing in the colors of the interior. To the right, the kitchen features a large island highlighted with timeless black, white and gray encaustic tile. Three maritime-inspired pendant lights by Davey & Company, a London company that made lights for the Titanic, hang above the island, while four French bistro stools from California tie in with the cognac tones from the living room portion of the space. There you’ll find two couches facing each other. Continued on page 54

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A Tara Shaw chandelier commands attention from the minute you enter the home.

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A caramel leather couch from Cornelius’ Cococo adds the perfect amount of warmth to the language of the interior.

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Beer and running make a great pair, p. 67 Cast Iron Waffles finds its niche, p.68 The perfect tart, p. 69

Huntersville’s Cast Iron Waffles serves waffles made from a mix of Belgian pearl sugar and brioche dough.

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Alton’s Kitchen & Cocktails

A gastropub feel with a welcoming and comfortable wine list by Trevor Burton

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Owner Al Updike blends several wines to create his custom, proprietary Cabernet Sauvignon. I’m a big fan of unpretentious food, expertly prepared and made from quality ingredients

— especially when it comes with a glass or two of wine that kind of fits the same description. A little background is in order. I grew up on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean, in the Midlands of England. Back then the local pub, generally called “the local,” was a gathering place, cozy and comfortable. Those places have

mostly faded into the mists of history, but many hang on as “gastropubs.” They offer the same coziness and comfort with the addition of wine and a high-end kitchen. My wife, Mary Ellen, and I have a couple of favorite gastropubs that are always on the agenda when we visit London. Taking a break from Saturday errands, Mary Ellen and I walked into Alton’s Kitchen & Cocktails in Cornelius. It has that gastropub feel and,

important to my palate, some wines that really fit in with the ambience. The brunch we had kind of sums up the place. I ordered a bagel and smoked salmon. To go along with it, I chose a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon from California’s Central Coast. Central Coast winemakers produce some excellent wines that are great values, and I was in the mood. Cabernet Sauvignon and smoked salmon may seem a bizarre combination, but remember, we were in a gastropub, not your corner deli. The dish centered around a chunk of salmon that had been slowly smoked. So a nice, deep smoky flavor was a pleasure with that glass of wine. I wanted to dig deeper into the wine philosophy at Alton’s, so I recently sat down with owner Al Updike to chat about his approach to wines. Updike’s first comment confirmed my gastropub notion. He stated, flat out, that his restaurant is not a steakhouse with an eye-watering selection of “impressive” wines. His goal is a list containing good, interesting wines at an attractive price. He describes Alton’s as “Casual American Cuisine.” And that is how he views his wine list; back to my original description, unpretentious, expertly prepared and made from quality ingredients. That Central Coast wine definitely fits into that category. Updike really wants his guests to dig into his wine list. First, it’s welcoming and inviting — types of wine a

guest would be familiar with and comfortable ordering. They are familiar types of wine but from regions that may not be so familiar and a little bit exploratory — think Paso Robles, Central Coast, Dry Creek Valley and a few others. The exploratory approach continues with Updike’s pricing. On Sunday and Monday, bottles under $75 are half price, and Thursday wines by the glass are half price also. I like that. My Central Coast wine was a pleasure but, at $13, a little above average for a glass. I was running errands, so I deserved a treat, but, at $6.50, it is an irresistible invitation to go exploring. And, if you’re really into wine exploring, ask about what Updike calls the “If you know Al” list. He keeps a selection of his favorite, higher-end wines on a separate wine list. I gave it a quick glance and became a fan. Many of the wines jumped out, particularly a wine from Horse Heaven Hills in Washington. A great wine and nicely priced. Cozy, comfortable and gastropubish, Alton’s is a place to sip and enjoy. My wife and I go gastropubbing as often as we can, but it generally requires a long flight. Alton’s is reminiscent of these types of places back in the Old Country, so much so that it deserves the to be called a “local.”  lton’s Kitchen & Cocktails A 19918 N. Cove Road Cornelius

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BEER AND RUNNING? YES, PLEASE the side of the road that is having a beer,” he says. “Then he holds one out for you, too. If you grab it, you are kind of throwing up the white flag of surrender, your race is done. “But that’s not always the case,” he adds. “I know some runners who have actually PR’d [personal record] in a marathon after having a beer two-thirds of the way through, so you never know.” Hooray, beer. Think you might want to introduce a bit of beer to your training? The Bayne Brew Run Crew meets Thursdays at 6 p.m. in the Taproom, and then heads out toward Jetton Park with beers upon return. DART runners leave Summit on Thursdays at 6 p.m. and finish with beers at Members of the Davidson Area Running Team enjoy cold Carrburritos. And Ultimate Ales brews after the Run For Green Half-Marathon in September. welcomes Brushy Mountain’s Hikes and Hops crew regularly. (Yes, hikers need beer, too.) Loop 8k (see page 70) can enjoy Sierra If you want to put your training to the test Nevada during the cooldown. this month and then celebrate with a beer at So finish your workouts, then grab a beer. the finish, runners in Summit’s Leprechaun The finish line never tasted so good.

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Whoever says running is a solitary sport has never met beer. If you don’t believe me, ask Dave Munger, a Davidson Area Running Team (DART) leader and a regular in the Lake Norman running scene. “Of course beer is a big part of running,” Munger explains. “It starts with the fact that everyone bonds so well together when they run that they want to keep the connection going when they finish. Having a beer together is uniquely special no matter who you are. It adds the social dimension to the sport we all love.” What do runners talk about over a beer? “Well, you can be sure there’s a lot of running talk in there, from race results to upcoming races to injuries,” he says. “Then there’s family. When you run with someone five or 10 times and sit down for a beer, you sit down as friends. Beer helps the bonding.” Believe it or not, beer even has the unique ability to punctuate or possibly change the course of a run or race, according to Munger. “As runners we have all been at that point where we just aren’t having the best race or run, and there is always that one fan on

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Huntersville’s Cast Iron Waffles finds its niche by Holly Becker

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The first thing you should know about Cast Iron Waffles is to forget everything you know about waffles. These Belgian Liege waffles are nothing like the typical American-style breakfast waffles. Think dessert waffles with an array of savory toppings. Owner Veronica Quinn says the biggest difference is that Cast Iron’s waffles are made with dough instead of a traditional batter. “It’s more like a dense, sweet pastry,” she explains. The secret to the taste is the mix of imported Belgian pearl sugar with a brioche dough. Cooked in a 100-pound cast iron waffle press at high heat, the dough forms a delightful crust. “When you make it on the cast iron, the little balls of pearl sugar caramelize, and you get a crunch when you take a bite,” says the stay-at-home mom turned entrepreneur. Quinn always wanted to own her own business and felt the timing was finally right to pursue her dream. “I thought I’d start small with a coffee shop and get my feet wet,” she says. Then she discovered Cast Iron Waffles in Ballantyne and approached the owners about licensing a shop in the Lake Norman area. The 1200-square-foot Huntersville restaurant is small but inviting. A gray and white interior coupled with sleek subway tile and wood flooring creates a calming and peaceful place for families, friends and coworkers to gather. A limited

number of bistro tables lines the wall, and a granite bar top with steel bar stools connected to the open cooking area gives the place a cozy, diner-like feel. Additional outdoor patio seating is available.

A taste for everyone Quinn says the Cinnamon Roll From left, owner Veronica Quinn with Jenna Harmon. Waffle, topped with cinnamon/ brown sugar and vanilla Coffee, catering buttercream, is popular with and more children and teens. Other Located in Shoppes at bestsellers include the Deluxe Birkdale Crossing, Cast Iron Waffle, a delectable mix of Waffles has a coffee menu that Nutella, bananas, strawberries runs the gamut. Its fair trade and whipped cream and the house coffee is Nebraska-brand Peanut Butter Cup Waffle, Cultiva Coffee. Specialty coffees dressed with a peanut butter (latte, espresso, cappuccino mixture, Nutella, whipped and Frappuccino) are available, cream and chocolate sauce. as well as organic teas and Gluten-free waffles are smoothies. In addition to offered, with a separate waffle press used for gluten-free dough waffles, the shop features Acai to prevent cross-contamination. bowls, best described as a Seasonal and holiday-inspired smoothie in a bowl topped with granola and fresh fruit. waffles appear on the menu Cast Iron Waffles offers throughout the year, including a Pumpkin Pie Waffle in the fall catering, with waffles cooked onsite and a waffle bar with and an Ice Cream, You Scream numerous toppings. And Waffle in the summer. customers wanting a taste of Customers also have the Cast Iron at home can purchase option of tailoring toppings to individually-wrapped frozen their liking. “People make up waffles with heating instructions their own concoctions all the for their own kitchen or have time, and our employees come them shipped anywhere in the up with their own, too, like the United States. S’mores Waffles,” says Quinn.

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Comfort food isn’t just about the way something feels or tastes when you eat it, it’s also about how you make it and what goes into it, so try this homemade pastry tart as it tastes sublime, is very easy and is far more economical than buying one.

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In the Kitchen with Jill Dahan Jill Dahan


1 (8-inch) removable tart pan 1 tart case (homemade below or store bought) 1 cup plain Greek yogurt (Wallaby Organic Greek Yogurt is fab.) 2 large eggs, responsibly laid ½-teaspoon dried thyme (Two teaspoons if using fresh.) 3 to 4 spring onions, diced 1 heaping cup grated tasty cheese (A mature cheddar or hard goat like Midnight Moon or a good gruyere are good options.) Tart Case (Makes one case but doubled, it freezes well and can be saved for a rainy day.) 1 ¼ cups cassava or unbleached pastry flour (Moon Rabbit Premium Cassava Flour from Amazon is great.) 7 tablespoons unsalted cold butter (I love Kerrygold.) 1 large egg yolk, responsibly laid 3 to 4 tablespoons cold water


For the pastry, grate butter on a cheese grater into the flour and mix just until all the butter is covered in flour. Mix in the egg yolk and water until it forms a dough ball. Don’t over mix. Place between two pieces of parchment paper and roll out into a rough circle about 1/8-inch thick. Place in the freezer for a few minutes to make paper removal easier. Remove and peel one layer of paper off, and place pastry side down into a removable tart pan and remove the other paper.

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Press pastry down on the bottom and up the sides of the pan, filling any cracks with pastry. If using pastry flour, freeze for 20 minutes to prevent shrinkage when cooking, otherwise with cassava flour this step can be skipped. Bake empty case at 375 F for 7 to 10 minutes until very lightly browned. Remove and spread the onions over the bottom and sprinkle with 3/4 of the cheese and the thyme. Whisk the yogurt and eggs together thoroughly, and pour over the onion cheese mixture. Sprinkle with the rest of the cheese, and bake at 350 F for 25 to 30 minutes on the middle rack in the oven until jiggly in the center but set. Remove, let cool 10 minutes and remove sides. Cut into wedges and serve warm or at room temperature. Serves four to six.


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Mary Poppins (March 15-19) Community School of Davidson’s ArtSpace presents Mary Poppins. Times and tickets TBA. Community School of Davidson High School, 404 Armour Street, Davidson, A Morning with the Easter Bunny (March 24) Toddlers and preschoolers are welcome to enjoy Easter-themed crafts and snacks, and even get a picture with Peter Cottontail himself. Don’t forget your smartphone. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Cornelius Arts Center, 19725 Oak Street, Suite 1, Cornelius,

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Alice in Wonderland (March 25 and 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,



Sing with the Jazz Ensemble Live Thursday (March 16) Winners of the 2017 Sing with the Jazz Ensemble Competition take center stage at Live Thursday, backed by the big band ensemble in this annual crowd-favorite performance. 10 p.m. Free. C. Shaw Smith 900 Room, Davidson College, Music on Main (March 18) Daniel D, a contemporary violinist and renowned musician, performs. 6:30 p.m. $20. Charles Mack Citizen Center, 215 N. Main Street, Mooresville, www. Music at St. Albans (March 19) A unique and expressive guitar duo featuring Pasquale Rucco from Italy and Douglas James from Boone perform music of the early romantic 19th century on gut-strung guitars. 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, www. Lake Norman Big Band (March 20) 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. Si Kahn & Saro Lynch-Thomason (March 28) Appalachian ballad singer, folklorist, and activist Saro Lynch-Thomason joins forces with Charlotte’s own folk musician, civil rights leader, and labor and community organizer Si Kahn for this special performance. 7:30 p.m. $13.99. Tyler-Tallman Hall, Davidson College,


The Sip & Seek Bridal Show (March 5) The Sip & Seek Bridal Show is an intimate setting for couples and vendors to meet while enjoying complementary wine, food and door prizes. Guests will also have the chance to tour Rural Hill. With 30+ of the area’s top vendors in attendance, couples will have the opportunity to book their favorites, with some vendors offering discounts for day-of-show bookings. 1-4 p.m. Free with preregistration through EventBrite or $5 cash at the door. Historic Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Road, Huntersville, Downtown Mooresville St. Patrick’s Day Parade (March 11) This celebration of Saint Patrick’s Day including two Irish Pipe Bands (including the Town of Mooresville’s own Fire Department Pipe Band), Irish

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Me Time annual Mac & Cheese Cook-off in Downtown Mooresville. Tickets include Mac & Cheese tastings from 10 cookers, 2 drink tickets and desserts. 6-9:30 p.m. Tickets TBA. Downtown Mooresville, www.


Movies on Main (March 17) War Room will be shown at Movies on Main this month. 8 p.m. Free. Charles Mack Citizen Center, 215 N. Main Street, Mooresville, www.

The Historic Rural Hill Spring Food Truck Rally is March 18. dancers, green cars, family fun and more. 3 p.m. Main Street from Iredell to Center Avenue, Downtown Mooresville, www. Latta Celtic Festival (March 11-12) The Latta Celtic Festival. For the last five years spectators from near and far have made their way to Historic Latta Plantation in celebration of the Celtic culture James Latta once hailed from. Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, you can celebrate all things Celtic by enjoying live music, food and beer vendors, arts and crafts vendors, historic Celtic warriors and heritage demonstrations. Children will enjoy story times, dancing, visiting the farm animals and more. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $9 Adults, $8 seniors (62+), $8 students, children 5 and under free. Historic Latta Plantation, 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville, The 6th Annual Leprechaun Loop 8K and Leprechaun Loop Fun Run (March 17) Team Summit Foundation hosts The 6th Annual Leprechaun Loop 8K

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and Leprechaun Loop Fun Run. Following both races, the Leprechaun Loop Festival will be held at Summit Coffee Co.’s Basecamp location. The festival is free for all runners and the public, and features beer from Sierra Nevada, live music from the Mike Strauss Big Band, two food trucks and more. Fun Run begins at 6 p.m. All races benefit Team Summit Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization that helps make summer camp and eductional opportunities possible for all children and teens in the Lake Norman area. Summit Coffee, 128 South Main Street, Davidson, www. Historic Rural Hill Spring Food Truck Rally (March 18) Enjoy goodies from 20-plus food truck, in addition to NC craft beer, wine, live music, bounce houses, games, hayrides and more. 4-8 p.m. $5 per car. Historic Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Road, Huntersville, Top Deck Car and Truck Show (March 25) The Town of Huntersville and Sons of the American Legion Post 321 present the Top Deck Car and Truck Show, featuring all makes and models of vehicles. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Town Center Parking Garage, Huntersville, Battle of the Badges (March 25) The police go up against the fire department in this area tradition. There will also be a community blood drive. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Birkdale Village, Huntersville,

At least two Irish Pipe Bands perform at the Downtown Mooresville St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 11.

Mac & Cheese Cook Off (March 25) Future Fashion Designers and the Mooresville Artist Guild is hosting the


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. 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 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, Tropical Connections Various exhibitions. Tue- Fri 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. or by appointment. 230 N. Main Street, Mooresville, The Van Every/Smith Galleries Baik Art Residency features

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baseball. Bucknell (March 3, 6 p.m.), Hartford (March 4, 5 p.m.), Butler (March 5, 1:30 p.m.), Gardner-Webb (March 7, 6 p.m.), Siena (March 11, 1 p.m., 3:30 p.m.), Siena (March 12, 1 p.m.), Notre Dame (March 14, 6 p.m.), St. Bonaventure (March 17, 6 p.m.), St. Bonaventure (March 18, 2 p.m.), St. Bonaventure (March 19, 1 p.m.), Rhode Island (March 24, 6 p.m.), Rhode Island (March 25, 2 p.m.), Rhode Island (March 26, 1 p.m.), Saint Joseph’s (March 31, 6 p.m.). Davidson College, Wilson Field, 202 Martin Court Drive, Davidson,


Davidson Community Players performs I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change March 30-April 9.

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.

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

and food. 6-10 p.m. Free. 19725 Oak Street, Cornelius, Davidson Farmer’s Market (March 4 and 18) 9 a.m.-noon. Free. Next to Town Hall between Main and Jackson streets in downtown Davidson, www. Richard’s Coffee Shop & Veterans Museum (Every Saturday) Enjoy a community music jam every Saturday. 9 a.m.- noon. Free. Richards Coffee Shop & Veterans Museum, 165 N. Main Street, Mooresville, www.


Davidson College Baseball Head out to Wilson Field to watch the Wildcats play

Ripcord (March 10-25) A sunny room on an upper floor is prime real estate in the Bristol Place Senior Living Facility, so when the cantankerous Abby is forced to share her quarters with new-arrival Marilyn, she has no choice but to get rid of the infuriatingly chipper woman by any means necessary. Thu-Sat 8 p.m., Sun, March 19 2 p.m. $20, seniors/

Cabaret (March 24-April 2) Welcome to the infamous Kit Kat Klub, where emcee Sally Bowles and a raucous ensemble take the stage nightly to tantalize the crowd – and to leave their troubles outside. But as life in pre-WWII Germany grows more and more uncertain, will the decadent allure of Berlin nightlife be enough to get them through their dangerous times? Performed by Davidson College. Fri-Sat 8 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. $15, $12 seniors. Davidson College, Duke Family Performance Hall, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (March 30-April 9) This hilarious musical revue celebrates the agonies and triumphs of the mating game, from dating and finding love to marriage and in-laws. 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,

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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.

A Streetcar Named Desire (Through March 12) This award-winning masterpiece follows troubled former schoolteacher Blanche DuBois as she leaves small-town Mississippi and moves in with her sister, Stella Kowalski and her husband, Stanley, in New Orleans. Blanche’s flirtatious Southern-belle presence causes problems for Stella and Stanley, who already have a volatile relationship. Williams’s portrait of sex, class and secrets is regarded as one of the finest plays of the 20th century. Thu-Sat 8 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. $20 for adults, $18 for seniors and $12 for students (in advance). Armour Street Theatre, 307 Armour Street, Davidson,

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three Indonesian-based artists creating artwork during a month-long residency (Through March 3). Group Faculty Exhibition features works by Tyler Starr, Joelle Dietrick and Katie St. Clair. (March 16-April 14) Opening reception March 23, 6-7:30 p.m. 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.

Aquila Theatre in William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing (March 1) Mistaken identity, espionage, and deceptions take center stage in Shakespeare’s famous comedy. This classic farce is a tale of matchmaking and romantic mischief. When the soldier Claudio returns from war to his fiancé Hero, the two conspire to set up the sharp-witted and belligerent Benedict and Beatrice. Much Ado About Nothing is one of Shakespeare’s last comedies and is considered one of his crowning masterpieces. For their 25th Anniversary season, Aquila Theatre tackles this classic romantic comedy with their signature physicality and remarkable dramatization. This performance is part of The C. Shaw and Nancy K. Smith Artist Series. 8 p.m. $10-$22. Duke Family Performance Hall, Davidson College,

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Cool on the Course CURIOSITY GOT THE BEST OF ME. After

years of glancing over at the disc golf course at Bailey Road Park while my children played in the park’s beloved silo, I decided to see what all the fuss was about. Truth be told, I was a little hesitant, as I’m not a millennial and I don’t work for a start-up (disc golf stereotypes that I had concocted and that aren’t necessarily true). Regardless of my limited cool factor, I called Case Warnemunde of Bella Love, Inc. (a physical social network in Cornelius) to see if he knew anyone who could teach me, as Warnemunde knows everyone. In minutes, he produced Adam Berkey, and I had a disc golf lesson scheduled. Berkey owns a Oriental rug, upholstery, carpet cleaning and white glove delivery business, which allows him to work from his home in Cornelius. When he needs to take a break from work, he often heads to Bailey Road Park to play disc golf. “I started playing [disc golf] about a year ago,” he told me. “When I was younger I played Ultimate Frisbee [a combination of

Adam Berkey teaches Editor Lori K. Tate how to play disc golf at Bailey Road Park.

Editor Lori K. Tate checks out disc golf by Lori K. Tate Photography courtesy of Lori K. Tate

soccer and football with a Frisbee], but this is more of a leisurely way to play and be outside.” Berkey let me borrow a few of his Frisbees when we met at Bailey Road Park. Turns out in disc golf, there are all kinds of Frisbees you can use based on the shot you need to make. The Frisbees vary in their weights and types of edges. As we walked to the first hole, Berkey explained that Bailey Road is a utility course, meaning that you can play all 21 holes with two discs. The goal is to throw your Frisbee into the Disc Pole Hole (a pole with a chain cage on it) in as few throws as possible. Berkey threw an almost perfect shot to the first hole with a type of Frisbee known as a driver, and then it was my turn. I took a driver and threw it as best I could. It went a little too far to the left, but it was okay for a beginner. We then switched to a putter, which is a Frisbee designed for short-distance shots. Each hole presented new challenges and required different strategies, and I could easily see how someone could become addicted to this sport. For my next two

holes, I shot par, which is three shots per hole on this course. Berkey, of course, did much better and even scored an Ace, hole in one, on the last hole. FYI, a Birdie is one under par, and an Eagle is two under par. As with any outdoor sport, weather plays a factor. If it’s a breezy day, the game is going to be more difficult. “Back wind shoots your disc down,” explains Berkey. You also have to take into account if you’re right-handed or left-handed when making a shot. Sometimes shots require you to throw the disc from above your head, which is known as a Tomahawk shot. There were plenty of folks on the course with us during my tutorial, which surprised me, as we were playing at 1:30 on a Tuesday afternoon. Berkey says by 3 p.m. it’s packed on most days, and weekends are naturally busy. “If you’re having a bad day, just go to the park, see some sunshine and rip it,” Berkey told me. I completely agree. Bailey Road Park 11536 Bailey Road Cornelius

Lake Norman Currents March 2017  

A magazine dedicated to the lifestyle in Lake Norman NC.

Lake Norman Currents March 2017  

A magazine dedicated to the lifestyle in Lake Norman NC.