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Contents May 2017 vol. 10 No. 5

22  Make a Mess Josh Jacobson unleashes creativity

24  Thoughts from the Man Cave

Chasing youth with cars

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


Movers, shakers and more at the lake

17  Bryan Hall pays respect to veterans in Davidson

18  Carolina Cones serves scoops of joy

20  Kevin Brawley teaches music and confidence way for healthy living

Check out the best classic rides around

80  Lori’s Larks Lori K. Tate hits the links at LKN Mini Golf

Photograph of a 1952 Ford Coupe courtesy of Klassic Rides by Brant Waldeck.

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21  Spunky Avocado clears the

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28 M  usic Spotlight One Rockie Lynne treasures his Statesville roots

Dine + Wine

Eating, drinking, cooking and fun

54  Wine Time

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The Melting Pot surprises with its wines

55  On Tap

11 Lakes Brewing Company goes with the flow


56  In the Kitchen

with Jill Dahan Mothering Scones

34 M  usic Spotlight Two Music is second nature to Callie Huffman

57  Nibbles + Bites

Tim and Melanie Groody cook up Ramen Soul

Lake Spaces

How we live at the lake

62  Dwellings

Michelle and Chris McCoy’s perfect lakehouse

40 T  rends + Style It’s easy being green

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y dad turned 80 in February. At his birthday party we all took turns sharing the best tales we knew about him. One of my favorites was when my Uncle Ed told the story of the Happy Wagon, the most educated car in our family. The Happy Wagon was a used white Chevy S-10 Blazer my parents generously bought for my first car. I counted down the days until I got my driver’s license. On the morning of my 16th birthday, I got up early so I could be the first one in line at the DMV. I sat on the office’s cement steps until a staff member walked up to unlock the doors. As one of the youngest in my class, a driver’s license took on a deeper meaning of independence. Now I wouldn’t have to rely on parents or friends to take me places. I would be the one driving to and from school. I would be the one behind the wheel when we cruised Church Street. (Yes, in my hometown of Concord, teenagers still cruised during the 1980s.) My parents bought the Blazer while I had my permit so I could learn how to drive it in all kinds of conditions. Shortly after I took it for its first spin, I fondly named it the Happy Wagon because I knew this vehicle would deliver many adventures. With license in hand, I

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adventures are happy. By the time I graduated from college, my cousin Edwin (Uncle Ed’s son) needed a used car. My dad cut a deal with him, and off the Happy Wagon went to Appalachian State. Later it was passed down to Edwin’s sister, Samantha, at Western Carolina University. If you could give a degree to a car, the Happy Wagon certainly earned one — with honors. As my Uncle Ed told this story, I remembered how much fun I had driving my Blazer around and listening to music. I’d crank up The B-52s, roll down my windows and just drive. It’s a simple thing, but it brought me so much joy. Now I drive a Honda minivan (a car I unabashedly love). My children fondly named her Minnie, and they love to wash her with their dad’s help. She’s been on many adventures and vacations, and she frequently has Cheerios sprinkled all over her floorboard. Sometimes on the way to pick up my kids at school, I get the feeling that I’m driving the Happy Wagon again. Love Shack will come on the radio, and I immediately reach to open the sunroof. In seconds I’m that ecstatic 16-year-old with a new license in her wallet, thrilled that she’s getting where she needs to go.

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Recognizing Service and Sacrifice Veteran Bryan Hall pays his respect in Davidson American flags are sprinkled throughout Davidson’s three cemeteries near Memorial Day and Veterans Day. Bryan Hall, a Davidson resident and 28-year veteran of the National Guard and Army Reserve, began the volunteer flag effort that’s responsible for this. On a walk through the Davidson College campus in 2014, Hall stumbled upon the Christian Aid Society Cemetery off Ridge Road. Founded in 1905, the historically African-American graveyard was covered in grass and weeds. Hall pushed back the brush to discover many tombstones marked where veterans had been laid to rest. He returned that Memorial Day with flags to commemorate the lives of these veterans. Hall then met with Davidson Mayor John Woods to inquire about how the town

could do more to celebrate veterans who’ve died and those still living. Mayor Woods, an Army veteran who lost his older brother in Vietnam, teamed up with Hall to continue the flag tradition at the Christian Aid Society, Davidson College and Mimosa cemeteries. Anyone in the community is invited to participate, as volunteers usually distribute flags to cemeteries the weekend before Memorial Day and Veterans Day. Woods is excited about the involvement of students and families, including the Hough High School JROTC. “We invite local veterans to come place flags and share their stories,” says Woods. “It’s a great way for students to see that men and women can serve our country in many different ways.”

A former combat medic instructor at Brooke Army Medical Center, Hall knows too well the sacrifice veterans make. That said, he is advocating for a town memorial honoring all who’ve served the country. “There is a war memorial on the Davidson College campus for the alumni but no memorial for the town, and I’m really focused on seeing everyone who has served in this town recognized,” says Hall. In turn, the Town of Davidson is considering a veterans commemorative piece as part of its public arts master plan. — Holly Becker, photography by Ken Noblezada 

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A Scoop of Nostalgia Carolina Cones serves more than ice cream

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othing signals spring has arrived in the Lake Norman area quite like the opening of Carolina Cones. Now in its 34th year of business, the independently owned ice cream store on Old Statesville Road in Cornelius has served ice cream scoops to generations of families. Owner Gary Winge even remembers the late NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt bringing his children in for a treat. When Carolina Cones opened in 1983, there were no other ice cream stores in the area and few restaurants. “There was Ace Hardware and us on Hwy 115,” says Gary. “We’ve seen a lot open and a lot close over the years.” Gary says customers come for the quality, quantity and price. “We give a large product for the price, and we sample every ice cream from our six vendors and only pick the best,” he says. A dose of nostalgia is also part of Carolina Cones’ charm. The train track circling the ceiling and vending machines filled with trinkets and candy are a throwback to simpler times. “If our customers weren’t so loyal, we wouldn’t be where we are now,” Gary says. “We try to keep up the old fashioned look of the store.” Checkerboard tables and a small playground outside invite people to slow the pace of life. At the same time, Carolina Cones has made changes and additions with the times. The menu now features soft

Owner Gary Winge sits between two teenage employees. He’s employed approximately 600 area teens at Carolina Cones over the years.

serve handdipped yogurt and Dippin’ Dots. Twenty-two years ago, Gary added a garden center that has helped boost longevity in an increasingly competitive ice cream market. Gary’s mother ran Carolina Cones for 15 years, and now his sister-in-law, Danielle Winge, manages it. Much of Carolina Cones’ day-to-day business is in the hands of a teen workforce. For many, it’s their first job experience. “We have the best of the best kids working here. It’s satisfying to see these kids succeed,” Gary says, adding that he has employed approximately 600 area teens. He’s even received letters and emails from former employees years later thanking him for valuable work skills they learned while scooping ice cream. Many former employees, like Hunter Busse of Davidson, are now adults with children. Busse worked at Carolina Cones in the late ’80s. She says it’s a bit of a deja

Riding the carousel is also a treat at Carolina Cones.

vu experience whenever she brings her three children to Carolina Cones. “One of my fondest memories was flipping on that train. That was the big attraction then,” she says. “You went for a sweet treat and

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Mr. B. inspires kids to sing and perform evin Brawley, also known as “Mr. B.” to his students at Torrence Creek Elementary in Huntersville, has always had music in his blood, but it took him many years to find what he now considers his calling. In March, he led the school’s vocal ensemble, the Quarter Notes, in a special performance at Blumenthal

to any fourth and fifth graders who wanted to join. This year the group has grown to 80 students. After hearing about a call for the best ensembles in the CharlotteMecklenburg Schools district, he sent in an audition tape of the choir. It was chosen as one of the best 14 ensembles (only three elementary ensembles were

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Performing Arts Center in Charlotte. While Brawley’s parents were both educators, he decided to make his way as a professional musician after high school, traveling the country with a band, playing in a genre known mostly as “aggressive funk.” In his 30s, he came to the realization that maybe he needed to do something greater than entertaining people. He went back to school and earned a bachelor’s degree in music education with a concentration in voice from UNC Charlotte. He began working at Torrence Creek Elementary four years ago as the general music teacher for K-5 and found a small auditioned ensemble already in place. Not wanting to tell any children they couldn’t perform, he opened it up

invited) in the district, and asked to perform two songs at Blumenthal. Brawley, who also received Torrence Creek’s “Teacher of the Year” award this year, enjoys teaching unique arrangements to the choir and exposing them to music they may have never heard before. At Blumenthal, they performed MLK by U2 and the Paul Simon song Homeless. “I’m in this because I get to see these kids have confidence and sing on stage,” explains Brawley. “I can show them there is an artistic side of life that they can make a career out of. I still play as a musician, but I think I’ve found what is going to leave my mark. It’s a much more fulfilling job.” — Renee Roberson, photography by Lisa Crates

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t is not unusual to find Josh Jacobson surrounded by dots. They take up a lot of space in his box of creative tools. Jacobson owns Next Stage Consulting, where he helps non-profit and social cause start-up clients build consensus for forward movement. In his experience, the Dot-ism exercise is one that always yields “aha” moments. The concept is simple. Non-profit leaders consider posters that name issues they face. Below each titled poster is a spectrum for the leaders to consider. Do they want, for example, to be a governing board of directors (the lefthand option) or a working board, (the right-hand), or something in between? With brightly colored stickers, each leader considers the issues, marking their opinion with a dot somewhere on the spectrum before them. This quiet task is a powerful tool in creatively gathering consensus. “It is about visually seeing agreement and how that sparks a desire to think creatively. It gets everyone involved. It asks people to be courageous — to stake themselves out in front of others. It gets people leaning in rather than sitting back,” explains 39-year-old Jacobson. “It creates clarity out of perception. I see these as underpinnings of creativity — we have to be courageous, passionate and in a safe place.” Jacobson, a Huntersville resident, says creativity has always been a central part of his life. He merged his experience as an actor and musician with his professional

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or I can give myself time in between to steep in the topic or conversation that I am about to [have] or just had. I schedule at least a half-hour break between each meeting.” Ultimately, Jacobson embraces creativity because it is the underpinning of growth. “Creativity matters because it is about change. It is about reflecting on the world around you, interpreting and finding new pathways,” he says. “If we are not putting our minds in the place that allows for change, whatever we are doing ceases to be as impactful as it could be. Creativity is critical for sustaining everything.” Josh Jacobson says that creativity is about finding new pathways.

non-profit experience to create the foundation for his consulting business. “The confidence that comes from performing in front of others is needed in facilitation. My job as a facilitator is to bring out people, to sometimes lead and to sometimes encourage others to lead,” says Jacobson of the creative process in facilitation. “It’s a feeling of almost riffing and going off script and feeling like that is okay. We can stay in the chord structure here, but let’s solo a little bit and see where the song takes us.” In his work, Jacobson designs processes that unleash his clients’ creativity so that they can think differently about addressing the challenges they face. To do this well, he keeps himself creatively fresh by learning more. “I love comparative and

trend research. It’s a part of the process for me personally and professionally,” he says. “I like a foundation of information. Then I like to think about what are the opportunities that this decision or new concept have that speak to my own mission. How can I make this reflective of me?” To sustain his creativity, he has to nurture it, and that goes beyond learning. “I need downtime. I need time to reflect. I need time for preparation — to really steep in something before diving into it — and I need time to assess after the fact to determine the positive or negative outcomes of whatever just happened,” says Jacobson, who honors this need by insuring he has the time for it. “I literally schedule it. My calendar is my most important tool. I can load myself up

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You Can’t Buy Youth, but You Can Visit It Turns out car collecting can be an investment in more than just the past

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n June 1990 I bought my first brand new car. And by brand new, I mean an adult car as opposed to anything of smaller scale like a Dodge K car, a moped or a go-kart, all of which I drove solo at some point in my youth to avoid the neighborhood carpool or the dreaded parental drop off. Yes, at age 22 with title in hand and custom plate on order, I could now officially jam the freeways of America, pollute the air and drain our fossil fuels by burning gallons upon gallons of gasoline like the rest of our carloving society. Because I was really proud of myself for graduating from college, finding an actual steady job and then securing a car loan (even with an exorbitant new driver interest rate), and because I wanted everyone to see me in this car, I added each and every optional upgrade possible. I checked the boxes for the fire engine red paint job with some sort of super upgraded shiny finish, racing stripe, pop-out sunroof, custom mud flaps, leather-wrapped steering wheel, tinted windows and stereo equalizer. I think I even added leather-trimmed monogrammed floor mats just so my feet would feel special, too. When I drove off the lot of that Datsun-Nissan dealership in my 240 SX, having signed my life away in monthly payments, I think each and every salesperson and shop employee was doing the “there goes another sucker” happy dance they love to do

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Rogers’ 50th Anniversary 1965 Shelby Cobra in polished aluminum is one of his favorites.


each car has a story, and that’s what I like.” What got Mike into collecting was a bit of a reaction to his years in racing, he explained. “We raced for a long time, and to be honest I got tired of tearing stuff up,” he says. “To me, it made a lot more sense to work on cars, fix them up and keep them.” Because his father owned a Charlotte body shop between

collecting those, too. On one side of his garage, you’ll find his Datsuns, including an orange 1980 280 Z, the first car he and his wife bought together. On the other side sits his 50th Anniversary 1965 Shelby Cobra in polished aluminum adjacent to his 1968 Shelby GT500KR convertible, a multiple concours winner and one of only 57 built with a four-speed and AC. It rests not

in stocks, bonds and CDs, and when their statements come, all they see is numbers. You can’t wash, wax and drive numbers, and to me there is value in being able to enjoy an asset like I do a car.” Buying and selling also happens with cars, Mike adds. “Someday I’ll probably sell everything,” he says. “As you get older, cars become less important, and other things

“You can’t wash, wax and drive numbers, and to me there is value in being able to enjoy an asset like I do a car,” says Mike Rogers.

“Stories are what makes one car different from another, and stories are what give a car its personality and character,” Mike told me immediately upon entering his display room. “What you see here is my collection of stories, some relate to me and others to the car or a time in the past. But

1976 and 1982 that bought, rebuilt then sold damaged Datsuns, he fell in love with the “Z” cars, so he began collecting them. And as he learned more about Carroll Shelby, and developed an eye for spotting rare Shelbys (a skill he believes collectors of any type car should keep in mind), he began

far from the built-from-scratch 1999 Shelby Series 1. There are more of both. Mike brought up a few interesting points as we talked about why he, and others, collect. “You can also look at these as assets like I try to do,” he explains. “Some people invest


become more important. Health, realizing that you won’t be around forever and that there are other things to do. The hard thing now is finding time to drive all these cars. You’ve got to get them outside to exercise — kind of like people, too.” When our discussion


behind every uninformed customer’s back. But I was a happy sucker with a cool car, and that’s all that mattered to me. When I learned Mike Rogers, CEO of Killingsworth Environmental, had a car collection that includes an overflowing handful of Datsuns, I asked if I could visit his Denver shop and ask a few questions.


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turned to cars, guys and youth, I could tell we were both on the same page. Cars remind us of youth. Decades ago, when car manufacturers prided themselves on making their models look unique and different, certain types flocked to cars that looked certain ways. My red 240 SX looked like a sports car crossed with a jet airplane, so sliding behind the wheel gave me the sensation of flying. (A speeding ticket or two was proof that once or twice, perhaps, I did try.) Others were drawn to muscle cars, lifted trucks, super sedans or sleek imports. The mantra “to each his own” once ruled the roads more than it does today. “And what was the first thing a teenage boy did when he got his license and a car?” Mike asks. “He went and picked up his girlfriend.” Great point. That’s what I did. But as technology entered cars, not to mention our hands, and car manufacturers moved to centralize and standardize the look and build of most popular models (think Camry, Accord, Corolla, etc.) things changed for guys and cars on the road. They aren’t as important for the reasons they once were one might argue. “Now, if a teenager wants to see his girlfriend, he turns to this, not his car, to connect,” says Mike, waving his cell phone. “Cars have become generational. There’s really nothing holding him back from a girlfriend even half way around the world.” Truth be told, as car lovers and car collectors, we are part of a cycle. “No matter what we own or why we collect, really, we don’t own these cars; we are just caretakers,” says Rogers. He’s got that right.


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Statesville native Rockie Lynne writes songs about what he knows, and those songs are filled with perspective.

ockie Lynne walks into the conference room of his Statesville recording studio carrying sunglasses and a cell phone. Clad in a black T-shirt, jeans and black running shoes, he has a cool but casual look about him. Nothing about his appearance hints at the success he’s had as a country music singer/songwriter, and when you talk with him, his demeanor is just as unassuming.

Music Spotlight One He doesn’t brag about having a number one country music song, opening for Carrie Underwood or songwriting with Richard Leigh of Don’t it Make My Brown Eyes Blue fame. Lynne simply is who he is, and although it took him a long time to get there, he is more than okay with it.

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A native of Statesville, Lynne was adopted from Barium Springs (now Children’s Hope Alliance) as a little boy. His biological parents abandoned him in a dumpster when he was a baby, and for a long time, he didn’t share his past with anyone. “I didn’t want people to think, ‘Oh, he’s that kid from the orphanage,’ ” explains Lynne. “But it wasn’t even really an experience that I have very many memories of, and I’m not

ashamed of it at all. Its just part of the path.” His upcoming album titled Faith explores the various paths that life can take. “It’s about talking about all of those things that people never talk about,” explains 52-year-old Lynne. “Songs to me are kind of like portraits, like Norman Rockwell portraits. They’re not fancy. They’re not Jackson Pollock; they’re not hard to understand. … They’re like little snapshots of time, reality, and so that’s what I write about. I write about things that I know, and so these songs started coming out that are little snapshots of things that are faith.” One of the songs is titled God Didn’t Say a Thing. It’s about a little girl named Savannah that he became friends with through his charity, Tribute To The Troops. Founded 13 years ago by Lynne, a U.S. Army

veteran, the charity gathers groups of people (mainly on motorcycles) to visit the homes of families of fallen soldiers and provides college funds to their children. Savannah was the daughter of Sergeant Joshua Anderson, the first fallen soldier Tribute To The Troops recognized. Five years later she was diagnosed with cancer, and the charity helped with housing and treatment that proved successful for a while. Five years after that, the cancer came back and she passed away. Lynne remembers that he got the call about her death while writing songs for Faith. The national board of directors of the charity called to see if would be okay to use her college fund for funeral expenses. When he hung up the phone after giving them the

okay, he wrote the following lyrics from Savannah’s mother’s point of view: “Tired and worn out from crying she knelt beside the bed and said, ‘I know you’ve got your reasons but why not me instead? She was just a little girl; you’re supposed to be a king.’ She waited for an answer, God didn’t say a thing.” As he tells me this story, he grabs his guitar and starts singing the song. A few minutes later he tells me the story of a high school friend/rival guitar player who succumbed to alcoholism and suicide. He found out about his friend’s death the day he headlined an event for veterans at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. “After the gig, I drove to every cemetery in North Iredell County looking his grave,”


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A clear view Lynne isn’t the glitzy country star celebrity sort. Sure, he got a record deal with Universal Music Group when he was 39, but that was then and this is now. And now is much more important to the father of three. He and his wife/manager Susan Levy Rash split their time between the threebedroom ranch where Lynne grew up in Statesville and Nashville, where the couple owns a small publishing company. Lynne is quick to

say that he’d love to live in Statesville full time. “I’m done with the big house. I’ve done all that,” he says. “I love living in our little house on a dirt road in North Carolina. That’s where I want to live until I don’t live anymore.” His lucid take on reality and what’s important in life come through in his music. He’s not sure when Faith and the companion book he wrote for the album will be released, but he’s not worried about it. If the album renders a number one Billboard Country Single hit like he scored with the song Lipstick in 2006, that’s great. If it just satisfies his fans’ need to hear new music from him, that’s fine, too. What’s important to him is that he shares these Continued on page 33


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stories through the art form that he loves. When I ask what’s the hardest thing about being a full-time musician, he is quick to tell me that nothing in his life is difficult. The answer doesn’t come from over confidence; it comes from perspective. Throughout his personal military experience (he served in Grenada and Nicaragua) and later performing for soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq, he’s seen atrocities American civilians can’t imagine. “My life is easy. I get up every day at 4:30 or 5 in the morning. I work until 11 or 12 at night. I never complain. If I do complain, I’m wrong,” he says. “I’m a real fan of the people that take it [the music industry] as an art. There are those people who want to be stars and those people that want to be artists. You don’t really know the artists, but you know the stars, so I’m more of a fan of the people that care about the art of it.”


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Cornelius’ Callie Huffman wants to write and sing her way to the top

Callie, who grew up in Cornelius and still lives there, says her Grandmother Annie was her best friend and that her death gave her perspective on life’s fragility. “It’s so cliché, but people say you don’t realize life is too short and you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone,” explains Callie. “Life is really shorter than you ever, ever imagine. My grandmother inspired me in so many different ways.” That inspiration launched Callie into the music business. “I kind of came to see that I could use my music and the songs that I write to be able to inspire people in ways that she [my grandmother] inspired me,” she explains. “That was really what kicked off Continued on page 37


Writing her way Cornelius’ Callie Huffman grew up in a musical household, and it shows. Inset, Callie’s first album is titled Unbridled.

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allie Huffman has been surrounded by music her whole life, so it’s no surprise that her dreams are centered on the art form — except it kind of surprised her. As the daughter of Jacquelyn Culpepper, an artist associate in the music department at Davidson College who has performed all over the globe, Callie grew up hearing all sorts of music from gospel to opera. Her father, Clem Huffman, is a huge country music fan, with a particular fondness for Dolly Parton and blue grass, so he’s the one that gave Callie an appreciation of “old school” country music. (Garth Brooks and Randy Travis are two of her favorites.) While that seems like plenty of direction to lead the 21-year-old to a music career, it wasn’t until her grandmother, Annie Culpepper, passed away two years ago that Callie realized music should be her life’s work. “For me it [music] was just second nature, and I just figured it would always be part of my life,” says Callie. “I didn’t really think about a career necessarily.”

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Callie takes great inspiration from her late grandmother, Annie Culpepper.

the recording process and everything.” Her performing experience from singing in choirs at Davidson United Methodist Church and attending Northwest School of the Arts in Charlotte, coupled with the fact that she’s been writing poetry and songs since she was a little girl, gave her a great start. “It was this realization that I can not only

write this for myself, but I can share this with everybody else,” she says. Another plus in her favor was that she knew Chris Clay of NuSoul Productions in Charlotte. The two began talking, and Clay told Callie he had written a country music song. They ended up recording the song along with a couple of covers, and Clay signed Callie last November. Continued on page 38



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Popping on the scene Working with Clay, Callie recently released an album titled Unbridled. She wrote every song on it except for one. “It’s country pop,” says Callie, who took the past year off of school at UNC Charlotte to focus on her music. “For me still

and social media. Callie performs at Primal Brewery in Huntersville often, as well as Evening Muse in Charlotte. She’s also performed in a Christmas show with Tosco Music Party in Charlotte. Later this month she’ll be performing with Tosco

“For me still being a little person in the big spectrum of the music game, it’s [the album] done pretty well,” Callie says.

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being a little person in the big spectrum of the music game, it’s [the album] done pretty well,” she says. “Now we’re just kind of getting out there, doing more stuff, more shows.” Some of her songs have been played on radio stations, and there’s been a lot of activity with online stations, Spotify, iTunes

Music Party at Charlotte’s BOOM festival, an artist-led showcase of contemporary and experimental performance. Citing Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert and Kacey Musgraves as female country artists she looks up to, Callie plans to eventually move to

Nashville. “There are so many female artists, especially now, which is awesome,” she says. “I’m so excited.” To be safe, she’s getting a degree in health communications with a minor in public health before she makes the move. In the meantime, she’s learning to play guitar, performing anywhere she can and writing more songs. “I want to get better about writing stories. I really kind of focus on getting a chorus or some kind of verse will pop in my head. It’s really funny, but when you’ve been writing your whole life, it just kind of happens that way,” she says, adding that performing is what she truly loves. “To get up in front of a room with 200 people and perform your own songs or somebody else’s songs … I wish I had words for it, but it’s just kind of this overall feeling of just happiness.”

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After 17 years in the NFL, Olindo Mare shifts gears — literally

Olindo Mare stands with a Fiat at Klassic Rides in Denver.

t is difficult to say when and where retired NFL kicker Olindo Mare saw his first Ferrari or Lamborghini. As a boy living in South Florida during the flashy, flamingofilled time of Miami Vice, exotic cars were more the rule than the exception. Case and point, a trip to South Beach might lead to seeing more brightly painted imported sports cars in an hour than most other boys around the country might see in a year — or a lifetime.

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It was a trip to an auto show with his father when Mare was just 10 years old that won his heart over to cars. Walking the display floor and seeing vehicles in every size, shape and color opened his eyes to the world of wheels. But the Mares were a conservative, practical family, and the possibility of a higher-end exotic car finding its way to the family’s driveway was never a possibility. “We had a minivan that was always in the shop and a Buick whose doors wouldn’t shut,” explains Mare, who lives in Mooresville. “There was the one time my dad brought home a Supra; the one time in his life he splurged on a nice car, and within the first month it got stolen, then we found it stripped.” Instead of replacing it with another Supra, Mare’s dad went back to a minivan. MAY 2017


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Coming out of Syracuse as a soccer player converted to a football kicker, Mare was signed by the New York Giants as an undrafted free agent and later found a home with the Miami Dolphins. “When I got into the league, you’d see the parking lots; they were car shows unto themselves,” he remembers. “The rules were different back then, so the athletes got all the car deals.” Athletes are competitive in nature, and that spilled over into cars. “If one guy drives in and sees someone else with a newer or better Mercedes or BMW or Range Rover or whatever, he would try to get the next one up or do something to make his better.” But Mare was different. During his first year in the NFL he lived at home with his mom, trying to save as much money as he could. His first “real” car was a Honda CRV, and he paid it off, telling himself until he signed a long-term deal, he would not buy a new car. Since he kept signing one-year deals, he would tell himself annually, “I’m never going to get a car.” That exotic Ferrari or Lamborghini would have to wait.


When he finally signed his first long-term deal, a six-year agreement negotiated by uber agent and friend Drew Rosenhaus, he still wouldn’t pull the trigger on buying the car of his dreams. “So I told myself, screw it. After I play 10 years in the league, I’m buying a Ferrari,” he remembers. “But the closest thing that happened was Ricky Williams driving me to the airport in his Ferrari. As cool and smart as Ricky was, and as amazing as that car was, nope, I didn’t do it.”

From left, Mare and Billy West, co-owners of Denver’s Klassic Rides.

A new venture After leaving South Florida as the Dolphins’ all-time leading scorer, then swinging through New Orleans for a season, Mare was traded to Seattle before landing with the Panthers and finishing his 16th NFL season kicking for the Chicago Bears. Living in Charlotte since 2008 while playing three seasons in Seattle brought its share of logistical challenges, especially

when it came to vehicles. In his last season with the Seahawks, he splurged — a bit — and bought a ’67 Mustang and a ’67 Camaro, telling himself whichever car he liked least he would sell and the car he liked more he would keep and restore. “I sold the Camaro to Marshawn Lynch basically because the logistics of having and moving multiple cars and moving from coast to coast, five of us plus the dog, was Continued on page 48


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too much,” Mare explains, “and while I was in Seattle, I had Billy [West] working on the Mustang.” West, co-owner of Denver’s Klassic Rides, admits he’s not a sports fan and that he didn’t recognize Mare when he first came in asking him to do work on his Mustang. “I treated him like any other customer,” he says. “I saw a conservative guy when it came to spending money on cars, someone with a huge passion for cars who had specific taste, who knew what he wanted, and who knew a heck of a lot more about exotic cars than I did.” West and Mare found fast friendship, and in the early years after Mare retired, the pair became partners when Mare bought into the business as a co-owner in January 2014. A self-proclaimed “nonmechanical car guy,” Mare became the shop’s front man, doing everything from

walking current and potential customers through the shop and discussing projects, to reaching out to athletes and marketing the shop’s services, to picking up phones whenever needed. Before long, he gave inhouse auto mechanics a try, changing the four-speed transmission of his beloved Mustang to a five-speed. “When I put in the five-speed transmission I got a taste of the work the hands-on guys do, and I saw the other side of the business,” Mare recalls. “It took me five tries over I don’t know how many days.”

Talking cars In less than three years, Mare has helped grow the company’s stable of projects “in the works” from about three dozen to more than 70. Klassic Rides restored a Jeep CJ for friend Rob Conrad, a ’67 Chevelle for Nate Clements

and a ’49 Jaguar for Humpy Wheeler. “When I walk in and see 70 cars, I get excited,” Mare says. “I love talking cars. I love working with clients on developing ideas for their projects. I love seeing their visions become reality. I love test driving almost every vehicle that passes through the garage, and, I’ll tell you what, I’d go to car shows every day if I was allowed.” And maybe, just maybe, somewhere out there at a car show in the not too distant future, Mare might finally make the decision to purchase that Ferrari he saw with his dad as a kid. “Someday I’m going to get one, I know I will,” he says. “Maybe it’s just right now I’m having too much fun behind different wheels you might say, or, sure, I’ll admit it, maybe it’s that I just don’t have the guts to drop the big bucks.”

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Wine Time Melting Pot offers a unique dining Tailor-Made for The experience that screams out for sharing Wine Exploring wines with a friend — or friends

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ining with friends is always a great way to spend time. It creates just the right atmosphere for conversation and sharing. And a glass or two of wine can certainly add to the experience — actually, I consider it mandatory. Moving that concept to a fondue adventure cranks the eating together thing up to a whole new level, as you’re all sharing food from the same pot. And I think that wine can play an even greater part. A fondue meal, definitely a fondue meal at The Melting Pot in Huntersville, tends to be a long, languid affair that can take a couple of hours. That’s a great opportunity to share more than just one wine, especially if there’s a large group of people involved. A drawn out meal, great conversation and several, varied courses simply lends itself to pairing and trying together a number of different wines. That’s my rationale, and I’m sticking to it. It turns out that Paul Collins, beverage manager at The Melting Pot, shares my rationale. And that’s more than just restaurant marketing hype. He’s not just talking a good game; he puts his wine glass where his mouth is (sorry, I couldn’t resist.) He takes the wine experience up a notch in a couple of ways. Each Wednesday he offers an opportunity for guests to customize their wine pairings. He offers four courses with a wide variety of wines to select from with each of the courses.

“When I studied Melting Pot’s wine list, suffice it to say, I broke out into my happy dance,” says Trevor Burton.

It’s a “build your own wine flight” for just $10. That’s pretty creative and a great way to go about exploring different wines and pairings. And then, maybe Tuesday could be your good news day. Each Tuesday, bottles of wine priced under $75 are offered at half price. If a bunch of you are there to pitch forks into a communal pot, half-price wines make it easy on the wallet to get deeper into wine exploring. Collins told me that he has a few clientele who call ahead each Tuesday to select wines to be decanted so that they have have a chance to breathe in time for that evening’s meal. Confession time. I had a preconceived idea before I went to talk to Collins. I thought of a fondue meal as a “fun” occasion

that didn’t really lend itself to serious wine pairing. Turns out, The Melting Pot is way above that. You can kick off an evening by pairing selected artisan cheeses and breads with the perfect glass of wine. You can do just desserts and satisfy your chocolate cravings after a night out somewhere else. Best of all, you can really get into the array of dishes on offer and dig into Collins’ wine list. There’s a selection of some serious stuff to nosh on, and when I studied the wine list, suffice it to say, I broke out into my happy dance. There are 300 or so wines to choose from. A good portion fit that $75 price level —Tuesdays can definitely be fun here. Then there’s the rest of the wine list. My theory is that we each deserve a treat now and then,

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This craft beer story begins more than a decade ago in the NorthStone kitchen of Christy and Ray Hutchinson. Neighbors Teri and Jack Lippy, well, more specifically Ray and Jack, are hard at work home-brewing their first five-gallon batch of craft beer. Why? Because sitting around a campfire one night a short time earlier, Ray and Jack, after drinking a mass-produced, From left, Teri and Jack Lippy and big market national beer or Ray and Christy Hutchinson. two, decided that if they put most good husbands might their complementary talents do in just such a situation. together — Ray an art teacher They invited their wives to join who loves to create in the them in creating, self-funding, kitchen and Jack a nuts and building, owning and operating bolts engineer who loves to build — they could brew a high a small beer brewing company centered around the idea and quality, smooth-tasting craft mission of producing high beer infused with their own quality craft beer with a strong twist to replace the big label community connection and beers they were growing tired focus. of drinking. So they went to Eleven Lakes Brewing work together. Company, named for the Soon, five gallons in the eleven lakes that connect to Hutchinsons’ kitchen wasn’t form the Catawba River Basin enough, Ray and Jack needed between North and South more space. They moved their Carolina, opened with the operation to the Lippy garage where they more than doubled capacity to produce more than 220 gallons of diverse beers. production. When other Everything about the operation neighbors began deliberately is local, especially the names stopping by, disguising dog of the beers — grab yourself a walks and evening strolls as Sandbar Blonde, LKN IPA, Lake reasons to socialize and try a James Brown Ale or Wiley Rye home brew or two, Ray and IPA. Jack knew they were onto “It has been a long road to something. get here,” says Jack. “But once But then Teri stepped in and we found a [Cornelius] home, drew a line in the home beer and once things got going, brewing sand. each of us using our skillsets “I put it bluntly,” Teri says on everything you see and with a smile. “It was time for drink, it all fell into place. This is them to get out. I wanted my meant to be a small business garage back and wanted my everyone, including us, can house to stop smelling like enjoy. That’s our philosophy.” hops.” — Mike Savicki So Ray and Jack did what

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Whipping up a scone on the weekends, while living in London, was as necessary as bringing a brolly (umbrella). A trick I learned early on was to handle the dough as little as possible and gently pat it into shape to produce lighter scones so one would never have to eat a sad scone again. Americans do things to scones that the British would never dream of — like adding almonds and blueberries, which has shown to dazzle taste buds on both sides of the Atlantic. This transatlantic scone is chock-filled with protein and antioxidants, making these gems mother worthy for your “Mothering Sunday” or any day. Happy Mothers Day to the mothers-to-be, the mothers that are, the fathers who are mothers and the mothers no longer with us — you are appreciated.

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Ingredients 1 cup (4 ounces) old fashioned rolled oats 3/4 cup (4 ounces) organic whole almonds 3 tablespoons coconut sugar

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Icing 3 tablespoons organic powdered sugar

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In a blender on high, blend oats, almonds and sugar until fine like flour. Place in a bowl, and mix in baking powder and grate butter into the mixture. Add cream and egg, and mix just until combined. On parchment paper, place mixture in a circle one inch thick, then cut into wedges and gently separate wedges a little. Bake at 375 F for 15 to 20 minutes until lightly browned and top just springs back. Make icing by adding just enough lemon juice to form a drizzle consistency. Drizzle a little icing over the wedges to serve. Makes 8 to 10 wedges.

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The Groodys fell in love with ramen during their travels to the West Coast, where the ramen craze began. “We knew we wanted to do another concept restaurant — something different. You always want to challenge yourself and learn about different cuisines and ingredients,” explains Melanie. “Ramen just seems like such a fun type of food. We needed to do ramen.” Diners entering Ramen Soul for the first time should be prepared to have everything they know about ramen

Casual, fun dining Customers experience a casual, relaxed atmosphere at Ramen Soul. “We want it to be a fun place for families and for people to come and hang out,” says Melanie. A mixture of seating areas in the restaurant creates a fun, social environment to gather with family or friends. At the front of the restaurant Top, Ramen gets a new spin. is a boxed lounge seating area Above, Tim and Melanie Groody. and a concrete top bar that noodles turned upside down. seats 12. Patrons will find a This ramen is nothing like the list of wines, beers and Ramen ramen noodle packets sold in Soul’s specialty, Sake-infused stores. cocktails. “We want people to get out of Seating at the back of the thinking of ramen as the cheap space includes a couple of noodles you ate when you were banquettes, high-top tables in college,” says Melanie. and a communal table for large Ramen Soul’s bowls feature groups. A large covered patio is high quality ramen noodles nestled behind the restaurant. with different styles of White Chinese lantern pendant homemade broths simmered lighting, pallet wood accents for 18 to 24 hours. and white bricks give a light, “We will get creative with airy feel to the space. the types of proteins and Part of the playfulness vegetables,” says Melanie. the Groodys want to create The restaurant will use includes playing old Kung Fu ingredients from local farms movies on TVs and classic rock and fresh vegetables, and some music, as well as displaying of the ramen ingredients will trendy artwork. Melanie says change seasonally. the idea for the restaurant’s Dim sum is a style of Chinese name came from her love for cuisine served as small plates, The Beatles, specifically the similar to tapas. Various styles Rubber Soul album.

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of dumplings, rice noodle, spring and egg rolls are served in small steam baskets at the table. “Traditional dim sum is very basic in a way,” says Melanie. “We are taking it to the next level, offering a chef-inspired dim sum with a flair.”


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im and Melanie Groody are working their culinary magic again in the Lake Norman area with the opening of Ramen Soul in Mooresville. An award-winning chef, Tim worked in New York City, Napa Valley and Uptown Charlotte before opening the popular farm-to-table FORK Restaurant in Cornelius in 2013. His wife, Melanie, oversees the front of the house while Tim manages the kitchen. “What sets us apart is the food in general. No one is doing this kind of food here in Mooresville,” says Melanie, who grew up in Mooresville and is excited to open a restaurant in her hometown. The Ramen Soul menu specializes in traditional Japanese ramen soup bowls and Chinese-inspired dim sum small plates. Located in the Parkway Plaza on Brawley School Road, Ramen Soul is, next to Harbor Point Animal Hospital.

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Chris and Michelle McKoy spend lots of time enjoying their lakeside pool in Huntersville.


Shiplap and antique brick with smeared mortar adorn the fireplace of Chris and Michelle McKoy’s lakeside home in Huntersville.

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hether you believe in fate or chance, sometimes things simply fall into place. That’s certainly the case with the house that Michelle and Chris McKoy built in Huntersville. About five years ago, the McKoys, who enjoy flipping houses and have lived in seven homes during their 20-year marriage, discovered a house on a lakeside lot in Huntersville. While they loved the neighborhood and the lot, the house was choppy and would prove to be more of a fixer upper than they wanted. Instead of purchasing it, they bought and renovated a house in Denver’s SailView community and lived there for four years.

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The kitchen’s countertops feature a leatherized granite, and the 5 1/2 x 9-foot island is made of a granite called Cool Springs.

Ironically, the Huntersville lot became available the month that they sold their Denver home. “The lady who owned the [Huntersville] house was renting it out, and there was a fire in the house,” explains Michelle, owner of McKoy Interiors at The Shoppes at Home Heart & Soul in Cornelius. “The top level was totaled, and it was cheaper for her to bulldoze the whole thing.” The couple bought the lot immediately and began

working with Eric Johnson of E.S. Johnson Builders on their first custom home. They moved in at the end of 2014.

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Walking through their 4,600-square-foot farmhouse with its cottage feel, Michelle can explain every design decision. For example, because of the narrow nature of the acre lot, the man cave is on the first floor and helps cradle the outdoor pool and fire pit area. The man cave, which is

also called the lake room, is painted in Benjamin Moore’s Revere Pewter and has 25-foot ceilings, yet still maintains a cozy feeling. Signed guitars from Johnny Cash and Keith Urban hang on the wall near the pool table, while bell lights from Troy Lighting hang over it. Mocha leather couches from Restoration Hardware offer plenty of space for Chris and Michelle, as well as their two Mini Goldendoodles, Teddy and Chloe, to relax. “We just wanted something

really comfortable,” says Michelle of the couches. “It’s called Destroyed Leather, which is good, because if the dogs get on it, it’s okay.” The kitchen, dining area and living room all exist in one open space. Michelle says this is where they spend most of their time, as she loves to cook. The countertops feature a leatherized granite in a dark color called Blue Eyes, and the 5 ½ x 9-foot island is made of a granite called Cool Springs. Kitchen Vision did the

The pool table is a popular feature in the home’s man cave/lake room. MAY 2017

cabinetry, which features black cabinets around the bottom and creamy white cabinets on the top. “I’m not a big dining room person, so we got rid of the formal dining room,” explains Michelle, who bought a casual table and chairs from Cornelius’ Dutchmans for the space. Her husband selected the chandelier, which is by Cyan. Painted in Benjamin Moore’s Bleeker Beige, the living room continues the comfortable casual theme of the home with a gray velvet Chesterfield sofa from Restoration Hardware and a beige linen couch from Drexel Heritage. The fireplace features an antique brick with smeared mortar. A chest from Restoration Hardware works as the coffee table, and a wooden distressed table from the former Bebe Gallini’s serves as the perfect console for the room. Michelle


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shiplap does,” explains Michelle while walking upstairs to the master suite. “I like the unfinished look. If you’re a perfectionist, this

Shiplap walls can be found throughout the house and serve as the perfect contrast to the home’s white oak floors. “We wanted to create a house that looked like it had been here for a while, and that’s what

[shiplap] is not what you need to have in your house. I like it to be uneven and to have rough edges.” Because of the 12-foot ceilings in the living space downstairs, the master is raised a couple of stairs above the second floor. This elevation coupled with the room’s walls painted in Benjamin Moore’s Silver Chain creates a subtle delineation that lets you Continued on page 68

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The master suite includes furnishings from High Point, the now-closed Metrolina Expo and Pottery Barn. Inset, a niche shelf in the bathroom offers a point of interest. MAY 2017

know its time to relax. The room has a mix of furnishings from High Point, the now-closed Metrolina Expo and Pottery Barn. Above the bed hangs an old headboard that Michelle found and painted to match the bedroom’s walls. A barn door leads to the master bath, where more shiplap and a soaking tub reside. “We splurged on lighting, and we splurged on plumbing,” says Michelle, as she points to the bubble chandelier by Crystorama and the chrome fixtures by Rohl from Ferguson. A niche shelf (an idea she discovered on Pinterest) also adds a point of interest. While Michelle’s favorite space in the house is the kitchen, Chris loves the outdoor living area. “This is a great place for us just to chill. We use the lake a lot. We use our pool a lot,” says Michelle. “I just think lake living is casual.”


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What do you like most about your job? Helping buyers and sellers enter into a new chapter in their lives. Experiencing the excitement of a seller when that great offer comes in, or when a buyer closes on their new home. Each day is a new adventure. What drove you to be a Real Estate Broker? I was in the racing industry. The busy schedule and travel started to wear on me. I looked toward real estate, as I was previously licensed before racing. It became the perfect exit plan and new beginning. How long have you been in your profession? Over four years in North Carolina. Previously licensed in Massachusetts. What is your favorite thing to do in the area? The Charlotte area has so much to offer. I am a season ticket holder to the Charlotte Checkers hockey team. I also like to attend Knights and Intimidators games, listen to live music and ride my bike on the greenways. Describe your dream vacation. I would like to go on an Alaskan cruise, and I can never get enough of Disney.


What is your biggest pet peeve? People who walk off elevators or escalators and just stop. If you didn’t have a career in real estate, what would you be doing instead? Own a food establishment of some kind. I have owned a couple of pizza and sandwich shops back in the Boston area in the past. What is your favorite thing about your community? The area is a such a melting pot of transient people and has so many lifestyle options for everyone settling here. What is your favorite quote? Well, since I am still a part-time spotter for a NASCAR team... “Green Flag, Green, Green!” How long have you lived or done business in the Lake Norman area? Just over 12 years. Do you have pets? Two cats that both think they are dogs, Grace and Cosmo.


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Where are you from? I was born and raised in a small town in southern West Virginia. Why Lake Norman? My husband and I vacationed at Lake Norman area a few times, and I fell in love with the area. I felt happy and at peace with the beauty of the lake and surroundings. We found lots of good food and things to do. We love that it is close enough to Charlotte but far enough away that I don’t feel I am in a big city.

What are some of your hobbies? Painting (I am not very good, but it is relaxing) and working out/CrossFit. I am also currently working on a diorama scene. Do you have pets? We have two cats, which I adore.



What is the best thing about your profession? I love family medicine because it allows me to see/treat a variety of illnesses and patients. I am very passionate about caring for my patients, and they are the reason I continue to love my career. There is nothing like having a patient tell you how much you helped them or what a difference you have made in their life or even telling you that you saved their life. That is the reason I love being a family doctor.


Tell us about your militarty training. I was in the Air Force for 3 years as active duty and achieved the rank of Major. I was a family physician in the Air Force and was stationed at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama. I worked with ROTC cadets at Camp Shelby, Mississippi and did two humanitarian trips: one to Suriname, South America and one to Peru.

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What is your favorite thing to do in the area? We love visiting the many wineries in the Lake Norman area. Each winery has a different atmosphere and different types of wines. Also, we like that the wineries have the same types of wines but make them differently so they taste differently. We have visited multiple wineries in North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, South Carolina, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee and Delaware. Any time we go on vacation, we look for wineries along our route.My husband and I were recently married in June 2016 and had a winethemed wedding.

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Special Monthly Feature What do you like most about your job? Building a great team of people who want to serve the community. As a small bank – and insurance agency – it really makes you feel good that you can help others achieve their dreams. Aquesta people (or as they call themselves “Aquestrians”) really like to help others achieve financial goals. When you eat at a restaurant or go to a veterinarian that is in business because we were there for them, you certainly feel like you really have accomplished something meaningful. What drove you to be the CEO of a bank? After 22 years working for a Big Four accounting firm, I felt that I had two choices: make a challenging career change while still young enough to take the risk or serve out the rest of my career until retirement. I chose to take the risk. I wanted the chance to own something that I helped to create rather than continue to take the safe path of working for a large company. How long have you been in your profession? Banking for 11 years. Tax attorney and CPA for banks for the prior 22 years. What is your favorite thing to do in the area? Sea-Doos with my wife on the lake to a favorite restaurant, then home again for a glass of wine at sunset. Describe your dream vacation. We are about to take it! Soon headed to Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand with our two youngest sons (18 and 16). MAY 2017


What is your biggest pet peeve? Poor drivers. Especially those who don’t know enough to move into the intersection while waiting for a chance to take a left turn.


If you didn’t have a career in banking, what would you be doing instead? I’d be a very poor professional golfer (handicap of 22 — so very, very poor). 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? Clint Eastwood (Dirty Hairy): “A man’s got to know his limitations.” How long have you lived or done business in the Lake Norman area? We started Aquesta Bank here almost 11 years ago and have lived here for 21 years. It’s really hard to believe it has been that long. Tell us about your family. Fantastic wife (Laura) who manages to put up with me and is truly the brains behind the scenes; son (James), who is 27 and a consultant with Ernst & Young in Boston; daughter (Tabitha), who is 26 and a world-renowned cosmetologist here in Cornelius; daughter (Nadine), who is 22 and a large event coordinator in New York City; son (Matthew), who is 18 and soon headed to UNC-Wilmington; and son (Jack), who is 16 and likely to become a famous scientist or U.S. President. Do you have pets? Daisy…our 10-year-old Cockapoo.

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at the Lake

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Girls’ Night Out

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Family Fun

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


Davidson College Jazz Combo Spring Concert (May 4) The Davidson College Jazz Combo once again takes the stage of Tyler-Tallman Hall for an evening of jazz to close out the season. 7:30 p.m. Free. Tyler-Tallman Hall, Davidson College, Music on Main (May 5) Kids in America performs. Also enjoy food trucks and family fun. 6:30 p.m. Free. Town Hall Lawn, Mooresville, www. An Evening of Song (May 6) Davidson College voice faculty Ilana Lubitsch and Brad Fugate perform an evening of opera, art song and musical theatre selections with pianist Josh Barbour. The recital includes works by Mozart, Strauss, Ravel, Rodgers and Hammerstein, and more. 7 p.m. Free. St. Albans Episcopal Church, 301 Caldwell Lane, Davidson, The Peter and Will Anderson Trio (May 7) Peter and Will Anderson have been hailed by the New York Times as ”Virtuosos on clarinet and saxophone,” playing with passion, authenticity, and youthful energy. Identical twins, they were trained at Juilliard, have played on Grammy-winning recordings. This is part of the Alexander Community Concert Series. 3 p.m. $15, seniors and students $10, children under 12 free. The Episcopal Church of St. Peter by-theLake, 8433 Fairfield Forest

Farewell to Seniors Concert (May 20) Join the Davidson College Chorale in joyous celebration of the Class of 2017 on the eve of their graduation! This special performance will offer a sampling of this season’s repertoire as well as favorites from the graduating class. 7:15 p.m. Free. Davidson College Presbyterian Church, Music at St. Albans (May 21) Gemini Winds brings together members of the North Carolina and Greensboro Symphonies performing classics for wind quintet, which includes flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and French horn. 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,



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EVENTS Brad Fugate performs with Ilana Lubitsch in An Evening of Song at St. Albans Episcopal Church on May 6. Road, Denver, 704.489.6249. Davidson Concerts on the Green (May 7 and 21) This beloved concert series continues with the area’s favorite bands. 6-8 p.m. Free. Davidson Village Green, www. Vaughan Williams: A Sea Symphony (May 8) The Davidson College Choirs, Pro Arte Orchestra and soloists perform Ralph Vaughan Williams’s first symphony, known as A Sea Symphony. This powerful and majestic work from one of Britain’s most beloved composers offers moments of excitement and introspection, coupled with text from the legendary American writer Walt Whitman. 7:30 p.m. $18.65, seniors $13.99. Duke Family Performance Hall, Davidson College, Conductor’s Concert (May 9) Celebrate the end of Davidson

College’s 2016-17 concert season, as student conductors take the podium and wield the baton. 7:30 p.m. Duke Family Performance Hall, Davidson College, Lake Norman Big Band (May 15) 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. Old Town Cornelius Jazz Festival (May 20) This annual jazz festival has been expanded to include a multi-cultural celebration. Bring your chair or blanket and enjoy music, food and children’s activities. 3:30 p.m. Free. Smithville Park,

2016 Spartan Half Marathon and 5K (May 6) Community School of Davidson holds its annual Spartan Half Marathon and 5K in conjunction with Davidson Town Day. Half marathon begins at 8 p.m., 5K begins at 8:30 p.m. The race begins and ends at the Davidson Village Green in downtown Davidson. For more information, visit Davidson Town Day (May 6) This annual festival brings everyone to town. Learn about community-oriented organizations, listen to music, play games and enjoy good food. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Davidson Village Green, downtown Davidson, www. CURRENTS Canine Cover Contest (May 6) CURRENTS Canine Cover Contest takes place during Davidson Town Day, and WBTV’s Paul Cameron will emcee the event. Come see the finalists selected from entries to our Facebook page. Noon. Free. Davidson Village Green, downtown Davidson, www.

Me Time Stand Up for Autism (May 6) My Aloha Paddle and Surf, in partnership with 3-time NASCAR champion crew chief Ray Evernham, will host the third annual Stand Up for Autism to benefit the IGNITE community center and the Autism Society of North Carolina on Lake Norman. The event will feature Elite and Recreational races, which are open to the general public. Limited paddleboard rentals will be available on a first-reserve basis. Paddleboard fitness demos will also be held. The race is sanctioned by the World Paddle Association. Port City Club, 18665 Harborside Drive, Cornelius. For racing information, visit https:// Art in the Open & Beyond Walls (May 6) Art in the Open and the Beyond Walls Public Art Opening Reception offers fun for the whole family. Meet artists and enjoy arts and crafts, local group performances and more at this newly expanded event. Beyond Walls is Cornelius’ annual public art exhibition featuring a variety of sculptures and installations. Newly installed pieces will be on display May 6through January 31, 2018. Of the 23 submissions representing five different states, the Public Art Committee selected seven pieces for the 2017-18 show from the following artists: Paris Alexander, Jonathan Bowling, Bob Doster, Jim Gallucci, Adam Walls and Jim Weitzel. 4-6 p.m. Robbins Park, Cornelius, Tea Time at the Depot (May 6) In honor of Mother’s Day, Mooresville Arts hosts an afternoon tea party with a midday menu. $40 per person. 2-4:30 p.m. Mooresville Arts Depot, Downtown Mooresville, Hello Huntersville (May 7) Head to downtown Huntersville to celebrate the works and talents of local artists. 2-6 p.m. Free. Downtown Huntersville, North Carolina Brewers and Music Festival (May 12-13) Enjoy live bands and more types of North Carolina-brewed beer than you can count.

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Fri 6-10:00 p.m., Sat 11:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Ticket prices. Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Road, Huntersville, The Lake Norman Sail & Power Squadron Boater Safety Education Program (May 13) 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 50 students. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. $45. Huntersville United Methodist Church, 14005 Stumptown Road, Huntersville,

8th Annual Catwalk for a Cause (May 17) This spring tradition benefits pediatric cancer research and financially deserving families of children being treated at Levine Children’s Hospital (LCH). The highlight of the evening is the runway show, which includes women’s spring fashions from local boutiques and the “Catwalk Heroes,” children from LCH wearing the latest children’s styles. Doors open at 7 p.m., VIP Doors open at 5:30 p.m. $350 and up per person. Statesville Regional Airport, 238 Airport Road, Statesville, www. 34th Annual Race City Festival (May 20) This Mooresville tradition features live music, 200 vendor booths, food

trucks, a beer garden, arts, crafts and more. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Downtown Mooresville, Vessel Safety Check (May 20) The Lake Norman Sail & Power Squadron will offer Vessel Safety Checks. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Peninsula Yacht Club, 18501 Harbor Light Boulevard, Cornelius, Field of Flags Memorial Day Celebration (May 26-29) The Mooresville/Lake Norman Exchange Club presents a “Field of Flags” to celebrate Memorial Day. Lowe’s YMCA, 170 Joe V. Knox Avenue, Mooresville,


Warehouse Cinema (May 10-13) La La Land, which scored Emma Stone an Academy Award for Best Actress will be shown. 3:30 and 7 p.m. Doors open 30 minutes before showing. $10 admission, $7 students, plus tax. Warehouse Performing Arts Center, 9216-A Westmoreland Road, Cornelius, 704.996.7724,


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, www. 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, Sanctuary of Davidson Various exhibitions. 108 S. Main Street, Davidson, www. Tropical Connections Various exhibitions. Tue- Fri 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. or by appoint-

ment. 230 N. Main Street, Mooresville, The Van Every/Smith Galleries The Annual Student Art Exhibition highights works produced during the academic year by art majors and non-art majors. (Through May 10) 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,


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. Lunch in the Lot (every Friday) Feast from a food truck in Old Town Cornelius at Oak Street Mill. Tables and chairs are set up at Kadi Fit so you can enjoy your lunch with friends. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Look for Old Town Cornelius on Facebook. 2nd Friday Street Festival (Every second Friday) This event 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 (Every Saturday) 8 a.m.-noon. Free. Next to Town Hall between Main and Jackson streets in downtown Davidson, www.


Davidson College Baseball Head out to Wilson Field to watch the Wildcats play baseball. Saint Louis (May 5, 6 p.m.), Saint Louis (May 6, 2 p.m.). Saint Louis (May 7, 1 p.m.). Davidson College, Wilson Field, 202 Martin Court Drive, Davidson, www.


Student Directed One Acts (May 3-4) Davidson College students direct one-act plays covering all topics. These plays serve as the final project for students in Directing II and Advanced Scenic Design courses. Times and ticket prices TBA. Davidson College,


2nd Annual Cornelius Trail Run (May 13) The 2017 race takes place in conjunction with the grand opening of the Caldwell Station Creek Greenway. This special 2.6mile greenway race / run / walk will feature several fun, low-impact fitness stations and challenges throughout the event course. Race begins at 10:15 a.m. $26 per runner. Caldwell Station Creek Greenway (parking available at Foamex and Bailey Road Park),

Warehouse Cinema in Cornelius shows La La Land May 10-13. MAY 2017

Lake Norman Hospice & Regatta Party (May 13) Enjoy an evening of charitable giving, cocktails, fabulous food, music, entertainment, and cash bar overlooking the beautiful golf course and lake. Plus, enjoy exciting silent and live auctions that feature golf, spa, and travel packages, as well as home décor, jewelry, and much more. The event benefits Hospice & Palliative Care Lake Norman. 6:30 p.m. Tickets TBA. The Peninsula Club, Cornelius, .

on the Circuit

1956 Chevrolet 210

veryone knows that racing is big in these parts, but the Lake Norman area is also a hotbed for classic car collectors. We recently asked our Facebook fans to send in pictures of their classic cars, and we were blown away by the response. These two pages are only a sampling of the beautiful cars you’ll find in the area. Next time you’re driving around on a sunny day, keep your eyes open for a gorgeous piece of history on wheels. And be sure to like Lake Norman CURRENTS on Facebook. MAY 2017

1966 Pontiac GTO

1969 Ford Torino

1974 Chevrolet Nova Spirit of America

1955 Custom Ford Sunliner Convertible

Chevy C10, 1967-1972

1937 Chevy Coupe

1967 VW Bus

1972 Chevrolet Corvette


1967 Chevrolet Camaro Super Sport 327 V-8

General Lee

1966 Pontiac Catalina Convertible

1967 Camaro

1971 Chevrolet Nova

1949 Ford

1962 Cadillac Coupe Deville

1951 Ford Coupe

1965 VW Bug

1966 Chevrolet Truck

1962 Corvette Restomond

2004 LaMans Limited Edition Z06

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A Hole in One by Lori K. Tate

Photography by John G. Tate

Editor Lori K. Tate hits the links at LKN Mini Golf

Editor Lori K. Tate’s son, Graydon, celebrates a hole in one.

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hen our family vacations at the beach, we always reserve a night for mini golf. Though I’ve been known to hit a few hole-in-ones in my day, my husband and mom are the true pros in the family. Regardless of who wins or loses, mini golf is just a fun way to be outside and enjoy each other’s sillier side. For years, I’ve wanted to try LKN Mini Golf, but I would always remember it at the exact wrong time — like when I was on my way to Target for paper towels or taking my cats to the vet. This year, as I vowed to give our kids the best “staycation” ever during spring break, I made sure to include LKN Mini Golf in the mix. Located on Statesville Road in Cornelius, LKN Mini Golf opened in 2010. Kip Zent, who co-owns the course with his wife, Kari, says the business started out as a joke between the two of them. The couple moved here from Wisconsin with their two children, Anthony and Sophia, in 2006 due to a job transfer. Two years later, Kari and Kip wanted to play mini golf one evening and couldn’t find anywhere

to go in the immediate area. That sparked the idea to build a resort-style mini golf course. “I scratched the idea out on a napkin,” remembers Kip, who formerly worked in sales. “That grew into a 10-page business plan, and we started talking to other golf courses.” When my family and I walked up to the window at LKN Mini Golf, a friendly staff (including Kip) greeted us. They were all wearing colorful tie dyed T-shirts, hinting at the fun we were about to have. We hit the course first, as there are all sorts of things to do here (more on that later). My husband and I immediately noticed how well manicured the course was, as we didn’t spot one piece of trash during our game. Kip says staff members try to check the course and the bathrooms every 20 to 30 minutes to make sure they’re clean. Pink and red azaleas were blooming throughout the acreand-a-half course, and a large waterfall helped muffle the sound of nearby I-77. The holes were challenging, as some of them even included roughs.

Kip Zent with Tate on the course.

“We purposefully kept the theme of the course neutral, so everyone can play,” explains Kip, who designed the course with a miniature golf design firm. Playing through Hole #8, aka Larry’s Cavern named after Kip’s late father, you feel like you’re on vacation. On Hole #10, a stream delivers your ball near the hole. (I know because I hit my ball in the water.) A table, complete with an umbrella, sits beside Hole #11 for a mid-game break, and a statue of a black bear and her cub decorate the small pond in the middle of the course. The last hole involves hitting the ball into an outhouse — my children took great delight in this. After the game, Kip directed us

over to the Laser Maze Challenge. Housed in a mobile unit, this game can be rented for off-site events during the off-season. My kids loved trying to get through the maze in record time. While rock and roll music played in the background, we finished the night with snowballs on LKN Mini Golf ’s patio. Saz’s Snowballs offers more than 80 flavors (I highly recommend the red velvet), as well six clear, dye-free flavors. In addition, you can order Mooresville Ice Cream, as well as Nathan’s Hot Dogs, popcorn, pretzels and more. Outdoor games such as corn hole, Jenga Giant, giant chess and Connect 4 are also at the ready to play. Depending on weather, the course is open February/March through Thanksgiving. Whether or not we’re on a staycation, I know my family will come back to play. Hopefully next time, I’ll hit a hole in one. LKN Mini Golf 18639 Statesville Road Cornelius











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It all started with a pinky swear.

Special Thanks to our Top 2016 Fundraisers

After 9-year-old Mitch Chepokas was diagnosed with terminal bone cancer, he spent 10 months in the hospital. Recognizing that his own time was limited, Mitch took all the money from his own savings account and, with the help of his dad, gave the entire $6,000 away to other kids in the hospital that he felt needed it more; kids that were also being treated for cancer.

Since Pinky Swear’s inception in North Carolina, kids have raised around $40,000 to support families whose children are battling cancer – which is an incredible amount given that this is just the third kids triathlon. Those children have found creative and compelling ways to ask friends and family to donate, just explaining Mitch’s story and what a triathlon involves is enough for most people! They have also asked their favorite restaurants to donate a percent of their proceeds, set up at lemonade stands and held bake sales, passed around a jar at events and other initiatives that involve countless hours in the heat and the cold – and a determination that only a few kids possess. Pinky Swear would like to thank these amazing young people for all that they have done over the past two years.

Although Mitch was only 9, he was defined by a generous spirit and an empathetic soul. Mitch made his dad promise, through a father-andson pinky swear, that the financial and emotional support he showed for kids with cancer and their families that winter night would continue after he had passed away. The Pinky Swear Foundation exists because of that pinky swear.


Mitch’s Pinky Swear with his dad to continue to help kids with cancer after he was gone is at the heart and soul of the Pinky Swear Foundation. A critical part of our legacy is to to encourage kids in the community to act like Mitch and fundraise for other kids whose families are going through such an unimaginable emotional and financial crisis. In this way Pinky Swear is proud to support the development of our local philanthropic leaders of the future.

Here are some of our top fundraisers’ stories:

Jadon and Eli Palmeter

“Last year Eli and Jadon got 3 neighbors to sign up with them and make a team. At first fundraising was slow, but with amazing support from our church and family, the boys began to see the benefit of raising money for children with cancer and their families. They asked for more ways to fundraise and we set up a donation table at the Healthy Home Market and at the Go Pro Motorplex during the Little 600 where we received donations from many NASCAR drivers. We also had many local companies sponsor us. There was a snowball effect that gave us the opportunities to volunteer more and to see the amazing work that the Pinky Swear Foundation was doing first hand. Last year the boys raised more than $2,000 for the triathlon and got to meet a few of the All-Stars. For weeks, they talked about making sure that every year they continued to raise funds for these kids and how it was not fair that these families would suffer because of something completely out of their control. We love that Pinky Swear gives kids an opportunity to help other kids, and to show compassion. All too often we forget that kids can make some of the biggest impacts in our world.”

William and Jacob Long

“I can’t wait for this year!!” - Jacob Long “I loved this experience, I got to hang with my little brother and have fun with my friends!” - William Long “Best thing I’ve EVER signed my kids up for. Win Win –got my kids outside together and raised money for a good cause.” - Andrea Long

Connor Loftin

“Do not worry about your Image with others, worry about your impact! It will last a lot longer.”

Aidan Melton

“I chose to do the triathlon so I could support kids with cancer. I raised money to help them because I think it costs a lot of money to treat cancer, and that’s sad for their Moms and Dads.”

Lara Aksu

“I raised many dollars through asking families and friends, but I also have an art gallery at Main St. Antiques and Design Gallery. I want to sell the pictures and donate most of it to Pinky Swear.”

Katelyn Ray

“It isn’t fair that kids with cancer shouldn’t get presents from Santa at Christmas because they can’t afford them. I attended an event in a restaurant and passed around the donation jar with All-Star Emry. People gave us a lot of money. I have a dream that there will be a cure for every kind of cancer.”

Twelve-year-old Ally’s family was one that was always on the go. She was very active in softball and Taekwondo, having achieved her 2nd Degree Black Belt Decided in February 2016. She also studied hard to make the A/B Honor roll in middle school, and was a big sister to her 8-year-old brother. It had been difficult for the family to accept when Ally’s dad was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma in October 2014. The kids remained strong after hearing their dad had cancer, and throughout his six month chemotherapy. But when Ally was also diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma on April 29, 2016, they just crumbled. “The roller coaster of emotions went on for a couple of weeks – from hearing the news your daughter has cancer – to Ally having to accept she had cancer herself. But it wasn’t going to get the best of her,” described her mom, Suzanne.

Ally always had a smile - even though she didn’t want to go and get her chemo - but she knew it was working when she felt better after her second full cycle. She still went to cheer on her softball sisters during their tournament despite not being ready return to the field yet. She did find some therapy with the arrival of a new puppy that loved her from day one, and from getting back in the saddle. When Ally took part in an Open Horse Show, she won two ribbons, and fell in love again with horses. The other thing that was hard for Ally to accept was losing her hair. She was very frustrated with the amount of hair she lost by the second week of her first cycle of chemo. She decided to take charge of her hair by shaving it all off. Her mom reports they saw a different, more positive Ally that they hadn’t seen in weeks that evening. Since then she has been positive, full of life, and has become an inspiration to so many others – including 15-year-old Lance Fenderson. In June 2016, the Charlotte-based junior pro kart racer

“I could not be happier with what we accomplished as a team; winning multiple national championships and most importantly the exposure we brought to the Pinky Swear Foundation. This relationship will go long into my career, and some day I will be promoting Pinky Swear Foundation on the grand scale in professional motorsports,” said Lance. Meanwhile in July, Fenderson and Ally were introduced. They became fast friends, and it further confirmed Lance’s decision to support the foundation through his racing. “Ally came to the track for the first time with her family in 100-degree heat, and brought a smile on her face and a laugh for the team,” he said. “She has attended numerous races now, and brings good luck and that smile every time. Her determination to fight and win is evident, right down to cleaning the car between sessions.” There is no sitting around for Ally – it’s roll up her sleeves and tackle the job – which is indicative of how she approaches every aspect of her life. In Fall 2016, Ally attended the unveiling of Lance’s new car at the Trump Concours, and posed with a pinky swear and a giant smile. Lance shared, “I trust Ally and I will be lifelong friends, and I expect she will be sharing more times with our team in the future. Who knows, maybe the Indy 500 someday soon?”


“This helped us tremendously financially and emotionally,” said Suzanne. “With Ally’s chemotherapy treatments schedule, it was hard for me to work overtime which was necessary for us to pay our bills. I knew I needed to work but I just couldn’t leave Ally. Even though I knew she would be okay but being her mother, I could not miss one day of her treatment. She sat in my lap every time she had to have her port access. She felt safe and comfortable in my arms. But when Pinky Swear helped out it was a weight that was lifted off our shoulders for that month and we really appreciated the help.”

While most kids are kicking soccer balls or riding their bikes around the neighborhood, Lance competitively races a 70 mph go-kart throughout America. His hope was to raise money while promoting the foundation at venues and with people from all over the country - and even worldwide. Reflecting back at year end, he says it was the best decision he made all year.

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Suzanne worked as a National Registered Paramedic, and her father delivered bread commercially. But both parents had to take time off work to bring her in for multiple clinic visits each week, and to help her with physical symptoms and medication administration. Their income was impacted since mom wasn’t working the typical amount of hours, and was unable to get overtime in that she relied upon. That’s when Pinky Swear helped support Ally and her family with a mortgage payment.

heard the Pinky Swear story through a family friend. He promptly made the personal decision to get involved with Playing for Pinky Swear by dedicating the remainder of his 2016 season in support of the Pinky Swear Foundation, and began racing in his custom Pinky Swear drivers uniform.

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Lake Norman Currents Magazine May 2017  

A magazine celebrating life in Lake Norman NC.

Lake Norman Currents Magazine May 2017  

A magazine celebrating life in Lake Norman NC.