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Contents Novemer 2017 vol. 10 No. 11

20 Make a Mess Leslie Grinage’s intention fuels her confidence

22 Thoughts from the Man Cave

George Bannon and Joe Reale, Sr. bring the Huntersville Veterans Park Memorial to life

77 Out + About Lake Norman YMCA’s Norman this month


80 Lori’s Larks Editor Lori K. Tate takes a

Photo illustration by Kerrie Boys.

Channel Markers Movers, shakers and more at the lake

15 News of Davidson

promotes community

16 Lydia’s Loft lifts others up 18 Where to buy a fresh Thanksgiving

Chart the Course

78 On the Circuit What’s happening at Lake

About the Cover:

Lake Spaces

24 D oing Good

Meet the people in the Lake Norman area making a difference

How we live at the lake

58 Dwellings

Kassie and Elliot Love’s modern, yet traditional, Davidson home

spin on Charlotte Cycleboats

Dine + Wine

Eating, drinking, cooking and fun


68 Wine Time

Italian food and wine play well together at Il Bosco

34 T rends + Style

Give your hostest the mostest

70 On Tap

Stouts are out and about

71 In the Kitchen

with Jill Dahan

Roasted Squash, Lentil and Kale Salad with Creamy Herb Dressing

72 Nibbles + Bites

Antico Italian Restaurant offers a pasta paradise


46 S hop + Tell

Local boutiques get new beginnings

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Between the Beacons Charting Your Course to Retirement

James D. Stillman ithout question, the number one concern of retirees today is outliving their money. But what’s really most important - outliving your money or outliving your income? With pensions becoming a thing of the past, Social Security getting shaky, increased stock market volatility, and longer life expectancies, old school ways of thinking when it comes to retirement planning could get you in trouble if you’re not careful. In my opinion, income planning is the key to retirement planning. Be sure to take a look at the sources of income you’ll have in retirement and figure out if you’ll have enough. If not, how can you close the gap? That’s really the first step in any retirement plan. A few questions that need to be asked when assessing retirement income sources are: Is the income guaranteed for life? Does it allow for in-

flation? Are both spouses covered? Is it taxable? If it’s stock market based, what will you do if the markets don’t cooperate? Do you want “maybe” income or contractually guaranteed lifetime income? I’m sure you’ve heard of the 4% Withdrawal Rule, also known as the “Prudent Man’s Rule”. Studies by prominent investment companies have generally concluded that in order to have a high level of confidence that your assets/income will last for 25 years or longer, you should draw down no more than 4% per year of your total savings. This assumes a 50/50 blend of stocks and bonds that they say should provide for growth and safety. The problem is that this rule was created in the 1990’s when markets were strong and interest rates were considerably higher than now. Over the years, both Fidelity Investments and Vanguard Group have suggested that a 4% annual withdrawal should be reasonable for retirees, but they do mention a few contingencies. T. Rowe Price recently completed a study based on the 4% Withdrawal Rule. They found that if you retired January 1st 2000, then you had an 89% chance your assets/income would last for 30 years. Unless a bear market happens, then the success rate dropped to only 6%! Yikes! Here’s the bottom line, old school retirement planning strategies are outdated, rely too heavily on mar-

kets, and may not work in the future. They require markets to “trend up” for them to work, and that’s not a given. Do you want to go through retirement crossing your fingers that markets don’t take a turn for the worse? There are many sources of retirement income such as pensions, social security, bonds, dividend paying stocks, REITS, rental income, annuities, etc. The trick is deciding what to use, when to use it, how to use it, and how much of your income are you willing to risk? The two biggest mistakes retirees make is taking too much risk with too much money and not having a solid written retirement income plan that guarantees sufficient income for life. Our Chart Your Course retirement planning process will help address both of these issues, along with others that we feel are crucial to a successful retirement. With proper planning and the use of the right tools, a 5% - 7% income stream is achievable, and the income can be guaranteed regardless of market conditions. Special care is also given to protect your income against potential inflation, healthcare expenses, etc. In my professional opinion, having reliable lifetime income is the key to a successful and happy retirement. Also, at some point capital preservation becomes more important than capital growth. Your age, risk tolerance, and income needs should drive your retirement

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here’s a sign in our kitchen that reads, “Be Thankful.” I hung it there to remind my children to be grateful for the life that they have, but, truth be told, it’s more for me. I see it every morning when I’m nagging them to brush their teeth before we head off to school. I see it when I walk into our house with my arms strained with heavy grocery bags. I see it when I notice an ink stain on our new countertops. It’s a reminder to be grateful for all that we have — the good and the not so good. Though I try my best to practice gratefulness every day (thanks, Oprah), I sometimes slip. This being the season of Thanksgiving, I thought I’d take this opportunity to write down some of the people whom I’m thankful to know. There are the usual players, my family and friends, but some days the people who make the biggest difference are the ones who play cameo roles in my life. There’s Mr. Bob, who works at The Fresh Market. He always gives me a hug, asks how I’m doing and jokes with me about my almond butter addiction. Sometimes our chats are more serious, as we both have family members with health issues, but regardless, his smile makes me smile. My day doesn’t go nearly as well without a coffee fix from Mr. Clark at the Lake Norman YMCA. After my morning workout, I fill my cup full with “Clarkbucks,” and it makes everything else run more

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smoothly. If Mr. Clark sees me heading to the coffee station, and he knows my favorite libation is not there, he gives me an estimated time on when the next pot will be ready. Ms. Kim, who usually directs the carpool line at my children’s school, is high on my list, as she always has a smile and a wave for us when we pull up in our minivan. If the Panthers are playing that night, she’ll be decked out in Panthers’ gear. Her friendly spirit comforts me on those days when things don’t go so well while we’re getting ready for school. (How many different ways can you ask a kid to put on his shoes?) Michael Knox, the “Waving Man” on Highway 115 in Cornelius, has been a kindred marker for me since I moved to the Lake Norman area 14 years ago. If anyone has life figured out, it’s this guy because he takes the time to sit on his front porch and literally watch the world go by. That’s a lot healthier than reading someone’s status on social media. As soon as his hand goes

up, a smile grows on my face. Then there are the people I don’t know the names of that make my life better. The other day I was looking for a house in Davidson, where I was scheduled to conduct an interview for the magazine. I couldn’t find it, so I pulled over to check the address. The woman behind me stopped to see if I was okay. Her kindness made my entire week, especially because I thought she was stopping to yell at me for driving so slowly. While we’re on the subject of driving, I love my fellow drivers who remember to wave “thank you” when I let them merge in front of me. It’s a small thing, but it matters. These winks of goodness brighten my day, especially on those days when everything seems to be going wrong. You know the days I’m referring to — when you spill coffee on your newly dry-cleaned dress, your car battery dies in traffic and you leave half of your groceries at the store. Stuff like this is going to happen, and compared to what a lot of folks go through, these aren’t instances worth mentioning. But when they do happen, it’s nice when someone’s kind gesture helps you reset. I’m grateful for those moments and can only hope that I give them as much as I receive them. Happy Thanksgiving!

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Making a Megaphone

hen Jane Campbell lived in Afghanistan and later Norfolk, Virginia, the Davidson College alumna kept up with what was going on in Davidson by reading www. In May 2015, shortly after Campbell moved to Davidson after retiring from the Navy, the website closed. Campbell, along with many other residents, soon met at Davidson Town Hall to figure out what to do. “What I felt was that a for-profit [website] was not the solution,” explains Campbell. “I realized by talking to people if it [the website] was indeed a not-for-profit solution, that it wasn’t going to be fast. That’s when we started nosing around, and that’s when we started pulling together that larger group of board of directors.” Fast forward to now and you can click on With an editorial board comprised of Campbell, Bill Giduz, Meg Kimmel and Margo Williams, this new website offers an electronic information hub for the town of Davidson. “The community continues to grow and become more diverse. They go to work in different places every day, and their children go to different schools, and that’s all wonderful,” says Kimmel, who graduated from Davidson College in 1977 and worked in communications for the college for a number of years. “One of the things that I wanted when I first hit this town was to watch it become varied and more diverse, but there need to be hubs of information that people can trust and go to and find out what time is the barbecue, when is the candidate forum and what is the art crawl.” You can find all of those things


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Lydia’s Loft Lifts Others Up

For 13 years, this Huntersville nonprofit has clothed and furnished futures



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From left, Janet Laube and Rita Mashburn serve as co-directors at Huntersville’s Lydia’s Loft.


aybe you’ve driven by the brick house with purple doors and shutters on Old Statesville Road, or maybe you’ve had a chance to donate items. The house is called Lydia’s Loft, and it opened its doors in February 2004. Located on the First Baptist Church campus, Lydia’s Loft was inspired by scripture found in Acts (16:14). “A woman named Lydia, from the city of Thyatira, a seller of purple fabrics, a worshiper of God, was listening; and the Lord opened her heart to respond to the things spoken by Paul.” Hence, the purple doors. Lydia’s Loft is a community service organization that provides clothing and small household items free of charge to anyone in need. However, you do need a voucher to shop from a qualified partner, such as Davidson’s Ada Jenkins that helped launch Lydia’s Loft.

Since opening 13 years ago, Lydia’s Loft has expanded its services from individuals primarily residing in the Lake Norman area to servicing a variety of needs and locations. Rita Mashburn, co-director, who volunteers as part of the advisory board that manages the day-to-day operations, says, “One of the biggest changes Lydia’s Loft has experienced over the years is the extension of our services. We are now able to serve area churches of all dominations, schools, soup kitchens, including Angels & Sparrows, Caterpillar Ministries, Davidson Mental Health, Hope House and Hunter Village. And, we continually provide a nearby prison with clothing for inmates being released.” Janet Laube, co-director, agrees. “Since identifying a need many years ago at the annual event called World

Hunger Day in Huntersville, it has been both challenging and exciting. We’ve had increased interest from several groups; from corporations to preschools wanting to volunteer, and civic leaders volunteering to organize clothing drives.” Many people in the Lake Norman community may be surprised to learn that Lydia’s Loft’s services extend beyond Mecklenburg and Iredell counties. Homeless shelters in Asheville, Salisbury veterans and people in need in West Virginia are just a few who benefit from the nonprofit. “We’ve sent clothing to Haiti, served victims of Hurricane Katrina, and aided those effected by the Lumberton, North Carolina flood,” says Mashburn. “Most people are pleased when they hear how far we reach beyond our Lake Norman community.”

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Confident in Her Authentic Self Creativity and intention fuel Leslie Grinage’s responsibilities at Davidson College



here is no canvas waiting for paint or a musical instrument calling to be played in Leslie Grinage’s downtown Davidson home. Yet, her life is a daily exercise in being creative. “I think people see creativity in me in ways that I wouldn’t describe as creative. I am not afraid of color. A friend reprimanded me 10 years ago for always wearing dark clothes, and I latched onto that idea. There is always a pop in what I wear,” says Grinage, who can often be spotted in mango-colored shoes and an intricately patterned bright scarf. “Last summer, I replaced the chairs in my office with bright yellow and orange chairs. I wanted people to feel happy when they are in here.” That office is where Grinage really utilizes her creative abilities. A 2003 graduate of Davidson College, “If you are constantly worried about how others will critique what you are doing, it really inhibits the creative process.” — Leslie Grinage

Grinage returned to the school in 2016 to serve as the Associate Dean of Students. Grinage wasn’t inclined to see herself as creative until she realized the creative problem solving required to plan events, like orientation and family weekend. She has to incorporate hundreds of people across generations and address challenges individual students might face as they navigate college, their lives and

needs. “I have the opportunity to work with students and their families to identify what might make the most sense for them and, in that, there are elements of creativity,” says Grinage. “I can work with faculty to think through how they can give a student some grace or room to get their work done when there are challenges.” To do her work, especially in a place where her co-workers knew her when she was 18-years-old, Grinage, now 36, relies on her confidence. “If you are constantly worried about how others will critique what you are doing, it really inhibits the creative process. That is something that I am still working on, but a big part of my creative process is having confidence in myself, trusting that I am a competent human,” she explains. “History has taught me that I am going to be okay, so I carry that into the future.” Grinage also has a lot of respect for the period of regeneration that needs to come after a creative surge. When she graduated from the Ed.D. Program at Vanderbilt University this summer, she found herself catching up on years of television shows that she had missed. Some might have fretted over that development, but Grinage realized that it was just part of her process, too. “It is important to have grace and respect for the period that comes after the creative process because there is so much energy that you

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Davidson College’s Leslie Grinage always wears a pop of color.

have to put into projects like that,” she says. “What I noticed this summer after graduating was that I was going through this period of having to rediscover myself — what is it that I like or need or who is it that I want to be right now,” she says. With her doctorate in hand and in the midst of her second year doing important work at her alma mater, Grinage focuses on showing up in intentional ways for herself and others, knowing that effort will fuel her creativity. “Authenticity inspires me. When I see people doing or saying things that represent their authentic selves, it inspires me to do the same and it makes me want to learn more about whatever it is they are doing,” she says. “With authenticity comes passion.”

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George Bannon and Joe Reale, Sr. helped bring The Huntersville Veterans Park Memorial to fruition



hey have a combined 60 years of Army service between the two of them, but that’s not the most impressive part. It isn’t that George, a retired Army colonel, served in Vietnam and Germany before returning stateside to then complete three decades before retiring and assuming top leadership positions in the American Legion. And it isn’t that Joe, who served primarily stateside for his own 30 years, then enthusiastically assumed top American Legion positions in the heavily and densely populated New York/New Jersey corridor either. It is all that and what they are doing now, having both relocated to North Carolina in recent years, that may become their legacy. Joe Reale, Sr, met George Bannon on the floor of the American Legion’s national conference in Houston, Texas, when at a similar personal crossroads. Both were looking for a part of the country to fully retire, to put down roots and to be close to family, yet wanted to continue to serve in some capacity. George chose North Carolina, with its more than 800,000 military veterans, and that’s where Joe was leaning, too. There was an instant connection — a fast friendship — then discussion of where to live. This exchange happened less than six years ago, and in the months that followed, Joe joined George as a resident of Huntersville’s Vermillion neighborhood. And it is no coincidence that both chose to live in close proximity of

American Legion Post 321, as well as what will soon become Huntersville Veterans Park Memorial, the town’s permanent remembrance that honors those who have served our country to protect our freedoms. Sitting under the pergola in Joe’s back yard, Joe and George told me what it means to be a veteran and how the town’s memorial, now slated to be a bookend of a larger downtown civic park and revitalization, will help build community. They should know, as Joe is the post commander, and George serves on the board. “Coming out of World War II, everybody knew someone who was serving or who had served,” Joe explains. “We are of the generation who went to school in the ’50s and had uncles, fathers, brothers and cousins who served. Our conversations weren’t about going to college after high school, they were about joining the service. It was something we just did no matter where you lived.” However, generations have the ability to change a nation’s mindset. “You go from one generation where almost everyone served or knew someone who served to then transition from the draft and the need to have a Cold War-sized military to the next generation where only a small percentage serves,” George explains. “The ’60s changed some things, then there was a cooling, and it was only when America brought back its military from the Gulf War that communities began to show civic pride and

honor and thank our veterans like you see today.” So when Huntersville reached out to civic groups seeking public input on its downtown revitalization, it made perfect sense that Joe and George, as well as others from the American From left, veterans George Bannon and Joe Reale, Legion, Sons of the Sr. were integral in bringing a veterans memorial American Legion and to Huntersville. Rotary, among others, That’s the message Joe and answered the call. George will be delivering, as They not only helped formulate they continue to serve. the plan for the park memorial but also assumed a leading role in fundraising and planning. The Town of Huntersville broke ground on the project in late 2016. Huntersville will hold its The Huntersville Veterans 2017 Veterans Day Parade Park Memorial won’t be fully and Celebration on complete in time for a Veterans Saturday, November 11 in Downtown Huntersville. Day 2017 dedication. But for Visit www.huntersville. Joe and George, as well as org for parade, sponsor the others who will gather to and visitor information, as march in the town’s second well as final event details. annual parade, the focus will be on celebrating the veteran. 7-8 a.m. “People will want to thank Continental Breakfast for all veterans and their me for my service, and that’s families, Huntersville fine,” Joe says, “but I should Presbyterian Church. be the one thanking them for the opportunity to serve and 9:45 a.m. protect our freedoms.” Parade You see, freedom doesn’t come without a price, and as 11 a.m. Ceremony towns and communities gather on Veterans Day and a new 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. park memorial continues to Family celebration with take shape, please remember Uncle Sam, food, that there are still those music (Tim Cook), fun deployed and away from their and entertainment for families making sure our rights everyone. and liberties continue.

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These Lake Norman-area folks are making a difference — one person at a time hen people set out to de-clutter their homes, professional organizers always suggest doing small bits of the project at a time. Perhaps a closet one day and a cabinet the next. They warn that trying to do it all at once will only frustrate you and then you’ll probably quit and learn to ignore the mess. The same can be said for charitable work. No one person can save the world, but one person can help another, and perhaps that will lead to someone helping someone else. One of my favorite parables is about an old man who happens upon a beach covered with stranded starfish. He sees a little boy picking up the starfish one by one and throwing them back into the ocean. The old man asks the little boy what difference he thinks he’s making. The little boy picks up a starfish and throws it into the ocean and turns to the old man. “I made a difference to that one,” he says. The following profiles show what imagination coupled with determination can achieve. During this season of gratitude, I hope this feature will inspire you to help a fellow citizen in need. It could be someone who was laid off from their job unexpectedly, it could be someone who received a bleak diagnosis during their last check-up or it could be someone who is just down on their luck. Whatever the circumstance, lend a hand if you can. You’ll be surprised at how invigorating it feels to do a little good. — Lori K. Tate

As Director of Operations at the Lake Norman Y, Honora Ruggiero runs the Send a Kid to Camp program, which gives local children, who otherwise would not be able to afford camp, the opportunity to attend day camps during summer break.



Happy Campers A program at the Lake Norman YMCA changes lives one summer at a time by Holly Becker | Photography by Brant Waldeck

onora Ruggiero, director of operations at the Lake Norman YMCA, looks forward to summer all year long. For the New York native, summer break means the return of a special group of kids the Y serves. Through the Send a Kid to Camp program, the Lake Norman YMCA gives local children, who otherwise would not be able to afford camp, the opportunity to attend day

camps during summer break. Send a Kid to Camp started with one child and a Davidson United Methodist Church (DUMC) women’s group. The group decided to sponsor a Y camp scholarship for a child in need. In 2014, the Y expanded the program to reach more children. As part of the Smithville community revitalization in Cornelius, Ruggiero partnered with DUMC and the Smithville Community Coalition to send

10 children to YMCA day camps for four weeks. “A lot of youth were at home all summer and were not having that summer experience,” says Ruggiero. Her passion to help kids have a camp experience is rooted in her own childhood. One of ten children, Ruggiero said money was tight and attending a camp was not an option. “My goal is for every child to go to camp and be able to tell their camp story when they go

back to school,” she explains. As more children were scholarshiped into camp, Ruggiero soon learned that four weeks was not enough. She also knew the Y could impact more children. “Truly my heart broke when the four weeks were up,” she says. “The kids were crying and wanting to stay.” Determined to provide summer-long camp to even more children, Ruggiero worked tirelessly speaking to

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In 2017, the Send a Kid to Camp program sponsored 53 children, ages 4 to 15, at the Lake Norman Y’s day camps.

local churches, civic organizations and individuals. DUMC, Davidson College Presbyterian Church, Mt. Zion United Methodist Church and Team Summit Foundation are just some of the scholarship contributors. In 2017, the Send a Kid to Camp program sponsored 53 children, ages 4 to 15, at the Lake Norman Y’s day camps. The program now serves children in neighborhoods beyond Smithville. Most referrals come through the Ada Jenkins Center and the Smithville Community Coalition. Free lunch is an important component of the program, as the Send A Kid to Camp program fills in the gap during

the summer months when children might not have lunch at all or experience food scarcity. Placing lunch orders online preserves privacy. Ruggiero’s goal is for no one to be able to tell who is on scholarship and who is not. “This is the most important thing to me because we don’t want the children to feel different from the rest of their peers,” says Ruggiero. Camp participants also have access to swim lessons, and campers third grade and up can take wake boarding and sailing lessons. Parents and caretakers benefit as much as the children. For single parents

and grandparents raising grandchildren, the program frees them from the worry and financial burden of finding summer childcare. Many simply can’t afford childcare while they work. Camp can mean the difference in a single mom not having to leave her children in a hotel room all day while she works. “We want to provide every child with what they need but also give parents and guardians a sense of security that their kids are safe,” says Ruggiero About 20 percent of children on scholarship are going through a traumatic experience, such as homelessness or fleeing domestic violence. Camp

provides a safe refuge, where kids can simply forget their worries and struggles for a bit. Some previous scholarship recipients have lived in cars and homeless shelters. “Children should be children, and we have kids here who have had to be stronger and tougher and have gone through challenges that their peers and even adults wouldn’t understand,” says Ruggiero.


For more information regarding Send a Kid to Camp at the Lake Norman YMCA, contact Honora Ruggiero at honora.

by Lori K. Tate | Photography by Ken Noblezada

Fashion accessories are sold under the Wakami brand to 20 countries around the world. The selling of these fashion accessories provides income to 500 rural women in Guatemala.


From left, Maria Pacheco and Beth and John Quinn work together to empower women in Guatemala.

The Sinapi Foundation delivers opportunity to Guatemala


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or decades, John and Beth Quinn went on mission trips. When their three children were younger, they made it a family affair, and when the Davidson couple ventured into retirement, they continued traveling to help others. They’ve seen poverty in Costa Rica, India, the Philippines and more recently Guatemala, and they also saw something else during their travels. They saw that what they were doing wasn’t helping. In fact, it was actually hurting in many instances. John remembers helping build Sunday school classrooms and churches on trips. “We became aware that they don’t really need Sunday school classes. They have plenty of religion, a place to meet,” he says. “Sometimes we’d come back, and we’d see that it [the building] wasn’t quite being used for what it was intended to be. We thought there’s got to be a better way.” Over a three-year period, John and Paul Streeter, a Mooresville man who had also gone on many mission trips, began looking for more productive ways to help others in developing countries. They met with several nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), attended conferences and read books, such as Toxic Charity: How Churches and Charities Hurt Those They Help, and How to Reverse It by Robert D. Lupton. The book expressed what they had experienced. “As business people we have a point of view on how

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The Sinapi Foundation, Inc. was founded in 2012 to integrate existing NGO capabilities into a focused and purposeful targeting community transformation. Wakami is its largest partnership.

things should be so that they’re sustainable and they actually work, and we could see it wasn’t working,” explains John, who was educated as an industrial and systems engineer. After researching how they could make a lasting impact, John and Paul founded The Sinapi Foundation, Inc. in 2012. The nonprofit, named after the pod-bearing plant commonly known as the mustard seed, focuses on “integrating existing NGO capabilities into a focused and purposeful targeted community transformation.” Currently the foundation is focused on Guatemala and has a strong partnership with Wakami, a social system

and foundation dedicated to linking rural communities in Guatemala (and soon Peru) to global markets. Fashion accessories (think colorful, braided bracelets) are the main product, and they are sold under the Wakami brand to 20 countries around the world. The selling of these fashion accessories provides income to more than 500 rural women and their families in Guatemala. “We start with the women by asking what are your dreams and what are you fears. Their dreams will be, ‘I want to send my kids to school. I want healthy children. I want a home with trees and flowers,’ ” explains Wakami

Co-Founder and President Maria Pacheco during a recent trip to Davidson. “Now we [Wakami] have kids in college. What we have realized is that even if the husband gets a lot of money, if the woman is not empowered, she’s on the dirt floor by the open fire with dirty water. There’s no way that the prosperity goes to the kids.” Understanding the culture and circumstances of Guatemala is key to the success of this partnership. “In Guatemala, there’s no safety net. When people get sick, they can’t find medication. They can’t find good clean water,” explains John. “There’s a cultural gender discrimination against women in particular

that results in limited education opportunities for them. That’s changing now. Maria’s model is definitely changing it.” The Sinapi Foundation helps Wakami by identifying donors and sharing the story. “We bring people on trips down there to help them see this firsthand,” says John. “We think this model actually can work in any developing country. It can even work in the United States.” For more information regarding The Sinapi Foundation, Inc., visit www.sinapifoundation. org. For more information regarding Wakami, visit


Hope of Mooresville Opens its Doors for Opportunity by Lori K. Tate | Photography by Ken Noblezada



Mooresville’s homeless women and children have a new path to a brighter future From left, Amy DeCaron (Hope of Mooresville’s board chair) and Bonnie Battalia (community coordinator for the nonprofit) stand on the porch of the newly finished house on Broad Street.

t all began at a Bible study at First Baptist Church in Mooresville. When a discussion began about the homeless women and children in town and where they go during the winter, Nancy DeCaron listened. The Mooresville resident couldn’t believe what she was hearing, and instead of going home and feeling badly about it, she decided to do something. Nancy immediately talked

with her daughter-in-law, Amy DeCaron, who had previously worked for Our Towns Habitat for Humanity, and the idea for Hope of Mooresville (HOMe) was born. “She [Nancy] had the vision, and I had the skillset to make it happen,” says Amy, also a Mooresville resident. That was almost four years ago. Since then, lots of blood, sweat and tears have gone into making a 2,200-squarefoot house on Broad Street for

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Top left, Lowe’s Home Improvement awarded HOMe a grant. Top center, Amy DeCaron, Nancy DeCaron and Bonnie Battalia. Top right, BB & T donated the playground.



homeless women and children a reality. Amy says that during the last school year, 92 students were identified as homeless in the Mooresville Graded School District and the schools of Iredell Statesville Schools that feed into Mooresville. As HOMe’s board chair, Amy sits in the living room of the house on Broad Street remembering all that it took to form the nonprofit and get it to this point. “We went and interviewed all the local nonprofits and went to several churches to see how this [homelessness] was being handled, and what we found is that while we do have a lot of great resources in Mooresville, we don’t have temporary housing,” she explains, adding that the nearest shelter is Fifth Street Ministries in Statesville.

“We ended up partnering with them [Fifth Street], so we’re under their 501 (c)(3). We raised our own money. All of our money stays in Mooresville. We just wanted to partner with some experts.” After speaking to any group or individual who would listen, and holding a variety of fundraisers, the founding group began looking for property. It needed to be a house so it wouldn’t feel like an institution, and it needed to be within walking distance of a grocery store and the various social services offered in Downtown Mooresville. Eventually an anonymous donor purchased the house on Broad Street for HOMe, and the renovation process began. The home had two bedrooms and one bath and had last

Adams + Associates Architecture in Downtown Mooresville drew renovation plans for the fourbedroom, four-and-a-half-bath house for no cost.

been converted to an office. Obviously, the organization needed more space, so it approached Adams + Associates Architecture in Downtown Mooresville. The firm drew renovation plans for a four-bedroom, fourand-a-half-bath house for no cost. Adams + Associates also helped HOMe meet all of the specifications of a commercial building. Other businesses followed suit, as Adams Floor Company Inc. not only installed the floors for free, but also got Mohawk Flooring to donate the materials. Lowe’s Home Improvement awarded HOMe a grant for kitchen counters and countertops, as well as appliances. Not everything in the house was donated, but because of the generosity of the community, HOMe is opening the house debt free. “This is a house that the community built,” says Amy, reiterating that everyone involved served in a volunteer capacity. In addition to a living room, dining room, kitchen and computer workstation area, there’s a suite for a Care Support Specialist, as the home will be staffed 24/7, 365 days a year. There are also three bedrooms, complete with bathrooms, for guests. Local churches have agreed to furnish the bedrooms.

Individuals will be referred to the program from various agencies. “Once someone is admitted, they have to agree to our program,” explains Amy, adding that each guest will be assigned a caseworker and two volunteer female mentors. “The mentors are going to physically go with them and help them with their plan. They may go with them to the bank and open up a bank account and help them with debt consolidation, help them buy groceries, get their child to the dentist, go with them to court. A lot of people have legal issues, and they have to get those cleared up. Whatever they need or their plan is, these mentors play a critical role.” Amy stresses how accountability is crucial in making the process work, as the goal isn’t just to provide these women with a temporary place to live. It’s to provide them with a framework of services to help them get back on track. “I think women need the opportunity to get the support they need to transform their lives,” says Amy. “Everybody goes through hard times; not everybody has the resources to pull themselves out of it.” For more information regarding Hope of


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Come Shop Davidson’s Newest Home Décor Store Now Open Just in Time for the Holiday Season. With unique finds and trendy holiday fashions to make your home look and feel fabulous for the holiday season and all year round.



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Amy Weishaar’s nature pieces are perfect for fall.

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Art by Amy Weishaar of A. Whitehare Designs of original art to reflect the owner’s journey, and framing can be costly. By using reclaimed wood, this allows for a wider customer base.” Weishaar’s art is carried in 25 stores in the Southeast from Charlottesville to Charleston. You can see more of her work on Instagram at whitehare1020. Locally, you can buy these pieces for $69 each at The Shoppes at Home Heart & Soul, 20901 Catawba Avenue, Cornelius, www. — Lori K. Tate, photography by Lisa Crates

Created by Amy Weishaar of A. Whitehare Designs, these elegant pieces featuring a feather and a buck add the perfect touch of fall to any interior. Weishaar, who lives in Cornelius, cuts the reclaimed wood to size, primes and paints it, edges it in gold leaf, attaches watercolor images, and seals the piece with polymer. The result is an elegant tribute to nature, which makes perfect sense, as that is what inspires her. “I love nature, living on the lake and the beauty of the Carolinas,” says Weishaar, adding that her last name means “white hare” in German. “Every home needs a few pieces

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Shop + Tell Avalilly’s Boutique has an elegant new look.


•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Bo and Denise Uhlhorn moved Blumengarten to a new space on Bailey Road in Cornelius (in Hyde Park Storage). At 3,000 square feet, the boutique and fine flower shop now has twice the space it had in Old Town Cornelius. The building Blumengarten was previously in was recently torn down. “The showroom is bigger, and our workspace is a whole lot bigger,” says Denise, adding that they still have a retail space filled with candles, flowers, wreaths and more. “It will be better for the holidays and getting deliveries out.” Blumengarten, 10308 Bailey Road, Unit 412, Cornelius, and Facebook. •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Elisabeth Rose Social Stationary has opened its first brick and mortar store. Located in Davidson, Elisabeth Rose

Social Stationary features custom stationery design as well a beautifully curated collection of paper goods and gifts. From humble beginnings with a secondhand letterpress, the company was created by Charlotte native and UNC Charlotte graduate Elisabeth Connolly. “Opening a brick and mortar store in this beautiful, historic town is a dream come true,” says Connolly. “Early on, I knew I wanted to grow my business into a place that people could gather and appreciate beautiful paper and always hoped it would take place in Davidson. I am absolutely thrilled to be a part of this charming town.” With more than a decade of experience in the wedding industry, Connolly has worked exclusively to create custom paper products for hundreds of weddings and events across the country and abroad, including the weddings and parties of a number of NASCAR drivers, and NFL and NBA players. Elisabeth Rose Social Stationary, 202 S. Main Street, Davidson, www. •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• These days The Enchanted Olive in Downtown Mooresville is about more than olive oil. It now also offers The Enchanted Olive Style Loft & Boutique, where you’ll find dresses, jeans, skirts and accessories at competitive prices. The Enchanted Olive Style Loft & Boutique, 119

N. Main Street, Mooresville, and Facebook. •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Julia Austin’s upscale consignment store in Cornelius, formerly known as FiFi’s Fine Resale, is now FlairTrade. The new name is an effort to further expand into the men’s resale industry. The rebranding also coincides with the launch of new, faster consignor services and the expansion of its e-commerce store. FlairTrade, 20601 Torrence Chapel Road, Cornelius, www. •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Dianne Bennett and Carol Brundage opened Iris Home this past spring at Oak Street Mill in Old Town Cornelius. Here you’ll find unique items for the home, including artwork, jewelry, serving pieces and various accessories. Brundage has worked in this business for about 10 years at various antique malls, including the now defunct Metrolina Expo. Photography by Denise Uhlhorn



n September, Avalilly’s Boutique reopened in Old Town Cornelius with a brand new look. The transformation took place while owner Emily Haggart was out of town on vacation, according to Marnae Costa, the boutique’s manager, adding that Haggart has struggled with health issues over the past couple of years. That said, Costa reached out to a group of Haggart’s friends and customers (almost 30 people) to pitch in on the renovation. The result is a stunning new space painted in Balanced Beige, complete with velvet curtains and a moss green velvet sofa. “Emily has always wanted Avalilly’s to be a casual place. We want everyone to feel at home here,” explains Costa. “Having all of the girls help with this makes them feel like this is their place as well.” The boutique carries a variety of Coobie Bras from Cornelius’ Total Stockroom, as well as jewelry by Ellison James and Lori Snyder. In addition, you’ll find denim by Citizens of Humanity, dl 1961 and Joe’s Jeans, and clothing by Alice + Olivia, Alice & Trixie, Velvet by Spencer and Graham, and more. “The space feels bigger, so we can concentrate on the clothes,” says Costa. “We’re happy to be back.” Avalilly’s Boutique, 21341 Catawba Avenue, Cornelius, www.avalillys. com and Facebook.

Photography by Marnae Costa

New Beginnings All Around

Blumengarten offers home decor and gifts in its new space.

Photography by Susan Medlin

Holiday Shopping Is In The Bag Pete & Pop’s Findery is a new, modern mercantile in Davidson that offers unique finds of every kind. From hand-poured candles and luxurious soaps, to signature cocktail mixes and precious plush toys, our treasures are sure to please trend seekers, savvy shoppers and folks who simply have great taste.

father, who called her Peter Rabbit growing up. These days it’s just “Pete.” The “Pop’s” is actually named after her father. Pete & Pop’s carries organic soda, candy, and gifts for kids and adults. Watson plans to change the themes of her inventory regularly. She says you can buy gifts for friends or something special for yourself at her store. “People don’t have to go to Target to buy a gift,” says Watson, also known as the “Chief Curator.” “They can come and support people who are doing these neat things.” Pete & Pop’s Findery, The Linden, 605 C Jetton Street, www. •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Slate Consignment and Gifts has opened in Antiquity. Look for all types of clothing and other interesting items at competitive prices. Slate Consignment and Gifts, Antiquity, 21714 Catawba Avenue, Suite A1, Cornelius, look for Slate on Facebook.


Iris Home, 19725 Oak Street, Cornelius, www.irishomeaccents. com and Facebook. •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• The Perfect Home & Gift has opened at Northcross Shopping Center in Huntersville. Owned by Debbie Moody, who owned nine booths at the former BLACKLION in Huntersville, the boutique offers home furnishings and décor, as well as gourmet items, jewelry and clothing. You’ll also find gift items from Kate Spade, Lilly Pulitzer and Scout. The Perfect Home & Gift, Northcross Shopping Center, 9755-A Sam Furr Road, Huntersville, look for The Perfect Home & Gift on Facebook. •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Kary Watson has opened Pete & Pop’s Findery on the first floor of The Linden in Davidson. “I’ve wanted to do this since I was little,” explains Watson, who is also a divorce lawyer. “Forty percent of the items in here are organic or made in the U.S. …I want it to be a modern day general store.” The name goes back to Watson’s


Pete & Pop’s Findery has opened in Davidson and aims to be a modern day general store.

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GameOn Mooresville’s AJ Bernys has a home sim setup that includes a custom built table for the monitor, speakers and controls, a steering wheel with Indycar style shifters and buttons, plus an external speaker surround system wired to a large gaming desktop.





Motorsports inside and online

by Mike Savicki | photography by Brant Waldeck



illiam Byron was no different from most teens when he first discovered sim racing online. He had a love of motorsports, a technological lean and, perhaps most of all, was looking for a way to compete in a new sport. Since climbing into an actual racecar wasn’t an option at the time, he opened his laptop, dialed up a site called iracing, and entered a race. Like most other teens with a love of electronics, Byron soon found his passion to be more than time consuming. He raced after school, in the evenings, on weekends, and just about any and every other opportunity he could find. He watched tutorials,

Bernys began iracing when he was 13. He’s now 22.


studied videos, learned macro and micro dynamic car adjustment, and tried his hand at nearly every type and style of racing available. As you might imagine, his parents began to worry about the amount of time he was spending in front of the screen. But rather than try to hide or disguise his growing passion, Byron invited his parents to watch him race. So in the evenings, when homework was completed and his parents had returned from work, the family would gather around the screen

together and watch Byron race. It wasn’t long before he started winning and turning heads.

Simulator Setups Simulator (or sim) racing got its start during the early years of personal computing. As software became more complex and users pushed technology, racing, like other online sports, began to gain a following. Graphics were basic and the hardware was still evolving, but nevertheless, it was an available and accessible form of racing

open to everyone. AJ Bernys, now 22, was an early adopter at the age of 13 at his then upstate New York home. “People would code together whatever they could, and it was not all that realistic,” Bernys, a newly relocated Mooresville auto technician working toward — and hoping for — an entry into motorsports, admits, “I grew up racing super modified so that’s where my interest went but, like most others, my interests jumped around as technology advanced and new things were introduced.” One of the biggest advances for simulated racing came a few years later through a website called iracing. “What iracing did was give a platform for learning what a racetrack looks like and how it feels to actually race and be on the track,” Bernys explains. “What you are chasing is realism, and now, since iracing

has become so advanced, you can adjust and change just about anything with your car, including tire pressures, weight ballast, grill tape, roll bars, toe, caster, camber, spring packages, shocks, bump stops. The dynamic track feature means track conditions can now change throughout a race. And with user-hosted events gaining popularity. there really isn’t much you cannot do. The list is almost endless.” As far as hardware, Bernys has a home sim setup that includes a custom built table for the monitor, speakers and controls, a steering wheel with Indycar style shifters and buttons, plus an external speaker surround system wired to a large gaming desktop. He admits there are newer, more technologically advanced systems available but, from where he began, his system is light years ahead. “My first steering wheel was a $40 wheel designed for the


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William Byron echoes AJ Berny’s sentiments about the realism of iracing and how it gives the user the opportunity to experience so much of motorsports that was previously unavailable. “It’s a cool feeling when you are in a car iracing no

matter where or when you do it,” Byron says. “At first I just started doing cup track ovals with a basic setup to try to absorb as much I could, and things evolved. I began seeing the right lines to drive on each track, how to race in traffic and how to operate at speed.” Within two years of first racing online, Byron was behind a wheel testing to drive in NASCAR’s two highest series. He was signed by Mooresville’s JR Motorsports to drive in the Xfinity Series, and, beginning

was unexpected for them to see me transition into a real car.” With NASCAR’s offseason approaching, Byron says this is the time many of the sport’s drivers take to iracing, too. “Iracing is good for the sport on many levels and, in my opinion, any time you can be in a car turning laps and competing for a win, you are going to get better,” he says. “There are lots of guys who love it and some who wouldn’t be caught on it, too, but, sure, you’ll likely see some of us on iracing in the offseason.” And for those interested in learning what it feels like to drive and race, Bernys and Byron echo similar sentiments. “For kids especially, it gives them a chance to try, learn, practice and have fun, much like a kid playing a stick and ball sport might just go outside to play around,” Byron says. “Now, through iracing, they can race and understand what it is like from our perspective.”

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Big views from this masterfully designed Lake Norman manor on a double lot at Trump National. Comfortable yet elegant floor plan creates the lakeside lifestyle you are looking for. High ceilings, intricate mill-work and southern chestnut flooring provide timeless design elements for its discerning occupants. Gourmet kitchen with Viking and Sub-Zero appliances. Saltwater pool and private boat dock. It’s all here to enjoy in this wonderfully appointed estate located in The Point Village.

Breathtaking sunsets and miles of views make this extraordinary Lake Norman property one of a kind. Surrounded by multi-million dollar estates on tony Upper Jetton. This ranch with basement is sited on a gently sloping lot leading to approximately 1,725 square feet of grandfathered, covered deep-water dock and gazebo. Notable features include mantle beam from sunken ship, brick from an old mill and stone from an old farm. Master suite features granite and walk-in shower.

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Mooresville, NC 28117

Cornelius, NC 28031

Candi Schuerger

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Mooresville/Lake Norman 704-400-1232

Lake Norman 704-999-4524

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A truly one-of-a-kind property located on a peaceful location on Lake Norman with breathtaking long range views from almost every room. Situated on a double waterfront lot, beautifully landscaped with mature trees, new sea wall, boat ramp, and private pier with gazebo. This home features a luxurious master suite on main level, gourmet kitchen, two fireplaces, and hardwood floors. Relax on the screened porch while appreciating the lush landscaping. Private dock with additional boat slips, gazebo and boat ramp.

Magnificent home located in The Peninsula. 6 bedrooms with 4 full and 2 half baths. Open floor plan, Australian Cypress hardwoods on main, gourmet kitchen with stainless steel appliances, granite counters and custom cabinets. Floor to ceiling windows offer plenty of natural sunlight. Cozy back porch with wood burning fireplace, built-in gas grill, refrigerator and lake views make entertaining a breeze. Master on main with newly remodeled bath. Finished basement with bar. This home has it all! Boat slip available.

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Dan Callahan

Lake Norman 704-999-4524

Offered at $1,199,000

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Lake Norman 704-641-1465

Offered at $849,800 New carpet, paint, lighting, fresh hardwoods + a brand new dock with deep water deeded boat slip just steps away, make this waterfront ranch in Patricks Purchase ready for summer. Enjoy waterfront grilling on the covered terrace, or stepping down wide steps into the water to swim, fish or kayak. Master with lake views opens to terrace. Lake level includes lovely bedroom suite, media, billiard, family & play rooms defined by a see-thru fireplace. Heated/ cooled lake toy garage and plenty of storage. Superior!

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Absolutely stunning custom home with features and appointments to dream of. Gourmet kitchen with granite and Silestone counters, glass back splash, five-burner stove and hidden pantry. Main level office with vaulted and beamed ceilings. Totally private guest suite on main with separate living room. Disappearing glass doors open to a back yard oasis featuring a covered outdoor living area with fireplace and lush salt water pool and hot tub. This remarkable home will take your breath away.


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Kassie and Elliot Love’s Davidson home marries modern with traditional

Leaded glass contrasts beautifully with the white landscape of the kitchen.



eghan Allison has a gift. The Davidson interior designer can walk through a plan and feel the space before the first nail is hammered. She credits this ability to her background in interior architecture, where she spent years spent designing luxury hotels. Now that she’s focused on residential design, her clients get the benefit of her vision.

dwellings Elliot and Kassie Love wanted their Davidson home to be open and welcoming.

The floors of the home feature Rubio Monocoat, which is a newer, oil-based process that’s extremely durable.



That was certainly the case with Kassie and Elliot Love, a young couple who recently built a custom home in Davidson with Karl Plattner of Plattner Custom Homes. Plattner introduced the Loves to Allison after JJ Barja of Elite GET A 2017 GET A 2017 Design Group drew the plans. TAX DEDUCTION & ELIMINATE EXPENSES “We had never done this 501c(3) [built a custom home] before,” ELIMINATE EXPENSES 501c(3) recalls Elliot, a dermatologist in Salisbury. “We had never looked at CADs and blue WE ACCEPT prints and drawings, so we ALL TYPES/SIZES were just looking at a twoOpen all year, sailing lessons, annual dimensional picture. We can’t passes, paddle boards conceptualize what it’s going and kayaks for the whole family. to be. Meghan came in after it was all drawn up, and she really helped to balance out what everything means.”




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perfectly for them. Off from the kitchen, there are three desks appointed with USB ports and overhead storage for their children’s school supplies. Reclaimed wood from Davidson’s Southend Reclaimed softens the area and gives it texture. As soon as the boys come home from school, they head to their cozy workstations to knock out their homework. Organization is also the focus of the kitchen, which has a large island topped in Extra White Statuary Marble. (Allison enlarged the island when she saw the plans.) White custom cabinets detailed with leaded glass add to the elegance of the space. “We wanted to break up all the white with a darker element,” explains Allison. “That’s what we thought the leaded glass helped do.” A custom bench in the corner of the kitchen provides

seating for a marble-topped tulip table by Rove, and across the back hall of the kitchen, a white barn door hides the scullery, complete with a dishwasher.

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“I wanted this room [the scullery] here so you could prepare food. I can put my crockpot in here, and it’s not sitting out in my main kitchen area,” says Kassie. “I had my mom’s big 70th birthday party here in July, and I was able to throw everything back in here and close the door.” “Kitchens are more social than ever these days,” adds


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dwellings Allison. “When you’re doing the back-of-house stuff, it kind of ruins the mood if you’re doing it in front of everybody.” The family room off to the side of the kitchen features a vaulted ceiling with cedar wood beams. The family spends a lot of time in this room watching sports, as they moved here from Cleveland and are big Cleveland Indians fans. The more formal living room is open to the other side of the kitchen and boasts a focal point of silver print wallpaper by Thibaut. Large, retractable doors open from this space, expanding the room onto a screened-in porch. A screened slide door leads to an open area with a fireplace and TV. “I wanted to be able to open it [the area] for a party, so people could basically walk a circle,’ says Kassie, who’s planning on hosting



An enclosed shower with marble subway tile stands at the center of the master bath.

A homework station off to the side of the kitchen entices their three sons to study.

15 people for Thanksgiving this month.

Worth it The master suite on the first floor features a vaulted ceiling reminiscent of the family room’s ceiling. This was another change Allison implemented. “Originally we weren’t going to do the ceiling like this. It was going to be a coffered ceiling,” explains Allison, adding that when she saw it during construction she thought a vaulted ceiling would work better. “Some people don’t like the vastness of that, but it actually balances the family room.”

A sphere chandelier from Serena & Lily gives the room a celestial feel that only makes the room more calming. A crystal chandelier over the stand-alone tub in the adjacent master bath adds the right amount of shimmer, as two vanities flank the enclosed shower in the middle of the room. Carrera marble subway tile gives the shower a clean look, while sconces by Regina Andrew coupled with a Carrera marble floor exude even more luxury. The Loves admit that building a custom house was a bit overwhelming, but as they walk through their home now,

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Both food and wine at Davidson’s Il Bosco have a strong Italian accent One part of my food and wine rut — Cannonau di Sardegna.



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hat I like about Il Bosco owner Jimmy Hermann’s wine list is that it is constantly changing. Each time my wife and I dine there, he invariably has a new addition or two. That’s fun for me for a couple of reasons. There’s always a rationale for his choice of a wine, beyond just change for change’s sake, and it’s fun and interesting talking to him about his rationale. An example, a few years ago the new arrival was a Tuscan wine made from the Pugnitello grape. This is a grape that was rescued from the brink of extinction just in time. The wine has a story behind it, a captivating story, but one that’s a little too long for this article. Hermann thought his guests would get a kick out of the story and, of course, out of the wine. This guest certainly did — story and wine. The second reason I like his additions is that they force me out of my food rut. For every new wine, I have to explore to pick a dish from Il Bosco’s menu to make a nice pairing. So with just a simple glass of wine you begin an enjoyable lunch or dinner even before anything is placed on the table. What’s not to like about that? But, let’s get back to my food rut; actually, it’s a rut for both food and wine. I’m nuts about wines from Sardinia. There’s another long story behind that. Let’s just say that Sardinian wines punch way beyond their weight. Sardinian wines revolve around two grapes — one

white, one red. Sardinia is a windswept island off the coast of Italy, and that shows in the white wine, Vermentino. Along with all the other goodies in a glass of Vermentino, you can often pick up a hint of ocean saltiness. This is a wine for seafood. At Il Bosco my wife and I generally share a serving of calamari along with a glass — a great way to start a meal. I’m captivated by red wine from the Cannonau grape. Cannonau is unique to Sardinia. Some people claim it is really Grenache, brought to the island when it was conquered in the 14th century. Sardinians believe the opposite. They claim that Cannonau was taken from Sardinia and has evolved into Grenache. There’s a little bit of science that backs up their claim. Whatever, I really like Cannonau. I also really like Il Bosco’s homemade pasta. Because Cannonau demands it, there has to be some hearty meat involved with the pasta. Fettuccine sautéed with veal, beef and pork ragu (Fettuccine alla Bolognese) fits the bill perfectly. Rather than a rut, I’m in a place of comfortable and tasty certitude. At Hermann’s restaurant, I’m either in my rut, or I’m in a happy playground with a new wine and food to go with it. I recommend both places. Each is a good place to be. Il Bosco 127 Depot Street Davidson

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Dan Johnson, owner of Bottled and Tapped in Cornelius, doesn’t consider himself a seasonal drinker, but there is just something about fall and winter with their seasonally cooler temperatures and extended darkness that leads him towards wanting a stout. “Maybe it’s the comfort, maybe it’s that people equate a darker colored beer to longer nights, or maybe it’s just that we are looking for a change that draws us to stouts,” Johnson explains. “There is no right answer, but it’s now the season and most of us are ready.” Like other styles of beer, stouts are diverse and complex. While dry, Irish-style stout is most widely known, craft brewers are increasingly offering milk, oatmeal, chocolate, oyster, porter and imperial stouts, not to overlook new variances including sour stouts, to drinkers. And while they may, on the surface, come across as bitter, warm and heavy, the complexities make it a style worth enjoying. “When you think of a stout, think of a beer that is about the grain,” Johnson says. “It’s the mix of grains, usually darker ones, that make their way through the brewing process to give it not only the color but also that unique taste that stout drinkers love.”

And as a bit of beer history, Johnson says, types of stouts, like Russian Imperial Stout, trace their lineage back to the British in the mid-1800’s under Catherine II. Not named because it was brewed in Russia, this style was first brewed in England and injected with higher alcohol contents to help it survive the six- to seven- week rail transport across the European continent to faraway destinations (yes, including Russia). Understandably, it soon gained a global following. There is an American twist to stouts that’s paying off for drinkers. The American take to barrel-aged stouts, for example, is to kick up the alcohol and work it through bourbon, neutral oak, coffee and maybe even wine barrels sometimes for up to two years to make it unique. The final products offer the expected coffee and chocolate tastes, along with subtle vanillas, deeper coffees and even floral hints. For those perhaps ready to try a stout for the first time, Johnson offers a couple tips. “Go to a place where they aren’t going to give you 16 ounces of something. Get yourself a five-ounce version, and treat it as a dessert,” he explains. “And if your vendor is pouring it appropriately, meaning about 37 degrees, let it sit for a moment to warm up. Then you’ll taste all the flavors.”


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In the Kitchen with Jill Dahan 1/2 cup puy lentils, sprouted if possible (I like True Roots brand at Earth Fare or Whole Foods.) 1 garlic clove 3 tablespoons olive oil 2 tablespoons lemon juice 1 butternut squash sliced at ¼-inch thick 2 tablespoons avocado oil 1 bunch of kale, thick stems removed and chopped

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set aside. For the dressing, mix tahini with lemon and garlic. Stir in enough water to thin to drizzling consistency and add in thyme leaves. Massage kale leaves with enough olive oil, garlic and lemon juice just to coat lightly. Place on a platter, tuck squash around and sprinkle with lentils. Drizzle with some of the dressing and serve at room temperature. Serves 4 to 6.


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All of the pasta at Antico is imported from Italy.

estled in the middle of Huntersville’s bustling NorthCross Shopping Center is a little taste of Italy. Antico Italian Restaurant is a small yet charming eatery that delivers big with authentic Italian entrees, including pasta, seafood and veal.

Italian roots The husband and wife team of Daniela Turano and Giuseppe Acito own the restaurant with business partner Raffaele Lubrano. Executive Chefs Acito and Lubrano work their culinary magic in the kitchen, while Turano manages the front of the house. The Harrisburg couple has deep Italian roots. Acito grew up in the Italian Province of Salerno and attended

culinary school there before immigrating to the United States at age 19. “At the age of 14, my husband left home to go to culinary school,” explains Turano. A first generation ItalianAmerican, Turano grew up in upstate New York. She met her husband while working in Pineville at her uncle’s Italian restaurant. Giuseppe was a chef, and Turano was a server.

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Growing up in Italian families, Turano says cooking has always been a central part of life. “At home, we still make our own sausage, and we make our own wine every year,” says Turano.

Flavor meets flair Antico has different menus for lunch and dinner. All pasta is imported from Italy, and seafood is delivered fresh every day. The dinner menu features Italian menu staples, such as Fettuccine Alfredo, Shrimp Scampi and Fettuccine Bolognese. However, Antico also adds flair to its menu with fresh seafood and veal pasta dishes. Favorites include Vitello Martino, veal sautéed with sundried tomatoes, mushrooms, spinach and cherry tomatoes in a marsala

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booths inside, outdoor seating is available on a covered veranda overlooking a pond and fountain. The tranquil setting makes Antico a versatile dining spot for a romantic date night or a family friendly dinner. The restaurant also has a thriving take-out business. “The customers become like part of my family,” says Turano, adding that a year after its grand opening, Antico has many regular customers that staff can expect on certain days of the week. “I’m a talker. I love going to tables and talking to people. I love the new faces, too. We want customers leaving out of here feeling happy and welcomed.” Antico Italian Restaurant 9751 Sam Furr Road, Huntersville Hours: Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Fri-Sat 11a.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday closed

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Out + About

Lake Norman YMCA’s Chart the Course Photography by Brant Waldeck NOVEMBER 2017


n October 19, supporters of the Lake Norman YMCA boarded Carolina Grace for an evening of fun, food, fellowship and fundraising. Matt Fitzwater, the new executive director of the Lake Norman YMCA, was introduced at the event, and Todd Tibbits, president and CEO of YMCA of Greater Charlotte, also addressed the crowd. A live auction was led by Lake Norman YMCA Board Member Tom Donoghue. Lori K. Tate, chair of the Lake Norman YMCA Board of Managers, emceed the event, and Chas Willemon provided live music. This annual fundraiser supports the Lake Norman YMCA’s Adaptive Water Skiing program, the Send a Kid to Camp program and Y Readers. For more information regarding the Lake Norman YMCA, visit www.

at the Lake

a month of things to do at the Lake Date Night The Lion King Jr. (November 3-12) Join the young lion cub, Simba, as he finds the courage to take his place in the circle of life. The African savannah comes to life on stage with Simba, Rafiki and an unforgettable cast of characters as they journey from Pride Rock to the jungle and back again in this inspiring coming-of-age tale. Fri 7 p.m.; Sat 1 p.m., 4 p.m.; Sun 1 p.m., 4 p.m. (Sun, November 12 1 p.m. only). $12. Davidson Community Players Connie Company, Armour Street Theatre, 307 Armour Street, Davidson,




Davidson College Symphony Orchestra: An Orchestral Journey (November 2) Join the DCSO on an orchestral journey of time and place, featuring the winners of the annual Concerto Competition, Ravel’s Une Barque sur l’Océan, and Silvestri’s suite from Back to the Future. 7:30 p.m. Free. Duke Family Performance Hall, Knobloch Campus Center, Davidson College Chorale Fall Concert (November 3) The Davidson College Chorale and Davidson Singers bring beautiful music to the Duke Family Performance Hall. The program includes fresh and fun offerings. 7 p.m. Free. Duke Family Performance Hall, Knobloch Campus Center, Organ at Davidson (November 13) David Jaranowski, director of music at Mary Queen of Peace in Cleveland, Ohio, performs. 7:30 p.m. Free. Davidson College Presbyterian Church, Davidson. Davidson College Opera presents The Magic Flute (November 17-18) Join the Davidson College Music Department in a night of love, magic, ludicrousness, and opera as it presents Mozart’s The Magic Flute. The Opera Workshop brings Mozart’s beloved opera to life. Directed by Carey Kugler and produced by artist associate in voice Jacquelyn Culpepper, this production of the operatic classic is sure to thrill audiences musically with impressive displays of vocal technique and mastery of

Family Fun

Me Time

harmony. 7:30 p.m. Admission is free, but tickets are required. Tyler-Tallman Hall, Sloan Music Center,

Photography courtesy of AXIS Dance Company


Girls’ Night Out

Music at St. Alban’s (November 19) The New River Ensemble performs a program of classical and less traditional trio music for clarinet, piano and cello. 3 p.m. General admission $15, students and young adults under 25 $10, seniors (62+)$10, children under 12 free. St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 301 Caldwell Lane, Davidson, www. Davidson Holiday Gala (November 27-28) Performed for consistently sold-out houses, the annual Holiday Gala is a surefire way for your family and friends to usher in the true spirit of the season. Join the Davidson College Music Department — choirs, orchestra, jazz band, soloists — with special community guests, Dance Davidson and others, in the celebration of the sights and sounds of time-honored holiday traditions. 7:30 p.m. Free for Davidson students, tickets TBA. Duke Family Performance Hall, Knobloch Campus Center, Davidson Holiday Gala (November 27-28) Performed for consistently sold-out houses, the annual Holiday Gala is a surefire way for your family and friends to usher in the true spirit of the season. Join the Davidson College Music Department — choirs, orchestra, jazz band, soloists — with special community guests, Dance Davidson and others, in the celebration of the sights and sounds of time-honored holiday traditions. 7:30 p.m. Free for Davidson students, tickets TBA. Duke Family Performance Hall, Knobloch Campus Center, Christmas Holiday Special with Joshua Carswell, Page Park and The Hall Sisters (December 2) Joshua Carswell is a winner of the American Traditions Competition in Savannah, Georgia, one of the nation’s most prestigious vocal contests, and a graduate of Elon University. The Hall Sisters have always been involved in music, and their performances showcase a variety of sounds and styles. They have performed at the Grand Ole Opry House, the National Quartet

AXIS Dance Company performs on November 10 at Davidson College. Convention and Carnegie Hall. Presented by Performing Arts Live of Iredell. 7:30 p.m. $27.17, students $12.18 plus 6.75 percent sales tax. Mac Gray Auditorium at 474 North Center Street, Statesville,


The 2017 Rural Hill Amazing Maize Maze (Through November 5) Get lost in this giant seven-acre corn maze featuring more than two miles of interconnecting paths. One of the largest in the Southeast, this maze is sure to please. The whole of Rural Hill’s 265 acres is available to you and your group during maze hours. Take a hayride around the farm, play a round of corn-hole, explore the historic site, play in the mini-mazes, have a picnic, hike the trails, pick a pumpkin (in October,) and more. Times and ticket prices vary. Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Road, Huntersville, Get Fit Iredell (November 8) Lake Norman and Davis Regional Medical Centers host community-wide yoga events as part of Get Fit Iredell. Chair yoga is at 4:30 p.m., while a yoga fundamental class will be offered at 5:30 p.m. Free and mats provided. To reserve your space at Lake Norman Regional, call 888.99LNRMC (56762), and to reserve your space at Davis Regional, call Janie Stikeleather at 704.838.7106, AXIS Dance Company (November 10) Based in

Oakland, California, AXIS Dance Company focuses on the commissioning, creation and performance of contemporary dance developed through the collaboration of dancers with and without physical disabilities. This performance is part of The C. Shaw and Nancy K. Smith Artist Series. 8 p.m. Tickets TBA. Duke Family Performance Hall, Davidson College, Folk Life Festival (November 11) Browse a vendor village of local artisans. The house at Latta Plantation will be open with docents inside. Bring cash to shop. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $4, $3 seniors 62+, $3 students and children 5 and under free. Historic Latta Plantation, 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville, Rural Hill Sheepdog Trials and Dog Festival (November 11-12) This annual event features the United States Border Collie Handlers’ Association, Carolina Dock Dogs, the Greater Charlotte Shetland Sheepdog Club and more. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $11, $7.50 for children 5-12, and children 4 and under are free. Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Road, Huntersville, The Annual Mooresville Christmas Parade (November 21) This annual tradition features floats, marching bands, dance and tumbling troupes, all kinds of vintage and modern modes of transport and more. 3 p.m. Free. Main Street, Downtown

Mooresville, One Hundred Years of Christmas (November 24-25) Enjoy a day of holiday cheer, where you can see the circa 1800 plantation home and buildings decorated in period holiday décor. Dress re-enactors demonstrate primitive activities in preparation for the Christmas holiday. Bring cash to shop the Christmas Vendor Village. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $9, $8 seniors/students, and children five and under are free. Historic Latta Plantation, 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville, Light Up Cornelius: Christmas@Town Center (November 25) Ring in the holiday season with Cornelius’ official tree lighting, plus local performers, children’s activities, carriage rides, train display, refreshments and a visit from Santa. 4-7 p.m. Free. Lawn of Cornelius Town Hall, Christmas in Davidson (November 30-December 2) Enjoy this Davidson tradition filled with carolers, a live nativity, food, performances, carriage rides and more. Norman Rockwell’s vision of the holidays comes to life. 6-9 p.m. Free. Downtown Davidson, www. North Mecklenburg Christmas Parade (December 2) High school bands, school groups, horses, tractors and civic organizations get you into

Photography courtesy of Performing Arts Live of Iredell

and drinks from local breweries and food. 6-10 p.m. Free. 19725 Oak Street, Cornelius, Davidson Farmer’s Market (November 4, 11 and 18) 9 a.m.-noon. Next to Town Hall between Main and Jackson streets in downtown Davidson,


Davidson College Men’s Basketball

Joshua Carswell performs December Fingers cross for a trip to the big dance 2 in Statesville. this year. Hampden-Sydney (Novemthe holiday spirit. 1:30 p.m. The parade starts in Davidson at the intersection of Griffith Street and Highway 115 and goes in to Cornelius at the intersection of Highway 115 and Catawba Avenue, Christmas Spectacular (December 7) Enjoy ice skating, a laser light show, the S’moresville Peppermint Forest Campground, Santa, hayrides and more. 5-9 p.m. Free. Mooresville Golf Club, W. Wilson Avenue, Mooresville,


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

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,

Mooresville Arts Gallery Various exhibitions. 103 W. Center Avenue, Mooresville, Sanctuary of Davidson Various exhibitions. 108 S. Main Street, Davidson, 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, www. The Van Every/Smith Galleries Bob Trotman: Business as Usual (Through December 8). Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat-Sun noon-4 p.m. Davidson College, The Van Every/Smith Galleries, 315 N. Main Street, Davidson, www.


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

Davidson College Women’s Basketball The Wildcats hit the court for a great season. Johnson C. Smith (November 3, 5 p.m.), UNC Asheville (November 22, 7 p.m.), Princeton (November 25, 1 p.m.) Davidson College,


The Explorers Club (November 3-18) London, 1879. The prestigious Explorers Club is in crisis: their acting president wants to admit a woman and their bartender is terrible. True, this female candidate is brilliant, beautiful and has discovered a legendary Lost City, but the decision to let in a woman could shake the very foundation of the British Empire, and how do you make such a decision without a decent drink? Grab your safety goggles for some very mad science involving deadly cobras, irate Irishmen and the occasional airship. Thu-Sat 8 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. $20; seniors/students $15. Warehouse PAC, 9216-A Westmoreland Road, Cornelius, Selections from Facing Our Truth: Ten Minute Plays on Trayvon, Race, and Privilege (November 8-12) Originally commissioned by The New Black Fest, selections from Facing Our Truth: Ten Minute Plays on Trayvon, Race and Privilege is a collection of short plays by Dan O’Brien, Winter Miller, Mona Mansour, Tala Manassah, Dominique Morisseau, Marcus Gardley and A. Rey Pamatma reflecting on race relations in the United States. Thanks to a Mellon grant supporting Justice, Equality and Community, tickets are free (and required). Sharon Green directs this production. 7:30 p.m. Free. The Barber Theatre, Davidson College, Mom’s Gift (November 30-December 17) Mom has been dead for 11 months, however she shows up at a family gathering as a ghost on a mission. Like Clarence in It’s A Wonderful Life, she has to accomplish a task to earn her wings. The only person who can hear or see Mom is her daughter who is in an Anger Management Program. One by one the family’s secrets are peeled away revealing a shocking truth that surprises even our ghost. Times vary. Adults, $20; seniors, $18; students, $12. Davidson Community Players, Armour Street Theatre, 307 Armour Street, Davidson,


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,

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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.

ber 3, 7:30 p.m.), Charleson Southern (November 10, 7 p.m.), UNC Wilminton (November 14, 7 p.m.), Davidson College,

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Editor Lori K. Tate takes a spin on the water with by Lori K. Tate Photography courtesy of Lori K. Tate Charlotte Cycleboats

Editor Lori K. Tate, and her husband, John, enjoy an evening on Charlotte Cycleboats.



n a recent October evening, my husband, John, and I went cycling. Instead of pulling our bikes out of the garage, we hopped aboard Charlotte Cycleboats in Cornelius. Owned by Rob Bennett, who also owns My Aloha Paddle and Surf, Charlotte Cycleboats offers the land-based pedaling party pub experience — on water. We registered online for the cruise we wanted a few weeks prior and signed all the waivers ahead of time, so when we arrived we were ready to go. The boat, which was built in Portland, Oregon, takes off from My Aloha’s Paddle and Surf lakeside location in Cornelius. Guests are asked to bring snacks and beverages, such as beer and wine, but no liquor is allowed. Mike Melvin, who served as our captain, loaded all of our beverages in a cooler and took them down to the boat for us. You can also bring your own cooler. When we boarded the boat, five pedal stations on each side of a high-top table were waiting for us. The high-top table features two console coolers, where we found our beverages had been loaded. There’s a padded bench in the back of the boat for

From left, owner Rob Bennett and Captain Mike Melvin.

four more passengers. As we made our way out of the cove, Bennett told us that the boat arrived on Lake Norman only two months ago and that it is one of 23 in the country. Sitting on adjustable padded seats by Cloud-9, we propelled the large paddle wheel located in the back of the boat by pedaling. Captain Mike stood elevated at the back of the boat so he could steer and operate the electric motor when needed. While all of this was going on, we listened to a variety of music, including Bob Marley’s Don’t Worry About a Thing,

Demi Lovato’s Sorry Not Sorry and Blondie’s Heart of Glass — just to name a few. Bennett and Captain Mike were happy to take musical requests, and the more we pedaled, the more we sang along and even danced. As the sun set over the water, we made our way to Port City Club for a restroom break. Guests could order liquor drinks during the break as long as they didn’t bring them back on the boat. The boat lit up with fun lights (think rope lighting and an under-lit bar) as we pedaled under the moonlight. When we made our way back to My Aloha, Bennett played Semisonic’s Closing Time to wrap up our two-hour cruise. Though we were sad to dock, John and I immediately began planning who we could invite on our next cruise as we drove home. For a more information and schedules for Charlotte Cycleboats, visit www. Charlotte Cycleboats LLC 17505 W. Catawba Ave., Cornelius

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