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November 2018

Celebrating a decade of Lake Norman’s extraordinary people and their stories

Tenth Anniversary Celebration Issue

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Join us for a special evening and wonderful opportunity to give back to the children in our community.

Thursday, December 6, 2018 • 5:30pm-8:00pm 17536 Stuttgart Road, Davidson, NC

Please bring unwrapped gifts or consider making a financial donation to benefit the children this holiday season. For a list of needed toys, email Toys/donations can be dropped off at our model home December 1-15. Following dinner and a silent auction, learn about foster care, adoption, volunteer and parenting opportunties. Wanda Howell

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Contents November vol. 11 No. 11

22  Make A Mess Nik Kosir’s forecasts are accurate with a chance of fun

24  Navigators Jessica Boesmiller sets

her sights on the future

48  Thoughts from the Man Cave

Mike Savicki reflects on 10 years of CURRENTS

50  Game On Will Blair cuts NOVEMBER 2018

Parker Foundation Gala

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

17  Hooked on knitting at Main Street Books

18  For the Long Run —

The creation of CURRENTS

20  Live Like a Native — How to volunteer in the community

21  Take 10 — CURRENTS gives back

30 T  rends + Style

Elegant candles for autumn

56  Dwellings

Ericka and Bill Cain’s lakeside home is ready for the Nosy Neighbor Holly Walk Holiday Home Tour

Dine + Wine


Eating, drinking, cooking and fun

70  Wine Time

43 H  appy Anniversary I Editor Lori K. Tate recalls her favorite CURRENTS’ profiles

On the Nines delivers

finds merriment at The Carolina Renaissance Festival


Movers, shakers and more at the lake

Lake Spaces

76  Out + About The Pounding For

80  Lori’s Larks Editor Lori K. Tate

Cover Illustration by Kerrie Boys.

How we live at the lake

his own wake


Channel Markers

About the Cover:

72  On Tap

Ghostface’s Research & Drinking program

73  In the Kitchen with Jill Dahan Roasted Squash on the Med

74  Nibbles + Bites

Slice House Pizza and Neighborhood Restaurant offers a taste of Italy

44 H  appy Anniversary II

A timeline of CURRENTS’ history

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46 H  appy Anniversary III 10 years of photos and fun

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from Where I Sit

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


Double Digits

MacAdam Smith


Advertising Director

by Lori K. Tate



t seemed like it took forever for me to turn 10 years old. Each year I would get a little closer to double digits, counting quarter and half birthdays along the way. There’s just something about the number 10. It’s easy to say and spell. And when you count it out on your fingers you have instant jazz hands — a huge bonus in my book. I finally made it to 10 during the summer of 1982. My parents capped off the significance of the event by giving me a gold ring featuring my birthstone and tiny speck of a diamond. Ten is special. As we celebrate the 10th anniversary of CURRENTS this month, the past 10 years feel more like 10 seconds. Though that perception is probably a result of aging, it’s also proof that we’ve been having fun. If I had toiled as a rodeo clown for the past 10 years, it would probably feel like 10 million years, and my body would surely show the wear from it. I’m happy to report that I’m in pretty good shape, as CURRENTS has not made me dodge a bull yet, and I really don’t see that happening. But what I do see happening is that I will continue to meet and interview the intriguing people in this community, as well as explore the new places and ideas that pop up along the way. When folks discover what I do for a living, they often ask how I became an editor and a writer.

Photo by Glenn Roberson

Sharon Simpson

If I’m at a party and my answer is expected to be brief, I just tell them I went to journalism school. If it’s a young person thirsty to get into publishing, I tell them that I took the “scenic route” to the editor’s chair, and then I go into the details. Lucky for you, I’m going to share the in-between version of this story. When I was in fourth grade, I knew that I wanted to be a journalist. I just knew. So from then on I did everything I could to make that happen — middle school newspaper, high school newspaper, writing camp, internships, working for free, working for almost free, you name it. There were some pitfalls along the way accompanied by heartbreak, but I kept going, knowing that writing was my talent. Because I had to work so hard to become a writer for a living, I don’t take it for granted. It’s an honor to listen to someone’s story and put it into written form. There have been many times during an interview that I have learned something

about myself. Or better yet, the subject figured out something by answering one of my questions. I love sharing information with readers that they don’t know, whether it be a new coffee shop, a new nonprofit, a volunteer opportunity or a doctor in the area that can help them or a loved one. A big part of my job is connecting readers with people, services and events that can make their lives better, more enjoyable. It’s a wonderfully terrific responsibility. When Sharon Simpson offered me the editor’s position at CURRENTS 10 years ago, I said, “yes” within two hours of the offer. Though I knew this was the job for me, I was a little scared. The idea of filling the pages of 12 magazines a year can seem daunting, but I quickly learned that it isn’t daunting at all. Instead, it’s incredible. Each month I’m given a blank canvas to illustrate what makes this area so special and sought after. And each month I’m so grateful to have the opportunity to do it. Thank you for reading and supporting CURRENTS for the past 10 years. Your belief in our work allows me to do what I was meant to do. Thank you.


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Contributing Writers Holly Becker Trevor Burton Jill Dahan Will Keible Eleanor Merrell Bek Mitchell-Kidd Rosie Molinary Mike Savicki

Contributing Photographers Trevor Burton Lisa Crates Jordan Flaherty Allison Hinman Ken Noblezada Lucy Parker Randall John G. Tate Brant Waldeck

Mission Statement: Lake Norman CURRENTS magazine will embody the character, the voice and the spirit of its readers, its leaders and its advertisers. It will connect the people of Lake Norman through inspiring, entertaining and informative content, photography and design; all of which capture the elements of a well-lived life on and around the community known as Lake Norman.



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From left, Kim Clark, Lauren Pennebaker, Lily Clark and Logan Clark of Main Street Hooks, a knitting group at Main Street Books in Davidson.

Hooked on Knitting


needlecraft company Hearts on Fiber with Kim Clark. “We finally had all the pieces that we needed to begin hosting gatherings — knitters, instructors and needlecraft supplies,” explains Fitzgerald. All skill levels are invited to join the monthly gathering held in the reading area of the store that regularly transforms to host events. “Knitters and crocheters love to help one another,” says Blodgett. Kim adds “We have a range of skill levels that attend. Some are just learning and some are master knitters. We like to dedicate the first 30 minutes to learning and getting settled. Then we start the audiobook.”

During Main Street Hooks’ gatherings, knitters listen to the beginning of a new release from the bookstore’s audio service, Fitzgerald and the team select three titles, and the knitters vote on which one to listen to. As a bonus, everyone gets a promo code to download the selected book. Kim sets up the Hearts on Fiber pop-up shop with needles, hooks and skeins of yarn for sale. “To get started you just need yarn and needles or hooks,” says Blodgett. “One skein of worsted weight yarn in a light color should cost between $6-$10, and needles or hooks will run $5-$12.” The bookstore also has a great

selection of books on needle crafting. “My 7-year-old daughter tagged along with me for the first meeting with every intention of just watching and reading,” recalls Fitzgerald, “but curiosity got the best of her and she approached Jan. It took about 10 minutes, and Jan had her knitting independently. It was incredible.” — Bek MitchellKidd, photography by Ken Noblezada 

Main Street Hooks meets monthly at Main Street Books, 126 S. Main Street, Davidson. Visit for upcoming dates.


A monthly gathering at Main Street Books offers a new take on book clubs his summer with just a knit and a purl, something magical started at Main Street Books in Davidson. Adah Fitzgerald, owner of Main Street Books, says, “My friend and avid knitter Alison Bradley coined the name Main Street Hooks and began nudging me about hosting knitting groups in the bookstore.” The stars aligned when retired librarian Jan Blodgett joined the bookstore staff from The Needlecraft Center, which recently closed after nearly 50 years of operation in Davidson. And, bookseller Lily Clark launched the online


Knitters listen to an audio book while they knit.


For the Long Run


This publication was born from a love of the Lake Norman area



Part of the CURRENTS team, clockwise from top row: Carole Lambert, Jill Dahan, Beth Packard, Kerrie Boys, Cindy Gleason, Trevor Burton, Trish Robinson, Sharon Simpson, Mike Savicki and Lori K. Tate.

or some reason, lots of folks think it’s easy to start a magazine. Write a few articles, sell a few ads and voila, you have a successful publication. Those who have worked in publishing know it’s not as easy as all that, and Sharon Simpson is one such person. In May 2008, Simpson, along with many of her co-workers, was laid off from The Charlotte Observer’s magazine division. She had worked with lots of these folks for more than 20 years producing a local magazine about the Lake Norman area. “As we began to plan our future, we all realized that we loved what we did, and we knew the area and the people so well that we were not ready to stop doing it,” remembers Simpson, co-founder and former owner

of CURRENTS. “We decided to create our own magazine for Lake Norman and created a business plan we could present to an investor.” The team found that investor in Mark Lane, a publishing professional who lives in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and they soon came up with a name for the new publication — CURRENTS. The first issue came out in December 2008 — at the beginning of one of our country’s worst economic periods. Lots of people told Simpson she was crazy for launching a new publication during a recession, but she and the rest of the team were determined to succeed. “We just kept digging in until we saw the light at the end of the tunnel,” remembers Simpson, who is

now the advertising director of CURRENTS. “For nine years, we had to compete in the marketplace with the publication that many of us helped get started [Lake Norman Magazine]. Talk about the irony. We have also seen several competitive products come and go, all of which we had to compete with for revenue dollars. Being a magazine whose sole income comes from advertising revenue, we’ve had to learn to cut corners where we could, but we’ve never compromised on the quality of editorial content or distribution in the community.” In November 2016, MacAdam Smith bought CURRENTS from Lane and Simpson. Smith started his first magazine, Allied Paving Equipment Magazine, 12 years ago, and has since launched four luxury real estate

publications titled Oasis. “I first heard about CURRENTS when I moved here nine years ago,” explains Smith, who is originally from Pennsylvania. “As a publisher I’m constantly looking at magazines, and CURRENTS always caught my eye whenever I went into the grocery store.” Smith sees great things for the future of CURRENTS and has the goal of seeing the publication hit 100 pages or more each month. “The current team has always impressed me and continues to do so with each issue. As we have increased the distribution around Lake Norman, we have heard a very positive response from advertisers,” he says. “We work so hard to produce the magazine each month. It’s nice to see it when I’m out with my family and friends.” — Lori K. Tate, photography by Lisa Crates


We’re Just Crazy About

From left, Marnie Schneider and Goldie Grace.

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse to Biltmore Estate before tailgating with barbecue at a Panthers’ game. “We have a saying, ‘When kids read, everyone wins,’” says Schneider. “I wrote this book with my teenage daughter who’s an avid reader. Writing a kids/family book was a dream of mine, and I’m so proud of what we have accomplished.”

Proceeds from the book go to The Ronald McDonald House, as Schneider’s grandfather was an original founder of the nonprofit, and the USO. Schneider’s next book, GameDay in Atlanta, was released this month. She wrote it with her son, Jonathan, a cancer survivor who plays varsity football at Lake Norman High School. — Lori K. Tate, photography courtesy of Marnie Schneider Football Freddie & Fumble The Dog Gameday in the Carolinas can be purchased at http:// for $14.95. You can also find the book on Amazon and at Barnes & Noble, as well as local bookstores.

The Village Store has partnered with Lake Norman CURRENTS for many years. This premier publication offers the entire Lake Norman population an invaluable source of information — as well as thoughtful articles that explore our region’s people, history, literature, cuisine, architecture and much more. The writing and photography are of the highest quality. It is a pleasure to work with such a fine magazine. — Megan Blackwell Owner, The Village Store Davidson


Your kids will be even more excited about Panthers’ football when they read Football Freddie & Fumble The Dog Gameday in the Carolinas by Mooresville’s Marnie Schneider and her daughter, Goldie Grace. This is Schneider’s second book in the series, as her first is GameDay in Philadelphia. Schneider’s connections to the Philadelphia Eagles run deep. Her grandfather, Leonard Tose, was a former owner of the Philadelphia Eagles, and her mother was the general manager, vice president and legal council for the Eagles. In Schneider’s latest book, Fredericka and her dog, Fumble, tour the sites of North and South Carolina, guided by their friend, Mary. They travel from the

Photography by Ben Sherrill




Live Like a Native Here’s how to lend a hand in our community



Ada Jenkins Center — The vision of the Ada Jenkins Center is to see the people of our communities increase their upward mobility and build sustainable success for generations to come. The mission of the Ada Jenkins Center is to empower the people of our communities to break the cycle of poverty through the integration of health, education and human services. Volunteer Opportunities — All volunteers for the Ada Jenkins Center must complete an application and waiver and attend an orientation prior to volunteering at the center. Current volunteer needs at the center include: Spanish translator, on-call/as-needed volunteer, special events/development volunteer, community awareness volunteer, dental-administrative assistant volunteer, adult education GED tutor volunteer, adult education servicesESL pal volunteer and adult education services-childcare volunteer. For more information, contact Melissa Scott, director of volunteers, melissa.scott@ Ada Jenkins Center, 212 Gamble Street, Davidson, www. Angels & Sparrows — Angel & Sparrows serves a free nourishing lunch Monday through Friday from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. to anyone who needs help. Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteers must be 18 years old, able to stand for long periods of time, able to lift up to 20 pounds, agreeable to wearing hair restraints and able to stay and participate for the entire shift (until cleanup is done at approximately 2 p.m.). Donations needed include: canned stocks of all kinds (chicken, beef and vegetable), canned fruit and vegetables, coffee, paper products (six-inch dessert plates, eight-ounce Styrofoam soup bowls, two-ply napkins and paper towels), and freezer bags (gallon and quart), sugar and Saltines. Gifts cards for Aldi, Walmart, BJ’s, Sam’s Club or Costco are always welcome. One Saturday a month, Angels & Sparrows hosts a youth day where children 11-18 years of

he Lake Norman has many nonprofits focused on helping those in need throughout the year. If you’re looking to volunteer in the community, here are some places that could use your help.

age can tackle projects at the facility, including deep cleaning, weeding and lawn care. Angels & Sparrows, 514 N. Statesville Road, Huntersville, www. The Christian Mission Mooresville/Lake Norman — The

Christian Mission Mooresville/Lake Norman fights poverty by offering a food bank, resource/free store and emergency services. The agency offers hope through hunger and homeless prevention, transitional housing, mentoring, and case management. It empowers people through educational services, teaching work skills and financial literacy, and offering the Bridges to Success program. Volunteer Opportunities: There are a variety of volunteer opportunities available at The Christian Mission. For more information and to download applications, visit www. mooresvillelakenormanchristianmission. org. The Christian Mission Mooresville/Lake Norman, 266 N. Broad Street, Mooresville,

Lydia’s Loft — The mission of Lydia’s Loft is to provide clothing to those in need. Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteers are needed to sort and hang in-season clothing, pack off-season clothing, greet and assist clients, check clients in and out of the shopping process, straighten up the building and move boxes to outside storage areas. Donations may be made by leaving bagged items on the back porch. Please do not leave furniture. Donations needed include: clothing (men’s, women’s and children’s, and new underwear), small household items (kitchenware, pots and pans, glassware, flatware, towels, sheets and blankets, small electronics, decorative housewares, and curtains and drapes), large shopping bags, and formal attire (accepted on behalf of the Prom Closet.) For more information, contact Darlene O’Toole at dotoole.lydiasloft@gmail. com.

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The Mooresville Soup Kitchen serves approximately 200 guests each day. The nonprofit serves lunch on Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. until noon, and a hot breakfast on Monday from 8-9 a.m. A continental breakfast is provided on other weekday mornings. Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteers are needed for a variety of positions. For more information and volunteer forms, visit www.mooresvillesoupkitchen. com. Mooresville Soup Kitchen, 275 S. Broad Street, Mooresville, www. Our Towns Habitat for Humanity — Our Towns Habitat for Humanity

is an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, serving North Mecklenburg and Iredell Counties. Our Towns promotes affordable housing in the Lake Norman and Statesville area through two main programs —new homeownership and critical repairs. The homeownership program provides low-income families, who might not otherwise be able to buy a home, a path to homeownership with an affordable mortgage. Families must meet income and residency requirements, commit to homeowner and financial education classes, and serve 400 “sweat equity” hours, which are earned through working on the construction of their own home, volunteering on other build sites, working in ReStores or in the office, etc. The critical repair program addresses essential health and safety repair needs for families who already own a home and whose limited income makes it difficult, if not impossible, to afford these essential repairs. Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteers are needed to help build homes in the community. There are construction and non-construction positions available. Volunteers are also needed at The ReStores in Cornelius and Mooresville. Our Towns Habitat for Humanity, 20310 N. Main Street, Cornelius, www.

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to promote awareness and, if possible, financially help local nonprofits. During the past 10 years, CURRENTS has supported Ada Jenkins, B.R.A.K.E.S. Teen Pro-Active Driving School, Lake Norman Humane and The Make-A-Wish Foundation. Members of our staff serve/ have served on various nonprofit organization boards throughout the Lake Norman area. The nonprofits in our area enrich the fabric of our community, and we are honored to lend a hand. — Lori K. Tate



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Process t wasn’t going well. As a hard news reporter at a television station in Ohio, Nick Kosir wasn’t feeling successful, and he knew he wasn’t the only one who thought that. So when he was asked to fill in during the weather person’s vacation, he agreed to do it to be a team player. He didn’t expect to find his passion. “A lot of weather people knew when they were 5 that they wanted to do the weather. The first thing I ever wanted to be was a paleontologist,” Kosir, 35, explains. “I just always gravitated toward science

when I was growing up.” Despite his early interest in science, Kosir pursued a broadcasting career. “I wasn’t a really good hard news reporter. When you aren’t doing well at work, you just know it. People treat you a certain way; I was overlooked,” he recalls. “Then, about three days into doing the weather, I thought ‘This is it.’ My boss came over to me, and said, ‘You are doing a great job.’ He was talking to me and interested in me, and I remember thinking this must be what it is like to be respected and to be good at

your job.” Soon, Kosir was studying meteorology, and, in 2014, he and his family moved to the area so he could become the morning meteorologist on FOX 46’s Good Day Charlotte. A year later, his family settled in Huntersville so they could enjoy Lake Norman’s beauty and the area’s down-to-earth vibe. For Kosir, finding just the right energy to encourage his creative expression has been critical to his professional success. “People have different strengths. News reporting is

Why does creativity matter? We are so plugged into data and facts these days. Creativity gives everything a more personal and unique touch. What has creativity taught you? There is always a solution. You can always do it; you just have to think about it. Creativity is? The most fun thing to do and the hardest thing to do. It is impossibly fun. When you were 10 years old, what was your favorite way to be creative? I used to draw comic strips. I had my own comic strip character named Morton.

for the 26 weather reports he does between 4:30 a.m. and 9 a.m. every weekday morning, he has a new creative outlet: channeling Cam Newton in side-by-side fashion face-offs he posts on Instagram. The #DripChronicles feature a recent photo of Cam in his sartorial best and Kosir’s best imitation of the clothes and pose. The series is a fun alternate take on football season that allows Kosir to get creative and show his personality. “In this day and age, you’ve got apps and websites that people have access to all the time,” he says. “To make it in this business, giving the accurate weather forecast is tops, but then you have to give the audience something else. … There is a template for how you do things as a meteorologist. I want to be a little different.”

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On November 2, 2017, Jessica was driving home at night after a staff meeting at the Lake Norman YMCA, where she works as the health and wellness director. She noticed the vision in her right eye was blurry. It was a Thursday night, and she and Mark left for a family wedding in West Virginia the next day. They Googled blurry vision and pregnancy over the weekend and thought it was either preeclampsia or a detached retina. On Monday she called her OB/GYN, who advised her to see an eye doctor, as blurry vision wasn’t a pregnancy symptom. The next day she went to an eye doctor in Mooresville who thought she had fluid in her eye and referred her to a retina specialist in the University area. The doctor told her not to drive because of her blurred vision. Later that afternoon Mark drove her to her appointment. “After an ultrasound he told me that it wasn’t fluid, it was solid, and it was more than likely ocular melanoma,” remembers Jessica, who was 31 weeks pregnant at the time. “I was completely blindsided. At least if you’re going in because you’ve got a lump somewhere, that’s probably forefront on your mind — this is a tumor, this could be cancer,” recalls Mark, a fireman at Station 10 in Charlotte and a part-time member at Cornelius-Lemley Volunteer Fire Rescue. “But for blurred vision, you’re not even thinking along that line. We were doing Dr. Google and looking at retinal detachments.” Adds Jessica, “I thought I was going to walk out of there with glasses. Instead I walked out of there with a life-changing diagnosis.” Jessica was told she should either go to Wills Eye Hospital at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia or Duke Eye Center in Durham for treatment. Luckily, family connections led her to Dr. Miguel Angel Materin, who served as the Director of Diagnostic Studies for the Ocular Oncology

Navigators Service at Wills for seven years prior to coming to Duke. On November 15 Jessica met with Materin for the first time. Fifteen days later he removed her eye and a tumor measuring 1.8 centimeters. There was a lot of back and forth regarding waiting until after she delivered the babies or performing the surgery immediately, but when Boesmiller’s OB/GYN said that her cancer could be transferred to the twins through the placenta, the answer was clear. “There was no doubt that we would do the surgery,” says Jessica, who slowly but surely adjusted to having one eye.

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On December 21 while having an early Christmas dinner with her parents, Jessica went into labor and delivered the twins. To everyone’s relief, the cancer had not spread through the placenta. But though she was able to have surgery while pregnant, she couldn’t be scanned to see if the cancer had metastasized until the babies were delivered. Her first scan was December 29, and it was clear. Ocular melanoma is not organized in stages like other cancers, instead it’s arranged in classes — Class I, Class IA, Class II and Class IIB, the most aggressive. Jessica has Class IIB and joined the recent study regarding the ocular melanoma cluster in the Lake Norman area. She was patient #24 in the study, and there are more people who have been diagnosed. As she talks about her cancer, she recalls statistics about the disease as quickly as her children’s birthdays. Of the 100 people studied with this type of cancer, 72 of them developed metastasis. “I will continue to believe that I’m part of that 28 percent that will get to see my kids

graduate high school, graduate college, get married, get to be a grandmother,” says Jessica with determination. “That’s my only goal.” Her grit, faith and community have gotten her and her family through the past year. While nursing twins and settling into being a mother of four, Jessica wore a variety of eye patches, including one her friends Bedazzled for her. In March, she received her first prosthetic eye. She’s now on her third one and says it’s working well. Unless you know her history, you wouldn’t notice one of her eyes is a prosthetic. As for treatment, she is not undergoing radiation or chemotherapy because the margins of her tumor were clear. Instead, she’s made lifestyle changes to defend herself against metastasis. Even though she’s never been a big drinker, she’s given up alcohol completely to keep her liver in top shape. After her diagnosis she followed a ketogenic diet but has since become a vegan. She sees a counselor weekly and bi-weekly to ease her anxiety, and she’s also started doing yoga. When she has time, she dives into books to escape. This past August she spent a week in Jackson Hole, Wyoming through First Descents, which provides life-changing outdoor adventures for young adults (ages 18-39) with cancer. She jokes that she barely made the cut off at 38. “It was really impactful for me to have that experience,” says Jessica. “I wanted to process through the last year. It was traumatic and scary to go through this and to now live with it.”

A new normal A year after Jessica’s diagnosis, the Boesmillers have developed a new normal, and though cancer is part of it, it’s

Mark and Jessica’s children are a welcome distraction from her cancer diagnosis.

not the center of attention. As she sits in her living room, Jessica has a bottle in each hand feeding the twins, who are on the brink of walking. She smiles at them every time she looks at them, and they grin back at her not knowing what their mommy has been through. Caleb and Connor have a better understanding of the past year, but Connor still asks his mom when she’s going to get her eye back. “Our boys probably pick up more than they would have had to with a fully functioning mother,” says Jessica. “I think they’re stronger for it.” Mark says the babies have been a good distraction. “Every day is filled with running around,” says the Army veteran who fought in Iraq. “Right after the twins were born they required a lot of attention and kept us focused on them. We didn’t have time to think about the ‘what ifs’ and ‘what could bes’ and upcoming scans.” But scans are part of their new reality, as Jessica goes to Duke every three months to see if her cancer has spread. As long as the doctors don’t discover anything, they’ll continue the scans every three months for the next five years. After that it will go to every six months. Jessica says it’s ironic that she’s the one the boys worry about now. “We prepare the

kids that daddy is going into a burning building. Yay, daddy came home,” she says. “I think it kind of rocks the foundation of a family, you know the strength of the home, when they had a parent that wasn’t in those situations, and that’s the parent whose life was threatened.” Though the past year has been challenging, the Boesmillers also see the good that has come out of it. “I think we’ve gotten closer as a family. I think we are in the moment a lot more than we used to be,” says Jessica. “We were friendly with our community and our workplaces, but I think we’re almost family now more than we ever were before.” Right after her diagnosis, a GoFundMe site was set up for the family with a goal of $20,000. It’s raised more than $35,000. Jessica plans to set up a site where folks can give to First Descents so another cancer patient can have the experience that she had this past summer. “It’s one thing to say that you’re as close as family, but it’s another to have people prove it to you. I feel a lot more connected,” she says. “It’s gratefulness and thankfulness, but it’s also assurance that you know down the line if something were to ever happen to anyone that our friends and family will be there for us, and we’ll be there for them. They proved that in spades.”

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executive director and the donor relations manager for Cookies for Kids’ Cancer respectively. Their passion for helping children with cancer is contagious. I now volunteer for the nonprofit organization whenever I get the chance. Brenda Lord and Heather Allen — This mother and daughter duo opened Sweet Cakes Bakery in Cornelius back in 2009, and as soon as I tasted their cupcakes, I knew they would be successful. The precision with which they frost cupcakes is a sight to behold. I think about them every time I bake at home. Dr. John Powderly — I learned about Dr. Powderly when my cousin was battling lung cancer. As the president and founder of Carolina BioOncology Institute in Huntersville, Dr. Powderly focuses on immunotherapy phase 1 clinical drug trials. His dedication to his profession combined with his accessible demeanor made him a fascinating interview, and I’m so proud that this life-changing work is being done in the Lake Norman area. There are so many more people in this community that have made an impression on me, and I know that there are so many I have yet to meet. Everyone has a story to tell, and I’m so grateful that I’m one of the ones who has the honor of helping them tell it. Happy anniversary, CURRENTS! Here’s to another 10 years!


fifth generation farmer said, “I like being part of the land, working the land, taking care of it so we can leave it for the next generation.” Amen. Louise Cashion, Taylor Blackwell, Lawrence Kimbrough and Richie King — One spring evening I was honored to sit with Louise Cashion, Taylor Blackwell, Lawrence Kimbrough and Richie King, the remaining founders of the Lake Norman YMCA. Taylor has since passed away, but I will always be thankful for the opportunity to talk with these visionaries and hear how they created the Lake Norman YMCA out of nothing. I left this interview feeling like I could do anything if I was determined enough. Torie Costa — I met Torie Costa when she won Lake Norman’s Next Top Model in the spring of 2014. We ran a story about her cancer fight that same spring, as she was diagnosed with Stage 4 Rhabdomyosarcoma when she was a rising senior at William Amos Hough High School in 2012. I’ll never forget what she told me in that interview. “You have to have faith that it’s going to be all right or your entire time will just be miserable.” Torie passed away on Christmas Day three years after her diagnosis. Emily Fowler and Nicole Fiehler — I clicked with these two ladies as soon as I met them. Emily Fowler and Nicole Fiehler are the


have no idea how many stories I’ve written in my career, let alone for CURRENTS. All I know is that I’ve loved writing and storytelling since I was a child, and there’s no better format for those two things combined than profiles. I suppose that’s why profiles are my favorite types of stories to write. During the past 10 years, I’ve had the privilege of not just meeting, but sitting down and talking to some of Lake Norman’s finest people. I love to hear about the choices, circumstances and sometimes just plain luck that landed them where they are today. As we worked on this issue, I thought a lot about the past 10 years and the people I’ve written about. Here are some of my favorites. Ian Ablett “Abe” — I drove out to the middle of nowhere in Iron Station to discover two beautiful boats built by 82-year-old Ian Ablett “Abe.” This salty sailor originally from England builds boats because he simply enjoys it. If you ever see him out on Lake Norman cruising on Ben Gunn, wave him down and say “hello.” You’ll be glad you did. Doug Carrigan — Doug Carrigan is the owner of Carrigan Farms in Mooresville. When I arrived at the farm for our interview, his wife sent me out to one of the fields to find him. Doug drove his tractor up to me and asked me to hop on, and that’s where we conducted the interview. The

by Lori K. Tate

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CURRENTS Through the Years Early 2008


Sharon Simpson and a group of colleagues who formerly worked in The Charlotte Observer’s magazine division decide to start a new publication in the Lake Norman area. Mark Lane of Venture Magazines LLC joins as a cofounding partner.

Jan. 2010



The Lake Norman Home Builders Association selects CURRENTS to publish its Best of the Lake design competition winners.

CURRENTS begins publishing Making Waves for The MooresvilleSouth Iredell Chamber annually.

CURRENTS wins the Gold MarCom Award for Best Magazine.

Nov. 2009

CURRENTS celebrates its first anniversary.

2009 CURRENTS wins the APEX Award for Publication Excellence.


Nov. 19, 2008

Launch party for CURRENTS is held at Wooden Stone in Davidson.

Oct. 2009

Dec. 2008

First issue comes out (82 pages).

Mar. 2009 Lori K. Tate joins the staff as editor and lands an interview with musician George Winston for her first issue.

CURRENTS publishes its first annual Pet Issue.


CURRENTS begins publishing Great Lake Living for the Lake Norman Chamber annually.


CURRENTS holds its first Lake Norman’s Next Top Model competition.



2013 Michele Chastain joins CURRENTS as its social media manager. At the time, CURRENTS’ Facebook page had 1,100 followers.

CURRENTS wins the Gold MarCom Award for Design Excellence.

2018 CURRENTS’ Facebook page surpasses 8,500 active followers. The page’s Good Morning, #Lake Norman photos averages 2,000 views daily.



Sharon Simpson, CURRENTS’ former co-owner and current advertising director, wins The McIntosh Law Firm’s Passion to Succeed Award for the 2016 Entrepreneur of the Year at the Lake Norman Chamber’s Annual Awards Banquet and Gala.

Aug. 2015

CURRENTS named Lake Norman Chamber Business of the Year.

CURRENTS launches The Best of the Lake Current Award contest.


CURRENTS publishes its 10th anniversary issue.

Nov. 2016 Vivian Howard of A Chef’s Life graces the cover of the November issue in conjunction with her visit to Davidson.

2013 July 2013 CURRENTS publishes a special 100-page issue focusing on the 50th anniversary of Lake Norman.

CURRENTS wins the Platinum Award for Magazine Special Edition.

Nov. 2016 MacAdam Smith purchases CURRENTS.


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For the staff of CURRENTS, the past 10 years have been filled with events, parties, deadlines and all sorts of new beginnings. Travel with us down memory lane as we look at some of the moments that have defined our publication. Here’s to 10 more happy years!

Compiled by Lori K. Tate


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The Last 10 Years

by Mike Savicki

Fireplaces, knitting ninjas and NASCAR drivers — all reasons why writing about the lake is no easy job


Mike Savicki has written for CURRENTS since its first issue, where he wrote about decorating fireplaces for the holidays.


or 10 years I have gone the extra mile to write as many unique, interesting, exciting and noteworthy stories as possible. That’s 121 issues, more than 200 stories total, and I’m here to tell you it has not always been easy and fun. I still have the bumps and bruises from phone calls and interviews gone awry, battle scars received in the quest for knowledge, quips and quotes. One of my first assignments, writing about families who decorate their fireplaces for the holidays, seemed, on the surface, to be straightforward. Profile a few homes where the owners go all out to make their hearths look beautiful for the holidays and let them know their craftiness will appear in a new glossy general interest monthly. But when word got out that CURRENTS was a higherend publication and that we would be taking professional photographs, my email and

phone exploded with interest From The Point to The Peninsula and River Run to Birkdale, it seemed almost everyone wanted their home featured. Selecting homes to include became as difficult a job as selecting high-achieving students for Harvard. Those who didn’t make the cut let me know on no uncertain terms that next time around, if their homes weren’t selected, there would be hell to pay. Fearing coal in my stocking and destruction of future holiday spirit, I never wrote about fireplaces again. A lawyer who once kept me waiting for more than an hour before arriving for our interview. He messaged me saying he was tied up in court and would be a couple minutes late, then arrived in golf shoes with balls and tees jingling in his pockets without so much as an apology. I had fun with that interview and grilled him like he was on the witness stand, and I was the

“you-can’t-handle-the-truth” prosecutor. A seemingly simple story about knitting and an area knitting guild turned aggressive as soon as my story was published. A rival guild demanded equal space in the next issue or wanted me fired. More senior, experienced knitters told me in no uncertain terms my choice of garment to highlight showed little research and forethought. Several years have passed, and I’m still afraid to show my face in any store that sells yarn, let alone sharp needles and scissors. If you think following a NASCAR driver for 500 miles is an easy task, then try tracking him (or her) down during the week. When the magazine made the decision to feature one racing story a month for an entire year, I decided to start big and reached out to now-retired, Jeff Burton, who, at the time, was near the top of the points

standings. For what seemed like months, Jeff kept postponing and missing our scheduled interviews while still appearing in dozens of other regional and national TV, radio, and print spots. I took it personally and actually thought about abandoning the pursuit entirely to refocus on writing about his rivals. Then Jeff finally called. “I’m sorry I have been so difficult to connect with,” he said. “You have been doing your job, but I haven’t been doing mine.” Jeff then gave me as much time as I needed. I later learned he held up a cross-country charter flight to finish our chat. We live in a remarkably vibrant, growing, exciting area full of newsworthy people, events and businesses, and I’m so fortunate to be able to share their stories. In the last decade I have written about a wider variety of topics than I ever imagined — beer to basketball,

still wonder if my words came close to describing his feelings of sadness and loss. But perhaps no words can. Doug told me we should live, love, share and experience as much as possible while cherishing our time together. So what’s next? I’d love to spend more time with Gene Monahan, the retired trainer of the New York Yankees who now lives locally and works with Hendrick Motorsports. His experiences and the lessons he’s learned from five decades in MLB can fill a best seller. And did you know Zach Galifianakis has ties to the area? If anyone can connect me, I’d be so appreciative. What an interview that would be. With the holidays coming, it might be time to revisit holiday hearths. Homes are bigger now, so I can only imagine how people decorate. I’m not ready to write about knitting again though. I don’t think I’ll ever be.

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grilling to guitars, every nut and bolt of motorsports, rodeo (I root for the bulls) to wrestlers, first families, and even an MMA fighter. I have written about every area golf course (plus a driving range full of golfers), as well as Frisbee dogs, assistive dogs, dog bars, running with dogs, and dogs featured in movies (Marley and Me). In the sports and fitness arena I have featured Super Bowl and World Series winners, not to overlook current, past and (hopefully) future Olympians. Then there’s barre, bungee, adaptive, CrossFit, fitness centers, fitness trainers, fitness couples and even Acrofitness. Our readers like to be fit. Not every story has been easy. I cried with Doug Herbert as he recounted the events of the day his sons died in an area car accident. The work Doug and his team now do to educate and train young drivers through B.R.A.K.E.S. is amazing, but I


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Mooresville’s Will Blair is the two-time reigning Southern Regional Overall Boys 2 Champion and three-time reigning North Carolina State Overall Boys 2 Champion and, most notably, has been selected as an alternate for the 2018 Pan American Waterski Championship to be held the week before Thanksgiving in Santiago, Chile.



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It comes naturally Although this is the first international team Will has earned a place on, it is certainly not his first competitive venture. He has been pitting his skills against fellow skiers since the age of 9, when he entered a competition at Beaver Lake in Eure, North Carolina that catapulted him to a regional competition held at the University of Alabama.

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t the age of 5, when most youngsters are just learning how to swim, Will Blair was carving a wake as a barefoot skier. “He would be waiting for me with his barefoot suit by the back door when I got home from work in the afternoons,” says Will’s father, champion barefoot skier Jeff Blair. Seven years later, Will is the two-time reigning Southern Regional Overall Boys 2 Champion and three-time reigning North Carolina State Overall Boys 2 Champion and, most notably, has been selected as an alternate for the 2018 Pan American Waterski Championship to be held the week before Thanksgiving in Santiago, Chile.


Will trains four hours each day during the summer, either on Lake Norman or on Skyview Lake in Harmony, North Carolina.

Will Blair’s love of waterskiing is rooted in his family



Skiing may come naturally to Will, but he still works hard for his successes. He trains four hours each day during the summer, either on Lake Norman or on Skyview Lake in Harmony, North Carolina. Fall and winter months find Will in the warm waters of Florida every other weekend for training sessions with his coaches. Somehow, Will still finds time for classes and homework, earning straight A’s at Mooresville’s Pine Lake Preparatory School. “Time management is crucial,” says Jeff. “Every day is planned from morning to night to fit everything in.” Despite his packed schedule and training regimen, Will consistently finds joy in competing. “In particular,” he says, “I love traveling around the country to waterski and having

friends around the world who I compete against.” He even finds time to teach other people to waterski. “I love seeing how excited they are when they get up for the first time.”

A family passion Will’s devotion to waterskiing runs so deep, you might say it courses through his blood. And, in a way, it does. Not only was Will’s father a champion barefoot skier, but his grandfather, Bill Blair, also nurtures a passion for the sport. “Jeff ’s dad, Bill, got him into barefooting when he was 12 years old,” explains Will’s mom, Allison, who waterskied competitively in college, “and they also spent many hours in a boat together like Will and Jeff.” It’s a passion the family expects to share for the rest of their lives and hopes to pass

along to future generations. “The great thing about waterskiing,” explains Allison, “is that it is such a great lifelong family sport and many people compete well into their 70s and 80s. In fact, Will’s grandparents still ski occasionally and travel with our family to most tournaments.” The Pan American Waterski Championship will feature a three-event competition, composed of slalom, during which athletes must zigzag between obstacles while balancing on one ski; trick, where athletes have 40 seconds to perform as many tricks as they can, earning points according to the difficulty of each trick; and jump, when athletes are challenged to soar as far as possible after launching off a ramp. When pressed to choose a favorite event, Will concedes,


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“Slalom has always been my favorite, but trick is probably my best event and takes the most practice and training.” His love for the sport prevented him from ultimately choosing a favorite. “I really am starting to love jump, too and like the feeling of flying through the air.” Regardless of which event he’s participating in, Will is enjoying the ride and just wants to keep getting better.

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Fresh greenery gives the home a warm holiday feel.


Five lakeside homes professionally decorated for the holidays open their doors to share the spirit of the season. Lucky for you, we got a sneak peak of one of the residences on the tour, the home of Ericka and Bill Cain. If that name sounds familiar, it’s because the couple recently donated $5 million to the Cornelius Arts Center.

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McCrary became so enamored with Ericka’s collection of delicate vintage ornaments that she also began collecting them.

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On the Nines delivers the whole package, p. 70

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Ghostface’s R & D program gives power to the people, p. 72 Roasted Squash on the Med, p. 73 Slice House Pizza and Neighborhood Restaurant offers a taste of Italy, p. 74

Cheesecake is a tasty way to finish a meal at Slice House Pizza and Neighborhood Restaurant in Huntersville.

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On the Nines Delivers



t would be easy and simple to describe the food and the wine that my wife, Mary Ellen, and I had when we spent an evening at On the Nines. Both were superb. But it was the whole package that the food and wine were surrounded by that made our evening so special. It’s all about the service. Our server and the restaurant manager were attentive without being intrusive, which is quite a trick. It felt like the staff had a lookout on duty to raise a flag whenever either of us, or any other guest, looked like we had a question or needed advice. A simple example, there was an item missing from my wife’s main dish. She was just making a comment to me about it when up popped our server to ask if there was a problem. It was remedied instantaneously and without any fuss. Other examples. Wine was served in an attractive wine glass, not something sturdy that looked like it came from an industrial catalog. Water was delivered to the table in an attractive Bormioli-type, glass swing-top bottle that you used to get your milk in way back in the day. Everything

was executed to perfection to create something greater than the sum of its parts. This is more than good staff and good training. It’s a philosophy that owner Chris Boukedes has and that is imbued throughout the organization. Very nice. But, let’s focus on food and wine. This is a top-of-the-line bistro; the theme here is simple food, well prepared from fresh ingredients. The wine list fits right in. It’s large enough to be interesting, and it’s a size that’s not intimidating. I was in the mood to start my meal with a glass of white wine. What jumped out was a Pinot Gris from the Willamette Valley region of Oregon. This region is famous for its red wines, Pinot Noirs. But the white wines are right up there, and this one hit the spot. We shared a dish of Shrimp Provençal as an appetizer — jumbo shrimp cooked in garlic, capers, lemon and white wine. I might have chosen another wine to go with this dish, but the Pinot Gris was too tempting and it paired pretty nicely. When it came to the main dish, I went right to the “Other Reds” section of the wine list.

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That’s where you Trevor Burton tend to find an opted for a interesting wine, Syrah from Santa Ynez usually at an Valley in the attractive price. Central Coast This time was no region of different. I opted California. for a Syrah from Santa Ynez Valley in the Central Coast region of California. Santa Ynez Valley, made a huge contribution to Californian wine history, as the cult 2004 movie Sideways was set and filmed there. This wine doesn’t have the depth and oomph that you would normally expect in a Syrah, so I avoided going the Nines feel like a high-end for a thick, juicy steak. Instead, I went for grilled Paris bistro. And, as I said before, if you wrap that up in a lamb chops. They were just right — another example of bundle of service and attention something greater than the to detail, you’re in for a great sum of its parts. experience. Wonderful. The culinary part of our evening was over the top. That’s On the Nines thanks to the expertise of Chef 205 Golf Course Drive Mooresville Steve Jordan who combines expertise and care to make On

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On Tap Power to the People Mike Cuddy, co-founder and head brewer, at Ghostface Brewing in Mooresville.



The challenge for Mike Cuddy is not dreaming up new recipes; it’s deciding which deserves to be shared with the world.

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hen did it become so hard to choose a beer? Stop in an at any brewery or bottle shop these days and the sheer number of beers from which to choose can be paralyzing. Admittedly, this is a first world problem, but it’s very real. Ironically, the same dilemma exists for brewers. The problem? Brewers have a seemingly infinite amount of creativity, but are hamstrung with a finite amount of capacity. Many beers die in development for this reason. So how does a brewery decide what is put into production? One Lake Norman brewery is taking a unique, if not democratic, approach to tackling this question. Mooresville’s Ghostface Brewing has quickly built a reputation as a brewery that is not afraid to take risks. A

affectionately call the “Backroom,” a private event space where the brewery also hosts its weekly World Tavern Poker Tournament. Every few months, 40 or so beer enthusiasts convene to test a flight of seven new beers with a loosely defined scoring process that allows for personal preference. Some guests rank the beers one to seven, and some provide extensive notes for each. Others simply submit their favorite. Everyone’s feedback is gathered, processed and a winner is declared. Ghostface also taps into the creativity of guests to help name the chosen brew. “If it’s a good name, we’ll keep it. Sometimes it’s good, and sometimes we come up with a better one,” says Cuddy with a grin. “There is no such thing as a bad beer. It’s that some taste better than others.” ~ Bill Carter

spate of special release beers, including a black licorice IPA, a banana split Belgian and a series of cereal beers (yes, cereal), have beer lovers expecting the unexpected from the irreverent brewer. “We’re looking to be different, edgy,” says Mike Cuddy, cofounder and head brewer. The challenge for Cuddy is not dreaming up new recipes; it’s deciding which deserves to be shared with the world. When the test batches begin piling up, Cuddy knows it’s time for another “R&D,” short for Research & Drinking. Cuddy, along with wife and co-founder Suzy, regularly turn to the tastebuds of patrons to decide which experimental beers get called up to the big leagues. R&D sessions are ticketed events that take place in what Ghostface regulars

R&D events have yielded several signature beers for the brewery. S’morgasm, a Halloween porter, was a winner and is now a highly anticipated seasonal release. Passion Mango Saison, a farmhouse ale with a name that tells you all you need to know, also made it through R&D and has been added to the regular production schedule. Author and documentarian, Bill Carter, once famously said, “There is no such thing as a bad beer. It’s that some taste better than others.” Truer words may have never been spoken, but Ghostface Brewing isn’t taking any chances thanks to its R&D program.” Will Keible, is the director of marketing and sales at WDAV, and he loves a good beer.

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1 medium pumpkin or other squash cut into inch-wide-long wedges 2 red onions, deskinned and cut into wedges 2 tablespoons each of avocado oil and extra virgin olive oil 1/4-cup crushed pistachios 1/2-heaping tablespoon each of dried oregano and thyme 1 tablespoon of roughly chopped fresh oregano or thyme Maldon sea salt and black pepper Pomegranate seeds to garnish

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Drizzle Ingredients 3 tablespoons of tahini paste 2 tablespoons of lemon juice 3 - 3 1/2 tablespoons of filtered water 1 large garlic clove, crushed

Instructions Roasted Squash on the Med

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This vegetarian dish will dazzle your autumn or Thanksgiving table. It’s easy to make ahead of time, so there’s no last-minute oven crunch. It’s also chock full of Mediterranean goodies like juicy pomegranate seeds and crunchy pistachios. Pumpkin and other squashes are loaded with vitamins and minerals and are naturally low in fat and cholesterol. In addition, this dish is gluten- and dairy- free. Your friends and family will be out of their gourds when they taste it.

Use a peeler to remove squash skin. Place squash and onions tossed in avocado oil and dried herbs in a roasting pan, and sprinkle with a little salt and pepper. Roast in a preheated 400 F oven more than 25 to 30 minutes until cooked through. Meanwhile for the drizzle, whisk the tahini, lemon juice, water and garlic until creamy. To serve, spread the vegetables on a platter and drizzle some of the sauce over it. Scatter the nuts, seeds and fresh herbs over it, and sprinkle with a little olive oil. Serve at room temperature. Serves 4 to 6.


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A Slice of the Pie



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Slice House Pizza and Neighborhood Restaurant

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Slice House Pizza and Neighborhood Restaurant offers 14 kinds of pizza on the menu daily.


oing out for pizza as a family, with friends or even co-workers often involves the art of negotiating toppings. The aptly named Slice House Pizza and Neighborhood Restaurant helps solve that dilemma with 14 kinds of pizza on the menu daily. Owners Giovanni and Cindy Trevisan sell pizza by the slice on silver trays with parchment paper. Whole pizzas are available in 14-, 16and 18-inch sizes. From buffalo chicken, Hawaiian, meat lovers and pepperoni to chicken parmigiana, margarita and Caprese, plain cheese pizza and more, there is something for everyone no matter how simple or adventurous their taste buds. There’s even a gluten-free pizza crust available in a 10-inch

personal size with toppings of one’s choosing.

More than pizza In true New York-style pizza form, the slices are large enough to fold and eat and consist of a crisp, thin crust that gives a satisfying crunch with each bite. A Grandmastyle pizza (a rectangular pizza with a thicker, crispyon-the-bottom crust) is also a customer favorite. All pizza, with the exception of the gluten-free pizza, is made in-house and by hand each morning. Slice House Pizza is more than just a neighborhood pizzeria. The menu includes Italian fare from calzones and Stromboli to hero sandwiches, salads and wraps. Pasta dishes are just as popular with patrons as pizza. Manicotti, lasagna, spaghetti with

meatballs, linguini with clam sauce and chicken alfredo are just a few of the scrumptious pasta offerings. Six local and North Carolina brewery offerings are on tap, as well as Italian wines. Desserts, including cannoli, cheesecake and tiramisu, are also made from scratch each day. The Zeppoli, an Italian doughnut, is a must-try for guests. “It’s like a version of funnel cake,” describes Cindy. “It’s made with a sweeter dough and is served straight out of the oven sprinkled with powdered sugar.” Italian ice is a favorite with children, particularly after visiting nearby Discovery Place Kids. A refrigerated display case carries nine flavors.

Nonna’s secret recipe Giovanni’s Italian roots

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Slice House Pizza and Neighborhood Restaurant 101 S. Old Statesville Road 704.274.9264 Hours: Mon-Sat 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; closed Sun.

Owners Cindy and Giovanni Trevisan sell pizza by the slice on silver trays with parchment paper.

Giovanni’s Italian roots influence the menu, as the restaurant’s pizza and pasta sauces are family recipes.

Slice House Pizza is in the former Lupie’s Café space, but the restaurant’s interiors have drastically changed. Giovanni gutted the restaurant and did much of the renovations himself. The extreme makeover included adding subway tile and distressed wood to the walls, as well as new ceramic tile flooring. He also updated the kitchen equipment and the register with a modern pointof-sale system. The restaurant has a

neighborhood restaurant feel with heavy foot traffic, especially at lunchtime, as Slice House Pizza is located at a prime location across from Discovery Place Kids, Huntersville Town Hall, and the Huntersville Fire and Police departments. (The Trevisans offer a 10 percent discount to civil servants.) “This has been a wonderful community to us,” says Cindy. “People and businesses have really rallied around us.”


influence the menu. Born to parents from Venice, Italy, Giovanni grew up in Canada eating much of the Slice House menu he now serves to customers. The restaurant’s pizza and pasta sauces are family recipes. Nonna Maria, Giovanni’s mother, even visited the restaurant to taste test and tweak her secret sauces for

official approval. Like Nonna Maria, the Trevisans focus on making food with the freshest ingredients. They work with local farms and vendors as much as possible. Fresh vegetables are delivered to the restaurant multiple times a week, and the Trevisans use vendors specializing in Italian foods. “Having good, fresh vegetables really makes a difference in how food tastes,” explains Cindy. The husband-wife team opened Slice House Pizza in downtown Huntersville in February. Giovanni has worked in the restaurant industry for nearly 20 years, and he previously co-owned Rosario’s Pizzeria in Concord before venturing out on his own. “Giovanni fell in love with Huntersville, and he’s probably had his eye on this area for two decades,” says Cindy.


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Pounding For Parker Foundation Gala

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n Thursday, October 4, supporters of the Pounding For Parker Foundation attended the nonprofit’s annual gala at Sweet Magnolia Estate in Cornelius. The foundation focuses on raising awareness about advancing research for pediatric brain tumors and improving the quality of life for survivors. The theme was “Gray Matters,” so all guests were encouraged to wear gray attire. The evening included a silent auction, wine pull, chef-prepared food stations, live music by Dead Man’s Banjo and more. More than $35,000 was raised for the Pounding For Parker Foundation. For more information regarding the Pounding for Parker Foundation, visit www.


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Disney’s Little Mermaid Jr. (November 2-11) Journey “under the sea” with Ariel and her aquatic friends in Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr. Presented by Davidson Community Players’ Connie Company. Fri 7 p.m., Sat 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., Sun 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. (only 1 p.m. on Sunday, November 11). $12, add $2 if purchasing tickets at the door. Armour Street Theatre, 307 Armour Street, Davidson,



Hooked on Cornelius Fall 2018 (November 3) The Town of Cornelius partners with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, Lake Norman Wildlife Conservationists, and Great Outdoors University for the fall edition of this free fishing event. Participants can enjoy fishing, environmental education, a skin and fossil-touching station and, weather permitting, live animals. Parents/ guardians are encouraged to participate with their children. Registration is required and open to the first 40 registered participants. Attendees that are not registered may not be able to fish but will be able to take part in the other activities. For ages 7-12. 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Robbins Park (upper pond area), Cornelius, Cookie Crumb Trail (November 3) More than 20 businesses will hand out freshly baked, pre-packaged cookies to passport holders. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Downtown Davidson. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (November 16-18) Enjoy this classic presented by Activate Community Through Theatre (ACT). Nov 16, 7:30; Nov 17, 2 p.m., 5 p.m.; Nov 18, 2 p.m.-5 p.m. Tickets TBA. Warehouse Performing Arts Center, 9216 Westmoreland Road, Cornelius,


Davidson College Chorale Fall Concert: Otherworldly (November 2) Join Davidson’s premier choral

ensemble as it presents its fall concert Otherworldly: Music Fanciful, Magical, Mysterious and Mystical. The program features music by John Williams, Wolf, Orban, Berlioz, Boulanger and more. This concert also showcases the two student-led ensembles from Chorale: After Hours Vocal Jazz and Collegium Musicum Early Music Group. 7:30 p.m. Free. Duke Family Performance Hall, Knobloch Campus Center, Aubrey Logan (November 3) Aubrey Logan takes a song you’ve heard a thousand times and spins it on its heels. Presented by Performing Arts Live of Iredell. 7:30 p.m. $29, students $13. Mac Gray Auditorium at 474 North Center Street, Statesville, Choral Arts Society Fall Concert: Lux et Laudare (November 11) Continuing its tradition of performing the most sublime works from choral repertoire, Choral Arts Society of Davidson joins with Davidson Singers in a concert entitled Lux et Laudare: In You, Lord, Our Trust. In this concert you will bask in the ethereal Lux Aeterna by Morton Lauridsen, and be thrilled by the rousing Te Deum by Anton Bruckner — a work that has been described as “one of the most important sacred choral works of the 19th century.” 3:00 p.m. Davidson College Presbyterian Church. For tickets, contact the Union Box Office at 704.894.2135, Dorothy Papadakos (November 12) Dorothy Papadakos accompanies the silent film Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. 7:30 p.m. This performance is part of the Organ at Davidson concert series. Free, but donations are encouraged. Davidson College Presbyterian Church, 100 North Main Street, Davidson, Davidson College Symphony Orchestra: United in Music Featuring Kinan Azmeh, clarinet & Concerto Competition Winners (No-

Girls’ Night Out vember 13) Welcome Grammy Award-winning clarinetist, composer and improviser, Kinan Azmeh. As an international soloist and member of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, Azmeh brings the music of Syria to our main stage. Also featured on the program are the winners of the annual concerto competition. Part of Davidson College Symphony Orchestra’s 10th year of Concerts for a Cause, this concert is a fundraiser for Syrian refugees as it unites the audience in spirit, hope and music. Kinan Azmeh will provide a demonstration and lecture at 11:05 a.m. during common hour in the C. Shaw Smith 900 room on the day of the concert. 7:30 p.m. Duke Family Performance Hall, Knobloch Campus Center. For tickets, contact the Union Box Office at 704.894.2135. Free for Davidson students, but tickets are required. All ticket sales go to charity, Ranky Tanky (November 16) Native South Carolinians, Ranky Tanky (loosely translated as “Work It!” or “Get Funky!”) bring life to the soulful songs of Gullah culture, fusing them with elements of jazz, gospel, funk, and R&B. Gullah comes from the languages of West Africa and means “a people blessed by God.” From playful game songs to ecstatic shouts, from heartbreaking spirituals to delicate lullabies, the musical roots of Charleston, South Carolina are “rank” and fertile ground from which these five contemporary artists are grateful to have grown. This is part of The C. Shaw and Nancy K. Smith Artist Series. $20.51, faculty/staff/seniors/ students $15.85 and youth/ student $11.19 — does not include convenience and handling fees. Duke Family Performance Hall, Knobloch Campus Center, Davidson College, Iris Piano Trio (November 18) The Iris Piano Trio, based in Washington, D.C., performs piano trios (piano, violin and cello) by Mozart, Ravel and McKee. This concert is part of Music at St. Alban’s. 3 p.m. Guests are

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Ranky Tanky performs November 16 at Davidson College. encouraged to arrive at 2:30 p.m. to hear young artists perform. General admission $20, students and young adults under 25 $10, seniors (62+)$15, children under 12 free. St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 301 Caldwell Lane, Davidson, Lake Norman Big Band (November 19) 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. Davidson Holiday Gala (November 26 and 28) Performed for consistently soldout houses, the annual Holiday Gala is the perfect way for family and friends to usher in the spirit of the season. Join the Davidson College Music Department — choirs, orchestra, jazz band, soloists — with special community guests, Dance Davidson and the North Carolina Black Repertory Theatre, in the celebration of the sights and sounds of time-honored holiday traditions. 7:30 p.m. Duke Family Performance Hall, Knobloch Campus Center. For tickets, contact the Union Box Office at 704.894.2135, Jazz Combo Fall Concert (November 29) Under the direction of accomplished

saxophonist Tim Gordon, the popular Davidson College Jazz Combo presents an enthralling evening of small group jazz literature and improvisation. 7:30 p.m. Free. Tyler-Tallman Hall, Sloan Music Center, Sankofo Danzafro (December 1) Founded in Colombia in 1997, Sankofa Danzafro seeks to build a bridge between Afro-Colombian peoples and the African continent. The company creates poetic dance as rooted in African tradition that connect to the daily as well as the contemporary. 8 p.m. $20.51, faculty/staff/seniors/students $15.85 and youth/student $11.19 — does not include convenience and handling fees. This is part of The C. Shaw and Nancy K. Smith Artist Series. $20.51, faculty/ staff/seniors/students $15.85 and youth/student $11.19 — does not include convenience and handling fees. Duke Family Performance Hall, Knobloch Campus Center, Davidson College, Vespers: A Service of Lessons and Carols (December 2) The annual Vespers Service is a time-honored tradition in the Davidson community. The traditional candlelight service features beautiful choral music provided by the Chorale with scripture readings by campus leaders that reflect upon the meaning of this holiday season. Special guests include the Davidson Pro-Arte Brass Ensemble and the Davidson College Presbyterian Church Handbell Ensemble. Please note the musical prelude begins at

7:00 p.m. The service follows at 7:30 p.m. Free. Davidson College Presbyterian Church, Messiah Sing-Along (December 3) Join the Davidson College Choirs and more than 300 community members from Statesville to Charlotte to sing the choruses and hear soloists sing Handel’s Messiah. 7 p.m. Davidson College Presbyterian Church. For tickets, contact the Union Box Office at 704.894.2135. Free for Davidson students, but tickets are required.


Pumpkin Fest (November 3) Celebrate all things pumpkin with live music, food and pumpkin bashing. Admission free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Downtown Statesville, www.

Sheepdog Trials (November 10-11) This annual event features the United States Border Collie Handlers’ Association, Carolina Dock Dogs, the Greater Charlotte Shetland Sheepdog Club and more. Tickets are $11 for adults and $7.50 for children. November 10, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; November 11, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Historic Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Road, Huntersville, Santa Paws in the Park (November 17) The Town of Cornelius PARC Department is partnering with Davidson Parks & Recreation and Lake Norman Wildlife Conservationists for this new event. It’s an opportunity for families to bring their dogs and enjoy photos with Santa, shop for unique dog gifts, and participate in a short guided hike with Tommy and his dog,

The Carolina Renaissance Festival (Through November 18) Celebrate the Renaissance period with more than 500 costumed characters (including mermaids) and more than 100 artisans and crafters. Sat-Sun 10 a.m.5:30 p.m. Prices vary. 16445 Poplar Ten Road, Huntersville, Victorian Christmas (November 23-24) Step into an 1860s Christmas as you stroll through the plantation house, grounds, and outbuildings. Live Christmas music and local artisans with items for sale will be in the carriage barn. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $10, $9 seniors and students, ages 5 and under free. Latta Plantation, 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville, Americarna LIVE Car Show 2018 (November 24) Ray Evernham’s sixth annual AmeriCarna LIVE car show presented by Ingersoll Rand and MSC Industrial Supply Co. be open to all cars. One hundred percent of the proceeds from AmeriCarna LIVE will be donated to the Evernham Family — Racing for a Reason Foundation and go to support the IGNITE community center in Davidson for young adults with high-functioning autism or Asperger’s Syndrome. Gates open at 7 a.m. for car entrants and 10 a.m. for spectators. Spectator tickets $5 and kids under 10 are free. Ingersoll Rand campus, Davidson, Light Up Cornelius (November 24) Enjoy live performances, carriage rides, a train display and the town’s official tree lighting around 6 p.m. Admission free. 4-7 p.m. Cornelius Town Hall, 21445 Catawba Avenue, Cornelius, Christmas in Davidson (November 29-December 1) Enjoy this Davidson tradition filled with carolers, a live

The Nosy Neighbor Holiday Home Tour (December 2) Tour five lakeside homes professionally decorated for the holidays in addition to shopping a holiday market filled with treasures from local vendors. All proceeds go to The Peninsula Community Foundation to support charities in the North Mecklenburg area. No strollers. Children must purchase a ticket and be supervised by an adult. 2-7 p.m. $40. John Connor Road area of The Peninsula, Cornelius,


Cornelius Arts Center Various exhibitions. Mon-Thu 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Fri-Sat 9 a.m.noon. 19725 Oak Street, Cornelius, 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, 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, www. Mooresville Arts Gallery 36th Annual Artoberfest Judged Show & Competition (Through November 15). Give the Gift of Art Holiday Sale; Multidimensional Art Show & Sale; and, Small Works Photography Show & Sale (November 20-January 10) Give the gift of original art. Tue-Fri noon-4 p.m., Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 103 W. Center Avenue, Mooresville, Tropical Connections Various exhibitions. Tue- Fri 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. or by appointment. 230 N. Main Street, Mooresville, The Van Every/Smith Galleries Moonlight Sculpture Tour (November 29) In conjunction with Christmas in Davidson, a

moonlit tour of sculptures on campus accompanied by hot beverages will be offered. 6-8 p.m. RSVP to Allison Tolbert at or 704.894.2575. Day Without Art/World AIDS Day (November 30) Come view a screening of ALTERNATE ENDINGS, ACTIVIST RISINGS, new short videos commissioned by Visual AIDS. 4:30-6:30 p.m. Yinka Shonibare MBE: The American Library
On View (Through December 14). Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; SatSun 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. 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. Next to Town Hall between Main and Jackson streets in downtown Davidson, www.


Davidson College Football Get ready to tailgate for some Wildcat football. Butler (November 17, 1 p.m.) Davidson College, Richardson Stadium, Davidson College Men’s Basketball Let the fun begin. It’s time for some hoops. Washington & Lee (November 1, 7 p.m.), Cleveland State (November 6, 7 p.m.), Dartmouth (November 9, 7 p.m.). Davidson College, John Belk Arena, www. Davidson College Women’s Basketball These ladies are ready to play some serious basketball. Queens University (November 7, 7 p.m.), Appalachian State (November 17, 7 p.m.), William & Mary

(November 24, 5 p.m.), High Point University (November 26, 7 p.m.). Davidson College, John Belk Arena, www.


Bug (Through November 3) Agnes, a drug-addicted cocktail waitress, is hiding from her ex-con ex-husband in a seedy motel outside Oklahoma City. When Peter, a handsome drifter, enters her world he brings with him a potential romance — and an unexpected infestation, which may or may not be all in their minds. Mysterious strangers appear at the door, past events haunt them at every turn, and soon the motel room becomes a haven for forces out to destroy them both...where a half-open doorway might become an entrance to hell. This tale of love and paranoia by Pulitzer Prize winner Tracy Letts (August: Osage County) mixes terror and laughter at a fever pitch. Produced by Warehouse PAC. Thu-Sat 8 p.m., Sun (October 28) 2 p.m. $20, seniors/students $15. Warehouse PAC, 9216-A Westmoreland Road, Cornelius,www. Chasing Gods (November 9-11) Tragic events often force us to take a closer look at our values, our relationships and ourselves. Inspired by the events of the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando in 2016, this new play takes a closer look at the effects of tragedy on one family. Davidson students will collaborate with playwright Paris Crayton, III to bring this new work to life in this workshop production. Nov 9-10 7:30 p.m., Nov 11 2 p.m. $11.19, seniors $9.32, students $5.59. The Barber Theater, Davidson College, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (November 29-December 16) In this hilarious Christmas classic, a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant are faced with the challenge of casting the Herdman kids — the most inventively awful kids in world history. Adapted from the best-selling young adult book, this play features some favorite Christmas carols, lots of mayhem and fun for the whole family. ThuSat 8 p.m., Sun 2 p.m., Sat (December 15) 2 p.m. $20, seniors $18, students $12. Add $3 if purchasing tickets at the door. Armour Street Theatre, 307 Armour Street, Davidson,


Veterans Day Celebration and Program (November 10) Celebrate Veterans Day morning by making thank you cards, patriotic arts and crafts, and cookie decorating from 9:30-10:45 a.m. at the Cornelius Arts Center. At 11 a.m., there will be a Veterans Day Program honoring military veterans and those currently serving in our armed forces at Cornelius Veterans Monument at Rotary Plaza and the Cornelius Town Hall lawn.

Let’s Celebrate Friendsgiving (November 17) Enjoy cocktails, dinner, games, raffles, auctions and dancing to the Brightside Band. All proceeds go to The Peninsula Community Foundation to support charities in the North Mecklenburg area. 6 p.m. $150 each. The Peninsula Club, 19101 Peninsula Club Drive, Cornelius, www.

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.


The 2018 Rural Hill Amazing Maize Maze (Through November 4) Get lost in this giant seven-acre corn maze featuring more than two miles of interconnecting paths. Times and ticket prices vary. Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Road, Huntersville,

Ripken, along some of the scenic park trails. Don’t forget to bring your camera. Noon-2 p.m. Free. Robbins Park, Cornelius,

Lori's Larks LEFT:The beginning of the jousting match at The Carolina Renaissance Festival. BELOW: Editor Lori K. Tate and her twins, Graydon and Margot, with the Walking Tree Man.



Eat, Drink & Be Merry

by Lori K. Tate photography courtesy of Lori K. Tate


Editor Lori K.Tate ventures to The Carolina Renaissance Festival hen I moved home to nearby Concord after graduating from college in 1994, I heard rumblings about a renaissance festival starting in Huntersville. Though my friends and I didn’t really know what this entailed, we were excited about a new festival in the area. Fast forward to 2018, and The Carolina Renaissance Festival is now a staple fall activity enjoying its 25th season in the Lake Norman area. Every year for eight weekends in October and November, almost 200,000 people come enjoy this 25-acre site peppered with 14 stages and more than 100 open-air storybook shops and medieval tents. My family and I had not been to the festival in about six years, but when my 8-year-old daughter, Margot, discovered

mermaids would be making an appearance this year, she made sure we put it on the calendar. So one Saturday early last month, we ventured back in time for a renaissance fix. We all had goals for the festival. Margot, of course, wanted to see the new Living Mermaid exhibit, complete with a 30,000-pound aquarium. Graydon, her twin brother, and I were dying to see the Walking Tree Man, and John, my husband, wanted to catch The London Broil Show, a talented trio offering improvisational comedy and some serious juggling. Care to try juggling saw blades on sticks? Thought so. With a complimentary map in hand, we were able to accomplish all of that and more, including a performance of Hey Nunnie Nunnie at the Stage of Merriment, as well as

rides on miniature horses. Margot confronted her fear of heights by taking a turn on The Pirates Assault Catapult, while Graydon threw metal stars into a wooden board for a prize. There are more than 15 games, rides and adventures to choose from, but the highlight for us was watching a jousting tournament at the Queen’s Arena. Throughout November, there are themed weekends such as Aaaarrgh! A Pirate’s Christmas on November 3-4 and Time Travelers Weekend! on November 10-11. Regardless of whether or not there is a theme, patrons of the festival love to dress up, and part of the fun is all of the people-watching that ensues. Some of these costumes are quite elaborate, as it’s not every day that you see an adult

walking around with a furry tail and ears. If you come hungry, you’re in luck because food is as much a part of this festival as anything else. From bread bowl stew to Medieval Margaritas to steak-ona-stick to the festival’s famous turkey drumsticks, there’s no way you’ll leave here hungry. If you really want to indulge, stop by The Monk’s Bakery. My family and I had a splendid time spending a Saturday afternoon reliving olden times. No doubt, The Carolina Renaissance Festival is the place to eat, drink and be merry during the fall. The Carolina Renaissance Festival & Artisan Marketplace 16445 Poplar Tent Road Huntersville Sat-Sun through Nov 18 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Cheers to 10 years! Here’s to you — our readers, advertisers, community leaders, photographers, writers, designers and staff, for making this a wonderful 10 years. We look forward to bringing you the best of everything Lake Norman for many years to come!

Lake Norman Currents Magazine November 2018  

The Magazine for the people of Lake Norman by the people of Lake Norman.

Lake Norman Currents Magazine November 2018  

The Magazine for the people of Lake Norman by the people of Lake Norman.