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The Search for Family

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amily comes in all shapes and sizes. This is something I’ve come to realize throughout my life. I have friends with adopted children, foster children, biological children and blended families with stepparents and step-children. Family can be loving, chaotic, messy and at times completely frustrating, but it’s at the heart of who most people are, and without it, an emptiness can develop. I recently received an e-mail from a reader named Crystal Francesconi that gave me even more perspective on the topic of family—one that I hadn’t quite considered before. Crystal’s parents placed her in the foster care system at a very young age, and she lived in a string of foster homes until the age of 18, when she was turned out on her own to make her way in the world. She wrote, “I had to create my own happiness in life, and I have always somehow made it back to my feet after the trials and tribulations. I have an amazing son. I have an amazing husband. I have great and deep faith. To most, I live

a normal life except I still do not feel like I belong, and I feel like most do not and will not ever understand. Why do I tie that emptiness so deeply to a family? Parents?” She continued, “I am a grown adult now and I still at my age do not belong, do not feel like I am loved unconditionally, am not supported. I need this from parental figures in my life. I have tried to find this fullness in other ways and I always come up short. I truly believe for my mental well-being that I need to find this.” Crystal reached out to us specifically to find out if there are programs in our area that offer surrogate parent/family opportunities for adults. We have plenty of organizations that help mentor children

and young adults, but what about adults who may not have extended families of their own that they can time with? Crystal’s letter really made me stop and think, and since I didn’t know the answer to her question, I thought the best place to inquire about this would be with you, our readers. If you know of any organizations or groups like the one Crystal is seeking, we’d love to hear from you. And as you are making your holiday plans and festivities this year, keep your loved ones close. There are people who would give anything to have those bonds. And if you know someone—a widowed neighbor, a friend who has recently lost a loved one, or someone without a lot of extended family such as Crystal, reach out to them. Offer them a seat at your table, a meet-up for coffee or a thoughtful greeting card, or a phone call to see how they are doing. You never know how much it will mean to someone.

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Contents November vol. 13 No. 11

24  It’s About Time

Karen Whichard’s first coach and mentor taught her intentional planning

26  Thoughts from the Man Cave

The voice of the veteran can bring a community closer

38  Navigators Lake Norman dads find their own place at school

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76  Out + About Pounding for Parker Gala at the Lake

78  On the Circuit What’s happening

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at Lake Norman this month

80  Renee Wants to Know

How many restaurants in LKN can you get to by boat?

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About the Cover: Check out this month’s festive events on page 78.

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Movers, shakers and more at the lake

17  The Arts at the Mill Festival offers a full weekend of local color and history

18  For the Long Run — Friends of

radKIDS Lake Norman helps kids navigate personal safety

19  The 19th Tee Virtual Golf Lounge & Pro Shop offers swings year round

20  Live Like a Native — Private

Schools in the Lake Norman area

30 P  rivate Schools

A look at some of the area’s best academic offerings

21  Bizi Kidz offers drop-in childcare option for Lake Norman families

Lake Spaces

How we live at the lake

56  Dwellings

History in every space of The Phil Foil Commons at Hinds Feet Farm

56  Holiday Home

Top tips for festive decorating at the lake

Dine + Wine

42 G  ame On

Hopewell High’s Titanium Sound Band steals the show

Eating, drinking, cooking and fun

70  Wine Time

Dinners at Wine Maestro allow food and wine to shine

72  On Tap

New brewery has Denver residents buzzing

73  In the Kitchen with Jill Dahan

Roasted Brussel Sprout Spicy Caesar will add to the holiday table

74  Nibbles + Bites

How Davidson Wine Co. made a vine-less winery

64 T  rends + Style

Make your wardrobe more versatile with a few key pieces

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The Arts at the Mill Festival will showcase approximately 60 local and out-of-state artists.

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The Arts at the Mill Festival Offers a Full Weekend of Local Color and History

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he Arts at the Mill Festival, scheduled for Nov. 8-10, hosted approximately two thousand visitors in 2018, and this year they’re hoping for even more. Mooresville Arts and The Mill are both located in historic downtown Mooresville, where they will be hosting a threeday arts festival over the weekend before Veterans Day. “It’s a great time for early holiday shopping,” says Brenda Kadlecik, a watercolor artist who is co-chairing the event with Jessica DeHart, a portrait painter and the president of Mooresville Arts. “We’ve been in the historic train depot for 40 years,”

says DeHart, and The Mill is a historic building as well.” Located on South Main Street, The Mill is an old textile mill dating back to 1893 and was a large employer in the area for many years. It eventually closed but was repurposed and now houses several popular restaurants, a huge antique mall, and an indoor venue space where the festival will be held. Admission to this festival, now in its third year, is free and includes live music during all three days. Sixty local and out-of-state artists, including painters, potters, glass artists, jewelry makers, woodworkers, photographers, and mixed

media artists, will be on hand to meet the public and showcase their original work. Music will also be in the air. HeadFun, a local band, will be performing contemporary jazz on Friday evening, while young musicians from Masterworks School of the Performing Arts will be treating attendees to performances on Saturday and Sunday. New this year will be a live painting competition called ARTrageous. Beginning on Saturday at 1 p.m., artists will compete to create their best work during timed rounds. As the artists work, the audience will move around the easels, allowing an up-close view of

each artist’s process. After each round, the audience will vote for their favorite painting, and the winning artist will advance to the subsequent round. Following the final round, the winner will receive an award and their painting will be put on display. “Our goal is to bring awareness to the arts,” explains DeHart. She and Kadlecik both believe in the importance of having a thriving art community as part of life around Lake Norman. — By Elizabeth Watson Chaney Photography courtesy of Arts at the Mill 

Visit www.artsatthemill. com to learn more about the event.

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For the Long Run

Empowering through Education Friends of radKIDS Lake Norman Helps Kids Navigate Personal Safety Karen Fisher, co-founder of Friends of radKIDS Lake Norman, discusses personal safety with a group of local students.

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Parents can sign their children up for classes at a variety of schools in the Lake Norman area.

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ersonal safety is a top priority for most people. But for Karen Fisher, it became a mission after she attended a self-defense class for women. “I felt incredibly empowered. I was a mom of two young children, and I wanted them to feel the same way,” says Fisher. Fisher and her husband David, who have lived in Mooresville for almost 20 years, became certified radKIDS instructors and launched Friends of radKIDS Lake Norman. The term ‘rad’ stands for ‘Resisting Aggression Defensively’. Navigating the world of personal safety as a child is

complex. Fisher says, “When we meet new students, I ask them, ‘Who is in charge of your safety?’ Almost 100 percent reply “My parents.” But, what happens when a parent is not with their child—such as school or extracurricular activity or a sleepover? “It’s okay for children to say no to anyone who tries to hurt them—including adults,” says Fisher. “We know that 98 percent of the people who hurt children are intimately known by their victim. Abusers use their power to confuse, intimidate, and control kids.” radKIDS aims to prepare, not scare, students. It’s about

changing a mindset and letting kids know they have permission to defend themselves, which also opens the door to empowerment and dialogue. The programming isn’t just about preparing for ‘bad guys.’ Role play and drills are used to work through situations including calling 911, good strangers versus bad strangers, bullying prevention, internet safety, and even how to react if you’re attacked by a dog. Parents are encouraged to stay throughout the program but there is also a family manual sent home so everyone is on the same page. Since 2013 more than 2,000 students have graduated the

program; radKIDS is for ages preschool – 12 years. Many schools in the area offer the program as an after-care option, and some schools such as The Woodlawn School have integrated the program into their curriculum. During the summer there are camps partnering with town parks and recreation departments and local churches. Periodically weekend book camps are also offered. The fee is approximately $135 per student. Scholarships are available. — by Bek Mitchell-Kidd, photography by Lisa Crates 

To learn more about the program, visit www. radkidslakenorman.com.


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A Stroke of Genius The 19th Tee Virtual Golf Lounge & Pro shop offers swings year round

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screen showing a virtual image of an actual golf course. Sensors measure club and ball at impact, as well as the ball’s flight and rotation, to accurately project your shot onto the image in front of you. Customers can purchase memberships or rent a simulator by the hour. The programming simulates play on famous “bucket-list” courses such as Pebble Beach and Spanish Bay, and Hampton says it takes roughly 45 minutes to play 18 holes. For those looking for constructive feedback, each shot is broken down with data and video footage. For the hackers, there are long drive contests, arcade-style games and even a driving range where you can aim for the cart that’s collecting all the balls. “A lot of people do that in real life,” says Hampton, “so you can do it on the simulator.” — by Aaron Garcia

The golf simulators at the shop allows customers to “play” on courses such as Pebble Beach and Spanish Bay.



The 19th Tee Virtual Golf Lounge & Pro Shop 120 Langtree Village Drive, Suite 104, Mooresville www.19thteelounge.com

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ronically, it was one of the few times he wasn’t having fun playing golf that gave Tyler Hampton the idea for his latest venture, The 19th Tee Virtual Golf Lounge & Pro Shop. It was two winters ago, and Hampton says he was “tired of hitting golf balls that felt like rocks.” So, when the location next to Hampton’s Men’s Clothing—the store he co-owns with his mother, Jan, in Mooresville’s Langtree Village—opened up late last year, he saw an opportunity to weather-proof his favorite pastime. In July, Hampton opened the 19th Tee. His vision was to create an indoor golf course, and his new concept offers repairs, fittings and a pro shop as well-stocked as its bar. The highlight, though, is a pair of cutting-edge golf simulators that Hampton says are among the most advanced in the industry. Users hit a golf ball into a large

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Children ages one to 11 years can spend anywhere from 15 minutes to four hours at Bizi Kidz.

The jump from police officer to childcare wasn’t as big as you might think. Newton served as a resource officer in an elementary school, and taught preschool before that. She’s also certified in early childhood education. “I’ve always been passionate about helping families,” says Newton. “I was passionate about it as a police officer and I’m passionate about it now.” Other businesses are taking

advantage of this new service as well. RockBox, CycleBar, Pure Barre, Core LKN and Gotta Yoga have partnered with Bizi Kidz to provide free childcare during classes. Children ages one to 11 can spend anywhere from 15 minutes to four hours at Bizi Kidz. The center has a dressup station, movie zone, kid’s kitchenette, toy racetrack, snack zone and more. Bizi Kidz is open six days a week with occasional Sunday Fundays and Kidz Nights Out. Follow Bizi Kids on Instagram (@bizikids_ lakenorman) and Facebook (@bizikidslakenorman) for advance notice of special events, which may require reservations. Newton invites parents to tour

Bizi Kidz owner Nanette Newton formerly worked as a police officer and is certified in early childhood education.

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t’s true what they say: necessity is the mother of invention. Nanette Newton kept irregular hours in her job as a police officer, so finding consistent childcare for her two children was a constant struggle. That struggle motivated Newton to open her own dropin childcare center in Cornelius. Since she had a friend who owned the original Bizi Kidz location in Greensboro, she was able to open her own location in the Jetton Village Shoppes, near the Cornelius Drafthouse and Stone Salon. “We tailor our care to the children and their families,” says Newton, who is mom to Kylie, 5 and Rohan, 3. “We do our best to accommodate the different schedules of our kids.”

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avidson resident Adrienne Gilman calls herself a “recovering lawyer-turned-author.” She’s been writing poetry since she was a little girl, and is now a mother to three children with one more one the way. Gilman left the law after ten plus years of practicing to spend more time with her children and more time writing. She is a member of the Charlotte Writers’ club and North Carolina Writers’ Network. When Gilman set her sights on creating a collection of poetry, she decided to combine it with an inspirational journal, resulting in Poetry on Love and Lattes. She recognizes that journaling is a way to meditate, practice gratitude, and set goals, and the book/journal includes writing prompts and enchanting images that inspire the reader to create or daydream. The poetry is easily consumable, not intimidating or overly-academic, and gives the reader plenty of space to write. To learn more about the book, visit Main Street Books in Davidson on Nov. 23 at 4 p.m., where the Charlotte Writers’ Club North is sponsoring a book release party. — Renee Roberson, photography courtesy of Adrienne Gilman

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aith. Family. School. It was a simple mantra that Karen Whichard’s high school basketball coach repeated often to his team. Decades later, Whichard still relies on that guidance to help navigate how she approaches her life. “From a young age, I was fortunate to have a mentor who organized his life that way,” says Whichard, 40, the assistant town manager for the Town of Davidson. “Time is the only resource that I have full control over so I really have three overarching categories I put things in when I am trying to decide what to do. How does it align with my faith? How does it impact my family? How does it serve my community?” Using these questions, Whichard has been able to discern how she can make the most of her time and desire to contribute while minding the time she has as a busy public servant and mother of three. “Once I make that decision, I try to be really present in the moment that I am in. I used to try to multi-task, but it wasn’t working. If it is dinner with my kids, it is dinner with my kids. If it is a board meeting, that is the moment that I am in. I try to be really intentional about focusing on what’s in front of me.” The decision to practice that presence has allowed Whichard to savor dropping her kids off at school in the morning, enjoying the easy connection that occurs in the car before the day has gotten away from them, and really let go of work commitments when she is on

“My biggest fundamental challenge is I am a born procrastinator,” she says. “I have to be intentional about keeping focused. I put absolutely everything on my Outlook calendar. The way that my life is if I get too far behind personally or professionally, it is really hard to catch up. With everything on my Outlook Calendar, I can say ‘No, Karen, you really have to keep up with this because tomorrow you don’t have time to make up the time you are wasting right now.’ ” Though she tries to stay on top of everything, Whichard admits managing life is always a work in progress. “Honestly, some things I have to let go. I give myself a lot of breaks because a piece of this is just being realistic.” Karen Whichard focuses on being really intentional in her life, whether sitting in a board meeting for the Town of Davidson or spending time with her family.

vacation. “I used to work on vacations and mix it all together. Now that I try to segment these things, it seems to work better, especially for the family ecosystem.” Whichard also thoughtfully manages her time throughout the work week. On Monday mornings, she plans for the week ahead with her needs in mind. “I look at my calendar for the week, see what is coming up, and decide where I need to focus my attention. My

productive time is in the morning so when I really need to dig into something, I have to do it in the morning. I also frontload my week. By Thursday afternoons, I really struggle to focus. I am pretty intentional about what I do on Thursday and Friday, and it is not going to be detail work. It is going to be more relationship building,” she explains. Whichard also uses her calendar to schedule not just her appointments but the important tasks she must get done.

Time Tellers What is more important to you today than 10 years ago? Family time. What tools are essential to managing your life? My Outlook calendar and the ability to text my husband to make sure that we have everything squared away from a schedule standpoint. What do you wish you had more time for in your life? Reading. What time management or productivity advice do you have? Give yourself grace when things don’t go well and keep at it.


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Especially around Veterans Day, this is an expression most of us say on a regular basis when we cross paths with someone who is serving or who has served in the military. We say it because we want these men and women to know we appreciate their willingness to put themselves in the line of fire to protect our freedoms. We also say it because we want them to know that we recognize that what they choose to do isn’t easy. And we say it because we want these soldiers and veterans to know that we understand that their lives are different than ours and they carry additional weights that the majority of the rest of us will never know. These are just a few of the heartfelt reasons we say what we do. To be honest, we also say it because we don’t know what else to say. How can we relate, empathize, and connect with someone who has fought in a war or served in a forward position when we have never had that experience? How can we communicate and interact with someone who has carried a weapon to defend our way of life and ensure we still get to enjoy our freedoms while we are otherwise busy? Because we don’t speak the language of war and because we don’t know what else to say, we simply say, “thank you” and carry on with our lives. To me, something is still missing. When I learned that the Town of Davidson would be hosting its first Veterans Town Hall event immediately after

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questions and listen to stories. We want to learn but we can’t and don’t. And the flip side is the veteran returning home feels like he or she is returning to a society that can’t relate to their experiences,” Boggiano, a Cornelius resident, explains. “Our interactions are short, awkward and uncomfortable and the narrative is repeated so often because we have, for the large part, been at war in some capacity for the better part of two decades and at this point this is just what most people L to R: Chris Boggiano, Mike Murphy, Bob Doran, Tom Rynne

the conclusion of its annual Veterans Day Ceremony, I reached out to one of the coorganizers, West Point graduate and Army reservist, Lt. Col. Chris Boggiano, to discuss the phrase, see if he could help me process my confusion, and learn about the event. Inspired by Sebastian Junger’s book, Tribe, along with his own military service, Boggiano begins, “My thinking is that ‘thank you for your service’ is a platitude that is almost always coming from a good place but doesn’t go far enough because we don’t know what else to do or what else to say. Since so many haven’t served, and haven’t fought in war, we don’t know what it’s like so we can’t make that connection. Saying ‘thank you’ has really been our best way to reach across the gap that exists in our community.” The gap to which Boggiano refers is the growing divide that exists between those in our community who serve, or have served, or know someone in the military, and those who haven’t

or don’t. “After the Vietnam War ended and America did away with the draft, It is almost like two parts of our community formed, both well intentioned and proud, but each unable to speak the language of the other,” Boggiano continues. “It’s amazing how many people I come across who either don’t know anyone serving or who has served in the military,” From Boggiano I also learn no one returns home from war unaffected and it is unfair for us to ask the veteran to carry that weight themselves. Since we all share in freedom, we should all share in the healing that comes with processing the burdens and experiences of the fight. After all, aren’t we the ones for whose freedoms the soldiers fought? “What we see is that the greater society feels a sense of guilt and is partly afraid to approach veterans to ask


The Town of Davidson’s First Veterans Town Hall This event will be held Nov. 11, immediately following the conclusion of the town’s Veterans Day Ceremony. Veterans Town Hall is the chance for veterans to tell the community what it felt like to go to war in a respectful, non-political forum. An event for both the general public and veterans, the mission is to help bridge the gap between veterans and the civilian community. Organizers have put the following guidelines in place: • No one who did not serve in the armed forces may speak at this event. • Each veteran has 10 minutes to speak and can say anything they want within the boundaries of good taste in a community forum. • The focus should be the emotional experience of the war, whatever that may mean for each particular person. • All perspectives are valued and important. This event is not about “patriotism” or “activism,” it is about sharing powerful and important experiences within the community. • There will be no Question and Answer, no discussion. When a veteran is done, he or she steps down and the next veteran steps up. After all veterans who want to speak have done so, the event is over. To learn more, please contact event co-organizers Tom Rynne, US Marine Corps, Bob Doran, US Marine Corps, Chris Boggiano, US Army, Mike Murphy, US Army, at veteranstownhall.com.

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Character matters.

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avidson Day School is conveniently located just off I-77 at exit 30 in the heart of Lake Norman. Our mission is to foster academic excellence through collaboration, creativity, and character development—these elements are woven into everything we do. With a student to faculty ratio of 8:1, we deliver an exceptional student experience for children from 2 years old through 12th grade.

We foster academic excellence by focusing on our core values: • Meaningful connections. Our faculty, staff, and coaches build genuine relationships with students in their care, seeking to understand how they think, feel, and learn. • A secure, supportive learning environment. We prioritize physical, emotional, and intellectual safety in every academic and social environment.

• Integrity. We have high standards for honorable and respectful behavior. We expect our community members to be compassionate and contribute to the well-being of others. We encourage you to visit us on campus to learn more. When you do, you’ll discover why more and more families each year are partnering with Davidson Day to prepare their children for college and life.

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iberty Prep offers the unique opportunity of partnering with parents to provide an excellent Christian education that prepares students for college and equips them for life. The school is excited to be expanding and growing, as they are currently building a new campus on Midway Lake Road for Fall 2020 that will include a gymnasium, theater, athletic field and new classrooms. Following the University Model School, students are on campus Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, completing teacherdirected assignments at home

on Wednesday and Friday. This type of learning allows parents to be directly involved in their students’ education, while the students learn time management and independent study. With approximately 275 enrolled students in grades Kindergarten through 12, the student to teacher ratio at Liberty Prep is a maximum of 16:1. Small class sizes and excellent teachers ensure that classes move at a quick pace. Students are actively engaged and focused as the teachers utilize a variety of teaching techniques to accommodate different learning styles. Technology is balanced with

hands-on learning. Tuition is $5,500-$6,500 per year, and students can take part in theatre productions, theatre masterclasses, soccer, basketball, volleyball, cross country, flag football, cheerleading, golf, National Honor Society, Ambassadors program, chapel services, and more. Liberty Prep Christian School K-3, 433 Williamson Road, Mooresville 4-12 and administration, 246 Blume Road Mooresville www.libertyprepnc.com

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Prospective families are welcome to schedule a tour of campus and visit inside the classes to get an idea of what a day in the life of a Woodlawn School is really like. Tuition rates for K-8 for the 2019-20 school year are $17,300 and $18,700 for grades 9-12. Woodlawn School 135 Woodlawn School Loop Mooresville, NC 704.895.8653 www.woodlawnschool.net

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ocated on a sprawling 61-acre campus in Mooresville, Woodlawn School is on a mission to produce independent, lifelong learners who are responsible, contributing members of a diverse, global society. This K-12 school has a 7:1 student to teacher ratio and approximately 167 students. Their Project Based Learning is the leading experiential, inquiry-based, hands-onlearning community in the Lake Norman area. All of their courses are taught at the Honors Level and they also

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race Covenant Academy has built an academic program over nearly 20 years that is known for its engaging academics and personal touch. Their mission is to equip students for life by releasing their God-given potential. The school nurtures decisionmaking and problem-solving skills enabled by the application of God’s Word and excellent academics. In the current school year, 205 students are enrolled. The school serves early education through middle school, with the addition of eighth grade planned for

2020-2021. Annual tuition is $2,550-$7,500, and the student to teacher ratio is 6:1 for three-year-old classes, 9:1 in four-year-old classes and elementary school the maximum class size is 18 students, with one teacher and one assistant. The classrooms are active, and students participate in their learning, with lots of opportunities for collaboration, real-world problem solving and critical thinking. Grace Covenant Academy also works to instill Christian character and strong leadership in their students, even from the earliest ages. Services opportunities abound,

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annon School takes their mission statement to heart—they truly nurture relationships at the heart of learning so every child can grow. Their environment is one of trust and support, with faculty and staff who are deeply committed to each child’s journey of growth— academically and personally. The school believes the relationship students forge during their time at Cannon is what sets them apart from others—and what sets up their students for both immediate

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f you’re a Huntersville, Blythe or J.V. Washam Elementary parent, you’ve probably seen them. Dads in matching shirts, lined up early in the morning to help students in the drop-off line. I noticed the “car dads,” as I called them, when I was dropping off my kids at Huntersville Elementary. It was truly moving to see dads show up in such a simple

but powerful way. I wondered whether this was unique to our school or part of something bigger. I discovered that these “car dads” are called the Huntersville HEROES, and they are part of something bigger: Be There Dad, a district-wide effort to get fathers more engaged in their children’s schools.


Men in Blythe run a mentor program that pairs boys with positive role models.

Huntersville HEROES take over morning drop-off line twice a month at Huntersville Elementary School.

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“It’s satisfying work to spread 40 bags of mulch to make the school look better,” says Jeff Price, leader of Huntersville HEROES and dad to Preston, 10 and Samantha, 8. School beautification is just one of the ways the group makes an impact at Huntersville Elementary. They do morning drop-off line twice a month to give the staff a break (and it’s a handy way to recruit members). They also host a movie night, and last year they held the inaugural Ninja Warrior Night. The dads meet at local breweries to plan events and get to know each other. “We’ve become pretty good friends because of this group,” says Price. “We care about the kids, and we care about the school they go to.”

Research from the National Mentoring Partnership shows that one in three young people will reach the age of 19 without a mentor. The Men in Blythe want to keep boys at Huntersville’s Blythe Elementary on the positive side of that statistic. In addition to school beautification, drop-off line and special events, the group runs a mentor program that pairs boys with positive role models. “We try to do our part to give back and turn our young men into leaders,” says Derrick Caul, who has 10 and 7-year-old daughters. The mentor program is making a difference, but they need more volunteers. “I have a waiting list two pages longer than what I can fill,” says Caul.

“We want to make a big school feel small,” says Andrew Mayes, who heads the Hawk Squad at J.V. Washam Elementary. With more than 1,000 students, the Cornelius school has a dad group that’s 45-strong and growing. The Hawk Squad brought the Honey-Do List into the 21st century by creating a Google doc where teachers and staff can post job requests, whether it’s a broken coat rack or shoveling the sidewalk after a snowstorm. “We’re inspired by all the effort teachers and staff give to the school,” says Mayes, who is dad to 6 and 8-year-old girls. The Hawk Squad appreciates any time dads can give, whether it’s weekly or monthly.

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It all started with Matthews resident, attorney and father Jeffrey Usher. He did more than start Be There Dad—he wrote the book. Affectionately known as “Coach Jeff,” he authored Be There Dad: The Power of Presence to help fathers engage in children’s lives. This year, there are Be There Dad groups in 17 CMS schools. “We are here to be of service,” says Program Director Dion Jones. The nonprofit helps dads start groups at their kids’ schools, recruits mascots like the Charlotte Checkers’ Chubby for events hosted by dad groups, and much more. Jones is also the leader of Highlands Men, the dad group at Highland Creek Elementary in North Charlotte. He’d always wanted to get involved in his kids’ school but wasn’t sure how. “There was the PTA and the School Leadership Team, but I hadn’t found a space for myself,” says Jones, who is dad to Maya, 13 and Miles, 9.

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This year, there are Be There Dad groups in 17 different CMS Schools.

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BELOW: Members of the Titanium Sound Band spend Friday nights playing in the stands of football games and Saturdays competing throughout North and South Carolina.

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Eugene Diggs took over as new band director in 2017.

opewell High School’s marching band, the Titanium Sound Band, was quite successful when it first started in 2001, but as the school’s population became more diverse, participation gradually declined. By 2017, when Eugene Diggs took over as the new band director, there were only 16 participants. Hoping to renew interest, he immediately changed the focus of the group from its original corps style marching band to a performance style competition band. By the start of their second year in the summer of 2018, student participation had nearly quadrupled. This year the Titans have more than 90 members playing twelve different instruments. Also included are members of the auxiliary team (students who incorporate dance, baton, and flag into the band’s complicated routine). Diggs arranges most of the music himself, and says its one of his favorite parts of the job. He also creates the formations and choreographs the musicians’ movements. He then shares his vision with his two assistants, Sarah BacombeStertzbach (assistant band director) and Kandice Horton (auxiliary director), and they all work intensely to transform it into a competition-ready, polished, and synchronized performance. This year’s routine, “The Titans of Music,” clocks in at twelve and a half minutes and features songs including “Deeper Love” by Aretha Franklin, “Conga” by Gloria Estefan, “I Can’t Wait for That” by Hall &Oates, “What More Can I Say” by JayZ, and old-school crowd favorite “My Way” by Frank Sinatra. “We put on a collegiate-level show,” says Jeni Pelletier, vice president of the booster club and their official volunteer media coordinator. Since Diggs took over, they’ve won multiple first, second, and third place awards in marching and maneuvering, music, drumline,


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A place to heal on a farm

The Phil Foil Commons on the grounds of Hinds Feet Farm in Huntersville has been years in the making. The seed for the farm, which offers residential and day programs for people with traumatic brain injuries, was planted after Martin Foil Jr. and Carolyn Johnson Van

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A portrait of a young Phil Foil hangs in the lobby of the new adminstrative offices at Hinds Feet Farm.

Every Foil (known to friends and family as Puddin’) spent years searching for a residential program that would provide the type of care they felt their son deserved. Phil Foil was a promising young student and talented musician when he was seriously injured in a car crash at the age of 16. The crash left him in a coma for four months, and then with a brain injury that left him unable to speak or function independently. The Foils spent years moving Phil from rehabilitation facilities and residential centers that were unable to provide the care he needed, in places such as Atlanta, Ga. and Houston, Texas. They eventually purchased 36 acres of land on Black Farms Road, and in the early 2000s, set about creating a program that offers activities (such as horseback riding, yoga, arts and crafts and community outings) designed to maximize

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A wall of saddles greets visitors as they enter the Phil Foil Commons, a testament to the power horses play in the therapeutic services at the farm.

the design of the building came to him one day while he was walking the property. “I was standing down near the horse barn thinking about where we might put a new office if we could get approval to build one,” he says. “I walked into the horse barn and it just kind of hit me … a space like this would work very well for offices and meshed well with the overall design theme of the farm. I found a few pictures of offices in repurposed barns on Houzz.com and never looked back.” Morris and Moffit, Inc. out of Charlotte served as the general contractor for the project. Ninety percent of the lumber used for the project

was salvaged or reclaimed. Materials came from the Cone Mills White Oak Plant in Greensboro, Tuscarora Yarns in Mt. Pleasant, N.C., which Martin Foil owned and operated for many years, and a deconstructed pre-Civil-war era barn donated by Chad and Heather Thompson.

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Hinds Feet Farm Executive Director Marty Foil created the conference room chandelier from a pot rack removed from his parents’ former Concord home.

Marty, staff, members and farm volunteers all took turns making the metal balusters in the handrail, which Marty says are all unique and special in their own way, just like the members. A group of volunteers from Bailey’s Glen—Bob Hixon, David Handy, Sam Helland, Dan Sowery, Stuart Patch and Richard Zuber—worked to build the office desks from the repurposed barn wood, as well as the large conference room table. Walking through the commons, you’ll find a portrait of a young Phil Foil in the lobby, keeping a watchful eye over the building bearing his name. You can also learn more about the family’s journey advocating, researching and fundraising efforts for people with traumatic brain injuries. In the stairwell, there are framed portraits of the bill signing

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ceremony that took place for the 1995 TBI act in The White House under the Clinton administration, with President Ronald Reagan also in the photographs alongside Phil, Puddin’ and Martin. Marty says it’s difficult to pinpoint just one favorite aspect of the new space. “The member/staff/volunteer/ etc. hand-crafted handrails, the repurposed handcrafted lights, the desks made of reclaimed wood by the crew at Baileys Glen, the Unmasking Brain Injury display and the saddle racks as you walk in the front door,” he says. It’s clear that many hours of hard work and loving hands assisted in the construction of and finishing touches for the Phil Foil Commons. His legacy, and the work of Hinds Feet Farm, will carry on.  The windows of the upstairs conference room overlook the first floor of The Phil Foil Commons.

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Your Home for the Holidays Top Tips For Festive Decorating at the Lake

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t’s no secret that there’s an art to holiday decorating, and for some, it can become overwhelming too quickly and too fast. By breaking it down into a few simple categories, decorating experts can help streamline the process so you can get festive décor without spending more time and money than you have time for. We reached out to the design team at Dutchmans Casual Living, to find out what’s trending for 2019 and what to consider when planning holiday décor for your home. They say they are seeing a lot of natural elements trending for this holiday season, including white birch bark, magnolia leaves, and nature-inspired patterns. Below is some advice they offered to help break the process into manageable steps.

Your decorations deserve a little Marie Kondo, too Most people haul in tote loads of holiday decorations from storage before thinking through a strategy. Take inventory and make decisions about what is going where, and what may not make it out this year. Dutchmans reminds us that we don’t have to use the same decorations every year, and it’s OK to let go of grandma’s


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Multi-colored lights versus white lights can be as controversial as pineapple on pizza. Dutchmans is neutral on the topic suggesting neither is right or wrong, though they point out that white lights tend to be more versatile and can help connect a theme throughout different rooms. “We love using clear lights. especially with décor such as lanterns or mercury bowls— white lights them up beautifully and allows you to bring holiday cheer to any room,” says Dutchmans. And if you haven’t already made the switch, consider making this your year to go all LED. The color of LED bulbs has improved dramatically, with most brands now offering a warm welcoming glow. LEDs are longer lasting compared to traditional bulbs (which saves money) and energy efficient (another cost savings). They are also cool to the touch decreasing the chance you’ll suffer any accidental fires this season.


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Dine + Wine Eating, drinking, cooking and fun

The eclectic wine menu at Davidson Wine Co. draws patrons outside of their comfort zones.

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Wine Maestro offers wine and dinner pairings. p. 70

Photography by Gayle Shomer

A new brewery is set to open in Denver. p. 72 Roasted Brussel Sprout Spicy Caesar p. 73 Davidson Wine Co. explores the concept of urban wineries. p. 74


Dine + Wine

Wine Time

by Trevor Burton | Photography by Trevor Burton

A Fun and Fresh Excursion Dinners at Wine Maestro allow food and wine to shine

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hen I can put all of my soft spots together in one meal, I’m a really happy camper. That’s why I’m a big fan of Mooresville’s Wine Maestro’s farm-to-table dinners. When it comes to food, I’ve got a couple of very soft spots. I love bistro type food—“comfort dishes” made from fresh, local ingredients prepared by a chef who lets them shine. Also, I love tapas dishes—not too large, so you get to taste several of them. I like to end a long, languid meal not feeling overstuffed. Satisfied, not sated. Then there’s wine; several more soft spots. The softest of them all is that the best winemakers let grapes express themselves in the best possible way. There is no need for fancy elaboration. A winemaker I once met said it best, “Start with great grapes and don’t screw up.” Now, to Wine Maestro. Ingredients for Wine Maestro’s dinners all have a Mooresville address. They are a combination of Josh’s Farmers Market, along with its weekend Shrimp Connection for seafood, and The Mills Family Farm for meats. These places are all exceptionally local and not a preservative to be found. These ingredients express themselves under the hands of Wine Maestro’s Executive Chef, Shane Smith—yes, a wine bar with an accomplished executive chef. For one particular dinner, I pandered to another wine soft spot, the Central Coast region of California, especially its Paso Robles sub-region. Wines for the dinner were provided by my friend and fellow wine nut, Mark Orsini of the eponymous Orsini Wines. All the wines

were crafted by Janell Dusi of the equally eponymous, J Dusi wines in Paso Robles. Grapegrowing, along with the vines that they grow on, go back to generations of the Dusi family. Dusi has taken on the task of bringing all their qualities together in her wines. Wines and food (tapas sized) were paired, exquisitely, together for this dinner— thank you messers Smith and Orsini. Rather than just list the pairings, let me describe two that stood out for me. Like Orsini, I’m a little skeptical when it comes to Pinot Grigio. The grape has become wildly popular. It’s on the by-the-glass list at almost every restaurant. Quantity has taken over from quality and the result is not very pleasant. Janell Dusi’s Pinot Grigio was a delicious exception. It was full of fruit complexity and had a lingering end to it. A world away from the “quick hit of citrus and you’re done” experience that is associated with most Pinot Grigios you come across. This wine was paired with Smith’s heirloom tomato tart with wild mushroom pesto aioli, which I found a great way to kick off the meal. The other wine that I liked a lot was a blend of grapes from several Dusi vineyards— Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Petite Sirah and Zinfandel. These grapes are far from unique to Paso Robles but the vineyards’ locations on the Central Coast gives them a special character. (I could go on and on about the Central Coast but that’s for some other time). This wine was paired with a roasted pork tenderloin, caramelized onion, fig jam compote and saffron rice.

Wine Maestro in Mooresville will offer a Holiday Wine Pairing Seminar and Dinner on Nov. 12.

Another winner. My soft spots were well taken care of at this dinner. The atmosphere that John and Lisa Cogar have created at Wine Maestro is right up my alley—casual, comfortable and quality. Add to that, thanks to the retail store next door, an absolutely massive wine list. I enjoy quietly sitting at the Wine

Maestro’s bar with a few plates of tapas and a couple of wines but those pesky soft spots keep encouraging me to sign up for the next wine dinner. They can’t wait, neither can I. Wine Maestro 690-A Bluefield Road Mooresville, NC www.winemaestro.com


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On Tap If You Build It, They Will Come NEW BREWERY HAS DENVER RESIDENTS BUZZING

by Lara Turner photography courtesy of Lake Norman Brewery

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Lake Norman Brewery is set to open in late November.

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et on eight acres of land that overlooks a pristine forest, Lake Norman Brewery will be unlike any brewery in the Lake Norman area. The brewery is set to open in late November 2019 in Denver, with construction currently underway. The idea for Lake Norman Brewery was born organically between neighbors David Waggoner, a general contractor, and Dan Ackerman, an avid microbrewer. After tasting Ackerman’s craft creations word spread quickly and friends were consistently asking for more. Once the brewery opens later this year, the community will have plenty to choose

from. Lake Norman Brewery will offer 16 beers on tap with an assortment of traditional IPAs as well as a mix of both hazy and hoppy IPAs. The beer menu will also include blondes, German malts, browns, stouts, and ciders. For those who are not beer enthusiasts, the menu will also include wine, prosecco, and eventually their own spiked seltzer in a variety of made-to-order flavors. While the names of beers haven’t been decided yet, owners are excited to test their creativity as they finalize each craft beer. The brewery will be far more than a place to drink beer. Owners hope that the twostory building will become a community hang out and plan

to offer corn hole tournaments, yoga events, various genres of live music, and a plethora of spaces that can be rented for private parties. The large outside patio will be a destination itself, with a fire pit for cooler weather, Adirondack chairs to lounge in, a walk-up window for easy ordering, and a deck that overlooks the main floor – perfect for taking in the views. For Panther’s fans, games will be aired on 60-inch televisions placed thoughtfully throughout the tasting room. A proper beer-drinking experience is nothing without the snacks. In addition to regularly scheduled food trucks, guests will be able to order from local favorites like Sports

Page for upscale bar food and Joey’s for the best ‘za. Delivery can be made right to your table. Owners are already planning for future expansion of their brand. Ideas in the works include the purchase of a cannery so that best sellers can be offered at local stores to be enjoyed at home. Additionally, tap handles will also be secured at a handful of restaurants throughout Lincoln County, ensuring access to all enthusiasts of the new craft beers. Lake Norman Brewery promises to be a local favorite with unlimited potential. Lake Norman Brewery 1753 Triangle Circle, Denver www.lknbrewery.com


Dine + Wine Photography by Glenn Roberson

In the Kitchen with Jill Dahan Ingredients Photography courtesy of Jill Dahan

2 pounds brussel sprouts with bottoms trimmed 2 tablespoons avocado oil for roasting

SUPER SPROUTS

Spicy rub: 1 tablespoon fennel seed 2 tablespoons dried oregano 1 tablespoon cumin seeds 1 teaspoon red chili flake ½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper 1 teaspoon sea salt 2 teaspoons freshly grated organic lemon peel Dressing: ½ teaspoon Dijon mustard ½ teaspoon anchovy paste ½ cup extra virgin olive oil 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice ¼ cup freshly grated Parmesan, plus some extra shavings for garnish

Jill Dahan

Instructions

Roasted Brussel Sprout Spicy Caesar

 ill Dahan lives in Cornelius and is the author of Starting Fresh! Recipes for Life. You can J learn more about her at www.jilldahan.com. To learn more about her nonprofit, Sunninghill Jill Kids, visit www.sunninghilljillkids.org.

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At Thanksgiving, it’s often the “Big Bird” that takes the main stage, but this crunchy, spicy sublime side dish marries roasted tender sprouts with a classic favorite caesar dressing that will give any bird a wobble in their gobble. Make this dish in advance to save valuable oven space, and you can even use the rub on your bird. Serve this side dish this Thanksgiving to complement the love and laughter present at your table.

Preheat oven to 400F. Mix together the spicy rub ingredients and set aside. Finely cut or shred half the brussels and then halve the remaining sprouts. Reserve two cups of the shredded brussels and then toss the remaining shredded and halved brussels separately with a tablespoon each of the rub and enough oil to lightly coat. Place the halved sprouts in a single layer on a piece of parchment paper and the shredded ones on another piece of parchment. Roast the halved sprouts for 10 minutes and then add the shredded ones and roast an additional 10 minutes until lightly browned. While roasting the sprouts, make the dressing. Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend on high. To serve, toss the raw sprouts with the roasted ones, add enough dressing to coat lightly, and mound on a plate with parmesan shaved with a peeler to garnish. Serves four to six.


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Nibbles + Bites

by Aaron Garcia |

photography by Gayle Shomer

Grape Expectations

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Davidson Wine Co. owner Lindsey Williams discovered a new love for wine after attending a wedding in Italy.

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avidson Wine Company answers a very simple question: Why do the area’s craft breweries and distilleries get to have all the fun? Opened in August, Davidson Wine Co. has infused the craft concept into the wine-making biz thanks to its “urban winery” concept. The idea is simple: import some of the world’s finest grapes and create wines not typically produced on this side of the world. This allows owner Lindsey Williams to not only uncork private-label classics like merlots, cabs and chardonnays, but also more hard-to-find varietals such as Barolos, Gewurztraminers, Pinotages, Petit Verdot and Ports. “A lot of the wineries in North Carolina are limited based on what you can grow here,” says Williams. “One of the things

that’s really exciting about the urban winery concept is that you have access to the best grapes from the best grape growing regions, so you’re able to produce wines that you ordinarily wouldn’t be able to produce here in Davidson.”

The drive for change For Williams, opening the Davidson Wine Company is not some lifelong oenophilistic endeavor; before just a few years ago, she was rather ho-hum about wine overall. It wasn’t until she went to Italy for a wedding that she “really fell in love with the whole wine scene in Tuscany.” After that, Williams said she sought out tastings, tours and whatever she could learn about

the industry. While wine was becoming her passion, her profession was law; Williams spent more than a decade as a real estate and regulatory lawyer for one of the big banks in uptown Charlotte. She said she didn’t really consider herself an entrepreneur until she began thinking about her next step. “Maybe the drive on 77 everyday also helped,” says Williams. She soon discovered the concept of urban wineries, which allow wine makers to produce batches without their own vineyards, instead importing batches of crushed grapes, called grape must. In Davidson Wine Co.’s case, they then perform the rest of the process at a facility in Cornelius before bringing the bottles to

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A new face for an old space

An outdoor patio and plenty of indoor seating allows patrons to linger over one more glass of wine while sampling from a cheese plate.

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Davidson Wine Co. 121 Depot Street, Davidson Tues.-Wed. 2-9 p.m. • Thurs.-Sat. 2-10 p.m. Sun. 1-5 p.m.

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Williams’ modern concept also pairs very well with its vintage location—the sleek, all-black winery is nestled between Il Bosco and the Davidson Village Inn, breaking up the block’s all-brick motif. The interior pays homage to the structure’s former utility as an organ-building shop, with a stunning set of pipes creating an eye-grabbing barback. Warm lighting capped by a dark wood ceiling and brick walls creates an understated mood around the bar. The other side of the room features two full-length rows of wall-hung plants on a white wall, giving the space a fresh complement to its speakeasy lighting. “It was really important to me for this to be a laid-back place, but I also wanted to pay homage to the history of the building,” says Williams. The building, she says, is more than 100 years old, which has meant that all exteriors renovations had to be made with historic approvals, allowing her to provide Davidson a new option while still honoring its past. “It has just been really important to me to honor the history,” says Williams. Davidson Wine Co. offers cheese plates and charcuteries, as well as small plates featuring salads, paninis and desserts. For those who prefer hops to grapes, there are also a few local brews on tap, says Williams, though she hopes the eclectic wine menu draws patrons out of their comfort zones. “One of our missions is to get everyone to try something different,” she says. “We frequently have people come in who either say they don’t like wine, or ‘I only drink one type of wine’. We do try to get everybody to taste different types of wines so they can expand their palette and get to experience something new here. We want everyone to feel welcome.”


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Pounding for Parker Gala at the Lake photography by Lucy Parker

n Oct. 10, CURRENTS served as the official media sponsor for the Pounding for Parker Foundation Gala at the Lake at Hello, Sailor in Cornelius. Hampton’s Men’s Clothing in Mooresville and CoCo Couture in Cornelius were the official stylists for the event. Participants participated in silent and live auctions to raise money for the foundation, which Alison and Jonathan Cowherd started after their son Parker was diagnosed with a rare glioneuronal tumor. Last year, the foundation donated $100,000 to Levine Children’s Hospital Brain Tumor Survivorship Clinic, which they used to hire a Neurooncology Nurse Navigator to assist newly diagnosed patients and their families. NOVEMBER 2019

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Reginald Mobley (pictured) will perform with Henry Lebedinsky as part of Music at St. Albans in Davidson on Nov. 24.

Concerts

Light Up Cornelius takes place on the lawn of Cornelius Town Hall on Nov. 30.

Davidson College Chorale Fall Concert (Nov. 8) Featuring music by Albright, Arnesen, Bach, Esenvalds, Houkum, Zeiler and more. The Chorale will be joined by new Artist-Associate in Accompanying, Tomasz Robak. 6:30 p.m. Free. Duke Family Performance Hall, Knobloch Campus Center, www.davidson.edu. Music at St. Albans featuring Henry Lebedinsky and Reginald Mobley (Nov. 24) Concert begins at 3 p.m. General admission, $20; Seniors, $15; $10 students and children under age 12 are free. St. Alban’s Episcopal

Church, 301 Caldwell Lane, Davidson, www.musicatstalbansdavidson.org.

Events

AmeriCarna LIVE Car Show 2019 (Nov. 30) Ray Evernham’s 7th annual AmeriCarna LIVE car show is presented by Ingersoll Rand and MSC Industrial Supply Co. One hundred percent of proceeds benefit the IGNITE community center for young adults with high-functioning autism or Asperger’s Syndrome in Davidson. 10 a.m. $5 for spectator tickets and free for children under the age of five years. Ingersoll Rand, 800 Beaty Street, Davidson, www.

americarna.live.com.

Theatre

Disney’s Aladdin Jr. (Nov. 1-10) Aladdin and his three friends, Babkak, Omar and Kassim, are down on their luck until Aladdin discovers a magic lamp and the Genie who has the power to grant them three wishes. Fri., 7 p.m.; Sat. 1 and 4 p.m.; Sun., 1 p.m. General admission is $12. Davidson Community Players, Armour Street Theatre, 307 Armour Street, Davidson, www.davidsoncommunityplayers.org. Disney’s The Little Mermaid (Nov. 15-Dec. 8) Join Ariel as she seeks to


Date Night explore the world up above in this colorful and energetic stage adaptation of one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved stories. Fri. and Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 3 p.m. Adults and Seniors, $10; Students, $10; Children, $6. The Green Room Community Theatre, Old Post Office Playhouse, 10 S. Main Avenue, Newton, www. thegreenroomtheatre.org. Footloose the Musical A Special Joint Production with Community School of Davidson and Mooresville Children’s Theatre. When Ren and his mother move from Chicago to a small farming town, Ren is prepared for the inevitable adjustment period at his new high school. What he isn’t prepared for are the rigorous local edicts, including a ban on dancing instituted by the local preacher.

Performances at Mooresville Children’s Theatre (Nov. 21-24) Adults, $15; Seniors, $12; Students, $10, www.mooresvillechildrenstheatre.org.

Galleries

Four Corners Framing and Gallery Various exhibitions.10 a.m.-6 p.m., Tues.-Thurs.; 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Fri.; 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sat. 148 N. Main Street, Mooresville, www.fcfgframing.com. Foster’s Frame and Art GalleryVarious exhibitions. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 403 N. Old Statesville Road, Huntersville, 704.948.1750. Lake Country Gallery Various exhibitions. Mon.Fri., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Exit 36-Mooresville, between Belk and Kohl’s. 704.664.5022, www.

Family Fun

lakecountrygallery.net.

villenc.com/veterans.

Tropical Connections.Various exhibitions. Tues.-Fri., 10 a.m.5:30 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. or by appointment. 230 N Main Street, Mooresville.

Town of Huntersville Veterans Day Ceremony (Nov. 11) This ceremony will celebrate those who have served this country. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Veterans Park, 201 Huntersville-Concord Road, Huntersville, www.huntersville.org.

Mooresville Arts The 37th Annual Juried Artoberfest Show and Competition (Through Nov. 14). The Give the Gift of Holiday Art Sale and Featured Exhibits with Natalia Leigh, Marcia Makl and PK Donson (Nov. 19-Jan. 2020). Mooresville Arts Depot, 103 W. Center Avenue, Mooresville, www.mooresvillearts. org.

Veterans Day Events

The Mooresville Veterans Celebration (Nov. 4-12) This is a multi-day celebration designed to show love and support for local veterans. See a full list of events, including a 5K and a Cruise-In, at www.townofmoores-

Me Time Free. Town Hall, 413 N. Main Street, Mooresville, www. downtownmooresville.org.

Holiday Events

Victorian Christmas (Nov. 29-30) Experience early holiday traditions including open hearth cooking, horse-drawn wagon rides, mulled wine, ornate decorations, a live reading of the Night the Before, Victorian era outdoor games, blacksmithing, Victorian carolers and more. 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., Adults, $10; Seniors and Students, $9; free for children under the age of 5 years. Latta Plantation, 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville, www.lattaplantation.org.

Downtown Mooresville Holiday Light Show (Nov. 29Dec. 31) Featuring 150,000 holiday lights set to music.

Light Up Cornelius (Nov. 30) Festivities will include holiday songs by local performers, children’s activities, carriage rides, train display, food vendors, craft vendors, and a visit from Santa. 4-7 p.m. Free. Lawn of Cornelius Town Hall, www.cornelius.org.

Town of Davidson Veterans Day Ceremony (Nov. 11) The ceremony will include color guard, laying of the wreath, and a keynote speaker. 11 a.m. Free. Davidson Town Hall, 216 S. Main Street, Davidson, www.townofdavidson.org. Santa’s Arrival and Tree Lighting (Nov. 16) 3-8 p.m. Free. Birkdale Village, 8712 Lindholm Drive, Huntersville, www.birkdalevillage.net.

NOVEMBER 2019

Performances at Community School of Davidson

Art Space (Nov. 13-16) 404 Armour Street, Davidson, csdspartans@seatyourself.biz.

Girls’ Night Out

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More than a ThreeHour Tour

April and Jack Beckman tried to meet friends whenever possible during their restaurant visits.

Want to try to visit all the restaurants on the water by boat? Check out the itinerary the Beckmans created. #lknrestaurantboattour2019

LAKE NORMAN CURRENTS

Cornelius couple spends 11 days visiting LKN restaurants by boat

Day 1: Midway Boathouse Grill - Terrell Day 2: The Prickly Pear - Mooresville

by Renee Roberson

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ornelius residents April and Jack Beckman have lived in the Lake Norman area since 1985, and soaking in the lifestyle is one of their favorite pastimes. It led them to create their own line of swag, branded “LVN LKN.” After living on the lake for years, they recently purchased property in Old Town Cornelius, but they still keep a boat docked at Admiral’s Quarters in Cornelius. One morning, while meeting a friend for breakfast at the Boat House Grill at Midway Marina, the two discussed whether it would be possible to go to every restaurant on the shores of Lake Norman on their pontoon boat. Always open to a new adventure, they decided to try it during a time where they were pet sitting for some friends who live on the lake this past

August. They both work full time, but have flexible work schedules, so they tried to squeeze in the restaurant visits during lunch and dinner mealtimes. April admits it took quite a bit of juggling to make it work, but once they started, they wanted to see the challenge through to the end. The Beckman’s journey included the following: 77 gallons of gas, 19 hours and approximately 20 minutes of time on the boat, six towns, 13 friends, seven storms, four sunny/cloudy days. Yes, you read that right—seven storms. The weather proved to be more challenging than they expected, but once they started making their way through the itinerary, they wanted to see it through to the end. They started at Midway

Boathouse Grill and ended at the Peninsula Yacht Club. Along the way they would chat with restaurant proprietors and tell them what they were doing. Because of the stormy weather, they often had the places all to themselves. There were times friends decided not to meet them at the last minute because of the rain. April jokes they threw on rain gear whenever they could and carried a Polaroid camera to take photos because they didn’t want to get their phones wet. However, even with the cloudy days outnumbering the sunny ones, April says it’s something the two will never forget. “Some of the best days on the lake were the worst weather. We had the best stories.”

Day 3: North Harbor Club, Lake Norman Cottage - Davidson Day 4: Sasha’s at the Lake - Catawba Day 5: Port City Club - Cornelius Day 6: Blue Parrot Grill- Mooresville Day 7: Hello Sailor - Cornelius Day 8: Eddie’s Lake NormanMooresville Day 9: The Landing Restaurant/Lake Norman Motel - Sherrill’s Ford Day 10: Apps & Tap - Mooresville Day 11: Peninsula Yacht Club - Cornelius


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Gertrude Gertrude is 10 years young, Boston Terrier who has been in foster care for approximately three months. She had to have her eye removed due to untreated cherry eye in her previous home. She was confiscated as part of a cruelty case and was going to be euthanized by the shelter due to her condition. She also had skin issues and toenails that had grown into the pads of her paws. Happy Tails pulled her from animal control before it was too late. Since her surgery she has done great. She has limited vision in her remaining eye, but it doesn’t slow her down. She’s a happy pup that enjoys being around people. Looking for someone to be excited when you come home and gives kisses and snuggles freely then this could be a match made in heaven.

Okra Okra is a 3-year-old male, house and crate trained, very sweet and loving dog. He has been in foster care for three months and loves other dogs and people. Okra was pulled from a local shelter because of a rectal prolapse. He has since had four surgeries to correct it but is 100 percent okay now and so ready to settle into his forever home.

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

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