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Contents October vol. 11 No. 10

37  Navigators Andy and Tamara

Channel Markers

Photograph of Bonnie Boardman jewelry by Brant Waldeck.

Movers, shakers and more at the lake

Totman are back on the mat

40  Make a Mess Bo Fitzgerald puts out more than fires

42  Thoughts from the Man Cave The power of the sweatshirt

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

80  Lori’s Larks Editor Lori K. Tate hits OCTOBER 2018

the Davidson College Cross Country Trail


About the Cover:

15  Todd Hirschfeld’s new ride 16  For the Long Run —Bonnie Boardman’s classic jewelry

17  Saving Davidson’s Lingle Hut 18  Live Like a Native — A round-up of Lake Norman-area fall festivals

19  Take 10 — And the winner is … CURRENTS

20  Jack and April Beckman wear their love of Lake Norman

22  Christine Rinkert helps find your

25 S  pecial Section FACES of Lake Norman

style with Parcel

24  Hit the dance floor with Lake Norman Live


Lake Spaces

How we live at the lake

56  Dwellings

Beautifully blue by the lake

Dine + Wine

44 T  rends + Style

43 Fun Fall Finds for Her, Him and Home

Eating, drinking, cooking and fun

70  Wine Time

Wine creativity at Brixx

72  On Tap

A week of brewery activities

73  In the Kitchen with Jill Dahan Pumpkiny Petit Fours


74  Nibbles + Bites

BoatYard Eats (BYE) arrives in Cornelius

52 G  ame On

Served Hot takes tennis to Texas

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he other day I ran into a family friend in downtown Davidson. A retired Davidson College Classics Professor, he was dressed in a light gray suit and tie, complete with a broad smile. I have no idea where he was coming from or where he was going, but he looked dapper, and his energy exuded positivity. It’s amazing the difference a good outfit can make. A few weeks ago I was feeling down about a mixture of things — a sick family member, my to-do list, the humidity, etc. One morning during my downward spiral, I decided to up my game in the wardrobe department. I threw on a sundress with some chunky sandals and topped off my look with a pair of dangling earrings. I even dried my hair — with a hair dryer. Though I wasn’t ready for a runway in Milan, I certainly looked put together. And I immediately began to feel better. Yes, my family member was still sick, my to-do list intimidating and the humidity abysmal, but I had a new perspective, a fresh dash of confidence. Before you run off to Neiman Marcus to charge some confidence on your credit card, understand that when I say good outfit, I don’t mean expensive;

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I mean stylish. While there are many expensive things that are stylish (Cartier watch, anyone?), there are many stylish things that are not. Style is not about how much money you spend. It’s about knowing what looks good on you (and what doesn’t), what fits the occasion and what represents who you are. On the days that I walk out the door wearing something that doesn’t quite work (or fit well), I feel off for the whole day. If it’s really bad, I’ll go home and change. That’s how much it affects me. Apparently, I’m rather verbal about this, as evidenced on school picture day by my 8-yearold twins, Graydon and Margot. I’d like to say that I’m the mom who bought a specific outfit for their pictures, but that didn’t happen this year. This was just fine with The Tater Tots because they wanted to pick out their own outfits. Letting go of my

control freak tendencies, I let them. Margot came up with a pretty pink floral top, jeans and white sandals. Though I had my fingers crossed for Lilly Pulitzer, I went with it because this is who she is, and one day when I look back on her third grade picture, I want to see her, not some version of her I created. (Funny note, I scored the pretty pink floral top at Goodwill.) As for Graydon, he was given the parameter of not wearing a shirt with writing on it. (His dad is frequently given this same parameter as well.) Little G walked downstairs wearing a solid bright orange athletic shirt. What could I say? He did what I asked, and this is who he is. This fall as you change out your closets, take a minute to think about what makes you feel good when you wear it and what represents who you are. By taking these thoughts into consideration, you’ll be surprised at how your style will begin to influence your mood for the better. Just try it on. Happy fall!

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Huntersville’s Todd Hirschfeld and the ICON A5. Inset, a view of Lake Norman from Brant Waldek’s ride on the aircraft.

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The Sky is the Limit untersville’s Todd Hirschfeld remembers the first time he saw the ICON A5. The amphibious light sport aircraft’s tent was behind the Cirrus Aircraft’s tent at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh in Wisconsin in 2014. “Oshkosh is the biggest air show in the world, so I was nosying around, and I saw the A5. I said, ‘Man, that thing is pretty slick,’ ” recalls Hirschfeld, who has his pilot’s license. “Within 10 minutes I took two of my buddies over there, and we looked at it. By the end of the day we had

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three deposits.” As a deposit holder for the ICON A5, Hirschfeld got to fly the aircraft for the first time this past August on Lake Norman during ICON’s Angle of Attack Tour. “I knew it was going to be a cool experience just hearing everybody come out of it,” says Hirschfeld, president and CEO of Hirschfeld Marketing Solutions in Cornelius. “I was very impressed with the handling capabilities and how much fun you can actually have with it as a toy. … I thought it was amazingly safe,

Huntersville’s Todd Hirschfeld’s awesome ride

amazingly secure.” The ICON A5 falls into the Sport Pilot category, which is part of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) recent Light Sport Aircraft classification. The aircraft seats two people and can land on water or a runway. It can also be trailered behind a car. In addition, it has a range of 427 nautical miles with a 45-minute reserve. Hirschfeld isn’t sure when he’ll take his ICON A5 home for good. “I would love to be able to find a way to store it at my house at my own dock.

That’s ideal. You know part of the hassle of owning aircraft honestly is the hangar and everything that goes into hangaring the aircraft,” he says. “The ability to have it at your dock so you can just go Jet Ski around the lake or if you want to take it down to the beach is great. You can be at the beach in about two hours.” Hopefully, ownership is in the near future for Hirschfeld because after his first flight. He’s hooked. “It was awesome,” he says. — Lori K. Tate, photography by Brant Waldeck


For the Long Run

Piece by Piece



Bonnie Boardman’s jewelry designs stand the test of time

Davidson’s Bonnie Boardman has been designing jewelry for 20 years. Recent jewelry pieces by Bonnie Boardman at Davidson’s Moxie Mercantile. You can see more of her designs at www.bonnieboardman.etsy.com.


onnie Boardman has always been creative. She studied photography at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale and later worked as a textile designer in New York City at Jones New York. However, it wasn’t until her sister randomly sent her a bag of beads that she discovered her true artistic calling. Boardman began playing around with the beads and even picked up a little how-tomake jewelry book. When she started wearing her pieces to work, her co-workers noticed and began ordering pieces for themselves. Jewelry making became a big hobby for her, which led her to take a metalsmithing class. “I absolutely fell in love with it,” recalls Boardman. “I loved working with the metal and hammering it and soldering it.” That was the beginning of Bonnie Boardman Jewelry. Even

though she was still making jewelry on the side while living in New York, she knew that this was her passion. When she and her husband, Jeff, moved to Davidson 13 years ago to raise their family, she took the leap and began pursuing jewelry making as a full-time profession. “Starting with no website, not being in any stores, I just kind of slowly over the years built the business to what it is,” says Boardman. Business is good, as Boardman has an Etsy shop and also sells her jewelry in several states. Locally you can find her pieces at the newly opened Moxie Mercantile in Davidson, Luna’s, Poppies and Sweet Grass. Her work is also in the gift shop at the Mint Museum Uptown, and Our State magazine sells her pieces through its store. In addition, people order her jewelry from

all over the world. Boardman, who works in a studio in her basement next door to where her husband teaches drum and guitar lessons, designs with sterling silver and 14-karat goldfill. She also uses all kinds of stones from precious stones to turquoise to Lapis Lazuli and more. “I do lots of custom work as well,” she says. “If anyone sees one of my designs and they want a different metal or a different stone in it, I can do that.” Sitting at her kitchen table she wears a medallion necklace of sorts that she created by melting her late father’s gold wedding ring. It was too big for her to wear, so she melted his ring, as well as her late mom’s and mounted one of her mom’s rubies in the piece. Boardman says a lot of her inspiration comes from fashion magazines, evidenced by the latest issue of VOGUE on her

kitchen counter. “Sometimes I can see a picture, and I create a design in my head based on the fashion story that I’m looking at,” she says. “When I make one thing, it’s almost like I have four other designs that are similar right behind it based on that one design. So I’ll often do five pieces that are kind of similar, almost like a mini collection.” During busy times she creates anywhere from 50 to 80 pieces a week. Boardman says she enjoys the possibilities of the design options the most. “I have so many ideas in my head that I just don’t have time to execute, but my favorite thing is when all of my orders are done and I just simply get to sit and make what I want to make,” she says. “It’s not for any particular order. It’s just because I want to make it, and I want to see it come to fruition.” — Lori K. Tate, photography by Brant Waldeck


Preserving the Past for the Future Citizens rally to restore Davidson’s Historic Lingle Hut for the Charlotte Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission, “Lingle Hut is one of only four communitybuilt Rustic Revival-style log buildings that still exists in all of Mecklenburg County. Not only does it show us how the bluecollar community functioned, but also the development of the African-American community in Davidson during the 20th century. This humble building is a very important artifact to the town of Davidson. If it were to be lost, we will have one less tool to understand the town, its people and its history.” Castella Conner, whose mother received an endowment from Walter Lingle Jr. to help Reeves Temple purchase it,

says, “Bringing From left, Castella Conner, Reverend the hut back Anthony Davis (pastor of Reeves Temple AME Zion Church) and Maria Naas. would bring new life to the church.” There is much work to be done and donations needed, but she and others Reeves Temple Fall Carnival envision Lingle Hut as a (a fundraiser for Lingle Hut) community-gathering place. October 13, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. “My greatest desire is to Reeves Temple AME Zion Church, 213 Watson Street, Davidson bring the community and the Tickets can be purchased in church together,” says Reverend advance or at the carnival. Contact Anthony Davis, pastor of Tiffany McCain at tmccain33@ Reeves Temple. “With so many gmail.com for more details. already reaching out their hands and their prayers, I look  To help save historic Lingle Hut, contact Maria Naas at forward to what the outcome kmnaas@hotmail.com or will be.” — Karel Bond Lucander, 704.892.4539. photography by Lisa Crates


n 1932, mill workers, Davidson College students and church members worked side-by-side, cutting trees and hewing logs to build what would eventually be called “Lingle Hut.” For decades, Reeves Temple AME Zion Church held fellowships and fundraisers at the hut, but today its foundation is crumbling. Reeves Temple congregant Lela Johnson told her friend Maria Naas about Lingle Hut, located at 219 Watson Street in Davidson. Naas began recruiting people to help publicize and raise funds for this “locally designated historic landmark.” According to Stewart Gray, senior preservation planner



Live Like a Native Your Fall Festival Guide

October Cornelius All American Dog Show (October 6) Admission free. 3-6 p.m. Robbins Park, Cornelius, www.cornelius.org.



2nd Friday Street Festival (October 12) Admission free. 6-10 p.m. Oak Street Mill, 19725 Oak Street, Cornelius, www. oldtowncornelius.com.

ne of the best things to do in the Lake Norman area during the fall is go to a festival, and there are plenty of them to explore. Below is a roundup of some of the best Lake Norman festivals to attend in October and November. — Compiled by Lori K. Tate

The Carolina Renaissance Festival & Artisan Marketplace (Through November 18) Prices vary. Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. 16445 Poplar Tent Road, Huntersville, www.renfestinfo.com. The Huntersville Fall Festival (October 13) Admission free. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Barnette Elementary School, 13659 Beatties Ford Road, Huntersville, www. huntersvillefallfest.com.


Laketoberfest (October 20) Admission and parking are free. 4-9 p.m. Bailey Road Park, 11536 Bailey Road, Cornelius, www. cornelius.org.

Halloween in Huntersville (October 20) Admission free. 4-8 p.m. Historic Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Road, Huntersville, www.huntersville.org.

Davidson Ada Jenkins Second Annual Food Fight (October 6) Tickets are $25 for adults and $5 for kids under 14. 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Ada Jenkins, 212 Gamble Street, Davidson, www.adajenkins.org.

Fall Community Extravaganza (October 20) Admission free. 8:30 a.m.2 p.m. Huntersville United Methodist Church, 14005 Stumptown Road, Huntersville.

SOMA Davidson Fall Fest (October 6) Admission free. 2-7 p.m. 428 S. Main Street, Davidson. Reeves Temple Fall Carnival (October 13) Ticket price TBA. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Reeves Temple AME Zion Church, 213 Watson Street, Davidson. Davidson Halloween March (October 26) Admission free. 5 p.m. Parade begins at Davidson Town Hall, 216 S. Main Street, Davidson, www.ci-davidson.edu. Huntersville The 2018 Rural Hill Amazing Maize Maze (Through November 4) Times and ticket prices vary. Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Road, Huntersville, www. ruralhillfarm.org.

Dogtoberfest (October 28) Admission free. 2 p.m.-5 p.m. LakeCross Veterinary, 106 Parr Drive, Huntersville, www. lakecrossvet.com.

Statesville Corn Maze at Rescue Ranch (October 5-7, 12-14, 19-21, 26-28) Admission and times TBA. Rescue Ranch, 1424 Turnersburg Highway, Statesville, www.rescueranch.com. Hops & Harmony (October 6) Tickets are $35 in advance, $40 at the gate. Downtown Statesville, www. downtownstatesvillenc.org. Carolina Balloonfest (October 19-21) General admission prices vary, children 12 and younger free. October 19 3-8:30 p.m., October 20 7 a.m.-8:30 p.m., October 21 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Statesville Regional Airport, 260 Hangar Drive, Statesville, (free parking at Troutman Park and Ride, 630 N. Main Street, Troutman), www.carolinaballoonfest.com. Fall Fun Days at Rescue Ranch (October 27-28) Admission and times TBA. Rescue Ranch, 1424 Turnersburg Highway, Statesville, www.rescueranch.com.


Mooresville Uncorked and Artsy (October 12) Tickets are $25 per person, $30 at the gate. 6-9 p.m. Downtown Mooresville, Broad and Main Streets, www. downtownmooresville.com.

Cornelius 7th Annual Light Up Cornelius (November 24) Admission free. 4-7 p.m. Cornelius Town Hall, 21445 Catawba Avenue, Cornelius, www.cornelius.org.

The Lake Norman Wildlife Conservationists Oyster and Shrimp Festival (October 13) VIP tickets are $100, general admission is $60. 5-10 p.m. LangTree Lake Norman, 401 Langtree Road, Mooresville, www.lnwc.org.

Huntersville Sheepdog Trials (November 10-11) 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, www.ruralhill.net.

Downtown Mooresville Trick or Treat (October 31) Admission free. 3-5 p.m. Downtown Mooresville shops and businesses. www.downtownmooresville. com.

Statesville Pumpkin Fest (November 3) Admission free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Downtown Statesville, www.statesvillepumpkinfest.com.

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his year marks the 10th anniversary of CURRENTS Magazine, and we couldn’t be more excited about it. As our staff looks back over the last 10 years, there are plenty of moments that stand out in our memories. That said, we’ve decided to share some of the best ones each month throughout 2018 in this column appropriately titled Take 10. Throughout the years, CURRENTS has won its share of awards. In 2009, we won the APEX Award for Publication Excellence, while a year later we won the 2010 Gold MarCom Award for Best Magazine. In 2013, CURRENTS was awarded Lake Norman Chamber Business of the

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itting on their dock one October day last year, Jack and April Beckman had a conversation about how much they loved living on the lake. Suddenly Jack blurted out the letters “LVN LKN.” April enthusiastically replied back, “We need to write that down.” The Beckmans thought the playful abbreviation was catchy and represented the recreational lifestyle Lake Norman residents enjoy. They also felt there was no branding that celebrated living in the area. A week later the Cornelius couple began trademarking LVN LKN. A graphic artist created an anchor logo to accompany the abbreviation. By spring, the Beckmans launched www.lvnlkn.com, officially selling Livin’ & Lovin’ Lake Norman swag. Products include hats, T-shirts, towels, jewelry, tote bags, car vanity tags, vinyl decals and beverage holders. Lakeside Custom Tee’s and Embroidery in Cornelius makes the LVN LKN line in-house and also is the brand’s flagship store for selling merchandise.

“Our intent is to have one or two stores in each town carrying our product line. We want to build the LVN LKN brand through local suppliers and local retailers,” explains April. The Beckmans have also partnered with the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation to raise awareness about protecting the lake. Launching LVN LKN has been a fun venture for the couple. “The most fun is being at events and watching the reactions to our brand,” says Jack, adding that LVN LKN hats have quite a presence on social media. “People are buying hats and sharing photos of themselves wearing them. Some are taking them with them on their world travels and sharing photos wearing LVN LKN gear in as far away places as Kenya,” says April. “Others from other states are ordering gear through our online store and sharing photos wearing their LVN LKN gear. It’s most exciting when people in different areas of the world are talking about Lake Norman.” — Holly Becker, photography by Allison Hinman 

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Find Your Style

Christine Rinkert navigates your look with Parcel s the owner of Luna’s at the Lake in Cornelius, Christine Rinkert knows a think or two about fashion. That’s why she’s taking her penchant for style a step further with the creation of Parcel. “I look at it like I am parceling out my services,” says Rinkert. “Not everybody finds it easy to pull together a look, and I enjoy helping people do that.” Rinkert’s Parcel offers everything from literally packing for business trips to editing closets to purchasing new items. “I want to collaborate with all of the great stores in the [Lake Norman] area and in Charlotte, and if you’re missing something from



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Get Ready to Hit the Dance Floor Lake Norman Live gives Mooresville nightlife a boost


From left, Brad Doane and David Woeckener of Lake Norman Live.


ake Norman Live is the newest addition to Mooresville’s nightlife scene and, with three sold out events on the company’s books, it looks like it’s here to stay. When David Woeckener moved to North Carolina last year, he was shocked to discover that the lake area didn’t have any dance clubs and that residents who wanted to dust off their dancing shoes were driving to Charlotte to do so. So Woeckener, in partnership with friend and local business owner Brad Doane, began a series of pop-up dance concerts, now known as Lake Norman Live. The events, which transpire

almost monthly at the Finish Line Restaurant Lounge at George Pappa’s Victory Lanes in Mooresville, begin with dinner and drinks to the tune of one or two opening bands starting at 7 p.m. By 8:30 p.m., the evening’s headliner takes the stage, and guests take the dance floor. Although the entertainment line-up varies from show to show, each evening is designed to appeal to Lake Norman’s 30-and-older crowd and often includes sets featuring 80’s hits and today’s top 40. — Eleanor Merrell, photography by Lisa Crates 

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FACES OF Lake Norman The Lake Norman area brims with innovative people who make our community better every day. In FACES, a new special advertising section of CURRENTS, we offer a chance to get to know the area’s leaders up close and personally. Read on to find out more about these outstanding individuals and their positive impact on our area.



These are the FACES of Lake Norman.

Jonathon and Lindsey Kepner Raymer Kepner Funeral Home & Cremation Services........ 26 Wendy Yeakley, Brittany Raines & Courtney Williams Homestyles Interior Design................................................ 26 Mark Mosayebi - Lake Norman Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge and Ram.................................................................. 27 Dr. Richard R. Rolle, Jr. - Rolle Oral & Facial Surgery.......... 28 Clay Vassey - Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage........ 29

Rick Mack - RdM Architecture PA....................................... 30 Kelly Cruz - Kelly Cruz Interiors, Inc.................................... 31 Stephanie Nieuwendijk Dutchmans Casual Living Store.......................................... 32 Jennifer Korinchak - Fishes and Loaves.............................. 33 Mooresville Downtown Commission................................. 34 Jennifer Marion - Randy Marion Automotive...................... 35 Dale & Jenean Fornges - Fornges Financial Services, LLC......36

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FACES OF Lake Norman Kepner Funeral Homes


On September 2, 2018, Jonathan Kepner, proudly representing the fifth generation of his family in funeral service, married Miss Lindsey Baxter. Lindsey is the first female funeral director in the history of Kepner Funeral Homes. Jonathan and Lindsey are licensed funeral directors and jointly manage Raymer-Kepner Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Huntersville. The Kepner family began their funeral service business in West Virginia over 170 years ago. They acquired their Huntersville location in 2011 and continue to uphold the highly respected reputation that is synonymous

Jonathan and Lindsey Kepner

with the Kepner name. Owners John and Claudia Kepner live in and are an active part of the Lake Norman community, as are their daughter Krystal, her husband Michael, and grandson, Theo. The Kepners are proud to welcome Lindsey to their family. She and Jonathan are committed to carrying on the tradition of providing the highest quality care to the families they serve. Raymer-Kepner Funeral Home & Cremation Services 16901 Old Statesville Road Huntersville, NC 28078 704.892.9669 www.raymerfh.com


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FACES OF Lake Norman Homestyles Interior Design Offering a wealth of knowledge, education and experience, the team at HomeStyles Interior Design, led by owner and lead designer Wendy Yeakley, works closely with clients to bring their visions to life. Designers Brittany Raines and Courtney Williams, along with Yeakley, take pride in fostering relationships with clients, peers and industry partners, as they understand that practices and products in the design industry are constantly evolving. For more than 21 years, Homestyles has been creating environments that are at once beautiful and livable. Wendy Yeakley Homestyles Inerior Design 704.906.7469 Instagram: @homestylesdesign Facebook: Homestyles Interior Design www.homestylesinteriordesign.com

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Mark Mosayebi Sales Executive


Lake Norman Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge and Ram 20700 Torrence Chapel Road Cornelius, NC 28031 704.896.3800 www.lakenormanchrysler.com


While bowling on the professional tour for 10 years, Mark Mosayebi learned how to work with different types of people each week. Those skills helped catapult him to the top salesperson position at Lake Norman Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge and Ram in Cornelius. Mosayebi began selling cars at the dealership in 2002 and credits the encouraging leadership of owners Jack Salzman, Robin Smith Salzman and Craig Smith for making his career such a success. In addition to a fun and competitive atmosphere, Mosayebi says the dealership’s offerings, including an excellent selection of new and preowned vehicles, courtesy loaners, complimentary car washes, window tinting, good management, superior customer service, and being open seven days a week, make it the only place to go when searching for a new vehicle. As far as Mosayebi is concerned, you’ll bowl a strike every time at Lake Norman Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge and Ram.

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Dr. Richard R. Rolle, Jr. Oral and Facial Surgeon OCTOBER 2018


Dr. Richard R. Rolle, Jr. wants to put a smile on your face by offering full-scope oral and facial surgery procedures, plus a host of cosmetic procedures and so much more at Rolle Oral & Facial Surgery. A former football player for Notre Dame under Coach Lou Holtz, Dr. Rolle merges his love for sports with his love for the community by serving as the official oral and facial surgeon for the Charlotte Hornets, Charlotte Checkers, Charlotte 49ers, Charlotte Independence, Charlotte Hounds, Kannapolis Intimidators and Livingstone College. He’s also an exclusive provider of Under Armour Bite Therapy mouth guards. Dr. Rolle takes great pride in offering excellence to his patients by utilizing cutting-edge technology in his state-of-the-art facility in Cornelius. By providing digital imaging, 3D- guided dental implant surgery and IV sedation, in addition to a warm and caring environment, Rolle Oral & Facial Surgery provides innovative and reliable care, smile after smile. Dr. Richard R. Rolle, Jr. Rolle Oral & Facial Surgery 9615 Caldwell Commons Circle, Suite B Cornelius, NC 28031 www. RolleOralFacialSurgery.com

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Clay Vassey

Real Estate Broker


Clay Vassey Broker In Charge Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage 18825 W. Catawba Avenue Cornelius NC 28031 704.991.5703 www.cbcarolinas.com


Clay Vassey is a second generation Real Estate Broker. He understands how relationships are paramount to a successful real estate career. As the Broker in Charge at Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Cornelius, he makes certain that all Brokers in his office understand that communication is essential. Local, full-time and knowledgeable agents are the key to a smooth and stress-free transaction. At Coldwell Banker, Vassey develops relationships to effectively market and match consumers’ real estate needs with the proper tools and services to make all real estate transactions seamless. Coldwell Banker was founded in 1906. The company’s philosophy has always been to stay in front of technology and remain focused on the dynamic between Brokers and clients. Vassey and the Agents affiliated with Coldwell Banker believe in the strength and integrity of the brand and are dedicated to delivering outstanding service to their clients and the communities in and around Lake Norman.

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Rick Mack

Owner, RdM Architecture PA



As the owner of RdM Architecture PA, Rick Mack enjoys using his mind and his hands to create something from nothing. The nature of architecture; the required innovation; and the management of design, people and processes creates an insightful, mindful person who can see a vision from 50,000 feet and then get in the weeds to execute it. That philosophy fuels Mack’s architectural practice, as well as Synergyone, his 10-yearold construction company and North Carolina Certified HUB Enterprise. These two businesses combined offer planning, architectural and interior design services, in addition to integrated project delivery and design/build services for a variety of sectors including health care, education, industrial, hospitality, commercial, retail, residential and civic. In a career that spans locally since 1986, Mack has started businesses that have created almost 300 jobs. The cornerstone for his success involves listening and providing excellent service, as he endeavors to see a project from a client’s perspective and deliver a holistic solution. Rick Mack RdM Architecture PA 208 S. Village Lane Davidson, NC 28036 704.987.9727 rmack@rdmgroup.net www.rdmgroup.net

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Kelly Cruz Interiors, Inc.

Kelly Cruz Interiors, Inc. 438 Williamson Road Suite C Mooresville, NC 28117 704.895.2530 www.KellyCruzInteriors.com


As an interior designer and president of Kelly Cruz Interiors, Inc., Cruz assists clients from remodeling/new construction concepts all the way through furnishings and art. She and her design team provide turnkey products and services throughout the entire process so that the client’s home is move-in ready upon completion. All of her projects hinge on the fact that a wellput together home reduces stress, offers efficiency, and fosters stronger relationships with friends and family. Integrity has been the hallmark of her firm since she founded it in 1996. Cruz’s dedication to professionalism and creativity consistently results in referrals and repeat business. No two projects are ever exactly the same, and that’s what keeps Cruz excited about design.


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Stephanie Nieuwendijk

Dutchmans Casual Living Store



As the owner and founder of Dutchmans Casual Living Store, Stephanie Nieuwendijk wants to inspire customers to make their homes beautiful and happy because she truly believes that you need to love the place you live. That’s why her vibrant Cornelius store is filled with original, unique and quality-made merchandise at affordable price points. Dutchmans offers interior design consultations and in-home services, as well as a variety of wood and upholstery furniture, lighting, home accessories and gifts. Nieuwendijk enjoys the creativity of changing the look of her eclectic store each season, in addition to helping customers pull furniture together for a new space or an entire home. The high volume of renovations and new builds in the Lake Norman area affords her many opportunities to share her design talents. At the end of the day, Dutchmans has something for everyone’s home, and Nieuwendijk wouldn’t have it any other way. Dutchmans Casual Living Store 19441 Old Jetton Rd Cornelius, North Carolina 28031 704.896.0007 www.dutchmansdesigns.com

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Jennifer Korinchak Fishes and Loaves


Fishes and Loaves 132 Joe Knox Avenue, Suite 101 Mooresville, NC 28117 704.230.1983 jennifer@ fishesandloavesshop.com www.fishesandloavesshop.com @fishesandloavesshop (Facebook, Instagram)


Jennifer Korinchak has a simple merchandising strategy for Fishes and Loaves, her boutique-style kitchen goods and homewares shop in Mooresville: Quality over quantity! Her shelves are stocked with items that are classic and comfortable, yet chic. Simply put, Korinchak is on a mission to educate the community on the rewards of wholesome, healthful meal planning and eating. Korinchak’s motto is, “Want Better, Not More.” She believes folks would be more inclined to cook and entertain if their homes were filled with a few high-quality, versatile tools and heirloom-quality pieces, as opposed to trendy gadgets and drawers full of stuff. Part of the store was designed to host special events, including a “Meet the Maker” series focused on the craftsmanship behind their merchandise. Fishes and Loaves offers “real life” inspiration for families and friends, encouraging us all to slow down and take a seat at the dining room table together.

Special Advertising Section Left to right are Mooresville Downtown Commission Board of Directors & Executive Director: Dennis Cowardin, BB&T Main Street, Chairman John Walsh, SightSpan, Inc. Joel Goodman, Goodman Construction Co. Rawls Howard, Town of Mooresville Planning Director Hugh Sykes, Hugh Sykes Enterprises, Treasurer Kim Atkins, MDC Executive Director Barb Pfeffer, Salon 250 Kimberly Henderson, The Firm Real Estate Shawnelle Cherry, Future Fashion Designers Mark Fowler, 202 North Main Wines Ryan Pegarsch, First Bank Main Street Kim Saragoni, Four Corners Framing & Gallery, Secretary Laura Brosseau, Ain’t Miss Bead Haven

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Mooresville Downtown Commission The Mooresville Downtown Commission (MDC) was established in 1988 in conjunction with the NC Main Street Program. The non-profit organization creates, facilitates and promotes the vibrancy of the heart of Mooresville through engagement, support, advocacy and leadership. Led by Executive Director Kim Atkins and a board of directors, the MDC and Downtown Mooresville have contributed to the health of the Mooresville community for the 2017-2018 fiscal year by creating 14 full-time jobs and 21 part-time jobs. In

addition, six façade improvements and six rehabilitations have been completed, while public investment was more than $643,000 and private investment soared at $3,300,000. The MDC’s efforts, largely fueled by volunteers, have resulted in a resurgence of consumers buying local and looking for unique and personable shopping experiences. The small businesses of Downtown Mooresville offer impeccable customer service in a small-town Americana environment. Though the work of the MDC can be

slow-paced, the passion and persistence of Atkins, downtown business and property owners, and volunteers never wanes, resulting in a vibrant Downtown Mooresville that continues to grow and flourish. Mooresville Downtown Commission (MDC) Kim Atkins, Executive Director 215 N. Main Street Mooresville, NC 28115 www.downtownmooresville.com

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Jennifer Marion

Randy Marion Automotive


Randy Marion Automotive Locations in Mooresville, Huntersville, Statesville and Hickory www.RandyMarion.com


As the face of the number one GM Dealer in the Southeast, Jennifer Marion is in charge of advertising for Randy Marion Automotive, which has an inventory of more than 5,000 vehicles and employs more than 460 people. Taking care of customers and giving back to the community has been the mission of this family business since it began in 1990. Jennifer enjoys working with her father and president of the company, Randy Marion, as well as her brother, Randy Marion, Jr., who serves as the general manager. For more than 16 years, her daughter, Alexandria, who is now a sophomore at Penn State, has helped with advertising for the company. More recently, Jennifer’s two nieces, Vanessa and Victoria, have joined the advertising team. Together they market the company’s huge selection of new and used vehicles in Mooresville, Huntersville, Statesville and Hickory, as well as its outstanding service department of 197 employees, including 93 technicians and 13 World Class Technicians. They make sure everyone knows that Randy Marion is truly the King of Price.

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FACES OF Lake Norman Dale & Jenean Fornges

Owners, Fornges Financial Group Dale Fornges enjoys educating clients on how to put themselves in a better financial position. A veteran of the financial industry, Dale, and his wife, Jenean, own Fornges Financial Group, LLC, which offers a variety of financial and retirement planning services. Dale presents easy-to-understand approaches for reducing risk, so clients feel confident and secure financially. The overriding mission of the firm is to make one’s financial life worry-free, so that they can enjoy the things that matter most.



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Navigators Andy and Tamara Totman of Vinyasa Arts Yoga Studio breathe in and breathe out each day with gratitude.



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Andy and Tamara Totman reopen Vinyasa Arts Yoga Studio with a new appreciation for life

ndy and Tamara Totman first opened the doors of Vinyasa Arts Yoga Studio at LangTree Lake Norman in December 2016. Hailing from San Diego where “there’s a yoga studio on every corner,” the couple was excited to be part of the growing yoga community here.



Navigators Students loved their hot yoga classes, and they loved Andy and Tamara. Those relationships meant everything when just six months after the studio opened, Andy’s previously diagnosed stage IV malignant melanoma returned. The couple was forced to close the studio to focus on Andy’s treatment.

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When Andy’s disease was first diagnosed in February 2014, his initial treatment involved a series of surgeries to remove the tumors that began on his lower lip and spread to other parts of his face. Radiation followed. Other than fatigue, his side effects were relatively mild. “It was more of a head spin,” he says, stroking the soft beard that covers any remaining scars. With the regrowth of the tumors, the Totmans consulted a surgeon, who felt strongly that Andy needed fast and aggressive treatment. He recommended the removal of half of Andy’s jaw, followed by additional radiation therapy. “This was the point when we realized how serious the cancer truly was,” says Tamara, adding that they sought other opinions. It was at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville that they first learned about a relatively new chemotherapy drug called Obdivo. Since Andy lives a healthy lifestyle and has a strong immune system, they all agreed to give the drug a try. His chemo regimen was every two weeks for the next year and a half, but they managed to transfer his care to Wake Forest. This meant travelling to Winston-Salem every two weeks, but it also meant they could return to the Lake Norman area.


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Andy and Tamara have quite a following in Lake Norman’s yoga community.

Throughout his cancer journey, Andy continued his yoga practice and shared his experiences with the community through social media. Andy and Tamara agree

Navigators LangTree welcomed them back, and the studio reopens this month. Andy feels well these days, and his oncologists seem to think he has beaten it this time. The couple has been busy remodeling their studio to reflect who they are now. “Andy is doing all the construction. I do the sanding and the painting,” says Tamara, as she takes a quick sushi break to talk. When asked how their cancer journey has changed them, they reply, “We appreciate life and health and our marriage. We also appreciate what other people are going through as well.” On the website for Vinyasa Arts, you’ll find a video of Andy flowing through a basic series of asanas (postures). As you watch him, it’s impossible to miss the resilience of his body moving with the breath of life and experiencing the presence of peace.

Andy and Tamara say their cancer journey has made them appreciate life, health and their marriage more.

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that the support they received made all the difference. “We felt we were surrounded by family,” Tamara recalls. “Even the businesses here were supportive. LangTree supported us when we had to break our lease, and even other yoga studios reached out to us.” Andy knew teaching was what he wanted to do with his life from the first time he began studying yoga 15 years ago, so he found a way to get back to teaching as soon as possible. After Andy’s last treatment in July of 2018, the Totmans decided to drive by the studio on a whim. They were amazed to see that a year and a half after leaving, their sign was still up. Andy and Tamara grasp hands and smiled at one another saying, “it was a sign that was a sign.” It was the right time and the right thing to reopen the studio.

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A Creative Response As the fire chief of Davidson, Bo Fitzgerald puts out a lot of fires that don’t have flames by Rosie Molinary | photography by Lisa Crates



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Bo Fitzgerald, a Davidson College graduate, serves as the fire chief of Davidson.

o Fitzgerald, the fire chief of Davidson, has been an emergency first responder for more than half of his life. When he arrived at Davidson College in 1995, he found himself looking for something interesting to do with his time. “I wanted something outside of studies and the normal college social life to take part in. I met a student who was a volunteer at the fire department and thought that was a cool idea,” says Fitzgerald, 41, of his decision to become a volunteer firefighter. After graduation, Fitzgerald

started working with Emergency Services and soon began rethinking his plan to become a Methodist minister. “I really enjoyed my time on the volunteer fire department, and I got a lot of satisfaction doing the things firefighters do on a daily basis,” he explains. “Only when I started working in EMS did I start seeing it as a possible career path.” In 1999, Fitzgerald started working at the Charlotte Fire Department while continuing as a volunteer firefighter for Davidson. Over the years, the emergency response needs in Davidson significantly

changed. “Ten years ago, Davidson was an all-volunteer organization. As the department got busier, volunteers couldn’t pull the load. The expectations on volunteer firefighters became too high,” says Fitzgerald, who was hired as chief in 2015. Responding to the town’s growth so its emergency services can meet demand is a critical challenge Fitzgerald faces. While many people think of fire alarms when they see a fire engine rushing to a call, fire departments are also the first responders for almost all emergencies in communities

Process Creativity is: Coming up with new ways to solve old or new problems. When you were 10 years old, what was your favorite way to be creative? Drawing. What’s a good way to be more creative every day? Don’t limit your world view. Try to hear and listen to as many ideas on subjects that are pertinent to you as you possibly can. What do you wish you had more time for in your life? I wish I had more time for family, and I wish I had the time to have a dog.

Fitzgerald and his team helped start the Campus Emergency Response Team at Davidson College in 2016.

emergency medical service, working within this budget and the staffing we have,” says Fitzgerald. Inclined toward gathering input when a problem arises, Fitzgerald and his deputy chiefs started thinking creatively. “We were doing a lot of emergency calls to the college on weekends. How could we

reduce the amount of time our fire trucks were tied up during these times? It occurred to me that Davidson College students serving in EMS was how I got my start. For years, the department relied on college students for their staffing. We started thinking this worked before, it could work again,” explains Fitzgerald of how

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they came to start the Campus Emergency Response Team in 2016. Students receive their EMS certification and run the EMS calls for the college on the weekends. “It is still a work in progress, but we are getting it to where we need to be,” says Fitzgerald, who credits his experienced staff and supportive town government for his department’s success and ability to be creatively responsive to evolving needs. “The folks that work with me and folks surrounding me in the town government and administration have been so supportive. Being open-minded and willing to listen to the ideas of others and keeping an eye on the ultimate goal of providing a better service to the people who live here has been essential to our innovation,” says Fitzgerald. “Sometimes that means thinking outside of the box.”


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The Sweatshirt — Fashion’s Unsung Hero They might not be the hippest piece of clothing, but they’re pretty powerful by Mike Savicki | photography by Anthony Rikansrud



hen I begin brainstorming for fall fashion story ideas, I did exactly what any idea starved writer should not do, I looked in my own closet. There, falling off rarely touched hangers and overflowing, dust-covered shelves, I found everything I hoped not to find, namely, outdated pilgrim looking shoes with brass buckles, pants with many pleats, super wide ties, and an actual league bowling shirt with my name embroided above the front pocket. (Never in my life do I recall bowling.) The only fashion lesson I learned from my visit was that there are no 21st century fashion lessons to be learned from my closet. But then, just as I was about to table my writing for another night, crack open a beer and flip on SportsCenter, I decided to pull on a hoodie. Rolling over to my dresser and swinging open the doors to select from the piles of sweatshirts in all colors, shapes and degrees of wear, the idea hit me. With all

due respect to whatever fashion style is trending this season, I deduced that the sweatshirt is the greatest piece of fall fashion apparel ever invented. Looking for supporting documentation, I then did what any good writer does, I put out a call on social media. The comments began pouring in almost as fast as they do when I ask for parenting advice or fantasy football tips. It seems I had discovered the holy grail of fashion. Here’s a summary of what I learned. By wearing the 1997 Green Bay Packers Super Bowl Champions sweatshirt on an NFL Sunday, now handed down through generations in a Cheeseheadsupporting family, the Packers will win. A 21-year-old Widespread Panic sweatshirt first bought and worn in high school still has magical powers and superiority over all other rock band sweatshirts. If you can still get away with

wearing your high school diving, her mother first purchased when gymnastics, running or tennis Nicole was a preteen and then sweatshirt from whenever it was operated for subsequent decades. that you went to high school, “The sweatshirt is plain, then you are not only still in uncool, unassuming and shape, but you are also defying about as boring as they come,” the laws of aging. Whitehead explains, “but what And to the Tar Heels out it stands for, what it means, there, I learned if you are the the memories and lessons it type who still has a sweatshirt brings to mind whenever I put that celebrates UNC’s run to the it on have helped shape me as a 1982 national championship, person and as a business owner and you also wore it when they just like my mom was. From won in 1993, and you somehow watching my mother’s kindness got Carolina Blue paint on it from a Franklin Street celebration during the last 36 years, then go ahead and keep wearing it. Duke Dominance aside, that’s one hell of a sweatshirt. Mooresville’s Nicole Whitehead came to acquire her grey Old Navy zip-front hoodie when a customer left behind an entire load of clean laundry in a dryer at the laundromat Mike Savicki’s personal sweatshirt collection.

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It seems I had discovered the holy grail of fashion. — Mike Savicki

clothes her daughter wants to borrow, so I was just proud that I have something that passes her cool test and I finally have something she wants to wear.” This heartwarming story comes full circle with Grace now supporting her lifelong best friend, Claire, as she begins her grueling fourth-class year as a Naval Midshipman and future officer. That sweatshirt, and their bond, is shaping future leaders. So, here’s to the sweatshirt, that one-of-a-kind piece of apparel we all have and rarely ever hesitate to wear not only when we feel a chill but also when we want to lounge, work, read, think, snuggle, cuddle, attend a sporting event and do just about anything else in our day. A sweatshirt can conceal our flaws as well as it can enhance our strengths and give us confidence. Take it from me, you can’t say that about a pair of argyle socks. I know because I still have plenty.



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and generosity to customers and seeing her work ethic, that sweatshirt helps me remember the core values of who I am. I’m overcome with a whole range of emotions every time I pull it on, and I still wear the heck out of it.” It was 21 years ago almost to the month that Cornelius’ Ann DiGioia made the drive from her University of Richmond dorm to the Naval Academy to attend a homecoming dance, leaving with a sweatshirt she then wore on and off through the years. “It always brought back good memories, and sometimes we need those,” DiGioia explains, “so I kept it in that drawer we all have full of old college sweatshirts, and I’d wear it every now and then.” This past year her daughter, Grace, a 2018 high school graduate, came looking for cool sweatshirts, found it and loved it. “I’ve never been that cool mom who has fashionable


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1: Einstein Socks by Sock It To Me, $10.95 — The Village Store,110 S. Main Street, Davidson, look for The Village Store on Facebook.


2: Pocket Squares by Michael Stone, $29.95 — The Back Room Men’s Fine Clothier,119 N. Main Street, Suite 102, Mooresville, www. thebackroommensclothier.com. 3: Johnny Fly Co. Eyewear, $120 — Luna’s at the Lake, 19732 One Norman Boulevard, #320, Cornelius. You can also visit Luna’s on Facebook. 4: Gray Bobwhite Bow Tie by Brackish, $195 — Hampton’s Men’s Clothing, LangTree Lake Norman, 120 Langtree Village Drive, Suite 105, Mooresville, www.hamptonsmens. com.


5:Johnston & Murphy Shoes (Salesman Sample Program), $69.95 — The Back Room Men’s Fine Clothier,119 N. Main Street, Suite 102, Mooresville, www. thebackroommensclothier.com.


8: Leather Backpack by Johnny Fly Co., $220 — Luna’s at the Lake, 19732 One Norman Boulevard, #320, Cornelius. You can also visit Luna’s on Facebook. [10]

9: Lock & Key Bracelets, $97 each — Luna’s at the Lake, 19732 One Norman Boulevard, #320, Cornelius. You can also visit Luna’s on Facebook. 10: East Carolina University Tie by Statesville’s Robert Leslie, $125 — Hampton’s Men’s Clothing, LangTree Lake Norman, 120 Langtree Village Drive, Suite 105, Mooresville, www. hamptonsmens.com.


11: Laptop Satchel by Embellish by Creative Co-Op, $59.50 — The Village Store,110 S. Main Street, Davidson, look for The Village Store on Facebook.


7: Bailey of Hollywood Hat, $82.95 — The Back Room Men’s Fine Clothier,119 N. Main Street, Suite 102, Mooresville, www. thebackroommensclothier.com.


6: Coin Cufflinks, $265 — Hampton’s Men’s Clothing, LangTree Lake Norman, 120 Langtree Village Drive, Suite 105, Mooresville, www. hamptonsmens.com.

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1: Mink Pom-Pom Necklace, $38 — Sweet Magnolia, 8301 Magnolia Estates Drive, Magnolia Plaza, Cornelius, look for Sweet Magnolia Lake Norman on Facebook. 2: Fleming Phone Crossbody by Tory Burch, $278 — Monkee’s of Lake Norman, 605 Jetton Street, Unit A, Davidson and 106-A South Main Street, Davidson, www. monkeesoflakenorman.com.


3: Genuine Leather Bracelet by Streets Ahead, $56 — Blonde Faith at Luna’s at the Lake, 19732 One Norman Boulevard, #320, Cornelius, look for Blonde Faith on Facebook. 4: Colorful Wool Scarf Handmade in Nepal, $58 — Britique, Brawley Commons, 631 Brawley School Road, Suite 407, look for Britique on Facebook. 5: Clutch by Canoe, $158 — Blonde Faith at Luna’s at the Lake, 19732 One Norman Boulevard, #320, Cornelius, look for Blonde Faith on Facebook. 6: Multicolored Bead Bracelets, $23 each — Sweet Magnolia, 8301 Magnolia Estates Drive, Magnolia Plaza, Cornelius, look for Sweet Magnolia Lake Norman on Facebook.


7: Silver Cuff Bracelets by Christo from Brighton, $58 each — CoCo Couture, Jetton Village, 19818 N. Cove Road, Suite B, Cornelius, www.thecococouture.com.


10: Moonlight Bag (made from recycled military tents), $62 — Britique, Brawley Commons, 631 Brawley School Road, Suite 407, look for Britique on Facebook. 11: Leaf Beaded Hoops by Deepa Gurnani, $100 — Uniquities, Birkdale Village, 16836-C Birkdale Commons Parkway, Huntersville, www.uniquities.com. 12: Shoes by Swedish Hasbeens, $239 — Monkee’s of Lake Norman, 605 Jetton Street, Unit A, Davidson and 106-A South Main Street, Davidson, www.monkeesoflakenorman.com. 13: Violet Acrylic Print Earrings, $20 — Sweet Magnolia, 8301 Magnolia Estates Drive, Magnolia Plaza, Cornelius, look for Sweet Magnolia Lake Norman on Facebook.


14: Necklace by Twine & Twig, $198; Stack of Three Bracelets by Twine & Twig, $58 — Uniquities, Birkdale Village, 16836-C Birkdale Commons Parkway, Huntersville, www.uniquities.com.


15: Wool Pom-Pom Hat, $112 — Uniquities, Birkdale Village, 16836-C Birkdale Commons Parkway, Huntersville, www. uniquities.com. 16: Black Tote by Frank Lyman Design, $148 — CoCo Couture, Jetton Village, 19818 N. Cove Road, Suite B, Cornelius, www.thecococouture.com 17: Necklace by Mickey Lynn, $189 — Blonde Faith at Luna’s at the Lake, 19732 One Norman Boulevard, #320, Cornelius, look for Blonde Faith on Facebook.


9: Snakeskin Booties by Steve Madden, $130 — Britique, Brawley Commons, 631 Brawley School Road, Suite 407, look for Britique on Facebook.


8: Brooklyn Purse by Made By Hand in NYC, $169 — Monkee’s of Lake Norman, 605 Jetton Street, Unit A, Davidson and 106-A South Main Street, Davidson, www. monkeesoflakenorman.com.

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1: Farmhouse Frame by Mud Pie, $39.95 — The Village Store, 110 S. Main Street, Davidson, look for The Village Store on Facebook. 2: Fall Burlee (reversible to a Christmas motif), $49 — Pete & Pops Findery, 605 C Jetton Street, Davidson, www.peteandpops.com. 3: “Dinner is Better Together” Plate, $7 — Pete & Pop’s Findery, 605 C Jetton Street, Davidson, www.peteandpops.com. 4: Resin Fall Coaster Set, $16 — Dutchmans Casual Living Stores, 19441 Old Jetton Road, Cornelius, www.dutchmandesigns.com.


5: Exotic Sky w/ Flange Pillow, $150 — Dutchmans Casual Living Stores, 19441 Old Jetton Road, Cornelius, www. dutchmandesigns.com. 6: “Beer Brew Enjoy Empty Repeat Mug,” $13.99 — The Perfect Home & Gift, NorthCross Shopping Center, 9755 Sam Furr Road, Huntersville, Facebook.



8: Bronze Lazy Rabbit Door Stop, $34.99 — The Perfect Home & Gift, NorthCross Shopping Center, 9755 Sam Furr Road, Huntersville, Facebook.


10: Feather Pumpkin, $22.99 — The Perfect Home & Gift, NorthCross Shopping Center, 9755 Sam Furr Road, Huntersville, Facebook. 11: “Brunch Lady” Tray, $30 — Pete & Pop’s Findery, 605 C Jetton Street, Davidson, www.peteandpops.com. 12: Darcie Votive in Rose, $8 — Dutchmans Casual Living Stores, 19441 Old Jetton Road, Cornelius, www.dutchmandesigns. com. 13: “Be the flame not the moth” match jar, $39.99 — The Shoppes at Home Heart & Soul, 20901 Catawba Avenue, Cornelius, www.homeheartandsoul.com.


14: Set of Four Melamine Plates by Tag Living, $21.95 — The Village Store, 110 S. Main Street, Davidson, look for The Village Store on Facebook.


15: Wooden Tray, $98 — The Shoppes at Home Heart & Soul, 20901 Catawba Avenue, Cornelius, www.homeheartandsoul.com.


9: Velvet Pumpkin, $65 — The Shoppes at Home Heart & Soul, 20901 Catawba Avenue, Cornelius, www.homeheartandsoul. com.


7: Iron Jute 6-Bottle Stand, $35 — The Village Store, 110 S. Main Street, Davidson, look for The Village Store on Facebook.


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Lake Norman’s Served Hot tennis team is ready to take on Texas

hile most people will be thinking about pumpkins and fall festivals this month, a group of women from the Lake Norman area are more focused on Arlington, Texas. In particular, the USTA (United States Tennis Association) League National Championships that will be played there October 19-21. As the 2018 Sectional Champions for Adult 40 and Over 3.5 Women, Served Hot, a LNTA (Lake Norman Tennis Association) League team, will represent the the nine-state southern region in this prestigious tournament. “I can’t wait,” says Mooresville’s Jennifer Peruc, who serves as co-captain of the team. “We’re ready to see how we compare,” adds Cornelius’ Jen Teifer, captain of Served Hot.

Served Hot, a LNTA (Lake Norman Tennis Association) League team, won the 2018 Sectional Championship for Adult 40 and Over 3.5 Women. They compete for the National Championship this month in Texas. Top row left to right: Nyree Galombeck Susan Shields, Karen Hallman, Jen Peruc, Lisette Missler, Wendy Evans and Tammy Jenkins. Bottom row left to right: Dawn Jennings, Shaun Simmer, Jen Teifer, Mandy Alexander and Michelle Murphy. Not pictured, Margie Vermillion.

More than tennis As Served Hot heads to Texas,

found this group of competitive women at this age, that we love to go out and play tennis. I didn’t even know you could do that,” she says. “I’ve met people that I have lots in common with. Tennis came back into my life at a good time.” Peruc says that tennis serves as an outlet for her and her teammates. “It keeps us sane,” she says, adding that when she had surgery on her neck last year, the team was there for her. “They made a food train. I had friends on the team taking me to doctor’s appointments. I had one friend on the tennis team take me to the emergency room…. It showed me how much more than just tennis this is.” As Served Hot heads to the Lone Star State, they’re packing their family mentality as well as their competitiveness. Hopefully that combination will result in the championship. “It’s a game within a game to figure out how the other team is going to play it,” says Teifer. “We love playing together.”


Getting to the National Championships wasn’t easy, as tennis in this area is competitive. The team, which includes, Teifer and Peruc, as well as Mandy Alexander, Wendy Evans, Nyree Galombeck, Karen Hallman, Tammy Jenkins, Dawn Jennings, Susan Shields, Shaun Simmer and Margie Vermillion, won the state championship in Winston-Salem this past June.

they know that the competition will be stiffer, as they’re slated to play the Caribbean and Northern California on the first day (Friday) and the MidAtlantic and New England on the second day (Saturday). It’s a Round Robin tournament, so every game counts. The top four teams will play on Sunday for first through fourth place. “I would be ecstatic if we made it in the top four. That would be incredible,” says Peruc. “It’s always our goal to win, but anywhere placing in the top four would be amazing.” “It’s already amazing that we’re going,” adds Teifer. Whether or not Served Hot wins the championship, places or simply competes, they can be proud of what they’ve accomplished. And more importantly, they’re thankful for the friendships they’ve made, as Peruc and Teifer describe the group as family. Most of the team played tennis in high school and took a break from the sport to raise a family. Teifer played in high school and returned to the sport a few years ago. “I love that I


The hot road to victory

While temperatures were warm for that competition, they were nothing compared to how hot it was when the team won sectionals in Mobile, Alabama in July. Peruc says it was about 120 degrees on the courts in Mobile. “That is not an exaggeration,” she says. Regardless of the heat, the team beat Louisiana (4-1), Alabama (4-1), Mississippi (5-0) and Arkansas (3-2). They beat South Carolina in the finals (3-2). “We went down there and only had one extra person, so pretty much everybody played,” recalls Teifer, who played five singles matches in less than 48 hours. “You don’t have a lot of rest time and recovery. It’s mentally exhausting.” “You are running on adrenaline,” adds Peruc. Teifer said she was crying before she completed her last match because she knew that her team had won. “I knew that it was over and that all of our hard work had paid off.”

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Wendy Yeakley and Brittany Raines of Homestyles Interior Design helped a family of five create a home from the outside in.



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Wendy Yeakley and Brittany Raines helped a Mooresville family design their home inside and out

Taking inspiration from coastal homes in the Hamptons, this Mooresville lakeside home exudes casual elegance.



orking with an interior designer from the beginning of a custom build is a luxury that pays off enormously once the project is complete. While it’s great to have a show-stopping interior, decisions for the exterior of the home are just as important.

dwellings Recently Wendy Yeakley, owner and lead interior designer of Homestyles Interior Design, and Brittany Raines, also an interior designer at Homestyles, worked their magic inside and out on a new lakeside home in Mooresville. “We’re one of the firms in the area that is very experienced with custom home building, which means the whole exterior, the whole interior and the furnishings as well,” explains Yeakley. “This particular project is an example of how the exterior selections are just as important as the interior selections.”

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look, but they also wanted it to be very family friendly, inviting, and not overdone and pretentious,” she says. The exterior of the home exhibits an upscale coastal feel reminiscent of the Hamptons with its natural cedar shakes in a solid color stain accented with Tennessee fieldstone. Inside the home, hardwood floors of Live Sawn White Oak with heavy fuming, circle saw marks and a matte oil finish present a comfortable, yet regal feeling. “They wanted a floor that looked very natural, very unique but that wouldn’t be scuffed up with their kids and their dogs,” says Yeakley. One of the main focuses of the home is the kitchen, as it serves as the nucleus of the house. “The client wanted to follow trends a little bit but not completely. She wanted the kitchen to be timeless and classic and not all white,”


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Yeakley says that the scullery has become standard in these types of homes. “The idea is to get some of the mess out of the way. In this case, the scullery is used more as a beverage area,” she says. “Many of my clients have a dishwasher and a scullery that they can use for clean up after hosting dinner.” The scullery comes in handy for this family, as they enjoy entertaining friends and family.


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Blue takes center stage again in the master bath, where you’ll find a stunning round shower walled in a mosaic tile of glass and mother of pearl. An accent stripe of laser-printed marble runs underneath three transom windows. The shower is housed in the home’s turret. The same laser-printed marble can be found on the floor in an inlay pattern in front of custom vanities painted in Benjamin Moore’s Smoke. The result is a peaceful and welcoming space that melts away the stress of the day. Downstairs in the lake-level basement, there’s a kitchen/ bar area and billiard table. The custom bar cabinets are painted in Sherwin Williams’ Peppercorn, and the countertop, as well as the sink, are poured concrete. The floor of the basement is stained concrete, giving the area an industrial vibe. “Again, the floors in this house are very durable, kid and pet friendly,” says Yeakley. “The client’s desire for this whole project was to have it wellappointed but comfortable and casual.”

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Dine + Wine Eating, drinking, cooking and fun



Photography by Anthony Rikansrud


Wine creativity at Brixx, p. 70 A week of brewery activities, p. 72 Pumpkiny Petit Fours, p. 73 BoatYard Eats (BYE) arrives, p. 74

BoatYard Eats (BYE) in Cornelius offers live entertainment and more.

Dine + Wine

Wine Time

by Trevor Burton | Photography by Trevor Burton

wood fired pizza restaurant A Ton of Brixx Birkdale’s is home to some delicious creativity Afternoon Delight — Trevor Burton’s wife, Mary Ellen, always raves about her special Brixx pizza.



ypically restaurants that are part of a chain of franchises don’t do it for me. By their nature they have to be one-size-fits-all, and if that size is not to your taste, you’re out of luck when it comes to cuisine. So, it’s refreshing when you come across an establishment that doesn’t fit that mold. My wife, Mary Ellen, and I are a constant fixture sitting at the bar at Brixx Wood Fired Pizza in Birkdale Village in Huntersville. She has a standing order for a customized pizza that has earned its own name, “Afternoon Delight.” It goes like this; she hands over her recipe and the ingredients get keyed into the ordering system, which takes a little time. A little while later, as if by magic, a unique and tasty

dish appears in front of her. No surprise her dish generates a good amount of curiosity from other customers. I’m fully expecting that one day someone will utter that famous line from the movie When Harry Met Sally — “I’ll have what she’s having.” What makes up this culinary treasure is the following: wheat crust, tomatoes, goat cheese, black olives, wild mushrooms, red peppers, banana peppers and a topping of arugula. That, of course, raises the question of what wine to pair with it. Her favorite choice is a glass of Fumé Blanc, and that brings me to another tale of creativity, marketing creativity. There is no grape named Fumé Blanc. The grape in this wine is Sauvignon Blanc. The story I heard about this wine is

delightful. When the late Robert Mondavi was in France creating his Opus One wine with Baron Philippe de Rothschild, he left his wife in the Loire wine region for a few days. While there, she fell in love with a wine named Pouilly-Fumé made from the Sauvignon Blanc grape. She persuaded her husband to add a dry style Sauvignon Blanc to his portfolio. But Mondavi didn’t want to put just Sauvignon Blanc on the label. He wanted something more distinct, and he couldn’t, by law, use the name PouillyFumé. So he created a name that he thought would stand out, Fumé Blanc. Rather than copyrighting or trademarking the name, Mondavi offered to allow anyone to use the Fumé Blanc name to market a dry style Sauvignon Blanc. The rest

is history. It seems only right to pair a creatively named wine with a unique dish like my wife’s Afternoon Delight. They deserve each other — actually, the wine and food do complement each other quite nicely. I like Brixx. I like the atmosphere, I like sitting at the bar with a glass of rosé and a sandwich. I spent most of my early years at my grandfather’s pub in England, so sitting on a barstool is probably imprinted in my DNA. Most of all, I like the flexibility at Brixx to create and customize. Mary Ellen raves about her special pizza every time. Brixx Wood Fired Pizza Birkdale Village 16915 Birkdale Commons PParkway Huntersville www.brixxpizza.com


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Dine + Wine

On Tap

by Will Keible Photography by Ken Noblezada

Pick a Night, Any Night




Yoga and beer at D9 Brewing on Tuesday nights is a winning combination.


Lake Norman’s bustling brewery scene is bursting with things to do. Whether you’re a fitness junkie, Ken Jennings’ doppelganger or just have a bad case of cabin fever, there’s a good reason to work in a visit to a local brewery every night of the week. With the exception of Sunday, and let’s be honest, we all need a day to rest, beer lovers can tap into a wealth of fun activities to pair with their favorite malt beverage. MONDAY Mondays are tough. If you’re still nursing a hangover from the weekend, drag yourself out to Eleven Lakes Brewing for Wine Up Mondays Barrel and Barbell’s class. The 45-minute workout led by a certified personal trainer is the perfect way to sweat out a bad case of the Mondays. Bring light dumbbells and a yoga mat. The workout begins promptly at 6:45 p.m., costs $10, and nets you a post-workout wine or beer. TUESDAY Yoga is the exercise du jour, as Primal Brewing and D9 Brewing each offer vinyasa yoga classes. For a nominal fee, yogis can strike their best warrior pose at Yoga and Beer. Primal’s offering begins at 6:30 p.m. and D9’s at 7 p.m., and both come with a beer to help put you in touch with your inner self. Don’t forget to bring your yoga mat. WEDNESDAY Tacos or pizza? It sits high on the list of life’s greatest questions, and it’s a question local trivia fans have to answer every week. If you’ve got wicked smarts and an appetite to match, two Lake Norman breweries offer

trivia paired with food. Every Wednesday at 7 p.m., Ghostface Brewing & Pizzeria kicks off its weekly Geeks Who Drink pub trivia. Meanwhile, across town, King Canary Brewing is busy serving up brainbusters with a side of salsa at Tacos & Trivia. Prizes are awarded to winning teams at both breweries. THURSDAY If heel-to-toe drop and foot strike are part of your vocabulary, Primal Brewing’s Run Club on Thursdays at 6 p.m. is for you. The group run starts and ends at North Mecklenburg Park, conveniently located across the street, and offers 3-mile and 1-mile routes on the park trails. Leave the Gatorade at home and head over to the brewery to replenish your electrolytes with a cold one. Walkers welcome. FRIDAY C’mon, admit it. You loved playing bingo on that cruise to Turks and Caicos. Now, imagine a bingo card where traditional bingo numbers have been replaced with song names and music titles, and you’ve got Music Bingo, a killer way to spend

your Friday at King Canary Brewing. Listen carefully as the DJ plays 15-second clips of music and mark off spots on your bingo card. Get there B4 7 p.m. (See what I did there?) to grab your beer and snag a good seat. SATURDAY Dig that vintage Allman Brothers tour T-shirt out of your closet and head to Ghostface Brewing & Pizzeria for Live Music Saturdays. The weekly series kicks up at 8:30 p.m. and presents a variety of musicians and bands that embrace their southern roots. SUNDAY Rest. Just rest. Well, maybe we’ll have one beer. After all, Barrels and Barbell’s is just a day away. Note: Days, times and events may change, so be sure to check brewery websites and social media before walking out the door. Will Keible is the director of marketing and sales at WDAV, and he loves a good beer.

In the Kitchen with Jill Dahan Photography courtesy of Jill Dahan



½-can (7.5 ounces) pumpkin puree or ¾-cup cooked pumpkin flesh 6 tablespoons coconut or cassava flour 6 tablespoons (3 ounces) maple syrup (grade B if available) 1 teaspoon ceylon cinnamon powder ½-teaspoon ground ginger A pinch of ground cloves or allspice ½-teaspoon baking soda 1 large egg

Jill Dahan

Frosting (optional) ½-cup, plus 1 tablespoon (4.5 ounces) goats or cream cheese 3 tablepoons (1.5 ounces) unsalted butter 6 tablespoons (1.5 ounces) organic powdered sugar 1/4 teaspoon vanilla bean powder or paste


Butter 9-x-9-inch baking pan. Combine all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into the baking dish, and smooth the top. Bake at 350 F convection if possible for 15 to 17 minutes. If frosting, beat the ingredients till light and fluffy. Cool pumpkin and frost. Cut into small squares and serve. Makes about 16 squares.


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Dine + Wine

Nibbles + Bites

by Holly Becker


Photography by Anthony Rikansrud

Food Truckin’




Community is a central theme at Cornelius’ BoatYard Eats (BYE).

oatYard Eats (BYE) is Lake Norman’s newest restaurant venue, but somehow it instantly feels familiar, like it’s been here for years. More than 7,000 people graced its doors opening weekend. You half expect Norm to walk in (millennials, see Cheers on Netflix). If BoatYard Eats feels like family, it’s probably because the restaurant is a true family

partnership. David Stockwell, vice president of Emerging Concepts, a Chicago-based restaurant and entertainment development company, is using his business expertise to develop something personal at home. The Cornelius resident’s business partners include Mat Fotch, his partner at Emerging Concepts; his sister, Joli; father, Joseph; mother, Susan; and wife, Samantha. The family

merges a myriad of experience in separate careers into a business model they hope to later expand. “It’s nice to pull partners, but to pull family together and rally around a common cause is special,” says Stockwell. “You don’t trust anyone more than family.”

The meeting place Community is the central

theme of BoatYard Eats. “We want this to be Cornelius’ shiny penny. We’re centrally located geographically where Statesville Road and Westmoreland intersect, essentially at the crux of the community,” explains Stockwell, who wants the 3.64acre site to be the meeting place in Lake Norman for locals and out-of-towners.

BoatYard Eats features a rotating schedule of food truck fare.

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Fare changes daily with food trucks.

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Atmosphere restaurant’s moniker is a nod to Anchorage Marine, one of Lake Norman’s first boat repair and sales stores. “There was something special about the building that was worth preserving,” says Stockwell. The exposed ceiling and garage-style doors create an industrial vibe. Stockwell’s father repurposed Anchorage Marine shelves for community tables. Behind the building sits an open stage with unique character. It was created using an old boatlift. The venue features live music from local and national acts.

Experiential dining A novel restaurant concept, BoatYard Eats offers a rotating schedule of food truck fare. At least

one food truck, and three or more some days, park onsite offering patrons an array of choices. Patrons can visit the BoatYard Eats’ website for daily updates for food truck schedules. In addition, BoatYard Eats has its own kitchen, offering sharable plates (salads, flat breads, chicken wings) that do not compete with the food truck menu. It also serves craft beer from local breweries. The food trucks help BoatYard Eats cater to many demographics, from retirees and millennials to families with children. “Food trucks give us a pop of color and energy and bring a lot of excitement to the space,” says Stockwell. “They have followers and bring people into our entity that I might never reach and vice versa.”

Industrial vibe

Group Friendly Family Friendly Going Solo Lunch Meeting Date Night

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“We have a lot of property to work with, and you have these little niches where you can identify your spot,” says Stockwell. Seating is available inside at the bar and at community tables, as well as outside on the covered patio and picnic tables. Communal outdoor spaces also include a bocce court and two boats, a 1948 Dyer and a 1956 Morehouse, acting as a playground for children and an Instagram booth for adults. BoatYard Eats also has the distinction of being the only restaurant located on the McDowell Creek Greenway, which is sure to bring more pedestrian and bike traffic when the trail portion opens next year. The establishment gives new life to a building of historic importance. The



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THESE SITES WILL HELP YOU NAVIGATE THE LAKE NORMAN AREA Charlotte Mecklenburg Library » www.cmlibrary.org Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools » www.cms.k12.nc.us Cornelius » www.cornelius.org Davidson » www.ci.davidson.nc.us Davidson College » www.davidson.edu Downtown Mooresville » www.downtownmooresville.com Huntersville » www.huntersville.org Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce » www.lakenormanchamber.org Lake Norman Currents » www.lncurrents.com The Lake Norman Regional Economic Development Corporation » www.lakenormanregion.com The Lake Norman Marine Commission » www.lnmc.org Lake Norman Sail and Power Squadron » www.usps.org/lakenorman/ North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission » www.ncwildlife.org


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a month of things to do at the Lake Date Night

The 2018 Music on Main Concert Series (October 5) The Lilly Brothers, an up and coming Americana-Roots band from Lexington, North Carolina, perform. 6:30 p.m. Free. Mooresville Town Hall Lawn, www. ci.mooresville.nc.us.



Faculty Recital: Jon Hill, mandolin (October 14) Join Davidson College Adjunct Instructor of Guitar Jon Hill and friends for an eclectic mix of classical, jazz, traditional Appalachian and even some bluegrass. Music by Vivaldi, Villa-Lobos, Chick Corea and Bill Monroe to name a few will be performed. 3 p.m. Free. Tyler-Tallman Hall, Sloan Music Center, Davidson College, www.davidson.edu.


Lake Norman Big Band (October 15) The Lake Norman Big Band plays every third Monday night at The Finish Line Restaurant in Mooresville. The show features favorite hits from the big band era and more. 7-9 p.m. $20 cover (includes buffet dinner). Call 704.664.2695 for reservations. The Finish Line Restaurant at George Pappas Victory Lanes, 125 Morlake Drive, Mooresville, www. thelakenormanbigband.org. Nicolas Heigh and Margaret Carpenter Heigh (October 15) Nicolas Heigh is a music associate at Myers Park United Methodist Church in Charlotte. Soprano Margaret Carpenter Heigh performs with him. They perform on the organ through the Organ at Davidson music series. 7:30 p.m. Free, but donations are encouraged. Davidson College Presbyterian Church, 100 North Main Street, Davidson, www.dcpc.org. Davidson College Chorale and Davidson Singers (October 26) The Davidson College Chorale & Davidson Singers offer the first choral concert of the season. This special performance for friends and family highlights some of the vibrant and challenging repertoire the ensembles are performing this year. 5 p.m. Free. Davidson College Presbyterian

Family Fun

Me Time

Church, www.davidson.edu.

Photography courtesy of Downtown Mooresville


Girls’ Night Out

Davidson College Symphony Orchestra (October 26) Have an up-close and personal concert experience with the Davidson College Symphony Orchestra as it shares highlights from the season in an intimate setting. 7 p.m. Free. C. Shaw Smith 900 Room, Alvarez College Union, Davidson College, www.davidson.edu. Davidson College Jazz Ensemble (October 26) Join the Davidson College Jazz Ensemble as it performs highlights of its season during Davidson College’s Family Weekend celebrations. 9 p.m. Free. Tyler-Tallman Hall, Sloan Music Center, www.davidson.edu. Concert Series Presented by 89.9 WDAV: Flute4 Quartet (October 28) Flute4 is a quartet of hard-working Carolina flutists brought together by friendship, a common enthusiasm for the flute, and a desire to explore and commission flute repertoire with a professional group enabled by a team approach. DavidsonLearns is proudly sponsoring a pre-concert reception and a lecture by the performers at 1:30 p.m. in room 200 next to Tyler-Tallman Hall. To attend and for more details, contact Amy Diamond at amysdiamond@gmail.com. 3 p.m. Tyler-Tallman Hall, Sloan Music Center. For tickets, contact the Union Box Office at 704.894.2135. Free for Davidson students, but tickets are required, www.davidson.edu. MChamber Music for All (October 21) Chamber Music For All, an ensemble comprised of principal players from the Charlotte Symphony, explores chamber music for two violins and harp. Part of the Music at St. Alban’s. 3 p.m. 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, www. musicatstalbansdavidson.org.


The Carolina Renaissance

Enjoy art and wine in Downtown Mooresville on October 12 at Uncorked and Artsy. Festival & Artisan Marketplace (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 Tent Road, Huntersville, www.renfestinfo.com. 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. One of the largest in the Southeast, this maze is sure to please. The whole of Rural Hill’s 265 acres is available to you and your group during maze hours. Times and ticket prices vary. Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Road, Huntersville, www.ruralhillfarm.org. Corn Maze at Rescue Ranch (October 5-7, 12-14, 19-21, 26-28) Come find your way around the maze at Rescue Ranch. Prices and times vary. Rescue Ranch, 1424 Turnersburg Highway, Statesville, www.rescueranch.com. Hops & Harmony (October 6) Enjoy live music and all kinds of beer in Downtown Statesville. $35 in advance, $40 at the gate. Downtown Statesville, www.downtownstatesvillenc.org. All American Dog Show (October 6) Come out and see some of the cutest dogs around. 3-6 p.m. Free admission. Robbins Park, Cornelius, www.cornelius.org.

Ada Jenkins Second Annual Food Fight (October 6) This fundraiser features a competition of local restaurants, chefs and a few daring home cooks each vying for the “Best Of” in their chosen category, which includes Mac-NCheese, barbecue and dessert. Tickets are $25 for adults and $5 for kids under 14. 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Ada Jenkins, 212 Gamble Street, Davidson, www.adajenkins.org. SOMA Davidson Fall Fest (October 6) Enjoy food, beverages, and live music from Billy Jones and Mike Orlando. 2-7 p.m. Free admission. 428 S. Main Street, Davidson. Uncorked and Artsy (October 12) Enjoy art and wine in Downtown Mooresville. Tickets are $25 per person, $30 at the gate. 6-9 p.m. Downtown Mooresville, Broad and Main Streets, www. downtownmooresville.com. Reeves Temple Fall Carnival (October 13) Come enjoy family friendly fall activities. Proceeds help save Lingle Hut. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tickets TBA. Reeves Temple AME Zion Church, 213 Watson Street, Davidson. The Lake Norman Wildlife Conservationists Oyster and Shrimp Festival (October 13) Enjoy the music of Jim Avett (yes, he’s the dad of The Avett Brothers’ Scott and Seth Avett.) Come hear how musical talent runs in the Avett family. VIP tickets are $100, general admission is $60. 5-10 p.m. LangTree Lake

Norman, 401 Langtree Road, Mooresville, www.lnwc.org. Carolina Balloonfest (October 19-21) This is an area tradition. Watch colorful hot air balloons pepper the sky. General admission prices vary, children 12 and younger free. October 19 3-8:30 p.m., October 20 7 a.m.-8:30 p.m., October 21 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Statesville Regional Airport, 260 Hangar Drive, Statesville. (Free parking at Troutman Park and Ride, 630 N. Main Street, Troutman.) www. carolinaballoonfest.com. Fall Community Extravaganza (October 20) This annual event includes breakfast, car show, silent auction, vendor sale, children’s activities, touch a truck, trick or treat, bake sale, barbecue and more. 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Free admission. Huntersville United Methodist Church, 14005 Stumptown Road, Huntersville. Laketoberfest (October 20) This annual community event features some of the area’s top bands, beer from local North Carolina breweries, a variety of food trucks and a kids’ zone with crafts and games. Event proceeds benefit Lake Norman Wildlife Conservationists. 4-9 p.m. Free admission. Bailey Road Park, 11536 Bailey Road, Cornelius, www.cornelius.org. The Dino Open (October 21) This golf tournament honors the late Jeff DiNola while benefitting Little Smiles. Time TBA. NorthStone Country Club,

Huntersville, www.littlesmiles.org. Fall Fun Days at Rescue Ranch (October 27-28) Enjoy all things fall at Statesville’s Rescue Ranch. Prices and times vary. Rescue Ranch, 1424 Turnersburg Highway, Statesville, www.rescueranch.com. Dogtoberfest (October 28) LakeCross Veterinary celebrates 20 years with a celebration benefitting K9s for Warriors and Morris Animal Foundation. Festivities include a caricature artist, photo booth, hot dogs, cold drinks, microchip data check (to make sure your pet’s chip has accurate information), a dog training and K9 demonstration, costume contest, games and giveaways. 2 p.m.-5 p.m. Free. LakeCross Veterinary, 106 Parr Drive, Huntersville, www.lakecrossvet.com.


Halloween in Huntersville (October 20) Enjoy free entertainment, airbrush tattoos, bounce houses, crafts and more. The highlight is a Halloween Egg Dash feature orange and black eggs. A costume contest begins at 6 p.m. Admission free. 4-8 p.m. Historic Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Road, Huntersville, www.huntersville.org.

It’s Art After Dark Costume Party (October 27) Mooresville Arts presents a festive Halloween celebration featuring body painting demonstrations, a DJ and dancing, costume contests, psychic readings, and more. 7-11 p.m. $10 in advance/ $15 at the door; ticket packages are also available. Mooresvilles Arts, 103 W. Center Avenue, Mooresville, www.mooresvillearts.org. Downtown Mooresville Trick or Treat (October 31) Trick or treat at the shops and businesses in Downtown Mooresville. Free. 3-5 p.m. Downtown Mooresville shops, www.downtownmooresville.com.

Mooresville Arts Gallery 36th Annual Artoberfest Judged Show & Competition (October 2-November 15). Opening reception and awards ceremony is Friday, October 5, 6-8 p.m. Open Mic Night (October 6) 6-9 p.m. Tue-Fri noon-4 p.m., Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 103 W. Center Avenue, Mooresville, www.magart.org. Tropical Connections Various exhibitions. Tue- Fri 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. or by appointment. 230 N. Main Street, Mooresville, www.tropicalconnectionslakenorman.com. The Van Every/Smith Galleries Revisit: Artwork from Former Visiting Faculty features work from 10 individuals who taught at Davidson in a short-term capacity between 1997 and 2016 including Tonya Clay, Debra Fisher, Darren Douglas Floyd, McArthur Freeman, Ray Kleinlein, Liss LaFleur, Lydia Musco, Clinton Sleeper, and locally, Nathaniel Rogers ‘02 and Felicia van Bork. (Through October 5). Yinka Shonibare MBE: The American Library
On View (October 25–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, www. davidsoncollegeartgalleries.org.


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, www.oldtowncornelius. com. Davidson Farmer’s Market (Every Saturday) 8 a.m.-noon. Next to Town Hall between Main and Jackson streets in downtown Davidson, www.davidsonfarmersmarket.org.


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

Davidson College Football Get ready to tailgate for some Wildcat football. Jacksonville (October 6, 1 p.m.), Morehead State (October 13, 1 p.m.), Stetson (October 27, 1 p.m.). Davidson College, Richardson Stadium, www.davidsonwildcats.com.

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.

Davidson College Men’s Soccer If watching the World Cup this past summer has you in the mood for soccer, you’re in luck. Saint Joseph’s (October 10, 7 p.m.), Fordham


Davidson College Women’s Soccer The Wildcats are ready to dominate the pitch this season. Dayton (October 7, 2 p.m.), Massachusetts (October 11, 7 p.m.), Richmond (October 21, 1 p.m.). Davidson College, www.davidsonwildcats.com.


Deathtrap (Through October 14) Seemingly at ease in his charming Connecticut home, Sidney Bruhl, a successful writer of Broadway thrillers, struggles to overcome a “dry” spell which has resulted in a string of failures and a shortage of funds. A possible break in his fortunes occurs when he receives a script from one of his students--a thriller which Sidney recognizes immediately as a potential commercial hit. Sidney offers to mentor the student but connives to steal the script. Suspense steadily mounts that will enthrall audiences until the play’s startling final moments. Presented by Davidson Community Players. Thu-Sat 8 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. $20, seniors $18 and students $12 — add $3 if buying tickets at the door. Armour Street Theatre, 307 Armour Street, Davidson, www. davidsoncommunityplayers.org. Bug (October 19-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.warehousepac.com. The Book of Will (October 24-28) What if Shakespeare’s words had been lost forever? After his death and a couple of badly botched productions, his fellow actors and friends realize that his lines are disappearing from memory. Join their journey as they battle an unscrupulous publisher and their own mortality to create a complete copy of Shakespeare’s plays, the First Folio. A true story of love, loss and laughter that will shed new light on a figure you may think you know. Tickets and times TBA. Davidson College Theatre Department, Davidson College, www.davidson.edu.


Boos and Brews (October 25-27) Davidson Community Players presents its second annual 10-minute play festival with a Halloween twist. Eight original plays will be written, performed and directed by members of the community. 8 p.m. $15 plus tax. The Actor’s Lab, 20700 N. Main Street, Suite 112, Cornelius, www. davidsoncommunityplayer.org.

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.lakecountrygallery.net.

(October 20, 6 p.m.), Virginia Tech (October 23, 7 p.m.), George Mason (October 27, 6 p.m.). Davidson College, www.davidsonwildcats.com.


Davidson Halloween March (October 26) Trick or treat at the shops and businesses in Downtown Davidson. Admission free. 5 p.m. Parade begins at Davidson Town Hall, 216 S. Main Street, Davidson, www.ci-davidson.edu.

Four Corners Framing and Gallery Various exhibitions. Tue-Fri 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 148 N. Main Street, Mooresville, 704.662.7154, www.fcfgframing.com.

Lori's Larks Editor Lori K. Tate enjoys the shade on the Davidson Cross Country Trail. RIGHT: From left, Liz Mills, Tate and Julie Doerr get ready to run the Davidson College Cross Country Trail.

Editor Lori K. Tate runs wild on the Davidson College Cross Country Trail by Lori K. Tate | photography courtesy of Lori K. Tate



Hit the TRAIL

There are 5K and 8K routes you can run on the trail.

s the editor of CURRENTS, one of the things I enjoy most is helping newcomers find their rhythm in the Lake Norman area. Whether they need to know where the recycling center is or where to find Tory Burch sandals, I’m your girl. A little over two years ago, Julie Doerr moved here from Chicago and Liz Mills moved here from Cincinnati. We all became fast friends, and I try to help when they have questions about the area. Well recently, I’m happy to say that they helped me, as they introduced me to the Davidson College Cross Country Trail. I’ve lived here for 15 years and had no idea that the trail existed. Boy, was I missing out. Turns out that there are 5K and 8K routes within the almost 200 acres of The Davidson College Ecological Preserve on the backside of the Davidson College campus. You can jog, walk or bike while seeing all sorts of plants and animals. You can even bring your dog if Fido is on a leash. However, dogs are not allowed from 4-6 p.m. Monday through Friday during weekday varsity practice and other scheduled events. I met Julie and Liz in a parking lot off of Ridge Road on a sunny Thursday morning in September to try out the trail. I was nervous for two reasons. One, I’m a slow runner. I can go a long way, but it just takes me a while to do it. These ladies can fly. Two, I tripped and fell

on a root while running a trail down Crowders Mountain in my 20s, as I was trying to impress my date with my athletic ability. Needless to say, he wasn’t impressed, and I developed a severe aversion to roots. The good news is that this is a gravel trail, and I didn’t see a root the whole time we were running. It is also pretty wide, making it easy to run with a friend or two. So while it is officially a trail, it also has a greenway feeling to it — perfect as I continue recovering from my root traumatization. Most of the trail is shaded, so even on hot days you can get some relief. You also need to note that you can only run the trail during daylight hours, and you should always run with someone. If you have a group of five or more, you need special permission from the Athletics Department. The best part for me is that the trail felt like a mini vacation. You could hear birds, see fresh-spun spider webs and guess the names of colorful flowers in full bloom. I’m positive Snow White must exercise here. Needless to say, I will definitely run this trail again sooner than later, as I can’t wait to see how beautiful it is in the fall. And I also can’t wait for the next cool thing Julie and Liz tell me about. For more information regarding the Davidson College Cross Country Trail, visit www.davidson.edu.

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