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Twisting the Night Away “Dancing’s part of my soul. I enjoy it, it makes people happy, and it makes me happy.” – John Travolta That’s easy to say when you’re the Saturday Night Fever guy. My husband is more the Friday evening (before 9 p.m.) beach fever kind of guy. We’re Shaggers. That’s shag dancing to those who have never heard the term. This form of dance was introduced on the beaches of North and South Carolina in the early 1940s and is still the national dance of South Carolina. It’s similar to the old-fashioned Jitterbug but with a modern twist and is especially enjoyed with what we southerners call “Beach Music,” a combination of soul, blues and jazz with a little rock and roll mixed in. Most “shaggers” in the Lake Norman area and throughout the East Coast

started shagging in their high school days when vacationing at the beach. My husband and I didn’t even learn to shag until we were in our 50s, which is extremely unusual. I grew up watching my older brothers shag at the teen center at church and by the age of six I was groovin’ to the music of Chairman of the Board, the Tams, the Embers, the Four Tops, the Temptations, just to name a few. Beach music truly was part of my soul and helped to create many cherished family memories. My husband is a different story. He grew up with bluegrass music ringing through their household and barely even knew what “beach music” was when I met him. I knew I had my work cut out for me if I was going to get him into the “swing” of things. Every year, during our annual beach trip, I would

turn that beach music up and beg him to take shag lessons. Rhythm has never been his strong suit, but I figured if he followed my lead, we could at least fake it enough to hit the dance floor from time to time. It took me 25 years to convince him to take that first shag lesson, but eleven years later, we’re both very glad we did! Yes, we learned to shag when we were in our 50s which proves it’s never too late to learn something new. While he still follows my lead and we miss a step from time to time, the fun and laughter it has brought into our lives, as well as the lasting friendships we’ve created over the years, has been worth it all. For us, it’s really not about the dance, it’s about the love of the dance. I hope you’ll get out and learn something new this fall. It’s never too late and you’re never too old, so go out and learn something that, like that good-looking, disco-dancing, jumpsuitwearing guy says, “makes you happy!” Keep Dancing!

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DavidsonLearns Creates a Common Ground BY » Jean Spangler PHOTOGRAPHY BY » Ken Noblezada

Nonprofit fosters a lifelong love of learning ’ve always enjoyed learning something new since I was very young. A career in marketing also continued to fuel my interest in learning as it was part of my job to learn as much about a client’s business – whether it was real estate, aerospace or new product manufacturing. When retirement came around, I missed the expanding knowledge that came with working in a variety of different industries. After moving to Davidson, my neighbors and friends talked enthusiastically about DavidsonLearns, a lifelong learning program open to people of all ages. After reviewing the impressive roster of courses, I was hooked. At last count, I’ve taken several

courses including: US Trade Policy, Jazz Essentials, Freakanomics, and others.

The desire to learn

The genesis of DavidsonLearns began with some well-known Davidson residents who wanted to create lifelong learning opportunities. This founding group included Andrea Caughey, Margo Williams and Bill Tiemann who brainstormed the idea and knew the need was great and the talent and determination to create a program existed. The initial task force included Deb Cameron, Cecil Clifton, Jennie Clifton, Megan Pillow Davis, Amy Diamond, Lisa Gray, Sherill Holland, Natasha Marcus, Tom Rynne, Connie Wessner, Margo

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Williams and John Woods. DavidsonLearns held its first meeting March 22, 2012. In its first season, the program offered three courses. By the winter of 2020, 39 courses were offered – a growth of more than 600 percent. Long-time Davidson resident Amy Diamond became the organization’s first executive director in 2012, followed by Jake Jacobs who assumed the position in 2017 and continues in that role today. “DavdisonLearns is committed to the delivery of academically relevant courses with more than 70 percent of the courses taught by active and retired college professors,” says Jacobs. “In 2019, we renamed our

International Affairs course to The Rynne Lectures In International Affairs in honor of Tom Rynne, who launched our international affairs courses through his personal contacts with leading experts in the field. Since DavidsonLearns was founded, we have had 33 highly professional experts share their knowledge and expertise in international affairs.” Membership in DavidsonLearns is $30 a year and individual courses range from $44 to $66 on average. Classes are held in Fall and Winter/ Spring. DavidsonLearns has become so popular that classes often are filled within a few minutes after registration opens.

The DavidsonLearns Mission

Davidson resident Jake Jacobs assumed the role of Executive Director of DavidsonLearns in 2017.

A cornucopia of courses

It’s often hard to choose from all the available classes. Some of the most recent courses included: Behavioral Economics, Realism in MidNineteenth Century Art and Literature, Depictions of Race on Film, Democracy’s Enduring Quirk: The Electoral College, The Historical Origins of Modern Medicine, Advanced Poetry, Memoir Writing, Beginning Genealogy, Intelligence in the Cold War, Youth and the Civil Rights Movement, Short Stories of Flannery

O’Connor and 21st Century Grandparenting. COVID-19 temporarily halted the program, but Jacobs and a team of volunteers are working to offer online courses and Spotlight events until the pandemic is over. Jacobs anticipates a reduced course offering with no more than eight to 10 courses for the upcoming Fall term. Jacobs says he enjoys the opportunity to interact with a community of learners who are as passionate about lifelong learning as he is. “In addition to outstanding

instructors our organization is blessed with so many participants that also bring an enormous breadth of knowledge to classroom discussions,” he adds. “Our volunteers are awe-inspiring.” So, if you like the idea of learning more about a variety of relevant subjects without pop tests or exams, DavidsonLearns is a great way to fulfill and satisfy an inquisitive mind. To learn more about DavidsonLearns go to www.davidsonlearns. org or email questions to executivedirector@

“DavidsonLearns seeks to enhance the intellectual, social, and cultural life of adults by providing challenging, diverse, and relevant courses, events, and experiences; thereby, DavidsonLearns will create a common ground where people come together with shared interests, goals, and expectations to form a vibrant community of adult learners.” Most of our classes are four to six weeks and meet once a week for 1.5 to 2 hours in length. Our volunteer instructors are motivated by their desire to share their knowledge and facilitate thoughtful discussion on academic topics. | August 2020 11

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Getting to Know One of

Davidson’s Own Historian and Author Ralph B. Levering BY » Elizabeth Watson Chaney PHOTOS COURTESY OF » Ralph Levering

One Town, Many Voices focused on providing an inclusive account of Davidson’s residents throughout the years.

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Ralph Levering has always desired to communicate with others, whether through teaching or the written word. He came to Davidson with his family in 1986 after being offered a position teaching history at the college. By the time he retired in 2017, he had been awarded the title of Vail Professor, an endowed chair. One of his more popular courses was one on Vietnam, and he was diligent about seeking out speakers (both veterans as well as conscientious objectors). In a popular app known as “Rate My Professor,” more than one student referred to the class as “one of the best courses on campus.” Levering loved teaching and was known for caring deeply about his students, but the same can be said for his feelings about the town. “I’ve just loved living here. There’s real value,” he says,

“in a place small enough that people know their neighbors.” He and his wife, Patricia Webb Levering, raised two sons in Davidson. She passed away in 2019, but their marriage lasted more than 52 years. She was also a teacher and writer, as well as a nationally known speaker in the Quaker community. “Her life, friendships, and ministry,” wrote Levering of his wife, “were modeled after Dr. Martin Luther King’s Beloved Community.”

A faith-based journey

The two met in high school in Mount Airy, and faith was among the many things they had in common. She was raised in a Baptist church, and he is the son of orchard farmers, who were also Quaker peace activists. “They believed that ordinary people could make the world a better place,” says Levering. Those views inspired, at least in part,

the focus of his career as a historian: the politics of diplomacy. During his career, he wrote many books, but there is one of which he is especially proud, because he cowrote it with his mother Miriam Levering: Citizen Action for Global Change.

Including all voices

Another book he cowrote, this one with Jan Blodgett, Davidson College’s archivist for 23 years, was One Town, Many Voices, published in 2012. A previous book on the subject by Mary D. Beaty’s (1979), A History of Davidson, focused on the prosperous and educated. Blodgett and

Levering’s book was a conscious effort to write a more inclusive history. They interviewed a total of 78 locals from all walks of life, taking special care to include the perspective of African Americans, the poor, and women. His wrote several books on the Cold War which were read on college campuses as well as by the general public. These include: The Cold War, 1945-1987; The Cold War: A-Post Cold War History; and Debating the Origins of The Cold War: American and Russian Perspectives. Despite his expertise in this subject, he learned a new Cold War fact which he was unaware of

until he stumbled upon it while researching the history of Davidson for One Town, Many Voices. Although small, the town was very prominent in the bomb shelter movement of the 1960s and was considered at the forefront of civil defense in North Carolina. Although retired from teaching Levering continues to write, and says what he loves about it, is that it’s “tremendously creative.” Currently, he is working on two new projects: a book of his wife’s writings, Thirsting for Life, and another book whose working title is Seven Who Matter: Great Social and Political Thinkers from the

1930s to the Present. Among those that made the cut: Martin Luther King, Jr., Reinhold Niebuhr, and Betty Friedan. It’s easy to imagine him deep in conversation with any one of them. But if they address him as Professor Levering, in true Quaker fashion, he’s likely to respond, “Please call me Ralph.”

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Lake Norman Community Sailing Lake Norman Community Sailing is a nonprofit organization whose revenue comes from program and membership sales, as well as private donations and supporters. The organization seeks to offer affordable accessible and safe sailing for Lake Norman adults and youth. Their popular adult to sail class teaches the basic skills necessary to become confident and successful on the water. They also offer stand up paddleboarding rentals and fitness classes. Blythe Landing NC 73 Hwy., Huntersville Freedom Boat Club Freedom Boat Club is the world’s largest and oldest membership boat club. Members pay a one-time entry fee and choose a membership

level that suits their specific needs, such as access to daily boating, weekends, or a certain number of months out of the year. Membership dues include access to a variety of quality boats, unlimited training from licensed captains and all safety equipment necessary. FBC Lake Norman locations: 100 N. Harbor Place, Davidson 17505 West Catawba Ave., Cornelius 7879 Water Oaks, Denver

For paddleboarding & kayaking instruction & classes … Lake Norman YMCA This branch of the YMCA has waterfront access to Lake Norman as part of its benefits to members. The private beach area

features kayaks and stand up paddleboards available for use, and because paddleboarding is quickly becoming a popular water sport in the country, this branch features daily classes taught by paddleboard and yoga instructors. Check out the regular sailing lessons and clinics through the branch for both members and nonmembers. 21300 Davidson Street, Cornelius Aloha Paddle Sports Take either a private stand up paddleboarding lesson or go in a group, and Aloha Paddle Sports also has regular stand up paddleboard yoga classes. You can plan ahead and head out from the dock at sunset for a relaxing tour of the water. Not a paddleboarder? There are also single and

Don’t need any lessons but would like to just get out on the water? These local businesses will fit the bill.

tandem kayaks and fishing kayaks available to rent. 400B North Harbor Place, Davidson Cannon Water Adventures Choose your own excursion at Cannon Water Adventures. Take a beginner group or private stand up paddleboard or kayak lesson or rent a boat or jet ski and head out on the water. 7515 Stonewall Street, Sherrills Ford

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Mooresville Arts offers a haven for artists and art enthusiasts

Mooresville Arts offers classes in drawing, painting, sculpting, photography, calligraphy and more.


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Creativity BY: » Renee Roberson

he tagline of Mooresville Arts is “Art to People-People to Arts,” and it seems fitting given the mission of the organization. Mooresville Arts started out as The Mooresville Artist Guild in 1955 as an informal gathering of painters who wanted to work together. It eventually evolved to include potters, photographers, sculptors and jewelry artists. A board of directors voted to change the name of the nonprofit to Mooresville Arts in 2014 in order to expand the arts focus beyond visual arts. Housed in the historic Mooresville Train Depot, Mooresville Arts is on the National Register of Historic Buildings and the warehouse | August 2020 17

be BOLD is in near-original condition. As a mainstay in the Lake Norman community, the organization also offers a variety of classes and workshops for anyone interested learning a new craft or exploring passions.

Never too late to learn

Linda Fossum, Mooresville Arts Director of Education, was in her 50s when she began painting watercolors and knows how important the arts are to active residents in the area. “The socializing is important,” she says, “along with being creative and keeping your mind alert.” Residents can purchase annual memberships (starting at $50 for individual) where benefits include discounts to enter Mooresville Arts exhibits and shows, opportunities to participate in group shows and display artwork in satellite galleries and sell artwork in the gift shop, among others. Members will also receive discounts on all workshops and some of the classes. Fossum says these memberships help support arts in the community and the majority of members fall into the 55+ category.

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and exhibits. A membership also offers education for adults, youth and teens.” Beginning in September, Mooresville Arts will host weekly workshops on drawing, calligraphy, and specialized classes in photography and watercolor starting in October. There is also an option to take a weekly class with an hour of one-on-one drawing instruction with Dr. Mary-Louise Biasotti Hooper and a weekly multimedia class for all experience levels. Fossum says Mooresville Arts also sponsors events like open studio time, where artists can get together for free and paint together once a week. There’s also a life-drawing group, with live models, where the only cost for participants is the cost of the model. In addition to enjoying and participating in artwork of all mediums, Mooresville Arts is almost completely run by a network of passionate volunteers. Fossum says they are always looking for more, whether they are helping out with facilities operations and management, greeting students and visitors, acting as docents for visitors of the gallery and working on intake of artwork for the shows. Mooresville Arts 103 W. Center Ave, Mooresville 704.663.6661 Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Friday Noon to 4pm Saturday 10 a.m-2 p.m. Sunday and Monday: Closed





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Scouts FOR LIFE Alan Burdick finds gift for teaching young men to thrive

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lan Burdick has been a leader in many things in his lifetime, but the Boy Scouts of America organization is one he keeps returning to time and again. After first being introduced to Scouting when he was a boy, he now spends an estimated 8 to 10 hours a week volunteering with Troop 323 at Journey Church in Huntersville. “I’m kind of like the great old grandfather who takes care of these guys,” says the 73-year-old, who lives with his wife of 56 years, Linda, in Huntersville. It’s not unusual for young men in their mid-20s to stop him in town and thank him for helping them while they were in the organization. He enjoys

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hearing their stories of achievements in academics, business and science-related fields. Known to most as “Mr. B.,” he jokes that Linda was the one who turned him onto a life of volunteering with the organization. When their sons were boys, she took them to their first meeting. “She then said, and honey, you are going to be the Cubmaster for their troop,” he says. That was in 1975. In 1978 he began his first term as a Scout Master, which is the volunteer role that leads each individual Scout unit.

Lead, follow or get out of the way

Being a Scout Master was a role that Burdick fit into naturally. His personal motto is, “Lead, follow or get out of the way.” He’s also a firm believer in helping young men complete the requirements necessary to become an Eagle Scout, something he says both of his son’s came within a “hair’s breath” of doing but never finishing. As a business owner, he’s always known a recruit that has Eagle Scout listed on his resume stands out above other candidates. “I believe in something called Standing on Achievement and Knowledge, or SOAK,” he says. “Life is built on a foundation like a pyramid,” he says. “The more

bricks you can put in the foundation, the stronger you become.” Burdick believes he has a gift in working with Scouts. As a young boy, he was often bored in school when it came to anything but science. As a teen in Florida, he and a friend started their own business making surf and skim boards and renting them out to other teens visiting during the summers. At age 19, he found himself working at NASA, as a junior engineer, helping translate the biomedical data from the astronauts on the Apollo crew back to Houston. Life was good. But then a lapse in paperwork (he was in school but finalizing documents that classified him as ineligible for the draft because he worked for the defense department) caused him to be drafted to the Vietnam War, where he served for four years. He explored his love of science and technology by earning degrees in physics and electrical engineering at Florida Technical College. His entrepreneurial spirit has kept him busy. Throughout his career, he’s owned five businesses (tv repair, a precast concrete pipe manufacturing plant, a precast concrete building company, an electronics construction company and a business that converted businesses

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Troop life

He jokes that he’s retired twice but knows he has to find things to keep himself busy. This is where the Scouting organization comes in. He moved to the Lake Norman area from Chicago in 1996 and began searching for a troop to help. In 1999, he helped start up a troop at Grace Covenant Church, until 2013, when the church decided to separate themselves from BSA and form their own program, called Trail Life. Burdick helped with Trail Life and then began working with the Scoutmaster of Troop 323, who he had known from their days at Grace Convenant. He especially enjoys helping the Scouts earn their merit badges and complete Eagle Scout requirements. He can

teach 80 different merit badges, and has converted a 20’ x 12’ space above his garage into a science lab that can accommodate up to 10 to 12 Scouts at any given time, and he gives lessons on electronics, robotics, chemistry and engineering. He estimates he’s helped 40 to 45 young men earn their Eagle Scouts in the past 20 years. He believes he has a God-given gift to help teach young men who might normally be bored to nurture a love of STEM subjects. When he had a massive heart attack in 2008, the number of notes he woke up after 20 days on life support from Scouts past and present helped him see his volunteer work as a calling. He went off to have another heart attack, and eventually a heart transplant. And still, ten years later, he volunteers.





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Kindness Lake Norman food pantries that need your help

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s the August heat rises, you may be less tempted to put on your sunscreen and swimsuits. Instead, add purpose to your summertime schedule by volunteering at one of these local Lake Norman food pantries. The Ada Jenkins Center follows a mission to help people in our community create lasting solutions for economic stability. The Ada Jenkins Food Pantry partners with Loaves & Fishes, an organization that provides groceries to individuals and families facing short-term crisis through a network of 41 emergency food pantries throughout Mecklenburg County. With this partnership, clients are able to

shop for their own groceries through a nutritionally balanced shopping list provided to them based on their unique needs. Volunteers can lend a helping hand by monitoring client grocery trips or, for a different approach, individuals or groups can host a donation drive for the Ada Jenkins Center in Davidson or register an event with the organization to raise donations and collect supplies. Join The Ada Jenkins standby volunteer list at The FeedNC Pantry Program located in Mooresville provides supplementary food assistance to local families who are in need. FeedNC serves approximately 150 guests each day and offers eligible members

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the ability to receive $150$200 in groceries each week. Volunteers here have the opportunity to participate in the Food Mover Program, a delivery service operated by volunteers in which supplemental groceries are brought to home-bound individuals. Those interested in contributing in another way can also create “Blessings Bags,” filled with important toiletry items that may be considered expensive to many financially insecure individuals. Find out more about volunteering at feednciwanttovolunteer The Mooresville/Lake Norman Christian Mission is a crisis center located in the downtown Mooresville area, whose

mission is to engage the community to recognize and remove barriers and challenge the way society views poverty. This organization strives to provide resources, skills, education and services to individuals and families in order to alleviate suffering and become independent. The Christian Mission is always in need of volunteers and donations. Volunteers can sign up as a personal shopper to assist clients with shopping and keeping the pantry clean, or they can sign up as a pantry associate to unload and sort donations, setup, stock and distribute food. Fill out a volunteer application at www.mooresvillelakenormanchristianmission. org/individual-volunteerapplication

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will be available for sale. Aug. 1, “The Secret Life of Pets,” Aug. 8, “Scoob.” see website for ticket prices. 8:15 p.m., Lake Norman YMCA, 21300 Davidson Street, Cornelius, https://www.tickettailor. com/events/bellaloveinc

Intro to Tai Chi (Aug. 6-Sept. 17) Instructor Joe

Higgins will offer both intro to Tai Chi and Intermediate Tai Chi depending on your skill level. Intro classes begin at 9 a.m. and Intermediate at 10:15 a.m. $40 per six week session for Cornelius residents and $55 per six week session

for non-residents. Legion Park, 21214 Legion Street, Cornelius.

Summer Drive-In Movies at Rural Hill (Aug. 15)

Pre-registration required for the family-friendly movie “Onward.” Food and beverages will be for sale on site. $5 per car. 7 p.m. Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Road, Huntersville, https://www.

Virtual Book Clubs at Davidson Library More Than Human by Theodore Sturgeon (Aug. 17) If you

enjoy reading science fiction, check this book out and then join in on the conversation. Register online with a valid e-mail address by 10 a.m.

on the day of the meeting. 7 p.m. https://www.cmlibrary. org/event/135014-strangenew-worlds-book-club-virtual

The Detection Book Club (Aug. 18) The group will

discuss the mystery An Elderly Lady is Up to No Good by Helene Turston. Register online with a valid e-mail address by 5 p.m. the day before the meeting. 10 a.m. https://www.

Davidson College Campus Sculpture Program (Permanent) The campus

sculpture program is an extension of the college’s permanent art collection. Download a map and take a self-guided tour

around campus and check out these fourteen works of art by significant, internationally-acclaimed artists. https://www. davidsoncollegeartgalleries. org/campus-art/#sculpture | August 2020 25

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Theof Taste Best Some wines just taste better on their home turf BY » Trevor Burton | PHOTOGRAPHY BY » Trevor Burton

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ry Creek Valley, in Sonoma County and just over the hill from Napa Valley’s Saint Helena, is home to “America’s Grape”— Zinfandel. That’s the real Zinfandel, a deep-bodied, complex red wine, not White Zinfandel, the pinkish stuff you often see on wines-bythe-glass lists in restaurants. The Dry Creek Valley American Viticultural Area (AVA) is a great place for exploring and tasting. It’s small and compact. It has more than 9,000 vineyard acres and over 70 wineries, one deli, and no stoplights in an area only 16 miles long and two miles wide. The valley consists mostly of family-owned vineyards and wineries best known for their robust Zinfandel wines. It’s still a tight-knit agricultural community and many newly-built wineries are owned by the descendants of immigrants who farmed here in the 1800s. And that’s what I like. Other, more famous, California wine regions feature huge operations and you’re lucky to talk to anyone but a tasting room manager. In Dry Creek Valley you get to meet with an owner,

someone who’s responsible for the vineyards, for the winemaking operation— for the whole shebang. When you’re on a mission of wine exploration, that’s what you want. Not some young thing who’s straight out of school and whose main accomplishment has been memorizing a marketing brochure. A little background. The Dry Creek Valley community was founded by Italian immigrants who planted crops on the valley floor. To meet their personal needs, they planted vines on the hillsides, especially on Bradford Mountain. What’s interesting is their choice of vines. Being dirt poor, they could not afford expensive trellising for their vines, they needed vines that could stand up straight, like bushes, all by themselves. Obviously, they also needed vines that could flourish in Dry Creek Valley’s environment. A vine that checked both boxes was Zinfandel. And so began the journey of the great Zinfandel wines that come from the valley. Up and down the valley you’ll see lots of very old vines. These are the guys that produce some super intense wines. A place not to miss is Talty Vineyards and Winery

on Dry Creek Road. Driving up to the winery, you pass his estate—head-trained and dry-farmed Zinfandel vines that are more than 50 years old. Without getting too technical, dry farming is important because it adds more character and complexity to a wine. Personable and welcoming, Michael Talty is a gifted wine artisan. Just a few years back, a noted wine publication picked his wine as the country’s “wine of the year.” Not the best Zinfandel in the country, the best wine in the country! Another experience that you shouldn’t miss is lunch. Stop by the Dry Creek General Store, also on Dry Creek Road. Established in 1881, the store offers a whole host of goodies. My wife, Mary Ellen, and I stop by for a couple of delicious sandwiches and then head on up the road. And I do mean up the road. We head up to Gustafson Family Vineyards which is at the highest elevation in Dry Creek Valley. There you might run across Vineyard Manager and Winemaker, Emmett Reed. He’s another wine artisan. He makes a much wider range of wines. Pick out one of his wines and head up to the picnic area.

Inevitably, you’ll be followed by the vineyard’s dog, hoping to share in your lunch in the form of scraps. Nibble on an amazing sandwich, paired with a glass of Reed’s wine, while you look down at panoramic views of Lake Sonoma, Dry Creek Valley, and the Mayacamas Mountains, a distance of thirty miles to the east. It’s pretty special. For a great way to end the day, head on down to the main town of Healdsburg. On Healdsburg Avenue, you’ll find the Baci Cafe and Wine Bar. The food is phenomenal and Baci’s wine list is its equal. Baci’s wines are predominantly from small family owned wineries, most of them located in Sonoma County. The wine list is extensive, yet affordable— wines are priced similar to retail. What is fun is that many of Dry Creek Valley owners, winemakers and their families dine at Baci on a regular basis. Order a wine and its winemaker could be sitting at the next table! I’ve only scratched the surface of Dry Creek Valley. This is a special place with special wines. And what a perfect place to test my hypothesis that wines really do taste better on their home turf. Cheers. | August 2020 27

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Creating A Home Without Limits


hether planning a new home or a renovation project, amidst the hundreds of decisions to be made to complete the process, you should consider how your home will function for you when you first move in, and how it will transition with you over the years, as your family dynamics change. Important to consider in the design phase is how long you’ll be in the home, if you are down-sizing from a larger home, or if spaces for visiting children and grandchildren need to be planned. To design your home without limits, you’ll want to include multi-functional spaces. For example, in a multi-level home, stacking closets on each floor can be designed to meet the size requirements for an elevator which are used as storage initially, and later on as an elevator, if needed. To make your home accessible by friends and family of all ages and abilities, plan for a ramp hidden in your garage, which is much safer than having it out in the weather. Other cost-effective features are: having one bathroom on the main floor large enough for a wheelchair turn-around; putting blocking in the walls of the bathroom for adding future grab bars; and a curbless shower design. The Hallways should be 4’ wide and the doorways 32”-36”’ wide, and consider lever handles on the doors. Finally, task lighting is often not considered in the kitchen, along with pull-out drawers, and strategicallyplaced windows to maximize natural light, which will make you feel happier in your home.

Jennifer B. Pippin, FAIBD, CPBD, is owner of Pippin Home Designs, an awardwinning custom residential design firm specializing in homes with views that are client-inspired for joyful living. For more information: 28 | August 2020

Am I Making the Right Dental Care Decisions?


ife can be overwhelming at times and our oral health can get stuck in the backseat. Maybe it’s been a while since you’ve brushed or seen the dentist. It’s likely you have a missing tooth but don’t know what to do about it or if you can afford a replacement. Here are three questions to help you assess how well you’re doing at taking care of your oral health. How often do you clean your teeth? As we get older and our teeth feel as out of shape as we do, we may start to see daily oral hygiene as less and less important, but it’s not! The last thing you want to do when you’re on vacation visiting your grandkids is to be experiencing tooth pain and have to go in for an emergency visit. Brush and floss every day to help keep cavities away. Are you visiting the dentist every six months? Routine dental visits are key for two main reasons. The first is to give your teeth a little freshening up with a professional cleaning to remove plaque and tarter. The second reason is for prevention. During your 6-month appointment, your dentist should thoroughly examine your oral health and look for any potential problems. Are you seeing a dentist who has your health and safety in mind? With the recent spread of COVID-19, our team at Carolina Crossroads is wearing protective gear such as face masks and sneeze shields. We also make our practice a safe space by screening patients before appointments, using hospital-grade disinfectants, offering hand sanitizer, regularly cleaning high-touch surface areas and practicing social distancing. We’ve even invested in Surgically Clean Air, a high-tech air purifying system.

Lindsay Spears, DDS, PLLC Carolina Crossroads Dental Care 1316 Davie Ave Ste B Statesville, NC 28677 704-873-2141 CarolinaCrossroads

What is a 55+ Community?


he U.S. Dept of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) under the Fair Housing Act (FHA) prohibits housing discrimination because of, among other things, age. The Housing for Older Persons Act (HOPA) protects age-restricted communities from being sued by persons who do not meet the minimum age requirements. There are two classifications of exempted communities under HOPA. The first is the 62+ restricted community where every occupant must be 62 years of age or older. The second, and much more common, is the 55+ community where a minimum of 80 percent of the occupied units must be occupied by at least one person who is 55 years or older. HOPA requires age verification procedures be in place to show compliance with this restriction. There are no specific age requirements for the remaining 20 percent except those established by the governing documents, also called Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions, or CCR’s, for that community. You are well advised to review the CCR’s of any community you intend to live in with a person under 55 years of age. If a qualified person, 55 or older, is the legal guardian of a disabled adult who does not meet age requirements, this person is exempt from HOPA and any CCR’s . Age “targeted” communities have no actual age restrictions but typically have master bedrooms on the first floor and lawn maintenance included in the HOA dues. All these types of “senior” communities are called “Active Adult Communities,” a title that has no legal definition.

Karen Spell, Broker, SRES, J.D., 55+ Community Expert Helen Adams Realty 321-279-1384

True Wealth – Expecting the Unexpected


he 2020 Census estimates that approximately 73 million of us will retire this year. I imagine that none of this group anticipated the impact of starting their new adventure head first into a pandemic. Considering the pandemic’s impact on the financial markets, travel restrictions, and general lifestyle limitations, and timing was less than ideal. As Scottish poet Robert Burns wrote, in 1786, “the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.” No matter how carefully your goal of retirement is planned, something may still go wrong. This is why the investment concept of ‘sequence of returns,’ and its potential effect on your retirement nest egg, is important to consider. As investors, we start with a focus on the accumulation phase of building the nest egg. The spending phase begins in retirement. Most planning scenarios use an average rate of return over a long period of time. This is efficient and useful, but not real life, because annual market returns are not consistent. If the early years of retirement experience portfolio declines and income withdrawals, it can have a big long-term effect on “how long your money lasts.” What if your retirement year had been in the market crash of 1987, 2008 or even 2020? Does your plan include options for taking income to fund your lifestyle, in rising and declining markets? Managing cash flow, not just investments, is a critical consideration in any retirement strategy. Considering both will ultimately prepare you for the possibility of living longer than expected. Securities and advisory services offered through LPL Financial, a Registered Investment Advisor, Member FINRA/SIPC Jeffrey Karp, CLU®, ChFC®, CASL® founder of Karp Financial Strategies and is a registered representative of LPL Financial. More information and his blog, Permission GrantedSM can be found at | August 2020 29

Considering the 55+ Community Lifestyle?

Did you know there are more than 59 Active Adult Communities in our area? I can help you find the one(s) that best meet your wants, needs, and budget for a new home saving you countless hours of research and stress. I am a 55+ Community Expert and a designated Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES) in the Charlotte and Lake Norman Area.

Selling your home in a 55+ community?

I have lots of buyers. Call me for a complimentary market analysis of your homes value. Put my knowledge, experience, and superior marketing plan to work for you to sell your home for the best price in the least amount of time. Karen R. Spell | Broker/REALTOR®, J.D., SRES® 321-279-1384 | | Check out my website for videos, tips, blogs, and your guide to finding the perfect 55+ community!

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A PET FOR YOU! Lake Norman Humane E-mail: This organization’s mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome companion animals so they can get a second chance at a forever home. To help reduce the pet overpopulation problem, they partner with clinics and area veterinarians to offer affordable, accessible spay/neuter services.


Sonny is an adult male Boston Terrier Boxer (mixed) who is approximately 1.5 years old. His adoption fee includes neuter, microchipping, deworming, and vaccinations up to the date of adoption. Adoption fee is $250.


Cher is a female Labrador Boston Terrier mix estimated to be about 1.5 years old. Her adoption fee includes spay, microchipping, deworming, and vaccinations up to the date of adoption. Adoption fee is $250.


Godiva is a two-year-old black domestic shorthair. She arrived from a local animal control partner with her four kittens, but she is now looking to turn her motherhood card in and find an nice home to settle in. Her adoption fee includes spay, microchipping, de-worming, and vaccinations up to the date of adoption. Adoption fee is $150.


Aslan is male adult domestic longhair who is very regal, just like his name. His adoption fee includes neuter, microchipping, deworming, and vaccinations up to the date of adoption. Adoption fee is $150.


Rocky is an adult male Beagle mix who is about 1 year old. He’s a little timid with new people at first, but with a little time and patience, he will make an excellent new buddy for someone. His adoption fee includes deworming, microchip, neuter and current vaccinations. Adoption fee is $200. | August 2020 31

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