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December 2020

For the Lake Norman area’s 55+ adults who place no limits on living their best lives!

Fab gifts for the grandkids

Lori Savio

designs dream decor

Eating healthy on the road


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The Magic of Decorating I love decorating for the holidays; ghosts and witches at Halloween, beautiful fall pumpkins and foliage at Thanksgiving, and lots of red, green and gold for Christmas. Decorating just seems to get me in the spirit of the holidays, much like a hot cup of apple cider and a good Hallmark Channel Christmas movie. Over the past 37 years, my husband and I have bought a Christmas ornament from every tourist attraction and vacation spot we’ve ever visited. It’s amazing how the memories come back to us when we’re trimming our tree every year. Reliving old Christmas memories just seems to bring out the true magic of the season. We all know that the holidays will be different this year. We’ll miss family members and friends. We’ll miss those fun holiday parties and cookie swaps. Our grandkids may even

miss the opportunity to sit on Santa’s lap. But we should all be committed to keeping the spirit of the holidays alive by sharing the peace, love and goodwill we sing about in those beloved Christmas carols. Maybe this is the year we celebrate more of the little things that make the holidays special, like volunteering at a local soup kitchen, preparing a meal for a neighbor who is at risk, or choosing to stay inside and getting back into the habit of mailing Christmas cards. Maybe you can create some of your own holiday magic by asking ole’ St. Nick to

call or even Facetime your grandkids! Let’s accept the challenge to create unique and special memories for our family that will long outlive the ones of a toilet-paper shortage and take-out only dining. As children, we were taught that the true meaning of Christmas resides in your heart. This year, let’s show our family and friends that no matter what the world throws at us, we’ll keep the spirit of the holidays alive and well and focus on the blessings we enjoy. Well, I’m off to refill my apple cider and watch “Christmas Under the Stars” again for the fifth time. Can somebody throw me my blanket? Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas everyone!

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About the Cover:

Find ways to celebrate the magic of the season even if it looks different this year.

December, 2020 | vol. 1 | No. 9

Explorers & Adventures 12 Dr. Larry Brady is a steward for art

In Every Issue

14 Fashion forward with Christine Rinkert

25 On the Scene


26 In My Glass – The Yellow

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28 Limitless Learning –

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20 Fab and functional gift ideas for the

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30 A Pet for You

22 Lori Savio from Home, Heart & Soul

12 » Creative Collection

22 » Décor & Gifts Galore

Health + Happiness 18 Tips for eating healthy while traveling

for the holidays

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Being a Good Steward

Left: Dr. Larry Brady’s collection includes more than 500 pieces. Bottom: The doctor purchased a cottage in Denver on Lake Norman 20 years ago.

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r. Larry Brady started collecting art 30 years ago. His eclectic collection, which includes artwork from Ruth Ava Lyons, Herb Jackson and Paul Sires, has grown to more than 500 pieces of two- and three-dimensional works. He attributes his initial interest in handmade objects to growing up in Asheville and being exposed to art festivals. Penland School of Craft in the Blue Ridge Mountains drew Dr. Brady into the

world of collecting. Over 30 years, he’s met and befriended artists such as Cynthia Bringle, Maud Gatewood and Richard Jolly. He’s served on Penland’s board of trustees from 2011 to 2019 and has created a scholarship for students. “Every piece in my collection is personal,” explains Dr. Brady, 67. “I remember when I purchased it and the circumstances under which I purchased it. I’m always interested in who made it, what are the elements that went

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into it and the process of the piece’s creation.” Dr. Brady is a neonatologist with Pediatrix Medical Group, which provides all the neonatal services for Novant Health hospitals in the Charlotte area. He recently stepped down from his 25-year position as medical director at Novant Health Hemby Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Presbyterian Medical Center. He continues to work in the NICU and is in his 34th year there. About 20 pieces in Dr.

Brady’s collection will be on view at the Bill and Patty Gorelick Gallery at Central Piedmont Community College. The exhibit will include a variety of artists and a combination of collage, paintings, photographs and sculptures. The show will run from January through June 2021 in the North Classroom Building on the Central Campus. The exhibit relocates to the newest Gorelick Gallery at the college’s Merancas Campus in Huntersville for the remainder of the year.

Twenty pieces from the collection will be featured in the Bill and Patty Gorelick Galleries at Central Piedmont Community College early next year.


to the Lake Although Dr. Larry Brady’s permanent residence is in Uptown Charlotte’s Fourth Ward, 20 years ago, he needed an escape from the city’s hustle and bustle. He purchased a cottage in Denver on Lake Norman for weekend getaways. He cooks with neighbors, frequenting Ferrucci’s Old Tyme Italian Market in Cornelius for ingredients. Dr. Brady’s garden provides hours of enjoyment to him. He recommends Dearness Gardens Nursery & Landscaping in Huntersville for supplies and plant advice. When he’s on his boat, he often heads to Lookout Shoals Dam, just below the Catawba River, to view wildlife.

The eclectic collection includes paintings, engravings, photographs and sculptures made from glass, wood, paint, ceramic, paper, fiber and metal.

Gorelick Galleries are in non-traditional spaces such as lobbies and walkways. The Gorelicks’ intention was to create opportunities for art to be shared and appreciated by students, faculty and the community. “Central Piedmont is grateful to artists and collectors such as Dr. Larry Brady who share their artworks with our students, faculty, staff, and visitors,” says Vanessa Shelton Stolen, executive director of development, institutional advancement at Central

Piedmont. “His passion for art and for supporting artists is a great example for our community.” Dr. Brady’s long-time friend Bill Gorelick asked him to participate in loaning his artwork for exhibits. “It was Bill’s vision to create these exhibition spaces where people didn’t have to pay to see art,” recalls Dr. Brady. “I didn’t realize how extensive and how much effort was going into it.” Dr. Brady hopes his collection can bring calm

to viewers and create a diversion from the stressful world around us. He also wants to bring awareness to places like Penland and recognition to the talented artists in the region. These exhibitions can spark people to research artists and educate themselves about how a

particular piece is made. “I feel like it’s my responsibility to be a good steward of the art until the next person comes along to take care of it,” says Dr. Brady. “During COVID, it would be great if people can see exhibitions more and focus on more positive things.”

For more information about the Bill and Patty Gorelick Gallery at Central Piedmont, visit cpccartgalleries/pattyandbillgorelickgalleries. Guests may schedule a free appointment to view the gallery at North Classroom, 1320 Sam Ryburn Walk, Charlotte by calling 704.330.6869 or emailing

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explorers & ADVENTURES Christine Rinkert of Luna’s moving to new space BY » Renee Roberson PHOTOGRPAHY » CURRENTS file photo by Brant Waldeck


A New Arrival Christine Rinkert, owner of Luna’s at the Lake. 14 | December 2020

here are times in our lives where we feel it necessary to downsize our homes or other things in our lives. For Christine Rinkert, owner of Luna’s at the Lake in Cornelius, she recently decided to scale back the storefront part of her business in a similar manner. While Rinkert says she’s always loved exploring clothing trends, the California native didn’t start out her professional career in fashion, rather she worked for nine years in administration for a law firm. Luna’s originally opened in the Lake Norman area in 1998, and in that first few years it quickly became a place Rinkert gravitated to when shopping. At the time, her former husband was traveling a lot for work and her mother was battling cancer. She enjoyed the atmosphere, the product lines the store carried, chatting with the two female owners at the time and the expansive space. In 2000, when her youngest of three daughters went to preschool, she wrote the owners of the store a note, asking them if they would consider letting her work in the store a few hours a week. Luna’s had become a sanctuary for her, and she just wanted to be a part of it in any way possible. Those few hours a week turned into a partnership in 2007, and then a sole proprietorship in 2012. The store has been a staple at One Norman Drive for 22 years now.

The Evolution of Luna’s

Rinkert has used the expansive and airy space within Luna’s to showcase the art and products from local artisans, creating a boutique that at times feels like stepping into a hip art museum. She’s also been generous in hosting these same artisans and vendors in the store during her summer and fall markets, bringing shoppers safely in to browse her intentional collection of clothing and accessories, along with the work of jewelrymakers, bakers, florists, beauty experts and more. “My passion has always been to collaborate with people,” Rinkert says. “It elevates all of us and everyone brings something

different to the table.” Over the years she’s also expanded her business to include Parcel by Christine, where she serves as a personalized wardrobe consultant for clients, also assisting in closet refreshes. She loves going through women’s closets and learning about what items they treasure, while creating customized looks they can pluck right off the hanger. “I have the very first outfit I ever bought from Luna’s in my closet,” she says. “I don’t think everything has to be from an expensive store.”

A purposeful pivot

After recently discovering the rent in her boutique space would be going up significantly, Rinkert made

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the decision to pivot her business. She’ll be moving into a smaller space early next year housed in the Deborah Young Studio less than a mile away in downtown Cornelius. Rinkert says she’s excited about designing a unique and intimate space where she can continue to offer that curated line of clothing and accessories. She’ll also be continuing her work in collaborating with other business owners, such as Lost Worlds Brewing, in the community and event vendor markets. Rinkert’s warm and welcoming nature is sure

to guarantee her continued success in her new space. If you’ve ever shopped in her store, you’ve probably seen at least two or three customers stop in to pick up items that have already been rung up and carefully wrapped to make the shopping experience that much easier and efficient. She only orders a few of each items from various designers to create a more customized shopping experience. This personalized way of doing business and building relationships has served her well, and that won’t change no matter where Luna’s is located.

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Road Rules

Safe and healthy eating while traveling during the holidays

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ore of us are traveling by car and packing our own food to stay safe during the pandemic. This is the first of a two-part series covering safe and healthy eating on the road. These tips can benefit you long after COVID-19 has been contained, though. Next month we’ll cover dining out and preparing your own meals on a road trip. Huntersville registered dietitian nutritionist Melissa Herrmann Dierks has been counseling clients on healthy eating for more than 30 years. A seasoned road-tripper traveling cross country many times with her now 12-year-old son, Dierks shares this advice: “Having healthy snack and meal items on a road trip is always a good idea and can help you avoid grabbing sweet and salty snacks at the gas station,” Dierks advises. “Healthy snacks with

a balance of carbohydrate, protein and fat give you more energy for traveling. Avoiding sweets in the car helps keep blood sugar stable for people with diabetes; and is a good idea for children.”

Healthy Snacks

• Fresh fruit (whole or packaged) • Popcorn (watch total fat) • Pretzels (dip in hummus for extra protein) • KIND or Nutra-Grain bars • Mini muffins • Fruit or applesauce cups • Yogurt • Cottage cheese cups • Cheese sticks • P3 Protein packs • Raw veggie and dip packs • 100 calorie nut packs • Trail mix (watch total fat and calories) • Baked tortilla chips & salsa If you have diabetes, aim for snacks that provide approximately 15 grams of carbohydrate and 150 calories unless you have individualized snack

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guidelines. Snack calories can add up, and it’s easy to munch mindlessly when traveling in the car to pass time.


Although many of us like to use refillable water bottles, you may want to avoid going in public places and touching faucets for refilling during COVID-19. Disposable one-time use bottles can be safer when on the road at this time. Avoid too much caffeine and sugar in beverages. If you have diabetes, choose sugar-free calorie-free drinks. Examples: • Plain, sparkling and flavored waters • Unsweetened (or with artificial sweeteners)

iced tea and green tea • Vitaminwater or Vitaminwater Zero • Hot chocolate and hot tea packets (pack thermal disposable cups, get hot water from destination or when ordering take away food) • 100 percent juice boxes • Shelf stable pasteurized milk for children • 100 calorie cans of regular soda (if you really want soda, choose a moderate portion) • Diet soda (watch caffeine intake to keep energy stable)

Cooler tips

• Use the smallest cooler that will fit what you need. Start with frozen water bottles and ice packs. Stack cold drinks on top of that, and pack chilled and frozen items on top. Minimize empty space.

Melissa Herrmann Dierks RDN, LDN, CDCES is a Huntersville Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with over 30 years of experience and owner of Eat Smart Nutrition Co. For more tips, you can contact Melissa at 704.779.2100.


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aymer-Kepner Funeral Home and Cremation Services, located on the corner of Sam Furr Road and Old Statesville Road in Huntersville, has been a mainstay in the Lake Norman area since 1989. One of the things that stands out the most about RaymerKepner is the care of the Kepner family. John works as Owner/President and his wife Claudia serves as Administrative Officer. Their son Jonathan and his wife Lindsey have also both joined the business in the past several years as

Licensed Funeral Home Directors. Currently, Raymer-Kepner has clientele in North Charlotte, Huntersville, Cornelius, Davidson and Mooresville. Because they also serve a large amount of families in the Lincoln County area, they’ve decided to open the Raymer-Kepner Life Tribute Center on Highway 16 in Denver. The approximately 1,600-square foot location will serve as a satellite location to the original Raymer-Kepner Funeral Home and Cremation Services. It will primarily

help clients plan their loved ones’ services and celebrations of life. Jonathan Kepner says these days many families are choosing cremations and then opting for more “celebration of life” services and receptions. From there, they can choose to have a service at the funeral home location in Huntersville or anywhere else they would like to arrange a tribute. The Raymer-Kepner Life Tribute Center will also

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offer assistance to anyone who wants to pre-arrange or pre-plan their own celebration of life service. Jonathan says they also plan to partner with organizations in Lincoln County to offer Q&As and seminars on the benefits of planning in advance. He and wife Lindsey believe in educating the public on the importance of thinking ahead so your loved ones don’t have to when the time comes.


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Curated & Creative 5 Options For No-Fail Gifts for the Grandkids BY: » Bek Mitchell-Kidd


Give the gift that will last a year. We are fortunate to have many great institutions and museums in the Charlotte area and many of them are close to the lake. For grand-

kids ages birth – 8, there’s Discovery Place Kids or for animal lovers consider Carolina Raptor Center and Zootastic Park. Check websites for pricing options.

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randkids. From babies to teens, their preferences can be hard to predict and please, especially during the holiday season (and that’s before you even get their parents’ approval.) But, whether you’re looking for a new spin on gifts or just to win their hearts, we’ve rounded up some local experiential ideas, and some that are easy-to-ship, too.

Fun skill classes

Are the kiddos ready to chop, ride, play or sail? There is no greater gift than fostering a passion or discovering a new skill. For the budding chefs, Flour Power, Sur la Table, and Williams Sonoma all have kid cooking classes. Music lovers can play-on at School of Rock and Bach to

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The aquarium at Discovery Place in uptown Charotte.

Rock. Outdoorsy and adventurous kids may love a horseback riding lesson at Lenux Stables & Riding Academy or a sailing class through the Lake Norman YMCA or Lake Norman Community Sailing.

Crafty kids

If your grandkids love to make things, a gift certificate to AR Workshop Davidson makes a great gift, as they can attend a workshop or pick-up a DIY kit for at-home fun (buy

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transforms bedrooms into galactic magic. Check it out— you may want one too! Whether off to college or still napping twice a day at home, weighted blankets are known to reduce anxiety and improve sleep. Amazon has a wide range of options.

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one of the holiday kits for you too so you can work on it together!) Ain’t Miss Bead Haven in Mooresville also offers fun kits kids can make at home including Disney Princess necklaces and ‘Sunshine in a Bag,’ chock full of colorful beads.


Are you maybe not seeing the grandkids this season? Here are a few fun gifts that ship well and are sure to be well received. Great for kids of all ages, but even the pickiest of teens will love the Galaxy 360 Pro—it’s a small laser projector that

Subscriptions are a great option for on-going giving, with most offering duration customization from one-anddone to monthly. Kiwi Co. has ‘crates’ are for ages birth to 100. There’s something for STEM and STEAM enthusiasts who like to tinker, doodle, explore and more. Raddish Kids is a cooking club appropriate for ages 4 to 14. The kit includes a kid-prep friendly recipe and more.

Have the kids make dinner? Yes please! If only clean-up was included in the box too. Literati is a monthly book club for ages birth to 12, you select an age group and your grandchild receives five expertly-chosen books. You pay $9.95 each shipment and they pick which books they want to keep (additional cost) and then send the rest back for free. Have a fashionista in the family? Stitch Fix Kids is a great idea for grandkids who love to pick-out what they want to wear (and parents love it, too.) Sizes range from 2T – 18, just select a few preferences including delivery frequency. You pay a $20 stylist fee which is credited toward any items they decide to keep, and they send the rest back with free shipping.

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ori Savio likes to tell people that if “they can imagine it, she can help create it.” Offering design services and products through her store, Home, Heart & Soul in Cornelius, is one of the ways she can do that. Savio has been an accomplished interior designer for more than 30 years, with a keen eye for creating calming yet functional spaces. Originally from Florida, she eventually made her way to Lake Wylie, but also rented out a space in the previous Ashley Carol Home & Garden store for her design business for many years while continuing to live in South Carolina. When she found out the owner of Ashley Carol had made the decision to sell the store, she took the opportunity to purchase it, originally leasing the space out to a variety of merchants in the historic home. She and her son made the permanent move from Lake Wylie to Cornelius after her husband passed away, and she now lives just a few miles from the store.

Supporting others

Lori Savio helps create the heart and soul of homes BY: » Renee Roberson PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF : » Lisa Crates Top: Lori Savio and Enzo. Left: Home, Heart & Soul is decorated for the holidays. 22 | December 2020

As the business has evolved, Savio has taken over more of the space by bringing in her own home accessories products and those she finds locally sourced. Savio says she supports a lot of local artists by carrying artwork and hand-painted items, as she knows they can make the perfect accessory to completing the look and feel of a decorated space. She seeks out sources of products that are unique and different, and that a lot of other stores may not be carrying. Savio says she especially enjoys supporting other female entrepreneurs and artists. “When I bring on a line, I ask the rep if there’s anyone else in my zip code already carrying

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it,” she says. “I like the fact that I get to support local businesses in the area.”

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Because Savio still offers design consulting services, the store is the perfect place for her to share her unique style of decorating. There are many customers from the original Ashley Carol The store is located in downtown Cornelius. store who still come in to shop, and because Savio is ate window treatments and It doesn’t take walk-in cusso involved in the day-to-day accent items such as custom tomers long to learn about operations she can assist pillows and area rugs that the available design consulother interior designers help pull together a room’s tation services. The store is a when they come in looking look. Savio believes fabrics of testament to Savio’s talent. for ideas and inspiration. all types, textures and colors “I love being able to make Savio also offers a line of can be the inspiration that a difference in people’s lives,” locally-handcrafted and begins the design process she says. “It’s never been hand-painted furniture piec- but can also be the finishing about the money for me. I es, as well as the availability touch that can complete a get to help people every day to reupholster customers’ room. doing what I truly enjoy.” favorite pieces that may have sentimental value or Home, Heart & Soul family history. Her array of 20901 Catawba Avenue, Cornelius | 704.892.4743 clients have benefitted from her expertise in helping cre-


Need ideas for some host gifts this holiday season? Lori Savio offers up a few of her favorite things, and Home, Heart & Soul also carries a variety of these items for purchase and gifting.

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STILL KNOCKING When giving looks a little different BY: » Renee Roberson PHOTOGRAPHY BY : » Lisa Crates


t was while researching ideas for this article that I came across a stark realization—because we are still living through a global pandemic, donating our time and resources may look a little different to some of us. For example, for safety reasons, traditional toy drives likely are not happening. But just because we may not be able to volunteer in our usual ways doesn’t mean there aren’t people and organizations in our community who don’t need our help. We may just need to be creative in our generosity and gifts we offer.

Lending a helping hand You can engage with causes that are important to you remotely. This year, WCNC has partnered with The Salvation Army for “The Magical Toy Drive,” and volunteers can sign up to host their own virtual drives or donate a financial contribution to help provide toys and clothing to children in need. Their “Empty Stocking Fund” accepts contributions in order to offer store gift cards, toys, food and clothing to families and senior citizens. The Children’s Hope Alliance ( formerly Barium Springs Children’s Home) offers comprehensive services and programs designed to give hope to North Carolina’s children by providing them with a safe home and encouraging a healthy new start. You or a group of friends and family can do something as meaningful yet simple as writing notes of encouragement or providing art projects that can help lift a child’s spirit, or make a financial contribution to help provide residential care essentials or a library box for a child. Ada Jenkins Center in Davidson realizes that due to the impact of COVID-19, the families they serve are more in need than ever before. Current needs in December 24 | December 2020

Angels and Sparrows founder Sandy Tilley and current President Jessika Tucker.

are toiletry items for their food pantry such as toilet paper, shaving razors, deodorant, shampoo and gallonsize storage bags. You can also purchase gift cards in small incremental amounts ($10-$15) from places like hardware stores, restaurants, grocery chains, gas stations and train and bus transit cards. Every little bit helps. Angels and Sparrows Soup Kitchen educates the community that food insecurity is a real problem for families in the Lake Norman area, especially during this time. Their kitchen serves lunch Monday through Friday from 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. year round, and they also have other intiatives throughout the year to help support area residents. If you don’t feel comfortable volunteering in person, you can make a financial contribution. They are committed to providing a week’s worth of emergency groceries to homebound seniors, families who have lost transportation due to the COVID-19 crisis, and families who are still struggling to obtain sufficient work due to the crisis. They have immediate needs for pantry staple items such as canned tuna, peanut butter, beans, bags of rice, or gift cards from places like Aldi, BJ’s or Costco are always welcome. immediate-needs-list.html Remember that small gestures can go a long way. This could be as simple as offering to shop for food for a neighbor who may not be comfortable going to the grocery store or running other errands. Offer to walk a dog for someone who may not be as mobile as they used to be or who is feeling under the weather. There are always ways we can help others, even if it requires out-of-the-box thinking.

on the scene

EVENT INFO ROUNDUP 12 Days of Christmas in Davidson (Dec. 1-12 This community favorite will turn into a 12-day event this year. Running daily from Noon-2 p.m. and 5 p.m.-7 p.m. to help accommodate social distancing guidelines. Stroll through downtown Davidson as you get into the holiday spirit and help support local businesses. All COVID-19 health and safety protocols will be in effect. Visit to learn more.

A Huntersville Christmas (Dec. 4-5, 11-12) Sup-

port a local small business and find that perfect gift for everyone on your list. Shop and enjoy local handmade crafts, soaps, candles and more goodies, food trucks, downtown restaurants, snacks including funnel cakes, popcorn, cotton candy and coffee/hot chocolate. Take a photo with Santa. Recurring weekly on Friday and Saturday. Downtown Huntersville, 201 Huntersville-Concord Road, Huntersville,

Walk with a Doc (Dec. 5) Join Cornelius PARC and Novant Health’s Lakeside Family Physicians for this walking program designed for anyone interested in taking steps for a healthier lifestyle. You’ll take a few minutes to learn about a current health topic from a Novant physician, then spend the rest of the hour


enjoying a healthy walk and fun conversation. Free; registration required. 9 a.m. Meet at Antiquity Greenway, 180 N. Zion Ave., Cornelius,

38th Annual North Mecklenburg Virtual Parade (Dec. 5) Watch a variety of high school

bands, school groups, organizations, and more, including you, “march” in this virtual parade. Free. 1 p.m. Check website for viewing link.

Workshop: Needle Felting (Dec. 12) Learn about

the fiber art known as needle felting. This workshop is geared towards beginners, but all levels will enjoy making Christmas ornaments. $30 per person. 10 a.m. Pre-registration required; class limited to 15 participants. Historic Latta Plantation, 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville,

Downtown Mooresville Holiday Light Show (Through Dec. 31) Featuring 150,000 hol-

iday lights set to music. Free. Town Hall, 413 N. Main Street, Mooresville,

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in my GLASS

Finding Treasure The Yellow, a bistro in Fort-de-France, has a large number of French wines available.


herever in the world we find ourselves, my wife, Mary Ellen, and I go with one objective— digging into local culture by sharing food and wine with the locals. We like to mix with people who live and work in a place. We’ve found that great places to do just that are the French islands in

A bistro in Martinique shows off the “real” Caribbean

BY » Trevor Burton | PHOTOGRAPHY BY » Trevor Burton

the Caribbean. There’s a good reason why that’s the case. Inhabitants of French islands are French citizens with full political and legal rights. On a French island you may be in the Caribbean but you’re actually in France. And it shows through in the cuisine. One of our favorite places to indulge our cultural whim is at The Yellow, a small restaurant off the back streets of Fort-de-France,

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the capital of Martinique. Fort-de-France is an interesting town. There’s a definite touristy side, as the town is a stop for cruise ships, after all. But get away from the madding crowd and you’re in a real, working town. On the side streets are stores where locals shop for everyday essentials—appliances, clothes, communion dresses for young girls. Right in the

middle of the stores, you come across The Yellow. You enter The Yellow by way of a nondescript stair case. However, once you get inside the restaurant you feel like you’re in a cozy bistro in the south of France. Actually, you are in France and it’s about as far south as you can get. And you are in a cozy bistro. The Yellow checks all our bistro boxes. It uses quality ingredients

and the kitchen treats them with loving care. There’s a large number of French wines available. And seldom tourists in sight—if there are, they tend to be French and I guess that doesn’t count too much. Right up our alley. Sitting at your table, there is definitely that South of France feel—the big surprise is that, although the restaurant is called The Yellow, all the walls are painted in a warm shade of red. The first thing you have to do is get to know proprietor and sommelier, Gabriel Manon. One of the reasons is that the place screams out for a glass of a chilled rosé from Provence and Manon is the perfect person to come up with a recommendation. For dining, we generally

stick to Manon’s suggested specials of the day. That’s a good way to ensure that you’re getting fresh and local ingredients. On a past visit I had ordered Risotto à l’Oursin—Sea Urchin Risotto. What better combination of French and Caribbean cuisine could you find? On our last visit, the special of the day was a veal cutlet. Not what you’d expect on a Caribbean island; but, as I said, you’re in a cozy French bistro. So, I went along with the cutlet and that raised the question of what wine to order. That’s when everything got memorable. I can’t recall whether it was on the wine list or maybe a special wine for that day, but a bottle of Bandol Rouge was on offer. Bandol is a region

A superbly-prepared veal cutlet.

in the south of mainland France and the wines from there are high on my list. Most times I encounter one, it gets ordered. So, here we were on a Caribbean island, on a beautiful day, with a superbly prepared veal cutlet

and a glass of a favorite wine. Add to that the atmosphere and ambience that is truly unique and our cultural whim was well and truly met. It was wonderful. We’ve dined at The Yellow a number of times. We’ll be back.

51 Rue Victor Hugo, | Fort-de-France 97200 | Martinique


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