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A Purposeful Life What legacy will you leave behind?

In early January, the community of Lake Norman learned of the passing of Tom Clark, a Davidson College professor who eventually found his life’s calling working in sculpture. While planning an article on his work, we put a call out on our social media pages asking if anyone had a collection of the miniature gnomes he grew so famous for creating. We were overwhelmed by the responses of so many people, not only of those who still have his gnome sculptures in their homes but also those who had a personal connection to Clark or a memory of what his work meant to them. This led me to think about legacies. When Clark first began exploring his love of art, I doubt he knew what a legacy he would leave behind with his work. The same goes for Selma Burke, who I wrote about in this month’s “Renee Wants to Know” column. Burke, who was born in Mooresville, trained as a nurse but couldn’t help but follow her heart when it came to creating sculpture, leading her to win a nationwide contest to commission a bronze portrait of President Franklin Roosevelt, the inspiration behind the image on the U.S. dime. I’ve often thought about what legacy I want to leave behind. Sometimes I kick myself because I know I could do more volunteering or helping friends and family in need. It can be difficult to juggle work, family, social responsibilities, and the necessary downtime I need to recharge. But then I get a note in my inbox about how this column struck a chord with a reader, or my neighbor across the street stops me to say that reading these letters gave her something to look forward to while living through a pandemic. And then I realize that maybe my legacy is that of a humbler nature, that of striving to be a good wife, mother, and a storyteller who brings a laugh or smile to someone’s face when they read my work. Creating a legacy in our lifetime doesn’t have to require grandiose gestures—in fact, it doesn’t have to venture outside of your own home or family. Perhaps you want to inspire your children by showing them how to love in the most authentic way possible. Maybe your legacy is your passion for serving in your church, school, or community, or creating a family business that future generations can inherit and take part in. There are so many ways to share our talents with others. I think the most important thing to consider is to aim to have an impact on someone other than yourself, dare to be joyful, and always strive to bring your best self to everything you do. I hope this issue helps you appreciate your own gifts and appreciate the little legacies all around us.

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About the Cover: Jon Beyerle shot these gnomes as part of a collection belonging to Cornelius resident Wendy Roberts.

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LAKE SPACES How we live at the lake


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Trevor Burton, a regular Currents contributor, has a Tom Clark sculpture of Winston Churchill. “Tom was very talented, and I’ve always admired his work,” he says. “When I talked with him, he was taken by the fact that I had attended Churchill’s funeral at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. I enjoy our Winnie sculpture daily.” | MARCH 2022



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World-class sculptor and former Davidson College professor touched many people by Karel Bond Lucander| photography by Jon Beyerle

Those who knew Tom Clark of Davidson describe him like one of his magical sculpted wood spirits: A little mischievous, funny, intelligent, and incredibly gracious. Never one to wait for inspiration, this world-famous artist would head downstairs to his Cairn Studio, set his hands on clay, and bring a universe of beloved characters to life. With WDAV’s classical music playing, he would grab a cup of coffee, give his yellow lab, Spunky, a quick rub and sculpt away. And working alongside him for more than a decade was Tim Wolfe of Charlotte. Now a nationally renowned wildlife sculptor, Wolfe answered Clark’s 1990 Charlotte Observer ad for an assistant. “I was a carpenter taking classes in commercial art at CPCC,” he says. “My thing was pen and ink. I applied and when I realized it was Tom Clark, I was pretty excited.” Within a week, Wolfe was hired. “He taught me so much. He put me on a project to study art, from caveman time to those commissioned by the Catholic church and Renaissance. He was a wonderful mentor, teacher, and eventually an amazing friend.” 18


Wolfe developed whimsical animals to accompany Clark’s gnomes. From 1993 to 2001, they traveled the country on weekends for signings at stores and galleries. “He was so smart and witty and would make me laugh constantly. It was such a blessing to work with him for all those years.” After leaving to start Tim Wolfe Sculptures, they remained good friends. “He was a huge part of my life and had a tremendous impact on my family,” he says. Davidson Mayor Rusty Knox has fond memories as a 10-year-old of Tom Clark occasionally taking him for a grilled cheese and Coke at the Davidson College Student Union while his mom finished work. In 1975, during the summer of his senior year, Mayor Knox remodeled the downstairs of Clark’s home on Grey Road into his studio. “Tommy came down and we would talk during lunch,” he says. “At the end of the summer, he gave me a gnome that included all the things we had talked about: A cap with a “P” because I was going to play baseball at Pfeiffer, a jersey with my number 15, skis and even my ’67 Mustang. For me, that gnome is priceless. Tommy was such a gentle soul. He was so soft-spoken, but you knew that anything he had to say was important.”

Photo courtesy of Wendy Roberts

Left: Wendy Roberts offered to let CURRENTS photograph select pieces from her collection of 70 Tom Clark sculptures, including the Santa and Mrs. Claus on the right. Below: Tom Clark inscribed Betty and Jim Deviney’s names on the Banana “Love Boat” sculpture. The gnomes pictured above right are also from Betty’s collection.

The signed apron After Clark moved to a different home on Grey Road, Designer Mervil Paylor eventually bought and renovated his property. She enjoys relaxing in his former studio. “The room has good north light and looks out at a beautiful garden and a pond he put in. There are all kinds of wildlife daily: Deer, heron, red fox, turkey. It’s fantastic.” Although Clark’s gnomes are in millions of collectors’ homes, Betty Deviney cherishes the more than four dozen she has prominently displayed in her Denver foyer. Betty and her late husband, Jim, attended two signings, one where he inscribed their “Love Boat” – a happy couple lying in a banana. “He asked if we would like to have him add our names as well, and that was so endearing and special.” Along with his famed sculptures, flower gardens and wisdom, the block of build-

ings he owned in downtown Davidson will continue this artist and former professor’s legacy. “He wanted to leave something of Clark row,” Mayor Knox adds. “We had been in discussions, and he had ideas. It looked like Charleston met Savannah met New Orleans and came to Davidson. It will be a tremendous add to Main Street once it’s done.” Editor’s Note: Thomas Fetzer Clark died Jan. 14, 2022. He received a bachelor’s degree in English at Davidson College in 1949. He continued his education, receiving a bachelor’s in Divinity from Union Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. in Theology from University of Aberdeen. In 1958 he became a Davidson College faculty member and taught “Religious Art” for 26 years. Inspired by the book, Gnomes (Wil Huygen and Rien Poortvliet), he left Davidson College to devote his time to sculpting.

“Tom Clark was an amazing artist. He was also kind, gracious, brilliant, and funny. He spent most weekends traveling the country for promotional events—visiting gift shops, meeting collectors, and signing statues. He charmed everyone he met. There was only one time when he was at a loss for words. Tom wore the same red apron to every event, and if he met another man named Tom Clark, he had him sign the apron. That apron was covered with at least 50 signatures. At one event, a gentleman walked up to Tom, pointed to himself, and declared, “Tom Clark!” Tom immediately had him sign the red apron, not realizing the man meant that he LOOKED like Tom. Imagine Tom’s surprise when he looked down and saw something like “Herbert Johnson” amidst all the other Tom Clarks!” – Wendy Roberts, Cornelius | MARCH 2022


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Speaking of Birkdale Village, you may have noticed a tad bit of construction going on recently. North American Properties has begun their $20 million redevelopment project. On the roster of projects is a 6,000-square-foot plaza with seating, a covered stage, and an LED screen. The plaza will be built on the existing green space between Chico’s and Sunglass Hut. Plans also include closing the portion of the roundabout around the fountain. The renovation will also add the addition of three different retail “jewel boxes,” 1,200-square-foot glass structures that will house products and services from merchandisers and food vendors on shorter-term leases. Construction is scheduled to be completed by summer.

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The 2010-11 Leadership Lake Norman Class came up with the idea to create a junior version of the program.

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Junior Leadership Lake Norman Program by Renee Roberson photography courtesy of Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce

When Bill Russell first joined the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce as president in 1997, one of his first directives was to put together a leadership program that area business owners and leaders could take part in. Drawing elements from other leadership programs in North and South Carolina, Leadership Lake Norman soon took shape, emerging as an eight-month program where participants could learn more about healthcare, economic development, nonprofits, and more. Since its inception, 529 community and business leaders have enrolled in the program. When Huntersville resident Tricia Sisson participated in Leadership Lake Norman in 2010-11, she and other members had the idea of creating a junior version of the program. “A core group of us got together and thought, this program is really good,” she says. “Students in the community need to know about this. If they became engaged enough, they could return to 24


the area after graduation and become business leaders.” Rather than reinventing the program, they only needed to reapply the seminar topics and presentations about government, civics, education, nonprofits and more to the students. The group brainstormed how they could streamline the process for accepting applications, reaching out to area schools to see if they might be interested in sharing the information with their students. They decided to design the program for high school juniors, and each member of the Leadership Lake Norman adult class would take on planning of an individual session. The pilot class for Junior Leadership Lake Norman began in 2011-2012, with Sisson’s daughter Kaitlyn Cobb being an inaugural member. The program accepts 18-20 students and is an in-depth study of management styles, personalities, and involved

activities to illustrate positive leadership opportunities. It takes place over an eight-month period and the students tour facilities and participate in informative seminars led by area leaders in business, government, media, education, healthcare, and tourism. The program typically kicks off with a day-long retreat at Historic Rural Hill in early fall as well as a graduation ceremony in April. The presenting sponsor for the program is Novant Health and PDQ generously feeds the students lunch each month. Participants are allowed only one absence from the program and must attend all other events to graduate. Cobb says participating in Junior Leadership Lake Norman helped her fall more in love with the local community. She graduated from UNC-Charlotte and wanted to remain close to home after graduation. She and her husband now live in the area, and she works as a senior accounting analyst in the Northlake area. Some of the highlights of the program for her were touring the PARC in Huntersville and Saertex, along with visiting Town Hall in Huntersville and Discovery Place Kids. She enjoyed getting to know so many area business leaders and working with her class on collecting toys and books for Children’s Hope Alliance as a group project. Each Lake Norman Junior Leadership Class is chosen by a selection committee comprised of members of the Lake Norman Chamber and Alumni of the Lake Norman Chamber Business Leadership program and will represent diverse students in the community from public, private, and charter schools. Applicants must have an unweighted G.P.A. of 3.2, a teacher/community leader recommendation, an exceptional attitude, and be a rising junior from a Lake Norman area high school. For information on applying for the next class, visit this summer.


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Into the Unknown A backyard greenway adventure can begin, well, right where you want it to…

by Mike Savicki photography by by Afterburner Communications

Truth be told, when I think of greenways and trails, I think of high mountains, scenic overlooks, and cold rivers and streams. I think of being alone in nature, miles upon miles of solemnity, emptiness, and quiet. I think of Appalachia with the Smokies and the Blue Ridge. I think of the Rockies and crossing the Sierra Nevada. The Pacific Coast Trail, too. Between you and me, I don’t really think of the land between I-77, Hwy. 73, and Catawba Avenue in Cornelius as being worthy of even a mention in the discussion. But when I happened to catch a glimpse of the signage marking the entrance to a new section of the McDowell Creek Greenway, I tried to reframe my bias. I let my mind envision where that trail might take me both literally and figuratively. I love exercising and exploring but I’m not a huge fan of doing it on public roads and oftentimes fragmented sidewalks so I wondered if this very thing might be the alternative I’ve been craving. While trying to connect the dots and draw a mental map in my mind, I wondered if simply breaking out of my normal routine and rolling in a new direction on a new path might catalyze my sense of wonder and rekindle my need to explore and discover.

might be better aware of what lies beyond the trailhead signage. I asked him if he had explored it since it recently opened. “Actually, the first times we went out on the trail it was still being built,” Tobias begins. “Alongside neighborhood kids, as we all inspected and monitored the construction, it’s fair to say our excitement grew and grew. “So, when it actually opened, the kids, especially, felt like it was already theirs. It was like they felt connected,” he says. I asked Tobias for his first impressions. “It’s not a world away but what I find it does do is give us that ability to walk out our door and do our activities without having to get in our car,” he explains. “It removes the stress that comes with having to cross a busy street alone—or with kids—and it moves us that much closer to nature, adding a level of relaxation and peacefulness even as we are never far from seeing nearby neighborhoods and homes.” Points well taken.

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His answer got us thinking about how most people in the world don’t rely on cars like Americans do. Whether they live in more urban areas where the surroundings are better suited to walking

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I wondered if being out on the greenway, whether to grab Friday morning bagels, go for a run, or cycle with the kids, reminds him of being in a far off place or somewhere more remote or foreign, and his frank answer surprised me. “It doesn’t take me to anywhere or remind me of anything or being anywhere else, and there’s no point at which I feel totally out there and away from it all, but to be special it doesn’t have to,” he shares. “What it does a really good job of doing is letting me know that there is nature, and there is water going by, and there is beauty even where you might not think it would be. And more than we might think, sometimes just getting out there on it can do the trick.” After our conversation I thought about heading beyond the sidewalk and what they might do for my psyche. I pulled up the larger greenways map and began noting the interconnectedness that is happening all across our area. New trails, paths, greenways right in our own backyards. I noted what is open and tried to envision what is planned. I began thinking about new routes to ride and roll, new discoveries, too. I felt lighter. And all of this is in our backyards. Adventures into the unknown await.

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Look for wedding celebrations inspired by nature and the stars by Bek Mitchell-Kidd

The wedding industry was one of the hardest hit during the pandemic. But, just like love itself, the multimillion-dollar industry is resilient, innovative, and a trendsetter. Couples adapted, finding a way to say ‘I do’ whether it was a cozy micro wedding, virtual celebration, or outdoors and socially distanced.

Celestial celebrations While some of us were ready to depart to another planet during the pandemic, brides have been looking to the skies for wardrobe inspo.

The pace is picking up on bookings as larger gatherings become possible. If you’re ready to walk down the aisle or just want to know what to expect as a guest—we’ve listed what’s trending for 2022.

Pearls are having a moment and will be found on everything from the bride’s sleeves, to necks and ears and even invitations. Look no further than Ariana Grande’s wedding ring and you’ll see what we are talking about.

Lake love If it’s a view (other than your beautiful partner) that you’re after, Lake Norman has many proposal-worthy spots. Sure to be the perfect backdrop and a cool place to return during your happily ever after; popular places to be found on bended knee include Jetton and Ramsey Creek parks, and Latta Nature Preserve. Consider some of the lakeside restaurants too—including Port City and Hello, Sailor— with the lake on-hand and champagne in-hand you’re all but guaranteed an ‘I do’.

Pearls, moons, and stars—and all things celestial are in.

to worry about and more time to look into the eyes of the one you love. However, new for 2022 is that USA-based experiences are seeing a surge. From Montana to Miami, more couple’s destination weddings are staying stateside. Nighttime weddings are also on the rise, no doubt inspired by the aforementioned starry-eyed stellar-clad couples. Be prepared to grab a glow stick or show-up oceanside to waves of bioluminescence. Nighttime and weekday nights are the new now.

For the groom, shiny things are in, too. From mismatched suits for the groomsmen to a mixture of ties and bowties and shirt colors, bespoke is the new love language for the Mr.

Let’s eat Cakes are back, in a big way. Cupcakes, or do-it-yourself dessert bars are taking a backseat as wedding parties are ready to take back a slice of tradition with one signature cake.

Location and time If we’ve learned anything in the past two years it’s how precious time is, which may explain the uptick in all-inclusive bookings. The one and done payment doesn’t mean no custom upgrades, just that there is less

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ParBlu Event planning is all about the details, and at ParBlu, you’ll be impressed by that and so much more. In keeping with engagement and wedding celebrations held in 2020 and 2021, Tara Johnson, Venue Manager at ParBlu, says many couples are continuing with the trend of holding more intimate celebrations. This is where ParBlu comes in. ParBlu is a unique and timeless event space located in the heart of downtown Mooresville. Featuring stunning vaulted ceilings, exposed brick walls, and vintage chandeliers, ParBlu is the perfect distinctive venue for any event. The spacious 1,900-square-foot room comfortably seats up to 72 guests with formal seating. For events with a dedicated space for a dance 30


floor, DJ, and dinner service, they recommend no more than 65 guests with formal seating. For cocktail-style events with no formal seating, the space can hold up to 90 guests. From specialty social events to intimate gatherings, ParBlu is pleased to create custom event packages tailored to fit your preferences and budget.

the chaos and remember that this day is all about celebrating your love,” she says. If something doesn’t go perfectly, remember you are surrounded by people who love you and simply want to celebrate with you.

Services and amenities include an onsite venue manager and bar staff, full-service bar and custom beverage packages, trusted vendor recommendations, and onsite tables and chairs.

The staff at ParBlu encourage couples to choose a celebration venue that checks off most of their preferred boxes, but also know the most important thing is to be comfortable and happy on the big day. “This is a day that you are going to look back on for the rest of your life,” says Johnson. “Pick somewhere that feels right for you.”

Johnson advises couples to establish what details are most important to them during the planning process and prioritize those elements. “Take a deep breath, embrace

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Epic Chophouse If you’re looking for a venue to host a rehearsal dinner, bridal shower, wedding reception, anniversary party, or other event related to your big day, consider Epic Chophouse, with locations in both Mooresville and Ft. Mill, for all your food and drink-related needs. Since 2010, Epic Chophouse has remained a local favorite in Mooresville, and with a new Ft. Mill location that opened in 2020, guests can enjoy the highest-quality steaks, pasta, seafood, and other specialties with the most gracious hospitality staff in the area. With more brides and grooms looking for full-service, one-stop shopping events such as Wine and Bourbon tastings, the staff at Epic Chophouse can help you create a customized experience to help com-

memorate this special time in your life. Led by Amanda Boan, the catering staff at Epic Chophouse will work with each couple to provide the most unique event possible. The team is capable of any style of event for up to 1,000 people for off-site celebrations. The Ft. Mill location can accommodate 40-45 people in the Private Dining Room and about 60 guests on the covered heated patio. In Mooresville, up to 80-100 people can be seated in the Randy Marion private dining room. Couples can begin the process by visiting the website link for events and catering and answering questions about preferences and number of guests. Boan will then work with Corporate Chef Jon Spencer and the appropriate Executive Chef to create the food and drink plan that you desire.

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The Forevermore Wedding Showcase Bring your bride tribe and be prepared to be inspired as your Pinterest Board comes to life at The Forevermore Wedding Showcase. Meet face to face with the area’s finest wedding professionals who can help you turn your vision into a reality. Stroll through the aisles of the historic Merino Mill on June 5th from 1-5 p.m. and indulge in mouth-watering samples from the area’s finest wedding caterers and bakers. Watch the fashion show produced by the award-winning hiTechMODA (www. with models wearing a stunning collection of gowns from local bridal boutiques showcasing the best and latest in wedding fashions. Discover amazing wedding and honeymoon packages. Enjoy live entertainment and work with choreographers who can help you with

your first dance and much more. There will be door prizes and one lucky bride will be selected to receive a complete makeover and walk the runway! This amazing Showcase has everything you need to plan the wedding of your dreams. The Forevermore Wedding Showcase is produced by Event Connections, a professional meeting and event planning company with more than 25 years of industry experience. We produce client-customized event planning for 10 to 5,000+ guests nationwide and beyond and offer a wide variety of services to accommodate your needs. Depending on your requirements, we can take care of one aspect or everything, from site selections to onsite management, and all the details in between.

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Hilton Garden Inn Charlotte/Mooresville With so many couples rescheduling wedding celebrations from 2020 and 2021, Thursday, Friday and Sunday have become popular days to secure a preferred venue and date. “I have been on the Hilton Garden Charlotte/Mooresville team for 13 plus years and specialize in filling hotel needs of brides and their various wedding plans, from engagement announcements and rehearsal dinners, to hosting their out-oftown guests and throwing after parties to continue the celebration,” says Renee Hall, Director of Sales for Hilton Garden Inn Charlotte/Mooresville. “We have fun 34


things for everyone, from karaoke, Jenga, dancing, beer pong, and cornhole!” The Hilton Garden Charlotte/Mooresville is a full-service hotel featuring event space, bar, restaurant, and a talented culinary team to prepare dinners, hors d’oeuvres and libations to cater to every need. It is conveniently located off I-77, a mile from Downtown Mooresville, minutes from the North Carolina Auto Racing Hall of Fame and about 20 minutes from picturesque Lake Norman State Park. Hall suggests that couples think about what they truly want that would make their day

more memorable. “Do you,” says Hall. “Let your wedding reflect your childhood dreams and grown-up personality and make every detail special to you and your beloved.” To begin the process, take a tour of the hotel and plan on meeting the team. Get to know the person who will be servicing you, your guests, and the event. You will get great insight into the level of product and service you will receive. Hilton Garden Inn Charlotte/Mooresville 159 Gateway Blvd., Mooresville Renee Hall, Director of Sales

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GAME ON Lake Norman’s large variety of camps provide an enriching experience for children during the summer months.

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Two campers enjoy a sweet treat with a Cornelius Parks and Rec camp.

If summer camp is the main event, our local Parks and Recreation Departments are the directors, producers, and crew who keep things running smoothly. During their busiest planning periods, recreation supervisors from Cornelius, Huntersville, and Mooresville gave us a peek behind the curtain into the year-round work that goes into the town camps that Lake Norman families line up for on registration day.

Fall: Building and booking As soon as campers and staff say their goodbyes on the last day of camp, the team starts prepping for next year, starting with surveys for staff, instructors, and parents. Huntersville Recreation Coordinator Weston Smith gets input from his summer staff right away, while it’s fresh in their memories. “I want to ask them what worked and what didn’t, which field trips worked best, what did the kids like, what did the staff like.”

Camp supervisors survey parents on everything from the registration experience to logistics and overall programming. Building the team for next year starts early, too. Now more than ever, recruiting staff is an essential part of pulling off a quality summer camp. Finding the right mix of people to supervise, entertain, and teach campers is an enormous undertaking, especially with so many camp options in the Lake Norman region. Barbara Johnson, recreation supervisor for Mooresville’s Winnie Hooper Center, says, “We work with lots of partner agencies which includes community, faith-based, businesses, individuals and non-profit groups. Town staff have been awesome volunteer instructors too.” Along with the team building comes the booking. Some of the field trip destinations fill up a year ahead of time, so it’s never too early to reserve spots for high-demand locales such as SouthTown | MARCH 2022



Left: Zootastic Park visits a Cornelius Parks and Rec camp in 2020. Above right: Kids dig in the dirt at a Huntersville Junior Adventure camp. Bottom right: Making new friends at a Mooresville Parks and Rec camp.

Wake Park, one of the field trips offered in the past by the Huntersville Adventure Camp.

Winter: Putting the pieces together While families are busy with their holiday shopping, the Parks and Recreation departments are putting together their camp schedules. Mooresville Recreation Program Manager Latasha Singletary says camp schedules and content are based on surveys and feedback from participants, parents, staff and instructors; enrollment and attendance from previous years; availability of instructors; new parks and recreation trends; and risk and safety factors. “Late winter represents the department’s busiest planning period as schedules are finalized, brochures are developed, strategic marketing efforts begin, and online registration programs are prepared,” says Cornelius Recreation Superintendent Chad Cauble.



Spring: Sign me up Each town has its own registration date and process, but it’s always an exciting milestone for camp planners—and parents. Cornelius Parks and Recreation Special Events Program Manager Mike Wolf says some parents set an alarm for 6 a.m. on registration day, equipped with a camp planning chart. Spreadsheets or not, registration is taken seriously by parents and planners alike, as town camps are one of the most popular options for Lake Norman families and spots are naturally limited. The best way to stay on top of registration dates is to subscribe to emails from your town’s Parks and Recreation department. As families enroll for summer camp, the work goes on. “After registration opens, preparation continues with the recruiting, hiring, and training of camp counselors; ordering supplies; and preparing for opening day,” says Cauble.

Summer: Showtime! Several camp planners we spoke with were eager to share about new offerings for 2022. Mooresville’s Selma Burke Recreation Center is offering SciKidz camp, a nationally recognized program that After School/Summer Camp Supervisor Marvet Spencer is excited to provide this year. Chad Cauble in Cornelius looks forward to the Summer Recreation Experience, a new series of partial-day camps that will feature STEM-related opportunities.

#WorthIt Summer is when camp planners finally get to see the positive results of their year-round efforts. “Seeing the smiles on campers’ faces, their excitement and enthusiasm when they experience activities for the first time, is what these camps are all about,” says Cauble. Stephanie Pennell, recreation supervisor at Mooresville’s War Memorial Center, sums up the simple way she knows all the hard work was worth it: “Although all-day field trips are the most exhausting, they are usually the best. If the campers fall asleep on the way back to the center or on their way home, the day was a complete success.” Learn more about camp schedules, registration, and employment opportunities: | |

Area camp options include swim lessons and visits to community swimming pools.

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Patriot Military Family Foundation Serving a critical need for veterans and their loved ones by Allison Futterman



With the fifth largest military presence in the country, North Carolina has more than 100,000 active duty members and approximately 725,000 military veterans. So it’s not surprising that our state has a number of nonprofits that address the needs of veterans and their families. One notable organization is based in Mooresville—The Patriot Military Family Foundation (PMFF). David Laws has been involved with PMFF for ten years. He began as a volunteer, then a board member, became treasurer, and will take on role of executive director starting in April.

Personal connection to military With a longstanding connection to the military, Laws graduated from the Naval Academy and spent 11 years as a Naval officer. After that, he went into private industry—providing services to the Department of Defense, before transitioning into the field of program management for mission essential systems. In 2016, Laws began working with the American Red Cross as Director of Service to the Armed Forces and International Services for the Greater Carolinas. He oversees services to service members, veterans, and their families in the areas of emergency communications, mental health, VA hospital support, and financial support. Although he’ll be retiring at the end of March, he will continue his association with the Red Cross as a volunteer.

benefiting service members and veterans. “We’ve been told that people feel good about donating to PMFF, not only because of our direct programs, but because we know the other best organizations and how their use their money.” He says that PMFF itself spends 92 percent on programs and support, with only 8 percent going to overhead expenses.

PMFF mission Through their work, they support the emotional, physical, and financial needs of veterans. This includes areas of mental, emotional, and physical health challenges, scholarships for children of veterans, homes for veterans, and service dogs for disabled veterans. PMFF also has a holiday program, where families are given to them by different military units. They collect a list of what a family needs and collect the items or the funds to purchase them from donors to satisfy each family’s specific needs. In 2021, they were able to make a difference in the lives of more than 90 families.

Because the PMFF has always operated with a board, but not with an official director, Laws took on many of the responsibilities that an executive director would normally oversee. While officially the treasurer, he wore many hats, stepping in to do whatever was needed. “I did the best I could, while having a full-time job— making sure operations were running correctly and that events took place, as well as keeping track of finances,” he says.

Cooperating to help veterans “There are a lot of organizations that support veterans and community within the Carolinas, but I’d say we are one of the premier organizations, along with NCServes and Veterans Bridge Home,” says Laws. Not only does the Patriot Military Family Foundation have its own active programs, they constantly support the efforts of other military/veterans nonprofits throughout the Carolinas. A few examples of projects they’ve provided funding to are Eagle Rock Camp, sponsoring a scholarship each year at the Community Culinary School of Charlotte, and helping over 40 Afghan refugees with patriation to the United States. “We’ve also helped Gold Star families in several ways, from housing to cars.” Helping Gold Star families is important to PMFF and Laws says that they “go out of our way to help a Gold Star family whenever we can.” Laws explains that PMFF keeps in touch with organizations they support and uses that knowledge to ascertain which ones are best

ANNUAL EVENTS Although Covid put a damper on events, this year PMFF will be holding all of their in-person events. On March 15, they’ll have their Bag Lady Brunch at 10:30 a.m. at Trump National Charlotte. The keynote speaker will be Captain Tammie Jo Shults, one of the Navy’s first female fighter pilots. Other events will include a Casino night this summer, a Patriot Clay Challenge in the fall, and their Gala in November.

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The foyer was the first space Stephanie Hathaway helped with, bringing in a mirror and lamps from Southern Notions to complement the pottery already owned by the Giambrones.

In 2018, Troutman residents Leslie and Gary Giambrone began working with 4G Design Build on a custom built home near Lake Norman State Park. Once it was finished that next year, Leslie knew she needed help putting the finishing touches on the décor. In 2020, she says they were in downtown Mooresville for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade when she walked by Southern Notions on Main Street, and was instantly drawn to the décor she could see in the window. Once she went inside, she loved the home furnishings and began chatting with owner Stephanie Hathaway. She learned Hathaway also offers interior design services and they began discussing Leslie’s desires for decorating the various rooms of their new home. They began with the foyer, continued to the mudroom, laundry, living room, dining area, and master bed and bathroom. “I like that she really works with what you have to make it all come together,” says Leslie Giambrone. Hathaway would send Leslie photos with different furniture and décor items at a variety of price points to make the decision process easier. Visit Southern Notions at 178 N. Main Street, Mooresville, for more home décor ideas. | MARCH 2022



For the dining area in the kitchen, Mike Puncochar of East Bay Woodworks created a round table to fit the space and tie in with the existing wooden hutch in the corner and Hathaway selected the chairs with their rattan seats and black frames. The rug adds a vintage feel and complements the navy blue tones the Giambrones favor in their overall color scheme. Hathaway also chose the six framed prints on the wall.

Hathaway showed Leslie a variety of bedding to set the tone of the master bedroom, and they settled on a comforter from Eastern Accents, with a grasscloth wall covering to set apart the wall behind the bed’s headboard, along with the colorful pastel prints. Hathaway worked with existing furniture the homeowners already had to spruce up the room with a calming yet elegant décor. Custom-made embroidered draperies add a touch of glamour to the sitting area, along with a comfortable chair and ottoman and cozy throw blanket.



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E Pluribus Vinum; a little linguistically inaccurate but it could be a description for blended wine—out of many, a wine. Blended wines are made by assembling together individual wines made from several different grapes—out of many, one. By combining grape varieties winemakers can accentuate one wine’s virtues or ameliorate its weak points. Maybe, by blending, you can add a touch of spice to a wine’s aroma or a bit more body to a wine’s texture. A wine becomes greater than the sum of its parts. An example; Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the world’s great red grapes, but it can be extremely tannic when young. A little Merlot can round out those harsh tannins and tame Cabernet’s innate aggressiveness. That’s the basis for the world-famous wines of Bordeaux in France. There’s a little bit more to it. Bordeaux wines are a blend of five grapes, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot. Alone, each of these grapes can produce superb wines. Together, they soar to great heights. Most wines in the United States are blended but they don’t show it. By law, a wine listed as a varietal (Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Sangiovese, etc…) must be 75 percent of the listed varietal. The remaining 25 percent can be anything a winemaker chooses. Most winemakers will blend a bit of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and/or Malbec behind a wine labeled as “Cabernet Sauvignon.” While you may not know it, a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon may, in fact, be a Bordeaux blend. While great wine is grown on the vine, the final decisions on what to do with the 25 percent “blank page” can really make or break a finished product. A favorite blended wine, for me, comes from the Southern Rhône area of France. Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre grapes form the core of most red Côtes-du-Rhône wines. The three work so well together that the blend is the basis for wines from other warm climate regions—wines that carry the GSM (Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre) moniker. In Rhône wines, Grenache almost always dominates the 60


blend. Syrah contributes structure and spicy notes, while Mourvèdre brings its dark, chocolatey notes and intense color. These wines are great and one jumped out at me from Barrel & Fork’s wine list. In a pleasant surprise, the wine turned to be a Côtes-du-Rhône Villages. This is a wine that’s a click above, in quality, to general wines from the region. And, so to food. It was the wine that chose my dish. I wanted to pair it with something that would match the wine’s depth. I went for a cheeseburger with bacon, blue cheese and caramelized onion aioli. This was a day of pleasant surprises. A second one was that the cheeseburger came with a fried egg as an addition. Together, everything was so good that I, instinctively, let out a sigh of contentment. This was met with an admonition from my wife that what I was noshing on was merely a ground-beef patty. What to do but respond with, “It’s my patty and I’ll sigh if I want to.” I had to explain that the dish was a combination of ingredients that worked well together. And then it hit me. I was dining on a blended dish, paired with a blended wine at a meal, brunch, that blends together breakfast and lunch. I was in the presence of culinary symmetry. How nice is that? It cut me down to sighs.

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If there’s one thing St. Patrick’s Day celebrations are known for, it’s the consumption of beer. Local breweries in the Lake Norman area are certainly ready for the occasion, planning special events and limited beer releases starting on St. Patrick’s Day (Thurs., March 17), and running throughout the weekend. If you’re looking to join in on the fun, stop by one of the below breweries for some shamrock inspired sips and snacks, live music with an Irish twist, green beer, and more.

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19700-D, One Norman Blvd, Cornelius Events: Lost World’s will be celebrating all weekend long. Receive a souvenir pint with any beer purchase while supplies last. Beers: On March 17, Lost World’s will be releasing a special Irish Ale. On Sat., March 19, enjoy a one day only cask beer release special.

Primal Brewery 16432 Old Statesville Rd, Huntersville Events: Celebrate for four days straight, starting on March 17, and running through Sun., March 20. The brewery will have a slew of food trucks and live music, including some traditional Irish music. Beers: What’s St. Patrick’s Day without some green beer? Primal Brewery has it covered. Their popular “Lawnboy” American Lager will be dyed green for the festivities. Expect plenty of body and creamy head with a 5% ABV. 62


562 Williamson Rd, Mooresville Events: The Mooresville brewery will be open and celebrating all weekend long! Smash Truck will be the food truck on site, serving up classic Reuben sandwiches on March 19. Sandy’s violinist will take care of the tunes with Celtic music for all to enjoy. Beers: Don’t miss King Canary’s special beer release—their Irish Red Ale, which they’ve specially named Shamflock.

10620 Bailey Road E, Cornelius Events: As of press time, the brewery was still finalizing St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. Check out the brewery’s Instagram page for the final details. Beer: Plan to enjoy a special St. Patrick’s Day seasonal beer. “Irish Train Wreck” is a traditional Irish Dry Stout with 8% ABV and a great balance of flavors.

Pipers – At Galaway Hooker 17044 Kenton Drive, Cornelius Events: Kick off St. Paddy’s Day celebrations with lunch and a personalized pint. March 12 the restaurant will open nice and early at 11a.m. Beer: Guinness will be onsite from rom noon-1 p.m. with the Ripple Machine. Bring a photo for your very own design! | MARCH 2022


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Dough Buffalo Chicken Salad Flatbread It’s part salad, part flatbread, and 100 percent delicious. This Buffalo Chicken Salad Flatbread has a cheese covered crust, baked to perfection for that crispy exterior and doughy inside. Outside the oven, it’s topped with crunchy romaine, shredded carrots, red onions, blue cheese, and everyone’s favorite—breaded buffalo chicken for just a little heat. The finishing touch—a drizzle of blue cheese or ranch dressing (with extra for dipping if you’re into that). Indulge on your next pizza night or make this for an easy weeknight meal. Ingredients: For the chicken 1 chicken breast ½ cup flour 1 egg, whisked 1 cup plain breadcrumbs ½ teaspoon onion powder ½ teaspoon garlic powder ½ teaspoon paprika ½ cup buffalo sauce Salt and pepper Ingredients: For the flatbread Store-bought pizza dough or your favorite pizza dough recipe 1 cup shredded mozzarella 2 cups shredded romaine lettuce ¼ cup shredded carrots ½ small red onion, sliced ¼ cup blue cheese crumbles Blue cheese or ranch dressing, optional for garnish

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Instructions: 1. Cut chicken into 1-2 inch cubes. 2. In a bowl, combine the breadcrumbs with the onion powder, garlic powder, and paprika, as well as a pinch of salt and pepper. 3. In two other bowls, place the flour and the egg. 4. Bread the chicken first placing each piece in the flour, then egg, and finally breadcrumb, shaking off an excess. Repeat until all chicken is coated. 5. Bake on parchment covered baking pan at 375 degrees for 20 minutes until chicken is cooked through and browned, flipping once halfway through. 6. Cover with buffalo sauce. 7. Increase oven temp to 425 degrees. 8. Roll out pizza dough and top with mozzarella cheese. Bake for 10-15 minutes until crust is browned and cheese is bubbly. 9. Remove from oven and top with lettuce, carrots, red onion, blue cheese crumbles, and buffalo chicken. 10. Garnish with a drizzle of dressing and enjoy! | MARCH 2022


DINE+WINE | nibbles + bites

The infamous milk bread doughnuts that provided comfort to the community during the early months of the pandemic.

Comfort Food with a Twist milkbread all day offers curated menu of sweet and savory by Allie Spencer | photography by Lisa Crates

The third concept from Davidson restaurateurs, Joe and Katy Kindred, opened in late January during a snowstorm. Somewhat fitting for an idea born from the Kindreds’ response to another storm of sorts, the pandemic shutdown. When the Kindreds had to close the doors to their restaurants Kindred and Hello, Sailor in March 2020 they quickly pivoted with their staff to offer a takeout menu that would travel well— chicken sandwiches, milk bread donuts, and small production, independent wines.

The donuts that started it all Their offering of comfort food struck the right notes with people in a time of uncertainty for many. They also partnered with Summit Coffee during the shutdown to offer milk bread donuts at Summit’s temporary Drive To location on South Main Street in Davidson, which had cars lined up before sunrise. “Once we were able to reopen our doors to Kindred and Hello, Sailor we found time and again people mentioning how much they missed the donuts and chicken sandwiches. After continued requests, the idea for a brick and mortar reflecting that pandemic pivot came to life. We always knew we had something special 66


with both our donut and our chicken sandwich, and milkbread felt like the perfect space to bring them together,” says Katy Kindred. The all-day café (operating from 7 a.m.-9 p.m.), is a great spot for a morning meeting, a lunch date with a friend, or a bite to eat after karate practice. Expect fast casual counter service for dine-in, marble top tables with bistro chairs, outdoor seating, and a welcome vibe from staff. The long high top table tracing the perimeter is perfect for perching with a coffee from one of milkbread’s partnerships with HEX or Summit, or a glass of wine from the rotating selection available in the evening.

The quintessential neighborhood hangout “For milkbread, we always wanted it to be a space that people felt like they belonged. That neighborhood spot that everyone feels like is theirs,” says Katy Kindred. On the menu, items like the milk & honey toast with stracciatella cheese and pink peppercorn, are deliciously simple, and the sourdough from Verdant Bread (started by two former Kindred bartenders) takes it to the next level.

Milkbread offers several gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan options like the Whole-ish salad with green cabbage, red onion, soft herbs, Moroccan spiced nuts, and a ginger lime vinaigrette. This salad was refreshing and light, yet packed with flavor. As an added bonus, leftovers from this dish were still great the next day. There are several iterations of the chicken sandwich, but the milkbread donuts are the star of the show, tempting patrons from behind a glass display case on the counter as they enter the restaurant. Available in three flavors—original glaze, milk chocolate and seasonal (currently meyer lemon brown butter) they lived up to the hype. The Kindreds had previously inquired about the space at 624 Jetton Street, knowing the sunny space could be a great location for the right concept. “When the idea for milkbread started to form we really felt like we had the right fit for the Davidson location and so we reached back out and everything came together,” says Katy Kindred. Ironically, the day they announced milkbread Davidson, the landlord of the Dairy Queen in Plaza Midwood reached out to let them know a deal with a potential tenant fell through and the space was available. “It felt too serendipitous to pass up, and we let the pieces fall in place for milkbread Plaza Midwood,” says Katy Kindred. The second location of milkbread will open late this summer.

The Original Chicken Sandwich.

For now, milkbread Davidson is buzzing. Katy Kindred says they were blown away by the support from the community. “Things took off so quickly that two days in we doubled our staff and brought on an overnight pastry team. Every time we set a goal for our team, they quickly surpass it and we are onto the next! We are already full of regulars, and constantly meeting new people who are excited to dine with us and learn more about what we do!” milkbread 624 Jetton Street, #110, Davidson Open daily from 7 a.m.-9 p.m. | MARCH 2022



Left: Bright Star Touring Theatre presents “Black History Heroes, Soldiers & Spies at Mooresville Public Library on March 5. Right: Attend “Luck of the Village” at Birkdale Village on March 11.

Time to March!

Compiled by Bek Mitchell-Kidd


Davidson Men’s Basketball (March 2) The Wildcats take on George Mason. Ticket prices vary. 7 p.m. John Belk Arena, 200 Baker Dr, Davidson. Small Business Pop-Up Shop (March 5) Shop items from Lake Norman entrepreneurs and local artisans, and of course enjoy a local beer. Free admission. Noon-5 p.m. Eleven Lakes Brewing, 10228 Bailey Road, Cornelius. 2022 Mayors’ Fitness Challenge (March 6-April 30) After great success last year, the three North Mecklenburg Towns—Cornelius, Davidson, and Huntersville—return to host the Mayors’ Fitness Challenge. Residents of each town will join together to become one team to win the title of Fittest Community. The challenge will last eight weeks but register at any time through April 30. There will be a kick-off event on March 6 from 1-3 p.m. at North Mecklenburg Park, 16131 Old Statesville Road, Huntersville. Learn more at Mayors-Fitness-Challenge Luck of the Village (March 11) Calling all lassies, lads and little leprechauns! Enjoy an evening of live music, dancing, festive gear. Free admission, 6-9 p.m. Arrive early to park given current construction. Birkdale Village, 8712 Lindholm Drive, Huntersville, Street Car Saturdays (March 12) See the hottest cars and drink some of the best beer in the area. All makes and models are invited. Free event. 2-5 p.m. D9 Brewing, 11138 Treynorth Drive, Cornelius, Conservation Conversations – State of the Canopy (March 17) Get an overview of the current status of Charlotte’s tree cover, the reasons behind the losses, why trees are so critical to our well-being, and how you can become a canopy advocate. Led by Kate Bolkin, Trees Charlotte. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Quest Nature Center, 6345 Sample Road, Huntersville.


Bright Star Touring Theatre (March 5) In honor of both Black History and Women’s History Month, attend a production of “Black History Heroes, Soldiers & Spies” performed by Bright Star Touring Theatre. In 68


this play, audiences will have the opportunity to experience, celebrate, and learn about some amazing people throughout Black History. Audiences will head westward to see the work of Buffalo Soldiers and Col. Charles Young, join the Tuskegee Airmen as they take flight to help win a battle in WWII, and meet Mary Elizabeth Bower, a spy who worked with the Union during the Civil War. Free. 10 a.m. 304 South Main Street, Mooresville, Georgia O’Keeffe Presentation: Equivalence of Emotion and Experience (March 6) Attend this presentation by Dr. Mary-Louise Biasotti Hooper. Georgia O’Keeffe created a body of work unique in the art world. She ignored all the major art genres of her day, and she left a legacy of paintings in a personal style new in the world of art. Free event. 2 – 3 p.m. Mooresville Arts, 103 W. Center Ave, Mooresville, Proof By David Auburn (Through March 13) On the eve of her twenty-fifth birthday, Catherine, a troubled young woman, has spent years caring for her brilliant but unstable father, a famous mathematician. Now, following his death, she must deal with her own volatile emotions, plus the arrival of her estranged sister. Recommended for ages 12 and up. Thurs., Fri. and Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun. at 2 p.m. Adults, $20, Seniors, $18, Students, $15. Davidson Community Players, Armour Street Theatre, 307 Armour Street, Davidson, www. Youth Chalk Art Competition (March 19) Open to Students Grades 4-8 and Students Grades 9-12. Teams of 2-3 (by age group) are ideal and will be assigned by Mooresville Arts; if you wish to be paired with another student, please indicate on the submission form. Prizes will be awarded to the top winners! Participant check in is 2:30-3:00 p.m. Main Street (in front of the Depot) will be closed to traffic for this event. Mooresville Arts, 103 W Center Ave, Mooresville. Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller (March 24 – April 3) Set in the 1940s New York, the story is told through a montage of memories, dreams, confrontations and arguments as Willy Loman, a traveling salesman who is disappointed with his life appears to be slipping into senility. Recommended for ages 12 and up. Thurs., Fri. and Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun. at 2 p.m. Adults, $20, Seniors, $18, Students, $15. Davidson Community Players, Armour Street Theatre, 307 Armour Street, Davidson,

Photo courtesy of The Mooresville Museum


LKN Trailblazers by Renee Roberson

Recognizing local historical figures for Women’s History Month

In 1987, Congress declared March as National Women’s History Month in perpetuity, and each year, a Presidential Proclamation is issued honoring the countless achievements of American women. As I was working on the content for this issue, I thought it might be interesting to research some notable women in Lake Norman’s history for this column. I’m happy to report I learned some new facts about the area and am excited to share them with you.

Dr. Selma Burke

Burke created busts from materials such as brass, bronze, alabaster, and limestone for people like Duke Ellington, John Brown, and Mary McLeod Bethune. Earning honorary doctorates from both Livingstone and Spellman Colleges, Burke continued to emphasize education of the arts, running a center in Pittsburgh, and receiving the Women’s Caucus for Art Lifetime Achievement Award from President Jimmy Carter in 1979. She completed in her final sculpture, a nine-foot bronze statue of Martin Luther King Jr. that stands in Marshall Park in Charlotte, in 1980.

Dr. Selma Burke (1900-1995) Born in Mooresville in 1900, Burke was the daughter of an AME Church Zion minister. When she was around 7 years old, she discovered a love and talent for sculpting while playing in the mud in a local creek. Burke, one of seven children, was inspired to explore her passion for art by her father. He worked on the railroads and cruise ships at the time and Burke would use objects he brought back from his trips as inspiration for her art. She took a special interest in a collection of African artifacts the family inherited. Burke’s mother encouraged her to learn a practical trade and Burke went to school at what it now Winston-Salem State University and Saint Agnes Training School for Nurses in Raleigh to earn a nursing degree. Her work eventually took her to Harlem, N.Y. Burke married a childhood friend but soon found herself widowed not long after their wedding. She focused on her love of art and received a grant that allowed her to study in both the U.S. and Europe as a sculptor. She socialized with artists and writers during what was known as the Harlem Renaissance, also studying at Sarah Lawrence College and earning an M.F.A. from Columbia University. Burke was also a trailblazer who enlisted in the U.S. Navy during World War II, making her the first African American woman to sign up. While driving a truck at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, she injured her back on the job. In 1944, she decided to enter a nationwide contest and received a commission to sculpt the likeness of President Franklin Roosevelt as a bronze relief portrait, and it was unveiled in 1945 by his successor, President Harry Truman after Roosevelt’s death. This portrait is said to be the basis for the image U.S. Mint Chief Engraver John Sinnock ended up using on the U.S. dime. She married an architect named Herman Kobbe in 1949 and the two relocated to an artists’ colony in Pennsylvania. 70


Cornelia Shaw and Dr. Carolina MacBreyer Cornelia Shaw paved the way for other women interested in working in higher education when she became Davidson College’s first female full-time employee in 1907. She worked as the librarian and registrar. She was 40 years old when she took on the role and had previously worked as the editor of the Charlotte newspaper Presbyterian Standard. MacBreyer became the first female faculty member in 1956 when she was hired as Visiting Associate Professor of Psychology.

Ethel H. Porter Because this event occurred such a long time ago, there isn’t a whole lot of information available. But in my research, I came across the name Ethel H. Porter, and learned she was a resident of Lincolnton who applied for and received a U.S. patent for “StrawCutting and fodder” in 1934. In the book “Mothers and Daughters of Invention: Notes for a Revised History of Technology,” author Autumn Stanley noted this invention was likely a straw and fodder chopping machine or improvement to help streamline the process for feeding livestock. Additional reading: /north-carolina-womens-history-time-line

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