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The magazine by and for the people who call Lake Norman home

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Time to Get Away For so many years, my weekends have been filled with “to-do’s.” I must go to the grocery store. I have to get to my kids’ sporting events. I absolutely must clean the house. A Target run is essential. All those things I couldn’t quite get to during the week because of work and weekday activities would be pushed off until the weekend. Before I knew it, the entire weekend would have been filled up with me running around from place to place only to collapse, exhausted, on Sunday evening wondering how it was already time to get back to work the next day.

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Looking back, I wish I had organized my time better (I’m still having issues with this.) I wish we could have taken more spur-of-the-moment weekend trips with our kids, but it always seemed just out of reach. Now that they are older, jobs and friends and other responsibilities make coordinating all four of us going somewhere at the same time a logistical nightmare. It all makes me a little sad, but I’ve tried to develop a new perspective on the concept of a weekend getaway. Last fall, my husband Daniel and I decided to take a weekend just for us and try to celebrate our 20-year-wedding anniversary (COVID put a stop to the tropical vacation we had planned last summer). We were nervous, since we were still in the middle of the pandemic, but we decided to go to Charleston, S.C., as it was only a few hours away and we knew the city was taking the protocols seriously. Things were definitely a little different—we had to make restaurant reservations well in advance because only so many tables could be served each night and the inn we stayed at removed the morning continental breakfast and afternoon snacks. We spent as much time as possible outdoors, strolling the streets, visiting the beach and at my request, taking an evening ghost tour through the city (we were all masked which made things seem even more eerie). We returned from our trip refreshed and glad we had taken the time for ourselves instead of making excuses as to why we shouldn’t go. We also recently took a day trip to Greenville, S.C., and again, before we left, I started listing off all the reasons I should probably stay home. Then I started worrying that the pandemic had turned me into quite the homebody, so into the car we went. Once we arrived in the city and walked through the gorgeous Falls Park on the Reedy and spent the afternoon exploring, I knew we had made the right decision. I encourage you to plan your own getaway, whether it’s a trip to one of the nearby vineyards for the day or a longer weekend trip to the beach and the mountains. It’s good for the soul, and as we’ve all learned in the past year, we’ve still got a lot of living to do. Editor

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Contributing Writers Trevor Burton Sara Coleman Jill Dahan Grace Kennedy Bek Mitchell-Kidd Karel Bond Lucander Martin Rose Mike Savicki Allie Spencer Lara Tumer

Contributing Photographers Jon Beyerle Lisa Crates Jamie Cowles





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How we live at the lake

52 Dwellings


Sweet and sophisticated design in Huntersville

Movers, shakers and more at the lake


The Fuzion Teen Center in Mooresville

Queens Landing


Davidson College offers more plant-based cuisine to students


18 For the Long Run

FEATURES In Every Issue

28 Thoughts from the Man Cave

Mike Savicki’s annual letter to his daughter

42 Game On

A sports swap at Hough High School

48 Navigators

Carolina Youth Coalition connects talent with opportunity


Bet You Didn’t Know The Cowan’s Ford battleground


We’re Just Crazy About Father’s Day gifts at DavProCo


Iredell Health expands with new facility

IN THIS ISSUE 26 Your Best Life

Hikes within a day’s drive

Explore Greenville, S.C. and the Yadkin Valley Wine Trails

What’s your favorite North Carolina diner?

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Lost Worlds Brewing partners with Carolina Raptor Center

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30 Weekend Getaways


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Left: Local teens gather at Fuzion Teen Center. Middle: Executive Branch Director Sarah Allen, Vice President Nate Garrett, President Daniel Dye. Bottom: Mooresville PD stopped by to shoot some hoops at the center.

Teens have a place to call their own at with reopened Fuzion Teen Center Anyone who has been a teenager or is raising one currently, knows the teen years are equal parts exciting and challenging. The Fuzion Teen Center in Mooresville aims to provide teens a social meeting place and support so they can thrive socially, educationally, and spiritually as they navigate the delicate space between childhood and adulthood. Founded in 2018 by the South Iredell Youth ministry network, a network of youth pastors in the Mooresville and surrounding areas, Fuzion reopened this spring after a hiatus during Covid-19. Their mission is to provide a safe environment that will become the central social hub for teens in Iredell county where they can develop socially and explore their faith in a comfortable and inviting atmosphere through strategic programming and semi-structured activities. Fuzion partners with churches, FeedNC, Food For Days, the Town of Mooresville, Youth Commission International and area schools to bring their mission to life. Located in a former church in the Cascade area of Mooresville at 691 Brookwood Drive, the Fuzion Teen Center is open and free to all seventh to 12th-grade students on Mondays from 4 p.m.-7 p.m. At Fuzion, teens can hang out with friends, play sports, take classes like painting and baking, seek out tutoring, participate in bible study, and finish the evening with a home cooked meal. When asked what the teens enjoy most, the Fuzion Teen Executive Branch Center Director Sarah Allen shares that, “They love to be

with their friends engaging in fun activities. They also love that they feel safe, and everyone is accepted.” She says that Fuzion is an inclusive and diverse environment with teens of all abilities who discover Fuzion through their school, youth groups, or their neighborhood. The Fuzion Teen Center volunteers come from a variety of backgrounds, ages, and skillsets such as business owners, an artist, a retired dentist, a chef, police officers and a landscaper. Allen says oftentimes they come to volunteer and may end up teaching a class, sharing their unique skills with the teens. This summer, Fuzion will continue to be open on Mondays and they are hoping to offer activities on Saturdays as well. Allen says they would love to host a movie night, a cookout for teens and their families, a kickball game between the teens and volunteers, and a basketball tournament. The Fuzion Teen Center recently co-hosted their first fundraiser so they can continue to grow and provide resources for teens in the community. Allen says she would love for the Fuzion Teen Center to be equipped with a recording studio, a greenhouse where the teens could grow vegetables to use in their cooking classes or bring home to their families, as well as workshop where teens could learn different trades. “We want our teens to experience different skills so they can make informed decisions about their future by the time they graduate from high school,” she says. | JUNE 2021


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Queens Landing

by Karel Bond Lucander | photography by Jamie Cowles

L to R: The Catawba Queen, an entree at Queens Landing Cafe, and the Lady of the Lake.

In 1992, Jack Williams and Bud Lancaster founded Queens Landing. Lancaster died before the dream materialized but Williams grew this waterfront parcel into a destination for fun. Williams passed away in 2016 and passed the torch onto his cousin, Debbie Boggs Harwell, now Queens Landing president and CEO, to keep it going strong. “Next year will mark 30 years of business and we have a lot of big, surprising changes coming,” she says. “In 2022, it will be what Jack always dreamed it to be!” Feel the wind in your hair as you roll across the waves on the Mississippi-style riverboat Catawba Queen. Or climb aboard the sleek 93-foot Lady of the Lake yacht and party on as you explore North Carolina’s largest man-made lake. Whether you take an evening dinner cruise, morning sightseeing tour or charter a special-occasion private ride, the opportunities for Queens Landing-style fun on Lake Norman are endless. Corporations secure these grand vessels for events, and others celebrate anniversaries or exchange wedding vows aboard them. “We have people coming from all over the world and also celebrities, many because we’re ‘Race City,’” Harwell says. “The president of Toyota Racing flew in from Japan and booked a private cruise. Another representative from a makeup company chartered a cruise for her top saleswomen. We’re small enough to make quick 18


decisions but large enough to get it done. We have this saying, ‘If you can think it up, we can make it happen.’” Head to Queens Landing Café for tasty “cruise fare,” like a salad, burger or pizza at Jack’s Grill and ice cream at Scoops by the Lake. Wet your whistle at one of the bars or the Tiki when concerts are rocking out at Melanie L. Williams Amphitheatre. Reserve a dinner at Pier 150. And then get back on the lake by renting a jet ski or pontoon at the floating dock. This summer, you can enjoy a fun NASCAR-themed Father’s Day event, pirate’s party for kids, “Death Ahoy” murder mystery, Hawaiian luau, gospel Sunday brunch, July 4th weekend celebration and more. Giving back has always been the Queens Landing way, so recently they offered free cruises for nurses. When Jack Williams died, he left Harwell a directive. “He left me the responsibility of taking Queens Landing forward and also to give $1 million each to the Shriners Hospitals for Children® in Greenville, the Fallston Baptist Church, and the Medical University of South Carolina for the Children’s Hospital and the Storm Eye Institute,” she says. “I got to spend $3 million in two weeks. It was a joy to be able to do that!” To learn more, visit 1459 River Highway, Mooresville. 704.663.2628.

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Davidson College partners with Humane Society of the United States to offer plant-based meals for students

by Renee Roberson photos courtesy of Davidson College Dining Services

Davidson College has partnered with the Humane Society of the United States to bring more plant-based meals to its diverse body of students seeking healthier and more sustainable foods as part of the daily offerings. “Davidson College Dining understands that providing world-class cuisine on campus starts locally with our college farm and extends through our diverse team of chefs, led by Executive Chef Craig Mombert, who specialize in global cuisines,” says Pinky Varghese, director of dining services at Davidson College. “Providing fresh and sustainable plant-based foods while reducing our carbon footprint are goals we take seriously, though never at the expense of great taste or quality in our process.” Mombert explains that the chefs in dining services have always focused on creating scratch-made meals with customizable food stations, but they have seen more interest from students requesting more strictly plant-based meals in the last two to three years. With a horseshoe-shaped salad bar that is almost 50 percent vegan, a few other examples of the flavorful plant-based cuisine include dishes like Chana Masala with Basmati Rice, Black Bean Frito Pie, Sorghum-based taco filling with Black Beans on the Side, Black Lentil Cremini Taco with pickled Cabbage and Vegan

Cheese and more. Experts point to health and the environment as key motivators for changing diets. This generation of students is increasingly demanding more environmentally conscious and sustainable plantbased options. By serving less meat and more plants, Davidson College is taking a critical step in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. While more than 40 percent of the meals offered in the college’s dining facility are already plant based, the college plans to also reduce its purchase of animal-based products by ten percent. Student concerns about health, climate change, factory farming and environmental injustice are motivating institutions to examine and change their practices. This partnership with the HSUS also will move Davidson College closer to achieving goals outlined in the college’s Climate Action Plan, says Yancey Fouché, the college’s director of sustainability. “The campus farm and composting program have helped the college move towards a closed-loop food system over the past decade,” she says. “This latest, focused effort to prioritize plant-based menu items will be cheered by students seeking to align their values to action—ranging from animal and climate activists to members of our community just beginning their journey with eating as a step towards personal and planetary health.” | JUNE 2021


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Battle of Cowan’s Ford American Revolution history lies beneath Lake Norman by Martin Rose

If you travel Highway 73 on Lake Norman’s south end, you’ve noticed the historic marker commemorating the Battle of Cowan’s Ford. Historians consider it a minor skirmish as Revolutionary War battles go, but it is important to the history of our area. The Battle of Cowan’s Ford was the last Revolutionary War battle fought in Mecklenburg County and it claimed the life of commander General William Lee Davidson, for whom Davidson College, Davidson County and the town of Davidson are named. The battle took place as British General Lord Charles Cornwallis led forces in pursuit of American commander General Nathanael Greene. After a meeting of his commanders on the banks of the Catawba River, Greene left Davidson in command of fewer than 1,000 American militia with orders to slow the British advance by defending the fords (shallow spots) that allowed soldiers, horses and wagons to cross the river. By slowing the enemy advance, Greene hoped to consolidate forces and join other units in Salisbury. After launching a diversion at nearby Beatties Ford (present site of Governor’s Island), Cornwallis led 5,000 British and German troops across the Catawba at Cowan’s Ford (current site of the dam) on the morning of February 1, 1781. Initially American troops had the upper hand as the British struggled to cross the river in swift current after several days of rain. But the battle soon turned in favor of the British. The objective was never victory, but delay of the British advance, so the mission was a success. 20


Upon crossing the river, Cornwallis continued with his pursuit of Greene which six weeks later led to the Battle of Guilford Courthouse, where one-fourth of Cornwallis’ army was destroyed. Davidson, a popular North Carolina general, was the chief recruiter for the militia in this region. He was a friend of George Washington who fought at Germantown and Valley Forge. Davidson was killed by a bullet to the heart while rallying his troops. His body was recovered that night and buried at Hopewell Presbyterian Church in north Mecklenburg. Davidson should have been buried at his home church, Center Presbyterian in Mount Mourne, but that area was under British control. Historic accounts say the general’s body was placed in a donated blue suit, shrouded with a cloth, and was buried by torchlight while rain fell on the mourners. The original site of the Battle of Cowan’s Ford now lies under the waters of Lake Norman.

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A New Campus for the Changing Needs of the Community Newest venture of Iredell Health Systems opens in Mooresville this month

Compiled from staff reports

In 1954, the people of Iredell County created a community hospital with the mission of focusing on the health and wellness needs of the people they served. Today, Iredell Health System remains true to that vision, and with the prolific growth in the Mooresville/ South Iredell area, the decision to expand in order to offer more services available through Iredell Mooresville was a natural one. The newest venture of Iredell Health System, a state-of-the-art facility that will be known as the health care organization’s Iredell Mooresville campus, opened early this month. Still in its first phase, the 68,00-square-foot building will be home to Iredell Urgent Care—the only 24-hour urgent care facility in the area outside of a hospital emergency room—and an ambulatory surgery center, the first of its kind in Mooresville. It will also include a state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging center with CT, ultrasound, 3D mammography and x-ray. The new space will also house Iredell Occupational Medicine, Iredell Rehab at Mooresville, and multiple physician practices. “Our patients were telling us they preferred not to travel to get the care they need and deserve,” says John Green, President and CEO of Iredell Health System. “This campus will allow us to continue to expand on our services already offered in the Mooresville area, while adding new and other innovative services as well.”

The 17.2-acre property, located near the corner of Bluefield Road and Highway 150, will have multiple buildings serving various purposes, eventually totaling 200,000 square feet. As healthcare continues to evolve, Iredell Health System will continue to determine the community’s needs with respect to the future of healthcare and provide those services for them. Understanding the needs of the community is so important to HIS that after completing the land purchase for the Iredell Mooresville campus, it set out to determine what services should occupy the new space to best meet the needs of the individuals living in the Mooresville-South Iredell area. The planning process included research to determine what has worked best for similar communities across the country and included local citizen input. “It’s exciting to know that we still have an additional two-thirds of this campus available for other ventures,” says Green. “Our mission is to inspire wellbeing—together that will continue for many years to come.” Iredell Mooresville 653 Bluefield Road, Mooresville | JUNE 2021


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Take a Hike Connect with the outdoors close to home

by Allie Spencer

Living in Lake Norman we are spoilt for choice with access to a variety of landscapes, from the lake on our doorstep, to the mountains and beaches within a few hours’ drive. We’ve rounded up some of the best places to get into nature for a good hike within 1.5 hours of Lake Norman. Grab your water, pack some snacks, lace up your hiking boots, and don’t forget the sunblock and bug spray!

Lake Norman State Park

Crowders Mountain State Park

Located in Troutman, on the northern shore of Lake Norman, this 1,942-acre park features over 30 miles of hiking and biking trails. The Lake Shore Trail offers a mostly shady, picturesque hike along Lake Norman and through the surrounding forest with various shortcuts and extensions and some moderate hills. Following your hike, cool off with a visit to the swim area and 125-yard-long sand beach, bathhouse, and concession stand (open Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day) located in the south area of the park.

If you are craving panoramic views and sheer rock cliffs, Crowders Mountain State Park on the outskirts of Gastonia offers two peaks, Crowders Mountain and The Pinnacle. The 5,217-acre park features the highest point (1,705 feet) in Gaston County at the top of The Pinnacle. Hikes to either peak finish with a steep incline, and the Backside Trail, while only .9 miles, ends with 336 punishing wooden steps. Luckily, you are rewarded for your hard work with amazing views from the summit, including downtown Charlotte from Crowders Mountain on a clear day.

Address: 759 State Park Road, Troutman, NC 28166 Admission fee: None Pet-friendly: Yes, on a leash of no longer than six feet. Pets are not allowed in the swim area, beach buildings, or adjacent grassy hillsides. Noteworthy: Swimming fees are charged when lifeguards are on duty.

Address: 522 Park Office Lane, Kings Mountain, NC 28086 Admission fee: None Pet-friendly: Yes, on a leash of no longer than six feet. Noteworthy: The park can get very crowded on weekends if the weather is nice. Try to visit early or late in the day.

Fisher Farm Park

Morrow Mountain State Park

This 200-acre park, located in Davidson, offers hikers a 1.9-mile paved greenway as well as 4 miles of dirt trails which are popular with mountain bikers. The park is great for birdwatching, or just relishing in the tree studded scenery, rolling pastures and open fields. Fisher Farm is also now accessible from the north by the West Branch Greenway connecting it to Abersham Park if you want to extend your hike.

Just over an hour east of Lake Norman is the 5,881-acre Morrow Mountain State Park nestled among the Uwharrie Mountains. You’ll find several peaks here, with Morrow Mountain being the highest point at 936 feet. The park offers something for every type of hiker from novice (enjoy a leisurely stroll on a short loop trail), to experienced (tackle the Sugarloaf Mountain Trail that ascends the park’s second highest peak).

Address: 21215 Shearer Road, Davidson, NC 28036 Admission fee: None Pet-friendly: Yes, on a leash. Noteworthy: No bathrooms or amenities on site, bring your own water.

Address: 49104 Morrow Mountain Road, Albemarle, NC 28001 Admission fee: None Pet-friendly: Yes, on a leash of no longer than six feet. Noteworthy: The park features an Olympic size pool open from Memorial Day to Labor Day Weekend, swimming fees apply.



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“FUNplugged Fridays” A Father’s Day letter - our twist on education in a year of COVID

Mike Savicki and daughter Caroline explored zoos, trails, aquariums, state parks and more as part of their virtual school program.

by Mike Savicki | photography courtesy of Mike Savicki

Dear Caroline, Late last year, when COVID-19 made schools close and we were all sent home to learn differently, I was kind of afraid. As much as I love teaching, and as much as I love spending time with you, I was scared that I wouldn’t do a good job coordinating things. With computers and Zooms and e-learning and so much more every day of the week, I was scared it would all become a great big mess with me as the captain of the sinking ship headed straight to the bottom. Then we had an idea. We decided to do Fridays differently. We agreed to make the last day of every school week a day for an alternative style of learning. No computers, no phones, no Zooms, no passwords, nothing. We renamed the day “FUNplugged Fridays” and we made it OUR day of adventure—a different way to learn, explore, and grow. The idea was to get outside, to learn away from our home “class28


room.” At first, we did things near home. We had scavenger hunts in the neighborhood, played chess in the shade, watched houses being built, tracked birds, did hands-on crafts in your outdoor “maker space,” learned more about recycling, and even did a few house projects. Sports were important, too. We built a basketball goal, went fishing, and you learned to ride a bike without training wheels. (I’ll never forget you taking a wrench from the toolbox, unscrewing your training wheels, putting on pedals, and cycling away.) When quarantine ended, we began making day trips. At first, we started small. A picnic lunch watching boats. Hikes through local parks. We watched water overflow the dam. Then we got a little bolder. We pulled out a map and found state parks and historical sites within a couple hours’ drive and started checking them off one by one. Kings Mountain. Stone Mountain. Fort Dobbs. Murray’s Mill. The Bunker Hill Covered Bridge. We discovered the Mountain to Sea Trail. When your little kid bike

“Who knows, maybe we all might learn something from what just happened. Maybe education will take a cue and change just a little. “ became a big girl bike, we learned how to mountain bike rail trails in the foothills, along the French Broad River, and even on trails in our own town. And let’s not forget visiting The Carolina Raptor Center, plus an aquarium, and a great big zoo. Can you even believe we developed a shared love of exploring antique shops wherever we went? Somewhere along the way, the dynamics changed, too. You took the lead in planning, packing lunches, gathering gear, even scheduling the day. You wanted more responsibility. We grew together as a team. I loved watching you become more confident and brave. “Daddy, I’ve got this” became one of your most often and strongly uttered phrases. Our year of “FUNplugged Fridays” did have some challenges. Not all the trails were smooth and there were times we found ourselves having to climb up some pretty unstable hills. I got stuck every now and then and needed your assistance. When you fell off your bike and cut your elbow that very first time, I was so impressed that you got right back on and kept going. And as for completing all your online schoolwork, well, we weren’t perfect, but we tried our hardest.

I must admit that when schools reopened, and it was time for you to go to your second grade classroom I was more sad than relieved. I’m glad you are with your real teachers, but I miss how we spun education during the year of COVID-19. We made lemonade out of lemons, didn’t we? Who knows, maybe we all might learn something from what just happened. Maybe education will take a cue and change just a little. Maybe we might find a way to keep the lessons of nature and the outdoors in all of our lives, learning more now from what has always been right there, right in front of our eyes. I loved learning right alongside you this past year, Caroline. I loved sharing your sense of wonder and amazement, and I loved how we built a new classroom away from bricks, structures, electronics, and screens. Most of all, I loved sharing time together no matter where we went or what we did because you are growing fast, kiddo, and you are changing quickly, too. I’m grateful for the opportunity a pandemic gave us and I’m grateful for you. Happy Father’s Day, Little One. Thanks for being you! Love, Daddy

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I’ve heard people compliment the city of Greenville, S.C. for years, but aside from a visit or two back in the 1990s, I have failed to include it on my list of nearby places to get away. That was a mistake. On a beautiful sunny day recently, I made the two-hour drive to the city for a little exploring and was blown away by what I found. Whether you’re looking for a fun weekend getaway or a simple day trip, here are five things you’ll want to do in Greenville. Spend time outdoors. When I first asked people for recommendations of things to do in Greenville, the resounding answer was “go to Falls Park on the Reedy.” It did not disappoint. The 32-acre part sits right in the heart of downtown and features a 40-foot natural waterfall and floating pedestrian Liberty Bridge. It reminded me a lot of Golden Gate Park in San Francisco and I enjoyed watching all the people picnicking and lounging on the green grass along with plenty of pups enjoying the sunshine. The park also connects right to the Greenville Zoo. Another popular activity is cycling along the Prisma Health Swamp Rabbit Trail, a 22-mile multi-use trail system that runs along the Reedy River. If you don’t have your own bike there are plenty available to rent.

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Greenville by Renee Roberson photography by VisitGreenvilleSC

Explore public art. It’s everywhere you look in Greenville. The streets and parks of the city are home to almost 100 pieces of public artwork. You can access an interactive online map of public art to explore on your visit. The “Rose Crystal Tower” by Dale Chihuly is especially striking and the “Wings of the City” interactive exhibit, presented by Bank of America, is available through October. This is the first time the exhibit has ever been further east than Houston, Texas. Standing for the desire of the body to fly, the exhibit represents the capability of flying with our mind, going beyond one’s physical abilities, and inviting us to transcend our limits. The sculptures celebrate victory, dreams, and the human potential. And even though the figures are corporeal (i.e., they have a body), they are also dynamic and defy gravity as they balance on spheres, alluding to their self-restraint. Indulge in retail therapy. There are so many places to shop in Greenville. From storefronts displaying funky pieces of artwork to antiques, to farmhouse décor, urban outfitters, and boutiques with carefully curated clothing brands, I could spend two days wearing out my credit card. There’s also an

Artists Guild Gallery co-op that represents more than 20 local artists and many other storefronts where you can shop for handcrafted mixed media pieces, jewelry, watercolors, and photography. Have a drink. There are 20 breweries in Greenville County, and you can explore as much as you want by booking a brewery experience van tour or e-bike brewery crawl. There are a variety of brewery tours you can check out, from mid-week tours to evening tours and ones only offered on weekends. If wine is more your speed, there are nearby wineries with vineyards, urban wineries and tasting rooms with shops. Plate it up. Greenville has also become well known for their world-class cuisine. West Greenville has transformed many of the area’s former mills into eating establishments along with breweries and retail stores. Throughout the city, you’ll find gourmet treats, barbeque, international cuisine, farm to fork, fine dining and more. Need someone else to help you make a decision on what to eat? There are tours for that, too, specifically for cocktails, desserts, barbeque, and breakfast. | JUNE 2021


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Northern California is likely the first spot that comes to mind when considering wineries, but there are tons of beautiful vineyards right here in Northern North Carolina—a short hour long drive from the Lake Norman area. The Yadkin Valley Wine Region is home to three dozen vineyards each with a unique collection of wines.

Swan Creek Wine Trail

A few separate visits is the only way to hit the plethora of wineries in this region, but if you’re looking for a weekend getaway (or even a quick day trip) the Swan Creek Wine Trail is ideal, located at the foothills of the Brushy and Blue Ridge Mountains and featuring six wineries that are minutes away from each other. This region, which is mostly inside the Yadkin Valley American Viticultural Area, was recognized as its own AVA, reflecting its particular microclimate. | JUNE 2021



Plan a place to stay, pick a designated driver, and stock up on snacks at the Shiloh General Store before exploring everything this wine trail has to offer.


Camping, cabins rentals, hotel, or Airbnb/VRBO are all solid options in this area. The Days Inn in Yadkinville is a quick and convenient 10-minute drive from most of the wineries on this trail. Looking for something a bit more picturesque? Check out the Vintage Inn Bed and Breakfast—a stately 1934 grand old home that sits on a two-acre lot surrounded by large old willow oaks and maple trees.


A designated driver is a must when wine tasting, but if you can’t find someone who wants to miss out on the fun, hiring transportation is a great option. Yadkin Wine Shuttle Service is one of the several options available for hire. Avid bikers should check

The Raffaldini family was not only the first among the vineyards on the East Coast to plant certain varietals, but also the first in the United States.



out the Swan Creek Trail, a 31-mile loop. Elk Vine Line is an incredible hop on / hop off service. Jump on any of the lines in downtown Elkin and head out into wine country. The Green line is the best option for those looking to explore the Swan Creek wine trail with stops at Raffaldini, Windsor Run, Shadow Springs and Piccione. Dobbins Creek and Laurel Grey can be found on the blue line.


Laurel Gray Vineyards Located on farmland that has been run by the Myers family for 10 generations, their award-winning wines are sold exclusively in the tasting room and on their website. Established in 1999, this vineyard produces estate-grown French vinifera wines. They are known for their sustainable practices. 5726 Old U.S. 421, Hamptonville, N.C. Raffaldini Vineyards Visit this vineyard for the scenery alone, with panoramic views

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A trip to Raffaldini Vineyards is reminiscent of the rolling hills of Tuscany, Italy.

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grape varietals. Wine slushies are also on the menu—a fun summer treat. 5543 Crater Road, Hamptonville, N.C.

Dobbins Creek Vineyards A no frills, German style tasting room with mountain views and a local, laid back atmosphere. Charles, the owner, is known for his welcoming ways. Come here to taste Riesling, Chardonnay, Merlot, Hemric Mountain Red and Hemric Mountain Blush. 4430 Vineyard View Lane, Hamptonville, N.C.

Windsor Run Cellars The vineyard, tasting room, and brandy distillery all sit on fertile farmland. Originally opened in the mid 2000’s, the ownership changed in 2011 and resulted in an expansion of the tasting room. 6531 Windsor Road, Hamptonville, N.C.

Piccione Vineyards Although this is a younger vineyard, the quality of wines does not disappoint. The views and staff are a definite bonus. Visit for top-quality reds like Sangiovese, Montepulciano, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Nero Amaro, and delicious whites such as Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio and Vermentino. 2364 Cedar Forest Road, Ronda, N.C. Shadow Springs Vineyard Taste a total of 18 wines at this vineyard, with a focus on French

This gorgeous area of North Carolina is begging to be explored by wine aficionados and novice drinkers alike making it perfect for a girl’s weekend, a romantic getaway, or even some time outside with family and friends. Most wineries operate from Wednesday through Sunday, but be sure to check the individual wineries’ websites for specific hours and visiting details.

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The Perfect Pairing

Divine Llama Vineyard by Allison Andrews photography by Allison Andrews

Schedule a llama trek in advance for a more interactive experience at Divine Llama Vineyard.

A North Carolina winery has found the perfect pairing for their wine…. llamas. Divine Llama Vineyard is just over an hour from the Lake Norman area in East Bend, N.C.

Each person gets their own llama. Several are Grand Champions and National Champions, including the one I walked named Merlot.

Grapevines greet you at the entrance of the winery landscaped with outdoor seating areas and shady spots for sipping. There’s a food truck on-site on the weekends.

The trek is two miles through the property, mainly in the woods and across a few creeks. At the halfway point, you get to take a break and feed the llamas treats out of your hand or mouth. Yes, I thought the mouth was a joke, too, when they first suggested it, but it’s not. I might add it’s not a wet experience like you might think.

You can grab a glass of wine and walk down the short path to the barns of the Four Ladies and Me farm. It’s the largest llama farm in the Southeast. There are around 100 llamas of different types, sizes, genders, and ages. Groups of people casually stroll along the fences to take photos. If you want a more interactive experience, I recommend scheduling a llama trek in advance. My group met for a brief orientation that included instruction on how to walk the llamas properly. The day I was there, four baby llamas had been born in one week. Llamas are pregnant for an entire year before giving birth. It’s one of the many llama tidbits I learned from the well-versed guides. The llamas were freshly sheared for the coming warmer months, making them look a bit like characters out of a Dr. Suess book. 38


As you crest the hill to go back down to the barn many of the llamas start running through the rows of vines, so be prepared! We recounted the experience afterward over wine named after the llamas. I’m a white wine gal and enjoyed the Chardonel Gold. Only a few other vineyards in North Carolina offer a varietal Chardonel wine. A friend of mine prefers red wine and liked the In a Heartbeat label so much she took a bottle home. The only downside to the experience is now my daughter wants a llama. She hasn’t stopped talking about them since the visit. Too bad she’ll have to get by with memories from the photos and the souvenir T-shirt.

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Two old friends, two new sports, and plenty of memories to be made along the way. This is exactly what happened this past year when seniors from Hough High School—Jayden McCroskey and Caleb Horton—decided they wanted to do something a little different with their high school sports team experience. From this desire, a fun experiment ensued, and the two concocted an idea to switch up playing for their sports teams to salvage what excitement could be had in the year of 2020-21. Out of boredom from stay-at-home orders and virtual school in 2020, the friends had an idea to play for each other’s respective sports. Horton is the lacrosse player of the two, while McCroskey is a baseball player, both playing for their Hough High School teams. They wanted to see what would happen if Horton tried out for the baseball team while McCroskey took up the responsibility as goalie for the lacrosse team. Would their skills translate to different sports? | JUNE 2021



But for the two guys, what was meant as a boredom buster, suddenly sprouted a new respect for one another’s sports.

An idea comes to life

Horton thought it would be amusing to try out for the baseball team, even though he had only played t-ball as a kid. To his surprise, he made the roster and quickly realized how much skill it takes to succeed in America’s Favorite Pastime. McCroskey, an avid baseball player, gave lacrosse a try, even though he had never played it a day in his life. Before he knew it, he was tapped for the goalie position. The coaches of both the baseball and lacrosse teams were fully aware of the planned “switch up.” Actually, the coaches were both supportive of the idea since they could see the potential skills being brought to the table. For instance, the lacrosse team was already aware of McCroskey’s skills from baseball and thought he could be an asset as a goalie and the teammates were “super cool about it,” according to McCroskey. For those of us who are athletically challenged, switching up sports that are totally unrelated to one another sounds like a disaster waiting to happen. But for the two guys, what was meant as a boredom buster, suddenly sprouted a new respect for one another’s sports.

Lessons learned

However, it wasn’t all fun and games during the Great Switch Up



of 2020. Both McCroskey and Horton had a learning curve to deal with, including adjusting to the different pace of play for baseball versus lacrosse. “I’ve always been in the baseball community since I was little, so it took getting used to, to know the different groups of people like the parents, plus the different atmosphere. The level of competitiveness was more intense in lacrosse because the previous year the team was robbed of the State Championship run,” McCroskey explains. And Horton offers another perspective on baseball. “The pace in lacrosse was intense and really chaotic, but in baseball you have time to put together a game plan,” he explains. In the end, both learned an amazing amount about each other’s sports. Horton even made the baseball team again for Spring of 2021, proving the skills he learned in 2020 were enough to build a foundation and contribute to a team. Now that a new year is on the books, the two have more to look forward to in the future. McCroskey plans to attend the University of South Carolina in the fall, but his lacrosse days will likely be limited to a club or intramural team. Horton has accepted an offer with Belmont Abbey and will be a member of the college lacrosse team. But both will be able to look back on last year and celebrate how much they learned and appreciated about each other’s sports, thanks to their creative idea to switch it up.


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Carolina Youth Coalition connects talent with opportunity Research shows that higher education means better pay, lower unemployment rates, and greater access to healthcare. Depending on factors beyond their control, like family income and zip code, many high school students face substantial barriers to getting a degree. But that doesn’t stop them, or their families, from holding onto the dream of higher education. Carolina Youth Coalition (CYC) believes every dream needs a team, and like any great team, they have stats to back up their work. CYC’s Class of 2020 Fellows earned acceptances into 64 universities and redeemed $3.2 million in scholarships and grants. The majority are first-generation college students, and 55 percent are attending debt-free. And CYC keeps growing. “Despite the difficulties of the pandemic, we were able to grow our program from 75 Fellows in the fall to 110 this spring,” says CYC Executive Director Aaron Randolph. They are aiming for 150 Fellows this fall.

The big questions How does CYC do it? The best people to answer this question are the Fellows themselves. Class of 2020 North Mecklenburg High graduates Hazel Whyte and Reon McGee just completed their freshmen years at UNC Chapel Hill. They both have full scholarships and credit CYC with helping them get where they are today. When McGee became a CYC Fellow in high school, she was asking herself the “big questions” as she calls them: what do you want to become, where do you want to go to college, how will

you get there? “CYC helped me answer questions that I wasn’t able to answer myself, being a first-generation college student,” says McGee, who plans to become a nurse practitioner. CYC provides Fellows with workshops (with transportation provided) covering career exploration, ACT prep, financial aid, and more. They also host college tours (McGee visited Johns Hopkins and Howard, among others) and provide The Youth Union, where Fellows can study or meet with mentors. “They helped us build strong essays so we would stand out among our peers,” says McGee. “They helped us get ready to go to campus and prepared us to know what to expect.” Thanks to a strong team—her parents and sisters who always made sure she was putting in the work and supported the decisions that led to her success; and the CYC staff that guided her through those Big Questions—McGee’s dream of being a nurse practitioner is on track to becoming a reality.

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Seating with Serenity When you enter the home through the front door, the dining room is the first space you come to on the left. “My client is the ultimate hostess and the design centered around supporting that love of celebrating with family and friends,” says Wilson. Blue Thibaut wallpaper pulls the space together along with accents of navy and white. Seating for 10 was a must. Nestled on a 100 percent wool rug, the Pottery Barn dining table has a rustic feel which is a nice contrast to the formality of the white coffered ceiling and brushed-nickel chandelier. | JUNE 2021



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A Bold Choice Wilson drew again from Thibaut’s collection for the nearby powder room with a whimsical wallpaper that is bold and fabulous. “The powder room was our chance to have a little fun and was a great opportunity to go big,” she says. “I really wanted Marisa’s expertise with wallpaper, curtains and just general mixing of patterns. I love picking out individual items and patterns, but didn’t feel comfortable putting them all together,” the home’s owner adds. | JUNE 2021



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DINE+WINE - wine time

Que Syrah, Syrah A juicy steak at Epic Chophouse.

A tale of two completely different wines with similar names by Trevor Burton | photography by Trevor Burton

William Shakespeare nailed it when he said, “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” There’s a vinous version, “A Syrah wine by another name would be a Shiraz.” The question gets asked all the time. “What’s the difference between Syrah and Shiraz?” There are two different answers. If it’s the grape you’re talking about, the answer is, “Nothing.” If it’s wine you’re talking about, the answer is, “Quite a lot.” Here’s the story from the grapevine. Going back in time, it was James Busby who introduced European grapes to Australia. In 1831 he made a trip back to Europe to collect cuttings from vines (primarily from France and Spain) for introduction to Australia. One of the varieties collected by him was Syrah from France. The grape may have picked up its new name from the spelling Busby used to catalog his grapes. He used the two spellings “Scyras” and “Ciras.” It’s easy to see how either of these spellings could glide into “Shiraz.” The cuttings were planted in the Sydney Botanical Gardens, and in Hunter Valley, and in 1839 brought from Sydney to South Australia. By the 1860s, Syrah (Shiraz) was established as an important variety in Australia. When it comes to wines there is a big contrast. Where the grapes are grown makes a big difference. Australian wines tend to be big and bold. They are full bodied and bursting with rich, ripe, and intense fruit flavors—plum, blackberry, cherry and hints of spice. These fruit driven wines are usually made in an easy drinking style and are good everyday wines. French wines are leaner than the Australian style. They’re more complex—spice, cherry, tar, smoke, cassis, plum. They’re earthy and lively with more acidity, they’re tannic, and typically capable of short to long term bottle aging. 64


One interesting twist is that the Australian grape is probably closer to the original Rhône Syrah than the grapes that are found in France today. Australia escaped the phylloxera scourge that all but wiped out France’s grapes in the late 19th century. France recovered by grafting cuttings onto non-native, resistant rootstock. So, Australia’s grapes are closer to the original than France’s. It’s a small world after all. The naming of the grape, Petite Sirah throws more confusion into the mix. Note the spelling— Sirah, not Syrah. Petite Sirah was the result of cross pollination between Syrah and relatively minor Rhône variety, Peloursin. Maybe intentionally or maybe accidentally, it occurred under the care of a French botanist, François Durif. For many years the grape was called Durif. It still goes by that name in Australia. So, Syrah, Shiraz, Petite Sirah and Durif—Que Syrah, Syrah. That brings us to the happy ending. My wife and I have been dining at Epic Chophouse in Mooresville, literally, from day one. I usually browse through a restaurant’s wine list as a part of wine exploration; and Epic has a large list. However, here I stick to an old favorite, a Petite Sirah from the Napa Valley. Years ago, one of Epic’s owners recommended it as a new addition to the wine list. For me it’s just perfect for a juicy, tasty steak. Petite Sirah gets its name from the fact that the grape berries are small. Going back to high school geometry, the smaller the grape, the greater the ratio of skin to juice. That produces more intense wines. An intense wine that goes wonderfully with that juicy steak. I love the world of Syrah, in general. But I especially love my personal wine rut at Epic Chophouse. I don’t think it can be attributed to William Shakespeare but, as someone once said, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” I’ll sip to that.

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DINE+WINE | on tap Dave Hamme, founder of Lost Worlds Brewing, and Jim Warren, executive director of The Raptor Center. Below: A demonstration at the first community event at the brewery in April.


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by Lara Tumer | photos courtesy of Lost Worlds Brewing

New Partnership takes flight between Carolina Raptor Center and local brewery

The Lost Worlds Brewing Brand is founded on the notion of protecting the environment, enjoying nature, getting outside, and exploring, which is why a partnership with the Carolina Raptor Center felt like a natural fit. During their first event, Dave Hamme, owner of Lost Worlds Brewing, explains that this is a partnership he’s been focused on for some time. Hamme sat on the board of the Raptor Center a number of years ago and is thrilled to be taking this passion of his to the next level. Jim Warren, the Executive Director of the Carolina Raptor Center, echoes the same sentiment stating that this is a partnership that “just makes sense.” The year-old brewery, located in Cornelius, plans to support the Raptor Center by hosting fundraising events at the brewery, promoting the center and their events, and collaborating on a special release beer in the near future—their true passion. The first partnered event took place in late April on the Lost Worlds Brewing outdoor patio. In addition to a enjoying a sunny spring Sunday, guests were able to meet Estrella, an owl native to 66


Costa Rica and an ambassador of the Raptor Center. While learning all about her origin in an up close and person “nose to beak” experience, event attendees were able to sit and sip on their favorite flights of craft beer. The family-friendly event was ideal for people of all ages to enjoy, with kids engaged and asking questions of the Raptor Center’s Wildlife Educator, McKenna. Lost Worlds’ brews will be available for enjoyment at Quest, the newest joint facility between Latta Nature Center and Carolina Raptor Center. The facility is very near completion and will be the newest home for environmental education, recreation, raptors, and now, local brewed beer. In addition to a 23-acre raptor trail and a number of indoor classrooms, Quest will house a catering kitchen, food truck pads, and an expanded gift shop. These added amenities are not only ideal for special events but for a full day-long outing. Warren toasts to the partnership at their first event exclaiming with excitement “to a very long, soaring, and fermented partnership.”

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Hollandaise was first invented in the 17th century in France. This luxurious sauce is refreshingly simple and easy to prepare. Hollandaise is usually an egg and butter sauce, but here it is lightened up with lemon and water, creating a silky light sauce suitable for any delicious summertime dish like a decadent Eggs Benedict! So this June, give your family and friends a scrumptious sauce and a chuckle with a joke: “What do you think the Eggs Benedict said during Covid? We’re hollandaise together!” Easy Peasy Light Lemon Hollandaise

2 responsibly laid egg yolks 1 teaspoon dijon mustard 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 2 tablespoons water 6 tablespoons unsalted butter (I love Kerrygold brand) Sea salt and freshly ground pepper 1-2 tsp fresh herbs to taste like thyme, tarragon, rosemary or basil (optional) Mix the yolks, mustard, and lemon juice, fresh herbs if using, and water. Heat the butter until boiling and pour slowly while whisking onto the egg mixture. Heat on very low heat just until thickening and remove. Note: Do not let it get anywhere near boiling or it will split and instead of silky sauce you will end up with scrambled eggs in melted butter! Store at room temperature if using that day or refrigerate for up to three days and reheat very gently again on low heat just until pourable.

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Can be served on cooked veggies, Eggs Benedict, chicken, or fish. Serves 4-6



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Performance Coffeehouse opened in mid-March and serves a variety of beverages and delectable desserts and pastries.


Performances by Karel Bond Lucander | photography by Jamie Cowles

Performance Coffee House blends musical talent with great java

Laura Rumple started a voice training studio, The Singer’s Spotlight, that’s been going strong for more than a decade. But recently, she and husband, Jeff, brewed their first loves into a second business: Performance Coffee House in downtown Mooresville. Here, musical talent blends perfectly with coffee, which is what first brought the couple together. Rewind to 2009 when Laura, touring as a professional singer, first patronized Jeff’s Addicted to the Bean in Madeira Beach, Fla. She was just finishing seven years on the road as female vocalist and songwriter in the contemporary Christian band, His Season. Jeff wrote a note



Left: A welcoming space at the coffeehouse. Right: Performance Coffeehouse owners Laura and Jeff Rumple with their three children.

on her coffee cup, revealing his interest in her. And they began a long-distance courtship as she returned home to Ontario to transition into a new career as certified ViP vocal coach. As their relationship steamed up, Laura moved to Florida and they tied the knot. After a few years, they sold their business, relocated to North Carolina where Jeff’s parents lived, and added three children to their family. In January, when the space opened a block from The Singer’s Spotlight, they jumped at it. “We started talking about it just before Christmas and opened our doors in mid-March,” Laura says. “The stars just aligned so perfectly. I thought, ‘If God is leading me in this direction, I’m going to be open to it.’ We believe in the big vision more than anything.”

Sustaining nature, free trade & even lives Java Estate was purveyor of coffee beans for Jeff’s Florida coffee house. After touring the North Carolina-based facility again recently, the Rumples decided to continue their relationship with this organic, fair trade coffee source. “The consistency is so on point,” Laura says. “It’s smooth with a really good coffee flavor. Java Estate provides excellence, and we have had a great response from the community about the coffee!” Part of their business plan includes donating 10 percent of all daily sales to Children’s Impact Network, which rescues abandoned, abused and neglected children worldwide. “We were adamant about making that part of our DNA,” she adds. Pair your full-bodied coffee, flavored latte, tea, hot chocolate or signature caramel steamer with a delectable treat from Red’s Scratch Made cookies or goodies from Queen City Pastry, including brownies, biscotti and lemon or rum walnut bars. “We’ll

always have something delicious from a local company,” she says.

Percolating the careers of future famous performers The Performance Coffee House accommodates up to 100 people, with garage doors that open to more outdoor seating. Here, musicians and singers that have auditioned in advance or that Rumple knows through her vocal training try their bright talent on a pop-up stage. “The stage is about promoting artistry to the community,” she says. “If they don’t have an outlet for it, that is what this is for.” Guests can sip first-class java and nibble tasty treats while enjoying the talent of various genres. These have included “show tunes,” “pop music” “singer-songwriters’ showcase” and, coming on June 19, “princesses,” featuring dresses, tiaras, fun cakes and an Elsa from “Frozen” extravaganza. Recently, 10-year-old Anna Haller, who is just off of Broadway, graced the stage along with “phenomenally talented” Ethan Regan, who Rumple describes as “a young Ed Sheeran.” “We’re hosting people we think will be famous in the future,” she says. “People that I believe are on the road.”

Giving a platform to great talent and coffee “We want people to come in and have community with a really great cup of coffee,” Laura says. “And we’re giving a platform to really great talent in our backyard. They don’t always have a stage or way to be discovered, but here they can share it.” Performance Coffee House 143 S Broad Street, Mooresville 704.677.3448 | JUNE 2021




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Uncorked & Artsy (June 4) Check out local artwork and participate in a wine and craft beer tasting. Ticket prices for tastings TBA. 6-9 p.m. Downtown Mooresville, 103 W. Center Avenue, Mooresville, Walk with a Doc (June 5) Join Cornelius PARC and Novant Health’s Lakeside Family Physicians at Antiquity Greenway for the return of Walk with a Doc, a walking program for everyone interested in taking steps for a healthier lifestyle. Free. 9 a.m. Antiquity Greenway, 180 N. Zion Avenue, Cornelius, Festival of Food Trucks (June 5) The rally has resumed! Visit Downtown Mooresville for a selection of food trucks. Free. 5-8:30 p.m. Downtown Mooresville, 2nd Friday Street Festival Series (June 11) Enjoy a “Kids Fest” themed community celebration with live music, games, vendors and a variety of food and drinks. Free. 6-10 p.m. Oak Street Mill, 19725 Oak Street, Cornelius,


Concerts @ the Circles (June) June 5, Carolina Soul Band; June 26; Crucial Fiya. Free. 6-8 p.m. Jetton Street by Clean Juice in Davidson. Music at St. Albans Young Performer’s Concert (June 6) Attend this Young Performer’s concert via Zoom featuring a 13-year-old jazz violinist accompanied by his father on piano. Child prodigy and winner of several local competitions, Conor McMillen has studied at the Manhattan School of Music’s pre-college division and is now in the Jazz at Lincoln Center Middle School program. His father, Blair McMillen, a highly acclaimed concert pianist and pedagogue, has performed as soloist and chamber player and adjudicated competitions in this country and abroad. The duo are performing as a gift to M@SA and in recognition of their ties with this area, where 72


parents and grandparents Bruce and Sally McMillen have long had a home. Viewers may “attend” the concert and a performer Q&A afterwards via Zoom. Free. 3 p.m. www.musicatstalbansdavidson. org. LalaCaboosa Downtown Music Series (June 10, 24) Bring your lawn chairs and blankets out and enjoy live music from Southern Style Band on June 10 and Pursey Kerns on June 24. Free. 6-9 p.m. Veterans Park, Main and Maxwell Streets, Huntersville, Huntersville. org. Second Saturdays @ the Square (June 12) Rusty Knox Duo. Free. 6-9 p.m. South Main Square on the deck of The Crazy Pig, 402 S. Main Street, Davidson.


Cornelius PARC 2021 Outdoor Movie Series: “The Secret Life of Pets” (June 26) The movie will be shown on an inflatable “blimp” screen and edited for general content. Bring your own chair and blankets. Coolers and picnic baskets welcome, but concessions are available for purchase and include a food truck and beer vendor. Free. Gates open at 6:30 p.m.; movie begins at 8:30 p.m. Legion Park, 21214 Legion Street, Cornelius.


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The Comfort of Cuisine Memories of favorite North Carolina diners by Renee Roberson

Most of us have a place that is our go-to for comfort food—the place where we can get cheeseburger with a side of fries or a plate of barbeque with mac and cheese and the vegetable of the day. When I came across D.G. Martin’s book, North Carolina’s Roadside Eateries: A Traveler’s Guide to Local Restaurants, Diners and Barbeque Joints while shopping at Main Street Books one day, my curiosity got the best of me and I brought it home. Martin is a Davidson College graduate and attorney who now works as a newspaper columnist and hosts UNC-TV’s program “North Carolina Bookwatch.” In the book, he guides readers through some of the best roadside eateries on down I-26, I-40, Interstates 73 & 74, I-77, I-85, and I-95. He shares either his own memories of how he first discovered the establishments (some memories are tied to eating out with his co-workers, teammates, attending political events, trips during his time as an attorney, etc.) At each stop he shares stories of the history of the establishment, some of the best dishes and other places in the areas to check out once you’ve enjoyed your meal. Reading this book brought back my own memories of roadside eateries. Growing up in Western North Carolina, Stoney Knob Café in Weaverville, founded in 1962, remains etched in my mind. As a teenager, it was always my go-to stop for inexpensive comfort food, and I enjoyed chatting with Yotty and Jon Dermas, whose father owned the café. They eventually inherited it from him, and one of my friends in college even dated Jon for a time. In the early 2000s, I returned to Weaverville for a visit and was surprised when I saw the old diner of my memories had been completely transformed. While the two brothers still own the café, the building’s exterior and interior is now a sleek, sophisticated eatery with an eclectic menu of Greek, Mediterranean, American, and southern comfort cuisine. The service remains excellent, the food beautifully presented and prepared, and even though the prices have changed, I still enjoy visiting while I’m in town. Stoney Knob Café is not featured in Martin’s book, but another place I ate frequently while living in the Asheville area, Moose Café, receives a mention. The Soda Shop in Davidson is to my kids what the Stoney Knob is to me. They’ve been going there since they were little kids and can now drive themselves there to get milkshakes, burgers, and my daughter’s personal favorite, the cherry limeade. They enjoy the atmosphere of eating in the diner, watching staff make the specialty drinks at the soda fountain and looking at the photographs of the Davidson College athletes throughout the years.

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I hope this column makes you remember some of your favorite roadside eateries, and according to Martin, some of LKN’s “must visit” spots include The Soda Shop, Lancaster’s Bar-B-Que and Isy Bell’s Café. Make plans to visit one soon, or check out somewhere new, and soak in the atmosphere along with a vegetable plate or a piece of pie. These family-owned businesses will be glad you did.


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544 Brawley School Road 28117 Mooresville, NC 28117 • 704-954-8277

Obstetrics/Gynecology PHC – Lake Norman OB/GYN James Al-Hussaini, MD Laura Arigo, MD Katie Collins, DO Grant Miller, MD James Wilson, MD Nicole S. Wellbaum, MD Coral Bruss, ANP-C

131 Medical Park Road, Suite 102 Mooresville, NC 28117 • 704-663-1282

Occupational Medicine Iredell Occupational Medicine Joe Wolyniak, DO

653 Bluefield Road, Suite B, Mooresville NC 28117 • 980-444-2630

PHC – Piedmont Bone & Joint Alex Seldomridge, III, MD

Physiatry –Interventional Spine Care PHC –Govil Spine & Pain Care Harsh Govil, MD, MPH April Hatfield, FNP-C

359 Williamson Road Mooresville, NC 28117 • 704-235-1829

Primary Care

Iredell Primary Care for Women Eva Imperial, MD, FAAFP

114 Gateway Blvd, Suite B Mooresville, NC 28117 • 980-435-0406

PULMONOLOGY PHC –Pulmonology Enrique Ordaz MD Jose Perez MD Ahmed Elnaggar, MD

125 Days Inn Drive, Mooresville, NC 28117 • 704-838-8240


PHC – Rheumatology Sean M. Fahey, MD Dijana Christianson, DO

128 Medical Park Road, Suite 101 Mooresville, NC 28117 • 704-658-1001

Iredell Mooresville 653 Bluefield Road, Mooresville NC 28117

Iredell Urgent Care

OPEN 24 HOURS • Suite A • 704-360-6500

Iredell Imaging at Mooresville Suite C • 704-360-6460

Iredell Rehab at Mooresville Suite E • 704-360-6490

Iredell Surgery at Mooresville Suite D • 704-360-6470

Family Care Center of Mooresville Suite F • 704-360-6480





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