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The Many Different Paths of Life I had a difficult time trying to come up with the message for this month’s letter, because my high school senior is preparing for graduation, and I have mixed emotions. I opened this document more than once, typed up some thoughts, and then closed it, because I couldn’t zero in on the right words to portray my feelings. Then I remembered that my daughter had written some thoughts about this monumental event and thought it might be easier if I just shared an excerpt with you. I hope you enjoy. - Renee

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Freshman year, we were like a group of kids who had just been handed their instruments. Any band kids here will understand what I mean, and if you didn’t take band, think back to learning the recorder. We were wide-eyed kids excited at the possibilities ahead of us, eager to make some noise. To those around us, however, we were a group of loud kids blasting the most horrific sounds on planet Earth. We didn’t stay that way for long though, we moved on to a higher level. As time went on, we began to settle into our instruments. We began to learn how we wanted to play them. I’m going to use my favorite instrument, the piccolo, as an example. While fun to play, the piccolo is not a friendly instrument. It constantly fights the player, and its shrill voice has a vendetta against proper tune. You see, the piccolo is an instrument that stands out by design. This is where you begin to learn the most important lesson of the instrument: How to listen and collaborate. Playing the piccolo means learning to stand out while drawing out the rest of the band’s sound. It means changing your tone to fit the sound of the whole group. It means knowing when to take the volume down, not just when to ramp it up. Most of all, it means being ready to adjust on a dime when the instrument goes out of tune. The piccolo isn’t the only instrument that has to do this. The brass sometimes needs to quiet down, the strings need to tune, and the woodwinds must learn to be heard. Every instrument must learn to listen, and to work together. Only then, can they produce a beautiful, unique sound. Just like a band, we learned how to work together. How to collaborate. Thanks to COVID-19, our music was muted for a while. Then we bounced back stronger than ever. And now, our concert is coming to a close. Each one of us has perfected our skills and have our instruments ready to perform. The piccolo may go on to marching band, or to the college of its choice. The violin to a symphony orchestra or take a gap year and backpack through Europe. Maybe the guitar will join a rock or pop band or go right into a career path it’s always dreamed of exploring. No type of band is wrong. You see, just like music, life has many different paths, each one full of value. Just know that wherever we go, or whatever we do, we have the potential to make beautiful music.

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LAKE SPACES How we live at the lake



Movers, shakers and more at the lake

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Your Best Life

La Escuelita volunteer wins Governor’s Service Award


Thoughts from the Man Cave



Mike Savicki’s annual letter to Caroline


News Around the Lake


Turn Up the Heat


For the Long Run – American Legion Cornelius Post 86







A Pet for You


Bob Hixon sets sail on Lake Norman

Game On


The New Year’s Day Barefoot Challenge

Public Boat Ramps

Summer Fun in LKN

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A month of things to do on the lake

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BeLinda Marshall was working as a bookkeeper and her husband, Ricky, was racing cars when they bought their first beehive in March 2012. Ricky was just helping his church pastor pick up a hive when he came home with theirs. It was trial by fire. The first bee out of their hive stung Ricky on the eyelid. The next day, Sunday, through his swollen, black-and-blue eye he gave his pastor a look that said, “see what you got me into?” “If you don’t think God has a sense of humor, just tell Him your plans and see how they change,” Ricky says with a chuckle. That was the start of Sweet Wings Honey Bee Farm in Mooresville. Since then, he and BeLinda have been stung countless times. “You’re stealing from their pantry and rearranging their furniture, so they aren’t always happy.” Located on 11 acres with a 3,500-square-foot honey house, Sweet Wings Honey Bee Farm also places 200 to 300 nursery colonies throughout the N.C. region—wherever landowners will allow them. “To be more productive, you need to move your honeybees around,” Ricky says. And this commercial operation seasonally ships some colonies to California almond farmers and Florida citrus farmers to help pollinate their nuts and fruit. After about six weeks, the honeybees are shipped back home. Honey production depends on the crops, the year and the weather. Historically, Sweet Wings has 4,000-plus hives and reaps more than 250,000 pounds of honey annually.

Honeybees are crucial to our domestic economy, accounting for $1.2 to $5.4 billion in U.S. agricultural productivity. They directly pollinate one out of three bites of food that you eat. More than 130 types of fruits and vegetables rely on these winged heroes, including lettuce, avocado and broccoli. “If you like nuts and fruits in your diet, then you better learn to fall in love with honeybees,” Ricky says. Honey tastes great and provides many health benefits. But as Ricky says, “globally it is one of the top-three adultered foods.” So, the jar of honey that appears to contain U.S. produced may be mostly imported with product from places like China, Argentina and Taiwan—containing less than 1% of U.S. honey. And the “100% U.S. grade A” references a grading scale, not the source. The best way to ensure that you are getting pure, raw certified U.S. honey is to buy it locally and from a trusted source. “Go visit your beekeeper and see the operation!” Ricky says. “It is important to know where your honey comes from.” Every honey variant reflects what it is foraged from. Sweet Wings traditionally has Orange Blossom, Palmetto and Gallberry, and Christmas Berry (Florida); Spring Wildflower and Sourwood (North Carolina); and occasionally, Clover and Alfalfa (New York or the Dakotas). “Whatever I have on my counter is my favorite,” says BeLinda. Get Sweet Wings honey at Brawley Garden Center, Lake Norman Butchery, Josh’s Farmers Market and other local merchants. Visit or call 704.904.6725 for details. | JUNE 2022


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Lending a Helping Hand La Escuelita and Lydia’s Loft volunteer earns award from governor by Renee Roberson

La Escuelita volunteer Darlene O’Toole with a group of students.

When Darlene O’Toole heard about the premise of La Escuelita in Davidson through St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, she knew she wanted to get involved. That was 2015, and she’s been volunteering weekly on Friday mornings at the bilingual preschool ever since. She has become such an invaluable presence at the preschool that director Pat Shaw wrote to the governor of North Carolina, asking that O’Toole be considered for the Governor’s Volunteer Service Award. O’Toole was both surprised and honored when she heard the news of her recognition. She has a heart for service, and enjoys assisting both La Escuelita and Lydia’s Loft, the clothing ministry in downtown Huntersville. She began volunteering with Lydia’s Loft in 2004 after reading about it in the local newspaper and feeling her knowledge of Spanish would be beneficial to the ministry’s clients. At the time, she was still working full-time as a flight attendant but would volunteer there and at La Escuelita on her days off. She retired last year and now works at Lydia’s Loft three days a week and at the preschool on Fridays. La Escuelita is a bilingual, half-day preschool program located in Ada Jenkins Center in Davidson primarily serving low-income Spanish-speaking children. “Escuelita exists because of extraordinary donors and volunteers,” says Shaw. “We honor each of them every day. Because 18


Darlene has been with us since our inception and is an exceptional part of our little school, we wanted to recognize her in a special way. The North Carolina Governor’s Volunteer Awards provided us with just such an opportunity.” The Governor’s Volunteer Service Award honors the true spirit of volunteerism by recognizing individuals, groups, and businesses that make a significant contribution to their community through volunteer service. There are categories for the type of nominee (senior, youth, faith-based, family, group, business, etc.) County recommendations are reviewed by the Commission and awards are given out in the counties. “Darlene exemplifies the spirit of the award,” says Shaw. “Darlene is a discerning team player who is disciplined and industrious. She leads enriching activities and puts the children at ease helping in Spanish when necessary.” O’Toole helps at the preschool in several ways, from working with the children, assisting the teachers with preparing teaching materials, contributing to the curriculum, and as Shaw says, “calming the waters.” “I think I get more from the kids than I give,” says O’Toole. “They just feed my soul. Just knowing that I’m helping them in their early foundation. I love that.”

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Current Events Huntersville resident Jill Swain, age 61, passed away unexpectedly after a brief illness on April 28. Swain was elected to Huntersville’s town board in 1999, served four two-year terms as a commissioner, and then was elected mayor in 2007. She most recently served as the executive director of the Huntersville Regional Chamber of Commerce. Her obituary noted Jill Swain with son Zack and that while Swain is “remembered as daughter Sydney. a wonderful leader and ultimate connector, she will most be remembered for the positive impact she had on her community and everyone she met. She radiated a joy that would light up any room and she deeply loved her friends and family. She truly made the world a better place.” Swain’s survivors include her son Zack Swain, daughter Sydney Swain, and sister Joelyn Shea. For anyone wanting to make a memorial in Swain’s honor, her family asks that you consider Caterpillar Ministries, Angels and Sparrows, or your local humane society. 20


Downtown Mooresville names 2021 Main Street Champions The Mooresville Downtown Commission (MDC) has announced that Paul and Kristin Thompson, owners of Broad Street Place, have been named Downtown Mooresville’s 2021 Main Street Champions. The MDC works to stimulate economic development within the context of historic preservation across the state. In 2019, the couple bought Kristin and Paul Thompson. the building where DeLuxe Ice Cream was founded by the Mooresville Ice Cream Company in 1924. For decades the building had been used only for manufacturing, a few upper floor offices, and the long-standing Mooresville Ice Cream Parlor. The rest of the building was vacant. The Thompsons renovated almost all of the 21,000 square feet, creating six new retail spaces plus eight new upper floor apartments, bringing not only new vitality to Broad Street, but adding crucially needed residential spaces in downtown. Currently, all the retail spaces are leased to local, female entrepreneurs who

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The award-winning Funny Bus Comedy Tours, a local comedy bus tour in Charlotte, has expanded operations, adding daily weekday tours to entertain out-of-town guests and locals of Charlotte. Cornelius residents Kevin Anderson and Lisa Schnurr started the tours in 2015. The 40-passenger bus takes guests through up and coming neighborKevin Anderson and Lisa Schnurr hoods surround Charlotte, such as historic South End, Plaza Midwood, the NoDa Art District, and all through uptown. Tours were running seven days a week in 2019, but by March 2020 all operations shut down. The Funny Bus reopened it’s doors in late 2020 on weekends, following state health and safety guidelines. The bus resumed seven days a week in early May. Time’s Money Magazine named the Funny Bus the “Best Comedy Tour in North Carolina” in 2018 and it was awarded “Best Comedy Tour by the Discovery Channel in the national “Official Best of Awards” in 2016. To learn more, visit

Senior living community Cadence Mooresville recently received certification from the National Wildlife Federation to be a certified wildlife habitat. The community’s garden club planted flowers and butterfly bushes, and added a beehive pollinator to help support the pollination of the gardens and continue efforts to save the bees. They also placed nest supporters along the fences to encourage birds to build their nests in the community trees and bird houses, and “grew” caterpillars in both the Assisted Living and Memory Care neighborhoods. In order to become a certified habitat, one must provide food that can be eaten by wildlife, water, shelter, a place for wildlife Top: Residents Nell Bowles to raise their young, and engage in susand Glenda Moore. Bottom” Cadence Moorestainable practices to ensure soil, air, and ville is now a certified water stay healthy and clean. wildlife habitat. | JUNE 2022


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A Long History Supporting Veterans American Legion Cornelius Post 86 Celebrates 100 Years of Service by Tony Ricciardelli | photography courtesy of Cornelius Post 86/Facebook

One hundred years is a long time: four generations, ten decades, 36,525 days. The cumulative changes experienced in the span of 100 years are astounding and unstoppable as we continually learn about and adapt to the transforming realities of our lives. As change is constant, so are the altruistic endeavors of the American Legion North Mecklenburg Post 86 in Cornelius, an organization that assists its community and the military men and women it’s supported since 1922. On June 27, American Legion Post 86 in Cornelius will celebrate its centennial anniversary with the American Legion State Commander in-house, and several guest speakers. American Legion North Mecklenburg Post 86 chartered in June 1922 with a roster of fifteen. Today, the membership has grown to more than 120 members. During the 1920s, membership met at the Maxwell Chambers Hotel in Davidson, then from 1932 to 1961, the organization made its home in the Caldwell Station Schoolhouse, south of Cornelius. The post now resides on Legion Street in Cornelius. Early accomplishments included organizing a volunteer fire department in 1925 and, in 1929, the post sponsored the Boy Scout program in Davidson, Cornelius, and Huntersville. In 1932, it started the once-famous Legion Baseball Team of North Mecklenburg. Additionally, the Legion can boast Huntersville-born, World War II veteran and Hall of Fame ‘knuckleballer’ Hoyt Wilhelm as a former Post 86 member and champion of its Youth Baseball program. According to Post 86 member-historian Tom Knox, “Our efforts are ongoing and diverse. The Pandemic may have forced 22


us to curtail social and community activities, but we’re getting back to normal operations. This year we’re sending two boys to the American Legion Boys State program, where participants learn about good citizenship and the workings of city, county, and state government.” As part of the legion family, Post 86 sponsors the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 86 and the Sons of the American Legion Squadron 86. These organizations work independently from American Legion Post 86; however, the organizations collaborate on projects supporting Veteran’s Affairs and Rehabilitation, National Security, Americanism, and Children and Youth. Some of the projects falling under the American Legion Post 86 umbrella include providing semi-annual dinners for Veterans at VA Hospital in Salisbury; presenting Blue Star Banners to families of military personnel who are serving active duty; sponsoring the American Legion Junior Baseball Teams; paying tribute at Military Funerals with military Honor Guards providing a twenty-one gun salute, playing of Taps, and presenting the American Flag to the families. “We’re proud of our legacy,” says Knox. “We’ve served our veterans and their families for one hundred years, and we’ll continue to do so for years to come.” For more information on American Legion Cornelius Post 86, go to, or visit their Facebook page at


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Sometimes health research is like a river. Its course is generally predictable, but storm surges can open new channels. Its direction can change a bit over time, but the destination remains the same. The pandemic has been a major storm, and not just for those with Covid. It caused millions of us to stay away from hospitals and skip or delay mammograms, colonoscopies, ovarian cancer tests and other screening. Only a few years ago, there was some concern in the research that Americans are tested more than necessary. The pandemic jolted that conversation towards worry that a wave of late-stage cancers, missed earlier because of testing delays, will overwhelm hospitals just as Covid has. Breast, colorectal and cervical cancer screenings declined very sharply in 2020.



Other research indicates somewhat less concern about a surge. Resolving that question will take time. But this advice is quite clear: keep all your screening appointments and schedule any that were delayed. We can’t let the pandemic ruin the progress we have made in the fight against cancer. Delayed or skipped tests make cancer treatment much more difficult once it is discovered. Now it is safe again to be tested. Also crucial: your relationship with your primary care doctor is a key factor in staying out of the hospital. When patients are not seeing a primary care doctor regularly, they end up in the hospital more often, and may have developed more serious health problems. If you or your family doctor are out of touch, you may be tempted to skip test appointments or to seek other care you need. Then health problems can accelerate, so be proactive with your health.

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Dear Caroline, For each of the last nine years I have written you a special letter like this as a way to celebrate Father’s Day. I remember in my early letters I told you how being a dad doesn’t come with a handbook and sometimes it’s hard for me to figure out what to do. In other letters I’ve shared how much I love watching you grow. What I have learned by watching is that as much as I want to control certain things, sometimes being a dad means getting out of the way, letting things happen, and watching you blossom. This year, while I could have written about some of the wild and crazy things that happened, like the time we drove to Charleston for vacation, you broke your arm, and we drove right back, I thought I’d write about something a little deeper. A sort of intangible topic, you might say. It’s a feeling I get, a bond, an unspoken daddy-daughter language. It’s hard to put into words but I’ll try. You see, there are times, whether you notice it or not, that I might be feeling a little “daddy stressed” or “daddy confused” or even “daddy insecure” and you come to the rescue. You might not even know you are doing it, but when I’m feeling a certain way and see you smile, or you give me a hug, or even plant a kiss on my cheek, I feel a sense of reassurance and validation. It’s kind of like, without using words, you are telling me, “Daddy you are doing a good job, I’ve got this, and thank you.” Does that make sense? Maybe it doesn’t because you are still only nine. Or maybe it does because, as you are growing, you are 28


developing a sense of kindness and compassion, an ability to be empathetic and feel with others, and a huge heart that you open up to those around you. I guess what I have noticed this year especially is how our amazing daddy daughter connection is taking shape. I see it when we are doing fun things together, I see it when we are doing chores, and I see it when we are simply moving through the day doing who knows what. I have always heard that the daddy daughter bond is special, and we have been so fortunate to be able to spend so much time together as you are growing, I just never knew how much all of this would make me a better person. So, as Father’s Day approaches once again, thanks, kiddo. Thanks for your hugs and your smiles. Thanks for your love and trust. Thanks for opening up that huge heart of yours not just to me but also to everyone else in your circles. Our daddy daughter connection is a special one, isn’t it? I appreciate you. And I’m lucky we get to do so much together. To learn. To explore, To discover. To live. To love. Happy Father’s Day, kiddo! Love, Daddy

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People look forward to retirement for varied reasons. Some want to travel, while some want to spend more time with grandchildren. Some retire to pursue long-delayed interests: art, gardening, volunteerism, and outdoor recreation are only a few of the possibilities. For retiree Bob Hixon, a self-proclaimed “Water Baby,” sailing Lake Norman offers a refreshing pastime and the opportunity to share his sailing skills with novice boating enthusiasts.

Hixon retired in 2008 from a career in heavy equipment sales. The former Navy Sea Bee learned to sail on the New York’s Finger Lakes at the age of 15. “My dad and I built a 14-foot, wooden Sunfish,” says Hixon. “It was basically a big surfboard with a sail, but it launched my interest in sailing.” Subsequently, Hixon stepped up to a Laser Boat (a one-man dinghy), and then to a Lightening class boat, which is a larger and more stable. | JUNE 2022



Taking over the reins When Hixon retired to Lake Norman, he decided he’d like to sail something bigger, a boat that was a step up in size and rigging; subsequently, he acquired a Catalina 25. In 2021, he took over the training reins from his good friend Joe Czarnecki, who had recently passed away and had been the Carefree Boat Club’s first sailing instructor, a man who Hixon misses a great deal. The responsibility gives Hixon access to the club’s 25’ Catalina, and 28’ Erikson, both “Keel Boats” that are the two boats he uses when instructing sailing trainees. Hixon points out that the club owns 40 boats, including pontoon boats, ski boats, deck boats, and the two sail boats, which club members can access for their Lake Norman adventures. Hixon explains, “The people I train should have a basic level of experience on a sailboat. I build on that experience, teaching trainees the skills and knowledge they will need to sail safely, including boating safety, lake navigation, reading channel markers, working with wind speed and direction, taking control of the sails and rigging.” Participants must be members of the Carefree Boat Club before they can train with Hixon.

rolling motion, while the wind direction is fairly constant. On a lake, however, especially a crowded lake as crowded as Lake Norman can sometimes be, power boats create waves, which generate ‘chop’ in the water; additionally, the lake’s islands and inlets can change wind’s direction, which requires more attention and skill to navigate.” Hixon does have a favorite Lake Norman area to sail, and he enjoys an occasional lunch and a swim at one of the lake’s smaller islands. “I prefer sailing in the wider part of the lake,” he notes. “The area adjacent to exit 33 on I-77 is most enjoyable for me. “There, the lake is at its widest, and maneuvering is much easier.”

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Joining the Carefree Boat Club and experiencing first-hand the exhilaration and the joy of sailing is a clever way to decide if purchasing a boat is an option, or if there is even a need to purchase a boat. In the Lake Norman area, there are several boat clubs offering lessons, and classes are also available through community boating programs for children and adults, usually offered by local parks and recreation programs, such as the Lake Norman Community Sailing Club at Blythe Landing.

Two years ago, Bob and his partner Ann were one of four couples chartering a 48’ Catamaran in the British Virgin Islands. Each couple had seafaring responsibilities while sailing the islands, including deck duties, rigging duties and galley duties. Hixon states that the trip was a life-fulfilling event, pointing out the differences between lake-sailing and ocean-sailing. “Ocean, waves create a

Hixon calls upon all would-be sailors to step up. “Sailing isn’t like driving a car,” he says. “With a sailboat, the journey is as rewarding as the destination. Don’t deny yourself the pleasure of sailing. Sailing is a relaxing and rewarding experience, a sport to enjoy for a lifetime.”



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PHC – Lake Norman Family Medicine Timothy A. Barker, MD Heather C. Kompanik, MD Bruce L. Seaton, DO Audiology Amanda H. Bailey, DO PHC – Lake Norman Ear, Nose & Throat Sherard Spangler, PA Megan Mathis-Webb, AuD Kyle Babinski, DO Susie Riggs, AuD 357 Williamson Road Del L. Hawk, Au.D Mooresville, NC 28117 • 704-664-7328 140 Gateway Blvd. Mooresville, NC 28117 • 704-664-9638


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Where to launch your boat ...

and enjoy lakeside dining!

It’s always fun to explore different parts of the lake. Here’s a list of public boat ramps to keep handy as we head into summer. Beatties Ford Boat Ramp Unity Church Road, Denver Blythe Landing Park 15901 NC Highway 73, Huntersville Hager Creek Boat Ramp Kemp Road, Mooresville Lake Norman State Park Lake Access 159 Inland Sea Lane, Troutman Little Creek Webbs Chapel Road, Sherrills Ford McCrary Boat Launch Highway 150 Mooresville Pinnacle Access Area Highway 150, Mooresville Ramsey Creek Park 18441 Nantz Road, Cornelius Stumpy Creek Boat Ramp 160 Stumpy Creek Road, Mooresville 36


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Pull up your boat and dine at one of the many lakefront restaurants, such as North Harbor Club in Davidson.

Dining with a view! Apps & Taps 155 Pinnacle Lane, Mooresville Blue Parrot Grill 169 Pinnacle Lane, Mooresville, Eddie’s on Lake Norman 643 Williamson Road, Mooresville Hello, Sailor 20210 Henderson Road, Cornelius, Jack’s Lakeside Grill 1459 River Highway (Queen’s Landing), Mooresville, Lake Norman Cottage 200-A North Harbor Place, Davidson,

The Landing Restaurant Tiki Bar and Marina 4491 Slanting Bridge Road, Sherrills Ford, Midway Boathouse Grill 8693 N.C. Highway 150 East, Terrell, 828.478.3078,

North Harbor Club 100 North Harbor Place, Davidson, Port City Club 18665 Harborside Drive, Cornelius, Hours tend to change seasonally so please call before going to these establishments. | JUNE 2022



A Different Competitors of all ages compete in the New Year’s Day Barefooting Challenge on Lake Norman.

Each new year, water skiers test their skills in a “barefooting” tournament by Allison Futterman | photography courtesy of Carolina Show Ski Team



Kind of Challenge “It’s a lot of fun once you figure it out.” Jeff Blair, from Mooresville, has won more Lake Norman New Year’s Day Barefoot tournaments than anyone else. The spray is from his bare feet on the water.

Waterskiing has been around since 1922, when 18-year-old, Ralph Wilford Samuelson from Minnesota created it. Since then it’s gained in popularity. For some, it’s just a hobby. But for others, it’s a competitive sport. Among water skiing enthusiasts, there’s a group of people who dispense with the skis and go barefoot. Fittingly, this sport is known as barefooting. It gained popularly in the 1950s, when competitions started being held.

Carolina Show Ski Team

Based in Tega Cay, the Carolina Show Ski Team puts on weekly summer shows in Windjammer Park. The group’s mission is to promote water skiing and water safety, and they accomplish this “through water ski show performances, exhibition performances, tournament participation, and community engagement | JUNE 2022



Carolina Show Ski Team • Founded in 1992 • Approximately 80 members total, with 49 skiers • Puts on weekly shows June-August in Windjammer Park in Tega Cay, S.C. • Summer shows attracts over 55 boats and almost 200 spectators • The team’s youngest skier is 6 and the oldest is over 60. • Skiers compete in national and international tournaments, as a team and individuals, with many placing or winning in their respective disciplines.

ties.” They are only show ski team in the Carolinas. Although it’s the skiers that garner most of the attention, the team is comprised of a dedicated group of people working together to put on great show. In addition to the incredible skiers, there are boat drivers, an announcer, sound people, spotters, and other members.

Crowd Pleasing Event

As North Carolina’s largest man-made lake, Lake Norman is naturally a popular destination for a variety of water sports. But there’s one especially unusual event that takes place on the lake. For more than 40 years, the Carolina Show Ski Team has held the New Year’s Day Barefoot Challenge. The event can attract up to 300 spectators, and typically has 20-25 people who participate. Past winners are welcome, as is anyone who has waterskied professionally in a show or competed on the national level. “We also try to get someone significant in the barefoot world to come,” says tournament director, Justin Landers. One group who can be counted on for faithful attendance is a local Harley Davidson motorcycle club that stumbled upon the show one New Year’s Day. “One year a bunch of motorcycle guys showed up. They ate our chili and hot dogs and stayed to watch,” Landers says. And they’ve been coming ever since.

A Challenging Sport

Landers is also the tournament’s senior judge and a member of the Carolina Show Ski Team. When he first started barefooting, he found it difficult and wasn’t sure it was for him. “It was hard to do, until someone taught me,” he says. He went on to teach others interested in learning the sport. “It can be unpleasant when you’re learning, and people tend to give up.” But he says it’s worth sticking with, because “It’s a lot of fun once you figure it out.” Within the last three years he’s become “faithful barefooter.”

Tournament Day Carolina Show Ski Team barefoot skier Hudson Fox does a Hop-dock one ski step-off start. He will drop the ski once he is up and skiing.

Competitors are not only from North Carolina. Every year, there are several competitors who travel here from New Jersey, all of whom are older than 70. And one man who returns each year is from Florida. He’s now 82 and still competes. Landers explains that once somebody learns how to do barefooting, they’re usually able to retain the ability later in life. “We get quite a few retirees.” Participants ski in a circle—which increases the difficulty level, and are awarded one point for every second they ski. They also get additional points for tricks. Endurance, stamina, strength, and body position are all important factors. So this summer, as you’re enjoying time boating on the lake, consider giving barefooting a try. You never know—you might just find yourself ready for the next tournament!

Left to right: Lukas Prondzinski, Hudson Fox, Van Jantzen, Jackson Tigner, and Ethan Fox. 40


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Swim in the cool waters of the natural quarry at Carrigan Farms this summer.

Oh, summer how we need you more than ever... while a few of our favorites are not back in full swing yet, many Lake-Norman only experiences are up and running again. So, whether you want to be on the lake, stay on shore, hike through one of the many nature trails, or just enjoy some fine local food, music or an outdoor movie, we’ve got the list for you. 2nd Friday Street Festival June 10, July 8, August 12 Enjoy family fun, food trucks, local breweries and shop from local artisans and more. Free. 6-10 p.m. Oak Street Mill, 19725 Oak Street, Cornelius, Cornelius Outdoor Cinema Series 2022 June 11, Smithville Park: “The Breakfast Club” – Rated R August 20, Robbins Park: Sing 2 – Rated PG Movies are shown on an inflatable “blimp” screen. Bring chairs and blankets. Coolers (no glass) and picnic baskets welcome. Concessions are available for purchase including food trucks and craft beer vendors. Free. Gates open at 6:30 p.m.; movie begins at 8:30 p.m., Smithville Park, 19710 S. Ferry St., Cornelius and Robbins Park, 17738 W Catawba Ave, Cornelius, Davidson Community Players June 23 - July 3 “Legally Blonde: The Musical.” Follow the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes and scandal in pursuit of her dreams. Action-packed and exploding with memorable songs and dynamic dances. Tickets $15 - $29. Davidson Community Players, Duke Family Performance Hall, 207 Faculty Dr, Davidson.

Denver Fireworks Spectacular June 25 Make plans for a big, bright, and loud fireworks and concert. Headlining this year is Generation Radio, featuring band members from Journey, Rascal Flatts, and Chicago. Free. Music starts at 5 p.m. East Lincoln High School, 6471 NC-73, Denver, Duke Energy’s EnergyExplorium - The Charlotte Symphony June 17 It doesn’t get much better than the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra on the shores of Lake Norman. Travel by car or boat to listen to classical music at its best. Admission and parking are free. Concert starts at 8:30 p.m. Arrive early. 13339 McGuire Nuclear Station Road, Huntersville, Davidson’s Concert on the Green June 12, Band of Oz June 25, Dave Matthews Tribute Band July 3, Rivermist August 14, Gospelfest August 27, Groove Machine Bring friends and family, comfy chairs or a blanket, a picnic, and come early to find seats on the lawn. Free. 6-8 p.m. Intersection of Main Street and Concord Road, Davidson, | JUNE 2022



Go on a hike at the Latta Nature Preserve and take a break to enjoy the views.

Davidson’s Concerts @ The Circles July 2, Radio Revolver July 16, REO Survivor August 6, Shot thru the Heart August 20 Pushh Pack a blanket and a picnic or order from one of the nearby restaurants. Free. 5-9 p.m. Jetton Street by Clean Juice in Davidson. Festival of Food Trucks July 2, August 6 You can definitely find the taste of summer here with one of the biggest and best gatherings of food trucks around. 5-8:30 p.m. North Main Street in Downtown Mooresville. Huntersville Movies in the Park June 10, July 8, August 5: Movies TBD Bring snacks, blankets or chair to enjoy a movie under the summer sky. Food trucks and local vendors will have food available to purchase. Free. Movies begin at 7 p.m. Veterans Park, 100 Main Street, Huntersville Lake Norman Community Sailing What’s better than a day on the lake? Learning to sail on the lake! 44


Adult and youth programs are offered. Recreation, competition, or get your certifications. Kayak and paddleboard available too. Lake Norman Community Sailing, Blythe Landing, Huntersville, LangTree LIVE Thursday evenings from 7-9 p.m. Some folks arrive early to secure a good spot. The live music lineup changes weekly so check the website for the latest details. Also keep an eye out for the regularly occurring classic car show. Free. 7-9 p.m. LangTree Lake Norman, 401 Langtree Road, Mooresville, Live Under the Oaks June 10, StellaRising June 17, Heroes at Last June 24, Pushh July 1, Tim Cook July 8, The HC Oakes Band July 15, Stormin’ Norman July 22, Joseph Gallo July 29, Melonbelly Start your summer weekend off right with live music at Birkdale and a bar onsite. Check the website on details as construction progresses in the area. Free. 6-8 p.m. Birkdale Commons Pkwy. and Sam Furr Rd, Huntersville.

Mooresville Children’s Theatre June 16 – 19, Suessical JR. July 21 – 24, Disney’s High School Musical On Stage! Support local theater and the kids this summer with two great shows. 215 N. Main Street, Downtown Mooresville, Charles Mack Citizen Center, Tickets: Mooresville Spinners Part of the Southern Collegiate Baseball League, the Spinners play June through July against teams such as the Charlotte Crushers, the Lenoir Oilers and the High Point Locos. Home games at Moor Park. Tickets $5. Mooresville Spinners, Moor Park, 691 S. Broad Street, Mooresville, The Quarry at Carrigan Farms One of the most unique offerings in the Lake Norman area, the natural, spring-fed body of water was created when the section of land was mined in the late 1960s. Book in advance and sign the waiver to save time. The Quarry at Carrigan Farms, 1213 Oak Ridge Farm Highway, Mooresville, Symphony in the Park 2022 June 18 Bring blankets and chairs for an evening with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra and ‘Celebrate America’ under the stars. Enjoy music, food trucks, local beer and wine, children’s activities, inflatable bounce houses, and more. Free. 6-10 p.m. Bailey Road Park Bandshell, 11536 Bailey Road.


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p. 60 Rosé at Pisces Sushi Bar p. 62 Father’s Day and Craft Beer p. 64 Oreo Banana Bread p. 82 The new patio at Eddie’s on Lake Norman

Adding oreos to banana bread makes for a decadent treat. | JUNE 2022


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lots of character at Pisces Sushi Bar by Trevor Burton | photography by Trevor Burton

You’ve probably noticed that the rosé section of your wine merchant has increased in size over the last few years. I love it. People are beginning to see what a great wine rosé can be. In my mind, rosés were lumped into the group that was, appallingly known as “blush wines.” And they’re breaking free. Whenever someone says, “blush wine,” I turn pale. Rosés are serious wines, more than just an aperitif. They’re great to drink on a summer afternoon while enjoying some time at the lake. But they more than hold their own when it comes to food. They pair well with seafood, vegetarian, fish, poultry dishes and cheeses. They also stand up flawlessly to all types of cuisine; Mediterranean, Oriental, Creole and Asian dishes. My favorite pairing is with sashimi, more on that later. Rosé wines are made in the same way that red wines are made. After crushing, juice is left in contact with grape-skins to extract color and taste elements. The difference, in the case of rosé, is that the contact is for only a short period. Just a little of the red color is absorbed—and so, pink instead of red. There are a couple of approaches. Saignée (bleeding) produces rosé wines as a by-product of red wine soaking. A winemaker may want to impart more tannin and color to his or her red wine; to concentrate it. A way to do this is to bleed off some of the pink juice at an early stage, it intensifies the red wine. The second rosé approach is direct pressing. Grapes are immediately pressed in a wine press to release their juice. Grapes soak for a little while. Then, the pale pink juice is delivered to the fermentation tank. Rosé wines are made all around the world. But, in my opinion, the benchmark for great wines is in Provence in southern France. They’ve been at for a long time. Rosé it is one of history’s oldest wines. Greeks, Phoenicians and Romans all made wine there, mostly pale in color. And Provence makes a lot of it. Ninety percent of the wine made in the Provence region is rosé. Exports of Provence wines have increased by almost 500% in the space of 15 years. All this shows in the increas60


ing size of the rosé section at our local wine merchants. By far, the largest producing region is Côtes de Provence. While there is plenty of variation in soil and climate, there is one ubiquitous constant in Provence, “garigue.” Garigue is the French word that describes low, open scrubland with many evergreen shrubs, low trees, aromatic herbs, and bunch-grasses found in poor or dry soil in the Mediterranean region. And that comes through in the wines. Delightful. Back to sashimi. My wife, Mary Ellen, and I often frequent Pisces sushi bar in Mooresville. We’re drawn there by our love of sashimi. Sashimi is more than just slices of raw fish. The way a fish is sliced is vital. Making sashimi demands expert knife skills to cut and clean each fish in the appropriate manner. Each kind of fish demands its own specific techniques and must be sliced in its own way. A sashimi chef’s actions are deliciously simple, and the outcome is simply delicious. Perfection, for me, is a dish of delicious sashimi along with a glass of rosé from Côtes de Provence. Yes, rosé is much more than a simple aperitif wine. And sashimi is a work of art. For me, rosé shows its serious side with this kind of food. Delicious.


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Make local brews part of the itinerary

Father or not, we all love Father’s Day. Why? Not only do we get to honor the important men in our lives, but it’s the perfect opportunity to sit back and relax. On a day that celebrates Dad, it’s only fitting that we take a page from his book and unwind à la papa—feet in the grass, grills a-blazin’, and a cold beer in hand (emphasis on that last one). No Father’s Day is complete without a good drink, but luckily for us here in LKN, there’s no shortage of eateries, breweries, markets, or venues to choose from when planning the big day. Here are four Father’s Day ideas for your favorite beer enthusiast.

1. Take Him on a Tasting Tour The Lake Norman area is home to dozens of local breweries and taphouses, many of which offer tastings of their beloved in-house brews. Staples like D9, King Canary, Crafty Beer Guys, and Primal Brewery are beginning to roll out their new summer ales, so there’s no better time to venture out and find some new favorites. In addition to serving up new creations, these spots regularly host special events that’ll lend themselves perfectly to your celebration.

2. Lounge on the Lake When in Rome, do as the Romans do. When in Lake Norman, why not take advantage of the locale? Grab a few drinks, put on your favorite tunes, and spend a day out on the water. Lake Norman boasts dozens of boat rental facilities; whether you’re 62


looking for an accompanied boat tour or you like to be your own captain, services such as Crown Boat Rentals, Safe Harbor Marinas, 77 Watersports, and Ride LKN can get you afloat in no time. Just don’t forget to swing by your favorite brewery or select supermarkets to pick up a few four-packs before you set sail!

3. Gather at the Grill Another great option for DIY-ers out there is a good old-fashioned cookout. Though food might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Lake Norman, the region is rich with local specialties including meats, seafood, produce, dairy products, and a wide variety of spreads and sauces. Head over to Lake Norman Butchery or The Bradford Market and assemble a feast fit for a king. Whether you choose to grill out at one of the area’s many parks or hang out at home, there’s hardly a better way to celebrate than together, around the table.

4. Dine on the Docks If you’re looking for an idea with a little more structure, consider making reservations at one of Lake Norman’s stellar waterfront restaurants. Fine dining establishments such as Port City Club and North Harbor Club will cater to those who want a more upscale experience, while eateries such as Apps N Taps, Hello, Sailor, and Eddie’s on the Lake (check out the local beers on the menus!) are the perfect spot to just kick back and relax. | JUNE 2022


DINE+WINE | in the kitchen

Oreo Banana Bread If you’ve got some bananas on the counter that are starting to over ripen, this is the recipe for you. Indulgent enough to be considered dessert (especially topped with a large scoop of cookies and cream!) …but it’s got bananas in there, so it totally qualifies as breakfast if we want it to. A couple of bites for a snack topped with peanut butter is my favorite way to scarf this one down. Enjoy! Ingredients: 1 cup sugar 1 egg 1 1/2 cups flour 1/4 cup melted butter 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon salt 3 over ripe bananas 6 Oreos, crushed

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For crumble topping: 8 Oreos, crushed 1/4 cup butter 1/4 cup flour Instructions: Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Mash banana with fork. Stir in remaining ingredients. For crumble topping mix all ingredients until coarse mixture forms and sprinkle on top of loaf prior to baking. Bake in buttered or parchment lined loaf pan for 1 hour.

Lara Tumer lives in Cornelius with her toddler twins, husband, and two Labradors. In addition to cooking and recipe development, she loves traveling, running, event planning, and a nice glass of red wine. 64


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DINE+WINE | nibbles & bites Right: General Manager Scott Willis Below: Co-owner and CEO Ann-Margaret Wagner and her daughter. Right: Crab Meat Nachos

Dining at Eddie’s on Lake Norman

Outdoor renovation revitalizes lake favorite by Lara Tumer | photography by Lisa Crates

Situated right on the lake in Mooresville, Eddie’s on Lake Norman is the quintessential waterside eatery. Their new covered deck is the latest renovation of the space, which has been two and a half years in the making. Ann-Margaret Wagner, co-owner and CEO, explains that “Cutting corners was not an option. It had to be done right the first time.” When Wagner and Eddie Lubic, Jr. took over the restaurant (previously Vinny’s) they felt that the space was missing an identity. Making the restaurant their own was the priority. Piece by piece, Wagner has brought her personal touches into the space starting with the restrooms and moving through the dining room, swapping the lighting and paint colors, and even re-designing the menu and logo. Everything has been a conscious choice. “I want the restaurant to feel like a part of me … like you’re walking into my home,” says Wagner. The new deck allows the restaurant to function as an indoor/outdoor space year round, rain or shine. The height of the roof gives it 66


a true al fresco feel (with gorgeous skylights that let in natural light), while still protecting from the elements. Smart heaters are installed throughout the perimeter, set to turn on automatically when the temps drop. Newly installed fans keep the air fresh and flowing. Eddie’s Reserve Room serves anyone looking for a slightly elevated dining experience. It’s an adults-only space, meant for special celebrations and small private parties. Reservations for this space can be booked via the restaurant’s website.

Park your boat Anyone who’s spending the day on the lake may opt to pull their boat up to the small beach, just outside of Eddie’s. The beach is a shared space with neighboring restaurant, Havana 33. While there are no true docks, there is ample space for several boats. Steps lead patrons from the sand straight up to the outside Lagoon Bar, where they can sip on a cold beverage or order a full meal. All seating in the main restaurant is on a first come, first serve basis.

A fusion of flavor on the menu The menu is large, with selections for every taste and craving. Everything is made in house, including their sauces, dressings, and even their chicken stock. A fusion of Italian, French, and American, all of the dishes are family recipes, passed down from generations. Creating the menu throughout the years has been a meticulous project and the selection of vendors to ensure quality and freshness is always the objective. Fish dishes (both fried and fresh) take up a large portion of the menu. Mussels, crab cakes, fried shrimp, and oysters are all popular items. Traditional Italian dishes are also plentiful, with a sprinkling of unique choices like the Meatball Salad. Linguini with Clam Sauce, house made Baked Lasagna, Eggplant Rollatini, and Chicken Parmigiana are all available for order. Sandwiches, burgers, and a variety of sides ensure that there is something for everyone. Brunch can be enjoyed every Sunday from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., featuring a small menu that includes pancakes, French toast, omelets, eggs benedicts, and more.

Always a happening place

Recent renovations at Eddie’s on Lake Norman include a spacious covered deck.

Patio benches and lounges are set up for those who’d like to enjoy the music without formal seating. When asked about what sets Eddie’s apart from other restaurants in the area, Wagner answers quickly. “We’re welcoming, family-oriented, and well-run.” A true testament to the restaurant’s success is the seasoned staff, many of which who followed Wagner from her New York restaurant to the Lake Norman area, including three of their cooks. “My crew is like family, and we have so many customers who appreciate what we’re doing here.” Wagner mentions a few who dine at Eddie’s several times throughout the week, a true testament to this very special space.

The restaurant is brought to life with live music most weeks from Wednesday through Saturday. For anyone looking for specifics, artists are listed on Eddie’s Facebook page with details on timing.

Eddie’s on Lake Norman 643 Williamson Road, Mooresville 704.799.2090

Welcome Jackson Principi to Fogle Insurance!

Fogle Insurance Group is excited to announce that Jackson Principi is joining us as the newest Commercial Lines Agent. Jackson is a fully licensed agent who will be dedicated to existing client relationships and focus on providing tailored insurance solutions to business owners in the Lake Norman Area.

Jackson brings new emerging talent to the industry, joining the family agency alongside his Grandfather, Mom, Uncle and Cousin. As a third-generation family member, he will be responsible for carrying on the family’s legacy. His prior experience includes roles at Alva as a Consultant in London UK and at Centene Corp as a Sales Rep. At Fogle, he will specialize in building relationships with local business and advise them on the best insurance program to meet their needs. You will see Jackson around Lake Norman at upcoming Chamber events and looks forward to meeting you. Jackson holds a degree from Elon University with a concentration in Finance and Economics. Jackson is actively involved in the alumni organizations at St Mark Catholic School and Charlotte Catholic High School. In his spare time, he is an avid golfer, passionate Charlotte FC supporter, and values time with his family, friends, and contributing back to the community. For any Insurance related questions, contact Jackson below: C: (704) 619- 4163 | E: | L:

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What do you look forward to the most at Fogle? “I’m excited to join the family agency and help grow the firm. Charlotte presents an amazing opportunity with the abundance of new business’, individuals and families relocating to the area. I look forward to being a part of this great community.” | JUNE 2022



Cornelius Parks and Recreation is offering movies specifically for the adult crowd this summer.

Photo courtesy of Facebook.

Photo courtesy of Facebook.

The Downtown Mooresville Festival of Food Trucks.

Dance to the Beat Compiled by Bek Mitchell-Kidd

Enjoy a KiDS FEST at the 2nd Friday Street Festival.

Family Fun Festival of Food Trucks (June 4) Enjoy live music, and gourmet fare from numerous food trucks parked throughout downtown Mooresville on Main Street. Free. 5-8:30 p.m. Main Street, Mooresville. www. Walk with a Doc (June 4) Join Cornelius PARC and Novant Health’s Lakeside Family Physicians at Antiquity Greenway for a walking program for everyone interested in taking steps for a healthier lifestyle. Free. 9 a.m. Antiquity Greenway, 180 N. Zion Ave., Cornelius. 2nd Friday Street Festival Series (June 10) 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, Cornelius Outdoor Movie Series: “The Breakfast Club-R (1985)” (June 11) Adults 18 and older, this one’s for you! The movie will be shown on an inflatable “blimp.” Bring chairs and blankets. Coolers (no glass) and picnic baskets welcome. 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. Smithville Park, 19710 S. Ferry St., Cornelius, LalaCaboosa Downtown Music Series (June 16) Bring chairs and blankets and enjoy live music from Indian Outlaw (a Tim McGraw Tribute Band). Purchase food and drinks from Butcher Grill Food Truck, CJ Chicken & Fish Food Truck, Primal Brewery and Buzzed Viking Brewery. Free. 6-9 p.m. Veterans Park, Main and Maxwell Streets, Huntersville. 68


Concerts @ the Circles (June 18) 80s tribute band 80z Nation will perform. Bring friends and family, comfy chairs or a blanket, a picnic, and come early to find a spot. Free. 5-9 p.m. Jetton Street by Clean Juice in Davidson. Legally Blonde: The Musical (June 23 – July 3) Follow the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes and scandal in pursuit of her dreams. Action-packed and exploding with memorable songs and dynamic dances. Tickets $15-29. Davidson Community Players, Duke Family Performance Hall, Davidson College, 207 Faculty Drive, Davidson. Music at St. Alban’s (June 26) Guitarist and Mandolin player Robin Bullock will perform a program of music ranging from Celtic to classical. Tickets $15-$20. 3 p.m. 301 Caldwell Lane, Davidson. www.

Learning and Exploration Moon Light at Latta (June 9) Enjoy lunar activities for all ages, including DIY foam rocket launchers, binoculars for moon gazing, and a study of moon phases. Tickets $5+. 6-7:30 p.m. Latta Plantation, Quest Nature Center, 6345 Sample Road, Huntersville, Knit, Chat, Read (June 23) Bring your knitting project and conversation, and learn about all the resources the library has to offer. Free. 1-3 p.m. Registration encouraged. Davidson Library, Community Room, 119 South Main Street, Davidson.


This organization’s mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome companion animals so they can get a second chance at a forever home. To help reduce the pet overpopulation problem, they partner with clinics and area veterinarians to offer affordable, accessible spay/neuter services.

Wendy Meet Wendy! This hound mix is almost five years old, is super smart and looking for a home with someone who wants to give her their time and love! She knows a handful of tricks, she loves to chase a tennis ball but doesn’t quite get the bringing it back part, and over anything else she loves ear rubs and butt scratches! She’s quite the lover but would rather all the attention be on her, so she would do best in a home with no other animals or small children. Adoption fee is $250


Gravy is a 1.5-year-old America Staffordshire terrier mix. He is one of the biggest cuddlers you will ever meet. He’s a very inclusive boy and doesn’t play favorites. He LOVES everyone and doesn’t hesitate to show that! He can be a little noisy at first, and some people get off put by his kennel presence, but he just doesn’t want you to walk by without noticing him. One of Lake Norman Humane’s volunteers wrote about him: “This boy was super apprehensive when he arrived at LKNH, but he’s a total love bug now! Obviously, he loves giving kisses and sitting in your lap like he’s not 50-60 pounds. He also loves ridiculous songs about how fantastic he is I know someone will give him all the love he deserves. Until then, I look forward to loving on him every weekend!” Adoption fee is $250.

Lucy Lucy is a 9-year-old smooth-hair dachshund mix. She is a sweet senior girl, but don’t let her age fool you. She is full of spunk and energy! She loves to chase and play with her tennis ball. Adoption fee is $200.

Pearson Pearson is a 5-year-old terrier mix and the sweetest boy. He loves hanging out at the staff member’s office, chewing toys, and getting love from the volunteers. He may be five, but he doesn’t act a day over two years old. He is full of love and light and looking to fit right into someone’s home. Adoption fee is $250.

Zoey This is Zoey! She’s a loving 6-year-old girl who is extremely talkative. She loves to let you know what she is thinking. She is a woman of her own and loves to explore, and also loves to come get some love from you. Zoey is FIV positive, but she has lived with other cats in the past, she’s just a bit of an attention hog. She would love to have a home where she can take her daily naps, get cuddles when she wants, and be the queen of the castle! E-mail for more information.







My 19-year-old daughter has been a fan of boba tea (also known as bubble tea) for quite a while, although no one else in the house ever really tried it. She was thrilled when she found a shop specializing in it on a visit to New York City, and she breathed a sigh of relief when she saw her future college campus has one just a few blocks away from her dorm. After a place called Sharetea opened over in the Oakhurst neighborhood across from The Waterman Fish Bar in Cornelius, I noticed she was making trips over there a few times a week and offered to go with her to check it out myself. So, what exactly is bubble tea? According to a little online research, the tea originated in Taiwan in the 1980s, and migrated over to the United States about a decade later. Boba tea starts with a tea base that is combined with milk or fruit flavoring and then poured over dark tapioca pearls. The tapioca pearls are gluten free and consist of tapioca starch and a brown sugar mixture. The drink is served with a straw big enough to suck the tapioca pearls through. I was a little surprised at how much my daughter likes this drink, as she’s been known to be picky about food textures. But the more I talked to people around me, the more I realized this drink is very popular. We had to wait at least 15 minutes in the 72


At Sharetea in Corneliius.

What is bubble tea and where can you find it? by Renee Roberson photography by Renee Roberson

line at Sharetea before we even ordered our drinks. Because I try to avoid milk products, I opted for a fruity drink instead, and got a Passion Fruit, Orange, and Grapefruit Tea. You can choose how much ice you want, the sweetness level, and topping. (I got something called Crystal Boba as my topping). The Crystal Boba were chewy, gelatinous, citrus-flavored pearls included into the drink. I liked that the menu has calories listed along with other nutritional facts. In between sips I chewed the boba, and I must admit it kept me from sucking down my drink too fast. The fruit tea was just the right level of sweetness and refreshing. My daughter got a Classic Pearl Milk Tea. I learned after we left that I might have been fine trying a drink with a milk base, as it sounds like a lot of restaurants use soy milk instead of regular milk in their concoctions. I watched to see what other people ordered. There was a Strawberry Ice Blended with Lychee Jelly and a scoop of ice cream that looked popular, along with a non-alcoholic Strawberry Mojito. I’ve heard that Kung Fu Noodle in Birkdale Village serves bubble tea. And Sharetea has another location in Charlotte on Central Avenue. Pho Ginseng Vietnamese in Huntersville also serves it. Give some bubble tea a try and see what you think! | JUNE 2022




Articles inside

Renee Wants to Know article cover image

Renee Wants to Know

pages 74-76
A Pet for You DINE + WINE article cover image

A Pet for You DINE + WINE

pages 72-73
In The Kitchen article cover image

In The Kitchen

pages 66-67
On Tap article cover image

On Tap

pages 64-65
Nibbles + Bites article cover image

Nibbles + Bites

pages 68-69
On the Circuit article cover image

On the Circuit

pages 70-71
Dwellings article cover image


pages 51-61
Wine Time article cover image

Wine Time

pages 62-63
Game On article cover image

Game On

pages 40-43
We’re Just Crazy About Bracelets from Amabile Co. article cover image

We’re Just Crazy About Bracelets from Amabile Co.

pages 26-27
For the Long Run American Legion Cornelius Post 86 article cover image

For the Long Run American Legion Cornelius Post 86

pages 24-25
Navigators article cover image


pages 32-37
News Around the Lake article cover image

News Around the Lake

pages 22-23
La Escuelita volunteer wins Governor’s Service Award article cover image

La Escuelita volunteer wins Governor’s Service Award

pages 20-21
Thoughts from the Man Cave article cover image

Thoughts from the Man Cave

pages 30-31
Your Best Life article cover image

Your Best Life

pages 28-29
Sweet Wings Honey Bee Farm article cover image

Sweet Wings Honey Bee Farm

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