CURRENTS July 2022

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55+ is Limitless A new section that celebrates what LKN has to offer.

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Summer of Nostalgia Last summer I read a suspense/thriller novel by an author named Riley Sager called “Survive the Night.” Part of the reason I decided to purchase the novel was because it took place in 1991 and featured a protagonist looking for a ride share home from college. There were no cell phones, George H.W. Bush was president, and Nirvana ruled the airwaves. As a reader who spent my high school and college years in the 1990s, the setting and time period appealed to me. I’ve been noticing more of a trend in the whole “everything old is new again” with both pop culture and fashion. Teen girls are wearing bodysuits, crop tops, high-waisted shorts and pants, baby doll dresses, and white sneakers, all fashion items that take me right back to the Asheville Mall, where I loved spending all my spare time as a teen at The Gap and 5-7-9 (remember that store?)

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I remember going to the movie theater in the summer of 1993 to see the original “Jurassic Park” and being horrified watching Michael Crichton’s science-fiction novel come to life on the screen. Four movies later, “Jurassic World Dominion” (featuring many of the same actors that graced the original) had the second-biggest opening weekend of the year just behind “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.” My husband was beyond excited to finally get to see “Top Gun: Maverick,” as he can recite every line from the original, and we both agreed the filmmakers really cashed in on the nostalgia of the film by using so much of the music we loved from the first soundtrack and well, I won’t spoil anything else if you’re still planning on seeing it. But go! After the last few years we’ve had, I can understand the joy of seeing things from my childhood and teen years come back around again. I got hooked on the Netflix series “Stranger Things” more for the nostalgic angle than the science-fiction plotlines. I love seeing the clothing the characters will be wearing and which pop culture items will be lurking in the background of each scene (kudos to Kate Bush and the revitalization of her 1985 song, “Running Up That Hill) from the current season.

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Nostalgia is the reason why classic car collectors spend years looking for a specific car they have fond memories tied to. It’s why the “Forrest Gump” and its original motion picture soundtrack became so popular in 1994. Indulging in nostalgia connects our emotions to memories. It brings us together collectively. It helps sharpen our minds. It gives our lives new meaning. This summer, as you indulge in your sense of nostalgia in art, fashion, music, movies, and television shows, I urge you to have conversations with those around you about the memories that resurface. And I hope you have a summer to remember with your loved ones. Editor

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Editor’s Note: We’re so excited to introduce a new section in the magazine, starting inside this issue. LIMITLESS will be a monthly section focusing on topics of interest to our local residents ages 55+. We’ll feature people, events, and various opportunities for active adults in our community to enjoy all the area has available to them. Feel free to send us your story ideas! 8


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About the Cover: Cover model Lexi Grace was photographed by Lisa Crates Photography.


FEATURES In Every Issue


Thoughts from the Man Cave


The quirks of our pets




How we live at the lake

Game On

Ramsay the Mini Shepherd racks up the ribbons


On the Circuit

Movers, shakers and more at the lake

A month of things to do on the lake

Renee Wants to Know How do you create an Instagram account for your pet?

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Squash the cat finds a new soulmate


The Northern Regional Recreation Center opens in Cornelius


The Downtown Mooresville Christmas in July event


Kaitlyn Dorroh and “Adam’s Cape: The Missing Crew”


For the Long Run – Happy Tails Rescue, Inc.


We’re Just Crazy About – Enzo at Home Heart & Soul

A section for LKN residents 55+


Topic of the Day


In My Glass


A Moment In Time


Tasty Bits


Limitless Learning

Drive Safe and Save

An award-winning veterinary hospital design




How to decorate with vintage decor


Young Leaders


Meet Lexi Grace,


Nancy Rhodes sails on

the 2022 CURRENTS Canine Cover Dog Winner


Cute Pooches


This year’s contest finalists



Eating, drinking, cooking and fun


Wine Time


On Tap


In The Kitchen


Nibbles + Bites

The Dry Creek Valley region of Sonoma

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Celebrations in July

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Against the Odds

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Squash the Cat finds new home after traumatic car accident by Karel Lucander | photo courtesy of Emily Frammartino

When lead veterinary technician Emily Frammartino first met him, he was barely alive. This feral tabby was hit by a car and found on the side of a deserted mountain road. When he arrived on Dec. 7 at Whole Pet Veterinary Hospital in Davidson, his temperature was very low. X-rays revealed he had experienced some brain trauma and had a shattered back leg. After stabilizing him, Emily was discussing his case with Dr. Nicole Sheehan. They knew he would have to have his back leg amputated, and they weren’t sure whether he would want to live with three legs. Going in to check on him, this cat with the questionable future looked Emily squarely in the face and put his arms around her wrist. “I felt like he was bonding with me,” Emily says. “As Dr. Sheehan and I talked about him needing surgery, he did it to me again. He could hear us talking and wrapped his arms around my wrist.” It was as if he was telling her, ‘Yes, do the surgery. I’m all in.’ After the surgery, “You could tell he had relief immediately.” His surgery was subsidized by Whole Pet’s “Hope Fund,” a charity program that helps animals in the community. The staff of Whole Pet collectively gave him his name because “he was squashed by a car and is that yellowish color.” They estimate he’s

about 4 years old. Eventually, Squash went home with Emily and her husband, Michael, falling into their family’s routine. He had siblings to adjust to: a Fox Terrier mix brother, Archie, and a feline sister, Lolo. He’s doing great. “He’s a very sweet cat,” she says. “As a result of his injuries, he can still only see out of one eye; he has about 60 to 70 percent vision, but I’ll see him try to catch bugs. He runs up and down the stairs and out the cat door on his three legs. I’ll bring him to work sometimes, and we do acupuncture and chiropractic adjustments to keep his spine in line and prevent him from getting arthritis too soon.” And, as Emily notes, sometimes timing is everything. “Last September, I lost my soulmate cat, and it was almost three months to the day when I met Squash,” she says. “I feel like he picked me. He was there when I needed him in my life. And now he’s just thriving. He loves to lay in the sun on the bed, looking out the window. I’m so glad we saved him. It’s incredible that he survived the car hitting him. That’s how strong he is.” Editor’s Note: To donate to Whole Pet’s Hope Fund, call 704.765.1171. | JULY 2022



A Distinct Design

The $44-million center opened at the end of June.

New recreation center has amenities for all ages

by Allie Spencer | photography by Jon Beyerle

If you’ve driven down N.C. 151/Old Statesville Road near the border of Cornelius and Huntersville recently you’ve probably noticed the 85,000-square-foot building flanked by a silo and indoor/outdoor waterslide. After years of anticipation, the Northern Regional Recreation Center opened to the public Fri., June 24. The $44-million facility will serve the North Mecklenburg area as a fitness center, community center, and senior center offering activities and amenities for all ages. “If I walk in here with my toddler and my parents, there will be something for all of us to do,” says Gabe Hackney, the Senior Facility Manager, “we have programming for any age.” Visitors will immediately notice the leisure pool area with the aforementioned multi-story waterslide. This family-friendly pool has a zero-depth entry area with an additional toddler-sized water slide. There’s also a water basketball hoop, volleyball net, and a lazy river. Down the hall, the 25-yard lap pool with eight dedicated lanes will appeal to serious swimmers. Also on the first floor is a fitness area and two full-size basketball courts in the gym. The gym will be a host site for clinics and leagues from age 3 to seniors, with a focus on indoor sports like basketball, volleyball, badminton, and pickleball, among others. Upstairs the main fitness area is outfitted with top-of-the line equipment, machines, and free weights. There are two group exercise studios offering an array of classes like barre, kickboxing, cycling and a running/walking track (stroller friendly) that overlooks the gym below. An important part of the recreation center is its focus on seniors ages 55 and older. The first floor boasts a dedicated community space for seniors with floor-to-ceiling windows where they can enjoy meals, wellness coaching, tax preparation, socializing, and SilverSneakers fitness. 18


The center’s offerings and design are also noticeably family friendly, outfitted with several family changing areas, a room for birthday parties, a free child watch area for ages 2-5, after school programming, therapeutic recreational and inclusive programming, and summer camps. Future plans include a greenhouse and raised garden beds outside with programming to support those areas run by a farmer and environmental educator. There is currently a walking trail that connects to Caldwell Station and MCPRD has plans to connect to the greenway extension over the next year. Monthly memberships range from $22 to $65 for Mecklenburg County residents and $30 to $85 for non-residents, but there are also daily plans available. Programs like youth leagues, classes, clinics, senior programs and swim lessons do not require a membership and are open to anyone who wants to sign up. Back to that silo on the side of the building, Hackney says it’s, “a throw to the agrarian past of this part of the county.” The design firms of BRS and LS3P wanted to bring the three distinct communities of Cornelius, Davidson and Huntersville together with a contemporary ‘Main Street’ design in a central place that feels like home. “What we do here will evolve and change over time and we want the space that the community has paid and built here to feel like home to them and that they have a facility that listens and is a good steward of the resources given to us,” says Hackney. The Northern Regional Recreation Center 18121 Old Statesville Road, Cornelius. 980.314.NRRC |

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s a m t s i r h C in July? Visit Downtown Mooresville this month for a special event by Bek Mitchell-Kidd photography by Lisa Crates

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This month, celebrate the magic of Christmas a little early in Downtown Mooresville, during an event created to support local business and add a little fun to summertime shopping. Hosted by the Mooresville Downtown Commission, the event launched in 2021, and is poised to be even bigger and better this year. Main Street will be bustling but you won’t have to hustle for a good deal. Most businesses offer discounts and raffles which creates an open-house feel. Stephanie Hathaway, board member of the Mooresville Downtown Commission and a local shop owner, says “We have home decor, art galleries, jewelry stores, clothing and children’s boutiques, specialty shops and more—each store offers special deals throughout the weekend-long event.” Southern Notions, Hathaway’s store, is known for its fabulous flip as she turns her lakeside summer scene into a wintery wonderland for the event, complete with 50-75 percent off all Christmas home decor items. You can get jolly as many shops also offer light bites, or wine and beer samples and non-alcoholic options. It’s a family-friendly event with some stores getting into the theme with holiday-themed cookies and hot cocoa for the kiddos. Restaurants on Main Street are open and often add some fun snacks and sides to complement their wine tastings during the event. Kim Atkins, Executive Director of the Mooresville Downtown 20


Commission says, “The Mooresville Downtown Commission’s goal for the event is to bring new people to downtown so they can see what our amazing small businesses have to offer, as well as give locals something new and fun to do.” The vibe is low-key as patrons stroll the historic district, socializing against the amazing architectural backdrop that feels like you’re on a movie set. “We’ve been working for more than a decade to create the energy that we have today, and it’s rewarding to see downtown Mooresville come into its own,” says Atkins. “I opened my doors for business two-and-a-half years ago and this community felt like an extension of my family from the start,” says Hathaway. “Because we are close to LKN, we get a lot of visitors, but our Mooresville neighbors and surrounding communities do a fantastic job of shopping small and supporting our historic shopping district.” Christmas in July runs from Fri.-Sun., July 22-24, during regular business hours, and its companion event, ‘Sip & Shop’ is on Fri., July 21 from 6-9:00 p.m. Parking for the event can be found in the lots off Church Street between Center Avenue and Iredell Avenue, with additional parking off Broad Street between McLelland Avenue and Iredell Avenues. Did you know? Did you know there’s a Downtown Mooresville app? Download the app or visit for more information including a calendar of their regularly occurring events such as Festival of Food Trucks.

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Kaitlyn Dorroh at the book’s launch party in Davidson last month.


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Rising high school junior pens children’s book in honor of cousin by Renee Roberson photos courtesy of Katrina Dorroh

Langtree Charter Academy rising junior Kaitlyn Dorroh says from the time she learned how to write, she always knew she wanted to write a book. This summer, she accomplished that goal by teaming up with an illustrator to publish a children’s chapter book titled “Adam’s Cape: The Missing Crew,” through Headline Books. The book is described as “a swash buckling adventure with two cousins, Kaitlyn and Adam.” While on a family vacation together they are transported to Captain Green-Eyed Pirate’s Island, who has lost his crew and treasure to Captain Billy One-Tooth and needs help from the two cousins. “Adam’s Cape: The Missing Crew” is 64 pages and features illustrations by Alyson Record, whom Dorroh met at a summer camp where Record was a counselor. In 2006, Dorroh’s cousin Adam McDougall passed away from injuries he sustained in an automobile accident, along with his father. His 20-month-old brother Conner, survived, but suffered a traumatic spinal cord injury. Dorroh’s aunt founded Oklahomabased Adam’s Cape Medical Fund, which helps support children and their families with medical needs or crises. A portion of the proceeds from Dorroh’s book sales will go to Adam’s Cape Medical Fund. Dorroh says she came up with the original idea for the story while on a family vacation to the Isle of Palms in South Carolina and 22


began writing different pieces of the first draft over four or five years. Once she had a complete manuscript, she sent it to several different English teachers and asked for their thoughts on story structure, plot, and character development. “I’m so glad we had other people read it because they were able to give it a lot of good feedback,” Dorroh says. When asked about what she would like readers to take away from the book, Dorroh says, “Believe in yourself. There are a lot of times the characters thought they couldn’t escape or that there was no way out. But if you believe you can, then you can accomplish many things.” When not writing, studying, or working at Ben & Jerry’s, Dorroh enjoys skateboarding, playing softball and participating in cheer for Langtree Charter Academy. Last month she participated in a launch party for the book with Main Street Books and Ben & Jerry’s in Davidson featuring pirates, ice cream, and a tie-dye station benefitting Adam’s Cape Medical Fund. She also collected books for The Ronald McDonald House.

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Ever hear the expression, “Dogs are people, too?” If you’re a dog lover, you get it. Dogs complement our lives; finding joy among their human packs, they reward us with loyalty and companionship. Dogs have unique personalities and, like us, they experience emotion: adoration, disappointment, anticipation, guilt. Just look to the eyes beyond the snout and it’s obvious. Unfortunately, not all dog stories are cheerful, but that doesn’t mean all dog stories end tragically. LaDonna Mabe, President and Director at Happy Tails Rescue, Inc., a 501c3 non-profit K9 rescue organization operating out of Maiden, oversees a group of diligent volunteers, who have many dog tales with successful conclusions. “We work hard to rescue and change the lives of the companion animals we take in by providing a safe, loving foster home, until we find the best forever home,” says Mabe. “We don’t have a shelter or a facility; we rely on a network of foster families to care for our dogs during their transitional, ‘in between’ time.” Happy Tails currently has twenty foster families providing a safe, temporary environment for the dogs in-waiting. Each foster family and forever-home family is vetted before they’re allowed to care for a dog. “Our priority is finding the right families for the dogs. Mabe emphasizes, “We rescue anxious dogs, fearful dogs, abused dogs, abandoned and unwanted dogs. The family must be willing and able to accommodate the dog’s disposition, and imperfections. Placing big dogs and elderly dogs, regardless of their situation, is always a difficult challenge.” 24


Prior to assigning dogs to foster families, Happy Tails works with area animal hospitals and Humane Societies who provide spaying, neutering, and medical services. When time permits, Happy Tails dogs are also house trained and taught basic obedience. Dogs are assessed for temperament and personality, meaning they are evaluated with cats, children, and other dogs. Current inflation and economic uncertainty, however, have made the adoption process more problematic. Mabe notes that “adoption fees and donations, critical to offsetting the costs of pre-fostering medical care and supplies, are diminished, affecting the adoption rate.” Happy Tails recently rescued thirty dogs from one hoarder location. Seventeen dogs were fostered, while the remainder were disbursed to a local Humane Society, and a rescue organization in Virginia. Attrition through adoption is what makes space available for dogs in waiting and, currently, Happy Tails 20 foster homes are at maximum capacity. Mabe receives daily requests from animal shelters from the Carolinas, Kentucky, Alabama, and Tennessee. Those requests are not easily fulfilled. “If you have the space and a heart for animals,” says Mabe, “Open your home to a homeless dog. It’s not a lifetime commitment it’s a commitment to saving a life.” On the first Saturday of every month, Happy Tails Rescue families bring their fostered dogs to Petco in Mooresville for an adoption event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information about Happy Tails Rescue, go to


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Nancy Rhodes has been a fixture at Lake Norman Yacht Club throughout her teen years.

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Lake Norman sailing program produces tomorrow’s leaders by Jennifer Mitchell photography by Jamie Cowles

Nancy Rhodes’ love for the water and all things tied to sailing began at a young age. By the time she was 12, she was attending Lake Norman Yacht Club’s (LNYC) annual sail camp, where she became proficient in what is known as “single-handed sailing” – where it is just you, the boat and the open sky.

LNYC, teaching other beginner level sailors about the sport of sailing and fostering a new generation of future leaders. “What is truly special about Rise n’ Sail is that we teach young kids to hold their own, to be confident and to conquer challenges they otherwise would have never attempted.”

“Being on the water on a boat all by yourself can be daunting for a little kid,” explains Rhodes. But she learned to multitask, controlling the boat even under the toughest conditions. “One great sailing instructor once explained to me that sailing is a combination of chess, wrestling and marathon running.”

Scott Olson, Rear Commodore with LNYC, has coached and raced with Rhodes since 2016. “Nancy has found the secret to being a strong competitor and is always surrounded by friends off the water,” he says. In a sport where some of the rules can be taken advantage of, he says “Nancy is a woman of integrity, honesty and fair play.” Characteristics that enabled her to advance up the leaderboard.

Rhodes says through sailing her confidence began to grow along with her decision-making and communications skills. She credits these skills to years on the water where she learned to think on her own and as part of various sailing teams over the years. “Sailing instills a sense of integrity, an essential aspect of leadership,” Rhodes adds. This is especially true of sailing during racing when it comes to following rules and regulations which are held under the honor system. In 2021 Rhodes earned her US Sailing Level 1 Instructor Certification. She is now working at the Rise n’ Sail program at



This fall, Rhodes will attend the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. “I’ve always been inspired and had huge respect for those who have served. I knew the Naval Academy would be the perfect opportunity and challenge for me,” she explains. Rhodes says she is so grateful for all those in her sailing community who have supported her along the way. She hopes in return she will inspire other kids to embrace the lifelong sport of sailing, teaching them by example that dreams do come true.











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“She’s a Runner…” Why we still love our pets, despite all their quirks From left to right: Abby “the night security guard” and “Stella the Runner.”

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They say that bringing a pet home can change your life. I’d say that’s an understatement. From my experience, bringing home a pet effectively scrambles one’s universe. Why? Because pets, like humans, come with quirks and eccentricities and personalities and as much as you might research, plan and hope, you really don’t know what you’re getting. When we brought our rescue dog, Stella, home many years ago, we found out she came with a hidden “talent.” At nearly fifty pounds, we quickly learned she could sniff out and find any and every slightly opened exterior door, window, screen, and gate then shrink down to the size of a mouse before escaping to begin what we have effectively labeled her “neighborhood walkabouts.” Yes, she basically takes off in pursuit of every bird, squirrel, rodent, and smaller animal and comes back home, well, never. Her neighborhood walkabouts are things of legend. Like Ferris Bueller dashing through yards and homes, rules (and obstacles) don’t apply when on these “walkabouts.” Neighbors call and text with sightings and stories. Stella has been spotted more than a mile away. She loves golf holes, shorelines, and wooded spaces. Her path is typically a trail of destruction. Many try to catch her, but few can actually do it. “She’s a runner,” our vet said simply to us when we brought her in for a visit back when she was a puppy. “That part is easy to diagnose but finding a fix and getting her to stop is going to be the hard part,” the vet added. Truer words have never been spoken. Then there’s our cat, Abby. Like a night security guard patrolling a museum, Abby goes on duty each and every night when the lights go off. Like clockwork, she knows the exact minute every member of the household is drifting off to sleep and, like clock30


work, she is there to smack, step on, and otherwise ruin any and every chance any of us have for getting a good night’s sleep. And that includes the dog. I don’t mind so much that she annoys the post walkabout, fatigued dog. When you think about it, dogs and cats really aren’t that different from everyone else who lives under our roofs. Kids take off to explore and discover new things so why not our dog? We annoy (and keep awake) our spouses as we toss, turn, snore, and shake so I guess it’s fair the cat does, too. Crazy Uncle Bob comes to visit and unfurls himself across our couches so what’s stopping our pets? If I had one dollar for every time I saw a driver behind the wheel with a dog alongside, I’d have enough to fill my tank (even in this economy). And for every kid sticking his hand out the window on one side of the car there’s usually a dog sticking his head out the other. But here’s where pets differ from humans. While they have the ability to annoy, disrupt, and disturb like the best of us, they also have the unique ability to do it without anger, emotion or intent. Our pets, yes, even with their quirks and idiosyncrasies, differ because they forgive, forget, and love unconditionally. Always. Maybe if Stella could talk, she’d return from her “walkabouts” eager to share stories of her adventures and discoveries. And maybe Abby would simply say she is just looking for a snuggle buddy, but she gets pushed aside bed after bed, night after night. So why do we live with dogs and cats and pets and accept all their quirks? We don’t have to do it, after all, pets are choices, right? We do it because pets, like humans, are perfectly imperfect and while they may come with issues, they also bring us joy, love, and laughter. They enhance our lives and make them more interesting. Our pets make our lives better. More complete.


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Loving and loyal. Charming. Affectionate. Sweet, with a gentle disposition. Agile. Sensitive. Observant. Intelligent. These are just a few of the words used to describe Lexi Grace, the 8-month-old English bulldog puppy who captured the hearts of voters in this year’s CURRENTS Canine Cover Dog Competition. Mooresville residents Wendy Horne and Scott Tucker love the English bulldog breed. When they decided they were ready to bring one into their home, they contacted Jessica Beck of Sureshot Bulldogs in Ohio, as they’ve had good experiences with her in the past. Lexi Grace enjoys being the “only pup” of her parents, and Horne says she loves a routine. She wakes up around 6 a.m. for breakfast, may take a mid-morning nap, plays, and then is ready for her lunch. She loves being outdoors and stakes out a spot on the porch to observe the squirrels, boaters, and deer. After dinner, it’s time for a short walk when the temperatures allow, then snuggling with her parents. Horne says she has been super easy to train (Lexi Grace also slept through the night from her first evening home!) The super social pup enjoys a monthly subscription from Bark Box and Wufers cookies. She frequents Bruster’s Real Ice Cream

almost every week for their pup cup. “Lexi Grace always brightens our day and loves life on LKN,” says Horne. “Every day is an adventure when you share life with an English bulldog puppy.” Here are a few of Lexi Grace’s favorite and not-so-favorite things: Likes: • “Zooming” around the house. • Playing with her humans on the floor. • Playing with and chewing on her favorite tennis ball. • Snuggling on her parents’ laps. • Spa days at Impeccable Paws in Cornelius. Dislikes: • Having her face cleaned twice a day. She runs and hides when she sees her mom with a cloth or wrinkle cream in hand! • Lifejackets—her humans are working on that! • Hair dryers—Lexi Grace prefers to air dry. • Plastic trash bags. She does not trust them and will bark until they are put away. | JULY 2022



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When Jeannene and Johnny Allen brought their 8-week-old pup home, he had an exceptional ability to sniff. Although his breed is known for herding, when they got home, opened the car door and set this little guy down, he immediately smelled the ground. Within seconds he returned with a vole from nearby pine needles. “It was an auspicious way to start a relationship,” Jeannene says. “We noticed, with his nose to the ground, he would quickly track any member of the family. When he was 9 weeks, he began digging a hole and after reaching a grub worm, seemed satisfied. He located new and interesting scents unlike any other herding dog we have ever owned. So much so that we joked he is a hound dog disguised as a Miniature American Shepherd!” | JULY 2022



Ramsay began his Scent Work training at Brylin Obedience Specialty School in King, North Carolina.

His official American Kennel Club (AKC) name is Schaefer’s Miracle Ramsay. That’s the breeder’s surname, the fact that he’s their miracle, and the breeder named the litter after famous chefs, like Gordon Ramsay. This miracle came into their lives shortly after their beloved Sheltie died. After several mishaps, including a wayward email that went into their spam folder, Ramsay was theirs. “He was truly meant to be with our family,” Jeannene says.

Ramsay follows his nose

Now when this nearly 2-year-old, 34-pound fearless adventurer wants some action, he peers at his masters with ice-blue eyes, letting them know he’s ready to romp. Early on, they decided to help this very smart and sweet lad, with an olfactory system in overdrive, follow his passion. So, at 8 months old, they enrolled him in Scent Work classes at Brylin Obedience Specialty School in King, North Carolina. There, Kim Williams, an ex-police officer who has trained a cadaver and a search-and-rescue canine, got him off to a great start. 42


In December 2021, Ramsay began competing in Scent Work Trials and excelled. As a 1-year-old, he placed first through fourth 75 percent of the time. In March they entered him in multiple trials, where he was given scents to locate in several areas. Scents are typically cotton swabs saturated with birch, anise, clove and cypress. When the dog locates the scent, he must communicate the find to his handler, who calls it out to the judge. “When you train your pup and compete as a team, it helps build a strong bond,” Jeannene says. In May, Ramsay achieved titles at the novice level in all four categories (container, buried, interior and exterior).

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Scent Work competitions involve a lot of waiting. “This can be challenging with a high-energy, high-drive herding pup like Ramsay,” Jeannene says. They play games to burn off tension and have collected the best competition toys, treats and gear, sharing their favorites at an Amazon shop ( The Allens look forward to future Scent Work competitions with Ramsay. “We hope to travel to other states and

“Our goal as pup parents is to help him live a wonderful life, full of fun and happy moments!”

Left: Ramsay lives with his owners, Jeannene and Johnny Allen, on Lake Norman. Right: Ramsay with his many awards for Scent Work.

enter regional competitions.” Who knows how far he will go? With extensive training, dogs can detect cancer, drugs, exotic bugs – even missing people. Along with Scent Work, Ramsay worked with Paige Welch of True Companions Dog Training and is AKC certified in Canine Good Citizenship. He recently started Agility and Rally/Obedience training at Happy Dogs. Already an AKC-certified novice Trick Dog, soon he’ll try Dock Diving. Living on Lake Norman in Terrell, he swims regularly.

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Entering through the massive mahogany front door, patients and their humans are greeted by a modern wave blue-topped reception desk staying with the Aloha theme. Behind the reception desk, a floating backlit sign with a combination of stainless letters and natural wood tones pops against the iron-grey backdrop. The sign is made from Aspidosperma, also known as “The Holy Tree,” and is only grown in Argentina.

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The main lobby is designed to maximize natural light with large windows and has a warm soothing feel with the built-in benches and ottomans designed by the builder.

What pet wouldn’t love to visit an office designed like a tropical resort when they are under the weather or in need of a well check? That’s what the patients at Aloha Veterinary Hospital get to do, thanks to an inspired idea from Dr. Masako Mori and the team at Titan Custom Builders. The doctor envisioned a tranquil spot off Stumpy Creek Road in Mooresville that would give off the impression of a Hawaiianstyle home but function as a vet hospital. The office features the finest in up-to-date technology, unique and one-of-a-kind features throughout but provides the warmth and care that the word Aloha means. From the welcoming sign at the entrance to the modern fur-

nishings and soft paint colors inside, everyone involved in the collaboration of this commercial design project, which won “Best Special Project” in the 2021 LNHBA Best of the Lake Design Competition, was thrilled with the outcome. The goal of the project was to “To collaborate with the Architect, Builder and the Client to design a Veterinarian Clinic that would aesthetically fit into the residential community with a warm modern Hawaiian theme,” says Roger Hand, owner of Titan Custom Builders in Mooresville. The design of the clinic was also a winner in the eyes of the community—Titan Custom Builders noted that the clientele grew from 200 clients to more than 2,000 in its first year of business! | JULY 2022



As you approach the building, the soft landscape, deep overhangs, wrap around front porch and soothing music makes this clinic inviting.

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As a designer, Marisa Wilson of Marisa Wilson Interiors has always been a fan of the Midcentury Modern aesthetic, with its mix of textures like wood, brass details, and caning. She also appreciates the continuity between indoor and outdoor, particularly with the color palette inspired by nature from earthy greens and browns to sea-blue greens and deep clay reds.

Designer Marisa Wilson of Marisa Wilson Interiors.

“Almost every project I design incorporates something vintage because it adds a depth and history that you just can’t find with new items,” says Wilson. “I love how they have a story, whether they were passed down in your family, or you found them at a local antique mall, and they are special, unique, and one-of-akind. Oftentimes they’ve survived this long because of their fine craftsmanship. Using vintage furniture is one of the most sustainable ways you can decorate your home.” Wilson’s friend and photographer Amanda Anderson suggested she check out Charlotte Vintage, which opened its storefront in



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Huntersville off Hwy. 73 about a year ago. She quickly fell in love and says they have the most comprehensive collection of Midcentury Modern furniture in the Lake Norman area. Charlotte Vintage is owned by Katrina and Stan Teague. When the couple retired from their respective careers (she worked in banking and technology, and he was a state trooper) they decided collecting Charlotte Vintage owners and selling Midcentury Katrina and Stan Teague. Modern furniture and décor would become their passion project. Initially, they sold pieces online and kept their inventory in a Huntersville warehouse. But they soon realized they had a unique value proposition. They now have a 3,100-square-foot showroom adjacent to Burgess Flooring, and Modern Fabrics, featuring Midcentury Modern Retro and Vintage fabrics, is right next door. The couple initially used their personal collection which had grown to warehouse size to start up the business, and now augment in-

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A winemaker buddy of mine in the Dry Creek Valley region of Sonoma recently shipped me a bottle of his wine. It seriously jogged my memory. It was a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon from the Red Hills American Viticultural Area (AVA) in Lake County, California. I had visited that region some years back and was blown away by the quality of its wines. It then slipped to the back of my mind. Some background; my winemaker buddy is what the French call a “négociant.” He doesn’t grow grapes but contracts for them from a number of trusted growers. Actually, he goes several steps further. He doesn’t just purchase grapes, he tightly controls vineyard protocol in his contracted vineyards—throughout the growing season and on to harvesting. Generally, he stays close to home in northern Sonoma. The fact that he left his stomping grounds and went up to Red Hills is a testament to the quality of the wines there. And he’s not alone, several big names in Napa Valley also have wines from Red Hills in their portfolio. These wines are way under any radar; they’re great values. Red Hills is located at the northern tips of both Napa Valley and Sonoma wine regions, a neighbor to each of them. A couple of things dominate the Red Hills region, soil and altitude. A few hundred thousand years ago (that’s yesterday in geological terms) the Mount Konocti volcano dumped a deep layer of material all over the Red Hills area. How rude of it but how lucky for us. The incredible red, rocky soil contains all kinds of good stuff for grapes to absorb as they mature and ripen. The last time I was in the region I was taken by crystals of quartz that are all around in the soil. Vineyard elevations range from 1,350 to 2,600 feet with the majority of the AVA’s acreage planted at or over 2,000 feet. That’s important because it’s way too high for morning fog. Grapes get to work as soon as the sun comes up. Then, in the early afternoon, a cool breeze 58


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Worth the Sip The evolution of Side Bar Bottle Co. by Lara Tumer photography by Lara Tumer

Side Bar Bottle Co. is located upstairs from Mandolino’s Artisan Pizza in Davidson.

Tucked away off Main Street in Davidson is Side Bar’s newest endeavor, their first brick and mortar location. Owner Brittni Hagerman first conceptualized Side Bar Trailer Company several years ago – which is essentially a bar on wheels providing a full-service bar wherever one is needed. With Hagerman’s years of experience in the hospitality industry and her in-depth knowledge of beer, wine, and cocktails, the company saw success quickly. Molly (the name of Side Bar’s horse trailer turned mobile bar) is the largest option, but there are smaller wooden bars available for rent as well. Side Bar Trailer Company has been a part of weddings, rehearsal dinners, backyard parties, corporate events, and more. In addition to craft cocktails, frozen drinks and beer; bartenders, ice, drink garnishes, and all barware essentials are all included in the mobile bar service. While a bottle shop/bar hybrid wasn’t always in the plans, it was something Hagerman could easily visualize as a next step for the growing company. Once the space became available (previously the second floor of Mandolino’s) Hagerman got to work making the space her own. Clean and simple décor keeps the space unassuming, but with a warmth that is truly inviting. The walls are lined with a carefully curated selection of wine (an entire section dedicated to female wine makers and another devoted to low in60


tervention bottles) which can either be opened and consumed in house or taken home for enjoyment. Wine and beer are available by the glass, along with several on tap selections, including a prosecco. A large refrigerator houses all the local beer can selections along with some non-alcoholic beverages. An intentionally selected variety of snacks will be available for purchase, predominately featuring local female businesses. Pretzels from Queens City Crunch, cheese crackers from Piedmont Pennies, and preassembled grazing boxes are just a few of the selections. Those looking for more of a proper meal can bring their own food in from any of the many nearby restaurants or even get delivery. “Side Bar is meant to be a place with zero pretention,” Hagerman explains. She’s hoping to provide an atmosphere where people can learn, enjoy, and socialize without the intimidating attitude of some wine and cocktail bars. In the coming weeks and months, expect to see a bubbly cocktail of the week, a variety of sangrias rotating through the menu, and a calendar complete with inhouse workshops/tastings available for sign-up. Side Bar 208 S. Main Street, Davidson

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DINE+WINE | in the kitchen

Elote Pasta Salad Amp up your traditional pasta salad with this Elote Pasta Salad. Elote is a classic Mexican street food – grilled corn that’s been slathered in a spicy, creamy, and cheesy sauce. This pasta salad is no different and is the perfect side dish for your next summer gathering. We enjoyed this dish with some citrusy grilled chicken skewers and the whole family loved it! Ingredients: 1 pound pasta (bowtie or other) 2 cups of frozen roasted or grilled corn kernels 1/4 cup of red onion, minced A handful of cilantro, chopped 2-3 stems of green onion, sliced 4 ounces of feta or cotija cheese, crumbled For the sauce: 1/4 cup mayo 1/3 cup Greek yogurt 1 teaspoon chili powder 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper 1 1/2 teaspoon salt Juice from one lime

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Instructions: 1. Bring pasta to a boil and cook according to package directions (timing will vary based on pasta selection) 2. Drain pasta and add to a large bowl along with corn, red onion, cilantro, green onion, and cheese. 3. Whisk together all sauce ingredients in a separate bowl and pour over pasta, stirring to coat. 4. Can be served at room temp or cold. If you’d like to make this dish ahead of time, simply refrigerate in an airtight container.

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. | JULY 2022





Co-owners Sherry Augustine and Rich Lytle

Willow Wood Coffee offers more than just beverages by Renee Roberson photography by Jamie Cowles

Willow Wood Coffee co-owners Sherry Augustine and Rich Lytle both grew up in the same small town in West Virginia, but because they are 10 years apart in age, they never crossed paths. It wasn’t until after they had both relocated to the Lake Norman area that they met. Augustine says her cousin from West Virginia called one day and said he was coming to visit one of his friends in the coffee business. Unbeknownst to Augustine, that friend was Lytle. The two didn’t know it then, but three years after their initial meeting they would go into business together. Lytle has always enjoyed working in restaurants and once he graduated from college, continued to gravitate towards the hospitality industry. About 10 years ago, he started assisting in opening shops for local Sky Mountain Coffee. Augustine calls herself “a master dabbler” and has worked in marketing in the corporate world and for the building industry. She also owned an art gallery and gift shop back in their hometown of Hinton, W. Va. In the back of her mind, she says she always thought it would be fun to own a coffee shop. “Three years later Rich texted me and asked if I still wanted to be in the coffee business,” says Augustine. The timing was right. While the pandemic did cause some construction delays, the 64


two were fortunate to purchase their espresso machine and other equipment before the shipping backlogs and price increases occurred. They consider themselves fortunate for that.

Location is everything

They knew the completion of the Cain Center for the Arts would bring a need for a business like a coffee shop offering desserts for the after-hours crowd leaving shows and performances. When Augustine noticed the strip mall across from Mama’s Pizza Express on 19201 South Main Street in Cornelius was for sale, she purchased it, and she and Lytle began drawing up plans to house Willow Wood Coffee there. Their goal for Willow Wood Coffee is to provide a cozy setting that patrons would hope to find when traveling to a vacation destination. They selected paint colors with earth tones and selected a 20-foot-wide mural of a weeping willow on one feature wall. Their West Virginia hometown features an area where three rivers meet the mountains, so they’ve thoughtfully brought in sustainable practices such as glass cups and plates, boxed water, Fettuccini stir sticks, and they take their coffee grounds to the Cornelius Community Garden for composting.

On the menu

Augustine and Lytle say they love the creativity of their staff, and they take that into consideration when hiring employees. They credit a few different baristas for experimenting and creating the Bees Knees (an iced honey latte with vanilla cold foam) and the Whitewater (blackberry, white chocolate, espresso with whipped cream). Their coffee beans are roasted at Lake Mountain Coffee in Statesville and delivered to the shop on the same day for optimal freshness. The co-owners intentionally wanted to set themselves apart from other competing locations by offering savory food items other than baked goods. Patrons can order a a Peach Baked Oatmeal with milk foam, Prosciutto Jammy Egg Benedict with arugula or a Breakfast Tortilla Bowl with a jammy egg, black beans, cheese blend and salsa and avocado. But if a baked good is what you crave, choose from a selection of Poptarts, cookies, scones and muffins from Davidson-based Wander & Whisk. They also serve a variety of loose-leaf teas and fruit smoothies. “Rich has the restaurant background so he knew what we could do well efficiently and consistently,” says Augustine. “I always thought a panini grill was a sensible solution,” says Lytle. “Sherry is a great cook, too. Most of the original recipes came from Sherry. I throw in my two cents on execution. Again, we just worked well together.” For lunch, there are a variety of panini to choose from, along with a Spinach Ricotta Gilled Cheese with Marinara. Augustine and Lytle say the community response to Willow Wood Coffee has been welcoming and enthusiastic so far, and they love that patrons leave them personalized messages on the chalkboard outside of the shop. The shop is open seven days a week, from 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Fri., Sat. from 8 a.m.-2 p.m., and Sun., from 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

The baristas at Willow Wood Coffee love being creative and helping develop new recipes.


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Top: The Field of Flags at the Lowe’s YMCA. Right: A patriotic bike parade at Birkdale Village.

Fourth of July-Related Fun Field of Flags (July 2-5) Presented by The Exchange Club of Mooresville, hundreds of American Flags will be displayed on the front lawn of the Lowe’s YMCA. Everyone is invited to visit the Field, walk to rows of flags and show gratitude to those who make freedom possible. Special ceremony, July 3, at 6 p.m. Lowe’s YMCA, 170 Joe Knox Ave., Mooresville, Downtown Davidson (July 3) Residents are invited to celebrate with a patriotic stroll along South Street to the town green and a concert on the green at 6 p.m. The parade will include a color guard, fire engine, and lots of patriotic residents. Free. Downtown Davidson, www. 4th of July at Birkdale Village (July 4) Grab your red, white and blue crew and join others for a 4th of July celebration! Have the kiddos bring their bikes to decorate before the bike parade around Birkdale Commons Parkway. Following the bike parade, will be a block party in the Grove with magicians, special performers, face painters and more. Free. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Birkdale Village, 8712 Lindholm Drive, Huntersville,

Throughout July Arts + Culture LangTree LIVE (Thursday evenings) 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, Davidson’s Concert on the Green (July 3) Bring friends and family, comfy chairs or a blanket, a picnic, and come early to find seats as Rivermist performs. Free. 6-8 p.m. Intersection of Main Street and Concord Road, Davidson, 2nd Friday Street Festival (July 8) 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, bellaloveinc Huntersville Movies in the Park (July 8) 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. Movie (TBD) begins at 7 p.m. Veterans Park, 100 Main Street, Huntersville, www. Live Under the Oaks (July 8) The HC Oakes Band, July 15, Stormin’ 68


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 on the area. Free. 6-8 p.m. Birkdale Commons Pkwy and Sam Furr Road, Huntersville, Davidson’s Concerts @ The Circles (July 16) REO Survivor performs. 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, www. Bright Star Presents: Treasure Island (July 18) Robert Louis Stevenson’s “Treasure Island” is a tale of “buccaneers and buried gold” that centers on the conflict between good versus evil. 10 a.m. Selma Burke Recreation Center, 781 Agape Drive, Mooresville, www. Mooresville Children’s Theatre-Disney’s “High School Musical On Stage (July 21 – 24) Support local theater and the kids this summer with two great shows. $10-$14. 215 N. Main Street, Downtown Mooresville, Charles Mack Citizen Center, www. Exhibits-18th Annual Photography Judged Show & Competition and Beyond Poems and Paintings: Poetry and Art Exhibit (Through July 28) Visit the gallery Tues.-Fri., noon-4 p.m. and Sat., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Mooresville Arts, 103 W. Center Ave., Mooresville,

Get Outdoors Walk with a Doc (July 23) Join local doctors for a walking program for everyone interested in taking steps toward a healthier lifestyle. Free. 9 a.m. Start at Davidson Town Green. 216 S. Main St. Davidson, www. Parents Day Prairie Stroll (July 24) Bring the family to Latta Nature Preserve to celebrate National Parents Day on leisurely stroll. Join a naturalist and view the summer birds and other wildlife in the prairie. Pack a field notebook to record your findings or borrow some binoculars. Free. Best for ages 4 to 12 w/ adult. 6345 Sample Rd Huntersville, Learn to Stand Up Paddleboard (July 30) Happy summer! Sign-up for one class or get a break on a package. The class is geared toward beginner and intermediate paddleboarders but is appropriate for all skill levels. You will learn how and where to stand on the board, paddle adjustment, proper paddle strokes, and how to maneuver the board. $25/one hour class for non-members and $15/one hour class for members. See website for available packages. Lake Norman Community Sailing, Blythe Landing, Huntersville,

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LIMITLESS | topic of the day

Drive Safe and

Save by Peter Eisenhauer

Yes, we can. Summer is here, and we can load up that car and hit the open road. With the record price of gas, we may need financing to fill the tank. But many of those who can, will. Car travel on Memorial Day was up over 8% from last year, according to the AAA. And AAA Travel’s vice-president, Paula Twidal, said, “Based on our projections, summer travel isn’t just heating up, it will be on fire. People are overdue for a vacation, and they are looking to catch up on some much-needed R&R in the coming months.” So here are a few tips on making sure your trip goes smoothly, then some food for thought on saving in the future.

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William J. Porter, corporate fixed ops director of Paramount Automotive Group, has this advice: The most important items to check before a road trip are listed below in order of importance. You can check these items yourself, but for a comprehensive assessment, it’s always best to visit a shop and have the vehicle on a lift to get a better look at what’s going on underneath.

Accidents and breakdowns can happen. Before you get behind the wheel for a long trip, it’s a good idea to review the insurance coverage you have: what happens if you need roadside assistance? What happens if your car must be towed? If you end up needing a rental, what are the limits? Here is a rare bit of good news in car rentals—the AAA reports that average rental prices are actually down 16% from last year.

1. Tires – Balance of tread, free of nails or punctures, and proper air pressure. 2. Engine fluids – Coolant, oil, brake fluid, washer fluid, etc., to ensure they are full and have no contamination or deterioration.

If you do end up in an accident, Cynda Bollinger, principal agent at Catawba Valley Insurance Agency, advises this, “Number one thing is to contact 911, police or highway patrol, and ambulance when needed. Then, if you are able, take photos of the scene and



According to Tim Lail, owner of Momentum Car Care, a musthave service before any road trip would be the signature service offered at Momentum Tire & Car Care. Not only does it include a full synthetic oil change with a tire rotation, but you also get the brakes, battery, fluids, belts, and hoses checked, as well. Tires and tire pressures are also checked to be sure you are all set for a safe trip.

vehicles, documenting the location of vehicles and any debris field. Lastly, obtain full information about where your vehicle is being towed.”

HOW ABOUT THAT MILEAGE? If the time is right for you to buy a new car, high gas prices might have you focused more than usual on the mileage your car will get. Your motto could be, ‘a gallon saved is $5 earned.’ Car dealers in Hickory have options for you, including increasingly popular hybrid and all-electric cars. “Our Subaru Impreza is the most fuel efficient sedan featuring all-wheel drive and an overall 36 mpg for highway driving,” said Laura Armstrong Barnes, who is vice president and CFO at Jim Armstrong Subaru, Inc. “The Impreza comes in both a traditional sedan and a hatchback.” If you want to get away from the pump, Subaru has a new arrival this month. “Come check out the most technologically advanced Subaru ever made!” Laura continued. “It’s built on our first-ever all-electric architecture—the e-Subaru Global Platform. The 2023 Subaru Solterra is the first AWD electric vehicle to feature the legendary standard capability of Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive.” Trey White, president and general manager of Steve White

Motors, also has new hybrids and electrics to recommend. “Jeep has recently come out with the Jeep Wrangler and Grand Cherokee 4XE, a new hybrid model that gets up to 49 mpg and it has 25 miles of full electric capability. Chrysler Pacifica minivan also has the same fuel efficiency rating. Dodge and Ram have released the Dodge E-Muscle and the Ram Revolution that offer fully electric models with 300+ mile-range options. These are supposed to be available for purchase late next year. Ram’s Ecodiesel motor can get 29 mpg in a full-size pickup and tows up to 8500 lbs.” While being mindful of gas mileage, it is important to consider the vehicle’s size and comfort for you and your passengers. Don’t sacrifice one for the other, so choose wisely! This summer, we hope you travel safely, and create wonderful memories on the road with your family and friends. | JULY 2022


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LIMITLESS | in my glass

Dry Creek Valley Elation to be back tinged by a little disappointment

Exhilarating to wake up each morning, looking out at the mists and low clouds that make the region click.

by Trevor Burton | photography by Trevor Burton

We finally made it back. For some 16 years we’ve been enjoying an annual visit to Dry Creek Valley in California’s Sonoma region. We were there to attend an event, Passport Weekend. During this weekend, wineries welcome guests, pouring tastes of their wines and pairing them with some very elaborate dishes. Nice. Over the last two years COVID put a stop to this. Passport Weekend was cancelled. It was good to be back, but it didn’t feel the same. Something had changed and not for the better. More on that later, first some words about Dry Creek Valley. To me, the place just feels like Burgundy in France—lots of small farms with winegrowers and winemakers who have an obsessive focus on putting out the best wines possible. Unlike a lot of California vineyards, many of Dry Creek Valley’s vineyards get no artificial irrigation. Grapevines have to dig deep to seek moisture. Digging deeper adds character that shows in wines. That works for me. The region is famous for its Zinfandel wines. Don’t confuse these 76


wines with the ubiquitous White Zinfandels you see on by-theglass wine lists. These are deep, red, complex wines. The wines can be breathtaking. Many are made from grapes from gnarly old vines in estates in front of wineries. They show how beautifully balanced a Zinfandel can be; stunningly complex with an array of flavors and aromas. On this visit, we got to stay in a small cottage in the center of one of the vineyards. It was exhilarating to wake up each morning and look out at grapes under the mists and low clouds that make the region click. Afterwards, we spent a day visiting some winemaker friends and tasting their wines. These visits were the high point. But we began feeling that there was significant change in the air. Our winemaker friends, a lot of them, said they would not be participating in Passport Weekend. We dug a little deeper to find out why. Passport Weekend started out as a wine event; people would come to find out about Dry Creek Valley’s wines. And, this is important, they would buy wine to take home or order

some for subsequent delivery. I plead guilty. In recent years the weekend has become more of a party event. People show up in roomy limousines, stay and have a grand time, tasting wine, and then go on to the next destination. Winemakers are selling only small amounts of wine and they certainly aren’t into being hosts at a party. The economics don’t work. Participating in Passport Weekend costs money. In essence, winemakers are paying to host something that they have no interest in. It doesn’t make economic sense and it, certainly, doesn’t make cultural sense. I got the same feeling. It was great visiting winemakers, but I had no desire to sit and watch limousines pull up, giggly people get out, glasses in hand, and head straight to where wine was being poured. Unlike previous events, I attended just one Passport visit, and I ordered no wine at all. We’ll definitely be back to Dry Creek Valley. We’ll definitely maintain relationships built up over many years. And we’ll definitely be ordering, directly, wines from the region. I much prefer delving into wine and I have no intention of partying around the valley. We’ll be back, it just won’t be at Passport Weekend.

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LIMITLESS | a moment in time

July July 29 is Global Tiger Day.

by Mickey Dunaway

I had one of those days back in the spring of 1981. I was an assistant principal at a great school in Mobile’s suburbs at the time. We served students in grades 7-12 who were good kids—except during the spring’s sap-rising celebration.

“Dad, I got a joke for you.” “OK. Let me hear it.” “Why does Dolly Parton have such small feet?”

As I drove home that day, I could not keep my mind from coming to a single thought: “Why would anyone willingly agree to be an assistant principal in a school with middle school and high school kids?” I parked the car in the drive and stepped in the front door of our small home, and before I could kiss my wife and collapse in my recliner, my oldest son, in the third grade at the time (he’s now 49!), hit me with a joke. Remember—third grader. 78


“I don’t know, son. Why does Dolly have such small feet?” And I am here to tell you that without even the start of a smirk of understanding what he was about to tell me, he says, “Because nothing grows in the shade.” That, my friends, is a 3rd-grade joke. And it was terrific. Just what I needed. Here’s another one for July’s “Moment in Time.”

Q: How many countries celebrate the 4th of July? A: All of them!

was lit up in emoji-yellow. Come on. You know you like the little guys! I bet you secretly use them, too.

For July, we are looking at celebrations occurring all around the world. Let’s see if we can find some more 3rd-grade jokes along the way!

20 »»» National Moon Walk Day

1 »»» Canada Day As Canada’s southerly neighbor, we routinely recognize the maple leaf as the country’s symbol, but so is the beaver! Who knew? Now YOU do!

4 »»» U.S. Independence Day Fighting began on April 19, 1776; the Declaration of Independence was passed by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776. We would not officially be a nation until September 3, 1783, or 8 years, 4 months, 2 weeks, and 1 day after fighting began.

5 »»» World Bikini Day Invented in Paris four days after the American nuclear test on the Bikini Atoll. I wonder … was there a discussion of the relative beauty of innie or outie navels before the bikini?

6 »»» Kupala Night A tradition in eastern Slavic nations celebrating the summer solstice in Ukraine, Poland, Belarus, and Russia.

14 »»» Bastille Day Celebrates the end of the monarchy and the beginning of the French Revolution, which the French royals blamed on us upstart Americans (and Ben Franklin), putting the idea of a free populace in the heads of the French commoners.

16 »»» La Paz Day Celebrates La Paz Day each year to commemorate the uprising against the Spanish that took place in 1809.

17 »»» World Emoji Day Created in 2014 by Emojipedia founder Jeremy Burge. In 2017, Apple announced its new emojis, and the Empire State Building

No. Not Michael Jackson’s. In 1971, President Nixon declared the day. The walks by Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong took place on July 20, 1969. Fifty-three years ago!

28 »»» Buffalo Soldiers Day Proclaimed in 1992 by President George Bush as a day to honor “all-black Army regiments” for an “outstanding legacy of service.” On this day in 1866, the first regular Army regiments of all-black members were formed.

29 »»» Global Tiger Day Created in 2010 by the World Wildlife Fund. Some Tiger Facts: • Tigers are the largest cat species and 3rd largest carnivore (polar and brown bears are larger) • There never have been wild Tigers in Africa • No two have the same stripe pattern • Tigers usually live solitary lives, but if a group is seen, it is called a streak of tigers.

1-31 »»» World Watercolor Month An ancient form of watercolor painting was even found in cave paintings in paleolithic Europe. When you post to social media, you can post your images by adding: #WorldWatercolorMonth and #WorldWatercolorMonth2022 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------I began this month’s column with a couple of jokes. Seems appropriate we end it the same way. So, here’s hoping you have a wonderful North Carolina July filled with laughter and smiles. - MD Q: What do you call a Jedi in a bubble bath? A: Soapy-Wan Kenobi Setup: A man walks into a zoo, but the only animal in the entire zoo is a dog. Punchline: It was a shih tzu. | JULY 2022


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Slow Cooked &

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Sensational Slow Cooked St. Louis Style Ribs

These easy and delicious Memphis-style ribs prove that you do NOT need to fire up the grill to create barbeque rib perfection! Simply pop these dry rubbed pork ribs in the Slow Cooker all afternoon, then baste with your favorite sauce and broil briefly—that’s it! It’s the perfect way to enjoy tasty ribs on a hot summer day when you don’t want to fire up the grill. Memphis-style ribs are typically pork spare ribs cut ‘St. Louis style’. St. Louis style ribs are tender, moist and full of flavor. The traditional way to cook Memphis-style barbecue is slow cooked in a pit, which creates that ‘fall off the bone’ tenderness we all love. But no pit is required when you have a Slow Cooker! It is the perfect way to mimic the ‘low and slow’ tender ribs usually only found at barbecue joints! For more tips on making these ribs super delicious and easy to clean up, check out my blog post! Servings: 8 Prep time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 7 hours

Ingredients: 2 tablespoons paprika 1 tablespoon brown sugar 1 tablespoon kosher salt 2 teaspoon pepper 2 teaspoon onion powder 2 teaspoons garlic powder 2 (2.5-3.5 lb.) racks St. Louis style spareribs trimmed and each rack cut in half 1 cup (divided) of your favorite BBQ sauce Instructions: Combine the first six ingredients in a bowl to make the rub. Pat ribs dry with paper towels, and coat all over with rub mixture. Let sit for 30 minutes minimum (or 8 hours, covered and refrigerate overnight). Arrange ribs vertically in a slow cooker, around the perimeter, with thick ends pointing down and the meaty side against the interior wall of the slow cooker (ribs will overlap). Cover and cook until ribs are tender, 5-6 hours on High or 6-7 hours on Low. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil and set a wire rack on the baking sheet. Using tongs, carefully transfer ribs, meaty side up to prepared rack. Let ribs sit for 10 minutes on the rack to allow the surface to dry. Finally, adjust the oven rack 3 inches from the broiler element & preheat the broiler. Liberally brush ribs with 1/2 cup of sauce and broil until sauce is bubbling and beginning to char, about two minutes. Remove ribs from the oven, brush with remaining 1/2 cup of sauce, tent with foil and let rest for 20 minutes. Cut ribs between bones to separate. Delicious served with cornbread and a cold beer! | JULY 2022


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Proactive Estate PlanningThe Backbone of your Descendants’ Future.


s an older Parent or Grandparent, you are both introspective and retrospective. You appreciate what it took to get the level of prosperity you and your family enjoy today. At some point along the way, you took the initiative to get your family’s legal affairs in order, or as much as you can do yourself, by investing in a set of Estate Planning documents including a Will, Advanced Directive, Durable, and Healthcare Power of Attorney. You may even have set up a Revocable Living Trust, enabling your children to avoid many of the burdens inherent in incapacity and probate, and providing a vehicle that might additionally help with tax planning and protection from creditors for generations. However, the most crucial piece of the puzzle might, in fact, be missing. YOUR Estate Plan is in order, but it is not guaranteed that your hard-earned assets will in fact flow to your beneficiaries according to plan. Your assets have the potential to end up in the wrong hands or become subject to costly court supervision if your grown children and any grown grandchildren do not have their own Estate Plans in place. If your beneficiaries inherit from you and then pass away “intestate,” which simply means without a Will, the inheritance you left them may be depleted or diverted by court proceedings, probate, and creditors. For example, NC’s Intestate Succession Statute states that if you die without a will, with a spouse and minor children, your surviving spouse inherits only a minor share of your intestate real estate and personal property, and ownership in real estate is held as co-tenants. As minors cannot hold inherited property, and there is no Will establishing their trust, the estate account is under court supervision and complex restrictions until they turn eighteen. An additional drawback is that when the child turns 18, he or she would have the right to have that property distributed to them outright, which is considered by most too young an age to be able to properly appreciate and manage inherited assets. Every adult needs the basic set of estate planning documents. A vital part of the Estate Planning process is discussing with your adult children and grandchildren the importance of them having their own estate plans in order. Parenting opportunities never end!

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Revocable Living Trust


Revocable Living Trust (“RLT”), also known as an “inter vivos” trust, is a legal document used for estate planning purposes that is created while a person is alive. There are three important parties in a RLT: 1. Grantor/Settlor – the creator of the RLT; 2. Trustee – person who holds the legal interest or title of the property in the RLT; and 3. Beneficiary – holds equitable title to the property, and therefore, possesses the power to enforce the trust once the Grantor is deceased. The Grantor may modify the terms, add or take out property, and terminate a RLT at any time while they are living. The Grantor is also typically the Trustee and maintains control over the property within the RLT. When the Grantor dies, the RLT becomes irrevocable and the named successor Trustee must follow the terms of the Trust and distribute the assets to the named beneficiaries. As long as the Grantor is alive, the assets within the RLT and the income it generates are taxed personally to the Grantor. The Trust is not a separate tax-paying entity until the Grantor is deceased. There are many benefits to creating a Revocable Living Trust. For instance, a RLT avoids probate and does not become public record like a Will. It also allows an individual to plan for mental disability, meaning if a person becomes incompetent, a successor trustee can step in and continue to manage the trust by its terms and it does not need to go through the Court. Revocable Living Trusts can be used for individuals of all ages and wealth status. It is important to speak to an experienced estate planning attorney about a Revocable Living Trust and whether it will benefit yourself, your family, and your legacy. Danielle Feller is our lead estate planning attorney at Daly Mills Estate Planning. Danielle is a native of Mooresville, an AV Preeminent Rated attorney in Estate Planning, Rising Star Super Lawyer, and is being published in an upcoming chapter with Wealthcounsel’s second edition of Estate Planning Strategies, Collective Wisdom, Proven Techniques.

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Strike a Pose What’s it like to run a pet Instagram account? by Renee Roberson photos courtesy of Mila Becker

Mila Becker and Mabel.

Did you know that the highest paid dog on Instagram is a Pomeranian with the username “Jiffpom?” According to an article that ran in The Daily Mail, the “dog-fluencer” has almost 10 million followers and can draw in up to $45,000 per sponsored post. While that’s on the high end for this type of account, Jiffpom’s owner knows the joy the cute and fluffy pooch’s cleverly staged photos bring to followers. I wanted to find out how to create a pet Instagram account and reached out to a local high school student who has been studying social media strategies for her family’s dog, Mabel. Mila Becker, a rising junior at Hough High School, enjoys capturing the antics of her family’s 6-year-old Miniature Schnauzer on her phone, so she thought it might be fun to try and set up an account just for Mabel. The account is now up to more than 2,000 followers. It doesn’t hurt that Mabel is very photogenic, but Becker’s dedication to posting regularly and creating clever captions and reels have also helped grow the account. “I decided to create an Instagram account just for Mabel because I heard about other dog pet accounts and wanted to try it,” Becker says. “When planning posts for her Instagram, I look for spots that I’d like to take a photo of her in or objects that would be good for a photo. I plan around special events and holidays to have content that relates.” 88


Scroll through mabel_the_miniature_schnauzer and you’ll find the pooch chasing tennis balls, going on long walks with her family, sampling a treat from Whit’s Frozen Custard, playing with her toys, napping, and performing in short video clips called reels. (My favorite features Mabel doing a victory dance after accidentally receiving two dinners from her parents, Holly and Mark.) “Post often and engage with your followers,” says Becker. “When you post frequently, it pops up on people’s feeds and reminds them that you’re there. Having good quality photos also helps because it’s more appealing.” Becker spends time researching ideas for post online and analyzing the best time of day for posts (she’s noticed more engagement around lunchtime on weekdays). Photos featuring cute props get more engagement, too. She’s learned it’s important to showcase the personality of your pet. They’re not comfortable posing in costumes? Don’t force it. “It should be an overall fun experience for both you and your pet,” Becker says. Not only does running the account give Becker a fun creative outlet, but it’s also teaching her social media skills that may come in handy for future jobs or internships. Follow along with Mabel as she journeys through life as an integral part of her family! | JULY 2022