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s part of this letter in last year’s September issue, I wrote the following: Whether it’s the musicianship of a performer, or the way an entire production team and cast of actors work together to pull off a toe-tapping musical number, or a stunning painting that makes you stop and think, the arts give us a way to escape the monotony of our everyday lives and also allow us to dream about what’s possible at the same time. SEPTEMBER 2020


It’s been a quiet past few months. I think it took a pandemic for a lot of us to realize how important the arts are to our everyday lives. For me, personally, I look forward to attending live performances at places like Davidson Community Players and The Mooresville Children’s Community Theatre throughout the year. I enjoy catching up with friends and neighbors at outdoor concerts at the Davidson Town Green with the Concerts on the Green series or listening to live music while I have dinner and shop in one of the area shopping centers. Visiting museums and art galleries have always been high on my list, too, as we can all use a little more culture and the opportunity to look at historical and social events from a different perspective.

The pandemic has changed all that. All the shows and concerts I normally look forward to attending were cancelled this year. I have friends at local arts organizations whose jobs were furloughed. My kids have no idea what their music program at school will look like going forward. I had a few picnics on the Davidson Green with my family this past summer, while we reminisced at how packed the space usually was with folding chairs, picnic baskets, blankets, and children running through the grass while beach or jazz music played in the background. Everywhere we went, the streets seemed quiet, subdued. The art galleries remained closed for several months, while the outdoor sculptures throughout Lake Norman beckoned to us on our daily walks. This has been a time for artists to contemplate life and the events of the world around us and get inspired to create new pieces. But it

can also be difficult to do that when we feel socially isolated and unsure of the future. With the performing arts, especially, performers feed off each other’s creative energy. That can be difficult to do via Zoom. I have hope that the arts will weather this current storm and have already begun researching ways to help them do so. For the price of a show I didn’t get to attend this summer, I could donate that money to a theatre company instead to keep their reserves going. I can sign up for their e-newsletters. I can follow their pages on social media to help boost their engagement. I can support them virtually when they produce programming I can stream from my home. I can make plans to attend one of the art gallery showcases that are slowly starting to open up and purchase artwork to support a local artist or artisan. And when we are allowed to safely gather again to watch those performances in person, I will support our community by eating dinner at a local restaurant and visiting one of the venues that I may have taken for granted in the past. I encourage others to do the same—because what would our world look like without the arts?


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Contents September vol. 14 No. 9

About the Cover:

A cheese and charcuterie board at 158 on MAIN. Photo by Hunt & York.

30 Thoughts from the Man Cave Take time to get away and reset

Channel Markers

Movers, shakers and more at the lake

38 Arts in the

19 Evan Brezicki dazzles on the piano


62 Young Leaders Isabella Hamby cultivates a love of visual art

20 For the Long Run — Performing

Arts Live of Iredell enters 52 years of programming

22 The new fundraising initiative for Cain

26 Trends + Style

Fall getaway essentials

Center for the Arts

64 Renee Wants to Know

Is September Still Summer?

23 Live Like a Native — Take a trip to a local waterfall

24 Bet You Didn’t Know — Preserve


Mecklenburg seeks to protect area history and characters

25 Kim Saragoni is the 2020 Downtown Mooresville Main Street Champion


32 Navigators

Harold Rice, Jr. is a guardian for good at Ada Jenkins Center


Lake Spaces

How we live at the lake

45 Dwellings

Laura Aguilar shares tips on designing collection-inspired spaces

Dine + Wine

Eating, drinking, cooking and fun

56 Wine Time

34 Weekend Getaways From Mayberry to Merlot in Mount Airy

Divine chicken at Dressler’s

58 On Tap

An LKN guide of beverages for those who don’t like beer


59 In the Kitchen with Jill Dahan Peanut-Lime Sauce

60 Nibbles + Bites

158 on Main gets crafty

42 Game On

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A Young Musician Plays On SEPTEMBER 2020

Mooresville pianist Evan Brezicki


Evan Brezicki has been performing regularly at the Charlotte Douglas International Airport since he was 12.


van Brezicki began studying piano at home in Mooresville when he was five. Now 15 and entering high school, he rarely misses a day of his seven-day-a-week regimen. Continuing to play the instrument during the changes brought about by the pandemic “makes life feel a little bit normal,” he says, adding, “I like that it’s something that hasn’t changed.” Before the virus intervened, Evan had a steady gig as a volunteer pianist at the Charlotte Douglas International Airport—a position he auditioned for when he was 12. During his weekly three-hour

shift, he played a broad range of classical and popular music. Seated before a baby grand in the main lobby of one of the busiest airports in the country, Evan has captivated travelers from around the globe. In June 2019, The Charlotte Observer ran a front-page feature about him, calling his talent one that “stuns” the audience. Evan’s mother, Gayle Brezicki, created a YouTube channel, lakewackoMom, as a place for her videos, and they kept the name even as it evolved into a channel solely for Evan’s music. It now has more than 50,000 subscribers. “The first song

that blew up,” says Evan, “was Bohemian Rhapsody”. It was the first to reach 25,000 views, but it went on to reach over two million, which he says was “incredible at the time.” Since then, another song, “Believer,” by the group Imagine Dragons, has reached over 7 million. In April 2019, Evan placed second in the prestigious Steinway Piano competition held in Charlotte. Although the virus eliminated the event this year, he is already at work on an ambitious piece by Franz Liszt, one he hopes to play in the competition in 2021. Another new goal was to choose a song

and create his own arrangement. His version of “Despacito,” by Louis Fonsi, was posted on YouTube in May, and it’s well worth a listen. Evan has also used music to uplift the spirits of others. His video of “Believer” was featured during the Community School of Davidson’s virtual middle school moving-up ceremony; on Mother’s Day he played a free outdoor concert for his neighbors; and he also performed live as part of the Facebook group Socially Distant Fest. — By Elizabeth Watson Chaney, Photography by Gayle Shomer Photography


For the Long Run

The Show Must Go On

Performing Arts Live of Iredell enters its 52nd year of community-minded entertainment

Members of PAL’s board, including Executive Director Bill Warren, pictured center. SEPTEMBER 2020


“Whatever we can do to keep opening our doors is what we are all about.” As Performing Arts Live of Iredell Executive Director Bill Warren describes the 2020-2021 concert season, he remains optimistic yet flexible. It’s no wonder, considering the acrobatics his team had to do as they rearranged the tail end of the 2019-2020 season in the spring. For more than half a century, Performing Arts Live of Iredell (PAL) has been cultivating an interest in performing arts among residents of Iredell and surrounding counties. The nonprofit organization also fosters public appreciation for the performing arts through outreach programs with community organizations and schools. PAL is a member of the North Carolina Presenters Consortium, whose mission is to bring artists and audiences together. Warren, who serves on the Presenters Consortium board, says connecting art to the community is central to PAL’s

mission. “We are trying to build bridges in our community,” says the Statesville native. One of PAL’s strategies for bridging arts and community is getting more young people involved. To that end, PAL created the Fund for Artist Development to support young artists financially as they study their craft. Previous recipients have gone on to perform at such musical landmarks as the Grand Ole Opry and the Country Music Hall of Fame, and have been accepted to Berklee College of Music, the largest independent college of contemporary music in the world. Iredell County’s small-town flavor has not prevented it from attracting prominent talent. Warren recalls the time 34 performers from Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba flew in from Havana to perform at the Mac Gray Auditorium in Statesville. On that same night, the dance troupe’s founder, Lizt Alfonso, was in Washington, D.C. receiving the International Spotlight Award from the President’s Committee on the

Over the years PAL has attracted talent such as Lee Rocker, from the band the Stray Cats, who performed in 2019.

Arts and Humanities. Although the 2020-2021 season has been impacted by the pandemic, Warren and his team have secured several exciting performers, like iconic Grammy-winning fiddler Mark O’Connor and his band, and “The Motones vs. The Jersey Boys,” an engaging sing-off pitting beloved musical styles against each other in an evening of friendly competition.

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he Cain Center for the Arts has announced the date for the opening of its highly anticipated new facility—December 2022. The concept for the new venue stems from a public-private partnership between the Center—a nonprofit—and the Town of Cornelius, and it will serve as an anchor for a new arts district in the area. The center is named for Bill and Ericka Cain, two local philanthropists who donated $5 million to the project. Total funds needed equal $25 million, of which over $17 have been raised. Renderings of the new building were released on YouTube in May. Highlights include a 400seat theatre, an art gallery, a dance studio, classrooms, a green

space, and an outdoor plaza. The plaza will be 7,500 square feet and was designed with their latest fundraiser in mind—a public paver campaign. Supporters may choose to purchase a paver and have a family member or loved one’s name engraved. Pavers come in three sizes: $250, $500, and $1,000. Additional gifts of $2,500 or more, made before the start of construction, earn a membership in the Founders Society. Perks of membership are still being finalized but may include advance tickets sales and preferential seating. The facility will be built on Catawba Avenue across from the Cornelius Town Hall on a 1.85acre property. Demolition of the existing buildings at the site will

begin September 10 and includes a historic cotton gin. Lumber from the structure will be salvaged and used to build the An artist’s rendering of Cain Center for the Arts, reception desk for scheduled to open December 2022. the main lobby. for events. In addition, there will They also hope to repurpose be plenty of opportunities for one of the gin’s cotton scales— outdoor events such as public possibly into a piece of public art. celebrations, festivals, Arts in Programing at the center the Park, etc. “This is an arts will be divided in three ways: and community center,” says performances, exhibits, and Justin Dionne, the Cain Center’s master classes by national and executive director. “We are internationally known artists committed to the full meaning and performers; contracts with of both.” — By Elizabeth Watson city and local performance Chaney, Renderings courtesy of the groups—think Charlotte Ballet Cain Center for the Arts or Davidson Community Players; Scoop: Visit for and opportunities for the more information. community to rent out space


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Preserving the Past

New group seeks to protect area history and rural character




new historic preservation group is making an impact in north Mecklenburg, with hopes of expanding into southern Iredell and eastern Lincoln counties. An independent nonprofit funded with private donations; Preserve Mecklenburg was launched in April 2019 by local historian Dan Morrill. “The local preservation movement needs private, nonprofit, real estate active groups,” Morrill says. “Local historic commissions depend on taxpayer money and state law requires tremendous procedural safeguards. I would equate local historic preservation commissions with steering a battleship, where a private nonprofit is more like a PT boat. Quick and decisive.” Morrill recently retired after 46 years as consulting director for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission. He served for 50 years as a history professor at UNC Charlotte. He cites two success stories impacting the Huntersville community. Edgewood Farm is a 20-acre site off Old Statesville Road. Its centerpiece is an 1850 plantation house eligible for national historic designation. The owner had been unable to find a buyer willing to preserve the home. Preserve Mecklenburg developed a plan and obtained rezoning to allow infill development for new residences on part of the land and found a buyer. Much of property is left undeveloped, including the historic home, to be protected with a preservation

easement. “To attract a developer, you must show them a good profit,” says Morrill. “Preservation has to make good economic sense. The worse thing is to have a house museum. They all lose money.” The group recently obtained a purchase option for Huntersville’s Cedar Grove Plantation, originally home to James Torrance. Preserve Mecklenburg is determining a supportable sales price and optimal use that assures the buyer economic viability for ongoing preservation. Historic preservation goes beyond old buildings. “Rural landscapes are one of greatest assets in southern Iredell and eastern Lincoln counties,” Morrill said. “Development plans with preservation easements can ensure large amounts of open land are preserved. These areas are coming under more and more development pressure. Southern Iredell has already lost an enormous amount of rural landscape.” “It would be interesting to use purchase options as a mechanism explore ways of having sensitive development,” Morrill says. “I recently drove down Brawley School Road. Its character has been totally changed in the last 30 years. You can have development without losing total context what the area was.” Morrill wants to assist without stepping on any toes. “In no sense are we trying to move into someone’s territory. We would like to cooperate with local preservation efforts and be a resource.”

Top: Edgewood Farms historic home dates back to 1850. Bottom: Preserve Mecklenburg is seeking a sustainable use and buyer for historic Cedar Grove.

We asked Morrill to provide examples of local projects that Preserve Mecklenburg might get involved with. “Let’s say somebody owns a building in downtown Mooresville and they are ready to sell,” Morrill explained. We would ask for an exclusive assignable option to buy the building. We will then try to find somebody who would buy it, give it the price they want and assign a preservation easement.” Another example Morrill notes is a local farmer ready to sell the family land. “The farmer has an appraisal and knows what the land is worth,” he says. “Before selling to a developer who will

use that land as a blank slate to build as many homes as possible, give us the chance to sell it to someone who would leave enough green space, especially along roadway, to protect the rural corridor that you’ve always recognized.” You can help by joining at Membership of $25 annually supports preservation efforts and provides access to memberonly newsletters and programs. Morrill can be reached at — By Martin Rose. Libby and Martin Rose host the blog and social media sites Wandering Rose Travels.


A Main Street Champion

Kim Saragoni works to make downtown Mooresville a vibrant place


intuitive knack for business and building relationships enabled her to expand into a larger location in 2017 and add an art gallery which doubles as event space. Now Kim Saragoni opened Four Corners Framing and located at 148 N. Gallery in 2006. Main Street, Four Brick Paver Program (Exchange Corners is a successful, multiClub), and a supporter of Dove functional business offering House CAC, Mooresville Arts, custom framing, retail, events, Pharos Parenting, Girls on learning workshops, and local the Run, Pine Lake Prep, and artist exhibits. In addition to her commitment Welcome Home Veterans at to the MDC, Saragoni is an active Richards Coffee Shop. — Compiled by Renee Roberson Exchange Club of MooresvillePhotography by LKN Images by Lake Norman member, Project Chair of Field of Flags and the Kathleen Martin


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time, energy and money towards making Downtown Mooresville a vibrant place. With framing experience and retail, collectables and art, she opened Four Corners Framing and Gallery in 2006, and then joined the Mooresville Downtown Commission Board in 2007. She has worked on multiple committees, volunteered numerous hours during events and served for 10 years as the Board Secretary. She now serves as the current Board Chairman. Saragoni and her Four Corners team have worked to stay current with changing materials, techniques, equipment and education, bringing customers advanced design skills, cost savings, and their signature personalized service. Her

he Mooresville Downtown Commission recently named Kim Saragoni, owner of Four Corners Framing and Gallery, as the “2020 Downtown Mooresville Main Street Champion,” an award sponsored by the North Carolina Main Street Program. The Mooresville Downtown Commission (MDC) is an active member of the program, which works to stimulate economic development within the context of historic preservation across the state. The award is presented annually to individuals who have demonstrated an ongoing commitment to downtown improvements and the betterment of their communities. Saragoni has been instrumental in investing

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Is going with cut rate real estate agents a smart choice to save money? During this global pandemic, you need a seasoned professional behind the wheel of your real estate transaction. There are hazards around every corner that could cost you the sale of your home and jeopardize the dollars in your pocket. Home ownership is usually a family’s largest financial investment. Why risk that investment? With 17 years of experience and 369 million dollars in closed sales, Team Nadine is that seasoned professional you need! Call Nadine at 704-806-6711 to discuss your real estate needs whether buying, selling or building wealth through real estate.


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Will this seller’s market last? Not necessarily! According to a CNBC published 7/9/2020, 32 percent of U.S. households missed their July housing payments. With the global pandemic continuing, and rates of the virus going up across the U.S. in many areas that had opened up with less restrictions and now are facing tighter restrictions. That means further economic hardship for many with the inability to make mortgage payments. How long can the banks hold on without beginning foreclosures? No one has a crystal ball, but the writing is on the wall that

those foreclosures loom on the horizon. Distressed homeowners will be forced to put their homes on the market at bargain prices to cause quick sales. Those home sales will then set the new comps for appraisals causing values to decline. If you are thinking of selling your home anytime in the next 2 years, you might want to consider speeding up your timeline and listing ASAP to take advantage of the current seller’s market and low inventory even if it means going into a rental for a short period of time.


s listing my house during a global pandemic a smart thing to do? Absolutely! Here in the Lake Norman area, we are experiencing a huge surge in home sales, making this a historic seller’s market. People are flocking away from those areas with high population densities, and choosing Lake Norman as their new destination. That fact, combined with historically low interest rates of as low as 1.99 for a 15 Year fixed mortgage, is creating a huge housing shortage in this area. So it makes sense if you are thinking of listing your house now is the time!




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Design Elements That Increase Home Values




hether you are thinking about selling your home in the distant future or in the short term, design decisions on improvements that you make now will have a lasting effect on future salability. Following is a check list of minor home improvements that increase desirability and add value and will help your home sell quickly when you decide it’s time to move on.


• Front Door – The front door reflects the home’s personality. From modern to traditional, choose a front door style that is compatible with the overall architecture of the home. Select a complimentary color that is timeless such as ebony or walnut stain. ROI about 70% • Garage Door – Usually the garage door is visible from the street and adds to curb appeal. Again, select a door style compatible with the architecture. Color should match trim used on the exterior, and the garage door should be insulated. ROI about 97% • Fiber Cement Siding Replacement – This siding is a bit more costly than vinyl, yet much more attractive and

desirable. Baked on paint colors in deep, appealing colors come with a long warranty. Most popular are grays and blues with white trim. ROI about 85% Kitchens and bathrooms sell houses. No buyer wants to deal with the mess of updating those rooms unless they plan to offer you a fixer-upper price. Keep it neutral and save the color for décor items. • Bathroom Counters, Sinks and Plumbing Fixtures – Buyers still ask for granite in the higherlevel options. Quartz is also desirable and comparable in price. Keep colors neutral in grays, greiges, and whites. If you have an older home with the shorter cabinet height, install a vessel sink and tall faucets to visually increase the height. ROI about 70% • Kitchen Counters and Backsplash – Buyers still want things light and bright. Select a higher-level granite or quartz countertop in neutral shades of gray, greige, and white. Compliment the counters with a ceramic backsplash in those colors and with a gray grout. Paint your outdated stained cabinets in a white or pale greige. ROI about 80%.


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t has long been said that the kitchen is the heart of the home. During these times of a pandemic when we’re spending more time at home, and more time in the kitchen, the lighting in our kitchens has to serve many purposes. When designing your kitchen make sure you include general, task, and ambient lighting. Under cabinet and pendant lighting are a must for making the most of your kitchen. Also, don’t forget lighting controls and smart dimmers to

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The Places You’ll Go Importance of away time and peace of mind




t’s hard to say where we get the urge to travel. Maybe it’s the pull of the unknown; going somewhere different that might scare, fascinate, entice, or appeal to us. Or maybe it might be because we want to run or get away from something or someone. It could just be that we need a change of scenery to bring us back to center. It’s an equal mystery where we choose to go. The world is an amazing place full of natural and human diversity ripe, they say, for the picking. Ready, I might add, to be discovered, experienced, and celebrated, too. Several years ago, I made the decision to leave a high stress business job that strained me physically, mentally, and emotionally. The long hours and exacting client demands wore me down to the point where I’d begin sweating on Sunday evening knowing what Monday morning would bring. By Friday I’d be drained and I still had those extra hours to put in on the weekend. So as I was cleaning out my desk one cold winter day, I made the decision to go on a walkabout. If you’ve never heard the word, a walkabout is a sort of stroll or wandering, an interruption of life or routine. The word is popular in Australian society, in fact it is almost a rite of passage for Aborigional Australian boys as they transition to manhood. They head off and be one with the land for a period of time, often up to six months. Admittedly, I was a bit older and had responsibilities like

a car payment and mortgage and a cat so I just couldn’t drop everything and pull a backpack Jack Kerouac. But with a contracted cat sitter and some resources in reserve, plus a desire to see somewhere different in the world, I made plans to roam Australia. Why Australia? Because that’s where walkabouts happen, right? Lately I’ve found I’m not alone with these big urges. This summer a good friend hiked the entire 215 miles of The John Muir Trail. She started in Yosemite National Park, then moved through the Ansel Adams Wilderness, Sequoia National Park and King’s Canyon National Park before summiting the highest peak in continental United States, Mount Whitney at 14,496 ft. She did it solo. My friend, Angela, perished while solo rowing across the Pacific from Los Angeles to Honolulu. She was 60. Closer to home are destinations that fill our buckets, too. Not far from Lake Norman are places overflowing with mystery, nature, and escape. I can’t think of anyone who has ever headed east to the Carolina coast then didn’t return full of memories of a quiet beach, a fist-caughtfish, a particular ice cream, a mini-golf hole-in-one, blowing sand, a sunrise or a sunset. Surely you’ve heard of The Appalachian Trail, but are you aware of our state’s Mountainsto-Sea Trail? With 700 miles complete and temporary markers connecting the rest, it is a simple footpath stretching almost 1,200 miles across

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A sign near Elkin, N.C. beckoning adventurers of all types.

North Carolina from Clingmans Dome in the Great Smoky Mountains to Jockey’s Ridge on the Outer Banks. You can hop on the trail less than an hour from Lake Norman in the small Surry and Wilkes counties town of Elkin. To go to great places you don’t actually have to GO to great places, all you have to

do is go. Get away. Even for a morning, an afternoon or a day. Change your mindset by changing what you invite your mind to see, your soul to experience. Make time to take time. And invite your senses along so you don’t miss anything either. Pack light and travel right. The places you’ll go…

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As Executive Director of the Davidson-based Ada Jenkins Center, Rice oversees a team of staff and volunteers dedicated to helping those

living in poverty in our Lake Norman communities gain economic independence. The organization dates back to 1937, when schoolteacher Ada Jenkins rallied support to replace the Davidson Colored School after it burned down. After Jenkins’ death, it was renamed the Ada Jenkins School and provided educational services to black students until integration came to Davidson in 1966. The center is now a resource hub for Davidson, Cornelius, and Huntersville. Since Ms. Jenkins’ first rally for support in the 1930s, the community has continued to respond to the organization’s changing needs. In 2019 the Ada Jenkins Center relied on 850 volunteers, served more than 2,600 individuals through their food pantry, and provided nearly 500 patients with medical and/or dental care. During the CharlotteMecklenburg Schools’ 2020 summer meal program in partnership with Ada Jenkins Center, 119 volunteers helped distribute 8,000 breakfast/ lunch packs to children in our community. To continue serving CMS students learning remotely

this fall, the center recently announced it will provide its LEARN Works program during the day for working Ada Jenkins client-partners. Classroom coordinators and volunteers will be on hand to supervise students and provide them with a safe, structured environment so their parents can work to provide economic stability. “The support of the Lake Norman community is phenomenal,” notes Rice, who lives in Huntersville with his wife Michelle and their fiveyear-old son, Harold Rice III, who goes by Tripp. “Residents here want to uplift people. They say, ‘Whatever I can give, whether it’s time, talent, or treasure, let me know.’”

The call to serve Rice knew at an early age that he wanted to commit his time and talent to serving vulnerable populations. As a football player for Fayetteville State University, Rice loved doing the required community service hours, and kept doing the work even after completing his hours. While volunteering with his teammates at a local elementary school, Rice noticed he was the only

volunteer working with the children who had autism or were in wheelchairs. He knew he wanted to keep working with the kids that needed that extra attention, and he created an afterschool program for children with autism. Along with those early volunteer experiences, Rice credits his upbringing in Charlotte with setting him on the path to serving vulnerable populations. “It could have gone the other way for me many times, but I had guardrails,” says Rice. “I had my parents, who are caring and giving people. I had the Police Athletic League where I grew up playing football. I had the Bethlehem Center. A lot of families don’t have these guardrails, and if one thing goes wrong they could go right off a cliff.” Keeping Lake Norman families surrounded by safe guardrails is central to the mission of the Ada Jenkins Center, and it’s a personal commitment for the organization’s leader.

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Ada Jenkins-an inspiring leader

At the Ada Jenkins Center, Harold Rice, Jr. oversees a team of staff and volunteers dedicated to helping those living in poverty in Lake Norman gain economic independence.


arold Rice, Jr. describes his new position as executive director of the Ada Jenkins Center as nothing less than divine intervention. After living in Huntersville for a decade and working for a Charlotte-based nonprofit for 13 years, Rice is excited to lead an organization that’s close to many Lake Norman hearts. As Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Community Link, a United Way partner agency, Rice was already quite familiar with the Ada Jenkins Center’s work to create lasting solutions for economic stability. And as a Huntersville resident, he knew that the Lake Norman area was not immune to poverty. “Poverty may look different here. It may not be a tent city like we see in Charlotte. But all the high-income jobs here create demand for lowerincome jobs. They have to live somewhere. If you’re paying those people minimum wage, can that server, or that barista, afford to live in the Lake Norman area?”


Mayberry to


by Allison Andrews

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Round Peak Vineyards owners Ken Gulaian and Kari Heerdt live in the Lake Norman area.

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The Mayberry Squad Car Tours share the story of actor Andy Griffith’s childhood.

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ake a walk down Mount Airy’s Main Street and, for a minute, you’ll forget you are in the middle of a pandemic. Time seems to stand still on the streets of the small North Carolina community best known as the inspiration for Mayberry, the fictional TV town made famous by “The Andy Griffith Show.” Looking for a fun day trip or weekend getaway? Consider making the approximately 1.5-hour drive to Mount Airy. This October 3rd will mark the 60th anniversary of the show that is ironically enjoying a resurgence in popularity thanks to

the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s one of the most popular classic TV shows finding a new audience on streaming services.

Embracing the past

Andy Griffith was born in Mount Airy, North Carolina on June 1, 1926. His childhood is the subject of the popular Mayberry Squad Car Tours. The cars are a replica of the police cars Andy rode in as Sheriff of Mayberry. The tour starts at Wally’s filling station. When I was there, there were people from Florida and Missouri waiting for their tour to start. Guide Steve Talley says people from all over the country come for the tours. The 71-year-old Talley, a Mount

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to White Sulphur Springs in Mount Airy

The Harvest Grille at Shelton Vineyards offers “sophisticated comfort food” to diners.

Wining & dining

Amid the diners in downtown, the urban winery, Old North State boasts a fine dining experience you’d expect to find in a larger city. Several Yadkin Valley wineries are within easy driving distance. Round Peak Vineyards has a large patio overlooking 12 acres of French and Italian grapes including the Nebbiolo, which is rarely

grown in North Carolina. Owners Ken Gulaian and Kari Heerdt live in the Lake Norman area. Round Peak is also the only winery in the state with a disc golf course running through the property. Shelton Vineyards, one of largest vineyards on the East Coast, is a sprawling winery with the upscale bistro, Harvest Grille, and gorgeous views. But all of that is secondary to the reason tens of thousands of people will visit Mount Airy this month. Mayberry Days, September 21-27, typically draws between 30-50,000 people. Surry Arts Council Executive Director Tanya Jones says, “People come for the Mayberry experience.” Activities include a cornhole tournament, apple peeling contest, a whistling competition and a hay bale toss. “Mayberry Days gives people the chance to enjoy a slower paced life the way Andy experienced it,” she says.

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embrace its past. Sixty years of memorabilia fill The Andy Griffith Museum featuring items off the TV set, and interactive exhibits that highlight his music and film career. But this charming town has a bigger story to tell. Mount Airy is home to the world’s largest openfaced granite quarry. On a clear day you can see it from outer space. Mount Airy is home to the original Siamese twins. Eng and Chang were brothers from Siam (now Thailand) who raised families there.


Airy native, says, “I have the best job. People are just happy to be here.” Talley tells stories and jokes while tracing Griffith’s life from elementary school to where he had his first job. There’s even a stop at Griffith’s childhood home. These days you can actually rent the home for $175 a night. If you want, you can watch all 276 episodes of the Andy Griffith Show. The tour also takes you past sites influenced by the show like Floyd’s Barber Shop, Opie’s Candy Store, and Snappy Lunch. The Snappy Lunch has been in owner Mary Dowell’s family since 1954. Andy mentioned Snappy’s fried pork chop sandwich on the show one time and the tiny restaurant has never been the same. Diners take photos outside before they go in to give the iconic sandwich a try. The walls are full of pictures of celebrities who have stopped in to taste the $4.45 legend. Mount Airy seems to

Located in the heart of wine country, three miles west of downtown Mount Airy, are The Cabins at White Sulphur Springs. The property sits on the site of the former historic White Sulphur Springs Hotel “Circa 1910.” While the hotel is no longer there, the comfortable cabins offer guests the chance to regroup, rejuvenate and relax while enjoying hiking, biking, swimming, fishing and good old-fashioned porch sitting. White Sulphur Springs is a natural pick for a fun girls’ getaway, a golf trip or retreat to the local wineries. “Some of my favorite features of White Sulphur Springs for a getaway is that we still stick with the time period of this historical property,” says Ellie Needham, Event Coordinator for The Cabins at White Sulphur Springs. “With the development of the property originating in the late 1800s … we encourage our guests to use lawn games such as croquet and horseshoe pits. We also offer hammocks along the creek side of the Ararat River that flow in front of the property.” She says they also have guests that take advantage of the healing waters of the nearby Sulphur Spring. With a new event center that can hold up to 240 guests scheduled to open later this year, the lodge at White Sulphur Springs will be able to accommodate the bridal party along with the six cottages for friends and family. Writer Allison Andrews stayed at White Sulphur Springs on her recent visit to Mount Airy. She says the cabins were close enough for easy access to downtown but the property felt secluded and private. The no-contact check-in offered her a little peace of mind in today’s safety-conscious climate.

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Round Peak Vineyards features 12 acres of French and Italian varietals.



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The TV Land Network commissioned this bronze statue of Andy and Opie from “The Andy Griffith Show� for Mount Airy in 2004.


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Many planned activities are pending due to the COVID-19. Check out www. for the up-to-date list of events. Griffith died of a heart attack at the age of 86 at his coastal home in Manteo, North Carolina in 2012 but his Mayberry state of mind lives on in Mount Airy.

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The Mark O’Connor Family Band will perform in November at Performing Arts Live of Iredell.




MUSIC AT ST. ALBAN’S M@SA is excited to announce, in collaboration with WDAV, a program of virtual concerts during the 2020-2021 concert season. They will present four concerts streamed via Facebook Premiere on both the M@SA and WDAV Facebook pages at 3 p.m. in September and November of 2020. Each of these concerts will include a 30-minute performance and short interview with the performers. www.


Chamber Music 4 All (Sept. 27) This virtual concert will feature chamber music by Calin Ovidiu Lupanu, Monica Boboc, and Joseph Meyer. All three are highly acclaimed members of the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, for which Lupanu has served as concertmaster for seventeen years, and for which Meyer serves as associate concertmaster. Meyer teaches violin at Davidson College, and his two colleagues teach at Gardner Webb University. Originally from Romania, Lupanu and Boboc, founded “Chamber Music 4 All,” a non-profit group of musicians, including Meyer, that makes smaller ensembles with varying combinations of instruments available for concerts in our region. The virtual program will feature a thirtyminute performance of works by Bach, Dvorak, and Halvorsen and short interviews with the artists. Robin Bullock (Nov. 22) Known as the “Celtic Guitar God,” Robin Bullock will delight audiences with a program of Celtic and classical music for

mandolin and guitar in this virtual performance. PERFORMING ARTS LIVE OF IREDELL Performing Arts Live of Iredell holds concerts at the Mac Gray Auditorium at 474 N. Center Street in Statesville at 7:30 p.m., tickets are $29, students are $15. Mark O’Connor Family Band (Nov. 14) The Grammy-winning O’Connor Band, featuring iconic fiddler Mark O’Connor, puts on an engaging, dynamic show featuring compelling arrangements, virtuosic solos, and tight vocal harmonies. Introducing Mark’s family members; Maggie O’Connor - fiddle, Forrest O’Connor mandolin and vocals and Kate Lee - fiddle and vocals. Rounding out the band is National Flatpick Guitar Champion Joe Smart. Genre: Country, Progressive Bluegrass, Acoustic Pop, Indie Folk, Americana.

GALLERIES DAVIDSON COLLEGE VAN EVERY/SMITH GALLERIES Davidson College Van Every/ Smith Galleries are located at the Katherine and Tom Belk Visual Arts Center, 315 N. Main Street, Davidson, From Pandemic to Protests: Visualizing Social Isolation and Social Injustices through the Davidson College Permanent Art Collection (Through Oct. 4, 2020) The selected prints, photographs, videos, drawings, and sculptures from this collection were

Fall Arts PREVIEW assembled because, regardless of artists’ original intentions or conceptions, the works visualize or evoke some of the emotions we are experiencing in 2020—a time marred by both social isolation and social injustices. DAVIDSON COLLEGE CUNNINGHAM THEATER CENTER Image and Icon: A Selection of Polaroids by Andy Warhol (Through Dec. 9) This studentcurated exhibition displays a suite of Andy Warhol’s famous Polaroids with an eye toward gender expression and the artist’s legacy as a queer creator. DAVIDSON COLLEGE E. CRAIG WALL JR. ACADEMIC CENTER An Environment Endured (Through fall semester) This student-curated exhibition, will be on view this semester in Hamilton W. McKay Atrium. Emilie Hoke ‘21 and Adrienne Lee ‘21 have selected works contemporary from the Galleries’ permanent art collection to spark dialogue about the nuanced layers of environmental thought and offer an introspective moment to reevaluate our relationship with nature. MOORESVILLE ARTS Mooresville Arts is a non-profit corporation whose purpose is to provide art and art appreciation for members and the general public. Mooresville Arts resides in the Mooresville Arts Depot, 103 W. Center Avenue, Mooresville, www. Beyond Poems and Paintings Group Show with Featured Artists Exhibits with Julia

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Lawing, Christopher McIntosh and Rick Erkes (Through Sept. 24) The 38th Annual Juried Artoberfest Juried Show and Competition (Sept. 29-Nov. 12) Opening reception: Oct. 9 The Give the Gift of Holiday Art Sale and Featured Artist Exhibits with Dr. Mary Louise Biascotti Hooper; Watercolor Society of North Carolina, Western Region Members Show, Amazing Abstract Group Show (Nov. 17-Jan. 7) Opening reception: November 20

THEATRE MOORESVILLE CHILDREN’S THEATRE The Mooresville Community Children’s Theatre (MCCT) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to providing theatre, performance, education, production and viewing experiences for Mooresville, Lake Norman region and surrounding communities with an emphasis on including children ages 6-18. Performances this fall will be streamed through the theatre’s social media channels. Snoopy, The Musical (Available October 2020, date TBD) Snoopy: The Musical is a musical comedy by Larry Grossman and Hal Hackady, with a book by Warren Lockhart, Arthur Whitelaw, and Michael Grace. The characters are from the Charles M. Schulz comic strip Peanuts. This sequel to the musical You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown focuses more on the life of Snoopy.

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How the pandemic has affected area performing arts organizations

by Renee Roberson

Music @ St. Alban’s Music @ St. Albans normally presents eight concerts during any given season, and they are performed at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Davidson. Barbara Krumdiek, who serves as the Artistic Director for the program, says the organization had already lined up all eight concerts for the upcoming season when venues began cancelling programming. Krumdiek is also a cellist who normally travels a lot throughout the year for performances, so she knows firsthand how difficult it has been to take an extended break from playing music in front of live audiences. “As time went on, the board and I made the decision to pause the season and

The Mooresville Children’s Community Theatre With July usually being the month the MCCT kicks off their season, plans to present the musical “Shrek” had to be scrapped. Jenna Tyrell, who serves as the Creative Coordinator for the theatre, closely began following guidelines presented by the National Association of Teachers and Singing (NATS) because so much of what MCCT produces involves musical theatre and singing. The board quickly began trying to figure out how to produce virtual programming and still keep the students who participate in the programs engaged. That included creating the Mooresville Children’s Community Theatre Benefit Revue.

Working with director Stephen James, the theatre invited anyone from ages 6 and older who have participated with MCCT in the past to help record individual vignettes that helped tell the history of the theatre through Mooresville from 1973. The director then edited the videos together to make one hour-long cohesive production, which is still available to view on MCCT’s YouTube channel. The goal of the revue was to benefit the theatre’s scholarship fund, which normally awards monies to six different students each spring. They also produced “Box,” a production consisting of middle school actors and directed by a previous MCCT performer, Chloe Wright. The show, which featured actors presenting monologues about keeping their emotions in different

Barbara Krumdiek, cellist and Artistic Director for Music @ St. Albans.

“boxes,” garnered the attention of the play’s author, who is now showcasing the recording of the virtual performance on her website. Up next for the theatre is “Snoopy


pick back up later. At least in the fall, it seemed unlikely we would be able to have in-person concerts—especially because our venue is a church and many churches aren’t even open right now.” Instead, the organization created a virtual season consisting of four performances instead of eight. They are collaborating with WDAV Classical Public Radio to have the concerts aired on both Facebook pages for the station and the program. The performances will be recorded in person and then streamed at later dates. “We decided to offer these programs at no cost,” says Krumdiek. “We pay the musicians and the recording staff, so we have asked for patrons to make donations to help offset those costs.” She says patrons can sign up for the organizations e-mail newsletter on the website to stay up-to-date on the latest events and information.


t’s no secret that COVID-19 has had a devastating effect on the world of performing arts. With this summer’s announcement that Broadway will remain closed through the end of 2020, many area theatre companies have looked to New York City as a guidepost for how long they can expect to keep their own venues closed. Event venues that normally bring live concerts and programming to the area have also had to shuffle their schedules. There’s loss of ticket revenue for organizations and loss of income for individuals who make their living in the industry. With September being our annual issue to showcase the arts in Lake Norman, we wanted to speak with some of the arts organizations in our area to see how the pandemic has affected their operations and how they’ve chosen to get creative with how the present their programming to patrons. Here’s what we learned.

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Actors in MCCT’s “Snoopy the Musical” will be filmed in front of green screen and edited into a comic strip background.


the Musical,” where all six actors will be filmed in their costumes in front of a green screen, and comic strip special effects with The Great Pumpkin Patch added in post production. “If people want to support us, the best way to do that is to like and follow our Facebook and Instagram pages and get their kids involved,” says Tyrell, who realizes the importance of keeping students engaged in extracurricular activities wherever possible. “It’s not hard for a kid from South Charlotte to join actors from Mooresville. We’d love to see new families and new students engage. It’s also where we post all of our performances.”


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Davidson Community Players Davidson Community Players suffered a serious blow to their programming and revenue when theatres began closing this past spring. The theatre’s two summer shows produced at Davidson College normally bring in the bulk of the revenue for the nonprofit, and when those were cancelled, the board of directors had to consider what the rest of 2020 would look like for the organization. “We’ve been keeping a close eye on the programming of our

peers and national organizations, including Broadway,” says Executive Director Matt Merrell. “Broadway is saying early January at this point. They put out a really good guide to reopening the arts. A lot of it is virtually impossible for community theatres. We have to find a balance of keeping our patrons as safe as we possibly can without going bankrupt in the process.” In the early months of the pandemic, Davidson Community Players created an Encore Fund to help recoup the revenue lost by ticket sales and the youth educational classes they were unable to provide this past spring. The fund sought to help cover the expenses of DCP, including staff salaries and operating costs. With the generous support of donors and the community, the fund raised $50,000. For now, Merrell says DCP’s focus is to revamp their fall educational programming so they can offer virtual classes to students once again. “When we come back and start offering programs, we hope that people will make the effort to come back with us,” says Merrell. By following their social media accounts, you can stay informed on their latest updates and offerings.

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The Show Must Go On Davidson College reimagines live theatre amid Covid-19


to 15 per performance, with four or less people in each car. Only three to four cars were permitted at each stop. Performers also maintained 20 feet apart, as well as all audience members. The three performances of “Exit 30: A Pandemic Theater Detour” featured 24 Davidson students, alumni and faculty members, as well as a few from local community theatre. Bringing back the community Written by Davidson students, the scripts channeled their personal experiences of 2020. “We wanted to keep the concept of it all simple with generic scripts to each station,” says Steve Kaliski, visiting professor of theatre and project

director of the Exit 30 show. “We got a lot of personal scenes from how do I have a birthday party to how do I safely go to a protest?” The arts community has used other creative platforms, such as Zoom, to keep shows going during the pandemic, but Henderson says the energy of in person performance was missing. “There’s a sense of community with live theatre that’s separate from television

photography courtesy of Davidson College Theatre Department

or film. There’s the energy between the performers and an energy from the audience,” says Henderson. The show was an exercise on being nimble, as performers had to adjust to minimalist sets and an expedited script-to-stage process to troubleshooting sound challenges. “We met a lot of our goals, and it was a great learning experience for us and can provide a model moving forward,” says Henderson.


he Davidson College Theatre Department, like the arts community around the globe, is grappling with how to navigate live theatre in this Covid-19 world. This summer the theatre department took an innovative approach with its production of “Exit 30: A Pandemic Theater Detour.” The drive-by experience allowed patrons to drive cars (or ride bicycles) to six different outdoor locations on campus. “The drive thru lets us space out so each area (on campus) feels safe and secure in the open air,” says Davidson College Theatre Department Producer Karli Henderson. Vehicles were restricted

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THE SHORES of Lake Norman SEPTEMBER 2020


How one couple is transforming youth golf instruction in Lake Norman and beyond by Sara Coleman | photography by On Camber Creative


here are those who enjoy the occasional round of golf among friends or business associates. But Ysreen and Jeff Shores are not those people. Not only do they love playing golf themselves, they’ve built their entire livelihood and lifestyle to make sure the game of golf continues to grow, especially among the youth. Even the story of how they met is related to golf. He was a Head Golf Professional at a club in California and she was playing there with a group of friends. The friends asked Jeff

to join their round but he said he was too busy. However, once he laid eyes on Ysreen, he determined his schedule was suddenly “open.” They played a round of golf together, and the rest as they say, is history.

An idea is born It was after Jeff took a job as the Head Golf Professional at Carolina Country Club in Spartanburg, S.C. that he realized there was a gap in the instruction of how youth were being taught the game of golf. Jeff says, “Unless you were a

member of a club, there wasn’t always an easy way to learn the fundamentals or have access to quality instruction.” This gave the Shores an idea. They wanted to create an after-school enrichment program centered around the idea of making golf enjoyable and accessible while working with kids in their familiar school environment. They wanted to connect local golf professionals to kids of all ages and backgrounds—a first in the golf instruction industry. The Shores got to work

and formed Golf Squad. They onboarded several schools in Spartanburg, and then a few more. It wasn’t long before they realized the potential to take the program across the Southeast and eventually nationwide. This was ten years ago. Since then, Golf Squad has partnered with thousands of schools and golf professionals across the country to continue their mission of growing the game of golf. Not only is it a great opportunity for kids to learn, but Ysreen points out “it

Top: The Shores family: Zac, Ysreen, Jeff and Zabe. Bottom left: Jeff works with his oldest son Zac on golf fundamentals. Bottom right: Golf Squad partners with area schools to teach golf to the younger generation.



reminds the professionals why they teach golf—to grow and spread the love of the game to a new generation.”

Calling Lake Norman home The beauty of running a business like Golf Squad is the ability to operate it anywhere within the country. Once Golf Squad arrived in the CharlotteMecklenburg area and their business exploded, they quickly knew Lake Norman would be a perfect fit for their business, growing family, and golf lifestyle.

Both Jeff and Ysreen have family who live in the Lake Norman area, but they also knew it be a great place to raise their two sons. Their sons also happen to be junior golfers and wanted to live somewhere where family, business, and passion for golf could thrive. They found a home course at Birkdale Golf Club and created “a real community hub” for what they were doing.

The mission continues Golf Squad has allowed the Shores to see many kids start

their journey with the game of golf. But one of the best aspects of teaching youth is knowing they have the ability to play for a lifetime while learning life lessons along the way. As Ysreen points out, “With golf you’re bound to have disappointments—it’s the nature of the game.” But how you handle the frustrations is a perfect lesson for the young kids. The game of golf also “teaches kids character” and how to handle challenges. This is certainly a lesson both kids and adults could embrace.

COVID-19 has definitely presented many challenges to Golf Squad. But the Shores have learned to innovate with online and video instruction for kids who still want to learn about golf, even through distance learning. And although Golf Squad may look a little different right now, one truth is certain—the Shores commitment to growing the game of golf will never stop.

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p. 46 Showcasing collections in the home.



is where the art is

Designer shares her tips for collection-inspired interiors



Top: Aguilar helped a client display his collection of guitars in the office of his company.

by Bek Mitchell-Kidd photography courtesy of Laura Aguilar Interiors


Left: Items like vintage books pair nicely when displaying artwork.

aura Aguilar with Laura Aguilar Interiors has been saving the day with great design for busy families up and down the east coast and beyond for nearly 10 years. Her clients recognize her approachable style that considers every family member while bringing beauty and order to even the most chaotic homes. What Aguilar makes possible is that yes, elegance can be livable, dining rooms

can be both dark and dreamy, and a guest room can become a nursery in no time. But, what’s most important of all is coming home, or these days working and schooling, in a space you love. “I feel you should be able to enjoy every square inch of your home,” she says. And one of the best and easiest ways to create the right vibe is to display the things you love. From memorabilia to musical instruments, exhibiting your art doesn’t

Consider giving children a “month-long” exhibition period to display their artwork before rotating it out.



Aguilar realized all the artwork her clients collected deserved to be grouped together for a more dynamic effect.

have to feel overwhelming or like you should be selling tickets for your house tour. It’s just a visual reminder of the things you love, places you’ve been, and simply seeing items that make you happy. So, when does something officially become a collection versus a group of stuff ?

What makes a collection?

Aguilar says, “I feel it truly becomes a collection when the items have been bought and loved over a length of time. For example, a beautiful collection of vintage pottery that you add to each time you visit a new country, or heirloom

Neutral paint colors provide a palette for pops of color from collectible pieces.

antique rugs that have been handed down to you ... that’s a collection!” That being said, anything that speaks to you is worthy of a little limelight. A great example is kids’ artwork. A true peril of parenthood is what to keep and what to let go when it comes to macaroni mementos and paint-dipped footprints…

But where to start? “The first step is to determine where you want to display the artwork,” says Aguilar. Whether it’s a wall, a bulletin board, or a bookshelf, knowing what size space you have to work with is key.” She reminds us it’s OK to rotate artwork if there are too many to display all at once


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(translation: for those of us who can’t throw anything away), saying “Give each child a “month-long exhibition” then change out the artwork for another child’s work/ or a different ‘series’ from the same child, and so on.” This is an applicable schedule for fine art pieces too that deserve their turn in the light and out of storage. For music lovers — having instruments or vinyl records both on show and ready to play can present access and aesthetic challenges.

Displaying musical instruments


“I would say the trickiest part is making sure the instruments are within reach and safely installed,” says Aguilar. “There are so many options out there, like the whiskey barrel guitar mounts I purchased for my client’s office space. They keep his guitar collection accessible while complementing the decor and style of the rest of the space. It’s fun to get


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creative with displaying musical instruments, they really become a conversation starter in any room.” Regardless of what you are displaying, decide if it is the main attraction or the sideshow, and let that influence the design of the entire area.

Let the pieces shine

“If a collection is the main feature of a room, I make sure the background is neutral enough to let the collection shine,” she says. “If the artwork contains bold colors, it’s fun to repeat those colors in the pillows and accessories in the space. I keep large furniture pieces neutral to let the color accents stand out. It’s a lot easier to change out a pillow as opposed to repaint a whole room or replace the sofa,” she says. The takeaway? If you love it, put it somewhere you can see it every day… life is too short to not be surrounded by the things you love.

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How to Group Your Collection Look for patterns Laura says: If you are unsure you even have a collection of anything to display, take a look around your home. I have had plenty of clients who were unaware that they had several beach prints throughout their home, or antique books spread out in every room.

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Decide on a base color Whether it’s seashells or sport souvenirs, pick a color to pull out of the grouping and use it in the surrounding space—accent pillows, wall color, window treatments—it will make all the difference between things looking like a bunch of random objects and a cohesively designed room. Display what brings you joy Laura says: I have a large photo gallery wall in my family room that brings me the most joy. It includes pictures of my boys at all ages, family, friends and wonderful vacation memories.

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p. 56 A delicious chicken dinner/ wine pairing at Dressler’s.

photography by Jamie Cowles

p. 58 Brewery recommendations for those who don’t like beer. p. 59 Spice up your dishes with peanut-lime sauce. p. 60 Inspired craft cocktails at 158 on Main.

Ingredients used in the drink menu at 158 on Main.

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Chicken Out

by Trevor Burton photography by Trevor Burton

A dish at Dressler’s turned an ordinary evening into something divine




ishes involving chicken prepared a certain way are some of my favorites. Many stick out in my memory, now Birkdale’s Dressler’s Restaurant joins them. Roast chicken—if it’s prepared well and of high quality—is high on my dining list. My wife, Mary Ellen, and I have a long history with the dish. Let me share a couple. A few years ago, we used to spend a good amount of time in Paris. One of our favorite dining spots was a brasserie in the Sorbonne area on the left bank. The brasserie dates back to 1890 and is famous for its classic French dishes— roast chicken with pomme frites among them. I love the hustle and bustle of a brasserie. Sometimes we were there for lunch in the winter on a drizzly day. People walked in wearing damp coats which steamed up in the warm restaurant. There was great ambiance and my wife and I each sitting behind a serving of poulet roti and frites—superb. Adding to the fun, as we were in France, we selected a wine from the Rhône region to go with our feast. Another memory, this time in Barcelona. By the timehonored method of asking for recommendations, we got the name of a restaurant from the driver who took us from the airport to town. It turned out that this, too, was an old place—run by the same family since 1835. They must be doing something right and roast chicken is one of them. We showed up at the restaurant and it did, indeed, look like it was founded in 1835. But one look in the window and we noticed a rotisserie loaded with roasting chicken. We were

sold and enjoyed sitting in a real piece of history, dining on superb roast chicken. For wine, we rested on our proven approach of staying as local as possible. A simple decision, we chose a blend from the nearby Priorat region. Culinary nirvana. Which brings me to Dressler’s Restaurant in Birkdale Village. We were definitely in the mood, having been in the bondage called sheltering in place for several months. Our goal was simple— chicken, out. There it was on Dressler’s menu; Roasted Natural Chicken—French breast, broccolini, mushroom risotto, pan jus. We knew from the past that we were in for a treat. We were confident that the ingredients would be terrific, and we knew that they would get the best of culinary attention. The only thing that remained was to figure out what wine to choose. One of the things that we like about Dressler’s is that the wine list includes a choice of North Carolina wines. But that evening we were in an exploratory mood. What popped out was a Pinot Noir from the Marlborough region of New Zealand. Rarely seen and something we felt we had to try. The wine was as nuanced as we expected it to be but had a definite spicy side to it. Just the ticket for roast chicken. Not too powerful but with that spicy element to balance the roast texture in the chicken. Marlborough has a deserved reputation for its crisp Sauvignon Blancs but this wine has convinced us to be on the lookout for more Pinot Noirs. Back to my main point. I

Top: A Pinot Noir from the Marlborough region of New Zealand was the right choice. Bottom: Chicken with broccolini and mushroom risotto at Dressler’s Restaurant in Birkdale Village.

really go for simple dishes with quality ingredients that are well managed in the kitchen. That’s what we were treated to

at Dressler’s. This was a great experience and one that goes into our memory database. We really did chicken, out.

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and spicy for those who can handle a little heat. Chips and salsa on the side are a must! ABV: 5.2%


here’s no question that breweries are a popular destination in Lake Norman. They’re the ideal hangout spot, often with spacious indoor and outdoor areas where the entire family (including the dog) can sit back, relax, and sip on seasonal brews and longstanding taproom favorites. This all sounds idyllic, unless you’re simply someone who doesn’t like beer—or so you think. Sure, most breweries have a few beer alternatives on the menu, but it can feel a little like you’re committing a faux pas ordering a glass of red wine while the rest of the group drinks their favorite lagers and IPAs. If you’ve really only taken a few sips of a beer here or there before quickly turning to the wine or cocktail menu, you likely haven’t truly explored the huge variety of flavors available at most breweries. In short, there really is something for everyone if you know what you’re looking for. Check out our helpful guide on what to order at area breweries. If you like fruity drinks, opt for a Berliner Weisse at Lost Worlds Brewing A Berliner Weisse is a very light, tart German wheat beer is the perfect summer sipper. It is sometimes served with flavored syrups to “cut” the tartness of the beer. Lost World’s Brewery offers mango, raspberry, and watermelon options for the perfect summer beer. You can enjoy

If you like sour candy, opt for the Cucumber & Melon Gose at D9 Brewing Whether you’re a fan of Sour Patch Kids or the ever-popular Sour Patch Watermelons, the Brewer’s Day Off is the beer for you. This Gose has the cool crisp taste of cucumber and the sweet mellow splash of melon, making it easy to drink. ABV: 4.8%

The Berliner Weisse at Lost Worlds Brewing with raspberry syrup.

by itself or make a flight with all the fruity flavor options. ABV 3.5%

treat with heavily toasted bittersweet coconut shreds. ABV: 5.3%

If you like coffee, opt for a Porter at Royal Bliss Brewing Co. Similar to cold brew coffee, the Toasted Knight Coconut Porter is served on nitro so there’s less water in the mix to affect the beer’s flavor. This one is a rich and full-bodied

If you like a spicy margarita, opt for the Apricot Habanero at Eleven Lakes Brewing This inspired American wheat starts with the sweet taste of apricots and finishes with the assertive bite of habaneros. It’s the perfect mix of sweet

If you like champagne, opt for the Saison at King Canary Brewing While some say Miller High Life is the “champagne of beers,” there are certainly better options out there. Saisons tend to be dry and crisp, light in body, and often barrel-aged, making them similar to champagne in many ways. Nightjar at King Canary is aged in Chardonnay barrel resulting in a clean finish. ABV: 4.8% If you like chocolate, opt for the Stout at Ass Clown Brewing Both stouts and chocolate have complex, rich flavors, like the bittersweet cocoa accents in the chocolate and roasted grains in the beer. The Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Stout at Ass Clown Brewery is a heavy specialty grain stout brewed with Himalayan sea salt. 7.1% ABV

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In the Kitchen with Jill Dahan Photography courtesy of Jill Dahan


6 tablespoons creamy peanut butter 1/4 cup reduced sodium tamari (soy) sauce 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice 1 tablespoon coconut sugar 2 teaspoons freshly grated ginger 2 small garlic cloves, crushed 4-6 tablespoons filtered water

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Mix all the ingredients together except for the water until thick and pasty. Add four tablespoons of water and mix well adding a little more water as needed to desired consistency. Store at room temperature to use or chill for up to a week bringing it to room temperature to serve. This recipe makes just over a cup. Use your imagination, but here are three things I love to serve with my sauce. Veggie Dip Cut veggies like carrots, peppers, broccoli, cucumbers, etc. and add enough water to sauce above to desired dipping consistency. Chicken, Shrimp, or Veggie Kabobs Thread chicken and onion OR shrimp and broccoli OR peppers, zucchini, and onion on skewers and grill each until cooked thru. Serve alongside sauce.

Peanut-Lime Sauce

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Elevate veggies, grilled meats, and fish to a whole ‘nother taste sensation. With only six simple ingredients this sauce is a doddle to make; just spoon, squeeze, and grate! It is chock full of nut protein, spiced with ginger (great for its anti-inflammatory properties), and even low in sugar so that you can feel good indulging. You won’t be able to keep enough on hand once word gets out.

Rice paper rolls Soak a rice paper wrapper in room temp water until soft then fill with lettuce and either chicken, shrimp, or veggies and roll up. Serve alongside sauce.


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Nibbles + Bites

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158 on Main

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Rob Grosskopf and Jessie Cooke at 158 on Main specialize in the art of mixology behind an impressive bar.





iera and Gary Preston have been involved in Mooresville’s commercial real estate business for some time. In 2018, they added a new space—158 On Main Street—to their portfolio of buildings. The intention was to be extremely purposeful and selective about who they rented the space to, looking specifically for a business that would create a draw and bring the community together. After turning down a number of renters, the couple began to brainstorm about the ideal business for the space, drawing on their personal preference of live music, great cocktails and elevated food. With this type of venue being few and far between in the Lake Norman area, they knew this was a niche that needed to be filled. But before pulling the trigger on a new business venture, Kiera and Gary moved to Asheville, collecting inspiration from restaurants and bars that had a focus on craft cocktails and prioritized the art of mixology. The Prestons saw an obvious gap in the Mooresville restaurant scene and decided then that

they would be the ones to fill it. 158 On Main was born through Gary’s building expertise and Kiera’s ability to create an experience with thought and purpose behind every single detail. While the couple set the wheels in motion, they attribute

Top: Each of the bar’s signature cocktails are created from scratch. Bottom: Owners Gary and Kiera Preston.

much of the business’s early success to good fortune. “It was really serendipitous— the people who we needed came in at exactly the right time.”

An extensive craft cocktail list with a plethora of house-made ingredients meets an inspired and small bites menu. A selection of beer, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages are also available.


Inspired craft cocktails Jessica (Jessie) Cooke is the brains behind the restaurant’s extensive cocktail list, serving as the Beverage Director of 158 On Main. The menu is designed with a few distinct sections. First up is the restaurant’s signature original cocktails, each developed from scratch. The menu’s storied cocktails feature a small, fun blurb about their origin underneath, some dating back to the 1800s. The restaurant also offers zero alcohol distilled spirit craft cocktails using Seedlip, which is distilled using a multi-step distillation method that makes it more than or on par with many higher end bottles of liquor. Each drink on the menu is two or three days in the making, mixed with fresh squeezed juices and house made shrubs and syrups. Everything is crafted from scratch with a quality over quantity approach.



Casual to dressy


A big city inspired cocktail lounge with a neighborhood feel

Group-Friendly Date Night Going Solo

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This includes an entree and a non-alcoholic beverage.

Emphasizing the ambiance

Smoked Salmon Tartine.

Superior small bites

158 on Main 158 N. Main Street, Mooresville 704.662.6246

Cakes and desserts using the finest ingredients including locally sourced fruits, honey, eggs and fresh milled flour. Vegan & Gluten Free options available.

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Consulting on the food is David Cavalier, who has worked at some of the area’s most popular restaurants including Kindred and FORK. The menu was meant to go above and beyond a standard bar’s offerings of burgers and wings. With a rich history in sourcing farm to table ingredients, patrons can expect the best when it comes to what’s on their plates. All of the meats are pasture and humanely raised and the produce is almost entirely brokered though local farmers. The freshly baked sourdough-based bread comes from Charlotte’s Verdant and is given the spotlight—paired with simple olive oil for dipping and the star of the restaurant’s salmon tartine. The owners admit to trying over 12 different breads before landing on this gem.

With a curated food and beverage menu taken care of, the music at 158 On Main is icing on the cake. With an equal amount of consideration placed on this avenue of the business, it’s not surprising that the few ticketed events since the restaurant’s opening on July 17 sold out almost instantly. The owners are excited to offer even more in the coming months. The live music is diverse, and can be enjoyed every day except Sunday. Wednesday is dedicated to a focus on jazz, singer and songwriters are featured once a week, and throwback bands are often in the mix. The restaurant recently hosted their first comedy show, providing a broad spectrum of entertainment. Anyone who is looking for unique date night or celebration with friends should consider booking a private cocktail class— an intimate experience with the restaurant’s mixologists (mixologists, Jessie Cooke and Rob Grosskopf). 158 On Main is opened Wednesday through Sunday, beginning at 5 p.m.



Isabella Hamby

by Emily Thomas photography by Jamie Cowles

Taking First Place How a class project cultivated Isabella Hamby’s passion for art



any say that in order to fully understand what a person truly believes in; you must first walk a mile in their shoes. In the case of Isabella Hamby, it was when she quite literally stepped into the shoes of artist Pablo Picasso during a third-grade class project, that she began to understand her own love of art that would one day manifest into a remarkable passion and talent. In that third-grade class, Hamby’s teacher assigned a project in which the students were asked to read a biography on a historical figure of their choosing before dressing up as this person to talk about their life. Hamby landed upon the book “Who Was Pablo Picasso”, part of the popular Who Was…? Children’s biographical book series. As her love of art rapidly began to grow following this project, the question arose— who was Isabella Hamby (going to become)? Hamby, now a 2020 graduate of Statesville Christian School, recently won first place in

the 16th annual Mooresville Arts Youth Art Show this past spring with her piece titled “True Hope Out of Chaos.” “The purpose of the Youth Art Show is to showcase artwork from our area’s young artists, and to foster art education and art appreciation for the youth, their families and the community,” says Jessica DeHart, Director of Mooresville Arts. With the creation of her winning piece, Hamby has staked her claim in the art world with her unique style and inspirations. “I find my inspiration for the pieces that I create in art and science. I think that they are both beautiful works of creation,” says Hamby. “It is wild to be able to look at the complexities of nature and science. Even the smallest parts of science have a unique existence and that, to me, is very inspirational.” “True Hope Out of Chaos” was created using charcoal, graphite and acrylic, coming together to create a unique style and lasting impression. “I love the simple but elegant

Isabella Hamby won first place in this year’s Mooresville Arts Youth Art Show.

contrasts that the charcoal creates. It is regal, but it is also simple in nature,” Hamby says as she reflects on the mediums she enjoys working with most. Following her high school graduation, Hamby’s plans to attend UNC Asheville to study biology and art this fall have changed due to the looming uncertainty of COVID-19. Instead, she has now earned most of her credits attending her local community college and should be able to graduate by the end of the year before going to school to become a physician’s assistant. Even as life’s complexities come at her at full force, Hamby continues to nurture her love of both science and art in her creative interpretations of the world around her.


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Is September Still

Summer? SEPTEMBER 2020


The month has always helped bridge the gap between summer and fall by Renee Roberson photography by Renee Roberson


o you think September can still be counted as summer? I’ve always personally been in the “yes!” camp to that question. Having lived in North Carolina since my teenage years, I’ve struggled when the calendar flips to September 1. Part of the reason is that my birthday is Aug. 31, right at the tail end of summer. My birthday is almost always tied to some sort of outdoor adventure, whether a concert in a pavilion or a nearby day hike. The early days of September are still warm and the temperatures moderate. Neighborhood and community pools are usually open until at least Labor Day. I’ve often posted photos during the initial weeks of the month with the hashtag #septemberisstillsummer. Prior to the pandemic, I would convince the kids to take a dip in the pool with me after classes were over in the first month of school, lingering there until we had to make ourselves return home for dinner.

We usually wait until after Labor Day to purchase new clothing for our two kids, because they are easily still wearing shorts and T-shirts to school through at least the middle of the month. For me, it’s still flip flop weather well into October sometimes. Living in a lake community, September becomes just another month. If the sun is shining, we can get out in the water on our boats, kayaks or paddleboards, or just take a dip. We are still free to sit outside on a patio at a local brewery and sip beer with friends. For me, September is a time to hold on to the last days of summer. In “normal” years, it’s a time to head to the amusement parks because the temperatures aren’t quite as blistering, and the crowds start to thin a bit. It’s when we can get better rates on lodging if we decide to take one last trip to the beach, or opt to float down a river nestled between the mountains. I think this year I will hold even more tightly to the belief that September is still

summer, because for many of us, spring break in 2020 was non-existent and any trips we took over the summer had to be balanced out with caution for our health and the health of others. I’ve seen many friends who have decided to take road trips to see various national parks in the United States and mountain getaways where they could take in the fresh air. This is a year, more than any other years, when we all crave a bit of respite from the worry, the confines of our homes, the virtual classes and work meetings, September will hopefully provide us with month where we can sip margaritas to cool off, paddle in a kayak out on the lake, hike up a nearby mountain, and maybe swim a few laps as a way to clear our heads. Yes, I will hold onto the belief that September is still summer. At least for another year.