Lake Norman CURRENTS September 2022

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Just Dance Last month, I took one last solo road trip with my daughter before she left for college seven hours away. We took turns choosing what kind of music to listen to in the car, and when it was my turn, I asked her to select some 80s and 90s tunes. I’m not going to name all the songs I was bopping around to in the driver’s seat, but let’s just say there was one very popular boy band from Boston that came on as well as a female singer that was once an opening act for them. And then some songs from iconic movies filled the speakers. Memories from my childhood and teenage years came flooding back to me.

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When I was twelve years old, I moved from Texas to western North Carolina. I was living with my parents in an old farmhouse out in the country, and the only neighbors around were a few family members of my stepfather. I hadn’t started school, so I hadn’t made any new friends yet. Both of my parents worked long hours that summer, and I was the quintessential late 1980s kid who had to find ways to entertain myself. Yes, I had my books, and a few favorite VHS tapes I nearly wore out, but I also had music. Specifically, I had the original motion picture soundtrack to the movie “Dirty Dancing.” Let me preface this by saying I’m not a dancer. I’ve never been dancer. I believe I took a few dance classes as a child, but that was a brief time period and once I was in middle school, I had moved on to chorus class. But boy, did the movie “Dirty Dancing” make me want to dance. I wanted to wear gauzy dresses and glittery sandals and twirl around the dance floor, confident in my steps and place in the world. Each day, I would pop that soundtrack into our stereo and proceed to dance around the hardwood floors of our home. Sometimes I had a broom or mop in one hand when my mom had left me a list of chores to complete that day. I didn’t care that I didn’t know how to do the Mambo, the Tango, the Cha Cha, or any form of salsa dancing. I spun around, dancing to “De Todo Un Poco” and singing “Be My Baby” and “In the Still of the Night.” As some of my favorite dance tunes came on that morning in the car with my daughter, I felt a wave of sadness wash over me. “I don’t dance anymore,” I told her. “I don’t know why I stopped doing that. It used to make me so happy.” I think sometimes we get so busy, so overwhelmed with the many different directions our lives take us each day, that we forget to do the simple things that bring us joy, like dancing around the house on a random Saturday afternoon or belting out our favorite tunes while we’re cooking dinner. I vowed to make more time for indulging myself in the things that made me happy when I was 12 and 13. Won’t you join me? Editor

In the Best of the Lake Norman CURRENTS Award winners we featured in our September issue, the address for “Best Financial Advisor” Edward Jones-David Hahl CFP®” was listed incorrectly. The correct address should be 18805 W. Catawba Ave, Suite 206, Cornelius. We apologize for this error.



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Contributing Writers Trevor Burton Allison Futterman Bek Mitchell-Kidd Karel Bond Lucander Jennifer Mitchell Tony Ricciardelli Mike Savicki Abigail Smathers Allie Spencer Lara Tumer

Contributing Photographers

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About the Cover: Plan your cultural calendar this fall with the help of our section on page 32.

FEATURES In Every Issue


Creative Classes


Game On



affordable programs in our area

Continuing the Mission

The Lakeside Artists Studio Tour


On the Circuit


Renee Wants to Know


Topic of the Day


Tasty Bits


In My Glass


Davidson WFAE reporter wins award


A Sneaker Soiree


The Inaugural LKN Metsquerade


Live Like a Native – Fall events you don’t want to miss


For the Long Run – Davidson Green School


BOTL Winner Spotlight – Mooresville Arts



Young Leaders


The Fall Arts Preview

Mooresville Community Children’s Theatre scholarship program


A celebration in Paris

Eating, drinking, cooking and fun


Wine Time


On Tap


In The Kitchen


Nibbles + Bites

A Moment In Time Reflections on 9/11

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Mission Statement: Lake Norman CURRENTS magazine will embody the character, the voice and the spirit of its readers, its leaders and its advertisers. It will connect the people of Lake Norman through inspiring, entertaining and informative content, photography and design; all of which capture the elements of a well-lived life on and around the community known as Lake Norman. | SEPTEMBER 2022







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The Effects of “Asbestos Town” on a Community

The Society of Profeesional Journalists has awarded the WFAE documentary with the 2021 Sigma Delta Chi Award.

Local reporter wins prestigious national award

by Karel Bond Lucander File photo by Lisa Crates

For years, David Boraks has been reporting about asbestos contamination at the site of a century old cotton mill in Davidson’s historically Black west side. Boraks, who has lived in Davidson with his family since 1993, began sharing this complex and multifaceted story while working for the former online news source he founded, Now a reporter for WFAE, Boraks had files of detailed material and the idea that this was worthy of something bigger. He talked with WFAE News Director Greg Collard about creating a documentary, and Collard gave him the green light. “I’ve heard so many people say they never knew about this, and I wanted it to reach a wider audience,” he says. “Thanks to my editor, Greg, I was able to do that.” As Collard says, “David is all about getting the story, getting to understand the big picture and the nuances. It reached a stage that the better service was to do something all encompassing, from when the plant was in its heyday, where people could work and make a good living but also what the long-term ramifications are and the challenges coming to the solutions. To have something people can refer to is valuable. This is long lasting.” “Asbestos Town” first aired on WFAE as a three-part series in January 2021. Spin offs included a program for WFAE’s Charlotte Talks, a virtual community conversation, and a web page. And it recently received national recognition. In June, the Society of Professional Journalists presented Boraks with the prestigious 2021 Sigma Delta

Chi Award. Selected from among more than 1,200 entries, his was the sole winner in “Radio Documentaries.” According to the SPJ judges, “This piece on the contamination of a mill in a historically Black neighborhood is a great example of the kind of quality work that can happen when a talented reporter gets to cover a beat for more than a decade.” As a long-time SPJ member, Boraks says receiving this distinction “was really an honor. The SPJ Code of Ethics are guiding principles I have lived by my entire career.” “Asbestos Town” is a good example of his professional dedication. With so many first-hand accounts and stories shared by family members, “Asbestos Town” is full of surprises—some hard to fathom, unless you put them in the context of the times. “We now know that asbestos is dangerous, but to hear how people would load up their trucks with asbestos waste material and put it in their yards is sobering,” he says. And there is still more to this story. A developer recently closed on the property. As his plans move forward, you can get the latest updates by following David Boraks at WFAE. To hear David Boraks’ award-winning “Asbestos Town,” visit As the WFAE climate reporter, he primarily covers the effects of climate change across the Carolinas and how we’re adapting to it. | SEPTEMBER 2022



Guests are encouraged to put on their running shoes and walk the pink carpet at the event.

Dance the Night Away

Girls on the Run® of Greater Piedmont holds Sneaker Soiree Fundraiser in October by Jennifer Mitchell | photography courtesy of Facebook

Support the sport and benefits of running in young women with the 5th annual Sneaker Soiree, organized by Girls on the Run of Greater Piedmont. The event will take place this year Oct. 7 at The Venues at Langtree in Mooresville, and will include drinks, dancing and an incredible offering of auction items while supporting life changing programs for young girls across North Carolina.

rectly support program advancement and scholarship opportunities to allow access for every girl to participate in their programs regardless of financial limitations or other barriers. “We focus on the whole girl, not just the physical, but what girls need socially and emotionally during the most critical ages of their life to be successful,” says Ahrens.

“We have served more than 10,000 girls in seven counties including Alexander, Davidson, Davie, Forsyth, Iredell, Rowan and Yadkin counties with plans to expand into Guilford County in the Spring of 2023,” explains Alison Ahrens, Executive Director, Girls on the Run of the Greater Piedmont. The organization helps teach critical life skills through small running teams, interactive lessons and physical activity. Programs focus on girls ages 8 to 13 years old in grades third through eighth, inspiring them to be joyful, healthy, and confident using an experienced-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.

The Sneaker Soiree will be held from 7-10 p.m. and doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $100 per person and tables of eight are available for purchase. The event is open to all, including local businesses with an interest in health and wellness. “You won’t want to miss this event!” Ahrens says. “Dust off your cocktail attire, grab your favorite, most comfy dancing sneakers and walk down the pink carpet!” You can also test your luck at one of the games that evening, possibly winning a grand prize.

“Girls on the Run gave me self-confidence to accomplish things that might be hard in my life,” says Girls on the Run participant Addyson. “It really taught me to be brave and to be strong!” Organizers of this year’s Sneaker Soiree say funds raised will di18


“The most common feedback we hear from our families is they wish they had a program like this when they were younger,” Ahrens adds. Girls on the Run is a non-profit 501(c)(3) and donations are tax deductible. For more information, to purchase tickets or to make a donation, visit https://SneakerSoiree22.


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When More Research is Needed Lake Norman Metsquerade raises funds for deadly cancer by Allie Spencer photography courtesy of Adiba Barney

Lake Norman resident Adiba Barney is on a mission to transform the outcome of terminal cancer. Diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic breast cancer (MBC) at the age of 37, Barney is determined to create change when it comes to living with MBC. MBC is the incurable and terminal stage of breast cancer, where the cancer cells have spread (metastasized) to other parts of the body. At age 44, Barney says she’s one of the lucky ones. “Only 25 percent of MBC patients live longer than 5 years…I’ve lived longer than most and want to make sure others get that chance too,” she says. One way she is doing that is by organizing Lake Norman’s first annual Metsquerade Gala to raise funds for MBC. Barney, a former Silicon Valley executive, is on the board of Metavivor, a volunteer-led, non-profit organization that funds MBC research. Metavivor has aided volunteers who have planned “Metsquerade” galas in other major cities, successfully raising millions of dollars, and Barney thought Lake Norman would be a good fit for this type of fundraising event. “The community is so tight knit…people are known to be generous with their time and money, so I felt like I had a lot to work with in our area and it’s a nice way for the community to come together every fall,” she says. She initially started planning the fundraiser in 2019, but the idea was shelved due to the pandemic. On Sept. 23 her vision will finally come to fruition in the ballroom at the Peninsula Club. Guests will enjoy an evening emceed by WBTV’s former top news anchor Paul Cameron, a cocktail hour, 3-course sit down dinner, live entertainment by singer/songwriter Spencer Rush, silent auction and keynote speakers. Most importantly, all of the proceeds 20


WBTV former news anchor Paul Cameron will serve as emcee of the Metsquerade.

raised will go towards MBC research in the form of grants that are awarded through a scientific peer-review process. Adiba’s goal is to name a $250,000 research grant after the Lake Norman Metsquerade. There are several opportunities for sponsors and donors to make an impact at the Lake Norman Metsquerade--from monetary donations, corporate partnerships, table sponsorships, and donating low and high value unique silent auction items. All donations can be made via or by contacting Barney directly. When it comes to the gala, Barney says she wants to tell the truth about breast cancer. “It’s become so pink and survivor this, warrior that, and we’ve forgotten about people dying from the disease,” she says. Approximately 30 percent of people initially diagnosed with early stage breast cancer will go on to be diagnosed with MBC, yet only 5-7 percent of funds donated to breast cancer organizations go towards MBC research. Barney stresses that there needs to be more of a research focus on the terminal stage, so that one day MBC can be treated like a chronic disease, one that patients can live with and manage for many years. “I want to make sure my son knows I did everything in my power to change the outcome of this disease not just for myself but for other Moms as well. That’s my mission in life, and I’ve applied everything from my career to help make change and create impact in MBC,” she says. For more information on how to donate to the Lake Norman Metsquerade, visit or contact Adiba Barney, 917.767.0077.

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From Living History to Family Fun Signature events for fall compiled by Bek Mitchell-Kidd

Field of Honor 9.11 Memorial (Sept. 1- 13) Posted in perfect rows and columns, the Stars and Stripes fly in tribute to the victims of 9/11. Flags will be posted at Veterans Park and Town Center Lawn, for all to pause and remember. Veterans Park, 100 Main Street, Huntersville Festival of Food Trucks (Sept. 3 & Oct. 1) Visit Downtown Mooresville for food trucks, live music, and shopping. 5-8:30 p.m. Free. North Main Street, Mooresville, Battle of Charlotte (Sept. 3-4) Experience a reenactment of three different Revolutionary War Battles, one of which took place partially at Rural Hill. Kids drill, weapons demonstrations, artillery demonstrations, cooking, music, camp life, and more. $8-20. 10 a.m. -5 p.m. Historic Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Road, Huntersville, Amazing Maize Maze (Sept. 10-Nov. 6) Navigate the giant 7-acre corn maize featuring more than two miles of interconnecting paths. Take a hayride around the farm, enjoy local beer, wine and cider, play a round of cornhole, and more. Times and ticket prices vary. Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Road, Huntersville, www. Praise in the Park (Sept. 17) This town-sponsored event includes Christian entertainment, local and national professional artists, inspirational vendors, food, and more. Free. 5-9 p.m. Smithville Park, 19710 S. Ferry Street, Cornelius, Alpaca Fiesta USA (Sept. 24) Family oriented fun, with animals, spinners, weavers and handcrafted items from local and regional artisans. Free. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 10325 Hambright Road, Huntersville, 2022 ‘Tawba Walk Arts & Music Festival (Sept. 24) This festival includes two stages of live music, more than 100 local artists and vendors, craft breweries, food trucks, street art, games, giveaways, a kid zone, and more. Free. 2-8 p.m. Old Town Cornelius, 19725 Oak Street, Cornelius, www.oldtowncornelius. com. Downtown Mooresville Uncorked & Artsy (Sept. 30) Local and regional artists display their works along Broad and Main Streets. Live music, light appetizers, and in-tandem specials in 22


businesses and out on the sidewalks. The tasting portion of the event is $25 per person and includes all tastings and a souvenir glass. The art and live music portions are free to attend. 6-9 p.m. Downtown Mooresville, Carolina Renaissance Festival & Artisan Marketplace (Oct. 1-Nov. 20) History comes alive with non-stop, day-long, immersive, and interactive entertainment. The open-air Artisan Market is filled with arts and crafts, games and rides, jousting knights on horseback, falconry, mermaids, fairies, dragons, feasting and more. Free parking. No pets. Ticket prices vary and are limited. Organizers suggest reserving your date in advance. Saturdays and Sundays from 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. 16445 Poplar Tent Road, Huntersville, All American Dog Show (Oct. 1) Sign-up your pooch for the chance to win in a number of categories, including “Best Kisser” and “Best Puppy Dog Eyes,” while the whole family enjoys vendor booths, concessions and childrens’ activities. Free to attend. 3-6 p.m. Robbins Park, 17728 W. Catawba Ave., Cornelius, Davidson Fall Arts Festival (Oct. 8) Enjoy an evening art crawl featuring area artists and craft vendors, live music, an interactive art area, and more. 4-7 p.m. Free. Downtown Davidson, www. Charlotte Dragon Boat Festival and Asian Festival (Oct. 8) The team competition is part of a Chinese tradition that’s more than 2,000 years old. Free to attend. Heats for the dragon boat race begin at 9 a.m. and the festival runs 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Note: There is no parking at Ramsey Creek Park for festival attendees; parking is available at 8900 North Pointe Executive Park, Huntersville. Ramsey Creek Park, 18441 Nantz Road, Cornelius, Sheepdog Trials and Dog Festival (Nov. 12 – 13) Celebrating its 24th anniversary; experience the National Border Collie Shepherding Championships, featuring Carolina Dock Dogs, Canine Agility Club Competitions, and more. This event also includes N.C. beer and wine, historic craft and cooking demonstrations, food vendors, shopping, a Pumpkin Chunkin’ and more. Free for children 4 and under; $8 for ages 5-12; $11 for 13 and older. Sat. and Sun. from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Historic Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Road, Huntersville,

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Davidson Green School strengthens its roots

With a recent 2,800-square-foot building expansion, Davidson Green School has upgraded classrooms and added a Science and Sustainability Lab, a Makers Space (for art and 3-D projects) and new library. There are currently 45 students to 12 teachers, a ratio that facilitates unique learning opportunities, such as studying physics through sporting activities. “We are small by design and intend to stay small to offer our students amazing experiences,” says Jennifer Jakubecy, head and executive director of this pre-K through eighth grade school. Jakubecy was a classroom teacher with a Ph.D. in education before founding DGS in 2013 with Kathleen McIntyre. Their approach includes the belief that “the best learning comes from internal motivation, and children need to make mistakes to learn. To make mistakes, they need a safe learning environment.” And when they have that, the sky’s the limit. Here, kindergartners regularly do division and first graders read chapter books. An eighth grader recently completed ninth and 10th grade math. “Our job is to keep up with them, and sometimes just to get out of their way!” Middle school can be especially challenging, and DGS offers an alternative to students who attended other elementary schools. Their middle school provides advanced academics and real-world projects that make a difference in the community. Students have collaborated with Davidson College to research the effects of cankerworms on area trees and to help with an initiative to reduce Styrofoam use in downtown restaurants. They also collected recycling data, presenting it to EcoDavidson. 24


Davidson Green School Head and Executive Director Jennifer Jakubecy founded the school in 2013 with Kathleen McIntyre.

by Karel Bond Lucander | photography by Jon Beyerle

Jakubecy says DGS middle-schoolers have all confidently gone on to thrive, including at Hough High, J.T. Williams, and even highly selective United World Colleges overseas and UNC School of the Arts in Winston-Salem. “After going through our program, students have a strong sense of self; they know who they are and what they want.” Schoolwide, their engineering program encourages innovation and creative thinking. “When you have a challenge and it doesn’t work the first time around, you learn from it, problem solve, and then try again,” she says. “It teaches students how to fail, and to keep going.” At DGS, sustainability is part of the life skills they learn. Students study soil health, aquaponics, vermiculture and practice composting. They also learn to be responsible community members, growing leafy greens in the aquaponics system and donating them to Ada Jenkins food pantry. They offer classes through Davidson Parks and Recreation on sustainable landscaping, edible gardens and medicinal herbs. Located on three wooded acres, students spend a lot of time daily outdoors—taking walks, practicing yoga and exercising. They also have regular field and wilderness adventure trips off campus. “Being in nature allows them to experience a sense of calm and develop more internal awareness,” Jakubecy says. “Nature also boosts the immune system and stimulates the brain.” To learn more, visit




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7. Center Root Console Table $2475 8. Tree Lined Lane Hand Painted Canvas $362 | SEPTEMBER 2022


BEST OF THE LAKE NORMAN CURRENTS AWARD WINNER Editor’s Note: Each month we will feature one of the 2022 Best of Lake Norman CURRENTS Award Winners and share a little more behind-the-scenes info with our readers!

Mooresville ArtsBest Art Gallery

Founded in 1955 and located in a historic depot in downtown Mooresville since 1978, this nonprofit works diligently with community partners, artists, and patrons to provide a cultural experience like no other. They currently have approximately 300 members, and Jessica DeHart, Immediate Past President and Gallery Chair, believes the renovated gallery space and available shows, competitions, satellite galleries, and educational classes help attract more new members each year. Mooresville Arts collaborates with the Downtown Mooresville Commission to bring the popular event “Uncorked and Artsy” to the downtown area twice a year. Mooresville Public Library, On Tap Crafty Brews, Charles Mack Citizen Center, Thomas & Webber Law at the Lake all provide satellite galleries that allow local artists to display more of their work outside of the main gallery. These galleries help bring more sales to these artists and get them more exposure for their work. Senator Vickie Sawyer also displays artwork in her office in Raleigh. Mooresville Arts has educational programming for all ages.

Their educational programs offer classes and workshops from all ages, along with summer camps and after-school programs for youth. These classes include drawing, painting, photography, and abstract art. They also offer workshops by some of the area’s top instructors. There are also numerous opportunities for volunteers. Want to learn more? Visit or visit at 103 W Center Avenue, Mooresville.




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A Spotlight on Future

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The Mooresville Community Children’s Theatre scholarship program compiled by Renee Roberson

Lexia Gianopoulos


Eleni Kash


The Mooresville Community Children’s Theatre (MCCT) has been passionate over the years about nurturing up and coming performers, and the Clayton Miller Memorial Scholarship is one of the ways they exhibit this support. Clayton Miller, who passed away in 2014, was the original founder of the Mooresville Community Theater. In 1996, while serving as the Executive Director, Miller organized a group of volunteers to head up a children’s division under the main community theatre umbrella. The MCCT produced its first performance around 1997. But the theatre suffered from the waning economy and performed its last musical in 2009. Two years later, a group of board members worked with the Town of Mooresville to resurrect the children’s theatre. MCCT rehearses and performs in the town’s buildings, and just wrapped up their summer programming and performances, with more planned for the fall. Through the Clayton Miller Memorial Scholarship, award recipients can take their dedication to theater and apply the same dedication and passion throughout their lives. All profits from concessions at each show are 100 percent directed towards the scholarship program. In 2021, Lake Norman High School graduate Eleni Kash received the $1,000 scholarship. She began performing with MCCT in 2014 and spent time volunteering and working with sets, strikes, and concessions when she wasn’t performing. Kash is currently pursuing a degree in theatre with a minor in business at Coastal Carolina Community College. Mooresville resident Lexia Gianopoulos is the 2022 Clayton Miller Scholarship recipient of $1,000. She started her performing arts journey in fifth grade with “Aladdin” and continued performing in as many shows through MCCT throughout the years. She credits much of her confidence and future pursuits to the early exposure to performing arts. Gianopoulos graduated from the Community School of Davidson and is attending Furman University this fall to pursue degrees in Public Policy and Broadcast Journalism. | SEPTEMBER 2022



Yourself in the Arts Check out these affordable programs in our area compiled by Renee Roberson

Cain Center for the Arts

Classes through the Cornelius Arts Center are now offered through the Cain Center for the Arts. Choose from a variety of classes throughout the fall in mixed media, wheel throwing, handbuilding, watercolors, human and animal sculpture, oil painting, acrylics, comics and cartoon drawing, creating with clay, as well as classes for youth and open studio opportunities for those that aren’t looking for a regular commitment. Prices range from $30 for open studios to $175 for weekly classes. Visit for a full list of course descriptions, dates, and pricing.

Davidson Parks and Recreation

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Workshop Davidson and Hearts on Fiber to offer low-cost arts activities. There is also an after-school program offered in the fall for students in grades 6-12 called “PJ’s and Paintbrushes.” Visit for more information.

Huntersville Parks and Recreation Check out the Daytime Open Art Studio at the Huntersville Recreation Center on the first and third Wednesdays of each month.

Mooresville Parks and Recreation

Adults can choose from sketching, crafting, and painting with award-winning artist Maria Campagna and she will also offer classes for ages 7-18 years. Check out the Pre-School Art in the Park. Visit for pricing and dates/times.








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Left: Sons of Serendip will perform in Statesville on Nov. 12. Right: The Van Every Smith Galleries at Davidson College present “Lay of the Land” through Oct. 2. Below: Heartland Baroque performs in Davidson on Sept. 10.

CONCERTS Davidson’s Concerts on the Green All concerts take place from 6-8 p.m. on the Green in Davidson. The concerts are free,

Concerts @ the Circles


Tim Clark Band-Variety (Sept. 11) Davidson College Symphony & Jazz Ensemble (Sept. 25) 90s Kids-90s Tribute (Oct. 2) Beatlesque-Beatles Tribute (Oct. 16)

All concerts take place from 5-9 p.m. on Jetton Street in Davidson near Clean Juice and will feature an acoustic artist first followed by a headline artist. Rev On-The Foreigner Experience (Oct. 1) Carolina Soul Band-R&B (Oct. 22)

Second Saturdays at the Square

Enjoy live music on the porch of The Crazy Pig in Davidson from 6-8 p.m. Rusty Knox Duo & Paul Atkinson BandBluegrass/Americana (Sept. 10) Stella Rising-Rock Variety (Oct. 8)

Rock the Park Concert Series

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Cain Center for the Arts The inaugural season for the center will kick off in early January 2023 when doors to the new facility officially open. Throughout the fall, programming will be held at the Cornelius Arts Center located at 19725 Oak Street, Cornelius. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and performances begin at 8 p.m. Check website for individual ticket prices. Music at the Mill Becca Stevens (Oct. 8) Kat Wright (Oct. 22) Sam Burchfield (Nov. 5) Charlie Mars (Nov. 19) Ana Egge (Dec. 10)

Music at St. Alban’s The 2022-23 season will consist of eight varied performances (two in the fall are listed below). All concerts take place at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 301 Caldwell Lane, Davidson at 3 p.m., and will be proceeded by a free youth concert featuring local students on various instruments. General admission is $20, $15/seniors, $10/students, children 12 and under free. Tickets are available at the door for purchase at Charlton Singleton Jazz Quartet. (Oct. 23) Singleton is a Grammy-winning trumpeter and bandleader based in Charleston, S.C. Carolina Brass. (Nov. 20) A celebration of trumpeter William “Bill” Lawing, recently retired from Davidson College, where he taught music courses and conducted wind and jazz ensembles. Heartland Baroque Concert: “Wild Giants” (Sept. 10) The show begins at 7 p.m. Tickets available at door and online, $15 for seniors and students and $20 general admission. St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 301 Caldwell Lane, Davidson, Bound by a passion for playing instrumental music of the 17th and 18th-Centuries, Heartland Baroque is an ensemble made up of respected early music specialists from all over the United States. Its members Martie Perry and David Wilson, baroque violins, Keith Collins, dulcian, Barbara Krumdieck, baroque cello, and Billy Simms, theorbo and baroque guitar, hail from North Carolina, Indiana, California, and Maryland, and often perform together in other well-known historically-informed period instrument ensembles around the country. Heartland Baroque dives into the Baroque musical world with vigor, showing off the immediacy and technical brilliance, the vivacity and profundity, the lilt, complexity, and spontaneity of its composers.

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Rob Dicks (Sept. 12) Gardner-Webb Concert Choir (Oct. 10) This concert takes place at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Davidson. Charles Frost (Dec. 12)

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 $30, students are $15. Original Soul (Sept. 24) This captivating musical extravaganza features award-winning, Nashville-based musician and songstress Heidi Burson. Her inspirational vocals, along with her riveting 10-piece band, feature soulful classics such as “(I Never Loved a Man) The Way that I Love You,” “RESPECT,” “(You Make Me Feel) Like a Natural Woman,” and much more. Sons of Serendip (Nov. 12) This musical group of four friends, who came through a series of serendipitous events, came together in graduate school at Boston University. Micah Christian, a former teacher from Massachusetts, is the lead vocalist of the group; Codaro Rodriguez, a former attorney from Charlotte, is the pianist and guitarist, Kendall Ramseur, a former cello instructor from Charlotte is the cellist and vocalist; and Mason Morton, a former teacher from Atlanta, Ga., is the harpist. Together they competed and became finalists on the 9th season of “America’s Got Talent.” A Down Home Christmas in Statesville Featuring Sister Sadie (Dec. 10) This holiday program features the musical harmonies of Salisbury’s own Ethan Uslan and bluegrass group Sister Sadie.

GALLERIES Cain Center for the Arts Throughout the fall, programming will be held at the Cornelius Arts Center located at 19725 Oak Street, Cornelius. Mud at the Mill (Sept. 12-Nov. 11) The gallery show showcases functional, sculptural and experimental work that utilizes clay as the primary material. The show is open to all, from students to established artists as we celebrate a variety of use and techniques. Opening reception: Sept. 16 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

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, Lay of the Land (Through Oct. 2) Each year, the Van Every/ Smith Galleries present an exhibition that highlights the work of one or more studio art faculty. This year, the Galleries will collaborate with Katie St. Clair, Assistant Professor of Painting, on the presentation of her solo exhibition, “Lay of the Land.” The

exhibition will feature abstract, mixed media paintings inspired by the artist’s foraging for mushrooms and other experiences observing and immersing herself in the natural environment, both locally and internationally. In addition to a series of paintings and works on paper, St. Clair will present sculptural objects – pigments and natural and man-made debris composed into a frozen form. Over the duration of a few days at different times throughout the exhibition, the sculptures will “create” new paintings, as they melt onto a prepared surface positioned below. Opening reception: Sept. 15 from 6-7:30 p.m. Witness Trees (Sept. 12-Dec. 7) Mexico City-based artist Lorena Mal visits the campus for two weeks to create her exhibition, “Witness Trees,” her first solo show in North Carolina. Working in photography, drawing, and sculptural installation, Mal creates a dialogue between territories, specifically her native country of Mexico and the Southeastern United States, where the exhibition takes place. Seeking to connect rather than to divide, Mal explores the two landscapes through tree-drawings, botanical archives, as well as flowers and soil to approach a deeper past intersecting cultural, political and ecological traces. Opening reception: Sept. 29 from 6-7:30 p.m. Embodied Cartography in Territorial Disputes (Oct. 12-Dec. 7) Susan Harbage Page has spent her life crossing borders, both literally and figuratively. Born in Ohio, she moved to North Carolina and thus experienced both sides of the Mason-Dixon line at an early age. In 1969, when Page was 10 years old, her mother took her and her three sisters on a three-month European camping trip in a red VW bus. The five women crossed 23 borders, including the Iron Curtain countries of Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Yugoslavia, and Bulgaria. At Romania’s border, agents detained the family for a day. Being trapped between two borders and belonging to neither influenced Page’s work which explores militarized spaces, borderlands, nation, gender, race, archives, representation, and belonging. While Page has a lens-based/ documentary background, she currently works in photography, video, performance, and installation. Opening reception: Oct. 12 from 6-7:30 p.m.

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, 40th Annual Artoberfest Judged Show & Competition (Sept. 27-Oct. 27) One of Mooresville Arts largest events of the year, Artoberfest showcases art from local artists. Artists compete for top honors and Best of Show; this year’s show is judged by award-winning artist North Carolina artist Jerry Sams. The Artists’ Reception will take place on Oct. 7 from 6-8 p.m. Free. Tues.-Fri., Noon-4 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m.-2p.m. The Travel Exhibit for the American Watercolor Society’s Annual Juried Exhibition; Masters Members’ Exhibit (Nov. 1-Jan. 4) Stop by the gallery and view the forty paintings from | SEPTEMBER 2022



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THEATRE Davidson Community Players All fall performances take place at Armour Street Theatre, 307 Armour Street, Davidson, Murder on the Orient Express (Sept. 22-Oct. 9) Just after midnight, a snowdrift stops the Orient Express in its tracks. The luxurious train is surprisingly full for the time of the year, but by the morning it is one passenger fewer. An American tycoon lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. Isolated and with a killer in their



midst, the passengers rely on detective Hercule Poirot to identify the murderer in case he or she decides to strike again. Thurs.-Sat. 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m. Adults, $20; seniors, $18; students, $12. Boos & Brews (Oct. 27-29) This fun 10-minute play festival returns for its 6th year with spooky stories that will leave you shivering with fear and howling with laughter. Purchase tickets early as there are limited seats and they tend to sell out early. DCP Actors Lab, 20700 N. Main Street, Cornelius. Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Jr. (Nov. 4-13) The Connie Company’s youth actors will perform as the award-winning animated film and stage play comes to life in this romantic and beloved take on the classic fairytale. Based on the original Broadway production that ran for over thirteen years and was nominated for nine Tony Awards, and the Academy Awardwinning motion picture, “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast JR.” is a fantastic adaptation of the story of transformation and tolerance. The classic story tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end, and he will be transformed to his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity. Fri., 7 p.m., Sat., 1 and 4 p.m. and Sun., 1 p.m. All seats are general admission and $12.

Winter Wonderettes (Dec. 1-18) The Wonderettes are back! This seasonal celebration finds the girls entertaining at the annual Harper’s Hardware Holiday Party. When Santa turns up missing, the girls use their talent and creative ingenuity to save the holiday party! Featuring great ’60s versions of holiday classics such as “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town,” “Jingle Bell Rock,” “Run, Rudolph, Run,” and “Winter Wonderland,” the result is, of course, marvelous! This energetic and glittering holiday package is guaranteed to delight audiences of all ages. Thurs.-Sat. 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m. Adults, $20; seniors; $18; students $15.

The Green Room Community Theatre Established in 1987, The Green Room Community Theatre was started with the purpose to bring quality live theatre to artists and audiences in the area. It is their belief that theatre is a life-transforming experience and they work to provide diverse quality programming to the community at a reasonable cost in All fall performances take place at the Old Post Office Playhouse, 10 S. Main Avenue, Newton, Hello, Dolly! (Sept. 2-19) Bursting with humor, romance, and energetic dancing, “Hello, Dolly!” provides us with some of the greatest songs in musical theatre history. Join us for this musical adaptation of Thornton Wilder’s hit play The Matchmaker as we meet the romantic and comedic Dolly Gallagher-Levi, the turn-of-the-century match-

maker and “woman who arranges things,” who is certain to thrill and entertain audiences of every generation. Fri. and Sat. at 7:30 p.m.; Sun. at 3 p.m. Adults, $18; seniors, $16; students, $14; children, $8. Hamlet (Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, 7, 8) Hamlet is Shakespeare’s first masterpiece, arguably the greatest tragedy in the English language. Charged by his father’s ghost to kill his uncle, the new King Claudius, Prince Hamlet struggles with doubt and alienation in Denmark’s corrupt court. Fri. and Sat. at 7:30 p.m. These free performances will take place at Southside Park in Newton. A Few Good Men (Oct. 14-23) This memorable courtroom drama tells the riveting story of military lawyers at a court-martial who uncover a high-level conspiracy while defending their clients, two United States Marines accused of murder. The 1992 film of the same name was nominated for 4 Academy Awards including Best Picture, leaving us with one of the most unforgettable cinematic quotes, “You can’t handle the truth!” Fri. and Sat. at 7:30 p.m.; Sun. at 3 p.m. Adults, $18; seniors, $16; students, $14; children, $8.

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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. All performances take place at The Charles Mack Citizen Center, 215 N. Main Street, Mooresville, Joint production between the Community School of Davidson and MCCT The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical (Oct. 6-9 and Oct. 13-16) As a son of Poseidon, Percy Jackson has newly discovered powers he can’t control, monsters on his trail, and is on a quest to find Zeus’ lightning bolt to prevent a war between the Greek Gods. Featuring an original rock store, this musical will have fans of all ages cheering. Note: Check MCCT website for ticket prices and times. | SEPTEMBER 2022





Canine Assistance for Military Dr. Robert Lutz, Medical Director and member of the board for Continuing the Mission.

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Prior to the 1980s, the term Post Traumatic Distress Order (PTSD), was often referred to as combat fatigue or shell shock. Soldiers suffering from depression, anxiety, and the debilitating horrors of war were mis-diagnosed, untreated, or inadequately treated. Temporary furlough (rest and relaxation) was considered a remedy before returning soldiers to the front lines. Today, PTSD is recognized as a treatable condition requiring ongoing support from mental health professionals, veteran organizations, and family members. Multiple therapies implemented in conjunction with clinical approaches are often used to facilitate recovery. In Davidson, Suzy and Robert Lutz, founders of Continuing the Mission (CTM), provide fully trained assistance dogs to qualified PTSD veterans. Established in March 2016, CTM is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization that immerses dogs in continuous social and functional activities. The non-profit provides, at no cost to veterans, 4-5 assistance dogs in North Carolina each year. Suzy Lutz, CTM Executive Director and a military spouse for thirty years, has experience training dogs in obedience, agility, and pet therapy. A former accountant for the Defense Department, Lutz understands the impact dogs can have on people and sports medicine. | SEPTEMBER 2022



After eighteen months with a foster family, and working with Cortney Owens, CTM’s Director of Assistance Dog Training, the dogs are reassigned to Owens for full-time task training.

Lutz’s husband, Dr. Robert Lutz, board certification in Emergency Medicine and Sports Medicine, is CTM’s Medical Director & Member of the Board. Dr. Lutz retired from the US Army in 2017 after a 30-year career. With multiple combat deployments including service in Iraq and Afghanistan, he has first-hand experience caring for patients with post-traumatic stress.

A thoughtful training and placement process According to Lutz, “Training and placing dogs is a multi-step program. We follow a birth-to-placement process working with Labrador Retrievers. The dogs are placed with foster families, where they’re taught house training, confidence in new situations, walking appropriately on a leash, and good citizenry in a family environment.” After eighteen months with a foster family, and working with Cortney Owens, CTM’s Director of Assistance Dog Training, the dogs are reassigned to Owens for full-time task training. Owens provides ongoing canine instruction for CTM, conducts yearly recertification, and manages the daily health and exercise requirements for CTM Assistance Dogs. “Cortney trains the dogs to complement trauma-based therapy, says Lutz, “where the dog learns behaviors to assist with grounding techniques.” The dog’s abilities are tailored to the needs of the PTSD recipient. Conversely, the PTSD recipient is educated on American Disabilities Act (ADA) laws, the role of a service dog, and how to interact with the dog in public situations. The dogs and the recipients are exposed to and assessed in a variety of real-world scenarios. Recently, during ‘Pairing Week,’ two newly paired veterans and their canines, along with Lutz and Owens, visited Concord Regional Airport, where they partnered with TSA agents to run through several scenarios: security screen42


ing, queuing, renting a car. Additionally, the dogs in training are brought to Fort Bragg two to three times per year to share the program with military families.

The ‘Passing of the Leash’ When it comes time to turn the dog over to the recipient, Lutz and her team spend one week partnering with the veteran to establish a sound transition. During this time, the recipient is coached on the abilities and functions of the dog, how to manage the dog, the proper way to issue commands, and practicing tasks. Additionally, the recipient’s family is educated in service dog protocols and handling. Once the dog and its new owner complete CTM testing requirements, the ‘Passing of the Leash Ceremony’ takes place, and the dog is officially handed over to its new owner. Annual re-certification and ongoing training and support are provided to all CTM recipients. “We’re trying to touch as many lives with leashes as possible,” says Lutz. “Psychiatric service dogs are just gaining recognition. I hope that in the future, CTM will be positioned to extend its services to first responders. Currently, we have a waiting list of ten PTSD Veterans, which takes us three years out. More foster families, more volunteers, and more awareness will get us there.” For more information about Continuing the Mission, go to Veterans requiring emergency assistance can call Veterans Crisis Line at 1.800.273.8255 and press 1. | SEPTEMBER 2022



The Lakeside Artists Studio Tour in Mooresville allows members of the community to interact with artists and support their work.




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Area studio tour showcases a wide array of original works by Allison Futterman photography by Lisa Crates

The Lake Norman area is a mecca for creative expression, including artists of all mediums. This includes the Lakeside Artists Studio Tour, which has taken place in Mooresville since 2009. Members of the public can not only see the beautiful works of local artists, but interact with them, learn about their creative process, hear the story behind what inspired each piece, visit several art studios, and see live demonstrations. The show is in October, which is a beautiful time of year by the lake. It’s also the time when many people start thinking about holiday gifts. A unique, handcrafted piece of art that also supports local artists is a great option. | SEPTEMBER 2022



From left to right: Angela Rocchio, painter, Rick Luttrell, potter, Sandie Bell, painter, Nancy Rosato, fused glass, Suzie Council, potter, Karen Dortschy, painter.

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Rick and Carol Luttrell have been involved with the tour for many years. Carol has been integral when it comes to the organization aspects of the tour, focusing on much of the behind the scenes aspects. Although she started volunteering her skills in support of Rick, she says, “I was a customer from the first year. I loved going even before Rick was involved.” Rick creates functional stoneware pottery that’s decorative. Having spent 45 years as a math teacher, you might think a creative endeavor such as pottery is entirely different from something as logical as math. But he sees pottery as having its own innate logic to it. “Except for hand building, everything starts as a cylinder. From there, you might move the walls out to make a bowl or flatten it to make a plate. But it all starts from logical points.” When he retired, he and his wife built a pottery studio under their garage. “Carole didn’t want to look at me doing sudoku or watching TV,” he jokes.

Highlighting Local Talent

Another participant in the tour is Sandie Bell, a devoted supporter of the arts who has been a docent at Mooresville Arts for many years. An artist who works in painting, collage, and mixed media, Bell has been interested in art since childhood. “I was always the one who did the posters in school.” Her talent earned her a scholarship to the Columbus School of Art and Design. “I was always the best one in every art class until I got to art school,” she says. She has been involved with the tour since its inception “A friend called and said a bunch of us are thinking of getting together and doing an art tour,” says Bell. She welcomed the chance to be a 46


part of something in the community that focused on local talent. Thanks to her hard work, along with that of fellow artists, the first tour was launched in 2009.

Wide Ranging Talent

The 2022 Tour will include six studios and neighborhood sites along the Brawley School Road corridor. Some of the homes are lakeside, which adds to the beauty of the experience. There will be 20 artists participating this year, representing an impressive array of styles. This includes painting, pottery, wood turning, mosaics, photography, glass, metal work, and fiber. Artists will have different pieces available for sale, but they will be taking commissions. If someone likes the particular style and talent of an artist, they have the opportunity to consult with them to design a piece that works specifically for them.

Everyone is Welcome

The lakeside artist community wants art to be accessible to everyone and offers the tour at no cost to attendees. And while people might think purchasing a piece of art would be out of reach for them, this event has a wide variety of options. From smaller items, such as a pack of notecards—to paintings that might be $1,000, there’s something for all budgets. “It’s free, but you should bring your checkbook, because you’ll probably see something you want,” says Bell. Show schedule: Friday and Saturday, Oct. 28 & 29 from 10 a.m.– 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30 from noon–4:00 pm

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Huntersville home office inspired by musical influences by Renee Roberson photography by Tiffany Ringwald Photography

With more and more people working from home, offices and workspaces have become one of the popular projects designers are asked to collaborate on and lend their expertise. This was the case with an attorney who works out of a home office in Huntersville. Misty Molloy, founder of CoCreative Interiors, had already completed work for the family’s living room and eat-in kitchen when the office project came along. Never being one to shy away from color, Molloy knew she wanted to shine a light on the attorney’s love for music (he’s also a keyboardist for a Phish cover band!) He requested the office be transformed into a functional space that also had plenty of personality. With a forest green velvet office chair, a custom window treatment, a “money” plant for good fortune, and “Deep Sea Dive” paint color from Sherwin Williams, the transformation was stunning.

Molloy planned a design concept that would complement a piano that’s a work of art in itself. The painting above the piano is a commissioned piece from Charlotte artist Alicia Rocco—she created the piece as an interpretation of the style of Phish’s music. Another trick Molloy utilized was to paint the walls and trim in different sheens—the trim is semi gloss. She says this method makes the ceilings feel taller than they really are.

“A designer helps you push your boundaries,” says Molloy. But, as she points, out, working with a professional also covers things like making sure the desk chair will fit under the desk properly and that computers and printers have enough outlets and storage space. The result is a gorgeous, modern space with individualized touches that will make the work day fly by. BEFORE | SEPTEMBER 2022



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p. 58 Italian wine at Mi Amiche p. 60 The appeal of hard cider Peninsula Prime General Manager Ryan Selman creates the Prime Smoked Old Fashioned.

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That’s Amore at Mooresville’s Mi Amici Italian wine, lots of it and lots to like by Trevor Burton photography by Trevor Burton

A perfect pairing for the wine from Basilicata.

Italy is a young country; it used to be a collection of dukedoms and principalities. It became a unified country only some 160 years ago. It was, and still is, a diverse country. It shows in local cultures and customs. And it shows in the diversity and styles of Italy’s wines. There are 20 defined wine regions and about 2,500 different grapes used to make the huge portfolio of Italian wines. The world of Italian wine is tremendously broad and tremendously deep. Lots to explore and lots of fun exploring.

Rolle. Or, maybe, it arrived from Spain.

Exploring is what a group of wine enthusiasts and I did at recent wine dinner at Mi Amici restaurant in Mooresville. We didn’t go for the most well known wines of Italy. Instead, we wanted to get off the beaten track and go venturing into some of the lesser known regions of the country. We wanted to taste the breadth of wines available and to pair them with some of Mi Amici’s dishes.

That brings me to the main course, a bowl of penne pasta and sautéed vegetables with marinara sauce. The wine, Aglianico del Vulture, that was paired with this dish is, in my opinion, a tremendous value. It was also perfect for the pasta dish. It has a couple of misperceptions about it that cause people to shun it for the certainty and comfort of a well-known region, such as Tuscany.

I requested some relatively obscure wines and co-owner Nick Bonarrigo did a wonderful job in getting hold of them. Each wine was interesting and delicious. Don’t take my word for it, those were the opinions of the people at the dinner. Additionally, Bonarrigo dug into his menu and came up with dishes to go along with the wines, sometimes making small modifications. This was, simply, a blast. I could give you an itemized description of each pairing, but I’d like to single out a couple of wines that made a big impression.

First, it is from the little-known region of Basilicata in the instep of the foot of Italy. Not many people are familiar with Basilicata. Second, the grapes for the wine, Aglianico, are from the slope of an extinct volcano, Monte Vulture. The pronunciation of the mountain’s name in Italian is “Vool-too-REH.” It’s almost romantic. In English it connotes a bird that lunches on carrion. The thought of a wine that pairs well with roadkill can be a little off-putting.

A Vermentino from Sardinia was paired with Bonarrigo’s wedding soup. Wines from Sardinia are a favorite of mine. Sardinia is an island off the west coast of Italy. The island punches well above its weight. The amount of quality wines compared to its population way exceeds any other region of Italy. It’s Italian but Sardinia’s history has a lot to do with France and Spain. Vermentino could have come to Sardinia from southern France, where it’s known as 58


Wherever it’s from, it has thrived on the island. There is lots of sunshine and the island is surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea. That gives it cool breezes to retain some wine crispness. In addition, there is the Mistral, a strong, cold wind from the north. The result is a complex, not too acidic, crisp wine that was perfect for the soup.

Aglianico del Vulture is a deep, intense wine. But it has two marketing strikes against it that keep the price lower than it should be. A great wine that’s a great value. And, boy, did it go well with the pasta. This was a perfect way to go exploring some of Italy’s lesser-known but fabulous wines. A fabulous job by Nick Bonarrigo. And a fun and tasty way to wander around the wines of Italy.

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Apples? by Abigail Smathers

A look at the popularity of hard ciders and where you can find them locally With fall fast approaching, so will the leaves change color, the air become crisp, and taverns begin peddling their seasonal drinks. Imported wines and craft beers are the drink of choice for many, but autumn brings a new contender to the table—one that’s often overlooked. Though their popularity is quickly growing, hard ciders still get the short end of the stick when it comes to adult beverages, and it’s not completely without cause. Let’s face it: there are plenty of tough contenders on every drink menu out there, but hard ciders shouldn’t be counted out so quickly! Their rich history, intricate fermentation process, and complex range of flavors (not to mention their relatively low alcohol content) make them more than worthy of the space in your glass. Going back as far as the Roman Era, people have been enjoying hard cider for recreation, using the drink as a form of currency, and perfecting the science of its fermentation. By the pilgrim era, apple seeds would find themselves journeying to the New World, where apple culture would take its roots. As the industrial revolution rolled around, though, cider’s grip on the public began to wane. That is, until recent years, when “craft beverages” and microbrewing grew to be (or rather, returned to being) the hip thing to do. Ironically enough, the reintroduction of artisanal beer and small-batch spirits is what would bring hard ciders back into the limelight. 60


Unlike beer, cider is fermented rather than brewed, which gives it the great acidity and tannin that wine is famous for. Unlike wine, however, ciders can pair well with a variety of cuisines such as Thai and Japanese food, as well as sulfuric vegetables like asparagus, Brussel sprouts, and kale. Cider has its own special place amongst foodies and casual drinkers but can also be just as complex and specialized as import wines and craft beers. Ciders can be dry or sweet, can hail from different growing regions, and can be made from a wide spectrum of fruits. Some varieties of heirloom apple, grown specifically for fermentation, can take up to five years to bear any fruit! No two ciders are the same, and you’ll find that the drink can offer just as much range and intricacy as fine wine. Lake Norman has its own selection of local breweries and restaurants who pour a great glass of cider, especially during the months of September, October, and November. Hoptown Brewing in Mooresville carries a fantastic selection of seasonal drinks from Botanist & Barrel, while Lost Worlds Brewing in Cornelius hosts a fine range of ciders year-round. King Canary Brewing Co. in Mooresville not only serves when the season’s ripe, but hold an Oktoberfest that spotlights limited-release drinks! This fall, do yourself a favor and try swapping out your beer or wine for a locally-crafted cider. Johnny Appleseed would be proud.

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The Perfect Pico Spice up your next taco night with this flavorful pico— the perfect combination of sweet and spicy. While I love it on some grilled chicken or pork tacos, it’s good enough to eat all by itself with your favorite bag of tortilla chips. You can manage the heat by adding more or less jalapeños and it stores wonderfully in an airtight container for several days in the fridge. Ingredients: 2 mangos, diced 1/2 red onion, diced 1/2 cup cilantro, chopped 4 Roma tomatoes, diced 2-4 jalapeños, seeds removed and diced Juice from 2 limes 1 tablespoon olive oil Salt and pepper to taste Instructions: Mix all ingredients in a large bowl and allow to marinate for 15 minutes.

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Top Choice Dining Peninsula Prime Seafood & Steakhouse provides ambience and delectable menu by Tony Ricciardelli | photography by Lisa Crates

Every day we make choices: What to wear choices and where to shop choices. Time to sleep choices and time to rise choices. Drive to work choices and where to park choices. While the decisions we make may be necessary, they can be unimaginative and humdrum, so let’s bring it to a more self-deserving, satisfying level. Let’s choose a place to eat, where the menu is impressive but not overwhelming, where the atmosphere and décor are relaxing and inspiring, where we can find a cure for the mundane routines in our lives. Solution: Dining at Peninsula Prime Seafood and Steakhouse is a gratifying choice. The upscale eatery, which opened in March, resides in the space previously occupied by Alton’s Kitchen & Cocktails in Cornelius. The restaurant offers “farm to fork” dining, featuring ingredients produced by local farmers and businesses. According to Linda Galdieri, Hospitality Consultant for The Cambridge Hospitality Group, “We will never sacrifice quality when it comes to providing the freshest, top-quality products. We’re always on the look64


out for local businesses and food purveyors who share the same appreciation for excellence in epicurean offerings and services.”

Supporting local vendors

Buying local adds to the restaurant’s appeal, and Peninsula Prime is proud of its relationships with its vendors including Sweet Cakes Bakery in Cornelius, providing desserts to the restaurant; Second Hill Farms, located in Cleveland, N.C., offering hydroponic greens; Sunraised Farms, a Company which uses freerange organic sheep to graze the grounds on solar farms, providing the restaurant’s lamb. The beef, pork, and seafood arrive daily through local suppliers; Dukes Bread of Charlotte delivers breads made from scratch every day. The restaurant boasts sparkling chandeliers and mahogany woodwork that welcomes patrons with a warm art-deco vibe. Each table features a beautiful floral arrangement provided by locally owned R & D Creative Florals. The bar itself is a centerpiece, featuring a mirrored backsplash adding depth to the towering pyramid of unique top-shelf domestic and international

Left: The Blueberry Lemon Fizz cocktail and Chilean Sea Bass. Right: Lobster Cakes.

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wines, liquors, and liqueurs. Opposite the bar and across the dining room, a glass-enclosed, illuminated wine room is nearing completion. The restaurant has two levels of seating and accommodates 145 patrons; the forthcoming outdoor patio, scheduled to open this coming Fall, will seat an additional sixty patrons. “The patio will be stunning,” says Galdieri, “and we’re developing a new menu to pair with the outdoor ambience. The heated space will offer year-round, outdoor dining.”

Employee appreciation is key

To build customer loyalty and to instill assurance in its staff, Peninsula Prime believes in rewarding employees for a job well done as much as it believes that ongoing training improves employee performance. Galdieri understands the importance of maintaining positive morale and the value of employee pride. “We’re big on employee appreciation,” she emphasizes, “We celebrate employee performance with rewards including gift cards and recognition for a job well done. Our chefs and kitchen crew, including former Alton’s employees, are adept at their craft. Their knowledge and professionalism shine evident as first-time customers become regulars.” One example of a commitment to

ongoing training is ‘Wine Education Tuesdays,’ when employees gain in-depth knowledge about European wines and how to pair them. Currently, the restaurant’s general manager is attending a wine stewardship training program, on his way to becoming a certified sommelier. With a welcoming ambience, a storehouse of fine ingredients, skilled chefs, and an educated staff, Peninsula Prime presents a delectable menu. Customer favorites include Lobster Cakes, Fried Green Tomatoes, and the 8-ounce standard filet. The Bleu Cheese Truffle Crust, an optional topping and popular add-on, goes well with any meat, fish, or poultry dish. Top selling libations include the Prime Old Fashioned, and the Blueberry-Lemon Fizz. Looking at Peninsula Prime’s menu, will it be Baked Brie or Shrimp & Avocado? Roasted Beet Salad or Apple & Spiced Pecan Salad? Prime Ribeye or New York Strip? Verlasso Salmon or Cornbread Scallops? Porkchops or chicken? Flavorable choices, indeed. For hours, reservations, and more information about Peninsula Prime Seafood & Steakhouse, located at 19918 N Cove Road in Cornelius, visit their website at, or call 704.655.2727. | SEPTEMBER 2022






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Family Fun Festival of Food Trucks (Sept. 3) Visit Downtown Mooresville for food trucks, live music, and shopping. Free. 5-8:30 p.m. North Main Street, Mooresville, Buccaneer Bash (Sept. 10) Encounter scallywags, sword swinging and shenanigans including pirate school, costume contests, a pirate militia battle, artisan market, and more. 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. $12 18. Rural Hill, Neck Road, Huntersville, Amazing Maize Maze (Opens Sept. 10) Navigate the giant 7-acre corn maize featuring more than two miles of interconnecting paths. Take a hayride around the farm, enjoy local beer, wine and cider, play a round of cornhole, and more. Times and ticket prices vary. Rural Hill, Neck Road, Huntersville, Creating with Books: Design a Book Jacket (Sept. 10) Listen to stories and extend your learning by designing a book jacket. Library books (with their re-designed jackets) will be placed on temporary display for others to check out and enjoy. Appropriate for ages 5-11 years. Free. Registration encouraged. 2 – 3 p.m. Cornelius Library. Safety Saturday (Sept. 17) Enjoy a day of learning about safety fun for the entire family while interacting with local first responders, safety vehicles, and music. 10 a.m. – noon. Birkdale Village, Birkdale Commons Pkwy. & Sam Furr Rd, Huntersville. What a Catch! – Introduction to Fishing (Sept. 26) Enjoy freshwater fishing at one of the most popular fishing spots in Mecklenburg County. Use live bait and identify various species of fish found in the area. All equipment is provided, however feel free to bring your own rod and reel. Ages 6+. $8. 10 – 11a.m. Latta Nature Preserve, 6211 Sample Road, Huntersville, www. Star Gazing (Sept. 30) Join the Park Rangers and the Piedmont 68


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Sports Davidson College Men’s Soccer Davidson Men’s soccer take on Averett (Sept. 9), George Mason (Sept. 24) and Virginia Tech (Sept. 27). All games at 7 p.m. Davidson College, Alumni Soccer Stadium, Davidson College Football The Wildcats face off against Barton (Sept. 10) and St Andrews (Sept. 17). Both games at 7 p.m. Davidson College, Richardson Stadium,

Out + About Poetry Reading (Sept. 11) Join Main Street Books and Charlotte Writers Club North for an afternoon with local author Chris Arvidson who has co-edited three anthologies in which her own work appears, including “Mountain Memoirs: An Ashe County Anthology,” “Reflections on the New River: New Essays, Poems and Personal Stories,” and “The Love of Baseball: Essays by Lifelong Fans.” 2 p.m. Free. Summit Coffee Stage, Main St, Davidson. Art Party at Lunas’s (Sept. 24) Enjoy music, cocktails, and appetizers along with eight custom hand-painted leather jackets by kenT youngstrom and jewlery by local artist Cindy Lazes. Shop for one-of-kind paintings in the studio room. Free. 4-7 p.m. Luna’s, located at Home Heart & Soul, 20901 Catawba Ave., Cornelius. Symphony Under the Stars (Sept. 30) Enjoy a concert featuring the Lake Norman Philharmonic. Food trucks will also be on site. Free. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Liberty Park Ampitheatre, 255 E. Iredell Ave., Mooresville,

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The companions we live with The other day I am talking with a guy who I just met, who seems likeable and could be added to my collection of friends. We were exchanging information to get to know each other better….. still working? married? children? grandchildren? All the typical cordial stuff to better acquaint each other. And then he asked, “do you have any pets?” I must have bristled when I responded, “We have two cats that we consider our companions” in a tone that was a bit brisk. He stepped back a bit and I thought, where did that come from? I said, “Where did that come from—sorry man, that came across pretty harsh.” We talked further until things smoothed out. My unconscious reaction to calling my pets, pets reveals something that all pet owners know, and those that don’t have a dog, cat, bird, or animal in their lives, have a difficult time understanding—our pets are more than pets. They are true companions. They are always there for us, no matter how happy or blue we might be. They can be our best friend or feel like our children. My thinking as of late has been that referring to them as pets is a bit demeaning. My cats, and the dogs I grew up with, have personalities that make them each distinct. They are individuals. Yeah, I know, I may be talking crazy and I have friends who will agree, but somehow referring to these companions as pets, to my

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way of thinking, puts them in the same category as a Pet Rock you might display on a shelf. Cats, dogs, and other animals have personality traits in much the same way humans do, says a University of Texas at Austin psychologist who is working toward developing a new field in animal personality. Dr. Samuel D. Gosling has said “there is no unified body of research on animal personality. Some of the early pioneers of psychology studied personality in animals, and then the subject disappeared. I suspect that psychologists thought it didn’t sound very scientific. Scientists have been reluctant to ascribe personality traits, emotions and thoughts to animals, even though they readily accept that the anatomy and physiology of humans is similar to animals.” Gosling went on to say, “Darwin himself argued that emotions exist in non-human animals, and his evolutionary theory suggests that behavioral traits, including personality, can evolve in just the same way as fins, wings and arms. We should realize that studying the personality of animals could help us understand a lot about human personality.” So, I guess what I want to say is that it’s OK to think of your animal companions as being more than pet rocks. They do exude personalities and do exhibit fondness for you that’s as real as a close relative or friend. Go ahead and give them a hug and a kiss. They’ll appreciate it and you’ll feel better too. | SEPTEMBER 2022


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d o o F t oC mfor Puff Pastry Chicken Pot Pie Just the words “Chicken Pot Pie”always give me a warm comforting vibe. However, it can be quite laborious to assemble, which may cause many people to opt for a store-bought pie. But it doesn’t have to be that way! Here are my tips to make a “homemade” pie that the whole family will love! I feel that simple is best, so I eliminated the need for a top and bottom crust in this recipe, by just using a sheet of perfect-everytime Puff Pastry. No rolling required - just cut to fit your dish! Next, always remember, rotisserie chicken is your friend. Not only does it add that slow roasted flavor, it’s ready when you are! My grocery store even has packages of the meat already pulled from the bird! Look for it! And finally, skip the chopping, and grab a bag of frozen mixed vegetables. They are frozen at their peak of freshness, and couldn’t make this pie any easier! Once you have those ingredients assembled, it’s time to bring out the secret ingredient - Pancetta! Simply start the pie filling by browning the pancetta (or diced bacon) in a large saucepan. Once the browning is done, leave those tasty pork juices in the pan, to marry with the veggie & chicken filling. The addition of that bit of salty pork flavor really adds loads of flavor to this pie! This recipe makes the perfect dish for Sunday Supper, or anytime you feel like a comforting homemade dish. Servings: 6 Prep time: 15 minutes Cooking time: 45 minutes

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Ingredients: 1 tablespoon olive oil 4 oz. finely diced pancetta (or bacon) 1 tablespoon unsalted butter 2 large shallots - diced 2 medium carrots - peeled/diced fine 2 teaspoons dried Italian seasoning ¼ cup flour 2 ½ cups low-sodium chicken broth ¼ cup heavy cream 3 cups shredded cooked chicken (such as rotisserie) 1 (12 oz.) pkg. frozen mixed vegetables (such as peas, corn and beans) 1 sheet frozen Puff Pastry 1 egg Instructions: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Remove frozen mixed vegetables and Puff Pastry from the freezer to thaw while preparing the filling. For the filling: heat a tablespoon of olive oil in a large saucepan, and add the pancetta. Cook over Medium heat, stirring occasionally until brown and crispy, about 8 minutes. Remove pancetta and set aside, leaving the cooking juices in the pan. Next, add butter, shallots, and carrots to the pan. Season with ¼ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Cook over Medium heat until carrots are tender, about 5-6 minutes. While vegetables cook, roll out puff pastry and cut to fit your baking dish. Set aside. When carrots are tender, stir in flour and cook for 1 minute. Increase heat to Medium High, and add the chicken broth. Stir and scrape up the brown bits on the bottom of the pan. Cook and stir frequently until the mixture thickens, about 3 minutes. Then add the cooked pancetta, heavy cream, chicken, frozen vegetables and Italian seasoning. Stir to combine, and simmer for 3 minutes until heated through. Finally, transfer pot pie filling to a pie or casserole dish and roll 1 sheet of puff pastry over the top, cut to fit the dish. Brush puff pastry with beaten egg, and bake for 20-25 minutes or until puff pastry is golden. | SEPTEMBER 2022


Have You Found Yourself in a Financial Situation ? Situational Finance isn’t a term that you hear much in my business although I practically deal with it on a daily basis. So you may ask yourself, what is it David? When people come to me for help, they may have found themselves in a situation that they are either not familiar with, not comfortable with, or both. I’d say that retirement planning just scratches the surface. To give you an idea of some of the situations that I have helped people with, here are just a handful: • Inheritance from a friend or family member that someone needs advice on • A spouse or partner now has the “financial reins” where they didn’t before due to death, divorce, illness, etc. and they are not comfortable in that position • A business owner has sold out part or all their interest in the business and needs some direction • An individual has turned 65 years old and doesn’t want to make a mistake when choosing their Medicare options • Someone has just finished having their taxes prepared and their tax bill is enormous. They would like to know if something can be done to reduce their income taxes in the future

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Comfortable Certitude A neo bistro in Paris provides backdrop for anniversary by Trevor Burton photography by Trevor Burton

A couple of years back, my wife, Mary Ellen, and I made a quick trip to The City of Light to celebrate a big occasion. Paris has been an integral part of our life together and it seemed only right to be there to raise a toast to a major anniversary. We decided that the appropriate place to do that was at Le Violon d’Ingres, located in a local, busy and cozy shopping street, close to the Eiffel Tower. A good decision. We’ve known the restaurant’s founder, Christian Constant, and the restaurant for many years. We’ve celebrated many things and many times with Constant. Just a quick aside, I got in touch with him a few years ago about setting up a wine pairing lunch with one of North Carolina’s best wineries, Hanover Park. Not only did he agree, he created a special menu for the wines—not just a selection of dishes from his menu, but a unique lunch. Pretty special and a great complement to Hanover Park. We go back with Constant to his days as executive chef at the restaurant in the Hôtel de Crillon where he earned two Michelin stars. And, for almost a quarter of a century, we’ve been regular visitors to this restaurant that he founded. It has been graced with its own Michelin star. Christian Constant has moved on. But we were confident that the spirit of the place, in a luxurious neo-bistro style, would remain unchanged. And, of course, that the cuisine would be as excellent as ever. After our anniversary toasting, we can vouch for that. The restaurant is best described by the term, “quiet and understated elegance.” It’s more like a classy bistro with fabulous food and wine. A good place to begin to get a feel for the restaurant would be with 78


wine. We ordered a recommended wine, a bottle of Chablis. A “regular” Chablis, not one of the prestigious Cru crew. The wine was spectacular and an example of Violon d’Ingres’ excellence. It was from a small production made by Thomas Pico. Pico uses only organic grapes that he grows himself, or grapes from farmers he knows and works with intimately. A unique wine that the restaurant’s team selected for their guests. This isn’t named as a Premier Cru but, wait a while, I’m sure it will be. Right now, a seriously great white wine at a pretty reasonable price. We went for the tasting menu. Service was impeccable; constant attention but quiet and unobtrusive. We started with an amusebouche which was a mousse of mushrooms topped with truffles. I couldn’t resist the appetizer of foie gras—a rare treat but, once in a while, you’ve got to go for it. I expected it to be out-of-thisworld and it was. That was followed by sea bass topped with almonds. These dishes were just another example of what Le Violon d’Ingres is all about. Simplicity, using excellent ingredients that are superbly prepared. Then came dessert. I had mentioned, when I made our reservation, that we were celebrating our anniversary. Mary Ellen chose a poached pear and I went for the Grand Marnier soufflé. Again, simplicity ruled the day. The pear was beautifully (maybe, that should be exquisitely) presented—and with a celebratory candle. This was, as always, a great experience—that understated elegance I mentioned, previously. Quiet, gentle and attentive service combined with wonderful food and wine. What a way to end our little visit to Paris. And what a way to toast a major anniversary. We’ll be back.

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SEPTEMBER 2022 by Mickey Dunaway

In the phases of our lives, we are dependent, growing and learning to be independent, putting down roots and legacies, and hopefully growing into giant Sequoias in the lives of our families. This month I am pulled toward the idea that September, not January, is a superior month to do some serious reflecting on those growth cycles. It is harvest time—a time to consider what is genuinely important to us as we move forward—whatever or however long that future may be. There will be more changes in our directions. We can almost touch what is to be but is not yet known, and our futures will be glimpsed through a mirror darkly. Each month I sit down on the first Sunday with incomplete metaphors and blurred memories that have been rumbling around in my head since the last month’s column. The first thing I try to do is to slow everything down in my head so that I can work them into an expressive and significant theme for the upcoming month’s column. For this September 2022 Moment in Time, one idea has reverberated and remained with me as I have often thought about what would emerge as Sunday, Aug. 7 approached. My ideas this month have been determinedly focused on September 11, 2001. As important is how we can give it the personal meaning it deserves. It will concentrate single-mindedly on nudging us all to reflect personally on that quiet day in September when the lives of 2,977 Americans were taken from us. It is a suitable way—I think—to begin thoughts of 9-11 by mentally placing yourself geographically where you were when you first heard the news that has changed our nation evermore. 80


Dwell for a moment on the people around you when you heard about it. What were your reactions—immediately and over time? Momentarily focus on your thoughts and reactions that day on the people in the twin towers of the World Trade Center. Finally, think about loved ones who talked to their loved ones as they waited for certain death—husbands, and wives who had seen their lovers off to another day’s work on that typical September day. Much has been written about the War on Terror that began that day and continues unabated 21 years later. I hope to focus your reflections on those who died and whose families’ lives were forever altered by that moment in time. Some of you all may have direct connections to those 2,977 souls who left us that day. If so, please talk to a neighbor about what that has meant to you. I expect it will be good for you to talk about how it has affected you and your neighbor, who also hears your story. I have no connections to the souls lost on that day. Still, I repeatedly play a song written by famous English singer and songwriter Mark Knopfler each September. He brings the emotions of the souls lost in the twin towers directly to my psyche. Knopfler released a song in 2006 titled “If This is Goodbye” — a duet with American country singer Emmylou Harris. The song is much like a “call and response” musical conversation between a husband who knows he is going to die and his wife who is safely at home. All the lyrics are touching, but two verses—one to lead off the song and one in the middle always bring me to the verge of tears and one toward the center.

The tragedy of that “everyday kind of day” is expressed in the first verse: My famous last words Are laying around in tatters Sounding absurd Whatever I try But I love you And that’s all what really matters If this is goodbye If this is goodbye If This is Goodbye Mark Knopfler and Emmylou Harris by Mercury Records and Universal Music, 2006 The middle verse expresses the finality of that day that both people accept and yet use their love to positively live their last few moments together: Who knows how long we’ve got Or what we’re made of Who knows if there’s plan or not There is our love I know there is our love If This is Goodbye Mark Knopfler and Emmylou Harris by Mercury Records and Universal Music, 2006

You can find the lyrics at and listen to the song on Pandora or Spotify. I urge you to do both! I hope you will take time this September and reflect on how much the people you love, the people you see regularly, and those you haven’t seen in years mean to you. More importantly, let them know. I encourage you to go one step further—write down some of those stories of your life that still bring joy when you think of them. Leave a trail of your life for your descendants to follow. Then share them with family and friends. I know that every life lost on September 11, 2001, mattered. Every memory they never shared counted. Every story of growing up mattered. Just the same, your personal Moments in Time matter—maybe not now—but one day, you will be proud that you wrote down your stories for your children and their children and their children—and for yourself.

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awyers help people. It’s what we do. But there are some things we can’t fix, like hurt feelings. As an estate/probate attorney I see LOTS of hurt feelings. Consider this scenario, which replays itself over and over:

Mary calls a lawyer and says “Mom didn’t name me as her executor! I always knew she liked Sally better!” Now Mary is fightin’ mad and ready to “lawyer up”. She asks the lawyer to monitor the estate to make sure Sally is doing her job. Lo and behold, Sally is doing everything by the book. The lawyer tells Mary this, thinking she’ll be relieved. Instead, Mary is angry with the lawyer. The lawyer simply told Mary her findings, which was not what she wanted to hear. As it turns out, Mary is just plain hurt. And there is nothing the lawyer, or any court, can do to fix that. And Sally? She is just trying to do her job and wishes Mary had been named as Executor instead. She has put in countless hours gathering information, dealing with the probate court, cleaning out a house with DECADES worth of old mail, Tupperware containers, and ketchup packets, all while being on the receiving end of Mary’s resent-

ment and misguided allegations. And by the way, Sally is getting paid nothing to do this! Sadly, this story often ends the same way: the family is forever torn apart. Can this be avoided? Consider talking to your loved ones ahead of time. Let them know what your wishes are and your reasoning. Too awkward of a conversation? Consider a handwritten letter for your loved ones to accompany the Will when it’s time to be read. This simple act could help prevent a crisis down the road--one that no one, not even your lawyer, can fix.

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Ready to Throw it Back? Fall Fashion Trends for 2022 by Renee Roberson Photos courtesy of Remedy Clothiers/Facebook

Fall fashion trends include sustainable brands, throwbacks to the 80s and 90s, and romantic styles.

As the temperature are slowly starting to cool, I notice the fall clothing making its way onto the racks of my favorite boutiques around the area. I’ve tried to pay more attention to what types of classic pieces I could integrate into my own closet (such as button-up shirts, classic heels, and denim), but also want to select a few more “on trend” items from the season. Anita Madalazzo, owner of Remedy Clothiers in Jetton Village, says that styles from the 1980s are definitely coming back, and this is something I’ve already noticed with the reappearance of acid-washed jeans. (I recently purchased an acid-washed denim romper from Apricot Lane in Birkdale Village to wear to a Garth Brooks concert and know that my 13-year-old self would have loved it). She also said flare-leg denim is making a comeback and suggests pairing with chunky knit sweaters and block heels. For a softer look, romantic styles are also on trend, such as long dresses featuring floral prints or ruffles. “Collegiate cool” is back again this fall with preppy blazers, sweaters, plaid skirts, and more. The “Americana Aesthetic” curates brightly colored and geometric or plaid prints with western boots, dark-washed denim, turquoise jewelry. Also look for combinations of red, white, and blue. “Retro” active wear is hitting the racks, with sports bras, crop tops, and leggings in 80s and 90s style bold prints. For popular 88


shoe styles, there are many to choose from, such as Doc Marten boots, western boots, and sneakers of all types can be paired with just about any of the above-mentioned styles. You also can’t go wrong with a good stiletto heel. For ideas on fall menswear, I happened to click on one article in GQ that showed “the must-wanted pieces of the season” and I have to say I was a little skeptical. The items were so bold, bright, and outlandish that they were reminiscent of something Elton John would wear while performing. While I love Elton John, I can’t see my husband wearing some of the pieces they were suggesting. Although I did see a woven banana belt on that list. Remember those from the 90s? Even a blog post on Stitch Fix pointed to these bright styles as a current trend for men—it’s called maximalism, and it means that you focus on utilizing every inch of clothing in a bold way. It brought to mind some of the Benetton styles from the 1980s. Other ideas included “commuter clothing,” such as lightweight chino pants, shirt jackets (shackets), polo shirts and sport-bottom shoes. Men’s fashion is also calling for sustainable choices, such as brands that prioritize environmental and social responsibility. It seems like there’s a lot to choose from, and maybe this guide will give you a better idea of what styles fit your own personality type as you shop this fall. Have fun! | SEPTEMBER 2022