CURRENTS Magazine November 2021

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We are successful, experienced Loan Officers and Industry Veterans with decades of combined experience in the realm of real estate and financing. Where was the mortgage industry over 2021? Though the industry is still at historic lows, 2021 saw a steady increase in interest rates in comparison to last year’s ALL-TIME lows. With this great run of LOW RATES, the housing market has stayed on FIRE through the turn of the New Year, all the way through summer and now into the Fall & Winter seasons. This is especially true for all of our friends who work on the Realty side of things. Couple these super low rates with very little inventory, and 2021 has been a lively party for consumers to sell their homes at all-time high values. This has also been a wonderful opportunity for all the home buyers out there to be able to afford a little more home for their money because of the rates staying SUPER LOW. Between The Global Pandemic, COVID, and a tumultuous election cycle, the mortgage industry has been a bright spot for EVERYONE looking to buy/ sell/refinance. Not only have interest rates stayed aggressively low through the year but because of the Pandemic and the obstacles it has created, the mortgage industry as a whole was forced to invest in and learn new technologies. This has made the process of buying/selling/refinancing one’s home much simpler, much quicker and very transparent. Thus,

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Recipe for Gratitude Working in restaurants and learning the ins and outs of food service is how I helped supplement my expenses in college. At one steakhouse in Asheville, I started out as a host and eventually worked my way up to a server and then a headwaiter. While some of my co-workers worked at the restaurant as a side job, a lot of us were college students who relied on our income to pay rent, tuition, books, make car payments, and stock our cabinets with groceries. I remember one employee who vaguely mentioned that she was having financial issues (like so many other people, she had run up credit cards trying to pay basic living expenses and got in over her head). I noticed the black shoes she wore as part of her uniform began to show holes. She talked about not having a washing machine in her studio apartment so she hand-washed her uniform in her bathroom sink every night so it would be clean. She tried to eat inexpensively out of the vending machines on the college campus and loaded up on the salad bar and baked potatoes that were part of the restaurant’s meal plan. Slowly, she began looking more and more thin and tired and mentioned to a few people she had gotten behind on her car payment and was afraid the car would be repossessed. If that happened, she would have no way to get to school or work. She was also struggling under a heavy course load at school. Her parents both worked full-time but didn’t have a lot of extra money saved up, so she didn’t want to tell them about her financial situation. One day, two of her female co-workers decided to take up a small collection among the staff so they could buy this student some groceries. They went to the grocery store and loaded up on all the inexpensive but hearty items they could find—boxes of macaroni and cheese, pasta, beef stew, Ramen noodles, canned soups, etc. Then they brought the bags into work that night and presented them to the student. She was overwhelmed by their generosity and thoughtfulness, especially since one of the co-workers was raising a toddler as a single parent and lived at home with her parents. She felt embarrassed at first, but then gratefully took the groceries and was able to stretch her budget for the next few weeks so that she could catch up on her car payment and buy a new pair of work shoes. As you may have guessed by now, that young server who was in a bleak financial situation was me. I didn’t make the best decisions when managing my money as a 20-yearold. I financed an inexpensive but new car when I shouldn’t have, and there were many months where I wished I hadn’t had that car payment hanging over my head along with my credit card bills. My parents helped me out when they could, but I never wanted to tell them I was failing and needed help during a time when I was fighting hard to prove my independence. This issue is full of stories of generosity and LKN community members who have servant hearts like the ones of my co-workers. I hope they always know how much their gestures of kindness can help a person in need. The story of receiving bags of groceries from my co-workers is one I’ll never forget, because you never know what a person’s circumstances are and how just a little help can go a long way. Editor



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Contributing Writers Trevor Burton Grace Kennedy Bek Mitchell-Kidd Karel Bond Lucander Tony Ricciardelli Mike Savicki Thomas Simonson Allie Spencer Lara Tumer

Contributing Photographers Jon Beyerle Jamie Cowles Lisa Crates




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LAKE SPACES How we live at the lake

Movers, shakers and more at the lake

58 Dwellings

Stephanie Hathaway’s nature-inspired holiday decor


Barry Swanson writes novel based on family history


For the Long Run Twenty ways to serve LKN



“Wonderful” pottery at Juelerye

FEATURES In Every Issue


Live Like a Native Holiday happenings

32 Thoughts from the Man Cave


Bet You Didn’t Know Who is “The Angel of Richard’s Coffee Shop?”

Rick Zoerb’s new life purpose

42 Game On

Traveling Country Club meets golf enthusiasts in the middle


We’re Just Crazy About Pie it Forward at Buttermilk Sky Pie Shop

30 Young Leaders

Jack D’Amico’s soul for sneakers


Special Advertising Section: Private Schools


Volunteer Spotlight: The Marine Corps League


A Pet for You

Mrs. North Carolina Tara Allmendinger is an ambassador for change


76 On the Circuit

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WWII Diaries Brought to Life Author Barry Swanson weaves

Barry Swanson was inspired to write “Still Points” after reading family diaries.

tale of war time love and sacrifice by Tony Ricciardelli photography by Rebecca McNeeley/Winston-Salem

Choosing and arranging tens of thousands of words into an engaging and memorable tale requires talent, patience, imagination, and research. Sometimes an idea for a novel comes as a sharp vision to the author; other times, an idea may come from an unexpected source. For author Barry Swanson, the impetus for writing his first novel, “Still Points,” came unexpectedly from the diaries of his wife’s uncle, who served in World Warr II. “Twenty years ago, Gail’s dad gave us the diaries of his brother, Philip Zumwalt, a Staff Sargent and radio operator in the U.S. Army Air Force. His journaling provided the timeline for the novel,” says Swanson. “His story is one of a small-town soldier whose love for the woman he leaves behind sustains him through the hardships of war.” Swanson, who lives on Lake Norman, began drafting the novel ten years ago, when he was teaching at the University of Illinois, where he served as a full-time lecturer in the College of Education and earned his Doctor of Education degree in 2001. After several iterations, Swanson met author Penelope Niven, biographer of famed poet Carl Sandburg, whose achievements and experience were the catalyst for Swanson proceeding with his work. As Swanson continued writing, especially during the isolation brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, he felt nostalgic, remembering fellow servicemembers and his time enlisted in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. “Recalling my own experiences in the Army enabled me to weave personal connections into the novel,”

says Swanson. “I thought about the losses brought about by war and the multitudes of gifted people who suffered or perished.” One of those tremendously gifted people was Philip Zumwalt, a virtuoso pianist and poet who dreamed of becoming a professional musician. Swanson speaks intimately of the man he had come to know through reading Zumwalt’s words. “His diaries were written articulately. His language was concise and eloquent. I could draw a clear understanding of the man’s philosophies and life views. His words helped me shape the story. I’ve visited locations at home and abroad, locations that shaped his life and helped me perceive his being during an historical time.” While “Still Points” is garnering favorable reviews, Swanson’s pending projects include authoring a love novel titled “In Winter’s Midst,” a story based on Swanson’s own experience as a high school athlete. The story focuses on the love between a basketball player and a cheerleader, and the mutual respect and admiration shared among teammates. Swanson notes, “The story emphasizes the cultural and political climate of small-town America and the prevailing attitudes during the late 1960s.” Swanson also writes eclectic poetry including poems about nature, spirituality, and family. Among his favorite poets are Robert Frost and Carl Sandburg. For more information on Barry Swanson’s novel “Still Points,” visit https// | NOVEMBER 2021


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this Holiday Season

Twenty ways to serve LKN by Renee Roberson File photo by Lisa Crates

With the holidays rapidly approaching and our editorial focus on volunteerism and doing good in the community this month, I decided to compile 20 local ways you can serve. Many of these suggestions are places that we’ve likely featured in CURRENTS over the years. Spread kindness! 1. Donate items like men’s, women’s and children’s clothing along with blankets, sheets, and comforters at Lydia’s Loft in Huntersville. 2. Have the youth in your home sign up to be a volunteer at Ada Jenkins Center in Davidson. 3. Get together a team of family, friends, or co-workers for a service project at Hope House Foundation in Huntersville.

7. Train to be a volunteer at Angels & Sparrows: A Community Table and Resource in Huntersville.

14. Help encourage female middle and high school students through volunteer work at See Her Lead.

8. Make a gift donation in your family’s name to FeedNC in Mooresville.

15. Donate a Kuranda Dog Bed to Happy Tails Rescue, Inc.

9. Support The Christian Mission in Mooresville by signing up for their 11th annual Turkey Trot 5K on Nov. 25.

16. Serve on a volunteer committee at Mooresville Arts.

10. Donate a laptop from your business or organization to and help eliminate the digital divide for area students.

17. Help residents who don’t have access to affordable health care with a donation to Lake Norman Community Health Clinic in Huntersville.

11. Sign up to be a tutor, help prepare a meal or teach a discipleship class for youth at Power Cross in Statesville.

18. Participate in the Holidays for Hope and Housing fundraising event at Davidson Housing Coalition.

5. Support Home Hope of Mooresville by entering the Northern Lights of Lake Norman Boat Parade on Dec. 11.

12. Become an animal foster for Lake Norman Humane.

19. Learn how you can get involved with Davidson Lands Conservancy.

6. Participate in the Christmas Angel Program at Children’s Hope Alliance in Barium Springs.

13. Donate household items at the Cornelius location of the Habitat for Humanity of the Charlotte Region ReStore.

20.Purchase items on the Amazon Wish List for Dove House Children’s Advocacy Center in Statesville.

4. Sign up to be a driver and help deliver bagged lunches to area schools each week through Bags of Hope.




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Juelerye offers handcrafted gifts and unique art by Allie Spencer photography by Jamie Cowles

Above: ZPots Studio artists Noelle and Eric Hendrick created the “Wonderful” line of pottery in honor of Ryan Basset. Right: Juelerye owner Jacque Basset.

There’s a new addition to Main Street in downtown Mooresville, Juelerye, a fine gifts and art shop that recently opened up inside of Four Corners Framing Gallery. Offering a curated selection of jewelery, pottery, art, blown glass, candles and lamps from over 15 different artists, Juelerye is a space that seeks to inspire others. The name may sound familiar, Juelerye was previously located in Home Heart & Soul in Cornelius where Jacque Basset and her husband Nelson opened the shop in 2015. Jacque, a longtime Lake Norman resident, aims to offer customers something unique and meaningful. She handpicks the artists she works with, oftentimes drawn to their backstories. “I can remember the first time going to both the Atlanta & High Point markets—it was overwhelming. As I walked the aisles, I wouldn’t stop unless something really caught my eye. Then I wanted to know more. What makes this artist unique, memorable, what is their story,” she says. Jacque’s own story has actually inspired a line of pottery she now carries in Juelerye by ZPots Studio (artists Noelle VanHendrick and Eric Hendrick). Zpots creates highly textured ceramic pieces like vases, mugs, and platters hand inscribed with words like “Laughter,” “Joy,” “Hope,” “Forgive,”—introducing new words on the pots each year. Jacque began working with ZPots Studio in 2020, getting to know the artists on a personal level. As they talked about family, kids and life, Jacque opened up to them about her late son Ryan, who was known as “Mr. Wonderful.” Ryan was diagnosed with 22q deletion syndrome at the age of 16. Despite his challenges from 22q, Jacque says he viewed the world through the eyes of 20


a child, believing that anything was possible. He passed away in 2015, at the age of 37, around the same time Jacque was opening Juelerye. Earlier this year, Noelle from ZPots Studio called Jacque with some news about her next line of pottery. She said, “I was talking to the pots, and the pots and I have decided to add the word ‘Wonderful’ to our line of pottery,” in honor of Ryan. Juelerye has since partnered with the International 22q Foundation and all proceeds from the sales of the cup of wonderful go directly to the foundation. “We decided to take it a step further and do what Ryan would do—give. He was a big giver,” says Jacque. In addition to ZPots, customers will find collectible art pieces by Houston Llew and Sid Dickens, Kristin Baird’s jewelry inspired by nature, Julep Candle Co, storyblocks by Kai Skye, and garden art by Cogo Glass. During the pandemic shutdown, Juelerye adapted quickly and launched their website, shipping worldwide and attracting a whole new customer base. Now in their new location, Jacque is relishing seeing her vision of opening a small business in the community continue to thrive. “To be on Main Street, in a small town, in America—offering something special, all artist-made—it is wonderful.”

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Past participants of The Northern Lights of Lake Norman Boat Parade.

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and Santa. Free. 3 p.m. Runs along Main Street., Light Up Cornelius (Nov. 27) Festivities include holiday songs by local performers, kids’ activities, and a visit from Santa. Free. 4-7 p.m. Lawn of Cornelius Town Hall, Christmas in Davidson (Dec. 2-4) Celebrate on the town green with food vendors and Christmas crafts – many made by local artists. Free. 6- 9 p.m. 39th Annual North Mecklenburg Holiday Parade (Dec. 4) The parade starts in Davidson at the intersection of Griffith Street and Highway 115 and ends in Cornelius at the intersection of Highway 115 and Catawba Avenue. Free. 1 p.m. A Huntersville Christmas (Dec. 4-5 and 11-12), details are still pending but the event is typically held at Veteran’s Park. Check for more details: The Northern Lights of Lake Norman Boat Parade (Dec. 11) 5-7 p.m. Registration is now open to participate now and make a donation to Tunnel to Towers and Home Hope of Mooresville. Register: Huntersville Half Marathon & Holiday 5k (Dec. 11-12) The race starts at Birkdale Village and this year is a two-day event with more options for locals to run the roads they love. www.

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When U.S. military veterans need some loving, they head straight into the arms of Cheryl Ann Caudill at Richard’s Coffee Shop. Known by regulars as “the Angel of Richard’s Coffee Shop,” Cheryl Ann has hugged thousands of brave troops who have served our country. “I can’t hug the pain away, but I can squeeze a little love into them,” she says. Along with serving diner fare, Richard’s is a Living Military Museum in historic downtown Mooresville. Dedicated to honoring America’s veterans from every generation, it houses extensive memorabilia. Our State Magazine has called it, “America’s Most Patriotic Coffee Shop,” and everyone is welcome. In 2005 Caudill first wandered into Pat’s, the original Mooresville coffee shop U.S. veteran Richard Warren opened in 1995. She and a friend stopped there and listened to bluegrass music. Cheryl Ann, whose father and husband are veterans, told her friend she had to do something before they left. “So, I went to every person there and gave them a hug. I wanted to leave a little love with them.” The next Saturday she returned, and then began visiting regularly. She started keeping a journal of her experiences with the veterans. Before long, she was running the cash register from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., six days a week, while continuing to hug veterans. “Richard couldn’t afford to pay anybody,” she says. “I didn’t have a job, but a ministry to listen to and love them.” After Richard passed away in 2009, his coffee shop moved, was 24


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Jack D’Amico loves giving old sneakers new life. He has immersed himself in “sneaker culture” since fourth grade, poring over YouTube videos and doing his own experiments to perfect the art and science of transforming used athletic shoes into shiny, new-looking kicks. He even created a one-man business, buying used sneakers in bulk and selling the individually-refurbished shoes on eBay. The Lake Norman Charter junior is now putting his seemingly endless energy into refurbishing shoes for children who otherwise would not have an opportunity to wear new shoes—or in some cases, any shoes at all. Jack saw firsthand the need that children in nearby communities have for clean sneakers while delivering meals with his mother, Tanya, as part of Love in a Bag, a ministry of Assurance United Methodist Church in Huntersville. A member of Assurance UMC since he was a third grader, Jack is now taking shoes donated by the church community and using his time and expertise to give them new life, so they can be given to children in need. “I thought about how no kid wants to be wearing dirty shoes,” recalls Jack. “I didn’t want them to get bullied for their shoes, so I figured I could clean these shoes up really nicely.” “Jack is an incredible young man who has a heart for service,” says Assurance UMC Lead Pastor Josh Kurtz. “What was once a hobby 30


for Jack has now become a ministry. The time and energy he pours into each pair of shoes is an act of love.” Time, energy, and a significant amount of science go into each shoe Jack tackles. “I make these concoctions and come up with different combinations for different parts of the shoes,” he says. “For example, the soles on some of the Jordans get yellowed over time, so I put this ‘sauce’ on the soles, wrap them in plastic wrap, put them in the sun, and in a couple of hours they look brand new.” He even created a box using a special light and reflective wrap that restores the soles without sunlight. Jack is currently working on his first 15 pairs of sneakers, with the goal of refurbishing 150-200 pairs by the end of senior year. That’s up to 400 shoes, each of which gets his full attention and care. But he loves the art and science of his hobby, and the fact that he can use it to help others makes it even better. “I love every aspect of it,” he says. “Jack is a reflection of grace to our beloved community,” says Pastor Kurtz. “Many children and families are blessed because of his ministry.” Assurance UMC is taking used youth-sized athletic shoes (13-Y6); email Lynn Brittain at to schedule a donation. | NOVEMBER 2021



Becoming a Part of the Solution Officer Rick Zoerb’s servant heart by Mike Savicki | photography by Renee Roberson

This is a story about giving, helping, and serving. Not the kind of story that happens only around the holidays (meaning that specific time of year when the majority of us think about giving, helping, and serving) but a story that happens 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, year after year. Why? Because the need is always there whether we are aware of it or not and, for it all to change, someone must do something about it. The setting is a familiar one and the main character deserves an introduction. Our story has its roots spread across the gaping expanse of homelessness to luxury, west coast to east coast, crime and poverty to wealth and privilege, because that’s the life that our protagonist, Rick Zoerb, has lived. Think homeless at age 16 in Oregon partly because he refused to do as his divorced, once bed-ridden, single Mom asked. Mix in a helping of other bad decisions that took him north from his boyhood home in California. He dropped out of school after the 10th grade. Then think about a rebirth in Arizona, opportunity galore in the car industry, a relocation to Charlotte, ownership of multiple dealerships, a Ferrari or two, that home on the lake plus a wife and son and daughter. Now think change and purpose, a desire to make the world just 32


that much better for those who need assistance the most. Mix in some selflessness, care, and compassion, too. The result would be unbelievable—pure fiction—were it not all true. This is a story about Rick Zoerb’s servant heart. “At some point, all of us have to make the decision, and answer the question, is it better to be a part of the problem or the solution?” Zoerb, 46, tells me. “Is this the world we want to live in, is this the world we want to leave to our children, and, if not, what can we do about it?” When his kids were young, Zoerb wondered if what he was doing was making their world better. Were they happy? Was he setting a good example? He would tell them they could be whomever they wished, and do whatever they desired, but when he looked in the mirror, he questioned the person looking back. He felt like a hypocrite. Zoerb wasn’t sure he was practicing what he preached so he stepped back from his dealerships and reassessed his involvements. He started volunteering at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department, a fire ignited within, and in

“I got into all this because I want to make a difference in the world. I want people, especially growing boys and girls, to see the police in a positive light, as helpers and servants, and I want conversations to happen between those who might not otherwise speak.”

2015, at age 39, he entered the police academy, graduated, and became a patrolman.

One call can change everything In the middle of the night, answering a call in a high crime area of Charlotte, Zoerb first saw the need. Two young boys were fighting over the last bottle of water when he arrived. In this conflict, his world and the world of this family struck him as polar opposites. Inasmuch as he felt conflicted, he felt like he should do something. So, he returned the next day with bags full of groceries that he bought with his own money. The boys’ father took a picture and posted it on social media. The patrolman’s image, and word of his service, went viral. “Needing doesn’t make someone a bad person,” he shares. “In all of us we have needs, but what I saw in the homes of good families, empty refrigerators, kids with no jackets or blankets, a boy told me he had never slept in a bed before, was almost unbelievable had I not seen it all.”

Helping other officers lead Zoerb’s act of kindness was just the beginning. His business partner and friend, Jim Keffer, heard the story and suggested he do it on a larger scale. Zoerb began collecting donations from

Individuals and corporations, almost like modern day noble Robin Hood. He established the CMPD Community Emergency Needs Fund (ENF), an internal resource that allows other officers to help those they find in need while on duty, and he began developing relationships with charitable organizations like Beds for Kids and No Kids Hungry, and soon his passion became almost a second full time job. “People always ask me why, if I had so much, would I want to make such a drastic life change and my answer is simple,” Zoerb, now with the Huntersville Police Department, says. “I got into all this because I want to make a difference in the world. I want people, especially growing boys and girls, to see the police in a positive light, as helpers and servants, and I want conversations to happen between those who might not otherwise speak. I want our community, many communities, to find the balance we desperately need. And I want to be the best husband, dad, friend, and community servant I can be.” We can learn a lot from Rick Zoerb and his servant heart. Maybe, just maybe we can discover some of that same compassion and selflessness in us, too. We can initiate those desperately needed conversations with those who are different from us. We can give our time, talents, and resources. We can listen and learn. We can. Follow Zoerb’s lead. The need is there. We don’t have to look far to see it. | NOVEMBER 2021



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• Enriching experiences. We cultivate curious, well-rounded students. Our academic and extracurricular programs help students discover and explore their interests. • Integrity. We have high standards for honorable and respectful behavior. We expect our community members to be compassionate and contribute to the well-being of others. With an 8:1 student-to-faculty ratio and laser-focus on their mission and values, Davidson Day ensures an exceptional student experience for children from 2 years old through 12th grade. The school offers the only

pre-collegiate archaeological field school in the world. Davidson Day middle and upper school students have taken part in full-scale archaeological research projects over the summer; in Belize since 2009, in Spain since 2014; in Greece since 2017; and in Portugal in 2018. All students and employees do a daily health screening, wear masks indoors, adhere to at least three feet social distancing indoors and on school transportation, and wash hands or use hand sanitizer frequently. Tuition ranges from $17,700 for the youngest students to $21,090 for upper schoolers.

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oodlawn School is on a mission to produce independent, lifelong learners who are responsible, contributing members of a diverse, global society. To help achieve this goal, they are now offering a PreK Explorers program, as the school believes even the youngest students need the time and space to tap in their natural desires to play, explore, and pursue their interests. The school has a 7:1 student to teacher ratio and currently enrolls approximately 185 students. Their Project-Based Learning model is the leading experiential, inquiry-based,


hands-on-learning community in the Lake Norman area. The school’s foundational values offer service learning, global education, real-world learning experiences, sustainability and environmental awareness; plus a green campus with recycling, gardening, and composting. During the last school year, Woodlawn School had zero transmission of COVID-19 on campus and 100 percent of their faculty are vaccinated. Among students in grades 7-12, students have vaccination levels that approach herd immunity. Students and teachers wear masks indoors and make extensive use


of outdoor classrooms, art studios, and the open spaces afforded by the campus. Interested families first come in and take a tour of the sprawling 61-acre campus while also getting the chance to experience the inside of a Woodlawn classroom. Next, applicants are invited to complete an online application and spend the day shadowing with their current grade level. Administrators also take the time to assess each prospective student’s strengths and compare them with Woodlawn’s curriculum. Tuition rates for K-8 for the 2020-21 school year

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Golf is ubiquitous in the Lake Norman area, but until recently golfers only had two options when it came to playing— join a private club or book tee times on a public course. There was no in between for the golfer who might not be ready to commit to a country club but was still interested in a community experience for networking and events. Enter The Traveling Country Club. TCC, as it is known, was originally founded in Greenville, South Carolina in 2018, by brothers Ross and Eric Van Dyck and their college friend Michael Maness (a former tour caddie). They set out to offer golfers the opportunity to meet like-minded people, network, and play in events at an economical price point. “We wanted to replicate that private club experience and attract young golfers to grow the game,” says Ross Van Dyck. As TCC grew in the Greenville area, Justin Osborne and Chris Mapel, both Huntersville residents, approached Van Dyck about starting a TCC region in Charlotte/Lake Norman. Osborne and Mapel are golf buddies, who met playing in a competitive league at Birkdale Golf Course. They were fans of the TCC concept which offers members a monthly subscription ($95/month) for full access to affiliate courses at a discounted rate, member only events, and an app for setting up tee times with other members or accessing the virtual pro shop. | NOVEMBER 2021



TCC’s affiliate courses throughout the Southeast region in Greenville, Columbia, Charleston, and coastal resorts, are another upside of membership, providing members with a variety of courses to experience. “The name is purposeful, as we want our members to have access and benefits at golf courses across the Southeast, not just their local club,” says Van Dyck. So how does it all work? Once members sign up, they have access to over 40 courses for a discounted TCC rate (typically 30-40 percent off normal rates). Members download the TCC app where they can connect with other golfers, find a partner, or communicate about upcoming events. Tee times are booked via calling the course or visiting their website. Once at the course, members check in via the app to verify their member status and have access to the discounted TCC rate.

Golf on the upswing

Earlier this year, Osborne and Mapel launched the TCC Charlotte/Lake Norman region, amidst the on-going pandemic and a huge upswing in golf’s popularity. While many businesses and activities were adversely affected, golf carried on, providing an escape, normalcy and much needed comradery for players. “The golf industry alone has been booming,” says Osborne. “Golf courses are seeing astronomical amounts of play and through that, rates to play golf have skyrocketed. As we bring value to the golf course and golfer alike, we strive to match profitability for the course while also giving our members a discounted rate. What we have found is that we are attracting a younger base of members who really see the value of the membership through golf and the member events.”

Engaging events

Indeed, the events are what drew Huntersville resident Jason Dunham to join TCC earlier this year. “Being able to play in the Member/Guest and Member/Member events made the decision to join easy,” he says. “So far, my favorite aspect of being a member of TCC was playing in the Coastal Classic down in Pawley’s Island, S.C. This was a Member/Guest event, and I was able to team up with my dad for a couple days of golf on some great courses. My dad and I were both very impressed with the caliber of courses and the way the tournament was run.” 44


“Our favorite area courses to play are our TCC affiliated tracks in the Lake Norman area that include Warrior Golf Club, Larkin Golf Club, and Westport Golf Club. We also offer out of network discounts to our golfers at courses like Verdict Ridge, Mooresville Golf Course and Highland Creek,” says Osborne.

League opportunities

Most TCC members also play in a sponsored league held at Birkdale Golf Course throughout the year, and Osborne has just launched a fall league at The 19th Tee in Mooresville, with plans for a winter league beginning in January. Osborne says he and Mapel will continue growing the TCC footprint in Charlotte/Lake Norman and expand to the Triad area, “giving our golfers an unmatched membership opportunity with variety unlike any other golf company…bringing members from all over South Carolina and North Carolina to local courses and beyond.” Lake Norman Currents readers can use the code CHARLOTTEVIP at checkout for a discounted monthly membership of $85/mo.

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Like her successful NASCAR husband, A.J., Tara Allmendinger is revving up for her race to the finish line. But it won’t be where the rubber meets the road; she’s vying for Mrs. America 2021 on November 20 in Las Vegas, Nevada. To help make that dream happen, she has been clocking extra miles ever since she was crowned Mrs. North Carolina America on June 12.

Overcoming life’s challenges Born in Omaha, Neb., Tara grew up in nearby Fort Calhoun. She was captain of her high school’s first state champion women’s cross-country team; graduated at the top of her class with a master’s in architecture from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln; and worked as a commercial pool designer in Cornelius. She recently partnered with a shoe designer to create a new line of women’s “high-performance heels” (coming soon) and donates her time to area environmental causes. | NOVEMBER 2021



Tara with husband A.J. at the NASCAR Xfinity Roval Race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway on Oct. 9, which he won.

Although Tara has achieved much, she has also endured tragedies. “Weeks before my mom, Glorie, died of pancreatic cancer (age 51), I gave my speech as the valedictorian of my undergraduate program at the College of Architecture,” she says. “Unfortunately, she nor my immediate family could not attend because of her condition. Two years later, I finished my master’s degree with highest honors. My mom was my warrior, so it was very hard.” And while on the road to better days, health issues plagued her for decades. With piercing stomach pain, acid reflux, anxiety, and bouts of skin issues, she suffered years of misdiagnoses but pushed through to find answers. After discovering she had Celiac disease, lactose intolerance, environmental allergies and adrenal issues, her advice is to never stop seeking answers. “Become a problem solver and become your own best advocate,” she says. “You can make choices to protect and heal yourself.”

Her faith has helped Now on the other side of chronic illness, early each morning she gives gratitude for her blessings and writes daily affirmations. “I’m in constant chitter chatter with God,” she says. Persevering through tough times has made her even stronger. As Tara says, “you either become the victim or the victor. The devil makes us fearful, but we need to be bold and courageous. Leadership requires us to maintain a victorious mentality. Others look for examples of strength because if they can see it, they can be it.”

Top three beauty tips To maintain optimum health, Tara’s top beauty tips are apple cider vinegar, drinking lots of water and a bedtime routine. “When I first get up, I kickstart my organs with a capful of apple cider vinegar in a big glass of water,” she says. “And I try to drink a gallon of water throughout the day.” She also makes sleep a priority. “A set sleep cycle can help your body heal itself.”

Making tracks with her NASCAR husband Married to NASCAR Xfinity driver A.J. Allmendinger (Kaulig Racing #16 Chevrolet) since 2019, her motor-athlete husband has happily accepted his latest moniker of ‘Mr. North Carolina.’ “He’s taken that and run with it,” she says. They live in Denver with their French bulldog, Xena (Warrior Princess), and Mr. Tickles, their ‘Grumpy Cat’ social media mogul. “He’s the real Rockstar of the family,” she says.

LKN fan Tara loves living so close to the lakes, mountains, and beach. When she’s around town, you might spot her dining at Fresh Chef, where she especially enjoys their salmon, or BoatYard Lake Norman and On the Nines (the Allmendingers co-own both). Cheer for Tara as she competes to become Mrs. America on Nov. 20 (streaming through Whatever the outcome, she will continue to reign as an inspiration. Learn more at

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Left: Members of the Marine Corps League PFC Bruce Larson Detachment #1242 march at a past North Mecklenburg Christmas Parade. Right: Niall Mulkeen, Master Sergeant USMC (ret.) and Senior Vice Commandant for Detachment 1242.

U.S. Marines Support Lake Norman Communities Marine Corps League champions local causes

by Tony Ricciardelli photography by Renee Roberson

The Marine Corps League was borne of the post-WWI veterans’ desire to unite and preserve the Marines military history and traditions. The organization, chartered by Congress and signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in August 1937, operates as a 501 (c) 4 non-profit institution and is a nationwide affiliation whose detachments number more than 1,100. The organization sustains a membership of more than 60,000.

One of the Marine Corps League’s most successful programs is the Toys for Tots campaign, which procures and distributes toys for underprivileged children during the holiday season. “We partner with local businesses and civic organizations that serve as collection centers for toy donations. All it takes is one phone call to our Detachment to set up a collection point.”

Locally, Marine Corps League PFC Bruce Larson Detachment #1242 serves the Lake Norman communities of Cornelius, Huntersville, and Davidson while, to the north, Marine Corps League Detachment #1097 serves Iredell County. The organization supports veterans and its communities in a variety of ways. Although their efforts are visible and ongoing, the Marine Corps League is not as well-recognized as one might assume. According to Niall Mulkeen, Master Sergeant USMC (ret) and Senior Vice Commandant for Detachment 1242, “The organization operates year-round, yet the public isn’t fully aware of the amount of community support we provide.” 54


For the children

Last year, Marine Corps League Detachment #1242 collected and distributed more than 16,000 toys to children in need. “It’s a short window in which to gather and distribute the toys,” says Mulkeen, “but the reward is great, not only to those involved in the process, but for the children and their parents as well. We’re especially cognizant of the personal and financial difficulties rendered upon families due to the pandemic, and we encourage people to keep that in mind, to donate, if possible. I’m always amazed by the public’s generosity.”

In addition to the Toys for Tots campaign, the Marine Corps League provides toys to the “Little Smiles” organization for children’s hospitals and rehabilitation centers, including the Levine Children’s Hospital, and Ronald McDonald House. Mulkeen explains, “Our efforts reach beyond the materials we provide to local institutions. We also participate in fundraising activities, such as golf outings and comedy nights, where our volunteers help set up the events and collect monetary donations for children with medical needs.”

Recognizing future leaders

The Detachment partners with the Boy Scouts of America, presenting a certificate and a $100 award to individuals achieving the highest rank of Eagle Scout. Additionally, the organization grants, on an annual basis, four $1,000 scholarships to local high school Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps honors graduates. The money for those awards comes from raffles and individual donations. On a year-round basis, Mulkeen and Detachment 1242 members volunteer at a local soup kitchen and civic organizations, as well. Each year the Detachment helps distribute Thanksgiving turkeys to patrons at the Angels & Sparrows Community Table in Huntersville where, at Christmastime, they provide the toys for the annual children’s Christmas party. Learn more at

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Stephanie Hathaway’s nature-inspired holiday decor by Renee Roberson photography by Lisa Crates

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When decorating for the holidays, it’s okay to think beyond the traditional greens and reds, says Stephanie Hathaway, owner of Southern Notions in downtown Mooresville. Having no fewer than ten Christmas trees in her home each year inspires her creativity. She visits Atlanta each January to view and shop for holiday inventory for the coming year, and enjoys decorating the 5,000 square-foot store with trees and other holiday accessories. “Nostalgic trends, like the iconic ceramic Christmas trees that your grandmother made, have made a major comeback over the past few years,” says Hathaway. “Use vintage ornaments, your mother’s table linens, those beautiful old-fashioned bubble lights, etc.” Botanicals and natural elements are also on trend—think oyster shells, pheasant feathers, pinecones, magnolia, and other ways to bring the outdoors in. Using the dining room in her home, Hathaway showed us how she incorporates a mix of existing pieces along with new décor for a classic setting to celebrate with friends and family. Figuring out where to start the decorating process can be overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. When looking for a starting place for your décor, pull from a color scheme that already exists in your home. Hathaway used the drapery fabric in her dining room with its palette of moss green, copper, deep brown, taupe, and silver. | NOVEMBER 2021



This table runner with moss green accents sits on Hathaway’s dining table year round. She topped the place setting with a green magnolia leaf (there are also magnolia leaves throughout the tree in the corner of the room) and a linen napkin with green velvet trim and topped with a gold pear.



Hathaway cherishes the wine cabinet in her dining room, as her father, a retired woodworker, built it for her. Wall sconces on either side of the cabinet create a softened lighting experience, along with the chandelier, which matches the lamps on the buffet table. | NOVEMBER 2021



The buffet table has two lamps and four frame prints on it year round, and Hathaway added gold trees (sold at Southern Notions), a copper poinsettia and magnolia leaves into the design.

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DINE+WINE - wine time

Giving Thanks

Mediterranean Haddock and Red Wine at JOLO Winery & Vineyards in Pilot Mountain.

The warmest of holidays, even warmer with some great North Carolina wine

by Trevor Burton | photography by Trevor Burton

Thanksgiving is the sole, non-commercialized holiday we have left. It’s a day to celebrate family, friends, living at the lake and the harvest bounty that we enjoy. And, for me, North Carolina wines are definitely part of that harvest bounty. We have so many excellent wineries that are only a short distance from here. That’s definitely something to be thankful for. A great example; we recently had a niece visit us from another wine state, California. We decided to show off North Carolina wines by taking her to lunch at JOLO Winery & Vineyards in Pilot Mountain. An aside, the drive to Pilot Mountain is about the same as the drive we took to pick her up at that airport to the south. Besides superb wines, JOLO has an exquisite kitchen and restaurant, End Posts. Away from the busy wine tasting room, End Posts is an elegant, quiet, and cozy oasis. You feel as if you’re in one of the country’s finest dining establishments—that’s because you’re in one of the country’s finest dining establishments. This place is magical. Out the window, there’s the view of mountain gardens and guests sitting at picnic tables, sipping on wine. There’s the ambiance of elegance and comfort. And, for me, there’s the joy of fine wine glasses laid out on the table, just waiting to be poured into. That brings me to wine. I’ve known J. W. Ray, co-owner and winemaker, for many years. He is the epitome of what’s good about North Carolina wines. He makes wines that express where they’re from, North Carolina. Some time ago, another winemaker told me that his philosophy was to start with great grapes and then try not to mess up. That perfectly describes J. W. Ray’s approach. He selects grapevines that are going to love where they’re planted at Pilot Mountain. And then he coaxes juices from his grapes to allow them to bring out the best expression of where they’re from. This is not about winemaking trickery to produce, lowest-common-denominator, marketable wines. This about letting grapes be the best they can be. Great wines market themselves. 68


So, on to JOLO’s wine list. I knew I was in for a treat. I chose a bottle of Pilotage, a blended red wine—carefully blended so that it is greater than the sum of its parts. This was delicious, a result of that coaxing that I talked about. Part of its coaxing is the wine’s aging in barrels; some French oak and some American oak. What that creates is a wine that is deep but gently nuanced. It has lots of complex facets to it, including a smooth set of tannins that hold everything together. This is wine that can stand with wines from any other region in the world. And JOLO’s right on our doorstep. The three of us went about ordering dishes for lunch. I opted for the Mediterranean Haddock. One forkful and I was transported to the very best of southern France. The haddock was so wonderful that I blurted out, “Holy mackerel!” My reward was a pair of synchronized eye rolls. Seafood and red wine? I wanted both the wine and the haddock. Could I have gone for a more perfect pairing? Yes, but I was not about to let perfection get in the way of delicious. And, anyway, no wine police, blowing whistles, entered the dining room. Before she left to go back home, we asked our niece not to talk too much about our great North Carolina wines. We didn’t want to cause any anxiety among California winemakers. Back to Thanksgiving. I’m tremendously fond of the holiday. And North Carolina wines are an integral part. I really get upset with the commercialization of holidays that’s part of today’s world. Pretty soon, “The Most Wonderful Time of The Year” is going to become a direct follow-up to Labor Day mattress sales. I’m with the pilgrims. Happy Thanksgiving and enjoy some fine North Carolina wine.

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DINE+WINE - on tap

Pumpkin Spice

and Everything Nice

Check out these breweries bursting with fall flavors by Lara Tumer | Photos courtesy of Facebook

While everyone loves a cold beer in the summer months, nothing pairs better with flannels, football, and fall festivities like a seasonally flavored, spice-filled beer that will take you right into the winter months with copious amounts of warm and cozy vibes. Here’s a roundup of the area’s best seasonal brews in Lake Norman.

Primal Brewery

Visit Primal Brewery for Pumpalicious Ale among other flavors and canned varieties at Royal Bliss Brewery.

Pumpalicious Ale is a local favorite during the fall months. The malty ale has returned to the menu for several seasons, complete with pumpkin, along with spices like clove and nutmeg. In the taproom it’s served with a sugar rim for the perfect sweet finish. 6.5% ABV Dive into the holiday season with Olde Hag Gingersnap +. It’s rich and malty with hints of molasses, ginger, and warm spices. 6.5% ABV

Lake Norman Brewery New to the brewery this 2021 season is Pum’kin Ale—a Pumpkin/ yam beer. It’s brewed with lots of real pumpkin and slightly spiced with pumpkin seasoning. At the brewery the beer is served with two rim options, cinnamon sugar or a spiced pumpkin seed blend. 7.6% ABV

Royal Bliss Brewery Giving Back Raise a glass and raise money with Ghostface Brewing’s charity nights. The owners’ belief that they “wouldn’t get where [they] are if [they] never gave back” is what inspired them to start offering charity nights—a great way to give back to their community. During the brewery’s off days (Mondays and Tuesdays,) the space is offered to any nonprofit at no charge. Twenty percent of all sales are donated back to the group’s cause. The first year’s events resulted in over $20k of charitable donations, making it a huge success. Ghostface also makes a concerted effort to donate beer, especially to any nonprofit with a mission to aid in medical research, community development, human services and animal advocacy. You can find details about both of these initiatives at 70


The brewery totes that their Pumpkin Pie’d Autumn Ale “probably [tastes] better than your stay-at-home pie attempt.” It’s a decadent brew with flavors of flakey crust, pumpkin sweetness, and generous autumnal spices. ABV: 5.1%

Lost World’s Brewing Squanto’s Spiced Pumpkin Ale is pumpkin pie in a glass and tastes just like autumn. Pure pumpkin puree as well as the traditional spices of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and allspice are all infused into this beer. The brewery utilizes a Kveik yeast strain that yields a hint of sweet honey for a well-balanced seasonal flavor. 5.3% ABV

Ghostface Brewing Aged in rum spiced barrels with pumpkin liquor, Gourd Damn Almighty (a spiced/herbed beer) certainly takes it up a notch for the fall season. 8.7% ABV


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DINE+WINE | in the kitchen

Eggs with a


Shakshuka While the poached egg dish Shakshuka may have originated in North Africa, it has also become popular in the Middle East and there’s no reason why we can’t embrace this protein-packed recipe right here in our own homes. Bursting with bright flavors and plenty of antioxidants from the tomatoes and spices, this dish is easy to pull together in just a few minutes whether you’re looking for a savory breakfast or breakfast for dinner option. Liven it up with garnishes like avocado for a dose of healthy fat and Greek yogurt for an added punch of silkysmooth protein. Ingredients: 1 24 oz. jar of tomatoes ½ of a 7 oz. jar of tomato paste 1 onion, diced 1 diced red pepper 3 large crushed garlic cloves 1 teaspoon ground cumin seeds 1/2 teaspoon sumac 6 large responsibly-laid eggs Sea salt and black pepper to taste Optional Garnishes: ½ of 8 oz. block Greek Feta cheese 1 handful of parsley leaves 1 teaspoon zaatar 1 large diced avocado 1 cup of labneh or Greek yogurt

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Instructions: Cook onions, peppers, and chili on low heat covered for about five minutes until softened. Add in the tomatoes, tomato paste, cumin, sumac, and garlic. Heat on medium for five minutes and set aside. To serve, crack eggs over the top and cook covered on the stove for about five minutes until the whites are set and the yolks are to your liking. Serve with garnishes sprinkled over the top and the labneh or Greek yogurt is on the side. Serves six.



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DINE+WINE | nibbles + bites

The sushi menu at DanielSan is updated regularly and includes memorable titles such as “Cuke Skywalker.”

Fusion, Flavor, and Family Sushi with a side of pop culture at DanielSan by Thomas Simonson | photography by Lisa Crates

A rich heritage of Asian cuisine and contemporary experimentation unite in DanielSan of Cornelius, located on Main Street just outside of the Town of Davidson. Featuring a sushi bar that boasts an array of original creations alongside sashimi classics, the restaurant also offers a robust assortment of tantalizing Asian Fusion entrées.

Jose’s original offerings with memorable titles such as the Cuke Skywalker and the Little Red Corvette. Jose encourages visitors to ask for what’s new, pointing to the restaurant’s reputation of designing new dishes around cultural events, such as the “Game of Thrones”-themed You Know Nothing Jon Snow-Pea roll.

Asked to elaborate on what “fusion” means in the context of DanielSan, owner/operator Paolo Jose cautions that “I know that people throw that word around,” before explaining that his vision consists of crafting Japanese sushi but with Western techniques, often incorporating untraditional flavor profiles and sauces that Americans love. This approach reflects Jose’s multi-faceted experience, drawing on family traditions, his work on the sushi bar at his father’s restaurant, and running a restaurant while pursuing professional training at Johnson & Wales University, offering the nation’s premier culinary programs.

Jose clarifies when I compliment these names that the technique is intended to signal that he “cultivates calling it American sushi; it’s not traditional sushi rules [because] I want DanielSan to be an American and Asian kitchen.”

A diverse menu

DanielSan’s diverse menu cultivates this sense of learning from varied contexts. The sushi menu, updated regularly but maintaining a line of recognizable favorites, highlights 74


That fusion of cultural elements from East and West is apparent in DanielSan’s signature entrees, which include the Moules et Frites dish (French for mussels and fries) on the specials menu. Jose explains the fusion component by pointing out that instead of being cooked in the traditional white wine, the mussels instead are prepared in sake, so “a French bistro dish [becomes] an Asian dish by adding the sake and pairing it with three sauces.” Additionally, DanielSan offers a series of recognizable Hibachi and Teriyaki stir fry staples, as well as by-request dishes from

his former location in Mooresville (JJ Wasabi’s) and his family’s other restaurants, including Kobe Steakhouse. Look for the popular pork belly dishes, available in lunch menu-style bowls or prepared as a dinner entrée, as well as Ramen dishes.

Inspired by family

When asked where the story of his love of cuisine began, Jose points to the influence of his grandmother’s signature rice cakes—though not the dried variety you’ll find on supermarket shelves. Imagine instead a decadently moist, sweetened alternative with a variety of rich flavors and toppings, all drawing on traditional Filipino techniques. Alongside his family’s history of nearly 20 years as restaurateurs in the area, this underscores the fact that DanielSan is intended to be a restaurant that welcomes families. Jose shares the responsibility of running both the kitchen and the business with Domino “DK” Jose, while their two children, Aurea (6) and Daniel (2) can often be found nearby. As parents, Paolo and Domino crafted the restaurants’ Baby Bento boxes, nutritious yet child-friendly assortments of fruit, veggies, and meat-topped rice. In the truest sense, DanielSan is a family affair. Jose emphasizes this in pointing out that “the food that we make—I make it; my wife makes it… it’s very personal to us.”

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DanielSan owner/operator Paolo Jose.

Running the business as a family, in turn, is what Jose believes enabled DanielSan to survive the hardships of the past two years. As owner-operators of a brand new location that opened at the very onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Joses successfully launched the location on the strength of carry-out orders, and this ability to adapt to changing conditions, we agree, reflects their vision for the restaurant: fusion dishes require and draw strength from a chef’s willingness to reconcile tradition with experimentation, to adapt to new tastes and markets while retaining the knowledge of food passed across generations. DanielSan 20822 N. Main Street Cornelius, NC 28031 704.997.9338

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LKN Cars and Coffee rolls into Merino Mill on Nov. 27.

So much to do! Compiled by Bek Mitchell-Kidd

The Kruger Brothers bring their blend of Appalachian music to Davidson College on Nov. 4.


Davidson College Concert Series (November) The November line-up has been released and has something for everyone including the Kruger Brothers ensemble, performances by the Davidson College symphony orchestra, and soprano, Tiffany Townsend. Most performances held at Duke Family Performance Hall, Knobloch Campus Center. View full schedule at 39th Annual Artoberfest Judged Show & Competition (Through Nov. 11) 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 Emily Andress, Charlotte Artist.. Free. Tues.-Fri., Noon-4 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m.-2p.m. Mooresville Arts Depot, 103 W. Center Avenue, Mooresville, www. Artists’ Reception & Grand Re-opening Event (Nov. 19) Help celebrate the holiday exhibits and commemorate recent renovations and an updated Gallery at The Depot. 5-9 p.m. Mooresville Arts Depot, 103 W. Center Avenue, Mooresville, Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka (Nov. 19-28) Featuring songs from the classic 1971 film and new songs by Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse, this timeless musical will satisfy the most discerning sweet tooth! Follow the adventures of the five winners of the coveted Golden Ticket as they tour Willy Wonka’s mysterious and marvelous candy factory. Charlie Bucket and the other four kids must follow Wonka’s rules…or suffer the consequences. Fri. and Sat. at 7:30 p.m.; Sun. at 3 p.m. Adults, $10; seniors, $10; students, $10; children, $6. Old Post Office Playhouse, 10 S. Main Avenue, Newton, www. Cynthia Lawing and Gloria Cook: Four-Hand Piano (Nov. 21) 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 www. 76



Holiday Open House (Nov. 6) Browse the store for gifts, accessories, and more. Free. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Nest & Bower, 500 S. Main Street, Mooresville, The Carolina Renaissance Festival (Weekends through Nov. 21) The festival returns and is a full-day of entertainment and pageantry as history comes alive with hundreds of costumed characters re-creating a 16th century European Marketplace. Enjoy music, comedy and theater, food and drink, fine handmade arts and crafts, artisan demonstrations, games, and rides. No pets. Free parking. Tickets $17-$27. 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. 16445 Poplar Tent Rd, Huntersville, Rural Hill Sheepdog Trials and Dog Festival (Nov. 13-14) National Border Collie Sheepherding championships and Carolina Dock Dogs competitions plus beer and wine, heritage breed livestock, hayrides, historic crafts and cooking demos. Tickets $9-18. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Road, Huntersville, Nature Detectives: Turkey Adventures (Nov. 22) Kids can uncover the mysteries of fall nature through stories, crafts, and activities. Ages 4-6. $6. 1:30 – 3 p.m. Quest, 6345 Sample Road, Huntersville. LKN Cars and Coffee (Nov 27) Cruise through to see a wide variety of cars from Mooresville automotive enthusiasts. Free. 8-11 a.m. Merino Mill, 500 South Main Street, Mooresville, lkncarsandcoffee.


Mooresville Veterans Celebration (Nov. 6-13) This multi-day celebration includes a 5K, Glenwood Park Memorial Ceremony, parade and blood drive. Find details at Huntersville Veterans Day Parade and Ceremony (Nov. 11) The parade lineup begins on Maxwell Street and travels southbound on Hwy. 115 to Greenway Street. Free. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Veterans Park, 201 Huntersville-Concord Road, Huntersville, Davidson Veterans Day Ceremony (Nov. 11) The ceremony includes color guard, laying of the wreath, and a keynote speaker. Free. 11 a.m. Davidson Town Hall, 216 S. Main Street, Davidson, www.

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How Do We Maintain our Health and Fitness Goals During the Holidays?

by Renee Roberson Photo courtesy of Susan Ballard

Susan Ballard of Susan Ballard Fitness offers tips for staying healthy during the busy holiday months.

It starts in October. The “Oh, I’ll just have a few miniature candy bars before I hand these out to the trick or treaters” way of thinking. Then the end of October rolls right on into November, complete with Thanksgiving feasts and family get-togethers, and don’t get me started on the homemade treats and drop-in cocktail parties in December. This is often a time of year that myself and many others find ourselves throwing our fitness routines and plans for healthy eating out the window until January. But does this have to be the case? I reached out to Susan Ballard of Susan Ballard Fitness, a local certified personal trainer who creates personal fitness and nutrition plans specifically for female clientele. With most of her clients falling into the age 40 to 65 range, Ballard knows that as we grow older, it becomes necessary to change up routines in order to maintain or achieve goals. She says she encourages people not to “throw in the towel” and give up during the holiday season. “It’s okay to have a good time and indulge some,” she says. “Continue to be mindful and eat healthy and exercise when you can. I especially encourage exercise during the holiday season because that is a great stress reliever . . . any time you can move it will help continue to burn those calories.” One trick Ballard uses when she wants to sample a dessert is the “four bite” rule, where you get just enough of a taste to enjoy a treat but not enough to overindulge at the numerous gatherings you’ll be sure to attend. She also recommends not going to any holiday parties hungry. Load up your plate with protein and vegetables, and then try a small bite of anything else you want to sample. If you’ve been working carefully to eat healthy, know that one big 78


meal is not going to ruin your progress. “Eat slowly and enjoy your food and family and friends,” Ballard says. “Eat a normal amount of food and then get back on track the next day.” As for exercise, choose workouts you enjoy most often so you’ll be less likely to skip them. Ballard enjoys blending resistance training, cardio, and weights for her clients because they are good for burning fat and gaining muscle. Personally, I’ll be tuning into Ballard’s social media pages for some practical workout demonstrations and other health and wellness advice to keep me motivated during the winter months. Visit Susan Ballard Fitness on Facebook and Instagram to learn more. Try this healthy appetizer! Susan Ballard says this dip is her go-to potluck item. It comes together in a breeze and features just a few ingredients. Buffalo Chicken Dip • One rotisserie chicken • 1 cup mayo (either make your own mixing ¾ cup light olive oil and one egg with an immersion blender or subbing in a healthy substitution like the Primal brand) • ½ cup Frank’s Red hot sauce Mix the hot sauce, chicken, and mayo together and bake in the oven at 350 degrees for about 20-25 minutes. Serve with blue corn tortilla chips or fresh vegetables like celery and carrots. Happy snacking!


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A PET FOR YOU 704.360.4262 228 E. Waterlynn Road, Mooresville The organization charges a non-refundable application fee of $10 to ensure that you are serious about adopting the pet. They receive many applications and many never respond after processing, which greatly delays finding the pets’ forever homes. Please only apply if you are serious about adopting. Also make sure your pets are up to date on species-applicable vaccines (rabies, Distemper/Parvo, FVRCP, Bordetella), spayed/neutered, and on heartworm prevention if a canine. The adoption fee includes their age appropriate vaccinations (DA2PP and Bordetella), Dewormer, spay/neuter, microchip, heartworm test as well as the registration of their microchip information to you. These pets are currently available for adoption.


This handsome Jack Russell Terrier mix came to Piedmont Animal Rescue from a local animal shelter. He was terrified and easily spooked by loud noises. In the safety of his fabulous foster home, Fraizer is gaining confidence and coming out of his shell. He is still nervous in new surroundings and situations, and will need a loving, patient home where he can continue to live his best life. He is a sweet, affectionate boy who is good with cats and other dogs. A home with small children would not be ideal since he currently scares very easily. Fraizer is approximately 6 years old and around 20 pounds. Adoption fee: $300


Sweet Maize is doing great in her foster home. She is still timid but is coming out of her shell and showing her personality. Maize is a 9-month-old pit bull mix who is about 35 pounds. She gets along with other dogs, is crate trained and is close to being fully house trained. Maize is a smart girl. She has learned to sit and to go to her crate on command. Adoption fee is $400.


Sweet Raven, a German Shepherd mix, is looking for her Forever Home. She is heartworm positive and is on the slow kill treatment. Raven is great with kids, and always watches them while they’re outside. She does not need crating but will gladly go in crate (even without asking), loves, loves water, and is just amazing. She would do best with other dogs over 40 pounds. Adoption fee: $300

Captain Hook

Captain Hook is a very sweet boy looking for his furever home. He must be an indoor cat as he is feline leukemia positive. He can be with other cats with the same issue. He loves rubs, wet food, and rotisserie chicken. Adoption fee: $200


Mae is around 2 years old and showed up on her Dad’s doorstep about a year ago. Even though she was blind he took her in and loved her. Unfortunately, cancer came calling and took her Dad away from Mae so she found her way to a shelter without a family. Special needs cats deserve homes, too. Adoption fee: $150 80







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