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don’t know about you, but I sometimes take the smallest things for granted. Like a warm bed to sleep in on a cold night, healthy food choices and healthcare, a reliable car to drive. Growing up, these are things I didn’t always have access to, and only now that I’m older, I realize how hard my parents worked every day of their lives to provide us with a semblance of normal. I only viewed things through the lens of a child. I knew that my mom always went above and beyond (and still does, really) to make the holidays special, even when there wasn’t a lot of money rolling in. She would bake peanut butter and chocolate chip cookies, put her broccoli casserole in the oven because she knew how much I loved it, and pile Christmas gifts under the tree while I tried to contain myself with excitement. And on the Christmas that she didn’t put those red parachute pants that were on the top of my list under the tree, she was most
likely doing me a favor, though I didn’t think it at the time. Now that I’m older, I find myself too often trying to keep up “with the Joneses.” With our schedules busier than ever, it’s hard to find time to breathe these days, much less curate a perfectly-decorated home for the holidays. Each activity that shows up on the calendar in November and December raises my anxiety level just a little more. I find myself apologizing to my kids over and over that “I’m sorry we can’t do this.” Or, “We may be able to get to that this year. Maybe.” I started a morning routine a few months ago that has helped me get more centered.
Each morning, as I sip my coffee, I write down five things that I’m grateful for in a journal. These are supposed to be small things—things that bring me the tiniest but most satisfying amounts of joy. I admit I struggled with this task at first. I kept trying to write down the big things, like “My home.” “My family.” “My work.” And these are all wonderful things to be grateful for, but sometimes it’s also good to step back and be grateful for those little things. I now put things like “new podcast episodes,” the name of a book I’m reading, and new recipe or workout I tried and loved, etc. I try not to take those bigger things I mentioned at the beginning of this letter for granted, but I also am working to be more intentional about embracing the small gifts in my life as well. I encourage you to do the same this holiday season.
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Contents December vol. 13 No. 12
24 It’s About Time
George and Gordon Jacobs know the importance of self-care
26 Thoughts from the Man Cave Holiday TV Time? Turn it On!
30 Navigators Generosity is
generational for Martha Honeycutt of the ANSWER Scholarship
78 On the Circuit What’s happening DECEMBER 2019
at Lake Norman this month
80 Renee Wants to Know
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How hard is it to break out of an escape room?
How LKN residents are gearing up for the holiday season.
Movers, shakers and more at the lake
17 Selling calendars builds a
community for Down syndrome families
18 For the Long Run — Power Cross mentors boys in faith through athletics
19 New Davidson nonprofit shows unity for police officers
20 Jody Seymour gives a fresh take on the Christmas story
21 Live Like a Native—Where to find
28 T rends + Style
Add a little sparkle to your holiday accessories
Jolly Old Saint Nick this season
How we live at the lake
Ellie Kaufman brings a personalized touch to every Christmas tree branch
Dine + Wine
Eating, drinking, cooking and fun
54 Wine Time
Il Bosco is a wine playground with a menu to match
About the Cover:
56 On Tap
30 N avigators
Helping other women is woven into the tapestry of Martha Honeycutt’s life story.
Why Hop & Vine’s owner decided to take root in Davidson
57 In the Kitchen with Jill Dahan
Level up your comfort food with traditional English Roasties
58 Nibbles + Bites
New donut shop fills a hole in Mooresville
38 D wellings
Silly Chickens Lodge is ready for Santa and Mrs. Claus.
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The UPsides of Down Syndrome Selling calendars builds a community
UPsides of Down Syndrome calendar has continued to grow in popularity, as has the number of families who participate each year. This year’s calendar features 42 children from the Charlotte area. A Massachusetts native, Serrano lives in Davidson with her family. Her two daughters, Ellie and Samantha, are a familiar sight during the UPsides photography sessions. While the goal of the calendar is to raise funds for the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Charlotte, Melody indicates that the bigger success is how it brings families together.
“Our shoots are not just photoshoots anymore; they have become social events and something that our families look forward to every year,” she says. This year’s shoots were held at Frank Liske Park in Concord, and Sweetwater Farms in Huntersville. Serrano says, “Over the past seven years, I have met so many amazing families through the calendar, whom I now consider close friends.” She encourages everyone to ‘expect competence, not failure’ when meeting someone with Down syndrome. “People with Down syndrome just want to be loved and respected like
the rest of us and can lead fulfilling lives if we do not limit them.” The 2020 calendar is $20 shipped, available now and selling fast. All proceeds benefit the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Charlotte. To learn more, visit www.snookysmiles.com and click on the ‘Down Syndrome Fundraising Calendar’ link. You can also reach out to Serrano through the website if you are interested in purchasing a sponsorship for the 2021 calendar. — By Bek Mitchell-Kidd, Photography provided by SnookySmiles
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elody Serrano, photographer and owner of SnookySmiles, was inspired by her volunteer work with special needs kids to start her own fundraising project. “I volunteered at an organization called the Littlest Hero Project, which paired families with special needs children with photographers that were willing to volunteer their time,” she says. “I was partnered with kids with Down syndrome. I really connected with the families, and when one of the parents suggested creating a calendar, I was thrilled to bring it to fruition.” Since its debut in 2013, the
Davidson photographer Melody Serrano began working with local families on the fundraising calendar in 2013.
For the Long Run
The Power of a Ministry Mentoring Boys in Faith Through Athletics
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Jeff and Natalie Storment founded Power Cross in 2006.
t all started with what Jeff Storment now jokingly calls “the worst five-minute bible study ever.” His wife Natalie was already a member of the Christian faith, and he was baptized in 2005. When their son T.J. was in the third grade, he began asking permission to invite his buddies over for a bible study. The Storments agreed, and after overseeing homework, a game of football in the yard, and a homecooked meal, Jeff led that ill-fated Bible study. But a seed was planted. Jeff, along with his wife Natalie, started their ministry, Power Cross, in Statesville in 2006. Their focus is the spiritual, emotional, and mental
wellbeing of boys through athletics. To their surprise, the boys from that first bible study returned for more, bringing along five others. Their after-school sessions became routine, and their living room was often overflowing. As T.J.’s parents got to know his peers, they became cognizant of how many of them lacked the resources they were able to offer T.J. Most came from singleparent households, and male role models, especially, were in short supply. Today, thirteen years later, 70 percent of the kids in their program have at least one parent who is incarcerated or deceased. “It was a calling,” agrees the
couple, despite its unintentional start. So they left their jobs as successful entrepreneurs and invested $85,000 of their own money to get Power Cross up and running. The primary goal of their ministry is to bring boys “into a relationship with Christ,” explains Natalie. Recognizing that this might not be overwhelmingly enticing, they used sports as their hook and offered them a chance to play ball, have a hot meal afterwards, and get some coaching as they worked to become better athletes and students. Power Cross offers professional quality coaching in four sports: football, baseball, basketball, and wrestling—as well as the chance
to play on competitive traveling teams. The ministry has grown tremendously in the past 13 years. It has two facilities: one in Statesville and one in Mooresville. In 2015, their son T.J. was among their first graduating class. Now 22, he plays Division One football at Colorado State University. Although they’re proud of that, more important to them is the way their family’s faith has developed into a ministry that offers a supportive link to others. — By Elizabeth Watson Chaney, Photography by Lisa Crates
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Support for the Blue New Davidson nonprofit shows unity for police officers
officers in a variety of ways. Families can “adopt a cop” by providing a basket of snacks and gift cards or bringing dinner to the station, since officers on duty often have to miss meals. “Officers are called when things are at their worst, and interactions with the public when there is not a crisis is another opportunity to build strong relationships between the public and their public servants,” says Davidson Chief of Police Penny Dunn. As an all-volunteer nonprofit, Davidson Blue Line of Hope puts all donations back into supporting police officers. They hope to collect enough community donations to cover department expenses that are not in the budget, like a vest to protect the K-9 police dog.
Davidson Blue LIne of Hope hopes to build strong relationships between police officers and the public they serve and protect.
“I jumped right in when I learned about Davidson Blue Line of Hope on Facebook,” says Board Vice Chair and 25-year Davidson resident Carol Corey. “My husband and I were both paramedics, so police officers are dear to my heart.” — By Grace Kennedy, Photography provided by Davidson Blue Line of Hope
Want to get involved? Join the Facebook group (search “Davidson Blue Line of Hope”), or contact Crystal Russell at Davidsonbluelineofhope@gmail.com. Checks made out to Davidson Blue Line of Hope can be sent to P.O. Box 1303, Davidson, NC, 28036.
olice officers protect and serve us, but who protects and serves them? Davidson Blue Line of Hope is on a mission to answer that question. Like all of us, Davidson resident Crystal Russell was shaken to the core when Mooresville Police Officer Jordan Sheldon was killed on duty in May. The loss hit close to home for Russell, whose husband, Corporal Joseph S. Russell, has been a Davidson Police Officer for 11 years. The unexpected severe illness of Davidson Police Officer Cindy Smith, and her subsequent long-distance hospitalization, also shook the Davidson Police Department. These challenges made Russell take action. “When I saw the outpouring of the Mooresville community for Officer Sheldon, I thought, I want to do that for my community,” says Russell, who has five children, works at Davidson K-8, and serves as Board Chair for Davidson Blue Line of Hope. The nonprofit supports Davidson police
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In the Spirit of the Season Jody Seymour Gives a Fresh Take on The Christmas Story
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Church members loved Jody Seymour’s original monologues from the Christmas story and always encouraged him to put them in book form.
n his new book, Telling The Story, retired United Methodist minister Jody Seymour of Davidson provides fresh perspectives on the night Jesus of Nazareth was born—through monologues from familiar Biblical figures as well as characters he imagined. Years ago, as a young pastor in Charlotte, Seymour told his parishioners it’s okay to bring their kids in pajamas to service—just come. To captivate them, he dressed in period clothing and presented eight lively monologues about the Christmas story. His creative insights included an innkeeper who meets a desperate couple, a Bethlehem potter who crafts a chalice and a stargazer willing to risk a long journey. In another, a young shepherd accompanies his father to greet ‘the baby shepherd who will guide everyone.’ He gives the baby’s mother his most prized possession, his staff. Years later, he sees Jesus again who says, “My mother told me about you, and I’ve used your staff all these years…” Church members loved his monologues and encouraged Seymour to put them in a book. “It’s telling the old, old story in a new way and shedding a little different light on it so we can hear it almost for the first time,” he says. The author of eight other books, Seymour spent nearly two months refining his previously written monologues for Telling the Story, which also includes poetry for Advent and Christmas. Telling The Story is available from the publisher (orders@ wipfandstock.com; 541-344-1528) or by contacting your bookseller. — By Karel Bond Lucander, Photography by Ken Noblezada
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ew streets epitomize the small-town charm of Davidson as well as South Street. Old oaks lean protectively over the road, while older homes hunker contentedly in their yards. Here you’ll discover McEver Fields, where youth baseball teams square off in spring, just across the street from Davidson Elementary. Turn onto the drive that leads into the elementary bus parking lot, and you’ll find yourself on Shackelford’s Way, named for the friendly crossing guard who ushered schoolchildren along the crosswalk for more than ten
years. Jo Anne Shackelford arrived every morning with a bright smile, immortalized in a mural spanning the interior of the Davidson Elementary library, before heading to work at the Davidson College Admissions Office. The stop sign was not the only sign she wielded; for decades, she occupied a house on South Main Street in Davidson, just before the railroad bridge that signifies the approach of the DavidsonCornelius border. There, she fortified her reputation as “The Sign Lady” by hanging spraypainted sheets celebrating all
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Before she passed, as she journeyed home from the hospital for the last time, Davidson residents from McConnell to Harbor Place hung signs painted with messages of love and appreciation as tribute to Shackelford, who gifted the community by shining her bright light on its residents every day of every year she lived here. — By Eleanor Merrell, Photo by Renee Roberson
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eorge and Gordon Jacobs have spent their careers entrenched in deciphering life’s lessons. As an ordained Presbyterian minister, the weight and intensity of that purpose naturally impacted George. Observing that impact led the couple to realize a new mission. “We both wished there was an opportunity or a place for him to go to receive wellness care around his profession,” recalls Gordon, 61, of what led them to first create The Davidson Center for Clergy in 2003 and, later, the Davidson Centre for the Professions. Over the years, the Jacobs and their team have supported hundreds of professionals from the fields of ministry, law, medicine, and public service by offering targeted and integrative services to build resilience, health, and self-care for professional and individual success. “We have found that happiness, resilience, and
hopefulness come through selfcare. We caregivers tend to not take care of ourselves. Taking care of your mind, body, and spirit is essential before you take care of anyone else,” explains George, 59. This lesson was profoundly underscored for the Jacobs after a November 2013 car accident left them with significant injuries, a long recovery, and, for George, a traumatic brain injury that limited his ability to work for two years. “I was the first to be more aware after the accident. I definitely wanted to continue with our work at the clergy center and knew we really needed to regroup in order to do that,” says Gordon. As the Jacobs healed, they began to recalibrate their schedules, stopped talking about work so much at home, and prioritized their self-care. “I cannot put in a 12-hour day anymore. If I don’t make time for exercise, meditation, and prayer, my brain literally doesn’t function so I have to take time
to plan my day,” says George, who starts each morning by discerning both what he needs to do—professionally and for his wellbeing—as well as what he wants to do that day. While George plans his day each morning, Gordon formulates her plans for the next day each evening. “I keep a written to do list on a sticky note. Every day, there are usually 5-6 must dos,” says Gordon who tries to get into the office in the morning when her mind is sharpest and then takes time to exercise in the afternoon. “Our mission has become a true fact of our lives. We have to live with resilience and happiness and wellness.” George agrees. “Through the accident, I spiritually grew up. Every second we are given in this life is a miracle, and we need to treasure it and use that time wisely and kindly. There is an incredible joy in giving healthy love, kindness, and care to others and to do that, you need to take care of yourself.”
Time Tellers Do you use paper or electronics to manage your time? George: Both. I put everything on paper and then I put important things on my computer and phone. Gordon: Paper. I am very visual so I like to see it written down. What do you wish you had more time for in your life? George: To work on writing. I realize the importance of the miracle that I see and understood in myself and I need to be able to pass it on through journaling, memoir, or a novel to help other families find hope that there is healing after trauma. Gordon: We are getting pretty effective at making time for the things that we treasure. What time or life management recommendation do you have? Gordon: Slow down and notice the small things that you might miss if you are too busy. George: Write down things you want to do. Not have to do. Want to do.
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hen I first watched “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” so many years ago I wondered why any toymaking elf in his right mind would want to do anything besides make toys for a living. As a kid I fantasized about being around toys and, even today, if I see cool toy, well, I buy it. But here was Hermey, who wanted nothing more than to be a dentist, and he let everyone know about it, including Rudolph, who was going through his own personal struggles. When their struggles got to be too much, they decided to be “independent” together. Remember? When my editor, Renee, suggested I pen an article about my favorite holiday classic, I figured it would be an easy assignment. I would write about Rudolph,
celebrate the end of the Island of Misfit Toys, glamorize the relationship between Rudolph and Clarice, devise a scientific device that would help Yukon Cornelius finally find gold, and give the Abominable Snowman a voice so he can tell everyone his tooth hurts. I’d dedicate the whole thing to Hermey, DDS, and I’d be finished writing as quickly as a blizzard hits the north pole at Christmas. Everything changed though, when I started to do a bit of research on other classics. The confusion started with Cindy Lou Who and progressed through Heat Miser, Freeze Miser, flying reindeer, Jingle and Jangle, and even Burgermeister Meisterburger among others. If all it takes to change a grumpy leader into a little kid is a yo-yo, isn’t there a lesson in that? My assignment suddenly became complicated
and difficult. There are lots of fantastic animated holiday classics. And I haven’t yet even mentioned Frosty. In the midst of browsing classics dating back as far as the 1960s, and jotting down character names, plot lines, subplots, narration, and even animation techniques, our 7-year-old daughter walked in and asked what I was doing. When I told her I was watching holiday classics even though it was still early November, she became overjoyed, snuggled up with me, and we watched together. For almost an entire weekend. Our time together put me in such the Christmas spirit that I almost went out and bought everyone I know a toy. As we watched show after show memories of viewings past filled my mind. I remembered watching these same specials with
my family, all of us stretched out on orange shag carpet. I remembered other times starting a fire in the fireplace and not wanting a show to end, falling asleep to the fire’s orange glow then being carried upstairs to bed. And I remembered the first time I sat with Caroline and watched these shows together. It seemed like it was just yesterday, but it was years ago. So I’m not going to write about my favorite classic because it’s just not fair to choose. Instead, I’ll tell you what I learned. In writing this column I learned it is not so much about which show we watch as it is about how, when, and with whom. It is about being together, watching together, laughing, and crying, too. It is about moments and it is about making memories. That’s how we grow the holiday spirit.
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“My father always told me that you have to use your gifts and your talents, because there is always someone in this world who needs your help.”
ANSWER Scholarship is one of the nonprofits supported by the North Mecklenburg Woman’s Club. The organization provides college scholarships, mentoring and professional development to moms in Mecklenburg and surrounding counties. Honeycutt was finishing her two-year term as Club President when ANSWER Founder Susan Andersen offered her the position of Mentors For Mom Program Director. ‘It didn’t take me long to say, ‘Absolutely,’” says Honeycutt. As Program Director, she oversees Mentors For Mom, a signature benefit offered to ANSWER scholars. Volunteer mentors work one-onone with scholars, and everyone convenes monthly
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Martha Honeycutt’s involvement with the North Mecklenburg Women’s Club led to a life-changing opportunity.
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hildren are always watching their parents. For Martha Honeycutt, that meant watching her father spearhead fundraising campaigns for the Ford Foundation and Detroit Public Television. She watched her mother go door-to-door collecting charity drive donations for United Way. Honeycutt and her siblings answered the phones during television fundraising drives. “Giving back was just what my parents did,” says Honeycutt, who lives in Cowan’s Ford with her husband Michael, an attorney. “My father always told me that you have to use your gifts and your talents, because there is always someone in this world who needs your help.” Giving back is woven into the tapestry of Honeycutt’s life story. While working for Ford Motor Company, the Michigan native helped organize the Race for the Cure for breast cancer awareness. She joined the University of Michigan-Dearborn Board of Women’s Studies and participated in “College is an Option,” allowing women experiencing homelessness to shadow students and explore higher learning opportunities with a mentor. When Michael’s employment and his desire to return to his Carolina roots brought the Honeycutt family to the Lake Norman area, Honeycutt got involved with the North Mecklenburg Woman’s Club. The club’s mission—promoting and supporting social, educational, and civic progress in the community— was a perfect fit for Martha, and she signed on as Community Affairs Chair. When the club asked her to serve as President, she had no idea it would lead to a life-changing opportunity.
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for workshops on topics like professional development, financial wellness, and women’s health. Helping moms is a full-circle journey for Honeycutt. Growing up in a suburb of Detroit, she saw her mother’s passion for helping underserved mothers who were committed to being positive role models for their children. That same passion propels Martha and her team of mentors to support ANSWER scholars and their families. “Helping these moms on their journey has been such a blessing,” says Honeycutt, who is mom to Sarah, a pediatric nurse getting her doctorate in nursing at The University of Tennessee; and James, a 1/C (Senior) at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis.
More than money ANSWER Scholarship recipient Tisha Campbell of Mooresville admits she was skeptical about the mentor program at first. Then life threw her a series of curveballs, and she watched the ANSWER team step up to the plate for her. “This organization only wants to see your success,” says Campbell, a single mother of four. “It’s so much more than money.” Campbell’s mentor and “honorary adopted Grandma,” Mary Jane Freeman, founded The Davidson Center for Learning and Academic Planning. She matched Campbell’s children with personalized tutoring so
Tisha could focus on her studies without worrying about her children Top: ANSWER Scholarship recipient Tisha Campbell Bottom: ANSWER volunteer LuAnn Driscoll, Campbell slipping and Honeycutt through the cracks. Founder Susan Andersen. “Her Campbell and her son enthusiasm and passion touch both celebrated graduations everyone she meets within our earlier this year, and she organization and throughout works as a human resources the community.” generalist with a multinational Honeycutt believes we should telecommunications company. all use our passion for the Mentors For Mom is key to greater good. “Anyone can do helping ANSWER scholars like this. It doesn’t matter what your Campbell beat the odds: The background is. If you can donate, national graduation rate for organize, lead, or be a friend, nontraditional students is 39 don’t hesitate to do it.” percent while ANSWER’s rate is 85 percent. To learn more about “Martha’s leadership is the ANSWER Scholarship, ‘secret sauce’ behind ANSWER’s visit www. graduation rate,” says ANSWER answerscholarship.org.
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othing says “old-timeyfarmhouse” like a flock of chickens … Karen and John Michaels weren’t planning on being innkeepers when they transplanted from Jacksonville, Fla., but they fell in love with a Mooresville lodge built in 1860 and thought it would also make the perfect home for their chickens.
dwellings Now listed as Silly Chickens Lodge on Airbnb, the inn has a lot to offer clients. John says their clientele is diverse, because “Mooresville has so much to offer. Our guests come from all over the world. They may be someone visiting nearby Lowe’s Home Improvement Corporate Office, or a family passing through wanting a base for trips uptown or to the mountains.”
An intriguing name John credits the wide range of guests to the name of the lodge, saying “Our Airbnb took off mainly because of the name, people looking at bed and breakfasts in Mooresville want to know what the Silly Chickens Lodge is all about.”
“Our guests come from all over the world.”
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The Mooresville lodge was originally built in 1860 and now hosts visitors from all over the world.
But it seems there is much more to it than the name. The historic house is all cedar and features four spaces for guests to stay; the Rise and Shine suite, The Country Rooster room, The Blue Peacock room and the detached and private ‘Nest
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course the chickens. With a current head count of 28 feathered friends, Karen can name all of them including Speedy, Buddy the Rooster, Copper and Fancy. Guests can feed and hold the chickens, take pictures and ask questions. Fancy is a favorite, she is blind and was hand-raised. Karen says, “She meshes with the flock well, but makes her way to the back door for a
Guest House.’ The Nest was originally an ice cream parlor and located at the front of the house. Karen and John, who live year-round in the lodge, had the structure moved via crane to the rear of the property and it’s now one of the most popular spaces booked. Guests also enjoy the large deck, fireplace, hot tub, a movie room, the quintessential Carolina front porch … and of
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dwellings to give shots and general knowledge of backyard chickens. The class also includes a tour of the Silly Chickens Lodge and is well worth the time if you are thinking about raising chickens.
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special breakfast every morning.” Speaking of breakfast, lodgers can obviously expect to be treated to fresh eggs, and fan-favorite “John’s awesome blueberry pancakes.” DECEMBER 2019
If you’re not staying at the lodge you can still visit. One way is to attend one of
Karen’s regular chicken classes held onsite. Karen insists she is not an authority on chickens, but she does know her ‘girls’ which include the breeds Rhode Island red, Polish silkie, Easter egger (yes, that’s actually a thing), Black Orpington and more. During the class, Karen discusses raising chickens, their likes and dislikes, how
Even if chickens are not your thing, December is a great time to experience the lodge. John says, “Karen and her good friend Linda decorate the lodge for Christmas and when they are done it looks like something out of a Hallmark movie.” There is a decorated Christmas tree in every room and the kitchen fireplace is usually burning bright. Holiday and chicken-related antiques and décor fill the space to create a whimsical and welcoming vibe. On Saturday Dec. 7, kids can visit with Mrs. and Mr. Claus at the lodge. Visit the Silly Chickens Lodge Facebook page to sign-up for a time slot. Each family is encouraged to bring a small fleece blanket to donate to Little Smiles, a local non-profit organization that brings joy to kids in tough situations. Silly Chickens Lodge is located at 1307 Oak Ridge Farm Highway in Mooresville (near Carrigan Farms).
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Kaufman enjoys the inspiration she finds in the Frontgate holiday catalogue each year.
Top: The Kaufman home in Mooresville featured sixteen decorated trees in 2018. Bottom: The Kaufmans began decorating for the holidays on Nov. 1 in order to light up all the trees on Thanksgiving evening.
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ooresville resident Ellie Kaufman has always been drawn to Christmas trees and feels the more, the merrier. She says the wife of her parents’ business partner always went all out and decorated a plethora of trees during the holidays, so that’s what she assumed was normal. When she purchased her first home, she had so many trees that a realtor friend would ask to bring people by and it became a tourist attraction of sorts among friends and acquaintances. “My husband didn’t subscribe to this thought when we started dating,” Kaufman says, but she soon won him over. “We tried one tree for one year and then went back to multiple trees.”
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Ellie Kaufman has a cousin she affectionally calls “Buddy the Elf,” because of his height of six feet and five inches, who helped with the decorating.
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Last year Kaufman decked the halls of the home she shared with husband Jerry at The Point with sixteen trees, all of which were artificial, because in a cruel twist of fate, she’s allergic to the real thing.
Each tree she decorates have special meaning, but she also recognizes they take an “insane” amount of work to complete. The large 15-foot family tree started off with a collection of ornaments from her grandmother and has since evolved to include
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her husband’s family ornaments. At last count, that tree had more than 5,000 ornaments on the one tree alone, with the outside layer of the tree covered in decorative icicles. It took almost 70 hours to decorate. She also enjoys creating an all-silver/metallic tree and red and greenthemed one she affectionally calls “The Dr. Seuss Tree.” Every year when the Frontgate catalogue comes in, she says she stares at it for a few weeks while she lets the ideas simmer. But while she would sometimes order a few sets out of the book, she admits she could also reproduce some of the similar looks with supplies from stores like Hobby Lobby. Kaufman usually made it her goal to begin the tree decorating on the first of November so she could light all the trees on Thanksgiving evening. She also jokes that she has the help of a cousin who is 6’5 and the family calls “Buddy the Elf.”
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Kaufman enjoyed utilizing different color schemes, making each tree a unique work of art.
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Savor the pasta and wine offerings at Il Bosco. p. 54 Hop & Vine’s owner fills niche in Davidson. p. 56 Traditional English Roasties p. 57
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A Little Corner of Italy on Depot Street Il Bosco is a wine playground with a menu to match
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love sitting down with a good book, especially if it’s a wine list. And I really get excited if the wine list is in Italian. Italy is a wine lover’s dream. Italy has 20 individual wine regions and some 2,000 indigenous grapes. In short, it’s a wine playground with lots to explore. That’s why my wife Mary Ellen and I like to indulge our taste buds at Davidson’s Il Bosco Ristorante & Bar. Jimmy Hermann and his family have created a little corner of Italy on Depot Street. An aside: I once heard a patron ask Hermann what part of Italy he came from. His response was, “An Italian neighborhood in Brooklyn.” That’s nice because that’s my wife’s provenance, too. Back to Italian wine. It’s a long story that I don’t have space to go into, but I have developed a passion for wines from the island of Sardinia. A combination of history and geography has conspired to make wines from the island unique—in my mind, uniquely tasty. And Hermann must agree with me because these wines are prominent on his wine list. Sardinian wines, both white and red, punch way above their weight. For such a small and isolated region, the wines are right up there with those from Italy’s larger, more well-known and prestigious regions. The Sardinian wines that I migrate to are red wines made from the Cannonau grape—Cannonau di Sardegna or a blend of other grapes and Cannonau. That’s the place I start from and then head to the food menu. Here’s a little background.
There’s a curiosity about Sardinia. On Sardinia, men live longer than on any other place on earth. And I rationalize that wine has something to do with the phenomenon. Cannonau grapes contain two to three times as much of a component found in other wines that may prevent cardiovascular disease. There’s no definite proof, but many doctors agree that something in red wine appears to help your heart. It’s possible that antioxidants, such as flavonoids or a substance called resveratrol, have hearthealthy benefits. So, I’d venture to say a visit to Il Bosco is as good as a visit to the gym. On to the food. Hermann’s son, Joseph, is in charge of the kitchen and he really knows his way around it. For me, one of his pasta dishes had to be the choice. Because of the wine, I was in a Mediterranean island mood, so the dish needed to be based on seafood. Bucatini and mussels with a spicy tomato sauce filled the bill. Cannonau, typically, is low in tannins and so doesn’t amp up the spice in a dish. And, then, there’s the pasta. You don’t get to see bucatini that often. It’s neat. Bucatini might get mistaken for spaghetti, but it’s a bit thicker and there’s a little baby hole that runs all the way through the noodle. That’s magic because instead of just being smothered by the sauce, the pasta absorbs it. So, in a little corner of Italy on Davidson’s Depot Street, I started the evening with a good book. That led to a favorite wine and that, in turn, led to a
Sardinian wine and pasta with mussels is a great Mediterranean island pairing.
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Michael Foran, DMD ounded in 1985, Carolina Oral & Facial Surgery focuses on dental alveolar surgery, such as tooth extractio n and dental implant placeme nt, as well as bone grafting, pathology and dental infection services, and in-office anesthesia and sedation . Dr. Michael Coleman and Dr. Michael Foran stay abreast of the latest in techniqu e and technology, which has proven to be paramou nt to the practice’s success. “Our practice is mainly an office-based oral surgery practice. We specializ e in surgical procedures consisting of extraction of wisdom teeth and other non-restorable teeth, bone grafting, placeme nt of
Michael Coleman, DDS | Carolina Oral & Facial Surgery dental implants, biopsies and complicated procedur management of patholog es that to none, and we are y and require a hospital setting, always surgical intervention such available to our patients, of oral and as trauma even and facial fractures, facial infections,” explains after the office closes. Dr. as well as orthognathic ” Foran, an Army veteran.“ These board certified We surgery. have extensive training physician and s treat each Regardless of the complex patient experience in in-office ity as they would want sedation of the procedur their wives e, the goal to provide comfort to and children to be treated, our of Carolina Oral & Facial patients.” with respect, courtesy Surgery is to always and Carolina Oral & Facial provide compassion. “Our ultimate Surgery the most up-to-date oral and is one of the first practices goal is to provide patients in maxillofacial surgical the area to impleme care in a with a thorough diagnosi nt CTwarm, professional and s, guided implant procedur caring the most state-of-the es. Dr. environment, personal art Foran says CT-guided ized to oral surgery surgery and dental meet an individual patient’s allows bone grafting implant treatment, modern and dental dental needs. implant placement to facilities and equipme be more “We are not a large nt in precise. “It has become corporate a professio much nal yet personal, practice. We tailor our more common in my care to caring, and, perhaps practice, the individual, in a low-volu most and it helps me serve me important, safe environm our and caring environm ent,” patients better,” he explains, ent,” adds explains Dr. Foran. “We Dr. Coleman, who is all adding that the practice highly pay close attention to also trained in all aspects the has privileges at the of oral concerns of our patients local surgery and implant for Novant hospitals for dentistry. the more best possible treatment “Our support staff is second and outcome.”
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Norman/Charlotte region’s primary health care largest and fastest-g for infants rowing and all children with independently owned up-to-date family vaccines as recomm medicine practice. Founded ended in by the American Academ 2001 to provide patients y of all of Pediatrics. Gynecology ages a more favorable health services are available care experience, Davidson as well, including annual Pap Family Medicine makes smears certain and innovative contrace the patient always comes ptive manage ment such as first. Nexplanon and the Here, phone calls are latest in IUDs such as Skyla, personally answered, Kyleena, and Mirena. and a warm reception is Davidson Family Medicin guaranteed. During patient e strives to be available visits, clinicians listen when carefully patients have urgent and perform examina illnesses tions and injuries by being in a relaxed and unhurrie open d evenings and Saturday atmosphere. Because s. This the allows patients practice is independ to avoid costly, ent and unfamiliar urgent care not owned by a large centers hospital or drug store exam system or corporate rooms. giant, On-site X-Rays and clinicians are motivate immediate d to blood test results with provide a more personal the ized recent expansion of experience. Online reviews its on-site of laboratory are also provided the practice on Google . and Our community and Healthgrades are impressi its ve, citizens are importan as patients consiste t to ntly praise the practice’s clinicians the staff and clinicians , as for you’ll regularly find their relationship building, them volunteering at area professionalism and schools, wisdom. charities and churches In addition, the managem . These ent clinicians have also of Davidson Family Medicine been the health care provider feels it is important to s for the partner Davidson College Student with you and your insuranc e Health Center since carrier by being “in-netw 2001. ork” For those in the commun with BCBSNC, Cigna, ity United who are not insured, Healthcare and others. the Your practice strives to make healthcare dollar stretches health care costs affordab further here when compare le. d to Dr. Patricia White costly hospital-owned founded the practices North Carolina chapter of the that charge higher visit, lab and Albert Schweitzer Fellowsh facility fees. ip, which works to reduce The clinicians at Davidson healthcare disparitie Family Medicine are s in our all boardcommunities, Dr. Stephan certified, rigorously trained, ie and Sittler is Medical chosen for their professio Director of nal Mooresville’s HealthRe acumen and interpers ach onal Free Clinic and Dr. Craig skills. Because the practice White co-founded Ada Jenkins’ is a Patient-Centered Medical Free Clinic of Our Towns Home, clinicians can in provide Davidson.
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WHY HOP & VINE’S OWNER DECIDED TO TAKE ROOT IN DAVIDSON
The interior of Hop & Vine features a contrast of slate grays and light woods.
here was almost no way Casey Ashlock was going to open the Hop & Vine in Davidson this year. There wasn’t a need for a second location, at least not yet; his first, just 17 miles away in Concord, opened on Jan. 24. As a small business owner, he had enough to do. On Oct. 16, Ashlock opened his second Hop & Vine in Davidson. Like his Concord spot, its bar is highlighted by tapas and 17 taps of rotating craft beers and a selection of boutique wines, all of which is painstakingly curated. So, what changed?
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A patron samples one of the boutique wines on the menu.
Owner Casey Ashlock wants a trip to Hop & Vine to feel like visiting a friend.
Ashlock wants a trip to Hop & Vine to feel like visiting a friend—the neat one. The minimalist design would border on spartan if it weren’t for the contrast of slate grays and light woods, which adds depth and warmth without any clutter. Most importantly, it spotlights Hop & Vine’s array of craft beers and boutique wines. Ashlock says he personally selects the beer list himself, which he said always includes IPAs, porters, stouts, wheats, and more. The goal is to offer things you won’t find at a nearby grocery store. Often the menu is “North Carolina-centric,” he says, but in early November, for example, it also featured beers from Maine, Nevada, Oklahoma and South Carolina.
Hop & Vine owner Casey Ashlock.
“I love our selection,” says Ashlock.
Location, location, location “I never, under any other circumstances, would’ve opened two businesses in the same year,” says Ashlock, “but I just couldn’t give up this space. It was too good.” Ashlock’s referring to his spot in the newly opened Linden Building, the mixeduse centerpiece of the town’s expansion past its Main Street roots. He says he was “eyeballing” the spot, or at least the idea of it, for three years. To him, it was the perfect community for what the Hop & Vine is—a community bar. “Davidson is that quintessential, picturesque town that everybody wants to live in,” says Ashlock. He says he loves the amount of foot traffic in the area, how people wave and chat. “This is my dream, to be in an area like this, around people like these,” he says. Hop & Vine 605-C Jetton Street, Davidson www.hop-and-vine.com
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Ingredients 2 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes, scrubbed with skins on 1/2 cup unsalted butter (I love Kerrygold) Jill Dahan
2 tablespoons avocado oil sea salt (I prefer Maldon)
thyme leaves to garnish (optional)
Instructions Traditional English Roasties
Boil potatoes in water for 8-10 minutes until just tender. Drain and shake in the pan so that the edges will get fluffy. Melt the butter with the oil a pan big enough to hold the potatoes in a single layer. Toss the potatoes in the mixture, sprinkle with salt, and roast at 400F for 35-45 minutes until golden and crispy. Serve hot garnished with thyme leaves. Serves six to eight.
ill Dahan lives in Cornelius and is the author of Starting Fresh! Recipes for Life. You can J learn more about her at www.jilldahan.com. To learn more about her nonprofit, Sunninghill Jill Kids, visit www.sunninghilljillkids.org.
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Holidays and cold weather call for comforting dishes like roasted potatoes. No proper British Sunday dinner would be complete without these. At holidays this steaming tray of little gems just screams family and celebration. Crispy crunchy bits enclose a fluffy creamy interior and is often referred to as one of the best foods that have come out of English cuisine. Choose your ‘tatties’ carefully (British potato slang), par boil them, rough them up a tad, roll them in melted Irish butter and oil to give them those crispy bits, and sprinkle with English sea salt for a true across the pond taste explosion Serve them with any range of entrees and eat like British royalty this holiday season.
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Go Nuts for Rene’s
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hen it comes to creativity, Linda Moreno says, “I can’t draw a straight line, to be honest with you.” It’s a good thing donuts are round, then. As the owner of Rene’s Sweet Treats on Brawley School Road, Moreno fills her display cases with some of the most imaginative confectionary creations in the Lake Norman area. Sure, she bakes (or fries) the standards: glazed, frosted, jelly filled, sprinkled. But alongside the standbys are the imaginative spins that use fresh fruit, candy and other elements that really make Rene’s a treat. “You can do so many things with this,” says Moreno. “It’s endless.”
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Families that glaze together Moreno’s story actually began in the mid-eighties, said Moreno, when her aunt opened SK Donuts in Los Angeles. “It wasn’t anything fancy,” says Moreno. “Just a twist and a glaze.” Around 2000, her cousin, Sophie, and her son, Jeremy, began offering more selections at SK. Business boomed, and the family soon opened several more shops. These days, any self-respecting confectionary connoisseur in SoCal has heard not only of SK Donuts, but probably USA Donut, Olympic Donut, AM Donut and Colorado Donut, too. SK and Colorado were even featured in the L.A. Time’s 2017 “Definitive List” of Los Angeles-area donut shops.
Atmosphere Customers of all ages enjoy the imaginary creations at Rene’s Sweet Treats.
Moreno said she was in the middle of it all, hopping from one shop to the next, even during the 25-year stretch when she worked full time as an administrator for a home healthcare company. “I couldn’t ask for better training because every day you go in, you see how they mix the dough, you see how they proof the dough, how they add the love they have for the donuts,” says Moreno. Two years ago, she decided to get back into the donut biz
full time. The Lake Norman area had long been a favorite vacation spot for her husband, Rene (who goes by Keith), who visited the area as a youngster. The lake area was a huge draw, Moreno said, especially considering there weren’t nearly as many donut shops as there were in California.
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Dine + Wine so much croissant or donut, but deep-fried sin that’s cut in half and cream-stuffed. The pumpkin pie croissant donut is filled with cream cheese frosting and topped with pumpkin cheesecake, a halo of more cream cheese frosting and crushed graham crackers. The croissant’s filling makes it heavy in your hands yet it’s still light and fluffy, which is true of pretty much every treat you bite into at Rene’s. That’s thanks to dough that Moreno says took years to perfect.
More than sweet treats
Rene’s Sweet Treats 694 Brawley School Rd., Ste. C Mooresville
Linda and Keith Moreno.
The treats aren’t all sweet, however; Rene’s can brew up cappuccinos, lattes and other coffees, and features a range of sandwiches for breakfast and lunch, all of which are available all day. Not surprisingly, you can also find croissants stuffed with pizza toppings, ham and cheese, and more. Keith says the menu reflects his wife’s talent as a cook. He says his wife often makes new offerings at customers’ requests—she recently
whipped up a pecan pie donut on the fly. “She’s a cook; she can cook anything,” says Keith. “She doesn’t have to have anyone tell her how to make it, they just have to tell her what they want.” That ability is best on display Saturday mornings. While business is still a bit slower than they’d like on the weekdays, Moreno and Keith pull out all the stops for their busiest day, filling not just their regular display case, but lining their L-shaped bar with donuts, pies, croissants, and more. The donuts designed as cartoon characters have been a hit with the kids, said Keith, as have the candy- and cereal-topped. And the maple bacon and Bavarian cream bars are there, and they’re delicious, too—even though they’re in the shape of a straight line.
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PHC – Fairview Family Medicine Golnar Lashgari, MD Jennifer Scharbius, MD
150 Fairview Road, Suite 210 Mooresville, NC 28117 •704-235-0300
PHC - Troutman Family Medicine Amrish C. Patel, MD Amanda Honeychuck, NP Lauren Brannon, NP Denton Mow, PA-C 154 S Main Troutman, NC 28166 • 704-528-9903
Charlotte Gastroenterology and Hepatology John H. Moore, III, M.D. Steven A. Josephson, M.D. Scott A. Brotze, M.D. Michael W. Ryan, M.D. Devi Thangavelu, M.D. Vinaya Maddukuri, M.D.
Ears, Nose and Throat
Lake Norman Offices: 13808 Professional Center Dr. Huntersville, NC 28078 115 Commerce Pointe Blvd. Mooresville, NC 28117 Appointment Line: 704-377-0246 www.charlottegastro.com Locations also in Charlotte, Matthews, and Ballantyne
140 Gateway Blvd. Mooresville, NC 28117 • 704-664-9638
PHC –Northlake Digestive Care Carl A. Foulks, Jr., MD Chi Zuo, PA-C
PHC – Lake Norman Ear, Nose, & Throat Keith Meetze, MD Thomas Warren, MD Herb Wettreich, MD Fred New, Jr., ANP
359 Williamson Road Mooresville, NC 28117 • 704-878-2021
PHC –Comprehensive Digestive Care Center Vivek Trivedi, MD Tiedre Palmer, FNP-C
359 Williamson Road Mooresville, NC 28117 • 704-878-2021
Internal Medicine PHC – Internal Medicine & Weight Management Manish G. Patel, MD Julie Abney, PA Andrea Brock, PA-C
128 Medical Park Road, Suite 101 Mooresville, NC 28117 • 704-658-1001
PHC – Lake Norman Internal Medicine John C. Gatlin, MD LuAnne V. Gatlin, MD 548 Williamson Road, Suite 6 Mooresville, NC 28117 • 704-660-5520
Stout Internal Medicine & Wellness Dr. Sam Stout Andrea Colvin, NP
Occupational Medicine Iredell Occupational Medicine Joe Wolyniak, DO
128 E. Plaza Dr., Unit 3 Mooresville, NC 28115 • 980-444-2630
Orthopaedic Surgery Iredell Orthopaedic Center Jason Batley, MD
544 Brawley School Road Mooresville, NC 28117 • 704-658-0956
PHC – Piedmont Bone & Joint Scott Brandon, MD Byron E. Dunaway, MD Brett L. Feldman, MD Alex Seldomridge III, MD Kim Lefreniere, PA-C Sherry Dawn Repass, FNP-BC
359 Williamson Road Mooresville, NC 28117 • 704-235-1829
Orthopedic Surgery – Spine PHC – Piedmont Bone & Joint Alex Seldomridge, III, MD
444 Williamson Road, Suite B Mooresville, NC 28117 • 704-360-9310
359 Williamson Road Mooresville, NC 28117 • 704-235-1838
Physiatry –Interventional Spine Care
PHC – Neurology & Sleep Medicine Dharmen S. Shah, MD 359 Williamson Road Mooresville, NC 28117 • 704-873-1100
PHC – Lake Norman Neurology Andrew J. Braunstein, DO Ryan Conrad, MD Craig D. DuBois, MD Douglas Jeffery, MD Roderick Elias, MD
124 Professional Park Dr, Ste A Mooresville, NC 28117 • 704-662-3077
PHC – Lake Norman Neurology Andrew J. Braunstein, DO Ryan Conrad, MD Craig D. DuBois, MD Douglas Jeffery, MD Roderick Elias, MD
9735 Kincey Avenue, Ste 203 Huntersville, NC 28078 • 704-766-9050
NeuroSurgery- Spine Iredell NeuroSpine Peter Miller, MD, Ph.D.
544 Brawley School Road 28117 Mooresville, NC 28117 • 704-954-8277 IredellNeuroSpine.com
Obstetrics/Gynecology PHC – Lake Norman OB/GYN James Al-Hussaini, MD Laura Arigo, MD Katie Collins, DO Grant Miller, MD James Wilson, MD Nicole S. Wellbaum, MD Coral Bruss, ANP-C
131 Medical Park Road, Suite 102 Mooresville, NC 28117 • 704-663-1282
PHC –Govil Spine & Pain Care Harsh Govil, MD, MPH Thienkim Walters, PA-C April Hatfield, FNP-C
359 Williamson Road Mooresville, NC 28117 • 704-235-1829
Iredell Primary Care for Women Eva Imperial, MD, FAAFP
114 Gateway Blvd, Suite B Mooresville, NC 28117 • 980-435-0406
PULMONOLOGY PHC –Pulmonology Enrique Ordaz MD Jose Perez MD Ahmed Elnaggar, MD
125 Days Inn Drive, Mooresville, NC 28117 • 704-838-8240
PHC – Rheumatology Sean M. Fahey, MD Dijana Christianson, DO
128 Medical Park Road, Suite 101 Mooresville, NC 28117 • 704-658-1001
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Visiting Davidson College artist Oh Inhwan shares her project â€œMy Names,â€? where she interviewed Japanese women who have changed their family names multiple times over the years.
The Voices of Christmas (Dec. 5 and Dec. 12) The North Mecklenburg Community Chorus performs joyful arrangements of the holiday season. Free. Dec. 5, 7:30 p.m., Huntersville United Methodist Church; Dec. 12, 7:30 p.m., Community in Christ Lutheran Church, www.nmccsings.org. The Lake Norman Big Band (Dec. 16) The band performs the third Monday of every month. 7 p.m. $20 cover charge includes a buffet dinner.
The Finish Line Restaurant and Lounge, Victory Lanes Family Entertainment Center, 125 Morlake Drive, Mooresville, www. thelakenormanbigband.org.
Mistletoe Sip and Shop (Dec. 6) Stroll through the downtown area business and shop the open houses for gifts, sample appetizers, drinks and more. Check out the life-sized snow globe, a strolling barbershop quartet and carolers. 6-8 p.m. Free. Main and Broad Streets, Mooresville, www.
downtownmooresville.com. LNYC Christmas Flotilla & Parade of Lights (Dec. 7) The Lake Norman Yacht Club hosts this boat parade that begins at the club and ends at Hello, Sailor. 6 p.m. No admission fee; please bring an unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots. Lake Norman Yacht Club, firstname.lastname@example.org. North Mecklenburg Christmas Parade (Dec. 7) Get into the holiday spirit with high school bands, horses, tractors and civic organizations. 1 p.m. Free.
Date Night The parade starts in Davidson at the intersection of Highway 115 and Catawba Avenue, www.ci.davidson.nc.us.
the best decorated boats. 5 pm. Free admission. The Peninsula Yacht Club, www. peninsulayacht.com/LBP.
Candlelight Christmas Tour (Dec. 13 and 14) Experience Christmas by Candlelight at Historic Latta Plantation. Take a holiday-themed tour throughout the historic house and kitchen followed by hot cider and cookies by the fireside. See website for available tour times. $25 per person and tickets are by pre-order online only. Historic Latta Plantation, 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville, www. lattaplantation.org.
Preschool Holiday Party (Dec. 16) Enjoy a fun-filled morning with a holiday movie, crafts and snack time. Ages 3 - 6 are welcome, and all children must be accompanied by an adult. This event is free-of-charge; however, you must pre-register at cornelius.org/parc as space is limited. 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Cornelius Arts Center, 19725 Oak Street, Unit 1, Cornelius, www.cornelius.org.
Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol (Through Dec. 22) “Marley was dead, to begin with…” and what happens to Ebenezer Scrooge’s mean, sour, pruney old business partner after that? Chained and shackled, Marley is given his own private tormentor: a malicious little hell-sprite who thoroughly enjoys his work. Desperate, Marley accepts his one chance to free himself: To escape his own chains, he must first redeem Scrooge. Thurs.-Sat., 8 p.m., Sun., 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. $20, adults, $18, seniors, students, $12. Add $3 if purchasing tickets at the door. Armour Street Theatre, 307 Armour Street, Davidson, www.davidsoncommunityplayers.org.
Foster’s Frame and Art Gallery Various exhibitions. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 403
Family Fun N. Old Statesville Road, Huntersville, 704.948.1750. Four Corners Framing and Gallery Various exhibitions. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Tues-Thurs.; 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Fri.; 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sat. 148 N. Main Street, Mooresville, www.fcfgframing.com. Lake Country Gallery Various exhibitions. Mon.Fri., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Exit 36-Mooresville, between Belk and Kohl’s. 704.664.5022, www. lakecountrygallery.net. Tropical Connections Various exhibitions. Tues.-Fri., 10 a.m.5:30 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. or by appointment. 230 N. Main Street, Mooresville. Van Every/Smith Galleries “My Names” by Inhwan Oh. In conjunction with the Baik Art Residency, this project began at a residency in 2010 at the Residency in Kyoto Art Center,
Me Time Japan. The first video is an interview of Japanese women, who have changed their (family) names multiple times; the other video is a documentation of the artist’s performance, writing and erasing— through the act of ironing—the names of women introduced in the interview. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., noon-4 p.m. Davidson College, Katherine and Tom Belk Visual Arts Center, 315 N. Main Street, Davidson, www. davidson.edu.
Davidson College Men’s Basketball (Dec. 10) Get ready for another action-packed season of basketball. Coppin State, 7 p.m. Davidson College, www. davidsonwildcats.com. Davidson College Women’s Basketball (Dec. 21) UNC Charlotte, 1 p.m. Davidson College, www. davidsonwildcats.com.
The 23rd Annual Lighted Boat Parade (Dec. 14) The Peninsula Yacht Club hosts this annual boat parade that begins within Harbor Light Cove, with viewing from The Peninsula Yacht Club. Enjoy concessions, an arrival of Santa by fireboat and cash prizes for
Dance Davidson’s ‘Tis the Season (Dec. 22) Dance Davidson performs their winter concert with dance students of all ages. 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. $19.99 for reserved seats and $10.99 standing room only. Duke Family Performance Hall, Knobloch Campus Center, Davidson College, www.dancedavidson.com.
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by Renee Roberson | photo by Renee Roberson Out of Time Escape Room Experience features a variety of experiences at different skill levels.
enacing music played in the background. On the wall, a small screen flashed a clock counting down from 60 minutes. My daughter and I pulled open desk drawers and flipped through a stack of books searching for clues that would help us get my husband out of the jail cell he was trapped in just a few feet away. Does this sound like an average Sunday evening to you? It wasn’t for us either—but it was a great way to do some family bonding and test our mental acuity. Out of Time Escape Room Experience in Huntersville is located in one of the office parks on Northcross Drive. Being a huge fan of ghost stories and murder mysteries, I originally reserved “The Legend
of Deadwood” room, which involves players searching for a missing boy from the 1980s who was also investigating a group of people who vanished from Deadwood in the 1880s. But when we arrived for our appointment, our party of four was down to a party of three, as our son had just returned from a backpacking trip and wanted to take a rain check. The staff at Out of Time was friendly, funny and helpful in getting us into a room that would be easier for three players. We instead went into the “Framed” room, where my husband was “jailed” for mouthing off to the sheriff. In this scenario, when my daughter and I stumbled into the room to break him out of jail, we
“accidentally” locked ourselves in the room as well. Our host handed us a walkie-talkie and told us we could press the button and ask for up to five hints during our experience. Of course, we were stubborn and waited until we had used up about thirty minutes of our time before breaking down and asking for help. Hints were then flashed on a monitor mounted on the wall. Every item in the room could be or hold a potential clue—from books to clothing items to pieces of furniture, etc. Our task involved finding the clues that would help us unlock a wide variety of locks. I feel my husband and I did a pretty good job since it was our first escape room experience, but I’m sure
my teenage daughter, who is a novice, was a little frustrated with us a few times. Sadly, we did not break out of the room before our 60 minutes were up. I’m excited to go back and try some different escape rooms and redeem myself. I’m also kind of glad we put off the Deadwood room, as it has a difficulty rating of five stars and the Framed room had a three-star level. Escape rooms are a great activity to try out during the winter months, and the more the merrier! Learn more at www. outoftimeescape.com.
Out of Time Escape Room Experience, 16325 Northcross Drive, Suite B, Huntersville. Games by reservation only. Phone: 704.997.8345.
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Misha Misha is a 10-month-old female Siberian Husky who is house and cratetrained. She is friendly with both cats and dogs and very playful and energetic. This girl never meets a stranger. Adoption with approved adoption application includes age-appropriate shots, rabies, spay/neuter, microchip, heartworm test (treated if positive, and started on monthly prevention if negative). The adoption also comes with a goodie bag of toys, treats, collar, leash, etc. and one month of free dog health insurance.
Beans Beans is still looking for his forever family! Beans was originally a cruelty case and was very emaciated, with skin issues that had to be treated. He has been at his foster home for five months now and even learned to love travel. He is a Lab/Jack Russell mix and full grown at 35 pounds. He is estimated to be about 18-19 months old. He is crate-trained and house-broken, and does well with dogs of all sizes. He would do well in a home with a sibling or two to play with, but would also be a great only dog.
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