Lake Norman CURRENTS magazine December 2022

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A Lesson from Christmas Past When I was a high school sophomore, I worked as an usher at the local General Cinema movie theater, which was a stand-alone building located across the parking lot from an open-air shopping center. During the holiday season, all the stores and businesses — Sears, Woolworth’s, Radio Shack, IHOP, First National Supermarket, Thom McAn and the remaining dozen or so establishments — displayed blinking, twinkling lights and colorful signs wishing a happy holiday season to all passersby and festive shoppers. Vintage yuletide music played over speakers attached to the underside of the overhang that sheltered shoppers from the winter elements. In the theater lobby, we decorated two 10-foot-tall artificial Christmas trees with hundreds of multi-colored lights, shiny bulbs and candy canes, while the ticket booth and candy counter were adorned with garland, tinsel and giant paper snowflakes. The lobby was always warm and comfortable, even in single-digit weather.

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Advertising Director Sharon Simpson Sharon@LNCurrents.com

Co-Editor Lori Helms Lori@LNCurrents.com

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A couple of days before Christmas, Mr. Gould, my manager, gave everybody a five-dollar bill enclosed in a thank you card. I couldn’t believe the man’s generosity. The staff, mostly high school students, eagerly pitched in one or two dollars to return the act of kindness by buying a bottle of Crown Royal for our cool boss. Fortunately, Debbie, the girl who worked the ticket booth had a fake ID, which allowed her to pick up the liquor.

Carole Lambert Carole@LNCurrents.com

I worked that Christmas Eve because I was the newbie and that’s just how it was. While the Chinese restaurant only one-half mile up the highway was doing a brisk business, the seven o’clock movie crowd was sparse with maybe 40 customers scattered within the two auditoriums and the 1,200 seats. It was a quiet evening with plenty of time to flirt with Pam, the vivacious high school senior at the candy counter, or to watch the ongoing movies: Papillon or Woody Allen’s Sleeper.

Beth Packard Beth@LNCurrents.com

The nine o’clock showings had even fewer attendees than the seven o’clock showing, with maybe 20 people paying the $1.25 admission price. At that point, Mr. Gould decided to give free popcorn to our patrons. Most were appreciative, while some tried unsuccessfully to negotiate a box of Junior Mints or Red Hots in lieu of the popcorn. The holiday-inspired Mr. Gould also offered complimentary admission to the few latecomers.

Trisha Robinson Trisha@LNCurrents.com

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Mr. Gould remained to lock up the theater at 11:30, while Pam, Debbie and I were allowed to clean up and leave early at 9:45. As I sat outside waiting for my dad to pick me up, I noticed the absence of traffic and the near-empty expanse of parking lot. The shopping center had shut down early, but the blinking, twinkling lights shone clear and bright. It was calm and peaceful and relevant with the holiday music wafting clear through the frigid air, which prompted me to capture the meaning of the season and let go of any cares I might have had. I fell into that moment, grateful and satisfied with my 15-year-old life. I looked forward to getting to my aunt’s house, where my mom, sister and extended family would be celebrating Christmas Eve, where there would be an abundance of food and reminiscing and revelry waiting for me. I had great friends, a job that I liked and, to make the season extra special, the day before Christmas break my best friend told me that a classmate named Jean—a girl who I’d longed for since eighth grade—had a crush on me. The ultimate present, indeed. Although the shopping center and theater are long gone and that place and time are decades past, the memory stays with me, forcing me from time to time to fall into the here and now and acknowledge my blessings; it’s something I strive to do more often.

Have a safe and joyous holiday season! Co-Editor

Alison Smith Alison@LNCurrents.com

Social Media Specialist Lauren Platts social@lncurrents.com

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Contributing Writers Trevor Burton Kathy Dicken Mickey Dunaway Karel Bond Lucander Bek Mitchell-Kidd Jennifer Mitchell Mike Savicki Allie Spencer

Contributing Photographers Jon Beyerle Lisa Crates

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Contents

About the Cover: How to make everything merry with easy decorating tips. Photo by Lisa Crates

FEATURES In Every Issue

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Live Your Best Life

Keeping Alzheimer’s at Arm’s Length

LAKE SPACES How we live at the lake

Thoughts from the Man Cave Tangled up feelings about holiday lights

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Game On

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On the Circit

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Dwellings

Southern Notions designer holiday décor tips

New Victory Lanes

Holiday happenings and more

CHANNEL MARKERS Movers, shakers and more at the lake

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We’re Just Crazy About – Miracle on Main Street Mooresville

20 Live Like a Native – Annual boat parade lights up the lake

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Shop & Tell – New at Birkdale Village

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Community Helper – Marines and their toys

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BOTL Winner Spotlight – Fink’s Jewelers

40 DINE + WINE Eating, drinking, cooking and fun

A section for LKN residents 55+

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Topic of the Day

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Wine Time

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A Moment in Time

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On Tap

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Tasty Bits

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Nibbles + Bites

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Limitless Learning

Cain Center for the Arts grand opening

Memories of Christmas in “Alex City”

Big buck bubbles

D9 Brewery, nine years strong

Table & Board opens in Davidson

Holiday Glazed Pork Tenderloin

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


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photography provided by 158 on Main

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CHANNEL MARKERS - we’re just crazy about

The Miracle Bar is well known for its over-the-top decorating theme to get you in the holiday mood.

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Only select venues worldwide host a Miracle Bar, including 158 On Main in Mooresville by Karel Bond Lucander photography provided by 158 on Main

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Whether shaken or stirred, you can electrify your imbibing at 158 On Main’s holiday “Miracle Bar” in Mooresville. It’s so festive that after Buddy the Elf travels through the seven levels of the candy cane forest, he should run, not walk, here for his Christmas cocktail party. This dreamy, seasonal pop-up for tasty adult beverages takes place only at select venues throughout the world. And now through Jan. 14, 158 On Main is one of only four bars in North Carolina where you can order more than a dozen special naughty and nice “Cocktail Kingdom Miracle”-crafted drinks, including Christmapolitan, Elfing Around, Christmas Cricket and Snowball Old-Fashioned. What also really sets Miracle Bar apart is the twinkly, over-the-top holiday décor.


Last year, 158 On Main first got in on this tradition. “With no reservations, lines were long, with more than 100 people waiting to get in one night,” says Rob Grosskopf, co-owner of 158 On Main and the Dive Bar. “It’s a global Christmas cocktail phenomenon. We had people driving in from Virginia because we were the closest location.” With locations now throughout the U.S., Europe, Central America and Asia, the Miracle Bar concept began in 2014 in New York City’s East Village. Aside from identical cocktails, no two are alike. Since then, founder Greg Boehm and his brand has Miracle pop-ups from Minneapolis to Montreal, Los Angeles to London and more. According to their website, with “the nostalgic energy of the best office party you’ve ever been to, Miracle is sure to get even the grouchiest grinch in the holiday spirit.” As Grosskopf says, “Some people come in every week for the overall experience.” At 158 On Main, you have a table for two hours to toast the season. Enjoy the visual feast of hundreds of colorful lights and 3,000 ornaments hanging from the ceiling while Christmas movies continually play, and a merry elf serves you. It’s a great place to get into the spirit, whether solo at the bar or with a group of friends — allowing you to snap photos in a holiday-on-steroids

Even ugly Christmas sweaters are in fashion at the Miracle Bar.

backdrop. Save room for some delicious heavy appetizers, including meatballs, pimento cheese, spinach dip and chips. Keepsake mugs, T-shirts and sweatshirts will be available to purchase. New this year, 158 On Main is partnering with Southern Notions for “Santa’s House” next door at ParBlu (152 N. Main Street). With a Christmas store and tiki bar-theme, you can sip tropical cocktails while shopping locally for holiday gifts. Check Facebook, Instagram or 158 On Main’s website for special events, including “Pancakes with Santa.” A portion of the Miracle proceeds will go to FeedNC and Toys for Tots. So, while you’re feeling jolly, you’ll also be doing good. 158onmain.com; Miracle on Main will be open Tues-Thurs, 5 p.m.-midnight; Fri-Sat, 3 p.m.- midnight; and Sun, noon-6 p.m. Santa’s House will be open 5-11 p.m., Thurs-Sat.

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CHANNEL MARKERS - live like a native The annual boat parade will light up the night again this year on Saturday, Dec. 10.

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Local Lighted Boat Parade Raises Money and Spirits by Bek Mitchell-Kidd photography provided by Karen and Kevin Shea

Mooresville residents Karen and Kevin Shea started the Northern Lights of Lake Norman Lighted Boat Parade as a seasonal celebration for those sailing north of the Highway 150 bridge. “We started this after wanting to participate in one of the parades in the south part of Lake Norman,” said Kevin. Now in its fourth year, the parade had 30 boats participate last year, with the hope for more than 40 this year. In lieu of a registration fee, the Sheas instead request a donation be made directly to the event’s charities. There are different beneficiaries every year. “One hundred percent of the donations go directly to the charity of the participant’s choice via custom donation links they can select when registering their boat for the parade,” says Karen. “We pick one local and one national charity each year. Last year we raised more than $3,500. This year our goal is $2,500 per charity,” she says. This year’s charities are Hope of Mooresville, which provides temporary, safe shelter and support services to Mooresville’s homeless women and children; and the Tunnel to Towers Foundation, a nonprofit close to the Sheas’ hearts given that their daughter has served in the National Guard. The organization 20

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provides mortgage-free homes for first-responders, veterans and their families. While there are no design rules, participants are encouraged to decorate their boats as merry and bright as can be. The Sheas, who sail their own boat in the parade, may be tough to outshine. “Our boat is a 2007 Premier Skydeck double decker pontoon, with two generators powering approximately 10,000 lights and inflatables. It usually takes a couple of days and the help of neighbors to get the boat parade-ready,” Kevin says. People can watch the boats launch from the docks at Apps & Taps and Toucan’s Lakefront Restaurant in Mooresville. The parade progresses past Mooresville’s Stumpy Creek Park at 160 Stumpy Creek Road. “We love the response from the community and how the parade recognition has grown year after year,” says Kevin. “We would love to see this grow to more than 50 boats in 2023, and partner with the Iredell Parks and Recreation to create a community event for families to enjoy at Stumpy Creek Park,” he says. The 4th Annual Northern Lights of Lake Norman Boat Parade will be held Saturday, Dec. 10, from 5 to 7 p.m. For more information or to register a boat, visit www.facebook.com/northernlightsoflakenorman.


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n o i t n e v n The Rei of a Favorite Locale

Birkdale Village Features New Shops, Eateries, Venues by Allie Spencer photography provided by Birkdale Village

Top, Birkdale Village’s Grove is home to new “jewel box” retail space, and now features a plaza (below) for outdoor entertainment.

Over the past two years, many of us have watched as Birkdale Village underwent a $20 million redevelopment. Changes include a modern paint scheme throughout, removal of the roundabout to create the Parkway which includes a 6,000 square-foot plaza with soft seating, a covered stage and LED screen. Elevating the experience further are custom designed storefronts (Sephora, eeZ Sushi and Kendra Scott), a concierge offering services like valet parking, complimentary phone charging, wheelchair and stroller rental; and much needed public restrooms. As with any change, not all of it has been welcomed, with many opinions expressed in town meetings and on social media. But after 20 years, a pandemic and a huge shift in the way people shop, change at Birkdale was inevitable. “Everything has to reinvent itself,” says Tim Perry, Managing Partner of North American Properties, the development company that bought Birkdale Village in 2020 in partnership with Nuveen Real Estate.

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Left, confetti is the order of the day for holiday revelers, while Santa greets a young Birkdale Village shopper.

In addition to the visual makeover, the changes have included many new retail offerings.

While the new brands are ushered in, some have lamented the loss of local brand Nina’s Boutique (moving to Antiquity).

Airlie Baby

“It’s really hard for local, boutique retailers to do the sales volume that the national retailers do,” says Perry. He says the 200 squarefoot jewel boxes located on the Grove give local retailers an opportunity to access the people in Birkdale Village without the risk, because they require less stock, smaller overhead and offer shorter leases.

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When it comes to other changes, Perry’s vision is for Birkdale Village to provide a cool, hip food factor. “People love unique, local, authentic to market restaurants. People also love national restaurants. We’re going to end up with a mix of both,” says Perry.

Located in one of the jewel boxes on the Grove, Airlie Baby carries cozy baby clothing made from bamboo and organic cotton, non-toxic toys, books and unique gifts for the littlest ones in your life.

Known for their signature leather bags at their Mooresville location, the lifestyle boutique carries a selection of apparel, shoes, accessories and home décor items at their jewel box in Birkdale Village.

Cosmo Gypsy

Also located in one of the jewel boxes, Cosmo Gypsy offers Bohemian inspired clothing, hats, bags and accessories. Their flagship store is located in downtown Mooresville.

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Recently opened Morelia, Brown Bag Seafood Co., Buttermilk Sky Pie Shop and Green Brothers Juice Co. will be joined by The Good Wurst Co. (opening spring 2023) and Foxcroft Wine Co. (opening summer 2023); both concepts are local to Charlotte. A brewery, also local to the Charlotte area, will be opening in the newly constructed stand-alone building with a rooftop on the Grove. Existing restaurants Midwood Smokehouse and Red Rocks Cafe will undergo renovations, while Brixx Woodfired Pizza will relocate to the old Qdoba location and expand its footprint by 45 percent. Foxcroft Wine Co. will take over the space previously occupied by Brixx. Over the holidays, the new plaza will be a hub of holiday activity with Birkdale on Ice (daily through Jan. 16, and the ice is real), Santa at Birkdale Village (Fri-Sun, through Dec. 24) and a Menorah Lighting (Dec. 20). Birkdale Village will also host an event on New Year’s Eve in partnership with the Town of Huntersville to kick off the year-long celebration of the town’s 150th anniversary. “Noon Year’s Eve” will be a family-friendly event from 10 a.m. to noon, with activities such as face painting and balloon art.

Birkdale Village is at the intersection of Birkdale Commons Parkway and Sam Furr Road in Huntersville. Learn more at www.birkdalevillage.com.

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Left: New toys await new homes Right: A sea of toys demonstrates the generosity of Lake Norman donors. Bottom: Covia volunteers at the ready for toy distribution.

Donations Sought for Children’s Charity Annual Toys for Tots Campaign is Well Under Way by Tony Ricciardelli photographs provided by Angels & Sparrows Community Table & Resource Center

As we roll into the holidays, a spirit of altruism takes hold on many fronts. Moods are lighter as people seek to strengthen their bonds with family and friends and give what they can to make life better for others. It’s a humbling time of the year — a time when group gatherings, a shared meal, a child’s smile and yuletide music can melt away the angst and worry of our everyday routines.

ute toys for underprivileged children during the holiday season. The 2022 holiday season marks the program’s 75th anniversary.

One way to provide a memorable holiday for a child is to donate to the annual Marine Corps League’s Toys for Tots campaign. Since 1947, the Marine Corps League has collected more than half a billion toys in its nation-wide efforts to gather and distrib-

“It’s a short window in which to gather and distribute the toys, but the reward is great, not only to those involved in the process, but for the children and their parents as well,” says Niall Mulkeen, Master Sergeant, USMC (ret.) and Senior Vice

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Locally, Marine Corps League Detachment 1242 partners with local businesses and civic organizations to establish collection points for donated toys. Campaigns began in October and run through Dec. 22.


Commandant for Detachment 1242 serving Huntersville, Cornelius, Davidson and Concord. “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 2021, Detachment 1242’s toy drive collected more than 6,000 toys and 250 bicycles. The Marine Corps League also welcomes cash donations to purchase items for teens and to buy extra toys as needed. Working with the United Service Organizations, a portion of the donations are used to assist junior Marines and their families at Camp LeJeune in Jacksonville, N.C.

How Can You Help?

• Donate a toy, your time or service support to your local Toys for Tots campaign • Provide space for collection receptacles at your business • Warehouse space • Transportation support • Media exposure •Make a tax-deductible donation through www.mcl1242.org/take-action

Last year, the annual distribution of toys at Angels & Sparrows Community Table & Resource Center in Huntersville, was funded by Covia, a leading provider of diversified mineral solutions to industrial and recreation markets. Through its Huntersville office, Covia sponsored the event, providing monetary support to buy items for teens, as well as enlisting several employee volunteers to handle the set-up, distribute the toys and manage food and refreshments.

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Fink’s Jewelers

Above, the staff at Fink’s are ready to welcome their regular clientele and new customers as well for all the holiday shopping that glitters.

In December, there is no shortage of retail stores vying for the attention of your holiday shopping dollars. While they can all tempt you with flashy ads and last-minute sales, not all of them can boast of that most elusive “product” of all – top-notch customer service that makes even the first-time shopper feel like family. But the folks at Fink’s Jewelers in Birkdale Village can. They’re a family-owned business founded in 1930 in Roanoke, Virginia, and even after 90 years in operation and 10 locations later across Virginia, Tennessee and North Carolina, that personalized service has never wavered. “What we do really well is cater to our local customers through the brands that we carry and the customer service that we deliver,” says store manager Christopher DiPietro. He’s been with Fink’s for five of the eight years that the jeweler has occupied a prominent spot at the entrance to Birkdale Village and, in that time, has witnessed the relationships that their customers have come to rely on from his staff. “Jewelry in general is a ‘trust’ purchase,” says DiPietro. With items at every price point, he says Fink’s clients regularly place that trust in them to help celebrate all manner of milestones by 28

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finding just the right piece. “We are very lucky that we have a very loyal and supportive customer base that comes back to see us time and time again.” When that perfect piece happens to be a family heirloom that might need a 2022 facelift, DiPietro says Fink’s offers design services that can help their clients “reimagine” how elements of the heirloom jewelry would look as an up-to-date piece. He says he can sketch it out for a client right there in the store, or Fink’s design studio can create a 3D mock-up based on the client’s input. Other services they offer include jewelry cleaning and repair, timepiece maintenance and on-site appraisal services by appointment. Regardless of what your jewelry needs might be, DiPietro believes his client-focused staff and the broad range of pieces available will keep Lake Norman buyers coming back time and again. “Hopefully if you think of a luxury family-owned jewelry store in Lake Norman, you think of Fink’s,” he says. Visit Fink’s Jewelers at 16745 Birkdale Commons Parkway in Huntersville or learn more at www.finks.com or call 704.927.4888. Other locations in North Carolina include South Park in Charlotte, Raleigh and Durham.


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effects of Alzheimer’s and other types of cognitive decline.

Health issues like Alzheimer’s can seem to be part of life’s lottery, as if we can only bring hope and luck; however, there are now other considerations that strengthen the hopes. We all would like a new pill to push these shadows away, and plenty of high-dollar research is underway for that. More than one in 10 Americans over 65 suffer from Alzheimer’s. Just this fall, two big pharmaceutical companies announced positive results from a drug that slowed cognitive decline. Confirmation and approval for use is still a way off.

One set of interviews with two dozen researchers and a review of relevant studies concluded that there is good evidence that some foods and diets offer real benefits to an aging brain. Harvard nutritionist/ psychiatrist Dr. Uma Naidoo told a reporter, “Many people think about food in terms of their waistlines, but it also impacts our mental health. It’s a missing part of the conversation.” Exercise is easily as important. A recent article in the Journal of Neuroscience about data from hundreds of people — mostly in their 80s — found that participants who were more physically active developed Alzheimer’s less frequently. It’s an endorsement that confirms prior studies.

And a series of other drugs that also seemed promising have failed in the recent past. Regrettably, the field of Alzheimer’s research is under intense investigation just now, regarding possibly falsified test data. But there’s more you can do to help ward off this and other forms of dementia than just wait. You may be a little weary of hearing the “diet and exercise” mantra, but research has confirmed that those two factors really do help our chances of avoiding, delaying, or mitigating the

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Rigging up the My Annual Holiday Mood-Breaker

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year, you say. With the kids jingle-belling and everyone telling you, “Be of good cheer?” Is it really the hap-happiest season of all? I’m not so sure. My frustrated and grumpy mood typically appears shortly after Thanksgiving, as I waddle to the china cabinet to put away the matching pilgrim salt and pepper shakers after finishing leftover turkey. Then it grows as I turn my mind to taking out the army of boxes containing holiday decorations. When I come upon the boxes of outdoor string lights is when my mood goes completely south. The mess hits me like a ton of bricks. Peering through the plastic containers all I see is torture, tangles and wasted time. I notice the mysterious way in which the many strings of tiny white twinkle lights I had taken such care to roll and place gently in their perfect storage spots at the end of the previous season have morphed and mingled into an interwoven mass of knotted and twisted mayhem. How did that even happen?

watch the high hopes I have of decorating the yard with enough glow to be visible to SpaceX quickly extinguish like an unprotected candle in a windstorm. Forget string lights, maybe this season will be the year of inflatables. I might even put one on the roof. A couple of years ago, I remember the conversation I had with a neighbor as we were out in our yards on one of those warm January weekend days meant for taking down decorations in lieu of watching football. My neighbor, let’s call him Tony, said he was at wits end with his own unpredictable and frustrating lights and, instead of trying to roll and store them for future torment, he would be throwing them all away and beginning again the next year with new LEDs. He said they are brighter, always stay lit and use less electricity. I nodded, validated his thinking, and went about my own business. But fast forward a year and Tony was correct in his thinking. Proof the grass can sometimes be greener. His new LED lights were brighter, and every single bulb was lit. And they stayed lit. And he used less electricity.

The little holiday pleasures help a bit. I’m fine with the artificial tree. I don’t mind the holiday linens and dish towels, either. To be honest, unwrapping the battalion of nutcracker soldiers and thinking of new ways to arrange them to ambush any and every Elf on a Shelf placement puts a smile on my face.

Sure, some nights our lights shone brightly, while other nights they looked like a connect the dots with half the dots missing. After a heavy pre-Christmas rainstorm, none came on for a week.

Facing additional hours of untangling, I begin to wonder if I’ll get to the end of the mess to get the yard glowing by the time the red-suited delivery guy leaves the North Pole. As I remove the first plastic cover and begin digging in search of that ever-elusive plug end, I cuss the holidays for the first time. Bah, humbug. Or something like that.

How do things look this year? With hope and optimism, I broke out the holiday decorating boxes a bit early. Not September early, as home stores began stocking their holiday shelves, but earlier than ever before. And I gave those holiday string light bins an extra critical look. Yes, once again they were tangled and twisted. And in keeping with tradition, there were entire working strings mixed with non-illuminating and random partially illuminating strings. Par for the course.

Have you heard the parody holiday song lyric, “When one goes out, they all go out?” That is clearly not the case in my holiday lighting world. At one point, I counted 15,000 lights in our yard display, but now, as I plug in and test the strings, I see that number fluctuate down to low double digits. If I shake one string of 250 bulbs half of them go dark. When I straighten another string of 100, all but one dozen flicker and fade. Other strings that worked fine at the end of last year don’t work at all now. With no clear cuts or frays on any strings, I scratch my head and 32

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Big Band & Bowling New Victory Lanes is More than a Ten-Pin Outing by Allie Spencer photography provided by New Victory Lanes

New Victory Lanes in Mooresville offers a little something for everyone at its 48,000 square-foot venue. Entertainment options include bowling, an arcade featuring 40 games and full redemption, a billiard room, a pro shop, the Wobbly Butt Taproom & Eatery and weekly events from comedy shows to big band performances. Former tour bowler Paul Kreins and his business partner Jim Wieder bought the business from PBA/USBC Hall of Fame bowler and Charlotte native, George Pappas, in 2018. Since then, they have invested more than $1 million on improving and upgrading New Victory Lanes to make it an entertainment destination in Mooresville. “It’s not your grandfather’s bowling alley,” says Kreins. Avid bowlers will enjoy the 40 lanes, automatic scoring and automatic bumpers that New Victory Lanes offers, as well as league bowling Sunday through Thursday. Patrons can grab a bite to 34

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Left: Forty lanes offer lots of room for a bowling workout. Center: The Lake Norman Big Band swings for music fans. Right: Petey the Pinhead welcomes bowlers and guests to New Victory Lanes. Bottom center: Guests play “Minecraft,” one of 40 challenging arcade games for kids and adults. Bottom left: Cosmic Bowling lanes add other-worldly ambiance.

eat laneside or at the newly renovated Wobbly Butt Taproom & Eatery — a unique name inspired by the Kreins family dachshund, Leroy.

bacon, basil, tomatoes, shallots and white wine; a Shrimp Burger Po’ Boy on a potato bun; and Pork Belly Sammy, brie, pesto aioli, tomatoes and butter lettuce on a toasted baguette.

“Leroy hurt his back, and when he was learning to walk again his butt would wobble,” explains Kreins. His son, Ben Kreins, the Director of Operations for New Victory Lanes, began home brewing beer during the 2020 shutdown. Now they work with a contract brewery in Elkin to brew their beers with names like Low Rider IPA, Leroy’s Lager, Badger Hunter and Puptoberfest — all a nod to Leroy. The taproom also offers 24 local craft beers, common domestic bottled beer and a full liquor complement.

The Wobbly Butt is also the location of some of New Victory Lanes signature events. Partnering with The Comedy Zone, they bring live standup comedy to Lake Norman every Wednesday night, featuring top standup talent from the southeast. Music lovers will enjoy every third Monday of the month when the Lake Norman Big Band, a 20-piece orchestra, puts on a show for 120-150 guests. The upcoming Dec. 19 show will feature a Christmas theme — tickets can be purchased on the New Victory Lanes website for $30 per person. New Victory Lanes also offers karaoke on Friday nights and shag dancing on Sunday.

Their long-term plan is to one day brew the Wobbly Butt brand of beers on site. For now, they are putting the finishing touches on the restaurant remodel which included all new floors, furniture and wall treatments. They also hope to launch an elevated menu in January that will include items like Boozy Mussels with

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for kids. Kreins introduced “Say ‘No’ to Drugs, Say ‘Yes’ to Bowling” in 2013, a program that gives local students one free game of bowling every day from May 1 to Aug. 31. Since its inception, Kreins says they’ve given away more than 300,000 free games of bowling, and they typically see 200-400 students a day in the summer. With everything New Victory Lanes offers on site, it’s a great location for birthday parties, corporate events and fundraisers. Kreins says they have hosted groups as large as 500, but typically have about 30100 guests at their private functions.

The Mojo Band performs Rock & Roll and the Blues for local music lovers.

Wednesday night comedy brings mid-week laughs.

Upcoming in December, in addition to their regular weekly events, New Victory Lanes will host an Adult/Youth Holiday Tournament Saturday, Dec. 17, and several New Year’s Eve parties including a Youth Party (1-4 p.m.), Family Party (5-8 p.m.) and the “Party” Party (9 p.m.-12:30 a.m.). Looking ahead to 2023, Kreins will expand New Victory Lanes even further, with an outdoor mini golf course. He has plans for a Lake Norman themed, 18-hole course with water features and elevation, an addition that will up the ante on the entertainment offered at New Victory Lanes. Learn more about all the fun at New Victory Lanes by visiting www.victorylanes.com or call 704.664.2695. 36

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n o b Rib Touches of holly decorations adorn the home’s kitchen pass-through.

Bringing Home a Southern Holiday Touch by Lori Helms | photography by Lisa Crates

It’s hard to imagine, standing in interior designer Stephanie Hathaway’s beautifully decorated Mooresville home, that a few short years ago she had taken a leap of decorating faith that could have taken her off the edge of a COVID cliff. After years of dabbling in her passion for interior design and decorating, Hathaway says she happened to see a “For Lease” sign in a store front on Mooresville’s North Main Street. It was October 2019, and what she had been toying with in the back of her mind suddenly ended up on her tongue when she said to herself, “go for it.” And she did. She opened the doors of Southern Notions – a home decorating and gift shop – on March 3, 2020. The excitement was short lived, because a few short weeks later, the shop was shuttered thanks to a global pandemic. It was a punch to the gut for every small business retailer in town. “Yeah, it was tough,” she says. But Hathaway was able to stay busy with some of her private clients during the shutdown and,

by May, her shop opened back up. And by the end of the year, she says she and her fellow shop owners on Main Street were able to report out a great Christmas shopping season. She credits that to the “shop local” loyalism and support of Main Street Mooresville enthusiasts. Sledding into her third Christmas as a retailer, Hathaway took a couple of weeks in November to convert not only her shop into a winter decorating wonderland, but her home as well. This December, she’s opened her home – and her decorating mind – to share her style and suggestions for turning your own home into a festive retreat. She gave CURRENTS a special tour of what she has planned for her family, and it starts in – of all places – the guest room. It’s a space her parents occupy for a few weeks in November, when they visit from Indiana to help Hathaway convert her downtown store decorations and inventory for the holiday shopping season. But not all guest rooms are created equal. This one is festooned in a green and red theme everywhere you look, www.LNCurrents.com | DECEMBER 2022

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Hathaway’s guest room welcomes her parents with a warm Southern decorating touch of cardinals and quilts.

featuring touches of holly as topiaries on the nightstands and garland along the headboard, as well as the quintessential appearance of cardinals wherever one looks. It’s finished with the homey touch of quilted and crocheted blankets, and a serving tray for hot cocoa decorated with greenery and pinecones. Hathaway carries the same touches into her living room, breakfast room and along her stairway banisters, with a heavy reliance on her go-to decorating touch: “Never skimp on ribbon,” she says. And ornaments are important, too. Nothing says “cozy” better than a few mugs ready for some warm cocoa.

“Every year I get a few new special ornaments for my trees,” she says. You read that right, that’s “tree” with an “s.” “In my own home, I do 10 trees every year,” says Hathaway. That includes trees in every one of her children’s bedrooms, as well as one in her bedroom in addition to the dining, living and bonus rooms, the basement and a home office.

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Fill a bowl with an ornament assortment for an easy splash of holiday color.

Pro tips from Stephanie Festive pillows are an easy and inexpensive decorating touch.

For those needing a bit more of a head start, Hathaway sells fully decorated trees at Southern Notions and goes to her clients’ homes to help them decorate for Christmas. “We start with what the client has and we build from there,” she says. “Some of my clients are starting from scratch and some have a good collection of ornaments with their own trees, and they’re just looking for help to spruce it up a little bit and make it look professional.” Whatever you might need to bring the holiday season to your home, it’s likely to be found at Southern Notions. And shopping there in early December is also a chance to spread some holiday cheer to a local non-profit group. Hathaway says pictures with Santa will be available at the shop on Saturday, Dec. 10, from 1 to 3 p.m. Pictures are by appointment for $25, with all proceeds going to the Mooresville Community Children’s Theater. Stephanie Hathaway is the owner of Southern Notions at 178 North Main Street in Mooresville. Visit the shop on Facebook or call 704.957.5014 to learn more about her services.

• Take color cues from your home when it comes to decorating your tree. Don’t be afraid to bring in some alternative ornaments and ribbons to coordinate with your décor. Step outside the traditional colors and tree trimmings. I designed a tree for a client’s home this year in a burnt orange, deep green and gold hue, and added beautiful feathers, pearlized gold pinecones, gold elk antlers and a faux fur tree skirt for a bit of glam. • Natural elements are a great way to add warmth to your holiday home. From magnolia leaves and blossoms to cedar boughs and winter bulbs like amaryllis and paperwhite, bringing in nature tends to have a calming effect and can help balance out the tinsel and sparkle. Sprays of berries, branches and leaves look amazing and are easy to add to any tree. Don’t be afraid to incorporate non-traditional floral into your trees, mantle and tablescapes. Poinsettias are beautiful, but magnolias, roses and hydrangeas create a distinctly southern feel. www.LNCurrents.com | DECEMBER 2022

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Above and left, renderings of what will greet visitors at the new Cain Center for the Arts.

It has been years in the making and now final plans are underway to celebrate the grand opening of the Cain Center for the Arts in Cornelius. The week-long celebration will kick off Tuesday, Jan. 3, with a free event for the public. The community open house will run from 4 to 8 p.m., and includes tours and art classes, as well as a local arts showcase. Thursday and Friday, Jan. 5 and 6, the official building dedication and ribbon cutting will take place by invitation only for the Founders Society Campaign Donors. Festivities will culminate with a grand opening celebration on Saturday and organizers say it will be a memorable evening not to be missed. “The grand opening event on Saturday, Jan. 7, will be a ticketed event and is open to anyone who would like to attend,” says Justin Dionne, Executive Director. “We are looking forward to the community joining us for a one night only celebration featuring a performance from Tony Award-winning actress Renee Elise Goldsberry, from the original Broadway cast of Hamilton.” The evening will include a catered reception, full open bar, a keepsake celebrating the evening as well as a performance by Goldsberry.

multiple uses in mind. In September 2021, the Cain Center for the Arts non-profit organization assumed operations of the nearby Cornelius Arts Center from the Town of Cornelius, and now will operate classes and events at both buildings as well as their Music at the Mill concert series. “We are excited to continue to grow and expand all of our programs and launch our performing arts program in the new 400 seat theater,” says Dionne. “Our mission is to provide exceptional visual arts, performing arts and social experiences to the Lake Norman region.” The final design considered market research, surveys and feedback session input from area residents who wanted a place for family friendly theater, live musical performances and more. Renee Elise Goldsberry will perform on opening night at the Cain Center for the Arts in January.

The Cain Center is on Catawba Avenue in the heart of downtown Cornelius. The original vision for the project began in 2013, when Cornelius voters approved a municipal bond package for parks, roads and downtown economic development in the form of an arts and community center. Since then, a non-profit group was formed, working successfully to secure more than $24 million dollars in funding that includes a philanthropic gift from Bill and Erika Cain of Cornelius, as well as gifts from more than 1,000 families, and local and state support. Groundbreaking was held in May 2021, kicking off 18 months of construction. “This is a phenomenal new center, and it is so much more than just a building,” Dionne says. “The center will be a wonderful place to host business meetings, weddings, celebrations, conferences and more. This will be a place that area residents can utilize and rent out beginning in the fall of 2023.” The building and campus design includes an intimate 400 seat performance hall, art gallery, multi-use classrooms, a dance studio, board or meeting room, large two-story lobby, outdoor public plaza and green space. Every area has been designed with

Dionne says the goal is for the Cain Center to become part of the fabric of the community and what it means to live in the Lake Norman area. “We hope when the community walks through the doors, they feel the pride of all the great work that has been accomplished.” Tickets are on sale now for the inaugural season that runs from January through May 2023, and for the grand opening celebration. To purchase tickets, visit the Cain Center for the Arts website at www.cainarts.org. www.LNCurrents.com | DECEMBER 2022

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I found writing this column for December CURRENTS Magazine to be most challenging. I turned as I often do to my small-town experiences. The source of this month’s small-town story is Alexander City, Alabama. “Alex City,” when I experienced it in the 1980s and 1990s, was the prototypical milltown — a photocopy of the mill towns of North Carolina. It was small, about 15,000 people. One high school where I was principal. One Methodist church where I taught an adult Sunday School class. One Southern Baptist church — the largest. One small Catholic church. A Piggly Wiggly where you could find the best fried chicken in town. One theater with two screens. Miss Debbie’s Dance Academy. And one Jewish family whose children attended my high school. In Alex City, families went to church on Sunday, and caring for neighbors was a particular point of pride. The kind of town to which college graduates returned. Our single Jewish family was ingrained into the social and spiritual fabric of Alex City as much as any family could be. They were regular invitees to Christmas parties. They hosted the Dunaways for a Passover seder at Easter, and they celebrated the Passover with our entire Methodist church. Alex City at Christmas was a community that demonstrated St. Luke’s description of Christmas as a time of “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men” (Luke 2:14). My intent with this column is not to be religious but to explore these three significant aspects of Christmas a little differently than we usually do: Mary and Joseph, goodwill toward all and peace on earth, and the men who, according to church tradition, visited the Christ-child — the Maji and the Shepherds. Mary and Joseph The couple traveled to their ancestral home of Bethlehem to pay taxes as Roman law demanded. We can argue if Mary and Joseph were married. For the sake of this column, let’s just say they were good friends. I point out one simple fact about the couple — Mary and Joseph were practicing Jews. We will come back to this fact shortly. The Maji, Wisemen, Kings St. Matthew writes in 2:1-2, “In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, magi from the east came to Jerusalem, asking, ‘Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star in the east and have come to pay him homage.’” Church tradition in various forms calls these three men Wisemen, Kings and Magi. In fact, one of my favorite Christmas songs is We Three Kings. It begins with this verse: 50

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We three kings of Orient are, Bearing gifts, we traverse afar. Field and fountain, moor, and mountain Following yonder star. An obvious fact, it seems, is that we miss the homelands of these three visitors. Britannica.com says, “According to Western church tradition, Balthasar is often represented as a king of Arabia or sometimes Ethiopia, Melchior as a king of Persia (modern day Iran), and Gaspar as a king of India.” Christmas was an inclusive event almost from the moment of Jesus’ birth. The Shepherds Being a country boy, I quickly identify with the shepherds who spent the night in the fields with their flocks. These are commonfolk. I don’t know if they routinely discussed religion with other shepherds as they moved their flocks around to graze on new grass, but I would guess not. They were like many of us — they believed in Jewish traditions — but perhaps just getting by took precedence in their daily lives. It is clear that without the emphasis on commonfolk, the Christmas story is incomplete. As Abe Lincoln once said, “God must love the common man, He made so many of them.” At a time when there are more billionaires in the history of the world and making money is a goal unto itself, ordinary people still overwhelmingly populate the earth. I am proud of my upbringing and count myself among that lot. Final Thoughts In this time in the history of mankind, where groups are warring with words and accusations or missiles and tanks, if we are to celebrate a Christmas holiday where all people of all origins and beliefs can join peacefully, we need do only three things: • Emphasize the prophet Isaiah’s vision … “His names will be Wonderful Advisor and Mighty God, Eternal Father, and Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6) • Heed the all-encompassing description of the event in the Gospel of Luke, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” (Luke 2:14). • Recognize some things we may have missed in Christmases past — that three distinct groups representing a multiplicity of religious traditions came together around the birth of Jesus. Here’s wishing you a Christmas season where we gaze beyond the bright lights and hoped-for gifts and look to the east again for the bright star that drew the shepherds and Wisemen to Bethlehem. Whatever our religious practice, or if we have none, let us pause amidst the hectic days ahead and offer an entreaty to the heavens for peace and goodwill for all mankind.


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Holiday Meal Made Simple Roasted Cranberry Orange Pork Tenderloin & Brussels Sprouts Cranberry orange glazed pork tenderloin with Brussels sprouts is such a colorful, festive and simple holiday meal! The cranberry orange glaze is the perfect flavor complement to pork tenderloin, while the cranberries and Brussels sprouts add the classic red and green to your plate. I love how you can elevate an ordinary meal to the next level with just a few of the delicious flavors of the season. Cranberry sauce and orange juice make the perfect glaze to do just that. The sweet and sour glaze pairs perfectly with many of the savory marinated pork tenderloins available in your meat department. We used marinated pork tenderloin in this recipe, since it is always juicy and flavorful, but you certainly could use unflavored pork in this recipe as well. This recipe is perfect for the holidays or every day — I hope you love it as much as we do! Servings: 4 Prep time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 30 minutes

Ingredients: 1 package Smithfield Marinated Pork Tenderloin (27 oz.) 2 Tbsp. olive oil 1 lb. fresh Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved 2 oz. diced pancetta Salt and pepper to taste Cranberry Orange Sauce: 1/4 cup fresh orange juice 2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar ½ cup (4 oz.) sweet orange marmalade ½ cup (4 oz.) canned whole cranberry sauce 1/4 tsp. ground allspice 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon 1/4 tsp. ground cloves Optional: fresh or dried cranberries for garnish

Instructions: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line two sheet pans with foil and set aside. Remove tenderloin from the package and pat dry. Rub tenderloin with 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Heat a cast iron skillet or Dutch oven over mediumhigh heat. When hot, sear the pork tenderloin for two minutes on each side, or until browned. Continue to sear the remaining sides for another one to two minutes per side until the whole tenderloin is browned. Remove from the pan and place tenderloin on one of the foil lined sheet pans. Set aside. Lower the heat under skillet before adding orange juice, balsamic vinegar, marmalade, cranberry sauce and spices. Stir sauce to combine and bring to a low boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes, or until sauce begins to thicken. Spread half of the sauce over the tenderloin, then roast the tenderloin on the middle rack for 25-30 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 145 degrees. Meanwhile, toss the Brussels sprouts with the remaining tablespoon of oil. Season with salt and pepper to taste and spread in one layer on the second sheet pan. Place the pan of sprouts in the oven with the pork tenderloin for the last 15 minutes of cooking time.

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Prenups: They’re Not Just for Divorce

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sk most people what a premarital agreement (commonly known as a “prenup”) and death have in common, and they’ll likely tell you that a prenup governs the division of assets at the death of a marriage. While this is true, what many do not realize is that a premarital agreement can also ensure that at your death, your assets can be left to the loved ones you choose. Isn’t that what a will does?

spouse’s estate at death, thereby allowing each of them to ensure that their assets go to their intended beneficiaries. For those who do wish to leave assets to their spouse, the agreement can also permit each spouse to make gifts to one another in their wills. Even if there is no concern that the marriage will end in divorce, a well written premarital agreement can nevertheless give each spouse the peace of mind of knowing that their estate planning goals will be carried out as smoothly as possible.

Yes, but (there is always a “but”) if you are remarrying and have children from a previous marriage, a premarital agreement may be a critical part of your estate plan. In North Carolina, a married person’s spouse has the right, by law, to claim a share of their deceased spouse’s estate, even if that person’s will says otherwise. For many older adults entering into a second marriage, each of them will likely bring their own assets to the marriage (assets they acquired well in advance) and wish to leave those assets to their own children. A premarital agreement allows each spouse to designate those assets that will be treated as their separate property in the event of a divorce and also waives each spouse’s right to claim or force a share of the other

Amy Shue Isaacs Attorney The McIntosh Law Firm, P.C. www.mcintoshlawfirm.com

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Life changes, and sometimes, so does your will

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our life is always changing and evolving and, therefore, so will your Last Will and Testament. A will can be changed or revoked at any time while you are still living and competent to make those changes. In North Carolina, there are certain requirements to effectively change or revoke your will, depending on the manner and type of change you are wishing to make. Here is a summary of three main ways to alter or change your will: • Codicil — A will may be altered through a codicil, which is an amendment or addition to an already existing will. Typically, a codicil will be found with the original will and read together with the will. Any changes expressed in the codicil will override what was in the original will. A codicil must be executed in the same manner as the original will, meaning the testator must be competent, two disinterested witnesses are present and the codicil is notarized. • Subsequent Will — A will may be changed through executing an entirely new will. The new will should state that any previous wills executed by the testator are now revoked by this new will. It is important that the new will is executed correctly and that any old wills are destroyed so that there is no confusion. • Physical Destruction — A will may be revoked by physical destruction. It is very important to know that words are not enough to revoke a previously executed will. Under North Carolina law, there are three requirements to revoke a will by physical destruction: the will must be burnt, torn, canceled, obliterated or destroyed; the physical act must occur simultaneously with the intent to revoke the will; and the will maker must perform the act, or if they direct another person to do so, the act is done in the will maker’s presence and at his or her discretion.

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Sparkling Wines are a Great Way to Celebrate Without Bruising Your Wallet by Trevor Burton photography by Trevor Burton

Cava is changing — from quantity wanabees to quality wines

Make no mistake, I’m a big fan of Champagne wines. They stand out with their tastes of citrus, apple, vanilla and, particularly, toasted nuttiness. High quality wines tend to be even more creamy and toasty. From a marketing point of view, Champagne wines have done an excellent job positioning themselves with some of life’s major moments — marriages, births, anniversaries and ringing in a new year. But my analytical side questions that marketing link. Do you really have to turn to high-priced wines for celebration when the sensation you’re after is the bubbly excitement of sparkling wine? There are many alternatives for bubbles, and at much lower prices. That’s a sound approach to celebrating the holiday season. I came across an interesting example while doing research on wines from the Languedoc region in the southwestern part of France, where I found a wine called Blanquette de Limoux. There’s a strong Languedoc belief that the Champagne production method originated from the south of France. The term “blanquette” may remind you of a French method of cuisine. It isn’t. It’s a description of the grape that’s in the wine. It’s a description, in the region’s ancient language, of “the small white” Mauzac grape. The first mention of “blanquette” appeared in 1531 in papers written by Benedictine monks at an abbey in Saint-Hilaire. Other French sparkling wines have “Méthode Traditionnelle” on the label. Until recently, they used “Méthode Champenoise,” but that was frowned upon by winemakers from the Champagne region. Blanquette de Limoux uses neither. It has “Méthode Ancestrale” on its labels, another indication that the region believes it was a pioneer in the world of sparkling wine. Blanquette 66

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de Limoux wines may be tough to find around the Lake Norman area; however, I’ve uncovered a couple. It’s an intriguing tale. That whirring sound you hear may be Dom Pérignon turning over in his grave. A linguistic note: The term “Languedoc” also goes back to ancient times. Back in the day, the regional language used the term, “Oc’” as “Yes.” As France matured, the region was known as the region of the Language of Oc—in French, the Langue d’Oc. This turned into today’s Languedoc. There’s another alternative to Champagne: Cava from the northeast of Spain. Cava’s market position was, in my mind, unfortunate and self-inflicted. From day one, Cava has presented itself as a cheap imitation Champagne. Not all of today’s Cava fits into this unfortunate slot. Things are changing for the better. Cava’s real strength is not as a cheap alternative. It’s that it is unlike its fizzy brother; it’s a sparkling wine from a warm climate that reflects its soil and the grapes that thrive within it. Cava is changing from quantity wanabees to quality wines that express the terroir of Spain — especially the Penedès region. Cava can be made throughout Spain, but 95 percent of it comes from Penedès. My wife Mary Ellen and I have spent more than a few lunch times sipping on Cava at the old harbor in Barcelona, people-watching and pairing the wine with some fresh seafood. Back home, it’s going to be fun exploring the finer quality wines as they become more abundant and readily available, and Cava can be purchased around the lake. So, if you’re feeling effervescent, go effervescent. Bubble to the max. Just keep an eye on the cost of being bubbly. There are plenty of alternatives out there.


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Not Your Grandfather’s

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Sour Ale Innovator Turns Nine by Lori Helms photographs provided by D9 Brewing Company

Fruits, nuts, chocolate, vanilla — all ingredients that come to mind in great culinary pursuits. But in beer? Well, of course. If you’re a fan of the ever-popular sour ales cranked out by D9 Brewing Company, these are not new adventures in flavor. Since its first concoction almost a decade ago, the Cornelius-based craft beer fan favorite has been delighting sour ale devotees with a spectrum of tastebud teasers. These definitely are not your grandfather’s beers. The company recently celebrated its ninth anniversary and, to hear Aaron MJ Gore tell it, there’s a lot more on tap where those interesting flavor combinations are concerned. He’s the senior director of business development for D9’s parent company, Bevana, and has a resume in craft brewing as complex as D9 Brewing Company’s drinking experiences. And as the company looks forward to its next year of production and experimentation, Gore says it’s critical that they continue to lead the charge in staying true to its brand tag line — “First in Flavor.” “We’re slipping into the new generation of craft brews, the new era,” he says of D9’s next sour ale experiments. He acknowledges that nine successful years in the business is a true milestone, but also recognizes that the intensely competitive and constantly evolving craft brew industry environment means it’s not safe to park yourself on a barstool and prop up your feet on the closest and most popular keg. 68

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“Nine years in craft brewing is the same as 100 in traditional beer years,” Gore says, adding it’s important that D9 continues to evolve before its possible competitors pass it by. He says the goal is not to become the heritage craft brew brand, but rather the perennial innovator. “We were focused from day one on pushing the boundaries of what beer could be and finding new and unique flavors that no one else had ever experimented with before,” says Andrew Durstewitz, founder and CEO of D9 Brewing Company. “In a way, we were one of the true trailblazers for all of the crazy, adventurous, interesting breweries that have come to define craft beer.” And they have the bona fides to prove it. D9 Brewing has won several awards as one of the craft brew industry’s flavor pioneers, and is one of the Southeast’s largest and fastest-growing breweries. In addition to its original Cornelius brewery and taproom, D9 now has locations in uptown Charlotte and in Hendersonville in the western North Carolina mountains, which opened in April 2021. Lake Norman sour ale enthusiasts can enjoy regular events at the Cornelius location, including food trucks, live music, trivia nights and “Fire Pit Fridays.” Thirsty to learn more? Belly up to D9 Brewing Company’s Cornelius taproom bar at 11138 Treynorth Drive, visit www.d9brewing.com or call 704.457.9368.


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Charcuterie Artisans Hard at Work Table & Board to Open Davidson Storefront by Tony Ricciardelli | photographs provided by Table & Board

Self-expression can take many forms: painting, sculpting, woodworking and writing poetry to name a few. Sharing one’s creativity can be rewarding, a fulfilling outlet for those who relish the challenge of bringing ideas and concepts to reality. Whether it’s for aesthetic purposes, or to deliver a message, art garners attention. Creating eye-catching, appetite worthy culinary creations requires more than simply putting food on a plate. For perfectionist foodies, it’s all about presentation and appealing to the senses: colors, odors, tastes, textures and sometimes sounds (think of a sizzling steak or a smoldering fajita plate). For Table & Board mother-daughter team Mary Lou Hamela and Julie Wilkinson, connecting family and friends through food is important. Their ability to create colorful, refined, rustic and nutritionally well-balanced charcuterie boards is their chosen art form. “This is what we were meant to do,” says Wilkinson. “Coming from a large Italian family means gathering at the table to celebrate one another. For us, it’s always been about feeding others with a passion for design and presentation in the meals we make. Our charcuterie boards serve as the centerpiece of the party.” The duo began by “dabbling” in a side business, creating charcuterie boards for friends. Word of mouth and subsequent workshops opened the door to further opportunities. Coffeeshops, hospitality-oriented businesses and real estate offices were soon asking for their products. Hamela and Wilkinson realized they were growing a successful family business, and the time to procure a storefront space was due. Table & Board will open its first 70

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shop in mid-December at 416 South Main Street in Davidson. “Our love of food and family runs deep,” says Hamela. “We’ve called Lake Norman home for almost 25 years. I feel blessed to be able to build our family business here.” Table & Board offers fruit boards, dessert boards, breakfast boards, hand-held sweet or savory cones and cups, custom-designed boards, box lunches and more. The business played a leading role in the Taste of Davidson and Catawba Walk events. Wilkinson speaks about the difference between summer and winter boards, noting that winter boards are likely to feature grapes, dried fruits, pears, pickled vegetables, pomegranate and other produce prevalent to cooler weather. Summer boards feature a variety of fresh berries, peaches, apricots, edible flowers and other seasonal fruits and vegetables. No matter the season, Table & Board will put together custom orders to address food allergies and dietary preferences, including gluten-free options. “We use artisanal cheeses and cured cheeses and meats, and our produce is hand-picked at local farmer’s markets,” says Wilkinson. Cheeses include triple-cream Brie, aged cheddars, Gouda, goat cheese, whipped feta and lemon ricotta. Table & Board purchases honey from a local beekeeper. “We only use fresh food that looks beautiful,” she says. Sweet notions will perk up any occasion, and the dessert boards fulfill that role: homemade pumpkin-spice and peppermint meringues; French macaroons, salted caramels, pistachio and cranberry biscotti and chocolate-covered strawberries are some of the available options.


For those interested in learning a tasty craft, Table & Board hosts public and private charcuterie workshops at a variety of locations around Lake Norman. The venues provide a fun culinary experience at social gatherings, corporate team-building sessions, wedding and baby showers, and date nights. The workshops, held three to four times per month, teach participants how to shop and pair ingredients, and practice efficient food handling and preparation. The workshops culminate with each participant building a beautiful charcuterie board. Classes are limited to twenty participants; they’re extremely popular and quickly sell out. Children’s classes are scheduled quarterly at AR Workshop in Davidson. Regarding future plans, Wilkinson would like to expand when the time is right, and maybe organize a charcuterie club. She would also enjoy sharing her knowledge and experience with others. “I’d like for Table & Board to serve as a resource, an incubator for other small businesses,” she says, “helping them to achieve their goals and, of course, to continue exposing people to fresh, healthy, seasonal food.”

For more information about Table & Board, send an email to tableandboardnc@gmail.com or call 704.964.5101.

Charcuterie Workshop at Old Town Public House, Cornelius.

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December 2022 Galleries Lorena Mal’s “Witness Trees” (through Dec. 7) Mexico City-based artist Lorena Mal works in photography, drawing and sculptural installations, creating a dialogue between territories — specifically her native country of Mexico and the southeastern United States — where the exhibition takes place. Seeking to connect rather than to divide, Mal explores the two landscapes through tree drawings and botanical archives, as well as flowers and soil to approach a deeper past intersecting cultural, political and ecological traces. Free. Van Every/Smith Galleries, 315 N. Main Street, Davidson. www.davidsoncollegeartgalleries.org/ American Watercolor Society’s Annual Juried Exhibition (through Jan. 4) Check out 40 works from the International Exhibition of the American Watercolor Society at this traveling show from New York City. Free. Tues.-Fri., noon-4 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m.-2p.m. Mooresville Arts Depot, 103 W. Center Avenue, Mooresville. www.mooresvillearts.org.

Events Mistletoe Sip & Shop (Dec 2 & 16) Shop unique businesses and enjoy store specials, sumptuous sips, divine deals, yummy appetizers, gifts, treats and more. Free to attend. 6-8 p.m. Downtown Mooresville (Main + Broad Streets). www.downtownmooresville.com Christmas Vespers: A Service of Lessons and Carols (Dec. 4) The annual Christmas Vespers service of lessons and carols is a time-honored tradition in the Davidson community. The traditional candlelight worship service features beautiful choral music provided by the Davidson College Chorale, and scripture readings by campus leaders reflecting upon the hope and promise of Christ’s birth in the Christmas season. Special guests include the Davidson College Brass Quintet and the Tower Ringers handbell ensemble. Free. 7-9 p.m. Due to ongoing renovations at the Davidson College Presbyterian Church, this service will be held at the Davidson United Methodist Church. www.davidson.edu Friends of Lake Norman State Park Volunteer Day (Dec. 10) Come out to Lake Norman State Park to join Friends of Lake Norman State Park for a volunteer workday. Be sure to bring plenty of water and wear closed-toe shoes. 9 a.m.-noon. The group will meet at the Visitor Center to begin the day. 759 State Park Road, Troutman. www.ncparks.gov/ MPL Presents: Speaker Series: John Hart (Dec. 15) Meet and listen to author John Hart talk about his journey to becoming a best-selling novelist. Hart will be available to sign books after the event. Free. 6:30 p.m. Youth Services Community Room, 72

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Mooresville Public Library, 304 South Main Street, Mooresville. www.mooresvillenc.gov The Menorah Lighting at Birkdale Village (Dec. 20) Join Chabad of Lake Norman for a Chanukah celebration this holiday season. Guests are invited to the Parkway to celebrate Chanukah with a traditional Menorah lighting ceremony, children’s crafts, donuts, latkes, gelt and more. Free. 5:30 p.m. Birkdale Village, Birkdale Commons & Sam Furr Road, Huntersville. birkdalevillage.com/ New Year’s Eve Polar Bear Paddle (Dec. 31) Prepare to make a splash in 2023 with the New Year’s Eve Polar Bear Paddle. Choose kayak (single/double) or stand-up paddle for your frigid out-withthe-old, in-with-the-new New Year’s Eve Polar Bear Experience at Latta Nature Preserve. Tickets start at $25. Ages 12+. 2-4 p.m. Meet at Paddlesport Pavilion, 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville. www. mecknc.gov New Year’s Eve Fireworks Spectacular (Dec. 31) The Town of Mooresville is turning 150 years old in 2023, and will kick off the celebration with a fireworks blowout. Ring in the New Year and the town’s 150th anniversary with the biggest fireworks display Mooresville has ever seen. To be held at LangTree Village, there will be food, drinks, attractions and more beginning at 4 p.m. Fireworks start at 7 p.m. For more information visit www.mooresvillenc150.com.

Family North County Regional Family Storytime: Christmas Storytime with Santa (Dec. 17) Come join a special Christmas-themed story time at North County Regional Library. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be here to read a special holiday book and to chat about the most important topic this season — what do you want for Christmas? Free; registration is required. Sessions at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. North County Regional Library, 16500 Holly Crest Lane, Huntersville. www.cmlibrary.org/

Theater Winter Wonderettes (Dec. 1 – 18) The Wonderettes are back! This seasonal celebration finds the girls entertaining at the annual Harper’s Hardware Holiday Party. When Santa turns up missing, the girls use their talent and creative ingenuity to save the holiday party. Featuring great 1960s versions of holiday classics, this energetic and glittering holiday package is guaranteed to delight audiences of all ages. Adults, $20; seniors, $18; students, $15. Thurs-Sat., 8 p.m., Sunday, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Davidson Community Players, Armour Street Theatre. 307 Armour St., Davidson. www.davidsoncommunityplayers.org


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