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DECEMBER 2019

'Tis the Season

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DECEMBER 2019 PUBLISHER

Lyn Coaldwell | lyn.coaldwell@lifestylepubs.com George Zorrilla | george.zorrilla@lifestylepubs.com EDITORIAL COORDINATOR

Emily Shea | emily.shea@lifestylepubs.com AD DESIGNER

A New Decade Approaches TENDER EMBRACES, HOLIDAY CELEBRATIONS, A DUSTING OF SNOW—DECEMBER ALWAYS BARES THE MOST PRECIOUS GIFTS. As the final month of each year, it holds the most sacred and selfless duty of all months—to give while letting go.

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Emily Stout COPY EDITOR

Hayley Hyer CONTRIBUTING WRITERS

Barbara McKay, Emily Shea, Melinda Burris Willms

We imagine the month of December is to us as a mother is to her children. A mother pours her heart and soul into her children from the very moment they arrive, teaching them the fundamentals of life. And when they grow old enough, she must let them go into adulthood. Similarly, December bestows upon us the gift of time—time to slow

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down and live in the moment with our dearest loved ones. But it also bids us farewell into each new year. So as we prepare not only to enter a new year, but a new decade as well, slow down with us. Spend an extra 30 minutes sitting with your children by the fire and listen to the crackle of the flames as you wrap your fingers around a warm mug of tea. Cozy up with your friends and family for a Christmas movie or bake holiday sugar cookies with

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live in the moment. After all, this the last month in this decade! There's no going back.

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And before we bid 2019 farewell, our last item of business is to thank you, South

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Charlotte, for your continued support. We pride ourselves in crafting a magazine that you look forward to reading each and every month. May your holidays and new year be filled with joy, 

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INSIDE THE ISSUE DECEMBER 2019

FEATURES 16 Two Weeks in The Land Down Under Embark on the Journey of a Lifetime

24 The Allegro Foundation Offering Educational Opportunities for Children

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28 Holiday Delight A Timeless Dessert for Your Holiday Celebrations

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Lifestyle Letter

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Good Times

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Around Town

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Travel Destination

24 Giving Back 28 Culinary Creations 30 Our Contributors 32 Lifestyle Calendar 33 Realty Report 34 Local’s Choice


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Burtons Bar & Grill Networking Event In late September, the South Charlotte Lifestyle team held a networking event at Burtons Bar & Grill of Blakeney. Delicious food and drinks were provided by Burtons, Mann Travels detailed some of the exciting possibilities of river and expedition cruising and Apricot Lane Boutique's models showcased fall fashions and handed out gift certificates. Thanks to all who came out! 

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UNCF’s 17th Annual Maya Angelou Women Who Lead Luncheon The United Negro College Fund held its 17th Annual Maya Angelou Women Who Lead Luncheon on Sept. 28. The sold-out luncheon featured Oprah Winfrey as the keynote speaker and raised $2.3 million. Also in attendance was U.S. Rep. Alma Adams, Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles, Chief Justice Cheri Beasley and Gov. Roy Cooper's Chief to Staff Kristi Jones. 

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AROUND TOWN

SPEEDWAY CHRISTMAS Speedway Christmas is an annual celebration

CHARLOTTE BALLET PRESENTS THE NUTCRACKER

that starts in late November and lasts until early

The Nutcracker is a Christmas story as timeless

January. It features a drive-through light show

as Santa himself. The Charlotte Ballet will perform

that has more than 3.5 million lights and several

The Nutcracker from Dec. 6-23 at the Belk Theater,

interactive Christmas displays that correspond

offering both matinee and evening shows. The

with music, a family-friendly Christmas village, a

onstage performance will be accompanied by the

Ferris wheel, photos with Santa, fire pits designed

music of Tchaikovsky performed live by Charlotte

for roasting s’mores, fun games, delicious food and

Symphony. Tickets range from $25-$112 and can be

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BE A LION LIVE AT THE DUKE ENERGY THEATER The award-winning Broadway production, Be A Lion, will be performed live at the Duke Energy Theater from Dec. 5-14. Have you ever wondered what happened after Dorothy clicked her heels and found her way home in The Wizard of Oz? Be A Lion is a story of just that. It features 17 original songs, new and exciting Oz characters, as well as familiar characters. There will be matinee and evening shows available, with general admission tickets for $15 each. Visit BlumenthalArts.org to learn more about the show and to purchase tickets. 

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ARTICLE EMILY SHEA

EMBARK ON THE JOURNEY OF A LIFETIME

TWO WEEKS IN THE LAND DOWN UNDER Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, photography provided by Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

KANGAROOS. Koalas. People with great accents and even better attitudes. Vegemite. Aboriginal culture. Red dirt. The Great Barrier Reef. Steve Erwin. Those are just a few of the things that I associated with the country (and continent) of Australia before I visited its diverse grounds. My list of associations has changed a lot since visiting last May; however, mostly in the form of addition, not subtraction.  Regardless

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and bad–of Australia may be, it’s easily one of the most curiously unique countries in the world. A sense of dazzling foreignness oozes from its very existence. I often fantasized about running through the red dirt of the outback as a child. I daydreamed of muddying my white Keds and letting my strawberry blond hair tangle in the wind as I dashed past the iconic Uluru with  kangaroos by my side. (I watched The  Jungle Book and Tarzan a lot as a kid, so this makes sense.)  To properly experience Australia and all its splendor, at least two weeks are needed for exploration. And while the country is quite large, most of its major cities and destinations lie on the east coast. (Sorry, Perth.) This makes hopping from city to city quite simple.  Although Australia is quite literally a world away, traveling there is not nearly as hard as you may think. Don’t let the lengthy travel time or  stories of  gargantuan spiders scare you out of the opportunity to embark on the trip of a lifetime. To get you started, I’ve included a guide to my three must-visit Australian cities as well as a sample itinerary below. Happy travels!  16

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Daintree Rainforest

Cairns, Queensland Cairns, a lush city in tropical North Queensland, is a beautiful place to begin your two-week exploration of Australia. It boasts some of Australia’s best outdoor experiences and is less populated than some of the country’s larger cities, making it ideal for an outdoor retreat. Cairns is also famously referred to as Australia’s gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. There are multiple Great Barrier Reef excursions and cruises that leave each day from the city’s main port, each providing the once-in-alifetime experience of visiting the world’s largest coral reef system.  Located just two hours from Cairns is Daintree Rainforest, a World Heritage-listed site that is home to one of the world’s most diverse ranges of plant and animal life. There, you can visit the Daintree Discovery Centre to

learn about the origin of the forest and its many thriving plants and animal species, walk along aerial walkways and viewing platforms, cruise the Daintree River, visit the Mossman Gorge, go on a zip lining  tour through Daintree’s dense canopy and even stay in a luxury eco-lodge.  Downtown Cairns is host to a wide range of accommodations, culinary delights, tour information centers and charming boutiques. For a taste of Cairns’s freshest produce, visit  Rusty’s Markets, a farmers market featuring more than 175 stalls of exotic fruits and vegetables, international food and beverages, fresh seafood, pastries, specialty products and so much more. Also downtown are the Cairns Night Markets, a collection of more than 100 shops and food vendors that offer unique Australian souvenirs and international cuisine options that range from Thai to Italian. 

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Brisbane, New South Wa l e s A few hours flight from Cairns is Brisbane, New South Wales. Brisbane is the third most populous city in Australia and is traversed by  the Brisbane River. Two of the more popular modes of transportation across the river are via the vehicular, bicycle and pedestrian-friendly Story Bridge or on the CityHopper, a free inner city ferry service. Brisbane’s central business district is located along the steep curve of the river and at the very center is Queen Street Mall, a shopping center that has more than 700 retailers in some 430,000 square feet. The mall encom-

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passes everything from high-end shops such as Tiffany and Co., Louis Vuitton and Bvlgari  as well as many Australian brands, international retailers such as H&M and Zara, small boutique stores, multiple food courts and more. It’s definitely worth checking out if you’d like to get your shopping fix. On the southern shore of the Brisbane River is  South Bank, the city’s cultural hub that boasts 42 acres of lush parklands, an iconic man-made beach called Streets Beach, world-class restaurants and cafes, the Queensland Museum and Science Centre, the Queensland Maritime Museum and the Wheel of Brisbane.   The  Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary,  a refuge for sick, wounded and orphaned Australian animals, is also a must-visit while in Brisbane. It’s  a 15-minute drive from Brisbane’s central business district and was easily one of the best experiences I had during my two weeks in Australia. The 44-acre sanctuary is home to more than 130 koalas, four species of kangaroos, echidnas, wombats, kookaburras, crocodiles and more. Not only can you see the animals, but you can also meet them. You can even hold a koala and hand-feed the kangaroos!

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South Bank, Brisbane


S yd n e y, N e w S o u t h Wa l e s A trip to the Land Down Under isn’t complete until you’ve visited the iconic harbor city of Sydney. As Australia’s most populous city, Sydney offers that big city feel. However, it is true that Australians really do live a laid back lifestyle, and this is prevalent even in the country’s bigger cities. It’s not uncommon to see smaller boutique shops with a sign on their door that reads, “Open at noon (or when we arrive).”   Although it feels a bit  cliche to mention, you really can’t visit Sydney without seeing the Sydney Harbor, the Sydney Harbor Bridge and the Sydney Opera House.

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Queen Victoria Building

You can see all of these iconic Aussie sights right from the city’s main port, Circular Quay. It’s worth walking around the Quay for a few hours to snap some pictures, enjoy a  toastie (Aussie slang for a grilled sandwich) and watch  ferries come and go. While you’re in the area, take a short walk to The Rocks, a historic Sydney neighborhood that is often referred to as a  cultural mecca for its rich history, open-air Rocks Markets, art galleries and upscale restaurants. Circular Quay is also the perfect place to embark on a tour across the harbor or to one of the neighboring beaches. My favorite day trip, Manly Beach, was less than a $15 round trip ferry ride and offered a nice escape from the hustle and bustle of the city for a few hours. Plus, Manly features a gorgeous sandy beach that is perfect for sunbathing, swimming and snorkeling.  One of Australia’s most iconic beaches, Bondi Beach, is located just 15 minutes by car from Sydney’s central

Manly Beach

business district. Be warned—Bondi perpetually crawls with tourists, but trust me when I say that it is worth braving the crowds. The smooth white sand beach  coupled with the area’s trendy  boutiques, quaint cafés and hip restaurants make it all worth it. Plus, its  reliable waves make for  great surfing. Whether you  regularly shred the gnar  or you’ve never stepped foot on a surfboard, if you’re going to surf anywhere, Bondi is the place!   For all my shopaholics out there, don’t worry—I haven’t forgotten about you. For a unique Sydney shopping experience, skip the overcrowded shopping malls and department stores and  visit the Queen Victoria Buildinginstead. Construction on this Romanesque Revival style building was completed in 1898  and the  architecture–featuring multiple copper domes  and the Victorian style shopping arcade–is absolutely exquisite.  20

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Sunset on Bondi Beach


Yo u r Sample I t i n e ra r y + DAYS 1-3: Fly from the Charlotte Douglas International Airport to the Sydney Airport. The most common route will take you to the Los Angeles International Airport from Charlotte, where you will deplane and board a new flight to Sydney. Expect your travel time–fly time  and layovers–to  be at least 24 hours in total. You will end up jumping a day ahead while you cross the Pacific Ocean, so it’s good to plan one to three days for this travel. + DAYS 3-7: You’re officially on the other side of the planet. By this time, the last thing you want to do is set foot on another airplane, but the flight from Sydney to Cairns is a breeze; it will only take  around three hours. As soon as you go through Australian customs, head to one of Sydney Airport’s domestic terminals for your short flight to tropical Cairns.  Spend at least three-four days in Cairns. + DAYS 7-10: Fly from Cairns to Brisbane; flight time is approximately two hours. Spend three days in Brisbane. + DAYS 10-13: Fly to Sydney; flight time is around an hour and a half. Spend three full days in Sydney. + DAY 14: Depart Sydney and return to the United States.

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reference books, international education conferences and in college

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courses taught by Pat at UCLA, the University of North Carolina

children with disabilities,” Joshua’s mom says.

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Pat Farmer, the founder and president of the Allegro Foundation, has earned international renown in the course of her more than 30-year career as a movement education specialist for children with disabilities. Pat created a goal as a teenager during her volunteer work in a mental institution and committed to this goal by developing an

THE IMPORTANCE OF VOLUNTEERS Volunteers are a vital component of Allegro’s success through their one-on-one interaction with children enrolled in the program. You can make a difference to a child living with disabilities through a time commitment of 30 minutes or more each week.

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Allegro depends on volunteers and donations to fulfill its mission

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The educational techniques and philosophy Pat has introduced

a national level for its innovative teaching methods. Allegro

through the Allegro Foundation have been featured in numerous

students made history in 2004 as the first organization of

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children with disabilities to be invited to present at The White House. Repeat invitations to return to The White House were issued to Allegro students in 2005 and 2008. In 2006, students received an invitation to present at the National Independence Day Celebration at the Washington Monument and at Walter Reed Army Medical Center for soldiers wounded in Afghanistan and Iraq. Allegro has also made an impact on an international level by embarking on a partnership with the U.S. State Department and the Library of Congress to offer learning seminars to international delegations. These seminars feature discourse by international educational and medical experts. WANT TO LEARN MORE? The Allegro Foundation offers free classes and programs at select Charlotte-Mecklenburg and Fort Mill schools and at Sardis Presbyterian Church. To learn more about how you can change the life of a child by volunteering with the Allegro Foundation, to donate or enroll a student, visit AllegroFoundation.net. Allegro’s major fundraiser, the 11th Annual Ambassador’s Ball will be held on Jan. 11, 2020, at Quail Hollow Country Club welcoming special guest, His Excellency, Harris Lalacos, Ambassador of Greece.

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CULINARY CREATIONS

Holiday Delight A TIMELESS DESSERT FOR YOUR HOLIDAY CELEBRATIONS

ARTICLE BARBARA MCKAY | PHOTOGRAPHY PAUL WILLIAMS III

THIS IS ANOTHER RECIPE FROM MY FIRST COOKBOOK THAT HAS STOOD THE TEST OF TIME. It is memorable—not only because it’s delicious, easy, presents beautifully and everyone seems to want the recipe—but for an additional unforgettable reason for me.  I was appearing on a live nationally syndicated television show airing all over the country and  decided to feature this favorite of mine. The dessert is prepared in a springform pan, which means at serving time you remove the sides of the pan and place the metal bottom holding this lovely dessert on your serving platter. I decided 28

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to use a crystal pedestal cake stand. When I picked up the pedestal part and whirled around to show “my masterpiece” to the camera, the entire dessert flew off the platter and flopped onto the floor in a huge gloppy mess. (Seeing the ingredients—you can guess what it looked like.) Throughout the rest of the entire show, the producers kept returning to the shot of what I had prepared, especially for them…piled up on the floor.  Television keeps you humble. Here’s the simple, but spectacular Holiday Delight Dessert.

HOLIDAY DELIGHT Serves 10 INGREDIENTS ++ 2 cups whipping cream ++ 8 ounces cream cheese ++ 1 cup powdered sugar ++ 1 teaspoon vanilla ++ 8 ounces crushed pineapple, well-drained ++ 2 packages ladyfingers ++ Fresh seasonal fruit or canned pie filling DIRECTIONS In a large bowl, whip the cream and set aside.  In another large bowl, beat together the cream cheese, powdered sugar and

When I picked up the pedestal

vanilla. Fold in the pineapple and whipped

part and whirled around to show

Chill for several hours. Cover with fresh fruit

“my masterpiece” to the camera, the entire dessert flew off the platter and flopped onto the floor

cream. Line a springform pan with split ladyfingers. Pour in the whipped cream filling. or canned pie filling.  I use cherry pie filling during Christmas holidays, blueberry in the spring and fresh fruit in the summer.

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DECEMBER

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Friends

SECOND CHANCE CHRISTMAS —31ST ANNUAL GALA AND TOY DRIVE

is to supports individuals and fami-

Charlotte's

key

fundraising

event. Good Friends Charlotte is a

lies through financial resources. Last year, the luncheon raised more than

Second Chance Christmas is Charlotte's

$500,000, allowing Good Friends to

largest holiday gala and toy drive. All toys

serve more than 5,000 families in 2019.

will be donated to the Children’s Home

GoodFriendsCharlotte.org

loving families. The gala will have live music, heavy appetizers from Charlotte

CIRQUE DE NOEL Belk Theater

The Cirque de Noel merges two stun-

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symphony—to create one unforgettable

THE SINGING CHRISTMAS TREE

cal

holiday show that features stunning acrobatics holiday

accompanied favorites.

by

Tickets

musistart

Knight Theater

at $30 each and can be purchased

more. Visit AmosSouthend.com for

The wonder of the holiday season comes

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more information.

to life as two of Charlotte's favorite hol-

restaurants,

a

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iday traditions join forces: Charlotte

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include cookies and a pint of beer. All profits from the race will benefit the local Charlotte charity, Charlotte Irish American Center (CIAC).

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25

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Eastover

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98%

159

4

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Ballantyne Country Club

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787500

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20

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Longview

779900

765000

98%

112

5

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