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APRIL 2018 PUBLISHER

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It seems it was just the other day that we launched our premier issue in early 2016. I had just transitioned from 33 years in corporate life to proprietor of my new pride and joy: South Charlotte Lifestyle. The goal was simple: to play a role in helping the area flourish by producing each issue as a resource with interesting content, special events, tantalizing recipes, and more. I started this publication to keep busy after retirement; little did I know that my new hobby would entail so much effort—and reward. Over the past two years, we have highlighted a variety of stories, from a guide to cooking with beer, to traveling to the Galapagos Islands, to our first Readers’ Choice. Those are just a few of my favorites, but the list goes on. The decision to start this community magazine came with a commitment to “paying it forward”

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INSIDE THE ISSUE APRIL 2018

FEATURES 12 Beet It! Spring’s Hippest Veggie

16 Blue Ridge Mountain High Camping and Hiking at Max Patch & Black Balsam

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20 Out of the Woods TreesCharlotte Brings Green Back to Spring

26 DEPARTMENTS

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Lifestyle Letter

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Good Times

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Around Town

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Culinary Creations

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Road Trip

20 Giving Back 23 Realty Report 24 Driver’s Notebook 26 Renovate & Refine 28 Travel Destination 30 Lifestyle Calendar 34 Parting Thoughts


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GOOD TIMES

Mint Oyster Roast Hosted by the YAMs and Founders' Circle, the Mint Oyster Roast is held the first Saturday in February each year. The event raises funds for CMS students to tour the Mint and support exhibits at the Mint Museum of Craft and Design.    Photography by Fotobossi Photography

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AROUND TOWN

Charlie Plummer (Paul Hobbs Winery), Winemaker Paul Hobbs, Event Chair and CWFW Board Member Palmer Steel of Wells Fargo. (Photography by Foster Whitney O'Brien for CWFW)

CHARLOTTE WINE & FOOD WEEKEND WELLS FARGO KICKOFF DINNER

address key issues our community faces, such as economic mobility and family stability. The Festival of Tables is a premier interior design event bringing together Charlotte’s top design-

Charlotte Wine & Food Weekend recently

ers to display creative “tablescapes.” The event

announced that the 2018 Wells Fargo Kickoff Dinner

includes a silent auction and a luncheon featuring

was a resounding success, raising over $140,000! As

Moira Quinn from Charlotte Center City Partners

an opening to Charlotte Wine & Food Weekend’s

and keynote speaker Jane McIntyre, former head

thirtieth year of fundraising, the Wells Fargo Kickoff

of the United Way. Funds raised will provide col-

Dinner has become a cherished tradition in the

lege scholarships for at-risk youth at the Boys

Charlotte community and a true jewel in the crown

& Girls Clubs of Greater Charlotte and support

of the Queen City. The featured guest of the evening

The Salvation Army’s Pathway of Hope program,

was celebrity winemaker Paul Hobbs, aptly named

which is a concentrated effort to help homeless

the “Steve Jobs of wine” by Forbes Magazine,

families step out of poverty. Tickets are available

who led a series of tastings throughout the eve-

for purchase online for $55. For more information,

ning. Guests savored a five-course meal by Chef

visit SalvationArmyCharlotte.org/FOT. 

Michael Bader. Charlotte Wine & Food Weekend's charitable endeavors like the Wells Fargo Kickoff

CHARLOTTE JAZZ FESTIVAL

Dinner focus on "Nourishing Youth and Children,"

Move over, New Orleans, Charlotte is jazz

nurturing the whole child in body, mind and spirit.

capital for this weekend, April 9th through 15th.

The beneficiaries of the 2017-2018 Charlotte Wine

Enjoy performances by the acclaimed Jazz at

& Food Weekend include Charlotte Concerts, The

Lincoln Center Orchestra, including The Music of

Council for Children's Rights, Mitchell's Fund, Pat's

Thelonious Monk with Wynton Marsalis on April

Place Family Advocacy, and The Relatives. The

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event was only a precursor to Charlotte Wine &

Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts. Pair

Food Weekend itself, which takes place this month

intimate jazz music with nature's beauty in the jazz

on April 18-21. For tickets and more information, visit

tent in Romare Bearden Park, or check out the next

CharlotteWineAndFood.org.

generation at the jazz youth competition. As you

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know, jazz pairs well with all things edible: check out the jazz brunch, happy hour performances,

In its 30th year, the Salvation Army Women’s

and late night jams for music with mood. You'll also

Auxiliary’s Festival of Tables event has raised more

find a variety of free public performances dotting

than $1 million for critical needs in Charlotte. This

the city throughout the week. For more details and

year’s event on May 3 from 10 AM to 1 PM at the

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Sheraton Charlotte Hotel will raise support to

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CULINARY CREATIONS

BEET IT! ARTICLE EMILY GLASER | PHOTOGRAPHY DESTINY JOHNSON

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BEETS GET A BAD REP’. The colorful roots maintain notoriety as earthily piquant, but that’s not necessarily the case, according to Burtons Grill & Bar chef Ray Girman and reformed tastebuds across the city. “Beets can be a misunderstood item in any root cellar or on a grocer’s shelf,” Girman says with a laugh and a nod to grandma’s boiled beets. But as Girman points out, the brightly hued veggies can harbor a host of flavors. “Depending on the cooking method, beets can taste extremely sweet without the earthiness that most people are used to.” Thanks to the piedmont’s abundant growing season, beets are a popular choice for local gardeners, usually as a spring or fall crop in the Carolinas. Most grocers and markets should have a profundity of beets this time of year, too. If you’d rather skip the garden and the grocer altogether, Burtons is a healthy, allergen-aware option for even the most particular of eaters, offering a variety of gluten-sensitive and paleo options. The creative menu and attention to ingredients is what drew Girman to Burtons, especially because he likes to incorporate his science background (he studied biology at the Virginia Military Institute) into his cooking. Burton's creative and flexible menu allows Girman to incorporate a rainbow of tasty fruits and veggies into his dishes—healthful options like beets. 

ROASTED BEET SALAD I N G R E D I ENTS + 1 c beets, roasted and diced + 1.5 oz goat cheese, pattied + 2 T roasted onions, chopped + 2 T candied walnuts, chopped + 1/4 oz microgreens + 1/4 oz mustard vinaigrette (see below)

D I R E C T I ONS Using ring mold on a chilled plate, place beets in bottom and gently press with back of spoon. Place chopped onions on top of beets, then walnuts, then goat cheese. Add microgreens in center of goat cheese, then drizzle mustard vinaigrette around plate.

MUSTARD VINAIGRET TE I N G R E D I ENTS + 2 garlic cloves + 1 T yellow mustard + ¾ c white balsamic vinegar

Whether they’re baked, boiled, or braised, beets afford a spectrum of benefits: nitrates lower

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blood pressure and enhance stamina, betaine fights

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inflammation, phytonutrients fight cancer, vitamin

+ 5 ½ T Sugar + ¾ c extra virgin olive oil

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C boosts your immune system, and minerals like potassium and manganese keep your nerves, muscles and bones healthy. “While looking for beets to

Add garlic, mustard, balsamic vinegar, salt, black pepper and sugar to blend-

purchase, avoid ones that are typically larger than a

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tennis ball, and purchase beets without any cracks

mediately after you finish adding oil. Transfer to storage container and place in the refrigerator. Can be held for 5 days in refrigerator before flavors change.

in the outside layer,” Girman notes.

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ROAD TRIP

THE PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP

Views from the 17th hole venue.

ARTICLE WESLEY BROWN

THIS MAY—AS IN EVERY MAY FOR MORE THAN 35 YEARS—TENS

It’s not an experience you’ll ever forget, but you’ll still want something

OF THOUSANDS OF GUESTS WILL FLOCK TO FLORIDA’S SHORES,

to remember it by. Good thing you’ll have private access to the Players

NOT JUST FOR THE WARM PRESS OF EARLY SUMMER SUN OR

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age can be shared, allowing you to alternate days with another couple.

Since Jack Nicklaus' historic victory over J.C. Snead in the tour-

A trip to the The Players Championship isn’t just a golf tourna-

nament’s first year, The Players Championship has remained one of

ment, it’s a destination vacation. Ponte Vedra Beach is home to TPC

the most coveted titles on the golf circuit. In 1982, the Championship

Sawgrass, but it’s also home, of course, to beaches, including 40-foot

found its final home at TPC Sawgrass Stadium Course—a site for the

sand dunes that drip into white sand and quiet coves shaded by

only tournament owned by the players of the PGA tour and a vision

twisted oaks and wild palmettos. Off the water you’ll find luxury shop-

of Commissioner Deane Beman that defied the odds.

ping—like the ladylike Mon Amie Boutique (MonAmie.Boutique) and

The high stakes of today’s Players Championship are best enjoyed via The Players Club Experience, which offers VIP access to the tour-

Cutter & Cutter Fine Art Gallery (CutterandCutter.com)—and gourmet restaurants like Restaurant Medure (RestaurantMedure.com).

nament at an incomparable level. The Players Club Package includes

Naturally, you’ll have to sleep, and for that (as well as relax-

tickets to selected round, multi-day or all week access to the tourna-

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ment, as well as private access to The Players Club within the TPC

(Marriott.com). A stay at this elegant resort during the Championship

Sawgrass Clubhouse and entrance into private suites overlooking

includes first class access to the course. You’ll want to book an extra

the 18th Green and 17th Tee. These viewing areas afford an even

day to truly enjoy all the Marriott Sawgrass offers, including lavish

closer look at the players, who join you to watch the Championship

spa treatments and the on-site, award-winning restaurant, Vernon’s.

unfold in these suites.

Lest we forget golf is the focus of this trip south, we’d

Enjoy gourmet hors d’oeuvres and an open bar as you watch the

also recommend spending a day at the Performance Center

pros swing and stroll across the greens. Soon, you foodies will feel

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like you’ve reached paradise with the delightful barage of gourmet

sis and custom club fitting using the best and latest technology. The

meals. The Championship’s own mixologists even shake and twist

team at the Performance Center can help take your golf game to the

their way to new, inventive cocktails designed just for you.

next level, and soon you’ll be swinging like the pros you came to see.

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EXPLORE ST. AUGUSTINE It’s worth extending your vacation to sidle even further south to St. Augustine, America’s oldest city. The historic destination is rife with things to see, savor, and experience.  WHERE TO STAY

CASA MONICA RESORT & SPA, AUTOGRAPH COLLECTION The white turrets and extravagant interior pay homage to the Spanish settlers who founded the city, but its luxurious suites are grounded wholly in the 21st century. Marriott.com WHAT TO DO

TAKE A TROLLY TOUR Catch a ride on the green and orange trolly and you’ll have access to 24 stops around the city, as well as nuggets of history from the tour guides. TrolleyTours.com/St-Augustine

SHOP TILL YOU DROP The narrow streets of St. Augustine hold charming shops, like the eclectic Golden Gypsy and, as one visitor described it, “the pinnacle of pet stores,” Faux Paws. TheGoldenGypsy.com | FauxPaws1.com

SAN SEBATIAN WINERY TOUR Sip award-winning Florida wine as you tour this winery and enjoy live jazz Thursday through Sunday. SanSebatianWinery.com  WHERE TO EAT

CORKS & FORKS TOUR This three-hour strolling food and wine tour will help familiarize you with the city and its best grub and glasses. TheTastingTours.com/Corks-And-Forks-Walking-Tour.html

PRESERVED RESTAURANT Savor authentic Southern cuisine at Preserved, with an ingredient-driven menu that showcases local farmers. PreservedRestaurant.com 

PALM VALLEY FISH CAMP Eat like a local at this seaside gem with carefully sourced seafood and stunning views. PalmValleyFishCamp.com   

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BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAIN HIGH ARTICLE EMILY GLASER | PHOTOGRAPHY NATHAN CHESKY

CAMPING AND HIKING AT MAX PATCH & BLACK BALSAM

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LIKE ALL GOOD VIEWS, MAX PATCH SITS AT THE APEX OF AN ALMOST UNNAVIGABLE GRAVEL DRIVE. The treaded tires of your four-wheel-drive will scrabble to gain traction among the divets and gullies of Max Patch Road; your knuckles will whiten against the black leather of your steering wheel; the narrow stretch of gravel will seem to stretch on endlessly into the dense forest, broken only by the occasional rumble of passing jeeps. But when you close your door and hike the steep, grassy knoll to the peak, you’ll understand why it was all worth it. Max Patch is a bald, an ecological enigma where trees don’t grow, which you’ll find spotted across Appalachia. This weird natural feature affords unparalleled, unobstructed and unmarred views of the surrounding Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains. From the treeless, 4,629-foot vantage, hikers witness a stunning kaleidoscope of blues and greens and hundreds of miles of rolling mountains.  When you arrive, the first thing you’ll want to do is simple: soak it in. Spread a picnic blanket and wonder at the glorious, boundless scene and bask in the feeling that you’re on top of the world. Max Patch is a draw for visitors of all types, especially through-hikers of the Appalachian Trail (which crosses the summit). Hungry for company, it’s easy to strike up a conversation with an AT-er and gain some insight into life on the Trail.  But you didn’t come here to relax. The 350-acre Max Patch hosts two looping trails: a 1.4-mile short route that crosses the summit, and a 2.4-mile loop that circles the mountain for all the best views. Seasoned hikers can take to the Appalachian Trail and follow it south for 6.2 miles to Lemon Gap; though it’s lengthy, the elevation remains steady, so the hike is all-fun, no-work.  The site is arguably the most striking vantage point on the entire Appalachian Trail, and you’ll often find AT-ers camped in the swaying heather of the bald. Pitch your tent in one of the large backpacking campsites in the grove of trees just northeast of the summit. Whether you witness sunrise, sunset, or both, Max Patch’s unique vantage point make it one of the most stunning destinations in all of Western North Carolina for catching the sun’s daily greeting and adieu.  Even without the illusory light of the sun, the views of Max Patch are breathtaking: a blanket of stars blinks overhead and the mountains below roll in a rainbow of navy and cerulean. In all seasons of the year and all times of the day, Max Patch affords an almost otherworldly escape for Charlotteans. 

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BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAIN HIGH (CON TI N U ED)

BLACK BALSAM When you hit the road back to the Queen City, head south on the backroads to find another stunning lookout: Black Balsam. Take the Art Loeb Trail to the peak of Black Balsam; the bald’s views rival Max Patch. Follow the trail for a 5-mile loop that crosses other balds and knobs, or use Black Balsam as a sweet finale.

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GIVING BACK

out of the woods ARTICLE EMILY GLASER PHOTOGRAPHY JASON E. MICZEK/TREESCHARLOTTE

WHAT’S GREEN, BROWN AND AN INTEGRAL PIECE OF CHARLOTTE’S FUTURE? Trees. These gentle giants may seem like an easy piece of the Queen City’s elaborate puzzle—after all, they line our curving streets and fill our parks with dappled shade in summer and colorful, crinkling piles of leaves in fall—but the role of trees is actually a complex one that requires nimble hands and knowledgeable nurturing.  Enter TreesCharlotte.  The nonprofit’s roots (no pun intended) reach back to 2010, when a cadre of experienced philanthropists and existing organizations like Foundation For The Carolinas and The Knight Foundation formed a committee with the intention of raising the profile of our local urban forest and engaging and educating the community on caring for and planting trees. By 2012, the committee had matured into TreesCharlotte. Today, the nonprofit has planted some 25,000 trees and held more than 100 community events. Since the organization’s beginnings, their intentions have remained the same, though their implementations have changed. “Initial efforts were heavily focused on planting at the expense of not stewarding or caring for trees. We soon realized the planting is the beginning, not the end of the process of expanding and diversifying the urban forest,” explains Dave Cable, Founding Executive Director of TreesCharlotte, bringing to mind the old “teach a man to fish” maxim. Add to that more effective education programs and an increased awareness of the importance of community engagement, and the organization is booming (or should we say “blooming?”).  The tenets and programs of TreesCharlotte are four-fold, though each arm of the organization fosters both education and social equity. “TreeDays are events at CMS schools where we plant trees using

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community, corporate and student volunteers. School plantings make up 39% of TreesCharlotte’s annual plantings,” says Executive Director Chuck Cole. Using teacher “TreeChampions,” the program continues to educate a new generation of tree-huggers long after they’re planted. A spectrum of volunteers fosters community connection across traditional barriers. “NeighborWoods are tree stores held in neighborhoods,” he continues. "They’re intended to both grow the canopy and to build neighborly love.” Focusing on underserved neighborhoods, TreesCharlotte uses neighborhood leaders to enlist their neighbors to register for trees to plant on their property. “Each neighbor who takes trees will be taught by an official TreesCharlotte TreeMaster how to plant and properly care for their new trees to ensure they live and thrive.” As Cable mentioned before, the organization realized early on that simply planting the trees and walking away was an unstable model. That’s why stewardship remains an important tenet of the organization. Regular events round up volunteers to care for the trees and build community, too.  But perhaps most important of the organization’s creeds? Education. “Charlotte has a large younger generation that will soon be the keepers of Charlotte’s canopy,” Cole notes. “Teaching them to properly care for trees and to appreciate the benefits of trees keeps future generations engaged.” Charlotte’s trees help keep our air clean, our soil stable, and our temperatures regulated, but they won’t be able to do any of those things without the help of the Queen City community. “Growing and preserving our canopy is everyone’s problem!” Cole proclaims. “We must come together to help keep our canopy healthy and in turn, keep us healthy.”

WANT TO HELP? “As our city continues to grow, it’s important that longtime residents and newcomers alike help with our mission,” Cole says. “Each of us plays an important role in the ‘civic covenant‘ to plant more trees and improve the quality of life for all of Charlotte’s neighborhoods.” Here are his tips for getting involved: + Organize a NeighborWoods Event: We provide free trees for residents to plant in their own yard and in neighborhood common areas. Residents sign a pledge to care for the trees and take a class with a designated TreeMaster about choosing the right tree and proper planting techniques. + Volunteer: Roll up your sleeves, meet some neighbors, have a good time and help out the environment – all at the same time by planting trees! + Become a TreeMaster: After receiving training on volunteer management, proper planting techniques, and care and maintenance of trees, TreeMasters serve as volunteer leaders and are vital to the success of planting and stewardship events throughout Charlotte. + Sponsorship: Through TreesCharlotte’s Corporate Volunteer Program, employees have an opportunity to lend a hand to expand the tree canopy and help make Charlotte a cleaner, greener and more inviting place to live and work. TreesCharlotte.org 

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REALTY REPORT

REALTY REPORT

SOUTH CHARLOTTE

NEIGHBORHOOD

ORIGINAL PRICE

SOLD PRICE

%SOLD/ORIG

DOM

BDRMS

BATHS

Eastover

$1,695,000

$1,600,000

94%

182

6

7

Berkeley Grove

$1,399,000

$1,250,000

89%

33

4

6

Eastover

$1,275,000

$1,210,000

95%

151

4

4

Foxcroft

$1,250,000

$1,125,000

90%

12

4

4

Myers Park

$895,500

$815,000

91%

182

3

2

Cotswold

$775,000

$776,000

100%

98

4

4

Brookhaven Estates

$950,000

$744,000

78%

235

3

4

Foxcroft

$695,000

$690,000

99%

108

4

3

Cotswold

$644,900

$632,500

98%

121

3

3

Myers Park

$625,000

$600,000

96%

205

4

4

*DOM=Days on Market

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DRIVER’S NOTEBOOK

eco-commute ARTICLE WESLEY BROWN

OUR DAILY COMMUTE INVOLVES A DREADED ROUTINE: WE WAIT IN A LINE OF EXHAUST TO GLUG OVERPRICED GASOLINE INTO OUR CARS, BARRAGED BY ATTENDANT SMALL TALK AND THE HONK OF RUSH HOUR TRAFFIC BEHIND US. But what if you could zip your car to and from the office without ever stopping to fill ‘er up? With the T8 family of Volvo cars, you can. “T8 Volvos are capable of going up to 15 miles on purely electric power, so owners with short commutes have the option of using no gas at all,” says Greg Simons, General Sales Manager of Volvo Cars Charlotte. These fuel-efficient and electric-powered SUVs, including the  XC60 and XC90, have all the dynamism of an SUV in an environmentally-friendly package.  “All of Volvo’s US offerings are powered by versions of the 2.0 Drive-E and offer the high fuel economy expected of a smaller displacement 4-cylinder combined with excellent, real-world performance,” explains Simons. “The T8 versions of the XC60, XC90, and S90 use an electric motor powering the rear wheels, in addition to the turbocharged and supercharged gas engine powering the front wheels, for a total of 400 horsepower. In normal driving, the electric motor complements the gas engine, providing increased performance and fuel economy.” The XC90, Volvo’s midsize SUV, has long been popular among daily drivers and enthusiasts alike, prompting the company to redesign their compact SUV, the XC60, to mirror its bigger brother. Sleek design and eco-friendly elements combine in this family of fuel-efficient SUVs.  VolvoCharlotte.com | 704.563.1000 7040 East Indepenence Blvd.  

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ENGINE The engine is small but mighty, providing power and performance of engines three times its size.

ELECTRIC MOTOR The electric motor isn’t just efficient, it also pushes the XC90 T8 to accelerate from zero-to-60 mph in 5.9 seconds.

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MILEAGE In the XC90 you’ll get 22 mpg city and 29 on the highway (the XC60? 21 city and 28 highway). The XC90’s front wheel drive lends it better mileage.


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RENOVATE & REFINE

the wonder of mother nature ARTICLE PATRICE HAWKINS & VALERY HUFFENUS OF DECORATING DEN INTERIORS PHOTOGRAPHY UNIVERSAL FURNITURE

ONE OF TODAY’S HOTTEST DESIGN TRENDS IS A RETURN

Here’s a look at several areas of interior design that can get you

TO NATURE. From fabrics to wall coverings to accessories, our

back to nature!

living spaces can easily reflect an embrace of Mother Nature.

+ FABRICS

Why the growing interest in bringing a little bit of the outdoors

Bouquets of colorful botanicals with flower, leaf and vine prints are peren-

inside? First, we long for peace and quiet at home. As our lives

nial favorites. Imagine relaxing in a lush garden where flowers flourish all

outside our Charlotte homes become more harried and stressful,

around you – soft violets, delicate lilies of the valley, bold hydrangeas and

we are turning to our homes as retreats, and decorating them with

stately red tulips. Fun, faux animal prints remain popular, too. Even zebra

furnishings and accessories we find soothing and comfortable.

stripes and leopard spots will lend an air of the exotic to any room.

Secondly, our increased awareness of the environment and the quest to preserve Charlotte’s beauty has led to a desire to bring bits of it home.

+ COLORS From gorgeous garden shades to the rich fruit tones of deep raspberries, soft banana yellows, plums and strawberries, color from nature livens up any decor. Even nature’s neutrals play their important role: wheat brown, amber waves of grain, the creamy whites of magnolia blossoms and terra cotta corals are all highlighted by an amazing azure blue sky. All these colors are uplifted by nature’s green—the color that will dominate our interior decorating in this decade—from deep, leafy green to teal, to greens with a yellow tint.

+ FURNISHINGS Today’s worn, weathered wood styles, featuring more of a matte finish with lighter wood tones, are even appearing on contemporary furnishings. Sofas and chairs are being covered in natural cotton and sporting trims of raffia and hemp. Wicker and rattan furniture mixed with warm wood tones lend themselves to more of a casual style of decorating.

+ WALL COVERINGS Like fabrics, florals and botanicals are blooming in their popularity. Don’t worry about too much pattern; these blooming designs look great when mixed with stripes, checks or even plaids.

+ WINDOW TREATMENTS Floral print drapery fabrics designed in a traditional swag and jabot treatment will definitely give any room a perennial touch. And by coordinating your “blooming” window treatments with furniture, bedding, even your linens, you’ll find yourself surrounded by Mother Nature’s beauty. Our love of Earth and the resurgence to preserve it influences us to bring nature’s colors into our homes and our everyday lives. And what better way to start soothing the soul than in your own home. Relax! Enjoy! You deserve it! PATRICE HAWKINS and VALERY HUFFENUS are award-winning South Charlotte designers with more than 20 years experience. Each own an independentCourtesy of Universal Furniture

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TRAVEL DESTINATION

sustainABLE TOURISM

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+ Try to use public transportation. It is obviously more energy efficient and more affordable, but also gives you a chance to experience life in a new place as a resident, rather than a visitor. SUPPORT LOCAL

+ Purchase locally made souvenirs to preserve the memory of your travels when you get home.

+ Eat at local restaurants instead of global chains. Not only are you supporting the community you are visiting, you’re also getting a chance to experience the local culture.

HOW TO BE A RESPONSIBLE TRAVELER

SUPPORT RESPONSIBLE TOURISM ORGANIZATIONS

+ When you have the opportunity to choose, consider the tour operators, cruise lines and resorts that make sustainability a priority in their corporate mission.

+ Many travel companies have foundations that give back to the areas they travel in. Consider donations to these organizations to

LIKE MANY MODERN INDUSTRIES, TOURISM IMPACTS

help bolster these communities.

THE WORLD WE INHABIT. Most of us would rather be

+ Do research about the provider you are using; look into their

responsible tourists and work toward logical, sustainable

green practices and whether or not they have fair labor laws, an envi-

practices as we travel the world—and that’s perfectly possi-

ronmental policy, a composting practice, etc.

ble with the right tools and knowledge. SAIL THE RIVERS Here are some tips to help make you a less impactful, more sustainable traveler:

+ River cruising is not only one of the most popular travel trends, it is also one of the greenest and least negatively impactful.

+ Compared to cars, planes and larger ocean sailing ships, river REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE

+ Consider packing a reusable water bottle instead of purchasing plastic ones.

+ Conserve water by making your showers shorter (can you imagine how many gallons of water the average hotel uses?).

+ Reduce your energy consumption by unplugging your phone and laptop when possible.

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+ Viking River Cruises, one of the leaders in the river cruise industry, has also invested in new technologies and innovations such as onboard solar panels to help reduce its footprint.

+ In addition, the Viking Longships also have organic herb gardens onboard providing fresh herbs for the ship’s kitchen. Roni Fishkin is the Marketing Director of Mann Travels, which, with local ownership in Charlotte, has been serving travelers with personalized service for more than 35 years. 800-343-MANN (6266) | MannTravels.com


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LIFESTYLE CALENDAR

6 MINT TO MOVE CULTURAL DANCE NIGHT Mint Uptown

Celebrating the independence of Paraguay and Cuba to reflect community through music, dancing, visual art, and cultural appreciation. Guests can semba, salsa, bachata, cha cha, line dance, and step to other dance forms relative to various global communities as well as enjoy other performing and visual art (including live painting) by local artists. Free Dance Lessons at 7:45 and 9:00 p.m.  with Rumbao Latin Dance Company.

7 JAZZIN’ ON THE TERRACE: TOES TAPPIN, FINGERS SNAPPIN’ Mint Uptown

Join Charlotte poets and jazz musicians as they improv and play the best in jazz tunes as a tribute to the upcoming Charlotte Jazz Festival, April 9-15. Hear blends of improvisational poetry with tunes by greats such as Miles, Coltrane, Monk and songwriter Romare Bearden (master collagist). After, guests can receive a pass for 50% off admission to view works in the Bearden Gallery and throughout the museum.

10 NEW SOUTH FOR THE NEW SOUTHERNER: TALKING ABOUT SOUL FOOD Levine Museum of the New South

Writer Sara Franklin discusses her new UNC Press book Edna Lewis: At the Table with an American Original, about the Virginia chef/author who helped soul food find a national audience in the '70s. Then Greg Col30

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lier, chef/owner of The Yolk in Rock Hill, talks about Soul Food Sessions, popup events that have become Charlotte’s hottest dinner ticket. To register visit  http://bit.ly/NS4NS2018. 

13 - 15 SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts

Set in the nineteenth century, Sweeney Todd returns to London seeking vengeance against the lecherous judge who framed him and ravaged his young wife. The road to revenge leads Todd to Mrs. Lovett, a resourceful proprietress of a failing pie shop, above which he opens a new barber practice. 

14 #SHAPINGCLT QC Social

A do-it-yourself social change toolkit, #ShapingCLT is a solutions-oriented variety show aimed at vanquishing apathy. The examination of Charlotte’s future will move participants beyond conversation towards civic action. Guest-curated by Davita Galloway of Dupp&Swat, this program will bring together thought leaders in our community representing a variety of perspectives on trending issues. The April edition will explore the cultural turning point of the #MeToo Movement and our next steps as a community and country.

14 VICTORIAN LAWN PARTY Reid House

The Matthews Heritage Museum will celebrate A Victorian Lawn Party at the Reid House. Enjoy games and crafts from the 1910s, dance around the Maypole, and tour the Reid House. 

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LIFESTYLE CALENDAR

19 ADULT PAINTING PARTY: NATURE PRINTS Mint Uptown

It’s party time in the Mint studios! Go on an after-hours tour of the Contemporary Art collection, enjoy an adult beverage with a friend, and create a set of nature prints. This isn’t your average “sip & paint” class - plan to dress for a mess and bring your creativity! Registration includes admission, art materials, and instruction. BYO beer or wine.

20 - 29 PETER PAN JR. Armour Street Theatre

Peter and his mischievous fairy sidekick, Tinkerbell, visit the nursery of the Darling children late one night and, with a sprinkle of pixie dust, begin a magical journey across the stars that none of them will ever forget.

20 MR. TAMBOURINE MAN: POEMS OF BOB DYLAN Knight Theater

John

Corigliano's

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winning Mr. Tambourine Man: Seven Poems of Bob Dylan features soprano Lindsay Kesselman.

21 TASTE OF THE MINT: SKETCHING THEATER COSTUMES Mint Uptown

Tap into your creative side during this new Taste of the Mint, which will feature a tour and sketching class in the special exhibition William Ivey Long: Costume Designs 2007-2016. All materials will be provided, but you may also 32

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feel free to bring your own. Small plates and wine tastings will be provided by Halcyon, Flavors from the Earth.

22 SUNDAY FUN DAY: EARTH DAY Mint Uptown

It’s family time at the Mint! Enjoy family-friendly art projects, gallery visits, artist demos, and family yoga sessions. This month, construct a reusable shopping bag, work with natural art materials, and enjoy creative, environmentally friendly activities.

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Pianist Kirill Gerstein plays Brahms' intensely emotional Piano Concerto No. 1, with works by Bartok and Ligeti.

28 QUEEN'S CUP STEEPLECHASE Queen's Cup Steeplechase

With over 15,000 spectators all enjoying the breathtaking views of the racecourse and the beautiful people to boot, this is an event not to be missed. Enjoy five top class horse races, as well as Jack Russell terrier races, hat contests, and stick ponies for the kids.

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PARTING THOUGHTS

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