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LakeWylie Healthy, Wealthy and Wise Issue Bethel Presbyterian Church Celebrating 250 years

Chamber Spotlight

Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce news and information

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Our View

It’s spring

and Lake Wylie is blooming

By Susan Bromfield, President, Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce


t is my pleasure to present the spring 2014 issue of Lake Wylie Today. Since this is our Healthy, Wealthy and Wise issue, this magazine is filled with inspiration from local contributors on ways to achieve your goals for 2014. It is always an adventure to contribute as a local editor, writer, photographer and advisor, and help develop the story ideas for each issue. We began work on this issue last summer with several pages of notes written to frame ideas for the spring issue. Since then, things have exploded and are happening all around us. Plans are underway all over the community to renovate, invest, expand, grow and launch new businesses and projects. As I work on this issue, it was evident that Lake Wylie is heading for another stand-out, dynamic year. This issue of Lake Wylie Today is packed full of information that reflects our vibrant community. There is always so much going on. Pour a cup of coffee or glass of wine and sit down and read this issue and you too will be amazed at all that is going on in Lake Wylie. In addition to reading tips on how to become (or stay) healthy, wealthy and wise this issue, you’ll also read about healthy fare at local restaurants. Roving Palate features healthy options several area restaurants. One of these restaurants is the River Hills Country Club, which is offering a new membership level for dining. This new option is perfect for businesses and individuals to dine or entertain at the club. Roving Palate also features a helpful dining guide this issue. Be sure to check out the Shoreline section, which features the Mid-Atlantic Boat Show, the the largest boat show in the Southeast. Held in Charlotte each February, the show features several Lake Wylie boat dealers and vendors, including Lake Wylie Marina, the largest boat dealer in the Southeast. We love parties here in Lake Wylie, especially a Garden Party. This issue, read about the Bee Ladies of MamaBeehive Honey Farm. These ladies raise bees, bottle honey and make beeswax candles. When I 2 | Spring 2014

read the story, I learned a lot about how much bees do for our food supply. Interesting stuff! This issue’s Garden Party section also features a preview of the spring Lake Wylie Home and Garden Tour, presented by the Lake Wylie-Clover Republican Women’s Club. As always, the tour will feature an assortment of homes and gardens located all around the Lake Wylie area. This event showcases the beauty of our area and offers an insider’s view of lake living at Lake Wylie. The event was expanded to include a garden tour and will be held on April 26, 2014. Proceeds will benefit a scholarship for a Clover High School student. Lake Wylie Today is giving brides a jump on their planning this issue, with a Wedding Planning Guide. The guide includes a list of vendors and wedding locations in the area. As always, Development Update is packed full of information about all that is going on at Lake Wylie. It paints the picture for the start of a dynamic year ahead for Lake Wylie. Mailbag is always an eclectic mix of photos and items of interest from the Lake Wylie area and community. This spring, it also features a calendar of spring and early summer events. Our local writers and seasonal topics and stories add to the local flavor of our quarterly community magazine designed to market and promote our beautiful Lake Wylie area. Lake Wylie Today is collaboration between the Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce and SCBiz News with a goal to publish a beautiful full-color magazine that helps to promote and market Lake Wylie and its businesses, real estate, area attractions and events. It looks like we are off to a great start for 2014 with so many things happening all over the area. Lake Wylie is a great place to visit, to live and to work. It is a pleasure to work every day to promote our beautiful area and its many attractions. LW

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LakeWylie today Published by SC Biz News

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Lake Wylie Today Editor - Licia Jackson • 803.726.7546

2 Our View Lake Wylie is blooming

Lake Wylie Today Associate Editor - Jenny Peterson • 843.849.3145 Creative Director - Ryan Wilcox • 843.849.3117

6 Mailbag

Senior Graphic Designer - Jane Mattingly • 843.849.3118

15 Shoreline

Graphic Designer - Andrew Sprague • 843.849.3128

Mid-Atlantic Boat Show is a boater’s paradise

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20 Roving Palate

Event Manager - Kathy Allen • 843.849.3113

Local restaurants offer healthy options Dining Guide

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The MamaBeehive Honey Farm

Vice President of Sales - Steve Fields • 843.849.3110

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Director of Business Development - Mark Wright • 843.849.3143

Healthy, wealthy and wise

Contributing Editors Susan Bromfield President, Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce • 803.831.2827

36 Community Connection

Bethel Presbyterian celebrates 250 years

Jane DuBois Coulter • 704.287.8668

41 Faces

Project Manager - Allison Cooke Oliverius

Meet the Roth Duo

46 Community Connection Explore the Ag + Art Tour 51 Development Update

Contributing Writers Susan Bromfield, Jane DuBois Coulter, Allison Cooke Oliverius, Jan Todd

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Mailbag Did you just catch a fish? Celebrate your 50th wedding anniversary? Are you participating in a charity event or community fundraiser? Where did you go on your last family outing? Whether you just celebrated a major milestone or are gearing up to give back, part of our goal with Lake Wylie Today is to provide a platform for our community to share what’s happening in the community through stories and photos. We want to celebrate with you, laugh with you and build memories with you. Please submit photos and information to

Heaven scent This summer, take a tour of La Bastide des Lavandes, South Carolina’s official lavender farm certified S.C. Grown by the S.C. Department of Agriculture and located right here in York County. Your three-hour educational visit will take you through numerous gardens where you will learn how to landscape with Mediterranean plants, how to add interest for all the senses in your garden and how to successfully grow lavender in the South, among many other things. Check out their herb classes, cooking classes and painting classes scheduled for the summer and celebrate with their first lavender honey harvest. More details are available at www.sclavender. com and

While visiting Kenya last year, Monique Boekhout took T-shirts from the Lake Wylie Splash Dash to the children of the Kenya Orphanage Project. 6 | Spring 2014


Ladies’ Lunch Bunch fills bags for Valentine’s Day


adies from the Lake Wylie Lunch Bunch met at the Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce in early February to create bags filled with personal hygiene items for disadvantaged teens. The group regularly collects items and creates bags to be distributed by the Clover School District to disadvantaged students. Personal hygiene items, such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, soaps, shampoos, chap sticks, lip gloss, and feminine products, can be donated for this cause and dropped off at the Lake Wylie Chamber office, located at 264 Latitude Lane, Suite 101, Lake Wylie, S.C.

DSBG Shutterbug Photography Contest


hree youth from the Lake Wylie area took first, second and third place in the youth division of the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden’s 2013 Shutterbug Photography Contest. First place went to Reagan Thomas of Lake Wylie, second place went to Evan Redmond of Belmont and third place went to Lillian Thomas of Lake Wylie. In addition to the youth division, there were seven categories for adults, and first, second and third place winners were named for each. View the winners for all categories at All of the winning photos will also be displayed in the Visitor Pavilion, Feb. 25 through March. Judging for the 10th annual photography contest was held in January. The contest was announced in July and amateur photographers, both young and old, from around the area submitted their favorite pictures of DSBG for judging. DSBG received almost 200 entries this year. Spring 2014 |



Hey Sugar Shop


ary Kate McManus opened Hey Sugar Shop, a “sweet source” for made-from-scratch cake truffles and adorably delicious sugar cookies. They specialize in perfectly designed sugar cookies and create sinful made-from-scratch cake truffles.

Tommy Pope selected for Leadership in Law Award


ommy Pope, a partner at Elrod Pope Law Firm, has been chosen as a 2014 recipient of the South Carolina Lawyers Weekly’s Leadership in Law Award. Pope is one of 30 attorneys in South Carolina being recognized for achieving success in their law practice, making notable contributions to society and having an impact on the legal industry as a whole. All were honored at a dinner in Charleston March 13. Prior to joining Elrod Pope Law Firm in 2008, Pope served as 16th Circuit Solicitor since 1993 where he became nationally known for his successful prosecution of Susan Smith in Union County for the 1995 drowning deaths of her two children. Today, he is frequently called upon by various national and international media outlets to provide legal commentary on cases involving parents who kill their children. Pope is a partner at Elrod Pope along with Jack Leader, David Benson and Harold Staley and associate attorneys, Drew Creech and Garrett Johnson. He is currently in his second term as a member of the S.C. House of Representatives for District 47. Elrod Pope Law Firm serves clients with wrongful death, personal injury, workers’ compensation, medical malpractice and social security disability matters. It has offices in Rock Hill at 212 E. Black St. and by appointment only at 264 Latitude Lane, Suite 102, Lake Wylie.

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Upcoming events Art and Orchids

and adding air conditioned venues at the park this year with a multimillion-dollar inThrough March 23, 2014 vestment. Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden Colorful orchid displays are paired with select pieces by local artist Rick Lazes. Come-See-Me Festival April 3-13, 2014 • Glencairn Garden Come-See-Me offers a Beach Bash, a weekCarowinds Opening Day end of Gourmet Gardens and various attractions March 29, 2014 Carowinds is enhancing food offerings throughout the 10-day event. For a schedule of

activities, please visit

Carowinds in Bloom April 11-20, 2014 Thousands of flowers, bluegrass music, food presentations from Johnson and Wales, appearances by the Easter Bunny, kids’ activities and more.

Lake Wylie Home Tour April 26, 2014 Tour six homes April 26, 2014 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tickets are $20. Proceeds go to the Fay Bergman Clover High School Scholarship Fund. For more information, turn to page 31.

Earth Day April 26, 2014 • Springs Close Greenway The opening ceremony is at 10 a.m. at the Dairy Barn, followed by events and activities. Parking is free. Bring a blanket or chairs for a picnic. Food vendors will be on hand.

Clover Choraliers’ Spring Concert May 1, 3, 4, 2014 • Clover High School The award-winning Choraliers will perform a Broadway-style musical comedy production of Monty Python’s Spamalot. For tickets, visit

Strawberry Festival May 2-3, 2014 • Walter Y. Elisha Park The S.C. Strawberry Festival features live music, a strawberry shortcake eating contest, 5k run/walk, food and business vendors, and a Kids’ Zone.

Choralier’s Candelight Concert May 20 and 22, 2014 • Clover High School The award-winning Choraliers present an evening of classic choral music. For tickets, visit

Splash Dash June 14, 2014 • Camp Thunderbird Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce’s annual 10K/5K race and 5K is one of the most challenging runs in the Southeast. Register at

Lake Wylie Music Fest June 14, 2014 • Cow’s Cove A floating sunset music festival. For more information, visit

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2013 annual Lights on the Lake Boat Parade A little rain didn’t dampen the spirits of those who gathered to celebrate Lake Wylie’s annual Lights on the Lake Boat Parade. Brad Thomas of Belmont took first place this year with his jolly pirate theme. His boat featured synchronized light and music and delighted the parade watchers. Jim Longwith and Rob Stanton came in second and third, respectively.

Brad Thomas’ jolly pirate ship.

Jim Longwith’s boat took 2nd place.

Rob Stanton’s took 3rd place this year.

The Lake Wylie Chamber joined the parade.

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Boaters Paradise Mid-Atlantic Boat Show features Lake Wylie boat dealers and vendors who help enthusiasts gear up for boating season

Story and photos by Jan Todd


ach year, Lake Wylie businesses and residents look forward to the Mid-Atlantic Boat Show, held annually at the Charlotte Convention Center. This year’s show was held Feb. 6-9 and featured Lake Wylie boat dealers Huntley Marine and Hall Marine Group, as well as vendors including Tailrace Marina, the Commodore Club and DockMasters. For Randy and Janet Pate of Huntley Marine, the show means sales; usually more than 30 boats are sold during the four-day show. Huntley’s sales force from the Lake Wylie location on the north side of the Buster Boyd Bridge joined the Pineville location staff to showcase their Hurricane line of pontoons and deck boats, as well as their new line of Supreme ski boats. “We’re really excited about the addition of the Supreme boats,” Randy Pate said. “They are really great surf boats. One of the best on

the market.” Wake surfing, which is growing in popularity, involves pulling a rider on a surfboard behind the boat with a rope initially. Then, the surfer lets go of the rope and rides the boat’s wake in a similar fashion to ocean surfing, except the “wave” is nearly never-ending. The Hall Marine Group from the Lake Wylie Marina display a variety of watercraft at the show, including a selection of Sea Ray sport boats, Bennington pontoon boats and cruisers. They also provide information on their maintenance services and docking facilities. Tailrace Marina and The Commodore Club also offer boat storage options and have booths at the show to promote their facilities and services. Tailrace Marina, located on the northern end of the lake, announced they will soon offer a restaurant with boater access. The Commodore Club, off of Concord Road

on the southern end of the lake, offers family friendly facilities with a newly remodeled clubhouse and beach area. For vendors such as Perry Johnson of DockMasters in Lake Wylie, the show provides the opportunity to expose potential customers to a variety of dock designs and solutions. Water depth, types of watercraft and shoreline restrictions play a part in the optimal dock styles and lift designs for different customers, and DockMasters’ display always provides people with ideas that they might not have considered. Lee Rowley of Lake Wylie, a member of the Power Squadron, volunteers at the boat show to help educate others on boater safety. “We pass out brochures that need to be aboard every vessel on the water,” Rowley said. “There are navigational rules and general safety tips that every boater should understand and follow.” Spring 2014 |



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Dana Anthony of Lake Wylie showed off his newly refinished Chris Craft Cavalier at the Antique and Classic Boat Club display.

Patrons (top left) check out boats (bottom left) and supplies. (Top right) Brett Candler and David Coone test out the fishing seats aboard a pontoon at the Huntley Marine boat display.

Rowley emphasized the importance of boaters attending classes, regularly offered in the Lake Wylie area, to ensure safety for themselves and others on the lake. Members of the U.S. Coast Guard are also on hand at the boat show to provide information and safety tips. “Even if you, yourself know how to operate a boat safely, there’s no assurance that the drivers of the other boats on the water know the rules. You have to be diligent in watching out for everyone on the water,” said John Marino of the Coast Guard Auxiliary unit on Lake Wylie. The Lake Wylie Man realty team, including David Coone and Drew Choate, attends the boat show each year to gather materials, speak to contractors and learn about new regulations and opportunities on the lake in order to serve their waterfront real estate buyers. “We pick up brochures about boating from the Coast Guard and Power Squadron, and make sure our new waterfront property buyers have current lake maps and information,” Coone said. “Coming to the show each year helps us develop expertise on everything related to Lake Wylie.” Of course, some Lake Wylie residents come to the show to shop. Brett Candler appreciated the opportunity to look at a large variety of boats and models before making a purchase last year. He and his wife purchased rope chair swings for their dock while at the show this year. Lester Kitts, who lives on the Little Allison Creek area of Lake Wylie, comes just to look around. “I come every year. It’s just fun to see what’s out there. And I always see neighbors and friends,” he said. Rain, snow or sunshine, the Mid-Atlantic Boat Show is perfectly timed, lifting attendees out of the winter slump to look forward to enjoying another springtime and summer on Lake Wylie. LW Spring 2014 |



Lake Wylie Chamber partners with York County to help clean our waterways


t is time to get involved and make a difference in our area. The Lake Wylie Chamber proudly continues its partnership with York County in support of its Adopt-aStream and Storm Drain Marking programs as part of its green initiative. The chamber asks businesses, neighbor-

hoods and individuals to support these programs to make our lake and our community a beautiful place. Kodiak Mini Storage was among the very first to clean and mark more than 20 drains at their facility in Lake Wylie. Get involved. Adopt a stream or cove and/ or mark storm drains in your area. LW

Here is how you can help: Adopt-a-Stream benefits

Keep waterways litter-free Awareness of your watershed Training on how to monitor the health of your stream Receive recognition of your group on an Adopt-a-Stream sign Receive a certificate of appreciation Maintain community pride in our streams and coves

Storm drain marking information

What is a storm drain? Storm drains are the drains that you see at street corners or low points in the street or parking lot. What are they for? They are for transporting stormwater. What is stormwater? Stormwater is water from rain, snow, sleet or hail that flows across the ground or pavement when it rains. Stormwater either seeps into the ground or it flows into storm drains. These drains are connected to an underground series of pipes that discharge directly into streams and creeks. What is the concern with stormwater? As stormwater travels across the ground, it can pick up pollutants and carry them directly to the nearest creek or stream. Myth: Stormwater is treated. Truth: Stormwater is not treated. Whatever goes into a storm drain is discharged directly into our creeks, streams, rivers, and lakes.

More information

If you would like more information regarding the York County Adopt-a-Stream or Storm Drain Marking programs please contact Caci Nance, York County Planning by phone at 803-909-7136 or by email at caci., or call Lake Wylie Chamber office at 803-831-2827. Visit the Environmental Compliance website at Thanks for your support to help keep Lake Wylie beautiful!

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The Wine Shop at Rivergate serves a healthy salad of fresh mixed greens topped Cutlines with pan seared tuna and goat cheese, served with a champagne vinaigrette. 20 | Spring 2014

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A taste of Lake Wylie

Story and photos by Jan Todd


t seems like everyone begins the New Year on a health kick with a renewed dedication to eat right. Many believe that going out to eat when you are trying to eat healthier is a no-no. However, it’s easy and it doesn’t have to be boring (baked chicken, baked potato with steamed vegetables), as long as you carefully consider your options and steer clear of heavy sauces, fried foods and rich desserts. Restaurants in the Lake Wylie area have plenty of options. Consider those featured in this article, as well as those in our Dining Guide on page 24.

The Wine Shop at Rivergate

For casual gourmet dining and a selection of wines and craft beer that is unparalleled in the area, The Wine Shop at Rivergate offers diners a place to unwind and enjoy extraordinary food and beverages. The knowledgeable staff is eager to help and recommend selections and pairings for choices that may be unfamiliar to many of the customers, providing the opportunity for delicious new discoveries. From a large selection of cheeses and cured meats, to salads, flatbreads and full entrees, The Wine Shop presents everything from light snacks to accompany a glass of wine, to hearty meals. The chef prepares a quiche of the day, pasta of the day and a daily fresh catch, which adds to a menu that changes seasonally. “One of our most popular salads, one that is quite light and healthy, is the ahi tuna on

mixed greens,” said Devin Allen, head chef at The Wine Shop. Fresh mixed greens are topped with pan seared tuna and goat cheese and served with a champagne vinaigrette. Tuna is known for its antioxidant benefits and contains high levels of Vitamin B and protein. Wine, especially the red variety, is tout-

ed for its health benefits when consumed in moderation. Benefits to the heart, reduction in the risk of cancer and even improvement to mental health have been studied as positive effects of drinking wine. Certainly, an evening spent at The Wine Shop, particularly during Live Jazz on Tues-

Marinated halibut at River Hills Country Club is served with Charleston red rice and wilted baby kale for a delicious yet healthy meal.

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The chicken salad plate at Cafe 49. days and Thursdays, will improve anyone’s outlook on life. The Wine Shop offers other events, as well. Each Saturday afternoon there is a drop-in Wine Tasting, showcasing a particular distributor or variety of wine. Each month customers have the opportunity to join in on seminars, wine or beer tasting events, or special dinners with perfectly paired selections. For more information, visit the Sign up for the email newsletter for updates on special events and offerings.

Café 49 We treat every pet and person like one of the family!

Making your pet care convenient & affordable Saturday hours • Flexible appointments • Early morning drop-offs Senior citizen discounts Compassionate, comprehensive veterinary care: Preventative medicine • Complete vaccinations • Emergency care • General medicine & surgery • Medications for fleas, ticks & heartworms • Wellness care • Grooming • Gentle dentistry • Boarding & lodging • Diet & nutrition counseling • Obedience counseling • Senior pet care


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Touting its selection of 38 vegetables on the menu on its roadside billboard, Café 49 is best known for its Southern comfort food and daily specials. Seasonal vegetables are sourced locally and many diners make a meal from the long and varied list. Owners Mary and Jimmy Roupas, often found in the cafe laughing and chatting with guests, add their personal endorsements to a couple of menu selections, including the “Jimmy’s Choice” salad topped with grilled chicken marinated in a variety of Greek seasonings, wine and a bit of olive oil. “This grilled chicken salad is one of the customers’ favorites for a light and healthy choice,” Roupas said. The flavorful chicken added to the mixed greens, along with crisp onion, tomato and a sprinkling of cheese, really needs no dressing. However, all of the dressings are made fresh in the kitchen and are a tasty treat if desired. Café 49’s menu also features a healthy choice section with selections such as homemade chicken, tuna or egg salad and sandwiches on the lighter side served with choice of vegetable. Café 49 is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and has something on the menu to please everyone. For more information and directions, please call 803-631-5350.

River Hills Country Club

With summer and swimsuit weather just around the corner, healthy choices on the menu are especially welcomed by many Lake Wylie residents. “Healthy choices can really be just as exciting and full flavored as standard menu fare. I love the challenge of creating light food choices that are healthy,” said Sean Sennett, head chef at the River Hills Country Club. One of Sennett’s recent creations, roasted halibut with beer and charbroiled tomatillo marinate, offers a symphony of flavors that delight the palate. The tomatillo, also known as tomate verde (green tomato) in Mexico, is a staple in Southwestern cooking and often used in salsas. Sennett removes the papery husks from the fruit and then charbroils them to add a smokey flavor to the sweet tartness of the tomatillo. He then adds a bit of beer and marinates the halibut prior to roasting, adding flavor without fat. The halibut is then served atop Charleston red rice and wilted baby kale. “Kale is very popular right now,” Sennett said, “so the inclusion of kale in this dish catches the attention of the diners. Baby kale is especially

tender and is very tasty and easy to eat.” Kale is recognized for its exceptional nutrients, believed to lower cholesterol and provide protection against cancer. It is rich in antioxidant vitamins A, C and is claimed to be one of the healthiest vegetables on the planet. Sennett tops the halibut dish with kale pesto and a lime-avocado salsa, resulting in a tasty combination and impressive presentation. The quality of food and creativity of dishes served at RHCC, along with the beautiful views of the golf course and Lake Wylie, make the dining facilities a perfect place to experience a wonderful meal with friends and family, or to entertain guests or business clients. In January of this year, RHCC announced the exciting addition of an Associate Dining Membership to the club. Priced with a modest joining fee and low quarterly dues, the Dining Membership offers members access to the various dining facilities, plus the opportunity to participate in multiple social events each month such as wine dinners, themed dinner nights, cocktail events and holiday celebrations. More details are available at or by contacting David Huffines, membership director, at 803-831-2126. LW

Chef Sean Sennet at River Hills Country Club presents the marinated halibut.

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Roving Palate Lake Wylie Dining Guide The following are some of the restaurants in the Lake Wylie area. If you would like to be listed, please email the Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce at

Azteca Grill 640 Nautical Drive Lake Wylie, SC 29710 803-831-8930 Bagel Boat 4090 Charlotte Highway Lake Wylie, SC 29710 803-831-5995 Best China 5243 Highway 55 Lake Wylie, SC 29710 803-831-5540 Bojangles 4927 Charlotte Highway Lake Wylie, SC 29710 803-831-9346 Café 49 – American Cuisine 4516 Charlotte Highway Lake Wylie, SC 29710 803-631-5350 Cherry – Asian Cuisine 4034 Charlotte Highway Lake Wylie, SC 29710 803-831-9594 Christopher’s Bar and Grille 1500 Village Harbor Drive Lake Wylie, SC 29710 803-831-2461 City Tavern Rivergate Shopping Center 14142 Rivergate Parkway Charlotte, NC 28273 704-504-8888 Concord Cove 5303 Concord Road York, SC 29745 803-831-1036 Domino’s Pizza 148 Highway 274 Lake Wylie, SC 29710 803-831-7075 24 | Spring 2014

Fat Cat’s 4555 Charlotte Highway Lake Wylie, SC 29710 803-831-0037 Fuzzy Peach – Yogurt Shop 4034 Charlotte Highway, Suite 106 Lake Wylie, SC 29710 910-262-2310 Jersey Mike’s 604 Nautical Drive, Suite 101 Lake Wylie, SC 29710 803-831-0912 Lake Wylie Bowl ‘N Bounce 4034 Charlotte Highway Lake Wylie, SC 29710 803-831-2553 Lake Wylie Italian and Pizza 4074 Charlotte Highway Lake Wylie, SC 29710 803-831-0855

The Dragon & Phoenix from Cherry Photo Jan Todd Rey Azteca Mexican 4052 Charlotte Highway Lake Wylie, SC 29710 803-831-9277 River Hills Country Club 1 Country Club Drive Lake Wylie, SC 29710 803-831-2126 Shia Asian Bistro 4543 Charlotte Highway Lake Wylie, SC 29710

McDonald’s 5262 Highway 557 Lake Wylie, SC 29710 803-831-0577

Subway 5245 Highway 557 Lake Wylie, SC 29710 803-831-0143

Panda Hut 144 Highway 274 Lake Wylie, SC 29710 803-631-1988

Sweetwater Grille 4582 Charlotte Highway Lake Wylie, SC 29710 803-831-1788

Papa John’s Pizza 221 Latitude Lane Lake Wylie, SC 29710 803-831-0101

T-Bones on the Lake 3990 Charlotte Highway Lake Wylie, SC 29710 803-831-0170

Pier 88 at River Hills Marina 54 Marina Road Lake Wylie, SC 29710 803-831-0088

Waffle House 5013 Charlotte Highway Lake Wylie, SC 29710 803-831-0315

Pizza Hut 5241 Highway 557 Lake Wylie, SC 29710 803-831-1188

Wendy’s 5188 Charlotte Highway Lake Wylie, SC 29710 803-831-2687

Q2U BBQ and Catering 4052 Charlotte Highway Lake Wylie, SC 29710 803-831-8883

The Wine Shop at Rivergate 14142 Rivergate Parkway, Suite 200 Charlotte, NC 28273 704-831-9000 LW Spring 2014 |


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bout a third of the food you eat is made possible by pollinated plants and most of that is done by the honey bee. Even the meat, poultry and dairy items on your plate depends on pollination of the grain used as feed. Considering the importance of the tiny honey bee to the survival of the human race, it’s no wonder that so many have taken such an interest in this fascinating insect. A group of York County women who call themselves The

Bee Ladies have made it their mission to educate school children, garden clubs, community groups and citizens across the Carolinas about honey bees. Sally Adams, named Beekeeper of the Year for South Carolina in 2013, owns the MamaBeehive Honey Farm in Clover. She earned her Master Beekeeper designation, held by only four beekeepers in the state, after spending almost three years in preparation and study. Adams shares her passion for bees as a

mentor, consultant and educator. In “Studio Bee” at the Mama Beehive Farm, Adams and several other women run the business, extracting honey from hives, bottling the product and making beeswax candles. “All of our products are 100% natural,” said Adams, who uses what she calls a holistic approach to her beekeeping. “Healthy bees make healthy honey,” she said. Keeping bees healthy involves a commitment to constant care. Throughout the year, Adams and other beekeepers keep a check on the hives, located behind her home and scattered across other areas in Lake Wylie. Cynthia Robinson, known as the Beekeeper on Duty at MamaBeehive, manages the day-today care in the apiaries, or bee yard. “We have a large apiary off of Lake Wylie Road where a landowner allows us to keep bees,” Robinson said. “We also keep bees at area farms, where the bees are used to pollinate the crops,” Robinson continued. One such farm is La Bastides, a lavender farm in York. “The bees are in heaven, there because they have plants blooming year round,” Adams said. Some of MamaBeehive’s bees are also used in peach orchards and other agricultural areas in the county. Placing the bees in different areas is a “winwin” situation for everyone. Farmers benefit from the thousands of buzzing worker bees pollinating their crops and the beekeepers have natural food sources for the bees, which translates into honey for the beekeeper operations. In some cases, partnerships result in new products for the farmers or beekeepers. “This year, we’ll be producing lavender honey,” said Chris Pinard, owner of La Bastides. Beehives placed near gardening areas help promote pollination and food production.

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Garden Party As the Beekeeper on Duty, Robinson checks the health and activity of the hives. She checks around the hives for dead bees, watches for swarms and examines the inside of the “supers” to see what the bees are up to. A super is a commercial beehive, a box that contains 8-10 frames where honeybees build honeycombs and store their nectar. The beekeeper can check the progress of the bees and ensure that the hive is healthy. Keeping bees healthy also involves understanding their behavior. This year, Robinson is participating in a grant research project to help beekeepers worldwide understand even more about bees and honey production. Robinson has one hive that is connected to measurement devices and to the Internet. “Automatic measurements are taken periodically, recording the temperature inside and outside of the hive, and recording the weight of the hive,” explained Robinson. “That way, we can detect nectar flow and learn exactly when bees are most active in their production.” A commitment to science and research is one factor that sets the MamaBeehive operation apart from most backyard beekeepers, and the Bee Ladies are particularly willing to share their knowledge and their pursuits to educate other beekeepers and the community.

During educational demonstrations, Cynthia Robinson works with bees inside a screened tent so that people can get a close look at the bees at work.

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Garden Party Melanie Fleming, an entrepreneur and energetic member of the Bee Ladies’ team, said she followed Adams around for a year learning about bees and beekeeping. Now Fleming joins Adams in the classrooms, demonstrating the roles of bees to audiences of all ages. “We have a very interactive presentation,” Fleming said. “Students are assigned different roles as bees in the colony and are given props to help them play their parts.” Bees in the hive also have different job assignments. The “scout bee” is the one that finds

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the food and leads the forager bees to the location. The foragers bring the nectar back to the hive, where other worker bees are busy building honeycombs, converting nectar into honey and storing it into the cells of the honeycomb. All of the worker bees are female, but only the queen bee is fertile and it is her job to lay eggs. Each hive has a collection of undertaker bees whose job it is to rid the hive of any dead bees. Most bees live about five to seven weeks, so the undertakers have plenty of job security. The one exception to the short life span is the queen bee, who can live for several years. She lays eggs constantly, which keeps the hive alive and thriving. “Bees are fascinating, and it’s so much fun to teach others about them,” Fleming said. Sometimes I can’t believe I get paid for doing this!” The Bee Ladies hope that their work inspires others to care for honeybees. With their important role in nature and food production, protection of the honeybee is paramount. “Sevin dust is the biggest killer in home gardens,” Robinson said. “The bees take it back to the hive and it can kill the whole colony.” “It’s best not to use pesticides at all,” added Adams. “But if you must, use the liquid form and spray at night.” Want to attract honeybees? “They love herbs, native plants, clover, flowers and blooming shrubbery,” revealed Adams. “I know it’s tempting to mow or try to kill the clover in your yard, but it is one of the native plants that bees absolutely love.” The Bee Ladies’ education program is tailored to the audience by age and area of interest. “We meet the academic standards for K-6th grade,” Adams said, adding that they can tailor their presentation according to the science requirements for each classroom. The Bee Ladies are dedicated to learning even more about honeybees, themselves. In May, Adams and Fleming will attend a conference to learn more about the medicinal benefits of bee venom, honey and propolis, a resinous mixture that bees collect and use as a sealant for honeycomb cells. These natural byproducts of bees are used in treating everything from the common cold to wounds and arthritis. “These creatures are absolutely amazing,” Adams said. “There is always more to learn.” Want to schedule a presentation for your group, learn more, or perhaps become a beekeeper yourself? Visit or call MamaBeehive Honey Farms at 704-2146100 for additional information and a schedule of upcoming classes. LW

Welcome Spring!


he popular Clover Lake Wylie Home Tour is set for April 26, 2014, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The theme for this year’s tour is “Welcome Spring” and includes six incredible homes in the Lake Wylie area. Tickets are $20 and proceeds go to fund the Fay Bergman Clover High School Scholarship Fund. In addition, lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the River Hills Country Club. A fashion show will be held during the luncheon featuring women’s fashions by Chico’s and men’s clothing by the Golf Shop. Tickets for the luncheon and fashion show are $16 and

can be purchased at River Hills Country Club. All homes on the tour are within a 15 minute drive of each other and easy to get to. Several homes are on the lake, while others are on the golf course or include water features – such as an infinity pool – while others include interesting design elements. The homes’ gardens will be available to tour, as well. As a preview, one home on the tour is in a neighborhood that has not yet been featured – The Landing. Another home on the tour, which is located in River Hills, has been renovated in a way that tour organizer Suzanne

Seeking business partnerships

Krause has never seen before on the lake. “This couple built down, as well as up,” Krause said. They were able to expand their home from two-bedroom, two-bath to five-bedroom, fourbath on the lake. “It’s just amazing and interesting they were able to visualize that,” Krause said. The homes and addresses will be released closer to the event. Tickets will include pictures of the homes, as well as addresses and other tour information. “More than 200 volunteers contribute their time to make the event a success,” Krause said. “We are looking forward to the event.” LW

Tour organizers are seeking business partnerships for the event. Businesses will receive recognition during the event and contributions will ensure the Clover Lake Wylie

Home Tour will be able to maximize the number of scholarships they provide to local students. For more information, contact Suzanne Krause at

Want to go? The 28th annual Clover Lake Wylie Home Tour is April 26, 2014 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased in advance at Lake Wylie Cleaners in Lake Wylie Plaza and from any member of the Clover Lake Wylie Women’s Club. They can also be purchased the day of the event at the main entrance of River Hills. You can also purchase tickets in advance by contacting Suzanne Krause at suzanne@dollyintown. com.

Additionally, lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the River Hills Country Club. A fashion show will be held during the luncheon featuring women’s fashions by Chico’s and men’s clothing by The Golf Shop. Tickets for the luncheon and fashion show are $16 and can be purchased at River Hills Country Club. Proceeds go to fund the Fay Bergman Clover High School Scholarship Fund.

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Lake Wylie Wellness Initiative aims to help residents live a balanced life


ach spring issue of Lake Wylie Today includes a Healthy, Wealthy and Wise feature with helpful tips from local experts. We begin this year’s feature with the Lake Wylie Wellness Initiative, created

a year ago to help connect Lake Wylie residents to local businesses that can help them get healthy and reach their goals. The group’s slogan is “Start here! Start now!” and its primary focus is on weight

control and stress reduction – two of the main culprits causing illness in America. The Wellness Initiative is collaboration between the Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce and the Lake Wylie Pilot. The paper produces a wellness series with articles from a variety of health and wellness professionals in the area. The Chamber promotes community activities and the availability of wellness-focused members through upcoming events and a website that provides links and information, www. “We want to encourage people to get started on achieving better health — not to think about the long journey rather than concentrate on taking that first step,” said Susan Bromfield, chamber president. “We have so many members that are wellness focused; Lake Wylie could really be a center of living well.” Bromfield says 2014 is shaping up to be another great year for the Initiative, with a series of sessions on wellness and healthy living featuring Marcia Moyers, aka Doc. Marcia, Ra-

Healthier homes start with the building process


f you are in the market for a new home, make sure your new home is minimizing your environmental footprint, while creating a healthy living atmosphere and saving energy. Review the following healthy, green building methods before choosing a builder. Ventilation and air quality. According to the EPA, concentrations of toxic pollutants can be up to 100 times greater inside a home than outside. Therefore, proper ventilation inside your home should be a priority. Look for quality construction that reduces drafts and decreases the risk of toxic pollutants. Combustible gas safety. Carbon monoxide, a potentially poisonous gas, can accumulate in homes if natural gas appliances are functioning improperly. Carbon monoxide is odorless and colorless, so your home should properly vent this gas and include carbon monoxide detectors. Cooking spaces. Reduce moisture and fumes on cooking surfaces by ensuring that kitchen appliances are properly vented directly outside.

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Mold reduction. Drywall (a paper-backed product) is commonly used behind tile in shower and bath areas, which can allow for mold infiltration. To reduce the risk of mold, cement-based products should be used in wet areas, and joints should be properly sealed with flexible compounds. Advanced framing. Exterior wall framing with 2x6 beams can increase wall thickness by 50%, allowing almost 50% more insulation to be added to improve the home’s energy efficiency. It also decreases the sound that comes through your walls, creating a tighter and quieter home. David Weekley Homes Preston Nowaski 504 Channel Dr., Lake Wylie, SC 704-634-9592

chel Gilmore of Wellness Ridge, Jeani Rogers of ACE Massage Therapy and other chamber members. Currently, the Lake Wylie Wellness Initiative includes these local businesses: • ACE Massage Therapy • Anytime Fitness • Lake Wylie Family Chiropractic • Dr. Marcia Moyers • Focus Physical Therapy + Fitness • Lifestyle Physical Therapy • Wellness Ridge This spring, Gilmore is opening a new location for Wellness Ridge in Lake Wylie Business Centre where she will offer personal coaching on fitness and weight loss. Gilmore will provide personalized plans and coaching for individuals at every age and stage of life who want to become fit and healthy. For more info, Don’t forget to mark your calendars for June 14, 2014, for the Splash Dash. This fun run/walk provides opportunity for running, walking and participating in a local community event. Lake Wylie Wellness Initiative Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce 264 Latitude Lane, Suite 101, Lake Wylie SC 29710 1-803-831-2827

Preston Nowaski and Christine Manning prepare for the ribbon cutting of their new home development at LW. Spring 2014 |



Are you in balance with the seasons?


here’s a reason we feel like hibernating in the winter. It’s in our nature. Shorter days mean we should be resting more. Colder weather means we should be drinking hot tea and sipping on hot soup, all the while hydrating ourselves. Fresh root veggies in the winter make great comfort food. Our bodies crave all these things and we should follow these instincts for a more natural cycle of living.

There’s also a reason we’re more active in the spring and summer, even into fall. The weather’s great. The days are longer and we’re more energized by this activity. In addition, there are great fruits and veggies that ripen only during those times of the year, which make it easy to take advantage of seasonal produce that not only offer different tastes and textures, but different nutrients, too.

In the spring, focusing on eating lighter and exercising is a focus for many. You often “feel” like eating things that are lighter, after our winter season of eating heavier foods. Detoxing is often a focus, as well. Here are a few tips for you as you come out of winter hibernation and prepare for the active months. • Drink a small glass of warm water with lemon first thing each morning. Adding mint tea to your liquid intake during the day will also be helpful. • Try cooking your fresh vegetables for a little shorter time – leaving the “crunch” in your broccoli and green beans. • Eat more raw veggies and seeds. • Try and stay away from fried foods and cheeses. These will just slow you down. • Add some ginger, green onion, fennel and mustard greens to your diet. These also have detoxing properties. Of course, once the weather starts warming up, it’s a great time to begin to exercise or increase it. If you think about the natural cycle of living, adding or increasing exercise means you’re warming up your body as the weather warms up. You may not have been in tune with these cycles in the past, but getting in line with a more natural way of living can help you find balance. Doc Marcia Moyers DC, LA, RN Lake Wylie Family Chiropractic 244 Latitude Lane, Suite 104 Lake Wylie SC 29710 803-831-6500 34 | Spring 2014

On your own two feet

Feature day. That may mean having two pairs of your favorite everyday style, but shoes need time to air out to avoid triggering foot odor or infections. Change socks or stockings more than once a day. If you have a problem with smelly feet, soak them in a mixture of vinegar and water. Your feet should not hurt — ever. Tight shoes can worsen bunions, distort toe shape and cause painful foot growths. Flip-flops and completely flat shoes don’t provide arch support. Neither does walking barefoot. Women are especially prone to developing flat feet, which can

lead to other foot problems. To keep feet strong and healthy, minimize the amount of time you wear shoes that lack supportive arches. If you have pain, swelling, lack of feeling or a skin irritation, go see a doctor right away. A podiatrist will be able to help you determine the cause and set you on a course for foot recovery. The Nail Palace 221 Latitude Lane Lake Wylie, SC 29710 803-831-0560


here’s more to a pedicure than just making your feet look good. They also make them feel good and keep your feet and nails healthy. A home pedicure works well, but a pedicure in a salon is a treat — a time to relax and feel pampered. If it seems like a pedicure is not worth the effort, or maybe your feet don’t deserve this extra attention, here are a few foot facts: • The average person walks the equivalent of three times around the Earth in a lifetime. That is enormous wear and tear on the 26 bones, 33 joints and more than 100 tendons, ligaments and muscles that make up the foot. —New York Times • In a recent survey for the American Podiatric Medical Association, 53% of respondents reported foot pain so severe that it hampered their daily function. On average, people develop pain in their 60s, but it can start as early as the 20s and 30s. Yet, except for women who get regular pedicures, most people don’t take much care of their feet. —Podiatric Medical Association • During an average day of walking, the total forces on your feet can total hundreds of tons, equivalent to an average of a fully loaded cement truck. — • Foot ailments can become your first sign of more serious medical problems. Your feet mirror your general health, so conditions like arthritis, diabetes, nerve and circulatory disorders can show their initial symptoms in your feet. — For additional foot care, suggests you alternate the shoes you wear each Spring 2014 |



the test of time Story and photos by Jan Todd

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Bethel Presbyterian Church celebrates 250 years

Dr. Lacy Ford, Robert Meek and the congregation of Bethel Presbyterian attend the dedication of the South Carolina historical marker.


t’s hard to imagine Lake Wylie before the restaurants, before the gas stations, before the churches, before the lake itself. But this year, many York County residents are celebrating a time that stretches back earlier than our own nation’s birthday. The year was 1764, and this area attracted settlers looking for a mild climate, rich soil for crops and a winding river to provide water. That same year, three men set their sights on finding a location for a Presbyterian Church. They met at a spring near what is now S.C. 557 in Clover and decided that the location and terrain were ideal to establish Bethel Presbyterian Church. They organized the church, which quickly became the center of their community. It was a place where people gathered to meet with one another, foster strong friendships, minister to those in need and to worship. Two hundred and 50 years later, the church still thrives, the congregation is still vibrant and the people still gather to serve others and to worship. In January, the church kicked off a year-long

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celebration of its 250th anniversary, unveiling a South Carolina historical marker erected in the church yard. The numbers 46 and 53 appear at the top of the marker, signifying York County, which is 46th on an alphabetical list of South Carolina counties, and this marker being the 53rd historical marker placed in the county. Historical site markers are used to commemorate locations that are important historically, culturally or associated with people of historical importance. As one of the oldest churches in the region, the cemetery at Bethel Presbyterian serves as the final resting place to numerous

Revolutionary War patriots. “Quite a few veterans of the Revolutionary War are buried in our cemetery,” said John Gess, current pastor of Bethel Presbyterian. “Several of these soldiers died during the Battle of Kings Mountain, one of the critical turning points of the Revolutionary War.” The church was added to the National Register of Historic places in 1980. Lacy Ford, a history professor and vice provost at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, grew up attending Bethel Presbyterian and spoke at the dedication ceremony. “This truly was a pioneering church,” Ford

said. “Today we take church development for granted, as new churches pop up all the time. But back then, organizing a church was quite an accomplishment.” When the original building was constructed, it also served as a schoolhouse for local children. People of the community also used it as a meeting house. “The church created the community just as much as the community created the church,” Ford pointed out. Lifelong Clover resident Cary Grant serves as the unofficial church historian and offers tours by appointment. “People come from all over the country,” Grant said, “They’re tracing their ancestors and want to see where they were buried, where they lived.” Grant and his wife, Helen, have been instrumental in organizing the history of the church and its role in the community. “I remember when we were celebrating our 225th year as a church and we didn’t have any artifacts or documents about our histo-

(Top left) Dr. Lacy Ford, history professor at University of South Carolina, shares an early American history lesson with the congregation of Bethel Presbyterian. Ford and his ancestors attended Bethel Presbyterian. (Top right) Chrishé Wallace and her family dressed in Colonial costumes as part of the 38 | Spring 2014

ry. So we decided by the time we got to our 250th anniversary, we’d have some things put together,” Grant said. Grant worked with other members of the congregation to compile lists, pictures, stories and relics, and organized displays in a room in the church dedicated to its history. They gathered military records of congregation members who had served in wars from the Revolutionary War up to present day. They researched names of those buried in the cemetery and composed biographies of past preachers and others who made significant contributions to the development and growth of the church. Janice Currence, another lifelong member of Bethel, and Helen Grant wrote and published a 269-page book detailing the history and development of the church. Luckily, Grant had the resources of several church families who have been members of the church for generation after generation. Hamp Stowe was one such member.

“I’ve been coming to this church all of my life. My mom and dad were members all of their lives, and my grandparents before them. A lot of people in the church have a history like that. It is really special, coming to church where our ancestors worshipped,” Stowe said. In recent years, with the population explosion in the Lake Wylie area, the church has added many new members. New residents find a friendly, welcoming atmosphere and quickly feel like they’re part of the Bethel Presbyterian family. “Our members still make an impact on the community,” Gess said. “School teach-


ers, community leaders, business people and simple people that make a difference through their faith. God has blessed and used this church for so many years, and we feel confident that God will continue to do so for the next 250 years.” Bethel Presbyterian has several special events scheduled throughout 2014 to celebrate their 250th anniversary. Visit www.BethelChurchPCA. com for more information and schedule of events. Historical tours of the church and cemetery can be arranged by contacting Cary Grant, caryegrant@ LW

anniversary celebration. (Bottom) Cary and Helen Grant pose for members of the congregation. The Grants were instrumental in gathering the history of the church, establishing its place on the National Register of Historic Places and obtaining the historical marker. Spring 2014 |



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Symphonies to


Story by Allison Cooke Oliverius • Photos by Jan Todd

Now retired after 40 years with the Charlotte Symphony, Bette and Wolfgang Roth continue their musical journey in Lake Wylie with performances and music lessons.


ette and Wolfgang Roth grew up on opposite sides of the world: she in rural Missouri, he in a small town in the Alps in Germany. Both were influenced to take music lessons at a young age. Both started with piano, leading into violin. Both intended to become music teachers. With such similar backgrounds and dreams for the future,

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Faces “My mother didn’t play an instrument, but she appreciated music and influenced me to play one,” Bette said. In elementary school, Bette learned to play the piano and the violin. In the 8th grade, she volunteered to learn the harp in order to join the school’s symphonic band. “I’d been taking violin and piano, and when I Small-town Missouri started playing the harp, I realized it was a comBette Roth has fond memories of her child- bination of the two. The strings were like a violin, hood, when her mother would take her on a but the music is identical to piano. I fell in love with the harp and stopped playing the other inspecial trip to the symphony. it’s no wonder the two eventually crossed paths and fell in love. Now based in Lake Wylie, this musical couple who spent 40 years playing with the Charlotte Symphony enjoy hitting the high notes of retirement as they continue to play music, teach music and relax with their family on the lake.

struments. I was very focused on the harp.” This focus and Bette’s natural talent resulted in many awards and performances. In fact, while Bette was still in high school, she was the principal harpist in the Kansas City Youth Orchestra. After graduating high school in 1964, Bette won a full scholarship to study the harp at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia. In the spring of 1968, her senior year in college, Bette applied for a Fulbright Grant to study the harp abroad. She also accepted an invitation to join a six-week tour of the N.C. Symphony, based in Raleigh.

Meanwhile, in Germany Around the world in Immenstadt, Germany, Wolfgang Roth was growing up among a family of teachers and musicians. Like Bette, he learned to play the piano first, then the violin. Years later, Wolfgang studied with a violinist who was able to set him up as a substitute with several orchestras. Wolfgang continued to play as a fill-in with various orchestras, all the while working on his master’s degree in music education. After years of hard work, Wolfgang decided to take time off before teaching and visit the U.S. He joined the N.C. Symphony in 1968, where he met Bette Burke, a young harpist from Missouri.

The Roth Duo In her young professional life, Bette prided herself on her sharp focus on the harp and her music. But she admits that when sitting down for her first rehearsal in Raleigh, a

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young German violinist caught her eye. “It was love at first sight,” she said. The two began dating, but soon faced a separation. After the six-week tour, Wolfgang was going back to Germany. Luckily, Bette learned she had received the Fulbright Grant and would be spending a year in Holland studying with a former principal harpist of the Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam. This meant they could travel to Europe together and continue dating. The couple married in 1969 in a small German village tucked away in the Bavarian Alps in Southern Germany. Bette and Wolfgang immediately formed a violin and harp duo — The Roth Duo — and performed around Germany while Wolfgang completed his apprentice teaching. In 1971, Wolfgang joined the Munich Chamber Orchestra, which was about to embark on a sixweek tour of the U.S. Bette joined Wolfgang on the tour and when it was over, the two decided not to return to Germany right away to spend some time in the U.S. In 1971, Wolfgang accepted the first fulltime position with the Charlotte Symphony. He joined as concertmaster at a time the symphony was trying to grow. Bette was also hired to play harp when needed. In 1983, she became full-time. All told, the couple was with the symphony for 40 years. Wolfgang became principal second violinist and Bette was principal harpist. They were a part of helping it grow to become the largest and most active professional performing arts organization in the central Carolinas. “To spend so long at a symphony is unusu44 | Spring 2014

al, but this country and this city have been very good to both of us,” Wolfgang said.

Hitting the high notes Both Bette and Wolfgang began their musical journeys in an orchestra, thinking they would someday teach. The opportunity arose for both of them after settling in the Charlotte area. In 1971, Wolfgang started a violin Suzuki program at the Community School of the Arts and continued to teach privately until the 1990s. Bette began the Suzuki Harp Society in Charlotte and continues to teach the Suzuki method at the Roth Harp Studio. The Roths’ children and grandchildren benefited from their musical influences. Their daughter, Carla Mitchell, plays the harp and is a music teacher in Lake Wylie. Carla’s children also play the harp. The Roths’ son, Dieter, conducts research and teaches at Johannes Guttenberg University in Germany. He plays violin, piano and guitar. When the Roths are not playing music, enjoying family or giving back at Scherer Memorial Presbyterian Church, they are enjoying their retirement and all that Lake Wylie has to offer. “I love sailing and go three to four times a week just exploring,” Wolfgang said, adding that Bette is often first mate. “There is life after the symphony,” Bette said. “It was very difficult to leave it behind. It’s a tremendous thrill to be right in the middle of the symphony, surrounded by all those instruments. It was an honor to be able to do that, but the good thing is, we left on a high note and we take every advantage to go to concerts and cheer on our peers.” LW Spring 2014 |


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Homegrown & handmade Story and photos by Jan Todd




ark your calendars for the upcoming Ag + Art Tour, an annual event held to introduce residents and visitors to local farms, farmers and artisans. This weekend-long event, scheduled for June 21-22, 2014, is a great opportunity to see first-hand where your food comes from, watch artists in action and purchase their works, and simply learn more about rural life. Events like this are classified as agritourism, a growing industry that brings visitors to farms and agricultural operations to learn about how food and products are raised, processed and created. This year’s Ag + Art tour will not only include York County farms and artisans, it will also include those in Chester, Fairfield and Lancaster counties. Agritourism is a big deal in York County and classic examples of agritourism – before it was really categorized as such – have been around for years. Consider the kindergarten tours offered by Penland Tree Farm that educate children about how to tell the age of a tree and how long it takes a Christmas tree to grow. Think about Windy Hill, where children learn about Johnny Appleseed during story time, followed by a cider making demonstration and a hayride. Then there’s the Strawberry Festival in Fort Mill, the Old Town Farmers Market events in Rock Hill and South Forty Farms in Lake Wylie with its fresh produce for sale, as well as attractions such as the miniature ponies and corn maze. Agritourism has grown in popularity as people have become more interested in how their food is produced and where it is grown. “Locally grown,” “organic,” “free-range” and similar terms touted in the supermarkets heighten awareness of agricultural practices and consumers want to learn more. The annual Ag + Art Tour was developed with this interest in mind. The Clemson University Extension of York County teamed up with the Arts Council of York County, the Culture and Heritage Museum, the Olde English Tourism District and York County Visitors Bureau to coordinate this self-guided tour of York County Farms. Held each year in mid-June, the tour gives the public the opportunity to visit farms and fresh 46 | Spring 2014

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3 1. Janie Gynn, a young volunteer stationed at the MamaBeehive Honey Farm, greeted visitors during the 2013 Ag+Art tour. 2. Sally Hagerty displays items woven from recycled clothing and materials. 3. Visitors gathered at the MamaBeehive Honey Farm display tent to see the hives and learn about the bees’ behavior. 4. Melanie Fleming helps with beekeeping at the MamaBeehive Honey Farm and also markets her handmade soaps. 5. Mary Charles Churchill Nash, jewelry maker and watercolor artist, paints while chatting with visitors on the Ag+Art Tour. produce markets, meet the farmers, tour the fields and facilities, ask questions and purchase products onsite. Last year’s tour featured 24 sites across York County. Stops included the MamaBeehive Honey Farm in Clover where guests watched the beekeeper on duty, Cynthia Robinson, open hives and explain the work of the honeybees. At the Stowe Dairy Farm, visitors enjoyed countryside views, and saw baby goats, dairy cows and beef cows. At Tirzah Farm and Flowers in York, visitors got a closer look at fields of flowers that are sold commercially in the area. Horse lovers enjoyed the Ketchen Place Farm in Rock Hill, a breeding farm for thoroughbreds. Several garden centers and produce markets were also on the tour, including Sanders Peach Farm and Roadside Market, Stacy’s Garden Center and Bush-n-Vine. In addition to agricultural locations on the upcoming 2014 tour, local artisans will be onsite at each tour stop, demonstrating handmade arts and crafts and offering their handiwork for sale. Jewelry, pottery, quilts, paintings, woodcarvings, soaps and more will be on display and available for sale. Some sites will have food and refreshments available, while others will offer picnic sites. The tour is family friendly and free, funded in part by the York County Hospitality Tax and by the Clemson University Cooperative Extension grant funds. Tour maps will be available at each site an online. LW

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Want to go?

The 2014 Ag+Art Tour When: Saturday, June 21 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, June 22 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free: Ag + Art Tour is a free self-guided tour of Catawba Regional farms and artisans. During this weekend-long event you will have the opportunity to see first-

hand where your food comes from, watch artists in action and purchase their works, dance to the melodies of bluegrass and folksongs, and learn more about rural life. This year, the tour will include York County farms and artisans, as well as those in Chester, Fairfield and Lancaster counties. For more information, including participating farms and artisans, visit

Agritourism’s impact Agriculture and forestry have the greatest impact on our state’s economy. Combined, agriculture, forestry and tourism play a powerful role in the state’s economic well-being. Agritourism provides an additional income source for farming operations. But it also brings awareness to non-farm neighbors about various parts of our industry. Operators who are involved in agritourism have a passion to inform the general public about agriculture and the people who make their livelihoods with it. It is important for all of us to recognize that agriculture does go beyond the field. It is a vital part of our everyday life, including those who live in primarily tourism areas, but agriculture is also essential to our economic development. The partnership of agriculture and tourism brings new employment opportunities and increased investment to South Carolina and new marketing opportunities for our farmers. —S.C. Department of Agriculture 48 | Spring 2014

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Wedding Planning Guide


ake Wylie Today presents the Wedding Planning Guide. This comprehensive guide provides information for locations and vendors in the Lake Wylie area. However, even if you aren’t planning a wedding, this comprehensive guide can be used to plan just about any event you dream up.

Locations La Bastide Des Lavandes

A lavender farm with Mediterranean-style gardens. Bridal shoots only. Not open for wedding ceremonies or other events.

River Hills Country Club

One Country Club Lane Lake Wylie, SC 29710 803-831-2126 803-831-2249 Full-service location with food and beverage. Ballroom or terrace. Golfing for groom when booking wedding at River Hills Country Club

Red Fez Club

16600 Red Fez Club Road Charlotte, NC 28273 704-588-0574 Full-service less formal lakeside location, has picnic shelter and building.

Long Cove Marina (less formal location for outside wedding and events) 14624 Rainbarrel Lane Charlotte, NC 29273 704-588-1467 Great seasonal lakeside location for informal events, company picnics, family reunions. Will need caterer, tent rental, etc. Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden

New Hope Road Belmont, NC 28012 704-825-4490 Garden location for weddings and special event parties. Will need caterer.

River Hills Marina

54 Marina Road Lake Wylie, SC 29710 803-831-1802 Offers an outdoor gazebo on the lake. Great seasonal lakeside location for informal events, company picnics, family reunions, etc. Has gas grill and restrooms

Victorian Villa

10925 Windy Grove Road Charlotte, NC 28278 704-394-5545 • Bed and breakfast

Musicians and DJs Joan Johnson, Harpist 4002 Windward Drive Tega Cay, SC 29715 803-548-3832

Ansel Couch, Guitarist

120 Captain White Drive Rock Hill, SC 29730 803-329-0640

Christine Robinson, Violinist 25026 Riley Lane Tega Cay, SC 29708 803-802-1930

The Classics, Band

Jerry Robinson 2191 Lawrence Road Clover, SC 29710 704-678-9726

Carol Chase, Pianist

12 Hummingbird Court Lake Wylie, SC 29710 803-831-5872

Top Hat Entertainment, DJ Tom and Judy Gray 5362 Bluebird Lane York, SC 29745 704-737-7522 Traditional and personalized

Photographers Point of View Photography

Jim and Charlene Stadnyck 2115 Culp Farms Drive Fort Mill, SC 29715 803-370-1174 •

Deep Creek Photos

Jan Todd 2055 Tiger Paw Lane York, SC 29745 803-242-6462

Carriage Rides Whippoorwill Ranch Carriage Tours Miriam Barrett 386 Hoot Owl Hollow Lake Wylie, SC 29710 803-831-7301

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Community Connection Travel – Honeymoon

Party and tent rental

Lake Wylie Travel

Gala Affairs

Susan Lukowski 6244 North Road, York, SC 29745 803-831-5494

Houseboat charter Light-N-Up Houseboat Charters

704-813-8033 Additional unique bridal / wedding party

1368 Constitution Road Rock Hill, SC 29730 803-324-8113

Creative Solutions

Shannon Thomas P.O. Box 1236, Belmont, NC 28012 704-825-8701

Accommodations by the lake York County Visitor and Convention Bureau

888-702-1320 • 803-329-5200

Locations for bridal showers and rehearsal dinners Concord Cove

5303 Concord Road York, SC 29745 803-831-1036

River Hills Country Club

Great for small or larger parties See info in “Locations”

Designer and unique jewelry David Wysor Jewelry Lake Wylie Plaza Lake Wylie, SC 29710 803-831-0355

Personalized printing and monogramming Sterling Source

Lindy Wetherell 803-831-8133 Invitations and printing needs

Monogram Fever

Rob DeBoer 4543 Charlotte Highway, No. 8 Lake Wylie, SC 29710 803-831-8199 Personalized monogrammed gifts

Local florists Magnolia House Florists Plantation Square Lake Wylie, SC 29710 803-831-9155

The Palmetto House

306 North Main St. Clover, SC 29710 803-222-1125 • 888-438-9449

Hummingbird Florist 37 N. Congress St. York, SC 29745 803-684-2248

Flowers Plus

404 N. Main St. Clover, SC 29170 803-222-4796

Men’s formal wear and tuxedos – rentals and sales The Men’s Shop of York 49 N. Congress St. York, SC 29745 803-684-4121 LW 50 | Spring 2014

Off to a great start New businesses, expansion set the stage for a busy 2014 in Lake Wylie

Development Update Zaxby’s is slated to open this spring in Mill Creek Commons. Located close to the entrance to Walmart, the Zaxby’s will have in-house and drive-thru options, and is the fifth Zaxby’s location in York County. The company currently has almost 600 locations in 13 states. Between 30 and 40 local jobs will be created.

and coffee chain, serving more than 3 million customers per day. Dunkin’ Donuts sells 52 varieties of donuts and more than a dozen coffee beverages as well as an array of bagels, breakfast sandwiches and other baked goods.

Publix bought several of the BI-LOs in York County and is slated to either build a new Dunkin’ Donuts has purchased land on store or update existing space in a shopping Lake Wylie is off to another great start when it comes to growth and economic devel- Highway 49 across from BB&T. Dunkin’ center at Highway 274 in Lake Wylie. This opment. Many new and expanding businesses Donuts is the world’s leading baked goods store is scheduled to open in late 2015. have already set up shop, setting the stage for many more to come in 2014.

Baker Financial Group is growing. To meet current and future needs, Jason and Dawn Baker just added 2,500 square feet of office space on Winds Crossing Drive.

Bright Eyes and Bushy Tails opened in November in Lakeside West shopping Center near Lake Wylie Bowl N’ Bounce. This new business spans 1,800 square feet, with about 1,400 used for a retail store and 400 for pet grooming services. The business was opened by Joanne Styslinger, along with her sister Margaret and brother Bill. The store has more than 1,800 types of items in stock, including a variety of foods for cats and dogs, as well as treats and toys. Spring 2014 |


Development Update Echo Attic opened in January at Shoppes at the Landing and is a sister shop to Echo Consignment. Echo Attic offers unique home accent furnishings and home decor treasures. In addition, it also features sale merchandise from Echo Consignment, a women’s clothing consignment boutique which opened in Landing Station Shopping Plaza in 2013. The shopping centers are conveniently located next to each other. Echo Attic and Echo Consignment are open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. For more information, visit River Hills Country Club has created several options of membership categories to meet today’s lifestyles. New in 2014 is a dining membership that will offer access to the club for dining, entertaining, meeting and social gatherings. It does not include use of the club golf, swim or tennis, as that is a different membership category. This new dining membership is a great option for many area businesses and business people. Lake Wylie Massage opened at Lake Wylie Business Centre. Lake Wylie Massage is

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open Monday-Saturday from 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. and Sundays by appointment. TLC Your Way Home Health expanded and relocated from Executive Court to 4361 Charlotte Highway, Suite 102 in Heritage Park.

workouts are comprised of constantly varied functional movements (like pushing, pulling, squatting, lifting, running) executed at high intensity. Shia Asian Bistro opened this fall in a new space located at 4547 Charlotte Highway, Suite 1 in Clover. Lunch and dinner are served at the bistro. Menu items range from soups to sushi. Bagel Boat has added a business lunch service. Call-in orders and drive thru for pickup. Delivery service available. A variety of sandwiches and bagels are offered.

Lake Wylie CrossFit opened at Shoppes at the Landing on Latitude Lane in January. They offer group and individual coaching, utilizing the CrossFit methodology. CrossFit

Crescent Communities is moving forward with plans to create Chapel Cove, a multi-family development located in a tranquil Lake Wylie cove and surrounded by extensive trails. Approximately 650 homes are planned for the development, which offers the feeling of a lush, beautiful getaway with easy access to nearby cities. With over 325 miles of shoreline, homes start in the $300,000s. Planned amenities include pools, tennis courts and an extensive clubhouse.

Spotlight The magazine of the Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce


m, event sponThe Watson Insurance Tea Fashion Show. sors, at the 2013 Spring


Annual Spring Appreciation Luncheon and Fashion Show April 23, 2014 River Hills Country Club 2013 Photos by Jan Todd

Jennifer Joye ready for summer on the lake.

Chasity Watson strikes a pose.

Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce models make it fun for all.

Rachel Gilmore models basic The Watson Insurance Team sponsored the event. black beautifully.


elebrate spring with your guests at Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce’s Spring Appreciation Day Luncheon and Fashion Show. This year’s event, sponsored by Bank of York, Lake Wylie Business Centre and Watson Insurance, will be held on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 from noon to 1:30 p.m., at River Hills Country Club. The luncheon features a fashion show of styles by Alta of Rock 54 | Spring 2014

Hill and The River Hills Pro Shop, modeled by local female and male residents and business people. There will be live music and lots of attractive door prizes. The Spring Appreciation Luncheon is an ideal way for businesses to entertain or thank clients, customers, staff and/or vendors. A corporate table for eight is $325 and includes a table sign with the company’s name, priority seating at the luncheon and acknowl-

Norma Wood, Chamber volunteer and model at last year’s fashion show.

edgement in pre- and post-event publicity. Individual table seats are also available at $25 per person. Since the luncheon is a very popular event in the Lake Wylie community, guests are encouraged to reserve a spot without delay. To make reservations now or for more information, call Susan Bromfield or Melanie McClure at the Chamber at 803-831-2827 or email

Spotlight Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce


Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce

Spring Appreciation Day Luncheon Sponsored by Bank of York, Lake Wylie Business Centre and Watson Insurance

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 Noon to 1:30 p.m. River Hills Country Club Featuring Fashion show by Alta of Rock Hill and River Hills Pro Shop with local models

Music Door prizes • Lots of fun! The Spring Appreciation Day Luncheon offers a great opportunity for businesses to entertain or thank clients, staff and/or vendors.

Charles Wood - Chairman KODIAK MINI STORAGE Ed Stewart – Past Chairman M.L. FORD & SONS Susan Bromfield, President LAKE WYLIE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Donna Bordeaux BORDEAUX & BORDEAUX, CPAs, PA Myron Boloyan, Esq. HASELDEN, OWEN, BOLOYAN & CORSON, LLC Susan Bryant Fred Caldwell FRED CALDWELL CHEVROLET Allan Gregory K. A. WEALTH MANAGEMENT Diana Grubenhoff LONG COVE MARINA Leonard Jackson LAKE WYLIE BUSINESS CENTRE Don Long Haven Presley T-BONES ON THE LAKE Paige McCarter CLOVER COMMUNITY BANK Doug McSpadden MCSPADDEN CUSTOM HOMES Michaelyn Sherrill PLANTATION HOME REALTY Marc Sosne CLOVER SCHOOL DISTRICT P.O. Box 5233 264 Latitude Lane, Suite 101 Lake Wylie, SC 29710 803.831.2827 - Fax: 803.831.2460 Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce’s marketing and promotional efforts are supported by York County’s Hospitality Tax.

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Business After Hours October 24, 2013 Sponsored by and held at City Tavern Photos by Jan Todd

Wendi Samples of Lake Wylie Pilot and Joanna Peagram of Apex Exterminating at the BAH at City Tavern.

LW Chamber Chairman Charles Wood with Jane and John Weinbrenner, our hosts at City Tavern.

Joyce Presley, Leonard Jackson, Myra Munn, Roz Bailey, Debbie and Paul Garbon at City Tavern.

Jeani and Ezekial Rogers of ACE Massage Therapy. 56

Debbie and Paul Garbon of Paul Christopher Homes. Debbie is also the new general manager of River Hills Community Association.

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Jane, Matt and Linda of the City Tavern team, hosts of the October Business After Hours.


Business After Hours November 14, 2013 Sponsored by and held at Fred Caldwell Chevrolet Photos by Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce

Chamber members gather at Fred Caldwell Business After Hours in November.

City Tavern at Rivergate was well represented by Linda, Marci and Kimberly.

The Classics perform at the Business After Hours.

Fred Caldwell welcomes the Chambers to his showroom for Business After Hours.

Charlie Bromfield and Melanie McClure greet members.

Fred Caldwell and Kevin Kirsh at the November Business After Hours.

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Holiday Gala December 5, 2013 Sponsored by and held at River Hills Country Club Photos by Jan Todd

Laurie and Doug McSpadden. Doug has joined the Lake Wylie Chamber’s Board of Directors.

York County Manager Bill Shanahan and his wife Margaret were welcomed to the community by the chamber.

Ed Stewart, Becky Oxford and Leonard Jackson at the holiday gala held at River Hills Country Club.

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Fred and Vickie Caldwell of Fred Caldwell Chevrolet, sponsors of this year’s gala.

Dr. Marc Sosne and his wife Ann of the Clover School District, a sponsor of this event.

Strolling violinist Christine Robinson entertained at the holiday gala.


Norma and Charles Wood are ready for the festivities.

York County Councilman Bruce Henderson and his wife Jennifer at the holiday gala.

The Classics, affectionately known as the LW Chamber’s band.

Kitty Muccigrosso and Wendi Samples of Lake Wylie Pilot.

S.C. Rep. Ralph Norman, a sponsor of the event.

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Spotlight 2013 Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce Business Person of the Year


his year’s Business Person of the Year is a native of the Clover/Lake Wylie area. He left the area to pursue his career goals and became a successful CPA, developer and entrepreneur. After being away for 40 years, he returned to invest in a $20 million economic development project in Lake Wylie. This person made it possible for the Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce to fulfill its long range goal, which was to secure a permanent location and building in Lake Wylie for the chamber. He worked hands-on with the chamber president and chairman to create a beautiful building with office and visitor center. He then gave the chamber a generous grant to help to create a small business center featuring offices for rent to support business opportunity in this fast growing area. He and his sons developed the Lake Wylie Business Centre, which is home to the Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce and more than 24 businesses, representing more than 80 jobs.

Ed Stewart, Past Chairman and Susan Bromfield, Chamber president, presented the Business Person of the Year recognition to Leonard Jackson.

This year’s business person serves on the York County Economic Board representing our area and serves at the chamber vice chairman.

It is with pleasure we honor Leonard Jackson as the 2013 Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce Business Person of the Year.

2013 Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year


his year’s citizen of the year is familiar to many. She moved here 13 years ago and immediately got involved in the community and its many organizations and charitable causes. She has served on a variety of boards, committees and groups, and is always working for the betterment of the community. She has served on several boards, including the River Hills Lionesses, River Hills Country Club and Kenya Orphanage Project. She also served as president of the River Hills Tennis program, leading it to higher levels of excellence. She is active with the Catholic Charities, Clover Area Assistance Center and other charitable projects each year. She has volunteered thousands of hours throughout the community. She is an avid supporter of the Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce. She worked at the chamber for more than seven years and continues to volunteer at the chamber office and at its events. Our community and chamber of commerce have benefited greatly from her efforts and support. It is with great pleasure we honor Lisa McCaSusan Bromfield, chamber president, presents the Citizen of the Year award to Lisa McCarthy. rthy as the Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce 2013 Citizen of the Year. 60 | Spring 2014


Boat Parade Winners

Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce

Welcome New Members

Oct. 17, 2013 – Feb. 4, 2014 Baker Financial Group 10935 Winds Crossing Drive, Suite 200 Charlotte, NC 28273 Phone: 704-587-9596 Fax: 704-587-9212 Financial Services

The winner of the 2013 Boat Parade was the Pirate Ship by Brad Thomas family of Belmont.

Deep Creek Photography Jan Todd Lake Wylie, SC 29710 803-242-6462 Photography

Doug McSpadden and Tommy Pope present the 1st place award to the Brad Thomas family at the boat parade.

Renewing Members Oct. 17, 2013 - Feb. 4, 2014


Allen Tate Bagel Boat Clover Area Assistance Center Comporium D & D Sanitation Foresight Property Management Fred Caldwell Chevrolet Home Helpers Ingun USA Lake Wylie Business Centre Lake Wylie Athletic Association Lake Wylie Marina Lake Wylie Tax and Bookkeeping Lake Wylie Travel Lane Realty McSpadden Custom Homes

SunTrust Bank

Morgan Stanley-Smith Barney Nail Palace Nail Gallery Re/Max Realty –Tony and Cindy Altieri Revel Salon and Color Studio Rinehart Realty River Hills Community Association River Hills Country Club Scholarship Gold Sterling Source TLC Your Way Total Bond Veterinary Watson Insurance

Individuals: David Cox Russell Partin Ray Petty Bob Wheeler Sandee Wilkerson

Jonathan Greene 12916 Walker Branch Road Charlotte, NC 28227 704-587-7676 Financial Services and Banking

TOMMY-D’S Push Cart - Hot Dogs Thomas Garrone 196 Mill Pond Road Lake Wylie, SC 29710 803-701-7195 Mobile Food Service

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Holiday Business After Hours December 10, 2013 – Lake Wylie Retirement Sponsored by Lake Wylie Assisted Living, Lake Wylie Liquors and Home Helpers Photos by Jan Todd

Charles Wood and Melanie McClure award Natalea Feely of TLC a door prize.

Chad Bordeaux and Susan Bromfield.

Barbara Matheson of Covenant Alternative Health Care of Lake Wylie.

Tom Wirth, Lee Rowley and Peggy Upchurch show some holiday spirit. The Lake Wylie Retirement and Assisted Living Team welcomes the chambers to their Holiday Business After Hours.

Rachel Gilmore of Wellness Ridge chats with Mark Wright and Jane Coulter of Lake Wylie Today and SCBiz News.

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Myron Boloyan samples the holiday Diana Grubenhoff wins a prize, fare at LW Assisted Living BAH. pictured here with Charles Wood.


Ribbon cutting at Bright Eyes and Bushy Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce has Tails at Lake Wylie business suites available for rent • • • • • • •

Fully and beautifully furnished rental offices Professional Business Centre Includes high-speed wireless Internet Includes all utilities except telephone Access to conference room Includes reception area Flat-screen TV in conference room

• • • • • • •

Mail service Prime Lake Wylie business location Ample parking Easy access Convenient location Save fuel and work close to home Includes hospitality area

Everything a small business needs at reasonable rates! Located at 264 Latitude Lane at Lake Wylie Business Centre. For information, contact the Chamber at 803-831-2827.

Remembering Herb Kirsh By Susan Bromfield, President, Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce


ormer S.C. House Rep. Herb Kirsh passed away in late January but leaves behind a wonderful legacy of his body of work and service as our state representative for more than 30 years. Herb represented this area with honor and integrity for 32 years. He was the longest serving representative in South Carolina. He was known for his integrity and conservative financial views and votes with the state budget. He was a good steward of the land and its wildlife, and he looked out for his constituents. When I first came to work at the Lake Wylie Chamber in 1991, Herb sent me a hand-written note. That would become the first of dozens of personal hand-written notes I received from Herb for over 20 years. In 1999, Herb was honored as The Lake Wylie Citizen of the Year. Throughout the years, Herb assisted the chamber and me on many, many occasions to help his constituents, to support chamber

efforts, local businesses, community projects and myriad needs that arose. In early 2008, Herb came to the chamber building and visitor center when it first opened. After I gave him a tour, he sat silently in my office. After a quiet pause, Herb said, “This is the most value for the money I have seen and it is beautiful.” I then became speechless since Herb was known to be critical and “thrifty.” He was known in Columbia as “Mr. No,” and rarely gave a compliment. He told me the state spends more money on a study and rarely sees anything tangible from it, so he was so very impressed and pleased with how the chamber utilized the funding from the state. A few days later, he came back with his wife Sue and another couple to show them the new visitor center. I will always remember Herb’s visits and reaction. Herb was our dear friend. He was a charter member of Lake Wylie Chamber of Com-

merce. He was the first speaker at a Chamber General Membership meeting when it was formed in 1979. Every year, he came by the chamber in springtime and personally brought the new Legislative Directory and the State Book. On many occasions, I went to his building in Clover with his big rollback desk and he would personally tend to the business at hand or make a call on behalf of his constituents. He was a mentor to me with his handson approach and kind spirit. Herb treated everyone the same whether they were wealthy or not, a common man or dignitary. We will miss Herb Kirsh but we will never forget him. Spring 2014 |


Spotlight Thank You to Our Annual Holiday Gala Sponsors! Premier Sponsors Lake Wylie Business Centre T-Bones on the Lake

Gold Sponsors Carolinas Healthcare System River Hills Country Club

Silver Sponsors

Save the Date! Splash Dash, Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce’s 10K/5K race/walk, presented by Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce, takes place on Saturday, June 14, 2014. Registration is at 7 a.m. at Camp Thunderbird. The race and walk start at 8 a.m. and wind through River Hills, finishing at Camp Thunderbird. Advance reservations: $20 race, $10 walk. Visit www.lakewyliesc. com for more information and an online registration form.

Clover Community Bank Clover School District Fred Caldwell Chevrolet Kodiak Mini Storage McSpadden Custom Homes SC House Representative Ralph Norman

Award Sponsor Duke Energy

Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce

Upcoming Activities Business After Hours

Thursday, March 13, 2014 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sponsored by Clover Community Bank and Lake Wylie Liquors Held at Clover Community Bank – Lake Wylie

Business After Hours

Thursday, April 17, 2014 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sponsored by McSpadden Custom Homes, Bordeaux & Bordeaux, CPAs, PFS, Focus Physical Therapy & Fitness, Glaza Chiropractic, Lake Wylie Professional Center, Lake Wylie Eye, Miller Orthodontics Held at Lake Wylie Professional Center Nautical Drive, Lake Wylie 64 | Spring 2014

Spring Appreciation Luncheon and Fashion Show

Lake Wylie Splash Dash

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 Noon to 1:30 p.m. Sponsored by Bank of York, Lake Wylie Business Centre and Watson Insurance Held at River Hills Country Club

5K/10K Run and 5K Walk Presented by Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce Saturday, June 14, 2014 8 a.m. Held at Camp Thunderbird and River Hills Lake Wylie

Business After Hours

Business After Hours

Thursday, May 8, 2014 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sponsored by and Held at Allen Tate Realtors 1000 Village Harbor Drive, Lake Wylie

Business After Hours

Thursday, May 22, 2013 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sponsored by and Held at Kodiak Mini Storage Highway 49 at Bonum Road, Lake Wylie

Thursday, June 19, 2014 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sponsored by River Hills Marina, T-Bones on the Lake, Lake Wylie Business Centre, Q-2-U Catering, and Sea Tow Held at River Hills Marina Pavilion River Hills, Lake Wylie

Lake Wylie Today, Spring 2014  
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