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Currents The Prickly Pear moves lakeside Three Porsches are a charm A delightful Davidson retreat Nick Drossopoulos covers the lake

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Contents |

10 The Main Channel What’s hip at Lake Norman

18 Porthole



United Way of Central Carolinas’ Angels Among Us

20 Captain’s Chair

Nick Drossopoulos has grown with the lake

22 Around

the Track

After IndyCar success, Sam Hornish, Jr. feels the passion for NASCAR


24 Rip Currents —



Lake bag essentials

26 Rip Currents — People

Three Porsches are a charm for Jim Hecht

32 Youth Matters Three Lake Norman youth reach out in different ways to make the world a little bit better


37 The Galley with

Lynn and Glenn

The Prickly Pear takes its modern Mexican Cuisine lakeside


41 Grapevine Italian whites

44 Game On


Triathlete David Naelon competes for more than sport

50 Homeport

Davidson’s Dan and Bev Kungl made an investment in their back yard

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61 Currently

The 2012 AAU National Diving Championships bring the Olympic feeling home

64 One More Thing 31 days of July



Meet the doctor that “Shares Your Vision” Steven K Johnson, OD

“I enjoy working with my patients in different paths of their lives making sure they can see what’s next around the bend” Dr. Johnson joined Horizon Eye Care in 2006 following more than 20 years of operating a successful practice in Iredell County. His decision to merge with Horizon Eye Care was the ability to offer his patients continuum of care through the many multi-specialties offered by Horizon. Dr. Johnson enjoys examining the eyes of children to grandparents. His goal is to ensure his patients understand their eye problems and treatment plans he recommends. Dr. Johnson provides comprehensive eye care, diabetic eye screenings and routine eye examinations for contact lens and glasses in the Huntersville and Mooresville locations. Dr. Johnson and his wife, Donna, have three grown sons, and reside in Statesville, NC. They enjoy attending Carolina Panthers games and hiking in the North Carolina Mountains.

This is a very exciting time for us at Horizon, as our new office location will allow us to better serve the community of Huntersville and the Lake Norman area with outstanding clinical and surgical eye care. Cataract Evaluations and Surgery • Routine Eye Care • LASIK • Dry Eyes • Contact Lenses and Glasses Glaucoma Screening and Treatment • Macular Degeneration Screening and Treatment • Canaloplasty Cosmetic Procedures including BOTOX • Cornea Diseases and Transplants • Pediatric Ophthalmology • Diabetic Eye Disease


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The magazine by and for the people who call Lake Norman home

something about boats


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y parents did a wonderful thing 40 years ago this month. They bought a small cottage on Lake Tillery. And with that cottage came a boat. I was born one month later; so lucky for me I’ve been around boats my whole life. As a toddler, I’d sit on the floor and fall asleep to the constant hum of the engine (despite my super cumbersome orange life jacket). As a kid I spent countless hours tubing behind the boat, as my dad drove swirls in the water to make my ride extra exciting. During my teenage years I took great pride in being a slalom skier. My dad would call me ski king in front of my friends — a moniker I secretly adored. Later in life being on the water took on new meaning. After I moved away from home, visits to the lake weren’t as frequent, so boat rides were extra special. Many times when I had a problem, dad would take me on a boat ride, and we’d sit in the middle of the lake talking about it. Sometimes we wouldn’t talk at all and just let the boat sort everything out. When I met my husband, I soon discovered that his love for boats was just as deep or deeper than mine — that pretty much sealed the marriage deal for me. There’s something about being on the water that helps you forget about everything and yet figure everything out at the 8

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same time. Maybe it’s the rocking of the waves. Maybe it’s the warm breeze that brushes your face as it blows the hair out of your face. Maybe it’s the fact that you’re in a wide-open space seemingly clear of obstacles. Whatever it is, it works. Our two-year-old twins have inherited the boat gene. One of their favorite things to do is hop on my in-laws’ pontoon and ride until their hearts are content. As soon as the boat is underway, they both lean against the front gate letting the breeze take all of their cares, whatever they may be, away. Occasionally they’ll climb on the seats and put their feet up as their little bodies surrender to the relaxation the boat offers. Even at their young age, they understand. This past month has been one of stress for my family as my father had to have unexpected heart surgery. You can bet I turned to a boat to help me deal with my fears, and as always it helped me figure things out. While my father recovers, he’s not allowed to go boating, but you can be sure that’ll be at the top of his to-do list once he gets better. As for me, I’ll be right there with him, letting the boat work its magic.

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Main Channel Movers, Shakers, Style, Shopping, Trends, Happenings and More at Lake Norman

Growing the Game Player development with an international twist makes United Soccer Academy unique

The young players of Mooresville’s United Soccer Academy learn the basics of the game.

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Competition sits on the sidelines as the aspiring 3- to 12-year-old players of Mooresville’s United Soccer Academy learn the basics of the game. Whether it is in camps, small group skill development sessions or in a supervised after-school practice, the year-round focus on these fields is solely on player development instead of winning. “Our program is all about bringing out the best of each player in a small group environment,” says Bobby Gordon, sports director. “We felt like there was a need to give local parents a place where they could take their kids to develop the basics of the game without the pressure of competition. Our focus is on teaching necessary soccer skills and helping kids grow into great 10

players. That’s what makes us proud.” Premier Soccer UK instructors who travel from the United Kingdom make it happen. In its first few months, United Soccer Academy has welcomed John Curtis, an English star who began his career with Manchester United and played alongside David Beckham, as well as recently retired English defender Julian Hicks, to teach lessons and camps. “The British live and breathe the sport, and so many of their players are basically born with a soccer ball at their feet,” explains Gordon. “The United States is still far behind many smaller countries in developing soccer players, and we believe it is because our kids don’t learn the basics

before they start competing. If the English wanted to start an American football team, well, they would likely come to America to find coaches, and if you want to learn soccer the English way then there’s no one better to teach you than the British.” Pay attention world, if United Soccer Academy has anything to say about it, the next great skilled American soccer player could come from Lake Norman. — Mike Savicki, photography by Laurie Martin The Scoop For more information on United Soccer Academy, visit

Stepping into fashion

Gluten-free and dairyfree Chicken Marsala

Dan Taylor’s trendy socks make the grade Few teachers have found inspiration during lunch duty, but Dan Taylor did. The director of band, strings and percussion at Pine Lake Preparatory Upper School, Taylor noticed a student wearing boldly colored mismatched socks. The idea led him to create My BFF Socks. Sold in matching sets, My BFF Socks are designed for girls to buy and then swap out with a friend. The mismatched socks give each girl her own style while also showing their friendship. The My BFF Socks logo, a heart located at the top of each sock, is reminiscent of

Just Make It

Campania’s Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free Chicken Marsala Recipe Sold in matching sets, My BFF Socks are designed for girls to buy and then swap out with a friend.

Instructions Split each chicken breast through the middle to make two pieces. Place plastic wrap over them and pound each one flat using a meat tenderizer/mallet until they are about a quarter-inch thick. Season a good amount of salt and pepper on both sides of each piece. Heat the two tablespoons of olive oil over medium-high heat, and when the oil is hot, sauté each piece of chicken for three to four minutes on each side until they are golden brown. Add the mushrooms and drizzle with one teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil and sauté for one minute. Reduce the heat to medium and add marsala, allowing the liquid to reduce slightly — approximately five minutes. Garnish with fresh chopped parsley and serve. Serves four. Last month Campania Italian Café & Trattoria launched gluten-free and dairyfree lunch and dinner menus. Campania is located at 416 S. Main Street in Davidson. 11

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The director of band at Pine Lake Preparatory Upper School, Dan Taylor, noticed a student wearing boldly colored mismatched socks. The idea led him to create My BFF Socks.

a yin-yang symbol. Taylor, who lives in Mooresville, says the logo represents two individuals coming together to form one friendship. The trendy socks have been a hit with girls on dance and cheerleading teams and in the equestrian circuit. Available in 88 patterns, the socks are sold via the My BFF Socks e-store on Facebook, Jayne’s Village Tack in Davidson and The Author Squad in Huntersville. The socks cost $8 to $10. A portion of proceeds goes to Bright Blessings USA, a Charlotte-based nonprofit that provides birthday parties for homeless children. Taylor had to do his homework to learn the ins and outs of launching a business. “After school and after my kids go to bed, I work and do research about the business and how to advertise and promote it,” he says. “As a teacher, I always want to learn, and this has been a learning process.” — Holly Becker, photography by Laurie Martin

Ingredients 2 skinless, boneless, chicken breasts Salt and freshly ground black pepper 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil 1 teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil 1 cup of fresh crimini mushrooms, sliced and cleaned 1/2 cup sweet Marsala wine

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Put Some Yummy in Your Summer Indulge your sweet tooth with these local treats

— Jesse Ligo, photography by Martha Anna Moye

Summit Coffee Co. 128 South Main Street, Davidson Davidson’s Summit Coffee Co. has a number of refreshing iced teas and iced coffees. But if you are looking for something slightly more decadent, try the Glacier Gulp, which is made of vanilla ice cream, espresso and chocolate sauce.

Sweetie Tea and Black Cherry Twilight Ice Cream at Mooresville Ice Cream Parlor.

Mooresville Ice Cream Parlor 172 N. Broad Street, Mooresville

The Glacier Gulp at Summit Coffee Co.

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DeLuxe Ice Cream has been made in Mooresville since 1924, but its storefront parlor is new this year. In it, Mooresville Ice Cream Company offers a rotating selection of more than 60 flavors of the traditional DeLuxe Ice Cream. And now it also offer 15 flavors from their new premium line, Front Porch, which parlor manager Erin Corns describes as “one of a kind flavors that capture the spirit of the South”.

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Tenders 18341 Statesville Road, Cornelius Tenders is known for its motto of fresh food fast, and its milkshakes are no exception. The hand-spun shakes are delicious and available in a range of flavors including Oreo, apple pie and Heath Bar.

A Cherry, Sour Green Apple and Blue Raspberry sno-cone at The Penguin Palace.

The Penguin Palace 1653 Mecklenburg Highway, Mooresville This spring marked the 10th anniversary of The Penguin Palace on Mecklenburg Highway. With more than 72 flavors available, it can be difficult to choose one sno-cone. Luckily owner Kathy Holthouser is more than happy to create Rainbow-Sno.

The Oreo milkshake at Tenders.


Summer is here … and so are we!

The Soda Shop 104 South Main Street, Davidson The Soda Shop’s Big “O”rangeade and Big “L”emonade are made from fresh fruit handpressed daily. Either one is a great thirst quencher — perfect for a summer stroll down Main Street.

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Something’s Brewing John Baker gets crafty in Davidson John Baker likes craft beer. So when his job as a district sales manager was downsized, he decided to open Davidson Beverage Company, a retail beer and wine store in where else — Davidson. Located in the art district in the south part of town, DBC features more than 300 craft beers from all over. You can buy beer off the shelf to take home, or you can buy it to enjoy at DBC’s welcoming marble bar (or sitting on its comfy couch while watching sports on TV). Baker also keeps six rotating taps going. For those who aren’t sure what craft beer is, Baker says that it’s beers that aren’t made in mass quantities and that are made with high quality ingredients. “Craft beer really appeals to me. I’ve learned a lot about it over the past 10 years,” says Baker, who opened DBC in May. “The people who are involved with

John Baker opened Davidson Beer Company this past May in the art district of Davidson.

craft beer are a solid group of people.” It’s hard for Baker to pick a favorite craft beer, but he says during the summertime it would probably be a pilsner. You can’t order food at DBC, but you can pick up food at nearby Campania Café

& Trattoria. In addition, Fuel Pizza and Restaurant X deliver to DBC. Whatever you decide to do, be sure to pet Deeney, Baker’s 15-month-old dachshund. Cheers! — Lori K. Tate photography courtesy of John Baker


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Making the Most of Music The Lake Norman Kiwanis Club has made up its mind to help children A reasonably priced beginner’s violin will cost at least $500, but starting this September, underprivileged students in the Blythe area of the northern part of Mecklenburg County will be learning and playing on such instruments free of charge

through a program called Musical Minds. A project of the Lake Norman Kiwanis Club, Musical Minds will reach out to Lake Norman-area students with the fewest resources and the greatest needs. Students in the program will work with instructors

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after school, learning not only different instruments but also valuable life skills. At least 10 hours a week will be dedicated to the program focused on teaching students the rewards of hard work. This model is inspired by el Sistema, a 37-year-old Venezualan music program “It’s a long-term investment in our community,” says Robin Noud, president elect of the Lake Norman Kiwanis Club and co-chair of Musical Minds. The program seeks to foster social improvements by working with students throughout their academic career. Beginning as early as first grade and continuing through high school, students can be actively involved in the program. They will hopefully overcome stage fright by playing in concerts frequently, and parents are encouraged to get involved by attending performances. “These children deserve the spotlight,” says Noud. “Music is the vehicle for social change.” Aside from the academic skills taught, the program is designed to provide a haven for students, as it aims to provide a safe place of love, acceptance and joy for local children who may be struggling. “This is the most worthwhile thing I can do,” Noud says. “Helping the family in turn helps the community.” — Connor Roberson, photography by Glenn Roberson

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United Way’s Angels Among Us

photography by Barrie Terrell/United Way of Central Carolinas

Standing from left, Marty McCutcheon and Jennifer Marion Mills; sitting from left, Megan Rockwell and Rhonda Durfee.

Danny and Karen Crouse.

Randy and Betty Marion hosted the annual United Way of Central Carolinas’ Angels Among Us reception at their Lake Norman home on June 9 to show appreciation to area donors. Sponsors for the event included: Randy Marion Chevrolet, Ally Bank, Automotive Development Group, CCI Telecom, JK Hogan, Inc. and Pedulla, Inc. The Marions have been long-time supporters of United Way of Central Carolinas and the agencies funded in the Mooresville-Lake Norman area. The event was held at their home to thank donors for their support of United Way. United Way employee campaigns in the Mooresville-Lake Norman area totaled $1.1 million, which helped United Way exceed its $20.5 million goal this year. Total campaign dollars raised for United Way in the 2011 campaign were $20.9 million. This is the first time in four years the campaign has seen an increase. As a result of a successful campaign, the United Way board voted recently to give $16.5 million in allocations to 87 agencies across the five-county region. Agencies in the Mooresville-Lake Norman area receiving funding include: The Ada Jenkins Center, Barium Springs — The Counseling Center of Iredell, Our Towns Habitat for Humanity, Serenity House and Mooresville Area Christian Mission.

Guests enjoyed a beautiful evening on Lake Norman.

From left, Sherrill Carrington, Ed O’Keefe (UWCC Board Member), Patsy O’Keefe and Jennifer Weber.

Sharon and Woody Washam.

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The event went into the evening.


From left, Toni and Alonzo Woods.

Standing, Randy and Betty Marion; sitting, Myrtle Marion.

From left, Marcia Webster and Erika Erlenbach.

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Captain’s Chair | by Mike Savicki photography by Laurie Martin Nick Drossopoulos came to the United States for his honeymoon. Twenty-five years later he’s still here taking care of boats at Howell and Sons Canvas Repair in Cornelius.

T Lake Norman Currents | July 2012

wenty-five years ago, Nick Drossopoulos came to the United States for what he simply thought would be his honeymoon. But along the way he discovered an industry, and with the urging of relatives spread across the Southeast, he formulated a plan to go into business for himself and made it a reality in a city he had seen just once. As Howell and Sons Canvas Repair in Cornelius turns 36, the man many boat owners call upon for a wide variety of boat repair and reconditioning needs makes time to talk about his business, the challenges he has weathered and the changes he has seen on the water.


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Nick Drossopoulos and his Howell and We came to the United States [from Greece] for our honeymoon, and everything was set up for us to go back, but it’s pretty clear Sons Canvas team now that we never did. We went on our tour have grown with starting in Florida to see my wife’s American side of the family, and that’s when I met my the lake What got you into the canvas business?

wife’s relatives who owned a boat canvas shop. It clicked with me. I fell in love with the business. Later we visited some of my relatives in Charlotte, and they suggested we stay. Knowing I wanted to make that my business, I said, “Where’s the water?” When they showed me Lake Wylie and Lake Norman, we made up our minds. I opened the newspaper and saw

an ad for Austin Canvas in Charlotte and was hired on the spot.

How did you land at Howell and Sons in Cornelius? After four or five years I broke loose on my

own, and when Glenn Howell (original owner of Howell and Sons Canvas Repair) approached me and said he wanted to sell, I took over. He opened the business in 1976, and I bought it in 1991. I’m happy to still be here.

you don’t see people upgrading their boats as much or the 40- or 50-footers exchanging hands like they used to do. I think more people are putting their money into keeping up and refurbishing the boats they have.

Has the nature of your business changed through the years?

You work on boats of all shapes and sizes every day of the week. Do you have a boat of your own and feel a pull to get on the water?

With the growth of the lake, it has always been about boats, but 15 years ago was the first time I was approached to do something different. It was a party enclosure for a pier on Lake Wateree. He [the client] wanted curtains so he could stay out on it with a heater in the winter, and you didn’t see that anywhere else. Now, because the types of work are related, people bring us things like patio chairs and sofas to recover, and we do more enclosures and outdoor curtains like you see inside restaurants and around their decks.

I definitely do, and there are always funny stories with my boats. I always seem to have a boat for sale because I tell myself that I should never buy another boat and just stick with what I have, but it seems like every two to three years, a good deal comes along so I buy a boat, fix everything on it, use it a little, then decide to sell it. And getting on the water? At the end of the day I’m usually pretty beat from working, but I do find quiet times to get out. It’s usually Have you seen changes on a Thursday afternoon or evening or late on Sunday when it’s not crazy here, and I know the in boats on the lake? With the tough economy the last three years, lake will be quiet.

Have you seen many changes on the lake itself through the years? What I think has really changed is that the seasons have become more explosive. When April comes, especially if we have had a warmer winter, the phone starts ringing and people come calling. Within two weeks, it’s like we get booked for two months. And that’s when the lake gets to its busiest. But by the end of July or early August, right before the kids go back to school, the phone stops ringing. We know it’s going to happen because it does every year. Things get really quiet. After that, when it gets quieter, that’s when I usually take off and head back to visit Greece. LNC To read more about Nick Drossopoulos, visit Freelance writer Mike Savicki has lived and worked in the Lake Norman area for 15 years, frequently covering the racing scene.

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f you are the competitive type like Sam Hornish, Jr., and your open wheel racing resume boasts three overall IndyCar Series Championships along with an iconic Indianapolis 500 win, what do you do for a new challenge? You make the switch to NASCAR where the cars are different, the racing is tighter and the Sprint Cup winner’s circle is an enticing goal. “Growing up and moving through the ranks of racing, I never let myself stay in one place very long,” begins Hornish, who now lives in Mooresville. “That’s what you had to do to advance in the sport, and that’s what I have always kept in my mind. So after winning the Indianapolis 500 and feeling like there was still more I wanted to do, I looked to NASCAR for a new test.” In 2007, Hornish competed in his


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season in the IndyCar Series while also competing in multiple NASCAR Nationwide Series races and two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events as he began to transition from open wheel to stock cars. “I had a lot of success over in IndyCar,” he explains. “After having had the chance to try a few races in the Nationwide Series, I felt that making the change would take me in a new direction, test me and push me to an even higher level.” Hornish became a quick study in how the different types of cars and different styles of racing tested not only the driver but the entire team, as well. “Even though the Cup and Nationwide cars might look more like street cars to people outside the sport, there is so much more to them, and the challenges of getting them just right are far greater,” he says. “A Sprint Cup or Nationwide car weighs about 2,000 pounds more than the smaller and quicker IndyCar and generally has 200 more horsepower under the hood. Stock cars generate less than half the down force of an IndyCar and when you put it all together, a driver has to be much gentler behind the wheel of a stock car to get it to perform at its highest level.” Hornish also learned that the decisions a team Left, in 2007, Hornish competed in his final season in the IndyCar Series while also competing in multiple NASCAR Nationwide Series races and two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events as he began to transition from open wheel to stock cars. Above, Hornish drives the No. 12 Alliance Trucks Parts/WURTH Dodge.

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makes can have a greater impact on the outcome of a race. “NASCAR is more of a people sport than IndyCar,” Hornish says “In the IndyCar Series, there is less a team can do to your car to make it better. So much of the IndyCar from the chassis to the wheels are identical that more falls on the shoulders of the driver. In NASCAR, there is so much more you can change. Camber matters and so do the smallest changes you make in every quadrant of the car. When you are behind the wheel, seeing how the changes you and your team made can affect the car’s performance makes it so much more interesting. The process of making your car better involves so much more input from people that the challenges are so much different.” Hornish continues, “and as you delve deeper into the sport, you find out so much more about it that you might not have known on the surface at the beginning. That’s one of the things I really like about stock car racing.” As the 2012 season nears its mid-point, and Hornish fights for the Nationwide Series points lead behind the wheel of the No. 12 Alliance Trucks Parts/WURTH Dodge, his expectations remain high. “Of course my goal right now is to win but there’s more to it,” Hornish says. “I have always been the type to push myself to get to the highest level possible no matter where I’m racing, and right now, my goal is to take everything I’ve learned through the years, put it all together with the right people, win and get back to the Sprint Cup Series.” LNC Freelance writer Mike Savicki has lived and worked in the Lake Norman area for 15 years, frequently covering the racing scene.


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im Hecht only has a four-mile commute from his home in Cornelius to his office in Davidson. But you better believe the financial advisor enjoys every minute of it. As the owner of three Porsches, two he alternately Continued on page 26

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Jim Hecht enjoys driving in two of this three Porsches to his office in Davidson on a daily basis. Inset, his 1995 968 was the last one imported into the United States.




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drives daily, Hecht relishes each turn, each gear shift and each sunny day he can put the convertible top down. To him these cars represent an attractive combination of engineering and style, not to mention a ton of fun.

Fifteen years ago Hecht drove a friend’s 944 Turbo, and he liked it — a lot. A little later he found one for sale off of Harris Boulevard. A 49-year-old Hecht bought it. “People talk about a mid-life crisis for guys like me, but that’s not really what was

Hecht, who is a national instructor for the club’s driver’s education program, as well as B.RA.K.E.S. “I teach new guys on the track, and then there’s club racing, which I used to do, but I haven’t done it lately. When we finish getting the car back together, I’ll do it again.” In the meantime, Hecht enjoys driving his other two Porsches, as they’re special cars in their own right. His 1995 968 was the last 968 imported into the United States, making it a collector’s car. Its license plate “Last 968” reflects its heritage. The fourth owner, Hecht found the car on Autotrader. It was in Tallahassee, Florida. His 1997 911 convertible is special because Continued on page 31


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true at all,” explains Hecht. “What was true was that I loved sportscars from the time I was about 12 years old. I just really never had the time or the money to do it.” Turns out it was the perfect time for him to delve into the sportscar world, as he’s been delving ever since. Now in addition to the 944 Turbo, he owns a Summer Yellow 968 and a white 911 convertible, complete with a navy blue top. The 944 Turbo has been lightened from 3,200 pounds to 2,200, and the engine’s power has increased from 250 to 400 horsepower. What’s more, it has a full roll cage, one seat and no speedometer. “It’s [the car] for driving on racetracks through Porsche Club of America,” says


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Hecht is a national instructor for Porsche Club of America’s driver’s education program.

racecar will get up to 150 to 155 miles per hour on some tracks. However, that’s not what he enjoys most. “The fun part is going through a turn as fast as you can go,” he says. On the street Hecht considers himself a pretty conservative driver. “What you learn on the track is that you’re in a very controlled situation. Everybody is going the same direction. Everybody is paying attention — hopefully. The cars are well prepared. You’re not talking on the cell phone or texting,” says Hecht.

“In a way, I won’t say it’s safer than driving on the street, but in some ways it probably is. Difference being is that as you start out as a novice, you’re probably not driving a whole lot faster than you might drive on the streets, but once you get into the upper groups that have driven a lot, you get pretty quick.” As a seasoned Porsche owner and driver, Hecht can be quick when he wants to be. But he’s just as happy cruising to work up Interstate 77 — with the top down of course. LNC

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What about these cars has made Hecht buy three of them? “It’s kind of like thinking about going there and you’re there. You think about turning and it turns. You think about stopping and it stops. It’s very responsive,” explains Hecht, “especially if you’re used to driving minivans and SUVs. It’s just a very tight and controlled feeling. If you like to drive, it’s a real kick.” Hecht says you can take a Porsche out on the racetrack in stock form and that it will get around the course pretty well. “It will handle much better than most cars,” he says. “But if you’re really going to go racing, you’ll need a bunch of stuff safetywise like a roll cage and window nets and all the stuff you see on NASCAR.” Speaking of NASCAR, Hecht has driven his 944 Turbo around Charlotte Motor Speedway. “I would have to say that it’s impressive what those guys do out there because they’re much quicker than I am, and of course the cars are set up for that,” says Hecht. “Those are high banks there at Charlotte. The guys in NASCAR are probably doing 155 or 160, and I’m probably doing 135 or 140.” Hecht prefers road courses such as Watkins Glen in New York, Road Atlanta, Virginia International Raceway in Danville and Carolina Motorsports Park near Camden, South Carolina. He adds that his

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Three Lake Norman youth reach out in different ways to make the world a little bit better


any high school and college students work part-time jobs or volunteer in their communities, but sometimes that work ignites a passion to go above and beyond everyday job responsibilities. From helping children cope with the side effects of cancer treatment to finding a passion for mentoring young children, three students in the Lake Norman area are making extraordinary things happen for all the right reasons.

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Jessica Ekstrom Headbands of Hope When a young girl loses her hair as a result of chemotherapy for cancer treatment, wearing an uncomfortable and often illfitting wig typically isn’t at the top of her list. After interning with the Central & 32

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Western North Carolina Chapter of MakeA-Wish last summer, Cornelius resident Jessica Ekstrom decided to come up with an alternate solution for that dilemma. “I saw how much they loved wearing

headbands, and when I was finishing my internship I wanted to come up with a way to help the girls and still be involved,” explains Ekstrom. A rising senior at North Carolina State University, Ekstrom thought about how the shoe company TOMS® donates a pair of shoes to a child in need for each pair purchased. With that concept in mind, she developed the organization Headbands of Hope, where for every headband purchased, one is donated to a girl with cancer and $1 is also donated to cancer research through St. Baldrick’s Foundation. Ekstrom searched the website before settling on a company based in North Dakota that makes headbands to act as the manufacturer for Headbands of Hope. The company ships the products, and Ekstrom handles all communications, promotion and social media for Headbands of Hope, while also working with St. Baldrick’s to make sure the donations are dispersed properly. She’s also discovered that while the headbands started out as having

more appeal to young girls undergoing chemotherapy, women of all ages are starting to purchase them. “I look at the feedback I’ve gotten from some of the girls in the hospital,” Ekstrom says, “and it makes it all worthwhile.”

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Neal Bartl Dedicated to Helping Others From a young age, 18-year-old Davidson resident Neal Bartl has demonstrated a commitment to volunteerism in the community. A student at Woodlawn School in Davidson, he began volunteering with the Amigos de Cristo program at Huntersville Presbyterian Church three years ago. There, he used his Spanish skills to assist elementary children in the Latino community with their homework on an every-other-week basis. “Once you get to know some of the kids you’re tutoring, it’s great,” Bartl says. “You

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on education, he organized a separate screening of the film at Woodlawn, along with a panel of local educators who spoke after the film. He arranged to have all proceeds from the screening donated to Woodlawn’s Trailblazer Fund, which offers need-based financial assistance to students at the school. Bartl currently volunteers in the emergency department at Presbyterian Hospital Huntersville and enjoys socializing with the residents at the Pines in Davidson with his part-time job as a server in the community’s dining hall. This fall, he will attend The University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, where he is interested in studying in their emergency medical services program. Bartl says his passion to help others developed after a positive experience he had with a tutor when he was in the eighth grade. “I wanted to be able to make that change in someone else’s life,” he says. LNC

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he Prickly Pear has relocated to a prime lakefront spot in Mooresville, serving its signature modern Mexican fare to new and long-time guests. The Mooresville restaurant has been a staple since 2003 on North Main Street in a former Catholic church. Its new location on Williamson Road near Vinnie’s Sardine Grill & Raw Bar offers a comfortable setting featuring an outdoor patio and windows with a gorgeous lake view from the interior dining space. Owners Val Panizzut and Eddie Chavez saw the new location as a way to enhance their restaurant. Now they can offer an outdoor patio, a cozy bar space and an expanded menu. “We’re already quite a bit busier than we were in downtown,” Panizzut says. “We’re getting people all day long here.”


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Grounded in authenticity The new location has led the owners to add more staff to accommodate the number of customers that was perhaps more than they expected. New members are being integrated into the established crew. “There are several people on our staff who’ve been with us

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from the beginning,” Panizzut explains. The restaurant also is expanding its menu, continuing to incorporate fresh, authentic ingredients. “Our approach has always been to try to wow our customers,” Panizzut says. “Our menu is somewhat unique and constantly evolving. We try to let people know what is real Mexican cooking, with our own flair.” Chef Raul Ortegon has worked at Acapulco’s notable Las Brisas Hotel and in other top restaurants. He, Panizzut and Chavez work together to create menus that are contemporary, yet grounded in authenticity. “We use our specials to explore new ideas,” Panizzut says. “We take input from customers, our own tasting of the food, and the more popular specials or the better received specials end up on the menu.” The threesome draws inspiration from significant collections of cookbooks featuring Mexican cuisine, from their travels and from their extensive restaurant experiences. They also regularly explore the infusion of fresh ingredients, using local produce such as asparagus and other products from

Carrigan Farms and treasures from trips to the Davidson Farmer’s Market. Ortegon adapts time-honored Mexican dishes. One example is in the making of chilaquiles, which customarily consist of dayold tortillas chopped, fried and covered with salsa verde. The Prickly Pear uses chips in its recipe. “You could call it a peasant type food,” Panizzut says. “It’s a simple, home-style food.” New offerings will include items known as small bites, including corn, gazpacho and other savory choices. “We’re trying to enhance and broaden a little bit,” Panizzut says.

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Depth and diversity Regular guest Gina Bridgeford is enjoying the new location. “My husband and I have dined at the Prickly Pear since they opened,” she says. “Ambience, great food and an experienced wait staff are all important to us. They always deliver on all three.” They think the restaurant works well as a place to take clients or friends and family. “The new location is just as fantastic as the old, and the new patio overlooking the lake is another great addition,” Bridgeford says. The owners are restoring some of the fine-dining touches that they had set aside in the previous venue in favor of a more family-style restaurant. “We’ve gone back to tablecloths,” Panizzut cites as an example. The popular large cactus sculpture has claimed a showcase spot near the bar, and guests will still be able to enjoy live music on Sundays. The restaurant may offer music on other nights. In one change that may be reversed, the owners replaced metal chairs with wooden ones when the seat covers clashed with the new décor. Based on feedback from guests who miss the original chairs, they’re

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considering ways they could bring those back. Panizzut found his path to The Prickly Pear through a long restaurant history. He worked with his father in the restaurant his father opened with his uncle in New York in the 1960s after moving to the United States from Italy. He began to explore the cuisine when visiting Mexico with his wife, who is from Mexico. “I discovered the depth and the diversity of the Mexican cuisine,” he says. “I experienced the abundance of tropi-


hink of Italy and what comes to mind is hearty Mediterranean cuisine and a plate of pasta with complex and flavorful sauces. Just the thing to pair with deep and powerful wines. And that’s the common perception of Italian wines; deep and powerful. There’s even a summary of Italian wines that’s often used — the ‘ABCs’ of Italian wine; Amarone, Barolo, Chianti. Each of them a red wine that’s anything but shy. But Italian wines go a lot further than this simple way of looking at them. Italy is a tremendously varied country when it comes to wine. There are 20 wine regions and more than 2,500 types of grapes used to make wine. At first glance a little intimidating, but on second glance, a great place to go exploring for wines.

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Lots of Italian white wines Out of those 2,500 grapes there are a little less than 200 that make up the bulk of the country’s production. And, it turns out that over half of these grapes are white rather than red. So much for deep and powerful. Apart from the ubiquitous Pinot Grigio, Italian

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white wines play a secondary role outside of the country. So, there’s a great opportunity for research and tasting. And, here’s the neat thing — Italy is a very hot country. Some of its wine-producing regions are closer to the equator than the north coast of Africa. Italian wines are definitely able to deal with hot weather, and that makes them perfect for summer sipping here in North Carolina. My wife and I have spent the last six months or so delving into Italian white wines, both in Italy and in the Lake Norman area. This article covers three of the wines that we came across. Let’s start in the northwestern part of the country in a region called Piemonte. Here you’ll find wines made from the Arneis grape. Piemonte is home to one of Italy’s most prestigious wines, Barolo made from the Nebbiolo grape. Locally, Arneis goes by the nickname of Barolo Blanco — white Barolo. The name comes from the time when a little Arneis was blended with Nebbiolo to produce a less powerful red wine — a practice, thankfully, confined to history’s trashcan. Arneis is one of many of Italy’s regional grapes that were driven almost to extinction by standardized wine tastes foisted on the market

in the 1990s — think oceans of Chardonnay. Fortunately for us, consumers got bored and started seeking out more individualized wines. In Italian, Arneis means “the naughty one,” and it kind of lives up to its name. Arneis is a zesty wine. It has a delicate, exotic perfume. It’s very dry with an underlying smoothness and flavors of ripe peaches and apricots. It has a pleasant stony, mineral side to it that makes it a great wine for food — maybe some creamy goat cheese. Put all that into the context of nibbling on hors d’œuvres while looking out on the lake and you’re on to something. Heading south Moving a little further south takes us to the region of Umbria. Umbria is the only wine region in Italy that is completely landlocked. Some of Italy’s northern regions don’t look out on the sea, but they do have lakes. The bodies of water give grapevines a cooling effect, and that has an impact on the wine they produce. Landlocked Umbria is especially warm. The white wine that is the signature wine of Umbria is Orvieto. It accounts for 80 percent of the region’s overall wine production.

Orvieto is made from a blend of grapes, the predominant one being Trebbiano. The wine has an intense greenish yellow color. It’s very clear. It has clean aromas that start with hints of apple, pear and peach followed by a warmer aroma of pineapple. Umbria is warmer than Piemonte, and that shows in the wine. This is a deeper wine. There’s a crispness when you first taste the wine, but that’s offset by good body and intense flavors. This is a wine that goes well with rich seafood dishes such as scallops, shrimp and flounder in butter sauce. Getting back to hors d’œuvres, another great pairing would be guacamole dip made from fresh avocado. Orvieto could really handle the oily base of the avocado. Wines from the Eternal City Finally, let’s go down to Rome or, more accurately, the region of Lazio that abuts the Eternal City. There’s an interesting wine from Lazio, but it’s a wine that needs to be searched for outside of the region — in and around Rome it’s consumed in pretty large quantities. It’s worth searching for just because of the wine’s name and the story behind it. The

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dry crisp taste. It’s produced from a combination of Trebbiano grapes, Malvasia grapes and Roscetto grapes. The wine is light and fruity on the palate. Best of all, it’s not expensive. If you find it, you can buy a bottle for less than $15. We’ve just touched the surface of Italian white wines. There are so many more to seek out and taste. Goody for us! Check out your wine merchant to see if he or she has any of these wines or can get them for you. It’s no imposition, as most wine merchants

I know get a kick out of doing a search. Best of all, ask for a bottle of Est! Est!! Est!!! di Montefiascone — a lot of fun searching and some great tasting to follow. Enjoy. LNC Trevor Burton of Mooresville is certified by the International Sommelier Guild, he is founder of SST Wine Experiences and, along with his wife, Mary Ellen, conducts wine education and tasting tours to wine regions throughout the world.

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t’s the spring of 1991, and David Naelon had just finished packing his car with everything he thought he’d need to begin his freshman year at the University of Florida. He was scheduled to leave the next day and join his best friend as roommates at their dream school. It was a journey they had been planning for years. What about that tennis ballsized lump on the side of his neck? It was certainly a bit of a bother, but for the active and fit Naelon, it would surely be nothing more than an annoyance. One phone call that evening changed everything. The doctor on the other end of the receiver told Naelon that he had stage three Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The lump on the side of his neck was the outward expression of


Later this summer, David Naelon, a cancer survivor, will toe the starting line of the Ironman U.S. Championship in New York, a race he is entering not only to celebrate his health and fitness but also to promote The V Foundation for Cancer Research, the organization he has adopted with year-round fundraising and awareness activities and events.

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the illness. He was ordered to begin aggressive treatment immediately. Naelon called his friend and shared the news. School — and life — was put on hold. Side effects Cancer doesn’t care who you are; nor does it take into consideration the journey you are about to begin. “When I got the diagnosis I just went numb,” Naelon, now 40, recalls. “When you are a teenager, it’s like you are living the fable where you think nothing bad is ever going to happen to you. And when it does, like it did with me, you don’t really know what to do.” For the next year, Naelon lived a life of extremes. “After the first couple of treatments I kind of figured out a schedule that I thought would get me through,” he continues. “Essentially the treatments were two weeks on and two weeks off. In the two treatment weeks, there were certain days that I knew were just miserable. I’d come

“Don’t give up, don’t ever give up,” Valvano exclaimed as he talked about his own diagnosis and wiped tears from his eyes. “Cancer can take away all of my physical abilities. It cannot touch my mind. It cannot touch my heart. And it cannot touch my soul.” home from a treatment, lie on the floor and basically throw up in a bucket for eight or nine hours straight. On the flip side, there were days and weeks that weren’t too bad. That’s when I’d hit the road to visit friends or just get out of town. I had never been a partier before, but in that year during those times, I made a lot of bad decisions.” One of the major side effects of his medicines was rapid weight gain and loss, and managing his general health while living such a fast-paced lifestyle soon became

an issue. His weight fluctuated nearly 25 pounds every few weeks, and his partying and hard-charging pace put him at risk. “My doctor sat me down one day and was straightforward and blunt. He looked me right in the eye and told me it would be very stupid of me if I were to survive cancer then die of coronary heart disease or sky high cholesterol,” recalls Naelon. “That’s when I started to realize cancer wasn’t my only problem.” Continued on page 49

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athlon scene near their Davidson home. And a message from his minister urging him to take the lessons he learned living through his adversity and share them with others helped him move beyond the anger he had been keeping inside. He now lives as a survivor. “Five years ago, if you asked me to talk about my cancer, I would have either given you an angry stare or changed the subject entirely,” Naelon explains. “I wasn’t in the place I am now. I didn’t want to go back there, and I definitely didn’t want to let other people into that place in my past.” Something bigger Later this summer, Naelon will toe the starting line of the Ironman U.S. Championship in New York, a race he is entering not only to celebrate his health and fitness but also to promote The V Foundation for Cancer Research, the organization he has adopted with year-round fundraising and awareness activities and events.


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“As I think back and reflect on everything I have been through,” he says, “I see that I am one of the fortunate ones. Not only did I survive cancer, but I survived it well. Along the way I realized that I had choices to make and that those choices impacted people beyond just myself. I think about the people who aren’t in my position and can’t do it themselves. I still live with the scars of my illness, but those scars serve as reminders for me. They remind me how important it is to have a passion for something bigger than you, and they remind me how I was chosen to give back and help others. Those are the things that keep me going.” LNC

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ucked away in a Davidson neighborhood is an unexpected oasis, an inviting outdoor sanctuary that offers visitors picturesque surroundings, refreshing waters and a reprieve from the work-a-day world. It’s not a resort — it’s the beautifully designed back yard of Dan and Bev Kungl. And though the general public can’t enjoy its amenities, the regularly invited neighbors refer to it as “The Kungl Resort,” and Dan jokes that he’s thought about selling memberships. Judging by the constant flow of family, friends and neighbors, he would stand to make a pretty penny if he did. Continued on page 54


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A lot to be desired When Dan and Bev purchased their home five years ago after moving from Pennsylvania with their four kids, the extent of the outdoor living space was only a small covered porch and an outdoor fireplace. They screened in the porch, but with a berm along the back of the property and a basin-shaped center, the yard interminably collected water — and left a lot to be desired. In the end, the Kungls realized they were grossly underusing the property they had paid for — a thought which prompted them to act. The couple sought the help of experts at Blue Haven Pools for the hardscape design and construction. Along with the Kungls’ Continued on page 56

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collaboration, the end result is one of beautiful functionality. The pool deck’s travertine tiles add a upscale finish even as they stay cool in the sun and offer great grip-

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cushioned armchairs cozy up to the fire pit for relaxing, chaises invite sunning while a generously sized umbrella gives a shade option, and the shallow end of the pool even boasts a built-in sunning island equipped with an umbrella fitting. In a stroke of pure mom-genius, Bev realized they could create direct access from the pool into the fifth bedroom and its bathroom simply by cutting in a sliding door. Now dripping swimmers can get to the facilities without slopping through the house Bev even had a second washer and dryer installed there for laundering towels without holding up the family’s everyday laundry.

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The 2012 AAU National Diving Championships bring the Olympic feeling home by Lori K. Tate


an opportune moment to host the AAU Nationals nearby,” explains Hintz. “The organization contacted us late last fall, and we were able to secure the time and the funding to make the improvements to the facility and to start organizing for hosting it.” This is the first time the Huntersville facility has hosted this particular diving competition. This national championship determines the hierarchy of divers in the United States under 18 years of age. “Each day we’ll have a certain number of age groups competing,” says Hintz, who has coached at Carolina Diving Academy for the past five years. “Within each age group there are five events where each competitor can compete.” Events range from the one-meter springboard to the 10-meter platform. There’s even a one-meter synchronized diving competition where divers can pair up and perform the same list of

dives as synchronized as possible. Hintz says the competition should attract anywhere from 300 to 600 divers. “It’s great that we have this event coinciding with the Olympics. When you attend the finals in the evening, you can see some of the best divers in the country in each respective age perform their best dives in succession,” he says. “This is a great opportunity, once you watch the Olympics on television, to see the sport up close and personal and see what sort of talent exists right now and what sort of opportunities exist for those who might be interested locally.” LNC The Scoop The 2012 AAU National Diving Championships will be held at Huntersville Family Fitness & Aquatics July 25-30. For times and ticket information, visit


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ooking for a way to warm up for the 2012 Summer Olympics? Swing by Huntersville Family Fitness & Aquatics July 25-30 for The 2012 AAU National Diving Championships. (Okay, so the Olympics start on July 27, giving you just a twoday warm-up, but who’s counting?) A combination of perseverance, stateof-the-art facilities and geography inspired the AAU to select Huntersville Family Fitness & Aquatics for this event that draws divers from across the continental United States. Aaron Hintz, head coach and program director at the facility’s Carolina Diving Academy, says he’s been talking with the AAU for the last several years about Huntersville hosting this event. “When USA Diving chose Greesnboro as the location for the USA Diving Junior and Senior National Championships held later this summer, the AAU thought it was

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A month of things to do in the Lake Norman area FOURTH OF JULY EVENTS Lowe’s YMCA July 3rd Summer Celebration (July 3) Mooresville’s largest patriotic celebration, including fireworks, family entertainment, games, inflatables and more. 30,000+ expected to attend. 4-10 p.m. Free. www.

beach, blues, Motown, retro, funk and oldies. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Free. Town Hall Green, Downtown Mooresville, Piedmont Health Care After Five Concert (July 13, 27) Mediocre Bad Guys perform on July 13, while 2nd Drink Band performs on July 27. Bring your own chair. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Free. W. Broad Street, Statesville,

Huntersville 4th of July Celebration (July 4) Come show you patriotism when Birkdale Village and the Town of Huntersville host the 8th Annual 4th of July Celebration on Wednesday, July 4th. There will be bike decorating, face painting, a clown bounce, children’s arts and crafts, a parade, a water fight between the fire stations, music, and food. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Birkdale Village, Huntersville,

Live in the 115 (July 13) The Mooresville Downtown Commission hosts complimentary concerts every month through October. Heart-Beat is opening for Rare Form in July. Families are encouraged to come shop and dine downtown and make an evening of it. No alcohol or coolers are allowed. 5-9:30 p.m. Free. John Franklin Moore Park, corner of Main and Center,

Queen’s Landing Fireworks Show (July 4) Queen’s Landing hosts one of Lake Norman’s favorite fireworks shows. More details TBA. Queen’s Landing, 1459 River Highway, Mooresville,

Beach Bash in the Park (July 28) Big Time Party Band performs music for the whole family. Activities for children, food and ice cream provided. Gates open 7 p.m., concert begins 7:30 p.m. Free. Bailey Road Park Bandshell, 11536 Bailey Road, Cornelius,

CONCERTS Davidson’s Concerts on the Green (July 1, 15) This is a warm weather tradition around these parts. Shaggie Maggie performs on July 1. The BackBeat performs on July 15. Bring a picnic and enjoy the music. 6-8 p.m. Free. Davidson Town Green,

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Mingling on the Greens (Fri, Sat, Sun) Enjoy live music along with the warm weather outside in Huntersville. Leslie and Friends (July 1), The Invaders (July 6), The Tim Cook Band (June 7), Rowan Big Band All-Stars (July 8), John T. Woodall Band (July 13), Gruve Therapy (July 14), Shannon Roschke (July 15), Nita B. and the Swingin Soiree (July 20), Matt Walsh (July 21), Kelly $ Ray (July 22), HipShack (July 27), Alan Barrington (July 28), Zohnia Richardson (July 29). Fri-Sat 7-9 p.m., Sun 4-6 p.m. Free. Birkdale Village, Huntersville, Music on Main (July 6) Billy Scott & The Party Prophets have been a main staple on the southeastern private party, festival, concert, corporate functions, night club and wedding circuit for more than 30 years. This award-winning six-piece dance and show group plays a wide variety of music, including 62

GALLERIES Andre Christine Gallery Summer. Through August 1. Tue-Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun by appointment. 148 Ervin Road, Mooresville, 704.775.9516, Cornelius Arts Center Various exhibitions. Mon-Thu 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Fri-Sat 9 a.m.-Noon. 19725 Oak Street, Cornelius, “Cotton” Ketchie’s Landmark Galleries Various exhibitions. The work of watercolorist ‘Cotton’ Ketchie. Mon-Sat 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 212 North Main Street, Mooresville, 704.664.4122, Depot Art Gallery Various exhibitions. The Mooresville Artist Guild hosts an artist reception the second Friday of every month from 6 to 8 p.m. 103 W. Center Avenue, Mooresville, Foster’s Frame and Art Gallery Various exhibitions. Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat 10a.m.-4p.m. 403 N. Old Statesville Road, Huntersville, 704.948.1750. Four Corners Framing and Gallery Various exhibitions. Tue-Fri 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 112 S. Main

Street, Mooresville, 704.662.7154, Lake Country Gallery Various exhibitions. Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Exit 36 – Mooresville, between Belk and Kohl’s, 704.664.5022, Merrill-Jennings Galleries Various exhibitions. Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 463 S. Main Street, Davidson, 704.895.1213, Mooresville Artist Guild Annual Photography Exhibit. July 3-27. 103 West Center Avenue, Mooresville, Sanctuary of Davidson Various exhibitions. 108 S. Main Street, Davidson, Town of Davidson Town Hall Through July 15, The Beautiful World of Watercolor Art Exhibit featuring the work of Jim Kerr’s watercolor students is on display in Davidson’s Town Hall. 216 South Main Street, Davidson, Tropical Connections Various exhibitions. Tue- Fri 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. or by appointment. 230 N. Main Street, Mooresville. 704.664.0236. Van Every/Smith Galleries, Katherine and Tom Belk Visual Art Center View an exhibition of works by Class of 2013 studio art majors. Through July 30. Weekdays 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday noon-4 p.m. Davidson College, 315 N. Main Street, Davidson, 704.894.2575,

EDUCATION Boating Safety Class (July 14) The Lake Norman Sail and Power Squadron is offering boating safety classes. Fee includes student manual, lunch, and a six-month trial membership for graduates. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. $45. Mt. Zion Methodist Church, 19600 Zion Street, Cornelius.

EVENTS 9th Annual Freedom Run & Ride (July 7) Formerly the Firecracker 5k, a run for the novice or the expert to benefit Barium Springs Home for Children. Accepting donations of school supplies and personal care items. Nonrunners welcome to join celebration.

Living History Saturday at Historic Latta Plantation (July 7) In addition to touring the circa 1800 Latta home, grounds, outbuildings, and animals, pan for gold at the miner’s cabin. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free with regular site admission. Historic Latta Plantation, 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville, Lake Norman Excursion Cycle/Run (July 14) A variety of running and cycling events for both competitive athletes and families, all to benefit The American Red Cross. Events include 5K run/walk, 10-mile family bike ride, and 45-, 60- and 100-mile bike excursions. 7-9 a.m. start times. Fees range from $8-$65. Lowe’s Corporate Headquarters, 1000 Lowes Boulevard, Mooresville, e-mail Leigh-ann@ Kids Triathlon Series (July 15) This is an event created to encourage youth to stay active and develop lifelong healthy habits. Open to children ages 4-14. $25 fee. Huntersville Family Fitness & Aquatics Center, Huntersville, Kid’s Day on the Lake (July 21) Lake Norman Sail and Power Squadron members provide boat rides, swimming, canoeing, paddle boats, PWC rides, games, and a picnic for boys and girls living in area children’s homes. Activities begin upon arrival and a picnic lunch is included. 9 a.m. through the afternoon. Blythe Landing and Davidson Lake Campus. 2012 AAU Diving National Championships (July 23-31) Huntersville Family Fitness & Aquatics hosts this prestigious event. Different age groups compete every day in various dives. Times vary. Individual day tickets $6 for adults, $4 for children, passes for the whole event $20/$15, VIP seating tickets also available. Huntersville Family Fitness & Aquatics Center, Huntersville,

MONTHLY EVENTS Carolina Raptor Center Live bird presentations, flight shows, behindthe-scenes tours and more take place at Carolina Raptor Center throughout the month. Visit carolinaraptorcenter. org for more details. The Artisan Market Craft Crawl (First Saturday) Formerly known as the Mooresville Craft Crawl, this market features baked goods, clothing, embroidery, jewelry, paintings, pottery, quilts and woodcarvings with an edge. 4-9 p.m. Free. Mooresville Town Square across from Lowe’s Foods. www. Blue Planet Water Environmental Center Tour (First Tuesday, Third Thursday) Learn about water and wastewater through a hands-on tour. Fun for all ages. Tours are available the first Tuesday and the third Thursday of the month on a first-come, first-served basis. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Admission TBA. Call 704.621.0854 or e-mail Bplanet@ to schedule a tour. Davidson Farmer’s Market (Every Saturday) Farmers sell a bounty of seasonal vegetables; pasteurized meats and cheeses; and freshly baked breads, cakes and pies. 8 a.m.-noon. Free. Next to Town Hall between Main and Jackson streets in downtown Davidson, The Huntersville Market (Every Saturday) Sponsored by The Town of Huntersville Parks and Recreation Department, The Huntersville Market offers citizens wonderful local fresh produce, delicious baked goods, jewelry and charming crafts. Free. 7 a.m.-noon. 103 Maxwell Avenue, Huntersville, Open Air Market at the Crossing (Every Saturday) Buy local flowers/ plants, jam/honey, soap, candles, baked goods, handmade crafts and more. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. 9525 Birkdale Crossing Drive, Huntersville.

MOVIES Movies on Main (July 7) Enjoy a viewing of Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl at the Charles Mack Citizen Center. 7 p.m. Free. Charles Mack Citizen Center, 215 North Main Street, Mooresville,

Cornelius Outdoor Cinema Series (July 11, 21, 25) Movies under the stars is what this series is all about. Dolphin Tale, July 11, Kenton Place, 17115 Kenton Drive; The Adventures of Tintin, July 21, Smithville Park, 19710 S. Ferry Street; Zookeeper, July 25, Kenton Place, 17115 Kenton Drive. Bring lawn chairs and blankets. 8:30 p.m. Free. www.cornelius. org/parc, PARC Weather Cancellation Hotline, 704.896.2460, ext. 290. Movies@McGuire (July 13) Duke Energy hosts a movie on a large outdoor screen, visible from their lawn or your boat. Refreshments available for purchase. 8:50 p.m., movie TBA.

SPORTS Lake Norman Yacht Club It’s time to hit the water. Independence Day Regatta (June 30-July 1).

TEENS Rock Band Friday (Fridays) Learn how to play Rock Band after school. 3:30-6 p.m. Free. Ben & Jerry’s, 202 South Main Street, Davidson.

THEATRE Rumors (July 26-29, August 2-5) At a large, tastefully appointed Sneden’s Landing townhouse, the Deputy Mayor of New York has just shot himself in the ear. With the host bleeding and his wife nowhere in sight, four couples arrive for a 10th wedding anniversary celebration. The guests trade rumors, exchange lies, and offer pathetic coverups.  Confusion, miscommunication and chaos reign as the evening spins off wildly into the comical land of farce in this comedy from the pen of Neil Simon. Produced by Davidson Community Players. For ages 12 and up. Thu-Sat 8 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. $24. Duke Family Performance Hall, Davidson College, Garden Party: The adventures of Adam & Eve (Through July 5) From the author of Reluctant Lovers, Garden Party is a comic tapestry that Chris Hamilton weaves together from Mark Twain’s Diaries of Adam and Eve, George Bernard Shaw’s Back to Methusaleh, John Milton’s Paradise Lost, old nursery rhymes, medieval miracle plays and more. Hear Adam and Eve read from their diaries, meet God, see Cain and Abel as babies — and try and figure out what those angels are doing. Perfect for all ages. Sun 2 p.m., Tue 8 p.m., Wed 7 p.m., Thu 8 p.m. $15; seniors, students and groups $10, Warehouse PAC, 9216-A Westmoreland Road, Cornelius, 63

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Rural Hill Food Truck Rally (July 27) Come participate in the first-ever Food Truck Rally in the Lake Norman area. All ages are invited to attend and check out the great food that can be found in our local food trucks. The rally features live music, corn hole, local merchants, children’s activities and living history experiences. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Free, but

food pricing will vary per truck menu. Historic Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Road, Huntersville,

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$25 for 5k registrations, $10 for fun run. Prices increase on race day. 8 a.m. Huntersville Family Fitness & Aquatics Center, Huntersville,

One More Thing |

Day 1 Pack a picnic and head out

to Davidson’s Concerts on the Green to see Shaggie Maggie perform.

Day 2 Load your iPod with patriotic tunes

by Loi K. Tate

for the 4th of July. Think James Brown’s Living in America, Ray Charles’ America the Beautiful and Whitney Houston’s Star Spangled Banner.

Day 9 Go out for lunch to beat the Monday blues. Sushi at Sabi is always a winner.

Day 10 Take a cupcake break at SweetCakes in Cornelius. Key lime cupcake anyone?

Day 11 Take the kids out to Kenton

31 Days of July Place to see Dolphin Tale — for free — through the Cornelius Outdoor Cinema Series. Show starts at 8:30 p.m.

Day 12 If you’re a veteran,

stop by Richard’s Coffee Shop in Downtown Mooresville for free coffee. This is a Thursday tradition.

Day 20 Nita B. and the Swingin Soiree

play their tunes at Mingling on the Greens at Birkdale Village in Huntersville.

Day 21 Visit the exhibition called Summer at Andre Christine Gallery in Mooresville.

Day 22 Buy or rent a kayak for an early morning lake excursion.

Day 23 Prepare for The 2012 Summer Olympic Games by going to The 2012 AAU Diving National Championships at Huntersville Family Fitness & Aquatics.

Day 24 Pack a picnic and go to a local park for lunch.

Day 25 Bring your act to Open Mic

Night at Lake Town Tavern in Cornelius. Things get going around 8 p.m.

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Day 3 Enjoy fireworks, children’s games

Day 13 Take a break and head to Starrette

Day 26 Network, network, network at

Day 4 Head to Birkdale Village for its

Day 14 Get up early to browse the

Day 27 Date night! Grab your sweetie

Day 15 Go out on the water for the day. If

Day 28 Can’t escape to the beach? Don’t worry

and food at Lowe’s YMCA Summer Celebration and Fireworks Show from 5-10 p.m. Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m.

8th Annual Fourth of July Celebration because everyone needs a good face painting. Festivities go from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Day 5 Keep the festivities going by grilling

steaks from The Meat Center in Mooresville.

Day 6 Check out Billy Scott & The Party

Prophets at Music on Main in Mooresville. Don’t forget to bring your dancin’ shoes. Music starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Town Hall Green.

Day 7 Work off those holiday calories by

Farm Retreat in Statesville for a Quiet Space Day. These are offered the second Friday of the month from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Davidson Farmer’s Market. Hurry because the tomatoes go fast.

you don’t have a boat, find someone who does.

Day 16 Knock out a case of the Mondays

with Lunch ‘N Bowl at Northcross Lanes in Huntersville. Enjoy one hour of unlimited bowling (shoes included) and lunch for $12.

Day 17 Book a massage.

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running in the 9th Annual Freedom Run & Ride at Huntersville Family Fitness & Aquatics Center benefiting Barium Springs Home for Children. Be there at 8 a.m.

Day 18 Cruise the lake eating pizza aboard

Day 8 Take Fido for an early morning

Day 19 Check out the Thursday Night Wine

walk at Jetton Park in Cornelius.


The Lady of the Lake. Every Wednesday this one-and-a-half-hour pizza cruise boards at Queen’s Landing at 6:30 p.m.

the Huntersville Rotary Civic & Community Service Group’s breakfast. It starts at 7:30 a.m. at NorthStone Country Club.

and go see Davidson Community Players’ production of Neil Simon’s Rumors.

about it because Beach Bash in the Park will satisfy your coastal cravings with live music by the Big Time Party Band. Festivities begin at 7 p.m. at the Bailey Road Park Bandshell in Cornelius.

Day 29 It’s your turn to paddleboard on the lake. Come on, everyone is doing it.

Day 30 Eat a lakeside lunch at

North Harbor Club in Davidson.

Day 31 Start planning how you’re going to have fun in August.


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