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10 The Main Channel 16 Porthole 18 Captain’s Chair What’s hip at Lake Norman


Lake Norman’s Next Top Model

John Rowe encourages couples to listen to each other’s dreams

21 Rip Currents — Philanthropy


Lorna Bishop and Meredith Fite are spreading the word about the Make-A-Wish Foundation through Women for Wishes

24 Tom’s Jobs 26 Rip Currents — Nuptials 26 Tom cheers for Davidson College in disguise

The Lake Norman-area offers two new picture-perfect venues for exchanging vows

32 Rip Currents —


Architecture Michal Bay resurrects Mooreville’s history to fuel the town’s future

38 Rip Currents — Style

Give your sweetie something special this Valentine’s Day

40 Around the Track Stump and Cindy Lewis are NASCAR’s husband and wife haulers


42 The Galley with


Lynn and Glenn

Carleen and John Savvides make everything at Mooresville’s Black-Eye’d Pea

46 Grapevine 52 Game On


Sparkling Wine — Just the ticket for Valentine’s Day

Meet three active couples who keep sports near the center of their relationships

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56 Home Port —


In My Room

Interior designer Barbara Green gave her bedroom an updated look for 2012

61 Currently

World-renowned trombonist Jim Pugh slides into town

64 One More Thing 6

Our writers and photographers explain what makes a good marriage


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Celebrate Good Times

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I love birthdays. It doesn’t matter if it’s mine or someone else’s; I love celebrating birthdays. I love parties, cake, balloons and everything in between. Give me a theme, a place and a time, and I’ll proceed to make list after list of plans to make sure your celebration is over the top (in a good way). With that in mind, it’s no surprise that I go a little overboard when it comes to the twins’ birthday celebration, which just happens to be this month. When I first calculated that I was going to give birth in the winter, I was a little sad. As someone with an August birthday, I always enjoyed swimming and being outside with my friends. The only fun thing I could think of doing for a February birthday was ice skating, and as many fun things as there are to do in the Lake Norman area, and there are many, there’s not a permanent ice skating rink here. What were we going to do? Well, it turns out that winter birthdays aren’t so bad after all. Seeing as how The Tater Tots’ birthday occurs as soon as we come off of dreary January (this past January was an overachiever in that department), everyone is looking for an excuse to party. It doesn’t matter that the guests of honor can’t speak in complete sentences or that they think Cheerios mixed with applesauce is a gourmet delicacy. Folks are looking for a reason to get out and have fun with other people. 8

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It’s okay to go over the top — especially during the winter Combine that with the fact that I completely embrace the “more the merrier” concept when making out guest lists (we had 365 guests attend our wedding), and you’ve got one heck of a toddler soiree. At last count, we have 17 kids between the ages of 4 months and 8 years old attending with parents, and not everyone has RSVPd yet — and no, we don’t live in a mansion. While that number might make some moms cringe with dread or panic, I can’t wait. I can’t wait to order cupcakes and fill goody bags. I can’t wait to decorate the house with everything Elmo and Thomas the Tank Engine I can find. I can’t wait to light their candles. But most of all, I can’t wait to see the look on their faces when almost everyone they know in this world shows up to help them celebrate their big day. It doesn’t matter how trashed our house is after all of these little people examine all the toys we have. It doesn’t matter if they take every single book off of the shelves. I don’t even care if they get frosting on the rug. All I want is for everyone to have a good time and realize just how lucky we are to have each other — especially during the wintertime.

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Gabbing at Gabi’s In addition to the hand-baked pastries, coffees and other beverages, Gabi Alberdi features artisan jewelry and other unique gifts on consignment at her coffee shop.

Gabi Alberdi serves a cup of community at her coffee shop

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Customers at Gabi’s Coffee Shoppe in downtown Cornelius have made it their own, so much so that they constructed a table with sides of varying dimensions to fit the shape of the space. “This table was built by the customers,” shop owner Gabi Alberdi explains. “They look at this like the community table.” Guests gather for conversation, coffee and treats at the shop’s new location just off Catawba Avenue near Cornelius Town Hall and Avalilly’s. Alberdi formerly operated Quixote Café on Main Street across from the Rite Aid, but moved her shop and changed its name in October to gain more parking and walk-by customers. “I 10

increased my traffic by almost double just by moving here,” she says. In addition to the hand-baked pastries, coffees and other beverages, Alberdi features artisan jewelry and other unique gifts on consignment. “It’s a very homey place,” she says. “I try to break the ice with customers and introduce them to each other, and I always know customers’ names.” “It [Gabi’s Coffee Shoppe] is especially exciting to the Avalilly’s girls because it is right behind us. We love her as much as all of the customers do,” says Emily Haggart, owner of Avalilly’s. “She brings a real sense of neighborhood.” While Alberdi is currently absorbing the

growth from the move, her next goal is to offer sandwiches and soups. Another goal is to find a place for a “wall of fans,” with notes and photos of her youngest fans, like the one that graced her previous café. Her 9-year-old twins Penelope and Sebastian often join their mother, doing homework and being part of the community that is Gabi’s. — Lynn Roberson, photography by Glenn Roberson The Scoop Gabi’s Coffee Shop 19915 Jane Crump Way, Cornelius 704.255.6090

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Jeffrey’s Restaurant in Mooresville has added something new to its menu this month — live theatre. Seasoned local actors Jim Esposito and Cat Rutledge perform A.R. Gurney’s Love Letters. This unique play depicts the lifetime exchange of letters between two people who start off as friends but grow up to lead separate lives, all the while sharing confidences. 7 p.m. $40 per person (includes three-course meal, a cash bar is available), reservations are encouraged as seating is limited. Jeffrey’s Restaurant, Mooresville, 704.799.1110.

February 5

Even if you can’t dance, flamenco music is sexy, and Edgar Cruz knows how to play it. A headliner at the Chet Atkins Festival in Nashville since 1995, Cruz brings his collection of Spanish, Celtic Nashville, ballads and blues to town as part of the Alexander Community Concert Series. 2 p.m. $15, $10 seniors (65+) and students, free children under 12. Alexander Community Concert Series, Saint Peter by the Lake, 8433 Fairfield Forest Road, Denver, 704.308.3460.

February 11

Nothing says romance quite like art, and when you add wine to that, you really can’t go wrong. On February 11, Wine, Women and Music opens at Andre Christine Gallery in Mooresville. The evening features live music from The Greenhouse Jazz Ensemble, and a new sculpture by Asheville sculptor Robert Winkler will be introduced in the sculpture garden that night as well. The opening is scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. If you can’t get there in February, the exhibit runs through April 4. Tue-Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun by appointment. Andre Christine Gallery 148 Ervin Road, Mooresville, 704.775.9516, Okay, so time machines don’t really exist no matter how much the movie Back to the Future wanted us to believe they did. No worries because you can revisit history with your significant other via the Sweetheart Tours at Historic Latta Plantation in Huntersville. Enjoy a special Valentine’s Day tour and hear unique stories about the Latta daughters and 19th century courting

February 18

Getting dressed up for an evening at the theatre is a perfect way to spend a date night. Going to see a romantic comedy only adds to the fun. On February 18 through the C. Shaw and Nancy K. Smith Artist Series at Davidson College, Aquila Theatre presents The Importance of Being Earnest — Oscar Wilde’s 1895 masterpiece that follows the hilarious adventures of young friends Jack Worthing and Algernon Moncrieff. The two begin bending the truth and inventing imaginary friends to add some excitement to their lives, and of course, romantic entanglements ensue. 7:30 p.m. Reserved seating is $20 for the general public. C. Shaw and Nancy K. Smith Artist Series, Davidson College, Duke Family Performance Hall, 704.894.2135,

February 26

Alan Black is one of the best, if not the best, cellists around and lucky for you, he’s performing at Davidson College on February 26. An artist associate at the school and the principal cellist for the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, Black performs Max Reger’s Solo Cello Suite in D Minor and Chopin’s Cello Sonata in G Minor. He will be accompanied by pianist Dana Protopopescu. Davidson College Faculty Recital, 7:30 p.m. Free. Davidson College, Tyler-Tallman Hall, Sloan Music Center, 704.894.2848,

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Michelle Arnett’s invitations stir up excitement for events When Michelle Arnett began looking for wedding invitations 10 years ago, she was disappointed in what she found. With a background in advertising, Arnett took matters into her own hands (literally) and created her own invitation. “I loved it so much,” remembers Arnett, who was living in Long Beach, California at the time. “I knew that was sort of the direction I wanted to go, so I started my own business, Creative Blu, and quit my job.” Soon she was creating invitations for all sorts of events, including a 75-year-old’s birthday party where the invitations cost $95 a piece. So far her biggest order has been 500 invitations for a wedding in Colorado. Two years ago Arnett moved Creative Blu to Mooresville when her husband, Craig, took a job with Lowe’s. Using a variety of materials including (but not at all limited to) silk boxes, crystals, feathers, rhinestones, shells and even metal, Arnett’s creations continue to wow clients. Last year her work was featured on two episodes of My Fair Wedding with David Tutera on WE tv.

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Her prices begin at $5 an invitation and go up according to what a client wants. Arnett says the average price in the Lake Norman area is around $10 an invitation. “I offer do-it-yourself kits,” explains Arnett sitting in her meticulously organized Mooresville studio. “I also offer packages where clients don’t even have to touch these invitations. I do all the mailing and addressing, every single step.” Looking at Arnett’s work it’s easy to see that her invitations are more than pieces of paper listing when, what, where and who. Each invitation is carefully designed by Arnett and made with Arnett’s hands. “I do all the design. I deal with the clients specifically. I want this to be a different experience versus going to a stationery shop and ordering from a book,” she says. “Your invitations should set the tone for your wedding day. If you’re having an amazing wedding, you want to replicate that in an invitation because you want people to get excited about it.” — Lori K. Tate, photography by Candy Howard

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Nancy Lepore opened Designing Brides in downtown Davidson this past fall. Her bridal boutique specializes in designer and custom couture bridal gowns and dresses, both casual and special occasion. Lepore has 20 years of experience in the bridal industry.

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Lavi Adkins and Bruna Oliveira have opened The Olive Branch — A Body Studio in downtown Cornelius. In addition to a quaint women’s boutique where every item is under

Leah Addis grew tired of having to drive to Charlotte to purchase skincare products for her family, so she decided to open Pretty, a beauty boutique, in downtown Davidson. The store opens this month and will carry skincare products for women, men and children, as well as a few hair care and cosmetic items. Lines to look for include Jack Black, Noodle & Boo, Purlisse, and Tocca. “I’ve personally picked these brands to go in the store. I’ve talked to the creators,” explains Addis. “I’m excited to bring this to Davidson because I feel like we’ve got a great need for this.” When Craig Van Laanen worked in banking he dreamed of opening a spice shop. “I love

to cook, and I love to eat,” says Van Laanen, who recently opened Savory Spice Shop in Birkdale Village after retiring from the banking industry. Savory Spice carries more than 400 spices and herbs, in addition to 140 custom blends and a variety of extracts and sauces. You can sample spices during your visit, and if you’re really adventurous, you can try the Ghost Habanero, the hottest pepper in the world. According to Van Laanen, only one woman has had the guts to do that so far. Treasures Express on Statesville Road in Cornelius is the brainchild of Chuck Curry, Dennis Heskett and Mike Zuege. The store carries familiar basics such as plastics, hardware, toys, fishing supplies and tools. It also features one-of-a-kind furniture pieces, in addition to housewares and wall décor. It also has a consignment room for adult clothing. “We try to rotate stuff so that there’s always something new coming in,” explains Zuege, adding that the store plans to focus on its fishing gear in the upcoming months.


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Lake Norman’s Next Top Model

On January 18, Lake Norman’s Next Top Model was announced at Waterford Hall above Galway Hooker in Cornelius. Anna DeGrauw of Huntersville was the lucky winner. The Hough High School freshman will appear on the cover of the March issue of CURRENTS and will also be featured in the spring fashion section of that issue. DeGrauw will also participate in Charlotte Seen’s Passport to Fashion. Kelly Greene of Cornelius won a modeling contract with Evolution Modeling Agency in Charlotte during the evening as well. Greene is a student at Davidson Day School. Lake Norman’s Next Top Model is a fun contest created by Glenn

From left, Beverly Grant congratulates Anna DeGrauw and Kelly Greene.

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From left, Anna DeGrauw, Lake Norman’s Next Top Model, with CURRENTS publisher and co-owner, Sharon Simpson.

Roberson Photography and Lake Norman CURRENTS Magazine. We wanted to give aspiring models in the Lake Norman area an opportunity to utilize their modeling skills while enabling local boutiques to display their unique fashions to the Lake Norman community. Glenn Roberson Photography held a casting call in late November that brought in more than 60 amateur modeling hopefuls to his studio. Each contestant was required to donate $10 to the B.R.A.K.E.S organization, promoting the importance of safe driving for teens. A panel of four judges narrowed the field down to 12 finalists called “The Dazzling Dozen.” The finalists’ photos were uploaded to a voting Web site designed by CURRENTS Magazine designer, Larry Preslar of SPARK Publications. During the course of three weeks more than 10,000 votes were received.

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ohn Rowe, an ordained minister and director of The Counseling Center at Davidson United Methodist Church, has always been intrigued by the idea of how couples can nurture a sense of mystery and romance in long-term relationships. In fact, he found the topic so interesting that he chose to explore it further for his Ph.D. dissertation from the Pacifica Graduate Institute in California. Rowe joined The Counseling Center in 1997 and provides counseling services for individuals, married couples and families. In honor of the day dedicated to commemorating love and affection, we asked him to share his thoughts on how couples can keep the spark in their relationship.

What drew you to the dissertation topic regarding the experience of mystery of enduring love? I was really interested in how many couples talk about the magic during the courting phase. After they’ve been married for a few minutes, that changes. There are so many jokes about the “ball and chain” and “marriage as a prison,” etc. Can mystery exist

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The Mystery of Love John Rowe, sitting with his dog Sam, joined The Counseling Center at Davidson United Methodist Church in 1997 and provides counseling services for individuals, married couples and families.


over the course of the relationship? In 2001 I enrolled in a Ph.D. program. I found four couples that I did in-depth interviews with. I sat down with them and asked them some very personal questions. I had one couple in their 70s. I had another couple still in their 40s. I had another couple in their 60s. Another couple had a 68-yearold husband, and the woman was 48. Most couples weren’t even able to talk about what mystery was, particularly in marriage; but through the course of the interviews, they began to see quite a lot of mystery in the highs and the lows of loving each other over time.

Can you give us an idea of what issues you help people work through in your job at The Counseling Center? I see between 22 to 27 clients a week. A third to a half of my clients are couples. In general, by the time most people come in for their first session they either have forgotten how to be friends or they’ve gotten really off track with the pressures of work, raising a family and all. I think a lot of what I do is first look at their relationship and find out when they stopped being friends so that they can remember what they used to do and have stopped doing. Also, part of my work is to help couples who have experienced some type of betrayal or affair. The good news is that when couples are willing to work on rebuilding trust, they end up having stronger relationships. All research indicates that anything couples can do to prepare beforehand can enhance the likelihood of having a long-lasting and happy marriage. Left to our own devices we all resort to what we grew up with.

The best way to keep a marriage alive is when two people really take time to periodically listen to each other’s dreams. What makes each person feel alive? Support each other in the process. Once you’re focused too narrowly on security and safety, that can

What are some resources you recommend to couples that might be struggling? I like The Seven Principles of Making

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ceived a liver transplant and a wish when she was 16. The inaugural event raised approximately $2,200. The average cost of a wish is $6,000. Bishop says there are currently almost 300 wishes pending in the Central and Western North Carolina territory. Twelve of them are in the Lake Norman area. “People up here in Davidson, Cornelius, Huntersville and Mooresville are wonderful, charitable people. They really care,” says Bishop, who lives in Cornelius. “My mission is to get the word out that the Make-A-Wish Foundation exists — that we serve children all over this area.” Bishop began volunteering with the foundation in 1988. She later served on its national board for seven years. After taking a break, she was asked to volunteer for the organization again — an invitation she gladly accepted. “There’s a great need. There’s a need for volunteers. There’s a need for people who would like to get involved on a committee, people who would like to be wish granters. You can even donate

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the Make-A-Wish Foundation. While Fite had always contributed financially to Make-A-Wish, her allegiance to the non-profit foundation grew much stronger through her experience. The Cornelius resident is now an ambassador for Make-A-Wish and is working with volunteer Lorna Bishop on solidifying the Lake Norman-area group Women for Wishes, a new initiative of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central & Western North Carolina. The idea behind the initiative is to build awareness for the foundation and to raise money to pay for wishes.


From left, Lorna Bishop and Meredith Fite have started the Lake Norman-area group Women for Wishes, a new initiative of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central & Western North Carolina.


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eredith Fite knows all too well the difference a wish can make. In 2004 she was working as an area vice president of sales for a software company in California when suddenly her 14-year-old son was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma, a form of muscle cancer. The doctors gave her son, Matt Susdorf, three months to live. Through a rigorous series of treatments — Susdorf went through a year of chemotherapy and radiation — he miraculously survived. He’s now on the water polo team at Arizona State University where he’s a senior. Though her son maintained a positive attitude throughout his ordeal, Fite says one of the things that kept them both going was the promise of a wish from

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your frequent flier miles to help a child travel,” explains Bishop, who has survived six bouts with cancer. “My belief is and I think it’s been proven that sometimes when you bring that joy and happiness into the life of a child and the life of a family, you change the dynamics within that family. Things happen with immune systems. I’m still here 25 years later after being diagnosed with Stage 4 Abdominal Lymphoma.”

A happy time In North Carolina there are two chapters of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The Central & Western North Carolina Chapter is headquartered in Charlotte, while the Eastern North Carolina Chapter is in Raleigh. The Central & Western North Carolina Chapter covers 51 counties and granted approximately 250 wishes last year. To be eligible for a wish, a child has to have a life-threatening illness and be between the ages of two and a half and 18. Wishes range from traveling to Disneyworld

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From left, Connye Cross, Meredith Fite and Suzie Allen, a board member of the local chapter and a former national president of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, enjoy cruising with Women for Wishes.

to getting a computer to meeting a celebrity. Fite’s son is a big motocross fan, so Make-A-Wish flew him and his family to the National Supercross Championship in Las Vegas, where he met Travis Pastrana, a famous motocross competitor. “To this day when I think of Matt’s cancer, Make-AWish comes to mind because it was such a happy time during such a horrible time for

our family,” remembers Fite. “There was a lot of power in that wish.” LNC The Scoop For more information about Women for Wishes contact Lorna Bishop at 704.892.4753 or For more information about the Make-AWish Central & Western North Carolina Chapter, visit You can donate your frequent flier miles on that site.

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was told to drink plenty of water before putting on the costume. “It’s important to hydrate, because it gets pretty hot inside there,” said Brad Preston. I met Preston at Brickhouse Tavern in Davidson after the Wildcats whooped Georgia Southern 96 to 74. I was scheduled to be the Wildcat mascot at the next Davidson basketball home game, and I was getting advice from a pro — literally. Through a chance meeting, I had been invited by Davidson College Cheerleading Coach Jeanette Scire to wear the beloved Wildcats’ mascot costume for an upcoming game. It would be my last Tom’s Jobs assignment. Getting approvals through the college took time, but Scire ultimately got permission for me, a stranger, to wear the costume for an upcoming game. She suggested I meet Preston, who had spent four years as the Wildcats’ mascot before turning pro. Preston was the school’s mascot before graduating from Davidson in 1998 with a sociology degree. After graduation, he was recruited by the New Jersey Devils to be their “Devil” mascot, which he did for three years. Then he was recruited by the New York Islanders, where he donned the Sparky the Dragon costume for another two years. Preston spent five years as a professional mascot after his four-year stint at Davidson. “People would ask me all the time, ‘Now, how much did your parents pay for your Davidson tuition so you could dress as a mascot?’ ” he recalls. “I’m a big sports fan and have lots of energy, so this was a way for me to stay involved,” he says.“Plus I went to the 1998 NCAA Tournament at the Georgia Dome with the Wildcats and went to the Stanley Cup Championships when the Devils won in 2000. I have a Stanley Cup ring to prove it.” Rest assured that eventually Preston did


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Tom was assigned the Wildcat mascot role for the second half of the school’s game against Western Carolina in January. He says he had the time of his life.

I remembered that Preston advised me to keep moving, so I moved my arms in a very animated fashion. I encouraged the Wildcats by waving my arms and discouraged Western Carolina during their foul shots. During time outs, I ran around the court and even went up into the grandstands. It’s amazing how much you can get away with when you can’t speak and nobody knows who you are. You can hug beautiful women, rustle up their boyfriend’s hair and high-five kids. It’s the most fun I’ve had in years. The best part was during the final moments of the game, when it was obvious the Wildcats would win handily. At the game’s conclusion, I grabbed the huge Wildcats’ flag and made a lap around the court as the players of both teams were shaking hands. The cheerleaders

were doing their final number, and everyone in the grandstands was clapping and cheering The final score was 88 to 67. When I removed my “head” back in the locker room, I was sweaty, and looked as though I had just run a half-marathon. Preston was right, it got hot in there. But it was so worth it. It was a terrific evening and a perfect way to end my 12-month Tom’s Jobs assignments. And Coach Scire? If you need a fill-in mascot from time-to-time, please keep me in mind. LNC Tom Cotter has been in the automotive and racing industry for 25 years. He is the author of seven books on cars, consults for Mercedes-Benz and writes for Road & Track magazine. 


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put aside his various mascot costumes, went back to school and got his law degree from Vanderbilt University. Now he was giving me advice for the role I would soon perform. “Somebody is always watching, so you must be in constant motion,” he advised. “Make exaggerated motions, and remember, if it’s funny to you, it will probably be funny to someone else.” I was assigned the Wildcat mascot role for the second half of the school’s game against Western Carolina in January. Putting on the costume was a bit of a challenge in itself, being that I’m 6 feet, 2 inches tall and have size 12 feet. The costume, which is designed for more average size folks, was “pre-warmed” and somewhat moist because the Davidson student who regularly wears the outfit (and whose identity will remain a secret) had worn it for the previous 90 minutes. Coach Scire reminded me that I must never speak while in costume, and that the identity of the person inside must always remain a secret. If you’ve never been to a Wildcats’ basketball game, you should know that when the crowd starts singing Sweet Caroline with about 12 minutes remaining in the game, it’s T-shirt time. Cheerleaders toss rolled T-shirts to the lower rows of the grandstands, but to reach the upper seating areas, the Wildcat mascot “shoots” an air-cannon with rolled up T-shirts in its large barrel. That would be my job. I walked out onto the court in my outfit. Of course, no fans knew that I was new on the job, but I was nervous inside my furry outfit nonetheless. The gloves or “claws” were clumsy, and it was difficult to “feel” where the trigger for the cannon was located. Also, I looked out through the Wildcat’s nose, which is covered in a black screen and difficult to see through. Shooting T-shirts into the grandstands was more art than science; I just aimed the cannon up and hoped it reached the intended targets — people. I shot three T-shirts on each side of the arena, and the game began again. For the remainder of the game, I could have fun on the sidelines.


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The Lake Norman-area offers two new picture-perfect venues for exchanging vows


ature is a lovely backdrop for a wedding, and engaged couples increasingly are heading to the beach or a faraway tropical resort to say their vows. But Lake Norman brides don’t have to leave town to have the scenic wedding of their dreams. Two new local venues offer the utmost in privacy and a picturesque setting. While one is on the lake and promises a serene waterfront wedding to remember, the other is on a historic

hillside and boasts country elegance, complete with a horse-drawn carriage. Here’s a peek at the two destinations, where amid bouquets, cake and toasts, brides and grooms can dance the night away.

Celebration and Solace From the pre-wedding Thursday lunch and Friday rehearsal dinner to the Sunday honeymoon send-off, Travis Pointe can turn a wedding into a

Left and above: The six-acre lakefront property of Travis Pointe on Lake Norman in Mooresville boasts a house (with four bedrooms and three-plus baths), an event house, a boat house and plenty of shoreline.


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Less than three miles from I-77’s Exit 65, Hunting Creek Farms is both scenic and serene, with an upscale rustic appeal. The farm is home to 16 black Clydesdale horses.

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weekend of fun. The six-acre lakefront property on Lake Norman in Mooresville boasts a house (with four bedrooms and three-plus baths), an event house, a boat house and plenty of shoreline. Close to I-77’s Exit 33 and several hotel options, this wedding venue is a nice option for couples who have large extended families or a lot of out-of-town guests. “A ceremony at Travis Pointe is a unioning of families,” says owner Travis Stewart. There’s plenty of space for cookouts before or after the wedding, lawn games, swimming, boating, fishing and more. “It’s a great place for both sides of Above and left: Hunting Creek Farms offers a 9,000-square-foot reception barn/lodge that was built in 2007. The barn has a built-in audio/video system with a large screen. The property has one-half-mile frontage on Hunting Creek. Below: Located on a peninsula, Travis Pointe offers wide water views on all three sides.

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and former 30-year career in landscaping keeps the property blooming with cherry trees, dogwoods, gardenias, multicolored hydrangeas and myriad roses. A fountain adds to the ambiance, and a fire pit brings warmth at the end of the day. Simple or elegant, a wedding at Travis Pointe “is whatever the bride and groom want,” explains Stewart. A country clubstyle affair? A barbecue? A shrimp boil on the beach? “Couples can arrive by boat,

leave by boat or even take a plunge into the lake after their vows,” she says, noting that she also owns horses that can be brought over to the property. Once, two racing fans drove their favorite vehicles onto the lawn for the bridal party photos. “Because it’s a flexible space, it can become anything,” says Stewart. Couples may bring their own caterer, florist, photographer, etc., on site, or Travis Pointe can help to make the arrangements.

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Less than three miles from I-77’s Exit 65, Hunting Creek Farms is both scenic and serene, with an upscale rustic appeal. The blend of old and new is warm and inviting. “We’re not just an event venue,” says West Hunter, who owns the farm with his brother, Jason. “We’re a working sustainable farm,” he adds, noting he and Jason are graduates of North Mecklenburg High School and also own Hunter Construction Group in Mooresville.

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The property has one-half-mile frontage on Hunting Creek. A circa-1840 white farmhouse commands attention among rolling fields, rock walls, three barns and several horse pastures. In addition to growing corn and soybeans, the farm is home to 16 black Clydesdale horses — including a team of eight that are world champions. Couples may wed on the spacious lawn in front of the Colonial house (which is unoccupied due to ongoing renovations and historic preservation). “It’s such a romantic backdrop,” says Kisten Hicks Hunter, West’s wife. Then they may ride by carriage (pulled by the Clydesdales) to the 9,000-squarefoot reception barn/lodge that was built in 2007. It has a full kitchen, bathrooms and two guest rooms for the bridal party to use for changing. The barn also has a built-in audio/video system with a large screen. Outside caterers, florists and photographers are welcome at Hunting Creek Farms. Tables and chairs, however, are provided and can accommodate up to 350 guests. Chandeliers offer the perfect lighting for a day or evening reception. The outdoor patio features a large stone fireplace, and wooden rocking chairs beckon guests to take a break from the noise of the festivities. It’s also the perfect space for a receiving line and cocktails before the meal. Whether couples are drawn to the

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destination renovation Michal Bay resurrects Mooreville’s history to fuel the town’s future


aken the wrong way, Michal Bay (pronounced “Michael”) could seem like a cocky, out-of-town developer who’s only in Mooresville to make a buck. But spend some time with him and you’ll get to know an affable businessman who’s taken on a huge project that that could change the heart of the town for decades. Bringing new life Bay and his company, Concord Property Development, are in the middle of a huge renovation of the old Burlington Industries mill. The project includes 1.1 million square feet on 42 acres just south of Mooresville’s downtown. Bay — a native of Turkey — has already brought life to what was an empty eyesore. Merinos Home Furnishings Warehouse opened in part of the massive space last summer. But if his vision plays out the way he plans, Bay will turn the mill into a concentrated village of shops this part of Mooresville has never seen. How confident is he that his plans will come to fruition? “I'm 250 percent sure — we don’t miss,” he says. “So far we've done it. We've finished 70 percent of the construction without any help from the government, without any help from banks, without any help from anyone.” It’s the third such mill renovation for Bay’s development group. The others are in Ft. Lawn, South Carolina and Jefferson, Georgia. If all goes as planned in Mooresville, the rest of the project will open in late September. Bay bought the Mooresville property without seeing it first. He tells a story of having coffee in Italy when he got a call from the property’s former owner. They wanted to sell. Bay bought the historic mill after some minimal research online. “We looked at Google Earth,” he says. “It looks nice. Forty-two acres on the main street

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Michal Bay and his company, Concord Property Development, are in the middle of a huge renovation of the old Burlington Industries mill. The project includes 1.1 million square feet on 42 acres just south of Mooresville’s downtown. It’s the third such mill renovation for Bay’s development group. The others are in Ft. Lawn, South Carolina and Jefferson, Georgia.


in Mooresville. I’d never heard of Mooresville in my life, to be honest with you. So we said, ‘Okay, we can offer half a million cash.’ ” That was two years ago. When Bay first saw the mill in person, he says he knew he had his work cut out for him. “It was leaking in 248 spots,” he quips. “It was raining more inside than outside.” The company soon went to work on the renovation. Bay says a goal is to maintain the mill’s old look and feel. “We try to keep the original construction,” he says. “We think this is an American heritage, and we want to keep it that way.” Open to the world Bay’s plan for the mill’s former powerhouse is a pizza restaurant, complete with staff training in Italy. He promises — perhaps jokingly, perhaps not — that it will offer the best pizza in the world. He’s also looking for other business owners to set up shop in the vast mill. (Bay says if an owner’s vision matches his, he’ll charge just $1 in rent for the first year.)

all over the world — Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Italy — will fly here, spend a week with us, pick up their furniture, and we will deliver it to Europe to their house.” Sound like lofty aspirations to you? Bay says it’s working at his Georgia and South Carolina stores. “Why wouldn’t it happen here?” he asks. LNC

Michal Bay is 250 percent sure that his Mooresville project will succeed.

But make no mistake — the main focus of the re-development will be on furniture and home furnishings. Bay predicts most of the mill’s business will come from Charlotte and the Lake Norman area. But he’s adamant that he’ll also market to a worldwide clientele. He points to one of the buildings on the property. “That to me is a beautiful Italian villa,” he says. “We put all the 12 to 14 designer furniture brand names in there, people from

“We try to keep the original construction,” says Bay. “We think this is an American heritage, and we want to keep it that way.” Scott Graf is a Corneliusbased broadcaster and freelance writer. A native of Iowa, he has lived in the Lake Norman area since 2006.

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ave you ever wanted to just point your vehicle West and head off into the sunset with the one you love? Explore the open roads and see our nation’s natural beauty? Maybe you simply want to break from the daily grind and discover the peace and tranquility that exists far away from urban gridlock. Stump and Cindy Lewis do it for a living. And they do it together. For the last 14 years the Mooresville couple has crisscrossed America at least four times a year hauling NASCAR Sprint Cup cars from Charlotte to tracks as far away as California and New Hampshire. If you spot the No. 56 Napa Auto Parts Toyota Camry hauler rolling anywhere in the country, you can be assured that either Stump or Cindy is behind the wheel. “We prefer driving at night and plan our travel so we can avoid traffic in the cities we pass through,” explains Stump. “We’ve been doing it for so long, and we’ve been across the country so much that we know exactly where we are going, how long it takes and where we want to stop. We do the 40 or 42-hour drive to California just stopping for gas, but if we want to get out and stretch

somewhere, we can tell you every roadside café that’s worth a visit.” You might think it’s easy when the cab of your Freightliner rig is custom cooled and comes equipped with Internet access, a bed and a refrigerator, but the Lewises say their rolling hotel room also serves as a mobile office and weather station. “Early in the season about five or six years ago, an ice storm outside Dallas shut us down on the interstate for 11 hours,” remembers Cindy. “Nobody moved at all. There are some things we have learned to avoid, but you really can’t avoid storms like that.” The couple says their relationship has become closer because they spend so much time together. “A lot of people ask us how we can stand being together for so long, but to be honest, we just do it,” explains Stump. “I guess it is just natural for us. Since we take turns driving, a lot of the time one of us is either sleeping or working on something else in the back so we both keep ourselves pretty busy. We could go six or eight hours and never say a word to each other. Then on some trips we could talk Stump Lewis says the part of the country he loves the most is the beauty of the Southwest along old Route 66.

“We just had our 24th wedding anniversary, so I guess you could say things are pretty solid for us,” jokes Cindy Lewis.

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the whole time. We just never know.” “We just had our 24th wedding anniversary, so I guess you could say things are pretty solid for us,” jokes Cindy. “Our kids laugh at us because we really believe that every day we spend together is an anniversary.” Once the season begins, Stump and Cindy spend the majority of every week on the road. They typically leave Michael Waltrip Racing’s Cornelius headquarters on Wednesday and park at the track on Thursday. When the weekend is over, depending on their next destination, they will either head back to the shop to unload and reload or travel directly to the next race. In a typical week, they might get one day at home to stretch and unwind. During the month of February into March, with races scheduled in Daytona, Phoenix and Las Vegas, they will be on the road constantly. Ask Stump what part of the country he loves the most and he will tell you it’s the beauty of the Southwest along old Route 66. Ask Cindy where she likes driving the least and she will tell you it is anywhere in California with strict regulations and speed limits. Ask them why they do it and their answer will cause you to sigh. “People always ask us how we can be on the road so much and be away from our home,” says Stump. “We have a simple answer. If you love what you’re doing and love the person you are with day in and day out, then it’s not really a job at all. It’s a life together.” 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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he Black-Eye’d Pea Family Restaurant and Grill in Mooresville serves a tasty selection of American dishes — just don’t expect to find black-eyed peas on the menu. “My grandmother made the best blackeyed peas,” says Carleen Savvides, who owns the restaurant on East Statesville Avenue with her husband, John. Yet, until she can perfect her own recipe, she will not offer black-eyed peas.

This sums up their approach to the food on the menu. The Black-Eye’d Pea only features selections that the couple is confident meet their high standards and that they would serve to friends and family in their own home. "Our food is homemade," John says. “The food quality is very important to us. We do not open a can of anything. My potatoes are made from scratch.”

“It’s a neighborhood family restaurant with neighborhood prices,” Carleen explains. “We know the customer. I know more stories about the customers than I ever have before. As long as the customers love us and we can do the best we can for the customers, that’s what it’s about for me.”

industry for decades, and they have learned the business from the ground up. Most recently they managed a Hendersonville restaurant. They were looking for an opportunity to run their own place. “This has been our dream,” she says. “This was the best move we’ve ever done. This is our last job.” They know that this is how they

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Made from scratch Carleen and John both create specialty dishes. He makes the soups every day, as well as the desserts, including the coconut cream and key lime pies. She makes 35 pounds of chicken salad each week, as it is one of their most popular items. “Our corn pudding, everybody tells us, is to die for,” she says. The Savvides opened the restaurant in June and have been refining and modifying the menu since then based on guests’ input. The dishes range from steaks and fish to pasta and chicken entrees. Burgers, sandwiches and salads provide other options. Salads include the Hawaiian Salad, featuring mixed greens, dried cranberries, mandarin oranges, toasted pecans, grilled pineapple and fresh strawberries served with a choice of grilled chicken or boiled shrimp. The Apple Salad boasts mixed greens, crisp bacon, goat cheese, sliced apples and toasted pecans topped with grilled chicken. A signature entree’, The Mediterranean Pasta includes grilled chicken and feta cheese served over thin spaghetti with fresh spinach, sundried tomatoes, artichoke hearts and capers sautéed in garlic and olive oil.


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wish to complete their careers, as restaurant owners able to respond to customers’ needs without having to ask someone else’s permission.

“Working for somebody else is different,” John says. “Working for yourself, you explore your ideas and you test yourself. It’s a much different feeling.” They already have added Sunday hours, after guests told them the community needed different options for the Sunday mid-day meal. They have also introduced smaller portions at lunch for a smaller fee in response to customers’ suggestions. They anticipate that they will continue to make changes. They’ve already improved the efficiency of their kitchen processes, after one unusually busy Sunday when more than 100 customers in one hour helped them see ways to improve their responsiveness. In the future, they plan to offer breakfast. They just need to move their household from Statesville to Mooresville first. Restaurant guests are spreading the word about the Black-Eye’d Pea. “Every week we see new faces,” says John. “When I see a new face, I ask how they heard about us, and they say it was word of mouth.”

They also have consistent guests, such as the Mooresville High School Class of 1958, which gathers there regularly. The restaurant is cozy, with brick i nterior and a homey décor. The walls feature historic Mooresville black-and white photographs — provided by a customer. Family members help out, which also adds to the comfortable vibe. As a side note, the restaurant is independently owned and not affiliated with a Texas restaurant group with a similar name. The name for the restaurant came in a dream of Carleen’s. “I went to sleep, and when I woke up, I said, ‘Do you know what we’re going to call the restaurant? We’re going to call it the Black-Eye’d Pea.’ ” LNC The Scoop

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t seems that Valentine’s Day is inextricably linked to chocolate. Now, that’s not a bad thing, but I prefer to take a different, less traveled path — that and there’s also the fact that my wife really doesn’t care for chocolate. Therefore, the answer for me to this life problem is sparkling wine. Sparkling wines, especially Champagne, are mainly associated with celebrations and joyous occasions. Why not celebrate with your certain someone? And, why not go for the joyous rather than for a box chock full of calories? It works for me, anyway. EBULLIENT EFFERVESCENCE So, what makes up a good bubbly strategy? Champagne, of course. But there’s a whole host of other alternatives. The first thing to know is that only those sparkling wines made

in the Champagne region of France are entitled to be called Champagne. Although there’s a little dispensation for a few wines made in California. How does Champagne get its sparkle? The bubbles, and a lot of the flavors, in Champagne are the result of a second fermentation that takes place after the wine has been bottled.

The fermentation produces carbon dioxide that gets absorbed into the wine. And so we have bubbles. Fermentation also leaves behind spent (i.e dead) yeast, which remains in the bottle as the Champagne ages. Dead yeast sounds pretty unattractive, but what it does is impart some delicious flavors into Continued on page 49

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the wine. In a glass of good Champagne you get warm flavors of toast and biscuits. Very nice. There are three types of grapes that go into Champagne — Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. Chardonnay is a white grape, and the two types of Pinot are each red grapes. Red grapes to make white wine? After crushing the Pinots, the resulting juice is siphoned off right away. It never stays in contact with the skins, and so it never picks up any of their red color. On some bottles of Champagne you’ll see the designation, ‘Blanc de Blancs.’ Literally that means ‘white from whites.’ It also means that the wine has been made from only Chardonnay grapes. In addition, you’ll run across ‘Blanc de Noirs.’ Here, the wine is made from only red grapes. Is one style of Champagne better than another? It’s kind of an open question. Some winemakers think that Blanc de Blancs is where one can discover the elegance and finesse, the beauty of Chardonnay. On the other hand there are winemakers who think it is the combination of grape varieties that gives Champagne its uniqueness. One thing is for sure; Blanc de Blancs generally carry a higher price tag. So, it’s a personal choice. For me, I’d stay with a middle-of-the-road wine.

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BUDGET BUBBLIES Champagne, at least good Champagne, can be pricey. But there are a several other options for a little romantic joy spreading. There are French sparkling wines that are made in exactly the same way as Champagne but are made outside of that region. They can’t call themselves Champagne, but that doesn’t make them any less delicious. These wines go by the name, Crémant. A bottle of Crémant looks just like a bottle of Champagne, so it’s easy to pick one out. Check on the label and you’ll see the words ‘méthode traditionnelle.’ In days gone by, the labeling could be ‘méthode champenoise,’ but the winemakers in Champagne put a stop

to that. There are seven regions of France that produce Crémant. The ones you’re most likely to come across on this side of the Atlantic are Crémant d’Alsace, Crémant de Bourgogne or Crémant de Loire. All Crémants are very much on par with their more elegant cousins. They have different flavor profiles due to the different grapes used to make them, but

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they are equally interesting and fun to sip on. Best of all, they carry a price far less than Champagne. Celebration and joy on a budget. Staying within the ‘méthode champenoise’ family and crossing the Pyrenees into Spain you run into a wine called Cava. Cava used to be a wine positioned as a really cheap alternative to Champagne; you can get a bottle of Cava for under $10. But, that’s changing a little. Cava is becoming more than just unpretentious fun. There are some world-class wines made under the official Cava designation. Some wineries produce only Gran Reserva bottles, which means they keep their wines in contact with the lees (spent yeast) for at least 30 months and in some instances for five to eight years. These are wines with depth and character, and they’re available in the $20 to $30 range. CALIFORNIA’S CROP There’s no shortage of bubbly wine made on this side of the Atlantic, mostly in California. Back to the quirk I mentioned earlier. Some wines carry the description ‘California

Champagne’ on their labels. This goes back to the Prohibition era. This was the time when countries signed an international agreement regarding wine origin names. Given that the United States was in Prohibition, there was no reason to sign the agreement. Some California winemakers had been calling their wines Champagne before Prohibition, and when that law was lifted they were ‘grandfathered’ and kept the name. Today, as a result of international trading agreements, they placate the French by using the term ‘California Champagne.’ The fact that ‘California Champagne’ is on a label is no guarantee that the wine inside the bottle will be of Champagne standard. In fact, quite the opposite. Generally it’s only the low-end sparkling wines that misuse

the Champagne name; Korbel being a significant exception. Probably your best bet for finding a good California sparkling wine is to seek out the wines made by Champagne houses that have set up shop in the state. Names like Domaine Chandon, Schramsberg, Mumm-Cuvée, Roederer and a few others. All these wines — French, Spanish or Californian — are great on their own. But you can add to the fun. Pour a little Crème de Pêche or Crème de Cassis in the glass before you pour in the wine. It adds even another dimension to the wines; a great idea for an aperitif. So, stay away from the Valentine’s chocolate crowd and have some wine fun — a bubbly celebration and joy with that special person. What could be better? 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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Meet three active couples who keep sports near the center of their relationships Tim and Sara Vest of Huntersville have been married almost 11 years. In addition to competing in triathlons together, Sara recently completed her first marathon, and Tim is an Ironman finisher who is also one of the area’s most powerful cyclists.

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Tim and Sara Vest, Huntersville

— At first, it wasn’t about the bike

Tim. “We support each other when one of us has a long run or long ride scheduled, and sometimes on weekends, it’s just great to put our daughter in the jogger, grab the dog and do a little one-hour family run.”

Greg and Sarah Hart, Huntersville — Love at first splash

“We met 22 years ago before swim practice during our first week of school at Chapel Hill,” Greg begins. “For me, it was love at first sight. I took one look at her and said, ‘Wow.’ I felt this crazy little spark that day and said to myself right on the pool deck that this was the girl I was going

to marry. I thought it was crazy at the time, but I just had this feeling.” Sarah felt a spark, too, and says she had an inclination that Greg wanted to ask her on a date during college but believes the friendship they built first became the foundation for their love. “Swimming was a very big component of college for us because we were in the pool together every single day,” Sarah explains. “Since Greg and I trained at the same level, our coaches either put us right next to each other or had us share a lane. We pushed each other, developed a mutual degree of respect and admiration, and grew into best friends.” Sarah adds, “And believe it or not, we were never a couple in college. I have to say the one and 53

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“When we first met, I knew Tim was into cycling, so I thought getting on bikes would be a cool thing to go out and do together,” explains Sara. “I had never done anything that required lots of endurance, and the first time we ever went on a bike together, I only made it about four miles. I’ll admit it wasn’t pretty.” “She actually started to tear up and then decided to go home,” recalls Tim. “I felt terrible.” The unsuccessful bike ride happened more than 13 years ago as Sara was finishing her undergraduate degree at N.C. State and Tim, who had recently graduated, was living near campus. Despite the difficult start, they stayed together. Fast forward to 2002 and now it’s Tim’s turn to struggle in a new sport. “After we found the Huntersville area and discovered how many cyclists and triathletes live here, Sara had the idea to sign us up for the YMCA’s triathlon training program,” Tim explains. “We both got into the pool together, and I could barely swim a lap.” Sara says finishing the program and entering sprint and Olympic-distance triathlons together strengthened their relationship. “Just going through the program together, learning about something new and meeting other couples who did the same thing really helped us become closer,” Sara says. “It was great that we were out there together.” Married nearly 11 years, both working full time and raising a young daughter has not diminished their passion for sports. In addition to competing in triathlons together, Sara recently completed her first marathon, and Tim is an Ironman finisher who is also one of the area’s most powerful cyclists. And they both agree it is important for their daughter to see the example they are trying to set as active parents. “If one of us has a big event scheduled, the other one takes our daughter, and we serve as the cheering section,” says Sara. “With both of us working and raising our daughter, finding the time to train is difficult, but we are committed to making it a priority,” says

Married in 1998 and now raising two daughters, Greg and Sarah Hart smile when they recall the newlywed years they spent swimming, entering their first 5k, completing their first triathlon and training for their first marathon together.

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only one time we did go to a swimming social together, it felt awkward to both of us.” Following graduation, Greg moved to Charlotte to begin his financial career, and Sarah headed to the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. They wrote letters to keep in touch. After injuries forced Sarah to abandon her Olympic swimming dreams, she moved to the Lake Norman area to be closer to Greg. Within a year — nine years after they first met — Greg and Sarah got engaged. Sarah recalls, “I had been going through a very difficult time and even though we were miles apart, Greg was there for me. It hit us only after we went our own ways after college that we were meant to be together.” Married in 1998 and now raising two daughters, both Greg and Sarah smile when they recall the newlywed years they spent

swimming, entering their first 5k, completing their first triathlon and training for their first marathon together. “We have gone through it all together, and now that we have our daughters, it’s motivating enough for us all to be out there together,” Greg says. “We hope our daughters see the love and mutual respect Sarah and I have for each other, and we hope that helps them grow into the kind of people we were when we first became friends.”

Will and Cindy Motchar, Davidson — Love is just one of their healthy habits

“The healthy eating aspect of our relationship was a funny dynamic when we first started Cindy and Will Motchar, who met in 1990 when Cindy trained as a bodybuilder and Will played basketball, share many healthy habits and believe staying active has helped their 15-year marriage stay strong.

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dating,” jokes Cindy. “I am and have always been a very clean and healthy eater, and when we would go out to dinner, I’d order something like a baked potato with nothing on it. Will would get the same thing but cover it with butter, sour cream, cheese and everything else he could find. We would look at each other and wonder what the other person was thinking.” Will adds, “I have been an athlete all my life and usually just ate whatever I wanted. After we started dating, it didn’t take me long to see how eating healthy could make a difference for me. Her healthy habits rubbed off, and I’d say within a year we were on the same page.” Cindy and Will, who met in 1990 when Cindy trained as a bodybuilder and Will played basketball, share many healthy habits and believe staying active has helped their 15-year marriage stay strong. Cindy has transitioned to tennis, and Will is now a competitive golfer. They support each other and share their healthy passions with their son. “We are both pretty serious athletes and knew that about each other when we met,” Will explains. “When I picked up golf and she picked up tennis, it was an ‘all in’ thing for both of us. We both realized that if we wanted to get better, we would need to give the other person the space they need to practice and be as supportive as we could. Our son sees how we encourage and support each other, and even though he is only 12, he is picking up some of our habits.” As supportive as they are of each other, both Will and Cindy agree it’s probably best that they don’t try each other’s sport and take the court or step on the course together. “We have learned through the years that if either of us takes something up, we both know that it likely won’t be to just try it out for fun,” explains Will. “I know if I take up tennis then I’ll sign up for lessons and start feeling like I should be practicing more and more to get better. But there are only so many hours in a day and with a family and a job, that wouldn’t be fair.” 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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ots of people make resolutions at the beginning of a new year, but Barbara Green took it a step further. The owner of Sensibly Chic Interior Design in Cornelius redesigned her bedroom to usher in 2012. Formerly a tropical-infused space with aloe green walls and a four-poster iron bed, Green’s bedroom now has a sassy and zealous feel with 56

just the right touch of femininity. “I just wanted the space to have a peaceful but passionate feeling,” explains Green, who hosts The Design Diva on WAVO 1150 AM and WTIX 1410 AM on Saturday mornings from 8 to 9 a.m. “My philosophy is that you need to fill your house with stuff you love. It doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks about

it. If you love it, then it’s the right thing for your house. I love leopard print and I love bold color and I love pink.” All of her loves came together to make a lively space that also serves as a comfortable respite after a challenging day. We recently spoke with her about how she gave her bedroom a fresh and expensive look for an affordable price. LNC

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her bed in Strawberry Daiquiri by Behr. She recently used the color in her display at the Southern Christmas Show. “Pink is my favorite color, and this is a rich and dark shade of pink, more like fuchsia,” she says. “I put the bold color behind the bed so that when I’m actually in the bed it’s not going to overwhelm me. It won’t be the focal point, but walking in it’s the focal point and adds a lot of drama.”

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7 Green updated her windows by making draperies from fabric she purchased at Tony’s Fine Décor Fabrics in Huntersville.

8 Leopard throw pillows add a touch of whimsy to the design. “I love leopard. Next to pink, my favorite thing is leopard,” says Green. “If I see pink leopard, I buy it. It’s a no-brainer.” 9 An angel (dressed in leopard) sitting on her accent table stands over photos of her two daughters — Shannon, 26 and Bonnie, 20. “I thought how nice would it be to have an angel looking over my daughters, so I put her there,” explains Green.

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The Scoop Jim Pugh performs at Hough High School in Cornelius on February 4 at 7 p.m. Admission is free, but donations are encouraged. Pugh will be holding a luncheon discussion at Acropolis Café & Grille in Cornelius at noon that day in addition to a clinic at Hough High School at 3 p.m. For more information, visit

A Musical Treat World-renowned trombonist Jim Pugh slides into town


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ake Norman music lovers are in for a winter treat very close to home, as famed trombonist Jim Pugh will play in Cornelius this month. The appearance was orchestrated by local trombonist and Lake Norman Big Band President Jim McNabb. McNabb saw Pugh perform in March 2011 at an annual trombonist conference in northern Virginia. McNabb approached Pugh out of the blue and asked if he’d consider playing here. “He thought about it for about two seconds,” McNabb recalls, “and said, ‘Yes, I would.’ ” Pugh is widely considered one of the top trombonists in the country. He’s played with names like Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Steely Dan and Pink Floyd. His work has appeared in a number of top movies, and he’s arranged several themes for National Public Radio. He also teaches at the University of Illinois. McNabb equates Pugh to the Eric Clapton of the trombone world. “He would be up there in that company,” McNabb says. “He’s that good. He’s absolutely, ridiculously good.” Pugh says he’s looking forward to his visit and sharing his expertise with aspiring musicians during a clinic that afternoon, as well as at the concert. He says he hasn’t been in the Charlotte area since the 1970s when he toured with jazz great Woody Herman. Pugh will be featured in a concert from 7-9 p.m. on February 4 at Hough High School, where he’ll perform with the Lake Norman Big Band, the Davidson College Jazz Ensemble, as well as area middle and high school students. “It’ll be a fairly mainstream selection of music,” Pugh says. “It’s music that I like listening to and certainly like playing.” - By Scott Graf, photography courtesy of Jim Pugh

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A month of things to do in the Lake Norman area CHILDREN A Thousand Cranes (February 3-4) Twelve-yearold Sadako is diagnosed with radiation sickness in the years after the Hiroshima bomb. With boundless optimism, she takes an old story to heart: “If a sick person folds a thousand paper cranes the gods will grant her wish.”This is a production of Davidson Community Players’ The Connie Company. Friday 7 p.m., Saturday 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Free. Armour Street Theatre, Davidson, www. Have a Heart Valentine’s Party (February 4) Come make a valentine or two at the Have a Heart Valentine’s Party. Free. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Cornelius Arts Center, 19725 Oak Street, Cornelius, www.

CONCERTS Musical Interludes (February 3, 24) Davidson College invites the public to a mid-day fiddle concert by the multitalented musician Jon Singleton (February 3). Artist Associate Cynthia Lawing and Gloria Cook, known together as “Ten Fingers on 176 Keys” will present a dual piano concert (February 24). 12:30 p.m. Free. Davidson College, Tyler-Tallman Hall, Sloan Music Center, 704.894.2848, Alexander Community Concert Series (February 5) A headliner at the Chet Atkins Festival in Nashville since 1995, Edgar Cruz brings his flamenco music to Denver. 2 p.m. $15, $10 seniors (65+) and students, free children under 12. Saint Peter by the Lake, 8433 Fairfield Forest Road, Denver, 704.308.3460. Angels in Need 3rd Annual Buddy Benefit (February 12) This a capella concert celebrates children with special needs. It’s hosted The Buddy System of Davidson College and Kappa Sigma fraternity. 4 p.m. Donations encouraged. Davidson College, Duke Family Performance Hall, www. Cornelius Concert Series (February 19) The Triumphant Quartet brings their gospel sound to town. 7 p.m. Free will offerings. Mt. Zion United Methodist Church Sanctuary, Cornelius.

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Organ at Davidson (February 21) Davidson College Presbyterian Church invites the public to an organ concert by the church’s associate music director Michael Rowland. Rowland will present works by Bach and Franck. 7:30 p.m. Free, but donations encouraged. Davidson College Presbyterian Church, Lingle Chapel, 704.892.5641. Davidson College Symphony Orchestra (February 23) The orchestra performs Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, and Hovhaness’s Symphony No. 2 Mysterious Mountain. 7:30 p.m. Free. Davidson College, Duke Family Performance Hall, 704.894.2848,

will perform Max Reger’s Solo Cello Suite in D Minor and Chopin’s Cello Sonata in G Minor. Black will be accompanied by pianist Dana Protopopescu. 7:30 p.m. Free. Davidson College, Tyler-Tallman Hall, Sloan Music Center, 704.894.2848, Davidson College Smith Artist Series (February 28) The Spirit of Uganda features a dramatically choreographed performance by 22 young Ugandan dancers and drummers. The troupe is raising funds to support themselves and others in their homeland and is also promoting awareness of Uganda’s dual crises of AIDS and civil war. 8 p.m. $20. Davidson College, Duke Family Performance Hall, 704.894.2135,

EVENTS Souper Bowl VIII (February 4) Come and taste soups from your favorite Lake Norman restaurants. Cast your vote for the best creamy, chunky, farm to spoon, most creative and best overall soups. Desserts provided by Bird & Bear Cookie Co., Davidson Chocolate Company and Sweet Cakes Bakery. Live music and silent auction will also be provided. The event benefits HAMMERS. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. $10, students 12 and up $8, children $5. Advance tickets available until 5 p.m., February 3; prices increase at door. Davidson College, hammers1.html. Davidson College Dining Event (February 8) Davidson College invites the public to a dining event with noted public television chef Joanne Weir. Weir, host of the public television series Joanne Weir’s Cooking Class and a new series titled Joanne Weir’s Cooking Confidence, will meet fans, talk about cuisine and offer a Mediterranean luncheon she has inspired. 11 a.m. to 1:45 p.m., $9.75, Davidson College, Vail Commons, 704.894.2600, email crmombert@

Spirit of Women Day of Dance (February 25) Iredell Health System will unite Iredell County with 80 other communities across the U.S. through this event. It combines different genres of music with dances such as ballet, belly dancing, jazz, line dancing, salsa, swing and hip-hop. There will also be health screenings and education on heart disease for women and their families. The event begins at 8 a.m. Free, breakfast with keynote speaker — pre-register for $10. Charles Mack Citizen Center, Mooresville, 704.878.7447, www. Davidson Horticultural Symposium (March 6) The Davidson Garden Club hosts The Roots of Passion: The Inspired Gardener. Speakers include author Andrea Wulf (The Founding Gardeners); Bill Thomas of Chanticleer, David Howard of Highgrove, England; plant explorer Sean Hogan, as well as some local treasures in the gardening community. 8 a.m. $85, registration limited to 400 and you must register by February 24. Davidson College, www.

GALLERIES Andre Christine Gallery Wine, Women and Music opens on February 11 with live music from The Greenhouse Jazz Ensemble, 6-9 p.m. A new sculpture by Asheville sculptor Robert Winkler will be introduced in the sculpture garden that evening as well. Through April 4. 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,

Rotary Club of North Mecklenburg Annual Pancake Breakfast & Lake Norman Talent Show (February 11) Start your day off with a tasty breakfast prepared by the Rotary Club of North Mecklenburg. All proceeds benefit Big Brothers/Big Sisters “A Big Day at the Lake” and Seed Programs International, which helps fight world hunger. 8 a.m.noon. $10. Bethel Presbyterian Church, 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, www.landmark-galleries. com.

Sweetheart Tours (February 11-12) Visit Latta Plantation with your sweetheart to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Enjoy a special Valentine’s Day tour and hear unique stories about the Latta daughters and 19th century courting customs. Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sunday 1-4 p.m. Tours are on the hour each day. Free with regular site admission. Historic Latta Plantation, 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville,

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,

A Night Out with Oscar (February 23) The North Mecklenburg Woman’s Club holds an Oscar party at Havana Banquet & Ballroom in Cornelius. The red Davidson College Faculty Recital (February 26) carpet evening gala includes a Fashion Extravaganza by Nordstrom, plated dinner, cocktails, gift bag, Alan Black, artist associate at Davidson College and principal cellist for the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, silent and live auctions, entertainment, and surprises. Proceeds will help the club give scholarships to local


women pursuing an education. 6 p.m. $50 per person with limited seating. Havana Banquet & Ballroom, Cornelius,

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,

Gateway Gallery Various exhibitions. Tue-Fri 10 a.m.5 p.m., Sat 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 19818 North Cove Road, Suite E3, Jetton Village, Cornelius, 704.892.5312, www. 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, www. Merrill-Jennings Galleries Various exhibitions. MonFri 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 463 S. Main Street,

Mooresville Artist Guild Various exhibitions. 103 West Center Avenue, Mooresville, Tropical Connections Various exhibitions. TueFri 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 Recent Gifts and Acquisitions features a major piece by Polish sculptor Magdalena Abakanowicz. The exhibit also showcases Works on Paper by Sean Scully, and marks the release of Davidson Collects: 100 Writers Respond to Art. This 280-page full-color book describes the history of Davidson’s visual art program and includes 100 essays by Davidson students about works in the permanent collection. Through March 2. Weekdays 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday noon-4 p.m. Davidson College, 315 N. Main Street, Davidson, 704.894.2519,


Mooresville Town Square across from Lowe’s Foods. Davidson Farmer’s Market (Bi-weekly through March) Farmers sell a bounty of seasonal vegetables; pasteurized meats and cheeses; and freshly baked breads, cakes and pies. 9 a.m.noon. Free. Next to Town Hall between Main and Jackson streets in downtown Davidson, www.

SPORTS Davidson College Men’s Basketball It’s time for some hoops with the Wildcats. Chattanooga (Feb 4, 4 p.m.), Wofford (Feb 6, 7 p.m.), Samford (Feb 15, 7 p.m.), Bracketbuster (Feb 18, TBA), Elon (Feb 23, 7 p.m.). Davidson College, Davidson College Women’s Basketball The Lady Wildcats take the court for another great season. UNC Greensboro (Feb 8, 7 p.m.), Appalachian State (Feb 18, TBA), Wofford (Feb 20, 6 p.m.). Davidson College,


Carolina Raptor Center Live bird presentations, flight shows, behind-the-scenes tours and more take place at Carolina Raptor Center throughout the month. Visit for more details.

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.

The Artisan Market Craft Crawl (First Friday Night) Formerly known as the Mooresville Craft Crawl, this market features baked goods, clothing, embroidery, jewelry, paintings, pottery, quilts and woodcarvings with an edge. 5-9 p.m. Free.

On the Verge (Through February 4) In Eric Overmyer’s imaginative comedy, three Victorian women explorers set out on an adventure that takes them to darkest Africa, highest Himalaya and into


Terra Incognita — an unknown place and time into their future (our recent past). Directed by Jim Gloster, this production features actors Donna Scott, Tonya Bludsworth, Chandler McIntyre and Mark Scarboro. Thu-Sat 8 p.m. $20, groups of eight or more/seniors/ students $15, bring your favorite invention (or a picture of your favorite invention) and get $1 off your ticket price. The Warehouse Performing Arts Center, 9216-A Westmoreland Road, Cornelius, www.

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The Importance of Being Earnest (February 18) Enjoy an Artist Series performance Saturday, February 18 of AquilaTheatre’s production of Oscar Wilde’s 1895 masterpiece. This classic play follows the hilarious adventures of young friends Jack Worthing and Algernon Moncrieff, who begin bending the truth and inventing imaginary friends to add some excitement to their lives. Romantic entanglements ensue. 7:30 p.m. Reserved seating is $20 for the general public. Davidson College, Duke Family Performance Hall, 704.894.2135, tickets. Metamorphoses (February 22-26) The Davidson College Theatre Department invites the public to a stage presentation of Mary Zimmerman’s interpretation of Metamorphoses. The play, originally written by the Roman poet Ovid, is an ironic and moving look at human relationships. Zimmerman’s story ultimately brings audience members to a closer understanding of love, lust and loss. 7:30 p.m., 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday. $8 for adults, $5 for seniors 60 and over, and $4 for students. Davidson College, The Barber Theatre of Cunningham Theatre Center, 704.894.2135,

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