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Contents |

Inside | January 2009 Currency Monthly Financial Feature

12 Guidance for brides and grooms 14 Tax-saving strategies for January


Rip Currents Local residents and companies that are making waves

16 True lake resident 20 Be a star

Norah Dahlen started on houseboat

Warehouse helps children, adults hone their talents


Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s go

24 Mountain Vows


Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the destination, not the journey, for weddings


28 Layers of lusciousness Choices personalize wedding cakes


32 Keep your color Permanent makeup means all-day glow Lake Norman Currents | January 2009


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Contents |

38 On Course

38 Swinging the Dana Rader way Golf school lets area residents polish their game

42 Hidden in the rough Statesville Country Club exudes tradition, friendliness

Strong Currents


Ways to live strong through good health

44 Stretching the limit Boomers bounce back from injury with physical therapy

The Grapevine Our monthly wine column

46 Single-mindedness

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48 Waterfront casual Vinnieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reflects lake-area atmosphere

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50 Winning design Estate has casual, lake-life ambience

58 Five years, 50 houses Our Towns Habitat keeps homes green Lake Norman Currents | January 2009


62 Spotlight on regional events Top picks for things to do in the lake area

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At The Helm | Sharon Simpson

Great Start New year brings new opportunities T

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he New Year. It’s a time for new directions and new beginnings. And one of the biggest new directions and new beginning for anyone is marriage. When my son, Matthew Moore, married his true love, Rachel Hargett, one year ago, they considered all the options – including exotic destination settings – and decided to hold the ceremony and all the festivities locally. It allowed more friends and family to participate, cut down travel for everyone and even saved money, which any couple can use as they start their lives together. Those longing for the best of both options can look to the North Carolina Mountains for the perfect destination wedding – and within an easy drive of the Lake Norman area. There are wonderful inns scattered across the western part of the state, and there’s plenty to do for everyone in the wedding party and all the visitors, too. Writer Judy Morgenthall takes us on a tour in her story, which starts on page 24. And what would any wedding be without the cake? Our Temptations tester, Trent Pitts, lets us in on some flavor and design possibilities in his story, which starts on page 28. At the end of it all are the finances, which any couple must consider. Not just the wedding, but

how they will handle their money for the next few years. Certified public account Sarah B. Sink comes to the rescue with her guidelines for merging your money and finances on page 12. The lake area, of course, has so much to offer anyone, married or single, young, intermediate or senior. This month, writer Mike Savicki begins a series of profiles of area golf courses. Discover the signature holes, how to play them, plus what the courses have to offer. And if you need to brush up on your game or are ready to start playing, head for the Dana Rader Golf School in Statesville. Maybe you’re more the performing type than the athlete. The Warehouse can help you hone your skills in a range of area, from music to writing to acting. Check it out on page 20. Then wind down your day at a lakefront restaurant. We begin our series on waterfront dining this month at Vinnie’s Sardine Grill and Raw Bar in Mooresville. You’ll find all this information on our website,, plus lots more. Look there, too, for photos from area events. You just might find yourself there. Then join us back here in February and catch the current yet again.


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P Personally, I’d like to thank each of you for the kind words the staff has rreceived about our magazine. Your support and encouragement mean sso much and motivate us to get even better. For those of you who aasked how you can be added to our mailing list, we are now offering ssubscriptions! For $29 per year or $55 for two years, you can have our magazine mailed directly to your home or office each month. Just email m me at and I‘ll give you all the details. And keep m tthose kind words and great ideas coming!

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Lake Norman Currents is a monthly publication available through direct-mail home delivery as well as alternative neighborhood distribution. Copies also are available throughout the Lake Norman area at Harris Teeters supermarkets and Lowes Foods. Subscriptions are available for $29 per year. Send us your name, address, phone number and a check made payable to Lake Norman CURRENTS at the address below and we’ll start your subscription with the next available issue. Sharon Simpson Publisher Carol-Faye Ashcraft Editor

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SPARK Publications Publication Design & Production Ad Production Sumcad Design Mission Statement Lake Norman CURRENTS magazine will embody the character, the voice and the spirit of its readers, its leaders and its advertisers. It will connect the people of Lake Norman through inspiring, entertaining and informative content, photography and design; all of which capture the elements of a well-lived life on and around the community known as Lake Norman. Lake Norman CURRENTS P.O. Box 1676, Cornelius, NC 28031 704-749-8788 The entire contents of this publication are protected under copyright. Unauthorized use of any editorial or advertising content in any form is strictly prohibited. Lake Norman CURRENTS magazine is wholly owned by Venture Magazines, LLC.

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Currency | by Sarah B. Sink

Merging your money Guidance for brides and grooms


mid the flurry of wedding plans, a few personal financial matters need to be addressed. It is important to examine finances prior to combining your assets.

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Before comingling finances, check your respective credit reports. You are entitled to a free report each year from Equifax, TransUnion and Experian. For your free credit report, go to AnnualCreditReport. com. Report necessary corrections. Good credit allows you to buy the house you want at the best interest rate. Prepare to close unnecessary accounts and establish credit for the two of you. Now is the time to put a cap on credit card spending. It’s tempting to overspend on a wedding. Remember, you have to pay it back afterward. Make sure your property and income taxes are paid. Also examine wills, brokerage accounts and bank accounts and be sure beneficiaries are as you wish. Take a hard look at your insurance. Your new rings will need a rider to the renters or homeowners insurance.

It’s important to assess what each spouse is bringing to the marriage. That includes assets as well as liabilities. Before deciding on the new digs, consider student debt, credit card debt, wedding expenses and auto loans, along with such items as income resources, interest-bearing accounts, dividends, trusts and salaries. Determine whether you want to share one checking account with separate savings accounts, contribute living expenses to a shared checking account, share credit card accounts or keep everything separate. That’s enough for now. The day for evaluating insurance, retirement, buying a house and planning a family will come soon enough. For now, share information and have no secrets. You need to know what you have and what you owe before you commit to a lifetime together. LNC

Sarah B. Sink is a certified public accountant with an office in Mooresville. For more information, call 704-662-9854, email or visit


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Currency | by the staff of Ladd, McCall & Associates, PA, Cornelius Office

Tax information for January Editor’s note: This is the second installment in a series of tax tips that we will be presenting each month through April.


ou can start out the new year with some actions that may help you to save taxes.

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• Increase the amount you set aside in 2009 in your employer’s health flexible spending account if you set aside too little in 2008. • Self-employed individuals should consider setting up a self-employed retirement plan. This can be established at any time up to the due date of the tax return or when the return is filed – whichever comes first. • Depending on your particular situation, you may want to deduct investment interest against capital gains and qualified dividends. By default, investment interest is deducted against ordinary dividends and interest income. • You may be able to exclude certain cancelled debt on your principal residence from income under the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act of 2007, which applies to qualified debt forgiven in 2007, 2008 or 2009. The amount of debt forgiven should be reported to you by your lender on a Form 1099-C. • Also, keep in mind that the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act of 2007 has been extended until Dec. 31, 2010, for qualified mortgage insurance premiums paid as home mortgage interest. This is phased out at higher levels of adjusted gross income. The insurance must be in connection with home acquisition debt, the insurance contract must have been issued after 2006, and the taxpayer must pay the premiums for coverage in effect during the year.

• There is a first-time homebuyer’s tax credit that applies to home purchases after April 8, 2008, and before July 1, 2009. A first-time homebuyer is one who has not owned a home in the three years prior to a home purchase. The credit is phased out based on your modified adjusted gross income. In essence, this credit works like an interest-free loan; it must be repaid over 15 years. • The Kiddie Tax Rules for 2008 have increased from 18 years old to 19 years old and can apply through age 24 if the person is a student. This tax applies only if your child has unearned income of more than $1,800 per year. If so, the child will be taxed at the greater of their rate or his or her parent’s rate. • Traditional and Roth IRA contribution amounts for 2008 have been increased to $5,000 or your taxable compensation for the year, whichever is smaller. If you were age 50 or older before 2009, the amount is $6,000. These amounts may be reduced if your modified adjusted gross income is above a certain amount. Your tax preparer can confirm the

amount that you can contribute. You have until April 15, 2009, to make any contributions to claim on your 2008 taxes. • If you paid a household employee cash wages of at least $1,600 in 2008 or cash wages of $1,000 or more in any calendar quarter of 2008, you must withhold and pay Social Security and Medicare taxes. Schedule H is used to determine your total household employment taxes. • W-2s should be mailed by Jan. 31. If you have not received your W-2, 1099-MISC, 1099-INT or 1099-R by Feb. 15, contact your employer or the payer. You also can call the IRS for assistance after Feb. 15. Consult your certified public accountant for further information and to have a plan designed for your particular needs. LNC Disclaimer: This information was accurate as of the date of publication. Because of frequent tax law changes, information may no longer be accurate. For the latest tax information, please contact a CPA.


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orah Dahlen has lived not only along Lake Norman, but on Lake Norman. Instead of buying a house or building her own, Dahlen and her family towed in their 42-foot houseboat and docked it on Lake Norman in 1977. It was an unconventional move, but one that led her to pursue the cause of making Lake Norman a safer place for all of us.

The Dahlens lived aboard their 42-foot houseboat when they moved to the area in 1977.

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From bay to lake One snowy night in Delaware, Dahlen and her husband, Boyne, decided to live their retirement dreams early and become liveaboards on a houseboat in the Chesapeake Bay. New tax rules made it an affordable decision and, in the summer of 1977, Norah, Boyne and their youngest son, Lee, moved aboard their boat, named Norah’s Ark. “I told Boyne we should go ahead and try this now,” Dahlen says of their choice to live life on-deck. “Before we purchased the house-

boat, Boyne was assured by his co-workers at DuPont that we would not be transferred, so it sounded like a great idea.” But as luck would have it, Boyne was transferred to Charlotte six weeks after their boat purchase. Because Boyne’s company didn’t have to sell the house, the company towed it to Lake Norman. New adventure The Lake Norman of 1977 was very different from the place we know today. “We

were docked at the Mariner Yacht Club, now Mariner Villas in Cornelius. It was just a yacht club, and that was all that was there,” Dahlen says of the nearly empty Lake Norman shores. Living on Norah’s Ark was an adventure and a challenge for the family. The threeroom houseboat provided beautiful views and endless opportunity for weekend fun. Norah and Boyne slept in a small area under the pilot house that was just big enough for a king-size bed. Falling asleep to the


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Although new rules and regulations make it difficult to be a live-aboard on Lake Norman now, Dahlen would recommend the lifestyle to others. “It’s a wonderful life, and if I would do it again in a heartbeat if given the chance,” she says. “It takes a certain type of person, and it would probably be more fun on intercoastal water where you could go more places.” As Lee got older, the family realized they needed more room. In 1981 they sold Norah’s Ark and moved into a house at Mari-

ner Villas. Norah Dahlen’s relationship with Lake Norman continued, and over the next 20 years she would volunteer her time to make the lake a safe haven for boaters. Safer place After Boyne retired in the late 1980s the couple began volunteering for the Coast Guard Auxiliary, teaching boating safety classes and providing radio patrols. Norah also worked as a reporter for the Mecklenburg Gazette for four years, where her 17

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gentle rocking of Lake Norman is a favorite memory. “Another benefit is that you don’t have yardwork,” she says. “On the weekends you could take off, go somewhere and anchor out – you were self-sufficient.” But life on a houseboat wasn’t always smooth sailing. Choppy waves and stormy nights brought challenges. Items would fall off tables, and their dock was covered with snow one winter. Lee had to use their dinghy to take the family dog to the shore for walks.

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“On the weekend weekends you could take off, somewhe and anchor out go somewhere wer self-sufficient.” – you were – Norah Dahlen experiencee covering the h Lake Norman MaM rine Commission inspired pired her to bec become more deeply involved. She served ed on o the commission from 1991 to 1996 and was the chairperson from 1995 to 1996. She

considers the commission’s development of navigational maps her greatest accomplishment during her tenure. The maps provide boaters with easier routing around the lake.

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Hopes for the future She has many hopes for Lake Norman, including required boating safety courses for anyone who operates a boat and the use of free vessel safety checks – both services provided by the Coast Guard Auxiliary. She also envisions a Lake Norman with a more relaxed public swimming policy. “I grew up only two blocks from a lake in Minneapolis and three blocks from the beach, where I could swim anytime,” she says. “I would like to see more swimming areas on Lake Norman.” She continues to volunteer with the Coast Guard Auxiliary and, in September, she received a certificate of recognition for 20 years of service. She estimates that 75 percent of Lake Norman’s maintenance is provided by volunteers and encourages others to get involved. “I’d like to see more people take time to volunteer,” she says. “We owe so much and have so much at stake in the lake. I’d like to see more people willing to spend the time to maintain it.” LNC WANT TO KNOW MORE?

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“Performing is the piece of the puzzle that completes who I am. In general, the performing arts connect people and make them happy,” says Allie Cesena, who studied musical theater at the Hart Conservatory of Music in Hartford, Conn., and completed her education at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City. The Cesenas and Brown met while teaching drama and dance to the youth at Mount Zion United Methodist Church in Cornelius. Their vision was to create a space in the Lake Norman area where the arts could fuse together and artists could find one another.

“There were so many people with so much talent here, and everyone was tired of going into Charlotte. It just felt like a good idea to have a space where interdisciplinary arts could come together – music, writing, theater, dance,” says Brown, who holds a master’s degree in theater and dance and a Ph.D. in performance studies from the University of Texas-Austin. “We can create a space here that bubbles with creativity and excitement.” Innovative classes Together, the three crafted a vision for 21

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hen Allie Cesena found music and dance, she found herself. Now, after opening The Warehouse Performing Arts Center in Cornelius with her husband, Marshall Cesena, and Dr. Marla Brown, she has the opportunity daily to give that same gift to children and adults from the Lake Norman area.

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the nonprofit initiative. An arts alliance dedicated to education, creativity and performance excellence, The Warehouse’s schedule includes innovative classes in theater, dance, movement, movie, and writing for children as young as 3 up to adults. One of the offerings is show choir, a music and dance ensemble in which members learn a choreographed medley of songs from various genres to ultimately perform at various community venues. The inaugural performance was at December’s Christmas in Davidson. “They know what I am teaching them is hard, so when they get something, I get a lot from their excitement,” Allie Cesena says. “It makes them really happy and it makes me really happy.” Another program regularly

offered is youth troupe, in which children ages 6 to 13 develop short theater pieces and perform them in the community for other kids. “It is geared to allow the kids to create a production from the ground up,” Brown says. “We have small scripts that they can develop in terms of costumes, props and character development. As a parent, it is hard to commit to five days a week of a rehearsal schedule, so to put it in a weekly class format is something I am hoping people will find family-friendly.” Interpretation of life This instruction and opportunity can affect the lives of the young people profoundly. The founders know because it happened to each one of them.

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Ultimately, their vision is of a synergistic space that allows people to find and hone their artistic voices while providing space for creative possibilities. “The performing arts allow a space for you to find authenticity of self and voice,” Brown says. “The process of education in the generative arts can really help people get in touch with what’s authentic about their lives and about themselves. It is so empowering when you realize you have something

to say and that you can shape it into something.” LNC Rosie Molinary is the author of “Hijas Americanas: Beauty, Body Image, and Growing Up Latina” and one of the founders of Circle de Luz, a national program that provides scholarship money and support to young Latinas to empower and inspire them to pursue further education upon graduation from high school. Learn more about the Davidson resident’s work at

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Browse through bridal magazines and you’ll learn that true destination weddings mean the destination itself is part of the wedding experience. Typically, the number of guests is smaller at a destination wedding than at a hometown ceremony. But remember, your guests will be paying for their own expenses, so keep in mind their budgets for travel, lodging and activities. Several of Western North Carolina’s most popular venues have mastered the art of throwing a wedding, whether you’re planning an intimate family affair or your guest list includes several hundred of your closest friends. You can keep your activities

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estination weddings need not be far away, on a Caribbean Island or in the Alps. You can get a lovely setting and make it easier on yourself, your bank account and your guests with a wedding just a few hours away in the North Carolina mountains.

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Above: A horse-drawn carriage carries a bridal couple over the stone bridge at the historic Chetola Inn at Blowing Rock. Below: Those with a spirit of adventure can try a few hours of whitewater rafting or kayaking.


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The High Country With some of North Carolina’s top attractions, this destination gives your guests everything from the Tweetsie Railroad to Grandfather Mountain. Whether your guests go sightseeing along the Blue Ridge Parkway or choose the new ScreamTime Zip Line just outside Boone, this area offers something for everyone. St. John’s Church in Valle Crucis is one of the area’s most popular sites for weddings. The historic white-frame church overlooking the Watauga River is used for wedding ceremonies in spring, summer and fall. The wedding party and guests have numerous options for lodging, with motels, inns, condos and cabins. The Taylor House Inn, a farm house in Valle Crucis, was built in 1911 and renovated in 1987. It is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Outdoors, the ceremony can accommodate up to 350 guests on the front lawn or in a gazebo in the side yard.

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Above: Couples can say their vows at the Greystone Inn overlooking Lake Toxaway. Below: Anyone attending a winter wedding in the North Carolina mountains might head for the slopes, too.

and costs simple or splurge and offer guests a range of activities, from golfing on prestigious courses to flying across adventurous lines. Depending on the ages of your wedding party and guests, suggest they try gem mining, go hiking or jump into the car with a map and discover dozens of waterfalls. Choose from spa packages for the women in the wedding party or fly fishing classes for the men. Or simply sit back and enjoy the scenery and the fresh air. But what about that all-important decision about where to hold the wedding ceremony and reception? Several inns and clubs specialize in both, plus the related luncheons, brunches and even afternoon teas. The following venues – in the High Country with popular destinations Boone and Blowing Rock or Western North Carolina, west of Asheville – all promote wedding packages and coordinate countless details. Check on special rates for renting the entire inn for a weekend wedding event. And once the guests head home, what better place for newlyweds to settle in for their honeymoon?

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The historic, rustic setting of the Mast Farm Inn has both indoor and outdoor locations for weddings and can accommodate up to 150 guests for an outdoor ceremony. The maximum number of guests that can stay at the property is about 40. www.mas-

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The bride and her attendants might welcome a relaxing massage at the Greystone Inn. The 87-acre Chetola Inn property within walking distance of Blowing Rock offers

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weddings in a historic estate home or beside a lake. Chetola’s gazebo accommodates up to 200 guests, and the Manor House, with its wooden staircase and stone fireplace, is suited for up to 60 guests. Another gazebo setting with the Chetola Dam as a backdrop accommodates 20. Amenities include a heated indoor swimming pool, fitness center, boating, children’s playground and activity room, and hiking trails. Along with spa services, packages can be arranged for fly fishing, performing arts, or driving a Porsche while staying at the resort. Western North Carolina Head west of Asheville for more mountain destinations, where you’ll find quaint towns and nature’s beauty to add charm to your wedding getaway. Before the bride dons her veil, head to Bridal Veil Falls on U.S. 64, west of Highlands in the Cullasaja Gorge. Enjoy the watery “veil” as you drive under the falls. If it’s a wet and wild activity you want, take your group on a whitewater rafting adventure on the Nantahala River. If you’re near a lake, check into renting a pontoon boat or personal watercraft to cool off. Or your guests might prefer browsing through antique shops and art galleries, where they can pick up local art and crafts as a reminder of your special day.


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Bicycling on mountain trails is a way to get out into nature and away from the crowds.

Maggie Valley Club won a national award for its $6 million renovation in 2007. Located 30 minutes away, the Biltmore Estate can

give wedding guests hours of tourism opportunities, from the house and gardens to the winery and outdoor activities. Downtown Waynesville is 10 minutes from Maggie Valley Club with its specialty shops and eclectic curiosities. LNC

There are plenty of opportunities for a round of golf in the Western North Carolina mountains.


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Guests on board the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, which departs from Bryson City, can take scenic train journeys. If there’s time, ride a train and raft a river all in one day on a combination train and rafting trip. The Greystone Inn at Lake Toxaway, located on a private lake southwest of Asheville, has a long list of accolades, including 20 consecutive years as a AAA Four-Diamond award winner and Southern Living editor’s pick as one of eight ”Most Romantic Spots.” Activities include golf at Lake Toxaway Country Club, hiking, swimming, tennis, canoeing, kayaking and fishing, plus working out at a state-of-the art health and fitness center. A daily champagne cruise is offered on a 26-passenger mahogany launch. www. The 100-year-old Balsam Mountain Inn, located off the Blue Ridge Parkway between Waynesville and Sylva, has 50 guest rooms and suites. Modeled after New York’s Saratoga Inn, the inn was completed in 1908 and placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982. The 10-foot-wide hallways, designed to accommodate steamer trunks of guests arriving by rail, are now filled with art and crafts by more than 75 local artists. Art galleries and antique shops are area attractions, and Harrah’s Cherokee Casino is 20 minutes away. The 18,000-square-foot clubhouse at the

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Temptations | story and photos by Trent Pitts

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But often, wedding cakes are more about look than taste. Lake Norman brides are lucky. One of several bakeries in their midst that considers a cake’s every sensory detail is The Bakery Shoppe in Huntersville, owned by Barry and Loretta Northrup. Their establishment has been in operation since the summer of 2003, yet the Northrups are old hands at the bakery business. They owned a bakery in Villa Park, Calif. for 10 years before opening locally. After moving to Huntersville in 1998, they worked in other occupations for a while, but realized they wanted to bring their skills to the area. Barry Northrup learned the baking trade straight out of high school, when a neighbor asked him to come on board at a country club and work in the bakery. Soon he was creating fancy desserts presented on a dessert cart for the club patrons to peruse. They were on display, and had to look great to be enticing. This honed his skill at fashioning desserts that are elegant, yet wit with amazing flavor.

One visit to The Bakery Shoppe and the Northrups’ talent will become evident. They only use top-rate ingredients in their wedding cakes, such as Felchlin Swiss chocolate, Venetian crème, mousse, ganache and raspberry marmalade. Visually, the sweet creations are stunning, expertly iced, some with hand-fashioned chocolate décor, and festooned with fresh fruit or flowers and draped with ribbons. “Our specialty is our white chocolate curl cake,” says Barry Northrup. It can be had with many decadent fillings, such as mocha, banana, or hazelnut mousse. “We make our wedding cakes the day before,” he says. “So they can call me the day before the wedding and change their fillings if they want – we actually put our cakes together that fresh.” Brides choose from several styles, many of which are decorated with hand-crafted chocolate tiles made from white or dark chocolate, or both. Whipped cream icing also is an

option. Next, the cake’s flavor is selected, including white pudding cake and devil’s food cake, and finally, the many varieties of fillings, such as chocolate ganache or banana mousse, must be decided upon. And making such a decision will prove to be difficult. My wife, Kathryn, and I sampled several cake varieties, and all were fantastic – not too sweet, but just right, allowing all of the flavors to come through. The Lemon Kist Cake has vanilla cake with layers of lemon filling and lemon mousse – very light, with a zesty citrus undertone. The Mocha Mousse Cake is moist, creamy and bursting with chocolate flavor – deeply satisfying, to say the least. The Fudge Fantasy has a very rich, thick, brownie-like texture – chocoholics will love this one. The Bakery Shoppe also has a patisserie – sit down, have a cup of coffee, and choose from the impressive array of cake slices, muffins, Danish pastries, croissants and doughnuts. LNC

Trent Pitts, a native North Carolinian, has been photographing and writing about the people and places of the Lake Norman area for several years. He studied journalism for his media communications degree, and later earned a master’s degree in a business-related field.

A chocolate confection can serve as the groom’s cake, too.

The white chocolate curl cake is a specialty.


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Barry Northrup uses the finest ingredients, plus decadent fillings.

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ver the years Lisa Wilson had plucked her eyebrows to the point that there wasn’t much of them left, and she often resorted to drawing them on with liner. Tired of this tedious morning ritual, she decided to do something about it – permanently.

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For help, she turned to Huntersville resident Chong Eason, owner of Permanent Cosmetics. Using a device with needles similar to a tattoo machine, Eason inserted microscopic particles of hypoallergenic mineral pigments into Wilson’s inner layer of skin (known as the dermis). This technique, called intradermal pigmentation, is used for a variety of permanent cosmetic enhancements. In

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fact, Wilson, 31, was so pleased with the way her eyebrows turned out that she also had Eason apply permanent eyeliner and lip color. “I love it,” says Wilson, who works as an account manager for a Charlotte sports gear company. “And I never have to worry about putting on makeup again. It makes life much simpler.”

Unlike a tattoo Eason started doing permanent makeup in her native Korea, where she worked as a cosmetologist and where the practice is far more common. After she moved to the United States in 1976, she took additional training classes in Florida and Texas, and is now a nationally certified intradermal cosmetic technician and licensed estheti-


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“I never have to worry about putting on makeup again. It makes life much simpler.” – Lisa Wilson

Below: Eason applies permanent lip color. Below Right: Permanent cosmetics can help reduce the look of surgery scars.

slower and with less force than it would on the eyebrows, where the skin is more dense. Although the makeup application usually takes about 30 minutes, the entire procedure, including preparation and administration of the anesthetic, is about two hours. Eason charges $600 for the eyebrows and eyeliner,

and $800 for the lip color/liner. Each procedure includes one complementary touchup appointment. Eason says the makeup will fade over time, most notably with patients with blond hair and lighter skin tone, and Continued on page 36


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cian, one of just a handful in North Carolina. In 2000 she opened a tanning salon in Charlotte and decided to include permanent cosmetics as an additional service. “Back then everybody thought I was crazy,” she says. “Not too many people had heard of it. They thought it was like getting a tattoo on your face. This is totally different.” Eason explains that tattoo artists use ink, while she uses special pigment that’s designed for makeup. And while the procedure can cause some pain and discomfort – she typically applies a topical anesthetic before the procedure – Eason uses high-tech digital machines equipped with special software that allows her to select programmed settings for various procedures. For example, if she is doing a procedure around the eyelid, where the skin is very thin and supple, she selects a setting in which the needle moves

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usually requires minor touchups. There is typically swelling, redness and tenderness for the first two to three days after eyebrow and eyeliner applications, and up to a week after lip applications. It’s recommended patients apply petroleum jelly over the affected area while it heals. Permanent benefits Eason says that in addition to being a time saver and helping boost self-esteem, permanent cosmetic procedures are helpful with issues such as stretch marks and scar camouflage, as well as hair loss because of alopecia or chemotherapy. The intradermal pigmentation procedure can mimic the appearance of hair in the brow line and produce artificial eyebrows. Eason sold her tanning salon about four years ago and now works as an independent contractor at the Hunstad Center, a cosmetic plastic surgery practice in Charlotte, as well as Ageless Remedies in Harrisburg, which specializes in noninvasive cosmetic

and anti-aging treatments. “I feel like permanent makeup is one of those things that really helps people,” says Karen Simpson, owner of Ageless Remedies. “So I put some feelers out there when I was starting the business and found Chong. It’s not the type of service you typically suggest, but it’s a definite need for some of our clients.” Since she started working out of the Hunstad Center, Eason has applied permanent cosmetics on several of the women who work there, including receptionist Denise Poland, who had eyeliner applied about two years ago. “I’m not one to wear a lot of makeup,” Poland says. “And I like being able to just get up in the morning and look like I’m wearing eyeliner.” Casey Darling, a surgical technologist, also has had eyeliner applied. “I have really light-colored hair and eyes, and without eyeliner my eyes look really small, and that always bothered me,” says Darling, who plans to have her lips done in the near future. While permanent makeup continues to

gain popularity around the country, especially along the West Coast and Florida, Eason says it’s been slow to catch on around the Lake Norman area. She has about five to 10 customers a month. “There’s still not that much demand, but I love what I’m doing, and I think it’s just a matter of time before more people in the area decide to give it a try.” LNC

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ot far from the back end of the members driving range

at Statesville Country Club, Jay Reid is hard at work. As the director of instruction of the Dana Rader Golf School’s Statesville facility, his job is to teach golfers of all ages and abilities everything from the fundamentals of the game to the finer points of chipping, putting and sand play. You can tell when school is in session because the golf balls are flying a bit farther and rolling a bit straighter, thanks to Reid. Reid’s campus is different from most. His classrooms are a 5,600-square-foot putting green, a 3,000-square-foot chipping and bunker green, an 80-yard short game area and a 10-station artificial tee. The facility, the only school of its kind in the region, opened in January 2007. Jay Reid has been a Class “A” PGA instructor with the Dana Rader Golf School since 1995. Finding a lakeside home Realizing it was becoming increasingly difficult to serve golfers who commuted from

areas to the north of Charlotte at the established facility near Ballantyne Village, Dana Rader and her staff began to look for a second location several years ago. After an exhaustive search that involved touring prospective sites 39

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across the North Carolina Piedmont as well as in Virginia and Tennessee, Rader chose the Statesville Country Club near Lake Norman for her new facility. “The prime reason for the new location was to reach a broader market. I looked at locations across the region as well as sites outside of the state and just really liked the fit and the feel of Statesville,” Rader explains. “I believe so much of what we do, how we instruct and all the items that go into running a golf school lend to this campus. The amenities, the golf course, the club’s members and the city of Statesville have been great in giving our school a home.” Reid adds, “What you need for a good golf school that is to be run with high expectations is space. One of the attractions here is the available space we have to build our facility. The golf course is a fun course to play, and having it adjacent to the academy makes it possible to put the lessons to work right away.” The country club staff and membership welcomed the addition. Jay DiPietro, general manager of Statesville Country Club, says, “The Dana Rader School completes the circle for us. While most country clubs have a teaching pro who juggles duties on and off the course, we have an entire school that takes it to the next level.” Although the country club is private, Dana Rader students are able to play there.

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Personalized instruction “The main difference between our school and what you might get elsewhere is that we believe the golf swing is not the game, the game is the game,” Reid says. “The goal of our teaching is to show you what errors exist in your game, how to make the corrections and how to get you playing better golf in the shortest amount of time possible. It’s that simple.” His classes maintain a four-to-one studentto-teacher ratio, and his teaching style mirrors what Dana Rader has taught at her school for decades. Reid explains another difference in the Dana Rader Golf School. “What really makes us different is the philosophy. We don’t tell the student how to improve, we teach them individually how to make themselves bet-

Above: Jay Reid, right, goes over a taped swing with assistant golf pro Mike Lapierre. Below: Reid works with adults such as Dick Rankin to help polish their game.

ter. The No. 1 thing to find out whenever someone new comes to the school is their goals. We then learn about their playing history and, from there, we develop a strategy,” he explains. Reid says his focus on the fundamentals allows him to work successfully with golfers of all abilities, from beginners to club champions. He does not teach a prescribed method of golf but instead focuses on each student’s individual needs and designs a lesson plan tailored to improve those aspects of the game. “My total focus is teaching, and I have a dedication to seeing every student improve, whether he wants to cut strokes off his game, reach a green that has always been too long or break 100 for the first time,” he says.

Proven methods The Dana Rader Golf School has been a fixture in Charlotte since 1982. The teaching methodology has earned numerous national awards and accolades, and the school is ranked as one of the Top 25 golf schools in the United States. According to Rader, one of the reasons that the school has been so successful is that the staff has gone beyond the model of teaching just one lesson at a time. “For a low handicapper, having a lesson or two every now and then keeps you on track, but for golfers with mid and high handicaps, coming to a two-or three-day school allows you to totally reshape your game, and that’s where we focus,” she says. The golf school also has found success by using V-1 computerized technology to record the swings of students at each station. Reid says, “Our top-level video is a strength of the school. In today’s environment, the instant feedback the video provides makes communication easier. What you feel isn’t always what shows up on the screen.” According to Rader, when the seasons change, many golfers put away their clubs and quit. These golfers, she says, put themselves at a disadvantage when spring arrives and the course play increases. “What I have seen emerge in the last four years is, more and more people are coming out in January and February for instruction to get the winter kinks out earlier. These are the golfers who play better the rest of the year,” she says. LNC WANT TO KNOW MORE? To learn about the Dana Rader Golf School and view the 2009 school program schedule at the Statesville Country Club, visit or contact Jay Reid, director of instruction, at 704-668-7343. Glenn Roberson is an awardwinn ing photographer who joined the profession more than 20 years ago after earning a degree in photojournalism. He specializes in portraiture and wedding photography and offers a wide range of services, including studio work and on-location shoots. You can view his work at


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On Course |


by Mike Savicki | photos by Glenn Roberson

et at the end of a long, treelined roadway amid the rolling hills of southern Iredell County, the Statesville Country Club offers members and guests a fun and friendly retreat with amenities that rival some of the finest resorts in the nation.

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Originally sculpted by golf architect Alexander McKay, this par 72, 6,700-yard course was renovated in 1998 by golf course masterr Tom Jackson. The coursee ioffers multiple tees, maniays cured greens, plush fairways and challenging bunkers and ctacular lakes that provide spectacular sville Country views at every turn. Statesville mber owned equity Club is a prestigious, member-owned, club that has served as the center of social activity for Statesville and surrounding communities since 1944. “It is a little piece of paradise,” says Jay DiPietro, general manager. “The grounds are certainly beautiful, but our membership is the real reason behind my thinking. They are so humble and such great people to be around. They make the club so very special.” According to Chad Odom, golf director, the course is both challenging and fun. “It is a traditional-style course that is surrounded by trees. We have three lakes on the course and numerous holes where you can either take a risk or play it safe,” Odom says. Golf Digest magazine recently ranked Statesville Country Club in its Top 50 for competitive golfers in the United States. Odom says the recently renovated 13th hole is the course’s signature hole. This 480-yard par 5 features a dogleg right layout to a green that is partially protected by water. “It’s your choice whether you want to go for the green in two or three, but remember to

Hidden in the rough Tradition and friendliness welcome golfers to Statesville Country Club keep the ball to the left on your approach to stay away from the water,” Odom says. The second hole also is popular among members. “It’s a great, great golf hole,” Odom says. “It plays 429 from the back and has an elevation change from tee to green. It is as good a par 4 as I have ever played.” In addition to the 18-hole championship golf course, Statesville Country Club offers

a tennis complex with both clay and hard courts, an aquatic center and a full-service clubhouse. The 18,800-square-foot clubhouse offers breathtaking views of the golf course. Originally designed by the architectural firm of Adams and Pegram, the stately facility was completely renovated in 1999. The practice greens and members driving range are all close to the clubhouse.


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On Course | Be prepared for both water and sand as you approach the 17th green.

Golf director Chad Odom, left, and general manager Jay DiPietro.

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“I have worked at some of the best properties in the country, and when I first saw Statesville Country Club about six years ago, I fell in love with it,” DiPietro says. “You can only appreciate how much of a gem it is if you see it yourself.” LNC

After completing his graduate work at Duke University, Mike Savicki moved from Boston to Lake Norman, where he has lived and worked for 15 years. An adventurer as much as a writer, he has completed marathons, triathlons and multi-sport races around the world. He writes locally and nationally and was a contributing writer and editorial team member for “The Adversity Advantage,” published by Fireside, a division of Simon and Schuster, in 2007.

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Strong Currents |

Paul Anderson helps Vickie Peaire regain use of her shoulder with stretching exercises.

story and photos by Eloise D. Morano

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ickie Peaire at first was baffled, then angry and scared. She is an active 47-year-old who lives with her husband and two teenage sons in Denver’s SailView. She’s fit and loves tennis, although she’d learned to live with the pain her shoulder sometimes gave her. 44

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The simple things “All I want to do is walk down the street or play a sport,” says Mary Hyche, 55, who is rehabilitating her ankle and calf muscles after an operation to repair an ankle that snapped and shattered on her way to her job at Wachovia.

Top: Bruce Wright uses stretchy bands. Lower photo: Mary Hyche gets help with ankle movement from Paul Anderson.

“I walked into a pothole at a bus stop at 7 a.m.,” she says. “I could not get up. Fortunately, I had my cell phone.” She’s been in physical therapy with Anderson for about six months. He says with any injury, the surrounding muscles lose strength with shocking speed. Part of Hyche’s recovery is strengthening her calf muscles using a slant board and other simple exercises. He also flexes her ankle in what looks like a kind of muscle massage. It’s what he calls “con-

tinuous passive motion,” when he moves the arm, leg shoulder or foot for the patient. He also stretches and works Vickie Peaire’s shoulder. “If I can’t lift your arm and work it through a range of motion, then you won’t be able to do it,” says Anderson, who has 700 hours of osteopathic or bone specialty in addition to his physical therapy training. “The easiest way to explain it is that I am gently stretching the bones and the tissue around them,” he says. “It speeds healing.” Exercise as medicine “You can tell when people have been doing their home exercises,” says Ed Heller. He is putting Bruce Wright from Davidson through his paces with stretchy bands and step platforms. Wright is a retired research and development director who, at 71, is a bit past the baby boomer age and enjoys an active retirement. He injured his sacrum – “basically in the buttocks area,” Heller explains. Wright adds, “I really have no idea how I did it, just that I had such tremendous pain that I couldn’t sleep. When I came in here, I described the problem to Ed, and he started poking and twisting. The exercises he gave me to do at home helped almost immediately.” Heller teaches his clients home exercises with a towel or ball designed to strengthen and condition. Wright stretches, kneeling on a pillow; then does standing knee bends with a large exercise ball between his back and the wall. “We boomers are more active than our parents were,” Wright says. “And we expect to do what we could when we were younger. There are many more physical therapy centers available since the ’70s,” he says with a smile. “Lucky for us.” LNC Eloise Morano has been a free-lance writer and journalist for 28 years, including eight years in the Boston area as a food critic. Her articles and photographs have appeared in national as well as regional magazines and newspapers, including Dog Fancy and Travel + Leisure. As a broadcast journalist for 15 years, she was nominated for an Emmy and was a wellknown face and voice on radio and TV in the Northeast.


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Deceptively simple Anderson says he helps people regain mobility and strength. He says physical therapists know the delicate balance of timing and intensity, never asking the patient’s body to do too much at once. “Our medicine is gentle exercise,” he says. Much of it looks deceptively simple and lo-tech: stepping onto and off of a small platform, using a stretchy band to offer gentle resistance to an arm or leg or tossing a ball in a specific way against what looks like a mini trampoline. That’s what Anderson has Peaire doing now.

Anderson’s guidance for at-home exercise includes lifting weights while lying on her bed, attaching a stretchy band to a doorknob and stretching against it and doing modified pushups against a wall or her car.

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“But soon I couldn’t hold the tennis racket – or even lift a cup,” she says. “I’ve got the mind and – I thought – body of a 30-yearold. There’s so much to do, and to suddenly be told that you can’t, and nothing is working right? Devastating.” She learned she had developed a 2-inch bone spur in the shoulder, and had torn her bicep, damaging the surrounding tendons. Then things got worse: Her shoulder locked in a halfraised position, called “frozen shoulder.” We caught up with her nine months and two surgeries later at Advanced Physical Therapy in Denver, with her therapist, Paul Anderson, who owns the place. She says his encouragement has been key to her recovery. “It’s only in the last couple of months that I could see light at the end of the tunnel,” she says. “I needed someone to tell me that it’s going to be OK. I can’t tell you what it means to get back everyday use of my arm – just hanging up clothes, lifting my son, putting away a spice.” Such physical problems are turning up frequently as the post World War II generation ages. “The traditional setting for these injuries is sports,” says Ed Heller, physical therapist/ athletic trainer at Lakeside Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine in Mooresville’s Morrison Plantation. Heller’s background includes athletic training for professional baseball. “Rehabilitation gets you back to healthy function. There’s no question, we as therapists are focused on a more active population with people in their 40s to 60s.”

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The Grape Vine |

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here’s a special little niche where you can find truly excellent and tasty wines without paying an arm and a leg. They are wines made from grapes from only a single estate or a single field. They stand head and shoulders above most other wines you’ll find on your wine merchant’s shelf.

Singlemindedness First a little background. The U.S. Treasury department’s Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau sets down strict laws governing wine made and sold in the United States. For instance, let’s see what you might be drinking when you order a glass of Chardonnay from North Carolina’s Yadkin Valley. By law, 85 percent of the grapes in that Chardonnay have to come from the Yadkin Valley and 75 percent of the grapes have to be Chardonnay. That allows winemakers the flexibility to blend to a style that suits them and the wine drinkers they’re targeting. The blending tends to produce wines that are aimed at pleasing a mass market.

Taste of the real thing This single-field thing really hit home with me a couple of years ago when my wife, Mary Ellen, and I were on one of our wine pilgrimages, this one to Sonoma in California. We had always thought that the wines that Saint Francis Vineyards puts out were pretty good. Nicely priced, pleasant and a good everyday wine. One day, as we were close to Saint Francis’ tasting room, we decided to stop in. We started with our usual suspects: Saint Francis, zinfandel and merlot that sell for around $20 a bottle. Then we tried a glass of one of the single-field wines – this one from a grower named Pagani. Lightning flashed and bells rang. It made the wines we had just been drinking seem flat, almost like tasting water. And that’s truly something because the first set of wines were really pretty good. It’s just that the single-field wine was so superior.

Of course, the obvious question is, what did this magic wine cost. Not a lot. It was about $30. A little high for an everyday quaff but, nevertheless, a great value for this level of wine. So, how do you find wines like this? In the case of Saint Francis, these “library” wines are available only by joining the vineyard’s wine club – something we did immediately. You can find others on the shelves of your favorite wine merchant. Just ask your wine merchant for some advice on finding them. If your wine merchant doesn’t know what you’re talking about, find one who does. You’ll be eternally glad you did. LNC

Trevor Burton of Mooresville, a retired technology marketing consultant, now occupies himself in the field of wine and its enjoyment. 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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Location, location, location Another wine law says that if an estate or a field is named on the label of a wine produced in the United States, 100 percent of the grapes must be from the estate or the field. Don’t confuse this designation with some of the wine marketing you sometimes run into. For example, a “reserve” designation on a label means little or nothing. From a positive point of view, it could mean that a winemaker chose only choice grapes to make that particular wine. But it could just be a way to make an otherwise ordinary wine seem special. Unless you know and have confidence in the winemaker, a “reserve” designation tells you nothing.

But you can pick out a single-field wine with absolute confidence. The wines are going to exhibit unique character that stands out in a sea of wine that tastes mostly the same. They’re going to have a distinctive complexity and a taste that impart delicious pleasure. Randall Graham, the quirky owner of Bonny Doon vineyards, says, “Drinking a wine should be like shaking hands with a mountain.” Life is way too short to drink uninteresting wines.

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The Galley | by Cathy Swiney | photos by Trent Pitts

Waterfront casual Vinnie’s reflects lake area atmosphere

Left: Cocktail shrimp are paired with a bucket of Gulf Coast oysters. Below: Fish tacos with pasta salad.


he chilly, rainy Friday evening we headed out to eat dinner with neighbors made our destination that much more appealing. We needed a place serving uncomplicated food in a lively and casual enough to put a pep back in our step.

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We found it at Vinnie’s Sardine Grill & Raw Bar. Befitting its location on the lake in Mooresville, Vinnie’s serves seafood reminiscent of a beachside shack in an atmosphere that is lowkey as it gets. Despite the name, you won’t find sardines on the menu. The restaurant offers traditional seafood dishes, from clam chowder to baskets and platters heaped with fish, oysters, shrimp or scallops that are either fried or steamed, grilled or blackened salmon and crab legs.

A place with ambience that makes you want to linger, the restaurant is decorated mostly with nautical items in addition to some sports pictures. Walls with light wood paneling and wood tables contribute to the casual feel. There are two dining areas, with the main room sharing space with a bar that stays hopping, especially during sports events shown on television. On warm

days, the large patio decorated with dozens of tables shaded by thatch umbrellas finds favor with diners enjoying a nice view of the lake. The headliner on the appetizer menu will come as no surprise to anyone dining out these days at a casual restaurant: wings. At Vinnie’s, the wings are dipped in a choice of eight classic sauces, including Buffalo, teriyaki and hot


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THE CHECK Our meal for eight came to $78.37, including tax but not tip. Orders of wings, $6.99 each;

cup of Gumbo, $2.99; Seafood Plate, $6.99, Shrimp Po’ Boy, $9.99; Shrimp Basket, $10.99; three kids cheeseburgers, $3.95 each; Shirley Temples, $1.50 each; beer, $1 each; Key Lime Pie, $3.95. LNC Cathy Swiney, a Huntersville resident, specializes in dining and cooking coverage.

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THE RESTAURANT Vinnie’s Sardine Grill & Raw Bar 643 Williamson Road Mooresville 704-799-2090 Hours: noon-10 p.m. Sunday.; 11 a.m.-midnight Monday, Tuesday and Thursday; 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

ended the week on a high note. We wrapped up the meal with a slice of Key Lime Pie. It was a refreshing indulgence made more manageable because it was shared among the group, and we were able to walk back into the damp night with a pep in our step without moaning.

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honey mustard. The finger-friendly food seemed the perfect companion for our cold bottles of Bud Light, so we ordered wings prepared with Vinnie’s Buffalo sauce. The basket of fried wings, meaty and tender, were perked up with the mildly spicy sauce. For an entrée for one companion, the wings coated in a roasted garlic and pepper seasoning were just filling enough and as enjoyable as the Buffalo style. Another companion chose a light dinner combination by ordering a cup of gumbo and the shrimp salad plate. The savory Cajun stew, loaded with chunks of sausage, shrimp and rice, was pronounced a thrill to the taste buds. Also satisfying was the meaty salad, which was served on a bed of lettuce alongside an assortment of fresh raw vegetables. We also ordered the shrimp basket. Its manageable serving of plump, fried butterflied shrimp shared space with fries, coleslaw, corn on the cob and choice of side such as fruit salad, green beans, potato salad and rice. There was no skimping on the shrimp in the Po’ Boy sandwich. The wonderfully soft hoagie roll was overflowing with fried baby shrimp scattered among shredded lettuce and sliced tomatoes. Accompanying the hearty sandwich were well-seasoned fries and a small dish of coarsely chopped, creamy coleslaw. Aside from the traditional surf pickings, turf selections are represented by salads, chicken, barbecue and non-seafood sandwiches. The young in the group couldn’t have asked for a better night out. Enjoying dinner of cheeseburgers from the kids menu with their friends and slurping down fruity, fizzy Shirley Temples

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Home Port | by Lee McCracken The gourmet kitchen has granite countertops, a farmhouse-style sink and custom cabinetry.


stunning estate in Cornelius is an 8,677-square-foot award winner. Tucked behind The Peninsula at the end of Belle Isle Drive, the house, priced at $2,999,000, sits on two-thirds of an acre and is poised atop a gently sloping ridge above Lake Norman’s main channel. Although the holidays have been on most people’s minds these days and it is five months before Memorial Day, some 100 feet of shoreline and 5-mile views of the water beckon warm weather to come quickly.

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“The design is for a casual, lake-life atmosphere,” says Brad Remmey, a partner with Artisan Custom Homes, the builder of the threestory house that won first place in the 2008 Lake Norman Parade of Homes in its price range. “The Cape Cod style reminds people of a house on the ocean in New England.” “It’s a comfortable, classic home,” says Lori Ivester Jackson, broker/co-owner of Ivester Jackson Distinctive Properties and the sales agent for the house. “There are beautiful views

Winning design Estate has casual, lake-life atmosphere

from almost every room, yet it is a house that makes sense for everyday, practical living.” Spacious, gourmet kitchen Completed last June, the house has many “wow!” factors. The exterior is stone and cedar plank. A stone porte-cochere connects the side entrance of the house with a detached two-car garage; drive through it to reach the

attached two-car garage. And, as expected, a security system and irrigation system are installed on the property. Enter the house through the 15-foot double front doors made of mahogany and featuring seeded glass. Flooring throughout the house is blue flagstone and darkly stained wide plank oak. Crown molding accentuates the high ceilings throughout the house, and custom-


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Home Port | Above: The study has a 15-foot, tongue-andgroove pine ceiling, plus a fireplace. Left: The house, which sits on a gently sloping ridge above Lake Norman’s main channel, has lake views from almost every room.

stunning views of the lake. Set off privately from the main gathering area is a cozy study with a 15-foot, tongueand-groove pine ceiling, plus a fireplace.

garage, as well as the master bedroom suite. The gourmet kitchen features granite countertops, brown and green glass and ceramic tile backsplash, Thermador appliances, a drawer microwave, two in-cabinet beverage drawers, a farmhouse-style sink, custom cabinetry and a home planning nook off the walk-in pantry. “All of the cabinets in the house, including the bathrooms, are custom made of hickory by McCoury Originals,” Remmey says. “And all of the shelving in the pantry and the closets are solid wood and were built on site.” Large casement windows and French doors in the kitchen and living room allow for plenty of natural light on the main floor and provide

Over-the-top entertaining Head downstairs and discover where all the serious entertaining takes place. Acid-stained concrete floors add to the casual atmosphere and lead to the sunken wine cellar fronted by aged mahogany double doors with wave glass panels. The 14-by-13-foot temperature51

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made solid-core interior doors display quality workmanship. “Artisan has such a flair for quality of design and craftsmanship,” says Ivester Jackson, noting the builders also installed well-crafted cabinetry and closet systems. The spacious house has five bedrooms, five full baths and two half baths, a wine cellar, a wet bar and billiards room, and a media center. It also has an elevator shaft (safely installed behind closed and locked doors) and three gas fireplaces. The main floor includes the living room, dining room, kitchen and breakfast bay, laundry room and mud room entrance from the attached

Pampering place The master suite is a haven for privacy and pampering, with cool colors that invite relaxation. An exquisite bathroom connects the bedroom and sitting area with a massive closet. “It’s mammoth,” Remmey says. “It is designed to include a large island.” Ivester Jackson says every prospective buyer who tours the house comments on the master closet. “People ask, ‘What’s this room for?’ ” she says. “There’s space for a baby’s crib or exercise equipment – it has a lot of potential.” The bathroom includes an oversize freestanding tub, fully tiled his-and-her steam shower, dual vanities, dual water closets and a built-in armoire. The second floor includes three bedrooms, each with a full bathroom, and an open rec room area for the kids.

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The large wet bar is central to activities in the downstairs game area.

controlled room also features a groin-vaulted ceiling. “The wine cellar is one of the best things about the house,” Ivester Jackson says. “It won Best Feature out of all the homes in the entire Parade of Homes.” When the wine and beer are ready for pouring, the large wet bar takes center stage. Complete with refrigerator, ice machine, microwave and plenty of seating, this is the place

to hang out and have fun playing billiards, dealing cards or watching a movie. Also on the basement level is a private guest suite and the entrance to an expansive unfinished storage area with access to the yard and waterfront. Outside, the sloping yard is tiered to provide a large area just off the stone patio for a swimming pool. Stone steps lead down to more lawn area and the beach.

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A concrete structure, about 250 square feet in size, sits just off the shoreline on the property. “It’s grandfathered,” Remmey says, “so it can be converted to a boat house or a lake cabana.” Ivester Jackson adds, “Homeowners can’t build something like this so close to the water anymore, so this is another huge selling point.” LNC

Lee McCracken is a Charlotte-area free-lance editor and writer who lives in Denver and grew up spending summers on Cayuga Lake in Upstate New York. Since moving to Charlotte in 1994, she has written on business, education, health care and real estate for various publications.

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A wonderful waterfront hideaway just outside the sought after golf, lake and country club community The Point! This special home features a full brick exterior nestled on a large waterfront lot with over 200 feet of shoreline. Sunroom, rear covered porch and deck to appreciate the magnificent water views! Master suite on the main level and 2 additional spacious bedrooms up. Private dock. 3Br/3Ba 2496sq. ft. .83 acre MLS#818996 $789,000

Spectacular waterfront home with great views of Lake Norman. Exquisite decorating. 2 story greatroom. Tons of windows to capture the views! Gourmet kitchen with granite countertops. Master retreat on the main level. Spacious secondary bedrooms on the upper level. The prefect home for entertaining. All of this and situated on a level lot with incredible lush landscaping. Trex dock with 8800 lb lift. Location, Location, Location! Convenient to it all with the new exit 32! 4BR/3.5BA .73 acre MLS# 814384 $1,450,000


New! Home just completed in December of 2007! Incredible peaceful waterfront retreat situated on a gorgeous deep water lot with great sunset views. Over 300’ of shoreline. 2 story great room with a wall of windows to appreciate the views. A true gourmet kitchen with island and peninsula, granite! Beautiful master suite on the main level. 3 additional spacious bedrooms on the upper level. Finished basement. New covered private dock! Room for a pool. Close proximity to The Point, can have membership privileges! LEASE PURCHASE OR OWNER FINANCING AVAILABLE. 5Br/3.5 Ba 5095 heated sq. ft. 1.15 acre MLS#769146 $1,275,000




Sit back, relax and enjoy the view of the golf course from this beautiful home. Large open warm and inviting kitchen, stunning cherry cabinets, heavy mouldings, hardwood floors, formal areas, columns, great room with fireplace, wet bar and built-ins. Exquisite master suite on main level, 3 large secondary bedrooms plus a bonus on the 2nd level. Convenient to The Village Section of The Point 4Br/3.5 Ba 3668 sq. ft. 1 acre MLS#743872 $799,000


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2 homes on over 12 acres- Quality, Quality, Quality!!! Custom built ranch with a basement PLUS an additional house on a very scenic 12 +/- acres. Wonderful open floorplan with hardwood floors and mouldings. Lavish master suite on the main level with trey ceiling. Finished basement, perfect for entertaining. Property would be great for horses. Small barn and at the front of property ready for riding ring. Additional home approx 1600 sq. ft. has 3 bedrooms and could be used for hired hand or great investment property. Owner Financing. 4Br/3Ba 4033sq. ft. MLS#674883 $749,900

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Majestic full brick home on a large lot. Low country design with a rocking chair front porch. Too many custom details to name. Spacious gourmet kitchen. New Carpet Installed. Great room with hardwood floors. Formal living room. Lavish master suite on the main level. Spacious secondary bedrooms. Tons of storage. Swim and Tennis membership. All on a large lot with immaculate landscaping and park like scenery. 4Br/3.5Ba 4326 sq. ft. .87acres MLS#802909 $749,900




Amazing full brick on a large wooded lot. Wonderful and inviting open. Details around every corner inside and out. Hardwood floors on the main level, extra mouldings, two fireplaces as well as an abundant amount of storage. Gourmet kitchen with keeping room. Exquisite master suite to relax in. Large secondary bedrooms on the second level with an oversized bonus room. Beautiful home with so much to offer in a great neighborhood. 4Br/3.5 Ba 3990 Sq Ft. MLS#804263 $650,00



WOW!! What an opportunity to own a home in The Point! New updates, freshly painted through out! Soaring 2 story great room with a wall of windows and a floor to ceiling see thru stone fireplace. Wonderful kitchen with stainless appliances, heart of pine floors, granite countertops. Dining area overlooking the wonderful rear yard with huge deck and pergola. Master suite on main level. 2 very spacious bedrooms up plus a loft and a huge bonus room or could possibly be 4th bedroom. Walk to The Village and the wonderful amenities The Point has to offer! Boatslip available! 3 Br/3.5Ba 3484 sq. ft. .75 acre MLS#786953 $599,900






Professionally decorated former Simonini model home! Every imaginable detail and upgrade! Gourmet kitchen with granite countertops, beautiful hardwood floors, extensive mouldings, exquisite lighting, built-in cabinetry! Gorgeous master suite with huge walk-in closet. Spacious secondary bedrooms, bonus room plus a playroom. Outdoor fireplace perfect area for entertaining. 3 car garage. 3Br/2.5Ba 1.18 acre MLS#749765 $500,000

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Dynamic home with open plan and endless upgrades with attention to the smallest of details! You will be in awe from the moment you enter. Soaring ceiling in the greatroom with stone fireplace. Kitchen with custom cabinets, granite and stainless steel appliances. Gorgeous wood floors, keeping room off kitchen with fireplace. Exquisite Master Retreat! Finished basement with 2 bathes and a lot perfect for a pool! A must see! Over 5000 Sq Ft., Basement, 5Br /5Ba .99 acre MLS# 818219 $699,000



Elegant and comfortable describes this Craftsman style home situated on a double lot. Covered porches, beautiful landscaping. Large gourmet kitchen, light cherry cabinets, greatroom with built-ins, gas fireplace, hardwood floors on the main level, crown mouldings, 10 ft. ceilings, spacious bedrooms up with large bonus room. Oversized 3 car garage. Boatslip with lift included! 4BR/ 3.5baths 1.45 acre MLS# 814191 $597,500





Gorgeous full brick custom home with deeded boatslip– a must see! The home features a large kitchen with new stainless steel appliances and double oven, 2 story great room and foyer. Master on main. Large secondary bedrooms, oversized bonus room and wet bar area. Extensive mouldings throughout, hardwood floors with cherry inlays, storage galore. 3 car garage and a great outdoor entertaining area-these are just a few added features that make this home special! 4Br/3.5Ba .61 acre 4000 sq. ft. MLS#789604 $695,000


Spectacular views on this beautifully landscaped waterfront property. Over 150 feet of shoreline in the sought after area of Isle of Pines! Charming full brick ranch, greatroom with brick fireplace, bright and sunny kitchen. A wonderful sunroom with a wall of windows to appreciate the sunset views. 3 spacious bedrooms and 2 full baths make this the perfect lake getaway or permanent home. A rare find that won’t last long! 3Br/2Ba 2024 sq. ft. .65 acre MLS#770684 $625,000

Impeccable detail in this custom built home. 8 ft. solid doors, bull nosed corners, granite, hardwood floors. Spectacular kitchen. 2 story great room with stone gas fireplace. Large master suite on main level. Separate bonus room off the kitchen.Office/study on main level. Spacious secondary bedrooms and playroom on second level. Property can accommodate a pool plus an additional detached garage. Great Iredell County Schools! 3BR/2Full baths/2 half baths .48acre MLS# 811521 $498,000





Beautiful home situated in a cul-de-sac on a wooded, 1.25 acre lot. Details are abundant, open plan, bull nosed corners, arched doorways, exposed beams, distressed hardwood floors, wood burning stone FP, large gourmet kitchen, Very warm and inviting! One bedroom and full bath on main level. Exquisite master suite, nice secondary bedrooms w/oversized bonus w/vaulted ceilings. Much to offer in a great neighborhood. 4Br/4Ba 3823 sq. ft. 1.25 acre MLS#809614 $625,000







340 Bayberry Creek. Wonderful home with great custom quality features throughout. Hardwood floors on the main level, extensive mouldings. Gourmet kitchen with granite, double ovens and large island. Greatroom with see through fireplace. Master suite on the main level. 3 additional spacious bedrooms on the upper level plus media and bonus rooms. Large wooded lot. Beautiful home at an incredible price! 4Br/3.5Ba .94 acre MLS#815394 $597,000


Outdoor living at its finest! The perfect home for entertaining outdoors and in! Covered rear porch plus a brick pavers patio graced by a pergola with built-in grill and fireplace with gas logs. Oversized fenced lot with lavish landscaping, beautiful blooming mature trees and shrubs throughout. The home features tons of upgrades! Large kitchen with granite and stainless steel appliances. Hardwood floors, extra mouldings, custom window treatments and plantation shutters. Boatslip available. Swim/tennis membership included. 4Br/3.5Baths 3475 sq. ft. .96 acre MLS# 773366 $875,000

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Great opportunity to own WATERFRONT property! Wonderfully kept home with open floor plan in Harbor Cove. Approximately 100 feet of water frontage. Hardwood floors on entire main level with extensive mouldings throughout. Granite counters in kitchen and stainless steel appliances. Large master suite with vaulted ceiling. Fourth bedroom can also be used as a bonus room and is approx. 500 sq. ft. Boat storage and community pool! Inground irrigation. PIER PERMIT FOR PRIVATE PIER . Conveniently located to Interstate 77, shopping and schools! 4Br/2.5 Ba 2280 sq. ft. .68 acre MLS#803539 $469,900

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rive through neighborhoods around the lake and, despite what you see on the outside, chances are that inside, a new, upscale house will have some of the same features as modest-size, affordable homes built by Our Towns Habitat for Humanity. From Energy Star-rated appliances and tankless water heaters to seams carefully sealed with caulk, â&#x20AC;&#x153;greenâ&#x20AC;? building is becoming the energy-efficient, responsible way to build. Beyond the appliance label, Energy Star is a

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50 homes and counting Our Towns Habitat for Humanity, an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International that serves families in Davidson, Huntersville, Cornelius and Mooresville, started going green in 2004, and more than 50 houses have been built with green products and methods, Boone says. Our Towns Habitat, now 20 years old, was honored by the EPA in 2007 and 2008 for its energy-efficient homes. On an international level, Habitat does not set green standards but lets each affiliate work independently. From recycling products such as cardboard, plastic and aluminum to improving air exchange in the house, more than 30 green factors are standard practice for Our Towns Habitat. Jenny Pippin of Pippin Home Designs in Sherrills Ford designed the first Habitat house that incorporated green elements for Our Towns. The first property’s sloping lot presented challenges, and the footprint of the three-bedroom, two-bath house was a tight fit on the lot. Still, Pippin positioned the house to take advantage of the southern exposure. Because of the slope of the lot, the house couldn’t be built on a slab, which would have provided passive solar heat. “The slab absorbs the heat during the day and radiates it into the house at night,” Pippen says. Continued on page 60


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Habitat homes eliminate carpeting to improve air quality and reduce asthma symptoms.

Energy savings guaranteed SystemVision is a North Carolina program that helps builders improve the health, safety, comfort and energy efficiency of affordable homes. Christine Boone, director of resource development for Our Towns Habitat, says SystemVision houses carry an energy guarantee that a home’s heating and cooling consumption will not exceed a set, low level, usually $32 per month for a 1,200-square-foot residence. In a one-year study in central North Carolina homes, those built to SystemVision standards had an annual savings of more than $200 on energy bills. If a home exceeds its guaranteed energy use at the end of the year, Advanced Energy, the nonprofit corporation that administers SystemVision, pays the difference to the homeowner. Overall, green building means improving

the way houses and sites use energy, water and materials to reduce the effect on human health and the environment. Starting with the lot design and positioning the house so the sun helps heat it and running to proper maintenance of the house once the owners move in, green building can be used in every phase of the process. The local Habitat homes eliminate carpeting to improve air quality and reduce asthma symptoms and install light fixtures that use compact fluorescent lights, known as CFLs. Outdoors, landscapers pay attention to erosion control and tree protection and use native plants, when possible.

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joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy that helps consumers save money and protect the environment through energy-efficient products and practices. Most of the Our Towns Habitat houses are certified by an affordable housing program called SystemVision, which exceeds Energy Star requirements.

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Exceptional Old Worlde style waterfront w/the quality & comforts of today. Gracious appointments throughout this 3-level home include imported plumbing & light fixtures, 4 masonry FP, Antique Cypress ceilings,etc. Open flrpn is perfect to entertain yet exudes a warm ambiance. Exterior boasts cedar siding, copper gutters, cedar shingle roof & Bevolo gas lamps. Lounge at pool, hot tub or prvt beach. MLS 819326 $3,650,000.

Sellers will pay closing costs up to $2500! Beautiful brick & stone custom home w/open floorplan. Lots of light shines through 2 stories of carved windows in the greatroom, accented w/gas fpl. Dual staircases. 5 bedrooms & custom details throughout. Cowans Ford Country Club membership available. Great location, close to I77, Hwy 16 & Birkdale. MLS 751644 $499,000.

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Incredible home on beautiful Stonemarker Rd w/seasonal waterview. Just 1.5yr old, this home is for your discriminating buyers seeking a clean, contempary masterpiece situated on nearly an acre. Open flrpln, gourmet kitchen, stunning bathrooms, imported light fixtures & finishes and architectural details thorughout. Enjoy the resort-like bkyd w/htd saltwater pool & jacuzzi or walk to your boatslip. MLS 809437 $999,999.

Built by Southern Cottage & featured in Parade of Homes! Open floorplan, custom details, lower taxes, great location! Surround sound, SS appliances, upgraded carpet and lighting, outdoor pergola & new landscaping. Seller offering up to $2500 in closing costs. MLS 795155 $595,900.

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This beautiful home is sure to capture your attention from the moment you arrive! Attention to detail prevalent throughout. Enjoy breathtaking views from practically every room. Walk-out basement opens to built-in hot tub overflowing to pool. Magnificent master retreat offers the perfect place to unwind and relax. 5 BRs, 5 full BAs, 2 half BAs, gourmet kitchen, 2 car attached garage plus 2 car detached garage with portachere. Boat slip & in-ground irrigation. Neighborhood amenities include golf & tennis. Call today to view this lovely home. MLS #810192. $3,000,000.

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Instead, the house has a sealed crawl space, which is drier than a vented crawl space and decreases the likelihood of mold and decay under the house. Humidity levels in the crawl space and the house are more uniform, and air conditioners run more efficiently because there’s less moisture to remove from the air. The house, built in partnership with Lowe’s Home Improvement, also featured universal design elements for a family member who uses a wheelchair. Hallways and doorways were widened for wheelchair access, and electrical outlets, switches and thermostats were placed for access by the person using the wheelchair. Pippin continues to be a resource for green

building for Habitat. The concepts pay off in several ways. Along with saving money on utility bills once the house is built, the Energy Starqualified houses are designed to provide a more comfortable living environment with better indoor air quality. When it comes to environmental benefits, Energy Star homes keep 4,500 pounds of greenhouse gases out of the air each year. Americans, with the help of Energy Star, saved enough energy in 2007 to avoid greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those from 27 million cars, along with saving $16 billion on their utility bills, according to Energy Star reports. Because homes have long life spans, the environmental benefits continue for years. LNC

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Free-lance photographer Jody Roth has been working in the Lake Norman/Metro Charlotte area since 2003. She specializes in portraits, but also has a portfolio of artistic images capturing nature and everyday life. Her work has been published in the “Best of College Photography Annual 2003” from Serbin Communications Press and “Forever in a Moment” and “Wandering Spirits” from The International Library of Photography, as well as newspapers, newsletters and regional magazines. She lives in Cornelius.

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Experience Gaston County’s early history through “Standing on a Box,” an exhibit of photographs taken by Lewis Hine of textile industry child laborers in 1908. Hine was a staff photographer of the National Child Labor Committee. Between November 1908 and February 1909, Hine photographed children in and around 19 cotton mills in North Carolina and South Carolina as part of efforts to document child labor in regional textile mills. The free exhibit is at the Gaston County Museum of Art & History, 131W. Main St., Dallas. Fore more information, visit or call 704-922-7681

This photograph of Lake Norman flowers taken by Jamie Azevedo adorns the cover of the Davidson Housing Coalitions 2009 “Images of Hometown” calendar.

This month The Davidson Housing Coalition is selling its 2009 “Images of Hometowns” fine art calendars to benefit HAMMERS, its program that makes emergency repairs on the homes of low-income homeowners to help them retain their dwellings. The calendar, which sells for $14.95, features the photographs of local artists that capture the spirit of their Lake Norman hometowns. Calendars are available from Nancy Waldrop, 704-892-4486, or from Wooden Stone, 445 S. Main St., Davidson; The Great Frame Up, 8712 Lindholm Drive, Birkdale Village, Huntersville; The Village Store, 110 S. Main St., Davidson, and the Davidson Housing Coalition office, 220 Sloan St., Davidson. Davidson Housing Coalition is a nonprofit with the mission to preserve and create affordable housing, and prepare families and individuals for financial stability and homeownership. For more information, visit or call 704-892-4486.

p.m., and the Davidson log cabin will be dedicated at 1 p.m. For more information, visit or call 704-8753113.

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See works by Mooresville-area artists during the monthly Downtown Mooresville Gallery Crawl, sponsored by the Mooresville Art Guild. The free event runs from 6 to 8 p.m. For details, call 704-663-6661 or visit


Hundreds of cyclists of all abilities are expected to take part in the Rocky River Road Club’s 11th annual Polar Bear Ride. Cyclists can choose the half metric or full metric century bicycle ride through the North Mecklenburg/Lake Norman area. The rides start at 10 a.m. at Bailey Middle School, 11900 Bailey Road, in Cornelius. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. The cost is $20 in advance, $25 the day of the ride. Registration, waiver, route sheets and directions are available at www. Registration also is available at The rain date, if needed, will be Jan. 17. A portion of the proceeds will be given to the Ada Jenkins Center in Davidson. For more information, contact The Cycle Path bicycle shop at 704 896-3331 or visit


Davidson Express will appear at 3 p.m. at the Joe V. Knox Theater, Charles Mack Citizens Center, 215 N. Main, Mooresville. The concert of bluegrass, originals and family music is presented by Mooresville Concerts. Tickets are available at the Charles Mack Center or Mooresville Recreation Department or by calling 704-662-3334 or 704-663-7026. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for under age 10. Season tickets are $75.

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Stroll out to Rural Hill Farm in Huntersville for the annual New Year’s Day First Footin’, including a walk-about of the farm. Several towns throughout the hillsides of Scotland continue an age-old annual ritual of a walk of the town limits to restate or reclaim the boundaries of the township. This tradition has been adopted as part of the Rural Hill Hogmanay (Scottish New Year) celebration. Hogmanay features many of the customary rituals to assure good crops, good health and good fortune in the coming year. The Rural Hill excursion of 2 to 3 miles will include stops along the way to hear stories of history and folklore. Wear good walking shoes and appropriate clothing for the season. Those who do not want to walk can enjoy fellowship around the farm yard. This event is free, but everyone is encouraged to take something for the luncheon. The walk-about begins at 11 a.m.; the play “Stone Soup” will be presented at 12:30

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The Davidson Community Players will stage two productions this month, including “Driving Miss Daisy,” which played to sold-out audiences in 2007. Winner of the 1988 Pulitzer Prize and Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Play, “Driving Miss Daisy” is a warm-hearted, humorous and affecting study of the unlikely relationship between an aging, crotchety white Southern lady, and a proud, soft-spoken black man. Performances are Jan. 8, 9, 10, 15, 16 and 17 at 8 p.m., and Jan. 11 and 18 at 2 p.m. at the Duke Energy Theatre in Spirit Square in Charlotte. For ticket information, call 704372-1000 or visit The Players’ Connie Company will team up with the Davidson College Theater Department to present Rupert T. Barber Jr.’s adaptation of “Cinderella,” a production suitable for ages 4 and older. Programs are at 4:30 and 7 p.m. Jan. 23 and at 2:30 and 4:30 p.m. Jan. 24 and 25 in the Barber Theatre at Davidson College, 310 N. Main St. in Davidson. Tickets are $7. For reservations, available beginning Jan. 19, call 704-892-7918.


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Hear the Merrows, a Celtic, progressive group from Charlotte, during the Old Jail House Concert. The free concert, sponsored by the Iredell Arts Council, begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Old Jail, South Meeting and Court streets in Statesville. For more information, call 704-873-6100.


Experience the old-time movies as Davidson College presents a silent film screening with live piano accompaniment. Ethan Uslan will accompany “The Freshman,” a 1925 Harold Lloyd film about a first-year college student who attempts to gain popularity amid his mocking peers. The free program begins at 7:30 p.m. in Tyler-Tallman Hall of the Sloan Music Building. For more information, call 704-894-2848.


Cold weather doesn’t mean it is time to hibernate. The Carolina Raptor Center celebrates the winter season with its annual Wild Wings Winter Festival. Live bird presentations address how the changing seasons affect raptors. Activities include storytelling, face painting, cookie decorating, hayrides, live bird presentations, photos taken with a live raptor, making bird feeders and learning how to feed birds for winter. The festival, which runs from noon to 4 p.m., is free with regular admission. The center is at 6000 Sample Road in Huntersville. For more information, visit or call 704-875-6521.


Davidson College invites the public to celebrate Martin Luther King Day with free activities throughout the day. Events

Jan. 25 Hear music ranging from Renaissance to jazz when the Farallon Recorder Quartet appears at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Davidson. The quartet performs on numerous types of recorder, from Renaissance to modern, from 6 inches to 6 feet tall, exploring the full range of the instruments’ abilities. The family concert begins at 3 p.m. at the church at 301 Caldwell Lane. General admission is $15; students and seniors, $10; under age 10, free. Tickets are available at the door or in advance by calling 704-941-0650 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays. Embracing the New You Women’s Health Conference features speakers addressing topics that every woman needs to know as she matures. The keynote speaker is Genie James, one of the nation’s leading authorities on women’s health and co-author of the best-selling book “From Hormone Hell to Hormone Well.” Visit for more information. The conference runs from 8:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Charles Mack Citizen Center in Mooresville. The cost is $25. To register, send a check or money order to Spirit of Women, c/o Iredell Memorial Hospital, 557 Brookdale Drive, Statesville, NC 28677. For more information, call 704-878-7447.

begin with a 9 a.m. 5K run/walk. There will be children’s activities from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., and a community convocation at 11:30 featuring an address by Dr. Freeman Hrabrowski, president of the University of Maryland Baltimore County. At 12:30 p.m. the public is invited to a free community luncheon, and there will be educational seminars taught by members of the Davidson faculty beginning at 2:30 p.m. and 3:45 p.m. The day’s activities will conclude with a 7 p.m. Gospel Extravaganza in Duke Family Performance Hall. For more information, call 704-894-2225.




Members of the Davidson College faculty and staff will present a free midday concert at 12:30 p.m. in Tyler-Tallman Hall of the Sloan Music Center. A reception will follow. For more information, call 704-894-2848. The Gabriel Alegria Afro-Peruvian Sextet will appear in concert at Davidson College. The group will perform jazz derived from music of black coastal Perú, and its interpretation of American jazz. General admission is $20; $15 for faculty, staff and seniors; $5 for those under age 18; free at the door for those with college ID. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Duke Family Performance Hall. For more information, call 704-894-2848. For tickets, call 704-894-2135 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. Women, find the path to better health during a one-day conference sponsored by Iredell Memorial Hospital. The


The Western Piedmont Symphony presents its Chamber Classics III concert, featuring its La Catrina Quartet, at 8 p.m. at the Arts & Science Center in Hickory. Tickets are $20. For more information, call 828-324-8603.


The Aquilas Theatre Company will present an innovative production of Homer’s classic tale “The Iliad,” covering the highlights of the story in an action-packed 90 minutes of ritualistic movement, original music and acting. The presentation will be at 8 p.m. in the Duke Family Performance Hall at Davidson College. General admission is $20. For reservations, call 704-894-2135 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, or visit www.davidson. edu/tickets. For more information call 704-894-2191.


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Enjoy an evening of jazz featuring French guitarist Marc Antoine, presented by Carolina Smooth Jazz Friends. Antoine will be joined by Jeff Kashiwa, who is the saxophone player for the band The Rippingtons. Both artists will perform with a full band for an evening of music and dancing, beginning at 9 p.m. at the Havana Social Club in Cornelius. Each person purchasing a ticket will receive a certificate for a free private dance lesson with a Havana Social Club instructor. Tickets are $36.50-$45. For tickets, go to or call 800-993-8499. Havana Social Club is at 17105 Kenton Drive in Cornelius. For club information, call 704-892-7000.

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James Warner, Ryan Duques, Mark Lane, Venture Magazines LLC

Bob Hecht and daughter Nicole, Century 21 Hecht Realty Mark and Stacy McGhee Brodeur and Amy Harrill, Infinity Salon

Tom and Pat Cotter

Cotton and Vicki Ketchie, Landmark Galleries Nick and Anthony Palazzo, Data Driven, Mooresville

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Carissa Roman, PR Store, with Sandy Bowers, Monkees, and Jeane Andaas

Betsy Shores and Cynthia Alikhan with Bouk Catering

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