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Contents |

10 The Main Channel

What’s hip at Lake Norman

16 Porthole

The Grand Opening of Andre Christine Gallery

18 The Captain’s Chair

Mark Kale talks about the Mid-Atlantic Boat Show


20 Rip Currents — Sports


A new sport is coming to Mooresville, and this one doesn’t involve wheels

24 Rip Currents — Adventure

Dennis Deaton takes teens on the trip of a lifetime every summer

30 What’s Cooking Nothing combats frigid temperatures like a good bowl of soup

32 Around



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Chocolate Myers shares memories of Dale Earnhardt 10 years after his friend’s death

36 The Galley The Daily Grind has never been so tasty

41 Grapevine

Mourvèdre is the character actor that takes center stage

44 Game On 48 Home Port 53 Currently

32 36

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Davidson Community Players presents a real Masterpiece


56 One More Thing 41 How a man decides what to do for his valentine



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saw them as soon as Christmas was over. I turned the corner at Target, and there they were — Valentine’s Day cards. “Really?” I thought. “We’re actually going to celebrate this holiday this year.” I had to laugh. Don’t get me wrong, I love my husband dearly, but when you have one-year-old twins, romance boils down to meeting in the living room once a week at 10 p.m. to watch Modern Family on TiVo, hoping the other doesn’t fall asleep before it’s over. Therefore, the thought of having a nice romantic evening involving dressing up and leaving the house after 6:30 p.m. was comical to me. Sure, when we were dating and when we were first married, we bought each other Valentine’s Day presents and went out for fancy meals. I think we actually escaped to the mountains once to celebrate the day of love, but that was then and this is now. These days we’re lucky to eat dinner together in our own home. That’s why it’s the little things that go a long way. The other night my husband went out for groceries and returned with a surprise Lake Norman Currents | February 2011

box of s’mores-flavored oatmeal for me. While that doesn’t seem like much, and to some it might sound a bit vile, I thought it was an adorably sweet gesture. You see, we have a fire pit on our patio, and on three separate occasions, I’ve tried to have guests over to roast s’mores. All three times it rained, and we’ve yet to open a bag of marshmallows. Although I tried to hide my disappointment, my husband knows how much I want to relive old campfire days because he knows me. Therefore, when he brought that box of oatmeal home, it simply reminded me of how well my husband understands me. While it’s fun to go out to dinner and exchange love-inspired gifts, there’s a season for that. Right now our season involves spending time with our precious babies, as my heart melts when I see my husband kiss our daughter’s forehead or play peek-a-boo with our son. These moments mean so much more to me than a box of chocolates or a bouquet of flowers. So for all you folks out there who are clueless as to what to do for your sweetie on Valentine’s Day, take a minute to think about what’s important to them and go from there. It might not be a box of oatmeal, but I’ll bet you’ll come up with something. Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Gift giving just got a little easier. For parents scratching their heads over how they can possibly give their children’s artwork the recognition it deserves, local business owner Kristen Feighery has created an affordable, and fun, solution. Feighery, an artist and Davidson resident, opened the Sanctuary of Davidson in September 2009. In addition to showcasing her own work and the art of local modern folk artists at the gallery, she also creates and sells a variety of jewelry pieces, including hand-stamped sterling silver discs and the newest creation, art jewelry. Feighery says she came up with the idea for art jewelry one day purely by chance. She often utilizes her creative skills and resources at Sanctuary to create one-of-kind presents. “If I need a little gift for someone, I just figure out how to make it,” she says. “It’s neat to have that freedom.” With that in mind, Feighery took a photo of one her daughter’s pieces, shrunk it down, and used resin to put in on glass. Megan Blackwell, who owns The Village Store next door to Feighery, suggested making jewelry out of it. Feighery took Blackwell’s advice and began partnering with close friend and Lake Norman resident and artist Jen Poppen to begin producing the pendants, which are priced from $28 to $40. Feighery says she can also make magnets out of artwork and that she can produce the pendants in about a three-day turnaround time with a digital image. — Renee Roberson, photography by Candy Howard

The Scoop Kristen Feighery, owner of Sanctuary of Davidson, takes children’s art and turns it into jewelry.


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Erica Glasener shares her thoughts on southern gardening, structure and hand pruners

Erica Glasener shares her garden knowledge at the Davidson Horticultural Symposium on March 1.

2. What is the most important thing to consider when designing a four-season garden? Structure. It doesn’t have to be with hard surfaces. Structure can be achieved with plants. It doesn’t have to be a fence or a wall, but walkways, edging. It just defines your garden so that even when something isn’t in full bloom, there’s a sense of structure. 3. What should gardeners be doing in February? Vacationing! No, if your garden looks good in the winter then it probably looks great the rest of the year. So think about the successes of the previous garden season and the failures. Think about what plants you’re going to add and the plants you may want to delete. Gardening is as much about deleting as it is about adding. 4. What one tool should every gardener have no matter what level they are? I think a really good pair of hand pruners. 5. What’s one plant a southerner can grow if they don’t have a green thumb?

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Curvy Girls and Eco Divas

If green jeans make you think of Captain Kangaroo, think again because sisters Cindy Williams and Dana Wiedmeyer have a com-

— by Lori K. Tate, photography by Lou Freeman The Scoop The 27th Davidson Horticultural Symposium will be held March 1 from 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. at Davidson College. $85, $45 full-time student rate. Registration is required.

pletely different take on the term. Together they’ve created Green Jeans Eco Chic Consignment, which offers a three-day consignment sale for women of all ages and sizes twice a year. More than 300 shoppers (65 consigners) came to their October sale at the Fresh Market Shops in Cornelius. “For me being so busy and having so many things going on, it’s always been nice to consign where you know that literally twice a year, you clean out your closet, tag some stuff, you drop it off…and after three days you either pick up if you didn’t want to donate and you get a check in two days, ” explains Williams. “It’s so turnkey.” This year’s sale is scheduled for February 24 through 26 at Kenton Place Shopping Center in Cornelius. 11

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Fifi’s Fine Resale recently opened a Curvy Girl Boutique carrying sizes 14 and up in its Cornelius store. “We’ve just found that a lot of women who wear these sizes shop online and can’t try things on,” explains owner Julia Austin. “This room will focus on women who aren’t an unhealthy size, but maybe have curvy hips or a big bust or are tall.”

I think the hellebores. 6. What would you say is trendy in flowers right now? Is there a certain flower people are just crazy about? I think people are excited about the new coralbells. They have some with chartreuse foliage, some with nearly black foliage, some with peachy rust foliage. People love those. 7. What one piece of advice would you give a blossoming gardener? You should have fun in your garden. Try something new every year. Look at what will work but then have some fun. Try a plant with oversized foliage or something with huge blooms or dedicate an area to hot colors.

Growing up in south Florida, Erica Glasener was one of those kids who played outside all the time. Later in high school, she got a job at a greenhouse, further nurturing her love of nature. So when it came time to select a major in college, horticulture wasn’t a big surprise. Next month the horticulturist, lecturer and author, who hosted A Gardener’s Diary on HGTV for 14 years, shares her knowledge at the Davidson Horticultural Symposium as she speaks about Designing the Four Season Southern Garden. We got a chance to ask her a few questions about gardening and here’s what she had to say. 1. What are a few proven plants for a southern garden? One of the plants that I love for shade, which actually grows in a pretty wide range of places throughout the country, is variegated Solomon’s Seal. This perennial is tough and elegant, great for shade. A plant that I really love for the sun is a hardy geranium called ‘Rozanne.’ By hardy I mean that it’s a perennial, so it comes back every year. Hellebores are a pretty common plant that I think are so serviceable and adaptable. They have evergreen foliage, which is always great. They’re often called the Lenten Rose because they bloom very, very early.

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Todd Hirschfeld has the tailgate set-up and will travel At the Daytona 500 two years ago, Todd Hirschfeld got an idea. He decided it was time to develop a sanctioning body for tailgating. Yes, that’s tailgating — the beer-soaked, grillfilled, pre-game ceremony millions of sports fans enjoy every year. Today, Hirschfeld runs The National Tailgating League from his motorsports marketing office in Cornelius. “We want to be the authority for all things tailgating,” he says. To date, that’s meant developing an extensive setting, complete with a tractor-trailersized bar and an elaborate set-up for typical tailgate games like cornhole, ladder golf and washers. The traveling party entertained fans at 10 NASCAR races and eight college football games in 2010. The biggest crowd, Hirschfeld

Todd Hirschfeld runs The National Tailgating League from his motorsports marketing office in Cornelius.

says, was around 4,000 people at a Bristol, Tennessee race in August. The most elaborate tailgaters? He found those at an LSU football game in the fall. Revenue for the business comes from companies like Budweiser and The Sporting News. Hirschfeld says the NTL is great for sponsors, but it’s heaven for fans. “They’re there for hours,” Hirschfeld says. “They play in the games. They interact with our hosts, our MCs. They sit at our bars and

drink beer and watch TV all day.” Hirschfeld wants to grow his league outside of the South. That’s because he perceives an increase in popularity in the parking lot party scene. “I think a lot of people are starting to notice tailgating more than they have in the past,” he says. “I definitely think tailgating is more on the radar now than it was three or four years ago.” — Scott Graf, photography by Chad Macy

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Think Pink in a Different Way Bosom Buddies raises money for breast cancer research The women of Connor House at Davidson College are thinking pink as they prepare for their annual Bosom Buddies charity gala. The March 12

Davidson College students enjoy Bosom Buddies, a charity gala founded by Connor House, an all-female social and service organization at the school.

event features dinner, performances by Davidson College a cappella groups, a speaker, and silent and live auctions. Alex Hanken, fundraising chairperson, says Bosom Buddies is a different kind of breast cancer awareness and support initiative. “Rather than making a donation to an organization that ‘fights breast cancer,’ we support Friends for an Earlier Breast Cancer Test [] to fund research to find a biological test that will detect the disease within the first year of onset,” she explains. Based in Greensboro, Friends is the only United States nonprofit solely dedicated to this type of research. Connor House, an all-female social and service organization at Davidson, started Bosom Buddies in 2001. “One of the founders, Lauren Perny Pragoff (’03), was diagnosed with breast cancer after the birth

of her first child,” says Hanken. “We work hard because we know this disease is so pervasive, and several of the women in our house will be diagnosed with breast cancer in the coming decades.” Last year, the gala raised $50,000. This year the goal is $55,000, and the event is in honor of Elizabeth Edwards. “In the past five years, we’ve raised over $200,000,” says Hanken. “A few years ago, Friends named a research grant in Connor House’s honor.” –by Lee McCracken, photography courtesy of Connor House The Scoop Bosom Buddies will be held on March 12 at 6:30 p.m. in the Lilly Family Gallery of the Chambers Building at Davidson College. Tickets are $45 or $350 for a table of eight; e-mail The event still needs sponsors and donations for its auctions. Visit com/site/connorbosombuddies/Home for more information or mail a check payable to Connor House, c/o Alex Hanken, 209 Ridge Road, Box 5661, Davidson, NC 28035

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oating is in Mark Kale’s blood. He grew up on the water, and his parents opened Lake Norman Marina in January 1974 — when he was 15. The family lived two miles from the marina on N.C. 150 in Sherrills Ford, so Kale has witnessed many changes around the lake. Staying in the area and taking over the marina when his father retired a few years back, Kale has known several generations of boating families and has helped hundreds of people new to the lake area realize their dream of owning a boat. He and his wife, Stephanie, have three sons, 22, 20 and 10, who are in school and also help at the marina over the summer. Kale has been a part of 37 boat shows in Charlotte, as Lake Norman Marina has been exhibiting at the Mid-Atlantic Boat Show since it began. The event comes to the Charlotte Convention Center this month, February 17 through 20. The largest boat show in the Carolinas with more than 150,000 square feet of product displays, it’s a paradise for boaters. We recently caught up with Kale to learn some behind-the-scenes details about the show.

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The Super Bowl Boating is in Mark Kale’s blood. He grew up on the water, and his parents opened Lake Norman Marina in January 1974 — when he was 15.


Mark Kale talks about the Mid-Atlantic Boat Show



What types of boats does Lake Norman Marina sell? We’ve carried Cobalt (luxury power boats) for almost 30 years, and we have Bennington pontoons. And we also represent Yamaha sport boats.

What goes into displaying at the boat show?

We’ll take 30 boats down to the convention center. They give us three days to move in and one day to move out — it’s a lot of labor. With eight vehicles, we can make three or four trips a day and get all the boats down there. Moving out is intense in one day. The show is four days, but it’s eight days and about 80 to 100 hours for us.

about boats. My two oldest boys will help with the show — it’s an exciting time. It’s our Super Bowl.

What’s your dream boat? The Cobalt A25. It’s the most revolutionary boat built in the last 20 years. The manufacturing process is totally different from anything else in the industry, and it has some great features, like a hydraulic swim platform. There’s nothing else like it — it’s really cool.

Cobalt has done radical, elegant and luxury all in the same boat. LNC More on THE SCOOP The Mid-Atlantic Boat Show takes place February 17-20 at the Charlotte Convention Center, 510 South College Street, Charlotte. Thu-Fri noon-9 p.m., Sat 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sun 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $8, $7 seniors, $5 junior boaters (6-12), under 6 free,

When do you begin planning for the event? We start in October to get the boats we need in from the dealers. We know what sells in this market, so we pick from the inventory, unwrap the boats and rig them to get them ready to go.

How do you choose what to show?

We always want to show new models, features and colors. The new stuff is what people want to see because they will have read about it in boating magazines and on the Internet. Our space is about 12,000 square feet. This year, we’ll have Cobalt’s new swim step — a patented step-off swim platform. It’s a real game-changer. And Bennington has a couple of new models that will draw a lot of attention.

Are most people just looking, or are they ready to buy?

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ong known for its role in the racing industry, Mooresville is about to associate itself with another sport: youth baseball. Construction is scheduled to begin in March on a new 25-field complex that project officials say will attract young athletes from all over the country. And once up and running, the economic impact on Mooresville and surrounding areas is expected to be significant. The facility will be built by a development group led by Salisbury resident Lou Presutti and will be similar to a project Presutti built in Cooperstown, New York in 1996. “I think this will put Mooresville on the map,” Presutti says.

A ripple effect Supporters say the complex — located off Rankin Hill Road between Highway 115 and Interstate 77 just north of Mooresville — will draw hundreds of teams from all over the United States and Canada in June, July and August. 20

Presutti says weekend tournaments will also be scheduled in March, April, September and October. The facility will include living quarters for coaches and players modeled after an Olympic village. Presutti says economic impact studies have shown the complex will add nearly $100 million to the local economy each year. “You’ll have all the motel rooms — over 100,000 nights,” he says. “They all have to eat three meals a day. They’re buying gasoline. They’re going to any tourist attractions such as the racecar museum and all the other things

the lake has to offer. It’s just a complete ripple effect.” Presutti thinks once the complex is up and running, the project will create part-time work for between 400 and 600 people. Up to 30 people could staff the facility full time. Why Mooresville? Presutti is quick to answer. “I think the location is superb,” he says. “This is a program that’s national in scope, drawing teams from all 50 states and Canada. Continued on page 22

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Within a 12-hour drive, I think you hit 50 percent of America’s population.”

A foolproof industry The complex is one of four Presutti’s group is in talks to build. Other likely locations include Prescott, Arizona; Louisville, Kentucky; and Bowling Green, Kentucky. Presutti says officials in Mooresville have been tremendous to

work with as he’s embarked on the permitting process. One of the officials Presutti has worked with is Mooresville commissioner Mitch Abraham. He was part of a group of local government and economic development officials who visited the Cooperstown complex in July of 2009. Abraham says the group loved what they saw. After that, they just needed to convince other officials to approve a Mooresville version. “When you looked at it, when you looked

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at where the property was at, the infrastructure [investment] was minimal…it was just a great concept that when it comes to fruition will be tremendous,” Abraham says. “It was a really easy sell.” Presutti’s group will benefit from a package of local incentives. Abraham says officials were comfortable approving the incentives because they’re confident the project will be a moneymaker for the region. “The impact of that [the complex] in the summer months on Mooresville and surrounding communities should be phenomenal,” Abraham says. “It’s one of those industries that’s kind of foolproof because parents are going to spend money on their kids.” Presutti expects construction to take about a year. He hasn’t decided yet what level of competition will play at the new facility. And there’s a chance, he says, the complex could be used for softball instead of baseball. The ownership group will generate revenue by charging teams to play in tournaments. Presutti spent more than 30 years coaching young baseball players. He says he’s excited to build the new complex both for what it will do for Mooresville and the game he loves. “That’s America’s tradition — baseball. Not basketball or football or any other sports,” he says. “Baseball — that’s what our country is built on.” LNC Scott Graf is a Corneliusbased broadcaster and freelance writer. A native of Iowa, he has lived in the Lake Norman area since 2006.

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n 1974, Mooresville resident Dennis Deaton traveled across the United States with a group of family members and came back with the self-confidence that he could do anything. Today, the former educator and father of three who spent 35 years working with Mooresville Graded School District, strives to help teens come to the same realization with the help of Teens Westward Bound, a 23-day camping experience he developed and has been directing for the past 37 years. The program has inspired scores of teens that have taken the trip. It has also helped Dennis’ son, Grant, realize his dream of following in his dad’s footsteps, including taking a leadership role in Teens Westward Bound. What is Teens Westward Bound? Teens Westward Bound is a program designed to help teenagers discover themselves while also discovering regions of the country they’ve never explored before. Dennis explains there are three main com-

June 18 from Davidson College and the other on June 20.

From left, Dennis Deaton of Mooresville founded Teens Westward Bound. Now his son, Grant, is following in his dad’s footsteps.

ponents to the trip “First, we see the great country that God has given us,” says the 62-year-old. “Second, students all have responsibilities. Third is the bonding that the kids will go through. They have reunions. The friendships are unbelievable.” This summer the first trip departs on

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$2,100 per student, and Teens Westward Bound has a zero tolerance for alcohol, tobacco products or drugs. In addition to the 70 teens, seven counselors travel with the group, as Dennis travels back and forth between the two summer trips so he can personally meet each camper. Throwing down the walls The group travels by motorbus and camps in school and college gymnasiums and

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campsites across the country. Each camper rotates through a list of job responsibilities on the journey, which passes through the Carolinas, Georgia and Alabama on the first day and eventually winds through the western states, with stops in New Mexico, the Grand Canyon, coastal California and Wyoming. Jobs include cooks, bus packers, dishwashers, bookkeepers, site managers and bloggers. Because teens are not allowed to take cell phones on the trip, parents enjoy keeping up with the daily reports of the trip on the blog, “If one person in the group isn’t pulling their weight, they’ll feel the peer pressure,” says Dennis. “It’s unbelievable to watch them grow in that 23 days.” In 2001, Dennis’ son Grant, who was studying computer information systems at Western Carolina University at the time, attended one of the summer trips as a counselor and realized that one day he wanted to take over his father’s program. He went back to school to earn his teaching certification and now travels with the group

in the summertime. A marketing teacher with Mooresville Graded School District, Grant met his wife, Kitch, on one of the Teens Westward Bound reunion trips. She works as part of the selection committee. “I think the self-discovery is the most important thing about this trip,” says Grant. “You mature so much. You get thrown into having to cook for 82 people or pack up the bus. After about five days on the trip, all these high school walls get thrown down. The kids just become a big family. You see some amazing kids come out of this group.” As for when Grant will officially take over the helm, he jokes that he and his father are on the “five-year plan.” “I would love for him to never quit going with me,” says Grant. “I’ll miss that when it does happen.” LNC

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Instructions Sauté in oil the onion, green pepper, garlic and celery into a heavy bottomed soup till soft. Add corn with juices and simmer over low heat for 10 minutes. Add all seasoning and remove from heat. Let sit for five minutes. Return to heat and add heavy cream. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer over medium heat. Simmer on low for 20 minutes. Top with shredded cheddar and diced tomatoes. Serve with a side of tortilla chips. Lupie’s Café 101-A Statesville Road Huntersville 32

Ingredients 2 14-ounce cans plum tomatoes 1 white onion, diced small 1 14-ounce can vegetable stock or broth 1 pinch dry basil 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 cup heavy cream Salt and pepper to taste 1 tablespoon garlic Roux: Combine 1/3 cup flour & 1/3 cup butter Instructions Sauté onion with olive oil. Add tomatoes. Add vegetable stock. Add basil. Simmer for 20 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste. Add roux and heavy cream, puree. Adjust seasoning and serve. Serves four Toast Café 101 N. Main Street Davidson

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Tomato bisque has to be one of the most balanced things found in nature. Cream or butter nicely offset the acidity in the tomatoes. A dish like this calls for strict adherence to the oenological equivalent of the Hippocratic oath — first, do no harm to the food. Too strong a wine would mess up the balance of the dish, too weak a wine would get lost in its richness. A favorite for me would be a Pinot Gris from Oregon. It’s light enough to balance the soup’s creamy texture and deep enough to stand up to the character of the dish. Lentil soup, to me, is a paradox — a nice one. From those wimpy little beans comes a deep flavor and texture that’s almost like a meat dish. This soup calls for something with a nice earthy component. I like to pair it with a Pinot Noir. The Willamette Valley of Oregon would be a good place to choose

from. Or, to crank up the earthy component, try a wine from Burgundy. Stay with a regional wine; one that simply says ‘Bourgogne’ on the label — good wine and not too expensive. Southwestern style corn chowder — I love those spices. Spices are always tricky with wine. The wrong choice of wine can actually intensify the power of the spices; that’s not something your chef would be happy with. With a dish like this, I almost always pair it with a Gewürztraminer. Gewürztraminers have a light oiliness texture which helps balance out strong spices. They have depth and character that can handle powerful flavors. Nice. Soups have to be the ultimate comfort food. And, in my world, nothing says comfort and contentment better than a glass of good wine. Can’t wait to get started. Enjoy!

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wo helicopters sat near the track in North Wilkesboro. After a long and tiring day of racing, Dale Earnhardt, Sr. jumped out of his car and headed to grab the first one. He was eager to beat the traffic, change clothes and unwind a bit near the water before heading to the airport to catch a long flight to Phoenix where he and his team had scheduled a series of tests. On the way by Danny “Chocolate” Myers and the other members of his pit crew, Earnhardt yelled, “Y’all come on as soon as you can. Meet me at the lake house.” “Now you see,” Myers says with a smile on his face as we begin our interview, “by the time we got everything loaded, we looked at each other and knew we were going to Dale’s lake house but no one, not even the pilot, knew how to get there. Dale was long gone so we just took off and headed south. And that’s where it got interesting. “Lake Norman from the helicopter looks a lot different than Lake Norman from the road, and we were completely lost,” he continues. “So after flying around lost in the air for a while, we did what we knew would get us there. We flew like we were driving on the road. We found the interstate, headed south, hung a right near 150 and got to Dale’s that way. Even though we were in a rush, Dale wanted to go to the lake house to change clothes and unwind; it was always a special place to him.” In the ten years since Earnhardt died at age 49 in a crash on the final turn of his 23rd Daytona 500, friends like Myers have shared literally thousands of stories about their adventures with The Intimidator. They recall how the simple man from Kannapolis, a ninth-grade dropout, seventime Winston Cup champion and the best stock car racer of his generation did so much for the sport. They talk about his passion and his deter34

From left, the late Dale Earnhardt, Sr. and Chocolate Myers, the legendary gas man who worked in the driver’s pits for two decades, share a good time on the track.

mination. And they miss their friend dearly. “Dale let us in,” recalls Myers, the legendary gas man who worked in Earnhardt’s pits for two decades. “And because he was just like the rest of us, people respected and supported him. He was not an educated man. He was just a hardworking guy. He was a guy who grew up tough in rural North Carolina. He didn’t have anything handed to him. He had to work and scrape for everything he had.” Myers says that’s why Earnhardt’s crash seemed almost unfair. And that’s why the series of events that followed seemed almost surreal. “I was in the pits and didn’t think much of it at the time,” he recalls. “We had seen much worse, and I even remember Dale flipping a car, then driving it in to the pits. But word that this one was bad slowly spread, and we knew we had lost Dale before we left the airport.” The reality hit Myers a few hours later. “I guess the reality of it all hit when we got home,” he says. “Here we were in Davidson County, and when we landed the airplane, there was a roadblock. The police knew we needed privacy before we did.” If you know racing then you know things don’t slow down much between races, and Myers still had a job to do. “I can honestly tell you that I really don’t remember much about what we did that week,” he recalls. “I’m not trying to sound dramatic or anything, but the hardest thing I ever had to do was change the numbers on the car but we had to do it. No one else would. And if we stopped to think about what happened, the team wouldn’t be ready to race the next weekend.” Now in his early 60s, Myers commutes

daily from his Davidson County home to the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte to co-host Tradin’ Paint on Sirius satellite radio. He also runs the Richard Childress Racing Museum, where he spends his time educating visitors on almost every aspect of the sport both past and present. And he is still a fixture at the track and a familiar face in the garages. “I hear the stories, I share the memories and I tell the jokes,” Myers says. “Every single day, Dale’s name comes up no matter where I go. You hear it at the Hall of Fame, you hear it at the Richard Childress Racing Museum and you hear it every weekend at the races. It doesn’t seem like ten years, and it doesn’t seem like it was yesterday because Dale is with us in a very special way. It seems like it never really happened.” But it did happen. It changed a sport. And it changed a man. Myers concludes our interview with a tear in his eye, “I look back and think about it now — I didn’t think about it then — and realize how big a piece of history it is. You get both ends of the spectrum. People still buy the T-shirts and others tell me that they quit watching that day,” he says. “I can’t think of anything else that has made that big of an impact in racing or in other big sports. Do I love NASCAR? Of course I do. Now that I’m off the track, I miss Dale even more. And because of who Dale was and what he did, we are all fans in some way.” LNC Freelance writer Mike Savicki has lived and worked in the Lake Norman area for 15 years, frequently covering the racing scene.


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says. “We do a streusel topping on it. The cooks call it their magic sauce.”

The lunch menu carries over to the eveningmeal, when daily dinner specials also are offered.These entrees typically feature a meat, fishand pasta, and have included spaghetti, fried chicken, shrimp and grits, shrimp etouffee, and chicken pot pie.

For the non-breakfast set Daily Grind also accommodates non-breakfast eaters at lunch and dinner with a mind-boggling menu of homemade soups, salads, sandwiches and burgers. Chris’ award-winning chili, split pea, French onion and minestrone are just some of the soups that have been served. For a refreshing salad, try the Fall Salad with baby greens, toasted pine nuts, apple slices, dried apricots, raisins, raspberries and blue cheese with a raspberry vinaigrette dressing. On the sandwich side, of high interest is the Chicken Pesto Panini, a grilled chicken cutlet topped with greens, roasted red peppers, fresh mozzarella and fresh pesto served on ciabatta. The lunch menu carries over to the evening meal, when daily dinner specials also are offered. These entrees typically feature a meat, fish and pasta, and have included spaghetti, fried chicken, shrimp and grits, shrimp etouffee, and chicken pot pie. “The cooks get a chance to show off their

talents,” Bob says. For dessert — yes, even after breakfast — try any number of Debbie’s homemade desserts. Her much-raved-about apple pie is a threeinch dessert made with 10 Granny Smith apples and served with whipped cream. She makes a variety of other pies in addition to cookies and brownies. LNC Dig In One egg breakfast plate for $3.70 to Crab Cake lunch plate for $10.24. Dinner specials $10-$13.

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Another Vinous Soliloquy Another way you can taste Mourvèdre doing its solo thing is in a wine from Spain. Here the grape is called Monastrell. Just like in France, the grape is used as a character actor in blended wines; wines like Alicante from the south of Spain. But, again, like in France the grape is coming into its own. Look for Monastrell from the


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the red wines were that we tasted. By far our favorite was the red wine from the Bandol region, made mostly from the Mourvèdre grape. The Mourvèdre grape has a little bit of an attitude. It’s not that easy to grow. It has to have lots of sun and warmth to ripen properly. It needs cool nights so that the grapes don’t become overly sweet and the wines become too far over the top. It has to have a long ripening cycle. And, just to round out their wish list, the vines prefer soils rich in limestone. All those requirements could be used to accurately describe the Bandol

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Surprised in Provence It was last fall that I got reminded how wonderful Mourvèdre can be when it stands alone. My wife and I headed a group on a wine tour in the Provence region of southern France. Our main focus was to taste the beautiful rosé wines from that region — a noble quest. But what turned out to be a huge surprise was how terrific

The red wine from the Bandol region is made mostly from the Mourvèdre grape and is easily available from wine merchants around the lake area.

region. That’s probably why Bandol is considered the best incarnation of the Mourvèdre grape. Now for a little bit of good news. The reason we were so surprised by the red wines we came across in Provence is that there were so many of them. When you consider that red wine is but a small percentage of total production in Provence (it’s mostly rosé), it’s obvious that most of these red wines never leave the region. The good news? Bandol is not one of them. It’s easily available from wine merchants around the lake area. You want to go for a Bandol that has a few years on it. When these wines are young they can be a little overpowering and loaded with bitter tannins. After a couple of years in the bottle they smooth out and their character comes to the fore. These are powerful wines; very structured — layers of flavors that come in, one after another. They have aromas of licorice, leather and a floral hint, and underneath it all is a feeling of a scrubland of wild thyme and lavender. And another piece of good news, these wines won’t break the bank. You can find plenty of them in the $20 range.

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n TV entertainment, some shows just wouldn’t be the same without a character actor or two. Without them, the show would fall flat. With them the whole thing just hums along. Imagine the old sitcom Cheers without the characters Norm Peterson and Cliff Clavin hanging out at the bar murmuring serial inanities; pretty lame. It’s the actors George Wendt and John Ratzenberger that help bring the whole thing together. The same thing applies in wine. There are some grapes that stay in the background so that you rarely know they’re there. Fortunately, they sometimes make a center stage appearance, and we get to enjoy them just for whom they are. Mourvèdre is one of these tasty talents. If you’ve sampled a few wines in your time, you’ve probably experienced Mourvèdre. It’s one of the three vinous thespians in the wines of the southern Rhône region of France; wines like Châteauneuf du Pape or Côte du Rhône. In fact, wines like these are often referred to as “GSM” wines — that is, wines made from the grapes Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre.

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not too easy to find here at Lake Norman. But just up the road, in Yadkinville, is a place you can easily find some. Michael Helton, winemaker and co-owner of Hanover Park Vineyard, fell in love with this grape a number of years ago in France. Helton makes his wine following a southern French philosophy. He shies away from trying to imitate California-style wines. In his view our Carolina climate is more like Provence and the Rhône Valley than like the Napa Valley, and that drives the style of his wines. His Mourvèdre has just a little Syrah blended in and is then aged in oak for close to three years. You’ll like the result — and you don’t have to get on an airplane to get taste it with him. So, whether the grape is cast as Mourvèdre or Monastrell, this is an act well worth taking in. A delicious wine that’s perfect for this time of year’s chilly evenings. Actually, if pressed, I can come up with a climatic rationale that makes it a great wine to savor year round. Enjoy. 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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hen the spring outdoor sports season begins later this month, a record number of area boys and girls will take to the field with a different type of stick and balls in hand. Once regarded as a provincial game played exclusively at private schools, this unique sport is quickly gaining a reputation as being high scoring, action packed, exciting and fun. This sport is lacrosse. A lifestyle sport Finesse, camaraderie, trust and team dy-


namics are words that come to mind when players are asked to describe what they love about the game. “It is the kind of sport that gets in your blood and becomes a lifestyle,” says JT Del Tufo, a junior lacrosse player at Lake Norman High School who began playing in the third grade. “A lot of us play other sports, too, but there is something kind of cool about lacrosse that makes it different.” “If you like contact sports, you’ll love lacrosse,” adds Will Scott, another Lake Norman

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High School junior lacrosse standout. “It takes the best of hockey and football and combines them into a sport that is an absolute blast.” Lacrosse is a fast-paced, running and shooting game created by Native Americans. There are subtle differences between the men’s and women’s games. The men’s game has 10 players who wear helmets, shoulder pads, elbow pads and protective gloves. There is body contact and stick checking, with the most effective shooters able to dodge defensemen and score in a goal that’s a fraction of the size of a soccer goal.

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The women’s game has 12 players who wear protective eye goggles and gloves. There is no body contact in the women’s game, so the focus is on passing, cutting and running. “What’s great about the game is that there is no prototypical lacrosse player,” says Mooresville’s Mikko Red Arrow, a player, coach and referee who first picked up a stick as a 10-yearold on Long Island because he was looking for a sport to play during the spring. “Lacrosse history is fraught with stories of stars of all different shapes and sizes. There are specific roles on the field that appeal to a wide variety of types of kids.” Gaining momentum Migrating south from Canada in the 19th century, the sport established its foundation in the Northeast where it gained popularity in prep and private schools. Public schools and youth programs then followed suit as more coaches learned the rules, and funding for boys’ and girls’ teams increased. When an increasing number of colleges and universities began offering scholarships to both boys and girls, the sport gained

Coach Mikko Red Arrow works tirelessly to teach the skills, values and morals of lacrosse to aspiring standouts.

popularity nationally, especially at the high school level. In the last decade, lacrosse found a home in Charlotte, and Lake Norman became a hot bed. “When I moved to Charlotte in 1995, there really was no lacrosse available to young kids,” explains Red Arrow. “When people around here began to see that lacrosse wasn’t going anywhere, that’s when it began to gain momentum. “The schools in Charlotte grabbed lacrosse first, and Lake Norman was an afterthought,” he

adds. “A lot of us worked hard to teach the kids up here the proper skills and, as the players gained experience, we went from being afterthoughts to winners. Now people know that lacrosse at Lake Norman is the real deal.” Red Arrow’s stellar lacrosse resume dates to the 1980s when he graduated from Hofstra University as lacrosse All-American. He was then an Iroquois Nationals All-World midfielder, New Continued on page 49

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and the quality of the experience that the kids receive from the coaches and other players,” says Brett McCarthy, a board member and Mooresville resident who has three sons involved in the sport. “We are dedicated to developing the sport in the area, improving our community through lacrosse, and teaching our kids good values and morals.“ Red Arrow believes lacrosse can develop into a lifelong passion. “It’s absolutely a great game that has opened a lot of doors for me that might

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Will Scott, a player at Lake Norman High School, gets into the action. Continued from page 47

York Saints co-captain, Long Island-Hofstra Lacrosse Club champion and Charlotte Lacrosse Club standout. And today, in addition to fulfilling duties as an assistant district attorney, Red Arrow runs the popular Red Arrow Lacrosse Camp at Stumpy Creek Park in Mooresville, a camp he began in 2002 to introduce boys between the ages of 8 and 16 to the game. He also coaches in the Lake Norman United Lacrosse Association.

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Taking root The fervor for lacrosse goes beyond the high school level. A recent survey by the National Sporting Goods Association found an estimated 1.2 million Americans over age 7 had played lacrosse within the previous year — an increase of 40 percent since 1999. The local trend mirrors the national average. Founded in 2008, Lake Norman United Lacrosse Association is a non-profit group that organizes leagues, clinics and camps to give lacrosse players and coaches the tools and opportunities to learn and excel through fun, fundamentals, sportsmanship and honoring the game. With a new summer high school travel team, coed basic instruction for players seven years old and younger, and recreational and select sides for both boys and girls, Lake Norman United serves upwards of 120 players. “We are starting to draw kids from not just Mooresville but almost all the towns north of Charlotte because of the value of the program

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argi Kyle is a black and white person. “You either want it this way or that way,” says Margi, a professional interior designer in Cornelius. “You either like this color or you don’t.” Nowhere can you see her point of view expressed more vividly than in her own living room. Three years ago, Kyle took the plunge and had it painted black. Her painter, whom she has used for years, was scared to do it at first, but he came around, as did her husband, Lee.

1 The paint color is Sherwin Williams Black Magic – SW 6991. Margi wanted it flat because she wanted a soft, elegant black. The higher the gloss, the more sheen level you have.


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longed to her great, great, great grandfather, who was the King of Prussia.

3 All of the pictures on the mantel have

personal meaning to Margi, who firmly believes your home should reflect the things that you love.

4 When her husband told Margi that he

wanted a recliner, she told him that she had no idea what that was. Instead, she bought a leather chair with an ottoman. Her husband, Lee, got the leather he wanted, and Margi got the white she wanted.


5 The glass coffee table is not intrusive, as

its almost invisible. All items are arranged to the side so the table can be used.

6 Margi always wanted a chaise, so she

got a sectional with a chaise feature. “I’ve never sat on it. Who has time to sit and read?” admits Margi. “I love the look of it.”

7 The large picture of Manhattan hanging

over the sectional is from IKEA. “One of my clients found it,” explains Margi. “I said, ‘I hate you. You found something that I couldn’t find that I love.’ He said it was fine for me to buy one for myself.”


8 The art above the mantel is from an art supplier that strictly sells to the trade. Margi couldn’t resist the red, white and black.


9 A black and white rug ties the whole idea together.

10 Margi previously had white carpeting

but decided to go with hardwoods because of their durability, as the couple entertains frequently. Hardwoods are elegant and functional, and they also add a warmness to the space.

11 You have to up your lighting when

you paint a room black. Margi has at least seven lighting sources in her living room.

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“In 40 years [as a professional interior designer], the biggest frustration I have seen in people is that they think everything has to be letter perfect,” says Margi. “A home that has to be lived in and loved in can’t be. …Every room should have that feeling of fun.” We recently toured Margi’s living room with the designer to find out how she made her daring choice stylish and livable all at once. LNC

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methods to re-create the paintings of some of the world’s most famous artists, including Frans Hals, Pieter de Hooch and Johannes Vermeer. His work made him enormously wealthy and, during World War II, he sold several paintings to high-ranking members of the Nazi party, including Herman Göring. Eventually Van Meegeren’s forgery was discovered, and he was placed on trial, convicted of falsification and fraud. Masterpiece was first presented in the Lake Norman area during the summer of 2008 as a staged reading by New River Dramatists, of which Ribalow is the artistic director. The script and the

storyline convinced DCP to pursue Masterpiece as a full-staged production. Director Martin Thompson explains that the show explores not only certain “esoteric discussions” — what is art, what makes something a masterpiece and who decides — but also the human interactions that underlie the artistic process. “It’s part mystery, part love story, part social commentary — and it actually happened,” adds Melissa OhlmanRoberge, Davidson Community Players’ Artistic Director, who is excited that DCP audiences will be among the first in the country to see the play come to life. “It’s a really interesting story.” LNC

The Scoop Masterpiece runs February 24 through March 13 at Armour Street Theatre, 307 Armour Street, Davidson. $18, $15 seniors, $10 students. For tickets or more information go to or call 704.892.7953.


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ove, art, mystery and scandal… sounds like a recipe for the perfect romance novel, to be read by firelight well into the evening. Instead, Davidson Community Players (DCP) invites audiences in the Lake Norman area and beyond to its cozy Armour Street Theatre for the regional premiere of Meir Ribalow’s new play, Masterpiece. Based on the true story of the 20th century’s most notorious forgery scandal, Masterpiece is a complex drama about the Dutch artist Han van Meegeren, considered to be one of the most skillful forgers of the 20th century. As a child, Van Meegeren developed a passion for art, and he set out to become an acclaimed artist. Instead, critics panned his work — and in retaliation, he devised ingenious, painstaking

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CONCERTS Davidson College Artist Series (February 4) Grammy award-winning Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience perform a selection of zydeco music. 10 p.m. Free. 900 Room of Alvarez College Union, Davidson College, 704.894.2192, www. 5th Year of Organ @ Davidson (February 8) Michael Rowland, associate director of music at Davidson College Presbyterian Church and artist associate at Davidson College, performs. 7:30 p.m. Free. Davidson College Presbyterian Church, 100 North Main Street, Davidson, Faculty Recital at Davidson College (February 9) Millner Professor of Music William Lawing, on trumpet, and his spouse, artist associate Cynthia Lawing, on piano, joined by Anna Morris, on oboe and English horn, and by Paige West-Smith, on bassoon, perform American music. 7:30 p.m. Free. Tyler-Tallman Hall, Sloan Music Center, Davidson College, 704.894.2848, Mooresville Concert Series (February 12) Bayou Diesel performs its unique blend of cajun, zydeco and Louisiana-style dance band music. 7:30 p.m. $10, $5 for students, children 10 and under admitted free. Charles Mack Citizen Center, 215 North Main Street, 704.662.3334. Davidson College Symphony Orchestra (February 17) The Davidson College Symphony Orchestra performs a selection of music for charity. 7:30 p.m. Free, donations appreciated for the evening’s cause. Duke Family Performance Hall, Davidson College, 704.894.2848, Davidson College Concert Series (February 20) The Rhodora Winds, a quintet comprised of Charlotte Symphony Orchestra musicians, features adjunct instructor Amy Orsinger-Whitehead. 3 p.m. $12, $8 seniors, $5 youth 18 and under. Tyler-Tallman Hall, Davidson College, 704.894.2848, www. Cornelius Concert Series (February 25) The Lake Norman Big Band, featuring Mark Graham on saxophone, performs jazz, Dixieland, swing, bebop, Latin, jazz-rock fusion and pop favorites. 7-9 p.m. $5. Mt. Zion United Methodist Family Life Center, 19600 Zion Avenue, Cornelius.

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Alexander Community Concert Series (February 27) The Half Dozen Brass Band from Athens, Georgia, offers its own infectious blend of celebratory music (think New Orleans-style jazz, funk and Dixieland). Members of the band have performed in New Orleans and around the country with a variety of headliner groups (Ray Charles, The Temptations, Lou Rawls, etc.). Reception to meet the musicians follows the concert. 2 p.m. $15, $10, children under 12 free. The Episcopal Church of St. Peter by-the-Lake, 8433 Fairfield Forest Road, Denver, 704.489.6249.

EVENTS Winter Stargazing — Where is great dog? (February 4) The Charlotte Amateur Astronomy Club, The Davidson Lands Conservancy — WOW and members of the Davidson College Society of Physics introduce participants to the night sky. Telescopes will be aimed at the heavens encourag-


ing all in attendance to peer through the lenses at the wonders of the celestial sky. Open to all ages. Rain date is February 25. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Fisher Farm, 21215 Shearer Road, Davidson, Back of the Big House (February 5) Learn about life for those enslaved on the plantation through first-person living history demonstrations. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free with regular site admission; $7, $6 seniors 62 and over, $5 students, children five and under free. Historic Latta Plantation, 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville, The Heart of Hope (February 5) Proceeds from this evening event benefit the Hope House Foundation, which serves homeless women and children in the Lake Norman area. Special guest speaker is Brigida Mack, a reporter for WBTV, and music will be provided by the Taylor Vaden Band. 5:30-11 p.m. $50. The Palace at Kenton Place, 17220 W. Catawba Avenue, Cornelius, Souper Bowl VII (February 5) Enjoy some of the best soups the Lake Norman region has to offer. Proceeds benefit HAMMERS (Hands Around Mecklenburg/Mooresville Making Emergency Repairs Safely). 11 a.m.-2 p.m. $10, students 12 and up $8, children $5 for advance tickets through February 3, price increases at door. Lilly Family Gallery, Chambers Building, Davidson College, Valentine Sweetheart Tours (February 1213) Step back in time with your special someone and hear about real 19th century sweetheart stories and traditions. Time TBD. Free with regular site admission; $7, $6 seniors 62 and over, $5 students, children five and under free. Historic Latta Plantation, 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville, www. Davidson Farmer’s Market (February 12, 26) Farmers sell a bounty of seasonal vegetables; pasteurized meats and cheeses; and freshly baked breads, cakes and pies. 9-11 a.m. Free. Next to Town Hall between Main and Jackson streets in downtown Davidson, Green Ball (February 18) Davidson College’s Environmental Action Coalition invites the public to the seventh annual Green Ball fundraiser for the Davidson Lands Conservancy. The event includes live music, contra dancing, and a chance and silent auction. 7:30-11 p.m, contra dancing 7:30-8 p.m. $10, $8 students in advance; $12 for everyone at the door. Lilly Family Gallery, Chambers Building, Davidson College, 704.994-9443, www.davidson. edu. What’s Cookin’ at Latta? (February 19) See 19th century open hearth cooking in the plantation kitchen, cabin and out on the grounds. Learn about preparation techniques, period recipes and more. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free with regular site admission; $7, $6 seniors 62 and over, $5 students, children five and under free. Historic Latta Plantation, 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville, Davidson College Artist Series (February 22) Carefully selected from the finest acrobat schools in China, The Peking Acrobats feature gymnasts, jugglers, cyclists and tumblers performing 2000-year-old athletic disciplines. 8 p.m. Reserved seating is $20. Duke Family Performance Hall, Da-

vidson College, 704.894.2135 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, visit Day of Dance for Heart Health (February 26) Iredell Health System participates with 70 communities across the United States for the national Day of Dance for Heart Health. The event features a variety of dance styles from dance studios throughout the area. The event will also allow individuals to talk one on one with doctors, nurses, medical professionals and community leaders in an effort to help them learn to live a heart healthy lifestyle. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Free, $10 for pre-registration luncheon, 704.878.7447. South Iredell High School, 299 Old Mountain Road, Statesville, www.iredellmemorial. org. The Second Annual hardCORE Serious Trail Runner 5 & 10K (February 26) Participants run challenging trails to benefit the Town of Cornelius PARC Department and Huntersville Parks and Recreation Special Needs Programs for Children. 5K at 8:45 a.m.; 10K 9:45 a.m. Late registration begins at 7:30 a.m. North Mecklenburg Park, 16131 Old Statesville Road, Huntersville, 27th Davidson Horticultural Symposium (March 1) This year this annual symposium features speakers such as Paul Faulkner “Chip” Callaway, David L. Creech, Erica Glasener, Darrel Morrison and Barbara Pleasant. 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. $85, $45 full-time student rate; registration is required. Davidson College,

GALLERIES Andre Christine Gallery Various exhibitions and sculpture garden. 148 Ervin Road, Mooresville, 704.775.9516, Artworks on Main Monthly exhibitions. Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat 9 a.m.-2 p.m. 165 North Main Street, Mooresville, 704.664.2414, www.artworksonmain. com. Carolina Art Garden Various exhibitions. Tue-Sat Noon-6 p.m. Oak Street Mill, 19725 Oak Street, Suite 3, Cornelius. Christa Faut Gallery Kesler Woodward: The Forest and the Trees. February 8-March 19. Tue-Fri 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 19818 North Cove Road, Suite E3, Jetton Village, Cornelius, 704.892.5312, Cornelius Arts Center The Dream of Pearl Fryar Exhibit. Through February 25. Mon-Thu 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Fri 9 a.m.-Noon. 19725 Oak Street, Cornelius, www. Four Corners Framing and Gallery Monthly exhibitions. Tue-Fri 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 112 S. Main Street, Mooresville, 704.662.7154, Lake Country Gallery Various exhibitions. Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Exit 36 – Mooresville, between Belk and Kohl’s, 704.664.5022, www. Landmark Galleries The work of watercolorist ‘Cotton’ Ketchie. Mon-Sat 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 212 North Main Street, Mooresville, 704.664.4122,

Mooresville Artist Guild Monthly exhibitions. 103 West Center Avenue, Mooresville, www. Tropical Connections Monthly exhibitions. TueFri 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. or by appointment. 230 N. Main Street, Mooresville. 704.664.0236. Van Every/Smith Galleries, Katherine and Tom Belk Visual Arts Center People, Places, Power: Reframing the American Landscape is an art exhibition which focuses on the complex interplay between personal, social, political and economic forces in rural and urban America and features works by contemporary photographers including Mitch Epstein, Lisa Kereszi, Victoria Sambunaris, David Hilliard, Andrew Moore, Ryan McGinley, David Taylor, Robert Bergman, David Maisel and Alex Prager. Through February 25. Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat-Sun noon-4 p.m. Davidson College, 315 N. Main Street, Davidson, 704.894.2519,

MONTHLY EVENTS Blue Planet Water Environmental Center Tour (First Tuesday, Third Thursday) Learn about water and wastewater through a hands-on tour. Fun for all ages. Tours are available the first Tuesday and the third Thursday of the month on a

first-come, first-served basis. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Admission TBA. Call 704.621.0854 or e-mail Bplanet@ to schedule a tour. At the Corner of Art & Main ArtWalk (Second Friday Night) Downtown Mooresville shows its artistic side with its monthly Art Walk. 6-9 p.m. Free. Downtown Mooresville, 704.664.2414, www. Gallery Crawl at Oak Street Mills (Fourth Friday) Visit artist exhibits in each shop, along with the Carolina Art Garden. 6-10 p.m. Free. Oak Street Mill, 19725 Oak Street, Cornelius.

SPORTS Davidson College Men’s Basketball The Wildcats promise not to disappoint this year. Chattanooga (February 5, 7 p.m.), Georgia Southern (February 16, 7 p.m.), Elon (February 24, 7 p.m.), UNCG (February 26, 2 p.m.). Davidson College campus, Belk Arena, Davidson College Women’s Basketball The lady Wildcats are poised for perfection this season. Western Carolina (February 5, 2 p.m.), Georgia Southern (February 19, 2 p.m.), Furman (February 21, 7 p.m.), Wofford (February 27, 4 p.m.). Davidson College campus, Belk Arena,


10-year-old girl, Rhona. The play follows Rhona’s mother, Nancy; Ralph, her killer; and Dr. Agnetha, who studies the basis of crime. Drawn together by horrible circumstances, these three embark upon a long, difficult journey that finally curves upward into the light. Thu-Sat 8 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. $20, seniors and groups of eight or more $15. The Warehouse, 9216-A Westmoreland Road, Cornelius, 704.619.0429, Kokoro (February 16-20) Written by contemporary Asian-American playwright Velina Hasu Houston, Kokoro chronicles the story of a young Japanese mother struggling to adapt to the very foreign culture of the United States and illuminates the degree to which culture and spirituality shape our perception of truth and morality. The play contains adult language and themes and is recommended for ages 14 and up. Wed-Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. $8, $5 for seniors and $4 for students. The Barber Theatre of Cunningham Theatre Center, Davidson College, 704.894.2135 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays or purchase online at Masterpiece (February 24-March 13) Based on actual events of the 20th century’s most notorious forgery scandal, the drama follows a Flemish artist who successfully forges a ‘masterpiece’ by Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer. Thu-Sat 8 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. (2 p.m. matinee on March 12). Davidson Community Players, Armour Street Theatre, 307 Armour Street, Davidson, 704.892.7918,

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good friend recently told me Valentine’s Day is a wretched day created by women — having worked successfully in close partnership with Hallmark and Godiva Chocolatier — to make the men in their lives feel even guiltier for coming home late from work, not picking up after ourselves and forgetting to take out the trash. I’ll take it a step further and say I’m convinced that no combination of flowers, chocolates, candies, wine, cheese and pampering can possibly repay the special women in our lives for all that they do for us. Nevertheless, we are expected to try. My wife, Sarah, and I are still basically newlyweds so I guess I’m at a disadvantage. You see, just over a year ago, Valentine’s Day arrived on the heels of a busy holiday season backed by a beautiful winter wedding and a warm weather honeymoon. When it came time to celebrate another big day of love, our wedding planner had unknowingly made things easy for me by orchestrating a fairytale wedding. Chinese takeout, an oversized Hallmark card and a new bottle of sunburn cream more than did the trick. This year is different. Without a wedding planner on retainer, I’ll admit I was clueless about what to do, so I decided to look where most guys do when they are in a bind and can’t find answers at the gym or on ESPN. I Googled on my cell phone. Here’s what I found. Pablo Picasso believed “Love is the greatest refreshment in life,” so I now have proof that even the finest bottle of wine falls short. Tennyson said, “Love is the only gold,” so I’m now confident that jewelry isn’t needed either. So far, so good. John Lennon nailed it. He said, “Love is a promise, and love is a souvenir. Once it is given, it should never be forgotten and it should never disappear.” So this Valentine’s Day will be expressly and singularly about love, thanks to John Lennon. It will be about celebrating it, growing it and not forgetting it. I’ll start with a heartfelt “I love you” and see how she reacts. If

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Sarah seems to be waiting for more, I’ll tell her “I love you more than ever.” And if she still appears to be waiting, I’ll smile and remind her that at least I didn’t forget to profess my love like John Lennon suggested. But if my Beatles-inspired plan falls short, I’ll have flowers and a restaurant reservation waiting in the wings, along with an oversized Hallmark card and Godiva chocolate. I think that’s all part of love, too. LNC

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