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10 The Main Channel What’s hip at Lake Norman


19 Porthole 38 The Galley

Sotheby’s Opening and Lake Norman Chamber Banquet

21 Captain’s Chair Shane Smith says there’s more to the restaurant business than food

24 Live on Purpose Beautiful boundaries

26 Blair’s Bits WDAV delivers classical music in all sorts of ways

with Lynn and Glenn

Customized cuisine at FireWater Restaurant & Bar


California dreaming right here at Lake Norman

49 Thoughts

from the Man Cave

Love and the sports bar

30 Rip Currents 50 Game On — Style Purple reign


Twenty years later, Dan Jansen’s Olympic story still resonates


34 Rip Currents 54 Home Port — Food

Food trucks offer creative cuisine with a personal touch

Walking into Kathryn Keele’s closet is like walking into a dream

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An Irish tenor, an art exhibit and marionettes

72 Lori’s Larks

Editor Lori K. Tate goes to her first Davidson College men’s basketball game

66 About the Cover:

Dan Jansen, a 1994 Olympic medalist who now lives in Mooresville. Photography courtesy of Dan Jansen.

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STICK TO IT We can learn a lot from Olympians


love the Olympics. The only time I’ve ever had short hair was when I got a Dorothy Hamill haircut in third grade. If it was good enough for her, it was darn well good enough for me. I was 3 years old when Hamill won the gold in women’s figure skating at the 1976 Winter Games in Innsbruck, Austria. Although I was so very little, it was a magical moment. From then on I was hooked. Most of the time, with the exception of college basketball, I don’t watch a lot of sports, but the Olympics are different. All sports embody a mixture of dedication, resiliency and endurance, but the Olympics take all of those elements to another level. I could watch a documentary about every single athlete competing because I love to hear the stories about how these athletes became the best in their sports. For so many it’s about overcoming adversity and obstacles that no one thought they could conquer — no one except them. And though these athletes come from all over the world, they all share the passion of working hard to do

something well. Seeing all of that come together in the pageantry of the Olympics is truly beautiful. This month Mike Savicki wrote about Dan Jansen (see page 50). Jansen, who now lives in Mooresville, won Olympic gold in 1994 in the 1,000-meter men’s speed skating race. The former sentence sounds all perfect and simple, but it’s not. Jansen had many disappointments along the way to victory. In 1988, he was favored to win at the Olympic games in Calgary, Canada, but his sister Jane died of leukemia on the day of the 500-meter race. Though he tried his best to focus and win the race for her, he fell. The same thing happened four days later in the 1,000-meter competition. Four years later he returned from the Olympic games in Albertville, France without a medal. Most people would have put their skates on the shelf, but not Jansen. He not only won the gold at the 1994 Winter Olympic Games in Lillehammer, Norway, he set a world record. In Savicki’s story, Jansen says, “I never lost the love for what I was doing. I loved competing, I loved

the sport and I loved getting better. By the end, even as I was taking the ice for my last Olympic event, it wasn’t so much about winning anymore; it was simply about challenging myself to get better.” Whether or not you’re an Olympic athlete, this is something we all can learn from. Life is messy, and sometimes it’s hard to see your way from point A to point B. Sometimes all we have left is our dreams and no clue as to how to achieve them. Luckily, humans have this amazing ability to find their inner strength in the worst of times. That strength combined with hard work can get you where you want to go — eventually. As you plot your way through 2014, think about what you want to accomplish and how you’re going to do it. The road might not be obvious, sometimes it might even seem blocked, but if you stick to it, you’ll more than likely end up where you need to be.

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Kerry Earnhardt got the opportunity to do a different kind of racing while playing the role of a moonshiner in a Colton James’ country music video.

101 Kerry Earnhardt Proof goes country Colton James

Kerry Earnhardt, Mooresville resident and son of the late Dale Earnhardt, has always embraced the racing legacy of his family. But when he got the opportunity to do a different kind of racing while playing the role of a moonshiner in a friend’s country music video, he jumped at the chance. Kerry, along with his wife, Rene, siblings Kelley, Dale, Jr. and their families, have created the lifestyle brand Earnhardt Outdoors™, which helps

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Danica Patrick in Colt Ford’s Drivin’ Around Song video.

Kerry focus his passion for the great outdoors. In the past few years he has appeared on numerous outdoor TV shows and attended outdoor trade shows throughout the country. It was at one of these trade shows in Las Vegas that he first met Virginia native Colton James, a fellow hunter and outdoor enthusiast, as well as a country musician. Last fall, James contacted Earnhardt and asked him if he was interested in acting in the video for the song 101 Proof,

along with professional wrestler Shawn Michaels. Earnhardt’s schedule was tight when the video filmed in October because he also had racing event obligations at that time, but he was able to travel to Gatlinburg, Tennessee and shoot his scenes in just one day. “I think Colton is a great artist and represents himself well,” says Kerry. “I think he’s going to be someone who’s going to really go somewhere.” — Renee Roberson, photography courtesy of CMT and Colt Ford THE SCOOP CMT has obtained exclusive rights to the video 101 Proof, and it is available on CMT’s website. The more views it gets, the more opportunity for it to air on the CMT network. To view the video (Earnhardt plays the moonshiner teaching his young son the business of moonshine) visit to videos/colton-james/989002/101-proof.jhtml. Speaking of videos, check out Colt Ford’s video for Drivin’ Around Song. It stars Danica Patrick; her beau, Ricky Stenhouse Jr.; and Mooresville. That’s right, Race City U.S.A. is featured prominently throughout. You can view the video at

There are many ways to beat the winter blues in the Lake Norman area.

Five Ways to Beat the Winter Blues at Lake Norman Take a Class — It doesn’t matter what you’re interested in because you can rest assured that someone offers a class in it somewhere in the Lake Norman area. From hot yoga to CrossFit, abstract painting to rainbow looming, classes abound if you have the time and dedication. Places to start: Community Arts Project (, Lake Norman YMCA and Lowe’s YMCA (www., and any of the parks and recreation departments in the area. Help Someone Else — November and December are all about helping our neighbors in need, but for some reason, the urgency to help others dissolves during the heart of winter. Remember all of those places where you donated money, food, clothing or time during the holidays? Check in with them to find out what this month’s needs are and make it a regular thing. Not only will be you be helping someone who needs it, but you’ll gain fulfillment that you’re using your spare time wisely. Places to start: Ada Jenkins Center (www., Angels & Sparrows (www., The Bin (www., and Mooresville Soup Kitchen ( Set a Reasonable Goal — Everyone talks about New Year’s resolutions at the beginning of the year. Why not set a goal for February? One of the reasons most folks don’t stick with their resolutions

is that they don’t put a time frame on them. Set a simple goal for the month of February and go from there. A place to start: CURRENTS’ columnist Rosie Molinary’s website,

Go to a Park — So what if it’s cold. Chances are there will be some unseasonably warm days in January (our weather is the top reason so many folks move here), so going to the park is not out of the question. Take a walk, go for a picnic or read a book outside because a little sunlight goes a long way. Places to start: Fisher Farm Park, Jetton Park, North Mecklenburg Park, Ramsey Creek Park, Robbins Park, etc. Network — One of the best ways to get out of your comfort zone is to meet new people. Who knows? You might make a new friend. As adults, it’s hard to meet people outside of work and school (if you have children). Whether philanthropic or business, there are plenty of events in the Lake Norman area designed for meeting and greeting. Places to start: Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce (, Mooresville — South Iredell Chamber of Commerce (www.mooresvillenc. org), North Mecklenburg Woman’s Club ( or any of the area’s Rotary clubs. — Lori K. Tate

Photography courtesy of Elke Talbot

In the Kitchen with Jill Dahan

Mediterranean Pizza

Mediterranean Pizza This pizza is like a dose of Mediterranean sunshine in February. It’s a delicious heart healthy dish that is a cinch to throw together. Serve it as an appetizer or keep it for the main event at lunch or dinner. Ingredients 1 small onion chopped finely 1/2 pound ground dark turkey or lamb (optional) 1 large garlic clove crushed 1 teaspoon cumin seed 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 4 naan or whole wheat pita breads 1 tablespooon extra virgin olive oil 2 cups hummus 1/2 cup pine nuts 1 cup flat leaf parsley chopped finely 1-1/2 cups Greek feta cheese crumbled 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds or dried cranberries Instructions Heat a covered saucepan and add only onions, and cook covered on low about four to five minutes until softened. Add in meat (optional) and cook thoroughly. Mix in cumin, cinnamon, and garlic, and heat through. Toast bread until lightly crisped, then remove and brush each with oil. Spread with hummus and sprinkle with onion mixture. Top with parsley, pine nuts, feta, and pomegranate seeds or cranberries. Place in the oven at 350 degrees for four to five minutes to warm through. Cut into wedges to serve. Serves four to six. Jill Dahan lives in Cornelius and is the author of Starting Fresh! Recipes for Life. She also teaches cooking classes at Earth Fare in Huntersville. You can learn more about her at

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Downtown Cornelius

Old and new intersect beautifully here

Clockwise from top left, Cornelius Town Hall, a downtown mural via Bella Love Inc., the downtown retail stretch, morning regulars at Gabi’s Coffee Shoppe and Gabi behind the counter.



here is perhaps nowhere better to see the old and new Lake Norman intersect than in downtown Cornelius. Here, the buildings that formerly housed mills now serve as spaces for upscale shops and studios. The railroad tracks that inspired the creation of the town aren’t nearly as busy as they once were, but they still run through downtown as they always have. A lot of the new energy in downtown Cornelius can be attributed to the development of the Antiquity neighborhood (a Harris Teeter is slated to open in the development in early 2015) and to Case Warnemunde, founder of Bella Love Inc., a physical social network headquartered in downtown. Bella Love is responsible for 2nd Friday art crawls, open mic nights and other events in the downtown area. While this new energy is exciting, what makes it work is how it complements the institutions that have been here for decades. Places like Potts Barber Shop and Cashion’s Quik Stop. Every morning from about 8 until 9:30, you can count on an unofficial group of mostly retired men (most of them natives) to stand in the front corner of Cashion’s talking about anything and everything. Located at Catawba Avenue and Highway 115, Cashion’s is the centerpiece of downtown, especially to these men. “We discuss a lot,” explains Jerry “Booty” Little. “We catch up on everybody’s business and solve a lot of problems.” Little, who was born and raised in Cornelius (he now lives in Huntersville), has

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“We catch up on everybody’s business and solve a lot of problems” explains Jerry ”Booty“ Little.

been coming here since it was an Esso station back in the 1940s. “There was one stoplight out there then. Now we’ve got 12-some at the intersection,” says the retired truck driver who also worked at Gem Yarn and Cotton Mill just yards from the station when he was 16. “There were about 600 people living in Cornelius when we were kids,” says Little. “Everybody knew each other and knew what everyone’s dog’s name was.” Little remembers when a brick row of stores ran parallel to the train tracks. There was a post office downtown, as well as a poolroom and a dry cleaners. The dry cleaners is still there. New Method Dry Cleaners opened in 1922 and has had three owners, including the current ones, Mike and Reba Rogers. You can count on Reba

to remember your name after you come in just a few times. No clothes are shipped off the premises to be cleaned, everything is done right there. Cornelius CrossFit is slated to open next door to New Method soon, and a couple of doors down, Sally Ann Phillips recently moved The Bindu (a yoga studio) into downtown. Across the street Dogwood CrossFit opened at the beginning of the year and already offers a six-week senior fit program through the Town of Cornelius.

“There were about 600 people living in Cornelius when we were kids,” says Little. Five years ago Gabi Alberdi opened a coffee shop beside the railroad tracks. Two years ago she moved across the street into the mixed-use condos on Catawba Avenue. Any given morning, you’ll find casual groups holding business meetings or folks reading the paper as they

Little remembers when a brick row of stores ran parallel to the train tracks. There was a post office downtown, as well as a poolroom and a dry cleaners. The dry cleaners is still there. sip on an espresso at Gabi’s Coffee Shoppe. Others saw the promise of a new downtown Cornelius years ago. Emily Haggart opened Avalilly’s almost ten years ago when downtown was rather desolate and the idea of an upscale women’s boutique taken up residence there was unheard of. Bebe Gallini’s, a gift and home décor boutique, opened its doors a little before that at The Shoppes at Oak Street Mill Antiques opened 15 years ago. On any given day, you’ll find folks walking up and down the streets, enjoying the

Above, The Shoppes at Oak Street Mill. Left, Lorraine Smith, owner of downtown’s Brand Name Consignment, steams a dress. atmosphere of downtown and getting done what needs to be done. As these two worlds continue to complement each other, you can be sure that we haven’t seen anything yet. — Lori K. Tate, photography by Glenn Roberson

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Vo’s Joe

Enjoy a cup of coffee with a side of cars

Last October Tony and Annie Vo opened Waterbean Coffee in Cornelius’s Peninsula Village. Tony Vo is at the far right.

Lake Norman residents have a new place to grab a cup of joe. Make that a cup of Vo’s joe. Last October Tony and Annie Vo opened Waterbean Coffee in Cornelius’s Peninsula Village. In addition to coffee, the independently owned and operated coffeehouse serves tea, wine and beer. Sandwiches will be added to the menu later this year. Waterbean is a new venture for the Cornelius couple, as they had no prior experience in the coffee shop business. “I actually went out to Texas and took classes to learn about brewing, water filtration and the equipment needed to make coffee,” explains Tony. Tony says he started his own business to combine his love of coffee and cars. A former exotic car dealer, he has attended several cars and coffee events. Car owners drive and park their cars at coffee shops and enjoy a fresh cup of coffee while talking with others who share the same

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Women of the Kathmandu Valley in Nepal crochet these colorful beaded bracelets by hand. Made of glass and sterling silver beads, these bracelets roll over any hand (really) and add the perfect pop of sparkle to any wrist. Best of all, no two bracelets are alike. The artisans are paid more than fair trade wages for their designs in the hopes of improving their quality of life. With every bracelet purchase, you receive a handsigned card from one of the artisans. You can purchase them locally at Bebe Gallini’s in Cornelius (19725 Oak Street) for $12 apiece or three for $30.


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Langtree at the Lake comes alive, Summit Coffee opens on campus and more

Summit Coffee now has a location on the Davidson College campus.

Lee and Ale Warden have opened Brushy Mountain Outdoors in Mooresville. The outdoor, lifestyle and travel apparel retailer carries brands like Patagonia, Mountain Khakis, SmartWool, Prana, Salomon, Oboz, Jambu and more. The store also features The Bean Stash Coffee Shoppe, which serves beans from Counter Culture Coffee, a North Carolina-based company. The Wardens are avid outdoor adventurers, having spent many nights in the backcountry of Colorado, Glacier National Park, Alaska, Yellowstone, Utah and North Carolina. Lee has logged trips to Equador and Kenya, and completed a month-long NOLS mountaineering trip in the Chugach Mountains of Alaska. Brushy Mountain Outdoors, 107 Plantation Ridge Drive, Mooresville, Folks in the Lake Norman area have waited a long time for Langtree at the Lake to take shape, and now it looks like things are beginning to happen on the retail front. On January 10, Lipp Boutique opened its doors, adding to its locations at Birkdale Village in Huntersville and The Metropolitan in Charlotte. Owner Shital Vaghasiya says the boutique carries women’s clothing and accessories by a variety of designers. “I

wanted to bring fabulous, cutting-edge fashion to Charlotte when I opened the locations at The Metropolitan and Birkdale Village, and now I want to do the same for the fabulous women in Mooresville,” says Vaghasiya. “I hand-picked what I think is a great mix of up-and-coming designers, as well as more established designer lines that I am certain the fabulous shoppers in the communities that surround Lake Norman will certainly love.” Look for designs by Ada, AG Jeans, Akiko, Amanda Uprichard, BB Dakota, Dolce Vita, Envi, Fluxus, Genetic, Gypsy05, Heather, House of Harlow, HOBO, Hudson, J Brand, JJ Winters, Joe’s Jeans, Kendra Scott, Red Haute, Tart, Tolani, Towne & Reese, Vince Camuto, Waverly Grey, Wildfox, Young, Fabulous & Broke, Yosi Samra, and more. Lipp Boutique, Birkdale Village in Huntersville and Langtree at the Lake in Mooresville, Summit Coffee, the unofficial meeting spot of Davidson, has opened a second location on the campus of Davidson College. The new location opened last fall and serves as a coffeehouse, pub and restaurant for

Davidson College students, faculty and staff, as well as guests to the campus. Open seven days a week, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, the new location is in the space formerly occupied by the Davidson College Outpost. “We hope to bring all the things Summit is passionate about — great coffee, live music, good beer, strong community —  to our new location,” says Brian Helfrich, who owns Summit with this brother, Tim. “At the same time, we will work with the students to identify what they want the space to be. We anticipate great synergy in this pursuit.” Summit Coffee will celebrate its 15th anniversary this September, having first opened its doors on Davidson’s Main Street in 1998. Summit Coffee, 128 South Main Street, Davidson; Summit on Campus, 120 South Main Street, Davidson College Campus, Sweet Pea Lash and Skin Bar has opened in the former location of The Olive Branch in downtown Cornelius. Owner Tiffany Schoefield, a licensed esthetician, grew up in the beauty industry and is passionate about beauty, fashion and community. Look for the same spa and boutique concept that The Olive Branch offered but with Schoefield’s spin on it. Sweet Pea Lash and Skin Bar, 21314 Catawba Avenue, Cornelius.

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Sotheby’s Opening at Bechtler Museum On January 10 a grand opening reception for Premiere Sotheby’s International Realty was held at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art. The firm will have an office in the Lake Norman area.

Above and right, a crowd of over 100 friends welcomed Sotheby’s to the Charlotte and Lake Norman areas.

Sotheby’s exclusive sales associates welcomed the crowd.

Premiere Sotheby’s CEO Judy Green (left) introduces the new Broker in Charge of the Charlotte and Lake Norman offices, Matthew Paul Brown.

Sotheby’s CEO Judy Green tells the crowd why they chose to add a Lake Norman location.

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On January 17 the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce held its 2014 Annual Awards Banquet celebrating 50 years of living, working and playing on and around Lake Norman. The event was held at The Peninsula Club in Cornelius. The gala featured a presentation by An ice sculpture commemorates U.S. Congressman Robert Pittenger 50 years of Lake Norman. (9th District). Randy Marion, President of Randy Marion Automotive, was recognized with the Robert T. Cashion Business Person of the Year Award, and the Duke Energy Citizenship and Service Award was presented to Angels of ’97.

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Where did the name Chef Big Diesel come from? That’s been my e-mail address for 15 years. It was a nickname given to me when I worked at The Peninsula Country Club here in Cornelius. This is just kind of my stomping ground. This is where I’ve been my whole life.

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hane Smith was studying sports medicine at Wingate University with the intent to pursue it as a career. But then fate intervened. He got a summer job cooking at a Mooresville restaurant and never looked back. Fifteen years later he’s an expert on the catering and restaurant business in the Lake Norman area at the young age of 34. The Mooresville native known as Chef Big Diesel is busy working on his latest project, opening Mojo’s Grill & Pub in Cornelius. We recently talked with him about the business of food and why it’s so important to give back.

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I was a rounds chef there. I did banquets, catering, fine dining and veranda dining. The head chef and I always did events together.


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What was it about the restaurant business that drew you in? I’m an entertainer. I sing. I do music. I love food. I love the creative side of food. I’m a very spiritual person, very active in my church at Denver United Methodist. We’re very active in the community. We still do a lot with the Mooresville Christian Mission and the Mooresville Soup Kitchen. My goal for a business is to always be able to impact a community. Randy Marion taught me that a long time ago. I grew up with his children, Randy Jr. in church and Jennifer in choir. We’ve all been around this area a long time. Randy told me a long time ago, “to whom much is given, much is expected in return,” so we’ve worked hard to make sure that we’ve given back as much as we’re taking, to take care of our community. Continued on page 23

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What is the most important thing to remember in the catering and restaurant business? The most important thing is customer service, good food, good atmosphere, good music, good times. We throw the best party in town. That’s what Mike [Laschinski], my sous chef, does on the catering side. That’s what I do on the grill and pub side. We’ve been doing this a long time. Mike was the owner of The Graduate here in Cornelius for three and a half years. And then Brian Decker is going to be my bar manager. He opened Midtown Sundries here at Exit 28. This is our house here. We’ve been at this for a long time.

What is your favorite thing to cook? I love to do steaks and Italian food — really good steaks and good Italian food. We’re going to do some really nice flatbread pizzas here, some good bar grub food here. We just want to do it to a little bit different level, a little higher

standard. We’ve got clientele that we’ve worked with in catering for years, and we want to be able to pull those folks in here and do business with them on a daily basis.

Where did the name Mojo’s come from? That’s Mike’s daughter’s name and my oldest daughter’s name put together. Mike’s daughter’s name is Jordan, and my oldest daughter’s name is Morgan. For six years we’ve talked about opening a grill pub called Mojo’s.

What do you enjoy about this? I love making people happy, people enjoying themselves. It’s what drives me. I love the thrill of when people really enjoy a great meal. Really and truly that’s what drives all of us here. We all want people to enjoy where they’re at, the atmosphere they’re in, to feel comfortable bringing their family in. We don’t want it to be just a pub. We want it to be a nice grill, where they can come in and have dinner with their family. They can play a game of foosball with their kids here.

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n February, our attention turns to expressing love — to partners, children, friends and extended family. But, sometimes, the love we receive back isn’t always kind. Moreover, the love we give ourselves can also be lacking. This month, we invite you to treat yourself better while teaching others how to treat you.

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We teach other people how to treat us One of the hardest challenges in our relationships is when we receive biting feedback from a loved one, under the auspices of expressing concern for us, that isn’t really appropriate (When are you planning on losing that baby weight? Why don’t you have a partner?). Though

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And know that it could take several times to officially set the boundary, but once the person learns you really are committed to taking care of yourself, he or she will stop. Boundary setting is hard, but important work. Not just because it teaches other people how to treat us, but because it also shows us that we can take care of ourselves. And when we begin to understand that, everything changes. About The Writer

You’ve been there. Something you did turned out differently from what you wanted, and now you’re in a maelstrom of personal discontent. What you’re thinking and saying about yourself are not words you would ever utter to someone else, and, yet, you can’t help yourself. It’s time to change your thinking. We are all on a journey to learn as much as possible, do the best we can and offer the best of ourselves, and we are constantly being introduced to challenges that help us grow and develop even further. Stop judging yourself and, instead, think of every moment as information, an opportunity for insight. You aced a presentation? What helped you to be so successful? You had a low parenting moment? What triggered you and what can you do differently next time? You finally accomplished a goal? What kept you motivated and focused? Rather than judging everything you do as good or bad, see these moments as opportunities to really learn and embrace your desire to always grow. A great side benefit: when you begin to treat yourself with grace, you have more grace to offer the world.

we take these comments personally, they are rarely about us. If someone comments to us about our physicality or station in life, it is almost always a mirror into that person’s life and the challenges he or she has with the issue being mentioned. Wounded people often look for ways to pass those wounds on for a moment, seeking a vulnerable target in their desperate desire to pass off their own pain. Those who are sympathetic and polite are almost always targeted. Think about what you hear, and come up with two comebacks. The first comeback is one that would most satisfy you. For example, your mom often says to you, “Honey, don’t you think you would be so much happier if you just lost 20 pounds?” You might love to reply, “Mom, don’t you mean you would be so much happier if I just lost 20 pounds?” or “I would actually be happier if you didn’t always talk about my body.” The second comeback is the one you can legitimately give — one that will set a boundary and teach the person how to treat you, but not make you so anxious you can’t even stay in the room after you deliver it. This might mean your reply is “I actually don’t think you have to lose weight to be happy” or “This isn’t a productive conversation for us to have.” Once you decide on your ideal comeback, practice it several times before you have to deliver it. This will help you maintain your composure when the time comes to set that boundary.

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here’s no doubt it was a different time in 1978. When people reached to listen to the radio, they did so in their cars or at home. Forget having a handheld device like a phone or an iPad where you could listen anywhere you wanted to. And forget pulling up your favorite radio station on a laptop computer while traveling hundreds of miles away from home. It just didn’t happen, and many people probably never even imagined it ever would. WDAV radio (89.9 FM) in Davidson has managed to change with the times and now has become a mainstay for the local community by offering the public classical radio.

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After 35 years WDAV continues to deliver music to its listeners in all sorts of ways

The station, which began as an allstudent operation with the oversight from college advisors has now grown into a fully professional, classical radio station. It reaches 22 counties surrounding Charlotte and attracts an estimated audience of 100,000 people a week. Not bad for being 35 years old and part of an industry that has virtually been turned upside down as technology has forced it to change. “WDAV has become one of the leaders in the field of classical radio,” says Frank Dominguez, general manager and content director for WDAV. “We can serve classical music lovers in this community and beyond with a much higher level of quality and consistency.” Over the years, much has changed with WDAV. Perhaps the biggest change is how the station reaches its audience. Like most broadcast stations, WDAV is now able to stream its broadcasts on the Internet and through mobile phones. “We have the potential to reach classical music fans around the world.

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“We regularly hear from listeners in far away places such as China and Australia who stream us online” says, Will Keible, director of marketing and sales. Frank Dominguez, general manager and content director for WDAV, says the station serves classical music lovers in the Lake Norman community and beyond thanks to advances in technology.

And we do,” says Will Keible, director of marketing and sales for WDAV. “We regularly hear from listeners in far away places such as China and Australia who stream us online.”

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Station management wants its programming available to people who can access it any time and from anywhere. They’re constantly looking for ways to enhance that, too. “As a public radio station that relies on listener

support, we’re concerned more that they listen, not how they listen,” says Keible. “While we will always focus primarily on radio programming, streaming video of musicians performing live from WDAV adds dimension and color that many listeners appreciate.”

As the station celebrates its 35th anniversary milestone this year, Dominguez and his team are constantly looking to the future to keep up. WDAV recently installed a new antenna to Continued on page 29

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increase the broadcast signal. “While this may be seen as 20th century technology, it is still the source of most of WDAV’s listening and financial support, so it was a critical improvement that needed to be made,” he explains. Other upgrades include enhancing the station’s digital impact and re-designing its studios in the heart of downtown Davidson to ensure the highest quality

recordings and better production of live studio performances. “All of these initiatives will help us to better serve our audience and the communities in which they live, by providing the highest quality classical music programming,”says Dominguez. “We’re able to showcase the wealth of classical music performance available in the Carolinas.” It may be a much different time than it was in the late ’70s, but the heart of WDAV’s mission has not

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he only thing better than going out for lunch is having lunch brought to you, and that’s exactly what the food trucks in the Lake Norman area want to do. The food truck business model presents a new way to look at eating out by bringing the food straight to the customers Local festivals or events such as ‘Tawba Walk in Cornelius provide the perfect opportunity for the self-owned and independently run trucks to connect with

of a lot of our events,” he says. “Food trucks provide that added element that you need for the street festival atmosphere.” There’s a wide range of trucks operating in the Lake Norman area, cooking up everything from turkeys to tacos. Each truck provides its own distinctive flavors and menus, at just as high a quality standard as any traditional restaurant.

Food trucks follow all of the same certification guidelines as stationary restaurants, including preparing food in a brick-and-mortar location. For Warnemunde, working with food trucks is more about the people than the meals. “Food trucks are known for creative chefs,” he says. The chefs behind these mobile meals are seriously passionate about their art. Although the menus they

“Food trucks provide that added element that you need for the street festival atmosphere,” says Case Warnemunde of Bella Love Inc.

The foodtruck business model presents a new way to look at eating out by bringing the food straight to the customers. Food trucks are becoming more and more prevalent in the Lake Norman area.

the customers — and for many of the chefs involved, that’s what really matters.

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Case Warnemunde is an organizer with Bella Love Inc., a physical social network that strives to unite the community by fostering local art and talent. Bella Love’s events are widely successful, and Warnemunde cites food trucks as a part of that popularity. “They’re a huge part of the success

Left, Dano Holcomb co-owns the award-winning Root Down truck with his wife Julie. Here he works with cook Josh Daniel.

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provide are vastly different, food truck chefs all share a common dedication to personal interaction with the customers. Dano Holcomb co-owns the award-winning Root Down truck with his wife, Julie, and for him, the ability to interact with customers was the most appealing part of the truck. “I love seeing the reactions — seeing that people like it,” he says. Holcomb trained in culinary school in New Orleans, and brings his knowledge of Southern soul food to the grill every day. A chef in a traditional restaurant might spend their day without even seeing a customer, but for someone as sociable as Holcomb, talking to every customer individually at the window is much more satisfying. “It’s an adventure every day,” Holcomb says with a smile.

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The traveling lifestyle of the food truck gives up the stability of a brick-and-mortar storefront, but in return gains all the freedom in the world. Root Down picks up its bread fresh in Mooresville every day by driving its restaurant over. Even though the food truck lifestyle is different every week, loyal fans will even follow

“It’s an adventure every day,” Dano Holcomb says with a smile. the truck’s travels and specifically seek out their favorites for a hot meal. “Dano puts his heart and soul into his food,” says Elizabeth, a customer braving a below-freezing night to eat around the truck’s heat lamp. “Root Down is the most exceptional southern soul food in North Carolina, hands down.” Root Down can be found at a variety of locations in the area, including the Davidson Farmer’s Market and Lucky Dog, a dog park and sports bar in Cornelius. Holcomb works full-

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Root Down specializes in street food inspired by creole, southern and soul traditions.

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THE SCOOP The best place to find food trucks is in the Oak Street Mill lot at 19725 Oak Street, Cornelius during Wednesday’s Lunch in the Lot event. A rotating schedule of trucks, brought in by Bella Love, set up to provide lunch for local residents and shoppers from 11-2 p.m., offering a range of meals to satisfy any palette.

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ireWater Restaurant & Bar in Cornelius offers diners a compelling opportunity to help customize its menu. The owners have based the restaurant’s cuisine on the New American offerings from their flagship FireWater in Charlotte’s University City area, yet they want to incorporate local ideas. “I do have a menu I brought in from Charlotte, but I think I need to change that menu,” says Ahmad Mohammad, corporate chef and managing partner. “I have an idea this menu needs to be more homey. You go to a place, and it has a personality. I have been collecting data the last two months, so I’m learning what people at Lake Norman eat. We’re not the kind of restaurant that comes in and says, ‘This is how it’s going to be; we’re not going to make changes.’ ”

Bangin' Shrimp (fried shrimp in a spicy Asian cream sauce) is a specialty at FireWater Restaurant & Bar.

Entrées to suit Mohammad is testing new dishes by offering features, studying which menu items diners are choosing and gleaning feedback, in person and from social media. He also turns to the deep knowledge he has gained from more than 20 years of experience at some of the best restaurants in Charlotte, Chicago and Dubai. Mohammad trained and managed restaurants with the Levy Restaurants organization in Chicago and with Harper’s Restaurant Group in Charlotte, including a stint at Mimosa Grill in Center City Charlotte. He also has worked at Cosmos Café in Ballantyne, Bentley’s on 27 and Bistro 100 in Center City, and Red Rocks Café. He and partners Shawn Wheeler and DJ (The Suit) Stout, a local broadcaster, also are opening a third FireWater in Salisbury. Entrées currently include char-grilled steaks; surf and turf options with filet and crab legs or lobster tail; sesame tuna; honey mustard-glazed salmon; and spinach-and-goat-cheese-stuffed chicken. A rack of lamb and a grilled pork rib eye provide hearty choices. Pastas range from the Rajun Cajun pasta topped with Cajun sautéed shrimp and Cajun grilled diced chicken to steak stroganoff pasta with its beef tenderloin and sautéed mushrooms in a cream sauce. Salads start with the more traditional Caesar, house and

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spinach side salads, and move along to the more inventive Firewater salad with mixed greens, sliced apples, dried cranberries, candied pecans and goat cheese. The Cam-Rahn Goat cheese salad pairs tomatoes, apples, mixed greens and dried cranberries with fried goat cheese.

Personal service In addition to a lake friendly menu, evening live entertainment and drink specials, an essential element will be the “feel” of the

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“service to me is a home feeling,” explains Shawn wheeler, a former charlotte checkers coach and player. “it’s a welcome feeling."

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neighborhood restaurant and bar, the partners say. “Service to me is a home feeling,” explains Wheeler, a former Charlotte Checkers coach and player. “It’s a welcome feeling. It shouldn’t be challenging to sit somewhere and ask for a meal and feel like somebody’s granting you a favor. It should feel like it’s 100 percent their pleasure that you’re there.” Consistency of service and great food

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go hand-in-hand, he says. “If you can give people a neighborhood feel and the customer service that everybody deserves, that’s going to be the key.” Mohammad and Wheeler met when Wheeler brought business clients to restaurants where Mohammad was a chef and manager. They kept in touch, as Wheeler’s business territory coincided with his now-partner’s restaurants. He appreciated Mohammad’s customer

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focus and great food, and was drawn to the partnership as a result. Rounding out family and friend connections, Mohammad’s sister is manager at the Lake Norman FireWater, while his brother is at the Salisbury location. “When you walk in here, I want to

know your name,” Mohammad says. “If I don’t know it the first time, I should the second time or the third time. I tell the staff, if you are a regular, they should know your kids’ names and your anniversary.” Mohammad shares with staff the invitations to birthday parties and other special occasions that he has received from his guests at other restaurants he has operated. “This is going to be our strength,” he says. “Service is the number one thing. Be friendly and genuine. That’s what my mother taught me, to be nice to people.” And when things go wrong, FireWater welcomes the opportunity to receive feedback and make things right. “I love criticism,” Mohammad says. “I think it makes me strong.”

The owners of FireWater want the restaurant to reflect the community's tastes.

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Tom and Lena Harding realize their long-held California fine wine aspirations


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hich wine lover hasn’t dreamed of owning a vineyard, planting vines and creating wines with their own labels on the bottles? The dream can get downright romantic — wandering among the vines checking on the grapes and, at the end of the day, putting your feet up with vineyard dust on your cowboy boots while sipping on a glass of your best wine as you watch the sun set over the vines. Enchanting stuff.

The dream begins Tom and Lena Harding certainly did their fair share of wine dreaming when they lived in Los Angeles and enjoyed weekend camping trips to the wine country. In their 20s, they would visit wineries to taste great wines and wind up the day around a campfire with a recently acquired bottle to share over dinner. The next day, a great lunch at a winery, usually under a big old oak tree with views of the vineyards. What could seem better than giving up hectic careers in financial services to focus on a completely different kind of liquid asset? Fortunately for them they did not

Tom Harding seized on and trademarked two names for his wines, Motherlode and Fine. Motherlode signifies something extra special and something from California — remember the gold rush? Fine signifies, well, fine.

get carried away. Winemaking is not for the faint of heart. It’s lots of hard work and lots of risk. Yes, there’s the joy of creating something great from nature, but it’s basically hard, farming work. You’re working at the whim of Mother

Nature — one good hailstorm can wipe out a year’s crop. Add to that all the many mundane business skills required to get the wine from vine to consumer, and all the romance goes out the window pretty quickly.


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Let’s look at history. Going back to the early 1600s, what is now the prestigious region of Bordeaux was a sleepy old place producing wines for local sipping. At the time the Dutch were prodigious traders worldwide. They knew little about wine other than they enjoyed what they found in Bordeaux. So, they worked a deal with growers to buy wine directly from them, and then they took care of all the logistics and marketing that got the wine from Bordeaux and into goblets back home in Holland. The Dutch were the first negotiants.Each party contributed what they were good at, and the total system was a winner for everyone. This is a system that’s still alive and well today with one or two updates. And it’s the updates that allow the Hardings to carve out their niche. In any kind of business system like this, communications between all the players is key to smooth operation.

The city of Bordeaux is far away from most of the wine regions, and so negotiants back then employed couriers to go back and forth carrying messages, offers, prices and the like. Today the Internet makes that sort of thing a snap — instantaneous. Managing logistics is much easier, too. Tom’s background in spreadsheets and databases lets him manage burdensome things like sourcing wines, getting bottles to the right place along with labels to go on them. Then comes storage and, finally, transportation to where the wine is going to be sold. A few trips a year to California wine country are required, but the rest can be done right here by the lake. The engine and the cogs of the business are out West, but the throttle and controls are right here.

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Back to the dream Okay, that all sounds a bit formulaic; just another business. But there really is a creative and artistic side that makes the whole thing tick. First, Tom is the decision maker when it comes to blending wines to make his wine just the way he wants it. In a tasting room laboratory, he tests and tests to get just the right balance, and that’s how the wine goes into the bottles. There’s some marketing magic, too. Tom seized on and trademarked two names for his wines, Motherlode and Fine. Motherlode signifies something extra special and something from California — remember the gold rush? Fine signifies, well, fine. And who doesn’t want to sip on fine wine? A little bit of graphic art wizardry gets these impressions beautifully onto his labels, and it’s all set to go. So, the question is, how’s it going? Pretty good. The wines are priced for everyday drinking, at $12.99. So there’s a value there. That wasn’t lost on the wine buyers at Harris Teeter. The value, helped by weekend Fine Wine tastings hosted by Tom and Lena, are boosting sales. Harris Teeter is one of the nation’s major wine retailers. Getting that account as one of the first steps out of the blocks is a proof of concept for Tom. You’ll also find Motherlode wines at restaurants and select wine stores. Right now, Tom is focused on the Carolinas, but that’s going to expand when this year’s harvest is delivered. Currently he offers just two wines, a Chardonnay and a Cabernet Sauvignon. That’s going to expand, too, to include Zinfandel and Pinot Noir. So, back to that dream. Tom and Lena do sit back with their feet up, sipping on a glass of their fine wine while watching the sunset. There are no cowboy boots and no dust from the vineyards; more like flip-flops and T-shirts. But that doesn’t diminish the satisfaction. I always like a story with a happy ending. This is more like one that has a happy beginning and a long way forward. About The Writer

Trevor Burton of Mooresville is certified by the International Sommelier Guild, he is founder of SST Wine Experiences and, along with his wife, Mary Ellen, conducts wine education and tasting tours to wine regions throughout the world.

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Thoughts from the Man Cave


that The Flying Tomato, a bit of snowboard slopestyle, skeleton, figure skating or the Norwegian Olympic Curling Team’s pants will offer enough suspense to keep you entertained. Tell her you want to watch for your country. Then there’s the food. With the recent rise in area gastro pubs, the bar has been raised for the whole sports pub menu. Acceptable appetizer choices include artichokes, hummus, mussels and even dips with a Southwestern flair. Wings come in nearly a dozen different styles, pastas include sauces with a European influence and an order of sweet potato fries will score you nutrition points. If you want a side of steamed vegetables, the waiter or waitress won’t look at you with a questioning “really-dude-areyou-serious?” face. And the dessert menu still includes a few favorites packed with sugar. Drinks are a “can’t miss” anywhere you go. I have yet to come across an area drink menu that doesn’t include a few decent wines — either locally produced or bearing the label of an overseas winery I’m sure is fantastic. Microbrews abound. And if you want a strong mixed drink at a sports bar, just tell the server your team, or Olympic athlete, is losing and you need something strong to help dull the pain of your sorrows. Try that in a restaurant with no televised sports. But if your date sees through your clever disguise from the very beginning and won’t warm to the idea of a romantic dinner in front of a wall of televisions all broadcasting sports, I’ll share a secret. I know of at least one area restaurant choice that offers both. Yes, there exists a restaurant where you can both revel

in traditional, upscale, hip Valentine’s Day dinner excellence and catch a sport or two on television without blowing your cover. Here’s the secret location. Just before the holidays, I treated my wife to dinner at one of the area’s newest restaurants. In between our appetizer and main course, while my wife was off connecting with good friends, and I sat to myself, I made an amazingly awesome discovery. From our table in one of the dining rooms that surround the sunken, centralized bar, I could see the handful of sports-filled television screens at almost eye level. Because my wife was sitting opposite of me on a long, more comfortable, plush, soft bench — as were each of the other ladies at the adjacent handful of tables — her back was to basketball, football and even extreme sports. While she marveled at the hip ambience and the trendy wait staff, I caught an overtime thriller. We had a great night out, and I got my sports bar fill. Now, as for making a Valentine’s Day dinner reservation, you likely won’t have to worry about me beating you to one of these golden tables. If my wife gets wind of this article before Valentine’s Day, the chances are good that I’ll be eating leftovers, alone in the doghouse, where there are neither white tablecloths nor televisions. About The Writer

or the longest time, I have wondered why tradition dictates that a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner with a girlfriend or wife must occur at a restaurant with all or most of the following: a white table cloth, menu items that are difficult to pronounce, a plethora of candles, flowers, fine china and silverware, a bottle or two of wine, soft music, and a fancy chocolate dessert. On second thought, I’m perfectly fine with the wine and the decadent dessert, and I understand the flowers, but I’m not convinced that the other items are truly necessary. To be honest, I’m of the mind that a great Valentine’s Day can also be celebrated in a sports bar. After all, in this day and age, new rules more often than not trump tradition. Many women love watching sports on television as much as (or more than) their men, and some even believe that a perfect night out should include a bit of college or professional sports while wearing a game jersey, boots and jeans. Farm fresh, locally grown foods are all the rage and as far as ambience, who can honestly say that they remember a meal where a strolling minstrel just happened by your table playing a personal serenade? So I’m proposing you suggest celebrating your Valentine’s Day this year in a sports bar. Think of the possibilities. Let’s start with an abundance of televised sports. Sure, Duke and Carolina will have just played, and there are no ACC games on the schedule. Mid-February is still a bit early for NASCAR, but the 2014 Winter Olympic Games will be in full swing. Score. Gold medal idea. With five NBC networks broadcasting nearly every minute of every event, you can be sure

Freelance writer Mike Savicki has lived and worked in the Lake Norman area for nearly two decades. His interest in athletics and love of sports journalism spans from racing to rugby and anything in between.

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A suggested strategy on how to help you celebrate Valentine’s Day with the one you love in front of a wall of televisions broadcasting sports


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Game On

Dan Jansen savors winning Olympic gold in the 1,000-meter speed skating race in Lillehammer in 1994.

by Mike Savicki photography courtesy of Dan Jansen

a golden spirit

Twenty years later, Dan Jansen’s Olympic I story still resonates

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t’s hard to imagine that it has been 20 years since the world last saw speed skater Dan Jansen streak across the Olympic ice in American red, white and blue. Two decades have passed since he crossed the finish line for the final time, capturing the elusive gold medal and ending his hall of fame career. The eight world records, the 20 World Championship medals, the four Olympic games, the 46 World Cup victories, the adversities, the glory, it seems like it was all just yesterday.

A legend loved But time has passed, and his memories have solidified into Olympic legend. We remember marveling at his explosive speed and power, ease of stride, and pure athletic grace. We remember the sight of his final victory lap with infant daughter, Jane, in his arms and a look of exuberance mixed

with relief on his face. And we remember watching Jansen climb to the top step of the medal platform, point his arms toward the sky and dedicate his greatest Olympic result to his older sister, Jane, who had died from Leukemia on the morning of Olympic competition six years earlier. We also witnessed the adversities he

Above and below, Jansen trained in all sorts of ways to become an Olympic champion.

Jansen with the current 1,000-meter world record holder in men's speed skating, Shani Davis.

“You grow up and you mature when you spend so long pursuing goals like I did in skating.�

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"Skating also taught me that it is important to be flexible and to understand that adversity is a part of life. The focus changes, but the skills you acquire along the way stay with you for a lifetime."

Jansen and his girls Olivia (left) and Jane (right) opening and signing fan mail. He stills gets about 20 to 30 letters a month asking for autographs and photos.

Jansen savoring his sweet Olympic victory.

From left, Jansen's wife Karen, Jansen, Bonnie Blair (gold medal speed skater) and her husband David Cruikshank, and Mike Eurozione (captain of the 1980 U.S. Hockey team) and wife Donna vacationing in Europe.


faced on the global Olympic stage. Even today, we wonder how he was able to persevere through a string of slips and falls that surely would have ended a lesser

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athlete’s career. We wonder where he found the drive. And we ask ourselves what we might have done if we were in Jansen’s position.

“I never lost the love for what I was doing,” says Jansen, who now lives in Mooresville. “I loved competing, I loved the sport and I loved getting better. By the end, even as I was taking the ice for my last Olympic event, it wasn’t so much about winning anymore; it was simply about challenging myself to get better. I kept going because all I wanted to do was skate to my Olympic potential.” Long removed from competition, Jansen keeps a schedule Olympic in proportion. In addition to working alongside his wife, Karen, a professional golf instructor, in Swing Blade Enterprises, Jansen broadcasts all Olympic and nonOlympic speed skating competitions for NBC Universal. He is a highly sought after corporate speaker, manages a rehabilitative medical device company, works as a commercial real estate developer and serves as a mentor to Olympians like Tucker Fredricks, Team USA’s top 500-meter hopeful in Sochi. The Dan Jansen Foundation continues to fight against Leukemia, supports youth sports programs, and provides educational and scholarship awards. And on the subject of Olympians, Jansen looks like he can still compete with the current batch of skaters, many of whom are more than half his age.

Learning about life Jansen’s story still resonates to the athlete in all of us, as he still receives between 20 to 30 requests for autographs and pictures each month. He opens many of these alongside his two daughters,

Jane, now 20 and a junior at Clemson University, and Olivia, 18, a senior at Hough High School. He is recognized nearly everywhere he goes, and hardly a day passes that Jansen is not asked about how he fought through adversity, got back on his feet time and time again, and

found the strength to win when the odds were not in his favor. The lessons Jansen shares with us define him as one of America’s greatest Olympians. “You grow up and you mature when you spend so long pursuing goals like I did in skating,” he recalls. “I would have

lived my life had I not won, and I would have been okay with it because skating taught me so much about not only sports but also life. But I felt that [winning a gold medal] could and should have happened, so when it finally did happen, it brought it all around for me, and that includes my memories with Jane.” He continues, “That life, and what it brought, prepared me for anything and everything when I stepped away. I knew that I’d be ready to face what came next in business, as a father and in life in general. Skating also taught me that it is important to be flexible and to understand that adversity is a part of life. The focus changes, but the skills you acquire along the way stay with you for a lifetime.” THE SCOOP

Jansen, second from left, keeps a busy schedule. In addition to working alongside his wife, Karen, a professional golf instructor, in Swing Blade Enterprises, Jansen broadcasts all Olympic and nonOlympic speed skating competitions for NBC Universal. He is a highly sought after corporate speaker, manages a rehabilitative medical device company, works as a commercial real estate developer and serves as a mentor to Olympians like Tucker Fredricks, Team USA’s top 500-meter hopeful in Sochi.


The Games of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics begin on February 7 and continue through February 23. Dan Jansen will be in Russia broadcasting the speed skating events for NBC Universal. Visit, for complete schedules, broadcast information, videos, results and more.

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Home Port

Kathryn Keele's closet is every woman's dream. Mirrored cabinet doors are strategically placed on both ends of the closet and along the ceiling’s perimeter, affording a feeling of openness, while providing the neatness of closed storage.

by Deb Mitchell photography by Scott Burrell

Walking into Kathryn Keele’s closet is like walking into a dream I

n much the same way a man might dream of one day owning a shiny red sports car, many women dream of having a glamorous, impeccably organized closet just like Kathryn Keel’s.

Organized to the hilt “I moved from Pasadena,

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all Dressed up

California, where my house — built in the 1920s — had small closets that didn’t function well,” explains Keele. When she purchased a home in Cornelius in early 2013, she enlisted the help of Impact Design Resources, a Charlotte company specializing in cabinetry and storage solutions, to help with several areas of the home. Impact’s owner and designer, Kristie Knorr, worked with Keele’s builder, Simonini Homes, on a wet bar, garage storage, and even a mini-laundry room situated next to the pool where guests can pick up clean towels and drop off wet ones. The master closet, however, was one space Keele wanted to be extra special.“This was a space just for me, so I put everything in it that would make my life easier,” she says. Knorr, whose company sources its products from local manufacturers and employs only skilled carpenters Designer Kristie Knorr took the built-ins all the way to the ceiling, maximizing the size and shape of the space itself.

A built-in hamper makes organizing laundry easy.

Even the columns flanking the island are put to use, as they slide out to reveal panels lined in anti-tarnish cloth and outfitted with hooks for jewelry storage.


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R  ed Earth at Cornelius Arts Center This month you can check out Red Earth at the Cornelius Arts Center. This exhibit features ceramic forms and pottery created by local artist Amy Sanders. Her pieces use textures, layers, color and form to engage the viewer with a nostalgic sense of comfort. Sanders designs functional and sculptural pieces that conjure childhood memories and portray a strong sense of femininity. Natural patterns, groupings and an emphasis on her creative process of working with clay allow her work to speak volumes on nature and community. Sanders currently works as a studio artist, teaches adult handbuilding classes at Clayworks Studio and conducts workshops across the United States. She completed a large-scale public art piece for the city of Charlotte and was an 18-month Affiliate Artist at the McColl Center for Visual Art in Charlotte from 2004 through 2006. Her work is exhibited in galleries throughout the United States. Go! Red Earth, through February 28, Cornelius Arts Center, 19725 Oak Street, Cornelius,

 nthony A Kearns Calling all lovebirds, this concert is for you. Anthony Kearns, the founding member of the platinumselling vocal sensation The Irish Tenors, performs in Statesville through the Iredell Concert Association on February 8. Kearns’ rendition of Danny Boy will melt your heart, as will his other concert selections. Kearns still performs with The Irish Tenors, and he is also the winner of many Irish singing festivals, including Ireland’s Search for a Tenor (1993), the prestigious Dermot Troy Trophy for oratorio (1995 and 1996), Best Male Singer at the Waterford International Festival of Light Opera (1995) and the ESB Veronica Dunne International Singing Competition (1999). Kearns was recognized by the Irish Music Association as the Best Irish Tenor in the United States, United Kingdom and European Union in 2010. A notable opera performer, Kearns has appeared in feature roles on opera stages across Europe and North America. Anthony Kearns, February 8, Iredell Concert Association; 7:30 p.m.; $20, $10 students, tickets available at the door, the association website or ticket outlet at Shops UpFront (1109 W Front Street, Statesville); Mac Gray Auditorium, Statesville,

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How often can you see a professional marionette show — live? This month is your chance, as the internationally acclaimed Cashore Marionettes perform at Davidson College on February 25. In the performance Life in Motion, Joseph Cashore presents his collection of marionette masterworks. The performance is a series of scenes taken from everyday life and set to music by composers such as Beethoven, Vivaldi, Strauss and Copland. Through a combination of virtuoso manipulation, humor, pathos, classic music and poetic insight, The Cashore Marionettes take the audience on a journey that celebrates the richness of life. Life in Motion is an appropriate evening for both young and old. The Cashore Marionettes, February 25, The C. Shaw and Nancy K. Smith Artist Series; 8 p.m., price TBA; Duke Family Performance Hall, Davidson College,

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Life in Motion — The Cashore Marionettes

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Children Cinderella (Through February 2) Adapted by the late Rupert Barber, this play proves that the right shoe can change your life. Shy and romantic Cinderella is made a servant in her own home but still has a positive outlook on life. This timeless story is perfect for children and their families. Time, price and location TBA. Produced by The Connie Company of Davidson Community Players, Have a Heart Valentine’s Day Party (February 8) Children of all ages are welcome to come make cards and enjoy a variety of Valentine’s themed art centers at the Community Arts Project. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free, but donations are encouraged and shared with the Buddy Kemp Caring House in Charlotte. Community Arts Project, N. Main Street, Suite 112, Cornelius,

Concerts Davidson College Concert Series — Jamie Laval (February 2) Internationally acclaimed Celtic violinist Jamie Laval returns to Davidson College for another vibrant performance. Laval will be joined by other Celtic musicians to present an energetic program of traditional music from Scotland, Ireland, Brittany and Quebec. 3 p.m. $5-$17. Tyler-Tallman Hall, Sloan Music Center, Davidson College, Iredell Concert Association — Anthony Kearns (February 8) With a rendition of Danny Boy that will melt your heart, Irish lyric tenor Anthony Kearns has the ability to color each note with beauty and grace. Kearns is also a notable opera performer, appearing in feature roles on opera stages across Europe and North America. Time and price TBA. Mac Gray Auditorium, Statesville, Music at St. Albans — The Music House Players (February 9) Help celebrate CPE Bach’s birthday with favorite chamber works, including his unique and engaging quartets for forte piano, flute, viola, and cello 3 p.m. $15, students and seniors (65+) $10, children under 12 free. St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, Davidson, Trumpet Recital: Bill Lawing (February 11) J. Estes Miller, professor of music at Davidson College, and trumpet instruction Bill Lawing present a program of canonical works from classical trumpet repertoire. Artist Associate in Piano Cynthia Lawing will accompany. 7:30 p.m. Free. Tyler-Tallman Hall, Sloan Music Center, Davidson College, A Night of Movie Romance (February 20) The Davidson College Symphony Orchestra performs its first-ever music concert featuring great works from romantic movies such as Gone With the Wind, Titanic, Pride & Prejudice and more. 7:30 p.m. Donations are accepts at the door for various charitable organizations. Duke Family Performance Hall, Davidson College, www. Cornelius Concert Series (February 21) Organist Timothy Belk performs in this local concert series. As a North Carolina Emerging Artist grant recipient, Belk attended the Conservatory of Music in Geneva, Switzerland earning the distinguished prix de perfectiment. The recipient of many honors, Belk’s concert tours have taken him across Europe, Bermuda and the eastern United States. 7 p.m. Free. Sanctuary of Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, Cornelius,


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WWII Living History (February 1-2) Experience the atmosphere of a Southern England military base in 1944 as the soldiers are preparing for D-day, the invasion of France. Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sun 1-4 p.m. 8 for adults, $7 for senior and students, ages 5 and under free. Admission will include a new additional 7.25% entertainment tax imposed by the state of NC. Historic Latta Plantation, 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville, Beach Bash for Big Day at the Lake (February 7) The 10th year of Big Day at the Lake gets under way February 7 with a beach bash. Big Day at the Lake connects at-risk children from Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) with Lake Norman volunteers for a full day of fun on the lake.

This year’s financial goal is $100,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Charlotte. In addition to providing a day of fun and raising money for BBBS, Big Day at the Lake seeks to recruit Bigs— mentors—for at-risk boys and girls in BBBS. Big Day at the Lake is scheduled for July 19. Time TBA. Harvey’s Bar and Grill, 19707 Liverpool Parkway, Cornelius, Historic Latta Plantation Sweetheart Tours (February 15-16) Join us for special valentine’s tours of the plantation house. Learn about 19th century courting customs and English Country dancing, and hear sweetheart stories about the Latta girls. Tours are Saturday 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.; Sunday 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and students, ages 5 and under free. Admission will include a new additional 7.25% entertainment tax imposed by the state of NC. Historic Latta Plantation, 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville, Back of the Big House Event (February 22) Learn about the African American experience on a North Carolina backcountry plantation. Food historian Clarissa Clifton returns to Latta Plantation to discuss slave society through food. She uses food to show the various levels of slave society in back of the big house. Clifton will discuss the similarities and differences between house, skilled and field slaves. Suky Latta will be of particular focus as she was the real life cook for Jane Latta during the early 1800s. Also, learn about the characters, dangers and triumphs of an escaped slave on the underground railroad as you go on a scavenger hunt around the plantation to find the supplies, skills, and knowledge you would need to successfully escape to freedom. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and students, ages 5 and under free. Admission will include a new additional 7.25% entertainment tax imposed by the state of NC. Historic Latta Plantation, 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville, ME TIME Rediscovering the History of John Connor Road (February 22) Join the Town of Cornelius’ Black History Month Celebration. This year’s program will feature, Rediscovering the History of John Connor Road. Meet and learn from the Connor family; enjoy memorabilia, performances, children’s activities and refreshments. This event is offered in collaboration with the Smithville Community Coalition. 3-5 p.m. Free. Cornelius Town Hall, The C. Shaw Smith and Nancy K. Smith Artist Series (February 25) The Cashore Marionettes performs. Unmatched in artistry, grace and refinement of movement, the internationally acclaimed Cashore Marionettes redefine the art of puppetry. Life in

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Motion is a concert of more than a dozen marionette pieces, performed by Joe Cashore in full view of the audience. This show is suitable for adults and young adults. 8 p.m. Price TBA. Duke Family Performance Hall, Davidson College,

Galleries Andre Christine Gallery & Sculpture Garden Various exhibitions. Tue-Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 148 Ervin Road, Mooresville, 704.775.9516, Cornelius Arts Center Red Earth features beautiful ceramic forms and pottery created by local artist, Amy Sanders. Through February 28. MonThu 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Fri-Sat 9 a.m.-Noon. 19725 Oak Street, Cornelius, “Cotton” Ketchie’s Landmark Galleries Various exhibitions. The work of watercolorist ‘Cotton’ Ketchie. Mon-Sat 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 212 North Main Street, Mooresville, 704.664.4122, Depot Art Gallery The Winter Juried Art Exhibition features work from various artists in the area. Through February 27. 103 W. Center Avenue, Mooresville, Foster’s Frame and Art Gallery Various exhibitions. Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat 10a.m.-4p.m. 403 N. Old Statesville Road, Huntersville, 704.948.1750. Four Corners Framing and Gallery Various exhibitions. Tue-Fri 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 112 S. Main Street, Mooresville, 704.662.7154, Lake Country Gallery Various exhibitions. Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Exit 36 – Mooresville, between Belk and Kohl’s, 704.664.5022, Merrill-Jennings Galleries Various exhibitions. Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 463 S. Main Street, Davidson, 704.895.1213, Sanctuary of Davidson Various exhibitions. 108 S. Main Street, Davidson, Tropical Connections Various exhibitions. Tue- Fri 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. or by appointment. 230 N. Main Street, Mooresville. 704.664.0236. The Van Every/Smith Galleries State of Emergency features the work of contemporary artists in visualizing disasters ranging from hurricanes to financial crises. In conjunction with that exhibition, the Smith Gallery will feature an installation by internationally acclaimed artist Ai Weiwei. Through February 28. Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat-Sun noon-4 p.m. Davidson College, The Van Every/Smith Galleries, 315 N. Main Street, Davidson, www.

Monthly Events Carolina Raptor Center Live bird presentations, flight shows, behind-the-scenes tours and more take place at Carolina Raptor Center throughout the month. Visit for more details. The Artisan Market Craft Crawl (First Saturday) Formerly known as the Mooresville Craft Crawl, this market features baked goods, clothing, embroidery, jewelry, paintings, pottery, quilts and woodcarvings

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with an edge. 5-9 p.m. Free. Mooresville Town Square across from Lowe’s Foods. 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 to schedule a tour. Eden Street Market (Every Thursday and Friday) Buy fresh fish and produce during the week. 3-6 p.m. 106 Eden Street, Davidson. 2nd Friday Art Crawl Every Second Friday, Cornelius Cultural Arts Group invites the community to experience downtown Cornelius in style! Hosted by Bella Love, this monthly art crawl features some of the area’s most talented and innovative artisans as well as live performances, food trucks, and special events at local businesses. 5-9 p.m. Free. Oak Street Mill, 19725 Oak Street, Cornelius, Davidson Farmer’s Market (First and third Saturday) Farmers sell a bounty of seasonal vegetables; pasteurized meats and cheeses; and freshly baked breads, cakes and pies. 8 a.m.-noon. Free. Next to Town Hall between Main and Jackson streets in downtown Davidson, Mooresville Museum (First and Third Saturday)View exhibits and artifacts from Mooresville’s past and present. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. 132 E. Center Avenue, Mooresville, Open Air Market at the Crossing (Every Saturday) Buy local flowers/plants, jam/honey, soap, candles, baked goods, handmade crafts and more. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. 9525 Birkdale Crossing Drive, Huntersville.

Richard’s Coffee Shop & Veterans Museum (Every Saturday) Enjoy a community music jam every Saturday. 9 a.m.- noon. Free. Richards Coffee Shop & Veterans Museum, 165 N. Main Street, Mooresville,

Sports Davidson College Men’s Basketball North Carolina is basketball country so come out and support your local team. The Citadel (February 1, 4 p.m.), Furman (February 8, TBA), Wofford (February 22, TBA), UNCG (February 27, 7 p.m.). Davidson College, Davidson College Women’s Basketball The Lady Wildcats are poised for a fantastic season. Chattanooga (February 1, 12 p.m.), Samford (February 3, 7 p.m.), Georgia Southern (February 15, 2 p.m.), Western Carolina (February 22, 2 p.m.), Appalachian State (February 24, 7 p.m.). Davidson College,

Theatre Third Annual 10-Minute New Comedy Festival: Eunice’s Beauty, Barber & Bait Shoppe (Through February 9) Enjoy seven 10-minutes or less comedies featuring five or less actors situated in Eunice’s Beauty, Barber & Bait Shoppe. Thu-Sat 8 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. $20; seniors, students,groups $15. Warehouse Performing Arts Center, 9216-A Westmoreland Road, Cornelius, The C. Shaw Smith and Nancy K. Smith Artist Series (February 4) Aquila Theatre Company performs Fahrenheit 451. Founded with the desire to create bold reinterpretations of classical plays for contemporary audiences that sought to free the spirit of the original work and recreate the excitement of the live performance

that made it become a classic play, the Aquila Theatre Company will bring new life to Ray Bradbury’s visionary parable of a society gone awry in Fahrenheit 451. 8 p.m. $20, $15 faculty/staff, $8 students. Duke Family Performance Hall, Davidson College, Mr. Marmalade (February 19-23) Meet Lucy, a 4-yearold girl in such a bad spot that even her imaginary friend doesn’t have time for her. Both reality and fantasy are dark for Lucy, whose only real friend is also New Jersey’s youngest suicide case. Yet somehow, these two realms combine to produce comedy on a grand scale, merciless though it is, providing an expertly nuanced take on just what it means to be a grown up these days. For ages 13 and up. Wed-Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. $5-$10. Davidson College Theatre Department. Barber Theatre, Davidson College, Flyin’ West (February 20-March 9) Facing problems ranging from long, cold winters, to domestic violence, to racial conflict, the women of Flyin’ West offer a remarkable glimpse into American history told through the lives of powerful characters and a moving story told with pathos and humor. It serves as a reminder of the diversity of western pioneers. Performed by Davidson Community Players. Thu-Sat 8 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. $20, senior 65+ $18, students under 21 $12. Armour Street Theatre, Davidson, In Real Life (February 27-28) Centered around a group of school friends learning to negotiate friendship, jealousy, and the double-edged sword of modern connectivity, this play for young audiences explores cyber-bullying and its consequences. A post-show forum provides students and their families with an opportunity to investigate strategies to deal with cyber-bullying in their own lives. For grades 7-10. Thu 7 p.m., Fri 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $5. Davidson College Theatre Department. Barber Theatre, Davidson College,

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team It was a great day to be a Wildcat


ther than having never seen The Sound of Music (the good one with Julie Andrews), I have another dark secret — I have never been to a Davidson College men’s basketball game. That is until New Year’s Day of this year. A friend gave my family tickets for the College of Charleston game, and off we went. A little background here: I went to UNC Chapel Hill, so basketball is in my blood. I grew up with posters of Carolina’s basketball team above my bed and a little statue of Jeff Lebo [a McDonald’s All American who played for Carolina from 1986 through 1989] beside my bed. I was a junior in college when the Tar Heels won the 1993 NCAA College Men’s Basketball Championship, and I cried the day Coach Dean Smith retired. Needless to say, I am a Tar Heel through and through. However, Davidson Collage has a special place in my heart because I met my husband on its campus, and because I have so many friends who either went to school there or work there now, or both. Plus, I really like Stephen Curry. That said; if I’m going to cheat on my Tar Heels with another team, it’s going to be with the Wildcats. I had no idea what to expect as we walked through the parking lot to Belk Arena. People were dressed in all variations of red and black and ran the gamut from senior citizens to families just like us. There weren’t many college students in attendance, as they were still on winter break.

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As we approached the front door, my almost 4-year-old daughter yelled, “Go Tar Heels!” Although I was more than proud of her for sharing her school spirit, I quickly told her that we needed to cheer for the Wildcats on this particular day. She caught on quickly. Walking into the nearly 6,000-seat arena was akin to walking into a big party. A band called Kradlefish was playing rock ‘n’ roll music loudly, and everyone was socializing. Because the students were still on break, there were no cheerleaders or a mascot, but that really didn’t matter because this crowd was having a good time. Our seats were only a few rows back from the court, which gave us a bird’s eye view of Jacque Culpepper (an artist associate of voice in Davidson College’s Music Department and a dear friend) singing the national anthem beautifully. When the game started, we could see everything. We could even hear the players grunt. One of the best parts about going to a basketball game at Davidson is the intimacy. While I love the Dean Dome, it’s overwhelming with its 21,000-plus seats. Unless you’re a bigwig alumni or in the pep band, chances are your seats aren’t going to be great. Most of the time my friends and I watched games in the bars on Franklin Street so we’d have a better view. This was especially important when we won big games because we’d be the first people to storm the street to celebrate.

Editor Lori K. Tate and her daughter, Margot, at their first Davidson College men's basketball game.

At Davidson, I felt like I had the best of both worlds. The atmosphere was casual enough that I could enjoy the game while fielding questions and snack requests from my children, and the basketball was exciting. Fans were into the game, and there really wasn’t a bad seat in the house. I can only imagine how exciting it would have been to go to a game when Curry played. Although the Wildcats didn’t win that day (the final score was 76-64), I felt like we won because we had such a good time. Getting out of the parking lot was easy, and the fans, though disappointed with the loss, displayed great sportsmanship as they exited the building, which is not always the case in basketball — or any other sport for that matter. We will definitely go back, but my heart will always be Carolina blue. Go Heels! THE SCOOP For tickets to a Davidson College men’s or women’s basketball game, visit www.

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