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Contents |

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The Main Channel What’s hip at Lake Norman

Currency

Monthly Financial Feature - Ready, set, file

The Captain’s Chair Joy Braunstein is the new bird in the nest

Undercurrents Mooresville’s gallery crawl is turning heads

Let’s Go

Despite the economy, families and students are planning to get away

Rip Currents

Strong Currents

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Daniel Stowe’s Orchid Conservatory sets the stage for spring

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Dr. Ginger Southall wants to change your life in 30 days

Davidson Community Players takes the driver’s seat with Paula Vogel’s award-winning play

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Golf traditions continue with new memories in the mix as Westport Golf Club begins another season

The Grapevine

Being totally Franc can be quite tastyy

The Galley

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Arnie’s Tavern fits into the neighborhood

The Yum Update The folks at 131 Main are playing chicken

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Home Port

10 tips for a healthy lawn

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A month of things to do in the Lake Norman area

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One More Thing Lake Norman Mommies brings moms together

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At The Helm | Lori K. Tate

Peace and Quiet

photo by Maury Faggart

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

The Lake Offers More than Recreation

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grew up a lake kid. In July 1972 my parents bought a co ttage on L ake Tillery, just east of her e in S tanly C ounty. The next mo nth I was born. From then on summers were spent frolicking a t t he lak e. I w ent f rom sp lashing around the water with a Styrofoam bubble on my bac k t o do ing ha ndstands by t he pier t o slicing the wake of my dad’s boat with a slalom ski. Although I loved swimming and all the water sports that came with it, I found that I treasured t he p eacefulness t hat t he wa ter o ffered even mo re. A s a li ttle girl I w ould si t o n t he dock all day watching the waves roll in one after the other. Whether I was upset because I didn’t make t he c heerleading s quad o r dis appointed because a b oy didn’t ask me t o dance, the water’s therapeutic power was not lost on me. Growing u p, wa ter co ntinued t o b e a source of support. It wasn’t rare to find me on the banks of Jordan Lake studying while I was a student at UNC-Chapel Hill. When I moved to Charlotte after college, I’d drive north on Interstate 77 to Ramsey Creek Park, where I’d sit with my journal and soak in the sun. Deep in my heart I knew I needed to live near the water to be complete, to be whole. Luckily I ma rried a nother lak e kid w ho shares my passion for the water. Now we live across t he str eet f rom L ake N orman. F rom our front stoop we can see the sunset over the water in the distance. I get excited every time I see it, like it’s a special postcard sent directly to me on a daily basis. As I run through the neighborhood, I trea8

sure e ach g limpse o f t he wa ter. It calm s me down a nd r eturns me t o t hose da ys a t L ake Tillery when my biggest care was w ondering what time dad was g oing to light the grill for dinner. The last few months have been stressful for everyone. With economic uncertainty around every co rner co upled wi th co ld w eather, w e need to return to the natural things that have rendered comfort in the past. S erenity comes to me when the sun shines down on the water, leaving a shimmer r eminiscent o f dia monds or w hen a b oat et ches i ts w hite wak e acr oss the lake on a clear day. Somehow when I hear the clinking of the masts in t he wind, I know everything is going to be okay. As we venture into spring this month, I encourage you to find your own source of tranquility. You’ll find me sitting on the dock.

Letters to the Editor Here’s your chance to be seen and heard. Have a comment concerning something you read in CURRENTS? Want to pass on a moneysaving tip, complain about Lake Norman traffic, thank someone special or just tell us why you love living here? Whatever is on your mind, tell us about it. And include a headshot photo of yourself, if you’d like. You can send letters to PO Box 1676, Cornelius, NC 28031 or email to Editor@LNCurrents.com. Let’s give Lake Norman something to talk about!

Lake Norman CURRENTS is a monthly publication available through direct-mail home delivery to the most affluent Lake Norman residents. It also is available at area Harris Teeter and Lowes supermarkets, as well as various Chambers of Commerce, real estate offices and specialty businesses. Subscriptions are available for $29 per year. Send us your name, address, phone number and a check made payable to Lake Norman CURRENTS at the address below and we’ll start your subscription with the next available issue. Lori K. Tate Editor Lori@LNCurrents.com

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

Help for the Hopeless Cook

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Stacey Simms turns her lack of kitchen skills into a love letter for her son

Stacey Simms was watching The Food Channel w hen she had a n ep iphany. “A guy was j ust c hopping u p a n o nion a nd talking a bout ho w nob ody r eally t aught you how to do this,” recalls the co-host of Charlotte’s Morning News on WBT News Talk R adio. “ I s aid, ‘ Yeah, I do n’t’ kno w how to do that. I should ask one of these chefs t hat I kno w t o sho w me ,’ a nd instantly, I got the idea. It all came together in about five minutes in my brain.” What came together was Simms’ cookbook, “I Can’t Cook, But I Know Someone Who Can.” Simms, who admits she’s not a wiz in t he kitchen, published the book last September to raise money for the Juvenile Dia betes Res earch F oundation o f Charlotte. Her 4-year-old son, Benny, was diagnosed with type 1 in 2006. “I wanted to do a uniq ue fundraiser,” explains t he D avidson r esident, w ho is married t o S lade G oldstein, o wner o f Charlotte’s Ro telli P izza & P asta. “ With Charlotte’s M orning N ews, w e do a lo t with food and restaurants. … W e found ourselves meeting a lo t of great restaurateurs and chefs.” Simms ask ed a round a nd suddenl y had a cookbook overflowing with recipes from some of the Charlotte area’s hottest restaurants. There’s ba rbecue p ork f rom Mac’s Speed Shop, thick-cut French toast from 131 M ain Rest aurant a nd cra b dip from Dr essler’s Rest aurant, alo ng wi th a tutorial about making a r oux from Jon Dressler. Peppered wi th h umorous t ales o f Simms’ debacles in the kitchen, her cookbook co mforts t hose w ho a re c ulinary challenged. “My kids ask w ho’s g oing t o mak e dinner, a nd if i t’s me y ou ca n s ee t he disappointment. Then my daughter will realize that that might hurt my feelings, and she’ll say, ‘No mommy, you can b e

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Beef ‘O’ Brady’s

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& Recipes m Advice Fro ’s Charlotte Top Chefs

Forward by

Carolina Panthers Coach John Fox

“I Can’t Cook okk Bu Butt I Know Know SSomeone om Who Can” can be purchased for $24.99 at Barnes & Noble in SouthPark and Birkdale, Main Street Books in Davidson, select Harris Teeters, www.amazon.com and www.WBT.com. Dressler’s Crab Dip 2 pounds cream cheese, softened 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce 3 cups béchamel (recipe follows) 4 teaspoons Tabasco 2 cups sour cream 2 ounces lemon juice 3 ounces white wine 2 tablespoons Old Bay seasoning 2 teaspoons salt 10 ounces red onion, fine dice 6 pounds lump crab Parmesan and jack cheese, shredded (for topping) Béchamel 1/2 yellow onion, fine dice 4 ounces butter 4 ounces flour 1 tablespoon chicken base 6 cups milk

Number of TVs: 30 Beer breakdown: Ten draft, 40 bottled Bar food claim to fame: Wings (11 flavors) Smoking status: Non-smoking inside with a smoking patio Types of fans: If you don’t like the Tar Heels, stay away because Beef’ O’Brady’s is home to the Lake Norman Carolina Club.

Exit 36 Sportsbar, Billiard and Grill 167 Pinnacle Lane, Mooresville, 704.799.6210

Number of TVs: 13 Beer breakdown: 24 draft, 13 bottled Bar food claim to fame: Wings (12 flavors) Smoking status: Smoking and nonsmoking Types of fans: Exit 36 has a pretty eclectic crowd with a small emphasis on the Tar Heels.

Prosciutto’s Pizza

20920 Torrence Chapel Road, Cornelius (Shops on the Green), 704.439.4444

Number of TVs: 13 Beer breakdown: 4 draft, 40 bottled (extensive Samuel Adams offerings) Bar food claim to fame: Wings (six flavors) Smoking status: Non-smoking Types of fans: Prosciutto’s is an official sponsor of Davidson College Athletics so if you’re a Wildcat, you’ll be at home here.

Sports Page Food & Spirits

179 Cross Center Drive, Denver 704.827.6283, www.sportspagefoodandspirits.com

Number of TVs: 24 Beer breakdown: 4 draft, 30 bottled Bar food claim to fame: Wings (seven flavors) Smoking status: Smoking allowed in bar, non-smoking dining room Types of fans: There’s a good mix of Duke and Carolina fans at Sports Page so it’s always interesting.

Fox & Hound Pub & Grille

8711 Lindholm Drive, Huntersville (Birkdale Village) 704.895.4504, www.foxandhound.com

Number of TVs: 36 Beer breakdown: 28 draft, 29 bottled Bar food claim to fame: Wings (five flavors), nachos and cheese fries Smoking status: Smoking and nonsmoking Types of fans: Duke, N.C. State and Virginia Tech fans have found a home at Fox & Hound. You’ll also find fans pulling for Davidson, Florida and Ohio State as well.

Midtown Sundries

18665 Harborside Drive, Cornelius 704.896.9013, www.midtownsundries.com

Number of TVs: 44 (four big-screen TVs) Beer breakdown: 15 draft, 25 bottled Bar food claim to fame: Nachos and wings (7 flavors) Smoking status: Smoking and nonsmoking Types of fans: A fair amount of ACC fans hang out here. Also look for folks cheering for Michigan, Ohio State and Penn State.

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Prepare béchamel: Sauté onion in butter until translucent. Add flour. Stir until roux is bubbly. Add base, then add milk. Stir constantly and bring to a boil. Cool before adding to mixture. Combine cream cheese, Worcestershire, Tabasco, sour cream, lemon juice, white wine, Old Bay seasoning, salt and red onion in a large bowl. Gently fold crab into mixture. Portion the mixture into 6-ounce ramekins. Chill. Top with cheeses — 1/2 ounce on each. Cover with plastic wrap and hold for service. Serves six.

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In the four counties surrounding Lake Norman, there are 2,500 Duke, 9,754 N.C. State, 20,424 UNC-Chapel Hill and 4,604 Wake Forest alumni. Add the Davidson Wildcats into the mix, and you’ll understand why North Carolinians take March Madness so seriously. Keeping that in mind, we’ve searched the lake area for the best spots to watch hoops. Below are their stats. — LKT

Brian Fleming/UNC Athletic Communications

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The Main Channel |

Saving Grace

Be a Currenteer

Click here, click there for savings everywhere Jennifer C ochrane a nd L ori F rascati sp ent last summer visiting all of the shopping centers in the Lake Norman area. Although they were looking for the best deals, they hardly purchased anything. Instead, these two former business executives created www.lknsavings.com. “We want to save people time a nd money that li ve lo cally in t he a rea,� s ays C ochrane, who p reviously w orked as a s enior ex ecutive for t he F ederal Res erve. “ We f ound t hat w e were always r unning around, and t hat t hings were really hectic. We didn’t have time to think about where a sale was running or comparison shop or e ven figure out w hat ne w businesses were opening and which ones were moving.� With that in mind , the twosome created a site that lists lo cal deals by category, shopping center and exit. “Say I’ve got to run to Exit 23,� explains F rascati, a f ormer vice p resident o f manufacturing with Liz Claiborne. “I can look in the shopping centers in that area, and I can

From l to r, Jennifer Cochrane and Lori Frascati.

see what kinds of sales and promotions are going on there.â€? Deals f or b reakfast, l unch a nd dinner ; friends/couples night out; students and seniorr citizens; as w ell as a kids ’ s ection a nd e ventss calendar a re f eatured o n t he si te. Ot her ho t clicks include the lowest gas prices in the area,, along with locations that offer free WiFi. Local b usinesses list t heir inf ormation o n the si te f or f ree, as t he o nly pa id ad vertisingg is currently the main banner at the top of thee page. “The second part of our mission is reallyy to p romote lo cal b usinesses,â€? s ays C ochrane.. “One of the things that makes this area such a nice place to live is that there still are a lo t off small, indep endently o wned b usinesses. ‌ ‌ We think it’s really important to support thosee businesses.â€? — LKT

Giving back to others is one of the best things we can do to make our community stronger. Each month we highlight a volunteer opportunity in the area. TUTORING

Do you have a fr ee hour and a half a week or ev en once a month on a Monday, W ednesday, or Thur sday afterno on? If so, you can tutor at child from Cornelius Elementary Scho ol at Cornelius Presbyterian Chu rch. Adults and middle schooler s are welcome to volunteer. For more inform ation, contact Nannie Potts, 70 4.892.8796.

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

Ready, Set, File As the deadline draws near, here’s what you need to know This is the fourth installment of a series of tax tips and information that we will be presenting each month through April 2009.

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he following is a list of actions that may help you save taxes along with some general information.

their Web site.  In completing your tax return, there may be instances when you will need t o know your basis in property you own or owned, such as the sale of your home or stock sales. Basis is the amount of your investment, or what you paid for it, and is us ed to determine gains or losses and also to figure allowable dep reciation a nd a mortization, among other things. This is w hy it is important that you keep track of your basis. In b rief, im provements t hat add val ue t o property incr ease basis a nd dep reciation decreases basis. For property that is inherited, there is a step-up in basis. This is generally the fair market value of the property at the date of the individual’s death. Ther e are also different rules for property that is received as a gift.  As a final no te t his mo nth…to p revent last minute emergencies, tr y not to procrastinate filing y our t axes. I f y ou kno w you will need an extension, begin preparing a t ax projection and plan to send the balance due for your 2008 taxes with your extensions. Consult your Certified Public Accountant for further information and to have a plan designed for your particular needs. Disclaimer: I nformation con tained b elow was a ccurate as o f t he da te o f p ublication. Due to frequent tax law changes, information may no longer be a ccurate. For the latest tax information, please contact a Certified Public Accountant. 13

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 As a reminder, if you want to make contributions to an IRA or employee-sponsored retirement plan to count toward your 2008 taxes, contributions must be made b efore you file your return on or before April 15, 2009, whichever occurs first.  Another asp ect of IRAs is r echaracterizing the contribution. This means treating a contribution made t o one type of IRA as having b een made t o a different type of IRA. To recharacterize a co ntribution, you generally must have the contribution transferred from the first IRA (the one to which it was made) to the second IRA in a trustee-to-trustee transfer and notify both trustees. If the transfer is made by the due date (inc luding ext ensions) f or y our t ax return for the year during which the contribution was made, you can elect to treat the contribution as having been originally made to the second IRA instead of to the first IRA. You would report the recharacterization on your tax return for the year during which the contribution was made and file Form 8606.

 For indi viduals, if y ou a re una ble t o file your federal individual income tax return by April 15, 2009, y ou may be able to get an automatic 6-month extension of time to file to October 15, 2009. You must submit Form 4868 Application for Automatic Extension of Time to File U.S. Individual Tax Return by April 15. This can be obtained from the IRS Web site at IRS.gov. It is important to note that an extension of time to file is no t a n ext ension of time t o pay your tax liability. You will o we interest on any past-due tax and also may be subject to a late-payment penalty if payment is not submitted by April 15, 2009.  If a n ext ension is needed f or y our st ate return, t he N orth C arolina D epartment of Rev enue will a utomatically gra nt a 6-month ext ension o f time t o file also. You must submit Form D-410, w hich can be obtained f rom t heir Web site at w ww. dornc.com. Whether you are exp ecting a refund or owe taxes, an extension must be filed. To avoid penalties you must pay at least 90% of your current year tax liability by April 15, 2009 and submit the balance with your North Carolina return by October 15, 2009. Interest will be charged on income tax that is no t paid on or before April 15, 2009, even if you received an extension of time to file your return.  If you owe tax that you are unable to pay, you should still file your taxes on time and make co ntact wi th t he IRS. Y ou ma y b e able to apply for an IRS installment agreement. Further information is a vailable on

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The Captain’s Chair |

be a naturalist, math and science were not my forte. I had a natural talent for understanding policy and steered towards environmental law.

by Cathy Swiney Photo by Shari Lambeth

How did you find out about the job at Carolina Raptor Center in Huntersville? I was working in Pittsburgh at the United Jewish Federation of Pittsburgh. My friend and I w ere debating about eagles online; I r emember it was a bout four in the morning when this ad for CRC just pops up. I recognized the name of the organization right away. My mom [originally f rom Hickory, she sp lits her time b etween B oone a nd Winston-Salem] had b een t elling me a bout this terrific place since 1998. I s aid to myself, “I have to apply for this job.” The idea of working with an organization that combined my love of animals and nature, rehabilitation with an educational component, well I saw it as my chance to change the world. And besides, my Mom’s family was already here; it was an interesting next step.

Joy Braunstein takes time to hang out with Omar at Carolina Raptor Center in Huntersville.

Taking Flight

Joy Braunstein is the new bird in the nest

A Lake Norman Currents | February 2009

rmed with a bachelor’s degree in outdoor environmental education and two master degrees in related fields, Joy Braunstein has joined Carolina Raptor Center as its CEO and president. We sat down with Braunstein to talk with her about her new job, elevator speeches and her plan to change the world.

Do you remember when you knew you wanted to work in an animal-related field? I have t his gr eat memo ry o f gr owing u p in T aos, N ew M exico a nd b ringing ho me any stray or hurt animal I came across. I was only six or seven years old, but I kne w that I wanted to save animals. I guess I was a natural rehabilitator. I think my parents knew about my passion for animals before I did. They would greet me at the door with a smile and direct me to care for them out in t he greenhouse. The natural course o f t hings sho uld ha ve led me t o b ecome a v eterinarian. Al though I wa nted t o

What makes this your dream job? I get to work in support of these fascinating animals and fulfill a personal need to promote environmental stewardship, but being able to mentor t o an organization t hat is filled with people who have a passio n like I ha ve ne ver experienced before may be the biggest reason. What is your elevator speech about? Oh, it’s a tra ining exercise I lik e to use. If you were only given the time it takes to wait for an elevator to arrive in o rder to pitch to the person standing next t o you the mission of y our o rganization, w hat w ould y ou s ay? I’ve gotten a variety of interesting and creative answers, and it never fails to get you thinking. It’s important to understand that in most cases the best sell for any non-profit is in t he first 30 seconds of meeting that potential donor, volunteer or corporate sponsor. Ther e is an individual approach to how t his is do ne, but the message is always the same; the Carolina R aptor C enter is a bout en vironmental stewardship, sustainability, education and national significance with an international presence. LNC

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Artworks on Main’ n’s n Heather MacFadyen he talks about On the n, Corner of Art and Main, st Mooresville’s latest or artistic endeavor Gallery Crawling 101 A novice’s reflection… By Mike Savicki

t’s the second F riday evening of the month and downtown Mooresville’s art crowd is hitting the str eets. A sax ophonist sets up outside Four Corners Framing and Gallery, and the musical trio, Negative 3, dashes across Main Street on their wa y to play a f ew sets at The D epot Fine Art Gallery. The lights ar e dimmed at Soiree, the pizzas ar e warm at P ie In the Sk y and crawlers are already heading int o Artworks on Main just up the block. Tonight is On the Corner

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How long have you been opening your doors to the art crowd? The very first event was in June of 2008 so it is still new. We had b een planning it for a few months and since w e were working with a very small marketing budget, it took us time to get the word out on local calendars and let people kno w t hrough o ur b usiness a nd p ersonal networks.

Have you been surprised by the turnout? Wow! It has been amazing. We have people come down from Statesville and even get calls for directions on how to get here from Charlotte. They a re all r eally w ell a ttended and r eceived, esp ecially co nsidering most of o ur ad vertising s o fa r has b een w ord o f mouth. E very mer chant w orks s o ha rd t o make each month a real event. What should people expect if they are coming for the first time? I w ould s ay t hat p eople will b e p leasantly sur prised b y t he c harm o f do wntown Mooresville. Everybody’s door is open, and it is all s o welcoming. My dad’s [Roger Hicks] theory is t hat b ecause p eople a ren’t tra veling as m uch, they are looking for new ways

to spend a different sort of cultural evening closer to home. What are ticket prices for individuals and families? This is a co mpletely free event where you just come, enjoy the open doors and soak in the culture. I think people in the Mooresville area have been starved for culture for a long time, a nd w e wa nted t o mak e i t s omething that e veryone ca n en joy if t hey st ay f or a n hour or the whole evening. I ha ve seen kids in strollers right next to professional artists.

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ow did you get involved with On the Corner of Art and Main? I’m on the board for Mooresville’s Downtown C ommission, a nd t his was t he brainchild of the promotions committee. We all sat around a big table and tried to think of new ways to draw people to the downtown Mooresville area. We came up with the idea of hosting a regular art crawl, and that’s how it all started.

Any tips for someone who comes for the first time? I would say that if you come with an open mind, have the experience of the journey and soak in the downtown Mooresville area, you

The art crowd has found a new home in downtown Mooresville with On the Corner of Art and Main.

where v olunteer members of the M ooresville Artist Guild fill three studios with past els, portraits and a unique collec tion of member portraits, phot os and sculptur es all done by women. Off in the distance , I hear Negativ e 3 play a pr etty decent v ersion of “Wonderwall” by Oasis. The crawlers here are an unpr etentious mix who range in age fr om early teens to happily retired. Guild president, Wayne McGuire, makes sure everyone feels welcomed. Across the str eet at F our C orners F raming and G allery, a f ew candles bur n while the crawlers sip wine and beer and eat cheese and crackers. A contemporary metallic sculpture on

the wall is the focus of conversation. I’m finding not everyone chooses to wear black. Owners, Heather M acFadyen, and her father, Roger H icks, g reet cra wlers as w e ent er Artworks on M ain. They direct us t oward the stable of studios in the back wher e an ar tist is carefully creating a portrait of a boy, and nearly a do zen other ar tists displa y their w orks on easels. The gallery in front exhibits several contemporary paint collections and a uniquely arranged, three-dimensional hanging collection. Looks lik e this will be m y last st op t onight. Or maybe not. The bar at Soiree looks inviting…

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of Ar t and M ain, M ooresville’s Ar tWalk. Looks like one of the lak e’s best-kept cultural secrets is about to become a little less well kept. I’m a novice gallery crawler although I have heard it is a popular wa y to spend an evening in those trendy Charlotte neighborhoods that are spelled with abbreviated letters. Of course, I’m dressed in black because I think that ’s how the cultural cr owd k eeps in fashion. A s I r oll towards the gather ing cr owd, I think , “Who would ha ve thought galler y cra wling w ould find a home in downt own Mooresville?” I’m in for a pleasant surprise. My first stop is the D epot Fine Arts Gallery

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won’t b e dis appointed. We are figuring out who we are as we go so this is like a mini renaissance from month to month that people get to enjoy with us. Is On the Corner of Art and Main similar to an event you might find in Charlotte? We really aren’t Charlotte and don’t try to go toe to toe. We are a small town and a small community that is reaching out to our neighbors and inviting them to a party right in our

yard. We have a strong community feel. What do you do to make crawlers feel welcomed at Artworks on Main? We ha ve tr ied t o mak e Ar tworks o n Main feel like a co mmunity of artists f rom creation t o disp lay. M y dad is m y pa rtner, and he t eaches a nd w orks wi th t he a rtists in t he studio spaces in t he back. We tr y to celebrate all f orms of art here whether it is paint, pottery or sculpture, and we showcase Visitors to Artworks on Main enjoy a tableau vivant (living picture) of Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa.”

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everything. We welcome musicians, too, and find ways to get them involved in the crawls whenever we can. What is on the horizon? Since we began the crawls last year, each merchant has b een r esponsible f or g etting t heir own artists for e ach crawl. One of the things we are working on is p utting a t heme a round e ach e vent. One o f t he crawls this spring will sho wcase children’s art and another might be geared toward a theme of music or style of art. We really are still learning. LNC Heather MacFadyen and her father, Roger Hicks, are co-owners of Artworks on Main, a gallery o ffering tr aditional to con temporary art, artist studios, art lessons and art supplies. For more information, visit www.artworksonmain.com.

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PLAN ON IT On the C orner of Ar t and M ain is a fr ee event held in do wntown Mooresville every second Friday of the month from 6 to 9 p.m. Look for more information in the Currently section on page 54.

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t is the symbolic end of those chilly winter months and the beginning of sunny days ahead — spring break. This muchanticipated vacation time has probably been on your radar for months. Most likely you’ve had a favorite vacation destination programmed into both your GPS and your over-stressed brain for a while.

serve. Dur ing sp ring b reak, i t’s g enerally best f or e veryone if t he tw o gr oups do n’t mingle. Will this year’s spring break be different, with budgets geared to necessities instead of f rills? N ot necess arily, s ays R uss Vara, owner o f M aestro Travel a t H untersville’s Rosedale S hopping C enter. “Overall, p eople are s aying, ‘Don’t mess wi th my vacation.’ ” Vara says that people might give up going t o t he mo vies a nd dinin g o ut, b ut

Despite the economy, families and students are still planning to get away

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For s ome, spring break is syno nymous with the beach. But beware of your choice of sandy surroundings, as t here are b each destinations for droves of college students and o thers f or fa milies. W hile o ne ca n mean s and cast les a nd su pervision, t he other b rings a va riety o f sho reline s cenes parents do n’t wa nt t heir li ttle o nes t o ob-

they’re not giving up on getting away. Because o f t he eco nomy, s ome p eople might no t b ook t heir vaca tions mo nths ahead, Vara explains. “People will be waiting to see last-minute deals,” he s ays, adding t hat he exp ects t o s ee g ood p rices o n cruises and land packages. “The ca talyst t hat w ould o pen t hings up is lo wer a irfare,” he s ays. “ Resorts a re

always a g ood val ue. It’s t he g etting t here that’s more expensive.” Chris and Marta Schlemmer booked their spring break getaway with Vara in January. The couple and their three sons, ages 16 to 22, are cruising the Caribbean in April for eight days. “I want them [our kids] to be able to go do the fun games and all the organized activities that they have or just lay at the pool and swim or

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ally a co nsideration. “ My h usband r etired from t he M arines j ust tw o y ears ag o s o w e were always kind of stationed near beaches,” explains Marta. “If you think about a fa mily vacation for five for a w eek, we would have probably spent this much at the beach. …It’s good for us b ecause this is p robably our last year where our family is all in tact.”

you know hang out. Hopefully, they’ll meet some new friends,” says Marta. “We’re planning on really not seeing them until dinner each night.” For the Schlemmers, the beach wasn’t re-

One advantage to living in t he Carolinas is t hat tra velers ca n dr ive, in stead o f fly, to cruise p orts, s ays Marie Mosley, dir ector o f Leisure Sales for Mann Travel and the former manager of the Lake Norman and Davidson Mann Travel offices. Mosley says that because the economy has b een soft, tour companies

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Disney parks, on their own or combined with cr uises, a re al ways a p opular vaca tion choice, a nd t he ne w A dventures b y Disne y program is a nother travel alternative geared to fa milies. M osley s ays t he pac kages do n’t include visits to Disney parks or cruises but instead p rovide es corted t ours all o ver t he world. “You’re not going to see Mickey Mouse or Donald Duck,” she says. Instead you might find yourself snorkeling at the Great Barrier Reef with your little ones.

Go exotic For students b ooking spring break tr ips, age r estrictions mig ht p lay a r ole in destinations. Travel exp erts s ay cr uise lines a nd resorts ha ve tig htened r ules a bout mino rs checking in wi thout guardians. Mosely s ays the rules vary depending on the companies but t hat restrictions me an more of a fa mily atmosphere. College students tend to do t heir own research and book their trips online instead of using travel agents. “The y definitely do a lot of research. They’re very computer savvy so that’s 21

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and cr uise lines a re offering good deals, especially through the first quarter of 2009. In a recent online poll of cruise travelers, onethird said they would save money by driving to t he c losest p ort f or depa rture in stead o f flying to a distant port. “The cr uise market is h uge for families,” Mosley s ays. Cr uises a re esp ecially p opular for m ultigenerational vaca tions wi th activities geared to everyone f rom children to grandparents.

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not surprising,” says Mosely. “They almost always do all of their airline tickets on their own.” Depending on their budgets, some college students a re c hoosing more ex otic lo cations. Instead of beaches on the East Coast, students are jaunting to the Caribbean. “If spring break is e arly enough, some go out w est f or skiin g vaca tions,” M osely s ays. “We’ve had people do Europe. We’ve had people do Hawaii so they are definitely looking at more exotic locations.” LNC

Judy Morganthall is a freelance writer who has lived in the Charlotte area for 22 years. She has been an editor and a reporter for daily, weekly and monthly publications and handled media relations for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and Presbyterian Healthcare. She and her husband, Fred, have two adult children and two dogs. They enjoy escaping to the North Carolina mountains to relax.

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Not every student is f ocused on beaches and parties for spring break. Alternate spring break tr ips g ive students oppor tunities t o spend their br eak volunteering. At Da vidson College, a team of students tra vels to Nicaragua for a r everse mission exper ience to understand Christian discipleship. “We f eel lik e w e as Chr istians in Nor th America have a lot to learn from our brothers and sisters in the faith who live in the developing world,” explains Rob Spach, Davidson College’s chaplain, who has gone eight out of the 10 years Davidson has participated in the trip. “What we seek t o do is t o go on a tr ip that’s really focused on understanding their context and their reality and how they express and live out their faith and then t o bring what w e’ve learned back to our home communities here, our communities of faith or our communities of friends.” Students worship in a var iety of cont exts during the tr ip, and they also do home sta ys with N icaraguan families. “One will be in an urban neighbor hood, k ind of N icaraguan middle class. …Then we’ll do the same thing again in a rural ar ea,” sa ys Spach, who has stayed in cinder block homes with no fur niture dur ing his jour neys. Students also accompany people who work with and among the poor of N icaragua. “We try to understand what k eeps them motivat ed,” sa ys Spach. “What kinds of challenges they face.” Co-sponsored by the Chaplain ’s Office of Davidson College and Davidson College Presbyterian Church, the trip begins taking applicants in the fall from a variety of students.

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servatory is five stories high at its center and houses 8,000 square feet of orchids and tropical plants. “Our g lass ho use co ntains p lants as t hey may exist in na ture, b ut est ablished in suc h away that is more artistic — that’s horticulture, horticulture is a n art,” s ays Jim Hoffman, director of marketing and guest services at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden. “Botany is the science of plants; we’ve combined the two in this facility.”

Orchids are not only found in tropical regions — t hey t hrive on e very continent except Antarctica. Even North C arolina has a variety (ep idendrum co nopseum) t hat li ves in t he st ate’s mo untainous r egion. An o rchid may be an epiphyte (grows on trees), a lithophyte (grows on rocks) or terrestrial; the flowers a re bala nced in f orm, a nd typ ically have a defining “li p” in t heir cen ter. They bloom in all colors except black. Some va rieties a ttract p ollinating in sects

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aniel S towe B otanical Ga rden has become t he g o-to destina tion f or local p lant lo vers a nd t hose w ho merely wish t o str oll a mong i ts magnificent sculpted ga rdens, f ountains a nd st atuary. Upon granting 380 acr es in 1989 t o establish the si te, D aniel J. S towe, a r etired t extile executive f rom B elmont, o riginally wa nted a n orchid and tropical plant conservatory for the property. As it turns out, the extensive outdoor gardens were cultivated first and his p lan for an orchid house was finally realized last year. Designed in a p ostmodern sty le wi th a gleaming symmetrical exterior and large white columns flanking the entryways, the glass con-

Areas t hroughout t he co nservatory a re themed, as p lant sp ecies t hat a ttract b utterflies grace t he Butterfly C ourt (butterflies are released in t he fall), a nd the Arch Colonnade consists o f f our gr eat a rches co vered wi th 14,000 talanzia plants — plants that thrive on air a nd have no need f or s oil. Succulent B ay is a display of arid species including cacti and succulents, w hich a re p lants ada pted t o dr y climate co nditions t hat r etain wa ter in t heir leaves, roots or stems. The C ascade Wall is a stone mo nolith f estooned wi th f ragrant o rchids, b uilt wi th 28 t ons o f N orth C arolina stone. Most of the orchids are displayed here, among a wa terfall t hat cas cades down into a reflecting pool.

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of air, water and humidity achieved via an advanced system of misting, venting and reverseosmosis wa ter filtration k eep t hese b lossoms flourishing. Says H offman, “ What y ou s ee a t t he conservatory is an artistic interpretation of nature.” LNC PLAN ON IT The Orchid Conservatory at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden 6500 South New Hope Road Belmont 704.825.4490 www.dsbg.org Open 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., seven days a week Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day Orchids bloom in all colors except black.

with a sweet scent, some mimic the form of a female insect and one particular variety shares a m utually b eneficial r elationship wi th a nts that feed on its nectar, and in r eturn will de-

fend the plant to the death. The co nservatory ca res f or t housands o f orchids in i ts production house and typically has at least 300 o n display. A delica te balance

Trent Pitts, a native North Carolinian, has been photographing and writing about the people and places of the Lake Norman area for several years.

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Dr. Ginger Southall talks with Woodson Gardner of Mooresville about a nutrition plan to help her prepare for the upcoming Mrs. North Carolina Pageant in June.

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r. Ginger Southall’s message is contagious, and people are catching the fervor to eat better, exercise more and live disease-free.

“Many illness es a re t otally p reventable a nd reversible,” says Southall, a chiropractor, certified fitness trainer and expert on nutrition. Arthritis? Diabetes? Cancer? The body can heal itself of any disease, if given the proper tools, she asserts. “It’s about he althy, s ound li ving a nd b elieving y ou can change your life. It’s never too late.” Southall is sharing her head-to-toe program for achieving better health in 30 days with people t hroughout t he a rea, w hether in co rporate boardrooms or race team garages. “Men don’t want to listen to me t alk about cutting out fast f ood and eating more raw vegetables,” Southall says. “But when I tell them ED (erectile d ysfunction) is j ust he art dis ease in a different location, they pay attention.”

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A New Balance For f our y ears, S outhall has b een a n instructor a t t he H ippocrates H ealth I nstitute in West Palm Beach, a holistic healing facility that draws people from all o ver the globe. “It used to be that people who had a terminal illness would come to Hippocrates as a last r esort,” says Southall, who travels back to Florida at le ast e very q uarter t o t each a t t he cen ter. “Now, people come there first. I’ve seen people come through with all the cancers, even brain cancer, and they are alive and well today.” One st udent o f S outhall’s a t t he center, K ris C arr, is t he a uthor o f “ Crazy S exy Cancer S urvivor” (S kirt, S eptember 2008).

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Southall contributed t he nutrition c hapter in the book. Southall s ays dis ease r eversal, a nd li ving healthier in general, is “just a matter of balancing y our b ody.” S he ci tes t hree co mponents of t he dis ease-reversal p rocess: det oxing t he mind (ridding yourself of thoughts that you’re going to die); eating a clean, natural diet (what she calls “ super nutrition”); and detoxing t he body. S outhall s ays p rocessed f oods a re o ut. Instead, she t alks a bout ra w f ruits a nd v egetables, nuts and seeds. Green juice fasts are a high priority, too. Exercising and sweating also rid the body of toxins. Making a drastic lif estyle c hange is ha rd for most p eople s o she enco urages c lients t o “baby-step” t heir way in t he r ight direction. “I teach ‘worst, better, best’ for each food category,” Southall says. “For example, the worst bread is your bleached white bread — it’s like glue in your intestines,” she s ays. “A b etter c hoice is w hole grain bread or an organic whole grain. The best, most nutritious, option is sprouted grain bread.” Southall moved to Charlotte two years ago 31

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From Death to Denali Summit Southall’s passio n f or he alth — f or lif e — stems from death. When she was 20 y ears old, her father was diagnosed with lung cancer. A na tive o f H ouston, Texas, w ho gr ew u p outside Richmond, Va., Southall was pursuing a degree in co mmunications at the State University of New York at Stonybrook when the course of her lif e took a sha rp turn. Given six t o nine months to live at the age of 48, her fa ther died three months later. “It wasn’t the cancer that killed him,” Southall says. “It was his mind. I watched my dad deteriorate so fast, e ven faster than modern medicine said he would.” She changed her ma jor to biology, but after

she graduated from SUNY-Stonybrook, Southall c hose t o t urn t oward al ternative medicine . She grad uated f rom N ew Y ork Chir opractic College four years later in 1996. Seeking a wa rmer c limate, she mo ved t o Florida and began devoting her lif e to exercise, nutrition and disease prevention. Her career as a he alth educator and consultant took o ff, and Southall worked as t he spa dir ector and chiropractor at The Trump Spa at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, as well as the director of nutritional wellness for The Cliffs Communities. She wrote numerous magazine articles, appeared on television and presented at conferences across the country. She won awards and became an avid adventure sport athlete. In 2002, Southall climbed to the top of Mount McKinley in Alaska.

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the mind and the body, as well as nutrition and health. “I’m working to un-brainwash people,” she says. “People blame age or genetics for their health problems — t hey think ED is j ust what happens w hen y ou r each a cer tain ag e. I t’s a THE SCOOP For information about Dr. Ginger Southall’s personal nutritionist services, 30-Day Change Your Life Detox Challenge or green juice recipes, e-mail her at drgingerskitchen@aol.com.

matter of blood flow; if y ou have clean blood, you’re not going to have to worry about erectile dysfunction, or having a heart attack or stroke. … It’s a big eye-opener for a lot of people.” LNC Lee McCracken is a Charlotte-area free-lance editor and writer who lives in Denver and grew up spending summers on Cayuga Lake in Upstate New York. Since moving to Charlotte in 1994, she has written on business, education, health care and real estate for various publications.

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to run a corporate wellness initiative for Bruton Smith at Lowe’s Motor Speedway and Sonic Automotive in an effort improve employees’ health and lo wer he alth-care costs. F or mo re t han a year, she co nducted p eriodic 30-D ay Cha nge Your Life Detox Challenges and talked with employees (attendance was ma ndatory) at lunchand-learn programs. “She had a v ery dra matic im pact o n s ome individuals’ lives, and those changes have stuck,” says Harry Harden, vice president of human resources at Sonic Automotive. “Sonic employees lost weight, had a better self-image and gained an improved mental outlook.” Glenda Howell, 51, lost a bout 9 p ounds, as well as inc hes. “The beauty was, t he weight loss really sho wed in m y face ,” she s ays. H owell’s blood pressure also went down, her skin b egan to look better, and she had more energy. “I’m still (green) juicing, drinking lemon and water in the morning and occasionally buying organic products, which I never did before.” Service dir ector G erald Dilla rd s ays, “ I’m finally giving my body the tools it needs, a nd it is rewarding me with the best health I’ve had in years. It took just a month’s time to convince myself that what I p ut in my mouth truly matters.” Dillard lost nearly 50 pounds, and his cholesterol dropped 70 points. Engaged t o N ational H ot Ro d A ssociation Top Fuel drag racer D oug Herbert, Southall is helping drivers improve their mental acuity. “I eat hot dogs a nd chips so I’m not the epitome of great eating,” Herbert says. “But Ginger has really helped me get into some better habits, and I have to say that there really are some choices that t aste g ood.” And t he ne ws is sp reading around the garage. Green juicing is o ne new aspect of Herbert’s life, a nd he s ays he dr inks gr een j uice lime ade (made with organic cucumbers, celery and other green vegetables) often as a substi tute for breakfast. “Last spring, I did a four-day green juice fast, and I lost 10 p ounds. It gives you lots of energy and makes you feel good.” He adds t hat e ating healthier, and not feeling as full and bloated after a meal, helps him feel sharper mentally. Southall, who says she’s currently working on a book, adds that she wants to help more people understand t he p owerful co nnection b etween

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Undercurrents | story by Jeremy Jarrell photo by Christine Walts

Head On Davidson Community Players takes the driver’s seat with Paula Vogel’s award-winning play

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ood theater should be a challenge, not for just the performers and director, but for the audience, too. With that in mind, Davidson Community Players performs Paula Vogel’s “How I Learned to Drive” this month. This Pulitzer Prize-winning play infuses laughter into a thought-provoking tale of an improper relationship between a young girl and her uncle.

Vogel’s p iece cen ters a round a n a ffair b etween L i’l Bit a nd her U ncle P eck o ver ma ny y ears, tracin g L i’l Bit’s ma turation f rom ag e 11 t o 18. Al though s erious in context, the play’s use of humor and engaging stage techniques det ers t he a udience f rom co ndemning t he relationship without thought, causing an examination of humanity and the relationship between Li’l Bit and Peck. This ma y s eem a stra nge c hoice f or L ake N orman audiences, b ut Cind y Rice , D CP’s ex ecutive dir ector, says performing this type of show allows the company to reach out to a ne w audience. “ Theatre must b e relevant to ne w generations or its audience will die o ut,” explains Rice. “ ‘How I Learned to Drive’ may not appeal to everyone, but we hope that this show will speak to a younger generation who may not be interested in seeing the shows their parents or grandparents enjoyed.” Director Mark Sutch says the show is a ne w American classic worthy of performance and that it is als o a fantastic challenge that is intended for mature audiences. “It is no t st andard co mmunity t heater fa re. This is a p rovocative p lay t hat dis cusses a sub ject matter t hat doesn’t get a lo t of attention in t heater, and it handles the material surprisingly deftly,” says Sutch, an assistant professor of theater at Davidson College. “What’s so brilliant is that it overcomes that initial impulse to condemn the relationship between Li’l Bit and her unc le by tempering the shock with wit, warmth and humanity. You come to care about these characters. It may be easy to judge this relationship on the surface as one between a victim and victimizer, but over the course of 90 minutes you learn that it is much more.” Sutch adds t hat t he tw o le ading ac tors, p layed wi th subtleness and skill by Huntersville resident Marla Brown (Li’l B it) a nd Cha rlotte-area t heater v eteran Tom S cott (Uncle Peck), represent stereotypes that might be evaluated differently t han t he a udience exp ects. Thre e other actors in t he play’s Greek Chorus, Christian L ove, Tory Macomson a nd Ama nda Rob erge, co mplete t he minimalist approach taken by Vogel, contributing additional character elements to the rural Maryland family setting. “This is a play that doesn’t push us away,” says Sutch. “It pulls us in.” LNC Marla Brown plays Li’l Bit in Davidson Community Players’ production of “How I Learned to Drive.” PLAN ON IT “How I Learned to Drive” runs March 19 – 29 at Armour Street Theatre in Davidson. For tickets, call 704.892.7918 or visit www.davidsoncommunityplayers.org. Look for more information in the Currently section on page 56.

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On Course | by Mike Savicki photos by Lee Rendleman

Westport’s signature fourth hole is a monster that requires distance, accuracy and patience.

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f you ask Gene Hall to describe Westport Golf Club in a word, he will tell you it is all about tradition. The pro shop manager and Westport community fixture has been around the grounds for more than 15 years and has seen the course through a roller coaster of ups and downs. He says the worst times came in 2003 when the former owners closed the course and locked the doors on the members, guests and residents of the Westport community. And the best, he believes, may be yet to come although he says, “the atmosphere here and the course conditions last season were just incredible.” 36

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The grinding stones at Westport Golf Club were moved from a gold mine smelter site once located near the ninth green.

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On Course |

Staying the Course Located o n t he w estern sho res o f L ake Norman, Westport G olf Cl ub is a n 18-ho le traditional course that has long been regarded as a “must play” in the area. Set between thick cedars, oaks, na tive p ines a nd o ther ha rdwoods, Westport offers a uniq ue golf layout that has c hanged very little since t he course opened in 1968. P rofessionals and amateurs alike praise t he design as o ne of t he b est in the Cha rlotte a rea. The pa r 72 co urse p lays 6,929 yards from the blue tees, 6,327 from the white, 5,766 f rom t he g old a nd 5,120 f rom the red. The course and slope rating is b lue 73.2/131, w hite 70.3/121, g old 69.1/114 a nd red 70.4/115. If you think scoring on a layout that hasn’t changed much in almost four decades is easy, Stan Overton suggests you think again. “This is a g olf co urse y ou r eally ca n’t g et eno ugh of,” exp lains O verton, superintendent of t he course. “ You ca n us e almost e very c lub in your bag t o p lay i t s o ma ny different ways. It ca n b e a p ower co urse o r a sho t mak er’s dream depending on your style. The holes are well established, and we have worked to bring it back to top condition.” Recent work brought the water hazard on the first hole back to its original state, and new TifEagle Bermuda greens, one of the premiere putting surfaces in the game today, have golfers celebrating their time on the greens. Signature Swings Westport’s most challenging hole is also its signature hole. The par four, 434 yard, fourth hole is a mo nster t hat requires dist ance, accuracy and patience. “When I ca me here in 2006, I was t old b y a f ew o f t he lo cals t hat

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Stan Overton, superintendent of Westport Golf Club, says it’s a course that “you really can’t get enough of.”

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The fairway at Westport Golf Club has seen generations of golfers.

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South Cha rlotte. H all s ays I nterstate 485 makes it easier for golfers from South Carolina to travel to Westport for a round, and many are coming back for more. “The play is picking up as the word gets out,” s ays H all. “ We a re w elcoming bac k some g olfers w ho ha ven’t p layed her e in years a nd a re makin g ne w f riends almost every da y. I t’s t he a ttention t o det ail her e that is starting to pay dividends.” LNC

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Heading for the Future Westport’s Golf Course lies on a portion of t he Burton farm, w hich was p urchased by Dwight and Louise Phillips on July 12, 1955. Four years later, when groundbreaking b egan o n L ake N orman, t he la nd b ecame mo re desira ble a nd t he W estport community established its roots. The front nine holes opened to public play on July 26, 1968, and the back nine opened one month later. Even t oday, t here a re t angible r eminders of Westport history spread around the course. The grinding stones in front of the Golf S hop w ere mo ved f rom a g old mine smelter si te o nce lo cated ne ar t he nin th green. And p eering down t he fourth fairway is lik e lo oking bac k into hist ory. The water hazard protecting the green was t he site of a gold mine in the mid 1800s. The p roperty has c hanged ha nds throughout t he y ears wi th t he most r ecent sale being completed in 2006 after the course closed in 2003. The father and son team o f T.G. a nd Tom D aniel p urchased the course and sur rounding lands t o help revive the tradition of golf and rebuild the sense of community in the Westport area. “When we reopened in 2006, most of the play was f rom t he lo cal D enver co mmunity,” says Hall. “Our membership jumped the first y ear b ecause s o ma ny W estport residents w ere ex cited f or us t o b e bac k.” He says not every new member played golf, “some jo ined j ust b ecause t hey wa nted t o welcome us back and help us grow.” New de velopment a round Westport is drawing t he a ttention o f f uture r esidents. “There are new homes going in on six and seven, a nd w e will e ventually add t o 15, 16 and 18,” explains O verton. Single-family, t own a nd patio ho mes a re b eing b uilt around t he ne w C ommunity Cl ub, a fitness, swim and tennis facility that will also offer function and meeting rooms when it is completed in mid-2009. Beginning t he t hird s eason under ne w ownership, Westport welcomes golfers and new v isitors f rom arou nd L ake N orman as w ell as f rom M ooresville, H ickory a nd

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Grap Gr apev ap vin ine e |

Mark Friszolowski,Childress Vineyards’ winemaker, prepares to taste his favorite libation.

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abernet Franc is a grape that lives in the shadows. If the wine world had a Rodney Dangerfield (“I don’t get no respect!”), this would be it. That’s a shame because Cabernet Franc is high on my list. And here’s the good part. Because it’s not an “in” wine, it doesn���t command prices bordering on ridiculous. A great wine and a great value. A second piece of good news; Cabernet Franc has found a home here in North Carolina. Several winegrowers have it in their portfolio. The one that tickles my palette is made by Childress Vineyards in Lexington. I’ll get back to that particular wine a li ttle later. First, let’s take a mo re general look at Cabernet Franc wines.

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Cool and Collected Cabernet Franc has a lig hter color and is less tannic than its big brother, Cabernet Sauvignon. It’s typically light to medium bodied. You get a dose of fruit flavors — cherries and berries. But the thing that grabs my attention and loyalty is the whiff of herbs, spices and a nice dash of leathery stuff. I had a g lass of Cabernet Franc from northeastern Italy at a wine dinner put on by Positano Osteria in Birkdale to celebrate its one-year anniversary. At first the wine tasted a little rough and rustic, but after a few minutes it opened up and softened out. It was a g orgeous wine t hat had a finish reminding me of nice, strong coffee. Simific. ply terrifi Cabern Cabernet Franc is used as a blending grape to create the great g wines of Bordeaux. It’s also used in the Borde deaux-st blends called Meritage that Bordeaux-style you find in C Califor California. It plays third fiddle behind raape, the ma in ggra pe, C abernet Sa uvignon, a nd t he ing gr second blendin blending grape, Merlot. Maybe that’s why it doesn’t get su such uch ggreat billing. That’s only fair beall amount a cause just a sma small is added to the mix for purposses and to help make the wines a aromatic purposes little less stern n than they would otherwise be. Herr s a little wine trivia. You may Here’ haav seen the movie, “Sideways.” have

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Moving On Up There is a subst antial difference between European Cabernet Franc wines and the ones produced domestically. This side o f the Atlantic we produce wines t hat st and nicel y o n t heir o wn. The other side’s wines are more to be drunk along with a me al. B ut, t hat’s a difference acr oss t he board between Old World wines and New World wines. It’s a good bet that the plate of pasta I had with m y wi ne a t th e P ositano O steria h elped change my perception of the wine’s character. I’m finding t hat C abernet F ranc is n udging its way up my preference list. I’m very drawn to our own North Carolina wine made by Childress Vineyards’ winemak er, M ark F riszolowski. I spent a pleasant couple of hours with him tasting his array of Cabernet Francs — from his rosé up to his treasured reserve wine. This is profoundly good wine t hat, in m y opinion, ranks with any Cabernet F ranc t hat I ’ve t asted. B ut do n’t j ust take my word for it. Mark’s 2005 vintage received a “Best of Appellation” acco lade f rom t he Appellation-America organization — quite a picky group. Treat yourself a nd tr y a b ottle o f t he r eserve wine , i t’s as deep, complex and aromatic as it gets. You’ll find loads of fruit; strawberry, fig and apricot. Its hint of cedar and spices sets it apart. The wine simply

leaps out and grabs you by the taste buds. I ga ve m yself a n assignmen t f or t he next week or so. I’m going to set up a blind tasting of several Cabernet Francs — Childress, of course, a Chinon, a C alifornia wine a nd a wine f rom Friuli. This will be a great excuse to share wine with friends. That’s not a h uge hurdle; our excuses for sharing wine are usually pretty weak, as they’re more like rationalizations. But, more importantly, it’ll b e a gr eat way to dig deep er into these Rodney Dangerfield wines. LNC

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In it, the main character, Miles, extols the virtue of Pinot Noir and he aps s corn on b oth Merlot and C abernet F ranc. G uess w ho g ets t he last laugh. L ate in t he mo vie, si tting desp ondently at a b urger joint, Miles inhales his p rized bottle of Cheval Blanc — a v ery expensive wine f rom Bordeaux. The inside joke is that Cheval Blanc is a blend of Cabernet Franc and Merlot, the grapes he’s spent the whole movie despising. So maybe Cabernet Franc is pretty cool after all. Speaking of cool, Cabernet Franc likes cooler climates. It is kin g in t he middle L oire a rea o f northern France, where it is used to make wines like Chinon, Bourgeuill and Saumur among others. It also stars in the Friuli area of Italy — a cool area near the Alps. One r eason that the Cabernet Franc grape itself doesn’t get that much press (excuse the pun) is t hat the main wines i t produces are sold by appellation. In other words, it’s the place where the wine is grown that gets main billing, not the grape.

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The Galley |

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ocated in the shadows of numerous eateries at Birkdale Village, Arnie’s Tavern doesn’t strive to be a neighborhood restaurant, yet it represents all that a classic neighborhood restaurant should be. Sure, Ar nie’s exists t o assuage t he appetites of du ffers — i t’s na med a fter Arnold Palmer, w ho designed t he B irkdale g olf course w here t he Huntersville t avern is located — but there are plenty of reasons why it’s a n a ppealing neig hborhood ha ngout. It doesn’t require dressing up; you can confidently bring family and f riends to e at here knowing t hey’ll en joy t he r elaxing a tmosphere a nd all-Amer ican fa re; a nd i t’s r easonably priced.

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Sandwiches and burgers are standard fare at Arnie’s Tavern.

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The Yum Update

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The folks who brought you 131 Main are at it again with Tenders Fresh Food. This time it’s all about chicken and a good pork loin sandwich The Food: The menu is just as simple as the r estaurant’s int erior, and that ’s a good thing . Choose fr om chick en t enders, a chicken sandwich (fried or grilled) or a por k loin sandwich (fr ied or g rilled). The fried route is well worth an ex tra pilates class. If you want fr ies with that, this is the place for you, as fr ies are hand-cut daily from whole potat oes. D essert cont enders include the Toffee Apple Dip (apple slices in pineapple juice with the af oreTenders’ fried chicken sandwich.

Let’s Eat For st arters, w e tr ied Ar nie’s Sa mpler, which in volves c hoosing t hree a ppetizers from a s election. W e w ent wi th jala peno poppers, potato skins and fried pickles. The hit among the trio was the dill pickle spears

mentioned toffee dip) and vanilla, chocolate or stra wberry shak es. Be sur e t o check out the Shake of the Day — Heath Bar is a favorite. The Scene: Tenders has a minimalist feel peppered with patr iotism. Everything from the g iant blue Ts embedded in the tile and the shin y silv er ser ving trays feature a dash of retro. The Crowd: You’ll find Porsches, Ford Escorts and Hummers in the par king lot,

Tenders’ famous pork loin sandwich.

which is almost always full. Families with little ones , business ex ecutives on their way home from work and couples trying to snag a fun dat e night have all discovered Tenders. The Wallet Factor: The K id’s M eal, complete with t wo chick en t enders, homemade sauce , choice of side and a beverage (think Yoo-hoos or juice boxes), is the most expensive item on the menu at $4. The Cool Touch: Tenders has a walkup window as w ell as a cur bside call-in and pick-up service. Why It’ll Work: There ar e no fr eezers in this place ( just lik e 131 M ain) so the f ood is fr esher than fr esh (ev en the sauces — chipotle BBQ , honey mustar d and cr eamy gar lic — ar e homemade). The management team isn’t trying to be everything to everybody with a detailed menu. Looks like their simple approach is a crowd pleaser. — LKT Chicken tenders with fries.

DIG IN Tenders Fresh Food 18341 Statesville Road, Cornelius (corner of Statesville Road & Westmoreland Road) 704.895.6017 www.tendersfreshfood.com

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5 REASONS TO GO 1. Warm atmosphere of a neighborhood gathering spot 2. House fries 3. Cuban Sandwich 4. View of 18th green from outside table 5. Chairs on wheels

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Arnie’s is most ly a s andwich and burger place, b ut t he men u r ecently r eceived a n update with the addition of heartier entrees such as gr illed c hicken, c hicken alf redo, hamburger steak and rib eye steak. Other favorites include the Cuban sandwich (thinly sliced pork loin, Swiss cheese and horseradish s auce o n gr illed s ourdough b read) a nd a six-o unce r ib e ye s andwich, w hile halfpound b urger s elections f eature t he C arolina, Cajun and other well-topped offerings. The in terior p rojects a co mfortable a tmosphere r eminiscent o f y our b est f riend’s home. The w elcoming en vironment emanates from dark green walls showing a smattering o f f ramed sp orts memo rabilia, da rk wood tables with curved-back green leather rolling c hairs a nd b ooths wi th t all bac krests a nd a w ell-worn w ood floor. A small full-service ba r atop a w hite-and-green tile floor also shares the space, while a few televisions are s cattered t hroughout. On wa rm days, grab a spot on the covered patio at the rear that overlooks the 18th green and watch golfers as they end their round.

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coated in a breading and fried until crunchy, golden brown. Eschewing our favorite standbys, for the main me al we honed in o n t he ne w entrée selection. M y h usband, w ho en joyed t he Buffalo S hrimp B asket, no ted t he j umbo butterflied shr imp lig htly coa ted wi th a mild b uffalo s auce s erved o n sk ewers w ere a nice al ternative t o t he usual gr ill fa re o n the menu. My chicken parmesan, while not exactly gr oundbreaking, was no netheless

The Check The check for four: $50.34, including tax but not tip. Prices: starters $2.95-$9.95; soups and salads, $3.95-$9.85; sandwiches and burgers $4.25-$8.95; entrees $7.95-$19.95; kid’s menu $4.25-$7.95

The patio at Arnie’s Tavern overlooks the 18th green.

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substantial with plenty of pasta covered in a pleasant sweet marinara sauce. Most selections come with a c hoice of a side dish. D on’t hesitate to order the house fries. The quarter-inch-thick sliced and fried potato rounds have a loyal following. The one thing missing from an otherwise enjoyable dinner o ut? N o sw eet endin g, as Arnie’s doesn’t serve dessert. LNC AT A GLANCE Arnie’s Tavern 16500 Birkdale Commons Parkway, Huntersville 704.895.8058 www.birkdale.com Hours: Sat-Thu 7 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Free-lance writer Cathy Swiney, a Huntersville resident, has spent several years covering the restaurant scene in the Lake Norman area.

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f your idea of lawn care is revving up the lawnmower every few weeks and aiming your garden hose over that brown patch, you might not be happy with how your yard looks. With that in mind we’ve turned to the pros to help you learn how to have a healthy lawn. Our exp erts ma nage m uch mo re t han the average neighborhood lawn. Their turf is t he a thletic fields a t D avidson C ollege. Here, I rvin B rawley, su perintendent o f grounds, and g roundskeepers Jeff Kolbenschlag and John Wilkinson share their tips to help you spruce up your outdoor space.

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Keep it clean Make sure your lawn is clean. Keep leaves, limbs, pieces of wood and any other debris off the lawn. Compost what you pick up. Sharpen your tools Maintain your lawnmower. It’s especially important to have the blade sharpened because if it’s dull, it shreds the grass and makes it easier for disease to move in. Do this at least once every season. This should be as routine as changing the oil, filters and spark plugs. Don’t stop short Cut grass the correct height, which is 3 1/2 to 4 inches high in the spring. A common mistake is cutting the grass too short. If it’s too short, you’re more likely to have weeds.

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Slow down for summer Mow the grass weekly in the spring and fall. If it’s six inches tall, cut off two inches. If it rains and you can’t

mow, the grass will suffer. In July and August, it’s okay to go 10 days between mowings because growth slows in the summertime. Get chemical Apply fertilizer in the springtime. Use fertilizer with pre-emergent herbicide from mid-March to mid April (before the seeds grow) to prevent crabgrass from growing. Don’t use fertilizer if you want to avoid chemical treatment. Lime aid Add lime. About 90 percent of lawns need lime for a neutral soil pH. Use the results of your soil sample to determine fertilizer and lime application. Weed it out Add post emergent to control weeds after they emerge. This will kill dandelions and clover. Do this in April to kill the weeds before they go to seed.

Recycle Don’t collect clippings in a bag. Return them to the lawn. It’s like free fertilizer going back on the lawn, and it makes the soil richer. Ten percent of the nitrogen requirement goes back into the soil. Seed in the fall Do not seed in the spring. The root system isn’t strong enough to make it through the summer. Seed in the fall when the temperatures are cooler. If you build a new house, use sod with an irrigation system if construction is completed in the spring. THE SCOOP For more information, visit www.turffiles. ncsu.edu. Click on Topics, then Turf Grass and Guides, then go to Carolina Lawns or Organic Lawn Care. * In Mecklenburg County, call Jim Monroe at 704.336.4006 and in Iredell County, call Donald Breedlove at 704.878.3155.

Judy Morganthall is a freelance writer who has lived in the Charlotte area for 22 years. She has been an editor and a reporter for daily, weekly and monthly publications and handled media relations for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and Presbyterian Healthcare. She and her husband, Fred, have two adult children and two dogs. They enjoy escaping to the North Carolina mountains to relax.

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Songs of the Season

George Winston brings spring and summer to town for a good cause

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For decades G eorge W inston a nd his music ha ve b een influenced b y t he s easons as wel l as to pography. This mo nth t he f olk pianist b rings his t ake o n sp ring a nd summer to Davidson, as he p lays a s olo concert at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church benefiting the church’s Habitat for Humanity House. The gig ca me about because of Winston’s relationship with Reverend David Buck, the church’s rector. “We played junior hig h basketball t ogether [in J ackson, M iss.],” sa ys Buck. “We’ve been in t ouch especially, since the mid-80s,” adds 60-year-old Winston, who lives in Santa Cruz. “We’ve been trying to get this to happen for two or three years so I’m real glad it worked out.” Winston says that he performs two different shows while touring, a summer show and a winter show. “I try to alternate each time I play someplace,” he explains. “This will be the summer show t his time, and it’ll have older tunes and newer tunes. It’ll have some of the folk piano, what I call the melodic folk piano sound. … Then it’ll have some stride piano, which is a n older jazz wa y of playing, influenced a lot by Fats Waller, and some New Orleans rhythm and blues piano.” Songs you might hear during the Davidson p erformance inc lude V ince G uaraldi’s “It was a S hort S ummer Cha rlie B rown,” “Fragrant Fields” f rom Winston’s “Summer” album a nd “ Rain” f rom his “ Winter in to Spring” recording.” Winston’s la test r ecording, “ Gulf C oast Blues & I mpressions — A H urricane Relief Benefit” came out in 2006, and he’s currently working o n a ne w alb um called “ Love Will Come — The Music of Vince Guaraldi, Vol. 2,” slated for release in September. “I’m just trying to keep moving ahead,” says Winston. “ Each place brings up something different in the music.”— LKT

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World Music for Kids (March 2-March 30) Learn to sing songs and play instruments from all over the world. Monday mornings 10-10:45 a.m. Ages 2-6. $7 drop in, $30 entire series. Huntersville Arts & Cultural Center. Registration encouraged. 704.766.2220, www.one-neighborhood.org.

George Winston (March 11) George Winston brings his rural folk piano style to town to benefit Habitat for Humanity. 7:30 p.m. $100 (fully tax deductible), please support Mooresville Soup Kitchen by bringing a can of non-perishable food to the concert. St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, Davidson. Proceeds benefit St. Alban’s Habitat for Humanity House,704.892.0173, www.saintalbans-davidson.org.

Arts and Culture for Kids (March 4-April 22) The Children’s Art Project facilitates an eight-week program that teaches art techniques from all seven continents to children ages two through six. Wednesday mornings 10-10:45 a.m. $7 drop-in, $50 entire series. Huntersville Arts & Cultural Center. Registration encouraged. 704.766.2220, www.one-neighborhood.org.

Kids Out Fun Day (March 27) While mom and dad go to work, kids in kindergarten through fifth grade can enjoy a day filled with adventure at Monkey Joe’s. 8 a.m-6 p.m., early drop off at 7:30 a.m. with an additional $7 fee per child. $25 Huntersville residents, $35 nonresidents. Monkey Joe’s. Register at least one week in advance through Huntersville Parks and Recreation Department, 704.766.2220, www.huntersville.org.

 Concerts

Ian Howell, Countertenor, with Tableau: Handel’s Inheritance (March 1) Countertenor Ian Howell and Tableau explore the music that inspired George Frideric Handel. Part of the Music at St. Alban’s, the concert includes pieces by Corelli, Keiser, Steffani and Mattheson plus Handel’s Italian cantatas. 3 p.m. $15, seniors and students $10, children under 10 free. St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, Davidson, 704.941.0650, www.saintalbans-davidson.org.

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“Bang On” — Percussion Section of the Western Piedmont Symphony (March 7) The percussion section of the Western Piedmont Symphony performs Rossini’s “Overture to La Gazza Ladra (The Thieving Magpie),” Kaminsky’s “Terra Terribilis” and Tchaikovsky’s “Symphony #5 in E minor, Op. 64.” 8 p.m. $20-$40. First Baptist Church, 339 2nd Ave., NW, Hickory, 828.324.8603, www.wpsymphony.org.

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Boating Safety Classes (March 21) With the summer season coming quickly upon us, it’s a good time to sharpen your boating safety skills with classes offered by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. BS & S Core Course, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Troutman Fire Department Main Street, Troutman; BS &S Core Course (ladies only), 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Lake Norman Fire Department, Mooresville. $45. 704.663.3333.

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Art of the Blacksmith (March 7-8) Nineteenth century blacksmiths demonstrate their skills on Historic Latta Plantation’s grounds as a colonial gunsmith also demonstrates. Regular hourly house tours will be available throughout the weekend. Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sun 1-4 p.m. Free with regular admission. Historic Latta Plantation, 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville, 704.875.2312, www.lattaplantation.org.

Davidson Farmer’s Market (March 7 and 21) Stock up on local food and produce as you socialize with your neighbors. 9-11 a.m. Free. In the parking lot on Jackson Street next to Town Hall in downtown Davidson, www.davidsonfarmersmarket.org. On the Corner of Art and Main (March 13) Downtown Mooresville shows its artistic side with its monthly ArtWalk. 6-9 p.m. Free. Downtown Mooresville, 704.664.2414, www.artworksonmain.com.

Downtown Statesville Art Crawl (March 13) More than 60 local and regional artists will be displayed in selected galleries, shops and businesses throughout down-

town. Maps are available. 5:30-9 p.m. Free. Downtown Statesville, 704.878.3436, info@downtownstatesvillenc.org.

Go Green! (March 14) Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with local environmental organizations, recycled arts and crafts, games and activities for kids, and lots of live bird shows. Noon-4 p.m. Free with regular admission. Carolina Raptor Center, 6000 Sample Road, Huntersville, 704.875.6521, www.carolinaraptorcenter.org.

Community Rummage Sale (March 21) One person’s junk is another person’s treasure. Look for furniture, kitchen items, clothing, books, children’s toys, bicycles and more. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Village Green, Davidson (sponsored by Davidson Parks and Recreation), 704.892.3349, www.d-recs.org.

A Show of Hands Artisan Fair (March 28) Artists, musicians and food vendors fill Moore Park for a day of fun. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Moore Park, corner of Main St. and Center Ave., Mooresville, 704.662.7154, www.fcfgframing.com. Civil War Reenactment (March 28-29) The North and South duke it out on Historic Latta Plantation’s grounds. Both Confederate and Federal camps are open for the public, and visitors can also shop with period sutlers and food vendors. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., one main battle each day at 2 p.m. $6 per person, children five and under are free (members not admitted free to this event). Historic Latta Plantation, 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville, 704.875.2312, www.lattaplantation.org.

 Galleries

Artworks on Main “Elemental Fire” by Wil Bosbyshell. Through March. 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. Christa Faut Gallery “Dreams and Abstractions” by Joana Wardell. Through March 17. Tue-Fri 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat 10 a.m.3 p.m. or by appointment. Jetton Village, 19818 North Cove Road, Suite E3, Cornelius, 704.892-5312, wwwchristafautgallery.com.

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Felicia van Bork. March 16-May 2. Opening reception and gallery talk on March, 20, time TBD. Mon-Thu 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Fri and Sat by appointment. 19725 Oak St., Cornelius, 704.892.7323, www.creativeartexchange.org.

Depot Fine Arts Gallery The Annual Youth Art Month Show sponsored by the Mooresville Artist Guild. Tue-Sat 10 a.m.4 p.m., Sun 1-4 p.m. 103 W. Center Ave., Mooresville, 704.663.6661, www.mooresvilleartistguild.com.

 Theatre

How I Learned to Drive (March 19-29) Paula Vogel’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play chronicles the tale of an improper relationship between a young girl and her uncle. Devastating, and surprisingly humorous in some instances, the play deals frankly with the subject of child sexual abuse. This show has mature themes and is not appropriate for

a young audience. Thu-Sat 8 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. $17, seniors (65 and above) and students $15. Armour Street Theatre, 307 Armour Street, Davidson, 704.892.7918, www.davidsoncommunityplayers.org.

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Creative Art Exchange, The Cornelius Arts Center Gallery The work of

Four Corners Framing and Gallery The work of A. J. Saltzgaber. Through March. Tue-Fri 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 112 S. Main St., Mooresville, 704.662.7154, www.fcfgframing.com.

Landmark Galleries The work of watercolorist ‘Cotton’ Ketchie. Mon-Sat 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 212 North Main Street, Mooresville, 704.664.4122, www.landmark-galleries.com.

Merrill-Jennings Galleries Original watercolors by Davidson artist, Virginia Quillen. These pieces were used as illustrations for the book/DVD combo, “Lake Reflections,” which depicts scenes of Lake Norman. Works by Addie James, Loren DiBenedetto, Susan Jennings and Betsey Hampton are also on exhibit. Mon-Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 463 S. Main St., Davidson, 704.895.1213, www.merrilljennings.com. So Alive Gallery Works in all mediums by local artists. Tue-Fri 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Sun noon-2 p.m. 108 S. Main St., Davidson, 704.892.0044. From l to r, Suzanne Lenz, Ryan Chiles and Mike Harkins rehearse for Davidson College’s production of “Company.”

Van Every/Smith Galleries, Katherine and Tom Belk Visual Arts Center Chris Johanson, a product of San Company (March 27 – April 4) Davidson College’s departments of music and theatre join forces to produce Stephen Sondheim’s classic musical about relationships and marriage. The show, which won Best Revival of a Musical at the Tony Awards in 2006, centers around the character Robert on his 35th birthday. Should he cling to bachelorhood or join his friends in marriage? Directed by Ann Marie

Costa with Jacquelyn Culpepper as the musical director, the cast of “Company” performs songs such “Another Hundred People,” The Ladies Who Lunch” and “Being Alive.” Contains adult language and content. Thu 7:30 p.m., Fri-Sat 8 p.m., Sun (March 29) 2 p.m. $15, seniors $11, faculty/staff $9, students $6. Duke Family Performance Hall, Davidson College, 704.894.2135, www.davidson.edu.

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Francisco’s underground art group known as the “Mission School,” creates a site-specific installation with recycled and found materials. Johanson will also create new works with the assistance of members from the Art Program at Charlotte’s Urban Ministry Center. March 13-April 15. Gallery talk by the artist on Thursday, March 12 at 7 p.m. Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat-Sun noon-4 p.m. Davidson College, 315 N. Main Street, Davidson, 704.894.2519, www.davidson.edu.

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Mom Power

by Lori K. Tate

Lake Norman Mommies Brings Moms Together

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f mother knows best, imagine the power of more than 1,200 moms. That’s the force behind www.lakenormanmommies. com, which celebrates its third anniversary this month. Founded in late February 2006, the site helps moms from Huntersville to Statesville make friends, form playgroups and exchange ideas on motherhood.

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“We really try to encourage people if y ou have a q uestion a bout mo therhood, hec k about anything in o ur area, we’ll just post it and someone out of 1,200 members is bound to ha ve a n a nswer f or y ou,” exp lains S onya Ashburn, a mo ther a nd o ne o f t he si te administrators for www.lakenormanmommies. com. “It may not be exactly what you need or whatever, but there’s someone who’s going to post about it.” The non-profit si te is a sp in-off of www. charlottemommies.com, founded by Heather Meininger and Heidi Wright in 2002. Thre e years later Meininger founded The Mommies Network, which now has 100 si tes across the country inc luding Cha rlotte a nd L ake N orman. This past January the network needed to raise mo ney f or a ne w s erver t o su pport i ts rapid gr owth. “ We im plemented t his f und-

raiser a t w ww.insiderpages.com, w hich is basically a b usiness r eview si te,” exp lains Ashburn. “You can go and review all kinds of businesses, and they will gi ve you anywhere between $.50 a nd $1.50 p er r eview. … The fundraiser was supposed to run from the 4th of January to the 25th with a goal of $10,000 A young mom cradles her little one during a playdate at Rolly Pollies in Mooresville.

A group from Lake Norman Mommies participates in the March of Dimes’ March for Babies in uptown Charlotte.

and by the 7th, we had ra ised over $11,000. Our mo mmies had wr itten o ver 10,000 r eviews.” Leslie M acGowan, a 33-y ear-old mo ther of tw o in H untersville, has us ed www.lakenormanmommies.com since i ts incep tion. “It is such a great resource, especially for new moms. When you’re tr ying to figure out the whole motherhood thing for the first time, it can be kind of scary,” says MacGowan. “This site was kind of a lifeline for me, a place where

you could find answers to all o f those questions, e ven at 11 o ’clock at nig ht. I’ve gotten advice o n b reastfeeding, finger f oods, p otty training, discipline, you name it.” Ashburn says the site offers all sorts of support groups, including ones for young moms, moms over 35, single moms and women who are tr ying t o co nceive. “ We wa nt p eople t o find friends and find people you share things in common with,” she says. “You’re bound to fit in somewhere.” LNC

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