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Contents |

10 The Main Channel What’s hip at Lake Norman


18 Captain’s Chair Don Harrow wants to lead Cornelius toward a new economic frontier

20 Live on Purpose


With thoughtful planning, you can fully enjoy the season

24 Rip Currents — Style

A fresh take on spring fashion

33 Around the Track


A new team, sponsor and manufacturer has Joey Logano ready to roll

34 Blair’s Bits

Kelly and Ken Minyard make maps close to home


39 Rip Currents — Philanthropy

Residents of the Lake Norman area try to help Sandy Hook heal

45 The Galley with

Lynn and Glenn

Carrburritos brings its Mexican mix to Davidson

50 Grapevine

Austria offers some of the best wines you’ve never heard of

54 Game On

Cory Wooten helps gymnasts reach new heights

60 Home Port

The Bromstead family created their own modern corner of the world in Davidson

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Margaret Edson shares her Wit with Lake Norman

72 Turning 50

Davidson College’s Lake Campus is still a hit


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At the Helm | Lori K. Tate

A Thing of Beauty

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


Lake Norman Currents | March 2013

s you can see by the cover, the March issue focuses on spring fashion. And anyone who knows me at all knows that I love fashion. Shoes, purses, dresses, jewelry — I love it all, and my filled-to-the-brim closet, as well as my bank balance, prove it. Fashion is all about expressing how you feel through beauty, color and style. You’ll see plenty of that in our spring fashion feature beginning on page 24. But I think the real beauty in this issue can be found on page 39 in Holly Becker’s piece. A mother of three, Becker wrote about how Lake Norman residents have helped (and continue to help) the folks of Newtown, Connecticut. I was sitting at my laptop after putting my twins down for a nap when the first headline regarding the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting came across my screen. It was so horrible that I didn’t want to believe it. As the day went on, I, as well as the rest of the world, sadly realized that a terrifying incident far beyond our imaginations had occurred. Twenty children were gunned down in their first-grade classrooms in addition to six adults —20 children and six adults who simply went to school and work that December day. Like every parent, I hugged my children tighter that night — and the night after that and the night after that… Though it was wonderful watching Graydon and Margot begin to understand and take pleasure in holiday festivities, a dark haze covered it all. I felt guilty enjoying my children opening presents or

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Water is not Lake Norman’s greatest asset

singing carols or wearing cute Christmas T-shirts when I knew 20 sets of parents in Connecticut were experiencing an unfathomable level of grief and loss. It’s human nature to want to help someone who is hurting, and that’s what the people of Lake Norman did and continue to do for the people of Newtown. Whether it’s by making snowflakes for town halls or giving a pack of crackers to a homeless person, citizens in our community continue to make the world a better place in honor of Sandy Hook’s innocent victims. As someone who has lived in this area for nearly 10 years (and who grew up not very far from here), I’m not at all surprised by the kindness and generosity of Lake Norman’s people. A couple of weeks ago my neighbor had a heart attack. In a matter of days our neighborhood organized meals for her family so she would have one less thing to worry about. The other day I saw two neighbors wheeling an elderly woman’s trashcan to the curb. Turns out they do this every week. And last month when I lost my precious grandmother, I was again touched by friends who took the time to write me a note or simply tell me how sorry they were for my loss. Everyone knows that Lake Norman is beautiful, but when they say that, they’re usually talking about the lake. I know how beautiful Lake Norman is, and it has nothing to do with water and everything to do with the extraordinary people who live here. Happy spring!

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

“Cotton” Ketchie’s painting of Tharpe’s Mill is on display through March 10 at the Blue Ridge Realists exhibit at the Hickory Museum of Art.

“Cotton” Ketchie Gets Real Lake Norman Currents | March 2013

The Mooresville artist takes pride in being named one of 10 Blue Ridge Realists

Forty-five years ago an artistic movement began in western North Carolina based on rural realism. The movement focused on man and his connection to the landscapes in the region. Mooresville’s “Cotton” Ketchie was one of the 10

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founders of this movement and was recently recognized as one of 10 Blue Ridge Realists in an exhibit of the same name at the Hickory Museum of Art. Other artists in the group include Bob Timberlake, Ward Nichols, Jack Greenfield, Phillip Philbeck, John Furches, Gary Freeman, Richard Oversmith, Scott Boyle and Frederick Craig Franz. Each artist has two originals on display through March 10. Ketchie submitted paintings of Tharpe’s Mill and the Newton Train Depot. “It’s quite an honor,” says Ketchie, who owns Landmark Galleries, Inc. in Downtown Mooresville. “I was flattered and humbled that I was chosen to be in this group.” The artists were selected based on their contributions to preserving the state’s landmarks through art by Jeff Church, a Gastonia resident who has collected art from the Blue Ridge Realists

since 1992. Church planned the exhibit and is responsible for bringing these artists together for the first time. Preserving landmarks through art, photography and writing has always been Ketchie’s passion. “These [landmarks] are the kinds of things that can’t be replaced,” he says. “People aren’t building barns and country stores anymore. The younger generation doesn’t seem to have the same affinity for it that the Blue Ridge Realists do. That’s why this is so important to me.” — Lori K. Tate, photography by “Cotton” Ketchie THE SCOOP Blue Ridge Realists is on display at the Hickory Museum of Art at 243 Third Avenue, NE, Hickory through March 10. For more information, visit

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What is the oldest article of clothing in your closet that you still wear today — with pride? Tell us why it’s never gone out of style in your eyes Elena Smith Levi’s. One child and a 9 years of owning a dog boarding facility, and they’re still going strong. I’m a jeans girl. My Levi’s are still hanging in there.

Shelly Campbell My blue Lee jean jacket that I bought at Hunt’s (Mast General Store now) in Boone my freshman year at ASU.

Holly Heidenwirth A tweed blazer I’ve had since high school. Never goes out of style — great with a pair of skinny jeans and boots. Michele Boucher-Hines I have a beautiful Alfani suit (skirt and blazer), which must be about 12 years old. It’s still stylish, fits and looks great. I don’t wear it often since I work from home now. Teresa Rankin O’Keeffe I have a wonderful pair of snow boots I bought in Michigan my junior year. They’re wedges, and they did come back in style. I have never stopped loving and wearing them.

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Jacqueline Murdock Habenicht I have a striped Banana Republic button-down I bought in the late ’80s or early ’90s. It goes with many shirts I have, is super soft and great for summer to put on when there is a chill in the air. My husband hates it, but I am keeping it Renee Loftin Clemmer A vintage Levi’s jean jacket! Had it almost 30 years! Joni Dunn I still have the suit I wore for my pictures my senior year of high school. It actually fits me again — YAY. Not that I plan to actually wear it... Alisia Bentz Bergsman I have a York Barbell T-shirt that dates back to the late ’80s. It would fit right in with the vintage tees sold in stores now, but it is much more durable. Mireille Seger I love my cream and cognac patent leather wingtips I bought about 24 years ago from a thrift store in Florida.They are probably from the ’30s originally, and I believe they’re men’s shoes. They go with everything! Angel McLelland Nicke I guess I would have to say my flair jeans. They are just so comfy. Those and my bell-bottoms — they are actually last year’s style, but I love them so.

Geri Gardner I have a fringed leather jacket my parents bought me when I was 12. Every now and then I take it out of the plastic and wear it. I turned 59 last month, so I’ve had that baby a while.

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Baked Chicken Caprese 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts 6 ounces each, preferred Italian breadcrumbs, approx 1/2 cup 2 beefsteak tomatoes, sliced 8 ounces fresh, Buffalo mozzarella, sliced into 8 slices (wire cheese cutters work well for this)  Fresh basil leaves Bucatini pasta (or pasta of your choice), prepared Marinara sauce (jar sauce is fine if unfamiliar with how to prepare fresh) Olive oil and butter Salt and pepper to taste Directions Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In lieu of pounding the chicken breasts with a mallet, I opt to butterfly them — slice lengthwise, almost completely through the breast, but not all the way. Place breadcrumbs in a flat dish, such as a pie plate and press the breasts into the breadcrumbs, on both sides. Sauté in olive oil and butter mixture just until browned, remove from heat. Coat an ovenproof 9-x-13-casserole dish with cooking spray. Place breasts in a flat layer, not touching one another. Top with two tomato slices and two slices of mozzarella. Drizzle lightly with olive oil, salt and pepper. Bake about 20 minutes or until cooked through. Remove from oven, let stand five minutes. Toss pasta with sauce, plate and then top with chicken. Place a fresh basil leaf on each and top with cracked pepper. Bon Appetit! About Cami Cami Ferguson has had a passion for cooking since she was a child. Her Italian grandmother taught her how to make meatballs, lasagna, stuffed artichokes and more, while her dad specialized in soul food. A personal chef in the Lake Norman area, Cami shares a delicious recipe with CURRENTS each month. For more information, visit www.cuisinebycami.


Lake Norman Currents | March 2013

Katherine Patterson Espinosa I have a navy blue suit that my mother paid $7 for in 1952. I haven’t worn it in a year or so since I retired. It has a union label, which back in the ’50s was very well made. It’s a tailored fit with covered buttons, and the skirt has a closed “kick pleat” in the front instead of the back. It’s been dry cleaned more times than I care to admit. We both had portraits done in it. I hope that my

daughter will have one done some day. The skirt is a little snug! I do wear the jacket with jeans sometimes and get lots of compliments on it. It’s pretty unique.

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Eileen Weis-McCaghren I have a pair of Levi’s 501s from 1984...and a brown tweed jacket that I still roll up the sleeves and pop the collar on!

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leather, sterling silver, and 14-karat goldfilled materials. She even uses abalone, as she has a friend in California who dives and searches for it for her. Needless to say, the Davidson resident is a jewelry designer. Her jewelry line is called Bermuda END.

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The name was derived from Duncan’s father, a deceased veteran who was based in Bermuda at one time, and her initials (Nicole is her middle name). This past October, the single mother of two started selling her designs at Bebe Gallini’s in Cornelius. She designs bracelets, earrings, hair accessories, necklaces and rings. Duncan lives in Boone during the summer and has been designing jewelry for the past 14 years. She says she finds inspiration by walking in nature, hiking and traveling. Her designs offer a rustic appeal with a subtle splash of glitz. “I believe in doing what you love to do, and the money will follow. I teach my boys that,” says Duncan, who has a degree in fashion design from Bauder College in Atlanta. “My jewelry reflects individuality.” — Lori K. Tate, photography by Glenn Roberson THE SCOOP

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Wine and Design offers a creative evening out Elizabeth Coleman retired from corporate America when she was 50. “For three years I did nothing,” she says. “I was bored out of my mind. I’m too Type A [for retirement].” To cure her boredom, Coleman began looking for a franchise. One visit to the Dilworth location of Wine and Design, and she knew what she wanted to do. “My girlfriends and I didn’t

want to leave,” recalls Coleman, who lives in Mooresville. “There was this great energy there.” Coleman quickly did her homework and opened a Wine and Design in Cornelius last month. Now customers can come in one of two studios and paint a pre-planned picture with their friends. Coleman provides the apron, paint and brushes, in addition to a 16 x 20 canvas,

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Elizabeth Coleman opened Wine and Design in Cornelius last month.

glasses, plates, forks and napkins for your evening of art. You bring the wine and the food, and the fun ensues. Studio A is where customers paint the picture of the day, while Studio B hosts private parties. A calendar of the paintings can be found on the Wine and Design website. You’ll find everything from hydrangeas to beach scenes to wine corks. On Valentine’s Day, Wine and Design offered a “Paint your date night — Picasso style.” For private parties you can pre-select which painting you’d like to pursue. Coleman also offers Design on Wheels, where she sets up painting supplies at local restaurants for customers. Reservations are required to participate. Art BUZZ Kids provides birthday parties, afterschool programs and summer camps. The studio’s Paint if Forward program pays a percentage to designated charities. For instance, your nonprofit could book a night at the studio, and Coleman would pay a percentage of the evening’s profits to your organization. “I’m not an artist; I’m a businessperson,” says Coleman, adding that she has local artists on staff to lead the events and answer questions about painting the pictures. She encourages her artists on staff to hang their work in the studio to provide inspiration to customers and to also help the artists market their work. “I want them [the artists] to be happy here,” she adds. Each painting event takes about two hours, but Coleman is quick to say that she doesn’t rush people out. “If people are having fun,” she says, “we want them to stay.” — Lori K. Tate, photography by Laurie Martin THE SCOOP Wine and Design 18059-7 West Catawba Avenue Cornelius

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Streetwise Music Productions helps musicians take their craft to the next level When Cornelius resident Karl Mokal was a teenage musician growing up in Boston, he remembers contacting local music instruction stores and asking owners to help find a way for him to play with a live band. Of course, he soon discovered that such opportunities didn’t exist, but the experience stayed with him. “I thought if I ever own a music store,” he recalls. “I would find a way to put kids in these rock bands.” In 2001, Mokal opened Streetwise Music Productions, which has three stores in Ballantyne, Wesley Chapel and Huntersville. The Huntersville location opened at the Shops at Eastfield in January. In addition to providing lessons on guitar, bass guitar, piano, drums and vocals, Streetwise provides opportunities for even the youngest musicians to pursue their artistic endeavors

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fter a decade in public affairs and economic development with both the Jacksonville and Charlotte Chambers of Commerce, followed by 15 years serving as vice president of government relations with Piedmont Natural Gas, you might think Don Harrow has done more than enough to justify some down time. But the appeal and challenge of helping the Town of Cornelius reshape its economic policy, better position itself for commercial growth, and potentially create jobs and new business opportunities for residents was enough to attract the longtime Davidson resident to cast off the lines and set sail on a new professional journey. As the new economic development consultant for the Town of Cornelius, Harrow shares his thoughts on how he hopes to help tip the scales toward business, grow the tax base and make the town a more appealing destination for commercial growth in both the short and long term.

As the new economic development consultant for the Town of Cornelius, Don Harrow hopes to help tip the scales toward business, grow the tax base and make the town a more appealing destination for commercial growth in both the short and long term.

What do you believe makes a town like Cornelius uniquely appealing to corporations and commercial development? Well, there are the popularly known factors like the lake, the quality of living, the proximity to both the city and the airport, and the access to the interstate, but what I

the science of growth

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see as more uniquely appealing relates to the diversity and economics of the people. There is the tremendously diverse availability of housing for different economic levels, and that appeals to a broad range of potential employers. Our very well educated population is a plus and, from a market perspective, Cornelius has the ability to support a wide variety of retail, too. 18

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Don Harrow wants to lead Cornelius toward a new economic frontier

Those who live in Cornelius often hear the town is 85 percent residential and only 15 percent commercial. Is that ratio really that important and what can we learn from it? In a general sense, ratios like this one matter, but where I think these numbers might be a bit misleading is that the very large number of

high-end properties on and around the lake in this town skews it a bit. For a town its size, Cornelius does have a reasonable commercial tax base, but it can do better.

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properties. Is it fair to say that the town is potentially better positioned to be a bedroom-type community as opposed to one with a larger commercial base? If you look at one of the mandates that came out of the town’s recently approved master plan, you’ll see a priority is establishing some sort of a waterfront commercial development. Historically, because that has not been a priority, you see the majority of waterfront land has been developed with a residential focus. By looking at it differently now, you are seeing discussions around commercial development along the water with public access for both residents and even tourists, and that may help us take better advantage of our most unique amenity. We have a great opportunity here. If you flip through the papers on a regular basis, you see scores of new business listings each month, yet there remain large numbers of office vacancies from one end of town to the other. What does this tell you? This is an example of how businesses progress through growth cycles, and it also shows how the economy is recovering. The increasing number of new business listings indicates that the economy is making a comeback, and that’s a good sign. The empty office spaces indicate that before the recession hit, there was an extensive period of building because suppliers saw that the demand for commercial space was trending upwards. In my opinion, especially if we can accurately catalog all the available spaces right now and trend it forward, as these new businesses grow and establish themselves, we will see the gap closing.

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of available, shovel-ready property for commercial use. In the short term, that needs to become a priority if we want to attract the types of corporations who are acting quickly and making decisions in defined timeframes. Over time, it also makes sense to improve the state of some of our existing areas, maybe turn some of the older properties over and redevelop others to make them more commercially appealing. It behooves the town to work with property owners and

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ick strawberries. Ride a pony. Have a picnic. Listen to live music outdoors. Make homemade lemonade. Plant flowers and vegetables. Sit on the front porch and read. Loiter at the local farmer’s market. Go fishing. Open the windows and let the fresh air in. Doesn’t that all sound divine? And, yet, how often do we take the time to just enjoy what a new season — like spring — has to offer us? For me, not nearly enough. Instead in the past, I would hear of some cool thing someone did and then scramble to try to

squeeze it in at the end of the season only to find myself coming up short. Once, someone mentioned picking strawberries and asparagus at Carrigan Farms in Mooresville, and something in my chest (that sounded distinctly like, “I want to!”) exploded. I proceeded to load my son into the car the very next morning and make my way up the back roads for our own berry-picking adventure. Turns out, the berries had all just been picked, and the asparagus was long gone. I drove home sad over missing the season’s best fruit

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Recall your favorite spring activities

and feeling too often that I come up short. No more, I thought. With that in mind, I started my own little system for being able to get the most out of the seasons. Now, Spring Awakening is my challenge to you to not miss the good things this season has to offer, especially in our area. To get started, grab some paper and a pen and consider these questions.

What are some of your memories from springs past? Try to recall experiences from when you were little all the way to last spring and make as comprehensive a list as you can. Many people in Davidson recall the opening day of McEver ball field or Town Day. I love taking a walking tour of Davidson College’s campus when the tulips are in full bloom (truth be told: the tulips were a primary selling

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point when I chose to attend Davidson as an undergrad). I also love working in the yard. I love the smell of fresh cut grass, the freshness of spring fruit, the first harvest in my backyard garden, the cacophony of the birds. Whatever you have loved doing or experiencing during any spring of your life, write it down and just enjoy the memories of those experiences.

Brainstorm for this spring Now, flooded with all of those happy thoughts, consider what you want out of this spring. Maybe you want at least one grilled meal a week or more time sitting on the front porch or back deck. Perhaps you want to beat the crowd for berry picking or skip rocks on a placid body of water. Maybe you want to check out a minor league baseball game in Kannapolis or a kid’s game in Cornelius. Write everything down that will fill your heart with happiness.

Make a plan Now that you know what you want to do, plan to make it happen. Look over your list and concretely think about how you can incorporate some of these activities into your life. Maybe you try to do one every week or dedicate one day a month to doing as many as you can. Whatever you decide, go ahead and get some of the research done. If you want to pick berries, look up the times and dates for picking at local farms. If you want to plant a garden, do some research about what your yard and your time can support.

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• Alexa cropped jeans by Tory Burch, $185 • Shoes by Sacha London, $139 • Leather studded bracelet, $36 • Small gold bracelet, $25 • Chunky gold bracelets, $30 each All from Monkee’s of Lake Norman, 624 Jetton Street, Davidson and 106-A South Main Street, Davidson,


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Sprint Cup winner at 19-years-old, and the youngest Cup Series Rookie of the Year, would be up for the challenge. Logano sees the change — and challenge — as a new beginning “Really, it’s a great opportunity for a fresh start,” says Logano, driver of the No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford Fusion. “I spent most of my professional life at Joe Gibbs Racing, so this feels like a whole new opportunity for me. Sometimes, you just need to get a fresh start at things, and that is how I am looking at joining Penske Racing. I take nothing away from my time spent at JGR, but I feel like joining an organization like Penske Racing will help me grow as a driver.” Logano sees promise in joining Penske’s stable of young drivers. “We are all young, but we all have a lot of experience. We are all great drivers in our own rights. Obviously, Brad [Keselowski] is the defending Cup champion. He is on top right now. Sam [Hornish, Jr.] is a former Indy 500 winner and is getting better and better in stock cars every single race. And

And when he’s not racing? “If I’m around here, I’m either at the Extreme Ice Center in Indian Trail, at Red Rocks in Birkdale or working on my gokart out at Mooresville Motorplex,” Logano says. “I do have a boat, and I try to get out on the lake, but again, with our racing schedule, it’s pretty hard to get out there very much. When I do go, I grab my friends and just cruise around and have fun or sometimes do the wakeboarding thing.” LNC Freelance writer Mike Savicki has lived and worked in the Lake Norman area for 15 years, frequently covering the racing scene.

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In four full seasons, Joey Logano has already collected two race victories, five poles, 16 top-five and 41 top-10 finishes in 147 Sprint Cup starts to move to Penske Racing from Joe Gibbs Racing.

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A new team, sponsor and manufacturer has Joey Logano ready to roll

Ryan [Blaney] has only run a few races in Nationwide and Trucks, and he’s already got a win and is a regular front-runner. I feel like I’ve got a lot to live up to.” The Middletown, Connecticut native, whose racing dates back to age 6 when he competed in Quarter Midgets throughout the Northeast, keeps racing at the center of his day. He admits to spending the majority of his time at either his own or the Penske race shops when he is not on the road but believes the area around his Huntersville home offers a host of off-track activities. “Don’t get me wrong, I love Connecticut and the people in the Northeast, but I love the Lake Norman and Huntersville area. This is about as opposite of Middletown that you can get. And I love it here,” he says. “I mean down here, you are close to all of the racing action, but you are also close to the city, and you are close to the lake. It’s like the perfect location.”

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elly and Ken Minyard never thought life would turn out like this. They were making a living through their photography work and selling custom granite countertops around the Charlotte region. They never thought that one day their creativity could end up hanging on the walls of some of the most prestigious homes and exclusive restaurants around Lake Norman. Two years ago life changed. Nothing fancy Kelly and Ken started a new business, branching out from the photography and granite work. They tried selling golf and sports displays and bought a laser-engraving machine to leave their company’s information on the back — nothing fancy. But then a friend suggested using the laser engraver to do more and make maps of the Lake Norman area. “He saw someone selling wooden maps of

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lakes at a boat show, and he said they sold out immediately,” recalls Ken. He and his wife fired up their own laser engraving machine and Personal Handcrafted Displays or The Doctors of Displays, as it is also known, was born. The couple started making detailed maps of Lake Norman out of wood and products that are all American made and usually local. Initially, the process to make the map design took days. “The most time-consuming part of making a new map is creating a graphic to name all the roads and detail them,” explains Kelly. “That can take days.” At their shop in Troutman, they sand down the wood, apply several clear coats, frame the piece of wood and then laser engrave the map. Now, 34

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The Making of a

Map Kelly and Ken Minyard make art close to home

At their shop in Troutman, the Minyards sand down the wood, apply several clear coats, frame the piece of wood and then laser engrave maps of various bodies of water.

they have the process down to a few hours for the Lake Norman maps. Personal Handcrafted Displays is the only company that makes these maps locally. Branching out In the two years the Minyards have been doing the maps, demand for them has grown and they have branched out their woodwork-

ing art to include other bodies of water, not just Lake Norman. “I’m surprised how much this has taken off,” says Ken. “When I see it [a map] in a restaurant or a home, it’s indescribable. That’s my artwork, and someone appreciated it enough to put it on their wall.” By far, their best seller is the Lake Norman Continued on page 36

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map with hundreds sold each year across the country. “Usually, our customers are people who live on the lake or people who have visited Lake Norman,” says Kelly. Some of those people include NASCAR notables who have bought the map for their homes. Their biggest map is 4-by-8 feet and goes for thousands of dollars, but their more popular maps are smaller and cost a couple hundred dollars.

“It’s not work to me, it’s fun,” says Ken, who spends many late nights at the shop finishing maps for customers. “We’ve got something people love.” In their showroom right off Exit 42 in Troutman, Kelly and Ken show their works of art that include more than a shrine of Lake Norman maps and memorabilia. “Everyone loves Lake Norman, and its just part of our life,” says Kelly. “We love the history of Lake Norman, and it shows in our showroom.”

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Their work has now branched out beyond maps of the lake to include custom rocking chairs and unique, detailed wooden puzzles made of pictures that come from customers. “People bring us ideas. When we do a custom piece, that’s our favorite thing,” says Ken. “That’s our reward to see their smile.” Even though Kelly and Ken are looking to expand the business and get more laserengraving machines to help make more maps at once, it’s no longer just about the bottom line. “This is truly rewarding,” says Ken. “Being an artist, it’s so hard to find something that can be this rewarding. It’s a real treasure.” And they’re doing it by leaving their own mark on Lake Norman in a way they never expected. LNC

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Heartfelt Letters More than 100 handwritten notes from Mt. Zion United Methodist Church in Cornelius made their way to Newtown, Connecticut in January. The Don Bridger Sunday School Class spearheaded the letter writing initiative. Sunday School Teacher Ann Dutton, a retired schoolteacher, says the class wanted to reach out to grieving families. “You put yourself in their place. How in the world would you get through a loss like this?” asks Ann. “It’s with God’s love and the support of others.” The letters of encouragement were sent to a Methodist church in Newtown for distribution to the victim’s families. Random Acts of Kindness When Jennie Pauling placed a Panera Bread gift 39

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Personal Ties to Newtown For Justin and Megan Matz, the Sandy Hook tragedy is personal. The Denver couple grew up in neighboring Danbury, Connecticut and is friends with the Previdi family, who lost their 6-year-old daughter, Caroline. Megan was pregnant with twins in December and could not attend the funeral, but Justin, who wore a pink tie, Caroline’s favorite color, traveled to Newtown to support his friends. He delivered letters and drawings from a kindergarten class to the family. “I’m sure they were overwhelmed with cards, visitors and their grief, but hopefully one day, they will come across the cards and realize people across the country were and are still thinking of them, and their hearts are breaking,” says Megan, who gave birth to twin girls, Gabrielle Scott and Gracie Caroline, in January. Gracie Caroline is named after Caroline Previdi.

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t’s been nearly three months since a gunman opened fire at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, killing 26 people, including 20 children. The savage attack on the most innocent of society sent the nation into mourning. Lake Norman residents, like many people around the world, have reached out to the victims’ families to offer encouragement, hope and healing. These are just some of their stories.

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card on a stranger’s car, she commemorated a life through 26 Acts of Kindness. The idea, started by a tweet from Broadcaster Ann Curry, encouraged people to perform one act of generosity for each of the Sandy Hook victims. “I believe this tragedy hit home because it was so random, so unnecessary, so tragic. Not that any death is easy to stomach — it’s not — but you put your own children in the place of the Sandy Hook children,” says Pauling. “You put yourself in the place of those parents.” Pauling’s 26 acts have included such things as donating frequent flyer miles to the Make-A-Wish Foundation and donating clothes to Goodwill. She has also bought a stranger’s lunch and made bags (consisting of $5, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, toothbrush, toothpaste, some candy and granola bars) to give out to homeless people.

Jewels of Encouragement Jamie Ferguson used her talent to bring hope to Sandy Hook families. The mother of two boys, Ferguson repurposes broken jewelry pieces into new, wearable jewelry. She created a jewelry piece

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Snowflakes of Remembrance The Sandy Hook PTO asked communities to make and display snowflakes as a sign of solidarity for victims. These one-of-a-kind snowflakes, many made by local school children, have blanketed Lake Norman from the Huntersville Town Hall to the CVS storefront windows in downtown Davidson. Lake Norman Mommies, a support network for local mothers, sent its snowflakes to Levine Children’s Hospital. Some were displayed in the hospital, and others were given to pediatric patients.

for each victim’s family, attaching scriptures to provide encouragement. “The idea was a combination of a desire to let the victims’ families know that their grief and hurt were felt by others whom did not know them personally, but know the anguish of losing a loved one, and also a longing to help keep their memory alive,” says Ferguson. The Huntersville resident adds that it was also important to make each piece a unique creation. "They [the children] had their own little sense of individuality,” she says, “and hold a special place for the parents that loved them.” LNC

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Right: The Sandy Hook PTO asked communities to make and display snowflakes as a sign of solidarity for victims. These one-of-a-kind snowflakes, many made by local school children, blanketed Huntersville Town Hall. Below: Jamie Ferguson of Huntersville sent hand-made jewelry attached with scripture to the victim's families.

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All in the family The Fairbanks have owned restaurants for decades, starting with a café in California. After moving to North Carolina, they opened Carrburritos in 1997 to introduce the California-influenced food they missed. The restaurant has consistently won awards and accolades. The Surratts have lived in the Lake Norman area for about two decades. Edie co-founded Davidson Farmer’s Market and works in development at Davidson classical public radio station WDAV, while Doug owns a healthcare management consulting firm in downtown Davidson. As local residents who are deeply connected to the community, the Surratts had long heard the interests of area residents in this type restaurant. Following a search

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Above: Edie Surratt (right) owns Carrburritos with her husband, Doug (left); sister Gail Fairbanks; and Gail’s husband, Bill. The Surratts’ daughters, Marybeth, 17, and Caroline, 13, also help. Left: Carrburritos offers burritos, tacos, tostadas and quesadillas that are stuffed with choices of grilled chicken, roasted and hand-pulled pork, beef, fish, and fresh vegetables, accompanied by a selection of six fresh salsas and side dishes.

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Carrburritos brings its Mexican mix to Davidson


arrburritos has brought its winning ways from Carrboro to Davidson, with the opening of the vibrant Mexican taqueria on South Main Street. “We want to offer an alternative, by the type of food we offer, as well as the environment in which it is served,” says Edie Surratt, who owns the restaurant with her husband, Doug; sister Gail Fairbanks; and Gail’s husband, Bill. The Surratts’ daughters, Marybeth, 17, and Caroline, 13, also help.

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for just the right spot, they found a location beside Wooden Stone Gallery. “We saw a void here in town as far as restaurant choices, and we felt like this was going to be a good opportunity for the town,” Doug explains. Carrburritos offers burritos, tacos, tostadas and quesadillas that are stuffed with choices of grilled chicken, roasted and hand-pulled pork, beef, fish, and fresh vegetables, accompanied by a selection

of six fresh salsas and side dishes. Things are lookin’ fine When possible, Carrburritos will incorporate ingredients that are produced locally. Gail created the recipes for both restaurants, in consultation with a friend who lived in Mexico. Mexican beers and sodas complement the meals, as does the inventive margarita menu with its Wildcat, El Diablo, Hipster,

When possible, Carrburritos will incorporate ingredients that are produced locally.

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Flaming Orange, Mojito Rita, Davidson “RED” Cactus, Blackberry Lime, Fresco, Fairbanks and Million Dollar Rita. When hiring staff, they have looked for people who learn quickly, show personality and who engage with guests. “We want everyone to be an individual and express themselves,” Doug says. The team has been adapting the processes from the original restaurant to accommodate the larger Lake Norman spot. In one change, they now have runners bring food to diners, instead of the line cooks delivering the food as it's done in Carrboro, to shorten the wait for guests. In addition, the restaurant offers an inviting, warm space. Vivid red booths, mirror frames and walls add visual warmth to the dining and bar spaces. The green and brown tones of the painted floors and the bright floral tablecloths balance the palette. Gail created all the art, which reflects the Mexican theme and echoes the look of the original Carrburritos. Quirky touches enliven the space, such as the “YOU LOOK FINE” message painted on the mirror in the women’s restroom and a bartender’s sign that 46

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reads, “Beware of Attack Bartender.” A bar in Austin inspired the Carrburritos’ bar with its steel top, and timbers from the previous occupant that support shelves can be found as accents throughout the restaurant. The couches and chairs nestled in the bar give it a coffee shop vibe, and the Surratts are exploring adding coffee to their beverage options. Guests can settle in and use Wi-Fi or play the Bimini ring toss Doug built. The restaurant seats 90 guests

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Fresh vegetables are a house staple.

inside, including 20 in the bar area. The owners plan to add plants and awnings or umbrellas to the patio as the weather permits. The vision extends beyond the restaurant itself. Carrburritos has signed on as a sponsor of the Davidson Farmer’s Market in the coming season and will be involved in local events. “We want to be a community gathering place, a comfortable place to eat and drink well while visiting with friends and neighbors,” Edie says. “We are focused on serving our community in ways that reach beyond just a positive restaurant experience. We intend to support the town, just as it has supported us.” LNC

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love it when I come across a new wine gem — a great wine that’s a great value. That’s what I found with red wines from Austria. It’s almost impossible to talk about Austrian wine without putting it in the context of a huge scandal that happened back in 1985. To meet volume commitments they had made to their distributors, a group of Austrian geniuses decided to doctor their product to make it taste more like a late harvest wine. They added something to emulate the sweetness and texture that comes along with that kind of wine — they added a batch of diethelyne glycol, an ingredient found in antifreeze. The scheme was quickly uncovered. Some people paid heavy fines, some people went to jail, but what really came in for punishment was the entire Austrian wine industry. Whole batches of wine, tainted or not, were destroyed, and wine exports dropped to essentially zero. A disaster for sure, but, goody for us, a phoenix rose out of these ashes.

A quality act Austrian winemakers did two things. They focused heavily on wine quality, and they put an emphasis on dry rather than sweeter wines. And, of course, basic economics came into play, and Austrian wines commanded much lower prices. The ripples from this quarter-century old “big bang” have pretty well faded out today, but Austrian wines remain a great value. They’re a terrific way to go exploring, expand your palate and make your taste buds happy. Today, Austrian wine quality is tightly controlled. Wines undergo two rigorous inspections. First, there’s a chemical analysis, and then there’s a state-controlled tasting commission. The reward for passing these tests is that the wines get to carry a red and white capsule on the top of the bottle (red and white are the colors on the nation’s flag). Apart from an indication of Lake Norman Currents | March 2013


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Blaufränkisch is a late-ripening grape, which allows grapes to develop more depth and tannins.

Austrian winemakers did two things. They focused heavily on wine quality, and they put an emphasis on dry rather than sweeter wines.

quality, the capsule is a simple way to recognize an Austrian wine. Seeing red The bulk of Austrian production is white wine, but it really pays to search out the red guys. There’s a couple that are not too difficult to find, and they have a distinctive character that is purely Austrian. Since almost threequarters of Austria’s total wine production is consumed domestically, not a great deal of red wine finds its way to our shores. But don’t let that put you off, as they are more than worth a little effort. These wines definitely fall into the category of “some of the best red wines you’ve never heard of.” If your wine merchant doesn’t have any sitting on the shelf, there’s no doubt that he or she could order you some with no trouble at all. In fact, when I asked my local wine merchant about Austrian reds, I walked out of the store with two very nice wines under my arm. By far your best bet is a wine called Zweigelt (TSVAYE-gelt). These wines have been compared to spicy Pinot Noirs and to Côtes-duRhônes from France. Nice company to be in but, really, they’re not like anything. They are wines that have their own, unique character. The first thing you notice is the color. It’s a deep, almost inky purple. You expect an intense, powerful wine, but you’re in for a surprise — a pleasant one. Zweigelt wines are rich and smooth; they have soft and subtle tannins. There’s lots of fruit — ripe cherries, raspberries and other red fruit. And then, of course, there’s that spicy, peppery side. Add to all that a pleasant floral element and you’re in for a very enjoyable wine. There’s enough oomph in the wine to take on a meat dish, but I like to pair it with grilled fish or poultry. Zweigelts are excellent for warm weather drinking. They’re really pleasant if they’ve been slightly chilled. The second Austrian grape sows a little confusion. Blaufränkisch (Bloue-FRANN-keesh) vines have been exported from Austria to many parts of the world including Germany and the United States. In those two countries the grape Continued on page 53

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Each Sunday evening my wife, Mary Ellen, and I get together with a group of friends at our local tavern for conversation and sipping. I recently brought along a couple of these wines to share with the group. The first reaction was surprise; they thought that Austria produced only white wines. Then came the tasting, and our table became very quiet. This was truly a “wow moment.” The group was surprised for a sec-

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.

Austrian wines are easily recognized by their distinctive red and white capsule top. Continued from page 50

goes by the name of Lemberger. Washington State has significant plantings in the Yakima Valley. In contrast to Zweigelt, Blaufränkisch is a late-ripening grape. Late ripening allows grapes to develop more depth and tannins. This is a much deeper wine than Zweigelt. The fruit flavors are much darker, and the tannins are more pronounced. Younger wines are extremely fruity but mellow out with age, becoming velvety, supple and complex. This would be a great wine to sip along with a grilled pork chop or maybe a pasta dish with a marinara sauce.

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Realizing there were few gyms between Charlotte, Concord and Statesville that specialized in training boys, Cory Wooten rented a 6,000-square-foot building near the northwest corner of Downtown Mooresville and opened Flying High Academy of Mooresville, a private gymnastics training facility for both recreational and competitive boys and girls from across the region.


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hen Cory Wooten was a 15-yearold high school gymnast, he told his coach and gym owner that someday he wanted to own a gym like hers. Recognizing his talents extended beyond the mat, rings, horse, vault, parallel and high bars, she taught him the basics of operating a successful program and offered him his first coaching job. He then told the owner of his second and third subsequent gyms the same thing, and they, too, put him in leadership positions. In September 2010, with almost two decades in the sport, Wooten made his dream of ownership a reality. Realizing there were few gyms between Charlotte, Concord and Statesville that specialized in training boys, he rented a 6,000-square-foot building near the northwest corner of Downtown Mooresville and opened Flying High Academy of Mooresville, a private gymnastics training facility for both recreational and competitive boys and girls from across the region.

“A gym like ours was needed, and when you give kids opportunities to try it out, results usually follow.”

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Cory Wooten, left, stands with some of his most prominent gymnasts.

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coach and helped teach me everything about gymnastics. I’ve learned so much already in 10 years and hope to teach some of the younger kids what Cory taught me.” Henley is the 2012 North Carolina Men’s Gymnast of the Year and hopes to attend Temple University and compete at the NCAA level beginning this fall. Malik De Pasquale, 17, first began competing at age 10 and relocated to North Carolina from Nevada in 2012 to advance his gymnastics under Wooten while also networking college opportuContinued on page 57


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with it immediately. For others, it starts with a recreational experience and getting to try everyThe right fit thing before they learn and start to have fun.” Thirty-five gymnasts joined him that first Patrick Henley, 18, is one of Wooten’s most year. “I knew events like the Olympics always help create a boost for the sport, and I knew from accomplished students who has grown with the sport. When Henley was 8 years old, he experience that most kids first experience gymnastics in a gym like this,” Wooten, 35, explains as says his parents introduced him to recreational gymnastics when they realized he had already he flips the lights on and prepares for his first of numerous afternoon and evening classes. “A gym taught himself a handful of skills while flipping around the house with an abundance of energy. like ours was needed, and when you give kids “They surprised me by taking me to a opportunities to try it out, results usually follow.” gymnastics class, and that’s when I met Cory He continues, “For some, the signs are there and realized gymnastics was for me,” Henley from an early age that gymnastics is the right remembers. “He was my first competitive sport, and those athletes usually fall in love

Wooten enjoys watching kids of all abilities learn new skills.

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nities. The home-schooled senior’s introduction to the sport followed a similar path as Henley’s. “I’m a real dare devil and love to be in the air,” De Pasquale says with a smile. “My Mom recognized this when I was young and took me to gymnastics because she wanted me to learn in a safe environment. “Cory is a great coach, and he is really helping me make progress,” he continues. “With this being a big year for me, Cory is helping me manage and channel my energy towards my goals of regionals and then, hopefully, nationals.”



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On March 9-10, Flying High Academy of Mooresville will welcome nearly 300 gymnasts from across the state for the 2013 North Carolina Men’s Gymnastics State Championships. Competitions in six events — still rings, floor exercises, pommel horse, vault, parallel and high bars — will occur at the Talbert Recreation Center, which is owned by the Town of Mooresville. Top athletes will qualify for the state team, which will then compete at regionals. Visit or contact Cory Wooten at 704.235.0539 for event information.

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Fun and fitness Wooten says the rewards of owning a gym and coaching not only competitive athletes like Henley and De Pasquale but also his recreational gymnasts, as well, go far beyond the medals and trophies his athletes earn. “Just seeing the progress of the kids learning new skills is the real deal for me,” he says. “As rewarding as it is working with the team athletes who do the big skills, I think seeing the faces of the recreational gymnasts when they learn a new skill, even as simple as a cartwheel or a handstand, puts a smile on my face.” And what a gymnast takes away from the sport also has merit for Wooten. “You hear the stories of competitive-level kids quitting the sport and hating it because coaches pushed them too hard, and it stopped being fun,” Wooten says. “Sure, especially at the competitive level, they are going to learn things like time management, strength, fitness and agility, but what I also want them to leave with, no matter how far they progress, are fond memories of the good times they had here.” Now, three years after Wooten first opened the doors, Flying High bustles each week with more than 200 recreational and competitive boys and girls who train and compete at US Gymnastics Levels 4-10 under the supervision and guidance of a staff of eight. His is still the only gym between Charlotte and Statesville that specializes in men’s gymnastics, and as he looks toward the future, Wooten hopes to move to a larger facility, expand his gymnastics programs for both

boys and girls and, someday, broaden his scope of services to better include sports like cheerleading, as well as after-school and other multi-sport opportunities like swimming. “I have been happy with how we have grown and love seeing the energy in here when the kids arrive,” Wooten says. “I have always wanted my kids to experience and appreciate sports and being active, and no matter where they go with it, I want them to have as much fun in here as they can.” LNC

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Above: Clockwise from left, Brad, Anne, Carly and Finn Bromstead with Finn's pet rabbit, Gareth. Right: The Bromsteads' Davidson home features sliding glass doors that run the length of the living area, offering views that can fool visitors into thinking they’re in the middle of a Scandinavian forest.


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hese days you’ll find Margaret Edson teaching sixth grade social studies in Atlanta. But back in 1991, she was focused on a different task — writing Wit, a play that focuses on Poetry Professor Vivian Bearing as she undergoes experimental treatment for ovarian cancer. “I just felt like writing it [Wit],” says Edson. “There was no way to think it would ever be produced, which made me very free in the writing to write it just the way I imagined it. Not just the way I thought someone would like. I was just writing it for myself.” Edson, who had never written a play prior, says that she wrote Wit in stages, as she thought about writing it for a couple of years before beginning the process. Once it was finished, the play was rejected approximately 50 times. But in 1995 the South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa, California decided to give it a try. “The real work came in editing it. …The first part of writing is putting it down, and the second part of writing is cutting it out,” says Edson, who once worked as a unit clerk on the cancer floor of a research hospital in Washington, D.C. “When you write a play you don’t know how it’s going until it’s up on its feet, and so you can’t tell how it moves as a play until it’s being produced. So the serious hacking happened in the week before its first production in 1995. An hour was cut from it.” From there Wit went on to be produced Off Broadway and win a Pulitzer in 1999. In 2001 critically acclaimed director Mike Nichols made it into an HBO movie, which won an Emmy for Best Film. Last year the Manhattan Theatre Club produced a revival of the play starring Cynthia Nixon. This month Davidson Community Players performs Wit with Marla Brown playing the role of Professor Bearing. As a special treat, Edson will speak at a dinner at Campania in Davidson prior to the March 2 performance. “I’ve seen it [Wit] in all different settings, large and small, great and humble,” says Edson, a teacher for 20 years. “I love seeing it in a community theatre setting. I love the sincerity and the labor of people in community theatres — to work at a job all day and rehearse four nights a week. The people who want to do this play love to work hard, and I can feel that spirit.” Currently Edson has no plans to write another play. “What I want to say now,” she explains, “I want to say in my classroom.” LNC

THE SCOOP The dinner reception with Margaret Edson is March 2 at 5:30 p.m. at Campania, 416 South Main Street, Davidson. Cost is $55 per person. Space is limited for the dinner reception with Margaret Edson. Call 704.892.7953 for tickets. Space is limited for this event. Wit will be performed March 1-17 by Davidson Community Players. Fri-Sat 8 p.m., Sun 2 p.m., $20. Armour Street Theatre, 307 Armour Street, Davidson,

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A Morning with the Easter Bunny (March 22)

Artisan Event (March 2-3) Enjoy a spring day at Historic Latta Plantation and observe various skills and crafts being demonstrated. Smell the sweet aroma of open-hearth cooking, enjoy antique tools demonstrations by the Mid-West Tool Collectors Association, observe a blacksmithing demonstration, enjoy spinning and weaving demos, and much more. Sat 10-4 p.m., Sun 1-4 p.m. Free with regular site admission: $7 for adults, $6 for seniors, $5 for students, ages 5 and under free. Historic Latta Plantation, 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville,

Come visit with Peter Cottontail before Easter. 9-11 a.m. Free. Cornelius Arts Center, 19725 Oak Street, Unit 1, Cornelius,

Hop Into Spring (March 23) Celebrate spring with this annual festival. Be sure to visit with Peter Cottontail and bring your Easter basket. 2-4 p.m. Free. Bailey Road Park, 11536, Bailey Road, Cornelius,

Historic Latta Plantation Easter Egg Hunt (March 30) Children ages 1-10 can hunt for toy and candy-filled eggs across Historic Latta Plantation, visit the farm animals, enjoy live children’s music, meet the Easter Bunny and more. Time TBA. Registration opens March 1. Historic Latta Plantation, 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville,

CONCERTS Cornelius Concert Series (March 8) The Lake Norman Big Band plays jazz standards as it raises money for the non-profit band and the Cornelius Concert Series. 7 p.m. $5. Family Life Center, Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, Cornelius,

Mooresville Concerts (March 9) The Thistledown Tinkers are seasoned music veterans from North Carolina, who weave traditional Scottish and Irish music with original creations while adding a southern swagger that sets the stage on fire. With an impressive arsenal of instruments including guitar, fiddle, mandolin, banjo, dulcimer and concertina, musicianship is at the core of Thistledown Tinkers. Their stage presence creates a rebel rousing party that not only draws fans in but also makes them feel like a part of the show. 7:30 p.m. $10 for adults, $5 for students ages 11-18, and free for children ages 10 and under. Tickets may be purchased two weeks prior to each performance at the Recreation Department office at 418 Carpenter Avenue, Mooresville, online at www. or by calling 704.663.7026. If available, tickets may be purchased at the door. Charles Mack Citizen Center, 215 N Main Street, Downtown Mooresville, Celtic Music Night (March 16) Support Historic Latta Plantation and enjoy live music from Irish Temperance. Grab some food from Appalachian Smoke and a beer from Olde Mecklenburg Brewery as you relax and enjoy good food, good music, and a great atmosphere. There will be a fundraising raffle and activities for adults and kids. 6-9 p.m. $10. Historic Latta Plantation, 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville,

Iredell Concert Association (March 16) A native

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of Haiti, Marie-Josée Lord began her musical path early in life. Her concert debut was in the roll of Liu in Puccini’s Turandot. Since then she’s performed all over Canada, the United States and parts of Europe. 7:30 p.m. Individual season tickets $55, $20 student. Mac Gray Auditorium, Statesville,

Davidson College Concert Series (March 17) Fresh Ink approaches new music as a living art influenced by the ever-changing world. The group focuses on the music of living composers who draw from contemporary ideas and an eclectic sound world to create works that forecast an exciting new direction for concert music. 3 p.m. Price TBA. 8 p.m. Tyler-Tallman Hall, Sloan Music Center, Davidson College,


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Hollywood & Vines — 53rd Annual Southern Spring Home & Garden Show (Through March 3) This year’s show will use a

variety of favorite movie films as backdrops and themes for landscape designs, decorator rooms, home and garden accessories and even musical backgrounds in Belgard Gardens. The idea? To entice and encourage show guests to use imagination to create layouts and interior plans for gardens and interior rooms … thus making home and landscape architecture a delightful, personal and intriguing reflection of each individual and/or family unit. Thursday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday 10 a.m.- 9 p.m., Saturday10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. $10 (Friday evening it’s $5 after 5 p.m.), children under 15 with a paying adult are free anytime, Seniors Day is Thursday ($7.50 with no additional coupons); advance tickets can be purchased at Harris-Teeter. The Park Expo and Conference Center, 2500 E. Independence Boulevard, Charlotte, www.

29th Davidson Horticultural Symposium (March 5) This year’s symposium is titled Beyond

the Garden Gate: Exploring Creative Spaces, and it explores creative solutions and inspired garden designs. Renowned horticulturalists and garden gurus will also share innovative ideas. 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Registration $89. Knobloch Campus Center, Davidson College,

Downtown Mooresville Saint Patrick’s Day Parade (March 9) A celebration of Saint Patrick’s

Day including an Irish Pipe Band, an Irish Wolfhound, marching bands, dancers and more. Main Street from Iredell to Center Avenue. 3 p.m. Free. Downtown Mooresville,

enjoy food from Appalachian Smoke, and grab a cold beer from The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $7 adults, $6 seniors $5 students, children 5 and under free. Historic Latta Plantation, 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville,

Chili & Fashion Fiesta (March 22) Future Fashion Designers hosts a fashion show and chili cook-off to help the Mooresville Artist Guild raise funds for its Depot renovation. The fashion show will be provided by the students of Future Fashion Designers, which is located in Downtown Mooresville. Dancing is also on the docket. 5:30-10 p.m. $30 (includes 2 drink tickets). Mooresville Art Depot, 103 W. Center Avenue,

GALLERIES Andre Christine Gallery & Sculpture Garden Defining Ethereal expresses paintings in

abstract, scenes and celestial. Artists have proven the imagination of their space. Through April. Tue-Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m.148 Ervin Road, Mooresville, 704.775.9516,

Cornelius Arts Center In Pieces Exhibit. Reception March 1, 6-9 p.m. Through March 22. Mon-Thu 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 Mooresville Artist Guild hosts an artist reception the second Friday of every month from 6 to 8 p.m. 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,

’Tawba Art Crawl (March 15) Enjoy an evening of arts, crafts and music in downtown Cornelius. 6-10 p.m. Free. Oak Street Mill, downtown Cornelius,

Merrill-Jennings Galleries Various exhibitions.

Angels of ’97 3rd Annual 5K Run/Walk and 17th Annual Spaghetti Dinner and Auction (March 16) Angels of ’97 hosts host the 3rd Annual

Sanctuary of Davidson Various exhibitions. 108 S.

5K Run/Walk and 17th Annual Spaghetti Dinner and Auction (Silent and Live). All proceeds go to local scholarships, as this is a volunteer-run organization. 5K Run/Walk begins at 9 a.m. with dinner and auction starting at 11 a.m. Runner registration is $25/runner up to March 10. North Mecklenburg High School cafeteria, 11201 Old Statesville Road, Huntersville. Details and registration for 5K available online at and overall organization information at

Latta Celtic Festival (March 16-17) Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and learn about Celtic people throughout history. Enjoy live music from Irish Temperance, performances by the Charlotte Scottish Country Dancing Society, and Celtic reenactors spanning from the Medieval Celts to WWII. Shop with Celtic Vendors,

Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 463 S. Main Street, Davidson, 704.895.1213,

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 Weekdays 10

a.m.-5 p.m., weekends noon-4 p.m. Davidson College, The Van Every/Smith Galleries, 315 N. Main Street, Davidson,

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.

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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 with an edge. 5-9 p.m. Free. Mooresville Town Square across from Lowe’s Foods.

Davidson College Men’s Basketball It’s time to hit the court. Go Wildcats! Georgia Southern (March 2, 2 p.m.).

Blue Planet Water Environmental Center Tour (First Tuesday, Third Thursday) Learn

The Lady Wildcats are poised to have a terrific season. Western Carolina (March 4, 7 p.m.).

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.

Davidson Farmer’s Market (First and Third Saturdays) 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 Saturdays) View exhibits and artifacts from

Davidson College Women’s Basketball

North Carolina Men’s Gymnastics State Competition (March 9-10) Flying High Gymnastics hosts the North Carolina Men’s Gymnastics State Competition this month. Nearly 300 competitors from across the state will travel to Mooresville to vie for titles, medals and the opportunity to advance with a spot on the team that represents the state in regional competition. Prices and times TBA. Talbert Recreation Center, 210 Talbert Pointe Drive, Mooresville,


Mooresville’s past and present. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. 132 E. Center Avenue, Mooresville,

Crimes of Omission (March 7-24) Written

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

by Don Cook, this psycho-drama blends some very serious crime solving with quirky humor, witty dialog and a plot that takes more twists and turns than a kitten with a yarn-ball. Directed by Divina Cook, the cast features Jim Esposito, Tom Ollis and Lamar Wilson. Thu-Sat 8 p.m., Sun 4 p.m. $20; seniors, students, groups $15. Warehouse PAC, 9216-A Westmoreland Road, Cornelius,

every Saturday. 9 a.m.- noon. Free. Richards Coffee Shop Murder 16) This a special &Carolina Veterans Museum, N. Main Street, Mooresville, Vet 165 Care 0213:Layout 1 1/4/13 9:19Most AM Green Page (March 1 St. Patrick’s Day murder mystery that takes place

in the City of Blarney. You are invited to a party to honor Patrick Flaherty, owner of Flaherty’s True Green Plant Nursery. Flaherty died last night after a get-together that celebrated the nursery’s centennial year. Instead of having a party, you will be attending his wake. You’re invited to become investigators and help the Detective figure out who did it. Menu includes: Deliciously prepared hors d’oeuvres, corned beef, parsley potatoes, green beans and dessert. Cash bar available. 6:30 p.m. $68 per person, non-residents $73 per person — fee includes dinner, theatre and gratuity. Historic Beaver Dam House, 19600 Davidson Concord Road,

Wit (Through March 17) Exquisitely written,

Margaret Edson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play Wit, follows a brilliant and exacting poetry professor as she undergoes experimental treatment for cancer. Affecting and often humorous, Vivian Bearing is a scholar who devoted her life to academia and research. Now she must face irony and injustice as she becomes the subject of another’s research. The vulnerability of the invincible comes down, eventually, to a simple line of surrender: “I thought being smart enough would be enough.” Thu-Sat 8 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. $20. Davidson Community Players, Armour Street Theatre, 307 Armour Street, Davidson,

Guys and Dolls (March 20-24) Hailed as one of the greatest musical romantic comedies of all time, Guys and Dolls has enchanted audiences since it opened on Broadway in 1950. Performed by the Davidson College Department of Theatre. Wed-Thu 7:30 p.m., Fri-Sat 8 p.m., Sat-Sun 2 p.m. $15, seniors $12, faculty/staff $10 and students $6. Duke Family Performance Hall, Knobloch Campus Center,

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lakeside learning Davidson College’s

by Lori K. Tate photography courtesy of Davidson College

Lake Campus is still a hit


ot every college can boast a lake campus, but luckily for Davidson College, it can. Located seven miles from campus, Davidson College’s Lake Campus offers almost 110 acres of waterfront property. According to a Davidson College Bulletin article dating back to October 1962, the master plan for the project was organized by Robert A. Currie and Grover C. Meetze, both Davidson College graduates and employees. Duke Power Company president W.B. McGuire, also a Davidson College graduate, was integral in making the lake campus a reality, as Duke Power set aside a sizable tract of land for

Davidson College students, faculty and alumni during the lake’s creation. In the Davidson College Bulletin article the writer jokes that, “The coming months will undoubtedly bring many new and unforeseen ‘firsts’ in Davidson’s history. In fact, the Dean’s Office will soon be hearing excuses that ‘our boat ran out of gas 15 miles from our Davidson dock!’ or perhaps ‘the fish were biting so well that I forgot all about my philosophy quiz!’ " Although that has not been the case, Davidson College students enjoy the property to its fullest extent, as it provides opportunities to be involved in various water activities in

A group of men survey what eventually became Lake Norman and the Davidson College Lake Campus.

addition to serving as a home for club sailing and crew teams. Odyssey campouts are held on the property, as well as the freshman orientation social and departmental cookouts. It seems the “picturesque vista” that the writer describes has stood the test of time, as students, faculty and alumni continue to flock to the property during the warmer months. Special thanks to Jan Blodgett, Davidson College Archivist, for her assistance with this piece. THE SCOOP

The Davidson College Lake Campus is located at 152 Lake Campus Drive, Mooresville.

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A man looks on as the Davidson College Lake Campus comes to life.


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