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Contents |

10 The Main Channel

What’s hip at Lake Norman

14 Currency

Monthly Financial Feature – Ready for Refunds

16 The Captain’s Chair

Chef Ben Goldstein does more than cook in his kitchen

18 An Evening of Hope



The American Cancer Society’s Fourth Annual Fund-raising Gala at Raceworld USA

20 S trong Currents Creating a cure for patients with celiac disease

26 Style 28 Let’s Go 32 Smooth Sailing 28 38 On Course Kids go retro this spring

A golf primer for Myrtle Beach


Rosie Molinary finds courage in a Statesville farmhouse


Davis Love III plays with the luck of the Irish in Kannapolis

46 The Galley

North Harbor Club offers a fresh take on lakeside dining


50 The Yum Update The Wine Loft offers a dash of metropolitan in Mooresville

52 The Grapevine


Move over France and Italy because the Spaniards know a thing or two about wine as well

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56 Home Port

Barbara Green shares her secrets for vacation home design

67 Currently

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Spring Cleaning

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

This is the time to simplify and start over


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hate house cleaning. The only two times I clean is when I have writer’s block or when we’re having company. So imagine my surprise the other day when I felt the urge to write a stepby-step list of spring-cleaning tasks for my husband and I to conquer. I had no idea that this was genetically possible, as my mother hates cleaning just as much as I do. Love you, mom. As part of my quest, I swept all of our hardwoods, began dusting, recycled most of my towering mail pile and even bought a few organizing boxes at Target. Suddenly I wanted to attack any clutter in our home. Why was I holding on to tags for the patio furniture we bought last July? Who really needs all those free address labels you get in the mail? How come the waterproof UNO cards I got for Christmas never made it upstairs to join our other board games? I was determined to clear every flat surface in view not only because the clutter was unsightly but also because it represented how congested our schedules had become. These days every minute seems to be spoken for before we get a chance to claim it. There’s a meeting for this, a meeting for that. Plans for this evening; plans for that evening. Although I enjoy being busy (some of my friends claim that I thrive on chaos), I started feeling cluttered inside. It’s not so surprising that I began reaching for my Swiffer Duster. If only clearing our minds were as easy as clearing off the breakfast table. Most people make New Year’s resolutions on December 31. I tend to make mine by


season, especially spring. As soon as the daffodils break ground, I start thinking of ways I can improve, start over, change for the better. Whether it’s cleaning out my closet for a Goodwill run, calling an old friend or taking time to notice the azaleas blooming, spring inspires me to look at what’s wrong and figure out a way to make it right. Perhaps I’m more ambitious this spring because this past winter has made me more introspective than usual, but I feel certain that the warm weather will bring good things if I’m open to them. This spring instead of filling my calendar with meaningless commitments, I’m going to pick and choose what’s important, what doesn’t lead to stress. If I can pull this off, I might not need to write a spring-cleaning list next year because there won’t be any clutter. Works for me.

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 money-saving 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. You can send letters to PO Box 1676, Cornelius, NC 28031 or email to Let’s give Lake Norman something to talk about!

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

From left to right: Danielle Cooney and Julia Austin.

The Denver Divas

Julia Austin and Danielle Cooney bring savvy style to town

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Fashionistas in Denver have something to talk about with the opening of Deja Diva’s this spring. The brainchild of Julia Austin (owner of Fifi’s Fine Resale in Cornelius) and Danielle Cooney, Deja Diva’s is poised to begin filling a fashion void on the western side of the lake. “As a Denver woman, there’s never been a place in Denver to get an outfit. There’s nowhere to shop,” explains Cooney, who has lived in the town for 10 years. “There’s Wal-Mart, but you know a clothing crisis ensues an hour trip, and that’s just driving time, to find an outfit.” Slated to open by early May in Natalie Commons Shopping Center, Deja Diva’s will be a consignment boutique that caters to “ladies, teens, queens and mamas,” meaning it will have a junior, maternity and plus-size sec10

tion in addition to ladies clothing. The almost 3,000-square-foot space will feature defined sections (complete with a consignment intake station at the back), bright colors, black chandeliers, stained concrete floors and damask detailing. “Nothing that we’ve seen compares to the customer service, the quality of the clothing and just what we have to offer here [at Fifi’s] so we’re hoping to reproduce that,” explains Austin, who bought Fifi’s in July 2007 and has been on various field trips with Cooney to scope out other boutiques and consignment shops. “I’m constantly doing market research. I went to fashion week in NewYork a couple weeks ago. The fun thing is that we’re consignment, but you’ve got to know what’s trendy, what the hot

items are so you know what you’re taking in.” Austin and Cooney, who met while working as nurses and have been friends for more than 10 years, say that they don’t plan on transferring merchandise from Fifi’s to Deja Diva’s. “We think that the two shops will complement each other very well because our inventory is completely different,” says Cooney, adding that Deja Diva’s will probably have later hours because it’s located near so many dinner establishments. “We’re real excited about it coming to Denver.” THE SCOOP Deja Diva’s is currently taking consignments by appointment. For more information, call 704.582.9355 or visit

Turnkey Boating Have fun on the water without the work

Plenty of people want to own a boat, but when they realize the maintenance and upkeep involved, many opt to enjoy their friend’s boat instead. Now there’s a happy medium for those who want to be boat owners without the work. Enter North Point Yacht Share. “It’s a fractional leasing program,” explains Mike Shott, co-owner of North Point Yacht Share at North Harbor in Davidson. “The way that it works in our plan is North Point Yacht Share actually owns the watercraft, and then we basically sell memberships, which are fractional

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Bebe Gallini’s adds a luscious linen line to the mix Now’s there’s an extra reason to hit the snooze button as Bebe Gallini’s just started carrying Bella Notte linens exclusively in the Lake Norman area. Made in California (that’s right, an American-made product), the shabby chic line known for its softness features duvets, pillows, sheets, throws and more made from cotton, linen and silk blends. “It’s all custom dyed so if you’re ordering a color, your order is custom dyed for you so it all matches,” explains Carol May, co-owner of Bebe Gallini’s in Cornelius. “It’s all tonal depending the fabric that you pick. If you pick white and ivory you can get it within two weeks because they keep that in stock.” Bebe Gallini’s carries more than 20 color stories from the all-washable line. “The pillowcases are sold individually, so we have ladies who will come in and just buy one because they know their husbands could care less,” says May. “They just buy it for themselves.”— LKT


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Jeannine Bodner not only asked herself what she could do to make a difference in the world, she did something. The Davidson mother of three created 1U, an independent, socially and ecologically conscious Web store, in February. On her site (, you’ll find T-shirts made from 100-percent organically grown cotton, recycled sailcloth bags and hardwood cutting boards handcrafted from Forrest Stewardship Council Certified Sustainable (FSC) wood. If that’s not enough to make you feel good, a portion of 1U’s profits goes to the non-profit organizations Help for the Helpless and The Natural Resources Defense Council.

lease hold interests for a certain amount of time of use on the watercraft.” Currently Shott has eight boats ranging from a Manitou 24 Legacy to a Formula 37 Performance Cruiser for which people can buy memberships. Each of the boat’s eight members pays a down payment for a 36-month contract followed by monthly payments. “Typically the down payment is a third to a fourth or what it would be if you were to purchase a similar boat,” explains Shott, who also co-owns North Point Watersports. “The monthly payment is typically less than the slip itself would be. … The payment on the cruisers is probably a little more than the slip rental.” For the program, each day of the year is bro-

ken down into two 12-hour day parts. One part runs from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. while the other runs from 5 p.m. to 5 a.m. Members reserve their day parts online via a members-only Web site. Shott says that holidays (think Memorial Day, the Fourth of July and Labor Day) are assigned through a lottery system and that training is also included. Members simply show up at North Harbor, go to their boat and sign in via a small handheld computer, where they’ll find a checklist for the vessel awaiting confirmation. After they enjoy a day on the lake, they dock the boat, docket the fuel usage and go on their merry way. “All the expenses such as maintenance, cleaning, insurance and slip rental, all of that is part of the package. The only variable cost to the member would be the fuel that they actually use,” says Shott, adding that this type of leasing program has been around for a while in the corporate aircraft industry. “Our members will be able to reserve their watercraft for as much as two weeks at a time or as little as one day part. …I think it’s a concept that will gain momentum.” — LKT

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MasterCraft is one kind of boat offered through North Point Yacht Share.

Cornelius makes the region proud by landing in BusinessWeek The other day Bill Russell was talking to a lady about moving her business to the Lake Norman area. As president of the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce, Russell gave his usual pitch, but this time he added that BusinessWeek magazine recently ranked Cornelius number seven in the magazine’s list of “Best Affordable Suburbs in the U.S. 2009.” “We’ve sure been using it on our end,” says Russell of the town’s newest accolade, which was announced in February. “I think that it will be very advantageous as we continue to market the region as a great place to work, live and visit.”

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Russell is quick to point out that Money magazine named Huntersville one of the “Top 100 Best Places to Live” in 2005 and later did the same for Mooresville in 2007. “When you’re talking to somebody from Cornelius, Davidson, Huntersville or Mooresville for that matter, we are just one big community,” says Russell. “You don’t recognize where those boundaries stop and start. …I think the compliment to Cornelius was a compliment to the region in its entirety.” — LKT

Helping out

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Be a Currenteer 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.

Your Thoughts Thank you for the wonderful story in your February issue (February 2009, page 38). From the day the magazine was issued we have had customer after customer comment on how your story led them to their new favorite discovery! Thank you for sharing your wonderful readers with us. Davidson Chocolate Co. Davidson I just finished reading my latest issue of your wonderful new magazine. It is the best! I loved the beautiful pictures — great photography. The article featuring Heather’s art space [Heather MacFadyen of Artworks on Main] was so nice (March 2009, page 16). I have known her since the beginning of this project, and she has really worked hard to bring something new to our area. As an avid art collector and contributor to the arts, I am delighted that you showcased the arts in Mooresville. Each of the other articles were so interesting and of such quality. Just felt like you needed to be praised for an outstanding job. Know many hours of labor have gone into this new venture. It is what we need. Thank you for being brave and taking on something new during our difficult times. So refreshing! Florence Hardymon Mooresville Great March issue! Beautiful cover, great stories and a terrific editor! Keep up the good work! Tom Cotter Davidson

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his is the last installment of tax tips and information that we will be presenting. Hopefully, you are well on your way to completing your taxes. If you still have questions or need assistance, the following information should be helpful.

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• As a reminder, for individuals, if you will not file your taxes by the April 15 deadline, be sure to file an extension for both the federal and state returns. This will give you until October 15 to file. This is only an extension to file, not an extension to pay your tax liability. Any taxes owed must be submitted by April 15 to avoid interest and late payment penalties. The penalty for paying taxes late is 0.5 percent of the unpaid amount for each month or part of a month the taxes are unpaid, with a maximum penalty of 25 percent. (This penalty can be avoided by paying at least 90 percent of your tax liability by April 15 and paying the balance by October 15.) The penalty for filing your return late, without having filed an extension, is 5 percent of the tax due for each month or part of a month the return is not filed, up to a maximum of 25 percent. Any interest charged is in addition to any penalties. • Annual reports for LLC’s are also due by April 15. • If you have general questions, the IRS offers assistance. Individuals should call 1.800.829.1040. Businesses should call 1.800.829.4933. • If you need assistance completing your tax return, there are two free programs offered by the IRS as follows: The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Pro14

gram is offered to individuals/families with lowto-moderate income. For the nearest site and to find out if you qualify, call 1.800.829.1040. The second program is the Tax Counseling for the Elderly Program. This is for individuals aged 60 and older. To find the nearest site, call 1.888.227.7669. • You may be eligible for free electronic filing of your tax return. Eligibility is based on your adjusted gross income. For further information, go to and enter ‘free file’ in the search box. • If you mail your return and choose a paper check, you can usually expect to receive any refund due within six weeks. If you mail your return and choose to have your refund deposited directly into your bank account, it should take four to six weeks. File your return electronically and choose direct deposit and it should only take ten to fourteen days. • There are a couple of ways to check on the

status of a refund. You should have a copy of your tax return when you call, as you will need to provide your Social Security number, filing status and the exact amount of the refund shown on your return. If it has been at least four weeks after you mailed your return, you can call the Refund Hotline at 1.800.829.1954 or the IRS TeleTax System automated line at 1.800.829.4477 or Go to the IRS website at and click on “Where’s My Refund.” Consult your Certified Public Accountant for further information and to have a plan designed for your particular needs. LNC Disclaimer: Information contained below was accurate as of the date of publication. Due to frequent tax law changes, information may no longer be accurate. For the latest tax information, please contact a Certified Public Accountant.



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Chef Ben Goldstein takes people around the world as they step into his Cornelius kitchen


ccept an invitation to a dinner party catered by Ben Goldstein or attend one of his culinary classes, and you’re in for more than just a gourmet meal or a lesson in wielding a whisk. This chef mixes in his passion for teaching, travel and ballroom dancing as he serves up a memorable experience. Catering and teaching is Goldstein’s fourth career. A native of Venezuela, Goldstein came to the United States for graduate studies in mechanical engineering. He earned a Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota, and then began a career in the world of academia. Later he moved to the West Coast and then the East Coast, first teaching and then moving into administration and later financial services. After relocating to Seattle and vacationing in France, he turned in his calculator for cutlery. We sat down with Goldstein recently in his Cornelius home and talked with him about his new life in the kitchen. Did you enjoy cooking as a boy? My mother was a pretty bad cook, but my grandmother was a fantastic cook. Sometimes I spent time with her in the kitchen, but in Venezuela, men and boys, in general, were not welcome in the kitchen. Where did you train in the culinary arts? I had always enjoyed cooking, but in 2000, while my wife, Karen, and I were in Paris over New Year’s weekend, I got the idea one day to take some classes. My daughter, who had decided to join us, had a friend there who was doing graduate work in pastry at Le Cordon Bleu, and of course, he took us to great restaurants every night. When I returned to Seattle, I found a small gourmet cooking school — the Bon Vivant School of Cooking — and took classes there for three and a half years. After Karen and I moved to Charlotte, I took more classes in Atlanta. I also did a French-cooking boot camp at the CIA (Culinary Institute of America) in New York.

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Do you focus on French cuisine in most of the classes you teach? My classes are nine weeks, and I teach them here in my home kitchen. The first one is Cooking Essentials for people who have never cooked or have only cooked occasionally. It includes everything, starting with how to hold a knife properly through all the courses of a dinner. …The second series is International Cuisine, and it covers nine 16

different countries or regions. Every class is a full meal. … The last series is French Cuisine, and it’s a lot of sauces, entrees and succulent desserts. What do you enjoy most about teaching? I love to see people’s faces when they learn something new or they taste something new — the surprise and the pleasure. I like to interact with people and give them a hard time … joke with them. In the International series, we do a class on other birds. We cook quail, and I like to teach the sauce we prepare to eat with it and see everyone’s reaction. It’s something they have not had before. It’s one of those sauces that explodes in your mouth. Can you share some of your students’ “aha” moments? People say, “Oh, that’s how they do it in the restaurants! Now I know how to do it!” And sometimes it’s the simplest thing, like making ribbon cuts with lettuce. They also are surprised

with presentation — how to make every plate look exactly the same. It’s learning how to plate, and they learn how simple it is. Everything we cook is fresh, and my students are very surprised at how tasty food is when it’s fresh. We prepare all the [salad] dressings and sauces from scratch. What do you have, or not have, in your kitchen that surprises a lot of people? There is no microwave in my kitchen; we do not cook anything in a microwave. We also do not use margarine. … People open my refrigerator, and it’s mostly empty because we buy what we cook. Tell us about your catering business? I do small dinner parties — 16 to 28 people — and sometimes just appetizer parties. I also do cooking parties, where a client has eight people to his or her house. I teach five courses over three hours, and we cook and we eat. The guests drink more than they eat, and everyone is very happy. I also cater business lunches.

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You’ve done a lot of globetrotting — Europe, the Mediterranean and the Orient — and you talk about liking spicy Hungarian food. What countries and cuisines have you not yet conquered? I haven’t been to India or Africa. I’d very much like to go to Africa. LNC THE SCOOP For more information about Ben Goldstein’s cooking classes or catered dinner parties, call him at 704.519.6547.


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Is it true guests sometimes are treated to a dance lesson? My wife and I are ballroom dancers, so sometimes for dinner parties, Karen and I teach dancing between courses. People like for us to teach them swing, tango and salsa — those are the three favorites. In Venezuela, I grew up dancing, and Karen has been dancing for decades, too. Her career is in college administration, and we met dancing. Karen is the vice president for business and finance at Davidson College, and we’ve been married for 15 years.

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The American Cancer Society’s Fourth Annual Fund-raising Gala at Raceworld USA On January 24, the American Cancer Society held its fourth annual fund-raising gala at Michael Waltrip’s Raceworld USA in Cornelius. Michael Waltrip served as the event’s honorary chair, while Mick Mixon, the voice of the Carolina Panthers, served as the evening’s master of ceremonies. Guests enjoyed a Monte Carlo theme, complete with games and a live auction.

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heryl Alessi carries her own soy sauce when she goes out for sushi, has her own toaster that the rest of her family can’t use and wears a medical mask when she makes banana nut bread in her kitchen.

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The 44-year-old Cornelius mother of three doesn’t like to make a fuss when she goes out to eat, and she certainly doesn’t want to inconvenience her friends, who check on her dietary requirements when they invite her to dinner. But Alessi must pay attention to everything she eats. She has to stay away from anything with gluten, a type of protein found in wheat, barley, oats, rye and malt. And it’s not just food that she has to watch. A few years ago she was warned against using shampoo with wheat protein, 20

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which adds volume to the hair. Although it might surprise people who can eat whatever they want, wheat is used in products like jelly beans and over-the-counter vitamins as filler. Grains that do not have gluten include wild rice, corn, buckwheat, soybeans and sunflower seeds. The good news is Alessi has a disease that has a cure. Called celiac disease, the condition means a patient cannot digest gluten. People who have the disease realize a gluten-free diet is a lifestyle change. One bite of food with gluten can lead to a host of gastro-

intestinal problems. And for those who have the disease and haven’t been diagnosed, they can suffer from multiple health problems. “It seems overwhelming at first, but it’s not as bad as it seems,” Alessi says. “It’s forced me to eat healthier.” Although there’s a long list of things she cannot eat, she says some cheeses, wine, grapes and some chocolate are allowed. Celiac patients also can eat fruits, vegetables, rice, beef, pork, lamb, veal, poultry, fish and nuts.

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Shopping for a Gluten-Free Lifestyle

As grocery stores and restaurants become more aware of celiac disease, these types of establishments are taking steps to offer more gluten-free options. We’ve scoured the Lake Norman area to find out where you can shop for gluten-free offerings and order these types ofgluten-free meals. Grocery Stores that offer gluten-free products The Fresh Market 20623 Torrence Chapel Road Cornelius 704.892.8802 (Ask for a list of gluten-free products at the front office.) Harris Teeter (all area locations) Healthy Home Market 261 Griffith Street Davidson 704.892.6191 Lowes Foods (all area locations)

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of diagnosis is about one in 10,000, some studies indicate it’s closer to one in 300, says Dr. Scott Brotze with Charlotte Gastroenterology & Hepatology’s Huntersville and Mooresville offices. “I’ve seen about 10 patients with celiac disease. We talk about it more than we see it,” Brotze adds. Once the patient is diagnosed and referred to a dietitian, the gastroenterologist might not see the patient again. “Patients become well educated and

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know what to do,” he says. Celiac disease was once thought of as a disease with only gastrointestinal symptoms, according to the Gluten Intolerance Group, known as GIG. Classic symptoms are diarrhea, bloating, weight loss, anemia, chronic fatigue, bone pain and muscle cramps. Through a blood test and a small intestine tissue biopsy, celiac disease can be diagnosed. Brotze says primary care physicians, along with allergists and dermatologists, can also diagnose celiac disease. Now it is recognized as a disease with multiple symptoms, some which can mimic other problems. One symptom of the disease is a rash. Thyroid diseases and diabetes are also associated with celiac disease, and younger patients who are diagnosed with osteoporosis might also have celiac. Children may show behavioral or learning problems. Brotze says when patients learn they have the disease, they often become depressed. “It means giving up things you love to eat,” he says. Sometime around World War II, celiac disease was discovered when food shortages meant many people had to give up bread and other products made with wheat. Giving up those products meant that some patients no longer suffered from abdominal pains and chronic diarrhea. GIG says that to develop celiac disease three things must be present: the patient must inherit the gene; consume gluten; and have the gene triggered. Common triggers may include stress, trauma (surgeries, pregContinued on page 24


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nancy, etc.) and viral infections. Brotze says he’s seen it start for patients at any age, but usually sees it in patients in their 30s. One of his patients was a 60-year-old woman who was miserable for months because of abdominal pain before she was diagnosed with celiac. If the disease goes untreated, it can damUnivDerm_SpringSpecialsAd_UCM:Layout age the small intestine and lead to malnutri-

tion. But once it’s diagnosed, patients who follow a gluten-free diet can lead healthy, normal lives.

Gluten-free options grow Those who do require gluten-free diets have been a vocal group, similar to the parents of children with severe peanut allergies. While those parents are vigilant in demanding their children’s schools are 1 2/27/09 9:26 AM Page 1 peanut free, patients with celiac disease are

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For boys, the look tends to be that of a small prepster, where john-johns take center stage. If you want to be extra cute, put your little ones in matching jumpers. “Of course, if daddy comes into the store, that’s not gonna happen,” says Lisa Newsome, owner of Payton’s Closet in Birkdale Village, as she knows dads don’t tend to be big fans of matched daughter-son jumpers.


Lisa’s children, Maddox and Payton, are featured here in matching jumpers from Payton’s Closet. Payton is her mom’s bellwether for what will sell well in the store. “Whatever she likes, it turns out other little girls will like. …I show her new stuff or take her with me and watch her reaction,” Lisa says. “I try to get fabrics that are knit and don’t need ironing.”

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ust as fashion cycles back for adults, the same is true with children’s clothing. This spring you might see little girls dressed in styles you wore as a child, a teenager or even as a young adult. Think twirly dresses, tunics with leggings, sparkly shoes and vivid hair bows. Little boys tend to be taking a cue from the 1950s, as they lean on the preppy side. We talked with the owners of two local children’s boutiques, Payton’s Closet in Huntersville and Pout Couture in Cornelius, to find out what’s hot for spring. Whatever decade your little one is drawn to, you can bet there are styles out there to accommodate.

Fairy Princess Don’t be surprised if you see lots of fairies flittering around this spring, as the fairy princess look is hotter than ever. “Every little girl — and perhaps many grown women — dream of putting on their fancy party dresses and dancing the night away with prince charming,” says Misty York, owner of Pout Couture in Cornelius.” I am proud to be in an industry that if only for a moment allows a child to dress up, dance and slip into a world where all of their dreams can come true.”

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that in addition to A-line dresses, little girls also fancy drop-waist dresses designed with more fabric. “Little girls like them because they can spin around in them so we call them twirly skirts,” explains Misty. “[We’re a] store for divas in training.” From left, Misty’s daughter, Alana, and her friend Kylie Sparks model twirly dresses with leggings and colorful hats from Pout Couture.

Bows, Bows and More Bows “You’ve gotta have the hair bows… People come to my store just to get hair bows,” says Lisa Newsome, owner of Payton’s Closet at Birkdale Village. “It’s very southern. “My mother [Sandy Rhyne] custom makes them. I sell a lot of hair bows every year, especially as gifts for all kinds of occasions. For kids in private schools, bows are the only personalized thing they can wear.”

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Designed by Jack Nicklaus, Long Bay Club is one of the most difficult courses on the Grand Strand with a course rating of 74.3.

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t used to be that folks flocked to Myrtle Beach to tan on its shores and shag dance by the sea. While plenty of that still goes on (try to find a spot on the sand on July 4th), golf has become one of the biggest draws to The Grand Strand, as almost four million rounds of the sport are played here annually.

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Spanning 60 miles from SouthPort, N.C. to Pawleys Island, S.C., the Myrtle Beach region offers more than 100 golf courses designed by golf legends such as Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Tom Fazio, Rees Jones, Pete Dye and others. Whether you prefer to tee off by the ocean, drive a ball through a lush forest or play on the grounds of a historic plantation, there’s a course for you.

country club atmosphere far removed from the glitz often associated with Myrtle Beach, there’s the South Strand, complete with Litchfield and Pawleys Island. Courses such as Caledonia Golf & Fish Club, Founders Club at Pawleys Island, The Heritage Club, Pawleys Plantation, True Blue Plantation, TPC of Myrtle Beach and Willbrook Golf Plantation are all upscale options located within 15 minutes of each other. After spending a day on the links, be sure to take in the fine dining offerings in this area. The Rice Paddy Restaurant in downtown Georgetown is a local favorite, as it is known for its lump crab cakes with grits. Located in the heart of Pawleys Island, the courtyard dining at Bistro 217 Restaurant & Bar also shouldn’t be missed.

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The Dunes Golf and Beach Club opened for play in December 1950.

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Beach, you’ll find easy-access golf courses as well as easy access to the area’s beaches. Choice courses in this area include The Dunes Golf and Beach Club, King’s North Course at Myrtle Beach National, Pine Lakes, and Grand Dunes. Pine Lakes Country Club, Myrtle Beach’s first golf course dating back to 1927, recently underwent a 20-month, $10 million restoration. Originally designed by architect Robert White, the first president of the Professional Golfers Association of America and a co-founder of the American Society of Golf Course Architects, Pine Lakes’ architecture takes inspiration from its southern heritage. The Dunes Golf and Beach Club is a Robert Trent Jones signature course and is world famous for hole 13, “Waterloo.” This legendary hole wraps around Lake Singleton and has won a slew of accolades for being one of the greatest golf holes of all time. If you have family or friends who aren’t interested in playing a round, there’s plenty of shop-

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Writer Rosie Molinary finds her center as she discovers the power of courage at Starrette Farmhouse

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The sun shines down on the driveway up to Starrette Farmhouse in Statesville.


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by Rosie Molinary


I let my eyes shut. My mind thinks about panicking over this, and then gets over itself. My body does, too, and I relax, allowing myself 10 minutes of unfettered sleep. When my eyes reopen, I am ready to return to the book. I burn through 60 pages in just over half an hour. I let myself rest, and my mind and body reward me with greater efficiency on the other side.

Photo by Tom Starrette.

Many sit down with Greer, a life and business coach, and plan for their personal or professional futures or learn about themselves through the Path Elements Profile assessment she administers. I am here because I have gone broad for too long. This year, I must go narrow but deep. Every year on my birthday, I write a list of things to do in the coming year. On this year’s list, I wrote, “Take a creativity, self-awareness or writing class/retreat.” Just weeks after putting those words to paper, I looked at the list and cringed. A retreat? Impossible. Had I forgotten the change that was coming to my family just two and a half months after I wrote the list? How in the world could I take a retreat sometime during 2009 after welcoming a baby, our first child, to our home? But the truth was that I couldn’t afford not to go on a retreat. I needed to have a kickoff day to the newly centered life that I imagined living as a parent. I didn’t want my life to just get bigger — one more thing to tend to in the fray. I wanted my life to constrict but get richer, and I couldn’t do that without a plan. The No Agenda Day offered at Starrette Farmhouse offered me just that. In my element When I pull in at the farmhouse with a friend, we notice each parking space has a stone at the front with a word etched into it. We park at “Courage.” After a quick tour of the house, we scatter to begin our personal retreats.

I brought a book project to organize and one book to read. It is a divergence from what I would have brought before I articulated my desire to go narrow and deep this year — not just as a mother but as a person. A month ago, I would have packed 20 things to work on, and the day would not have been a success without completing everything. Today, the day is a success just because I am here. In a back bedroom of the farmhouse, the book organizing goes more pleasurably than it would have in my office. Ideas flood me as I work. The change of location is like pulling the tap out of the side of a maple syrup drum. I work feverishly to catch the ideas before they evaporate. When I am done, I begin reading, something I rarely allow because work requires so much action. The reading feels almost decadent. At noon, we gather in the kitchen with bagged lunches or to collect the lunches we paid Greer to pick up for us. We have all taken the Path Elements Profile assessment, which uses the four elements: earth, wind, water and fire to describe individual personalities and how people approach the world. Each element is what you expect of it: earth personalities are grounded, water personalities are life giving, wind personalities are uplifting, fire personalities are captivating. As it turns out, I am a fusion — an even representation of every element. That one word explains so much about me. Finally, it’s time for my coaching with Greer. We talk about preparing for the coming year professionally and personally. How do I know what work to say yes to given that I can no longer say yes to everything and, yet, with my fusion personality so much is interesting? Is it time to update my personal mission statement? Am 33

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Seeking sanctuary I am at the Starrette Farmhouse in Statesville, a soulful sanctuary established by Ann Starrette that offers people a place to reflect. Starrette founded The Lydia Group, a coalition of individuals and churches that provides spiritual formation, retreat and transformation opportunities. I’m here for a No Agenda Day, a monthly retreat planned by Starrette and Nicole Greer whose vision on the second Friday of each month is to help people refresh and recharge. Other retreaters before me have succumbed to naps, exhausted from the pace they run each day. Some knit. Others hike. A few work on writing book chapters. They dream, pray or read. No two people’s days unfold the same.

The Starrette Farmhouse in Statesville is a soulful sanctuary established by Ann Starrette that offers people a place to reflect. Starrette founded The Lydia Group, a coalition of individuals and churches that provides spiritual formation, retreat and transformation opportunities.

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am lying on a bed that is not mine, reading, when I realize that my eyes are getting heavy. If I were in my own office today — a workday — I would never be lying on the bed, even though I work from home and plenty of my work could be done from my bed. It just wouldn’t seem like I’ve gone to work at all, and so I don’t allow myself the luxury of reading or writing or editing from bed, although I bet most people think that those of us who work from home do.

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I ready to craft a vision plan for next month, the next year and down the road a decade or do I still need more information? At the end of our time together, I certainly have more questions, but I also, interestingly, have the most clarity I have had in recent years, a clarity born from just the simple phrase, “narrow but deep.” We walk to our car as night falls. When the headlights blink on, they glare at our touchstone, “Courage.” Greer and I talked about courage in my session today; it was a theme in my readings; it came up in my brainstorming for the book project. I need courage to trust the right opportunities will 34

Minding Your Call focuses on bringing who you are to what you do. Participants learn and practice six ancient spiritual tools to help turn everyday experiences into divine revelation for living into one’s wholeness. Date: May 30 Time: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Cost: $159 The PATH4TEENS is a three-day intensive workshop for teens between the ages of 13 and 17 that helps identify their birthright gifts, discern their deepest passion and fulfill their highest purpose. Dates: July 13-15 Time: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Cost: $395

Top: Notes and materials from Rosie’s day at Starrette Farmhouse. Above: Rosie holds her son, Abram Enderies. She and her husband, Mike Kessler, adopted Abram from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

come along and not say yes to other opportunities that aren’t right but could keep me busy and away from what I need most to do. I need courage to raise my little boy and to face the challenges that parenting might bring to me. I need courage to know that my mothering instinct is right, even when others want to imply it is not because it’s not like their instinct. I need courage to differentiate broad from narrow, shallow from deep. Courage, it seemed that morning, was just the word we happened to park in front of and, by that evening, with the insight of a day well spent, it had become the word on which I would hang my year. LNC

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What’s Old

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The Club at Irish Creek, formerly Kannapolis Country Club, features a mixture of new holes, renovated holes and a pair of holes that now play in different directions than they did in the past. 38

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hen the original clubhouse of Kannapolis Country Club opened for business in 1953, eager caddies stood in the shadows and waited their turn to join a member on the first tee. If it was a rainy day, the caddies huddled under the adjacent green-and whitestriped rain shelter to stay dry and keep their coveted place in line. Golf at Kannapolis Country Club in the ’50s was as much about tradition as it was about playing a game in a community that embraced the club as a central gathering spot.


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The course at The Club at Irish Creek was the vision of North Carolina native and PGA Tour professional Davis Love III.

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The Club at Irish Creek injects fresh energy into old Kannapolis traditions

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Hole 15 is a 211-yard par 3. Hole No. 2 previously played across the lake (from the current No. 9 green) to this green. The hole now plays downhill from out of the forest to a completely reworked green and bunker complex. Inset: Hole No. 7 is a 417-yard par 4.

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A vibrant revitalization The Club at Irish Creek, as well as the neighboring North Carolina Research Campus, is the brainchild of David Murdock, owner and chairman of the real estate development firm, Castle & Cooke, LLC and the Dole Food Company, Inc. The club’s new look is part of the larger transformation of Kannapolis from a mill town to an international biomedical research community. Murdock’s hope is to create a vibrant community that blends Kannapolis’




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designer Davis Love III has a strong history in North Carolina. He and his brother, Mark, competed on the UNCChapel Hill golf team and, while a Tar Heel, Davis gave a fellow All-American named Michael Jordan his first set of golf clubs. A third of Davis Love III’s 20 PGA Tour wins have come in the Carolinas. Davis Love III’s renovation of Kannapolis Country Club was Love Golf Design’s first project in the Charlotte region. When Davis Love III played Irish Creek for the first time, he became a victim of his own redesign. Love stood on the championship tee box of the fifth hole — a downhill, drivable, 322 yard, par four — and decided to land his ball on the green. His brother, Mark, commented that he might have too much club for the tee shot, and Davis disagreed. His shot landed pin high but in the water. Irish Creek’s state-of-the art drainage and irrigation systems on each of the undulating greens include patented SubAir aeration and moisture removal systems developed in Graniteville, South Carolina. Each green can be temperature controlled and drained sub-surface to maintain optimal condition. The Club at Irish Creek includes two miles of shoreline along the 400-acre Kannapolis Lake. The lake is fed by Irish Buffalo Creek, named for Colonial-era settlers who emigrated from Ireland in the 18th century. All of Irish Creek’s bunkers contain Spruce Pine sand mined in the western North Carolina town of Spruce Pine. The same sands are used at Augusta National. G  olfweek magazine ranked The Club at Irish Creek fifth among America’s best new private courses and ninth best overall new course in 2008. It beat other Southeastern courses including The Cliffs, Jack Nicklaus’ course at Keowee; Tom Fazio’s Hasentree in Raleigh; and Reynolds Plantation’s Creek Club in Greensboro, Georgia.

Fast forward to 2009 and the former Kannapolis Country Club has a new name, a completely new layout and a new clubhouse. The Club at Irish Creek is now a par 71, 7,099-yard complete rework of the former Kannapolis Country Club, the 55-year-old private course located along the banks of Kannapolis Lake not far from downtown. New challenges await golfers and a new residential community is taking root around it.

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Hole No.8 is a 179-yard par 3 that offers some of the most breathtaking views of the course.

textile heritage with the energy and innovation of today’s top international scientists and research pioneers. He is spending $1.5 billion to make it happen. Irish Creek’s golf transformation was the vision of North Carolina native and PGA Tour professional, Davis Love III. “The property is just gorgeous,” says Love, who believes the course resembles Pinehurst No. 4. “It’s not just a ‘put down new grass’ restoration, it’s a rebirth of the golf course. We’ve changed a lot of holes in their existing corridors and built four new holes. [It is] really a brand new golf course on an old site.” Love’s philosophy incorporates traditional design elements in a manner that stands up to modern golf technology. He placed particular emphasis on tee placement to allow seniors, women and juniors to experience shot values similar to those of today’s long hitters. “Davis wanted to create a golf course where you could go out and play with your mother or father,” explains Jeff Austin, general manager. “He didn’t want it to be all about carrying water and hitting Continued on page 45

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New Traditions After a year of renovation work that included the addition of four new holes cut through a forest of mature pines and oaks, as well as the redesign of numerous other corridors and hole layouts, the course reopened in October 2007. “For all intents and purposes, this is a new course on a beautifully historic and blessed piece of property,” says Greg Inggs, vice president of sales and marketing. “From the golf course to the clubhouse and even in the homes we build, we are trying to preserve history and make new traditions in everything we do.” “The new design keeps the old walking tradition in mind and accommodates the new technology of today’s game,” explains Alan Cress, head golf professional. “Playing Irish Creek is as much about enjoying its history and beauty as it is about weighing risk and reward in favor of a low score.” He says Kannapolis Lake comes into play on eight different holes and is visible from 16 of the 18 holes. Austin adds that Irish Creek was in top shape following the renovation. “One of the best things to happen to us when we opened our doors was that Myers Park, River Run and Carolina Country Club all had scheduled improvements that forced them to temporarily close their courses,” he says. “They sent their members our way through a reciprocity program, and it was a great learning experience for our staff and a true test for the new course. The accolades were tremendous. Golfers said our course played like it had been on the ground for years.” Cress believes the final four holes are what members discuss the most. “Members try to get their score as low as they can from the very beginning of their round because they know when they get to 15 through 18, they will give a few shots back,” he says. “Davis Love created a course that changes with wind, weather and pin placement and forces you to use every club in your bag. The final sequence is a real tribute to his style.” When you visit Irish Creek for the first time, you will see a course built on tradition and community spirit. At first glance, it is difficult to tell

the new from the old, and that’s what Love and his team wanted. The original clubhouse is now a restaurant and the old scoreboard, as well as the striped rain shelter remain in pristine shape. And while the caddies have been replaced by carts, their spirit adds to old school traditions and the growing strength of an up-andcoming community that is Irish Creek and Kannapolis. LNC

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A Fresh

Photo courtesy of North Harbor Club.

The staff at North Harbor Club shops local farmers markets for the freshest ingredients.

Carolina Lump Crabcake served over oven-roasted Yukon Gold potatoes, thyme and garlic with asparagus is a favorite at North Harbor Club.

North Harbor Club’s serene environment coupled with its innovative entrées make it a favorite stop by land or water


For other restaurants, such as at North Harbor Club in Davidson, the downturn has turned out to be a surprising blessing in disguise. Items once overlooked are now getting consistent attention as budgetconscious diners opt for entrées that are cheaper but no less flavorful than say, the filet mignon. “We used to go through so much red meat, and now we’re selling things we might not have sold

before,” says Ron Blazek, director of operations at North Harbor Club. “We have five or six items that we sell more of rather just one.” Contemporary with a twist Proving that not all waterfront restaurants must serve fried or bartype food in order to survive, the six-year-old restaurant excels at delivering contemporary dishes using 47

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nteresting things are happening at restaurants as a result of the shaky economy. Some have seen the expected decrease in business. However, others have seen an equal amount of business, only it occurs in an explosion on weekends as people cut back on dining out during the week.

the freshest ingredients that can be found by shopping at local farmers markets and farms. The menu sees a couple of seasonal changes, and for the most part marinated meats are sautéed, grilled or roasted, while side items add complementary flavors and

Photo courtesy of North Harbor Club.

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North Harbor’s entrées offer a contemporary twist that keeps customers coming by car and by boat.

textures to the plate. “[Our mission] is that we exceed customers expectations…and that their plates are empty,” Blazek says. Taking a cue from its waterfront location, the interior features conversation-inspiring nautical décor and rich dark woods. Plenty of windows overlooking North Harbor marina provide a beautiful view while they work with the lighting to keep the space from feeling stuffy. Outside, a large patio with trees trimmed in white lights offers an inviting spot to enjoy a meal with a view of the lake and nearby dock. With live entertainment four nights a week (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 7-10 p.m. and Sunday from 6-9:30 p.m.) from Memorial Day through Labor Day, a table on the patio is the place to be. In addition to live entertainment, the restaurant offers Martini Mondays where all martinis are $4.50, and Bottle Blow-Out Tuesdays where bottles of wine on the regular wine list are half price.

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Creative cuisine On the menu, favorite appetizers include Coconut Shrimp Lollipop, pureed shrimp mixed with coconut milk and seasonings that sets in a Popsicle mold before being covered with panko bread crumbs prior to sautéing, and Three Amigos, corn tortillas filled with tasso, applewood bacon and chorizo. Showing a broad range options, Miso Glazed Tuna, Charred Tenderloin of Pork, Herb Roasted Salmon and Charcoal Grilled Flat Iron Steak are consistent top-selling Continued on page 50


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entrées. Creative sides, already paired with entrées, include oven-roast tomato and basil vinaigrette, asiago-basil potato cake, smashed corn grit cake and Japanese radish-cucumber and black sesame slaw. Dessert highlights range from Chocolate Tasting, a small sampler of five different chocolate creations, to Tart Key Lime Pie to Tahitian Vanilla Bean Cheesecake. Regardless of what you select for your meal, the vacation ambiance of North Harbor Club will leave you feeling like you’ve just taken a few days off. LNC TOP FIVE INGREDIENTS

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The Wine Loft in Mooresville has vino lovers around the lake raising their glasses The Food and The Wine: A rich tapas menu rounds out a wine selection featuring more than 100 distinct labels. Order by the bottle or by the glass, and don’t forget to check out the Wine of the Month. March’s headliner was a 2007 Dr. L Riesling. No worries if you’re not into wine as there’s a full liquor and beer bar as well. Back to the food, be sure to try the Wild Mushroom Bruschetta and the Baked Brie En Croute. Need something a little heavier with your wine? The Filet Sliders served with Maytag blue cheese butter and sweet onion jam should do the trick. The sweet side of the menu offers Coffee Crème Brulee, Molton Lava Cake and Tiramisu. The Scene: Although it’s located in a Mooresville shopping center, The Wine Loft has a hip metropolitan vibe that makes you forget that as soon as you enter. With contemporary music in the background (there are no TVs here) and a sea of chocolate brown couches waiting for deep conversation, this is a fresh concept for the lake area. Sheer brown curtains peppered with modern silver polka dots serve as subtle partitions if necessary, and the staff is happy to move furniture around to meet your group’s seating needs. The Crowd: Age doesn’t seem to matter as much here as where you land on the cool scale. Office colleagues hang out here after a long day at work, while groups of friends converge later in the evening. If you’re navigating dating locations, this is the place for a third or fourth

date. Leave the sneakers at home, as The Wine Loft has a dress code that forbids them. The Wallet Factor: Tapas dishes range from $8 to $16, while wine starts at $6 by the glass and tops out at about $500 for a bottle of Roederer Estate Cristal. The Cool Touch: Scheduled events throughout the week keep things interesting. Monday nights mean $5 specialty martinis followed by half-price wine by the bottle on Tuesdays, $10 wine tastings on Wine Down Wednesdays and Ladies Night on Thursdays, complete with live entertainment. Why It’ll Work: Lake lovers don’t want to hike to uptown Charlotte for a good glass of wine in an upscale setting. Now, they don’t have to. LNC

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Spanish Treasure

Move over France and Italy because Spaniards know a thing or two about wine as well


hen it comes to wine, France and Italy overshadow Spain. The fact is that Spanish wines deserve a closer look. There’s a lot of pleasure to be had here and at a much lower cost than with the two European big boys.

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Guiding your way There are a couple of guidelines to go by while investigating Spanish wines. First, look for wines that have the blessing of Spain’s wine overseers — look for wines that carry a Denominación de Origen (DO). The DO tells you where in Spain the wine is from, and it’s also an indicator that you’re getting a wine that has an approved level of quality. 52

Second, check the label to see if there’s an indicator of how long the wine has been aged. Spaniards have a taste for oaked and aged wines, so it’s important to know what you’re getting. Wines can be designated Crianza, Reserva or Gran Reserva. These are the aristocracy. Crianza are the younger wines. They are aged for two years, at least one in oak. Gran Reserva indicates an older wine made from exceptional vintages. These gems must be aged 24 months in casks and 36 months in bottles. Lack of an aging designation doesn’t mean a wine is no good. Not at all. The simple rule of thumb, though, is that if you see a wine with its aging stated and if the price is right, go for it — it’s going to be good. Conducting research The most well-known Spanish wine, by far, is from the Above: The label on a Spanish wine tells you how long the wine has been aged.

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Barbara Green shares her system for designing vacation interiors

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Left: Barbara Green of Sensibly Chic in Cornelius followed the Seven Cs (color, casual, comfortable, collected, carefree, clutter free and creative) while designing this beach bedroom for a client.

Photo by Robert Paron

Right: White works well as a base for beach getaways, as it enhances outdoor elements such as the sky and water.


hether it’s a white wicker rocking chair with a delicate pastel pillow or a heavy, wood couch upholstered with a rich, dark fabric, your favorite piece of furniture might be miles away in your vacation home.

This clutter-free design for a bedroom offers personality as a many of its pieces project a collected feel.

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Homeowners often use local artwork in their second-home decor as a way to personalize it even more.

Photo by Robert Paron

The Seven Cs Growing in popularity over the past five to 10 years, when more disposable income became available, many people took the opportunity to buy vacation homes. While some chose the mountains and others chose the beach, some people decided to buy property in both places. And while many secondhome buyers decide to work with a designer from the early stages of construction, others

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Photo by Robert Paron

Interior designer Barbara Green of Sensibly Chic in Cornelius offers a full range of services for homes and businesses, and her residential decorating isn’t limited to just the Lake Norman and Charlotte area. She also specializes in mountain cabins, beach bungalows, lake retreats and any other second homes her clients might own.

Photo by Robert Paron

buy existing properties and want to customize their homes to their personal styles. Green, a self-admitted system-based person, works with her system called the “Seven Cs of Vacation Home Decorating.” She lists those as color, casual, comfortable, collected, carefree, clutter free and creative. While color, casual and comfortable are easy to understand, Green explains that “collected” is a look designed to appear as if its furnishings have been collected for years. “Make the room feel like it has evolved,” she says, instead of purchasing a suite of coordinated furniture. “It should look like a world traveler has picked up or collected pieces over time.” Carefree and clutter free means decorating so that your furnishings and accessories don’t cause added stress in your life. Green suggests two distinct styles, depending on where your home is located. Mountain homes and beach houses typically have different color schemes and furniture styles. If you’ve got a lake house, how you decorate might depend on whether the lake is near the mountains or the coast. Your lifestyle might also dictate your décor. If going to the lake house has your family immersed in water sports and outdoor living, your interior might reflect the look

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While color, casual and comfortable are easy to understand, Green explains that “collected” is a look designed to appear as if its furnishings have been collected for years. “Make the room feel like it has evolved,” she says, instead of purchasing a suite of coordinated furniture. “It should look like a world traveler has picked up or collected pieces over time.”

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of a beach house. But if your lake house is where you go to curl up by the fireplace and enjoy the view from your picture window, the mountain décor theme with overstuffed furniture and stone tabletops (perfect for hot chocolate) might be the way to go. Informal and fun Vacation homes are typically less formal than year-round homes, Green says. “Use cottons, wools and linen in vacation homes. There should be no fabric with shine,” she adds. “Fussy fabric and uptight furniture aren’t going to cut it in a mountain home.” And less formality invites whimsy, she adds. Homeowners often use local artwork in their second-home décor. Art that wouldn’t work in their regular home often works in a vacation house. From wall hangings and tabletop displays to signs with cute sayings and regional arts and crafts, there’s more of an informal feel in the second home. Even though the vacation home might be less formal, it might be more expensive, Green says. “Because we work so hard during the week, we need to spoil ourselves on the weekends,” she says of getaways. The expense of construction — hauling materials up a steep mountain road and building on a sloping site compared to delivering them and building on a flat piece of land on a paved road in the city — can also drive the cost up. Property owners who build high-end second homes are more discerning about their décor than families who once used “donation décor” discarded from their main homes for their vacation retreats. What’s important is that you design your décor around your personality and needs. Continued on page 62








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Private and peaceful describes this waterfront and golf course beauty! A wonderful open floorplan loaded with an abundance of special features. A true gourmet kitchen with all the bells and whistles. A music room plus an office on the main level. Lavish master retreat on the main level with lake views. Finished lake level that is perfect for entertaining with wet bar, huge family room area and bath. 2 screened terraces overlook the oversized parklike fenced yard. Tons of storage space. 3 car garage. Private dock with boatslip. 4Br/4.5Ba 5771 heated sq. ft. 1.12 acre MLS# 773390 $1,550,000


Spectacular waterfront home with great views of Lake Norman. Exquisite decorating. 2 story greatroom. Tons of windows to capture the views! Gourmet kitchen with granite countertops. Master retreat on the main level. Spacious secondary bedrooms on the upper level. The prefect home for entertaining. All of this and situated on a level lot with incredible lush landscaping. Trex dock with 8800 lb lift. Location, Location, Location! Convenient to it all with the new exit 32! 4BR/3.5BA .73 acre MLS# 814384 $1,395,000


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Amazing waterfront home with impeccable architectural details throughout! Spectacular two story great room with wall of windows. Wonderful flowing floorplan. Formal areas, office, sunroom and so much more! A gourmet chef’s dream kitchen with all the bells and whistles you could imagine. The luxurious master suite features a sitting room and truly relaxing spa style bath. Huge unfinished basement! Outdoor living at its best with a salt water filtered pool complete with waterfall, breath taking terrace and private pier. Lake living doesn’t get any better than this. Great home at an Incredible price! 4Br/3Full Ba/2Half Ba .87acre MLS# 827094 $1,185,000




Beautiful waterfront home that is perfect for the Lake Norman lifestyle. Every imaginable detail. Very open large gourmet kitchen, wonderful greatroom, custom built-in cabinetry, 3 fireplaces. A luxurious master suite on the main level. 3 spacious secondary bedrooms up plus an office. Full finished lake level that is ideal for entertaining-billiards, exercise room with steam shower, wine cellar, lake side kitchen. Incredible outdoor living area with inground pool overlooking the lake. Large cul-de-sac lot with 178 feet of shoreline. Private pier with lift. This home has so much to offer ! 4Br/4.5Ba 6819 sq.ft. .85acre MLS#835937 $2,100,000




Spectacular waterfront home! Arcadia custom built with exquisite detail at every turn. Extensive mouldings, exposed beams., marble and more! Gourmet kitchen plus prep kitchen. Luxurious master with fireplace. Large bonus room plus 3 additional bedrooms on the upper level. Lake level complete with kitchen, recreation room, 2nd living quarters. Lot can accommodate a pool. Boatslip located directly behind the home. 5BR/4 Full baths/2 half baths 1.28 acre MLS# 826517 $1,499,000


Paradise Found-Water views from both sides! Spectacular sunsets and wonderful sunrises-who could ask for anything more! Two story home with vaulted ceilings, stone fireplace. Spacious bedrooms with master retreat on the main floor. Beautiful setting with tons of trees and flowers. Concrete boat ramp and private pier with hoist for boat and jet ski. Irrigation system. This is a rare find!3Br/2.5Ba .53acre MLS#815866 $1,363,000




Incredible true waterview and golf course home! This warm and inviting home has details galore throughout. Formal dining with extensive mouldings. Greatroom overlooking the course and water with stone fireplace. Wonderful kitchen with top of the line appliances, granite and more. Delightful sunroom. The prefect master retreat! 3 additional bedrooms plus a bonus room and media room. Boatslip included! 4Br/4.5 Ba 4628 sq. ft. 1.28 acres MLS#760065 $1,070,000




Incredible waterfront house with over 200 feet of shoreline. Great views! This custom home has everything to offer starting with the perfect floorplan! Large gourmet kitchen that opens to the greatroom, wet bar, sunken living room. 2 fireplaces! Beautiful master suite on the main level. 4 spacious bedrooms up and an executive office plus a bonus room. Unfinished basement with endless possibilities. Private Pier! 5BR/4.5BA.76 acre MLS# 828477 $1,935,000


Extraordinarily unique waterfront property! Details abound in this amazing home from the Rosewood floors, mosaic glass countertop, curved glass block wall, intriguing bathroom fixtures-the list is endless! Office on 3rd floor with private balcony and breathtaking views! Master suite on main living area with sunken whirlpool tub, private shower and custom cabinetry. Lake level with hobby room or bonus room and full bath. Incredible open views all around this home. Picturesque manicured grounds-over 450 ft of rip-rapped shoreline. Private pier with covered boatslip. 3826 heated sq. ft. .93 acre MLS#762688 $1,400,000


New! Home just completed in December of 2007! Incredible peaceful waterfront retreat situated on a gorgeous deep water lot with great sunset views. Over 300’ of shoreline. 2 story great room with a wall of windows to appreciate the views. A true gourmet kitchen with island and peninsula, granite! Beautiful master suite on the main level. 3 additional spacious bedrooms on the upper level Finished basement. New covered private dock! Room for a pool. Close proximity to The Point, can have membership privileges! LEASE PURCHASE OR OWNER FINANCING AVAILABLE. $20,000 BuyerIncentive! 5Br/3.5 Ba 5095 heated sq. ft. 1.15 acre MLS#769146 $1,250,000




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A wonderful waterfront hideaway just outside the sought after golf, lake and country club community The Point! This special home features a full brick exterior nestled on a large waterfront lot with over 200 feet of shoreline. Sunroom, rear covered porch and deck to appreciate the magnificent water views Master suite on the main level and 2 additional spacious bedrooms up. Private dock. 3Br/3Ba 2496sq. ft. .83 acre MLS#818996 $748,000




Wonderful custom home in cul-de-sac and within walking distance to The Village. Soaring ceilings in foyer and great room, loaded with floor to ceiling windows. Spacious master suite on main level. 3 BR up plus a bonus room. Neutral decor throughout. Screened porch. Beautiful lot with plenty of privacy. Boatslip included. 4Br/4Ba .92 acre MLS#841257 $689,000



One of the last opportunities to own an exceptional waterfront lot at The Point! Great level waterfront lot-113 ft of shoreline w/exceptional views situated in The Village section of The Point. Property percs for 5 bedroom home. Boatslip is just steps away! .75 acre MLS#816093 $795,000


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Gorgeous home with magnificent treed, fenced and very private lot. Open floor plan with heavy moldings and details. Kitchen with stainless steel appliances, granite and glazed maple cabinets Main level master with spa bath Lots of hardwood and tile flooring. Plenty of extra closets. There is even an indoor dog kennel! Huge media/bonus room with equipment to convey. Spacious secondary bedrooms on the upper level one with its own bath. Walk to deeded boat slip! 4Br/3.5Ba 3414 sq. ft. .76 acre MLS#832029 $688,870




Gorgeous home on the golf course w/a boatslip included! Open plan, a wall of windows in the greatroom to capture the views. Hardwood floors, cherry cabinets, granite and new appliances. 2 fireplaces, 1 in the den/office. Exquisite master suite on main level with luxury bath. 3 large bedrooms on the upper level plus a bonus room, exercise room, office and a balcony overlooking the course. Wonderful architectural details throughout the home. Screened porch, patio and more! Beautiful home! 4Br/4.5Ba 4568sq. ft. .61 acre MLS#761118 $795,000




Beautiful home situated on a very large private lot-virtually no surrounding neighbors! Tons of mature pine and hardwood trees, serene setting, beautifully landscaped. Wonderful open floor plan. A wall of windows in the greatroom to capture the park like setting and stone fireplace with gas logs. Gorgeous wood floors, beautiful architectural mouldings throughout, cherry cabinets, stainless appliances and antique butcher block wood center island. Huge master retreat with large walk-in closet, air tub, large tiled shower and dual vanities. 3 additional spacious bedrooms and/or bonus room. Main level has area that can easily be converted into a master suite or quest suite. Boatslip included! 4Br/4Ba 1.268 acre MLS#827660 $715,000





Amazing full brick on a large wooded lot. Wonderful and inviting open. Details around every corner inside and out. Hardwood floors on the main level, extra mouldings, two fireplaces as well as an abundant amount of storage. Gourmet kitchen with keeping room. Exquisite master suite to relax in. Large secondary bedrooms on the second level with an oversized bonus room. Beautiful home with so much to offer in a great neighborhood. 4Br/3.5 Ba 3990 Sq Ft. MLS#804263 $650,000

A rare find! 180 degree view with 214 feet of shoreline. Sunrise and sunset-it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get any better than this! Breathtaking views from the moment you enter this incredible home! Loaded with distinctive features-hardwood floors throughout the entire home. Custom built-in cabinetry, coffered ceiling, extensive mouldings and so much more! Exquisite master suite with amazing spa bath. 3 bedrooms up plus a huge media/bonus room. Lower level is perfect for entertaining. Private pier. 5BR/5.5BA .82 acre MLS# 836235 $1,995,000

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Beautiful home situated in a cul-de-sac on a wooded, 1.25 acre lot. Details are abundant, open plan, bull nosed corners, arched doorways, exposed beams, distressed hardwood floors, wood burning stone FP, large gourmet kitchen, Very warm and inviting! One bedroom and full bath on main level. Exquisite master suite, nice secondary bedrooms w/oversized bonus w/vaulted ceilings. Much to offer in a great neighborhood. 4Br/4Ba 3823 sq. ft. 1.25 acre MLS#809614 $599,000



340 Bayberry Creek. Wonderful home with great custom quality features throughout. Hardwood floors on the main level, extensive mouldings. Gourmet kitchen with granite, double ovens and large island. Greatroom with see through fireplace. Master suite on the main level. 3 additional spacious bedrooms on the upper level plus media and bonus rooms. Large wooded lot. Beautiful home at an incredible price! 4Br/3.5Ba .94 acre MLS#815394 $574,900


Uniquely designed waterfront home with 400+/- feet of water frontage. Great views, rip rapped shoreline and level lot. Home updated, separate studio apartment for additional living quarters. 3 Br/2.5 Ba .94 acre MLS#828998 $595,000 **Additional waterfront lot available next door .66 acre** MLS#829016 $275,000

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Beach getaway For homes at the beach, color is one of the defining elements, as it gives the house a light, airy feel. Green uses colors with a white base as well as shades similar to the sky and water and other outdoor elements. She also suggests minimal window treatments because they block the view that attracted property owners to the beach in the first place. Instead of covering the windows, use a valance across the top instead. Green says wall-to-wall carpeting should never be used in a beach house because the sand that inevitably finds its way into the house can damage it. “I recommend hard surfaces — hardwoods, laminates or tile,” she adds. Area rugs can be used on the floor, she says, suggesting cotton rugs that can be washed or natural fiber sisal that will dry quickly. When homeowners are selecting fabrics, Green says that they should remember what

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A second home is a great place to show off your whimsical side with bold colors mixed with fun pieces.

people normally wear (think wet swimsuits and cover-ups) when they sit on furniture at the beach. With that in mind, durability is key. Green suggests cotton slipcovers that can be washed or manmade microfiber furniture known for being durable and stain resistant. “Denim is great at the beach,” Green says. Along with being washable and durable, it fits the blue and white color scheme that ties into the sky and the sea.

Head for the mountains Green says deeper, richer colors are better for mountain properties, usually in areas where the weather is colder. The jewel tones, including red, blue, purple, green and yellow, give rooms a warmer feeling, she explains. Deep earth tones and greens pick up the outdoor grasses and trees. Colors used to decorate mountain homes tend to have a black base, unlike the white base for beach houses. Using texture, whether in upholstery or incorporating rich, fabric pillows with a leather couch, adds warmth. Natural, earthy elements also work well with mountain décor, she adds, saying stone accent pieces coordinate with stone fireplaces, which are popular in mountain retreats. “Nothing delicate is going into a mountain home,” Green says. While beautiful mountain views are one of the reasons people buy mountain Continued on page 64

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601 Greenway — Brick home with separate art studio with full bath. Almost 1/2 acre. Historic part of town. This property has great potential! Walk to town, Davidson College. Jane Elliott 704-534-5614 or Mary Lib Richards 704-609-4674 MLS #827823 $349,500

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19009 Wildcat Trail — Beautiful home, Perfect for entertaining. Around 5300 sq ft.Walkup attic can be easily converted to living space. Gourmet kitchen, Great views of 18th fairway and clubhouse. Large bedrooms. 2 Screen porches, 2 fireplaces, terrace overlooks 18th fairway & clubhouse, 3 car garage, fenced backyard. One of the prettiest lots in River Run. Mary Lib Richards 704-609-4674 MLS 805229 $945,000

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138 Red Brook Ln. — You’ll feel like you’re on a MOUNTAIN RETREAT in this newly constructed 3 BR 3.5 BA home. Soaring ceilings, oak floors w/ cherry inlay, granite everywhere, unfinished walk out basement overlooks wooded back yard. Kathy Corum 704-724-5063 MLS 836461 $350,000

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102 Sweet Magnolia — NEW HOME,GORGEOUS VIEWS. Gourmet kitchen w/stainless double ovens, island butlers pantry w/glass doors. 2 fireplaces, hardwood floors. 3 large bedrooms. 3.5 baths.Patio, 2 porches. Davidson Pointe is in the Town of Davidson in Iredell. Mary Lib Richards 704-609-4674 Seller will entertain offers between 589,900$629,875 MLS#841002

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148 Monarch Ln. — PRISTINE perfect 4 BR w/bonus custom brick home in quiet community. Master on main, huge bath, screened porch w/double-sided fireplace, gourmet kitchen on over an acre lot. Kathy Corum 704-724-5063 MLS 836361 $499,900

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5809 Paper Whites Ln. — You won’t need to look any further once you step foot into this fabulous home! Huge master bedroom on second floor large enough for sitting area or work out, master bath has jetted tub and shower along w/dual vanities and closets, extra large kitchen great for entertaining, dining room has built-in china cabinet and room for wine cooler, great room off the kitchen w/fireplace and walk-out basement. Kathy Corum 704-724-5063 MLS 842921 $320,000

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Julie King Lopez 704-451-4001 126 Crescent Drive — The perfect DAVIDSON CLASSIC to renovate Wonderful location and beautiful yard! Well built home with 4 bedrooms and 3.5 baths, formal living room, dining room, den and office. Julie King Lopez, 704-451-4001 MLS # 792308 $499,000

156 Harper Lee — Immaculate townhouse in PREMIERE NEIGHBORHOOD. Sought after double front porches. Master down. Brick patio. Julie King Lopez, 704-451-4001 MLS# 831906 $325,900

142 Vernon Drive — CHARMING HOME on half acre lot near South Main Arts District. 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths. Sunny kitchen, fenced yard, living room and large den. Great price for Davidson! Julie King Lopez, 704-451-4001 MLS# 785387 $269,000


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years. Sadly, renters occasionally walk off with items ranging from knickknacks to expensive furnishings, explains Green. Rental property means putting less personality into the home since it’s going to be used by a variety of temporary tenants. In addition, you should consider more durable surfaces, including tabletops that don’t leave watermarks if glasses are left on them. LNC

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homes, designers will probably suggest functional draperies to keep the cold out. Green suggests draperies that can be opened during the day so you can enjoy the view. If the windows are “super insulated,” consider a valance. Designing for vacation rentals Other factors in determining how to decorate and how much to spend are how

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the home will be used and who will be using it. If it’s strictly for family and personal guests, consider the same type of investment pieces that you would for your yearround home. However, if you plan to lease your home to renters you don’t know, consider more affordably priced pieces that might need to be replaced or repaired every few

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Five bedroom home in highly sought after neighborhood! Open floorplan w/large living spaces. Lots of storage. Great curb appeal, deck overlooking fenced yard w/beautiful mature trees. Roof & fence approx. 2 years old and HVAC & carpet approx. 3.5 years old. Walk to neighoborhood amenities, close to I-77, retail, hospital & parks! MLS 836694 $289,000.

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Grammy-nominated band with strong roots in the independent music scene headlines Davidson College’s spring concert. Special guests include Cold War Kids and Ra Ra Riot. 8 p.m. $20-$30. Belk Arena, Davidson College, 704.894.2135, www.

Easter Egg Hunt (April 11) Search for thousands of toy- and candy-filled Easter eggs at Historic Latta Plantation. 11 a.m. ages 1-3, 12:30 p.m. ages 4-6, 2 p.m. ages 7-10. $5 per child. Historic Latta Plantation, 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville, 704.875.2312,

Civil War Soldier for a Day (April 18) Children 8 to 12 join the Northern and Southern armies for a day of battle. Pre-registration is required.10 a.m.-4 p.m. $40. Historic Latta Plantation, 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville, 704.875.2312,

Rachmaninoff’s “Piano Concerto #2 in C minor, Op. 18” and a piece by Einojuhani Rautavaara. Western Piedmont Symphony. 8 p.m. $15-$40. First Baptist Church, 339 2nd Ave., NW, Hickory, 828.324.8603,

VOX & Friends: Gospel — Hope and Brotherhood (April 5) Directed by

Family Arts Day (April 18) Enjoy a day of art filled with youth artisan vendors, group art projects, craft demonstrations and performances by the Cornelius Youth Orchestra and The Connie Company. 1-4 p.m. Free. Cornelius Arts Center,

YMCA Healthy Kids Day (April 18) YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day celebrates making fitness fun, while it introduces your little ones to the YMCA’s programs and tools that teach healthy behavior. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Lowe’s YMCA, 170 Joe V. Knox Ave., Mooresville, 704.716.4001, www. Arts and Culture for Kids (Through

David Tang and Peppie Calvar, the professional singing group known as VOX brings its gospel concert of hope and brotherhood to St. Alban’s Episcopal Church. 3 p.m. $15, seniors and students $10, children 10 and under free. St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 301 Caldwell Lane, Davidson, 704.941.0650,

The Creation (April 27) The Davidson College Concert Choir and the Davidson Pro Arte Orchestra present “The Creation” by Franz Josef Haydn in honor of the 200th anniversary of the composer’s death. 7:30 p.m. $5-$15. Duke Family Performance Hall, Davidson College, 704.894.2135,

 Dance

Davidson Dance Ensemble (April 17-18)

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April 22) The Children’s Art Project facilitates an eight-week program that teaches art techniques from all seven continents to children ages 2 through 6. Wednesday mornings 10-10:45 a.m. $7 drop-in, $50 entire series. Huntersville Arts & Cultural Center. Registration encouraged. 704.766.2220,

Enjoy a vast variety of dancing styles (think hip-hop, lyrical, salsa and step) performed by the Davidson Dance Ensemble, a student-choreographed and student-danced group of Davidson College. 8:30 p.m. $6 faculty, staff and community members; $4 students. Duke Family Performance Hall, Alvarez Student Union, Davidson College,

 Concerts

 Education

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with classes offered by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. BS & S Core Course, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. $45. Sherrill’s Ford Fire Department, 4011 Slanting Bridge Road, Sherrill’s Ford, 704.663.3333.

 Events

Contra Dance (April 3) Partake in a social and

high-energy dance that can be enjoyed with no prior contra dance experience. John Trexler & Co. provides the music, while Charley Harvey serves as the caller. 7-10:30 p.m. $7, $5 students. Davidson I.B. Middle School, 251 South St., Davidson, www.

Ghost Hunting Exploration (April 3-4) Search for ghosts at Historic Latta Plantation with the North American Paranormal Society. Reservations required. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $50. Historic Latta Plantation, 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville, 704.875.2312, PhotoWILD! (April 4) Get some amazing shots of the Carolina Raptor Center’s majestic residents. 8 a.m.- 12 p.m. $65 members, $90 non-members, $40 students with ID, registration is limited to 35 people. Carolina Raptor Center, 6000 Sample Road, Huntersville, 704.875.6521, Behind the Scenes Tour (April 4-5) Go backstage at Carolina Raptor Center to see what’s involved in nurturing its feathered inhabitants. 2 p.m. Regular admission plus additional fees, preregistration is appreciated. Carolina Raptor Center, 6000 Sample Road, Huntersville, 704.875.6521, Davidson Farmer’s Market (April 4 and 18) Stock up on local food and produce as you socialize with your neighbors. 9-11 a.m. Free. In the

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On the Corner of Art and Main (April 10)

Downtown Mooresville shows its artistic side with its monthly ArtWalk. 6-9 p.m. Free. Downtown Mooresville, 704.664.2414, www.artworksonmain. com.

Meet the Keeper at Carolina Raptor Center (April 11) Learn about the natural behav-

ior and personalities of our feathered friends. 2 p.m. Free with regular admission. Carolina Raptor Center, 6000 Sample Road, Huntersville, 704.875.6521,

2nd Annual Gallery Crawl (April 17) Galler-

ies and businesses in Cornelius and Davidson open their doors for an evening of fun. Participating artists work in a variety of mediums, including paint, drawing, ceramics, jewelry, glass, metal, wood, fiber, sculpture and photography. A trolley is available to shuttle crawlers from Cornelius to Davidson. Hosted by Cornelius PARC Department and Downtown Davidson, Inc. 6-9:30 p.m. Free. 704.892.6031, www.,

East Lincoln Community Garden Club — Fourth Annual Spring Plant Sale (April

18) Welcome spring with hardy perennials, shrubs, fruit and vegetable varieties (including herbs), hanging baskets, orchids, and garden accessories at the East Lincoln Community Garden Club’s Fourth Annual Spring Plant Sale. 9 a.m.-1 p.m., raffle scheduled for 1 p.m. Webbs Chapel UMC, 4640 Webbs Chapel Church Road, Denver, 704.483.7119.

An Evening with Bob McKillop (April 21)

Spend an evening with the coach of Davidson College’s men’s basketball team, Bob McKillop. The coach with the most all-time wins in Davidson College’s history talks about how his faith and experience in contemporary life affects his coaching philosophy. Limited to 100 couples, the fund-raising dinner benefits Catholic College Ministries at Davidson College. Cocktails begin at 6:30 p.m. $150 per couple. Davidson College, 704.905.9365.

Rural Hill Scottish Festival & Loch Norman Highland Games (April 17-19) Grab your kilt and enjoy a weekend of Scottish folk art and fun. Fri 5:30 p.m., Sat 8 a.m., Sun 8 a.m. Ticket and event prices vary. Rural Hill, Huntersville, 704.875.3113, 301 Caldwell Lane, Davidson, 704.895.8955, www.

The 2nd Annual LaughMS Event (April 28)

Comedians and local MCs make you chuckle, laugh and giggle while raising money to support Multiple Sclerosis research through the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Doors open at 7 p.m., show begins at 8 p.m. $20. The Comedy Zone at The Galway Hooker, 17044 Kenton Drive, Cornelius,

 Festivals

Benches on the GREEN! (April 4) Enjoy

jugglers, face painting, music and refreshments while local artists partner with local businesses and groups in Davidson to create functional works of art. 10 a.m-noon. Free. Davidson Village Green, Davidson,

Art for Life Gala (April 25) Presented by the

Kate MacIntyre Foundation, the Art for Life Gala features poetry, dramatic readings and musical performances by the Aurora Trio and Kate Minogue. 7-10:30 p.m. $50. St. Alban’s Episcopal Church,

Mother Earth with crafts, storytelling and visits with resident raptors at Carolina Raptor Center. Noon-4 p.m. Free with regular admission. Carolina Raptor Center, 6000 Sample Road, Huntersville, 704.875.6521, www.carolinaraptorcenter. org.

Blast Off! (April 25) Kids and their parents cel-

ebrate construction and community at the site of the forthcoming Discovery Place KIDS. Enjoy pony rides, live performances, crafts and carnival fun. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Corner of Old Statesville and Gilead Roads in Huntersville,

 Galleries

Artworks on Main Instructors of Artworks on Main and their students exhibit their work in the gallery’s “Student Show.” Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat 9 a.m.-2 p.m. 165 North Main Street, Mooresville, 704.664.2414, Christa Faut Gallery “Caroline Rust: In Between Moods.” Through April 28. 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,

Art on the Green (April 25-26) Fine art,

live music and delicious cuisine are what this downtown Davidson festival is all about. Sat 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun noon-4 p.m. Free. Davidson Village Green,

Creative Art Exchange, The Cornelius Arts Center Gallery “Roots, Smoke,

Airplane,” a monoprint exhibit by Felicia van Bork. Through May 2. Mon-Thu 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Fri and Sat by appointment. 19725 Oak St., Cornelius, 704.892.7323,


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Racin’ Rockin’‘N Roofin’ (April 25) Celebrate Our Towns Habitat for Humanity winning “Affiliate of the Year.” Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar and dancing to music by the Center City Groove band. Reservations required by March 31. 7:30 p.m. Free, donations welcome. Raceworld USA, 20310 Chartwell Center Drive, Cornelius, 704.896.8957, extension 1122,

Earth Day Celebration (April 18) Celebrate

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Depot Fine Arts Gallery Monthly exhibitions. Tue-Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sun 1-4 p.m. 103 W. Center Ave., Mooresville, 704.663.6661,

S. Main St., Davidson, 704.895.1213,

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.

Four Corners Framing and Gallery

Monthly exhibitions. Tue-Fri 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 112 S. Main St., Mooresville, 704.662.7154,

Van Every/Smith Galleries, Katherine and Tom Belk Visual Arts Center Chris

Lake Norman Art League The 2009

Spring Exhibit of the Lake Norman Art League features a variety of works by its members. Through May 1, opening reception April 17 from 6-9 p.m. Mon-Fri 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Lake Norman Art League Gallery, 442 South Main St., Davidson, 704.237.1042,

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

Merrill-Jennings Galleries “The Gallery Group Show” includes an eclectic mix of paintings and sculpture. Look for new works by Loren DiBenedetto, Virginia Quillen, Susan Jennings, Jodi John, Charles Jay, Ray Byram, Michael Parkes and others. Mon-Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m., open April 17 until 9:30 p.m. for the Gallery Crawl. 463

Johanson, a product of San 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. Through April 15. The “2009 Student Juried Exhibition” highlights the work of art majors and non-art majors during the academic year. April 24-May 6. Reception and award announcements April 23, 7-9 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,

 Theatre

Company (Through April 4) Davidson Col-

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. $15, seniors $11, faculty/ staff $9, students $6. Duke Family Performance Hall, Davidson College, 704.894.2135, www.

The House at Pooh Corner (April 30May 9) Davidson Community Players’ Connie Company presents this touching story by A.A. Milne. Adapted by Bettye Knapp with original music by Wilmer H. Welsh, this children’s classic follows Christopher Robin as he sets out on an adventure with Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore, Tigger and the rest of the gang. Recommended for ages 4 and up. April 30-May 1 4:30 p.m.; May 2 10 a.m., 2 p.m.; May 3 2 p.m.; May 8 4:30 p.m.; May 9 10 a.m., 2 p.m. $7. Armour Street Theatre, 307 Armour Street, Davidson, 704.892.7918, www.

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Before he packed his glove for Arizona (home of spring training for the Dodgers), we talked with him about southern hospitality, workout schedules and his pick for the World Series. How did a baseball player from Michigan who plays minor league baseball for the Los Angeles Dodgers end up at Lake Norman? I needed an off-season job, and I really just wanted to get out of Michigan because it’s really cold there. My buddy’s dad owns a NASCAR team down here. His dad said anytime you ever need help or need a job, come on down. That’s what I’ve been doing the past two years. What do you do for the NASCAR team? Pretty much just do a lot of the paperwork. I just recently went to Daytona. It’s a good experience, but I know nothing about racing.

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