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Currents Shagging on the Strand! Lake-area shaggers trade dock shoes for Weejuns

David Parker explains what the DNC means for the lake Tom Cotter makes bagels for his column’s debut Latitude 36 brings a twist to lakeside dining


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Contents |

10 The Main Channel 16 Porthole 18 The Captain’s Chair


What’s hip at Lake Norman

Bosom Buddies

David Parker, chairman of the North Carolina Democratic Party, talks about the upcoming Democratic National Convention

22 Smooth Sailing

Writer Lee McCracken celebrates a friend’s 50th birthday at The Spa at Rock Barn

26 Rip Currents — Art

Cornelius Arts Center offers area residents a place for artistic enrichment and more

30 Rip Currents

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— Dance

Lake Norman shaggers love the dance and the music

37 Around the Track

The art and science of a NASCAR pit stop


38 Tom’s Jobs

Tom Cotter discovers what goes into making a good bagel at Huntersville’s Bagel Bin

42 The Galley 48 Grapevine

Relax by the water at Latitude 36

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Great wines from up and coming regions in Chile

54 Game On


64 Home Port


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The Historic Latta Plantation Easter Egg Hunt offers a day of fun

72 One More Thing Grab your kilt because it’s time for the 18th Annual Rural Hill Scottish Festival and Loch Norman Highland Games



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hen I was in middle school, I spent the summer working on an assembly line at my father’s machine shop. For hours I would sit at a table attaching rubber caps to printer motors with black glue while Whitney Houston’s Greatest Love of All oozed out of the jam box. At the end of the day, I used paint thinner to remove the black from my hands. Truth be told, I left a little bit of it on just so I could brag about my big job to friends. During college I had my fair share of menial occupations. One summer I worked in an office where I did simple cost accounting in addition to scrubbing toilets. Anyone who knows my math skills knows that I was a much better scrubber than an accountant. Near the end of college, I worked as an intern at an ad agency. While I had some cool responsibilities (picking out presents for staff birthday parties and proofing copy), I was also expected to haul box after box of catalogs to the local storage facility. To add to the fun, I found a snake slithering through the storage room. No wonder I didn’t go into advertising. When I graduated from college, I thought I was done with these small-time gigs. Armed with a degree in journalism and mass communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, I thought everyone would want to hire me. I was ready to take on the world. What I didn’t realize was how hard the world would fight back. This was in 1994, and though times were not nearly as hard as they are now, they were pretty tough back then. I sent out resumes every day hoping to land the perfect job. I envisioned how I’d arrange my desk — what 8

pictures I would frame, which famous quotes I would post on my corkboard. Instead, I ended up interning at another ad agency where I didn’t even have my own desk. My salary? A grilled chicken sandwich at the end of my four-month term. Because this wonderful opportunity was unpaid, I worked as a telemarketer for a water conditioning company at night and lived with my parents. I finally landed a job at a law firm with a salary, benefits and a desk of my very own. From there, through a series of mistakes, hard work, luck and the occasional good decision, I ended up being the writer I had dreamed of being since fourth grade. Although those jobs don’t seem glamorous, I wouldn’t trade them for anything because they made me who I am today. That’s what jobs do. They form who we are as people and who we are as a community. This month, Tom Cotter, an accomplished writer who recently had a piece in The New York Times, debuts his monthly column, Tom’s Jobs. Cotter plans to work all kinds of jobs in the Lake Norman area so our readers can fully understand what folks do all day — and night. For his first piece, he reported to Huntersville’s Bagel Bin at 4 a.m. to make bagels from scratch. Through his column, I hope you’ll develop a deeper appreciation of how every job in this area makes Lake Norman a special place to live. I also hope you’ll reminisce about how your own work experience formed who you are today. I know I’ll be thinking about that snake.

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Keeping History Going Joe and Judy Rose have returned the Terrell Country Store to its roots.


Joe and Judy Rose put new life into the Terrell Country Store

Since its construction in 1891 the Terrell Country Store has housed a post office, barbershop and hat store. And at one point, caskets were even sold out of the upstairs. Today, new owners Joe and Judy Rose have turned the clock back for the historic building and for the tiny nearby community. “We have people in their 70s and 80s that talk about coming to get their penny candy when they were real young,” Joe says. “There’s just a lot of history with the building.” The 51-year-old Texas natives took over the store last September from an antique dealer. They renovated it and opened in October. Just walking into the store feels like a trip back in time. Shelves are stocked with handmade candies, fresh-baked pies, baking goods and crafts. A cooler in the back stocks glass bottles of old-fashioned soda. But the best-selling item might surprise you: locally grown double yolk eggs. “We knew the eggs were going to be important,” Joe says. “It’s amazing how fast they go out the door.” As word of the brand new old-fashioned store has gotten out, foot traffic has picked up quickly. The Roses are planning their first expansion — a second cash register — later this spring. The Roses say they’re having fun being a part of the Terrell community. “It’s been a very good experience,” Judy says. “The most enjoyment I get out of this is talking with the people around here. These are the friendliest people you’ll ever meet.” Joe says the couple loved the store for years before they bought it. And now, they’re thrilled to have returned it to its roots. “We’d love to see this building last forever,” he says. “It’s part of the history of the community.” — Scott Graf, photography by Wes Stearns The Scoop The Terrell Country Store is located at the intersection of Highway 150 and Sherrills Ford Road, about 7 miles west of Mooresville. It’s open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, 828.478.5500.

April is for Arts

This month the North Mecklenburg community celebrates its cultural offerings. Here’s a helpful calendar to help you plan your month of arts and culture.

Bus Stop (April 6) Davidson College invites the public to an Artist Series presentation of the William Inge play Bus Stop by the Montana Repertory Theatre. 8 p.m. $20. Duke Family Performance Hall, call 704.894.2135 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays or visit

Gallery Crawl (April 8) Ride one of the free trolleys through the town and enjoy all of the excellent Senior Studio Art Major Exhibitions at Davidson galleries and artists that call Davidson home. Many College (Through April 20) Experience the work of stops offer refreshments and live music, too. 6-9 Davidson College’s senior studio art majors. Mon-Fri p.m. Free. Town of Davidson, 704.940.9622, www. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat-Sun noon-4 p.m. Van Every/Smith Galleries, Katherine and Tom Belk Visual Arts Center, Brahms’s Ein deutsches Requiem (April 11) The Davidson College, 315 N. Main Street, Davidson, Davidson College Concert Choir and Davidson Pro 704.894.2519, Arte Orchestra will be joined by soloists Jacquelyn Herb Jackson: Excavations (Through April 20) Culpepper, soprano, and Douglas Renfroe, bassThis exhibit celebrates 42 years of teaching and baritone. 7:30 p.m. $15 adults, $10 seniors, and $5 50 years of painting by Davidson’s Douglas C. students and youth 18 and under. Duke Family PerHouchens Professor of Fine Arts, Herb Jackson. formance Hall, Davidson College, call 704.894.2135 Jackson is retiring at the end of this academic year. weekdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or visit www. Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat-Sun noon-4 p.m. Van Every/Smith Galleries, Katherine and Tom Belk Visual Arts Center, Davidson College, 315 N. Main Street, Davidson, 704.894.2519, www.davidson. edu/art/galleries.

Augury: Laminar Flow — The drawings and paintings of Scott Duce (Through April 30) Enjoy the work of this New York artist. Tue-Fri 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Christa Faut Gallery, 19818 North Cove Road, Suite E3, Jetton Village, Cornelius, 704.892.5312, Into the Woods (Through April 2) Davidson College’s theatre department presents Stephen Sondheim’s Broadway musical Into the Woods. The show depicts an all-star lineup of fairy tale characters hilariously colliding in pursuit of their own “happy ever after.”The play contains some adult themes and is recommended for ages eight and up. Fri-Sat 8 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. $15, $11 seniors, $6 students. Duke Family Performance Hall, Davidson College, 704.894.2135, Photo WILD! (April 2-3) The day begins with an early-bird breakfast starting at 7:30 a.m., followed by six 30-minute shoots with each bird. After the threehour shoot with props, you’ll spend the final hour of each day photographing some of the flight show superstars in free-flight. 7:30 a.m. Price TBA. Carolina Raptor Center, 6000 Sample Road, Huntersville, 704.875.6521,

Stuart Little (April 2-3, 8-10) Davidson Community Player’s The Connie Company presents E.B. White’s classic tale. April 2 10 a.m., 1 p.m.; April 3 1 p.m., 4 p.m.; April 8 7 p.m.; April 9 10 a.m., 1 p.m.; April 10 1 p.m., 4 p.m. $7. Armour Street Theatre, 307 Armour Street, Davidson, 704.892.7593,

The 18th Annual Rural Hill Scottish Festival and Loch Norman Highland Games (April 15-17) Celebrate everything Scottish. Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Road, Huntersville, Hop Into Spring (April 16) Join the Cornelius PARC Department for a fun-filled afternoon. Don’t forget to bring your basket to collect toy-filled eggs at the different activity stations. Recommended for families with children ages 3 to 12. 2 to 4 p.m. Free. Bailey Road Park, 11536 Bailey Road, Cornelius, Jazz Ensemble Concert (April 29) The Davidson College Music Department invites the public to a jazz concert on Friday featuring noted vocalist Marlene VerPlanck. 7:30 p.m. Free. Duke Family Performance Hall, Davidson College, 704.894.2848. Art on the Green (April 30, May 1) This enormously popular juried art festival offers a whole weekend of art, food, exhibits and live music. Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun 12-4 p.m. Free. Davidson Village Green, 704.596.0342, Concert on the Green (May 1) The first of the live concert series will showcase the Davidson College Symphony Orchestra and the Davidson College Jazz Ensemble. Bring a picnic and enjoy. 6 p.m. Free. Davidson Village Green, 704.596.0342, www.

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Historic Latta Plantation Get a history fix at this breathtaking plantation. Discover Latta Plantation (April 2, 11 a.m.), Civil War Soldier for a Day (April 16, 10 a.m.), Spring Homeschool Day (April 13, 10 a.m.). Historic Latta Plantation, 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville, 704.875.2312,

Trip Around the World (And Through Time) (April 14) Davidson College invites the public to a Concert Series performance titled Trip Around the World (And Through Time) featuring clarinetist Allan Ware and pianist Wolfgang Mechsner. 7:30 p.m. $12 adults, $8 seniors, and $5 youth 18 and under. Tyler-Tallman Hall, Sloan Music Center, call 704-894-2135 weekdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or visit

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First Fridays get artsy with The Artisan Market Flavia Lovatelli used to sell her artistic creations at farmers’ markets, but it just wasn’t the right fit. So last October Lovatelli along with fellow artists Sabrina Nicader and Alisa Grasso created their own market, The Mooresville Craft Crawl, now known as The Artisan Market. “I’m always running into people who are very creative, so I started inviting all of the artisans that I met that fit our criteria and there was a huge response,” explains Lovatelli, who works in paper and mixed media and also paints and makes jewelry. “We have a 63-member roster, but they don’t all show up [at the same time]. …It ends up being on average about 20 vendors, sometimes more.” Lovatelli says that vendors’ work has to be more artistic than crafty. “It has to also have a

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different flair. For example, we have a lady who of the things you’ll find at The Artisan Market. makes jewelry out of guitar picks,” she says. “We have some people who make handmade soaps. … We have candle makers. We have specialty bakeries or people who make gluten-free goods, handknitters and crocheters. You have to have an edge.” The Artisan Market takes place on the first Friday evening of every month (except January and August) on the green across from Lowe’s Foods in Mooresville Town Square. “We have live music. It’s a different band every The Scoop month,” says Lovatelli. “We want people to come The Artisan Market takes place every first Friday of the month (except January and out and just enjoy themselves while watching how August) from 5-9 p.m. on the green across brilliant Mooresville is when it comes to creativity.” from Lowe’s Foods in Mooresville Town — Lori K. Tate, Square. For more information, visit photography by Flavia Lovatelli

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hen the Democratic National Convention rolls into Charlotte during the first week of September 2012, Mooresville’s David Parker, the newly elected chairman of the North Carolina Democratic Party, will welcome more than 35,000 conventioneers to his native state. 18

Parker, a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of UNC Chapel Hill who also earned his law degree from the UNC School of Law, has practiced law in Iredell County since 1979 and called Mooresville home since the tmid-80s. Parker’s first exposure to national politics came when he served as Jimmy Carter’s Carolina Youth Coordinator in 1976. By 2008 he was selected to serve as an Obama SuperDelegate. Parker has been a member of the DNC since 1995 and is proud of the 35 years he has spent in state politics, campaigns and fundraising for Democratic candidates. He is looking forward to opening the doors of his Lake Norman home to friends and colleagues from many of the 57 state and territorial delegations and believes Lake Norman will be

When the Democratic National Convention rolls into Charlotte during the first week of September 2012, Mooresville’s David Parker, the newly elected chairman of the North Carolina Democratic Party, will welcome more than 35,000 conventioneers to his native state.

in the national spotlight as the climate and charm of the area catch the nation’s attention.

What does hosting the 2012 DNC mean for Charlotte and the surrounding communities? There are over 7 million people who live within 100 miles of the Charlotte city center, and the impact will reach everyone. Here’s a statistic that sticks in my mind. After Minneapolis had the Republican Convention in 2008, they gauged the media relations’ impact, and it came out to be about 150 Super Bowl spots. It was close to a $425 million impact. That’s pretty spectacular. Continued on page 20


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You were elected state party chairman just days before Charlotte was announced as the host city, did you play a role in the campaign? People will give me some credit for it, but it really was Mayor Anthony Foxx and his team that made it all happen. People don’t understand the impact that a young mayor in what seems like a young and vibrant city can have. In a lot of different ways, Mayor Foxx made this happen. This was his bid.

Do you believe Lake Norman played a role in winning the bid? I’m confident that Lake Norman was part of the draw that brought the Democratic National Convention to Charlotte. Organizers look for a location that offers a variety of venues and options, and they think about the

kind of experience the delegates will have when they arrive in a host city. I know the North Carolina Democratic Party will host events on the lake partly because I live here, and I fully expect and believe other state caucuses will follow suit.

What can area businesses do to prepare for the DNC? In many ways, a convention is similar to a big trade show, and as soon as you arrive, you are busy and don’t have much time to casually explore and learn what’s out there. To get ready for the event, businesses need to get in contact with the convention organizers and get their names known. Let organizers know they may have the size and space to host delegates and special events or that they might be skilled in providing a service. We may be a long way away from the logistical things being done, but it will be on top of us before you know it. Lake Norman will be a big draw for businesses that prepare ahead. The time to plan is now.

How about individuals who might want to get involved? People are already asking how they can get involved in promoting the live, work, play environment of Lake Norman, and the convention is still a ways away. They also want to learn about politics. There are three ways I suggest people begin. Visit and get up to speed on the schedule of events and learn exactly what will be happening. People can also get in touch with their county’s Democratic Party and sign up to volunteer. I also suggest visiting and get all the contact information they need to get connected. LNC

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From left, Amy Amy Angeles, Julie Elliott (birthday girl) and Amy Holmes relax in the waterfall pool at The Spa at Rock Barn.


indoor mineral pool, locker rooms, eight treatment rooms, a vichy room (wet room for salt scrubs and body wraps), a full-service salon, a café and a boutique. Upon arriving at 11:30 a.m., we’re given our locker keys, robes and slippers, and then shown to the nicely appointed women’s locker room, which features private showers, a sauna and a steam room. We’re reminded of our various appointments, and then told to help ourselves at the lunch buffet whenever we’re ready. The café stays open until 3 p.m., so we’re also able to go back and nibble following our appointments or after swimming. The staff and therapists at The Spa at Rock Barn are well accustomed to accommodating groups. Manager Danielle White says bridal parties, birthday celebrations and couples’ retreats are a large part of their clientele. “We also have overnight accommodations available in our luxury four-bedroom townhomes, as part of our ‘Stay & Play’ program,” she adds. There’s an extensive menu of many spe-

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cialty treatments from which to choose, including classic massages, facials, manicures and pedicures, and exotic body treatments. Our birthday girl is delighted with her facial and pedicure package, while others in our group opt for the hot stone massage, and one friend gets rejuvenated with a Mediterranean Aromasoul scrub. Along with a massage, I experience my first facial and am thrilled

with the resulting softness and dewy glow. After our individual spa appointment, we’re given warm, herbal neck wraps and led to the cozy relaxation room, where we continue to chill out next to the fireplace. Sipping on lemon (or cucumber) water and nibbling gourmet trail mix, we giggle about our greasy post-massage hair and anticipate soaking in the mineral pool.

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The Cornelius Arts Center offers a variety of activities for children.

by Renee Roberson Photography by Glenn Roberson

Cornelius Arts Center offers area residents a place for artistic enrichment and more

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hese days, downtown Cornelius is the place to be. Located in close proximity to consignment shops, clothing boutiques, antique stores and a newly opened coffee house, the Cornelius Arts Center is a mecca for those hoping to dabble in painting or ceramics, find extracurricular activities for their children, or simply take in a gallery crawl. On a recent Thursday morning, a group of preschoolers and their mothers entered through the front door of the Cornelius Arts Center, located on Oak Street in downtown Cornelius. Their destination was an hourlong, hands-on parent/child class courtesy of The Community Arts Project, a non-profit arts program located in the building. But this class, held in a colorful studio filled with art supplies in every medium imaginable, is just one of the many things tucked away in this cultural gem.

Rich in Heritage The Cornelius Arts Center opened in 2007 in the old Oak Street Mill, a building rich with history, which housed a cotton mill back in the

A group of preschoolers and their moms enjoy an hour-long, hands-on parent/child class courtesy of The Community Arts Project, located in the Cornelius Arts Center.

late 1800s. In 2009, the Cornelius Arts Center Recently, the center kicked off its latest exformed a creative partnership with The Com- hibit, featuring the abstract ceramic and painting munity Arts Project and Creative Art Exchange, works of resident Michael Hamlin-Smith and which is responsible for offering a variety of vi- Patricia Steele-Raible, with an artist reception at sual arts, woodworking and ceramics classes to the end of March. The works of the two artists the community. will be on display through April 22 in the gallery Comprised of 6,600 square feet, the center is located at the front of the building. broken down into office space for the three organizations as well as two different multi-purpose Something for Everyone EVERLASTING MEMORIES. studios, a children’s studio, a gallery space where The Cornelius Arts Center also hosts a artwork from local and regional artists is dis- variety of programs for both children and played, and a ceramics studio complete with nine pottery wheels. Continued on page 29


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adults throughout the year, typically broken up into quarterly sessions, and coordinates summer camps. Examples of classes include “Music & More” for preschool ages, “Drawing Basics” for elementary-age children, “Watercolor” for ages teen and adult, and “Ceramics 101.” “The arts center affords us a really great opportunity to offer programs to the community,” says Rhonda Hollingsworth, special events coordinator for the Town of Cornelius PARC (Parks Arts Recreation Culture) Department. The majority of the class instructors at the center are local artists and arts educators. The Cornelius PARC is always seeking supplemental arts activity providers (artists, arts educators, arts organizations) to provide

youth and adult recreation program services in the arts, in addition to the existing programming services being provided by PARC. Mindi Stoner, who works as the manager for the Cornelius Arts Center, says the Town of Cornelius reaches out to the community on a regular basis to see what their needs and wants for classes are. “We do surveys to see what we should be offering,” she explains. “The center is a real treasure for the town,” adds Hollingsworth. LNC

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The Scoop Cornelius Arts Center 19725 Oak Street, Unit 1, Cornelius 704-896-8823 Renee Roberson is a freelance writer who has called the Lake Norman area home since 2003. She specializes in writing about health and fitness, parenting and pop culture. She lives in Huntersville with her husband and two children.

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If you want to get in touch with your artistic side, there are plenty of ways to do that at the Cornelius Arts Center. You can visit the center to enjoy displayed art, you can take a class or you can even teach. Those interested in teaching classes should contact Mindi Stoner at 704.896.8823 or for more information. The Cornelius Arts Center recently released its schedule for a week of spring break classes for children beginning on April 18. Children can register for programs on a daily basis or for the whole week and become immersed in programs such as “Fairy Tale Adventures,”“Spring into Drawing” or “Cardboard Castles.” Residents can also access a full list of summer camp offerings on the center’s Web site, —Renee Roberson

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linas (Summertime’s Calling Me). In 1951, the R&B record Sixty Minute Man was recorded and became the shag’s national anthem. The Lake Norman Club started in 1983, and most of its 130 members are in their 50s, 60s and 70s — those who fondly remember blowout beach parties from their high school years. Other clubs in the area include T.K. and Mary Robinette shag every chance they get. the Twisters Shag Club (formed in 1991) and the Statesville Shag Club. “It’s a passion,” says Brown, whose wife, Glenda, has also been dancing since her high school days. “Many of us were teenagers at North Meck, Harding and West Charlotte High Schools who spent a lot of time dancing at the beach clubs,” says Brown. “My dancing shoes were Weejuns with no socks.” The Sextons, who live in Denver, got into shagging three years ago. The South Carolina natives and empty Above: Tommy and Sue Williams retired to North nesters “were looking for something Myrtle Beach to be close to the shagging scene. to do together and meet people,” says Below: T.K. and Mary Robinette look forward to seeing old friends during SOS. Tootsie Sexton. “I thought it would be fun.” As members of the Lake Norman Shag club and the Statesville Shag Club, the Sextons now dance three

he days are growing warmer, and though the lake begins to beckon, many folks are heading to the beach. Shaggers from all over Lake Norman are ready to get sand in their shoes while dancing on the Grand Strand later this month. These beach music enthusiasts practice their moves and dance the night away throughout the year at area clubs, but they look forward to attending the SOS (Society of Stranders) Spring Safari every April. The SOS Web site heralds, “For 10 days, the biggest adult party on the East Coast crashes into North Myrtle Beach like an ocean wave.” “It’s a big party — like a family reunion,” says Sonny Brown, 63, who’s a member of the Lake Norman Shag Club and secretary of the Association of Carolina Shag Clubs. “Shagging is a lifestyle, and we’re a community of friends who want to preserve that lifestyle.”

A Passion with a Rich Past Shagging is an eight-count step that’s smooth and graceful, with an emphasis on footwork. It’s a couples dance, with one leader (usually the man) and one follower (usually the woman). Carolina beach music and shagging has a 70-plus year history. The shag originated in the late 1930s in clubs in North Myrtle Beach; its roots were swing, lindy and jitterbug. Beach music was born of Rhythm and Blues from 1949. Popular bands have included General Johnson and the Chairmen of the Board (with the hit song Carolina Girls), The Embers (I Love Beach Music) and The Cata-

Footwork diagram courtesy of Twisters Shag Club.


The shag originated in the late 1930s in clubs in North Myrtle Beach; its roots were swing, lindy and jitterbug.


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and graduates of North Mecklenburg High School. They now dance four times a week, as they also are members of the Charlotte Shag Club. Recently, T.K. was inducted into the Charlotte Area Shaggers Hall of Fame. “But Mary’s the better dancer,” says Robinette. “She just has the prettiest style, and she can dance with any leader.” Whether locally or on the Grand Strand, shagging is good, clean fun where men and women dance together. “It’s okay for hus-

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on their own,” says Cook. “We are trying to gain body composition and control, increase functional strength, power output and explosiveness so that each athlete can best operate precisely in the tight confines of the pit space. These are micro goals that the average person really doesn’t have to worry about.” Ryan Langley and Richard Coleman are two of the six “over the wall” team members on the No. 00 Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota. With nearly two decades of top-level pit experience between them, Langley, a tire changer, and Coleman, a tire carrier, are full-time athletes who believe consistency yields results. “Everybody is capable of pulling off a fast stop but being consistently fast and helping put your driver in contention to win is key,” says Langley. “We take pride in knowing that if we are fast on pit road, then he has a better chance to perform on the track.” Coleman, who is more popularly known as Puddin’, says, “When you are over the wall, you feel like you are a key player in the game. If you do it right then you are only doing it intensely for just a few seconds at a time, but that’s our job and what we train to do. Being fast is what we are all about.” LNC 37

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vio, a former pharmacist from Massapequa, Long Island. “Brooklyn has its own water, but so does Manhattan, Queens and the Bronx. And it’s all different. …It has more to do with the bagel recipe than it does with what kind of water you use.” After I was given a short course on how to make dough from the secret Cadolino family recipe, I was off and running. Well, actually kneading. Fifty pounds of flour, salt, water and other proprietary ingredients are poured into a giant mixer, and, 20 minutes later, dough magically emerges. The heavy mass is then plopped onto a table and cut into slabs so it can fit into the bagel-making machine. This machine chops the dough into

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Brittney, Net and Judy arrived. And even though it was her day off, Jersey stopped by to show off her little daughter. When Vinny Cadolino, whose workspace I had been occupying so far that morning, reported to work, I was gently nudged aside. Silvio’s partner, youngest brother John, — who swears he must have been adopted — wandered into work mid-morning. Mid-morning! I was already thinking about a nap, and he’s just getting to work! Once everyone had their caffeine fixes, the banter started. After a few hours of hearing their kitchen humor, I realized I had probably walked onto the set of a reality television show that was not yet on TV. If you’ve ever stood in line to order a sandwich at Bagel Bin, you already know this group is a little bit loco. Loco, yes, but extremely hard working. All the ingredients that go into Bagel Bin’s products are wholesome. And without preservatives, which means if you leave one of their bagels sitting on the kitchen counter for a couple of days, you can use it as a hammer during your next home improvement project. That’s why it’s advisable to eat their bagels when they are fresh, warm and delicious. Bagel Bin makes lots of bagels. John Cadolino says he makes at least 2,000 a day, with weekends and holidays their busiest times. And Bagel Bin is the region’s largest independent retailer for Boar’s Head deli products, a staple ingredient of Yankee sandwiches. “I guess the biggest compliment for our bagels is when folks come to the store to buy bagels before they drive up North to visit relatives,” says Silvio. “They want to prove that authentic northern food has arrived in the south.” My father- in-law would be happy. LNC


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More than bar food In addition to seafood, Latitude 36 serves hand-cut, certified Angus steaks, chicken and pork that are not fussy but yield flavorful results through the use of either minimal seasonings or traditional jerk seasonings and accompaniments made with tropical fruits. Also available is a raw bar with oysters, clams, crab legs and shrimp. The spacious restaurant, which is also accessible by water, features warm wood tones with tables placed nicely to offer diners plenty of views of the lake through large windows. A large bar, where flatscreen TVs play overhead, serves all manner of drinks. The menu provides enough selection to suit all tastes, while drink and food specials also bring people through the doors. Stop in Mondays for all-you-can-eat crab legs; on Thursdays, it’s $2 tacos and $3.60 margaritas; Fridays, kids 12 and under eat free. “People like the fact they can come in and get something other than bar food,” says Singletary. “They can get a meal and drink and



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drawn there by a belief that the valley exerted a strange magnetic energy. Maybe they were on to something. Since that time scientists, using satellites, have measured the Earth’s magnetic properties. And they found that the earth’s greatest source of energy is in South America — centered in the Elqui Valley. Who knows, maybe that’s where the quality of the wine comes from? And, then, there’s the fact that this region was at the center of the Inca civilization. A lot of mystique and, now, an increasing amount of tasty wine. Elqui and Limari Syrahs are not what you’d normally expect from a New World wine — a heavy emphasis on fruit flavors with all the earthy, woody stuff playing a secondary role. These wines are very much in the Northern Rhône style.

They’re definitely ‘sophisticated’ wines — they don’t overpower you with either flavor or alcohol. They’re nice and meaty; plenty of dark fruit and a smoky taste. And they have the pleasant floral character that I like in their French cousins. A Unique Environment At first look, people have no business making wine in these regions, as they are basically high deserts. Their latitude, 29 degrees south, is the equivalent of Cairo, Egypt in the northern hemisphere. How many good Egyptian wines have you tasted recently or, for that matter, how many Egyptian wines of any kind have you tasted recently? A couple of things make grape growing for decent wines work here. Altitude is one. Vineyards can be found at 6,000

Good Food, Good Wine and Beautiful Mountains

The Blue Ridge Wine & Food Festival means spring is here It’s time for a rite of Spring — and a very tasty one. This particular rite is the Blue Ridge Wine & Food Festival held in Blowing Rock. This year the festival will take place from April 12 through 17. There are many things that drive me to a shindig like this; the single most important one is to be able to speak oneon-one with winemakers. Winemaking is,

of course, first and foremost a business, but the vast majority of winemakers have a personal philosophy that drives the way they make their wine. It goes from how they manage their vines to how they produce their wines after harvest. Spending time tasting wine with the person who made it simply amplifies the pleasure you get out of a glass.

Chilean Syrah holds its own with the great wines of the Rhône Valley.

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However, there’s more than that in Blowing Rock. During the festival there are numerous seminars on wine and pairing wine with food. Lots of good information and tastings to go along with it. Staying on the food and wine theme, there are several wine dinners that feature winemakers and local chefs getting together to create a meal that highlights the best of food and the best of wine — I love it when that happens. So, I’ll be heading up to the mountains this month. It’s tough to find something better than this — great food and wine and the beauty of springtime in our Carolina mountains. If you make it up there, try my seminar on The Best Wines You May Never Have Heard Of But Really Need To Taste. Or, stop by the Lake Norman CURRENTS booth in the wine tent. We can chat about wine and maybe taste a glass or two. For more information about the festival go to Enjoy. — Trevor Burton

displayed on wine shelves. I’ve had to ask wine merchants to special order them. That hasn’t been a big issue. I was able to get some wine from Limari at our local grocery store, so it’s really not that difficult to find them. A little bit of effort but well worthwhile. I’m going to sip on these wines a lot in the years to come. They are great on their own, but they cry out to be paired with food. A glass of one of these Syrahs along with a nice grilled pork chop has to be right up there when it comes to life’s pleasure peaks. And what a great way to wind down the day. Enjoy. LNC Trevor Burton of Mooresville, a retired technology marketing consultant, now occupies himself in the field of wine and its enjoyment. Certified by the International Sommelier Guild, he is founder of SST Wine Experiences and, along with his wife, Mary Ellen, conducts wine education and tasting tours to wine regions throughout the world.


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And So, To Taste To truly judge the quality of these wines they need to be tasted alongside their siblings from the Rhône Valley. So that’s what we did along with a couple of friends who had traveled with us on a wine discovery trip into that region of France. They were a perfect target group because, when we were there, they had fallen for the wines, head over heels. I love it when that happens. We tasted a wine from the Limari Valley and a wine made by Pascal Jamet, one of my favorite winemakers from the Saint Joseph region in the Rhône Valley. The wines were more similar than they were different. The one, subtle difference we picked out was a nice, stony taste in the Rhône wine; not too surprising given the slate-filled soil in which the grapes are grown. The bottom line, though, was that the Chilean wine more than held its own. To me, that’s a great compliment. These are wines to be sought out. So far, I haven’t seen these wines widely

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feet above sea level. The second factor is the cold Pacific Ocean that’s not too far away. So, what you get in these valleys is brilliant sunshine during the day combined with cool, foggy mornings and chilly nights. If you’re a grape this is not a bad place to be. Sunshine is definitely a factor for these wines. Syrah is a sun lover. The translation of Côte Rôtie, the region of France’s finest Syrah wines, gives you a clue; it is ‘roasted slope.’ There’s something magical about the atmosphere in the Elqui and Limari Valleys. They get about 320 absolutely cloudless days a year. More importantly, the valleys have one of the cleanest, purest atmospheres on earth. It’s estimated that the solar radiation here is 10 times stronger than you would find in Europe. Once again, great if you’re a grape — and not too shabby if you’re a person. Definitely a unique environment and that, alone, justifies tasting these wines. That’s my rationale, anyway, and I’m sticking to it.

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echnology is changing the way golfers approach the game they love. From incorporating high speed video into swing analysis to tracking and analyzing ball flight through Doppler radar, new teaching devices are helping golfers understand the science behind achieving greater distance, increased accuracy and lower scores. “We have found that including technology in our lessons is a very important part of helping students become more successful,” says Julee Sovesky, co-own-

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er of The Golf Studio at NorthStone, a two-year-old public teaching institution housed at the private club in Huntersville. “All students learn differently and having a variety of high-quality teaching aids leads to achieving better short, medium and long-term results.” Co-owner, Erik Herberth, adds, “Most golfers know that practice and a solid understanding of the fundamentals of the game will make you competitive, but practice, alone, is seldom enough. Where practice leaves off, science and technology picks up.”


The Golf Studio at NorthStone teaches with new technology

The Golf Studio at NorthStone is a two-year-old public teaching institution housed at the private club in Huntersville.

Analyze This High-speed video swing analysis is a key component of teaching for Sovesky, a Class A PGA Professional and Herberth, a former nationally ranked collegiate golfer who later spent six years as a touring professional. The pair uses recently upgraded video analysis software from V1 Golf in many of their individual and small group lessons. With the capacity to capture 120 frames per second, a more detailed and accurate swing analysis is now possible for students. “What the new high-speed video gives us is the ability to track the position of the clubface and the shaft through every phase of the golf swing,” explains Herberth. “For the better players, it allows you to get nit-picky and make numbers-driven micro adjustments. If you can change one little thing about your swing and gain five yards, well, that’s a half a club and for better players, that’s an eternity.” Sovesky adds, “because so many of our students are visual learners, they benefit from Continued on page 55


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From left, Erik Herberth, co-owner of The Golf Studio at NorthStone, makes adjustments to Stacy Markle’s club.

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seeing the changes we make. We might use the V1 software to let a golfer see his swing at the beginning of a lesson and then again at the end. If he has never seen it before, we can show him exactly the changes we made during the lesson. If we can get a golfer excited and making new habits, then I think we have done our job.”

”If we can get a golfer excited and making new habits, then I think we have done our job,” says Erik Herberth (left) as he helps Stacy Markle with his swing.

Taking Flight The Golf Studio at NorthStone is one of the few area instructional facilities to use FlightScope, the world’s first wireless 3D Doppler tracking radar and launch monitor, in its teaching program. FlightScope is a training aid used for instruction, swing analysis, club fitting and club recommendation that employs phased-array and ballistic tracking technology to accurately record ball trajectory technology and actual launch data. FlightScope makes it possible to capture everything from backspin, sidespin, launch angle, club head speed and ball speed to the path of the golf club.

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tween drivers is tremendous. This technology lets you see if the ball will simply hit and stop or if it will hit, roll and give you extra distance. When the club is exactly right for you, you can see a clear difference.” There is an evolving science within the game of golf, and as the spring season begins,

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Erik Herberth practices his 100 mph swing.

it might be time for you to plug in, tune up and make the changes to your game that just might lead to your best season yet. “It’s doesn’t always have to be about changing equipment,” says Sovesky, “it can be about making minor tweaks and maximizing what you already have. I recommend every golfer go through the process at some point. If you have the wrong clubs or aren’t getting the most out of your current equipment, then you aren’t getting the most out of the game.” Sovesky says that one of the reasons golf is such a great sport is because it can open doors for every type of person. “Technology alone won’t get you there, but if it is something that helps you learn and reach the goals you have set for yourself then you will find it more enjoyable,” she says. “As teachers, that’s really what we want for our students.” LNC

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“FlightScope is one of the most accurate pieces of equipment used in teaching today. One of the major goals of a machine like this is to help players better understand the swing and optimize performance,” says Herberth. “The biggest advantage of this technology is that it follows the ball through its entire flight trajectory using live Doppler radar. Most other units out there are photo capture and take realtime images of the golf ball as soon as you hit it, process the data and make a guess as to what will happen to the ball in flight. Because of this unit’s exacting capabilities, we can follow the ball through its entire trajectory as opposed to if you were just hitting into a net.” Herberth believes technology like FlightScope now makes it possible for golfers to achieve a better custom club fit. “Club fitting has become a science within the sport, and FlightScope is really the best way to get the most accurate readings and let you see what you need as a player,” he says. “If you take a driver for example, one of the most important characteristics of this club is the descent and how the ball comes down. The difference be-

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big tent, a gallery stroll, late-night music and entertainment around town. The off-Broadway sports comedy and parody musical review “Chuckleball” is at the Hayes Performing Arts Center. Saturday’s festival highlights include downtown activities and shopping, the Grand Wine Tasting under the big tent, Fire on the Rock Chefs Challenge semi-finals and “Dig into Local” at the Hayes Center, latenight music and entertainment around town. The Blue Ridge Wine & Food Festival wraps up on Sunday, with champagne brunches served in various

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The Blue Ridge Wine & Food Festival, in Blowing Rock April 13 through 17, combines the best in regional and international wines with the finest in local culinary talent, wrapped in the scenic beauty and crisp weather that makes Blowing Rock a special spring destination. Now in its sixth year, the festival offers events and activities for day-trippers and overnight visitors alike, with many great restaurants and nearby attractions adding to the festival’s appeal. A full day has been added to this year’s events, giving visitors additional opportunities to partake in shopping, cooking classes, wine seminars and wine maker dinners that are scheduled on Thursday as well as Friday. The celebration of the winemaking and culinary arts in Blowing Rock also includes a downtown gallery stroll with merchant specials, late night music and entertainment and the exciting “Fire on the Rock” Chef’s Challenge at the Hayes Performing Arts Center. Downtown Blowing Rock will be the site of Saturday’s Grand Wine Tasting and a Friday afternoon Meet & Greet event under the big tent, where visitors can mingle with the festival’s out-of-town judges, culinary experts and VIPs. Here’s what visitors can expect during the Blue Ridge Wine & Food Festival: On Wednesday evening, April 13, the celebration gets underway with Uncork The Festival celebration at Chetola Resort. This year’s Uncork event is a taste of Australia, featuring food and wines from Down Under. $35 tickets include dinner, a glass of wine, entertainment and a souvenir wine glass. On Thursday, downtown activities and special shopping opportunities begin, along with cooking classes, wine seminars and wine maker dinners. The classes, seminars and wine maker dinners repeat on Friday, along with the Meet & Greet with Festival VIPs under the


Restaurants in Blowing Rock are also varied, unique, and run the full range of dining experiences, from authentic “down home” to fine dining. Many of them are hosting events during the festival, including seminars, classes and wine maker dinners and champagne brunches, and several of their chefs are competing in the Fire on the Rock Chef’s Challenge. Discriminating diners will discover that Blowing Rock attracts exceptional chefs who offer their innovative fare to the surprise and delight of visitors to North Carolina’s Prettiest Small Town.

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Michelle Meade


ichelle Meade always enjoyed designing rooms for her home, but she didn’t realize she could do it for a living. That is until she was encouraged by Michelle Pawlak, owner of Lakeside Design in Mooresville. With a little nudge, Michelle studied to become a design consultant for Pawlak’s firm. One of her favorite projects has been working

on the Mooresville home she and her husband, Anthony, purchased in 2009. The 4,600-squarefoot home serves as a giant canvas for Michelle, who says it’s always a work in progress. “No project is really ever complete,” says Michelle, who shares her family room with us this month. “I wanted style in this room, but I wanted it to be casual and comfortable.”

1 The paint color is Tyler Taupe

(HC-43) by Benjamin Moore. Michelle chose this beige color with gold undertones because she wanted to make the space cozy and warm.

2 The print hanging above the sofa is titled Singing Butler by Jack Vettriano. “I love his work. There’s just something about the colors that really speak to me,” says Michelle. The design consultant was inspired to buy the print featuring a couple dancing on the beach by her 7-year-old daughter’s (Mackenzie) love for dance.


3 Michelle previously had another



set of accent chairs and a sofa in her family room, but she decided to do something different in the room when she went to market in October. “I took what I had in here and put it up in our bonus room. These accent chairs are by Temple Furniture in Maiden. I love oranges, and the fabric just had all the colors that I wanted to work with in the paintings. These are actually reclining chairs. My husband had a huge recliner, the big puffy chair, so he got to keep that (we took it upstairs),” explains Michelle. “I wanted to give him a recliner down here but with a stylish new look, so we compromised and ended up with these. These even have a hidden lever. He’s converted now. He’ll actually use it.”

4 The accent table between the

5 The pattern in the round veneer

coffee table by Universal Furniture initially attracted Michelle. “It’s

6 The olive green wool shag rug

softens the room even more. “We have hardwood floors throughout this area of the house, and I just wanted something soft in here,” explains Michelle. “I wanted Mackenzie to be able to sit on the floor if she wanted to color or draw or watch TV. It also adds a little textural interest to the space. I’m not sure which one sheds more, Hershey our Persian cat or the rug.”

7 The sofa and the loveseat are also

by Temple Furniture and are upholstered in microfiber. “People think that going with a light color would be a bad thing with kids and pets, but you just have to spot clean it,” says Michelle.

8 Michelle had Temple Furniture

custom make her throw pillows. “I thought about using orange with black, but I thought that might be a little too much. It looked good, but I didn’t know whether I would like that,” she says. “Instead, I pulled out the green and used it with the orange, which is more of a tangerine color.”

9 Swirly rattan table lamps add a

touch of whimsy to the family room. “I wanted to add a natural aspect to the room and also give some height to the space since the wall was so long,” explains Michelle.

10 Michelle chose dual-color window

treatments to add some interest to the space and bring the height of the eye up.

11 Michelle found her chandelier at

Home Depot. “I looked around, and that one just caught my eye,” she says. “It doesn’t matter if it’s a $1,000 or a $100. You can get the look for whatever budget that you have.”


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Michelle Meade created a stylish and cozy space for her family

two chairs is black. “I wanted the focus to be on the chairs,” says Michelle. “If the table were a different color, I think it would draw the eye more toward the center.” The ceramic dancer on the table continues Michelle’s subtle dance theme. A colleague found this piece accented in teal and gold tones at Stein Mart.

something unique where there’s some interest with the movement. It’s a transitional piece,” she says. “The glass leaves it open.”

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It’s All About the Hunt

The Historic Latta Plantation Easter Egg Hunt involves 600 kids searching for approximately 7,000 eggs.

The Historic Latta Plantation Easter Egg Hunt offers a day of fun an interesting Easter picture. Our farm animals will be in their areas for kids to play with.” Toler says that kids will also enjoy free Easter tattoos, live children’s music, crafts and the chance to pet a new baby lamb. “We’re expecting another [lamb] this year,” she says. “Hopefully, if the mom [Sweet Pea] and the baby are healthy, the kids will get to enjoy that as well.” LNC The Scoop The Historic Latta Plantation Easter Egg Hunt is Saturday, April 23 at Historic Latta Plantation, 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville. Hunt times are: 10 a.m., 11 a.m. 1- to 3-year-olds; 12:30 p.m. 4- to 6-year-olds; 2 p.m. 4- to 6-year-olds and 7- 10-year-olds. To pre-register, e-mail For more information, visit


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“Everyone pre-registers, and we have three hunt areas set up around the plantation,” says Toler, adding that it’s BYOB (bring your own basket). “We start all three hunts at the same time. The 1- to 3-year-olds can take an adult in the hunt area with them, but for the other age groups, the children have to go in themselves. The parents can stand around the edge and take pictures.” Each hunt area has three prize eggs, which usually include Easter baskets filled with goodies donated by Borders at Northlake Mall. For the 7- to 10-year-old group, the plantation gives away several free summer camp packages. “There are a lot of other activities for families that day, too, so they can stay and make a day of it,” says Toler. “We’ll have a colonial Easter bunny on a covered wagon. That makes for

Photo courtesy of Historic Latta Plantation.


ere comes Peter Cottontail hopping down the Historic Latta Plantation trail. Wait a minute, that’s not how that song goes. Well, it should when you consider that 600 kids will search for Easter eggs on Saturday, April 23 at the Historic Latta Plantation Easter Egg Hunt. “We will have about 7,000 [plastic] eggs,” explains Kristen Toler, marketing and finance, Historic Latta Plantation. “Some are filled with toys, and some have candy in them. We try to limit each child to about 10 eggs. At the end of each hunt, if there are still eggs lying around, we’ll let the kids pick up what’s left.” This is the fifth year of the hunt, and Toler says the staff at Historic Latta Plantation has gotten it down to a science. Three hunts go on simultaneously during four time slots.

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CHILDREN Stuart Little (April 2-3, 8-10) Davidson Community Player’s Connie Company presents E.B. White’s classic tale. April 2 10 a.m., 1 p.m.; April 3 1 p.m., 4 p.m.; April 8 7 p.m.; April 9 10 a.m., 1 p.m.; April 10 1 p.m., 4 p.m. $7. Armour Street Theatre, 307 Armour Street, Davidson, 704.892.7593, Civil War Soldier for a Day (April 16) Boys and girls ages 8-12 will be mustered into the Northern and Southern armies for a day. This one-day version of the popular summer Civil War Soldier Camp takes children back in time for a Civil War experience they will never forget. After learning about soldier life, they will drill, battle and end the day with a graduation ceremony.10 a.m.-4 p.m. $40 per camper and pre-registration is required. Historic Latta Plantation, 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville, 704.875.2312, Hop Into Spring (April 16) Join the Cornelius PARC Department for a fun-filled afternoon. Don’t forget to bring your basket to collect toy-filled eggs at the different activity stations. Recommended for families with children ages 3 to 12. 2 to 4 p.m. Free. Bailey Road Park, 11536 Bailey Road, Cornelius, Historic Latta Plantation Easter Egg Hunt (April 23) Approximately 600 children search for 7,000 eggs. Hunt times are: 10 a.m., 11 a.m. 1- to 3-yearolds; 12:30 p.m. 4- to 6-year-olds; 2 p.m. 4- to 6-yearolds and 7- 10-year-olds. $5 per child, one free family member/chaperone per child, $5 each additional family member and friend. Historic Latta Plantation, 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville. To pre-register, e-mail For more information, visit


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Cornelius Concert Series (April 3) Anna Uptain Denison performs Old-Time Music and Stories of Appalachia. 5:30 p.m. Mt. Zion United Methodist Church sanctuary, 19600 Zion Avenue, Cornelius, Ring the Banjo: From Africa to Appalachia (April 3) Davidson College invites the public to a free presentation about banjo music by Kentucky-based musician, songwriter and storyteller Randy Wilson. 4:30 p.m. Free. Smith 900 Room, Alvarez College Union, Davidson College, 704.894.2296, www. Mooresville Concert Series (April 9) Thistledown Tinkers, a popular Celtic group, performs. 7:30 p.m. $10, $5 for students, children 10 and under admitted free. Charles Mack Citizen Center, 215 North Main Street, 704.662.3334, Brahms’s Ein deutsches Requiem (April 11) The Davidson College Concert Choir and Davidson Pro Arte Orchestra will be joined by soloists Jacquelyn Culpepper, soprano, and Douglas Renfroe, bassbaritone. 7:30 p.m. $15 adults, $10 seniors, and $5 students and youth 18 and under. Duke Family Performance Hall, Davidson College, call 704.894.2135 weekdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or visit www. Trip Around the World — And Through Time (April 14) Davidson College invites the public to a Concert Series performance titled Trip Around the World – And Through Time featuring clarinetist Allan


Ware and pianist Wolfgang Mechsner. 7:30 p.m. $12 adults, $8 seniors, and $5 youth 18 and under. TylerTallman Hall, Sloan Music Center, call 704.894.2135 weekdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or visit Cornelius Concert Series (April 17) The Mt. Zion Chancel Choir and instrumental ensemble will present Come Touch the Robe by Pepper Choplin, along with piano and organ duets played by Julie Jones and Woody Washam. 3 p.m. Free will offering. Mt. Zion United Methodist Church sanctuary, 19600 Zion Avenue, Cornelius, Jazz Ensemble Concert (April 29) The Davidson College music department invites the public to a jazz concert on Friday featuring noted vocalist Marlene VerPlanck. 7:30 p.m. Free. Duke Family Performance Hall, Davidson College, 704.894.2848. Concert on the Green (May 1) The first of the live concert series will showcase the Davidson College Symphony Orchestra and the Davidson College Jazz Ensemble. Bring a picnic and enjoy. 6 p.m. Free. Davidson Village Green, 704.596.0342, Music at St. Alban’s (May 1) Fill your senses as the dynamic musicians of the Seicento String band brings to life Antonio Vivaldi’s vivid musical paintings. 3 p.m. $25 in advance, $35 at the door. St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 301 Caldwell Lane, Davidson, 704.941.0650,

EVENTS Discover Latta Plantation (April 2) Experience all this historic plantation has to offer. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. $6 per person. Historic Latta Plantation, 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville, 704.875.2312, Photo WILD! (April 2-3) The day begins with an early-bird breakfast starting at 7:30 a.m., followed by six 30-minute shoots with each bird. After the threehour shoot with props, you’ll spend the final hour of each day photographing some of the flight show superstars in free-flight. 7:30 a.m. Price TBA. Carolina Raptor Center, 6000 Sample Road, Huntersville, 704.875.6521, Gallery Crawl (April 8) Ride one of the free trolleys through the town and enjoy all of the excellent galleries and artists that call Davidson home. Many stops offer refreshments and live music too. 6-9 p.m. Free. Town of Davidson, 704.940.9622, The East Lincoln Community Garden Club’s Sixth Annual Plant Sale (April 9) will hold its sixth annual plant sale. Featuring hardy perennials, annuals, roses, orchids, shrubs, fruit and vegetable varieties including herbs, this sale also offers garden accessories, birdhouses and much more. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Webbs Chapel United Methodist Church, 4640 Webbs Chapel Church Road, Denver, 704.483.5270. Meet The Authors Indoor Street Festival At The Palace (April 9) This all-day festival features activities including authors reading and discussing their works, antiquarians showcasing first editions, collectibles, manuscripts and rare books, children’s story-telling, poetry reading, and art and photography exhibits. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Free. The Palace, Cornelius, Walking Tour of Cornelius (April 9) The Cornelius Historic Preservation Commission invites everyone to participate in a self-guided tour of the town. Members of the commission will be on hand

throughout the tour to answer questions and share local legends and stories about the town. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., guided walking tour 10:30 a.m. Free. Cornelius Town Hall, 21445 Catawba Avenue, Cornelius, 704.896.1663. Davidson Farmer’s Market (April 9, 16) Farmers sell a bounty of seasonal vegetables; pasteurized meats and cheeses; and freshly baked breads, cakes and pies. 9-11 a.m. Free. Next to Town Hall between Main and Jackson streets in downtown Davidson, Movies on Main (April 15) Bring your family to see Toy Story 2, where Andy heads off to cowboy camp, leaving his toys to their own devices. 8 p.m. Free. On the lawn at Mooresville Town Hall, 413 North Main Street, 704.662.3334, The 18th Annual Rural Hill Scottish Festival and Loch Norman Highland Games (April 15-17) Celebrate everything Scottish. Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Road, Huntersville, 4th Annual Sherrills Ford-Terrell Rotary Fishing Tournament (April 16) Grab your rod and reel and go fishing. Last year’s tournament paid out more than $4,500 in prizes while it helped the Sherrills Ford-Terrell Rotary Club raise almost $3,000 for charity. 704.966.9898, Little Smiles – North Carolina 1st Annual Golf Tournament (April 16) Spend a day on the golf course for Little Smiles — North Carolina, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) charitable organization that strives to fulfill the dreams of children in local hospitals, hospices and shelters. Reception following at Havana Social Club, 17105-102 Kenton Place, Cornelius. Four-person scramble format. $400 per team, $100 per person. 7 a.m. registration. Birkdale Golf Club, 16500 Birkdale Commons Parkway, Huntersville, Wild Over Lake Norman! Backyard Wildlife Fair (April 16) Qualify your property as a Certified Backyard Wildlife Habitat, as you learn about organic gardening, composting and more. Visit exotic animals from Zootastic Park, explore EnergyExplorium’s milelong nature trail and go on free pony rides. Sponsored by Lake Norman Wildlife Conservationists, a chapter of the NC Wildlife Federation, and hosted by Duke Energy. Free. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. EnergyExplorium, 13339 Hagers Ferry Road in Huntersville. Art on the Green (April 30, May 1) This enormously popular juried art festival offers a whole weekend of art, food, exhibits, and live music. Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun 12-4 p.m. Free. Davidson Village Green, 704.596.0342,

GALLERIES Andre Christine Gallery Various exhibitions in addition to sculpture by Dana Gingras. Tue-Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun noon-4 p.m. 148 Ervin Road, Mooresville, 704.775.9516, Carolina Art Garden Various exhibitions. Tue-Sat Noon-6 p.m. Oak Street Mill, 19725 Oak Street, Suite 3, Cornelius. Christa Faut Gallery Augury: Laminar Flow — The drawings and paintings of Scott Duce. Through April 30. Tue-Fri 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 19818 North Cove Road, Suite E3, Jetton Village, Cornelius, 704.892.5312, Cornelius Arts Center Michael Hamlin-Smith & Patricia Steele-Raible Exhibit. Enjoy the abstract ceramic and painting works of these fascinating

artists.Through April 22. Mon-Thu 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Fri 9 a.m.-Noon. 19725 Oak Street, Cornelius, www. Depot Art Gallery Various exhibitions. 103 W. Center Avenue, Mooresville. Four Corners Framing and Gallery Monthly exhibitions. Tue-Fri 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 112 S. Main Street, Mooresville, 704.662.7154, Lake Country Gallery Evening with the Artist features Ellen Patterson, abstract watercolor, and John Hildebrand, photography. Through June. Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Exit 36 – Mooresville, between Belk and Kohl’s, 704.664.5022, 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 Monthly exhibitions. Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 463 S. Main Street, Davidson, 704.895.1213, Mooresville Artist Guild Monthly exhibitions. 103 West Center Avenue, Mooresville, Tropical Connections Monthly exhibitions. TueFri 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. or by appointment. 230 N. Main Street, Mooresville. 704.664.0236. Van Every/Smith Galleries, Katherine and Tom Belk Visual Arts Center Herb Jackson: Excavations celebrates 42 years of teaching and 50 years of painting by Davidson’s Douglas C. Houchens Professor of Fine Arts, Herb Jackson. Jackson is retiring at the end of this academic year. Through April 20. Senior Studio Art Major Exhibitions. Experience

the work of Davidson College’s senior studio art majors. Through April 20. Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat-Sun noon-4 p.m. Davidson College, 315 N. Main Street, Davidson, 704.894.2519,

MONTHLY EVENTS The Artisan Market Craft Crawl (First Friday Night) Formerly known as the Mooresville Craft Crawl, this market features baked goods, clothing, embroidery, jewelry, paintings, pottery, quilts and woodcarvings with an edge. 5-9 p.m. Free. Mooresville Town Square across from Lowe’s Foods. Blue Planet Water Environmental Center Tour (First Tuesday, Third Thursday) Learn about water and wastewater through a hands-on tour. Fun for all ages. Tours are available the first Tuesday and the third Thursday of the month on a first-come, first-served basis. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Admission TBA. Call 704.621.0854 or e-mail to schedule a tour. At the Corner of Art & Main ArtWalk (Second Friday Night) Downtown Mooresville shows its artistic side with its monthly Art Walk. 6-9 p.m. Free. Downtown Mooresville, 704.664.2414, Downtown Mooresville Cruise-In (First Saturday) The cruise-in is a chance to show off your car in downtown Mooresville. To enter the show parking area, cars must be from the years 1979 or earlier. 3-7 p.m. Free. North Academy Street and West Moore Avenue, Mooresville, Gallery Crawl at Oak Street Mills (Fourth Friday) Visit artist exhibits in each shop, along with the

Carolina Art Garden. 6-10 p.m. Free. Oak Street Mill, 19725 Oak Street, Cornelius.

SPORTS Davidson College Baseball The Wildcats promise not to disappoint this year. UNC Asheville (April 6, 7 p.m.), UNC Greensboro (April 8, 7 p.m.; April 9, 2 p.m.; April 10, 1 p.m.), Appalachian State (April 21, 7 p.m.; April 22, 6 p.m.; April 23 2 p.m.), Duke (April 27, 7 p.m.). Davidson College campus,

THEATRE Into the Woods (Through April 2) Davidson College’s theatre department presents Stephen Sondheim’s Broadway musical Into the Woods. The show depicts an all-star lineup of fairy tale characters hilariously colliding in pursuit of their own “happy ever after.” The play contains some adult themes and is recommended for ages eight and up. Fri-Sat 8 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. $15, $11 seniors, $6 students. Duke Family Performance Hall, Davidson College, 704.894.2135, Bus Stop (April 6) Davidson College invites the public to an Artist Series presentation of the William Inge play Bus Stop by the Montana Repertory Theatre. 8 p.m. $20. Duke Family Performance Hall, call 704.894.2135 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays or visit One-Act Plays (April 20-21) The Department of Theatre at Davidson College invites the public to a presentation of student-directed one-acts plays. 7:30 p.m. $3. The Barber Theatre, Cunningham Theatre Center, Davidson College. To purchase tickets, call 704-894-2135 weekdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or go to

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Grab your kilt because it’s time for the 18th Annual Rural Hill Scottish Festival and Loch Norman Highland Games

f you’re looking for a place to wear your kilt and get your yearly haggis fix, the 18th Annual Rural Hill Scottish Festival and Loch Norman Highland Games on April 15-17 is for you. A spin-off of the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games, this weekend-long festival attracted approximately 13,000 people last year. “We have a pretty regional draw. We have a lot of people from the area who come out to experience the festival, but we’ll have judges from as far away as Scotland and Canada and all over the country and people from different clans,” explains Jeff Fissel, executive director of Rural Hill in Huntersville, adding that about 80 Scottish clans attend the event. “We have pipe bands that come from as far away as Texas.” Throughout the course of the weekend there are athletic competitions such as the famous

caber toss, where athletes throw a log the size of a telephone pole end over end. Other athletic events include the six-pound hammer throw, 28-pound weight throw, clachneart, 56-pound weight toss for height, 56-pound weight throw for distance, 22-pound hammer throw and the sheaf toss. Huntersville native Eric Frasure returns to the games this year to defend his world record sheaf toss. He challenges Larry Brock who won the 2010 IHGF (International Highland Games Federation) Heavy Events World Championships in British Columbia last May. Pipe band competitions will also be held during the festivities, along with a harp competition, a fiddle competition and highland dancing competitions. According to Fissel, all of these events are sanctioned by national and

international organizations. “We’ll have traditional Celtic music, as well as Celtic rock,” says Fissel. “If you come and see the mass band play, where all the pipe bands get on the field together at the same time and play all at once, you’ll see 100 plus pipers playing at the same time. It’s quite a unique experience.” Traditional festival food will be offered along with Scottish food, so you don’t have to eat haggis if you don’t want to. “There is a camping village if you want to make a weekend out of it. There’s something for absolutely everyone to do, as well as history and education, too. So if you want to bring your kids out, we have an entire historical encampment that will be set up,” says Fissel. “We also do children athletic demonstrations so they can try miniature versions of what the athletes are doing.” In addition, there’s a Kids Zone featuring a climbing wall, inflatables and face painting. “It’s a great way to spend the day,” says Fissel. “There’s so much going on that no matter whether you’re Scottish or not there’s something interesting to experience.” LNC The Scoop The 18th Annual Rural Hill Scottish Festival and Loch Norman Highland Games are on April 15-17 at Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Road, Huntersville. Visit for ticket information. .

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A spin-off of the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games, the Rural Hill Scottish Festival and Loch Norman Highland Games attracted approximately 13,000 people last year.


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