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Currents Spruce up your home this spring The Nester blog embraces imperfection Fun finds for the outdoors A colorful Cornelius retreat

Inside Out The Home & Garden Issue



APRIL 2013



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50 YEARS OF LAKE NORMAN Poster Contest CURRENTS Magazine, in partnership with Duke Energy and Visit Lake Norman, is looking for the official poster to commemorate Lake Norman’s 50th Anniversary Celebration! This poster will serve as the official logo for the huge celebration we have planned in September and will appear on all marketing materials for events relating to the anniversary including a parade, special sales and promotions by local businesses, scavenger hunt, concerts, and the big Anniversary

Party on Lake Norman! (details to come). The poster will also appear on the limited edition 50th Anniversary T-shirt and other specialty products that will be available through participating businesses in the area. What a great opportunity for you to showcase your talent throughout the Lake Norman/Charlotte Metro area. The winning poster will appear on the cover of a special edition of CURRENTS commemorating the 50th Anniversary of Lake Norman, coming in July.

1. All media acceptable; winner to be reproduced & printed by 4-color process. 2. Overall size should not exceed 30 x 30 inches — suggested is 20 x 30. Physical entries: We recommend it be mounted on foam core. Vertical orientations (where the overall width is smaller than the overall height) are recommended — keep in mind the proportions of a T-shirt). Digital Enteries: should be uploaded to as a .jpg otherwise a compressed file format.Please call/email for clarification on any exceptions. (see below for info) 3. The artist / designer may choose to include the following text within or around the image area: a. ‘50th Anniversary, b. Lake Norman, c. 1963-2013. We recommend omitting all text — with the understanding that the Anniversary committee will add text into or around the entry for the purposes of the T-shirt and Poster. Visit www. to download the entry form. Sign and attach entry form. AWARDS Judges will be looking for one dynamic image to represent the past 50 years of Lake Norman as both a poster and a T-shirt. The winner will receive a lot of recognition through CURRENTS magazine and various Lake Norman entities, along with 10 posters and 5 shirts. YOUTH DIVISION Children ages 12+ and student entries will be entered — and are eligible to win — the open competition. After the open judging, these will be grouped by age and showcased inside the July issue of CURRENTS. SCHEDULE: Upload your digital design to our website at www. Please note that ALL entries become the property of CURRENTS magazine. Judges results are final. Members of the Venture Magazines team and their families, are not eligible to enter the competition. If you have any questions: call 704-749-8788 or email


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Contents |

Contents 26 Rip Currents — Home Local house cleaners dish about spring cleaning and more

31 Around the Track The Earnhardt Collection inspires a lifestyle built around the outdoors

34 Blair’s Bits

Davidson’s Peter Fischer leads two exciting lives

39 G ame On

The Carolina Thread Trail expands outdoor recreation as it links communities

on Purpose 20 Live It’s time for your wellness prescription

10 The Main Channel What’s hip at Lake Norman

16 Port Hole

The Hope House Foundation Dinner

18 C aptain’s Chair Myquillyn Smith’s do-it-yourself home décor ideas made her a blog sensation

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Starr Miller helped a Cornelius family find the right look for their home

Currents — Style 24 Rip Warmer temperatures translate into fun outdoors

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Three grapes have come back from the brink of extinction

61 Currently

Stile Antico rings in spring with Treasures of the Renaissance

64 T urning 50

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have never liked my living room. It’s a nice space, but it has constraints. With a set of French doors, a window, a fireplace and built-in bookcases, it’s difficult to place furniture in an attractive way — I know because I’ve tried at least a dozen configurations over the five years we’ve lived in our house. The other day my friend brought her daughter over for a play date. As soon as she walked in, I apologized for the disarray of my living room, as I was trying yet another furniture arrangement. Immediately she suggested we move everything. In 20 minutes, my living room looked fabulous. My friend placed the furniture in places I had never before considered. Suddenly I had a whole new space that worked for my family and looked great at the same time. I wanted her to stay and rearrange my entire house, but her daughter’s Little Gym class beckoned. As I sat in my living room later that evening, I thought about how beneficial someone else’s perspective can be. You can try to figure out a problem for days and get absolutely nowhere with it. As soon as you ask someone else to think about it, they usually render an answer you haven’t considered — a good answer. While this works well with fun things such as home décor and fashion (can you really mix patterns without looking like a clown?), it also works well for life’s more important tribulations. I’m not sure whether to blame my German or Scotch-Irish heritage on my incredible ability to hold a grudge, but it’s in my DNA. During the past years, I’ve gotten better at letting things go — even forgiving people and situations. However, if you harbor a feeling

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It really doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful

long enough, good or bad, it’s hard to release it. My husband and I were talking about such a situation the other day. Asking for my friend’s advice about furniture worked out so well that I decided to ask my husband’s thoughts on a more serious matter. He’s a good listener, and because he’s an engineer, he’s always more than willing to think of a solution to a problem — any problem. As I explained to him how I was having trouble forgiving someone for hurting me repeatedly, he said. “Ever since I turned 40, I’m just a lot easier on people. Life is too short to hold a grudge and what good does it do?” My husband’s two simple sentences made me realize that I was indeed too hard on people. The energy I spent judging them could be better spent focusing on their good qualities and contributions. On page 18, you’ll find a story about Huntersville’s Myquillyn Smith and her blog called Nesting Place. The whole idea behind her home design blog is that “it doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful.” While that’s true about our homes, it’s even truer about the people in our lives — including ourselves. So the next time I find myself replaying a negative conversation with a friend over and over in my head as I get angrier and angrier, I’m going to think about why that person is my friend in the first place. What good qualities made me want to include them in my life? If I can do this, I think I’m laying the foundation for a pretty fantastic spring. And on those days when I find this task difficult, I’ll just relax for a few minutes in my beautifully arranged living room.

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ExpressYourself Cake Expressions Academy helps you tap into the sweet life

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Award-winning pastry chef Lisa Toohey founded Cake Expressions by Lisa in 2001. She opened Cake Expressions Academy this past February after spending two years in London, where she taught cake decorating at a premier cake shop.


You can have your cake and make it too at Huntersville’s Cake Expressions Academy, which pairs the artistry of design with the joy of learning. “There’s nothing like being with a group of people in a class, with an instructor, and the camaraderie and sharing of ideas,” says awardwinning pastry chef Lisa Toohey, who founded Cake Expressions by Lisa in 2001. Toohey opened the academy this past February after spending two years in London, where she taught cake decorating at a premier cake shop. She knew the classes would offer something special to the area. “I’m most proud of my students, just their excitement and amazement that they can actually make beautiful, fun creations,” she says. “They come in, see what we’re going to make and say, ‘Mine will never look like that,’ and then it does.” Classes are designed for ages 16 and up; parties are available for younger ages too. Toohey will continue creating custom wedding and special-event cakes. Her cakes have won numerous awards and have been featured in local and international magazines. Toohey graduated from New England Culinary Institute and has taken classes with Ewald Notter, Jacquy Pfeiffer, Debbie Brown and Lauren Kitchens. She also spent time in Paris and worked in top resorts and clubs. The shop features vintage furniture and accents, many of which are re-purposed treasures that create a charming space for consultations, parties and classes. Toohey, her husband, Tim, and their daughter, Olivia, live in the Lake Norman area. — Lynn Roberson, photography by Glenn Roberson THE SCOOP Cake Expressions 15905 Brookway Drive, Suite 4106 Huntersville

Paint the Town Blue

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Help prevent child abuse through SCAN April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and to honor that SCAN (Stop Child Abuse Now) plans to paint the town blue. A nonprofit 501c3 child abuse prevention agency that is committed to ending child abuse by offering inhome services, child-parent coaching, parenting classes and supervised visitations, SCAN has been serving Iredell County since 1991. A blue ribbon represents child abuse prevention, so this month SCAN is placing paint cans on the counters of local businesses throughout Downtown Mooresville and Statesville to collect donations. The campaign wraps up on Thursday, May 4 with a benefit concert titled Paint the Night Blue by the award-winning Balsam Range Band at Merino’s Home Furnishings Warehouse in Downtown Mooresville. — Lori K. Tate

Mediterranean Farro Salad with Asparagus

Mediterranean Farro Salad with Asparagus The Balsam Range Band THE SCOOP The Balsam Range Band performs Thursday, May 4 at 6 p.m. at Merino’s Home Furnishings Warehouse in Downtown Mooresville. For more information or tickets, visit www.

articles on a variety of topics that wouldn’t necessarily be seen in a local newscast. In this capacity, I’m able to tell stories that truly have a unique impact on our community.

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Behind the Pages Get up close and personal with the people who make CURRENTS happen Title: Father of a newborn son, WSOCTV News Anchor, Freelance Writer How long have you been writing for CURRENTS? I started writing articles last summer. What do you enjoy about it? I enjoy writing

What’s the perfect day for you at Lake Norman? Breakfast with the family at home, jump on the boat with the family and ride to the Rudder [The Rusty Rudder] for lunch, then soak in the water during the afternoon. Top off the day with a cookout to watch the Ohio State Buckeyes win a football game! One thing that will surprise people about you. I initially studied music education in college before changing career paths and declaring a major in broadcast journalism and interpersonal communication. I landed my first taste of TV news when I saw an ad in the campus newspaper seeking a TV news reporter at the local TV station.

About Cami Cami Ferguson has had a passion for cooking since she was a child. Her Italian grandmother taught her how to make meatballs, lasagna, stuffed artichokes and more, while her dad specialized in soul food. A personal chef in the Lake Norman area, Cami shares a delicious recipe with CURRENTS each month. For more information, visit 11

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Running with Joy

Miles for Marnie celebrates Marnie Howiler’s victory over cancer It all began with a stomachache. When a 5-year-old complains that her belly hurts, her mother can usually fix it with a teaspoon of pink stuff and a reassuring squeeze. This was not one of those times. Instead, it was the beginning of a long road for Davidson residents Robbie and Ken Howiler and their daughter, Marnie, who had just started kindergarten three days prior. After rushing their daughter to the ER, the Howilers learned the unthinkable — Marnie had stage IV cancer. The next eight months were filled with fear, but in May 2010, the Howilers received the sweetest news they’d ever heard — Marnie’s CT scan showed no evidence of disease. Her journey was over. But Robbie’s was just beginning. Since then, she has dedicated herself to the

Shop & Tell Retail heats up this spring

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Dutchmans has moved to Jetton Village in Cornelius. Reflecting the tastes of its owner, furniture designer Stephanie Nieuwendijk, Dutchmans features furniture, accessories and lighting for casual living, with a focus on flair and originality. The store was previously located in Mooresville’s Merinos Complex. The new 8,000-square-foot space suits the store better says Dutchmans’ Manager, Paula Brown. “As for creating a lifestyle store, we have more capabilities here,” she says, adding that the store now carries the Shabby Chic line for Miles Talbott. Dutchmans, 19441 Old Jetton Road, Jetton Village, Cornelius, www. The mother and daughter team of Heather Allen and Brenda Lord have moved Sweetcakes to The Shops at the Fresh Market in Cornelius. Don’t worry, they still make the 12

pediatric cancer cause, volunteering with multiple organizations. But perhaps closest to her heart is the Marnie Jude Foundation, which she and Ken began as Marnie forged through her year-long battle. On Saturday, April 27, the foundation’s premiere event, The Miles for Marnie 5k and Fun Run, takes place at Davidson Elementary School. As in years past, Marnie will ceremoniously start the race as the only runner, and it is this moment that Robbie cherishes most. “I am overwhelmed with happiness and joy that Marnie is cancer-free, happy, thriving and living life to the fullest each day,” she says. Robbie then pauses to remember the families whose children did not beat their cancer and have passed away. “It reminds me that Miles for Marnie celebrates the successes, encourages the fighters, and remembers

same delicious cupcakes and cakes, but now they offer sweet parking as well. Sweetcakes, 20601 Torrence Chapel Road, Suite 106, The Shops at the Fresh Market, Cornelius, www. The Brow Lounge has moved to a larger location in Jetton Village in Cornelius, which means more fun finds for customers. In addition to waxing, skin care and spray tans, you’ll find an even larger selection of jewelry, clothing and accessories, as the new space allows for a larger retail section. The Brow Lounge, 19826-A North Cove Road, Jetton Village, Cornelius, If the folks in Downtown Mooresville seem to have a sugar high these days, it might be because of SugarPop’s Candy and Soda Shop. The new candy store opened in November and is the brainchild of Sean and Jennifer Colas. “We wanted to bring the candy shop back to the downtowns,” says Sean. “We want to

From left, Ken, Marnie and Robbie Howiler of Davidson.

those that this horrible disease has taken in an effort to fund research and find a cure.” — Amy Salvatore Reiss, photography by Ben Sherrill THE SCOOP The Miles for Marnie 5k and Fun Run takes place at 8 a.m. April 27 at Davidson Elementary School, 635 South Street in Davidson. All proceeds will be donated to the Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation to fund pediatric cancer research. For more information, visit

offer a better experience than what you would get in a big box store or a mall.” SugarPop’s offers nostalgic and novelty candy (think Pez and Yardstick gum), as well as premium chocolates and more than 100 different eclectic sodas (Lester’s Fixins Peanut Butter & Jelly anyone?). SugarPop’s, 248 North Main Street, Mooresville, www. When Sarah Mascarello’s children grew older, the former stay-at-home mom decided it was time to give retail a try. In November, she opened High Heels & Hammers in Downtown Mooresville. The store offers antiques, gifts, collectibles, as well as restored furniture by Mascarello. The store also features five rooms with five different themes, think nautical, shabby chic and country. “This has always been a hobby of mine,” says the Mooresville resident. “We stumbled upon this place and it all worked out.” High Heels & Hammers, 398 N. Main Street (across from Town Hall), Mooresville, look for High Heels & Hammers on Facebook.

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Grow it Greener Gary and Cathy Fowler of Denver’s Organic Footprint help folks grow healthy gardens

Gary and Cathy Fowler are known for green lawns, but it’s not just the color of their grass. They also want to protect the environment from harmful chemicals, so Denver’s Organic Footprint wants you to have a healthy garden.

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two years ago the Denver couple launched Organic Footprint, a lawn service company that sells eco-friendly and organic products for lawns and gardens. Located on Hwy 16 business in Denver, Organic Footprint sells green products made by Matthews-based Organic Plant Health. “I had been using their [Organic Plant Health’s] products on my lawn for several years and had such great results. I contacted the owner to see if anyone in the Denver area was selling it,” explains Gary, adding that many customers who have children and pets are concerned about spraying lawns with chemicals. Others live on the lake and want to make certain that runoff from rain doesn’t flow harmful chemicals into Lake Norman. We asked the Fowlers for some advice on organic vegetable gardening. Here’s what they had to say.

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plants are often already loaded with pesticides and chemical fertilizers. 4. Water early in the day so plants can dry off before nightfall. Foliage that stays wet for long periods of time is susceptible to leaf diseases, fungi that grow on leaves, tender stems and flower buds. 5. D o not grow the same plant family in the same spot year after year. Repetition of the same crop gives diseases a chance to build up strength. 6. N ot all insects are pests. Most are benign residents, and some are actually beneficial, providing a means to control insect pests. 7. Th e most basic method of chemical-free pest control in gardening is known as pest picking, and it is exactly what it sounds like. 8. U se chemical-free insect repellents as an alternative to pesticides. They offer many of the same benefits without the nasty health drawbacks. 9. R emove diseased plants to limit the spread


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From left, Mike Bee, Kathy Moreland, Teri Hufford, Lana Hein, Tom Hein, Gil LaFare, Marty LaFare and Pam Boileau.

From left, Dr. Richard Nichols, Edie Wilson, Bill Wilson, Cassandra Brooks, Dr. Lee Beth Lindquist, Dr. Jay Gerdes, Nancy Law Gerdes, Sherre DeMao and Nayfee Krugler.

From left, co-hosts Tom Hein and Mike Bee.

The Hope House Foundation Dinner was held on Saturday, March 2 at the home of Tom and Lana Hein. Chef Tim Schafer prepared a three-course dinner that was complemented by wines selected by Mike Bee, co-founder and owner of Falcor Winery in Napa. Twenty-eight people attended the event, which netted $2,500 for the foundation. All attendees, with the exception of Bee who resides in Charleston, West Virginia, live in the Lake Norman area. Dr. Lee Beth Lindquist, founder of the Hope House Foundation, was on hand to talk about the Huntersville-based, non-profit organization and the success it has had with helping homeless women and children in the area. Services such as job training, parenting and interviewing skills, and financial planning are provided to Hope House residents in addition to transitional housing.

Chef Tim Schafer prepared a three-course dinner.

From left, Dr. Jay Gerdes, Nancy Law Gerdes, Sherre DeMao, Nayfee Krugler, Joel Krugler, Ann Quisling, Rolf Quisling, Edie and Bill Wilson (hidden), and Cassandra Brooks.

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More than 200,000 people stop by Myquillyn Smith’s blog called Nesting Place per month. The Huntersville resident’s mantra is, “It doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful.”

by Lori K. Tate photography by Laurie Martin


s you walk through Myquillyn Smith’s Huntersville home, it’s easy to think that she either went to some prestigious design school or hired an interior designer who went to a prestigious design school. Dig a little deeper and you’ll discover that neither is the case. Instead, Smith, whose do-it-yourself design savvy has been featured in Cottages & Bungalows, Ladies Home Journal and most recently Better Homes & Gardens Do It Yourself issue, has a natural talent for taking diamonds in the rough and making them, well, diamonds.

Queen of Nesting Myquillyn Smith’s do-it-yourself home décor ideas made her a blog sensation

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This is a woman who successfully uses wooden logs for an entry table and sheets from Ollie’s Bargain Outlet for bedroom curtains. Everything in her home has a story, and Smith happily shares it on her blog called Nesting Place ( We recently met with her (in her own nest) to find out how Nesting Place came about.

When did you start writing your blog? My husband and I had just moved to Charlotte. We moved from Greensboro, where my sister is a writer. She had a blog. My dad 18

actually started a blog in the dark ages when no one else had a blog. So he was the first one, and my sister and I kind of made fun of him. Then she started one, and then I moved away from her and was lonely and read her blog. Then I found Pioneer Woman. I thought, ‘Gosh, it would be fun to be able to leave her a comment.’ I really just started a blog so I could be part of the community.

Your whole mantra is, ‘It doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful.’ Talk about that. Well, I love that. Sometimes I think that’s why the blog has gotten the audience that it has. Because all of us, including me more than anyone, needs to hear that it’s okay to have people over even if your house isn’t all the way ready or there’s a stain on the carpet. Just enjoy what you have, even if it’s not your dream house. It’s never going to be the dream house. You’re never living in your dream house. If you spend your whole life waiting for that, it’s really a big waste. We talk about getting

Do you know how many people follow your blog? Well, yes. I have a subscriber count and there’s different ways. …There are about 36,000 people who follow Nesting Place to the point where they get it e-mailed to them or that subscribe to it. I also have a little over 200,000 people a month that will stop by my blog. The beautiful thing is that they’re all over the world. That’s the great thing about the Internet. How often do you change your home? A lot. Sometimes I think, ‘Why can’t I just be okay?’ I change it all the time. Everything, even the sofa, has been in different rooms. I always did it even before I had a blog. It was just fun for me. It was a free way to get a different look and have a change and just to see if stuff will work better. My husband grew up in a house where the furniture stayed the same way all the time, never was moved, which is fine.

How do you come up with these ideas for your home? I think the biggest thing is that I don’t have a lot of money to work with. That used to be the thing I would curse because you think, ‘I have such great taste if only I had an unlimited budget I could do whatever .’ I really look at that now. I’ve been a wife for 18 years, and it was not until I was just able to embrace that and say, ‘Okay, this is what I have to work with, let me do the best with what I have and get creative.’ Really, if you have an unlimited budget, unlimited choices, unlimited everything, it’s impossible to start. We live in a rental, so there’s only so much I can do in the house. I can’t paint the cabinets. I’m not going to do major overhauls for a place we’re in temporarily. I call it Lovely Limitations. I did a 31-day series on Lovely Limitations because over time I realized it was the limitations that allowed me to be creative, and I think that’s a big part of the creative process. …Instead of being mad about that, and I say that from my own experience, it’s actually a nice gift. More on


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pring has finally arrived. At my house that means a few things: my running shoes are hitting the pavement again, the backyard garden boxes are filled with starters whose yield I am eager to enjoy, and I am trying to get my daily pure vitamin D intake by soaking in the sun while reading on the front steps for a few minutes each day. While New Year’s is the typical time for setting goals and priorities around health, I have always found that my healthiest decisions are made in the spring, once the weather has turned away from frosty and the food has turned to fresh. To make the most of

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What is a wellness prescription? Years ago, I learned how much my decisions impacted my sense of well-being. I suddenly understood that choice, actions and food were medicine and that I could prescribe myself more of what I needed for my mind, body and soul to run well and be happy. To make the most of that observation, I wrote down Continued on page 22

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everything I knew that made all of me feel good. The result was a wellness prescription — simple actions I could take on a regular basis to insure that I was functioning as well as possible. Want to write your own prescription? It is easier than you think, and following it will give you such a sense of empowerment that you’ll likely want to continue on this course of

really owning your well-being, even when the weather turns frosty again.

Step 1: Survey the Scene Start with an assessment of where you are now. How are you feeling about your mental, emotional, spiritual and physical health? There is no need to judge yourself as you reflect. This is simply about gathering information. How are you caring for yourself and how are you showing yourself a lack of

concern in each of these categories? Perhaps you know that spiritually you feel most fulfilled when you walk in the woods or attend weekly church services, but you haven’t been doing what you need lately and are feeling less of a connection than you like right now. Maybe you know that you love to move, but the cold, damp winter really made you hibernate inside. For now, just assess where you currently are in each category so you can get a better sense of where you want to go.

Step 2: Brainstorm what makes you feel good What makes you feel healthy and positive? Brainstorm what can you do to make sure your heart, body and soul are happy mentally, emotionally, spiritually and physically? Make sure you list things that you have direct control over (booking a monthly massage appointment) and things where the process itself is the gift and you aren’t waiting for some end result (moving my body for 20 minutes in a way that brings me joy and vitality five times a week is a better item for your prescription than lose 20 pounds). From taking a vitamin to reading for pleasure, trying a new activity monthly to doing yoga weekly, come up with everything you need for a complete wellness prescription.

Step 3: Make it happen If this is a new way of living for you, consider how to incorporate the prescription into your life in a way that is encouraging and not overwhelming. Maybe you just incorporate three items into your life each month. Maybe you give yourself a well-being hour each day. Plan for it and then make it happen while enjoying the power of being in charge of your well-being. LNC

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Piles of stuff Cleaning services generally work weekly or every other week, and some offer monthly deep cleans and move-in/ out cleans. Most will do whatever a client wants, including cleaning out refrigerators, changing out and laundering bed sheets and towels, and even ironing. Burrill, who has three full-time employees, also offers

open the door because everything is going to fall out,” says Quinonez. And teenagers’ bedrooms are another matter. “There are clothes everywhere,” she laughs. “We move everything to one side, so we can vacuum the carpet.” All the women say their clients learn to become more organized and even pick up cleaning tips from them. “We tell people to always work from top to bottom, because gravity is at work — ceiling fans before

coffee tables, and tops of doors, pictures and refrigerators before the fronts and bottoms.” Burrill adds, “Always vacuum and mop the floors last.” LNC Lee McCracken is a Charlottearea freelance editor and writer who lives in Stanley and grew up spending summers on Cayuga Lake in upstate New York. Since moving to the Charlotte area in 1994, she has written about business, education, health care and real estate for various publications.

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his father, then Kerry and his brother [Dale, Jr.] and sister [Kelley] and now our children, it really made us excited.” The partnership blossomed from the very first planning meeting in early 2011. “We sat down with Paul Schumacher’s team and began describing what we, as a family, believe is important in a home,” René recalls. “We talked about wide open spaces, family friendliness, kitchens opening up to the great room and an outdoor feel that wasn’t too rustic, and before we had really even finished, they were working on the design of five different models. It was amazing to see our values and our lifestyle transform into actual homes.” The Earnhardts then played an active role in bringing the complete line of 22 customizable floor plans to life. Kerry and René laid the different designs across their dining room table and came up with the names and stories for each. On the personal side, Eagle’s Nest was named for their eldest son, Bobby Dale, because of his big heart and kind spirit. Speckled Trout was named for their son, Jeffrey, because he loves the outdoors and never stops moving.

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acing might be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the Earnhardt family, but if you ask Kerry Earnhardt, the eldest son of Dale Earnhardt, Sr., to describe the common thread that ties together generations of his family, he will tell you it is a passion for the outdoors. From hunting and fishing to canoeing and kayaking or just sitting by an outdoor fireplace, there’s nothing more special to the Earnhardts than living a relaxed, casual lifestyle in a house that is as much a retreat as it is a home. So when Paul Schumacher, owner of Schumacher Homes, set out to find a family that embodied all the traits he wanted to share in a new collection of easy living homes, he didn’t have to look too far. The Earnhardts were his top choice. “With this project, we thought long and hard about whether or not the fit was right for us because this is a home we are talking about, a place where you build a life and raise your children,” René explains. “But when we thought about how this project preserves the family legacy and represents all our values and interests, going back to Kerry’s grandfather, then

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Their daughter, Blade, is the inspiration behind Honeysuckle, because they say she is sweet and beautiful just like the flower. And Morning Dove was named for their youngest daughter, Kayla, who is full of adventure and curiosity. One model has special meaning to Kerry. “The Giant Sequoia is a model that’s closest to me. I named that one with dad in mind,” Kerry explains. “It’s not the largest model in the line, but it is strong just like my dad. He was that strong, steady influence not only in our lives but in the lives of the fans who loved him, too.” Kerry continues, “The giant sequoia is the strongest tree in the world, and that’s the way I felt about my dad. When he passed away, he didn’t realize how big he was. To see the fans’ reaction to his death — even those who weren’t Earnhardt fans — they related to him because most of them weren’t the biggest or grandest either, but they lived like my dad.” “It was really a therapeutic experience designing and naming the homes because it gave us the opportunity to look back on our life and capture those memories and experiences that have defined us,” René adds. Since introducing The Earnhardt Collection in October 2011, the growth has been remarkable. Within the first week, the team sold their first home. They opened Blue Ridge, a 2,032-square-foot model home near Asheville shortly thereafter. And the team has broken ground on two additional model homes, Bear Paw and Cedar Springs, near the new Langtree at the Lake complex in Mooresville, scheduled for completion later this year. “You know, we came into this after the economy had crashed and knew that if we didn’t offer a product that was as affordable as it was appealing that we wouldn’t make it,” Kerry recalls. “I think the fact that we are already in 14 different states across different geographical locations is a true testament to the versatility of the line and the fact that we have come out with designs that intrigue people. It also shows how people share our family values and believe in a life like ours that brings the outdoors in.” LNC

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THE RUSH TO HELP Davidson’s Peter Fischer leads two exciting lives



eter Fischer will you tell life has turned out exactly the way he wanted it to. At 35 years old, he and his wife now live in Davidson, and like most people, it’s the small community that they instantly fell in love with. Fischer has come to know the ins and outs of this Lake Norman community by working at the Davidson Volunteer Fire Department. As a volunteer, he’s required to work two shifts a month at the Davidson agency. But he, like most volunteer firefighters, chose to be a volunteer because he loves the work. “We’re all here to help somebody,” says Fischer. His passion for firefighting and emergency medicine goes back more than 15 years when he first became an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) with a fire department near Cincinnati, Ohio. “I was interested in the healthcare field, and I thought I would really enjoy it,” recalls Fischer. But that enjoyment would grow well beyond the streets of Ohio and into emergency rooms and hospitals all across the country.

Not a regular rookie While Fischer is extremely humble and at times seems to downplay the significance of his job, Fischer admits he’s not exactly open with his fellow firefighters

about what he does. “[When they find out], they think it’s pretty cool,” he jokes. “Being new to Davidson, I’m the rookie firefighter right now, and they’re teaching me more than I will ever teach them.” He says the two jobs, while similar in some ways, are sometimes very distant. “When I’m out in the street being a firefighter, it’s nice to sit back and watch the paramedics, EMTs and the other first responders,” says Fischer. “There’s very

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Being part of a team Fischer’s love for being a firefighter runs much deeper than the random adrenaline rush of heading into a fire or emergency situation when everyone else is trying to get out. For him, it’s about the people. “I enjoy it significantly; the teamwork, the comradery and the ability to serve the community,” says Fischer. “It’s just a lot of fun.” But what most people don’t know about this volunteer firefighter is that his “office job” arguably is even more exciting. When Fischer came to the Charlotte region, he did so because of a job offer to be a trauma surgeon at Carolinas HealthCare System’s Carolinas Medical Center. He’s the one who handles the emergency situations that are typically the worst of the worst. “I thought I always wanted to do trauma because of the unpredictability of it all,” recalls Fischer. “There’s a lot of think-

ing on your feet which I like the most. … The most rewarding part is you’re able to make split-second decisions that can result in a life being saved. It’s the toughest job, yet most rewarding job I have ever had.”

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little I can do as a trauma surgeon when I am out of the hospital.” But on the flip side, his skills as a firefighter have helped to shape his critical care world inside the hospital as a trauma surgeon. “I use those experiences as a fireman pretty frequently,” he explains. “It gives me a better idea of how to serve the injuries and respond in surgery.” After spending years studying across the country in medical school and doing his residency, Fischer hopes to be in the Charlotte region for a long time and to continue to answer the call for help whether it’s in the hospital or in a fire station. “Riding around on a fire truck is fun no matter how old you are,” says Fischer. “It’s all worked out the way I thought it would.” LNC Blair Miller anchors the evening newscasts for WSOC-TV, Channel 9. He’s lived in Cornelius for the past three years and is a contributing writer to CURRENTS.




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etty Jean Troutman has seen a lot of change come to the beloved south Iredell County community she has called home for more than 70 years. The Troutman Alderwoman

and longtime community advocate watched as her quiet railroad stop town welcomed the new growth that came with the expansion of the interstate. And when Lake Norman was built, she 39

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The Carolina Thread Trail expands outdoor recreation as it links communities

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celebrated the new energy that the inland waterway brought with it to her town. But nothing, in her opinion, has done more to beautify downtown and improve the feel of her community than the arrival of the Richardson Greenway, the .8-mile, multi-use paved trail that now connects much of downtown Troutman and is part of a greater community building initiative named The Carolina Thread Trail. “When the concrete was first poured,

it didn’t look that appealing, but I knew it had promise and potential,” Troutman says. “Then, as we began to landscape and beautify it, well, opinions changed. I can’t believe we ever existed without it.” Connecting Communities The Richardson Greenway is one of the more than 50 existing trails that comprise the Carolina Thread Trail, a network of greenways and naturally preserved cor-

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ridors that links 15 counties in North and South Carolina. More commonly known as The Thread, it ties together places of interest and conserves significant natural areas within each community. Launched in 2007 after a study by the Foundation For The Carolinas found a need to increase the access to, and appreciation of, area natural resources, The Thread encourages people to become active, promotes connectivity, preserves natural areas and serves as a place for exploration of nature, culture, science and history. The Catawba Lands Conservancy, the non-profit partner that manages the project, then completed a master plan and put the wheels in motion. Its efforts motivate and empower communities to strategize and self-determine how they participate. “When people first hear about the idea of The Thread, some envision one single, long trail that runs from one point to another,” says Ann Hayes Browning, project director of the Carolina Thread Trail. “But what they soon realize is that we are more of a network that will ultimately link together through more local connectivity. What you see in Troutman is being replicated across multiple counties that span two states. It’s really about getting communities to realize what is unique about their individual communities and getting them involved in the project.”

A regional focal point Adding a new dimension to the recreational opportunities that exist at Lake Norman and providing better access to the lake from across the region are part of The Thread’s longer-term vision. “It’s no secret that Lake Norman is perhaps one of North Carolina’s most unique resources, and by making it a regional focal point along The Thread, we hope to expand the ways in which people can enjoy it,” Browning says. “Giving people more access to it with biking and walking trails will give it a new dimension and make it that much more of a valuable asset.” She continues, “There is a lot of energy as far as north-south connectivity starting around Statesville and running through Charlotte to South Carolina. If you look at the counties that are involved and think about what major resource exists to tie them together, you’ll see it is the lake. What the lake ultimately adds is a key destination for those moving along the corridor.”

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Roadblocks and obstacles In any project that crosses jurisdictions and geographical boundaries, roadblocks and obstacles are to be expected. But with proper forethought, planning, and respect for land and landowners, Browning says, the vast majority can be resolved. “One of the main reasons we have the master plan is to identify the physical barriers like crossing the interstate or getting around a major intersection,” says Browning. “Since one of our guiding principles is to respect the land and land owner, it also helps us engage and communicate with landowners. If they can see what we ultimately hope to do and know they are a part of a bigger picture initiative, they are more likely to support us.” Identifying and securing funding to plan, construct and maintain greenways is also a roadblock. “Helping communities strategize to identify the public and private funding sources that will help them realize their

Cyclists enjoy the South Prong Rocky River portion of the Carolina Thread Trail that runs through Davidson.

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THE SCOOP Existing trails near Lake Norman that are open to the public • South Prong Rocky River Greenway, Davidson, 5.7 miles • West Branch Rocky River Greenway, Davidson, 1.1 miles • West Branch Nature Preserve Trail, Davidson, 0.8 miles • Torrence Creek Greenway, Huntersville, 0.9 miles • McDowell Creek Greenway, Huntersville, 1.5 miles • Dye Creek Greenway, Mooresville, 0.5 miles • Downtown Mooresville to Bellingham Park (sidewalks/bike lanes), Mooresville, 1.8 miles • Trail at Sally’s YMCA, Denver, 1.1 miles • David Stewart Trail/ Murray’s Mill Trail, Catawba, 1.4 miles • Richardson Greenway, Troutman, 0.8 miles The Richardson Greenway in Troutman. Trails and contracts in the pipeline • A 1-mile extension to Torrence Creek Greenway is 2013 thanks to a team of Carolina Thread Trail scheduled for completion in late 2013. volunteers who removed roots, overgrowth, • A .9 mile-extension to the Richardson Greenway fences and tree branches along .25 miles of the Extension in Troutman scheduled for 2015 trail. There are plans to extend the Sally’s Y Trail completion. along Forney Creek to connect the future Rock • A study to extend the Dye Creek Greenway is Springs Park. underway; final alignments have been identified. • The Carolina Thread Trail Master Plan for Lincoln • Segments of the 1.1-mile Sally’s Y Trail in County communities outlines 71.3 miles of future Lincoln County got some sprucing up in early Carolina Thread Trail in the county. To learn more about The Carolina Thread Trail and use an interactive map to identify all trails in the network, visit

vision, as well as providing them grant opportunities, is a big part of what we do,” Browning says. “Using the Richardson Trail in Troutman as an example, Betty Jean spent a lot of years doing a lot of leg work to make the trail happen, and we served as a resource for her not only to work through some logistical issues but also to identify and secure some funding. The work of her team is a great example of how a community can grow by becoming a part of The Thread.” “My mother always told me that if you walk it then they will come,” Troutman says. “And now, no matter what time of day or night, because people are walking it, it’s almost like you need to have a ticket to get on the greenway.” LNC

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aps Pourhouse & Brewery in Mooresville draws upon the diverse talents of Chef Domenic Battistella and its owners, Eddie Romero and Mike Ivie, to brew up a gastropub unique to the Lake Norman area. The Mooresville restaurant opened in March, offering a menu that melds the flavors of southern staples with international and regional influences. The food is specifically designed to pair well with the more than 60 craft beers served from the inviting bar space.


complement each other to where it really wouldn’t be complete without the other.” The kitchen prepares its dishes fresh, even down to the ketchup and mayonnaise. The team makes its own tortillas, pressing them in-house, and uses smokers for a wide array of food beyond the meats, such as Swiss chard and other vegetables, as examples of the fresh food approach. “All of that imparts that richness of flavor,” Battistella says.

The only items they purchase pre-made are DeLuxe Ice Cream from Mooresville Ice Cream Company and bread from Black Velvet Patisserie. Battistella plans to buy produce in season at local farmer’s markets and also plans to go to Carrigan Farms for fruits and vegetables. Foods such as gravies, beer-leaven pretzels and the Beeramisu tiramisu-style dessert incorporate the gastropub’s signature beverage. “That was another part of our focus, to utilize beer in the food,” Battistella says.

A richness of flavor Battistella, a Mooresville resident, started cooking at age 5 with his mother and grandmother. As an 18-year-old, he enrolled in the Le Cordon Bleu program at the Atlantic Culinary Academy in Dover, New Hampshire. He came to Charlotte to work at Upstream Restaurant, and from there, he moved as sous chef to Blue, a Mediterranean restaurant in Uptown Charlotte. He opened Red


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North Carolina Breweries Featured at Taps • Olde Hickory Brewery in Hickory • NoDa Brewing Company in Charlotte • Triple C Brewing Company in Charlotte • The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery in Farmville • Highland Brewing Company in Asheville • Mother Earth Brewing Company in Kinston • Foothills Brewing in Winston-Salem • Boone Brewing Company of Blowing Rock THE SCOOP Taps Pourhouse & Eatery 279 C Williamson Road Mooresville 704.660.3300 Hours: Sun-Wed 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Thu-Sat 11 a.m.-2 a.m. From left, two of the owners, Eddie Romero and Mike Ivie, and Chef Domenic Battistella.

The chef had already written a menu for a gastropub when he learned of the Taps opening. As someone who had written a craft beer column for Basil Magazine, he reached out when he realized the gastropub was under way.

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Building on success Romero and Ivie are building on the success of The Pub at Gateway, a bar and restaurant they own in Uptown Charlotte. In January, they opened Olive Martini Bar, connected to Taps by an interior hallway. Ivie and Romero also work with a third partner, John Kluth, in Pub Management Group. Taps team members include General Manager Andy Zapisocki and Sous Chef John Anderson. “Management has a large part to do with the success of a restaurant,” Romero says. “Our local management team has over 60 years of experience.” The restaurant is working to build ties in the Lake Norman community. “We’ve tried to use as many local companies as we can to support the area where we are,” Ivie says. “We’ve had lots of good help.” They worked with Mike Dowell of Dowell Equipment Company in Mooresville to outfit the restaurant. Ives did the con46

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struction, including building the wooden bar in Taps and the stone bar in Olive. “I did everything with the design of the bar,” Romero says. “I drew it out and laid it out to make it aesthetically pleasing.” The congregation table encourages conversation, and the lighting, wood and accent colors create a warm, inviting space. In the dining room and bar, 140 guests can be seated, with 32 spots on the patio. Diners can watch sports on more than 30 TVs, including a large video wall. “We are a sports bar that has our own kick to things,” Ivie says. “You can come in here and watch a game and have a well-cooked meal that’s phenomenal. We want this to have the neighborhood pub feel.” LNC

Grapevine | by Trevor Burton

Despite all the confusion, Bonarda has emerged as one of Argentina’s shining stars.

Three grapes have come back from the brink of extinction to face a very tasty future

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ooting for an underdog or for a comeback kid is something that seems to be genetically locked into the American psyche. Maybe that’s why I enjoy finding and tasting wines made from grapes that have become obscure and are finding their way back onto the world stage. When you can taste a great wine at the same time as feeling a moral sense of doing good, it’s a pretty good day. At least, that’s a rationale that works well for me, and I’m sticking with it because I really get a kick out of the tasting part. So, let’s take a look at three grapes that fit into this category.

After being abandoned in its home country, Carmenère rose to fame in Chile.


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A sense of abandonment The first one is Carmenère — an abandoned orphan. Up until the late 19th century, Carmenère played a big role as one of the grapes used to blend the spectacular wines of Bordeaux. But, then, the plague of phylloxera, a root-munching louse, hit most of Europe and wiped out the grapevines.

As the industry recovered, growers decided not to replant Carmenère. The grape was more than a little temperamental. It took longer to ripen than other grapes and suffered from a disease called “coulure” which causes grapes to drop off the vine way before they get to ripeness. Carmenère’s future looked gloomy. Fortunately for us, a few years previously, some Carmenère was shipped over to South America. Actually, it was thought to be Merlot, and for years it was grown mixed in with that grape. Fast forward to 1994. An ampelographer, a lovely word that means an expert in identifying and distinguishing vines, came to visit. A few years and a little DNA analysis confirmed that this quasiMerlot was, in fact, Carmenère and doing spectacularly well in Chile. All the problems it had in Bordeaux had magically vanished in its new setting. The easiest way to describe Carmenère is as a Merlot with a little kick to it. They’re velvety and fruity like a Merlot, but they have

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a little peppery aspect that makes them quite different. These are great, inexpensive wines. A great choice for a “Tuesday night pizza wine.” Suffering from neglect If Carmenère was abandoned, another grape, Bonarda, suffered from neglect. Other grapes made wines that were more economically successful, and Bonarda kind of faded out of sight. Just like Carmenère, Bonarda was shipped over to South America to grow the wine business on the other side of the Atlantic. And it flourished. And, just like Carmenère, there was a mix-up when it came to identifying the grape in its new neighborhood. The southeastern part of France is home to a grape called Douce Noir — sweet black. Over the border, the Italians have a grape, Dolcetto, they sometimes call Dolce Nero. Dolce Nero means, you guessed it, sweet black. For the longest

Back from the abyss, Pugnitello is something to look for and savor.

time it was thought that the Bonarda in South America was really Dolcetto. The idea of Italian provenance probably came from the fact that a small amount of Italian wine was made from a grape called Bonarda Piemontese. Confused yet? Thanks to DNA testing, it turned out that South America’s Bonarda hailed from French lineage. It was the “sweet black” from France. The grape also found its way to the United States. Douce Noir is also called Corbeau and Charbono. It’s under the moniker Charbono that you can find the grape in California. All this “sweet black” stuff would give you the impression that Bonarda would be a little on the sweet side. Nothing could be further from the truth. The wine has an intense ruby color. It’s lightbodied with noticeable tannins and acidity. There’s lots of fresh fruit — red and black and some darker stuff like

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chocolate. Bonarda is another great value. You can find a bottle for less than $15. Add this guy to the list of candidates for that “Tuesday night pizza wine.” From the ashes If Carmenère and Bonarda are orphans, the next wine is more like a phœnix. Wine has been grown in the Tuscany area of Italy for millennia. Before the Eternal City was even thought of, the Etruscans were stomping on grapes to produce wine. Most of the grapes they used have been consigned to the dustbin of history. Today, the most prevalent grape in the Etruscans’ old stomping ground is Sangiovese. But, out in the countryside, there are literally hundreds of grapevines that nobody has bothered with — old, unidentified vines. They just hang out doing their grape thing. Well, a group of botanists from the University of Florence got it into their heads to investigate these grapes. One ancient and gnarly grapevine

they came upon produced clusters of grapes shaped like a fist. So they named it Pugnitello — Italian for fist. The owner of the vineyard where it was discovered had no idea of its provenance, and there were no references to this type of grape in any literature. The bright botanist bunch joined forces with winemakers from the San Felice winery to apply a little TLC and some modern viticulture to the sample they had taken from “old gnarly.” Cuttings of the Pugnitello vine were grafted onto modern rootstock and planted in San Felice’s experimental vineyard, its vitarium. What resulted was a very low-yielding grapevine — probably why the vine fell into oblivion in the first place. Pugnitello is not as easy to find as Carmenère and Bonarda — but what a find. I’ve been lucky enough to score a glass. Low yields generally produce intense wines, and this wine doesn’t disappoint. Pugnitello is a dark wine. On the nose

there is smoky tar and leather. On the palate there is a whole load of dark fruit and a definite sense of earthiness and spiciness. Pugnitello stands on its own as a grape but, if you were to compare it to a more well-known grape, Syrah would be fairly close — deep, intense and spicy. What’s pleasantly surprising is that the grape’s character shines through very clearly. The alcohol by volume is a moderate 13 percent — the wine’s power comes from the grape not from an elevated alcohol level. Chase these grapes down. They need your help on their path to economic recovery. You’ll be doing a good deed, and you’ll have a really tasty time doing it. Enjoy. LNC Trevor Burton of Mooresville is certified by the International Sommelier Guild, he is founder of SST Wine Experiences and, along with his wife, Mary Ellen, conducts wine education and tasting tours to wine regions throughout the world.

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Above: Whimsical accessories punctuate the design throughout the home. Right: In the dining room, which opens to the home’s entry, Miller kept the Ikat-patterned, silk shantung drapes simple in order to show off the fabric’s beauty. A smaller version of the family room rug ties the spaces together. Miller hired artist Diane Beard to install a swirl-patterned wall treatment in teal. Below: Artwork is not limited to the walls of this Cornelius home.

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builder,” they say. Even so, getting Miller’s help a year after moving in was, “the absolute best decision” for the outcome of their home’s design.

hues from the Australian artwork that inspired the palette. Miller brought in a large, colorblocked rug from Kannapolis' Rug & Home to pull everything together and add a touch of up-to-the-minute style. Cozy-yet-modern upholstered barrel chairs that rock and spin, and a curved leather sofa invite lounging with a clear view of the cove out of the windows and of the television (which tucks away behind a painted panel when not in use) above the stone fireplace. Though the space’s design remains simple and clean, Miller added layers of interest with details. Orange piping on the window treatments; striped fabric wrapping the edges of the window seat cushions; and sculptural copper lamps come together to animate the space. The 55

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Life is too short to be neutral As with every client, Miller initially focused on getting to know the family and determining what they valued most. “In my industry,” she says, “designers are encouraged to develop a look and to sell it exclusively. But I think that’s

really wrong for the client.” Starr says the key to ensuring client satisfaction is determining their value system as well as their aesthetic. In this case, it became clear that above all, the homeowners valued spending relaxed time with each other and feeling comfortable in their home. “The owners were happy and fun,” she says, “And they had a collection of bright, modern artwork.” In the great room (comprised of the kitchen, breakfast nook and family room), Miller opted for bold color. Says the owner of those selections, “I used to be afraid of color, but Starr broke me of that. Life is too short to be neutral.” Aqua and orange dominate with window treatments, pillows and upholstery, echoing back

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kitchen and breakfast nook tie in seamlessly with tapestry window treatments in rich, sunny hues and a custom rug bound in coordinating trim. In the dining room, which opens to the home’s entry, Miller kept the Ikat-patterned, silk shantung drapes simple in order to show off the fabric’s beauty. A smaller version of the family room rug (also from Rug & Home) ties the spaces together. Miller hired artist Diane Beard to install a swirl-patterned wall treatment in teal, but the long wall shared by the dining room and

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An ensemble of young British singers, Stile Antico operates without a conductor. The members rehearse and perform as chamber musicians would.


Masterpieces from the Golden Age of Choral Music, which includes pieces from England, Flanders, Italy, Spain and Germany. “We’ll sing in four parts, five parts, six parts and in fact up to 12 parts,” says soprano Rebecca Hickey. “We are 12 singers, so that is the maximum we can manage.” Hickey thinks the audience will especially enjoy a new 12-part piece by British composer John McCabe that was written just for the group. “People in the audience often enjoy picking out our individual voices in these pieces,” she explains. “In contrast, one of my very favorite pieces in this program is Hortus Conclusus by the Spanish composer Rodrigo de Ceballos from our disc Song of Songs. It’s only in four parts but still sounds amazingly rich and sumptuous.”

Stile Antico performed previously at DUMC in December 2011. They enjoyed the experience so much that they were happy to return. “[We enjoyed] the wonderful hospitality of those who so kindly had us stay in their houses, the welcoming enthusiastic audience at the concert, the fabulous after-concert party given by one of our hosts and the beautiful warm, sunny weather,” recalls Hickey. “We are hoping that you can arrange the same weather for our forthcoming visit.” LNC The Scoop Stile Antico performs on Tuesday, April 16 at Davidson United Methodist Church in Davidson at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. For tickets, visit


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any churches in the Lake Norman area offer excellent music programs and concerts, but it’s not every day a singing group that’s been nominated for more than one Grammy takes center stage at a local sanctuary. This month is an exception, as Stile Antico performs at Davidson United Methodist Church on April 16. An ensemble of young British singers, Stile Antico operates without a conductor. The members rehearse and perform as chamber musicians would. The group, which tours all over Europe and North America, has a repertoire ranging from English Tudor composers to the music of early Baroque. This month they’ll perform a program entitled Treasures of the Renaissance:

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A month of things to do in the Lake Norman area CHILDREN Summer Camp Crawl (April 13) The Cornelius

PARC Dept. and The Community Arts Project offers an exciting line up of summer art camps for children ages 4 to 12, with over 40 different themes. Tweens and Teens ages 10 to 16 can choose from art and ceramic themes. This free event includes; drop-in art featuring projects from our camps, hands-on demonstrations, ceramic demonstrations and meet our instructors – get all your questions answered! Special Summer Camp Crawl discounts will be available for attendees. 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Free. The Community Arts Project, 19725 Oak Street, Cornelius,,

Treasure Island (April 13-21) Meet coura-

geous Jim Hawkins, irrepressible Long John Silver, and a host of unforgettable characters as they engage in swashbuckling sword fights, double crosses and mysterious secrets while searching for hidden treasure. Along the way they learn valuable lessons about friendship, loyalty and conscience as they discover what constitutes true treasure. A great adventure for members of the whole family. Performed by Davidson Community Players’ Connie Company. Times vary. $10. Armour Street Theatre, 307 Armour Street, Davidson,

2013 Birkdale Animal Hospital Kids Triathlon Series (April 27) Open to ages

4-14, this is the first in a series of four events that run through July. Distances are appropriate for all children to achieve successful completion of the race. Entry price TBA. Times vary. Huntersville Family Fitness & Aquatics, 11725 Verhoeff Drive, Huntersville, .

CONCERTS Davidson College Concert Series (April 7) The illustrious Davidson Trio of violinist Rosemary Furniss, cellist Alan Black and pianist Dana Protopopescu return to campus to close this season’s Concert Series. 3 p.m. Price TBA. Tyler-Tallman Hall, Sloan Music Center at Davidson College,

Music at St. Alban’s (April 7) The husband and

wife team, Robert “Bob” Teixeira and Tanja Bechtler, combine their immense talents to perform music by Bach and Villa-Lobos mixed with a little Spanish and original music. Their performance is titled Music for Guitar & Cello. 3 p.m. $15, students and seniors (65+) $10, children under 12 free. St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, Davidson,

Fourth Creek Band (April 14) Fourth Creek Band performs An Evening with James

Taylor. The performance will include many all-time favorites, along with other classics from a stunning collection of songs. The concert includes a Meet-the-Artist reception. All proceeds benefit community outreach projects. 7 p.m. $15 adults, $10 students. Saint Patrick’s Episcopal Church, 201 Fairview Road, Mooresville, Lake Norman Currents | April 2013

Stile Antico (April 16) An ensemble of young

British singers, Stile Antico operates without a conductor. The members rehearse and perform as chamber musicians would. The group, which tours all over Europe and North America, has a repertoire ranging from English Tudor composers to the music of early Baroque. 7 p.m. $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Davidson United Methodist Church, Davidson,

Live in the ‘115 (April 19) This favorite

outdoor local music series kicks off this month.


Bring your blanket or chair and sit outside for an evening of music. 5:30-9:30 p.m. Free. John Franklin Moore Park (corner of Main St. & Center Avenue), .

Alexander Community Concert Series (April 21) Charlotte Bronze, a community hand-

bell choir based in Charlotte, performs. Consisting of 20 core members, Charlotte Bronze has six octaves of Malmark bells and chimes, 3 octaves of White Chapels and 3 octaves of Schulmerichs. 3 p.m. Adults $15, seniors and students $10, children under 12 free. The Episcopal Church of St. Peter By-the-Lake, 8433 Fairfield Forest Road, Denver.

Davidson's Concerts on the Green (April 21) This favorite concert series starts the season with a performance by the Davidson College Symphony & Jazz Ensemble. 6-8 p.m. Free. The Village Green, Davidson,

The Balsam Range Band (May 4) The

Balsam Range Band performs to benefit SCAN (Stop Child Abuse Now). 6 p.m. Tickets TBA. Merino’s Home Furnishings Warehouse, Downtown Mooresville, visit

EVENTS PARC Day (April 5) Bring the whole family to

this free event, co-sponsored by the Cornelius Police Department. Participants will enjoy arts & crafts, bicycle rodeo, kite flying contests, Coca Cola Discovery Vehicle, food and more. 12-2 p.m. Free. Smithville Park, Cornelius,

Taste of Art (April 11) This annual fundrais-

Drive, Huntersville,

LKN Senior Fun & Fitness Day (April 16)

Join Huntersville, Cornelius and Davidson Parks and Recreation Departments along with the North Mecklenburg Senior for a day filled with health and fun fitness, including free health screenings, 20 health vendors, a group 1.4-mile fitness walk, chair exercise class and line dance class, as well as a healthy lunch. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Pre-registration $3 through April 12, 704.875.1270; online registration $5. Jetton Park, 19000 Jetton Road, Cornelius.

The 20th Annual Rural Hill Scottish Festival and Loch Norman Highland Games (April 19-21) Celebrate all things

Scottish with dancing, competition and camaraderie. The weekend offers live traditional and Celtic rock music from seven national acts and a Saturday night Celtic Jam, genealogy search, more than 30 Scottish clans and their representatives, Piping and Drumming with sanctioned competitions and massed band performances, highland dancing with sanctioned competitions, Scottish country dancing, an Ultra Trail 5K run, professional and amateur heavy athletics, long bow competition, battle axe competition, demonstrations, whiskey seminars, the ”Kids’ Zone” with children’s activities, and Rural Hill’s famous historic encampment. Check the daily schedule online. Advance two-day tickets, $25. Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Road, Huntersville,

Earth Day Celebration (April 20) Celebrate Mother Nature at one of the prettiest parks around — Robbins Park. 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Robbins Park, Cornelius,

ing event and art auction features delicious hor d’oeurves and a wine tasting. 8-10 p.m. Advance tickets $30, $35 at the door. All proceeds benefit The Community Arts Project. The Fresh Market, 20623 Torrence Chapel Road, Cornelius,

Run for Hope & Healing 5K (April 20) Run or walk to fund and bring hope and healing to those dealing with child abuse, sexual assault and domestic violence in the Lake Norman community through Safe Alliance. 8-9:30 a.m. $30, $35 on race day. Earth Fare, Huntersville,

April Is For Arts Gallery Crawl (April 12) Tour the area's local galleries. 6-9 p.m.

Vessel Safety Check (April 20) Have your

Free. Davidson,

Pawz Too Run 5K and 10K Race (April 13)

Run to support Friends of the Animals. The 5K and 10K races are followed by dog walks. Entry fee TBA. Race begins at 8 a.m. Race begins on the Davidson Village Green, corner of Main Street and Concord Road in Davidson.

Paddlefest (April 13) The Davidson Land Con-

servancy and My Aloha Paddle Sports & Fitness will be jointly hosting this year’s PaddleFest at the Lake Davidson Nature Preserve. Kayakers, canoeists, paddle boarders and all other water-loving recreationists of all ages and ability levels are invited to join in the fun activities and learning experiences. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Donations encouraged. Lake Davidson Nature Preserve (behind Davidson Day School, 750 Jetton Road, Davidson,

Civil War Reenactment (April 13-14)

Watch the North and South battle it out across the plantation grounds. Visitors can also tour the circa 1800 Latta home and outbuildings. Visit the soldier camps, shop with period sutlers and see demonstrations throughout the weekend. The main battle is at 2 p.m. each day. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $7, ages 5 and under free. Historic Latta Plantation, 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville,

Latta Plantation Open Golf Tournament Fundraiser (April 15) Support

Latta Plantation as you enjoy an afternoon of golf, prizes and a barbecue dinner. Time TBA. $125 per person, $100 each for a foursome. Northstone Country Club,15801 Northstone

boat checked by members of the Lake Norman Sail and Power Squadron. One of nine USCG certified inspectors will be happy to help you. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Peninsula Yacht Club, Cornelius.

An Evening for Dove House (April 20)

Dove House Children’s Advocacy Center holds it signature annual event featuring culinary treats from more than a dozen local restaurants, as well as live music, a silent auction and a live auction emceed by Larry Sprinkle. This evening provides one-third of Dove House’s annual funding needs. 5-11 p.m. Price TBA. The Charles Mack Citizen Center, Mooresville,

Art on the Green (April 20-21) Enjoy

the work of a variety of artists on The Village Green in Davidson. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday noon-4 p.m. Free. The Village Green, Davidson,

Lions Regional Golf Tournament (April 22)

Enjoy a day of golf with the Lions Club as you help individuals with sight impairment. 1 p.m. $100 per person. Northstone Country Club,15801 Northstone Drive, Huntersville,

Queen City’s Mom Prom (April 26) This ulti-

mate ladies’ night out is held in celebration of women and moms in all stages of motherhood, while it doubles as a charity event for Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. 8 p.m.-midnight. $50. Havana Banquet and Ballroom, Cornelius,

Miles for Marnie 5k and Fun Run (April 27) Run to benefit the Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation to fund pediatric cancer research. 8 a.m. Entry fee TBA. Davidson Elementary School, 635 South

Street in Davidson,

Huntersville Sprint Triathlon 2013 (April 28) Go for a 500-yard swim, 20K bike ride and

5K run in the name of fitness. Entry price TBA. 8 a.m. Huntersville Family Fitness & Aquatics, 11725 Verhoeff Drive, Huntersville, .

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

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

Cornelius Arts Center Various exhibitions.

Mon-Thu 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Fri-Sat 9 a.m.-Noon. 19725 Oak Street, Cornelius,

“Cotton” Ketchie’s Landmark Galleries Various exhibitions. The work of water-

colorist ‘Cotton’ Ketchie. Mon-Sat 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 212 North Main Street, Mooresville, 704.664.4122,

Davidson Studio Art Faculty Exhibi-

tion (William H. Van Every, Jr. Gallery of the Katherine and Tom Belk Visual Arts Center, Davidson College.

Depot Art Gallery The Mooresville Art-

ist Guild hosts an artist reception the second Friday of every month from 6 to 8 p.m. 103 W. Center Avenue, Mooresville,

Foster’s Frame and Art Gallery Various exhi-

bitions. Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat 10a.m.-4p.m. 403 N. Old Statesville Road, Huntersville, 704.948.1750.

Four Corners Framing and Gallery

Various exhibitions. Tue-Fri 10 a.m.-6 p.m.,

Sat 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 112 S. Main Street, Mooresville, 704.662.7154,

Lake Country Gallery Various exhibitions. Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Exit 36 – Mooresville, between Belk and Kohl’s, 704.664.5022,

Merrill-Jennings Galleries Various exhibitions. Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 463 S. Main Street, Davidson, 704.895.1213,


Davidson Farmer’s Market (Every Saturday) Farmers sell a bounty of seasonal vegetables; pasteurized meats and cheeses; and freshly baked breads, cakes and pies. 8 a.m.-noon. Free. Next to Town Hall between Main and Jackson streets in downtown Davidson,

Richard’s Coffee Shop & Veterans Museum (Every Saturday) Enjoy a community music jam

Sanctuary of Davidson Various ex-

every Saturday. 9 a.m.- noon. Free. Richards Coffee Shop & Veterans Museum, 165 N. Main Street, Mooresville,

Tropical Connections Various exhibi-


hibitions. 108 S. Main Street, Davidson,

tions. Tue- Fri 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. or by appointment. 230 N. Main Street, Mooresville. 704.664.0236.

Davidson College Men’s Baseball Take us out

The Van Every/Smith Galleries Weekdays 10 a.m.-5 p.m., weekends noon-4 p.m. Davidson College, The Van Every/Smith Galleries, 315 N. Main Street, Davidson, www.

MONTHLY EVENTS Carolina Raptor Center Live bird pre-

sentations, flight shows, behind-the-scenes tours and more take place at Carolina Raptor Center throughout the month. Visit for more details.

The Artisan Market Craft Crawl (First Saturday) Formerly known as the Mooresville

to the ballpark. UNC Wilmington (April 5, 6 p.m.), College of Charleston (April 12, 6 p.m.; April 13, 2 p.m.; April 14, 1 p.m.), Winthrop (April 16, 6 p.m.), UNC Greensboro (April 19, 6 p.m.; April 20, 2 p.m.; April 21, 1 p.m.),

THEATRE Trust: The Play (April 6) Written by Davidson

College student Rodney Saunders Jr., Trust: The Play highlights the impact of The Davidson Trust, Davidson College’s effort to realistically address College Affordability. 8 p.m. Donations are encouraged to benefit The Davidson Trust. Duke Family Performance Hall, Davidson College,

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

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someone they love is our goal at Raymer-Kepner Funeral Home and Cremation Services. For five generations our family has worked with other local families to create a meaningful experience, offering funeral options tailored to their needs. We are proud to be a part of the Lake Norman community and proud to carry on the tradition of excellence started by the Raymer family in 1989. Thank you for allowing our family to guide and comfort you through the loss of a loved one.

Turning 50 |

A Different Life

Compiled by Lori K. Tate Photography courtesy of Davidson College

Before Lake Norman, the area flourished with cotton mills and villages

East Monbo Mill and Village East Monbo Mill had 132 employees when it closed in 1961 to make way for Lake Norman. The mill was owned by Duke Power and operated by the Superior Yarn Mills company. Most of the folks who worked in the mill lived nearby in the mill village, which was common in those days. The East Monbo Mill is not the same as the Old Monbo Mill, which was destroyed in the epic flood of 1916. The land where East Monbo Mill and its village once stood is all under Lake Norman now. Long Island Mill and Village Like East Monbo Mill, Long Island Mill was also owned by Duke Power and operated by Superior Yarn Mills company. In 1959, it too closed due to the impending creation of Lake Norman. During its zenith, the mill operated 4,632 spindles. At the time it closed, it employed 120 people, which translated into approximately 54 families. These families mainly lived in the mill village, which offered a company store in addition to a post office. This area was permanently flooded to create Lake Norman .

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Long Island Mill Dam Due to the success of the Long Island Cotton Mill in the early 1900s, a dam was built to supply additional power in 1919. This concrete dam replaced the log dam that was initially built across the Catawba River. The dam spanned from Catawba County to Iredell County. LNC THE SCOOP For more information, please visit the Under Lake Norman portion of the Davidson Archives & Special Collections website, which can be found at Special thanks to Jan Blodgett, Davidson College Archivist, for her assistance with this piece.


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