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ummer around Lake Norman means boating, gardening, golf and tennis. But hundreds of area residents — like the 75 million Americans across the country — may suffer from back, neck pain, sciatica and other chronic joint conditions that limit their quality of life. “Too many people are suffering, and it’s time they got their lives back,” says Dr. Jacqueline Zinn of Lake Norman Orthopedic Spine Center in Mooresville. “Not all back pain requires surgery,” she adds, “and no one has to remain on the shore missing out on all the fun.” Zinn joins Dr. Wood and Dr. Garrido at Lake Norman Orthopedic Spine Center offering a multidisciplinary approach to treating spine pain. She attended medical school at the University of Illinois in Chicago and completed her residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Washington in Seattle. She then completed a Fellowship in Interventional Spine Care at Orthopedic Specialist of the Carolinas in Winston-Salem before relocating to the Charlotte area. “The key to treating back pain is getting an accurate diagnosis,” says Zinn, noting that listening to a patient’s history and understanding his or her lifestyle, including day-to-day limitations, are

Doctor reveals non-surgical solutions Restore seasonal fun very important. “Understanding the cause of pain allows me, along with my patient, to make the most effective pain-relief plan — whether that’s physical therapy, medication or therapeutic injections.” And experience counts. Drs. Wood, Garrido and Zinn are a collaborative team with some combined 40 years of helping patients effectively achieve a better quality of life. “Good patient care is about personalized care and top-notch technique,” says Wood, who has been in practice since 1976 and who opened Lake Norman Orthopedic Spine Center in 2008. “Dr. Zinn relates to patients in a very sincere way, spending time discussing treatment options and making a treatment plan that works for them and their lifestyle.” In pain? Don’t let the summer season pass you by, says Zinn. “We get patients in quickly, and we have an array of non-operative treatments to provide relief.” Conveniently located less than a mile off I-77 exit 33 with plenty of parking, Lake Norman Orthopedic Spine Center gets people out of bed or off the couch. Whether it’s hitting a great tee shot, cruising the lake or digging in the garden, Zinn says, “Lake Norman is too beautiful, and the weather is too nice, to allow pain to limit how you live.”

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



What’s hip at Lake Norman

Annual Wine Gala Silent Auction for The Bin

Rowing picks up speed at NC Community Sailing & Rowing under the direction of Bridget Blair

22 Rip Currents — Fashion

Having the perfect lake bag is just as important as having the perfect swimsuit

24 Rip Currents — Sports

Dell, Steph and the rest of the Curry family roll into Davidson for the 2011 Curry Celebrity Classic golf tournament

28 Rip Currents — History

Lake Norman Yacht Club celebrates its golden anniversary

32 Tom’s Jobs 34 The Galley 37 Grapevine 42 Game On

Tom tries his hand at teaching high school

Dessert wines offer the finishing touch



Salty Caper has one focus — pizza



History fuels the competition in the Wednesday Night Sailing Series

48 Around the Track 50 Home Port Misty Allmendinger is a furry NASCAR star

ReStore ReStyle helps of group of NASCAR wives give a hand up

54 Home Port — In My Room

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Paul and Cindi Ornstein’s gathering room offers a collected take on style and entertaining

61 Currently

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64 One More Thing

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hen I was a little girl I was lucky in that I got to travel quite a bit during the summer. I’d pack my clothes in a caramel-colored Samsonite suitcase adorned with all sorts of stickers and off I went. No matter where my family ventured I always packed a journal. Most every day I would write about our adventures, and at the end of each entry I would write, “and we had fun.” (My parents still tease me about it to this day.) Although I like to have fun any time I get the chance, I particularly associate fun with summer. There’s something about long, warm days that makes the possibilities of having a good time seem endless. Summertime even makes Mondays more tolerable, and that’s no easy feat. For the past two summers, I wasn’t able to have as much fun as I would have liked, but it was for a good cause. During the summer of 2009 while pregnant with twins, I learned that morning sickness doesn’t have to be in the morning, so I spent most of that summer eating saltines and watching 90210 reruns from my bed. Last summer the twins were still under six months of age, so while they were super adorable, mommy was super sleep deprived. This summer is going to be different, as The Tater Tots are walking and ready to explore anything that they see. Watching their delightful fascination with every little thing has inspired me to focus more on having fun. 8

As adults, it’s easy to lose touch with our whimsical side because we’re well too acquainted with reality and the pain that often accompanies it. That’s where summer comes into play. Summer is the time to let your adult inhibitions go. It’s the time to walk barefoot in the grass, eat a cone of ice cream for dinner or, for those who are old enough to remember, take the Nestea Plunge into the lake. To kick off my official “fun summer” campaign, I took a paddle board lesson from Mike Beroth of Moose Paddleboard Company in Davidson. As you can read on page 64, I’ve wanted to learn how to do this for years, but life always got in the way. This year I was determined to try it. While gliding on the silky waters of Lake Norman on one of Beroth’s paddle boards, I tapped into my inner kid — the part of me that is still all about being whimsical. With each stroke, I had more and more fun. I felt like a child in the pool begging for five more minutes when Beroth said it was time to load the equipment and go home. Needless to say, I see a paddle board purchase in my future and lots more fun coming my way. This summer I encourage you to try something on your bucket list. This is the season to let your hair down and simply see what happens. Whatever you chose, I hope you have a great time.

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When Tim Cashion looks back on his more than 20 years in the music business, he uses words like lucky and fortunate. The 46-year-old Cornelius native has, after all, made a career out of something most others never get a chance to do. He’s toured with artists like Bob Seger and Robert Palmer. Today, he’s in his 11th year with the classic rock band Grand Funk Railroad. Cashion plays keyboard and sings backup with two of the band’s three founding members. He says such a long stint with one act is unusual. “In this business, it’s something to be thankful for every day,” he says. “A lot of the big acts will go out on the road for six or eight months, and they won’t tour again for another few years, so this is a unique situation.” The band plays between 35 and 40 shows a year at fairs, festivals and casinos. “I’ll fly in, do a show, come back and have two or three weeks at home,” he says. “So it allows me to do other projects.” Now a Davidson resident, Cashion has released a number of his own Carolina beach music albums and has won awards in the genre. But right now he’s most excited about his project with CiCi Jansen, a 14-year-old Lake Norman artist. Cashion has written and produced her new CD. “She’s the most talented, camera-friendly 14-year-old girl I’ve ever seen,” he says. “I’m really proud of her. She’s an amazing talent.” Cashion holds undergraduate and master’s degrees in music from the University of Miami. Teaching is something he’ll likely do before his career is over. “I’d love to do that [teaching],” he says. “There are some things I’ve learned over the years that would be fun to pass on.” — Scott Graf, photography by Glenn Roberson 10

The Music Man Tim Cashion of Grand Funk Railroad calls Lake Norman home

Tim Cashion plays keyboard and sings backup for Grand Funk Railroad. He’s also toured with Bob Seger and Robert Palmer. www.LNCurrents.com

Feast by the Water Here’s a roundup of lakeside eateries

Blue Parrot Grill — Enjoy a spectacular sunset on the deck of this eatery that is under new ownership. Homemade crab cakes are winning folks over. Sandwiches, wraps and entrees are on the menu. Cover-up friendly. Open daily at 11 a.m. 169 Pinnacle Lane, Mooresville, 704.663.1203. Jack’s Lakeside Grill — Order hot dogs, burgers and sandwiches at the counter and dine inside, outside or take it out on the boat. Barbecue is smoked in house; cookies are homemade. Bathing suit/cover-up friendly. Sun 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Mon 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Tue 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Wed 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Thu 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-10 p.m. 1459 River Highway (Queen’s Landing), Mooresville, 704.663.2628, www.queenslanding. com. The Landing — Best known for its fall-off-the-bone ribs, this family atmosphere establishment has been around for 18 years. Tucked in a cozy cove. Cover-up friendly. Mon-Fri 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Sat-Sun noon-11 p.m. 4491 Slanting Bridge Road, Sherrills Ford, 828.478.5944, www. lakenormanmotel.net. Latitude 36 Raw Bar and Grill — Find an atmosphere and cuisine influenced by the Caribbean. Fresh seafood is the star, with several crab options from which to choose. Coverup friendly. Sun-Thu 11 a.m.-midnight. 18665 Harborside Drive, Cornelius, 704.895.7708, www.latitude36lkn. com.

North Harbor Club — The place to go to for an upscale casual meal with a waterfront view. Seafood, steaks www.LNCurrents.com

River City Bar & Grill — The flounder (grilled, fried or blackened) is a customer favorite among steaks, ribs, sandwiches and burgers. Lots of entertainment options. Bathing suit and cover-up friendly. Sun 7 a.m.-10 p.m., Mon-Thu 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Fri 11 a.m.-2 a.m., Sat 7 a.m.-2 a.m. 155 Pinnacle Lane, Mooresville; 704.660.9797, www. bigorangecooler.com. Rusty Rudder — Watch people and boats from a multi-level deck while enjoying something from a menu that includes fish and seafood tacos, wraps and sandwiches. Cover-up friendly. Daily 11 a.m.-2 a.m. 20210 Henderson Road, Cornelius, 704.892.9195, www. therustyrudder.net. Sunshine Café — Hot and cold gourmet sandwiches in addition to a barbecue package for a group are available at this counter-service deli to eat on the covered veranda or take with you. Bathing suit and cover-up friendly. Wed-Sat 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 19901 N.C. 73 (Blythe Landing), Huntersville, 704.876.9555, www.arminscatering.com. VJ Cappa’s Italian Steakhouse — Pastas are the specialty, but the menu also features seafood, steak, chops and prime rib. Casual dress code. Sun 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Tue-Sat 11 a.m.-10 p.m., closed Monday. 637 Williamson Road, Mooresville, 704.360.4416. Vinnie’s Sardine Grill & Raw Bar — A consistent lake favorite, Vinnie’s draws a laid-back crowd with its steamed oysters, clams, shrimp, crab legs and cold beer. Cover-up friendly. Sun noon-10 p.m., Mon/Tue/Thu 11 a.m.-midnight, Wed/Fri/Sat 11 a.m.-2 a.m. 643 Williamson Road, Mooresville, 704.799.2090, www.vinniesrawbar.com. White Owl Tavern — While you’ll find plenty of standard lake fare on the extensive menu, you can’t go wrong with the pastrami Reuben or handtossed pizzas. Bathing suit friendly on the deck/cover-ups inside. Sun noon10 p.m., Mon-Thu 11 a.m.-midnight, Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-2 a.m. 167 Pinnacle Lane, Mooresville, 704.799.6210. — Cathy Swiney

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Midway Boathouse Grill — The Bang Bang sauce on the mahi sandwich and shrimp po’boy make them standouts. Also known for blue-plate lunch specials and nightly features. Sun 6 a.m.-9 p.m., Mon-Thu 7 a.m.-9 p.m., FriSat 6 a.m.-10 p.m. 8693 N.C. Highway 150 East, Terrell, 828.478.3078, www. midwayboathousegrill.com.

and pasta are prepared with a creative flare. Dress code is casual. Open seven days a week, 11 a.m.-until. 100 North Harbor Place, Davidson, 704.896.5559, www.northharborclub.com.

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Maria Navarro was happily surprised when her boutique, Anjolique Bridal and Formal, was ranked by BRIDES magazine as one of the top 50 privately owned bridal salons in the country.

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Anjolique Bridal and Formal catches the bouquet You never know what you might come across in the mail. Just ask Maria Navarro, owner of Anjolique Bridal and Formal at Birkdale Village. A few months ago she received a UPS Next Day Air envelope from BRIDES magazine, the Condé Nast publication. “We opened it up, and there’s a letter of recognition. The magazine is in there, and we discover that they ranked us as one of the top 50 privately

owned [bridal] salons in the country,” says Navarro. “It wasn’t something I applied for. It wasn’t something I solicited. It wasn’t something where I asked everyone to vote for us. I had no idea that anything like this was even going on. The magazine just recognized us.” The listing of the top 50 bridal salons in the country can be found in the April issue of BRIDES. Anjolique is the only bridal salon in North or South Carolina listed. “You have to go down to Georgia to get to another,” explains Navarro, who has been drawn to the bridal business sincte she was a teenager growing up in New Jersey. As the daughter of an expert seamstress,

Navarro watched and helped her mother make formalwear. Her mother and grandmother were also proficient in making handmade lace. After running a high-tech precision manufacturing company in Lincolnton for 25 years, Navarro seized the opportunity to open a bridal shop. She started in a small space at the Main Street Marketplace in Lincolnton in 2004. Seven months later she rented a 3,000-square-foot store in downtown Lincolnton. Today she has that store, plus her 5,000-square-foot Birkdale Village location. “We’ve always been recognized as having one of the most extensive and varied collections of bridal in the area. That’s something that our customers say when they come here,” says Navarro, who also offers custom dresses. “I think one of the reasons why is that I try not to get pigeonholed into a particular style, and I look for the best quality for each type of dress.” As for Kate Middleton’s dress, Navarro says it was lovely. “When I look at it, it’s like a throwback to the ’90s,” she says. “I have the replica coming in any day.” — Lori K. Tate, photography by Sharon Simpson

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You probably didn’t know that the first week of June is National CPR and AED Awareness Week, but Shannon and Sue Ann Miller are well aware of it, as they teach CPR for a living. The co-CEOs of My CPR Pros in Huntersville, the Millers are helping the American Heart Association with its goal of training one million people in CPR during June 1-7 by offering free CPR training for 1,000 people in the greater Charlotte/Lake Norman region. Through their company, the couple plans to teach three classes per day during six of the seven days. Shannon says the class will teach people the basics of adult, infant and child CPR. The class will also cover hands-only CPR (which is where you don’t do ventilation, only compressions) and will expose students to AEDs, Automated External Difibrillators. “Since it’s a non-certification class, we’ll keep it real simple,” explains Shannon. “It’s perfect for somebody who really doesn’t need certification, people like a mother, a father, grandparents, babysitters, anybody who doesn’t have the workplace requirement to know CPR.” — Lori K. Tate 12

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10 Things You Must Do This Summer 1. Learn to shag with one of the area shag clubs.

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Annual Wine Gala Silent Auction for The Bin

On Saturday, April 30, the Annual Wine Gala Silent Auction benefiting The Bin was held at Flair4Design at the Northcross Executive Campus in Huntersville. The evening featured live music by Brett Ramsey, food by From Scratch and wine from Total Wine. The Bin is a 100 percent volunteer-operated nonprofit that gives gently used, working household items directly to families in need. The funds raised from this event will assist The Bin with daily operational expenses, along with community outreach costs. For more information, visit www.the-bin.org. For photos from Concerts on the Green, Race City Festival and the Tri-County Chamber Business After Hours, visit www.lncurrents.com.

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ake Norman welcomes a new fleet of boats this summer — rowing shells — to N.C. Community Sailing & Rowing (NCCSR). The organization was founded in 2009 as a public/private partnership with Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation to make sailing and rowing affordable, accessible and safe for youth, adults and the disabled. Bridget Blair was hired as the new director of rowing in February to expand both the youth and adult rowing programs on the lake. She moved here from Atlanta, where she had been a coach for the St. Andrew Rowing Club since 2008. A certified USRowing instructor, she has 25 years of experience as a coach, working with junior, collegiate and masters rowers. She’s also coached teams to the Grand Finals in three Junior National Rowing Championships. Recently, Blair talked with us about her passion for rowing and the expansion of the program on Lake Norman.

When did you learn to row?

Rowing picks up speed under the direction of Bridget Blair

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I’m a native of Pittsburgh. When I was 32, my husband at the time and I joined a small canoe club on the Alleghany River. We started taking out the recreational rowing shell and then got involved with a rowing organization that was getting started. Within a couple of years, we discovered a piece of property on the river that was affordable, and we founded the Allegheny River Rowing Club. I graduated from the University of Pittsburgh, after studying liberal arts with a focus on English literature — I really didn’t know what I wanted to do when I grew up. I worked in the landscaping business, and then I worked with the family home lighting business. After my divorce in 1993, I moved to Atlanta and worked various jobs. Rowing has always been my avocation — I’ve been coaching part time because there aren’t a lot of opportunities to work full time in rowing … and be able to eat.

What do you enjoy most about rowing? It’s hard to articulate, but there’s something about rowing that plants a hook in you. Maybe it’s the raw aesthetic of it all — the harmonic convergence of body, water and air is intoxicating. It’s experiencing that perfect stroke, when everything falls into place … a sense of being weightless. It’s effortless, and it’s fast. Rowing is more than just being on the water, it’s being with the water.

What lured you here? Bridget Blair was hired as the new director of rowing at N.C. Community Sailing & Rowing in Huntersville in February.


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How can people get involved in rowing?

They gave me a blank canvas and a lot of support to develop rowing across the spectrum, from juniors to adults for fitness and recreation to competition. I was very impressed with how NCCRS had organized the program so far. I also fell in love with the area here as soon as I saw it. And it wasn’t just the water, but the community as a whole.

There are learn-to-row summer camps for juniors and a competitive-level camp for those with more experience. Youth can pick it up over two weeks’ time easily. Our adult classes are structured over four weeks, three times a week — a Saturday morning and two evenings. Those 12 sessions are for those who don’t have any prior rowing experience, so they can get up to speed and join the rest of the group. Once people learn to row, they can transition into a group that rows just for fitness and well being. Ideally, we want every adult rower to be able to come to the lake and sign out a boat. This is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the lake in a way that very few people have a chance to do in their lifetime.

A certified USRowing instructor, Bridget Blair has 25 years of experience as a coach, working with junior, collegiate and masters rowers.

Why is rowing a good sport for youth? It doesn’t take long for them to get hooked, but it demands a time commitment. Parents

tell me their kids don’t want to quit rowing, so the kids clean up their act. They make sure their grades improve, and they get enough sleep at night so they can handle practice two hours a day, five days a week. Rowing brings a lot of kids out of their shell. And rowing is a lifelong sport. They may do it through high school or in college, and then stop for a while. But it’s like riding a bike because they can pick it back up whenever they want to. LNC More on www.LNCurrents.com The Scoop For more information about N.C. Community Sailing & Rowing at Blythe Landing, call 704.947.7245 or visit www.ncsailrowing.org. 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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However, Dell’s pride extends beyond the box score. “On the road as a broadcaster, the biggest thing I get is that referees, people from the Warriors and people from all over the NBA come up to me and tell me what a good person Steph is,” he says.

“That’s what makes me and his mother so proud. It’s that people don’t just comment on his basketball. They tell us good things about Steph as a person.” Being a broadcaster and a proud father does present Dell with a unique challenge. “When I watch the games at home, I tend to watch Steph’s every movement, and I do sometimes focus on him at the expense of the game,” he says, adding that last year at

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It runs in the family Following closely behind Steph is younger brother, Seth, a transfer standout at Duke. “Seth is really loving playing for Coach K [Mike Krzyzewski], and Cameron [Indoor Stadium] is an incredible place to play,” he says. “Sitting out for a year was tough for Seth, but last season he started to get a chance to play and he’s happy where he’s at and

is excited about what else might happen while he’s in the Duke program.” When the Currys are together as a family, sports like golf understandably get a bit competitive. “Every time we tee it up, sure, there’s a huge rivalry,” jokes Dell. “Let’s just say Steph wants to beat his pop more than anything, and I want to show him that he still has work to do.” Competition aside, what makes Dell and his family so respected in the public

eye is their strong sense of togetherness. “We know this is not going to last forever, so we are enjoying the time while we have it,” he says. “It’s stressful and tiring, but we really love what’s happening right now with our family.” LNC

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Pete Marriott has been with the club for 26 years. He says the club hasn’t just survived, but is thriving as it celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. He credits that to the passion its members share for sailing. “They want to come together and be around people that are similar to them,” he explains. “It’s people who have like minds, who enjoy sailing, who enjoy giving back. That’s why the club has been the success that it has been.”

To some, sailing may be thought of as a hobby enjoyed only by the well off. But Marriott says Lake Norman Yacht Club is made up of people from many different walks of life. “There are school teachers,” he says. “There are engineers. We’ve got a graphic designer, attorneys, IT [information technology] people. I would say most of our people are middle class.” Marriott is the group’s community liaison, as he’s in charge of getting the word out about the club. He says members include Lake Nor-


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ack in the early 1960s, Charlotte-area sailors were thrilled when they got word an area near the towns of Mooresville, Davidson, Cornelius and Huntersville would be flooded. They were so looking forward to the new Lake Norman that they didn’t even wait for its creation to start Lake Norman Yacht Club. Founded in 1961, the club began with 16 charter members. One of those members still sails regularly today. Now Lake Norman Yacht Club totals more than 200 people who share a love for water and wind.

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man natives and sailors who’ve relocated to the region. “There are people from all over the country that move here to the Carolinas and then say ‘Gosh, Lake Norman is a great place — I want to be around water,’ ” says Marriott. “Then they find out about Lake Norman Yacht Club.”

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Road near The Point Lake and Golf Club. Marriott says members’ boats range in price from the hundreds of dollars up to about $50,000. Many of those involved in the club are husband-and-wife teams that enjoy the sport together. And Marriott says members typically sail for a handful of reasons. “It’s very similar to any other sport or hobby,” he says. “They find it relaxing. They find it competitive. They find the camaraderie of other people who do the same things.” Some clubs form and then exist only in name. That’s not the case at Lake Norman Yacht Club. This year alone, its members will have the chance to participate in nearly 30 events. Many are weekend regattas, some of which raise money for local organizations. Races last between 20 minutes and an hour. Depending on winds, boat speeds can range from five to 18 mph A particular source of pride for the club is its junior program. More than 100 youth under the age of 18 are members of Lake Norman Yacht Club. Marriott admits his bias but says Lake Norman boasts some of the best young inland sailors in the country. Some even sail on the collegiate level. Marriott says the quality of the program is a testament to Lake Norman sailors who’ve traditionally been very interested in passing down their knowledge. “Members are really proactive in giving back and teaching the juniors,” he says. “And many of the members that teach are champions or great regional sailors.” And with commitment like that, chances are good that the Lake Norman Yacht Club will enjoy smooth sailing for another 50 years. LNC The Scoop Lake Norman Yacht Club is located at 297 Yacht Road. The club boasts more than 200 members and is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2011. For more information, including a schedule of upcoming events, visit www.LakeNormanYachtClub.com. Scott Graf is a Corneliusbased broadcaster and freelance writer. A native of Iowa, he has lived in the Lake Norman area since 2006.


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ortunately none of the students in class were old enough to remember the TV show, Welcome Back Kotter. I didn’t have to endure a constant, “Hey, Mister Kotta…,” a favorite phrase of character Arnold Horshack, one of the class’ Sweat Hogs which also included the likes of Vinnie Barbarino, Freddie “Boom Boom” Percy and Juan Luis Pedro Phillipo de Huevos Epstein, or just Epstein for short. My neighbor, Bill Shapcott, assistant principal at Lake Norman High School, offered me a chance to teach a sports marketing class one evening while we were walking our dogs. I was assigned to a group of junior and senior students; a terrific class of well-behaved young ladies and gentlemen. “I have a teacher, Chris Carroll, who teaches sports marketing,” said Shapcott. “You’d be perfect to teach his class.” Going back to high school would be like reliving a bad dream for me. I didn’t enjoy most of my own high school experience. But I had spent a long career in sports marketing, so at least I knew the subject I was asked to teach. “Sure,” I told him. “I look forward to teaching Chris’ class.” Teacher Carroll is a bundle of energy. We met for dinner a week before the scheduled class, so he could educate me on teaching high school students in 2011. Carroll, 44, spent a couple of decades actually learning his trade by working in the sports marketing industry, so he is able to draw on real life rather From left, Cotter with Chris Carroll, a sports than theoretical experiences. marketing teacher at He was director of operations, Lake Norman High ticket manager and assistant School.

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only 150 students can actually take the class. Several students told me that Carroll is a teacher with whom they enjoy talking. “His classes are fun, and he’s definitely there for us,” said one student. One student I enjoyed meeting was 17-yearold Rocco Yannucci of Mooresville. Yannucci is a Long Island transplant who moved from Avenue A in Holbrook (the same street I grew up on 40 years earlier) about five years ago. After his graduation this month, Yannucci hopes to join military special services, probably

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color scheme gives warmth to the space that feels airy with its high, exposed ceiling overhead and uncovered stained concrete floor under foot. An enormous chalkboard menu dominates a sidewall, while picture pane windows etched with wood-burning ovens and pizzas form the outer walls. After looking over the chalkboard or paper menu, order at the counter, and then grab your seat at a table to await the arrival of your pie. Or, sit at the small counter to watch as your pizza is stretched over fists, patted to size, then covered with toppings before being transferred by paddle to the open, wood-fire oven. Pizzas come in two sizes, with the 12-inch considered a “personal” size and the large, 16 inches. “In Italy, each person orders their own pizza…they don’t order a big one and share,” explains John. Beer is best suited to enjoy with pizza, and Salty Caper offers a nice variety of craft brews from its small bar. In fact, craft brews are all you’ll find. Fourteen are on tap, in addition to a wide selection of bottled beer, including

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The pizzas are just filling enough that ordering Fritti for dessert is a must. Gooey best describes this mini calzone filled with a candy bar then deep fried, sprinkled with confectioner’s sugar and drizzled with chocolate. Choices change but have included Snickers, Milky Way and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. LNC Dig In Sgabei appetizer for $3.50 to $10 for 12inch pizza up to $23 for 16-inch. Slices start at $2.

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sprouts; the State of the Onion, with caramelized onions and a balsamic vinaigrette reduction; and Trailer Park, with a Ranch base, chicken and bacon. Calzones, which are like a pizza folded in half, and customizable salad also are on the menu. “We treat the salad just like pizza,” Edward Big?Daddy’s says of the option to create a personal salad.

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The Finishing Touch ne of my greatest joys is a meal consisting of food and wine pairings. There’s no better way to drift to the end of an extravaganza like this than by tasting a superb dessert with a glass of wine that goes perfectly with it. Pairing wine with a dessert is a little bit tricky but, done well, is heaven. The basic rule is to www.LNCurrents.com

choose a wine that’s at least as sweet as the dish it’s going to accompany. If the sweetness of the dessert dominates, the wine tends to taste tart and nasty; not a great way to end a meal. Sweetness in dessert wines comes from the fact that their grapes are left longer on the vine than the grapes in ordinary wines.

Grapes ripen longer, building up a higher level of sugar in their juice. Some of that sugar is left over after fermentation comes to a halt, and it stays in the wine. There are lots of dessert wines in the world, but what I’d like to focus on are a couple of my favorites, Sauternes from France and Tokaji from Hungary. 37

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that at Château d’Yquem, the most prestiWhat a bunch of rot Each of these two wines is made from gious producer of Sauternes, yields are so grapes that have been left on the vine long low that it can take a whole grapevine to enough for mold to develop; the grapes lit- produce a single glass of wine. Probably a erally start to rot. The viticultural name for little exaggeration, but you get the point. the condition is botrytis cinerea, sometimes called, noble rot. It sounds pretty awful, but Savvy Sauternes it’s really a bit of wine magic. The rot does Sauternes wines are produced in the Bortwo things. First, it takes moisture out of the deaux region of France. The wines are made, grape, building up sugar mostly, from the traditionconcentration in the juice. al Bordeaux grapes, SémilSecond, it adds layers of lon and Sauvignon Blanc. flavor and complexity — The Sauternes region is it’s the same kind of effect on the banks where two you get from the mold in rivers come together; one blue cheeses. warmer than the other. It’s Harvesting these moldy the combination of cool grapes is labor intensive. and warm water that causes Over a period of days, as damp, misty, fall mornings they reach the perfect levthat are perfect for developel of maturity, grapes are ing botrytis cinerea. Compicked off the vine one at a bine that with the warm time rather than in whole sun as the mist dissipates Out of something rotten comes and you have the perfect bunches. And yields are Sauternes — like sipping on “liquid conditions for great wine pretty low. It’s been said crème brulée.”

rather than simply rotten grapes. Sauternes has been described as “liquid crème brulée.” The wines have caramel and honey flavors together with warm fruits like apricot, peaches and pineapple, and maybe some floral touches. These are gorgeous wines. They’re dense and viscous but carry a nice level of acidity. They’re great with desserts like warm apple tarts or something with an almond filling, like frangipane. And don’t restrict them to dessert. Their acidity makes them superb with the strong, salty taste of Roquefort cheese, and they’re a great pairing with foie gras. Terrific Tokaji Move to the east from Bordeaux and you could end up in Hungary. This country is home to one of the finest wines in the world, Tokaji — pronounced (and sometimes spelled) “Tokay.” Tokaji has an interesting history. Going back to the 1500s, it was sought after by the royal families of Europe. The Tsars of Russia desired this wine so much that there was a group of Cossacks

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but it’s pretty certain that the sweetness was induced by adding sugar and not by the natural botrytis process. Like all great wines there are some that stand above the rest, but at a price — a 375ml bottle of Château d’Yquem can cost up to $250. However, there are plenty of both of these wines well below that level. This is where your wine merchant comes in. Sauternes from the lesser-known châteaux are available at reasonable prices. And, in the case of Tokaji, start off with wines in the three puttonyos level (your wine merchant will be impressed that you can pronounce puh-tohn-yosh). If you take a liking, move up a notch or two. These are wines to be savored. 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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holds around 50 pounds of whose only mission was to ensure Tokaji reached grapes. After a while these the Motherland. Rusgrapes are mixed with sia came into the picture the normal wine in large again after World War wine-aging casks that are II. The governing releft open to the air. As they gime in Hungary decided age, the wines oxidize, givthat their wine industry ing them deeper flavors. should concentrate solely It’s the number of puton bulk wine for mass tonyos that go into a cask consumption, most of it that determines the qualheaded to Moscow. Toity of the final wine — the kaji went into hibernanumber ranges from three Amber colored and beautifully comtion. Only with the fall of plex, Tokaji is often called the “Wine of to six and is stated on the the Berlin wall did it see Kings, King of Wines.” wine’s label. a new day. Amber-colored Tokaji wines have much Like Sauternes, Tokaji is made from deeper, darker flavors than Sauternes. There’s grapes infected with botrytis cinerea, but butterscotch, burned apricot, dried fruit and there’s an interesting twist. First, some minerality. Like Sauternes, they’re nice and grapes are harvested prior to the rot in order viscous. They coat the palate, and so their to make “normal” wine. Later the botrytis tastes just linger and linger. One of my pleagrapes are harvested separately. They are sure peaks is to sip on a glass of Tokaji with a dropped into baskets called puttonyos couple pieces of biscotti. (puh-tohn-yosh) and left to crush themNeither of these wines can be called selves with their own weight. Each basket cheap. You can find a bottle for under $20,

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Wednesday I Night Serious History fuels the

n some waters, they are lightheartedly known as beer can races. A group of casual sailors get together weekly, hoist their sails and chase the wind around a few buoys before returning to the docks to discuss their performances. The prize for winning is a beer can trophy that skippers perhaps value more as a healthy pour of pride than an award worthy of prominent display in a trophy case. That’s similar to how Wednesday night racing began on Lake Norman in 1993 before the sailors — and the sailing — got serious.

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Cornelius sailor, Don Corey, first brought the idea of mid-week sailboat racing to Lake Norman after he relocated from suburban Atlanta in 1992. The Wednesday Night Sailing Series has been going strong ever since.

Starting a series Cornelius sailor, Don Corey, first brought the idea of mid-week sailboat racing to Lake Norman after he relocated from suburban Atlanta in 1992. Having raced seasonally on Wednesday nights on Lake Lanier for more than a decade, Corey was surprised to learn that there was nothing organized during the week for competitive sailors locally. “There was no activity here on Wednesday night whatsoever, and sailing after work is a nice break during the week,” Corey explains. “I figured there might be an interest, so I put the word out to sailors.” “When we first started sailing on Wednesday nights, things were pretty informal,” says long-time Lake Norman sailor, John Guthrie. “As skippers, we synched our clocks to a watch that hung on the old Outrigger message board then checked a list to see when our start time was scheduled. We headed out and started on our own when the time came. The first one back was the winner. It was simple and, yes, I think the winner might have gotten a beer can as a trophy.” In 1995, Corey made the decision to relocate the series from Ramsey Creek to the main channel in order to make the race more accessible to sailors who traveled from other parts of the lake. “The word had gotten around, and the series gained a reputation as the place where everyone from novice cruisers to competitive sailors could test their skills and enjoy time on the water,” says Corey, who still races — now in an Ultimate 20 named Fore. “People race in other events throughout the

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year, but I think they really point to this event because of the history and level of competition,” says Doug Riley, race chairman and skipper of the Catalina 25 named Life of Riley. “It is the most competitive event not simply because we have the most people involved, but because it is spread out over a period long enough to equalize things. If you have a bad race or two there’s enough time for you to make it up by being competitive in other weeks.” Riley especially likes the fact that there’s no

pressure, that is unless you want there to be. “There are those who are out there just because they love sailing with 25 or 30 other boats, and there are those who are hard core and want to get their nose right up there on the starting line at the sound of the horn.” Healthy competition It’s likely that you’ll find Guthrie positioning the nose of his cream-colored Ranger 28, named Lone Ranger, close to the starting line as the

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says Riley. “The racing itself is hard core, but the attitude is laid back. Top-level racing usually involves hard adherence to the rules and all sorts of protests, but we seldom see any sorts of those issues out here although people do take the racContinued from page 44 ing seriously.” are given to the top boats in both the spinnaker After 16 years on the water, Corey believes and non-spinnaker fleets weekly and at the end there is a simple reason why so many skippers of the series. compete year after year. “It’s a testament to the who make waves “The attitude is the same as it has always event that a lot of the same skippers have enbeen although the competition has increased,” tered boats for 15 and 16 years now,” says the

series founder. “People can be as serious as they want to be, and there is definitely a chance to use all your sailing skills but, for me, I have always primarily liked the fact that we have the lake to ourselves.” LNC Freelance writer Mike Savicki has lived and worked in the Lake Norman area for 15 years, frequently covering the racing scene.


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From left clockwise, AJ Allmending- AJ Allmendinger drives the legendary No. 43 er, Lynne Kushnirenko and Misty. Best Buy Ford.


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J Allmendinger and his wife, Dr. Lynne Kushnirenko, live in the fast lane. He’s the driver of the legendary No. 43 Best Buy Ford, and she’s a busy Mooresville chiropractor who follows many of her clients to the races every weekend. Yet with all the variables that come with balancing a lifestyle that includes racing, working and traveling at least 40 weekends each year, there is one constant that Allmendinger and Kushnirenko say follows them wherever they go. Meet the four-legged wonder dog named Misty Marley. She’s a rock star in her own right.  “Misty is the welcomed distraction who takes the pressure off us and helps keep AJ and I balanced,” says Kushnirenko about the couple’s now three-year-old yellow Labrador Retriever. “The reality of racing is that we travel at least three days of every week, so having a constant like Misty along with us helps make things work.”   Misty came home to Cornelius with Allmendinger and Kushnirenko when she was nine weeks


Misty, a three-year-old yellow Labrador Retriever, starred as the energetic puppy in the movie Marley & Me. She performed three solo scenes after being specially trained for the big screen.

old, and she already had a bit of fame to her name. Just three weeks earlier, Misty had starred as the energetic puppy in the movie Marley & Me. She performed three solo scenes after being specially trained for the big screen. When the movie opened on Christmas Day 2008, the entire Allmendinger family filled a local theater to see Misty at work. Now a fixture at the track, Misty has a following of her own. “Because she comes to the races so often, Misty is a favorite not only with the fans but within the drivers’ motor coach lot,” explains Kushnirenko. “The people who live at the track every weekend recognize her when she makes her rounds through the rows of busses. …And when we do autograph signings, AJ thinks I’m absolutely ridiculous because I have a special ‘pawtograph’ of Misty that I break out for the fans. He just rolls his eyes and laughs at me, but the fans who are dog people totally get it.”  Yes, dog people certainly understand how a pet can divert the spotlight.   “Our lives revolve around AJ because he is the driver, so it’s a welcome change for us sometimes when it becomes about Misty,” jokes Kushnirenko.  Case and point, when the Sprint Cup Series swung through Las Vegas earlier this season,

Misty was the VIP celebrity guest as the Trump International Hotel Las Vegas relaunched its Trump Pets program. Misty got the couple upgraded to a penthouse suite, complete with a pet and partner massage, a professional photo shoot and white glove treatment — including vanilla ice cream room service specifically for the dog. As much fun as it is to have Misty along during the season, she also plays an important role in helping Allmendinger manage the stress that comes with racing for the checkered flag at over 150 miles per hour at NASCAR’s top level each weekend. “As for my racing and me, Misty makes it a lot easier,” he says. “When you have been a go or go-homer for as long as we had been, you need something to take the stress off. She makes it easier to go back to the bus because she doesn’t care if you made the race or if you win.”  “When drivers are upset about racing as they often are, when you come back to the motor coach and see Misty, it’s hard to be angry or upset. Misty doesn’t care how your car handled that day or what place you finished. She’s proud of AJ and so am I,” says Kushnirenko. “At the end of the day it’s all about making sure she goes for a walk and does everything that’s fun. There’s something very comforting about seeing her happy face.” LNC

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Designing for Dollars

ReStore ReStyle helps a group of NASCAR wives give a hand up



here’s nothing better than gleaning design tips and indulging in a little dessert, right ladies? Well, mark your calendar for June 7 at 6:30 p.m., and buy your tickets for ReStore ReStyle, a 2001 Design Challenge sponsored by Our Towns Habitat for Humanity. This event will reveal the creativity of several interior designers who have volunteered to create rooms using items from Habitat’s ReStores. “It’s about trash to treasure,” says Amy DeCaron, a development associate with Our Towns Habitat for Humanity. “The event is raising awareness of our ReStores in Cornelius and Mooresville because many people still don’t know about these great community resources. And it’s helping to raise money for a small group of local NASCAR wives, who have committed to building a Habitat house together.” www.LNCurrents.com

show people all that the Habitat stores have to offer. “I re-did a 900-square-foot rental house in California, and I got the bathroom vanity, kitchen cabinets and lots more at the ReStore.” Relying completely on donations, the ReStores in Cornelius and Mooresville accept furniture, appliances, building materials, home accessories, antiques and more. The merchandise is then sold to the public at a fraction of its retail value to support the mission of Our Towns Habitat.

Joan Inglis, an interior designer at Carolina Spaces, looks for pieces at Our Towns Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Mooresville.


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Joan Inglis and Tanya Denchfield carefully select which items will work best in their room.

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Cabinets, Sinks and More Motivated by her own shopping at a ReStore in California years ago, Michelle Gilliland, wife of NASCAR’s David Gilliland who drives the No. 34 car for Front Row Motorsports, signed up last fall to build a Habitat house. Other wives committed to the project include Lisa Ruderman, Celena Surface and Nicole Hedlesky. The women must raise $65,000, says DeCaron, before they can start building. “We have close to $30,000 so far,” says Michelle, noting a silent auction last September raised nearly $20,000 to get them started. “We hope to be able to start building this fall or winter.” In addition to bringing in dollars, Michelle says she hopes the ReStore ReStyle event will

From Floor to Ceiling To get the design challenge under way, Lake Norman Homebuilders Association built four “rooms” (e.g., wood frames covered in wall board) inside the rear of the Mooresville store. In May, six interior designers accepted the challenge to recycle, repurpose and restyle items from the ReStores in designing a room. With two weeks

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to choose their items and a budget of $250 each, they were given two and a half days to decorate a room. “It’s a challenge,” says Joan Inglis, owner of Carolina Spaces and a licensed Realtor who is an accredited Master Stager, “but I love a challenge.” Inglis says her room showcases some cuttingedge style trends and has “a real high-end look.”

some dessert and music, see the room designs and vote for their favorite room,” says DeCaron. “We are so excited. We’ll be there with our husbands,” says Michelle. “The evening is a great chance to have fun and come together as a community. Habitat really helps people by giving them a hand up — not just a hand out. We can’t wait to start building our house, see the project through to completion and hand over the keys to the homeowner.” LNC

The Scoop The ReStore ReStyle grand reveal event is June 7, 6:30 p.m., at the Mooresville ReStore, 121 Norman Station Boulevard. Tickets are $5 at ReStore locations in Cornelius or Mooresville prior to the event, as well as at the door. For details, visit www.ourtownshabitat.org. 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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usband and wife Paul and Cindi Ornstein make a great design team, and their collected and comfortable Cornelius home is proof of it. “I can see it in my head, and Cindi can understand what’s in there,” says Paul. “She totally brings it out of


there. It’s an interesting mix.” The couple moved to the Lake Norman area five years ago from Los Angeles and has embraced its southern lifestyle. Of course, a major tenet of that lifestyle is entertaining, and the Ornstein’s gathering room is a lovely space

designed just for that endeavor. “I believe that the kitchen is the hub of the house, where everyone congregates, where we spend our time and also when you entertain, people hang out there,” says Cindi, who’s interior design business is named Home Stylist. www.LNCurrents.com

1 “We picked this [rug] up here at the Metrolina Tradeshow Expo,” says Cindi. “It gives you a sense of history to the room, a base to build on.” “We collect these rugs,” adds Paul. “We have a number of them throughout the house. It’s interesting looking.” 2 The table is an older piece the couple bought at an antique store in Los Angeles. “We painted the top of it black and love the bamboo-style legs. It has a Chinoiserie look,” says Cindi. “We were kind of attracted to it because it has leaves that we could take in and out to expand the space, which is unusual with an antique.” 3 The bench came from Ashley Carol in Cornelius. It’s a Drexel Heritage piece. “The bench has a zebra skin. I like bringing that in because I think it’s a graphic pop of black and white. It has an English turn leg on it. For me it’s all about the mix, not the match,” says Cindi. “If you throw in something unusual like this graphic, now all of the sudden everything is going to come to life.”

Paul and Cindi Ornstein in their Cornelius home with their dog, Miso.


5 Cindi made the blue linen pillows that accent the wingback chairs. “Just like creating art,,” says Cindi. “If you need something, put it together.”

7 Cindi and Paul used shortened wooden rods for their draperies. “I didn’t want to overwhelm the view, but I wanted to soften the windows and pull the drapery rods up all the way up under the crown molding so the eye goes up and creates height,” she explains. “Sometimes people don’t do enough with their windows, or they’re afraid to.” 8 The blue goblets on the table belonged to Cindi’s grandparents. “We’ve got them in all different colors,” she says. “They just add a sense of collection.” 9 The napkin rings are from Charleston and are made with pine straw. “We just had to have them because we are overwhelmed with pine trees in the back yard,” says Cindi. 10 Paul and Cindi frequently

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“We wanted more than just a dining table. We wanted seating for people. This is a room that can easily be changed. We can slide furniture around and do different configurations.” “We can throw anything from a formal dinner, which we’ve done here, to a very casual get together with a glass of wine and cheese and crackers. It serves multiple purposes,” adds Paul. This month the Ornsteins share the thinking behind their welcoming gathering room.

4 The wicker wingback chairs are from Palecek and feature a woven reed with an antique wash. “They’re very comfortable,” says Paul. “You can sit here reading a newspaper in the morning, have a cup of coffee and take it right into a formal dinner.” “I kept the back cushions all neutral because I change the decorative pillows seasonally,” says Cindi. “Monthly,” adds Paul.

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ast year, The Warehouse Performing Arts Center put out a call to playwrights in North and South Carolina seeking short comedies set in a graveyard or funeral parlor. After receiving 40 scripts, a five-person selection committee chose seven comedies to be performed. This month you can see all seven at Grave Comedies — The Warehouse First Annual Comedy & New Play Festival. Marla Brown, managing artistic director of The Warehouse, says the company wanted to keep the festival thematically related. “We kind of thought that that [criteria] would be a quirky, off-the-beaten path way to get at some strange

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A month of things to do in the Lake Norman area CHILDREN Touch A Truck (June 11) Children will get a chance to get behind the wheel and rub elbows with their hometown heroes. Come and climb on and explore your favorite vehicles including fire engines and police cars. Free. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Energy Explorium, 13339 Hagers Ferry Road, Huntersville, www.duke-energy.com. USA Triathlon Kids Series (June 18) The nation’s largest USAT Kids Triathlon Series returns to Huntersville Family Fitness & Aquatics. Kids can attend one race or build on what they know by attending more than one event (one more event is scheduled for July). 5 p.m. Huntersville Family Fitness & Aquatics, 11725 Verhoeff Drive, Huntersville, www.hffa.com.

CONCERTS Mingling on the Green Concert Series (Every Friday and Saturday) Enjoy live music at Birkdale Village every Friday and Saturday night. The Dallas Reese Band (June 3), Matt Walsh & Co. (June 4), The Lake Norman Big Band (June 10), Gruve Therapy (June 11), The Herringbones (June 17), Soul Brazil (June 18), Megan McGovern (June 24), Jay Mar and The Waller (June 25). 7-9 p.m. Free. Birkdale Village, 8712 Lindholm Drive, Suite #206, Huntersville, www.birkdalevillage.net. Concert on the Green (June 5, 19) On June 5 the Blue Chip Jazz Band performs. On June 19 The Back Beat, a Beatles tribute band, takes the stage. Bring a picnic and enjoy. 6 p.m. Free. Davidson Village Green, 704.596.0342, www.ci.davidson.nc.us. Charlotte Symphony Concert at McQuire Nuclear Station (June 17) Sit on the lawn of McQuire Nuclear Station as you listen to the Charlotte Symphony. Be sure to bring a picnic to enjoy. Free. 8:15 p.m. Energy Explorium, 13339 Hagers Ferry Road, Huntersville, www.duke-energy.com.

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Cornelius PARC Department Summer Concert Series (June 11, 25) This series kicks off on June 11 with Symphony in the Park, an annual signature event featuring the Charlotte Symphony and fireworks. On June 25 enjoy ’80s Night in the Park with 80’z Enuff. Be sure to wear your leg warmers. Activities for children offered. Free admission and parking. 6 p.m. Bailey Road Park Bandshell, 6 Bailey Road, Cornelius, www.corneliuspr.org. Music on Main Concert Series (June 24) Mooresville Recreation Department invites the community to enjoy the musical sounds of PUSHH. Attracting audiences of all ages, PUSHH’s high-energy shows are full of great music from yesterday to today by such artists as Rick Springfield, The Commodores, Bon Jovi and KC and the Sunshine Band. With their incredible five-part vocal harmonies,


PUSHH will keep you dancing all evening long. Free. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Mooresville Town Hall, 413 North Main Street, Mooresville.

EVENTS Mooresville Soup Kitchen’s Inaugural LobsterFest Fundraiser (June 3) Enjoy lobster, entertainment, drinks and a chance to win fantastic prizes as you help raise money for the Mooresville Soup Kitchen. 6 p.m. $50. Charles Mack Citizen Center, 215 N. Main Street, Mooresville, www.mooresvillesoupkitchen.com. Jogging for Jen & Julian (June 4) Come run or walk around Jetton Park to benefit the Kiffor Family. Twenty-five-year-old Jen Kiffor discovered she had terminal cancer after giving birth to her son, Julian, in February. This event will help fund Julian’s future. 7 a.m. $25 per person, $50 for entire family. Register at Gateway Academy in Huntersville, Huntersville Family Fitness & Aquatics or Lake Norman Citizen. Jetton Park, 19000 Jetton Road, Cornelius. The Beautiful World of Watercolor Art Exhibition (June 24-July 15) This exhibit features a collection of student and instructor artwork. Several of the students are new to watercolor, and others have been students of artist Jim Kerr for years. While students have the freedom to paint whatever they wish, they often focus on landscapes, light houses, portraits and florals. Daily from 8-5 p.m. Davidson Town Hall Rotunda. The public is invited to meet the artists and instructor Jim Kerr and enjoy refreshments at the opening reception at Davidson Town Hall on Friday, June 24 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Davidson Town Hall, 216 South Main Street, Davidson, 704.892.3349, www.ci.davidson.nc.us.

FILM Summer Outdoor Cinema Series (June 15, 29) The Cornelius Parks, Arts, Recreation and Culture Department offers a summer outdoor cinema series. All movies will be shown on a state-of-the-art inflatable screen. Bring lawn chairs and blankets. Free. Weather permitting, movies begin at dusk (approximately 8:30 a.m.). June 15, J.V. Washam Elementary (multi-purpose field), Cornelius; June 29, Torrence Chapel Park, Cornelius, 704.896.2460, ext. 188, www.corneliuspr.org. Movies on Main (June 17) Bring your family to see Tangled. Free. 7:30 p.m. On the lawn at Mooresville Town Hall, 413 North Main Street, 704.662.3334, www.downtownmooresville.com.

GALLERIES Andre Christine Gallery Spring Show featuring work by Dottie Farrell, Mary Luke, LC Neill, Carroll Rempe, Sue Zylak and more. Through June 30. Tue-Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun

noon-4 p.m. 148 Ervin Road, Mooresville, 704.775.9516, andrechristinegallery.com. Carolina Art Garden Various exhibitions. Tue-Sat Noon-6 p.m. Oak Street Mill, 19725 Oak Street, Suite 3, Cornelius. www.lknart.org. Christa Faut Gallery Various exhibitions. 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, www.christafautgallery.com. Cornelius Arts Center Various exhibitions. Mon-Thu 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Fri 9 a.m.-Noon. 19725 Oak Street, Cornelius, www.corneliusartscenter.com. Depot Art Gallery Various exhibitions. 103 W. Center Avenue, Mooresville. 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, wwwfcfgframing.com. 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, www.lakecountrygallery.net. Landmark Galleries The work of watercolorist ‘Cotton’ Ketchie. Mon-Sat 9 a.m.5 p.m. 212 North Main Street, Mooresville, 704.664.4122, www.landmark-galleries.com. Merrill-Jennings Galleries 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, www.merrilljennings.com. Mooresville Artist Guild Various exhibitions. 103 West Center Avenue, Mooresville, www.magart.org. Tropical Connections Various exhibitions. Tue- Fri 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. or by appointment. 230 N. Main Street, Mooresville. 704.664.0236. Van Every/Smith Galleries, Katherine and Tom Belk Visual Arts Center The Big Picture(s) features large-scale works from the Davidson Permanent Art Collection. Call for summer hours. Davidson College, 315 N. Main Street, Davidson, 704.894.2519, www.davidson.edu/art/galleries.

MONTHLY EVENTS Carolina Raptor Center Live bird presentations, flight shows, behind-thescenes tours and more take place at Carolina Raptor Center throughout the month. Visit carolinaraptorcenter.org for more details. 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. www.LNCurrents.com

Mooresville Town Square across from Lowe’s Foods. www.theartisanmarket.net. Monday Morning Movies (Monday Mornings) Watch a movie with your little one. Free. 9:30 a.m. War Memorial Building, Mooresville. 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 Bplanet@ ci.charlotte.nc.us 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, www.artworksonmain.com. 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, www.mooresvillenccruisein.com. Davidson Farmer’s Market (Saturday mornings) Farmers sell a bounty of seasonal

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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, www.davidsonfarmesmarket.org. Huntersville Market (Saturday mornings) Sponsored by The Town of Huntersville Parks and Recreation Department, the Huntersville Market offers our citizens wonderful local fresh produce, delicious baked goods, jewelry and charming crafts. 7 a.m.-noon. Free. 103 Maxwell Street, Huntersville. 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.

TEENS Middle School Madness (June 3) Drop off your middle schoolers for a night of fun at the Lake Norman YMCA every first Friday of the month. As this is a teen function, parents are asked not to enter the building as this takes away the cool factor for the teens. Teens can have fun with the skate park, DJ and dance room, game room, dodgeball tourney, basketball, and more. Pizza, refreshments (including Ice Cream from Ben & Jerry’s) for sale all night. YMCA staff and directors will be present the entire time.

8-11 p.m. $5 members, $8 non-members. Lake Norman YMCA, 21300 Davidson Street, Cornelius, www.ymcacharlotte.org. Rock Band Friday (June 24) Learn how to play Rock Band after school. Free. 3:30-6 p.m. Ben & Jerry’s, 202 South Main Street, Davidson.

THEATRE Grave Comedies — The Warehouse First Annual Comedy & New Play Festival (June 2-12) Enjoy seven short comedies set in a graveyard or funeral parlor by playwrights from North and South Carolina. Thursday-Friday 8 p.m.; Saturday, June 11 only, 8 p.m.; Sunday 2 p.m. $20, seniors, students and groups of eight or more $15. The Warehouse Performance Arts Center, 9216-A Westmoreland Road, Cornelius, www.warehousepac.org. Ragtime, The Musical (June 16-25) This Tony Award-winning musical is filled with stirring melodies, dramatic story lines and historic richness. Look for appearances by Harry Houdini, Booker T. Washington, J.P. Morgan and Henry Ford. ThursdaySaturday 8 p.m.; Sunday June 19, 2 p.m.; Saturday June 25, 2 p.m. $22, $20 (seniors 65+) and $12 (students to 21). Duke Family Performance Hall at Davidson College, www.davidsoncommunityplayers.org.

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One More Thing |


by Lori K. Tate photography by Glenn Roberson

n 2006 I saw a young man stand-up paddle boarding across Hanalei Bay while vacationing in Hawaii. It was one of the coolest water sports I’d ever seen, and I wondered how it would translate at Lake Norman. A few years later I heard about folks here and there paddle boarding on the lake, but by then I was pregnant with twins, which isn’t optimum for paddle boarding or doing anything athletic for that matter. This past spring, I decided that my time had come, so I did a Google search, which led me to Mike Beroth. Beroth, a self-admitted lake rat, saw some folks paddle boarding around Wrightsville Beach last year and soon bought a paddle board online. “I thought it was fun and would be kind of neat to have enough boards to get together with friends,” says Beroth, who works at UPS as a dispatch supervisor. “I also thought it would be fun to have a hobby business and do this with my kids.” So in January he started Moose Paddleboard Company in Davidson and now has seven boards. He rents them out and teaches folks how to do the sport he’s grown to love. For my lesson, we agreed to meet at my inlaw’s pier in Cornelius so my entire family, including my 16-month-old twins, could see me plunge into the water when I lost my balance.

After unloading the boards, which weren’t that heavy, from his trailer, Beroth discussed balance with me and adjusted a paddle to my arm’s length. In a few minutes, we were off. Although I had never tried this before, I had a feeling that I could do it and that I would love it. As a kid, I surfed Lake Tillery on an inflatable tube, so I felt as if that training, regardless of the fact that it was 30 years ago and I was much shorter then, had prepared me for my lesson. As I put the board on the water, I jumped on it with the zest of child, completely forgetting that Beroth had told me to take it slow while starting out. I balanced on my knees, and a few seconds later I was standing on the board, gliding across the water just like the guy had done in Hawaii. It took me a few minutes to get my sea legs, but once I did I could turn the board, back up and even ride a few waves. Looks like mama’s got a brand new sport. LNC The Scoop For more information about Mike Beroth and Moose Paddleboard Company, visit www.moosepaddleboardcompany.com. To see a video of Lori K. Tate’s paddle board lesson, visit www.LNCurrents.com.

Paddle Away Lake Norman Currents | June 2011

This mom is trying something new this summer

CURRENTS editor Lori K. Tate finally tries paddle boarding and discovers that she loves it.



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