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Do you have a favorite spot to walk your dog, get in a run or ride your bike? Where do you enjoy playing your favorite sport, spending time with your family, or even enjoying date night with the one you love? These are just a few of the Best of Lake Norman categories we’ve created and are asking you, our readers to tell us which you think are the best of the best! If you love Lake Norman like we do, you already have the answers to these questions and more so it’s time CURRENTS, Lake Norman’s number one lifestyle magazine lets the whole world (our world, that is) know about them!

Go to our website at www.LNCurrents.com/BOTL2014 and cast your vote now. We’ll take the top five vote getters and create a multiple choice ballot for you to select the overall winners. (see timeline and contest rules below). All completed ballots will be eligible for a drawing to win $100 cash! This is your chance to be heard Lake Norman so show us your Best and we’ll do the Rest! Winners will be announced at a special Best of Lake Norman ceremony to be held in July and inside a special edition of CURRENTS Magazine publishing in August. Help us get the word out and the votes in! Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, link our site to your site, call, text, email and even tell your friends face to face! We already know we live in the BEST spot in the world so let’s salute the BEST of the BEST. It’s fun, it’s exciting, and you could win $100 cash!

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Contents

10 The Main Channel What’s hip at Lake Norman

17 Live on Purpose

Listening to life’s lessons is imperative

18 Porthole

The Lake Norman Shag Club Fish Fry and Catwalk For A Cause

19 Captain’s Chair Sean O’Donnell loves his work and the water

Contents 25 Blair’s Bits

A group of Davidson friends created a supper club with a twist

28 Rip Currents

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Your guide to summer fun

22 Rip Currents 35 Game On — Style 38 Grapevine 24 Thoughts from 40 The Galley with

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Lake Norman’s Top Models chill out in summer’s hottest looks

Wines to savor this summer

the Man Cave Lynn and Glenn

Learning the art and science of a good draft beer

Peninsula China Bistro & Sushi is back

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42 Home Port

A wonderful woodland sanctuary in Mooresville

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58 Currently

Blue Dogs, the Symphony and a moose

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64 Lori’s Larks

Editor Lori K. Tate gets to scoop

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At The Helm

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ummertime is magical. I’ve been crazy about June, July, August and that little sliver of summer in September since I was a child. Maybe it’s because I’m from the South. Maybe it’s because my birthday is in August. Maybe it’s because I grew up on the water. Whatever the reason, some of my fondest memories took place during the summer. I’m writing this on a Tuesday in May after a few unseasonably chilly days. Despite the colder temperatures, I saw kids frolicking in Lake Norman over the weekend, and I completely understood why. When I was a little girl, as soon as May (and sometimes April) rolled around, I was in the water. All of the adults would comment on how cold it was, but my friends and I would just swim. One year I was particularly ambitious and went swimming in February. (I was grounded for that stunt, but the mileage I’ve gotten out of that story makes it well worth it.) Looking back, it was indeed cold. But when you’re a kid, that kind of stuff doesn’t matter. So what if your lips turn blue? So what if your teeth chatter? What matters is that you’re embracing the

MAKE TIME FOR FUN There’s just something about summer

season with all of your heart — something youth allows you to do effortlessly. When we jumped into the water on the first warm day of spring, it was as if we were doing a tribal dance to let Mother Nature know that we were ready for summer’s arrival. The more we swam, we thought, the sooner it would get here. Regardless of our reasoning, it was fun, and that is what summer is all about. Bright sunshine and longer days mysteriously promote having a good time. During this time of year, it’s as if everyone takes a collective deep breath. With our hectic lifestyles, who doesn’t need that? Summer puts me in touch with my inner kid more than any other time of year (including Christmas). One of my favorite things to do is jump off of the dock into the water. I don’t do anything fancy like a cannonball, I just jump, and for a few seconds I feel as free as a 5-year-old at summer camp. When I was about 4, I loved curling up in the hatch of my dad’s boat. The humming of the motor put me right to sleep,despite my cumbersome orange lifejacket. Not much has changed, as

I still love to nap while my husband drives my inlaw’s pontoon. The water naturally puts me at ease and allows me to enjoy the beauty of simplicity. My favorite summer memories don’t involve any elaborate circumstances, but I treasure them more than diamonds. There’s learning how to waterski with my dad and our family friend, Giles, when I was 8 years old. Grilling burgers beside the boathouse after a day of swimming. Tubing with my friend, Anne, during our July vacations — my dad would always pull us in circles to give us more waves to bounce on. And sitting on the porch swing watching fireflies dart around the yard after a perfect sunset. We’d catch one in a jar for a few seconds and then let it fly free. This summer, I encourage you to slip into a more relaxed schedule and have fun. Your e-mails and projects can wait until after at least one boat ride. Happy summer!

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Designed and Delivered takes the stress out of party planning Designed and Delivered provides custom parties in a box. Owner Sarah Howard says her service alleviates the pressures of party planning for clients who don’t like planning or simply don’t have the time.

Sarah Howard knows how to throw a party. She leaves a lasting impression even if she’s not hosting the festivities. The Mooresville mom of four uses her knack for decorating and her organizational skills from her 10-year teaching career to deliver party essentials to your doorstep. Her business, Designed and Delivered, provides custom parties in a box. Howard says her service alleviates the pressures of party planning for clients who don’t like planning or simply don’t have the time. Sarah Howard “Sometimes parties can be overwhelming, and through Pinterest the expectations of parties have gone wild,” explains Howard. From children and adult birthday celebrations to showers and anniversaries, Howard first consults with clients about a party theme, then she does the busy work of gathering decorations, paper products, party favors and other necessities. Howard also creates games with direction sheets and a party agenda, outlining the flow of events minute by minute. Once she’s completed her tasks, Howard delivers everything in a box a week prior to the celebration. The only thing she doesn’t box is food, though she recommends meal ideas. Pricing is customized to the guest list size and the degree of planning the party requires. — Holly Becker, photography by Candy Howard THE SCOOP

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In the Kitchen with Jill Dahan

Photography courtesy of Elke Talbot

Lemon Parmesan Spaghetti with Asparagus and Basil

Eating the Colors of the Rainbow

Brooke Thomas, center, teaches Healthy Hands cooking classes for kids in Mooresville.

Brooke Thomas makes nutrition fun for kids (and adults) Inside a Mooresville home it looks like a kid’s birthday party. Bright colors. Laughing children. Snacks. But there is a serious purpose behind the fun. In this Healthy Hands Cooking class, nutrition is the real lesson. Healthy Hands is a training and support company that provides cooking instruction certification for adults and healthy cooking classes for kids. The teacher is Brooke Thomas, the founder of 360yourlife.com. Brooke shifted her life 360 degrees after she was diagnosed with cancer while pregnant with her first child. Brooke says, “If people are not educated on what food does to our bodies or how certain ingredients affect us, then we’re just going to eat whatever looks good.” Today, super hero veggie faces are on the menu. One child laughs as she discovers sprouts. Another isn’t sure of raw zucchini, but she’s willing to try it

again with hummus. Eva Rumble sees a difference in her kids. “They’re empowered now to look in the produce aisles. They’re trying new foods,” she says. “They’re loving them, and they’re encouraging me.” Brooke calls it eating the colors of the rainbow. The classes have helped Denise Fiore’s 6-year old make better choices. “There’s kind of that peer pressure when you go to parties to chose something full of sugar,” she explains. “This has given her more confidence to choose an alternative.” — Allison Andrews, photography courtesy of Brooke Thomas THE SCOOP Healthy Hands Cooking offers an eight-hour core program, tasting classes and birthday parties. To become a certified instructor or register for a class, visit www.360yourlife.com.

This pasta dish is full of fresh, zingy flavors and takes 20 minutes or less from cupboard to plate. Packed with Vitamin C and heart healthy oil, it is the perfect solution for a relaxed yet speedy summertime dinner. Ingredients Juice of three lemons, about 1/3 cup 1/2 cup (4 ounces) extra virgin olive oil 1 1/4 cup (5 ounces) Parmesan cheese, grated finely 1 large garlic clove, crushed 1 box (8 ounces) fettuccini (I like DeBoles made with Jerusalem artichoke.) 1 cup of basil leaves, torn 1 large bunch of asparagus, woody ends snapped off and cut into pieces Freshly ground pepper Instructions Combine lemon juice, olive oil and garlic in blender. Then add Parmesan until thick and creamy. (For best taste, Parmesan should be freshly grated.) Set aside. Cook pasta in boiling salted water for 8-10 minutes or until al dente. Add the asparagus to the pot of pasta for the last two minutes of cooking. Do not overcook. Drain thoroughly and return to the pan. Add sauce to the asparagus and pasta, stir, cover and let the pasta absorb some of the sauce for 3-5 minutes. Add basil and fresh ground pepper if desired. It’s great with cooked shrimp, chicken or broccoli mixed in, too. Serves 4-6. Jill Dahan lives in Cornelius and is the author of Starting Fresh! Recipes for Life. She also teaches cooking classes at Earth Fare in Huntersville. You can learn more about her at www.jilldahan.com.

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Jason Ridenhour Goes for It The Mooresville entrepreneur is just getting started

Mooresville’s Jason Ridenhour founded GoMount last October.

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Nearly everyone has had one of those “Why didn’t I think of this?” moments as they used some little gadget designed to make life a little easier. Well Jason Ridenhour of Mooresville is someone who actually did think of it. His moment of inspiration came when he was trying to attach his GoPro camera to a tree in order to film him and his friends playing Frisbee. The camera’s accessory mounts didn’t quite work, so Ridenhour, 27, decided to design his own. After he developed a prototype, he launched a KickStarter campaign and raised about $12,000 to help manufacture the product and bring it to market. He founded GoMount last October and to date has made nearly $45,000 in sales. The clamps’ components are made in Gastonia, Monroe and Oregon and mailed to his house, where he assembles them and ships the product to customers in more than 20

countries. The durable plastic GoMount made of is perfect for clamping onto everything from boats to bikes. But Ridenhour wasn’t done yet. With his entrepreneurial juices flowing, Ridenhour next developed the GoFlexArm, an 8-inch, flexible extension that twists and bends so you can point your GoPro camera at nearly any angle to capture the perfect image. Just like he did with the GoMount, Ridenhour launched a KickStarter campaign and raised about $11,000. He expects to start mailing the GoFlex-Arm to customers in June. While Ridenhour’s business is still a relatively humble home-based enterprise, he points out that Apple started in a garage. And with GoPro cameras selling like hotcakes as more people clamor to film outdoorsy action, Ridenhour could be well on his way to something truly special. — Sam Boykin, photography by Becca Rainey


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It’s time to throw all of those get-togethers you’ve talked about planning all winter. Add even more fun to the party with conversation coasters by Kate Spade. Chose from four phrases — laugh out loud, life of the party, dance till dawn and spike the punch. Let the celebrating begin. You can purchase your own Kate Spade coasters at The Shoppes at Ashley Carol, 20901 Catawba Avenue, Cornelius, look for Ashley Carol on Facebook. One set of 24 (six of four designs) is $21.

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haven’t tried this yet, you are missing out. 2. Rowing at the NC Community Sailing & Rowing in Huntersville. 3. The fried pickles at Pinky’s Westside Grill in Huntersville. 4. Paddleboarding classes at the Lake Norman YMCA — see number 1. 5. An Orangeade at The Soda Shop in Davidson. 6. Walking one of the greenway trails in the area before it gets too hot. 7. Spying on one of the many osprey nests at Lake Norman. 8. Walking your dog through Jetton Park in the morning. 9. Riding the Laurel Loop on your bike at Lake Norman State Park. 10. Playing in the splashpad at Birkdale Village. FYI — You don’t have to be a kid to do this.

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Young Rockers Nikki Fellows and Glass Hammers jam out in Cornelius Looking for a cool evening for your tweens and teenagers this month? Check out Nikki Fellows and Glass Hammers at Warehouse PAC

in Cornelius. From listening to her favorite music to singing/songwriting to performing, 12-year-old Cornelius native Nikki Fellows has a passion for music. Her country pop sensibility and playful style appeal to all who listen to her.   Despite her young age, Fellows is already a seasoned performer and an accomplished singer/songwriter. Having recently released her original work and debut piece, Gone, she is back in the studio working on future projects. In addition to Fellows, the Glass Hammers will also perform. This Charlotte-based band of young musicians (ages 10-15) plays classic rock and top 40. Rock on! Compiled by Lori K. Tate, photography courtesy of Warehouse PAC

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Anne Pipkin’s Gorgeous Glo adds a little color to your life Anne Pipkin loves having a tan, but she steers clear of the sun. The Charlotte entrepreneur knows all too well about the dangers of tanning the old fashioned way, as her father died of melanoma at the age of 65 in 2000. “My sister was diagnosed with melanoma the next year, but hers was not fatal,” recalls Pipkin. “From 2000 on I’ve looked for alternatives to the sun.” Pipkin has never used a tanning bed, but has tried a variety of sunless tanning techniques. Approximately five years ago she discovered Infinity Sun and was hooked. The spray-on tanning system is 100 percent organic, as its main ingredient is an extract from brown sugar. It’s basically a water and sugar cane mixture. Soon, Pipkin, who has an investment banking background, bought the system and opened Gorgeous Glo in Charlotte’s Midtown area. “We had three weeks to figure out a business plan, and we did it,” she says. That was in 2010. Three years later she opened a location in the SouthPark area, and this past spring she opened a location

in Cornelius’ Jetton Village. “It [the Lake Norman area] is such a great fit. Our clients are cognizant of what the sun does, but they are also active outside,” explains Pipkin. “Before we opened up here, we had about 500 clients who drove from Lake Norman to Charlotte for our services.” Pipkin understands that getting an all-over spray tan can be intimidating initially, but says that she and her trained staff make it as comfortable as possible. “It takes 15 minutes, and when you walk out, you look fabulous,” she says, adding that her business also offers face sprays and hair blowouts. Pipkin says face sprays are especially popular during the winter months. “I’m a pasty white person,” says Pipkin. “I just feel better with some color.” — Lori K. Tate THE SCOOP Gorgeous Glo Jetton Village 19826 North Cove Road, Suite B Cornelius www.gorgeousglo.com

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something else distracts you, and you forget. A week later, you hit that spot the exact same way, and the plank nails you between the eyes. This time it stings even more, not just because you were going faster, but also because you could have kept it from happening. Life lessons are just like that plank. We learn what we need to do. We ignore or forget about it. The need to do it doesn’t go away. In

fact, it starts making a stronger case. Have you ever noticed that similarly themed issues keep popping up in your life? Your romantic relationship keeps hitting the same exact roadblock. A friend keeps leaving you stranded after you have made elaborate plans. You fall “take to the bed” ill every time you push yourself too hard and abandon self-care to meet some maniacal deadlines. The fact is that life keeps handing you the lesson you need to learn until you learn it. Miss the lesson the first time, and it doesn’t go away. It actually just comes back with more force. Miss it again and the scenario is amplified even more in the hopes that it instigates your learning. Ultimately, we often get our lesson when the volume is deafening and there is no subtlety to it any longer. Then we start on our next growth and learning opportunity but, sometimes, we’re too late. One of life’s most powerful moments is when we start to willingly receive our lessons at a more subtle volume, when we see something that is causing us pain or discomfort and we stop right then and deal with it rather than toughening it out or ignoring it. Because the thing that is poking us will not go away if we ignore it. It will only dig deeper. Are you facing a challenging situation? What is the lesson being delivered to you right now, and are you ready to receive it at this volume? And if you aren’t, are you ready for the alternative — a higher volume down the road a little bit?

learning what we need to do Listening to life’s lessons is imperative

by Rosie Molinary

t happened again,” my friend shared and then detailed the latest round of a disheartening situation she had with a loved one in her life. “I keep telling the universe I get it already but, yet, I am right back where I was,” she continued. “But do you get it?” I asked, tenderly. “Because if you really got it, wouldn’t the situation be different? Wouldn’t it be impossible for the situation to happen again because you would have put parameters in place so it couldn’t?” Her eyes got wide with recognition as I said those words in the kindest way possible, while not letting her out of seeing the reality of her situation. I knew her reality because I had been there plenty of times myself: staring down the same exact issues over and over again, finding them miserable and unbearable and wondering why that wasn’t enough to make them go away. And, then, so many emotional bruises later, I could suddenly see a parallel between the physical wounds we suffer and the emotional ones. Imagine there is a wood plank on your living room floor that is not nailed down. You don’t know this at first and one day you walk across the room and your foot hits that plank just right and the other end stands straight up, striking you in the face. For a second, you see stars, wondering what hit you. But after the pain subsides a bit, you think, “Man, I need to fix that.” But your favorite reality show is coming on or

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Lake Norman Shag Club Annual Fish Fry

The Lake Norman Shag Club’s Annual Fish Fry was held Saturday, May 17 on the shore of Lake Norman. Despite the unusual cool temperatures, more than 100 shaggers enjoyed a day of dancing, making friends, eating and listening to beach music. The annual event celebrates the charitable accomplishments of the club. This year The Lake Norman Shag Club presented the Lake Norman-area Hospice organization a check for $2,500.

Sharon Simpson and Glenn Roberson

Donnie “Fish” Meadows spinning the tunes.

From left, Sharon Godfrey, David and Beth Galloway, and Tammy Covington.

Mike Felts kept the fish frying.

LNSC officers present the $2,500 check to the Lake Norman-area Hospice.

Rick Simpson and Carolyn Hopper.

Shagging on the dance floor.

Martin Truex Jr. and Sherry Pollex.

A model shows off the latest spring looks.

Stacee Michelle.

A model from Levine Children’s Hospital.

Catwalk For A Cause

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Left, Martin Truex Jr. and Sherry Pollex (right) present a check to Levine Children’s Hospital.

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The event attracted more than 500 guests.

On May 14 The 5th Annual Martin Truex Jr. Foundation Catwalk for a Cause brought together more than 500 guests, including some of NASCAR’s most popular drivers (Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Danica Patrick among them), at Merinos in downtown Mooresville. Early numbers indicate more than $200,000 was raised with proceeds benefiting the Levine Children’s Hospital in a variety of ways: the MTJ Special Needs Fund for families with a child fighting cancer and struggling financially to the Ryan Seacrest Studio that provides enjoyment and relief to every child in every room of the hospital. This year the goal was to exceed all prior years, enabling a donation to the Carolinas Kids Cancer Research Coalition also at Levine’s and to create an endowment fund specifically for Pediatric Cancer Research. Less than 4 percent of the national cancer research funding goes to Pediatric Cancer. The unique and powerful runway show for this event includes children from Levine’s that are either in remission or currently battling cancer.


Captain’s Chair by Renee Roberson photography by Ken Noblezada

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How the economic downturn reignited Sean O’Donnell’s love of the water

ean O’Donnell spent the first part of his adult life working two very different and demanding careers — first as a Navy pilot and then in the financial services sector —so he and his wife were looking for a change of pace when they made the move to Lake Norman from Annapolis, Maryland in late 2007. But what he didn’t expect was to lose his

job in the economic downturn of 2008. With his wife, Abby, working full time as a registered nurse, O’Donnell took charge of taking care of the kids while searching for a new career opportunity. When he took his oldest son to a sailing lesson at North Carolina Community Sailing & Rowing in Huntersville, he never imagined it would

As executive director of North Carolina Community Sailing & Rowing in Huntersville, Sean O’Donnell shares his love of the water on a daily basis.

reignite his own passion for sailing and lead to a new and unexpected career path. In addition to his day job as the executive director at North Carolina Community Sailing & Rowing, O’Donnell now shares his love of sailing with his three kids, and the family often spends weekends cheering his two oldest sons on in 8-10 regattas all over the Southeast during the year.

How did you come to be involved in your current position? I was a sailor in college, and that was my sport. I hadn’t sailed in 25 years and started out volunteering at the center — I started out literally helping with maintenance. Then, I helped with the adult lessons and helping the youth

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coaches when I could. I was unemployed but volunteering at the kids’ school. It was an effort to network while my son was there. Next thing I knew, I was volunteering twice a week. This place, for me, truly was my new community. I joined the board of directors. When our center director decided to go back to a different career in November 2012, I said, “Hey, I might be the right guy for this.”

Can you give us an overview of the programs/ classes/activities offered at the NCCSR?

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We are a community sailing center. We also have kayaks, stand-up paddleboards and rowing shelves. We own the boats (and maintain them) and our pass holders get to use them for seven days a week, as opposed to a yacht club where you have to own your own boat. It’s a membership, and we are a nonprofit. It’s $400 a year for a family pass, and $300 a year just for adults. We don’t discriminate. There is no selection process, and you don’t have to be sponsored by anyone. We really are an “open-door

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outfit.” It’s safe, and it’s affordable and accessible. We also have race teams for the 7-12 year-olds, and the 13-yearolds and up go in a different boat.

Describe what a typical day on the job looks like for you. I come in around 9 a.m. We’re usually here until around 8 p.m. in the spring and summer. The first thing I do is walk down to the dock with a lifejacket and make sure all the boats are there. I do a quick walk around. Then answer e-mails and voicemails and other questions from people asking about what we do here. We make sure all our programs are properly staffed. I’m trained to teach kids to sail if a staffing conflict arises. We take care of any maintenance that needs to be done. I have to make sure boats are ready for the teams. I work with Christi Lux (center administrator) on a lot of these things. We also do the reports for board meetings.

What are some of the upcoming summer events our readers should know about?

North Carolina Community & Rowing is a community sailing center in Huntersville that offers kayaks, stand-up paddleboards and rowing shelves.

We do “Social Sails” on Wednesdays and Saturdays for adults in a racing format. Social Sails are where someone can go out with a sailor who’s had experience. They will be paired up with an instructor and two other adults in the boat. We really encourage people to come to those.

What’s your favorite thing about this job? I’m in a position in life where I can say I am getting paid to do something that I was already doing for free. Before I moved here, I was in a career where I was never on the water because I couldn’t afford it. . . . This is a happy place where people come, and they’re happy. We’re a teaching facility, and frankly, we’re proud of that. THE SCOOP For more information regarding North Carolina Community Sailing & Rowing, visit at http://www.nccsailrow.org.


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Rip Currents — Style produced by Lori K. Tate photography by Glenn Roberson

Time to Chill Cool off in style with Lake Norman’s Three Top Models

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Thoughts from the Man Cave

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by Mike Savicki photography by Ben Sherrill

hen it comes to drinking draft beer, I used to be happy if two, and only two things happened before any offering met my hand. First, when the bartender pulled the tap handle, I needed to see cold beer flowing. Second, and perhaps more importantly, when the cold beer started flowing, I wanted to see a clean, tilted glass underneath to catch it. It was that easy. But after spending just a few minutes listening to Chris Westgard, one of the familiar faces of Huntersville’s Crafty Beer Guys, and an employee who enjoys the fact that he has no official title (meaning he gets to apply his skill, passion and expertise across the broad spectrum of craft beer duties), I was singing a different tune. “Not enough people think about what goes on behind the taps, and that’s the important part of making sure what you drink wins you over,” Westgard explained. “These days, with all the craft beers out there, if I’m spending six, seven or eight dollars for a pint, it doesn’t matter how good the keg is. If the beer goes through a subpar line, it’s going to be a bad experience. Not everyone is as finicky, but we all deserve the best experience with each beer.” His explanation made perfect sense. I quickly learned there is not only an art and science behind a good pour, there is also an entire process of hardware, flow mechanics, temperature regulation, as well as presentation that must first be mastered if that craft beer I so crave is to hit my glass at the top of its game. Westgard said, innovative and exemplary kegs aside, good beer starts with the quality of

Huntersville’s Crafty Beer Guys’ growing family of home brew clientele is lengthy and spans from Matthews to Statesville.

Learning the art and science of a

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the system and the cleanliness of the lines, and that’s why Crafty Beer Guys originally got into the business. When the company first opened one year ago, it provided draft system design and installation, draft line cleaning, plus repairs and maintenance. Within months, it expanded to offer staff education and training, beer and wine tastings, kegerators for lease or purchase, and temporary draft system rentals. If you think all its clients are commercial establishments like bars, pubs and restaurants, well, think again. Crafty Beer Guys’ growing family of home brew clientele is lengthy and spans from Matthews to Statesville. Westgard says it is one of the fastest growing segments of the business. This fact, alone, got me thinking about how easy it might be to add a refrigerator, custom

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flow system, tap tower and handful of craft offerings to my man cave, so I asked Westgard if he had a beginner’s kit he could sell me. “It’s actually a simple process, if you can boil water then you can make beer,” Westgard said with a smile. “Sure, you can make something at home that is technically a beer, but if you want to do it right, and you want to make something you actually like to drink, spend the time on the front end, do the research and make sure it’s not just a fantasy purchase or you may not be happy with the results.” Point taken. I rethought my request and asked if there were any openings in their wildly popular home beer-making class. Ultimately, despite the appeal, intrigue and surge in popularity of home brewing, I

told Westgard that craft brewing wasn’t something I was ready to undertake. Like a good bartender who knows just when to bring you another round, he had the perfect answer for me explaining that, at last count, their retail shop features 450 varieties of bottled and canned crafts to go along with their tower of 16 constantly revolving drafts, available for individual purchase. I told him I thought I had found a new happy hour home. “I’m glad because, to me, I really like when I can help someone find that one beer they like. It’s a turning point and a pivotal moment,” he said. “And this is why I do it. Whether it’s in a pub, at home or off our shelves, it’s all about people like you saying ‘Wow!’ when they find a beer or style they like.” Long live beer.


A group of J Davidson friends cooked up a tradition 13 years ago

ust as many friendships begin, it all started with the kids in the neighborhood. Diane Dreffer had just moved to Davidson from Cincinnati in 2001 and was looking for something like she had in Ohio; a group of friends to form a supper club. She approached her new friends that she had met in playgroup to see if they wanted to change it up and include not just time to play with kids, but a chance to get even closer over food. One of the women in the group, Monica Galloway, recalls getting the invite. “We thought it sounded fun,” she recalls. “It would be a great chance to stretch ourselves into trying new recipes and also be a great way to receive a home-cooked meal once a

week. We were young mothers at the time.”

Making life a little easier

This supper club involves more than just friends rotating dinner at someone’s house every month. Instead, the food comes to each family’s house. For example, one of the mothers in the group, Catherine Bragg, and her family will receive dinner one night every week for three weeks and then on the fourth week, she has to make dinner for the three other families. “It’s just so low pressure,” says Bragg. “Half the time, we don’t see one another when we drop off the food because we’re all so busy.” This group, combined, has 14 children, which is why they’re about making life easier

by Blair Miller photography by Candy Howard

Supper Club

Blair’s Bits

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The members of the “supper swap” club in Davidson, which began in 2001 and is still going strong today.

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Photography courtesy of Diane Dreffer

for each other. The “supper swap” allows them a chance to sit down for dinner without the work of pulling it together. “It’s a blessing to have a homecooked meal instead of making pasta again,” says Galloway. “I think it’s worked so well for so long because we are flexible and still just as excited to have dinner delivered once a week.” But in the 14 years of these families doing this, they’ve also been a major support for each other. The women recall their initial conversations about their kids’ potty training or tantrums. Now, their children have grown into teenagers, and the conversations have turned to driver’s training or social media. Diane Dreffer and her family when she One of the women, Lisa first moved to Davidson. Combs, was on bed rest for 13 weeks during the pregnancy of her fourth child. It was this group of friends who supported her, bringing dinner for the family every week. “We not only cook for each other, we are there to care for each other, celebrate successes and provide support during hard times,” says Galloway. It’s also turned into a way of community for not only the women who have organized it but also their families. “We have so much in common,” says Galloway. “We have our history of raising kids together, living in the same neighborhood, vacationing together, girls’ weekends, husbands who like one another and kids the same ages,” she says. The women are also all within one year of age.

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The supper club has rarely taken any time off since 2001 — mostly the winter holidays and part of the summers. The women can count on one hand how many times they’ve had to miss. “There is no better feeling than realizing that you don’t know what you’re going to make for dinner and you get a phone call or text from one of the ‘dinner swap’ girls reminding you that she is bringing dinner,” says Galloway. “It’s just as exciting seeing those cars roll up today as it was in 2001.” The group that began as a way for mothers to share their kids together now has turned into something they all truly rely on each week. As the women reminisce about the past 14 years, one of them jokes that they’ll probably still being doing this even when the kids go off to college. But Dreffer jumps in, “That’s when we’ll start going out to dinner.” 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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Rip Currents — Fun

Your Guide to

Compiled by Lori K. Tate

summer

FUN There’s never a lack of something to do in the Lake Norman area, and summertime is no exception. Whether you prefer outdoor movies and concerts, air-conditioned theatre or a festival in the sun, there is something for you. So go ahead and have some fun!

Concerts

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Charlotte Symphony (June 20) Sit on the lawn of the EnergyExplorium to hear the sounds of the Charlotte Symphony and enjoy a picnic. You can also come by boat and anchor in the cove at the southern end of Lake Norman. Refreshments will be available for purchase. 8 p.m. Free. McGuire Nuclear Station and EnergyExplorium, 13339 Hagers Ferry Road, Huntersville, www.duke-energy.com.

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Concerts on the Green This concert series is a Davidson tradition that you don’t want to miss out on. Come to The Green in Davidson for live music every first and third Sunday through September. Coolers and picnics are welcome, as are 10-by-10 tents on the perimeter. This year there are also a few extra concerts. June 1 Gal Friday Band (country), June 8 Band of Oz (beach), June 15 The Dickens (variety), July 4 Simplified (rock), August

3 The Back Beat (Beatles tribute), August 17 Fourth Creek Band (James Taylor tribute), September 6 Chiquita Classic Concert (at River Run), September 21 Davidson Symphony and Jazz Ensemble (classical/jazz). 6-8 p.m. Free. On the corner of Main Street and Concord Road in Davidson, www.concertsonthegreen.com. Live in the 115 This concert series celebrates local music and takes place in the heart of Downtown Mooresville


Festivals

Explore the Outdoors (June 7) Prepare to be inspired and motivated to get outdoors when you attend the EnergyExplorium’s Explore the Outdoors. This event encourages children to get out and participate in all that the outdoors has to offer, like outdoors sports and activities. The event is also aimed at empowering children to discover and experience the many joys, wonders and benefits of nature. This year, Duke Energy is partnering with several local organizations

The Band of Oz is always a favorite at Concerts on the Green in Davidson. This year they perform on June 8.

every third Friday during the summer. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Free. John Franklin Moore Park (corner of Main Street and Center Avenue), Downtown Mooresville, www.downtownmooresville.com. Mingling on the Green Come out to Birkdale Village every weekend through September 1 for live music. June 6 Silver Train, June 7 Exit 54, June 8 Alan Barrington, June 13 Tim Cook Band, June 14 The Low Counts, June 15 Dukes & Smith, June 20 The Rhythm Masters, June 21 Borderlyne Band, June 22 Off the Chain Band, June 27 Kent Steel/Xtrabakin, June 28 Next, June 29 Bryan Anderson, July 4 The Glass Hammers, July 5 Nita B. & Her Soiree, July 6 Exit 54, July 11 Hipshack, July 12 Ben Torres, July 13 Leslie & Friends, July 18 Angela Easterling, July 19 The Drive South Band, July 20 Anthony Cirillo, July 25 The Invaders, July 26 Dana & Susan, July 27 The Rowan Big Band All Star, August 1 Michael Wolf and D.B.A., August 2 Silver Train, August 3 Ben Torres, August 8 The John T. Woodall Band, August 9 The Early Arrivals, August 10 Robert E. Trice Jr., August 15 Dukes & Smith, August 16 Exit 54, August 17 Highway 12 Band, August 22 Alan Barrington, August 23 TTW Band, August 24 Calvin Edwards Trio, August 29 Tim Cook Band, August 30 Soundbarrier, August 31 The Drive South Band, September 1 Jon Benson Band. Friday-Saturday 7-9 p.m., Sunday 4-6 p.m. Free. Birkdale Village, Huntersville, www.birkdalevillage.net. Music on Main Music on Main is a free

outdoor concert series presented by the Town of Mooresville Cultural & Recreation Services the first Friday of the month through October. June 6 The Blue Dogs (Americana), July 4 Ken Knox & Company (beach/variety), August 1 Gal Friday Band (country), September 5 The Dickens (variety), October 3 The Catalinas (beach/ variety). 6:30-9:30 p.m. Free. Mooresville Town Hall Lawn, 413 North Main Street, Mooresville, www.ci.mooresville.nc.us. Symphony in the Park & Fireworks (June 28) Enjoy a concert by the Charlotte Symphony followed by a fireworks show. 6-10 p.m. Free. Bailey Road Park, 11536 Bailey Road, Cornelius, www.cornelius.org.

Gal Friday Band performs June 1 at Concerts on the Green and August 1 at Music on Main in Mooresville.

Simplified rocks Concerts on the Green on July 4.

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across Mecklenburg, Lincoln, Iredell and Catawba Counties to offer interactive and educational exhibits focusing on nature, outdoor sports, health education, fitness and outdoor/summer safety. For those looking to stay cool, the EnergyExplorium will offer movies in the auditorium that focus on nature and outdoor safety. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. McGuire Nuclear Station and EnergyExplorium, 13339 Hagers Ferry Road, Huntersville, www.duke-energy.com. Downtown Mooresville Cruise-In Check out the chrome and sparkling paint at this Downtown Mooresville tradition. Here you’ll see all types of classic cars. It’s a great chance to show off your car and chat with other car enthusiasts, surrounded by the architecturally historic backdrop of Downtown Mooresville. This event is held the first Saturday of the month. 4-8 p.m. Free. Broad Street in Downtown Mooresville, www.downtownmooresville.com. The Lowe’s YMCA July 3 Summer Celebration (July 3) Celebrate with fun, family and fireworks at the largest Independence Day celebration in the Lake Norman area. Enjoy family fun, kids games, inflatables, live music and entertainment,

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vendors and, of course, fireworks. Free. 4-10 p.m. Lowe’s YMCA, Mooresville, www.ymcacharlotte.com. National Night Out Cornelius Each August, the Cornelius Police & PARC Departments host its annual National Night Out event. This public event promotes community safety and crime prevention. Partakers enjoy an evening filled with family fun, including children’s activities, food, entertainment and more. Time and location TBA. Free. www.cornelius.org. Rural Hill Summer Food Truck Rally (July 18) Enjoy eating from a variety of food trucks as you spend the evening at Rural Hill. The event features live music by The Moonshine Racers, a Kid’s Zone, corn hole, hayrides around the property (fee applies), hiking, local merchants and living history experiences. Time TBA. Rural Hill, Center of Scottish Heritage, 4431 Neck Road, Huntersville, www.ruralhill.net.

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Indies + Docs Cool off with an art house film on the big screen — in air conditioning. June 7 Whitewash, July 5

Tim’s Vermeer, August 2 The Lunch Box. 7 p.m., doors open at 6:15 p.m. Cornelius residents, $8.60; non-Cornelius residents $9.65. Cornelius Arts Center, 19725 Oak Street, Cornelius, www.indiesplusdocs.com. Movies@McGuire (July 25, August 15) Enjoy a movie on a large outdoor movie screen from our lawn or from your boat. Refreshments will be available for purchase. Movies will be announced closer to each showing. 8:30 p.m. Free. McGuire Nuclear Station and Energy Explorium, 13339 Hagers Ferry Road, Huntersville, www.duke-energy.com. Outdoor Cinema Series Bring your lawn chairs and blankets to watch a movie on the blimp screen, courtesy of the Cornelius Parks, Art, Recreation & Culture department. June 11 Here Comes the Boom, Kenton Place, 1711 Kenton Drive, Cornelius; June 21 Captain Phillips, Ramsey Creek Park, 18441 Nantz Road, Cornelius; June 25 Hotel Transylvania, Kenton Place; July 9 Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, Kenton Place; July 19 Delivery Man, Ramsey Creek Park; July 23 Despicable Me 2, Kenton Place; August 6 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Kenton Place; August 9 The LEGO Movie, Cornelius


Town Hall Lawn, 21445 Catawba Avenue, Cornelius; August 20 Grown Ups 2, Kenton Place. 8:30 p.m. Free. Weather hotline, 704.896.2460, ext. 290, www.cornelius.org. Radiant Life Fellowship Church’s Movies in the Park Come see a movie under the stars. June 6 Despicable Me 2, September 5 Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2. Festivities begin 6 p.m., movie starts around 9 p.m. Free. North Mecklenburg Park, 16131 Old Statesville Road, Huntersville, www. moviesintheparkhuntersville.com.

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42nd Street (June 19-28) This is the story of hard work, being in the right place at the right time, talent and love. 42nd Street is a celebration of Broadway and the people involved in shows. It focuses on aspiring chorus girl Peggy Sawyer, her tapdancing friends and rivals, and her journey to stardom. It is one of the longest-running shows on Broadway and a multiple Tony Award winner. Musical hits include You’re Getting to Be a Habit with Me, Dames, We’re In the Money, Lullaby of Broadway, Shuffle Off to Buffalo and 42nd Street. Every audience enjoys watching the underdog succeed.

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wait to catch the meeting on videotape. But there’s some confusion as to who’s in which room, who’s being videotaped, who’s taken the money, who’s hired a hit man, and why the accountant keeps disrobing. In the tradition of Lend Me a Tenor, this new play will keep you laughing from the opening curtain. Performed by Davidson Community Players. Thu-Sat 8 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. $24, senior (65+) $22, students under 21 $12. Location TBA, www. davidsoncommunityplayers.org. The Little Mermaid Jr. (July 25 - August 3) In a magical underwater kingdom, the beautiful young mermaid Ariel longs to leave her ocean home and her fins behind and live in the world above. But first she will have to defy her father, King Triton, make a deal with the evil sea witch Ursula, and convince the handsome Prince Eric that she’s the girl whose enchanting voice he’s been seeking. The Mooresville Community Children’s Theatre performs this production. July 25-26, 7 p.m.; July 27, 3 p.m.; July 31-August 2, 7 p.m.; August 3, 3 p.m. $10. Charles Mack Citizen Center, 215 N. Main Street, Mooresville, www. mooresvillechildrenstheatre.org.

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Game On

This summer Jarett Andretti is scheduled to compete in upwards of 80 pavement and dirt races, including every pavement USAC Traxxas Silver Crown Series event and 17 USAC National Sprint Car events.

by Mike Savicki photography courtesy of Andretti Autosports

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Jarett Andretti’s smart but aggressive strategy is burning up the track

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t’s mid-May, the time of year when most college students are packing their suitcases and leaving campus to begin summer adventures, and North Carolina State’s Jarett Andretti is in high gear. Anticipating the three-hour drive from his Raleigh apartment to the family’s Mooresville home, where he will pick up his dad, John, then complete the nine-hour drive to his summer racing

home at Andretti Autosports in Indianapolis, Andretti decides time is of the essence. So, rather than be slowed by traditional suitcase packing, he grabs the first thing he can find — a box of trash bags —and squeezes as much as he can into each bag before loading them into his car and hitting the road. In the mind of this young racer, the strategy is saving precious minutes.

Upon pulling into the driveway of his family’s home, his mother, Nancy, puts a kink in his plans. “I was pretty content with the trash bags, but let’s just say Mom wasn’t as happy as I was,” says 21-year-old Jarett. “She put it plain and simply that before I went anywhere, I needed to repack. So my stuff found its way out from the trash bags.”

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Since the 1960s, an Andretti has found his way to the winner’s circle across a host of racing platforms, and the family connections run deep.

The family business Taking direction and following the advice of Andretti family members is more than personal, it extends to the track, too. Since the 1960s, an Andretti has found his way to the winner’s circle across a host of racing platforms, and the family connections run deep. Mario Andretti, famous for nearly 40 years of open wheel racing around the world, has hundreds of victories. Twin brother, Aldo, raced on the USAC and IMCA circuits and retired in 1969 following a crash with serious injuries. John Andretti has won in CART, IMSA GTP, Rolex Sports Car Series and NASCAR, where he was the last driver to win a cup race for the Petty Enterprises team. Michael Andretti is a retired CART and Formula One driver and the owner of the Andretti Autosport team in the IndyCar Series. He is the son of Mario Andretti and the father of current driver, Marco Andretti. Now, Jarett, son of John, cousin of Marco,

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nephew of Michael, grandson of Aldo, and great nephew of Marco, hopes to continue the tradition. Recognizing his place as a third generation racer, he says, “People see the name and expect you to immediately perform, even if you are a rookie, but, really, the pressure I really feel is the pressure I put on myself. I guess you could say that’s a lot of pressure, but going to bed knowing I did the best I could is all that I can

expect. I can be happy with that.” Jarett credits his father for helping lay the foundation for his racing and considers their relationship to be extremely special. “My dad is with me at almost all the races. We travel so much together, and the lessons I have learned from him are personal, too. On the track, where I am right now, my dad has raced Sprint cars, so he knows well what to say on and off the track,” says Jarett. “He has taught me about keeping everything in balance.” His grandfather, Aldo, shares advice and tips, too. “My grandfather taught my dad, and he even gives me tips, too,” he adds. “A couple years ago, I was racing at the Oswego Speedway, and my grandfather was telling me about lifting during qualifying. He said that years ago he had a good lap going and decided to cross the finish line then spin the car to slow it. Anyway, he suggested I do the same and just not hit the barriers. “Sure, it was funny, but it was good advice and not something you usually

Still a young driver, not to mention an undergraduate with one semester remaining before earning a business administration degree, Jarett is keeping his racing options open.


think about, so it helps to get advice from as many people as possible. That was almost 50 years ago, and I’m glad he remembered it enough to share it.”

Living the dream

Jarett Andretti (center) was born into a royal family of racing.

think about doing it one specific way or another. Right now, getting to drive race cars, whether it be Sprint car, short track, NASCAR Sprint Cup, open wheel, wing, non-wing or whatever, that’s me living my dream, and that’s all I can hope for.”

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With spring now turned to summer, Jarett is fully immersed in a season of rookie learning. He is scheduled to compete in upwards of 80 pavement and dirt races, including every pavement USAC Traxxas Silver Crown Series event and 17 USAC National Sprint Car events. The Sprint Car and Silver Crown Series are two of the most prestigious in all of open wheel racing, listing Jarett’s father and Great Uncle Mario as graduates. Still a young driver, not to mention an undergraduate with one semester remaining before earning a business administration degree, Jarett is keeping his racing options open. “Where do I want to go with my racing?” he asks. “I get that question almost as much as my name. The thing is, I don’t really have a straight answer and don’t think I ever will. I have goals and want to win as many races as I can, but I don’t want to

Freelance writer Mike Savicki has lived and worked in the Lake Norman area for nearly two decades. His interest in athletics and love of sports journalism spans from racing to rugby and anything in between.

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Grapevine by Trevor Burton

Sublime Just Gets Better Which sips to savor with summer at the lake

Very tough to beat, a languid meal by the lake — grilled fish with a glass of Bandol rosÊ.

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his is one of those ongoing problems; a problem that’s been with mankind for hundreds of years — what wines to sip on as the weather gets warmer. For Lake Norman dwellers, the problem takes on a deeper sense of urgency as a glass of wine is the perfect accessory when you’re sitting on the patio contemplating a summer sunset on the lake. And, of course, a glass of wine is mandatory when dining outdoors. Come to think about it, a glass of wine is perfect for almost any leisure activity associated with the lake at anytime of year, but let’s stick with summer. At our place we’ve tackled this dilemma with scientific rigor. Actually, that’s just us rationalizing our approach. What we do is copy what Europeans have been doing for centuries. They’ve probably got it right by now. So, let’s look at a few examples.

A fresh spring breeze in a glass

Getting in the pink Move east a little from Portugal and you

Lightness doesn’t make these wines red wimps. They are full of complexity and dark flavors. There are flavors of black fruits such as dark cherry, blackberry, and blueberry — totally at odds with the light color of the wine. This is an intense wine with balanced tannins and high acidity. Give it time to open up and you find a sense of undergrowth that’s so typical of the red wines from this region. You can even find a hint of tar that fits in so well with all the rest of the flavors. All this from a wine that looks so fragile in its bottle. Bandol tends to be a little pricier than its cousins, but you can get a decent wine for under $20. Move up in the quality range and you’re in for a treat and we all deserve a treat once in a while. This is a wine that cries out for food. There’s that grilled fish that I mentioned, but grilled chicken and a glass of Bandol is equally good. Simply writing about this wine makes me want to run down to the patio, set a table, put on the grill and ice a bottle.

Scoring in the red zone Continuing our wine journey, let’s head up to the City of Light. Paris can get quite hot in the summer months. One of the pleasures of this place is dining out at a sidewalk bistro, watching the world go by while eating a great meal. Another pleasure is trying out the array of ‘bistro wines’ that Parisians have been sipping on since time immemorial. Just a short hop from Paris gets you to Loire Valley wine region. This is a pretty cool place in both senses of the word. The chilly temperatures pass through to the region’s red wines, making them a perfect choice if you want something to accompany a summer meal that’s a little on the heavier side; maybe a steak from your grill or a hamburger. The wines have all the complexity and depth you’d expect from a red wine, but they are lighter and less tannic than you’d expect. Wines from Chinon are the ones you can most easily find here at the lake. Lightness doesn’t make these wines red wimps. They are full of complexity and dark flavors. You get a dose of fruit — cherries and berries. But the thing that grabs my attention and loyalty is the whiff of herbs, spices and a nice dash of leathery stuff. Absolutely perfect for that grilled meat and just right for summer. And it’s okay to chill the wine a little. It’s tough to beat looking out over the lake while noshing on a languid meal. It’s equally tough to beat sitting on a rocking chair as the lake turns pink at sundown. I find the only way to improve these two experiences is to have a glass of good wine to sip on. So, yes indeed, summer sublime gets better. Enjoy. For that steak or hamburger, try a glass of Chinon. About The Writer

We’ll start in Portugal where summers can get quite toasty, especially in the South. Portugal is an interesting place when it comes to wine. The northern part of the country is green and cool, and the wines reflect the climate. That’s where a wine called Vinho Verde comes from. The name literally translates as ‘Green Wine’ but what it really means is ‘Young Wine.’ Not by any stretch of the imagination is Vinho Verde a deep and complex wine, a wine to muse over or spend a lot of time with. Its beauty lies in its simplicity. Everything about this wine speaks of lightness. It’s a wine marked by a characteristic high acidity and freshness of flavor — a perfect fit for a summer’s day. It has tartness, crispness and lots of citrus flavors. There’s a nice floral hint in the background. It also has a little effervescence that helps emphasize the wine’s refreshing qualities. This has to be the ultimate aperitif wine. It’s like drinking a fresh spring breeze. Its simplicity is just the thing to kick-start an evening. And the wine is low in alcohol content. So you can a have a couple of glasses of Vinho Verde without dulling your taste buds, leaving them alive and well to move on to a more serious encounter later on. It’s the perfect lunch wine. Its low alcohol means you can drink it around noontime and still go on with the rest of the day.

end up in the south of France — always a good place to be when it comes to summer, food and wine. This area is renowned for its rosé wines. They are all perfect for summer sipping, but one of them is a favorite. One of the best meals my wife, Mary Ellen, and I ever had was a simple grilled fish along with a bottle of rosé wine from Bandol. This is a wine that fits into the category of “what you see is what you don’t get.” What you see with Bandol is a wine with a very light color. It has just a tinge of pink. The wine is certainly light as you taste it, but then comes the wonderful surprise. Bandol is amazingly complex. There’s a whole spectrum of flavors. It’s well worth decanting this wine to get the best out of it.

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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The Galley with Lynn and Glenn

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The Huang family creates the extensive variety of dishes for Peninsula China Bistro's menu, along with their sushi chef, who brings expertise from New York City and other larger East Coast cities.

Samantha Marshall by Lynn Roberson photography by Glenn Roberson

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n inspired reimaging has transformed Peninsula China Bistro & Sushi Bar into a sleek, modern showcase well suited for its signature sushi, hibachi and array of Asian entrees. The Cornelius restaurant is a longstanding Lake Norman establishment, first opened by Bin Huang and his family 15 years ago. About three years ago, the owners closed the space to remodel before opening with a new look. Shortly after, a kitchen fire forced them to close for another year with a re-opening this spring.

A new beginning With Peninsula China Bistro’s fresh start, guests will find an intimate, richly decorated space that erases memories of the previous cafeteria-style décor. A Koi pond with a decorative stone wall backing doubles as a Plexiglas-topped stage for live music. A new patio fronts the restaurant and extends the sophisticated palette, with red umbrellas and inviting tables and chairs. The Huang family creates the extensive variety of dishes on the menu, along with their sushi chef, who brings expertise from New York City and other larger East Coast cities. With this new beginning, they also have brought in restaurant and hospitality veteran Samantha “Sam” Marshall as general manager to re-invigorate the dining experience. A Lake Norman resident who co-owns a Cornelius coffeehouse with her sister, Charlie, Marshall is a familiar face. She draws from deep restaurant experience that includes her first management stint at age 17.

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Knowing that the Huangs have overall service and the cuisine well in-hand, Marshall has focused on atmosphere and the nuances of the table service. “We’ve got some blues playing, and we have a nice relaxed feel,” she says, adding that she educates the wait staff on establishing a friendly, upbeat approach that makes guests feel special. “You have attentive service, and its reasonably priced, good Asian food,” she says. “Everything is made to order. We have a really extensive menu. There is something for everyone.” The chefs offer gluten-free choices and will steam food and add no sauce, add or remove vegetables, and make other customized changes. At lunch, for as little as $6.50, diners can order an entrée, with rice and soup, salad or a spring or egg roll. The menu draws from 8 to 10 main ingredients, with the style of preparation

Village near the gazebo, which offers a unique opportunity to add outdoor events. Marshall is exploring using the gazebo and including other businesses in evening activities, such as movie nights or block parties in the parking lot. The staff also will cater large parties and host special events, as well as offer live music in the restaurant some evenings. Marshall is focused on changing people’s perceptions of the restaurant as strictly a take-out or delivery option. Currently, the largest portion of the business is take-out, and Marshall wants to flip that equation.

past guests know about the refreshed approach and to invite people to give the restaurant a try. For frequent guests Marsha and Gary Cook, no call was needed. They have welcomed the recent revitalization of one of their favorite restaurants. “We haven’t ever eaten anything [at Peninsula China Bistro) that we didn’t love,” Marsha says. As the owners of the nearby establishment The Nook, an accredited school of metaphysics, they are long-time friends of the Huang family and through the years have celebrated important milestones in both families’ lives. Like the Cooks, Marshall has grown close with the Huangs. “These people are so nice,” she says. “They work so hard. They deserve success.”

The menu draws from 8 to 10 main ingredients, with the style of preparation and accompaniments adding the variety.

and accompaniments adding the variety. This means the food is brought in daily or every other day, ensuring fresh quality.

More than take-out The restaurant is tucked away in Jetton

Despite that goal, she also wants to grow the delivery business in a unique way. She intends to offer a “pack a cooler” service for boaters. People can either drop off their own cooler to be filled with food, or have the restaurant fill one of their coolers. Delivery staff will bring the coolers to public docks for pickup from the boats. The staff has taken to the neighborhoods and to the phones to let

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Home Port by Deb Mitchell photography by Glenn Roberson

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A Wonderful

Woodland Sanctuary

In 2004 Mary and Gary Bettin moved from Charlotte to their lakeside home in Mooresville.

Mary and Gary Bettin’s lakeside garden gets attention W hat could be better than having a view of Lake Norman just outside your back door? In the case of Mary and Gary Bettin, it’s having their lake view beautifully framed by their custom designed backyard garden.

An intentional space The Bettins called Jan Enright, a professional landscape designer and owner of Jan Enright Creations, to come up with a viable garden design.

When the couple moved to Mooresville from south Charlotte in 2004, they weren’t in love with the bland strip of dirt and trees that led to the water; but regulations forbade the planting of grass within 50 feet of the lake (chemicals used to treat lawns leach into the water). Although not often acted upon, the

Bettins discovered that regulations do allow indigenous plants alongside the lake. Rather than continue to default to covering the area with pine straw, the Bettins called Jan Enright, a professional landscape designer and owner of Jan Enright Creations, in 2006 and asked her to come up with a viable garden design. Enright, who has nearly 30 years of garden design experience, set to work creating a plan that fit the space and suited the style of the home, as well as the Bettins’ preferences. “Some homes call for more manicured designs, but Gary and Mary

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The Bettins wanted a space that would be beautiful to look at from the home and from the lake, but where they could also go to relax.

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needed something soft and flow-y,” she says. The Bettins wanted a space that would be beautiful to look at from the home and from the lake, but where they could also go to relax. “I really don’t do just ‘landscaping,’ ” Enright explains, “I like to design more intentional spaces — spaces that will be used and that engage all the senses, that have drama and bring emotion.” Using her knack for layering colors, textures and shapes, Enright

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quickly came up with a design that would also ensure “something doing something amazing” no matter the season.

Two distinct areas Enright loves creating various spaces for garden visitors to go within her designs, so she defined two distinct areas within the Bettins’ overall space. One is centered around a bench, inviting visitors of the feathered variety with a nearby birdbath; the other features a hammock hanging between an established tree and a vine-covered post. Enright defined two distinct areas within the Bettins’ overall space. One is centered around a bench, inviting visitors of the feathered variety with a nearby birdbath; the other features a hammock.

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Altogether, Enright and her crew installed hundreds of plants, including azaleas, hostas, Southern spreading yews, pulmonarias, nandinas, camellias, trumpet vines, and various ferns and ornamental grasses.

from areas where it tended to collect. By using the same rock to dress up existing French drains, Enright gave the yard an even more cohesive appearance and helped tie the natural spaces back to the home visually. “I love to problem solve with the right styling,” she says. Now that the garden has had a few years to become established, the plantings have settled into a look that’s finished, yet natural and inviting. “I gave the Bettins a woodland sanctuary on the water,” Enright says. The Bettins say they have only one regret: “We wish we had hired Jan when we first built the house,” Gary says. The garden looks dramatic in contrast to many other lakefront properties — and passersby take note. “We hear people comment about how pretty it is all the time as they go by on the water,” Mary says, “It gets a lot of attention.”

Photography courtesy of Jan Enright

The selection of plants that could offer this shaded space color from their blooms was limited. “We relied a lot on leaves for color,” Enright says, though she made sure to include plenty of blue hydrangeas at Mary’s request. “Now I have vases and vases of them all summer,” Mary says. Altogether, Enright and her crew installed hundreds of plants, including azaleas, hostas, Southern spreading yews, pulmonarias, nandinas, camellias, trumpet vines, and various ferns and ornamental grasses. Enright even relocated the few plants that were already in the space, incorporating them into the design. “Why throw away perfectly healthy plants?” she says. As a way to resolve the lot’s drainage issues while still keeping things aesthetically pleasing, Enright sourced river rock that matched the rock on the home’s exterior walls and used it to lead water away

Blue hydrangeas bloom throughout the summer.

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4 Bedrooms, 4 Full Baths. Walk out your back door 4 Bedrooms, 3 Baths. Beautiful home with large bonus Full Brick home features 4 Bedrooms, 4 Full Baths, to your Deeded Boatslip. Rocking Chair Front Porch, room and 600 sq. feet unfinished basement. 1st main Gorgeous Finished Basement with stacked stone level. Gorgeous cabinets, granite counters, stainless fireplace, Rec Room and guest quarters. 3 Car Garage. Huge Kitchen, Sunroom, Dining Room. appliances and double ovens in kitchen. 3 car garage. $499,000 $544,900 floor office/guest Suite. Hardwood floors through

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DETAILS: Striking home in a new Simonini Neighborhood on the edge of Lake Norman. home in gated community overlooks a central pond, has a stucco and stone exterior and a three-car garage. An open floor plan, first floor master suite, gourmet kitchen, great room with coffered ceiling.

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DETAILS: Leased Boat Slip at Dry Storage Marina and easy access to Lake Norman. Home situated on a cul-de-sac lot in the Lake Front Community of Crown Harbor. Upgrades throughout the home including Brazilian hardwood floor and extensive molding. Nice open floor plan with a Loft overlooking the two story Great Room. Kitchen with custom cabinets, hardwood floors and granite counters. Two master suites, one on the main level and one upstairs. Theater Room with 120” screen and kitchenette! Christy Walker & Associates www.christywalker.com

DETAILS: Stunning waterview 3bdr, 2.5 ba home! Deeded boat slip. Total remodel 2007. Hardwoods, stainless, wine cooler, Media room, outdoor kitchen, hot tub, fire pit, Extensive landscaping, large fenced-in yard. Kelly Mullins, Broker Newport Properties 704-663-7779 www.TeamNewport.com


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167 AUTUMN FROST AVE Priced to sell, this full brick 4 bedroom 3 bath home with large loft is located in the heart of quaint Troutman close to schools, YMCA and Lake Norman. Large kitchen with center island, granite counters, and 42” cherry cabinets, neutral colors throughout. $265,000 ~ MLS #2200099 ~ (704) 572-4733 Celia Hunter ~ celia.hunter@allentate.com

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228 WINTER FLAKE DR. Full brick beauty with finished basement in Troutman features 5 bedrooms 4 full baths, Bamboo floors, granite in kitchen, media room, exercise room and wet bar. Back deck overlooks mature trees for that wonderful back yard privacy. $319,000 ~ MLS #2196643 ~ (704) 572-4733 Celia Hunter ~ celia.hunter@allentate.com

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Author Ruth Moose Talks About Doing it at the Dixie Dew Ruth Moose wrote the first draft Doing it at the Dixie Dew 25 years ago on a Kaypro computer sitting in a house she and her husband designed and built in the Uwharrie Mountains of North Carolina. During three months each summer, she tinkered with the manuscript while writing short stories and poetry. Her short stories and poetry were then published in a total of three collections of short stories and six collections of poetry. Ruth worked as a reference librarian at a small college before teaching for 15 years at UNC-Chapel Hill. In 2011 she joined Sisters in Crime (a network that offers advice and support to mystery authors), pulled out Doing it at the Dixie Dew and in 2012 entered the Malice Domestic Competition. All this hard work paid off when Ruth was announced as the 2013 winner of the competition. Moose is living proof that a manuscript can be published after 25 years and encourages anyone who has ever begun a novel not to give up. On June 7 she talks about her experiences as a writer at the Cornelius branch of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library. If you’ve ever wanted to pen a novel, this is your chance to be inspired. Ruth Moose will speak at 10:30 a.m. at the Cornelius branch of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library. The event is free and reservations are not required. For more information, visit www.ruthmoose.com.

A longtime favorite band in the area, The Blue Dogs bring their Americana sound to Mooresville on June 6 for Music on Main. Hailing from Charleston, South Carolina, The Blue Dogs have been together for more than 25 years and have released nine CDs and 2 DVDs. The group performs more than 100 shows a year, primarily in the Southeast. However, they have been known to roam to The Blue Dogs New York and Washington, D.C. The Blue Dogs play a mixture of country and pop tunes with a dash of bluegrass mixed in. The band’s 2005 CD Live at Workplay was produced by legendary singer/songwriter/pianist Bruce Hornsby and veteran producer Doug Derryberry. Some of their most requested songs include Walter, Isabelle, Cosmic Cowboy, Bill Bill, Half of My Mistakes and Make Your Mama Proud. This is a concert not to be missed. The Blue Dogs perform Friday, June 6 as part of the Music on Main concert series. Music on Main is a free outdoor concert series presented by the Town of Mooresville Cultural & Recreation Services the first Friday of the month through October. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Free. Mooresville Town Hall Lawn, 413 North Main Street, Mooresville, www.ci.mooresville.nc.us.

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The Blue Dogs

Sure, it’s fun to drive to Uptown Charlotte for a Charlotte Symphony concert, but how many opportunities do you get to listen to the Symphony live from your boat? According to our calculations, the answer is once a year for Lake Norman-area residents. On June 20, the Charlotte Symphony Summer Pops presents Music of the Movies Roger Kalia at EnergyExplorium in Huntersville. Conducted by Roger Kalia, the Symphony performs Festive Overture by Shostakovich, The Lost World: Jurrassic Park by John Williams, Suite from Gladiator by Zimmer/arranged by Wasson, Theme from Schindler’s List by John Williams and Star Trek: Into Darkness by Giacchino. You can sit on the lawn with a picnic at the EnergyExplorium for the concert, or you can come by boat (with a picnic) and anchor in the cove at the southern end of Lake Norman. Refreshments will be available for purchase. The Charlotte Symphony Summer Pops performs for free on June 20 at 8 p.m. at the EnergyExplorium, 13339 Hagers Ferry Road, Huntersville, www.duke-energy.com.


A month of things to do in the Lake Norman area Date Night

CONCERTS Concerts on the Green (June 1, 15) Pack a picnic and come out and enjoy the music. June 1 Gal Friday Band (country) and June 15 The Dickens (variety). 6-8 p.m. Free. Davidson Village Green, corner of Main Street and Concord Road, www.concertsonthegreen.com. Music on Main (June 6) Music on Main is a free outdoor concert series presented by the Town of Mooresville Cultural & Recreation Services the first Friday of the month through October. On June 6 The Blue Dogs perform. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Free. Mooresville Town Hall Lawn, 413 North Main Street, Mooresville, www.ci.mooresville.nc.us. Mingling on the Green Come out to Birkdale Village every weekend through September 1 for live music. June 6 Silver Train, June 7 Exit 54, June 8 Alan Barrington, June 13 Tim Cook Band, June 14 The Low Counts, June 15 Dukes & Smith, June 20 The Rhythm Masters, June 21 Borderlyne Band, June 22 Off the Chain Band, June 27 Kent Steel/Xtrabakin, June 28 Next, June 29 Bryan Anderson. Friday-Saturday 7-9 p.m., Sunday 4-6 p.m. Free. Birkdale Village, Huntersville, www.birkdalevillage.net. Live in the 115 This concert series celebrates local music and takes place in the heart of Downtown Mooresville every third Friday during the summer. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Free. John Franklin Moore Park (corner of Main Street and Center Avenue), Downtown Mooresville, www.downtownmooresville.com. Charlotte Symphony (June 20) Sit on the lawn of the Energy to hear the sounds of the Charlotte Symphony and enjoy a picnic. You can also come by boat and anchor in the cove at the southern end of Lake Norman. Refreshments will be available for purchase. 8 p.m. Free. McGuire Nuclear Station and EnergyExplorium, 13339 Hagers Ferry Road, Huntersville, www. duke-energy.com. Nikki Fellows and Glass Hammers (June 21) Come see these talented tweens and teens perform. 7-9:30 p.m. $5. Warehouse PAC, 9216-A Westmoreland Road, Cornelius, www.warehousepac.com. Symphony in the Park & Fireworks (June 28) Enjoy a concert by the Charlotte Symphony followed by a fireworks show. 6-10 p.m. Free. Bailey Road Park, 11536 Bailey Road, Cornelius, www.cornelius.org. The Lowe’s YMCA July 3 Summer Celebration (July 3) Celebrate with fun, family and fireworks at the largest Independence Day celebration in the Lake Norman area. Enjoy family fun, kids games, inflatables, live music and entertainment, vendors and, of course, fireworks. Free. 4-10 p.m. Lowe’s YMCA, Mooresville, www.ymcacharlotte.com.

EVENTS The 2014 Lake Norman Hospice Regatta

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(May 30-June 1) This Regatta is open to all competitive and non-competitive sailors and sails from the Lake Norman Yacht Club. Whether sailing for fun, competition, or in memory of a loved one, this Regatta is unique to each sailor. Times vary. Lake Norman Yacht Club, Mooresville, www.lnyc.org. Explore the Outdoors (June 7) Prepare to be inspired and motivated to get outdoors when you attend the EnergyExplorium’s Explore the Outdoors. This event encourages children to get out and participate in all that the outdoors has to offer, like outdoors sports and activities. The event is also aimed at empowering children to discover and experience the many joys, wonders and benefits of nature. This year, Duke Energy is partnering with several local organizations across Mecklenburg, Lincoln, Iredell and Catawba counties to offer interactive and educational exhibits focusing on nature, outdoors sports, health education, fitness and outdoor/summer safety. For those looking to stay cool, the EnergyExplorium will offer movies in the auditorium that focus on nature and outdoor safety. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. McGuire Nuclear Station and EnergyExplorium, 13339 Hagers Ferry Road, Huntersville, www.duke-energy.com. Fifth Annual Green 5K Run & Walk for Clean Air (June 7) Come run or walk the greenest race in the area. 7-7:45 a.m. registration. $25 through June 6, $30 June 7. Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Road, Huntersville, www.ruralhill.net. The Lake Norman Wildlife Conservationists’ Amazing Critter Cruise (June 14) Learn about Lake Norman’s natural wildlife. The cruise is limited to children accompanied by a parent, grandparent or guardian. Price TBA; a prepaid reservation is required. Noon to 3 p.m.; boarding begins at 11:30 a.m. Queen’s Landing, Mooresville, www. lakenormanwildlife.org. Downtown Davidson Art Crawl (June 14) Held in the Historic District of Davidson, this crawl features more than 25 local arts and will extend from Summit Coffee to Toast. Artwork represented will range from fine art and textiles to bath products. The event will also feature live music by singer/songwriter Charlie King. Additional live music will be featured at Summit Coffee, The Birdsnest and other venues, as well. 6-9 p.m. Free. Downtown Davidson, www. sanctuaryofdavidson.com.

FILM Radiant Life Fellowship Church’s Movies in the Park (June 6) Come see a movie under the stars. On June 6 it’s Despicable Me 2. The festivities begin 6 p.m., movie starts around 9 p.m. Free. North Mecklenburg Park, 16131 Old Statesville Road, Huntersville, www.moviesintheparkhuntersville.com. Indies + Docs (June 7) Whitewash takes place in the harsh, wintry woods of rural Quebec, where a snowplow operator, while working a late-night blizzard accidentally runs

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over a man stumbling down the middle of the road. Stricken with panic, he hides the body and takes to the deep forest hoping to outrun both the authorities and his own conscience. This spare, quirky film combines the isolation of the snowbound Canadian north with a taut story of a basically good man who has made one too many bad decisions, and had a little too much bad luck. 7 p.m. Cornelius residents, $8.60; non-Cornelius resident $9.65. Cornelius Arts Center, 19725 Oak Street, Cornelius, www.indiesplusdocs.com. Outdoor Cinema Series (June 11, 21) Bring your lawn chairs and blankets to watch a movie on the blimp screen, courtesy of the Cornelius Parks, Art, Recreation & Culture department. June 11 Here Comes the Boom, Kenton Place, 1711 Kenton Drive, Cornelius; June 21 Captain Phillips Ramsey Creek Park, 18441 Nantz Road, Cornelius; June 25 Hotel Transylvania, Kenton Place. 8:30 p.m. Free. Weather hotline, 704.896.2460, ext. 290, www.cornelius.org.

GALLERIES Andre Christine Gallery & Sculpture Garden Artist Vision: Inside Outside. Through July. TueSat 10 a.m.-5 p.m.148 Ervin Road, Mooresville, 704.775.9516, www.andrechristinegallery.com. Cornelius Arts Center Various exhibitions. Mon-Thu 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Fri-Sat 9 a.m.-Noon. 19725 Oak Street, Cornelius, www.cornelius.org. “Cotton” Ketchie’s Landmark Galleries Various exhibitions. The work of watercolorist ‘Cotton’ Ketchie. Mon-Sat 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 212 North Main Street, Mooresville, 704.664.4122, www.landmark-galleries.com. Depot Art Gallery Various exhibitions. 103 W. Center Avenue, Mooresville, www.magart.org. Foster’s Frame and Art Gallery Various exhibitions. Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat 10a.m.-4p.m. 403 N. Old Statesville Road, Huntersville, 704.948.1750. Four Corners Framing and Gallery Various exhibitions. Tue-Fri 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 112 S. Main Street, Mooresville, 704.662.7154, wwwfcfgframing.com. 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, www.lakecountrygallery.net. 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. Sanctuary of Davidson Various exhibitions. 108 S. Main Street, Davidson, www.sanctuaryofdavidson.com. Tropical Connections Various exhibitions. Tue- Fri 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. or by appointment. 230 N. Main Street, Mooresville. 704.664.0236. The Van Every/Smith Galleries Various

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exhibitions. Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat-Sun noon-4 p.m. Davidson College, The Van Every/ Smith Galleries, 315 N. Main Street, Davidson, www.davidsoncollegeartgalleries.org.

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 Saturday) Formerly known as the Mooresville Craft Crawl, this market features baked goods, clothing, embroidery, jewelry, paintings, pottery, quilts and woodcarvings with an edge. 5-9 p.m. Free. Mooresville Town Square across from Lowe’s Foods. https:// www.facebook.com/artisanmarketnc. Downtown Mooresville Cruise-In (First Saturday) Check out the chrome and sparkling paint at this Downtown Mooresville tradition. Here you’ll see all types of classic cars. It’s a great chance to show off your car and chat with other car enthusiasts, surrounded by the architecturally historic backdrop of Downtown Mooresville. 4-8 p.m. Free. Broad Street in Downtown Mooresville, www.downtownmooresville.com. 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.

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Eden Street Market (Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday) Buy fresh fish and produce during the week. Thursday 3-6 p.m.;Friday 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 106 Eden Street, Davidson.

Mooresville Museum (First and Third Saturday)View exhibits and artifacts from Mooresville’s past and present. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. 132 E. Center Avenue, Mooresville, www.downtownmooresville.com.

2nd Friday Art Crawl Every Second Friday, Cornelius Cultural Arts Group invites the community to experience downtown Cornelius in style! Hosted by Bella Love, this monthly art crawl features some of the area’s most talented and innovative artisans as well as live performances, food trucks, and special events at local businesses. 5-9 p.m. Free. Oak Street Mill, 19725 Oak Street, Cornelius, www.bellalove.org.

Open Air Market at the Crossing (Every Saturday) Buy local flowers/plants, jam/ honey, soap, candles, baked goods, handmade crafts and more. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. 9525 Birkdale Crossing Drive, Huntersville.

Davidson Farmer’s Market (Every Saturday) 8 a.m.-noon. Free. Next to Town Hall between Main and Jackson streets in downtown Davidson, www.davidsonfarmersmarket.org. Downtown Mooresville Farmer’s Market (Every Saturday) 8 a.m.-noon. Corner of Church Street and West Iredell Avenue. Huntersville Growers’ Market (Every Saturday) 8 a.m.-noon. 103 Maxwell Street, Huntersville, www.huntersville.org. Lincoln County Farmer’s Market — Denver (Every Saturday) 8 a.m.-noon. Rock Springs Elementary School, 3633 Hwy. 16 North, Denver, www.lincolncountyfarmersmarket.com. Meeting Street Market (Every Tuesday) 5 p.m.-dusk. Morrison Plantation (in the parking lot behind the live/work townhomes near Bruester’s Real Ice Cream). Troutman Depot Farmers Market (Every Thursday) 3:30-6:30 p.m. 137 Main Street, Troutman.

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Richard’s Coffee Shop & Veterans Museum (Every Saturday) Enjoy a community music jam every Saturday. 9 a.m.- noon. Free. Richards Coffee Shop & Veterans Museum, 165 N. Main Street, Mooresville, www.downtownmooresville.com.

THEATRE 42nd Street (June 19-28) This is the story of hard work, being in the right place at the right time, talent and love. 42nd Street is a celebration of Broadway and the people involved in shows. It focuses on aspiring chorus girl Peggy Sawyer, her tap-dancing friends and rivals, and her journey to stardom. One of the longest running shows on Broadway and a multiple Tony Award winner. Musical hits include You’re Getting to Be a Habit with Me, Dames, We’re In the Money, Lullaby of Broadway, Shuffle Off to Buffalo and 42nd Street. Every audience enjoys watching the underdog succeed! Performed by Davidson Community Players. Thu-Sat 8 p.m., Sun (June 22) and Sat (June 28) 2 p.m. $24, senior (65+) $22, students under 21 $12. Duke Family Performance Hall, Davidson College, www.davidsoncommunityplayers.org.


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Lori’s Larks

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by Lori K. Tate photography by John G. Tate

s a teenager, I always wanted to work in an ice cream shop. Two of my closest friends in high school, Mark and Jay, landed jobs at the Cabarrus Creamery (an ice cream institution in my hometown), and I was always envious of them. Not only could they eat ice cream — make that delicious ice cream — any time they wanted, they knew the ins and outs of the flavors. It was Mark who told me how much better a peanut butter milkshake would be with a shot of chocolate syrup, and he was absolutely right. Try it sometime. The summer after my high school senior year, I applied for a job at a frozen yogurt shop, and I had a good chance of getting it, but an internship came my way that I couldn’t pass up. Fast-

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forward 24 years, and you can imagine my excitement when I got the chance to be a guest scooper at Ben & Jerry’s in Davidson. Here’s how it happened. At the beginning of the year, I joined the board of A Giving Spirit Foundation, a non-profit based in Davidson that helps mothers in the greater Charlotte area suffering from a debilitating disease and also supports organizations that are focused on finding a cure for ALS, bringing awareness of the disease, and supporting families with ALS and their caregivers. During the month of May, AGSF holds a variety of fundraisers in the Lake Norman area, and one involves an evening at Ben & Jerry’s. This was my big ice cream break. I immediately signed up to scoop ice cream

I knew I was in trouble. This stuff was hard, and I couldn’t figure out the proper scooping angle. After a few tries, I ended up with a scoop that looked like a small head white lettuce, and nothing with which a Ben & Jerry’s customer would be satisfied. Regardless, I was committed, and after all, this was for charity. Surely customers would understand that I was a rookie. A couple minutes later an older gentlemen walked in and placed an order so quickly, I knew he must be a regular. “A scoop of Cherry Garcia and scoop of Coffee on a sugar cone,” he said politely. I opened the freezer case only to be reminded that Ben & Jerry’s offers about a million different flavors — none of which are labeled. Toney came to the rescue for that order and for a few others that followed.

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Editor Lori K. Tate scooping ice cream at Ben & Jerry's in Davidson for A Giving Spirit Foundation.

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from 6 to 7 p.m. on a Monday night. I was told to wear a hat and be there 15 minutes early for training. My excitement delivered me there 30 minutes early, which is unheard of for me, as my last name appropriately rhymes with the word late. Karen Toney, manager of the Davidson Ben & Jerry’s, explained how a fellow board member and I would only be responsible for cups and cones. Anything like a smoothie, milkshake or this incredibly decadent creation called a Core would be left to the pros. “Okay,” I thought. “ I can handle this.” But then Toney grabbed a scooper and produced a cone of vanilla ice cream. It was as round as a cue ball — perfect. “Your turn,” she said handing me the scooper. As soon as my scooper hit the ice cream,

By the end of the hour, my scoops began to improve. Turns out if you scoop in a straight line, it works much better. However, if you were a picky customer that evening and didn’t realize that I was there to make money for a charity, you would have sent it back (and rightly so). I’m glad I got the chance to fulfill my ice cream dream, and I’m okay with the fact that I’m not good at it. I’m just glad there are talented people out there like Toney who can scoop beautiful cones of yummy ice cream for us during the summertime. THE SCOOP For more information regarding A Giving Spirit Foundation, visit http://agivingspirit.blogspot.com.


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