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Currents The Water & Wheels Issue Boating to work offers a calm commute Tom Cotter writes about Newton’s Beetle Whisperer

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10 The Main Channel 14 Currency What’s hip at Lake Norman


Monthly Financial Feature – CDs offer a reliable path for financial growth


16 The Captain’s Chair Robin Smith balances family, philanthropy and a career

18 Porthole 20 Rip Currents 24 Rip Currents 28 Rip Currents 30 Rip Currents An Evening for Dove House

Lake Norman’s cycling subculture is on a roll


Tom May turns heads when he works out

The Calm Commute

Volkswagens are second nature to Newton’s Guy Roberts

32 Rip Currents


Writer Trent Pitts drives the cars of his dreams with Supercar Sensation

36 Smooth Sailing


Barium Springs brings brighter futures to children and teens

39 The Galley

Campania offers two dining experiences in one location

42 Yum Update 46 Grapevine Crave brings people back

Crispy clean Sauvignon Blanc is the wine of the season

50 On Course Lake Norman Currents | July 2009

A round of golf at NorthStone demands accuracy, ball control and clear focus

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Summer Celebration at Lowe’s YMCA continues an Independence Day tradition

64 One More Thing Kellie Pickler sings in the rain at Governor’s Island


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elcome to The Water and Wheels issue. While the water part is obvious, seeing as how this is Lake Norman, the wheels part might not be as apparent. Nope, we’re not talking about NASCAR this time; we’re talking about cars and the people who love them. Look around the area on any sunny day, and you are bound to find folks frolicking in their convertibles or cruising in their collector cars. It’s not uncommon to see a ’57 Chevy sail down the highway while a mint-condition Model A carefully makes its way to its destination. People around here love cars. This is nothing new to me. When I was a little girl growing up in Concord, I never knew what my dad was going to drive home. Some dads play golf or fish for a hobby — my father traded cars. One day I asked him to write down how many cars he’d owned in his life, and he lost track by the time he got to 20. Regardless, his first car was a white 1954 Ford convertible that he still wishes he had to this day. He’s actually on the hunt for one now. Sure, it was a great car, but I think that Ford was a lot more to him than a means of transportation. It was a cool symbol of independence that delivered him many fond memories. It rep-

Letters to the Editor

Lake Norman Currents | July 2009


Here’s your chance to be seen and heard. Have a comment concerning something you read in CURRENTS? Want to pass on a money-saving tip, complain about Lake Norman traffic, thank someone special or just tell us why you love living here? Whatever is on your mind, tell us about it. You can send letters to PO Box 1676, Cornelius, NC 28031 or email to Let’s give Lake Norman something to talk about!

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Lori K. Tate

Driver’ s Ed The psychology of cars

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resented his youth and all the silliness and fun that went along with it. Ask any car aficionado about their favorite make and model, and you can bet there’s a story behind it that has more power than a V8 engine. For car buffs, a car represents who they are and what they’re about. Take my husband, John, for example. He’s a die-hard Ford guy who still has the 1966 Mustang he drove in high school. This past fall when we went to his 20th high school reunion, he drove the ’66. People started waving to him as soon as he drove in the parking lot. I think everyone took a little comfort in the fact that some things never change. While I’m not as into cars as my father and my husband, I can appreciate how they feel. My first car was a Chevy S-10 Blazer that I affectionately called “The Happy Wagon.” To this day, when I see one on the road, I think about the good times my friends and I had driving around, listening to music and talking about boys. You can’t put a price on memories like that. All you can do is find a car that makes you feel that good again.

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About the Cover Trent Pitts photographed this red Ferrari while driving his dream cars (including this one) at Supercar Sensation. Photo illustration by Larry Preslar. Mission Statement Lake Norman CURRENTS magazine will embody the character, the voice and the spirit of its readers, its leaders and its advertisers. It will connect the people of Lake Norman through inspiring, entertaining and informative content, photography and design; all of which capture the elements of a well-lived life on and around the community known as Lake Norman. Lake Norman CURRENTS P.O. Box 1676, Cornelius, NC 28031 704-749-8788 • The entire contents of this publication are protected under copyright. Unauthorized use of any editorial or advertising content in any form is strictly prohibited. Lake Norman CURRENTS magazine is wholly owned by Venture Magazines, LLC.

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New Cardio Cinema

“Ladies and Gentlemen, take your … Cardio Machine. The show is about to start! Matt Wenkel, a person trainer at Gold’s says Cardio Cinema has done wonders for his clients, and recommends it to anyone looking to “supercharge” their cardio workouts. “Because they are watching a movie, the monotony and boredom completely disappear” says Wenkel. “Plus, it’s dark and some clients don’t like to be seen when they sweat. I go in and workout with them. The Cinema is perfect.” If you are one who thinks five minutes on a cardio machine feels like twenty five, Cardio Cinema is the place for you. Seeing a favorite movie on the marquis will get you to the gym. You might even find yourself going the “extra mile” on the cardio equipment, because you don’t want to leave and miss the ending!!


old’s Gym of Mooresville recently brought the “big sweat” to the “big screen” with its Cardio Cinema studio. For the bored and unmotivated – burning calories will never be the same.

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“Cardio Cinema” is the gym’s newest addition to a long list of creative and innovative member programs. It is cutting edge programs like this that have brought several new people in to try the gym. It’s the atmosphere, the energy, and the exceptional member service that are keeping them there.

There is a different feature film playing each day of the week, and Gold’s members enjoy FREE ADMISSION all day every day. Check out the Gold’s Gym Web site for a free one week pass: Monthly member specials are also featured there. The cinema is a trademark creation of the Gold’s Gym chain, so don’t go seeking it out at other gyms anytime soon. Finally — it’s Cardio Made Simple. Finally, it’s Cardio Cinema.

It’s Time For a Change “I am so glad I switched. I was paying so much more for a pool and basketball court that I wasn’t even using.” Gold’s Gym Member

The cinema is a darkened “theater-like” studio that sits just off the side of the main gym, located on Highway 150 in Mooresville. Full length feature films play all day – everyday, in front of an audience of bikes and brand new Adaptive Motion Trainers by Precor (which won the 2008 cardio piece of the year – you’ve GOT to check them out!). Combine the authentic atmosphere of this studio with state of the art cardio equipment pieces and an amazing surround sound system, and you have the most unique approach to exercise that the industry has ever seen. “The response has been incredible” says the gym’s owner, Dr. Kevin Craft. “This is a workout that both beginner and advanced exercisers can identify with and ‘get into’. This concept alone is going to spark unprecedented member interest in cardio workouts, and have a significant impact on the number of people who are, and will participate in a cardiovascular exercise program”. One must admit the sunny days of summer do make it easy to blow off a scheduled workout. The movies showing on the silver screen at Gold’s don’t just get members to the gym; they KEEP them there – in many cases, for longer workouts than ever before! “Watching the movies distracts me, and that is a good thing …” says Renee Smith, a Gold’s Gym member who has become a “regular” at the Cinema. “If someone was looking for a way to get more members to the gym, they have found it. I see old faces, as well as new ones when I come to watch the movies. Everyone loves it!”

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Above: Families enjoy last year’s Lake Norman Excursion. Below: More than 100 volunteers work together to make the event run smoothly.

Lake Norman Currents | July 2009

The Scoop Lake Norman Excursion takes place Saturday, July 18. Registration opens at 6:30 a.m. at Lowe’s Corporate Headquarters, 1000 Lowe’s Boulevard, Mooresville. The 40, 68 and 100-mile races begin at 8 a.m. Registration for the 10-Mile Family Fun Ride begins at 9 a.m., race starts at 10:30 a.m. Lunch available at 11:30 a.m. 10-Mile Fun Ride, $8 per rider; all other rides are $30 per rider. For more information, visit


Lake Norman Excursion offers a cycling adventure for everyone Whether you’re a seasoned cyclist or an occasional rider, Lake Norman Excursion has a ride for you. Scheduled for Saturday, July 18, this event offers something for everyone. “It’s not a race. It’s kind of like four rides in one,” explains Deb McClure, director of branch development for the Greater Carolinas Chapter of the American Red Cross. “We have a 40-mile bike ride. … Then we also have a 68-mile ride, and then for your real bike riders, we have a 100-mile bike ride.” If none of those sound appealing, there’s also a 10-Mile Family Fun Ride. Regardless of which one you choose, you’re helping the American Red Cross by participating, as all proceeds go to the organization and stay in the Lake Norman area. Lake Norman Excursion dates back to the mid-80s when cyclist Dwight Calloway of Calloway Homes originally created the ride that began in Denver. When he retired in the early 90s, the ride was discontinued until three years ago. Now organized by the American Red Cross, Cool Breeze Cyclery and Lowe’s Corporation, Lake Norman Excursion has grown each year. McClure says they raised $12,000 the first year and $20,000 the next. “As far as riders, we’re thinking that we’ll have somewhere between 600 and 700,” says McClure. “We will have a little over 100 volunteers helping us that day. … Our longrange plans are to turn it into a weekend festival type of event.” — LKT

Get your dock lines ready because it’s that time of year when you can cruise to dinner as easily as you can drive. Whether you opt for dining in your bathing suit or dressing up a bit for an evening out, Lake Norman offers plenty of boat friendly spots. — LKT Armin’s Sunshine Café

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7774 Hudson Chapel Road, Catawba 828.241.2005 Known for: Hamburgers and chicken wings Boat slips: 10 Nearest marker: 25 Hours: Mon-Fri 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Sat-Sun 8 a.m.-2 a.m. Queens Landing, Mooresville 704.664.6996 Known for: Bar food Boat slips: 9-10 Nearest marker: 17 Hours: Thu-Sat 7 p.m.-2 a.m.

The Landing Restaurant, Bar & Marina 4491 Slanting Bridge Road, Sherrills Ford 828.478.5944 Known for: Ribs and pizza Boat slips: 10-12 Nearest marker: M4 Hours: Sun-Thu 10 a.m.-10

Midway Marina, Terrell (at the N.C. Hwy 150 bridge) 828.478.3078 Known for: Waffles, sandwiches and blue-plate specials Boat slips: 25 Nearest marker: 17A Hours: Mon-Fri 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sat-Sun 6 a.m.-until 18665 Harborside Drive, Cornelius 704.896.9013 http://www.midtownsundries. com/lakenorman.html Known for: Wings Boat slips: 15 Nearest marker: R5 Hours: Sun-Thu 11 a.m.midnight, Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-1 a.m.

North Harbor Club

100-D North Harbor Place, Davidson 704.896.5559 Known for: Crab cakes Boat slips: 17 (get there early for a weekend dinner) Nearest marker: T4 Hours: Sun-Thu 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

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155 Pinnacle Lane, Mooresville 704.660.9797 Known for: Shrimp basket and burgers Boat slips: 8 slips and a long dock Nearest marker: 17A at N.C. Hwy 150 bridge (north side) Hours: Sun-Thu 7 a.m.midnight, Fri-Sat 7 a.m.-2 a.m.

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Vinnie’s Sardine Grill & Raw Bar

643 Williamson Road, Mooresville 704.799.2090 Known for: Oysters Boat slips: Beach parking Nearest marker: D11 Hours: Mon-Tue 11 a.m.midnight, Wed-Sat 11 a.m.- 2 a.m., Sun noon- 11 p.m.

Wise Guys

637 Williamson Road, Mooresville 704.660.9517 Known for: Chicken, veal, steaks and seafood Boat slips: Beach parking Nearest marker: D11 Hours: Daily 5-10 p.m., lunch Mon-Fri 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

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Sabi puts a new spin on fund raising

door. Sabi will donate 5 percent of your check to the charity (this includes to-go orders and alcohol). The charity that raises the most money on that particular day will receive 5 percent of Sabi’s total sales for the day. This program is scheduled to run at least through the end of summer. — LKT

Talk about a happy meal, this summer when you dine at Sabi Asian Bistro in Davidson on Mondays, you can also help your favorite charity. Just write the name of the charity or non-profit organization on your check and drop it in the comment box at the

Fishing for Fortune

Lake Norman’s million-dollar fish It’s not every day that Lake Norman’s beauty lures a million-dollar fish. However, that’s exactly what happened when Svend Jansen, pr manager for Early Times Kentucky Whisky, and the company’s brand manager came to the American Bass Anglers’ Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend of Lake of Lake Norman, Inc. Norman, Inc. Since 1974

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Series National Championship here last November. “We just fell in love with the lake,” recalls Jansen, explaining how the Early Times Whisky “Reel in a Million” contest, held last month, found a home here. This is the third year of the event. The first two took place at Georgia’s Lake Lanier and Tennessee’s J. Percy Priest Lake. “We try to stay in the Southeast for this,” says Jansen. “Lake Norman was perfect.” — LKT

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Currency | by Jim Engel and Cathy O’Nan

Playing It Safe CDs offer a reliable path for financial growth


ith today’s economic uncertainty, many investors are looking for investments with guaranteed safe principal and predictable rates of return.

Retirees, families saving for college or home purchases, and businesses needing to protect working capital should have at least a portion of their investable assets in safe and guaranteed products. To many, Certificates of Deposits (CDs) with a FDIC (Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation) insured bank provide the guarantee of principal and yields that simply is not available with riskier investment vehicles such as stocks, bonds and mutual funds.

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If your primary goal is to preserve principal, CDs can be a sound portfolio foundation. Often CDs are only one facet of an investor’s total portfolio. Building on a sound foundation of CDs, many investors will choose to select riskier — but higher yielding — assets to achieve their goals. However, much like building a house, establishing a foundation of a safe and reliable investment is critical to weathering economic storms and changing conditions.

for early withdrawal, even this feature may have exceptions. For example, CDs often can be used as collateral for loans. Using a CD in this way allows for the customer to continue earning interest on their CD without paying a penalty. This may be far less expensive than a pre-payment penalty. Finally, for younger investors, CD secured loans may be a good way to establish a credit history.

Building a foundation

Choosing a CD’s term and maturity date should be based on many factors including the probability of needing funds in the short or long term. Short-term investments while offering lower rates, offer the ability to reinvest the funds as rates go up. Those looking for a higher yield may choose longer terms but are locked in and may not keep up with inflation. “Laddering maturities” is a strategy to blend higher long-term rates with short-term liquidity. A laddered CD portfolio is structured by purchasing several CDs with consecutive maturities. The ladder can be as short or long as you like. A short-term ladder might consist of a three-month, six-month, nine-month and 12-month CD. As each CD matures, it is reinvested in the longest term or empty rung. Short-term ladders are often used in lowrate environments. A longer ladder might have one-year, two-year, three-year, four-year and five-year maturities. Whatever ladder you choose, you should consider upcoming cash needs, be it for a home down payment or college expenses. It’s what makes you feel most comfortable. So remember, if principal preservation is a strong concern, CDs that meet FDIC guidelines are a guaranteed return of principal and earned interest. LNC

Banks are able to provide guaranteed return of principal with reliance on FDIC insurance. Since the enactment of the FDIC Insurance Act almost 80 years ago, no one has ever lost insured deposits. The FDIC currently protects deposits up to $250,000. Congress recently approved the increase in insurance protection from $100,000 to $250,000 effective through 2013. Additionally, there are easy methods for greatly expanding amounts covered by FDIC insurance through appropriate account structuring (i.e., combining individual accounts, jointly held accounts, IRAs and the payable on deaths accounts). Your local banker and the FDIC’s own Web site ( can show you your maximum insurable amount based on your family’s situation. When you purchase a CD, you invest a fixed sum of money for a fixed period of time with maturities ranging anywhere from seven days to five years or more. The issuing bank pays you interest at a negotiated rate and at selected intervals. Some elect to have the interest compounded and added to the principal monthly to increase the yield. Others needing disposable income have their interest payments deposited into a checking account for immediate access. In years past, CDs were typically priced at a fixed rate. Today that is not always the case. Many banks offer a range of CDs with flexible features. For example, some CDs have variable rates, or the ability to make additional deposits and limited withdrawals at agreed upon times and amounts without penalty. Some CDs even offer a “multi-step” structure where the interest rate may increase or decrease over time according to an agreed upon schedule. Although CDs typically contain a penalty

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&Automobiles Robin Smith Balances it All


obin Smith is a woman all about balance. Not only is she the co-owner and marketing director of Lake Norman Chrysler Jeep Dodge, but she’s also the mother of three and, believe it or not, the grandmother of four. On top of that, she makes certain that she and her company (the biggest Chrysler Jeep Dodge dealership in the Carolinas) do their part to make the Lake Norman community a better place.

We caught up with Smith to talk about the car business, philanthropy and her favorite ride. How did you get in the car business? My husband [Jack Salzman], he’s been in the car business for 20 years, and I was in the radio industry until we came here from Orlando. My only tie-in with automotive was when I was selling them advertising. I was on the other side of the desk for many years because automotive was a big, big client of ours at CBS Radio. Then when we came here six years ago, we decided we would do it together. Lake Norman Currents | July 2009

Robin Smith is the co-owner and marketing director of Lake Norman Chrysler Jeep Dodge in Cornelius.


What challenges have you faced as a woman in the car business? Well, I think that a woman in the car business is like a woman in any business. The reality is that the business world is still run by men, so you have to be that much better to be taken seriously. I think lots

We’ll go work the Big Brothers, Big Sisters event. Last year I did the ice cream scoop, and he did the grilling of the hot dogs. We have a good time. We’ve become friends with a lot of other people in the community.

What advice do you have for people looking to buy cars right now? I think that the advice I would have is that the Internet is so incredibly important now. You can do so much of the legwork ahead of time. We do a lot of our business and talk to a lot of our customers first on the Internet. The advice I would give is to make sure when you go into a dealership, whether its ours or any other, take the time on the product. Make sure that you drive your product. Make sure that you look at your features, and make sure that it is really going to be best suited for your family. The big thing is the gas economy. The reality of the American product is not how it is perceived. We have just as many gas-efficient vehicles as some of the foreign-made manufacturers. That’s not the way American cars are perceived. Don’t just assume that because it’s foreign made that it’s going to be better for you.

What would you say your favorite car of all time is? I’ve driven a lot of cars, obviously. I abso-

You’ve said it’s important for your company to be involved with the community because these are the people you do business with. Is that something you and your husband brought to the table when you bought the dealership? It was one of the things that was important to us when we looked at our budget. We put together a budget every month. We said we want to make sure that we’re giving, and we’ve given well over $1 million to the community since we’ve been here. We give around $250,000 a year.

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by Mike Savicki photos by Glenn Roberson

he stools adjacent to the bicycle service bay at The Cycle Path in Cornelius are full of eager cyclists picking up free tips on mountain bike repair. At Cool Breeze Cyclery in Mooresville, upbeat “girl music” blasts in the fitness studio as a predominantly female group of triathletes begin a sweaty, numbers-driven Computrainer workout. At the heart of all both activities is a passion for cycling.

A day in the life

Mark Sullivan, owner of The Cycle Path in Cornelius, says if you can ride a bike, you’re a cyclist.

To Fit or Not to Fit

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A properly fit bicycle makes cycling healthier and more enjoyable. “There are so many problems that can occur when someone gets on a bike that doesn’t fit properly,” says Bruce Guild, founder, co-owner and manager of Cool Breeze Cyclery in Mooresville. “Something as simple as knowing how to sit on the saddle can impact overall health, not to mention your performance on the bike.” Guild says the old method of matching a frame size to a rider’s height changed as road and mountain bike geometry evolved. Bike fitting is a complex process. A properly fit


“Cycling is a really unique sport,” says Mark Sullivan, owner of The Cycle Path. “Customers come into the store all the time and tell me they aren’t a cyclist but want to buy a bike. They are surprised when I tell them that if they can ride a bike, they are a cyclist. It doesn’t take bright spandex and a cycling jersey to belong. …It appeals to people of all ages and abilities no matter what sort of experience or goals they have.” While no two days are alike for cyclists around Lake Norman, Sullivan says the day follows a familiar pattern. “Before sunrise, the roadies hustle to beat automobiles onto empty roads. During the morning rush hour, I’ll see professors bike is the result of analyzing a series of body measurements and comparing the numbers to factors such as biomechanics, muscle imbalance and flexibility. Understanding a rider’s experience, goals and reasons for riding also plays a role. “You really can’t take a bike and adapt it to fit you,” adds Mark Sullivan, owner of The Cycle Path in Cornelius. “You don’t necessarily have to go out and buy a new bike but having a knowledgeable technician work with you to find a personal solution is the best way to start.” “Most people think that to ride a bike, you have to have some degree of pain,” says Guild.

on bikes rubbing elbows with the more imposing four-wheeled friends,” he says. “As the evening commute lightens, the working class trades their business casual for cycling shoes and a helmet and rushes to get in a quick ride before darkness.” And somewhere in the woods, Sullivan adds, the fat tire gang navigates rocks, stumps and single track. It doesn’t matter if it is day or night to this crowd, as helmet and bike-mounted lights illuminate the darkness. Weekend rides are also an important component. When Bruce Guild, founder, co-owner and manager of Cool Breeze Cyclery, opened his bicycle business in 1988, evening and weekend rides from the shop’s downtown Mooresville location were common. “But as residential and commercial development change the landscape and more and more vehicles fill the roads, finding a safe and enjoyable place to ride is more difficult. We have moved many of our weekend rides to Lake Norman State Park because we believe knowing the routes and keeping our cyclists safe is important.”

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Bruce Guild, founder, co-owner and manager of Cool Breeze Cyclery, works on fitting a bike for a customer.

“There is a reason for every pain you have on a bike, and there is also a solution. It’s so much fun for me to work with someone who has endured pain for years and then, after a fitting, rides for hours on end pain free. A degree here and a centimeter there make a big difference.”

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carries a greater responsibility than just selling bikes. When Cool Breezy Cyclery opened its Mooresville Gateway location in 2006, Guild brought aboard two additional co-owners, Steve Doolittle and Chris Vasiloff, to expand the community connection. “When we made the move to the new location, we made it a priority to do more outreach and play an expanded role in things that take us outside our

four walls and tie us to the community.” Doolittle spearheads Cool Breeze’s community outreach efforts. “We have a role that goes beyond selling bikes. We bring cycling awareness to the community, and that is the biggest issue we face, especially as the area grows and the roadways becomes more densely packed,” he explains. “Part of growing the subculture is proposing a system where any time there is a high-impact development project, you look beyond the car and include plans that take into consideration the pe-

destrian and the cyclist. It is important to advocate and start now before urbanization is complete, and there is no way to go back and make changes.” “That’s really the beauty of cycling,” adds Sullivan. “It doesn’t stop when the wheels stop turning. Cycling means something different to everyone on a bike, and there is always work to be done.” LNC

Join the Revolution The following Web sites can help you be-

come part of the cycling subculture around the Lake Norman area. Area cycling routes and distances Bicycle Sport Blood Sweat Gears Cycle & Skate Cool Breeze Cyclery The Cycle Path Davidson Southeast Greenway Fisher Farm Park Lake Norman Excursion Lake Norman State Park Lake Norman Triathlon Club Mecklenburg County Greenways Rocky River Road The Spirited Cyclist Bike Shop Tarheel Trailblazers Trek Bikes Charlotte

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After completing his graduate work at Duke University, Mike Savicki moved from Boston to Lake Norman, where he has lived and worked for 15 years. An adventurer as much as a writer, he has completed marathons, triathlons and multi-sport races around the world. He writes locally and nationally and was a contributing writer and editorial team member for “The Adversity Advantage,” published by Fireside, a division of Simon and Schuster, in 2007.



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om May gets a lot of curious looks when he’s out on the lake. Not that he’s strange or unusual looking. Rather, it’s May’s mode of transportation that piques people’s interest.

From a distance, it almost looks like he’s walking on water. But May is actually balanced atop a 12-foot board — basically a larger, more stable version of a surfboard — and uses a long paddle to steer and propel himself through the water. It’s called stand up paddling (SUP), a sport that originated in Hawaii and is now making its way to Lake Norman. May, 50, first got into SUP in 2007, and is one of only a few people around Lake Norman who is doing it. A lifelong athlete, May started having trouble with his ankles a few years ago

Tom May began stand up paddling in 2007. The Mooresville resident says it’s a great core workout.

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and was looking for an alternative form of exercise that was a little easier on his body. One night while watching TV he saw a program about Laird Hamilton, a legendary pro surfer who is helping popularize SUP. “I just thought it looked like the coolest thing,” says May, who lives in a lakefront community in Mooresville. Figuring it’d be a fun way to exercise, May called around, and the closest place he could find that sold paddleboards was in Myrtle Beach. (This is no longer the case: see sidebar about Wind, Land, & Water Sports). The next weekend he drove down to the coastal surf shop and loaded up on gear, including a wetsuit and paddle. Anxious to try out his new toy, May headed out to the lake with his paddleboard as soon as he returned home. “I was a little wobbly first at Continued on page 26

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Folks interested in trying stand up paddling now have a new resource in Denver called Wind, Land, & Water Sports. The store, which opened in May, offers a wide variety of boards, paddles and gear. Getting Started There are a wide variety of stand up paddleboards available, ranging from lightweight, sporty models designed for cruising and riding small waves to more stable boards made for water pursuits such as fishing or paddling along the shoreline to observe wildlife. Some of the boards offered at Wind, Land, & Water Sports include: NSP 11-foot SUP Board Lightweight and durable, this is the perfect board for beginners. Developed for cruising, cross-training and small waves — $995. Yolo Yak 12-foot SUP Board This is a multi-use board designed for adventure. Features include a front bungee tie down system, molded tri-fins, foam traction pad and recessed deck to provide additional stability — $975. Yolo Explorer 14’ SUP Board This extra-long, hand-shaped board comes with bamboo inlay in the deck. It features a built-in bungee system, heavy-duty handles and a 10-inch carbon fiber fin; it’s the ideal board for fishing, diving or even tandem paddling — $1,675. Yolo Express 9-foot, 6-inch SUP Board A smaller board designed for ladies, kids or anyone looking to increase their fitness — smaller boards provide a great workout as they force you to use more muscles for balance — $1,285. Wind, Land & Water Sports 1250 N. Hwy 16 Denver

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first,” he says. “But I did a few donuts around my cove, and after about three hours I felt real comfortable.” It didn’t take long for May to become hooked. When the weather is nice he heads out to the lake several times a week, strapping his paddleboard to his golf cart and cruising down to the community beach near his house where he launches into the water. He’s also teaching his wife and two teenage kids how to do it. “For a core workout you can beat it,” he says. “Because you’re constantly balancing yourself, it works all the little muscles in your legs, back and abs. It’s really helped me stay in shape.” And May says he also enjoys the reactions from other folks on the lake. “I get a lot of guys offering me beers and girls hooting and whistling,” he says. But he also runs into folks who aren’t so courteous, including the occasional speedboat that buzzes by too close, or this one guy who pulled up next to May and asked him where his motor was. “I just looked him and said, ‘I am the motor.’ ” LNC Sam Boykin is an award-winning journalist and free-lance writer in Mooresville. He also has written for Scientific American, Entrepreneur, US Airways, Consumer’s Digest, Our State, Business North Carolina and Charlotte Business Journal. When he’s not writing Boykin is often embarrassing himself on the tennis courts or working on his 107-year-old house.

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Greg Wessling, COO of Lake Norman Company, boats to work whenever he gets the chance.

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Boating to work starts the day off right

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hen Mike Shott leaves his Mooresville home at The Point and heads to work in Davidson, rather than car fumes and traffic jams, his daily commute is often marked by calm waters and scenic shorelines. “It puts a whole new spin on your day,” says Shott. “It kind of winds you down coming and going.”


As anyone who lives around Lake Norman knows, traffic congestion, especially during rush hour, can be a real headache and just about impossible to avoid. But there are some fortunate lake dwellers who, when traveling to and from work, get to leave the shackles of bumper-to-bumper traffic behind for the soothing and picturesque waters of Lake Norman.

Most of these fortunate few have offices at North Harbor Place in Davidson. The Lake Norman Company owns the waterfront office complex, which is the only commercial office space available for lease directly on the water that is accessible by boat, according to spokesperson Sherry Loeffler. Shott owns a real estate development company called Diamondback Development at the North Harbor Place complex, which also serves as a satellite location for North Point Watersports, his boat dealership that’s based in Mooresville. For the past two years Shott has been commuting to his Davidson office via boat whenever the weather is nice — usually between March and October. Shott has a variety of boats at his disposal from his dealership, including Formula powerboats, MasterCraft ski boats and Manitou pontoon boats. Depending on which vessel he takes, the commute usually takes anywhere from 10 to 15 minutes. When he drives, the commute can take anywhere from 25 to 45 minutes, Shott explains, especially when traffic gets backed up on Brawley School Road. On certain occasions Shott drives to work, and if the traffic looks backed up on the interstate he’ll simply leave his car at the office and cruise home on a boat. “It’s real quiet during the week out on the water,” he says. “And it’s much more enjoyable than sitting in the car stuck in traffic.”

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Greg Wessling, chief operating officer at the Lake Norman Company, also boats to work on occasion. Wessling lives in Cornelius near the Peninsula Yacht Club and keeps his 26-foot Formula boat docked in back of his house. “It’s a weekend lake, so during the week you’ve pretty much got the place to yourself,” says Wessling. “It’s a real smooth ride.” While Wessling says it takes him about 15 minutes to boat to work — a little less than if he drove — for him, that’s not really the point. “For me, it doesn’t have anything to do with the speed of it. It’s just the pure pleasure and enjoyment.”

Wessling says that during his boating commute he likes to cruise through Davidson Creek and along some of the islands that dot the waterway. “Sometimes I’ll take the long way home and just enjoy the scenery. Or I’ll swing by and pick up my wife and we might go for a cruise. “When you live on the lake you feel like you’re on vacation anyway,” Wessling adds. “And to have the privilege of being able to

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story and photos by Tom Cotter

In the early days, Roberts worked mainly on traditional air-cooled Volkswagens, but today, customers bring him mostly modern Jettas and Rabbits to repair. “We fix lots of timing belts and water pumps these days,” he says. “Recently a customer had his Jetta towed here after a broken timing belt bent all the valves. The dealer wanted $4,500 to make the repairs, but we fixed it for $1,600.”

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uy Roberts stands at his workbench, carefully tapping a vintage Volkswagen distributor with a small hammer as he sprays it with Liquid Wrench. Because it’s 30 years old, the distributor’s vacuum advance device is frozen. Lake Norman Currents | July 2009

“You just can’t buy original VW parts anymore, so we fix up the old ones when we can,” says Roberts, 46. Roberts owns Guy Roberts VW Repairs on Highway 16 in Newton, just north of Lake Norman. He has run the exclusive VW repair shop since buying the business from his father in 1992, who himself started repairing Beetles in 1971. 30

“There, it’s loose,” he says, pleased that his tapping and spraying ritual is successful. He rushes from his workshop and into the garage to reinstall it onto a blue 1974 VW beetle.

Repairs wanted Roberts’ white brick building has a sign painted on the front, but it’s not necessary. Parked in front, beside and behind the building are 127 Volkswagens of every age, model and condition: beetles, buses, Rabbits, Jettas, Passats, GTIs, Karmen Ghias and even the occasional dune buggy. “I’ve got customers who started coming here when my father ran the shop 25 or 30 years ago,” he says. “Being a Volkswagen mechanic is all I’ve ever done; when I was old enough to walk, my mother would drop me off here to clean parts and do oil changes. I graduated from Bandys High School in 1981, and I’ve been here ever since.”

Business is good. Roberts has four employees, two of whom have worked for him since he took over the business 17 years ago. His loyalty to his employees is mirrored by the loyalty his customers have for him. Owners bring their broken Volkswagens from as far away as Asheville, Monroe and Goldsboro. “I even have a lady who drives her VW from North Augusta, Georgia about every three months for tune-ups and oil changes,” says Roberts, who claims his customer base is in the hundreds. “Sometimes, just when we think it will be a slow day, a few new jobs will come through the door, and the day will quickly become very busy.” Ken Beaudry of Huntersville thinks Roberts is a hard-working genius when it comes to Volkswagens. Roberts once repaired the heater core on his 1992 GTI. “If you know what you are doing, the heater repair takes five or six hours,” says Beaudry, 37. “While I owned the car, Guy had to change it twice. …He knows VWs, that’s for sure. He’s forgotten more about VWs than I’ll ever know.” Roberts’ love for Volkswagen products is organic. Both he and his wife drive them, and he has a collection of 11 vintage models in a building behind his house, including four convertibles. “I’m not getting rich, but we’re not starving,” says Roberts. “We just try to be really friendly to everyone who walks through the door.” LNC Tom Cotter has been in the automotive and racing industry for 25 years. He is the author of seven books on cars, consults for Mercedes-Benz and writes for Road & Track magazine. 

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s I approach the Supercar Sensation kiosk just inside Concord Mills, a polite concierge asks me a question I thought I would never hear — “Sir, which car would you like to drive first, the Aston Martin, the BMW M3 or the Ferrari?”

Being a lifelong car enthusiast, this is a bit of a quandary. I am about to embark on what is known as the “Test Drive” by Supercar Sensation. This is a one-hour tour around the Cabarrus County countryside, piloting three of the finest sports cars in existence, and I must make a choice. Lake Norman Currents | July 2009

Deciphering the mystique Supercar Sensation is the creation of David Salama, a local car aficionado and a Porsche Club of America driving instructor, who wanted to give people a chance to drive exotic automobiles. “There is a mystique about them, and people can be intimidated by them,” says Salama about his stable of cars. “I though we could offer a product 32

where everyone could try them out. We have a price that is really affordable — other companies offer similar tours at three to four times the price that we do our tours for.” Rates range from $40 to $299 per person depending on the tour or track event. Other legendary cars in the Supercar Sensation collection include the Lamborghini Gallardo, Porsche 911 Turbo, Nissan GTR and Mercedes C63 AMG. I elect to go with the Aston Martin Vantage convertible first. As I climb in, the smell of leather is intoxicating. There is something very Saville Row about the interior ­— the hand-stitched seats and the flawless overall craftsmanship. I insert the key, press the start button and the handbuilt 4.3-liter V8 comes to life with a low rumble, intimating at the machismo that lurks beneath the trappings of gentility. Caleb Henley, my tour guide, takes a seat and goes over the features of the car with me, including the paddle shifters. All of the Supercar Sensation vehicles have these same Formula One-style transmissions with automatic clutches. Merely reach forward from the steering wheel with your index finger and flick a paddle on the right to upshift. There’s one on the left to downshift. Although I have driven cars with stickshift transmissions for most of my life, tapping

through the gears is great fun and much easier and faster than modulating a clutch pedal. The Aston is quite smooth on the road and has plenty of power — a refined sports touring machine that James Bond would heartily approve of. Fly like an eagle The BMW M3 is an unusual combination. It is a four-seater, with plenty of trunk space, yet can run 0 to 60 in 4.5 seconds. The past several iterations of the M3 were fitted with six-cylinder motors, but this go round, BMW wedged a 4.0-liter V8 under the hood. The car simply flies. It redlines at a thrilling 8,400 rpm and has a great, throbbing exhaust note to go along with it. Yet, the M3 is quite capable of grocery getting and hauling the kids to school. Best of all, it costs approximately $60,000, which is a relative bargain compared to most of these cars. The next car is one I will never forget — the Ferrari F430. The aura of the Ferrari nameplate is well deserved, with its racing heritage, its revered founder Enzo Ferrari and the multi-milliondollar price tags that vintage examples bring at auction. The F430 has immense power, sculpted beauty and plenty of soul. And it fits like a glove, allowing for a driving experience like no other. The 4.3-liter V8 is mounted amidships, giv-

Trent Pitts, a native North Carolinian, has been photographing and writing about the people and places of the Lake Norman area for several years.

Supercar Sensation also offers a fourhour scenic tour of North Carolina’s back roads that includes lunch. I was able to ride along for a trip to Reed Gold Mine and then on to Morrow Mountain State Park, with an exhilarating drive down to Lake Tillery along a twisty mountain road. I rode in the lead car — a Mercedes C63 AMG. Mercedes Benz has persistently engineered their cars to be world-class, and the C63 is no exception — it is built like a fine timepiece, but with a 451 horsepower V8 engine and gobs of low-end torque (443 pound-feet, to be exact). Clients on the tour got to experience the F430, the M3 and the Nissan GTR, which is a technological tour de force with four-wheel drive, a twin-turbo V6 and the ability to scorch through a quarter-mile run in 11.6 seconds. Supercar Sensation conducts autocross and slalom runs in its vehicles at zMAX Dragway in Concord. Top times win

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prizes, and the overall winner at the end of the year receives a trip to the infamous Tail of the Dragon road, situated along the North Carolina and Tennessee border in the Smoky Mountains. Renting the cars is also possible. In addition, David Salama, owner of Supercar Sensation, intends to orchestrate track outings at the upcoming High Rock Raceway being constructed north of Salisbury. This will be a 2.15-mile, 14-turn track, and it will be F.I.A. approved (the governing body of the Formula 1 World Championship).

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ing a sense of perfect balance, and the steering is light and responsive. A huge part of the Ferrari driving experience is the sound — the shriek of the engine right behind my head as I punch the throttle is enthralling, bringing a smile to my tour guide’s face, as well as to my own. Zero to 60 hurtles past in 3.5 seconds, and maximum speed in this bright red missile tops out at 196 mph. Supercar Sensation’s rates are quite reasonable. As a car fan, I found the driving packages well worth the price because I would normally never have the chance to drive these exotic cars. Best of all, I don’t have to deal with the insurance, maintenance and storage issues involved with them. After an unbelievable day of spirited driving, I merely handed in the keys and walked away. LNC


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en-year-old Duncan* used to avoid making eye contact, and he mostly talked about super heroes and fictitious characters. He frustrated his teachers, and his parents often fought over how to control his outbursts. All hope seemed lost, until Duncan was enrolled in the day treatment program/alternative school at Barium Springs Home for Children in Troutman two years ago. Today, the little boy with Asperger’s syndrome and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a leader in the classroom. He communicates well and expresses his feelings to his friends and teachers, and he’s able to follow instructions. Not only is Duncan able to cope with anxiety and deal with frustrations, but his

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parents are also more educated about his condition and know that when he doesn’t do what he’s told to do, he’s not intentionally being defiant or oppositional. While Duncan celebrates being promoted to a more mainstream classroom for next year, Kristin* is waving her high school diploma and preparing to enter college. The 18-year-old is turning her life around, and she now values herself and believes she’s worthy of the opportunities that are ahead for her. 36

Kristin also came to Barium Springs two years ago. A victim of sexual abuse and neglect, Kristin was hanging out with negative peer groups, running away, skipping school and taking drugs. But as a resident in one of the group homes at Barium Springs, Kristin overcame her obstacles with much love and support. She gained selfconfidence and a motivation to do well in school. Now, just a month after graduation, Kristin is living independently in an apartment, driving her own car to work (a job she has held for a year at a local restaurant) and looking forward to starting at Mitchell Community College in the fall.

family teachers/group home counselors, child psychologists and more. Gray says the current state of the economy adds to stress in the home, and the staff at Barium Springs “has seen a significant increase in child abuse and neglect cases. “Barium Springs Home for Children and other organizations like ours need help to grow fast enough to catch up to this growing need. Unfortunately, as the need is increasing, government funding is decreasing,” says Gray. “Because government funding is harder to come by, every program at Barium Springs is subsidized, resulting in a shortfall of around $180,000 every month.” “Even though times are difficult, we are seizing this moment to pull together as a community of child advocates with heightened focus and determination,” says John Koppelmeyer, president of Barium Springs Home for Children. “We are working hard to get the word out to people in our state.” LNC *Names were changed to protect the children’s privacy.

Turning lives around Duncan and Kristin are only two of the many children in Mooresville and Iredell County who have been given another chance by the programs at Barium Springs Home for Children, a safe haven for abused or neglected children and troubled teens. Spokesperson Sarah Gray says many of the children come from homes where poverty is a factor. Others have battled drugs and alcohol at an early age in an effort to “fit in” or numb the emotional distress of abuse and neglect. Almost all are hurting physically and emotionally. Barium Springs, a nonprofit program funded by the state and private donors, served more than 1,100 children last year, but the need remains great. “We’ve more than doubled in size in less than two years,” explains Gray. While last year Barium Springs provided early childhood education to more than 200 preschoolers, gave 192 middle and high school students a second chance at an education, provided 76 children a safe place to live and helped six teens get a college education, more than 100,000 children in North Carolina who needed services did not receive help. Barium Springs employs some 175 staff members, comprising early childhood educators, social workers, mental health providers,

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Luxury Community Event to Benefit Barium Springs Date: Aug. 1-2, 2009 Time: 1-5 p.m. Cost: Free; donations to Barium Springs Home for Children are welcome Info: For complete details and directions to the event, visit Exclusive estates near The Point on Lake Norman in Mooresville are opening their doors to the public next month to support local children and teens in need. The event spotlights nearly 10 premier residences valued between $1 million and $3 million, featuring state-of-the-art architectural designs, fine art and lavish home décor and furnishings, as well as upscale waterfront amenities. Organized and sponsored by Allen Tate Realtors and local businesses, the luxury community event is complimentary, but donation boxes will be located at each home to collect money to support Barium Springs Home for Children. Lee McCracken is a Charlotte-area free-lance editor and writer who lives in Denver and grew up spending summers on Cayuga Lake in Upstate New York. Since moving to the Charlotte area in 1994, she has written on business, education, health care and real estate for various publications.

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t first glance, it would be easy to assume Campania Café & Italian Gourmet Market can’t decide if it wants to be a casual café or a traditional trattoria.

My past experiences with restaurants that try to be too many things to too many people have fallen short. The good news is that Campania has proven it can do both — and well.

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A natural evolution Owners Vinnie and Nancy DiGiorgio opened the restaurant nearly one year ago as a small café where orders for salads, wraps, paninis, hot sandwiches and a limited number of traditional Italian dishes were placed at a counter. But as more customers came in searching for a restaurant-style meal and service, the DiGiorgios added a trattoria in the spacious room in the rear while keeping the café area in the front. Debuting in January, the Napoleone de melanzane alla caprese delights at Campania.


trattoria features a dinner menu boasting simple yet inspiring Italian dishes. “In Italy, a trattoria is a small, family-run neighborhood restaurant, and that’s how we think of ourselves,” Nancy says. “Customers can come in and know Vinnie is in the kitchen, and Nancy’s in the dining room. We get to know them, and they get to know us.” Its location in an historic icehouse in quaint Davidson is a fitting spot. Two distinct atmospheres, both warm and inviting with an exposed beam ceiling and brick walls, set the tone for whichever style of meal you prefer. The stained concrete floors of the café in the front are dotted with small tables and accent lamp posts. In the rear, the tables in the inviting trattoria are covered with black tablecloths and adorned with a candle. Bench seating along the walls, wood flooring and Tuscan colors add a casual and warm feel to the large room. Inspired food Between them, the DiGiorgios have plenty of experience in the food industry. It’s Vinnie, a culinary Continued on page 41

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school graduate, however, who finds inspiration in creating authentic Italian dishes from the four and a half months he and Nancy lived in Rome. A recent seasonal dinner menu change brings dishes to the table featuring lighter flavors and in-season ingredients while still holding on to a few favorites. “They are all new recipes that Vinnie has pulled and plucked and created from our time in Rome,” Nancy says. “Everything uses fresh, high-quality ingredients, and everything is prepared to order.” Two additions my companion and I can hapTOP FIVE INGREDIENTS • Two dining and menu options in one location. • Wine list featuring boutique Italian selections. • Fresh, fresh, fresh dishes that cannot be overstated. • Cookies using Mom’s recipes. • Party on the Porch every Friday night during the summer.

pily vouch for after having eaten here recently are the Penne Con Salsa di Pomodoro Fresco and the Lobster Ravioli. Although a mouthful to pronounce, the flavorful penne dish was refreshingly light, simple and colorful. It features the tube-shaped pasta tossed with chopped fresh tomatoes, garlic, gooey chunks of melted fresh mozzarella and basil leaves. Equally pleasing were the lobster-stuffed ravioli covered in a light sherry sauce. A surprising but effective use of fennel gave the dish extra flavor. Entrées on the updated menu include Swordfish alla Siciliana, baked swordfish with olives, capers, anchovies and tomatoes drizzled with extra virgin olive oil; and Vitello Piccata al Limone, veal scaloppini sautéed in a lemon, caper and white wine sauce. The restaurant does a welcomed job of controlling portion sizes, so if you wish to end on a sweet note, go for it. There are traditional homemade Italian cookies following recipes from Vinnie’s mother in addition to fresh-filled cannoli using a creamy filling made in house and cakes such as tiramisu. Wine tastings and five-course wine dinners

are held regularly. During the week, specials include half-price wine bottles on Mondays, halfprice pasta dishes on Tuesdays and $2 domestic beer on Wednesdays. To kick off the weekend, stop by on Friday evenings for Party on the Porch, where the dinner menu can be enjoyed al fresco and live music fills the air beginning at 6:30 p.m. LNC

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Dig In In the trattoria, Pomodoro Ripieno (stuffed tomato) appetizer for $5 to Lobster Ravioli entrée for $18. In the café, Caesar Salad for $4.95 to Veal Parmigiana sandwich for $10. Campania Café & Market 416 S. Main St. Davidson 704.987.5111 Hours: Mon-Thurs 10:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m.; Fri-Sat 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; closed on Sun. The dinner menu in the trattoria is available after 5 p.m. Free-lance writer Cathy Swiney, a Huntersville resident, has spent several years covering the restaurant scene in the Lake Norman area.

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From burgers to bass to dessert, you’ll pine for this place The Food: Burgers are a big thing here, but they aren’t the only thing. While the Holy Burger (a seven-ounce plus lean beef patty on a corn-dusted roll) is legendary, and the Peppercorn Burger is delicious, there are plenty of other ways to meet your cravings. For the health-conscious set, there are salads and Crave’s Signature Lettuce Wraps (warm panroasted chicken and spicy cucumbers with crisp baby romaine). On the other end of the spectrum there’s the Crave Signature Filet Mignon and the Classic Chilean Sea Bass. Save room for dessert, especially if they have the Raspberry Mont Blanc. It’s a special treat they only carry every few weeks. Other sweet favorites include Banana’s Foster, Molten Chocolate Lava Cake and the Extreme Wedge of Carrot Cake. If you really want to think outside of the dessert box, there’s the Spiked Root Beer Float, a root beer martini

with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. The Scene: With red and yellow walls coupled with a black exposed ceiling, Crave’s interior is festive without being intrusive. There’s a full-service bar and an expansive patio for outdoor dining. If you want to catch the game, there are four flat-screen TVs at your disposal. Best of all, it’s smoke free. The Crowd: Located on Cornelius’ main thoroughfare (Catawba Avenue), you’ll find couples, families and girls’ night outs here. The Wallet Factor: Appetizers start at $4.95 and entrees cap at $23.95. The Cool Touch: Crave offers a lot more than food. On Wednesday evenings the restaurant hosts an open mic night for youth from 5-7 p.m. followed by an open mic night for adults from 8-10 p.m. Live trivia and martini specials highlight Thursday nights, while live music entertains on Friday and Saturday.

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f there’s a perfect wine for summer, Sauvignon Blanc has to be one of the contenders. This wine is so crisp, so fresh and so full of clean flavors that it ranks right up there with shorts and flip-flops as the perfect accompaniment to summer at the lake.

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Pour a glass of Sauvignon Blanc and what you see is a wine that’s crystal clear. Just looking at it, you can anticipate how refreshing and lightly pleasing it’s going to be. These wines are perfect for a summer aperitif, but they’re far more sophisticated than that, as they also pair wonderfully with food. My favorite thing to do is drink a glass or two along with a dish of cold seafood. Chilled shrimp or crab take on a whole new meaning with a glass of this little beauty. Try it with some goat cheese, and you’ll get a nice balance of acidity and creaminess. Fickle and crisp The Sauvignon Blanc grape is fickle — and that’s a compliment. It absorbs the environment that it’s grown in and carries it into the soul of the wine. It’s an enjoyable task trying Sauvignon Blancs from different parts of the world 46

to see how their styles differ. Every one of them is a treat. A great place to start is New Zealand. Sauvignon Blancs from this country have taken the world by storm and rightly so. These wines are super crisp, with a sharp citrus flavor and a component that immediately brings to mind the aroma of freshly cut grass. For such a light wine, it is amazingly complex — one flavor appears and then another kicks in, and then another. Terrific. Look for the region of Marlborough on the label. Marlborough is located on the northern part of New Zealand’s south island and has turned out to be one of the best places in the world to grow this grape, The popularity of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc is forcing its prices to increase, but this is still a far from expensive pleasure. You can easily find a bottle in the $12 to $15 range. A wine that’s similar and can be less stressful on the wallet is a Sauvignon Blanc from Chile’s Casablanca region. Light and distinctive Move on to California and you get a whole new experience. It’s warmer there and so the Sauvignon Blancs tend to be lower in acidity. They’re still light but nowhere near as crisp. The late Robert Mondavi scored a wine marketing coup by labeling Sauvignon Blanc as Fumé Blanc. At the time he did this, California Sauvignon Blanc was looked down on. Fumé Blanc sounds much more exotic, and people took to it. It also helped that Mondavi exposed the wine to a little oak during aging, and it took on a distinctive character. The wine is unmistakably Sauvignon Blanc character, but it’s a little deeper and smokier. Today, numerous winemakers produce wine they call Fumé Blanc. My particular fa-

vorite is made by Ferrari-Corano in Sonoma County. Move across the Atlantic to France and you find yourself where Sauvignon Blanc began. The French have been making it there for centuries. Probably the most well known is Sancerre from the Loire Valley — in France they don’t label wines by their grape, they’re named for the region where they are made. Talk about absorbing its environment, this wine is crisp, as Sancerre is chilly. It also has an unmistakable stony, flinty component to it that reflects the soil it’s grown in. It’s bone dry and complex as all get out. A wine grown close to Sancerre is Pouilly Fumé — guess this is where Robert Mondavi got his idea of Fumé Blanc. The story goes that while Mondavi was cavorting around Bordeaux setting up a partnership with one of that region’s prestigious winemakers, he left his wife in the Loire region for a couple of days. She spent her time enjoying the local wines, especially Pouilly Fumé. When he returned she introduced him to the wine, and he was quite taken by it. And so was born the idea for Fumé Blanc. As you can see, Sauvignon Blanc is a versatile little critter. It wears many hats, but it’s always tastefully dressed. Any of its styles is a great wine to cozy up to. Chill a bottle (not too cold, as that masks out the wine’s flavors), then sit back and contemplate how late afternoon eases into a summer’s evening. The transition and the wine are made for each other. Enjoy. LNC Trevor Burton of Mooresville, a retired technology marketing consultant, now occupies himself in the field of wine and its enjoyment. Certified by the International Sommelier Guild, he is founder of SST Wine Experiences and, along with his wife, Mary Ellen, conducts wine education and tasting tours to wine regions throughout the world.

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On Course | by Mike Savicki

Built in 1997, NorthStone Country Club is a P.B. Dye signature course with G2 bent grass greens, Meyer Zoysia fairways and enough strategically placed bunkers, rolling fairways and water hazards to make even the most accurate golfer cringe when a shot veers slightly from its path.

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Pinpoint Perfection A round of golf at NorthStone demands accuracy, ball control and clear focus

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f you want to record a low score at Huntersville’s NorthStone Country Club, you should listen to what Courtney Ford has to say. He stresses the need for accurate second shots to narrow greens as a key and warns of the difficulties that come with being too


aggressive and long. As director of golf and assistant general manager, it is Ford’s job to understand the impact that every pot bunker and water hazard has on the golfer’s scorecard. And it’s also his job to keep NorthStone’s members on their toes. Members only NorthStone is a fully private club with a

term equity apprehension,” Ford explains. He adds, “That also puts pressure on us to continually improve our overall service and give members new and better reasons to stay with us, too.” Member amenities reach well beyond the golf course. A fitness center, four swimming pools and three Plexi-pave tennis courts complement the course, driving range, putting green and instructional facility, while the children’s play center, family dining room and picnic area appeal to families. The formal

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unique membership program. Instead of the more traditional equity structure, NorthStone offers an annualized membership program with no initiation fees, assessments or minimum spending requirements. Total membership remains steady at slightly less than 1,000. “Our structure makes it appealing, especially to the business family who might spend three to five years in the area before relocating. Since all of our members are given the option of renewing their membership each year, the decision to join comes with less long-

Above left, the scenic beauty of NorthStone can be a distraction. However, of the 600 golf members, 140 are single digit handicappers. Above middle, the holes tend to narrow toward the green on this course. Above right, Holes No.9 and 18 offer challenges to members of NorthStone.

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ballroom, banquet facility and meeting spaces entice corporate, social and private functions to the club. Design as defense Built in 1997, NorthStone Country Club is a P.B. Dye signature course with G2 bent grass greens, Meyer Zoysia fairways and enough strategically placed bunkers, rolling fairways and water hazards to make even the most accurate golfer cringe when a shot

veers slightly from its path. Measuring 6,900 yards, NorthStone is not especially long by today’s standards, but its rating of 73.3 and a slope of 135 prove it is quite a challenge. “P.B. Dye’s designs typically have one risk reward par five and one very long and difficult par four on each side,” explains Ford. “Six and 12 are the par fives and four and 11 are the long par fours. These holes are Continued on page 54

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NorthStone Swings for Charity In July of 1993, Davey Allison lost his life due to a traumatic brain injury (TBI). To honor his memory, The Davey Allison Memorial Golf Classic was dedicated to help families who struggle with the long-term effects of brain injury. The tournament now benefits Hinds’ Feet Farm, a community-based day program in Huntersville that helps those suffering from brain injury find emotional healing, companionship and hope as they learn to live again following an unexpected tragedy. Marty Foil, executive director of Hinds’ Feet Farm, says hosting the tournament at NorthStone Country Club is a key part of the formula that makes it so successful year after year. “Both the exceptional staff and the quality of the course are what makes NorthStone appealing to us,” Foil explains. “We are not overburdened with organizing all the little details so we can focus on the fellowship of the experience for the golfers.” Courtney Ford, director of golf and assistant general manager, adds, “We tend to offer more than most and try to take care of everything from set up to teardown in our charity and corporate outings. A charity event like the Davey Allison Classic will do well here because we keep the course in top shape and welcome every golfer like he or she is a member.” Foil says this focus brings his golfers back. “Thanks to NorthStone, we can focus on making the experience with us more complete. For example, golfers typically receive a sleeve of balls in goodie bags before they begin their round at many other charity events,” he says. “We like to take the extra step of meeting each golfer on the course, shaking their hands, thanking them for their support and hand-delivering the balls right to them. To us, fellowship is more than golf.” In 2008, The Davey Allison Memorial Golf Classic netted $85,000 for Hinds’ Feet Farm. The 2009 Davey Allison Memorial Golf Classic returns to NorthStone Country Club on Monday, July 27, 2009. For more information, please visit or

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just a part of what tests our golfers round after round.” Ford says the course design is NorthStone’s only true defense. “You have got to be on with your iron play once you leave the tee box,” he explains. “Because the holes tend to narrow toward the greens, if you are off even a bit, your short game and your score will suffer.”

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Top: Golf is not the only amenity that attracts members to NorthStone. Below: Courtney Ford, director of golf and assistant general manager of NorthStone says, “you have to be on your iron play once your leave the tee box.” Shown here, Hole No. 3.

Signature Swings Seventeen is one of NorthStone’s signature holes. It normally plays 180 yards to the center of the green with 150 yards of necessary water carry. Ford says, “This par three is one of those truly intimidating holes. If you attack it too aggressively, it will leave you in trouble.” He says golfers often play 17 safe by hitting long and left to avoid the right water hazard and the array of pot bunkers to the left. Even this strategy, he admits, leaves a tough chip shot back to the hole. “It honContinued on page 58

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estly scores a little shy of a par four because of chipping and putting difficulties,” Ford explains. NorthStone’s most talked about hole is number 12, a risk and reward hole that Ford says is almost all risk and no reward. Five-hundred-yard par fives typically jump off the scorecard as possibilities for eagles, but Ford believes this hole is NorthStone’s The lake at NorthStone offers a breathtaking view.

exception to the rule. “With a good drive, if you carry the hill, you will have a mid iron into a green. Since the green is like a spiral staircase, you might achieve your goal of hitting the green but still have to roll up or down to find the pin so that might not be the safest play,” says Ford. “You may think you are going to make eagle or birdie here, and you wind up with a double.” Members embrace NorthStone’s signature challenges. Of the 600 golf members, 140 are single digit handicappers. Ford says, “Our golfers are a fun and energetic collection who feel like they are a part of a special course. They work hard on their scoring, and we try to do our part to keep them on their game by improving or changing something almost every year.” Ford adds, “At NorthStone, we are all about growing the game. Great golf is our way of adding value and giving back to the membership.” LNC

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Light Up the Night The July 3rd Summer Celebration at the Lowe’s YMCA is tradition showed up for the first July 3rd Summer Celebration three years ago. Last year’s crowd reached 15,000. The free festivities begin at 5 p.m. Look for balloon artists, children’s games, face painting, inflatables, a jousting arena, as well as rock climbing and Velcro walls. Highlights during the evening include a Veteran’s ceremony and a concert by the Lake Norman Orchestra and a newly formed community choir 200 members strong. “Last year we heard a lot of people say that they’d love to have more vendors and such. We really thought about it from a community outreach perspective knowing that so many families have come to us this year with the economy saying, ‘We need help financially,’ ”

explains Wolff. “We decided that it would be nice to be able to offer this evening to our businesses and have them donate a vendor fee in order for them to be on the field with us. The donation goes to the Y.” Wolff says the goal is to have approximately 50 to 60 businesses at the event, along with at least 20 food vendors. Of course, the focal point of the night is the 25-minute display of fireworks that begins at 9:30 p.m. “In the beginning we really wanted this to be an event that would become a tradition for the community,” says Wolff. “It has become that. …We really anticipate this event happening from now until forever.” — LKT Details on p.62. 61

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A few years ago Susan Wolff went to a Fourth of July event that wasn’t as family friendly as she thought it should be. That experience inspired her to create the July 3rd Summer Celebration at Lowe’s YMCA in Mooresville. “I walked across the parking lot [of the Lowe’s YMCA] one day and saw the view of the back field, front field and the building and I said, ‘Goodness, I wonder if this Y would ever consider having fireworks,’ ” recalls Wolff, regional special events director for the YMCA. “I was also involved with the Lake Norman Orchestra at the time. I always liked the idea of having fireworks and an orchestra. …I thought that would be kind of fun.” Wolff’s hunch was right as 9,000 people

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 Concerts

Mingling on the Green Concert Series (every Friday and Saturday) Enjoy a variety

of bands throughout the summer. Alan Barrington with Papa Daddy (July 3), Mick and The Ultras (July 4), Hipshack (July 10), Jake Haldenwang’s Hwy 61 (July 11), True Fiction (July 17), Pointless (July 18), The REACH Band (July 24), Wild Card Band (July 25), Graceful Rhythms (July 31). 7-9 p.m. Free. Birkdale Village, Huntersville,

Concerts on the Green (July 4) Rough Draft performs on Independence Day (picnic theme Patriotic…Red, white and you). Bring lawn chairs and blankets. 6-8 p.m. Free. Davidson Village Green (corner of Main Street and Concord Road), Davidson,

Antsy McClain and the Trailer Park Troubadours (July 10 and 11) Antsy

McClain’s music has been featured on NPR’s All Things Considered, while The London Times deemed him a “rising star.” If that’s not enough, Willie Nelson and Guy Clark are big fans. Come see what all the fuss is about. The concert benefits the Women’s Resource Center of Catawba County. 7:30 p.m. $15, $10 high school students and younger. NewtonConover Auditorium, 60 West 6th Street, Newton (July 10); Belk Centrum, Lenoir-Rhyne University, Hickory (July 11), 828.464.5871 or 828.238.7045.

Beach Bash in the Park (July 10) Listen to the Tsunami Wave Riders perform in the park. 7:309:30 p.m. Free. Bailey Road Park, 11536 Bailey Road, Cornelius, Music on the Pergola + Poetry Slam (July 10, 17, 24, 31) Enjoy live music and poetry on the library pergola. 4 p.m. Free. Mooresville Public Library, 304 S. Main Street, Mooresville, 704.664.2927,

Cornelius Concert Series (July 12) The St. James Male Chorus performs. 6 p.m. Free. Mt. Zion United Methodist Church (sanctuary), 19600 Zion Street, Cornelius, 704.892.8566, www.mtzionumc. net. 2009 Fun at Five Concert Series (July 16) The Vision Band rocks the stage. 5 p.m.

Free. Sponsored by the Mooresville Recreation Department. Mooresville Town Square, 279 Williamson Road, intersection of Williamson Road and Brawley School Road, 704.663.7026, www.

 Events

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Main & Maxwell Mini-Park and Farmer’s Market (every Tuesday and Saturday)

Head to downtown Huntersville for fresh produce. 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. 103 Maxwell Street, www., 704.766.2220.

Meeting Street Market (every Tuesday)

Enjoy fresh produce at the farmer’s market at Morrison Plantation. 5 p.m. until dark. Free. Morrison Plantation, Mooresville (in the parking lot behind the live/work townhomes near Bruster’s),


Rotary Farmer’s Market (every Wednesday and Saturday) The streets of

downtown Mooresville fill with produce at this market. 7-11 a.m. Free. Church Street and Center Avenue, downtown Mooresville, 704.664.5031.

Davidson Farmer’s Market (every Saturday) Stock up on local food and produce

treasure at the miner’s cabin. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free with regular admission. Historic Latta Plantation, 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville, 704.875.2312,

Miles of Mooresville (July 17) Participate

in three evening racings with one, two and three-mile options in downtown Mooresville. If you’re feeling lucky, run all three. Proceeds benefit as you socialize with your neighbors. 8 a.m.-noon. Race City Runners Foundation, a non-profit Free. Next to Davidson Town Hall between Main and Jackson Streets, www.davidsonfarmersmarket. organization. 7 p.m. $18 per person. Downtown Mooresville, org.

Lincoln County Farmer’s Market (every Saturday) Local produce at its

Civil War Soldiers (July 18) The 49th North

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AquaPalooza (July 25) Enjoy concerts, food

best. 8 a.m. until sell out. Free. Rock Springs Elementary School, 3633 Hwy. 16 North, Denver, 704.736.8452, LincolnCountyFarmersMarket.

people flocked to partake in this local summer tradition. 5-10 p.m. Free and open to the public. Lowe’s YMCA, 170 Joe Knox Avenue, Mooresville, 704.716.4000,

2009 Firecracker 5K and Kids Fun Run (July 4) Celebrate Independence Day with a

run. 6:30-7:30 p.m. registration, 8 a.m. race begins. Firecracker 5K $25 through July 3, $30 race day; Kids Fun Run $10 through July 3, $15 race day. Huntersville Family Fitness & Aquatics, 11725 Verhoeff Drive, Huntersville, 704.766.2222, www.

Downtown Mooresville Cruise In (July 4) Attracting as many as 600 classic vehicles on

the first Saturday of every month, the Downtown Mooresville Cruise In takes you back in time — in a good way. 3-8 p.m. Free. Downtown Mooresville, 704.224.4117,

Fourth of July Celebration in Davidson (July 4) Dress up your bicycle, wagon, pet and

stroller with your best patriotic attire to celebrate our country’s independence. Parade begins at Davidson Town Hall at 4:30 p.m. Festivities, including music, games and children’s activities, continue until 8 p.m. $5 children’s activities. Davidson Village Green (corner of Main Street and Concord Road), Davidson,

4th of July Celebration Show your patriotism

at the seventh annual Fourth of July Celebration featuring bike decorating, face painting, a parade, a clown bounce and more. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Birkdale Village, Huntersville,

A Place Where Hair, Art and Wine… Combine (July 10) Support the Mooresville

Soup Kitchen through a wine tasting and showcase of local artists. Drawings will be held for door prizes. 7-9 p.m. $15. Trimmers Salon, 335 W. Plaza Drive, Mooresville, 704.662.9822.

On the Corner of Art and Main (July 10)

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

Pan for Gold! (July 11, 25) Learn about the Charlotte’s region’s gold history as you pan for

Carolina Troops demonstrate drills, camp life, firing demos and more. Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sun 1-4 p.m. Free with regular admission. Historic Latta Plantation, 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville, 704.875.2312, and children’s games at one of the largest boating parties around. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Midway Marina near the N.C. Hwy 150 bridge, www.

Birkdale Animal Hospital Kids Triathlon Series (July 25) Celebrate the final race day

championship and festival of the Kids Triathlon Series. 6 p.m. Race finishes at Huntersville Family Fitness & Aquatics, 11725 Verhoeff Drive, Huntersville,

Tastes for Habitat (August 2) Our Towns Habitat for Humanity holds a fund-raising event for the 2009 Women Build program. Enjoy dance lessons, appetizers by specialty chefs and a silent auction. 2-6 p.m. $25. Havana Banquet & Ballroom, 17105 Kenton Drive, Cornelius, www.

 Galleries

Artworks on Main Monthly exhibitions. MonFri 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat 9 a.m.-2 p.m., 165 North Main Street, Mooresville, 704.664.2414, www. Christa Faut Gallery Group exhibition of paintings and drawings by gallery artists. July 1-30. Tue-Fri 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat 10 a.m.-3 p.m. or by appointment. Jetton Village, 19818 North Cove Road, Suite E3, Cornelius, 704.892-5312, Cornelius Town Hall Gallery The Heritage

Hall Exhibit is based on A Town by Any Other Name, a book by Leslie Rindoks regarding the history of Cornelius. Through July 31. Mon-Fri 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Cornelius Town Hall, 21445 Catawba Avenue, Cornelius, 704.896.2460,

Creative Art Exchange, The Cornelius Arts Center Gallery Interwoven by Bev Nagy

and Karla Chambers. Two artists, two mediums, and one method — weaving clay and reed into art. Through July 10. Youth Artists Exhibit from the Creative Art Exchange and Children’s Arts Project. July 21-August 30. Mon-Thu 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Fri and Sat by appointment. 19725 Oak Street, Cornelius, 704.892.7323, www.

Artist Guild’s 2nd Annual Hot Shots Photo Show is on display. July 1-31. Tue-Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sun 1-4 p.m, artist reception and awards presentation July 10, 6-8 p.m. 103 W. Center Avenue, Mooresville, 704.663.6661, www.

Duke Energy Explorium Catawba River Docks Exhibit. Through September 30. Mon-Fri 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat noon-5 p.m. 13339 Hagers Ferry Road, Huntersville, 704.875.5600, Four Corners Framing and Gallery

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

Landmark Galleries The work of

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

Merrill-Jennings Galleries The Summer Show features new works by gallery artists Dee Beard Dean, Charlotte Foust, Susan Jennings, Ray Byram, Betsey Hampton and Addie James. Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 463 S. Main Street, Davidson, 704.895.1213, www. So Alive Gallery Works in all mediums

by local artists. Tue-Fri 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Sun noon-2 p.m. 108 S. Main Street, Davidson, 704.892.0044.

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

Davidson College Permanent Art Collection: Recent Gifts and Acquisitions features works by Tara Donovan, Joel Shapiro and Andy Warhol. Through August 7. Mon-Fri 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Davidson College, 315 N. Main Street, Davidson, 704.894.2519,

 Movies

Monday Morning Movies (every Monday) Start your week off with a family

friendly movie. 9:30 a.m. Free. War Memorial Building, 418 Carpenter Avenue, Mooresville, 704.663.2670.

Cornelius Outdoor Cinema Series (July 8, 16, 22, 25) Enjoy a movie under the stars

courtesy of the Cornelius Parks, Arts, Recreation and Culture Department. Movie dates and times are subject to change. Evan Almighty (July 8, Kenton Place, 17115 Kenton Drive), Inkheart (July 16, Jetton Village Green, 19818 N. Cove Road), Open Season (July 22, Kenton Place, 17115 Kenton Drive), Pink Panther 2 (Ramsey Creek Park, 18441 Nantz Road, boats welcome). 8:30 p.m. Free. 704.765.1450, cancellation/inclement weather hotline 704.896.2460, ext 300.

Movies @ 2 (July 10, 17, 24) Escape the

heat with a movie. Bedtime Stories (July 10), Madagascar Escape to Africa (July 17), Inkheart. 2 p.m. Free. Mooresville Public Library, 304 S. Main Street, Mooresville, 704.664.2927, www.

Movies in the Park (July 24) Enjoy a family friendly film in the park courtesy of Huntersville Parks and Recreation. Horton Hears a Who (July 24). 8:30 p.m. Free. North Mecklenburg Park, 16131 Old Statesville Road, Huntersville.

Ben & Jerry’s Free Outdoor Moovie Series (July 28 and August 4) Paul Blart:

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Mall Cop (July 28) and Bee Movie (August 4). Bring lawn chairs and a canned food donation for the Loaves & Fishes food pantry at Ada Jenkins Center. Trivia and prizes begin at 7:30 p.m., movie begins at 8:30 p.m. Free. Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream parking lot, 202 S. Main Street, Davidson, 704.892.0604.

 Teens

Rock Band Wednesdays at Ben & Jerry’s (throughout July) Whether or not you play

an instrument, you can try your hand at being in a rock band by playing guitar, drums or even singing. 3-6 p.m., 7-10 p.m. Free. Ben & Jerry’s, 202 S. Main Street, Davidson, 704.892.0604.

 Theatre

Barefoot in the Park (July 23-August 2)

Neil Simon’s classic romantic comedy follows the trials and tribulations of newlyweds Paul and Corrie Bratter as they set up house in a Manhattan apartment. The New York Times describes this play as, “A bubbling, ribtickling comedy.” Thu-Sat 8 p.m., Sun (August 2) 2 p.m. $22, students and seniors $20, children 15 and under $15. Duke Family Performance Hall, Davidson College, 704.892.7918,

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Singing in the Rain Kellie Pickler entertains a private party on Governor’s Island

Kellie Pickler with the Beam family.


ome rain or come shine, Kellie Pickler was determined to sing at the backyard barbecue Garry and Debbie Beam won from 96.9 The Kat. On Thursday, June 4, friends and family gathered by the pool of the couple’s Governor’s Island home in Denver to watch the American Idol star perform an acoustic show.

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Folks also anchored their boats in the Beam’s cove to give a listen, while neighbors Russ and Susan Klein temporarily renamed their Carver 36 “The Pickler” for the occasion. Throughout the evening, Pickler answered questions about her cat Pickles, American Idol judge Simon Cowell and her native Stanly County. “I miss the people,” the country music singer said of her hometown, “but I don’t miss being bored. There is nothing to do there.” When the rain began pouring down, Pickler showed her southern hospitality by inviting everyone to join her on the tent-covered terrace. She finished the evening by singing her hit, Red High Heels. “This is the best show we’ve ever done,” she said with a laugh before heading out to a private meet and greet at the party. LNC For video and more pictures of the Kellie Pickler party, visit Kellie Pickler


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