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Contents 8 The Main Channel What’s hip at Lake Norman

16 Porthole

A Day at the Lake; Celebrity Bartender Event

18 Captain’s Chair Mitchell Community College’s Mooresville Campus turns 30

32 R  ip Currents — Style Fun and fashionable finds born in the USA

35 Blair’s Bits

Governor Jim Martin reflects on Lake Norman

44 The Galley with

Lynn and Glenn

Trattoria Al Gusto is seasoned with history

22 Rip Currents — History A look at Lake Norman’s Past

62 G ame On

Ray Evernham plans to energize America’s car culture with a fall event in Davidson

56 Rip Currents — Patriotism

Local families offer insight into the life of military deployment

93 Currently

Rural Hill holds its second Food Truck Rally

96 Turning 50

Summer Shaggin’ brings the beach to Lake Norman every Wednesday

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52 G  rapevine

Two southern Italian regions offer superb wines at superb prices

55 A  round the Track Memory Lane Museum is a hidden gem of automotive and racing history


84 Home Port

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Take time to remember


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t all began with Mrs. Tucker’s house. I started taking piano lessons from Hallie Tucker when I was in third grade. Every Tuesday afternoon, my mom drove me to Mrs. Tucker’s quaint brick bungalow on South Union Street for my 30-minute lesson. There I would wait on her screened-in porch until she called me into her home. Every time I saw her she was dressed to the nines — the décor of her home equally as elegant. She scribbled adjectives like “Good” and “Excellent” on my music with her colored pencil. If I really nailed a piece, she wrote, “Perfect” with an exclamation point. I took from her until my high school years and loosely kept in touch with her after that. When I drove past her house as an adult, warm memories filled my heart. Then one day, Mrs. Tucker passed away, and soon after a “for sale” sign was placed in front of the brick bungalow where I learned to play Mr. Frog is Full of Hops and so many other songs. I hoped that someone would buy the house and give it a new chapter, but instead it was purchased by a developer and eventually leveled to make way for a CVS. Now when I drive past the super-sized drug store, sadness fills my heart for a couple of reasons. One, I miss Mrs. Tucker and will forever be grateful to her for giving me the gift of music. And two, I’m sad because folks who are new to the area have no idea of what used to stand where the CVS is today. They don’t know how pretty the flowers were in her yard, how pristine her circular driveway looked and how good the breezes on her screened-in porch felt. They don’t know Mrs. Tucker and her beautiful house ever existed. Mrs. Tucker’s house was razed when I was in my early 30s. That’s when I realized how imperative it is to document important things


The magazine by and for the people who call Lake Norman home

photo by Glenn Roberson

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happy anniversary, lake norman!

in my life. Memories, journals and photos are crucial tools in helping us remember people, places and things that no longer have a physical presence in our lives. I’m not a native of Lake Norman, but my husband is, and through his family I’ve met lots of folks who remember the lake in its earlier years. I enjoy hearing their stories about buying groceries at Cashion’s, dancing at The Outrigger and eating at Oni’s because it keeps the lake’s history alive. While I love living at Lake Norman and certainly enjoy all the newer amenities that are available (there are two sushi restaurants on my exit), I find it important to remember and respect our roots. It’s been proven over and over again that the only way to know where you’re going is to know where you’ve been. This year Lake Norman celebrates its 50th anniversary. If you look carefully, you can find folks who watched our Inland Sea fill for the first time, wondering just what this body of water would mean to our area. Turns out it means something special to everyone. To my husband, it means endless afternoons of waterskiing behind a Jon Boat as a kid. To my in-laws it means fun events with the Lake Norman Sail and Power Squadron during its infancy. To my cousin, who lives in Los Angeles, it means a return to childhood once every summer. And to me, it means getting engaged on a scenic island during a gorgeous spring sunset. Whether you’re a native, transplant or fall somewhere in between, the lake has a place in your heart or you wouldn’t be here. Please join me in wishing Lake Norman a Happy Anniversary. Here’s to 50 more years!

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Main Channel Movers, Shakers, Style, Shopping, Trends, Happenings and More at Lake Norman

Straight Shooters Two Bros Bows is all about being a small business

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Lake Norman has a thriving culture of small business owners, but the enthusiastic owners of Two Bros Bows put a whole new meaning on “small.” Ten-year-old Duncan and his 7-year-old brother Hayden (last names withheld upon request) have been running their business — with the expert supervision of their mother Elisha — for almost a year now, and have sold nearly 2,000 bows in that time. The boys love the work, and, of course, the profits, but they’re also learning valuable lessons about business. “This whole experience has been so worth it,” says Elisha. Two Bros Bows makes kid friendly safe sets of bows and arrows usable by all ages. The brothers formed their business in August 2012 after seeing the success of their mother’s jewelry design business. Since then it’s only grown, with the twosome selling their products at festivals and local stores. Their latest event was the Blue Ridge BBQ and Music Festival in Tryon, which draws thousands of people across two days. Although running a business is fun for both of them, the boys make sure to always leave time for play and to remember the importance of school. A portion of the profits from every sale they make is stored 8

Ten-year-old Duncan and his 7-year-old brother, Hayden, are the brains behind Two Bros Bows. The Scoop For more information on Two Bros Bows, visit or look for the business on Facebook. Two Bros Bows products can be found at The Village Store in downtown Davidson.

away in their college funds. Duncan, the businessman of the team, refuses to explain the process of making a bow, citing it as a trade secret, but admits he primarily spends his share of the profits

on toys. Hayden, the team’s artist and arrow-maker, says that he is currently saving his share. — Connor Roberson, photography by Glenn Roberson

researching colleges, I decided a career in broadcast journalism might help me combine my love of writing and performing. However, after I took a newswriting class a professor told me I had a natural talent for reporting and copy editing, and I focused my energies on print journalism after that.

Behind the Pages Get up close and personal with the people who make CURRENTS happen

How long have you been writing for CURRENTS? Since August 2009.

What do you like to write about the most? I love a good human interest story. I really look forward to meeting new people, interviewing them, and figuring out the best way to share their stories.

Photography by Christine Watley

Name: Renee Roberson Title: Freelance writer. I am also the editor of Little Ones, sister publication to CURRENTS and Today’s Charlotte Woman.

Renee Roberson

What do you enjoy about it? I love learning about all the fascinating people and places of Lake Norman. I enjoy getting out in the community, and I’ve made a lot of wonderful friends as part of this job. When did you decide to become a writer? I’ve wanted to be a writer for as long as I can remember, but when

Who are some of your favorite writers? That’s a hard one! I’m a big fan of Elin Hilderbrand, who writes books mostly set on Nantucket Island, and I’m fascinated by the topics Jodi Picoult tackles. I joke that I read a lot of titles popular with book clubs about a year and a half to two years after everyone else reads them. I also collect a lot of classic middle-grade and young adult novels I read as a child (think Judy Blume, Katherine Paterson, Lois Duncan, etc.) because I like writing fiction for children in my spare time. One thing about you that will surprise people. I attended six different schools by the time I was in seventh grade, and my family was not in the military. Those experiences taught me a lot about resilience.

A Passion for Pizza

Davidson Pizza Co. slices it right

options, including a different specialty slice each day of the workweek and a range of dishes besides pizza. To get the quintessential pizza bar experience, however, nothing beats stopping in for the two-slice lunch special and an order of garlic cheese bread. You can call ahead to have your pizza ready for pick-up, as Davidson Pizza Co. does not deliver. The partners’ vision prioritizes providing fresh and high-quality food at affordable prices, so you can enjoy the taste of New York without worrying about your budget. “We’re not about being greedy,” Michael says, “We’re about doing what we do really well.” — Connor Roberson The Scoop Davidson Pizza Co. 300 Mock Road, Davidson 704.237.4019

Summertime means gazpacho time.

Gazpacho Ingredients 4 large tomatoes, chopped 2 cucumbers, peeled and chopped 1 small red onion, chopped 1 green bell pepper, chopped 1 clove garlic, chopped 1 cup Campbell’s tomato juice 1 can beef broth 1/4 cup red wine vinegar 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil 1 teaspoon dried tarragon Couple dashes Texas Pete Hot Sauce Salt and fresh, cracked pepper to taste. Instructions Working in batches, using a blender, blend all ingredients until smooth but not pureed. If possible, use pulse feature. Chill before serving, preferably overnight. Bon Appetit!  About Cami Cami Ferguson has had a passion for cooking since she was a child. Her Italian grandmother taught her how to make meatballs, lasagna, stuffed artichokes and more, while her dad specialized in soul food. A personal chef in the Lake Norman area, Cami shares a delicious recipe with CURRENTS each month. For more information, visit 9

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It’s impossible to sit down with Michael Adams and not see how passionate he is about pizza. Davidson Pizza Co. is the latest step for Michael in a line of successful restaurant concepts, including the five Hawthorne’s New York Pizza & Bars in the Charlotte area, the Mexican grill Local Lime and the burger joint Kickstand. Although Davidson Pizza Co. has only been open since late March; it just might be Michael’s favorite. “This has been fun for me — I get to talk to customers,” says Michael, who lives in Davidson. He, along with his brother, John Adams, and their partner, Carlo Martinez, have been running restaurants in the area for nine years, developing their own signature style of New York slices the whole time. Davidson Pizza Co. prepares everything in-house, from the crust to the sauce to the toppings. Nothing is pre-cooked, and only the finest ingredients make it into the stone oven. Davidson Pizza Co. offers a variety of

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The Methodists Take Manhattan

Editor Lori K. Tate enjoys an artistic getaway Members of Davidson United Methodist’s2Chancel Choir pose in Avery Riva LNCurrents 0713:Layout 6/10/13 12:24 PM Fisher PageHall 1 at Lincoln Center in New York City before performing Sunrise Mass with choirs from around the country.

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Any mom knows that it is all too easy to lose yourself in your children. As the mother of 3-year-old twins, I was beginning to wonder if the Lori who existed pre-kids was still around. Apparently fate was wondering too, as a chance to go to Manhattan fell into my lap earlier this year. I began singing with the Chancel Choir at Davidson United Methodist Church last fall and have enjoyed every minute of it, as it’s a wonderful weekly break that also serves as a stress reliever. Our choir was invited by Manhattan Concert Productions to participate in a Masterworks Series where we would perform Ola Gjeilo’s Sunrise Mass. Thirteen of us, including our fearless and incredibly supportive leader, Kevin Turner, jumped at the chance and began working on the mass. Last month we flew to New York City to join choir members from Colorado, Connecticut, Iowa, Michigan and Wisconsin to perform the work under the direction of Philip Brunelle. In addition to a slew of choral music honors, Brunelle is the choirmaster/organist at Plymouth Congregational Church in Minneapolis and the founder of VocalEssence, a choral music series. For non-choral nerds, he played on the first episode of A Prairie Home Companion in 1974. In addition, we met composer Ola Gjeilo (he sat in on a couple of rehearsals — yikes), and we performed at Lincoln Center on the same stage that the New York Philharmonic calls home. Needless to say we had a great time seeing the sites in New York City, including the red carpet of the Tony Awards and Top of the Rock, but the musical experience we shared was beyond words. As I held the last note of the piece during our performance, tears filled my eyes, as I realized that one, I was performing in Lincoln Center and two, that “Lori the person” still exists and is doing well. And the best part is, she’s not going anywhere. — Lori K. Tate, photography by Bill Giduz

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The Children’s Dream Racer is a miniature racecar designed and painted to look like the real thing.

CD/DVD player, Play Station®, IV stand and oxygen bottle holder. Found in waiting rooms and treatment centers of children’s hospitals, the cars allow children who often spend hours each day in treatment to play the latest racing video games and stream movies and music from the command panel in the miniature driver’s seat. Costing nearly $10,000 each, the cars are built almost entirely through non-profit donations from corporations, foundations and individuals. To date, nearly three dozen have been placed in hospitals from Richmond to Redondo Beach and Florida to Colorado. Several have homes across North Carolina, too. “I made my first car for McDonald’s, but when they told me in was too big for their restaurants, we took it back, shrunk it down a bit and gave it a different purpose,” Smitty explains. “Because the cars are so popular, they are now scheduling outpatient appointments around when the Dream Racer will be open. It’s amazing how a simple car can help children who are going through the most difficult treatments of their lives. “But here’s the deal,” he adds, “there are 756 children’s hospitals across the United States and because of what I know they can do for the children, my dream is for every hospital to have at least one.” — by Mike Savicki, photography courtesy of Mark “Smitty” Smith The Scoop For more information about The Children’s Dream Racer, visit to learn more.

Growing Community

The new Cornelius Community Garden sprouts partnerships Lisa Mayhew-Jones knows the Cornelius Community Garden on East Catawba Avenue is about more than growing vegetables and flowers. It’s also about growing community bonds. Mayhew-Jones, along with Ron Potts and Sammie Knox, are co-chairs of the Smithfield Community Coalition. The group led the charge to create the Cornelius Community Garden and sought community partners to get

The Mecklenburg County Jail North horticulture program donated 120 plants, such as tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, zucchini, spinach, beans and lettuce. Mayhew-Jones says some of the food will be donated to Lake Norman Baptist Church’s Bread of Life, which brings meals to the Smithfield Community, and to the Ada Jenkins Center. All 24 plots, one of which was donated to Cornelius Elementary School, have been filled.

Plots are $10, and owners must complete four hours of service to the garden in addition to maintaining a plot. Long-term dreams for the garden include opening a farmer’s market. — Holly Becker, photography by Ben Sherrill The Scoop The Cornelius Community Garden is located on West Catawba Avenue near I-77.


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the project off the ground. “We want to get the community involved and not just Smithfield,” says Mayhew-Jones, whose grandparents once lived in a home at the garden site. The Town of Cornelius assisted the development by donating the land in addition to $10,000 to help construct the garden and parking lot and temporarily cover the water bill. The garden’s construction in April was a community-wide effort. More than 200 volunteers helped build the 50-x-100-foot garden, including Habitat for Humanity and Life Fellowship, Davidson United Methodist, Grace Covenant, and New Birth churches.

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A Walk Through Time

The Catawba River/Lake Norman Through the Years 1600s — The Catawba Indians came to the Catawba River after fleeing stronger tribes in Canada.

Early 1700s — Europeans arrive, including Spanish explorers Hernando de Soto and Juan Pardo. Traders and settlers soon followed. Mid-1700s — Traffic increases due to the Trading Path to the South. Scotch-Irish settlers from Pennsylvania make their homes here.

1775 — Revolutionary War begins February 1, 1781 — The Battle of Cowans Ford takes place and General William Lee Davidson was mortally wounded.

1794 — The first Rock Springs Campmeeting takes place. The event is still going strong today. 1837 — The Presbyterians establish Davidson College.

1890 — James B. Duke becomes president of five consolidated companies known as the American Tobacco Company.

1897 — Entrepreneur John Q. Gant suggests

the area could prosper if some of the enormous waterpowers in North Carolina’s Piedmont were developed. The Duke brothers proceed to purchase land in North and South Carolina that has the potential to generate power.

1916 — The great flood occurs on July 16 as two hurricanes converged on the Catawba River resulting in 22 inches of rain in 24 hours.

1899 — Ben Duke has his appendix removed

1927 — Southern Power Company becomes

by Dr. Gil Wylie. Wylie and his brother had various power projects underway. However, the brothers needed more funding, which they found with Ben and his brother, James “Buck” Duke.

1904 — Southern Power Company was formed after William States Lee, a young engineer designing the Catawba Power Company’s dams and power plants, went to New York to meet with James B. Duke with detailed plans for developing hydroelectric power.

1906 — Southern Power Company builds its first dam at Great Falls, South Carolina. 1911-1924 — Small coal-fired steam-electric stations are built on the Catawba River.

1925 — The region suffers a tremendous drought. Duke Power Company.

1928 — Ten dams are completed on the Catawba River and 12 powerhouses constructed. The Catawba becomes known as “the world’s most electrified river.”

1957 — Bill Lee III, grandson of William S. Lee, was left to complete his grandfather’s dream. He begins a feasibility study for what would be Duke Power’s final dam on the Catawba River. 1959 — The groundbreaking ceremony for Cowans Ford Dam.

1961 — The Lake Norman Yacht Club is incorporated with 25 charter members. 1962 —Duke Power State Park (now Lake

Celebrating the past, present and future of Lake Norman. Created when Duke Energy built Cowans Ford Dam in 1963, Lake Norman has been a catalyst for growth and economic prosperity. The resource also allows Duke Energy to provide the community with safe, affordable and reliable energy. As Lake Norman celebrates its 50th anniversary, we join the community in commemorating this milestone. Lake Norman Currents | July 2013


1963 — The lake finally fills, and Lake Norman, named after Norman Atwater Cocke (a retired Duke Power president) becomes a reality.

1963 — Crews begin constructing a 78-footlong replica of a Mississippi riverboat. It is later named The Robert E. Lee.

1963 — Cowan’s Ford Golf Club was built. 1964 — Governor Terry Sanford speaks at the

dedication ceremony for Lake Norman, calling the project, “a wellspring of power for the growing Piedmont Crescent.”

2013 — Lake Norman celebrates its 50th anniversary. — compiled by Lori K. Tate

company’s vendors follow suit.

2005 — Lady of the Lake, a 90-foot charter yacht, arrives on Lake Norman.

Editor’s Note: These are by far not all of the major events that have happened throughout Langtree on the Lake, a mixed-use development our area’s history. Our apologies that we can’t list that will include the area’s first lakeside fulleverything. For more information regarding the service hotel. area’s history, refer to Images of America Around 2012 — Lake Norman catches Donald Trump’s Lake Norman by Cindy Jacobs and Lake Norman eye, and the real estate mogul purchases The Our Inland Sea by Bill and Diana Gleasner. Much Point Golf Club in Mooresville for $3 million, of the information in this timeline was gleaned from these sources. renaming the property Trump National.

2007 — Groundbreaking takes place for

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Norman State Park) forms when Duke Power donates 1,328 acres.

1964 — The State Magazine highlights Lake Norman on its cover and christens it “North Carolina’s new and huge Inland Sea.”

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1966 — The Lions Club purchases a 40acre site on Lake Norman and creates Camp Dogwood, which remains in operation today. 1969 — North Carolina representative Jim Broyhill sponsors a bill to supplement the North Carolina Boating Safety Act of 1959 and establish the Lake Norman Marine Commission.

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1973 — Marine World expresses an interest

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1980s — NASCAR teams begin finding homes in the Lake Norman area. 1981 — The Catawba Queen arrives on Lake Norman.

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1989 — Hurricane Hugo ravages the shores of Lake Norman.

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1990 — Buddy Baker moves his racing shop

1995 — Mooresville begins marketing itself as “Race City USA” as opposed to “Port City.”

2004 — Lowe’s Home Improvement moves its headquarters to Mooresville. Many of the


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Guests enjoyed hot dogs and hamburgers throughout the day.

Denver Lake Norman Rotary’s Bob Hecht welcomes families to his home on the lake.

Denver Lake Norman’s Rotary 6th Annual Big Day at the Lake

On Saturday, June 1, the Denver Lake Norman Rotary Club held its 6th Annual Day at the Lake. The event began in 2007 with just a simple plan between two Rotarians — one who offered to get boats with experienced drivers and another who had the space at his lakefront home and could cook for crowds. The club invites foster kids and families from Lincoln and Catawba Counties, the Lincoln Communities in Schools program, a group home, and a group of Montagnard kids from Vietnam who are in the area. The kids can learn how to ski, take a pontoon boat ride on the lake, go fishing, swim in the pool, go down a giant slide and have a great lunch. This year guests began arriving at 9:40 a.m. and the last ones left at 5:45 p.m. Approximately 325 people attended the event, making it the largest one to date.

An inflatable slide was a treat for the younger kids.

Lots of kids learned how to ski thanks to volunteers.

A pool was available for those who aren’t used to swimming in the lake.

From left, Vickie Payne, Gail Williams and Jan Black.

Left, N.C. House Speaker Thom Tillis cheering on the crowd.

Bartenders Event for Big Day at the Lake

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N.C. Senator Jeff Tarte manning the bar.

Hundreds of Lake Norman residents turned out for the annual Celebrity Bartenders event in June for Big Day at the Lake at Alton’s Kitchen & Cocktails in Cornelius. All told, the event raised $5,000. If you would like to participate in this event, Big Day at the Lake needs boat hosts for July 20. To volunteer, go to

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Education for Everyone Mitchell Community College’s Mooresville Campus Turns 30 Lake Norman Currents | July 2013


ake Norman is not the only entity celebrating an anniversary, as 2013 marks the 30th year of the Mooresville Campus of Mitchell Community College. Then there’s the anniversaries associated with the college — Mitchell has been a community college for 40 years (servicing 13,000 students annually), but its history goes back 160 years, 18

and the North Carolina Community College System turns 50 this year. All of those numbers prove the importance of community college, but to understand more how the community college system benefits the, well, community, we talked with Tim Brewer, president of Mitchell Community College, and Brett Fansler, dean of the Mooresville Campus.

Why did Mitchell Community College opt for a Mooresville Campus 30 years ago? Fansler: Growth. I certainly wasn’t around with the Board of Trustees made that determination, but I think it was a natural progression from Statesville to Mooresville due to the fact that Charlotte was growing. And there was discussion that we need to service the county. We need to be more accessible, and that’s really what a community college is all about — being accessible to all the citizens in the county. Iredell being shall we say so long and tall, Statesville was a great central location, but as this population was beginning to move to the southern end of the county it just made sense to have a location here. Brewer: Another piece related to that is if you talk about the history of the system and what the North Carolina Community College System does, it’s about economic and workforce development. It’s about training people to be prepared for a workforce or a college transfer track. The industrial and manufacturing growth in this area was another reason for locating a campus here. …The fundamental foundation of the community college system is to meet people at the door and work with them to move them as far as we can in their careers. We have open door admission. Anybody and everybody can come to us, and that’s a significant piece of the history.

With the recent economic downturn, are you seeing an increase in students take advantage of a less expensive tuition rate and transferring to a fouryear college? Fansler: I would say we are. And I think partially it’s the economy and partially it is that people don’t know the value you can get with starting in a community college. If your ultimate goal is a four-year degree, there are multiple pathways you can take to get there Continued on page 20

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“The Lake Norman area has been a wonderful place to grow up, raise our children and work, for the entire Hoke Family. We are very grateful that our family business has been supported for 70 years by this special community.”

Rick Hoke | on behalf of the Hoke family Continued from page 18

and community college is a pathway. Brewer: We have definitely seen a spike in our enrollment because of the Great

Recession. We grew 41 percent in one year, and traditionally that always happens when there’s any slight or major downturn in the economy. A lot of people will turn to the

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community college system for training and retraining. What’s interesting to see now is that we have what we call reverse transfer students. These are students that were away in a four-year institution and have come back to us because they can’t afford to remain there. They want to continue with their college-level courses. Our average age student is 30. What we’re also seeing is a lot of adults returning; one maybe because they were laid off and need to retrain and upgrade their skills, but we also have a lot of four-year student graduates who are coming to receive training in some of the manufacturing and high-skill, high-wage areas where there’s a good job. One of the things that we are focusing on is manufacturing training because it is no longer the type of manufacturing that we think of, the dirt under your fingers kind of stuff. It’s high-tech, high-skilled wages. Here in Iredell County alone, there are so many high-tech industries that are looking for welltrained, skilled workers.

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Fansler: It’s a full-service approach. If there’s a need in the community, we will work to address that need when it comes to workforce development because we see a demand for those types of programs. So we view it as an encompassing, one-stop shop for higher ed, at least either as a springboard for someone to start off their college career or for those who are retooling. Brewer: I think one of the greatest assets that we bring to Mooresville and to this county is the variety and diversity of the programs that we offer. On the Main Campus in Statesville, you can be in Shearer Hall and be onstage with two grand Steinway pianos and a pipe organ and then walk two blocks into our workforce development facility and be in the presence of multi-million dollar advanced manufacturing equipment. Those are the same things we’re going to be doing here in Mooresville. I think we offer a fairly well-balanced approach. LNC

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This area’s connection with water goes way back before Lake Norman. So many things make this area special, but the water is what unites us all. As we celebrate the lake’s 50th anniversary, we want to walk you through the evolution of North Carolina’s Inland Sea.

Photography courtesy of the Cashion family

Sailing on Lake Norman has always been a favorite pastime. Legend has it that Bill Lee, the Duke Power engineer who designed Cowans Ford Dam and an avid sailor, tried to minimize bridges on the lake so sailboats would not be hindered. Floyd (Chuck) Brown stands on the N.C. 73 bridge over the Catawba River.

Photography courtesy of Jack Conard

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Photography courtesy of Jack Conard

The Cornelius Depot when traveling by train was the way to go.


Photography courtesy of Roger Johnson

compiled by Lori K. Tate

Looking Back Through

The Eury family on adjacent Lake Cornelius circa 1963.

Bob Cashion with his parents on the family land that eventually became lakeside property.

Photography courtesy of the Cashion family

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A man waits outside the barber shop, complete with intricate brick detailing and barber’s pole.

Photography courtesy of the Cashion family

Photography courtesy of the Cashion family

Cornelius’ New Method Laundry has been around for decades and is still keeping clothes clean. Check out the phone number on the truck.

Hot air balloons flying over Lake Norman in 1987.

Bob Cashion, a successful businessman in the Lake Norman area for more than 50 years (think Cashion’s Quik Stops), hanging out at the lake during its early years.

Photography courtesy of the Cashion family

Photography courtesy of the Cashion family

Photography courtesy of Roger Johnson

Guion Drug back in the day. Looks like the popular medicine back then was Dr. Pepper.

Wildlife has always had a home on Lake Norman, and in this case in the back of a Hammond boat. Photography courtesy of Garren and Joan Tate

Sunfish sailing off of Ramsey Creek Park in 1985.

The Cashion family estate on the west side of the lake. Bob Cashion was famous for commuting to his Cornelius business via boat.

Photography courtesy of Roger Johnson


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Boats have sure grown in size with the growth of the Lake Norman area.



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The Hunter 25.5 Raft-Up at Holiday Harbor Marina in 1985.

The mill in downtown Cornelius when the area thrived in the textile industry.

Photography courtesy of Roger Johnson

River Bridge (N.C. 73) over the Catawba River from the Mecklenburg County side.

Construction of the slips at the then new Admirals Quarters condos around 1987.


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Photography courtesy of Jack Conard

Photography courtesy of Jack Conard

Photography courtesy of the Cashion family

A ferry crossing the Catawba River way before the idea of Lake Norman.

Photography courtesy of Jack Conard

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Lake attire sure has changed over the years. Here, an unidentified person crosses the Catawba River.

After graduating from UNC in 1956, Bob Cashion returned home to work in the family’s grocery business. For a long time, Cashion’s was the only place to shop in the Lake Norman area. The family sold the grocery business to Lowe’s Foods in 1997. These photos show various stages of the business.

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Photography courtesy of Roger Johnson

A group of men and two boys have their picture taken under Cornelius’ legendary Tree of Knowledge.

Swimming in a secluded cove was a little easier to do back in 1985.



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A group of men stand in front of the theatre in downtown Cornelius.

The opening ceremony for the N.C. 150 bridge over the Catawba River circa 1909.

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Outrigger Harbor once thrived on what is now The Peninsula community.


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The old Cashion farm house is proof of how long the Cashion family has been an integral part of this community.

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A cold January morning on the lake in 1988.

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An unidentified man checks out Brick Row in Cornelius.

A man strolls through Cornelius during its pre-Lake Norman days.

Lee Protor on V-J Day in downtown Cornelius.

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That was then...




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Thank you for allowing our family to serve your family for over 80 years. We’re proud to celebrate 50 years of Lake Norman and look forward to celebrating the next 50! The Cashion Family Robert, Louise, Bobby, John and Gordon

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realized it while I was driving a few weeks ago. I just wasn’t happy. I wasn’t depressed; it was just that my life had blown up and was bigger and unrulier than I really like, which meant that I was too frenetic and scattered to be my best self. And being my best self is my greatest route to core happiness. My light needed rekindling, so I asked myself the first essential question. What do I need right now more than anything else? When my answer was space, I opened my calendar and wrote UNSCHEDULED across the first day that had no meetings on it. Then, I kept going, blocking off at least one unscheduled morning a week in the months ahead. Unscheduled didn’t mean that I would be free of to-dos those mornings, just that I would have nowhere else to be but at my desk those days. While that felt freeing, it was only a first step. I knew I needed to more deliberately consider what was going on in my life and discern whether or not I needed more adjustments or if the situation was just a matter of a one-time confluence of events. Days later, I conducted a Mid-Year Review to gauge where things were going right and where they needed fine-tuning. Want to conduct your own Mid-Year Review? Take some time in the next few days to sit down with paper, pen, and a smoothing drink and reflect on these 20 questions.

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1 • Describe yourself at the beginning of 2013. 2 • What are five words that describe your 2013 so far? 3 • What are some things you started doing in 2013? 4 • What are some things you stopped doing? 5 • What are five words you’d use to describe you or where you are right now? 6 • What do you want to be doing more of in your life? 7 • What do you want to be doing less of in your life? 8 • What relationships, if any, feel hard right now and why? 9 • What feeling do you most want to have in your life? 10 • What is keeping you from that feeling right now? 11 • For what are you most grateful so far this year?

12 • What are five words that you hope will describe the rest of 2013? 13 • What are three things that are absolutely on your to do list this year? 14 • What do you need right now, more than anything else in your personal life? 15 • What do you need right now more than anything else in your professional life? 16 • From waking up until you fall asleep, what does your ideal weekday look like (in detail)? 17 • From waking up until you fall asleep, what does your ideal weekend day look like (in detail)? 18 • What actions do I need to be taking now to get what I want out of 2013? 19 • What resources do I have to support my journey? 20 • What do I still need to do, learn or find?

We all have our answers deep down inside. It’s just a matter of asking ourselves (or being asked) the right question, taking the time to listen for the answer and then empowering ourselves to act from that space of self-awareness, self-care and authenticity. If there is anything that I’ve learned in my quest to live an authentic and selfaccepting life, it is that intention matters. My Mid-Year Review allowed me to assess how intentional I was being so I could get right before everything felt even more wrong. I wish the same for you! LNC Rosie Molinary empowers women to embrace their authentic selves so they can live their passion and purpose and give their gifts to the world. The author of Beautiful You: A Daily Guide to Radical Self-Acceptance and Hijas Americanas: Beauty, Body Image, and Growing Up Latina, Rosie teaches courses on body image at UNC Charlotte and offers workshops and one-on-one retreats for women who wish to live on purpose. She lives in Davidson with her husband and son. Learn more at  

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hat’s in a name? If the name is Norman Cocke, then it’s a lot. It may not mean much to most people in Charlotte, but for people who live on the shores of the largest manmade lake in North Carolina, Cocke is the reason for Lake Norman, as in Norman Cocke. Cocke was the one-time president of Duke Power (now Duke Energy) from 1947-1959. When Duke named the lake after its leader in 1963, it was common to name lakes after notable people within the power company. Now 50 years later, it’s hard to find any family connection to Cocke, since most believe his family has moved on from the Charlotte region. Governor Jim Martin gazes at Lake Norman from the deck of his Mooresville home.


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“Our neighborhood had to pay the state to pave our gravel road. Few amenities were available. That has all changed," recalls Governor Jim Martin. "We are pleased that it has now developed into a more diversified economy and community, although the local roads and highways are a lot more crowded.”

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Duke Energy created the lake to use the water in two ways — it was to provide electricity to the area and also to power two generators and cool the steam at the turbines. The historical importance of Lake Norman is invaluable to Duke Energy As a district manager for Duke Energy, Tim Gause covers Lake Norman, and he’s working on the company’s celebration of the milestone. He’s been with Duke Energy for more than 30 years and has seen Lake Norman grow into what it is now. “I recall that years and years ago, in the early ’70s, if you had a place at Lake Norman, that was a very remote area,” says Gause. “There were a number of employees who lived at the lake and had a very, very long commute into work every day. Now, it’s so much different.” Jim Martin believed in Lake Norman early on, long before he became the Governor of North Carolina in 1985. He bought property and built a house in the Lake Norman area 36 years ago. It was initially bought as a second home, but now it’s his permanent home. Martin couldn’t understand why others didn’t do the same. “For its first 15 years or so, we were surprised that Lake Norman didn’t seem to catch on for development,” says Martin. “Our neighborhood had to pay the state to


"Almost 40 years ago my father and grandfather opened Big Daddy's in the Lake Norman area. During that time, we have had the pleasure of growing along with Lake Norman. There have been many changes over the years, but one thing hasn't changed: Lake Norman has the most hospitable, friendly people the South has to offer."

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pave our gravel road. Few amenities were available. That has all changed. …We are pleased that it has now developed into a more diversified economy and community, although the local roads and highways are a lot more crowded.” Martin served as governor until 1994 and says during his two terms, he saw Lake Norman begin to build in population and offer more to the community. “It added greatly to North Carolina’s appeal as a location for corporations and their executives, as well as for our professional sports teams and retirees,” he says.

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Economic driver As Lake Norman turns 50 this year, it has become one of the crown jewels of North Carolina. Martin says it’s largely because of the lifestyle it supports. But it’s also become a mainstay that’s driving the economy for the Charlotte region. “This growth aided the main economic drivers of the region [such as banks, utilities, colleges and universities, professional sports and the Charlotte airport],” explains Martin. “Today, the overall mix of such attractions has achieved maturity, with growth slowing but still active.” Martin says the only drawback is that Lake Norman’s prosperity has overloaded the local roads, especially Interstate 77. Duke Energy considers September 30 the official anniversary of the lake because that was when it was commissioned. While it’s no longer just an essential tool to help the company, it’s a way of life for hundreds of thousands of people. After all these years, it’s a wonder what Norman Cocke would think of what has become of his famous lake. It’s much more than just a name. LNC


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this classic Italian restaurant in the distinctive space that formerly housed The Prickly Pear. Much like the food that will be offered, the building is seasoned with history and tradition. The charming space was home to St. Therese Catholic Church from the mid-1940s until the late 1980s. Local real estate entrepreneur Tim Anderton bought the building in the 1990s and restored it, while leaving virtually untouched many of the aspects that give the space its unique ambiance. In one of its most distinctive architectural features, exposed wooden ceiling trusses soar above the 100-seat open dining space with its hardwood floors and rich, red walls. Legend suggests the trusses were hewn in Portugal centuries ago and in the 1940s arrived in Mooresville when the church building located here. The rustic food, too, will be grounded in tradition, influenced by the dishes served in the villages of Italy. Fresh, simple ingredients with flavors that subtly blend and balance characterize rustic food. Diners will find Chef Patricio Campoverde especially familiar, as one of the former owners of Tria Terra in Charlotte and a chef at brother Fernando’s restaurant Fiamma in Dilworth. Like Zagat-rated Fiamma, Tria Terra was renowned for its food and its atmosphere before the economy took its toll and the spot closed. Now, Patricio and his partners bring their broad knowledge of food to the Lake Norman area. Ecuadorian natives, the brothers Campoverde worked in and owned restaurants in New York for many years. They developed extensive experience with a wide array of cuisine influenced by countries that touch the sun-kissed Mediterranean Sea. “We make it in house with love,” Patricio says with his hand over his heart. “We like to make it because we love to cook. We make it all here. We transform it here.”

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daily specials, he explains. “I decide (the menu), but I consult. We have a good team. We will have a meeting every day to decide what to make.” They also will work with providers in New York to obtain ingredients found only through purveyors there, with many ingredients imported from Europe. Chops, steaks and fish will tempt some diners, while pastas made in-house with the restaurant’s Italian pasta maker will please other palates. Thin, crunchy breadsticks and focaccia made and baked in the restaurant will accompany the dishes. The restaurant owners intend for their guests to feel the type of comfortable mood found at special dinners with friends and family gathered in people’s homes. “It’s not too fine, but it’s not too casual,” Lopez says. “It’s right in the middle.” The bar will feature old school drinks, such as a whiskey sour made with fresh ingredients and drinks with fresh fruits, including sangria, says Alvarez, who will consult on wine and also work in the front of the restaurant. The extensive wine list will showcase good house wines, in addition to bottles of higher-end wines. The bar also will offer domestic and imported beers. The atmosphere will be warm and intimate, the owners say. “We are trying to be very cozy, to present a good product for a good value,” says Patricio. “We’re here because of the guests,” Alvarez says. “When they’re already bringing the good vibes, our job is just to enhance the moment.” Trattoria Al Gusto plans to offer a range of special events in addition to its standard menu items. These include specially priced wine, live music and happy hours some evenings, as well as Sunday brunch. LNC

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Salice Salentino is a great wine to pair with pizza and it’s priced so reasonably that it makes it an easy choice.

Two southern Italian regions offer superb wines at superb prices Lake Norman Currents | July 2013


taly is an astounding place when it comes to wine. This shouldn’t be too much of a surprise, as it was the Roman Empire that was responsible for the spread of wine culture throughout the country and throughout most of Europe. Actually, it’s an error to talk of the Roman Empire and today’s country of Italy in the 52

same context. After the fall of the Empire, Italy became a collection of city-states, each with its own distinct culture — including local wines. Italy finally became unified some 150 years ago, but those distinct wine cultures remain and that is what makes Italian wines so diverse, so interesting and the source of so many great nuggets of value.

For this article I want to focus on two of Italy’s 20 wine regions. Both are in the southern part of the country. They’re off the beaten track geographically, and their wines are barely known in the United States — less well known, less demand, lower prices. The two regions are Basilicata and Puglia.

THE INSTEP OF ITALY’S FOOT Let’s start in Basilicata, located on the instep of Italy’s foot. There’s a grape used to make wine here called Aglianico that’s really appealing. There’s a nice little twist here that I think adds some fun and maybe adds even more value to the wine. The wine made from this grape is called Aglianico del Vulture. Read that name in English and you might think that the wine is a great pairing for roadkill — not too attractive. The name is a kind of carrion baggage; who would want a wine named after a bird that feasts on dead animals? The problem goes away if the name of the wine is pronounced (as it should be) in Italian — “VOOL-too-ray.” Much more palatable. The carrion connection comes from the extinct volcano, Monte Vulture. It’s the volcano that gives the wine its character. It blessed the land below it with rich, dark, free-draining soils. Aglianico del Vulture wine is rich and powerful. It requires a few years of cellaring before it’s really ready to drink. The beststructured, most balanced examples improve for more than a decade in the bottle. When young, the wines are noted for their high tannins and acidity, and dark fruit concentration. As they mature, they take on nuances of earth, tar, spice and dark chocolate, emerging as complex and refined reds showing balance and depth. These characteristics are very similar to a much more famous wine. Aglianico del Vulture is often referred to as the “Barolo of the South,” and, right there, is a clue to how good this wine is. Barolo, from the Piemonte region in the northwestern corner of Italy, is one of the country’s most prestigious wines and commands a price commensurate with its fame. With Aglianico del Vulture you’re getting a “Barolo of the South” without

putting the hurt on your wallet that comes with the big guy from up north. That works for me.

FROM INSTEP TO HEEL Head towards the East, and you end up in Puglia. One of my favorite wines from Puglia is a wine from an area called Salice Salentino (SAH-le-chay Sahl-ehn-TEEN-oh). This is a wine that absolutely fits the definition of a “Tuesday-night-pizza-wine.” It is low enough in price, around $10, that you can pair it with a casual meal like a pizza without a great deal of anguish. And it’s a perfect wine to go with that meal. The major grape in Salice Salentino wines is Negroamaro, which translates to “black and bitter.” The wine’s rough edge is just the ticket to balance the richness of a pizza. Because Salice Salentino wines can be extremely tannic, DOC (Denominazione di Origine Controllata) regulations allow for the addition of up to 20 percent of Malvasia Nera grapes, which soften the wine’s tannins a little and add some aromatic qualities. The wines of Salice Salentino are fruit forward. They have a hint of spice to them and a bit of sweetness from the ripeness of the fruit. There are lots of lush cherry and red berry flavors. And, of course, there’s that nice, rough, rustic edge. These are not deep, profound wines but great for a casual, midweek meal. I get a kick out of another wine from Puglia. This is a wine made from the Primitivo grape. English speakers could be forgiven for inferring from its name that the grape is in some way primitive, perhaps less evolved or less refined than other grape varieties. Not at

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Bob McIntosh | The McIntosh Law Firm all. The name translates to the “early one.” Primitivo has something in common with the Spanish grape, Tempranillo. Tempranillo’s name means exactly the same thing. It’s likely that the persons who named the grapes were referring to the uneveness with which the berries ripen. Some bunches ripen early. They sit there, fully plump, right next to bunches of hard, green grapes — kind of upsetting if you’re a grape grower. With Primitivo we have a case of who’s your daddy? Primitivo has long been suspected of being the grape from which Zinfandel evolved. There are certainly some similarities between the two wines. Recently, DNA testing (yes, there are wine wonks who do that kind of thing) determined that both Zinfandel and Primitivo are descendants of a Croatian grape called Crljenak Kastelanski (tsurl-YEN-ak kast-ELAN-ski). So, Primitivo and Zinfandel are brothers rather than father and son. In any event, they’re pretty close to one another.

At its best, Primitivo is a delightful wine. Like its Zinfandel sibling these are powerful wines. They have spicy hints of clove and black pepper with a woodsy undertone. There’s a lot of fruit, suggestions of wild cherry and prune. There’s no harsh side to them, they are soft, almost velvety smooth, with an excellent balance of acidity and tannins. The finish on them is a lingering sensation of cocoa and coffee. A fun thing to do would be to taste a Primitivo and a Zinfandel, side by side. Wine is so neat. There’s so much to explore and taste. The more you explore, the more great wines you find and, if you get off the beaten track, you can come up with some great values like these gems from the south of Italy. What could be better than that? Bring on the pizza. Enjoy. LNC The "Barolo of the South." Superb on the palate and easy on the wallet.


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Wine is so neat. There’s so much to explore and taste. The more you explore, the more great wines you find and, if you get off the beaten track, you can come up with some great values like these gems from the south of Italy. What could be better than that? Bring on the pizza.

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by Mike Savicki  photography by Ken Noblezada

Memory Lane Museum is a hidden gem of automotive and racing history

Memory Keeper I

t wasn’t long ago that a husband and wife from New Jersey pulled off the interstate to make an early Saturday morning stop at Mooresville’s Memory Lane Motorsports & Historical Automotive Museum. At the time they entered, the only person on the showroom floor was a silver haired gentleman who was busy systematically checking pressures and adding air as needed to each and every tire on the more than 150 displays. He kept to himself as the couple entered. When the inquisitive couple asked the man what job he held at the museum, the now 66-year-old simply told them that he came in on weekends to add air to the tires and joked that his wages were tips. With a smile, he suggested that if they thought he was doing a good job, would they please tell the owner so he might get a raise. An hour later, that same gentleman was called to the front desk to meet the visitors. It seems the out-of-state tourists had decided to leave a small tip and asked to meet the owner so they could tell him what a careful and complete job the employee was doing. Yes, the silver haired, 66-year-old, who was simply spending the morning doing just one of the many jobs he loves and had done for nearly his entire life, was the owner, Mooresville native and 1973 Davidson College graduate, Alex Beam. As Beam tells the story, on that particular Saturday morning, he had made the decision to keep a low profile and let his collection speak for itself. When you are the owner of what many

Mooresville's Alex Beam houses his life-long love for automobiles in Memory Lane Motorsports & Historical Automotive Museum.

have labeled “the largest private collection of retired NASCAR and vintage race cars on display in existence,” it’s easy to stand back and watch visitors be amazed. His collection of race and vintage cars, go-karts, driver suits, trophies, historical photos and stand-ups, not to mention antique bicycles, peddle cars, vintage motorcycles, toys and general memorabilia

George Clooney’s Leatherheads. Today, Beam remains the industry’s first call for “period” or racing films, as well as television commercials and internet videos. His collection is historically personal, too. “I’ve still got the first car I ever built,” Beam says. “It’s a ’64 Model A and seeing it every day helps me remember where I started. Of course, I’ve also got the first car Richard Petty ever drove, too, and that’s special to me for different reasons. It’s from 1958, and it was buried behind his daddy’s house. The Pettys never threw anything away, you see, they just buried everything. “We’ve been doing this for years, and I’ll tell you what,” he adds, “we had more than cars and needed a place to put flags, panels, suits and a few other interesting items, too. The still we have on display, well, it’s operational, and it came right down from the North Carolina Mountains.” The museum’s guest book overflows with signatures and compliments from every state in America, as well as continents and countries spanning nearly every time zone. Beam is truly the memory keeper for automobile and race history. LNC

“What you see here is everything that I have collected and cherished since I first began learning about cars.” —Alex Beam

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related to the history of the automobile deserves to be in its own hall of fame. “What you see here is everything that I have collected and cherished since I first began learning about cars,” Beam explains. “Before this building, I pretty much had things everywhere, and this building represents my lifetime’s passions. My love is what is on this floor.” Even before Beam opened the doors to his museum in 2001, his reputation as an authentic collector and genuine automotive expert had hit Hollywood. In fact, producers had Beam on speed dial. His cars have not only appeared in race films like Days of Thunder and Talladega Nights but also mainstream films like Driving Miss Daisy and The Color Purple. In 2008, more than 20 of his vintage 1920s vehicles starred in

Freelance writer Mike Savicki has lived and worked in the Lake Norman area for 15 years, frequently covering the racing scene.

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here’s a saying: “When one member joins, the whole family serves.” Imagine hugging your spouse goodbye and preparing for a separation of at least a year, and maybe knowing what part of the world he will be in but not much else. Imagine keeping the household running and making sure the kids have everything they need, all while trying to stay physically and emotionally healthy. Picture


trying to figure out when the next time your family will be able to share a quick chat on FaceTime . . . or if your spouse has been sent out on a dangerous mission. This is everyday life for two women in Lake Norman whose spouses have been deployed in the past year, and while all marriages are different, marriages where one of the family members is involved in the military face a unique set of challenges.

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The Killion Family When Cornelius resident Sherri Killion married her husband, Mark, he was active in the United States Navy. He decided to leave the Navy after they got married because he was worried about his future children growing up with a parent who was always away on duty. However, after the events of 9/11, he felt called to enlist in the Navy Reserve and has now been gone for a little over a year in the Persian Gulf. This is his third deployment, and the Killions have no family nearby, as most of their relatives are in California and Nevada. They have two children, an 8 1/2-year-old daughter and a son who just turned 5 years old. Killion, who works part time at the Lake Norman YMCA preschool, says work helps her get through her husband’s latest deployment because it gives her a chance to get out on a daily basis and interact with other adults. She has a trusted neighbor she knows she can go to when she needs to talk, and she has a few close friends in the area who serve as her “adopted family.” Killion, who says technology such as FaceTime has made communicating with her husband much easier in his current deployment, also recommends keeping things consistent in the household for the sake of the children. She also encourages them to talk about their feelings before or after their parent leaves. “The biggest tip I have is to not be afraid or embarrassed to accept help from people,” says Killion. “I have a bad habit of plowing through it and getting what needs to be done, done. It’s okay to get help.”

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When Mooresville resident Kathy Evans married her husband, Ron, he had left the United States Army, and as she describes it, they lived the life of a civilian family through the birth of their first two children, a son, now age 15 and a daughter, now 11. After he suffered a job loss during one of the first downturns in the economy, he decided

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to re-enlist in order to provide for his family. In 2011, the family was stationed in Kansas, and Ron was deployed to Afghanistan two weeks before the birth of their youngest daughter, now 2 1/2. In February of this year he was deployed again and hopes to return by the end of this year. Evans says she and her husband made the decision not to live on the base at Fort Bragg and instead moved to Mooresville, where both her and Ron’s parents live. When Ron is not deployed, he lives in Fort Bragg during the week and makes the commute home on the weekends to be with his family. “It’s very important for solider and spouse to communicate thoroughly with each other,” Evans says, regarding preparations for deployment. “You need to discuss finances and what you’re both expecting to save during the deployment and where you might have to spend extra money. You need to share concerns about the kids, such as the raising and disciplining of them.

Kathy Evans' husband re-enlisted in the military after suffering a job loss.

“It’s very important for soldier and spouse to communicate thoroughly with each other.”  —Kathy Evans “Our family’s faith in God has been a rock of support for us,” she adds. “We truly believe God is not going to bring us to a situation that he won’t bring us through in the end.” LNC

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ay Evernham understands the car and values its place in society a bit differently than most people. While many see the car as simply a form of individualized transportation and describe it using terms that relate to its appearance and performance, few go to the lengths Evernham does to describe how a car makes a person feel. In fact, the words the retired crew chief uses to describe the car relate more to how it can effectively serve as the catalyst for a movement.

The car’s place in society “If you want to understand how the car impacts our society, you have to look at it on a deeper level. You have to go back to a time in history when the car was more than a type of transportation, it was a part of your family, and it was a form of art,” Evernham says. “Even today, it is still the one thing that can bring generations of people together.”

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Ray Evernham believes we all have a passion for the car to some degree, and he plans to prove it with his AmeriCarna event this fall.

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He continues, “A car is still the common ground that people love. People may gravitate towards a high-end classic or a hot rod or a muscle car, and of course some may love racecars while others, right down to kids, may love something with four cylinders, but the point is, we all have a passion for the car to some

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degree. It’s a language we all speak. It can bring together both a family and a society.” Since stepping away from the rush of a weekly NASCAR race, in which his career was capped by guiding Jeff Gordon to three championships then embarking on the path of team ownership, Evernham has allowed his passion for car culture to guide him on a new journey. While also serving as an ESPN race analyst, he has been on a hunt of sorts, a

search for hidden historic racing cars, classic cars, folklore and automotive legends. His love of cars has blossomed as he has discovered and restored gems. “I have always loved cars, car culture and car shows, and giving it my focus is something I have always wanted to do, but when you race full time — and I did that for Continued on page 66

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few from his personal collection, AmeriCarna Live will showcase the private cars of celebrities, athletes and collectors. Evernham has also made room for the general public to display their personal vehicles, believing that for AmeriCarna Live to be truly unique and inclusive it must offer room to every type of driver and car lover. “It’s a movement, a festival, a feel modeled around a car show,” Evernham explains. “That’s what we are trying to bring out by organizing this event for the first time, and that’s how we are trying to get people to feel about the car Evernham is convinced that AmeriCarna can unite even the most disparate groups of people.

35 years — you don’t have much time for anything else,” he explains. “What has become crystal clear to me, especially these last few years, is that I have never had anything that has driven me as much as the automobile in some shape or form.”

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him and how he is convinced it can effectively bring together different generations and unite even the most disparate groups of people is AmeriCarna. To allow others to share in his passion, Evernham is bringing his version of a car show to Davidson this fall. Piggybacking on a television show he is also planning to debut on the Velocity Network in January 2014, he has named the event AmeriCarna Live. In addition to featuring one-of-a-kind finds, including a

Evernham says nothing has driven him as much as the automobile in some shape or form.

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again. It can really become the center point of our culture.” As for the event taking place in Davidson, that’s no accident. “There are a lot of people in our community, especially around Davidson College, who understand and appreciate art and culture. To me, that’s where the car belongs,” he says. “What I think having the event here translates to that it will be something more than the traditional car show. The event itself will become more of a lifestyle event that brings together generations of families as well as a wide variety of car lovers all around the car.” LNC

“Lake living is a frame of mind. It’s like being on vacation 365 days a year! When I first came to Lake Norman I was amazed that you can live, work and play in the same place with its quick commute to Charlotte and the airport. Mostly my family and I really enjoy the lake community, but it is the people of Lake Norman that make me LOVE living here. Lake Norman is truly a GEM!”

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Keep up to date with Ray Evernham, go behind the scenes of the planning for Ray Evernham’s AmeriCarna Live event (tentatively scheduled for Saturday, November 30, 2013 on the Ingersoll Rand campus in Davidson) and learn about AmeriCarna TV by visiting www. and www.rayevernham. com, by liking AmeriCarna on Facebook, or by following @RayEvernham and @ AmeriCARna_tv on Twitter. AmeriCarna Live will benefit IGNITE, the community center clubhouse Ray Evernham founded in Davidson as a place for individuals living with Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome to go learn new skills and feel comfortable. For more information on IGNITE, visit to read Blair Miller’s article on the organization. It ran in the January 2013 issue of CURRENTS.

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hen people pursue their passions, lines can blur between past and present, livelihood and charity, strangers and family. That’s exactly the case for Rehnea and William “Billy” Raines, owners of The Ranson House, a historical home and popular event venue located just steps from downtown Huntersville. Celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, the


Colonial Revival-style farmhouse (built by William Ranson, a member of one of the most influential families in Huntersville at the time and husband to Ellen Hunter Ranson, for whose family Huntersville was named) stands as a testament to what can happen when someone takes the time to nurture history.

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The home’s original details (such as pressed tin ceilings, tiled fireplace faces and plentiful millwork) are well wrought, though simple and clean-lined.

The Raines purchased the dilapidated home in 2006, having driven by it for 10 years on their way to and from church each week, dreaming about all it could be. “We called it our ‘Sunday morning fantasy,’ ” recalls Rehnea. When the home and its adjacent 2 1/2 acres went up for sale, the Raines didn’t hesitate. “We had come up with the event venue concept,” says Rehnea, “and we had a pretty good idea of what [restoring the house] would

Rehnea Raines and her husband, Billy, lovingly restored The Ranson House in Huntersville.

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Built by William Ranson, the Colonial Revival-style farmhouse, known as The Ranson House, celebrates its 100th anniversary this year.

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“We had come up with the event venue concept,” recalls Rehnea Raines, “and we had a pretty good idea of what [restoring the house] would take."

take. But the people in our lives thought we had lost our minds: the plumbing was bad, it was full of clutter, and there was no central air and minimal heat.” But the Raines could see that it was rock solid and had good bones. With determination to see the home protected forever, the Rainses sought historic designation. Along with contractor Bruce Piuta and interior

Few original furnishings and effects were found in the home (notable exceptions being the parlor’s piano, old Bank of Huntersville checks Rehnea framed and hung in the library, and a worse-for-the-wear wooden toilet seat found in the attic and now whimsically displayed in the gentleman’s bathroom); so Rehnea and Billy, avid antiques collectors, outfitted the home with their own belongings.

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designer Kim Cotter, the Raines spent 1 1/2 years restoring the home. “The community of Huntersville was so supportive of what we were doing,” says Rehnea. The activity at the house attracted Ransons and other longtime Huntersville residents. “They would come by and tell us how they remembered playing in the home as children or eating at the big dining table. We became a depository for those stories,” Rehnea explains, “[They

made us] feel like honorary Ranson family members.”

A modified original Painstakingly preserved by the Raines, the home’s original details (such as pressed tin ceilings, tiled fireplace faces and plentiful millwork) are well wrought, though simple and clean-lined. This understated finery, along with its two indoor bathrooms and the fact that it was the first home in Huntersville to be

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piped into the home prior to electricity) makes an idyllic lemonade stand for thirsty guests. Inside, the Raines unobtrusively modified the kitchen and upstairs for their personal use, adding modern appliances and a master suite. Few original furnishings and effects were found in the home (notable exceptions being the parlor’s piano, old Bank of Huntersville checks Rehnea framed and hung in the library, and a worse-for-the-wear wooden toilet seat found in the attic and now whimsically displayed in the gentleman’s bathroom); so Rehnea and Billy, avid antiques collectors, outfitted the home with their own belongings. Cotter helped Rehnea select paint colors and fabrics that were “appropriate to the time period but fresh enough that it didn’t feel like Grandma’s house.” Now, after six years of living their dream, Rehnea and Billy have decided to close the event business in the fall. “It’s bittersweet,” Rehnea says, “we want to focus on our families.” And while the couple is looking forward to experiencing life in the house as just a private home, they say they’re open to passing the torch on to someone else — with any luck, someone who‘s been driving by for years with a “Sunday morning fantasy” of their own. LNC 90

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King of Pops (handcrafted popsicles). Craft beer will be for sale from Highland Brewing, as well as wine from Shelton Vineyards and water from Midas Spring Water. Admission to the rally is free, but food pricing will vary per truck menu. The event also features a Kid’s Zone, corn hole, hayrides around the property (fee applies), hiking, local merchants and living history experiences. “Our musical guests this summer are a crowd favorite, The Moonshine Racers,” says Fissel. Hailing from nearby Charlotte, The Moonshine Racers play a unique style of music they like to call “Prograssive-Y’allternative.” The band shares years of musical experience and a diverse range of influences covering many

styles. Their first album was titled, Skyline Motel. They’re currently in the studio working on their second album that will feature original songs by all the members of the band. As one fan posted to the Rural Hill Facebook page after the 2012 event, “I vote for more rallies! Loved it! Moonshine Racers rocked, and the food was awesome.” Looks like the folks at Rural Hill listened.   LNC The Scoop The 2013 Rural Hill Food Truck Rally will be held on Saturday, July 26 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Admission is free; food pricing varies per truck. Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Road, Huntersville,


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f something works, why not do it again? That’s the thinking behind the 2013 Rural Hill Food Truck Rally, which will be held on July 26 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Last summer was the first year the Huntersville historic site held the rally. It was so well received, the non-profit is doing it again. “We have a growing list of trucks that will be taking part,” says Rural Hill Executive Director, Jeff Fissel. At deadline, trucks signed up for the event include: Sal’s Roadside Eatery, Herban Legend, Sunrise Grill and Sandwich, Southern Cake Queen, Wingzza, The Roaming Fork, Gourmet Goombahs, Roots Farm Food, Auto Burger and Fry Guys, The Homegrown Crepe, Smoke and Go, Turkey And, Maki Taco, and

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2013 Birkdale Animal Hospital Kids Triathlon Series Race 4 (July 21) Open to ages 4-14, this is the last in a series of four events that run through July. Distances are appropriate for all children to achieve successful completion of the race. 2 p.m. Entry price TBA.. Huntersville Family Fitness & Aquatics, 11725 Verhoeff Drive, Huntersville,

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,

CONCERTS Mingling on the Green Concert Series (Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday) Enjoy live music every Friday and Saturday night in the middle of Huntersville’s Birkdale Village. Friday, July 5, The Undercover; Saturday, July 6 Lori Spencer; Sunday, July 7, Robert Trice Jr.; Friday, July 12, Thirsty Horse; Saturday, July 13, Kennan Goodman; Sunday, July 14, Bryan Anderson; Friday, July 19, The Invaders; Saturday, July 20; Angela Easterling; Sunday, July 21 The B-sides; Friday, July 26, Hipshack; Saturday, July 27, Andrew J. Williams IV; Sunday, July 28, Jon Benson Band. Free. Friday and Saturday, 7-9 p.m.; Sunday 4-6 p.m. Concerts on the Green (July 4, 7 and 21) This concert series is a traditional favorite around these parts. Pack a picnic and grab your spot on Davidson’s Village Green for a night a fun and music. July 4, The New Familiars; July 7, Da Throwback Band; July 21, Rusty Knox Band. Free. 6-8 p.m. Music on Main (July 5) This outdoor music series will get your weekend off to a great start. Enjoy the Fantastic Shakers on July 5. Free. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Town Hall Green, Mooresville, Carrburritos Summer Music Series (July 13) From indie rock and jazz to blues and country music, this series has something for everyone. In addition, 10 percent of proceeds from each show will go to the Ada Jenkins Music Program, which is a part of LEARN Works. It provides musical education and enrichment to children in need in the Lake Norman area. On July 13, the Jeff Sipe Trio performs. Time TBA. Carrburritos, 445 S. Main Street, Davidson, Lake Norman Currents | July 2013

Live at the 115 (July 19) Live in the ‘115 is a celebration of local music that takes place monthly through October. The Stoney Creek Boys perform from 5:30-7 p.m. and Moses Jones performs from 7:30-9:30 p.m. No coolers or alcoholic beverages allowed. Music organized by Big Hat Larry’s Guitars and Music & More. Concerts begin at 5:30 p.m. Free. John Franklin Moore Park (corner of Main Street and Center Avenue), Mooresville,


Huntersville Fourth of July Celebration (July 4) Come show your patriotism when Birkdale Village and the Huntersville Park and Recreation Department host the 9th Annual 4th of July celebration. Enjoy bike decorating, face painting, a clown parade, a water fight between fire stations, music and food. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Birkdale Village, Huntersville,

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, Lake Country Gallery Various exhibitions. Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Exit 36 – Mooresville, between Belk and Kohl’s, 704.664.5022, Merrill-Jennings Galleries Various exhibitions. Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 463 S. Main Street, Davidson, 704.895.1213, www.

2013 Outdoor Cinema Series (July 10, 20 and 24) This Cornelius series offers an exciting line-up of movies, with something for every member of the family. Here Comes the Boom, Kenton Place (July 10); Rise of the Guardians, Ramsey Creek Park (July 20); Hotel Transylvania, Kenton Place (July 24). Free. Movies begin approximately at 8:30 p.m.

Sanctuary of Davidson Various exhibitions. 108 S. Main Street, Davidson,

Movies@McGuire (July 26) Enjoy a movie on a large outdoor movie screen from the McGuire Nuclear Station or from your boat. Refreshments will be available for purchase. Free. July 26, 8:50 p.m.; August 23, 8:30 p.m. McGuire Nuclear Station, Huntersville.

The Van Every/Smith Galleries Rising Seniors Group Show features works by Class of 2014 Studio Art Majors. (Through July 28) Tue-Thu 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Davidson College, The Van Every/ Smith Galleries, 315 N. Main Street, Davidson,

Rural Hill Food Truck Rally (July 26) 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. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Rural Hill, Center of Scottish Heritage, 4431 Neck Road, Huntersville,

GALLERIES Andre Christine Gallery & Sculpture Garden Life is a Circus opens on July 20. This exhibit is fun, a little abstract and features lots of animals. An artist reception and wine tasting will be held on July 20 from 6-9 p.m. (Through September) TueSat 10 a.m.-5 p.m.148 Ervin Road, Mooresville, 704.775.9516, Cornelius Arts Center Various exhibitions. MonThu 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Fri-Sat 9 a.m.-Noon. 19725 Oak Street, Cornelius, “Cotton” Ketchie’s Landmark Galleries Various exhibitions. The work of watercolorist ‘Cotton’ Ketchie. Mon-Sat 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 212 North Main Street, Mooresville, 704.664.4122, www.

Depot Art Gallery The Mooresville Artist Guild hosts an artist reception every second Friday of the month. 103 W. Center Avenue, Mooresville,

Tropical Connections Various exhibitions. TueFri 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. or by appointment. 230 N. Main Street, Mooresville. 704.664.0236.

MONTHLY EVENTS Carolina Raptor Center Live bird presentations, flight shows, behind-the-scenes tours and more take place at Carolina Raptor Center throughout the month. Visit for more details. The Artisan Market Craft Crawl (First Saturday) Formerly known as the Mooresville 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. Downtown Mooresville Cruise-In (First Saturday) This monthly Cruise-In offers 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. Broad Street, Downtown Mooresville, Blue Planet Water Environmental Center Tour (First Tuesday, Third Thursday) Learn about water and wastewater through a hands-on tour. Fun for all ages. Tours are available the first Tuesday and the third Thursday of the month on a first-come, first-served basis. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Admission TBA. Call 704.621.0854 or e-mail to schedule a tour.

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Lincoln County Farmer’s Market — Denver (Every Wednesday and Saturday) Find produce on the west side of the lake. Wednesday 5-8 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m.-noon. Rock Springs Elementary School, 3633 Hwy. 16 North, Denver, Lincoln County Farmer’s Market — Lincolnton (Every Saturday, Tuesday and Thursday) Fresh veggies throughout the week. 7 a.m.-noon. 225 West Water Street, downtown Lincolnton, www.lincolncountyfarmersmarket. com. The Evening Farmer’s Market (Every Thursday) This area tradition brings out some of the best produce around. 4-6 p.m. Pecan Park, historic downtown Statesville, Eden Street Market (Every Thursday and Friday) Buy fresh fish and produce during the week. 3-6 p.m. 106 Eden Street, Davidson. Meeting Street Market (Every Tuesday) Enjoy a mid-week produce break. 5 p.m. until dusk. Morrison Plantation, Mooresville. Bailey Road Farmer’s Market (Every Saturday) Check out what’s fresh at this newly opened farmer’s market. 8 a.m.-noon. 9606 Bailey Road, Cornelius. Davidson Farmer’s Market (Every Saturday) Farmers sell a bounty of seasonal vegetables; pasteurized meats and cheeses; and freshly baked breads, cakes and pies. 8 a.m.-noon. Free. Next to Town Hall between Main and

Jackson streets in downtown Davidson, www. Downtown Mooresville Farmer’s Market (Every Saturday) Come visit this revamped farmer’s market. 8 a.m.-noon. Corner of Church Street and West Iredell Avenue, Downtown Mooresville. Huntersville’s Growers’ Market (Every Saturday) Fresh produce in downtown Huntersville. 103 Maxwell Street, Huntersville, www. Mooresville Museum (First and Third Saturdays)View exhibits and artifacts from Mooresville’s past and present. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. 132 E. Center Avenue, Mooresville, www. 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. 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,

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lthough Sam Cooke recorded Twistin’ the Night Away more than 50 years ago, the sentiment rings true every Wednesday evening during the summer at The Landing in Sherrills Ford. For 10 years, The Landing, the oldest waterfront venue on Lake Norman, has hosted Summer Shaggin’ from May through mid-September. John Hass, a frequent patron of The Landing and the coordinator of Summer Shaggin’, says the idea for the event was born after Queens Landing permanently cancelled its Wednesday night shag event in the spring of 2004. “Eight of us went to Queens Landing for the opening night of Shagging at Queens Landing,” recalls Hass. When the group discovered the event was no more, they went to a bar at a nearby restaurant. “That is where the idea of Summer Shaggin’ at The Landing was born. The rest is history.” Guest DJs (think Johnny B., Kyle Beam and Youngblood of WSGE 91.7 fame) come every Wednesday to play to a crowd of 75 to 150. Shaggers of all abilities dance on the covered patio’s plywood floor that is carefully sprinkled with sand. And even more folks come to watch. “I’m more of a looker,” says Hass. “I’m a basic shagger.” Because the event is on the lake, many folks opt to shag in their flip-flops, as opposed to official shagging shoes or Weejuns. The DJs play lighter shag music, so you might also find yourself doing the Electric Slide from time to time. “This is not the place to get your $200 shag shoes out, and we don’t offer any lessons,” says Hass. “It’s just fun.” LNC The Scoop Summer Shaggin’ at The Landing takes place every Wednesday night through mid-September (with the exception of July 3) from 6-10 p.m. On August 1 Ron Ramsey and Dr. Philgood host Country Crossovers, country songs that you can shag to. Summer Shaggin’ is free, and The Landing is located at 4491 Slanting Bridge Road, Sherrills Ford, 828.478.5944.

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