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10 The Main Channel

What’s hip at Lake Norman

16 Currency

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Monthly Financial Feature – What history can teach us about the stock market

18 Porthole 20 The Captain’s FIRE 2009

Chair

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Scott Graf is radio’s early bird

22 Rip Currents — Education

Woodlawn School encourages students to love learning

32 Let’s Go 42 Strong

Hold on tight for a night at the rodeo

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Writer Renee Roberson shares how her fitness journey improved her life and her family’s

46 T he Galley

Midway Boathouse Grill goes through an extreme makeover to capture a niche

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The Dirty Martini attracts sophisticated singles and more

50 Grapevine

The Red Hills region of California offers wines of great value

52 On Course

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Cowan’s Ford Golf Club is a walker friendly course worth rediscovering

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The 2009 UANA Pan American Junior Synchronized Swimming Championships showcase talent and timing

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hen I’d return from summer camp as a little girl, I’d relish all of the addresses I brought home because each address represented a new friend. I’d write letters on colorful stationery and eagerly anticipate a reply. I would look forward to hearing about the events taking place in such exotic towns as Salisbury and Oxford, North Carolina. Times have certainly changed. Now when kids part after a summer adventure, they simply tell their friends to look them up on Facebook. In a matter of seconds, they can be completely tuned into their new friend’s life without posting a stamp. I’m not complaining because I happen to be a big fan of Facebook. Although some view it as a lazy form of communication, I see it as an extremely efficient way of keeping up with my family and friends. How else am I going to know that my friends are eating Sloppy Joes for dinner? Perhaps that’s why I enjoy reading blogs so much. I’m not talking about the ones dealing with hardcore news and politics; I’m talking about my friend’s blogs. My next-door neighbor keeps a blog about her family so we can keep up with her son at Chapel Hill and her daughter’s middle school adventures. Another friend keeps

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a blog about her two little boys, both under four. My friend Tara writes a blog about her battle with cancer. It’s an easy way for her to keep us all updated on her courageous journey. She can let us know about her treatments and how she’s feeling without having to make a million phone calls. Now, I’m happy to announce that Currents has a blog. That’s right, now you can blog with us on a daily basis about whatever is on your mind. Maybe you have a comment on a recent article in Currents. Maybe you’ve discovered a tasty new bakery. Maybe you know someone who is doing something extraordinary in the community. Or maybe you’re concerned, as I am, about people running red lights on Catawba Avenue. Whatever it is, we’d like to know about it. You can find our blog by visiting www.lncurrents.com. Click on the Our Blog tab and you’re there. Oh, and if you happen to be a Facebook person, be sure to become a fan of Currents on there as well. Maybe today’s forms of communication aren’t as romantic or as personal as my colorful stationery was, but all that really matters is that we stay connected.

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

Guitar Hero

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Photo courtesy of Jared Stamey

Jared Stamey has rock star ambitions and the talent to back it up

Jared Stamey’s guitar talent landed him a four-year scholarship to Berklee College of Music.

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It had all led up this moment for Jared Stamey. A guitar phenom, he taught himself how to play at 13. A year later he was lead guitarist in a band with guys three times his age. He had even jammed alongside the likes of Paul Stanley of Kiss and Dickey Betts of The Allman Brothers. And now, all the practice and dedication had led him here, to the prestigious Berklee College of Music, where he was about to audition. He plugged in his guitar, and started to wail. He was horrified by what he heard coming out of the amplifier. “My nerves really got to me,” says Jared, 18. “I felt like I bombed; that there was no way I’d get into this college without another five years of practice.” Jared, a Mooresville native who graduated from Lake Norman High School, didn’t even like the guitar when he first tried it. When he was 12, his father, Van, bought him a used guitar and signed him up for lessons. “I hated it. You had to do the same thing over and over,” recalls Jared. “I put it under the bed and forgot about it.” But on his 13th birthday, he dusted off the forgotten instrument after his dad encouraged him to try to learn one of his favorite songs, The Ocean by Led Zeppelin. “Something clicked,


The Scoop Want to here Jared Stamey play before he heads off to college? Check him out at these local venues this month.

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Derado’s brings flavors from the Mediterranean to town

When you walk into Derado’s Italian Gourmet Market in Cornelius, all of its employees greet you immediately. If John DeSieno Jr. sees you, he’ll walk up to you, shake your hand and say, “Welcome to my family’s store.” Don’t be offended if you don’t see him though, because DeSieno spends most of his time cooking in the kitchen. Persuaded to move down South from upstate New York after his brother’s family (including DeSieno’s four-year-old god daughter Giovanna) and mother moved here, the 40-year-old opened Derados in late June. “I was getting a phone call from my god daughter once a week saying that I’ve got to come down here,” recalls DeSieno, a graduate in the Culinary Arts and a member of the American Culinary Federation. “I had dinner with my brother’s family one night and a group of his friends showed up, about 25 or 30 people, and they just basically sat me down and said, ‘We need your food down here.’ ” DeSieno, who ran a catering business for 13 years up North comes from a family with a strong history of running Italian restaurants and markets. “I took the best parts of each location,” he explains. “My family’s food is everybody’s food.” Browsing through his Italian market you’ll find pasta sauces from Casa Visco, a business of his family’s, as well as fresh Italian bread (baked every morning by DeSieno) for $2.50 and Villa Dolce gelato. Homemade pasta from Brooklyn is fresh freezed and delivered to the store on a regular basis, as is authentic New York cheesecake. The deli carries standards highlighted with capicolla, mortadella, pancetta and prosciutto, and DeSieno prepares dishes such as chicken parmesan, eggplant parmesan and angus meatballs for take out from his grandmother’s recipes. Derado’s also offers a vast selection of pizzas and sandwiches. “With this store, I’m paying respect to my grandparents, to everyone who came before me. I wanted to bring the legacy down here to the people of North Carolina and share the food that I actually grew up with,” says DeSieno. “When you have good food, all your worries seem to go by the wayside.”— LKT, Photos by Glenn Roberson

From left, John DeSieno Jr.’s mother, Antoinette Derado, and his god daughter Giovanna, hang out at Derado’s

Fresh pastries are a staple at Derado’s.

With a European-market atmosphere, Derado’s is friendly and flavorful. The Scoop Derado’s Italian Gourmet Market 8301 Magnolia Estates Drive, Cornelius. 704.237.3382 www.derados.com Tue-Sat 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sun 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

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and I was playing it by the end of the night.” A year later he was playing lead guitar with The Thermatones, a band that some of Van’s buddies had put together. The five-piece outfit, which had to make special arrangements for Jared to play in bars and clubs since he was underage, performs its trademark bluesy rock throughout the Lake Norman area. Jared’s talent continued to garner attention. When he was 16 he was selected to attend the Rock-n-Roll Fantasy Camp in Hollywood, California, where he played with a number of rock stars including his personal guitar hero, Steve Vai. And even though he was armed with his Ibanez Steve Vai Signature JEM guitar for his Berklee audition, he was sure he had blown his big opportunity. A few weeks later he received word from the Boston college. Not only had he been accepted, but the school offered him a four-year scholarship as well. He leaves in September. As for Jared’s plans after Berklee, he’s got the same dream as just about every kid who’s ever strapped on a guitar — become a big rock star, tour the world and make buckets of money. “If that doesn’t work out, then maybe something behind the scenes like a producer or manager,” say Jared. “But whatever I do, if I’m not involved with music then I won’t be happy.” — Sam Boykin


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Natural Beauty

A local father and daughter team bring organics to a new level Get ready to treat your skin to something that grows only in one corner of the world, the high mountains of Crete. However, its only distributors in the United States live here, in Birkdale. Christina Kyriazi and her father, Leo Kyriazis, moved to the Lake Norman area from Greece eight years ago and operate BIOselect, a line of ‘green’ skin care products, from their home. BIOselect creams, lotions, soaps and hair-care products are free of parabens and silicones and are made with organic extra virgin olive oil and BIOselect products are a unique healing not tested on animals. ingredient called Dictamelia, an extract of dictamo, a pulpy herb with fuzzy hairs. Centuries ago, Aristotle wrote that wounded animals would seek out the dictamo herb, climbing high mountains to eat it so

Christina Kyriazi and her father, Leo Kyriazis, operate BIOselect, a line of ‘green’ skin care products, from their home in Birkdale.

they would recover from what ailed them. Lucky for us, we don’t have to climb mountains to get it. We just have to understand the benefits of it. “Everything you rub into your skin reaches your bloodstream, in seconds,” explains Leo, who has a doctorate in chemistry. “So doesn’t it make sense to use something as close to natural human oils as possible? You can put the petroleum products contained in most cosmetics on your skin, and it’s so much cheaper. But it clogs the pores, and then you often have to buy hypoallergenic creams to fight it.” BIOselect makes a cleansing milk that has a little higher pH to clean out the pores. You follow it with a tonic lotion that brings the pH level of the skin back to normal. “Customers with acne, rosacea or eczema say these are soothing,” says Christina.

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The Scoop BIOselect products cost between $10 to $50. The lotions & shower gels are approximately $15 to $20, and the face creams range from $25 to $50. You can request free samples at www. bioselect-us.com or purchase BIOselect products locally at Moore Chiropractic in Mooresville.

chocolate to orange. On Friday nights, Mad Hatter is open to 10 p.m., making it the perfect place to grab coffee and dessert with friends. 178 North Main Street, Mooresville, 704.663.7572. Stacie Jorishie and Dorothy Parnian have opened La De Daa’s, a preppy and prissy paradise in downtown Davidson. Monogram is the key word here, as almost every item from nap mats to bags to bottle wraps can be monogrammed (that’s included in the price with the exception of belts). The sweetest part of the shop is MJ’s Sugar Shack, which is quickly becoming famous for its chai cupcakes. MJ Bowman is the baker in charge. If you need to buy a little happy, this is the place for you. 202 South Main Street, Davidson, 704.892.9700, www.ladedaas.com. — LKT

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Hilda Gatton is the mastermind behind The Mad Hatter Bakery & Boutique in downtown Mooresville. Filled with all sort sorts of edible and non-edible treats (think whimsically handpainted furniture, handmade jewelry and homemade soap), you’ll feel like Alice in Wonderland as you browse around. Gatton operated a home bakery in Statesville for five years before opening Mad Hatter. She’s known for her pound cakes, which come in a variety of flavors from vanilla to lemon to

“Our olive oil soap is not scented and is like Grandma used to make,” adds Leo. The olives come from the manufacturer’s organic groves on Crete, while dictamo is harvested in its natural habitat at higher elevations. “In Europe, ‘organic’ is huge, it’s a movement,” says Leo. “In Europe, if it’s organic, there are guaranteed sales. Here in the United States, natural products are in the bottom of profitability.” BIOselect products are certified by ICEA, the Italian organization that certifies European organics. “ICEA is so strict that the makers of each ingredient have to be certified, and they are re-tested every six months,” says Leo. “This means that manufacturers cannot switch to cheaper sources as they can here.” In addition, products are never tested on animals, and are completely recyclable. Says Leo, “It’s better to understand and use what nature has already designed.” — Story and photos by Eloise D. Morano

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Monogramming is key at La De Daa’s in Davidson.


to show their support as well by donating cakes. In the past, more than 100 cakes have been donated each year by professors and their spouses and residents. From simple to elaborate, all manner of homemade cakes — and some store bought — have become a friendly competition in their own right as bakers strive to create a confection that will be selected first by top finishers. Laura Grosch, who has baked a cake for the race for more than 40 years, sticks with a tried-and-true design. Her star-shaped Duncan Hines butter recipe chocolate fudge cake, with homemade chocolate frosting, proclaims “You Win” in white frosting and is surrounded by lots of M&Ms. She says it has consistently been selected within the top four by runners over the years. “It’s become my classic,” says Grosch, a local artist. — Cathy Swiney, Photo by Bill Giduz

Davidson College students run for their cake and eat it too It began 75 years ago as a mandatory race to identify recruits for the Davidson College track team. Track coach Heath Whittle realized he needed something to make the race appealing so he convinced faculty wives to bake cakes that would be awarded to winners, thus beginning the annual Freshman Cake Race. These days the 1.7-mile race around the perimeter of the college is voluntary, but that doesn’t stop students from supporting this tradition that now serves as part of orientation week. “It’s been a fun event through the years to welcome the new class to college,” says Sterling Martin of Davidson, who was the race winner in 1963 and eventually became director of the physical education department and track and cross-country coach. Members of the community continue

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This month Dan Boye and Jacque Culpepper head to the mountains of Colorado. While they might hike while they’re out there, they’re main objective is to perform at the Breckenridge Music Festival. Boye, a professor of physics at Davidson College, and Culpepper, an artist associate of voice in Davidson’s Music Department, will perform concerts featuring classic works, opera and cabaret numbers. This is Boye’s 11th summer performing at the festival and Culpepper’s 14th. “We work with absolutely incredible musicians from all over the From left, Jacque Culpepper country and perform with my favorite conductor, Gerhardt Zim- and Dan Boye are seasoned performers at the Breckenridge mermann,” says Culpepper. Zimmermann, the former music direc- Music Festival. tor and conductor of the North Carolina Symphony, was the one who initially recruited Culpepper to the festival in 1994. “These people love what they do and are some of the best at doing it,” says Boye, a bass-baritone, of Zimmermann and members of the orchestra. The lowest part of Breckenridge sits 9,600 feet above sea level, which can be tough for singers. “Dealing with the lack of oxygen can be challenging, actually very difficult,” explains Culpepper, who is a first soprano. “I usually go several days ahead to adjust, although in two to three weeks, you don’t ever completely adjust. It has taught me a great deal about breathing.” Boye and Culpepper have gathered fond memories throughout their years at Breckenridge. “Quite often, a chipmunk or two will run through the floor of the audience during rehearsals and concerts,” says Culpepper. “The cabarets usually bring me out of my shell,” adds Boye. “I’ve had to sing songs made famous by Bing Crosby, Ethel Merman and Kermit the Frog. Yes, I’ve even had to imitate Elvis — what a stretch that was.” — LKT

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Learning from the Past What history can teach us about the stock market

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istory has shown that the stock market typically moves in cycles. Over the last 110 years, it has rewarded investors with long-term growth returns that have exceeded the returns on bonds and CDs and more importantly, inflation. When you take a closer look at these particular cycles, you’ll notice that the stock market typically has long periods of high returns followed by long periods of lower ones.

Looking back To give you a better idea of what I mean, let’s take a look at the Dow Jones Industrial Average going all the way back to the early 1900s. In 1906, the Dow was at about 100 and despite a lot of volatility, it was still at about 100 in 1924 — 18 years later. From there we entered a bull market that lasted until 1929 and saw the Dow triple in value, as it closed at around 300. Then came the

stock market crash in 1929 followed by the Great Depression. The Dow experienced multiple bull and bear markets for the next 25 years, but was still around 300 in 1954. In November of 1954 we entered another multi-year bull market that took the Dow to approximately 1,000 in 1966. For the next 16 years the Dow was once again flat, with a value of about 1,000 in late 1982. We now enter the period that most of us are familiar with, the roaring ’80s and ’90s. During this period the Dow climbed from around 1,000 to a high of 14,100 in October 2007. Now it’s currently trading at about the same level it was in 1998. If history does repeat itself, it is very possible that the major stock market indices could experience tremendous volatility and gain little ground for the next five to 10 years. This does not mean investors can’t rebuild their portfolios. Also, remember that we are examining a stock market index by evaluating it from price point to price point, excluding dividends. As of recently, the Dow has a current dividend yield of approxi-

mately 3.25 percent, which is close to the same return you would get if you locked your money up in a 10-year treasury note.

Position yourself for growth After the market decline we have recently experienced, it’s important to examine your portfolio and make sure you are positioned in a way that can reduce volatility and enhance returns despite what the Dow Jones or S&P 500 do over the next five to 10 years. When talking to investors, I emphasize the importance of good, actively managed portfolios. If you look at some mutual funds which date back to the ’60s, you will find that despite a market that went nowhere, some of these funds still averaged 7 to 9 percent per year, which tripled your money during the 1966-1982 time period when the Dow was flat. It’s also important to have a portfolio of non-correlating assets. This means getting away from traditional large company stocks. Alternative investments have gained in popularity over the years because of the diversification affects that they provide. These could be assets like gold and commodities, managed futures funds and hedge funds. It is also important to diversify your bond holdings. The past 10 years have been extremely difficult in the market, and this pattern could very well continue for another 10 years. If you have a long-term horizon, don’t get scared into CDs, money markets or other low-yielding fixed instruments. Now is the time to reevaluate your plan and start thinking about your future. I think famous investor, Shelby Cullom Davis, said it best, “You make most of your money in a bear market, you just don’t realize it at the time.” LNC

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Ada Jenkins holds its first annual 5K and BBQ event

On June 20, folks gathered in the heat at Ada Jenkins Center in Davidson for its first annual FIRE 2009 5K and BBQ. Guests enjoyed homecooked chopped pork barbecue, as well as samplings from local restaurants, live music and juggling demonstrations. The mayors from Cornelius, Davidson and Huntersville in addition to Bill Russell, president of the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce, and representatives from Sunn Enterprises, the premier sponsor of the event, judged the barbecue competition. The event raised more than $6,000 for the center that continues to meet the tremendous demands of assisting families in crisis in our area.

Preparations for the barbecue began early in the morning.

From left, Sherry Byrd andMichael Daniels from Smokin’ Coals Catering and a member of Porky’s Purgatory Team.

From left, Tom Grogan, John Adams, little boy, James Bazzelle, William Haygood III, Titus Haygood, David Haygood, Georgia Krueger and Don Carr.

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From left, Jill Swain, John Woods, Jeff Tarte, Jennifer Dunn, Dan Dunn and Bill Russell judge the barbecue competition.

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riginally from the Midwest (Iowa to be exact), Scott Graf fell in love with this part of the country while honeymooning with his wife, Kelly, in late 2003. In April 2004, the couple moved here so Scott could become the local host of Morning Edition on Charlotte’s National Public Radio affiliate, 90.7 WFAE-FM. They now reside in Cornelius with their one-year-old daughter, Camryn. We caught up with Scott to ask him about changes in the area’s news landscape, interesting interviews and naps.

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In many cases, your voice is the first thing people hear when they wake for work each weekday morning. How early do you get up and are naps a necessary part of the day?

I set two alarms each morning. The first one rings at 3:45 a.m. I spend a couple minutes coming into the day, and I hit the road not long after the second alarm rings. My first break [on-air moment] of the day is at 4:59 a.m. on the nose. 20

Naps are a necessary part of the day, and I’d say maybe once a month I might miss my afternoon nap. I don’t really look at it as a nap though; I look at it as having to sleep twice in the day to get the sleep most people get all at once. In college, I got in the habit of staying up late in order to have fun and needing a nap the next day to recharge was necessary. I think I have figured out a new way to keep it going.

How has the news in this market changed since you began reporting five years ago?

For the first four years, I couldn’t help but notice how positive all the news coming out of Charlotte really was. There were new jobs and businesses coming to town, banks were turning record profits, and we did story after story about how this was one of the hottest towns in the country. Starting in about August and September last year, the tone of our


very careful with your wording and make sure you aren’t leading the listener in one direction or another. You have to report the news and not editorialize in any way, shape or form. On public radio, my job is strictly to report the facts.

Who is the most interesting person you have interviewed?

Technology is changing the way we receive and process media in our lives. Do you see radio changing, as well?

One of my favorite people in Charlotte to sit down and chat with is Humpy Wheeler (the former president and general manager of Lowe’s Motor Speedway). I think he is a colorful character, a real gem and such a great representative of this area. He has that true Piedmont North Carolina accent, and he is a great storyteller. In any setting, I jump at the chance to shake his hand and say “hi.” What sort of stories do you find the most challenging to prepare and share with listeners each morning?

Controversial stories present the greatest challenges. You have to “tow the line,” be

For the most part, the role radio plays in people’s lives is the same as it was five and even 10 years ago. It seems to me that radio is still very important in most people’s lives and even with satellite radio, hearing a local friend makes the time go by just a bit faster. This station has continued to grow because it is the place listeners like the commuters coming down from Mooresville through Huntersville go first for the local news and traffic. You might say we have a “captive” audience because of the traffic, but I think it goes beyond that. It’s tough to replace friendship.

I hear making ice cream with your grandfather’s antique ice cream maker is a hobby. Is there a secret Graf family recipe or flavor you might share?

My grandfather died four years ago, and this was one of his favorite things handed down to me. It’s nice to share this connection with him even though he is not around anymore. The best recipe I ever made is the easiest. He used to bring it out on special occasions, and I do the same thing now, too. I’m happy to share it but warn people that it is not healthy at all. LNC

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stories changed. Instead of being one of the hottest towns to live in, we became a town that was cooling off at the greatest pace. I went from reporting primarily good news to having to search high and low for positive ones.

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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hen Dwayne and Karen Bowman moved to Cornelius from the West coast, they had no intention of starting a school. After working 15 hectic years in the software industry for giants such as Amazon.com, Apple Computer and Corbis, Dwayne wanted to relax and spend time with his family.

However, when the couple began researching schools for their two children, the Bowmans couldn’t find the right fit. “We were looking for a place for them that was a great experience academically, athletically, socially,” recalls Dwayne. “At that time [2002], there weren’t as many choices as there are now. … Charter schools weren’t around. There were just limited choices, and we didn’t want to drive to Charlotte necessarily.” Instead, they purchased 61 acres just north of Davidson that had a few buildings on it, including the historic Woodlawn plantation home, which dates back to 1836. “We talked to a couple of teachers that we knew in this area, and they expressed the desire to start something new,” says Dwayne. Start something new they did. With seven students and three full-time teachers, the Bowmans founded Woodlawn School seven years ago, offering grades fourth through seventh. “We’ve kind of grown on both ends as people have asked us to grow basically,” explains Dwayne. “We’ve always wanted to go through 12th. That was always a goal.” This month the school’s goal becomes a reality as Woodlawn begins offering first through 12th grade. Kindergarten will be offered next year.


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Students take advantage of Woodlawn School’s 61-acre campus.


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Left: An upper-school student concentrates in chemistry lab. Below: Students learn through all sort of activities and projects at Woodlawn. Below left: Dwayne Bowman founded Woodlawn School with this wife, Karen.

Integrated learning

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At the end of the 2009 academic year, Woodlawn had 153 students. Much of that growth can be attributed to the school’s dedication to its mission statement. The whole idea behind the school is to produce independent, lifelong learners through an integrated curriculum created by the school’s teachers. Sure the students take tests, but they also learn by doing project-based work and regularly volunteering in the community. “You’ve got to be able to adapt, learn new things your whole life, so if you can kind of get that early, in middle school especially, that’s going to set you up well for high school and college and then your ca24

reer,” says 47-year-old Dwayne, who team teaches chemistry at Woodlawn. “We want to engage kids. We want them to want to come to school.” Woodlawn’s scenic campus, complete

with forests and a small stream, works well in that capacity, as students are encouraged to go outdoors as much as possible. Whether discussing a novel, painting a picture, studying wildlife, playing soccer or working in the school’s garden, students and teachers are not sequestered by four walls. “We have hour-long meetings every week at the grade level instead of at the subject level,” explains Tim Helfrich, who


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teaches English in the upper school and also owns Summit Coffee in Davidson. “The primary intent of those meetings is for teachers to understand what the other teachers are doing and to kind of brainstorm projects.” That’s one of the aspects of Woodlawn that Jerod Jones, a fourth- and fifth-grade math and science teacher, finds most appealing. So appealing that he commutes from Rock Hill on a daily basis. “I love the A third-grade class shows off its latest projects.

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Another important tenet in Woodlawn’s curriculum is its commitment to nurturing contributing citizens of society. “Each grade level has a service that they focus on for the entire year,” explains McKenzie. “There’s such a curriculum connection to all of our service. In third grade their essential question is, how do communities change over time? So we look at this issue of homeless people in the area and how has Continued on page 28

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that come to be such a high number.” The third graders go to Fifth Street Ministries in Statesville and volunteer with the homeless once a month. Field trips are also an integral part of the curriculum and are more feasible because of Woodlawn’s smaller class size, approximately 15 students. As an extension of an environmental project Jones’ fifth graders were recently working on, they visited Davidson College to see the school’s

Right: Tripp Berini and Clayton Kolls volunteer at a homeless shelter. Left: Terin Patel-Wilson creates a project on his computer.

green initiatives firsthand. “The kids have been studying things like biodiesel fuel and sustainable practices, green roofs, and we were able to go to the Davidson College campus and see all of these things in practice, where they compost all of their food wastes,” says Jones. “It was able to become real for the kids as opposed to being something that they’re studying.” Dually accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the Southern Association of Independent Schools, Woodlawn is poised for smart

growth. “We want to be small because we feel like small kind of fits this property better anyway, small being 300 to 400 kids,” says Dwayne. “We think it makes sense to have a smaller, more intimate environment, smaller class sizes and be a little more outdoor oriented so you’re walking in between buildings like you do at college.” Dwayne recognizes that Woodlawn is not a school for everyone, but it’s the kind of learning environment he and his wife wanted for their children. “We can’t be all things to all people here of course,” says Dwayne. “We try to make sure parents know what we’re about, and they can make good choices.” LNC

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The chute gate swings open quickly. The rider holds the rope tightly and bolts into the arena. Trying to impress the judges with a show of skill and balance, he sits tall and exhibits poise and composure as the animal grunts and snorts loudly between his legs. The whistle sounds, and the rider jumps to 34

the ground, raising his arms high to the delight of the thunderous spectators. And that’s just the mutton bustin’. Imagine the excitement when a oneton bull blasts out of the chute, and the rider is challenged with controlling enough raw power and rage to launch the space shuttle. Rodeo night at

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Stegall’s Arena in Concord is a place where balancing fun with adrenaline is the main event and hanging on tight until the whistle blows is the credo for all riders. Stan Stegall and his wife, Robin, have operated the weekly rodeo for more than 15 years. Stegall says the Sunday night rodeo is one of the largest weekly events in the region. Riders typically travel from as far away as Ohio and Georgia to compete. A typical night draws nearly 500 spectators.

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Left: You’re never too young to catch rodeo fever. Above: Cowboys take the rodeo seriously and don’t mind getting dirty in the process.

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Eight Seconds: A rodeo novice starts counting

Faircloth, 20, began competitive riding at 14 and quickly progressed from the intermediate to open class. He currently competes on the Challenger Tour, which is one step below the professional Built Ford Tough Series. Unlike professional athletes in many major sports, bull riders do not earn a salary for participating. “It’s all about staying on for the full count,” says Faircloth. “It you don’t stay on until you hear the whistle, you get nothing for the ride.”

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It’s amazing how long eight seconds can last. Eight seconds is long enough for a one-ton bull to lift its dense body six feet off the ground a dozen times, spin around, whip its flanks to the left and right, make a few roundhouse kicks and, if things fall into place, send a rider into orbit. Sitting in the stands with about 500 regulars at Stegall’s Arena in Concord recently, I learned that eight seconds can be vivid and painful. Not knowing much about rodeo, I arrived eager to see the cowboys fly. Yes, I was rooting for the bulls. When the count stopped at four, five or six because the bull and the rider parted ways, I was happy. In fact, the higher the rider flew and the harder he hit the ground, the more enjoyable those few seconds became to me. Staying on the bull for the full eight seconds — and looking good while you are doing it — is the object of the game. Some of these cowboys made it look easy, and the judges reward those riders. But to most of the others, eight seconds is a world of hurt. I was on the lookout for the especially painful moments. “At some point, good riders become immune to pain. They block it out of their head if they want to be good,” says Stan Stegall, owner of Stegall’s Arena. “If they think about what might happen during those eight seconds, they will never get on the bull.” I don’t plan on throwing my hat into the rodeo ring any time soon. Mechanical bulls in bars don’t appeal to me either. For the $6 general admission (it’s free for kids 10 and under) to Stegall’s Arena on a warm Sunday night, I’ll be back. And once I figure out how the judges score the riders, I may even start rooting for the riders to make the full eight. —Mike Savicki

Local contest, high energy PBR (Professional Bull Riders) Challenger Tour rider Josh Faircloth of Randleman, North Carolina is a regular competitor at Stegall’s. He says there is more bull riding in North Carolina than almost anywhere else in the country. “Almost everyone who rides pro passes through Stegall’s at some point. I can ride almost every night of the week across the country if I want,” he says. “I love the bulls and the environment here on Sundays.”


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He adds, “It is the adrenaline rush and love of the sport that keep me going. No two bulls are the same, and every ride is different. Riding bulls is different; it’s not all about the money.” Stan says his weekly events pay respectable prize money and serve as a stepping stone to riders like Faircloth who want to advance through the ranks. To advance to a higher level on the Challenger Tour, a rider must earn a certain level of qualified prize money in competitions of their choice. No bull, no problem To aspiring cowboys who want to test their skills on other animals before riding a bull, Stegall’s hosts other classes. “Sure, the big draw is the open class bull riding,” explains Stan, “but there is longhorn calf riding and steer riding for younger and more inexperienced riders. There’s nothing easy about that,

Meet the World’s Toughest Cowboy Don’t be surprised if the 2007 World’s Toughest Cowboy saunters up next to you on Lake Norman. PBR Built Ford Tough Series rider, Shane Proctor, now calls Lake Norman home. Proctor relocated from Grand Coulee, Washington to Mooresville just over a year ago to be closer to his wife’s family. Bull riding is now a family affair for Proctor, whose brother-in-law, PBR standout, J B Mauney, also lives in Mooresville and competes on the top circuit. “These big bulls are hard to ride if you aren’t having fun,” Proctor explains as he works his bull rope and scuffs his gloves before blasting out of the chute on a Sunday night at Stegall’s Arena. “You have got to enjoy what you are doing or it won’t be worth it.” Proctor, 24, has been riding professionally since he was 19 and loves the family atmosphere as well as the challenge of the sport. “The ride itself only lasts eight seconds,” he says. “ But hanging out with friends and family the entire night is what makes it special to me.” Has Proctor noticed anything different since relocating? “I’d say the bulls in Oklahoma are some of the toughest in the country, but let’s just say the bulls in North Carolina are up and Shane Proctor coming.” gets ready to ride.

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and I have seen riders pushed hard before the bulls.” An evening at Stegall’s even offers events for kids. “I try to make it all about family,” says Stan. “There is an event for everyone from calf and steer riding to mutton bustin’ and a cash and candy scramble with a prize for grabbing a ribbon.” While the mutton bustin’ is the first test for aspiring bull riders, and the calf and steer offer challenges for the intermediates, open bull

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An evening at Stegalls offers events for kids. “I try to make it all about family, says Stan Stegall. “There is an event for everyone from calf and steer riding to mutton bustin’ and a cash and candy scramble with a prize for grabbing a ribbon.”

riding is the real deal. “If you want to compare us to NASCAR then I guess that’s a fair thing to do if you think bull riding is all about the wrecks. But there is so much more to it,” says Faircloth. “Every bull is different, and every ride is like opening a box of Cracker Jacks, you just never know what you will get when the chute gate opens.” LNC the scoop Stegall’s Arena is located at 3601 Odell School Road in Concord. The rodeo begins every Sunday night at 7 p.m. from April to November. Tickets cost $6 per adult and children under 10 are free. Visit www. stegallsarena.com for more information. 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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Wow! I think I might set a personal record for six miles today! When should I take my next gel? How much further until the next water stop? Enough already with the hills. This is ridiculous. My leg really hurts. Five more miles to go. Five more miles? Are you kidding me? Why did I ever agree to do this? I can do this. I will do this. If you’ve ever been a runner, you know how mental a sport it can be. If you’d told me a year ago I would complete my very first half-marathon this past April, I would have rolled on the floor laughing. But I did it. I woke up early on April 18 and headed to SouthPark for Charlotte Racefest 2009 to put a year’s worth of preparation to the test. Finishing that race gave me a renewed sense of confidence and a new lease on life. It also helped me get my family a little healthier, too. As a freelance writer and mother of two young children, my body had turned a little soft, and I felt my once youthful spirit lagging. I tried watching what I ate and exercising at the gym at least three times a week, but I still had more body fat than I wanted for my 5-foot frame. One day I saw a personal trainer with an Upgrade Lifestyle T-shirt working out with a client at my gym. I worked up the nerve to ask about a free consultation. Little did I know how much my life was about to change. I began working closely with Kelly Fillnow, an elite runContinued on page 44

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Writer Renee Roberson completed her first halfmarathon this past April.


Whenever I began to feel discouraged with my training, I reminded myself of Sarah Hart’s amazing story. Hart, a Huntersville resident who is president of Upgrade Lifestyle, began swimming competitively at age 5 in Rhode Island. By age 12 she was ranked in the top 10 in the United States in her age group in various swimming events, including sprint freestyle. During this time, she was devastated to learn that she had a curvature of the spine also known as scoliosis. She tried every treatment, including a body brace and electronic shock stimulation (shock waves to the spine) during sleep. Despite her condition, she was determined (and eventually accomplished) her goals of winning a full scholarship to college. She made the United States National Swim Team by being ranked in the top two to four swimmers in her respective events, and she remained a member from age 19 to 25. In 1994,

Hart was invited to be a member of the United States Resident Team, where 12 U.S. swimmers were selected to live and train at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. She traveled all over the world for competition in preparation for the 1996 Olympic Trials. While studying psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, she wrote her thesis about Upgrade Lifestyle — a wellness company focused on educating, empowering and motivating individuals and families to live a healthier lifestyle. In 2000, with the hopes of being able to conceive children with her husband, Greg, she had spinal fusion surgery, which left her with two 12-inch rods on the sides of her spine. Prior to the surgery, Hart’s spinal curvature formed the shape of a backwards “S,” and she experienced difficulties on the right side of her body due to neurological damage. Today, the mother of two girls runs the busi-

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ness she dreamed up in college in the Lake Norman area, along with four additional certified personal fitness and lifestyle trainers, including Fillnow and Megan Hepp, who placed 12th in the 2008 Olympic Trials Marathon and is also a registered dietitian and certified personal fitness trainer. “I personally train for and compete in running races [5Ks to marathons] and triathlons [sprint to half-Ironman distance] to challenge my mind and body,” says Hart. “It was not an easy transition into running and triathlons since I had only trained in swimming . . . I was used to events in swimming that were under two minutes and a 5K was a lot longer. Through achieving proper balance in training, nutrition and overall lifestyle, I have been able to achieve many health/life goals.” — Renee Roberson

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” That was my first impression upon entering Midway Boathouse Grill. “We’re in for something good,” I thought, as I looked over the new restaurant and its announced food special.

Formerly Midway Marina Restaurant, a non-descript waterfront mainstay in Terrell, Midway Boathouse Grill reopened in late June under the new ownership of Jeff, Freddie and Mark Lancaster and their spouses. It’s not the first restaurant for the family. Jeff owns Lancaster’s Bar-B-Que & Wings and Jeffrey’s Restaurant, and Freddie owns Big Daddy’s, all well-recognized Mooresville restaurants.


Top Five Ingredients • Down-home good blue plate specials — especially the mashed potatoes. No potato flakes here. • It’s another spot to get your fix of Lancaster’s barbecue. • Old boat on wall that served as sales desk at Duke’s Marina. • Lots of windows in the dining room provide a nice view of the lake and nearby marina. • Homemade desserts — you can’t go wrong.

such as burgers, hot dogs, fish and chicken sandwiches, and salads served in fried tortilla bowls.

Above and right, traditional grill fare is featured on the menu.

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Dig In Cheese fries appetizer for $3.25 to fish sandwich for $5.25. Dinner specials $9.95 to $12.95. Midway Boathouse Grill 8693 NC Highway 150 E, Terrell 828.478.3078, www.midwayboathousegrill.com Hours: Sun-Tues, 6 a.m.- 9 p.m.; Wed-Sat, 6 a.m.-10 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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The Lancasters have brought their Midas touch to this new venture by giving the entire place a facelift and creating a simple menu that relies on traditional grill fare in addition to specials worthy of the spotlight. “We’re definitely trying to be a meat-and-potato type of place,” Jeff says. “We’re not frou-frou, and we’re definitely trying not to be the same kind of place as other places on the lake. We’re trying to create a niche.”

pitched metal roof was added during the renovation. A colorful and bright restaurant sign over the entrance completes the look. For those interested in dining outside, there’s a small gravel patio with some picnic tables. On Saturday and Sunday evenings, live entertainment can also be enjoyed outside. The inside transformation is equally as appealing and inviting. To visually open the area between the full bar with its tobacco road-wood countertop and the dining area, a wall was knocked out to give diners the opportunity to see the lake. The restrooms, originally located outside, have been moved inside. Another change is that the cold cinderblock walls are now covered with unstained wood planks to create a warm atmosphere. But it’s the décor that really makes the 60-seat space memorable. Eye-catching pieces include the boat motors hanging in a line near the top of the walls and an old wooden boat on the wall near the kitchen. The revamped kitchen cranks out breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week for crowds that include families, business types, blue-collar workers and boaters. On the lunch and dinner menu, appetizer choices, including fried pickles and cheese fries, give way to traditional grill fare

Fresh and simple Blackboard dinner specials have included crab cakes, burritos, steak and fish, such as mahi mahi served with a roasted pepper cream sauce with a choice of vegetable. “The evening feature gives us an opportunity to try features that might become a staple on the menu,” Jeff says. On a recent outing, the special — chicken with jalapeno cream sauce, mashed potatoes and baked beans — definitely lived up to its designation. The grilled chicken cutlet received a flavorful boost from the cream sauce enhanced with peppers, while the mashed potatoes with pieces of skin and baked beans could easily be compared to some of grandma’s finest cooking. For dessert, turn to one of several homemade selections such as carrot cake, key lime pie, chocolate silk pie, pecan praline apple caramel pie or chocolate cake. “We’re trying to keep the menu simple so we can keep it fresh,” Jeff says. “We’re hoping we can continue to provide a quality product to attract a good customer base.” LNC


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The Dirty Martini attracts sophisticated singles and more The Martinis: As you can tell by the name, martinis are the main menu item at The Dirty Martini, which opened in June. With about 40 varieties to choose from, you’re sure to find the right concoction to suit your style and taste. Of course, there’s the always-popular Cosmopolitan, as well as more adventurous options like the Ultimate Chocolate (vanilla vodka, Godiva chocolate, Baileys and Kahlua) or the Funky Monkey (Malibu, Midori, Cointreau, vodka, pineapple juice, cream and fresh lime). High rollers may want to try the LKN Millionaire, which is Grey Goose Vodka chilled to perfection and served with blue cheese-stuffed

olives. In addition to martinis, there’s a full line-up of beers and wine available. But take note, The Dirty Martini doesn’t serve food, so you may want to grab a bite to eat before stopping by. The Scene: With several spacious, white leather couches, sleek and modern glass-top tables and atmospheric, soft-hued lighting, The Dirty Martini has a trendy, South Beach-vibe. The crisp white furniture and cream-colored walls are offset by a spacious dark floor — which provides plenty of room for shaking your groove thing — accented with a gray diamond pattern. Several flat-screen TVs mounted throughout the space show dance and music videos, and the sound system is loud and thumping. There’s also a spacious outdoor patio with a couple of big orange sectionals and several tables. The Crowd: Single people and some not so single people from their early 20s to mid-40s dress to impress. With a dress code — no hats! — and a wait staff that looks like it stepped straight out of an Abercrombie & Fitch ad, The Dirty Martini ca-

ters to those looking for a sophisticated and sexy night out. The Wallet Factor: Martinis range from $6 to $11. The Cool Touch: Specials scheduled throughout the week make The Dirty Martini an ideal destination to enjoy both a relaxing afterwork cocktail or to party into the early morning hours. Tuesday is college night; Wednesdays are “Lake Live After Five,” which caters to the business community with live entertainment on the patio and half-priced beer and wine; Thursday is Ladies Night (half-price martinis); and weekends feature a DJ from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Why It’ll Work: It gives Lake Norman a more sophisticated place to socialize than your typical sports bar or casual watering hole. LNC Dig in The Dirty Martini 17036 Kenton Drive Suite 104 (next door to Galway Hooker) Cornelius 704.533.3054

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n a recent trip to California we sought out an area new to us — one that sounded interesting. The area is the Red Hills AVA (American Viticultural Area) located about 15 miles northwest of Napa Valley. Here’s why it’s interesting. Winegrowers in the Napa Valley wanting to expand their growing area are bumping into a wall. Land prices in the valley are just plain silly, and expansion there is financially out of the question.

What some of the sharper growers are doing is moving up the road a little to Red Hills — probably not coincidentally, these are also some of the better quality winegrowers. What all this translates into is potentially great wines at prices far under what you’d pay for similar wines with a Napa Valley name. So, we went to check it all out. Actually, we found out that it’s a little bit better than that. Red Hills has a unique environment for growing great grapes. This is much more than Napa look-alikes at knock-off prices. These are wines with a distinctive character of their own. They certainly struck a chord with me.

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Hardworking grapes A few 100,000 years ago (that’s yesterday in geological terms) the Mount Konocti volcano dumped a deep layer of material over the Red Hills area. How rude of it, but how lucky for us because the incredible red, rocky soil contains all kinds of good stuff for grapes to absorb as they mature and ripen. Add to that, altitude and steep slopes. Red Hills’ vineyards are located between 2,000 and 2,500 feet above sea level. This is important because that’s way too high for morning fog. Grapes get to work as soon as the sun comes 50

up. Then, in the early afternoon, a cool breeze comes in to prevent the grapes from baking. How nice. This is a unique place that grapevines all around the world dream of at night. We focused on one particular vineyard, Snows Lake, and for good reason. A group of highly talented winegrowers from some of Napa Valley’s most prestigious houses moved to practice their craft here. Starting from a virtually blank page, they matched individual hillside lots with grape varieties. What they’ve created is the best opportunity for grapes to breathe in the essence of this exceptional environment. So, the question is, how are they doing? We got to find out. After driving around the hillside vineyards in a four-wheel drive for an hour or so we were treated to a taste of the wines that Snows Lake bottles under its own label. Hard to forget their names — Snows Lake - One and Snows Lake - Two. A taste of their own Snows Lake - One is 100 percent Cabernet Sauvignon. Smelling the wine brought out a strong sense of earth and woodsy aromas — much like you’d find in the best wines of Bordeaux. But, surprise, the first sip was completely different — beautiful tastes of deep,


dark fruits. Totally unexpected. This quickly faded away and then the earthy and woodsy stuff kicked in, followed by a long-lasting bitter finish that went on forever. What was in the background as all this subsided was a definite dry, dusty taste. My first thought after tasting was, “Wow, I just tasted a mountain.” Wonderful. Snows Lake - Two is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc — a little gentler and a little smoother but equally balanced and complex. Now, here’s where the fun comes in. Most of the production of Snows Lake’s 800 acres is grown under contract to some of the most famous Napa Valley producers. So they are generally available and not too hard to find. In fact, I sidled up to a glass of Hawk Crest Red Hills Cabernet Sauvignon at a neighbor’s house just the other day. Hawk Crest is the “second label” of Stag’s Leap, one of the most famous names in Napa. This wine sells for around $15. That’s right in there for my “Tuesday night pizza wine.” Put that in the context of Stag’s Leap wines that sell

wine, but for a great wine like this, I felt justified. This is not a wine for casual consumption. I’m going to save it for a more serious occasion. If you’re in the mood for some of this wine, call Snows Lake at 707.994.9444 or go online at www.snowslakevineyard.com. Either way, with one of its Napa client’s labels or from Snows Lake itself, these are wines to search out. It might take a little work with your wine merchant, but the wines are well worth the effort. They are wines to be savored — with food or on their own. Just pour a glass, sit back, take a sip, take it all in and savor that volcanic mountain environment that the grapevines have delivered to your glass. Enjoy. LNC

Writer Trevor Burton calls Snows Lake - One poetry in a bottle.

for over a $100 a bottle. A good value. Another producer that I like is Rosenblum. They offer a Syrah from Snows Lake in the $25 range. And Cakebread, another one of my favorite wines (although a little on the pricey side), has a Red Hills Zinfandel for around $40. Of course, you could go right to the source and get some of the wine that I enjoyed so much. Snows Lake produces only 300 cases a year, and they’re not cheap. I got a few bottles at $45 dollars. That’s more than I normally budget for

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n 1963, when Lake Norman golfers were more limited in their choice of courses than they are today, Cowan’s Ford Golf Club opened primarily for employees and guests of Duke Energy. Abutting the southwestern edge of the lake and rolling through the woods and along the creeks to the West, Cowan’s Ford offered a challenging round at an affordable membership rate. Fast forward 45 years and Cowan’s Ford has a new look and a family friendly feel thanks to the vision and dedication of a strong network of members. Members make the difference Cowan’s Ford is a private, member-owned, equity or non-equity club that also offers an annual fee member-


ship option. It attracts golfers who are serious about the game and families who look for swimming, tennis and social amenities. It remains affordable, and owners direct revenue back into the course itself. In 2007, Scott Brannan joined Cowan’s Ford as its first general manager. “I was hired to do the work that the members themselves had always done. They recognized that while history is so much a part of this club, bringing in new members and expanding our services is key to our growth,” Brannon says. Balancing the expectations of both groups is important to Brannan. “The new members want to see different things than the older members, and we are working hard to find the balance,” he explains. “We make it a priority to find ways to allow the two groups to interact. We even go so far as to consider juniors as our future members and offer programs and events for them, too.” One of the projects older members have recently undertaken is the formation of a historical committee. Charged with tightening the links to the past, members are finding photos, clippings and documents from as far back as the ’60s. “When the club was first built, it bordered Lake Norman, but when Duke redesigned it, they took land for residential growth and so much of the old feeling got moved out and the records misplaced,” says Brannan. “For a course that is 45 years old, we have an incredible history that is worth telling.”

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A thinking golfer’s layout In 2002, club owners spent $1.5 million on a major overhaul of both the course and the clubhouse. To keep up with new golf technology, Cowan’s Ford added length to the fairways,

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Hole No. 13 challenges golfers of all levels.

rebuilt the tee complexes and gave the greens a completely new look. The championship layout now follows Donald Ross principles by presenting a wide variety of challenging and fun-to-play shots for all levels of golfers. Adam Robinson, head golf professional, says that at 6,872 yards from the blue tees, Cowan’s Ford is still not especially long but believes the new greens make the course deceptively difficult. “The redesign has really added shots to the course,” says Robinson. “If you are a pro player,


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you might look at the scorecard and say ‘I can tear this course up.’ But what we have found is that the greens more than make up for it. They are well protected and have so many subtle breaks that it is difficult to read putts. That’s where the difficulty now lies.” Golfers also find Cowan’s Ford appealing because it is walker friendly. “Unlike most other private courses, we allow walking anytime and have a huge number,” explains Brannan. “In fact, there are actually people who joined here Junior golf is becoming a popular activity at Cowan’s Ford.

because they love to walk and want to enjoy the freedom of being able to do it any time.” Stepping into the tee box of the 15th hole offers one of the most spectacular views of the course. The elevated tee complex of this par five overlooks the downward sloping fairway to a green protected by a creek and fence. “I would say that in addition to the par threes, 15 is a real signature hole. At 543 yards, it is playable for everyone and challenging to the most serious golfers,” says Robinson. Brannan and Robinson agree that one of the reasons that Cowan’s Ford’s conditions are so fa-

Cowan’s Ford Golf Club by the Numbers Men’s Course Rating/Slope Rating Blue Tees. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73.0/134 Hybrid Tees. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71.8/131 White Tees. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70.7/129 Gold Tees. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68.0/122 Women’s Course Rating/Slope Rating White Tees. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76.8/139 Gold Tees . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73.6/130 Red Tees. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68.7/116

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Cowan’s Ford is morphing from an older, more established club to a younger, more family oriented club.

vorable is because of its course superintendent, Mitch Clodfelter. “Our visitors who come up to play from some of Charlotte’s higher-end courses typically compliment us on the condition of the course. There’s not a weed out there because of Mitch,” says Brannan. Superintendent Clodfelter is also a scratch golfer as well as a two-time golf course superintendent national champion. Rediscover Cowan’s Ford for the first time While the design and layout of the course has changed, the welcoming spirit, history and tradition remain as they have since the beginning.

“We are moving from an older, established club to a younger, more family oriented club, and it’s kind of fun watching that transition,” says Brannan. “Our newer members are young families who love the course and value the services and spirit. Our junior program has exploded, the practice facilities are always full and even in this difficult economy, our membership numbers are growing.” The staff also keeps traditions alive. “You can walk around the club and find staff members in almost every department who have been here for over a decade,” says Brannan. “That’s just unheard of in a private club. Our pro has been here

for 13 years, and the superintendent has been here even longer. That says a lot about the history we keep.” Robinson believes Cowan’s Ford is worth discovering even for golfers who might think they have played all that Charlotte has to offer. “When I played golf in college and we went all over Charlotte, I never heard about Cowan’s Ford,” he recalls. “It wasn’t until I drove over here towards Denver for the first time after I graduated that I discovered how wonderful a place it is.” LNC 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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A Colorful Competition

This month some of the best junior competitors in synchronized swimming come to Huntersville Family Fitness & Aquatics to complete in the 2009 UANA Pan American Synchronized Swimming Junior Championships. Photo by Al Bloom

The 2009 UANA Pan American Junior Synchronized Swimming Championships showcase talent and timing Rica, Peru, the United States, Venezuela and other countries will compete. Events scheduled include solo and duet competitions plus free routine combinations and team competitions. A dramatic opening ceremony is scheduled at the facility’s 50-meter pool, while a colorful parade of athletes is scheduled for Friday. During the last day of the competi-

tion, a family festival with food and activities is scheduled to take place across the street from HFFA to celebrate the various cultures and nationalities present at the event. According to Molly Borroughs, HFFA executive director, this is the first time official synchronized swimming competition has taken place in the Charlotte area. — LKT

The Scoop The 2009 UANA Pan American Junior Synchronized Swimming Championships are scheduled for August 12-15 at Huntersville Family Fitness & Aquatics, 11725 Verhoeff Drive, Huntersville. Visit www.hffa.com/syncorswim for event schedule and tickets. Weeklong passes $12, daily tickets $8, $6 for children 12 and under. For more information, call 704.766.2222. 61

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If you’re old enough, the thought of synchronized swimming probably conjures images of the Saturday Night Live sketch featuring Christopher Guest, Harry Shearer and Martin Short. The truth is that synchronized swimming is a tough sport that requires tremendous endurance, skill and talent. This month some of the best junior competitors in the sport come to Huntersville Family Fitness & Aquatics (HFFA) to compete in the 2009 UANA Pan American Synchronized Swimming Junior Championships. From Wednesday, August 12 through Saturday, August 15, approximately 120 of the world’s best junior synchronized swimmers from Argentina, Canada, Costa


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Mingling on the Green Concert Series (every Friday and Saturday) Enjoy a variety of bands throughout the summer. Rick Spreitzer (August 1), Blues Express (August 7), Soundbarrier (August 8), Groove Masters (August 14), Jason Marcum (August 15), TTW Band (August 21), True Fiction (August 22), Wild Card Band (August 28), Loosh (August 29). 7-9 p.m. Free. Birkdale Village, Huntersville, www. birkdalevillage.net. 2009 Summer Beach Music Concert Series — The Embers (August 9) The Embers perform beach music favorites. 3-7 p.m. Price TBA. The Melanie Williams Amphitheatre, Queens Landing, 1459 River Highway, Mooresville, 704.663.2628, www. queenslanding.com. Concerts at the Gazebo (August 13, 20) Enjoy live music at the gazebo at Jetton Village in Cornelius, 7-8 p.m. Free. 704.453.4380. Concerts on the Green (August 16) Stardusters Big Band performs (picnic theme Elegant & Classy). Bring lawn chairs and blankets. 6-8 p.m. Free. Davidson Village Green (corner of Main Street and Concord Road), Davidson, www.ci.davidson.nc.us. 2009 Fun at Five Concert Series (August 20) The Tsunami Wave Riders rock the stage. 5 p.m. Free. Sponsored by the Mooresville Recreation Department. Mooresville Town Hall, 413 N. Main Street, Mooresville, 704.663.7026, www. mooresvillerecreation.org.

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Center (every Wednesday) Come check out the coolest cars around every Wednesday evening at Bruster’s at Morrison Plantation Shopping Center. 6 p.m. to dusk. Morrison Plantation, Mooresville, www. brusters.com. 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 as you socialize with your neighbors. 8 a.m.-noon. Free. Next to Davidson Town Hall between Main and Jackson Streets, www. davidsonfarmersmarket.org. Lincoln County Farmer’s Market (every Saturday) Local produce at its best. 8 a.m. until sell out. Free. Rock Springs Elementary School, 3633 Hwy. 16 North, Denver, 704.736.8452, http://lincoln.ces.ncsu. edu/content/LincolnCountyFarmersMarket. Downtown Mooresville Cruise In (August 1) 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, www.downtownmooresville.com. Lake Norman Luxury Tour (August 1-2) Tour homes in some of Lake Norman’s most exclusive communities during the Lake Norman Luxury Tour. Sponsored by Allen Tate Realtors and local business owners, the tour’s proceeds benefit Barium Springs Home for Children. 1-5 p.m. Free, donations encouraged. Various neighborhoods off of Brawley School Road in Mooresville, 704.400.1232, www. lakenormanluxurytour.com.

Boating Safety Classes (August 15) Summer is a good time to sharpen your boating safety skills with classes offered by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. BS & S Core Course, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. $45. Lake Norman Volunteer Fire Department, 1518 Brawley School Road, Mooresville, 704.663.3333.

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.ourtownshabitat.org.

Vessel Safety Check (August 22) The Lake Norman Sail and Power Squadron offers free vessel safety checks throughout the summer. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Mountain Creek Marina.

2009 National Night Out (August 4) Cornelius Parks, Arts, Recreation and Culture Department and the Cornelius Police Department join forces for the 2009 National Night Out, a crime/drug prevention event featuring face painting, food, games, inflatables and entertainment. 7-9 p.m. Free. Smithville Park, 19710 S. Ferry Street, Cornelius, 704.892.6031, www.corneliuspr.org.

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Backyard Tails — Flight Program (every Saturday and Sunday) Experience a Great Horned Owl flying just inches from your head during Backyard Tails — Flight Program. Seats are limited. Noon2 p.m. Regular admission plus $2 fee. Carolina Raptor Center, 6000 Sample Road, Huntersville, 704.875.6521, www.carolinaraptorcenter.org. Lake Norman Currents | August 2009

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.huntersville.org, 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), www. meetingstreetmarket.com. Car Show— Morrison Plantation Shopping

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Mooresville, 704.664.2414, www.artworksonmain. com. Meet the Wildcats Day (August 15) Sports activities, inflatables, autographs and more make it a great day to be a Wildcat. 1-3 p.m. Free. Village Green, Davidson. Pan for Gold! (August 15) Learn about the Charlotte region’s gold history as you pan for 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, www. lattaplantation.org. Miles of Mooresville (August 21) 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 Race City Runners Foundation, a non-profit organization. 7 p.m. $18 per person. Downtown Mooresville, www. queencitytiming.com. The Hope House Art Show (August 22) Artists show and sell their work to benefit Hope House in Huntersville. 4-8 p.m. Free. Dilworth Coffee @ Oakhurst, 9606 Bailey Road, Cornelius, www. thehopehousefoundation.org. Civil War Infantry Weekend (August 22-23) Civil War soldiers provide demonstrations on the grounds of Historic Latta Plantation. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free with regular admission. Historic Latta Plantation, 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville, 704.875.2312, www. lattaplantation.org.

 Galleries

Artworks on Main Monthly exhibitions. Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat 9 a.m.-2 p.m. 165 North Main Main Street, Mooresville, 704.664.2414, www. artworksonmain.com. Christa Faut Gallery Monthly exhibitions. 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, wwwchristafautgallery. com. Creative Art Exchange, The Cornelius Arts Center Gallery Youth Artists Exhibit from the Creative Art Exchange and Children’s Arts Project. Through August 30. Mon-Thu 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Fri and Sat by appointment. 19725 Oak Street, Cornelius, 704.892.7323, www.creativeartexchange.org.

Huntersville National Night Out (August 7) Activities for children, displays of police, fire and medical vehicles and more help the town of Huntersville celebrate National Night Out. 6-8 p.m. Free. Northcross Shopping Center, I-77 and Exit 25, www.shopnorthcross.com.

Depot Fine Arts Gallery Work from Leo Gordon, Sandie Bell and John Weidman will be on display with carved and painted gourds by Whitney Peckman. August 4-30. Opening reception August 14, 6-8 p.m. Tue-Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sun 1-4 p.m. 103 W. Center Avenue, Mooresville, 704.663.6661, www. mooresvilleartistguild.com.

UANA Pan Am Junior Synchronized Swimming Championships (August 12-15) Approximately 120 athletes from North and South America, Central America and the Caribbean compete for medals. Visit www.hffa.com/syncorswim for event schedule. Weeklong passes $12, daily tickets $8, $6 for children 12 and under. Huntersville Family Fitness & Aquatics, 11725 Verhoeff Drive, Huntersville, 704.766.2222.

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, www.duke-energy.com. 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, wwwfcfgframing.com.

On the Corner of Art and Main (August 14) Downtown Mooresville shows its artistic side with its monthly ArtWalk. 6-9 p.m. Free. Downtown

Landmark Galleries The work of watercolorist ‘Cotton’ Ketchie. Mon-Sat 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 212 North Main Street, Mooresville, 704.664.4122, www.


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

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. Cornelius Outdoor Cinema Series (August 5, 19, 20, 22) Enjoy a movie under the stars courtesy of the Cornelius Parks, Arts, Recreation and Culture Department. Movie dates and times are subject to change. Paul Blart Mall Cop — August 5 (Kenton Place, 17115 Kenton Drive), What About Bob? — August 19 (Kenton Place, 17115 Kenton Drive), High School Musical 3: Senior Year — August 20 (Jetton Village Green, 19818 N. Cove Road), Transformers — August 22 (Cornelius Town Hall, 21145 Catawba Avenue). Movies begin at dusk (8:30 p.m.). Free. 704.765.1450, cancellation/inclement weather hotline 704.896.2460, ext 300.

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. (summer gallery hours). 2009 Faculty Exhibition features work by Herb Jackson, Cort Savage and Rebekah Tolley. August 28-October 7, August 27, 7-9 p.m. opening. Cristina Toro: New Paintings features the tender, bright, riotous canvases of this Puerto Rican native. August 28-October 7, August 27, 7-9 p.m. opening. Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat-Sun noon-4 p.m. Davidson College, 315 N. Main Street, Davidson, 704.894.2519, www.davidson.edu/art/galleries.

Lunch & a Movie (August 10) Bring your lunch and watch Night at the Museum. Noon-1:30 p.m. Free. Town of Davidson Public Library, 119 South Main Street, Davidson, 704.416.4000.

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.

Teen Movie Night (August 12) Watch Rebecca Bloomwood, fashionista extraordinaire, get into all sorts of financial mishaps in Confessions of a Shopaholic. 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Town of Davidson Public Library, 119 South Main Street, Davidson, 704.416.4000.

 Movies

Ben & Jerry’s Free Outdoor Moovie Series (August 4) Bee Movie. Bring lawn chairs and a canned food donation for the Loaves & Fishes food pantry at Ada Jenkins Center. Trivia and prizes begin

Movies @ McGuire Nuclear Station (August 7) The movie is TBD, but the fun is guaranteed. Boats are welcome. 8:40-10:30 p.m. Free. McGuire Nuclear Station, 13339 Hagars Ferry Road, Huntersville.

Movies on Main-Outdoors (August 21) Watch Dorothy and her friends find their way back home in The Wizard of Oz. 8:30 p.m. Free. Bellingham Park, 1600 Bellingham Drive, Mooresville, 704.662.3334,

www.ci.mooresville.nc.us. Movies in the Park (August 28) Enjoy a family friendly film, Kung Fu Panda, in the park courtesy of Huntersville Parks and Recreation. 8:30 p.m. Free. North Mecklenburg Park, 16131 Old Statesville Road, Huntersville.

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 Teens

Rock Band Wednesdays at Ben & Jerry’s (Wednesdays throughout August) 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. 6:30-9 p.m. Free. Ben & Jerry’s, 202 S. Main Street, Davidson, 704.892.0604. Teen Wii and Rock Band on the Wall Night (August 10) The LKN Teen Council and Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream are offering a wall-sized outdoor gaming experience for teens. Rock Band and other Wii sports games will be available. There will be two game stations on the wall for four players per game. 8 p.m. registration, 8:30 games begin. Free. Ben & Jerry’s, 202 S. Main Street, Davidson, 704.892.0604.

 Theatre

Barefoot in the Park (Through 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, www.carolinatix.org.

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Fran Park reels students in

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hile just about anyone can pick up a rod and reel and cast a lure into the water, fly fishing is unique, with distinct and ancient methods and what some would call an artistic beauty. “There’s something about fly fishing that attracts a different kind of person,” says Fran Park of Huntersville. “It’s very serene and peaceful, but it also takes a lot of skill to lay down a fly the size of a pinhead precisely where you think the fish are.”

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Above: “It’s [fly fishing] very serene and peaceful, but it also takes a lot of skill to lay down a fly the size of a pinhead precisely where you think the fish are,” says Fran Park. Right: Fran Park grew up fishing in upstate New York.

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Park knows all about such things. Not only is he an avid fisherman, but he also teaches other anglers how to build their own fly rods. Park grew up fishing in upstate New York with his grandfather, who took him to Oneida Lake where they fished for bluegills, catfish and rock bass. Park soon developed a passion for anything that involved “a rod and reel in my hands,” he says. Years later, when Park moved to Colorado in the mid-90s, he started making his own fly rods. “When winter came and I couldn’t fish, I started looking for something to do to pass the time until fishing season got here.” He came across a local fly fishing store that offered fly rod building classes, and before long he had a new hobby. Park, who works full time as a broker with Coldwell Banker United Realtors, is certified by the Custom Rod Builders’ Guild as a professional builder and is a member of Rod Builders International. For the past three years he’s been hosting fly rod building classes at Madison River Outfitters in Cornelius.

Park explains that the fly rod construction process starts with what’s called a “blank,” which is a pole that forms the core of the rod. He stresses that in his classes he only uses highquality parts from reputable dealers, and students can select the exact blank and components they want to suit their specific needs. Each class meets for three evenings over a three-week period, during which time students learn the basics of rod building, and “when it’s all said and done you’ve got a brand new rod you’ve built yourself,” says Park The average cost for each rod is between $300 and $400, including the $75 class fee. Says Park, “The goal here is not to save money, but to learn why a rod performs the way it does, and how you can build a custom rod that does exactly what you want instead of trying to find one on the shelf.” LNC The Scoop Visit http://gfrods.wordpress.com to find out more about Fran Park and his fly rod building classes.


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