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Currents Our editor’s quest to make the perfect Turkey Day dinner Ray and Erin Evernham’s new life on and off the track

Giving Thanks Terrific Thanksgiving wines

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Contents |

12 The Main Channel 16 Porthole What’s hip at Lake Norman


Dancing with Our Stars, Lake Norman Beer Festival

18 The Captain’s Chair 22 Around the Track 24 Rip Currents Scott Galloway’s love of history fuels his work

Champion Tire & Wheel keeps ’em racing


— Restoration

Bruce Wright’s red 1954 Jaguar is part of the family

27 Rip Currents — Speed

Ray and Erin Evernham enjoy taking life at a slower pace at East Lincoln Speedway

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34 The Galley

Pelican’s Patio Bar & Grille whisks guests to the Caribbean

36 Grapevine

North Carolina’s wonderful wines are something to be thankful for

40 Strong Currents 56 Little Smiles helps children when they’re hurting

46 Game On


Kayaks serve as a classroom of natural discovery

56 Home Port

— Renovation

Bill and Barbara Anderson give thanks for a more functional kitchen

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— Cooking

Our fearless editor and three of her friends learn the ins and outs of Thanksgiving dinner

69 Currently 72 One More Thing

Once On This Island Jr. brings teens to the stage

Stephanie Dawkins shares her story to empower other women


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he other day I heard a friend talking about a recent relative who had died. She was explaining how surprised she was to learn so much about him after he passed away. I know that feeling all too well. I’m amazed at how many times I’ve learned something incredibly interesting about someone I knew after reading his or her obituary. During the past couple of years, I’ve lost several people who were very important to me. They weren’t close relatives, but they were people who I naively believed would always be around. Taking that for granted, I put off having deeper conversations with them because I always thought there would be a next time. Two years ago, my friend, Punky, died rather suddenly of brain cancer. While watching a slideshow after his funeral, I learned that he had traveled all over the world. Who knew? He bought the cottage a few doors down from my parents’ lake house when I was a little girl, and though we swam in the same cove for all of those years, I never really knew him at all. In September, I lost my Uncle Archie.

No, he wasn’t my uncle by blood, but he was my uncle in every other sense of the word. Each Labor Day he would invite me to his pig pickin’. One year, I actually made it, but for all the other years, there always seemed to be a conflict. Again, I always thought there would be a next time. During his memorial service, I read his obituary printed on the back of the bulletin. I didn’t know his name was Archibald or that his birthday fell on tax day. Sure, these are little things, but they’re interesting tidbits that give life flavor. This Thanksgiving, I’m grateful for my family, my friends, my health and so much more, but I don’t think being thankful is going to be enough this time. Starting this holiday season, I’m going to prove how thankful I am for the people in my life by getting to know them better. It might seem like a game of Twenty Questions at first, but in time, folks will get used to my inquisitive ways, and I’ll be even closer to the people I love. That’s something to be thankful for.

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ecently I read that success isn’t measured by the number of years you manage to stay in business, but by what you manage to accomplish within those years. CURRENTS magazine was introduced to the Lake Norman area a mere two years ago, but we’re hardly the new kids on the block. Each staff member boasts more than 15 years experience in the publishing business, most of those years right here at Lake Norman. It’s no wonder we’ve already received a National APEX Award for magazine excellence, were chosen by the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce to create their official relocation magazine (Great Lake Living) and were chosen by the Lake Norman Home Builders to present its annual Best of the Lake awards in our January 2009 and 2010 issues. Our commitment to you is to be “the magazine for and about the people who call Lake Norman home,” and we will not waiver from that commitment. As we begin our third year of bringing you the best of Lake Norman, we’re extremely excited to announce our partnership with one of the area’s most informative and resourceful parenting publications, Little Ones Magazine. Created six years ago by two of the area’s most accomplished publishers (and moms), Kiran Dodeja Smith and Kerrie Boys, Little Ones Magazine has aided moms facing the various stages of motherhood. By providing informative features on local childhood education, entertainment, family, fashion and fun, as well as providing support and encouragement, Little Ones has helped moms face parenting’s day-to-day opportunities and challenges. In upcoming months, you’ll see more copies of Little Ones available throughout the Lake Norman area. Local businesses will work with the same great CURRENTS sales staff they’ve come to depend on to help them reach their desired target audience. We’ll offer special discounts to advertisers wishing to reach both CURRENTS’ 10

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Experts reveal why it happens and how to get back and succeed A 36-year-old jewelry designer trips up on the treadmill. A 52-year-old executive gets bored riding the bike. Many people commit to a gym membership and then quit. They never feel comfortable using the equipment, their momentum fades, and most important, they just don’t see results.

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“It’s common to start out and then fail — and that’s OK,” says Dr. Kevin Craft, co-owner of four Gold’s Gym facilities between Exits 18 and 36. “But now it’s time to get back to the gym, or give it a try if you’ve never had a membership, and do it the right way.”

At Gold’s, no one fears being pushed to the point of exhaustion or agony. “Gold’s is offering a new Jump Start Program,” says Craft. “We’re encouraging those who’ve tried and failed to get back to the gym, and we’re inviting newcomers to give the gym a try.”

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

Listen Up Alison Balsom comes to WDAV’s airwaves If you miss trumpeter Alison Balsom playing with the Charlotte Symphony on November 5 and 6, no worries because WDAV Classical Public Radio will be airing parts of the concert on its November 20 broadcast of Carolina Live at 3 p.m. The Davidson station and the Charlotte Symphony recently announced a three-year agreement to bring the area’s largest professional orchestra to the airwaves. In addition to the 89.9 FM signal, WDAV’s Carolina Live broadcast can be heard live online at and iTunes, as well as on any iPhone or iPad equipped with the Public Radio Player and NPRMusic apps. — LKT Photo courtesy of the Charlotte Symphony Lake Norman Currents | November 2010

Trumpeter Alison Balsom became the first ever Briton to be crowned “Female Artist of the Year” at the Classical BRITS. Hear part of her November 5 and 6 concerts with the Charlotte Symphony on WDAV’s Carolina Live show at 3 p.m. on November 20.


Bruce Guild brings more than 20 years of experience and expertise to StudioVelo, his new store in downtown Mooresville that has a state-of-the-art bicycle-fitting system. Using special software and motion-capture sensors, Guild helps cyclists find the optimum positioning, geometry and equipment. “The proper fitting is just as important for a triathlete as a beginner,” Guild explains. “It maximizes performance and safety and just makes riding more enjoyable.” Guild has been a player in Lake Norman’s bicycling scene ever since he opened Cool Breeze Cyclery in downtown Mooresville Doug Rozelman gets fitted for a bike by Bruce Guild at StudioVelo.

From Nancy and Vinnie DiGiorgio of Campania Italian Café & Trattoria in Davidson Ingredients

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1 pound of gnocchi (fresh or packaged) 2 Tbls. of extra virgin olive oil 1/2 onion, finely chopped 1 clove garlic, finely chopped 14 oz. peeled butternut squash, cut into medium diced squares 1/4 cup pine nuts Pinch of saffron 1 cup of heavy cream 2 Tbls. of butter 1/2 cup of water 1/4 cup of pecorino romano cheese Salt and pepper to taste Chopped parsley for garnishing

Directions • Boil and cook gnocchi according to package. Set aside. • I n a large pan, heat oil and cook onion, garlic, and squash on medium heat for a few minutes. •A dd pine nuts and sauté until slightly toasted (1 to 2 minutes). •A dd the water, and pinch of saffron and salt. •C over and cook on low until squash is tender. • When water is evaporated, add butter, and heavy cream and cook until liquid thickens. Stir occasionally. dd gnocchi, half the pecorino cheese •A and toss lightly in the pan. •A dd a pinch of black pepper, salt. • S erve immediately and top with remaining pecorino cheese. Garnish with fresh chopped parsley.


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But by then Guild was ready to focus on the more specialized practice of bicycle fitting and designing custom bikes. “[It] takes years to develop the skill set to do it,” he says. In September 2009 he sold his share of the bicycle shops and opened StudioVelo in June. The store offers a number of fitting services. To get a truly accurate representation of each individual, Guild attaches special LED lights to key parts of the body, and uses a sensor ray and special software to record the customer’s pedaling motion and how the different body parts work together. Guild then uses this information to custom fit a customer’s bike or provide unbiased advice as to what bike is best for their particular needs. “It’s a service that can improve a triathlete’s competitive edge,” says Guild, “or give a beginner valuable information to use when shopping for a new bike.” — Sam Boykin, photography by Glenn Roberson The Scoop

Just Make It

Bruce Guild helps folks find the ride of their lives

Gnocchi with Butternut Squash and Toasted Pine Nuts in a Saffron Cream Sauce

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The Right Fit

in 1988. Guild, who has been cycling since 1986 and is a former United States Cycling Federation-licensed racer, grew the business into one of Lake Norman’s main bike shops. In 2006 he moved the shop to a larger space at Mooresville Gateway, where he could combine other services like biomechanical fitting, personal training and coaching all under one roof. A few years later he and several partners opened Trek Bicycle Store in Charlotte.

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The Business of Living Donations help bring a mother’s dream to life at Hinds’ Feet Farm Her son, Phil, suffered a traumatic brain injury in a 1984 automobile accident, but Carolyn Johnson Van Every Foil (known as “Puddin” to her family and friends) never stopped believing she could find a place that would enable him to reach his full potential in a healing environment. In 2002, Puddin and her husband, Martin, opened Hinds’ Feet Farm on Black Farms Road in Huntersville, which offers programs and activities designed to help members with traumatic brain injuries maximize their lives with unique and holistic programs, such as horseback riding,

yoga, tai chi and nature walks. Puddin passed away this past April, but her son, Marty, who serves as the executive director of Hinds’ Feet Farm, is working to make his mother’s dream of building a residential facility on the grounds finally come to life. “After my mother passed away, we had an unbelievable flood of memorials and donations, totaling around $200,000,” explains Marty. He hopes to begin construction of a sixbed addition to the farm named “Puddin’s Place” by the end of this year. The expan“We’re trying to help members get re-engaged with the business of living,” says Foil. “After my mother passed away, we had an unbelievable flood of memorials and donations, totaling around $200,000,” explains Marty Foil, executive director of Hinds’ Feet Farm.

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sion should be complete by late 2011. On any given day, six to 14 program members use a general-purpose activity building on the grounds as well as a handicap-accessible barn. With the new residential facility, Marty will be hiring extra caregivers such as CNAs and RNs to help residents with nonmedical tasks such as eating, bathing and administering medications. Marty says he isn’t sure exactly how many caregivers will be needed yet, but he will ensure the best possible medical staff is hired to help residents, even if he has to raise additional funds to do it. “We’re trying to help members get reengaged with the business of living,” says Marty. — Renee Roberson, photography by Glenn Roberson The Scoop For more information about Hinds Feet Farm, visit


Apricot Lane Boutique has opened in Birkdale Village. Look for denim by AG

Photography by LeeAnn Little

Shop and Tell

Dot’s Women’s Wear in downtown Mooresville is now L Squared. Owner LeeAnn Little, whose family has been in the boutique business for 46 years, changed the name to modernize the image of the store. “We’ve definitely gone contemporary,” says Little of her boutique, which carries lines such as BB Dakota, Free People, French Connection, LAmade, Nanette Lepore and more. The store’s vintage feel, complete with an intricate ceiling, pale pastel walls and worn hardwoods, works well with its funky black chandelier and its new direction. 127 North Main Street, Mooresville

Mooresville’s L Squared offers contemporary fashion in a vintage environment.

Jeans, Laguna Beach, Lucky Brand, Miss Me, Rock Revival and more. In addition to designer-inspired handbags, shoes and other accessories, you’ll find items for the home, such as wall décor and bath and spa products. The front section of Avalilly’s has been transformed into a jewelry boutique. “We really just wanted to add another element to Avalilly’s,” explains Lauren Copeland, manager of the Cornelius store. “Not only can you come in here for jeans and great

dresses and tops and things like that, but now you can complete your outfit with really fun jewelry.” Look for designs by Bohm, Gorjana, Gozde, Lori Snyder, Mollybeads, and Virgins Saints & Angels. Icy Waves has doubled its space by Xerchici secturit, at veromoving intoatempos a new location The Shops at videssi dipsunte sum quam Fresh Market. “We were kind of cramped in our other space, and the shopping center offered us a deal we couldn’t refuse,” explains Shannon Smith, who co-owns the shop with Jammi Allen. “We gutted the whole place, and we made it very industrial, so we have complete open ceilings.” The interior also features a steel garage door and concrete floors stained in blue. “When you walk in, it looks like you’re walking on water,” says Smith, adding that the new space allows them to carry a full line of wakeboards. — LKT

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Dancing With Our Stars

photos by Sharon Simpson

On September 18, the Mooresville S. Iredell Chamber of Commerce held its first ever “Dancing with our Stars” event. Mooresville community leaders were asked to compete in the just-forfun dancing competition. The event was emceed by WCNC’s Larry Sprinkle and hosted by Randy Marion Automotive, Hampton Inns and Suites, CURRENTS Magazine and more.

Professional dance instructors from Arthur Murray Dance Studio performed during the event.

Erskin and Connie Smith and Abagail Jennings.

Diana Young, Debbie Jackson and Rick Howard.

Debbie Hoover performs with her dance partner.

CURRENTS’ own Kim Morton competed with her dancing partner, Ed LaRoushe.

Gus Gustafson and Wendy Suddreth. Grey and Jennifer Marion Mills.

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Lake Norman Beer Fest

On September 18-19, beer enthusiasts got the chance to celebrate their beer of choice at the Lake Norman Beer Festival at Galway Hooker in Cornelius. Patrons were able to sample a variety of craft beer as they enjoyed live music. Cheers! More on


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The Storyteller

by Lori K. Tate photography by Glenn Roberson

Scott Galloway’s love of history fuels his work


hen Scott Galloway graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1990, his parents told him to “figure out what you want to do and pursue that.” The history major knew that he wanted to tell stories, so he got a job at a production company. Since that time he’s produced and/or directed pieces for ABC, A&E, Food Network, HGTV, The History Channel, PBS, Travel Channel and more. As president of Susie Films, the Davidson resident has directed and produced two feature-length documentary films — A Man Named Pearl and Children of All Ages. He also wrote and directed Our Vanishing Americana, a documentary based on Mike Lassiter’s book of the same name. We recently caught up with Galloway after he returned from a whirlwind trip to New York City to find out what he’s up to.

What were you doing in New York City? I was doing a documentary on vegetarianism for the Cooking Channel. We shot at the Dovetail Restaurant, which is on the Upper West Side. It’s run by a guy named John Fraser, and in the culinary world he’s kind of a rock star. He’s basically created this program called Meatless Mondays. We watched him work. We went down to the Green Market at Union Square, where he picks all of his vegetables. He bases his menu on what’s fresh. I like vegetables. I like them. I don’t necessarily love them, but if I could eat there, I would be a vegetarian. Oh, it was so good. Lake Norman Currents | November 2010

You’re also doing some work for Lifetime’s Army Wives too, right?

As president of Susie Films, Scott Galloway has directed and produced two feature-length documentary films — A Man Named Pearl and Children of All Ages. Fred Story, in the background, composed the original scores for both films.


It ran in August. We did a program called Army Wives Gives Back. These are little pieces that run during the shows where the actresses of the show give back to the community. Continued on page 20

The Annual Ryan Newman Foundation

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5TH ANNUAL CHARITY FISHING TOURNAMENT 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM, Saturday, December 11, 2010 Blythe Landing, Lake Norman, NC Presented by Bass Pro Shops Facilitated by the Bassmaster® Tournament Team

Join NASCAR’s Ryan Newman, Tony Stewart, Martin Truex, Jr., Regan Smith, Clint Bowyer, Mike Skinner, Pro Fishermen, the Musik Mafia’s Two Foot Fred, Root 49 Music Recording Artist Bridgette Tatum, and more! »



GRAND PRIZE Win the 2010 Nitro® Ryan has been fishing in all year!


Tournament also includes a BIG FISH CONTEST with cash prize and a RAFFLE for rod/reel combos, autographed NASCAR memorabilia, lures & more! TEAM CHECK-IN will be on Thursday, Dec. 9th from 6 PM to 9 PM and Friday, December 10th from 10 AM to 7 PM at Bass Pro Shops, located in Concord Mills, Concord, NC.


VIP DINNER & AUCTION Enjoy an evening of entertainment and delicious Southern cuisine; meet and mingle with NASCAR® drivers and pro fishermen at the Newman Property.




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Didn’t Children of All Ages, your most recent documentary, premiere on WTVI in June? It did.

How did this film come about? We got commissioned to do a museum video about The Circus Museum in Sarasota. When I went down there I met with the docent, the curator and the other administrative staff. There was this old guy who was there who is a former Ringling Bros. public relations person, and so he asked me if I could follow him into this back room. When I went back there he showed me the layout of this circus model that was 4,000 square feet big. It was the most intricate model of anything I’ve ever seen in my life. He started to walk around and tell me about this model, which basically profiled the circus back in its tented heyday. He had tears in his eyes, and it brought back all of these incredible memories. So I said to the

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How did you go about it? I told the man I’d like to meet the guy who made the model, and I asked if he could find the greatest living circus performers because a lot of them live in Florida because that’s where they train. He did, and that’s how it got started. I kind of felt like I had two pieces of a threering circus. I had the last original circus performers, meaning the last people to perform under the big top when it was the Ringling Show back in its heyday, and then I had the largest miniature circus in the world. Then we found the oldest youth circus in the world so it’s kind of like a P.T. Barnum kind of thing, playing off of the three oxymorons and that’s essentially what the film is. We started shooting that in 2006. We aired it at the 2008 Sarasota International Film Festival.

Did it win? No, but it did sell out though. From there it went to film festivals all over the country, which was fun.

What do you enjoy about making documentaries? I love telling stories. I also love the experience. I like working with people who are extremely talented in different fields. I enjoy collaborating with them to create something that’s hopefully well done. To accomplish a great documentary you have to have a great cinematographer, you have to have great editor. You have to have a talented composer and post-audio mix. You have to work with all of those people to accomplish it, so I really do like the process. I also like the fact that it gives me the opportunity to meet and interview and learn the stories of some of the most fascinating people I’ve ever met. LNC More on

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From left, Jamie Rolewicz and Kevin Mahl co-own Cornelius-based Champion Tire & Wheel.

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ruce Wright didn’t need to search far to find a project to consume his free time when he retired. Unlike many men — who when confronted with retirement, look for projects to fill their time — Bruce needed only to open the garage behind his house. There sat a 1954 Jaguar XK120, where it had waited obediently for the better part of four decades.

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Impractically perfect The Jag had been a part of Bruce’s life since he bought it during college in 1957. At the time, his older brother, Dave, owned an MGA and joined a sports car club. Bruce decided he also wanted a sports car but wanted to “one up” his brother’s MG with something more exotic. “A friend and I were driving around one 24

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The Jaguar followed Bruce to graduate school at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, where he graduated with a Ph.D. in chemical engineering. “I had at least 15 job offers when I graduated,” says Bruce, who, in 1966, decided to accept a job with Fiber Industries in Charlotte. “By then I was married and had two-and-a-half kids, so the Jag was stored in my mother’s garage in New Jersey. …My wife, Penny, bought a new VW beetle, so that became our family car. “Selling the Jag never crossed my mind. They weren’t very valuable back then, so the amount of cash wouldn’t have made a difference,” says Bruce.

Rusty to restored In 1970, Bruce towed the Jag to Charlotte.

Top and right Bruce Wright retired in 1996 and began the car’s restoration in 1999. It took 10 years. Above Bruce Wright in August 1957, two days after he bought the car.

Bruce once nearly bought a somewhat newer Jaguar XK 150 that he had seen for sale but was quickly talked out of it by his sons. “You can’t do that, Dad,” said his son Jamie. “You have a car like that at home, and you have all that history with it.” When the house was completed (if home restoration is ever truly completed), and the kids graduated from college and were out of the house, Bruce had time to contemplate the Jaguar again. “I always thought it would be a good retirement project,” he says. And so it was. Bruce retired in 1996 and began the car’s restoration in 1999. “I thought restoration would take three to five years, but it took 10 years,” he says. “I did everything myself except for the bodywork and paint.” Now that it’s completed, Bruce looks forward

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“It ran but was rusty and looking pretty nasty,” he explains. Bruce remembers one episode when he drove his young daughter to pre-school at Myers Park Methodist Church in the decrepit car. “My daughter, Pam, still remembers it to this day,” he says. The Wrights moved to Davidson in 1974, and the Jaguar was towed from Charlotte to their new, historic home, on Main Street. Bruce’s busy life of a challenging career and raising seven children was additionally complicated with the restoration of his circa-1900 home. The Jaguar sat forlorn in the family’s dirt-floor garage. Once, when the car was sitting outside under a tarp during Hurricane Hugo, a massive elm tree snapped and narrowly missed the car.

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Ray Evernham and a partner own and operate East Lincoln Speedway five miles east of Stanley. Evernham says the track has renewed his passion for racing.


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“It’s just more about going to a Saturday night event.”

Freedom for family The Evernhams live in Cornelius but are using their newfound freedom to travel. This summer, they took several long road trips. They visited family, stopped at small racetracks and visited racing museums.

Meanwhile, Ray stays connected to NASCAR through his part-time role as an ESPN analyst. “I think I’m more fulfilled professionally,” he says. “I’m much more personally happy now.” His wife, 29, is too. While Erin thinks she would have been more competitive in NASCAR had she been given more time, she’s very content today. Besides, she says, compared to the always-on-the-go NASCAR routine, the couple’s new life is a better fit. “It suits the person I am, and the things that I enjoy more,” Erin says. To run all those races is great, but you really sacrifice a lot in life. I have a family that I’m really close with. I like the balance.” So will the couple ever return to big time racing? Maybe, but don’t bet on it. Erin says if an offer to drive in NASCAR came her

way, she’d at least listen. Ray says for him, any opportunities would have to be a perfect fit. He knows one thing for sure. “I’ll never be a crew chief again,” Ray says. “I really don’t have a desire to be back on the road 38 weekends a year.” But whether it’s the bright lights of NASCAR or the small town Saturday night dirt track, both husband and wife say racing will always be a part of their lives. LNC Scott Graf is a Corneliusbased broadcaster and freelance writer. A native of Iowa, he has lived in the Lake Norman area since 2006.

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or me, Thanksgiving is the best holiday of all — a nice, lingering meal with family and friends that’s a celebration of living and of our nation’s bounty. I can’t think of a better way to complement this year’s Thanksgiving meal than by adding some of our North Carolina wines. And there are lots of wines to choose from; all of them excellent. That’s not just my judgment. There have been a number of times that I’ve taken one or more of these wines to France; either for a special wine pairing dinner prepared by one of Paris’ most renowned chefs or simply to share with winemakers or friends. That’s a tough crowd to please when it comes to wine and, each time there has been nothing but rave reviews.

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Let’s Get Started Here’s what I plan for this year’s dinner. We always start our meal with a few plates of light hor d’œuvres. The wine we’ll be sipping is a Sauvignon Blanc from Childress Vineyards. I tasted this wine earlier this year when my wife and I were at a dinner along with Childress’ winemaker, Mark Friszolowski. This is a beautiful wine. Tasting it, you would think that you had one of New Zealand’s best wines in your glass. The wine is crystal clear in color. It’s crisp and fresh with buckets of citrus fruit, a nice grassy flavor and a flinty, mineral finish. I was swept off my feet by the wine and by the fact that one could produce a wine like this in a climate as warm as ours. According to Friszolowski, he is able to find cool and shel38

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tered spots where this grape thrives. Lucky us. This is a wine that I plan to take on my travels and conduct a blind tasting or two. I guarantee that no one will place it in North Carolina. Appetizing Next we move on to appetizers. For us that’s a plate of chilled seafood and an accompaniment of sauces. The wine I’ve planned for this dish is an Italian-style white wine, Vermentino; a wine from Raffaldini Vineyards. This is slightly deeper than the Sauvignon Blanc; deeper in color and fuller in taste. Light enough for the seafood and bold

enough to take on the sauces. Once again, this is a wine that stands shoulder to shoulder with its international peers — in this case, wines from Italy and southern France. The wine has a pale, straw color. It has a floral hint that goes along with its fresh fruit flavors. What I like about the wine is an underlying honey flavor; it gives the wine a feel of sweetness that balances its crisp acidity and minerality. This particular wine was given as a gift by President Obama to his Italian counterpart. Considering the fact that there are so many Italian-style wines in the United States to choose from, the choice of a North Carolina wine as a gift is just another data point showing how our wines are something to be thankful for.

The Big Bird Dish Afterward, of course, comes the turkey. And we have just the wine for that. It’s a Chambourcin; a wine that can lay claim to being North Carolina’s signature grape. Chambourcin originated in the United States. Years ago winegrowers in the Loire Valley region of France adopted the grape in order to combat a root disease that came close to destroying the wine industry in France. A small amount of Chambourcin is still grown there. Where the grape has thrived is back on its original territory — especially in North Carolina. Chambourcin wines have a beautiful, deep, dark color (almost purple). It’s a great pairing for roasted turkey. While it is a rich meat, turkey is much lighter than grilled Continued on page 40

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steak, for example. It needs a wine that isn’t shy but isn’t so powerful as to be overwhelming. If you simply look at a glass of Chambourcin you’d expect a high-powered oomph when you taste it. Not so. It’s nowhere nearly as robust as it looks. What I like about the wine is its combination of subtle nuance and structure. You get light layers of fruit and definite herbaceous flavors as well as a great shot of tannin; but they don’t jump out and scream at you. It’s more like a pleasant conversation than a shouting match. Perfect for turkey. The wine we’ll be pouring is from Westbend Vineyards. Just Desserts At last we come to dessert; pumpkin pie, naturally. This dish needs a wine that’s got a little sweetness but not too much. It’s strong flavors call out for a wine with a healthy dose of character. And do we have one; Vin d’Orange produced by Hanover Park Vineyard. This is an

interesting wine. It’s made in the tradition of the Provence area of southern France. You start with some rosé wine and add a little cognac. Then toss in a whole pile of sliced oranges, some cinnamon, a vanilla bean or two and some sugar. Next just let the whole concoction sit for quite a while to let all the flavors infuse into the wine. Then into the bottle it goes. What you end up with is something that has a high ‘oh wow’ factor — you take a sip and you can’t restrain yourself from saying, ‘oh wow.’ This has to be the perfect wine to savor at the end of a Thanksgiving dinner. There’s absolutely no question in my mind that North Carolina wines can stand up there with wines from the rest of the world. And it just seems the right thing to do to pair them with the dishes of a Thanksgiving Day feast. The main growing areas for North Carolina wines are the Yadkin Valley and Swan Creek AVAs (American Viticultural Areas). That’s where all the wines I’ve talked about are from. All the vineyards are close to the lake area; most of them a short drive up Interstate 77

and then east along Interstate 40. One of the great joys, for me, is visiting with winemakers to learn the philosophies that govern their winemaking — how they pour their soul into their wines. So, you can add a second pleasure to your Thanksgiving dinner; visiting with winemakers and then bringing their wines home for the big meal. If you can’t go see the winemakers, simply find them on the Internet and order their wines online. Either way you’re in for a great meal. Enjoy. LNC ■ Trevor Burton will talk about holiday wines on WCNC’s Charlotte Today November 16 at 11 a.m. Trevor Burton of Mooresville, a retired technology marketing consultant, now occupies himself in the field of wine and its enjoyment. Certified by the International Sommelier Guild, he is founder of SST Wine Experiences and, along with his wife, Mary Ellen, conducts wine education and tasting tours to wine regions throughout the world.

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pending days in bed, with sleep interrupted by endless needle pricks, isn’t fun — particularly during the holiday season and especially if you’re a child. While childhood is supposed to be carefree and full of smiles, many kids and teens spend weeks and months in the hospital because of injuries or illness, sometimes chronic or terminal. With arms full of balloons, crayons and gifts, Margi Kyle, a Cornelius interior designer, is hard at work trying to brighten their days. As the founder of the Charlotte chapter of Little Smiles, Kyle says, “We will do whatever we can to make a child’s stay in the hospital a pleasant one.” Joy and Encouragement A national nonprofit, Little Smiles was started 10 years ago in Florida, and Kyle’s stepson was the founding president. A second chapter was started later in Philadelphia, and last year, Kyle got Little

Margi Kyle, an interior designer in Cornelius, is the founder of the Charlotte chapter of Little Smiles. “We will do whatever we can to make a child’s stay in the hospital a pleasant one,” she says.

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Smiles under way here. “I’d wanted to do it for years,” she says “but we finally got a board of directors together with 10 of us last year.” The chapter got its 501c status in May. Now, some 20 additional volunteers help to bring smiles to patients at Levine Children’s Hospital and children being served by Kids Path through Hospice and Palliative Care Charlotte Region, as well as children in local shelters. “We’ll help any child, not just one who is terminally ill,” emphasizes Kyle. “We work through nurses to grant the wishes of any child. … We were asked to come and read to a child and bring a soft blanket for another.” 42

Little Smiles has planned parties and pizza nights, taken toys to pediatric patients and played games with children of all ages. “Girls like painting their nails, and boys like bubble gum contests,” explains Kyle. Carrie Keuten with the Child Life Department at Levine Children’s Hospital says she knew the minute she met Kyle that this tireless volunteer had a passion for children, especially sick ones. “Whether she stands by quietly, or talks with the children, you feel her warmth and compassion. … It doesn’t matter what the child is beContinued on page 44

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ing treated for, just that he or she is a child first.” Michael Bailey, senior minister of Mt. Zion United Methodist Church in Cornelius, is the president of the Little Smiles Charlotte chapter. “I became involved with Little Smiles because of observations I’ve made as a pastor,” he says. “Children in the hospital are in a frightening situation, and anything we can do to bring joy and encouragement to them is something my faith would endorse.” He adds, “For Little Smiles to help these children is a noble calling. Our church participates in Room in the Inn. ... From time to time, we’ve hosted parents with children, and Little Smiles is dedicated to helping with these little ones, as well.” More $$$ = More Smiles With a mission of helping children “escape their everyday pain” and allowing them to be kids again “even if it’s for a short period of time,” Little Smiles is actively welcoming more volunteers and donations. “We hold friend-raiser events and dinner

Little Smiles Golf Tournament Fundraiser When: Sunday, November 14 8:30 a.m. shotgun start $125 per person; hole sponsorships begin at $500. Where: Birkdale Golf Club A reception will follow at 2 p.m. (location TBD) and will include an awards ceremony, raffle for prizes, food and drinks. For more information: Visit or e-mail parties, where we ask for a $15 or more donation,” says Kyle. “We’ve held them in our homes, at Chico’s [raising $550] and at The Wine Cellar [raising $740].” Little Smiles also held a Bowlathon at Northcross Lanes in August, which raised $750. This month, a golf tournament will be held at Birkdale Golf Club. Kyle says help of any kind is appreciated. “Not everyone is comfortable going to the hospital. Some people like to do the shopping, and we need that. Every time I go to the store, I buy five boxes of crayons — the kids love crayons! And

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racy Tripp knows the local waters in a way that most people never will. Her passion is kayaking, and from the cockpit of her bright red sea kayak, Tripp regularly explores the hundreds of miles of creeks, coves and channels that comprise Lake Norman and its surrounding waterways. Kayakers see the world differently she says, and for an increasing number of area enthusiasts like Tripp, kayaking is a rewarding way to get outdoors, discover nature and explore the area in a singularly unique and meaningful way every month of the year. “I have found that most people are fascinated by the kayak,” says Tripp, a Mooresville resident and community coordinator for the Catawba Riverkeeper, a Charlotte based non-profit advocacy group that works to protect and enhance the waterways of the Catawba River Basin. “No matter who you are, the sight of a kayak on the water will make you stop and stare. Kids think of Eskimos in the cold waters of Alaska, and adults think of kayaks as solitary vehicles that slowly carry people away to some unseen and unknown beautiful destination.”

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Special access In her role as a fundraiser, spokesperson and expedition leader, Tripp spends her time educating individuals and groups on topics such as water quality and environmental sustainability. Her kayak doubles as her classroom. “I can give all types of talks, but it isn’t until I take people out on the water that it all starts to make sense,” says Tripp. “Having sailed, hiked and primarily paddled the entire Catawba River Basin, I can take you anywhere and show you great whitewater, great flatwater and…incredibly beautiful natural locations for groups of kayakers and naturalists to experience.” Continued on page 51



Tracy Tripp, a Mooresville resident and community coordinator for the Catawba Riverkeeper, has a passion for kayaking. She regularly explores the hundreds of miles of creeks, coves and channels that comprise Lake Norman and its surrounding waterways.

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Tripp says kayakers have more access to wildlife than all other types of boaters. “By being closer to the water, you are exposed to the complex and exciting natural environment. The kayak can go far upstream where no other

“I started kayaking with a group of friends and absolutely cherish the experience of being on the water,” Lundy says. “I just love being outdoors and find kayaking to be so relaxing. When I moved to Davidson Landing, it seemed right to paddle the areas where only a kayak could go.” Both Tripp and Lundy agree that kayaking at the right time of day can lead to a world of discovery. “You will definitely see the most wildlife if you put in either early in the morn-

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A shared passion Tripp is not alone in her passion. Scott Lundy relocated to Davidson in 2009 after five years in Charlotte in order to reduce his commute to Lowe’s corporate headquarters in Mooresville and to be closer to the water. He says kayaking in his back yard was a logical offshoot of the move.

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“By being closer to the water, you are exposed to the complex and exciting natural environment,” says Tracy Tripp.

Getting started Another Lake Norman kayaker is Zack Alsentzer, a sales specialist in camping, paddling and cycling at REI’s Northlake Mall location. He believes kayaking is a shared activity that spans generations. “I have had grandfathers come in with their sons and grandsons and all tell me they want to kayak together,” recalls Alsentzer. “It’s a question of getting them in the correct boat and fitting them to paddles that will allow them to perform most efficiently.” Alsentzer, who first learned the sport 25 years ago on a lake outside of Madison, Wisconsin, says most of the area kayakers he introduces to the sport are novices and recreational enthusiasts eager to learn. “Since kayaking is still growing around here, most of what I see is people wanting to get into the sport,” he explains. “They have either gone once or twice with a friend or returned from a vacation at a resort that had kayaks for their guests. They come to us once they are hooked.

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“It is really a sport that has a different meaning for everyone. I have always believed that kayaking is a quiet, meditative experience where you move under your own power,” says Alzentzer. “The times I like to go are the seasons when the masses aren’t on the lake. We just put in and spend time on the water. To me, it’s not so much where you go as it is just being out there spending time on the water.” Tripp agrees. “Kayaking is a proven activity that leads to individual epiphanies,” she says. “With just the paddle and a boat, you are in charge of your own destiny. You can go out for even two hours and come back a very different person.” LNC The Scoop For more information regarding Catawba Riverkeeper, visit

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Retirees Bill and Barbara Anderson, who live on Lake Norman in Cornelius, are looking forward to hosting their second Thanksgiving in their newly remodeled kitchen.

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Bill and Barbara Anderson give thanks for a more functional kitchen

hen it comes to cooking and entertaining, especially putting out a holiday spread, the convenience of having a well-designed kitchen is invaluable. Being able to move effortlessly between the oven, stovetop, refrigerator and sink is key … and can be the difference between a feast and a flop. Retirees Bill and Barbara Anderson, who live on Lake Norman in Cornelius, are looking forward to hosting their second Thanksgiving in their newly remodeled kitchen. They moved into their 3,400-squarefoot house in April 2009 and immediately knew the kitchen was the first thing on their to-do list.


Above: Before the renovation, the Anderson’s kitchen was dark, and a peninsula blocked the flow of traffic. Right: Bill Anderson says their kitchen renovation is “classy and practical.”

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Now the kitchen not only is attractive and filled with light, but it’s also easy to work in.

Referring to her roots, Barbara Anderson says her dream kitchen had to have “Polish practicality.” Therefore, there’s lots of storage space.

Practical Over Posh “It wasn’t user-friendly,” says Barbara, a retired teacher from Northern Virginia, of their kitchen. “It was dark. There was too much open space, and a peninsula blocked [the flow of traffic] to the table area.” Now, she says, the kitchen not only is attractive and filled with light, but it’s also easy to work in. Referring to her roots, Barbara says her dream kitchen had to have “Polish practicality.” She wasn’t intent on making it bigger or having lots of upgrades or bells and whistles, just ending up with a more efficient layout and a fresher look. The Andersons turned to International Kitchen & Bath in Davidson, and after six weeks last August and September, they ended up with “classy and practical,” according to Bill. “We wanted quality, not ostenta-

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The granite the Andersons chose for their countertops is called Juperana Crema Bordeaux. The light- and multi-colored design “hardly shows a crumb or watermark,” says Barbara, adding that her new drawerstyle microwave is also a bonus feature. While they’d heard about nightmare kitchen remodels, the Andersons say theirs wasn’t a horrible headache at all. Carlay says the key to a successful kitchen remodel is spending a lot of time at the client’s

The Andersons’ favorite feature in their new kitchen is its island, which allows plenty of space for wine storage.

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Lori K. Tate tries her best to master the Thanksgiving meal during a cooking class with Stacey Wackerman, owner/ operator of Gypsy Soup Catering Company in Huntersville.

by Lori K. Tate photography by Glenn Roberson

Playing with Food From left, Kelly Graf and Lori Long stuff Patty Pans.

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From left, Kelly Graf, Lori Long and Leslie MacGowan put the oven into overdrive so that the meal is served on time.

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Our fearless editor and three of her friends learn the ins and outs of Thanksgiving dinner


or the past 40 years, the Tate family has celebrated Thanksgiving at Aunt Ebba’s in Virginia. I’ve been lucky enough to attend seven of these gatherings, where the food and conversation simply can’t be beat. Add to the fact, that I don’t have to lift a finger in the kitchen, and you have the perfect Thanksgiving celebration. 62

Well, just as the Roman Empire fell, so has my Thanksgiving dinner set-up. This year the celebration is to be held at my in-laws’ house, which happens to be a five-minute walk from my house. Translation — Lori has to help cook. As I’ve written in this magazine before, I can cook, but I’m not the chef my mother-in-law is.

Therefore, the Girl Scout in me decided to prepare for the occasion by taking a cooking class with Stacey Wackerman, owner/operator of Gypsy Soup Catering Company in Huntersville. A mother of four, Wackerman’s experience with food spans more than 20 years. She’s deContinued on page 64

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voted the past three years to Gypsy Soup, as she caters events and teaches classes to everyone from children to couples. When I e-mailed her about my predicament, she immediately responded with the term “Patty Pans.” I had no idea what she was talking about, but since she seemed to have a command of the Thanksgiving food lingo, I decided to take a lesson.

No mistakes Instructed to bring three friends to the lesson, I invited my posse of Kelly Graf, Lori Long and Leslie MacGowan. As soon as we arrived, Wackerman put us to work. “Everyone needs to choose a dish to prepare,” she explained, while showing us what all had been prepped for us. I went straight to my comfort zone — baking. As I looked at the flour, baking soda, nutmeg, honey and molasses sitting before me, I discovered that I was preparing an Old Fashion Walnut Spice Cake.

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Long and Graf decided to tackle Butternut Squash Soup and the Patty Pans, which turns out are acorn squash filled with stuffing. MacGowan took care of the Molasses Glazed Pork Roast. This was a two-hour lesson, so a turkey was out of the question. Wackerman said that we could improvise measurements on almost all the recipes except the cake. “Great,” I thought. “I’m the one who doesn’t measure when I hang pictures, and I’m the only one who has to go by the book here.” Regardless, I proceeded with my assigned dish. I started out strong by measuring the flour, eggs, sugar and butter correctly, but then I accidentally put the sugar in the bowl with the water, molasses and honey. “I’ll just throw it out,” I said. “You don’t want to pour that out,” Wackerman intervened. “Don’t work so hard. There are no mistakes.” With that in mind, I left the bowls as they were and forged ahead, not knowing that I was about to encounter my biggest fear in the kitchen — the KitchenAid mixer. We got one of these beauties when I married in 2003. I’ve never touched it because my little hand mixer does just fine and is way less intimidating. Well, my little hand mixer was nowhere to be Continued on page 67


Recipes from Stacey Wackerman of Gypsy Soup

Beet & Walnut Salad 3 large beets Olive oil 1/4 cup cider vinegar 2 Tbl. honey Salt and pepper 1/2 cup olive oil Romaine lettuce 1 green apple 1/2 cup walnuts, toasted 1/4 cup feta cheese • Rub beets with oil, wrap in foil, bake 45 minutes. • Cool beets, peel, slice. • Slice apple thin. • Whisk vinegar, honey, salt and pepper. • Add oil, continue to whisk. • Arrange lettuce on individual plates. • Top with apples, beets. • Sprinkle cheese and nuts atop. • Drizzle dressing over each, serve.

Old Fashion Walnut Spice Cake 2 cups flour 1 1/4 tsp. baking powder 1 tsp. baking soda 1 tsp. allspice 1/4 tsp. nutmeg 1/2 tsp. salt 1 egg 1/2 cup of sugar 1 stick melted butter 1 Tbl. lemon rind 3/4 cup hot water 1/3 cup molasses 1/3 cup honey • I n a large bowl sift first 6 ingredients. • I n a separate bowl cream egg, sugar, butter and lemon peel. • I n a large cup combine water, molasses and honey. lternately mix together forming a •A batter. our into a greased baking dish. •P •B ake at 350 for 45 minutes. * Whipped cream is optional.

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A New Classic The Connie Company puts a Caribbean spin on a tale of tolerance by Lori K. Tate photography by Lisa Brueggemann


ing because it’s a musical and because the actors are closer to the age of the audience. “I think it’s going to be really accessible for them [the audience]. The lesson is one of tolerance, not judging a book by its cover and accepting each other as human beings without putting labels on each other,” says Ohlman-Roberge. “I want people to come and see what a group of dedicated teens can do when they set their minds to it. They’ve worked really hard.” LNC The Scoop The Connie Company performs Once on This Island Jr. on November 13 at 1 and 4 p.m.; November 14 at 1 and 4 p.m.; November 19 at 7 p.m.; November 20 at 4 p.m.; November 21 at 1 and 4 p.m. at Armour Street Theatre, 307 Armour Street, Davidson. Tickets are $9. 704.892.7918,


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nce on This Island Jr. is not a household name like Annie, The Lion King or Peter Pan, but Melissa OhlmanRoberge doesn’t want that to stop you from seeing the show. A Caribbean adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid and the novel, My Love, My Love by Rosa Guy, Once on This Island Jr. tells the story of Ti Moune, a peasant girl who rescues and falls in love with Daniel, a rich boy from the other side of the island. “It’s a beautiful show,” says Ohlman-Roberge, artistic director of Davidson Community Players and its youth and education division, the Connie Company. “Even though you

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CHILDREN Monday Morning Movies (Mondays) Treat you and your child to a free movie. 9:30-11:30 a.m. Free. War Memorial Building, Mooresville. Civil War Soldier for a Day (November 13) Boys and girls ages 8 to 12 will be mustered into the Northern and Southern armies for a day. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $40 per camper, pre-registration is required. Historic Latta Plantation, 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville,

Concerts Traditional Celtic Music — Earl’s Chair (November 6) Henry Lebedinsky and Michael Albert have performed their eclectic blend of Irish, Scottish, Cape Breton, Quebecois and original music from coast to coast. Reception following the concert. 7:30 p.m. $15, $10, children under 12 free. The Episcopal Church of St. Peter by-the-Lake, 8433 Fairfield Forest Road, Denver, 704.489.6249. Music at St. Alban’s (November 7) The David Glukh Klezmer Ensemble fuses traditional Jewish music with world beats to create its own unique sound. 3 p.m. $15, students and seniors 65 and over $10, children under 12 free. St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 301 Caldwell Lane, Davidson, 704.941.0650, 5th Year of Organ @ Davidson (November 9) Jane D. Cain, director of music at Davidson College Presbyterian Church, performs. 7:30 p.m. Free. Davidson College Presbyterian Church, 100 North Main Street, Davidson, Mooresville Concert Series (November 13) Testortertone performs the blues. A complimentary performers’ reception with refreshments follows. 7:30 p.m. $10, $5 for students, children 10 and under admitted free. Charles Mack Citizen Center, 215 N. Main Street, Mooresville,

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Buddy Benefit A Cappella Concert to Benefit Children With Special Needs (November 20) Some of Davidson College’s best a cappella groups perform to raise funds for local children with special needs to attend therapeutic programs and camps. 5 p.m. Free, donations encouraged. Davidson College, Duke Performance Hall, Davidson, 704.895.4968, Iredell Concert Association — Orla Fallon (December 4) Formerly of Celtic Women, singer and harpist Orla Fallon brings her talent to Statesville. Tickets are going fast. 7:30 p.m. Season tickets: Adult $40, student $20, family $90 and single parent $50.Mac Gray Auditorium, Statesville, 704.876.1004,


events Over the Tabletop (November 3) More than 25 local area designers, shops and florists will participate in the Over the Tabletop designer showcase benefiting HAMMERS. The event is sponsored by the North Mecklenburg Women’s Club and features holiday-themed dining tables and Christmas trees. Noon-3:30 p.m. Tickets for daytime viewing $10, tickets for evening gala are $25. River Run Country Club, Davidson, 704.517.9945, Taste of Habitat (November 4) Chefs from local restaurants offer specially prepared appetizers, mini entrees or desserts to guests to support Habitat for Humanity. The goal is to raise $30,000 to support women’s homebuilding efforts. 6:30-9 p.m. $25, $250 for a table of eight. Charles Mack Citizen Center, 215 North Main Street, Mooresville, 704.728.9455 or Mooresville Craft Crawl (November 5) Peruse all sorts of handmade items from candles to jewelry to pottery to soap. Live music and refreshments are also part of the fun. 5-9 p.m. Lowes Foods Mooresville Town Square, 125 Town Square Circle, Mooresville, 704.450.7363. Charlotte Gold Rush (November 6) Learn about Charlotte’s rich gold mining history and pan for gold at the miner’s cabin. Enjoy local root beer, period games and live music as well. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free with regular admission. Historic Latta Plantation, 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville, Crossroads Pumpkin Festival (November 6) Food, music, arts and crafts, kids zone, pumpkin smashing, painting, bowling, and naturally, a pumpkin pie eating contest are all part of the Eighth Annual Crossroad Pumpkin Festival. Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Historic Downtown Statesville, Broad Street and Center Street, Jetton Village Harvest Festival 2010 (November 6) This fall festival features free face painting, a coloring contest, games, pony rides and a petting zoo. Bring a non-perishable item to donate to Angels & Sparrows Soup Kitchen and be entered to a win a Family Fun Pack, including four tickets to the circus. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Jetton Village at the Gazebo, 19807 North Cove Road, Cornelius. Ladies Night In (November 6) Enjoy an evening all about the ladies with exclusive shopping, a fashion show, guest appearances, food, wine tasting, an after party at Sabi and an overnight stay with breakfast. All proceeds benefit Discovery Place KIDS in Huntersville. Time TBD. Two tickets for $120, four tickets for $220, six tickets for $300. Homewood Suites Hilton, Davidson, 704.237.2004.

34th Annual Working Fingers Craft Show (November 6-7) More than 75 booths filled with wood crafts, arts, baked goods, sewing goods, leather crafts, jewelry and more await. Sat 10 a.m.5 p.m., Sun 1-5 p.m. Free. War Memorial Building, Mooresville. Hopewell DECA’s Race for a Reason 5K (November 20) Held a Rural Hill Farm, this race is in memory of the late Ryan Disney, who passed away from muscular dystrophy. Runner registration 7:15 p.m., race begins at 9 a.m. $15 before race day, $20 on race day. Rural Hill Farm, 4431 Neck Road, Huntersville, Jingle Bell Run/Walk (November 20) Run to help others who suffer from arthritis, as all proceeds benefit the Arthritis Foundation. Online registration ends November 18 at 5 p.m., register the day of beginning at 8 a.m. Jetton Park at Water Front Hall, 19000 Jetton Road, Cornelius, 17th Annual Carolina Renaissance Festival & Artisan Marketplace (Through November 21) Twenty-two acres filled with 10 stages, a tournament arena for jousts, and an open-air market with 100 artisan shops and all kinds of food takes you back to the time of the Renaissance. Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. $18, $7 kids ages 5-12, available at Harris Teeter stores throughout the region, tickets at gate are $1 more. 16445 Poplar Tent Road, Huntersville, 704.896.5544, 877.896.5544, 66th Annual Mooresville Christmas Parade (November 23) Bring in the holiday season with a traditional holiday parade filled with marching bands and colorful floats. 3:30 p.m. Free. Downtown Mooresville, 704.662.8210. Plantation Christmas (November 26-27) Begin the Christmas season by stepping back into a 1860s Christmas, as Latta Plantation will be decorated for a time-period Christmas. Visitors will learn about Christmas traditions from the 1800s, meet a Victorian St. Nick in the plantation house, see open-hearth cooking in the kitchen and experience a slave Christmas in the cabin. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free with regular admission. Historic Latta Plantation, 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville,

galleries Artworks on Main Into the Great Unknown features the works of Kendall E. Doub. Artist reception on Friday, November 12 from 6-9 p.m. Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat 9 a.m.-2 p.m. 165 North Main Street, Mooresville, 704.664.2414, Christa Faut Gallery Dream Point features work by Herb Jackson. Through November 13. Tue-Fri 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 19818 North Cove Road, Suite E3, Jetton Village, Cornelius, 704.892.5312,

Cornelius Arts Center Monthly exhibits. MonThu 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Fri 9 a.m.-Noon. 19725 Oak Street, Cornelius, Four Corners Framing and Gallery Monthly exhibits. 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, Lake Norman Art League Gallery The Lake Norman Art League Fall Exhibit features 2D and 3D works from a number of artists. Through January 2. Tue-Sat Noon-6 p.m. Carolina Art Garden, 19725 Oak Street, Suite 3, Cornelius. Landmark Galleries The work of watercolorist ‘Cotton’ Ketchie. Mon-Sat 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 212 North Main Street, Mooresville, 704.664.4122, Lincoln Cultural Center Realism, Abstract, Expressionism: The art of sisters — Michael & Michael. The art of Anne and Elizabeth Michael is on display. November 1-December 31. 403 East Main Street, Lincolnton, 704.732.9044, Merrill-Jennings Galleries Monthly exhibits. Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 463 S. Main Street, Davidson, 704.895.1213, Mooresville Artist Guild Monthly exhibits. 103 West Center Avenue, Mooresville, www. Tropical Connections Monthly exhibits. Tue- Fri 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. or by appointment. 230 N. Main Street, Mooresville. 704.664.0236. Van Every/Smith Galleries, Katherine and Tom Belk Visual Arts Center The Smith Gallery hosts Casual Language: A Mixed Emoticon by New York-based artist Darren Goins. Through December 8. The Van Every Gallery features Three Bodies, which is the work of Iraqi-American artist Wafaa Bilal. Through December 8. Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat-Sun noon-4 p.m. Davidson College, 315 N. Main Street, Davidson, 704.894.2519,

Downtown Mooresville Cruise-In (November 6) The cruise-in is a chance to show off your car in downtown Mooresville. To enter the show parking area, cars must be from the years 1979 or earlier. 3 p.m. Free. North Academy Street and West Moore Avenue, Mooresville, Behind the Scenes Tour at Carolina Raptor Center (First full weekend of the month) Tour Carolina Raptor Center’s education trail,

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, firstserved basis. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Admission TBA. Call 704.621.0854 or e-mail Bplanet@ci.charlotte. to schedule a tour. At the Corner of Art & Main ArtWalk (Second Friday Night) Downtown Mooresville shows its artistic side with its monthly Art Walk. 6-9 p.m. Free. Downtown Mooresville, 704.664.2414, Davidson Farmer’s Market (Saturday) Farmers sell a bounty of 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, Farmer’s Market at Bruster’s (Tuesday evenings) Local farmers sell their best produce. 5 p.m.-dusk. Free. Bruster’s Ice Cream, 252 Williamson Road, Mooresville. Gallery Crawl at Oak Street Mills (Fourth Friday) Visit artist exhibits in each shop, along with the Carolina Art Garden. 6-10 p.m. Free. Oak Street Mill, 19725 Oak Street, Cornelius. Meet the Keeper (Second weekend of every month) Meet the volunteers and staff who care for the birds Carolina Raptor Center and ask questions about each bird’s behavior, history and personality. Sat-Sun 2 p.m. Free with paid admission. Carolina Raptor Center, 6000 Sample Road, Huntersville, 704.875.6521, Trail Trivia Tours (Third weekend of every month) Come visit your favorite raptors up close. Sat 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m.; Sun 1 p.m., 3 p.m. Price TBA. Carolina Raptor Center, 6000 Sample Road, Huntersville, 704.875.6521,

sports Davidson College Football Come watch the Davidson Wildcats throw the pigskin. San Diego (Nov. 13, 1 p.m.). Davidson College campus, Davidson College Men’s Soccer If you caught the soccer buzz while watching the World Cup this past summer, come out and support the Wildcats. Wake Forest (Nov. 2, 7 p.m.). Davidson College campus,

Davidson College Men’s Basketball The Wildcats promise not to disappoint this year. Lenior-Rhyne (Nov. 6, 2 p.m.), Monmouth (Nov. 29, 7 p.m.). Davidson College campus, Belk Arena, Davidson College Women’s Basketball The lady Wildcats are poised for perfection this season. Mars Hill (Nov. 7, 2 p.m.), William & Mary (Nov. 19, 7 p.m.) Lake Norman Yacht Club Sailing continues through the fall. Flying Scot — Fall 48 Regatta (November 6-7, Saturday 10 a.m. to Sunday 5 p.m.), Wilmer Cup, Keelboats (November 6-7, Saturday 10 a.m. to Sunday 5 p.m.), Carolina Keelboat One Design (November 13-14, Saturday 10 a.m. to Sunday).

teens Rock Band Wednesdays and Fridays @ Ben & Jerry’s (throughout September) 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. Wed 6:30-9 p.m., Fri 3-6 p.m. Free. Ben & Jerry’s, 202 S. Main Street, Davidson, 704.892.0604.

Theatre Women Who Steal (November 5-14) Marla Brown, Cat Rutledge and Vito Abate star in this rip-roaring comedy about two not-so-young socialites — Peggy and Karen — who discover that they have more in common than they thought — namely Peggy’s husband. Divina Cook directs. 8 p.m.; November 14, 2:30 p.m. $20, seniors or groups of 10 or more $15. The Warehouse Performing Arts Center, 9216-A Westmoreland Road, Cornelius,,, 704.619.0429. Once on This Island Jr. (November 13-21) This Caribbean adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid tells the tale of Ti Moune, a peasant girl who rescues and falls in love with Daniel, a wealthy boy from the other side of her island. Melissa Ohlman-Roberge directs The Connie Company of Davidson Community Players. November 13, 1 and 4 p.m.; November 14, 1 and 4 p.m.; November 19, 7 p.m.; November 20, 4 p.m.; November 21, 1 and 4 p.m. $9. Armour Street Theatre, 307 Armour Street, Davidson, 704.892.7918, Woman in the Shoe (November 19-21) This drama with music written by Karen Abercrombie is about a foster mother and her 18 foster children. Performed by Angels Take Flight Children’s Theatre Company. 7 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m. $12. Charles Mack Citizen Center, 215 N. Main Street, Mooresville,


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by Karen Martin For nearly 15 years, Stephanie Dawkins worked for AB Volvo, rising through the ranks to become senior vice president of labor and employee relations, the first and only African-American to hold such a position in the history of the company.

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ust a few seconds into a conversation with Lake Norman-based and internationally known executive Stephanie Dawkins, author of Corporate Coffee: Success Never Tasted So Good, one gets the sense that she’s incredibly—wait for it—grounded. “My word,” she says good naturedly as she answers the phone during yet another busy day, “There’s no such thing as balance. That’s such a misconception.” Dawkins should know. For nearly 15 years she worked for AB Volvo, rising through the ranks to become senior vice president of labor and employee relations, the first and only African-American to hold such a position in the history of the company. She had an office in Sweden and an office in Greensboro, to and from which she commuted 160 miles round-trip. When she wasn’t listening to recorded language lessons, she used the time to call, via the telephone built into her company car, her colleagues in China, South Africa and Sweden. She says she didn’t mind the travel because she knew she’d be coming home to the waterfront house in The Point that she and husband Keith built in 2003. “I remember the first time we saw the development”—this was back when Brawley School Road was heavily-wooded down both sides, hardly a storefront in sight—“and I said, ‘I don’t care what we do — we have got to live here.’ ” Their home became more than a place to grow a family; it became a “resort,” she says, to which she was able to escape every day. What she did mind was the grueling pace of international corporate life. When the economy got tough, she says, so did her hours. She started to feel torn between the company she loved, and the family she cherished. Her son and daughter are now students at Brawley Middle School, and she realized that she missed a lot of important times during their younger years. “I couldn’t see the forest for the trees,” she explains. “I was mentoring women all over the world, and never stopped to think, ‘but what about my own kids?’…There are a lot of [family] pictures I’m not in,” she says with more than a touch of sadness. Last year, Dawkins took early retirement from AB Volvo and, encouraged by friends, wrote Corporate Coffee, a book that’s part memoir, part inspiration and filled to the brim with Dawkins’ perky personality. “But it’s not about me,” Dawkins insists. “I want women to feel my energy. I want them to feel empowered to make a difference.” LNC THE SCOOP For more information on Corporate Coffee: Success Never Tasted So Good, visit Nadine Roberts 704-361-9183

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