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Contents |

10 The Main Channel

What’s hip at Lake Norman

16 Porthole 18 The Captain’s

CURRENTS Second Anniversary Party



Terri Cockerham has great expectations for Hough High School

22 Rip Currents —



Paul and DiAnne Moore like calling Lake Norman home

26 Smooth Sailing Terry Vaughn helps others protect themselves from harm

28 Around the Track

Family values keep the Hillman family on track


34 The Galley

Epic Chophouse surpasses the ordinary

38 Grapevine

Champagne bubbles with enthusiasm

42 Game On

Carolina Diving Academy raises local diving to new heights

48 Home Port


Robin Wilgus decorates her tree with sparkling memories

54 Home Port


Tina Locklear makes spirits bright with her tree-trimming skills

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61 Currently

Zootastic’s Wonderland of lights will put you in the holiday spirit

64 One More Thing

Up close and personal with first string of the Davidson men’s basketball team


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Creating Traditions

Lake Norman CURRENTS is a monthly publication available through direct-mail home delivery to the most affluent Lake Norman residents. It also is available at area Harris Teeter supermarkets, as well as various Chambers of Commerce, real estate offices and specialty businesses.

Designing fun holiday memories takes work


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hile I was preparing this issue, my ten-month-old twins saw their first Christmas tree. As they gazed at its twinkling lights, their little heads turned to the side in unison at the wonder of it all. Right then and there, my holiday was made. If nothing else wonderful happens during the month of December, I’ll be just fine. However, I think there are plenty of wonderful things a h e a d this holiday season. A friend and I were talking the other day about holiday traditions. The mother of two young children, she finds herself, as I do, torn between what’s always been done and what she wants to do for her kids. Designing holiday memories is a big responsibility, but it’s also a fun one. This past fall, my husband and I took The Tater Tots (our children’s collective nickname) to Carrigan Farms in Mooresville for pumpkin picking and a hayride. After an afternoon of way too much fun, we decided that we are going to take our twins up there every Halloween until they’re too cool to go with us, and even then, I’ll probably still make them go. On the night before Thanksgiving, we watched A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving on DVD,

and on Thanksgiving morning, we took in every minute of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. That’s actually a tradition I rolled over from my childhood, as I can’t imagine Turkey Day without seeing a kick line from The Rockettes. Now that we’re in the Christmas season, I find myself wanting to do all kinds of holidayinspired activities with our babies. I can’t wait for them to watch us decorate our own tree as White Christmas plays in the background. I’m counting the minutes until we take them on a horse-drawn carriage ride at Christmas in Davidson. And although I’m a little nervous about introducing them to Santa Claus for fear that jolly old St. Nick might be too much for them, I still plan to flirt with the idea. Regardless of what we do, this is our first holiday as a family, and I couldn’t be more excited or grateful, as that’s what the holidays are all about. So whether or not we roast s’mores over an open fire or read ’Twas the Night Before Christmas on the actual night before Christmas, it doesn’t matter. All that matters is that we’re together, and that’s a tradition I hope to keep for a long time to come. Happy Holidays!

Congratulations to the staff of CURRENTS for being the 2010 Gold MarCom Award Winner for Best Magazine. MarCom Awards is an international competition for marketing and communication professionals and is administered and judged by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals. The MarCom Award is just another reason why CURRENTS is the Lake Norman area’s favorite magazine.


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Move over cupcakes. Cake balls are the new dessert rage. Cake balls are exactly what they sound like — and then some. Crumbled baked cake is mixed with a complementary frosting, rolled into balls then dipped in a chocolate coating for a heavenly, moist, two-bite treat. You can find them in the Lake Norman area at The Icing & The Cake in Mooresville. Owners Drema Bice and Tammy Chadbourne have found cake balls to be the perfect solution to recycling leftover scraps from the one-of-a-kind sculpted cakes they make. “They are different,” Bice says. “Everybody knows about cake. Not everybody knows about cake balls.” Word is getting out. The hand-rolled balls are available in traditional cake flavors such as chocolate, 10

red velvet, carrot, pecan praline, lemon and funfetti in addition to seasonal sophisticated flavors such as pina colada and pumpkin spice. Cake balls can be custom decorated for just about any theme, making them perfect for the holidays, wedding favors, showers and other special events. “They are less fuss than cake,” Chadbourne says. “There’s no cutting, and everyone can serve themselves. You just pop them in your mouth.” — Cathy Swiney, photography by Candy Howard The Scoop The Icing & The Cake 235 Medical Park Road, Ste. 203, Mooresville Mount Mourne Square 704.663.0399

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Lauren Copeland’s Belly Button works magic on your waistline Every woman has been there. You find the perfect pair of jeans, but there’s that little bit of stomach fat that falls over the waistline— the dreaded muffin top. Well, Lauren Copeland of Cornelius, decided to do something about it. As manager of Avalilly’s Boutique in Cornelius, Copeland constantly fits women into jeans, and that’s how she came up with the Belly Button. “I was in the store with one of my favorite customers Lauren Copeland and she was trying on these jeans that she was destined to have, but they were a little bit tight on her stomach,” recalls Copeland. “I told her to go ahead and get the jeans and we’ll figure out a way to make this work.” Copeland searched the Internet for a gadget that would increase the waistband. “I found this thing online, and I ordered it,”

The Belly Button, a button attached to a hoop of elastic, can add one to two inches to your waistband.

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she says. “When I got it in the mail, I was like, this hurts my feelings because it was ugly and it was plastic and you know just everything about it was just not friendly or cute.” She began searching sewing stores for ideas and finally came up with the Belly Button, a button attached to a hoop of elastic. Copeland says this flexible creation adds one to two inches to your waistband instantly, plus it’s stylish, as she searches high and low for cute buttons. “You know that you’re loosening up your waistband,” she says, “but you feel good about it because it’s also fashionable.” — LKT, photography by Adam Slater

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Dark Chocolate. “We encourage everyone to taste before they buy,” says owner Sandy Hofschneider, who opened the boutique in October with her adult children, Justin and Jenna. “At $15-$18 a bottle, these make affordable gifts, or for entertaining over the holidays, they’re a great way to

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Sandy Hofschneider opened The House of Olives in Birkdale Village this past fall with her son, Justin (left), and daughter, Jenna (right).

create a gourmet meal.” The House of Olives carries more than 30 freshly bottled, 100-percent EVOOs, balsamic vinegars and specialty oils from around the world. Italian stainless steel fusti line the walls, so shoppers can sample as many flavors as they want. Stroll in at any time of the day to check out the Persian Lime EVOO or the Café Expresso balsamic vinegar. “Our products are great for dipping, drizzling on salads and marinating or finishing meat,” says Hofschneider. “Our oils are first cold pressed. This is the real deal — true health benefits in every serving,” she adds, noting the oils are less than .8 percent acidity and have very high polyphenol counts. A transplant from Rochester, New York, Hofschneider is a registered nurse who previously worked with a home healthcare company and began planning a year ago to bring the antioxidants and rich flavors of these products to Lake Norman. “Dazzle your taste buds and delight your friends,” says Hofschneider, who adds that the store has free recipes to take home and offers tasting parties for groups. — Lee McCracken, photography by Candy Howard The Scoop The House of Olives Birkdale Village, Huntersville, 704.895.6950

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Percy the Cat can teach you a thing or two about Davidson Attempting to find his missing purr, Percy the Cat enjoys a stroll through Davidson, discovering the town’s treasures along the way. Such is the plot for Come With Me To Davidson, written by Alice Garbrick and ilCurrents.Qtr.Pg.2_Layout 1 11/17/10 3:39 PM lustrated by Kathy Feezor. It’s a children’s

book that’s becoming a favorite for Davidson residents of all ages. Garbrick and Feezor own Davidson Watercolor, selling watercolor prints and notecards depicting the college town’s landmarks. Using Feezor’s illustrations in a keepsake book was the next natural step. “I’m not a writer, but rather a Davidson promoter,” explains Garbrick, a Davidson resident for more than 15 years. She recalls a book from her childhood detailing a bunny’s travels among main street landmarks in Page 1 her hometown of Hudson, Ohio. Garbrick

wanted to replicate the book. With Feezor’s illustrations already in place — she designs the notecards and mementos for Davidson Watercolor — the next task was choosing the animal explorer. “Selecting an animal was hard until we realized we’re the Davidson Wildcats,” says Feezor, referring to the college mascot. “It can’t be anything but a cat.” Percy the Cat visits Main Street staples such as The Village Store and Davidson Library. In addition to Percy’s observations, each page presents fun facts about the destinations. For example, readers learn that The Soda Shop’s lunch counter is the original one from 1954. But the big question is whether or not Percy finds his purr. You’ll have to snag a copy of the book to find out. — Kelli Robinson, photography by Candy Howard The Scoop Come With Me To Davidson is available for purchase at Davidson businesses, including The Soda Shop, Summit Coffee and Main Street Books or online at for $12.99.

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CURRENTS Magazine celebrated its second anniversary with an Oscar-themed bash at the new Havana Social Club in Cornelius on November 10. During the celebration, Cici Jansen performed and door prizes were awarded. Speaking of awards, Larry and Fabi Preslar of SPARK Publications awarded publisher Sharon Simpson the 2010 Gold MarCom Award for Best Magazine. For video highlights of the party including a behind the scenes look at creating our December cover, go to You’ll also meet a few of our advertisers and readers who share their thoughts on CURRENTS and the impact the magazine has made in the Lake Norman community.

The theme of the evening was “a night at the Oscars.” Each table featured a miniature Oscar centerpiece.

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Local recording artist Cici Jansen entertained the crowd of more than 300.

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Margi Kyle, local interior designer and founder of the Charlotte chapter of Little Smiles.

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As principal of William A. Hough High School, Terri Cockerham was in charge of gettingthe school ready for its first yearof operation.


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his past fall, nearly 1,500 students attended classes at a shiny, sprawling campus near the intersection of Bailey Road and Highway 115 in Cornelius. As principal of William A. Hough High School, Terri Cockerham was in charge of getting the school ready for its first year of operation. We asked her about opening the new facility and how things have gone in its first several months.

What are some of the challenges you’re facing at a first-year school?

Creating a


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Terri Cockerham has great expectations for Hough High School


I think one of the biggest challenges is making sure everybody is on the same page with expectations, vision and procedures. Because, whether it’s students or staff, you’re bringing people from all kinds of different places where the expectations or procedures might be different. So it’s making sure staff, teachers, students and parents are all on the same page and have the same idea of where we’re headed.

How long will it take before everything is in place the way you want it? Research says to establish a culture it takes three to five years. But I’m hoping we can get it done quicker than that, maybe in a year and a half. You have to go through all your firsts to even know where everything is coming from sometimes. A great example was the first day of school, we had everything planned out and mapped how we wanted it go. But when the first bell rang, about 700 kids all wanted to go up the master staircase. So we had to make sure they knew where the other six staircases were. Normally you only have to train one group of students — your

incoming ninth graders — but we had to initiate everybody.

How do you see Hough stacking up with other, established schools?

How has the community supported Hough High School?

There’s some great things going on in the classrooms. There’s some really dynamite teachers and some really strong students. And I see this school rivaling a lot of the other high schools for school spirit, for academic achievement, for athletic accomplishments. I think Hough is going to be a place to watch over the next few years. LNC

The community has just been overwhelming — the businesses, the PTSA, the mayors. A perfect example of that was the grand opening that we had back in August. To see 2,500 people on campus, that was just awesome.

Has the support been on par with your expectations? I think it’s probably been more than my expectations. At times it’s just been overwhelming.

How do you build school spirit at a brand new high school? You make sure that students have opportunities through different experiences. That was one of the concerns coming in — how do you pull students from Hopewell, students from North and from the private schools that surround us, all into one Hough High School family? I think winning [in athletics] always helps, and we have had some success with that.

Where did the students at Hough come from? Most of our students came from North Meck. Some came from Hopewell. And then we had some come from many of the surrounding private schools. We were projected to open with 1,250 students, and we’re currently over 1,450. That would suggest to me that we had a large number come back from private schools.

For more of our interview with Terri Cockerham, visit our Web site at THE SCOOP Terri Cockerham Age: 49 High School: Olympic High School College: Wake Forest University Career experience: 26 years at CMS, including eight years as principal at Eastway Middle School and four years at Providence High School. Resides: Charlotte

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t’s no secret that the Lake Norman area differs vastly from New York City. But for Paul Moore and his wife, DiAnne, who both own companies in New York City, nothing could be finer than spending time on the shores of North Carolina’s inland sea.

First Impressions and Lasting Times It didn’t take long for Paul, a Pennsylvania native, to warm up to Lake Norman once DiAnne introduced him to the area. After living much of her life in southern California, DiAnne moved back to the South (she’s originally from South Carolina) in 1981 and has lived in the Lake Norman area ever since.

Paul and DiAnne Moore both own companies in the New York City area but prefer spending their weekends on the shores of Lake Norman.

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“In 1996, I hired Paul, a licensed pilot, to work for me as a consultant and ultimately director of my Statesville-based [at the time] charter company. We had been friends for a while and since I was Paul’s employer and paying his expenses, the most economical thing for me to do was to let Paul stay in a spare bedroom, right? I am a businesswoman, after all,” recalls DiAnne with a laugh. “Eventually, our friendship grew into dating, and he moved into the master suite.” During the first few months of being on Lake Norman, Paul fell in love with everything the area has to offer. “The landscape, climate and people are beyond description,” says Paul. “I have lived across the country and traveled the world; there is truly no place I would rather be than here.” With his quasi mid-western sensibilities, Paul knows “good people,” but his friends at the lake are special. “I grew up with friendly people, but the friendships that we have made through the years of living in this area mean very much to us. Spending days on our of Lake Norman, Inc.

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boat and sitting on the dock with friends, eating and drinking, watching the sun set is what life is suppose to be,” he says. “We wouldn’t be anywhere else in the world, unless we have to be.”

By Air or By Land No matter how much the Moores love Lake Norman, the responsibilities of business ownership call, and that’s where traveling on a weekly basis comes in for the couple. But for them the payoff of being on the lake at week’s end with their friends is worth the sometimes nine-hour drive. With their companies based in New York City, the Moores keep the roads and airways hot by traveling back and forth to Lake Norman. “My company, World Link Jet Charter, an aircraft charter company business, and DiAnne’s company, Corporate Aerospace Inc., a regulatory aviation consulting firm, are based in the New York area, so we have to maintain a residence there,” says Paul. “But

around 50 weekends out of the year we are either driving or flying southbound, either commercially or in our own plane, when available. Paul says that when friends or family from up North or out West visit, they are enchanted by the friendliness of the people, the beautiful scenery and the laid-back feel. “Not every place has people as genuine as they are here, and that is refreshing coming from a busy city,” he says. “We see ourselves always calling Lake Norman home and wouldn’t have it any other way.” LNC Carolyn S. Peterson is a freelance writer and author in Lewisville, North Carolina. She is married to David, and they have two dogs.

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Holidays Terry Vaughn helps others protect themselves from harm

A native of England, Terry Vaughn served in Britain’s Royal Marine Commandos and quickly learned that avoiding violence is a much better alternative to having to fight out of a tough situation.


e’ve all had those moments in our lives. It could be feeling as if you’re being watched while walking to your car in a dark parking lot. Perhaps a suspicious-looking man keeps you from getting on an elevator. If you find yourself in a situation where something doesn’t quite feel right, you should always trust your intuition. If you’re a woman who has ever considered taking a self-defense class, take note. Wouldn’t it be great if you could effectively learn to read your environment and any potential danger zone so that self-defense only had to be used as a last resort? “So many people move mountains to protect themselves after something happens,” says Terry Vaughan, a Huntersville resident, father of three and empowerment speaker. His goal is to provide women with the skill sets to protect themselves before a dangerous event occurs. This concept, called situational awareness, is what Vaughan refers to as “living

Five Tips for Safer Holiday Shopping With the holidays approaching, women will soon be flooding shopping centers and malls in the hopes of whittling down their lists of decorations, groceries and gifts. This is a peak time of year for crimes against women, particularly muggings. Vaughan offers these tips to make your holiday shopping a little safer:

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1. Make a list of what you need before you head out shopping. This will help you stay aware and observe your surroundings better. 2. D o not use stairs in a parking deck. Instead, walk against traffic until you reach the floor you need so that you do not find yourself in an isolated situation. 26

your life in the yellow,” or, maintaining a mental awareness state of preparedness in any situation. He teaches the four color codes of awareness based on a model developed by Colonel Jeff Cooper, a renowned combat instructor. Code White is the color code most civilians live in during day-to-day activities, explains Vaughan. A person attacked in this state of mind is typically unprepared to defend himself or herself. A Code Orange alerts a person to a specific threat and triggers the fight response. A Code Red is the actual response. A Code Yellow falls in between the white and orange color codes. A native of England, Vaughan served in Britain’s Royal Marine Commandos as a young man and quickly learned that avoiding violence was a much better alternative to having to fight out of a tough situation. After teaching self-defense to others in the 12 years after leaving the military, Vaughan has turned his own life lessons into a passion for helping others. He now

teaches personal safety skills and situational awareness to women across the country, most recently this past September at a rally for 1,500 attendees in Atlanta. “You don’t want to live your life being fearful,” says Vaughan. “But you do have to live your life being smart.” As a way to practice becoming more in tune to your environment, Vaughan suggests playing what he calls the “What if?” game for a few days in a row.

“Think of different scenarios that could happen to you at various places you visit throughout the day,” says Vaughan. “Mentally plan out how you would react in those situations, because it will be difficult to put a plan in place once the adrenaline kicks in if you are confronted or attacked.” LNC THE SCOOP To learn more about Terry Vaughan, visit


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3. P ut your phone down to decrease distractions. Do not text or talk on your cell phone in any places other than the inside of a store or mall. 4. Act like a man. Do not feel you have to be kind and attentive to any men who stop to ask you for the time or directions. Men are typically not “touchy feely” to one another in social situations. Many women think if they are aloof to a male stranger it will set them off. Instead, think of this as your way of maintaining your own personal space. 5. Try to get regular physical exercise. If you find yourself in a situation where you have to run, you will be able to do so.

Around the Track | by Mike Savicki Photography by Ronda Greer

Brothers Mark (left) and Mike (right) Hillman talk to driver Todd Bodine before the racing action begins. This is a fairly typical scene before the race as Mark serves as truck chief and Mike Jr. serves as crew chief.


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eet the Hillmans. Around the three-acre Mooresville headquarters of Germain Racing, these two are simply known as “Senior” and “Junior.” Mike Hillman Sr. is the team’s general manager, and Mike Hillman Jr. serves as crew chief of the Camping World Truck Series No. 30 Tundra driven by Geoff Bodine. Then there is Mark Hillman, truck chief on the No. 30 Tundra and Melanie Hillman, the team’s virtual marketing specialist. Racing is a family affair to the Hillmans and maintaining a strong sense of family values is the fuel that keeps them all on track. “It began with a dream I guess you might say,” says Mike Sr., 53, of Denver. “In the mid-eighties, my wife, Sandy, and I relocated the family from upstate New York to allow me to pursue my dream of racing. This is where you had to come if you wanted to make a decent living at it full time, so I really didn’t have a choice. It was what you had to do to chase the dream.” Mike Jr., 32, of Mooresville, was the first to follow his father into the sport. “Racing was always something I wanted to do since I was a kid,” Mike Jr. explains. “When I graduated high school, my Dad and I made a deal that I would go to school for something else. I went to school for business, and at the end of it, Dad asked me what I was going to do with it and I said I was go-


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ing to go into racing. I kept up my end of the deal then came to work for him.” “I actually tried to detour all of them so they could find their own way,” Mike Sr. says with a smile. “When [Mike] Junior told me he wanted to do it, I broke him in as a tire guy, one of the worst jobs in the sport, and he blossomed to where he is today.” Working in a family business is never easy says Mike, Jr. The pressure to win is magnified when family is involved. “Sometimes you feel a little more pressure because it’s not just your boss, it’s your Dad, too,” Mike Jr. says. “You don’t want to let him down or make the wrong decision because the last thing you ever want to do is disappoint your parents.” Mark Hillman, 30, also of Mooresville,

understands the complexity of working with family. “We keep a fine line. We listen to each other and then we come up with the best answer,” he says. “Opinions are known for sure, and if we don’t see it the same way, we decide really quickly what’s best. Nothing is ever personal.” Melanie Hillman, 25, is a Lincoln County schoolteacher who prefers staying behind the scenes. She travels to the track every week to assist with whatever is needed and also provides Germain Racing’s behind-the-scenes virtual updates and tweets. “Our family is as close as they get. Racing keeps us connected. My brothers are my best friends, and we share and experience everything together,” says Melanie. “It certainly isn’t an easy lifestyle to live, but being together on the road when so many others are away from their families makes it that much better.” “When I see all of them working hard and doing well, I know their mother and I have done a good job of raising them,” Mike Sr. says. “And that’s the reward our family will always have to keep.” LNC Freelance writer Mike Savicki has lived and worked in the Lake Norman area for 15 years, frequently covering the racing scene.

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Bring us a non-perishable food item before January 1 and new clients will receive $10 off any hair service or custom facial, plus $5 off waxing and nail services. Existing clients will receive 25% off any one retail product including boutique items. Food will be donated to several local food pantries in the Lake Norman area.

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Featuring a wide selection of holiday chocolate & seasonal truffles, don’t miss out on these deliciously good stocking stuffers and party gifts at LKN’s favorite place for employee and client gifts!

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Start your holiday shopping in style! Downtown Davidson offers one-of-a-kind gifts, locally crafted art, fun fashion and memorable meals. Our eclectic array of shops includes those who have served the area for decades—The Village Store, Main Street Books, The Soda Shop and The Needlecraft Center—as well as exciting newcomers like Davidson Chocolate Company and Sanctuary Gallery. Whether you’re strolling for fun, or searching for the perfect gift, our charming Main Street offers a relaxing respite from your busy schedule.

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Visit Uncommon Scents for a huge selection of gifts and a unique collection of holiday ornaments, statues and ceramic figures - The Krinkels by Patience Brewster. This gifted artist brings wit and imagination to this handmade collection of whimsical characters. Mention this ad for 20% off The Krinkels. Located just off of I-77 @ Exit 25 in the Northcross Shopping Center.

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Unique and fashionable brands are available such as Olian, Japanese Weekend & Ripe. Select the perfect outfit for the holidays! Now accepting Winter highend maternity clothes by appointment. Follow us on FACEBOOK for new arrivals! Located inside Consign by Design @ corner of Providence & Altondale in Myers Park.

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Wild Birds Unlimited in Huntersville isn’t just for the birds. You will also find a variety of holiday gift and decorative items for home & garden, including beautiful artisan oil-filled candles, clay and stone birdbaths, handcrafted intarsia boxes, firepots, vegan wallets, rain gauges, and Peruvian gourd boxes.

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Fine quality pre-owned furniture, home décor, new market samples and model home closeouts. Find exactly what you’re looking for! Great selection of living room, bedroom, dining groups, artwork, lamps, rugs & more.

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Make The Jewel Box in Birkdale Village your Lake Norman Pandora resource. Start your holiday shopping now for unique and affordable jewelry and clothing. Please visit our new location in Jetton Village in Cornelius. We look forward to seeing you soon. We offer gift cards for that special person on your gift list!

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This adorable napkins box makes a great hostess gift around the holidays. The price is $32 and includes the box, the letter of your choice along with the napkins of your choice. Always a welcomed gift!

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Live music, wine-a-ritas, outrageous food. Bring us your favorite container and we’ll fill it with a beautiful holiday arrangement OR let us revive an arrangement from one of your Christmas pasts. Whatever your holiday needs, you’ll find it here.

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Shop LA Chique’s boutique for unique gift ideas. Choose from an array of jewelry, handbags, clothing, accessories and much more at fantastic prices.

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The menu at Epic features classic chophouse fare: high-quality steaks (porterhouse shown here) and chops, fresh seafood, pasta and other straightforward Southern cuisine.

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pic (adj): very impressive; surpassing the ordinary. It’s a fitting word for what the owners of Epic Chophouse hope their new restaurant will epitomize. When Larry Sponaugle, who is the “Mooch” behind Mickey & Mooch in Huntersville, and partners Jim Morasso and Rick Mack, recently opened the chophouse in downtown Mooresville in the space formerly occupied by Soiree, it was with an eye toward serving classic American fare reflecting today’s tastes at a reasonable price in an upbeat setting. “With our price point on the menu, we want to be the first one you think of when you go out,” Morasso says.


The partners of Epic have worked to create a lively and casual atmosphere without taking away the charm of the 1888 classic Americana building.

Reasonably Edgy The oversized menu features classic chophouse fare: high-quality steaks and chops, fresh seafood, pasta and other straightforward Southern cuisine. “It is not stuffy,” Morasso says. “We’re going to do it, and do it well.” It falls on Executive Chef Jon Spencer to deliver on that promise when it comes to the food. Spencer, who was the owner/chef of Soiree, stays on as chef at the new restaurant and is considered a Renaissance man by Morasso. “With Jon, we are able to further separate our past from what we are doing now,” Morasso says. “He is edgy and talented.” The partners have worked to create a lively and casual atmosphere without taking away the charm of the 1888 classic Americana building located at the corner of Main Street and Central Avenue. It’s polished, but not posh. Five-foot by 5-foot frames that will fea-

ture Southern-inspired artwork add depth to weather permits. the beige walls. Two towering palm trees are an Street parking is limited, but there are pleninviting sight in the ground-level dining room ty of spaces in the rear and on adjacent lots in while tall floor vases with greenery and flow- addition to valet parking. ers also add warmth to the high-ceiling space. Tables are scattered around the hardwood Seafood, Chops and Duck floors, with banquette seating giving the space For starters, seafood is the dominant player. an informal feel. Chilled Jumbo Shrimp Cosmopolitan is served A second level offers additional seating with a seven-pepper cocktail sauce and cuwhen needed, as wellAd:Veterans as a private banquet 4037_HP_Veterans Ad 11/12/10 9:17 AM Page 1 room. Outdoor dining is also available when Continued on page 37

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cumber salad. Another offering, Fried Lobster, is tempura battered and served with a sweet red chili sauce. Non-seafood lovers might enjoy Spinach, Chevre, Brie and Roasted Garlic Bake with croustades. When it comes to entrees, all manner of red meat and chops can be found. There’s prime rib (12, 18 and 38 ounces) and 12-ounce prime sirloin; beef short ribs and baby back ribs; 28-ounce porterhouse steak and 16-ounce veal porterhouse; lamb chops and pork chops as well as filet mignon and New York strip, both offered in two portion sizes. For those not in the mood for a juicy steak, the menu isn’t without other enticing selections. Chicken and cornbread stuffing with Creole gravy, jumbo shrimp served over linguine, Lowcountry Shrimp and Grits, and lobster tails served either broiled or tempura

battered and fried are just a few of the choices. “The duck has flown off the menu,” Morasso says of the Smoke Seared Duck Duet entrée that includes a breast of duckling with duck leg confit and pomegranate glaze. Side dishes, an integral part of the chophouse meal, include potato pancakes, German potato salad, creamy lowcountry stone-ground grits, white cheddar mac and cheese, marinated button mushrooms and creamed spinach. The dessert menu changes for variety but

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t’s an old adage; all that glitters is not gold. The same kind of logic holds in the world of wine; all that bubbles is not Champagne. And, at this time of year, that’s not a bad thing. There is a boatload of different sparkling wines throughout the world and many of them are more than adequate as a modestly priced replacement for Champagne when hoisting a toast to some significant event — an event like when the temporal odometer clicks over from 2010 to 2011.

— or, sometimes, would build up enough pressure to make corks pop or bottles explode. Who knew that making wine could be so much fun? So was born Champagne; a pleasant, bubbly, concoction emanating from not-so-good wine. Sparkling wine might have first seen the light of day in other parts of France, but it was in Champagne that it really took off thanks mainly to Dom Perignon. Old Dom is credited with ‘inventing’ Champagne. He probably didn’t.

A happy accident Champagne and all its effervescent siblings are the result of a happy accident. In the area of France where Champagne is produced, it’s pretty chilly. That presents a couple of challenges to winemakers. First, it’s really difficult to get grapes to ripen; a nasty little secret is that the still wine that is the base of Champagne is really not that good. The second chilly challenge is getting juice that comes from crushed grapes to ferment properly. And that’s where the happy accident came in. A little nerdy stuff — wine fermentation is the process where yeasts react with sugar in the wine juice to produce alcohol and carbon dioxide. Lo these many years ago, winemakers in nippy Champagne would see their fermentation come to an end and, naturally, bottle the wines they had produced. Actually, what had happened was that temperatures had dropped low enough to make the fermentation process go dormant. In the spring, when the weather got warmer, fermentation would kick off again, this time in the bottle. With nowhere else to go, the carbon dioxide would be absorbed into the wine in the bottles

What he did do was develop things like a specially shaped cork and the little wire cage that goes around it. His true claim to fame is that he turned an accident into a winemaking process. Thanks Dom. There are three types of grape that go into Champagne — Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. Chardonnay is a white grape, the two types of Pinot are each red grapes. Red grapes to make white wine? After crushing, the resulting juice is siphoned off right away; it never stays in contact with the skins and so it never picks up any of their color. In reality, Champagne is a stroke of marketing genius. The wine was positioned as the preferred drink of kings and nobility but available, nonetheless, to the great unwashed that constituted the middle classes. The other positioning move was to present Champagne as a festive beverage linked to romance and special occasions. Shear brilliance — and that brings me back to my starting point; all that bubbles is not Champagne. And, if it’s the festive bubbles you’re after for New Year’s Eve, there are plenty of other places to get them.

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Pyrenees and you run into another. This is one of my favorite wines purely and simply because of the value you get. The wine is Cava. A really good bottle can find its way to your dinner table for under $20. You can even find a bottle or two for less than $10. Cava is made in the exact same way as Champagne. The grapes are way different — not surprising as you’re in Spain, not France. The grapes used in Spain are Macabeo, Parellada and Xarel-lo. It’s really a mistake to view Crémants or Cavas as simply a lower priced substitute for Champagne. They are different styles of wine with different flavor characteristics. Of course, where all these wines are similar is that they’re bubbly and the bubbles are the result of the exact same method of production. So, we’re back to bubbles and festivity, and that’s what these wines are all about. The very essence of these wines is to celebrate something; a wedding, a birthday or the start of a new year. If you feel extra extravagant and want to have some wine fun, bring in the New Year with a flight of bubblies. It would be best to taste them in this order, Cava, Crémant and then Champagne — that’s going from the least complex to the most complex wine. In any event, bring in the New Year bubbling with enthusiasm and with a toast; Bonne Année, ¡Próspero Año Nuevo! Or maybe it’s just plain old Happy New Year. Enjoy. LNC



Trevor Burton of Mooresville, a retired technology marketing consultant, now occupies himself in the field of wine and its enjoyment. Certified by the International Sommelier Guild, he is founder of SST Wine Experiences and, along with his wife, Mary Ellen, conducts wine education and tasting tours to wine regions throughout the world.


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Meet a few of the relatives Let’s stay in France. Pretty well all of the main wine-producing regions have their sparkling wines. They can’t be called Champagne, as that honor goes solely to wines from the Champagne region. What wines from other regions are called is Crémant. Each of them is made in exactly the same manner as Champagne; on the label you’ll see the notation ‘méthode traditionnelle.’ You absolutely can’t go wrong with these wines, and they carry a price that will have you bringing lots of them home. I’m a professed Burgundy nut, so I like to sip on the Crémant de Bourgogne. On the good side, these wines are made from some of the same grapes as Champagne — Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. So, you’re getting as close to Champagne style as possible. On the not-so-good side, Burgundy is not as cool as Champagne so you get a different style of wine; deeper, warmer and less crisp. Move a little north and you get the chills that produce crisp wines, but you won’t get Champagne’s grapes. One great wine to search out is Crémant de Loire; they are particularly good. Their main grape is Chenin Blanc. Another northern star is Crémant d’Alsace. Here the grape is Pinot Blanc. Both Crémant de Loire and Crémant d’Alsace are good bets. So, there’s a huge array of Champagne alternatives to pick from in France. Move across the

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rom his poolside coaching position, Aaron Hintz shouts encouragement to 10 of his elite divers as they take turns twisting and flipping their way through the air during a springboard and platform practice session. Prior to liftoff, the team completed a one-hour, dry-land exercise program and once they exit the water, it will be time for another 90 minutes of flexibility plus strength and conditioning. Today’s four-hour workout is just a typical afternoon at the Carolina Diving Academy where hard work, focused energy and fun lead to measured results. “Ali, much better on your hands but try to line it up straight in the water,” Hintz says to Ali Tuel, a 14-year-old Huntersville diver, when she surfaces after a graceful, threemeter springboard dive. “Harry, that’s a better finish but you keep trying to do everything at the same pace,” he says to Davidson’s Harrison Mitchell, also 14, after an impressive one-meter springboard dive that seemed to combine nearly every rotational element imaginable.

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From left, Harrison Mitchell of Davidson and Ali Tuel of Huntersville enjoy the challenges that diving presents.

Broad appeal Hintz is the head diving coach of the Carolina Diving Academy, the recreational and competitive diving program housed at Huntersville Family Fitness & Aquatics. Since his 2006 hiring, Hintz has transformed the small, lesson-based school with less than a dozen students into a nationally recognized program with 60 students between the ages of five and 51. His goal is to grow the program to 100 recreational and competitive divers and make Charlotte a hotspot for divers. Hintz says diving is a sport with a uniquely exciting appeal. “Diving has the thrill of a roller coaster slowly going over


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Above: Aaron Hintz is the head diving coach of the Carolina Diving Academy, the recreational and competitive diving program housed at Huntersville Family Fitness & Aquatics. Right: Diver Ali Tuel works on her dry-land exercise program.

the top then plunging down quickly,” he explains. “A good dive gives you the same satisfaction as hitting a long, straight golf drive, and it provides excitement similar to hitting a homerun in baseball. “For the younger divers,” he continues, “the sport attracts all types of people from the kid who is good at everything and is looking to become challenged in a new way to the types who may have tried a few different sports and not yet found something fun. It is the original X Games sport that attracts the type of kid who might dare you to jump off the garage into a pile of leaves right before he does it himself.” Diving has a growing adult appeal, too. “As adults begin to attach a purpose to their fitness, diving becomes attractive because it offers measurable, quantitative and qualitative outcomes to being in shape,” Hintz explains. “We get those who dove in college and never stopped, those who were divers at some point

top of the 10-meter platform to the surface of the water. Yes, diving from the top arouses fear in even the most experienced diver. Carolina Diving Academy’s head coach, Aaron Hintz, shares a few thoughts on what it’s like to leap from three stories and plunge into 17 feet of water. “Fear is a constant in diving, and divers face fear on a daily basis,” says Hintz. “It can come out of nowhere, and it ebbs and flows. And it’s not like fear goes away over time, it is more like you build a tolerance for it.” Fear can serve as a motivational tool for divers. “Divers learn to use fear as energy to help them improve. Elite divers understand the psychological process associated with fear and develop a tolerance for it,” says Hintz. “To explain it better, if you live in a city and hear traffic noise on a regular basis then you get used to the sounds and the flow of the city. If you live in the country where things are typically quiet, going to the city and hearing traffic noise can be disconcerting. Fear is that traffic noise. It is simply another factor in the training environment.” Pointing at the 10-meter platform, Hintz continues, “Diving from that height is like playing golf with an electroshock instead of a hook or a slice. It’s got all the pressure and complication of golf but instead of suffering a onestroke penalty when the ball goes off to one side or the other, you get the water telling you the dive was off a bit.”

in their lives and want to get back into it, and those who want to try it for their own reasons.” Junior national qualifiers Ali Tuel is a sophomore at Hough High School and a Carolina Diving Academy junior national qualifier who has been diving for seven years. Her first exposure to the sport came during a swim practice when she caught a glimpse of the action high above her. “I looked up at the boards and platforms and

decided I definitely needed to give it a try,” she recalls. “I’m still learning a lot of new things and don’t have a favorite dive just yet, but I like the thrill of flying through the air.” Tuel, who relocated with her family to Huntersville from South Carolina partly to concentrate on diving, loves the sport and encourages others to give it a try. “To someone who is thinking about diving, I’d say go for it,” she says. “It’s a lot less dangerous than many other sports, and it’s a total blast. My class-

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mates think it’s cool, too.” Harrison Mitchell’s Hough High freshman classmates call him “The Diver” because he is the only one they know who dives at an elite level. “It’s a fitting nickname because I’ve got a few friends who do track and some who play football, but most of my friends play soccer and none do what I do,” he says. Mitchell began diving six years ago and is also a top junior national qualifier. “I got into it because I love the feeling and the thrill of being in motion,” he says. “I train about 20 hours per week, and it can get tiring but I stick with it because I love it.” “My role isn’t just to coach the kids; it is also to serve as an ambassador to the sport of diving for the residents of Huntersville and all of Lake Norman,” says Hintz, adding that the Charlotte area has the population and the infrastructure to become a diving center in the United States. “There are many state universities that don’t have facilities as nice as ours,” he explains. “With the sports-oriented population around here, there is no reason why we can’t become a national hotspot for diving.” LNC The Scoop

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o be invited into Robin Wilgus’ Davidson home is like entering another time period. Tucked among sprawling gardens and stone paths, Wilgus’ 1927 home welcomes you with a large front porch complete with an aged wicker settee and full-scale conservatory style antique iron birdcage. Hanging in the window sashes are cut crystal baubles on velvet ribbons to welcome the Christmas season.

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Once you cross the threshold, you feel immediately transported. It’s as if you’re in the midst of a Currier and Ives lithograph. In one corner, there’s a metal miniature Christmas house that dates back to the mid-1800s. Across the room, in front of the fireplace sits the grand dame in all her splendor, the lovely unassuming Christmas tree. This tree is not bedazzled from head to toe in the latest fashion colors or designer must-have ornaments. The Wilgus’ tree has been lovingly outfitted for the past 12 years in vintage Shiny Brite Ornaments. Ornaments of yesteryear Shiny Brites are colorful glass ball ornaments that were originally sold at Woolworth from the 1940s through the 1960s. Wilgus began collecting Shiny Brites when 48

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Robin Wilgus of Davidson has decorated her Christmas tree for the past 12 years with vintage Shiny Brite Ornaments.

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Shiny Brites are colorful glass ball ornaments that were originally sold at Woolworth from the 1940s through the 1960s. Robin Wilgus began collecting Shiny Brites when she began working as manager of Oak Street Mill Antique Mall in Cornelius.

she began working as manager of Oak Street Mill Antique Mall in Cornelius 12 years ago. She has an affinity for these ornaments of yesteryear because they remind her of her childhood. “Christmas is about looking forward but also looking back,” she says. Wilgus, who is also an artist, remembers gathering around the Christmas tree as

a child and hanging these very same ornaments. “My sisters and I used to help decorate the tree,” recalls Wilgus, who grew up in New Jersey. “I just remember my favorite ornaments being the ones with the indentation, and it’s all kind of sparkly inside. I’d always put my thumb through one.” When Oak Street Mill first opened 12 years ago, the Shiny Brites weren’t that popular. Bowls of the beautiful sparkling vintage ornaments in all different shapes sat all over the mill. Now they are becoming a collector’s item and a rarity to find. If you had a Christmas tree in your home back in the 1940s, most likely it was decorated with Shiny Brites. Max Eckardt started the original Shiny Brite Company. Before World War II, Eckardt, an American businessman, had already been actively importing Christmas tree decorations from Germany. Eckardt struck a deal with Corning, a light bulb manufacturer here in the United States. Raw goods were then shipped to his showrooms and hand finished on site. Wartime shortages soon made both silver and lacquer scarce, so Eckardt began decorating his ornaments in bright colors and pastels instead. This turned out to be a serendipitous move on his part because the uniqueness of the new Shiny Brite Ornaments made them popular.

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are glass. “Some of them are beaded,” says Wilgus. “Those are from the same era. I have a lot of beaded garland that was made back in that era. It was made in Japan. It’s all glass.” Initially Wilgus’ mother, Gladys Sanstrom, would scour the flea markets for her in Florida and ship the ornaments to North Carolina when she learned of her daughter’s hobby. The ornaments in Wilgus’ collection range in price from $2 to $30. One of Wilgus’ favorites is a large silver bell with hand


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ina Locklear knows how to deck the halls and then some. For more than 25 years, the owner of Custom Creations by Tina has used her decorating and design skills to stylishly usher in the holiday season. We recently visited her studio in Mooresville, where we discovered five themed (and officially named) trees that are sure to put you in the spirit of the season.



’Twas the Nite to Party Locklear isn’t sure where the inspiration came for her ’Twas the Nite to Party tree. “I order everything so far in advance. When it comes in, I just put things together. I just see things I like, and I make it happen,” she explains. “It’s a celebration. It is very cool.” This half tree, which stands flush with the wall, is brimming with black and white top hats adorned in pearls and rhinestones, plus ornaments such as red stilettos, silver dresses and tuxedos. A red boa serves as garland for extra fun.

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Light the Up Holidays Zootastic’s Christmas Wonderland of Lights will put you in the holiday spirit by Lori K. Tate photography courtesy of Zootastic Park

New Year’s Day, including Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. “This is something that you can do with your family,” explains Jerod. “On Christmas Day, there’s nothing really to do.” In addition to the lights at Zootastic, there’s also Western Town. “I guess that’s what sets us apart from most of the Christmas light shows is that once you go through the two miles of the drive through and you get to the end, we have our Western Town,” says Jerod. “It’s lit up, and it dances to the music. You can tune into our radio station there in the park. The lights dance to the music that you can listen to in your own car.” You can also visit Santa Claus at Western Town, as well as peruse the petting zoo (be sure not to miss the kangaroo), take a pony ride or get a sweet tooth fix in the candy shop. Says Jerod, “There’s a lot to see, and it’s a good time.” LNC

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Zootastic Park’s Christmas Wonderland of Lights features more than 1.2 million lights.


o, there’s not usually a lot of snow in the Lake Norman area around the holidays so frolicking in a winter wonderland can be difficult. However, a trip to Zootastic Park’s Christmas Wonderland of Lights is pretty close. For the second year in a row, this 40-acre animal park located in Troutman is decking its halls — or roads rather — for the holidays. “Last year when we finished [decorating] we had 1.2 million lights up,” recalls Jerod Brown, who co-owns Zootastic with this father, Scottie Brown. “This year we’re planning to go over that.” As you drive through the park’s more than two miles of lights, you’ll find Santa fishing in a pond, Santa flying a helicopter, a Christmas train and a giant snowman, plus tons of trees twinkling in lights of all colors. The lights are on display through

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CHILDREN Pre-K Eco Crew — Learn About Native Animals at Latta Plantation (December 1) Learn about the native animals in the area and the places where they live. View furs of native animals and then go on a short hike behind the nature center to look for animals and their habitats. For ages 3-6, registration required. 1-2:30 p.m. $3. Latta Plantation Nature Center, 6211 Sample Road, Huntersville, 704.875.1391, www. 2nd Annual Children’s Holiday Party (December 4) The Town of Mooresville Parks & Recreation Department presents a holiday party for kids with appearances by Santa Claus from 1-3 p.m. 12-2 p.m. Free. Charles Mack Citizen Center, 215 N. Main Street, Mooresville, 704.662.3334, www. Cocoa with Santa (December 8) Santa takes a break from his busy schedule to have cocoa with area children. For children four and under. Sponsored by The Cornelius PARC. 9-11 a.m. Free. Cornelius Town Hall, 21445 Catawba Avenue, 704.892.6031 — ext. 160, Make Your Own Gingerbread House at the Cornelius Library (December 11) Create your own gingerbread house for the holidays. For ages 5-11, registration required. 11 a.m. Free. The Cornelius Library, 21105 Catawba Avenue, Cornelius, 704.655.9409,

CONCERTS 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, Davidson College Annual Christmas Vespers (December 5) Enjoy an evening of lessons and carols featuring the Davidson College Chorale, orchestra and brass ensemble, and congregational choirs. Come early for good seats. Prelude begins at 6:45 p.m., service starts at 7:30 p.m. Free. Davidson College Presbyterian Church, corner of Main Street and Concord Road.

Zootastic’s Christmas Wonderland of Lights (through New Year’s Day) More than 1.2 million lights pepper two miles of forest in Troutman. Pony rides, a petting zoo, a candy shop and a visit from Santa Claus are guaranteed. 6-10 p.m. Admission is $5 per person, children under two are free. Zootastic, 448 Pilch Road, Troutman, exit 42 from I-77, Christmas in Davidson (December 2-4) A Norman Rockwell Christmas comes to life in downtown Davidson with carolers, horse-drawn carriages, Santa Claus, entertainment, shopping, hot cocoa and more. 6-9 p.m. Free. Downtown Davidson, Downtown Statesville Holiday Open House (December 3) Experience an old fashioned Christmas with holiday decorations, carolers, horse-drawn carriages, an ice skating rink, food, entertainment and more. 4-9 p.m. Free. Historic Downtown Statesville, Broad Street and Center Street, Statesville. Downtown Mooresville (December 3,10,17) Visit Santa, enjoy music and wagon rides, stroll Christmas Tree Lane and more in Downtown Mooresville. 6-8 p.m. Main and Broad Streets. The Peninsula Yacht Club’s 14th Annual Lake Norman Lighted Boat Parade Rock-n-Roll Style (December 4) Celebrate the season on the water with live entertainment by Rock-n-Roll Noel. Festivities begin at 6 p.m., Santa arrives at 6:45 p.m., and tree lighting and parade begin at 7 p.m. Peninsula Yacht Club, 18501 Harbor Light Boulevard, Cornelius, Davidson Farmer’s Market (December 4,18) Farmers sell a bounty of seasonal vegetables; pasteurized meats and cheeses; and freshly baked breads, cakes and pies. 9 a.m.-noon. Free. Next to Town Hall between Main and Jackson streets in downtown Davidson, The 28th Annual North Mecklenburg Christmas Parade (December 4) Usher in the season with floats, marching bands and more. 1 p.m. All connecting roads along N.C. 115 from North Main Street at Beatty Street in Davidson to South Main Street at Washam Potts Road in Cornelius will be closed. 704.892.7591,

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Holiday Celebration 2010 (December 4) After the North The S-A-N-T-A Project (December 5-7) The East Lincoln Mecklenburg Parade, enjoy music, family friendly activiCommunity Chorus presents a Christmas program filled with ties, a magic show, holiday-themed crafts and a visit from holiday favorites. Free. Sunday 4 p.m.; Monday 7:30 p.m.; Santa. Sponsored by The Cornelius PARC. Free. 2:30-5 p.m. Tuesday 7:30 p.m. Denver United Methodist Church, Denver. Cornelius Town Hall, 21445 Catawba Avenue, 704.892.6031 — ext. 160, Music at St. Alban’s (December 12) The Beggar Boys: A Celtic Christmas features nationally acclaimed singer Abigail Candlelight Christmas (December 4) Step back into Haynes Lennox and uilleann piper Matt McNeely. A portion the 1820s as you tour Latta Plantation by candlelight. of the proceeds of this concert will benefit the Mooresville 6-9 p.m. $6, ages 5 and under free. Latta Plantation, 5225 Soup Kitchen. 3 p.m. $15, students and seniors 65 and over Sample Road, Huntersville, 704.875.2312, ext. 301, www. $10, children under 12 free. St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 301 Caldwell Lane, Davidson, 704.941.0650, Mooresville Craft Crawl (December 5) Peruse all sorts of handmade items from candles to jewelry to pottery to Cornelius Concert Series (December 19) Come Ye Faithful, soap. Live music and refreshments are also part of the fun. Mt. Zion’s annual Christmas program, features the Chancel 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Lowes Foods Mooresville Town Square, 125 Choir, Hand Bell ensemble, Choristers (second- through Town Square Circle, Mooresville, 704.450.7363. fifth-grade children) and a chamber orchestra performing familiar and unfamiliar carols. 3 and 7 p.m. A free will offering WeeBoogie Music & Dance Event and Playgroups USA to support the concert series will be taken. Mt. Zion United Mini Kids Expo (December 5) Enjoy music and dance Methodist Church (sanctuary), 19600 Zion Street, Cornelius, events including — a hula contest, children activity centers, 704.892.8566, dance performances and a musical play area. The event benefits the City of Mooresville Non-profit Park FoundaMooresville Concert Series (December 19) The Cockman tion. Noon-4 p.m. Free. Mooresville War Memorial Building, Family performs a holiday gospel show. 4 p.m. $10, $5 for 220 N. Maple Street, Mooresville, 704.663.2670. students, children 10 and under admitted free. Charles Mack Citizen Center, 215 N. Main Street, Mooresville, 4th annual Cookies for a Cause Cookie Bash (December 704.662.3334. 9) Support the Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte by attending a buffet dinner featuring music, a silent auction and a traditional southern cookie exchange. 7 p.m. $50 per person (includes buffet and two cocktails). The Peninsula Club, Cornelius. To purchase tickets, contact Elise RedDowntown’s Holiday Light Spectacular (all month) All mond, month long visit Downtown Mooresville, where you’ll find more than 25,000 lights set to music nightly on the lawn at Head to Toe Holiday Woman’s Show (December 9) This Town Hall. show features more than 40 vendors with jewelry, shoes,



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FILM Movies on Main (December 4) Enjoy the holiday film A Christmas Carol. 7:30 p.m. Free. Charles Mack Citizen Center, 215 N. Main Street, Mooresville, It’s a Wonderful Life (December 10-16) Our Town Cinemas shows the holiday classic It’s a Wonderful Life to celebrate the movie theatre’s first anniversary. 1:30 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 7 p.m., 9:30 p.m. (late shows on Friday and Saturday only). $7, $1 from each ticket will be donated to Toys for Tots and the Ada Jenkins Center. Our Town Cinemas, 227 Griffith Street (Sadler Square), Davidson,

GALLERIES Artworks on Main First Light: Paintings by Lori Neill. December 10-January 12. Opening reception December 10, 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, www. artworksonmain.c om. Carolina Art Garden 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. Oak Street Mill, 19725 Oak Street, Suite 3, Cornelius. Christa Faut Gallery Annual Holiday Jewelry Show. Artists included in this exhibit are Angela Bubash, Emanuela Duca, Christy Klug, Jeong Ju Lee, Keiko Mita and Klaus Spies. Through December 31. 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 Teaching Talents features multimedia works from the instructors of Cornelius Arts Center. Through December 23. Mon-Thu 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, 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. Through December 31. 403 East Main Street, Lincolnton, 704.732.9044, www. 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,

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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.

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, galleries.

MONTHLY EVENTS Behind the Scenes Tour at Carolina Raptor Center (First full weekend of the month) Tour Carolina Raptor Center’s education trail, the raptor hospital and enjoy sights not generally open to the public. Sign up in the Visitor’s Center, as participation is limited. Sat 11 a.m., Flight Show noon, Live Bird Presentation 1 p.m., Flight Show 2 p.m.; Sun 1 p.m., Flight Show 2 p.m., Live Bird Presentation 3 p.m. Price TBA. Carolina Raptor Center, 6000 Sample Road, Huntersville, 704.875.6521, Blue Planet Water Environmental Center Tour (First Tuesday, Third Thursday) Learn about water and wastewater through a hands-on tour. Fun for all ages. Tours are available the first Tuesday and the third Thursday of the month on a first-come, first-served basis. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Admission TBA. Call 704.621.0854 or e-mail Bplanet@ 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, Car Show at Bruster’s (Wednesday evenings) Show off

Trail Trivia Tours (Third weekend of every month) Come visit your favorite raptors up close. Sat 11 a.m., Flight Show noon, Live Bird Presentation 1 p.m., Flight Show 2 p.m.; Sun 1 p.m., Flight Show 2 p.m., Live Bird Presentation 3 p.m. Price TBA. Carolina Raptor Center, 6000 Sample Road, Huntersville, 704.875.6521,

SPEAKERS Tom Daschle (December 1) Tom Daschle, a former U.S. Senator from South Dakota and a former Senate Majority Leader, delivers the 2010 Joseph T. Wearn Lecture. 7:30 p.m. Free. Duke Family Performance Hall, Davidson College Campus,

SPORTS Davidson College Men’s Basketball The Wildcats promise not to disappoint this year. UNC Charlotte (Dec. 11, 7 p.m.), Saint Joseph’s College (Dec. 30, 7 p.m.). Davidson College campus, Belk Arena, Davidson College Women’s Basketball The lady Wildcats are poised for perfection this season. Radford (Dec. 4, 7 p.m.), Princeton (Dec. 29, 7 p.m.), UNC Greensboro (Dec. 31, 2 p.m.). Davidson College campus, Belk Arena, www. Lake Norman Yacht Club Bring in the new year with the 25th Annual Ice Bucket Invitational Lake Norman Championship for J-boats, Ensigns, MC Scows, San Juans, Ultimate 20, Highlanders and Flying Scots. (Jan. 1, 9 a.m.). www.

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TEENS Rock Band Wednesdays and Fridays @ Ben & Jerry’s (throughout December) 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 A Christmas Story (December 2-19) Jean Shepherd’s memoir of growing up in the Midwest in the 1940s follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker in his quest to get a genuine Red Ryder BB gun under the tree for Christmas. For ages 12 and up. December 2-3, 8 p.m.; December 4, 4 p.m., 8 p.m.; December 5, 2 p.m.; December 9-10, 8 p.m., December 11, 2 p.m., 8 p.m.; December 12, 2 p.m.; December 15-18, 8 p.m., December 19, 2 p.m. $15-$18. Davidson Community Players, Armour Street Theatre, 307 Armour Street, Davidson, 704.892.7918, Aladdin (December 9-11) Join Aladdin, Jasmine and, of course, the Genie, on a magic carpet ride full of music and mayhem. Sing along with your favorite songs and become a part of a new world. $8 for a.m. shows; $10 adult, $8 children for p.m. shows. Thursday 9:30 a.m., 7 p.m.; Friday 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 7:30 p.m.; Saturday noon, 3 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. Masterworks School of the Arts, Charles Mack Citizen Center, 215 N. Main Street, Mooresville, www. A Christmas Carol (December 17-18) This classic tale gets the musical treatment complete with soaring music and spectacular dancing. $8 for a.m. shows; $10 adult, $8 children for p.m. shows. Friday 9 a.m., noon, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday 1 p.m., 4 p.m., 7:30 p.m. Masterworks School of the Arts, Charles Mack Citizen Center, 215 N. Main Street, Mooresville,

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#1 Brendan McKillop Year: Senior Hometown: Davidson Position: Guard Major: Sociology Before game ritual: Pre-game meal, nap, shower and then warm-up. Favorite sports figure: Steve Nash Favorite thing to eat after a game: Pizza Goal for this season: Win. A lot.

#15 Jake Cohen

Year: Sophomore Hometown: Berwyn, Pennsylvania Position: Forward Major: Undeclared Before game ritual: Napping Favorite sports figure: Carlos Ruiz Favorite thing to eat after a game: Cheeseburger Goal for this season: Win the SoCon (Southern Conference) tournament.

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#23 Tom Droney

Year: Freshman Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Position: Guard Major: Undeclared Before game ritual: Listen to music. Favorite sports figure: Troy Polamalu Favorite thing to eat after a game: Pasta and chicken Goal for the season: To win, get better and have fun.

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