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Contents |

10 The Main Channel

What’s hip at Lake Norman

18 Porthole

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Lake Norman CURRENTS 3rd Anniversary Party

20 Captain’s Chair

Carol Quillen has quickly found a home at Davidson College

24 Tom’s Jobs

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Tom confronts temptation at SweetCakes in Cornelius

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28 Rip Currents – People

Holy Smokes provides physical and spiritual nourishment to those in need

30 Rip Currents — Fashion

Blair Miller and Natalie Pasquarella show off the latest holiday looks for all of your holiday activities

40 Galley 45 Around the

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Victory Junction and the Wish Upon a Star Holiday Gala empower children to give back

46 Grapevine

Albariño — Wine from the end of the world

52 Game On

Sports massage and acupuncture keep Kelly Fillnow at the top of her game

58 Home Port — In My Room

Tracie Johnson’s gallery-like living room is the perfect place to congregate

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The Davidson College Christmas Vespers Service will put you in the holiday spirit

64 One More Thing Downtown Mooresville’s Holiday Light Spectacular makes Christmas magic

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At the Helm |

My Christmas Revolution

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

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Lori K. Tate Editor Lori@LNCurrents.com

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I’m going to switch things up a bit here. Since Christmas has pretty much enveloped my beloved Thanksgiving, I’m going to use my December editor’s note to write about the things for which I am thankful. It might seem like a small thing to you, but it’s my way of letting department stores and radio stations know that I don’t particularly appreciate hearing Silver Bells before I carve my turkey. And don’t even get me started on trying to find cool Thanksgiving shirts for my twins. It’s really not that much of a revolt given that Christmas should also make us realize the things we treasure in life, and no, I’m not talking about a new Tory Burch bag. I’m talking about friends and family and the experiences — both good and bad — that bring us together. This past year has been challenging for lots of folks that I know. My sweet father-in-law was diagnosed with lymphoma, two other friends are battling breast cancer and another has Lyme disease. On top of that, I have a handful of friends going through painful divorces, as if there is any other kind. In all of that darkness it’s hard to see the light, but if you look hard enough it’s there — somewhere. It might not be anything big, but it’s something that will tip the scales in a more positive direction. Lucky for me I have a lot of somethings that make me smile when I want to bury my head in a pillow. The other week I had one of those days where if I were a bear, I’m almost positive I would have been growling. As I walked up our driveway in the darkness, I saw my husband through the window. He was feeding our twins dinner. I just stood there in the moonlight taking in the scene like it was a good movie. Suddenly my day didn’t seem so bad.

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Last month, CURRENTS held its third anniversary party. So many wonderful folks showed up to help us celebrate. It was one of those nights where your face starts hurting because you’re smiling so much. I was glad I had to massage by cheekbones when I got home. After a tough regimen of chemotherapy and radiation, my father-in-law is now cancer free. When he comes over to watch The Tots, he always tells them how happy they make his heart. Little does he know how happy it makes my heart to hear him say that. So this holiday season as you’re scurrying around trying to check off items on your neverending to-do list, I challenge you to find the relationships in your life that make you happy and relish the heck out of them. Have coffee with a friend, take a walk with your husband, treat your parents to dinner, read a few extra books to your children. Show the ones you love just how thankful you are for them. Happy Holidays!

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

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From left, Lynn Manis is a student of Elie Bou Zeidan at Café Elie in Cornelius. Bou Zeidan is an artist who specializes in still lifes, landscapes and nudes.

Cornelius’ Café Elie offers a new creative experience

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Huntersville resident and artist Elie Bou Zeidan wanted to find a way to share his love of art with others in a relaxing atmosphere. The result is Café Elie, located on North Main Street in Cornelius. He describes his offering as “an art studio, wine lounge and coffee shop.” Bou Zeidan, an artist who specializes in still lifes, landscapes and nudes, moved to the area with his wife from France. He offers art classes in a variety of mediums, such as drawing and painting, for artists of all skill levels on a monthly basis. Bou Zeidan has added coffee, tea, wine, pastries and cheese platters for students to 10

enjoy while working on their creative endeavors. In addition to classes, Café Elie hosts monthly art workshops with artists from around the world, wine tastings and student art exhibitions. He recently added a “Ladies Night Out: Sip and Sketch,” program, where patrons can share a bottle of wine while completing a painting to take home at the end of the evening. “We are so fortunate to have such an amazing talent right here in Cornelius,” says student Lynn Manis, who has worked with Bou Zeidan for the past year and recently showcased her work at Café Elie with an exhibition

titled Le Calme. In addition to art lessons, Bou Zeidan offers private French tutoring upon request for individuals and small groups. “I wanted to bring a different feel to the community,” he says. — Renee Roberson, photography by Candy Howard The Scoop Café Elie 20700 N. Main St., Cornelius 704.728.5554 www.cafeelie.com

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Mark Your Calendar for Holiday Fun Downtown Mooresville Holiday Light Spectacular (Through New Year’s Day) See more than 70,000 lights coordinated with Christmas music on the Mooresville Town Hall lawn. 5:30-10 p.m. nightly. Free. www.downtownmooresville.com.

A Holiday Women’s Show — 2011 (December 1) The Mooresville South Iredell Chamber presents a winter wonderland of holiday shopping featuring jewelry, shoes, spa treatments, make-up and fashion. Noon-7 p.m. Free. Charles Mack Citizen Center, Mooresville, www. mooresvillenc.org. Retrieving the Lamb (December 1-18) Davidson Community Players presents this play by local playwright Judy Simpson-Cook. The usual Mary, Joseph and angel are sick with the flu, the music director wants to change the music, and the church furnace is broken so it’s either steaming hot or freezing cold. Retrieving the Lamb is funny, tense, sweet, and sad — with just a touch of the magic we need at Christmas (and the rest of the year, too). Thu-Sat 8 p.m.; Sat, Dec 3, 4 p.m.; Sat, Dec 10 & 17, 2 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m. Armour Street Theatre, Davidson, www. davidsoncommunityplayers.org. Christmas in Davidson (December 1-3) Take a ride on the trolley, stroll down beautiful and picturesque Main Street, start your holiday shopping at one of the many wonderful and unique specialty shops, take a journey through the Holiday Village of vendors on the Village Green and enjoy a wide variety of entertainment on the Library Stage. Then jump on over to South Main Square for live entertainment, fine art and gingerbread cookies for the kids.  Be sure to save time for the newest event at Christmas in Davidson — Ice Skating. The holiday Ice Skating Rink will be open extended hours:  Thursday, December 1, 3-9 p.m.; Friday, December 2, 3-9 p.m.; Sat. December 3, 1-9 p.m. Thursday-Saturday 6-9 p.m. Free. Downtown Davidson, www. christmasindavidson.com.

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Cornelius Concert Series (December 4, 18) On December 4, the Mt. Zion UMC Praise Team will present God Came Down by Travis Cottrell. This is a dynamic worship musical for the Christmas season. Fresh new songs move in and out of classic Christmas carols. Genesis Youth Dance will also

A Huntersville Christmas (December 10) Celebrate the holidays with pony rides, a clown bounce, a carousel, ferris wheel, train rides, rapid slide, swing ride and a hay ride. For older children and teens there will be a rock climbing wall and bonfire at the Caboose / Huntersville Market. Crafts will be organized by Discovery Place Kids! at the Discovery Place Kids in the Town Center along with a coloring contest. Children can meet Santa at the Fire Department, watch and participate with the Davidson Jugglers, write letters to Santa and have their faces painted. 5-8 p.m. Free. Downtown Huntersville, www.huntersville.org. Lake Norman Orchestra Holiday Concert (December 10-11) Directed by Edwardo Cedeno, The Lake Norman Orchestra performs holiday favorites. Saturday, December 10, 3 p.m., Shearer Hall, Mitchell Community College, 500 W. Broad St., Statesville; Friday, December 11, 3 p.m., Mooresville High School Auditorium, 305 North Main Street, Mooresville. $10, $5 students. 704.878.4321. Special Needs Holiday Program (December 10) Cornelius PARC and Huntersville Parks & Recreation present its annual Special Needs Holiday Program, featuring crafts, games, light snacks, a visit from Santa and more. 1-3 p.m. $10 for families who are residents of Cornelius and Huntersville, $15 for nonresidents, RSVP required by December 6. Community Room, Cornelius Town Hall, www.corneliuspr.org. Music at St. Alban’s (December 11) Celebrate the holidays with a performance by the Charlotte Children’s Choir. The Concert Choir and the Lyric Choir, totaling more than 80 singers, will be joined by a brass quintet in a program of carols, new and old, by Vaughn Williams and John Rutter, as well as arrangements by Canadian Brass for choir and audience. 3 p.m. $15, $10 students and seniors, children under 12 free, St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, Davidson, www. musicatstalbans.net. First Annual Mother/Daughter Holiday Tea (December 18) Enjoy the First Annual Mother/Daughter Holiday Tea at the Historic Beaver Dam House, which will be fully decorated for the season. 2-5 p.m. $35 per mother/daughter couple, $15 for each additional daughter. Historic Beaver Dam House, 19600 Davidson Concord Road, Davidson, www.d-Recs.org.

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Downtown Holiday Shop & Stroll (December 2) The spirit of the season will come alive as the merchants in downtown Statesville welcome visitors and offer extended hours during the Downtown Holiday Shop & Stroll. Enjoy holiday decorations, listen to Christmas music, horse-drawn carriage rides, visits with Santa, merchant open houses, holiday refreshments and much more. 4-9 p.m. Free. Downtown Statesville, info@ downtownstatesvillenc.org, 704.878.3436.

be featured in the worship service. 9:45 a.m. Free will offerings. Family Life Center, Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, Cornelius. On December 18, Mt. Zion’s annual program for the Cornelius community features familiar Christmas Holiday Happenings in Downtown pieces for bells and choir. The Chancel Mooresville (December 2, 9, 16) Each Friday, visit Santa, enjoy music, Christmas Choir and orchestra will be performing Tree Lane, wagon rides and more. 6-8 p.m. Mark Hayes’ Magnificat, commissioned for the American Choral Directors Association. Free. Activities take place on Broad and 11 a.m., 3 p.m. Free will offerings. Mt. Zion Main Streets in Downtown Mooresville, United Methodist Church Sanctuary, www.downtownmooresville.com. Cornelius. Christmas Tea and Craft (December A Sleigh Full of Songs (December 5, 10, 3) A fun historical afternoon for mother 12) The North Mecklenburg Community and daughter. Learn about the history Chorus presents an evening of traditional of Christmas at this special holiday tea. and popular Christmas songs. Santa Claus 1-3 p.m. $25 per mother/daughter pair, is scheduled to make an appearance. additional daughters are $10 each. Monday, December 5, 7:30 p.m., Pre-registration is required. Historic Assurance United Methodist Church, 9700 Latta Plantation, 5225 Sample Road, Mt. Holly-Huntersville Road, Huntersville; Huntersville, www.lattaplantation.org. Saturday, December 10, 7 p.m., Mt. Zion Cornelius Holiday Celebration 2011 United Methodist Church, 19600 Zion (December 3) This holiday event features Avenue, Cornelius; Monday, December 12, music, family friendly activities, holiday7:30 p.m., Davidson College Presbyterian themed crafts, community performances, Church, 100 North Main Street, Davidson, a magic show and a visit from Santa. Free www.nmcchorus.org. photo opportunities with Santa will also Cocoa with Santa (December 9) Drop be available. 2:30-5 p.m. Free. Cornelius in with your pre-school aged child (4 and Town Hall, 21445 Catawba Avenue, under) for a visit with Santa and a hot cup Cornelius, www.corneliuspr.org. of cocoa. 9-11 a.m. Free. Cornelius Arts Getting’ in the Mood for Christmas Center, 19725 Oak Street, Cornelius, www. (December 3) The vocal jazz ensemble cornelius.org. (Left@25) of the North Mecklenburg Miracle on 34th Street (December 9-15) Community Chorus performs holiday See this holiday classic on the big screen favorites. 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Birkdale as you support Ada Jenkins Center — $1 Residence Club, Huntersville, www. from each ticket goes to the center. $7.50. nmcchorus.org. 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 7 p.m., 9:15 p.m.* Davidson College Alternative Gift Fair (*late shows only on Friday and Saturday (December 4) Davidson College invites nights). Lake Norman Chamber Kick Off the public to purchase self-development Reception, Thursday, December 8 from goods, services and livestock for people 5:30 to 7 p.m. Additional donations to in need at the annual alternative holiday Ada Jenkins Center will be accepted gifts fair. Prices start at $1, and purchasers at this event. Our Town Cinemas, 227 receive holiday cards inscribed with Griffith Street in Sadler Square, Davidson, information about the gifts purchased www,OurTownCinemas.com. that can be sent to those honored. 2-4 Candlelight Christmas (December p.m. Free. Alvarez College Union, Brown Atrium, Davidson College, www.davidson. 10) Walk the plantation house, kitchen, cabin, and grounds by candlelight and edu. experience an 1820s Christmas. See Davidson College Christmas Vespers dancing in the house, meet the Latta Service (December 4) The Davidson family, see a slave Christmas in the College Chorale and the Davidson College kitchen and more. The plantation will be Brass Ensemble present an evening of decorated for the season. 6-9 p.m. $7, ages holiday music and Biblical readings. 5 and under and members free. Historic Concert begins at 7:30 p.m., prelude Latta Plantation, 5225 Sample Road, music begins at 7 a.m. Please come Huntersville, www.lattaplantation.org. early for seating. Free. Davidson College Presbyterian Church, www.davidson.edu.


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Best Christmas Present Ever We asked two Lake Norman-area residents to tell us about their favorite Christmas present of all time. Here’s what they had to say... Christmas has always brought to me the gift of its true, deeper meanings, however as a child of the ’60s, we had a holiday rather like the movie A Christmas Story. I remember gifts through the years: a Spyder Bike, a Daisy BB Gun, a Johnny 7 One Man Army, Estes Rockets, a chemistry set, slot cars and the like — all found under our aluminum tree with rotating color projector lights. I suspect my favorite gift came from Santa when I was 11 or 12, a Cox PT19 Gas Model Airplane. Rev. Mike Bailey Senior Pastor Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, Cornelius

Paul Cameron

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Christmas 1961. I was 8 years old. My brother was 4. A light dusting of snow fell patchwork on the ground overnight in southern Maryland.  We awoke at the crack of dawn as was custom on Christmas morning and cajoled our parents to get up and go see what Santa

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had left. In the living room, next to our gloriously decorated tree in shiny tinsel, strings of popcorn and cranberries, and hideous blinking colored lights, a curious sight — a small, toy helicopter tied to a red ribbon. What could it be? The ribbon stretched from the living room, to the kitchen, to the laundry and out the front door. My mother told us boys to follow the ribbon, so it was out the door in our pajamas and slippers, into 30-degree weather. And there it sat. The ribbon was tied to a red bow, which adorned a great, big yellow helicopter with red rotor blades. A helicopter! In our front yard! Not a real one. This one was better than real! There was no doubting Santa’s elves had labored to build this beauty. It was made of wood with wheels and a cockpit we could climb in and sit. Inside, an instrument panel with a control stick and bicycle pedal which turned the giant rotor blades for take-off. Yes sir, Santa had his elves really working overtime to make something no other kid in the world could have. My brother and I wrestled each other to man the cockpit and pedal those blades. It didn’t take long for us to turn numb and blue in the cold, so my mother forced us to come in and drink our hot chocolate to thaw out. There were other presents to open, but despite the cold, both of us couldn’t wait to get back outside to our big yellow chopper. After a few years, my brother and I literally outgrew the gift — neither one of us could fit in the cockpit any longer. But my dad could not bear to part with it. It sat in the front yard, a curious piece of lawn art, which must have entertained multitudes of drivers who happened to turn down our street.

Years later, I understood. My dad hand-built that helicopter. He put the final coat of yellow paint on the plywood sides at midnight, then borrowed a large panel truck to haul it from his office warehouse to our front yard, just a few scant hours before we awoke. It took him months to cut the wood, find an old bicycle chain drive, invent a pulley and shaft, assemble the pieces, and finish the painting. I asked him why he went to so much trouble. “You see, son,” he said, “I didn’t have a father. He died when I was very young. I did something for you and your brother that I wished my father could have done for me. What I did for you boys is something I needed to do for my late father.” When I became a father, I vowed to build something for my children that no other kid in the world could have but them. I built my daughter a dollhouse. For my son, I built a wooden railroad on a table. Like my dad, I finished both projects late on Christmas Eve. And like my dad, I was doing it to pass on a piece of him and his dad and me. Yes, my yellow helicopter with the red rotors was the best Christmas gift I ever received because it taught me a lesson that has now passed through three generations. Paul Cameron WBTV News Anchor www.LNCurrents.com


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One of the easiest ways to jazz up your mantel for the holidays is to hang a stylish stocking. Here are four of our favorites by Lori K. Tate, Photography by Glenn Roberson

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Ingredients 1 croissant 4 ounces of oven-roasted turkey, shaved thin 1 ounce of Cotswold Cheddar Cheese 2 strips of Applewood-smoked bacon 1 ounce of grilled apple slaw 2 slices of Heirloom Tomatoes 1 ounce of Baby Mache Lettuce Apple Cider Aioli

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When Don West became the community relations chair for the Lake Norman Wildlife Conservationists, he wasn’t sure what his responsibilities were. Lucky for the group that West thinks big. He began doing research on the National Wildlife Federation Web site, as Lake Norman Wildlife Conservationists is a chapter of the North Carolina Wildlife Federation. It was there that he got the idea for certifying the Lake Norman area as a Community Wildlife Habitat. “I proposed it to the board, and we went from there,” recalls West of the Wild Over LKN Community Habitat Project. After 17 months of hard work, the certification came through. “You have to get a certain number of back yards certified as backyard wildlife habitats and a certain number of schools,


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churches, businesses and parks, too,” explains West, who involved every zip code that touches the lake in the project. So far 329 back yards and 11 schools are certified. Businesses, parks and farms are lumped into one category, and there are 14 of those. West says there are two other components involved with getting certification. “We have to do a certain number of naturerelated projects,” he says. “We also have to earn a certain amount of points in education. …This is just the first step in an ongoing process.” — Lori K. Tate

After 17 months of hard work, the Lake Norman area was certified as a Community Wildlife Habitat.

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arol Quillen’s love of knowledge — for both obtaining and sharing it — took her from her native Delaware to Illinois (The University of Chicago), New Jersey (Princeton University) and Texas (Rice University). And now it’s brought her to North Carolina, as Davidson College named Quillen its new president in May. Quillen began her work in August, and ever since, her days have been a whirlwind mix of meetings and introductions. We sat down with Quillen recently to talk about her transition, Davidson and being the school’s first female president.

How does living in Davidson compare to living in Houston? Well, Houston is a big city, and Davidson is a small town. So it’s very different in that regard. I grew up in a small town [New Castle, Delaware], which resembles Davidson. So in that sense, Davidson feels familiar. It’s very different from Houston. I miss the immediacy of urban life occasionally, but the close relationships that happen in a small town more than make up for that.

Is there anything that has surprised you about how closely the college and the community exist in Davidson?

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I wouldn’t say there have been any surprises. I think it’s important to be aware of the ramifications of what we do on campus that might affect the town in ways we can’t predict. Just as it’s important for the town to think through implications for the college. But we love being a part of Davidson, and I hope that we can work with the town on long-term planning, on opportunities for our students in organizations within the town, on making sure the border between the town and the campus is porous, and that people feel very welcome on our campus.

What has it been like to come to a college that’s brand new to you and immediately ascend to the very top position? I think coming to a place like Davidson, which is a close-knit community that is distinctive and brightly proud of its distinctiveness, coming into that place as an outsider and president means that I need to earn the Continued on page 22

Carol Quillen began her work in August as Davidson College’s new president. She’s the first woman president of the institution, as well as the first president who did not attend Davidson College. www.LNCurrents.com


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trust of the community. And I think the best way for me to do that is to listen to the aspirations for Davidson that others have. And to listen to what matters about Davidson to its constituents. I think I have some advantages coming from the outside. I can speak with more credibility to external constituencies. And I also can, perhaps, see connections and opportunities that are just harder to see when you’ve been here for a while.

You’re Davidson’s first female president. Is that something you remind yourself of often? I’m mindful of the responsibility — perhaps a heightened sense of responsibility — to absolutely do the job as well as I can. And I’m also mindful of my position as a potential role model for some of the women students here. But I don’t think my agenda or the way in which I operate or the ways in which I work with my colleagues has much to do with my gender. I think those are independent of my gender. I don’t think anybody

What is Davidson College’s role in the Lake Norman area? Carol Quillen talks to faculty and staff as she gets to know the Davidson College community.

at Davidson thought twice about it. The nonalum status I think is a bigger hurdle, honestly, for some people.

Have you heard from people who point out that you are not a Davidson alum? I think particularly alumni need to believe that I will take the time to understand the Davidson experience, even though I wasn’t lucky enough to have this education. And that’s fair. I think it’s fair enough. I think the last thing that

I think an important part of Davidson’s role is to offer opportunities to the community. We get a lot of support from the community for athletic events. The community is the audience for a lot of performances on our campus. We want the community to feel completely welcome and invited to the events that we have on campus. We gain a lot from the presence of the community in that way. LNC More on www.LNCurrents.com 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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ife is sweet. It is also unfair. CURRENTS’ editor Lori K. Tate asked if I’d be interested in working in a cupcake bakery for one of my Tom’s Jobs assignments. Well, duh, yeah. I mean, I am the original sweet tooth. I began thinking that I could be the official “taste tester,” on behalf of you, the reader, of course. So the date of my employment at SweetCakes Bakery in Cornelius was set, and guess what? It was four days before I was scheduled to run in The ING New York City Marathon. I was already on a no-sweets, high-carb diet, so heavy-duty taste testing was definitely out of the question. I showed up at SweetCakes at the agreed upon time of 7 a.m. The three-person staff had already been baking for an hour by that time. Co-owner Brenda Lord, baker Priscilla Simmons and master cupcake decorator Holly Minard were already into their “groove,” jamming to rock and roll on

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the radio. Lord and her daughter, Heather Allen, always enjoyed baking together when Allen was a little girl. “When I retired from education, I took a couple of years off but was looking for something else to do,” says Lord. “So we started baking cup-

cakes in my house and sold them at the Davidson Farmer’s Market for two years before we opened the bakery. …We’ve been here for two years.” Lord designs the menus, having come up with such whimsical cupcake recipes as Maple and Bacon, Candy Cane, Keylime, and Orangecicle. SweetCakes has 30 varieties of cupcakes and offers between 15 and 19 flavors a day. With fun flavors like that, I decided that working in a cupcake bakery means you can never be in a bad mood. Lord allowed me to try my hand in all phases of the cupcake process — from mixing the batter, pouring it into the cupcake tins, placing it in the oven and applying frosting. And I was good at exactly none of it. My cooking talent ends with making tea. Simmons pointed out that I didn’t have the right Continued on page 26

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wrist action for mixing the batter. And Minard, the frosting queen, put me to shame in the application of applying the sweet stuff. She said I “handled” the cupcake too roughly when I was smearing on the delicious cream cheese or butter cream frostings. The up side for me, though, was that when I seriously deformed one of the Cookies and Cream Cupcakes, Lord asked if I cared to eat it.

“I can’t eat a cupcake,” I thought to myself. “I’m running a marathon in a few days.” Marathon — cupcake. Marathon – cupcake. Marathon — cupcake. Cupcake won. “OK, what harm can one cupcake do?” I asked Lord as I woofed it down. Wow, was that tasty. One thing I noticed was that all three ladies worked in a lot neater fashion than I did. I had batter and frosting on my hands, on my

Cotter caves to temptation as he eats a Cookies and Cream Cupcake.

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face, in my hair and on my apron. SweetCakes ingredients are organic and most are locally grown. Lord buys as much product from the Davidson Farmer’s Market as possible. Her brown eggs and blackberry and raspberry jams all come from Huntersville farms. And none of their recipes come from pre-packed mixes; it’s all made from scratch. Lord and her daughter developed all of it. About half of SweetCakes’ customers walk into the Cornelius storefront, a 1905 building that was previously a pawnshop. Customers come in to buy the delicious desserts, either to eat in or take home. Other customers discover SweetCakes through the Web site — www. SweetCakesBakery.com. “We make cupcakes for meetings, parties, corporations, doctors and believe it or not, dentists,” says Lord. “And we deliver quite a few to Davidson College students. Parents often send cupcakes to their children for birthdays or holidays.” Cupcake wedding cakes are apparently a growing trend, and SweetCakes can prepare a cupcake cake that can serve as many as 150 to 200 people. Lord told me that she recently catered the dessert for a wedding at NASCAR driver Ryan Newman’s house on Lake Norman. Working at SweetCakes was a delicious experience. Of all the jobs I’ve had during this series in Lake Norman CURRENTS, I promise this was the sweetest. P.S. As soon as I got back from the marathon (time: 4:19), I bellied up to the counter at SweetCakes and had myself a Pumpkin Cupcake. Yummy. LNC 26

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Pulling together It all began with a grill. Dumford says the men first got the idea for the ministry after members of their group built a pull-behind grill. Together, they built a few more grills and decided to take them all over the community as a way to feed the homeless. “From that, we asked ourselves, ‘why do we just need to be in this area?,’ ” says Dumford, who also works closely with local residents, Don Salmond and Danny Graham, as well as members of Lake Norman Fellowship and First Presbyterian Church

in Mooresville. “Why not create a mobile kitchen and provide disaster relief?” Dumford saw the need to provide nourishing meals in communities hit by natural disasters when he traveled with Samaritan’s Purse this past spring to Tuscaloosa, Alabama, where his own nephew’s house was destroyed by tornadoes. “There’s a lot of emphasis put on cleanup and rebuilding,” says Dumford. “There’s not a tremendous emphasis on the basic necessities of food.” While he mostly helped with cleanup in

A Mobile Ministry Holy Smokes provides physical and spiritual nourishment to those in need

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Mooresville resident and director of Holy Smokes, Aaron Dumford, says he’s always had a passion for food — particularly barbecue and smoking meat. That helped provide the inspiration for the ministry’s name, Holy Smokes.

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In September, Holy Smokes got its first chance to take a fully functional mobile barbecue cooker on the road to help victims of Hurricane Irene in New Kent, Virginia. With the help of members of the Holy Smokes mission team and members of First Presbyterian Church, the group transported about 4,000 pounds of donated food, which they cooked on the beach in Virginia. Folks in the community were served a full-course hot breakfast, lunch and dinner over Labor Day weekend. In addition to leaving unused food behind for the residents, the group also left behind the mobile cooker, which is something they hope to continue with future disaster-relief missions. Holy Smokes tries to get as many materials donated as they can, such as old boat trailers and propane tanks. They also receive 250- and 500-gallon propane tanks as donations. The group buys the sheet metal to construct the rest of the trailers. The grills have come a long way since the first one, and their open-air ‘mobile kitchens’ equip a smoker, a grill, several small sinks, cutting boards and places to store supplies and wood. Locally, the group has also worked with area organizations such as Our Towns Habitat for Humanity in Cornelius and the Mooresville Soup Kitchen. “It’s a great idea,” says Jody Schwandt, executive director of Mooresville Soup Kitchen, where Dumford and Holy Smokes have smoked pork for the group’s weekly meals. “He [Dumford] saw a need, and he acted on it.” In return, Schwandt has loaned the group some of the kitchen’s deep fryers for their ministry missions. “The members from Holy Smokes are incredible people with a common goal of helping others through their talents,” says Jes-

sica Grantham, youth and volunteer associate for Our Towns Habitat for Humanity in Cornelius. “They are very dedicated to their commitments and have donated countless hours to prepare food that has sometimes fed hundreds of people in one day.” Holy Smokes has grilled for the organization numerous times, including preparing lunch on their construction sites and also for community events and volunteer picnics. Our Towns Habitat recently awarded Dumford


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Blair: Blue Tonight at Noon shirt by 7 Diamonds, $100; True Religion jeans, $198-$319 — both from Tempt Boutique, 124-C Argus Lane, Mooresville. Blair wore his own shoes for the shoot.

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Tootsies Too Children’s Shoes Step out in the latest style with bright colorful cowboy boots.

Tootsies Too also carries boots by Little Frye, John Deere, Dan Post, and UGG. Fitting sizes toddler 6 to youth 6. Find your own style at Tootsies Too.

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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. Consignment 1st of Lake Norman 350 W Plaza Dr., Mooresville (between Belks & Kohl’s) 704-663-0905 consignment1st@windstream.net consignment1st.com/gallery/ lakenorman

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Something for everyone on your list! Furniture, home décor, pictures, collectibles, unique gifts and more! We consign and sell for you OR rent your own space from us! Cornelius Consignment 21348 Catawba Ave. Cornelius 704-892-8800 www.corneliusconsignmentshop.com

Dear Santa… I Want a Louis The Louis Vuitton EPI style purse is highly sought after and no longer in production. We have a beautiful one worth over $2,000, it’s only $1,650 at FiFi’s Fine Resale! Perfect for the Louis Lover who doesn’t want what everyone is carrying now. Fifi’s 8301 Magnolia Estates Dr. Cornelius, NC 28031 (704) 892-7070 www.FifisLKN.com

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Instead, enjoy a pleasant gift buying experience at your favorite local boutique…Tempt Boutique carries these great brands, and many more: Miss Me, Hale Bob, Frye Boots, Karlie, Sky, Old Gringo, Paige, Alternative, Rock Revival, Gypsy05, 7 Diamonds, and Velvet. Gift Certificates Available.

Celebrate the season with beautiful décor from Ashley Carol. Our historic home is decked out with many beautiful things. Find something for everyone on your list from clothing, shoes, jewelry, home décor and many other Christmas gifts.

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Embrace the Elements With Cozy Sophistication. Footwear from UGG Australia is available at Head Over Heelz in Mooresville. Discover an array of Women’s Boots, Shoes and Slippers; Men’s Loafers and Slippers; and Baby Booties.

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A Boutique & Spa Located in Downtown Cornelius Our Spa is quaint and comfortable with many services to address the entire body. Facials, Waxing, Lifts, Massages, Organic Microdermabrasion are just a few our amazing services. One of a kind accessories and a beautiful selection of modern -yet timeless clothing will make you the envy of your office and the fashionista amongst your girlfriends. A Boutique for the Fashionista and the Barganista...We can’t wait to see you! 21314 Catawba Avenue Cornelius, NC 28031 (704) 892-0060 www.TheOliveBranchlkn.com

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Santa Requests Cupcakes This Christmas If you want Santa to know you’ve been good then leave him our cupcakes. Perfect for every holiday gathering, we offer over 14 flavors in both mini and regular sizes. Homemade daily with the freshest ingredients, it doesn’t get any more flavorful or beautiful than a SweetCakes cupcake.

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Salice Boutique We are fully stocked up on fabulous unique gifts for that special someone on your list! Just a few gift ideas are our soft Snoozie slipper socks. You have never felt something as soft as these! Or try our Lollia perfumes, lotions and bath salts - Decadence in a bottle. Last but not least, our Natural Life section with scarves, car magnets, bracelets, whistles, wallets and more! Salice Boutique 1120 Davie Ave., Statesville, NC 704-380-4983 saliceboutique.com facebook.com/saliceboutique.com Mon-Fri 8:30-5:00, Sat: 10-2

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Put on the Glitz! Pamper those on your list with a Valeria gift card this Christmas. Our new Med Spa offers a refuge for rejuvenation and renewal. Our highly trained staff provide treatments such as facials, laser hair removal, botox, and juvaderm chemical peels. Valeria Salon/Spa/Boutique 9620 Holly Point Drive / Suite 100 Huntersville, NC 28078 704-987-3888 valeriasalon.com

Your One-Stop Nail Shop and Gift Boutique With the holidays just around the corner, Bamboo Spa offers a one stop shopping experience. Choose from our brand new collection of Kringle Candles, an American owned and operated candle company, brought to you by the son of the original founder of Yankee Candle Company. Shop our Spring Street Jewelry line, and Me! Bath spa products. Don’t forget to pick up some gift certificates for the most fantastic nail services in the Lake Norman area, or treat yourself to a Manicure, Pedicure, Shellac, or LCN Gel service. Call or stop by today and see what Lake Norman is buzzing about. Bamboo Spa 145 Marketplace Ave. Morrison Plantation Mooresville, NC 28117 704-657-7811 www.BambooSpaLKN.com

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Christmas Time Is Here!! Stop in to SHOP the LARGEST selection of designer denim… AG, Joe’s, Citizen of Humanity, Seven, Hudson, True Religion, and MORE!! Our personal shoppers will help you find the perfect gift for that special someone. Jewelry, handbags, shoes, tops, dresses, denim…we have it all! “HAPPY HOLIDAYS” Lavendar Boutique 279 Williamson Road, Suite F Mooresville, NC 28117 704-663-2880 www.LavendarBoutique.com www.facebook.com/LavendarBoutique

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Grab the crew and join us Sunday afternoons for the locally televised football game of the week. Appetizers and drinks provided! Ladies, make sure to make a pit stop in the boutique and fill out those wish lists. We’ll take care of the rest, while he hangs out in the back room, tailgate style. Gentlemen, all you need to do is choose the item(s) and we’ll take care of the wrapping. Reservations required!

Visit La Chique Salon and Spa and pick up special gifts for everyone on your list. Our boutique is full of holiday sparkle and shine, we have skin care products, cosmetics and for the hard to buy for… gift certificates. LA Chique Salon & Spa Corner of Catawba Ave. & Hwy 73 Kenton Place 704-896-2889

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Monkee’s of Lake Norman 624 Jetton Street, Suite 130 (near Harris Teeter) Davidson, NC 704-896-7779 www.monkeesoflakenorman.com www.facebook.com/monkeesoflkn.Davidson www.LNCurrents.com

Isabella’s Fine Olive Oils and Vinegars Offering fresh, high quality, award winning EXTRA VIRGIN olive oils, and naturally flavored and fused olive oils…all at an affordable price. Also offering over 19 of the finest Solera Aged and naturally flavored Balsamic vinegars from Mondena , Italy. Taste before you buy! Makes a great holiday gift or for any occasion. Gift cards available. Complement your purchase with fine seasoning salts, and Balsamic pesto and jams. Isabella’s Fine Olive Oils and Vinegars 591-H River Hwy. Mooresville, NC 28117 704-230-0115 www.isabellasoliveoil.com isabellasoliveoil@gmail.com Like us on FB! Mon-Thurs 11-7pm, Fri 11-9pm, Sat 10:30-8pm, Sun 1-6pm

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Monkee’s $32 Echo Touch Glove! A holiday Best Seller for 2 years in a row, the Echo Touch Gloves keep your hands warm and stylish while you keep in touch! Exclusively offered at Monkee’s of Lake Norman, the gloves are made with a special fabric that interacts with touch screen devices, making them compatible with the iPod, iPhone, iPad, and other touch sensitive digital devices.

Lakeside Boutique 200-B North Harbor Place Davidson, NC 28036 I-77, Exit 30 704-765-9143 www.lakesideboutique.com Mon-Sat 11am-7pm Sun 11am-4pm We will be closed December 23-26!


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An Updated Classic Time to get cozy at 131 Main

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ake Norman’s autumn and winter seasons bring crisp weather and friends gathered around crackling fires, and 131 Main now can offer its guests both with its

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For dessert lovers, a sumptuous choice at 131 Main is the Banana Crème Pie, starting with a graham cracker crust with dark chocolate chunks, smothered with homemade vanilla and banana custard filling.

newly opened patio and fire pit at its Cornelius location. “It’s a new update to a classic restaurant,” says Brian Stegall, 131 Main’s general manager. “Many of our guests had been

asking for a patio. The weather is so dynamic here, and we want people to be able to take advantage of the weather. The patio was something we felt we were missing. The reaction has been

very positive.” The patio seats 24 people at cozy tables under a roof for better weather protection. A rounded extension boasts six Adirondack chairs drawn up to a brick www.LNCurrents.com


fire pit in an open-air setting. “As long as the weather permits, the patio will be open,” Stegall says. “It’s available year round. We have solid patio usage at our other restaurants nine or 10 months of the year.” Fresh favorites The Cornelius restaurant is one in a family of restaurants owned by Captiva Restaurant Group of Cornelius, with 131 Main locations in Blakeney and Dilworth in the Charlotte area and a fourth in Asheville. Located on N. Statesville Road, 131 Main is warm and inviting, with a darkened wooden ceiling set off by light-colored beams and earth-toned walls. Décor is simple to maintain an uncluttered feel. Booths and tables can seat 175 people inside in a layout with partial walls and shutters to create smaller spaces for a more intimate setting. A small bar adds to the amenities. The restaurant has unveiled its fall menu in time for one of its busiest seasons. “One of the highlights of the fall menu is the return of the smoked salmon appetizer,” Stegall says. “We had taken that item off our spring and summer menu,

The Ahi Tuna Salad is a favorite.

Another perennial favorite is the Ahi Tuna Salad, combining mixed greens and red onions with the tropical flavors of fresh mango and fresh avocado.

and many of our customers were eager for the return of that item.” Another perennial favorite is the Ahi Tuna Salad, combining mixed greens and red onions with the tropical flavors of fresh mango and fresh avocado. The tuna is topped with ginger vinaigrette for a savory touch. For sandwich lovers, the “Awesome” Roast Beef Sandwich features beef that is slow-roasted in house, served on fresh French bread and accompanied by hot, homemade au jus. Hand-cut French fries complete the plate. For dessert lovers, a sumptuous choice is the Banana Crème Pie, starting with a graham cracker crust with dark chocolate chunks, smothered with homemade vanilla and banana custard filling. Crowning the dessert are homemade whip cream and an entire sliced banana, garnished with chocolate and caramel syrup and dark chocolate shavings. All the food at 131 Main is prepared fresh on location, including sauces, dressings and desserts. “We have two small freezers at the restaurant, and all one has in it is ice cream, and the other has chilled plates for salads,” explains Stegall.

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Fall and winter will see the continuation of three popular features. The first is the Main Event Menu for two, which includes an appetizer, salads, entrees, a  dessert and a bottle of wine to share for $59. A second favorite is a special every Sunday through Thursday from 5-7 p.m. when menu appetizers are $5. Finally, on Tuesday nights, bottles of wine are offered at half price. More than a meal Many of the restaurant’s guests become regulars, Stegall says, and he credits this to a commitment to quality. “We want guests to be blown away by the quality of our food, the quality of

All the food at 131 Main is prepared fresh on location, including sauces, dressings and desserts.

Above: The “Awesome” Roast Beef Sandwich features beef that is slow-roasted in house. Right: The new patio seats 24.

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our facilities and the quality of our service. We want every guest to be treated like a VIP.” “It’s a very comfortable place to go,” says Adam Appleby of Cornelius, who visits often with his wife, Adrienne. “We walk in here, and the staff remembers who we are. We’re friendly with many of the staff. We moved here in 2005, and it was one of the first places we went when we moved here.” After eating at many Charlotte-area restaurants, they found themselves returning to 131 Main. “We went on the restaurant circuit,” he 42

says. “We landed right back here. It’s a great meal, combined with great people. Many of the employees are working their way through college. They don’t have a lot of turnover in staff.” As people whose first jobs were as wait staff, the Applebys have eaten at fine restaurants in many cities, so they appreciate the quality food and the service they receive from all the staff, especially from their regular waitress, Kelly. The staff at 131 Main prides itself on being

A rounded extension boasts six Adirondack chairs around a fire pit in an open-air setting.

able to anticipate guests’ needs and consult on menu choices. “We have a very thorough training program for our staff,” Stegall says, adding that the minimum initial training covers seven days, in which the staff learns the restaurant’s steps of service. Each staff member also undergoes multiple manager evaluations. In addition, the restaurant strives to accommodate unique requests. Visits to the restaurant by actor Donald Sutherland while he was filming the movie The Hunger Games illustrate this point, as 131 Main created salt-free meals specifically for him. “We were able to put together meals without salt, and we were able to do it with our regular menu.” A gluten-free menu is offered alongside the regular menu. 131 Main instills a culture of service and longevity within its staff, several of whom have been with the restaurant since it opened seven years ago. Some have such strong relationships with guests that they have even been invited to guests’ family weddings. LNC THe scoop

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The Wish Upon a Star Holiday Gala benefits Victory Junction, a non-profit organization that provides camping experiences to children and families with serious medical conditions on its 84-acre campus in Randleman. A new office for the organization recently opened in Cornelius.

Richard and Linda Petty, the NASCAR-themed facility includes a state-of-the-art medical center staffed to meet the specific needs of all campers, including those with autism, cancer, craniofacial anomalies, diabetes, hemophilia, sickle cell and spina bifida. A new office in Cornelius is making it easier for Victory Junction to better connect with the Charlotte and Lake Norman markets. According to Brooke Hondros, development director of the organization, the new location is focused on major donor development and cause marketing while also giving staff the opportunity to work more closely with many of Victory Junction’s campers who live in the area. “Many of our campers come from the Charlotte and Lake Norman areas so this was our way to give back to them as well as recognize our donors who call the lake home,” explains Hondros. “We can also better cultivate our relationships within the racing family that lives and breathes in this area.” Working from Cornelius gives Carolyn Mullins, vice president of medical development, the opportunity to focus her attention on expanding the medical scope of services offered at Victory Junction. “We have begun challenging ourselves from a medical perspective to see campers who might not have as many options for participation,” Mullins explains. “So many of our partner organizations, the major children’s hospitals in the area,

have a tremendous variety of diseases and illnesses they see, so it made sense for us to expand our scope of services, too.” For those potential campers and their families who are medically unable to travel to the Victory Junction facility, Mullins is helping to expand a Victory Junction initiative called the Hospital Outreach Program (HOP), which brings camp to the hospitals. In 2012, Victory Junction hopes to increase its presence at two local hospitals and introduce their camping experience at several others. With the holiday season now in full swing, the 2011 Wish Upon a Star Holiday Gala is again commanding the spotlight. Hondros says the extravaganza is a unique, child-centered addition to the Charlotte area’s holiday calendar and one that truly typifies the message of Victory Junction. “We want our guests and families to leave the Wish Upon a Star Holiday Gala learning something new about Victory Junction,” she says, “but even more energized and motivated to help someone in their community and proudly pay it forward.” The Scoop

The 2011 Wish Upon a Star Holiday Gala will be held Friday, December 16, 2011 at The Fillmore in Charlotte from 6 to 9 p.m. The event will be hosted by Edwin McCain and will be presented by Newman’s Own Foundation and Victory Junction. Tickets are $25 each with a maximum of $100 per family. For more information, visit www.victoryjunction.org. 45

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tanding on the red carpet outside of Victory Junction’s 2010 Wish Upon a Star Holiday Gala at the North Carolina Music Factory, Huntersville’s Harrison Burton, 11- year- old son of NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Jeff Burton, explained the importance of giving back at the holidays. “It’s very important for everyone to do their part because if nobody did their part, the community would just fall apart, and nothing would progress at all,” the young, philanthropic Harrison proclaimed to the cameras. “It makes me really excited that I get to be able to be here and be able to help,” Macy Waltrip, 14-year-old daughter of Michael Waltrip, added when the cameras turned to her. As two of the 14 hosts between the ages six and 16 who greeted the 550 guests to the first annual, youth-centered affair, Harrison and Macy, along with other NASCAR children and grandchildren, inspired their peers to share in the spirit of giving and recognize those in need at the holiday season. “By teaching your children to give back…you give your kid that spirit, and they continue to give back to the community, that’s what tonight is all about,” added Victory Junction co-founder, Kyle Petty from the stage later that evening. The holiday event exemplifies the important mission of Victory Junction, the seven-year-old non-profit organization opened by Kyle and Pattie Petty to fulfill a dream of their late son, Adam. Victory Junction provides camping experiences to children and families with serious medical conditions on its 84-acre campus in Randleman. Built on land donated by Adam’s grandparents,

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Victory Junction and the Wish Upon a Star Holiday Gala empower children to give back


by Trevor Burton Lake Norman Currents | December 2011

Albariño

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Wine from the end of the world

Albarino's home is in Galacia on the northwestern corner of Spain, close to the Atlantic Ocean. In Columbus' time this region was called, "the end of the world."

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he world of wine is such a wonderful place. It rewards you handsomely for even the smallest amount of exploration. And the rewards are really tasty. This month’s little treasure is called Albariño (al-bah-reen-yo), a white wine from Spain. When you think of Spain, you think of a Latin, Mediterranean country and culture. And when you think of Spanish wines, you think of deep, dark, red wines like Rioja or Ribera del Duero. And when it comes to Spanish vineyards, what comes to mind are desert-like, sun-drenched conditions. Albariño and its territory are the exact opposite of all of this. Albariño’s home is in Galacia on the northwestern corner of Spain, close to the Atlantic Ocean. In Columbus’ time this region was called, “the end of the world.” The region is Spanish, obviously, but its origins are more Celtic than Roman. In many ways, this region, where verdant slopes sweep down to meet an ocean shrouded by mist, is more reminiscent of Ireland than it is of Spain. You’re almost tempted to search out a pub for a glass of Guinness here. But that’s where the similarity to Ireland ends. This is white wine territory. Amazing that grapes can grow Galicia is known for its mild, maritime climate, its coastline serrated by estuaries, called rías, and the ever-present ocean. The rías are deep, wide inlets of water encroaching many miles inland from the Atlantic Ocean. The southern group of these rías is known as Rías Baixas (the lower estuaries). Rías Baixas Continued on page 48 www.LNCurrents.com


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The wine is crisp and clear — it almost shouts out to you that it’s going to be refreshing even before you take a sip.

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(ree-ahs-buy-shuss) is the Spanish wine area, the Denominación de Origen, where Albariño does its thing. This is not exactly the ideal place to grow wine grapes, but for whatever the reason, it seems to work for the Albariño cot character, and Pinot Gris grape. The soil in the Rías for its floral bouquet. Not a Baixas consists mostly of bad group to be a part of. granite with a little bit of chalk and clay thrown Standing out in. There are lots of Albariño is one of the minerals in the soil but few Spanish grape varieties very few nutrients — produced as a varietal wine that’s good because the on its own and designated as vines have to struggle to such on labels. Spanish wines get their nutrients and, typically specify the region along the way, Albariño that a wine is made in rather picks up its mineral edge. than the grape that is in the There are several stowine. For example, nowhere ries concerning the orion the label of a bottle of Rioja gin of this grape, mostly wine do you see the name of romantic and mostly Tempranillo, the main grape in wrong. Its name, Albathe wine. Riño, means “the white Albariño is a grape that rewine from the Rhine.” flects its terroir. When grown That prompted people in the highly acidic, stony to think that it might be earth of Rías Baixas, the grape a clone of the Riesling yields its mineral-driven and grape that is promistructured wine. Albariño is nent in the Rhine area, You can find a bottle of a small, green, thick-skinned brought in by German pilAlbarino for around $15. grape. It resists fungal disease, and grims on their way to Santiago de Compostela, a holy city in Galicia. But that’s good given the particularly damp clihistorical logic gets in the way of that theory. mate of Rías Baixas. The thick skins do more Another theory is that the Cistercian than just protect the grape from any surmonks from Burgundy, who established rounding climatic nastiness. They also convineyards wherever they built their church- tribute lots of flavors and a creamy texture to es, introduced it in the 12th or 13th century. the wine. The wine is crisp and clear — it almost Albariño’s most likely ancestor is the Petit Menseng grape from the southeastern cor- shouts out to you that it’s going to be refreshing even before you take a sip. Albariño is an ner of France. Whatever the origin, the one thing there aromatic wine — great aromas on the nose. is no dispute about is the quality and unique There are aromas of lots of fruits: ripe apple, flavor profile of Albariño wines. Albariño white pear, apricot and peach. Along with all has been compared to many grapes; Riesling those nice goodies, there’s a little bit of warm, for its minerality and bracing acidity, Viog- tropical fruit. This is a dry wine, but not an intense, nier because of its fleshiness and peach/apri48

mouth-puckering dry one. There’s a little hint of sweetness that nicely balances the wine’s acidity. The overall flavor is one of light minerality — kind of a “stony” taste. The Spanish refer to Albariño as “the wine of the sea.” Galicia is historically known for its shellfish cuisine. Like in so many European regions, Galacian winemakers evolved their wine to complement their local food — in this case, seafood. A great food and wine pairing. Watch out for the old guys A word of warning — these wines do not age well. If you come across one that’s more than a couple of years old, move on and find something a little younger. The wine is fermented and aged in stainless steel specifically for early drinking. These are wines ready to drink upon release. They do have a structure and complexity that allows for a little aging, but your best bet is to stay with wines that are just a couple of years old. There’s a move toward making these wines more attractive to the wider, international market. There’s an increase in barrel fermentation using French, American and native Galician oak. An increasing number of winemakers are putting their wines through full or partial malolactic fermentation. This is a second fermentation that, in addition to imparting a creamier, fuller character, enables the wines to age gracefully. To me, although all of this may result in a tasty end product, it kind of diminishes the original character of the wine. I’m going to be drinking as much Albariño as I can before all this character change takes hold. And that’s not going to be an obsession that breaks the bank. You can find a bottle of this gem for around $15. Some chilled seafood or some mild cheese and a glass of Albariño; nice company to spend an evening with. Enjoy. LNC Trevor Burton of Mooresville is 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. www.LNCurrents.com


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After winning North Carolina’s Tobacco Road Marathon in March, elite-level triathlons took Kelly Fillnow around the world to competitions in St. Croix, Florida and Austria.

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The first line of defense “Because athletes like Kelly train and compete at such a high level, their bodies are put through tremendous stresses week in and week out,” says Judith Biery, a sports massage therapist at Davidson Therapeutic Massage who works weekly with Fillnow. “It is one thing for an athlete to train properly, and it is another to comFillnow discovered acupuncture when she read about the plete a program with therapies procedure as a viable treatment that go beyond. Kelly is proof to a seasonal neurological condition that hindered her training. that recovery methods like sports Photography by Glenn Roberson

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o say 2011 has been a strenuous year for Kelly Fillnow would be an understatement. After winning North Carolina’s Tobacco Road Marathon in March, elite-level triathlons took her around the world to competitions in St. Croix, Florida and Austria. She then stopped in Kona, Hawaii for the Ironman World Championships before finishing her season pacing Olympian Jennie Finch through The ING New York City Marathon as part of a creative fundraising program with her sponsor, Timex. What does the Davidson Col-


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massage, acupuncture and even proper nutrition can keep a body performing at its highest level.” Sports massage is the systematic manipulation of soft tissues of the body as they relate to performance in a specific sport. It can be used to increase blood flow, range of motion, flexibility and the elimination of lactic acid while also reducing muscle tension and tightness. Biery believes that athletes often turn to sports massage as a first line of defense when an acute injury occurs or when the body is not responding as the athlete hopes. “I do consider a good sports massage therapist to be an important first line of defense for athletes, and people often come to us first when something unforeseen or unexplainable is happening,” Biery explains. “We figure out where the strengths and weaknesses are and make recommendations to become better balanced. Our role is to help the athlete gain a lot of knowledge about how their bodies are performing.” “If I miss a massage, I can definitely feel it the next week when I am running and training. Everything is super tight," says Fillnow, a Davidson College graduate and coach at Huntersville’s UpGrade Lifestyle.

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a better job of healing itself. The Chinese approach of acupuncture practiced by Best uses the impulses from the needles to send a signal to the brain and make a response suggestion. Instead of thinking about certain muscle groups working together and placing needles in specific locations, Best looks at the body as a single unit and places needles in a variety of locations to trigger the brain to respond differently. He believes when one or more of the body’s 12 vital organs become fatigued, they send

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Biery also believes regular massage treatments, especially during the athlete’s highest training cycles, often help prevent injury, as well. “When we see athletes with some regularity, we get to know their bodies and can assess and pinpoint problems as they are beginning to occur before they require major treatment,” Biery explains. “And as it pertains to an athlete’s overall performance, we know what an acupuncturist, a chiropractor, a physical therapist, an orthopedist, a nutritionist and even a person who fits athletic shoes can do. I understand, assess and can make recommendations when I believe adjunct treatments might be beneficial.” “When I first became involved in triathlon, sports massage was a once-a-month thing, but as my training increased and became more intense, the frequency increased to every week where I am now,” says Fillnow. “If I miss a massage, I can definitely feel it the next week when I am running and training. Everything is super tight.”


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signals that manifest in the muscles. “What I try to do with athletes is balance the body. The adage about a person only being as strong as the weakest link holds true. In many cases, the weak part of the body presents itself in the form of an acute injury while the stronger parts stay silent,” explains Best. “With acupuncture, we identify what’s going on in the body on the acute level then try to identify how best we can treat it using the body’s internal wiring. We also look at the body’s imbalances and see what we can do to better condition the body to better do the job of healing itself.” Best’s goal is to get the body to repair itself and then find the balance it needs to move closer to optimal health. Best says acupuncture can be especially useful in treating plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, elbow tendonitis and runner’s knee. Fillnow discovered acupuncture when she read about the procedure as a viable treatment to a seasonal neurological condition that hindered her training. “We initially used electro meridian imaging (EMI) to figure out my meridians and how they were balanced,” Fillnow recalls. “From there, we were able to decipher what was needed to be done. It was incredible to see with my body how things were balanced and what was off.” With a busy 2012 season on the horizon, Fillnow steams ahead with a better knowledge of what it takes to keep her body performing at the elite level. Sports massage and acupuncture are keys to her success. “I have learned that the recovery meth-

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Scott; and son, Ethan, moved into their home during Christmas 2007, they had to live in the basement because the home wasn’t finished. “We moved in, and I had to furnish it. There are things that are still evolving,” explains Johnson. The ebony coffee table is by Vanguard Furniture, but Johnson would like to replace it with a large ottoman someday.

3 The living room has a black and white landscape that works well with Johnson’s silver Christmas decorations. “At Christmastime, I may do the silver or the red. This year I chose to bring in the silver aspect. The silver brings out the chandeliers, the sconces, things like that, so it’s fun,” says Johnson. “This room is kind of like the little black dress. You can accessorize it any way you want to.”

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5 The ivory shag rug is by Capel Rugs.

8 The black and white fashion sketches are from Paragon Prints. “Paragon is just great. It’s just a very economically friendly line,” says Johnson.

9 The window treatments are from Duralee and feature black and white curls. “I wanted something fun for the window treatments,” says Johnson. “I can close them for complete privacy in here, and then open them up. The space is just flooded with natural light.”

10 The chandelier is by Fine Art Lamps.

11 The mirror is by Uttermost. “It’s one of the price points that you can’t beat,” says Johnson. “To me, the mirror just complements everything. … It has a silver base with gold overlay.”

12 The sitting hearth adds more space for people to get together and relax. “With the high ceilings, it brings height,” says Johnson. “When we’re entertaining, it always gets used.”

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ay Sprague likes to wear cowboy boots. If you don’t believe it, come to the Davidson College Christmas Vespers Service on December 4 and check out his footwear. Sprague, professor of music and director of choirs at Davidson College, is famous for his boots — and the vespers service. “Technically it’s not a vespers service. It’s more like an English lesson in carols,” explains Sprague, who has been teaching at Davidson for 12 years. “In an English lesson in carols, certain people from the community and the church are assigned to read certain lessons. The final lesson is always read by the mayor of the town. In our case, it’s the president of the college.” Going on for more than 20 years, the service includes congregational carols, choral music, instrumental music and readings. The college’s Chaplain’s Office selects the readings and prayers, while Sprague selects the music. “We have some slightly different carols this year,” says Sprague. “We always end with Joy to the World, and I’ve kept that, but I’ve got a new brass arrangement for it.” The congregational hymns he’s added to the mix include Agnus Dei; Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming; O Come, O Come Emmanuel; and Once in Royal David’s City. The Davidson College Chorale, conducted by Sprague, also changes its literature from year to year. “It’s a great way to get into the holiday spirit,” says Sprague. “People who come to this a lot have said to me that this always starts their holiday season.” Sprague says that the service is open to anyone, not just the Davidson College community. “I want our audience to feel that they’ve been part of a community filled with joy and love and excitement about this time of year,” he says. “I always tell my students if our audience doesn’t feel anything, then we’ve really failed.” LNC


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A month of things to do in the Lake Norman area CHILDREN Cocoa with Santa (December 9) Drop in with your pre-school aged child (4 and under) for a visit with Santa and a hot cup of cocoa. 9-11 a.m. Free. Cornelius Arts Center, 19725 Oak Street, Cornelius, www.cornelius.org.

CONCERTS Getting’ in the Mood for Christmas (December 3) The vocal jazz ensemble (Left@25) of the North Mecklenburg Community Chorus performs holiday favorites. 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Birkdale Residence Club, Huntersville, www.nmcchorus.org. Iredell Concert Association (December 3) Grammy-nominated singer Kathy Troccoli performs. 7:30 p.m. Season tickets $50, $20 student. Mac Gray Auditorium, Statesville, www.iredellconcerts.com. Cornelius Concert Series (December 4, 18) On December 4, the Mt. Zion UMC Praise Team will present God Came Down by Travis Cottrell. This is a dynamic worship musical for the Christmas season. Fresh new songs move in and out of classic Christmas carols. Genesis Youth Dance will also be featured in the worship service. 9:45 a.m. Free will offerings. Family Life Center, Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, Cornelius. On December 18, Mt. Zion’s annual program for the Cornelius community features familiar Christmas pieces for bells and choir. The Chancel Choir and orchestra will be performing Mark Hayes’ Magnificat, commissioned for the American Choral Directors Association. 11 a.m., 3 p.m. Free will offerings. Mt. Zion United Methodist Church Sanctuary, Cornelius. Davidson College Christmas Vespers Service (December 4) The Davidson College Chorale and the Davidson College Brass Ensemble present an evening of holiday music and Biblical readings. Concert begins at 7:30 p.m., prelude begins at 7 p.m. Please come early for seating. Free. Davidson College Presbyterian Church, www.davidson.edu.

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A Sleigh Full of Songs (December 5, 10, 12) The North Mecklenburg Community Chorus presents an evening of traditional and popular Christmas songs. Santa Claus is scheduled to make an appearance. Monday, December 5, 7:30 p.m., Assurance United Methodist Church, 9700 Mt. Holly-Huntersville Road, Huntersville; Saturday, December 10, 7 p.m., Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, 19600 Zion Avenue, Cornelius; Monday, December 12, 7:30 p.m., Davidson College Presbyterian Church, 100 North Main Street, Davidson, www.nmcchorus. org. Music at St. Alban’s (December 11) Celebrate the holidays with a performance by the Charlotte Children’s Choir. The Concert Choir

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and the Lyric Choir, totaling more than 80 singers, will be joined by a brass quintet in a program of carols, new and old, by Vaughn Williams and John Rutter, as well as arrangements by Canadian Brass for choir and audience. 3 p.m. $15, $10 students and seniors, children under 12 free, St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, Davidson, www.musicatstalbans.net. Stile Antico (December 13) Stile Antico is an ensemble of young British singers, now established as one of the most original and exciting new voices in its field. The conductor-less group performs to capacity audiences singing polyphonic repertoire.  Their recordings on the Harmonia Mundi label have enjoyed great success, receiving the Diapason d’Or de l’année, the Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik and twice attracting Grammy nominations. Their release Song of Songs won the 2009 Grammy Award for Early Music and reached the top of the U.S. classical chart. 7:30 p.m. $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Davidson United Methodist Church, Davidson, http:// crowntickets.com/StileAntico.

EVENTS Downtown Mooresville Holiday Light Spectacular (Through New Year’s Day) See more than 70,000 lights coordinated with Christmas music on the Mooresville Town Hall lawn. 5:30-10 p.m. nightly. Free. www. downtownmooresville.com. An Evening with Joe Herndon of The Temptations (December 1) Joe Herndon, bass singer of The Temptations, along with Statesville native and Motown historian Brian Summers, present an evening of conversation about the iconic Temptations, including harmonies, choreography and attire. 6 p.m. Free. Iredell County Public Library, 201 N. Tradd Street, Statesville, www.iredell.lib.nc.us. A Holiday Women’s Show — 2011 (December 1) The Mooresville South Iredell Chamber presents a winter wonderland of holiday shopping featuring jewelry, shoes, spa treatments, make-up and fashion. Noon-7 p.m. Free. Charles Mack Citizen Center, Mooresville, www.mooresvillenc.org. Christmas in Davidson (December 1-3) Take a ride on the trolley, stroll down beautiful and picturesque Main Street, start your holiday shopping at one of the many wonderful and unique specialty shops, take a journey through the Holiday Village of vendors on the Village Green and enjoy a wide variety of entertainment on the Library Stage. Then go over to South Main Square for live entertainment, fine art and gingerbread cookies for the kids. Be sure to save time for the newest event at Christmas in Davidson — Ice Skating. The holiday Ice Skating Rink will be open extended hours:  Thursday, December 1, 3-9 p.m.; Friday, December 2, 3-9 p.m.; Sat.

December 3, 1-9 p.m. Thursday-Saturday 6-9 p.m. Free. Downtown Davidson, www. christmasindavidson.com. Downtown Holiday Shop & Stroll (December 2) The spirit of the season will come alive as the merchants in downtown Statesville welcome visitors and offer extended hours during the Downtown Holiday Shop & Stroll. Enjoy holiday decorations, listen to Christmas music, horse-drawn carriage rides, visits with Santa, merchant open houses, holiday refreshments and much more. 4-9 p.m. Free. Downtown Statesville, info@downtownstatesvillenc.org, 704.878.3436. Holiday Happenings in Downtown Mooresville (December 2, 9, 16) Each Friday, visit Santa, enjoy music, Christmas Tree Lane, wagon rides and more. 6-8 p.m. Free. Activities take place on Broad and Main Streets in Downtown Mooresville, www. downtownmooresville.com. Christmas Tea and Craft (December 3) A fun historical afternoon for mother and daughter. Learn about the history of Christmas at this special holiday tea. 1-3 p.m. $25 per mother/ daughter pair, additional daughters are $10 each. Pre-registration is required. Historic Latta Plantation, 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville, www.lattaplantation.org. Cornelius Holiday Celebration 2011 (December 3) This holiday event features music, family friendly activities, holidaythemed crafts, community performances, a magic show and a visit from Santa. Free photo opportunities with Santa will also be available. 2:30-5 p.m. Free. Cornelius Town Hall, 21445 Catawba Avenue, Cornelius, www.corneliuspr. org. 29th Annual North Mecklenburg Parade (December 3) Enjoy bands and floats celebrating the season. 1 p.m. Free. On Highway 115 through the Davidson and Cornelius corridors. www.ci.davidson.nc.us. Davidson College Alternative Gift Fair (December 4) Davidson College invites the public to purchase self-development goods, services and livestock for people in need at the annual alternative holiday gifts fair. Prices start at $1, and purchasers receive holiday cards inscribed with information about the gifts purchased that can be sent to those honored. 2-4 p.m. Free. Alvarez College Union, Brown Atrium, Davidson College, www.davidson.edu. 5th Annual Cookies for a Cause Divas Only Cookie Bash and Inaugural Chips for a Cause Gentlemen’s Poker Night (December 9) Support the Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte by either eating cookies or playing poker. Both events take place simultaneously at the Peninsula Yacht Club. Divas must bring their own plate of cookies and a gently used child’s coat for donation to Steve’s Coats for Kids. 6:30 p.m.; chips in play at 7 p.m. (gentlemen, please arrive at 6 p.m. for check-in). $100 per www.LNCurrents.com


person. Peninsula Yacht Club, Cornelius, www. cookies4acause.com. Miracle on 34th Street (December 9-15) See this holiday classic on the big screen as you support Ada Jenkins Center — $1 from each ticket goes to the center. $7.50. 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 7 p.m., 9:15 p.m.* (*late shows only on Friday and Saturday nights). Lake Norman Chamber Kick Off Reception, Thursday, December 8 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Additional donations to Ada Jenkins Center will be accepted at this event. Our Town Cinemas, 227 Griffith Street in Sadler Square, Davidson, www,OurTownCinemas.com. Candlelight Christmas (December 10) Walk the plantation house, kitchen, cabin and grounds by candlelight and experience an 1820s Christmas. See dancing in the house, meet the Latta family, see a slave Christmas in the kitchen and more. The plantation will be decorated for the season. 6-9 p.m. $7, ages 5 and under and members free. Historic Latta Plantation, 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville, www.lattaplantation.org. A Huntersville Christmas (December 10) Celebrate the holidays with pony rides, a clown bounce, a carousel, Ferris wheel, train rides, rapid slide, swing ride and a hay ride. For older children and teens there will be a rock climbing wall and bonfire at the Caboose / Huntersville Market. Crafts will be organized by Discovery Place Kids! at the Discovery Place Kids in the Town Center, along with a coloring contest. Children can meet Santa at the fire department, watch and participate with the Davidson Jugglers, write letters to Santa, and have their faces painted. 5-8 p.m. Free. Downtown Huntersville, www.huntersville.org. Lake Norman Orchestra Holiday Concert (December 10-11) Directed by Edwardo Cedeno, The Lake Norman Orchestra performs holiday favorites. Saturday, December 10, 3 p.m., Shearer Hall, Mitchell Community College, 500 W. Broad St., Statesville; Friday, December 11, 3 p.m., Mooresville High School Auditorium, 305 North Main Street, Mooresville. $10, $5 students. 704.878.4321. Special Needs Holiday Program (December 10) Cornelius PARC and Huntersville Parks & Recreation present its annual Special Needs Holiday Program, featuring crafts, games, light snacks, a visit from Santa and more. 1-3 p.m. $10 for families who are residents of Cornelius and Huntersville, $15 for non-residents, RSVP required by December 6. Community Room, Cornelius Town Hall, www.corneliuspr.org.

GALLERIES Andre Christine Gallery Abstracts, Still Life and Scenes will be on display until January 14, www.LNCurrents.com

Carolina Art Garden Various exhibitions. TueSat Noon-6 p.m. Oak Street Mill, 19725 Oak Street, Suite 3, Cornelius. www.lknart.org. Christa Faut Gallery Various exhibitions. 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, www. christafautgallery.com. Cornelius Arts Center Teaching Talents Exhibit shows the multimedia works of the center’s instructors. Through January 13. Opening reception December 7 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Mon-Thu 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Fri-Sat 9 a.m.-Noon. 19725 Oak Street, Cornelius, www. corneliusartscenter.com. Depot Art Gallery Various exhibitions. 103 W. Center Avenue, Mooresville. Four Corners Framing and Gallery Various exhibitions. Tue-Fri 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 112 S. Main Street, Mooresville, 704.662.7154, wwwfcfgframing.com. 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, www.lakecountrygallery.net. “Cotton” Ketchie’s Landmark Galleries Various exhibitions. The work of watercolorist ‘Cotton’ Ketchie. Mon-Sat 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 212 North Main Street, Mooresville, 704.664.4122, www.landmark-galleries.com. Merrill-Jennings Galleries Various exhibitions. Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 463 S. Main Street, Davidson, 704.895.1213, www. merrilljennings.com. Mooresville Artist Guild Various exhibitions. 103 West Center Avenue, Mooresville, www. magart.org. Tropical Connections Various exhibitions. 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 Art Center It Looks Something Like This reflects Assistant Professor Hagit Barkai’s experience growing up in Israel. Through December 7. Weekdays 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday noon-4 p.m. Davidson College, 315 N. Main Street, Davidson, 704.894.2519, www. davidson.edu/art/galleries.

MONTHLY EVENTS Carolina Raptor Center Live bird presentations, flight shows, behind-thescenes tours and more take place at Carolina Raptor Center throughout the month. Visit carolinaraptorcenter.org for more details. The Artisan Market Craft Crawl (First Friday Night) Formerly known as the Mooresville Craft Crawl, this market features baked goods, clothing, embroidery, jewelry, paintings, pottery, quilts and woodcarvings with an edge. 5-9 p.m. Free. Mooresville Town Square across

from Lowe’s Foods. www.theartisanmarket.net. Blue Planet Water Environmental Center Tour (First Tuesday, Third Thursday) Learn about water and wastewater through a handson 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@ci.charlotte.nc.us to schedule a tour. Davidson Farmer’s Market (Bi-weekly through March) 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, www. davidsonfarmesmarket.org.

SPORTS Guns & Hoses Football Game (December 3) The Statesville Police Department will face off against the Statesville Fire Department in a football game to benefit two local charities: Dove House Children’s Advocacy Center and American Red Cross. 7 p.m. $5 in advance, $7 at the gate. Statesville High School, 474 North Center Street, Statesville, 704.883.9814, 704.664.2500. Davidson College Men’s Basketball It’s time for some hoops with the Wildcats. Furman (Dec 3, 7 p.m.), Vanderbilt (Dec 7, 7 p.m.), Penn (Dec 29, 7 p.m.). Davidson College, www. davidsonwildcats.com. Davidson College Women’s Basketball The Lady Wildcats take the court for another great season. Winthrop (Dec 1, 7 p.m.), College of Charleston (Dec 17, 2 p.m.), Georgia Southern (Dec 19, 7 p.m.). Davidson College, www. davidsonwildcats.com.

TEENS Rock Band Friday (Fridays) Learn how to play Rock Band after school. 3:30-6 p.m. Free. Ben & Jerry’s, 202 South Main Street, Davidson.

THEATRE Retrieving the Lamb (December 1-18) Davidson Community Players presents this play by local playwright Judy Simpson-Cook. The usual Mary, Joseph and angel are sick with the flu, the music director wants to change the music and the church furnace is broken so it’s either steaming hot or freezing cold. Retrieving the Lamb is funny, tense, sweet, and sad — with just a touch of the magic we need at Christmas (and the rest of the year, too). Thu-Sat 8 p.m.; Sat, Dec 3, 4 p.m.; Sat, Dec 10 & 17, 2 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m. Armour Street Theatre, Davidson, www. davidsoncommunityplayers.org.

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First Annual Mother/Daughter Holiday Tea (December 18) Enjoy the First Annual Mother/ Daughter Holiday Tea at the Historic Beaver Dam House, which will be fully decorated for the season. 2-5 p.m. $35 per mother/daughter couple, $15 for each additional daughter. Historic Beaver Dam House, 19600 Davidson Concord Road, Davidson, www.d-Recs.org.

2012. Tue-Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun noon-4 p.m. 148 Ervin Road, Mooresville, 704.775.9516, andrechristinegallery.com.


One More Thing |

Light Up the Season

by Lori K. Tate photography by Sarah McGraw

Downtown Mooresville’s Holiday Light Spectacular makes Christmas magic

A volunteer works works on hanging approximately 70,000 lights for The Holiday Light Spectacular in Downtown Mooresville.

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ands down there’s nothing more frustrating than hanging Christmas lights. It doesn’t matter how much hot cocoa you drink or how much Christmas music you play, the lights are inevitably going to become tangled and you can bet a strand will decide not to work once it’s on the tree. Well, imagine hanging around 70,000 lights in addition to coordinating them with Christmas music. That’s what a group of volunteers, led by John Amon, did last year at Mooresville’s Town Hall, and they just did it again for the 2011 holiday season. The Holiday Light Spectacular features an animated light display set to music on the lawn of town hall, and the focal point is a 22-foot Christmas tree boasting more than 25,000 lights. This holiday extravaganza began with Mooresville resident Wayne James and his family. Years ago James’ little girl asked if he would put some animated 64

Christmas lights in their yard. He obliged, and before he knew it, traffic became an issue because so many folks were driving by to see the display. “We discussed back and forth with Wayne if he would you be interested in doing the lights downtown instead,” recalls Amon, who owns The Insurance Center in Downtown Mooresville. “James and his family donated their lights to the town as a gift.” Amon says the town switched to LED lights before installing the display last year. “LED lights use much less electricity,” he explains. “It has worked extremely well because the light bill for running the display was something like $73 for an entire month.” Last year it took volunteers three solid Saturdays and Sundays to set up the display. During the week, Amon and James worked on testing the lights and the connections to make sure that the 15-minute program that runs automatically in one continuous loop worked perfectly.

“The response has been very positive. You can sit in your car and watch or get out of your car and stand on the lawn,” says Kim Atkins, executive director of the Mooresville Downtown Commission, which is now in charge of the show. “We’ve had families tell us they’ve been multiple times with different family members and kids and grandkids.” Amon likes the fact that The Holiday Light Spectacular offers families a chance to make Christmas memories. “Think back to your own Christmas when you were young. What is it that you liked? I think everybody remembers the lights,” he says. “Those are the memories that truly make Christmas magical.” LNC The Scoop The Holiday Light Spectacular will be on display at Mooresville Town Hall from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day. The free light show runs from 5:30 to 10 p.m. nightly. For more information, visit www.downtownmooresville.com. www.LNCurrents.com


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