Lake Norman Currents December 2013

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Contents 30 Rip Currents — Holiday


A lakeside home’s holiday transformation

20 Captain’s Chair 37 Blair’s Bits The Kiwanis Club of Lake Norman keeps a holiday tradition going

Build Betty a House builds hope

22 Live on Purpose 43 The Galley Celebrate and learn from your experiences and accomplishments

26 Rip Currents

— Style

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28 Around the Track

Darrell Wallace is on his way

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A passionate team brings Port City Club to life

52 Game On

Jerry Linder’s human-powered watercrafts make a splash


66 Home Port

A contemporary oasis

75 Currently Three options for holiday fun


80 Turning 50

Test your knowledge with our history quiz

26 Currents About the Cover:

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November 2013


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Lori K. Tate

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At The Helm


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’m not sure how it happened. All I know is that I’ve had the holiday spirit since the beginning of October. When I say holiday, I mean any holiday. On October 1, I put out an assortment of jack-o-lanterns and proceeded to officially celebrate Halloween for an entire week with my children. (They got to wear their costumes in public at least three times, if that tells you anything.) Then came Thanksgiving, one of my favorite days of the year. Soon I traded our jack-o-lanterns for turkeys and plain pumpkins, as we have a large storage bin devoted to Thanksgiving décor. We even have garland with little turkeys on it, and I have two Thanksgiving songs on my iPod. If you can guess correctly what they are, e-mail me and I’ll buy you a coffee at Summit. Obviously, I’m a big stickler when it comes to celebrating Thanksgiving, because all too often Christmas overshadows it. As I’ve written in this column before, I don’t purposefully listen to Christmas music until Black Friday, and I don’t deck the halls of my home until all the Thanksgiving turkey is gone. Call me old fashioned, but I’m just trying to give all the holidays their fair share of attention. However, this Thanksgiving was a bit more challenging because I caught the

Christmas bug early on. By mid-November I was pining for Bing Crosby’s White Christmas and Michael Bublé’s version of Santa Claus is Coming to Town. I’d linger in the holiday aisle at Target watching the trees glisten while making sure The Tater Tots didn’t break anything (shatterproof ornaments are a Godsend by the way.) I can’t explain my jovial mood. Maybe I got excited so early because the Christmas season is shorter this year — a fact my husband was unaware of and still does not understand the significance and potential stress effect of. Maybe it’s because I feel more organized and ready for the holiday rush — no way that’s it. Maybe it’s because I have two little people in my life who ask me about Christmas on a daily basis and have this wonderful ability to live every moment to the fullest. I’m going to go with that last theory. On page 15 of this issue, you’ll find a story about Sally Ann F. Phillips, and her new book, 50 Revelations from the Heart. I met Phillips earlier this year when she won the 30+ Category of Lake Norman’s Top Model. She was working on her book then. As I flipped through it after our interview, I found a revelation that really hit home for me. “The elderly, toddlers

and dogs are Zen masters. They live for the present moment and nothing else matters. This is why hanging out with them is so rewarding.” Bingo! The Tater Tots don’t really have a good grasp of time yet, and that’s such a beautiful thing. There are no deadlines in their world, an hour is the same as a minute and Christmas could easily be any day. This freedom allows them to completely enjoy whatever they’re doing to the absolute fullest. Watching them has taught me that the present is the most important thing we have. Therefore, as we all embark on our shorter Christmas season, enjoy it instead of letting all the grown-up responsibilities that go with it deflate your spirit. So what if you don’t get everything on your to-do list accomplished. Will your neighbors excommunicate you if you don’t make them fudge? Will your Aunt Sally stop loving you if you forget to send her a Christmas card? Probably not. Give yourself the best present of all — stay in the moment while you enjoy all the people you hold dear in your life. Happy Holidays!

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

Wishes Granted Lake Norman’s Robin Smith-Salzman wins the

2013 W.I.S.H. Society Honoree Woman Of The Year Manager of the Year Award for CBS Radio and the Lake Norman Chamber Champions of Diversity Award. Her connection to Make-A-Wish® developed earlier this year, when she and husband Jack funded a wish, and witnessed the power of that wish firsthand. When presented with the award, Smith-Salzman said, “Woman of the Year … that’s a stretch. But I really appreciate this. I really want to thank others who opened both their hearts and their wallets to us, and to encourage others to remain ambassadors to this amazing program.” — Karsen Price, photography courtesy of Make-A-Wish®

Robin Smith-Salzman (left) accepts the Make-A-Wish® Woman of the Year Award.

CURRENTS sister publication, Today’s Charlotte Woman, and Make-A-Wish® honored the inaugural class of 2013 W.I.S.H. (Women Inspiring Strength & Hope) Society Honorees November 5. At this event, Lake Norman’s Robin SmithSalzman was announced as the first Make-A-Wish® Woman of the Year. Smith-Salzman, owner and marketing director of Lake Norman Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, raised $20,150 for Make-A-

Wish®, to be used to fulfill wishes in the community for children with lifethreatening medical conditions. The mother of three and grandmother of six is an active member in the philanthropic community, and has led her business’ charitable efforts over the past 10 years to include donations totaling a million dollars. Professional achievements include Business Today’s Top Women Business Leaders Award, Market

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

Behind the Pages Name: Holly Becker Title: Freelance writer How long have you been writing for CURRENTS? My first story for CURRENTS appeared in the March 2012 issue. What types of stories do you write? I’ve written a little bit of everything for various Holly Becker publications in the Charlotte area. My favorites are personality profiles and human-interest stories. People are incredibly fascinating. CBS News used to air a segment called Everybody Has a Story, and I honestly believe in the idea of that segment. We all have stories worth telling, and we can learn so much when we share our stories with others. What do you enjoy about writing for CURRENTS? I enjoy meeting new people who are doing interesting things in the Lake Norman

community. I’ve met so many incredible individuals though the stories I’ve written. Who knows if our paths would have crossed otherwise. Each time I interview someone, I’m excited about learning something new. A writer truly is a lifelong learner. Favorite story you’ve written for CURRENTS. In the March 2013 issue, I wrote a story called From Lake Norman with Love, which highlighted the ways Lake Norman citizens were helping the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre. Like parents everywhere, I was deeply shaken by this school shooting. It was an honor to share stories of kindness in the wake of tragedy. Everyone who participated in the story was so compassionate and humble. They made me proud to be part of such a giving community. One thing about you that will surprise people. I was valedictorian of my graduating class at Coker College in Hartsville, South Carolina, and I double majored in communication and psychology. I’m also the first person in my family to graduate from a four-year college. I am blessed to have had the opportunities, scholarships and parental support to make my dream to attend college a reality. I’m thankful for the generations who came before me and taught me the value of hard work.

Tune in to Lake Matters

This month publisher Sharon Simpson interviews Eric Trump Here’s another way for you to keep up with the latest hot topics in the area — tune in to Lake Matters. A joint venture between CURRENTS, Lake Norman Citizen, the Lake Norman and Mooresville Chambers, WSIC radio and the local town governments, Lake Matters can be viewed on the CURRENTS website at, as well as all the participating entities’ websites, including the Lake Norman, Mooresville and Statesville Chambers. Be sure to watch CURRENTS’ Publisher

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Sharon Simpson interview Eric Trump, son of The Donald, to find out what’s in store at Trump National Golf Club Charlotte. — Lori K. Tate

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Sanity-Saving Moments W.I.N.O.S. products celebrate women with a dose of humor Chances are, you might know a few W.I.N.O.S., or Women In Need of Sanity. After her father passed away, Bonnie Jesseph put together a cookbook in his memory to pass down to all the children and grandchildren in the family, using some of his favorite grill recipes. She was brainstorming ideas for another cookbook and was riding in the car with her husband one day when the acronym W.I.N.O.S. came to her.

Jesseph says her humor stems from being the mother of four, working much of her adult life in the corporate and consulting world, and living through 15 different moves as the result of her husband’s job. Last December, they made the decision to move from Blowing Rock to the Lake Norman area, where she quickly set up shop in Cornelius and hired four local residents to work on her team. A portion of the product proceeds is donated

We Just Love… Dammit Dolls During a recent shopping trip, we discovered Dammit Dolls. Before you get offended, please hear us out. These rag dolls are simply designed to be stress relievers for anyone who is having a bad day, which happens to be all of us once in a while. The tag on the doll’s chest sums it up nicely: Whenever things don’t go so well, and you want to hit the wall and yell, here’s a little Dammit Doll, that you can’t do without. Just grasp it firmly by the legs and find a space to slam it. And as you whack the stuffing out yell “Dammit! Dammit! Dammit!” The dolls come in an assortment of colors and prints. You can even purchase one on a key chain for those tense I-77 traffic moments. Look for them locally at Sweet Grass in Mooresville and Uncommon Scents in Huntersville. These should help you deal with the stress of the holidays in a super cute way. — Lori K. Tate, photography by Glenn Roberson

Bonnie Jesseph recently move her W.I.N.O.S. business (Women In Need of Sanity) to the Lake Norman area from Blowing Rock.

“We’ve got so many roles as women, and we try to do all of it,” says Jesseph. “There are times when we need a little time out. For me at the end of a day, that was diving into a wineglass while I was cooking.” Following the success of those first cookbooks, W.I.N.O.S. has grown into a successful product line and wholesale business that includes distribution throughout the United States, Canada and the Caribbean. Products include beverage accessories such as Sippy Sleeves, baseball caps, visors, aprons, coasters and magnets.

to charitable causes such as heart disease, breast cancer and Alzheimer’s research, and domestic violence prevention. “We just like to make people laugh,” says Jesseph. “We’re just all about bringing people together. A lot of what we sell is all about the fun.” — Renee Roberson, photography by Amanda Pace THE SCOOP Locally, you can find W.I.N.O.S. products at Papaya Papers. For more information, visit

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So Good

Robin Emmons and Sow Much Good Receive National Award From CNN So many good things are happening for Sow Much Good, a nonprofit created in 2008 by Huntersville’s own Robin Emmons to provide sustenance for underserved populations.

for a decade, was being fed out of cans and packages by local agencies, and had developed hypertension and diabetes as a result. Emmons, a lifelong gardener, began planting extra veggies for her brother to supplement his diet, and the idea grew from there. Before long she was dropping off veggies for an extra 30 people … and then for more people than she could count. Emmons decided to structure her efforts, and Sow Much Good was created. She says she is touched and deeply surprised to have been named one of the country’s top 10 heroes by CNN Heroes, which honors humanitarians who are making a real difference in their communities. “The Heroes award is an incredible honor and an exciting milestone for our organization,” Emmons says. “To be selected in the top 10 is an amazing recognition for which we are tremendously grateful.” Below, Emmons talks about her recent award and how it will help her continue Sow Much Good. Q: It is so exciting to see a local hero getting national recognition. How does it feel to be selected as a top 10 CNN Hero? Surreal and extremely humbling, given the entire process and the other people who are also in the top 10 doing such incredible work.

Huntersville’s Robin Emmons created Sow Much Good in 2008 to provide sustenance for underserved populations.


In early October, Anderson Cooper honored Emmons as a top 10 CNN Hero on CNN’s New Day. The award earned her nonprofit $50,000 and a chance at an additional $250,000 in funding. Along with 10 other top heroes, Emmons also will travel to New York for a celebrity tribute. It’s an unbelievable feat for a woman who started out driving around town with a car full of veggies, offering healthy food to people in need. Emmons created the nonprofit after realizing that her older brother, who had been chronically ill and homeless

Q: Did you expect to make the top 10? Personally, I did not expect to be nominated, much less chosen among the top 10. I had no idea that Denada Jackson — my friend and public relations rep for Sow Much Good — nominated me. I was really in shock at the first call. Q: How did you become part of this? Was it an application process, or did Cooper discover you? Denada nominated me in August of 2012. I was selected as one of 24 Heroes from around the globe in September of this year. Producers then selected their favorite 10 heroes, who win $50,000 and will travel to New York for the Heroes Tribute Gala, where the Hero Of The Year will be selected. These top 10 were announced in October.

Q: Tell me how this exposure — plus, the $50,000 — will help you feed more people, healthily. The exposure has brought greater awareness of our cause, which translates into more volunteers, donations and general support. All of which helps us to grow more food and serve more people. Q: You’ve mentioned before that the nonprofit’s rapid growth rate was one of your biggest challenges. How much has the organization grown in the last year — in terms of mouths fed, volunteers, etc.? About 26,000 pounds of food have been grown since inception; over 700 families have been touched via market and/or classes; and over 100 volunteers visit our sites monthly. Q: In the past, you have talked about “food deserts.” Can you explain what the term means? Food desert is a new term used to describe an old problem, where basic public amenities readily available in more affluent neighborhoods are absent in low income or fragile communities. Areas referred to as food deserts have a lack of availability of fresh food outlets, such as full service grocery, farmers markets or specialty shops offering fresh fruits and vegetables, resulting in increased rates of lifestyle diseases, generational health issues and premature death in populations that suffer these conditions. Q: What do you plan to do with the money? The money will be used to build organizational capacity to serve more people, by creating additional urban farm and market sites, and to create employment opportunities in the communities we serve. — by Karsen Price, photography courtesy of Robin Emmons

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A Heartfelt Read

Sally Ann F. Phillips shares 50 revelations from her heart

50 Revelations from the Heart

one revelation per page Turning 50 conjures and a simple explanation all sorts of actions and below it. For example, reactions in people. For number 33 advises Mooresville’s Sally Ann F. to “Start constructive Phillips, her 50th birthday criticism with an honest inspired her to review all and heartfelt compliment,” she had learned during the while number 48 reads, past 50 years. “Don’t love the one you’re As she began journaling with. Love the one you her thoughts, Phillips are.” realized she had a book, It took Phillips about and 50 Revelations from the a year to complete the 90000 Heart was born. “The focus project, and she has of the book is to really 9 781300 664130 plans for future versions help people find their own Sally Ann F. Phillips of the book. “My hope truths,” explains Phillips, is that people will leave this book who is also a marketing executive, on their nightstand and it becomes a certified yoga instructor and mother. constant reminder of these lessons and “There are blank pages in the back of the their own.” book for readers to write down their own — Lori K. Tate, photography ‘heartfelt revelations.’ ” courtesy of Sally Ann F. Phillips The book follows a simple format:


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Alexandra Lelong and Kimberly Glass are all dressed up Alexandra Lelong opened Sanary Alba at The Shoppes at Ashley Carol a few years ago. With a background in the textile industry, Lelong’s focus has always been to provide her clients with designs made in the United States. This past fall Lelong, a Cornelius

resident, took her boutique to a new level, as she now has her own design line with partner Kimberly Glass, who lives on the other side of the lake in Denver. “It’s all local,” explains Lelong who met Glass while shopping for fabric at Hancock Fabrics in Huntersville. “Kim


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and I started talking, and I discovered that she sews dancewear. Before I knew it, I asked her if she’d like to partner up. I have a great sense of fabric, and she has a great sense of sewing.” Lelong sketched four dress silhouettes that require various Lycra-blend fabrics. She says it’s not easy finding a seamstress who can sew stretchy materials well. Glass can. The line is called Sanary Alba by Kimberly Glass in the U.S.A. Right now there are four dress styles to choose from, as well as various fabric swatches. You choose the design and color combination you want, and soon you’ll have a new dress. “You can try on the dresses here while you order. If it’s not the perfect fit, we’ll tweak it,” says Lelong, adding that the dresses start at $135. “I love stretch fabric. I don’t understand why there aren’t more dresses made from this. It’s great if you don’t iron, and I don’t iron.” — Lori K. Tate, photography courtesy of Alexandra Lelong THE SCOOP To see the Sanary Alba by Kimberly Glass in the U.S.A. line, visit Sanary Alba boutique at The Shoppes at Ashley Carol, 20901 Catawba Avenue, Cornelius.

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North Mecklenburg Woman’s Club Over the Tabletop Event

photography by Erin Kranz Photography

Build Betty a House was the beneficiary of this year’s 5th annual Holiday Fundraiser, Over the Tabletop, held on November 7 and 8 at The Peninsula in Cornelius. North Mecklenburg Woman’s Club sponsored the event. Betty Patterson lost her lifelong Huntersville home to a fire recently, and the Build Betty a House movement is an effort to rebuild her home. For more information on Betty, please turn to Blair Miller’s story on page 37. The North Mecklenburg Woman’s Club is funding the kitchen of Betty’s new home. With Betty in attendance, Over the Tabletop was a great success and reached its monetary goals in support of Build Betty a House. The event was open to the public and featured many local artists and designers sharing their creative talents with “over the top” table and tree displays. Their designs were judged, and five awards were given: Presidential Award, Starr Miller Interior Designs; Chairman’s Award, Lake Norman Antique Mall; Best Amateur, Kelly Douglas and the NMWC Night Group; Best Professional, Simply Southern Events of Lake Norman; and People’s Choice Award, Arbonne-Debra McDougal. The event also offered a Sip N’ Shop where guests could purchase unique gifts from more than 30 vendors. The W. A. Hough High School String Ensemble performed holiday music on Thursday night and Dillard’s of Northlake Mall presented fashions on Friday.

From left, Kelly Douglas, Gina Story and Patricia Brown.

A table setting from Lake Norman Antique Mall.

From left, Sue Keener and Betty Bradley.

The Queen of Hearts at Alice in Wonderland’s tea party.

The Build Betty a House table with Reverend Ann Gibert (left).


From left, Teresa Bragg, Dianne Kolenski, Betty Patterson and her sister, Odessa.

A design element from Starr Miller’s tabletop.

President’s Award winner: Starr Miller Interior Design.

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Captains Chair by Holly Becker, photography by Ben Sherrill

carried away with christmas

The Kiwanis Club of Lake Norman keeps a favorite holiday tradition going N

othing says “tis the season” in Lake Norman like a carriage ride down Main Street in Davidson. The horse-drawn carriages have become one of Christmas in Davidson’s most beloved traditions. The Kiwanis Club of Lake Norman organizes the rides for the Town of Davidson. Kiwanis Club President Arlene Arciero and member Martha Riggins recently shared what goes on behind the scenes in planning the rides.

How did the Kiwanis Club become involved with the Christmas in Davidson carriage rides?


From left, Kiwanis Club of Lake Norman President Arlene Arciero and member Martha Riggins help organize the beloved carriage rides at Christmas in Davidson.

Riggins: When I came into the club, one of our club members, Tim Cummings, was already involved in Christmas in Davidson. At that time, he was only doing the carriage rides. He asked me to help sell the tickets

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for the carriage rides. I was the Kiwanis Club coordinator for the Christmas in Davidson carriage rides for nine years.

What is involved in planning the carriage rides? Arciero: The Kiwanis Club of Lake Norman meets at 7:30 a.m. Thursdays at the Acropolis in Cornelius, and we start planning for Christmas in Davidson in September. About 25 members are involved. We make the tickets, set the schedules for the seven carriages and help people safely get on and off the rides. Riggins: We also reserve our equipment from Cook Rental in Cornelius and coordinate volunteers to sell popcorn and cotton candy. Arciero: Christmas in Davidson is also one of our biggest fundraisers, as well. The Kiwanis Club provides the popcorn and cotton candy. Whatever we sell comes back to the club.


Kiwanis Club of Lake Norman. The money goes to our general fund for all of our projects. We give about five scholarships for local students each year. In the past, we’ve also built a wheelchair ramp for a handicapped child whose parents couldn’t afford it. We’ve also donated to local charitable organizations such as Hope House and the Ada Jenkins Center. Arciero: The Kiwanis Club is all about helping with anything that impacts local

families and children. We’ve donated over 100 turkey dinners at Thanksgiving for students in need. We’ve also donated folding chairs to the Angels and Sparrows Soup Kitchen in Huntersville.

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What do you enjoy about the carriage rides at Christmas in Davidson? Arciero: I think Christmas in Davidson is one of the best holiday events in the area. We [Kiwanis Club of Lake Norman] have a great time together at this event. Most of our members have been doing this at least five or six years. Riggins: Christmas is my favorite time of the year, and I like seeing the children with the excitement and fun in their eyes and knowing that we realize what Christmas is all about.


Can you recall any memorable moments from previous years? Arciero: One year it snowed at Christmas in Davidson. It was cold, and the snow was falling down. It just felt like Christmas. It was a neat experience because some years it’s still been warm. Riggins: I remember the year we had the ice storm. It closed Christmas in Davidson down for all but one night, but we still had people come out that one night. Everybody looks forward to it.

The Town of Davidson donates some of the money from carriage ride ticket sales back to the Kiwanis Club? How do you use that money during the year? Riggins: Last year the Town of Davidson donated $1,000 back to the

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hances are you started 2013 with, at least, a hope for the year. Maybe you went as far as to set some goals. And while this month will be busy with celebrations of all types, it is important for you to take a little time to celebrate what you have learned and experienced this year, consider the challenges you faced and how you overcame them, and determine how you want to use this information to move forward. But before we talk reflection, let’s go over some ground rules. Often the idea of looking back makes us uncomfortable because we feel that if our expectations don’t match our outcomes then we have failed. But we cannot always predict how things will go or what curveballs might come our way. Instead of having a black and white attitude about success and failure, approach this exercise with a real sense of curiosity and a willingness to look at the insights as an opportunity to grow and not judge. Finally, don’t be stingy about celebrating your accomplishments. Too often, we deny ourselves the opportunity to take pleasure in the ways that we are growing and consciously coming closer to who and how we want to be in the world. Ready to get started? Set aside a little time. Grab some paper and pen. Settle into a quiet place with a nice patch of light and something to drink, and begin. Consider What were you thinking and feeling at the beginning of this year? What did you most want out of 2013? Why did you want those things? What did 2013 bring you? What did you bring to this year? Let go What were the hardest moments from this year? How did they impact you? How did those things help you to grow? How did you meet those things? How did

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they leave you? How did you leave them? Celebrate What were your favorite moments from this year? What images will stay with you from this year? What are some of the most powerful lessons you learned? How and where were you your best self this year? What helped you expand in those moments? Honor What do you still need to do to say goodbye to this year and what it offered you? Who do you need to thank? What boundaries do you need to define or redefine? What more do you need to say or do? What closure is still needed? Recalibrate What have you learned about yourself this year? What did you learn about the world this year? How are you different from who you were at the beginning of this year? What are you most grateful for having experienced or learned? What will you take with you as you move forward? Too often, we resist really mining our experiences and gaining a deeper understanding of ourselves, but selfawareness is a powerful tool that opens us up to growing and getting really comfortable with ourselves and real about the way we want to be in the world. By rediscovering our essence and integrating our life with what we know to be true about ourselves, we become more of who we wish to be. The joy of life is that it is rooted in journey. When we put our focus on how we journey and the journey itself rather than always being obsessive about the destination, we set ourselves up to enjoy or, at least, learn from every step. And when we act in that way, we keep ourselves from stagnating; we make every year essential and vital.

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Keeping It Positive


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istening to Darrell Wallace Jr. talk over the phone, you immediately think of the guy who won the “Best All Around” superlative in your senior class. His youthful voice (he’s 20) has a downto-earth tone that lets you know he takes what he does seriously, but as for the guy looking back from the mirror, well, not so much. That’s hard to do when you consider what he’s accomplished so far in his racing career. Known as “Bubba,” a nickname his sister gave him at birth for no particular reason, Wallace is only the second African-American driver to win a NASCAR national series race. This past October Wallace led the final 50 laps of the Kroger 200 Camping World Truck Series race in Martinsville, Virginia, before taking the

season that he wrecked. “I try to just sit back and relax a bit now,” he says. “I’m still very young. I just go out and do the best I can to win.” Originally born in Mobile, Alabama, Wallace discoveredd the sport while living in nearby Concord. He caught the racing bug when his father bought a HarleyDavidson from a man who raced go-karts. Soon after, at the age of 9, Wallace began racing go-karts and working his way up the ranks. The word on the infield is that Bubba has talent and potential. His parents have supported him every step of the way, as well. While his passion is racing, Wallace can be found on local golf courses when he’s not on the track. And this past summer he bought two Jet Skis so he could enjoy Lake

Darrell Wallace Jr. is on his way checkered flag. The late Wendell Scott is the only other African-American who has done that, and that was fifty years ago back in 1963. A graduate of NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity program, which is designed to help multicultural and female drivers advance from the sports’ grass roots, Wallace attracted the attention of Joe Gibbs Racing early on. Before the 2010 season, Wallace signed on as a developmental driver for Gibbs. Wallace went on to earn his first start in the NASCAR K&N Series East at the age of 16. He subsequently hit the gas pedal to finish second in the series and win the Sunoco Rookie of the Year award. All of this happened before he graduated from Northwest Cabarrus High School in 2011. Mr. All Around. “I don’t really have a mentor,” explains Wallace, who lives in Huntersville. “I have a lot of great people behind me — Kyle Busch, Joe Gibbs and my teammates. The biggest pressure I feel is the pressure I put on myself.” Wallace says he put so much pressure on himself earlier this

Norman to the fullest. And fastest. But his main focus is keeping the momentum of his career going, as he introduces the sport to new demographics and grows under the spotlight. “I always have more people watching me than others because I’m African-American,” says Wallace. “I just try to keep things positive.”

Darrell Wallace Jr. is only the second African-American driver to win a NASCAR national series race. This past October Wallace led the final 50 laps of the Kroger 200 Camping World Truck Series race in Martinsville, Virginia, before taking the checkered flag.

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Frank Schuster and Gary Skaggs of Davidson’s Seasons At The Lake transform a lakeside retreat into a holiday showplace

Frank Schuster and Gary Skaggs took inspiration from the living room’s valances for this Christmas tree design, which features magnolias and garden fairies.


hile a lot of folks look at holiday decorating as a chore, Frank Schuster and Gary Skaggs of Davidson’s Seasons At The Lake view it as artistic expression and more importantly, just plain fun. The two men have extensive experience in the holiday design business, as they are hired year after year to decorate Boar’s Head, the official hotel of the University of Virginia, among other businesses. Last month the duo took on a smaller project, as they turned a lakeside vacation home in Cornelius into a holiday masterpiece. By studying the architecture and color scheme of the home and listening to what is important to the family during the holidays, Schuster and Skaggs created a warm and welcoming atmosphere that Santa will have a hard time leaving on Christmas Eve.

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Spread the love.

It’s important to echo your holiday design throughout the home. A bouquet on the kitchen island is a nice touch.

Welcome home.

Your exterior decorations should be just as good or better as your interior ones. Your front door is the first thing your guests see. Inspire a festive mood before they come in.

Mix it up.

When decorating your tree, think about how your guests want to feel. Is this a traditional occasion with a formal feel? Or is it more of a casual affair? Choose the ornaments for your tree accordingly.

Light it up.

Always make certain that holiday lights are positioned to reflect the ornaments. This goes for garlands, trees, wreaths and anything else you feel inclined to decorate.

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The element of surprise.

Always include surprises on your tree, and we’re not talking about presents. This garden fairy hangs whimsically upside down just waiting to be discovered.

Go green.

Have fun with the colors of the season. Use different shades and patterns of red and green or whatever color scheme you choose. Just be sure your colors work with your interior.

For the birds. Hang take-aways.

Be sure to include something on your tree that you can give to guests when they leave. Ornaments and small toys are good bets. It’s a nice way for them to remember what a wonderful time they had.

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Not only is the cardinal the North Carolina state bird, but it’s also beautiful and perfect for Christmas with its vibrant red coat. Having a Christmas tree with a nature theme is always a good idea, especially at the lake.

Gary Skaggs’ Top Ten Holiday Decorating Tips 1. Think about what’s important to you during the holidays. Do you entertain neighbors and friends or just family? From what point of view do you want to entertain? Should it be more formal and traditional or do you want to take a more casual approach? 2. Try not to fight interior or exterior colors with your holiday decorations. Your holiday décor should enhance what you already have. 3. Your exterior decorations supply your guests’ first impression, so they’re just as important as your interior display. How do you want guests to feel when they walk up to your house during the holidays? Make sure your exterior decorations are as attractive during the day as they are at night. Instead of simply hanging lights on the roofline, hang lights with garland laced with a weatherproof ribbon. If you can find a ribbon that glistens in the sun, that’s even better. 4. Enhance what you already have. If you have a beautiful view, use your decorations to enhance that view, not detract from it. If gardening is important to you, incorporate your garden into your holiday design. 5. Have something on your tree that you can give to guests, such as ornaments or small toys. This turns your Christmas tree into a personal version of The Giving Tree. 6. When designing holiday decorations for your mantel, don’t limit yourself to the top. Framing the mantel/fireplace is much more interesting. I like to drape mantels all the way to the floor and bunt it at the bottom. It gives it more of a finished feel. 7. Don’t be afraid to mix ribbon patterns in the same design. It adds color and interest. 8. When decorating your tree, position the lights so that they reflect off of your ornaments. What’s the point of hanging something on your tree if no one can see it? 9. Design holiday centerpieces for your dining room table that will last throughout the winter season. Pinecones and artificial greenery that is botanically correct are always good choices. 10. Place a Santa on the hearth so the big guy will feel welcome when he arrives on Christmas Eve night. I’m more traditional, so I always do this.

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The Santa rule. Place a Santa on your hearth so the big guy will feel welcome (and flattered) when he visits on Christmas Eve. Choose one that best suits your family’s Christmas celebration.

Colorful combinations. Mix colors and textures when selecting ribbon for your design. You want to make this the focal point of the room, so it should be interesting.

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The effort to “Build Betty a House” has shown Betty Patterson just how wonderful the Lake Norman community truly is


ou can hear it in her voice, the pain and the months of struggle that Betty Patterson has faced. On a day in May of last year, after running some errands, she returned to her Huntersville home only to find it up in flames. The fire had started in an electrical cord and caught the couch on fire. As the intense flames grew, the 67-year old ran inside and desperately tried to save her home. She did everything. “I just didn’t know what to think,” recalls Betty. “I was in shock, really.” She tried to get some water to put it out, and when that didn’t work she even tried moving the couch on her own. The fire only got worse, and her home began to be engulfed in flames. “I just stood there and watched,” remembers Betty. “I was very afraid, but I was more in disbelief that I was watching my house burn down.”

More than a house Betty’s pain was so deep because this was much more than a home for her. Her parents, Robert and Ida Barringer, built the family home on Hambright Road in 1956. Betty grew up there along with her two sisters and six brothers. “I have some great memories from my childhood because it was the only house I knew,” she explains. “After my parents died, I stayed in the house and kept it up. It was everything.” Over the years, it became Betty’s house, and when the fire happened, it devastated her. “My parents worked so hard to build that house and for it to burn, it took a lot out of me,” she says. And to make the situation even worse, she didn’t have insurance on the home because of her roof. She says insurance companies wouldn’t cover the house until the roof was fixed, which she was in the process of doing with the help of a local church.

Betty Patterson's Huntersville home burned down last year. Now a community effort called “Build Betty a House” is raising money to build her a new home.


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While Betty moved in with her aunt and began to save up to build a new home, people around the Huntersville community began to hear about the fire and her loss. That led many groups to jump in and help. Churches, civic groups and neighbors pledged to get behind raising $65,000 so Betty could have a new house and rebuild on the same property. Simply called “Build Betty a House,” the effort has spread to include cookout fundraisers, golf tournaments, silent auctions and online donations from strangers. The North Mecklenburg Woman’s Club used their annual holiday fundraiser event in November to help raise money to pay for Betty’s new kitchen and laundry room. Gina Story, vice-president of fundraising for the woman’s club, thinks it’s an honor to help Betty. “We chose to support the rebuilding of Betty’s house because she has touched our hearts,” says Story. “We felt a

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join the club The Stuffed Salmon Filet is baked with a crabmeat, mushroom and scallion stuffing, sided by sour cream chive smashed potatoes and grilled garden vegetables.


he word “club” carries a number of meanings — a meeting place, people with shared interests or even an evening hot spot. In the case of Lake Norman’s newly opened Port City Club, all of these apply. “This club is meant to be everybody’s club,” owner Nick Lyssikatos says. “Everybody belongs to it.”

At more than 13,000 square feet, the expansive, inviting space along the waterfront in Cornelius offered Lyssikatos a rare opportunity to combine a number of concepts under one roof. The space had stood empty for a year, after Latitude 36 closed. While its size may have deterred others from stepping in, the flexibility

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the space offered enticed Lyssikatos. As the owner and operator of Brickhouse Tavern in Davidson for more than a decade, he saw this as a chance to respond to the needs that guests have expressed, such as more meeting and special event dining spaces. “We were very limited there,” he says. “We can offer a lot more here.”


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The décor speaks in the tones of West Palm Beach, with 22-foot-long curtains draping the columns, wicker furniture, dark accents, metalwork — and, of course, the beach and docks where boaters can tie up. Right: A more upscale interior gives Port City Club a fresh, new vibe. Below: The Grilled Double Cut Stuffed Boneless Pork Chop is stuffed with spinach, mushroom and smoked Gouda cheese, accented by a roasted shallot red wine demi glace and plated with maple porter whipped sweet potatoes and seasonal vegetable medley.

A joint effort The food offered at Port City Club springs from the collaborative relationship between Lyssikatos and one of the bestknown chefs in Lake Norman, Tim Schafer, who has owned and operated several culinary businesses, including the fine dining restaurant Tim Schafer’s at Lake Norman in Sherrills Ford.

Schafer started his culinary career as an apprentice butcher before his acceptance to the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. His artistry in cooking with beer has earned him the nickname “The Brew Chef,” and his culinary skills with beer show up in the menu at Port City Club, as does his classical training. The menu features seafood offerings, along with succulent chops, steaks, chicken and other entrees. Fully a page of the menu tempts with small plates and starters, while salads, sandwiches and burgers round out the lighter fare. Desserts paired with specialty coffees top off the evening. “We focus on utilizing local products, utilizing local talent,” Schafer explains. “I really look for people who have the passion. We took the heart of the menu and derived it more toward a type of grazing menu.” The similarity between their views on food and quality attracted Schafer to Port City Club. “He’s a tried and true restaurant owner, meaning he’s in the trenches,” Schafer says of Lyssikatos.

A comfort place The décor speaks in the tones of West Palm Beach, with 22-foot-long curtains The Classic Crème Brulee features rich vanilla custard accented by a burnt sugar crust and topped with fresh whipped cream and berries.

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draping the columns, wicker furniture, dark accents, metalwork — and, of course, the beach and docks where boaters can tie up. “Everybody who comes in, they’re wowed by the look,” Lyssikatos says. “They’re wowed by the fact that they can actually see the lake. This is kind of a panoramic view. You can see the water all the way around.” As guests enter the restaurant, an area to the left that previously held pool tables now features guest dining in a room that can serve as one of the three large private meeting spaces. Other dining areas act as separate “rooms” through the clever use of varied levels, giving an intimate feel to the massive space. The team worked to minimize visual obstructions, such as high-tops and window coverings. Outside, a sandy spot with comfortable sofas, chairs and fire pits snuggles up to the outdoor dining space. A European-style coffee and pastry bar will feature specialty signature blends created by S&D Coffee & Tea for Port City

with coffee and pastries or desserts, while other guests can settle into the upscale lounge area facing the waterfront, enjoying their coffee or bar beverages while listening to light jazz. “It all played hand in hand with the concept and the name and what my vision was,” Lyssikatos says. “It’s more of a comfort place.” The management team continues to hire and train the staff, with plans to add lunch hours. “I personally sit with them every day at a pre-shift and go through scenarios,” Lyssikatos says. “I actually sit with them in a role play.” Port City Club employs more than 80 people, and seats more than 300 inside and 150 outside — all of whom are considered members of a club built in the port of the Carolinas’ largest “inland sea.” Top off the evening with Death by Chocolate, a flourless Belgian chocolate torte, served with vanilla sauce, fresh whipped cream and berries.

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ost sparkling wine, at least the decent stuff, is made by the same, basic method. The first step is to produce wine in the normal way. The second step is to add a “dosage,” a mixture of sugar and yeast, to the wine and then close it up in a bottle. The dosage initiates a second fermentation, which gives off carbon dioxide that gets absorbed into the wine. It’s that simple. Actually, it’s really not simple, but those are the basic steps. That raises the question; why are some sparkling wines so much more expensive than others? Put another way; why is Champagne so expensive? Prosecco — lightness in a glass.

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One can argue that the initial wines in Champagne are superior and that the Champenois have been at it for so long that they are the masters of the art. But I think that’s a small part of the story. Champagne has been cleverly marketed for many years as the single means to good times and celebration. It’s been positioned as the brand of excellence and luxury — for those who share my vintage, think of Lawrence Welk and his “champagne music.” The truth is that there are some other excellent wines that are made in exactly the same way as Champagne. However, they’re made outside of the Champagne region and, legally, can’t be called Champagne. When you opt for Champagne, much of what you’re paying for is the name and not the wine. So, let’s look at a few alternatives.

this case, we’ve moved southwest from France and into Spain or, more accurately, to the Catalan region. Cava’s name is derived from the Catalan word for cellar. While a small amount of this sparkler is made elsewhere, the vast majority comes from the Penedès wine region near Barcelona. Cava’s grapes are grown under a particular Mediterranean climate — plenty of sunshine and heat during the growing season, a lack of humidity and a mild winter. Cava is distinctive. More than a less expensive version

of Champagne, it does its own thing. Cava demonstrates not only a regional character, but also a cultural one. The Catalan region is significantly different from the rest of Spain even to the point of having its own language, a mélange of French and Spanish. And, no doubt about it, Cava is Catalan’s wine, linked to the ways of its people. There’s lots of Cava around. It can be ridiculously inexpensive, almost on par with sparkling water. Your best bet is to treat yourself and move up to a Cava Reserva or

Crémant Several other regions in France make sparkling wine, and they’re really worth trying. They are called Crémants (craymon) and have the name of the region on the label. For example, Crémant de Bourgogne is a sparkling wine from the Burgundy region. Somewhere on the label you will find “méthode traditionelle,” which indicates that the wine was made using the Champagne method. It’s worthwhile to look out for méthode traditionalle on the label because that’s what creates the long-lasting effervescence that you want in this type of wine. I think Crémants are terrific. At our house we generally have a bottle chilling in the refrigerator. They’re inexpensive enough for everyday sipping, and they are so good. What I particularly like about them is that they are an expression of their region. They’re an expression of the grapes of a particular region and of the region’s terroir. Crémants are a kind of sparkling tour de France, and it’s fun trying one against another to see how they differ. On New Year’s Eves past a bunch of us would taste one and then another to see the difference. Many times academic rigor got drowned out by the celebrations. Nevertheless, Crémants are a great alternative to their Champagne siblings.

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Gran Reserva — better grapes and superior winemakers. Reserva and Gran Reserva designations signify that the wine has been aged. In Cava’s case this means that the wine is in contact with expired yeast, (lees), for a longer period. That gives the wine the warm biscuity and toasty taste that you experience with good Champagne. A Champagne experience at a fraction of the price.

don’t linger as long. I love this wine as an aperitif. It’s so light and crisp that it cleans up your palate in preparation for a meal. You sit down at the table with a clean slate, and, for me, that makes a meal more enjoyable. Prosecco is also low in alcohol, so you don’t have to cut back on wine with your meal — always a good thing. So, why not plan to be in an effervescent mood to celebrate the holiday season? Start off with a glass of Prosecco to begin the evening. Move on to some Cava with your meal — sparkling wines are great to pair with food. Then, as the evening draws to a close, sit back and share the moment with a sip of Crémant. Your disposition will definitely be bubbly, and your wallet will love you, too. Enjoy.


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processes. Prosecco certainly has bubbles, but they tend to be shorter lasting than you find with the méthode traditionelle. Prosecco’s bubbles are not gone in a flash, but they

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The name of this wine gives you a clue; “secco” is Italian for dry. Dry and crisp it is, although it is possible to find some that is a little sweet. These wines hail from the northeastern corner of Italy, near Venice. Prosecco exudes lightness. It’s crystal clear in the glass, fresh on nose and mouth. However, lightness doesn’t mean Prosecco is low on character, far from it, there’s a clean taste of citrus and green apples. Prosecco comes by its bubbles in a slightly different way. Instead of undergoing its second fermentation in a bottle, the process, known as “charmat,” takes place in a large tank and then the wine is put into bottles. You can see the difference between the two

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Jerry Linder’s human-powered watercrafts make a splash

erry Linder has never been one to accept conventional watercraft as the only way to enjoy a day on the lake. While he admits to loving the convenience of a powerboat, and he cherishes the effortless movement that defines sailing, he believes both have their limits. Adding a bit of human propulsion to the mix helps maximize the enjoyment of being on the water. “I’m into the human-powered watercraft, and that’s just my thing,” says Linder, a court interpreter, 11-year Cornelius resident and avid waterman. “I know from experience that if you are looking for the ultimate experience on water, it’s best to incorporate as many senses and as much of your own movement as possible.”

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Jerry Linder enjoys Lake Norman aboard his Hobie Tandem Islander. Linder has a strong interest in human-powered watercrafts, as he sees it as the ultimate experience on the water.

Linder’s first foray into human-powered watercraft came as he was looking for nontraditional ways to enjoy Lake Norman. Knowing the beauty of the lake was right at his doorstep, and fully aware that a quick change in weather can impact a day under power or sail, he began doing research into alternative watercraft. His goal was to find a fun and different style


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watercraft that would also allow him to exercise and move without the worry of gasoline, a battery or even a sail. “I’ve done kayaking before, and I love it, but I find it limiting,” Linder explains. “I also paddleboard but see how weather conditions like quick storms, big waves on the lake in the winter or rough wakes in the summer can limit the fun.” When Linder began reading about the Water Bike, a hand- or foot-powered craft with either a single or double seat elevated above two pontoons, he knew he had found his answer. Built in Michigan and used initially by lake fishermen to get in tight areas and at resorts in the Pacific for recreational fun, the Water Bike caught Linder's eye. “I was initially attracted to it because there had never been one on the lake before,” he recalls. “The most unique aspect is that it can be operated handsfree and can go in reverse. I kayak fish and see how being on this above the water and able to move gently in reverse can be helpful, and I also see how it can get to areas of the lake that you might otherwise never find.”

The Sea Cycle can handle up to four passengers and is a great fit for families.

Big brother Linder soon discovered the Water Bike has a big brother. The Sea Cycle can handle up to four passengers on a longer, wider and equally as stable base. “When I saw the Sea Cycle, I envisioned it being used on the lake by families with children or a pet or

by couples who simply want to head off from the shore to watch a sunset or explore a cove,” he says. “Try it once and you’ll agree there is nothing like it.” Linder also envisions both the Water Bike and Sea Cycle finding homes in rehabilitative medicine and adaptive sports programs.

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And, as a self-proclaimed frustrated engineer, Linder appreciates the research that has engineered the crafts. “To me, the engineering of these crafts is absolutely fantastic, and the possible uses are almost limitless. That’s what helped seal the deal. Nothing is wasted; every part comes together easily,” he says. “There is beauty in it from top to bottom and, when it comes to transporting, it’s a snap. No single piece on any of these boats weighs more than 40 pounds. When Linder is not at the helm of his Hobie Tandem Islander (a third humanpowered craft he built and modified for use in almost any condition, and one he hopes to take deep sea fishing 10 miles

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offshore), you’ll find him, along with his wife, Ivonelly, getting experience together on the southern sections of the lake. The couple hopes to pack, ship and introduce the Water Bike and Sea Cycle to residents and resorts across their native Puerto Rico this winter. “Everybody stops me when I’m on the water, and I love telling the story of my boats,” Linder says. “Because when you are on the water having fun, and you can go in whichever direction you’d like under your own power, that’s when you really experience the freedom of movement and the beauty of this kind of boating.”

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Over 2 Acres

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4121 Barbrick St Sherrills Ford $354,900

132 Woodvale Cir Lincolnton $259,000

2690 Southern Breeze Sherrills Ford $199,400

8046 Westcape Dr Denver $239,600

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Fairfield Forest

3143 James Plantation Dr. Denver Custom home on 2.76 ac open plan & dream kitchen $462,900

2322 Shiny Leaf Dr. Denver Custom built full brick with all the upgrades $459,500




3472 Lakeshore Rd S. Denver Waterfront ranch in established community $349,500

1430 Astoria Pkwy Catawba Waterfront 1.3 acres with 500 feet shoreline $889,900

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Christy Walker & Associates Making Real Estate a Great Experience in Lake Norman! Check Out All Listings at or Call 704-439-5300 16621 100 Norman Place

Cornelius Gorgeous waterfront home with water views upon entry. Two covered verandas with a full kitchen, living space, and fireplace that makes for great outdoor living year round! There is an additional 1,000 sqft. heated & cooled rec room that is not counted in the heated sqft. of the home. #2191217


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Cornelius Full Brick, Waterfront, Master on Main, Approximately 2 miles of Lake View, Finished Liveable Basement #2159403


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Cornelius Full Brick, .56 Acres, Master on Main, Tiered Back Deck, 3 Car Garage #2164670


5952 Checkerberry Lane

6601 Fox Ridge Circle Davidson Full Brick, Gated Community, Master on Main, Cabarrus County #2181943


Huntersville Hardwoods, Large Master Walk-In Closet, 3 Car Garage, Attic/potential 3rd Floor #2172904

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14810 Charterhouse Lane

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20409 Rutledge Bluff Way

Cornelius Cul-de-sac, Lake Front Community, Brazillian Hardwoods, Fenced Yard #2155079


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Huntersville Just Listed Full Brick, Corner Lot, Master 2 on Main, 2 Story Living Room, Private 6 BR on 3rd Level #2191612

Huntersville New Price, Full Brick, Master on Main, Close to Community Pool & Ammenities, Screened In Porch #2147844

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Over $750,000

Brays Island Plantation Homes from $749,000 to $4.5 million Homesites from $325,000 to $1.4 million DETAILS: Brays Island...5,500 acres...325 perfect plantation. Located near the coast of Savannah and Charleston, Brays Island Plantation is much more than just a gated, residential, sporting's a way of life. 843-846-3170 866-320-1201

1100 Glen Oaks Drive Hamptonville, NC 27020 MLS# 2141445 $4,250,000 5 Bedrooms, 5 Full Baths, 2 Half Baths 8125 Sq Ft DETAILS: Legendary Downs~Former estate of Nascar Legend Junior Johnson. Green pastures & country roads will take you home to this estate that sits majestically at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. It's Grandeur & Casual comfort is blended seamlessly & is located N of Charlotte on a very private 150 acres. A ground keeper's house, pool & cabana, outbuildings, & barn make this estate one of a kind!

16621 100 Norman Place Cornelius $945,000 DETAILS: Gorgeous waterfront home with water views upon entry. Two covered verandas with full kitchen, living space, and fireplace that makes great outdoor living year round! There is an additional 1,000sqft. Heated & cooled rec room that is not counted in the heated sqft. of the home. #2191217 Christy Walker & Associates

1430 Astoria Parkway Waterfront 1.3 Acres with 500 Feet Shoreline 4 Bedrooms; 4.5 Baths 4600 - 5400 sq. ft. $889,900 DETAILS: Main channel view from this 1.3 acre point lot with over 500 feet waterfront & a genuine park-like setting. Hardwoods, gourmet kitchen, formal dining, study, elevator to private office on 3rd floor. Located in private gated community.2190402.cbcarolinas. com The Hecht Team Nicole Hecht & Bob Hecht

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Luxury Home The Reserve at River Run 4 Bedrooms 3-1/2 Baths 3956 SF $822,043 DETAILS: Grand Arthur Rutenberg Home by Monterey Bay Homes in River Run. Expansive open floor plan, Master Suite on main level, large walk in shower,Den, Bonus Room. Marketed by Builders Services 704-892-9898


Shadow Creek by Simonini Homes 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths 2900-3500 square feet $699,900 DETAILS: A striking home in a new Simonini Neighborhood on the edge of Lake Norman. This twostory, ENERGY STAR rated home in the gated, Shadow Creek community overlooks a central pond, has a stucco and stone exterior and a three-car attached garage. An open floor plan, with a first floor master suite, features a gourmet kitchen with gas appliances and a great room with a coffered ceiling which opens out onto a spacious, covered entertainment area.

2322 Shiny Leaf Dr. Custom Full Brick Home 4 Bedrooms; 3.5 Baths 3400 - 4000 sq. ft. $459,500 DETAILS: Custom home w/ two story great room w/ gas fireplace, hardwoods, formal dining & study. Dream kitchen w/ granite, tile backsplash, island, s.s appliances, custom cabinets. Master suite on main level, tiled shower, granite & unbelievable walk-in

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finding peace

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Daniel and Annabelle Leuthardt created a contemporary oasis on Lake Norman’s shores

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or Daniel and Annabelle Leuthardt, finding the perfect home meant traveling around the world. Originally from Switzerland, the Leuthardts discovered Lake Norman in 1998 when Daniel participated in an exchange program with his company, Daetwyler Industries, a Switzerland-based company with a branch in Huntersville. Daniel spent a year living in the area, learning English and experiencing American culture — Lake Norman style.

Changing needs

Fast forward to 2002 when the couple came back together and bought a home in Sherrill’s Ford. Once their son, Dylan (now 7), started school, they found that their needs changed. “We loved the peacefulness there,” Daniel says, “but we wanted to be closer in [to Mooresville].” The hunt began for an existing small, contemporary home on the lake. (They got so good at house hunting that Annabelle left her banking position to become a Realtor. She started her own

Daniel and Annabelle Leuhardt created a cozy contemporary home on Lake Norman's shores that fits all of their family's needs.

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Daniel and Annabelle Leuhardt with their son, Dylan.


The budget-friendly IKEA cabinetry (installed by Daniel) and mosaic glass tile place an emphasis on linear designs, while the modern range hood is a functional and sculptural focal point.

An open terrace allows the Leuhardts to enjoy the outdoors throughout most of the year.

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Modern details exude a clean design feel throughout the home.

Lake views are maximized by the open floor plan, which further serves to underscore the modern design.

company, Annabelle Realty, and eventually convinced Daniel to join her.) Lack of inventory on the market that suited the Leuthardts’ tastes pushed them toward building. They bought a diamond-shaped, waterfront lot and hired Jennifer Pippin of Pippin Home Designs to help them create a home that was just right for the challenging lot and for their family.

“I did a lot of research on home styles in Switzerland to get a feel for what the Leuthardts were used to,” explains Pippin. She worked closely with her clients to design a home that would maximize views and natural light, reflect a minimalistic European aesthetic but still fit in with Continued on page 72


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Left and below, everything from sleek fixtures and furnishings to maple flooring not only adheres to the modern styles the Leuthardts love, but by lacking ornate detail, is inherently low maintenance.

Jennifer Pippin of Pippin Home Designs helped the Leuthardts create a home that was just right for their challenging lot and for their family.

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neighboring homes and remain within the couple’s budget.

Lovely and low maintenance


The front landscape consists of easy-care rock and palm trees in lieu of grass and shrubbery, while the masonry and glass block pillars that Daniel designed flank the drive (they light up at night.) Daniel also crafted the decidedly contemporary mailbox himself. Inside, everything from sleek fixtures and furnishings to maple flooring not only adheres to the modern styles the Leuthardts love, but by lacking ornate detail, is inherently low maintenance. “I work hard all day, and when I’m home,” says Annabelle, “I want to be able to spend time with my son and enjoy the lake — I don’t want to be cleaning.” Lake views are maximized by the open floor plan, which further serves to underscore the modern design. “Since the kitchen is right next to the front door, it needed to have a clean look and a ‘wow’ factor,” says Annabelle. The budget-friendly IKEA cabinetry (installed by Daniel) and mosaic glass tile place an emphasis on linear designs, while the modern range hood is a functional and sculptural focal point.

Modern nuances serve as focal points in the bathroom.

The sitting area features an ultra-modern gas fireplace (which backs up to the terrace’s wood-burning fireplace) and is faced in horizontally patterned ceramic tile. Finds like the sofa and art pieces throughout the home (except those made by Daniel) are fruits of the Leuthardts’ patient searching. “We really had to look,” says Daniel, “but contemporary pieces are out there.” The dining area is utilitarian-glam at its best with a shiny, new-looking Formicatopped table that has actually been with the couple for years and a fabulous chandelier featuring dangly glass bubbles in various sizes (its smaller cousin hangs above the entry.) Of course, the main feature in this home is the lake itself. The Leuthardts

Daniel crafted the decidedly contemporary mailbox himself.

use the L-shaped terrace and the backyard year-round whether entertaining, boating, swimming (there’s a tiny ‘island’ just within dog-paddling distance of the yard), gardening or simply playing soccer together. Of their decision to make this their forever home, Annabelle says, “There’s always going to be a nicer house, a nicer lot. You can always chase more, but I feel at peace here.” Daniel agrees. “It’s not a mansion, but it feels like home.”

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Merry Christmas

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A Huntersville Christmas

Downtown Huntersville turns into a winter wonderland on December 14 during A Huntersville Christmas. This year the event will feature ice skating to further enhance the festive atmosphere, so be sure to bundle up. In addition, families will enjoy a visit from Santa and his elves, holiday stories with Mrs. Claus, and food from local restaurants and a variety of concession stands. There will also be craft vendors located in the Growers’ Market for holiday shopping and games, plus rides for the children. During the celebration, canned goods will be collected for Huntersville’s Angels & Sparrows soup kitchen, in addition to wrapped toys for the Huntersville Police Department toy drive. A Huntersville Christmas, 4-8 p.m, free. Downtown Huntersville,

Miracle on 34th Street

We’ve all seen the movie Miracle on 34th Street Street, but this year Davidson Community Players presents this beloved holiday favorite in a different way. “We have taken this classic holiday film and converted the story into a radio show. All of your favorite characters are in the production, plus some special treats,” says Matt Merrell, executive director of Davidson Community Players and the artistic director of this production. “We’ve gathered a talented cast for this, and it’s a great way to enjoy the holidays in Davidson.” Complete with sound effects and cleverly scripted commercials (some featuring local businesses), DCP will transform the Armour Street Theater into a radio studio and invite the audience to become part of the magic. The actors will play multiple roles as they perform this special version of the story. Miracle on 34th Street, December 5-22, times vary, $20. Armour Street Theatre, Davidson,

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The Big Three This month is all about the holidays



First Annual Holiday Gala Celebration

For the first time ever, the Music Department at Davidson College presents a Holiday Gala Celebration. Scheduled for December 3-4, the gala features two festive evenings of song, dance and artistic display. Look for collaborative performances in music, theatre and dance of both secular and sacred traditions by several college and community groups, including the Davidson College Choirs, Davidson College Symphony Orchestra, the Davidson College Jazz Band, Dance Davidson and Davidson Community Players. Performances will range in character from laugh-out-loud comedy to intimate nostalgia. “It will be a way for music, theatre, dance and other art forms to come together in an event that everyone can enjoy,” explains Director of Choral Activities and Gala Artistic Director Chris Gilliam. “This is a great way to see the pooled talents of many different local performance groups.” The Davidson College Symphony Orchestra will begin the entertainment with Spirit of the Season from the soundtrack of the animated film Polar Express. Other highlights will include a choir, percussion and guitar arrangement of the traditional Jewish song Ocho Kandelikas, a Jazz Band rendition of a traditional Christmas carol with accompaniment by Dance Davidson and a 10-minute stage act by Davidson Community Players. Holiday Gala Celebration, December 3-4, 7:30 p.m., $20 general admission, $15 for seniors, $10 for 18 and under, $5 for students. Duke Family Performance Hall, Knoblock Campus Center, Davidson College,

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A month of things to do in the Lake Norman area Date Night

Children Children’s Holiday Party (December 8) The Town of Mooresville sponsors this holiday celebration for children. Most likely Santa will make an appearance. Time TBA. Free. Charles Mack Citizen Center, Story Time with Santa at the Energy Explorium (December 18) No need to wait in line at the mall — bring the children out to the EnergyExplorium for a story with Santa, craft making and holiday treats without all the hustle and bustle of holiday shoppers. Santa will be reading the classic T’was the Night Before Christmas. There will be time for picture taking, so don’t forget to bring your camera. Craft stations include reindeer candy canes and coloring holiday cards. Enjoy holiday cookies and drinks and the sounds of holiday music. 10 a.m.-noon or 1-3 p.m. Free, but must be registered by December 3. Duke Energy’s Energy Explorium, 13339 Hagers Ferry Road, Huntersville,



Robin Bullock Celtic Christmas Concert (December 1) Internationally recognized as a master Celtic instrumentalist, Robin Bullock will be performing a Christmas concert at Saint Patrick’s Episcopal Church. Bullock brings the music of Christmas to life with carols and hymns spanning more than 600 years, celebrating the Yuletide season with selections on guitar, cittern, mandolin and piano. He weaves a spell from centuries of tradition and the joy of the season, creating an unforgettable event of acoustic Christmas cheer. A wine and cheese reception follows the concert. 7 p.m. $15, $10 seniors/ students, under 6 free. All proceeds benefit community outreach. Saint Patrick’s Episcopal Church, 201 Fairview Road, Mooresville, www. North Mecklenburg Community Chorus (December 2, 9, 14) Enjoy a diverse array of sacred and secular holiday tunes, as the North Mecklenburg Community Chorus performs A Merry Carol of the Bells. December 2, 7:30 p.m., Huntersville First Baptist Church (119 N Old Statesville Rd Huntersville; December 9, 7:30 p.m., Davidson College Presbyterian Church, 100 N Main St Davidson; December 14, 3 p.m., Community in Christ Lutheran Church in Cornelius, 7621 Norman Island Drive, Davidson Holiday Celebration (December 3-4) The Davidson College Music Department is proud to present the first annual Davidson Holiday Celebration featuring choirs, symphony orchestra, jazz ensemble and friends. Come enjoy the sights and sounds of the season and celebrate a festive program of holiday favorites, old and new. 7:30 p.m. Price TBA. Duke Family Performance Hall, Davidson College, Iredell Concert Association (December 7) Enjoy a concert filled with Celtic holiday favorites to get you in the mood for the season. Time TBA. $20. Mac Gray Auditorium, Statesville, Left@25 (December 7) Eight voices with an ensemble sound present Swingin’ with Santa. This family friendly concert features

Girls’ Night Out

an appearance by Santa Claus. This group is part of the North Mecklenburg Community Chorus. Free. 3 p.m. Huntersville United Methodist Church, 14005 Stumptown Road, Huntersville, Music at St. Alban’s (December 8) The Thistledown Thinkers present traditional Celtic music with dynamic energy and southern style. This powerful acoustic duo, featuring Trip Rogers and Tom Eure, draws from the musical traditions of Ireland, Scotland, Great Britain and Wales. 3 p.m. $15, students and seniors (65+) $10, children under 12 free. St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, Davidson, Davidson College Christmas Vespers Service (December 9) This service features prelude music from the Davidson College Symphony Orchestra and numerous selections from the Davidson College Chorale throughout the service. 7:30 p.m. Free. Davidson College Presbyterian Church, Cornelius Concert Series (December 22) Christmas at Mt. Zion is an annual Christmas program featuring the Chancel Choir, Hand Bell ensemble and Chamber Orchestra of Mt. Zion. The featured work is The Heart of Christmas by Pepper Choplin. 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Free offering. Mt. Zion United Methodist Church sanctuary, Cornelius,

Events Downtown Mooresville Holiday Light Spectacular (December 1 through New Year’s Day) This orchestrated light show includes 75,000 lights set to music. 7-9 p.m. Free. Lawn of Mooresville Town Hall, Celebrate the Holidays in Downtown Mooresville (December 6, 13, 20) Celebrate the season with music, Santa visits, Christmas Tree Lane, wagon rides and more. 6-8:00 p.m. Free. Activities take place on Broad and Main Streets in Downtown Mooresville, Christmas in Davidson (December 5-7) Enjoy one of the most loved Christmas traditions in the Lake Norman area — Christmas in Davidson. Hear carolers sing while you drink cocoa and visit with Santa. There’s even a live manger scene. Times TBA. Free. Downtown Davidson, www. 6th Annual Community Nativity Festival (December 5-7) View more than 500 nativities or pieces of art from the life of Jesus Christ, enjoy live performances nightly, visit children’s craft room and take home a craft, then dress in nativity costume for a family photo. This event is for people of all faiths. Time TBA. Free. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints, 7032 McIlwaine Road, Huntersville. MSI Chamber of Commerce Holiday Show & Christmas Bazaar (December 6) Enjoy holiday festivities and unique gifts. 2-8 p.m. Free admission. Charles Mack Citizen Center. www. Huntersville Half Marathon & Holiday 5K (December 14) Take a break from your

Family Fun

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holiday shopping and get some exercise. Time TBA, Birkdale Village, Huntersville. A Huntersville Christmas (December 14) Bring your family and friends to Downtown Huntersville to see the town transformed into a magical winter wonderland, complete with a SNOW slide, a visit from Santa and his elves, and holiday stories with Mrs. Claus. Local restaurants will be open as well as a variety of concession stands. There will also be craft vendors located in the Growers’ Market for Holiday shopping and games and rides for the children. 4-8 p.m. Free. Downtown Huntersville, “It’s a Pirate’s Christmas” Lighted Boat Parade (December 14) Enjoy a magical parade of lighted boats. The event is open to the public. Concessions open at 6 p.m., Santa arrives by fireboat at 6 p.m., boat parade begins at 6:15 p.m. Free. Peninsula Yacht Club. 18501 Harbor Light Boulevard, Cornelius, First Footin’ Walk and Five Mile Trail Run (January 1) If you enjoy the holidays a little too much, this event will get you back on the straight and narrow. This Scottish tradition is a celebration of good will and good fortune. First Footin’ Five Miler Trail Run, 10 a.m.; step off for the First Footin’ Walk around the farm grounds, 11 a.m.; Stone Soup Blessing and Gathering, noon; Historic Rural Hill Cultural Center Ribbon Cutting & Scottish Festivities. Free, but all are encouraged to bring something for the luncheon: fresh or canned vegetables for soup, bread, dessert, beverages, paper products, etc. Rural Hill, Center of Scottish Heritage, 4431 Neck Road, Huntersville,

Galleries Andre Christine Gallery & Sculpture Garden Mixed Media features the work of various artists, including Mary Luke, Annie Glacken, Sandie Bell, Ellen Sutherland and more. Through January. Tue-Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m.148 Ervin Road, Mooresville, 704.775.9516, Cornelius Arts Center Homegrown: A Celebration of local arts and crafts. Through January 3. Opening reception November 8, 6:30-9 p.m.. Mon-Thu 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Fri-Sat 9 a.m.-Noon. 19725 Oak Street, Cornelius, “Cotton” Ketchie’s Landmark Galleries Various exhibitions. The work of watercolorist ‘Cotton’ Ketchie. Mon-Sat 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 212 North Main Street, Mooresville, 704.664.4122, Depot Art Gallery The Mooresville Artist Guild Artoberfest, a judged competition and art show. Opening reception and awards presentation Friday, October 11, 6-8 p.m. (October 1-31). 103 W. Center Avenue, Mooresville, Foster’s Frame and Art Gallery Various exhibitions. Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat 10a.m.-4p.m. 403 N. Old Statesville Road, Huntersville, 704.948.1750. Four Corners Framing and Gallery Various exhibitions. Tue-Fri 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 112 S. Main Street, Mooresville, 704.662.7154,

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Lake Country Gallery Various exhibitions. Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Exit 36 – Mooresville, between Belk and Kohl’s, 704.664.5022, Merrill-Jennings Galleries Various exhibitions. Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 463 S. Main Street, Davidson, 704.895.1213, Sanctuary of Davidson Various exhibitions. 108 S. Main Street, Davidson, 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. The Van Every/Smith Galleries Desiring Machine features the work of robot-inspired art by Paula Gaetano Adi. Through December 13. Tue-Thu 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Davidson College, The Van Every/Smith Galleries, 315 N. Main Street, Davidson,

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 for more details. The Artisan Market Craft Crawl (First Saturday) Formerly known as the Mooresville Craft Crawl, this market features baked goods, clothing, embroidery, jewelry, paintings, pottery, quilts and woodcarvings with an edge. 5-9 p.m. Free. Mooresville Town Square across from Lowe’s Foods. Downtown Mooresville Cruise-In (First

Saturday) This monthly Cruise-In offers a great chance to show off your car and chat with other car enthusiasts, surrounded by the architecturally historic backdrop of Downtown Mooresville. 4-8 p.m. Broad Street, Downtown Mooresville, Blue Planet Water Environmental Center Tour (First Tuesday, Third Thursday) Learn about water and wastewater through a hands-on tour. Fun for all ages. Tours are available the first Tuesday and the third Thursday of the month on a first-come, first-served basis. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Admission TBA. Call 704.621.0854 or e-mail to schedule a tour. Eden Street Market (Every Thursday and Friday) Buy fresh fish and produce during the week. 3-6 p.m. 106 Eden Street, Davidson. Davidson Farmer’s Market (First and third Saturday) Farmers sell a bounty of seasonal vegetables; pasteurized meats and cheeses; and freshly baked breads, cakes and pies. 8 a.m.-noon. Free. Next to Town Hall between Main and Jackson streets in downtown Davidson, Mooresville Museum (First and Third Saturday) View exhibits and artifacts from Mooresville’s past and present. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. 132 E. Center Avenue, Mooresville, Open Air Market at the Crossing (Every Saturday) Buy local flowers/plants, jam/honey, soap, candles, baked goods, handmade crafts and more. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. 9525 Birkdale Crossing Drive, Huntersville. Richard’s Coffee Shop & Veterans Museum (Every Saturday) Enjoy a community music jam every Saturday. 9 a.m.- noon. Free. Richards Coffee Shop & Veterans Museum, 165 N. Main Street, Mooresville,

Sports Davidson College Men’s Basketball North Carolina is basketball country so come out and support your local team. Johnson & Wales (December 7, 2 p.m.), Drexel (December 15, TBA). Davidson College, Davidson College Women’s Basketball The Lady Wildcats are poised for a fantastic season. Rutgers (December 4, 7 p.m.), Wofford (December 7, TBA), Furman (December 9, 7 p.m.), UNC Charlotte (December 21, 1 p.m.), Richmond (December 28, 2 p.m.). Davidson College,

Theatre Miracle on 34th Street (December 5-22) Based on the classic film, Miracle on 34th Street features a single mother and her daughter who wonder if a department store Santa might be the real Mr. Claus. Complete with sound effects and cleverly scripted commercials, DCP will transform the Armour Street Theater into a radio studio and invite the audience to become part of the magic. The actors playing multiple parts perform a radio version of the story. The universal theme of “hope in times of uncertainty” makes Miracle on 34th Street one show not to miss. Presented by Davidson Community Players. Times vary. $20. Armour Street Theatre, Davidson, www Nutcracker Ballet and Holiday Benefit (Through December 20-21) Mooresville’s Academy of Dance & Fine Arts performs this beloved holiday tradition. During the run of The Nutcracker Ballet, there will be a Holiday Benefit performance for Ace and Tj’s Grin Kids on Saturday, December 21 at 7 p.m. Other performances — Friday, 7 p.m. and Saturday, 1 p.m. $12 for adults, children 6-11 $10, and 5 and under are free. Mooresville High School’s Roland R. Morgan Auditorium,


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Turning 50 | by Lori K. Tate photography by Ken Noblezada

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From left, Ben Farnhan and Jan Blodgett look over materials for Davidson College's Under Lake Norman project.


If you have a piece of Lake Norman’s history that you’d like to share, please e-mail CURRENTS Editor Lori K. Tate at We’ll be highlighting the lake’s history in this department throughout the year as we celebrate the lake’s 50th anniversary.


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Compiled by Lori K. Tate Photography courtesy of Davidson College

East Monbo Mill and Village East Monbo Mill had 132 employees when it closed in 1961 to make way for Lake Norman. The mill was owned by Duke Power and operated by the Superior Yarn Mills company. Most of the folks who worked in the mill lived nearby in the mill village, which was common in those days. The East Monbo Mill is not the same as the Old Monbo Mill, which was destroyed in the epic flood of 1916. The land where East Monbo Mill and its village once stood is all under Lake Norman now.

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Compiled by Lori K. Tate Photography courtesy of Davidson College

compiled by Lori K. Tate photography courtesy of Davidson College


eople always talk about the plantations and homes that stand on the bottom of Lake Norman, but it’s rare than anyone is specific. Enter Elm Wood Plantation. Built by John Davidson Graham between 1825-1828, this late Georgian style plantation sat on a hill above the Catawba River. Today it would be near the end of Ranger Island Road in Catawba Springs. John came from quite a lineage, as his father, General Joseph Graham, was in the Revolutionary War and was also an iron manufacturer. John’s brother, William, was the Governor of North Carolina from 1845-1849 and also served as a U.S. Senator, the Secretary of the Navy and the Whig nominee for vice president in 1852. John’s maternal grandfather was John Davidson, the owner of Rural Hill Plantation. Joe Graham inherited Elm Wood and proceeded to sell the house and the hundreds of acres surrounding it during The Great Depression for approximately $30,000. The family was allowed to live in the home until the construction of Lake Norman began in 1959. In an effort to preserve the house, Duke Power donated it to Charles and Winifred Babcock of Winston-Salem in 1960. The couple agreed to dismantle the home and move it to its


n the July issue we published a picture of Outrigger Harbor on page 28. Turns out it’s true that a picture is worth a 1,000 words, as this picture caught the interest of many of our readers. You see, Cornelius’ Outrigger Harbor was located on the property where The Peninsula community is today. A lot of people, including some residents of The Peninsula, didn’t know that their property was formerly a campground, as well as an important part of the lake’s history. Lucky for us Cindy Gleason knows all about it. An advertising sales executive for CURRENTS, Gleason began working at the Outrigger in 1972 while she was a student at UNC Charlotte. She started out working in the restaurant and later began working at the Outrigger fulltime in June 1973. (Buck and Kitty Teague opened the Outrigger in 1965 when the lake was first created.) “At that time the whole Outrigger Harbor was open for public camping, so people would come on weekends and during the

week to rent a campsite by the day and bring their campers and their tents or whatever they were camping in,” remembers Gleason. “We also had the boat docks.” Gleason says that initially the Harbor

Above: A postcard of The Outrigger Cruise Boat advertises that the vessel accommodates 150 passengers.

wasn’t that big. “We had three docks at the time plus the gas dock, so mostly at that time it was a seasonal business that started in mid-March and went through mid-October,” she explains. “In the winter we would close the gate, and it stayed closed all winter. They ran The Outrigger Cruise Boat at the same time.” For old school Lake Norman residents, The Outrigger Cruise Boat is legendary. Designed after a Polynesian war canoe, the boat hosted various groups and parties for dinner cruises until it was permanently docked around 1978. Then it was used as a stationary restaurant. The gas crunch of the 1970s was one of the reasons Outrigger Harbor stopped running the boat. “People just weren’t buying as many power boats, and they were starting to turn to sailboats. We had rented out all the sailboat slips we had, and we kept having people request slips and so we had a waiting list,” recalls Gleason. “Then we decided to build more sailboat docks because the customers wanted more.” The Outrigger Cruise Boat was docked to make room for more sailboat slips, and eventually Outrigger Harbor closed in the late ’80s to make way for The Peninsula. Still today if you talk to a lake long-timer and mention the boat, a smile will come to their face as they remember the Polynesian party boat that floated on North Carolina’s newly created Inland Sea. LNC

Above: Outrigger Harbor once thrived where The Peninsula community is now. Right: The menu from The Outrigger Cruise Boat. Polynesian Buffet, anyone?


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John Abernathy’s family remains a mystery

The mysterious John Abernathy has two separate gravesites, as well as two headstones.



The Buffalo Shoals Bridge The great flood of 1916 washed the initial Buffalo Shoals 2/20/13 1:30 PM Bridge away. It originally crossed the Catawba River about a mile north of Long Island Village. A new bridge was constructed by October 1918. In the interim, a ferry service allowed travelers to cross the river where the bridge once stood. The second Buffalo Shoals Bridge was torn down in late 1962 after a new concrete bridge was built directly north of it, as the 1918 bridge could not have withstood the creation of Lake Norman.

Crossing the lake in old and new ways

These days most of us associate Beatties Ford Road with being an alternate route when I-77 shuts down because of traffic, but before Lake Norman, there was the Beatties Ford Bridge. It carried the preLake Norman route of Highway 73 across the Catawba River. It was demolished during the construction of Lake Norman. LNC

portion of the Davidson Archives & Special Collections website, which can be found at

political involvement. “I think that sort of brought the other two into politics, but I could not verify that for sure.” Now a resident of Denver and the managing partner of Knox, Brotherton, Knox & Godfrey in Charlotte, Eddie has seen the Lake Norman area change tremendously. “The lake [Lake Norman] was completed, if I’m not mistaken, when I got out of law school because I remember telling my brother to go buy all the land he could because you’re going to get rich,” remembers Eddie, who also recalls playing on the banks of the Catawba River at his grandfather’s farm. “Grandpa Joe Knox had a number of kids and lived right where Sam Furr Road runs into the lake. They lived on the river. I recall going there when I was a child. He and my Uncle Frank Knox built a number of the buildings in Davidson and Cornelius.”

While the area has moved away from its agrarian roots, it’s obvious that Lake Norman has benefited the area tremendously economically. “I think the lake has brought a lot of growth to Davidson, Cornelius and Huntersville and maybe even to Charlotte,” he says. “It was so country. It’s an amazing turnaround really.” Though many things have changed in the area, Eddie says there’s still a lot of tradition here. “Most of the old families have stayed in the area and still attend the same churches and the same schools. If you walk in the burial area of Bethel Presbyterian Church you’ll see that about 80 percent of the tombstones are Knoxes,” he says. “Basically there’s been a lot of new people who have moved in. They’ve merged quite well with the old-line families. I never saw any resentment about newcomers to the area.”

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Eddie Knox

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town, mind you. Eddie served as the mayor of Charlotte from 1980-84, while his late brother Russell was the mayor of Davidson and his late brother Joe was the mayor of Mooresville. Later on, Eddie’s nephew Gary served as the mayor of Cornelius. Eddie takes some responsibility for getting the family into politics. “Joe was on the town council of Mooresville, and Russell was on the town council of Davidson. I never served on city council, but I ran for the State Senate in 1970,” recalls Eddie, who served two terms in the North Carolina Senate prior to his brothers'

72 s we’ve discovered through this series lake norman currents | November 2013 | over the past year, many things can be found under Lake Norman — including gravesites. For AM instance, when Duke Power 7/25/13 10:37 LNC 1113 3.indd 72 began clearing land for the construction of Cowan’s Ford Dam in 1958, the company discovered a single grave bearing the name John Abernathy. On the tombstone was the following inscription: “Sacred to the memory of John Abernathy who died May 12, AD 1816. Age 63 years. Joyfully I lay this body down and leave this lifeless clay; without a single thought or groan, and sing and soar away.” Duke Power began advertising the gravesite on November 3, 1958 in The Charlotte Observer in the hopes of finding a family member to claim it. Twenty days later an unknown person removed the gravestone without Duke Power’s consent. The act was reported to Frank Heavner, the Lincoln County Sheriff at the time, in a letter dated December 4, 1958 from George Hall of the Duke Power Forestry Department. There is a not a record of the gravestone being recovered at that time. In December of the next year, a person who claimed to be a descendant of Abernathy consented to allow Duke Power n the August issue of CURRENTS we ran to relocate the remains of the deceased a story about Camp Dogwood on page 28. to the Hills Chapel Cemetery in Stanley. But what you might not realize is that anBecause the original tombstone had not been other philanthropic camp also used to exist in recovered, Duke Power paid for a new one. the area — Camp Fellowship. Years later the original gravestone turned Located on the east bank of the Catawba up in the possession of an Abernathy River just north of the Buffalo Shoals Bridge, descendant. This individual contacted a Camp Fellowship opened on June 17, 1938. It genealogy researcher associated with the was created for the benefit of orphans housed Lincoln County Public Library to find out at various orphanages in the area, such as where the original gravestone should be the Junior Order Orphanage of Lexington, placed. Unity Presbyterian Church Cemetery Mills Home at Thomasville, the High Point in Catawba Springs was suggested. Today Orphanage, the Alexander Home at Charlotte, that’s where you can find the original the Baptist Orphanage of Thomasville and gravestone. In the meantime, Abernathy’s the Presbyterian Orphans’ Home at Barium known legacy is that he has two separate Springs. It was constructed by the Presbyterian gravesites and two headstones. LNC Orphans’ Home at Barium Springs with funds contributed by the Men’s Fellowship Club of the THE SCOOP Second Presbyterian Church of Charlotte and For more information, please visit the Under other individual contributors from the area. Lake Norman portion of the Davidson Archives & Special Collections website, which In addition, the land where the camp stood can be found at Special was leased to Barium Springs for a 10-year term thanks to Jan Blodgett, Davidson College by Paola Cotton Mills, the Cannon Company, Archivist, for her assistance with this piece. Statesville Cotton Mills and Statesville Flour 72

From left, Eddie Knox and his brothers, Joe and Russell, all served as mayors of different towns and cities in the Lake Norman area at the same time.

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Left: Located on the east bank of the Catawba River just north of the Buffalo Shoals Bridge, Camp Fellowship opened on June 17, 1938. It was created for the benefit of orphans housed at various orphanages in the area. Below: As some of the orphanages stopped using it, local churches began utilizing the camp.

HAPPY CAMPERS Camp Fellowship provided a fun place for orphanages and churches


Lake Norman Currents | September 2013

Lake Norman Currents | October 2013


THE BRIDGES of Lake Norman

f you’re a newcomer to the Lake Norman area, it doesn’t take long to figure out that 72 the Knox family has been around these parts for a while. If you’re an old timer, you more than likely areLNC friends with a Knox, or 0513 2.indd 72 at least voted for one. Eddie Knox grew up in Davidson on the family farm. The youngest of eight children, Eddie remembers racing his horse to the cotton gin in downtown Cornelius so he wouldn’t have to wait in line. Later when Interstate 77 was being built, you could find him racing horses on its dirt road. However, one of the most interesting things about the Knox family is the fact that Eddie and two of his brothers served as mayor at the same time — not of the same

compiled by Lori K. Tate photography courtesy of Barium Springs

compiled by Lori K. Tate photography courtesy of Davidson College


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A man looks on as the Davidson College Lake Campus comes to life.

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

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The Davidson College Lake Campus is located at 152 Lake Campus Drive, Mooresville.

The Beatties Ford Bridge

by Lori K. Tate photography courtesy of Eddie Knox

by Lori K. Tate photography courtesy of Cathy Teague

sailing slips and a Polynesian party

addition to serving as a home for club sailing and crew teams. Odyssey campouts are held on the property, as well as the freshman orientation social and departmental cookouts. It seems the “picturesque vista” that the writer describes has stood the test of time, as students, faculty and alumni continue to flock to the property during the warmer months. Special thanks to Jan Blodgett, Davidson College Archivist, for her assistance with this piece.

The Old Highway 150 Bridge still exists. However, it now resides under the waters of Lake Norman. The new Highway 150 Bridge was built 33 feet higher and approximately 100 feet north of the old bridge.

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FLASHBACK Outrigger Harbor offered camping,

Davidson College students, faculty and alumni during the lake’s creation. In the Davidson College Bulletin article the writer jokes that, “The coming months will undoubtedly bring many new and unforeseen ‘firsts’ in Davidson’s history. In fact, the Dean’s Office will soon be hearing excuses that ‘our boat ran out of gas 15 miles from our Davidson dock!’ or perhaps ‘the fish were biting so well that I forgot all about my philosophy quiz!’ " Although that has not been the case, Davidson College students enjoy the property to its fullest extent, as it provides opportunities to be involved in various water activities in

The Old Highway 150 Bridge

THE SCOOP For more information, please visit the Under Lake Norman portion of the Davidson Archives & Special Collections website, which can be found at Special thanks to Jan Blodgett, Davidson College Archivist, for her assistance with this piece.

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1. What is the official name of Davidson College’s crowdsourcing project focused on the history of Lake Norman? a. Beneath the Lake b. Lake Norman Now and Then c. Under Lake Norman d. Lake Norman Legends

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A group of men survey what eventually became Lake Norman and the Davidson College Lake Campus.

Above: Built by John Davidson Graham between 1825-1828, Elm Wood Plantation sat on a hill above the Catawba River. Below: Joe Graham inherited Elm Wood and proceeded to sell the house and the hundreds of acres surrounding it during The Great Depression for approximately $30,000.

farm on Indiana Avenue in Winston-Salem. There it would be reassembled and preserved. In April 1961, three months into the project, a fire broke out in the barn where the Babcocks were storing the interior components of the house. The project was soon abandoned, as the home’s interior was destroyed. Soon the waters of Lake Norman covered the largely disassembled plantation house. LNC

A Cornelius

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ot every college can boast a lake campus, but luckily for Davidson College, it can. Located seven miles from campus, Davidson College’s Lake Campus offers almost 110 acres of waterfront property. According to a Davidson College Bulletin article dating back to October 1962, the master plan for the project was organized by Robert A. Currie and Grover C. Meetze, both Davidson College graduates and employees. Duke Power Company president W.B. McGuire, also a Davidson College graduate, was integral in making the lake campus a reality, as Duke Power set aside a sizable tract of land for

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If you have information that might be useful for the Under Lake Norman project, contact Jan Blodgett at 704.894.2632 or e-mail To see the Under Lake Norman map, visit archives/community/under-lkn archives/community/under-lkn.


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Elm Wood Yes, there are Plantation homes under Lake Norman

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For more information, please visit the Special thanks to Jan Blodgett, Davidson College Archivist, for her assistance with this piece.


College’s Under Lake Norman project uncovers

lot of folks don’t know that Lake Norman has not always been here. It’s easy to forget that this manmade lake has 520 miles of shoreline that was not initially shoreline. Before Duke Power dammed the Catawba River in 1963, the land that now rests under Lake Norman thrived with plantations, villages, churches and roads. In an effort to celebrate the lake’s 50th anniversary in addition to extending its community outreach and GIS (geographic information system) offerings, the Davidson College Archives staff has launched a crowdsourcing project entitled Under Lake Norman. “We’ve gone about this a little bit differently than other projects that we’ve done,” explains Jan Blodgett, Davidson College Archivist. “In the past we would have just done the research. Instead we thought, let’s not do all the research. Let’s open this up first and let the people who experienced it be the experts.” The idea is to store and exhibit the informa-

Lake Campus is still a hit

Long Island Mill and Village Like East Monbo Mill, Long Island Mill was also owned by Duke Power and operated by Superior Yarn Mills company. In 1959, it too closed due to the impending creation of Lake Norman. During its zenith, the mill operated 4,632 spindles. At the time it closed, it employed 120 people, which translated into approximately 54 families. These families mainly lived in the mill village, which offered a company store in addition to a post office. This area was permanently flooded to create Lake Norman .

Long Island Mill Dam Due to the success of the Long Island Cotton Mill in the early 1900s, a dam was built to supply additional power in 1919. This concrete dam replaced the log dam that was initially built across the Catawba River. The dam spanned from Catawba County to Iredell County. LNC

What’s A Under There? Davidson

the past lakeside learning Davidson College’s

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A Different Life

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ou never know what you’ll find while thumbing through old files. A volunteer working with Davidson College Archivist Jan Blodgett recently discovered this flier advertising a Lake Norman Lot Sale in the files of the late Davidson College President D. Grier Martin. If the price wasn’t enticing enough ($10 down on waterfront or waterview lots starting at $795), developers hoped to attract people to Lake Norman by offering free pony rides for kids, in addition to a live performance by the Porter Wagner Trio of Grand Ole Opry fame. There was even a drawing for a free lot during this particular weekend. Notice on the bottom of the flier that the development is “ideally situated just off the new Interstate Highway No. 77 and U.S. 21 (The Statesville Road).” While times have changed, as $10 will barely buy you a sandwich at a lakeside restaurant these days, the beauty of Lake Norman certainly hasn’t. And number six in the “Check These Benefits” box is still just as true as it was then, “A terrific resort area in your backyard saving miles of weary driving.” LNC

tion gathered on an interactive map located on the Archives Community space website. As of deadline, 22 sites had been identified, including the Clark Family Cemetery, the home site of George Davidson (Davidson College’s namesake), John Oliphant’s Grist Mill, Long Island Mill and Village, and more. “We had Sherrill’s Ford [from our initial research]. We identified the location of it and where we think people actually crossed, but we didn’t have any images associated with it,” explains Ben Farnhan, an archive assistant at Davidson College who has been working on the project with Blodgett. “As soon as we put the site up, one of the family members sent us an image of a monument they had erected. That’s the sort of stuff we’re hoping for.” Craig Milberg, assistant director for Discovery Systems at Davidson College, is involved with the project and also has a personal interest in it. As a relative newcomer (he and his family moved to Mooresville from New York City less than four years ago), Milberg has fielded lots of questions from his two young sons about what might be under Lake Norman. “A lot of those little boy questions are a result of walking the dog at the Davidson College Lake Campus,” says Milberg. “They have been interested because the lake level has been really low this year. They’re little, so they’re fascinated by pilings coming out of the water.” Blodgett says she hasn’t gone to Duke Energy (formerly Duke Power) to gather information yet. “The history is broader than a report that Duke Power had to turn in to a state agency [when the lake was formed],” she says. “We wanted to make it a community project where everyone can be a historian. …Maybe somebody had a hobby of collecting menus from all of the restaurants that they ate at around the lake.” Adds Milberg, “Once you get the idea that this is a forum for letting people interact and present the information back, there’s a number of possibilities.” LNC

Mill. Initially Camp Fellowship was used exclusively by local orphanages. However, as some of the orphanages stopped using it, local churches began utilizing the camp. By 1948, the breakdown of camp usage went something like this — the Presbyterians used it for two weeks in the summer, the Methodist churches for four weeks and the Baptists for one week. When the camp was available, local 4-H clubs also joined in on the fun. The lease for the camp was renewed in 1948. By 1951, the camp’s land was owned by a partnership involving Paola Cotton Mills, the Statesville Flour Mills, Mr. J. I. Tomlin and Cannon Mills of Kannapolis. The Statesville owners (Paola Cotton Mills, Statesville Flour Mills and J. I. Tomlin) attempted, unsuccessfully, to buy Cannon Mills’ interest in the land and to continue the camp’s operations and development. After Cannon Mills refused to sell, the Statesville owners offered to give their ownership share in the camp to the Barium Spring Home for Children, who refused out of concern for the

“hazards of ownership.” Later that year Cannon Mills purchased the Statesville owners’ portion of the partnership and was then sole owner of Camp Fellowship and the land involved. Cannon Mills had no intention of operating the facility as a camp for orphanages and churches. In September of 1951, the camp was re-dedicated to the memory of Billy Neely, a Statesville Boy Scout who died earlier that year in an accident. The First Presbyterian Church leased the camp and presented it to the committee of Scout Troop No. 10, Neely’s troop, for use. Camp Fellowship was then used solely by the Boy Scouts until it was closed to make way for Lake Norman. LNC THE SCOOP For more information, please visit the Under Lake Norman portion of the Davidson Archives & Special Collections website, which can be found at Special thanks to Jan Blodgett, Davidson College Archivist, for her assistance with this piece. For more information regarding Barium Springs, visit

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This past year, the Turning 50 column highlighted various events in Lake Norman's history.

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2. Which country music legend performed at one of the first Lake Norman lot sales? a. Kenny Rogers b. Hank Williams c. George Jones d. Porter Wagner 3. Which Duke Power [now Duke Energy] president was integral in making the Davidson College Lake Campus a reality? a. W.B. McGuire b. Norman Cocke c. Bob McKillop d. Samuel Spencer, Jr. 4. The land of which two mills was flooded during the creation of Lake Norman? a. Cannon Mills and Springs Industries b. Burlington Industries and Cornelius Cotton Mill c. Locke Mill and Tuscarora Yarns d. East Monbo Mill and Long Island Mill

5. Which bridge still resides 9. What name was found under Lake Norman? on the single tombstone a. The Beatties Ford Bridge discovered during the b. The Old Highway 150 Bridge land clearing for Cowan’s c. The Sam Furr Bridge Ford Dam in 1958? d. The Peninsula Bridge a. Norman Cocke b. John Cowan 6. Which plantation house’s c. John Abernathy d. William Lee Davidson ruins can be found under Lake Norman? 10. Which local family a. Latta Plantation b. Dilworth Plantation had three brothers c. Middleton Place serve as mayor of d. Elm Wood Plantation Charlotte, Cornelius and Mooresville at 7. What is the name of the the same time? a. The Washam family oldest waterfront venue b. The Jetton family on Lake Norman? c. The Davidson family a. The Landing d. The Knox family b. North Harbor Club c. Rusty Rudder 11. What year did Duke d. Oni’s Power [now Duke Energy] 8. Which camp opened dam the Catawba River? on the shores of the a. 1970 Catawba River in 1938 for b. 1953 c. 1975 the benefit of orphans housed at various d. 1963 orphanages in the area? a. Camp Dogwood 12. Which anniversary b. Camp Catawba did Lake Norman c. Camp Fellowship celebrate this year? d. Camp Barnhardt a. 25th b. 50th c. 30th d. 75th THE SCOOP The answers to this quiz can be found on our blog. Simply go to and click on the Our Blog tab. Special thanks to Jan Blodgett, Davidson College Archivist, for her assistance with this column throughout the past year. For more information about the lake’s history, visit the Under Lake Norman portion of the Davidson Archives & Special Collections website at

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