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Currents Local artists play with a full deck with Art in Hand Lenux Stables & Riding Academy builds relationships A stargazer’s retreat in Sherrills Ford

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Contents |

10 The Main Channel 14 Currency What’s hip at Lake Norman

Monthly Financial Feature – Is this a good time to buy stock?

16 The Captain’s Chair 28 Martin Truex Jr. talks about relaxing on Lake Norman

18 Porthole 20 Rip Currents 3rd Annual Taste of Art

Art In Hand results in a deck of cards like no other

26 26 20 28 36 Strong Currents The Coca-Cola 600 celebrates a golden anniversary Lenux Stables & Riding Academy builds relationships


Move over Atkins, hypnosis has the power to help you slim down

40 Green Waves 42 On Course

Get Schooled on Being Green

The Point offers a memorable round of golf in a resort atmosphere

46 The Galley


Lisa Rose serves a sweet concept in downtown Cornelius


The Yum Update Sabi brings a sophisticated boost to the Davidson restaurant scene

51 Grapevine 54 Home Port

Zinfandel offers a pleasant surprise


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Keith and Cynthia Peabody’s lakefront home is the result of an out-of-this-world renovation

61 Currently 64 One More Thing Turbo Turtles take over the lake

The Jetton Park Sprint Triathlon takes shape

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Lori K. Tate

Get Out There Go on a new adventure


y friend Lisa has been to more countries that I can count on my hands and toes. A few years ago she went to Bhutan. Last fall she spent time in Brazil, and right now she’s taking a four-month trip around the world. The last time I heard from her she was in the Namib Desert sipping a South African Sauvignon Blanc. Obviously my friend has a high-octane interpretation of the phrase “get out there.” Nevertheless, I take inspiration from her every time she tells me about her travels. Maybe I can’t meet her in Bali next month, but that doesn’t mean I’m not up for an adventure. I’m not talking about the increasingly popular idea of a “staycation.” I’m talking about learning something new, doing something I’ve always wanted to do, stepping out of my comfort zone. As adults, it’s so easy to become trapped in what’s comfortable. Once we discover a routine that works, we cling to it like “Linus” does his blanket in the Peanuts comic strip. There’s nothing wrong with that, but sometimes you have to step outside of the box so you can appreciate the box. Whether it’s

Letters to the Editor

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Here’s your chance to be seen and heard. Have a comment concerning something you read in CURRENTS? Want to pass on a money-saving tip, complain about Lake Norman traffic, thank someone special or just tell us why you love living here? Whatever is on your mind, tell us about it. You can send letters to PO Box 1676, Cornelius, NC 28031 or email to Let’s give Lake Norman something to talk about! 8

something big like skydiving or something small like trying a new thai restaurant, these are things we can do to help keep life interesting. Perhaps, I’m a fan of this idea because I’m surrounded by so many examples. Fourteen years ago, my mother decided to go to school to earn her bachelor’s degree. She started by taking a class here and class there at the local community college. Now a member of The National Scholars Honor Society, mom is taking classes online from UNC-Greensboro and is only a few credits away from graduation. She’s 72 years old. My husband decided a couple of years ago that he wanted to start making his own pizzas (crust and all). It was ugly at first, as a variety of expletives were exclaimed when the dough didn’t rise accordingly, but now he makes a wonderful pizza. It’s so good, we don’t order out for pizza anymore. Then there’s my friend Brian who decided to audition for a show at the local community theatre after being away from the stage for 20-something years. Not only did he land the lead, but he was also nominated for an acting award. Now you can’t keep him away from auditions. Getting out there means something different to everyone — that’s what makes it so interesting. This spring as you plan your vacation, take a moment to plan a personal adventure. I think this might be the year that I conquer wakeboarding.

The magazine by and for the people who call Lake Norman home Lake Norman CURRENTS is a monthly publication available through direct-mail home delivery to the most affluent Lake Norman residents. It also is available at area Harris Teeter and Lowes supermarkets, as well as various Chambers of Commerce, real estate offices and specialty businesses. Subscriptions are available for $29 per year. Send us your name, address, phone number and a check made payable to Lake Norman CURRENTS at the address below and we’ll start your subscription with the next available issue.

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Kim Morton Advertising Sales Executive SPARK Publications Publication Design & Production Ad Production - Sumcad Design About the Cover The queen of spades by Mitchell Phillips is one of the cards you’ll find in an Art in Hand deck. Photo courtesy of Art in Hand. Mission Statement Lake Norman CURRENTS magazine will embody the character, the voice and the spirit of its readers, its leaders and its advertisers. It will connect the people of Lake Norman through inspiring, entertaining and informative content, photography and design; all of which capture the elements of a well-lived life on and around the community known as Lake Norman. Lake Norman CURRENTS P.O. Box 1676, Cornelius, NC 28031 704-749-8788 • The entire contents of this publication are protected under copyright. Unauthorized use of any editorial or advertising content in any form is strictly prohibited. Lake Norman CURRENTS magazine is wholly owned by Venture Magazines, LLC.

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

Birkdale Village’s Urbàna offers relaxation through massage and tea.

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Sure, the lake is known for its relaxing atmosphere, but things are chilled out even more now that Urbàna Cityspa & Teabar opened last month in Birkdale Village. Created and developed by owner Nancy Goodwin, the massageonly spa offers an oasis of relaxation in a New York loft setting. “The mission of Urbàna is to offer health and wellness through the benefits of tea and massage,” explains Goodwin, who opened Urbàna’s first location in Charlotte’s Carmel Village three years ago. “We think we’re doing a great job of that because we always try to keep everything at the very highest quality possible. About half of our teas are organic, and we work very hard to make sure our therapists are top caliber.” Initially, the Huntersville location will have

Relax and Sip

Urbàna Cityspa & Teabar takes the stress out of your day approximately 11 massage therapists on staff, offering services such as the Green Tea Bamboo Massage done with six to eight bamboo sticks and green tea bamboo oil or the Hawaiian Hot Stone Massage, complete with blessed river rocks, small warm stones and larger oiled stones. Urbàna even offers a Golfer’s Massage. As Urbàna’s Charlotte location is known for its music lounge featuring what Goodwin refers to as “chill down tempo music,” the same is true for the Birkdale location. “On Thursday and Friday nights we mix it up a little bit with more of a bluesy, Etta James-type vibe,” she says. Designed in an earth-tone color scheme highlighted with coppery hues, the 4,350-squarefoot space features a full-service tea bar stocked with more than 100 varieties of tea from across

the world. You can enjoy your tea in Urbàna’s lounge or in its outdoor-seating area - light appetizers are also available. If you’re not crazy about tea, have no worries, as champagne, wine and the occasional mimosa are available. In addition, a bottle of Voss water is complimentary with every treatment. “There’s demand up here for what we offer,” says Goodwin, adding that she has about 750 clients who drive to her Charlotte location from Lake Norman. “We think it’s a great complement to the Carmel Village location.” — LKT THE SCOOP The hours of the Birkdale Village location of Urbàna are Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Sat 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun 11 a.m.-6 p.m. For more information about Urbàna, visit


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Belt it Out AvaLilly’s brings bling to spring

Bored with your daily ensemble? Havee no worries because a Drishdi belt can turn dull into dazzling within a matter of seconds. Designed in Cohasset, Massachusetts by artist Trish Hart, Drishdi hand-crafted leather belts feature buckles made of natural stones, semiemiprecious gemstones, glass beads, shells, pearls l andd Swarovski S ki crystals. tl “One of the biggest things that we’re most excited about is that it’s a newer company, and we got an exclusive on it,” says Emily Haggart, owner of AvaLilly’s in Cornelius, which is now carrying the belts for under $100.“The little happy starfish got my attention, too.”

Accessorize for Summer In Steel Magnolias, Olympia Dukakis’ character “Clairee” says, “The only thing that separates us from the animals is our ability to accessorize.” That’s certainly the premise for the newly opened Libby’s Lake Boutique in Mooresville. Stocked with accessories, gift baskets, handbags, jewelry and shoes (including Switch Flops), this lake boutique, owned by Elizabeth Hennett, has what you need to complete an outfit. 1236 Mecklenburg Highway, Mooresville, 704.658.9782.

Eclectic Vintage Brandon Bailey and Wendy Yang have brought a new concept to Davidson with Amity & Bailey Trading Co. Located in Davidson’s Historic Arts District, Amity & Bailey brands itself as an “old fashioned trading post: a place to procure, peddle and barter goods.” On its racks you’ll find top-notch vintage clothing for men and women rounded out by vintage jewelry, select vinyl recordings and home décor items with an artistic kitsch slant. Customers can bring in items for trade or cash on the spot. Appointments are not necessary, as the couple buys daily. If that’s not enough, the store also offers sewing classes. 428a South Main Street, Davidson, — LKT

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Giving back to others is one of the best things we can do to make our community stronger. Each month we highlight a volunteer opportunity in the area.

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M Savicki steps into the Mike breakfast table spotlight b What do Scooby Doo, The Lone Ranger, world champion c gymnast Shawn Johnson and Lake Norman N resident Mike Savicki have in common? They’ve all been featured on a box of Cheerios. Savicki, a disabled Navy veteran who lives in Cornelius C and is a frequent contributor to this magazine, m is one of 12 athletes appearing on a special edition Cheerios box honoring disabled military veteran athletes. The 41-year-old was selected from more than 500 competitors in the 28th National Veterans Wheelchair Games in Omaha, Nebraska in 2008. During the past 18 years, Savicki has won 58 gold medals at the games and plans to compete again this summer in Spokane, Washington. He is also a 16-time finisher of the BAA Boston Marathon, as well as a handcycling national champion and a triathlete. The Cheerios honor came about as part of the 2009 HealthierUS Veterans Champions Challenge. “The thing about Cheerios is that it’s a recognizable brand that’s been on the breakfast table of Americans for years and years,” says Savicki. “That’s special in itself that a brand like this that’s so well established is promoting veterans and promoting health, fitness and athletics. That’s what I like about it.” Being on the special edition box of cereal, which is available at military markets and Veterans Canteen Service retail stores across the United States, has allowed Savicki to visit veterans along the East Coast. “I’m learning as much from the veterans and hearing their stories as I think they are getting inspiration from me and my accomplishments,” says Savicki, who admits he loves eating Cheerios. — LKT Mike Savicki

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Currency |

Is Now A Good Time To Buy Stock?

by Cristen K. Morgan

The market has been hurt, but stocks are still important


remendous wealth has been lost during this economic downturn, especially for those heavily invested in individual stocks — nobody can deny that. What’s worse is that most people base their investment decisions on emotion rather than economics. If I told you 12 months ago that you could pick the same investments at half the current trading price, it would have sounded very attractive. But we view it now as a 50 percent loss.

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Emotion tells us to pull all of our money out (if we haven’t already) and protect what we have left. At least it’s safe and guaranteed, right? Unfortunately, the bigger guarantee is that you won’t be in the market when it returns. And historically, the average one-year return following a bear market is nearly +46 percent. Right now, it’s especially difficult to convince people to look long-term, but one thing is for sure — in any 30-year period, the stock market has always gone up. But what if you don’t have 30 years? What if you’re near retirement or already retired? You may have directed more of your invested assets to cash, bonds,

CDs, fixed annuities or other investments outside the stock market. That’s understandable. However, there is still a need to grow your money over time. Stock market investments give you the potential for remarkable growth in a way few investment choices do. Here’s why stocks still matter, regardless of your age.

You need to stay ahead of inflation Yes, inflation is low right now, but it may not be later. From 1999-2008, the annual U.S. inflation rate averaged 2.83 percent. Those of you over 40 can remember a period when inflation was much higher. My point: If your fixed-income investments (cash, CDs, bonds, etc.) are earning 3 to 4 percent, perhaps 3 to 4 percent annual inflation appears tolerable. But consider the accelerated costs of medical treatments, education planning, hospital stays, long-term care needs and the possibility of future tax code changes — it could be a very different economic environment in the future.

If you are in your 20s, 30s or 40s, it is not a time to bail out Can younger investors save their way to retirement with CDs and cash? Attempting to do so may carry a severe opportunity cost in years to come. If you have a retirement plan through work or an IRA, which you make periodic contributions, keep it up. In fact, it’s a great time to

increase those contributions if you can afford it. The good news — younger investors have time on their side. This environment may offer a powerful silver lining for you. Warren Buffett once said, “Bad news is an investor’s best friend.” In Buffett’s opinion, “fears regarding the long-term prosperity of the nation’s many sound companies make no sense. These businesses will indeed suffer earnings hiccups, as they always have. But most major companies will be setting new profit records five, 10 and 20 years from now.” Buffett states that while people who hold cash equivalents may now feel comfortable, “they shouldn’t. They have opted for a terrible long-term asset, one that pays virtually nothing and is certain to depreciate in value.” So, is now a good time to buy stock? It’s very wise to be well-diversified and that includes owning stock. Diversification is not only smart, but it’s also sane in this bear market. When your investments are appropriate for your life stage and risk tolerance and are selected to work for your goals, you have the confidence of knowing you have made wise choices. Consult your financial advisor to determine what choices suit your preferences, goals and lifestyle. LNC Cristen K. Morgan, financial advisor and owner of Lake Norman Financial Group, is a licensed Representative with Intersecurities, Inc. She may be reached at, 704.439.1370,


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Keeping it Real

by Mike Savicki

Martin Truex Jr. knows how to race and relax


ASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Martin Truex Jr. has steadily made his way up the point rankings since his first season behind the wheel of the No. 1 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Chevrolet in 2006. After his 15th place points finish in 2008, Truex has his sight firmly locked on breaking the top ten and making the Chase in 2009. And he has the team and sponsors behind him to make it happen. With the 50th running of the Coca Cola 600 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway this month, the 28-year-old Mooresville resident shares a few thoughts on racing, relaxing and covering the miles.

Photo byHarold Hinson

Beginning the 2009 season on the pole at Daytona must have been an incredible feeling. With all the history of the race, plus the expectations of a brand new season riding alongside as you rolled onto the track first, were you just a bit nervous? I wasn’t nervous to lead the field to the green at Daytona at all — just excited to be back in the car for ’09.


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Martin Truex Jr. (second from left) fishing with friends in Disneyworld.

Truex in the winner’s circle.

Photo by Harold Hinson


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Photo by Harold Hinson

Almost every athlete has some sort of superstition or pre-game routine. Is there anything you either have to do or avoid before the green flag?

Truex prepares to get into his zone.

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I don’t shave my face after I get to the racetrack. I don’t know why. It’s a weird superstition. Maybe I should change it though because my luck has been terrible.

A perfect day for me at home is sleeping in, fishing on the lake and spending time with friends and family by the pool. And yes, I love stopping by Dockside Deli for a club sandwich after a long day of fishing on the lake.

For a guy who loves hunting, fishing and four wheeling, your sponsorships with Bass Pro Shops and Tracker Boats seem almost ideal. How important are sponsorships in racing and how do you feel when you zip into your race suit covered with sponsor logos? It is very important. Without the support of Bass Pro, we would not be able to race on Sunday. When a driver has a sponsor they can relate to it makes a huge difference, and it makes it a lot more fun. You tend to enjoy the autograph sessions and sponsor appearances a little more. As for the firesuit, I’ll just say it’s quite comfy.

A 600-mile race like this month’s Coca Cola 600 is exceptionally long no matter how you look at it. It’s just a few miles longer than driving from your home in Mooresville to your hometown of Mayetta, New Jersey.

Google shows it takes about 10 hours on the interstates. How fast can you do it? I can get home to Mayetta in about eight hours if I’m driving...or just one and a half in an airplane. LNC Free-lance writer Mike Savicki has lived and worked in the Lake Norman area for 15 years, frequently covering the racing scene.


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Betsy Flagler poses with an item from the art auction.

From left, Gina Rhodes enjoys the festivities with her mother, Fran Andrich.

Guests enjoyed wine throughout the evening.

The carving station was a hit at the 3rd Annual Taste of Art.

From left, Shari Crouse, Joan Pongratz, Sally Nardone and Pam Sweeney explore the art auction.

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The Fresh Market hosts a benefit for Creative Art Exchange and The Children’s Art Project On March 31, The Fresh Market in Cornelius hosted the 3rd Annual Taste of Art. Guests enjoyed wine, hors d’oeuvres and an art auction benefiting Creative Art Exchange and The Children’s Art Project.

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Dione Goyette is the mastermind behind Art in Hand.

Local artists design a deck of cards like no other Lake Norman Currents | May 2009


ione Goyette keeps an index card file filled with creative ideas. She and a friend were swapping possibilities back and forth one day, and she mentioned her playing card concept — one that involves using local artists to design the cards.

“My friend dared me to see if I could make it happen,” recalls Goyette, who lives in Davidson. Make it happen she did, as her Art in Hand playing cards will soon be in gift shops and other retail outlets. One of the more interesting aspects of her creation is that a different artist from the greater Charlotte area conceived the artwork for each card.


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A Full House

The Queen of Spades

by Jane Ellithorpe

by Betsy Birkner Betsy Birkner is from Mount Airy and now lives in Charlotte. She has studied art since grade school. Her parents enrolled her in the Famous Artists School course when she was in 7th grade since she could copy the drawing from the school’s ad on a matchbook. She later studied advertising design at Central Piedmont Community College and earned a B.F.A. from Win-throp University. Since then, Birkner has worked as a book designer for UNC Press and as a botanical illus-trator and photographer for the UNC Botany Depart-ment. Currently, she works as a freelance advertisingg designer in Charlotte and teaches color theory in thee Interior Design Department at CPCC. Her work hass been displayed at the Garments Show in Chicago, and d she won the American In-House Design Award from m Graphic Design USA for designing a developmentt package for McColl Center for Visual Art in 2005. “I thought the crown motif was perfect for one off the queen playing cards. I like for unforeseen trans-formation to occur in my art,” explains Betsy, who iss greatly interested in beadwork. “In my card design,, the crown has a mirror image, which creates anotherr object. You may not see a crown at first, or maybe.” 

Giving back Originally from Toronto, Goyette followed her husband south for his career and immediately found the area inviting. “I have always lived in areas with a very competitive art scene,” says Goyette. “But when I came here, everyone was so accepting and excited about it.

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Mitchell Phillips is a senior at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte working towards a B.F.A in Graphic Design. Originally from Goldsboro, he now lives in Cornelius and has been interested in various styles of art since he was a child. He now concentrates on graphic design and has had his work on display at several UNCC student gallery shows. Although still developing his style, Mitchell tends to focus on elements with a direct and meaningful impact. “I chose to design the Queen of Spades because the Queen of Spades is known as ‘the most dreaded card’ in the game of Hearts,” says Mitchell. “The vibrant colors are meant to resemble an oncoming storm, and the player should definitely beware. I included the city skyline as a homage homa ho magg to The Queen City. y” 

Everyone is very enthusiastic. No N onee is is pushpush sh ing you away.” Once she settled in, she began to volunteer at local art galleries and soon discovered the Creative Art Exchange in Cornelius. “I Continued on page 23


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Included in the mix of styles are painting, photography, graphic design, beadwork and fabric art. The artists are of all ages. Some are students, while others are well established. And there’s also a noble side to this project with the participating artists donating their original art to be auctioned off for charity.

by Mitchell Phillips

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Jane Ellithorpe lives in Davidson and is a full-time artist. She is known for her watercolors of gardens and her ink renderings of homes. A graduate of Syracuse University, Jane is self taught. She teaches drawing, watercolor and oil techniques, and enjoys instructing young and old alike. In describing her Ace of Diamonds, Jane says, “I am a flower person, and the best reds come from nature. I love the tulip as a subject, and the parrot tulip is especially intriguing. It grows differently, like a parrot has feathers. It also seems to have motion even though the subject is one dimensional, but you feel it when you look at it. This is a watercolor with its natural transparency. If you look carefully, you notice the variations of color over color.” 

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wanted to have a non-profit function, and I wanted to promote artists in a different way,” explains Goyette. So after looking for a beneficiary, she contacted Kim Beard, executive director of the Creative Art Exchange, and gave her the good news — “I want it to be you guys.” On May 16th, the art will be auctioned at the Creative Art Exchange. “It was like we won the lottery when Goyette walked in our door,” says Beard. “This is a wonderful fit for us, as our gallery space is fabulous.” The art was first displayed in April at So Alive Gallery in Davidson. This month it’s at the Creative Art Exchange, and then it’s off to Artworks On Main in Mooresville in June.

fect for her vision. Goyette intends to produce more decks in other cities — again with local artists contributing their work. “The backs of the cards will be the same, so you can buy multiple decks and switch them around — sort of make up your own deck,” she says. The Art in Hand website for Charlotte will have links to the artists’ own Web sites and will feature artwork from each individual card, plus three jokers.

Goyette says, “I added an extra joker because I fell in love with another artist.” LNC THE SCOOP For more information about Art in Hand, visit Trent Pitts, a native North Carolinian, has been photographing and writing about the people and places of the Lake Norman area for several years.

Eco-friendly and fun Goyette wanted her product to have a sense of integrity. After looking into overseas production, she realized that the shipping distance would be wasteful. “We are big into recycling,” she says. “I don’t want my product shipped on some big freighter across the ocean, knowing that I’m responsible for all of that oil and everything.” Instead, she decided to produce the cards locally and make them “green.” Goyette discovered that The United States Playing Card Company (the manufacturer of the wellknown Bicycle cards) offers a product called the “Eco Edition,” made from sustainable forest paper and earth-friendly inks — per-

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by Jay Ahuja

Lowe’s Motor Speedway celebrates a big birthday

Fast Years


n June 19, 1949, NASCAR held its first sanctioned race of “strictly stock” cars at the original Charlotte Speedway, which at that time was a three-quarter mile track. More than 13,000 fans attended the race, and another 5,000 fans were allegedly turned away due to a lack of grandstand space. And so, 50 years ago on that afternoon, the sport of racing automobiles, whose namesakes could be purchased by average Americans at their local dealership, established its roots in the Carolinas. These days, the green flag for what has become the Coca-Cola 600 drops around 5:30 p.m. and finishes under the lights at what is now known as Lowe’s Motor Speedway, a one-and-ahalf mile quad oval track. It’s the longest ongoing sponsorship in NASCAR, and it’s generally attended by 180,000 fans. Photo courtesy of Lowe’s Motor Speedway

The Sprint All-Star Race is short and sweet and sure to please.

Milestone Moments The race was originally 400 miles long until becoming a 600-mile marathon in 1968 — a race won by Buddy Baker. Baker won again in 1973, even though he blew a tire on lap 265. The race-

A Star-Studded Event The Sprint All-Star Race lures first-time fans

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By Jay Ahuja

As the Coca-Cola 600 celebrates its golden anniversary, NASCAR’s annual All-Star event, The Sprint All-Star Race, turns 25 this season. It’s been held in Charlotte every year except 1986 when Atlanta hosted the race. With few exceptions, the list of winners reads like a who’s

car driver led 220 of the first 264 laps before the blowout. He limped into the pits, replaced the tire while managing to stay on the lead lap and chased down David Pearson to take the checkered flag. The following year, Baker pushed his Dodge to an average speed of 142.25 mph to win again. That race was the first time the 600 was run on the same day as the Indianapolis 500, albeit later in the day. The 600 has seen more than its share of milestone moments. Only 26 different drivers have won Charlotte’s May race, and Lowe’s Motor Speedway has been particularly kind to legendary drivers such as Pearson, Bobby Allison, Dale Earnhardt, Bill Elliott, Jeff Gordon and Darrell Waltrip. Waltrip practically owned the track with six victories in the late ’70s and ’80s; five of those came in the Coca-Cola 600, making him the race’s only five-time winner. Allison, who is this year’s Grand Marshall for the 50th running of the Coca-Cola 600, also won six races in Charlotte, including the 600 in 1971, 1981 and again in 1984. Pearson’s first career victory was at Charlotte in May of 1961. Remarkably, Pearson led 255 of 400 laps, crossing the finish line with a blown right-rear tire, ahead of Edward Glenn “Fireball” Roberts, Jr. Pearson, also known as “The Silver Fox,” earned the pole position in Charlotte 11 straight times from 1973 to1978. He won the 600 from the pole in May 1974 and 1976. All the more impressive given that Pearson was competing head-to head with Cale Yarborough, the Allison brothers, Baker and Richard Petty (“The King”) in their prime. Petty won the 600 in 1975 and 1977. Earnhardt, “The Inwho of modern stock car racing legends. So far, only Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt have won three times. Terry Labonte, Mark Martin, Jimmie Johnson and Davey Allison each have two victories. Allison, who won in 1991 and 1992, is the event’s only back-toback winner. One of the most remarkable All-Star races took place in 1987. Keith Jackson, better known for his football coverage, was the TV announcer as fans across the country collec-


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Stamina and speed The Coca-Cola 600 is considered an endurance race that’s not generally won from the pole. Jeff Gordon, however, accomplished that feat three times in 1994, 1997 and 1998. The 1994 victory was Gordon’s first win at racing’s highest level. The following year, Bobby Labonte finished just ahead of his older brother, Terry, and set the Coca-Cola 600 record as he earned his first career Winston Cup victory with an average speed of 151.95 mph. On May 28, 2000, driving a Ford in just his 18th start for Roush Racing, Matt Kenseth earned his first career Winston Cup victory in the CocaCola 600 and remains the only rookie driver to win the 600. Kenseth graduated from Purdue University with an engineering degree and ushered in a new era of drivers tabbed “The Young Guns,” who have begun to dominate the sport. Included in that club are such household names as Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kasey Kahne and Jimmie Johnson. Aside from Junior, all have at least one victory in the Coca-Cola 600. Kahne won in 2006 and again in 2008. Johnson drove the No. 48 Lowe’s

Chevrolet to the Coke 600’s victory lane in 2003, a rain-shortened 414-mile race. He went on to win the 600 an unprecedented three consecutive times, returning to victory lane again in 2004 and 2005. Johnson’s 2005 win may very well be the 600’s most memorable moment as he passed Bobby Labonte in turn four of the final lap and won by a margin of just .27 seconds, the closest 1-2 finish in 600 history. Race officials expect a sellout again this year

and, chances are, those lucky enough to be in the stands will witness yet another milestone moment. LNC Jay Ahuja lives in Charlotte with his wife, Karen, and their 50-pound mutt, Marley. He is the author of two sports travel guides Fields of Dreams: A Guide to Visiting and Enjoying All 30 Major League Ballparks and Speed Dreams: A Guide to America’s 23 NASCAR Tracks.  In addition to being a freelance magazine writer, he works for WFAE 90.7 FM, Charlotte’s NPR News Source.

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timidator,” had five career victories in Charlotte, winning the Coca-Cola 600 in 1992. The “Man in Black” returned to victory lane at the 600 the following year, as Chevy completed a rare sweep of the top five positions.

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tively held their breath watching Bill Elliott and Earnhardt battle for the lead with seven laps to go. These two wildly popular, veteran drivers were coming out of turn four as Earnhardt, driving his familiar No. 3 Wrangler Jeans Chevy, was squeezed down into the grass infield along the front stretch. Remarkably, Earnhardt maintained control and went on to win, as his “pass in the grass” became part of racing lore.

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The facilities and equipment at Lenux are state of the art.

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Students take pride in caring for the equipment involved with riding horses.

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Maelee Dudan, the 6-and-under High Points Champion of the Carolinas in 2007, tends to her horse.

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Quintus and Brooke VanderSpuy have created a wonderland for those who love horses

by Lee McCracken

All Things Equine

Set on 35 pastoral acres off Kerns Road in Huntersville, the facility is home to American Saddlebred Show Horses and Hackney ponies, and it’s where world-class instructors teach English Saddleseat riding and prepare adults and children to compete in local and regional horse shows. At Lenux, green pastures under a Carolina blue sky offer a picture-perfect setting for the relationship between horse and trainer, teacher and student, and, ultimately, horse and rider to grow.

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qual to the beauty and tranquility of a Kentucky horse farm, Lenux Stables & Riding Academy is a little piece of paradise for horse enthusiasts in the Lake Norman area.

Saddle Up for Success Quintus and Brooke VanderSpuy, owners of Lenux Stables, are at the heart of that relationship. They exude energy, passion and a love of horses that dates back to their childhoods. Quintus, 33, was born and raised in the Republic of South Africa, and he’s been training American Saddlebred Show Horses for 15 years, with bragging rights to several world champions. Quintus moved to the United States in 1995 and trained with some of the top Saddlebred trainers in the country. Brooke grew up riding horses in Virginia and won a world title in equitation at a very young age. Riding under two of North Carolina’s top trainers,


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The 30 horses at Lenux are well cared for in a 16,000-square-foot facility, which includes 24 stalls, tack rooms, a washing area and a large feed room.

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she spent her high school and college years showing top contenders up and down the East Coast. Brooke graduated from Wake Forest University in 2003. Their paths crossed while they were training, and their October 2004 marriage melded world-class success with an excitement to build a life and business together. Lenux Stables thrives with Quintus’ “horse whisperer” ways as a trainer and Brooke’s gift for teaching. Instructor and trainer Kelly Nadler, who

graduated last year from William Woods University in Fulton, Missouri, a college nationally acclaimed for its programs in equine science, assists the VanderSpuys. “We raise many of our ponies from babies to show in the ring,” explains Quintus. “We also break horses here. We train a horse for a rider, such as when a child gets her first horse. We bring the horse to the child’s ability.” Adds Brooke, “I love working with our riders, both the adults and the kids. Horses are

Grace Kelly listens to Quintus VanderSpuy, who is known as a “horse whisperer.”

Lenux Loves Kids Hanging out at the stables with the horses keeps kids active. At Lenux, riding offers physical exercise and fun, not to mention it gets children outdoors in the fresh air. Riding horses improves balance and coordination, and taking care of the animals teaches kids responsibility. Lenux Stables hosts three weeklong summer camps during the weeks of June 29, August 3 and August 10. Horseback riding camps are for boys and girls ages 4-15; beginner, intermediate and advance camps are offered. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., campers ride, groom, participate in horse games and enjoy crafts. They also drive a horse in a buggy, talk to a local veterinarian, make horse treats and learn about the care and training of horses. For more information, e-mail

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good for kids.” Traci Dudan of Huntersville says the environment at Lenux is positive and healthy for children. Traci’s 7-year-old daughter, Maelee, rides there twice a week. “Brooke and Quintus truly love what they do. Their experience and knowledge is matched with a true love to share with others,” says Traci. “Kids and adults have the opportunity to learn from the best and take it as far as they like. … Not only are Quintus and Brooke passionate experts in their field, they also are professional business people, providing a thoughtful and meticulously organized experience for their riders.” The horse-loving, family environment at Lenux is immediately evident. The VanderSpuy’s 1-yearold son, Miles, is growing up at the stables, and 30

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their three dogs enjoy being part of the daily activities. “This is a family-oriented place — our lives are here,” says Brooke. In addition to Ladies Day on Fridays from noon to 3 p.m., where women enjoy unstructured riding time and fellowship, Lenux also hosts the Carolina Saddle Club. “The kids meet monthly,” says Brooke. “We have about 50 members. There are educational programs and parties, and they participate in

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The Lenux Riding Academy, comprising about 65 riders ages 4 to adult, participates in one to two horse shows a month during the show season, which runs March through November. Last month, riders competed in the Tar Heel Classic Horse Show at Latta Plantation. In May, they will attend the Bonnie Blue National Horse Show in Lexington, Virginia, as well as a show in Gaston County. Quintus’ Amateur Road Pony team won a 2008 World Championship Title. Last year, Maelee Dudan, was the 6-and-under High Points Champion of the Carolinas. While there is no expectation or pressure to participate in shows, Traci says the VanderSpuys prepare the riders well, keeping the experience relaxed and fun. The 30 horses at Lenux also are well cared for in a 16,000-square-foot facility, which includes 24 stalls, tack rooms, a washing area and a large feed room, and a 50-by-50-foot turn-around/indoor riding area. A 200-by-80-foot, fully enclosed indoor ring is also planned for the property. Parents and siblings may wait for a student to complete a lesson in the beautifully appointed lounge, complete with satellite TV, free Wi-Fi Internet and a kitchen. The facility also has a separate viewing room of the outdoor riding ring. The property boasts several riding and driving trails throughout its nine spacious pastures. “We had the barn and the pastures built according to the lay of the land,” says Quintus. There’s also a centrally located park area with stately shade trees. “We have cookouts there and host kids’ birthday parties,” says Brooke. Favorite guests are Lenux’s mascots — miniature horses Moon and Romeo, and miniature donkey JoJo. “We let the kids paint Moon,” says Brooke. “He’s white, and we get out the washable paint.” LNC

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THE SCOOP Lenux Stables & Riding Academy 10610 Kerns Road, Huntersville 704.947.RIDE Lee McCracken is a Charlotte-area free-lance editor and writer who lives in Denver and grew up spending summers on Cayuga Lake in Upstate New York. Since moving to the Charlotte area in 1994, she has written on business, education, health care and real estate for various publications.


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Subconsciously Slender Move over Atkins, hypnosis has the power to help you slim down


he doesn’t use a swinging pocket watch nor does she make people bark like a dog. But Amy Bernstein does hypnotize people, and as a result, they’re shedding pounds.

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The Mooresville-based licensed clinical social worker says hypnosis isn’t fake, and the person being hypnotized is always in control. “All hypnosis is self-hypnosis — it’s a state of deep relaxation with heightened suggestibility and concentration,” explains Bernstein. “It isn’t a magic pill,” she adds, “but it does work very well with just a few sessions.”

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Releasing the weight Last year, a 44-year-old mother dropped 20 pounds in six months after just three sessions with Bernstein. She’s now getting close to her goal weight with regular exercise and better eating habits. Jerry, a 55-year-old construction worker, let go of 10 pounds in the month he underwent hypnotherapy, and he’s continuing to shed weight. By listening to the positive suggestions and affirmations on his hypnosis CD, he finds himself eating more fruits and vegetables, drinking lots of water and walking for exercise. “Hypnosis reaches the subconscious mind, which accounts for 90 percent of our thoughts,

eating must be part of the plan for the hypnosis to work. Most people, she says, can be hypnotized, and success depends on how much people want to change or reach their goal. “It doesn’t have anything to do with being gullible; in fact, to be hypnotized you have to have average to above average intelligence.” Originally from New Jersey, Bernstein earned a degree in communications from N.C. State University and then a bachelor’s of science degree in social work from UNC-Greensboro. In 1997, she earned a master’s degree from the University of South Carolina. She was with Rowan Regional Home Health & Hospice and then Crossroads Behavioral Healthcare before opening a private practice in 2000.

Amy Bernstein understands the power of hypnosis.

habits and behavior,” explains Bernstein. “Daydreaming and experiencing ‘highway hypnosis’ — when you’re driving on the interstate and all of a sudden you find yourself at your exit — are examples of being in a hypnotized state.” Bernstein talks about “reducing weight” or “releasing weight” instead of losing weight because “loss is associated with wanting to find that thing again or get it back,” she explains. In addition, she emphasizes exercise and healthy

The most popular reasons people give hypnotherapy a try, says Bernstein, are for “slimming, smoking and stressing.” Although, given the current state of the economy, anxiety and stress have moved into second place. For clients who are anxious or worried about losing their job or providing for their families, Bernstein reminds them that 80 percent of what most people worry about never happens, and 15 percent isn’t anything they can control … which leaves only 5 percent to deal with, “and that’s really quite good,” she says. The hypnosis affirmations and suggestions might include these statements: “I do the best I can with the resources I have at this moment in time,” or “I have successfully ended the worry habit, and am embracing a new habit ... a good habit in which I radiate confidence and a positive outlook.” She encourages clients to use EFT (see page 38) with positive thoughts, such as, “Life is abundant ... I have all I need. This too shall pass. I am safe and protected.” Whether clients tap their stress away at the beginning of the workday or while sitting in the driveway after driving home and before greeting their family, “EFT is very calming,” says Bernstein.


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Bernstein has been a hypnotherapist and psychotherapist for more than 10 years, following training through the American Institute of Hypnosis. “My husband was hypnotized in 1998 to stop procrastinating and get the computer certification he needed for his job,” she says. It worked so well, Bernstein knew hypnosis was something she wanted to offer her clients. Believing the Message Clients spend about 90 minutes with Bern-

stein on their first visit. Subsequent sessions last from 60 to 90 minutes. The first part of the session involves counseling, during which clients discuss behaviors or habits they want to change, as well as the goals they have for the hypnotherapy. The second part is the hypnosis itself, which only takes about 25 minutes. Clients sit in a recliner chair, put on headphones and begin to relax to soft music and the sound of Bernstein’s voice. Bernstein is seated at her desk just a few




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feet away and speaks into a microphone. Once her clients have reached a relaxed state, she talks to them in a pleasant, melodic voice. Bernstein tapes the entire session, and clients are encouraged to listen to it daily. “It takes three weeks to change a habit,” she explains. “Clients use their hypnosis CD as a booster.” Bernstein emphasizes that the positive suggestions and affirmations must be believable and realistic. A chocoholic can’t be hypnotized to believe a candy bar is poisonous or tastes like dog poop, she says. Tapping Into Control Binging In addition to going home with a personalized CD of their hypnosis session, clients also learn EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques). Cravings for sweets can be controlled with EFT. Developed by Stanford University engineer Gary Craig and based on the work of psychologist Dr. Roger Callahan, EFT involves tapping on the body’s energy points while focusing on a positive resolution (e.g., “I’m not hungry — I’d rather drink a refreshing glass of cold water”). “It’s similar to acupuncture and acupressure but uses tapping to regain balance or get rid of negativity,” explains Bernstein. “There are 15 spots on the face and upper body a person can tap. It helps to control cravings and binges.” Because the inner wrist and various points on the hand are some of the energy points, people can use EFT inconspicuously at work or just about anywhere. “EFT basically is rebooting your internal computer,” says Bernstein, adding that most people find themselves more mindful and motivated toward their goal. LNC

THE SCOOP For further information about Lakeside Counseling & Hypnotherapy or to talk with Amy Bernstein, go to www.lakesidetherapy. com or call 704.252.1568. Lee McCracken is a Charlotte-area free-lance editor and writer who lives in Denver and grew up spending summers on Cayuga Lake in Upstate New York. Since moving to the Charlotte area in 1994, she has written on business, education, health care and real estate for various publications.


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n November 2007, Tom Ross, president of Davidson College, signed his name on the most unusual of contracts. It wasn’t a purchase order for a new fleet of vehicles or an arrangement with a new college vendor. It was the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment declaring that Davidson College would help address global warming by achieving carbon neutrality and developing the capability of its students to help society do the same.

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The commitment wasn’t just idealism captured on paper. With his signature, Ross pledged that the college would conduct an annual greenhouse gas audit, designate someone with professional organizational responsibility to coordinate and monitor the school’s efforts to address climate change, begin immediately addressing the issue with at least two actions that demonstrated its commitment, develop and implement a plan with specific targets and a timeline to achieve carbon neutrality, and share its plans and progress reports with fellow institutions. Ultimately, the college’s Sustainability Office staff tabulated the college’s net greenhouse gas

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emissions for the 2008 fiscal year as 23,387 metric tons of CO2e. But what are greenhouse gas emissions and CO2e? What does it mean to the rest of us? And what can we learn from Davidson College’s efforts? Here, Davidson College schools us on easy first steps in going green. What is a carbon footprint? Put simply, a carbon footprint measurement captures the impact one’s actions have on the environment, spe-


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Reduce your bottled water intake. One of the first steps Davidson College took in its journey towards carbon neutrality was to greatly reduce the bottled water intake on campus. “If one fills a plastic water bottle a third of the way, that is how much oil it takes to make it. Even if the bottle gets recycled, it still has to be hauled away,” says Ross. “There is a carbon usage to recycling it, and it doesn’t completely break down and so it’s not a pure process.” Instead of offering countless water bottles at functions, the college now offers pitchers of waters and fully degradable cups made from corn starch that can be put through the college’s composting system. In the first two months with this new system, Kealey Devoy, the sustainability fellow who carries out a significant amount of the daily business regarding the college’s carbon neutral vision, calculated that the school went from using 7,020 to 200 water bottles, a 97% reduction, saving the college $10,000. Your Homework: Americans drink 56 billion 16-ounce bottles a year (1.5 million barrels of oil are required for that production) and fewer than 25 percent are recycled. Make it a non-issue by purchasing reusable aluminum bottles at www. You can also join the reusable bag craze to reduce the amount of oil and trees we use to manufacture plastic and paper bags.

vealed that very few people used any recyclable paper for their printing. By just making people aware of that statistic and reminding them about the availability of printer paper with high recycled content, that number went up dramatically. Consider how much you print. The college’s Information Technology Services department recently instituted PawPrint, a system that requires students to be physically present and engaged in the printing process. Because

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On Course | by Mike Savicki Photos courtesy of The Point Lake and Golf Club

Designed by Greg Norman, the golf course at The Point Lake and Golf Club in Mooresville offers challenges with every hole.


rom cobblestone streets, gas lanterns and brick sidewalks to a sprawling town green protected by a white picket fence, The Point Lake and Golf Club in Mooresville is a Nantucket-inspired community that offers a host of resort-style amenities. One of its most popular features is a breathtakingly beautiful â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and difficult â&#x20AC;&#x201D;18-hole golf experience, where surviving the water is par for the course.

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Building a community Established in 1999, The Point Lake and Golf Club

is a full-service, resort community that offers an activity or program for every member of the family. At the center of the community is a 14-acre, 10-building village that contains a meeting house, general store, tavern, pro shop and family activities center surrounding a village green. To get to the village green, residents and guests pass through neighborhoods whose names resemble the colonial towns and villages of Massachusetts, Cape Cod and the Islands. General Manager, Marc Tingle says the village is the gathering point and heart of the community. “It is where people come to meet and socialize,” he says. “From there, they can jump off as they please. There is not a club in the area that has facilities like ours from the general store to the Lake Club to the swim and tennis facilities and the golf course.” In addition to a full slate of golf, tennis and swim-

Hole No. 7 offers beautiful views of Lake Norman.

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Hole No. 13 at The Point.

A Pro’s Point of View… Chris Hensler says The Point’s back nine are some of the most challenging and beautiful golf holes you will find anywhere. To add to your golf experience, he suggests you keep these thoughts in mind when you turn the corner. • The most difficult hole on the course is number 10. I’ll run into players who haven’t played here in years, and they tell me they still have nightmares about it. The hole is a long dogleg right that requires an accurate tee shot followed by a demanding second shot around water that guards the green. To coin a phrase I hear often, “It’s just a beast.” • Thirteen is one of my favorite holes. It is a beautiful little hole with the lake right beside it running right up to the green. It’s a fun par three. • Number 14 has an incredible channel view right behind it. Standing on the fairway is breathtaking. I feel like I’m at the coast overlooking a massive expanse of water. The green runs right down to the water like an endless pool. • If your ball rolls into the trap behind 17, you might as well just pick up. The trap is a white beach more suited for beach chairs than a sand wedge. I think it is one of Greg Norman’s trademarks on this course. • Fourteen, 16, 17 and 18. You can pull your boat right up to these holes and check out the action. What a great way to see the end of a round. And it only happens here because of the way the course was set up. • The view from the 17th fairway looking toward 18, the clubhouse and the village is picturesque. It’s as good as it gets anywhere. 43

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It’s not uncommon for boaters to float in for a closer look at Hole No. 18.

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When Crescent, the developers of The Point, began planning a new community along a picturesque, lakefront acreage, they decided to do things a bit differently. Instead of designing a golf course that fit into a master residential plan, they hired legendary golf designer Greg Norman to first create a signature golf course on the property around which an 850-home village would then be planned. Instead of building a single clubhouse to support the golf course, they built an entire village to enhance a community. And in addition to simply offering traditional country club amenities, they expanded their programming to include a full menu of activities for adults, children and empty nesters.

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ming instructional programs for adults and children, The Point offers a host of other activities for every member of the family. “Our programming is what sets us apart,” explains Jen Huskey, membership director. “We have activities for our nearly 1,300 juniors, plus programs that appeal to almost every one of our members no matter their age or interest.” These activities include soccer clinics, flag football, lacrosse, kids-in-the-kitchen classes, kids’ pizza and movie nights, ladies conditioning, Pilates, power and classic yoga, body sculpting and Zumba. “We want our members to feel like their home is also their vacation destination,” adds Tingle. “We do this by paying attention to the little things that make vacations so appealing and bringing them back into every day at The Point.” Under par and over water A round of golf on the par 72 “Point Lake” course is one of the most popular activities for members and guests. And it makes sense that a round involves the water. Fourteen of the 18 holes either have a view of the water, play over the water or run alongside it. The course sits on some

of the most picturesque acreage of Lake Norman. Keeping that in mind, Greg Norman went to extra lengths to design an inspiring layout that uses the water both to challenge and reward the golfer. “We are one of only a very limited number of Greg Norman ‘Signature’ courses,” says Chris Hensler, assistant golf professional. “It starts with the way he built the course to test the golfer with water, continues to the way he rewards you with breathtaking views from almost every hole, and even extends to the way we maintain and improve the course, keeping nature and the environment in mind. That is even hard for some of the nicer courses out on the coast. “And since we are such a family friendly club,” adds Hensler, “developing juniors is a priority of mine. One of my goals as the person who runs the junior program is to make it the premiere junior program in the state of North Carolina. I think it is a realistic goal because of the support of the community and the growing number of junior players we have here at The Point.” The Point’s golf staff also makes it a priority to help all golfers improve their game. In addition to offering a host of instructional plans, the staff

recently introduced a new, complimentary lesson program. On Red Flag Fridays, golfers looking for simple swing tips can post a small red flag behind them on the driving range, and a golf professional will stop by and offer a complimentary 10-minute tune-up. Tingle believes The Point Lake and Golf Club is ultimately a resort without lodging. “Whether our members come by land or water to enjoy the pool, the golf course or the village, they return home feeling like they are a part of a community and not a club,” he says. “We try to create a feeling here and you see it every single day as we build our tradition.” LNC After completing his graduate work at Duke University, Mike Savicki moved from Boston to Lake Norman, where he has lived and worked for 15 years. An adventurer as much as a writer, he has completed marathons, triathlons and multi-sport races around the world. He writes locally and nationally and was a contributing writer and editorial team member for “The Adversity Advantage,” published by Fireside, a division of Simon and Schuster, in 2007.

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The Galley | by Cathy Swiney photos courtesy of Lisa Rose Little girls get to practice being a princess at Lisa Rose in Cornelius.

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Zakar, who has been in the party business for 10 years, opened Lisa Rose (which combines her first name and her mother’s) in downtown Cornelius in January. It follows in the footsteps of one she continues to operate in Honolulu, Hawaii. Zakar moved to the Lake Norman area and subsequently opened her second business when her oldest daughter enrolled at Davidson College. “I saw a need for this,” Zakar says. “There’s

not much in this area for birthday parties for kids. Parents enjoy it because they can sit and relax — we do all the work.” Fun for sweet tooths The two-hour parties are targeted to girls ages 4-12, although Zakar says she has hosted 16-year-olds and has prom dresses for those occasions. Most celebrations take place on weekends, but she says she sees a lot of preschoolaged parties during the week. In addition to private tea parties, Zakar also offers special walk-in days on which girls can come in for one hour of dress-up fun and a light snack. This summer she plans on offering etiquette classes for girls and boys. A variety of candy, plus homemade scones in yummy flavors such as Cinnamon Smear and Blueberry Streusel, fill the first floor of Lisa Rose.


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Top Five Ingredients An enchanting tea party requires an enchanting location, and the three-level Lisa Rose fits the bill. The spot actually serves a dual purpose. Children — and adults with a sweet tooth — will be charmed when they enter off of Catawba Avenue into a whimsical retail sweet shop. Crisp white and pale yellow walls bearing colorful polka dots support shelves laden with plastic containers filled with sweets ranging from old-fashioned hard candies to rock candy to gummies. For those not into candy, Zakar has turned to a friend, Cathy Ober, to make scones. On any given day, Cinnamon Smear, Blueberry Streusel, Orange Poppyseed, Chocolate Chip or Oatmeal Raisin scones beckon from under the glass dome of a pedestal server. The two upper levels, with accent walls painted in hot pink, are devoted to private fairy tale tea parties. The fun begins on the third level where young ladies transform into princesses by selecting a costume. It will no doubt be hard to choose just one from the many princess and tea party dresses in pink, purple and yellow, adorned with lace and ruffles. Zakar also has king, knight and wizard

costumes for boys in attendance. Party Time Once properly attired, the party heads to the middle floor for hair styling, and a little make up and fingernail polish before entering an accessory closet filled with glittering shoes, sparkling earrings and colorful boas. A photo shoot and fashion show follow before guests gather at the table for the princess tea party. “Once the girls put on the dresses, they are little ladies,” Zakar says. After a brief lesson in table manners, kidfriendly food arrives at the lace-topped table, set DIG IN Pricing: Complete princess tea party packages range from $225 for four people to $395 for 12 (reservations are required). In the sweet shop, candy prices range from $2.50-$6.75 for self-filled containers, while bulk is $6 per pound. Scones are $2.25 each. Lisa Rose 21343 Catawba Avenue., Cornelius 704.892.8100 Hours: Tue-Sat, 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

• Beautiful smiles on the faces of tea party attendees. • Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches cut into heart shapes. • An accessory room filled with princess must-haves. • The candy shop – remember lipstick candy? • Cinnamon scones for adult tastes. with white china, dainty teacups and pink napkins. With Disney princess music playing in the background, the luncheon begins with carrot sticks and Ranch dressing, grapes, cheese cubes, fish-shaped crackers and lemonade. Next up comes heart-shaped sandwiches filled with peanut butter and jelly or turkey. The meal ends with yellow Princess Cupcakes topped with pink buttercream icing and flowers, and assorted candy from the sweet shop. “It’s fun creating memories and experiences for the girls,” Zakar says. LNC Free-lance writer Cathy Swiney, a Huntersville resident, has spent several years covering the restaurant scene in the Lake Norman area.

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The Food: An extensive sushi menu serves as the star of this show. Choose from special creations such as the Wildcat Roll filled with crab, shrimp tempura and avocado or the Volcano Roll, offering salmon, tuna and yellowtail deep-fried in a special sauce. The Spicy Tuna Roll is also a huge hit If you still equate sushi with bait, no worries, as Sabi offer a vast selection of Asian entrees such as Spicy Mango Chicken, Dragon & Phoenix (Sabi’s signature red curry shrimp with General Tso’s Chicken) and Pad Thai Noodles. For die-hard westerners, there’s Louisiana Blue Crab Cakes, The Butterboy Filet (an eight-ounce, center-cut tenderloin stuffed with fresh crabmeat) and Ginger Horseradish Salmon. The Scene: With a combination of rustic hardwoods and stained concrete floors accented with light gray walls, Sabi has a

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fell in love with Zinfandel at a gas station. Around the lake, many years ago, the only place to find a decent bottle of wine was at what was then the Amoco station on West Catawba Avenue in Cornelius. In those days, the only thing the name Birkdale conjured up was a place in England where the British Open golf tournament was played. How times have changed.

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Back to the Amoco. One evening my wife, Mary Ellen, and I headed off to a wine tasting at the gas station — I’ve always liked the way that sounds. The featured wines were Zinfandels. Apart from the ubiquitous White Zinfandel, I was a stranger to this grape. Well, that night the world got better.

Who’s Your Daddy? Zinfandel is America’s grape. I don’t know that it’s grown anywhere else in the world. It emerged at the time of the gold rush, quenching the thirst of the hoards of prospectors who flooded into California. Where did it come from? Zinfandel has long been suspected of being a close relative of the Primitivo grape from southern Italy. Recently, DNA testing (yes, there are wine wonks that do that kind of thing) determined that both Zinfandel and Primitivo are descendants of a Croatian grape called Crljenak Kaštelanski. 51

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Depth of Character Zinfandels are intense wines. They’re normally high in alcohol; levels of 14 or 15 percent are not rare. Normally, high-octane wine bombs irritate me. Their main function seems to be shouting for attention at wine tastings in order to get a high rating, which quite often happens — kind of a squeaky wheel thing. These wines are not my cup of tea — or cup of anything else for that matter. Zinfandels are different. They have a character and depth that woos you. In this case, the elevation of alcohol level serves to bring out the hidden character of the grape. Zinfandels are complex, almost deep and mysterious. The wine has a deep, dark color. There are deep black and red fruit aromas. And behind all that is a spicy and peppery component. The other night I sipped a Zinfandel from the Alderbrook winery in Dry Creek Valley, and I simply couldn’t get the aroma of eucalyptus out of my mind. It was splendid.

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Crljenak Kastelanski wines are tough to get a hold of around the lake — even if you could pronounce the grape to order one. Primitivo is easier to find, so I’ve had fun doing a taste comparison. Actually it’s not a fair competition. Of the siblings, Zinfandel is definitely the big brother. By comparison, Primitivo seems almost empty and watery. Drunk in isolation, it’s certainly not a bad wine, but my heart is with Zinfandel. Around this time of year, Mary Ellen and I head out to Dry Creek Valley in Sonoma to spend time with our winemaking friends. It’s a blast. The Winegrowers of Dry Creek Valley put on a weekend party where winegrowers open their wineries to the public and serve food that complements their wine. You get to graze through the valley, sipping as you go. The real plus is that we get to spend quality time with some of our favorite people. In my mind, getting to know a winemaker’s philosophy and tasting with the winemaker is the only way to really get to know a wine. And the fact that Dry Creek Valley is such a beautiful setting is icing on the cake.

Easy to find, easy on the wallet Zinfandels are easily available all around the lake, and they’re not too expensive. It’s difficult to pick out a favorite. One caveat; don’t be overly swayed by the description of “Old Vine” or “Ancient Vine” on a label. These designations are, in general, meaningless. There are no laws ruling on what can be called old or ancient. Here’s where your wine merchant comes in. He or she will know the producers they have on their shelves and can guide you to the ones where old and ancient may have some relevancy. Having said that, wines that really do come from older vines tend to be deeper, more intense and more complex. So, search for wines that truly fit the description. Of the ones that you can easily find, I like Saint Francis, Seghesio Family Vineyards and Bonny Doone. I’ve seen Alderbrook on a few wine lists. If you find one, go for it. My favorite is made by my friend Michael Talty of Talty Vineyards and Winery. This wine is beautiful. I’ve shared some with wine lovers


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riginally, the idea was to simply spruce up the unfinished space above the garage, giving Keith Peabody his own man cave and a place to display all his sports and NASCAR memorabilia. It turned into a yearlong renovation project — including a state-of-the-art observatory — that completely transformed the Peabody’s lakefront home in Sherrills Ford.

“Yes, of course it was my idea,” laughs Cynthia Peabody, a CPA and budding astronomer. She explains that it all started when Jennifer Pippin of Pippin Home Designs came over to discuss the project, and asked if there was anything else she wanted to change about the house. “ I told her I didn’t like coming inside because I could really only see the lake from outside on the porch,” recalls Cynthia. The problem was that the house, which was built in 1994 and sits on about an acre of land, wasn’t configured to take advantage of its great location. Instead, it was “focused inward,” Cynthia explains. With that in mind, the renovation plans were dramatically expanded to rearrange and open the home’s layout, while enhancing its flow and functionality. Lots of windows and outdoor living spaces were added as well, turning it into a truly idyllic dwelling, complete with a one-of-a-kind stargazing retreat. Opening up Built by Willis Spivey of Spivey Homes, the

renovation features many dramatic changes. One of which occurred when the existing porch on the lakeside of the house was enclosed to expand the inside living space with a new great room and dining area. The kitchen, which previously faced the street and looked onto a brick wall, was also moved lakeside. In addition, giant windows were added to provide grand, sweeping views. “I used to sit outside until dark so I could see the lake,” says Cynthia. “Now we can eat dinner and just hang out and see the water. It totally changed everything.” In an effort to expand the outside living space, the home’s original deck was removed, and a new, more functional multi-level patio and deck were built, which tie into the kitchen, dining and lounge areas. The patio contains lots of comfy chairs and couches, a grilling station and a personal plunge pool, which is essentially an extra deep Jacuzzi — an idea Cynthia got while vacationing in the Caribbean. It’s a tranquil setting, and one that takes advantage of the yard’s lush landscaping and 400 feet of shoreline property. “Now that the weather is nice,

Top: Built in 1994, the Peabody’s home sits on an acre of land in Sherrills Ford. Left: The renovation involved opening the home’s layout to bring the outside in. Right: Cynthia Peabody operates her pride and joy, a Meade LX200-ACF telescope. Below: Keith Peabody’s man cave features a vast collection of NASCAR memorabilia.

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we spend a lot of time on the patio cooking out and just enjoying the view,” says Keith. “We even had a mister system installed to cool us off.” Of course, another one of Keith’s favorite parts of the house is his new sports room. With a stairway leading up to it from the kitchen, it’s the ultimate testosterone retreat. Sleek and modern looking, the room is painted an electric blue and has a bar, pool table and four big cushy chairs situated in front of a giant projection TV. The walls are adorned with sports and NASCAR memorabilia, including six stock car hoods and more than a dozen footballs signed by different Carolina Panthers. The sports room ties into the upper deck and connects to the second-story master bedroom, which was bumped out towards the lake into the area of an unused deck. A stairway was also added, which leads up to the third floor where you’ll find Cynthia’s new observatory.

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A room with a view The observatory, which is about 200 square feet, contains a custom-made glass dome, which opens 180 degrees to the outside and rotates to access a 360-degree view. There’s a small seating area with a couple of chairs, and a few steps that take guests up to a custom metal platform and the Meade LX200ACF, a super fancy telescope that is Cynthia’s pride and joy. Cynthia explains that she became interested in stargazing in 2003 when the Earth made its closest approach to Mars in nearly 60,000 years. “I bought my first telescope, and the next day I took it back and got a bigger one. Then I took that one back and got a bigger one. I really got hooked.” But these early telescopes were nothing compared to the high-tech, 166-pound behemoth she has now. “When I first got it, I didn’t know how to operate it. I finally had someone program it for me and teach me how to use it,” remembers Cynthia. “It’s even got a GPS unit, and I can program it where to go. I love it.” Once the total renovation project was finished in late 2007, the home’s square footage increased from about 2,200 to 3,500 (it’s nearly 5,000 square feet, including the garage, porches and decks). The transformation has been dramatic, the Peabodys say, and it’s unlike any other home on Lake Norman. “It’s pretty much a new house,” says Cynthia. “It’s a lot more to clean, I’ll tell you that,” adds Keith. “But I’m not complaining; it’s beautiful.” LNC 56

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Move over Coca-Cola 600, there’s a new May race in town. While it might not feature high-profile drivers such as Carl Edwards or Jimmie Johnson, the LifeSpan & Speedway Children’s Charities Turbo Turtle Race certainly has its fair share of cute competitors — think 10,000 little plastic turtles bobbing up and down to the finish line. On Saturday, May 9, Lake Norman hosts its first ever Turbo Turtle Race at Midtown Sundries in Cornelius. The event benefits LifeSpan, a non-profit organization that helps children and adults with developmental disabilities, as well as Speedway Children’s Charities, a nonprofit which helps care for children in educational, financial, social and medical need. “We were looking for a unique way to raise funds and awareness for our organization,” says Nancy McEneny, director of community affairs and development for LifeSpan. “Our goal is to get 10,000 turtles adopted at $5

apiece.” The organizations are working with Great American Merchandise & Events (GAME) out of Phoenix, Arizona to produce the event. “They rent out turtles or ducks,” explains McEneny. “You go to their little ‘turtle university,’ and you learn how to run one of these races.” At 3:30 p.m. on race day, 10,000 fake turtles will be dumped from boats into a closed course in the cove beside Midtown. From there, they’ll race to the finish line. “The current actually flows the proper direction there. That’s to our advantage. We’re going to have a couple of Jet Skis in the water just in case they don’t do what they’re supposed to do,” says McEneny. “We did a test run

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with two, and they made it to the finish line in 30 minutes. …. With 10,000, we’re thinking that they will be done in 10 to 15 minutes.” When you’re not watching the turtles duke it out, you can enjoy kid’s activities, including sandcastle building and jump houses, and live music. “Midtown has arranged for bands all day long from 2 p.m. until the evening,” says McEneny. “It’s going to be just a really fun day at the lake.” – LKT THE SCOOP The LifeSpan & Speedway Children’s Charities Turbo Turtle Race takes place on Saturday, May 9 from 2-5 p.m. at Midtown Sundries in Cornelius. The race starts at 3:30 p.m. rain or shine. If you are interested in adopting a turtle, visit The deadline for adopting a turtle is 5 p.m. Friday, May 8, and the cost is $5 per turtle.

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 Concerts

Concerts on the Green (May 10 and May 24) The Carter Brothers perform at Davidson’s Concerts on the Green series on May 10. Sound Barrier performs on May 24. Bring lawn chairs, blankets and a picnic. 6-8 p.m. Free. Davidson Village Green (corner of Main Street and Concord Road), Davidson,

2009 Fun at Five Concert Series (May 20) The Band of Gold kicks off this new concert series in Mooresville. 5 p.m. Free. Sponsored by the Mooresville Recreation Department. Mooresville Town Square, 279 Williamson Road (intersection of Williamson Road and Brawley School Road),704.663.7026, www.

Cornelius Concert Series (May 31) Ms. Jones and the Velvetones perform as part of the Cornelius Concert Series. A versatile band covering styles ranging from jazz to rhythm and blues to Motown and reggae to pop. Bring lawn chairs and blankets. 3 p.m. Free. Front lawn of Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, 19600 Zion Street, Cornelius, 704.892.8566,

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Boating Safety Classes (May 16) With the summer season coming quickly upon us, it’s a good time to sharpen your boating safety skills with classes offered by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. BS & S Core Course, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. $45. Shepherd’s Fire Department, 2014 Charlotte Highway, Mooresville, 704.663.3333.

Boat Safety Course (May 18) The Lake Norman Company and SeaTow are offering a free boat safety course to all marina tenants of the Lake Norman Company at North Harbor Marina, South Harbor Marina, Waterstreet Marina and Vineyard Point Marina. All attendees will receive an introduction to boat safety certification. Reservations recommended. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. North Harbor Club in the Boathouse, 100-D North Harbor Place, Davidson, 704.896.3350, ext. 11.

Vessel Safety Check (May 23 and May 30) The Lake Norman Sail and Power Squadron

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Meeting Street Market (every Tuesday) Enjoy fresh produce at the farmer’s market at Morrison Plantation. 5 p.m. until dark. Free. Morrison Plantation, Mooresville (in the

parking lot behind the live/work townhomes near Bruster’s),

Davidson Farmer’s Market (every Saturday) Stock up on local food and produce as you socialize with your neighbors. 8 a.m.-noon. Free. Next to Davidson Town Hall between Main and Jackson Streets, www.

Downtown Mooresville Cruise In (May 2) Attracting as many as 600 classic vehicles on the first Saturday of every month, the Downtown Mooresville Cruise In takes you back in time — in a good way. 3-8 p.m. Free. Downtown Mooresville, 704.224.4117, www.

Grin Kids Comedy Night (May 2) Comedian Frankie Paul brings his wits to town for a night of comedy and charity. Proceeds benefit Ace & TJ’s Grin Kids. 9:30 p.m., doors open at 8:30 p.m. $30. The Lake Norman Comedy Zone, inside the Galway Hooker, Kenton Place, Cornelius, 704.621.6373,

Miss Race City USA Scholarship Pageant (May 2) Young ladies compete for the titles of Race Teen Princess and Miss Race City USA. Proceeds go to Ace & TJ’s Grin Kids. 7 p.m. $10, $5 students, children under 3 free. Mooresville High School, the Roland R. Morgan Auditorium, 659 East Center Ave., Mooresville, 704.664.3898.

Civil War Soldiers (May 2-3) The 49th North Carolina Troops demonstrate drills, camp life, firing demos and more. Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sun 1-4 p.m. Free with regular admission. Historic Latta Plantation, 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville, 704.875.2312, www.

On the Corner of Art and Main (May 8) Downtown Mooresville shows its artistic side with its monthly ArtWalk. 6-9 p.m. Free. Downtown Mooresville, 704.664.2414, www.artworksonmain. com.

Inaugural Jetton Park Sprint Triathlon (May 9) Athletes swim, bike and run to the finish line at the Inaugural Jetton Park Sprint Triathlon. Proceeds benefit Ace & TJ’s Grin Kids and Hope House Foundation. Race starts at 8 a.m., packet pick-up at 6:30 a.m. $55 entry fee. Jetton Park, Cornelius, 704.661.0289, www.

LifeSpan & Speedway Children’s Charities Turbo Turtle Run (May 9) Enjoy children’s activities, food, beverages, live bands and most importantly, the Turbo Turtle Race featuring 10,000 turtles (fake, plastic turtles) competing in a closed course on Lake Norman. 2-5 p.m., race starts a 3:30 p.m. Free. Midtown Sundries, 18665 Harborside Drive, Cornelius,

Crossroads Charlotte (May 13) The Social Justice Committee of Davidson United Methodist Church presents Crossroads Charlotte, a four-part film that explores four plausible scenarios regarding Charlotte’s future. 6:30- 8 p.m. Free. Davidson United Methodist Church, 233 S. Main Street, Davidson, 704.892.8277, www. Helping Paws Dog Show (May 16) Enjoy a showcase of dogs while you help our furry friends in the community. Dog show competition categories include: Best Trick, Best Groomed, Best Personality and Best in Show. Proceeds benefit local animal shelters. 3-6 p.m. $2 donation. Woodlawn School, Presbyterian Road, Davidson, Charlotte Dragonboat Festival (May 16) Corporate and community teams paddle for charity while enjoying an Asian festival filled with food, performances and crafts. 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Ramsey Creek Park, 18441 Nantz Road, Cornelius,

Living History Day (May 23) Latta Plantation comes to life with period demonstrations of blacksmithing, gunsmithing, weaving, spinning, open-hearth cooking and more. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $6, $5 seniors 62 and over, $5 students, free children 5 and under. Historic Latta Plantation, 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville, 704.875.2312,

 Festivals

Town Day (May 2) Enjoy this Davidson tradition filled with carnival games, food, art, vendors and entertainment. Children’s activities include inflatables, a sand box and a duck pond. The “Flex Flyer” will also return. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Davidson Village Green (corner of Main Street and Concord Road), Davidson, The Race City Festival — A Celebration of Mooresville Arts & Culture (May 16) Local merchants plus more than 100 vendor booths featuring arts and culture, entertainment, community organizations, music, wineries, and more offer a fun-filled day. Don’t miss the international food court and children’s area. 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. Free. Downtown Mooresville, along Main and Broad Streets, 704.664.3898, www.

Race City Pit Stop (May 22) Celebrate Speed Week with Nextel Cup show cars, driver simulators, pit stop demos and a live auction. Proceeds benefit Serenity House. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Downtown Mooresville, 704.677.2779.


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 Galleries

Depot Fine Arts Gallery Monthly

Artworks on Main Monthly exhibitions. Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat 9 a.m.-2 p.m. 165 North Main Street, Mooresville, 704.664.2414,

exhibitions. Tue-Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sun 1-4 p.m. 103 W. Center Ave., Mooresville, 704.663.6661,

Christa Faut Gallery The Family Jewels

Monthly exhibitions. Tue-Fri 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 112 S. Main St., Mooresville, 704.662.7154,

Four Corners Framing and Gallery

Small Paintings for Hard Times features the work of Herb Jackson. Through June 30. Tue-Fri 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat 10 a.m.-3 p.m. or by appointment, reception with the artist May 2, 4-6 p.m. Jetton Village, 19818 North Cove Road, Suite E3, Cornelius, 704.892-5312,

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

Cornelius Town Hall Gallery Belinda B. Armstrong Exhibit features the work of Davidson artist, Belinda B. Armstrong. Her most recent work is influenced by artists Chuck Close and Romare Bearden. Through May 29. Mon-Fri 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Cornelius Town Hall, 21445 Catawba Avenue, Cornelius, 704.896.2460, www.

Merrill-Jennings Galleries Monthly exhibitions. Mon-Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 463 S. Main St., Davidson, 704.895.1213, www. So Alive Gallery Works in all mediums by local artists. Tue-Fri 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Sun noon-2 p.m. 108 S. Main St., Davidson, 704.892.0044.

Creative Art Exchange, The Cornelius Arts Center Gallery Roots, Smoke, Airplane,

Van Every/Smith Galleries, Katherine and Tom Belk Visual Arts Center

a monoprint exhibit by Felicia van Bork. Through May 2. Art in Hand. Dione Goyette’s vision of having local artists design playing cards is on display. May 4-29. Mon-Thu 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Fri and Sat by appointment, launch party and art auction on May 16, 6-9 p.m.

The 2009 Student Juried Exhibition highlights the work of art majors and non-art majors during the academic year. Through May 6. Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat-Sun noon-4 p.m. Davidson College, 315 N. Main Street, Davidson, 704.894.2519,

 Teens

Rock Band Fridays at Ben & Jerry’s (May 1) Whether or not you play an instrument,

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you can try your hand at being in a rock band by playing guitar, drums or even singing. 3-6 p.m., 7-10 p.m. Free. Ben & Jerry’s, 202 S. Main Street, Davidson.

 Theatre

Seussical (May 8-9) Based on the works of Dr. Seuss, Seussical delights audiences of all ages. The students at Pine Lake Preparatory perform this musical filled with fun tales. May 8, 7:30 p.m.; May 9, 7 p.m. $12 at the door, $10 advance, $6 Pine Lake Prep students and staff. Duke Family Performance Hall, Davidson College,

The House at Pooh Corner (Through May 9) Davidson Community Players’ Connie Company presents this touching story by A.A. Milne. Adapted by Bettye Knapp with original music by Wilmer H. Welsh, this children’s classic follows Christopher Robin as he sets out on an adventure with Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore, Tigger and the rest of the gang. Recommended for ages 4 and up. May 1, 4:30 p.m.; May 2, 10 a.m., 2 p.m.; May 3, 2 p.m.; May 8, 4:30 p.m.; May 9, 10 a.m., 2 p.m. $7. Armour Street Theatre, 307 Armour Street, Davidson, 704.892.7918,

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eff and Sheila Wakeman are avid athletes. Jeff does adventure races and triathlons, while Sheila runs marathon — big marathons such as the one in Boston. Their love of competition and their yearning to do something for their community prompted the Cornelius couple to create the Jetton Park Sprint Triathlon. On May 9 at 8 a.m., they’ll see their vision come to life as 500 participants swim, bike and run to the finish line.

by Lori K. Tate

On Your Mark

Swim, bike and run for a good cause at the inaugural Jetton Park Sprint Triathlon

Lake Norman Currents | May 2009

A dedicated athlete, Jeff Wakeman competes in adventure races and triathlons throughout the year.

“It was after Christmas about a year ago that Jeff said, ‘Well, what do you think about starting a triathlon?” recalls Sheila, who took a liking to the idea instantly. “Triathlons have become so popular especially in the North and South Carolina region.” Fueled by their own excitement, the Wakemans began researching local charities to benefit from their endeavor. Huntersville’s Hope House Foundation and Ace & TJ’s Grin Kids won out. Hope House Foundation helps homeless women and their children attain self-sufficiency in the Lake Norman area, and Ace & TJ’s Grin Kids helps children who are terminally ill and chronically disabled. “We decided on those two charities, and then we formed Wakeman Charities, Inc.,” explains Sheila. “This is our first event raising money. We’ve raised over $25,000 in sponsorships so far. Our goal is to have this be an annual event.” This multi-sport race includes a 750-meter swim at Jetton Park followed by a 20-kilometer bike ride and a 5-kilometer run. All legs of the event are contained within the Jetton Road area. Sheila says it will take approximately 75 to 100 volunteers to power the event. “We’re trying to pull together a silent auction. I had somebody donate a beach house. I’ve had some spa packages, some restaurant packages,” says Sheila, adding that Brooklyn South will provide all of the food for the post-race celebration. “We have great door prizes.” The Wakemans plan to cap the race at 500 participants. At press time, more than 300 people had signed up. There is a $55 fee to compete, and relay teams are welcome. “I feel very proud of what we’ve done,” says Sheila. “Our hope LN NC NC is that maybe each year we’ll select a different charity.” LLNC THE SCOOP The Inaugural Jetton Park Sprint Triathlon is Saturday, May 9 at Jetton Park in Cornelius. Packet pick-up begins at 6:30 a.m., and the race starts at 8 a.m. To register, visit www. If you are interested in volunteering, call 704.661.0289 or e-mail


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