LNC November 2015

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Currents Up close with David Marsh



A year-round lakeside playground

War Room’s Gary Wheeler Six local artisans share their passion






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10 The Main Channel 30 Rip Currents 16 Porthole — Art What’s hip at Lake Norman

Our Towns Habitat for Humanity Hopebuilders Breakfast, Tom Cotter’s 17th Annual Woody Party and Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce’s 10th Annual Public Safety Awards

18 Captain’s Chair

Gary Wheeler’s War Room turned heads across the country

Six local artisans share their passion for creating

44 T houghts from the Man Cave The Pender Family’s Ties

he Galley with 20 Game Changers 47 TLynn and Glenn

Tom Watson and Susan Bartlett make guests feel welcome in Davidson

The Pearl opens for lunch

24 Rip Currents — Style 50 G rapevine 52 G ame On 60 H omeport A beautiful bounty


Perfection at Pilot Mountain

The evolution of David Marsh


The pleasure principle of lakeside living

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Taste of Habitat, sheepdogs and Musically Yours

72 L ori’s Larks


Lori K. Tate tours Downtown Mooresville with newcomers



Currents About the Cover:

Photography of a lakeside rooftop deck designed by Jenny Pippin by Wes Stearns of Artist Eye Photography.


Vol. 8 No. 11 November 2015

Up close with David Marsh



A year-round lakeside playground

War Room’s Gary Wheeler Six local artisans share their passion





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At The Helm


’ll never forget something I heard at a funeral years ago. I was at a memorial service for a friend’s grandmother, and during the eulogy, someone mentioned that she always shared her homegrown vegetables. While this might seem like a small act of kindness, it wasn’t small at all, as this woman lived in one of the mill villages in Concord (my hometown) and also worked in the mill. She had next to nothing and still managed to share with her neighbors. I was reminded of this story the other day when I was at a board meeting at the Lake Norman YMCA. It was there that I heard about how a staff member, who didn’t have a lot of money, had bought a Youth Fitness Pass for $30 for a young man who couldn’t afford it. He had used up all of his free passes and was going to have to stop coming if it weren’t for this pass. She wanted to keep him at the Y and out of trouble, so she bought one for him. She shared her vegetables. Every year our society seems to become more and more obsessed with the “me” factor. Can we even remember a time when selfies didn’t exist? While it’s

SHARE YOUR VEGETABLES Being grateful is always in style important to take care of yourself and your family, it’s also important to help those who need it. As parents, my husband and I are constantly trying to instill this in our children. And as any good parent knows, the best way to teach a kid anything is to show them. So with that in mind, we sponsored a local child named Priscilla through the backpack ministry at our church last year. Every week, we dropped off a bag of food so that Priscilla would have something to eat over the weekend when she wasn’t eating reduced lunch in her school’s cafeteria. At first The Tater Tots (our twins) didn’t understand why we were buying food for a child we couldn’t see and didn’t know, but as the year progressed they began to understand — as much as 5-year-olds can. We’d walk down the grocery store aisle, and they’d pick something up and say, “Priscilla would like this.” It made my heart happy that they were learning to share their vegetables, or in their case their Cheerios. During the season of Thanksgiving, it’s fashionable to be grateful. Target even

has marquee sign this fall that blinks the word “Thankful.” There’s nothing wrong with that, but I think that being grateful is always in style. And one way to show how grateful you are for your good fortune is to share it with others. On page 11 we created a list of local non-profits and their volunteer needs — there are many. I know we’re all busy and that the thought of adding one more thing to our schedules seems daunting, but I also know how wonderful it feels to help someone and how one small act of kindness can start a powerful trend. Whether it’s packing food, sorting clothes, serving lunch or planting bushes at a Habitat house, there are plenty of ways to help make the lives of others in our community better. So as you’re planning your holiday season, take a look at this list and figure out where you can help. It’s my hope that this will become a habit and that you’ll share your vegetables all year long. Happy Thanksgiving!

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

Everything Old is New Again Michelle Marshall and Elise Redmond use their love of reclaimed materials as inspiration for a furniture business

Michelle Marshall

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A friendship that started during childhood has turned into a fun business venture called Barn2Table, which uses reclaimed materials from barns to produce doors and other unique pieces of accent furniture. “We met when we were in the second grade,” says local attorney and Cornelius resident Elise Redmond, who partnered with longtime friend Michelle Marshall to form the business. “Life has taken us all over the place. It’s great to work together.” With the popularity of home improvement shows like HGTV’s Fixer Upper on the rise, more and more people are turning to reclaimed and salvaged materials for design inspiration. Redmond and Marshall would often scout out home décor items that Marshall could use in her decorating. Eventually, they decided to turn their hobby into a business. By collaborating with a Charlotte-area craftsman with more than 35 years of experience, Barn2Table offers items such

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Barn2Table uses reclaimed materials from barns to produce doors and other unique pieces of accent furniture.

as custom barn doors and tables at The Rumor Mill Market in Davidson. Marshall visits farm estate sales for rustic pieces and inspiration, while Redmond focuses mostly on the marketing and accounting for Barn2Table, although Redmond says she also enjoys attending local Habitat for Humanity auctions. Word of the furniture has begun to spread, and

they often get calls from people seeking barn doors for specific rooms in their homes. — Renee Roberson, photography courtesy of Elise Redmond THE SCOOP

Barn2Table is located at at 217 Depot St., The Rumor Mill Market, Davidson. Look for Barn2Table on Facebook.

In the Kitchen with Jill Dahan

Photography courtesy Elke Talbot

Lend a Hand

Show your gratitude by helping others

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Being grateful should always be in season, but if you’re feeling especially generous, the holidays are a perfect time to help those in need in our community. Below are local non-profit organizations in the area that could use some help. Ada Jenkins Center — Volunteer orientations for Ada Jenkins Center will be held on Tuesday, November 24 and Tuesday, December 22. Volunteer needs include medical professionals for the Free Medical Clinic and Free Dental Clinic, people fluent in Spanish, front desk reception help, food demo and nutrition helpers for Loaves & Fishes, and tutors for LEARN Works. Ada Jenkins Center, 212 Gamble Street, Davidson, www.adajenkins.org. Angels & Sparrows — Angel & Sparrows serves a free nourishing lunch Monday through Friday to less fortunate members of the community. Greeters, kitchen helpers and dining room helpers are needed. Volunteers must be 18 years old, able to stand for long periods of time, able to lift up to 20 pounds, agreeable to wearing hair restraints, and able to stay and participate for the entire shift (until cleanup is done at approximately 2 p.m.). You are also welcome to donate the following: canned stocks of all kinds (chicken, beef and vegetable), canned fruit and vegetable, coffee, tea (gallon-size), paper products (dessert plates, soup bowls and paper towels), and freezer bags (gallon and quart). Angels & Sparrows, 514 N. Statesville Road, Huntersville, www.angelsandsparrows.org. The Bin and Lydia’s Loft — Store clerks are needed for Lydia’s Loft,

in addition to clothing sorters and organizers. The Bin and Lydia’s Loft are located in Huntersville at First Baptist Church. Volunteer coordination goes through Ada Jenkins in Davidson, www.adajenkins.org. Mooresville Soup Kitchen — The Mooresville Soup Kitchen needs folks to help in its sealing and sorting room Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. It also needs help with food distribution from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. You are welcome to donate the following: canned vegetables, 45-gallon trash bags, sugar, individual salt shakers, instant grits, napkins, powdered non-dairy creamer, short fork friendly pasta, barbecue sauce, cream soups, plastic spoons, plastic forks, toilet paper, bathroom cleaner and Windex. Mooresville Soup Kitchen, 275 S. Broad Street, Mooresville, www.mooresvillesoupkitchen.com. Our Towns Habitat for Humanity — Our Towns Habitat for Humanity is always looking for people to help build homes in the community. There are construction and non-construction positions available. Volunteers are also needed at The ReStores in Cornelius and Mooresville. Our Towns Habitat for Humanity, 20310 N. Main Street, Cornelius, www.ourtownshabitat.org. — Compiled by Lori K. Tate

Honeycrisp apples are my all-time favorite and are only available this time of year. For me, they are the perfect balance of tart, sweet and crispness. I love this recipe because its quick, as one blitz gets you the crust and topping, and it can be made into a pie or bars just depending on how many mouths you need to feed. Apples are chock full of antioxidants and whichever nut you fancy provides protein and is heart healthy, too. So this autumn, “keep the doctor away” with this delicious apple pie treat your family and friends will love. Ingredients Crust and Topping 3 cups (12 ounces) old fashioned oats 2 1/4 cups (9 ounces) almond slivers or walnut pieces 1/2 cup (4 ounces) extra virgin coconut oil or quality unsalted butter 1/2 cup (4 ounces) organic coconut sugar 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon 2 tablespoons vanilla bean paste Apple filling 4 medium crisp (gala, honeycrisp, fuji) organic apples 3/4 cup (3 ounces) raisins Instructions Crust and topping: Combine all dry ingredients in a blender or food processor and process on low until ground, until clumps form. Press one half of the mixture out into a 9-inch removable round pan and reserve the other half for the topping. Bake at 350 F for about 10 minutes until lightly browned. Set aside. Filling: Core the apples and slice thinly with skins on. Cook the apple slices in a covered saucepan on low heat until softened. Stir in raisins if using. To assemble: Spoon apple mixture over the baked crust and sprinkle the rest of the reserved topping over and bake at 350 F for 20-25 minutes until topping is lightly brown. Serve warm or at room temperature. Jill Dahan lives in Cornelius and is the author of Starting Fresh! Recipes for Life. She also teaches cooking classes at Earth Fare in Huntersville. You can learn more about her at www.jilldahan.com. 11 lake norman currents | November 2015 | www.lncurrents.com

Shop & Tell

Ally Whalen’s Simplicity Interiors has moved from Cornelius to The Elements 4 Life in Davidson. The space features her Simplicity furniture line, as well as the eclectic mix of old and new pieces and repurposed items for which Whalen is known. “The main reason for the move was certainly lack of time to run a retail store. My design business exploded and that meant pulling my husband, Scott, away from the store to project manage,” explains Whalen, an interior designer. “Amy [Morris] at Elements 4 Life approached us about just renting space in her store. This enabled us to still showcase my Simplicity furniture line without having to run a shop, and her store fit my style. Whalen is also building an e-commerce site for her furniture line and pillows and intends to grow it to include other accessories as well. “I love how our business has grown and is constantly changing,” says Whalen. Simplicity Interiors at The Elements 4 Life, 16024 Davidson/Concord Highway, Davidson, www.simplicty-interiors.com. Twenty-three-year-old Drew Myers has opened AnnaCraig Boutique in Downtown Mooresville. This is the second location of the women’s boutique — the first one being in downtown Salisbury. Named after Drew’s parents, Craig and Leanna, the

Photography courtesy of Ally Whalen

Home design, boutiques and popcorn

Ally Whalen’s Simplicity Interiors has moved to The Elements 4 Life in Davidson.

store carries dresses, tops, sweaters, shoes and accessories. A big seller is the Zenzii jewelry line. “We did so well in downtown Salisbury that we wanted to open here [in Downtown Mooresville],” says Laura Holman, who works at the boutique. “Drew and I live in nearby Cleveland and love to come to Downtown Mooresville.” AnnaCraig Boutique, 240 N. Main Street, Mooresville, www.shopannacraigboutique. com or look for AnnaCraig on Facebook. Those who frequently shop in Charlotte will be happy to hear that HandPicked has opened a location in Huntersville in the NorthCross Commons shopping center that’s anchored


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Ally Whalen offers a variety of home accessories in her space at The Elements 4 Life in Davidson.

by Whole Foods. The spacious boutique offers a large variety of sterling silver jewelry, as well as monogrammed pieces. You’ll also find scarves, purses, gifts and trendy jewelry items. Based in Columbia, South Carolina, HandPicked was founded by Melanie Mauldin and is now owned by Sonya Ingram. The jewelry boutique has 18 stores in five states. HandPicked, NorthCross Commons, 9121 Sam Furr Road, Huntersville, www. behandpicked.com. Kathryn Lilly Interiors has moved into Bebe Gallini’s in Cornelius. Owned by interior designer Jody Kurtz, Kathryn Lilly offers a variety of home accessory items ranging from custom chandeliers and local artwork to stunning hand-knotted rugs. “We are excited to have so many designer fabrics and great accessories at our fingertips, along with a wonderful new location to meet clients,” says Kurtz. “We’re thrilled to bring a new and refreshingly vibrant twist to the already successful Bebe Gallini’s boutique.” Kathryn Lilly Interiors at Bebe Gallini’s, 19725 Oak Street, Cornelius, look for Kathryn Lilly Interiors on Facebook. Tastebuds Popcorn at the Lake has moved from Mooresville to Magnolia Plaza in Cornelius. Owned by David and Angela Sayre, Tastebuds offers 100 flavors of popcorn in the store, and 200 flavors overall, as many can be custom ordered ahead of time. Some flavors also change seasonally. Whether you’re popping (pardon the pun) in for a treat or planning a function, popcorn adds an element of fun. Tastebuds offers packages for weddings, corporate events, parties and more. Tastebuds Popcorn at the Lake, Magnolia Plaza, Cornelius, www.tastebudspopcorn.com, look for Tastebuds Popcorn at the Lake on Facebook.

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The West Side Wakes Up

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The creation of Lake Norman and the expanding reach of Charlotte set off a flood of new growth in northern Mecklenburg and southern Iredell counties during the 1980s and 1990s. Life on the western side of the lake, “over the river,” as some natives still called it, remained mostly unchanged. Cut off from the interstate and further removed from the city, Lincoln and Catawba counties remained rural. That started to change in the early 1990s when Lincoln and Catawba counties began making investments in municipal water and sewer lines. Off the coast of the Westport neighborhood in Lincoln A small island off the Lincoln County shoreline, pictured here in the late 1980s, was once home to wild goats. Today, it’s been renamed Governor’s Island and is filled high-end lakeside homes.

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County, the D.L. Phillips Company started developing the first residential island on the lake. For years, the small piece of land — a hill made an island by the dam’s flooding — had been known as “Goat Island,” for the herd of ornery goats that lived there. That wasn’t quite a suitable name for marketing $300,000 lots, so the company renamed it “Governor’s Island.” A few years before, Westport neighbors had objected to plans for condos on the island. At the same meeting, other neighbors complained about wild dogs and trespassing hunters, a reminder of just how rural the area was then. The new plans for the island passed easily, and construction began in the mid-1990s. It was quite a return on investment for D.L. Phillip, who back in 1955, had bought the 780 acres for less than $2,000, according to historian Ken Brotherton.

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Our Towns Habitat for Humanity Hopebuilders breakfast Photography courtesy of Our Towns Habitat for Humanity The event raised $20,000 for Our Towns Habitat for Humanity.

From left, Karen Cloninger, Boris Henderson and Cathy Petriano.

Boris Henderson was the featured speaker.

More than 150 people attended Our Towns Habitat for Humanity Hopebuilders breakfast at The Peninsula Club on September 24. Boris Henderson was the featured speaker. He is the chair elect for Habitat for Humanity Charlotte and moved into his Habitat home with his mother when he was 11 years old. He shared his powerful story during the breakfast. A Davidson College graduate, Henderson earned his MBA from Wake Forest University. He serves as Chief Financial Office for the Drakeford Company. The event raised $20,000 for Our Towns Habitat for Humanity.

Tom Cotter’s 17th Annual Woody Party Photography by Sharon Simpson

Writer and official Car Geek Tom Cotter held the 17th Annual Woody Party at his home in Davidson on Saturday, October 17. This invitation-only party brings car enthusiasts and their classic cars to town every fall. During this year’s festivities, The High Society Ragtime band performed and barbecue was served. Guests could only attend if they brought non-perishable food donations for Ada Jenkins. The event was enjoyed by guests of all ages.

CURRENTS’ publisher Sharon Simpson with Tom Cotter.

Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce’s 10th Annual Public Safety Awards Photography by Sharon Simpson

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The Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce held its 10th Annual Public Safety Awards Luncheon Thursday, October 15 at River Run Country Club in Davidson. The event honored the service and dedication of our police, fire and EMS officers, as well as any man or woman who wears a uniform to serve and protect. Some of the luncheon’s honorees include Lt. James Quattlebaum, Cornelius Police Department; Officer Greg Frostbutter, Davidson Police Department; Chaplain Hugh Floy, Huntersville Police Department; Jim Barbee, CorneliusLemley Fire and Rescue; Assistant Chief Joel Cherry, Davidson Fire Department; Firefighter Chad Dunn, Huntersville Fire Department; and Lt. Michael Weber, North Mecklenburg Volunteer Rescue Squad, Inc.

Captain’s Chair by Holly Becker photography courtesy of Gary Wheeler


ilmmaker Gary Wheeler has much to be thankful for this year. Among those blessings is his involvement in the faith‑based film War Room. The movie, which cost $3 million to make, has grossed more than $55 million at the box office. Wheeler, who lives in Huntersville with his wife and four children, co-produced War Room with Alex and Stephen Kendrick. He’s worked full‑time in the film industry for 20 years and founded his own production company, Level Path Productions, in 2003.

Gary Wheeler’s War Room turned heads across the country


Gary Wheeler, who lives in Huntersville, co-produced the movie War Room. The film has grossed more than $55 million so far.

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Wheeler also is vice president of Original Movies for INSP, a digital cable and satellite television channel based in Indian Land, South Carolina, which features family entertainment programming. CURRENTS recently chatted with Wheeler about his hit movie that’s captured the hearts of audiences and surprised Hollywood.

How did you become involved with the Kendrick brothers in making War Room?

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I’ve known Alex and Stephen Kendrick for a while now and hang out in the same circles in the Christian film world. They felt they wanted to make a film outside of Georgia [where they are from] and specifically in Charlotte. I got a phone call one day, and then we spent the next day together. They needed someone who knew the locals and understood the area. We spent the summer of 2014 making the film together. It was a rare, memorable summer as an adult doing something so meaningful.

Are you surprised by the box office success of War Room?

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I think we’ve all been surprised from the studio level to anyone who had anything to do with the making of the movie. When I saw the first cut of the movie, I knew it was something special. This is everything you dream of when making a movie. You hope the movie will touch audiences and make an impact on the national consciousness. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be involved in something like this.

Why do you think has War Room resonated with audiences?

I think at the core of everyone, we all want hope. War Room is a hopeful film and shows that lives can be transformed. We are a divided nation, and the thing to do about it is to pray. As Alex Kendrick says, “Prayer is not the spare tire. It’s the steering wheel.”

Why was the Lake Norman area chosen for some of the movie scenes?

We have lots of great locations in the area for films. We also had a lot of support from churches in the Lake Norman area that helped us with everything from using church vans to transport the crew to bringing food to the set to providing babysitting.

Actress Karen Abercrombie, a member of Grace Covenant Church, plays Miss Clara in War Room. How was she selected for this starring role?

We held auditions at Grace Covenant Church. I don’t know that we would have found the perfect Miss Clara had the movie not been shot in the Charlotte area. I’d cast her before in a movie called Mountain Top. She is an amazing actress and can play a wide range of ages. Karen has conviction, and she believes everything she says in the movie.

What future projects do you have coming up?

I constantly want to go out and make movies that are artistically excellent and spiritually powerful. In my role at INSP, I finished filming a Christmas movie called Christmas in the Smokies. It will be airing on INSP this Christmas season.

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Game Changers

In November 2014, Tom Watson and Susan Bartlett moved into their new house and began to establish The Cedars Davidson Bed and Breakfast on Concord Road in Davidson,

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A NEWCALLING Tom Watson and Susan Bartlett make guests feel welcome in Davidson



or some people, retirement from work they have done for a lifetime sounds like a dream. For others, it comes with a host of daunting questions and issues. When Tom Watson retired from his work as a lawyer, he threw himself into meaningful volunteer work and landscaping projects. Meanwhile, his wife, Susan Bartlett, considered her own retirement from her work as a nurse one day and what her life with Watson would be like during that time. “Susan wanted us to do something together when she retired. She brought up restaurants, and I thought, ‘We aren’t doing a restaurant,’ ” Watson, 64, recalls. “She hit upon the notion of a bed and breakfast, and I wasn’t very excited about the idea if it involved moving outside of the greater Charlotte area.”

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At the time, Watson and Bartlett were living in Charlotte’s University City area. “I met a friend for dinner in Davidson. I thought, ‘This is really a sweet town; I wonder how many B&Bs it has.’ I pulled it up on the Internet and none. I told Tom and he said, ‘This one could have legs,’” recalls Bartlett, 65, who moved to the Charlotte area in 2004 to attend Johnson & Wales University and had offered private catering and cooking classes in the past. The idea did have legs, and in November 2014, Watson and Bartlett moved into their new house and began to establish The Cedars Davidson Bed and Breakfast on Concord Road in Davidson, with each of them taking on their own responsibilities. “It is very important to us that we each have an area of unquestioned expertise

that we are allowed to call the shots in. Sue is the chef, and all the decorating rests on her. I do the accounting, marketing and business things. I am allowed to have my area, and she has her area. They are both important, but we’re not trying to scramble the eggs together,” explains Watson of how they make it work. The experience of meeting new people, hearing about their lives and taking good care of their guests offers Watson and Bartlett, who imagine they will run the bed and breakfast for seven to ten years and then more fully retire, as much as it does their visitors. “Being an innkeeper helps make someone else’s life a little more enjoyable and pleasant. I feel like what we are doing is important and worthwhile all the time, even when I am doing the accounting. We are providing a service that people clearly want and need,” says Watson. “That makes me feel like I am doing what I ought to be doing.” Bartlett, who will not retire from nursing until the end of 2016, already appreciates helping people in a different way. “This allows me to take care of people in a very happy way. I don’t have to do anything that hurts to help someone. For a lot of people, staying valid [after retirement] is a very big thing. How do I give this thing up and stay myself?” says Bartlett. “You can be valid doing something that isn’t what you have done forever or what you have been trained to do. Realizing that is a gift to people.”

Up Close and Personal What’s the best advice you have ever been given? Susan: One of my chef instructors told me to, “Take the time to do it right the first time; you may not have time to do it over.” What advice do you give regularly? Tom: Don’t be afraid to fail. What is one appliance you cannot live without? Susan: My immersion blender. When you were 8 years old, what did you want to be when you grew up? Tom: A scientist. What book do you love to recommend? Susan: Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury. What is your best habit? Tom: Making lists.

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This holiday season, make sure the gifts under your tree come from locally-owned businesses. Your support of small business in the Lake Norman community will make the holidays brighter for us all! Check out the following pages for great gift ideas from your neighborhood merchants.

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“GET YOUR FAT PANTS READY” NAPKINS, $5.50 for 20, Note + Nest, 19818 North Cove Road, Cornelius, look for Note + Nest Paperie on Facebook.

“HAPPY FALL Y’ALL” HAND TOWEL, $9.95, Trade Winds at BLACKLION, Northcross Shopping Center, 9751 Sam Furr Road, Huntersville, www.blacklion.com.

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HARVEST WREATH, $45.95, Blumengarten, 20017 North Main Street, Cornelius, www.blumengartenllc.com.

YELLOW WOOL ACRYLIC THROW, $107, Dutchmans Casual Living Stores, Jetton Village, 19441 Jetton Road, Cornelius, www.dutchmansdesigns.com.

Before you deck the halls, be sure to properly decorate for Thanksgiving “GIVE THANKS” PILLOW, $16, Note + Nest Paperie, 19818 North Cove Road, Cornelius, look for Note + Nest Paperie on Facebook.


ARTICHOKE PLANTER, $36.95, Blumengarten, 20017 North Main Street, Cornelius, www.blumengartenllc.com.

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GREEN BEADED PUMPKINS; large $16.25; medium, $10; small, $6.25; Dutchmans Casual Living Stores, Jetton Village, 19441 Jetton Road, Cornelius, www. dutchmansdesigns.com.

“COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS” PAPER PLACEMATS, $14.95 for 24, The Perfect Gift at BLACKLION, Northcross Shopping Center, 9751 Sam Furr Road, Huntersville, www.blacklion.com.

“THE KIDS TABLE ROCKS!” CUPS, $12 for a set of 8, Note + Nest, 19818 North Cove Road, Cornelius, look for Note + Nest Paperie on Facebook.

“TURKEY AND PIE & FOOTBALL OH MY!” SIGN, $14.95, Seasons At The Lake, 428 South Main Street, Davidson and Downtown Davidson, www.seasonsatthelake.com.

TIN OWL, $19.95, The Perfect Gift at BLACKLION, Northcross Shopping Center, 9751 Sam Furr Road, Huntersville, www.blacklion.com.

PATCHWORK PUMPKIN, $14.95, Seasons At The Lake, 428 South Main Street, Davidson and Downtown Davidson, www.seasonsatthelake.com.

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Edible Arrangements – creators of and The Leaders in Fresh Fruit Bouquets™

We Make Any Occasion Special™ with our array of irresistible products, including The Original Fresh Fruit Bouquet TM and gourmet chocolate dipped fruit. We believe in invention, investment and imagination, and have an entrepreneurial history and spirit. Above all, we are fresh fruit fanatics. Our stores create magnificent, fresh fruit arrangements and gourmet chocolate dipped fruit to order, for pick-up or delivery, seven days a week. You can order online worldwide, by phone, or at your Local store. Edible Arrangements

Shops at Plantation Pointe 638 River Highway, Suite D Mooresville, NC 28117 704-658-0006 www.edible.com

Clothing. Accessories. Style.

Looking for unique and affordable clothing and accessories for all ages and sizes? Visit Mainstream Boutique and let one of our stylists help create the right look for YOU! Whether it is a holiday party, business meeting, family dinner, upcoming vacation, or to refresh your wardrobe because you deserve it…we can style you! Mainstream Boutique

Mooresville Town Square 126 Mooresville Commons Way, Ste. C Mooresville, NC 28117 704-662-9306 Mon-Fri 10am–6pm Sat 9:30am–4pm Sun 1–5pm Facebook @Mainstream Boutique Lake Norman, NC Instagram @mainstreamlakenorman

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Unique and one-of-a-kind, every time! Discover something new each time you shop Nellie Jane’s ever changing curated collection of home décor, furniture, antiques, lighting and gifts. Winner of 2015 Readers’ Choice – Best Local Boutique. Nellie Jane Home Boutique


Located in Morrison Plantation 105 Singleton Road, Ste. 101 Mooresville, NC 28117 704-607-6228 Mon – Fri 10-6 Sat 10-4 Follow us on Facebook and Instagram @nelliejanehome

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Serenite Pet Salon Now Accepting New Clients

All breeds welcome. We accommodate special needs dogs. Crate free, fun environment! Mon – Sat 8am – UNTIL Call or email for appointment. Pris Cagide, owner/groomer mspris44@roadrunner.com & Jessica Hurst, groomer. We look forward to caring for your dog. Serenite Serenite Pet SalonPetPrisSalon Serenite Pet Salon Cagide Pris Cagide 138 Marketplace Dr. 138 Marketplace Drive 138 Marketplace Dr.Mooresville, NC 28117 Mooresville, NC 28117 Mooresville, NC 28117 704- 696- 2622 704- 696- 2622 mspris44@ gmail.com mspris44@ gmail.com 704-696-2622 Monday-Friday: 9am-5pm Monday-Friday: 9am-5pm By Appt. O nly www.SerenitePetSalon.com By Appt. O nly

Have a Well Kept Holiday Season

Well Kept Well Kept is the most comprehensive collection of carefully curated luxury activewear in the region. We track down the most sought after fitness lines in the business just for you. Whether you’re shopping for yourself, your bestie or that special someone, you’re sure to find something you can’t get anywhere else. Shopwellkept.com@ shopwellkept Well Kept

Located inside Lipp Boutique at Birkdale Village 16836 Birkdale Commons Pkwy Huntersville, NC 28078 Mon-Thurs: 10-7 Fri-Sat: 10-8 Sun: 12-6

New Arrivals Daily Under $100!

Under Blue Skies Plaid Vest $70. Come see us for your Fall/Holiday shopping needs! New arrivals daily from Sanctuary, Hudson, AG Denim, Splendid, Tart and More! Check our social media links for our Black Friday Sale info, including our early bird discount beginning at 9 am this year!! Shop Local and Support our Local Businesses! Lavendar Boutique

279 Williamson Rd., Ste. F Mooresville, NC 28117 704-663-2880 www.facebook.com/LavendarBoutique Twitter.com/lavendarbtq Instagram.com/lavendarboutique/ Mon-Fri 10-6 Sat 10-5 Sun 12-5pm

New Boutique in Mooresville

The goal of Anna Craig Boutique is simple... To provide a fun, affordable, and easy shopping experience. You can also shop with us in our mobile boutique and at the Southern Christmas Show! Anna Craig Boutique

Experience Southern Charm with a Trendy Twist!

117 W. Innes St Salisbury NC 28144 704-870-2391 Mon-Fri 11-5:30 Sat 10-4

Sweet Magnolia

240 N. Main St. Mooresville NC 28115 704-664-0262 Mon- Fri 10-5:30 Sat 10-4

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Sweet Magnolia features eclectic furniture, gifts, clothing and art by local artists in a boutique setting. Choose from upscale clothing and accessories by high end designers like Jude Connaly, Joules, Alembika, and more – petite to extra large. Signature Lake Norman souvenirs available at Sweet Magnolia. You’ll have a new favorite place to shop at the Lake. 8301 Magnolia Estates Drive Cornelius, NC 28031 www.mysweetmagnolia.com FB: SweetMagnoliaLakeNorman Instagram: SweetMagnoliaLakeNorman Mon-Sat 10am – 6pm


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The Lily Rose Bridal Boutique

Visit our full service couture bridal boutique for one-on-one assistance with a personalized stylist and find the dress of your dreams! Located in the Jetton Village Shopping Center, The Lily Rose carries Bridal, Bridesmaids, Mothers-Of, Flowergirls, Formal Wear, and heirloom accessories. Our master in-house seamstress will polish your finished look to perfection. Come see our new arrivals of Evening Gowns and Holiday Dresses for your next big event! The Lily Rose

19826 North Cove Road, Suite D Cornelius, NC 28031 704-895-1007 www.lilyrosebridal.com Mon: 12-7 Tues, Thurs, Fri: 10-7 Wed: 10-5 Sat: 10-4

Bringing the fun of the tropics to the Lake!

Stemming from a love of art and the unused, our shop is an eclectic blend of gifts, home decor, and art mainly of the tropics. We also offer custom framing from owner Joyce and husband Chip. Tropical Connections

230 N. Main St., Mooresville, NC 704-664-0236 Tuesday - Friday: 10am-5:30pm Saturday : 10am- 4pm www.tropicalconnectionslakenorman.com

Sanctuary of Davidson

Sanctuary of Davidson is THE place in Lake Norman to find one of a kind, handmade gifts and artwork by local and regional craftspeople. Come join us as we kick off the holiday season with free mimosas, giveaways, goodie bags, treats and more! Sanctuary of Davidson

108 South Main Street Davidson, NC 28036 704-892-0044 www.sanctuaryofdavidson.com

Wrap Up Your Shopping at The Village Store in Downtown Davidson!


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Nestled in the heart of historic Davidson’s charming Main Street, this fun-filled store features a wide variety of cards, gifts, women’s accessories, housewares, seasonal decorations & other treasures. You’ll love our free, signature gift wrap. Open every day ‘til Christmas. The Village Store

110 South Main Street Davidson, NC 28036 704-892-4440 Open Daily www.facebook.com/ thevillagestore

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Goodbye Mascara, Hello Lash Extensions! Skin Envy Lounge

Located in the Suites at Salon Envy 129 Williamson Road Mooresville, NC 28117 704-929-2712 www.facebook.com/SkinEnvyLounge

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The Lake Norman area is filled with artisans who make all sorts of things. We spoke with six of them to learn more about their passion. Clockwise from top left: Kristen Feighery, Beth Heinzel, Madeline Prange, Tee and Jessica Stanley, and Emily Noland.

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Photography by Lisa Crates Photography by Lisa Crates

Photography by Ben Sherrill

Photography by Lisa Crates

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Among Us Photography by Ben Sherrill

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KRISTEN FEIGHERY Business Name: The Art of Kristen Feighery Town: Davidson Year it began: 2009 What do you make? Folk art and mixed media paintings that I reproduce into inspirational wall plaques, desktop plaques, journals, magnets, greeting cards and bookmarks. I also create unique and folky art dolls from wood, clay and paper maché, and I decoupage wording onto them from old southern hymns, Bible verses and song lyrics. I call them my “Message Dolls.” How did it begin? I have a degree in theatre arts and worked as an actress for years. When I married and wanted to start a family, I decided to stop acting, as I had to travel for months at a time for each contract I signed. So, I left theatre but quickly found I needed an artistic outlet. I began painting. Since I was a new mom and didn’t have time to take art classes, I watched YouTube videos, bought books, studied other folk artists I found online and mimicked some of their methods until I found an “artistic voice” of my own. When the paintings began to stack up, I opened an eBay store and sold several pieces of art a month for a few years until I found the courage to submit my paintings to an art gallery where my work did very well and gave me the much-needed confidence to continue learning and painting. I eventually took over the art gallery and needed to fill it with work...so I was forced to paint often. By doing this, I found my style became more pronounced, and my work began to improve. I switched from painting on canvas to more natural surfaces that more closely reflected the “personality” of my artwork, such as reclaimed wood and old cabinet doors. Custom requests started coming

Kristen Feighery The art of Kristen Feighery takes inspiration from her upbringing in Southeastern Kentucky.

in, and to keep up with demand, I had my work photographed and I was able to reproduce the look of my originals with the prints mounted onto wood surfaces and keep the price very affordable. In turn, these prints were picked up by several other galleries and gift shops around the country. And my art was even featured in a book titled Sharing Stitches by Chrissie Grace. What’s your background? I grew up in Southeastern Kentucky in a coal mining community deep in the Appalachians. My roots and home have been a tremendous influence on my work. I paint what I remember, such as the mines, living by the river, church picnics, etc. Sunday school lessons in my tiny church still influence my love of painting Bible stories, religious icons and angels. The look and feel of my work as a whole mimics the simplicity and beauty of small town, mountain living — earthy, unpretentious and welcoming. What do you enjoy about this? I live for it. It’s my therapy! I not only gain energy from creating something from nothing, but I also adore my two children watching their mother doing something she loves. I love how they see how important it is to take time for yourself and recharge with something you enjoy and are good at...and are always trying to improve upon. We also spend time painting together, and that is priceless to me. I also feel I’m much better at conveying my Christian faith through my biblical recreations. I don’t always have the words to express what I believe, but they come

Photography by Lisa Crates

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Lake Norman brims with gifted artisans who create all sorts of treasures. We spoke with six of them to find out how they tapped into their talent and they enjoy about the creative process

out in full force in my art without being preachy. I love to see someone linger in front of one of my Last Supper paintings or Noah’s Arc, and I enjoy picking out different elements or explaining the scene to a child. It’s a little bit of a ministry for me. Where can your product be purchased in the Lake Norman area? Sanctuary of Davidson carries a huge amount of my work and GG’s Gift Shop in Statesville. My work can also be purchased online at either www.sanctuaryofdavidson.com or www.kristenfeighery.com. Anything else you’d like to add? I opened a little gallery and handmade gift shop in Downtown Davidson called Sanctuary of Davidson to not only have an avenue where I could present and sell my work to the public but also to give other local artists an avenue as well. It has been such a huge joy to me to meet so many amazing local and regional artists and develop relationships with them...but mostly I love to call them and announce, “You just sold your first piece!” I remember the absolute thrill of my first sell years ago and love to give that same experience to other artists, as well. I also started an art festival in Davidson called The Downtown Davidson Arts Festival to bring more art and new artists to the area for the same reasons I started the gallery. And just like Sanctuary, it has been a true labor of love. www.sanctuaryofdavidson.com and www.kristenfeighery.com


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Business Name: Soapy Mountain Town: Cornelius Year it began: 2013 What do you make? Handmade soaps, body butters, sugar scrubs, bath melts, deodorants, body sprays, room sprays, linen sprays, shaving cream, lip balms, bath salts and bath bombs.

try it, I would always regret not building upon my one true passion in life. So I did it. One customer at a time and little by little I was able to increase my inventory and types of products I make. I am still a small, one-woman business and growing little by little, but I have big dreams and am finally trying to reach them.

Beth Heinzel Soapy Mountain offers all kinds of products from soaps to shaving cream


How did it begin? About 12 years ago I lived in a little bohemian town and would always go shopping at this one little store that carried homemade soaps. I loved them all and quickly became obsessed with how they were made and all of the skin-loving properties that went into them. Lucky for me, the shop owner said that the woman who makes the soap is amazing and would probably love to meet me. I met the woman one day for coffee, and we quickly hit it off. She took me under her wing and showed me how to make soap and taught me the ins and outs. Since I was just doing it for fun and moving out of state the next year, she not only didn’t feel threatened, but felt like sharing her knowledge so I could in turn share it with others. Years went by and I made items for friends and family, but I was always so busy with work to take it to the next level. Well, that suddenly changed one day when I was laid off from my job. After the initial shock of being unemployed hit me, I decided that if I wanted my dream to come true of owning a soap business that this was the time to do it. I felt that all my excuses had surfaced, and if I didn’t at least

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technology. After a few years of sitting in a lab, I got the itch to travel and see the world. I landed a rare job through a friend, where I basically got paid to travel around and show people new products that were coming out. I thought, “What’s the catch?” There was no selling involved, you just had to be knowledgeable, passionate and leave a lasting impression on people. So I became an expert at video games, cars, beverages, technology and whatever the next big thing was.

I traveled the country for about 10 years doing this and still do it from time to time when that travel itch comes back — and trust me it always comes back. So now I have the opportunity to take gigs that work with my schedule and make soap the rest of the time. What do you enjoy about this? I love the creativity that comes with making homemade products. There are a million ways to make something, but only one way that is done by you and that has a definite sense of satisfaction. This gives me a great creative outlet to let me be myself and not be afraid to take the next leap forward in life.

What’s your background? Strangely enough I graduated with a degree in health care management and dental

Photography by Ben Sherrill

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Where can your product be purchased in the Lake Norman area? Currently you can purchase items from my product line at LKN Coffeehouse. Charlie, the owner of the coffeehouse, has been an amazing inspiration and taken me in and made me feel like part of the community. She even got me involved in a local LKN business owners networking group. You can pick up your LKN Coffeehouse Soap there and try out “Charlie’s Mocha’s Swirl” or the “Charlie’s Chai” lip balm. I also have made soaps for D9 Brewery with their Viking Roach Scottish Sour Beer. I am trying to partner with as many local businesses to incorporate their ingredients into my products, so hopefully you will be seeing more Soapy Mountain locally and not just on the web. Anything else you’d like to add: People are very concerned about what goes in their bodies these days, as am I. But I think it’s also important to think about what is going on our bodies as well. Making products that are free of chemicals and additives is important to me. Everything I make is plant-based and made with as many organic and local ingredients as possible. Buying local is very important to me because it directly impacts my business and other local businesses trying to make it out there. Not only do you know where your product is coming from and what’s in it, but you also have the luxury of getting to know the individual who created it. www.SoapyMountain.com





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Business Name: Gourmet Plantation Town: Mooresville Year it began: 2014 What do you make? Southern cheese straws that my family uniquely handcrafted into rings we call “cheese rings.” I have a variety of flavors with favorites including both a mild and spicy version of cheese rings, bacon cheese rings and roasted black sesame cheese rings. In the summer months I also offer key lime shortbread rings and lemon shortbread rings. Other flavors include pecan rosemary, Parmesan basil cheddar, chocolate shortbread rings, cinnamon rings, cinnamon apple butter rings and cream cheese rings, which are primarily made by request or seasonally. I’m currently developing a variety of pimento cheese-flavored cheese rings using two local chef’s pimento cheese recipes. In addition, I have various gourmet chocolates, cookies and dipped pretzels. How did it begin? My mother baked cheese rings every year at Christmas and gave them to my father’s employees and family friends. My siblings and I all carried on the tradition through adulthood and have expanded by experimenting with various flavors. After so many years of making them, sharing them with my friends and taking them to holiday parties, I started getting requests to make them more frequently. I began baking them for special requests such as parties and weddings. With continued encouragement from friends, I decided to see what the demand would be and gradually took a leap of faith and developed Gourmet Plantation. What’s your background? A pediatric registered nurse who works with medically fragile children


What do you enjoy about this? I’ve been able to take what once was a family recipe and holiday tradition for my family and share it with others. My mother passed away in 2005, and this is my way to be able to honor her and our family. I have three siblings, and we all continued to bake “Mom’s cheese rings” every year. My “Irish Twin” brother, Tom, was an

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Emily Noland Gourmet Plantation celebrates Emily Noland's family's tradition of making cheese rings.

incredible cook and loved to make them and was the only one of us who experimented with various flavors. He passed away earlier this year, which has been very difficult for me. But every time I bake I think about my parents and my amazing brother, and I feel like I am honoring their memories by sharing something that was such a special part of our family. Where can your product be purchased in the Lake Norman area? Josh’s Farmers Market in Mooresville, Carolina Pie in Mooresville, Springhill Suites by Marriott in Mooresville, TownePlace Suites by Marriott in Mooresville and Serendipity by Celeste in Greensboro. Anything else you’d like to add? I’m a native North Carolinian, and I can’t remember a time in my childhood where my mother did not bake these [cheese rings] every holiday season. I can remember what a treat it was for my siblings and I to help mix the dough and “help bake,” which primarily consisted of tasting her cheese rings when we were too young to help. But we loved watching as she processed the dough with a manual cookie press. I

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now use electric cookie presses to make long lines of dough but do continue to manually cut the dough into small pieces and shape into rings before baking, just like my mother did. Josh Graham at Josh’s Farmers Market really got Gourmet Plantation off the ground by allowing us to debut our products. He continues to carry our products. I have been blessed to meet and know Barb and Steve Lindberg of Carolina Pie in Mooresville. They allow me to use their kitchen to bake and have become very special friends and have helped me learn and grow my business. As a registered nurse, I’ve never owned a business before. I’ve had some hiccups with packaging, as my family primarily only made these during the winter months for the holidays. Josh and the Lindbergs have all been instrumental in helping me with packaging issues that developed with baking cheese rings in the southern hot, humid months and have helped Gourmet Plantation become a successful business that allows me to share my family’s tradition year-round. Look for Gourmet Plantation online or at www.gourmetplantation.com (currently under construction).

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What do you make? Handmade marble drinkcoasters How did it begin? My grandfather-in-law, Jack Moore, owns the legendary D.E. Turner hardware in Downtown Mooresville. The store is still the same today as it was when it opened 116 years ago and is an icon in the community. My wife and I felt a need for people to have a long-lasting gift for travelers to remember this historic store for many years to come. Madeline Prange The Primitive Cat is the name Madeline Prange used for her rug hooking business.

MADELINE PRANGE Business Name: The Primitive Cat Town: Davidson Year it began: 1985 What do you make? Rugs, wall hangings, footstools, dolls, anything that can be freeform hooked (primitive hooked). What’s your background: I taught rug hooking in Pennsylvania, and I had 25 students there. One of my students went on to open a shop. Before that I graduated with a degree in home economics, so I was a housewife. I stayed home and took care of everything. The rug hooking began with a picture of a rug featuring cats that was in Country Living magazine. I saved the picture. I had it for at least five years. It’s a picture of two cats and it reads, “Old Friends.” It’s a very, very old design. I bought a kit, and I tried to make it, but I couldn’t figure it out. My 8-year-old son was good at it but didn’t want to do it. Then I found this woman named Eve Sobry, and she agreed to make the rug for me. After she made it, she asked me if I wanted to learn how to do it. I thought, “This is going to go in the basement with the quilting I haven’t finished.” Well, once I started, I couldn’t put it down.


What do you enjoy about this? Rug hooking is definitely therapeutic because you don’t have to think about what you’re doing, unless you do the fine, fine shading hooking, which is not me. That’s a whole other ball of wax. I once had a man get in touch with me who was diagnosed with a brain tumor. He didn’t

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know how to hook, but he knew what it was all about. I said, “Yes, you need this.” He made it through the surgeries, chemo and everything beautifully. The last I heard he had done 40 or 50 rugs. He said, “This is my therapy.” It’s mine, too. Where can your work be purchased in the Lake Norman area? I only do custom order work these days. You can contact CURRENTS editor, Lori K. Tate at lori@lncurrents.com to reach me. Anything else you’d like to add? Rug hooking is just a place to go. I guess every craft is that way. For some people reading does that. I don’t read. I have one eye that focuses a line higher than the other one, and so when I was in school I had to use the ruler, and it was so much work to read. This [rug hooking] just gives you a place to go. There’s a saying that goes something like, “hooking your woes into the rug,” which is what you do. It’s gotten me through tough times. It just clears your mind so that you can see the forest for the trees. I’ve had so many people come and say that it’s wonderful because it’s not a pressure situation. I tell my students, or I’ve told my students, that their pieces should not look like mine. It’s yours. It should look like you. And it shouldn’t be perfect because if it were perfect, it would have been done on a machine. Nobody does anything perfect.

TEE & JESSICA STANLEY Business name: StanleyMade Town: Downtown Mooresville Year it began: 2012

What’s your background? I work as a junior architect in Downtown Mooresville. My wife, Jessica, is a kindergarten teacher in Downtown Mooresville. What do you enjoy about this? We love hand-creating gifts for others that will last forever. Where can your product be purchased in the lake norman area? D.E. Turner Hardware, Landmark Galleries, Made in Mooresville, Meg Art Pottery, Sweet Grass, The Sanctuary of Davidson and Wooden Stone Gallery. Anything else you’d like to add? We love handcrafting custom coasters so your memories will last a lifetime. Our coasters make great gifts for any occasion. www.StanleyMade.com StanleyMade offers handmade marble drink coasters. Tee & Jessica Stanley

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by Mike Savicki Dot and Henry Pender stand at the beginning of the newest road in Cornelius. It's named after their family.




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Henry and Dot Pender share memories as Cornelius opens a road named in their family’s honor

he Town of Cornelius, like thousands of other small towns across the country, has a crisscrossing array of roadways named to honor those who have made the town unique. The names recall soldiers and statesmen, among others, and every one of them has a story behind it. This is the story of the town’s newest road, Pender Pointe Place. If you drive to the end of John Connor Road (a road named for an African American farmer who became one of the county’s first minority land owners) and turn right on Belle Isle Drive (I’m not sure of Belle Isle’s genesis, but I’ll give it a pass because it sounds exquisitely haute and royal rolling off the tongue), you’ll immediately see Pender Pointe Place on your left. While it is a short, deliberately placed road, built to provide redirected access to existing homes adjacent to a new lakefront stone estate, its history extends acres past the cul-de-sac, beyond the rows of now mature pines the family planted nearly 50 years ago, and onto submerged land now claimed by Lake Norman. The road is named for the Pender family, whose working farm once occupied 52 acres that began where the pavement ends. William Luther Pender, along with his second wife, Rosetta, and 13 collective children, grew cotton, wheat and oats on the land while pigs, horses, roosters and chickens kept things lively. At age 12 or 13, Henry, the youngest sibling, drove cantaloupe to sell in downtown Cornelius, evading the police, coincidentally, until just after he turned 16 and received his license. “They never did catch me,” Henry, now 80, recalls with a smile. Duke came calling in the 1940s, as the Penders first heard rumblings about a dam being built and a lake coming to the property. They were told the seven-room house, barn, pig lot, smokehouse and well house would eventually be under water. Duke paid $19,000 for 49 acres in 1960, and the family soon began

dismantling their home. The bedrooms, living areas and even the kitchen went to family members elsewhere. In the meantime, Henry met Dorothy Williams in 1953 through one of Henry’s sister’s daughters. (They recall first having met at a church social, but Henry was dating someone else at the time.) The teens soon began talking, and in 1954, Henry, who was raising cotton on the property, bought wedding rings with one bail of cotton. To this day, neither Henry nor Dot remembers if the money came from an extra bail or if Henry’s Dad allowed him to have a bail. They married when Henry was 19 and Dot 17. When the lake filled, Henry and Dot, who had been given one of the 12 subdivided plots of the family’s remaining three acres, watched in amazement as their childhood playground was transformed into waterfront. They first built a shelter to provide shade on hot summer days, then a cabin, and then a larger replacement when a 6’3” son-in-law couldn’t fit inside the first. Together, they all began enjoying weekends playing lakeside, eventually with

electricity but never running water. To Henry and Dot, who had settled on two acres along Hwy 73 and Beatties Ford Road (which also came with the Duke purchase) to accommodate their tractors, trailers and heavy yard equipment, the sub-divided land never again became a family home. It simply became a place for gatherings, day trips and outings. Their three children, Rick, Donna and Kelly grew up playing at the water’s edge. “When our children were little, we came almost every weekend,” Dot, 78, says. “They would go in the water clean and come out covered in mud. That’s because the soil and the clay hadn’t yet settled.” When The Peninsula was built, the Penders again rolled with the change. “We took it as it was,” says Henry. “As long as we had a way to get to our property, and see friends and family at the end of whatever road we used, we went with the changes.” Decades have passed, and now, from their Huntersville kitchen window, Henry and Dot can see the lake off in a distance to the northwest. They say the sunsets through

the window are pretty, but they are nothing like seeing the moon coming up over the water at what is now the end of Pender Pointe Place. Henry and Dot do occasionally make trips to see the moon, but wish they did it more often, agreeing that there is nothing like seeing the light as it ripples on the water and brightens the night. Their children were the first to see the new street sign as they arrived to enjoy a late summer weekend. They were so proud and excited that they sent their parents a picture. Standing under the sign on a recent early fall day, Dot told me, “When we were 17, we never could have imagined life 50 and 60 years later. We couldn’t comprehend what might come down the road, and we never imagined that any of these changes, especially a road, would happen. “But through all the changes,” she continues, “there has always been family. What Henry and I have learned throughout our life on this property is to try to enjoy what’s here now instead of worrying about what’s next. And to us, that has always been family.”


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hen Armin Desch mulled over names for his wedding and event center two years ago, he thought of his mother’s fondness for wearing strands of pearls. That inspired the name of The Pearl Wedding and Event Center in Cornelius, a venue that has come to signify quality, much like the gemstone for which it is named. Now, Desch has nestled another gem within the event space, opening a lunch spot within the bar area and calling it The Pearl Grill & Deli. “I wanted to open a place where people would feel comfortable and have good food at a reasonable price,” Desch explains. “I reinvented the menu based on the deli menu from my previous restaurant, which was a New York-style deli.”

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Desch is a New Jersey native who has been in the food service industry for over a quarter-century. Now president of Armin’s Catering, he previously owned The Country Boardwalk Deli in Midtown, near Carolinas Medical Center. When he moved to North Carolina, authentic delis were difficult to find. Then — and now — one critical element was the bread, along with the meats and accompanying sides. He describes rye bread and how essential it is for authenticity, for example. “It’s [rye bread] a real crisp crust, and that makes the New York sandwich so much more authentic,” he says. All sandwiches are served with a pickle wedge and a choice of Baked Lays or fries. Some sandwiches pay homage to the Lake Norman area, such as the LKN Club, a smoked turkey breast selection with muenster cheese and crisp applewood bacon served on sliced challah bread with honey mustard, lettuce and tomatoes. The Lakeshore Veggie Wrap features chopped romaine lettuce, sliced tomatoes, banana peppers and sliced cucumbers with artichoke spread in a tortilla wrap. The Bourbon Bacon Burger tempts with its bourbon sauce, bacon and cheddar cheese on a

the table at The Pearl Grill & Deli

brioche bun, while Debra Kennedy’s Southern Decadence is just that — an open-faced grilled pimento cheese and fried green tomato sandwich served on challah. Side options include homemade mac and cheese, vegetarian baked beans, fruit salad, spicy slaw, onion rings, sweet potato fries, and varied seasonal options. Desserts are tender morsels, including homemade brownies, cookies, key lime pie and raspberry cheesecake bars. Those looking for lighter fare can choose from salads, such as the Bellino, featuring romaine, strawberries, mandarin oranges, feta crumbles and honey roasted pecans served with raspberry


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vinaigrette. Add-on proteins include cilantro lime-marinated grilled chicken, grilled shrimp and Atlantic salmon. As winter comes on, The Pearl has also incorporated soups. Diners are in for a treat, as evidenced by Armin’s Catering and Events’ two first-place slots in the 2014 Souper Bowl cookoff at Davidson College. Desch worked with his executive chef Nicholas Apap to expand the

Bellino Salad with salmon features chopped romaine with strawberries, mandarin oranges, feta crumbles and honey-roasted pecans served with raspberry vinaigrette.

menu and commends Apap for taking the new endeavor in stride. Apap is a 2000 graduate of The Culinary Institute of America.

Bright and fresh In addition to food that centers on quality, Desch places emphasis on pricing to allow a wider range of people to enjoy the space and the opportunity to eat out. For the holidays, he can imagine groups coming into the space at lunch for a special treat, including larger groups, which can be seated in the larger event space. Desch has always worked with non-profit groups to offer affordable options. “We are very grateful to be able to contribute to the community,” he says. “We’ve had a lot of fundraisers at The Pearl. We had a group in that just raised over $20,000. Having a space that’s affordable for non-profits has been important for me to be part of the community support aspect of things.” Events hosted at the event space have supported Pat’s Place, Little Smiles, Avalon Farm, Lake Norman Community Health Clinic and North Mecklenburg Woman’s Club, among others. Lake Norman interior designer Kathleen

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McMahan collaborated on the design of the space and its soothing oyster shell colors. The walls were red when they moved in, requiring a complete makeover. “The whole theme and modification for the space is to have a nice bright place that is neutral for events,” Desch says. “That was quite a challenge, too. You don’t really realize how many shades of gray there are. When we started painting, it looked like a prison cell. We painted five different times.” After all the effort, guests will now find a glowing gem. THE SCOOP

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ord of mouth is a wonderful thing. Some weeks back a friend told me about a North Carolina wine that had impressed her. The wine was a blend of several red grapes made by JOLO Winery and Vineyards in Pilot Mountain. Her description of the wine was so ardent that, at the earliest opportunity, my wife, Mary Ellen, and I headed up Interstate 77 to taste for ourselves. Good move Let’s start with the wine. First, some background. Owners JV and Kristen Ray have traveled to wine regions throughout the world — California, Burgundy, Tuscany and many more. They got bitten by the wine bug and decided to trade successful business careers for the life of growing grapes and making wine — this wine bug packs a powerful punch. JV embarked on a winemaking education journey and was helped along by Sean McRitchie of McRitchie Winery and Ciderworks. If you’ve ever tasted any of McRitchie’s wines, you’ll know that he’s pretty good company to have. The Rays found and cleared some land that had been deemed unfit for general agriculture due to its rocky soil and hilly terrain. It’s important to note that rocky, nasty soil is what is needed to produce great wines. In that kind of environment, grapevines have to struggle to get nourishment and moisture. As with people, struggle builds character and, to be interesting, every wine needs a little character; the more the better. The Rays planted their first grapes back in 2010. And here we are today.

aroma that just won’t quit. In our wine cellar, when I poured a glass, the aroma filled the whole room — I suspect the wine was flexing its muscles, showing off to all its cousins. Pilot Fog is deep and warm; lots of dark fruit that almost seem mysterious — I despise poetic and flowery descriptions of a wine, but this wine comes close to converting me. The mouth feel is full of body and complexity; it too, goes on forever. And, there’s a nice twist. All of the Rays' other wines are aged in new French oak. Pilot Fog ages in American oak. This is an all American wine.

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Another wine that stood out was the Jolotage; this was the wine that our friend had described so rapturously. Jolotage is a blend of several grapes, mostly the varietals that make up the famous wines from the Bordeaux region of France. Just like in Bordeaux, the mix of grapes that makes up Jolotage’s blend changes from year to year. JV selects wines that are, in his opinion, the best of the best in his cellar. He then blends and tastes until he gets the balance, taste and elegance he’s looking

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We spent time with JV Ray in his tasting room — a lot more on the room later. We tasted a range of his wines but, instead of giving an itemized description of each one, I’ll focus on just a couple to give you a feel for his philosophy. One wine stood out. Not because it was much better than the others, they were all beyond good. This wine was the most interesting. It’s made from a grape I’d never met, Cynthiana. I learned from Ray that Cynthiana (its alternate name is Norton) can lay claim as being “America’s grape.” Without getting too nerdy, the grape has a lineage from some native American grapes. It thrived before Prohibition; then it faded into obscurity. Back in its heyday, the grape was a champ. In 1873 a Cynthiana wine brought home a medal from the international exhibition in Vienna, followed by a grand win in Paris in 1878. Thanks to winemakers like Ray, it’s on the comeback trail. Ray uses 100 percent Cynthiana in his Pilot Fog wine. This wine blew me away. It has an

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Pilot Fog ages in American oak. This is an all american wine.

for. Like, Pilot Fog, this is another deep wine. There are all manner of flavors that hit the palate, one after another. Very nice.

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Now for the other side of our visit. The first thing that hits you when you walk into the tasting room at Jolo is the huge and magnificent kitchen at the end of the room. As you walk towards it you notice the entrance to an elegant dining room, End Posts. This is more than just a simple tasting room. It’s a place to really treat yourself. We tasted the Rays’ wines while sitting at the bar overlooking the kitchen. There was a lot going on — we were there just before lunchtime. It was a great experience, but JV explained that it got even better. He offers a gourmet experience at the bar. You can nosh on seven courses prepared right in front of you and paired, of course, with wines. JOLO wines are suggested, but they are complemented by other fine wines from around the world. Just the thought of all that clarified in our minds that we had to stay for lunch — tasting wines with their winemaker tends to work up an appetite. Let me set the scene for our lunch experience. Pilot Mountain is not exactly the

complete with white linen, good silverware, beautiful wine glasses and a great view, we both thought that we were in a high-end restaurant in the French wine country. And it didn’t stop there. The service was better than impeccable; it was outstanding. That day we opted for a light lunch, but Mary Ellen has definitely put a dinner overlooking the kitchen on my to-do list. I’ve ranted in the past about how good our North Carolina wines have become. This is another one for the list. Add the dining experience to JOLO wines and I think you’re onto something that beats anything you could find in the U.S. — or in Europe, for that matter. I’m so grateful our friend pointed these wines out. We’ll be back often. If you’re in for a treat, or even if you’re not, give this place a try. Enjoy. Trevor Burton of Mooresville is certified by the International Sommelier Guild, he is founder of SST Wine Experiences and, along with his wife, Mary Ellen, conducts wine education and tasting tours to wine regions throughout the world.

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Evolution of a Coach Thirty-four years on the pool deck has prepared David Marsh for a run at Olympic gold



he Auburn University swimmers never touched the water at any point during his first practice as head coach. For David Marsh, there were more important matters to address. Like confidence, pride, attitude and poise. All the traits Marsh believes make a person a great athlete. None of these required the swimmers to get wet. Then, to show the swimmers that swimming for Auburn was a privilege, not a right, Marsh had another idea to execute.

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On the second day of practice he planned to loudly and publicly send an athlete home. His job was made easier when an athlete walked into the locker room smelling of alcohol. Marsh dismissed the swimmer in front of the entire team. The coach knew change was needed. In the five years after David Marsh had graduated a five-time All-American swimmer from a program that had been a perennial NCAA top 10, Auburn fell sharply in the

SwimMac has grown tremendously during David Marsh’s tenure. The program now trains upwards of 800 swimmers in north and south programs annually, some as young as 8 years old.

ranks. The season before he accepted the head coaching position, the Tigers tied for last at the NCAA Nationals. As Marsh accepted coaching jobs first in Atlanta then Las Vegas, he watched the slide from afar, feeling a pull, still, to his alma mater. “I was embarrassed and mad when I came back to Auburn,” Marsh recalls. “I thought to myself, ‘You guys messed up the program I loved,’ and I went in both guns blazing, ready to do anything to transform the team.

A huge step back for an even bigger gain

In 2007, after 17 years and 12 combined men’s and women’s NCAA championships, Marsh made the decision to leave Auburn to become CEO and director of coaching at SwimMac Carolina, an established but middle tier, community-based program that lacked

I made a huge one. When I got to Charlotte, I was changing lane lines in a 25-yard pool with steamed windows the first day when I hadn’t done that in years.” But Marsh has never been one to shy away from a change, and in leaving Auburn he saw not just challenge but opportunity. Of the hundreds of community-based programs and cities he could have selected, he chose Charlotte, seeing it as a progressive, underachieving southern city that loved sports and was primed to wrap its arms around the concept of swimmers living and training locally, some to represent their country at the Olympics. And from the beginning, Marsh says, he felt a strong pull to Davidson and Lake Norman. The community feel attracted his wife and family. The collegiate and educational atmosphere also allowed Marsh to envision his swimmers participating as athletes, role models and strong community servants. And in Davidson, he says, he also went from not paying much attention to his spiritual side to becoming a Christian. SwimMac has grown tremendously

the announcement much like he did the change of coming to Charlotte. As a selfproclaimed “lifelong learner,” he saw it as an opportunity to create something special. “If you imagine a blank canvas,” he says, “I have the brush to work the canvas. I bring together everything necessary to create the painting. I don’t even know what the picture will look like, and I’m not the only one doing the painting, but what this means to me is that I am responsible for the process and for that, I see great promise.” Wearing the hats of both SwimMac Carolina and the USA Olympics, Marsh admits to a new personal challenge. Turning it off and finding balance, he admits, has become a challenge. To help maintain balance, his Wednesday mornings have become his scheduled down time. Marsh generally walks

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“And it started with attitude,” he continues. “Knowing confident people make the best athletes, I wanted to change posture and demeanor of the team. The first practice we worked on handshakes, looking someone in the eye, exuding confidence. I had them put towels around their neck, told them it was their capes, and had them walk around the deck like they were Superman. ‘Give me the Superman walk,’ I said, ‘and never forget it.’ ” His philosophy worked. Four years later, the Tigers won their first conference title under Marsh. Three years later they claimed their first NCAA title. And from the mid-1990s through 2007, every swimmer walked away with at least one championship ring. Some had one for each of their four years.

Left: Celebrating with the 1999 NCAA Men’s National Championship team. Above: On the pool deck as head swim coach at Auburn University in 1999. Marsh spent 17 years leading the men’s and women’s teams to a combined 12 national titles (7 NCAA mens and 5 NCAA womens).

many of the resources like staff, trainers and funds, not to mention a world class swim facility, that he had enjoyed while at Auburn. The move, he says, was necessary for him to grow as a coach, but it surprised many. “For a swim coach, the pinnacle of coaching has traditionally been to lead a collegiate team to the top and build a world class program that has the resources to sustain itself and continue to bring in athletes who go on to make their mark,” Marsh says. “ I had all that at Auburn but felt that to become a better coach, to continue the evolution, I had to take a step back. And by taking a step back, I mean

during Marsh’s tenure. The program now trains upwards of 800 swimmers in north and south programs annually, some as young as 8 years old, and each and every athlete teaches him something new. To date, Marsh has led SwimMAC to three consecutive USA Club Excellence Championships, a first for any program.

Olympic promise

When USA Swimming announced on September 9, 2015 that Marsh would serve as the head coach of the women’s team of the 2016 US Olympic Team, the coach welcomed

his dog through the Davidson campus and listens to podcasts while trying as much as possible to avoid answering phone calls, texts and emails. His assistant coaches run morning practice and understand his absence. If he didn’t schedule the mornings, he admits, he would likely overload on swimming. After 34 years on the pool deck, Marsh is as happy and energized as he was the first day he coached a group of young swimmers. His love of the sport and dedication to the athlete has remained the same, while his philosophy has changed. “Now, through the years, as I have become more of an advocate for the swimmer than a dictator over the swimmer, I have learned to embrace this wonderful journey and recognize the transformations happening around me,” he says. “I want to see swimmers grow as human beings in the sport and reach the level they want. And my job as a coach, I’ll be there to nudge them, as I always have, to be just that much better.


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akeside living naturally implies fun. However, a Mooresville homeowner took that idea to another level when he decided to turn the lakeside portion of his property into a year-round entertainment oasis. With the help of Jenny Pippin of Pippin Home Designs Inc. and Bill Goff of Blackfoot Landscaping, he did that and a whole lot more. The project also won the American Residential Design Awards’ Grand Award for Outdoor Living at the American Institute of Building Design’s annual conference in Rhode Island earlier this fall.

A project’s evolution

A contemporary cabana designed by Jenny Pippin of Pippin Home Designs Inc. offers pleasure throughout all of the seasons.

Ironically the project had a different focus initially, as the homeowner, who requested his name not be published, wanted to renovate his home to add more bedrooms for guests, as he has a lot of company, including family and friends. “Then he called me sometime after we had developed a number of different options for the house, and he said, ‘I think I don’t want to do the house,’ ” recalls Pippin, “ ‘ I think I want to redo my cabana.’ ” Pippin says the original cabana was nice and matched the Old World architecture of the home. However, the homeowner had other plans. He wanted a summer cabana and a winter cabana


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Bill Goff of Blackfoot Landscaping designed a luxurious yard and beach on the property.

— under one roof. And he wanted them to open up to each other so he could use them year-round. He also wanted a more contemporary look. Pippin obliged with a cabana twice the size (three times if you count the rooftop deck) of the original structure. The summer cabana, which is the half of the first floor area closest to the lake, includes a summer kitchen with a built-in grill, a walk-in pantry, cooler ice maker, beer kegerator and a Big Green Egg just beyond the bar area. Goff custom made an iron stand for the grill. Only a few columns support the space so as not to infringe upon the lake view. The remaining portion of the first floor is the winter cabana, featuring large windows and glass doors. “He [the owner] wanted to feel like he was outside even when he was inside,” explains Pippin, adding that the space also includes a kitchenette, full bath, TV, fireplace and a Wurlitzer jukebox. “The area can also serve as a guesthouse.” The original cabana had a vaulted ceiling, prohibiting a rooftop

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Whether indoors or outdoors, entertaining is easy in this cabana designed for summer, winter and anything in between.

deck. Pippin’s structure is clad in stained cedar and red-painted window cases, and features a flat roof that serves as a magical space for entertaining. The higher elevation of the rooftop offers exquisite lake and sunset views, and the built-in fire pit surrounded by lounge furniture offers a cozy gathering area on top of the cabana. The rooftop also serves as a dance floor for parties. “The owner had a wedding here, and Below, the higher elevation of the rooftop offers exquisite lake and sunset views, and the built-in fire pit surrounded by lounge furniture offers a cozy gathering area on top of the cabana.

they pushed the chairs to the side and danced the night away,” says Goff, who works out of Terrell. The railing of the rooftop features cables and custom metal handrails, complete with a drink ledge. Low-voltage lighting and irrigation for rooftop plants run through the handrails. “A lot of thought went into this,” Goff says. “A lot of sleepless nights are involved in building these things.” Goff custom made an iron stand for the owner's Big Green Egg.

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A putting green, shuffleboard deck, beach and resurfaced pool are all part of the playground.

Play Time

While the cabana offers breathtaking lake views, it also offers a delightful view of what can best be described as an adult playground. The pool is original to the property, but it was redone and the deck was resurfaced with travertine tile. A shuffleboard deck, a putting green that lights up at night and a beach effortlessly blend together to entertain all ages. “The owner wanted us to make the

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Above, Goff made an iron holder for the shuffleboard equipment, and he also had custom Ryder Cup flags made for the putting green.

Above, Colorful adirondack chairs add even more whimsy to the design. Left, a 20-person spa adjacent to the main house overlooks an outdoor room.

area unique and to make it different,” explains Goff, who arranged for Ryder Cup flags to be made for the putting green. Between the pool and shuffleboard court, three laser-cut iron stools and a table are attached to the deck because the wind tends to pick up along the shoreline. Goff designed all of that in addition

to a rack for the shuffleboard gear. As you walk to the main house from the shore, you’ll discover an outdoor room that Goff built for the client a few years ago. And you’ll also find a custom bubbling spa that can accommodate up to 20 people. Located just steps from the master bedroom, the outdoor hot tub

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Above, a spiral staircase leads to the cabana deck. Bottom left, Goff gave this sculpture by Rich Nozzle of NOZ Graphics in Davidson to the owner when the project was complete. Below, the rooftop of the cabana offers plenty of room to dance.


features two vanishing waterfalls that empty into a lower pool. The lower pool circulates 360 degrees around a stone walkway that encompasses an elegant Japanese maple. Strategically placed landscape lighting allows the space to be enjoyed throughout the evening. In addition, a 55-inch TV screen in the nearby outdoor room area

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can be viewed while relaxing in the spa. “There’s a lot of input from a lot of different people,” says Goff. Phil Rotella of LakeVision Development served as the general contractor, while Tim Whelan of Tim Whelan Homes was the project manager and Amy Holt of Designs on Madison served as the interior designer. “All the subs that we had in here are people that I’ve used for 12 or 15 years,” says Goff, “so we had a lot of familiar faces here that really knew what we wanted and how we wanted it done and how the client

works and what questions to ask.” The creativity involved in the project was Goff and Pippin’s favorite aspect about it. “The owner pretty much turned me loose,” recalls Goff. “Most of the time he went along with everything we came up with.” “He [the owner] wanted to maximize the views every which way possible, and of course, that’s my specialty, designing for the view, so that was the easy part,” says Pippin. “I think he enjoys sharing it with people.”

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Taste of Habitat On Thursday, November 5, Our Towns Habitat for Humanity hosts Taste of Habitat for its Women Build program. The event takes place at the Charles Mack Citizen Center in Mooresville and features culinary delights from the following Lake Norman establishments: The Pickled Peach, Sangam, Whole Foods Market Lake Norman, Sabi Asian Bistro, Sun Up Café, Jeffrey’s, Jack’s Corner Tap, Creative Catering, The Prickly Pear, Millstone Bake House, Fork, Mickey & Mooch, Famous Toastery Mooresville, South Street Sweet Shop and Nothing Bundt Cakes. The event will also feature live music, an auction, as well as beer and wine. Our Towns Habitat for Humanity builds homes, communities and hope in the north Mecklenburg area and Iredell County. Taste of Habitat, November 5, 6-9 p.m., $50, Charles Mack Citizen Center, Mooresville, www.ourtownshabitat.org.

Musically Yours offers a new take on the string trio experience with harp, harp guitar and cello. Randall Sprinkle plays the unique harp guitar accompanied by his wife, Jayne, on harp. Diane Cox joins the pair, providing resonant melodies on her cello. The three instruments provide a unique and particularly beautiful sound. Based in Charlotte, the trio performs through the Alexander Community Concert Series in Denver on November 15. The program includes classics, as well as contemporary/pop hits. A reception to meet the musicians, with refreshments, follows the concert. Musically Yours, Alexander Community Concert Series, November 15, 3 p.m., adults $15, seniors and students $10, children under 12 free, The Episcopal Church of St. Peter By-the-Lake, 8433 Fairfield Forest Road, Denver, 704.489.6249.

Rural Hill Sheepdog Trials and Dog Festival Even if you’re not a dog person, Rural Hill Sheepdog Trials and Dog Festival is a good time. This fun-filled event takes place on November 7-8 at Historic Rural Hill in Huntersville and features the United States Border Collie Handlers’ Association, The Rural Hill Carolina Dock Dogs, the Greater Charlotte Shetland Sheepdog Trials Sheepdog Club and more. and Dog Festival is Sanctioned by the United States Border Collies November 7-8. Handlers Association, the Rural Hill Sheepdog Trials are open to any herding breeds, but the majority of entries are Border Collies. The Trials are based on tasks that a working dog is asked to do on a farm. The ultimate goal of a trial is for the handler to use his dog to herd the sheep through a series of gates and into a pen, using only voice and whistle commands to communicate. Points are awarded based on how well the dog and their handler complete several separate phases of competition. The team with the most points wins. Dock Dogs is open to dogs of all sizes, breeds and the only age requirement is that dogs must be 6 months old. The sport is comprised of three disciplines — Big Air, Extreme Vertical and Speed Retrieve. There is also the Iron Dog division that competes in all three disciplines. Pets are welcome at the event and need to remain leashed and under their owner’s control. Also on hand will be North Carolina beer and wine, heritage breed livestock, hay rides, historic craft and cooking demos, food vendors, shopping, open trails, antique tractors, living history demonstrations in the 1760’s cabin, pumpkin chunkin’, corn launchin’, kids’ activities, and more. Rural Hill Sheepdog Trials and Dog Festival, November 7-8, gates open at 10 a.m. each day, admission is $11 per person ages 13+, $7.50 for children ages 5-12, and children 4 and under are admitted free, Historic Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Road, Huntersville, www.ruralhill.net. Photography courtesy of Historic Rural Hill.

Taste of Habitat takes place on November 5.

Photography courtesy of Karen Cloninger

Musically Yours

compiled by Lori K. Tate

The Big Three

Taste of Habitat, sheepdogs and Musically Yours




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

CHILDREN Thoroughly Modern Millie Jr. ((November 6-15) This high-spirited musical is filled with jazz, intrigue and fun flappers. Join Millie as she moves from a small town into the big city in search of a new and more modern life. But as exciting as the roaring ’20s can be in New York City, it also has its villains and evil wrongdoings. With catchy songs and fun characters, this musical will have the whole town dancing the Charleston. Various times. Advance tickets $10. Produced by the Connie Company of the Davidson Community Players, Armour Street Theatre, 307 Armour Street, Davidson, www.davidsoncommunityplayers.org.

CONCERTS Rachmaninoff Vespers (November 2) Rachmaninoff’s All-Night Vigil is celebrating its 100th anniversary of the writing and premiere of the timeless Vespers, a work that has been described as his finest achievement and called the “greatest musical achievement of the Russian Orthodox Church.” The Davidson College Choral Arts Society joins with Davidson Singers to perform the hour-long masterpiece sung in its original Church Slavonic. 3 p.m. $13.99. Duke Family Performance Hall, www.davidson.edu. Performing Arts Live of Iredell — Ethan Bortnick (November 14) Recognized by the Guinness World Records as “The World’s Youngest Solo Musician to Head-line His Own Concert Tour,” 14-year-old Ethan Bortnick has been performing around the world, raising over $40,000,000 for charities across the globe. He has been playing the piano since he was 3 years old. 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 plus 6.75 percent sales tax. Mac Gray Auditorium 474 North Center Street, Statesville, www.PALofIredell.com. Music at St. Alban’s (November 15) Jazz vocalist Lois Deloatch, acclaimed for her fluid interpretations and transcendent performances, is joined by her instrumental trio for this program of jazz, blues and spirituals. 3 p.m. General admission $15, students and young adults under 25 $10, seniors (62+)$10, children under 12 free. St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 301 Caldwell Lane, Davidson, www.musicatstalbansdavidson.org. Musically Yours (November 15) Musically Yours, a new take on the string trio experience — harp, harp guitar, and cello — performs. Enjoy a unique sound for the classics and contemporary/pop hits. Reception to meet the musicians, with refreshments, follows the concert. 3 p.m. Adults $15, seniors and students $10, children under 12 free. The Episcopal Church of St. Peter By-the-Lake, 8433 Fairfield Forest Road, Denver, 704.489.6249. Lake Norman Big Band (November 16) The Lake Norman Big Band plays every third Monday night at The Finish Line Restaurant in Mooresville. The show features favorite hits from the big band era and more. 7-9 p.m. $5 cover. Call 704.664.2695 for reservations. The Finish Line Restaurant, 125 Morlake Drive, Mooresville, www.thelakenormanbigband.org.


Soweto Gospel Choir (November 20) Drawing on the best talent from the many churches and communities in and around Soweto, South Africa, the two-time Grammy Award-winning Soweto Gospel Choir returns to Davidson this season. The ensemble performs in six different languages and brings audiences around the world to their feet with

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Girls’ Night Out

Family Fun

Me Time

the joy and power of authentic African gospel music and dynamic renditions of western spirituals. 8 a.m. $20.51. The C. Shaw and Nancy K. Smith Artist Series, Davidson College’s Duke Family Performance Hall of the Knobloch Campus Center, www.davidson.edu.

Discovering Davidson Tour (November 12) Learn the ins and outs of Davidson through a FAM tour, familiarization tour, sponsored by Visit Lake Norman. $20 per person. RSVP to Cyndi Bartley at bartley@lakenorman.org.

Davidson Holiday Gala (November 30-December 1) The Davidson College Choirs, Symphony Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble and friends from Dance Davidson and Young Voices of the Carolinas ring in the holiday season with the third annual Holiday Gala. 7:30 p.m. $18.65. Duke Family Performance Hall, Davidson College, www.davidson.edu.

Lowe’s Taste of the Lake (November 14) Enjoy an evening of fun, food and philanthropy that includes fabulous fare from the area’s premiere restaurants, silent and live auctions, music and spirits. Proceeds help the YMCA build a healthier community, nurture the potential of every child and give back to our Lake Norman neighbors through the Lowe’s YMCA Annual Campaign. 6 p.m. $50 per person, RSVP by November 6. Johnson Carriage House & Meadows, 1360 Brawley School Road, Mooresville, www.ymcacharlotte.org.

EVENTS 2015 Rural Hill Amazing Maize Maze (Through November 1) Get lost in our giant seven-acre corn maze featuring more than two miles of interconnecting paths, one of the largest in the Southeast. The whole of Rural Hill’s 265 acres is available during maze hours. You can take a hayride around the farm, play a round of corn-hole, explore the historic site, play in the mini-mazes, have a picnic, hike the trails, pick a pumpkin (in October) and more. Fri-Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Prices vary. Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Road, Huntersville, www.ruralhill.net. The Carolina Renaissance Festival (Through November 22) The Carolina Renaissance Festival is a medieval amusement park with theaters, a village marketplace, an interactive circus, an arts and crafts fair, a jousting tournament, and a feast — all rolled into one non-stop, day-long family adventure. Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. $23; children $11; children under 5 free. Tickets purchased at the gate are $1 more. 16445 Poplar Tent Road, Huntersville, www.royalfaires.com. Folk Life Festival (November 7-8) Local vendors specializing in handcrafts including pottery, jewelry, preserves, paintings, and wood crafts will be available for browsing. Living history demonstrations including bookbinding, woodworking, cooking and an open house tour will be ongoing throughout each day. Children will also enjoy games and farm animal displays. Food vendors and the Olde Mecklenburg Brewery will be serving. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $5 adults, $4 seniors/students, children 5 and under are free. Historic Latta Plantation, 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville, www.lattaplantation.org. Rural Hill Sheepdog Trials and Dog Festival (November 7-8) Sanctioned by the United States Border Collies Handlers Association, the Rural Hill Sheepdog Trials are open to any herding breeds, but the majority of entries are Border Collies. The Trials are based on tasks that a working dog is asked to do on the farm. Gates open at 10 a.m. Admission is $11 per person ages 13+, $7.50 for children ages 5-12, and children 4 and under are admitted free, Historic Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Road, Huntersville, www.ruralhill.net. Veteran’s Day Celebration (November 11) Join the Town of Cornelius and American Legion Post 86 for its annual Veterans Day Program. This program honors military veterans and those currently serving in our Armed Forces. American Legion Post 86 Commander Mike Puckett will lead a ceremony that includes a welcome from Cornelius Mayor Chuck Travis, 21-gun salute by American Legion Post 86 and patriotic songs by the W.A. Hough High School Concert Choir. 11 a.m. Cornelius Veteran’s Monument at Rotary Plaza and the Cornelius Town Hall lawn, www.cornelius.org.

Mardi Gras in November (November 14) The Peninsula Community Foundation holds its 12th annual fundraising gala this month. The Mardi Gras-themed event will provide an opportunity to join with over 200 honored guests who each share in the passion of philanthropy in the local North Mecklenburg community. There will be a cocktail reception and silent auction, followed by dinner and a live auction. The after party will include entertainment, Casino Night and dancing. Event begins at 6 p.m. $150 per person. The Peninsula Club, Cornelius, www.thepeninsulacommunityfoundation.org. One-Hundred Years of Christmas (November 27-28) Celebrating Christmas 1768-1868 with clothed interpreters from the Federalist through the Victorian eras. The Latta Home, Cooks Kitchen, Alexander Cabin, and Yeoman Cabins will be transformed with period Christmas decor. Family activities, live music, tours, demonstrations and farm animal visits everyone will enjoy. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $8 adults, $7 seniors/students, children 5 and under are free. Historic Latta Plantation, 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville, www.lattaplantation.org.

FILM Studio-C Cinema (November 10) In Buzzard, a young suburban slacker and penny-ante con artist digs himself deeper into an anti-social rut until he realizes that there are no options left. Watch this film on a 17-foot screen in 5.1 surround sound. Doors open at 6:15 p.m., screening begins at 7 p.m. $9. Warehouse Performing Arts Center, 9216-A Westmoreland Road, Cornelius, www.studioccinema.com.

GALLERIES Brick Row Art Gallery Various exhibitions. Tue-Sat 10 a.m.-6 p.m. or by appointment. 21325 Catawba Avenue, Cornelius, look for Brick Row Art Gallery on Facebook. Cornelius Arts Center Awakening unites the art of four female photographers from across the United States for a visual exploration of the internal human experience. Artists represented include S. Gayle Stevens, Diana H. Bloomfield, Aspen Hochhalter and Christina Z. Anderson. (Through November 23). Mon-Thu 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Fri-Sat 9 a.m.-noon. 19725 Oak Street, Cornelius, www.cornelius.org. GET DATES “Cotton” Ketchie’s Landmark Galleries Various exhibitions. The work of watercolorist ‘Cotton’ Ketchie. Mon-Sat 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 212 North Main Street, Mooresville, 704.664.4122, www.landmark-galleries.com.

Depot Art Gallery North Carolina Watercolor Society’s Annual Juried Exhibit and Convention (Through November 25). Mooresville Arts will be hosting the North Carolina Watercolor Society’s Annual Juried Exhibit and Convention October 10-11. The exhibit runs from October 11-November 25. 103 W. Center Avenue, Mooresville, www.magart.org. 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, www.fcfgframing.com. Lake Country Gallery Various exhibitions. Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Exit 36 – Mooresville, between Belk and Kohl’s, 704.664.5022, www.lakecountrygallery.net. Sanctuary of Davidson Various exhibitions. 108 S. Main Street, Davidson, www.sanctuaryofdavidson.com. 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, www.tropicalconnectionslakenorman.com. The Van Every/Smith Galleries Various exhibitions. Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat-Sun noon-4 p.m. Davidson College, The Van Every/ Smith Galleries, 315 N. Main Street, Davidson, www.davidsoncollegeartgalleries.org.

MONTHLY EVENTS Carolina Raptor Center Live bird presentations, flight shows, behind-the-scenes tours and more take place at Carolina Raptor Center throughout the month. Visit carolinaraptorcenter.org 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. https://www.facebook.com/artisanmarketnc. Downtown Mooresville Cruise-In (First Saturday) Downtown Mooresville shines with chrome, glitter and sparkling paint during the monthly Cruise-In. It’s a great chance to show off your car and chat with other car enthusiasts, surrounded by the architecturally historic backdrop of Downtown Mooresville. Downtown Mooresville – Broad Street, 4-8p.m., free, www.downtownmooresville.com. Lunch in the Lot (every Wednesday and Friday) Feast from a food truck in Old Town Cornelius at Oak Street Mill. Tables and chairs are set up at Kadi Fit so you can enjoy your lunch with friends. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Look for Old Town Cornelius on Facebook. Davidson Farmer’s Market (Every Saturday except November 28) 9 a.m.-noon. Free. Next to Town Hall between Main and Jackson streets in downtown Davidson, www.davidsonfarmersmarket.org. 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, www.downtownmooresville.com. Downtown Mooresville Farmers Market (Every Saturday) This market features local produce, meats, eggs and more. 8 a.m.-noon. Corner of Church Street and East Iredell Avenue, Mooresville, www.downtownmooresville.com. 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, www.downtownmooresville.com.



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SPORTS Davidson College Men’s Basketball Every season seems to get better and better. Could Davidson College go back to the big dance this year? Lenoir-Rhyne (November 7, 2 p.m.), UCF (November 14, 7:30 p.m.), College of Charleston (November 21, 1 p.m.), Mercer (November 23, 7 p.m.), Denison (November 28, 2 p.m.). John M. Belk Arena, Davidson College, www.davidsonwildcats.com.

THEATRE An Empty Plate At The Café Du Grand Boeuf (November 6-21) No menu necessary at the world’s greatest restaurant, the Café du Grand Boeuf in Paris. Why? “Because we have everything,” headwaiter Claude admonishes waiter-in-training Antoine. On this hot July night in 1961, the two join waitress Mimi and chef Gaston in awaiting the imminent arrival of Victor, the Café’s owner and sole patron. But when “Monsieur” returns from the bullfights in Madrid, disheveled and morose, his wish is simple: to die of starvation at his own table. Thu-Sat 8 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. $21, $16 seniors and students. Warehouse PAC, 9216-A Westmoreland Road, Cornelius, www.warehousepac.com. The Great God Pan (November 12-15) Jamie’s life in Brooklyn seems fine: a beautiful girlfriend, a budding journalism career and parents who live just far enough away. But his life is thrown into turmoil by the discovery that he may have been the victim of childhood sexual abuse. Unsettling and deeply compassionate, The Great God Pan tells the intimate tale of what is lost and won when a hidden truth is unloosed into the world. Contains adult themes and strong language. Recommended for ages 15 and up. Produced by Davidson College Theatre Department. Thu-Sun 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. $6 -$14.28. The Barber Theatre, Davidson College, www.davidson.edu.

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Lori K. Tate learns how it feels to be a newcomer


’m a big advocate of touring your own town. It’s one of the best ways to learn about your surroundings, and it’s also a great way to plan for how to entertain your own visitors. That said, when CURRENTS’ publisher Sharon Simpson forwarded me an e-mail about A Walking Tour of Downtown Mooresville for newcomers, I made a reservation and marked it on my calendar. Nancy Embry, a life and wellness coach at The U Center, a member-based business center in Mooresville, put the tour together. “I felt like reaching out to newcomers as a service,” she says. “There’s so much great history [in Mooresville].” Our tour began at Mooresville Arts, where we each stated our names and where we were from. Florida, Illinois, Minnesota,

celebrated its 116th anniversary, Jack Moore, the store’s owner, charmed everyone. Moore started working at the store in 1946 when he was 15 years old. He now works 60 hours a week, and he still climbs the shelf ladders in the store. The only day he doesn’t work is Sunday. And by the way, the store sells $1,000 worth of local honey a month. From there we made our way down Main Street with stops at Enchanted Olive (everyone got to try different flavors of olive oil), Future Fashion Designers, and Richard’s Coffee Shop and Living Military Museum. Our tour was on a Thursday, and that’s also the day that Richard’s offers free coffee to veterans. Needless to say, the place was packed by the time we got there. Plenty of

Tate with Jack Moore, the owner of D.E. Turner Hardware. He's been working at the store since 1946.


Pennsylvania, Texas and Wisconsin were just some of the states mentioned. As we made our way to D.E. Turner Hardware Store, I asked a few folks what brought them to Mooresville. The top answer, by far, was weather. “We had 100 inches of snow in six weeks this past winter,” said Diane Sheehan, who recently moved with her husband and two sons to Mooresville from New Hampshire. I would have left at 10. At the hardware store, which recently

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time was scheduled for us to browse the museum and talk to the veterans, thanking them for their service. Most folks were surprised at how big the place was and what a good job it does at commemorating our armed forces. At the Charles Mack Citizen Center, we learned that the facility was built on the site of Mooresville’s first Belk department store. The right entrance was for ladies’ merchandise, and the left was for men’s. Next time you go, notice the gray tile at the

From left, Nancy Embry and Lori K. Tate. Embry coordinated the Walking Tour of Mooresville.

entrances, as it’s the original tile from the Belk store. More treats were discovered at CynTucci’s New York Style Bakery and the Quilter’s Loft. And, of course, no trip is complete without a stop at “Cotton” Ketchie’s Landmark Galleries, Inc. Here, guests were able to meet Cotton and hear stories from a Mooresville native. Cotton used to work in the Belk department store previously mentioned. The tour ended with lunch at either JJ Wasabi’s or The Daily Grind Grill & Cafe. Embry pointed out that the building that The Daily Grind is housed in was the location of D.E. Turner’s first hardware store and the Charles Mack confectionary, which later moved to the current location of the Mooresville Museum. While the tour was informative, well organized and free, the best part was seeing newcomers make friends with each other as they learned about their new home. Some of these connections might never have been made if it weren’t for Embry taking the time to organize the event. She even gives tourists index cards for contact information exchanges, “Life is an adventure,” says Embry, who has moved a lot in her lifetime. “It’s nice to take the sting out of stuff.” THE SCOOP The next Newcomer’s Event is titled Craft Your New Life and is scheduled for Tuesday, November 10 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at The U Center, 517 Alcove Road, Mooresville. You’ll make a craft that depicts your move, while you get tips on crafting your new life. The cost is $15 per person. For more information or to make a reservation, contact Nancy Embry at Nancy@ RoadToHealthCoaching.com.

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You can attend either an open casting or schedule an appointment. All castings take place at glenn roberson photography studios at 19725 Oak Street, Cornelius, 28031. Please come with light makeup and lightly-styled hair. There will be both headshots and a 3/4 to full-length shot. A model release (and permission form for under 18) will be required. A portion of the proceeds will be going to B.R.A.K.E.S. Open casting calls $20.

Open Casting calls dates are: Nov. 15th 2pm-4pm, Nov. 16th 6pm-8pm Dec. 13th 2pm-4pm, Dec. 14th 6pm-8pm You can also make appointments based on our availability. If you are unable to attend an open call. The charge for an appointed casting is $40.



A panel of professionals in the modeling industry will select 12 finalists on January 2. CURRENTS’ readers, friends, business leaders, etc. will be encouraged to vote for their favorite “model” on our website at www.lakenormansnexttopmodel.com Lake Norman’s Next top model winner will be announced at a special celebration in February. The winner will appear on the cover of CURRENTS’ Spring Fashion issue in April and inside our Fall Fashion spread in September. All contestants must be at least 14 years old and currently reside in the Lake Norman area. The Top Five Contestants receiving the most votes will be crowned our Semi-Finalists, and the Lake contestant recieving the highest number of votes Norman’s will be crowned Lake Norman’s Next Top Model and will be our Cover Model for the April 2016 issue! 2015

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All Five finalists will be featured inside CURRENTS Magazine’s Spring Fashion Preview issue wearing the newest fashions and accessories for spring available at boutiques throughout the Lake Norman area! A winner will also be chosen by Carolina Talent to receive a modeling contract!

It’s a fun contest filled with glamour so get your shine on and be there for the CASTING CALL! Contest open to male and female contestants ages 14 and up. Contestants must live in the Lake Norman area (Huntersville, Cornelius, Davidson, Mooresville, Troutman, Statesville, Denver). The judges’ decisions are final. Employees and family members of Lake Norman CURRENTS Magazine and Glenn Roberson Photography are not eligible to enter. Contest not open to professional models. No previous modeling experience required.


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