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Lake Norman Real Estate’s July Calendar is Here!

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 July in our beautiful Lake Norman area means warm weather, warm water and outdoor living of all kinds.  Picnics, whether on a boat, in one of our beautiful parks, or in one’s own back yard, are the perfect way to relax and enjoy summer at the lake.  This is why we all love living here!

To make this your desktop calendar, go the right hand column on the home page you will see this photo.  Click on this smaller image of my Lake Norman photo.  A larger version of the calendar will come up.  Then, right click and select “set as background”.

While I have great fun taking pictures of Lake Norman, I would love to use one of your favorite photos depicting life here in Lake Norman!. If you’d like to submit a photo for a future calendar, please send it to…

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Lake Norman Real Estate’s June Calendar is Here!

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 One day last summer while taking some clients out on Lake Norman we happened by this wonderful rock formation.  Obviously, I was not the first person to see the image of a creature as someone had carefully painted in the eye.  It looks to me like it is having a fresh green bush for lunch!

I thought it would be fun to choose this for my June Lake Norman calendar instead of highlighting one of the many sports or fun activities that are in full force by June.

To make this your desktop calendar, go the right hand column on the home page you will see this photo.  Click on this smaller image of my Lake Norman photo.  A larger version of the calendar will come up.  Then, right click and select “set as background”.

While I have great fun taking pictures of Lake Norman, I would love to use one of your favorite photos depicting life here in Lake Norman!. If you’d like to submit a photo for a future calendar, please send it to…

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Historic Downtown Mooresville, Lake Norman News, Events and Celebrations

Mooresville’s 2009 Race City Festival is May 16th!

Youth performing at Race City Festival in 2009 Mooresville Lake Norman

 

If you want to experience small-town life in North Carolina, attending one of the many spring and summer festivals is not only fun but a great way to learn more about our wonderful communities.

This Saturday, May 16th,  is the annual Race City Festival (Formerly the Lake Norman Festival) in Historic Downtown Mooresville from 9am – 3pm. 

Mooresville Race City Festival 2008

Thanks to its growing popularity, the festival has expanded to include both Main Street and Broad Street where you will find over 200 vendors of all kinds, homemade cakes, pies and other goodies, live entertainment, merchant sidewalk sales, a great children’s area and booths hosted by various charity and civic organizations in and around Mooresville and Lake Norman.

Mooresville Race City Festival 2008

Civic organizations like my Mooresville Lake Norman Exchange Club have booths handing out information as we did about non-profits like our child abuse prevention SCAN Center of Iredell County.  Of course, there are plenty of distractions that come along unexpectedly!

Many of the booths are Main Street are local and regional artists selling arts and crafts of all kinds.

Historic Turner's Hardware Store

If you really want a glimpse of the past, don’t miss visiting D.E. Turner’s Hardware store which was opened in 1898!  Last year they not only had a great variety of the classic red wagons but they were selling bottles of locally made root beer and various homemade canned goods.

Speaking of food, besides some wonderful homemade goodies, you will find food vendors selling such things as the ever so decadent funnel cakes, kettle corn, turkey legs, hot dogs and fresh lemonade.  This is not the day to be counting calories!

Main Street Mooresville During Race City Festival

Businesses offer all sorts of free goodies for children and adults; from face painting to drink caddies. There is always a children’s Fun Zone where there are plenty of activities to keep kids busy and happy!

I love working at the booths because I can sit back and watch friends, families and visitors go by.  One year I sat in the Mooresville Museum’s booth and had a great time meeting many of the descendants of the original families of Mooresville and hearing stories about times long ago.

Stage for Jazz Behind Soirees

There are always several stages scattered around where you can listen to a variety of live music, watch performances of all kinds, especially of local school children. New last year there was an area behind Soiree’s Restaurant that was set up with a stage for more contemporary bands of all kinds.

Parking is available in various spots around the downtown as well as side streets.  Come early and spend the day!

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Lake Norman Real Estate’s Business of the Week: Steve Abee Pottery

Steve Abee Catawba Valley Potter

Those of you who have been reading my blog for several years already know that I am an AVID collector of Catawba Vally pottery, particularly the potters that follow the same historic traditional methods passed on by the late Burlon Craig.

Of all of the potters that are included in the book “Catawba Clay; Contemporty Southern Face Jug Makers”, there is no doubt that Steve Abee is one of my favorites.  Born in 1968, Steve is one of the youngest  yet one of the most collectible of this coveted group of potters who follows the traditional Catawba Valley method and styles.

 As with each of the Catawba Valley potters, Steve has created a certain look to his face jugs that is immediately recognizable. The well defined nose with flaring nostrils, white bulging eyes with cobalt pupils and the large gapping mouth with two rows of white teeth are part of Steve’s trademark look.

Going to one of Steve’s kiln sales is always exciting because Steve goes out of his way to make some unusual and even whimsical pots like this great pig I was able to get last year.

Steve is one of the few potters who also excels at miniature jugs and pitchers just as Burlon Craig did so many years ago.  And, he does beautiful swirl pieces as you can see from the pig and this miniature pitcher.  The swirl technique that is such an important part of historic Catawba Valley pottery is fairly hard to find these days.  Charlie Lisk is known for his multi-colored swirls pieces but he has not made any swirl pieces since I have been collecting.

In 2006 Steve had his first successful “burn” in his new ground hog kiln.  This is a miniature jug which notes this major achievement.  The kiln sale that day included works by Charlie Lisk and AV Smith as well.  I love the color of this particular glaze.

Because Steve and other Catawba potters fire their pieces in their own wood-burning ground hog kilns, there is always an element of surprise when the pieces are unloaded.

The excitement when arriving and seeing all of the pieces arranged on Steve’s lawn is indescribable.  It is always hard to choose a few favorites and then have to wait to see if I get a low number and therefore have a good chance of getting the piece I want!

As you can see, I have quite a variety of face jugs, a face birdhouse (lower shelf on the left next to the large jug), wig stand (lower shelf on the right) , and face vase plus numerous miniatures.  Steve’s glazes range from nearly clear on the swirl pieces to a very dark brownish green.

Steve and his wife Rita have created a website:  Catawba Valley Pottery of North Carolina where you can learn abut the history, find a schedule of kiln openings, and, starting soon, even purchase pottery which, until now, was only possible at their kiln sales or pottery festivals.  (or on EBay for a WHOLE lot more money!).

They also produced this great 8 minute video in which Steve explains the history and techniques of Catawba Valley pottery: Steve Abee Video about Catawba Valley Pottery.  For general information:  info@cvpottery.com.  I hope to see you at the next kiln opening!

Learn More About Catawba Valley Pottery

The Catawba Valley North Carolina Pottery Festival

December is THE month for Catawba Valley Pottery kiln sales!

How to buy the best Catawba Valley Face Jugs!

Lake Norman, Face Jugs and Collecting Catawba Valley Pottery

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Lake Norman Real Estate’s April Calendar is Here!

 

I have more fun searching for the perfect picture for my monthly Lake Norman wallpaper calendar and this month was no exception.  I just couldn’t resist this little ducking in honor of Easter and our beautiful Lake Norman springtime.

April is one of my favorite of the year here.  Lake Norman comes to life with flowering Dogwoods, Magnolias, fruit trees as well as the beginning of our azaleas, roses and jasmine.  The air is crystal clean, the boats return to the lake (I saw my first water skier yesterday) and the weather is a nearly perfect 70 degrees.

To make this calendar your computer wallpaper,  simply click on the calendar image at the top right on this home page.  A larger version of the calendar will come up.  Then, right click and select “set as background”.

I would love to use one of your favorite photos depicting life here in Lake Norman!. If you’d like to submit a photo for a future calendar, please send it to…

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Lake Norman Real Estate’s Business of the Week: LKN Merchandise.com

One day when I was surfing the web about Lake Norman and Lake Norman real estate I happened upon this great website that sold fun and unusual Lake Norman stuff:  LKN Merchandise.com.  Since I am always looking for new and different types of locally owned and operated businesses to highlight each week I decided to email the company and find out more about it.

It turns out LKNmerchandise.com is the brainchild of a local firm:  Artisan Signs and Graphics located on Old Statesville Road in Cornelius.

Owner Scott Crosbie was kind enough to meet with me and explain more about their company and the Lake Norman Merchandise website.

Artisan Signs and Graphics has been making high quality, custom signage for the greater Lake Norman and Charlotte area for over 15 years. But, it became clear to me while talking with Scott that this isn’t just your typical sign company.

With in-house graphic designers and a lot of enthusiasm and talent they are willing and able to offer much more than just signs.  Scott told me they can even take photos and make life-sized “fat heads” which are life-sized cutouts of a favorite football player or even your own child!

One of their designers came up with the idea of LKNmerchandise.com and they then set out to create some fun design options like the Vinnies one above.

This is a great example of their flexibility and interest in trying new things.  From local schools, sports teams, clubs, churches and businesses, they can custom design and produce everything from T-Shirts to stickers.  What a great local resource!

One of the best things about the Lake Norman Merchandise is that you can order any item in any amount and in any size and they will be shipped to you within several business days!  Instead of having to buy in bulk and guess on sizes you can order only what you really want even if it is just one sweatshirt!

I’m already thinking about the potential for client gifts, T-Shirts for a local charity that I am involved in and even canvas recycle shopping totes for the Lake Norman Home Builder’s Green Building Council.

I happen to live down Brawley School Road so I particularly like this design.  However, I’m thinking I might have some made in 2011 that says:

“I survived the widening of Brawley School Road”

 To order or learn more:

LKNMerchandise.com

Artisan Signs and Graphics Website

Artisan Signs and Graphics 18335 Old Statesville Rd. Cornelius 28031

sales@artisansignandgraphics.com

704.655.9100

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