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Posted: Wednesday, Mar. 07, 2012

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Kelli Robinson

Kelli Robinson is a freelance writer who lives in Mooresville and has been contributing to Lake Norman Magazine since 2009. She juggles family and writing with humor and lots of chocolate, and enjoys experiencing all the Lake Norman area has to offer.

Flipping the calendar to March inspires me to do three things completely unrelated to each other: Enjoy a fried fish sandwich for dinner on Fridays, eat Girl Scout cookies any day of the week and fly a kite.

It’s the Pittsburgher in me. At this time of year, the Girl Scouts are out in full force selling their sweet treats that symbolize the start of spring almost as much as blooming daffodils. Secondly, many Pittsburgh families observe Lent and its tradition of eating fish on Fridays. Every restaurant serves up a Friday fish sandwich dinner special while every Catholic Church brings members and non-members together for fellowship and fish fries. And finally, the glimpse of spring weather comes with ideal kite-flying winds.

So even though I’m not in Rome, do as the Romans – or Pittsburghers - do anyway!

I took care of the Girl Scout cookie order a few weeks ago when I happened upon a troop of girls shivering outside the Mooresville Petco. I felt so bad for them I had to buy three boxes. Okay, even if it was 80 degrees, I likely would have bought three boxes anyway.

Readers, where’s a good place to grab a fabulous fried fish sandwich around here? I met a friend for dinner at the Lake Norman Tavern last Friday, and their fish and chips dinner was pretty good. But I’m open to suggestions. Our three area Catholic Churches (Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Denver, St. Therese Catholic Church in Mooresville and St. Mark Catholic Church in Huntersville) are all hosting fish fries through Good Friday. Contact the churches for start times and additional information. You might see me there!

So next on my list is flying a kite. Actually, first I have to buy a kite. And I want a real kite. You know the big colorful ones you see hovering in the air at the beach. The best place to look is HobbyTown USA in Mooresville. You can’t send a flimsy kite in the air and expect it to last – trust me, I know from personal experience. HobbyTown USA carries kites in all shapes, sizes and dimensions (I didn’t even know they make 3D kites). Choose from a variety of colors and designs.

And if kite flying isn’t your favorite hobby, you’re still going to find cool top-of-the-line toys and hobby items at this store. Perhaps maneuvering a radio controlled car is more what you’re looking for. My husband always finds a reason to venture there during the holidays, as he continues to add to our train set. The Mooresville location on Norman Station Boulevard is the only one in Lake Norman.

Now you know who the gal is at the Lowe’s YMCA field – or any other open area – who is flying a kite while enjoying her Thin Mints.

Welcome, March! It’s nice to see you again!

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