The holiday season is one of my favorite times of the year. With family spread across the state (and up and down the east coast), the fall and winter holidays are some of the few times that we can all get together. The holidays are full of entertaining, new recipes, and old stories. I think this issue of Lake Norman Magazine has that same feeling—a little bit of the new, plus a little bit of the old, and you get that warm fuzzy feeling that everyone loves about fall.
This month’s stories all left me feeling really good, like putting on an old sweatshirt. “Forgotten Land” by Leah Hughes (page 42) has an inherent air of nostalgia that makes every reader want to tell “back in the day” stories. Donald Reid, a land expert with Crescent Communities, talks about the few parcels of land that are left for sale around Lake Norman, and tracks the development from when the land was first flooded. There’s even an old mill submerged in the north end of the lake—something I didn’t know until reading her story.
Teachers who love their job are such a joy to read about. Writer Crystal O’Gorman put together a panel of judges who were tasked with picking the top five teachers in Lake Norman, a task I surely don’t envy. Each teacher brings something different to the classroom, whether it’s veteran experience, careers prior to becoming an educator, or a young spirit willing to try something new. Check out these smart and savvy educators on page 48.To really feel all warm and cozy, take a look at the home featured on page 64. Designer Michelle Lane was able to incorporate textures and color to make a new modern home at The Point look comfortable and chic, rather than cold and uninviting.
So this month, curl up in front of a fire, read a great story, and escape the cold. I know I’ll be doing the same.