Local restaurateur Joel Pfyffer will climb aboard a 17-foot Boston Whaler power boat June 3 as it travels 1,106 miles from Norfolk, Va., to Boston this summer.
Pfyffer, owner of Prosciutto's Pizzeria, Pub & Restaurant in Shops on the Green, will ride as a guest captain on the leg of the journey from Norfolk to Washington, D.C. He'll be on the boat for five days, then drive or fly home.
Boston Whaler is a boat maker's brand name.
The trip will repeat part of a far longer journey made by three men from California in 1987.
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The first time they boated around the Eastern United States, they discovered what the "American spirit" really is, the friends told the Sacramento Bee. Strangers at all but one of numerous ports befriended them, housing and feeding them.
Boater John Mirassou told the newspaper they hoped on their shorter repeat journey to find that spirit is still alive.
Pfyffer happened upon the group and a book about their 1987 adventure through the website www.stumbleupon
.com about 21/2 years ago.
He struck up a conversation with Mirassou, who said he'd make Pfyffer a guest captain on the boat if the group ever took the trip again.
"I've always said there are worse things than a long boat ride," said Pfyffer, who lives in Mooresville with his wife, Kelly, and their daughters, Riley, 8, and Reagan, 3.
Pfyffer, 40, owns an 18-foot Sea Ray boat. He also likes to ride on Lake Norman with his family in a pontoon boat owned by his in-laws, Matt and Donna Reilly.
Follow the journey at www.onlyinamerica.biz.
SHERRILLS FORD HorseFeathers Roadhouse, 3746 Mount Pleasant Road, planned to celebrate its 15th year on Lake Norman Saturday with bands, games, arm-wrestling contests and the reopening of its 2,100-square-foot lakeside dock.
The restaurant also produced a commemorative T-shirt that's for sale.
Carolina Ribs on the Run donates to tornado relief
MOORESVILLE Carolina Ribs on the Run, 858 Brawley School Road, Mooresville, is donating 10 percent of its sales through May 31 to the Mid-Alabama Chapter of the American Red Cross to assist tornado victims in that state.
The restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily; 704-360-4145.
Kannapolis eateries featured at Thursdays on Main
KANNAPOLIS The free "Thursdays on Main" lunchtime music series has returned to Veterans Park through June. Those attending are invited to bring lawn chairs, blankets and a lunch, or to buy food from a different Kannapolis restaurant showcased each week.
Each event is 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Parking is available downtown and around the North Carolina Research Campus.
Old Stone Vino was the featured restaurant May 12 and Sweet Pickle Bakery on May 19. Featured restaurants are yet to be announced for May 26 and June 23. Chef Jeff will be featured June 2 and June 30, Old Stone Vino again June 9 and Sweet Pickle Bakery again June 16.