Lake Norman Magazine

Verve: Monsters, Manateees, and More sells artfully mismatched pairs of socks. sells artfully mismatched pairs of socks. KERRI CRUTCHFIELD

Monster in Lake Norman?

If you’ve seen some strange things lurking in the water from the deck of your boat, you’re not alone. Luckily, this harmless little monster is really just looking for some friends. This 24-page children’s book is colorfully illustrated and tells the story of Normie’s adventures on the lake. Parents and children will love the local references throughout the book, written by Amy Myers, a third grade teacher in Huntersville. $10 (with free shipping in the US), or you can download for your iPad for only $.99.

Statement socks

What better of a way to express your “BFF” status than with knee-high socks specifically designed for best friends? This Mooresville company's patented logo has a ying-yang type of appeal, with two patterns forming the shape of a heart. With 88 different patterns, everyone can find a sock and style to rock! Great for sports, school uniforms and everyday wear. $6.99.

If dogs could talk

Celebrate Earth Day this year by treating your diva of a dog to the “All Style, No Stink” 100-percent waterproof and eco-friendly dog collar from Dublin Dogs. The Charlotte-based company’s eco-friendly collars are inspired by Eastern travels, and these bold patterns will be sure to get some tails wagging! $24-28. Village Paws and Claws, 736 Brawley School Road, Mooresville.

What a catch!

This one-of-a-kind fish isn’t Lake Norman’s usual catch of the day! On Feb. 13, Capt. Ty Mathis of Ty-1 On Fishing Guide Service caught the first recorded hybrid out of the lake! The 16-inch flopper is a combination of the white bass and a striper and will be put in the Duke Power Lake Norman Museum of Fish.

Earth-friendly Easter Bunny

This Easter give a gift with purpose. Help the endangered manatees living off the coast of Florida by adopting your very own! Not only do you get the privilege of preserving a life, but you can virtually visit your manatee through the club’s underwater and above-water cameras, which provide live streaming footage! $25 adoption fee. For more information, visit the club’s website at>.