Author: Christina Ritchie Rogers

Behind the Scenes

The spotlight is on lighting designer Gordon W. Olson. Imagine if your best work went entirely unnoticed on a regular basis. Imagine if that was the point. A professional lighting designer and lake resident whose work spans genres and stages from Broadway to Minneapolis, Gordon W. Olson’s creative successes are defined in large part by how well he masters subtlety.…

Full ‘STEAM’ Ahead

After an extensive national search, the board of the new Cornelius Arts Center announced Justin Dionne will serve as the center’s executive director. Dionne, 32, will be responsible for driving community excitement and engagement and launching a capital campaign to build and staff the center, which is envisioned to be an arts and cultural hub for the region. Trained in…

Flour Power

After 30 years working in human resources, Deborah Hamilton retired at age 55 to start a second career managing dough—bread dough, that is. Five years ago, she and her husband, Bob, opened a Great Harvest Bakery Café in north Charlotte and this spring, they are gearing up to open a second location in Cornelius. The bakery is slated to open…

Farm to Label

Shifts in farming over the last decade have been dramatic, as farmers work hard to respond to a consumer base that is more interested in where food comes from. Theresa Allen has been farming for 10 years and for nearly five of them has served as manager of the Davidson College Farm, located on Grey Road in Davidson. She grows…

The Future Plays Now

Chamber music takes center stage in Davidson this month. Four of the most talented young ensembles from across the U.S. will travel to Davidson this month to compete in the Young Chamber Musicians Competition on April 23. Each will walk away with a cash prize, and one will win a recording session and paid gig. Hosted by Classical Public Radio…

Storied Style

Huntersville resident Cathleen Mackie started with a blank slate, and ended up with an eclectic abode. Cathleen Mackie’s walls can talk. So can her furniture, her floors, and her finishing touches. Amid the clean lines, warm palette and gorgeous details of her eclectic modern décor are carefully selected accents that reveal things about the designer. “I always like to add…

Q&A: Protecting our Pollinators

A new partnership between the Town of Davidson and Davidson Lands Conservancy aims to protect and grow the town’s population—its pollinator population, that is. In January the town board adopted a resolution to work toward making Davidson the 37th U.S. city with a Bee City USA designation. The goal of Bee City USA is to promote healthy, sustainable habitats and…