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Running The Show CPCC’s Tom Hollis gathers key players to create a sizzling summer theater series. by Vanessa Infanzon Tom Hollis produces five shows in nine weeks each summer at Central Piedmont Community College. As program chair for drama and visual and performing arts, Hollis has been at it for 15 of his 36 years at the school. Some of…

Dream Big

The Mint Museum Randolph celebrates the wild imagination of children’s book author and illustrator Tony DiTerlizzi. By Page Leggett Children place no limits on themselves, declaring ambitious plans to become astronauts, movie stars — even the president of the United States. It takes a lot of courage to hold on to the grandiose dreams of childhood. New York Times-bestselling author…

Light and Airy

A Cotswold family builds their ‘forever home’ with the help of an all-female team. by Blake Miller   •   Photographs by Erin Comerford Miller It was one of the few projects designer Ashley Shaw has ever been a part of that was led by all women. “With most homes, either the architect or the builder are men,” says the…

Lessons From My Father

Generosity, patience and martinis with a twist — a writer’s remembrance in honor of Father’s Day. by Michael J. Solender I think of my father most often early in the mornings. Many years ago, when I was a teen, it was in those pre-dawn hours that we connected so deeply, our Minneapolis home dark and shuttered as my mom and…

To-do list

June this month’s five essential dates 5/30 – 6/23 What do you get when you cross Saturday Night Live, Broadway and the Queen City? Charlotte Squawks, of course. For 15 hilarious years, this group of talented local performers have come together to crack jokes about pop culture, sports, politics and life. Spend a side-splitting night at the group’s Quackceañera at…

Tropical Tranquility

With majestic views of the twin Piton Mountains, sensational snorkeling and diving, and luxe accommodations, St. Lucia caters to travelers seeking adventure or relaxation. by Alicia Valenski Bordering the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean in the West Indies, St. Lucia is a glittering gem of a destination tucked between Barbados, St. Vincent and Martinique. What the island may lack…

Moving On

For wellness coach and cancer survivor Jenn Andrews, an unexpected viral movement launches a nonprofit. by Michelle Boudin For 3 miles, Jenn Andrews had deliberately paced herself, determined to complete the entire race without slowing to a walk at any point. But when the cancer survivor and amputee rounded the last curve of the Isabella Santos Foundation 5K for Kids…

Art’s Delight

With inventive cuisine and modern, elegant decor, Peppervine is a TREAT for the senses. by Cathy Martin Like kudzu, peppervine is a vigorous, climbing plant that traces its roots to Asia and runs rampant across much of the southeastern U.S. The team behind Peppervine restaurant, which opened at Piedmont Town Center in March, thought it a fitting depiction of their…

My Favorite Things . . .

In this new feature, we ask a Charlotte tastemaker to share his or her best-loved vendors, restaurants, getaways and other other can’t-live-without-it obsessions. This month, we feature Whitley Adkins Hamlin of the Queen City Style, a wardrobe stylist and personal shopper and a regular contributor to SouthPark magazine.   “I love nostalgia and anything that triggers a happy memory or…

Comfortable Elegance

Charleston’s newest luxury hotel was more than a decade in the making — and it was worth the wait. by Blake Miller When you live in Charlotte, driving-distance destinations such as Asheville and Charleston, South Carolina, tend to be frequent getaways. So when a new hotel opens in the heart of historic Charleston, interest is piqued. And for good reason:…