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Swirl

A monthly guide to Charlotte’s parties and galas Photographs by Daniel Coston The sixth annual Couture for a Cause celebration at the Mint Museum raised funds for Autism Charlotte. Guests at the March 29 event enjoyed food and wine, an auction and a fashion show by Charlotte designer Luis Machicao. From left: event co-host Carr Bender; Miss Capital City, Grace…

Southwords

A Kind of Grief a milestone birthday brings a rush of memories. By Susan S. Kelly This is the month that I turn 65. I suspect I’ll have a breakdown. I don’t put much store by birthdays typically. As a child, a July birthday meant that my friends were away on family vacations, so no one was around for a…

Simple Life

The Road to Happiness It’s an upward climb filled with twists and turns, but joy is in the journey. By Jim Dodson A dear friend phoned the other day just to say hello, a gifted young poet I hired many years ago as our organization’s first staff writer, who went on to become the senior editor of one of our…

In the Spirit

The Bare Necessities Keeping it simple keeps it delicious By Tony Cross Until recently, among the books in my possession that I’d barely started or hadn’t opened at all was Anthony Bourdain’s Kitchen Confidential. I adored the man, yet had not read his epic first book. One of the chapters, “How to Cook Like the Pros,” has Bourdain giving tips…

Snapshot

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…