Ballantyne Magazine

SUMMER 2014

Ballantyne Magazine covers news, events, real estate, restaurants, shopping, health, schools and business in the upscale Ballantyne Area of Charlotte, NC.

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S OME OF THE BEST THINGS IN LIFE NEVER CHANGE, and that includes the pleasures of summer. Although each generation puts its own spin on traditions like camp, building sandcastles or the neighborhood Fourth of July bike parade, summer ultimately conjures up similar fond memories for us all. In our summer issue we celebrate one of these classic rites of passage by turning to William Keith, family activities center director at Ballantyne Country Club and swim coach at Ardrey Kell High, for expert tips on swimming lessons for children. He believes learning to swim is not an event, but a life skill, so the sooner little ones get in the swim, the better. The arrival of June also brings Father's Day with its annual conundrum of what to give dad. Since the proverbial way to a man's heart is through his stomach, we thought he would appreciate an old-fashioned favorite with newfangled twists. In Style Point's "Let's Be Frank," we show how you can put on the "dawg" for dad (or for any summer occasion) by dressing up the bun with a Mexican, Greek, Chicago or other culinary flair. When it comes to vacations, I've often found the best escapes are close to home, so we showcase Charleston, which in summer offers a myriad of ways to chill out, including some of the South's top foodie haunts. For those who prefer to hang out here, our Fab Fare gives you a taste of the Middle Eastern cuisine at Zeitouni Mediterranean Grill, a popular spot for its tabbouleh, fattoush and flash-fried falafel. For most youngsters, summer means three months without a care, but some young people in Ballantyne will be devoting themselves to a charitable endeavor near and dear to their heart. In "Kids with a Cause" we share stories of six remarkable elementary and middle school students determined to raise money this summer in the hope of making the world a better place. Certainly, our world here in Ballantyne is a better place thanks to the willingness of firefighters at Station 32 to lay their lives on the line for us 24/7. In "The Firefighter Life" we go behind the trucks and ladders at this community's number one emergency response unit to gain insight into what makes these courageous men and women tick. As firefighter Vince Wolfe told us, "What people consider their worst possible day is game day for us." Come Aug. 28, game day at the ESPN Regional Television office and ESPNU headquarters in Ballantyne Corporate Park will take on new meaning as ESPN launches its Southeastern Conference Network (SEC). In "Sports Fan Dream," we give you the inside scoop on the multimillion- dollar renovation underway to bring 45 SEC football games, 100 men's basketball games, 60 women's basketball games and 75 baseball games to life on TV — and give those of us in Ballantyne another reason to cheer for our area and hometown. With the days growing longer, we all seem to have more time to enjoy life, which may be why we anticipate summer so much. We hope this issue gives you fresh inspiration to kick back and go barefoot in the grass. JJ Bissell Publisher, Ballantyne Magazine BALLANTYNE | publisher's letter Barefoot in the Grass Relishing Summer With the days growing longer , we all seem to have more time to enjoy life , which may be why we anticipate summer so much 10 BALLANTYNE MAGAZINE SUMMER 2014 Ball Summer 14 - 1.indd 10 5/21/14 4:26 PM

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