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Lucky Dog Bark & Brew opens; BBQ fest seeks entries

Got skill on the grill? Enter the Ada Jenkins Center’s 2012 “Fire” barbecue cook off and fundraiser on Sept. 29 in Davidson. Meanwhile, dog lovers take note: The Lucky Dog, a new dog-bar on Statesville Road in Cornelius opened its doors Tuesday night. And Wooden Stone gallery in Davidson is hosting a series of cooking classes with chef Vera Samuels. Details below.


The Ada Jenkins Center on Gamble Street in Davidson will host its 4th Annual “FIRE” festival on Saturday, Sept. 29. The day includes a 5K run, a barbecue feast and competition, and live music and entertainment.

The run begins at 10 a.m., and the feasting begins at 11 a.m. If you’ve got some prowess on the grill, you can enter the competition in one of two categories: Hogmasters, those with professional equipment who either travel to BBQ competitions or are in the BBQ business (restaurant or catering), will compete for cash prizes. Backyard Grillers is for the rest of us, who are just out for a little fun, fame and maybe a prize.

Just want to eat and have a good time? Home cooked chopped pork barbecue will be available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The barbecue is $10 per plate (eat on premises or take out) or attendees have the option to sample entries in the BBQ competition. The competition will be judged by local mayors, along with other guests and sponsors. Tickets may be purchased at the Ada Jenkins Center, at 212 Gamble Street in Davidson.

More info at Application deadline is Aug. 31st! Spots are limited. For the road race, visit

Interested in sponsoring this community event? Contact Natisha Rivera-Patrick at or call 704-896-0471. The Ada Jenkins Center is a not for profit, full service human services organization offering over 21 programs and services for those in need. Last year we provided services for more than 19,000 individuals.


Know Your Farms LLC, a Davidson company that connects consumers with local farmers, is looking for a new drop-off point in Davidson. They say the ideal place would be indoors, available from 5-7 p.m. on Tuesdays. Visit them on Facebook,, or the web,

Lucky Dog

Lucky Dog Bark & Brew is on Statesville Road, in the former Kylie’s.


Lucky Dog Bark and Brew, on U.S. 21 in the building that used to house Kylie’s (19607 Statesville Road), opened for business Tuesday night. It was a soft opening, publicized mostly to Facebook friends, in celebration of getting all final permits and the certificate of occupancy.

Owners William and Kelly Waugh in May received a permit for Lucky Dog, which is a doggy daycare, dog park and coffee/drinks bar for people ages 18 and older and their dogs. Annual membership is $10 per household.

Over the next week and a half, Lucky Dog’s hours will be 4 p.m. to 12 a.m., leading up to its grand opening weekend Aug. 17, after which it will have regular hours for doggy daycare (7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday) and the bar (12 p.m. – 12 a.m. Monday – Friday and 9 a.m. – 12 a.m. Saturday and Sunday). More info: Website: See also our May 8, 2012, feature story: “Lucky Dog eyes summer opening for pooches and people”)


Chef Vera Samuels will teach cooking classes two Sundays this month at Wooden Stone gallery, 445 S. Main St., Davidson. Her menu for this Sunday, Aug. 12 showcases fresh fruits and vegetables from the Davidson Farmers Market. The Aug. 28 class is “Journey Through the Mediterranean.” Classes are 2-4:30 p.m., and cost is $60 each. Registration and full menus may be found at

Meanwhile, Wooden Stone will have a “Sip and Shop” wine tasting on Saturday, Aug. 18, from 4-6 p.m. See what’s new in the gallery while sampling five different wines from N.C. wineries. Nearby Campania Cafe will be serving appetizers as a complement to the wines. Admission is $16.


Flatiron Kitchen + Taphouse in downtown Davidson has whole Maine lobsters Wednesday night, $26 for lobster, potato medley and fresh corn. And if you ‘re in late, they’ve got live music with mandolinist Mike Orlando Wednesday from 8-10 p.m. This month’s feature brewery is NoDA Brewing Co., of Charlotte. You can get $3 pints all month of the local brewery’s Monk’s Trunks Belgian Pale Ale, Nodajito, Belgian Wit, and Wood & Wilcox IPA. And all pints are $3 on Mondays and Thursdays. Info:


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