Stories

  • Feb142012

    Love Actually.

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    This entry comes with a preface: I’m trying really hard not to be too cheesy, but I may not succeed. It’s Valentine’s Day, which seems to be more divisive than our country’s political landscape. To recognize or to ignore? To celebrate or to bemoan? At Summit, we recognize, we celebrate, we embrace February 14. Chocolate and roses were so 20th century;…

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  • Feb062012

    Do You Feel Lucky?

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    We’re thrilled to announce the launch of the 2012 Summit Twilight Racing Series. Following our debut running event in November, which drew 220 runners, we’re coming back this year with four races. Starting with the Leprechaun Loop 8K on the evening March 17 (St. Patrick’s Day), the 2012 Summit Twilight Racing Series again will feature post-race live music festivals. The other…

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  • Feb022012

    Best Foot Forward.

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    I know two sides of Andrew Lovedale: the basketball player and the philanthropist. I’m sure there are more and better ways to identify Andrew, but here’s what I know. I know No. 41, the 6′ 8″ forward from Nigeria whose energy and skill were integral to Davidson College’s run in the 2008 NCAA Tournament. I know Andrew Lovedale, the physically…

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  • Jan272012

    In Pursuit of a Good Beer.

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    The pursuit of a good beer is a worthy pursuit. Even as an undergraduate in college, I knew that Keystone Light and Natty Ice weren’t really beer. After all, I had been to England as a teenager and (sorry mom) discovered what beer could and should taste like. I discovered Guinness. Guinness’s brand promise is that “it’s good for you,”…

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  • Jan192012

    In Praise of Songwriters, Jackie Moseley and Co.

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      How many times have you been in a bar, restaurant, or coffee shop and heard a live rendition of Van Morrison’s “Brown Eyed Girl?” How about “Sweet Caroline” by Neil Diamond? Or Oasis’s “Wonderwall?” Me too. I have nothing against these songs or the people that play them. Hell, I’ll sing along. But this just isn’t what we’re about at…

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  • Jan182012

    Run, Summit. Run.

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    Among the many unbelievable (a literal use of the word) things Forrest Gump did during his life, running across the country was perhaps the most absurd. His exploits as a war hero and, later, a world-class ping pong champion were healthy exaggeration. But three years, two months, fourteen days and sixteen hours spent pounding the pavement? That’s tall tale. We learned…

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  • Jan122012

    Pay It Forward, Summit Style.

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    When Nike first started selling its ubiquitous Livestrong wristbands, at their Niketown store in Chicago, the cashier asked her customer if he would like to buy one. Not only did that customer buy a band, he also bought one for the customer behind him in line. That next customer, taken aback by the random act of kindness, replicated it and…

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  • Jan112012

    Don’t worry, she’ll be back tomorrow

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    “Where’s Becky?” “Where’s Becky?” “Where’s Becky?” I fielded that question at least a half dozen times this morning, Today is the one day a week that Becky doesn’t open the store. Each of the other six days this week, and on six days each week, Becky wakes up before all of us to get the coffee brewing and get the…

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  • Jan062012

    The Freckled Dog Pub

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    I’ve felt for a long time that Davidson needed a pub. It wasn’t until recently that I determined we could open one in our upstairs. When I was living in Oxford, England two summers ago, my wife Beth and I got in the habit of meeting at 5:00 each day in one of the MANY local pubs. We loved the…

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  • Jan052012

    Billy Jones, musician-in-residence.

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    Billy Jones has taken to calling Summit his “home court” for concerts, and, well…he should. Billy has played at least one concert at Summit each month for the past 8 years. All told, he has performed more than 750 hours of music on his home court: downstairs, upstairs, out back, and out front. When I became an owner of Summit…

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