A lifelong nature lover, Mike Lambert grew up on sixty acres in eastern Rowan County. He is an avid musician and herpetology nut, and has a special fondness for native North Carolina snakes. He can be found doing animal programs and leading trail walks as the Assistant Naturalist at Dan Nicholas Park Nature Center.
Executive Chef Gian Moscardini spent most of his childhood in Italy where he learned to cook with his grandmother. He and his father, Gianni Moscardini, own and operate three local restaurants. The Moscardinis have called Salisbury home for almost sixteen years.
For 15 years, Michelle Patterson has provided groups an opportunity to spend time on a working farm and has educated children about farm life and crops. She also has provided unique experiences for families to enjoy a day on the farm picking strawberries, pumpkins and other crops at Patterson Farm. The mother of three children, she is familiar with the many opportunities for family enjoyment offered by Rowan County.
Since becoming Director of the Historic Salisbury Foundation, Jack Thomson has worked on numerous projects, including the restoration of the McCubbins-McCanless House for a special television program for the History Channel. Jack is an active partner with The Bread Riot, a local food and agriculture initiative.
As historian at the North Carolina Transportation Museum, Walter Turner writes numerous articles and research papers on North Carolina's colorful history and presents programs to civic clubs. He is author of Paving Tobacco Road, A Century of Progress by the North Carolina Department of Transportation.