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The “Good Ole Summertime” is about to arrive, this June’s “Carolina Moon” is especially beautiful, and the “Happy Wanderers” are gathering from the lowlands. So, “Put on Your Old Grey Bonnet” and head for the historic McGaha Chapel, 10 miles south of Brevard on U.S. 276 at CedarMountain, directly across from Sherwood Forest. Look for the signs. Parking at the Sherwood Center is limited so come early and take the shuttle to the church. The time is set for 2 p.m. on Saturday, 13 June 2015, for Sing-A-Long songs from a century ago, i.e., “100 Year Old Songs Your Grandparents Sang to Each Other.” Load the car, jump in the wagon, hop on your “Bicycle Built for Two,” or take the Brevard-Greenville Stagecoach. “You Wear a Tulip,” a big yellow tulip, and I’ll wear a big red rose. And we’ll finally discover where “Billy Boy” has been (a bit of idle chatter has it that he has gone courtin’ a young lady friend who bakes swell cherry pies. But then there’s the Mother.. I’m just saying. . .).

See you there to join in the good ole Cedar Mountain summertime fun. Presented by members of Sherwood Forest, the Cedar Mountain Community and the Transylvania County Historical Society. Questions? Contact Charles Burden, 884-8728, or the TCHS.


The Planning and Community Development Department along with the Transylvania County Planning Board are collecting input for the 2025 Comprehensive Plan. We will be hosting drop-in open houses to hear from you. You are invited to a Community Drop-In on Friday, June 12, 2015, between 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm at the Cedar Mountain Community Center. Please join us, share your knowledge, and describe how you would like to see Transylvania County grow over the next 10 years.

If you haven’t already, please take a moment to go to, check out our video, take our survey and learn about the 2025 Comprehensive Plan. For more information, please call (828) 884-3205.


William “Bill” Jameson will be in Cedar Mountain, NC on Wednesday, July 1 to conduct a one day workshop. He is an accomplished artist (Check out his website: and, in addition, he is a wonderful teacher. Bill welcomes students of all levels, from absolute beginner to the advanced. All participants will receive one to one instruction in the medium of their choice: oil, acrylic, watercolor or pen and ink sketching. This workshop will be held at the Cedar Mountain Community Center on Hwy 276. There is room for ten participants and the cost is $110 per person, excluding lunch. The Cedar Mountain Café is within walking distance or you can bring your own lunch.

A registration form is available on the website. If you have questions, please contact: Helen Warren, 843-696-6614 or or Bill Jameson 843-729-0593 or


An amazing number of folks turned out for our potluck Monday night. The front entry was littered with wet umbrellas as folks carrying hot casseroles and desserts braved the pouring rain.

Our program was presented by Rob Evans, bog specialist from the NC Dept of Agriculture. Some folks came just for that. Among other things we learned that our Cedar Mountain Reserve (bog) is 4th in diversity in North Carolina and boasts species found nowhere else in the world.


Host: Rob Evans at the Cedar Mountain Community Center in Cedar Mountain, Transylvania County. July 29 - 6:00pm-7:30pm.

Join us for an evening discussion of mountain bogs of the southern Appalachians and what the NC Plant Conservation Program (PCP) has accomplished in our attempts to restore one such site.


The Cedar Mt Community Center has a like new Stainless Steel Bertazonni Propane Range for sale. It is 36” wide, has 5 burners and a convection oven. This new stove’s oven proved to be too small for center use and a new 48” commercial convection range will take its place. The Bertazonni purchase price was $3600 but we will sell for $2000. Call 828-885-2831 if interested.

Our new sign is to be installed sometime this month making it much easier to make announcements.

The center is installing Wi-Fi and a Verizon cell phone booster to the center as a service to the community by June 24th.


The Center is developing a 2016 Calendar consisting of photos from the Cedar Mountain Area. Entries will be accepted until Friday July 3, 2015. The calendars should be available for sale at our August 10th potluck.

Entries are open to all. Please note there is a limit of 3 photos per entrant and they must be of the Cedar Mountain Area. Subject matter can include: sights, events, history, etc. Digital photos are preferred. JPEGS will be accepted by email submission for review. A high resolution image will be needed if your submission is selected.

The deadline for submissions is Friday July 3, 2015. To submit an entry, email the image to Photos may also be submitted by mail to: Cedar Mountain Community Center, Calendar Committee, PO. Box 152, Cedar Mountain, NC 28718.


CHICKEN DINNER. Our annual fundraiser Chicken Dinner will be held at the Community Center Saturday July 25th from 5 – 7pm. $10 adults, $6 for children.

FLEA MARKET Our next flea market will be August 15th. Call 877-5407 for table reservations and information.

TALENT NEEDED Call Christine Pace at (828)885-2103 if you have a talent to share at the Monday July 13th Community Center meeting. A covered-dish meal begins at 6:30, which is a talent in itself, with the meeting at 7pm and the program right after. We don't expect professional talent, but that is OK too. Think of something, anything, and give me a call please. If we get enough volunteers to "show off" then I (Christine) promise not to play my harmonica.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL Rocky Hill Baptist Church will hold this year's VBS beginning on July 12th. Patty Stahl will have more information soon, but please mark your calendar now.

SHERWOOD FOREST Ladies Golf League June 8th - Drop One Hole - Lois Bollini - 28, Low Net - Peggy Baldwin - 26, Low Gross - Lois Bollini - 34

SHERWOOD FOREST GOLF CLUB You are invited to come out and enjoy these free activities: The second Saturday of each month at 2:00pm our golf pro, Brian Lautenschlager, offers a free golf clinic. Everyone is welcome. This week come out and work on your short game. Kids play free every Tuesday. Leashed pets are always free to ride along. ~ Donna Byce

BOOKMOBILE The bookmobile visits the Cedar Mountain Community Center from 4-6pm on the second Thursday each month.

RENT THE CENTER With a capacity of 160 (75 seated) and a commercial style kitchen our center is the perfect place for your small reception, party, business meeting and other activities. It can also be used as a dressing room for outdoor weddings. Call Deborah Perkins at 885-7878 to reserve the center.


FRANK DAVIS ON HIS WAY TO 100 Frank Davis of Sherwood Forest is still sharp as a tack. He has a better mind than mine, as after receiving a nice note from him reminding me that his birthday was May 1st, when he turned 99 year's old this year, I promptly misplaced the note and my mind turned off, but it's back now. I'll be sure to put a photo in the paper next year, from the "Smucker's Club" parties he used to attend at the Cedar Mountain Community Center, when there were on average twelve folks age ninety and over that would attend. I may just have to hold a party for those aged one hundred (or almost there) next year.

HEATH ALLISON'S HEALTH Joe's cousin Heath Allison is at The Oaks in Brevard now, recuperating from a heart attack. "He's doing good" says Joe. Heath grew up in the big brown house (on Haskell Jones Road) where Jane and Joe Van Hook live now. He is the cousin that most looks like my Joe.

A FRIEND FOR LIFE Studies have proven that having a pet can increase a person's life in a very meaningful way. So when Heath returns home he will meet his new companion, an eight-year-old Chihuahua from the folks at the Friends for Life Forever farm. Shelley Marcy has taken her in for all her shots and a check-up and has introduced this sweet little girl to Mary Lou, Heath's wife. What a blessing for them both. Friends for Life has a retail store in Brevard across from Creekside Subs (old Julie's Subs) where your donations and purchases can help with the rescue and rehabilitation and placement of other older or handicapped dogs. Please help support them.

SCHOOL'S OUT The last day of public school in Transylvania County is Thursday, June 11th so please watch for children at home, at play. That also means that after the teachers get out on Friday I am through babysitting for the summer. I plan to go through our two basements and find some treasures to donate to Friends for Life, and possibly Joe and I will have another "basement dig" in mid-summer; that was so much fun.

MOUNTAIN GOURD GATHERING I need to save some energy for this year's 5th annual "Mountain Gourd gathering" which will again be held in the Family Life Center building in Cedar Mountain August 13-15, 2015. Classes are up now and if you want to see them, or sign up for one or more you can do so at the web site, which is:

This year our teachers are coming from the North and South, and will offer some of their finished gourd art for sale, a rare treat here. You can also call me for more information at (828)885-2103

HOMECOMING AT ROCKY HILL Sunday August 23, 2015 will be Homecoming at Rocky Hill Baptist Church, with a covered-dish lunch at the Family Life Center building. Rev. Tony Hemphill will be our guest preacher. If you would like to sing or play an instrument please let me know as well, at (828)885-2103.


Monday was one to remember. 1st the power went out around 8am; Great opportunity to pick up and put away some stuff. I headed for the Family Life Center at about 9:45am for an exercise class only to find that Rocky Hill was the site of the power outage and I couldn’t get there. A tree had come down and took some wires with it. After what seemed an eternity the road was opened and I arrived at the class only to find it had been canceled. So I went down to the community center and cleaned up the storeroom. While there Hiro Martin showed up with her Zumba class. Hiro asked me to join with them which I politely declined. The exercise class at Rocky Hill is much more suited to me.

I was headed home after the potluck when I saw a deer in the road. I came nearly to stop as it turned and headed off the road. When I started to go again the deer suddenly changed direction and ran right in front of my Jeep. It flew into the air, but I don’t know how hurt it was. Amazingly there was no damage to my vehicle so I hope the deer was OK.

If you have a tale to tell or news you would like to share please email it to me at or call 828-877-5407. All news must be received by Monday evening each week for inclusion in the Thursday edition of the Transylvania Times. Ads for businesses can only be included if they are offering a new service, photography display, change of business hours, etc. Nonprofit organizations such as the community center and fire department are exceptions to the rule.

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