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We hope everyone has family or friends to spend this Thanksgiving Day with, and many things to be thankful for are remembered aloud. Safe travels to all travelers.


There's a new fella hanging out at "Changes in Altitude" gift shop. His name is Wally, and he hitched a ride here with David Brown. His head is from a hollow walnut log, and the rest consists of cedar, cherry, maple and Paulownia woods. A very diverse fellow. Wally "wood" like to meet you; hope you'll stop by.


This Sunday November 29th Reverend Tony Hemphill will be filling in for Pastor Leland Holland at Rocky Hill Baptist Church. Rev. Hemphill was interim preacher here for over a year before Dr. Holland accepted the post. Many know Tony and his wife Diane (Lee) Hemphill, as Diane is a local gal; a daughter of Dot (Pace) Lee. Plan to attend the 11:00am service at Rocky Hill if you do not have another church to attend. You are very welcome.


Come join in singing carols both secular and sacred at the historic (1872) McGaha Chapel at 2 pm on Sunday, December 6th, 2015. Bring in this wonderful season with 45 minutes of singing of old favorites in the wooded setting along the ancient stagecoach and drovers’ road Johnstone Turnpike.

This is one of the few times of the year that the Chapel is open to the public. Just like the olden days, the Chapel has no heating, so dress warmly. Then let’s all retreat to the warm Cedar Mountain Community Center (new location from previous singings) for hot apple cider and coffee, with guaranteed-delicious homemade Christmas cookies and cakes. Some recipes of these goodies may be made available by our talented bakers.

If you would like to donate some of your favorite homemade cookies please call Elke Burden at 884-8728. Donees are asked to bring 10 copies of their recipes to share.

Park in the area of the Chapel (limited), or park early at the Cedar Mountain Community Center and take a shuttle to and from the Chapel. The CMCC is located on US 276 S in the heart of Cedar Mountain next to the Cedar Mountain Cafe.

This celebration is a cooperative effort of the Transylvania County Historical Society and the Cedar Mountain Community. Questions: contact Charles Burden 884-8728, or the TCHS.


Cedar Mountain Baptist Church has resumed Team Kids and Impact on Wednesday night. Pizza or a prepared supper will be served at 5:30-6:30pm. Followed by Sanctuary time for the children and teens at 6:30pm then off to classes, game time and more, after clean up about 7pm Pastor Steve Cooke leads the adults in a Bible study ending around 8:00pm. The Wednesday night programs follow the school calendar. The lighting of the Greens will be November 29th at the 11:00am service with a pot luck dinner after the morning worship service. Our youth groups will led our worship service.


Though closed all day this Thursday to celebrate Thanksgiving, Jimmy Harris of Ace Hardware in Brevard says he will open Friday morning with a one-day sale of 25% off everything in the store. And for the birds, Jimmy says he will have the "lowest prices ever" on sunflower seeds for the birds. He ordered a huge quantity and is passing the savings on to the customers. Stock up for those frozen days when the birds have no other food; and be thankful for them. Of course, if you buy sunflower seed on Friday you not only get the lowest prices, but an additional 25% off of that. Thank you Jimmy and Ace Hardware.


We will still have a book store in Brevard, as "HIghland Books" has sold and will be under new ownership as of December 1st After forty years of running this amazing book store the Hansen's are retiring, and will be sorely missed. But for now all will remain the same inside Highland Books, with some additions possibly in the future. If you have the chance to run by before December 1st please offer your best wishes, and after December 1st welcome the newcomers. This store has so many wonderful and unique books, cards, and gifts.


Saturday December 5th is the annual "Twilight Tour" will occur on Main & Broad streets in Brevard. These streets are closed to vehicular traffic and hundreds of folks will be bundled up in the streets and visiting the many shops that will stay open that evening, with offerings of refreshments and good cheer. Entertainment will abound and spirits will permeate the air. Oh what fun it is to be at the Twilight Tour on Main.


Before you get ready to visit the Twilight Tour in Brevard please plan a trip to the Cedar Mountain Fire Department between the hours of 8:30 - 12:30 to donate blood. Mark your calendars.


We are hearing from a lot of folks as a result of our informational website. Many folks are contacting us with a variety of questions and to inquire about our community and community center rental. For more community news and a calendar of events go to


Our community center calendar is filling up and calls keep coming in. Several receptions have been booked for 2016 already. Call now to reserve while your date is still available. Call Deborah Perkins at 828-885-7878 for information or reservations.


Well, for this week only I am “enjoying” gobs of snow and low temperatures in Illinois. The heater in my Jeep took yesterday, the coldest day of the week, to quit working. It would barely clear the frost off the windshield. It’s sorta fixed enough to last till I get home I hope.

Busy week. My daughter has a whole of list of things to work on. We are beginning with changing the wax seal on a toilet. Then we get to strip and redo a couple of small tables.

What’s going on in your life or the community that you would like to share? Please send all news to You may call Christine Pace at 828-885-2103 and leave a message.

All news needs to be received by Monday evening in order to be published in the Thursday edition of the Transylvania Times.

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