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Calling all "soup chefs"--it's that time of year again. The 2nd annual Cedar Mountain Community Center Soup Cook-Off will be held on Saturday, January 26th. Get your favorite soup recipe ready, and call or email Suzanne Lawson (864-836-0844 or to enter. Prizes will be awarded to the top three.

A $5 donation is requested for those attending to taste and vote on their favorite soup. This is a great event and is sure to be a "Souper Saturday"!

LOOKING BACK ~ Patty Stahl


When the snow and ice fell in Cedar Mountain in the 1960’s and 1970’s young people and adults would gather on Bonnie’s Hill for an afternoon of sledding. Bonnie’s Hill, located on Solomon Jones Road, was a long and sloping pasture with barbed wire fences that belonged to Bonnie Batson Jones. Coca Cola signs, like those on the Hi Bunyan store sign, were often used as sleds. Sled riders had to jump off the “sled” before the barbed wire was reached. Photos from one snowy afternoon show a cow that had to be avoided as it had moved into the path of the riders. Accidents did occur over the years, including a broken leg and badly injured back. Bobby Jones captured one of these gatherings around the bonfire after a day of sledding. In the photo, Katherine Bishop Jones is facing the camera and Ed Burdette, Paul Howard, Martha Howard, Rick Skerrett, a Lee sister or two and others make up the rest of the group gathered around the bonfire. A rectangular sign was also used for sledding and it is on the ground in the photo. Below is an entry from the 1966 Cedar Mountain scrapbook that describes a wintry day on Bonnie’s Hill, a name many of us still use today.


Mother Nature had spread her blanket of white across the meadows and over the mountain tops. This meant the adventure of an icy hillside, unmindful of slippery spots and chattering teeth. Sledding can be fun but there is an element of danger involved, as some of us found out. A couple of our dare devilish young men took some tumbles resulting in bruised knees and bleeding fingers. “Hey, you, steer that sled to the right or you’re going to collide with that…uh oh, barbed wire fence…!” Preoccupied with the thrill of gliding down the hillside, we didn’t notice the subzero weather. But it gets to us and we all agree a bonfire would be very nice. We go on a manhunt for fire wood. Instead we bring back small twigs and branches with icicles hanging down to the ground. None of us regretted the few discomforts we experienced and the snowballs that slapped our faces……it was FUN!

CHRISTINE’ CORNER ~ Christine Pace

FRIENDS FOR LIFE SUPPORTS BROTHER WOLF The Friends for Life resale gift shop in Brevard (across from Creekside Subs) will soon have a name change and will be supporting the animal care at Brother Wolf in Asheville. The resale shop will remain open even though the Friends for Life Forever Farm in Lake Toxaway is now closed. Animals being housed there have already been transferred to Brother Wolf. The care for all these animals in need is great and the gift shop is low of inventory now, so is asking for good donations of household items, jewelry, paintings, dog beds, dishes, and even cash are gladly accepted and much needed now. Many thanks. KELLY'S BREAKFAST BUFFET Something no one else offers in Brevard that I know of is an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet. Kelly's owner Regina Pace Bouye is now offering a breakfast buffet on Saturdays and Sunday, from 7:30 am thru 2:00 pm both days. The buffet includes your drink plus eggs, sausage, bacon, home fries, pancakes, biscuits and gravy. Smaller appetites can still order from the menu. SUNDAY LAST This past Sunday was icy following a night of rain, with temps hovering around freezing until 10 am. Many churches held only the 11 am service as did Rocky Hill Baptist Church where I (Christine) went. Unfortunately the power went out right at 11 am but with 17 in attendance we still had church. As of this writing the weather forecast looks iffy for this coming Sunday as well. It is winter after all.


I was without power for almost 24 hours this last weekend and this is the first time I haven’t retreated to warmer accommodations during a power outage. I was pleased that my gas fireplace kept it cozy. I closed my bedroom door though so that room didn’t have to be heated. Because of that I slept on the couch. With a cozy comforter and an 18lb 102 degree cat on my legs I was snug as a bug in a rug.

Not wanting my frozen food to perish, I dragged an old cooler up from the basement and piled almost everything I could in it and placed a thick towel over the top to increase the insulation.

My sun porch is only 3-season and therefore unheated. I took the cooler out there and opened a window. I also set my carton of milk out there. The only thing that melted was some Weight Watchers ice cream bars.

Being unable to cook anything for supper I had a sliced hotdog with lettuce and Miracle Whip on a bun. It actually wasn’t too bad.

Monday morning I was considering trying to cook an egg in the fireplace or going to Creekside Market for breakfast when the power thankfully came on much earlier than predicted. Last I’d heard from Duke Power was a restoration time of about 11p Monday night so this was a relief.

Many thanks to Patty Stahl for sharing photos of the past, great history of Cedar Mountain and some beautiful birds.

What’s happening with you or in the community? We’d love to hear what’s going on, if you would like to share. Please email your news and photos to by Monday night or early Tuesday morning next week.

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