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CROCKPOT COOKOFF The Cedar Mountain Community Center will be hosting a Crockpot Cookoff on Saturday, February 5 with sampling starting at 5:30. Contestants, please have your crockpots plugged in and ready to serve by 5:15 pm. Any dish that can be cooked in a crockpot is acceptable, like; soups, chili, desserts, pot roast, BBQ, etc. A $5.00 donation is requested to receive a ticket to vote on your favorite crockpot entry. Awards will be presented to the top 3 contestants. If you would like to bring a copy of your recipe or ingredients, we will display it with your entry. BLOOD DRIVE The next blood drive will be held at the Cedar Mountain Fire Rescue Dept on Saturday, February 19th between 8:30 am ad 12:30 pm. Appointments are recommended. HOA DATES Attention Cedar Mountain HOAs, the Cedar Mountain Community Center needs to lock in your meeting dates for 2022 before the wedding bookings start conflicting with your request. HOAs, please send an email to with your proposed date and HOA contact as soon as possible. CHRISTINE’S CORNER by Christine Pace I’ve been helping a good friend in Greenville, SC who has an opportunity to move to a smaller home in an over-55 neighborhood that is just right for her since her loving husband passed away. She’s been offered a great price on a 2-bed unit but has to move quickly, which means she has to sell her current home fast. Having been an Art teacher in school, then a basket teacher and a popular gourd artist, teaching “Weaving on baskets”, the title of one of 4 books she’s written, you can imagine the downsizing needed. I’m helping her a couple of times a week and have somehow (ahem) brought many, many gourds back to my home. A 6’ work table is coming my way via my downsizing friend Marianne, and I have said I will use it outside this summer to teach young children Art, for free! Therefore she has donated tons of pencils & art paper to me for this use. Call me in April or May if you have a youngster interested in free 2-hour classes this summer: (828)885-2103 Marianne made a clown about 22” tall that caught my eye across the room; he has a polymer head, a gourd body on dowel legs, and big paper clay clown shoes. Being a professional doll repairer too, Marianne painted the head and made the clothes. I brought it home to sell it on Marketplace after I’ve admired it for a few weeks myself. Praying you are all well. January has had many friends & neighbors sick especially with this strain of Covid. Blessings to you all. NEW YEARS BABY There actually was a baby born on New Year’s Day, many years ago! His name is Tommy Eison and I’m sad to say he didn’t make our list of birthday or anniversary “celebrations” in last week’s column. Happy belated birthday Tommy! If you have a January birthday or anniversary that I didn’t mention please send it to me: (Christine) chris_p_artist@yahoo .com. I’m happy to be informed of the February celebrations now too! SPOTLIGHT ON CREEKSIDE MARKET Starting from Cedar Mountain Outpost, mentioned in last week’s column, continue deeper into Cedar Mountain on Hwy. 276-S for 1/2 mile and you will see on your right the “Creekside Market”. Many treasures inside including local art will amaze you. The most amazing though is their menu: Hours of the Creekside Market are 7 am to 8 pm every day, with Sunday’s opening at 8 am. A beautiful new addition to the back overlooks a lovely horse farm and the creek. This addition offers extra indoor and outdoor dining where you will enjoy hot-off-the-grill breakfast, lunch, salads, or dinner. Call them at (828) 885-2810 and ask what their special of the day is. Or to reserve a table or two for a birthday party, as I did! AROUND THE HOUSE by Linda Packer Young Both driveways have been enlarged and graveled just in time for projected wintry weather. Our road maintenance contractor did a tremendous job. He also will plow the driveway if it snows more than 8 inches. My honey put a timer on some lights on the porch so that we don’t come home in complete darkness anymore. I could have left the porch lights on all day, but that is an advertisement that we may not be home. The lights are now timed to go on and off and we don’t have to go out on the porch in the cold and unplug them.

Thank you for reading the Cedar Mountain News. Your contributions and comments are encouraged and welcome. We’d like to hear what’s going on if you would like to share. Photos are welcome as well. Please respond by Monday evening.


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