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Oct 19, 5 pm: Navrati Festival is celebrated by Tanamayi and Yogesh at Terra Nova Center. It’s an ancient festival of 9 nights to celebrate the exuberance of divine feminine. This year it’s from 15th Oct to 23rd October. Though it originated in India, it is not limited to that particular sub-continent. Wherever there is feminine quality in the world, it is relevant. It is important to pay attention to the aspects of receptivity, compassion, fierceness, etc. which is essentially motherliness. These qualities are not limited to females. Every human experiences these qualities. In the fast-paced world sometimes people do not have opportunities to notice the subtle beauties of life. During these 9 days in this particular month, we celebrate it because this period of time is more profound in terms of how the moon is aligned with the earth following the October New Moon to raise the consciousness towards feminine qualities. More details about Navratri are in the link below.

Tanamayi shares, “Our Cedar Mountain neighbors, the community, and our State Park colleagues have supported us immensely to rejoice in our time here. Starting with Diane Slover who found us the rental cabin at Terra Nova, my dance team ladies who graced us with their presence for the January full moon festival, then Linda who invited me to dance at the Community Center, Kim invited me to cook for the Fundraisers at the Canteen, and Val to shared her Brevard Pizza Works for the pop up Indian food and so many more wonderful beings who always warmed us with open hearts and smiles. Last but not least we truly appreciate Lianne and BOD at Terra Nova Center to rent us their cabin and allow us to include our beloved community during these festivals at this serene space. This is indeed a very special Mountain. We are so grateful that grace led us here, a year ago. And at last, I bow down to my beloved husband who always supports my enthusiasm”.

This festival is our way of giving back to the community with an evening of exuberance, fun, and food. As we are leaving for India for a few months to pursue our spiritual deepening, family time, and volunteering, we are humbled to have this opportunity to invite and include everyone on this occasion to celebrate the feminine in and around us, in the lap of Mother Nature, the all-encompassing Divine Feminine.

Oct 19, 5-7:30 pm itinerary includes offering, dinner, and dance. It will be both an indoor (chapel) and outdoor (lake) event. People are welcome to depart right after dinner. It is free and open to all. If possible, please bring a lime and a flower for the offering. If not, we will share what we have. We need RSVP if you are planning to come to help us prepare enough food and arrange seating. Please RSVP at this link or email or text/voicemail at 615-900-4320.


at the Cedar Mountain Canteen Thursday, October 26th. 6-8 pm. Join us and Sarah Dearbaugh of Studio 276 in the creation of a community memorial mural. The Canteen is dedicating a space for a community memorial and the mural is the first piece to enter the space. The mural will represent a flower garden. Please join us and add your loving memory to the canvas.

Richard Hardy will be leading a song circle. All are welcome to join. Bring an instrument and/or your voice. There will also be a potluck dinner. Please bring a non-disposable place setting and a covered dish. If you don’t have food to bring for any reason, we are happy to feed you. We are a pack it in, pack it out public house and ask you take everything you bring in, out with you. Many thanks.


A front-page article from the Transylvania Times of August 1938 announced a reunion of four Cedar Mountain families to be held at Rocky Hill Baptist Church in Cedar Mountain. “A program including short speeches, music, and singing has been arranged. Dinner will be served at the noon hour and all attending are requested to bring well filled baskets.” Family reunions were often held at the family church or the old home place and usually in the warm summer months, due to the picnic dinners on the grounds. These family gatherings offered relatives a chance to show off a new baby, wife, or husband and to remember the family members that had died since the last reunion. Children enjoyed the opportunity to run and play while their parents and grandparents caught up on the family news of the last year. Favorite family foods were enjoyed and with bragging rights at stake. Best chocolate cake, best apple pie?

Isaac Heath was born in 1807 and married Jane Shipman in 1836. A deed from December of 1849

documents that Isaac bought 100 acres of land on the waters of Little River joining the lands of Clinton Moore. These lands are today within DuPont State Recreational Forest and/or along Cascade Lake Road. Four of the children of Isaac and Jane died within three weeks of each other during an epidemic in 1861. To reduce the risk of spreading the illness, Isaac buried them without help in the nearby cemetery. This cemetery is known today as the Hooker – Moore Cemetery in DuPont State Recreational Forest, located near Hooker Falls. Isaac’s grave is there today, alongside the graves of those four young children. Clinton Moore, the miller at Hooker Falls, is also buried there with family members. Isaac died in 1895 and his descendants and relatives will share stories and those well filled baskets of favorite family foods on Saturday, October 21 at 1 pm at the Rocky Hill Baptist Church Family Life Center. Music and singing will also be enjoyed. Come and join us!


Blood donations are needed for patients requiring surgery, receiving cancer treatments, experiencing traumatic blood loss, and those who have severe burns. The Cedar Mountain Fire Rescue/ Auxiliary holds regularly scheduled blood drives and they are given donation goals by the Red Cross.

The CMFR Auxiliary’s next blood drive is scheduled for Saturday October 21st in the CMFR training room at the Cedar Mountain Fire dept. from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Please mark your calendars and register early at the Red Cross website.


The Cedar Mountain Community Center, 10635 Greenville Highway, Cedar Mountain, NC, is hosting a Handcrafted Arts and Crafts Show on Saturday, November 4th from 9 am to 3 pm. A wonderful assortment of handcrafted items by skilled local artisans will be available for purchase. Christmas is just around the corner! Come and enjoy all of our local businesses and everything that Cedar Mountain has to offer! We look forward to seeing everyone. Email for more information.


The Cedar Mountain Trunk or Treat will be Sunday October 29th from 4-6pm at Cedar Mountain Moonshine. Come ready for the spookiness with costumes, games, candy and more! All ages welcome. Candy donations can be dropped off anytime at 10754 Greenville Highway! If you’re interested in being a Trunk, please email Sarah at

BACK AROUND THE HOUSE by Linda Packer Young

So good to be back home in Transylvania County! There’s no place like home, especially Cedar Mountain. Of all the places we visited on our trip Transylvania wins. It was like a breath of fresh air in comparison with some of the areas we visited. It was 32 degrees in Williams, AZ with frost on the car to 102 in Needles, CA. The temperature for the trip ran from tank tops to parkas. We took 4 seasons of clothing with us which really paid off.

Our last stop was Pigeon Forge. We had planned to go to Dollywood but found out you had to reserve the handicapped carts in advance. If you’ve never been there, the park is hilly and not suitable for those with balance issues or other handicap. We opted for a round of miniature golf and had a wonderful time. I won by 2 points!! We ended the day with dinner at the Bullfish Restaurant. It was very good.

The kitty kids handled the long trip well. They drew a lot of attention at the campgrounds when they sunned themselves on the RV’s (Infirmary’s) expansive dash.

A special thank you to Ellen Myer who made sure my houseplants were watered while we were gone. She’s trying to perk up my orchids by taking them home with her.

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