top of page

Cedar Mountain News for Thursday 10-26-23


In a field on Solomon Jones Road there stands a scarecrow watching his garden, year after year. An old family barn stands nearby and the headwaters of Walker Creek spring from the hillside behind him. The road, once known as the Green River Road, makes a deep curve here, separating the barn from the old farmhouse. The scarecrow, perched in the garden throughout the spring and summer, wears a discarded shirt and faded overalls. As the pumpkins in the field turned orange and the dried corn stalks were gathered into an upright bundle, he was moved closer to the road and now faces the visitors traveling to and from Pretty Place each day.

One cool morning, soon after his move, the scarecrow was seen sporting a vibrant blue scarf of heavy material. He might have smiled as he enjoyed the new accessory, but he had no head or face. After a night of strong winds, the scarecrow fell to the ground. (His feet weren’t well planted. What feet?) Until, that is, a few days later when he was once again upright and a round head with a pleasant face appeared above the scarf. He was smiling and shaded from the autumn sun under a wide brimmed straw hat, with braids, no less. Our well-dressed sentinel shows off his warm work gloves as he greets the travelers in his neck of the woods each day. And we thank the mysterious benefactors that come and go in the night for a bit of fun in our community. Such neighborly folk and only the scarecrow knows their names.


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.


The Cedar Mountain Trunk or Treat will be Sunday October 29th from 3-5pm 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


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.


Our annual Thanksgiving dinner will be on Monday November 13th. This is always a festive evening enjoying fabulous food, friends and neighbors. Ham and turkey will be furnished by the center. Please have your favorite Thanksgiving treats, bread dressing, casseroles, cakes, salad etc. on the serving tables by 6:15 pm. Serving will begin at 6:30 pm. It will be good to see ya’ll.


Are you looking for a venue to host a community event or meeting? Contact Caroline Chambers at 828-290-9662 to schedule. The Cedar Mountain Community Center is the perfect place for residents and visitors to gather, with a variety of events held throughout the year. From monthly summer potluck dinners to cooking classes and special occasions, The Center offers an opportunity to get involved and become part of the Cedar Mountain Community. Come join us for food, fun, and a variety of events!

AROUND THE HOUSE by Linda Packer Young

I feel like I totally missed the final weeks of summer. When we returned home the ferns had already gone brown and bits of color were beginning to show in the leaves. It was suddenly fall and I hadn’t “worked up” for it yet. Now is the time to put summer things away and haul out the winter items. I’m just not ready for it. You can’t stop time though so I’m finally packing up summer clothes in boxes for storage.

We had a wonderful Sunday afternoon “leaf-looking”. It seems the trees are more vivid this year than in the last couple of years. We traveled the Blue Ridge Parkway down past Graveyard Fields. I say passed because there wasn’t any hope of finding a parking place there. We came back down Highway 215 through Balsam Grove and were delighted with the light traffic and the colors were magnificent. I had my honey turn off on a side road where I took a nice photo from a bridge. Viva la fall.

Note: All news must be sent to Photos need to be high resolution to ensure printability. The deadline for the CM News is Monday evening or early Tuesday morning.


Featured Posts
Recent Posts
Search By Tags
No tags yet.
Follow Us
  • Facebook Basic Square
  • Twitter Basic Square
  • Google+ Basic Square
bottom of page