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The McGaha Chapel Christmas Sing-along will be held at the Cedar Mountain Community Center on Sunday, December 5 at 2:30. The Community Center was built in 1953 after the Cedar Mountain schoolhouse was demolished in the late 1940s. The children of the community would begin to attend school in Brevard. The school building had been the site for community gatherings, school pageants and Christmas programs for years. The new Community Center building would become the location for these celebrations and will now host this year’s Christmas caroling due to the size of the building and the opportunity to maintain distance. Please join us as we lift our voices in song, both sacred and secular. A time of fellowship with hot cider, coffee, and home-baked goodies will follow. You are invited to bring your favorite cake, candy, or cookies to share. The McGaha Chapel will be open to the public from 1 to 2 pm. We hope to return to the historic 1872 McGaha Chapel for next year’s event. Come and open the Christmas season with us at the Cedar Mountain Community Center at 10635 Greenville Highway. This event is sponsored by the Transylvania County Historical Society, Sherwood Forest, and the Cedar Mountain Community Club.

The photo is of a 1960 Christmas program at the center.

ANGEL TREE by Cindy Meffert

Dear Cedar Mountain residents, I have found myself in the unique position of having more donors than children and families. I am looking for deserving families and children that seem to fall through the cracks of our community. If you know of a family that has children that would benefit from Angel Tree, please contact me.

Cindy Meffert (794) 451-0399 * or Janet Stremel (712) 660-0990.

* Contact me first. Janet is going to be out of town for a good part of the holiday season. Thank you all that have offered to donate and for your patience while we try to find deserving children and families.



The Cedar Mountain Canteen opened its doors one year ago the day before Thanksgiving and they are celebrating by being open the same day this year. They look forward to seeing everyone.


There will be a Thanksgiving Day Potluck Dinner at the Cedar Mountain Canteen. So many folks don’t have a place to share Thanksgiving dinner. Last year at the Canteen we had a private, small socially distanced potluck for a few of us and it was wonderful.

This year we have decided to host a community potluck on Thanksgiving Day. We will be providing a turkey and a pork roast. Please join us. If you cannot bring food to share, we will feed you. We will start gathering at 3 pm and enjoy dinner around 4 or 5 pm.

We ask that you bring your own non-disposable place setting, beverage glass and that you pack out anything you bring. We strive to be free of waste and appreciate help with that. If you don’t have a place setting, we always have extras.

Deck your halls with local love on Saturday, December 11th from 11-3 pm in Cedar Mountain.

The Christmas Market at Studio276 will feature vendor booths with handcrafted gifts, local art, and our Cedar Mtn Moonshine. Don’t miss out on the holiday kids’ corner: Pictures with @hipstersantaofficial, Notes to the North Pole, and S’mores PitKit. Grab a hot cup of cocoa, mini donuts, or your favorite coffee from The Velvet Cup Coffee Truck while you continue your shopping small all around Cedar Mountain.

Grab your fresh cut tree from Creekside Market & Grill and enjoy lunch on their beautiful new back porch dining space.

Pop over to Whistlestop Market for a wine tasting and get fresh ideas for your holiday spread.

Gifting an experience? Stop into Cedar Mtn Pilates & Yoga for a gift certificate.

Sit & Savor a delicious menu special at Cedar Mountain Cafe.

Stock up on the coolest outdoor needs and head to Hiker and the Hound.

While on that side of 276, the Cedar Mountain Canteen & Bottle Shop has over 150 different selections of alcoholic and NA beverages and staff is always on hand to help you select the perfect drink for your gathering & gifting. Enjoy a December moment by their fire pit with a brew from the tap and campfire popcorn. Gift certificates will be on hand from Transylvania Shares Sharing Club. Give the true gift of reducing & reusing.

Thank you for thinking local when it comes to getting your holiday shopping done. We appreciate you. Extra parking will be available at the Cedar Mountain Community Center and the gravel lot behind the Canteen/Hiker and the Hound businesses.


February will be brightened up a bit with a Crockpot Cook-off on Saturday 2/5/21 at the Cedar Mountain Community Center so you can start making plans to show off your Crockpot talents.



In the year 1621 the pilgrims celebrated, in Plymouth, their Harvest Feast. More information can be found online at After 400 years we still celebrate Thanksgiving.

There are more things to be thankful for each day; too many to list. Just this past week I was thankful that the pastor of Rocky Hill Baptist Church, Dr. Leland Holland, was treated successfully for bilateral pneumonia and is back home now feeling much better. We are also thankful for Butch Skerrett who was able and willing to fill in on such short notice.

My family is well, and safe, as am I. My friends are great. Our country is blessed as are we to be living in America. And Cedar Mountain is thriving, and exciting, and has the best neighbors. I pray each of you have a very Happy Thanksgiving.


A beautiful cantata “Noel - Born Is the King” will be performed at Rocky Hill Baptist Church on Sunday evening, December 19th, led by choir director Lenoir Bishop. You’re all invited. I’m thankful for Lenoir.

If your church or community is having a special Christmas or Hanukkah celebration please let Linda or me know.


My “Hey Google” sometimes speaks even when I haven’t asked her anything. And other times she responds in the most unusual way. For example, just this Monday I asked if anything was happening this week in Brevard and she replied “I don’t have any information on that, but do you want to know what time Trick or Treat is in Melbourne?” I imagine she thought I was asking about Brevard county Florida? Still, Halloween has come & gone. It’s a “voice” though, and a pleasant one.

There are fun things I can ask Hey Google, like knock-knock jokes, or facts like when the first Thanksgiving was as mentioned above. And she’s great at spelling, math, and playing music. When I want a phone number I only have to ask. That’s just one more thing to be thankful for technology.


Winter is a little less than a month away. It begins on Tuesday, December 21st. My yard is covered in acorns, under mounds of fall leaves. A young friend, Avery (6) was visiting and asked if he could use my leaf blower. So as he blew my leaves into 3 tall piles I used the rake. How did all those acorns get under the thick carpet of leaves? Looks like I’ll be pulling up gobs of baby Oak trees next year.

Has anyone seen any woolly worms? Some have predicted our winter weather by them. If it snows I’ll stay home. If we have freezing rain I’ll stay home. But if I lose power I’ll do my best to get somewhere that does. There is nothing worse than being stuck in a cold dark house. Oh but I do have my two pups; yet another reason to be “thankful “.


I’m sure I speak for both of us when I say Linda Young and I am ‘thankful for your input to the Cedar Mountain News column and for your encouragement.

In two weeks I’ll be sharing December birthdays & anniversaries, so please email yours to me (Christine Pace) at: Thank you.

AROUND THE HOUSE by Linda Packer Young

My honey and I joined the Brevard Racquet Club recently but on Monday the weather was so nice we decided to go for a hike instead of using a boring treadmill. I hadn’t been down to Hooker Falls in over 2 years and a lot has changed. What used to be a fairly easy hike down to the falls is now a little daunting for out-of-shape old folks. A lot of people passed us and then passed us again going the other way as they came back from the falls. We made it down and back though and enjoyed it very much. We dressed warmly but saw others in t-shirts. We were glad to have opted for coats.

It finally frosted here on Duncan Mountain Monday night. Not that we couldn’t have waited a bit longer. Any plant I considered bringing in for the winter is now “toast”. Oh, well, I already have a lot of house plants to tend to. Repotting an ever-blooming violet is on the agenda for today.

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 email your news or any questions to by Monday evening.


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