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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. We will sing carols, both sacred and secular, for forty-five minutes. Everyone is invited to enjoy hot cider and coffee with home-baked cookies, cakes, and candies after the caroling. Please feel free to bring your favorite Christmas goodie to share. The 1872 McGaha Chapel will be open to visitors from 1 to 2 pm. We hope to hold this annual event in the historic Chapel next year. This event is sponsored by the Transylvania County Historical Society and members of the Sherwood Forest and Cedar Mountain communities." Thank you!


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!

  • Hiker and the Hound has beautiful fresh wreaths with bows!

  • 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 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.

CHRISTMAS CANTATA This year’s Christmas cantata at Rocky Hill Baptist Church will be performed on Sunday, December 19th at 6:00 pm. Lenoir Bishop does a wonderful job in leading the choir. All are welcome! Refreshments follow in the Family Life Center. Dr. Leland Holland, the pastor of Rocky Hill church, can be reached at (828) 862-5611


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.

CHRISTINE’S CORNER by Christine Pace What a busy time of year! Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Practices for Rocky Hill’s cantata continue, along with various holiday “doings”, so I am thankful for good health. A one-day trip to my son’s house in Matthews, NC was the day after Thanksgiving. His wife’s parents & sister & other Brazilian friends were there, freezing in our cooler weather. It was great fun playing a board game with everyone talking in Portuguese. Not fair to me, but fun anyway. Several hadn’t seen me since my hair grew out white! I was given a new nickname of Mrs. Claus. In leaving my son’s house that evening I saw a herd of deer just around the corner from his house! No red-nosed deer, so Santa wasn’t around. Back home, I took my 2 pups to the dog park on Saturday. I needed to walk off some of the Turkey dinners from Thursday & Friday. In the large dog park, there were oodles of ‘doodles; Goldendoodles, Labradoodles, and Bernedoodles. What a beautiful sight. And a beautiful day, in a beautiful dog park! Just me & my 2 were in the small dog park, but we all got exercise. My good friend just moved from California to St. Petersburg, Florida. She closes on a condo on December 9th. She’s been gone for over 8 years! I’m hoping to visit her several times a year via Allegiant Airlines, which flies direct from Asheville to St. Pete at a great advertised rate: $49./one way. Any suggestions? Sometime after mid-February, weather permitting, I hope to drive to southern Indiana to pick up a puppy not yet born. I love road trips, and driving, but tend to drive only if it’s less than 500 miles now. That’s why I’m looking into Allegiant Airlines for Florida trips. Next week I’ll list December birthdays & anniversaries so if you want yours listed please let me know. You can email me at: or call (828) 885-2103

AROUND THE HOUSE by Linda Packer Young

We went to Clayton, GA, for a craft show last Friday. There was a young woman there who created art with the bones of roadkill animals. She and I both liked the old show called Bones where beetles were used to clean bones. (I still watch reruns of that show.) This young lady uses beetles as well. Bizarre but very interesting. I think she was a bit surprised that I was so interested in her work. Most folks would cringe and walk away.

We were invited out for Thanksgiving and it was wonderful. Especially taking home leftovers I didn’t have to cook. Many thanks to our gracious hostess for such a great time and a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner.

We did get out to do some yard work and clean up the area around the garage door Tuesday. It looks so much better. We stacked the Adirondack chairs but need some big tarps to cover them. Wish we could have burned some leaves but there is a burn ban. We just hope a wind doesn’t blow them all back where they were.

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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