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The Women’s Workshop is excited to announce their upcoming Spring Market Faire on Saturday, May 14th from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm held in the Robin Hood Barn in Sherwood Forest Hwy 276 in Cedar Mountain. Local vendors will be offering New and Vintage Eclectic and Whimsical Home Decor and Assorted Art. This will be a rain or shine event. Local musicians and a food truck will be on-site.


The “Center for Women” is a non-profit that helps pregnant women or mothers (& fathers) with young children. They offer many free programs promoting life & wellness and a great future. They recently moved to a larger building in Brevard with ample parking.

The Center for Women has ongoing financial needs in order to provide care & education to women making tough decisions. They gladly accept your tax-deductible donations year ‘round, and once in a while they do something fun to raise funds; hence the upcoming (indoor) yard sale:

Items have been pouring in for a grand yard sale that will be held inside the Cedar Mountain Community Center on Saturday, May 21st, 7 am - 1 pm. This will be a special sale in that items will not have price tags. Instead, give whatever you feel an item is worth to you. Make an offer for all that’s left in the last 30 minutes of the sale! Please call volunteer Candy Gray at (843) 991-2734 for more information or to donate.


There will be an Open House at the new Center for Women location at 134 S. Johnson St., Brevard, NC 28712 on Friday, May 20th from 4-6pm and all are invited! Their phone number is (828)885-7885


After a tasty potluck, the CMCC was treated to a program presented by Kalen Lawson Monday night. We learned a lot about the Brevard Music Center and the amazing programs they have. Marilyn Compton is seen chatting with Kalen after the program. (photo)


The Summer Sing-along at the McGaha Chapel on Hwy 276 will be held this year on Saturday, June 4 at 2:30. After a Covid hiatus, we will once again gather in the Chapel, which was built in 1872, and sing the old songs that your great grandparents sang. Watermelon will be served on the grounds after the sing-along. This event is sponsored by the Transylvania County Historical Society, Sherwood Forest, and the Cedar Mountain Community. Shuttle service will be available from the Sherwood Forest Center parking lot to the Chapel. More information will be in next week’s column.

On Wednesday, May 4 Dr. Anne Peden, Beverly Phillips, and Charlene Spelts traveled to Cedar Mountain from South Carolina to visit the McGaha Chapel, Feed Rock in Sherwood Forest, and the grounds of Piedmont Camp. Dr. Peden is the historian of the Piedmont MillVillage on the Saluda River. Beverly Phillips and Charlene Spelts are volunteers with the Piedmont Historical Preservation Society. Charles Burden shared memories of his summer vacations as a young child with his family at Piedmont Camp as he walked through the camp’s grounds, accompanied by Doug Pace and Patty Stahl. Piedmont Camp 1925 – 1950, was owned by Piedmont Manufacturing Company or Piedmont Cotton Mills and was built to offer a summer vacation for the families of the mill workers and a cool respite from the hot Piedmont, SC summers. Charles pointed out the locations of the eleven summer cabins for workers and their families, the Lodge (previously the Craf McGaha home) and the concrete dam and lake. The cabins and the lodge are no longer there but stacked stone retaining walls, stone steps to a cabin location, an old, stacked stone kitchen chimney and the Johnstone Turnpike roadbed provide clues to the layout of the camp and the joyful summer days spent there. The dam was built by Ted Snyder as were several of the dams and lakes in the Cedar Mountain area.

A visit to the McGaha Chapel provided Charles with the opportunity to give the history of the Chapel and stories of the teenaged campers leading the younger campers on evening visits to the Chapel accompanied by haunted sounds from the old organ and the suggestions of ghosts nearby. Our Cedar Mountain tour ended with a short hike to Feed Rock, an old grazing area used by drovers as they led their livestock to SC. Many Cedar Mountain and Piedmont, SC stories were shared during our lunch together and our trips to each location.

HISTORY: MOTHERS DAY Arthur Bishop reports that President Woodrow Wilson created Mother’s Day. Arthur wrote “His first wife Ellen Louise Axson is an ancestor of mine, on my mother’s side.”

“While she (Ellen Louise) was First Lady she created the Rose Garden (at the White House) which stayed the same until President Kennedy came into office.” Kennedy made only a few changes to the garden

Arthur Bishop was born & raised in Cedar Mountain but resides in Florida now. He was one of 7 boys & 1 girl! His brother Bill still lives here, and two of Bill’s sons (Wayne & Lenoir) and a daughter (Sharon) still reside here.


Happy birthday to the May Birthday Club girls. Barbara Streeper, Christine Pace, Candy Gray and Judy Barksdale have been celebrating together for awhile now. Here they are wearing their matching-message t-shirts and looking beautiful and happy. (photo)


Christine Pace was totally surprised on Mother’s Day. Sunday, May 8th. She turned a “young 70”. Her good friend Candy Gray had invited her to lunch after church, but as a ruse, talked her into running up to her house after church Sunday before going to the Creekside Market for lunch. This gave family and friends time to gather for a surprise birthday party. Christine had no idea what was in store. A crowd had gathered on the enclosed Back Porch to surprise her when they arrived at 1 pm. Everyone shouted “Surprise” when she walked in and at first Christine thought the party was for Candy, whose birthday was the day before (May 7th). But this was for Christine, who announced months earlier that she had “never had a birthday party”. Christine said it was great fun (it was!) and that “we ought to do this every year!” Happy 70th, Chris.


It was a chilly morning but 12 women still showed up to play a game called "Just Play Golf." Winner: Carol Mitchell with 36. Low net: Louise Stroup with 24.

AROUND THE HOUSE by Linda Packer Young

Well, we are finally ready to roll with our motor home (The Infirmary). We had a hitch put on in order to tow our Jeep (Rusty) along with us. The whole process has taken much more preparation than we ever dreamed would be necessary. So relieved that we are now ready for a trip we’ve been planning. My All-class high school reunion is July 9th in Iowa and we are now we are ready to roll in that direction. Phew.

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