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Program - Cedar Mountain, NC: A History of the Village and the Turnpike

Charles Burden, Doug Pace, and Patty Stahl are scheduled to speak on Thursday, June 2, 2022, from 6:30 - 7:30 at the Rogow Room of the Transylvania County Library.

Cedar Mountain’s summer families have returned and are opening their cottages and cabins. The water has been turned on and the spider webs are swept away. Many of these families have been summering here since the late 1800s and early 1900s in homes built by their forefathers. The Rives family documented their summer of 1905 in a family scrapbook of photos taken of their travel by wagon on the Jones Gap Turnpike, summer activities in Cedar Mountain, and on a camping trip to Lake Toxaway. The photo of the young ladies in their swimming attire of the day and standing on the Clear Creek log bridge also features the family dog. PIX The descendants of these lovely ladies return to Cedar Mountain each summer. Welcome back to all our “summer people.” More historical photos of Cedar Mountain and the stories behind them will be shared at the All Things Appalachia Series mentioned above.


Come and join us in the “Good Old Summertime” on Saturday, June 4 at 2:30 PM at the 150-year-old McGaha Chapel in Cedar Mountain, NC. We will be “Coming around the Mountain” and gathering to sing at “The Church in the Wildwood” on Hwy 276. Watermelon will be served on the grounds after forty-five minutes of singing and a brief historical introduction. Shuttle service to the Chapel will be available, beginning at 1:30 pm, at the Robin Hood Center in Sherwood Forest, across Hwy 276 (Greenville Hwy) from the Chapel.

This event is sponsored by the Transylvania Historical Society and members of the Sherwood Forest and Cedar Mountain communities.


Coming up on June 12th the Rev Lathrop Mosley, of St. James Episcopal Church, will be the speaker, with Marty Ray and Celeste Carneal providing music.


M U S I C + M O O N S H INE 6/3/22 Mallory and Josh Carter from Pretty Little Goat will be sharing their music with us 6-8 PM BYOChair•Free Event•No Outside Alcohol or Coolers Permitted•Family Friendly ••••••••••••• •Tin Roof Pizza 828 will pop pizzas in the oven starting at 5:30, no pre-ordering on Fridays! •The Velvet Cup Coffee Truck is back open during Friday events! •Come inside to the tasting room Studio276 for Free Cedar Mountain Moonshine tasters and to view some Shine Art! Beer + wine is also available for purchase. ••••••••••••• PARKING….if you’re just coming for an afternoon Friday coffee, park along the WHITE ROPE with the ferns, if you’re parking for the event please park in the GRASS PART of the parking area first! It gets a little hectic after 3 PM and we want to make sure people can still get in and out for coffee NOT staying for the event. If parking to hang out at the Canteen or grab a bite to eat at the CM Cafe, yay!, but PLEASE park in the grass area of the parking field…don’t make me come find you :) And likewise, if you’re parking for Studio276 events, please use our parking area first before taking a space at our other Cedar Mtn businesses. Thank you! NO overnight camping allowed…making a responsible decision to not drink and drive is different and strongly encouraged.


Our next potluck is on Monday, June 13th. Please have your dish to share on the serving tables by 6:15 pm so that serving can begin at 6:30 pm.

Our program for the evening will be presented by Carl Newman of the Veteran’s History Museum of the Carolinas in Brevard. The mission of the museum is to honor our nation’s veterans, educate the public about our country’s military history and the contribution of our servicemen and women, and to preserve important and unique historic artifacts. This museum reflects a love of country and gratitude to those who serve it by remembering and celebrating their service.


The next blood drive at the Cedar Mountain FRD will be on June 18th from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm. It is recommended that you make an appointment with the Red Cross now. Make your appointment at


Congratulations to Toby and Erin Huter on their graduations! Toby graduated from Indiana University and is off to Taiwan in August for language immersion and an internship.

Erin graduated from Brevard High School and is off to UNC-Chapel Hill in the fall!


The BBQ fundraiser sponsored by the Cedar Mountain Fire Rescue Auxiliary was well attended and a great success last Saturday. We ran out of beans and coleslaw and sold just sandwiches toward the end. Folks who only purchased sandwiches got extra cookies. Thanks to all those who attended and those who participated in preparing the BBQ. It is a lot of work.


The sun came out just in time for the 9 o'clock tee-off. Eight women played the front nine in a game of blind partners. Winners: Peggy Baldwin and Diane Hodson. Low gross: Nancy Waclawek. Low net: Diane Hodson. Join us on June 6 for a choker scramble game on the back nine. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. Shotgun start at 9 am.



BIRTHDAYS - Marshall Duke will turn a year older on June 11th. Evie Rackley gains a year too, on June 14th. My brother-in-law Doug Pace celebrates his birthday on the 22nd, while both Lenoir Bishop & Billy Carden share the same birth day: June 23rd.

ANNIVERSARIES - Celebrating another year of wedded bliss on June 5th will be Bobby & Lucy Jones. On June 11th Allen & Nancy Cadora will celebrate 63 years together!

WHAT’S YOURS? I have a long list of July celebrations so far and would love to add yours to it. Please send your July dates to me for publication next month. If I missed your June birthday or anniversary I’ll be happy to mention it in next week’s column if you email it to me at:, or call (828)885-2103. Thank you!

AROUND THE HOUSE by Linda Packer Young

We had to take our motor home “The Infirmary” in for a “trip” check-up and some other stuff last Wednesday. All did not go well. We were going to tow “Rusty” our Jeep there but were unable to hook it up. So my honey drove the Jeep and I drove the motor home all the way. We got lost 3 times due to conflicting information from our several GPS devices. First, we missed the road we were to turn on and drove to the nearest place (a gas station) to get turned around. I turned too soon on the way back and had to turn the motor home around again. Then I once again missed the road because it was nothing more than a gravel driveway. I quickly drove into a neighbor's driveway and got the motor home turned around once more. We finally got on the right road and I got lots of practice maneuvering the “Infirmary”. The garage helped my honey get the Jeep hooked up correctly and we made it home just fine. The Cedar Mountain Community Center parking lot is the perfect place to hook and unhook the Jeep. Our driveway just does not allow for that. What a day.

My honey got a thumbs up at the doctor’s office for his facial surgery this week. He is healing well and is looking less beat up too. I’m sure it was due to the excellent care he got from me. It was kinda funny getting him ready for a shower. He couldn’t get the bandage wet so I taped a plastic bag over the side of his face and it worked.

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