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Studio 276 is hosting an Artisan Market on Saturday, December 3rd from 10 am – 2 pm. There will be 20 local vendors. Refreshments will be available and you can have your photo taken with Santa. Studio 276 is located at 10754 Greenville Hwy in Cedar Mountain (across the hwy from the Cedar Mountain Café.)


Christmas caroling will return to the 150-year-old McGaha Chapel on Sunday, December 4, 2022, at 2:30 pm. Move into the Christmas season with us as we sing holiday favorites, sacred and secular. This beautiful old Chapel, true to its past, is unheated. Dress warmly! Hot apple cider, coffee, and homemade cookies and cakes will be shared at the warm Sherwood Forest Robin Hood Center across the road following the singing. Parking is available at the Sherwood Forest Robin Hood Center with a shuttle available to the Chapel.

Arrive early to allow time to catch a ride or to walk over to the Chapel. The Robin Hood Center is located on US 276 South with roadside signs identifying parking. This annual event is sponsored by the Transylvania Historical Society along with members of the Sherwood Forest and Cedar Mountain Communities.


The 2023 Cedar Mountain Historical Calendars are being sold in our local businesses for fifteen dollars and contain other photos of people and places from the past in Cedar Mountain, DuPont State Recreational Forest, Caesar’s Head, and Sherwood Forest. Please visit our stores and restaurants and buy a few copies for Christmas presents. The proceeds go to the Cedar Mountain Community Center.


Traveling & teaching gourd art is through for me for this year, so now I’m scrambling to finish a few special orders. Merry Christmas everyone!

Transylvania schools will let out for Christmas break at noon on December 20th.

Christmas is on a Sunday this year, so Rocky Hill Baptist will present its musical cantata on the evening of Sunday, December 18th. Masterful Lenoir Bishop once again is directing our choir which includes both me and Linda Young in the tenor section. There’s a lot of talent here, and I hope you’ll be in attendance! We are having choir practice twice a week now. Sunday afternoon at 4 pm is one of our practice times, which means my whole Sunday is filled.

This past Sunday I got to church early enough to make coffee prior to Sunday school, then enjoyed a sermon from John 20 by Dr. Leland Holland. At the end of the morning service, the wedding of Lola Louise (Winky) Hamilton & Oliver (Butch) Skerrett Jr. took place, followed by a BBQ lunch in the fellowship building next door! That was different.

After lunch, I took my grandson home to Brevard and then drove to my home to let my 3 pups “out”. Then it was back to Rocky Hill church for cantata practice. I was back home by 6:30 pm though it felt much later!

Next Sunday, December 4th, the annual singing at the McGaha Chapel will squeeze in between church and the 4 o’clock choir practice.

After early water aerobics at the Brevard Racquet Club this Monday, I stopped into our wonderful library in Brevard. A sign out front announced they are already accepting book donations for next year’s book sale. Every Monday from 10 am to noon you can bring books & board games to a table just inside the front door. I was there when a gentleman brought in boxes of gently used board games to donate. Did you know there are outdoor games like croquet and horseshoes available to be checked out from our library? Call them for more information: (828)884-3151

Also in Brevard is the Silvermont Mansion located at 364 E. Main Street. They offer a variety of classes Monday - Friday from 8 am - 4 pm (Thursdays their hours are 7:30 am-9:30 pm). Here are some of their offerings for December: Mah Jongg, Tai Chi, Chair Yoga, Sit & Stitch, Bridge, Open Art, Reader’s Theatre, Card Club, Super Scrabble, Wood Carvers, Mountain Music, Mountain Memories, and more. Most of these classes are held on the same day & time each week. They also conduct Museum Tours from 1 pm -3:45 pm on December 2, 9, and 16th. Silvermont Mansion will be closed from Dec. 23rd thru the 27th as are most county offices. For more information, you may call Brenda Skeffington at (828)884-3166

We are truly blessed living here in Transylvania County and beautiful Cedar Mountain.


To rent the Cedar Mountain Community center please contact Caroline Chambers well before your event or you can send an email to with your proposed date. You may also apply online at https://www.cedarmountaincommunitycenter.

AROUND THE HOUSE by Linda Packer Young

My honey took our Jeep (Rusty) to our favorite mechanic to have a headlight replaced. The other one was replaced a couple of weeks ago. At first, the mechanic said he would have to remove the bumper to change the light bulb. WHAT? My honey reminded him that when the other headlight was fixed the bumper did not need to be removed. It involved moving some “car part” to reach the bulb. He finally was able to reach the bulb without removing the bumper. We ancient car owners used to change our own headlight bulbs for the cost of the bulb. Why do they make it so hard and expensive? It was $197.00 this time. It was even more for the other one.

We have been decorating our mailbox for each holiday or season. It is now sporting some reindeer horns and a Santa greeting. A Santa solar light graces the post at the bottom. I haven’t taken a photo. Maybe next week?


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