CEDAR MOUNTAIN NEWS FOR THURSDAY MARCH 24, 2022

SHERWOOD FOREST LADIES GOLF LEAGUE

Mark your calendar for the start of the Sherwood Forest Ladies Golf League. The opening day for the weekly games is April 4 at 10 a.m. at the golf course. All women, whether you're able to play on that Monday or not, are invited to lunch at noon that Monday at the Cedar Mountain Outpost, right across the street from the clubhouse parking lot. Dues for the 2022 season are $20. The weekly game fee of $1 goes into a kitty for end-of-season prizes in October. Golfers of all skill levels are welcome to our league, so whether you're just beginning or experienced, come join us, make new friends and have fun.


MEET AND GREET

There will be a meet and greet for Transylvania County sheriff candidate, Chase Owen, at the Cedar Mountain Community Center on Friday, March 25th from 6 pm – 8 pm. Hamburgers, hot dogs, sides, and desserts will be served.


WHITE SQUIRREL FESTIVAL

The White Squirrel Festival will no longer be held over Memorial weekend so that the community can shift focus back to honoring those who have served and sacrificed for our freedoms.

The White Squirrel festivities are morphing into something pretty amazing called the White Squirrel Weekend which will take place over the first weekend in JUNE! Mark your calendars for the weekend of June 3rd for music, local businesses perks, vendors, and family fun all in the heart of Brevard!



VILLAGE AND THE TURNPIKE BOOK PRESENTATION

Bedrock circles? String houses? Pole bridges and cane mills? In Cedar Mountain? Yes, and if you would like to hear more about these and other Cedar Mountain whereabouts and folk, please come to the Cedar MountainCommunity Center on Saturday, April 2 at 3 pm. Authors Doug Pace, Charles Burden, and Patty Stahl will share the stories behind some of their favorite photographs from the book, The Village and the Turnpike. Audience members will also be invited to share favorite photos from the book and ask questions. Homemade desserts will be served.

This 1914 photo from the book of some of the young men of CedarMountain features a few of the oldest Cedar Mountain surnames. On the day this photo was taken, accompanying photos of the young ladies of Cedar Mountain were also made. Some of the young ladies were charter members of the Home Demonstration Club and continued to be active in the organization until they were in their eighties and nineties. Many of the young men of the community were active in the state-organized Corn Clubs and contests. The high school boys worked an acre of land each, using scientific methods to increase their yields. Clubs were eventually established to encourage production of other livestock and crops.

The Brevard News edition of July 18, 1919, reported that the young ladies of the Cedar Mountain Home Demonstration Club had opened a tea room in Cedar Mountain near the post office, the first such club venture in the state. “The Cedar Mountain Tea Room opened its doors for the service of the public last Saturday afternoon at one o’clock and within three hours ten motoring parties had stopped to sample the ice-cold milk and home cooking and gone on their way looking forward to the time they could come back and directing all their friends to the new tea room.” Each member cultivated a tenth-acre garden which furnished the vegetables.

Management and finances were also handled by the girls and all the cooking. The tea room was set up in an old store building, perhaps the Bishop building. “With the help of the Corn Club boys, the interior of the building has been transformed into a state of inviting attractiveness which has to be seen to be appreciated. With its rustic tables topped by growing maidenhair ferns, it makes a welcome retreat for the dusty traveler.” The travelers were motoring on the old dusty or muddy Johnstone Turnpike as Hwy 284, now 276, had not yet been built. Tea rooms operated by the young ladies and later by other individuals would offer fried chicken, country ham sandwiches, homemade ice cream, and of course, tea, until the late 1930s.

Photo: L to R- Asa Hooker, Raymond Bishop, Hobart Bishop, Louie Bishop, Carroll Jones, Tom Garren, Harlin Jones,Hubert Summey, Weldon Lee, Leonard Burns, Markley Jones, Joseph Jones


CEDAR MOUNTAINCOMMUNITY CENTER

POTLUCK DINNER AND PROGRAMS

Scheduled for Monday, April 11th is, Wesley Sketo, Wildfire Mitigation Forester. A native of South Carolina, Wesley attended Clemson University after an enlistment in the US Navy. He earned both bachelor's and master's degrees in forestry before beginning to establish his career, working primarily for federal land management agencies. In 2017, he made the decision to join the NC Forest Service and move to the mountains. He is excited to increase public awareness of the threat of wildfires and available mitigation strategies.

Please have your food to share on the serving tables by 6:15 pm so serving can begin at 6:30 pm. The program will begin at about 7 pm.

In May, Kalen Lawson of the BrevardMusic Center will give a presentation. June will host Carl Newman of the VeteransMuseum. July will feature Didi Salvator’s,(sp?) Quilts of Valor. In August, the Community Center Annual Auction will be held. Kim Corman and John Wiseman will discuss “Eliminating Waste” in September. October will be our Barbecue Dinner Annual Fundraiser. Last but not least, The November meeting will be our annual Thanksgiving Potluck.


RENT THE CENTER

The Cedar Mountain Community Center is available for rent. It is the perfect place for meetings such as HOA’s, family reunions, business meetings, or other activities. Some bridal showers, weddings, and receptions are already booked. You can get married inside or out and have your reception at the Center. It can also be used as a dressing room for outdoor weddings at other locations. The pavilion is also quite popular in warmer weather.

The center has a capacity of 150 standing and seating for 100. There is a commercial-style kitchen too. Make food in the commercial kitchen or have it catered by local professionals.

To rent, email Caroline Chambers at cmcc28718@gmail.com or call her at 828-290-9662.


THE ELVES OF BREVARD

The Elves of Brevard is a group that reaches out to those in nursing homes and assisted living facilities in Brevard reminding them, they are loved and cherished members of our community. Visitation has been very limited for so long that they need to restock some necessities for the residents. Easter is coming up fast and it’s time to start gearing up. They are asking for personal care items and candy to fill Easter Bags. Examples include shampoo, body wash, gripper socks, slippers, lotion, soft tissues, Chap Stick, new sweatshirts- a variety of sizes, toothpaste, and mouth wash. Items can be dropped off at The Telco Bank.

For more information and details about how you can help please visit the following. https://www.facebook.com/ElvesBrevardRotary/


SENIOR GAMES

It’s time to register for this year’s Senior Games. Entries are due by April 13th, except short stories, life stories, and poetry which must be submitted by April 8th.

Categories you may enter vary, and include “Heritage Arts” such as basket weaving, pottery, jewelry, knitting, stained glass, tole painting & quilting. In the “Performing Arts” category there is comedy or drama, line dance, vocal, and instrumental. And more! “Tournament” events include pool, corn hole, badminton, ping pong, tennis, Pickleball, etc. There are track & field events, and there is a spelling bee competition!

Sanctioned by North Carolina Senior Games, Inc. and sponsored by the N. C. Division of Aging & Adult Services this annual event is open to anyone age 50(by the end of the year) and up. Events/games happen April 18 through May 4, 2022.

Registration packets are available at the Transylvania County Parks & Recreation Center off Ecusta Rd. (behind Pisgah Forest elementary school) or online at countyrec.org.

Let’s show everyone what we’ve got!


AROUND THE HOUSE by Linda Packer Young

Spring housecleaning has begun. At least I have my honey to help with it. We shared shampooing the carpet Tuesday. It’s so nice to have help.

I planted some annual flower seeds last weekend. A while later I read the directions more closely and discovered they were supposed to be planted in May. Well, we’ll see how the poor things fare with the weather. Hopefully, they defy the odds.


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