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This coming week we celebrate remembering our many Veterans who served our country.

RESIDENT HIGHLIGHT By Sarah Dearbaugh Val Gerdes and Diane Slover, the culinary power couple of Cedar Mountain, have an exciting new venture in the works! Their journey began when they decided to trade the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles for the serene charm of Cedar Mountain, bringing with them a wealth of culinary expertise and a passion for creating unforgettable dining experiences. With Val's skills in the kitchen and Diane's flair for hospitality and high level Sommelier achievements, the duo quickly made a mark on the local food scene. Their dedication to sourcing the finest ingredients, combined with their down-to-earth approach to pairing food with wine, has garnered them with a devoted following. PICAs Memorial weekend approaches, anticipation is building for the grand unveiling of their new project, Wood & Vine. It's not just a restaurant; it's a celebration of culinary craftsmanship & community. Get ready to raise your glass and toast to a new era of dining excellence in downtown Brevard.  More information can be found on the website at 



At Monday’s Community Center meeting and meal, our County Agriculture Agent Bart Renner shared with us photos of and information about the invasive plants, woodland botanicals, and native bog plant species that are found in Cedar Mountain. Chinese Privet, burning bush, English ivy and kudzu were just a few of the invasive plants discussed as well as the difficulties preventing their spread. Our native botanicals such as lady slippers, fairy wand, cohosh, goldenseal, Jack in the Pulpit, bloodroot, and ginseng were shown. There was much discussion about the poaching of ginseng and the difference in value between our Appalachian Forest grown ginseng and the commercially grown ginseng cultivated in large facilities in Wisconsin. Thanks go to Bart Renner for an enlightening and fun presentation. And it was wonderful to see Ethel Murray at the meeting also. She is at her home in Cedar Mountain for a visit. Welcome back, Ethel!



Saturday May 25. 11 am - 2 pm at the Cedar Mountain Fire Rescue Department.  The menu includes pulled pork or beef brisket, baked beans, coleslaw, a cookie and a drink.    Suggested donation - Pork plate $15 or brisket plate $18.



1872 McGaha Chapel Summer Sing-along

Prepare for a rousing sing-along at the historic McGaha Chapel on Saturday, June 1st at 2:30 pm. We will sing together the 100-year-old songs and rounds that our grandparents sang and taught us. A brief history of the Chapel will be shared followed by 45 minutes of song. And while it was once rumored, back in the day, that moonshine was hidden under the Chapel, we will enjoy delicious watermelon on the grounds after we sing. Parking is available across Hwy. 276 at the Sherwood Forest Robin Hood Center and shuttles from the parking lot to the Chapel will begin at 1:30. This event is sponsored by the Transylvania County Historical Society and the Sherwood Forest and Cedar Mountain communities.



The Cedar Mountain Rotary Club is one of 33,000 Rotary Clubs worldwide. We are in Rotary District 7670 just south of Brevard, NC. We are a satellite club of the Rotary Club of Pisgah Forest.  Their next meeting in Cedar Mountain is June 3rd at 5:30 p.m. at the Cedar Mountain Community Center.



Join the Cedar Mountain Canteen as they welcome back Daniel, owner of Perra Loca Produce (A local, small farm located in Happy Acres, Brevard). They will have free-range eggs, fresh fruits and veggies every week on Mondays!  Daniel is bringing his farm stand back and his partner is joining him with artwork and small crafts.  A few other vendors have asked if they can join from time to time, and you will see them on occasion.  The stand will be open Memorial Day, June 1st and then on Mondays starting June 10th


The Canteen is also distributing dried beans for free, thanks to a donation.  All are welcome to pick up a bag or two or three.



On Wednesday, June 12th from 11 am to 1 pm there will be a meeting at the Cedar Mountain Community Center in regard to a plan that is being developed by the Transylvania Board of Commissioners called Transylvania County 2050.  Community meetings will be held to help access the priorities of residents in its development.  The Planning Department is seeking feedback on issues such as housing, education, jobs, transportation and other areas of interest to residents. 



Faith Memorial Chapel welcomes folks of all denominations to our services, held on Sundays at 11:00 AM.  We meet only in the summer and have no membership roll, so you won’t feel like a guest.  Each Sunday, we have clergy from different churches that visit us to lead the service and we are blessed to also have great music to accompany the great message!


This Sunday, Faith Memorial Chapel welcomes The Rev. Dr. Oliver "Butch" C. Skerrett. Dr. Skerrett was born and reared in Cedar Mountain, NC and was called into the ministry in 1971.  He was ordained at Rocky Hill Baptist Church on 12/1/1974. 

Selections of music this Sunday will be provided by Wayne Bishop.  Wayne was born and raised in Cedar Mountain, NC.  He went to high school in Brevard and majored in music at Brevard College. He traveled across the country and Canada singing a variety of music for 20 years with his brothers Myron and Lenoir Bishop. They played shows with The Beach Boys, Reba McIntyre, Inspirations and many others.



Please join us on Saturday, June 26th at 2 p.m., for a program about the History of the Cedar Mountain Curb Market, Family Farms, and the Home Demonstration Club presented by Beth Owings and Patty Stahl.  They plan to serve baked goods made from recipes of the ladies at the Curb Market and show photos of the Market, family farms, and Home Demonstration activities.



Cedar Mountain is becoming a well known destination for live music! Round up some friends and head over to your favorite spots, take advantage of being on Mountain Time while enjoying local bands!  Every Friday from now until Labor Day weekend, there’s Music and Moonshine at Cedar Mountain Moonshine Distillery 6-8pm.  On Saturday’s, start at the Canteen from 2-4pm for Old Time Jam Circle then head down the street for dinner and music at Creekside Market & Grill for live music 5-8pm.  Finish up your weekend on Sunday’s at the Outpost from 4-6pm for local live music!



FOR MAY 20 by Nancy Waclawek

The fog lifted as we were teeing off the morning revealing a beautiful day to play golf.  Twelve of us ventured out on the front nine. The game was "Drop One Hole," a team game in which each player in a foursome gets to drop the score on one hole. Winning team: Mel Kassab, Carol Mitchell, Joyce Seelinger and Louise Stroup in a tie breaker. Low gross: Georgia Osterc. Low net: Louise Stroup. We are playing next Monday, which is Memorial Day. The game will be "Even Holes." This is a team game and at the end of the round only the even holes count for the team score. We will be on the back nine. Thank you for being at the clubhouse by 8:30 a.m. It really does make timing go smoothly.  As always, if you are on your way, but running late, call the clubhouse at 828-884-7825 and let us know you are on your way. See you next Monday.


CHRISTINE’S CORNER by Christine Pace

     This week is the big AKC Dog Show at the AGS Center across from the Asheville Airport.  A huge 5-day show, the Hendersonville Kennel Club of which I’m an active member, handles volunteers on 2 of these days; Friday & Saturday.  I’m volunteering this Friday as a Steward in tan obedience ring!  My friend Candy is Stewarding in the Rally ring. 

     In the conformation rings you can see all the breeds.  This is in a separate building.  Admission is free!  Please leave your dogs at home as only entered dogs are allowed.  And, it’s impolite to try to talk to the handlers while they’re showing or preparing their dog(s) for the ring.  Otherwise, come on out and be amazed!

     There are many choices this weekend.  The White Squirrel Festival in Brevard, attending the opening of Faith Memorial Chapel in Cedar Mountain, or attending the AKC Dog Show across from the Asheville Airport. Or some of all three!


AROUND THE HOUSE by Linda Packer Young

The week has been hectic.  More about that next week.


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