Courtesy photo

See Off’s Cora Manner was the first place recipient for the countywide prize in the Democracy Project.

This column tends to begin with some gushing about the natural wonders of life on See Off Mountain. We’ve waxed poetic many a time about the sights and sounds of flowers and wildlife, the feel of the sun, the rain and the cold. This week let’s take a collective big deep breath in our backyards or maybe even make the mountain commute with the windows down to appreciate the smells of See Off Mountain. The earthy scent of ferns unfurling, the gentle perfume of wild rose in bloom, the damp freshness of post-rain bliss. Ahhhhhhhhh. Yet another way we See Off-ers are the very luckiest.

See Off Mountain is also so very lucky to be home to some extraordinary youth. Gabe Rood was a recent participant in Brevard High School’s excellent performances of the musical “Mamma Mia!” It was a real treat to see Gabe and other talented students performing on stage. Gabe wowed the crowd with his quite convincing British accent and a stunning solo. Gabe is wowing far more than just the hometown crowd these days. After sweeping both regional and state level competitions with his set design for “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” Gabe is headed to the International Thespian Festival this summer. All the best to Gabe and other Brevard High School students as they head to Indiana in June to strut their stuff.

Cora Manner has also made See Off Mountain proud this week. Many local middle school students recently contributed a wide variety of ideas and hard work to the Democracy Project. Students explored ways to contribute positively to our community and civic engagement. Awards were given for winners within each school as well as countywide winners for both group and individual entries. Cora was the first place recipient for the countywide prize. Cora’s project combined a love of reading and a love of plants in an exploration of banned books. Way to go, Cora.

Redbud Springs had a lovely brunch gathering last Sunday. Every household was represented: quite a feat for a community of movers and shakers with full schedules. It was lovely to catch up and chat with neighbors as well as to reminisce about earlier days of neighborhood life. Eric Manner gave a tour of the Mudflower garden and foodscape, complete with honeyberry tasting. It was a wonder to gaze at trees now towering as tall as the house, laden with cherries and pears, and remember back more than 12 years ago when that yard was nothing but grass.

Lesin Dippold of Slick Rock Mountain visited her three children and their partners on a week-long Mother’s Day vacation in Denver, Colorado, and Omaha, Nebraska. Highlights were exploring the Boulder Farmer’s Market and Tea Room, hiking in the Boulder Red Rocks state park and the Hitchcock nature preserve near Council Bluffs, Iowa, seeing Allen Stone and Gary Clark Jr. in the Red Rocks natural amphitheater and the Broadway touring production of “Les Miserables,” and enjoying two grand dogs, two grand cats and seven new backyard chickens. A big bonus was an overlapping visit with Lesin’s youngest son and his wife who live in Brooklyn, New York, but happened to also be visiting Denver.

Just this week in my ramblings off the mountain I met three people who live on See Off or Becky Mountain. It is always such a treat to bump into folks I haven’t met before who live so close by. All kinds of lives are being lived in close proximity to the places we call home. We as your neighbors want to hear about what’s important to you. Please share your news, observations, victories, visions, and any other tidbits by emailing The more we know about each other, the better neighbors we can be to one another. We have so much in common, even beyond this lovely landscape we share.

Trending Video

Recommended for you