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Cedar Mountain News


October 24, 2019

Tacky parties featuring costumes and games were often held in the past in Cedar Mountain and other Transylvania County communities. (Courtesy photos)

Thanksgiving Potluck

Monday, Nov. 11, will be the annual Thanksgiving Dinner potluck at the Cedar Mountain Community Center. You are asked to bring your favorite Thanksgiving-themed dishes to share. Have your dish on the tables by 6:15 p.m., so we can begin promptly. Turkeys and ham will be furnished by community center members. There will be plenty of opportunities for seconds and thirds. This is the final potluck for the season and there will be no program. It's a social event, where you can eat at your leisure, get to know your neighbors and have a good time. Everyone is welcome.

Fire Marshal Presentation

A representative from the Transylvania Fire Marshal's office will be at the Cedar Mountain Community Center on Tuesday, Nov. 5, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The presentation is open to everyone.

Art In Park Rescheduled

Due to rain this past Saturday, the Connestee Falls Art League postponed its fall show and sale to Saturday, Oct. 26, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Brevard Elementary School. If it rains, the show will have to again be cancelled. For more information, call Marci at (828) 885-2123.

Yard Sale Postponed

The yard sale to benefit the India missions of Carr's Hill Baptist Church was to be held this coming weekend but instead will be moved to early November. This two-day yard sale will be held on Friday and Saturday, Nov.1-2. The Friday times are 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., and on Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to noon. I know there are some great old tools donated already for this sale, plus some new-in-box items and much more. Three ladies from Carr's Hill will be traveling to India early next year. The yard sale, plus a Christmas Festival sale they plan to hold at Carr's Hill on Nov. 16, will help raise funds needed for this important work.

Questions? Donations? Call (828) 885-2103 or email

Cedar Mountain History

By Patty Stahl

Tacky Parties

In the summer of 1952, a tacky party was held at the Caesar's Head Lodge as a fundraiser for the Cedar Mountain Community Center Building, which was to be built the next year. The children of the community were attending school in Brevard, and the schoolhouse had been sold and dismantled. The local and summer residents needed a new place to gather. The Cedar Mountain Community Center was incorporated in the fall of 1953, and Dick Garren was elected the first president. Two events kicked off the work of raising funds for the construction of the building – a supper at Camp Burgiss Glen and the Caesar's Head tacky party. Folks pulled old clothing from their closets and put together outlandish outfits. Rhoda Heath Jones, dressed in full fishing gear with a jug of moonshine at the end of her pole, won the prize for best costume. Watermelon and homemade cakes were brought to the event. Photographs from this party show residents from Cedar Mountain and Caesar's Head performing songs at the piano and dancing the limbo. At the end of the evening, $400 had been collected in a black iron pot.

Tacky parties were held often in Brevard and surrounding communities. A leap year tacky party was held in Brevard in August of 1912. A game was held in which the young women proposed to the young men and prizes were awarded for best proposal and tackiest outfit. The Aethelwold Hotel hosted a tacky party in 1906, and the Little River scrapbook has photographs of a tacky party for children in 1955. Tacky parties and Halloween parties were held in the Cedar Mountain Community Center after its completion. Tacky parties were still happening at the CMCC in the 1990s. Many homemade "tacky" costumes were featured at the Halloween contests as store bought masks and costumes began to make appearances. The game of musical chairs was played, cake walks and pumpkin carving contests were held, and hotdogs and candy apples were available. Adults and children alike paraded in costume for the judges. In later years, the Cedar Mountain Fire Department created a haunted house in the back room of the building and a haunted trail after dark in the woods behind the building. The children would leave the party with a big bag of trick or treat candy donated by the party guests. The 1983 Cedar Mountain News summed up the evening with this report: "Folks from three months of age to well into their 80s crowded into the Cedar Mountain Community Center on Oct. 31 for the annual Halloween party sponsored by the Community Club. Ghosts, pumpkins and witches greeted everyone on arrival and spooky decorations hung from the ceiling and walls to get everyone in the proper mood. Thanks to those who helped make Halloween in Cedar Mountain safe and so much fun."

Cedar Mountain Baptist

Pastor Willie continues his sermon series on "Heaven" this Sunday. The Sunday school begins at 10 a.m. for all ages and the worship service starts at 11 a.m. The "FALL-O-WEEN" event for all ages is Sunday from 5-7:30 p.m. Activities planned are Trunk-or-treat, balloon animals, hay rides, bouncy house, campfire & S'mores and a chili cook-off. In case of rain, come on anyway, we will go into the gym for most activities. If you would like to participate in the chili cook-off, bring your favorite prepared chili recipe to be judged.

Christine's Corner

This past Sunday, Dr. Leland Holland, pastor of Rocky Hill Baptist Church, decreed that there is to be "no more falls during fall." He listed four Rocky Hill members, so far, who have fallen since fall began, most ending up with fractured or broken ribs. I know of at least one sweet lady from Carr's Hill Baptist Church who fell and ended up in the hospital last week too!

I myself was in the ER Thursday evening with terrible muscle spasms in my upper back, shoulder and left side of my neck. Not sure how this happened; I didn't fall, but I did lift some heavy boxes full of Christmas hard-backed books that I will be donating to Carr's Hill's Christmas sale. As of noon, Monday, I still cannot turn my head to the left or right. Hope everyone's enjoying the cooler weather. Maybe, I'll see you at the art show this Saturday, weather permitting.

Around The House

By Linda Young

Not a lot going on around the house this week. I was pleased and surprised to see a beautiful spider on her dewy web on the front porch. Not everyone appreciates spiders, but they serve a purpose by catching annoying bugs.

Thank you for reading The Cedar Mountain News. Your contributions are encouraged and welcome. We'd love to hear what's going on, if you would like to share. Email your news and any questions to by Monday evening.


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