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Last updated 3/25/2020 at 5:23pm

Members of the Rocky Hill Baptist Church Choir try to stay as warm as possible while performing the Easter Cantata in 2007.

Dark Skies Program

The Dark Skies program scheduled for March 28 at the Cedar Mountain Community Center (CMCC) at 2 p.m. has been canceled. It will be rescheduled for a future date.


The Cedar Mountain Community Center has canceled the April board meeting and April 13 potluck program. As we progress through the pandemic, we will probably need to cancel the May and maybe the June potluck as well. We will keep you posted.

Coming Blood Drives

These are the blood drive dates for 2020 as assigned to The Cedar Mountain Fire/Rescue Auxiliary by the Red Cross; April 18, June 20, Aug. 22, Oct. 24, and Dec. 19 from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.

During this time when fewer folks are leaving their home, the supply of blood products is running very low. Therefore, there are extra blood drives being held where special precautions are being taken to assure the safety of those wanting to give blood. Still, it is your choice to go to these public places, or not. A blood drive will be held on April 2 at the Davidson River School on Ecusta Road from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Sherwood Forest Ladies Golf League

The Sherwood Ladies Golf League is seeking new members for its upcoming season. The league plays 9 holes every Monday morning from April 6 through Oct. 12. The April starting time is 10 a.m. The league is open to any golfer of any age or ability level who is interested in fun, yet competitive, 9-hole play. New members are welcome at any time during the season. For more information, email Lin at [email protected]

The Frozen Chosen Easter Sunrise Of 2007

(By Aleen Steinberg)

The Easter Cantata at Symmes Chapel, a tradition for the folks in Cedar Mountain, has been a part of these hills for over 60 years. This sunrise service, held at Pretty Place perched on the side of Cleveland Cliffs at Camp Greenville, is a labor of love and dedication. First, the music and script must be chosen. Then there are auditions, followed by weeks of practice and rehearsal for the members of the choir of Rocky Hill Baptist Church. The beauty and simplicity of the words and music, coupled with the magnificence of the setting, attracts believers from as far away as Asheville and Greenville.

In 2007, there had been a tough freeze here over the weekend, and the apple, blueberry and peach growers were hit hard, as were the flowering shrubs and trees that had been in full bloom because of the very warm weather weeks earlier. It was literally freezing that Easter morning. The temperature at 5:30 was 19°. The wind chill was in the low single digits as we wound our way along Solomon Jones Road on our way to the service.

Once in the chapel, we found our seats and hunkered down to find warmth in whatever way we could. The crowd looked like a bunch of homeless people wrapped in blankets, sleeping bags, comforters, foil survival sheets. We were wearing hats, mittens, sweaters, shawls, coats, ponchos and parkas as we all huddled together to keep warm.

The choir had on blue parkas under their red robes. With the pointy headed coverings and flowing robes, they looked like members of a monastery, or as one wag put it, a sinister sect. Gloves of all descriptions held the music, and some faces were wrapped in mufflers until the time to sing arrived. With their backs to the winds off the mountains, the choir hunched up, shivered and shook until the passion of their story and music took hold. The cantata was memorable, with music, solos and a rap-like beat that carried my spirit to the sunrise that was coloring the eastern sky.

Afterward, the breakfast left no one wanting. The crowd gathered in the camp's dining hall for country cooking at its best; fruit, juice, eggs, bacon, sausage, ham, grits, potatoes and sausage gravy on homemade buttermilk biscuits. We came, we thawed, we ate, and we gave thanks for the remarkable little community of Cedar Mountain and people that care.

Christine's Corner

By Christine Pace

COVID-19 has reached Transylvania County, as expected, and precautions are being publicized because of it.

Grocery stores will remain open though some hours have been cut. Special times have been set up when the elderly can shop exclusively; Ingles Market offers this service from 7 to 8 a.m., while BI-LO's special hour is 8 to 9 a.m.

When I went to the post office on Monday, I was asked to remain at least 6 feet away from the other two customers. It's easy to forget! I wore disposable gloves and a special mask, and, of course, washed my hands at every opportunity.

As of Tuesday, I am; not going anywhere, though I did go to the dump.

Sadly, our friend and resident Virgie Heath is restricted from Mission Hospital in Asheville where her husband, Bud Heath, is undergoing procedures for a kind of "treatable" leukemia. Bud should be home in a week, but in the meantime please lift Virgie up as she misses being with him. The hospital has restricted all family and friends during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Missionary Mayra Torres is still staying at my home while she sells her home in Georgia. She too is staying in. With Mayra's help, I have half of my storage building/workshop cleaned out now. Following her example, I too am taking a short walk each day, with one or both of my pups on a leash. I'm not going far.

On Wednesday, the youth of Carr's Hill Baptist Church offered some grocery products, including paper products that are in short supply, to the elderly who did not wish to go to the grocery store. My oldest granddaughter, home from college now, has offered to go to the grocery store for me. I have noticed kind offers from so many groups and individuals it warms my heart!

Rocky Hill

Baptist Services

Dr. Leland Holland, the pastor of Rocky Hill Baptist Church, said of last Sunday, "We had 18 in our worship service in the Family Life Center. We can seat, with a proper social distance of 6 feet, about 30 people."

Some residents chose to listen to a pre-recorded message on the radio, which plays at 11 a.m. on FM 87.9. The signal reaches about 2 miles. If you can't hear it, try listening to the radio in your car.

At this time pastor Holland is planning to continue holding Sunday morning service at 11 a.m. in the Family Life Center. To check on changes, cancellations or other questions, call Dr. Holland at (828) 862-5611.

Around The House

By Linda Young

I often spend several days in a row without going anywhere and it hasn't bothered me until now. You don't always miss something until it's gone.

Thank goodness our neighborhood alliance is helping to decrease trips to town. I bought a corned beef last week and forgot the cabbage. A kindly neighbor got one for me when he went to town. Thanks, Doug. Another wonderful neighbor offered to make a trip to the "dump" for me. Thanks, Eric. We all need to watch out for each other.

Having to be extra cautious when going out is also unsettling. I had to go to Walmart Monday and was appalled at the lack of caution displayed by 99 percent of the shoppers. I wore Nitrile gloves and disinfected them coming in and out of the store. I saw only one other customer taking any caution at all. She was wearing Nitrile gloves and a mask. A few employees were wearing gloves as well. The most caution I saw was in the line for the pharmacy. People were keeping the 6 foot distance as recommended.

(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. Please email your news or any questions to cedarmountainnews by Monday evening.)


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