Saluda Readies for 43rd Annual Coon Dog Day
Saluda Property & Real Estate
Forty-three years ago in Saluda, to mark the end of
the raccoon hunting season, the town had a picnic.
Today, Coon Dog Day celebrates a breed of dog
most famous for its distinctive howling at the foot of
a tree. Attracting thousands, activities include a
firehouse breakfast, 5K Race, a Main Street parade,
crafts, art, food, live music, and square dancing in
the street. AKC dog judging is held at the school
yard and there is still a nighttime coon hunt contest -
not for raccoon pelts, but instead where raccoon
treeing skills are tested.
Coon Dog Day - July 8, 2006
Schedule of Events
7:00-10:00 am Pancake Breakfast at the Fire
8:00 am Coon Dog Day 5K Race (Starts at corner of
Main and Church)
9:30 am Race Awards Ceremony
11:00 am Annual Coon Dog Day Parade-Main Street
with Master of Ceremonies-Hop Foster
On-Stage Entertainment (Main Street)
10:00 am Flaco and Ze Clownettes-Entertainmnet for
children and the young at heart
10:30-11:00 am & 12:30-1:15 pm Green River Boys-
3:45-4:45 pm Jhon Akers-Solo Guitar Music from the
5:00-6:00 pm Kenny & Wanda McSwain with Frank
Beeson and Eclectic Mix: Jazz to Bluegrass
6:15-7:15 pm Blue Ridge Rounders-Old Time String
7:15-7:45 pm Carolina Cloggers from Taylors, SC - A
8:00 pm - Midnight Annual Street Dance on Main
Street with Lonesome Road Band and square dances
called by Bob Johnson.
Coon Dog Events at the Saluda School
1:00 pm Bench Show ($15 Entry Fee)
3:00 pm Treeing Contest ($5 Entry Fee)
7:00 pm Nigh Hunt ($20 Entry Fee)
See Saluda Historical Archives
Saluda's history is told in pictures displayed at the
Saluda Public Library from 1:00 to 5:00pm. Enter the
library from the side entrance. A $1.00 donation is
required for entry. Proceeds go towards the Saluda
Historical Archives Fund.
Saluda Mountain Jamboree will be celebrating "Coon
Dog Day" on Saturday, July 8 with the band "Country
Sounds" supplying the music for the dance. On this
special occasion, there will be plenty of the
traditional mountain music, square dancing and
clogging. Bob Whitaker, owner of the Jamboree, will
be the caller for the square dances. Bob provided
the music and square dances every summer for over
20 years in the Saluda school gymnasium. Those
dances are what inspired the building of the Saluda
Mountain Jamboree. Although, the music and the
type of dancing has changed, it is always good to
celebrate with traditional mountain music and square
dancing on Coon Dog Day. This will be a lot of fun
and bring back memories. The music will be 8 - 11
pm rain or shine and the building is climate controlled
for everyone's comfort. Call 828-749-3676 or visit
the web site by clicking on the link provided in Quick
Green River BBQ will entertain patrons from 1-4 with
the Caribbean Cowboys.
Happenings and Events
Saluda Senior CenterTrash Train a dominoes game, is held at Saluda
Senior Center each Friday at 10 a.m.
Saluda Senior Center Walking Group meets
Monday, Wednesday and Friday and walks for about
an hour. Anyone who wants to walk, meet at the
Senior Center at 9 a.m.
Line dancing class is held each Monday at 9:30
a.m. at Saluda Center.
Art Class July 6 at 2:00
NIA Classes Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 10am
Tai Chi Classes Wednesday 1:00pm
Knitting Group meets Thursday 9:30am
Bridge on Tuesday 10:00am
For more information about activities at Saluda
Senior Center call Donna at 828-749-9245.
The Saluda Senior Center provides many services
to the growing retirement community in Saluda.
Volunteers to provide these services are needed.
They encourage you to share your time to help
deliver meals on wheels or work in A Thrifty Barn
retail shop. Please contact Donna at 828-749-
Saluda Fine Arts
Continues its free art events. Each week through
September 24 the gallery is open from 2 until 5 with
special events beginning at 3. Participation is free
and open to the public.
Sunday, July 2, Constanza Knight presents “Nurturing
the Artist in Your Child’s Hands--an Exploration
Designed for Parents.” This workshop is also suitable
for grandparents, teachers and other adults who
spend time with children. Supplies will be furnished.
Costanza has studied art with her father as well as in
schools in Florida, North Carolina and Florence, Italy.
As a former speech and language pathologist, she
sees a direct connection between teaching
communication and communicating one’s purpose
through art. Her own work is filled with images of the
human figure, a subject she has explored for much of
her career. Her respect for every living being and for
the earth itself is evidenced by her use of low impact
materials and her reverence for the unseen, the
spiritual. She paints and teaches in Hendersonville.
Saluda Community Library
"Paws, Claws, Scales & "Tales"-Summer
Wednesday, July 12 at 10:30 - Mountain Music,
Stories and Dance with the Jeff Robbins Band. Jeff
brings the music of the southern Appalachians to the
library, along with many of his own homemade
Wednesday, July 19 at 10:30 - Go Wild! A scientific
look at the magic in our own backyard. Join Safari
Steve on a wild imaginary tour of our own
neighborhoods. Learn lots of interesting animal facts
with magic, puppets, stories and music.
Wednesday, July 26 at 10:30 - Wild at Heart Wildlife
Rehabilitation. Wildlife rehabilitator, Beth Knapp-
Tyner will bring some very special guests to the
library to help us learn how we can help protect our
Fabulous 4th in Columbus
A full day of
entertainment and events concludes with a
magnificent fireworks show. See the Quick Links to
link to a full schedule.
Reminders of Saluda's Past
Historian Charlene Pace shared memories of Saluda
with a crowd who gathered at the Saluda Senior
Center on June 24. Pictured between John
Morgan and Elena Robson, Charlene closed her
presentation by reminding everyone that Saluda is a
blessed spot of God's creation. She said, "there's no
other place like Saluda...it's a place where time
stands still." "Saluda has seen many changes in its
125 years...like the Native Americans and the first
settlers, people have made a choice to live here
because they love it here." "They come back to find
a slower pace of life, a place to retire or retreat from
Saluda will celebrate its 125th birthday with cake and
ice cream at McCreery Park on August 5 from 1-3.
The latest news and the unusual offerings provided by Saluda shops, restaurants, artists, and craftspeople
Thompson's Store is HQ for your Coon Dog
Day souvenirs. Known for the best Coon Dog Day T-
shirts, they are stocked with all sizes youth to adult
for $15 including tax. Judy Ward reminds you this is
also the place to purchase your Saluda car tag.
In case you missed it, Ward's Grill now has daily
All served with your choice of fries or potato salad,
slaw or lettuce tomato salad, and toast. Beverages
include tea, coffee, or soft drink. What a deal!
- Monday: BBQ Plate $4..00
- Tuesday: Roast Beef Plate $4.75
- Wednesday: Ribeye Steak Sandwich Plate
- Thursday: Hamburger Steak Plate $4.00
- Friday: 2 pc. Fish Plate (perch or flounder)
- Saturday: Chicken Tenders Plate $4.25
New at Wildflour Bakery
Known for its natural and no-preservative breads,
pastries, and desserts, the Wildflour is now
serving “healthy” Italian-style pizza on Friday nights.
A simple, thin-crust pizza topped with a rich red
tomato sauce, olive oil and a touch of mozzarella
cheese could help protect you against cancer.
A study out of Milan, Italy claims that eating pizza
regularly can reduce the risk of developing
esophageal cancer by 59%, colon cancer by 26%,
and mouth cancer by 34%.
The secret is in the tomato sauce. Lycopene, an
antioxidant chemical naturally found in tomatoes, is
thought to offer some level of cancer protection.
But commercial, fast-food American versions are
loaded with extra fat, salt and preservatives. Italian-
style pizzas have less than 50% crust and the rest is
made up of 23% tomato sauce, 23% mozzarella
cheese, and 4% olive oil.
Buoni periodi, buon alimento & buono salute! (Good
times, good food, and good health!) For more
information contact the Wildflour at 828-749-9224.
The Orchard Inn is celebrating its 25th
anniversay this year. The Thompson's are planning a
celebration event in September.
From City of Saluda
Town News and Notes
Saluda's city administration and members of the town
council organize and sponsor Coon Dog Day. This is
a big undertaking and we appreciate all the time and
effort that goes into making this a fun and safe
event for Saluda residents and visitors.
You can help make Coon Dog Day another special
day in Saluda by making a tax deductible donation.
Your donation will be used to provide a fun-filled,
entertaining, and safe celebration for all. Checks
made payable to City of Saluda, PO Box 248, Saluda,
NC 28773 or hand delivered to city hall. The city
thanks you in advance for your support!