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July 1, 2006
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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
Coon Dog Day Banner

Special Events
7:00-10:00 am Pancake Breakfast at the Fire Department
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- Gospel Bluegrass
3:45-4:45 pm Jhon Akers-Solo Guitar Music from the Spanish World
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 Band Music
7:15-7:45 pm Carolina Cloggers from Taylors, SC - A Clogging Demonstration
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 Yard
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 Links.

Green River BBQ will entertain patrons from 1-4 with the Caribbean Cowboys.

Happenings and Events

Saluda Senior Center

  • Trash 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 and 5:45pm
  • 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- 9245.

    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 Reading Program
    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 instruments.
    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 animal friends.

    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
    Charlene Pace

    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's a place where time stands still." "Saluda has seen many changes in its 125 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 the world."

    Saluda will celebrate its 125th birthday with cake and ice cream at McCreery Park on August 5 from 1-3.

    Saluda Scoop
    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 specials:

    • Monday: BBQ Plate $4..00
    • Tuesday: Roast Beef Plate $4.75
    • Wednesday: Ribeye Steak Sandwich Plate $5.99
    • Thursday: Hamburger Steak Plate $4.00
    • Friday: 2 pc. Fish Plate (perch or flounder) $5.25
    • Saturday: Chicken Tenders Plate $4.25
    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!

    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!

    Our mission is to provide information about what's going on in Saluda. We have also provided "Quick Links" as a convenience to link to other sites.We invite you to send us your news and give us feedback and observations so that you will enjoy receiving future issues.

    Warmest regards,

    Cathy Jackson
    Cathy Jackson Realty

    Phone: 828-749-3504