Coon Dog Day Largest Crowd Ever
Thousands descended on Saluda for the 43rd annual
Coon Dog Day. City Manager, Erny Williams said “it
was the largest attendance ever.” When asked how
he measured this, he commented that this is the first
year that he had to close five of the ten porta johns
because they were full before 6:00pm!
Coon Dog Day Winners
Winner of the Coon Dog Day poster was Laura Norris
from Asheville. All the official posters and T-shirts
sold out that Saturday.
Coon Dog Day “Little Princess” was Savannah
Caughron, “Princess,” Sydney Singleton, “Baby
Prince,” Jessie Heatherly, and "Queen," Amanda
To see the results of the Coon Dog Day 5K please
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
Saluda Senior Center at 9 a.m.
Line dancing class is held each Monday at 9:30
a.m. at Saluda Senior Center.
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-
Special Note: A Thrifty Barn needs people who
will pick up and deliver for customers. They would
like to have a list of people on call for this service.
Payment would be between delivery person and the
customer. Please call Joyce at 749-3320.
Saluda Fine Arts
Continues its free art events. Each week through
September 24 the gallery is open on Sunday from 2
until 5 with special events beginning at 3.
Participation is free and open to the public.
The gallery is open seven days a week: 11 – 5,
Monday – Saturday and 2 – 5 on Sundays.
August 6 - Dave Prudhomme demonstrates the
properties of wood and how the stress that’s been
put on the wood by such things as storm damage
and insects dictates what the sculptor can or cannot
August 13- Ray Pague paints a still life illustrating
how he was influenced by the work of artists such as
Vermeer and Rembrandt. He will also give a brief
overview on how to make your own paints using
methods of the old masters.
August 20 - Jem Littell discusses the uniqueness of
pastels and demonstrates methods of painting with
August 27 - Kanda Orlando demonstrates creative
photo manipulation using the computer 3 PM and
Verlie Murphy demonstrates encaustic (wax) painting
at 4 PM.
Tennis Classes for Children and Adults-Saluda
Public Tennis Courts
The Community Tennis Association of Henderson
County (incuding Saluda area) will be offering tennis
lessons for kids and adults scheduled for the
following Saturdays: July 29, August 5, August 12,
August 19. Class size-maximum 8 people, required
minimum 6 people, Kids -4 sessions for $20 Classes
will be determined based upon the age and skill level
of children in the class. Kids session starts at
10:30am. Adults - 4 sessions for $35 (adult - 18
years and older) Adults' session 9:30-10:30. Classes
taught by a US Tenniss Association Certified
Teaching Professional. For more information and to
sign up please contact Bevie Walker at 749-5616 or
leave a message at 693-3030.
Friday Night Art Party in Saluda
On Friday August 4, from 5:00 to 7:30 pm, downtown
Saluda will be hosting the first “Friday Night Art
Party.” Your Arts Desire, located in the
Nostalgia Courtyard with the Wildflour Bakery
and the Gardener's Cottage, will be sharing
wine, nibbles and demonstrations and featuring the
art of Sam Lovelace. The Wildflour Bakery at
173 E. Main will be featuring the art of Karen Dickson
during their regular Friday Pizza Night. Random
Arts at 44 E. Main will be demonstrating the art
of photo transfer on fabric and paper. Tosh's
Whistle Stop Café at 101 E. Main will be featuring
live music and the art of Bonnie Bardos. Classical
guitarist Jhon Akers will be performing at Saluda
Fine Arts at 46 E. Main, and the Heartwood
Gallery at 21 E. Main will be opening their exhibit
of the work of Jane Voorhees. Come stroll and
sample, listen and learn, relax and revive with the
Artcentric folks of Saluda! For more
information, please contact Sam Lovelace (Your
Art's Desire) at 749-3154 or 864-457-6166.
Saluda Artist, Jim Carson
a "Plein Air" workshop in Saluda on Friday,Oct.13
through Sunday,Oct.15.The "Painting Fast And
Loose" workshop will emphasize simplifying shapes,
color harmony, and composition. Link to Jim's web
site from Quick Links to get fees and sign up
Saluda Mountain Jamboree
back the band “Legacy” on August 12 to perform
the “Tribute to Elvis” show. The band has updated
the show and the changes have made it even
better than the first. A Branson show, “The Ozark
Jubilee” is coming to the Jamboree on Sunday,
September 24 at 3 pm. Tickets are $20.00 and are
on sale now. This is a Branson show that goes on
the road two times per year and we feel lucky to
bring that to Saluda. Please click on the link provided
in the Quick Links to get more information
Saluda will celebrate its 125th birthday
August 5 at McCreery Park from 3 to 5. Ice cream
and cake will be served.
Curtis Wright Outfitters is holding a free
Saluda Casting Clinic on Saturday,
August 19 from 8-10:00am. Call 749-3444 to reserve
Random Arts's August Workshops will be
August 2-Basic Stamping for Beginners 1-3pm $15,
August 4-Kristi Steiner-Heart shaped Fabric Book 10-
4pm $80, August 11 and 12 - Resin PMC Bracelet
with Lisa Blackwell $350 for two days, August 18 -
FREE Mini workshop 11am and 2pm-Fast and Easy
Photo Transfers, August 25 - FREE Mini workshops
11am and 2pm - Carve your own stamps. Please
contact Random Arts at 749-1165.
Please join The Orchard Inn's SILVER
ANNIVERSARY WEEKEND September 7-10,
LEMONADE ON THE LAWN Thursday,
3-5 p.m. Open to the public. Come celebrate with
innkeepers past and present!
Friday & Saturday Evenings
By reservation. Entertainment by Ken Hough, Tenor
and former Innkeeper; accompanied by piano.
IN THE KITCHEN WITH ROBERT AND KEN
Saturday, 10 a.m.
By reservation. Join two talented chefs as they share
secrets for some of their delectable sauces!
Big Band Sound Returning to Saluda
of the Times” returns to Saluda and will perform on
stage of the red caboose at Frank & Amy’s Front
Porch Coffee Bar at 7:00pm, September 30. Hundreds
attended last year’s performance so be sure to mark
your calendar for this spectacular performance.
“A Sign of The Times,” is led by Director, Tyrone
Jefferson formerly the music director for award-
winning singer James Brown. The ensemble consists
of saxophones, trumpets, trombones, piano,
percussionist, drums, vocalists, electric bass, and
The event is a community service organized by Frank
and Amy Beeson and totally supported by
contributions from Saluda citizens and businesses. If
you would like to help support this year’s
performance, please contact Frank or Amy at 828-
Waiting for the train
Wildflower Photographer Ken Weitzen
A free local wildflower photography workshop will be
presented by Ken Weitzen at the Saluda Fine Arts
Gallery on Sunday, September 17 at 3:00 p.m.
Weitzen's appreciation of Western North Carolina's
natural beauty and opportunities for outdoor sports
were the primary reasons for his relocating to
Henderson County in 1978. He is an avid hiker, trout
fisherman, mountain and road bicyclist, whitewater
paddler, and supporter of local environmental causes.
Weitzen's initial goal as a photographer was to
photograph locations and action scenes of the
outdoor activities in which both he and his wife,
Sandy, participate. However, the action shots were
put on hold after Weitzen took his first wildflower
photograph in the spring of 2004. Since then his
subject matter has been the wildflowers of Western
North Carolina, especially those found in Henderson
and Polk Counties.
Weitzen's wildflower photography workshop will focus
on three topics: best locations for local wildflowers,
equipment, and technique. Photos of Weitzen's work
will be available for viewing at the workshop.
Space is limited, so pre-registration for the workshop
is recommended. For information or to register,
contact Ken Weitzen at 828-698-8453 or Beverly
Pickard at Saluda Fine Arts at 828-749-3920.
Saluda Garden Club
The Saluda Garden Club's monthly meeting is
10:00am August 21 at Saluda Presbyterian Church.
After the meeting the group will travel to Debbie
Hahn's garden at Lake Hosea to tour her garden.
The Garden Club is revitalizing "Spring Park" behind
Saluda City Hall and welcomes anyone to join them
who is interested in beautifying Saluda. To join the
Garden Club please contact Margaret Moffat at 749-
The latest news and the unusual offerings provided by Saluda shops, restaurants, artists, and craftspeople
At Thompson's Store Polk
County farmers are stocking the store with
tomatoes, corn, and green beans—add some
cornbread and sweet tea and you have a perfect
The wooden racoon statue in the picture is the last
one for sale so maybe you can bargain with Charlie
Tosh’s WhistleStop Café has a new web
site. Check out the event calendar for the August
Outdoor Concerts on Friday nights in the Quick Links.
Featured on CBS’ “The Morning Show” in July, “Tales
and Recipes from a Southern Kitchen. From
Charleston to Asheville,” Written by Historian Douglas
W. Bostick and Chef Jason R. Davidson is being sold
exclusively in Saluda at Tosh's Whistle Stop Cafe'.
Look in the August issue of “Southern Living” on page
NC4 and you will see “Saluting Saluda”
featuring the Wildflour Bakery, Thompson’s Store and
Ward’s Grill, and Heartwood Gallery.
Sam Lovelace, artist (and former librarian of
Saluda Community Library) will appear on the WLOS-
ABC (channel 13 in Asheville) noon arts show through
the month of August. She will be teaching how to
create your own custom shampoos and body washes
and making custom beads using a mold.
If you haven’t been to one of the Saturday night
auctions then you are missing a real entertainment
opportunity. Morgan Auction & Realty
provide real and personal property sales and
business liquidation. The firm auctions antiques and
collectibles twice a month. Next scheduled auctions
are August 5 and 19 at 7pm. The Auction House is
located conveniently off Ozone behind the Apple Mill.
Saluda Apartment for Rent
3 bedroom, 2 bath apartment overlooking Historic
Main St, approx 2000 sq ft, living/dining, kitchen with
fridge, laundry room (washer/dryer included) and
large screen porch. $925/mo, 1 yr lease with one
month deposit. Tenant pays own util. Call 828-749-
Jim Rathbone will be making his fishing trip to
the NC coast this month. He'll be bringing back
flounder, red snapper, grouper, and shrimp. If you
want to purchase his seafood then give him a call at
The Saluda Business Association will meet
August 1 at 5:30pm at the Purple Onion. This is the
association's annnual "social." All members of the
association are encouraged to attend (you don't
want to miss Bob Thompson's famous Sangria!)
Thompson's Store Restocking on Coon Dog Day T-Shirts
Judy Ward wants everyone to know that they have
restocked on Youth and XX sizes of the Coon Dog
At the Saluda Community Library
Safari Steve leads kids on an imaginary adventure of
scientific discovery at the Saluda Community
Library. The program was part of the library's 2006
Summer Reading Program, "Paws, Claws, Scales and
Venomous Snakes and Spiders of North
Wednesday, August 16 @ 1:00 pm
Ages 6 and up
Discover the differences
between dangerous and harmless species of snakes
and spiders. Examine live, nonvenomous snakes as
well as various types of spiders in a safe, non-
Summer Resident Donates Quilt
Raising funds for the library
The Saluda Grade, an original quilt by Toni
DeCamp Garcia, depicts the Saluda train filled with
loads of freight, traversing fields of wild flowers and
Flying Geese (a classic quilting pattern) travel up and
across the picture, while black bears surround, and
railroad crossings highlight the corners.
Toni first came to Saluda in 1976 when her parents
Jane and Dolph DeCamp were building a home at Lake
Sheila. She has happy memories of Coon Dog Days
and of the train conductor who would wave to her
children as the Saluda train crested the Grade and
stopped. She has created this quilt and donated it
to the library to raise funds. Raffle tickets will be
sold at the library through the fall with the winning
ticket to be drawn at the "Hometown Christmas"
stroll. For information please contact the library at
Saluda resident, Carey Pickard loves to take pictures
and he loves automobiles. He took this snapshot in
front of the Purple Onion one evening. The Purple
Onion liked it so much they are using it on the home
page of their web site.
If you would like to get a print, Carey is selling the
picture at Saluda Fine Arts.
Polk County Transportation Survey
Polk County, the Isothermal RPO and NCDOT’s
Transportation Planning Branch are seeking public
input as part of the Polk County Comprehensive
Transportation Plan. You can participate by
completing a short survey that can be picked up at
City Hall that will let them know what the issues and
needs are in Saluda. Polk County’s Comprehensive
Transportation Plan (CTP) will address multiple modes
of transportation, and will involve local government
officials and the public. Public hearings will be held
to receive input on transportation in the county.
Outdoor Concert Fund Needs You!
Since April 2004, the Front Porch Coffee Bar has
produced a seasonal, weekly outdoor concert series
that has been mainly listener supported. There is no
admission charge for these concerts and all are
welcome to enjoy local, regional, and national musical
talent. You don’t even have to buy a cup of
Contributions to a “Concert Fund” are encouraged
both at the shows and during normal business hours
at the coffee bar. Proceeds from this fund are used
to pay all expenses related to the production of this
series such as musician’s performance fees, rent,
utilities, and equipment related expenses (sound,
lighting, etc.) For the past two years, the Front
Porch Coffee Bar has funded expense shortages for
The outdoor concert series has become a popular
and well attended event by Saluda residents and
visitors. To continue the outdoor concerts series
with the same quality of entertainers that you
expect, will require a 65% increase in contributions
to the “Concert Fund” before the series ends
We appreciate all of the support from the community
for the past two years to keep this series going. If
you feel this type of entertainment is of value to you
and Saluda, we respectfully encourage you to help
us grow the "Concert Fund" through your
contributions and sponsorships. Contributions can be
made at the coffee bar or mail to Frank & Amy's
Place, PO Box 112, Saluda, NC 28773.
Frank and Amy Beeson
From City of Saluda
Town News and Notes
Saluda Police Chief Tonya Lindsey invites residents to
come by and see the newly decorated police offices.
She would also like for the community to be aware of
the constant vandalism to the public restrooms. This
destruction is frustrating for city workers who have to
clean and repair the damage and costly to the
citizens of Saluda. Please be alert for people
lingering around McCreery Park past 10:00pm who
may have wrongful intentions and report it to the
Saluda Police Department.
Notice of Public Hearing on Request for
The public will take notice that the Board of
Commissioners of the City of Saluda has called a
public hearing at 6:00pm on Monday, August 14,
2006 at the Saluda Public Library on the question of
annexing the following described territory, requested
by petition filed pursuant to G.S. 160A-31.
The area to be annexed is contiguous to the City of
Saluda and described in survey plat as follows:
A tract or parcel of land containing 1.68 acres, as
shown and delineated in attached plat entitle “Robert
F. and Linda H. Whitaker, Tenants in Common” in
Saluda Township, Polk County, N.C. Legal Reference
DB 206-410, dated July 3, 2006, prepared by Butler
Associates, 10 Maple St., Tryon, NC 28782. Said
plat will be recorded in the office of the Register of
Deeds, for Polk County, NC with the office of Feagan
and Foster attorneys, 109 Walker St., Columbus, NC
handling and recording. Upon completion of
recording, full metes and bounds description and
Register of Deeds recording page number of the said
tract will be available.
Petition and Map will be on file with the City Clerk for