Turkey, Turkey, Turkey!!!
Driving around Saluda this time of the year, you
may get stopped by a flock of wild turkey
crossing the road in forage of insects, acorns and
If Benjamin Franklin had his way, these gangling birds
would have been our national bird instead of the bald
There's a whole flock living behind Myrtle Phillips
house on Greenville Street and will fly right across
Wild Turkeys are thinner than domestic turkeys and
grow to about four feet long. Males and females can
be told apart by the breast feathers. Males' breast
feathers have black tips, females are brown.
When you see wild turkeys grazing they could be
feasting on a number of things. They eat insects,
spiders, snails, slugs, salamanders, small lizards, small
frogs, millipedes, grasshoppers, very small snakes,
worms, grasses, vines, flowers, acorns, buds, seeds,
fruits, clovers, dogwood, blueberries, cherries,
hickory nuts, beechnuts, and other vegetation.
For most of the year, they travel in small single-sex
flocks. Females are with females, males with males.
Young turkeys follow their mothers.
Saluda residents have grown accustomed to seeing
these large birds feeding along the road sides and
fields. For visitors to Saluda, viewing this wildlife so
close to town is an unexpected treat.
by author, Joe Adams
More than once I've seen a flock of prancing Wild
Turkeys on Trammel Gap Road near Lake Sheila.
They're high-stepping birds...and fast. They know
it's November and none of them want to be the
centerpiece on a Thanksgiving dinner table.
Back when my father-in-law was still alive, we
always had wild game for Thanksgiving. He insisted
on shooting a couple of ducks and a goose. We
knew he had shot them because we had to pick
buckshot out of our mouth as we ate them.
We had fresh shucked oysters right out of
Chesapeake Bay where the best oysters in the world
grow. We roasted them on an outdoor grill, covering
the oysters with a burlap bag soaked in salt water.
Sometimes we had squirrel, rabbit and possum. I
never told my daughters what we were eating or
they would have insisted on going to MacDonald's. I
used to tell my father-in-law that he couldn't shoot
anything or catch anything from the Bay that I
couldn't cook. It became a challenge to him. We had
venison, shad roe, softshell crabs, ell.
He thought I was a magnificent cook and he grew to
love me. (The way to a man's heart IS through his
stomach, even if he's your father-in-law.) In reality
I had bought a cookbook called MARYLAND WAY that
came out to celebrate the Bicentinneal. It had old
colonial recipes for all the game and fish. I never
told him my secret because it would have
disappointed him. He thought I was a natural born
cook, especially after he tasted my squirrel stew.
Happenings and Events
"The Purple Onion has started monthly "listening
concerts" for those who want to hear really good
singers and song/writers and the music that they
produce. On Sunday, November 12, Jack Williams will
appear. While he has performed at the cafe in the
past, this will give you an opportunity to discover
why Tom Paxton calls him ". . .one of my all-time
favorite pickers" and Mickey Newberry says that he
is ". . .an American treasure." The performance
starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 per person and
there is limited seating." For more information please
click on the Quick Link provided to take you to the
Purple Onion's web site.
Friday Night Art Party and Fashion Show in
Celebrate autumn changes along Main Street in
Saluda! Saluda artists invite you to welcome crisp fall
evenings on November 3, 2006 from 5:30 to 7:30
p.m. Kicking off the Art Party will be a fabulous "Tea
& Chocolate" fashion show from 4:30 to 6:30 above
historic Ward's Store on Main Street. Saluda artist
and designer Karen Dickson will feature unique
fashions shown on live models. Tea and chocolate
will be served; tickets are available in advance by
contacting 749-9649 or 749-3154, and at the door.
Strolling down historic Main Street you will
experience fine, folk, and fun art while soaking in
the "sounds of Saluda" musicians. Participating
galleries and shops will be offering free spirits and
Your Arts Desire, located in the Nostalgia Courtyard
with the Wildflour Bakery, will feature the art of
Karen Dickson, as well as host a reception for the
artist after the fashion show.
The Gardeners' Cottage and Brass Latch located in
Nostalgia Courtyard will also be open for the Art
Local potter Merci Weitzen will present functional and
decorated pottery at The Wildflour Bakery at 173 E.
Main during their regular Friday Pizza Night.
Classical guitarist Jhon Akers will perform selections
from "The Story of Carl Sandburg and Andres
Segovia" at Saluda Fine Arts at 46 E. Main.
Heartwood Gallery at 21 E. Main will feature the work
of Dale McEntire. For more information, please
contact Sam Lovelace (Your Art's Desire) at 749-
3154 or 864-457- 6166.
Morgan Auction & Realty provide real and
personal property sales and business liquidation. The
firm auctions antiques and collectibles two and three
times a month. Next scheduled auctions are
November 4 and 18 at 7pm. The Auction House
is located conveniently off Ozone behind the Apple
Begin the Holiday Season at The Orchard Inn
with a festive Dickens'Dinner!
Set aside December 8, 9, 13, 18, or 20 for a magical
holiday evening at our 20-acre mountaintop retreat.
Enjoy the Chef's finest five-course dinner with
readings from A Christmas Carol. Seating is at
7:00 p.m. and will end in candlelight by the roaring
fire. The Orchard Inn offers fine wines and beer and
suggests jackets for gentlemen. Cost for the evening
is $59 per person, plus tax and gratuity. After dinner,
treat yourself to an overnight at the weekday rate.
Call 1-800-581-3800 for reservations or additional
Saluda Mountain Jamboree
On October 28th, The Saluda Mountain Jamboree
had a Halloween Dance that was a "Trick or Treat for
Toys for Tots". Everyone was asked to bring a new
toy to put in the big pumpkin box and to dress up in
their best or worst Halloween costume for the
costume parade. By treating "Toys for Tots" at
Halloween, we helped make it a better Christmas for
a little boy or girl. The band "Sound Investment"
performed the music for the dance. Saluda's new
mayor, Rodney Gibson, is one of the musicians in this
band. "Sound Investment" plays a good mix of oldies
dance music that the crowd really enjoyed. During
the costume parade, everyone was able show off
their Halloween outfit by dancing their way across
the floor. It was a great evening of fun! And a good
way to help "Toys for Tots" get ready for the holiday
season.The Jamboree is also booking holiday parties,
weddings and receptions. Please contact them at
828-749-3676 or link to the web page provided in
Computer Clinic Resumes at Saluda Public
the first Monday of the month from 1-
3. Learn how to use email, search the Internet, use
word processing, and other productivity tools. For
more information, please contact the library at 749-
The First Methodist Church invites the community
to its traditional Thanksgiving Dinner served at
the Saluda School, November 4 from 5-8pm. Tickets
are $8 for adults and $4 for children.
The popular Green River Boys perform at the
City Club Grill Restaurant November 10 and
24 at 6:00pm.
Saluda Mountain Festival is November 10
and 11 Fri. 10–7 & Sat. 10–4. The festival will
feature Paintings, Portraits, Wood, Soaps, Metal
Sculptures, Jewelry, Cork, Earthenware, Clay, Glass,
Gourd and Fabric Art, Baked & Frozen Food, and
Fun-Food-Gift Items-Holiday Ideas
Moon Slide for children on Sat.
The festival will be at the Presbyterian Church on the
Corner of Main and Carolina streets.
This event is sponsored by the Women’s Club of
Saluda. ..supporting the Saluda Community and
providing college scholarships for local students.
Fly Tying Class (Beginner Class)
to tie several trout patterns. Curtis Wright provides
all fly tying tools and you pay for all materials at 20%
discount (hooks, thread, feathers, fur, etc.). Price is
$75 per person for 5 week course -minimum of 3
people and a maximum of 6 people. Class duration is
1.5 hour once per week over 5 weeks. Class dates:
November 11 and 18 and December 2, 9, and 16.
Fly Fishing Classes Three hour one-time
beginners overview of fly fishing equipment, trout
species, habitat, entomology, knots and casting.
Offered every Saturday between November 1 -
December 15. Price is $75 per person- minimum of 2
people per class and a maximum of 6 people
Sign up for the fly tying class or fly fishing class at
Curtis Wright Outfitters in Saluda or call 828-749-
Veteran's Day Memorial Service will be at
10:00am on November 10 at the Veteran's Memorial
Monument at the corner of Main Street and
The Heartwood Gallery presents "Natural
Days." New work by Saluda artist Dale
McEntire showing November 1, 2006 through January
The Saluda Medical Center is giving flu
shots. Call them at 828-749-4411 for an appointment.
Saluda Hometown Christmas sponsored by
the Saluda Business Association is Friday, December
8 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. A complete musical venue
will be published in next months Saluda Lifestyles.
Art Fall at Saluda Fine Arts
Saluda School is featured at Art Fall Sunday
afternoon, November 5, at Saluda Fine Arts. The
gallery opens at 2 PM, and the presentation begins
at 3 PM.
Saluda School became part of the A+ Schools
Network in 1997. A+ is a nationally recognized
school reform model that promotes systematic art-
based instructions. Several teachers from the school
will demonstrate how the core curriculum and the
arts are integrated. Those attending will have an
opportunity to participate in activities similar to
those planned for the students.
Art teacher Susan Boland will share some of the art
projects she does that support the classroom
teachers’ science and social studies instruction.
Fourth grade teacher Carlann Scherping will share
how she uses the arts to help her students better
understand concepts in science, social studies, math
and language arts. Physical Education teacher Kathy
Angier and Principal Ronette Dill will discuss how the
A+ Network supports Saluda School in this exciting
The goal is to foster two way integration of the arts,
by getting more art into the curriculum and more
core curriculum ideas into art classes. Teacher
collaboration is the key.
Student work samples will be presented, and
participants will experience first hand how integrating
the arts makes learning fun. Student art work will be
on display as well as work that demonstrates strictly
arts integration. According to Scherping “a little
drama may be slipped in to keep things lively.”
The workshop will be enlightening for many people.
Teachers, parents and home school parents should
find this it especially helpful.
The picture shows art teacher Susan Boland
watching Michael Maneen and Jocelyn Pace finish
their oil pastel drawings illustrating Carl Sandburg’s
Please visit our web site for the complete November
Art Fall calendar.
Saluda Community Library
Silly, Scare Tales
Halloween was celebrated a little early at the Saluda
Community Library with a Spooky, Silly Storytime.
Miss Joy - a good witch! - brought scary music and
silly stories to the library, much to the delight of lots
of little gremlins.
Moms and kids enjoyed making a Halloween bookmark
craft, creating pumpkins, ghosts and black cats.
Preschool Storytime is held at the Saluda Community
Library each Wednesday morning at 10:30 am.
For more information contact Joy Sharp at 894-8721
Prints of Paul Koenen's beautiful watercolor of
the "Saluda Library" can be purchased at Saluda Fine
Arts. Each print is signed by the artist. Matted
prints are $50 Prints that are matted and framed are
$95 100% of the proceeds go the library.
Toni Garcia's quilt of "Saluda Grade" is being
raffled to raise funds for the library. The drawing will
be held December 8 during the Hometown Christmas
stroll. Tickets can be purchased at the library.
These contributions from Saluda residents are ways
to enrich the arts in our community while supporting
our library. We trust that you will have a chance to
participate in both of these fund raisers.
Saluda School Calendar
Sun., Nov. 5 Saluda teachers to present NC A+
Schools Program at Saluda Fine Arts 3:00-5:00
Fri., Nov. 10 Holiday
Wed., Nov. 15 PreK & K to Tryon Fine Arts Center to
see "If You Give A Mouse A Cookie"
Fri., Nov. 17 PTSO Fundraiser (dinner, drumming
performance, student dance)
Nov. 22-25 Thanksgiving Holidays
Mon., Nov. 27 Report cards
Thurs., Nov. 30 PreK-5 to Tryon Fine Arts Center to
see Billy Jonas
Dec. 1, 4-6 Book Fair
Thurs., Dec. 14 Grades 3-5 to PCHS for PCHS Band
Fri., Dec. 15 Christmas Bazaar & Interim reports
Dec. 18-19 PTSO Book Distribution
Dec. 21-Jan 2 Christmas Holiday
The latest news and the unusual offerings provided by Saluda shops, restaurants, artists, and craftspeople
The feel of fall is in the air at Thompson's Store.
Charlie and Judy Ward have stocked up with caramel
apples, pumpkins, and even some fresh collards. Judy
says that "Pink Lady" apples will be in supply soon.
The Saluda Business Association has formed a
committee named "Save Saluda." The purpose of the
committee is to better understand the proposed new
re-zoning of the Interstate exchange and Ozone and
its affects on the Saluda business community. Jim
Carson is heading up this committee and can be
reached at 828-749-3702 or email at
Marcia Aiken, proprietor of Mane Street Salon had
just wished that she had another stylist in her shop
when in walks Julie Tedeschi. Native Saludian,
Marcia has been in this profession for more than 30
years and three years ago opened Mane Street Salon
a the Depot. Business grew faster than she expected
so Julie appearing in her door was "divine
Julie has been in the hair profession for 31 years and
just moved here from New Jersey. Once moved, she
started looking for a new hair styling shop. After
disappointedly looking in Hendersonville, she stopped
in Saluda for a cup of coffee at the FrontPorch
Coffee Bar...and now you know the rest of the story.
Julie is skilled in all aspects of hair styling--
specializing in short hair. She has two grown
daughters who still live in New Jersey.
"Julie just gave me a hair cut and I love it. You know
she's good if I let her cut my hair," expressed Marcia.
Give her a call and make her feel welcome! Phone
number is 828-749-3260.
Be sure to check out the pictures of the "oldest
trees" in Saluda in the windows of M.A. Pace and
City Hall. The Saluda Tree Presevations organization
has taken all the pictures collected from citizens and
created a poster of all the trees.
Saluda Garden Club
Come join in the fun at the Saluda Garden Club when
artist, Sam Lovelace teaches how to paint flower
pots to sell this spring. Sam will furnish all supplies.
Member, Sandra Rocks will serve homemade soup to
warm you up while painting.
The meeting is held in the fellowship hall at the
Saluda Presbyterian Church, Wednesday, November
15 at 10:00am.
For more information about joining the Saluda Garden
Club, please contact Margaret Moffat at 828-749-
Saluda Artist Debuts New Fashion Line in Saluda
For artist Karen Dickson of Saluda, art now
transcends the line of canvas and paint into cloth
and thread. On November 3rd, Karen will introduce
her avant-garde line of custom fashion at the "Tea &
Chocolate" fashion show from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
above historic Ward's Store on Main Street, Saluda.
Tea and chocolate will be served accompanied by
musician Jan Daugherty. Local live models (Marki and
Molly pictured) of all ages and sizes will wear unique
designs: some hand-sewn from scratch, some re-
made from vintage clothing, all unique and different.
Dickson's fashion show kicks off the monthly Friday
night Art Party which will be from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Graceful and slender with a shy demeanor, Karen
Dickson notes that her clothing is geared to
celebrate the uniqueness and beauty of all women,
even those of us who aren't slender or model
material. She speaks of the collections appeal which
is "romantic....urban-retro...and for all seasons" and
promises a "visually beautiful experience" to fashion
show attendees. Her palette encompasses jewel-
toned silks, satins, linen, and cotton....complete with
artful custom jewelry and bags made by local
artisans. The collection includes hand-painted
clothing as well, along with pillows and curtains. One
could easily compare her delightfully and varied
collection favorably to stylish "Anthropologie" fashion.
Having worked diligently on the show since July,
Dickson's work-horse Sears sewing machine from her
senior year in high school has logged in many miles.
In her comfortable light-filled Saluda living room,
outfits of every sort, color, and texture dance along
the walls....no two are alike. It's a fashionista's
dream! She notes that "I like the idea of finding that
favorite dress or skirt in the back of your closet, and
updating it by breathing new life into it—using
resources well is one aspect of the law of
After learning to sew in grade school, she started
making doll clothes, and then sewed outfits for her
school's 4-H club. All through high school she made
her own clothing, then later on made her children's
clothing and costumes. Then she went on to tailor
and make her own sister's wedding dress, complete
with all the bridesmaid dresses--no small task! She
has five children, all now grown. Dickson majored in
art at UNCA and has taught art at area high schools
and privately. Many residences throughout North
Carolina have either one of her paintings, or a
custom mural on the walls.
Want to go? Advance tickets for Karen
Dickson's "Tea & Chocolate" fashion show are
available at Your Art's Desire at Nostalgia Courtyard
in Saluda, or at Manna Cabanna. For more
information, please contact Sam Lovelace (Your Art's
Desire) at 749-3154 or 864-457-6166.
Submitted by Bonnie J. Bardos
Day Tripping in Saluda
Thoughts from a recent visitor to Saluda
Oct 26th....a trip to North Carolina
Do not forget this store in Saluda, North Carolina--
Pace Mercantile--owned and operated by Mr. Robert
Pace who looked to be well into his eighties. He had
lived here all of his life, as well as had his father, the
previous owner of Pace Mercantile.
Do not forget his greeting and kindness, his personal
tour of the store. The way the shelves were
arranged on the walls--straight out of the 1900's.
The little boxes of shelves on very high walls, against
a ceiling of tin, akin to a victorian mansion.
The hard wood floors
The stove pipe heater with the sign on "retired"!--it
was the orignal one.
The real deal ginger ale, it almost snapped in my
mouth and burned deliciously. The coca cola bottle
opener which popped its cap off and the way the
pop-off cap fell in amongst the other bottle caps.
The other older patron who came into the store
looking for 10penny nails and the way the boxes of
them were arranged on the floor.
The meat scales, produce scales, cans lined in a row
on the shelves--pictures of celebrities who had
Coca-Cola signs on both sides of his store sign above
Everything original--cash register too--old style with
keys and figures of dollar signs that popped up "1$."
Pictures of the Pace family on the board in the
center of the store, going back generation after
generation--Mr. Pace sitting on the steps outside
just a baby.
And the smell of the store--glorious smell of age--
soft wood, and refrigerator. Vegetables and fruits
brought in and displayed in their boxes--apples,
peaches and tomatoes.
Old brass door knobs on the front door. No replicas
here, no Disneyland feel of trying to make it feel
dated--this one for real.
Saluda, North Carolina--A park on the other side of
the railroad tracks looking back towards the Pace
Swing-set full of magic--
where if you stop and sit, and swing--
time will go backwards making your heart stop, and
tears well up in your eyes. It felt real if only just for
a few minutes.
Off of the main street around the corner, an antique
store, small and quaint with a lady there who will tell
you stories of a privately owned telephone company
and do so with a smile that will melt your heart.
A street just behind the Baptist Church. The
happiest dog comes bouncing down the road,
followed by a boy on a skateboard. Leaves on trees
burst in fall colors by the thousands. Steeples on
churches white against blue skies. Older style two
story houses, have backyard ponds and plenty of
green grassy yards.
Indeed the sign on the freeway was correct.
just off of the 74
Saluda, North Carolina
Historical marker ahead.
Saluda Visitor, Bill Whitsett, N. Richland Hills
Saluda Senior Center
The Senior Center serves warm nutritious lunches
Monday through Friday from 11:30-12:30 at a cost
of $3.00 a person.
Monday Activities Schedule
9:30 Walking Group
9:30 Line Dancing
10:00 NIA Class
Tuesday Activities Schedule
Wednesday Activities Schedule
9:30 Walking Group
10:00 Trash Train and NIA Class
12:30 Tai Chi
November 22-11:45 Thanksgiving Celebration!
Thursday Activities Schedule
9:30 Knitting Group
10:00 NIA Class
2:00 Art Class
2:30 Board Meeting
November 2 -1:00-Nutrition program with Sandi Sox
November 9 - 2:30 Board Meeting
November 23- Closed for Thanksgiving
November 30 - 1:15 Flat Rock Playhouse
Friday Activities Schedule
9:30 Walking Group
10:00 Trash Train
11:00 Bones, Balance and Bend-Chair Exercise
November 10 - Closed for Veteran's Day
November 24 - Closed
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
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-
Basement Sale at A Thrifty Barn first and third
Saturdays of the month.....great bargains!
Readers have requested that Saluda Lifestyles
provide a listing of local church services. This is not
a complete list but a representation of the
denominations in Saluda.
Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration
The Reverend Paula C. Morton
8:00 a.m. - Holy Eucharist - Rite I
9:15 a.m. - Sunday School
10:30 a.m. - Holy Eucharist - Rite II with music
The Reverend Gene Witherspoon
Adult SS 10:00 am
Worship Service 11:00 am
Saluda First Baptist Church
The Reverend Ray Talley, Interim
SS 9:45 am
Worship Service 11 am & 6:00 pm
Wednesday 7:00 pm
Saluda Methodist Church
The Reverend Tony Sayer
SS 10:00 am
Worship Service 11:00 am
Saluda City Notes
From Our New Mayor
The next meeting of the Saluda City Council will be
November 13 at 7 p.m. This will be my first full
meeting as Mayor and Hobart (Sonny) Pace’s first full
meeting as a City Commissioner. One of the first
duties will be to fill the position of Water & Sewer
Commissioner, a position I’ve held since 1997. I
expect that there will be a variety of issues on the
agenda including the new “Golf Cart” Ordinance. Our
attorney, Bailey Nager, has prepared a draft
ordinance with features specific to our goals
regarding the regulation of “Golf Carts” on streets
inside the City Limits.
The intent of regulating golf carts in Saluda is to
accomplish three goals. 1) . The first goal is to
regulate them in a manner that is safe and provides
convenience to our residents. Golf Carts are now
regulated by state laws and regulations that do not
consider Saluda specific issues. 2). The second goal
is to regulate golf carts in a way that makes them
a “perk” to those who pay City property taxes. The
City taxpayers foot almost all of the bill for our
infrastructure and services. With a thriving
downtown and tourist trade, a golf cart allows a
resident access to the downtown and frees up space
for our temporary visitors. 3) The third goal is to
improve our environment. A golf cart must be
electric driven reducing air pollution and noise.
(Gasoline powered golf carts are not allowed).
The City now has a leaf loader and is picking up
leaves for our residents during the fall leaf season. If
you want the service, have your leaves piled along
the street curb by 9:00 a.m. on Friday mornings.
Please make sure that your pile remains on the curb
not in the street or on sidewalks. Leaves only, no
refuse, limbs or brush will collected. The free
service began on October 20th and will continue for
several weeks. Don’t miss your opportunity to take
advantage of this service by procrastinating.
There are many residents that know me very well
and some that may not know me at all. I must say
that I am very honored to serve my community and
appreciate the many kind words of encouragement
that I have received in the last few weeks. My hope
is that I can provide the kind of leadership and vision
that you all deserve. I have been asked by friends,
family and associates in the past how I approach
public service as there are many differing views and
opinions on just about every issue that arises.
Because of this, it’s very important to have a
foundation for decision making. I now have a few
questions/criteria that I use to guide me.
- Is this something that needs government
- Does it improve the quality of life for the
- Who benefits, who loses? Always take care of
those who have the least first—it creates
- Are the beneficiaries looking for special favors
that no one else gets? If so, turn it down.
- Once you make a rule, everybody conforms—no
- Listen to what people say and employ practical
- Keep everything transparent and tell the truth
even if people don’t want to hear it.