Joe Adams
Saluda Lifestyles
Where Time Stands Still
June 1, 2007 
In This Issue
Memorial Day in Saluda
A Note of Thanks
Saluda Library
Library Receives Grant
Saluda Library Fund Raiser
Senior Center
Saluda Church Services
Coon Dog Day Poster Contest
More on Coon Dog Day
City Notes
Charlie Ward Appreciation Day
What's Happening
Saluda Garden Club
I May Have to Hold Dancing Classes
Saluda Scoop
Frank & Amy's Front Porch Concert Benefits
Saluda Resident is Recognized
Property of the Month
DansKinetics at Senior Center
Saluda Sunshine, Art & Music
Quick Links
Request NEW UPDATED Saluda Service Directory Available
Music and Entertainment
The Purple Onion
Area News Media
Tryon Daily Bulletin
Saluda Property & Real Estate
Saluda Lifestyles
Past Issues of Saluda Lifestyles
Memorial Day in Saluda 2007
2007 Memorial Day
"Lest we forget. Take time to remember," said Dr. Jim Murphy, guest speaker of Saluda's Memorial Day program. This program is organized and produced every year by Dr. Jerry Russell.
A Note of Thanks
The Saluda Business Association is
very appreciative and grateful to the graciousness of the Saluda Garden Club and the Pedal Pushers Garden Club in their work to groom McCreery Park prior to the Arts Festival!


Thanks to the staff at City Hall for once again building the bridge over the railroad track and maintaining the park and public areas for the arts festival artists and visitors.

Thanks to all the hard-working volunteers who sacrifice their time to bring Saluda an annual arts festival.

From a Loving Son

I would like to thank the people of Saluda for the loving kindness given to my dad, Jack Tyrrell.  Even though he lived in Saluda only four years everyone embraced him as one of their own.   The instant Frank and Amy Beeson found out about my dad's death they said "let's have a party for him" and that we did, and what a party it was.


On this beautiful Sunday (Apr. 29th) more than 70 people stopped by The Caboose for snacks and stories about Jack.  I found out things about my dad that I never knew.


The merchants, Senior Center and the people of Saluda gave my dad a lot of enjoyment in his final years.  Words can't express my sincere appreciation.


Thanks, John Tyrrell

Saluda Community Library
Paul Koenen
"Get a Clue"
2007 Summer Reading Program

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 13 @ 10:30

Our Summer Reading Program gets off to a rollicking, zany start with one of our favorite reading magicians - Matt Fore!


WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20 @ 10:30

Get a Clue about Science with Jeff and Mark, the EGG DROP GUYS!  The Egg Drop Experiment is fun and educational.


WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27 @ 10:30

North Carolina Search and Rescue Dogs are amazing clue followers!  Find out how specially trained dogs and their handlers help find lost children and grown-ups.  Learn what to do if YOU get lost.




WEDNESDAY, JULY 11 @ 10:30

Get a clue about music AND poetry with classical guitarist Jhon Akers as he brings us the stories and songs of Carl Sandburg, one of American's most famous writers who lived right down the road in Flat Rock!


WEDNESDAY, JULY 18 @ 10:30

Get a clue about solving crimes with the Polk County Sheriff's Dept k-9 unit and McGruff the Crime Dog.  Deputies will be on hand to produce kid's ID kits.


WEDNESDAY, JULY 25 @ 10:30

"CSI" (Clues Solved @ Imagination Central) Agent John Cooper unravels the mysteries of good books with stories, puppets, music and magic.


WEDNESDAY, AUG 1 @ 10:30

Our favorite marionettes are back as Mountain Marionettes presents "At the Hop", as we take a step back to the time of poodle skirts, bobby socks and saddle shoes.  Anyone ready to do the Twist?


For more information about children's programming at the Polk County Library, call Joy Sharp at 894-8721.

Painting of the Saluda Library by Paul Koenen and can be purchased at Saluda Fine Arts. A percentage of the proceeds go to the Saluda Library.

Polk County Public Library Receives Grant For Student Intern From Community Foundation


The Polk County Public Library has been awarded a Community Foundation Student Intern Program grant.


The grant funds will provide a local high school or home-schooled student with an opportunity to work with children during the library's Summer Reading Program.  The intern will assist with promoting the program, registration and implementation.  He or she will work closely with professional children's performers during programs at both the Columbus and Saluda libraries.


The intern will also produce news releases regarding the program for local media, including use of a digital camera.


The intern will also be involved in creating basic learning aids, such as flannel boards and puppetry pieces to be used during storytimes at the library.


The internship will last ten weeks, beginning June 11, with a schedule of 32 hours per week.  Most hours are Tuesday through Friday, but occasional Saturday mornings may be required.


Applicants should be 16 years of age, a rising junior or senior, preferably with a valid driver's license.   They must be a permanent residence in Polk County or Landrum.


Good oral and written skills are a must, and an enjoyment of arts and crafts is desirable.  It is essential that applicants are comfortable working  with children of all ages and enjoy doing so. 


Interested and qualified students should contact Children's Services Coordinator, Joy Sharp, at the Polk County Public Library @ 894-8721, or come by the library for an application.


The application deadline is June 4.


For more information contact Joy Sharp at 894-8721.

Saluda Library Fund Raiser
The Saluda Library is proud to announce the raffle of a limited edition matted color photo titled "Last Excursion of Steam Engine 611."
The photo was taken on October 24, 1992, in the town of Saluda, by Terry H. Henshaw.  This documents the final trip for Steam Engine 611.  The train is now in a railroad museum in West Virginia.
The Saluda Grade is the steepest standard railroad grade in the US.  It is three miles long and crests in Saluda.  Residents, visitors and train enthusists delighted in the sound and sight of daily steam engines and diesels.  To our dismay, no trains have graced our tracks since 1992.
Please show your support for the Saluda Library by purchasing your raffle tickets at the library and local events.  Tickets are $2 each or 6 for $10.
For more info, call the library (749-2117) or Melody Gibson (749-9683).
Saluda Senior Center
New Senior CenterSenior Center is open to the public and welcomes all Saluda citizens (at any age) to join in the activities and programs offered.
Monday Activities Schedule
9:30 Walking Group
9:30 Line Dancing
12:30 Yoga
5:30 DansKinetics (June 18,25)
June 4 CPR/AED Training at 1:00
Tuesday Activities Schedule
10:00 Bridge and Bridge Class
2:00 Chair Exercise
5:30 Yoga
Wednesday Activities Schedule
9:30 Walking Group
10:00 Trash Train
12:30 Gentle Yoga (June 6, 20, 27)
6:00 Yoga

Thursday Activities Schedule
9:30 Knitting Group
6:00 Yoga
10:00 KansKinetics (June 21,28)
June 14 AARP Driving Course 9am-2pm 
June 14 Board Meeting at 2:30
June 21 Saluda Medical Center Annual Board Meeting 5:00pm
Friday Activities Schedule
9:30 Walking Group
10:00 Trash Train
10:00 Chair Exercise
12:30 Gentle Yoga (June 15)
June 8, Birthday Celebration
The Senior Center serves warm nutritious lunches Monday through Friday from 11:30-12:30 at a cost of $3.00 a person.

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.
For more information about activities at Saluda Senior Center call Donna at 828-749-9245.
Basement Sale at A Thrifty Barn first and third Saturdays of the month.........great bargains!
Saluda Church Services

Joe Adams

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

Saluda Presbyterian
The Reverend Gene Witherspoon
Adult SS 10:00 am
Worship Service 11:00 am

Saluda First Baptist Church
Welcome new pastor, David Webb
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
Coon Dog Day Poster Contest
Coon Dog Day Poster 2006Coon Dog Day Festival Opens Poster Art Contest to Area Artists

If you have ever been to Saluda's Coon Dog Festival you probably brought home two things: great memories and one of their posters. Local Saluda artists have been producing these sometimes artistic - sometimes campy posters for over 30 years and it has become a highly sought after collectors item. In 2006 they opened up the contest to artists of western North Carolina. From last years entries a wounderful design by Laura Norris was selected, and we are looking forward to more entries capture the spirit of this fun and unique festival.

Contestants must submit their artwork by Wednesday, June 6, 2007, to: CDD 2007, CO:Scott Varn, 201 Cumberland Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801 or Inquiries can be made to the same e-mail address or call 273-5383.

Artwork will be judged by a committee comprised Saluda Community Library officers, artists, and Saluda residents.

The winning artwork will serve as the commemorative poster for the festival and will be used in festival marketing and advertising. The artist will get a copy of the poster, a t-shirt, and will be provided a free 10'x10' booth space at the Coon Dog Day Festival so that they can display and sell artwork. The winning entry will be announced by June 12, 2007.

Proceeds from the poster and t-shirts with the same design will go to benefit the Saluda Community Library. The competition will be juried by artists and residents of Saluda and will be judged on how well the design represents the town and the festival.

The festival itself has been going on for over 40 years. It originally began back in 1963 as a picnic to mark the end of the raccoon hunting season. Today it is much larger, attracting thousands of people annually in celebration of a breed of dog most famous for it's distinctive howling at the foot of a tree. Activities include a firehouse breakfast, crafts, art, food, live music, a parade, street dance, and an AKC dog judging. Also, there is still a nighttime coon hunt contest - not for raccoon pelts, but to test raccoon treeing skills.

Saluda itself is famous for having the steepest mainline standard gauge railroad grade in the United States and still has the historic station in the center of town. Most people come to Saluda to enjoy one of the last remaining small towns with active general stores and a relaxed way of life. The winner of the contest will receive recognition as the selected artist as well as a festival booth so that he or she can display and sell his or her own artwork.

For more information contact:

Festival coordinator at City Hall: Doris Marion 749-2581

Saluda Library: Melody Gibson - - 749-9683

Contest submissions: Scott Varn - - 273-5383

Submission forms are available at the Saluda Community Library, Saluda City Hall, or online at

Above is winnning poster for 2006 Coon Dog Day.
Grant Supported Music at Arts Festival

The Saluda Business Association was pleased to receive a grant from the Polk County Community Foundation that funded the music during the Saluda Arts & Music Festival on Saturday, May 19, 2007.


The Saluda Business Association that sponsors this annual event was formed in 1995 and represents approximately 50 area merchants, service providers, artisans, and crafts people, building contractors, and interested individuals who love Saluda.  The vision of the SBA is to help Saluda prosper, preserve its heritage and culture, and keep revenue and the next generation in the community.  The mission of this association is to:


ˇ         Maintain and enhance the quality of community life in Saluda 

ˇ         Support and promote all local businesses, artists, and crafts people 

ˇ         Create and sponsor civic projects (arts festival, Home Town Christmas, 5K Coon Dog Day Run, Saluda web site, brochures, directional signs) 

ˇ         Provide unified representation of the views of Saluda businesses to local government 

ˇ         Promote the growth of business in Saluda that fulfills the needs of the community


The Polk County Community Foundation exists to advance philanthropy and improve the quality of life for all citizens in Polk County, North Carolina and the surrounding area. The mission of the Polk County Community Foundation is to:  support charitable and beneficial activities in the community, provide and administer a variety of planned giving programs, serve as responsible stewards of all funds entrusted to it, provide initiatives in recognizing areas of community needs and supporting solutions.


For more information about the Polk County Community Foundation please contact them at 828-859-5314 fax: 828-859-6122 or email
More Coon Dog Announcements
Joe AdamsGet information and register for Coon Dog Day 5K Run.
Enter Coon Dog Day Parade.  Call Doris Marion at 828-749-2581.

Wanted - Marching Band

We are looking for some musicans that would like to march or ride in the Coon Dog Day parade this year. Mountain music would be grand, band music would be great, but it would be delightful to have some music filling the air this year. Please call Ammie Weymer at 697-3371 and leave a message, if you would like to participate or know of someone who would.
City Notes
Joe Adams
No City Report this Month
Coon Dog Day -July 7, 2007
Charlie Ward Appreciation Day
It's All About Charlie!
Charlie ChairCharlie Ward's family has owned and operated Thompson's Store and Ward's Grill for more than a century. Charlie and Judy Ward will retire from the day to day operations of the store this month. To show Charlie what he means to the town, a group of his friend's got together to throw him and Judy a retirement party.  And the whole town showed up! 
The Saluda Senior Center was overflowing while people waited outside to get in.
Charlie and Judy were presented with a pair of rocking chairs personalized by local artist, Bonnie Bardos. 
All Saludians salute Charlie and Judy and wish them the best!
What's Happening

Kate Thayer pictureHeartwood Gallery invites you to local artist, Kate Thayer's opening reception Friday June 1, 2007 5-7pm.  Kate's work will be on exhibit June 1 - July 31.

Kate and her husband, Lee chose to live year-round in Western North Carolina, where she paints and he writes. She is an accomplished and recognized pastelist.

Saluda Fine Arts invites you to "Meet the Artist," arleneArlene Losciuto at a reception on Saturday, June 30 from 6-7:30pm.  Arlene studied at the Pratt Institute in New York and has exhibited her work internationally.
Friday Night Art Party is June 1 in Downtown Saluda from 5-8 pm. Art and refreshments will be at available at Heartwood Gallery, Saluda Fine Arts, Tosh's Whistle Stop Cafe, and Your Art's Desire.

Morgan Auction & Realty provides real and personal property sales and business liquidation.  The firm auctions antiques and collectibles two and three times a month.  Next scheduled auctions are June 1 and 15 at 7pm.  The Auction House is located conveniently off Ozone behind the Apple Mill.

The popular Green River Boys perform at the City Club Grill Restaurant June 1, 15 and 29 at 6:00pm. You can contact the City Club Grill at 749-1800.  Green River Boys
purple onionThe Purple Onion will feature Cosy Sheridan June 3- as part of the Purple Onion Cafe Sunday night concert series.  Performance starts at 7 pm. Tickets are $15 per person. Contact the Purple Onion at 749-1179 to make reservations.
Meetings to Remember
Town Council meets second Monday of the month at 7:00pm in the meeting room above the Saluda Library.

Saluda Business Association meets first Tuesday of the month at 5:30 in the meeting room above the Saluda Library.
Random Arts June Workshop Schedule

Fri-15th Katie Kendrick $135. - Intuitive Faces
This is a process-oriented class. We will start the day by doing exercises with paint, pens, and paper to stimulate the right side of our brains and put our pesky critics that reside in the left-brain, to sleep.

Sat.-16th Katie Kendrick $135. - Mixed Media Collage
Come spend the day with fellow artists as we create unique and personal mxed media collage. I will demonstrate a variety of techniques for creating simple backgrounds, building texture into your work, and combining your original artwork with collage images and ephemera. Our focus wil be on applying these techniques without over-thinking; to train our ear to hear the soft whisper of our personal muse as s(he) guides us through every step of artistic creation. Beginners to advanced welcome

Katie Kendrick
$135. - Feminine Icons
According to Wikipedia, an icon is an image, picture, or representation; it is a sign or likeness that stands for an object by signifying or representing it. In this workshop, we will create mixed media collage that has a personal significance to us in relation to the feminine. This is an intuitive process; let your soul talk to your fingers and your heart whisper to your mind and get swept away into the dynamic flow of the act of creating. Beginners to advanced welcome.

Fri., Sat, Sun - June 28th, 29th 30th Hendersonville Quilt Show & Sale

Click here to sign up and get registration policy information.
Random Arts Workshops
Your Art's Desire Gallery is offering art classes this summer in May and June. Fun with Clay will explore hand-building with slabs on Tuesdays and Wednesday afternoons at 2:00, taught by Merci Weitzen.

Jewelry Making will be taught by Ellen Miles, exploring fused glass, and precious metal clay techniques.  Please call 749-3154 to schedule a time.

The Gallery is seeking new artists to join and exhibit their work. Your Art's Desire is located behind the Wildflour Bakery, downstairs from the Gardener's Cottage.

Joe AdamsToshs Whistle Stop Café 2007 Music Schedule

 June 1-Kevin Scanlon and Ben Scales

 June 8-Aaron Burdett

 June 15-Michael Reno Harrell

 June 29-Every Mothers Dream

 July 20 -Danielle Howell

 July 27-Jay Lichty Band

 August 3-John Frye

 August 10-TBA

 August 17-Greg Lilley

 August 24-Aaron Burdett

 August 31-Brandon Turner and Joe Littel


Courtyard Tailgate Market at Tosh's Whistle Stop Café

Are you a local farmer, grower, artist or craftsperson? Do you have eggs, fruit, vegetables, herbs or plants, jams and jellies, homemade quilts, crafts or artwork that you would like to sell?  Email us at


saluda station

June Schedule

Fri -June 1 Australian Guitar Wizard Geoff Achison - Geoff Is Simply Amazing
Sat -June 2 Mac Arnold & Plate Full O Blues- Mac Has Performed With The Best Of Them,
Including Muddy Waters
Fri -June 8 The Monty Craig Quartet - Traditional Jazz
Sat -June 9  "Going Through Changes" Featuring Ms. Toni Tuppance And Tyrone Jefferson In A Concert To Benefit Polk Vocational Services
Thurs -June 14 Tom Fisch - Acoustic Country/Folk
Fri -June 15   8 Pm    Rory Block & The Straightway Ministries  Choir In An Historical
Performance. "Down At The Crossroads - Blues Meets Gospel"  Due To The  Size Of This Concert, This Show Will Be Held At The Tryon Movie Theatre, Trade St. (Hwy 176),  Tryon, Nc
General Admission $10.00. Tickets Available At Frank & Amy's  Front Porch, At The Door,
Or By Calling 749-3210. Frank & Amy's Front Porch

The Orchard Inn,
a beautiful, historic bed and breakfast just minutes away from downtown Saluda ------ Innkeepers Kathy and Bob Thompson and Robert and Charley Thompson invite you to book your reservation now for a summer or fall getaway to Saluda and the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. For more information, please call 1-800-581-3800 or visit our Web site at The Orchard Inn

A busy summer schedule is shaping up for The Saluda Mountain Jamboree with some special events in June and July.   A band called "The Flashbacks" will be performing on Saturday, June 30.  This band specializes in 50's & 60's beach music, soul, blues  and top 40 rock'n roll.  They are a great band to hear and a great band for shag dancing.  Their fifth CD titled "Beach Nights," Filled With Blues and Soul" will be ready to release and their performance at The Jamboree will be the release party for their new CD.   Some songs from other CD's by "The Flashbacks" The FlashBacks. have been on the Rhythm and Beach charts for over 40 weeks.  Remember, June 30, you want to be at The Jamboree for this performance.  Admission for this date is $10.00.


Then "Coon Dog Day" will be the very next weekend!!!  The Saluda Mountain Jamboree will be having a dance on Friday night, July 6 and on Saturday night, "Coon Dog Day."  The band that will be performing on Friday night, July 6 is "Southern Pointe." This band can play a variety of dance music, but Bob is working with this group to put together some good square dance music.  So if you remember those good ole' mountain square dances, this will be the time to grab your partner!


On Saturday night, July 7th, the band "Legacy" will be performing for the dance with their new and old country and southern rock sound that has made them a favorite band at The Jamboree.  Regular admission price of $8.00 for these two nights.


But don't put away your dancing shoes yet!!  The highlight summer performance at The Jamboree will be on Saturday, July 14.  The Jamboree has been fortunate enough to get a one-time performance booking with "The Tams"!!  This legendary group has been entertaining and thrilling audiences for over 40 years with great hits.  Their timeless tunes bring you right out of your seat and onto the dance floor.   Charles Pope, (Founder, Original Member, and brother of the late Joe Pope), along with the other masterful musicians and their own "14-Karat Gold Band" will be bringing a high energy performance to the stage at Saluda Mountain Jamboree.  Tickets are on sale now!! They are $15.00 in advance and $18.00 at the door.  Polk County High School Band members are selling tickets as a fund raising project.  You can call Cindy Gilbert, Band Director, at 864-457-4726 or call the school at 828-894-2551 to support them with your ticket purchase.  Or call The Jamboree 828-749-3676.   Make your plans now for this night of entertainment!!  The Tams.


The Jamboree has a private event booked for the weekend of July 21 and will not be open to the public.  (That is the weekend to rest!!!)  Then be ready for more music and dancing the next week.


Please check our website Saluda Mountain Jamboree for schedules and bookings.  And be sure to tell your friends about the great bands and performances that's coming to The Jamboree!


Lions Club Meeting Notice

The next meeting of the Saluda Lions Club will be on Tuesday, June 19  5:30 to 6:30 in the Saluda Library meeting room. Please make your plan to attend and bring a friend who is interested in becoming a lion in this new club.  Call Tangie at 749-9158 for information.                           


"We Serve"

Lion Bob Roland, DG 2006-2007

District 31-A

Saluda Garden Club
The May meeting of the Saluda Garden Club was held at the home of Debbie Hahn with a program on composting tips and techniques.


Many Saluda residents may not know that the primary Spring Pondproject for the Saluda Garden Club is the maintenance and upkeep of Spring Park located just behind City Hall.  For the last two years, the club has been watering, mulching, planting and every other gardening necessity to making this garden a welcome place to visit and hideaway for some quiet time.  All are invited and it is hoped you will tell visitors and friends about this most welcome spot in our community.


The next meeting for the Saluda Garden Club is Monday, June 18 at 10 AM in the library.  John Vining with the Polk County Agricultural Extension Center will be the speaker.  All are welcome to attend!  We will have a "planting party" after the meeting at Spring Park.  


 "You need patience to be a good gardener.  If you don't have patience and you stick with gardening, it will teach you patience."  Bill Turull, Jr., People, Places and Plants Magazine.



 By Deborah D Hahn

I May Have to Hold Dancing Classes
Joe Adam's faceby author, Joe Adams
I'm surprised how many people in Saluda don't know how to dance.  My Mother thought everybody could dance; like all dogs can swim. 
When I ask around Saluda, "You going to the
dance tonight?", invariably people say, "Oh, I don't dance.  I don't dance."  I may have to teach dancing.


We learned everything we needed to know in junior high school.  Where babies came from.  How to set type and print a newspaper.  How to use the library.  How to speak and write in a dead language.  Even how to dance.


Once a week instead of having gym class, the boys had to dress in coats and ties; the girls in pretty dresses and stockings.  We  gathered on the basketball court.   Girls were on one side.  We were on the other.


The minute the phonograph needle  touched the record, the boys were suppose to get up, walk across the gym,  bow slightly and ask a girl to dance.

We were  not the least  bit reluctant.  In fact, we ran across the gym.  Not because we liked to dance but if you didn't hurry and get a partner, you  would be left to dance with one of the Bug-Eyed Twins, two very ugly sisters.  I am not being insensitive when I tell you that they were strange looking girls.  They had an inch of forehead between their very bushy eyebrows and their wild, black hair.  But worse of all, their eyeballs  protruded like frog's.  (I know all of you women
readers are moaning, "Poor  things."  But this was not attractive to teenage boys.)


Boys who were slow getting across the  gym would dance with each other before they would ask one of the Twins.  But the Coach, an old retired Marine sergeant, would come over and hit them on the back.  He didn't allow same-sex dancing.


In dance class, we learned the Box Step.  This one basic dance can easily be adapted to a variety of music --- fox trot, waltz, Cha-Cha, Tango, etc.  It's never failed me.  But the thing that gave all of the boys supreme confidence on the dance floor was this piece of information from the Coach.  He relieved all of us of any responsibility if we stepped on a girl's toes.  As he put it,  "You boys are the leaders.  That's your job.  To lead.  It's the girl's job to follow.  It's her job to keep her damn toes out from under your feet.  If you step on them, it's HER fault."


The Coach also instructed the boys in sex education, so you can imagine how clear and simple he made this subject as well.

Saluda Scoop
The latest news and the unusual offerings provided by Saluda shops, restaurants, artists, and craftspeople
If you have been in Saluda recently, you have noticed two new faces behind the cash register and meat counter at Thompson's Store.  Larry and Debbie Jackson have been "in training" to take over the operations of the store and grill when Charlie and Judy retire.  "This is our life-long dream coming true," said Larry.  Their goal is to keep the traditions in place while adding features and enhancements that all Saludians will enjoy.  The rest of the story will be featured in the July issue of Saluda Lifestyles.
Saluda in the News. Saluda was featured in the May/June issue of WNC Mountain Living as one of the "Great Weekend Getaways." 
Summer Babysitter-  high school freshman girl seeking babysitting jobs over summer vacation. Fifteen years old. Experienced. Transportation (if need be). Melinda Morgan (daughter of Phyllis Arrington.....Arrington Properties).  HOME (828) 749-9591....Phyllis' work (828) 749-3111...Phyllis' cell (828) 606-2555


Congratulations Arrington Properties for celebrating its 25th anniversary of real estate brokerage services. Licensed in 1982, Phyllis Arrington began her real estate career with a 100 year old real estate firm in Hendersonville, Ewbank and Ewbank. She worked there until establishing her own office in Saluda at 153 East Main Street in June of 1989. Phyllis is a single mother of four (one still at home...high school freshman). As a member of Saluda United Methodist Church she has served on the church's Board of Directors, chaired the food closet, and been a member of the choir. She enjoys gardening, horseback riding, and real estate!

Jhon Akers knows someone who is looking for "housesitting" jobs this summer.  Call him at 749-9295.
Frank & Amy's Front Porch Benefits
Concert to Benefit Polk Vocational Services  

On Saturday June 9th at 7pm, Amy and Frank Beeson, and Frank & Amy's Front Porch  will host a concert to benefit POLK VOCATIONAL SERVICES.  Founded in 1968, PVS is a non-profit organization in Columbus whose mission statement is , "To provide rehabilitation, development and employment services to people with barriers to employment, while providing quality products and services to our commercial customers on time and error free."

The concert will take place at Frank & Amy's Front Porch,  Saluda Station in Saluda, and will feature the group, "Going Through Changes" featuring Ms. Toni Tuppance and Mr. Tyron Jefferson. Tyron was formerly the musical director for the late James Brown. Please visit A Sign of the Times. This is the eight-piece version of the larger, "A Sign Of The Times" big band that traditionally closes the concert season each year at Frank & Amy's.  Financial contributions in the form of cash, and personal checks made out to Polk Vocational Services will be gratefully accepted . Donations are tax deductible, and 100% of the net proceeds raised go to PVS. For information call Amy and Frank at 828-749-3210 or visit their web site at Frank & Amy's Front Porch.

Benefit Concert For Saluda Volunteer Fire Department

On Saturday June 30, Frank & Amy's Front Porch in Saluda NC, will host a fundraising benefit concert for The Saluda Volunteer Fire Department. The concert will feature the regionally famous Shane Pruitt Band Shane Pruitt Band. Shane Pruitt is an up and coming blues guitarist who is quickly gaining a reputation for his powerful, melodic and spellbinding fret work. Accompanied by Spartanburg's Bill Fletcher on drums, and Tryon's own Jim Peterman on Hammond organ, the trio is one of the most powerful and authentic blues acts around.


The fire department's ambulance needs equipment estimated to cost approximately $10,000.00 to handle any medical emergency. Amy & Frank Beeson hope to raise the funds necessary to do just that. One hundred percent of the net proceeds raised will go directly to this worthy cause.


The ambulance will be on display to the public while members of the volunteer fire department grill hot dogs at the event.


The Saluda Volunteer Fire Department routinely serves Polk, Henderson and surrounding counties. Their "dive team" has been called to South Carolina and Georgia as well.


 When Amy and Frank approached the fire department with this idea, they were struck by a quilt hanging in the building which bore the "Firemen's Prayer."  It says,

When I am called to duty, God,

Where the flames may rage,

Give me strength to save some life

Whatever be its age

Help me embrace a little child

Before it is too late,

Or save some older person from the horror of that fate

Enable me to be alert,

And hear the weakest shout

And quickly and effectively to put the fire out.

I want to fill my calling

And give the best in me.

To guard my every neighbor

And protect his property;

And if according to your will,

I have to lose my life

Please bless with your protecting hand

My children and my wife.


Frank and Amy and all the folks in downtown Saluda see the Volunteer Fire Department at work on an almost daily basis.  Sometimes more than once in a single day as they respond to emergency situations. "These men and women are willing to put their lives on the line every day to protect us. The very least we can do is see to it that they have the equipment they need," says Frank.


So join Amy and Frank, The Saluda Volunteer Fire Department, and The Shane Pruitt Band on Saturday June 30 at 7pm . This is "Music Making A Difference."

Saluda Resident Receives Recognition
franBefore the Queen and the President made their appearances, Saluda resident, Frances Lambert participated in the April 21, 2007 ceremony honoring the 400th anniversay of Jamestown.  The ceremony that took place at King & Queen County Courthouse, Virginia highlighted the travels of Captain John Smith. 
Frances was recognized for her donation to the King & Queen Historical Society's Courthouse Tavern Museum of the rare and valuable Clovis Point she found on her grandfather's farm in King & Queen County when she was ten years old.  After telling the audience of her experience in finding this Clovis Point dating between 15,000 and 8,000 B.C. she was presented with a gift of books on historic Virginia.
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Memories Are Made of This


macedoniaSharing  time with your family and friends demonstrates your love for them and creates memories to last a lifetime.  This Macedonia Lake home affords many opportunities for spending time together.  You can teach your children or grandchildren to swim and to fish.  You can take the paddle boat around the lake.  You can have a tea party in the gazebo.  You can play cards or chess in the sun room or relax in the hot tub.


And after spending time together, there is plenty of room for a quiet retreat.  The master bedroom is on the main level with the  guest rooms, sitting room, and small kitchen on the lower level.  Your children or grandchildren will enjoy having their own space while the adults mingle upstairs.  Time together and time apart is perfect for everyone!


This home could be just the place for family traditions and fun family memories.  Call Cathy Jackson Realty to see this home.

DansKinetics Coming to Senior Center

In June, at the Saluda Senior Center, experience a new exercise class called DansKinetics. What is DansKinetics? DansKinetics is an exercise class--and More!  It is moving to all types of music.  Classes begin with slow, simple stretching and warm up to guided and free dance movements.  Classes then end gently with a meditation to music.  No experience is necessary. All ages and body types are welcome. Classes range from an hour to an hour and a half.


Four FREE demonstration classes will be offered at the Saluda Senior Center in June, so please bring your bodies and join in the fun.  Dates and times include: June 18, June 25, Mondays nights at 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm and June 21, June 29, Thursday mornings at 10:00 am to 11:30 am. This information is posted at the Senior Center and at local merchants along with a detailed brochure explaining the class.


Jo Rytter teaches the DansKinetics class and is a certified Kripalu DansKinetics Instructor.  The Kripalu Center ( is a world renowned institute located in the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts and is dedicated to the advancement of yoga and health.


Jo has also taught classes at the Mt. Nittany Institute of Natural Health ( for four years in State College, PA, classes at the Bloomsburg and Penn State's Women's Conferences and a 'Relax with Movement' class for the HealthMatters Program at Penn State.  She has also taught movement classes at the Centre Crest Nursing Home in Bellefonte, PA.  All participants were in wheel chairs.


Jo draws from a lifetime of exercising and movement.  She has participated in other dance workshops which include:

  • 'Energize' a YogaRhythmics workshop with Connie Miller, NJ.
  • The Halprin Life/Dance Process: A Moving Way, with Anna Halprin, Omega Institute, MA, workshop.
  • DansKinetics: Grace in Motion workshop, Kripalu Institute of Yoga and Health.

For additional info contact Jo at:

Phone:(828) 749-3699


Saluda Sunshine, Art and Music
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Jem LittelJoe Adams

Town Festival

Thanks to all the artists and craftspeople who participated in the 4th annual Arts and Music Festival!
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