Joe Adams
Saluda Lifestyles
Where Time Stands Still
August 1, 2007 
In This Issue
Saluda Library Reading Program
Saluda Library Fund Raisers
Back to School
Saluda Garden Club
Senior Center
Mom's Being Proud
Saluda Church Services
Thank You!
Quilter's Guild
What a Great Place to Live!
Saluda Sunrise
What's Happening
Coon Dog Day 2007
Charlie's Bench
Celebrating 50 Years
The Summer People
Saluda Scoop
Property of the Month
Preserve Our Trees
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
Saluda Community Library
Paul Koenen



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.
Saluda Library Fund Raisers

The winner of the train photo drawing, "Last Excursion of Steam Engine 611" by Terry Henshaw, was Vickie Graham.  Congratulations Vickie!


There are still a few Coon Dog posters available.  And a few t-shirts in sizes adult x-large, adult small, youth large, medium, small and x-small.  To purchase these, please call Melody at 828-749-9683.


Please call Melody, if you have any questions about contributing to the library fund.  We need all of the help that you can provide to finish paying off our debt.


Thank you for your support!  Enjoy the library!!! 

For more info, call the library (749-2117) or Melody Gibson (749-9683).
Back to School
Saluda School August Events

Saluda School


August 9   5:30 pm- PTSO Organizational Meeting in the auditorium
August 20-24 Teacher Wordays

August 23  5:30-7:00 pm  Meet Your Teacher Night
August 27  First Day of School
Saluda Garden Club

Joe Adams

Is this a cat, or what?  A flower that looks like a cat?  Or a cat that looks like a flower?  In fact, whatever it is, the location is just a foot or two from a bird feeder.  So, it must be a cat disguised as a flower - on the prowl, just waiting to jump in for the kill!  Located in the garden of one of our members, it's the result of a rather nondescript "cat" that had no home other than an available flowerpot.  Add a little color here and there.  Voila!  All feathered friends, BEWARE!


Just in time to get updated on how to give our birds the best during the winter, Priscilla Palmer from Wild Birds Unlimited in Hendersonville, will be our next speaker.  The meeting will be held on Wednesday, August 22, at 10 a.m., in the library.  Come and get the handout you missed from the last meeting and enjoy our company.


Tip of the month:  To control weeds organically, especially in small areas that border on the real plants, spread several layers of newspaper over the weeds  for at least two weeks or as long as needed.  Weight down with rocks to deter winds or animals from shifting the papers. 


Happy Gardening 

Sandra Rocks


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
9:00 Walking Group
9:30 Line dancing
12:30 Yoga
Tuesday Activities Schedule
10:00 Bridge
2:15 Chair Exercise
5:30 Yoga
Wednesday Activities Schedule
9:30 Walking Group
10:00 Trash Train
12:30 Gentle Yoga
6:00 Vinyasa Yoga
Thursday Activities Schedule
9:30 Knitting Group
10:00 DansKinetics (August 2, 23, 30)
6:00 Vinyasa Yoga
7:15 Beginner's meditation
August 2 1:30 Flat Rock Playhouse
August 9 2:30 Board Meeting
Friday Activities Schedule
9:30 Walking Group
10:00 Trash Train
10:00 Chair Exercise
August 10, 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!
Mom's Being Proud

I just started to subscribe to your Saluda Lifestyles.  What a treat to have my son and his friends on your front page!  What a great shot!

 Joe Adams

The by-line could imply that these children might be part of the summer growth. Just want you to know (it likely does not matter to anyone but the moms of these kids) all of this kids in your photo are year-round Saluda residents.  For some reason you caught a photo of a great group of friends who are all highly talented, gifted and honors students.  We hear so much in the news about kids who are violent, buried in video games, obese, angry with attitudes, or not doing well in schools.  But what your photographer captured is a handful of kids who are just a great bunch of kids and each is very proud to call Saluda their hometown.  


As the parents of these kids will all agree, "It takes a village to raise a child." Maybe I should not speak for all these kids' parents, but I will.   I'm sure, like me, they all are very grateful to the "village" of Saluda for helping raise our kids.  In this group you will find artists, actors, musicians and vocalists; all of these kids are superb athletes, all of these kids take their academics very seriously. All of them are a joy to spend time with, and beam with a zeal for life.  Each of them reflects Saluda's hometown values where ever they go.  In just a few short years each will embark on their life's adventures and they will always carry a piece of Saluda in their hearts on their journey.


So, many thanks for the fun photo, and for your part in our "village"!


From the front of the line to the back: Bronwyn Pellett, Eric Lauer, Cade Underwood, Selma and Isla Neal, Candace Arrington, Alessandra Akers, Kari Malkki.


From a grateful mom,

Katha Underwood

Photograph by Beverly Pickard


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

Thank You!

We would like to publicly thank all those that have helped make our fundraising benefits in 2007 a success. Thank you, so much, for first of all helping our friend Jeb Bolton with her cancer related medical expenses. Secondly, for helping to raise funds for POLK VOCATIONAL SERVICES for their vehicle needs, and last but not least, for your outstanding response to our plea for help for THE SALUDA VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT.  Amy and I would like to thank The Thompson's - Bob, Cathy, Robert Jr., and Charlie, AND The Orchard Inn for Their Sponsorship of our July 21 performance by ROY BOOK BINDER.


Thanks, also, to THE SHANE PRUITT BAND, and "A SIGN OF THE TIMES" for the great music at all three of these events.
By Frank and Amy Beeson



In June, four FREE demonstration classes of DansKinetics were offered at the Saluda Senior Center.  For those of you who were not able to attend these classes, more FREE demo classes will be offered in August, so please bring your bodies and join in the fun.  Jo is offering these demo classes to introduce a new exercise class to the community and hopes there is enough interest so that she will be able to teach classes this fall. Due to the nature of these classes, a minimum of 6 people are needed for a class.


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 are at least an hour long.


So mark your calendars. Dates and times include:

August 20, 27: Mondays nights at 5:30 pm

August 2, 23, 30: Thursday morning at 10:00 am 


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.


For additional info contact Jo at:

Phone:(828) 749-3699



Quilters Guild Forming
Elaine's Attic is a new quilter's resource opened in Landrum. They will be holding a grand opening September 15.

There will be a special sale on fabric, activities for children and food.  It will be held rain or shine.

Hours are Wednesday through Saturday 10-7, Sunday 1-6.
Elaine's Attic is located at:
280 Landrum Rd. (Rt 14)
Columbus, NC 28772
For more information, please call 828-863-4036 after 6PM.
What a Great Place to Live!

Saluda: It remains the best place I ever lived. If you ask me, there is no place on earth just like Saluda. From the very day I first saw the town, I knew it was a special place in this big world, and a place to be treasured. Over the years, my belief in that has only gotten stronger. We have so many wonderful people in this town: I've written about some of them, and been touched by every one of them.

A couple of days ago, a 200 year-old oak tree fell and took out part of my house, the entire back deck, and more. Miracle of miracles, no one was hurt or killed. My son was in his room upstairs when it happened, and part of his room disappeared into thin air: and I shiver to think what could have transpired. Instead of crying or asking 'why me', I just felt a deep gratitude that we are all ok. Houses can be fixed, but lives can't be replaced.

My immediate worry was finding someone to come tackle the huge old tree. To make a long story short, Phil Baumberger of Saluda Tree Service showed up in no time, probably losing out on his supper hour because of my call. Not once did he say: I'm too busy, or I'll come in the morning. Within minutes of getting here, he was up on the roof, putting up a tarp to keep rain out of the second story. Ropes and belts, he was taking his own life into peril on my steep roof! On into the dark, he was sawing limbs that were hitting the house, and doing his best to get a start on the mighty project. Somehow, I felt deeply comforted with his reasurring presence on the job. He was back in the morning, equipment and helper Randy in tow. The tree will take days of hard labor to clean up: it's a momental task. The house will take much longer. However, I look around Saluda, and I see so many good, decent people here that make this town what it is. People with kind hearts. People who come running when there's a crisis. They don't run away, they are right there through the hardest times. This is what makes those people like family. Phil, and those with his kind of spirit, are all around this town. Saluda is the magical and special place it is, because of people like them.


Speaking of Saluda, I'd like to invite everyone in Saluda to come visit to the Upstairs Artspace in Tryon. The gallery is easy to find, on 49 South Trade Street beside the Tryon Theater. The gallery is a non-profit organization, and it needs community support--both financially and otherwise, to ensure another 30 years in existence. As an artist and an art-lover, I value the gallery immensely: it has been in existence almost 30 years in different locations--and now has a beautiful restored building to showcase contemporary and cutting edge art. I now manage the gallery, and would love to see ALL of you coming in. The hours are 11 to 5, Tuesday through Saturday, and I'd be delighted to see you and give you the grand tour. The Upstairs is such a valuable resource for this area: and it belongs to us all. Please come! Bonnie Bardos

 By: Bonnie J. Bardos

Lola Ward

All of Saluda joins together  to send condolences to the family of  Lola Thompson Ward who passed away on July 21, 2007 at the age of 103  years.  We all know Lola from Thompson's Store and want Charlie,  Judy, the grandchildren and great-grandchildren to know we are  thinking of them and remembering them in our prayers.

Saluda Sunrise

sunrise 2

Debbie Johnson from Saluda shared this early morning sunrise from her home overlooking the Green River Gorge.
What's Happening

Sunday artSummer Sunday Art August Schedule at Saluda Fine Arts

Saluda Fine Arts, 46 E. Main St., Saluda NC, continues its Summer Sunday Art series of free workshops and demonstrations. Each Sunday afternoon the gallery will be open from 2 - 5. The art events begin at 3, and the public is invited.

The August schedule is as follows:

August 5 Josh Grubbs presents a charcoal drawing workshop. He will demonstrate and provide samples of his drawings. Supplies will be provided for participants.

August 12 Scott Kinnard ("Scott the Poet") paints pictures with words. He will make dramatic poetry presentations including "The Highwayman" and "Road Not Taken." Writers sometimes study art to improve their ability to write what they see. Artists may learn to visualize and paint what they hear by listening to beautiful and descriptive words.

August 19 Beverly Pickard leads a painting workshop. Participants will use the supplies provided to paint with oil pastels. Basics of color, value and composition will be discussed and practiced. There will be handouts.

August 26 Gloria Ross will demonstrate and teach participants how to create art with stone clay. This workshop is appropriate for and can be enjoyed by all ages.

Materials will be provided.

Joe AdamsSaluda Fine Arts presents "The Music of Art," an exhibit of oil paintings by artist Jean Hough. The public is invited to an opening reception on Saturday, August, 4, from 6 - 7:30 at 46 E. Main St. , Saluda, NC. The show will be on display through August 17.

The reception features Hough's art as well as live music and artistic food prepared by Chef David's Catering.

Hough paints in oils "because of their richness and depth of color." Her medley of art for "The Music of Art" includes a variety of images and feelings - the thrilling still life of beautifully painted objects, landscapes that generate silent energy, portraits that invite a concert of emotions.

Hough describes herself as a self-taught artist, who drew since childhood and took all the art classes available in high school. She was a biology teacher and describes her learning and teaching experience as related to her early skill at visualization.

Enjoy the music of art without hearing it or describing it in words - just feel its energy.

Saluda Fine Arts invites you to meet the artist Jacquelyn Schechter at the opening reception for her show  "Wabi-Sabi Photography:  Beauty in the Fleeting Moment"  Saturday, August 25, 6:00 - 7:30.   Come, slow down, look closely and enjoy  new work by this internationally recognized artist.


46 East Main Street

Saluda, NC



Wine, h'ors d'oeuvres and music

Show remains up through September 8.


Heartwood Gallery presents local Alice Paynephotographer, Alice Payne August 1 - September 25.   Please join us for the opening reception Friday, August 3, 5-7pm.


Photography has been Alice's passion since childhood.  Growing up in the mountains of southwestern Virginia, she spent her childhood pointing her Kodak Brownie camera at the things she loves--nature and animals.

Now she uses state of the art professional equipment to bring us all into the heart of flowers or to show us all a beautiful mountain scene, a sunrise, or sunset.Alice lives on a mountain in western North Carolina with her husband, four dogs and six cats.

purple onionThe Purple Onion Sunday night concert series will continue 0n September 30 with Scott Ainslie. Performance starts at 7 pm. Tickets are $15 per person. Contact the Purple Onion at 749-1179 to make reservations.  Summer Hours at Purple Onion are June 1- August 31 Monday through Saturday--Lunch 11-3, Dinner 5-9.
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 will hold its next meeting August 7 at 5:30 in the meeting room above the Saluda Library.

Random Arts August Workshops

Sat. Aug 4th - Layers of Wonder with Martine House ( 2 spaces remain) $90 10 am till 5pm (Although Martine lives in the area her busy schedule barely allows us to see her no less have her teach here in Saluda. Take this opportunity to learn from and be in the very same creative space with  this very well  known fiber, fabric and mixed media artist)supply list provided at time of registration. the fee includes lunch and the class will be held at the Methodist Church in Saluda.  

Free Mini Workshops

Sat. Aug 3rd - Shadow Stamping Sensations 11-12 and then again from 2 until  3 pm ...FREE -  NO supplies needed

Sat.. Aug 10th - Artist Trading Cards 11-12 and then again from 2 until 3 pm... FREE -   NO supplies needed


The FREE mini classes require that you register in advance since space is limited.

It is as simple as

 #1 Choosing a time 11 or 2

 #2 Call or email us 828-749-1165 to register

 #3 Showing up at Random Arts on the right day!

It's as easy, fast and fun as it can be!

Check it out Workshops.
Click here to sign up and get registration policy information. Random Arts Workshops.

Jim Carson will hold his fall workshop in Saluda ,Thursday-Saturday , October 25-27 (oil and/or acrylic).  The title of the workshop is "Painting Fast and Loose / Eliminating The Unnecessary."  There will be an emphasis on simplifying shapes, color harmony, painterly marks, and composition, as well as learning how to apply the paint quickly and confidently.  The workshop will be taught over three  full days at locations around Saluda, with a "get acquainted party" at Jim's house on Wednesday night, October 24. The cost of the workshop is $300. For more information, please link here Jim Carson.

Joe AdamsToshs Whistle Stop Café 2007 Music Schedule

 August 3-John Frye
 August 10-Aaron Burdett

 August 17-Greg Lilley

 August 24-No Music

                                August 31-Brandon Turner Tosh's Whistle Stop Cafe


Courtyard Tailgate Market at Tosh's Whistle Stop Café Every Friday 11-4

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?  Vendor fee is only $5 a day. Email us at


saluda station

Frank & Amy's Front Porch August Concert Schedule

Saturday August 11- THE FRONT PORCH BLUES BAND will headline an evening dedicated to raising the funds necessary to pay for the remainder of the 2007 concert season. This will be a huge event, not to be missed. WTZQ RADIO in Hendersonville will be the media sponsor, and the evening will be underwritten by private sponsors to be named.

Saturday August 18 - Straight from New Orleans, the incomparable bluesman, Mr. Spencer Bohren

Friday August 24 - The return of Australian guitar wizard Geoff Achison, this time with his band THE SOUL DIGGERS

Saturday August 25 - Another blues master, Mr. Cyril Lance and his band will perform.


For more information call  749-3210. Frank & Amy's Front Porch


Joe AdamsWith more than 400 tickets sold, The Saluda Mountain Jamboree had an overwhelming response to the performance of The TamsBob and Linda Whitaker received this email from one pleased fan.


"First, a brief background; I am a retired Air Force Master Sergeant and have been all over the world.  I met and married a wonderful Lady from North Carolina, moving here from Las Vegas, Nevada.  I have seen such greats as Elvis Presly, Luciano Pavorati, Mikhail Baryshnikov and Celine Dion, plus numerous others, in person.

    My Son In Law invited us to come to Saluda Mountain Jamboree to hear The Tams; my Wife was excited as this was one of her favorite Goups.  Now, to me a tam is a Scotttish Bonnet, more appropriately called a Tam O'Shanter, Shag is a type of haircut or carpet and Beach Music is Jan and Dean, the Beach Boys, etc.

    I must not have been listening to the right Radio Stations in the 50's and on, because when the suberb 14K Gold Band played for the first hour, I loved the misic but had never heard a single song before.  After a brief 20 minute pause between their initial gig and joining them, The Tams, I was totally unprepared for the absolute dynamics of the Group. 

The Tams

 I had NEVER in any of my previous concerts seen such absolute entusiasm by a Group in inter-acting with the audience, and in fact coming down into the audience so those who may not have wanted to dance or known how, to get an unobstructed view of their performance, not just once but yet again.  There was absolutely no indication on any of the performers faces, that this was just a job; each face was sharing every emotion and note with the audience and it was from their Hearts to each and every member of the Audience.  We paid a mere $15 each for a ticket to see a Performance that surpassed show tickets costing in excess of  $100 each in a large venue.


The Saluda Mountain Jamboree building was an excellent setting, beautiful in every aspect and obviously a work of Love.


Even at the close of the main show, Papa sang on as autographs were being signed and the 14K Gold Band accompanying him, still gratefully giving and acknowledging the warmth of the Fans.


Their work was stunning, electrifying and genuine in every aspect, a must see, not just once, but time and again, and I can hardly wait until December and their return."

Darryll A. Devine,MSgt, USAF, Ret


The Tams are tentatively scheduled to return to the Jamboree in December.  Please check the 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!


Special Notice from the Green River Boys:

Dear friends and fans, 

The City Club Grill will be closing Friday at 2pm. The new owner is expected to reopen it shortly. We have a good chance of continuing our music there but it is not yet known for sure.  However,  the new owner is strongly considering having us there.

We will not be singing there on July 27, but may be back shortly thereafter.  Please help us spread the word and check back with WJFJ radio and  schedule for information.  We will post it as soon as we know.

We apologize for any inconvenience, but City Club Owner Gwen Garren, has been in ill health for some time and she needed to leave the restaurant as quickly as she could.

We will be encouraging the new owner Mr. Shafer to have us back and we hope you will call him.  Or maybe eat at his new restaurant and encourage him as well.

Thanks for being our friends and fans over the last seven and a half years that  we've sang  gospel  music at the restaurant. Also, thanks to the Pace family for all they've done for us.

By James Metcalf , Green River Boys

Coon Dog Day 2007

Coon Dog Day CrowdCatch the story of this year's Coon Dog Day winners and activities as reported by the Hendersonville Times News.  Just click on this link to

Coon Dog Day Going Green!

This year, a clear message was brought to the Coon Dog Day festival in Saluda. That message was all about going green. Signs and placards encouraging folks to keep Saluda green, protect the environment, and "Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle" were abundant in the parade. But putting words into action is how to affect change, and for the first time, recycling bins were located throughout town, thanks to the efforts of the Polk County Democratic Community Action League (DCAL).

Joe Adams

As part of a county wide effort to educate and promote recycling, as well as working to increase recycling availability and convenience, DCAL volunteers planned and worked the effort for Coon Dog Day. With thanks to Richard Cope of GDS waste management services, a dumpster was delivered to the town solely for recyclable materials. The Town of Saluda also pitched in by providing the use of a golf cart to aid in transporting recyclables to the dumpster throughout the day. Volunteers monitored the bins to ensure that they did not get contaminated with non-recyclable trash, but much to everyone's delight, people were very good about pitching in correctly. The result was a collection of over 22 bags of plastic, aluminum and glass, and a smaller footprint from this event!Joe Adams



Look for more recycling efforts from DCAL such as recycling forums with solid waste experts and local officials, to explore opportunities and constraints for recycling throughout the county.


Charlie's Bench

Charlie at coon dog day 

Though Charlie is no longer running Thompson Store,  Saludians wanted to make sure he continued his daily practice of "meeting and greeting" folks as they walk along Main Street. To do this, a bench is being built to be placed in front of the store and grill.  It will become  a wonderful place for him to continue his wonderful way of "meeting and greeting" folks from near and far; as well as providing a comfortable spot for folks to gather. Hopefully, it will be a lasting tribute to Charlie and his pivotal role in Saluda's history for the last 60 years and will add to the charm of downtown.


Mark Gardner, a very talented wood worker in Saluda, has agreed to make  the bench. It will be a simple  Williamsburg design, made of  teak to withstand weather and time, will have arms (which the current benches downtown do not) and will be easier for some of our aging community members to get in and out of.  A plaque on the bench will honoring Charlie Ward.  Contributions can be made , c/o Mary Mowery, 142 Judd's Peak Road, Saluda 28773.  Please call 828-749-9877 for more information.
By Mary Mowery
Celebrating 50 Years of Service

Fifty years is a long time to work at something.  The Reverend Gene Witherspoon has been a Presbyterian Minister of the Word and Sacrament for fifty years. 


After receiving his B.A. from Davidson College, a MDiv and DMin from Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, and ThM from Columbia Seminary in Decatur, Rev. Witherspoon served pastorates in North Carolina and West Virginia. 


Reverend Witherspoon served the larger church in several capacities at the General Assembly level with the Presbyterian Church in the United States (later PCUSA).  He was assistant to the Stated Clerk, recording clerk, staff for the Judicial Commission,  and in the area of church government.


Currently serving as Stated Supply at Saluda Presbyterian Church, Reverend Witherspoon pastors his congregation with humor, sensitivity and inclusivity. 


His grateful congregation, Saluda Presbyterian Church, will celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of Rev. Witherspoon's ordination at the Saluda Senior Center, Sunday, August 26 from 2:00-4:00.  The public is invited to attend.

The Summer People

Excerpts from "Saluda 100 Years 1881-1981"

Summer PeopleFor many years in Saluda, the "Summer People" meant the people from the Low-Country and Midlands of South Carolina and Georgia who came year after year to stay in houses built on the hills above town.  They were a clannish group, or series of groups, united in a desire to relax and enjoy the mountain air without letting down the bars and forgetting their origins.  Many were related to blood ties or by marriage, and most of them bore proud South Carolina or Georgia names.  Some of them took in selected paying guests, often members of the family, without being considered boarding houses.  Older folks stayed together and hardly left the front porches, as it was a hard climb up and down the hills, and yet not worth hitching up buggies or saddling horses to go to the other side of town.  The younger crowd met each summer and made their own fun.  Their children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren still occupy many of the big, airy Victorian houses in the summer.  They were a breed apart from the lowlanders who came to stay for a summer or two in the boarding houses or hotels and then move on.


Shand Hill had some of the earliest homes.  Shand Hill has always been a separate little colony, with a charm all its own, of people who came to love the noise of the trains.  It remains a part of the summer community, though proud of its earlier beginnings.  Columbia Heights was built a little later and became the elite establishment in the summer colony.  This makes up the area of Columbia, Charles, and Chisholm streets.


For more than fifty years families from South Carolina have been coming to Saluda for the summer.  Friends and relatives came to visit in the cool climate, while others rented cottages for the summer.  Most of the cottage owners established these summer houses for the health of their families and the peace and quiet of the mountains.  In years gone by, the families went on picnics to Pot Shoals, to Bradley Falls and other lovely spots.  The picnic was an all-day hike.  In the old days too, on Sunday nights, everyone gathered at one of the houses and sang hymns, hanging their lanterns around the porch and in the yard.  The Davis girls brought their violins and the music could be heard from far and near.  In those days everyone went down "The Scramble"  (the hill) to get to the mail or assemble at the station to see the train come in.


Every summer as the old houses become livable, the crowd gathers, and the big porches once again are filled with soft Southern drawls as old friends catch up on news and gossip.  There is always room for newcomers, but there is something warm and beautiful about belonging to the clan.  It is a way of life that has almost disappeared.


Reprinted with permission of Charlene Pace, historian and co-author of "Saluda 100 Years"


Saluda Scoop
The latest news and the unusual offerings provided by Saluda shops, restaurants, artists, and craftspeople
Joe AdamsThompson's Store has brought back RC and a Moon Pie along with bottles of your favorite beverages. 
Relive fond memories of grabbing a pack of nabs out of Joe Adamsa glass jar and popping the lid of a bottled Nehi, RC, Orange Crush, Sun Drop---all the flavors that you remember loving as a child. 
The Buttercup Cottage had a young couple and their two little children (ages 2 & 3) staying
a few weeks ago.  It was one of those sweltering hot days and we were watering some of our flowers to try to keep them alive.  My husband had the idea to give a sprinkler to our guests so the kids could cool off.  Almost immediately they had their bathing suits on and were having the time of their lives running through the water.  Then the little boy found something even more fun.  The water had turned a small pile of potting soil to mud and he was caked.  A few more passes through the sprinkler and he was good as new.  Of course Mom was watching the whole scene and laughing right along with the children.  It reminded me that sometimes the simplest things make us the happiest. 

By Marti Wells, Proprietor, Buttercup Cottage, Saluda

Hendersonville Times News is running a series on "Where I Live."  They have featured the Mountain Page Community and Macedonia area in Saluda.  To learn about the history of the two Saluda landmarks, click on Macedonia and Mountain Page.
Saluda has been listed on gathers small town cultural resources into a single database.  To see our listing click on Saluda.
Macon Bank is opened for business in Saluda.
The City Grill (restaurant at the truck stop) has been purchased by Ed Shafer.  The new name is Shafer's Roadhouse Grill and will have longer hours.

Saluda Senior Center now has wireless internet service!

Property of the Month
Tip Top Ridge - New Saluda Developments


Joe Adams

Build your dream "Saluda Cottage" nestled among the trees on Tip Top Ridge one mile from historic Main Street.  On sunny days, enjoy the light as it glistens on the leaves and on rainy days, enjoy the rain drops as they dance from leaf to leaf.  The natural landscape of the area has been preserved and exterior lighting will be restricted so the evening darkness can be protected as well.  Noise restrictions also are in place.  Come enjoy the woods, the peace, and the tranquility of this very unique Saluda development.


Of the eleven lots, there are eight that are still available.  They range in  price from $95,000 to $135,000.  Call Cathy Jackson Realty to select your lot.

Preserve our Trees
Joe AdamsHot summer days remind us of one of the most obvious values of our trees.  Returning from city streets where there's no canopy of trees to shield the hot sun's rays, back to our Saluda community of luxiriant green, we breathe a sigh of relief.  What a difference shade makes!
Our trees provide so much more than shade, however, their environmental, economic and social benefits are extraordinary.  We are truly blessed and must preserve this wonderful gift.
Our trees:
  • Provide a home and food for birds and other wildlife.
  • Help keep streams and rivers clean.
  • Provide windbreaks
  • Provide noise barriers.
  • Help clean the air we breathe.
  • Provide aesthetic benefits.
  • Save on energy costs.
  • Preserve topsoil and protect forms.
  • Increase property values.

There's no such thing as "just an old tree"!

Contributed by the Saluda Coummunity Tree Preservation Association.  For information about the organization contact Judy at 864-292-0203 or Ruth 828-749-9718.
Note:  The trees that line Main Street are Norway Red Maples and pictured above.
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Cathy Jackson
Cathy Jackson Realty