Joe Adams
Saluda Lifestyles
Where Time Stands Still
November 1, 2007 
In This Issue
Senior Center
Meet the Candidates-Rodney Gibson
Meet the Candidates-John Morgan
Saluda School Calendar
Saluda Library
Saluda Church Services
Meetings to Remember
Congratulations Andrea Duke
What's Happening
Thanksgiving Stuffing Recipes
Joe Adams - What Hath God Wrought?
Saluda Scoop
Saluda Healing Center
Saluda Garden Club
Bouncing Babies
City Notes
A Sign of the Times!
Saluda Fire Dept sign
Where to Find Fall Colors


Fall Area Festivals and Crafts
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
NEW!! Cozy Lake Sheila Rancher
21.34 Acres Overlooking Lake Hosea and Greenville Watershed
Follow Lake Hosea around and then go straight up to the top of the mountain. Three or four building sites with long range views. Borders Greenville Watershed. Offered at $655,140 - MLS#383813
Saluda Lifestyles
Past Issues of Saluda Lifestyles
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 NIA
9:30 Line dancing
12:30 Yoga
5:30 DansKinetics
Nov 12-Closed for Veteran's Day. 7:00pm Bhante Rahula Presentation
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
6:00 Vinyasa Yoga
7:15 Beginner's meditation
November 8 -
-2:30 Board Meeting. November 22 Closed for Thanksgiving
Friday Activities Schedule
9:30 Walking Group
10:00 Trash Train
10:00 Chair Exercise
November 9, Birthday Celebration. November 23 Closed for Thanksgiving
Sunday Activities
9:15 Silent meditation
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!
Meet the Candidates

Responses to Candidate Questions


City of Saluda

Married for 32 years to Melody, a native of Saluda.  No children but lots of family.
  • Currently, I'm the Executive Vice President of Basofil Fibers LLC in Enka, NC
  • Spent much of the last 30 years as a business and environmental consultant
  • Professional experience has included working in the steel industry, in government and as a consultant to industry and government.
  • Educated as an engineer with additional education in business, accounting & finance.
  • Attended Marshall University, UNC Charlotte (Degreed) and Miami (Ohio) University.  Certified Professional Engineer
  • Involved in Saluda's political structure since 1989.  Volunteered as water & wastewater engineer, zoning administrator & subdivision administrator for 8 years until 1997 when I was appointed to City Council to fill a position vacated by Jim Boyle.  Served as City Councilman from 1997 until 2006 when I was appointed Mayor to fill a vacancy left by Lee Clippard until the present.
  • Instrument-rated private pilot with over 1,300 hours of logged time
  • Member of Sound Investment--a 60's & 70's Rock n Roll Dance Band for last 4 years.

Response to Questions

1)    Many Saluda residents have urged new land use regulations to better protect the character of the city, while others have cautioned against becoming too restrictive.  Do you think Saluda has adequate land use regulations in place.  If not, what would you propose?

Saluda does have and has had land use regulations (zoning) since the early 1980's.  It has been both criticized and supported by our citizens but it has functioned well enough to protect the character of our community so far.  However, the effectiveness of zoning has to constantly be reviewed and updated appropriately as growth and economic factors threaten and impact our quality of life.  The real challenge is ensuring that there is balance in the regulations that let's Saluda continue to be Saluda and not become Hendersonville, Cary, Highlands, Davidson or some other place that I've heard others hold up as examples.

2)    Saluda set up a land use advisory committee to help rework the city's zoning ordinance, along with the planning board.  Are you satisfied with this process? 


       I am very satisfied with the process and the outcome.  Anytime you can find a way for people to work together on a community challenge you have to be encouraged.  It was clearly a win for Saluda.  The process brought out the true character of Saluda and provided a product that allows us to continue to move forward. 

I think that it also set a standard and example for closing the gap between governance and the people.  Government and governance are there to help address common issues efficiently and effectively.  It has been politically popular for decades to polarize the process and, unfortunately, this attitude has tended to trickle down to the local level.  This was one victory in reversing that trend.

3)     Polk County has proposed the creation of a joint water authority with Saluda, Columbus and Tryon that would utilize an intake on the Green River.  Do you think Saluda should participate in the authority?  If not, do you see other options for Saluda to secure a long-term water supply and gain control over its water rates?

Saluda is well positioned to solve our own water resource problems for generations to come.  However, no one should ever doubt that water resources will become more scarce as our population continues to multiply.  What was once taken for granted will become a source of political and economic instability.  Fortunately, the issue can be addressed by Polk County successfully if it's done fairly considering the resources we have and the significant investments that our Cities have already made.  It's very important for the Political entities to recognize that it is a partnership and each can play some part in solving common challenges, but not every community will have the same needs and there are no silver bullets.

4)     Saluda commissioners have discussed the benefits of annexation, particularly of commercial areas, to bring in more revenue in the future.  Would you consider annexation, including involuntary annexation, of some areas into the city?

Annexation is and will always be like playing with explosives.  This is because it is an economic issue to all involved.  But for Cities it is necessary to it's long-term survival if growth encroaches on the perimeter of the City and the quality of life of the City residents is being threatened.  But the first test is an economic test for the Cities, not the targeted annexation area.  Annexation is very costly as infrastructure is extended into the target areas.   Some estimates exceed upfront (first 2 years) costs of over $200 per foot for involuntarily annexation and a reasonable return on this investment must be available to the City or the City leaders are not being fiscally responsible.

Beyond that it is important to consider the value proposition that is proposed for the targeted annexation area and to ensure that value can be demonstrated through quality of life improvements.

5)     The City has discussed future plans for the city hall building.  Do you think Saluda should continue to use the current building or seek to build a new one?

We should continue to use the current building.  This question has been asked and some have proposed building a new one.  I have yet to hear a sound argument, financial or visionary, to move from the current building.  I'm not closed minded on this, but advocates of a new City Hall are not going to convince me easily.

Now, having said that, we have a lot of repair and investment that needs to be made to ensure that the current building will continue to serve our needs into the future.   We need to begin this effort immediately and without delay. Our experience with the restoration of the Library and Community Center building tell us that the same can be done for the current City Hall.  And the current City Hall is in much better condition than the Library building was when the effort began.

6)     Saluda recently took steps to ensure enforcement of animal control ordinances in the city limits.  Are you satisfied with the laws and resources currently available to the town for animal control?

At the moment, yes.  The ultimate solution to animal control is not how many laws and regulations and resources we can throw at the problems.  The ultimate solution is when pet owners begin to take responsibility for the welfare of their animals and respect their neighbors.  Letting animals roam the streets, create barking nuisances, threaten and harm other animals and over-breedng is just plain wrong.

As a Governing body, we will continue to evaluate the situation and adopt appropriate measures.  But it should be kept in mind that the resources available to enforce any rules made are and will always be limited.

7)    If elected, what would be your top goals to achieve during your term?

We clearly have many challenges and there is not space in this column to give them the attention they deserve.  But I do have a clear goal of what I want to achieve.  As a businessman, I'm constantly planning and executing while responding to a changing business environment.  What makes this possible is having a clear vision of the future for our business, making appropriate investments and ensuring that all the resources we have available are applied effectively.  I am a firm believer that the resources provided to the Board must be used effectively.  These include the financial resources as well as the human resources.  Additionally, there are many that are willing to give their precious time and experience to help us be successful as a community.  My overriding goal is to efficiently and effectively tap these community resources to successfully address each of the challenges that confront us.

Submitted by Rodney Gibson 

Meet the Candidates

John Morgan
John Morgan is running for the Saluda Board of Commissioners because he knows there are challenges facing the city and he is confident he has the background to help the city meet those challenges.

Morgan joined the U.S. Air Force during the Viet Nam war and served as an Officer for 21 years, retiring in 1993.  He then entered the civilian job market, retiring as an airline training captain and the company's senior check pilot in 2006.

He and his wife, Elena, have lived near the downtown area of Saluda for over ten years. He has been a regular attendee at City Council meetings.  He also attended the city budget workshop and the commissioner's retreat earlier in the year so he could become familiar with the issues the city is facing.

John owns and operates his own small business in Saluda and he is currently an elected member of the Board of Directors and Treasurer of the Lake Sheila Property Owners Association and an active member of the Saluda Business Association.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting, and a Masters degree in Business Administration.

Reason for running - "My wife and I had the advantage of being able to live anywhere in the world.  We picked Saluda and have been most thankful for that choice ever since.  I am very interested in maintaining the quality life that makes Saluda unique.  The city will be confronted with many challenges in the future, and I would like to help work through those challenges."

Questions for Saluda candidates (Refer to Rodney Gibson's response above for full questions).

Land Use Regulations

(1) Saluda's current land use regulations have needed revising for some time now.  After about seven years of effort it looks like we are getting close to adopting a new zoning ordinance.  I have been to many of the planning board meetings, and watched this document take shape.  While the new ordinance does not address all the zoning issues, it is important that we move the process forward at this time.   I am interested in hearing  what our citizens have to say at the upcoming public hearing.


Zone Ordinance

2)  I suggested that a citizen advisory committee be established when we met at the Saluda Commissioners retreat.  I have been quite satisfied with what they have been able to accomplish.   We had citizens with diverse opinions iron out their differences by talking with each other rather than at each other.  The result is that it looks like their efforts will be incorporated into the new ordinance almost verbatim.


 Water Supply and Rates

3)  In my opinion the county has not provided enough information to the cities on how the new water authority will be structured, who will be responsible for the assets already in place and how much it will end up costing our taxpayers for their water.  I also think the deadlines that have been given the cities by the county to sign on to this initiative were too tight considering the long term implications.  I believe that there are several other viable options available to Saluda that could and should be explored.



4)  In general I don't believe annexation works to the benefit of city taxpayers.  However, annexation should be looked at on a case by case basis and would probably be appropriate where city services are already being provided.  I would be against involuntary annexation.


City Hall

5)  City hall on Main Street is key to Saluda's personality.  While city hall needs work, I think the building is still viable.  An incremental rehabilitation program needs to be instituted to keep it from deteriorating any further.  I'm also fairly confident that some outside money is available for this type of project and I plan to be involved in locating it.


Animal Control

6)  Saluda took the step of having county animal control enforce the county law within the city limits with regard to vicious animals.  The town is not equipped to deal with problems of this nature and enforcement rightfully belongs with the county.  In dealing with animal noise, such as with a habitually barking dog, we have an ordinance that makes this unlawful.  The problem seems to be that this ordinance is not enforced as it should be.  The city has the power to issue civil citations and should do so after proper warning.

7)  My top goals during my term would be:

ˇ         Maintain the quality of life in Saluda.

ˇ         Limit spending increases.

ˇ         Solve the water issue.

ˇ         Resolve any remaining issues with the sewer system.

ˇ         Improve pedestrian access throughout the city.

ˇ         Continue to involve citizens in solving the city's issues.



8)  Several neighborhood streets would be scheduled for widening as a result of the long range transportation plan.  These streets are currently major pedestrian corridors.  Widening would decrease space available for pedestrians.  It would also probably tend to increase the speed of traffic and impact the look of the affected neighborhoods.  A committee has been appointed to study the problem and provide more acceptable alternatives that can be presented to the state.   I fully support this approach.


Submitted by John Morgan

Saluda School Calendar

Saluda School

No calendar submitted this month.
Saluda Community Library
Paul Koenen


Computer Classes have started up again at the library every Monday 1-3. Learn how to use email, browse the Internet, and other fun computer programs.

Wednesday, Nov 7 Preschool Storytime  10:30 Am


Wednesday, Nov 14             Thanksging Preschool Storytiime 10:30 Am

Bouncing Babies activities for 0 to 18 months Fridays, 11:00-11:30am.

For more information about programs at the library, call 828-749-2117.

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 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

Meetings to Remember
Town Council meets second Monday of the month at 7:00pm in the meeting room above the Saluda Library. (Will meet November 13 due to Veteran's Day.)

Saluda Business Association's regular monthly meeting will be Tuesday, November 6 at 5:30pm in the meeting room at the Saluda Public Library.
Saluda Land Trust meets every third Wednesday at 3 at McCreery Park pavillion. For information please call Betsy Burdette at 828-749-2161.
Saluda Planning Board meets the fourth Wednesday of each month at 7pm in the meeting room of the Saluda Public Library. 
Congratulations Andrea Duke, Miss North Carolina USA 2008!
Andrea DukeSaluda home town girl, Andrea Duke, daughter of Alan and Brenda Duke of Saluda wins the 2008 Miss North Carolina USA title.  Andrea will go on to compete for the Miss USA title. 
Saluda salutes you and honored that you will represent our small-town throughout the USA!
What's Happening
Veteran's Day Memorial Service
will be at 11:00am on November 11 at the Veteran's Memorial Monument at the corner of Main Street and Greenville Street.
The First Methodist Church invites the community to its traditional Thanksgiving Dinner
served at the Saluda School, November 3 from 5-8pm. Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for children.  Menu includes turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and all the fixings.
20% Off Wreath Sale! at "The Old Chicken House" on Mountain Page Road (right where Greenville St. ends).  Thursday and Friday, November 8 and 9.  From 10am to 6:00pm.  Enjoy a warm cup of coffee or apple cider.
BBQ and Hotdog Fund Raiser at Saluda Fire Department Saturday, November 17 from 5:00pm until all the food is gone!  This is a benefit to raise money to help with the hospital expenses needed to help bring three darling angels into the world.  Triplets, Addison, Laney, and Caitlyn were born to Chris and Ashley Crissone, October 6.  For more information or to offer your support please contact Sheila at 828-749-9510.

Summer Sunday Art November Schedule at Saluda Fine Artsryan workshop

Saluda Fine Arts, 46 E. Main St., Saluda NC, continues its Sunday afternoon Art Fall with Jem Littell, who will lead a pastel workshop. On Sunday, November 4 the gallery will open at 2, and the workshop will begin at 3. THE WORKSHOP IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. SUPPLIES ARE PROVIDED.

Saluda Fine Arts invites the public to meet Jem Littel Old Home placeJem Littell at the opening of his art exhibit, "Carolina Time"  Saturday, November 3, 5 - 7:00, 46 E. Main Street, Saluda, NC. There will be wine and refreshments. The artist's brother, Joe Littell, is a professional musician and will fill the air with jazz, blues and ?????. The exhibit will remain up through November 18.

James Wilson Littell, has worked as a professional artist since 1972, when he completed art school in Atlanta.

All of his life he has loved the outdoors. Capturing nature as it unfolds is a very natural sequence for him. Living in the foothills of South Carolina, he paints his landscapes and close up scenes on location (en plein aire) in the Carolinas.

Painting with powdered pigment sticks (pastels) rather than oils, he developed a unique impressionistic style. This style allows him an opportunity to capture the ever-changing light, colors, shadows and movements before him. Through his art his goal is to capture for you the natural beauty that drew him to the scene. He hopes you will experience some of what he saw and felt as he prepared each piece.

Mara Smith picturePhotographer Mara Smith, who shows her work at Saluda Fine Arts, will be featured in an exhibition opening at the regional gallery, Upstairs Artspace. "3 Women/3 Cameras: Focus on the Foothills" features a year's worth of photographs of Polk County and surrounding areas. Weekly, Smith joined Carolyn Ashburn (Chuck Hearon's wife) and Elaine Pearsons in recording what's changing and what's charming about our area of the country.

The exhibit opens at the Upstairs Artspace, 49 S Trade Street in Tryon, on November 16 and runs through December 22. A public reception will be held from 5-8pm on Saturday, November 17. The "Walk 'n' Talk, where you can hear the photographers talk about their project, will take place at 2pm Sunday afternoon, December 2. For additional information, call the gallery at 828-859-2828 or visit its website,
Upstairs Art Space

The above photo is one of Smith's images taken in Saluda.

purple onionThe Purple Onion Sunday night concert series performer is Chuck Pyle playing November 4.  Performance starts at 7 pm. Tickets are $15 per person. Contact the Purple Onion at 828-749-1179 to make reservations. 
Fred Whiskin is on the piano every Tuesday night at 7pm. Check out the Purple Onion's Thursday and Saturday night line up by clicking on the link provided in Quick Links.
The Purple Onion will be hosting a wine tasting on Wednesday, November 7, at 6:30 and will feature four white and four red wines from South Africa. Wines will be accompanied by a selection of hors d'oeuvres chosen to complement the eight wines. Once again, Richard McKinney from Tryon Distributing will join us to enlighten us on the selections he has chosen.

The price for the evening is $40 per person for wine, hors d'oeuvres, tax and gratuity. Reservations can be made by calling the café at 828-749-1179. We accept Visa and/or Master Card. Please call early as seating is limited.

Thanksgiving At The Oaks Bed and OaksBreakfast, at 339 Greenville Street, will be celebrating good food and fellow ship with a select number of special guests for the Thanksgiving Holiday.  Guests that have reservations at the Inn over the holiday weekend are invited to partake in a traditional Candlelit Thanksgiving Feast on Thursday evening.  The Inn is open year round and welcomes guests seven days a week.  For this Thanksgiving Feast, guests will enjoy Hors d'oeuvres and cocktails served on our spacious veranda or around one of our three fireplaces throughout the inn.  Following the reception "Tom Turkey" will make his appearance, with all the trimmings, wine service and a selection of delectable desserts.  If you, or someone you know, would like to be a part of this memorable celebration of thanks and good will -- in a historic Victorian home -- contact Dale or Donna Potruski for a seat at the table and a room at the inn,  Call:  828-749-2000 or visit The Oaks Bed and Breakfast.


Random Arts November Workshops


Caroline Hatchell has been collecting all things small since a child, but found her niche after high school when she discovered her first seed beads. When she began weaving them primitively in peyote stitch, she felt an immediate connection to her destiny and never looked back. As the years passed, her creative passions turned toward wire and metal. An award winning jewelry designer, she now works part time, does some freelance writing and enjoys sharing her metal discoveries with the unsuspecting! When not playing in her studio, she is hard at play with her two daughters, Madison Rain and Sierra Skye.carol random arts

Fri. 2nd (1pm til 4pm)& Sat. 3rd (10am till 6pm)- Etched Metal Butterfly Journal Necklace with Caroline Hatchel
This wonderful metal experience is designed to open new doors to your higher creative self. Come with an open mind and hard working hands as we truly delve deep into our creative abilities to create a truly unique and personal talisman to store your most heart felt journaling. As Featured in the Belle Armoire 3rd Annual Jewelry Volume, this is an intense two day metalcrafting workshop. Expand your creative horizons by learning to etch copper and brass sheet metal, then embark on a new journey as you learn to saw, file, sand, rivet and finish metal using basic bench working skills. Finish your unique wearable journal using basic wire skills and fiber embellishments. No experience necessary, but this is an intense class for the serious artisan. Tools required but some supplies are included.Cost $150.

This is the Supply List:
Bench Pin
Riveting Hammer
Rivets(I will provide these.)

Sunday, November 4th 10am till 1pm Key to Creativity Pendant
Looking for a new connection to your creative work? Don't miss out on this fun workshop as featured in ArtitudeZine! Learn to get connected! Use pre-etched metal wings, skeleton keys, bezels, ephemera, buttons, hand-dyed silk, fiber and stamps, to create a one of a kind pendant incorporating ideas to unlock your creative wings and soar. All supplies included. Cost $65.

Click here to check our registration policy and how to sign up.Random Arts Workshops

Saluda Jamboree logoSaluda Mountain Jamboree 
Nov. 3rd --------------Sound Investment
Nov. 10th -------------Legacy
Nov. 17th -------------Southern Pointe
Nov. 24th -------------FreeWay South
Dec. 1st --------------"THE TAMS" CHRISTMAS SPECIAL
Dec. 8th --------------Clark Road
Dec. 15th--------------Sound Investment
Dec. 22nd AND Dec. 29th---CLOSED FOR HOLIDAYS
See you on New Years Eve
Dec. 31st --------------NEW YEARS EVE PARTY

The doors open at 7:00 pm and the music is 8:00 pm until 11:00 pm.  The admission is $10.00.  More information at the web Saluda Mountain Jamboree or call 828-749-3676

Linda & Bob WhitakerFrom Linda and Bob Whitaker

By popular
demand, "The Tams" will return on December 1 to the Jamboree for a special  "Christmas Show with The Tams." Tickets will be $20.00 for this event and they go on sale November 3.  Folks can reserve a table for 6 seats to get a reserved spot or come as general admission. The July show was a sell out so get your tickets early!


alure dancersThe Dirty Dancing Tribute 20th Anniversary Celebration that was held at The Saluda Mountain Jamboree on October 12th was a night to remember.  The A-Lure Dancers brought to life the dances that made the movie such a hit.  The music, the movie clips, old pictures, and old friends all brought back memories of the southern summer romance that made the movie famous in Hollywood history.  Bob and Linda Whitaker, owners of The Saluda Mountain Jamboree want to extend another "Thank You" to all the sponsors who helped bring this celebration to our area.   Especially our local businesses, Green River BBQ, Cathy Jackson Realty, Macon Bank and Rodney Gibson's company, Basofill Fibers.   Other sponsors were WHKP Radio of Hendersonville, Clifford Vocational Services of Charlotte, WNC Masonery, Inc. of Candler.


The Anniversary Celebration was a one-time special event, but many folks wanted to know if The Jamboree would have another similar type of show with more music, dancing and less talking.  Bob and Linda are considering having another Dirty Dancing Special next year and would like to hear from you if you have ideas or suggestions.  You can contact them through their webpage: Saluda Mountain Jamboree or call 828-749-3676.


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!

Photography provided by Dianna Towery.

The Green River Boys are back at Shaffer'sGreen River Boys Roadside Grill (formerly City Club and Grill).  They are scheduled to perform November 9 and 23 at 6:00pm.  Check their schedule at  Green River Boys.

                                                                            Curtis Wright Outfitters offering Beginner's curtis wrightFly Tying Class at
Curtis Wright Outfitters on Main Street.  Starts Saturdays 10:30 am November 10, 17,and December 1, 8 & 15.  Beginner's Fly Fishing Classes start

Saturdays 1:30 pm  November 10, 17 and December 1, 8 & 15. To reserve a place contact them at 828-749-3444 or visit their web page at Curtis Wright Outfitters.



Celebrate the Holiday Season at The Orchard Innorchard inn

Orchard Inn

Thanksgiving Feast and Overnight (November 22) "Come ye thankful people, Come..."


Indulge your family in a fall feast you'll not soon forget. Chef Robert Thompson will treat you to an afternoon of hearty repast including traditional roast turkey, elegant rack of lamb, succulent scalloped oysters, sweet potatoes with pecan streusel, and other mouth-watering dishes and desserts. Wednesday and Thursday night accommodations are encouraged to help you relax and enjoy a carefree Thanksgiving holiday with your family. Each morning, wake to a delicious breakfast and our beautiful view of the mountains. Call for details and pricing.


Celebrate the Holiday Season with a Dickens' Dinner (December 7, 11, 13, 18, 19 or 21)


Join us for a magical holiday evening at our 20-acre mountaintop retreat. Enjoy the chef's finest five-course dinner with dramatic readings from Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. Seating is at 5:30 PM and will end in candlelight by the roaring fire. The Inn offers wine and beer and suggests jackets for gentlemen. Cost for the evening is $59 per person, excluding tax and gratuity. After dinner, treat yourself to an overnight at a discounted rate. Call for reservations and additional information.


New Year's Eve Gala and Weekend

(December 30 and 31, 2007)


Join us for a lovely, quiet celebration this New Year's Eve Weekend. Begin with a relaxed dinner Sunday evening and a full Orchard Inn breakfast Monday morning. The New Year's Eve Gala opens with lavish hors d'oeuvres at 7:00 and then a seven-course dinner at 8:00. Black tie is optional. A little recording of Guy Lombardo will bring in the New Year in civilized style. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast Tuesday morning feeling pleased to have welcomed 2008 at such a place as The Orchard Inn. Upstairs rooms in the Inn, breakfasts and dinner both nights: $625 for two. Additional charge for a cottage or Keeping Room.


Please call (800) 581-3800 for details on special events or e-mail us at Visit our website at Orchard Inn.

The Saluda Senior Center will host "Holiday House 2007" at the Orchard Inn on Sunday, December 9, 2007, from 5 to 8 pm.  The Holiday House is an annual fund-raising event for the Senior Center.  A great location and fabulous food, drink and music, this event offers a great way to kick-off the holiday season while supporting the programs offered by the Senior Center for the community (including the Meals on Wheels Program).   Tickets for the event are $60 for an individual, or $100 a couple.  Contact Sandie Bright at 828-749-3897 for further information or to purchase tickets.

Joe AdamsSaluda Hometown Christmas sponsored by the Saluda Business Association is Friday, December 14 from 6:00pm to 8:30pm. A complete musical venue will be published in next months Saluda Lifestyles.  Meet and greet your neighbors and business community as you stroll down festive Historic Main Street to the sounds and pleasures of a small-town holiday season.

Thanksgiving Stuffing Recipes
Favorite Receipes from Saluda Restaurants

Green River BBQ - Melanie Talbot's Family Recipe


Mammy's Oyster Dressing

1 1/2 pint oysters

3 cup saltine crumbs

2/3 cup melted butter

1 1/2 cream

1/2 cup oyster liquor

4 Tbsp worcestershire

salt and pepper


Drain oysters reserving liquor. Mix cracker crumbs,  salt/pepper, and butter.  Spread 1/3 of mixture into buttered baking dish. Cover with half of oysters another 1/3 layer of crumb mixture and the rest of the oysters.  Top with final layer of crumbs.  Warm oyster liquor, cream and Worcestershire sauce and pour of top of layered oyster mixture.  Bake 350 30 minutes uncovered. Green River BBQ

Shaffer's Roadside Grille, by Chef, Elizabeth Trumann
Bread Stuffing (yield 9-10)
3/4 cup finely chopped onions
1-1/2 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
1 cup butter
9 cups soft bread cubes
2 teaspoons salt
1-1/2 teaspoons ground sage
1 teaspoon dried tyme leaves
1/4 teaspoon poultry seasoning
1/2 teaspoon ground pepper (blk)
Cook and stir onions and celery in butter in skillet until onion is tender.  Stir in 1/3 of the bread cubes.  Put into deep bowl.  Add remaining ingredients and toss.  Bake in over for 20-30 minutes.
The Orchard Inn, Chef, Robert Thompson

(Not exactly stuffing but is an integral part of our Thanksgiving repast.)


Escallopped Oysters

1/2 Gallon shucked oysters

1 Quart Heavy Cream

1 pint half-n-half

2 cups crumbled ritz crackers

2 cups Panko breadcrumbs

salt and pepper to taste

Tabasco to taste


Place 1/3 of oysters in bottom of hotel pan.  Cover with a layer of the remaining ingredients.  Repeat process twice.  Top with final layer of crackers and breadcrumbs.

Bake covered for 30-35 minutes in a 350 degree oven.  The Orchard Inn.

The Oaks Bed and Breakfast, Chef and Proprietor, Donna Potruski

My mother - Rose Eileen Bernadette McCall - over from Ireland as a wee infant was an excellent cook.  Nothing fancy but simply good food.  I would love to help her prepare the Thanksgiving Stuffing each year.  I can't say there was a set recipe either - she would just start cutting and throwing things together.  I have made this for my family many times over, but if I had to write the recipe down this is what it would be:

(Approximately for 16 lb. Turkey)

1 stick of butter
2 cups of chopped celery
2 cups of chopped onion
1-2 eggs*
1 loaf of "day old" bread - cubed*
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp sage
1/4 tsp thyme
pinch of rosemary
poultry stock if needed

Melt the butter in sauce pan, stir in celery and onion.  Cook until slightly tender.  In large bowl - *break the stale bread into cubes/pieces (I felt this was my mother's secret because she never cut even pieces, but broke the pieces apart by hand).  Sprinkle in salt, pepper, sage, thyme and rosemary and mix it with the bread to season it well. 

Pour the mixture of celery and onion over the bread and mix it into the bread (once again my mom mixed it with her hands - always washing her hands first of course).  Beat one egg and pour over dressing and mix in with hands.  If you feel it is staying "together" you don't need the other egg.  If you like your dressing moist, I add a small amount of poultry stock into the mixture.

Bake in covered greased casserole 350 degrees for 30 minutes.  Uncover last 5-10 minutes to crisp up the top.  The days of stuffing the turkey are over as my mother used to do, but the good taste remains the same.   Don't forget it tastes great with gravy on top. 

You can improvise by adding "stuff" to your stuffing but I am a purist. 

Thanks to all of you who shared your favorite recipes!
What Hath God Wrought?
by author Joe Adams


Joe Adams

I'll tell you what He hath wrought:  I have to dress myself nowadays with a pair of giant tweezers.


Yes, you read that correctly. Tweezers.


I'm still on the road to recovery from a stroke back in July.  My Occupational Therapist (

they like to be called) prescribed the Tweezers.


She has a thick catalog of items that make your life worth living.  But I have not been investing

in them because I'm trying to make a comeback and I don't want my house filled up with a bunch

of things that visitors will say,"What in the world is this?"  I've got enough stuff in the kitchen like that already.


But the Tweezers are really quite amazing. It's a long stick like  thing with pinchers on the

end. You squeeze the handle and you can pick up anything that doesn't weigh a hundred

pounds.   The therapist says you can pick up pennies.  But I say, why in the world would

a stroke victim want to pick up pennies.  We need to pick up hundred dollar bills to pay for



I pick up my underwear.

I pick up my socks.

I pick up my shirt.

I pick up my glasses when I accidentally drop them.

I pinch my wife inappropriately.

(Heh, these things are more fun than I thought!)

And I would pinch the O.T. if she were here right now.


I just hope none of my friends from my pre-stroke days see me dependent upon these big



I mean, after all, I used to be somebody.  Mr. Somebody, they called me.  Now  I'm putting on my underwear with Tweezers.


I guess I should consider myself lucky. I can still wear underwear.


These are amazing Teezers to be sure.  I feel like I am Edward, Tweezerhands.


p.s. thanks for your e-mails of well-wishes...don't hesitate because they mean a lot. joe adams at:



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Saluda Scoop
The latest news and the unusual offerings provided by Saluda shops, restaurants, artists, and craftspeople
Galax Ole Stuff has opened in the Top of the Morning building across from the Green River BBQ.  Long-time resident Barry Reynolds retired from teaching and decided to make a profit on all the ole' stuff he had been hanging onto. He is opened Thursday through Sunday (while the weather is good!)
With such a dog-friendly town like Saluda, a dog-groomer could make a good living.  That's exactly what Katrina thought when she opened Gentle Hands Grooming, a professional pet grooming spa and pet physical theray.  The location is is the Top of the Morning building across from the Green River BBQ.  Call Katrina at 828-749-3280.

American Red Cross is sponsoring a blood drive in the Saluda Senior Center November 20. For the drive to be successful there must be at least 20 donors. We hope you will consider participating.

Keith's Triathalon is now providing UPS services including overnight service. Contact him at 828-749-2123.  Also check out his new website at Keith's Triathalon.
The Saluda Business Association is updating the "rack card."  This is the brochure that describes Saluda and all the shops, restaurants, services, and lodging.  This will be updated in conjunction with the map signs on Main Street.  If you have any ideas or suggestions to enhance the appeal of this brochure to our visitors. please let a member of the SBA know.

Saluda Healing Center


Saluda Healing Center


Saluda Healing Center, located behind Wildflour Bakery, is now offering a wide variety of services.  Dr. Bonnie Williamson, chiropractor, provides chiropractic care for the entire family, neuromuscular re-education, cranial-sacral therapy, structural integration, myofascial release and trigger-point therapy.   She has also recently completed training in Chiro-Yoga, a specific chiropractic technique based on the principals of yoga without the need for x-rays for most individuals.  Anyone experiencing discomfort or pain in the back, neck or joints, tension or migraine headaches, or sciatica and nerve pain would benefit from Dr. Williamson's care.

Gail O'Kelley, certified colonic therapist, provides detoxification through colon hydrotherapy and footbaths.  Colonics are beneficial for anyone who has difficulty with constipation or bloating or who wants to remove toxins from their bodies and increase their ability to absorb nutrients.  Footbaths also remove toxins from the body. 

Lella Holland, licensed professional counselor, provides individual, couples and family therapy.  She works with all ages on the entire spectrum of mental health disorders focusing primarily on relationship issues.  She has also been trained and certified by Brian Weiss, MD in regression therapy.  In addition, Lella provides neurofeedback, an innovative technology for self-regulating brainwaves that reduces the need for medication.  Neurofeeedback is used to treat depression, anxiety, panic attacks, bipolar disorder, sleep disorders, chronic stress, chronic pain, headaches and migraines, attention, learning and behavior disorders, seizure disorders and stroke.

Saluda Healing Center also offers sessions in a far-infrared sauna and on the Amethyst Bio-Mat which provides far-infrared and negative ions and is especially helpful for pain relief and stress reduction.  Free demonstrations on the Bio-Mat are available by appointment.

For more information about any of these services, please call 749-3875.

Pictured left to right:

Lella Holland, Dr. Bonnie Williamson, Gail O'Kelley




Saluda Garden Club
Oops!  We blew it.  Did you know that World Naked Gardening Day was the 9th of September and we didn't even let you know?  No doubt you think this is a joke, but let me assure you it is not.  Just put that into Google and see what you get!  Next  year, we promise we'll do better and let you know in time for the parade!

autumn at SandrasGeorge Thomas presented the October meeting on bonsai and we are all scrambling for some time on our calendars to take up this new venture.  He certainly made it sound easy, but then it always is after 30 years of experience.  We are sure to have him back some time in the future and if you missed him this time, you won't want to miss him again.

The year is drawing to a close, but that doesn't mean gardening has to be put on the shelf.  There are always things to learn, getting ready for the next year and staying in shape over the winter.  If you are looking for a new magazine to keep the adrenaline flowing in these dormant months, try Garden Gate.  It's a great one and has no advertisements! Check them out on or sign up for their free, weekly e-tips at              

Next month our meeting will be November 19th at 10 a.m.  It will be a work day in Spring Park as we will be putting in some bulbs for the first time and getting things squared away for the winter -  if it comes.  Just the other day I noticed my daylilies were "rising" again!        M-m-m, maybe I'll have blooms in December.

Happy Gardening - even in November.

Sandra Rocks

Bouncing Babies
Bouncing babies invites all local babies to comebouncing babies and bounce with us! Bring your mom, your dad, your grandparents or even your caretaker to this fun program at the Saluda Branch of the Polk County Library. Older siblings are welcome, but it is recommended that they bring a stuffed animal so they can also participate.

What is bouncing babies?  Bouncing Babies is a free, educational program designed for babies 0-18 months. The program activities include music with movement, finger plays, action rhymes, infant story time, bubble time, baby sign language and playtime afterwards.


The program was begun by three Saluda parents, who lamented the lack of local educational activities for infants. It is based on a similar program at the Henderson County Library. The purpose of the program is to stimulate early learning through music, song and dance as well as starting parents and children in the habit of going to the library together. This is a chance for parents to take an active role in their child's early educational development.


The Saluda Bouncing Babies program recently received funding from Polk/Rutherford Smart Start Partnership as well as from Cathy Brook. These funds will help our program grow and be able to affect more families. Those who would like to participate in Saluda Bouncing Babies should come to the second floor of the Saluda Library on Fridays at 11 a.m. The program is from 11 to 11:30, but playtime often goes until noon. Bring your babies ready to bounce!


City Notes


Mayor Gibson called for special meetings of the Saluda Board of Commissioners with the following:


Saluda Tranportation Planning Advisory Committee and Sarah Smith with NCDOT for Monday, October 29th, 2007 at 1 P.M. at the Saluda Public Library. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the DOT Transportation Plan for Saluda.

Saluda Planning Board and the Saluda Planning Board Advisory Committee for Monday, November 5th, 2007 at 7:00 P.M. at the Saluda Public Library. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the proposed zoning ordinance.

Tuesday, November 13th, 2007 at 6:00 P.M. at the Saluda Public Library.  The purpose of the meeting is:

The Saluda Board of Commissioners and Mayor are soliciting the input of our community regarding Coon Dog Day. Since that first Coon Dog Day celebration in 1963, many things have changed including the type of businesses that are now core to our community and the type of
entertainment that is popular. It is felt by many that the celebration has moved away from a local "family reunion" atmosphere to one that is more like a carnival. We want to hear from you on this matter in an
open discussion before our next regularly scheduled City Council Meeting. Please plan to attend with your ideas and thoughts regarding:

*What Coon Dog Day has become versus what we want it to be?
*Should Coon Dog Day be a profit-driven or community-driven event?
*How do we insure that our local businesses, artisans, charities and crafts people derive the benefits?
*What kind of "temporary" vendors should be sought and what privileges should they be given?
*Ideas on parking, traffic and event logistics.
*How do we coordinate the entertainment on the street with the private entertainment venues for the weekend?

Please keep in mind that this is a meeting to share ideas and find people who have the disposition to serve in a capacity to help us make Coon Dog a Saluda Day. We will not be making decisions during this
meeting but hope a process can develop that will lead us to a better Coon Dog Day.

Tuesday, November 13th, 2007 at 7:00 P.M. at the Saluda Public Library.  The regular Monday meeting was postponed due to the Veteran's Day Holiday.

Doris T. Marion, CMC

City Clerk

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