Joe Adams
Saluda Lifestyles
Where Time Stands Still
December 1, 2007 
In This Issue
New Saluda Authors
Books Make Great Christmas Gifts
Senior Center
Saluda School Calendar
Christmas Tree Decorated
Saluda Library
Saluda Church Services
Meetings to Remember
A Holiday Safety Message
Hometown Christmas Stroll
What's Happening
Joe Adams - Who is That Man in the Red Suit
Happenings at Thompson's Store/Ward Grill
Saluda Scoop
Saluda Garden Club
Cut Your Own Christmas Tree
Making Christmas Bright
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
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Saluda Lifestyles
Past Issues of Saluda Lifestyles
New Saluda Authors

Beyond the SeaRoger and Pat Bares of Saluda are pleased to announce the publication of their novel, Beyond The Sea: A Tale of Love and War in the South Pacific. The story begins in the first days of World War II. A PT boat sets off from Manila Bay, its young, heroic crew bent on playing a significant role in the Allied fight against the Japanese. The boat's officers, while intent on completing their wartime missions, are also desperate to know the fate of their sweethearts who find escape from the Philippines aboard an over-loaded ocean liner. Designed for an adult audience of both women and men, the book is faithful to historic events and to its geographic settings. Copies of Beyond The Sea can be found in the North Carolina Authors' section of Saluda Community Library, at the Polk County Public Library in Columbus, at Lanier Library in Tryon, and at Henderson County Public Library. The book is available from The Book Shelf in Tryon, Barnes & Noble and other book stores, and from, Barnes&, and

Books from Local Authors
Make Great Christmas Gifts

MA Pace StoreWhen visiting M.A. Pace General Store, you can't help but notice the display of books from local authors.  These authors hale from Polk and Henderson counties.  Robert Pace has read them all and can give you the "cliff notes" on each book before making a purchase.  Some of the stories are historical and some are fictional based on historical facts.  Immerse yourself in these books and you will feel a true sense of how it was to live in this area decades ago. The prices range from $10 to $25 and make great additions to your library and good reading for your out-of-town guests.  Here's a list of the books:


Charles O'Hearn, Jr--The Critters I've Known That Filled My Heart, I Remember Saluda, The Sun's Gonna Shine in My Back Door, The Sun's Gonna Set Pretty Soon.


Herman Nodine -- Sense & Nonsense, Straight from the Heart, Four Letter Words You Can Use Anywhere


Polly McCanless Kent-- Earth's Only Paradise, A Coat for a Soldier


Wilmot B. Irvin--The Story Tellers,  There Is A River,  Jack's Passage (set in Saluda)


J. W. Lawrence -- A Quick Look at Polk County (Editor of News Journal)


Frank L. Fitzsimons -- Volumes I, II, III From the Banks of Oklawaha

(Now known as Mud Creek)


Robert with book


Sherry Austin -- Mariah of the Spirits (historical fiction of the low country of NC and SC), Where the Woodbine Twines, The Days Between the Years (just published)


Saluda School Fourth Grade -- Faces of Saluda, Historical Homes, The Railroad, Images of Saluda (Early 1900's), Images of Historical Homes

Craig M. Kirkpatrick -- The Long, Long Journey (an autobiography)


Joe Adams -- The Soul of a Butterbean


Jhon Akers -- Carl Sandburg & Andres Segovia Classical Guitarist (a CD)


M.A. Pace -- A Recipe Collection General Store (cookbook of Robert

Pace's favorite recipes)


Autry Cumbie--Winterpast

NOTE:  Sherry Austin will be at MA Pace General Store during Hometown Christmas, December 14 from 5-8 signing autographs for her new book.  Read more about Sherry at the Hendersonville Times.


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 NIA
9:30 Walking Group
9:30 Line dancing
12:30 Yoga
5:30 DansKinetics
December 24 -Closed for Christmas Eve
December 31 - No DansKinetics
Tuesday Activities Schedule
10:00 Bridge
2:15 Chair Exercise
5:30 Yoga
December 25 - Closed for Christmas
Wednesday Activities Schedule
9:30 Walking Group
10:00 Trash Train
12:30 Gentle Yoga
6:00 Vinyasa Yoga
December 26 - Closed for Christmas
Thursday Activities Schedule
9:30 Knitting Group
6:00 Vinyasa Yoga
7:15 Beginner's meditation
December 6 - 1:30 Flat Rock Playhouse
December 13-2:30 Board Meeting.
Friday Activities Schedule
9:30 Walking Group
10:00 Trash Train
10:00 Chair Exercise
December 14, Birthday Celebration. 
Sunday Activities
Holiday House at Orchard Inn 5-8 pm
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!
Saluda School Calendar

Saluda School


December 7  Walk to school

December 7  PTSO meeting at 8am

December 14 Evening Book Fair

December 17-19  Book Fair

December 18 PreK parent meeting

December 20 Evening Christmas program

December 22 First day of winter!

December 24-Jan 2  Christmas holidays

January 3 Students return to school

Christmas Tree for the Birds to be Decorated

By Saluda School Students


tree preservation


Marshmallows, doughnuts, raisins, and berries, as well as the traditional pine cones covered with peanut butter and bird seed will be prepared by students when the after school group gathers in a classroom at the Saluda School on December 5.  Students will make edible decorations to hang on the tree for the birds, located in the park across from the school.


The tree, contributed by the Saluda Community Tree Preservation Association, was transplanted last winter from its original location in the City Park and Irwin Street, and then commemorated as the first Christmas tree for the birds by members of the association.  The association offered the tree this year as a project for the school as an educational and fun experience emphasizing an awareness and appreciation of the interrelation between trees, birds, and other wildlife.


Saluda Community Tree Preservation members will assist Edie Harris, director of the after school group and Saluda School staff in preparing the edible decorations with the students.


Submitted by Ruth Anderson

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.
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.

Saluda Business Association's regular monthly meeting will be Tuesday, December 4 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. 

A Holiday Safety Message

by Chief of Police, Tonya Lindsey

Joe Adams

Chief Lindsey contributed these tips last year and asked Saluda Lifestyles to publish again.

This Holiday Season, don't let the spirit of giving lull you into giving burglars and robbers a better chance to do their dirty work. Criminals love the holidays as much as everyone else, but chiefly because it's an opportune time for crime. Homes jammed packed with glittering gifts. Stores, malls and downtown streets teeming with unsuspecting shoppers. People rushing around, stressed out and careless, looking for last minute gifts, trying to get everything done. It's enough to make a criminal giddy with holiday joy.

If You're Traveling: Get an automatic timer for your lights.
Ask a neighbor to watch your home and park in the driveway from time to time.
Don't forget to have mail and newspaper delivery stopped. If it piles up, it's a sure sign you're gone.

If You're Out for the Evening: Turn on lights and a radio or TV so it looks like someone is home.
Be extra cautious about locking doors and windows when you leave even if it's just for a few minutes.
Don't display gifts where they can be seen from outside.

If You're Shopping: Stay alert and be aware of what's going on around you.
Park in a well-lighted space, and be sure to lock the car, close the windows, and hide shopping bags and gifts in the trunk.
Avoid carrying large amounts of cash; pay with a check, or credit card whenever possible.
Deter pick pockets and purse-snatchers. Don't overburden yourself with packages.
Be extra careful with purses and wallets. Carry a purse close to your body, not dangling by the straps. Put a wallet in an inside coat or front pants pocket.
Shopping with kids? Teach them to go to a store clerk or security guard if you get separated.

If a Stranger Comes to the Door:
Beware, criminals sometimes pose as couriers delivering gifts. And it's not uncommon for people to try to take advantage of others' generosity during the holidays by going door-to-door for charitable donations when there's no charity involved. Ask for identification, and find out how the funds will be used. If you aren't satisfied, don't give. Help a charitable organization you know and like instead.

Take a Holiday Inventory The holidays are a good time to update your home inventory. Take photos or make videos of items, and list descriptions and serial numbers. If your home is burglarized, having a detailed inventory can help identify stolen items and make insurance claims easier to file. Make sure things like TVs, DVDs, stereo equipment, cameras, camcorders, jewelry, computers, power tools, etc are on the list. Remember to check it twice!!!

Last but, not least , don't let holiday stress get the best of your holiday spirit. Make time to get together with family, friends and neighbors. And think about reaching out in the spirit of the season and helping someone who's less fortunate or lonely. Do your part to make the holidays a safe and happy time for everybody - except the criminals.

Happy Holidays
Chief Tonya S. Lindsey
Saluda Police Department
(Some of the tips provided by NC Crime Control & Public Safety)




Hometown Christmas Stroll
Friday, December 14

town with lightsThe Saluda Business Association invites you to attend its annual stroll down Main Street. Enjoy holiday treats and musicians as you visit Saluda shops and restaurants celebrating the holiday season.
Venue and Musicians

Top of the Morning - Suzuki Players


Green River Barbeque - To be announced


Saluda Library - Mountain Winds Flute Ensemble


Saluda Police Department - Cass Haskell & Larry Keith -Guitars


The Purple Onion - Robert Seiler-Piano


Heartwood - Jim Hall -  Dulcimer


Saluda Grade Café - Clam Japhry -Traditional Irish Music


Saluda Fine Arts - Todd  & Eric Neal -Guitar and Mandolin


M A  Pace Store - Pascal Reber- bagpipes


Somewhere in Time - To be announced


Ryan Boyle Antiques  - Bob Belmont-guitar


Curtis Wright Outfitters  - Aaron Burdett-guitar and vocal


Wildflour Bakery - Katherine Raymond and Friends - Vocal

Following the stroll at 8:30pm, the Saluda Presbyterian Churst will host the annual Ecumenical Service.
On Saturday, December 15 at 9:30 to 12:00, Mountain Life Realty will sponsor the Christmas Children's Workshop at the Saluda Senior Center. All children are welcome.


What's Happening
"Hark the Herald Angels Sing"
On Saturday, December 1, from 5 to 7, Saluda Fine Arts at 46 East Main St. invites you to enjoy the angel art of Kris Neely and Philip Powell. Their show of angels will remain up through December 15. At our party you will get to meet the artists, see the angels they have created and enjoy music and refreshments.

Philip PowellPhilip Powell is an amazingly spirited young man who loves to bring smiles to the faces of all those he meets. In his good-natured, teasing way, he tends to make long-lasting impressions. He has a deeply compassionate nature, a playfulness balanced with tenderness. He also has Down syndrome.

Phillip's first angel was painted for a family friend who was sick. He believed the angels "are good, and fly, and help you if you have a problem." He continues to paint angels hoping his artistic expression will both delight and uplift others.

Sales of Philip's angels benefit Aldersgate Special Needs Ministry. Aldersgate is an agency formed by families and friends seeking to prepare for the future of their developmentally disabled loved ones.

Kris Neely is director of Success Initiative at Kris NeeleyWofford College. He began painting angels on strips of wood that were left over from a classroom project he completed for his wife, Patrice, a Special Education teacher in Spartanburg, S.C. Kris gave these pieces to friends and family when they were going through a time of grief or trouble.

These guardians are intended to be a simple reminder of hope in the dark corners of a home where one might feel the most afraid and alone.

His family encouraged him to keep painting angels for others to give as gifts. "Everyone has at least one dark corner in their life." Kris says, "Each angel is different and my hope is that it will provide a sense of comfort to the specific home where it is shared." Kris considers his
painting to be a manual act of contemplative prayer.

purple onionThe Purple Onion
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.
Plan on spending New Year's Eve at the Purple Onion with entertainers Gigi Dover. For reservations contact Purple Onion at 828-749-1179. 

Saluda Jamboree logoSaluda Mountain Jamboree 
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

Joe AdamsBy 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

The Green River Boys are back at Shaffer's Roadside Grill (formerly City Club and Grill).  They are scheduled to perform December 7 and 21 at 6:00pm.  Check their schedule at  Green River Boys.
                                                                            Curtis Wright Outfitters
Beginner's Fly Tying Class at Curtis Wright Outfitters on Main Street.  Starts Saturdays 10:30 am December 1, 8 & 15.
Beginner's Fly Fishing Classes start

Saturdays 1:30 pm 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 

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.

Who Is That Man in the Red Suit?
by author Joe Adams


Joe Adams

I like Santa Claus.  But I never liked the fact that my parents lied to me about him being the real thing.  Even when I was five years old I could figure out that some fat guy in a red suit wasn't going to be able to land on our roof with a herd of flying raindeer.  And then to come down our chimney with a bag of toys.  I had a vivid imagination, don't get me wrong.  But I remembered that the wolf that tried to blow down all the little pigs' houses had decided to come down the chimney of the one who had built with brick and he ended up in a pot of hot water and the three pigs ended up with Wolf Stew.  Besides, we didn't have an open fireplace and Santa would have ended up in a kerosene heater.  Now explain THAT to me Dad.


Actually I never spoke aloud my thoughts about Santa being a fake.  I mean, why should I?  Somebody was putting gifts under the Christmas tree every year and if I turned the spotlight on him, the gifts may have stopped.  So I kept my little skeptical mouth shut...I think I was 22 or 23 years old when I confessed that I was a non-believer. 


But parents tend to lie about everything.  Think of the Tooth Fairy.  Now why do they have to think up such a stupid fairy.  Thank goodness he didn't give much for a tooth or I would have pulled out every one in my mouth just to get the money.  I remember distinctly the first time I went to the dentist...we lived in Charleston...I was 8 years old.  We went on the bus and as we rode in to town I asked my Father where we were going.  He said to the dentist.  I wanted to know if it was going to hurt.  He laughed and said, "Of course it's not going to hurt.  Don't be silly."  Well, liar liar pants on fire.  It did hurt because he yanked out one of my teeth.  And then I had to sit beside that my liar Father on the bus.


That's not the only time he lied.  Another time we took the bus one Saturday and when I asked where we were going he just said, "We're going to see a man about a dog."  Of course this got me excited thinking we were going to get a dog as a pet.  But when we got off the bus we went into a doctor's office.  As we waited I tried to whisper to him about what was going on.  He didn't want to go into details but just said they were going to cut off a little of my penis.  "FOR WHAT?" I said too loudly.  It didn't make any sense to me.  None at all.  We went into the doctor's office and he made me take off all my clothes, even my underwear.  He had me get on a table/bed and they started to give me ether.  I was suppose to count backwards from 10.


After one whiff and the count of 9, I jumped off the bed and ran out into the waiting room.  Sure I was naked, but I didn't care.  My Father chased me and took me back in.  They had to get a couple of male volunteers from the waiting room to come hold me down while they gave me the ether again.  I wasn't counting, but I was out before I knew it.  I didn't sit next to my Father on the bus home.  I didn't speak to him even after I got home.  He tried to make up by offering to get me ice cream.  This wasn't like losing one tooth, you know.  I had a mouth full of teeth but I only had one penis.  And to tell you the truth, I think the doctor may have cut off more than he had to because he was so angry at me for running off.  But there's no use crying over a severed...well you know the phrase.


As I was recovering, my Father came into the bedroom one day, sat on the bed and said,

"You still my boy?"  I didn't answer him at first.  But he asked me again.  Then I told him,

"I'm not going to be your boy if you keep lying to me."


When my daughters were growing up and had their first visit to the dentist,  they wanted to know if it would hurt.  I told the truth.  YES!  I didn't lie.  I told them it would hurt really badly...that it wasn't as bad as childbirth, but it would hurt.  I remember my oldest daughter came out of the office saying, "Liar, liar. Pants on fire.  It didn't hurt at all."


When I was 5 years old we went to my Grandfather's house for Christmas.  We had a house full of people...all my cousins.  Suddenly there was a knock on the door and when we went to answer it, there stood Santa Claus.  A real live Santa Claus.  He was carrying a bag of toys and a guitar.  Before he handed out stockings with our names on them, he played the guitar and sang, "I'm Back In The Saddle Again".  I knew it wasn't Santa but thought it might be Gene Autry in a Santa suit.  When he told me to get on his lap and tell him what I wanted for Christmas, I knew for sure it wasn't Santa.  I could smell the bourbon on his breath.  It was Uncle Johnny for sure.  But, again, I didn't admit that I knew it wasn't Santa.  Maybe I am just as big a liar by not admitting what I knew...but, you know, there were all those gifts every year and I hated to risk them stopping. I was just a boy after all.


If you enjoy Joe's column in Saluda Lifestyles, please let him know. You can email him at

Happenings at Thompson's Store/Ward's Grill

During the month of November we took entries for a free turkey drawing.  Each purchase from the store of $10.00 or more qualified to register.  There were 60 entries, and at 4:30 p.m. on Nov. 16 six year old Taylor Duncan did the honors and drew out Anita Summey's name.  SummeyAnita lives in Saluda and is a nurse at Mission Hospital in Asheville, NC.  She came by on Saturday morning to pick up her 13 lb. turkey.


On November 24 our ORGANIC inventory increased.  We were already carrying organic milk, canned vegetables, salad dressing, pasta sauce, flour, sugar, and peanut butter.  We have now added cheeses, eggs, and Bragg's organic apple cider vinegar.  We also now have veggie burgers and turkey bacon.  As you continue to support us and make this endeavor successful, we will be able to increase the number of organic items on our shelves.


We know many of you have heard that we were planning to replace the booths and tables in Ward's Grill.  Well, this should be a reality by the end of November.  The next time you eat at the Grill, you could be sitting on a new red retro 50's chair, and eating your food from a white table with chrome trim or at a red and white booth with no duck tape!


December will bring in another opportunity to register with each $10.00 or more purchase.  However, this time it will be for a sugar cured country ham.  So... "BUY much and BUY often" to get your name in as many times as possible.


We have rented our first room upstairs, and have five more available.

Winter Store Hours are 6:00am to 6:00pm Monday through Thursday. 6:00am to 7:00pm Friday and Saturday. Closed on Sunday.


We thank you for your patronage, and look forward to seeing you soon.


We wish a Christ filled Christmas to all!



Thank you,

Larry and Debra Jackson

Thompson's Store/Ward's Grill

24 Main St.

Saluda, NC  28773

Saluda Scoop
The latest news and the unusual offerings provided by Saluda shops, restaurants, artists, and craftspeople

saluda streetSkip the crowded stores in Hendersonville and Asheville and shop for Christmas gifts in Saluda.  Find unique and creative gifts in the fine shops and galleries.  Here are a few Saluda gift ideas


Many ceramic items at Your Arts Desire Gallery from local artists Ruth Nentwig, Linda Seagrove, David Parris, and Merci Weitzen.  The Gallery is located behind the Wildflour Bakery in Saluda, phone 749-3154.


Do holiday shopping at the Wildflour Bakery

Festive Holiday Bag with 3 half loaves-cranberry orange, oatmeal raisin and cinnamon swirl packaged with a hand-blown glass ornament and gift tag attached. $14.50


Gourmet Holiday Bag with 3 half loaves-sundried tomato and basil, Tuscany with feta, rosemary and kalamata olives and savory Italian.  Packed for gift giving with a hand-blown glass ornament and gift tag. $14.50


Wildflour's 2007 Mug - Our signature handmade mug by local artists Lucinda Pittman. $12.00


Stollen - a Scandinavian yeasted holiday bread - glazed on the outside and full of apricots, cranberries, currants and more on the inside. $7.00


Christmas Cookie Assortment - Mexican wedding cookies, gingersnaps, cranberry oatmeal, baby brownies, snickerdoodles, bourbon balls, fruitcake cookies and peppermint bonbon cookies packaged for gift giving.  ˝ lb $7.00, 1lb $12.00


Bourbon Bread Pudding - a café favorite, our wonderful oatmeal raisin bread becomes a decadent bread pudding with a side of bourbon sauce all packaged for gift giving.  It makes a perfect hostess gift.  $12.00


Cranberry Bread Pudding - Dressed up for the holidays, this wonderful bread pudding has dried cranberries and a side of truly amazing white chocolate sauce! $12.00


All orders must be in by Saturday, December 15.  Last pickup is at 3:00 December 22.  Call in your orders at 828-749-9224.



Random Arts has wonderfully creative gifts for your friends and family such as vintage water color sets, drawing pencil sets, lots of  inspiring books to  jump start anyone's creative  juices.  Along with holiday gifts are all the rubber stamps,  papers, stamp pads, ribbons and accessories to create all your seasonal greetings.

The Random Arts "very cool" T-SHIRT is still available & what a great idea for holiday gift giving.! Just look at that design. So organic, so natural, so..... us.

Tosh's Whistlestop Cafe will be selling baked goods during Hometown Christmas to raise money for the Polk County High School Chorus' community service trip to Disney World.
Holiday Wreaths For Sale  
 Boxwood Wreaths, Mixed Evergreen Wreaths, and Unique Woodland Creations  to Brighten the Season......Call Julie @ 749-9152.
Seasonal, Victorian and many other styles of Silk Wreaths for sale by Ruth Anderson at the Chicken House.  Call Ruth at 828-749-9718.


Mane Street Salon at Saluda Depot Station has product specials for gift giving and gift certificates available.  Contact Marcia Aiken at 828-749-3260.


A new gift store, Whimsey has opened at 26 Church Street.  Take a 20% discount on gift baskets and eclectic goods, music, books, crystals, herbals and beads until 12/31/07.  Owner Palea Cedar can be reached at 828-749-3272.

Frank and Amy Beeson have created a "couples and honeymoon retreat" at Azalea Hill Cottage located in historic downtown Saluda.  It can also be used for small weddings and receptions.  To get more information or to make reservations please contact them at 828-894-0744 or or
Saluda Garden Club
Garden Club Christmas Card

Cut Your Own Christmas Tree

We are fortunate to live where Christmas Trees are grown and harvested so close to home.  These trees get shipped all over the country and a NC Frazier Fir will adorn the White House this year.  Here's a list of tree farms in the area where you can choose your tree, cut it down, and let them bag it for the ride home. Joe Adams

Buncombe County
Clyde Davis Tree Farm - 129 Ball Gap Road, Arden, NC, 28704. Phone: 828-684-0890.
Gentry's Christmas Trees - 1 Hominy Creek Road, Candler, NC 28715. Phone: (828) 667-1271. Email:
Hope Hollow Farms - Weaverville, NC, 28787. Phone: 828-645-4621.
Sandy Hollow Tree Farm - 63 Sandy Hollow Road, Leicester, NC, 28748. Phone: 828-683-3645 or 828-683-2964

Haywood County
Boyd Mountain Christmas Tree Farm-445 Boyd Farm Road, Waynesville, NC, 28785. Phone: 828-926-1575 or 828-506-3513
Wesley Creek Tree Farm - 124 Gibson Branch Road, Clyde, NC, 28721. Phone: 828- 627-8077.

Rutherford County Moore's Christmas Trees - 951 Oak Springs Road, Rutherfordton, NC, 28139. Phone: 828-287-2527.

Transylvania County
Cedar Mountain Tree Farm - 1350 Reasonover Rd, Cedar Mtn, NC 28718. Phone: 828-884-5954
Colonial Acres Nursery - 2601 Hannah Ford Road, Brevard, NC 28712. Phone: (828) 884-4330. Email:
Farley Nursery - PO Box 564, Brevard, NC, 28712. Phone: 828-884-2365 or 828-883-9828
High Valley Trout and Tree Farm - 615 Cathey's Creek Road, Brevard, NC, 28712. Phone: 828-883-3951.
McCall's Tree Farm - 110 McCall Cove Road, Lake Toxaway, NC 28747. Phone: (828) 877-3503. Phone: (828) 862- 4608
Nicholson Tree Farm - PO Box 38, Lake Toxaway, NC, 28747. Phone: 828-883-8570 or 828- 883-8570
Parker Tree Farm - 230 Lyons Mountain Road, Brevard, NC, 28712. Phone: 828-862-4427 or 828-884-4712
Raxter Tree Farm - 1980 Walnut Hollow Road, Brevard, NC, 28712. Phone: 828-862- 3600
Shoal Creek Tree Farms - 796 Shoal Creek Road, Balsam Grove, NC, 28708. Phone: 828-884- 6396.

The picture of the tree above was once part of the Saluda scenery and is courtesy of Elena Robson.

More Area Tree Farms

More Area Tree Farms

Making Christmas Bright
for Saluda Kids
christmas toys 
Help local children in need have a Merry Christmas by donating toys to be distributed in Saluda.  New toys for all ages can be dropped off at the Saluda Police Department or at City Hall through December 15.  All donations will be given locally to Saluda community families.  For more information, call city hall at 828-749-2581 or Saluda Police Department at 828-749-2691.
Please help to make everyone's Christmas bright!
by Tonya Lindsey, Chief of Saluda Police
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We wish you a joyful holiday season and may your new year be filled with laughter, good health, and prosperity.
Good tidings and joy,

Cathy Jackson and Debbie Johnson
Cathy Jackson Realty