Joe Adams
Saluda Lifestyles
Where Time Stands Still
January 1, 2008 
In This Issue
Senior Center
Saluda School Calendar
Saluda Library
Saluda Church Services
Meetings to Remember
The Women's Club of Saluda
Saluda Garden Club
City Notes
Saluda's Winter Solstice
What's Happening
Joe Adams - Resolutions
News at Thompson's Store/Ward Grill
Saluda Scoop
New Art Gallery
2008 Saluda Arts Festival
HQ in Saluda
A Special Note of Thanks
In Remembrance
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
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
Tuesday Activities Schedule
10:00 Bridge
2:15 Chair Exercise
5:30 Yoga
January 1- Closed for New Year's
Wednesday Activities Schedule
9:30 Walking Group
10:00 Trash Train
12:30 Gentle Yoga
5:30 Vinyasa Yoga
Thursday Activities Schedule
9:30 Knitting Group
5:30 Vinyasa Yoga
6:45 Beginner's meditation
January 10
-2:30 Board Meeting.
Friday Activities Schedule
9:30 Walking Group
10:00 Trash Train
10:00 Chair Exercise
January 11- Birthday Celebration. 
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 and for senior's, a contribution would be appreciated.

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


January 3 Students return to school

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 next regular monthly meeting will be Tuesday, February 5 at 5:30pm in the meeting room at the Saluda Public Library.
Saluda Land Trust meets every third Wednesday at 3 at the meeting room at the Saluda Public Library.  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. 

The Women's Club of Saluda


The Women's Club of Saluda, A Social and Charitable Group Invites You to Visit Us!


We were established in 1924 with the purpose of Self-Improvement and Sociability.  Our membership includes both full-time and part-time Saluda residents.  Monthly meetings are held on the second Tuesday, usually at the Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall.  Programs are entertaining and informative.  We also make field trips to nearby attractions like the Saluda Inn and the Flat Rock Playhouse.  To support our primary charitable outreach-college scholarships for Saluda students-we sell items at Coon Dog Day.  We recently instituted the popular Low Country Boil dinner, this year to be held on May 3-watch this space for more details and ticket info.  Other activities involve decorating a civic Christmas tree, providing Christmas favors for the Autumn Care Nursing Home, and tending the City Park flower garden.  Come check us out.  Get involved in your community and have fun too!


January Meeting

When:  Jan. 8, 2008, 10 a.m.

Where:  The Oaks Bed & Breakfast

339 Greenville Street

Program:  Donna & Dale Potruski, owners of The Oaks,

share with us how they came to own the Oaks

Tour of the Inn



Saluda Garden Club

Did you know the Saluda Garden Club wished you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year last month?  We did, in very small letters.  It was one of those electronic glitches that are unexplainable, but the wish was nonetheless sincere.  In retrospect, we do hope it was a wonderful holiday and that you are looking forward to a prosperous and happy new year.

SGC is taking the month of January off to recoup from the last year and regroup for the next.  Hopefully you have noticed the copper markers in the Park indicating the locations of our first-ever bulb plantings.  Spring is on the way! 

One of the things we look forward to seeing next year is railings down the entry steps to the park.   Another item we would like to see is dwarf mondo grass.  After the weather gets warmer, if you have some to share, contact the writer at 749-5971 

Saluda Tree Service gets a round of applause for contributing wood chips for the steps beside the park.  They very generously gave us the material and delivered it as well.

Our next meeting will be February 18, 10:00 a.m., at the library.  Anyone interested in gardening is invited to come.  A bit of education is provided and a good time is always had by all.

Tip of the Month: Schlumbergera, or Christmas Cactus to us more common folk, should be in full bloom right now and possibly will continue bloom up until late winter.  Water regularly when the plant is blooming, but be careful not to over water, the nemesis of good cactus care.  Take a stem cutting to share and put in container of good potting mix. Although any potting soil will do, the best medium is an epiphytic cactus potting mix which is usually available at garden centers.

Submitted By Sandra Rocks

City Notes


Rodney Gibson


Let me begin by welcoming John Morgan, our newest member of our Board of Commissioners.  John has been an active part of the community for several years and has the attitude and commitment to help us to do the business of the people efficiently and effectively.  I'm looking forward to working with him.


On another note, please join me in thanking "Sonny" Pace for all his effort and leadership during his short tenure.  His commitment and knowledge of Saluda's past and present have been invaluable to the community.  I look forward to his continued support as we address our present and future challenges.


Although I'm not native to Saluda, living here since 1979 has provided me with many blessings that I would not have had elsewhere.  The sense of community and affection afforded by people as we try to deal with an ever changing world has enriched my life.  I have seen our community overcome many threats and challenges both within and without.  In 1979 there were just a few believers in Saluda.  The downtown was in a state of deterioration and business growth was almost non-existent.  The few businesses that were here struggled to survive.  But the spirit of Saluda was still there driving everyone's desire to keep it alive.  As with most things in life, a few small steps in the right direction, a few new businesses and investments in the homes started forming the foundation for Saluda's renewal.  Behind the scenes, there was much going on in Community Organizations (Churches, charities, clubs, etc) and the volunteer core began to grow and work on additional community projects.  The Volunteer Core was and is still the primary reason that Saluda has such a great facilities and aspects that enhance our quality of life.  These include but are not limited to:


         Volunteer Fire Department

         Medical Center

         Parks, playground, Veterans Monuments and landscaping vegetation

         Library and Community Center

         Saluda Senior Center

         Historic Downtown

         Scenic Highway

         Hometown Christmas

         Arts Festival

         Coon Dog Day

         Halloween Walk


The Mayor and Board of Commissioners of Saluda have historically worked hand-in-hand with the Community Organizations and volunteers to support their efforts.  As we move forward into the future, it is crucial that we continue to support and encourage the volunteer spirit and find ways of tapping into the wealth of knowledge and experience available to our community.  As for my part, I pledge to continue to find opportunities to continue the tradition while guarding against changes that don't reflect our history and heritage.

Rodney Gibson

Saluda Winter Solstice

Taking a walking on Christmas morning, Bill JamesonpaintingI was struck by the unusual silence all around me. There was no wind whistling through the trees, no humming blowers cleaning leaves from yards, no voices carrying over the lake, not even a bird chirping.

Most of the "summer folks" have retreated to their winter havens.
There is a winter calm and restfulness over Saluda in the winter.
Painting courtesy of local and renown artist Bill Jameson. Visit Bill's Website to view more of his work.
What's Happening
purple onion
The Purple Onion
Will be closed January 1-16.
Fred Whiskin is on the piano every Friday night at 7pm. Check out the Purple Onion's Thursday and Saturday night line up by clicking on the link provided in Quick Links.
February starts the Sunday Concert Series with Greg Trooper's folk songs. Please call for reservations at 828-749-1179. 
Wesley Arnold will perform a guitar recital Sunday, January 6 at 3:00pm at the Saluda Library in the upstairs conference room.  He will play works from J.S. Bach, Mauro Giuliani, Yuquijiro Yocoh, Nikita Koshkin and Guido Santorsola.

Bonnie Bardos at Tryon ArtsSaluda artist Bonnie Joy Bardos will have a one-woman show at the Tryon Fine Arts Center. Located in Gallery One, the exhibit will open with a reception for her show "Out of the Blue" on January 11 from 5-7 p.m.

Refreshments and wine will be served, and the public is invited. "Out of the Blue" will feature recent works, including diverse pieces including the on-going nature series from "Esto Perpetua." The Tryon Fine Arts Center is located at 34 Melrose Avenue in Tryon, NC.
Her bird series withJoe Adams
a Jungian theme also
will be on display, along with new techniques and themes. The show will run through February 4th.

The Green River Boys are back at Shaffer's Roadside Grill (formerly City Club and Grill).  They are scheduled to perform January 11 and 25 at 6:00pm.  Check their schedule at  Green River Boys.

Curtis Wright Outfitters will hold Beginner's Fly Tying Class at Curtis Wright Outfitters on Main Street each Saturday 10:30 am in January with at least two registrants.
Beginner's Fly Fishing Classes will be held each Saturday a 1:30 pm in January with at least two registrants.
To reserve a place contact them at 828-749-3444 or visit their web page at
Curtis Wright Outfitters.

Saluda Mountain JamboreeSaluda Mountain Jamboree has finished another successful year and is making plans for 2008.  The regular Saturday night "Dance To the Beat" party will continue with many of the favorite bands performing.  However, there are plans for more "headliner" groups to be featured this year. 


In the month of May, a special anniversary party is being planned with a country act that has had many hits on the charts. The name of the group will be released when the contract is completed, so keep watch for this anniversary party!! 


The Jamboree will be celebrating its third anniversary in May.  "The Tams" are already on the calendar for Coon Dog weekend in July and the annual clogging competition will be held on March 1st.  It is going to be a very exciting and fun filled year.  Please keep watch for all the news and schedules by looking at the website: The Jamboree is now working on a "Myspace" page on the internet.  Check this out at: 
Here's the schedule:
Jan. 5th ----------------Legacy
Jan. 12th ---------------Sound Factory
Jan. 19th ---------------FreeWay South
Jan. 26th.---------------Silver Travis
Feb. 2nd ----------------Southern Pointe
Feb. 9th -----------------
Feb. 16th ----------------Common Ground
Feb. 23rd.----------------
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.
Random Arts has published the 2008 Workshop Schedule:

Feb 2nd - Janet Lasher -Embellished Hand Bound Journal

March 1st.
Lisa Blackwell - PMC pendant
March 29th -
Kristi Steiner - TBA

April 11th - 13th  Charlotte Quilt Show - Charlotte, NC
April 19th - Voice of Angels Charm Bracelet - Louise McClure
April 26th - Savannah's Egyptian Single Needle Coptic Book

May 3rd, Art and Soul Retreat - Hampton, VA
May 8, 9, 10 -
Michael DeMeng TBA

June 13, 14 -
Katie Kendrick
Mixed Media Wall Hanging
Whimsical Art Dolls

June 28th - Kristi Steiner TBA

July 18th - 20th
Tracie Huskamp
Painted Nature Fabrics
Funky Fusion Photo House
July 28th - Louise McClure - Jewlery Artist (Details TBA)

Sept 6 & 7th - Believe in Yourself Retreat - Blowing Rock
Sept 21st - 28th Italy Discovery Tours with Kristi Steiner - Jane
Sept 21-26 - Orvieto, Italy - Jane teaches "Up Above the World So High" painted pedestal book.

Workshops will be added as instructors set dates. Please check Random Arts updates and register early for upcoming classes.


Resolutions Are Getting Easier to Write; Harder to Do
by author Joe Adams


Joe Adams

It's that time of the year when we stiffen our backbones and make important resolutions for the New Year ahead.


I don't know if it's because my resolutions are getting harder or because I'm getting softer, but I haven't accomplished any of them in the past five years.  I've just scratched out the date at the top of the page and put the new-year date on old resolutions.


Like "lose weight."  I keep gaining.  A friend told me recently that I was so overweight that it was like carrying a slightly overweight housewife around on my back all the time.

Plus her Kirby vacuum cleaner.  Actually I think she might be the one that's gaining all the weight.


One of my resolutions year after year has been to clean my office and get organized.  This is not really my resolution.  This is put on the list to please my wife.  She thinks that organization is next to Godliness.  I have not mastered this but made some progress.  I put all my paper clips in a little jar.  The rest of my crap I just stacked on the floor behind me.  If I can't see it, it's organized.


Another of my goals was to get healthy.  I really wasn't sick.  I just wanted to feel better.

Since I made this resolution, I've had cancer surgery, a torn retina (twice) and six eye

operations, and a full blown stroke.  I know that doo-doo happens.  But I feel like one of

the SURVIVORS on a TV reality show.  They haven't made me eat worms.  Yet.


I had a goal to simplify my life.  Maybe that's why I didn't achieve any of the other goals.  I've simplified my life so much I don't need resolutions.  This might be rationalizing instead of simplifying.


I don't want to be a whiner.  I hate whining.  What I want to do is WAIL.  I admire those old middle-eastern women you see on TV--banging their fists on stuff and wailing, wailing, wailing.  They wail over everything.  It's not just the senseless killing.  They wail when their biscuits burn.  They wail when they can't find the remote control for the TV. They wail when their husbands wear the good bath towels on their heads. I think wailing might be good for us.  It's not like crying.  It's WAILING.


I'm going to resolve to build a Wailing Wall in my yard.  I'll go out and wail as need be.

It will probably make all the dogs bark, but they'll have to get used to it.  I've gotten used to them chasing my squirrel.


If you feel like wailing in 2008, come on by Haven Drive.



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News from Thompson's Store and Ward's Grill


Christmas at WardsWe hope you all had a very Merry Christmas and a safe one.  Our first Hometown Christmas in Saluda was a delightful one.  We had a piano in Ward's Grill!  Rita Bright of Bright's Music School in Hendersonville, NC came to play for the evening.  We also had some singers - Lloyd Blackwell, Luke, Jodi, Tyler and Hannah Jackson sang traditional gospel Christmas songs.  Tyler Jackson, soon to be eleven years old, also played the piano for about an hour and everyone really enjoyed it.  And yes, Tyler and Hannah are our grandchildren.

There were 105 entries for the country ham Christmas Ham at Thompsonsdrawing.  The qualification to register was to spend $10.00 or more per visit.  On Friday, December 21 at around 3:30 p.m. six year old Hannah Jackson pulled out Robert and Paula Linman's entry.  They live in South Carolina, and spent Christmas in Florida, therefore, they did not pick up the ham until December 27.  We are thinking about what to give away next!

Beginning January 28, 2008 some renovations will be taking place in Ward's Grill.  Due to this, the grill will be closed January 28 through February 2.  It will reopen on Monday, February 4.  We will be replacing the ventilation and fire systems over the equipment, adding a gas fryer and an oven for baking biscuits, repairing the floor, doing some painting, and a few other things.  We are looking forward to having better ventilation, and the improvments in the other areas as well. 

We hope the grill being closed will not be too much of an inconvenience, and we do want everyone to know that Thompson's Store will be open during this time.

Thank you all for your business, and have a safe and Happy New Year.

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


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
The winds of change are blowing in Saluda...
The "Red Caboose" that formerly served as the venue for Frank caboose& Amy's FrontPorch Coffee Bar and Music has been purchased by Vicky and Ken Graham. They have relocated it to the parking lot between Curtis Wright Outfitters and Tosh's WhistleStop Cafe.  The Grahams didn't have a specific purpose for it and wanted to "save it" from being taken away from Main Street.  The caboose is for rent and if you have an interest please contact Saluda Realty at 828-749-9666.
Saluda Realty and Construction is selling the log home where their offices have been on the hill and moving into the "Summer House" building at the Depot Station.
Debbie Thomas has been searching for someone to buy the Wildflour Bakery Cafe.  She will continue the "bakery" business from a new location in Tryon once she has a buyer for the cafe.  She plans on continuing retail sales of bakery items in Saluda even after the move.
Builder, Don Mintz has purchased the Saluda Mountain Crafts building.  Alice Jackson, proprietor of Saluda Mountain Crafts will be closing the popular gift shop and has some great buys.  For more information about leasing the building, please contact Don at 828-674-8882. Don plans on giving the building a face lift.
The new Texaco station by I-26 has opened and will house Saluda's first franchise, Subway Restaurant soon.
New Art Gallery Open at Melrose Station

MoonFlower Gallery


Owners Margie Derwort, Verlie Murphy and Kanda Orlando, offer art from many local artists in a wide range of mediums and styles as well as some handcrafted and hand painted furniture.  In addition, the gallery also hosts classes in art, knitting and crochet.  There is a little something for nearly everyone, children included!

Gallery hours are Tuesday - Saturday 10am-4pm and after hours appointments are available. To contact the gallery during business hours call 828-749-2272 or after hours at 828-749-1532 or 828-749-3196 to reach Kanda or Verlie. To get there, take Main Street (Hwy 176) east towards Tryon for approximately 4 miles. After the sign to Pearson Falls, Melrose Station is on the left.

2008 Saluda Arts & Music Festival
Call for Participation
Joe AdamsThe Saluda Business Association is pleased to announce that the 5th annual Saluda Arts Festival will be Saturday, May 17 from 10am to 6pm.  Artists and artisans are invited to submit applications to participate.  More information and applications will be available on by January 25. For more information, please contact Cathy Jackson at 828-817-2876.
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A Special Note of Thanks

THANK YOU to all of Santa's friends and elves who made Christmas a blessing and joy for so many Saluda children.  Headed up by Chief of Police, Tonya Lindsey, the Saluda Police Department's efforts to raise money for Christmas toys helped 15 families in the Saluda area.

Moms and dads shopped by appointment all day on Saturday, December 15 at the city garage on Laurel Drive.  

The gifts were then sorted by name and loaded in a box trailer. With the assistance of church members and youth from Mountain Page Baptist Church, the toys were delivered by hayride to the parents while the kids were not home on Sunday evening. (IN THE FREEZING COLD....AGGGGGHHHHH, LOTS OF FUN THOUGH).

"It is amazing and incredible the generosity of Saluda citizens and to see the astounding growth of this program since last year," said Chief Lindsey. 

Thank you and Happy New Year!
Chief of Police, Tonya Lindsey
In Remembrance
lake sheila fallSaluda lost a little of its universe this past year with the passing of its citizens. As a tribute and in memory of their lives, we have listed them below. By clicking on a name,  it will link you to the Hendersonville Times News Obituraries where you may read more about them.

Susan D. McCutcheon, 87
Myrtle T. Phillips, 95

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Happy New Year!

Cathy Jackson and Debbie Johnson
Cathy Jackson Realty