Joe Adams
Saluda Lifestyles
Where Time Stands Still
July 1, 2008 
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In This Issue
July 4th Fireworks
Senior Center Schedule
Nature Frame Workshop
Senior Center News
Saluda Library
Saluda Fire & Rescue
Farewell Rev. Sayer
Saluda Church Services
Methodist Church's New Pastor
The Women's Club of Saluda
Saluda Garden Club
Meetings to Remember
Saluda Community Land Trust
Calling ALL Businesses
Arts & Crafts Space Available at Coon Dog Day
Coon Dog Day Poster Contest Winner
Doggie Day Care at Coon Dog Day
What's Happening
Joe Adams - Alligators
Saluda Scoop
Art Clues
Saluda Lodgings & Accommodations
Historic Flat Rock Home Tour
Town BBQ Planning
"Slip into Something More Comfortable"
In Loving Memory
Manna Cabanna Opens
Saluda Open Houses
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Saluda Property & Real Estate

Click on the Pictures to get more information about these properties.
murchison front view
Close to Town with lots of upgrades and new decks.
  3BR/3 BA, 2090 SF
Vaughn Front view
Perfect Log Cabin
 2BR/2BA, 1056 SF, .98 acre)
thousand pines front view 
Historic home in Tryon
3BR/3BA, 2247 SF 1.16 Acres
webb front view
Live among the wildlife on Piney Mountain
3BR/2BA, 1193 SF, 2.33 Acres
25.9 Acres of Level Land with 19,000 acre preserve bordering one side. Creeks and springs.
2.07 Acres with Fantastic Views Near Downtown Saluda
Mountain Vista View Lots
Lot 19-2.77 Acres MLS#411784  $199,000
Lot 9-2.77 Acres MLS#413190 $165,000
July 4th Area Fireworks & Events
Enjoy 4th of July fireworks celebration at Orchard Lake Campground. Take Greenville St. (across RR tracks from Main St.). Go about 3 miles. Left on Mine Mountain Rd. Follow around the mountain until you see the entrance to Orchard Lake Campground.
Hendersonville 4th of July Parade 11am on Main Street.
Fourth of July Events at Jackson Park in Hendersonville.  Music starts at 4pm. Fireworks at dusk.  For more information, call 828-697-4884.
Flat Rock Wine Shoppe 4th of July Celebration cookout and music from 6pm to 8:30pm.  For more information, call 828-697-6828.
35th Columbus Fabulous Fireworks. Music and entertainment start at 10am. Fireworks at 9:45pm.  Click here for the complete schedule. 
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
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
July 10 
-2:30 Board Meeting.
July 24
-10-12 Nature Frame Workshop with Sonya Monts
Friday Activities Schedule
9:30 Walking Group
10:00 Trash Train
10:00 Chair Exercise
Closed-Happy 4th of July
July 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.
 Note: Basement Sale at A Thrifty Barn is 2nd and 4th Saturday in July.
"Nature Frame" Workshop at  Senior Center
 On Thurs. July 24 at the Saluda Senior Center from l0am-12pm there will be a
'Nature Frame" workshop instructed by Sonya Monts.
Join us for a fun-filled workshop during which we will complete a 5x7 frame. The frame will have a nature theme and will showcase a photograph of your choosing. We will work with popular scrapbooking techniques that use patterned paper, 3-D embellishments, and rub-ons. When finished, you will take home a beautiful work of art that can be displayed in your home year-round.
There will be a small fee for the workshop. For more information or to sign up, please call 828-749-9245. All are welcome to attend.

Senior Center News
We have five new members to the Senior Center Board of Directors who will begin serving on the board in July. The new members are Ann Jameson, Edie Campbell, Joe Marley, Judy Ward and Melanie Talbot. This is a great bunch of individuals and the future looks bright for the Center and the community.
The new construction at the Senior Center is complete thanks to Don Mintz Builders and a superb job by volunteers. A little painting and some landscaping will be the finishing touches. The new covered front porch has given the Center a refreshing new look along with expanded possibilities. If you have any ideas about programs or events that would incorporate the use of the new porch, please let us know.
Saluda's annual "Coon Dog Day" is quickly approaching. This is an all day event, so the Thrifty Barn will not be open on this Saturday, but will be open for business on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays in July.
Ever played golf in the rain or tennis in the blowing snow? Have you ever tried bowling while sitting in a chair? Well you are in for a treat because the Senior Center has invested in a Wii system. The system is developed and distributed by the Nintendo Corporation and it is the biggest sensation for rehabilitation, exercise and of course just plain fun. The motion sensitive interactive system is a true experience in virtual reality. It is easy to setup and use. The current system offers bowling, golf, tennis, baseball and boxing. We hope to add the Wii Fit accessories in the near future, plus there is an auto-racing game. Many people can play at the same time, choose teams and be competitive. Using the system with the Center's wide screen TV makes the experience unbelievable. We will have the Wii system available as soon as we get some staff and volunteers trained, so be watching for the games to begin.
Remember the Senior Center offers exercise programs all through the week. Spring and summer means activity and activity means fitness. There is an assortment of Yoga programs from gentle to strength. NIA offers breathing and flexibility set to music, while Chair Exercising emphasizes posture and flexibility. Please check the calendar for days and times.
We have an increasing list of people interested in a Movie Matinee night or Classic Movie night at the Senior Center. Of course the movie would not be complete without popcorn and cold drink.
Organization for a Movie program is in the works, so if you would like to see Movie Matinee become a reality please give us your input. There is an information and participation sheet at the Center. We hope that the program would occur once a month on a Friday night or a Saturday afternoon.
Just a few reminders, the Center serves lunch Monday through Friday 11:30 AM till 12:30 PM and we have a "Meals on Wheels" program with warm meals for home bound seniors; "A Thrifty Barn" is loaded with fabulous bargains all the time. Volunteers for the meal program and the Thrifty Barn are always welcome. Joyce Wetherell has announced that she will be stepping down as director of the Thrifty Barn as of August 19th this year. Joyce has been associated with the Thrifty Barn since its inception in 2003. She has done an exceptional job and she will be deeply missed. The Thrifty Barn is an enormous income producer for the Senior Center. We are conducting a search for a new Thrifty Barn director without delay. If interested or know someone who may be interested contact Henry Bright or Jay Hahn, we can explain everything you need to know.
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.

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 Fire & Rescue  Gets Grant

Saluda Fire & Rescue is the first group in Polk County to receive a heavy rescue certification.


A matching grant of $30,000 has enabled the department to purchase the equipment needed for heavy rescue operations.

Farewell Reverend Tony Sayer
After 18 years of service as the pastor of the United Methodist churches in Saluda and Columbus, Rev. Tony Sayer is leaving to take a new assignment in Asheville. 
The Saluda community has been blessed to have Rev. Sayer for so long and he will truly be missed. 
"Tony's Hot Dogs" are always a big hit at Coon Dog Day!
Saluda Church Services

transfiguration in spring

On Sunday, July 6th, at 10:30 am, The Church of the Transfiguration will celebrate the anniversary of our Nation's independence with a festival service of Holy Eucharist. The prelude, beginning at 10:15 am, will be Musick of the Fife and Drum-Revolutionary War tunes compiled by the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.
The fife and drums will also be used to enhance our many patriotic hymns as well as Irving Berlin's God Bless America, which will be sung by the choir.

Complete your celebration of Saluda's Coon Dog Days by joining us for our Independence Day festivities. The Church is located at 72 Charles St in Saluda. More information may be obtained by calling 749.9740.
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.
Check their website for more programs and schedule changes Transfiguration

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

Saluda First Baptist Church
Workship Service 9:45am
Sunday School 11:00am
Sunday and Wednesday 7:00 pm

Saluda Methodist Church
The Reverend Rob Parsons
SS 10:00 am
Worship Service 11:00 am

Methodist Church's New Pastor
The United Methodist Churches in Saluda and Columbus welcome their new  pastor, Rev. Rob Parsons. He will serve both churches, preaching at  9:30 a.m. in Columbus and at 11:00 a.m. in Saluda after a quick trip  up the mountain. Most recently, Rev. Parsons was the pastor of  Cummings Memorial UMC in Horse Shoe. Before that, he served churches  in Florida for 10 years.
When asked about his coming to this area, he  replied, "I have family history that goes back a couple of generations in this area, so it kind of feels like coming home. Besides, I have  been living in Saluda since 2000."
During high school and college,  Parsons worked at a camp on the South Mills River. He majored in  Biology at Furman University and received his M.Div. from Yale  Divinity School.
Parsons met Alison Heston in Divinity School and they  spent their first year of marriage working with the church in  Argentina. While Parsons served a church in Miami, they both worked  extensively with the United Methodist rebuilding program after Hurricane Andrew. Responding to his mission work, Parsons said, "It  was an amazing blessing to see God's healing work in the midst of such  brokenness and destruction."
Rev. Parsons looks forward to the  "organic or hand-crafted" character of ministry in the small towns.  "After all," he said, "faith can't be mass produced and it grows best  with personal attention."
He enjoys kayaking on his hometown river, the Green, filmmaking  (including an award from the 48 Hour Film Project) and running. Rob  and Ali have 3 children, Micah 15, Caleb 12 and Zoe 8. He will begin preaching at the Saluda and Columbus churches on June 29.  

The Women's Club of Saluda


The Women's Club of Saluda celebrates Coon Dog Day - the entire week!
We have a wonderful gift basket full of lots of goodies from local artists and crafts persons for one very lucky individual to take home on Coon Dog Day. women's raffle
Buy a chance to win and help support the Women's
Club fund scholarships for Saluda students.  
We will be on Main Street in Saluda all week, Monday, June 30 - Saturday, July 5, (Coon Dog Day) from 10 am - 2 pm selling chances to win this great prize.  Tickets are $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00.
The drawing will be on Coon Dog Day at 2 pm.  You need not be present to win.  We will deliver (or ship) it to you.

We are a service/social organization dedicated to helping  Saluda
become an even better place to live.  We include year-round residents and part-timers of all ages.  We work to raise money to support our projects and have a little fun along the way.


Our primary goal is to provide scholarships to deserving Saluda students.  In addition, we support the Medical Center, the Fire Dept. and the Senior Center--all in Saluda, as well as other deserving organizations.


If you'd like to come see what we are all about, please visit one of our meetings.  We welcome visitors each month.  Please call Marti Wells at 749-9538 for details.

Saluda Garden Club

 Dear gardeners, do you think the "Rain Gods" have gotten lost, or have alzheimers?   There are only 484,000 references to Rain Gods on the net and you would think we could get just one of them in Saluda, wouldn't you?  Maybe we should just put together a rain dance ourselves.  It probably wouldn't rain, but we would have a lot of fun! 
st francesI was hoping there would be one more option to help us out - St. Fiacre, the Patron Saint of Gardening.  Fiacre dates back to the 7th century  in France and is  said to have requested from St. Faro a plot of land for growing herbs.  He was told he could have as much as he could dig within a day.  According to the story, when he put the point of his staff in the ground, the garden miraculously dug itself, blowing away trees, uprooting vines and weeds.  His gardening preferences were herbs and vegetables over flowering plants of beauty.
The accounting in Harvard Magazine states that "he is the saint whose aid may be implored in clearing weeds, brush and stones from the garden, and if he does not help with the digging and the heavy lifting he can at least grant patience and persistence in a labor that is never done."  Not one word about water, however!!!  So who needs a gardening saint who doesn't help with water?
Now get this - he's also the saint of taxicabs!  Go figure.  What diversity!  Since he doesn't seem to be helping with water, maybe he's busy with the gas crisis, and from the looks of things he's not having much success there either.  To find out more about this "Saint of  All Things" go to the web and read additional information about the "unprintables!"
The Garden Club will not be meeting in July, but be assured we will be caring for and protecting the village jewel of Saluda, Spring Park, of course.  

Tip of the month:  The Dog Days of  July are upon us.  If the water gets too low and the temps get too high, a nice cruise to Alaska is highly recommended.


Happy Gardening
Sandra Rocks

Meetings to Remember
Town Council meets second Monday of the month at 7:00pm in the meeting room above the Saluda Library.
Saluda Business Association will not meet in July. The next regular monthly meeting will be Tuesday, August 5 at 5:30pm in the Meeting Room of the Saluda Library.
Saluda Community Land Trust meets every third Wednesday at 3 at the meeting room at the Saluda Public Library or the pavilion at McCreery Park weather permitting.  The next meeting is July 16. For information please call Betsy Burdett at 828-749-2161.
Homegrown Saturday
All gardeners are welcome to come and sell or barter their fruits, vegetables, plants and related gardening items. There is no charge to the vendors or public. There are rules which will be posted on site. A few of the important ones are: No animal sales, no flea market items, and no overnight parking. Place:  West Public Parking Lot. When: Every Saturday until all the crops are in.  Who to Call:  Laura Fields at 828-749-4220.

Saluda Community Land Trust - Planning Grant

 Please Join US!
Saluda Community Land Trust has received a grant from the Bradley Fund and Polk County Community Fund that will help us to create a comprehensive long range-planning document for the Saluda postal and fire district.  The project involves creating a preservation plan for the Saluda area and the first component of that will be determining what we want to preserve. This summer we will be collecting information and ideas from people who know and love Saluda. Then we'll put all that information together into a geo-referenced form this fall and winter.
We need volunteers to collect data gleaned through old writings and maps (historic maps and drawings, tourist magazines, deeds, etc). Data from the Internet and public agencies (endangered species, historic registry, NC registered farms and forests, etc) would be helpful. Also information from walking around town looking for vacant lots and waterways, likely greenways, big or unusual trees, lovely natural areas, historic buildings, homes and gathering spots would be useful.
If this sounds like a project that you want to help with -- and we do need your help and input! -- then please call us at 749-1560 or join us at our next SCLT meet on Wednesday, July 16th at 3:00.   We meet at the Saluda Pavilion above the playground.
SCLT is the first group willing to take on a project like this so there is no guidebook for us to follow at this point. It will involve many aspects of interests and research and is a unique opportunity to document what we want to preserve and protect in Saluda. We hope area residents will volunteer their ideas and knowledge.  We look forward to hearing from you!
For information, please call Nancy Barnett  828-749-4661  or Susie Welsh  828-749- 3900.
Joe Adams Calling ALL Businesses!
Coon Dog Day is fast approaching on Saturday, July 5. There's still time to join in the fun!  We need clever, downhome floats, walking groups, trucks filled with Saluda-Coon Dog Day thoughts, whatever.  This year we are awarding three trophies.
We hope that this will create more fun for all who participate and make it a great parade.
Please arrive along Highway 176 (in front of the school) around 10 o'clock for the 11 o'clock start.
You will be marked in the commercial category.   
Ahead of time, I thank each and everyone of you!
Wanted - Marching Band
Still looking for some horn players that can gather together to sound like our FIRST ever band!!!!
Please call Ammie Weymer at 828-697-3371 and leave a message, if you would like to participate or know of someone who would!
Submitted by Ammie Weymer
Space Available at CDD for Artists/Crafts
There are a few booth spaces available at Coon Dog Day for art and crafts.  Please call Monica Pace at 828-749-2581 for information. 
Winner of Coon Dog Day Poster Contest
Congratulations, Scott Varn!winner of 08 cdd
Scott Varn is an artist currently living in Asheville NC. He obtained his art degree from the University of South Carolina but claims dual citizen ship in both Carolinas. He has been visiting Saluda with his family for over 20 years and rarely misses a Coon Dog day. Scott has had a career working in graphic design but his primary artistic love is for printmaking - not copies of watercolors passed off as "prints" but blocks of wood carved and designed to produce short run, hand burnished unique prints.
This years design reflects the era of pop art made famous by Andy Warhol. The technique used is called a serigraph, or printing with screens. It is the same technique Warhol used for creating hand pulled prints. This year, the poster prints will be limited to only 50 posters that will be printed on linen paper and signed and numbered. T- shirts will also be available and both will be sold in front of the Saluda Library.
This will be Scott's 9th Coon Dog Day poster.  " I'm very happy to be supporting this fund raiser for the Saluda Library and this wonderful small town."

Coon Dog Day Doggie Rest Area
COON DOG DAY (July 5) at Gentle Hands Grooming will be hosting a dog adoption day, providing a rest area with cool down baby pools, shade and drinking water stations for dogs. frozen doggy treats will also be for sale! Gentle Grooming is located across the bridge across from the Green River BBQ.  For more information, please contact them at 828-749-3280.
What's Happening
purple onion
The Purple Onion
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.
The Sunday Night Concert Series starts July 13 with Kim and Reggie Harris performing and touring artists from New York. Performance starts at 7pm.  Tickets are limited and are $15 per person.  Call the cafe for reservations at 828-749-1179.  Learn more about Kim and Reggie.
Monday Night Flights at the Purple Onion offer three glasses of wine for the price of one.

The Green River Boys
invite you to Shaffer's Roadside Grill (formerly City Club and Grill).  They are scheduled to perform July 11 and 25 at 6:00pm.  Check their schedule at  Green River Boys. Don'miss them at Coon Dog Day.  They will be playing on stage from 9:00am to 11:00am(before the parade!).
jamboreeSummer Time at Mountain Jamboree


"Party With A Beat" at The Saluda Mountain Jamboree has had a good spring!!  And we are swinging right into summer with a full schedule of special events for July.   As we told eveyone last month, "THE  TAMS"  Joe Adamswill be performing at The Jamboree on  Saturday, July 5th.  This is a sure winner performance that you just gotta see!!  The show starts at 7:30 pm with the band "Sound Investment" opening the show.  Then 14-Karat Gold and "THE TAMS" will take over the stage, well, they just kind of take over the whole building, with dancing, music and fans in every corner!  This will be a grand finale to the day of activities here in Saluda for the annual "Coon Dog Day".   Tickets are $20.00 each and can be purchased by call 828-749-3676 or they can be purchased at the door. Just make sure you don't get to busy and miss this show.

Then on Friday, the 18th of July, another jazzed up party with a special line-up of performers!!  The Council on Aging is having a BEACH BLAST  with four headliner groups and individuals entertaining the audience.  "Billy Scott and The Prophets,"  " Ceasar,"   "Clay Brown," and  "Larissa Holliday" will be bringing a full evening of Carolina Beach Music and hit tunes everyone will enjoy. This evening of Beach, Soul and Boogie will benefit the programs that The Council on Aging provide, such as, Meals on Wheels.  So make your plans to enjoy this special one time performance by these great performers.  Plus, you will be helping this wonderful agency that helps so many others.
We are excited to have this kind of line-up  professional musicians here in Saluda!!   All in one show!!  The tickets are only  $25.00 in advance and $30.00 at the door.  Tickets can be purchased at The Council on Aging, The Travel and Tourism office in Hendersonville, or at The Saluda Mountain Jamboree.
For more information or ticket purchase for this party,  call 828-692-4203.  And to end a month full of special events, The Jamboree is having a "SURPRISE PARTY" on Saturday, July 26.  Regular admission at this party.   No details, just come see!!  So you don't have to use that high priced gas to travel out of town for entertainment, stay right here in Saluda and come to THE JAMBOREE!!

For all the schedules and all the news going on at "The Party With A Beat"  held each Saturday at The Saluda Mountain Jamboree facility, go to the website:   SEE YOU IN JULY!!  
The doors open at 7:00 pm and the music is 8:00 pm until 11:00 pm.  More information at the web Saluda Mountain Jamboree or call 828-749-3676.
Coon Dog Day July 5th -------------------"The Tams" (summer concert)
July 12th ------------------OPEN
July 19th ------------------Legacy
July 26th ------------------"The Jamboree is bringing you a "Surprise Party"-- regular admission
August 2nd ----------------Southern Pointe (plus, the Auston Healey Car Club will be here)
August 9th ----------------Southern Pointe
August 16th---------------Sound Factory
August 23rd----------------Common Ground
August 30th ---------------Legacy
Sept. 6th ------------------Silver Travis

Random Arts Upcoming Workshops

Random Arts will be closed from July 1 through July 15 for family time.
It is important that you call prior to visiting Random Arts in July as hours open will be sort of "random." Telephone messages will be returned if you leave a number.
August Workshops will kick off with Patti Brady's  two-day workshop Sat. Aug 23 and Sunday Aug 24 from 10-4 and is being held at the Saluda Senior Center. Great location!
Patti Brady is the director of the Working Artist Program at Golden Paints.
Most any book on mixed media today, that you pick up, specifies Golden Paints as the "paint/medium" of choice. We have alot of their products and will be able to supply
you with whatever you need for your "at home" work. This is a great opportunity for you to experiment with some of Golden's latest digital grounds as well as other mediums
that will enhance your work.
Here is Patti's description of the workshop:
Title: The Digital Image and Everything Acrylic
In this two day hands-on workshop we will explore a multitude of surfaces created
with gels and grounds. 
 Patti will cover new digital grounds that allow you to print images on a multitude of flat surfaces: non-porous papers, acetate, acrylic skins, even aluminum foil. 
We will cover some of the technical challenges of working with inkjet printers and explore ideas for incorporating these images with gels, in a textured collage.
Explore inventive combinations of images and acrylic gels in unique and surprising
applications. This workshop will be all about "ideas" not necessarily creating an end project.

Random Arts
50 E. Main St.
Saluda, NC 28773
For all the latest, up to the minute  news
go to our blog or website.

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Random Arts Blog

Curtis Wright Outfitters will host Fly Fishing School for Beginners at Camp Arrowhead.  Cost for the full-day event is $175 (plus fishing license) and includes all equipment, materials, and lunch.  Classroom sessions will cover fly fishing equipment, trout species, habitat, entomology, knot-tying, casting, reading the water, and fly tying, including casting instruction on a stocked pond and stream.  The school will be offered on September 6, and October 4.  Call for details at 828.749.3444. Visit us at Curtis Wright.
Can A Chubby 72-Year-Old Man With A Walking Stick
Outrun An 8 Foot Long Alligator?
by author Joe Adams
Joe AdamsYou betcha!
Our house in S.C. is on a lagoon that's home for an 8 foot alligator.  Approximately.  I haven't measured him exactly.  He's so sneaky.  He moves very slowly through the water with only his nose and his big eyeballs showing.  He looks slow, but he's only trying to get you to come closer so he can jump out of the lagoon, grab your leg and carry you off.  They drown their prey, then stuff them under the bank of the lagoon to eat on whenever they are hungry.
I was out one morning checking on our alligator and an old, old woman came by.  She saw me looking at the gator so she came over and said, "Be careful.  Those things are fast.  They can run as fast as a galloping horse."
I looked at her and said, "You know I have a feeling that if that alligator chased me, I could run faster than a galloping horse, by a long shot."
She said earnestly, "You've got to zig-zag.  They can run fast for about 50 yards but they have trouble zigging and zagging.  So you zig zag as much as you can."
I asked her if she had ever outrun any alligators and she held both arms high in the air and said, "I've still got two arms."
I have always remembered her warnings but so far I have not had to outwit my alligator.  I have to walk with a cane now so my plan is to hit the sucker in the head as soon as he makes a move.
An alligator down my way actually ate an old woman last year.  I wondered if it was the one who gave me the advice.  I thought maybe she zagged instead of zigging.
I know this for a fact: alligators love French poodles.  The high pitched barks attract the gators.  I've got a lot of poodle fuzz in my lagoon.  Poodles are cute and very smart.  But also very bossy so they think they can scare an alligators.  Huh!
I had friends who had a male miniature poodle that lived for l8 years.  Even then they had to put him under.  The dog hated my guts.  I had suggested that they have him put under then stuffed and made into a nice woolly footstool.  My friend took her hands and covered his ears and said, "Don't listen to him Beauregard."  (Why are they all named Beau?).  Their dog was a sex fiend...when he got old he could hardly walk, but when the dog next door went into heat he would break out of the house, jump a 5 foot fence to have his way with her.  But then he couldn't get up enough energy to jump back across.  The neighbors would call and say, "Come get Casanova."
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BUTTER BEANS FOR THE SOUL, a funny book by Joe Adams about growing up in the South is available at the Pace General Store in Saluda.
If you enjoy Joe's column in Saluda Lifestyles, please let him know. You can email him at
Saluda Scoop
The latest news and the unusual offerings provided by Saluda shops, restaurants, artists, and craftspeople
Joe AdamsSaluda was featured in a segment on the public broadcasting station UNCTV on June.  Robert Pace and Kathy Thompson had star roles.  If you missed it, several people in town recorded it.  Check with Michelle Tennant at  She may have some copies available.
Chris Talbot of Saluda recently received word Chris Talbotfrom "Our State" magazine that his photo of Lake Summit in Henderson County was selected as the second place winner in the People category of the 2008 "Our State" Reader Photo Contest. Talbot is a student at Savannah College of Art and Design.  Congratulations, Chris! Read more at Tryon Daily Bulletin.
saluda realty new buildingStop by and visit Saluda Realty & Construction in their  new offices in the Saluda Depot Station. 
Saluda Wine and Cheese Shop will open soon in the building that housed the WhistleStop Cafe.  For more information, please call 828-749-WINE!
Joe AdamsThompson's Store has Coon Dog Day T-Shirts and caps.  Although Larry and Debbie Jackson are ready to retire and have the store and grill up for sale, they are continuing to provide the best homemade sausage, fresh produce, and organic products.  They also have special menus for Coon Dog Day.
Salamander has a new look!salamander new look

Be sure to check Saluda's lodging accommodations when planning to attend Coon Dog Day July 5.
Art Clues

Hints for Creating and Appreciating Art


Cool Summer Colors
Using Cool Colors to Create Warmth in Paintings
What are cool colors, and how can they make a painting look warm?  The temperature of colors depends on how the colors are mixed and what colors are nearby in the painting.
COOL COLORS    Each of the following colors tends to be cool, unless, of course, the color next to it looks frozen. The cold blue of an arctic river appears warmer when even colder blue ice floats in it:  blue, blue-green, lavender,violet
  The following colors standing alone appear warm. They seem cooler if surrounded by flaming hot versions of the same colors. They seem warmer with cool colors next to them:red, orange, yellow, yellow-green, brownish-green
These two Saluda summer images are painted with mostly cool colors.  But look how warm they both appear, even though the warm colors are limited. 
summer flowers"Summer Flower Bed"
Ask Einstein.  He'll tell you. Color is all about relativity!
Beverly Bowden Pickard
Saluda Fine Arts
The subject of next month's ART CLUES is "Travel Tips" Be an Artist on the Road, in the Air, at Sea or Anywhere"
 Note:  You can see Beverly's art in Saluda Fine Arts, 46 E Main St, Saluda. NC.

Saluda Lodgings & Accommodations
Since before the turn of the 20th century, Saluda has accommodated visitors with inns and boarding houses.  When the passenger trains brought visitors escaping the heat from the lower country, Saluda boasted more than 30 lodgings.

Visitors to Saluda today have many choices of accommodations.  In addition to the bed and breakfast inns, there is a motel, many cabins, campgrounds, and personal cottages and bungalows available to rent.

Here's a few of the accommodations. to check out additional rental properties, click on Saluda Accommodations and then click on the link to "Lodgings and Accommodations." 
The Oaks SummertimeThe Oaks Bed & Breakfast
Summertime in the mountains is a special time in the mountains!  Saluda is the best place to enjoy all the beauty and excitement of a Blue Ridge vacation and The Oaks Bed and Breakfast is the closest bed and breakfast to Main Street Saluda.  Built in 1895 on land purchased from the Pace family trust, The Oaks Bed and Breakfast sparkles in its present state and has impressed all who have stayed here.  The primary historic structure features vast public areas, three expansive verandas and four exquisite guestrooms each with private bath, antique four-poster beds, cable TV, ceiling fans and A/C. 

The Oaks Bed and Breakfast also offers two unique Carriage House apartments.  These private and spacious accommodations feature all the amenities of a small home, including full kitchen, dining area, living room, master suite, private bath, with washer/dryer and breathtaking views from your own private deck. 

For information and availability for Coon Dog Day and other times, please call The Oaks Bed and Breakfast at 828.749.2000 or visit us at The Oaks Bed & Breakfast.
orchard innThe Orchard InnThe Orchard Inn, a lovely historic property overlooking Saluda's Warrior Mountain range, is the perfect place to retreat from the hot summer! Relax in a rocking chair on the cool, wide front porch, or stretch out on a hammock underneath shady oak trees. We also offer an elegant four-course dinner on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays by reservation. Go to our Web site for more information on inn or cottage accommodations or to see a sample dinner menu.  

Fourth of July and Coon Dog Day Parade (July 5, 2008)  Join us for the biggest day of Saluda's year! The Coon Dog Day festival offers events, dog shows, rides, food, and even a square dance to create a memorable celebration of Independence Day. The Orchard Inn provides guests with easy transportation to and from the festival; and a gourmet meal and quiet evening are available at the Inn at the end of your festival day.
Please call (800) 581-3800 for details on special events or you may e-mail us at or go to The Orchard Inn.
Joe AdamsButtercup Cottage
Buttercup Cottage Coon Dog Day Special.  One night free!  Book a week including Coon Dog Day (July 5) and get an extra night free.  Enjoy Buttercup Cottage for 8 nights, pay for only 7.  Our 2-bedroom cottage is an easy walk to the festivities on Main Street.  And when the day comes to an end, relax and enjoy the evening on your own deck.  Great accommodations for small family, two couples or overflow Saluda visitors.  For info and reservations: call Marti at 828-749-9538 or check the web at Saluda Buttercup Cottage.  Please mention "Coon Dog Special" when you book.

charles street garden suiteCharles Street Garden Suite is a single guest suite situated on the grounds of Charles Street Garden, one block from Main Street and adjacent to the little 19th century Episcopal church. Charles Street Garden has been featured in the series "A Gardener's Diary" on HGTV Network.
The suite is available year-round.  For further information, please contact at  (828) 749-5846 or Click here to visit their web site. Charles Street Garden Suite
saluda innSaluda Inn
One of Western North Carolina's premier rental properties, the Saluda Inn is a comfortable environment that can easily accommodate a group of 38 (sometimes more). With 7200 sq. ft. of living space, it offers guests the opportunity to spread out and yet still be under the same roof.

There are spacious living rooms for meetings and group activities.  The dining room has plenty of seating for everyone in your group to share meals together. Kitchen facilities are roomy and fully equipped for you to prepare your own meals as you wish or arrange to have your meals catered.  The sunroom offers a great place to spend time with a book.  You may even wish to enjoy the almost 2 acres of property by relaxing under a tree in the hammock or enjoying a game of shuffleboard.
Take a stroll down the sidewalk into historical downtown Saluda to visit the great shops, parks and restaurants.  Enjoy an afternoon of tubing on the Green River or a brisk bike ride down to Pearson Falls or just get in some good rocking time on the porch.  The Saluda Inn lends itself to a focused group retreat or to a group that just wants to step back in time and relax.
The inn is available by the week or weekend.  Your group or wedding party will truly "have it to yourself."
Please contact at 828-749-9698 or email at  Please visit our web site Saluda Inn.
saluda mountain lodge
Spectacular views await from every guestroom at this newly renovated motel, Saluda Mountain Lodge.  Whether it is just a quick overnight stay off of the highway, or whether you are spending a few days relaxing in the mountain splendour. You will find twenty-five well appointed, clean and comfortable guestrooms available at a very reasonable rate. We are an American family owned and operated motel. Please contact at 828-866-602-6973 or visit their web site at Saluda Mountain Lodge

 See more lodging information at Saluda Lodging and Accommodations.
Historic Flat Rock Home Tour

Joe AdamsDate:  July 26, 2008
Place:  Flat Rock, NC
Time:  9:30am - 3:30
Cost:  $30 Adults
         $10 Children (10 and under) 

The beautiful village of Flat Rock, North Carolina will be the setting for the 2008 Tour of Historic Homes, Saturday July 26, 2008, 9:30AM - 3:30PM.
On the tour are Boxwood, Five Oaks (now Flat Rock Inn), Oak Knoll, the Old Parsonage and the gardens of Long Run. 
Learn a bit of history as you tour four historic homes, as well as the gardens of Long Run, located on the property of the old Claremont Estate.  This home has an exquisite formal garden as well as adjoining woodland gardens. See why the residents of the low country came to consider this tranquil area in the mountains their second home.
The tour will begin at 9:30AM.  It is suggested that the tour be started before 12:30PM to fully enjoy all the homes and gardens and not be rushed. Homes will close at 3:30PM.  Tickets for the tour will be $30 for adults and $10 for children 10 and under (no strollers please).  There will be ample parking at a location across from Mud Creek Baptist Church at the corner of Rutledge Dr. and Erkwood  Dr. in Flat Rock and shuttle service will be provided to all the homes (no private cars).  It is advisable to wear flat-heeled walking shoes as many of the areas are not paved.  Homes and shuttles are not handicapped accessible.
Lunch will be available at the Parish House of St. John in the Wilderness Church between 11AM and 2PM.  Tickets for lunch will be available June 1 and must  be purchased in advance ($8.00) and will be available in Hendersonville at the Visitors' Center and Mountain Lore Books; in Flat Rock at the Wrinkled Egg.  For more information about lunch please contact (828) 697-1018.
Tickets for the tour will be available June 1 in Hendersonville at the Visitors' Center and Mountain Lore Books; in Flat Rock at the Wrinkled Egg, and on our website.  For further information about the tour or tickets write to Historic Flat Rock, Inc., P.O. Box 295, Flat Rock, NC 28731, or call (828) 692-2929.  Visit our website at:
We suggest tickets be purchased early as this is a very popular tour.  All proceeds from the tour will benefit Historic Flat Rock, Inc., a non-profit organization celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, in its ongoing work of historic preservation

Town BBQ Planning
Once upon a time there was a fine southern gentleman who ran his family store after generations of his family having operated it for more than 100 years. This gentleman was very grateful to the town people for supporting his general merchandise and decided to say, "thank you" by holding a barbeque. A few more town folks thought this was a good idea and decided to help him. Charlie Ward was the fine southern gentleman and the "other town folk" is made up of everyone who wants to chip in and help. That's how Saluda's town BBQ started. Charlie finally retired but the BBQ is still held and this year it will be September 13.
In the past many citizens have contributed to the event, both physically and financially.  We thank everyone for all they have done.  If you would like to make a financial donation, please mail it to Charlie Ward at 866 Louisiana Ave, Saluda, NC  28773.  We have missed seeing so many of you and let's make this a very special event this year.  Please come, bring you chair and don't forget your FAVORITE DESSERT!  See you Sept 13th!
Submitted by Charlie and Judy Ward

Judy & Charlie

"Slip Into Somthing More Comfortable"

First Peak

Polk County Tourism has launched a new marketing campgaign for Saluda, Tryon and Columbus, and a new web site.
The pictures tell it all and the web site easily engages you to stay a while and look around.
Read more at Tryon Daily Bulletin.
Check it out at First Peak.
In Loving Memory
Allen Ashley passed away on May 10. Allen was an avid rock and gem collector and helped his father operate a Gem and Mineral Museum in Saluda for many years. These collections were eventually moved to his home where he would give guided tours when asked to see his collections.
Pictured below is Allen and his wife Martha as they served as Grand Marshalls in the 2007 Coon Dog Day parade.
Ashley Grand Marshall 
Read Allen's obiturary at Tryon Daily Bulletin
Other Saluda residents who passed away recently:
Kenneth "Monk" Paul Thompson of Saluda died on June 3, 2008
Evelyn Ruth Spencer Joy, 84, mother of Bonnie Joy Bardos of Saluda, died on Thursday, June 12 in Monroe, N.C.
Capt. John O. Hooper (Ret), 85 of Saluda died, June 16, 2008. Born in Saluda, he was the son of the late John and Annie Maude Hart Hooper and was the husband of the late Ruby Thompson Hooper, who died in 2007.

Manna Cabanna Opens
Manna Cabanna, Inc., located at 105 E. Main Street across the street from the
Saluda Post Office, is dedicated to providing its' community the freshest local organic veggies, herbs and assorted whole foods available from ground to you within 72 hours.
The Cabanna's owner and CCO (chief cabanna officer), Carol Lynn Jackson, works with local area organic produce growers and brings in weekly new crop yields directly from their fields to her downtown business, uniquely located in the Little Red Caboose. Manna Cabanna also currently offers a complete botanical-based skin-care line for women, men, and young adults, that mineral based:  color, and herbal and botanical-based aromatics, wellness, remedy, and weight management products.
A recent Mountain Biz Works Foundations Course graduate, Carol Lynn's mission for her
company is to grow through a yearly goal-oriented business plan and expand her product line to include locally farmed organic meats, eggs, and other whole foods. It will also offer itself as a sort of "Information Station" or local business and activities concierge, within the region through interior space in the caboose itself, and through its' website, currently under construction. In its' final stages of development, it would like to act as a "Giving Back" hub for community business and philanthropic initiatives.
Ms. Jackson states, "The mission of Manna Cabanna, Inc. is to help customers develop and maintain healthy lifestyles through nutrition, community minded-support, education and awareness of sustainable farming, business and personal lifestyles."
Manna Cabanna, Inc. is open Wednesdays - Saturdays, 11-6. Phone number, (828) 817-2308.
Press Release submitted by Carol Lynn Jackson 

Saluda Open Houses-Coon Dog Day 2-4 pm 
To accommodate the many visitors and guests in town for the July 4th weekend, several homes that are being offered for sale will have Open Houses.  For your planning and convenience, here they are. 
7161 US Hwy 176
Hwy 176 front view $599,000
Private 7.91 Acres
3 BR/3 BA
Close to town
Directions: Hwy 176 toward Tryon approx 1 mile. Look for sign.
651 Memory Lane
Memory Lane front view$375,000
Newly renovated and opened for light. Pine flooring. Separate artist's studio.
3 BR/ 2BA, .42 acres
MLS #408127
Directions: From I-26, right on Laurel, left on Memory Lane. Look for sign.
552 Chisholm St
chishol front view$599,500
In the heart of Saluda. Gourmet kitchen. Brazilian Cherry flooring.
4 BR/2.5 BA, .82 acres
Directions:  From I-26 on Ozone, right on Crescent, right again on Crescent, right on Chisholm.  Look for sign.
Above Properties listed by Beverly-Hanks & Associates.
346  Mountain Page Road
lafave front view
Newly renovated on Orchard Hill overlooking "Saluda View."
4 BR/3BA, .75 acre
Directions:  From Main St. cross over RR tracks on Greenville St. approx 1 mile. Look for sign.
Cathy Jackson Realty would be pleased to serve as a "Buyer's Agent" representative for you on any of the above properties. Please call us at 828-749-3504 if you would like to make an appointment.
July is a busy month for Saluda residents.  All the "summer folks" are back in time for July 4 and Coon Dog Day which happens to be July 5 this year.  It's always the first Saturday after July 4.  Come and stay for a day.  Sit on the benches along the shady tree-lined Main St. Have an ice cream and just watch how slowly time can go by.
Have a safe and happy July!

Cathy Jackson
Cathy Jackson Realty