Joe Adams
Saluda Lifestyles
Where Time Stands Still
August 1, 2008 
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Saluda School-First Day of School August 25
Senior Center Schedule
Senior Center News
Saluda Library
Saluda Church Services
A Note from Saluda Community Tree Preservation
Wreath-Making Bee
Sandburg's Hobo Ball
The Women's Club of Saluda
Saluda Garden Club
Meetings to Remember
Dog Days of Summer
What's Happening
Joe Adams - Queen Anne Lace, Blackberries, and BIG Bass
Queen Anne's Lace
Saluda Scoop
Saluda Summer Girls
Art Clues
Town BBQ Planning
Duck Alley
Wine Tasting at Saluda Inn
Saluda Police Cars - New Look
Saluda Community Land Trust
Organic Produce at Manna Cabanna's
First Annual Car Show
Quick Links
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Music and Entertainment
The Purple Onion
Area News Media
Tryon Daily Bulletin
Saluda Lifestyles
Past Issues of Saluda Lifestyles

Saluda Property & Real Estate

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Joe Adams
Lake Cottage at Lake Hosea
3BR/2 BA/1 HB, 1475 SF
Log Home with Views
 3BR/3BA, 2550 SF, 1.27 acre,
2-car garage, front & back full lenghth decks
jose front view 
90% Complete Log Home on White Oak Mountain
You pick finishing touches! 
3BR/2BA, 3068 SF 1.1 Acres
cohenour front view
Hop, Skip and Jump to Main St Downtown Historic Saluda
3BR/1BA, 1000 SF, Maple hardwood floors throughout
Raw Land and Lots
Thompson's Ridge Subdivision
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
Lot 23-1.07 Acres MLS#418414 $145,000
Saluda School
First Day of School August 25
  Joe Adams
Friday, August 1
PTSO Planning Meeting 
All parents and interested community members are invited to attend the meeting at 10:00am in the school auditorium to plan events for the upcoming school year.
August 7 & 8
NC A+ Schools State Conference
Saluda Elementary School is part of the NC A+ Schools Network.  Visit to learn more about how schools are using arts integration in the North Carolina A+ Schools Program.
August 14, 15 & 18
Polk County Schools Orientation for New Teachers
August 19                         Optional Teacher Workday
August 20-22                     Required Teacher Workdays
Thursday, August 21
Students and parents are invited to meet in the school auditorium at 5:30pm for summer updates and teacher introductions before visiting classrooms.

To see Saluda School's supply list please click here Saluda School Supplies List and scroll down to the bottom of the page.
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.
Full and part-time Saluda residents will be the featured artists for the month at the center.  Come by Mon-Fri from 8:30am to 2:30pm to view their work.
Monday Activities Schedule
9:00 NIA
9:30 Walking Group
9:30 Line dancing
12:30 Yoga
6:00 Beginners meditation
August 4 - 9-3 Calligraphy Workshop with Maria McCall
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
August 7 - 5:30-7:30 Artists Reception
August 14  -2:30 Board Meeting
August 28 - 1:30 Flat Rock Playhouse 
Friday Activities Schedule
9:00 Walking Group
10:00 Trash Train
10:00 Chair Exercise
August 8 - Birthday Celebration.  
August 22 - 5:30-7:30 Movie Night
August 29 - 5-8pm Square Dance on the Deck 
Sunday Activities
9:15 Silent meditation
August 23 and 24 - 10am - 4pm - Digital Image and Everything Acrylic Workshop
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.
Senior Center News
 Our "Meals on Wheels" program at the center has reached its lowest number of participants in the past decade. We know there are a number of seniors in the community, which could benefit from the warm nutritious meals that we home deliver. If you know of any individuals age 55 or older that are restricted to home because of illness, injury or immobility, please inform them about our services and have them contact Donna Carson. Donna can assist them with information and
sign them up for the program. (749-9245)
There will be a Calligraphy Workshop given by Maria McCall on August 4th. Call the Center (7499245) for the details.
In a program titled "Artists Among Us" 12 full and part-time Saluda residents will be the featured artists during the month of August at the Senior Center. Please come by and view works of the various artists from 8:30 am. - 2:30pm beginning on Wednesday August 6th.  A reception will be held in their honor on Thursday August 7th from 5:30 - 7:30pm. Everyone is invited to stop by and browse the artwork. Everything is sponsored by the Saluda Senior Center.
The Senior Center would like to announce that arts and crafts classes are to be given at the center in cooperation with Saluda's own Random Arts. We have partnered with Random Arts to provide unusual and exciting hands-on workshops to bring out the artistic talents in everyone. There will be a 2-day class August 23 and 24 from 10 till 4 entitled "The Digital Image and Everything Acrylic". This class will cover inkjet printing on different types of mediums plus working with acrylic gels, in a textured collage. They will be exploring inventive combinations of images and acrylic gels in unique and surprising applications. Lunch will be catered by the Saluda Grade each day and seniors are entitled to a 10% discount. We will continue to keep you posted on upcoming classes with this newsletter and flyers. Random Arts can be contacted for all of the details. When 'you talk to them, tell them the Senior Center sent you.
Lets go bowling! Wii Bowling will get its introduction on August 14 from 7-8:30PM. This is a virtual reality game that is so realistic that you won't believe it. No colorful shirts, shoes or ball required, just bring yourself, your best bowling form and have some fun. This could turn into a regular event.
Movie Night at the Senior Center had its premier opening on July 25, presenting a timeless classic "Captain's Courageous."  Admission was free.  Of course the movie would not have been complete without popcorn and a cold drink. Movie Night will occur once a month on the third Friday night of the month starting at 530 PM. The time is subject to change in the future respecting our patrons' input. Our next film will be "Friendly Persuasion" showing on August 22nd.
There will be a Square Dance held on the Senior Center's new covered deck on August 29th. There are plans to continue this activity through the rest of the summer by providing lessons on square dancing. Judy Ward and Margaret Sease are organizing the event. The dance will run from 5 to 8PM.
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.


Saluda Community Library
Paul Koenen


"Create A Bug" Contest At Polk County And Saluda Libraries
The Polk County and Saluda Libraries are holding a "Create A Bug" contest as part of the 2008 Summer Reading Program, "Catch the Reading Bug".
Here's how it works:  Kids or families can come by either library to pick up a "grab bag" of creative bug supplies.  Use the pieces to create your bug masterpiece!  All the pieces must be used.  Painting, coloring and markers are all allowed.
Return your "bug" to the library by August 15.
Prizes will be awarded for Most Creative, Creepiest, Funniest and Cutest Bugs.
Friends of the LIbrary will judge the entries and winners will be announced August 22.  
Throughout the month of August, the Saluda Library will show a "bug-themed" movie each Friday afternoon in connection with our "Catch the Reading Bug" Summer Reading Program.
The movies will each be shown each Friday afternoon at 3:00 in the community meeting room.  Snacks will be provided.
The schedule is:
Friday, Aug 1, "Ant Bully"
Friday, Aug 8, "Bee Movie"
Friday, Aug 15, "Charlotte's Web"
Friday, Aug 22, "How To Eat Fried Worms"
For more information about programs at the library, call 828-749-2117 or 828-894-8721 or visit the library website @
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

transfiguration in spring

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

A Note from the Saluda Community Tree Preservation Association

We're frequently asked, "what is the Saluda Community Tree Preservation Association?" 


Through the courtesy of Cathy Jackson and "Saluda Lifestyles" we can answer your question with excerpts from our mission statement and resolution:

"As residents of the Saluda community, we recognize and respect the tremendous asset we possess in the many trees that grow in ouor community.  We recognize the value of our trees, both aesthetically and in the very tangible benefits they provide:  the conservation of soil, energy, water, wildlife and the atmosphere . . .
Be it resolved that every effort be made to preserve our trees and to encourage that none be destroyed without justifiable cause. . .
We earnestly request your help in preserving our legacy of trees for present and future generations."

For more information, please call Judy at 864-292-0203 or Ruth at 828-749-9718.

Wreath Making Bee
At the Old Chicken House
Have you been collecting materials to make a wreath sometime but just never got around to it? 
Beginning August 1 and every subsequent Friday in August, bring them and come to the Old Chicken House and we'll have a "Wreath-Making Bee."  Just for fun, no fee.  Or just come visit while we work. Hours 10am to 6pm.
Call Ruth at 828-749-9718.  The Old Chicken House is one mile from the RR tracks downtown and is at the end of Greenville St., crossing the tracks in front of Saluda City Hall.
Submitted by Ruth Anderson
Sandburg's Hobo Ball
The Friends of Carl Sandburg at Connemara will hold the 2nd  Sandburg's Hobo Ball on Saturday, September 13, 2008 at Kenmure Country Club.
The fundraising event is a wonderful casual evening in a beautiful setting. The event begins with a cash bar at 6:00 pm featuring some of the"Helm's Barbershop Boys", local favorites who have appeared on CBS Sunday Morning and 60 Minutes.  They will be  "jammin" on the veranda during cocktail hour.

A delicious Hobo style buffet including complimentary wine and beer will be enjoyed by guests.  A silent and live auction conducted by Richard Hatch will feature wonderful items donated by community businesses and individuals.  Items will include lovely jewelry, antiques, art work, photography, quilts, overnight stays in fantastic inns, a cocktail party with entertainment, a guided hike in Dupont followed by an alfresco lunch plus much, much more.

Dress is casual. . . denim rules! The last event even included many guest  "hoboes" complete with knapsacks!   Tickets are $75 each.

Proceeds from the event enable the Friends of Carl Sandburg at Connemara to support the historical, scientific, literary, educational and interpretive activities of the Carl Sandburg Home site such as a poetry celebration, the folk music festival, the Lincoln Series, an intern for the summer and even van repairs! 
The Carl Sandburg Writer in Residence program, currently under development, is being underwritten by the Friends of Carl Sandburg and will debut in the fall of 2009.
For information or reservations contact Jan Spicka, Hobo Ball Chairperson, at 828-891-1606
Additional information can be found at

Contact: Jan Spicka
Phone: 828-891-1606

The Women's Club of Saluda

Our August meeting features:
Dr. Ben Pfingstag
"Food for Thought"
Art Appreciation Presentation
Saluda resident Dr. Ben Pfingstag teaches a variety of unique art appreciation classes at Isothermal College.  His lively and engaging style captivates his audiences, while he shares his wealth of knowledge of art through the ages. 
When:  August 12, 2008 10 am
Where:  Presbyterian Church
(behind the Saluda library)
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.

The Saluda Women's Association wishes to extend a heartfelt "Thank You" to all local craftspeople, artists, authors, and business owners who supported the fund-raising basket raffle.  We are proud to announce that the winner was Anita Moore. We raised $600 that will go toward funding our educational scholarships.


Saluda Garden Club

The next Saluda Garden Club meeting is August 18 at 10am at the Saluda Library.


Kathy Ford from Morning Glory Florist will be showing slides from the growers in the Caribbean where she purchases her flowers.


We invite all to come and enjoy!  We  have really had a great turn out this year.


In October we will be touring Ashdown Roses in Campobello who ships his roses all over the world.


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 meet 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 August 6. 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.
Dog Days of Summer
Summer in Saluda and the mountains of western North Carolina are a haven for folks seeking relief from the depressive and suffocating heat of the low country.
The "days of dog" originated with the Greeks and Romans when Sirius, the Dog Star rose just before or at the same time as sunrise. It is usually the period between early July and early September when the hot sultry weather of summer gives way to inactivity and listlessness.

Sounds of refreshing yelps can be heard as Saluda residents and visitors enjoy the cool waters of the creeks, ponds, rivers, and lakes around Saluda.
  dog days of summer
Speaking of dogs, Saluda's Coon Dog Day festival was as always a huge and fun event for dogs and their people.
Parade winners were:
Most Original: Camp Wayfarer
Most Original Commercial: Blue Ridge Paving - Pirates of the Conn-a-bbean
Best All around Saluda: Cosmic Coon Elvis 
Thanks to Ammie Weymer for organizing the parade participants.  An overall THANKS goes to Monica Pace, city administrator who is the key coordinator of the event.  "I love doing Coon Dog Day because for me it's a heritage thing . . . I'm not from out of town, so it's a homecoming, and I want to keep the spirit alive as much as I can," said Monica.

Stephen Miller with Asheville Citizen-Times captured this event on camera. If you missed Coon Dog Day this year, take at look at this imagery at Coon Dog Day Festival.

Photo courtesy of Stephen Miller, Asheville Citizen-Times.
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.
August Music Schedule
AUGUST 2 - THE LONE TONES. Great band from Knoxville back with us.
AUGUST 7 - ALAN BARRINGTON.  This singer/songwriter new to us comes from South Carolina.

AUGUST 9 - VINTAGE JAZZ QUARTET. Jazz the way we like it returns.

AUGUST 14 - STEPHEN SIMMONS.  We are delighted to have this Nashville singer/songwriter back.

AUGUST 16 - THE DROVERS OLD TIME MEDICINE SHOW. Our old friends are back with great bluegrass.
AUGUST 21 - MOSES ATWOOD. Singer/songwriter from Asheville here for the first time.

AUGUST 23 - PATRICK FITZSIMONS.  It has been too long since this wonderful guitarist/singer was here.

AUGUST 24 - STACEY EARLE & MARK STEWART. Part of our Sunday Night Concert Series.  Tickets are $15 per person.  Call 828-749-1179 to make reservations as space will be limited.

AUGUST 28 - ABI TAPIA. From Austin more "wanderlusty" music for our enjoyment.

 AUGUST 30 - EVERY MOTHER'S DREAM.  From Asheville, welcome back this harmonious duo.
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.  They are scheduled to perform August 8 and 22 at 6:00pm.  Check their schedule at  Green River Boys.
jamboreeSummer Time at Mountain Jamboree
On Friday, August 8th, The Jimmy Justice Family will hold their 35th Anniversary Gospel Singing at the Saluda Mountain Jamboree.  The special anniversary program will include The Brady Rochester Family and a very special performance by Naomi Sego.  And of course all the singing members of the Justice Family will be bringing a full evening of good southern gospel music to the stage. 
The program starts at 7:00 pm.  Tickets are $12.00 in advance and $14.00 at the door.  Tickets can be purchased at The Open Door Christian Bookstore in the Blue Ridge Mall, The Wal-Mart Shopping Center or The UPS Store.  For more information call 828-685-3730 or 828-696-5150. 
Don't forget the "Party With A Beat" is held every Saturday night at The Saluda Mountain Jamboree 8 - 11 pm, with live music,  dancing, and lots of fun.  Keep up with all the events by visiting the website
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
The doors open at 7:00 pm and the music is 8:00 pm until 11:00 pm.  More information at the web or call 828-749-3676.
Veteran's Park Concert Series - Columbus, NC
 August 9th  The Stereofidelics
 August 23   Peggy Ratusz and "Big Road"
 Concerts start at 8 pm - bring a lawn chair
 Barbeque and cold drinks on site
 828-894-0744 for directions and information

Random Arts Upcoming Workshops


August Workshops 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
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go to our blog or website.

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curtis wrightCurtis 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.
Jim Carson Outdoor Painting Carson light in hollowWorkshop
Jim Carson will hold a "plein air" oil and acrylic workshop, entitled "Painting Fast And Loose/ Eliminating The Unnecessary" in Saluda, N.C. on Thursday -Saturday, Oct.23-25.  The workshop will be held at different outdoor locations each day, and feature demonstrations by the artist and critiques of the student's work at the end of each day.
The workshop will focus on simplifying large shapes and applying paint quickly and confidently, with an emphasis on color harmony, painterly marks and composition. The cost of the workshop is $300, which includes a "get acquainted" gathering at Carson's home on Wed. night, Oct.22.
Because the workshop is limited to 12 and was "sold out" last Oct., and there was a long waiting list, Jim will have an alternate workshop on Oct.16-18, but only if the Oct 23-25 workshop is full.
For more information, visit Jim Carson or call 828-749-3702.
Jim is represented locally in Hendersonville by Wickwire Gallery.
Tryon Arts & Crafts Workshop Schedule
We hope to see you at some of these great workshops. For more information on each workshop please visit our web site at Tryon Arts and Crafts. For questions or more information, please call Dianna at Tryon Arts & Crafts:  828-859-8323  or Charlotte at 864-473-0317

July 19 Basic Bead Stringing, Charlotte Caughman
July 26 Soapstone Carving, Betty Willard
July 26 Argentium Silver Fusing, Charlotte Caughman
Aug. 9-10 Brilliant Bracelets - PMC Workshop, Landen Gailey
Aug. 16-17 Fuse It, Use It, glass fusing/bead stringing, Ellen Miles
Aug. 23-24  All Wired Up #2, wire wrap with Sonia Arnold
Sept. 13-14 Cold Connections with Kim St. Jean
Oct. 4-5 Fast Track Hand Building, pottery with Ann Gleason
Oct.  10-12 Floral Painting on Silk with Jamie Kirkell from Sarasota, Florida
Nov. 1-2 Etching and Fabrication, a silver workshop with Molly Sharp
Nov. 15-16 Beginning Silver - #3  a silver workshop with Dan Haga
Queen Anne Lace, Blackberries and BIG Bass
by author Joe Adams
Joe AdamsI love Queen Anne Lace, the white flowers that grow by the roadside.  It's nothing but a weed but the stately name takes them out of the ordinary, even when they're in a Mason jar.  But more than Queen Anne Lace, I love wild blackberries.  I sent my artist friend who is visiting this summer out every morning with a pail to pick blackberries as soon as they turn from red to black.  You have to be quicker than the birds that are also waiting with their pails. Blackberries sell for $3.99 a pint so my friend usually comes back with about $8 worth of blackberries. 
big bassHe's also become quite a fisherman and caught a wide-mouth bass the other night that was 21 inches long!  We had to stuff it like a turkey to cook it.  It's the biggest anyone in our family has caught.

I've been testing blackberry recipes from Dori Sanders' cookbook...Blackberry Dumplins, Blackberry Cobbler, Blackberry Pie, etc.  She's a friend of mine over in Filbert, S.C. which is so small it doesn't even have a crossroad.  That's where she has a roadside stand.  She and here brother Ortevus sell peaches , sweet potatoes and other vegetables.  She sells her best-selling novels and a wonderful cookbook filled with unusual recipes and great stories about growing up on a farm.  Their family was one of the first black families to actually own a farm and hey are very protective of the land.  They used to have vast sections of the land plant4ed in sweet potatoes.  Come harvest time, high school students would come to help dig and collect the potatoes.  But as Ortevus has gotten older and high school students are less inclined to sweat for money, they've had to cut back on how many potatoes they grow.  But peaches and sweet potatoes are two of their main crops and Dori's cookbook has some interesting things to do with both.  This summer, we're had Sweet Potato Salad.  And Sweet Potato Pound Cake with a peach glaze.  Then there's Sweet Potato Custard with an orange crust. And we've had Spareribs marinated in peaches.  She has some unusual recipes such as Zucchini Chocolate Cake (and if you've ever grown zucchini, you know that you never can have enough recipes because they grow so fast and farmers' group did a cookbook one year called, 101 THINGS TO DO WITH A ZUCCHINI.) 
The only recipe we haven't been able to cook is Pickled Pig Lips.  I don't know where you could get 3 pounds of pig lips anyway.  You would have to kill every pig in Polk County to get that many lips.  Actually they are snoots which frankly makes the recipe seem even less desirable.  I've had bar-b-qed pig snoots and, believe me, it's not something you would offer your guests.

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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
Queen Anne's Lace
queen annes laceWalking or hiking along the roads this time of the year, you can't miss the tall lacy plants growing along the road sides. Imported from Europe, Queen Anne's Lace is a herb that was named after their resemblance to old-fashioned lacy doilies.
Did you know that its botanical name is Daucas Carota.  Yes, it's related to the carrot and even the light orange tubular has a similar taste.  Some people sprinkle the flowers in salads.
Collect the seeds in late summer and early fall to use fresh or dried to store. The flavor is like that of caraway.
Caterpillars from Swallowtail butterflies love to eat the leaves and bees and insects love the nectar.
Beneath the beauty of Queen Anne's Lace's white lacy flowers and featherly leaves is an abundance of nurturing services to all nature.
Saluda Scoop
The latest news and the unusual offerings provided by Saluda shops, restaurants, artists, and craftspeople
  heartwood new web site
Heartwood Gallery is pleased to announce their new Web site and invites you to visit.  You will see work from featured artists:  Peggy Crago Pottery,  Englewood, Colorado;  U.S. Bells~Richard Fisher, Prospect Harbor, Maine; Olga Ganoudis Jewelry, Wilmington, Delaware.  Visit Heartwood Gallery and let them know what you think about their new web presence.
galaxGalax Good Ol' Stuff on Main Street across from the Green River BBQ is having a Summer's End Sale with 50% off already low prices.  You will find antiques (nice truck and dry sink), collectibles, shabby chic porch items, art for your cabin (nice watercolors), vintage kitchen items, old tools and sporting goods, hadmade benches and stools, 1940's big floral mixing bowls, McCoy pieces.
Saluda Wine and Cheese Shop owned by Allen McCullough will open soon in the building that housed the WhistleStop Cafe.  Allen plans on providing a variety of wine, gourmet cheeses, and pasta sauces from around the world.He will also be doing gift baskets and wine tastings. Hours will be Tuesday through Saturday 10-6 and Sunday's 12-4.  For more information, please call 828-749-WINE or email Allen at
CarolinesCAROLINE'S ON MAIN is moving! Still in our 10th year in business in Saluda, we are in the process of relocating to 101 Cullipher Street (where the Boardwalk Meets the Sidewalk), which is around the corner from our present location and directly behind the Bank/Post Office building. In this process, we have become CAROLINE'S ON MAIN, LLC. Caroline is retiring ( well, semi-retiring) and store hours in the new location will be only a few hours per week. As we are making this move, business will continue with our STOREWIDE SALE at the Main Street location. Store hours will be varied, but in general will be Noon until 4:30 PM or later during the move (Closed Tuesday, Wednesday, and Sunday). Updates on store hours and other information will be posted later in August on our website  Once the move is complete, the store will be open about three hours per day, three days per week. We will try to tailor these to our customers' needs and will also be available by appointment. We expect September to be a transition month when we will be concentrating on making our .com portion a functioning website, hoping to have it operable by early Fall for the convenience of our customers who cannot be here all the time.  Our sign will be moving soon, so we hope you will watch for our OPEN flags while our sale continues!  
Don't miss Chris Talbot's award-winning photo in this month's  "Our State" magazine. Chris took second place in the "People" category with his picture of a girl sitting on the end of a dock at Lake Summit.  Photo is on page 56. To see more of Chris' work please vist Chris Talbot's Photography.

Saluda Summer Girls
The final school bell rang for the year which meant we would soon be on our way from Miami to the Saluda mountains. The excitement built as we slowly made the drive up the steep, winding road from Tryon to Saluda. Then turning onto Howard Gap Road we passed by our pond and drove over a little rise in the road before coming to our summer cabin, we called "Lick Logs."
We jumped out of the car, raced across the stone patio, and bounded up the steps to be the first one in the cabin. We ran through each room checking to see if all the dolls, toys, and books were still in their special places. We made a stop to look inside our little playhouse in the back yard, before swinging on the rope swing that hung from the huge old walnut tree. We always said the air smelled fresher and the spring water tasted sweeter in the mountains.
We fell asleep on those cool, summer nights listening to whippoorwills and tree frogs serenading us. It was peaceful, but it never lasted past sunrise. We'd be out of bed, and ready for the day.
Each day was a new adventure. Our family went on special outings to Pearson Falls, Sliding Rock, and to Hendersonville for a movie at the only theater around.
We took classes at the Flat Rock Playhouse and were in several children's plays. But mostly it was lazy summer days filled with childlike play:  we orchestrated plays and concerts for our neighbors up the mountain to watch and then we would host a barbeque; we hiked down to the Green River; we slid down the mountain of red clay until our clothes were so dirty that Mom could never get all the stains out. Grandpa Zoro Guice planted a garden for our family each year, and we helped him pick the vegetables. We always had horses, chickens and roosters to play with.  We'd all go to Saluda and walk down the one-block, main part of town, eating lunch at Ward's Grill, where the best hamburgers were made. Then we walked down to M.A. Pace's store for penny candy or a popsicle. We'd see farmers sitting on the sidewalk benches, relaxing, talking about their crops and the weather,and then walk over the railroad tracks to play in the park for hours.
But, our favorite thing to do was to go to the Square Dances every Friday night at the gym. The music would fill our ears even before we reached the doors. We'd dance until we couldn't take another step, then when the music stopped we would drive to the cabin chattering all the way back about who we danced with and how we couldn't wait until the next dance.
We had dear friends in Saluda, girls we shared our summers with. We would spend the night at each others homes and filled our days with adventure. We always could pick up where we left off the year before. We all went to Vacation Bible School at the First Baptist Church in Saluda.  The same children and teachers were always there so every year our friendships grew.
They seemed to accept us back with the same ease as we did.  Nothing was said, we just were back, and that's all that mattered. They became part of our extended family.
We miss those days. Life was filled with simple pleasures and happy times.  The love our friends in Saluda shared with us each summer will be a special memory and will live in our hearts always.  They blessed us and gave us some
of our most wonderful childhood memories.
By The LaHuis Girls~ Sydney, Pauline, and Nevette 
Art Clues

Hints for Creating and Appreciating Art


                       Travel Tips
          Be an Artist on the Road, in the Air,
                  at Sea or Anywhere
Much of the art we look at is by artists who have traveled to unfamiliar places to capture what they see and feel in an atmosphere of new light, forms and colors.  The unfamiliar can be artistically inspiring.
A traveler can use time for art in two very different ways.
1. One way is to set aside time to create a painting. 
2. Another way is to sketch quickly at unplanned times.
I suggest two mediums for travel art.
1. Oil pastels 
2. A black writing pen.

Use these with a small sketch book that has a pen holder. Both mediums can be used for quick sketches and for more careful drawings or paintings. All these supplies are convenient and safe to carry in a pocket or small bag and cause no problem at airports.
The following examples include pen and ink sketches done while I was in an airplane seat and on a road trip. The oil pastels were done while traveling on the water.
I learned some drawing skills from the incomplete pen and ink practice sketches and made time to produce more complete paintings with the oil pastels.

Foot on an airplanefoot on airplane

Hands on an airplanehands on airplane 
Barn and silo on the roadbarn and silo

Island cliffsisland cliffs

The subject of next month's ART CLUES is "Children and Art:" how adults can facilitate the interest of children in producing and enjoying art.

Beverly Bowden Pickard
Saluda Fine Arts
 Note:  You can see Beverly's art in Saluda Fine Arts, 46 E Main St, Saluda. NC.

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Charlie and Judy Ward are planning this year's town BBQ for September 13.
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

Duck Alley in New Home

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Duck Alley has moved to their new building and Lisa and Pat Duck invite you to their Grand Opening Party and Saluda Social on Sunday afternoon, August 3 from 2 - 5 p.m. 
"Barney Fife" and the Mayberry Car will be here to meet and greet everyone, and 20% of all sales during the party benefit the Saluda Senior Center.  Ask everyone to please join us, and bring your camera for a picture with Barney.
Submitted by Lisa and Pat Duck
Wine Tasting at Saluda Inn
rauschenbachsJoni and Rich Rauschenbach, owners of The Cellar at the Saluda Inn recently decided to clean out their wine cellar.  They recruited some local friends and neighbors to assist them with this big job.   The main goal for the night was to go through the Sauvignon Blanc's.  General consensus in wine circles is that Sauvignon Blanc's are made to be consumed within a couple of years after being bottled.
But, what do you do if you have some that have a little more age on them than just a few years?  Instead of dumping them, (which may very well be the second sin, the first being waiting so long to open them), we decided to take our chances and try them out.  We were able to recruit a number of volunteers for this project.
To enhance the enjoyment of the wine tasting, there were cheeses and fruits especially selected to pair with the different Sauvignon Blanc's.  Guests were also presented with information, which would help them to learn about the wine and how to identify its unique flavors and aromas.
The wines unearthed for the tasting ranged from 1997 vintages from France and California to a New Zealand 2001 vintage.  We jumped in and began our tasting with our preconceived notions still lingering.  After some sniffing, swirling and sipping, we all came to the same conclusion - all were drinkable! Surprisingly the two 97's turned out to be the best of the bunch!  Personally, after all the "stink" over drinking an 11-year old Sauvignon Blanc, I was prepared to shelf it as potential vinegar.  Some had lost the crispness but still had enough flavor to enjoy.  The acidity had softened a bit in a couple but remained identifiable and enjoyable.  Of all, only one did not fare well and gave us of our first wine vocabulary word; "flabby"!
At the conclusion of the evening, many people admitted first of all that they didn't think they even like white wines until this tasting.   Most agreed on a couple favorites and were encouraged to open their own old whites that they have been saving for way too many years.
If you are interested in attending our next tasting on August 13, please email us at or call 749-9698 to make a reservation.  We will be featuring wines from our recent trip to Europe including Alsace, Northern Italy and Tuscany.  These wines are some of the best-kept secrets in the wine world! For more details on this tasting, please check out Saluda Inn.

Saluda Police Gets New Look
new look polic car 
Chief of Police, Tonya Lindsey is proud of the new design and look of the police vehicles. 
"It's the first time the police department has ever had a "design image," says Chief Lindsey. The graphics were the combined ideas of Chief Lindsey and graphics artists at Signature Signs.  The paint job was done by local painter Jack Jarvis.
The vehicles are also sporting new cages and bar lights. 
Get Connected with Our Saluda Community Land Trust

Saluda Community Land Trust is happy to announce that we now have a website and a local phone number with answering machine.
We encourage you to visit our website at, or go to and click on the associations link to find us.  There you will find LOTS of info about the land trust-mission statement, board members, current projects, grants received and more. 
Have more questions or want to join?  Call us at 828-749-1560 and someone will get back with you ASAP!
river survey 2One of our current projects is keeping us cool!  We are surveying the Pacolet River from its headwaters at Lake Sheila all the way down to Harmon Field to access the condition of the river, its banks, floodplains and stream flow.  This project is in conjunction with the Polk Co. Soil and Water Conservation District and is funded by the Bradley Fund of Polk County.  The information will be used to guide restoration and conservation of the river.  So if you see a group in the river with clipboards and cameras, give us a toot and a wave! 

For information, please call Nancy Barnett  828-749-4661  or Susie Welsh  828-749- 3900.
Organic Produce At Manna Cabanna's in August


This month at our local organic produce stand!
Salad Mix
Multi-Colored Potatoes
Heirloom Tomatoes
Varieties of Squash, Cucumbers and Zuchini Watermelons, Cantaloupes
Mixed Cut Flowers
Variety of Potted and Cut Herbs
Elizabeth Tempests' Organic Herbal and Botanical Tinctures, Balms, and Salves.  PLUS Carol Lynn from the Cabanna and Debbie at Wildflour Bakery have created their first collaborative prepared food:  Whole Wheat Focaccia topped with Roasted Manna Cabanna Local Organic Veggies!  Yum Yum!

Manna Cabanna is located at 105 E. Main Street next to Curtis Wright Outfitters:

Carol Lynn Jackson, President and CCO  (Chief Cabanna Operator)
Open Wednesday - Saturday 11 - 6

First Annual Car Show by
Saluda Fire and Rescue 
low riderSaluda Fire and Rescue is holding its first annual car show at Saluda Elementary School on August 30.  This fundraiser will help benefit the local Fire Department with supplies and equipment to better the community. 
Car entry fee is $10.00 and registration starts at 10am and is open until 6pm.  
Public is admitted free and there will be trophies, door prizes, 50/50 raffle and food!
Original cars, hot rods, rat rods, muscle cars, military vehicles, new cars, and trucks.  If you want to show it, bring it . . . all vehicles can be shown.
For more information please call 828-749-9816. 
Thanks for your continued support of Saluda Lifestyles.  Subscribers are up to more than 3,000 and we continue to receive constructive feedback and positive comments. 
We hope you continue to find Saluda Lifestyles an enjoyable interruption to your day and hopefully puts a smile on your face.

Cathy Jackson
Cathy Jackson Realty