Joe Adams
Saluda Lifestyles
Where Time Stands Still
October 1, 2008 
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Saluda School
Senior Center Schedule
Saluda Library
Saluda Church Services
Saluda Classifieds
Saluda's Halloween Stroll
Saluda Garden Club
The Women's Club of Saluda
Meetings to Remember
Democrats Hotdog Rally
Saluda Community Land Trust
A Poem for Charlie
New Faces at Macon Bank
Fall is Coming
Thank You from Judy Ward
What's Happening
Saluda Senior Center News & Events
Joe's Taking a Break
Saluda Scoop
Art Clues
Big Sweep
Giving Thanks
Tour de Falls - Dupont Forest
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Music and Entertainment
The Purple Onion
Area News Media
Tryon Daily Bulletin
Saluda Lifestyles
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Saluda Property & Real Estate

What a Great Time to Purchase Your Saluda Home!  Prices have corrected DOWN and now is the time to take Advantage of this Buyer's Market!
Click on the Pictures to get more information about these properties.
Allen pace 
Great Old Saluda home in Historic Downtown Saluda. Five Minutes walk to Main Street. Rocking Chair front porch and screened back porch for entertaining. Three car garage and lots of parking.
3BR/3BA/ 1782SF, .83 acres
houde 18 tanglewood
Cottage at Lake Sheila
 2BR/2BA, 1347SF, .33 acre,
1-car garage, back deck
!!PRICE REDUCED $25,000!! 
Cozy Brick Rancher Close to Town.
 3BR/2BA, 1134 SF
Joe Adams
!!PRICE REDUCED $10,000!!
 This home is ready for you to move right in and start enjoying life in Saluda. Relax or read on the deck while looking for wildlife on this level, wooded lot.
3BR/2BA, 1176 SF, 1.64 Acres
 Raw Land and Lots
23 Acre Parcel
Priced Reduced $45,000!!
Near Green River Put In
This acreage provides privacy, views, and easy access to Saluda, Flat Rock, Hendersonville, Lake Summit, and the Green River. Create a family compound where you can meet to enjoy all this area has to offer. City water is available, Pot Shoals Road is scheduled to be paved, and the driveway is in.
4 BR Septic, city water available,
Eagle's Rest Subdivision
 Modular Homes Allowed
Thompson's Ridge Subdivision
Ranging from $65,000 to $85,000
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
  Joe Adams

October is. . .Eat Better, Eat Together Month!
Be sure to visit Saluda Schoolto learn more about our school!  Classroom websites are updated monthly!
October 3  Safe Routes to School Community Meeting
Saluda Library & Saluda Presbyterian Church  8:30am-4:15pm
October 3  End of the 1st Six Weeks of School
October 5-11  Fire Prevention Week
October 6  No School for Students,  Optional Teacher Workday
October 7  Report Cards!
October 13  School Board Meeting
October 19-25  National School Bus Safety Week
October 23  Fall Informance---Everyone is invited!!!!
Spaghetti Dinner  4:30-6:00pm
Student Displays & Performances  5:30-7:00pm
Flu Shots Available 5:30-7:00pm
October 28  Interim Reports
October 31  PTSO Book Distribution #1  (EVERY student in the school gets to choose a free book!)
October 31  Half Day for Students, Dismissal 11:30am
P.M. Faculty/Staff Professional Development

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
10:00 Line dancing
12:30 Yoga
October 13 - Columbus Day Spaghetti Supper
Tuesday Activities Schedule
10:00 Bridge
2:15 Chair Exercise
4:00 Guided meditation-Byron Katie Workshop
5:30 Yoga
Wednesday Activities Schedule
10:00 Trash Train
12:30 Gentle Yoga
5:30 Gentle Yoga
October 22 - 12-2pm Christmas Gift Tag Workshop with Katie Marley
October 22 - 7-9pm Candidates Night
Thursday Activities Schedule
9:30 Knitting Group (no class on October 2)
12:30 Gentle Yoga
1:00 Computer Class
October 9 - 2:30pm Board Meeting
October 30 - 1:30pm Flat Rock Playhouse
Friday Activities Schedule
10:00 Trash Train
10:00 Chair Exercise
11:00 Wii Bowling 
October 10 - Birthday Celebration.  
October 10  - 5:30 Movie Night - "An Affair to Remember"
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.
Saluda Community Library
Paul Koenen


WEDNESDAY, OCT 1, 10:30 am - "Johnny Appleseed" Preschool Storytime
WEDNESDAY, OCT 8, 10:30 am - "Hokey Pokey" Preschool Storytime
WEDNESDAY, OCT 15,  10:30 am - "Let's Make A Pizza!" Preschool Storytime
WEDNESDAY, OCT 22, 10:30 am - "Colors"  Preschool Storytime
WEDNESDAY, OCT 29, 10:30 am - Ghosts and Goblins Preschool Storytime
Sharing Songs, Stories, Toys and Bubbles
Preschool Storytime at the Saluda Community Library was an imaginary adventure in the jungles of Africa when Bert and Jo Midyette brought their "Swingin' Safari" to the library.
Kids and caregivers learned a bit about Swahili tribal with musical instruments, authentic clothing and even a few native words.
"Choco" the chimpanzee introduced the children to some jammin' puppets.  Along the way, there was singing, dancing, magic, and of course, stories.
Story time is held each Wednesday morning at 10:30 am at the Saluda Library.
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

methodist church

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
NEW!! No Sunday Service

Wednesday Meal 5-6 ($3)
Wednesday Services and Academy Classes 6:30pm to 8:00pm

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

Saluda Classifieds
For Sale - Saluda Memorial Park Cemetery Lots.  Lots 45, 46, and 47 and Graves 5,6 and 5,57878 purchased Feb. 12, 1976. For more information please contact Carolyn Ganley at 252-945-1757 or 919-736-4040 home, or write to Carolyn Ganley at 506 Park Ave., Goldsboro, NC,  2753 or mendingway@rocketmail. 
Office Space Available at Nostalgia Court.  Includes 510 Sq Ft, two rooms, private bath and entry, and parking. Monthly rent is $352 (including electricity and water).  Contact Debbie Thomas as 828-749-9224.
Saluda's Halloween Stroll 
The second annual Saluda pumpkinHalloween Stroll will be held Friday, October 31 from 3:00 - 6:00 PM in downtown Saluda.
Shops from Nostalgia Courtyard all the way over the bridge to the Green River BBQ will be participating. Shops will be open and have goodies for kids to trick-or-treat in a safe and fun environment.
Kids and parents both enjoyed the stroll last year, and this year is sure to be just as fun.
Dress up in your best costume and prepare to see downtown full of little trick-or-treaters.  For further information or questions, please contact City Hall at 749-2581. 

Saluda Garden Club


 A great time was had by all at the reception held at Spring Park September 8 for the City Council and employees.  It was a Meet and Greet time for members of the Saluda Garden Club and the City officials to get to know one another.  And what great time would be complete without the trimmings -  all the tasty, fattening things you could ask for!  It was fun and informative as we learned about the city's future plans and they learned about our goals for Spring Park.   Thanks again to all who contributed to this occasion by your presence and to those who provided the tasty, fattening things.
Any reputable gardener knows that like spring, fall has "sprung."  It's time to dig and divide.  For those who need a quick refresher, the following tips may help.
1.    Though sometimes difficult to do, divide when a plant looks its best.
2.    Start at the drip line to keep most roots intact.  Dig a trench around the clump, severing any roots before lifting from beneath.
3.    Divide in cool weather when the soil is warmer than the air for part of a 24 hour period and in early fall after the nights become cool.  Dividing in the fall allows the plants to have more time to set new roots before growing into the heat.
4.    Put separated plants in bucket in cool shaded place and cover with newspaper.  If roots dry out before replanting, soak in water for an hour before setting in the ground.
5.     Replenish area with compost before replanting the area where plants were removed.
6.    Replant pieces in smaller sections to assure encourage more vigorous growth.
7.    It is possible to divide when plants are in bloom though they will need more watering and shade at the hottest part of the day.
8.    Keep only the healthiest pieces - usually the outside sections.
9.    Place plant into a hole that is at least as wide as its roots spread and in the direction the root tip was growing.
This information is from the June 2004 Fine Gardening magazine which is on reserve in the library if you would like to read more and enjoy a quality
periodical that will definitely tempt you to subscribe.   
We had a great program this past month on soilless water gardening at Deb Hahn's house, and many of us may become converts.  It certainly looks easier than dirt, digging and weeding. The third Monday of October we will take a field trip to the greenhouses of Ashdown Roses in Campobello.  Ashdown ships roses worldwide and can be found on the internet under  We will have our business meeting at the library at 10:00 before leaving for Campobello.
Interested in our club?   Come and try us out, free of charge!  We encourage visitors to see what we have to offer.


Happy Gardening
Sandra Rocks

The Women's Club of Saluda

Come visit the Women's Club of Saluda
Our October meeting features:
Gloria Underwood, Personal Historian
Gloria is a retired English and French professor with a PhD in American Literature.  She has lived in the Tryon area since 2005.  As a personal historian, Gloria processes the writing and preserving of personal and family histories.  She conducts interviews and facilitates in the writing and assembling of memorabilia and photographs in book form for preservation for future generations.

When:  October 14, 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.
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, October 7 at 5:30pm in the Meeting Room of the Saluda Library.
Saluda Community Land Trust meets the first and 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 October 1. 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.
Hotdog Rally
Saluda Democrats Invite All
Saluda Democrats invite one and all to their popular "Hotdog Rally" Saturday, October 4 from noon to 2 p.m. -- an old fashioned get-out-the-vote rally filled with fun for the whole family.  The festivities will take place in the heart of downtown Saluda across the railroad tracks in the town park and pavilion, hosted by the Democrats of Polk County's Precinct 4.
All are welcome regardlessskeekiks of party affiliation, and free hot dogs and fixings await all attending.  Toe-tapping Appalachian/Celtic music will be performed live by Skeeziks, a band of highly skilled area musicians with a sense of humor (after all, the word "skeeziks" means a good-for-nothing, a rascal or rogue).
Democratic candidates for Polk County Commissioner - Renee McDermott, Cindy Walker and Ray Gasperson - will be on hand to meet the public, answer questions, and hear what citizens want their elected officials to focus on most for the betterment of the County.  Tom Thomas, Democratic candidate for North Carolina House District 113 (encompassing Polk, Southern Henderson, and Transylvania counties), will join the others in talking with voters and answering any and all questions.
Candidates' signs and campaign materials will be available, along with Obama-Biden T-shirts, bumper stickers and the like.  Voter registration will also be available. For further information, call Priscilla Eichelberger at 859-5309.
Photo Caption: During the 2006 Hotdog Rally, members of the band Skeeziks delighted in watching a young mother set her baby's foot tapping the air in time with their bright Celtic music.
Saluda Community Land Trust Projects
 SCLT(skillet) members have continued to survey the North Pacolet River to identify stream bank stability, water quality, and areas of concern such as erosion and kudzu invasion.  We are gathering this information with the support of the Polk County Community Fund, Altamont Engineers and the NC Soil and Water Conservation District.  The lack of summer rainfall made our forays quite easy, however, with the wonderful new rain this past week and cooler temperatures we will be donning waders and jackets to complete our study. 
This Friday, October 3rd, the Safe Routes to School Action Plan will hold its first all day planning workshop at the Saluda Library. Representatives from the school, parents, SCLT and local government will meet with a planning specialist from the Department of Transportation to begin identifying ways we can provide safe walk and bikeways for our students and citizens.  The SRTS Service Award grant was received by Saluda School in conjunction with Saluda Community Land Trust and NCDOT.  We will keep you updated on the progress of the SRTS action plan.
If you are thinking about putting your land under a conservation easement, now may be the ideal time, while real estate values remain high. If you want to preserve your land for years to come, consider doing it now while there may be significant tax benefits for your conservation easement donation. 
Octobers meetings are the 1st and 15th at 3:00pm at the Pavillion at McCreery Park.
Have questions or want to get involved in our projects?  Call or email us at 749-1560 or info@saludaclt.  We look forward to hearing from you.

A Poem for Charlie
Saluda was like a puzzle that made a heart!
There was Ward's Grill and Thompson's Store
that was a puzzle piece.
Then there were so many others that fit in the puzzle.
But YOU were the puzzle piece that filled in the very last spot.
You were alwys happy, always friendly.
But without you there, well, Saluda just isn't Saluda.
--Sammi Stanley, Age 10heart
New Faces at Macon Bank
Bank tellers, Allison Bradley and Shannon Newman will be relocating to other bank branches.  We will all miss their friendly smiles and willingness to always help and serve their customers.
Help welcome the two new bank tellers, Courtney Hoots and Erika Bucy.  They are still in training so go by and give them a big Saluda Welcome!
Fall Is Coming to Saluda
Cooler nights and falling leaves are signs that looking like fallAutumn is falling on Saluda. Experts are forecasting a brilliant show of colors this year because of the drought. 
falling leaves
Don't miss the fall colors this year.  Check out these web sites to see where and when colors will peak.
Here's a link to the Hendersonville Times Arts & Entertainment.  Click here to see all the festivals, art shows, and goings on this fall in the area. Arts and Entertainment.

Thank You from Judy Ward

Thank you to the people of Saluda for the wonderful time we had at the Charlie Ward's Saluda Pig Out.
The sky was blue like Charlie's eyes, so we know he was watching from above.  The sun with its warmth was just right, just like Charlie's heart was for all of Saluda, and best of all the people of Saluda came to have a wonderful time of fellowship.
BBQ 2008 dessertsThe BBQ, beans and slaw were delicious and the desserts are always outstanding, and we always have plenty to have more than one dessert.
Special thanks goes to the Stanley family for changing their weekend plans to attend our BBQ.  Sammi, wrote the poem that were printed on the "in memory of" cards passed out at Charlie's funeral.  It is so special to know that he touched so many children and it made a difference to them.
A special thanks goes to the committee, Fred Baisden, Charlie Lewis, Dwight Smith, Bill Wilkerson, Levi Randall and to all the volunteers who helped serve.  It was a perfect day to remember a Perfect Man. 
Thanks to all,
Judy Ward
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.
Out of wine yet? Now that summer is over and we are once again closed on Wednesdays we have scheduled a fall tasting.
We will taste wines from Spain on October 29 beginning at 6:30. The event does require reservations and includes a buffet of delicious hors d'oeuvres and cheeses selected to pair well with these wines. Richard Mckinney from Tryon Distributing will be joining us to enlighten us on the wine selections. The price for the evening is $40 which includes a taste of 8 different wines, heavy hors d'oeuvres (you won't leave hungry), tax and gratuity. Call the Purple Onion at 828-749-1179 for reservations. 
October Music Schedule
Oct 2 - Thistledown Tinkers
Oct 4 - Dehlia Low
Oct 9 - Aaron Price
Oct 11 - Brian McGee & Hollow Speed
Oct 16 - Scoot Pittman
Oct 18 - Uncle Mountain
Oct 23 - Jon Shain
Oct 25 - Mardi Gras Show Band
Oct 30 - Brian Ashley Jones

Green river boysThe Green River Boys
invite you to Shaffer's Roadside Grill.  They are scheduled to perform October 3 and 31 at 6:00pm.  Check their schedule at  Green River Boys.
jamboreeSummer Time at Mountain Jamboree
A special "Halloween Masquerade Ball" is scheduled for Halloween night, Friday, Oct. 31. This party is being sponsored by The Saluda Medical Center to help raise money for their building needs.
A tasty buffet meal of BBQ with all the trimmings, includes fresh chopped pork BBQ, potato salad, cold slaw, baked beans, rolls, desert and a refreshing glass of tea or lemonade will be served from 6:30 until 7:30 pm.
Then the band "Sound Factory" will perform the live music from 8:00 until 11:00 pm for everyone's listening and dancing enjoyment. There will be raffles, costume judging and games for all kinds of party fun!!
If you don't want to dress up for the Ball, that is OK, just come as you are and plan on a great meal and lots of fun.
The tickets are $40.00 per couple and $25.00 per person. Tickets can be purchased at Cathy Jackson Realty on Main street in Saluda, Biddie's Antiques on Church Street, and The Thrifty Barn & Basement on Greenville Street. Please plan on coming to The first annual "Masquerade Ball" sponsored by the Saluda Medical Center. 
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

Saluda Mountain Jamboree
Oct. 4th --------------------Free Flight
October 11th----------------Southern Pointe (Welcome "Tarheel Christian Singles"--singles from all denominations welcome. info. 828-231-2831)
October 18th ---------------Free Flight
October 25th ---------------Southern Pointe
Friday, Oct. 31st, Masquerade Ball 
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.
Artist, Ray Pague will start weekly ray pague screwdriverclasses in Oil Painting at the Chicken House on Greenville Street starting Saturday, September 13 from 10am to 1pm.   There will be a small fee.  For more information please call Ray at 828-817-3281.
Random Arts
Upcoming Workshops
4th - Savannah's Book Workshop (this workshop is filled)
18th -  Classic Autumn Leaf Necklace with Louise McClure 10-4 $75
25th - Annie Fain Liden - Book Artist 10-4:30    $90
Spirit House: Explorations with a Triptych Book Structure. This book structure, also called "gate fold" or "triptych," is a hard cover, multi-needle Coptic book structure with a wonderful structure
For all the latest, up to the minute  news
go to our blog or website.
Phone 828-749-1165
Joe AdamsCaboose Alley Holds Harvests Festival
We are a people who sow and gather food and good times together.  Your "Caboose Alley" merchants, Manna Cabanna, (Local Organic Veggies and Herbs) Curtis Wright Outfitters, Skippers Seafood, and the Saluda Wine and Cheese Shop invite everyone to their Harvest Festival and Open House celebration Saturday Oct. 18 from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

There will be pumpkins for sale with free carving stations, free hot dog and cornocopiamarshmallow roasting for the kids, fresh veggies and seafood off the grill for a nominal fee and free wine and cheese tasting.  Learn how to cast in fly fishing and listen to entertaining live music.

Save the afternoon, and let's all meet in Caboose Alley for Harvest Celebration and an opportunity to meet one another, or say hello once again.
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 October 4.  Call for details at 828.749.3444 or 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

Oct. 4-5 Fast Track Hand Building, pottery with Ann Gleason - These hand built pieces are fabulous and unique and make wonderfully artistic pieces for your home or gifts.   You will be amazed with your efforts under Ann's direction. 
Oct.  10-12 Floral Painting on Silk with Jamie Kirkell from Sarasota, Florida - His design techniques with design, color and painting on silk, are easy to apply  and floral is perfect in this art form.  Colors on silk are breathtaking! This workshop is designed for the beginner or seasoned artist interested in exploring silk.
Nov. 1-2 Etching and Fabrication, a silver workshop with Molly Sharp
Nov. 15-16 Beginning Silver - #3  a silver workshop with Dan Haga
Frank Vignola's Rhythm Machine Frank Vignola(Tryon Fine Arts Center)
Saturday Oct 18, 2008 8:00 PM
Sponsored by Red Clover Gallery
Buy Tickets Online
Frank Vignola's Rhythm Machine
One of the world's most highly sought after acoustic guitarists, FRANK VIGNOLA has amply demonstrated his mastery of every genre, from fusion and commercial pop-jazz to hard bop, post-bop, swing, rock, and blues. Cited by jazz guitar legend Les Paul as one of the top five guitarists of all time, Vignola has toured and recorded with the diverse likes of Bucky Pizzarelli, Les Paul, Lionel Hampton, Donald Fagen, Queen Latifah, Ringo Starr, Madonna, Dave Grisman, and Mark O'Connor. Frank Vignola's stunning Gershwin tribute album, "I Got Rhythm" garnered a "Top Ten Jazz CD" citation from NPR.

FRANK VIGNOLA'S RHYTHM MACHINE shatters the barriers between popular music, traditional jazz, and classical selections to create an exciting new sound in acoustic string music. Their repertoire mixes high-energy original material with unique renditions of contemporary tunes by the diverse likes of The Police, Frank Zappa, Black Sabbath, and Slayer. Vignola and band even tackle lively new arrangements of Bach and Mozart. More >>>
Gentle Hands Grooming is celebrating their first year anniversay on Saturday, October 18 from 1-4:00 at Gentle Hands Grooming located across the street from Green River BBQ.

There will be doggy cake (for the dogs) and some human refreshments, too!

Every dog deserves the right to vote, too!  For a $5.00 donation (to Animal Compassion Network) your doggy can vote by picking between a republican -donkey or democratic - elephant biscuit!  A tally will be kept to see who wins at the end of the party.
For more information please contact Gentle Hands Grooming at 828-749-3280.
We hope to see you and your pets there!

By KATRINA of Gentle Hand Grooming
The Cellar at the Saluda Inn will be having an October wine tasting.  For details, please call 828-749-9698, or email
Joni and Rich are in New York City right now doing a lot of wine tasting, looking for wines to bring back to Saluda for local enjoyment.

Senior Center News and Events
Congratulations to John Gantt from Charleston for winning the rustic bench donated to the senior center by Duck Alley as a fund raiser.
This year's Holiday Gala will be held on Sunday, December 7, so mark your calendar now. Our silent auction will be fantastic. Please call the senior center at 828-749-9245 or Margaret Sease at 828-749-1151, if you would like to be included.
The Senior Center is pleased to exhibit, "We've Been Framed."  Artwork exhibited by Monta Anthony, Karen White, Ann Richards Crenshaw and George "Buck" Brandt, all upstate SC residents. The exhibition will continue through October 8 and all are invited to a reception for the artists on Saturday, October 4 at the Senior Center (64 Greenville St.) from 5:30-7:30pm.
If you would like to receive a monthly calendar of events, please call Donna at 828-749-9245 or come by the center Mon.-Fri. from 8:30am-2:30pm.
Join us on October 22nd, from 12:00 noon until 2:00p.m. at the Saluda Senior Center for a unique Christmas gift tag class.  We will make a tag with a masculine flair, a gift card for cash or check, and a bottle tag, to be used for special lotions, vinegars, or wine.
If you have these items, bring them along.  They are not required:  glue stick, craft glue, or glue runner; scissors; personal paper cutter.  Also, bring along anything you think would make a very special gift tag.  Most all materials will be supplied.  The cost is $2.00.  Please register by October 17th.  You're sure to get some good ideas to continue this gift tag making fun at home.
Candidates Forum Sponsored By The Saluda Senior Center
The Saluda Senior Center has invited the three democrat and three republican candidates running for County Commissioner to attend a Candidates' Forum on October 22, 2008. The event will begin at 7:00 PM. at the Saluda Senior Center located at 64 Greenville Street in Saluda.
We have also invited the two candidates for the North Carolina House of Representatives; however, due to time limitations, moderator questions will mainly focus on the commissioner candidates. The purpose of the forum is to give candidates an opportunity to address a wide range of issues that affect our community. Members of the audience will also have an opportunity to ask questions. Please come and join us.
Storage Barn For Salesenior center barn
This 12x16 building is wired with its own circuit breaker. Inside is finished like a room. Very nice. $2,500 or best offer. Located at the Saluda Senior Center. Call  828-749-3897 or 828-749-3388.
The Saluda Senior Center will have a giant sidewalk sale on October 4, 2008. Come to the area in front of the basement of the senior center located on 64 Greenville Street from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Thank you for your support of the Saluda Senior Center. Volunteers Needed
The Saluda Senior Center needs volunteers for its basement sale operation. The basement is open every Wednesday and the 1st and 3rd Sat. of each month. Volunteers will be asked to work a three hour shift. The donated items in the basement are usually larger items such as furniture, etc. The money raised is very important in helping us offer services, programs and activities to seniors in the Saluda area. Please call the senior center at 828-749-9245 or 828-749-3897.
The Senior Center would like to remind area residents that we have medical equipment for loan. Equipment ranges from bathtub seating to walkers and wheel chairs to a motorized scooter.
Movie Night at the Senior Center will present a new classic "An Affair to Remember".  Admission is free; of course the movie would be complete without popcorn and a cold drink.  Movie Night occurs once a month on the third Friday night of the month starting at 5:30 PM.  This month's movie is 115 minutes in length.
February 2009 is going to be important to all of us.  That is the month that all TV broadcast stations will stop broadcasting an analog signal.  People who do not have TVs that receive digital signals will get only static and snow from their sets.  If you want to have continuous service from your TV, there are three options afforded you.  1. Obviously you can purchase a new TV.  2. You can subscribe to a Cable or a Satellite service.  3. Or you may purchase a converter box.  If you have an analog TV set, option 2 or 3 will work.  If you don't want cable or satellite you have option 3.  Converter boxes will cost from $40-$70, but there are coupons you can obtain to reduce the cost.  If you purchased a TV prior to 2002 there is a good chance it does not have a digital tuner, so you will have to consider the options.  The Senior Center has applications for obtaining a discount coupon to purchase a TV converter box.  The coupons are good for $40 off the purchase price.  For more information go online or call 1-888-DTV-2009 or stop in the Center.
We have been trying to get Wii Bowling off the ground.  It is a lot of fun and has great potential for becoming a wintertime indoor physical activity.  Watch for Wii Bowling to be offered during morning hours at the Center, a couple of time a week.
Columbus Day Spaghetti Dinner - We are celebrating Columbus Day at the Senior Center with a spaghetti dinner.  It will be complete with sauce-covered pasta, fresh Italian bread, a tossed salad, drinks and dessert.  The event will be Monday October 13th from 5:30 to 7:30 PM.  Tickets are $6.00 with children 10 and under free.  Take a night off and come have dinner with us at the Center.

Joe's Taking a Break
by author, Joe Adams
Joe AdamsJoe will be back next month with more humorous stories.
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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
Jim AllredJim Allred Taxidermy opened in the old rug mill building behind Apple Mill on Ozone.  You can visit his web site at Jim Allred or contact him at 800-624-7507.
Hill's Hardwood Grill has opened on Ozone Drive.  Kelly and Stephen Hill are serving "fast food with fast service" daily from 7am to 7pm.  The grill serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  Catering is also available.  For more information or to place a "to go" order, please call them at 828-243-5424.

Southern Blessings will open October 1 in the Saluda Mountain Crafts building on Ozone.  Created to provide assistance to "The Master's House," a transitional home for women and a division of the Blue Ridge Prison & Jail Ministries, dedicated volunteers provide counseling, teaching, transportation and mentoring for the residents.  Volunteers help with all phases of business at Southern Blessings.
Come see our thrift store, antique and craft mall, books, quilts and avon! Stop and relax in our cozy cafe--adding items as we grow. Pamper yourself and a friend at our beauty salon "shear blessings." Manicures, pedicures also availabl
Sit on the porch and rest a while!!!
To learn more about donations needed and renting booth space, please contact  Gail and David Nonamaker at 828-749-9819 (h) 828-749-4300 (b). Visit their web site at Southern Blessings.
Hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10-6 and Sunday's 12-4.  For more information, please call 828-749-WINE or email Allen at
Skipper's Seafood owned and operated by Mike Pardue is bringing fresh fish to Saluda each Friday and Saturday.   You can place orders for fresh shrimp, oysters, crab, and fish.  Mike will also cater Low Country Boils and Oyster Roasts.  To place orders, please contact Mike at 843-834-6017 or email
Skipper's Seafood is located at the Manna Cabanna's Organic Produce red caboose.
sterling stonesSterling and Stones is open for business.  Ellie and Terry Hembree invite you to come visit and see all the beautiful jewelry they are selling. The shop entrance is in the alley that runs between Random Arts and M.A. Pace General Store.
Heartwood is offering a free handblown janet zugglass ornament with all purchases over $250 for the gift-giving season. Make someone happy and support your regional economy at the same time: give American Craft.  
Ward's Grill has implemented a new smoking policy in the grill.  As of Monday, September 22, 2008, smoking is only allowed from 6:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.  This seems to be working well thus far, and we want to get the word out.ward's grill no smoking
We are still upgrading -- there is now a hand washing sink in the Ladies Restroom upstairs, a mop and trash can washing sink has been added behind the store, the old ice cream and dessert freezer in the back of the store has been replaced by a new one.  The milk and dairy products are in a new refrigerator, and the refrigerator with the water is right beside it. 
Thompson's Store/Ward's Grill is still for sale.  We have had several people that showed some interest, but no offers as yet.  Larry still wants to retire!
Visit the following shops of Nostalgia Courtyard between Oct. 1 and Oct. 18 to register for one of the many pumpkins and fall mums to be given away:
*A Gardner's Cottage & Brass Latch Antiques
* Keith's Triathlon Shop
*The Saluda Healing Center
*Tosh's Whistle Stop Cafe

Art Clues

Hints for Creating and Appreciating Art


Impromptu Photography
HOW to take WOW impromptu and candid photos

This column offers suggestions for photographing important moments without planning or posing. The suggestions are useful for community, friends and family, and wild life photos and for digital and film cameras.
Impromptu photos are taken on the spur of the moment but are not always candid.  Candid photos are often taken without planning and are always taken without the subjects' knowledge.
A classic example of impromptu/candid photography is the journalist's photo of the sailor kissing the nurse in Time Square after WWII.
1. *Be prepared*  That's the most significant clue. Have your camera nearby and ready to be used at a moment's notice.
2.  Consider using a longer lens.
3. Trust your instinct.  If something attracts your attention, brings up feelings, use your camera. Go for it!
4. Splurge! Take more pictures when you are in the "impromptu or candid mode" than you would when posing or planning your photos. You may find only one or two photos to save, but it can be worth the extra film.  Digital is more economical with this process, but go with your preference and not with economy for this style.
5. When photographing family and friends impromptu, try some of these.granddaughter granddaddy
      a.Participate in the subjects' conversation and keep the camera out of sight until you are ready to take the picture(s).  
      b.Make the process quick once you see a situation or person you want to photograph.
      c. Modify the "impromptu" by announcing carey 3 haircutyou'll do the traditional count to 3, but   take the picture at 2 - sooner than they expect.
6. When photographing animals/wildlife, the resulting images will be both candid and  impromptu for the subjects, but you will often need advanced planning.foxes
Use any available rest to steady your camera (fence post, automobile, window sill). Pre-focus your camera (on a blade of grass, limb or ?) if you have time. Use the fastest shutter speed possible with the light you have. Take several shots.
7. Community events and street scenesdebbie, dottie, nettie
      a. Try to pre-focus.
      b. Look for the unexpected.
      c. Consider close-ups
      d. Be aware of lighting and the camera's shutter speedJoe Adams
SURPRISE, EMOTION, HUMOR, AMAZEMENT: if you feel any of these responses when you look at something, it's a good bet this is your chance for WOW impromptu/candid photography.
Thanks to Dubb Ditto and my husband Carey Pickard for their suggestions and photos.
Next month's Art Clues will be "Make 2D Appear 3D",  Methods for making the image on a flat surface appear 3 dimensional and how to appreciate these methods used by artists.

Beverly Bowden Pickard
Saluda Fine Arts
 Note:  You can see Beverly's art in Saluda Fine Arts, 46 E Main St, Saluda. NC.
You Have The Power To Change Our Environment.
big sweepGather Your Friends And Family, And Join Us For The 2008 North Carolina Big Sweep
Saturday, Oct. 4 From 9 a.m. To 1 p.m.
Please accept this invitation to join in Polk County's efforts on this important statewide project.
This year in Polk County we will be gathering forces on two fronts. The usual effort will take place on the Green River where volunteers can meet at the Fishtop Access Parking Lot at the bottom of the switchbacks on Green River Cove Road. The added efforts will be along the future Vaughns Creek Greenway where groups will meet at the recent goat-kudzu control site next to the IGA, OR at the Vaughns Creek bridge on New Market Road adjacent to Ziglar Field.
If you can offer some time on the morning of Saturday, October 4th, or can help coordinate this event ahead of time, please contact me at or my cell phone listed below. A head count in advance will enable us to properly plan our morning. Anything you can do to help would be greatly appreciated!
Thank You!
Mark Byington

Giving Thanks
dining at the OaksOur very first Thanksgiving in Saluda was a complete success.  The Oaks Beds and Breakfast welcomed guests from Savannah to Atlanta; from New Orleans to Cleveland, Ohio and I think it's safe to say "a good time was had by all."

Fireplaces throughout the inn were ablaze as our new friends enjoyed some genuine fall mountain weather.  While some guests came to visit family in the area, the majority stayed to join us in a Traditional Candlelight Thanksgiving feast.
Friends assembled in the parlor for a reception that included festive holiday Cosmopolitans, roasted tenderloin of beef on garlic toast, garnished with a touch of horseradish cream and lively conversation.

As our well-dressed guests filed into the dinning room, each was embraced by the warm glow of candle light and fresh flowers.  The long table was awash in sparkling crystal, dazzling china and polished silver - as the centerpiece, candles floated on a miniature birdbath.  The room was impressive and reflected the innkeeper's decades of professional banquet and catering experience. 
In a concert of culinary delights, guest feasted on Consume Celestine, followed by a Poached Pear Salad with goat cheese and champagne vinaigrette.  The main course consisted of Roasted Turkey with Apricot-Grand Marinier Dressing, herbed gravy, Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Glazed Carrots and Brussel Sprouts. Donna's Spicy Pumpkin Pie and Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie was the perfect finish to a magnificent meal.  The evening continued over board games and books - coffee and conversation.

Reserve your seat at the inn for this year's outstanding holiday dinner celebration! If you are looking for a holiday filled with mountain memories, great food and fellowship  - for you and your family or as a special gift - make your reservations TODAY!  Space is limited.  Call 828-749-2000.
Tour de Falls, DuPont State Forest
dupont tourFriends of DuPont Forest will again sponsor the Tour de Falls, a 12 mile tour by shuttle bus to four of DuPont Forest's most spectacular sites: Triple Falls, High Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, and Lake Julia.
The Tour will take place on Saturday, October 18 and Sunday, October 19. Easy-to-enter shuttles will run 9 a.m. until 3 p.m, allowing visitors the chance to enjoy each site for as long as they like. Three of the sites have shelters with picnic tables and benches. The Cedar Mountain Fire Department Auxiliary will operate a concession stand in the parking area where tickets for the tour are available.
Visitors are encouraged to bring their cameras, take short hikes, or just enjoy the beauty of the falls and lake, all of which provide beautiful backdrops for family or scenic photographs. FODF will have volunteer members on each shuttle and at the four stops to assist where needed and to answer questions.
DuPont Forest is located in both Henderson and Transylvania counties in mountains of western North Carolina. The beginning of the tour is located adjacent to the Buck Forest entrance on Staton/DuPont Road. No advance reservations are required.
A $10 per person donation is requested. The Tour generally takes about 2 hours, depending on how long participants choose to spend at each stop.
Friends of DuPont Forest is a non-profit corporation dedicated to the preservation and improvement of the 10,400 acres of DuPont State Forest. The Tour de Falls weekends have been planned to provide families and those who cannot hike the distance required a chance to see North Carolina's fall foliage framed by some of the most beautiful waterfall and lake sites in the Southeast. Participants will also have the chance to see several FODF-sponsored projects, including a staircase to Triple Falls, new shelters and picnic tables at High and Triple Falls, and a new path and viewing area at Bridal Veil Falls.
For more information contact the FODF at 828/692-2929 or 828/877-6431 or visit the FODF website, That website has directions to the Buck Forest parking area.

The attached photo of Lake Julia in autumn is by Jason Greene.

October is a refreshing time of the year in the mountains.  When all the trees and foilage display their brilliant yellow, orange, and golden colors, life feels better no matter what's going on in the rest of the world.
Plan a trip to the mountains this fall.  You will be glad you did!

Cathy Jackson
Cathy Jackson Realty