Saluda Lifestyles - Monthly Ezine all about Saluda, NC

Where Time Stands Still
November 1, 2008

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In This Issue
Saluda School
Senior Center Schedule
Saluda Library
Saluda Church Services
Saluda Classifieds
Annual Turkey Dinner
The Women's Club of Saluda
Meetings to Remember
Saluda Community Land Trust
Saluda Hometown Christmas
New Saluda Service Directory
Beneficial Foods
In Loving Memory
Saluda Lifestyles Has New Look
What's Happening
Purple Onion Celebrates 10 Years
Saluda Senior Center News & Events
There's Good News by Joe Adams
Saluda Scoop
Art Clues
Saluda Garden Club
Saluda's General Stores Featured
Winterizing Your Summer Home
Polk County Toy Run
Fall Colors
NC Official Tourism Site Historic Hendersonville Biltmore
Quick Links
Request NEW UPDATED Saluda Service Directory Available
Music and Entertainment
The Purple Onion
Area News Media
Tryon Daily Bulletin
Saluda Lifestyles
Past Issues of Saluda Lifestyles

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.
wiley front view 
Very quiet country subdivision. Large covered rocking porch, back deck, stone fireplace, hardwood floors, mable cabinets, complete this quality home.
3BR/2.5BA/ 1675SF, .92 acres
Kilver front view
Rustic cabin nestled in the woods with springs and creek. Two miles from historic downtown Saluda.
1 BR/1.5 BA, 1043 SF, 9 acres
Prices Adjusted!!
steikes primary front
Enjoy part-time or full-time living in this open and bright mountain home. Built on 2.5 acres this home is surrounded by shady hardwood trees and beautiful landscaping. Open floor plan with hardwood floors. Common area upstairs and 4 bedrooms and 4 baths can accommodate children or grandchildren. Kitchen and dining all open to living room area. Private yet easy access to paved state road. 9 ft. ceilings.Mountain Views. 
4 BR, 4.5 BA, 3078 SF, 2.54 Acres
Priced Adjusted to $362,000 
vaughan front view
What everyone wants in a little cabin in the woods yet paved roads with easy access to interstate. Pine walls, ceilings and floors coupled with the stone fireplace makes the perfect mountain get-a-way.  
2 BR/2BA, 1056 SF, .98 Acres
Priced Adjusted to $240,000
 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

Upcoming Events at Saluda School 
Be sure to visit Saluda Schoolto learn more about our school!  Classroom websites are updated monthly!
November is Family Stories Month
Nov. 2 Daylight Savings Time Ends
Nov. 4  REQUIRED WORKDAY---Math Workshops---Election Day
Nov. 6 Assembly:  Rainforest Wildlife  1:30pm in the auditorium
Nov. 8 Singing for the Soldiers  6:00pm
Nov. 11 HOLIDAY-Veteran's Day
Nov. 13 School Dance/Parent Workshops  6:00-7:00pm
Nov. 21 End of the 2nd Six Weeks
Nov. 24 & 25  No Builder's Club
Nov. 26 No School---Optional Teacher Workday
Nov. 27 & 28  No School---Thanksgiving Holidays

Dec. 1  Report cards!

Saluda school kids

 Pictured Above:
Cheyenne Hipp, William Price, Daniel Price, Henry Monts, Brandon Metcalf, Brandon Cantrell, and Grace Mollette received Top Cat Awards.  Faculty and staff members nominate students who "go above and beyond" what is expected.  Three of the above Top Cats were recognized for regularly walking to and from school!
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 Gentle NIA (non impact aerobics)
10:00 Line dancing
12:30 Yoga
Tuesday Activities Schedule
10:00 Bridge
2:15 Chair Exercise
5:30 Yoga
November 11 - Veterans Day Closed
Wednesday Activities Schedule
10:00 Trash Train
12:30 Gentle Yoga
5:30 Gentle Yoga
Thursday Activities Schedule
9:30 Knitting Group
12:30 Gentle Yoga
1:00 Computer Class
November 13 - Board Meeting 2:30
November 27 - Thanksgiving Closed
Friday Activities Schedule
10:00 Trash Train
10:00 Chair Exercise
11:00 Wii Bowling 
November 14 - Birthday Celebration.
November 28 - Closed 
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


November Children's Programs  
November Preschool Storytimes
"Who's Shoes?" Preschool Storytime - Nov 5, 10:30 am
"Days of the Week" Storytime - Nov 7, 10:30 am
"Thanksgiving" Storytime - Nov 12, 10:30 am
Sharing Songs, Stories, Toys and Bubbles

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
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.
Lion's Club Brooms Available at City Hall.  See Doris Marion or call 828-749-2581. Regular brooms $6.00, Heavy duty brooms $8.00.
Thompson's Store and Ward's Grill is for sale. Please contact Larry and Debbie Jackson at 828-749-2321.
Annual Turkey Dinner at Saluda School
turkey dinnerSaluda United Methodist Church is holding its Annual Turkey Dinner November 8th at the cafeteria at School School. 
Dinner will include traditional turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, and home made desserts.  Service is from 5:00-7:30 PM.  Prices are $8.00 Adults and $4.00 Children under 12.
Tickets are available from Methodist Church members or at the door. Take-outs are available.

The Women's Club of Saluda

Come visit the Women's Club of Saluda
Our November meeting features:
Christmas Crafts
for Autumn Care Residents
Come join in the fun and help us create a holiday craft for each resident at Autumn Care. 
When:  November 11, 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, November 4 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 Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall.  The next meeting is November 5. For information please call Betsy Burdett at 828-749-2161.
Saluda Community Land Trust Projects
Our glorious fall weather is coming to an end and we have even had a few nights of frost and freezing temperatures.  That means our Robinson Community Garden is ending its first season.
Garden clean up is on schedule and the garden is being put to bed with a final mowing, followed by planting clover seed and spreading a blanket of hay and compost from the 2007 Blue Ridge BBQ recycling.   All this preparation will ensure rich soil ready for next year's gardeners. 
Cold weather and shorter days also marks the beginning of the holiday season.  Only 55 days 'til Christmas.  (We know you didn't need to hear that!)  Consider giving an annual membership to the Saluda Community Land Trust to your family and friends who love Saluda.  This makes a thoughtful gift for your loved ones while  "Preserving Saluda's Rural Small Town Character".  Go to or call 828-749-1560 for more information about our land trust and becoming a supporting member.

November meeting is the 5th  at 3:00pm at the Saluda Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall. 

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Saluda Hometown Christmas
Saluda Hometown Christmas sponsored by the Saluda Business Association is Friday, December 12 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. A complete musical venue will be published in next month's Saluda Lifestyles.
Meet and greet your neighbors and business community as you stroll down festive Historic Main Street to the sounds and pleasures of a small-town holiday season.
A Children's Workshop is the following Saturday. 
New Saluda Service Directory Available
As a service to Saluda citizens, Cathy Jackson Realty has published the "Saluda Service Directory." This is a directory of service providers that include plumbers, electricians, carpenters, builders, yard workers, cleaning services plus more. To request a copy, please click here.
Beneficial Foods and Adawehi Institute
Beneficial Foods and Adawehi Institute invite public to free movie screening Nov. 14
Join Beneficial Foods and Adawehi Institute for this free, entertaining, 80-minutedocumentary, "Food Matters," at 7:00 pm, Friday, November 14. Become more informed about the natural choices you have for improving your health.
In the movie "Food Matters," leading, worldwide authorities on nutrition and natural healing reveal a growing body of scientific evidence of the effectiveness of nutritional therapy. Healing through improved nutrition can be more effective, more economical, and less invasive than other alternatives.
Meet neighbors and celebrate our commitment to better overall health for our families and community. The movie will be shown in the Adawehi Institute Resource Building, 93 Adawehi Lane, Columbus, NC 28722, off Fox Mountain Road. Adawehi Lane is 1.2 miles from Hwy 108 near the Columbus-Mill Spring Exit from Hwy 74. To preview the movie, visit For more on Adawehi services and resources, visit or call 828 894 5260.
In Loving Memory
Our sympathies and condolences to the families and friends of Saluda citizens who have passed on. 
Saluda Lifestyles Gets New Look and New Web Site

Saluda Lifestyles was launched June 2006 just as Saluda was celebrating its 125th anniversary as a chartered town.
The "Saluda Signal" was published and edited monthly for almost 20 years by Ruth Anderson.  Ruth collected articles, stories, poems, press releases, and advertisements every month to report Saluda news to her more than 900 subscribers.  This took an enormous amount of Ruth's time every month. 

When someone asked her why she didn't use a computer to layout the Signal every month and make it easier to get ready for print, she would reply, "if I did that, then it wouldn't look like I set down at my kitchen table and cut and paste it together."  No, Ruth it wouldn't.  And so, many Saluda residents and summer folk relied on her monthly newspaper and looked forward to it every month.  
Ruth published the last "Saluda Signal" in March of 2006 and with her full support and encouragement, Saluda Lifestyles was born as an online newsletter delivered via email.  Of course, it doesn't have the home-town flavor as the "Saluda Signal" and it does try to tell all the happenings and events going on in everyone's favorite American small town, Saluda.
Saluda Lifestyles has grown to 3,000 subscribers and is published as a free online newsletter.  It needed a home place to archive newsletters and also to provide a "portal" of ongoing information about the happenings in Saluda and surrounding areas.  This home place is a new website for "Saluda Lifestyles." The web site includes:

  • An updated Google Calendar of events and meetings (sharable with other Google Calendars)
  • An Archive for previous issues and current newsletters
  • A Resource Page for links to Saluda businesses and other area interests
  • A Photo Album to download Saluda images and public videos
  • A Saluda Mercantile to purchase Saluda memorabilia, videos, books, and collectibles as they become available

The new banner is a painting of downtown Saluda by Jeff Pittman.  Jeff granted us permission to modify and mute the colors to fit the Saluda Lifestyles header style.  You can purchase the original print and more at Jeff's web site.  Jeff Pittman Artwork.

We hope you enjoy using the web site and welcome any observations and suggestions that will contribute to making it an even more meaningful resource and tool for everyone.
What's Happening
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.
November Music Schedule
Nov 1 - Donna Hughes
Nov 6 - Tom Fisch
Nov 8 - Gigi Dover & Big Love
Nov 13 - Volatile Baby
Nov 15 - Menage
Nov 20 - Jonathan Byrd
Nov 22 - Michael Reno Harrell
Nov 27 - Thanksgiving
Nov 29 - Shane Pruitt Ban
Congratulations Susan and Stoney on your 10th anniversary as proprietors of the Purple Onion.

Green river boysThe Green River Boys
invite you to Shaffer's Roadside Grill.  They are scheduled to perform November 14 and 28 at 6:00pm.  Check their schedule at  Green River Boys. Green River Boys will perform "Singing for the Soldiers" at Saluda School auditorium November 8.
jamboreeSummer Time at Mountain Jamboree
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
November 1st ---------------Sound Factory
November 8th ---------------Legacy
November 15th --------------Southern Pointe
November 22nd --closed -- clogging competition
November 29th --------------Legacy
December 6th ---------------Sound Factory
December 13th --------------Southern Pointe
Wednesday, Dec. 31st---Free Flight will perform for the NEW YEARS EVE PARTY!!
New Years Eve Party Theme--"BALLOONS and BUBBLES"- watch for details!!!
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
Thurs. 6th - Magic Mozaica 1-3 $10
Fri. 7th - Meandering Book 1-4  $25
Thurs. 13th -Distressed Tag Book 1-3 $20
Fri. 14th - Simple Card Design 1-3 $20
For all the latest, up to the minute  news
go to our blog or website.
Phone 828-749-1165
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
Just around the corner is the silversmithing workshop by Molly Sharp - Nov. 1 & 2.  We have added something for the more advanced student.  In addition to the planned criteria (etching  & bracelet) we have added a bracelet with hinges for the more advanced student.  We have a couple more spaces left in this workshop, so we hope some of you will join us.

November 15 & 16, Dan Haga:  This silversmithing workshop is geared to the beginner as well as the advanced and requires lots of soldering.  Dan is well known in the silver circles in the southeast and a popular instructor.  Please tell us what level you are on when you register so his projects for you will be skill appropriate.

Saturday only - November 22 , Charlotte Caughman:  Basic Wire Wrap  This is a one day workshop to introduce the student to the basic skills involved in the art of wire wrap. Students  will complete several projects incuding earrings, bracelet and etc.

December Workshops:
Wouldn't you like to learn a skill in jewelry making and also have beautiful handmade gifts for Christmas?  Join us for a weekend of  holiday gift making.

December 13 & 14,
1)  Bronze Clay workshop
, Landen Gailey.  Bronze clay is the newest thing in precious metal clay (fine silver), is less costly, and fires beautifully into jewelry that will long be treasured.  Students will complete multiple pieces of jewelry.

2) Silk Scarves workshop, Christine Mariotti.  Create your own beautifully dyed silk scarves to keep or to use for holiday gift giving.  Christine is experienced in many exquisite techniques used to produce one-of-a-kind textiles.

The Orchard Inn welcomes you to their orchard innupcoming events that include:
Thanksgiving Feast and Accommodations (November 27th and through the weekend) - Take time to savor a delectable afternoon dinner, and then let The Orchard Inn dote on your family members while you go home to unwind! Please call for details and rates.
Charles Dickens' Dinners (December 11, 13, 16, 18, and 19) -- Capture the holiday spirit as you enjoy a merry feast interspersed with readings from A Christmas Carol. End the evening with a steaming drink by the grand fireplace. An Orchard Inn tradition! $59 per person, plus tax and gratuity.
For more information please contact The Orchard Inn at 828-749-5471 or 800-581-3800 or email

A gracious retreat in a quiet setting, the historic Orchard Inn sits on the edge of Saluda overlooking the Warrior Mountain Range. Fine dining by reservation. Learn more at Orchard Inn.
saluda innWine Tasting at the Saluda Inn on November 12th at 6:30pm. 
If you are looking for a unique holiday party, The Cellar at the Saluda Inn is now booking private tastings which can be held at The Cellar or in the privacy of your own home.
For more details about this and other upcoming tastings - call or email at 828-749-9698 or

The Purple Onion Celebrates Ten Years
The Purple Onion was conceived in 1998 by two sisters who envisioned a gathering place reflectingthe gracious, casual pace of Saluda; a place for friends and family to come together for good food, good conversation and live music. Lynn Casey fell in love, married and moved on, but Susan continues the pursuit to provide good food, good fun and good music, with help from her husband, Stoney Lamar, susan and stoneyRobert Seiler, who books all the music and authors the monthly newsletter, a dedicated staff, and many good friends.
All of us at The Purple Onion wish to thank our many friends who have graciously offered their encouragement and patronage over the years. November 20 marks the ten year anniversary of our opening weekend. In appreciation of your support we will be offering a free meal to the 10th guest of the day, 10 % off wines and desserts, and 10% off 10" pizzas all weekend.
The music this month includes some of our all time favorites and along with our awesome customers and dedicated staff motivates us to continue this tradition of good food, good fun and good music.
Fred Whisken  playing 'Blues to Brubeck' on the Steinway returns every Friday night at 7 PM.
Saturday, November 1, Donna Hughes returns for her third visit to the Onion. Heralded as one of the best new singer-songwriters in bluegrass, Donna Hughes' debut on the reputable Rounder Records label, "Gaining Wisdom" (produced by Tony Rice) was a significant career milestone for this creative and talented young woman from central North Carolina. One of her songs,"My Poor Old Heart," was recorded and performed by Alison Krauss and Union Station at the CMA Awards Show on CBS. USA Today named "Gaining Wisdom" one of the 10 best recordings of 2007.
Thursday, November 6, Tom Fisch, a seasoned performer, formerly of Nashville but now a part of the local music scene returns with his warm, appealing style and diverse range of material.
Saturday, November 8, Gigi Dover and Big Love packs the house every time they perform. Purple Onion fans can't seem to get enough of this alt-country diva's 
seductive soulful voice and her talented companions guitarist Eric Lovell and bassist Dave Clark.
Thursday, November 13, Volatile BabyDon Dixon produced their first full length CD and describes the band best: Volatile Baby builds on the grand tradition of female vocal groups while adding their own ingenuity, spirit, instrumental prowess, and joy. Their inimitable chemistry shines through their songs live and in the studio.
Saturday, November 15 Menage Luscious and original, Asheville's own 'Ménage' delivers a contagious mix of soul, swing, pop, country and blues we love.        
Thursday,  November 20, Jonathan Byrd takes the stage and yes, to all of you fans who eagerly await his return, he has just released another CD. To those of you who have unfortunately missed his past performances, Scott Alarik from the Boston Globe captures him pretty well:  "This rootsy North Carolinian may be the most buzzed-about new songwriter in folkdom. He displays John Prine's gift for stark little songs that tell big, complex stories, Guy Clark's lean melodicism, Lyle Lovett's wry mischief, and Bill Morrissey's knack for the revealing image."
Saturday, November 22 Michael Reno Harrell, songwriter and storyteller extraordinaire returns for the 10th year to the delight of all of us.Dirty Linen Magazine - "Harrell's deep soothing voice carries you through a journey filled with family, lovers, moonshiners, dreamers, and most of all journeys."
Saturday, November 29 the Shane Pruitt Band closes the month with rocking 'blues that groove without compromise and wail without mercy'." This music is a mix of the best in roots music. It's based in the blues, but has elements of gospel and old soul music. The Hammond B3 organ, coupled with Shane's soulful guitar work and a steady groove makes this a fulfilling listen."
Many thanks to our customers and staff for the last ten years!
Susan Casey
Senior Center News and Events

Our "Meals on Wheels" program at the center has reached its lowest number of participants in the past decade. We know there 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 60 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.
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.
Remember the Senior center offers exercise programs all through the week. Fall and winter may keep us inside a bit more, but we need to stay active. Stay active and fit with us. There is an assortment of Yoga programs from gentle to strength. NIA (non-impact aerobics) offers breathing and flexibility set to music, while Chair exercise emphasizes posture and flexibility. Please check the calendar for days and times.
Holiday Gala 2008: The Saluda Senior Center invites you to its annual holiday event on Sun. Dec. 07, 2008 from 5pm-8pm...This year the location will be at the Saluda Senior Center and will feature a fantastic silent auction with something for everybody.
There will be music, hors d'oeuvres, delicious food, spirits and good seasonal fellowship. In addition, you will be supporting the good work of the Saluda Senior Center. For more information please call Margaret Sease @ 749-1151.
Tryon Little Theatre Matinee: The Saluda Senior will provide transportation and discounted tickets to seniors 60 and older, to see the wonderfully funny comedy; THE FOREIGNER. The performance will begin at 3pm on Sun. Nov. 23 at the Tryon Fine Arts Center. The bus will depart from the senior center at 1:45pm and return to the senior center approximately 5:45pm. Please contact Donna at the senior center @ 749-9245 to reserve. Deadline to sign up is Fri. Nov. 14, 2008.
Movie Night at the Senior Center will present "Ratatouille". Admission is FREE; of course the movie would not be complete without popcorn and drinks. The feature begins at 5:30pm and Movie night occurs once a month.  This month will be on November 21.
Just a few reminders, the Center serves lunch Mon.-Fri. 11:30am-12:30pm. "A Thrifty Barn" is loaded with fabulous bargains all the time. Volunteers for the meal program and the Thrifty Barn are always welcome.

There's Good News
by author, Joe Adams
Joe Adams
No, the stock market hasn't picked up and the economy still sucks.
But the good news is this: CHOCOLATE IS GOOD FOR YOU.  Who would have thought it?
Not all chocolate, but dark chocolate.  It's invigorating, so "they" say.  You can't have it loaded down with sugar, and milk chocolate isn't good.  It has to be DARK.  But dark is the best kind anyway.
I'm thinking I might start dipping cocoa the way people used to dip snuff.  (I'm sure some people still dip it but it's really a dirty habit.  Cotton mill workers --- including my mother and her sisters --- used to dip it because you couldn't smoke in the mills.  Women usually dipped snuff and the men chewed tobacco, another dirty habit.  Much better to dip cocoa.  If it drips down your chin somebody would probably lick it off.)
Dove makes dark chocolates wrapped in red foil paper.  They're bite size, although they aren't cheap.  The foil paper has inspirational messages inside ... sort of like Chinese Fortune Cookies.  Things that say: BELIEVE THE BEST IN OTHERS.  And then one day I had one that said: YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL.  I think I got somebody else's Dove because it would be a stretch to call me beautiful.  Maybe they meant that I was beautiful inside.  That I am.
A friend who shares my passion for dark chocolates took me to the Dollar Store one day.  To my surprise, he bought us two dark chocolate bars ... some brand I had never heard of.  They had blueberries in them. Quite a nice and unusual combination.  And as you know, blueberries are also good for you.
Mars Candy company spent years and ooodles of money researching chocolate and they are the ones who discovered the health benefits of dark chocolate.  Even though their findings are undisputed, they were reluctant to start advertising the health benefits of chocolate fearing that no one would believe them since they are a candy company. I think they are marketing dark chocolates under a different brand name.
For years and years, I have gotten three boxes of chocolate covered cherries for Christmas.  I have three daughters and when they were young, they started buying me a box for Christmas every year.  It was something they could afford and something they knew made me happy.  Chocolate covered cherries are not on the "good for you" list.  I don't know if it's because my taste buds are dying off (they do, you know!) or what, but the chocolate covered cherries are much too sweet nowadays.  Fortunately they have managed to put fewer and fewer cherries in the same size box.  I generally freeze them...and still have a couple of boxes in the freezer by the following Christmas.
I've told my daughters not to buy them ... but they persist.  Old habits die hard.
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
carolinesCaroline's On Main is open now on Monday, Thursday and Friday Noon - 3:00 P.M. and when the OPEN flags are flying! Stop by if you get a chance.  Caroline has moved behind the post office.

salamanderThat purple storefront you may have noticed in Saluda is the new for 2008 face of Salamander.  Now in their fifth year of business, Cynthia and Ben have this to say about it: 
Salamander is more than a shop, it is an experience that will raise your spirit.  Sight, sound, color, texture and the subtle scent of pure essential oils from fine beeswax candles will make your visit relaxing and inspiring.  Surrounded by beauty and tranquility, it's easy to spend an hour perusing handmade works from North Carolina to Oregon as well as fairly traded handcrafts from Ghana to Peru. 
Specially chosen books to stimulate your curiosity and support your personal growth, some really great music titles, rare Tibetan singing bowls, and musical instruments add to the fun.
Jewelry, fiber arts and pottery abound and are clearly beyond the ordinary.  And oh - by the way - a delicious selection (chosen and tasted-tested by us) of reasonably priced wines awaits you as well.
Remember, "If it's all looking the same, look at Salamander," located at 7 West Main Street, Saluda NC.  828-749-3466
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.  
Cottage CaretakersAre You A Weekender???
Think how much more enjoyable your time would be in your "getaway" if you didn't have to open, close,  clean and be tied down with repairs and general maintenance to your home. Cottage Caretakers is your solution!!  We'll open your home, freshen it for your arrival so you can enjoy your time and RELAX!  We'll clean up after you leave and even do the laundry.  We have basic fees or can tailor a plan specific to your needs.

David & Susan Berry relocated their business and their lives to Saluda in December of 2007.  David is a licensed general contractor with over 35 years of residential and commercial building experience.  He currently oversees the construction of commercial properties throughout the Southeast.  He's been coming to Saluda since age 14 (40+ years, but who's counting!!) to the family getaway home & remembers vividly tending to all the details of opening the house on arrival late on Friday, spending Saturday taking care of the general maintenance associated with being an absentee homeowner only to turn around on Sunday, shut it all down and resecure the house until the next visit.  (We're still the caretakers there!!)
Susan has many years of experience in property management, residential and commercial real estate sales and management, gardening and cleaning services. OUR experience and thoroughness (WE ARE BOTH VERY DETAILED!!) will ensure a relaxing getaway for you.  Let us help you enjoy your well deserved restful relaxation.  
Services include:  Caretaker Services, Cleaning Services, Yard Maintenance, Repairs/General Maintenance, Laundry Service, Window Washing, Shopping Service.
Please contact Susan and David at:
828.850.2595-Susan cell
828.850.1046-David cell

Meditation Station will open November 8.  Located at the building across from the Green River BBQ, Kate Jarvis, proprietor will offer a variety of meditation classes and retail sales of books and crystals.  Please call 828-551-7048 for more information.
Dottie Eargle has opened Estate Antiques at the Depot Station next door to Saluda Real Estate and Construction.
Art Clues

Hints for Creating and Appreciating Art


Making 2D Appear 3D
This column illustrates 8 steps to make 2 dimensional shapes appear 3 dimensional. We'll begin with three flat rectangles and turn them into a field of hay bales. These steps are easy to generalize into other subject matter.
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Alter the 3 flat rectangles to reveal more sides. Overlap some shapes. Make a shape smaller to appear more distant. Draw a horizontal line to create a horizon and a surface on which the shapes are sitting.
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Draw shadows on the shapes. Draw the shadows cast by the shapes. Place closer shapes lower down on the image. Place more distant shapes further up on the image.  
These concepts are useful for still lifes, landscapes, and portraits.
Next month's Art Clues will be "Making 2D appear 3D - Another Perspective"  Using Linear and Atmospheric Perspective to Create Depth on a Flat Surface.

Beverly Bowden Pickard
Saluda Fine Arts
 Note:  You can see Beverly's art in Saluda Fine Arts, 46 E Main St, Saluda. NC.
Saluda Garden Club
Joe AdamsIf you're a gardener and you haven't been to Ashdown Roses in Campobello, you have missed a great opportunity!  SGC was there for our October meeting and to quote one of our members, "I learned more there in an hour and a half than in all the books I've read on roses."  Paul Zimmerman, the owner and "professor" gave us a guided tour and let us in on many secrets about roses that have led to his success.  For more information, check out his website at 
Fall has fallen and it's time to get a new  tip or two in making our garden cleanups easier, faster and cheaper.  Grids that are used for staking summer plants are great to keep squirrels from digging up bulbs.  Position the grid over bulb section and push "legs" in until they rest on top of soil.  Remove in spring when shoots begin to appear.  If you're of that mind, watch and enjoy the frustration of these four-legged foes as they are foiled in their attempt to rob us of our labors!
Cleaning fall leaves between hedges and shrubs is done in an instant when using a shop vac.  Empty the tank when it sounds as though it's working a little hard - about every 10 to 15 minutes for a 12 gallon vac.
Recycle soil no longer needed from summer pots into a trash bin.  Use a lid to keep the soil from drying out.  Next spring use this soil on bottom of containers with fresh soil on the top-- a great money saver any time.  Be sure to dispose after a couple of uses.
Just a reminder:  If you know of those who don't have computers but would like to enjoy the Saluda Lifestyles, let them know that a copy is kept in the library for them to read, especially about the Saluda Garden Club.  Also there are a few gardening magazines of special interest on reserve in the library for those who may like to see different publications from time to time.
Next month's meeting will be a workday at Spring Park, 10:00 a.m., November 17th.  It's a great time for newcomers.  They get to see what we are doing to the park and we get a lot of help with the cleanup!  Hope to see you there.
Happy Gardening and be sure you don't forget anything you're  thankful for during the holiday,                                                          Sandra Rocks
Saluda's General Stores Featured
wtvi vanA North Carolina film company, Susie Films was in Saluda , Friday, Oct. 24.  They were filming for a PBS special to air in about a year about vanishing stores in America. The special was inspired by Mike Lassiter who has published a photo book on old stores, old pool halls, old movie theatres, old barbershops, and more, in all 100 counties in North Carolina.
Robert Pace looking at book  Mike was also in town with Channel WTVI and will have his book on sale at Robert Pace's Store.  Robert Pace and Thompson's Store will be featured along with other towns featured in the book "Vanishing Americana."
Submitted by Catherine Ross
Winterizing Your Summer Home
It's that time of year when you want to think about taking care of winterizing your home so you don't have to be worried about freezing pipes bursting.  Here are a few key items that you want to make sure to get done if your home is going to be empty for any amount of time.
1.  Locate your water main and shut it off.
2.  Cut off electric service to hot water heater and drain tank.
3.  Drain all pipes via interior faucets and exterior hose bibs.
4.  Drain all garden hoses and store away for the winter.
5.  Flush all toilets and add anti freeze to remaining water in tank and bowl.
6.  Insure gutters are clean (consider installing leaf guards) to allow for proper drainage       during rain and snow.
7.  Insure all condensate and drain lines from HVAC units are drained.
8.  Insulate any exposed pipes that cannot be drained of water.
1. Propane or natural gas shut off at supply.
2.  HVAC units are turned off at the electrical source unless a minimum temperature is to     be maintained.
3.  Prune tree limbs away from house to lessen possibility of storm damage.
4.  Clean out your refrigerator, unplug and prop door open.
5.  Unplug all other appliances including TV's.
6.  Store lawn furniture, grills, tools, etc.
7.  Turn off homes electrical power at the main breaker unless specific breakers need to      remain on for fire protection, security lighting and alarm systems.
8.  Check exterior doors and windows for cracks and crevices and repair as needed
9.  Inspect roof and flashings for potential leaks.
10. Test smoke detector batteries and replace as needed.
11. Find someone who will drop by your home occasionally to make sure it is secure and       there are no problems.  Be sure they know how to contact you.
You can reach Susan and David at Office 828.749.3747.  David's Cell 828.850.1046 or Susan's Cell at  828.850.2595.  You may also email to
Polk County Toy Run
Polk County Toy Run will be held in Saluda, NC at the Saluda Fire Department. Travel I-26 exit 59 or Hwy 176 and follow toy run signs. BBQ Lunch is provided with a new $10 toy or a $10 donation. All donations will benefit underpriviledged children in Polk County. Register 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. 50/50 drawing, T-shirts, door prizes, Santa Claus.
Parade starts at 1:45 p.m. Public Welcome! Be sure to attend the bike parade thru downtown Saluda, Tryon, and Columbus, ending at courthouse. Info call Barry Gee 828 817-3084 or Kim Pack 828 894-3001. harley hog logo
Election Day - November 4


Brisk fall winds are carpeting the ground with red, yellow, brown, gold, and rust colors of autumn and temperatures are dropping in the 30's at night.  Wild turkeys are frequently seen along the country side and strutting across highways without a care. Shop keepers are busily stocking shelves emptied by autumn tourists. Both motorcyles and bicycles are competing for road share as they round the mountain curves. It's an exciting time to visit Saluda.

Cathy Jackson
Cathy Jackson Realty