Saluda Lifestyles - Monthly Ezine all about Saluda, NC

Where Time Stands Still
December 1, 2008

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In This Issue
Saluda School
Senior Center Schedule
Saluda Library
Saluda Church Services
Saluda Classifieds
Lost Cat
The Women's Club of Saluda
Meetings to Remember
Saluda Community Land Trust
Polk County Teachers Awarded
Holiday Gala 2008
Helping Saluda Kids
Polk County Youth Cheerleaders
A Special Condolence
Holiday Safety Tips
Saluda Hometown Christmas
What's Happening
Saluda Senior Center News & Events
The Rats Who Ate Christmas by Joe Adams
Saluda Unchained!
Saluda Scoop
Art Clues
Saluda Garden Club
Cut Your Own Christmas Tree
Local Artist Featured
New Town Benches
City Notes from City Hall
Christmas Tree for the Birds
"My Saluda Seasons"
Christmas Tree Farms 
Visitor Information Links
Music and Entertainment
The Purple Onion
Area News Media
Tryon Daily Bulletin
Saluda Lifestyles
Past Issues of Saluda Lifestyles

Saluda Property & Real Estate

Winter is the Time
to look at vacant land and lots....
Because the creepy, crawly things are burrowed deep in the ground and
You can See Everything!!! 
Click on the links to get more information about these properties.
 Raw Land and Lots
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,
Modular Homes Allowed
Ranging from $65,000 to $85,000
Mountain Vista View Lots
Lot 9-2.77 Acres MLS#413190 $165,000
Lot 23-1.07 Acres MLS#418414 $145,000
21 Acres of Mountain Top Adjoining 19,000 Acre Preservation
$655,140  MLS#383813
Cathy Jackson Realty
Saluda School
  Joe Adams

Upcoming Events at Saluda School 
Be sure to visit Saluda School to learn more about our school!  Classroom websites are updated monthly!

Dec. 1 Report Cards for the 2nd Six Weeks

Dec. 8  School Board Meeting at Stearns 6:30pm

Dec. 12 Evening Book Fair  5:30-7:00pm

Community Members are invited to attend the Book Fair!  If you would like to purchase books for children on your Christmas list, you are welcome to visit the Scholastic Book Fair in the Media Center.  Call 749-5571, if you have any questions.

Dec. 17 Interim Reports Home

Dec. 18 Evening Holiday Performance 6:00pm

Community Members are invited to attend this lighthearted, Christmas event---"Shaping Up Santa."

Dec. 19 PTSO Christmas Bazaar

If anyone has gently used gift bags and would be willing to donate them for this event, please drop them by the secretary's office in the Rock Building.

Dec. 20 Winter Begins

Dec. 20-Jan. 1  Christmas/New Year's Holidays

Jan. 2 Optional Teacher Workday

Jan. 5Students return to school



Vicki M. Molette, PA-C and Medical Director of Saluda Medical Center visited the third graders at Saluda Elementary School to teach students about muscles and bones.  Pictured is Mrs. Molette demonstrating on her daughter, Grace, how reflexes work.      


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
Dec 22 - No NIA
Dec 29 - No NIA
Tuesday Activities Schedule
10:00 Bridge
2:15 Chair Exercise
5:30 Yoga
Wednesday Activities Schedule
10:00 Trash Train
12:30 Gentle Yoga
5:30 - Dec 30 Yoga
Closed December 24 thru 26
Thursday Activities Schedule
9:30 Knitting Group
12:30 Gentle Yoga
Closed for Christmas Dec 25
Friday Activities Schedule
10:00 Trash Train
10:00 Chair Exercise
5:30 December 19 - Movie Night "The Christmas Story"
December 12 - Birthday Celebration.
Sunday Activities
9:15 Silent meditation
Home-delivered meals are available to persons 60 or older who are home-bound and in need of a hot nutritious meal daily.  If you or someone you know qualify for these meals, please call 828-749-9245 to get on the list for meal delivery.
Don't forget to check out "A Thrifty Barn" Wednesday 10am to 4pm, Donations and sales Thursday and Friday 10am-4pm, Saturday 9am-3pm.  Basement Sales December 6 and 20 from 9am to 3pm.
Volunteers always needed.  Call 828-749-3320 for more information.
Saluda Community Library
Paul Koenen



December Children's Programs 
WEDNESDAY, DEC 3, 10:30 am - A "Christmas Dreams" Storytime with Bert & Jo.
Don't miss this whimsical adventure of lights, action, music and sweet surprises!
WEDNESDAY, DEC 10, 10:30am - Gingerbread Man Storytime and Cookie Decorating
WEDNESDAY, DEC 17, 10:30 am - Winter Holidays Preschool Storytime
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
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. Larry and Debbie wish to retire. Please contact Larry and Debbie Jackson at 828-749-2321.
Lost Cat
Please help me find Miss Kitty. She is a charcoal gray cat with white boots and a white chest. I am watching her while my mom is in Florida for the winter and she is lost. She was last seen on Thompson Road. You may call and leave a message at any time at Wildflour Bakery (828-749-9224).

The Women's Club of Saluda

The Women's Club will not have a meeting in December.
The Women's Club of Saluda is 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 join us at one of our meetings.  We meet the second Tuesday each month, at 10 am in the Presbyterian Church.  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, December 2 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 December 3. For information please call Betsy Burdett at 828-749-2161.
Saluda Community Land Trust News
Saluda Community Land Trust is pleased to announce that we now have an office, meeting space, website and local phone number with answering machine.  We are grateful to the Polk County Community Foundation for funding a start up grant for operating expenses such as computer, insurance and answering machine.  Our new office is located on the second floor of the Saluda Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall.
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 SCLT ("skillet")-mission statement, board members, current projects, grants received and more.  
Still looking for that perfect gift for your family and friends who love Saluda?   Consider giving an annual membership to the Saluda Community Land Trust.  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.
We meet the first and third Wednesdays of each month at 3:00 pm.  Our next meeting will be held December 3rd    in our new office/meeting space.

Polk County Teachers Awarded

The Polk County Community Foundation is pleased to announce that five teachers in the Polk County and Landrum public schools have received Priscilla & Ellis D. Slater Excellence in Teaching Awards this fall.  
Kenneth Alexander and Julie Burke from Polk County Middle School to attend the 2009 National Council of Teachers of Mathematics;
Jill Bennett from Polk County Middle School to attend the 2008 International Band and Orchestra Conference;
robertsCathy McReynolds from Landrum High School to attend the 2008 Education First Advanced Placement Forum; and
Sheila C. Roberts from Polk County Middle School for coursework towards a Master's Degree from the University of South Carolina.
These funds are awarded through a competitive grant process at the Polk County Community Foundation.

Ellis D. Slater established the fund for these awards in 1982 to achieve his vision of strengthening the public school systems in the Polk County and Landrum by encouraging professional growth and development of local teachers.  Slater hoped that teachers would use the funds in creative and innovative ways, and travel was one of the specific opportunities he had in mind.  Classroom teachers may also use these grants to work on their advanced degrees or to attend professional conferences in their teaching fields.
Since 1986, many teachers have benefited from the Slater Awards distributed through the Polk County Community Foundation.  The Slater Committee invites all Polk County and Landrum area public school teachers to apply for a Slater Excellence in Teaching Award.  The opportunities and possibilities for improving teaching skills and classroom impact are almost unlimited. 
For more information regarding grants, scholarships or charitable giving options, please contact the Polk County Community Foundation by visiting us at 255 South Trade Street in Tryon, calling (828) 859-5314, or checking our website 

Senior Center Puts on "Holiday Gala 2008"
The Saluda Senior Center is holding a "Holiday Gala" on December 7th at the Senior Center from 5 to 8 p.m.  This year's event is designed to showcase improvements and additions to Saluda's Senior Center.  Board members will be on hand to answer questions and explain all that has changed during 2008.  The Center will be furnished to provide a warm homespun atmosphere and of course decorated for the season.  Wine, Hors d' oeuvres and desserts will be served throughout the evening.  The Senior Center's "Person of the Year" will be honored.
There will be live entertainment and we will be featuring a silent auction bigger than last year's, which will offer a Beachfront Condo get-away, Golf Packages, Original Art, Pottery, Jewelry, Gourmet Dinners, Outdoor Adventures, Plus many other Interesting Items, there should be Something for Everyone! 
Reservations are offered at $45/Person or $80/Couple Donation.For reservations, call the Saluda Senior Center at 828-749-9245 or Margaret Sease at 828-749-1151.

Making Christmas Bright!
Help local children in need have a Merry Christmas by donating toys to be distributed in Saluda.  New toys for all ages can be dropped off at the Saluda Police Department, City Hall and Macon Bank through December 19.  All donations will be given locally to Saluda community families.  For more information, call city hall at 828-749-2581 or Saluda Police Department at 828-749-2691.  Please help to make everyone's Christmas bright!
Support Polk County Youth Cheerleaders!
Congratulations to the Polk County Youth Cheerleaders for winning second place in local competition.
Now, they can compete in the national competition in Orlando December 9-14. 

Saluda's Chief of Police, Tonya Lindsey coaches the Polk County Youth Football Cheerleaders.  As a former professional  cheerleader, Chief Lindsey felt she could help these girls learn self confidence and the benefits of having fun doing physical exercise.

The youth group is raising monetary support to help pay their way to Orlando.  If you would like to to help them get to Orlando, please make checks payable to PCYF (Polk County Youth Football).  Checks can be mailed to Chief Lindsey at the Saluda Police Department, Main St, Saluda, NC 28773 or you can call Chief Lindsey at 828-674-4546 
A Special Condolence
Local author and historian, Charles O. Hearon, Jr. died Sunday, November 23, 2008.  He was 96.
Saluda residents know him through his tales of growing up in Saluda in the many books he wrote. (See the list in M.A. Pace General Store in Saluda Scoop column).
You can read Mr. Hearon's obituary at Petty Funeral Home. 
In Mr. Hearon's "I Remember Saluda: A Storytelling, he wraps up the Forewod page with, "Dear God bless us all, keep us mindful of others, and don't let us destroy ourselves."  Words of wisdom for all of us who love Saluda just as it is!
Holiday Safety Tips
The winter holidays are a time for celebration, and that means more cooking, home decorating, entertaining, and an increased risk of fire and accidents.  Following these guidelines will help make your holiday season safer & more enjoyable.
Holiday decorating & lighting: Use caution with holiday decorations and whenever possible, choose those made with flame-resistant, flame-retardant or non-combustible materials.Keep candles away from decorations and other combustible materials, and do not use candles to decorate Christmas trees. Carefully inspect new and previously used light strings and replace damaged items before plugging lights in. Do not overload extension cords.
Don't mount lights in any way that can damage the cord's wire insulation (i.e., using clips, not nails).
Keep children and pets away from light strings and electrical decorations.Turn off all light strings and decorations before leaving the house or going to bed. 
Holiday entertaining:  Unattended cooking is the leading cause of home fires in the U.S. When cooking for holiday visitors, remember to keep an eye on the range.  Provide plenty of large, deep ashtrays and check them frequently. Cigarette butts can smolder in the trash and cause a fire, so completely douse cigarette butts with water before discarding.  Keep matches and lighters up high, out of sight and reach of children (preferably in a locked cabinet).
Test your smoke alarms, and let guests know what your fire escape plan is.
Trees: When purchasing an artificial tree, look for the label "Fire Resistant."  When purchasing a live tree, check for freshness. A fresh tree is green, needles are hard to pull from branches and when bent between your fingers, needles do not break.  When setting up a tree at home, place it away from fireplaces, radiators or portable heaters. Place the tree out of the way of traffic and do not block doorways.  Cut a few inches off the trunk of your tree to expose the fresh wood. This allows for better water absorption and will help to keep your tree from drying out and becoming a fire hazard.  Be sure to keep the stand filled with water, because heated rooms can dry live trees out rapidly. Make sure the base is steady so the tree won't tip over easily.
Lights: Never use electric lights on a metallic tree. The tree can become charged with electricity from faulty lights, and a person touching a branch could be electrocuted.  Before using lights outdoors, check labels to be sure they have been certified for outdoor use. To hold lights in place, string them through hooks or insulated staples, not nails or tacks. Never pull or tug lights to remove them.  Make sure all the bulbs work and that there are no frayed wires, broken sockets or loose connections.  Plug all outdoor electric decorations into circuits with ground fault circuit interrupters to avoid potential shocks.Turn off all lights when you go to bed or leave the house. The lights could short out and start a fire.
Decorations: Use only non-combustible or flame-resistant materials to trim a tree. Choose tinsel or artificial icicles of plastic or nonleaded metals.Never use lighted candles on a tree or near other evergreens. Always use non-flammable holders, and place candles where they will not be knocked down.In homes with small children, take special care to avoid decorations that are sharp or breakable, keep trimmings with small removable parts out of the reach of children. Avoid trimmings that resemble candy or food that may tempt a young child to eat them.
Fireplaces:Before lighting any fire, remove all greens, boughs, papers, and other decorations from fireplace area. Check to see that the flue is open.Use care with "fire salts," which produce colored flames when thrown on wood fires. They contain heavy metals that can cause intense gastrointestinal irritation and vomiting if eaten. Do not burn wrapping papers in the fireplace. A flash fire may result as wrappings ignite suddenly and burn intensely.
Toys and Ornaments: Purchase appropriate toys for the appropriate age. Some toys designed for older children might be dangerous for younger children.Electric toys should be UL/FM approved.  Toys with sharp points, sharp edges, strings, cords, or parts small enough to be swallowed should not be given to small children.  Place older ornaments and decorations that might be painted with lead paint out of the reach of small children and pets. 
Children and Pets: Poinsettias are known to be poisonous to humans and animals, so keep them well out-of-reach, or avoid having them.  Keep decorations at least 6 inches above the child's reach.   Avoid using tinsel. It can fall on the floor and a curious child or pet may eat it. This can cause anything from mild distress to death.  Keep any ribbons on gifts and tree ornaments shorter than 7 inches. A child could wrap a longer strand of ribbon around their neck and choke.  Avoid mittens with strings for children. The string can get tangled around the child's neck and cause them to choke. It is easier to replace a mitten than a child.  Security: Use your home burglar alarm system. If you plan to travel for the holidays don't discuss your plans with strangers. Have a trusted friend or neighbor to pick up newspapers, take in mail (or put on hold with postal service) and keep an eye on things while you are away.

Saluda Home Town Christmas Stroll
Friday, December 12  6:00pm to 8:00pm 
The Saluda Business Association invites you tohometown christmas grade attend its annual stroll down Main Street. Enjoy holiday lights, treats, and musicians as you visit Saluda shops and restaurants celebrating the holiday season.

Venues and Musicians
Saluda Library - Mountain Winds Flute Ensemble

Saluda Police Department - Cass Haskell & Larry Keith -Guitars

The Purple Onion - Robert Seiler-Piano and "Top of the Morning Suzuki Players"

Heartwood Gallery- Amy Brucksch

Thompson's Store - Rita Bright on Keyboard & Singers

Saluda Grade Café - Clam Japhry -Traditional Irish Music

Saluda Fine Arts and Cathy Jackson Realty - Todd  & Eric Neal -Guitar and Mandolin
Caboose Alley - Troy Brooks on Saxophone
Tosh's WhistleStop Cafe and Wildflour Bakery - Katherine Raymond  & Friends - Vocal
Following the stroll at 815pm, the Saluda Presbyterian Church will host the annual Ecumenical Service.  Rev. Rob Parsons, pastor of Saluda's First Methodist Church will deliver the service.
On Saturday, December 13 at 9:30 to 1:00, Mountain Life Realty will sponsor the Christmas Children's Workshop at the Saluda Fire Department on Greenville Street. All children are welcome (and adults, too).

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.
December Music Schedule
December 4 - Beaucoup Blue
December 6 - Martha's Troouble
December 11 - Darlyne Cain
December 13 - Uptown Jazz Quartet
December 18 - Eliza Lynn
December 20 - Gove Scrivenor
December 25 - No Music on Christmas Day
December 27 - Clay Ross
December 31 - HUGE NEW YEARS EVE PARTY WITH MUSIC FROM BIG ROAD.  You will need reservations.  There will be more information later. If you can't wait, call the café at 828-749-1179. 

Green River BoysThe Green River Boys
invite you to Shaffer's Roadside Grill.  They are scheduled to perform December 12 and 26 at 6:00pm.  Check their schedule at  Green River Boys
jamboreeSummer Time at Mountain Jamboree
The Saluda Mountain Jamboree has had a busy fall season with several events and parties.  The Medical Center Masquerade Ball was a lot of fun.  There were some great costumes!!  Plans are being made for another one next year.  During this Ball, Cindy Keeter (Saluda's Postmaster) came up with the idea of having a "Saluda Night Out" once a month at The Jamboree regular Saturday night "Party With A Beat" dance.  This is a plan to try to rekindle some community fellowship and give folks a chance to get to know their neighbors.  The next date for "Saluda Night Out" will be Saturday, December 13th.  So get a crowd of Saluda folks together and get out to The Party With A Beat at The Jamboree. 

The Jamboree was chosen to host three Bluegrass and Bar-B-Que parties sponsored by M-7 Event Solutions of Asheville. On November 18, December 2nd and December 10th, Diamond Tours of Florida and M-7 Event Solutions will bring  six to eight tour busses of folks from other parts of the country to stop here at The Jamboree.  We are glad to welcome these guests to Saluda and hope they will spend some time visiting the downtown shops.  We hope to have more tour busses visit us next year when the weather warms up again.
The clogging competition that was held all day and into the evening on Nov. 22nd brought the best teams from six southern states to the stage at The Jamboree.  These cloggers put on some fantastic shows and routines. 
As the New Year fast approaches, plans are being made for another big New Years Eve party at The Jamboree!!  The theme this year is "BUBBLES  AND   BALLOONS"..  Wednesday, December 31st you want to be at this party!  The performing band will be "Free Flight" - they are a favorite dance band!
Tickets are $l8.00 and includes party favors, champagne toast, light hors d'oeuvres and a great New Years Eve Party!!  The concession and bar will be open. Tickets can be purchased in advance and tables reserved for groups of 4 or 6.  Or just get your tickets at the door and come on in!!
The Jamboree will be closed December 20th and 27th for the Christmas Holiday.  But the New Years Eve Party will kick off the 2009 season.
Bob and Linda want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year! 
See you at the party!! 

Saluda Mountain Jamboree
December 6th ---------------Sound Factory
December 13th --------------Southern Pointe
                    (Saluda's Night Out)
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.

Ray Pague ScrewdriverArtist, Ray Pague is holding classes in Oil Painting at the Chicken House on Greenville Street. There is a small fee.  For more information please call Ray at 828-817-3281.

Happenings at the Old Chicken House  -- Creativity and talent are hatching at the Old Chicken House in Saluda.  Bill Ryan's group paints together on Tuesdays, a gathering of local area artists.  Although the individual artists have come and gone over the years, the original classes met over 20 years ago and meetings have continued ever since.  Ray Pague's Saturday classes are currently painting people-their interpretations of live models, scenery and still life.
Ruth Anderson has dozens of silk wreaths displayed in the enclosed patio.  All are original designs by Ruth in a variety of styles and sizes, seasonal, traditional, Victorian and contemporary.  Each is artistically unique and meticulously crafted.  One day workshops and crafts classes are planned soon.
The Old Chicken House will be open and welcomes visitors each Friday, December 5, 12, and 19 from 10-5.  Hot coffee and herb tea will be ready in the kitchen.
Watch for the big building with the sign in front, one mile after crossing the railroad tracks in downtown Saluda onto Greenville Street.  Call 828-749-9718 for information.  Leave a message for a return call.
Submitted by Ruth Anderson
Random Arts Upcoming Workshops
No Workshops Scheduled in December
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
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:
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 innThe Cellar at the Saluda Inn Schedule
 Wednesday, December 10thBig Red Wines - Forum, featuring wines that are guaranteed to stain your teeth!  Dark, Inky and Bold!  Like a warm fire on a cold day!   Reservations Required. Times from 6:30pm to 9:30pm.
Thursday, December 11th    Big Red Wines - at the wine bar.  Same wines, just more of a casual atmosphere.  Reservations not required.
Thursday, December 18th    Meet the Artist Featuring Saluda's own Bonnie Bardos
"Art, like writing and poetry, for me is an expression of the soul: the deepest self, where time and place do not matter...I am on a higher plane when creating. There is intense spirit and energy in my hands...I am influenced by color, by thought, and by the natural world around us. I see nature as spiritual and symbolic, and seek to speak the unknown, to convey the unseen. My work is based on intuition, and what feeling I am attuned to at the moment. I feel the world intensely: the natural world, which is deeply connected to my inner world. Transcendence on the journey of life is my re-occuring theme."  Bonnie Bardos
The Cellar at the Saluda Inn offers a unique approach to enjoying wine.  Surrounded by the three fireplaces, rough-hewn beams, vintage wines and a beautiful wood carved bar.  Joni, Rich and Gary have handpicked a selection of wines that offer you excellent choices of quality and price, mostly coming from artisan wineries. Rich has recently added a tap of Hefe Weiss for those who don't like wine.  As a winemaker once said "It takes a lot of beer to make a good wine!"
The Cellar is also available for private parties.  For more information please contact us at 828-749-9698 or
Senior Center News and Events

The annual HOLIDAY GALA will be at the Senior center on Sun. Dec. 07 from 5pm-8pm. There will be 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 at 749-1151 or the Senior center at 749-9245.
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 "Meals on Wheels" program. For information and assistance, please call Donna at the Senior center.
The Senior center would like to remind area residents that we have medical equipment for loan. Equipment ranges from bathtub seating to walkers and wheelchairs to a motorized scooter.
Movie Night occurs once a month on the third Friday night of the month starting at 5:30pm. Admission is free, of course, the movie would not be complete without popcorn and a cold drink. This month's feature is "The Christmas Story" on Fri. Dec. 19 @ 5:30pm. All are invited.
February 2009 is going to be important to all of us. That is the month that all 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 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.
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 offers breathing and flexibility set to music, while Chair exercise emphasizes posture and flexibility. Please check the calendar for days and times.
Lunch is served daily at the center from 11:30am-12:30pm, call a day ahead to reserve. A Thrifty Barn is loaded with fabulous bargains all the time. Volunteers for the meal program and the Thrifty Barn are always welcome. There is NO membership required to attend the Senior center. 
The Rats Who Ate Christmas
by author, Joe Adams
Joe Adams
I take a "live and let live" attitude toward rats and other things as long as they stay outdoors where they belong.  But two years ago when I pulled the ladder down and went up in the attic to get our Christmas decorations, I found our boxes had been eaten into ... and when I got them down I discovered that rats had eaten almost all of our Christmas decorations.  Those rats!
Well actually the roaches helped them too.  They ate Baby Jesus, Joseph, Mary and the Wise Men (who would have been wiser if they had stayed out of the box).  A lot of the decorations were little handmade things that my three daughters had made for the trees over the years, so eating those were really a personal affront.
Down here in South Carolina, we have huge roaches.  Nobody calls them roaches.
The Chamber of Commerce calls them "Palmetto Bugs" as if giving them a nice name gives them a nice personality.  Other people call them "Water Bugs" because they seem to come in through the water pipes.  But believe me, they are roaches as in "a rose by any other name."
These suckers are big and mean.  They can fly.  They could carry away your chickens if you had any.  And you don't dare squish them because they have a belly full of Christmas tree ornaments inside.  Someone said they were eating the glue so they would probably stick to your feet.
It broke my heart to throw away all those eaten decorations.  They even ate the glass/plastic ornaments.  I had a big pickle ornament.  I'm not sure why I ever bought a pickle for the Christmas tree but it seemed like a good thing to do at the time.  Gone!
This is not my first encounter with S.C. roaches ... when I moved down here, they moved into my car like it was a second home for them.  I didn't dare leave my keys in the car for fear they would drive off with it. And, yes, they are big enough to drive a SUV.  I tried putting Roach Motels in the car .... they ate the motels and laughed at me.  I sprayed roach killer; they all put on gas masks .... grabbed the roach killer and sprayed me.  Finally I made a truce with them ... stay still and don't run around while I am driving and you can live here like you want.  That worked fairly well.   What they didn't know is that I had a plan to get rid of them permanently.  I was going to spend the summer in Maine, so I took them with me.
The black flies in Maine are as big as roaches in South Carolina so they had some insects to play with.  But what they didn't know is that Maine gets cold, cold, cold.  Right before I left to come home, I went over to a Laundromat ... opened all the doors and windows ... and gave the car a good spraying.  They all ran for their lives and I quickly closed the doors and drove off.  I saw them grouped around the front door of the Laundromat, huddled and shivering.  Even if they have roaches in Maine, nobody would understand them with their Southern accents.
I keep thinking they will show up here in S.C. again.  Lots of migrant workers come up to Maine at the end of summer to pick blueberries.  I figure the roaches have hitched a ride back down this way.  I keep looking for roaches with serapes and speaking Spanish.  But if I find them in my car, I'm calling Homeland Security and reporting them as illegal immigrants
Have a Happy Holiday Season, y'all.
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.

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Saluda Unchained!
The Saluda Business Association urged its citizens to unchain themselves on November 22 to do any business they planned to do on that day at locally-owned,  independent businesses. Saluda Unchained! is part of saluda unchainedAmerica Unchained!, a national campaign of the American Independent Business
Saluda stands to gain in every way by supporting its independent businesses. They provide the community with essential goods, services and jobs.  Local businesses are critical parts of the town's social, cultural and
economic health. Supporting them is good for us and for our community.
You won't find any national "chain" retailers in Saluda, making our downtown shopping experience truly unique. You will find old-time general stores, antiques, American craft, art, gifts, great food, and scenic bench sitting.
We encourage you to support our local business community and continue Saluda Unchained! through the holiday season.
For more information about the value of supporting your local business community, please visit the American Independent Business Alliance website.

Submited by the Staff of Heartwood Gallery
Saluda Scoop
The latest news and the unusual offerings provided by Saluda shops, restaurants, artists, and craftspeople

 Gift Ideas for Christmas

janet zugThe WE LOVE AMERICAN CRAFT! Sale at Heartwood Gallery in Saluda begins Friday Nov. 28 and ends Dec. 31. We're offering savings of 10-40% on select pieces in all catagories: jewelry, glass, pottery, wood, accessories and home decor. Make someone you love happy happy-give American Craft. Visit Heartwood's online gallery at Heartwood Galleries.
The holiday season is here and so are the poinsettias! Get beautiful red, white, and pink poinsettias at Beneficial Foods where you shop for groceries and delicious treats. Lovingly grown in a local greenhouse, the poinsettias are ready for you to take home or share with friends. Only $9.95 for a 6" pot. Visit Beneficial Foods' new store Monday - Friday from 10:00 am - 8:00 pm and Saturday from 10:00 am - 6:00 pm. Closed Thanksgiving Day. Off Fox  Mountain Road on the Adawehi campus at 98 Adawehi Lane, Columbus, 28722. Call Beneficial Foods at 828-894-0737.
The Wildflour Bakery Elves would like to remind you that our Christmas Order Sheets with our Festive Gift Bag of breads, our beautiful Christmas Stollen and our delicious Christmas cookies are available at Tosh's Whistle Stop Cafe'. We also want to invite all our customers (past, present and future!) to Hometown Christmas on Friday, December 12 from 6pm to 8pm. The Whistle Stop and Wildflour will have great food, wonderful music and a lot of fun! We are looking forward to seeing you again!
morning glory chritGet your Christmas trees and wreaths, and pine roping at Morning Glory Florist.  The trees and wreaths come from Western North Carolina tree farms.  Trees are $39.99 up to $70.00 depending on size. The wreaths will be different sizes ranging from $14.00 up to $28.00 depending on size and decor. Bows will be available for $5.00. For more information contact them at 828-749-2558.
Random Arts has wonderfully creative gifts for your friends and family such as vintage water color sets, drawing pencil sets, lots of inspiring books to  jump start anyone's creative  juices.  Along with holiday gifts are all the rubber stamps,  papers, stamp pads, ribbons and accessories to create all your seasonal greetings. Shop for some of these items on line at Random Arts What's New.

Holiday Wreaths For Sale   Boxwood Wreaths, Mixed Evergreen Wreaths, and Unique Woodland Creations  to Brighten the Season.  Call Julie at 828-749-9152.
Seasonal, Victorian and many other styles of Silk Wreaths for sale by Ruth Anderson at the Chicken House.  Call Ruth at 828-749-9718.
Mane Street Salon at Saluda Depot Station has product specials for gift giving and gift certificates available.  Contact Marcia Aiken at 828-749-3260.
curtis wrightCurtis Wright Outfitters will kick off its annual "Tic-Toc Sale" on December 1st with 10% off plus the day of the month (e.g. December 5th = 15% off).  The Tic-Toc sale is storewide and will run at least through Christmas.  Stop by, call 828.749.3444, or check out "What's New" at for more details.  Have a joyful Advent and a Merry
saluda wine and cheesSaluda Wine & Cheese is getting ready for the holiday season by featuring local world class wines from Rockhouse Vineyards in Tryon, outstanding beers from Highland Brewing in Asheville, the finest chocolates from Van's in Hendersonville, fresh baked breads from Brother Moon in Landrum, delightful cheeses from Spinning Spider in Marshall.  Reserve now your Holiday Gift Baskets.  Contact them at 828-749-WINE (9463).
Joe AdamsM.A. Pace General Store has books from local authors and make great gifts.  Here's a list from which to choose:
Charles O. Hearon, Jr--The Critters I've Known That Filled My Heart, I Remember Saluda, The Sun's Gonna Shine in My Back Door, The Sun's Gonna Set Pretty Soon.
Herman Nodine -- Sense & Nonsense, Straight from the Heart, Four Letter Words You Can Use Anywhere
Polly McCanless Kent-- Earth's Only Paradise, A Coat for a Soldier       
Wilmot B. Irvin--The Story Tellers,  There Is A River,  Jack's Passage (set in Saluda)
J. W. Lawrence -- A Quick Look at Polk County (Editor of News Journal)
Frank L. Fitzsimons -- Volumes I, II, III From the Banks of Oklawaha
(Now known as Mud Creek)
Sherry Austin -- Mariah of the Spirits (historical fiction of the low country of NC and SC), Where the Woodbine Twines, The Days Between the Years (just published)
Saluda School Fourth Grade -- Faces of Saluda, Historical Homes, The Railroad, Images of Saluda (Early 1900's), Images of Historical Homes
Craig M. Kirkpatrick -- The Long, Long Journey (an autobiography)
Joe Adams -- The Soul of a Butterbean
Jhon Akers -- Carl Sandburg & Andres Segovia Classical Guitarist (a CD)
M.A. Pace -- A Recipe Collection General Store (cookbook of Robert Pace's favorite recipes)
Autry Cumbie--Winterpast
Roger Bares -  Beyond The Sea: A Tale of Love and War in the South Pacific 
In 1991, Bob Loehne filmed a documentary on Saluda.  "Saluda, America's Home Town," is a conversation with Saluda residents and their memories of Saluda past.  Mr. Loehne also produced "Saluda Mountain, America's Steepest Class-1 Grade," and "611 on Saluda, An assault on America's Steepest Class-I Grade."
These DVD's are available for purchase at Saluda Lifestyles.
Art Clues

Hints for Creating and Appreciating Art


               Making 2D Appear 3D
Using Linear and Atmospheric Perspective to Create the Illusion of Depth on a Flat Surface

Atmospheric perspective is one method artists use to create the illusion of depth in landscape paintings. It describes what we see as things get farther away from us outdoors. An extreme way to visualize atmospheric perspective is to think of what astronauts see as they get farther away from the earth.
Examples in a landscape can be seen in the painting "Orchard Mountains."
Details are sharper close up and fade into each other as they get more distant .  Colors are brighter in the foreground and less intense the farther away they get.
Values are most distinct in the foreground and fade together toward the background.
The sky is lighter toward the horizon and darker just above your head. Weather can create exceptions.
Linear perspective is another way to create the illusion of depth and is useful in landscape, still life and portraiture.
Examples in a landscape/street scene can be seen in the painting "Saluda Grade".


Parallel lines angle towards each other as they get further away.  We see this readily in railroad tracks and roadways.
Horizontal parallel lines angling towards each other are easier to see, because horizontal distance is readily available to our eyes. 
Vertical distance requires skyscrapers or tall trees for us to easily see the lines coming together. With still life and portraiture it is sometimes valuable to concentrate on keeping the vertical lines in an upright position because of the limited distance involved.
Next month's Art Clues will be "3D Art" Sculpting in Clay.

Beverly Bowden Pickard
Saluda Fine Arts
Note:  You can see Beverly's art in Saluda Fine Arts, 46 E Main St, Saluda. NCPrints are of Saluda Grade (pictured aboved) are now available.

Saluda Garden Club
Lounging in front of the fire and anticipating the holidays ahead, the average gardeners have cleaned and put away their tools for the season.  The avid, addicted gardeners are still at it!  That's because they understand there is a lot of opportunity not to be missed at this time of year.  Just check out some of these options you may want to include in your containers or other growing spaces.
nandianIn this grouping:  Nandina domestica with its low foliage on right side of the picture; amber waves heuchra, top left; pansies, of course, center front and an angelina sedum mixed in for brighter hues, at the bottom left.  These plants are hardy to zone 4 with the exception of nandina which is hardy to zone 6.
Autumn fern, heuchra and green sedge  (carex fernsdipsacea)  is hardy to zone 7.  Although it lacks flowering plants it nevertheless delivers color, texture and sound as the wind brushes through the sedge grasses.
blue pansiesVibrant blue pansies sandwiched between variegated sweet flag in the back and angelina sedum in the front, take full sun to partial shade and will survive up to zone 5.
Don't forget there may be opportunities to tuck other winter plants around your evergreens and conifers - mahonia, silver plants like powis castle artemisia and  lambs ears.  As an alternative, sneak in gazing balls or even Christmas balls.  There's never a time when gardening does not provide opportunities to motivate our creativity and interest.
Tip of the month:  Be sure to take some time off to enjoy the season and a least a fire or two.  There's always another plant, another garden and another summer!
The Saluda Garden Club wishes all gardeners - average, avid or addicted - a very Merry Christmas and the Happiest of Holidays.
Sandra Rocks for the Saluda Garden Club

Cut Your Own Christmas Trees
We are fortunate to live where Christmas Trees are grown and harvested so close to home.  These trees get shipped all over the country and a NC Frazier Fir will adorn the White House this year.  Here's a list of tree farms in the area where you can choose your tree, cut it down, and let them bag it for the ride home.
Buncombe County
Clyde Davis Tree Farm - 129 Ball Gap Road, Arden, NC, 28704. Phone: 828-684-0890.
Gentry's Christmas Trees - 1 Hominy Creek Road, Candler, NC 28715. Phone: (828) 667-1271. Email:
Hope Hollow Farms - Weaverville, NC, 28787. Phone: 828-645-4621.
Sandy Hollow Tree Farm - 63 Sandy Hollow Road, Leicester, NC, 28748. Phone: 828-683-3645 or 828-683-2964

Haywood County
Boyd Mountain Christmas Tree Farm-445 Boyd Farm Road, Waynesville, NC, 28785. Phone: 828-926-1575 or 828-506-3513
Wesley Creek Tree Farm - 124 Gibson Branch Road, Clyde, NC, 28721. Phone: 828- 627-8077.
Rutherford County Moore's Christmas Trees - 951 Oak Springs Road, Rutherfordton, NC, 28139. Phone: 828-287-2527.

Transylvania County
Cedar Mountain Tree Farm - 1350 Reasonover Rd, Cedar Mtn, NC 28718. Phone: 828-884-5954
Colonial Acres Nursery - 2601 Hannah Ford Road, Brevard, NC 28712. Phone: (828) 884-4330. Email:
Farley Nursery - PO Box 564, Brevard, NC, 28712. Phone: 828-884-2365 or 828-883-9828
High Valley Trout and Tree Farm - 615 Cathey's Creek Road, Brevard, NC, 28712. Phone: 828-883-3951.
McCall's Tree Farm - 110 McCall Cove Road, Lake Toxaway, NC 28747. Phone: (828) 877-3503. Phone: (828) 862- 4608
Nicholson Tree Farm - PO Box 38, Lake Toxaway, NC, 28747. Phone: 828-883-8570 or 828- 883-8570
Parker Tree Farm - 230 Lyons Mountain Road, Brevard, NC, 28712. Phone: 828-862-4427 or 828-884-4712
Raxter Tree Farm - 1980 Walnut Hollow Road, Brevard, NC, 28712. Phone: 828-862- 3600
Shoal Creek Tree Farms - 796 Shoal Creek Road, Balsam Grove, NC, 28708. Phone: 828-884- 6396.
Boone County
Sugar Plum Farm North of Spruce Pine -888-257-0019 or e-mail us at
More Area Tree Farms

Local Artist Featured
Carson pictureLocal artist, Jim Carson, is featured in an article in the November issue of "Southern Distinction", a southern lifestyle magazine.
The title of the article is "Transcending The Carson pictureCanvas", and is subtitled "Southern Artist Jim Carson Uses Color Freely And With Great Intention."
The article traces Jim's first painting lesson, about 20 years ago, through his move to Saluda, as a full time painter. 

Photos by Ashleigh Salazar of "Southern Distinction"
New Town Benches
Bench sitting on Main Street is a popular past time for many Saludians and visitors alike.
To make this an even more pleasurable experience, The Saluda Business Association (SBA) asked for local artists and craftspeople to submit bids for creating new benches for Main Street.
Bill Crowell of Saluda Forge was selected to create iron benches for Main Street saluda forgeand he guarantees the benches will last for a lifetime.
The displacement of the exisiting benches on Main Street will be determined by City Hall. Some ideas include auctioning them off and raising money for a needy cause.
The SBA was formed in 1995 and represents approximately 80 area merchants, service people, artisans and crafts people, building contractors, and interested individuals who love Saluda.  The vision of the SBA is to help Saluda prosper, preserve its heritage and culture, and keep revenue and the next generation in the community.  The mission of this association is to:
  • Maintain and enhance the quality of community life in Saluda Support and promote all local businesses, artists and crafts people
  • Create and sponsor civic projects
  • Provide unified representation of the views of Saluda businesses to local government
  • Promote the growth of business in Saluda that fulfills the needs of the community
The SBA is proud to uphold its mission by purchasing the benches from independently owned Saluda Forge and upgrading the quality of the benches on Main Street.
Notes from City Hall

Joe Adams

City Notes from Mayor Rodney Gibson.

ˇ          We have received a grant from the Rural Water Center that will help us pay for all but $30,000 of the approximately $1.4 million restoration of our waste water treatment plant.  We plan a dedication of the new facilities soon.  Thanks to  John Morgan, Erny Williams, Ron Cole and a whole host of people that have helped to make this happen by navigating their ways through FEMA and the Rural Water Center grant process.

ˇ          The re-location of the school bus pickup point to the new city parking lot on "Old Main Street" has been a resounding success.  This has improved the safety of young folks attending middle and high school.  Sometimes great ideas are simple ones.

ˇ          If you have not outfitted your licensed golf cart with lap belts and a "slow moving traffic" sign, then you'd best have that done before you hit the streets with it again.  Please see the Police Department for your permits and if you have any questions about the new rules.

ˇ          Hometown Christmas is schedule for December 12th and we hope the community will again show up for the festivities

ˇ          Recognizing that the economic turmoil will impact our City Budgets, the City's professional staff and Board of Commissioners have identified savings of $95,000 for this year's budget.  We will continue to exercise diligence in responding to economic factors that affect our ability to fully service our community.

ˇ          New group signs are under construction that will identify and direct visitors to local businesses, emergency facilities and community organizations.  There will be three of these group signs at strategic locations at gateway points in the city.  If you have questions or a need for a sign, please talk with the folks in City Hall.


The staff at City Hall wish every one Happy Holidays!
Christmas Tree for the Birds to be Decorated
By Saluda School Students 
Joe AdamsMarshmallows, nuts, doughnuts, raisins, and berries, as well as the traditional pine cones covered with peanut butter and bird seed will be prepared by students when the after school group gathers in a classroom at the Saluda School on December 5.  Students will make edible decorations to hang on the tree for the birds, located in the park across from the school.
The tree, contributed by the Saluda Community Tree Preservation Association, was transplanted two years ago from its original location in the City Park and Irwin Street, and then commemorated as the first Christmas tree for the birds by members of the association.  The association offered the tree last year as a project for the school as an educational and fun experience emphasizing an awareness and appreciation of the interrelation between trees, birds, and other wildlife.
Saluda Community Tree Preservation members will assist Edie Harris, director of the after school group and Saluda School staff in preparing the edible decorations with the students.
Submitted by Ruth Anderson
"My Saluda Seasons"
By Ray Stallings 
My name is Ray Stallings and I am contacting you to tell you how much I enjoy the Saluda Lifestyles newsletter. I appreciate the effort you are making to publicize Saluda and know that you put in many hours each month to make the newsletter the success it has become.
My wife and I resided in Saluda during the 1967-68 school year. I was a teacher and coach at Saluda School. While we only lived in Saluda one year, we cherish our time spent there and often think about our fond memories of the wonderful community.
I have recently written and self-published a book,"My Saluda Seasons." It is a compilation of memories and reflections I have of my stay in Saluda.
I have mailed a complimentary copy to you and you should be receiving it shortly. My hope is you will enjoy reading it and will share it with others.
I would appreciate you including a mention of the book in the Saluda Lifestyles newsletter if you feel it merits mentioning to potential readers.
I make no claims to being an "author", but did enjoy writing the book because of the positive memories I recalled while putting it together. My only goal in writing the book was to possibly reconnect with some of my former students and friends in Saluda.
Ordering information is included in the back of the book. Copies can be ordered from the publisher, or from me directly. It is also listed online at and
Thank you again for the newsletter and best wishes,
  Ray Stallings
  235 Devonshire Drive
  Lexington, NC 27295
We wish you all good health, lots of laughter, more time with family and friends, and a love-filled holiday season.

Cathy Jackson, Debbie Penney Johnson, and Amy Zollo 

Cathy Jackson Realty