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Where Time Stands Still
February 1, 2009

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In This Issue
Arts Festival Call for Participation
Saluda School
Poem by Bonnie Joy Bardos
Senior Center Schedule
Saluda Library
Saluda Church Services
Saluda Classifieds
The Women's Club of Saluda
Meetings to Remember
Saluda Community Land Trust
Saluda Medical Center
Monica Pace
Saluda's Son Pat Hingle
History of White Oak Mountain
Join a Walking Group
Saluda's Healing Arts
What's Happening
Saluda's Healing Community
Saluda Senior Center News & Events
Lose Fat While You Sleep by Joe Adams
Saluda Scoop
Art Clues
Saluda Garden Club
Saluda Love In
City's New Web Site
Community Garden Sign Up Now!
A Special Request
Having Fun in the Snow 
(within 2 hours of Saluda )
Moonshine Mountain Snow Tubing
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

Joe Adams
 Joe Adams
Call for Participation - Saluda Arts & Music Festival 
Joe AdamsCultivating and promoting its heritage in the arts, the Saluda Business Association invites Artists to participate in its sixth annual Arts and Music Festival scheduled for May 16, 2009.
For information and exhibit application please contact: Susie Welsh at 828-749-3900 or email at    
Or go to and download an application. Application and payment due by April 1, 2009.
Saluda School
  Joe Adams

News from Saluda Elementary School!

Modern Woodmen of America worked with our school during the PTSO Fall Fundraiser.  Modern Woodmen of America graciously matched $2,500.00 raised by PTSO and contributed an additional $2,500.00 to our PTSO fund 
PTSO received a check for $437.00 from Box Tops for Education for the box tops we collected during 2008! A box top collection page is located on the back of this update.  Encourage your child to fill the page and return it to his/her classroom teacher. 
Our school has received a $797.00 grant from The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina to fund "The Children's Garden!" Gardening projects will provide opportunities for students, teachers, parents and community members to learn about the life cycles of plants, flowers and insects and develop a greater respect for nature.  These projects will be directly linked to the North Carolina Standard Course of Study science objectives.  
We need additional parent volunteers to help carry out these projects.  If you are available on Thursday afternoons between 2:00-4:00pm to help, please call school and leave your name and a phone number where you can be reached.  A planning meeting will be held mid-February.
Upcoming Events-Save This Date!

February 12, 2009 5:30-6:30pm    Teachers will hold parent meetings & children will watch a movie.
6:30-7:30pm    Variety Show:  PreK-5 students will perform for friends and families in the auditorium.

Student artwork is on display at the Saluda Senior Center.  Please take time to drop by and see the incredible artistic creations!

Be sure to visit Saluda School to learn more about our school!  Classroom websites are updated monthly!
Congratulations! Principal Ronette Dill of Saluda School for being named NC western region principal of the year.  Read more in Tryon Daily Bulletin. 

Tree Branches of Winter
By Bonnie Joy Bardos 
There is a beauty
In stark tree branches--
Lace sculptures held in the hands of winter sky.
Something there that was not seen yesterday
But spoke to me today,
As I stood at the old weathered apple tree: fallen to frozen ground.
I silently, reverently, gathered
An armful
Of dead branches, bereft of leaves and life,
Held them in my warm hands,
Brought them in to the house
Arranged them in vases
Where suddenly
Those stark tree branches
Spoke eloquently of green life to come.
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.
To see the current Activity Schedule at the Saluda Senior Center, please here. 
Volunteers always needed.  Call 828-749-3320 for more information.
Saluda Community Library
Paul Koenen


 Children's Programs 
Wednesday, Feb 4, 10:30 Am--Pigs Preschool Storytime
Thursday, Feb 5, 9:30 Am--Bouncing Babies And Toddlers In Tow
Wednesday, Feb 11, 10:30 Am--Valentine's Day Preschool Storytime
Thursday, Feb 12, 9:30 Am--Bouncing Babies And Toddlers In Tow
Wednesday, Feb 18, 10:30 Am--Preschool Storytime
Thursday, Feb 19, 9:30 Am--Bouncing Babies And Toddlers In Tow
Wednesday, Feb 25, 10:30 Am--Loose Tooth Preschool Storytime
Thursday, Feb 26, 9:30 Am--Bouncing Babies And Toddlers In Tow
Saturday, Feb 21, 10-2--Explorer Dome!
On Saturday, February 21, The Polk County Public Library and KidSenses Children's InterACTIVE Museum proudly bring the EXPLORER DOME to the Polk County Public Library in Columbus.  This portable planetarium will amaze kids and adults alike.10-2
Please visit us for this spectacular exhibit!

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

Link to Churches in the Area

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
Sheila Arias Billeter, experienced and long-time nanny and child care sitter is available.  Please contact her at 828-749-9824 and 828-606-1748.  She is also a pet sitter.

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.

The Women's Club of Saluda

The Women's Club of Saluda will hold their monthly meeting on February 10, 2009 at the First Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall at 10:00 AM.  Refreshments will be served.  The program will be announced at the meeting.  If you would like more information, please call Arlene Klippel at 828- 749-2801.

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.  
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, February 3 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 February meetings are February 4 and 18. For information please call Betsy Burdett at 828-749-2161.
Polk County Democratic Party's Precinct 4 will hold its annual meeting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2009, at the Saluda Library.  The purpose of this meeting is to elect precinct officers.  All registered Polk County Democrats and interested Unaffiliated voters whose voting place is at the Saluda Fire Station are encouraged to attend.  Priscilla Eichelberger, Chair

Saluda Community Land Trust News
Saluda Community Land Trust (SCLT) accepted its first conservation easement donation in December, 2008, protecting 25 acres along the North Pacolet River, including magnificent Pacolet Falls.

pacolet falls

This "forever wild" conservation easement protects a rich cove forest that is home for many rare and diverse plant species, preserves water quality and fish habitat, and prohibits any subdivision or development of the property. The Board members of SCLT express deep gratitude to the Polk County Community Foundation for its financial and moral support of SCLT since SCLT's beginning in 2007, making the preservation of this valuable natural resource possible. Without PCCF, it would not have been possible.
To learn more about the SCLT ("skillet") go to  We meet the first and third Wednesday of each month at 3:00 at the Saluda Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall.  Our meetings this month will be on February 4th and 18th.  Our meetings are open to anyone interested in the SCLT and we would be happy for you to join us.

Saluda Medical Center


smc staff

The staff and members of the Saluda Medical Center Board of Trustees appreciate the opportunity to post our first article in Saluda Lifestyles.  This month we summarize our programs and services with updates and announcements to follow in subsequent issues.
The Saluda Medical Center, located a short distance from downtown Saluda, is a non-profit rural health center providing comprehensive quality medical care to all individuals, regardless of age, income, or health insurance status.  The Center, which is supported by the NC Office of Rural Health and Community Care, is the only rural health center in the area that receives state funding for services based upon a sliding fee scale, for which the uninsured can qualify.  The Saluda Medical Center accepts most major insurance carriers including Medicare and Medicaid and is staffed by a board certified Family Practice Physician, a board certified Physician's Assistant, and qualified support staff.
The full range of medical services provided by the Center includes primary and continued patient care, well exams, disability exams, employment, Department of Transportation and sports physicals, immunizations, pediatric and geriatric services, and minor surgical procedures.
A Prescription Assistance Program (PAP), located within and supported by the Center, is available to assist individuals without insurance in obtaining no-cost medication.  Being a Saluda Medical Center patient is not required to participate in this program.
Individuals wishing to schedule an appointment for medical services including new patient registration should call 828-749-4411.
Pictured above is the staff of Saluda Medical Center:

Bottom row left to right:  Geoffrey Jones, M.D., Supervising Physician and 
Heather Cantrell, Certified Medical Assistant

Standing left to right:
Amy Mills, Receptionist; Vikki Mollette, P.A.- C, Medical Director; Pat Sandahl, Patient Advocate, Prescription Assistance Program; Amy Copeland, Administrator; and
June Taylor, Bookkeeper
The Board of Trustees for the Saluda Medical Center are:
Diane Ballard
Dr. Corinne Gerwe, President
Dr. Barbara Hastings
Arlene Klippel
Steve Millette
Dan Shearer
Dwight Smith
Jim Van Hecke
Joyce Wetherell
Erny Williams

What A Go, Monica

Town of Saluda Employee Receives Local Government FCU Scholarship
Money will be used for career development at UNC School of Government
RALEIGH, NC (1/27/09) - Local Government Federal Credit Union (LGFCU) congratulates Monica Pace of Saluda, who is the recipient of a $1,300 UNC School of Government (SOG) Scholarship award. Pace, who is one of 20 scholarship winners, will use the money to attend the International Institute of Municipal Clerks (IIMC) Certification Institute at the SOG.
"For more than 10 years, the credit union has partnered with the School of Government to offer scholarships to North Carolina's local government employees," said LGFCU President Maurice Smith. "As a result, LGFCU members are able to strengthen their skills and enhance their job performance, thereby better serving their communities."
UNC-Chapel Hill's SOG is the largest university-based local government training, advisory and research organization in the United States, offering up to 200 classes, seminars, schools and specialized conferences for more than 12,000 public officials each year.
For more information on LGFCU scholarship programs, or to apply, contact the Financial Wellness staff at 877.367.5428, e-mail or visit

Saluda's Son Pat Hingle
pat hingleI thought you might like to include the passing of Pat Hingle, actor, last evening in your next Saluda Lifestyles. Pat was the grandson of Ernest Linwood Patterson, long time engineer on the "helper" engine on Saluda Mountain grade and spent much of his childhood in Saluda.
Pat was in the U.S. Navy during WW II and during the Korean War. He finished, or at least attended the University of Texas after WWII on the G.I. Bill. I know he majored in drama at the University of Texas but I'm not sure if he graduated or not.
As long as our grandmother, Maggie Patterson, and our Aunt, Mona Patterson, lived in Saluda, Pat was a frequent visitor to Saluda. Patterson Street in Saluda, off Greenville Street, is named for the family.  Pat and I were first cousins and were close for a number of years. My mother, Sarah Patterson Thompson, and Pat's mother, Marvin Patterson Hingle Fincher, were sisters.
Pat was first a Broadway actor where he acted in many plays including "The Long Gray Line", "On the Waterfront", "Dark at the Top" and "A Life" and in movies and television. He was Commissioner Gordon in the "Batman" series of movies. He also played in a number of movies with Clint Eastwood. He played as a guest on "The Phil Silvers Show" and stood in for the "Doc" in the "Gunsmoke" television series.
Many of the older residents of Saluda will remember Pat well. He was very proud of having spent a large part of his childhood in Saluda. At the time of his death, he had been a resident of Carolina Beach, North Carolina for more than a decade.
Each time that Pat visited Saluda, he always made it a point to visit with Charlie Ward and with Robert Hugh Pace (M.A. Pace grocery store). Robert Hugh and Pat had known each other since childhood.
Warmest regards,
George (Mike) Thompson
Houston, Texas
(Pictured Above from left to right is Robert Pace, Mrs. Pat Hingle, granddaughter Daniele, and Pat Hingle in M.A.Pace General Store in 2000.) 

History of White Oak Mountain
During the early colonial period in North and South Carolina, the colonists and the Cherokee Indians developed an impressive trade and in 1730, actually signed a "perpetual treaty of peace."  This peace treaty, however, was broken with the outbreak of the French and Indian War after which, settlers began to move deeper into Indian Territory. This led to the royal governor of North Carolina negotiating a new boundary between the Cherokees and the settlers.  One boundary point was the highest peak on present-day White Oak Mountain and is known to us as Tryon Peak.

Settlers continued to ignore the boundaries and violence ensued between the two groups leading the Cherokees to side with the British during The American Revolution.  The Cherokees planned to attack the Block House in Tryon, but Skyuka alerted Captain Thomas Howard of the plans.  Skyuka led Captain Howard and his troops on a surprise raid to defeat the Cherokee forces.  The trail he used has become known as Howard Gap Road.
Our vacant land and home listings on Skyuka Mountain Road honors the memory of this Cherokee man and both offer breathtaking views.  Watch the sun rise in the morning and the city lights at night.

The thermal-belt climate found in Polk County has long been drawing transplants to the area.  It was this climate that first won the attention of Frank Stearns and led him to leave Ohio in 1888.  He became so enamored with the locale that by 1912, he had purchased three thousand acres to include much of Columbus, Tryon Peak and much of White Oak Mountain.  He began developing Spring Mountain Park or the "Switzerland of America" as he called it.  To reach the 3,102 foot summit of the mountain, he built what he called a "serpentine drive."

Today you can follow this "serpentine drive" passing the beautiful Shunkawauken Falls to reach our scenic listings on White Oak Mountain.  Lot # 35 is 1.2 acres of wooded privacy with a four bedroom septic permit and the drive already in place; it backs up to Lot #70 which is 1.34 acres facing Serpentine Drive.    Lot #11 is a wooded 
acre with a three bedroom septic permit and backs up to a common green space. It could be combined with Lot #12 for added privacy and seclusion.  The four homes
we have listed on White Oak Mountain offer perfect mountain get-aways or full-time living at its best.
Call Debbie Penney Johnson at Cathy Jackson Realty for more information on how you can own a piece of history!  Contact Debbie at 828-273-6373 or email

Join a Walking Group
This is a group for women who live in Saluda NC or the surrounding area who would like to better their health by walking, but would like others to participate with them. It is for ages 13 and up, especially beginners, with the hope that those who have more experience will encourage and be supportive of our beginners. I, myself, am 41 and a beginner.
There will likely be groups 'within' this group, as everyone has different schedules in which to walk. This website will serve as one of the means to set up 'walking times' in which we actually walk.
It is also hoped that we may have structured meetings 4 times a year(one per season) to discuss anything pertinent to our group and perhaps have potlucks following.If you feel as though this group would be beneficial to you for your health and/or socially, please join!

You can match up with walkers at Walking Group or call 828-749-9286 for more information.
Saluda Lifestyles expresses condolences to the family and friends of Samuel Booker Carter Jr., 74, of Saluda who died Monday, Jan. 19, 2009.  Read his obituary here.
Saluda's Healing Community

A Saluda citizen commented recently about hands for cathythe "healing arts community" of Saluda.  Focused mostly on its natural beauty, arts, and history, this valuable element of Saluda is sometimes overlooked.  
Saluda has been a health destination since the early 1900's.  People from the low country came to Saluda to escape the sweltering heat of the lowlands.  The clean mountain air and "good" ozone was a health benefit from those suffering from respiratory problems.  And still is.
In 1920, Dr. Lesesne Smith opened a Baby Hospital and Sanitarium for babies with health problems and to keep babies well. 
Saluda's health and wellness community is well developed with traditional and alternative facilities available operated by skilled, trained professionals in their field.
The next column will give you a brief description of these services available to the Saluda community.
(Thank you, Beverly Pickard, for sketching the "healing arts hands" on short notice.  See more of Beverly's talent at Saluda Fine Arts or visit Beverly's Art.)
Saluda' s Health & Wellness Providers
The Saluda Medical Center, located a short distance from downtown Saluda, is a non-profit rural health center providing comprehensive quality medical care to all individuals, regardless of age, income, or health insurance status.  The full range of medical services provided by the Center includes primary and continued patient care, well exams, disability exams, employment, Department of Transportation and sports physicals, immunizations, pediatric and geriatric services, and minor surgical procedures. (See more about the Saluda Medical Center in this issue).

Deb Phillips, LCSW and Jim Hall, PhD, are two therapists in Saluda, whose office is upstairs from the Gardener's Cottage.  Both Deb and Jim have many years experience working with individuals, couples, families and groups. They are committed to healing relationships, with ourselves and others, and working to help people live meaningful and mindful lives.  Their approaches are varied, their training extensive and they bring passion and humor to the therapeutic process.  They will slide their fees, if necessary.  They can be reached at 828-749-3003.

Green Heart Massage & Bodywork  Jesse Thomas. LMBT. State & National Certified Massage Therapist.  Offering integrative Massage. Combining Deep tissue, Swedish, Positional release & Trigger point therapy. Hot stone massage, Reiki energy healing. Please Call 828-551-8414 for an appointment.  Located in the Nostalgia courtyard in Saluda.
The Meditation Station offers a variety of services and classes.  Yoga is offered three days a week by Kim Lauer, M.S., P.T. 
Meditation classes, drumming circles, reiki healing energy circles and crystal alignment classes are just a few of what we offer. Spiritual & Pastoral counseling is offered by appointment.  Private reiki sessions and crystal therapy sessions are also offered by appointment.  Workshops will be available each month.  February 14th is a Mandala Workshop featuring Chris Baschon. Check out the February schedule here.  
Mary H. Farrell, LMBT Originally from Maryland by way of Florida, Mary has called Saluda home since 1997 when she moved here with her husband, Fran and their two children, Jim and Grace. She received her certification from the Whole You School of Massage in Rutherfordton, NC and was nationally certified in August 2002. The focus of her work at this time is Swedish massage, deep tissue massage (using trigger point therapy, medical and neuromuscular techniques) and energy balancing. Mary maintains her good standing in Saluda through her involvement in community projects and as a member of the Saluda Business Association and Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP). 101 Cullipher Street, Suite 3 Saluda, NC 28773  828-749-1197.
Saluda Healing Center, located in the back of Nostalgia Courtyard on the corner of Main Street and Pearson Falls Road, offers a wide variety of services.
SHC staffDr. Bonnie Williamson, chiropractor, provides chiropractic care for the entire family, neuromuscular re-education and acupuncture.  She also offers ChiroYoga, a specific chiropractic technique based on the principals of yoga and does not require x-rays for most individuals.  Anyone experiencing discomfort or pain in the back, neck or joints, tension or migraine headaches, or sciatica and nerve pain would benefit from Dr. Bonnie's care.
Gail O'Kelley, certified colonic therapist, provides detoxification through colon hydrotherapy and ionic footbaths.  Colonics are beneficial for anyone who has difficulty with constipation or bloating or who wants to remove toxins from their bodies and increase their ability to absorb nutrients.  Ionic footbaths also remove toxins from the body. 
Lella Holland, licensed professional counselor, provides individual, couples and family therapy.  She works with all ages on the entire spectrum of mental health disorders focusing primarily on relationship issues.  She has also been trained and certified by Brian Weiss, MD in regression therapy.  In addition, Lella provides neurofeedback, an innovative technology for self-regulating brainwaves that reduces the need for many medications.  Neurofeeedback is used to treat depression, anxiety, panic attacks, bipolar disorder, sleep disorders, chronic stress, chronic pain, headaches and migraines, attention, learning and behavior disorders, autism spectrum disorders, seizure disorders and stroke.
Saluda Healing Center also offers sessions in a far-infrared sauna and on the Amethyst Bio-Mat which provides far-infrared and negative ions and is especially helpful for pain relief and stress reduction.  FREE demonstrations on the Bio-Mat are available by appointment.
Dr. Bonnie and Lella just returned from training in Florida on the BioAllergenix system - a revolutionary breakthrough in allergy treatment that is painless, drug-free, needle-free and FDA cleared.
We offer FREE phone consultations on all of our services.  For more information, please call 828-749-3875.  (Pictured left to right:  Lella Holland, Dr. Bonnie Williamson, Gail O'Kelley).

Saluda Counseling Services - Terri L. Morgan, M.Ed., LPC, LCASsaluda counselor
Offering in-depth, insight oriented and compassionate psychotherapy with individuals, couples, and groups. Specialties include depression, anxiety, substance abuse/addiction, relationship issues, post-traumatic stress disorder and sexuall trauma. I also provide Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Nostalgia Courtyard 31 Pearson Falls Rd  828-458-1188  Mon-Sat by Appointment.

Tickle Family Health Center and Spa is committed to your well being. We assist you with mind and body wellness using integrity and compassion. We do our utmost to provide services at affordable rates so you and your family may achieve the level of health you desire. 438 E Hwy 176, Saluda, NC (828) 749-3434.
Autumn Care of Saluda. Three quarters of a mile from Main Street is Autumn Care of Saluda, a 99-bed skilled nursing facility. Our goal is to assist patients to become autumn careindependent and return home and to make a home for those who remain with us as residents and family.
Some of the amenities offered include an in-house therapy department with physical, occupational, and speech therapist, dietary staff who provide tempting meals and snacks, activities to keep the mind and body alert with in-house activities and outside trips, weekly visits by a physician and nurse practitioner transportation to outside doctor appointments, social service to assist with discharge planning and for residents and families adjustments to the facility, around the clock licensed nursing staff, sensory room, and hairdressing salon. Come visit Saluda's old timey Main Street and country stores. While in town, come see what Autumn Care can offer your loved one. We care.  501 Esseola Drive.  828-749-2261. Glenn Pierce, Administrator,
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.
TONIGHT! at the Purple Onion live is David Wilcox
The Purple Onion Café is proud and honored to be able to present David Wilcox in performance on Sunday night, February 1st. For those looking for an alternative to the Super Bowl (we know that you are out there), this will be a unique opportunity to hear him in our intimate venue.
His performance starts at 7 o'clock and the doors open at 6:30.  Tickets are $20 per person and seating will be limited.  You may purchase them by visiting the café at 16 Main Street in Saluda or reserve them through your Visa or Mastercard by calling the café at 828-749-1179.
 February Music Schedule
February 5 - Parrish Ellis and Adam Tanner
February 7 - Shane Pruitt Band
February 12 - Laura Blackley
February 19 - Caroline Aiken
February 21 - One Leg Up

Green River BoysThe Green River Boys invite you to Shaffer's Roadside Grill.  They are scheduled to perform February 6, 13 and 27 at 6:00pm.  Check their schedule at  Green River Boys.  
saluda mountain jamboree
Saluda Mountain Jamboree
Saluda Mountain Jamboree
Mark your calendar for February 7th, 2009. "SOUL CITY CLASSICS REVIEW" is coming!! Sponsored by The Beach Music Association. Six or more performers on stage throughout the evening!!! Billy Scott, Larissa Holiday, Clay Brown, Ceasar, Nature Blu, Unisoghn ----Bringing us the Soul, Blues, Boogie, Beach and Rhythm oldies tunes that we love to hear and it is all in ONE fantastic show!! Dance floor will be open and swinging. But a high energy and entertaining show just to hear and experience!! A full evening of classic performances. Harry Turner, President of The Beach Music Association will be the emcee for the show. Admission is only $15.00 in advance / $18.00 at the door. Call 828-749-3676 

February Music Schedule 
February 7th------------Soul City Classic Review    
February 14th --------------Kelly Road
February 21st ---------------Legacy
February 28th ---------------Southern Pointe
March 7th ------------------Kelly Road
March 14th -----------------Free Flight
March 21st -----------------Southern Pointe
March 28th -----------------Legacy
April 4th --------------------Sound Factory
April 11th -------------------The Rhythm Pirates -Dave & Michelle
April 18th --------------------Southern Pointe
April 25th --------------------Legacy
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.

At the Saluda Inn and Wine Cellar
Fri. February 6: Meet The Artist, Landscape Photography by budding artist Heidi Brickhouse 6:30
Thurs. February 12: Velvet Wines & Chocolate  6:30.  Reservations Required 
Fri. February 13: Flight Night, Wines by the Glass or Flight 6:30
Sat. February 14 Velvet Wines & Chocolate 7:00 Reservations Required 
Fri. February 20: Flight Night, Wines by the Glass or Flight Cellar
Thurs. February 26:  Wine Kindergarten - Learning the basics 6:30. Reservations Required. 
Fri. February 27: Flight Night, Wines by the Glass or Flight

For reservations or more information please call Saluda Wine Cellar at 828-749-9698. 
open studio signOpen Studio!  Saluda artist Bonnie Joy Bardos is continuing Open Studio on most Saturdays at 285 Greenville Street from 11-2. By appointment, or whenever the "Open Studio" art palette sign is hanging outside! Drop by and see new works in progress and more, and have lunch at one of our fine Saluda restaurants. You can see her work in several of them: Purple Onion, Saluda Grade, and Tosh's Whistlestop; also in Tryon at Bravo Design and the Upstairs Artspace. Over 25 paintings are still on display through March at Trinity Street Gallery in historic Abbeville, S.C. along with Linda Seagrove's whimsical clay art.

Random Arts Upcoming Workshops
In January and February in the new upcoming year we will have workshops on Fridays and Saturdays and we will be open only to those attending the workshops.

Fri.6th - Carol Sloan -Rusted Wall Hanging - $85. 10-4
Fri.13th - Fridays' un-finished 10-4
Sat.14th - Martine House - Playing with Textures 10-4 $60
Fri.20th - Fridays' un-finished 10-4
Sat.21st - Louise McClure - Charm Bracelet $85. 10-4pm
27-29th - Diva Retreat at Snails Pace in Saluda

Random Art's Sweet Tweet Journal Challenge - Deadline Feb 14th
What is this? Well, if you have been reading along we did a similar challenge this past fall & bound 70+ pages into a book and auctioned it off to support the senior center here in Saluda. This time our theme is Sweet Tweet & our completed book will be auctioned off on EBay.  Denise Henderson sent in this page for our book.  YOU will have a chance to do the bidding this time and have a one of a kind work of art.  Proceeds from the bidding will go to Arts for Life. A North Carolina non profit bring arts & related activities to childrens hospital around the state. Many thanks to Louise McClure for bringing this worthy organization to our attention.

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
Feb. 21-22 Silversmithing with Dan Haga
returning for more silversmithing.

As always, the early bird gets the worm, so sign up soon!
Arts Center Classes for Middle School Students/  Classes start on February 20th and run until May 1st.  They will be held from 3:45-4:45 at the Tryon Fine Arts Center.  The cost is $80 for an 8-week session.  Pre-registration is required at least one week prior to the first class. Multiple sibling discounts and need-based sponsorships are available. 
Actors can Warm Up at TFAC Audition Support Group.  This group gives aspiring and experienced actors an opportunity to learn from each other and grow.  The cost is $10 for each 30-minute session. Classes run from 4-6pm on Mondays at the Tryon Fine Arts.

A Chance to Kick Up Your Heels.  Gotta Dance is being offered by the Tryon Fine Arts Center Mondays at 7:00pm starting January 26th.  Classes are $10 each when you pre-register and $12 each at the door.  No special shoes or experience is required, just comfortable clothes.  Everyone is welcome (minors must come with an adult). 

Teaching Kids About Comedy.  Super Saturday Comedy Classic is $150 for the 9-week session.  The class for ages 8-12 runs from 10am-12pm.  The class for ages 13-18 runs from 1-3pm.  Multiple sibling discounts and need-based student sponsorships are available.  Classes run from January 24th-March 14th and culminate with a performance on the Super Saturday Community Stage. 
Baby, Won't You Come Out Tonight?
Rave On!
Few rock n' roll artists have been more influential than Buddy Holly.  His music has lived on for 50 years since his tragic death.  On this anniversary Rave On! A Buddy Holly Tribute is coming to the Tryon Fine Arts Center on February 5th.  Buddy Holly started out singing other people Tickets are $20 for the public and $10 for students.  Rave On!  is showing at the Tryon Fine Arts Center on Thursday February 5th at 7:30pm.  For tickets call the box office at 828-859-8322 ext 210 Monday-Friday 10am-4pm and Saturday 10am-1pm.

Please call ahead to reserve space or register for any of these classes at the Fine Arts Center business office at 828-859-8322 ext. 210. 

About Tryon Fine Arts Center:
TFAC is a nonprofit organization operating to foster the arts in Polk County and the surrounding areas. They operate a 335-seat multipurpose auditorium presenting a variety of cultural events. Affiliated with TFAC are six autonomous groups, each with its own board of directors, officers and membership.
Senior Center News and Events
Mushroom Growing Workshop at the Senior Center on Sat. Feb. 28 from 12pm-3pm on the deck. Come and learn how to grow your own Shitaki mushrooms in oak logs. There will be a fee and reservations are necessary. Reserve your space now @ 749-9245. All are welcome.
super bowl1st Annual Super bowl party at the Senior Center on Sun. Feb. 01 beginning at 6pm. Admission is FREE. There will be food, snacks and drinks available.
Artwork of students from the Saluda School will be on display at the Senior Center through Tues. Feb. 17, '09. Come by to see the students' artistic expressions during Center hours Mon.-Fri. from 8:30am-2:30pm.
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 @ 749-9245.
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 fourth  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. Keep an eye out for this month's feature on Fri. Feb. 27 @ 5:30pm. All are invited.
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.
Don't forget to check out A Thrifty Barn, Wed. 10am-4pm, donations & sales, Thurs. and Fri. 10am-4pm, Sat. 9am-3pm. Basement sales Sat. Feb. 07 & 21. Volunteers always needed, call 749-3320 for more information. 

Lose Fat While You Sleep!
by author, Joe Adams
Joe AdamsThat was the headline on an advertisement I saw 55 years ago when I was a portly young teenager.  Probably the best headline I had ever read.  Imagine?
 Lose weight while you sleep.  I try to dream of exercising now hoping that the dream will actually build my strength and make me lose weight.
When I saw the ad, of course I got together $12.95, bought a money order and sent away for this miracle weight-loss product.
When it came and I unwrapped it, it looked like a bright, rose-colored shower curtain...with arms and legs.  It was plastic and had a long zipper down the front.  The whole idea was that you slept in these plastic pajamas, and since your body is mainly made up of water, you would sleep and sweat it away.
Made sense to me.  The instructions didn't say how fast this worked but I worried that I would wake up the next morning with a skinny body, a fat face, fat hands and fat feet.  But I could live with that.  So I zippered myself into my shower curtain suit and went to bed.
I didn't wake up skinny.  But I did wake up wet.  At first I thought I might have pee peed in my bed, but then I remembered the suit and thought, "It's working.
It's working.  I'm melting away."
Every day I dried the suit out and would put it back on that night.  I was on to something here and was very excited.  The fifth day, however, when I took off the plastic suit, I realized my skin was the same bright reddish color all over my body as the suit was. Heat rash!  Nobody said anything about getting heat rash.  But I was red all over except for my face, hands and feet.  Bright red!
I thought to myself, "How can I possibly get undressed for gym and take a shower with this Indian-red body?"  Of course everyone would want to know what had happened to me.  I couldn't think of any disease that caused a rash on your body, but left your feet, hands and face faultless.
Some kind soul in the gym shower solved the problem for me when he declared: "Some bitch of a birthmark you got buddy."
About the same time, the zipper broke on the front of my plastic suit so I had to decide whether to invest some more money and order another one or to trash it. I trashed it.  Now I have a suana.


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
Many shop and business owners may be on "Winter Hours" for the next two months.  They are taking a respite to relax, rejuvenate, and restore in preparation for the spring and summer season.  You may want to call ahead!  
The Whistle Stop has added pizza to the menu.  The Whistle Stop is serving breakfast, lunch and pizza all day. New hours are 10-4 Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday and 10-7 Friday and Saturday. You can get Pizza Buck coupons $1.00 off 16" XL pizza.
Ward's Grill will be closed until February 1. Debbie and Larry Jackson are taking a well-deserved rest.  Thompson's Store will be open on winter hours.
Green River Hair Studio Opens in Nostalgia Courtyard. Robert Hernandez, 15-year experienced Hairstylist and Color Specialist will open first week in February in Nostalgia Courtyard.   Upon completion of his training in 1992, Robert began his career as a stylist at The Amelia Island Plantation in Florida and was selected in 1996 to work as an Apprentice at The Ritz Carlton Salon under the instruction of Carl Asturrizaga, the salon's proprietor.

After only eight years of salon floor experience, Robert tapped into his entrepreneurial spirit and opened his own salon. His commitment to his philosophy that quality hair service shouldn't always come with an expensive price tag, coupled with his experience and skill, enabled him to progress quickly as one of NE Florida's most sought after stylists.
In 2007, Robert relocated to Saluda, NC and immediately noticed a need for a hair care establishment, offering anything from a simple barber cut to precision/specialized services at a reasonable price.  Walks-ins are always welcome.  Hours of operation: M-F 10-6
Saturday 10-2.
Look for his grand opening soon.  Please contact Robert at 828-749-3744.

Huge Back Room Sale at Random Arts February 7 10 to 3 ONLY!
Looking for a bargain? You will certainly find plenty here at our annual "back room" sale.

It's in with the new but we can't do it unless we make some room. Get here early for the best bargains. It's such a bargain that you have to sneak in the side door of the building!

Art Clues

Ideas for Creating and Enjoying Art


                       Art Diary
Recording people, places and events with gesture drawing and painting

Journals, diaries and photographs are familiar ways to record current experiences in order to relive them later.  Creating your own art images in an art diary is another. In this column I am sharing with you a personal art diary, hoping you might try this yourself.  Try creating memories with quick gestural drawings and paintings, images that capture the energy and emotions of the moment.
This diary of images spans a long time from age 12 to age 70. Putting this column together has inspired me to sketch more.  I started by painting a sketch of the new president giving his inauguration speech "live" as he delivered it on television. It's not a memory yet, but will be one day.
Age 12 Art Class by the Mississippi River art diary 31 
art diary 52Age 18 Classical music in Burnsville

Age 19 Carnival from afarart diary 57



Age 34 Daughter at the beachart diary 42

Age 37 Beach early amart dieary 23

art diary 56Age 48 Jazz in DC

Age 64 Jazz in Saludaart diary 30
 art diary 24Age 70 "Twins or lovers" Sandburg House

Next month's Art Clues will be Brushing Paint: Suggestions for appreciating the brush skills of artists and how you can find new ways to use your brushes.
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

How can it be February already?  We just rang in the New Year!  How can it not be at least March?  Emerging daffodils and other flora and fauna suggest that spring is in some stage of arriving.  Sixty degrees today; thirty degrees tomorrow!  What's a poor plant to do?
And what's a poor gardener to do?  With the current economy all of us are probably a little "leaner" than we were last year.  Seeds would seem to be the way to go this year.  Seeds may cost more than last year, but they are still much cheaper than plants. As you know, one packet can produce abundant results. With coordination, gardening buddies can share the bounty and have a greater variety, saving even more money.
Following are a few seed companies you might want to explore on the net.   Of course all of these addresses are preceded by "www" and followed by ".com."   It is interesting that quite a few do not provide toll free numbers. 

 slect seedsBotanical Interests, 720-880-7293
 Renee's Garden, 888-880-7228
 Territorial Seed Company, 800-626-0866
 Seeds Trust, Toll free fax 988-649-3315
 Swallowtail Garden Seeds, 800-723-1771
The Saluda Garden Club invites any of you in the community to submit contributions to these columns -  tips, failures, successes or anything to share.
The next meeting will be February 16th at 10:00 upstairs in the library.  
Happy Shopping!
Sandra Rocks 
Saluda Love In
Happy Valentines's
oaksMost of us have hit the ground running in 2009.  So let us not lose site of what is important in our lives - Our husbands and wives; our boyfriends and girlfriends; our family and friends.  What better way to get close to this special person than a romantic retreat to a secluded mountain inn.
The Oaks Bed and Breakfast would like to turn this dream into reality anytime through the month of February.  Select a time when they least expect it and book a romantic stay at The Oaks Bed and Breakfast in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina.
To insure that you will make more than romantic mountain memories, for guests staying two nights or more, we promise to include a chilled bottle of sparkling wine, a complimentary selection of artisan chocolates and a spray of fresh flowers. . .  In addition, if you decide to extend your stay, we will offer a 10% discount on all additional nights.  All this, plus a sumptuous gourmet breakfast served each morning in our storybook Victorian Dining Room.
We would LOVE to help with any suggestions for a special dinner, spa appointments, local vineyard tours, tickets to the Biltmore Estates and directions to shopping and any of the area's famous attractions.
Make plans NOW for you and your special someone to celebrate Valentines Day through the entire month of February at The Oaks Bed and Breakfast. Call:  828-749-2000 or 800-893-6091 or email
Joe AdamsThe Orchard Inn invites you to an
Elegant Valentine's Getaway at Historic NC Mountain Retreat -- Relax and unwind with your sweetheart at our beautiful Appalachian Mountain Inn! Upstairs Room for two nights, $290*, or Thursday night only for $145*. Optional FIVE-course dinner with COMPLIMENTARY champagne (available all three nights), $99* per couple per evening. *Prices do not include tax and gratuity. For reservations call (800) 581-3800 or (828) 749-5471 or visit The Orchard Inn.
Salamander ~ bring your Valentine in to be uplifted by the sight, sound, color and aroma of the Salamander experience.  Jewelry, wine, books, music, American & fair trade handcraft (and champagne and chocolate for your sweetheart!)  We have some great 1/2 price winter specials, too.  Winter hours every day except Tue. & Wed.  Open daily at 11 and Sunday at 12.  Salamander is at 7 West Main, Saluda.  828-749-3466.
Pick up or have delivered a dozen beautiful red roses from Morning Glory Florist.roses Guaranteed to last longer than those you buy at the grocery store, Morning Glory Florist is selling these roses at last year's price of $54.99.  Call them at 828-749-2558 to order your delivery now!
Joe AdamsPick up a "Love Bird's Basket" at Saluda Wine & Cheese for your Valentine.  A basket with champagne and famous chocolates from Van's will surely spark the romantic flames! Contact them at 828-749-WINE to order your basket!
Take your Valentine to the Saluda Wine Cellar February 14 for Velvet Wines & Chocolate 7:00 Reservations Required.  Please call 828-749-9698.
City of Saluda's Web Site

Joe Adams

The City of Saluda has been working diligently for the past year to launch a city web site. The web site URL will be and will be live within the next two weeks. 

This web site will include downloads for city forms, ordinances, meeting schedules, agendas, minutes from previous meetings, local links, GIS and property tax info, city department, administration, and governing body bios and information.
There will be an email sign up for city updates, and a place to submit questions. 
The site will be managed by city administrator, Monia Pace. She is looking for Saluda pictures to use on the web site and you can email them to
"This will contribute greatly towards improving communications with Saluda citizens and getting important feedback on issues and services," says commissioner John Morgan.  John has been a supporter of this effort and helped to get it started.

Think Spring!
Robinson Community Garden 
red hair womanDid you see this woman last summer?
She was part of the Robinson Community Garden.
This is the second year of the Robinson Community Garden in Saluda on the corner of Henderson and Poplar Street. This is your chance to be a part of this exciting community activity.
The garden this year will have access to city water to insure successful gardening.
Plots are 10 feet by 20 feet of usable space. The cost of a plot is $30.00. The deadline to sign up is March 1, 2009.
For more information contact: or call 749-9172.      .                    
robinson gardenCome and be a part of the fun of gardening with your neighbors.

A Special Request
Many Saluda residents depend on Max Gordon for a variety of things.  Some depend on the paper being delivered no matter the weather, some for delivering mulch and garden materials, some for tilling soil in the spring, some keeping the weeds out of their gardens and shrubs pruned, some for just the fact that they could count on Max to show up!  Max suffered a massive stroke a few days before Christmas.  He is still in the hospital and this has caused a hardship on his family.  To let Max know that after 20 years of delivering that he can count on you too. If you are interested in helping his family with medical expenses, donations can be mailed to 234 Overbrook Drive, Saluda, NC 28773. 
After many years of sales training and listening to motivation speakers, the one speaker that I remember most often is Zig Ziglar. Zig is the ultimate "positve attitude" guy. His quote, "You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help other people get what they want" has been a personal talisman that I carry which I attribute to a rewarding life.  We hope that Saluda Lifestyles is giving you what you want. We invite you to send us your ideas, contributions, events, and feedback.
Cathy Jackson,
Cathy Jackson Realty