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Where Time Stands Still
March 1, 2009

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In This Issue
Arts Festival Call for Participation
Music Line Up for Arts Festival
Volunteers Needed
The Women's Club of Saluda
Low Country Boil
Senior Center News
Meetings to Remember
Saluda Community Land Trust
Saluda Medical Center
Share Your Gardening Skills
Dining Out for Life
Plant a Tree
Saluda Garden Club
Saluda Library
Saluda School
Saluda Church Services
Saluda Classifieds
The Growing Season
Organic Bread Flour Project
What's Happening
Growing, Selling, Buying, Benefitting
A Specialty Plant Nursery
Notes from the Garden
Re-Inventing One's Self by Joe Adams
Saluda Scoop
Art Clues
Community Garden Sign Up Now!
City News
Local Produce, Organic,  CSA's, Farmer's Markets, Tailgates, Grocery Stores 
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

You are invited to an Open House to celebrate our third anniversary on March 31 from 5pm to 7pm at our office
46 E Main Street
New Listings
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.
Music Line Up for Arts Festival
The 2009 Saluda Arts & Music Festival is going to be the most exciting festival ever in its six-year history.  Frank Beeson and Susan Casey have booked a variety of bands and entertainers that will perform on four separate stages throughout the day. This is the line up so far and is subject to change. Be sure to mark your calendars NOW to be in Saluda May 16.
Nostalgia Stage
The Dixie Ramblers - New Orleans ragtime and jazz trio
Aaron Burdette - Singer / songwriter
Kevin Bradley - Tryon Juggling artist
Brandon turner - Acoustic blues guitarist -
Caboose Alley Stage
Kevin Bradley - Tryon Juggling artists
Main Stage (at McCreery Park)
Jazz The Ripper - Jazz sextet -
Shane Pruitt - Blues trio
Jack Roper - Regionally famous TV anchor and magician
A Sign Of The Times - Motown show - 

Depot Stage
George Simmons - Acoustic guitarist / singer
Kevin Bradley - Tryon Juggling artist
The Suzuki Players - Local violin student performance
Volunteers Needed for Saluda Arts & Music Festival

Please consider volunteering to help with the Saluda Arts and Music Festival.  Two-hour shifts are planned for many jobs, like monitoring the Saluda Local Art Exhibit, selling festival T-shirts, greeting and helping Artist set up and many other tasks that help the festival run smoothly.  It is fun and you will be right in the middle of the festival. 
Please contact Catherine Ross at 828-243-8696 or email to

The Women's Club of Saluda

The Women's Club of Saluda will hold their monthly meeting on March 10, 2009 at the First Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall at 10:00 AM. 
The program is Nancy Johnson from Saluda doing her Gullah/Low Country Program.
Refreshments will be served.   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.  
4th Annual Low Country Boil!   Save the Date! 
Joe AdamsThe Saluda Women's Club invites you and your friends to treat yourselves to a one-of-a-kind event on Saturday, May 16th 2009 beginning at 5:30pm.
The club will be offering a tasty low country meal while you enjoy the natural setting of Camp Wayfarer near Saluda.  And as a SPECIAL TREAT, the LONESOME ROAD BAND will be performing great sounding acoustic music!!
Tickets are $50.00 and a portion of the amount will be tax deductible. Tickets can be purchased at any of the following locations:
Macon Bank - 828-749-2550
Saluda Senior Center - 828-749-9245
The Thrifty Barn - 828-749-3320
Tickle Family Health Center and Spa - 828-749-3434 (available Tuesdays & Fridays)
Or contact the following members for your tickets:
Arlene Klippel - 828-749-2801
Marti Wells - 828-749-9538
The Saluda Women's Club is a non-profit 501(c)3 and this annual event is the club's primary fundraiser with net proceeds supporting these important community organizations: Saluda Community Library, Saluda School, Saluda Medical Center, Saluda Senior Center,Saluda Volunteer Fire & Rescue, Scholarships for Saluda residents
BY HELPING ONE ANOTHER, WE ARE ALL WINNERS!!!  We look forward to seeing you on May 16th!!

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. 
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 @ 828-749-9245.
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. This month's feature is "When Harry Met Sally"  on Fri. March 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. Mar. 07 & 21. Volunteers always needed, call 828- 749-3320 for more information.

Volunteers always needed.  Call 828-749-3320 for more information.
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, March 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 March 4 and 18. For information please call Betsy Burdett at 828-749-2161.
Saluda Community Land Trust News
The Saluda Community Land Trust will hold its second annual membership meeting on March 18 at 7:00 pm at the Saluda Senior Center. Altamont Environmental Associates will make great evening with a presentation about the recently completed study of the North Pacolet River from the headwaters above Saluda to  Harmon Field.
All interested community members are invited to attend-you do not need to be a member!  Local food and drinks will be served.  This meeting will be a fine time to find out more about our beautiful Pacolet River, and the Saluda Community Land Trust projects that have been completed -- and others that are planned for 2009.   It will also be a good time to sign up for a garden plot in the Robinson Community Garden, and meet with your friends and neighbors who love Saluda and want to preserve its rural small-town character!
We hope you will join us on Wednesday, March 16 for an enjoyable and informative evening. 

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 March 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
smcThis month we present a history of the Center and an announcement about a new staff member.
The Saluda Medical Center, preceded in name by the Sky-Vue Clinic, has been in operation since 1974 on the grounds of what was once the Hotel Sky-Vue, one block from Dr. Lesesne Smith's Children Hospital.  The Center owes its beginning to a community fund-raising effort and an NC State initiative funded in 1973 to assure that quality medical care was and remains available to all of the state's citizens, specifically those living in small towns and rural areas where sparse population, low income, and a decline in the number of doctors often render medical care difficult to access.  The actual physical facility was purchased through a grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission.
Following the 1973 State initiative and due to the lack of medical resources in Saluda and the surrounding area and because of the difficulties of these communities in attracting physicians, the Office of Rural Health Services assisted the Saluda Medical Center in the development of a team approach to providing medical care involving a medical staff supervised by a physician.
These efforts resulted in the creation of the Saluda Medical Center, governed by a local volunteer Board of Trustees with a mission to provide cost effective primary care services to all populations living in Polk and the neighboring counties, including individuals and families who are medically underserved and underinsured or uninsured.
The board is pleased to announce and welcome the return to our medical team of Linda Barton, a Family Nurse Practitioner, who will be providing services at the Center one day each week.  Linda grew up in Saluda and has worked at the Center in the past in a temporary and "fill-in" capacity.  We are looking forward to Linda re-joining our staff and contributing to the medical care the Center is proud to provide our community.
Contact the Saluda Medical Center at 828-749-4411. 
Share Your Gardening Skills at Autumn Care 

Resident's at Autumn Care of Saluda look forward to spring as new leaves appear on the trees and flowers begin to bloom.  Some, however, want to get "down and dirty," working the moist soil and enjoying the smell of fresh earth.
You can help with that experience by sharing your gardening skills for just one hour a week.  Whether you specialize in fancy flowers or vegetable gardening, you'll brighten a resident's day by sharing the fun of "digging in the dirt."
To find out how to share your skills, contact Joyce Coggins, Activity Director at 828-749-2261, or email her at
Rehab Therapy - Right Here At Home!
If your doctor has recommended that you have physical, occupational or speech therapy due to illness or injury, you no longer need to go up or down the mountain - it's available right here at home.
Autumn Care of Saluda offers a full service outpatient rehabilitation service at its facility on Esseola Drive.  Our professional therapists will work with your physician to provide you the therapy you need to return to you full capacity.  And best of all, it's right here at home!
To find out more about our rehab services call Sally Hollar, Rehab Manager at 828-749-2261, or email her at .   Your family physician can reach us at the same number to discuss your care needs.
So the next time you need professional rehabilitation services, we hope you'll call Autumn Care of Saluda, where you'll find hometown folks providing hometown care. 

Dining Out for Life® Day 

      Thursday, April 30th 
The Western North Carolina AIDS Project (WNCAP) will join 50 other cities across the country and in Canada on Thursday, April 30th, 2009, for their 7th annual Dining Out for Life® benefit.  Over 100 restaurants will take part in the event here locally.  All monies raised will help WNCAP continue their mission of increasing awareness to "at risk" individuals through their Outreach Education & Prevention programs in 19 counties and providing case-managed care to all those already affected by HIV/AIDS.    
Although the event base is in Asheville, The Purple Onion and Saluda Grade in Saluda on that date will generously donate 20% of their gross sales to the Western North Carolina AIDS Project. Last year's event raised over $117,000 and is the largest annual fundraiser to support the mission of WNCAP.  Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, only 3.8% went towards expenses. 
Dining Out for Life® raises much needed AIDS awareness and serves as a reminder how our community is still affected by this devastating disease.  You can help support this effort by marking your calendar now to invite your friends and family to lunch with you on April 30 at The Purple Onion or Saluda Grade.
To view a list of participating restaurants and our sponsors throughout Western NC, visit         

Arbor Day
Joe AdamsPlease observe North Carolina Arbor Day Friday, March 20, 2009 by planting a tree and/or preserving the wonderful trees we appreciate in our Saluda community.
A note from the Saluda Community Tree Preservation Association. 
Saluda Garden Club
A "rain" garden!  Who has rain, especially here in Saluda?  And how do you "grow" rain anyway?  From what I understand it's a kissin' cousin to the baffles and barrels we've been using to catch rain water from our roofs.  With a rain garden the water can be channeled and directly deposited where it is most needed.  Or we can create a garden in just the right spot that will save a lot of back breaking labor.  It also helps the environment and reduces what can be a huge water bill!
So what does this "rain" garden look like?  It's a shallow plant-filled depression that catches and holds water allowing it to percolate deep into the ground and add to reserves already there or generating reserves that are available during drougt conditions. RGs ideally would match the size  of the roof area that feeds it. They should be located near the down spouts and at least 10 feet down-slope from the foundation.  Don't put it over a septic field or where water already collects  It will be necessary to run a test to confirm that a six to eight inch depression filled with water will drain completely in a 24- hour period.  Good drainage also insures that mosquitoes will not be a problem.
For the "Googlers" out there check it out on the net or in the current issue of Garden Gate magazine.  From the looks of things you could spend more time "googling" than putting in the installation.
There are no requirements to visiting or joining the Saluda Garden Club, so be sure to attend the March 16 meeting, 10:00 at the library.  Parking is free and so is the fun.  We are just starting the new year so be sure to be among the newcomers when we will have a program on Spring Park Plantings.
Happy Googling,
Sandra Rocks 

Saluda Community Library
Paul Koenen



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 School
  Joe Adams

News from Saluda Elementary School!

March 2-13
PTSO Read-a-Thon:   "Catch the Reading Fever!"
March 5
End of the 4th Six Weeks
March 6
No School for Students-Optional Teacher Workday
March 8
Daylight Savings Time Begins---Don't forget to move your           clocks ahead one hour!
March 9
All students will visit the KidSenses Explorer Dome, a mobile planetarium, in the gym today.
Teachers will send report cards home with students today.
March 12
Students will have the opportunity to participate in a Book Swap in the Media Center.
March 13
Every student will get to choose a free book from the PTSO Reading Room today!
March 16
Read-a-Thon winners will be announced during morning news show.
March 18
Individual and class pictures will be taken by Strawbridge Studios.
March 25
Half Day for Students-K-5 Math Staff Development
March 26
Students are invited to stay after school for a dance from 3:10-5:30.  Admission cost will be $1.00.  Pizza, fruit and drinks will be available for purchase, also.  All money raised from this dance will be donated to the American Cancer Society.
March 30
Teachers will send home interim reports with students today.


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.

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!
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.
Saluda Lifestyles expresses condolences to the family and friends of Sarah Patterson Thompson, 93, who died February 3rd at National Health Care after an extended illness.  Mrs. Thompson was born July 5, 1915, in Saluda, NC, the eighth of 11 children born to Maggie and Ernest Patterson, and married George Lafate Thompson.
Max Gordon passed away February 21 after suffering a stroke in December.  He will be missed by Saludians who depended on him for their yard maintenance and delivering their papers.  Read more about max here.
A Note About Times-News Paper Delivery
Dan Sullivan of Saluda is delivering the Times-News in Saluda.  He can be reached at 828-749-9387. 
Last month's issue of Saluda Lifestyles reported on the City of Saluda's web site.  This story incorrectly titled Monica Pace as city administrator.  We apologize for this mistake.  Monica is the city's administrative assistance and is the web site administrator for the city.
The Growing Season
Joe AdamsWith March comes the thoughts of spring and Saludians start thinking about gardening and growing everything from flowers to vegetables.
In Saluda, there's a renewed effort to develop Saluda's economic agribusiness with local and sustainable produce.  Many would say that Saluda has always had an agribusiness with Atkins apple products, Mr. Holbert's sourwood honey, and locally grown vegetables like corn and tomatoes grown right in the back yard and sold by just putting a sign in the yard.  Walter and Sherry Hoover are well known as the proprietors of Charles Street Garden Suite, but few know that they grow and sell rare Japanese irises. 
Mana Cabanna opened its "fresh market" in the old red caboose last summer and specializes in organic and locally grown produce.  Owner, Carol Lynn Jackson also started a Consumer Supported Agriculture (CSA) program.
The Saluda Community Land Trust was granted the use of land last spring to start Robinson's Community Gardens right in the middle of the historic district in Saluda. 
Saluda launched "Homegrown Saturday" last spring in the west end public parking area. This is open to anyone who has plants or produce to sell.
Thompson's Store is carrying organic products and produce and seasonal local produce.
Learn more in this issue of Saluda Lifestyles about Saluda's agriculture development and the importance of supporting local producers of fresh produce--to support Saluda's economy and to better your health.
Growing, Selling, Buying, Benefitting
Local Organic Agriculture in WNC 

Information compiled by various sources including ASAP, and the US Department of Agriculture by the Manna Cabanna, Inc., Saluda's Local Organic Produce Stand and CSA.


Farming is Important to the WNC Economy
The WNC farm economy is in a period of transition.  To some extent, change is being driven by the end of the federal tobacco price support and supply control program.  Other shifts are occurring simultaneously.  In the decade between 1992 and 2002, the region experienced a 16 percent increase in fruit and vegetable crops and a 25 percent increase in acres devoted to non-food crops.  Direct Sales have more than doubled and expected to continue growing, bolstered by strong demand for locally-grown food.  In this context of transition, the potential for expanding local markets for local farm products is significant.
Organic Farming is Important to Consumer and Environmental Health
Official food composition tables, including data compiled by the US Department of Agriculture, reveal that since the 1940s the mineral levels in fruits, vegetables, meat and dairy have declined substantially in conventional foods. Combine this with earlier (pre-ripened) picking, longer storage, and more processing of crops, and it's not surprising that we are getting fewer nutrients in our food than we were 60 years ago.

The artificial fertilization associated with conventional crops produces lush growth by swelling produce with more water. On a pound-for-pound basis, organic food has more "dry matter" (i.e. food). Partly because of this, there are higher levels of nutrients in organic produce.

We can expect also that phytonutrients, many of which are antioxidants involved in the plant's own defense system, will be higher in organic produce because crops rely more on their own defenses in the absence of regular applications of chemical pesticides. Higher levels have been found of lycopene in organic tomatoes, polyphenols in organic potatoes, flavonols in organic apples, and resveratrol in organic red wine.

Consuming more organic food certainly isn't the only way to improve one's nutrient intake, but it may be the safest. It's regularly claimed by the mainstream food industry that pesticide residues in foods are known to be safe on the basis of total diet surveys that supposedly find the levels of pesticide residues in our food to be very low and within acceptable safety limits. But monitoring programs consistently show that around one in three non-organic food samples tested contains a variety of pesticide residues, with far lower levels being found in and on organic produce.
Conventional-food proponents also claim that rigorous safety assessments show that pesticide residues are no threat to human health. Yet consumers intuitively know this is a false assurance.

Prevent Disease in Your Kitchen:


Joe AdamsManna Cabanna, located in downtown Saluda, NC, serves to increase local consumption of locally and organically-grown produce and farm products through its year-round functioning CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program.  This program is designed to get daily recommended amounts of fresh vegetables onto the tables of shareholders each and every day by supplying them weekly with a five pound (single share) or 10 pound (double share) box of freshly harvested local organically-grown seasonal produce.  Food intake, excersize and a clean environment is still our best prevention and protection from illness and disease and the Manna Cabanna is dedicated to providing its' community the freshest local organic veggies, herbs and assorted whole foods available from ground to customer within 72 hours.  Its mission is to help customers develop and maintain healthy lifestyles through nutrition, community minded-support, education and awareness of sustainable farming and business practices.  For more information on becoming a Manna Cabanna shareholder, call (828) 817-2308.

P.S. "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, A Year of Food Life" by Barbara Kingsolver.  Premise "Author Barbara Kingsolver and her family abandoned the industrial food pipeline to live a rural life- vowing that, for one year, they'd only buy food raised in their own neighborhood, grow it themselves, or learn to live without it.  Part memoir, part journalistic investigation, this read is an enthralling narrative that will open your eyes in a hundred new ways to an old truth:  You are what you eat."
By Carol Lynn Jackson
A Specialty Plant Nursery
nurseryOne of the few agricultural enterprises remaining in Saluda Township is Charles Street Garden Japanese Iris Nursery.  The nursery has supplied garden centers and landscapers in Western North Carolina and upstate South Carolina for approximately 20 years.  In recent years this specialty nursery, in addition to its original line of Japanese iris, has expanded production to include Iris virginica, Iris versicolor, and Iris pseudacorus for use in flood mitigation projects, stream bed restorations, rain gardens, and related wetland plantings.
After years of exclusively wholesale activity, the nursery has, in the last two years, begun to participate in retail trade focused primarily on regional plant festivals.  Although the nursery is not designed to receive walk-in trade on site, arrangements for retail purchases can be made by phone at 828-749-5846 or e-mail at .  The nursery offerings may be reviewed on the web site Charles Street Garden.  
By Walter Hoover
Wildflour-NC Organic Bread Flour Project
wildflourWildflour Bakery is currently active in the newly formed North Carolina Organic Bread Flour Project.  Our goal is to connect North Carolina farmers raising organic hard wheat (used for bread) with local bakers so we no longer need to truck grain all the way from Montana.Our breads and crackers are currently available at Tosh's Whistle Stop Cafe'.

We are looking forward to working with the Caboose again this year. Last summer, Carol Lynn would leave the bakery elves a basket of fresh local fruits and vegetables, which they magically transformed into amazing focaccia and cakes that were sent back to the Caboose for sale! 

This year we are also hoping to make use of those wonderful fresh Saluda blueberries, raspberries, blackberries and more to supply various pastries for the Saluda Wine and Cheese Shop.

The Wildflour Bakery elves are still "bakin' to the beat" and looking forward to having even more of our goodies available to our favorite customers .... we miss seeing you all!  Visit the Wildflour Bakery web site.
By Debi Thomas 
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.
March Music Schedule
March 5 - Valorie Miller
March 7 - The Sireens
March 12 - Jack Williams
March 28 - Sol Driven Train 
Italian Wine Tasting at The Purple Onion
The first wine tasting of the year will be held on Wednesday, March 11 at 6:30 when we will gather to taste traditional style Italian wines. The event does require reservations and includes a buffet of delicious hors d'oeuvres and cheeses selected to pair well with these wines.  Richard Mckinney from Tryon Distributing will be joining us to enlighten us on the wine selections and Chef Stephanie Tornatore will be cooking up some tantalizing Italian  dishes to complement Richard's selections.. The price for the evening is $40 which includes a taste of 8 different wines, heavy hors d'oeuvres (you won't leave hungry), tax and gratuity. Call the Purple Onion at 828-749-1179 for reservations.

green riverThe Green River Boys invite you to Shaffer's Roadside Grill.  They are scheduled to perform March 13 and 27 at 6:00pm.  Check their schedule at Green River Boys.

saluda mountain jamboree
Saluda Mountain Jamboree
Saluda Mountain Jamboree
March Music Schedule 
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.
The Wine Cellar at the Saluda Inn
March 5 Meet the Artist - Beverly Pickard will be at the Cellar from 6:30-9:30.  She will be selling some of her artwork and will be on hand to talk about what inspired her.
March 12 Organic Wine Forum/Tasting - reservations required March 13 Open featuring 6 Organic Wines. The Cellar is open every Friday and available for private parties throughout the week.
Random Arts Upcoming Workshops
March 1, Random Arts will be open from Tuesday through Saturday from 10 to 5.
March Workshops

Fri. 6th - Simple Soldering on Microscope Slides $30 1-3
Sat.7th - Caroline Hatchel - Story Bracelet from the Heart
Sun. 8th - Caroline Hatchel - Building a Wire Nest Necklace
Friday, 13th - Janet Lasher - Gold Leafing - metallic overlays
Sat. 14th -  Janet Lasher -Screen Printing
Sat. 21st - Donna Downey - Paint, Watercolor, Doodle 9-12 $85.
Sat. 21st - Donna Downey - Swatches 1-5 $85 (sample of her work shown above)
Sat.28th - Kristi Steiner - Altered Aprons 10 - 4 $85. includes lunch(no kit fee)

For more information about these workshops and to see more pictures please visit Random Arts or call 828-749-1165 or email

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
MARCH 7 & 8 - Bronze Metal Clay with Landen Gailey  - Bronze Clay.....yea! .....It is so much affordable than silver clay and oh so beautiful.  Landen will teach a photo polymer technique used in applying texture to your metal to produce a lovely bracelet.  You will have left over clay to produce more pieces as time allows.
MARCH 14 & 15 Wire Wrap with Sonia Arnold.  Those who have taken beginning wire from Charlotte will have an edge for this workshop.  Sonia will continue to build your skills If you are more advanced, she will  have more advanced projects for you.
MARCH 14 - Wood Workshop - with Jim Mellberg.   Come build a lovely pen and mechanical pencil set from mahogany in just a day.                       

As always, the early bird gets the worm, so sign up soon!
Andy Millard to Perform with Grammy Winner
Tom Chapin March 12th 7:30pm
Mr. Tanner was a financial planner?  In this town he is.  Local singer Andy Millard will be singing the baritone part in "Mr. Tanner", a well-known Harry Chapin tune, with Grammy Winner Tom Chapin in concert at the Tryon Fine Arts Center on March 12th at 7:30pm.
Tom Chapin is a world recognized artist whose style ranges from contemporary folk to pop and all the way in between.  His songs are original and often tell a story.  He has also received acclaim for his musical styling both on Broadway and in smaller venues.  As a host of the TV show "Make A Wish" he inspired thousands of dollars in donations.
Tom spends a lot of time doing charitable work.  After his brother Harry's death Tom took over the World Hunger Year organization.   Since Tom has performed hundreds of concerts to raise money to send food where needed, The Fine Arts Center has partnered with the local Thermal Belt Outreach to sponsor a food drive in conjunction with this event. Non-perishable items may be dropped in the Fine Arts Center lobby between now and the concert. 
Tom is playing at the Tryon Fine Arts Center on March 12th at 7:30pm.  Tickets are $20.  Visit our website or contact the box office at 828-859-8322 ext. 214 for more information and to purchase tickets. 

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.
Saluda artist Dale McEntire will be exhibiting at Heartwood Gallery
March 1-May 31
" My main objective in my sculpture and painting higher pathis to render beauty and positive form. It's not that I don't see the negative and the challenging issues that surround us, but I want to produce something that allows the viewer a chance to connect with their own sensitivity
to beauty. It's all around us, too."~Dale McEntire

 Jim Carson workshopJim Carson will hold a "plein air" oil and acrylic workshop, entitled "Painting Fast And
Loose/ Eliminating the Unnecessary" in Saluda, on Thursday - Saturday, June 4 -June
6.  The workshop will be held at different outdoor locations each day, and feature
demonstrations by the artist and a critique of each student's work. The workshop is
limited to 12 for more individual attention. In the event of rain that session will
be held at Jim's studio.
The workshop will focus on simplifying large shapes and applying paint quickly and
confidently, with an emphasis on color harmony, painterly marks and composition. The
cost of the workshop is $300, which includes a "get acquainted" gathering at Carson's
home on Wed. night, June 3. For more information, and to view Jim's work, visit or call 828-749-3702.  Carson is represented locally in Hendersonville by Wickwire Gallery.
The Old Chicken House is a work space for artists and crafters.  Stop by any Friday from 10 to 5, chat awhile, have a cup of coffee or tea and watch local artists at work.  Located at the end of Greenville St., one mile from RR tracks downtown Saluda.

Notes from the Garden 
gardners cottageAhh, it's March, and what does that mean?  It means spring in all its glory is around the corner.  Every morning I have to take a walk around the garden to see what is starting to poke its head up out of the cold ground.  Spring is the time to rejuvenate, to plan and plant your best garden ever.  March can be almost spring-like, but don't be lulled into sowing and planting outdoors too soon.  I know it's hard especially on warm days when we see all the plants arriving in the garden shop. 
What we can do now is make sure our beds are clean and ready.  Now is a good time to fertilize your beds as sleeping perennials are waking up and empty spaces are awaiting new plants.  I like to use organic fertilizer which comes from animal waste (manure) and plant waste (composted kitchen scraps, grass clippings, and wood ash).  They are slow to break down, so a single application will last all season.  Inorganic fertilizer are chemicals, fast acting they must be reapplied often (about every two weeks) during the growing season.  By the end of March we can plant cool weather plants and seeds.  Some of my favorites are ever bearing strawberries (they make great borders around my perennial flower beds and produce sweet berries from late spring through fall once established).  I also plant seeds of mixed lettuce, spinach and snow peas (the ones you pick early in the morning off their vines and eat shell and all or put into your lunch salad or add to your supper's stir-fries.)  I can't have enough of these!  Well, these are just a few things you can do with every day closer to spring.  Gardening rejuvenates our zest for life.  Spring brings a fresh beginning and the vitality of hope.  It brings an end to winter.

Susan from a Gardener's Cottage.
P.S. stop in and I or one of my helpful staff will try to answer your gardening questions.  First 25 readers of Saluda Lifestyles to visit our store and mention this article will receive a free package of sugar snap pea seeds to plant in your garden.
The Gardener's Cottage is in Nostalgia Court, 181 Main Street, Saluda, NC 828-749-4200.

Re-Inventing One's Self
by author, Joe Adams
Joe AdamsI've never thought that one should have the same career for 40 or 50 years.  That's why they invented retirement.  Give it up!  And then re-invent yourself, I say.
In fact, a guy I know up in Asheville did a movie about people who have re-invented themselves ... a socialite who now does Tupperware-like parties, but she sells sex toys ... a computer guy who now uses spare parts to make into artwork.  It's amazing really.
I personally worked very hard in my primary career in order to quit early.  I didn't want to retire.  I just wanted to try some other things without being under the pressure of making money from it.  I was eager to re-invent myself.  I became, among other things, a newspaper publisher, a custom home builder, an antiques dealer (open only on Saturday, whether I felt like it or not), an art dealer, a public speaker, a portrait photographer specializing in tongue portraits (more on this at another time), an award-winning playwright, a newspaper humor columnist, an ordained minister (so I got my ordination through the mail ... so what!  I didn't have to study for 8 years ... I mean, everything you need to know is in The  Book). 
The list goes on.  I enjoyed all of the new careers although some of them were short-lived due mainly to a lack of interest on the part of the buying public.  But a lot of that had to do with timing.

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
All Saludians wish to express get well wishes to Larry Jackson, proprietor of Thompson's Store and Ward's Grill.  Larry is at home recovering from open heart surgery. You can send your thoughts and prayers to Larry at PO Box 236, Flat Rock, NC 28731.
mane stMane Street Salon is offering special pricing on all retail products for the month of March to make room for a new line of hair care products being introduced in the future.  Mane Street Salon will continue to carry Redken products and will be adding an additional line of products.   All Redken products are $2 off and a special table of clearance products at 40% off.   This would be a good time for anyone to try a product they may have considered or simply to take advantage of these savings.  Inventory is limited since this is to clear out the old in order to make room for the new. For more information, please contact owner, Marcia Aiken at 828-749-3260. (Pictured above is Marcia Aiken on left and Julie Tedeschi on right.)
orchard innThe Orchard Inn is sprucing up for spring guests and wants to remind you to be sure to make reservations early for the Saluda Arts & Music Festival on May 16. For reservations call (800) 581-3800 or (828) 749-5471 or visit The Orchard Inn.
Saluda Wine & Cheese has expanded its swc coffeeoffering to include specialty blended coffee and sweets and treats from Wildflour Bakery.  They will be selling all of the Wildflour Bakery breads, sticky buns, and cookies. It sounds mmm ... mmm ... good!
Joe AdamsSpRiNg is on the way and now is the time to be thinking about sprucing up and cleaning out all the winter cobwebs.  Let Cottage Caretakers help you get your mountain getaway or home ready for the season so you can relax and enjoy the beauty of Saluda!  Our services include window washing, house cleaning, heavy cleaning, yard maintenance, licensed general contractor for home maintenance and repair, laundry service, caretaker services, shopping service and more. Give us a call and we'll come make freshening up for SpRiNg easy!!  828.749.3747 or email:
Winter Schedule Changes at the
Purple Onion. ppWe are ready for spring and the return of friends who have been hunkered down for the cold and economically bleak winter of 2009.  When The Purple Onion was conceived we envisioned a gathering place which would reflect the gracious casual pace which has characterized Saluda for years; a third place, a neutral place away from home or work for friends and family to come together for good food, good conversation and live music. We feel very blessed to have made so many new friends since The Purple Onion first opened its doors and along with many other independently owned restaurants are looking for ways to better serve our customers and keep our doors open.
In an effort to embrace this original vision we have decided to change our hours and menu offerings on Monday and Tuesday during the remaining weeks of winter. Beginning March 1, we will be open 11:00 AM until 8:00 PM on Monday and Tuesday offering our pizzas, sandwiches and salads all day. While we will continue offering evening specials, they will be simple and more economical.  Our regular entrée menu will be offered only on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings until we resume our spring schedule in April.  Monday and Tuesday specials will include $5 per glass wine specials and pitchers of beer will be available for $12.  We welcome your comments and suggestions in the following weeks and hope to see you soon.

brass latchCome Celebrate with Us! Bet you didn't know that Brass Latch Antiques & Gifts is now in its 25th year in Saluda.  Yes, we moved our store from Main Street, Hendersonville in 1996 where we opened in 1976.  I just can't believe we've been in business in this area for 33 years!  We are still featuring our great selection of antique linens and textiles, pretty china, jewelry and creative crafts by local artists.  We have added a wonderful selection of clothing (sales samples, discontinued, overstocks and fabulous finds).  Some of the brands are Chico's, Coldwater Creek, and Putumayo.  We are keeping the prices to 1/3 to 1/2 off original prices so that it is a great bargain for you.
To show our appreciation to all of our customers we are offering a 15% discount on all clothing the month of March.
What's the Upstairs?
The upstairs is located above Brass Latch Antiques.  It's filled with garden architecture, shabby chic furniture, dried flowers, and baskets of all shapes and sizes.  To make room for all of our new spring arrivals we are having a March madness sale.  Prices will be reduced on sale items from 10% to 50%.  Hurry in for the best selection!

Come see us soon,
Susan McMasters
Brass Latch Antiques, Gifts & Apparel is located in Nostalgia Court, 181 Main St. Saluda 828-749-4200.
Now in our 11th year in business in Saluda, Caroline's On Main resumes regular store hours effective March 2, 2009. Hours will be weekdays (except Tuesday) 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM and most Saturdays 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM.  We are liquidating a number of lines that we have carried for years in order to streamline our inventory for our internet business. Now is the time to take advantage of great bargains on some of our best-selling items, including floral merchandise and quilt throws among others. Please remember that we have moved and are now located at 101 Cullipher Street just around the corner from Macon Bank halfway up the sidewalk. Also, please visit us at
Art Clues

Ideas for Creating and Enjoying Art


                Painting with Brushes
Yes, an artist can paint without using brushes.  Use knives, fingers cloth, a spoon - on and on - whatever can pick up the paint and lay it on the painting surface with some control from the painter.  Elephants use their trunks! Brushes, however, are designed to represent the artist and add the brushes' own special ability.
Two historic examples of many ways to use brushes
How the artist uses his or her brush often defines the style of art that is created.  Two examples are pointellism with Georges Seurat's work as the main example, and impasto with Van Gogh's work as a good example. Both of these brush stroke styles are a la prima, which means the first time the paint loaded brush touches the canvas in a certain way in a certain place is the last - no rubbing around, no blending. 
Brushes create surface texture - you can facilitate this and let the brush do most of the work by choosing the appropriate brush and the right amount and thickness/thinness of paint.
When mixing paint colors, avoid using your brush to stir as if you were mixing a recipe. Let brush strokes do some of the blending as you paint -remember the paint can be exciting to look at even when it's not all the way blended.
Try to avoid holding the brush as you would a pencil. Hold in other ways, as the pictures below exhibit.
Fill the brush with lots of paint. Twirl it as you move it up the trunk of a tree.
Use the brush in different ways - push, roll over,twist, pat, pull, swipe, scrub.
Keep dry clean brushes of several sizes available for blending and scumbling.  Old and worn ones will often do.


Thanks to Landrum High School senior Rachael Stewart for sharing examples of her art, some still in process. They illustrate various brush strokes and a way she holds her brush.
Next Month's Art Clues will be "How to See"
Hint: "Open your eyes" is NOT one of the clues.
Beverly Bowden Pickard
Saluda Fine Arts
46 East Main Street
Saluda NC 28773
Note:  You can see Beverly's art in Saluda Fine Arts, 46 E Main St, Saluda. NC. 

NOTE:  See Beverly's Art Show at the Saluda Inn Wine Cellar March 5 at 6:30pm.
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. For more information contact: or call 749-9172.      .                    
robinson gardenCome and be a part of the fun of gardening with your neighbors.
City Notes

Joe Adams

Neighbors and friends,


Once a year, we try and take a little time to reflect on our community.  Review where progress has been made, where it has not and adjust our efforts and directions to align ourselves to better serve you.  In these uncertain and turbulent times it is even more critical that we take this opportunity.  We call it a retreat, not because we're taking off to some exotic and expensive getaway, but because it's a retreat from the normal day-to-day efforts of doing the City's business.   A time to reflect, communicate and create new directions and visions for Saluda.  We conduct this retreat in the City Meeting room in the Library (not in Barbados like some near bankrupt banks that we're all familiar with)


We try and create an atmosphere where all our citizens can contribute their thoughts and ideas about our community in a relaxed and informal manner.  We have put together a rather comprehensive agenda that we think will address many of our current and future challenges but we can make room for other vital discussions if they are appropriate.   I've found that each year there are a number of issues that are moving under the radar that may or may not be of consequence to our success in serving the community.  There may be unknown or unrealized issues, rumors, fears and/or conspiracy theories floating about.   Hopefully, these issues can rise to the surface and also be properly considered or acted upon.




Saluda Board of Commissioners

Retreat 2009

March 6 - 8 , 2009


Friday, March 6

I.             Opening Remarks --- Mayor Gibson

a.    Introductions and Logistics

b.    Defining our economic community

                                          i.    Businesses

                                         ii.    Households

                                        iii.    Occupations

                                       iv.    Retirees, Part-timers & Tourism

                                        v.    Infrastructure & Governance - Education, physical facilities, rules vs. freedom, Taxes & investments

c.    Our resources - volunteers, professional staff, extended resources (County, State, Federal)

                                          i.    Individual volunteers

                                         ii.    Community Groups

                                        iii.    Schools and facilities

                                       iv.    Professional staff

                                        v.    Networks

                                       vi.    Financial capacity

d.    Spiritual Community

                                          i.    Churches & Religious Organizations

                                         ii.    Non-traditional Spiritual Groups

                                        iii.    Charities

                                       iv.    Volunteer organizations

II.           Purpose of the Retreat

a.    Create and confirm the visions for our community

b.    Develop solid concepts to support the visions

c.    Establish pragmatic goals and objectives

d.    Consensus on priorities  - short-term and long-term

III.          Review of Agenda and Operating Rules

IV.          Defining the Challenges:

It is important for each Commissioner to clearly state and define the challenges for their respective areas of primary focus.  The purpose is to ensure that we have a consensus on the challenges.   Each Commissioner will provide a presentation to the Community on their views and desired areas of focus.  Then there will be open discussion including citizen comments and input.

a.    Water & Sewer ---  Commissioner John Morgan

                                          i.    Opportunities w/ Economic Recovery funds

                                         ii.    Where we are and where we're going

b.    Streets & Parks ---  Commissioner Leon Morgan

                                          i.    Transportation plan - Update

1.    Streets

2.    Parking

3.    Pedestrians

4.    Greenways

                                         ii.    Parks - Now and in the future

                                        iii.    Funding and priorities

c.    Public Safety ---  Commissioner John Kinard

                                          i.    Community Policing and Emergency Services

                                         ii.    Quality of life - How Public Safety affects it.

                                        iii.    Our Unique challenges and priorities

                                       iv.    Animals & quality of life issues

d.    Buildings & Sanitation --- Commissioner Laura Fields

                                          i.    Buildings for our future

e.    Administration --- Mayor Gibson

                                          i.    Organization

                                         ii.    Standard Operating Procedures

                                        iii.    Policies

                                       iv.    Plan, Do, Check, Act

V.            Capture and Review Suggestions and Comments

VI.          Confirm Saturday's Agenda

VII.        Adjourn


Saturday, March 7

I.             Opening Remarks and Agenda Review  --- Mayor Gibson

II.           Budget Status and Economy  --- Mayor Gibson

a.    Current

b.    Re-assessment

c.    Taxes

III.          Long Range Capital Improvement Plans  --- Statement of goals and specifics

a.    Buildings & Sanitation  --- Commissioner Fields

                                          i.    City Hall

                                         ii.    Museum

                                        iii.    Recycling & Green Initiatives

b.    Public Safety --- Commissioner J. Kinard

                                          i.    Vehicles

                                         ii.    Security Systems (e.g., cameras)

                                        iii.    Equipment

c.    Streets & Parks  --- Commissioner L. Morgan

                                          i.    Streets, curb & gutter

                                         ii.    Cemetery memorial

                                        iii.    Shrinking budget issues

d.    Water & Sewer --- Commissioner J. Morgan

                                          i.    Wastewater

                                         ii.    Water Supply

                                        iii.    Distribution System

IV.          A Park System, Greenspace and Saluda's Opportunities  ---  Betsy Burdette (Commissioner Fields)

V.            Transportation, Parking, Sidewalks, Specialty Lanes  --- General Issue Review  (All)

a.    Transportation Plan Update   (Committee Report)

b.    Parking---New Lot and Side Walk

c.    Pedestrians, school children, bicycles, animals and golf carts

d.    Safety, access and quality of life for residents/taxpayer

VI.          Administration --- Mayor Gibson

a.    Our Financial Condition--- weaknesses and strengths 

b.    Salary schedule review and discussion

                                          i.    Topping out --- change schedule or use bonus approach

c.    Policy gaps and needs

d.    Policy enforcement and review

e.    Transparency in Governance

f.     Organization review  -- duties and expectations from Mayor & Board to Staff and volunteers



VII.        Planning and Zoning

a.    Boards and Advisory Groups

b.    Expectations on enforcement and implementation

c.    Vacancies on Boards

d.    Recommended changes to zoning ordinance --- Hal Green

e.    Looking to the Future

                                          i.    ETJ

                                         ii.    Serving Saluda District

                                        iii.    Partnering w/other cities, towns and counties

Sunday, March 8

I.             Review of Retreat Events and Accomplishments/Define Gaps

II.           Agenda Review and Correction

III.          Final Statement of Visions and unresolved issues 

a.    Mayor Gibson

b.    Commissioner Kinard

c.    Commissioner L. Morgan

d.    Commissioner Fields

e.    Commissioner J. Morgan

f.     Statement of agreements and disagreements

IV.          Statement of Budget Goals

a.    Mayor Gibson

b.    Commissioner Kinard

c.    Commissioner L. Morgan

d.    Commissioner Fields

e.    Commissioner J. Morgan

V.            Discussion and Consensus

a.    Direction to staff on Budget goals

b.    Schedule for 2010 budgeting process.

Your Mayor, Rodney Gibson

Joe AdamsWinter is almost over ... by the calendar anyway!  March will tease us with many warm days, daffodils will sprout up along the roadsides, migrating birds like our beloved humming birds will return.  I can't wait!
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Cathy Jackson Realty