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Where Time Stands Still
July 1, 2009

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In This Issue
The Women's Club of Saluda
Senior Center News
Meetings to Remember
Saluda Garden Club
Saluda Community Land Trust
Saluda Medical Center
Saluda Library
Saluda School
Saluda Church Services
Saluda Classifieds
Buy Local
Coon Dog Day
Coon Dog Day Contest
What's Happening
Summer Exhibition
Art Clues
The Miracle-by Joe Adams
Saluda Scoop
City News
Carolina Crabcakes
Saluda Tailgate Market
William Jameson Featured
Town BBQ
Sculpturama 2009
Holy Eucharist at Transfiguration
A Morning Walk
Camp Artrageous
Golf Cart Raffle
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


Cathy Jackson Realty has Moved to the Other Side of the Tracks.  Our new location is
144 W Main Street
(Across from Green River BBQ).  Please come visit us in our new location.
Click here to see all
New Listings
laurel mtn 
    Saluda Tree House
Live among the trees in this contemporary style home on three levels. Each level has its own covered porch. 2BR, 2.5 BA, .44 acres, 2040SF
   View the Green River
Year round or get-away. Sit back on the covered porch and watch the kayak's go down the Green River. The sound of the river just might put you to sleep.Year round or get-away. 2 BR, 3.5 BA, Bonus room serves as extra bedroom, Rec/Game Room, Outdoor shower,2100 SF, .61 acres
     Saluda Bungalow
Cottage with mature landscaping offers privacy along with easy access to downtown Saluda, to Hendersonville, Asheville, Tryon, and Columbus.   Bamboo floors and imported tile add quality touches. Raise homegrown fruits, vegetables, and flowers in gardening beds. Fenced area for pets and an unfinished basement for expansion. 2BR, 1 BA,
1040 SF

     Land Listings

City Lot with .49 Acres
$42,500  MLS#444123
.48 Acre Rare Waterfront Property at Lake Sheila $200,000 MLS#442188

Search All Featured Land Listings at
4th of July
Orchard Lake Campground in Saluda. Visit their web site for directions.
Fabulous Fourth in Columbus from 10 to 10.  Music, Food, Amusement Rides, Fun for all ages! 

Women's Club Meeting
The Women's Club of Saluda will not hold their monthly meeting in July.
Look for members selling raffle tickets in front of Random Arts on Main Street.  Don't miss an opportunity to win a "Saluda Basket" filled with goodies.
Proceeds go to the scholarship fund.  The table will be open Mon. thru Sat. of Coon Dog Day Week.
Please call Arlene Klippel at 828-749-2801 for more information.  

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.  
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 regularly scheduled activities at the Senior Center please click here. 

Save These Dates Now!
NEW! Each Wed. @ 6:15am, there will be a Power Yoga class instructed by Cassandra Gorski. Practiced in a warm room, Power yoga is a challenging Vinyasa yoga flow class for ambitious beginners and intermediate levels.
NEW! On Wed. beginning July 15 through Aug. 12 from 9:30-10:30am, Rev. Rob Parsons brings, "Wonderful Wednesday", to the Center, bringing children and seniors together.
Don't forget Wed. movie matinee @ 2pm. (1) Changeling, (8) Hotel for Dogs, (15) How About You?, (22) The Dark Knight and (29) Bonneville. Popcorn and drinks available for $.50 each.
7/09 @ 12pm, "Folks of Saluda", w/ Charlene Pace
7/16 @ 1pm, Travel films w/Bill Klippel
7/23 @ 12pm, "Stroke Prevention", w/ Judy Moore, retired R.N.
7/30 @ 5:30pm, Community potluck & The Mountain Singers
Fri. is Game Day from 10am-2pm, Trash train, Scrabble, Sudoku, etc.
7/17 @ 6pm-Cookout and Square dance (Archie Hardy-caller)
7/31 from 5:30-7:30pm Artists' reception for Marguerite Hankins & 
Chris Rutigliano. These artists' work will be on display from July 10 through Sept. 08.
Please call a day ahead to reserve lunch for any program you plan to attend and would like to have lunch @ 749-9245.
Sat. July 11 from 7-9:30am, Coon Dog Day Hometown Breakfast at the Senior Center. All are welcome to attend.

Any activity scheduled during center hours that you attend and would like to have lunch, please call a day ahead to reserve @ 749-9245.
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 A 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, August 4 at 5:30pm in the Meeting Room of the Saluda Library. There is no meeting in July.
Saluda Community Land Trust meets the first and third Wednesday at 3 at the meeting room at the Saluda Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall.  The only meeting in July will be the 15th. For information please call Betsy Burdett at 828-749-2161.
Saluda Garden Club
raining cats and dogsThe dog days are upon us and you know they will really be "doggy" after all the wonderful rains we've had.  We especially need to be on the lookout for rotweilers and shitzus; they are the absolute worst!
The SGC will be taking their usual summer sabbatical and not meeting in July. We will be back in August and going to the Arboretum. Of course, there will be another reminder in the next newsletter as well; however we hope you will put it on your calendar now and plan to join us.
Remember:  "The more dirt under your fingernails, the higher your spirits."

Happy Gardening,
Sandra Rocks and the
Saluda Garden Club

Saluda Community Land Trust
The Saluda Community Land Trust is excited to tell you about a couple of new projects that we will be working on this summer.  We are appreciative that both projects are supported by the Polk County Community Foundation.
The first project, also with the endorsement and cooperation of the Saluda City Council is the development of a low impact nature park in Saluda.  The park will be located in the area of the old city dump, which has been capped for many years.  The park will be a low-impact park with walking trails in a beautiful natural wooded landscape with small stream.  Long-range plans include greenways to allow safe walkways to the park.  We will be publishing a "wish list" soon for materials and volunteer jobs that will be needed-such as fencing materials and trail blazing.  Interested?  Give us a call!
The other project that is just in the initial planning stage is another greenway that will provide walking and bike paths through the "Lazy Girl Loop" area of town.
Both projects will be developed in conjunction with the Safe Routes to School program supported by Saluda School and the NC Department of Education to provide more walk and bikeways through town to allow students safe passage to school, and provide both our youth and adult citizens opportunity to move about town without dependence on cars and buses. 
Our mapping project is complete and maps are available for viewing at the SCLT office, city hall and Polk County Community Foundation.  We have also completed the Pacolet River Survey project and that publication is currently being mailed to all residents bordering the North Pacolet River west of Harmon Field.  Additional copies will be available at the Saluda Library, the SCLT office, and PCCF.  Again, we are thankful to the Polk County Community Foundation, and the Bradley Fund for their support of these projects.
Have questions or want to know more about the Saluda Community Land Trust-- "Skillet"?  Go to our website at or call 828-749-1560.  Our next meeting will be on Wednesday, July 15th at the Pavilion at McCreery Park at 3:00.  All interested are invited to join us then.

Saluda Medical Center

 Joe Adams

Thank You Arlene!
The board and staff of the Saluda Medical Center express our appreciation and gratitude for the service Arlene Klippel has given to the Center over the past four years.  Arlene is leaving the board where she most recently served as Secretary.  In addition to performing her duties as a board member, Arlene has been actively volunteering on a weekly basis at the Center, mostly helping with clerical chores.
Arlene and her husband Bill are tireless community volunteers, can be counted on to help plan community get-togethers and fund raisers, and can be seen helping at the Senior Center and Thrifty Barn.  In addition, Arlene has been active in the Saluda Women's Club, currently serving as President.
Thank you Arlene for your hard work!
Annual Board Meeting
Held on June 18th at the Senior Center and attended by many of our citizens, the SMC Annual Board meeting was informative and productive.  First, President Corinne Gerwe presented a Strategic Planning Report which summarized our accomplishments, goals, and visions, then Jay Hahn, known for his involvement with the Senior Center and Saluda Fire & Rescue, presented a Crisis Emergency Plan for the city and surrounding areas.
Those present at the meeting elected John Morgan to fill the seat previous held by Arlene Klippel and elected Dwight Smith and Joyce Wetheral to second terms.  The board also appointed Barbara Hastings as Secretary and Erny Williams as Vice-President.
Introducing .....
As though she needs an introduction, June Taylor, who is now working part time as an internal accountant for the Center but who has quite a history leading up to this position, is well known and well respected in our community.  It can be said that if June moves to a town with an empty bench in front of a church organ, that bench will soon be occupied.
Born and raised in Newberry, SC, June graduated from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, where she married and raised two children, Karl and Kayren.  A love of music, especially piano and organ, has guided June throughout her life and led her to jobs teaching public school music, conducting piano studies, directing church choirs, and playing the organ wherever the family moved throughout the South.
In 1982, June moved to Saluda with her husband Wayne, who grew up here, and soon June became the Director of the Woman, Infant, Children (WIC) program housed at the Medical Center, where she worked until she "retired" in 2007, then stayed on at the Center part time.  It was primarily directing the WIC program that earned June the reputation as a caring and highly organized professional known for her fairness and integrity.
Never neglecting her musical talent, June, as many of you know, is the organist at the Methodist Church.
Correction ...
The Second Annual Masquerade Ball is on Friday, October 30th, the day before Halloween.  Last year, the event was on Halloween night, which conflicted with some of our parents' plans to take their children trick-or-treating.  This year you can attend the Ball on Friday and go trick-or-treating Saturday. Win-win.
October 30st  (Halloween, a Saturday) - Second Annual Masquerade Ball Fund Raiser.

Contact the Saluda Medical Center at 828-749-4411. 
Saluda Community Library
Paul Koenen


Summer Reading Program!

This summer, both Columbus and Saluda locations of the Polk County Public Library are hosting  summer reading programs on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. 
"Be creative @ your library" encourages children to explore the worlds or music, dance, art, crafts and more.
The 2009 Summer Reading Program is open to all children,  with entertaining programs, prize drawings, story hours, craft programs, movie nights and more!  This summer is off to a great start with more than 100 children officially registered to record their reading achievements this summer.
Over 250 kids, parents, grandparents and caregivers have attended the first two shows -  Steve Somers' "Celebrate-Reading! and "Catch A Wave" with Midyette Magic which taught magicianpreschoolers helpful tips on water safety.
of Magician Steve Somers demonstrates the wonder of books at the Saluda Community Library).

Upcoming programs include Grey Seal Puppets production of  "SALSA CINDERELLA" on Wednesday July 1 at 10:30 in Saluda and at 2:00 in Columbus.              
Summer reading programs are a great way to keep kids reading and visiting the library during the months that school is out. Studies show that kids who read during the summer are better prepared for the next grade level in the fall.
For More information contact the library at 894-2784.  All programs are FREE OF CHARGE.
Wednesday, July 1, 10:30 am (PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF DATE)
Grey Seal Puppets Presents..."SALSA CINDERELLA",a fresh look at the story of Cinderella re-told with a south of the border flavor.
Wednesday, July 8, 10:30 am
Let's Dance! Sonja Monts, from Merle's Dance Place will bring along some of her students to demonstrate the seven movements of dance and help audience members create their own dance!
Wednesday, July 15, 10:30 am
"Be Creative" with Chris Baschon.
Wednesday, July 21, 10:30 am
"Stuntology" with Sam Bartlett.This absurd and silly show will have you doing all kinds of zany stunts.
Wednesday, July 29, 10:30 am
Wrap up party.We'll get creative by making "Ice Cream in a Bag"! Lots of other surprises for this Summer Reading finale!

Every Thursday is  Bouncing Babies and Toddlers in Tow at 10:00 am

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 News
  Joe Adams  

      July 2009
 Saluda Elementary School received a $1,300 grant from Polk Community Foundation to help construct a walking trail along the perimeter of the lower field. 
Our school also received a $3,100 Toolbox for Education grant from Lowe's to add flowering bushes and shade trees to the playground area.
A special thanks to Charley Thompson for writing these grants for us!
           Upcoming Events
July 2       Saluda School Library open from 12:30-4:30pm for students to check out books.
July 6-10  School office will be closed.
July 16     Saluda School Library open from 12:30-4:30pm for students to check t out books.
July 23     Saluda School Library open from 12:30-4:30pm for students to check out books.
July 27-31School office will be closed.
Saluda Elementary School's Pre-Kindergarten Program registration for 2009-2010 is still open for children who will be four (4) years of age by August 31, 2009. We are also now accepting applications for 3-year olds. Children must be three (3) years of age by August 31, 2009. If interested, please call (828) 894-3051 for more information.

Looking Ahead . . . 

Bus Driver Class at Polk County Middle School Media Center on July 27, 28 and 29 beginning at 8:30am.  Please call John E. Gibbs at 894-8700 for more information.

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 Rev. Paula C. Morton, Rector
The Rev. Dr. Norma H. Hanson, Vicar
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

Reverend Becky Stanley  
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.
We extend our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of lost members of our Saluda community.
Everette S. Hardin, 73, died Monday, June 8, 2009 at his residence after a brief bout with cancer.
He served as a city commissioner for Saluda and was instrumental in starting Saluda Medical Center. He also served numerous years on the medical center board, and was a mayor pro tem of Saluda for a period of time. 
Wendell R. Ford, 80, of Saluda died Monday, June 22, 2009.   
A. Dwayne Shipman, 43, of Saluda went died June 18, 2009.  
John Wallace Thompson, 91, died Saturday, May 30, 2009.   

Joe Adams

coon dog day bannerSaluda's 46th Annual Coon Dog Day
July 11, 2009 
Special Events
7:00 - 9:30 AM   Coon Dog Day Breakfast at the Saluda Senior Center! Enjoy a plate full of eggs, grits, bacon or sausage, biscuits and gravy to benefit the Saluda Senior Center Price: $10/adults, children under 12: $5
Gentle Hands Grooming will be hosting a Doggie Refreshment Area complete with splashing pools, shady spots and treats! Look for it on Main Street!
Coon Dog Events at the Saluda School Ball Field
1:00 PM      Bench Show ($15.00 entry fee)
3:00 PM      Treeing Contest ($5.00 entry fee)
8:00 PM      Annual Night Hunt ($20.00 entry fee)
On-Stage Entertainment
9:00-9:45 AM     Green River Boys - Our own local Gospel Bluegrass
9:45-10:30 AM    Flaco & Ze Clownettes-Interactive Performance for the whole family
10:30-11:00 AM  Green River Boys - Gospel Bluegrass by our favorite locals
11:00-12:30 AM  Coon Dog Day Parade with paradeMaster of Ceremonies, Hop Foster!!
12:30-1:00 PM    McGuire's Pipe Band  "The Bagpipe Show Band of the South"
from Pensacola, FL, sponsored by Clark & Pam Thompson
1:20 - 3:20 PM     Sound Investment - 60's and 70's Rock and Roll
3:40-5:20 PM      Unspoken Tradition - Taking Bluegrass to the Next Level!
5:40-7:40 PM      Folsom Prison Gang - Music from the Johnny Cash Era
Street Dance
8:00-10:00 PM    Annual Downtown Street Dance on Main St. With the Lonesome Road Band & square dances called by Archie Hardy
Coon Dog Day Royalty Contest
 All parents wishing to enter their children in the Coon Dog Day Royalty Contest may contact Tammy Frisbee at 828-749-9370 or Tangie Ciarvolo at 828-777-9158 to pre-register and to receive information contest rules.
All entries must be residents of the Saluda community.
Queen and King - must be 13-18 years of age
Princess and Prince - must be 6-12 years of age
Baby Princess and Baby Prince - must be from birth to 6 years of age.

What's Happening
purple onionFred 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.
Click here to link to the Purple Onion's July Music Schedule
July 2 ­ Gove Scrivenor
July 4 ­ Darlyne Cain
July 9 ­ Joseph Hasty & Centerpiece Jazz
July 16 ­ Trees Leave
July 18 ­ Deep River
July 23 ­ Ellen Trnka
July 25 ­ Gigi Dover & Big Love
July 30 ­ Jason Ring
Through the summer on Wednesday the Purple Onion will be offering wine tasing.  Starting with Spanish wine tasting on July 1 at 6:30. Reservations will be limited to 24. Richard has chosen 3 whites, one rose and 4 reds from the cooler climates of Spain.  The cost for the event will be $40 and include the eight wines, a selection of tapas to complement those wines, tax and gratuity. If you would like to join us, please email Susan at or call the Purple Onion for reservations at 828-749-1179.

Green River Boys
Joe AdamsThe Green River Boys invite you to Shaffer's Roadside Grill.  They are scheduled to perform July 10 and 24 at 6:00pm.  Check their schedule at Green River Boys.  They will also be performing at Coon Dog Day at 10am.


Joe Adams
Saluda Mountain Jamboree
             "PARTY  WITH  A  BEAT"
                  WELCOMES BACK
                      "THE TAMS"
On Saturday, August 1st, the legendary group, "The Tams" will be back to perform at The Saluda Mountain Jamboree.  This high energy group has been entertaining and thrilling audiences for over 40 years with their timeless tunes.  The masterful musicians of the "14-Karat Gold Band"  will open this performance on the stage at 8:00 pm.   Then Charles Pope, Little Red and the other guys will keep you up and dancing with their famous voices, Carolina Beach Music, and gymnastic dancing!!.  The tickets for this one time performance are $20.00 and will be general admission. Tables of six can be reserved.  Their show has sold out at past bookings, so please get your tickets early.  They will go on sale July 11th.  You can call 828-749-3676 or visit the website: to purchase tickets of get more information.
Remember the date of August 1st. -- the time of 8:00 pm.-- the place of "Party With A Beat" at The Saluda Mountain Jamboree -- and the name "The Mighty Tams"!!
The Jamboree will be closed on Saturday,  July 4th for everyone to enjoy the holiday celebrations- 
July Music Schedule
July 11th--------------------Free Flight
July 18th--------------------Kelly Road
July 25th--------------------Legacy
August 8th ---------------- Kelly Road
August 15th----------------TBA
August 22nd----------------Southern Pointe
August 29th----------------Sound Factory

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.
Joe AdamsThe Wine Cellar at the Saluda Inn                         
Aside from the art, the Wine Cellar features at least 10 wines by the glass and offers a hand picked selection from all over the wine world.  We even have great organic wines.  Wildflour Bakery goods are available for purchase - sweet and savory.  For those who don't drink wine, we carry one beer, from the oldest brewery in the WORLD!  We also serve coffee, cocoa, hot tea and chilled beverages.  Our Wine Cellar has been a popular "secret" spot to stop for a glass of wine by many locals and passers by.
Meet the Artists at The Cellar

Guest artists are there Thursday from 7:00-9:30.  You can view the art on Thursday and Friday after 7:00 pm.  For further information please call 749-9698.
July 2 Fank Beeson and Garry Segal
July 9 Meet the Artist - Merci Weitzen and M Rathsack, Potters
July 16 Meet the Artist - Alex James, Painter
July 23 Meet the Artist - Mary-Bird & Mike Potters 

All events begin at 7:00 PM unless otherwise stated.  Open Friday at 6:00
Sign up for weekly alerts from The Wine Cellar by emailing to and ask to subscribe to the weekly event notices.

Random Arts July Workshops
Closed July 1st through 13th
Fri. July 17th - Meandering book with Jane 1-4
Sat. July 18th - Fabric Wall Hanging Carol Sloan
Thurs. July 23rd - Easy Strip Cards 1-3
Fri. July 24th - Learn to Solder Slides 1-3
Thurs. July 30th - Jen's Eyelet Bound Book 10-4
Fri. July 31st - Free Friday Play Day 10-4

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

"Art Trek Tryon" in July! Mark Your Calendar Now!
During the weekend of July 25 and 26th, there will be a foothills open studio event called "Art Trek Tryon", featuring about 40 artists from the foothills area, including FOURTEEN of our very own Saluda artists! The event will take place in Saluda, Tryon, Columbus, and Landrum from 10-6 Saturday, July 25, and from 12-6 on Sunday, July 26. A preview party highlighting an exhibit of all participating artists' work will be held at the Upstairs Artspace, 49 South Trade Street, Tryon on July 24 from 5-8 to kick the art-filled weekend off. The exhibit will run through September 5th at the Upstairs. You are invited!

Saluda artists featured include: Jim Carson, Dave Prudhomme, Mark Gardner, Beverly Pickard, Bill and Anne Jameson, John Waddill, Stoney Lamar, Jim Shackelford, Karen Johnson, Bill Ryan, Bonnie Bardos, Dale McEntire, and Kelly McCullough.

It is hoped to make this a yearly event, with even more participating artists and sponsors next year! A  full color brochure and map listing artists and sponsoring businesses will be available in July at many area businesses, the visitor center, welcome center, and the Upstairs Artspace.
Jim Carson Show At Wickwire GalleryJoe Adams
Local Saluda artist, Jim Carson will be featured in a show at Wickwire Gallery in Hendersonville from July 3-31. The show is entitled "F-Stop to Visual Perspective." Photographer, John Smith, from Hendersonville and Jim will present their unique interpretation of the local landscape. ( John by photography and Jim by his "plein air" landscapes in oil.) The show offers an interesting juxtaposition from the camera's view of the landscape to the artist's canvas. An opening reception to meet the artists will be held on Friday night, July 3 at Wickwire Gallery, from 6-9 PM.

Jim Carson Outdoor Painting Workshop   Local artist Jim Carson will hold two "plein air" oil and acrylic workshops, entitled "Painting Fast And Loose/ Eliminating The Unnecessary" in Saluda, N.C. on Friday -Saturday, September 18-20 and Thursday -Saturday, October 22-24.
hollowPablo Picasso said that "art is the elimination of the unnecessary." The focus of these workshops will be to attempt to master that principal. The workshops will be held at different outdoor locations each day, and feature demonstrations by the artist and critiques of the student's work at the end of each day. The workshops will focus on simplifying large shapes and applying paint quickly and confidently, with posteran emphasis on color harmony, painterly marks and composition. 
The cost of the workshop includes a "get acquainted" gathering at Carson's studio on Thursday night, September 17, for the September workshop, and Wed. night, Oct.21, for the Oct. workshop. Also included is a tasty catered lunch brought to the painting site each day by The Saluda Grade Café. 
Jim is represented locally in Hendersonville by Wickwire Gallery and has a show there July 3-31, with an opening reception on Friday night, July 3 from 6-9 PM.

For more information, visit or call 828-749-3702.

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.
July 11-12 Silversmithing with Molly Sharp
July 11-12 Fabulous Forged Handles with Bill Crowell & Walt Myers
July 18 Argentium Silver Fusing with Charlotte Caughman
July 25-26 Silk Painting with Christine Mariotti
As always, the early bird gets the worm, so sign up soon!

Joe AdamsCurtis Wright Outfitters Fly Fishing  
Classroom sessions with an overview of fly fishing equipment, trout species, habitat, entomology, knot-tying, casting and reading the water.
" Casting instruction session
" Introduction to Fly Tying session
" On-stream fly fishing session
All equipment, materials and lunch provided. 1 instructor to 3 students ratio maximum.
2009 dates: September 5th, October 10th.Cost is $175/person.  Contact Curtis Wright at 828-877-450-3474 or visit their web site to sign up for a class.

Summer Tracks at Roger's Park in Tryon has started the summer series.  Concerts are Friday nights at 7pm.
July 10  Jackson Crossing (rock, blues), Mike Federal (blues)
July 24  Scoot Pittman Trio (blues, Americana), 
Fayssoux McLean (Americana)             
August 7 Delta Moon (swampy blues), Brian Ashley Jones (Americana)
August 21 Sol Driven Train (opening set will be their children's show, followed by their mix of 
world beat and funk)
Sept. 4 The Work (rock, jazz, funk) 

Summer Exhibition
July 10- September 8 
The Paintings of Marguerite Hankins and Chris Rutigliano
The Saluda Senior Center is honored to present the artwork of two painters, Marguerite Hankins, Saluda resident and Chris Rutigliano of Mt. Pleasant, SC. 
hankins watermeloHankins pursued her love of art and design while at Stephens College and later at the Pratt Institute. After a career as a fashion designer in New York, she returned to painting . Her work is inspired by old photographs and is challenged by bringing their details to life, capturing the fabric and design of old clothing, period costumes and figures in landscape. Her work extends to her gifted portraits and still lifes. Hankins has returned to her rural roots, physically and through her nostalgic paintings, dividing her time between Saluda and Arizona. Her work is collected nationally.
Rutigliano,moved to the Charleston area 14 years ago and returned to painting which had been an early passion. She attributes her renewal in art to the influence of the art community and numerous galleries in the area. Her professional career began about five years ago and her work is characterized by light,texture and drama, whether in paintings of bright colorful birds, bears, horses or landscapes. Rutigliano's paintings can be found in private and corporate collections from coast to coast. 
Please join us at a Reception for the Artists on Friday evening, July 31, 5:30-7:30PM at the Saluda Senior Center, 64 Greenville Street  or visit this exhibit during regular Senior Center weekday hours. For more information please call 828-749-9245. 

Art Clues

Hints for Creating and Enjoying Art


Beverly is taking the summer off and Art Clues will return in the fall.
Beverly Bowden Pickard
Saluda Fine Arts
Saluda NC 28773
The Miracle
author, Joe Adams

Joe Adams

I've been looking for a miracle ever since I heard the word.  Waiting; watching.  Of course I was waiting for something big like the parting of The Red Sea.  Or, at least the parting of Lake Sheila at the back of my house.
You can imagine how excited I became as a twelve year old boy when an Evangelist showed up for a revival series at the Four Square Gospel Church in my tiny little home town.  (How tiny, you might ask.  Tiny.  We had a courthouse in the town square.  But we only had buildings on four sides of the square.  Cows were grazing on the other sides.)
The preacher didn't say he was going to perform a miracle.  He simply promised that if we showed up every night that on Saturday night he would "show us something that we had never seen before.  And once we saw it, we would never see it again."
Maybe it was just my overactive imagination but that sounded like a miracle to me.  The first night of the revival, I rushed home on my bicycle yelling as I went: "Miracle coming!
Miracle coming!"  I told my Mom about it; she told the neighbors; the neighbors told more neighbors.  (Remember, this was in the days before e-mail.)
Every night the church was packed with people ... and the collection plates overflowed with money.  On Saturday night, it was standing room only at the church.  Everyone's face was filled with anticipation of the miracle to come.  Finally the preacher was finished with his sermon and said:  "I promised if you came faithfully all week that I would show you something you have never seen before and, once I did, you would never see it again."
I poked my Momma and whispered: "Here it comes.  The Miracle."  We all leaned forward in our pews.  The preacher reached in a bag, pulled out an unshelled peanut and held it in the air.
"Anybody ever seen this peanut before?" he asked.
We all shook our heads in the negative and said "no, preacher."
He opened the peanut and took out two goobers ... again he asked, "Anybody ever seen these goobers?"  We answered "no."  With that, he tossed the two goobers in his mouth, chewed them and swallowed.
"Well you're never going to see them again."
We were astonished into silence.  Not at the so-called miracle but at the audacity of this man of the cloth hood-winking us like he did.  But we weren't silent for long.  I think I was the first one to start booing.  Then we stomped our feet.  People up close threw hymnals at him.  Someone else yelled out, "Let's tar and feather him!"  And if we had any hot tar and a few un-plucked chickens, we probably would have.
The preacher rushed to his car in an effort to make a quick exit.  And it's a good thing he did because the KKK rallied and rode that night.  It was the first time they ever burned a cross over a preacher eating a peanut.
Beware of preachers promising miracles.  Especially, if they have a bag of peanuts with them.

BUTTER BEANS FOR THE SOUL, a funny book by Joe Adams about growing up in the South is available at the Pace General Store in Saluda.

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Saluda Scoop
The latest news and the unusual offerings provided by Saluda shops, restaurants, artists, and craftspeople
tim bellTim Bell Designs local furniture and cabinet maker, was featured in House Beautiful for his work in a Birmingham, Alabama house.   Tim's modern rustic furniture can be seen at Green River Adventures in Saluda, Diamond Brand Outdoors in Arden, and Pinnacle Falls/Bright's Creek Sales office in downtown Hendersonville. See Tim's designs and furniture at Tim Bell Designs.
Joe AdamsSalamander July special!  Mention Saluda Lifestyles and get a whopping 20% off Whelan pottery.  These highly regarded Southern Highland Craft Guild potters create raku pots which, though unglazed, have amazing colors and patterns -- made in North Carolina.
Visit Salamander soon for books, wine, jewelry and more.  Located at 7 West Main St. Saluda.  828-749-3466.
Joe AdamsEXCITING NEWS!   Manna Cabanna will have fresh, wild-caught shrimp arriving from Edisto, SC, each Wednesday and Saturday while supply lasts! This shrimp has not been treated in preservative brine and flash frozen.  It will be hours old each day it is sold, Wednesdays and Saturdays, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and will be available while supply lasts.  
Come out and support regional, wild-caught shrimp!  We are particularly pleased to offer fresh shrimp in partnership with Jamie Smoak, known for his Saluda fresh-caught shrimp distributorship over the years! 

Think how much more enjoyable your time would be in your "getaway" if you didn't have to open, close,  clean and be tied down with repairs and general maintenance to your home. Cottage Caretakers is your solution!!  We'll open your home, freshen it for your arrival so you can enjoy your time and RELAX!  We'll clean up after you leave and even do the laundry.  We have basic fees or can tailor a plan specific to your needs.   Services include: Caretaker Services, Cleaning Services, Yard Maintenance, Repairs/General Maintenance, Laundry Service, Window Washing, Shopping Service
David & Susan Berry
1560 Thompson Road
PO Box 696
Saluda, NC  28773
828.850.2595-Susan cell
828.850.1046-David cell 
carolines new sign
CAROLINE'S ON MAIN At Caroline's On Main (now OFF Main), our new WAREHOUSE SALE ROOM across the lobby from the main store has been a HIT with those who have trekked on up the hill. We have enlarged it and added lots of new merchandise which is ever-changing, so you will want to be sure to check out these 50% to 75% savings off original retail prices!
In the main store we have just received a new shipment of Judith Cheney Saluda t-shirts. Also just in are new designs of Silver Forest of Vermont® earrings and Spirit® sterling silver earrings. We've added more party supplies to the coordinated plates, napkins, cups and utensils, with below retail pricing on these, as well as wooden skewers for your kabobs and cellophane gift bags for your party plates.
As the Dog Days of Summer have arrived a little early, why not follow the Cullipher Street sidewalk on up the hill beside Macon Bank and visit us for a cool, quiet and leisurely shopping experience (or just stop by and say Hello!)? Look for the OPEN flag. We look forward to seeing you soon! Caroline
Green River Hair Studio
Owner/Stylist, Robert J. Hernandez, is introducing a summer special that includes barber cuts for $8.00, ladies roller set and style for $12.00 and partial foil highlights starting at $35.00.  Hours:  Mon-Fri: 10-6     Sat. : 10-2  Walk ins are welcome!  828-749-3744. 27 Pearson Falls Rd. (Nostalgia Courtyard), Saluda, NC.
Random Arts Sale continues in the "back room" Don't miss out on the bargains,
They're walking out with big bargains, like half priced, brand new stamp pads, 1/2 price books that are good as new, fibers, ribbons, papers, inks, chalks, distress inks and pads, miscellaneous embellishments, pasta machines, furniture, paper racks, handmade papers. All reduced to amazingly low prices!!! Customers are walking out with baskets of goodies
all day long and there is still so much left. Like fabric? how about a whole box for $5.00? That's just a sampling of what you might find. Cuddle Bug dies? Oh yes. Map o' the world? Yes again. Handmade papers?  Yes again! Brand new Japanese book cloth packaged and ready to go. Need some containers? we have them!  Hurry while there is still a good selection.
Crowing from the Old Chicken House
All of us at the Old Chicken House express much appreciation to those in our community who have supported our art and wreath sales. You have inspired and encouraged us toward our future venture to be announced as plans progress.
The Old Chicken House will be closed July 1-4.  Sales will resume and will continue throughout the month following the 4th of July week-end.  Open every Friday and whenever our signs are out.  Please contact us at 828-749-9718.  Thanks and come see us!

City Notes

Joe Adams

Keep up to date with city news at City of Saluda's website.
Saluda' s Orchard Inn Chef Launches Internet-Based Business
Orchard Inn Chef, Robert Thompson, is excited to announce the start-up of CarolinaCrabcakes.Com, an Internet-based company that delivers gourmet crab cakes crab cakesovernight to anywhere in the nation. The concept for this company grew from the consistent praise Robert has received for his delectable crab cakes. "People kept asking me how they could get more of them and if I would mail them to their homes," Robert explained. Click here to view the new site, and see how easy it is to try the best crab cakes you've ever tasted!
"Outstanding crab cakes!! They were so fresh and the seasonings were melt-in-your-mouth perfect. The preparation instructions were easy to follow, too -- even for a novice cook. We will be repeat customers many times over!"
Gina and Robbie Hull (Charleston, SC)
Saluda Tailgate Market
Fridays 4:30-6:30
July 3-Oct 30 2009
Eat Fresh! Eat Local!crab cakes
The Saluda Business Association and Polk County Agricultural Economic Development are sponsoring a tailgate market in Saluda to provide the community with the highest quality agricultural products grown in Polk and Henderson Counties. Join us Friday afternoons from 4:30-6:30 in the new city parking lot on the west end of town for fresh, local products. Visit your neighbors, get ready for weekend entertaining and good eating, and support your local growers all in one afternoon! Interested vendors can access regulations and an application on or and mail to:  SBA, PO Box 1085, Saluda NC 28773 or call any of the committee members listed below.
Beth Carson 828-749-1118
Shelley DeKay 828-749-9365
Carol Lynn Jackson, Manna Cabana
Walter Hoover, 828-749-5846
Judy Ward  828-749-1349
William Jameson Featured in "American Artist" Magazine
William Jameson, nationally known contemporary landscape painter who also conducts painting workshops in the Carolinas, Maine, Mexico and Italy, is featured in the current issue of American Artist's Workshop Magazine. The summer issue details Jameson's recent plein air workshop at Seabrook Island, SC. 
To learn more about his upcoming workshop offerings: Saluda Summer Weekends, Maine in September and next February's trip to colonial San Miguel de Allende, Mexico please visit or call (828)749-3101. Jameson offers one to one instruction for beginner to advanced and early registration is suggested for any of the workshops as these popular classes are limited in size.
Jameson's work is in the permanent collection of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans and other prominent collections.  He is represented regionally by Gallery Minerva, Asheville, Irene Morrah Fine Art, Greenville, S.C., Shain Gallery in Charlotte and Collette Fine Art in Highlands.  Jameson and his wife, Anne, live and paint in Saluda.

Date Set for Town BBQ

Plans are underway for the Town BBQ scheduled for September 12, 2009. 
Donations and volunteers are needed.  If you are interested in being part of the planning or want to contribute, please contact Judy Ward at 828-749-1349 or
This town BBQ was started by Charlie Ward many years ago to thank the residents of Saluda for patronizing his store.  Charlie passed away last August 1. This event has become a town tradition organized and funded by Saluda citizens for Saluda citizens.  It truly has become a symbol of Charlie's gift of giving. 
Sculpturama 2099
12TH BIENNIAL, Tryon Painters & Sculptors JURIED SHOW
September 13 - October 24, 2009
SCULPTURAMA 2008 was such a phenomenal success that we were urged to offer the event again this year.  Artists from all over the Southeast juried into SCULPTURAMA 2008 entered 90 wood, clay, metal, found objects, fabric, stone and mixed media sculptures. This year we are offering an even greater incentive for sculptors to enter the show.  ALL entries will be available for sale during our Bonus Market Day event, Friday, September 4th from 10 am to 7 pm in Gallery One & the Mural Room at the Tryon Fine Arts Center (TFAC).
Collectors, Market Day will be a fine opportunity for you to have the first chance to purchase one-of-a-kind works of art from established as well as emerging artisans. 
Sculptors, Market Day means one additional sale day to show your work to the public. 
All entries will be for sale (unless marked NFS - not for sale), whether juried into SCULPTURAMA 2009 or not.  Entries not juried into the Show will be available for the buyer to take with them on Market Day.  All pieces juried into the Show will be available to the buyer to take with them on October 27th at the close of the SCULPTURAMA 2009 exhibit.
SCULPTURAMA 2009 is made available and supported in part by the Tryon Fine Arts Center with funds from the Grassroots Arts Program of the NC Arts Council, a state agency and from a grant from the Arthur M. and Frances H. Wilhelm Fund at the Polk County Community Foundation.
Market Day and SCULPTURAMA 2009 will be held at the Tryon Fine Arts Center, 34 Melrose Avenue, Tryon, North Carolina.  Call for Entries forms and further information is available at our website, or contact Susie Welsh, 828-749-3900, or email:
Holy Eucharist to Celebrate Independence Day
On Sunday, July 5th, at 10:30 am, The Church of the Transfiguration will celebrate the anniversary of our Nation's independence with a festival service of Holy Eucharist. The prelude, beginning at 10:15 am, will be Musick of the Fife and Drum-Revolutionary War tunes compiled by the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. The fife and drums will also be used to enhance our many patriotic hymns as well as Irving Berlin's God Bless America, which will be sung by the choir. Please join us for our Independence Day festivities. The Church is located at 72 Charles St in Saluda.
A Morning Walk
Submitted by: Cindy Stephenson Tuttle
Even before arriving in Saluda for the weekend, I began thinking about the path I would take for my morning walks. Since I am not quite used to the ups and downs of the hills, I wasn't sure if I wanted to tackle the largest hill first or save it until the end. The weekend finally arrived and I was able to go on a morning trek around town. As I began, I became overwhelmed with this sense of gratitude and the feeling of being where I was supposed to be in that moment in time - home. My thoughts raced as my steps quickened. It may have taken me fifty years to get back here, but here I was. Let me preface this by explaining that I just turned fifty this past September but, somehow I have always known Saluda is where I want to be and knew it even as a young child. Though I only lived here briefly when I was a young child with my parents, I was lucky enough to spend many summers, weekends and holidays in Saluda visiting my grandparents and other Saluda relatives and friends. My ancestral roots go very deep in this small quaint town, even as far back as the late 1700's. Over the years I could almost hear my ancestors calling me to come back home. They almost shouted when I would visit, urging me to acknowledge them.
On this particular day, I started my walk from our cottage located on Louisiana Avenue, with a decision made to save the big hill for last. Proceeding across and left onto Ozone Drive, I took a right on Main Street to walk up the hill past Saluda School. The steep hill leading up to the front door of the old school was lit up with a profusion of orange daylilies. My mind raced back to the stories my father told of going through all twelve grades at this school. I thought of the pictures that I have of him during his school days, including those of his high school graduation standing on the very steps I was gazing at. My father, Joseph Raymond Stephenson, Jr. (most called him Joe), had shared with me many stories of his days growing up in Saluda. I thought about my grandmother Kathleen Garren Stephenson Jelley, who had taught at the Saluda School for many years. The joke was you might have Mrs. Stephenson in the first, second and third grades since there were only so many teachers for so few students. Though my father and grandmother are no longer with me in body they were indeed with me in spirit this particular morning. The morning was perfect for a pleasant walk. Evidence of recent rains marked my surroundings. A gentle breeze stirred up the scent of damp pungent earth. The aroma was familiar and one of many that I had longed to experience again.
Please click here to read the rest of the story and see pictures of the Esso station and Cindy's grandfather. 
I hope to be able to share with you in the future more detailed accounts of these individuals and places through stories that have been shared with me by my Saluda relatives, through my memories and through other sources. I welcome you to consider sharing with me any information, pictures or records that you may have about anyone or anything mentioned in this article so that I can consider sharing it with others in future articles. Please email me at
Camp Artrageous
Camp Artrageous seeks to empower children and foster their sense of self through exploration of the artistic process.
Children that are serious about developing their creativity and artistic talents are welcome.  The camp is open to students from 2nd to 8th grade.
We will explore drawing, painting and sculpture.  In all activities, we will honor the environment and strive to use recyclable materials to make arts.
9:00 to 12:00
At the home of Art Instructor, Katha Underwood
68 Summers Drive (located 1/2 mile from downtown Saluda)
Fee is $69
Art Camp is limited to 10 students.
Call 828-749-2468 to register or to ask questions. 


As the summer heats up Saluda is readying for its biggest event of the year, Coon Dog Day ... and yes, there are a lot of dogs here that day! Thanks for your support and we invite you to visit Saluda this summer and enjoy days gone by.   All past Saluda Lifestyles are archived on the Saluda Lifestyles website.
Cathy Jackson,
Cathy Jackson Realty