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Where Time Stands Still
August 1, 2009

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In This Issue
Remembering Charlie Ward
Real Estate in Saluda
The Women's Club of Saluda
Senior Center News
Meetings to Remember
Saluda Garden Club
Saluda Community Land Trust
Saluda Medical Center
Reception for Vikki
Saluda Library
Saluda School
Saluda Church Services
Saluda Classifieds
Town BBQ
Golf Cart Raffle
Sculpturama 2009
This & That
Buy Local
Summer Time
What's Happening
Art Clues
Momma's Doughnut Hole-by Joe Adams
Saluda Scoop
City News
Senior Center Fund Raiser
Saluda Tailgate Market
Tailgate Market's Satisfied Customer
Independence Day
Vintage Saluda
Welcome New Agent
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

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Joe Adams
Custom Built Log Home

Beautiful custom built log home with many quality features including hardwood floors, granite countertops, Anderson windows and juccuzi tub. Rocking chair porch on the front and large back deck overlooking private yard. 3 BR, 3 BA, 2420 SF, 1 ac, 2-car garage, partially finished basement.  Offered at $425,000 MLS#445169
With real estate making that turn up from the bottom, NOW is a great time to buy in Western NC.
Here's a list of properties that are priced to sell.  Click on the link to see pictures and listing sheet.
MLS#416933  $220,000
MLS#424213  $299,000
MLS#432737  $349,000
MLS#438115  $349,900
         Land Listings

Rare Waterfront Property at Lake Sheila Just Reduced to $165,000 MLS#432709  
Little Warrior Estates 1 to 2 ac Lots Prices from $42,000 to $60,000
2 acre lot in Riversound off Green River Cove Road across from the Fishtop Access area.  MLS#446159 $55,000
Search All Featured Land Listings at
In Loving Memory
Joe Adams
Charlie Ward passed away one year ago August 1, 2008.  Charlie's stories are still being told and his loving and caring spirit lives on in those he left behind.
Real Estate in Saluda
saluda real estateAs we start the last half of 2009, the real estate market in Saluda is starting to see an upward swing in property sales.  This is evidenced by more inquiries and showings of properties and pending sales. 
To date, seven single-family residential properties have sold and eight land/lot properties sold.  That is a 30% decrease in residential sales and a 50% decrease in land/lot sales from this same time in 2008.
Three residential properties are under contract in Saluda and one parcel of land is under contract. 
Market inventory includes approximately 72 residential properties including those For Sale By Owner.  108 land/lots are for sale. 
The "Saluda Real Estate Market Trend Report" comparing Saluda real estate market to Henderson and Polk County will be available to download at by August 15.
Women's Club Meeting
The Women's Club of Saluda will be meeting Tuesday, August 11 at the Saluda Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall.  Our program will be "Guess Who."  Please bring a picture of yourself at your high school graduation or about that time in your life. There will be fun, prizes, and many laughs. Members please try to attend and invite a guest.  If you are new to the area we always welcome guests. 
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!
Mon. Aug. 17 @ 1pm, Centennial News w/ Charlene Pace.
Wed. Aug. 05 & 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. (5) The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, (12) Secondhand Lions, (19) Maid in Manhattan and (26) Patch Adams. Popcorn and drinks available for $.50 each.
Thurs. (13) Travel w/Bill Klippel, "Visions of England", @ 1pm
Thurs. Aug. 27 @ 6pm, Potluck dinner and tribute to John T. Coates.
Fri. is Game Day from 10am-2pm, Trash train, Scrabble, Sudoku, etc.
Fri Aug.21 @ 6pm, Cookout and Beach music.
Fri. morning Chair exercise has been changed from 10:00am to 9:00am
Marguerite Hankins and Chris Rutiglianos' art work  will continue to be on display 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.
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.
Saluda Community Land Trust meets the first and third Wednesday at 3 at the meeting room at the Pavillon at McCreery Pak. The only meeting in August will be the 19th. For information please call Betsy Burdett at 828-749-2161.
Saluda Garden Club
Here we are halfway through the growing season for this year and I feel as if I am still getting started.  However, it's never too late to learn even if we have to "save" it for next year.  For some of us, myself included, "saving it" means permanently recording whatever "it" is on a large, immovable object in a place too prominent to overlook.  For even more emphasis, lightly tripping over it on occasion helps as well.
Always struggling to keep in mind how much sun goes with various definitions of shade, I recently came across an article on that very subject and I am cutting it out and attaching it to a large immovable object so I won't forget.  And if you need help remembering, here's your chance.
Light shade:  2 - 4 hours of shade during the day.  Usually full sun plants can tolerate light shade.
Part shade:  Sun plants can also tolerate perhaps as much as 4-5 hours per day, but  probably won't bloom as well.
Filtered shade:  Very much like light shade, these locations are usually around
trees such as birch or ash with foliage that is not too dense allowing some sunlight to the area all day.
Full shade - This shade never gets any direct sun during the day.  Obviously only those plants requiring no sun will prevail.
Now the real job is to learn where those places are in your gardens, which means getting into the details of when the sun is where and how long it's there and what time of day it moves from point A to point B.  That means, of course, another permanent recording on a large immovable object in a place too prominent to overlook ...
Last but not least, a few tips for this month:  To improve your compost use flexible netting slightly larger than your wheelbarrow.  Lay over the wheelbarrow and shovel in compost.  Gather up corners and shake it.  The larger pieces that are left in the net can be returned to your compost pile for further decomposition.
If you are like most of us, having to take off garden shoes to run into the house to answer the phone or for any other reason is a real nuisance.  To remedy this nuisance, try using large shower caps to slip your shoe (with foot attached) into for a quick dash into the house, without taking part of the garden with you. Another option is to get coverups from a medical supply store to accomplish the same thing.
The August meeting will be, once again, the third Monday of the month, the 17th, meeting in the library-church parking lot on Main for an adventure to the Arboretum.  You know you are welcome; we hope you will come!

Happy Gardening,
Sandra Rocks and the
Saluda Garden Club

Saluda Community Land Trust

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, August 19th at the Pavilion at McCreery Park at 3:00.  All interested are invited to join us then.

Saluda Medical Center

 Joe Adams
Goodbye Vikki - We wish you the best!
How many Physician Assistants do you know who are also Dental Hygienists and Interpreters in American Sign Language?  Vikki Mollette is all of those plus a wife and mother, not to mention an owner with her husband Beryl for seventeen years of two assisted living centers for the mentally challenged.  Now that's quite a variety of professional specialties.
Born and raised in Lake Orion, Michigan, Vikki left her hometown after high school to attend Coastal Carolina College where she graduated with a degree in Dental Hygiene then returned to Michigan with Beryl to practice her profession.
For twelve years she worked as a dental hygienist, moving with Beryl, then in the Marine Corp, to wherever his assignments took him.  (Almost everywhere that is; she didn't travel with him for Operation Desert Storm.) Looking for a career change, Vikki enrolled in and graduated from Stanford University School of Medicine as a Nationally Board Certified Physician Assistant (PA-C).  Her focus on Endocrinology was shaped at Stanford while she interned under the supervision of an Internal Medicine Physician and specialist in herbology.  After graduating from Stanford, Vikki moved with her family to Columbus, NC and began her work as a medical provider at The Saluda Medical Center.
But returning to the past for a moment, as a teenage lifeguard, Vikki was inspired by another lifeguard who was using sign language to communicate with a third guard who was deaf.  Vikki learned to converse in sign language at the pool, then went on to receive formal instruction and has worked as an interpreter in various setting including one in California which helped pay her medical school expenses.
Along the way Vikki and Beryl became parents of two children, Ryan, now age thirteen and an honor student at Polk Middle School and Grace, now eight years old and a student (and clogger) at Saluda Elementary School. 
An avid sports fan (go Red Wing!) Vikki grew up with volleyball and softball in her veins, loves gardening and traveling, and is proud of her membership in the State Medical Assistance Team, a mobile operation which is prepared to respond quickly to crises and national disasters like the ice storm that hit Kentucky this past February.
Vikki's last day at the Center will be August 10th, and she will be missed.  She will carry with her to another practice the reputation she earned at the Center as a conscientious, caring, and knowledgeable medical provider.  She will be joining Rutherford Internal Medicine Associates in Forest City where she will be the only Physician Assistant among a staff of Medical Doctors.  Vikki, we bid you farewell and wish you good luck in this next chapter of your professional career.
New Website
We invite you to visit our new website at 
Mark Your Calendar
... and look for an announcement in the September issue of Lifestyles about the Second Annual Masquerade Ball Fundraiser on Friday, October 30th.
Contact the Saluda Medical Center at 828-749-4411. 
Reception for
Vikki Mollette
A community reception for Vikki Mollette will be held Sunday August 9th from 2-4 PM at the Saluda Fire & Rescue Facility. Vikki's friends and patients are invited to drop by and thank her for her professional care and contributions while at the Saluda Medical Center. Please direct questions to Bob or Linda Bailey at 828-749-1584.
Saluda Community Library
Paul Koenen



Creative Hula Hooping at the Saluda Community Library
A beautiful summer afternoon on a cool green hillside in Saluda.  Bright rings of color rolled down the hill, chased by squealing children.
It was the perfect setting for Miss Mel,  from Asheville Hoops, to visited the Saluda Community Library recently to show kids the fun and exercise they could have hula hooping!
hoola hoops
Kids tried lots of their own moves, individually and in group activities, and saw an amazing demonstration of Miss Mel's hula hoop skills!
"Be Creative - with Hula Hoops!" was part of the Polk County Public Library's Summer Reading Program, funded by a grant from the Polk County Community Foundation and the Saluda Community Fund.
(PHOTO CAP:  Roaring lions make their way safely through hula hoops of imaginary fire!)

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  

        August Events 


It's the time of year when many of you shop for supplies for the new school year!  Classroom supply lists are located on the school website (  Scroll down to the link below the wildcat wearing sunglasses and click on the attachment.



Plan to join us on Thursday, Aug. 20 at 6:00pm in the auditorium.  We will have a brief meeting and then students will visit their classrooms.



Students are to return to school on Tuesday, August 25.  Students should be in their classrooms ready to begin class by 8:10am.

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.
Loftis Howard Thompson, "Cub," 63, of Saluda, passed away Sunday, July 19, 2009. 
H. B. Alexander, 80, of Saluda, died Friday morning, July 17, 2009.
Mary Elizabeth Lingel of Saluda, 68 passed away on July 7, 2009.

Date Set for Town BBQ

bbq banner

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:
This and That!
"A Tale of a Bootlegger" debut at the Saluda Inn Wine Cellar on July 17, 2009.  A lot of the movie was filmed in downtown Saluda and is a comedy about a small-town sheriff trying to catch and jail a sly bootlegger in a small mountain town.  The movie won awards at film festivals.  Movies can be purchased at the Wine Cellar for $20.
Congratulations Ty Underwood for scoring a never achieved before 5 out of 5 on the Advanced Placement (AP) art exam at Polk County High School. Ty is the son of Gary and Katha Underwood of Saluda.
Clark Thompson thought Lifestyles subscribers might be interested in reading a letter from Retired Navy Captain Jerry Crumly, one of the McGuire's Pipe and Drum members.  Captain Crumly is very complimentary about the Coon Dog Day Celebration and Saluda hospitality in general. Please click here to read the letter.

Joe Adams

Good Ole' Summer Time
You know we are deep into summer when Kudzu hugs the roadsides with tendrils reaching for the other side, when Joe Pye weed stands tall alluring butterflies to the mauve-colored blossoms. When road-side signs leaning a little cock eyed offer "Corn or Tomatoes For Sale."  
This summer reminds me of the good ole summer days when 80 degrees is the normal high.  Nights are so cool sleeping with an open window is a common practice.
Go out and listen to the songs of summer?  A symphony of sounds are playing all day and all night.  The orchestra of katydids, cicadas, grasshoppers, crickets, bees, beetles, and birds strum their music of summer. 
The most amazing thing, though, is that you can actually hear summer in Saluda!
What's Happening
purple onionFred Whiskin is still recovering from an elbow injury and soon will play again 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 August Music Schedule
August 1 - Marjorie Thompson. Hard to believe this biology professor from Brown can play the blues so well but it is true.
August 6
- Mitch Barrett. Great Kentucky singer/songwriter is back.
August 8 - Menage. Their many fans should mark their calendars for this Asheville group's return.
August 13 - Vendetta Crème & Aaron Price. Cabaret music at its finest returns.
August 15
- Uncle Mountain Band. Infectious music from this returning group from Boone.
August 20 - Diane Durrett. From Atlanta a singer/songwriter who Sting says is "She's good. Damn good."
August 22 - Trent Wagler & The Steel Wheels. Original Americana roots music band here for the first time.
August 27
- Garry Segal. Soulful singing, acoustic guitar and harmonica from a local favorite.
August 29 - Drovers Old Time Medicine Show. This bluegrass band has been here so often that they are like family. 

Music schedule compliments of Robert Seiler.
Through the summer on Wednesday the Purple Onion will be offering wine tasing.  Reservations will be limited to 24. 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 August 7 and 21 at 6:00pm.  Check their schedule at Green River Boys. 

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"!!
August 8th ---------------- Kelly Road
August 15th----------------TBA
August 22nd----------------Southern Pointe
August 29th----------------Sound Factory
September 5th--------------Tuxedo Junction
September 12th-------------Kelly Road
September 19th-------------TBA
September 26th-------------Southern Pointe

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                         
Meet the Artists at The Cellar

The Wine Cellar is excited to be almost a year old!  We have evolved into a "Wine and Art" hang out!  For those of you who are into the "social scene," Thursdays are the night to come out and meet the locals.  Friday is our low-keyed more intimate "coffeehouse" style crowd.  The Wildflour Bakery continues to please our guests with great snacks with a local flair.  The wine selection continues to surprise wine lovers with the variety and the "value." We have just added a chocolate plate to our menu - chocolate and wine are a match made in Saluda!   BOOK CLUB - everyone has one it seems, but how would you like to finish the book with a reading from the writer???  The first one approaches so get reading!  We look forward to seeing you this month! 
August 6 - Acoustic Guitarist,  Anna Douglass, singer-songwriter has been compared to Nora Jones in her style.
August 13 - Our first book club meeting!!!  Our neighbor and local writer, Wilmot Irvin will be reading from his books Jacks Passage which is his newest release and There is a River which is "closest to his heart."  These books can be purchased at Paces' store and at  Buy them, read them and get them signed by the author himself.
August 20 - Local award winning photographer, Chris Talbot will be teaming up with singer, songwriter Bently Adair Andrews to bring you a night of artistic talent. 
August 27 - Multi-media collage artist, Amy Beeson will be showing some of her beautiful work.  Amy's art captures her great personality, good sense of humor and wit as well as the artistic side I just learned about! 

All events begin at 7:00 PM unless otherwise stated.  Open Friday at 6:00
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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.
Mary Brummett, an impressionist painter who is a resident of Saluda, will be the featured artist at Wickwire Gallery on Main St. in Hendersonville for the month of August.  Her show "Color Notes" will open on the evening of Friday, Aug 7 from 6 to 9 pm.  Mary's landscape and still life oil paintings have been available exclusively at Wickwire since 2002. 
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.
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) 
Happenings at the Tryon Fine Arts Center
34 Melrose Ave, Tryon, NC 28782
Tryon Painters & Sculptors presents an Introduction to Chinese Brush Painting Workshop with Christine Mariotti on August 28th and 29th from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm each day. Fee: $125, TPS members $100.  For registration and information call: 828-863-2214 or email:
Gary Page Exhibit in Gallery 1 August 2 through August 28 with a reception on August 2 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Watercolorist, Gary Page, was born in Tryon, NC where his interest in art began at a  very young age.  After studying art in the late 1960¹s under artist, Karl Lohse, Gary decided on a career in commercial art and enrolled at the Famous Art School in Westport Connecticut in the early 70s.

During Gary's early years as an artist, he was creating drawings and was painting
in oil, however today he works entirely in watercolor.  He draws on subject matter from everyday life, historic buildings and homes that are found in his native region.

"My art reflects rural southern life," states Gary. "Southern people and their homes have been very influential in my life and my work.  Painting the places around me, realistically and authentically gives me great satisfaction."

Reminiscent of Andrew Wyeth is his choice of color and subject.  Gary's scenes are meticulously rendered in watercolor and he has a unique talent for capturing the grandeur of historic structures and their surroundings.

Gary has won many awards including 1st place from the Western NC Juried Art Exhibit and has shown his work in several one-man shows over the years.  His paintings are in many commercial and private collections in the United States as well as Canada.

Gary accepts commissions for projects each year which he produces at his studio in his home in Landrum, South Carolina. To view Gary¹s work, visit his facebook page at: and he can be reached via 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.
August 22 Beginning Wire Wrap with Charlotte Caughman 
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
Momma's Doughnut Hole
author, Joe Adams

Joe Adams

Once or twice a year --- but never in the summer when it was hot --- my Momma would find her special pot that she used for cooking doughnuts.  It had a wide open mouth and was fairly deep.  She would put a whole can of fresh lard into the pot and melt it.  She saved used lard in a jar, but she never used this to cook doughnuts.
"You don't want doughnuts that taste like fish," she would say.  And that's true.  We didn't want hamburgers that tasted like fish either, but that didn't seem to bother her.
Doughnut making time meant that I got to go in the kitchen to help.  We would roll out the dough and then cut the doughnuts out.  We used a biscuit cutter but it had a special little center piece that you could attach that automatically made it into a doughnut cutter.  Or if you left it in, as we sometimes did, you had biscuits with holes in the middle.
One of my jobs was to cut the doughnuts out.  I had to cut as close as possible to each doughnut so we didn't waste any dough.  Then I would pick out the dough from the hole cutter.  I would collect the pieces of dough (not the doughnut part) and the holes, wad them up and roll the dough out again.  I kept repeating the process until there was practically no dough left.  I would try to make the smallest doughnut in the world with the final leftovers.  I thought people might pay me to see something like that but apparently people weren't as curious as I was.
My other job was to carefully put the doughnut dough into the sizzling lard.  The doughnuts cooked fast and the lard could pop up on you.  We had some chopsticks from a Chinese restaurant that we had gone to once (nobody in our family could eat with two skinny sticks) and the chopstick was perfect for flipping the doughnuts when they were done on one side. Then I used them to pick up the doughnuts and put them on a large platter.
One they had cooled a little, I took the sifter full of powdered sugar and would cover the doughnuts with a snowstorm of sugar.
These were cake doughnuts ... nothing like those air-filled things you could get at the Krispy Kreme shop.  "Sweet air!" my Daddy called those.
He soaked his doughnut in his coffee.  And one doughnut could easily suck up half a cup of coffee.  I soaked mine in milk.
We made little plates of doughnuts to deliver to the neighbors.  This was done mainly so if they made doughnuts, they would share with you.

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
spaOn July 18th Mane Street Salon hosted a "Spa Day" introducing the new line of Alterna Hair Care Products now available in the salon.
Clients received a reconstructive "Masque" at a reduced price. The day was a huge success. All proceeds from the masque treatment and hair services on that day will be donated to the American Cancer Society Relay for Life event.
Thank you to everyone who attended and contributed to the success of the day.
Mane Street Salon is located in the Historic Depot on Main Street. By appointment only. Marcia Aiken, owner/stylist. 828-749-3260.
autumn careShort-Term Rehabilitation Accommodations at Autumn Care
Our new Short-Term Rehab accommodations are designed to make your stay with us as home like as possible.  You'll stay in a private room that includes the following amenities:
-Electric Beds for your comfort and convenience
-Private Half-Bath
-Flat Screen TV with Cable Service
-Wireless Internet Access
-Private Telephone Service
-Comfortable Furnishings for you and your visitors
-Easy access to therapy rooms
-Transportation Services
-24 hour Skilled Nursing Services
-On-Site Physician Services
Whether you're rocking on the front porch, sitting out under the gazebo or having lunch with your family at one of Saluda's restaurants, you'll find Autumn Care of Saluda to be the perfect place for your rehabilitation needs.
For more information or to schedule a visit, call us at 828-749-2261. 
Gentle Hands Grooming has frozen raw dog bones for sale at the shop, just drop by between 9 and 3 Tuesday thru Friday.

Each Friday we will now have made and have for sale the "Delicious Homemade Super Healthy High Protein Doggy Brownies" that made a such a hit on Coon dog day!

Gentle hands Grooming was able to provide The Community Partnership for Pet inc. a donation of $130.00 from the money raised from the Coon Dog Day treat sales and doggy pool donations. That is 5 spays/neuters and that stops about 100 puppies and kittens from being born.  Thank you all for your support!!

Hugs to all the hairy (and not so hairy) creatures in Saluda!

gentle handsKatrina Thissen, Gentle Hands Grooming 828-749-3280

Joe AdamsSalamander Raku Riot continues. Through August, mention "Saluda Lifestyles" and get a 20% discount for North Carolina's premier raku pottery by the Whelans of the Southern Highlands Craft Guild.
Visit Salamander soon for books, wine, jewelry and more.  Located at 7 West Main St. Saluda.  828-749-3466.
Green River Hair Studio
Joe AdamsRobert J Hernandez has moved his salon to 46 E. Main St. The salon specializes in everything from a simple barber cut for men (starting at $8.00) to haircolor and foil highlights for ladies (starting at $45.00), as well as perms and roller sets. For an appointment, please call 828-749-3744. Walk-ins are always welcome. 
David and Susan Berry with CottageJoe Adams Caretakers want to thank all of their new clients for their business.  Clients are now enjoying their mountain getaway more because Cottage Caretakers are opening their houses, cleaning, doing general maintenance and repairs and closing everything up when they leave.  Give them a call at 828.850.2595 or email to

City Notes

Joe Adams

From Mayor Rodney Gibson
The 46th annual Coon Dog Day (CDD) was successful and enjoyable for all who attended.  In spite of technical difficulties during the street dance,  the crowd turned the lemons into lemonade.  Thanks to all for responding in a "Saluda" way. The planning and execution necessary for CDD is massive for such a small town and this year we were working short-handed in public works as well as public safety.  The City staff have been reduced due to the poor performance of the US economy for the last couple of years.  This meant they all had to step up and work longer, harder and make additional personal sacrifices this year to make it happen.   They deserve a thank you and a "pat on the back".    The whole CDD efforts are overseen by Commissioner Leon Morgan.  Erny Williams, Doris Marion, Monica Pace and Chief Jim Cantrell spent many hours in preparation and directing what few people and resources that are available.  Please let them know how much your appreciate their efforts.
It was a pleasure to see Martha Hardin as our "Grand Marshall" for the parade.  Our hearts and prayers are with her and her family after the recent loss of Everett.
Even with the extraordinary effort for CDD, the business of the City still required additional long days after the weekend was over.  The staff had to prepare for and attend a special called meeting of the Board of Commissioners on Wednesday after CDD.  The meeting was needed to review the results of an internal review of City policies and enforcement.  Every year the City undergoes a financial audit that addresses how we have run the business of the City.  There are certain limitations to the financial audit and our internal review was more detailed and comprehensive.  I want to recognize and thank Commissioner Laura Fields and Commissioner John Morgan for their effort and attention to this important effort.  The outcome is that we have begun the process of updating policies that were outdated or needed clarification.  In addition, we have put into motion actions to address deviations and procedures that conflict with policies or best management practices.  As a small City, we have been in need of updating for some time and I'm glad to see that we are getting there.  Having said that, I think it's important to remember that a process of continuous improvement needs to be our culture in governance.   The nature of governance does keep the process necessarily deliberate.
I wrote in an earlier communication about the significant differences in managing a private business and a political governing body.  In a private business, it's natural and effective to make quick decisions and take prompt actions.  Part of the reason for this is that the population of people and systems that are affected by those  decisions are limited and the impacts are often short-term in the grand scheme of things.   Decisions and actions taken by governing bodies most often have broad implications over the long term and have the nature of permanence.  For example,  a zoning or land use ordinance change could set up a string of negative outcomes.  If a person has a plan to use their property in a certain way, has been planning for and investing for years toward his/her goal and a zoning change makes that plan no longer viable, it becomes an almost tragic event.  The plan goes away and the time and effort become wasted.  If they had known this was going to happen, they would spent their time, money and effort differently with a different outcome.  It's hard to put a value on a dream.
This is why governance needs to change and progress very deliberately and predictably.  It's important that governance move in lock-step with positive progress and minimize any damage that may occur.   However, governance must change with the times and expectations of the public.  This is where vision is important in public leadership.   Vision is a difficult thing to define.  A lot of people have vision and some have just plain visions.  In governance, the required vision is a combination of seeing and understanding how the cultural, economic, social and public psychology are all moving and interacting in the public.  The vision comes from knowing how to respond to those interactions inside the prevailing realities.   The leadership comes by bringing all the differing opinions and ideologies to a place where there is common ground and common benefit.    Should be a snap, right?
Unfortunately, it's not.   The reality is that mixed in with selfless governance are the human qualities of greed, power, ego and self gratification.  These human qualities too often push people to work for self-interest rather than the public or in Saluda's case our neighbors interest.  On an individual basis we tend to rationalize that our self-interests are really in the public interest even if the evidence says otherwise.   After serving in this mostly volunteer capacity as an elected official for several years, I have seen these dynamics at work in everyone I know that has served, no exceptions.  The difference is that many of those that I have served with recognize the dangers and control their ambitions as well as eliminate the temptations as best they can.  Several years ago, Melody and I realized the conflicts than can occur and how they can compromise your integrity and focus.  She in her endeavors with Saluda Community Self Help to convert the old "Tea Room" into a Library when she had to give up her business "Christmas Etc.".  And me in getting my competitors to provide environmental services to the City when we desperately needed the help.  We had to eliminate the threat of financial conflicts of interest to allow us to clearly act for the common interest.  We hope that we have served our neighbors well.
Rodney Gibson
Mayor, City of Saluda

Keep up to date with city news at City of Saluda's website.
quiltSenior Center Fund Raiser
A hand-made quilt by Toni Garcia has been donated to help raise funds for the Senior Center.  Toni previously donated a quilt to the Saluda Library which raised more than $1,000 for the library. The quilt is named, "Patriotic Blues."
All proceeds to benefit Saluda Senior Center. Tickets are $5.00 each, 3 for $12 or 6 for $20. Tickets may be purchased at the Senior Center and the drawing will be held on December 12, 2009.
Saluda Tailgate Farmer's Market
viewThe Saluda Tailgate Farmer's Market has proven to be an overwhelming success.
With only four weeks into it, the organizers are excited to have more than 23 local growers participating in the Friday market.
The market is sponsored by the Saluda Business Association and Polk County Agricultural Economic Development.
blue planetOn Fridays from 4:30pm to 6:30pm at the west end of town, you can find fresh local products, bakery goods, and plants and flowers.
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
beth and ShelleyA special THANKS to Shelley Dekay, SBA member who led the effort in getting the farmer's market started.
(Pictured left is Beth Carson and right is Shelley DeKay.)
Satisfied Customer
Saluda Tailgate Farmer's Market 
I had the best experience this past Friday.  Ifarmers market sunflowr went to our Farmers Market!  I was greeted by familiar faces and continued to see friendly people throughout my stroll.  I enjoyed seeing everyone with their very own market baskets full of local foods.
My basket was not big enough for the great finds I saw.  Instead of going all out, I focused wildfloron dinner.  We stopped by the Wildflour Bakery tent and got the Spanakopita - Entree!  Next I needed a salad.  Not too hard to find - I went with a mixed tomato variety - when I was done shopping I had 5 different types and colors of tomatoes.  The names and varieties I am not sure of but very impressed by the actual selection and knowledge of the farmers who presented them. 
I also decided on a couple of cucumbers - they were beautiful.  Beautiful to me is not shiny and perfect but slightly imperfect with "character" and a little dirt left on them from the ground from which they grew!    These would turn into a Greek-style side to compliment my Spanakopita.
No stickers, no wax, no air conditioned store, no VIP cards to scan - what a beautiful experience we have at the Saluda Farmers Market.  When I was preparing my Tomato Salad - I removed the stem of a tomato and under it was a smiley face!  Even the produce left happy!
For the Tomato Salad:
8 Tomatoes - any variety.  Cut  into chunks and de seeded.
2/3 cup of olive oil
1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
Pinch of salt and fresh ground pepper. 
Pour all into a bowl and toss lightly to coat.
Any fresh herb you have (just one) - tear into pieces and top.  I used mint - went great.  ENJOY
Greek Cucumbers
4-6 Cucumbers sliced into 1/4 inch medallions - skin on.
Salted and set aside to reduce the moisture.  Keep in the refrigerator until ready to use.
When you are ready to serve, place them in a pretty dish and sprinkle with Feta Cheese.  ENJOY!
Submitted by Joni Rashaunbach, Saluda Inn Wine Cellar

Independence Day Weather Report
By Dale Potruski, The Oaks Bed and Breakfast
July 2009

People often ask me, "How are summers infirst fourth Saluda?"  I can answer in a word, mild.  I have come to know July as having comfortable overnight temperatures, perfect for restful-healthy sleep.  We have yet to need the air conditioning.  Recent guests from Florida pulled their blankets from the closet to insure a cozy slumber.
The days are warm and rarely humid.  Daytime temperatures linger in the 80s.  We have gotten some rain this season - unlike previous years, where we have spent the majority of our summer months, like most of the country, under burn bans and water restriction.  When the rain comes, it is usually gentle and when it falls overnight, it contributes a sedative-like effect.  Before the raindrops make it to the ground, I have learned to recognize the familiar percussive clatter as they play upon the leaves of the giant trees that surround us.
This past Independence Day will stay in my memories forever.  We expected a moderate crowd at the inn - a mix of old friends and new.  After enjoying a lavish breakfast, some guests headed down to Main Street, while others relaxed on the veranda.
An impromptu cookout materialized late in the afternoon and while the burgers sizzled, guests gathered to enjoy the perfect summer day.  The highlight of any Independence Day celebration would be the fireworks.  Many of us have witnessed massive fireworks displays in major metropolitan areas.  Some, where mirrored skyscrapers reflect the flash of the rocket's red glare and the explosions resonate through the buildings. Some with symphonies and operatic accompaniment.
Here in Saluda, the event is planned and executed by the local firefighters.  Just before sunset, guests gather as Donna passed out the comforters and blankets.  We join the procession of vehicles that make their way up Greenville Street to Orchard Lake and find our place on the grassy hill by the lake.   
Family and friends laugh n' chat as children tumble like gymnasts.  Fireflies and sparklers interrupt the darkness competing for attention.
The event begins with a brief invocation, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance and a moment to remember and recognize those serving in the military.
From one end of the lake, torches ignite and fireworks take flight.  It is relaxing and beautiful.  The pops echo off the surrounding pine draped mountains as dazzling colors fill the nighttime sky. Our guests offer nothing but complements and praise calling event "impressive."
The Saluda Firefighters serve up a superb slice of Americana every Fourth of July.  They spend their time and money so that we may celebrate the nation's birthday and honor our Armed Forces. For this we say a special "Thanks" to Shane Bradley, Daryl Russell, Zack Pace and all the dedicated personnel of the Saluda Fire Department.  

Vintage Saluda Social Column Announces Nuptials
In Kathleen Garren Stephenson Jelley's personal belongings, I found some old newspaper clippings, yellowed with aged but still very readable. Unfortunately, my grandmother did not jot down the dates on the clippings, but at least she kept them in a safe place. It appears that Saluda was given a social column in a nearby city's newspaper, perhaps Hendersonville. I wanted to share this particular section from an old column found among the clippings because for one, Lucile is my great aunt and for another, I found the prose to be very eloquent as it announces her engagement to Fred Robertson.   Fred was the son of the Sheriff of Polk County at that time. The Pace House is mentioned in the column, which is of interest to those who enjoy reading about Saluda's rich history. Lucile and Kathleen were the daughters of Margaret and O.B. Garren and granddaughters of Ransom Woodruff and Emily Pace, owners of the Pace House. Lucile died in the mid 1960's and the Pace House was torn down around that time. I would imagine that this announcement is from the late 1920's to early 1930's. Lucile was the City Clerk for Saluda for many years.  
garrenOn Thursday night, the fourteenth, Miss Lucile Garren entertained her numerous friends at the Pace House making a charming young hostess. The decorations were very effective a profusion of hearts being used in honor of St. Valentine. The guests were amused by various games with prizes for those fortunate enough to be the winners, and delicious refreshments were served. Toward the close of the evening a basket was passed filled with hearts tied together in pairs with white ribbon, which on opening revealed the names of Lucile on one side, and Fred, on the other, with the date, Feb. 21, thus announcing the engagement and date of marriage of the hostess to one of the gentleman guests. Congratulations were then given and accepted by the happy couple. On Tuesday night last, the bride-to-be, was the recipient of a miscellaneous shower given by her numerous friends, many of whom were present to help her enjoy the beautiful rain-drops. Games and music and goodies helped to make the evening a delightful one.
Submitted by Cindy Stephenson Tuttle
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Welcome New Agent at Cathy Jackson Realty
greatonGreaton Sellers, formerly with Max L. Hill Co. and AgentOwned Realty (for 23 years) in Mt. Pleasant, S.C., has moved to Saluda, with his wife Betsy, and joined Cathy Jackson Realty.  Born, raised and educated in Charleston, S.C. Greaton graduated from Furman University in 1966, and was in Korea from 1967 - 1968 as a Signal Corps Officer (ROTC) . He returned to his home town to join the family business, Sellers Transfer, Allied Van Lines, until 1986 when he became a Realtor.
Betsy and I have had a home in Saluda since 2002 and as luck would have it, we were able to move here permanently as of July 1, 2009.  My plan is to be a Buyer's Representative for my past clients and customers from the Charleston and Mt. Pleasant areas.  I look forward to meeting more of the wonderful folks of Saluda.
Submitted by Greaton Sellers
How long has it been since you listened to the sounds of summer?  Maybe it's time to take a break from all the "noise" in your life.  If so, Saluda is a great place to find peace and quiet to enjoy a good ole' summer day. All past Saluda Lifestyles are archived on the Saluda Lifestyles website.
Cathy Jackson,
Cathy Jackson Realty