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Where Time Stands Still
December 1, 2009

Saluda Hometown Christmas
backsideHometown Christmas in downtown Saluda is Friday, December 11 from 6:30pm to 8pm.  Refreshments and music will flow along Main Street, Across the Bridge, and up Greenville Street.  The Saluda Business Association sponsors this event in appreciation to Saluda citizens for their patronage.  An ecumenical service will be held at the Saluda Presbyterian Church at 8:15. 
backsideEnjoy music at these venues:
Curtis Wright - Jim Hall - Dulcimer
Macon Bank  - Todd Neal, John Crutchfield, Will McIntyre - Mandolin Trio
Saluda Wine & Cheese - Micah Parsons - Violin
M. A. Pace's - Saluda School Chorus
Saluda Grade Café - Skeeziks - Celtic Ensemble
Mountain Life Realty -  Stiekes Family - Classical Strings
Heartwood - Ben Smith - Cello
Purple Onion - Robert Seiler - Keyboard
Saluda Police Department - Mike Reeves, Mark Levin & Rich Bauer - Saluda Ridge
Saluda Library - Josh & Daphne Bickley - Violins
Cathy Jackson Realty/Top of the Morning Music - Suzuki Strings Players/Celtic Quartet 
Green River Barbeque - Troy Brooks - Alto Saxophone
Saluda Presbyterian Church (7:30-8:00 p.m.) -  Ben Smith - Cello
In conjunction with the Saluda Hometown Christmas Stroll, the Saluda Community Library will host "The Arctic Express", a special winter celebration for children.
              arctic expressA Magical Train Ride Visiting Winter Festivals Around the World!
Conductor Steve provides a magical train ride around the world to learn about winter festivals. The Arctic Express blends education and entertainment to teach young people about holidays like: Diwali, Kwanzaa, Solstice, Lunar New Year, Ramadan, Hanukkah, and of course, Christmas.
The program will take place during the stroll, Friday, December 11, upstairs in the library's community room.  The Arctic Express pulls out of the station at 6:30 pm.  All ages are welcome.  All aboard!

megan wardChildren's Christmas Workshop
It's coming! The 2009 edition of the Children's Christmas Workshop is near. Come to the Saluda Fire Hall on Saturday, December 12 from 9:30am to 1:00pm to learn lots of fun things. You can create beautiful ornaments, presents for Mom and Dad, and a wreath for your front door. All school age children are welcome and have to be attended by an adult. It's free to any child who wants to come. For the past several years, this event has been produced by Mountain Life Realty & Management, Inc. in an effort to inspire the creative nature in every child. Come join us as we accomplish our goal just in time for Christmas!
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Saluda School
Healthy Lifestyle Challenge
Decorating "Bird Tree"
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City News
Christmas Gala
Cut Your Own Tree
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This & That
The Past Revealed
Area Holiday Shopping
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The Purple Onion
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Tryon Daily Bulletin
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Saluda Property & Real Estate

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 Making Christmas Bright
for Saluda Kids 

Help local children in need have a Merry Christmas by donating toys to be distributed in Saluda.  New toys for all ages can be dropped off at the Saluda Police Department or at City Hall through December 18.  All donations will be given locally to Saluda community families.  For more information, call city hall at 828-749-2581 or Saluda Police Department at 828-749-2691.

Special Note:  The Saluda Police Department is taking the opportunity to use the Hometown Christmas Stroll as a way to collect monetary or toy donations for kids in Saluda. This year, the Police Department will ask for a $5 donation or a new unwrapped toy before you can receive a plate.   With your donation you will receive a variety of delicious foods, desserts, and punch.  The department knows that they can count on Saluda citizens to give generously to help provide for the needy in this tough economic time.
Women's Club Meeting
The Women's Club will meet on Tuesday,  December 8 and enjoy a Christmas potluck while installing the 2010 officers.  Meet at 10 AM at Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall. 
Any women in the community interested in the club or would like to come to the meeting call Arlene Klippel at 828-749-2801.  We would love to have guests! 

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!
A family oriented Christmas event @ the Senior Center on Sat. Dec.05 from 10am-2pm. Fresh wreaths, freshly cut trees, etc. Warm refreshments will be served.
Christmas Gala-Sun. Dec. 13 at the Orchard Inn w/ Silent Auction from 5-8pm, $40.00 per person. Please come and enjoy an evening of Christmas Spirit with friends.
Thurs. Dec. 03. WOW-Wellness on Wheels from Park Ridge Hospital will be completing: Cholesterol screening-FREE from 8-11am. Also blood pressure and body mass index. DO NOT EAT AFTER MIDNIGHT!!
Tues. Dec. 08, shopping trip to Gaffney Outlet and lunch from 9:30am-3:30pm. Call 749-9245 to sign up. $3.00 per person.
Tues. Dec. 15 from 9am-4pm, trip to Grove Park Inn to see the Gingerbread displays. The group will have lunch @ J & S cafeteria and do some shopping at River Ridge. This is a carpool trip. Please call 749-9245 to sign up.
Don't forget Wed. movie matinee @ 2pm. Popcorn and drinks available for $.50 each. (2) Finding Forrester, (9) Nothing like the Holidays, (16) Julie & Julia, (23) Christmas with the Kranks and (30) Amelia.
Thurs. Dec. 10 @ 1pm, Travel with Bill Klippel, please call a day ahead to reserve lunch. Come and see Bills' slides of New Zealand.
Thurs. Dec. 17 @ 5:30pm, Single Women United will have a potluck dinner. Bring a dish and enjoy a fun night.
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.
Happy Holidays to all and a special thanks from the Senior Center Board.

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, December 1 at 5:30pm in the Meeting Room of the Saluda Library.  
New officers will be elected.
Planning Board of the City of Saluda meets the fourth Thursday of each month at 6:30pm a Saluda Public Library meeting room.
Saluda Community Land Trust will meet January 7 and 21 at 3:00 at Saluda Presbyterian Fellowship Hall.  For information please call Betsy Burdett at 828-749-2161.

Saluda Garden Club

SANTA STOP HERE!!!!!  The Saluda Garden Club has been so good this year and worked so hard, couldn't you please stop by and leave us a little something?


We've  seeded and weeded, mulched and watered, couldn't we have just a little something? 


Like some bulbs and more seeds, gloves and boots,

A Southern Living Gardening Book?

A trug or two

Just any gardening thing will do!



(P.S.  Look for cookies on the bench.)


Deb Hahn, Anita Severn, Susie Welsh, Marilyn

Prudhomme, Reva Grimsley, Peggy Moffet, Pam Gray, Elena Robson, Susan Cannon, Fran Clinton, Phyllis Holland, Martha Anderson, Nora Parks, Lucy Holman and Sandra Rocks


All of us in the Saluda Garden Club wish all of you in Saluda a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Saluda Community Land Trust
Getting Ready for the Holidays
The many beautiful days of Indian Summer temps n November gave the "Skillets" lots of successful opportunities to clear trails on the Lost 40 Trace. We are also working with the Saluda School and Safe Routes to School Committee to sidewalk several outlining areas to make walking in the community safer for us all.    Now that the holiday season is upon us we are turning our efforts to the Second Annual "Be a Dear, Buy a Deer" sales!
These unique "Rudolphs" are repurposed natural palm fronds and are perfect for front doors, light posts, mailboxes, car grills, and even gift-wrap for (large) packages.  They will be for sale at the Saluda Inn the evening of Saluda's Hometown Christmas , Friday, December 11th, along with other local crafters at the Inn. 
Come join us for the Hometown Christmas and support the Saluda Community Land Trust by purchasing a Rudolph (or two or three!).  All monies raised go directly to the land trust for SCLT projects.  You can also go to for more information about the land trust and contact information.  A membership to the SCLT is also a great gift for someone who laves Saluda.  Info available on the website.
Enjoy the holidays.  We hope you will join us in 2010 in "Preserving Saluda's Rural Small Town Character"!  Our January meetings will be Wednesdays at 3:00 in the Presbyterian meeting room on January 7th and 21st.
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 Favorite Recipes
Saluda Methodist Church 
methodist church cookbookON SALE NOW!!! Over 200 tried and tested recipes for only $10.00.  Call Susan at 828.850.2595 or 828.749.3747 for your copy.....great stocking stuffer!
Preventative Medicine
Yoga with Cassandra Nelson 
Cassandra encourages Yoga to:
Lower your risk of illness and injuries from sports and work.
Find relief from chronic shoulder, back, neck, hip and knee pain.
Increase your strength and endurance, balance and flexibility.
Choose to feel better. 
Gentle Yin Yoga             
Wednesday - 12:30pm 
Thursday - 12:30pm and 5:30pm 
Friday - 10:00 am (beginner's gentle class)
Power Yoga
Wednesday - 6:15 am
Chair Yoga
Tuesday - 2:15pm

Classes are for any and all levels, absolutely no flexibility is required.All classes are held in the studio below the Senior Center. If you have any questions please call Cassandra at 828-749-3794.

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Recognize her?  You may if you were a patient of the Saluda Medical Center sometime between 2003 and 2007.  That's when Kim Clark was working there.  We are very pleased that Kim returned to the Center in early October this year.
Born and raised in Hendersonville and the Tuxedo area, Kim, a nurse for twenty-seven years, attended East Hendersonville High School where she was active in HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) and went on to receive her Licensed Practical Nurse degree from Asheville-Buncombe Technical College.  With her LPN degree in hand, Kim worked for Pardee Hospital on the medical surgical floor, then Autumn Care in Saluda, followed by many years working with pediatricians in private practice.  In fact, Kim has worked in pediatrics for a total of twenty years, moving to many states when her husband was in the Navy.  Seven of those years were in Georgia where later, as a single mom, she lived with her five children.
But in 2003, Kim returned to her roots in North Carolina and joined the staff at the Saluda Medical Center where she worked until 2007 when she left to upgrade her professional credentials and to work at an OB/GYN practice in Asheville.
We welcome Kim back and ask you to join us in wishing her congratulations on December 5th when she plans to marry Jeffrey Wiggins, a 911 dispatcher with the Hendersonville Police Department.
Saluda - Your Second Home?
Many of you have your second home in Saluda or nearby, where you may stay on weekends of for longer portions of the year, perhaps based upon the seasons.  If you are one of these "part-time Saludians" you probably have a primary care physician where you reside most of the year.  But what happens if, while in Saluda, you experience symptoms that need medical attention?  The Saluda Medical Center is there for you.  But we need for you to take a first step now; next time you're in town we ask that you drop by the Center and establish yourself as a patient, a step that involves a brief screening regarding your medical history and written permission to send for copies of your medical records.  This way you can maintain your primary medical care in your hometown but, should the need occur, can make an appointment at the Medical Center while in Saluda, and our providers will be able to diagnose and treat you based upon your medical history and concerns. 
Power Outage
No more will a local power outage result in loss of power to the Saluda Medical Center.  (In the 2005 ice storm we lost thousands of dollars worth of vaccines and medications that require refrigeration.) Thanks to a grant from the Polk County Community Foundation, the NC Office or Rural Health, donations from last year's Masquerade Ball, and a lot of work by Dwight Smith, head of our Crisis Coordination Committee, we have purchased and installed a large capacity generator.  Aside from ice storms cutting power for days, the Center can continue to operate during short-term outages like the one we had just this past Veterans Day.  This generator's capability will also play a role in the city's crisis emergency plan when it is completed. 
Contact the Saluda Medical Center at 828-749-4411. 
Saluda Community Library
Paul Koenen



   Saluda Community Library
        Children's Program 
Wednesday, Dec 2
"Taking Care of Baby" Preschool Storytime.  Bring your favorite doll or stuffed animal to storytime!..10:30 am
Thursday, Dec 3
Bouncing Babies & Toddlers in Tow- 10:00 am
Wednesday, Dec 9
"Holiday Craft" Preschool Storytime - 10:30 am
Thursday, Dec 10
Bouncing Babies & Toddlers in Tow - 10:00 am
Friday, Dec 11 - Arctic Express - 6:30 pm
Wednesday, Dec 16

"Jingle, Jingle, Jingle!" Preschool Storytime - 10:30 am
Thursday, Dec 17
Bouncing Babies & Toddlers in Tow - 10:00 am
Wednesday, Dec 30
"Happy New Year, World!" Preschool Storytime - 10:30 am
Thursday, Dec 31
Bouncing Babies & Toddlers In Tow - 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
  Joe Adams  
   December Events
Nov. 30 - Report cards
Nov. 30-Dec. 18 - Study Island Benchmark Testing for Grades 3-5
Dec. 8- Safe Routes to School Meeting at the Saluda Community Library from 10:30am-3:30pm
Dec. 11 - Polk County Middle School Band to perform
Dec. 11 - PTSO Meeting 8:15am in the Media Center
Dec. 11 - Students to carol for Saluda Hometown Christmas
Dec. 14 - Interim reports
Dec. 14 - School Board Meeting 6:30pm at Stearns
Dec. 17 - Set up for Christmas Bazaar 1:30pm in the gym
Dec. 17 - Holiday Celebrations Around the World 6:00pm In the auditorium
Dec. 18 - Christmas Bazaar
Dec. 18 - Books Are Really Fun (PTSO book distribution)
Dec. 21-Jan. 1 - Christmas Holidays
The students in Mrs. Rackley's
fourth grade class at Saluda Elementary School have been learning about the different Native American Tribes that were in the three regions of North Carolina. Students had to research a tribe, write a report and create a poster to go along with their presentation.
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Saluda's Music Teacher, Sallie Free and Fifth Grade Teacher, Jeffrey Howell walked with the fifth grade class to Autumn Care on November 17.  The students sang a variety of songs, including patriotic favorites, for the residents and employees.  

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Below are student quotes about their experience:  
Charlie Jarvis:  I liked being able to walk something nice for the community.
Zane Johnson:  I think it made them happy because they all smiled, clapped and sang along with us.
Alexis Cunningham:  Seeing (the residents) smile made me smile.  When they sang, I felt so happy and my heart jumped for joy.
Annie Eargle:  I think our singing made the people happy and some of the songs we sang might have reminded them of when they were kids.
Andy Jaime:  I think our singing made them remember all the songs they used to sing.  I'm glad that they sang with us.
Attachment is a picture of Mrs. Free playing the piano with Autumn Care residents watching as students sing.

Visit to learn more about the North Carolina A+ Schools Program. 
December Healthy Lifestyles Challenge
Think and Re-think Your Drink
You can watch what you eat during the holidays and still end up in "expanding waist land" if you don't also think about what you are drinking.
Calories from drinks are still calories that will need to be burned off.   You can burn off about 100 calories walking a mile.  So when you have that eggnog at around 340 calories, are you willing to walk 3 and ˝ miles to burn it off?  If you still want that eggnog, (one of my favorites), substitute it for dessert that day.  Or try a lower calorie, lower fat, version of your favorite drink.
Soft drinks are now the number one source of calories in the American diet. Four of the top ten grocery products sold nationally are beverages: soft drinks, juices, milk and beer. Don't forget that sweet tea and flavored coffee also contain high calorie sugars.
Substituting  water for these drinks can make a huge difference in calorie consumption and your grocery budget. 
If you don't like water, try lower calorie drinks or at least drinks that will provide some nutrition. 100% fruit juice mixed with club soda or water can be very refreshing and delicious.  There are several different juice blends that are now available that will please any taste.  We love white grape peach mixed with club soda at our house.
Fluid calories don't give as strong a feeling of full as solid foods.   Saving your calories for solid foods may be the best way to not feel like you are starving yourself during the holidays. 
Enjoy the treats this holiday season, but spend your calories wisely and think before you drink! 

Kathy St.Clair Angier
Pk-5 PE and Dance
Saluda School

Saluda Community Tree Preservation
megan wardThe Saluda Community Tree Preservation Association will gather around the "Tree for the Birds" to hang edible ornaments for the wild birds on Monday, December 7 at 2:00pm.  The tree is located across from Saluda School in the park area between Main and Hill Streets.
All interested are welcome to come join in this annual project.  Following the tree decorating we'll meet at the Old Chicken House for hot cider.
For more information please call Ruth at 828-749-9718 or email Judy and Chuck Sienkiewicz at
Submitted by Ruth Anderson
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
Available for rent:  510 square feet, office space on the corner of Main St. and Pearson Fall Rd in Nostalgia Courtyard.  Two rooms, bathroom and entry for $352.00 a month (includes both electric and water)  What a great deal!!  Call Debi @ 828-749-9224 (not available for residential use). 
For Sale - Cemetery lot in Saluda Memorial Park. Block A - Section 14 - Plot 2. The single lot is near the front as you enter the Park.  Contact Jane Singleton at 828-606-1148 or
We extend our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of lost members of our Saluda community.
Janice Campbell, 69, of Saluda,  wife of Bobby Campbell died at her home on November 21, 2009.
Beverly Mae Wyatt Scott , 56,of Saluda, died Oct. 30, 200 9.
Just a Few Days Left!
Senior 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."backside
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.
News from Saluda Business Association
The Saluda Business Association (SBA) is pleased to announce
new members of the SBA.  They are:
Visit , the official town guide website, 


What's Happening
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Fred Whiskin on piano every Friday playing "Blues to Brubeck."
December Music Schedule
Dec 3 - One Leg Up
Dec 5 - George Terry & The Zealots
Dec 10 - Mark Stuart
Dec 12 - Darlyne Cain
Dec 17 - Sol Driven Train
Dec 19 - Uptown Jazz Quartet
Dec 26 - Clay Ross
Dec 31 - NEW YEARS EVE w/ Scoot Pittman Trio.
New Year's Eve at The Purple Onion
The Purple Onion will be offering two seatings this year for New Year's Eve.  For those who prefer an earlier, quiet dinner, join us at 5:30 for a special New Years Eve al a carte menu and Fred Whiskin tickling the ivories.
The second seating will begin at 8 PM and will feature a four course dinner and music by The Scoot Pitman Trio.  If the night is anything like the trio's April performance at the Onion, be sure to bring your dancing shoes. Music starts at nine and rings in the New Year with champagne toasts at midnight. The price for the evening is $65 and includes dinner, music, party favors and a champagne toast. Please check our website for the evening's menu and further details.
Holiday Parties and Catering
Please keep us in mind for your holiday gatherings. The Purple Onion offers off site catering as well as a private heated patio room for on site events.. Hors d'oeuvre and party platters, cakes, pies and other desserts can be preordered for Christmas. Please give us at least 48 hours notice to insure availability. 
 Green River Boys
Joe AdamsThe Green River Boys invite you to Shaffer's Roadside Grill.  They are scheduled to perform December 4 and 18 at 6:00pm.  Check their schedule at Green River Boys.  
Joe Adams
The Saluda Mountain Jamboree & Special Events Park  will be closed for the weekly "Party To The Beat" during the month of December.  Although The Jamboree will be closed to the public, this will be a very busy December for private bookings, holiday parties, and special events. It has been a good year and we want to say Thank You to all who have supported us.  We look forward to kicking off the New Year in January with lots of good music and dancing, so keep in touch with the schedule on the website, " Party To The Beat" will be rocking in 2010!!
We want to wish everyone a wonderful Holiday Season, filled with lots of Blessings and good health.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!
Bob & Linda
Joe AdamsThe Wine Cellar at the Saluda Inn                         
We are currently booking for Christmas Parties. A great intimate place to share the holiday cheer.

This year we are hosting a one night Christmas Shop upstairs in the dining room at The Saluda Inn.  We will have a great selection of local artists, potters, jewelers, painters, knitters, craftspeople galore!  Did I mention they are local.  This is a chance to give a hand made gift for the holidays and support the local artists.  The store will take place on December 11 (the same evening as the Saluda's Hometown Christmas Stroll) from 6-10. Please include us on your stroll.  The Wine Cellar will also be open with live music and great wine.
The Wine Cellar will offer case discounts from Black Friday until December 11 the night of the stroll.  Give a bottle of wine as a gift.
For those of you who are not in the area, you can order wine from The Wine Cellar at our new on-line wine shop at  
December Line Up at the Wine Cellar
Thursday, December  3, 7pm - Saluda Potter, Susie Welsh
Friday, December 4, 8pm - Enjoy the sounds of Jhon Akers Spanish Classical Guitar
Thursday, December 10, 7pm - Nancy Fleming, local metal smith and jeweler.  An excellent opportunity to purchase a special Christmas gift.
Friday, December 11. 6pm - Hometown Christmas - Local artist booths at the Inn with awesome Duo of guitar and vocals in the Cellar.
Friday, December 18, 8pm - Angela Easterling- A bright shining star on the country/folk/alternative music horizon.
Saturday, December 19, 7pm Celtic Potter - Get your last minute shopping done with a glass of wine or beer
Sign up for weekly alerts from The Wine Cellar by emailing to and ask to subscribe to the weekly event notices.
For more information please call Joni at 828-749-9698 or email to
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Holiday Show and Sale
Saluda potter, Robin Kirby, would like to invite you to her home studio Saturday December 5 for a Holiday Show and Sale. After taking a little time off to enjoy her new daughter, Hannah, Robin is happy to be back in the studio. Robin's makes functional and decorative pottery for the home. Come see her new work and find that perfect gift, right here in Saluda! The show will be from 9 am to 4pm. Come early for the best selection! For directions and more information visit or call Robin at 749-3723.
Random Arts 
Wine & Cheese Demo Delight Night at Random Arts December 13 from 5-8pm. 
Read more about upcoming workshops and news about their 2010 move at Random Arts website.

backsideThe Orchard Inn Invites You for the Holidays
Charles Dickens' Dinners
  Set aside December 10, 12, 15, 17 or 18 for a magical holiday evening at our 20-acre mountaintop retreat. Enjoy the chef's memorable five-course dinner with readings from A Christmas Carol. Seating is at 7 PM and will end in candlelight by the roaring fire. The Inn offers wine and beer and suggests jackets for gentlemen. Cost for the evening is $59 per person, plus tax and gratuity. After dinner, treat yourself to an overnight at a $99 discounted rate.
New Year's Eve Gala  Bring in 2010 in civilized style at The Orchard Inn, Saluda NC. A perfect gathering spot for a couple or a group of friends, Orchard Inn will serve seven courses, beginning with hors d'oeuvres and live music at 7 PM with dinner at 8 PM. Black tie is optional. Spend New Year's Day after brunch hiking, reading, napping, watching football or playing board games (sort of adult camp). Not to worry, the chef will serve a buffet Friday evening that will include black-eyed peas and collard greens. New Year's Eve and New Year's Night, including breakfasts and dinners for two, $595 for Second Floor rooms. You'll return home pleased to have welcomed 2010 in such a place as The Orchard Inn!  
*Prices do not include tax and gratuity.  Please call 800-581-3800 for details or email Orchard Inn Contact   
carson pic"Getting Perspective Right"  Jim Carson, Saluda artist, will offer a unique workshop, Friday-Sunday, January 22-24, entitled "Getting the Perspective Right."
Jim usually gives outdoor workshops in June and October in Saluda called "Painting Fast and Loose, Eliminating the Unnecessary," with the aim of seeing large shapes and applying the paint quickly and confidently. However, the key to painting "fast and loose" with confidence is to have your drawing accurate at the beginning.
Consequently, Jim will be joined in January by Chris Sherry, an AIA architect from Atlanta, GA who teaches perspective at Johns Creek Art Center and Quinlan Visual Art Center in Atlanta.  Sherry will conduct the first day of the workshop, which will consist entirely of drawing.  In the next two days Jim will teach the application of these drawing skills to achieve loose and spontaneous paintings.
The workshop will be held in Jim's studio, located above the Saluda Grade Café, in Saluda.  Jim will do daily demonstrations on Saturday and Sunday and there will be a critique of the day's work at the end of each day.
There will be a "get acquainted" gathering at Jim's studio on Thursday night, January 21.  The cost of the workshop is $300, and will include lunch each day, catered by the Saluda Grade Café.
For more information, contact Jim at 828-749-3702 or visit, or email Also, Jim is still showing at Heartwood in Saluda through Dec.31.  Come by and check it out, and remember to stop by at Hometown Christmas on Dec.11.

Happenings at the Tryon Fine Arts Center and Tryon Arts & Crafts

Tryon Painters & Sculptors will be exhibiting members' artwork at the Annual Members Show in Gallery 1 at the Tryon Fine Arts Center in Tryon. Also showing will be a new exhibit in the Mahler Family Board Room gallery, Ferrago, featuring paintings and sculpture by artists Karen Johnston and Mary Ellen Wuerfel. The public is invited to view these shows until Dec. 18th. The galleries are open Monday through Friday from 10 am to 4 pm  and Saturday 10 am to 1 pm at the Tryon Fine Arts Center, 34 Melrose Ave, Tryon, NC 28782  828-859-8322 ext 212.
Tryon Arts & Crafts Events 
Dec 5 Exploring the Arts Holiday Open House
Dec 12 Holiday Weekend Workshops
Dec 12-13 Basic Blacksmithing with Walt Myers
Dec 24 - Closed and reopens January 4

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.
Tryon Fine Arts Center Upcoming Events Click here for more information and a schedule of events.
At Green Creek Winerybackside
The Chardonnay Rosso Concert Series 
Beaucoup Blue
Sunday, December 6th, 2009
3:00pm at Green Creek Winery
Tickets $15.00 in advance - $20.00 at the door
The Swing concert November 15th with The Space Heaters and The Sireens was a huge success!  With the beautiful weather, costumes, dancing, great food and loads of fun for all, including the band members and their families!
The Chardonnay Rosso Series continues Sunday December 6th, 2009 at 3:00pm with Beaucoup Blue.

This father/son duo, David and Adrian Mowry, have been playing nationally and internationally for several years.   Their Americana, soulful sound bridges many different music avenues and can't be missed for their innovative and authentic sound.

Their blues repertoire is based from Folk, Soul, Rhythm & Blues, Country and Blue Grass sound is fabulously new.  All of their music comes from original songwriting in a very unique way with 6 & 12 string guitars, a slide guitar and a round neck resonator guitar combined with 2 soulful voices and encompasses a rich and honest feel influenced by family ties.

Sing Out! Magazine said...Their voices work superbly together, frequently obtaining a mesmeric panache that must be thrilling to view in person.  Beaucoup Blue is a versatile, imaginative team that has something to say and say it with an adventurous sense of personality from the bottom of their hearts.

You can get a taste of what to look forward to by visiting their web site -
Also mark your calendars for our open house Christmas Eve from 1 - 6pm.
For more information please contact us at 828-863-2182 or email us at
Green Creek Winery
413 Gilbert Road
Columbus, NC  28722 Hours:  Wednesday & Thursday - 1:00 - 5:00
Friday & Saturday - 11:00 - 6:00
Sunday - 1:00 - 6:00
Directions:From I-26 take exit 1 at Landrum S.C. Travel north-east from the exit on Landrum Road (Hwy 14) for 5 miles. Turn left on Gilbert Rd. Green Creek Winery is 4/10 of a mile on the left at 413 Gilbert Rd.
Art Clues
Ideas for Creating and Enjoying Art


               "How to Get Started":
      Suggestions for Beginning Artists
Two ways for a beginner to start creating art: 
1.  Draw or paint your dreams.
Advantage: You can be free from concern about mistakes and enjoy practicing and experimenting without expectations.  You will make your own discoveries.
a. First, record your dreams by writing them down as soon as you are barely awake.  Keep paper and pencil beside your bed, because you will remember the details better the sooner you write them down.  You will then have a reference from which to begin your art.
b. When you are ready to create, use pen, pencil or paints to illustrate your dream.
c. Do not use any visual references, aka photos or real life examples, just what you wrote when you woke up, what's in your own mind. 
d. Set yourself free to create images of your dream without expectations of high quality art.  Experiment.
e. As your image develops, let it "speak" to you and suggest possible changes that may not have been part of your original dream.
2.  Get instruction.
Advantage: An instructor or facilitator can give directions and provide feedback.  You will receive academic information.
a.  Find an artist friend, who will spend time helping you. 
b.  Join a beginners' class. 
c.  Read Drawing from the Right Side of the Brain and follow the instructions.
These two different approaches for the beginning artist are separate but not contradictory or exclusive.  Try them both! Or find some more ideas at the library or online. This column does not include materials and techniques.
January Art Clues will be "Art and Aging": the importance of creativity as we get older
November Art Clues was a list of Saluda Artists.  This month the list continues. If you are a Saluda artist and are not in the November or December lists, please contact Beverly Pickard to be included in January.
              Saluda Artists (continued)
Lee Atkins is a woodworker. His specialty is engraved artwork on wooden boxes.  He is attracted to the simple beauty of the engraving on boxes made of natural wood.  You can see his work at Apple Mill® Store and contact him by phone at 828-290-5056
Bonnie Bardos  As a painter she includes spiritual impressionistic landscapes in different series such as"Esto Perpetua" and  "The Journey Home", figurative art of women and nudes, abstract, and symbolic Jungian-themed bird paintings with poetry.  She is inspired by nature, the spiritual and inner-contemplation, and the metaphysical.  You can see her work at her home studio by appointment and in Saluda, at the Purple Onion, Saluda Grade Café, and Tosh's Whistlestop.  In Tryon her work is displayed at Bravo Interior Design/The Art Experience, Upstairs Art Space and Simply Irresistible Gallery. Her website is , and her email is She can be reached at home by calling 828-749-1153.
Alexander James  is an impressionistic painter of portraits and landscapes.  His primary medium is pastels.  He is inspired by an uncontrollable drive to create and paint.  You can see his work at his home studio by making an appointment. He can be contacted by calling 828-749-2494 or by email at .
George Matthews is an artist and blacksmith inspired by the organic aspects of the work he has chosen.  You can see his work online at or call him to make an appointment at 828-749-2346.
Eva McCrae is a potter.  She likes to create fun and functional handmade pottery.  You can see her work at Evening Shade Pottery in Saluda and online at her website . Contact her by email at or by phone at 828-749-3130.
Philip Powell is an acrylic painter.  Philip is a man with down syndrome, whose signature paintings are angels.  They inspire him because they help others feel good and because they are bright and colorful.   His work can be seen at the Happy Café in Columbia SC and online at  For more information contact by email  or telephone Beth at 803-738-9292.
Marilyn Prudhomme does traditional rug hooking.  She is fascinated by the use of color and being creative with her favorite material - wool.  You can see her work by making an appointment.  Contact her at 828-749-9172 or by email at .

Beverly Bowden Pickard
P.O. Box 751, Saluda, NC 28773

It Wouldn't Be Christmas without EggNoggin
author, Joe Adams

Joe Adams

I realized recently that most of my Christmas thoughts are about food and drink ... traditions of the Christmas season.  I love eggnog, but I like the sissy kind without booze.  My father-in-law used to make eggnog.  He had Andrew Jackson's recipe for it and it was a major project to put ten gallons of it together.  He would beat the eggs, whip the cream, have a little shot of bourbon, and add the sugar and spices.  He made a lot of eggnog and he made it in a big stoneware vat.  He used bourbon and rum to "flavor" it ... and he left it on the screen porch outside where the low temperatures kept it safe.  The serious dipping into the eggnog came on Christmas Eve when he had a party for the whole neighborhood.
I don't know anybody who still makes their own eggnog.  But I think the store-bought kind tastes good without all that trouble.  Southern Comfort brand even has the spices mixed in, but no Southern Comfort.  You have to add your own.  You can add a dollop of whipped cream to the cup of eggnog, sprinkle it with some nutmeg and cinnamon, and your guests will swear it's the real thing.
Eggnog usually arrives in the stores around Halloween and stays available through most of January.  A few stores carry it year around.  Mainly Americans and Englishmen drink eggnog, although nearly every country has an egg/milk drink of some kind.
A dear friend of mine sends me an Eggnog Pound
Cake every year which is unbelievable delicious.  It has a touch of coconut flavor, too.  Or it might be my imagination.  This year's cake just arrived.  I took one sliver and immediately froze it to save for Christmas.  I know from past experience that you can easily eat frozen pound cake, so hopefully there will still be some for the holidays.
Another dear friend sends me a home-made fruitcake every year soaked in rum.  He wraps it in cheesecloth that looks like he took it off a mummy.  When you open the box, you can get high just smelling the thing.  For a while I was his only customer.  One by one his other friends and family members had gotten up the courage to tell him to quit sending the cakes.  Fruitcakes had gone out of favor, they claimed.  But he loved making the cakes and used his Mother's recipe.  I think what he liked was the memory of making fruitcakes so I never had the heart to cancel my cake.  Besides, with the rum they tasted good.  He recently re-married a woman with six adult children.  I know what they are getting for Christmas!
We have our own tradition of making "The Wurst Christmas Tree."  It's an appetizer made with cream cheese and liverwurst.  I mix it together with some Worchester sauce, a little garlic powder and some mayo.  All lovingly mixed by hand ... real hands.  I have a big white platter shaped like a Christmas tree.  I put the mixture in and shape it to go with the platter.  I then chop parsley and decorate the edges; slice olives and made Christmas tree balls for the "tree."
It just wouldn't be Christmas without it.
Merry Christmas and blessings to everyone.
Joe Adams

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

If you enjoy Joe's column in Saluda Lifestyles, please let him know. You can email him at
 Saluda Scoop
The latest news and the unusual offerings provided by Saluda shops, restaurants, artists, and craftspeople

heartwoodIn this season of gratitude, gift-giving and year-end festivities, all of us at Heartwood Gallery would like to pause and give thanks for you, our community and customers. We are completing our 25th year of selling American Craft in Saluda. It is an honor to work with the wonderful and creative individuals who make up the Craft community and a privilege to represent them to you. As we finish a year that has been such a challenge to business everywhere, we are grateful, indeed, to be here on Main Street promoting unique handwork of quality. Thanks to all of you who remember us for gift giving, and all who come in to delight at what is new. Please stop in during the Hometown Christmas celebration on December 11, and let us thank you in person. Remember to view local artist Jim Carson's paintings before the end of his special show on December 31.  Plans are in the works for celebrating our 25th Anniversary next spring, so look for information as Saluda comes back into blossom. We will be focusing our next year on regional artisans and craftsmen who strive for excellence and enrich all of our lives with their handwork.

salamander treeSalamander will decorate your holidays with ornaments of colorful blown glass, fire-burnished gourds and hand carved painted birds.  Choose unique gifts from our selection of fine American and fair trade handcraft.  Our holiday books, music and cards will brighten your season.  And our delicious American wines will warm it.  Salamander is at 7 W. Main St., Saluda. 828-749-3466.

megan wardThe Wildflour Bakery elves are busy creating delicious Christmas goodies, beautifully packaged and perfect for everyone on your list!  Order sheets are available at The Whistle Stop Cafe and Saluda Wine and Cheese or you may call the bakery to place an order (828-749-9224). 

FESTIVE HOLIDAY BAG- A trio of sweet treats: one mini loaf each of our Cranberry Orange, Oatmeal Raisin & Cinnamon Swirl breads.  A hand-blown glass ornament comes nestled with gift tag and bow. ($17.00)

STOLLEN- A Scandinavian yeasted holiday bread, glazed on the outside & full of apricots, cranberries, currants & more on the inside. ($8.50)

CHRISTMAS COOKIE ASSORTMENT- An elegant assortment of Oatmeal-Cranberry Cookies, Mexican Wedding cookies, Bourbon balls, Apricot Strips, Baby Brownies, Fruitcake Cookies, Gingersnaps & Pecan Pie Bites.  (1/2 lb. $8.50 & 1 lb. $15.00)

WILDFLOUR MUG: 2009 EDITION- Hand-made in Saluda by Evening Shade Pottery.  This original design for Wildflour will please everyone on your list! ($14.00)

CHRISTMAS MORNING DELIGHT- Wildflour's own fresh baked scones and biscotti towered and topped with our favorite locally roasted Leopard Forest coffee blend. ($17.00)

2009 MUG 'n MORE- Wildflour pottery mug hand-crafted in Saluda, Leopard Forest Coffee roasted in Traveler's Rest and our own scrumptious scone mix with directions for at-home baking. A great gift that supports local business! ($24.00)

megan wardShop M.A. Pace General Store for books from local authors.  These authors hale from Polk and Henderson counties.  Robert Pace has read them all and can give you the "cliff notes" on each book before making a purchase.  Some of the stories are historical and some are fictional based on historical facts.  Immerse yourself in these books and you will feel a true sense of how it was to live in this area decades ago. The prices range from $10 to $25 and make great Christmas presents. 

Carolines at 101 Cullipher.  Just in time for Christmas shopping! New arrivals include Secrets of Suzanne™ handmade herbal soaps (including Frankincense and Myrrh), Gardener's Grime Away Soap, Winter Hand Soother Lotion, and Grandma's Handmade Lye Soap.  We are talking FUNCTIONAL gift-giving and stocking stuffers!
NEW STORE HOURS for December are NOON - DUSK. We will be CLOSED DECEMBER 24TH - 29TH for the Christmas Holidays and in icy conditions.
Due to limited visibility after dark, Caroline's will be closed the night of HOMETOWN CHRISTMAS. However, weather permitting, we hope that you will join us for light refreshments between 3 and 5 PM that afternoon prior to the stroll.

If you are away from us for the Winter, you can shop with us online at

Merry Christmas to All!  Caroline and Corgi, Katie
Earthenpryde Creations specializes in ceramic jewelry, functional ceramics, book-arts and other creative expressions by Saluda artisan Pride Carson.  Many of the unique designs are made using hand-carved stamping blocks or hand-cast molds.  View and visit Pride's website at  Contact Pride at
megan wardCarolina Cottages wishes you HAPPY HOLIDAYS!  Call us for all your homes needs. Now's the time to think about winterizing your get away....we have very reasonable rates!  Contact us at 828-850-2595 or 828-749-3747 or email
megan wardThis holiday season, give the gift of locally produced good tastes with a custom gift basket from Saluda Wine & Cheese Market.  Your friends and family will love to sample some of our custom blended coffees from the Leopard Forest Coffee Company in Travelers Rest or delicious chocolates and brittles from Van's Chocolates in Hendersonville.  We also have a great selection of incredible North Carolina Wines including Polk County's own Rockhouse Vineyards.   
We are now selling Irma's Old World Hand Made Hungarian Pastries.  These delicacies are locally made daily with real butter and come in a variety of sweet and savory flavors including (but not limited to) Raspberry, Blueberry, Spinach Artichoke, and Mediterranean.  Please call 749-WINE if you would like to place a special order.
Don't forget to stop by during Saluda Hometown Christmas on December 11th.  We will have some delicious treats for everyone and will have a wine tasting of some of our delicious wines.  See you then!
City Notes

Joe Adams

Keep up to date with city news at City of Saluda's website.
The staff at City Hall wish every one Happy Holidays!

Holiday Gala 2009


The Saluda Senior Center

Board of Directors
invites you to
"Holiday Gala 2009"
Silent Auction
Music, hors d'oeuvres and wine
Sunday, December 13, 2008 5pm to 8pm
The Orchard Inn Saluda, NC
$40/Person RSVP (828-749-9245)
Shuttle service available at Senior Center.
Cut Your Own Christmas Tree
backsideWe are fortunate to live where Christmas Trees are grown and harvested so close to home.  These trees get shipped all over the country.  Here's a list of tree farms in the area where you can choose your tree, cut it down, and let them bag it for the ride home.
Buncombe County
Clyde Davis Tree Farm - 129 Ball Gap Road, Arden, NC, 28704. Phone: 828-684-0890.
Gentry's Christmas Trees - 1 Hominy Creek Road, Candler, NC 28715. Phone: (828) 667-1271. Email:
Hope Hollow Farms - Weaverville, NC, 28787. Phone: 828-645-4621.
Sandy Hollow Tree Farm - 63 Sandy Hollow Road, Leicester, NC, 28748. Phone: 828-683-3645 or 828-683-2964
Haywood County
Boyd Mountain Christmas Tree Farm-445 Boyd Farm Road, Waynesville, NC, 28785. Phone: 828-926-1575 or 828-506-3513
Wesley Creek Tree Farm - 124 Gibson Branch Road, Clyde, NC, 28721. Phone: 828- 627-8077.
Rutherford County Moore's Christmas Trees - 951 Oak Springs Road, Rutherfordton, NC, 28139. Phone: 828-287-2527.
Transylvania County
Cedar Mountain Tree Farm - 1350 Reasonover Rd, Cedar Mtn, NC 28718. Phone: 828-884-5954
Colonial Acres Nursery - 2601 Hannah Ford Road, Brevard, NC 28712. Phone: (828) 884-4330. Email:
Farley Nursery - PO Box 564, Brevard, NC, 28712. Phone: 828-884-2365 or 828-883-9828
High Valley Trout and Tree Farm - 615 Cathey's Creek Road, Brevard, NC, 28712. Phone: 828-883-3951.
McCall's Tree Farm - 110 McCall Cove Road, Lake Toxaway, NC 28747. Phone: (828) 877-3503. Phone: (828) 862- 4608
Nicholson Tree Farm - PO Box 38, Lake Toxaway, NC, 28747. Phone: 828-883-8570 or 828- 883-8570
Parker Tree Farm - 230 Lyons Mountain Road, Brevard, NC, 28712. Phone: 828-862-4427 or 828-884-4712
Raxter Tree Farm - 1980 Walnut Hollow Road, Brevard, NC, 28712. Phone: 828-862- 3600
Shoal Creek Tree Farms - 796 Shoal Creek Road, Balsam Grove, NC, 28708. Phone: 828-884- 6396.

More Area Tree Farms 
The picture of the tree above was once part of the Saluda scenery and is courtesy of Elena Robson.
Children's Christmas Play Day
WHAT?  Children's Christmas Play Day   
WHEN?  Sunday, December 20, 2009  1-5 PM
WHERE? Fellowship Hall of Saluda Presbyterian Church
WHY?    To have fun bringing Christ back to our Christmas!
WHO?    1st through 5th graders  -  come and bring a friend
Children are invited to come Sunday afternoon, Dec. 20 to Saluda Presbyterian Church to make gifts to take home and to enjoy snacks. When parents return at 5 o'clock, all the children will perform a Christmas Play directed by Jade Day.  The afternoon will end by 5:30. 
For more information please don't hesitate to call The Reverend Becky Stanley at 828-553-6426 or Sally Neff at 864-915-2886.
This and That!
Saluda stores, M.A. Pace General Store and Thompson's Store and Ward's Grill are featured in the documentary, Our Vanishing Americana based on a book by Mike Lassiter and produced by Scott Galloway.  The film premiered on WTVI PBS station in Charlotte on November 25.
vanighing americanaRobert Pace, daughter Kaye, and Cathy Jackson ventured to Charlotte for the debue screening as special guests of WTVI. 
This is a heartwarming tale of not only businesses vanishing in America but also the generations of people who started these businesses decades ago.
Currently, our local PBS station, UNCTV is not broadcasting this documentary.  If you would like to see the documentary on UNCTV, please send an email by clicking WTVI Contact Us and let the producers know.
The Past Revealed
When I sat down to write this, I placed my laptop on a table near a window facing Louisiana Avenue. It's mind boggling to think about the history of this street, much less the whole town of Saluda. This morning my thoughts went back to my childhood and the many holidays spent in this wonderful town. Christmas was always a joyous time in Saluda and Santa visited often. What a perfect setting to wake up to on Christmas morning. My grandparents' house was over one hundred years old. The whole place smelled of the past and reeked of mystery. Despite my worries, Santa always made it down that old chimney and delivered the goods.
thompson houseAt the request to locate and inventory houses built by my great-grandfather, O.B. Garren, I recently received an e-mail from R. Clark Thompson. Clark is fortunate enough to be in possession of his boyhood home on Pine Street, which is located near the Saluda City Cemetery. If you visit the cemetery and look back toward town you can see the rear of the home, which is recognizable by its sweeping backyard, complete with bluebird houses. I often wondered who it belonged to and heard a story once about a widow who came to town years ago bringing with her a passel of kids to live in that big house.
Clark and I made arrangements to meet one weekend when he and his wife, Pam, were driving up from their home in Pensacola, Florida to view the fall leaves. During our visit, Clark and Pam were very gracious to open their home to us. Pam, a recently retired elementary school principal, sensing my nine year-old daughter's impending boredom, took the opportunity to take her on a nature walk around their property. My husband and I settled in for the visit. It became apparent very quickly that Clark and I shared a common interest - Saluda history. Clark had papers strewn about the floor and I had my notes in a briefcase. For a couple of hours we compared notes and shared stories. Clark is the real deal. Though only a part-timer now, he was raised in Saluda and has a rich family history indigenous to the area. I have the family history, but have never been fortunate to live in the area full-time.
Clark produced a handwritten document that puts in chronological order the ownership of his house. As many old Saluda records reflect, there was great confusion over the Polk and Henderson County lines. What was tracked, with some accuracy, was the link to past ownership. Clark's records began with Ransom W. and Emily Pace (my great great grandparents) deeding the property to Maggie Pace and O.B. Garren (my great grandparents), with no date given. I would assume shortly after the land was deeded to O.B. Garren, he constructed the home. The property was then deeded to Edward and Eliza Wooten by the Garrens in 1912. In 1920, the house was deeded to John M. Hearon and then in 1921, the house was deeded to Charles O. Hearon. In 1925 the house was deeded to W.M. Dixon Jr. That is where the documentation ends. Clark said his family had owned the house for 63 years, making it around 1946 that the Thompson family assumed ownership. They purchased the house for $1,800 from a W.L. English. Clark was interested in finding out when the home was actually constructed by O.B. Garren. I had a copy of Real Estate Conveyances in Polk County for O.B. Garren between 1890 and 1930. Clark felt this might help verify the date the home was constructed. The conversation was delightful, but the highlight came when I got the grand tour of the home. With pride, I enjoyed the feeling that an ancestor of mine had the skills to build such a beautiful and now historic home. The Thompsons had done a lot of renovation to the property. The plaster walls had recently been redone and given a fresh coat of paint. Several lovely antiques had been refinished, many original to the house or area. They recently refinished an old crib from Dr. D. L. Smith's Baby Hospital, which was actually made by Clark's grandfather, Luther Thompson.  At the end of our visit, I asked Clark about the story of the widow and all those kids. He laughed and said that was probably his family since his father worked out of town and there were six kids. Folks may have thought his mother was a widow raising her children alone.
One particular topic rose to the surface during our visit and later continued via email. Saluda needs its own place to house records, artifacts and documented stories relating to its people and its rich heritage. My grandmother used to joke saying, "At one time most of Saluda was owned by either the Thompsons or the Paces." If you recall from my last article, I marveled at the coincidences that have fallen into my lap since I started this journey. How ironic (or coincidental) those descendants from the Thompson and Pace families have met and are discussing the need to preserve Saluda's heritage. Of course, many other great Saluda families have contributed greatly to Saluda's history. And thank goodness for the wonderful "new" citizens who have come together to help preserve the history and integrity of the town. I was glad to see in the November edition of Saluda Lifestyles that steps are being taken to create a museum of some type. May I suggest that the descendants of the old families be invited to the table? Those of us that can come to the meetings will do so whenever possible. I also suggest that a non-profit be established, with a board of directors, so that the entity can be managed accordingly. Descendants of the original families should definitely be named to the board.
The night before I wrote this column, I had a very strange thing happen. Something drew me to a bookcase where I keep a small collection of books relating to Saluda. For some reason I was drawn to I Remember Saluda, A Storytelling by Charles O. Hearon, Jr. I had never read this book from cover to cover before so I thought this might make a good nighttime read. I read most of it before I went to sleep. The next morning I woke up and started working on this column. The process began by reviewing Clark's document which chronicles the ownership of the house on Pine Street. To say the least, I was startled to discover that Charles O. Hearon Sr. had once been an owner of Clark's house. Was it a coincidence that I was drawn to Charles O. Hearon Jr.'s book the night before, which describes places he lived as a child? What is it they say about coincidences? This one kind of floored me. But as Charles O. Hearon Jr. so eloquently put it, "Nobody minds you coming, but just bring yourself, and leave whatever you left where you left it." He also goes on to say, "Old Saluda is gone. It floats around in some old heads and hearts, and that's all." I think this was my sign. Before all those heads and hearts are gone, we need to get busy. I want a tape recorder for Christmas! Wonder if Santa will still deliver the goods?
Submitted by Cindy Stephenson Tuttle

For future columns, I need your help:
1.    I am still trying to inventory homes built by O.B. Garren in Saluda. If you know of a home, please let me know.
2.    I am also trying to find pictures of and information about the old boarding house owned by Ransom W. Pace. 
Please email me at if you have any information. (Please note this is a new email address.)
Area Holiday Shopping
Holiday Artist Market At The Arts Council Of Henderson County
The Arts Council of Henderson County's annual Holiday Artist Market opens Friday, November 27 with a reception in The Arts Council's D. Samuel Neill Gallery, 538 North Main Street, 2nd Floor in downtown Hendersonville, from 5:30 - 8:00 pm.

The Market will be open through Saturday, December 19, 2009, with special holiday gallery hours, Monday - Saturday, from 1:00 - 5:00 pm.
This will be a great opportunity to find those one-of-a-kind gifts for those special and sometimes hard-to-buy-for people on your shopping list.

Items available for purchase will include fine art, folk art and crafts- all will make great gifts and are reasonably priced.

Artists include local and regional favorites like Janet Jacobson, Susan Barrett (award winner at both the 2009 Bring Us Your Best and Art on Main shows), Kate Stockman, and Kim Adams.  Completing the list of talented artists and artisans are Maxine Tatreau, Barbara Stock, Cheryl Stippich, Susan Webb Tregay, Leslie "Lil" Lauer, Walter Chase, Beverly Gable, Diane Fitzgerald, Kenneth D. Peterson, Constance Vlahoulis, Oshima Keiji, Wesley Corn (award winner at 2009 Bring Us Your Best), Susan Welsh, and Ben Freeman, whose work was the featured art for the 2009 Art on Main poster and merchandise.
Tryon Fine Arts Ultimate Holiday Party is Thursday, December 10.  Click here to see details. 
Holiday Pearl Party
shanghaiSaludians are invited to a Holiday Drop-in Pearl Party given by Donna Lyerly on Saturday, Dec 5th from 11-5.  There will be festive food and drink.  SAVE 35% on all regular priced items, and save up to 80% on all special purchases just for the party. 
If you can't make the party, then save by shopping online.  Use the Coupon code:  holiday.  to save 35% on all purchases at  'til 12-31-2009.  Valid on all items except Gift Certificates.  NOTE:  orders must be placed by December 18th to insure delivery by Christmas.  Limited quantities on some items - order early.
We wish you all good health, lots of laughter, more time with family and friends, and a love-filled holiday season.
All past Saluda Lifestyles are archived on the Saluda Lifestyles website
Cathy Jackson,
Cathy Jackson Realty