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February 1, 2010

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Thompson's Store
Senior Center News
The Women's Club of Saluda
Meetings to Remember
Saluda Community Land Trust
Yoga Schedule
Free Workshops with Tyrrell
Healthy Lifestyle Challenge
Saluda Medical Center
Recycling on Tuesdays
Saluda Library
Saluda School
Saluda Church Services
Saluda Business Association
New Saluda Service Directory
Saluda Classifieds
Charter Blocks SL
Health and Wellness
What's Happening
Saluda Relief
Robinson Community Garden
Art Clues
A Wife Who Means Well
Saluda Scoop
City News
Saluda Arts Festival
Foster Turns 100!
The Battle of Shallow Ford
Saluda Garden Club
Visitor Information Links
Music and Entertainment
The Purple Onion
Area News Media
Tryon Daily Bulletin
Saluda Lifestyles
Past Issues of Saluda Lifestyles

Saluda Property & Real Estate

Cathy Jackson Realty is a full-service real estate brokerage representing Buyers and Sellers.  Let us know how we may serve your real estate needs. 
4.10 acres, pond, approx 800 SF, 2BR, 1BA, 2-car garage.  Close to city limits but in Polk County.
Fall and Winter are the Best Time to See Raw Land.  Make plans now to see your dream mountain property 
Thompson Store - A Sign of the Times
larry and debbieWe truly regret having to write this to inform you all that Thompson's Store and Ward's Grill in Saluda, NC is going out of business.  The downturn of the economy has struck us a very hard blow, and with Larry's health also being an issue, we can no longer maintain this business as it should be.  We will continue to operate the grill and the store through February 13, 2010, two weeks, to give someone an opportunity to make an offer for the property and business.  We still believe it is a viable business, and very important to the people and the town of Saluda.  Numerous people have talked to us and have expressed a desire to keep it going, now is the time to act.  If no one comes forward to purchase it, we will have to begin a "going out of business sale" on February 15.  We would like to thank all of you who have supported us, and hope you can understand that closing this place is not something we wish to do, however, the economy and health have mandated it.
You can reach the Jackson's at:
Store:  828-749-2311
Cell:  828-699-4717
Larry and Debbie Jackson
John 14:6  Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
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!
Sun. Feb. 07, Super Bowl Party @ senior center. Doors open at 4pm. Donations accepted.
Sat. Feb. 27 @ 12pm, Mushroom Workshop on the deck @ senior center. Learn to grow your own Shitaki mushrooms in oak logs. You will make a Shitaki log and receive a previously made oyster mushroom log. Call to register @ 749-9245.
Beginning Monday, February 15, the second in a series of American Contract Bridge lessons for beginning and advancing players will be taught at the Saluda Senior Center.  This second series is Play of the Hand, the most exciting part of the game, and will emphasize how to make a PLAN before you start to play and then putting it all together.  This series of classes will be held each Monday morning for eight (8) weeks from 9-11 AM at the Saluda Senior Center.
Beginning Thursday, February 18, the first of the series of American Contract Bridge lessons for beginning and advancing players will again be taught. This first series is Bidding andwill focus on being able to bid more accurately with concentration on opening 5-card majors. This series of classes will be held each Thursday morning for eight (8) weeks from 9-11 AM at the Saluda Senior Center.
These classes will be taught by Tollie Ross, a certified bridge teacher. Tollie has been teaching bridge to adults, teenagers, and children for some eight years. He taught Spanish and German for 40 years and has just retired from Darlington School, a private college prep school in Rome, Georgia. His philosophy in teaching is "let's have fun."  The instruction material was written by Audrey Grant, a professional educator who happens to be a bridge player. Please contact the Saluda Senior Center at 749-9245 or Edie Campbell at 749-1212 for more information. 
Don't forget Wed. movie matinee @ 2pm. (3) Indiana Jones-Kingdom of the Skull, (10) Rumor Has It, (17) Flight plan, and (24) Ray. Popcorn and drinks available for $.50 each
Thurs. Feb. 11 @ 1pm, Travel with Bill Klippel, please call a day ahead to reserve lunch.
Thurs. Feb. 18 @ 6pm, Single Women United will have a potluck dinner. Bring a dish and enjoy a fun night. The theme is Mardi Gras.
Thurs. Feb. 25 @ 6pm, Community potluck w/ program from Saluda Fire Dept.-Home Prevention.
Artwork of Polk County High School students will be on display Fri. Feb. 19 through April 01. Please come by during Center hours Mon.-Fri 8:30am-2:30pm to see their display.
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.
Women's Club Meeting
The Women's Club of Saluda will meet on Tuesday, February 9 at 10am at the Presbyterian Church fellowship hall.  Cassandra Nelson-Gorski will provide the program.  Bring a photo of a woman who has blessed you by her love.

Call Frances Fairey at 828.749.9714 with questions.
We welcome new members!

The Women's Club of Saluda is a service/social organization dedicated to helping Saluda become an even better place to live.  We include year-round residents and part-timers of all ages.  We work to raise money to support our projects and have a little fun along the way.  Our primary goal is to provide scholarships to deserving Saluda students.  In addition, we support the Medical Center, the Fire Dept. and the Senior Center ... all in Saluda, as well as other deserving organizations.  If you'd like to come see what we are all about, please join us at one of our meetings.  We meet the second Tuesday each month, at 10 am in the Presbyterian Church.  We welcome visitors each month. 
Meetings to Remember
Town Council meets second Monday of the month at 7:00pm in the meeting room above the Saluda Library.
Saluda Business Association will meet Tuesday February 2, at 5:30pm in the Meeting Room of the Saluda Library.
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 February 3 and 17 at 3:00 at Saluda Presbyterian Fellowship Hall.  For information please call Betsy Burdett at 828-749-2161.

Saluda Community Land Trust
Thanks to the generosity of the Polk County Community Foundation, Saluda Community Land Trust (SCLT) members were able to visit and learn from several successful small land trusts in Massachusetts and Vermont. One of the lessons learned was to "use what you have" and build community by improving or expanding upon what is already good in the neighborhood.
Saluda's greatest asset is its beautiful natural surroundings. The City of Saluda owns 18 acres within the city limits that will make a wonderful nature park. Because a two-acre portion of the property was once used as a dump, and kudzu has made a home at the capped dump site, converting the property to a nature park will take time and energy.  But it is a beautiful piece of land, well worth the effort to save. The project will not be done "in a day," for sure; it's more like a five- year project with the first step being the hardest. 
SCLT and the City of Saluda are gearing up to organize volunteer work teams to work on Saturday mornings beginning in March. We'd love to have your help and energy. It is a great project, making better one of the most valuable assets to the community, the natural beauty surrounding us. Call SCLT at 749-1560 or City Hall at 749-2581 if you want to be part of the team. 
Our meetings will be Wednesdays February 3 and 17 at 3:00 in the Presbyterian meeting room.
Have questions or want to know more about the Saluda Community Land Trust-- "Skillet"?  Go to our website at or call 828-749-1560. 
Yoga Class Schedules
Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork.  Cassandra Nelson-Gorski, LMBT, invites you to one full hour of muscle melting, mind calming, stress reducing, body care. For the month of February take $5 off when you mention this article. Gift certificates are available. Please call 749-3794 to make an appointment or if you have any questions.
Happy Valentine's Day!!

Cassandra's Class Schedule
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.
Yoga at NECTAR
Nectar is a healing/consciousness space located in the old The Meditation Station.  We offer Yoga, Herbs, Massage, Elixirs and a full Oxygen Bar.

Monday 12:30-6:00
Tuesday 12:30-7:00
Wednesday 9:00-2:30
Thursday 12:30- 7:00
Friday 12:30-6:00
Saturday 10:00-2:00
Sunday Closed

Yoga Schedule
Monday 12:30-1:30 (Vinyasa/Flow)
Tuesday 5:30-7:00
Wednesday 9:00-10:30
Thursday 5:30-7:00
Friday 12:30-1:30 (Vinyasa/Flow)
Saturday 10:00-11:30

*All classes are Mixed level and Anusara Inspired

Classes are $12 and $10 for Saluda locals.  Class Packages are also available.

You can reach us at (828) 216-3421 and visit our Website on its way at
Free Workshop by Kathy Tyrrell
Kathy Tyrrell  invites you to a free introduction workshop on "The Work" by Katie Byron.  "The Work is simply four questions that, when applied to a specific problem, enable you to see what is troubling you in an entirely different light.  As Katie says, 'It's not the problem that causes our suffering: it's our thinking about the problem.' Contrary to popular belief, trying to let go of a painful thought never works: instead, once we have done The Work, the thought lets go of us. At that point, we can truly love what is, just as it is." 
Kathy would like to share what she has learned with others and will hold these workshops in her home on Tuesday 6-7pm and Friday 4-5pm.  For more information, please contact Kathy at 828-674-2692.  To find out more about "The Work of Byron Katie,"  please visit:
February Healthy Lifestyles Challenge
Health Challenge -Seek Sunshine
During these dreary winter months, when the sun does come out, so should we.  Any day that has some sunshine we need to get out and soak up the rays.  (unless your Doctor has told you to stay out of the sun completely)
Our bodies make vitamin D when our skin is exposed to sunlight.   Resent studies have shown that many of us have a vitamin D deficiency, especially in the winter.   Vitamin D deficiencies can cause fatigue, muscle and joint pain, sleep problems, compromised immune systems, and depression.   It only takes a few minutes in the sunshine, without sunscreen, to keep our vitamin D levels up.
A few minutes in the sun, in the morning, helps our body clocks to set and tells our bodies when to be awake and when to sleep. Exposure to sunlight can help prevent SAD, seasonal affective disorder, a type of depression caused by the lack of exposure to enough light.
So, on days that we get sunshine, make a point to try to get out and enjoy it for a little while.  You may see all kinds of health benefits.

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

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Introducing Lorraine Whitson.....


Lorraine is our Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) and in that capacity provides many of the same services a nurse does, i.e. noting patients' presenting medical concerns, taking blood pressure, drawing blood, administering EKGs, preparing patients for the providers, and assisting the providers with procedures.  Additionally, you can find Lorraine helping out at the front desk, greeting patients, and scheduling appointments.
You might say Lorraine is a "local girl," having been born and raised in Columbus, graduating from Polk County High School (where she received her CNA though membership in HOSA), and working in the area after receiving her CCMA at Isothermal Community College.  Her professional employment history includes working on the Geropsychology Unit at St. Luke's Hospital and the Alzheimer's Unit at Tryon Estates.  She joined the Saluda Medical Center in June, 2009.
Okay, enough of the credentials part.  What you really should know (if you don't already) is that Lorraine is a very considerate and conscientious person who treats all patients with care, respect, and genuine interest.  Patients appreciate how she establishes immediate rapport while escorting them to the examining room, as she prepares for the more clinical aspect of the visit.  Lorraine truly embodies the "care" in "Healthcare."
Soon, Lorraine plans to enroll in classes to become a Registered Nurse, a pursuit which along with raising three young children and her full time employment at the Center will keep her very busy.
Our Newest Provider 
Look for the March issue of Lifestyles where you'll find an introduction of Julie Holley, a Family Nurse Practitioner who has joined our staff as a third provider, along with Dr. Jeff Viar, and Linda Barton.
Meet the Staff.  View staff pictures and brief bios on SMC
Contact the Saluda Medical Center at 828-749-4411 or visit their web site at
Recycling on Tuesdays


The Polk County Mobile Recycling is at the Tickle Family Health Center and Spa every Tuesday from 7 to 12.  Jennifer Patton staffs the unit and is there with a friendly smile to help you.
Saluda Community Library
Paul Koenen


  Saluda Community Library
        Children's Program 
Wednesday, Feb 3 - Groundhog Day Preschool Storytime - 10:30 am
Thursday, Feb 4 - Bouncing Babies and Toddlers in Tow - 10:00 am
Wednesday, Feb 10 - Valentine's Day Preschool Storytime and Craft - 10:30 am
Thursday, Feb 11- Bouncing Babies and Toddlers in Tow - 10:00 am
Wednesday, Feb 17 - Make Way for Ducklings Preschool Storytime - 10:30 am
Thursday, Feb 18 - Bouncing Babies and Toddlers in Tow - 10:00 am
Wednesday, Feb 24 - Choo! Choo! Go the Trains Preschool Storytime - 10:30 am
Thursday, Feb 25 - Bouncing Babies and Toddlers in Tow - 10:00 am
Find Out When Trailblazers Returns To The Polk County Public Library In Columbus For A Groundhog Day Hike Wednesday, February 3, 4:00 Pm. 
Explore The Trails Behind The Library With Saluda School Teacher, Jeff Jenkins.  Wear Comfortable Walking Shoes And Bring A Refillable Water Bottle
Enjoy A Healthy Snack After Your Walk!
It's Time To Get Outside Again!
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.
Saluda School
  Joe Adams  
      February Events at
    Saluda Elementary
Thursday, February 11
"Souper" Supper will be served from 4:30 until 6:30pm in the school cafeteria.  Soup or pinto beans, grilled cheese or cornbread, cookie and tea or lemonade all for only $4.  The proceeds from this meal will be used to purchase new playground equipment. 
Friday, February 12
February 12 will be a Half Day for Students.  School will dismiss at 11:30am.  Faculty & staff will participate in professional development activities in the afternoon.
Wednesday, February 17
February 17 is Random Acts of Kindness Day.
Do something nice for someone today!
Cookbooks for Sale
PTSO is selling cookbooks, " Saluda School Family Favorites"  for $10 to purchase new playground equipment to replace the old wooden play structure on the field. 
Many community members and visitors use the playground on the weekends and during the summer months.  Our PTSO wants to add the equipment in two phases.  Hopefully, through our fundraising efforts, Phase I will be installed before the end of this school year.
Cookbooks are available in the school secretary's office and in several of the downtown businesses.  
Visit to learn more about the North Carolina A+ Schools Program. 
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

News from Saluda Business Association
The new Saluda  Visitors Center is officially open.  Gail and David Nonnamaker generously donated space at Southern Blessings for this center.  They funded a large sign that is placed in the parking lot and Department of Transportation has put up the blue and white "Visitor's Information" signs on the interstate exit ramps. 
Judy Ward and Barbara Seiler are organizing the center and the next phase is to display pictures of "ole timey Saluda."
We could still use more racks for tourist brochures and rack cards.
The purpose of the center is to educate toursit and visitors about Saluda restaurants, lodging, shops, outdoor recreation, events, and history of Saluda.
Visit , the official town guide website.
New Saluda Service Directory
An all new and updated 2010 Saluda Service Directory is now available.  This is a compilation of service providers in the local area and is a free publication sponsored by Cathy Jackson Realty.
It's a bright orange trifold and has been placed at public places around town.  You can also click here to download a copy.
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). 
Also available, 600 sq. ft with bathroom, paved parking spaces in front, and signage visible from Main St. Ground floor of the building on the corner of Main St. and Pearson Falls Rd. $352.00/month (includes electric and water)  Call Debi @ 828-749-9224.
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
Saluda Lifestyles wishes to express its deepest sympathies to the family and friends of lost loved ones.
Marilyn B. Talbot, 73 passed away peacefully on Friday, January 1, 2010 with the comfort of her family surrounding her.   This past Christmas Marilyn had donated her children's Christmas gifts to Boykins Spaniel Rescue, the Humane Societies Chicken Soup Fund and Lennie's Urgent Care Fund.  
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Saluda - A Healing Place
snow picDriving down the road looking over the pastoral fields and mountain tops of glistening white snow, I thought how elegant the long-laying snow had added to Saluda's charm. 
Unlike, any year I remember, the icy snow still covered the shady wooded areas and roadsides for almost 30 days.
Accompanying a first-time visitor to Saluda during this drive, I was reminded of my first visit to Saluda.  Through her eyes I remembered how Saluda enchants people on a first visit.   Saluda's unspoiled way of life is calming and refreshing.   It's hard to describe why Saluda feels the way it does.  
It's many things--Chatting with the 80-year old proprietor of  a 100 year-old general store who works six days a week and takes time to learn all about you.  The comfort of a warm cup of soup sitting at the round table in the front of the Saluda Grade with sun beaming on your face.  Taking a stroll down Main Street on a quiet winter day.  Listening to the music at the Purple Onion with Saluda friends and neighbors.  Watching friendly shop owners turning visitors into regulars.  Sitting on a bench watching passersby.  A friendly wave and smile as you pass on the street.  Joyful sounds of kids playing at the playground and the school.  Touring the shade covered streets of 100-year old Victorian homes.  Stopping at the library to get a good book to curl up with.  A visit to the post office that serves as a gathering place to meet and greet neighbors. 
Saluda is a healing lifestyle and that's why people choose to be here.
Health and Wellness -- Body, Mind and Soul
megan wardSaluda has always been a healing place since the turn of the 20th century.  Folks from the low country of South Carolina traveled on passenger trains to Saluda to escape summer's sweltering heat and mosquitoes.  Because of its healthy mountain air, Dr. Lesesne Smith opened a baby hospital in Saluda and babies came from all over to be treated for respiratory problems.
Today, Saluda has a variety of health and wellness providers in which Saluda citizens appreciate.  They are:

The Saluda Medical Center, located a short distance from downtown Saluda, is a non-profit rural health center providing comprehensive quality medical care to all individuals, regardless of age, income, or health insurance status.  The full range of medical services provided by the Center includes primary and continued patient care, well exams, disability exams, employment, Department of Transportation and sports physicals, immunizations, pediatric and geriatric services, and minor surgical procedures.

Deb Phillips, LCSW and Jim Hall, PhD, are two therapists in Saluda, whose office is upstairs from the Gardener's Cottage.  Both Deb and Jim have many years experience working with individuals, couples, families and groups. They are committed to healing relationships, with ourselves and others, and working to help people live meaningful and mindful lives.  They can be reached at 828-749-3003.
Mary H. Farrell, LMBT Originally from Maryland by way of Florida, Mary has called Saluda home since 1997 when she moved here with her husband, The focus of her work at this time is Swedish massage, deep tissue massage (using trigger point therapy, medical and neuromuscular techniques) and energy balancing. Mary maintains her good standing in Saluda through her involvement in community projects and as a member of the Saluda Business Association and Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP). 101 Cullipher Street, Suite 3 Saluda, NC 28773  828-749-1197.
Saluda Healing Center,
located in the back of Nostalgia Courtyard on the corner of Main Street and Pearson Falls Road, offers a wide variety of services.
Dr. Bonnie Williamson, chiropractor, provides chiropractic care for the entire family, neuromuscular re-education and acupuncture.  Gail O'Kelley, certified colonic therapist, provides detoxification through colon hydrotherapy and ionic footbaths.  Lella Holland, licensed professional counselor, provides individual, couples and family therapy.  In addition, Lella provides neurofeedback, an innovative technology for self-regulating brainwaves that reduces the need for many medications.  Neurofeeedback is used to treat depression, anxiety, panic attacks, bipolar disorder.  Saluda Healing Center also offers sessions in a far-infrared sauna and on the Amethyst Bio-Mat which provides far-infrared and negative ions and is especially helpful for pain relief and stress reduction.  FREE demonstrations on the Bio-Mat are available by appointment. They offer FREE phone consultations on all of services.  For more information, please call 828-749-3875.  (Pictured left to right:  Lella Holland, Dr. Bonnie Williamson, Gail O'Kelley).

Tickle Family Health Center and Spa is committed to your well being. We assist you with mind and body wellness using integrity and compassion. We do our utmost to provide services at affordable rates so you and your family may achieve the level of health you desire. 438 E Hwy 176, Saluda, NC (828) 749-3434.

Autumn Care of Saluda. Three quarters of a mile from Main Street is Autumn Care of Saluda, a 99-bed skilled nursing facility. Our goal is to assist patients to become independent and return home and to make a home for those who remain with us as residents and family. Located at 501 Esseola Drive.  828-749-2261. Glenn Pierce, Administrator,
Experience unique hospitality along your spiritual journey at the Snail's Pace.  Tailored to your spiritual needs they offer:  a slower pace to pray, create, or "just be," quiet days, spiritual guidance, personal or group guided retreats, and personal or group silent retreats.  Contact the Snails Space at 828-749-3851 or
Drawing of "Healing Hands"by Saluda artist, Beverly Pickard.
What's Happening
purple onion 
Fred Whiskin on piano every Friday playing "Blues to Brubeck."
February Music Schedule
February 4 ­ Chuck Brodsky
February 6 ­ Menage
February 11 ­ Jon Shain
February 13 ­ Jacob Johnson
February 18 ­ Brian McGee & Hollow Speed
February 20 ­ Kellin Watson
February 21 ­ Beaucoup Blue (Sunday Concert Series)
February 25 ­ Fayssoux McLean & Brandon Turner
February 27 ­ Taylor Moore & the Bordeaux Brothers
The Sunday concert will start at 7 pm.  Tickets are $15 per person.  Call the Purple Onion for reservations at 828-749-1179.  The cafe accepts Visa and Mastercard.

saluda grade

Saluda Grade will be having a Super Bowl Party on February 7!  On the menu for the afternoon will be Super Bowls of Chili, Nachos, Hot Chicken Legs, Endless Popcorn and other Yummy Food... Also Draft Beer!!  Come join us for a great afternoon of Football, Food, Beer and Fun!!

February is also all about Valentines at the Saluda Grade Cafe!!  We will be having an entire weekend Friday the 12th, Saturday the 13 and Sunday the 14th devoted to Special Valentines Menus!!  Don't forget to call early to make your reservations for you and your special Sweet Heart!  Happy Valentine's Day! Contact us at 828-749-5854.

 Green River Boys
Joe AdamsThe Green River Boys invite you to Shaffer's Roadside Grill on February 5.  They are scheduled to perform every other Friday night at 6:00pm.  Check their schedule at Green River Boys.     
Joe Adams
The Saluda Mountain Jamboree & Special Events Park 
Valentine  Party  At  The  Jamboree!!
February 13th will be this years Valentine Party with the band "Sound Factory" providing the music and the entertainment for the dance.   A great way to spend Saturday evening with your Sweetheart and friends.   There will be punch, cake and other treats,  plus, lots of Valentine decor to set the mood for the weekend.  Admission will be $10.00.   Make your reservations early!!
Check our events schedule on the website,
February/March Music Schedule
February 6th       Carolina Misty
February 13th      Sound Factory
(Feb. 13th will be The Valentine Party)
February 20th      Southern Pointe
February 27th      Kelly Road
March 6th           Crimson Rose
March 13th          Southern Pointe
March 20th          Sound Factory
March 27th          Sound Investment

Joe AdamsThe Wine Cellar at the Saluda Inn  
The Saluda Inn had some excited but cold guests this past month!  Although it has been a while since it snowed, we still had a lot that would not go away. 
One man from California was beside himself with excitement!  His wife and her friends went out shopping and he took on the task of shoveling snow.  This was his first time and really had a great time!  Of course, it was a sunny beautiful day with a warm temperature of 50+.  I invited him to come back anytime it snowed. Today it was as warm as spring and most of the snow is finally gone.  Now I feel like I live in the South again!  
Carolina Wine has some great wine and chocolate packages that can be ordered and mailed, delivered or picked up at The Wine Cellar.  They feature chocolates from two local chocolate makers, French Broad and Black Mountain.  The wines are matched to the chocolate truffles and chocolate tasting drops.  We deliver all over the USA (where the law allows).
Chocolate and Wine Flight with Cupid!  The Wine Cellar at the Saluda Inn is taking reservations for a 6-wine and 6-chocolate tasting flight.  A RICH way to spend an evening.  Valentines Weekend  February 11, 12 and 13.  Live music on Friday and Saturday.
The Wine Cellars Music and Art.
Check our calendar on for current and up to date events information.
The Wine Cellar serves 20+ wines by the glass, local beers, non-alcohol drinks and hot beverage services.  A great place to start - spend - or end the evening.
Feb 6.  Saturday - Family Game Night.  Bring a game or play one of ours!  Well behaved parents are welcome to bring their children.
Feb. 12  Ryan Furstenburg - Folksie Music and Valentines Chocolate and Wine Flights.
Feb. 13 Angela Easterling - Singer Songwriter and Valentines Chocolate and Wine Flights.
Feb. 15 Watch Your Carolina Wine Expert, The Wine Cellar Owner on WSPA/CBS on Your Carolina Morning with Jack Roper and Kimberly Kelly. 
Feb. 18 Verlie Murphy - Saluda Artist "Meet the Artist"
Feb. 19 Wylie Rauschenbach's Birthday #7  Free juice boxes for all.
Feb. 20 Ladies night out.
Feb. 26 Paul Cataldo - Singer Songwriter
For more information please call Joni at 828-749-9698 or email to
megan wardJim Carson Outdoor Painting Workshops
Local artist, Jim Carson has announced his 2010 Workshop schedule. These workshops are "plein air" (outdoor) oil and acrylic and are entitled "Painting Fast And Loose/ Eliminating The Unnecessary."
     April   22-24    Macon, Ga.
     May    20-22   Cashiers, N.C.
     June   3-5       Saluda, N.C.
     Sept   23-25    Cashiers, N.C.
     Oct    7-9        Saluda, N.C.
     Oct.   28-39     Saluda, N.C.
     Nov.   4-6        Macon, Ga.
The focus of these workshops will be to attempt to master the principal as stated by Pablo Picasso that "art is the elimination of the unnecessary." The three day 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 an emphasis on color harmony, painterly marks and composition. For the Saluda workshops, the cost includes a "get acquainted" gathering at Carson's studio the night before the workshop, as well as a tasty catered lunch brought to the painting site each day by The Saluda Grade Café.
Because of the popularity of the "Getting Perspective Right" workshop in January, Jim will schedule another one some time in the first part of the year, and the date will be announced here.

For more information, contact Jim at 828 7493702 or visit, or email
Happenings at the Tryon Fine Arts Center and Tryon Arts & Crafts  

We hope to see you at some of February 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.
Relief for Saluda Families
On December 24, 2008 John G Russell, also know as JR or Batman or Isaac Creek Builders was diagnosed with a brain tumor.  He has had radiation, surgery, and chemo treatments. His tumor has worsened and has even spread into his spine.  On top of this, his wife, Janice lost her job in 2007 and has been taking care of John.  Finances are rough, as you can imagine.  Many repairs are needed in their home and many people are willing to donate their time in doing the repairs but are financially unable to provide the materials.  The repairs would make it a safer environment for John and his family.  John has always been a giver and has done many great things for people in our community, and now he and his family need help themselves.  If you are able to help this family who have given so much to others, please send your charitable relief to his daughter Ashley Crissone, 109 Sunrise Drive, Mill Spring, NC  28756.  You can contact Ashley at 828-899-5491.
Fire damaged the home of Saluda citizens, Norma and Charlie Emory.  An account has been set up at Macon Bank in Saluda to help with the family with building supply costs.  Donations can be sent to Macon Bank at 108 East Main Street or PO Box 98, Saluda, NC 28773, attention Angie Blackwell.
Robinson Community Garden in Saluda
megan ward  
This is the third year of the Robinson Community Garden in Saluda on the corner of Henderson and Poplar Street. This is your chance to be a part of this exciting community activity.
The garden this year will again have access to city water to insure successful gardening.
Plots are 10 feet by 20 feet of usable space. The cost of a plot is $30.00.
To reserve a plot contact: or call Marilyn Prudhomme at 828-749-9172. There will be an informational gardening meeting on March 23rd at 6:30 PM at the Saluda Public Library.                     
Come and be a part of the fun of gardening with your neighbors.
The garden is sponsored by SCLT, Saluda Community Land Trust. 
Art Clues
Ideas for Creating and Enjoying Art


TAKE A TURN. Don't let your wood stay distressed.
Artists who use wood as their creative material (turn bowls, sculpt) begin by carefully selecting their wood.  Dave Prudhomme, who is one of these artists, introduced me to distressed wood a few years ago at a demonstration and now has provided the information for this column.
Thanks, Dave.     
 dave 1SOUTH FLORIDA MAHOGANY TREE PARTIALLY DESTROYED BY HURRICANE IVAN Insects, bacteria and fungus destroyed it two years later.




Distressed wood can be recognized by its weather injuries, evidence of bacteria and insects as well as fungus and stress cracks from wind and ice damage.   From the artists' point of view the distress makes the wood interesting, colorful, and exciting.  Completely healthy wood, ironically, is not as visually interesting.  So in this column we recommend working with distressed wood to create something beautiful and lively.
The following photos are examples of what this column is trying to communicate.  Is a picture worth a thousand words?  Then I'll slow down on typing and start importing photos.
dave 2Wood live in its prime has no distress and is not as interesting to work with.

dave 3Notice the spalting (black lines) caused by fungus stains.
Large holes are caused by wood boring beetles.

dave 4Photo shows the Hurricane Ivan damage on the right and healthy wood on top.  Notice fungus spalting on bottom limb.
dave 5Live wood with stress crack from ice or wind damage.
dave 6Termite damage. Termites drag in fungus that begins tree rot.
dave 7Identical poplar wood. Lower bowl is super distressed.
Everything that could happen has modified the appearance and created
a new ambience.
megan wardBefore turning and after turning.
Next month's Art Clues will be "Art Expectations" Creating for yourself or for others?
Beverly Bowden Pickard
A Wife Who Means Well
author, Joe Adams

Joe Adams

Having been married to the same woman for more than 50 years, I know that my wife means well.  She is determined that I get completely over the stroke I had a couple of summers ago and she doesn't want to see any back-sliding in the process.
She's forever clipping little articles from newspapers and magazines about what people older than me are doing with their lives...or things like "l0 Tips for Getting Rid of Belly Fat."  She leaves them next to the fattening meals she prepares for me.
The other morning there was a newspaper clipping about a 90 year old widower who had flown across the English Channel standing up on the top wing of a bi-plane.  Can you imagine?  I couldn't.  I assumed my wife was trying to encourage me to be more adventuresome so as soon as I finished reading the article, I yelled into the kitchen: "Call the airport in Hendersonville.  Get me a bi-plane.  I want to fly over Lake Sheila on the wings."  She said, "What are you going to wear?"  I told her I would probably fly naked if the pilot doesn't fly too low.  She thought I should wear my pajamas. 
"Are you going to use your walking stick?" she wanted to know.  I told her that I wasn't walking anywhere...that once they got me up on the wing I would just be standing there while the plane flew.  I might take my cane for balance but I wanted to have at least one free hand so I could wave to my friends and neighbors.
Before she called the airport, she wanted me to know that she thought I was crazy.  But she's the one that gave me the article about the man who flew over the English Channel.  She tried to tell me that it was just for my general interest and she didn't expect me to fly on the wings of a bi-plane.  It gave me a perfect opportunity to say, "What about the Belly fat article?  Was that for general interest?"  She said "No...that was a How-To article in case you decide to shed it." 
I think I would have a better chance of flying across Lake Sheila standing on the wings of a bi-plane than losing my belly fat.  I know they have a bi-plane in Hendersonville because one day I went to see the couple that have it.  But I also know that I am much too fat to stand on the wings of the thing...I'm sure I would go straight through to say nothing of how I would get up there in the first place.  But in case we can figure it out, keep your eyes to the sky as the crowd yells, "It's a bird.  It's a plane.  No darn it, its Joe Adams standing naked on the wings waving like crazy."  Which he is. 
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
Buttercup Cottage is are offering a "Wine and Roses" buttercupspecial for all bookings at the Buttercup Cottage during February 2010.  Come to the Buttercup Cottage with your sweetheart anytime during February 2010 and we'll provide at no extra charge a bottle of wine and bouquet of roses.  The two-bedroom cottage is in Historic Saluda, only a half mile from Main Street.  February is the perfect time for sightseeing without the hustle and bustle of the summer crowds.  Spend the day exploring our beautiful area, then come home to the cottage and enjoy the cozy warmth of the fireplace.  Choose red or white wine...or champagne if you prefer, we'll take care of the rest.  Check us out at, then email us at for more information or to make a reservation. Pet friendly!
megan wardConsider a romantic stay at The Oaks Bed and Breakfast, in the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina.  Attentive inn keepers assist with your every need.  Arrangements can include an intimate dining experience, designer chocolates, flowers or a sensuous massage.  Or maybe a quiet evening by the fire - smooching is allowed and encouraged - before retiring to your spacious and comfortable accommodations, knowing that a sumptuous gourmet breakfast awaits you after you have taken your rest. Contact us at: or call
828.749.2000.  Click here to visit our web site. 
megan wardSaluda Wine & Cheese Market has what you need to make this Valentine's Day a special one.  Treat your sweetheart to a box of handmade truffles from Van's Chocolates paired with one of our many sparkling wines from California, France, Italy, or Spain.  We also have on hand the latest sensation in the wine industry- CHOCOVINE!  A delicious combination of French Red Wine and Dutch Chocolate- stop in and have a taste next time you're in town- you won't be disappointed! 
If you haven't already, drop by and try some of our delicious baked goods and warm up with a cup of our custom blended coffee from Leopard Forest Coffee.  We have a delectable assortment of scones, cookies, and handmade pastries, and we sell Wildflour Bakery Bread for $3.79 every day.  Saluda Wine & Cheese Market is proud to offer a wide variety of locally produced wines, beers, cheeses, chocolates, and baked goods.  Saluda Wine and Cheese. Contact us at 828-749-9463.
Happy Valentine's Day from Kelly and Allen!

For all you sweet lovers, Duck Alley is pleased to announce that by mid March they will be serving ice cream, 12 flavors of old-fashioned fudge, and hard candies.  Duck Alley is located at the back of the Depot Station.  For more information contact Lisa at 828-749-3687.  
Manna Cabanna has opened for Winter Wednesday offering fresh eggs and winter veggies.

backsideCaroline's On Main at 101 Cullipher St.  Due to year-end inventory and expected higher than normal amounts of frozen precipitation, Caroline's will not post regular store hours for February.  We will be open by appointment and on occasional days when the OPEN flag will be flying.  Please call us at 828-749-9320 or at home.  If you would like to leave a message, we'll return your call as soon as possible.  For changes or updates, please visit the homepage of our website at 
828-749-9320 If you are away from us for the Winter, you can shop with us online at 
megan wardCottage Caretakers can take care of alll 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 wardBaby, it's cold outside, but Salamander is open to warm you up with a 40%-off sale on select gift books.  And to make your funny Valentine smile, we've got new jewelry that features loving expressions in sterling.  Our organic body care (including  bubble bath with pure essential oils of lavender, grapefruit, bergamot, honeydew)  made in Charleston, is specially priced for your Valentine.  Of course, we've also got great artisan chocolates and champagne, too.  7 West Main Street, Saluda 828-749-3466.
City Notes

Joe Adams

Saluda city council appointed John Morgan as its major pro-tem. Other Department Head appointments were;  John Morgan remains water/sewer commissioner, Leon Morgan continues as parks, streets, and cemetery commission, Johnnie Kinard remains as public safety commissioner and newly elected George Sweet was named the sanitation, buildings and library commissioner.
The city council will hold an annual retreat on Saturday and Sunday, March 6 and 7. 
Keep up to date with city news at City of Saluda's website.
Saluda Arts Festival - Call for Entries

megan wardCultivating and promoting its heritage in the arts, the Saluda Business Association invites you to enter your work in the seventh annual Saluda Arts Festival scheduled for May 15, 2010.  Showcasing fine arts and crafts from local and regional artists, the Saluda Arts Festival draws thousands of spring tourists visiting Western North Carolina. 


This is a juried art event offering cash awards to a diverse range of 2D and 3D artwork. 


The art show celebrates Saluda's art heritage, historic buildings, and the natural beauty of its mountains and waterfalls.


Completed applications and digital images must be postmarked  by February 15, 2010.  Notification of acceptance will be mailed in March.  Please visit to see more information and requirements and to download an application. 

For questions, please contact Susie Welsh at 828-749-3900 or Catherine Ross at 828-243-8696. 
Foster Turns 100
fosterFamily and friends celebrated with Foster Archer on his 100th birthday at the Senior Center January 17.
Foster the "Old Guy" has authored two books, "Wild Fields" published in 1983 and "Down with Up and Up with Down," published in 1994.  Foster is working on his next book with over 100 pages already written.
Foster is a carpenter and built many homes in Saluda.  His last cabin took him 14 years to build and he completed it a few years ago.
Happy Birthday, Foster!
The Battle of Shallow Ford
shallowfordIt's not uncommon to think about family members that are no longer with us during the holiday season, especially those with whom you had a very close relationship. My experience over the holidays was a little unique in that I was thinking about a few family members I had never met. A few years ago, Gordon Pace from the Pace Society of America sent me an eighteen page document outlining the ancestors of my great-great grandfather, Ransom Woodruff Pace, totaling 9 generations. This document traces the lineage all the way back to the birth of Richard Pace in Wapping, England and his subsequent immigration to Jamestown, Va. Due to its complexity, I had never taken the time to thoroughly read it page by page. Right before Christmas, I was reviewing Generation No. 4 (Generation No. 1 begins with Ransom W. Pace) pertaining to John Pace who was born about 1725 in Prince George County, Va. and died in October of 1780 in Surry County, NC.
Surry County caught my eye. Though I am a part-timer in Saluda, I live out my other days in Stokes County which is a stones throw from Surry County. Being a transplant to Stokes County, I have never felt that I had any family ties in the area, other than my in-laws. My husband's family goes back generations in Stokes County or the Yadkin Valley region and I have always felt a little slighted when his family speaks of their roots in these parts. Upon further examination of the genealogical document, I learned that John Pace and his brother Richard moved to Edgecombe County, NC around 1760 after purchasing about 200 acres from Thomas Hart near Beaver Dam Swamp Creek. Upon Richard's death, John moved to Surry County. It is alleged that John and two of his sons, Thomas and Richmond, were Tories during the Revolutionary War and remained loyal to King George. All three were thought to be killed in action at the battle of Shallow Ford in October 1780. Though this has not been proven, John Pace was to have served under Gideon Wright whose unit was involved in the battle.
To confirm this bit of family history, I consulted a cousin on the Pace and Garren side, Dr. George A. Jones, who is a historian and founder of the Henderson County Genealogical and Historical Society. Here is what he said:
The County Court of Surry Co, NC considered John Pace (father) and Richmond (son) to be Tories and confiscated their property, which was later sold by the County Court at public auction. Two of John's sons, Jeremiah and Edmond, bought some of the property at the sale. Sarah (the mother) was granted her dower rights in the property. Later Burrell petitioned the State Legislature trying to recover some of the property admitting that his father and brother were Tories. The Legislature did not look with favor on his petition. I have no information on Thomas Pace.
It is unclear at this point where in Surry County John Pace and his family may have lived but Shallow Ford, or Shallowford as it is now called, is exactly fourteen miles from my doorstep in Stokes County. The location of the historical marker for the Battle of Shallow Ford is within the borders of Forsyth County but Shallow Ford itself is now on the boundary that divides Forsyth County from Yadkin County and no longer considered part of Surry County. Shallow Ford is exactly as its name implies; a shallow rocky area of the Yadkin River that made for easy crossing. More interesting historical information about Shallow Ford can be found on the website
Over the holidays my husband, daughter and I visited the site of the historical marker, which is located at a bridge which crosses the Yadkin River right outside of Lewisville on Shallowford Road. According to the marker, we were 600 yards south of the site where my great (5x) grandfather may have been killed. The day we visited was cold and icy with snow still covering the ground. We walked a little way toward the river but did not go all the way down since it was so slippery. I looked out over the Yadkin River and a chill ran over me. The blood of my family may have been shed in or near this very river. The three of us made a deal we would return when the weather warms up and maybe try to walk to the site of the battle. I now feel a deep connection to an area which I never thought I had a connection.
As many of my Pace cousins already know, one of John's other sons and my great (4x) grandfather, Burrell Pope Pace, Sr., Generation No. 3, is credited for settling Pace's Gap, which later became known as Saluda. Prior to this, he enlisted in the Patriot Army in 1776 and was elected to the rank of Sergeant in Col. John Henton's regiment. In January, we visited the Henderson County Heritage Museum. There in bold letters was the name Burrell Pope Pace, credited for serving as a Patriot in the Revolutionary War. Since learning of the drastically differing viewpoints of the Pace family during these early days in our country's history, I have wondered what conversation may have been like at their family holiday celebrations. We can only imagine.
Submitted by Cindy Stephenson Tuttle
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As a native and still part-time resident of Saluda, I am amazed at the amount of progress that has occurred in the town over the past thirty or so years. Each visit to my childhood community causes me to begin thinking of ways in which our delightfully old-fashioned town might be tweaked to make it even more attractive to residents, summer people and visitors alike.
As a member of the dwindling Thompson family that used to be so common in earlier Saluda, I am also concerned about the continuing loss of our collective family histories over time and the lack of a suitably secure storehouse for such records, including but not limited to family photos, letters, personal items, etc., as well as historical information regarding the old homes, businesses, public events, and especially our beloved railroad that was so vital to the formation of the city itself. We should all be grateful to citizens such as Charlene Pace, Herbert Pace and Charles Herron for their dedication to this cause, but their best efforts can only scratch the surface in capturing the vast quantity of history stored in the homes and minds around the area. Someone once said, "When a person dies, it's like a fire destroying a library." All that information is lost forever. If we are to save it for our future generations, we need to start now in establishing a non-profit organization with the collective enthusiasm and fundraising ability to get a plan started. A first priority should be the video/audio recording of personal memories of our older citizens and let's be sure to include our summer families as well.  The cost would be minimal, requiring only the time it takes to conduct the interviews. Our town doesn't need the loss of another Lola or Charlie Ward before extensive taping begins to occur.
I have just created and activated a website called which will allow individuals to post personal memories, photos, audio/videos, etc of Saluda for posterity. Hopefully this site will facilitate the preservation of individual experiences associated  with living or visiting the town.  We will be adding categories as more information comes into the site. Your assistance in spreading the work will be appreciated.

If anyone feels there is merit to any or all of these suggestions, please contact your friends and ask for their active support. You can also contact me by e-mail at with your own ideas.
Now is the time to get started and I'm signed up. Will you sign also?  
R. Clark Thompson
Thompson-Briggs Developers, Inc.
700 S. Palafox Street - Suite 245
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Saluda Garden Club
If you haven't already gotten your first bulb or seed catalog by now, you must have been bumped off every list.  If you have never ordered from a catalog or been satisfied with your orders, then this column is written with you in mind.
First of all, you definitely need to know the characteristics of the plants you are ordering:  In what areas of the country will they do the best?    What are their requirements for light, shade, soil, water and fertilizer? Are they perennials or annuals?  How much maintenance do they require?  How large or small do they grow?  Will they be suitable for your sites?  Is it the right time of year for planting?
Get information regarding shipping that includes (1) date of shipping and (2) if you can request a specific shipping date (to make sure you are home). Usually plants go out early in the week for delivery Thursdays or Fridays.  Make sure you specify where you want the plant/s left should you not be at home.   Shipping bare root plants are not usually a problem.  However, container plants can arrive with broken stems, dry roots, insects or sickly foliage.   Ideally container plants would do best if they are sent in boxes with individual sections to hold them securely and keep stems from being broken or otherwise damaged.
Be sure to get details about guarantees and refunds.  If a problem is reported immediately, there probably will be a replacement or some form of correction.   Be sure to have your camera at hand when unpacking plants.  Take a picture of the unopened box, the plants before removal from the box and any visible damage once they are out of the boxes.  Remember, a picture is worth a thousand words - or at least a few bills!  In fact, you might want to ask how the plants are packaged when you order.
It will be important for you to inquire about anything you don't know.  Will it be sent bare-root (BR) or by the size of the container.  If you don't know, make sure you understand just how large or how small a plant is in a quart or gallon size container, how big around, how tall.  (Trees, of course, will be sent according to height.)
In order to save their time, you might be asked about any substitution you would like should they be out of your first choices.  Be prepared with all the information a substitution would require and know if you would want to put it in the same location or another spot.
If it's your first time to order from a company, you may prefer to place a limited order until you see the quality of the products and the kind of service they provide.   Also recommended is paying with a credit card at least until you become familiar with the company.
On your mark!  Get set!  GO! 
The next meeting will be February 22d, (the 3d Monday, of course) at the library at 10:00.  We will be pulling together our plans for the upcoming year and hope that you will be there to contribute.
Happening Gardening,
Sandra Rocks
Falling in love with Saluda is easy in February.  It's a quiet time and locals reacquaint with each other as they gather in public places, restaurants, shops and inns.  Blue mountain ranges are in full view through the bare tree limbs shadowing the valleys while waterfalls are frozen in place. Make a visit and share the love of Saluda with your friends and family 
Remember, All past Saluda Lifestyles are archived on the Saluda Lifestyles website
Cathy Jackson,
Cathy Jackson Realty