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Where Time Stands Still
April 1, 2010

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In This Issue
Senior Center News
Meetings to Remember
Saluda Community Land Trust
Saluda Garden Club
Yoga Schedule
The Women's Club of Saluda
Saluda Medical Center
Saluda Library
Saluda School
Saluda Church Services
Saluda Business Association
Saluda Classifieds
Saluda Hometown Christmas
Saluda is Alive and Well!
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Letter from a Reader
Saluda Tailgate Market
Art Clues
Learning to Budget
Saluda Scoop
City News
Saluda Arts Festival
Volunteers Needed
Summer Resident Wins Award
10 Ways to Ease Allergies
Jim Carson Honored
Healthy Lifestyle Challenge
Saluda Tree Preservation
Spring Green Bash
Why an Architect?
Dining Out for Life
Saluda Fourth Grade
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The Purple Onion
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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. 
There is still time to take advantage of the $8,000 First Time Buyers Credit and $6,500 Current Home Owners Tax Credit.  You must have a property under contract by April 30, 2010!

Log Cabin Circa 1930 With modern conveniences, newly remodeld, privacy and easy walk to downtown.  3 BR, 2BA, approx. 1300SF, 
MLS #461242
Custom Built Rustic Bungalow
Mountain Views, 2.64 acres, 2 BR, 2 BA, approx 2271 SF, cedar ceiling beams, single-car garage, greenhouse and garden shed. ML#460420
Southern Charmer Farmhouse
Single-level close to downtown, heart pine wood floors and ceiling beams, 3BR, 2BA, approx. 2300 SF, gardens, workshop ML#461680
New City Lot in Historic District
.28 Acres, $55,000 MLS#460806
Now is still a great time to See Raw Land before the trees bloom out.  Make plans now to see your dream mountain property 
Looking for a Spring and Summer  Vacation Retreat?  Click here to download this list of referral properties. (Please contact property owners directly.) 
Links to Real Estates Sources
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!
Spring is here and we are planning and working hard at our Center. April 18-24 is Volunteer Appreciation Week and on Sun. the 18th from 3-5pm, we will have an Ice Cream Social at the Center. This is for ALL volunteers at the Senior center, as well as, A Thrifty Barn and basement sales. We appreciate all who have volunteered and supported the Center since 1989 and hope that you will come and join us on this special Sunday afternoon. You're the GREATEST!!
NEW! Fitness Simplified Diet & Exercise is a six week program, which begins on Mon. April 19 @ 3pm downstairs. This program is based on the first part of the Scarsdale Diet and the exercise is Body Flex. The class will be taught by Lea Hyvonen, who has been teaching the same class @ Isothermal Community College, Polk Campus in Columbus. If you are interested, please sign up at the Center. The class is limited to ten participants and the cost is $40.00 per person. The class will meet each Mon. for 1 1/2hrs., please bring a mat if you have one. 
Mon. Apr. 05, Book club meeting at 2:00 pm. All are welcome to attend.
Line dance each Mon. at 12:30pm. Come and join the fun.
Don't forget Wed. movie matinee @ 2pm. (7) Couples retreat, (14) Multiplicity, (21) My Left Foot :Special Edition, and (28) Nine to Five.  Popcorn/chips and drinks available for $.50 each.
Thurs. Apr. 08  @ 1pm, Travel with Bill Klippel, please call a day ahead to reserve lunch.
Thurs. Apr. 15  @ 6pm, Single Women United  potluck dinner. Guest, Rhonda Durbin-Cooke will be present to teach Zumba, a fitness dance.  Bring your favorite dish and enjoy a fun night. "Bring your Buddy."
Thurs. Apr. 29  @ 6pm, Community potluck with entertainment from the String-along Band. They performed last year and we are happy they are returning this year. They are a four-piece string band that adds new meaning to the term "variety". They specialize in traditional Appalachian fiddle tunes, rags and reels, and much more. The String-along Band has performed around Henderson County for the past three years. Please bring your favorite dish and enjoy an evening of fun.
The featured artist for the month of April at the Saluda Senior Center will be Isabel Forbes of Spartanburg, SC. Come by the Center to see the oil paintings by Forbes from April 01 through April 29 during Center hours daily from 8:30am-2:30pm.
Inspired by her surroundings, Isabel paints the everyday scenes of her life. Her goal is to connect emotionally with her viewers through strong design and choice of subject matter. Isabel's work gives us a new look at our own daily life. One of her favorite sayings is, "Make your life a work of art."
Come by the Center to view her work and be inspired.
Lunch is served daily at the center from 11:30am-12:30pm, call a day ahead to reserve.
A Thrifty Barn is loaded with fabulous bargains all the time. Volunteers for the meal program and A Thrifty Barn are always welcome. There is NO membership required to attend the Senior center. 
Don't forget to check out A Thrifty Barn, Wed. 10am-4pm, donations & sales, Thurs. and Fri. 10am-4pm, Sat. 9am-3pm. Basement sales Sat. Mar. 07 & 21. Volunteers always needed, call 828- 749-3320 for more information.

Volunteers always needed.  Call 828-749-3320 for more information.
Meetings to Remember
Town Council meets second Monday of the month at 7:00pm in the meeting room above the Saluda Library.
Saluda Business Association will meet Tuesday April 6, at 5:30pm in the Meeting Room of the Saluda Library.
Planning Board of the City of Saluda meets the second Thursday of each month at 7:00pm at Saluda Public Library meeting room.
Saluda Community Land Trust will meet April 7 and 21 at 3:00 at McCreery Park pavilion.  For information please call Betsy Burdett at 828-749-2161.
Saluda Community Land Trust
            It's Spring???
Though it seems a long time coming, the promise of Spring is certainly here:  daffodils poking their heads up, forsythia in bloom, and cherry trees trying to put on their beautiful pinks.  If you've driven down Henderson Street, you will have seen another sign of spring.  The Saluda Community Land Trust has readied the Robinson Community Garden.  The fields are tilled, paths have been mulched, and plots are staked out.  Planting will begin the middle of April, so if you've got a yen to grow your own veggies and flowers and enjoy the company of others in the community, contact Marilyn Prudhomme, 828-749-9172 or to reserve a plot or answer your questions.
Another spring event is the Saluda Community Land Trust's annual membership meeting.  Each year we host an event open to members and all interested folks, sharing our accomplishments and goals, serving local food and drink, and providing opportunities to learn more about SCLT.  This year we will hold our annual meeting on Thursday, April 29th at 6:30 at the parish hall of the Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration in Saluda.  Newt Hardie, of the Kudzu Coalition will be the featured speaker, sharing great information and videos of ways to control this dreaded vine.  We hope you will join us.
"Skillets" regularly scheduled meetings are the first and third Wednesdays of each month at 3:00.  This month we will be meeting on April 7 and 21 at the Pavilion at McCreery Park.  You are most welcome to come and see what we are all about! 
Submitted by Susie Welsh
Have questions or want to know more about the Saluda Community Land Trust-- "Skillet"?  Go to our website at SCLT or call 828-749-1560. 
Saluda Garden Club


Remember when you were a child and had your first venture into gardening.  You had your spade, your watering pail and your flower.  You dug your hole, placed your posey and added the soil you took out.  Finally you poured the water on top - all of it, whether it was a little bit or a lot.  Too soon it was limp and sickly.  The gardener in your family may have said you overwatered it or under watered it and that's why it died.  End of gardening instructions.
It's thirty or forty years later, and your plants may still be limp, sickly and next to dead if you haven't been analyzing your soil.  It is said that a garden is only as good as its soil and like a house requiring a good foundation, if the soil is not ideal, the one and only most beautiful flower in the world is not going to make it.   So herein follows a brief primer on soils for the uninformed.
No soil is likely to be perfect.  And often getting the soil prepared (which really is not a lot of fun for this writer) usually takes a lot more time than the delight of choosing the spot, digging the hole, putting in the already blooming annual and standing back to admire the handwork.   Anyway.....
The best soil is slightly acid to neutral on the pH scale.  The best soil allows air, water and nutrients to penetrate to the plant's roots and the hole is large enough that the roots of the plant have room to grow.   In addition, good soil provides the best setting for worms, insects and other organisms to dismantle the molecules of elements like nitrogen and phosphorus so they can be absorbed by the plants.  These organisms, bacteria and "earth critters" also break down the soil into a dark, organic material called humus that slows erosion , helps to retain water and nutrients and serves as food for the microorganisms that keep the cycle going.
Soil typically consists of clay, silt and sand.  Of course here in Saluda, we usually think it's all clay, right, and the clay is always on top ...the hardest to dig up and the most of what we don't want.  Given that "statistic" how can "top" soil, which is considered the richest of the three zones of soil be top???  Use whatever definition you like such as "faux top" or "sub to," just know it's in there somewhere and is usually about 12 inches deep.  Actually I think it could be the stuff we buy that's already premixed with the goodies that make it top when we put it on top of the clay!  Well, take what you like and leave the rest!
The so-called second layer is subsoil which is much like the first but not quite as rich.  The third layer is bedrock, and without a few sticks of dynamite that's about as far as you can go.  If you really want to know more about the soil in your garden, go to the Agricultural Extension Center in Jackson Park and get information on sending soil samples to the State for analysis.  You will find out all the basic information about what you need to do to make yours the best soil on the block! 
Tip of the month:  Do you find it hard to keep up with the tags on plants that you have purchased?  If you have a hole punch and a metal key ring that opens you have the problem solved!  Simply punch a hole in the tag in a place that doesn't obscure the information and slip it on the ring.  Voila! An instant "library" of sorts.   Even better, you could file them alphabetically!
For the April meeting on the 19th  we will be taking a field trip. The following May meeting will be held at the library on the May 17th , so mark your calendars now.
Sandra Rocks
Saluda Garden Club 

P.S.  There really is such a thing as top soil, but it's not in my garden.  I suggest you check Pisgah Forest.
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. Gift certificates are available. Please call 828-749-3794 to make an appointment or if you have any questions.

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
Mon  8:30-10am (Vinyasa/Flow)
Tues 5:30-7pm (The Basics)
Wed  8:30-10am (Mixed Level)
Thur  12:15-1:30pm (Mixed Level
Fri     8:30-10am (Vinyasa/Flow)
Sat    10-11:30am (The Basics)

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 Nectar.
Women's Club Meeting

Old Timey Saluda

The Women's Club of Saluda will meet at 10am on April 11 at the Presbyterian Church fellowship hall.  Charlene Pace will talk about downtown Saluda and the various businesses that have populated its buildings through the years.  This is a great opportunity to satisfy your curiosity about what used-to-be and to reminisce about the Saluda that exists in our memories.
Women of Saluda are welcome to attend.  Call Frances Fairey at 828.749.9714 with questions.
We welcome new members!
Low-Country Boil is scheduled for May 23 at 5:30.  Tickets are $40 and can be purchased from SWC 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. 

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megan wardIntroducing Amy Copeland,
Last spring when we met to craft a Five Year Strategic Plan (which by the way will be unveiled at our Annual Meeting in June), a plan which includes new mission and vision statements, we wanted these statements to encompass medical care for all citizens, for all populations.  But someone in the room kept reminding us of our original mandate as a rural health center to serve the health care needs of the underserved and the uninsured. That someone was Amy Copeland, our administrator, and inspired by her faith she remains committed to that cause.  We do indeed serve individuals and families of all ages and income levels, but unique to our Center is the capability to serve those on the lower end of the income scale.
Amy was born and raised in Charleston, SC, attending high school and her first year of college at the College of Charleston before enrolling at Roper Hospital School of Nursing and becoming a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPC), after which she moved to Charlotte to attend CPCC, then decided to move back to her home town to re-enroll at the College of Charleston.
While in school, Amy married husband Steve, and in 1987 began working as a LPN at a dermatologist practice in Charleston.  Over the next few years Amy worked at various medical facilities including Companion Health Care and Ashley River Family Physicians, which later became part of St. Francis Xavier Hospital and was the largest family practice in Charleston, where Amy was promoted to a position supervising employees at three medical offices.
Then in 2000, other employment opportunities brought Amy and Steve to the Carolina Foothills where they bought a house on White Oak Mountain in Columbus.  In April 2003, Amy joined the staff at the Saluda Medical Center, initially intending to fill a nursing position, but before she entered the Center's door Amy was "promoted" to the administrator's post.
That was back in the day when Peter Way, who many of you know and remember as the Center's primary medical provider, was serving in Afghanistan.  Peter returned to the practice after Amy had been there over a year.  They worked closely together until Peter moved on, which makes Amy, now with the Center for seven years, senior in terms of length of employment.
Perhaps the health care program that Amy is most proud of is the Medical Assistance Program (MAP) which allows patients with low incomes and without insurance (which some would say is redundant) to pay as little as five dollars a visit based on a sliding fee scale which considers income and number of household residents.  (Funds provided by the NC Office of Rural Health pay for the remainder of the customary charge.)
And finally, Amy would not let her "interview" conclude without extracting a promise that her beloved black lab "Coal" would be mentioned.  He has.
If you have been following these SMC articles since last spring you have now been introduced to everyone on our staff, but please visit our web site and click on "Meet the Staff" where you will find a photo and a short bio on everyone.
April 16th - Meet 'n Greet our medical providers, Jeff Viar, DO, Linda Barton, FNP, and Julie Holley, FNP.  5:30 - 6:30 PM at the Medical Center. Light refreshments will be served.
June 17th - Annual Meeting of the Board of Trustees.  The public is invited. (More on this event in the next Lifestyles issue.) 
October 29th - Third Annual Masquerade Ball "Fun" Raiser.  We have already begun planning for this event.  Your comments and suggestions are welcome and invited: Contact us at
Contact the Saluda Medical Center at 828-749-4411 or visit their web site at
Saluda Community Library
Paul Koenen


  Saluda Community Library
        Children's Program 

Preschool Storytime at the Saluda Library will be on hiatus due to lack of participation beginning April 1.  The Summer Reading Program will begin at the Saluda Library on June 16 and will take place each week throughout June and July.


Preschool Storytime will resume in September.


Bouncing Babies is held each Thursday morning at 10:00 am upstairs in the Community Room.




For more information contact Bob McCall @ 828-749-2117


For more information about programs at the library, call 828-749-2117 or 828-894-8721 or visit the library Polk County Library

Painting of the Saluda Library by Paul Koenen.
Saluda School
  Joe Adams  
    Saluda Elementary

Upcoming Events at Saluda Elementary School
April 5-9    Spring Break
April 13     Head Start Policy Council Meeting 12:00pm
April 15     Assembly:  Egyptian Animals  April 22     Earth Day
April 23     End of the 5th Six Weeks
April 28     Report Cards
*April 29    Spring Informance  & Dinner
April 29     Kindergarten Registration  6:00-6:30pm
April 30     PTSO Meeting  8:30am in the Media Center
April 30     American Cancer Society Relay For Life Event at Polk County High School  5:00pm-12:00am
*May 7     PTSO MayFest & Dinner-Fundraiser for Playground Phase II

*We would love for community members to join us for these events!
Kindergarten Registration at Saluda Elementary April 29
Saluda Elementary School will hold kindergarten registration on Thursday, April 29 from 6:00-6:30pm in the school Media Center for children who will be 5 years of age on or before August 31.
Parents of 4-year old  Saluda PreK students should bring:
·         Updated proof of residency
·         Current immunization record
Parents of New Kindergarten students should bring:
·         Official Birth Certificate with an official seal on it.  (If you do not have a certificate with an official seal on it, an official certificate may be obtained from the Office of Vital Records in the county or state in which the child was born.)
·         Proof of Residency (Examples:  Utility bill with physical address, Rental agreement with physical address, Homeless affidavit from DSS)
·         Current Immunization Record
 If you do not have all of these documents, come to registration anyway.  You will be required to provide these documents before your child begins school on August 25, 2010.

    Saluda Elementary School
        True or False Quiz
1.    Saluda Elementary School serves children from PreK (3 and 4 years of age) through fifth grade.
2.    Every K-5 student attends a thirty-minute    PE/Dance class daily.
3.    3rd-5th graders have one thirty-minute piano/keyboarding lesson weekly.
4.    PreK-5 students attend weekly Visual Arts classes.
5.    PreK-5 students attend weekly Music classes.
6.    One-third of the school's licensed teachers are Nationally Board Certified.
7.    One-half of the school's licensed teachers have advanced degrees (Masters and/or Educational Specialist).
8.    Saluda Elementary School is a North Carolina School of Excellence, meaning that more than 90% of students scored proficient on the North Carolina End-of-Grade Tests.
9.    Saluda Elementary School has met all federal AYP (Adequate Yearly Progress) Goals each year.
10.Saluda Elementary School is part of the NC A+ Schools Program, which focuses on arts integration and multiple intelligences.
Visit for the answers to this quiz and to learn more about your community school!
Don't forget to get your Saluda School Cookbook.  They are only $10.

Visit Saluda School to learn more about the North Carolina A+ Schools Program. 
Saluda Church Services

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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
Holy Week Schedule Holy Week at the Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration in Saluda begins on Palm Sunday, March 28, at 8 a.m. with the Holy Eucharist, Rite I. At 10:30 a.m. the congregation will gather in the Parish Hall for the annual Blessing of the Palms and will process to the church for the celebration of the Holy Eucharist, Rite II. Both services will include the Liturgy of the Palms and the Reading of the Passion.
On Maundy Thursday, April 1, there will be an Agape Meal followed by foot washing and Holy Communion, all in the Parish Hall.  The Stripping of the Altar will follow in the church in preparation for Good Friday.
The Stations of the Cross, a series of nine meditations on the events from the sentencing to the death to the burial of Jesus, will be observed at noon on Good Friday, April 2, The service includes prayers and hymns that are fitting for Good Friday. This is a meaningful way to meditate with other followers of Christ.
Easter Sunday, April 4, will begin with Holy Eucharist Rite I at 8 a.m. Pre-service music and flowering of the cross begins at 10:15 with a Choral Festival Eucharist with brass and special music at 10:30.
Saluda Presbyterian
Reverend Becky Stanley  
Adult SS 10:00 am
Worship Service 11:00 am
The community is invited to Saluda Presbyterian Church for a Maundy Thursday Service  at 7:00 PM on Thursday April 1. 
For more information contact The Reverend Becky Stanley  or Kathy Thompson 828-749-5471.
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

megan wardA Community Easter Sunrise Service will be hosted April 4 by the Saluda Methodist Church and the Transfiguration Church.  Services will be held at 6:30am on Orchard Hill with a breakfast following at the Methodist Church. (Directions: Turn left on Greenville St. and travel approx. 2 miles, right on Pace Mountain, right on Judd's Peak, right on Orchard Hill.)
News from Saluda Business Association
SBA members are busy working on the seventh annual Saluda Arts & Music Festival on May 15, 2010.  This festival promises to be the best ever as it's the first juried show.  We encourage you to make plans now to attend and enjoy the finest arts, music, demonstrations of pottery, weaving, wood turning, scuplting and more in a beautiful mountain setting. 
Visit Saluda, the official town guide website.
Saluda Classifieds
Intern wanted. Forest Creek Farm (Saluda).  Transitional organic veggies/mushrooms for tailgate. 6 hrs/wk, $7.25/hr,  lift 30-40lbs. Now-Oct. Volunteers welcome - work for vegetables. 828-702-1704.
Betsy Burdette has eggs for sale and will leave some at the library every day for pick up.  They are $2.25/dozen and bring your own carton.  You can call Betsy to arrange for other pickups at 828-749-2161.  
"Just Like My Own" Pet Care.  I will take care of your pet.  In Saluda or Saluda Township.  Feeding, Walking, Play Time.  Contact Marilyn Prudhomme at 828-749-9172 for Rates and Reservation.
Wanted  house to rent.  Please contact Cathy Jackson at 828-749-3504 or  
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.
Mary Thomas, Mother of Doris Marion, City Clerk, passed away on February 25th, 2010 at her home in Charleston with her children at her side.
megan wardMary was a visitor to Saluda since 1982 when Doris and her family moved here from Charleston.  Mary never met a stranger and enjoyed her times at the First Baptist Church, the Senior Center, The Green River Boys and Coon Dog Day.  Mary missed only one Coon Dog Day since 1982.  The last few years Monica has dubbed Mary as "Grannie Coon from Charleston, S.C."
To Mary Farrell, who lost her mother, Linda F. Holstein of Saluda who passed away March 22, 2010. Please visit the guest register at McFarland.
To Pat Waring, who lost her husband, James White Barry "Sunny" Waring who died peacefully in his sleep from a long battle with Alzheimers on March 23, 2010.
SaludaStanding on the bridge over the railroad tracks, with the warm sun on my face, and a Carolina blue sky overhead I could see day trippers filling Main Street. Bicyclists and motorcyclists breezed by and all was right with Saluda.
Saluda is Alive and Well!
By now we all know that Thompson's store, long time Saluda staple, is closing. Unfortunately, all the stories in print and on television news have focused on the economy and the weather.
One would think Saluda is depressed and dying a slow death, like so many small towns, due to tragic circumstances beyond control.
As with any story, there is more to it, and those of us who live and do business here know that Saluda is alive and well and will continue to thrive long after our grocery store has changed hands.
Certainly Charlie Ward and his love for all was a hard act to follow. When one thing ends, another begins and opportunity waits.
In the meantime we are busy cleaning up after the ice storm and planning our many spring and summer events. The cherry trees in the park will bloom, shopkeepers will get back to regular hours, and megan wardthe benches along our picturesque street will entice locals and visitors to sit and chat or simply watch the time pass.
Saluda is fortunate to have a beautiful historic district, a community of small independent retail businesses, great restaurants, live music venues and lovely inns. Our tailgate market will begin on May 7th (Fridays 4:30-6:30) offering Polk and Henderson county growers a chance to sell to their community, and neighbors a festive place to meet and celebrate all our diverse region has to offer.
Mark your calendars now for the 7th annual Saluda Arts Festival, Saturday, May 15, 10am-5pm. We have a juried show this year with wonderful artists and crafts people, demonstrations, and entertainment by local favorites, Phil and Gaye Johnson, with a live taping of the King Pup Radio Show. 
And don't forget Coon Dog Day, our claim to fame, on Saturday July 10th. Runners get in shape. The 5K run is back! Visit for a week, a day or an afternoon. Shop, dine, hike, listen to music, taste wine, go rafting, canoeing or kayaking. Or just sit. In the great tradition of the late Charlie Ward, we're always happy to see you. 
Shelley DeKay, Heartwood Galleries
What's Happening
purple onion 
Fred Whiskin on piano every Friday playing "Blues to Brubeck."
April Music Schedule
April 1 - Laura Blackley
April 3 - Bucktown Kickback
April 8 - Honeycutters
April 10 - Carol Rifkin & Paul's Creek
April 15 - Jack Williams
April 17 - Spaceheaters
April 22 - Lance Mills
April 24 - Joseph Hasty & Centerpiece
April 29 - Mercy Creek
Visit Purple Onion on their website.
saluda grade
April in Saluda, Ahhh...Everything on main street is blooming and at the Saluda Grade Café too!  New art by Ben Wedel, the famous waterfall artist, is now flowering on the walls...lots of color and life, flower and sky scapes. Ben is usually in and out at the restaurant on Thursday mornings arranging art and having a bite of lunch.   Another of my favorite paintings is by Bonnie Bardos.  The little blue bird in this painting just sings out spring and it is with mixed emotions that we watch people enjoy her fabulous picture...yes, we want it to sell but ...would that mean that someone might take it home?
Looking forward to Final Four Basketball?  Come enjoy watching with us on Saturday April 3...The beer is cold...we have House Roasted Peanuts and Direct TV, plus the Burgers are Amazing!
Sunday April 4 is Easter and that means a new Special Easter Menu!  Shrimp and Grits will be back, Lemon Herb Roast Cornish Hens, as well as an Old Fashioned Mustard Bourbon Glazed Ham and Deviled Eggs. Easter Sunday, Saluda Grade Cafe will be open for lunch only 11-3.  We will, of course, continue Sunday Suppers (3-7 pm) on all the other weekends in April. 
In our catering department Special Box Lunches are now available! These are perfect for Ladies Luncheons, Business Meetings, or a Special Date with the One You Love!  Call Kaye for a menu that is designed just for you!  Don't forget we love to cater all kinds of parties...Wine Dinners in your home, Wedding Rehearsal Dinners or Receptions, Birthday Parties or maybe something as simple as A Picnic for Two
We would like to thank our local musicians, Jeremy Duncan and Joshua Burgess for playing in March!  Hoping to have their original and soulful music back in the restaurant in April!!!  Music that was a compliment to the food and the people!  Enjoy!
Come wish Alivia Rochester Happy Birthday on Saturday April 17th!!  She turns 21 on the following Sunday and will be taking a much deserved and earned day off!! Happy Birthday Alivia!!
Happy April Saluda!  We love you and appreciate your support!  
 Green River Boys
Joe AdamsThe Green River Boys invite you to Shaffer's Roadside Grill on April 9 and 23.  They are scheduled to perform every other Friday night at 6:00pm.  Check their schedule at Green River Boys.     

megan ward                                 
The Saluda Mountain Jamboree & Special Events Park 
The Saturday night "Party With A Beat" schedule has something for everyone! Every Saturday night at the "Party With A Beat", a live band will perform a variety of party and dance music. Everything from country music, beach music, oldies rock'n roll, top hits, southern rock and other great party music will fill the air for listening and dancing enjoyment. If you don't dance, that is OK. We are kind of a "Social Club". We have folks that just come each week to listen and have a good time! A great line-up of bands and performers!!
Check our events schedule on the website, or contact us at (828) 749-3676.
April and May Music Schedule
April 3rd              Crimson Rose
April 10th            Southern Pointe
April 17th            Sound Factory
April 24th            Kelly Road
May 8th              Southern Pointe
May 15th            Crimson Rose
May 22nd            Tuxedo Junction
May 29th            Sound Factory

Joe AdamsThe Wine Cellar at the Saluda Inn    
The Wine Cellars Music and Art.
Check our calendar on Carolina Wine Expert 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.
1-Apr Bonnie Bardos & Linda Seagroves -Meet the Artists - Painting and Clay
2-Apr Music
3-Apr Game Night - Family Games - bring our own or play ours.
8-Apr Saluda School Fundraiser - $100.00 donation per person RESERVATIONS
9-Apr Aaron Coffin & Elaine Taunton Jazz Standards on Cello & Piano
10-Apr Paul Cataldo Singer Songwriter
15-Apr Wine Class:  The Classic Grapes Learn how to identify them $10.00
16-Apr Dave Desmlik Singer Songwriter
17-Apr Steeple Chase After Party Bring a bag and stay the night.
19-Apr CBS/WSPA (7) Your Carolina Wine Expert "The Classic Grapes"
22-Apr Meet The Artist Barbara Tilly Wearable Art - fabric
23-Apr Kort McCumber Americana
24-Apr Flight Night 6 wines $6.00
29-Apr Spring Pre-Sale $10.00 fee - can go towards case purchase
30-Apr Music
Special Wine Tasting at The Wine Cellar to raise money for the Saluda School Playground.
This is an opportunity for you to taste some rare, vintage, limited production, single vineyard, high-end wines while raising money for Saluda School's playground.  The school is short approximately $6000 to complete the project. They have raised some money through projects and donations.  We are going to help and have fun doing it! 
You have always wondered what was behind those glass doors in The Wine Cellar.  Now you will have the opportunity to find out.  Each of the wines featured has been hand selected from the private collection of Joni and Richard Rauschenbach.  These wines have been collected over the years and kept behind closed doors since, collecting dust and the character of age.  There will be light hors'dourves to accompany the wines.  $100 donation per person.  100% of the proceeds go towards the playground.  Limited seating available.  Call 828-749-9698 for information.
For more information please call Joni at 828-749-9698 or email to
See The Art of  Linda  Burroughs Seagroves and Bonnie Joy Bardos April 1 from 7pm -9pm in The Wine Cellar at Historic Saluda Inn in Saluda, NC.  Come out and join Linda and Bonnie and see what they have been creating. Linda has lots of new clay art and Bonnie has some wonderful new paintings. Join the two and enjoy a glass of wine and meet up with old and new friends. Visit Linda's blog.    

Random Arts Workshops are at their new location across the bridge on Highway 176. Jewelry Artist Louise McClure Learn mixed media jewelry skills.  Saturday, April 10th - 10 till 3.
Need some inspiration & gentle guidance with your mixed media jewelry ideas? This class is just right for you and Louise is just the right person to show you the "ropes". Aging papers? Connections? Glues? Sealing? Grommets? Image transfer? Instant Resins? Adding photos or distressing the new? It's an all inclusive workshop to help you take your "ideas" to the next level.  This workshop explores all these possibilities & more! Just bring along your box of tools & beads and you will leave with a vast working knowledge of fabrication & finishing techniques as well as a collection of journal charms to include in your future projects. What you don't have.... we will.  Have questions? Email Louise  All skill levels welcome. $60. for the whole day.  Mail checks to Random Arts
PO Box 3. Saluda, NC 28773 (phone 828-699-2210).  To sign up for Random Arts newsletters and workshop alerts please send an email to

Kathy Tyrrell  invites you to a free introduction workshop on "The Work" by Katie Byron.  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: 
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.
Tryon Painters and Sculptors Presents Art Wine and Cheese Series at TFAC
Art, Wine and Cheese, a program designed to bring an eclectic and varied series of visiting artists and their art to Tryon from all over the Carolinas, will open its series with a demonstration by Jane Todd Butcher on April 13 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Tryon Fine Arts Center (TFAC). This presentation, sponsored by Tryon Painters and Sculptors (TPS), will be held in the Mahler Family Boardroom at TFAC, 34 Melrose Avenue, Tryon, NC.  The event is free to TPS members with a small fee for non-members.  Jane's demonstration of acrylics in exciting combinations with inks is sure to stir the imagination and inspire the artist in us all. In conjunction, TPS will also present a workshop with Jane later in the year for those wishing to explore more possibilities in acrylic painting. For more information call 828-859-8322 x 212 or visit the TPS website. 
megan wardGreen Creek Winery Events

It is hard to believe that is already February and in March we will be continuing the Green Creek Winery's Chardonnay Rosso Concert Series. We are really excited about this year's line up and look forward to seeing you there. 
The concerts are on Sunday afternoons at 3:00 with reasonably priced food provided by a local caterer.
This year we are also offering Chardonnay Rosso Concert Series Tickets.  The savings is 20% off total cost and is payable in advance. The cost will be $128 per person, a savings of $32.00 per person . The concerts for November and December have not been scheduled but will be included in the cost.  All tickets are transferrable so that if something comes up you can share the music.
Below is the line up for March and April:
April 18, 2010 - ANAM CARA
4 piece group performing jazzy rhythmic songs and soulful ballads. Mary Davis is the vocalist.
Tickets are $15.00 in advance - $20.00 at the door.
May 23, 2010 - MONTANA SKIES - (
Fusion guitar and cello like you have never heard.  If you missed their performance last year this is your chance to see this unique duo.
Tickets are $15.00 in advance - $20.00 at the door.
For more information please contact us at 828-863-2182 or email us at 
Green Creek Winery
413 Gilbert Road
Columbus, NC  28722 
Green Creek Winery
Hours:  Thursday - Sunday from 1:00 - 5:00 
Letter from a Reader
I will not be in Saluda on the 26th unless my sausage is ready for pick up from the grocery.  However, I just wanted to let you know that I enjoy your emails about Saluda and plan my trips from information in them sometimes. My family will be staying at Cabin Fever in June if not before then.  I wish you continued success and appreciate your loving concern for that area.  I discovered Saluda in 1977 and have felt at home there ever since.  I attended all the Christmas events over the years raising money for the library, attend Coon Dog Day when I can, and just drive up for the day several times a year.  I live about 2 and 1/2 hours away near Saluda, SC.  The Episcopal Church there is where I attend church when I am in the area on Sunday morning.  We love Orchard Lake, Purple Onion, Gardeners Cottage, Wildflour Bakery, Duck Alley, Ryan and Boyle, Creative Arts, Spring Park, Saluda Grade Cafe, the Apple Mill, the park downtown, The Oaks, Saluda Inn, Pearson's Falls, Green River Barbecue, and just about everything else. I miss Ms. Pace, the older lady who used to be at the store where I bought my groceries for the weekends we were there and The Saluda Signal newspaper. I have bought every book about Saluda that was for sale at Saluda Mtn Crafts. I cried when that place closed.  Items from the shop downtown that sells the wooden objects and the handblown glass ornaments (Heartwood), have decorated my home for a long time, as well as much pottery from Saluda Mountain Crafts.  I just hope you will continue to promote Saluda as you have been doing.  It's a great place, and I feel homesick when I am away.  
 --Claudia Cochran, Clerk/Treasurer, Town of Saluda, SC
Saluda Tailgate Market
megan wardSaluda Tailgate Market will start Friday, May 7th 4:30-6:30. Get your hat and basket, come greet your neighbors and support our Polk and Henderson County growers. Let's celebrate spring and all our diverse region has to offer.  Interested vendors can contact Shelley DeKay at 828-749-9615 or 828-749-9365.
Art Clues
Ideas for Creating and Enjoying Art


Finding your Favorite - discovering what kind of art you like to experience.


This column includes ideas for experiencing the art of others as well as discovering your favorite kind of art to create.



1.  Experiencing art can be by seeing and feeling and hearing.


Awaken your curiosity.    Sharpen your senses.    Tune into your emotions.  (Avoid being judgmental and too selective at first. Stay open.)


eyehandSee more with your eyes.  For example, concentrate on the spaces between tree limbs, not the limbs themselves. Ask yourself what else you've not noticed.


Feel with your hands. Close your eyes and feel the texture of a sculpture or piece of pottery or something else nearby. What do you enjoy touching? - smoothness, metal, roughness?


heartFeel with your heart.Notice your emotional responses to what you see.



EarOpen up your ears to music by closing your eyes and being sensitive. Which kind of music hooks you into moving in its rhythm?



2.  Experiencing art can be by creating it yourself, which also requires some seeing, feeling, or hearing. 


Creating requires the skill to produce.


All art asks that you be open to new discoveries, every day at the easel, every session at the potter's wheel.  We are sometimes too tight and limited to allow ourselves to find our favorite.  Attend to what you've seen and felt and heard in order to help you know what you want to produce yourself.


Art Clues often provides hints about developing productive art skills. Introductory ideas involve reading appropriate books and magazines, using the internet, joining a class, getting help from a friend, listening to live music, practicing/playing and visiting galleries and museums.


One way to begin making visual art is to use the book Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain.  You will immediately begin to see more and better. 



Beverly Bowden Pickard


 The subject of the May Art Clues column will be "Folk Art".
Learning to Budget
 by author Joe Adams

Joe Adams

Back in the days before credit cards, people had to learn to budget.  It's a good lesson to learn.  When my wife and I got married more than 50 years ago, we really had no choice.  We had to budget.  I was in the Army in Germany.  I only got paid once a month.  And my wife got a small allotment.  Together I think we got about $l40 a month...and we had to make it last a month.  When we got our checks, my wife had a group of envelopes marked: groceries, rent, gasoline, entertainment, savings, misc.  There was hardly ever anything in the misc. envelope.  Essentially we had about five dollars a day.
I know you're probably thinking that things were cheap back then.  Well, they were a lot cheaper than now, but they weren't that cheap.
We lived in a two-room apartment upstairs in a German family's house.  We were lucky.  It was a beautiful house.  Their son was learning English in school so a German friend of mine convinced them he could learn faster if they had two Americans living upstairs.  He did learn faster and he learned to speak with a Southern accent (which baffled his teacher).
Our budgeting envelopes worked quite well.  If we ran out of money in the gas envelope, we walked.  I walked 5 miles to the Army hospital where I worked anyway, so I didn't mind walking. One month, we ran short of money in all the envelopes.  My wife had been at the PX when a new shipment of records came in and she couldn't resist buying an album which took all of our money for 3 or 4 days.  We listened to music by candlelight while I considered whether I should eat her fingers.
When we ran short, we would search the car and our pockets to see if we could find some extra German coins.  Then we would go to a German meat market for some wursts and to a German bakery for some hard rolls.  They cost practically nothing because they were the main food that a lot of Germans ate. 
I was fortunate because I worked at an Army Hospital and I could always eat for free in the cafeteria.  But I didn't dare put food in my pockets to take home to my wife.  She lived off of peanut butter and jelly on hard rolls.
I have to admit that I supplemented our monthly income by selling stuff to German civilians.  Every month I would buy a gallon of ketchup at the PX.  I re-sold it to a woman that worked in my office.  She took it home and put it in ketchup bottles...then re-sold them individually to her neighbors.  I also bought and sold Jergens Lotion and Old Spice.  I don't know what their fascination was with these products.  Of course the Germans were eager to buy cigarettes, but they were rationed and we used our coupons to get smokes for ourselves.  I made enough off my black marketing so that we could take a month's vacation all around Europe before we returned back to the U.S.  We had a budget of $10 a day...that was for gas, hotel, food, peanut butter and jelly.  Some days like when we were in Paris or on the French Riviera we had to use more than ten dollars...but then we made it up when we were in Spain and in Italy where it was so cheap.  It pays to budget.
My wife still pays the bills and I'm fairly certain she still has envelopes for the various expenditures. 
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

megan wardNew Glass for Spring!  Heartwood announces new arrivals from glass artists Janet Zug and Fire& Light Recycled Glass. Fire and Light creates hand-poured dinnerware from recycled glass bottles and jars.  

Janet Zug's glass work is bold and playful. From her originalJanet Zug hanging vase designs and stylish square vase series to her fun spinning tops and dancing jesters, she has captured this medium in a unique way.  Visit Heartwood online.  Visit
Heartwood Gallery on Facebook!
Fresh cut flowers and custom floral arrangements are now available at Biddie's Antiques, located on Main St. next to the post office.


Biddie's has a variety of fresh cut flowers available each week, and though the types of flowers in the shop may change depending on the day, week or season, the beauty of the product remains consistent.


You can purchase flowers by the stem, or in an arrangement, and custom orders can be tailored to suit any need.


At present, flowers are being ordered to arrive on Thursday, and folks are already coming in to see, and smell, the latest arrivals. But, advance orders can be timed for delivery to suit any occasion, regardless of the day.


While most flowers sold in the U.S. are imported from South America, the majority of this shop's flowers are grown in California and shipped overnight to insure freshness.


So whether you are planning a wedding, dinner party, or would just like to add some spring beauty to your home, call on Amy at Biddie's Antiques - Shop #828-749-9254.


The Manna Cabanna, Saluda's Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) source, is accepting subscribers NOW for its 20-week summer/fall growing season.  A CSA member purchases a single share (serves 1 - 2 people weekly) or a double share (serves 3-4 weekly) at the beginning of the season for a weekly basket filled with freshly harvested produce (farm to your table within 48 hours) and will vary beautifully throughout the growing season as Manna Cabanna is a farmers market for over 8 local organic farms/growers.

Contact Carol Lynn Jackson at or call (828) 817-2308 for subscription sign-up/more information. Only 40 subscriptions will be accepted and we are 30% full.  There is an Early-Bird price special for those signed on and paid in full by April 15. Subscriptions will continue through May 20 or until sold-out.


Manna Cabanna will be open during the Saluda Arts & Music Festival to provide more information about the CSA program and will be offering fresh ice cream, spring asparagus, strawberries, along with so much more!! 



Saluda Wine & CheeseSaluda Wine & Cheese Market proudly offers Polk County's most extensive selection of wines, beers, and cheeses.  With over 300 wines and 100 craft beers to choose from, we carry an incredible variety of styles priced for all budgets.  We support local business and carry a wide variety of goods that are produced in our area including wines, beers, cheeses, coffee, chocolates, bread and handmade pastries.


GREEN EGGS ARE BACK!  Spring is here again and the chickens in Saluda have started laying.  Stop in and get a dozen of the freshest free range eggs available in Saluda.  We now sell milk (organic or regular), ½ & ½, & Handmade Hungarian Pastries. We sell Wildflour Breads fresh every day at the best price around- only $3.79!! Order all of your Wildflour Bakery products from Saluda Wine & Cheese. 


Save the date...May 15th

Saluda Arts & Music Festival

Garry Segal and Frank Beeson

will be playing on our patio from 5 pm until.


101 E. Main Street,  Saluda, NC 828-749-WINE (9463) Tuesday - Saturday 10 am - 6 pm,

SALUDAWINE.COM . Check us out on Facebook! 



Tosh's Whistlestop Café is now serving breakfast Wednesday through Saturday from 8-10:30. Biscuits and gravy to omelettes and fresh pastries. We also have a coffee card available. Buy ten cups of coffee and get a free cup of coffee and a big cookie. The Lunch menu is served from 10:30 til closing. Fudge Mountain Homemade Ice Cream is back for the season.  Whistlestop hours are:  Closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Wednesday through Friday 9-3, Saturday 9-4, Sunday 11-3.  Wi-Fi always available.



Mark your calendars now for the big auction to take place on Saturday, April 24th at Caroline's On Main at 101 Cullipher Street.  Merchandise and fixtures will be auctioned off on the premises by Mark White & Associates, Auctioneer. We will not have a sale prior to the auction, and the quantity and variety of merchandise is mammoth! Collectibles, jewelry, collegiate items, Saluda memorabilia, wildlife and other  animal sculptures and figurines, candles, lotions and soaps, trays and napkins, party supplies, baby items, picture frames, wooden belts, watches, pottery, general home and garden décor, art, furniture, nightlights, doormats, clocks, puzzles, lamps, music, music boxes, fountains, books, greeting cards, coasters, windchimes and so much more - all to go! Merchandise is from such companies as Artesania Rinconada, Mill Creek Studios, Harmony Ball Company, Demdaco , Virginia Candle Company™, Kiss Me In the Garden®, Silver Forest® of Vermont, Thirstystone®, Whispering Winds, Leanin' Tree®, Amscan®, Heritage Pewter™, Prinz®, Harbour Lights®, Keller-Charles, Willitts Design - more than 80 companies included!

I really am retiring and will miss all of you popping in and out of the store. Katie (corgi) and I will sit on a bench on Main Street every chance we get and look for familiar faces - there are no strangers in this town!

Watch for more information on auction and previewing details to come! In the meantime, we hope that you will stop by when in the area. I'll be in and out of the store tying up lose ends, so if you can catch me in you'll be able to catch a sneak peek of what's to come. I can also be reached at (828)749-9320.

Thank you for your support for the past eleven + years!

 Caroline (and Katie)
City Notes

Joe Adams

The City of Saluda has picked up more than 606 truck loads of tree limbs and debris with approximately 300 loads to go.  Thanks for your patience!
Councilman, George Sweet will attend a workshop on "how to get rid of Kudzu." 
The 5K race will return to Coon Dog Day this year. 
Keep up to date with city news at City of Saluda's website.
Saluda Arts & Music Festival - Not Too Late to Enter
 megan wardIf you weren't able to get your entry in by March 15, and are interested in applying for the seventh annual Saluda Arts and Music Festival  please contact Susie Welsh at 828-749-3900 or

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.


The festival is May 15 from 10am to 5pm.  The King Pup Radio Show, a live radio show will broadcast from the Pavilion at McCreery Park.  Demonstrators of wood turning, sculpting, weaving, pottery, blacksmithing and more will delight and enlighten you.  Children create their own art at the Children's Tent and art work from local Saluda artists will be on display at the Saluda Senior Center for the month of May.  Mark your calendars and book your accommodations NOW!  Please click here to see all Saluda lodgings and accommodations.

 Volunteers Needed for Saluda Arts & Music Festival
megan wardPlease consider volunteering to help with the Saluda Arts and Music Festival.  Two-hour shifts are planned for many jobs, like monitoring the Saluda Local Art Exhibit, selling festival T-shirts, greeting and helping Artist set up and many other tasks that help the festival run smoothly.  It is fun and you will be right in the middle of the festival. 
Please contact Connie 828-329-6239 or email to
"Summer Resident" Playwright Honored
Charleston playwright Julian Wiles, founding director of Charleston Stage, has been named recipient of the 2010 Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Award for individual artists, the South Carolina Arts Commission announced Thursday.
Julian and wife, Jenny Hane Wiles have been Saluda summer folks since Jenny was a child.  Jenny is a descendant of the late, Dr. Lesesne Smith who operated the baby hospital and medical college on Smith Hill in the turn of the century.

Established in 1972, the state's highest honor in the arts is named for the renowned Charleston artist, author and lecturer (1883-1979) whose etchings, drypoints and pastels earned wide acclaim.

Wiles, who grew up in Ft. Motte, inaugurated Charleston Stage in 1978. Over the past 31 years he has directed and designed more than 200 productions and written 27 original plays and musicals for the company. Wiles continues to serve as the company's producing artistic director.

10 Ways to Ease Your Allergies Naturally
  1. Clean your house thoroughly once a week with hypoallergenic, fragrance-free cleaners and wash your bed sheets in hot water (130 degrees) to kill dust mites and banish pollen.  Choose impenetrable mattress, pillow and comforter covers and make sure your vacuum has a HEPA filter.
  2. Track pollen counts at and close your windows, turn on your AC and plan indoor activities when numbers are highest.  Avoid outdoors on windy days and for several days after because the wind has spread the pollen; and after a heavy rain which increases mold spore counts.
  3. Take your shoes off by the door so you don't track in pollen and other allergens.
  4. Wipe down your dog with a damp towel to remove pollen and other allergens before you let him in the house after a walk or playtime outside.
  5. Exercise outside at dusk when pollen and mold counts are lower than earlier in the day.
  6. Use a neti pot daily.  You can find one at your local health food store.
  7. Increase your folic acid intake by eating more whole-grain breads and legumes or by taking a folic acid supplement.
  8. Use wasabi and cayenne pepper to spice up your foods and flush out your sinuses.  Use the anti-inflammatory turmeric generously.
  9. Choose a hypo-allergenic hotel room on your travels through
  10. Kiss your sweetie for half an hour to provide relief from hay fever!  (according to recent studies)
Call for more information.  Bonnie L. Williamson, DC, Saluda Healing Center, 828-749-3875
Artist Jim Carson Honored
Crab CreekJim Carson, Saluda artist, has been juried into the Door County Plein Air Festival in Fish Creek, Wisconsin. Jim is one of only 40 artists nationwide to be chosen to participate in this event. It will be held July 19-24, and is hosted by the Peninsula School of Art. It is held annually each year.


From the welcome dinner on Monday, July 19, through the Collector's Preview and Gala Auction on Friday, July 23, the artists will paint at different outdoor locations, as trolley cars provide art lovers and tourists' transportation to watch the artists paint.


Jim's next workshop in Saluda will be June 3-5, entitled "Painting Fast and Loose/Eliminating the Unnecessary."


You can contact Jim at 828-749-3702 or visit Jim Carson, or email
April Healthy Lifestyles Challenge
Cancer.   It's a scary word.  Too many of us have been touched by cancer.  One of the worst things about hearing the word is the terrible feeling of helplessness that goes with a cancer diagnosis.  We want to do something to help, but what?
The American Cancer Society has been investing in cancer research since 1946.  By dialing 1-800-ACS-2345 or visiting  you can receive answers to your questions about cancer and referrals to local resources 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  ACS works to make cancer a top priority for lawmakers at all levels.  They provide wigs and prosthesis free of charge to patients.  ACS supports patients with educational programs, help with transportation and finances, and a Cancer Survivor Network to help those who have been touched by cancer.
So what can you do to help?  Support The American Cancer Society's Relay For Life.  Relay For Life is ACS's main fundraising event nation wide. This year's theme is " The American Cancer Society, sponsor of more birthdays!"
Polk County's Relay For Life will be on Fri. April 30, 2010 at Polk County High School.   Teams from all over the county will be walking the track at the high school from 5:00pm until midnight raising money to help The American Cancer Society eliminate cancer.  Fun activities, food, entertainment, and various items for sale will be offered by teams to help raise money.  Luminaria, in memory of cancer patients will line the track and can be purchased from the teams.  Local Relay money supports local cancer patients.
Donating is very easy.  You can donate at Saluda School or go online and donate at You can also come down to Polk County High School on April 30 and have a great time supporting a great cause.
Help the American Cancer Society sponsor more birthdays by helping patients live longer and have fewer people miss birthdays because of cancer.

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


Polk County Relay For Life is

                                       April 30th!




Our Saluda School Relay For Life team is participating in the PURPLE RIBBON fundraiser.  These ribbons sell for $10 each with 100% going back to our RFL team.   

Let's paint the town of Saluda purple to show support for Relay and The American Cancer Society. Put one on your mailbox, car, place of business, or anywhere you like. Get yours at Saluda School today. Thanks and have a purple day! =)  

The Pacolet Area Conservancy requests that you include PAC's PACWalk for Preservation Event in your community calendars. 
Event:  PACWalk for Preservation
Place:  Tryon Estates, Laurel Lake Drive, Columbus, NC
Date:   Saturday, May 1, 2010
Time:   2 Mile Walk starts @ 10:00 AM
            3/4 mile Lake Walk starts @ 10:05 AM
            Registration will begin is 9:00 - 9:45 AM 
Preregister by calling PAC @ 828-859-5060 or stop by the PAC office Monday - Friday from 9:00 to 2:00                   
Cost:   Adults $20; Students $5; Families with 2 adults $45; Families with 1 adult $25; Teams - 1 free entry for every 5 registrations.
This year PACWalk will be bigger and better than ever.  There will be an awards ceremony after the walks.  Participants are invited to a free lunch, compliments of Tryon Estates.  All proceeds from the event are used to further PAC's mission to preserve our natural resources and "Save the places you love".  PAC has been the area's local land trust since 1989 and has helped protect over 8,000 acres of mountains, forests, pasturelands, watersheds, rivers and wetlands.  
For additional information, contact PAC at 828-859-5060. 
Saluda Community Tree Preservation Association
megan wardDates to Remember:
North Carolina observed Arbor Day March 19 - traditionally the first Friday following March 15.
National Arbor Day will be celebrated Friday, April 30-traditionally the last Friday in April.
States observe Arbor in different months according to the best time to plant in zones where the state is located.
Earth Day observes its 40th anniversary on April 22.

Arbor Day celebrations began in 1872, the dream of J. Sterling Morton, founder.  A special day is set aside each year to plant trees and to honor our trees for the tremendous tangible benefits they provide and for their aesthetic gift of beauty we enjoy.
Quoted from J. Sterling Morton, July, 2009:  "Each generation takes the earth as trustees.  We ought to bequeath to posterity as many forests and orchards (and farmland) as we have exhausted and consumed."
Has spring ever been more welcome around Saluda than it is this season?  It's been a hard winter and tragic for so many of our beautiful trees.  Ice storms and frozen snows literally left mounds of uprooted and broken trees and limbs across the country side and through our town.  Even old-timers have said it was the worst ice storm season they had ever seen.
What can, what should we do now to protect and preserve our remaining cherished trees as the huge clean-up winds down?
From the Arbor Day Foundation newsletter recently, we found the following:  "...after a storm, don't be too hasty in removing a damaged tree.  There may be some jagged limbs or a broken top, and any loose limbs should be taken out of the tree (asap for safety reasons).  But, please let a professional arborist look at the tree.  Too many trees are sacrificed right after storms that could have been saved by skillful pruning."  Storms often bring out the guy with the chain saw and the pick-up truck who has no knowledge of preserving trees' health but only a nose for making a fast buck.
Unfortunately it may be expensive to have all broken limbs and jagged stubs removed.  However, a tree has remarkable ability to form a chemical barrier between the dead tissue and living tissue.  When a knowledgeable and skillful arborist saws off a damaged limb, the limb grows and seals the wound.
If the wound is not handled correctly, rot-causing fungi is so over-whelming it can destroy the tree.  Damaging organisms and/or diseases can enter the tree through the broken branch.
How do you find a qualified arborist?  Check the internet or the advertising pages in the phone books.  When you talk with the arborist, ask if he or she is certified and, preferably, is a member of a recognized organization as the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA).  Their ads will probably contain this info.  There are many reputable tree arborists on the Saluda Service Directory.
By Ruth Anderson
Spring Green Bash - Green River Adventures
green riverYou are invited to the 4th annual GRA Bash May 8, 2010 8:30am to 8:30pm at Green River Adventures, 1734 Holbert Cove Road in Saluda. Event is open to the public but reservations are required for the river trips so call 800-335-1530 to book. 
Event Schedule:
8:30am  Diamond Brand pre-season sale
Upper Green River Rush (1/2 day trip) High Adventure
9:00am  Introduction to Whitewater Kayaking (full day lesson)  Upper Green River Run/Intro to Creeking (full day lesson)
1:00pm  Test drives by Prestige Subaru
Lower Green River Adventure (3 hour trip) Family Friendly
2:00pm  Lower Green River Adventure (3 hour trip) Family Friendly
3:00pm  Lower Green River Adventure (3 hour trip) Family Friendly
6:00pm  Dinner by Hubba Hubba Smokehouse brought to you by Diamond Brand
Spring Green Bash is brought to you by Green River Adventures' sponsors WNCW 88.7 , Subaru, and Diamond Brand.
Why Use an Architect for Your New or Renovated Building Project?

megan wardFor our cottage in Saluda, my wife Sandy and I developed our design using the same careful procedures I recommend to any client.  (In many ways Sandy took on the role of an actual client, creating a new dimension to our relationship, as well.)  After all is said and done, my relationship with my clients is primarily what promotes creative solutions.  Always, our direction was guided by the natural qualities of our site, and the specific ways we would use it.  Knowing it would be unoccupied during the workweek, we chose geothermal heating and cooling, a system that is a good long-term investment, energy efficient, and would respond rapidly.


A well thought out home defines you, in addition to providing greater comforts than a generic design.  Your daily routines, your special needs and the kinds of things you do at home for enjoyment, or for entertaining, are carefully taken into consideration.  When you choose a specific style of home, such as a historic period or a regional style, these images are woven together with your personal lifestyle so they all work together.


Experienced residential architects have a working knowledge of our local construction marketplace.  We can offer clients a range of good options to select from, alternatives that promote value in making budget decisions.  As the cost of energy continues to rise, it is more important than ever to achieve an energy efficientenvironment.  An environmentally conscious building is also a healthier place to be.  I can work with you to identify the best green systems and features for your specific needs.


Whether for full services, or for partial services such as concept studies, using an architect will focus intents and needs, helping to realize more of what you hope to experience in the finished product.


Please check out my website, to learn more about me and see some of my built work.  On my home page there is a link to my blog as well, where a recent posting goes into more detail on why using an architect is a good decision.  I would be happy to talk with you about a new or renovation project you are considering.  You can reach me at 828-489-2782.  We hope you enjoy Saluda as much as we do.

By Brad Schwartz and Sandra Phillips
Dining Out for Life® Day 
Thursday, April 29th
The Western North Carolina AIDS Project (WNCAP) will join 50 other cities across the country and in Canada on Thursday, April 29, 2010, for their 8th annual Dining Out for Life® benefit.  Over 100 restaurants will take part in the event here locally.  All monies raised will help WNCAP continue their mission of increasing awareness to "at risk" individuals through their Outreach Education & Prevention programs in 19 counties and providing case-managed care to all those already affected by HIV/AIDS.    
Although the event base is in Asheville, The Purple Onion and Saluda Grade in Saluda on that date will generously donate 20% of their gross sales to the Western North Carolina AIDS Project. Last year's event raised over $111,000 and is the largest annual fundraiser to support the mission of WNCAP. 
Dining Out for Life® raises much needed AIDS awareness and serves as a reminder how our community is still affected by this devastating disease.  You can help support this effort by marking your calendar now to invite your friends and family to lunch with you on April 29 at The Purple Onion or Saluda Grade.
Saluda's Fourth Grade Class
On Thursday, March 25th,  after a delicious pot luck supper, and very warm welcome,  nineteen students from Mrs. Cari Maneen's and Mrs. Ginger  Rackley's fourth grade classes presented a program, "From Global to Local" at the Saluda Senior Center.  More often, teachers are requested to help students be global learners and to prepare them for college or a career after graduating from high school.  The program was directed by music teacher, Mrs. Sallie Free.
Zoe Parsons, Brianna Richardson, Willow Arkell, Karli Wood, Jonathan Cantrell, Henry Monts, Katie Baumberger and Meredith Gillespie play a song at the Senior Center
4th grade class
The pledge and National Anthem were presented by Bella Bowser, Paige Boone, and Elizabeth Staton.
The global section informed the guests of Saluda School's Olympic Opening Ceremony held in the gym.  Each class selected a country that participated in the Olympics.  They made a flag and researched their country.  Principal, Mrs. Dill, announced the countries and quoted some fun facts as students processed around the gym in their parade.  The fourth and fifth graders played recorders to the official olympic theme, "Summon the Heroes", by the American composer, John Williams, who also composed other music such as "Star Wars"  and  "Empire Strikes Back:" and many other famous movies and television programs.
megan wardThey traveled next to the United States. This is the 70th anniversary for American folk singer-songwriter, Woodie Guthrie, and his famous song, "This Land is Your Land."  The audience sang along as students Jonathan Cantrell and Henry Monts accompanied everyone on the autoharps.
From nation to state, the students informed the audience of symbols, played their recorders, and sang songs from North Carolina, a major part of the fourth grade social studies curriculum.
Saluda is an A+ school.  This means that core curriculum is taught through the arts.  Art, Music, and Physical Education are incorporated into students' education.  Teachers meet regularly to discuss curriculum and how the arts can be correlated as well as how the arts can correlate the core curriculum into their standard course of study.  
Last, but certainly not least, students spoke of their local community with its charm, trains, many visitors, and of course, Coon Dog Day!  They closed the program with the "Saluda School Song".  A fun and educational time was had by all!

Thanks for all your support, your contributions and for reading Saluda Lifestyles and referring it to your friends and family. 
Remember, All past Saluda Lifestyles are archived on the Saluda Lifestyles website.
Happy Spring! 
Cathy Jackson,
Cathy Jackson Realty