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Where Time Stands Still
June 1, 2010

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In This Issue (click on a topic to move to it quickly.)
Saluda Tailgate Market
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
Youth Tennis in Saluda
Saluda Church Services
Community Yard Sale
Saluda Business Association
Saluda Classifieds
Agri-Tour June 26
Beware of Bicyclists
New Editor
Art Scholarship Raffle
Letter from Clark Thompson
What's Happening
Coon Dog Day
Coon Dog Day 5K
Historic Saluda
Bonnie Bardos Receives Grant
Art Clues
Joe Adams
Saluda Scoop
City News
New Dollar General
Our Vanishing Americana
Art at Senior Center
Cabanna Opens for Season
Tribute to Ed Leland
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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. 
megan ward
Enjoy and relax in this comfortable home in a pastoral setting. Designed for low maintenance and easy care, the master bedroom, bath and laundry are all on main level. 4 BR, 2 BA, 1700 SF, .34 acres $198,000
 megan ward
  Easy and comfortable living in this single level home built for convenience. Enjoy the open feeling,cathedral ceilings, stone fireplace, high ceilings, and bamboo flooring. Great neighborhood for walking. Split floor plan with family room and office or study.
3 BR, 2 BA, 2126 SF, .4 acre  $235,000
  Under Contract Back Ups Requested
 Enchanting arts & crafts bungalow two blocks to historic downtown Saluda for shopping, dining, entertainment. Sit on screen porch and listen to the rush of a waterfall, fish in the small pond, or wade in the creek that flows by the house. 
2 BR, 2.5 BA, 1100 SF, .5 acre  $190,000
  Totally hand-made cottage in a rustic, private setting with large trees. Hand worked boards from saw-milled timber. Truly "one of a kind" with many unique features devised by local master-builder.  1 BR, 1 BA, 900 SF, .5 acre  $138,500  MLS#466334
Two dwellings on twelve acres both with long range mountain views.  3 BR, 2 BA, 3979 SF, Guest House, 3-Car Garage  $542,000  MLS#466320
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

A Quick Saluda Market Update as of May 31, 2010

Sales               Closed   Pending
Homes 2009         5           0
Land 2009            6           0
Homes 2010         7           3
Land 2010            0           1
Homes and Land sales pending have increased compared to this time last year.  A positive indicator for real estate sales in Saluda.
Saluda Tailgate Market
tailgateSaluda Tailgate Market is every Friday 4:30-6:30. Get your hat and basket, come greet your neighbors and support our Polk and Henderson County growers.
You will discover fresh locally and regionally grown produce, herbs, flowers, annual, perennial and native plantings, honey, apples, organic produce.  Wild and cultivated mushrooms, baked goods, goat cheese, jams, jellies and relishes, lamb, beef, chicken and the eggs, too!
Located in Saluda's public parking lot on West Main Street.  (Directions:  follow Main Street to the bridge and bear right at the bridge.)
Visit us at
Interested vendors can contact Shelley DeKay at 828-749-9615 or 828-749-9365.
Photo by Beth Carson
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!
 (All events and activities take place at the Saluda Senior Center on Greenville Street.)
    June Calendar News
What a wonderful time to be in Saluda. Summer residents will be coming back to town and we are planning more events for everyone. We have been working hard to bring events that all will enjoy and we appreciate the excitement that everyone has shared. Mark your calendar because you don't want to miss any of the fun and time together.
Dr. Richard Brantley, will continue on the Wednesday's in June from 1:30 to 2:30 a course on The Bible as Literature. The first three weeks will cover the Book on Amos, and the second will be on the Book of Hosea. This will be an educational time for us all and hope you will attend.  
June 3rd, will be the beginning of our Summer Cookouts. We are excited this year to have Frank Beeson, Garry Segal and "Catfish" Joe Littell to entertain us. They play original blues, country and rock.  Plan to come and have dinner with your family and friends.  We will be serving at 6:00; plates will include hamburger or hotdog with all the fixings, coleslaw, beans, chips, cookie and drink. Please support our center and join us for the fun.
Mike Ashworth will continue this month on the 17th at 1:00 on, "How to Stay Retired." Mike is from Wells Fargo Advisors and will be answering your questions; this is a time for discussion to learn more about retirement in our area.  
Our Art Reception will be on the 18th at 5:00 and our artists this month are Marguerite Hankins and Bill & Anne Jameson. We are so honored to have the talent in our area and the artists contribute each month to our center. Plan to come during the month and view the art and join us for the reception to thank our artists that give so much to our community. 
Our community Potluck will be the 24th at 6:00 with the Gospel group, "Reflection of Grace". They are a second generation of southern gospel singers. We are excited to have them back and look forward to having Preston Mintz with Jeremiah & Jessie Collins to sing for us. Remember to bring your favorite dish and we look forward to seeing you.
We continue to have our regular activities, check the calendar and come and join us. We have bridge, knitting, quilting, trash train, other games, or tell us of something you would like for us to offer.  We always want to hear from you.  We thank you for the support you continue to give us, but we want to reach out to others.  Please bring a friend or if we need to call on someone, let us know.  Have a Great June.
Saluda Broad Members:  Judy Ward, Bill Klippel, Brenda Bohannon, Joe Marley, Anne Jameson, Melanie Talbot, Neill Bultman, Edie Campbell, Margaret Sease, Henry Bright, Betty Wilkerson, Bob Bailey.  Our Director, Donna Carson and Judy Moore, Title V.
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.
          Events in a Snap Shot
Wed. June 02, 09, 16, 23 and 30 from 1:30-2:30pm, Inspirational learning with Richard Brantley.
Thurs. June 03 at 6pm, cookout with Frank Beeson, Garry Segal and Joe Littell.
Mon. June 07, Book club meeting at 2:00 pm. All are welcome to attend.
Thurs. June 17 @ 1pm, Mike Ashworth, Wells Fargo Advisor, will continue with investing information. Call or come by the Center to sign up.
Thurs. June 17 at 6pm, Single Women United potluck dinner, location TBD. Bring your favorite dish and enjoy a fun night.
Fri. June 18 from 5pm-6:30pm, Artists reception for Marguerite Hankins, Anne Jameson and William Jameson. All are welcome to attend.
Thurs. June 24 at 6pm, Community potluck with Reflections of Grace. Bring your favorite dish.
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 June 1, 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 June 2 and 16 at 3:00 at McCreery Park pavilion.  For information please call Betsy Burdett at 828-749-2161.
Saluda Community Land Trust
June and July will be busy outdoor months for members of the Saluda Community Land Trust. We are fortunate enough to have the help of an AmeriCorps volunteer, Joseph Burdett, who will be clearing trails and removing kudzu and multi-flora rose along with us until the end of July. In addition to our three big trails projects, SCLT has "Adopted a Highway" from Dun Roamin' on Hwy 176 west of town to Thompson Rd. east of town, excluding the part of 176 that lies within the city limits. If you want to be outside doing something good for the community along with good company, we invite you to work with us. Please call 749-1560 and we'll sign you up for a great day outside.
June meetings are June 2 and 16 at 3pm at McCreery Park.
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frog kisses
Dave Prudhomme found a frog while the gardeners at the Robinson Saluda Community Gardens were having their first official garden clean-up day.  He is hoping the newly installed Scarecrow princess will turn the frog into a weed our plots.
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


If you didn't go by Spring Park in April and May, you missed the best spring display yet!  The hyacinths and daffodils were at their best and so-o-o welcome after the frigid winter we've all been waiting to end.  Be sure to check back this month for our new summer additions.
Now, for more"dirt" on dirt.  In April the topic was soils, and there is so much info on that subject, it seemed there should be a sequel.  If you are only a little beyond a beginning gardener, you already know that we have more clay in our soil that we could possibly give away.  If it's dry, it's hard as concrete; if it's wet it's as sticky as bubble gum.
And you know what that means!  Get your shovel and pump up those muscles; real work is ahead.  Plants may not thrive without certain nutrients, but they absolutely will not survive without soil that drains well and allows air to circulate. 
The best upgrade in any garden is decaying remains of plants and animals, i.e., organic matter equal to one-fourth to one-half of the total soil volume.  Shredded leaves (with the exception of those from the black walnut tree as they can be toxic) are good additions.  Pine needles and cow manure are some of the best options.  Believe it or not, sand, which is just the opposite of clay in draining water, requires the same amendments to provide the proper environment.
Soils are enhanced by having the proper ph (acid/alkaline) balance.  This includes nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium as primary nutrients.  Unless you know how to assess your soil (as noted last month), you will need to send samples to the state to have it analyzed.
Talk with your closest neighbors with the best looking gardens, your favorite place to purchase plants, and of course the Master Gardeners of our club to get more answers on soil and amendments.  That means you will need to come to our next meeting, Monday, June 21, 10:00.  We will be going to see the new Garden Gate Nursery in Hendersonville.  See you there!
Happy Gardening,
Sandra Rocks, Saluda Garden Club
Yoga Class Schedules
Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork.  Cassandra Nelson-Gorski, LMBT.  Gentle Yin Yoga is for everyone of all ages. It is all practiced on the floor where we work to create space in our spine and hips creating better range of motion.
       Month of May Special !!
**Bring a friend in and receive half off your first class!!!!
"Why pay for health care when you can pay for your health instead?"
Wednesdays 12:30
Thursdays     12:30 and 5:30

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.

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
The Women's Club of Saluda will meet on June 8 at 10 am at the Presbyterian Church.  We invite you to attend and hear Cappy Hall Rearick, a local author speak about memoir writing.  
Women of Saluda are welcome to attend.  Call Francis 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. 

Saluda Medical Center

         megan ward       
A Real Life Story......
Two of the programs offered at the Medical Center we hope you've heard about are the Medical Assistance Program (MAP) and the Prescription Assistance Program (PAP).  The MAP allows uninsured patients to qualify for services based on a sliding fee scale which takes into consideration their income and number of household residents.  The co-payment scale ranges from five to twenty dollars.  The PAP provides free prescriptions to uninsured persons (they need not be Medical Center patients) for a nominal administration fee of five dollars.  To illustrate how these programs work in conjunction, we offer an example, a true story:
Jessica, who lives with her parents, is a nineteen-year old part time certified nursing assistant at a medical practice in Hendersonville.  She also attends Blue Ridge Community College where she is enrolled in the Associates Degree in Nursing program.  Last fall, as a full time student, Jessica qualified to remain as a dependent on her parents' insurance policy, which enabled her to receive treatment and medication for a painful medical condition that requires ongoing attention.
However, due to a misinterpretation of the definition of "full-time student," Jessica was declassified to part-time status, and her parents' insurance company dropped her coverage.  She contacted several insurance companies including the one that covered employees where she worked, but the premiums for the policies were prohibitive. 
Fortunately, one of Jessica's fellow employees told her about the Saluda Medical Center's MAP and PAP programs.  After completing the required patient registration forms (may be obtained from the Center or downloaded and printed from the SMC web site), Jessica was scheduled for an appointment.  As an uninsured person she qualified for the sliding fee scale and was seen by Linda Barton, one of our family nurse practitioners, who wrote a prescription to continue Jessica's medication.  Jessica then walked across the Medical Center waiting room, knocked on the door of Pat Sandahl, the PAP administrator, completed some paperwork, paid the five dollar fee, and was given documentation that allowed her to pick up her free prescription within a few days at a nearby pharmacy. 
Fortunately for Jessica, her parents' health insurance company later reevaluated her college credit hours and reinstated her as a dependent on her parents' policy.  But for many others in our community, remaining without health insurance for a much longer period of time is a reality.  The Saluda Medical Center is there to meet the medical needs of these individuals and families as well as the health care needs of people in our community from all walks of life.
Annual Meeting
The public is invited to the annual meeting of the Medical Center's Board of Trustees beginning at 5:30 PM on Thursday, June 17th at the Senior Center. Light refreshments will be served, and a presentation will be given on our accomplishments and the goals which resulted from the development of our Five Year Strategic Plan.  We very much appreciate the community's support of the Center and encourage your participation in this annual event.
Save The Date.....
Friday, October 29th - Third Annual Masquerade Ball "Fun" Raiser at the Saluda Mountain Jamboree.  Two days before Halloween.  Mark your calendar.  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 
Blue Ridge BBQ for Kids, Too!
ATTENTION PARENTS!!!!  Asheville Kids Party is coming to the Blue Ridge Barbecue & Music Festival both Friday and Saturday-and that means hours of wholesome, creative fun for your kids.  (And for you, enjoy a full lineup of live music, a juried craft show, a stroll through Hog Heaven with 80 cookers, and all the festivities you love at the Barbecue.)  It's all included in the $7 per adult admission at the gate (children 12 and under are free).
The Kids Party at the Barbecue means tents and trunks full of imaginative, creative and, most importantly, FUN activities such as the following:
ˇ         Water-balloon bowling
ˇ         Domino Disaster
ˇ         Survey-tape art
ˇ         Princess tent
ˇ         Costume tent
ˇ         Marble table
ˇ         Boundary-free crafts
ˇ         Mural painting
ˇ         And so much more!
In addition to the Asheville Kids Party, the Barbecue will feature carnival rides on site for an additional cost-with $10 buying unlimited rides on Friday from 3 pm to 7 pm.  Kid-friendly and value-priced foods such as hot dogs, pizza, roasted corn-on-the-cob will be for sale.
So come on out and take advantage of creative, amazing and AFFORDABLE family fun at the Blue Ridge Barbecue & Music Festival, June 11 & 12 at Harmon Field in Tryon.
Peter Eisenbrown
Saluda Community Library

Paul Koenen

JUNE 16 - JULY 28
Wednesday, June 16 10:30 am
"Make A Splash Magic Reading Show!"
Everyone shows up to see Sammy Seal perform his amazing tricks, but Sammy doesn't want to go on! See if Zelnik the Magician (and seal trainer) can persuade Sammy to perform.
Wednesday, June 23 10:30 am
Reptiles and Amphibians from the North Carolina Museum of Natural History.
This "live" program will feature several species of reptiles and amphibians native to our state. A discussion of their habits and habitat and an opportunity for up close observance!
Wednesday, June 30 10:30 am
"Pirates of the Carolinas: A Historical Look at Pirates"  Learn fun pirate facts and dispel some pirate myths with music, puppets, magic, storytelling and humor. All the pi­rates mentioned in this program have ties to North and South Carolina.
Thursday, July 8 10:30 am
Set Sail with Cap'n Steve Somers on a High Sea Adventure In Search of Good Character!
Through books, puppetry and magic, explore the importance of trust, honesty, citizenship and other character traits.
Thursday, July 15 2:00 pm
"Make a Splash in the Past" with Fli-Rite Learning.
Take kids back in time to share the history of the Southeast. Using books, period games, magic, music and costumes, children learn about important events in our history including inventions, civil rights, book and peace awards, the colonial era, flight and the Civil War.
Tuesday, July 20 2:00 pm
String Celebration. "Read for your Life!"
A show that uses songs, stories, poems and silliness to promote reading. Wait till you meet "Gilbert the Bluefish", who discovers (almost too late) that reading can save your life!
Wednesday, July 28 10:30 am
"Make a Splash" Wrap Up Party at Pearson Falls. Nature Walk and Picnic! Children must be accompanied by adults.
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 AdamsSaluda Elementary School
Sixty college students, all prospective teachers in the NC Teaching Fellows Program, visited Saluda Elementary School on Thursday, May 20.  These students were literally "in awe" of the A+ Schools Program in place at our school!  Our school was the only school on their weeklong tour of NC schools to... (1) Offer PE every day for students; (2) Offer a weekly 30-minute piano/keyboarding lesson for every 3rd-5th grade student; (3) Integrate the arts in regular classroom activities through collaborative planning efforts between classroom teachers and arts teachers; and (4) Offer a 5-star Pre-K program for 3 & 4 year olds.
Thanks to a grant from the Polk County Community Foundation's Saluda Community Fund, students, parents and community members now have a safe, level place to walk, jog or run!  If you haven't taken time for an evening or weekend stroll around the new walking trail on the lower field area, please plan to do so. 
Wildflowers are blooming, flowering bushes and plants have been planted and mulched, benches have been added and the first phase of new playground equipment has been installed.  Also, thanks to the efforts of students, parents and community members, we are only $5,000 away from the amount needed to install Phase II of the new playground equipment!
Mark your calendars for Thursday, June 10 at 6:30pm!  Volunteer clogging instructor, Jennifer Hayes, and Saluda Elementary's clogging team will perform "Dancing through the Decades."  Also, PTSO will hold a raffle that evening for gift certificates to local businesses and restaurants.  Please plan to join us for a fun-filled evening of dance! 
It is hard to believe that the 2009-2010 school year is coming to an end!  The last day of school for students will be Friday, June 11.  Awards ceremonies will be held for K-2 students (8:30-9:30am) and for 3-5 students (9:45-10:45am).  School will dismiss for the summer at 11:00am.
On Saturday, June 12 from 7:30am-12:30pm, PTSO is inviting parents and community members to participate in a Community Yard Sale to help raise money for the playground.
For a $10 donation, adults may "rent a spot" on the field or tennis courts.  This is a great opportunity to display & sell your unwanted items, while making a contribution for new playground equipment.  Call or email your friends and neighbors to help spread the word!  
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. 
Youth Tennis in Saluda
tennisOn Thursday, April 29, 2010, the Henderson County Community Tennis Association Youth Committee (members present were Bevie Walker, Carol Rosner, Sharon Purcell, Peter Pay and Rick Burt) presented 20 youth Wilson racquets and 48 Wilson low compression tennis balls to Saluda School's Kathy Angier, physical education teacher, for the benefit of the students in the physical education classes.  Saluda is included in the Henderson County Community Tennis Association area due to the participation of area tennis players in the United States Tennis Association tournaments and USTA local leagues.  For more information on the HC-CTA and USTA league tennis, you may contact Bevie Walker, USTA local coordinator at 749-5616 or or Pam Hymer, USTA area coordinator at 274-1633, or, or visit NC Tennis at or Henderson County CTA at The USTA Youth Coordinator for Junior Team Tennis is Gina Fair at 828-687-9443 or
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
For more information contact The Reverend Becky Stanley 
Saluda First Baptist Church
Worship 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

Community Yard Sale
yard saleCommunity Yard Sales will be held on the tennis courts and field from 7:30 am - 12:30 pm on Saturday, June 12 and August 7. The cost to rent a spot is $10 which will be collected on the day of the sale.  This fee will go toward the fundraising proceeds for "Phase 2" of the new Saluda School playground.
News from Saluda Business Association
Members of the Saluda Business Association are taking a break after months of planning the seventh annual arts festival.
Next on the schedule is a membership campaign for new year starting July 1, new rack cards, and updating of the display maps on Main Street.
If you are a business and would like to learn more about SBA membership, please contact Susie Welsh at 828-749-3900 or email at
Visit Saluda, the official town guide website.
Saluda Classifieds
Multi-use space available at 101 Cullipher (behind the Post Office & Macon Bank) - can be used as office or retail space or landlord is willing to consider converting this to an apartment.  Total square footage is 1,170 and could be rented as two separate spaces/offices/studios.  Includes a full bath, central heat and air, and a 500 sq. ft. double storage space available on the lower level.  Monthly rental may be from $610 to $700.  Call Angie T. McDonald at 828-277-7795 or 828-713-8795. 
A cordless phone was found at the edge of the parking lot and Main St. week of May 17.  It was charged and obviously one someone uses.  Call Wildflour (828-749-9224) to pick it up.
Wanted: Saluda Garden Assistant.  Weeding, working alongside owner; flowers, conifers in large residential garden.  No mowing; able to lift 30-40lbs.  4hrs/wk or every other week, $10.00/hr, Nov-Oct.  Contact or 828-749-9809.
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.
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
PolkFresh(tm) Agri-Tour-June 26
polkfresh2010Want to see how goat's milk cheese is made or how draft horses are still in use cutting hay and plowing rows?
There's a new local annual event launching this month to help do just that.  The PolkFresh™ Agri- Tour, organized by the new Mill Spring Agricultural Development Center, happens Saturday, June 26.
This self-guided automobile tour is your invitation to visit over 9 working farms and gardens throughout the area, ranging from dairy to livestock to cheese makers and beekeepers to certify organic to century farms and modern community gardens. Farms will offer demonstrations and tours as well as sales so pack your coolers and where your mud shoes! 
Program maps and tickets will be available by June 10.  Price per vehicle is $25 in advance, $30 if purchased at a farm-site the day of the event.  That evening, a farm dinner and dance, hosted by Giardinis Trattoria, is an educational evening designed to bring the tour full-circle by using local foods and wines and honoring the dedicated farms and friends of agriculture who put their "heart and soil" into sustaining food for our families.
Proceeds from these two events benefit the Mill Spring Agricultural Development Center.  To reserve your ticket, e-mail event coordinator Carol Lynn Jackson of Manna Cabanna at
Beware of the Bicyclists
Saluda is a favorite destination for many bicyclists in the summer.  Bicyclists and motorists share our windy mountain roads.  Please be responsible and vigilant of each other.  When encountering a bicyclist remember the safety tips from NCDOT.  Click here to review these tips.  When coming upon a bicyclist from behind, it's a great time to slow down and take the opportunity to see Saluda's vistas, roadside wildflowers, and rolling country sides until it is safe to pass.
Saluda Lifestyles wishes to express its deepest sympathies to the family and friends of lost loved ones.
Helen Cecelia Wyatt Barnett Fields, of Columbus, died peacefully in the arms of her family on Thursday, May 6, 2010, at Tryon Estates.
New Editor
Nancy Taylor of Custom Business Services in Greenville, SC has offered to contribute her editing skills to Saluda Lifestyles.   She will be editing as time is available and we appreciate her contributions to improving Saluda Lifestyles.  Nancy can be reached at or 864-235-3980.  Nancy participated in the 2010 Saluda Arts & Music Festival showing and selling her handmade jewelry.

The streets of Saluda blossomed with art lovers and visitors during the seventh annual Saluda Arts & Music Festival held May 15, 2010.


megan wardJuried artists showed their work, consisting of paintings, jewelry, pottery, photography, metalwork, wood turning, and more in historic downtown Saluda.


Artwork was divided into two-dimensional and three-dimensional categories.  Awards were based on skill, presentation (visual impact), intention (mood etc.), and consistency.

carsonTaking Best Overall with a $500 award was Jim Carson, Saluda, NC.  Jim Carson has been painting in both oil and acrylic for more than 20 years.  His work has been described by art critics as "fresh and painterly."  Jim is presently represented by Wickwire Gallery in Hendersonville, NC, Ocmulgee Arts in Macon, GA, The Frame Shoppe in Augusta, GA, and Blue Valley Gallery in Cashiers, NC.

Bill Gramley
megan wardThree-hundred-dollar awards were given to second place winners in 2D and 3D.  Bill Gramley, Lewisville, NC, received the award in 2D, and Linda Marie Miller, Inman, SC, won for her 3D artwork.  Third place in 2D and 3D won $150; winners were Bruce Bunch for 2D, Taylors, SC, and George Getty, Greenville, SC, for 3D.  Honorable mention awards of $50 were given to Jeff Pittman, Laura Faye Long, Jocelyn Davis, and Mike Cowan.  Judging the art work were:


Rich Nelson, a painter and teacher from Tryon, is a nationally known portrait artist and has been featured in American Artist magazine.

Robert Dunning is a professor of art at the University of North Carolina Asheville, where he is chairman of the art department.  He has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in drawing and painting and a Masters of Fine Arts in printmaking.  His art work is on display at Blue Spiral I Gallery in Asheville.

Ben Pfingsta has a Masters degree in painting and a PhD in art history.  He taught art for 10 years at Norwich University in Vermont and currently teaches continuing education in art at Blue Ridge Community College and Isothermal College.


megan wardChuck Hearon was the official photographer for the arts festival and his pictures will be uploaded to soon.  Through his pictures you can capture the essence of the day-beautiful weather-safgreat art-demonstrations-kids having fun-food-music-volunteers working...a community blending in harmony with visitors enjoying all Saluda has to offer.megan ward

 Festival  Raises Scholarship Fund

safThe Saluda Arts & Music Festival raised more than $500 through a raffle held during the seventh annual festival held in historic downtown Saluda on May 15, 2010. 


The proceeds will serve as a scholarship and presented to a Polk County High School art student.


Prize takers won an original painting by Jim Carson, Saluda, NC, an overnight stay at the Orchard Inn with dinner for two at the Purple Onion, and a Green River Adventures trip for two with a gourmet wine basket from Saluda Wine and Cheese.


Thanks to all who purchased tickets for the raffle.

It Couldn't Be Done Without You!

The Saluda Business Association extends a great,saf big, "THANK YOU" to all the volunteers that made the seventh annual Saluda Arts & Music Festival a success.

They include:  Angie Blackwell, Anita Moore, Anne Jameson, Barbara Cardais, Beth Brand, Betsy Burdett, Bob Bailey, Bob Thompson, Bob West, Brad Schwartz, Brad Tuttle, Carolyn Ashburn, Chris Young, Chuck Hearon, Dale McEntire,  Debi Thomas, Denise Kennedy and Allison, Gail O'Kelley, Greaton Sellers, Jerry Cole, John Savage, John Waddill, Joseph Marley, Judy Thompson, Katie Marley, Lee Ellis, Leslie Jones, Livvy French, Lin Savage, Michael Bordyn, Mike Cass, Millie Bordyn, Nora Parks Anderson, Pat Olesen, Pat Bares, Patty Martin, Patty Whitaker, Pat Waring, Patricia Corrigan, Rhonda Calitri, Rich Igoe, Rita Igoe, Saluda School/Bentley and Jerry Harris, Sandi Phillips, Scott Kinard, Sherry Hoover, Troy Brooks, Barbara Seiler, Beverly Pickard, Carey Pickard Catherine Ross, Cathy Jackson, Connie Kuckelman, Joni Mahaffey-Rauschenbach & Wylie, Katrina Thiessen, Jim Carson, Lynn Cass, Maxine Barnette, Robert Seiler, Scott Cardais, Shelley DeKay, Stoney Lamar, and Susie Welsh.
Thanks to all of the business owners who contributed to the Artist's Gift Bags.
Thanks to Macon Bank and Subway for their sponsorships and for the many businesses and individuals who sponsored the Children's Art Tent.
And thanks to all of the visitors and Saluda citizens who attended the festival that made it worth all the effort! 
Letter to All Saluda Residents and Visitors,
ward's grillWhile the actual closing date for transfer of ownership of Thompson's Store/Ward's Grill is still several days away, I want to convey in a timely manner the heartfelt thanks that Judy Ward and I felt for the outpouring of excitement and wholehearted support shown us last week when we were able to announce the purchase agreement for the store and grill.  Hundreds of well-wishers expressed the same feeling that this opens up an opportunity to recreate excitement, not only in downtown Saluda's future but all over the community.  It reconfirms our belief that the economic as well as psychological wellbeing will be enhanced by the total redevelopment of this property.
clarkAs our work begins, my larger dream is to encourage and assist others in Saluda in the creation of a master plan that will assure the preservation of our community for future generations.  My belief is that it is just as easy to create big dreams as it is to create small ones.  For the past 38 years my career has centered on the preservation and restoration of a number of historic buildings in Pensacola and it truly has been a labor of love.  Now I am being provided an opportunity to give back to the place of my birth and upbringing.
To paraphrase an old quote about a rising sea raising all boats, I believe this is one of those neat opportunities in the life of our community and we are committed to succeeding in our efforts.
"Let the good times roll."
R. Clark Thompson
Thompson-Briggs Developers, Inc.
700 S. Palafox Street - Suite 245
Pensacola, FL 32502
What's Happening
purple onionFred Whiskin on piano every Friday playing "Blues to Brubeck."
Summer Hours at the Purple Onion begin June 1.  They will be open every day except Sunday through August.
June Music Schedule
June 3 ­ Nikki Talley

June 5 ­ Brooks Williams

June 10 ­ Bruce Piephoff

June 12 ­ Mitch Barrett

June 17 ­ Brian McGee, Laura Blackley, The Honeycutters

June 19 ­ Jef Chandler & The Bad Popes

June 24 ­ Sol Driven Train

June 26 ­ Drovers Old Time Medicine Show


Visit Purple Onion on their website.
saluda grade
June at the Saluda Grade Cafe...lots of wonderful freshness!  Fresh is the way we cook...real food, real cooking!  Local vegetables and herbs are starting to come in and regional favorites have started showing up at the Farmers Market.  We've found fresh Sweet Corn, Green Beans , Tomatoes(vine ripened)(yipee!!), Melons, Onion, Zucchini and Strawberries!  Talk about locally grown...our Golden Zucchini that we planted, have tiny little yellow babies on them...soon...very very soon!!!  Our garden patch is also showing some Carrots, Nasturtiums and Fresh Dill!  Oh yeah, by the way...Thursday, June 17th is Eat Your Veggies you know where to come celebrate!
Sunday Afternoons and Supper...After a fun day of church, rafting, hiking or biking come relax at The Grade!  Our Sunday menu has warm hearty food like Chicken Pot Pie or Cheesy Tortellini with yummy Spring Vegetables but it also has a lighter side too!  Try our Crazy Squirrel Salad (yes it's back!) with fresh Oranges, Sweet and Spicy Pecans, Avocado, Dried Cranberries and Goat Cheese.  Delicious and Nutritious!  It's getting to be Grilling let us do it for you!  Our "Make the Grade Burger" is 6 ozs of Freshly Ground Chuck, grilled and topped with all your favorites for only 6.95.  If you get really adventurous add Bacon, Pimento Cheese and Jalapeno for just a bit more!  Kaye is hand cutting steaks too...It's time for a 12oz Ribeye grilled just the way you love it!  Fresh fish is on the grill too...Sunburst Farms Trout is on the menu... with Corvina, Tuna, Salmon, Sword, and Shrimp among the many The Grade brings in for Specials.
A Big Thank You to all who supported the May Arts Festival!!  What an Awesome Day to be selling food outside!  Thank you to all who helped set it up, work it, and break it down...(wow that little rain shower was a motivator...but not a drop got us!).  It takes a family to run a restaurant!  Thanks to everyone who ate all that food too!  Don't forget that at the Saluda Grade you can Special Order Foccacia Bread Rounds, Cakes, Pies, Brownies, Huge Cinnamon Rolls, Cupcakes, Cookies etc ... We love to cook ... you love to eat! 
Father's Day Sunday June 20th
Yes we are open and will have an Awesome menu with all your Dad's favorites...Ribeye Steak, Apple Pie, Fat Tire on Tap, make your reservations early!  We will be open from 11-7 too!
This Father's Day is special...I (Kaye) just wanted to Thank my Father for everything that he is in my life.  A lot of us haven't for one reason or the other been able to always show our love for our Dads, but this year I can truly say that I have finally understood the love of my Father!  Thanks Dad for your caring nature, for your wisdom, your patience and your willingness to always help! (even at 7 am to set up a booth!)  Thank you for putting the flowers in my life and in the restaurant.  I know this isn't all you do but I just wanted you to know that you are Loved and Appreciated!!  Thanks Dad!
Jeremy Duncan and Josh Burgess are playing on most Friday and Saturday nights in June...Call ahead for details!  Saluda Grade also sends out a weekly email for all who are interested in music details and weekend food specials!  If you would like to be included in this mail out of "What's Happening at the Grade"  please just send us your email address to  We would love to include you!!

Thank you Saluda we love you!
Kaye, Mario and all the Staff at The Saluda Grade Cafe

 Green River Boys
Joe AdamsThe Green River Boys invite you to Shaffer's Roadside Grill on June 11 and 25.  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

Looks like the "Beach and Shag" Friday night program is taking shape!  To give this "Beach in the Mountains" adventure a big kick off, "The Tams" will be back at The Jamboree for a live performance on Friday, July 23, 2010.  The following Friday, July 30th, we will have an evening of favorite beach and shag tunes for dancing or listening.  We hope this will give folks who enjoy this type of music a chance to enjoy spending time in Saluda on Friday evenings.  We are working with a group of DJ's that are helping to plan these Friday night specials. So this summer there will be Beach fun in the mountains!


"The Tams" have always been a big hit with their high energy show.  The tickets will be $l8.00 and go on sale July 1 for their show on July 23.  Get the Jamboree off to a great start by joining us for this Friday series.  Keep checking on the schedule for the bands that will be performing for the Saturday night "Party with a Beat."  The summer months are here and there will be lots of good music and dancing at The Jamboree!

Check our events schedule on the website, or contact us at (828) 749-3676.
June and July Music Schedule
June 5th   Southern Pointe
June 12th Sound Factory
June 19th Crimson Rose
June 26th Legacy

July 10th (Coon Dog Day in Saluda) --Crimson Rose
July 17th Legacy
FRIDAY , July 23rd "THE TAMS"

July 24th date not booked yet
Friday, July 30th "Beach In the Mountains"
July 31st Southern Pointe

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. New - Sangria Saturdays! 
Walkers get a .50 cent discount on their first beverage.

The Design Gallery in Burnsville, NC presents, "As I See It,"Paintings & Sculpture by Dale McEntire, mcentireSaluda artist.  Dale invites you to attend his showing of his work from June 4 - July 26.  Directions from Asheville:  Take I-26 West to Exit 9, and then take 19E to Burnsville. The Design Gallery is located half a block north of the intersection of 19E and South Main Street, across from the new Burnsville Town Center. The Design Gallery, 7 South Main Street, Burnsville, NC 28714  828.678.9869.  Gallery hours - Monday - Saturday | 10am - 5pm.   Public reception - Thursday, June 10  5pm - 7pm

carsonSaluda Artist Jim Carson 

Jim Carson, Saluda artist, will offer a workshop entitled "Getting Perspective Right in Order to Paint Fast and Loose" on Friday-Sunday, August 27-29.


Because of the popularity of this workshop in January, Jim has asked Chris Sherry, AIA Architect from Atlanta, to join him again for a repeat.  Chris teaches perspective at Johns Creek Art Center and Quinlan Visual Arts Center in Atlanta.


Chris is a wonderful teacher and in January was able to make a complicated subject very understandable.  Chris will conduct the first day of the workshop, which will consist entirely of drawing.  In the next two days Jim will teach the application of these drawing skills to achieve loose and spontaneous paintings.


The workshop will be held in Jim's studio located above the Saluda Grade Café in Saluda.  Jim will do daily demonstrations on Saturday and Sunday, and there will be a critique of the day's work at the end of each day by both Chris and Jim.


There will be a "get acquainted" gathering at Jim's studio on Thursday night, August, 26.  The cost of the workshop is $300, and will include lunch each day catered by the Saluda Grade Café.


There are still a few places left in Jim's "Painting Fast and Loose/Eliminating the Unnecessary" workshop on Thursday-Saturday, June 3-5.  Jim was recently honored by receiving the "Best in Show" award in the Saluda Arts Festival on May 15.

For more information, visit , call 828 749-3702 or email
Kathy Tyrrell  invites you to a free introduction workshop on "The Work" by Byron Katie.  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: 
Random Arts Workshop
Scraps, Fragments & Artifacts Workshop with Carol Sloan - Friday, June 18th
Workshop is at the new Random Arts Workshop location just west of town across the bridge on Highway 176.  We'll also learn a lot of different mixed media techniques like joining non-traditional pieces to fiber work, making paper fabric, sewing on (and with) paper...some fabric painting, a little dyeing...You know - a little of this and a little of that.  10 am till 4pm $80 (some supplies required).
For more information please call 828-699-2210.
Happenings at the Tryon Fine Arts Center and Tryon Arts & Crafts  

We hope to see you at some of May 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.
Robbie Lipe at Art, Wine and Cheese
Robbie Lipe will be presenting a demonstration and lecture at Art, Wine & Cheese sponsored by Tryon Painters and Sculptors, Tuesday, June 15th from 4-6 pm at the Tryon Fine Arts Center, 34 Melrose Ave, Tryon, NC.  TPS members attend free with a small fee of $7 for non-members. There will be door prizes.   For more information visit or call 828-859-8322 x 212.
megan wardGreen Creek Winery Events
Chardonnay Rosso Concert Series Comtinues
The remaining Chardonnay Concert Series for 2010 is as follows:
June 20 - Garry Segal
July 11 - The Shane Pruitt Band
July 25 - Mel Jones & His Bag of Bones
August 15 - Me and the Boys
September 19 - Chuck Brodsky
October 3 - Al Petteway & Amy White
October 31 - Beau Coup Blue
November 21 - The Sireens & The Space Heaters
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 
Coon Dog Day
megan wardDon't miss Saluda's 47th Annual COON DOG DAY on Saturday, July 10. A celebration for dogs and their people! Great food, live music, parade, crafts, street dance, and more.
Come enjoy this homecoming event in downtown Saluda. What began as a chicken supper fundraiser for the local Coon Club has grown into an event that attracts over 10,000 people each year.
Live music on stage begins in the morning around 9 and continues all day until the end of the street dance at 10:00 PM.

Events for Coon Dog Day are still forming. 
If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to support Coon Dog Day, please contact Monica Pace at city hall 828-749-2581 or email  If you are interested in participating in Coon Dog Day as a vendor please click here and download the Vendor Letter and Application.
If you want to be in the Coon Dog Day parade just show up.  There are no entry applications or fees.  Please call City Hall at 828-749-2581 to get instructions on where to show up!
Coon Dog Day Royalty Contest
All parents wishing to enter their children in the Coon Dog Day Royalty Contest may contact Tammy Frisbee at 828-749-9370 or Tangie Ciarvolo at 828-777-9158 to pre-register and to receive information contest rules.  All entries must be residents of the Saluda community.
Queen and King - must be 13-18 years of age
Princess and Prince - must be 6-12 years of age
Baby Princess and Baby Prince - must be from birth to 6 years of age.
Coon Dog Day 5K Race is Back!

megan ward

Coon Dog Day Festival Run is back and better than ever!  With a revised route, parking close to the Start/Finish, a Kids Fun Run and chip timing for immediate and accurate results, we're set to offer a superb race experience for all!  Race with us July 10th!  The race is produced by Cycle for Life.  Please click here to see the new route and for registration information.
Historic Saluda Update
If you recall in last month's article, I put out a plea for folks to step forward in an effort to preserve the sanctity of our town. Well step forward they did! Lots of folks turned out for May's meeting and everyone shared some wonderful ideas and suggestions. The idea of a Historic Saluda Committee was equally embraced not only by Saluda's citizens but by Saluda's elected officials. Fred Baisden, Saluda's mayor, and members of the City Commissioners have welcomed the concept of a committee working in tandem to preserve, protect and improve the historical integrity of our town. As a result, the Commissioners are in the process of appointing a seven member Historic Saluda Advisory Panel that will report directly to city officials. The panel will work closely with a larger committee of interested citizens where ideas will be welcomed and encouraged. Lynn Cass of Saluda and I have been appointed to co-chair the panel.
As part of the desire to learn more about historic preservation, my husband Brad and I attended a Historic Preservation Commissions Workshop in Montreat with Nettie Sweet (Planning Board), George Sweet (Commissioner), John Morgan (Commissioner) and Lynn Cass (Restoration Committee) on May 26th. The workshop was presented by the NC State Historic Preservation Office and the Local Government Training Program in the Department of Political Science and Public Affairs at Western Carolina University. Topics ran the gamut from local historic preservation programs to rehabilitation tax credits. We all came away a little wiser and armed with some potential ideas for Saluda.
Stay tuned for more information about the Historic Saluda Committee. No date has been set for the next meeting pending the Commissioners' final appointments to the advisory panel. Notice of the meeting date will be posted on the city website: and posted at city hall. All are welcome to attend. You may continue to share ideas by contacting me at
As you can see my fear of complacency was quickly put to rest. Way to go Saluda! Thanks for rising to the occasion!
Also, special congratulations go out to Clark Thompson for his acquisition of Thompson's Store. We are also thrilled to learn we will be seeing Judy Ward around the store again, too.  I must admit, we are all a little lighter on our feet!
If you are interested in being kept informed or wish to share your opinions please email me at
Cindy Stephenson Tuttle
Saluda Artist Receives RAPG Grant Funds
Returns Favor to Community at Saluda Community Land Trust Annual Meeting
Saluda artist Bonnie Joy Bardos was awarded a 2010 grant from the Regional Artist Project Grant made through The Arts Council of Henderson County to purchase art supplies, which she has used to further her "Esto Perpetua" landscape series based around the Latin phrase of 'esto perpetua' (it is forever), which is written within each painting, worked into many transparent layers for the viewer to find and ponder.
She notes, "These canvases, both large and small, are always one of a kind, and depict nature and the sacredness of the earth.  No trace of mankind is ever found in these landscapes, only mystery and peacefulness, quiet beauty, a sense of timelessness and spirituality.  My belief is that nature is omnipresent, precious, powerful, and sacred.  About my ongoing Esto Perpetua series: I began this series several years ago, and the paintings are my language, my message to a world that needs to hear it.  While a quiet, contemplative message, I hope it comes across loud and clear.  My painting projects continue to evolve and I am extremely grateful to have been awarded the grant which has helped me in a very real manner.  I have decided to return the favor to my own community, in the hopes of making a difference."  This project was funded, in part, by a Regional Artist Project Grant from the North Carolina Arts Council, administered by the Arts Council of Henderson County.
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Bonnie and Betsy
Recently at the 3rd annual Saluda Community Land Trust meeting, Bardos presented a check written from a portion of the sale of one of her Esto Perpetua paintings to SCLT Board President Betsy Burdett.  She said, "As of April 2010, I have chosen to donate a percentage of each "Esto Perpetua" painting's proceeds to my town's land trust."  Her work is viewable on line at "".  The Saluda Community Land Trust is a tax-exempt non-profit organization dedicated to preserving Saluda's rural small town character by protecting its unique natural heritage.  Ninety percent of private donations to SCLT are dedicated to land and easement acquisition.
Submitted by Bonnie Bardos
Photo by Chuck Hearon. Saluda Community Land Trust Board President Betsy Burdett accepts a check from Saluda artist Bonnie Joy Bardos at the SCLT annual meeting.
Art Clues
Ideas for Creating and Enjoying Art


Beverly is taking a month off and will return in the July issue of Saluda Lifestyles.                      


Beverly Bowden Pickard


 Next month's Art Clues will be "Drawing and Painting Trees"
Fatty, Fatty, Two by Four Can't Get through the Smokehouse Door

Joe Adams

Obama visited Asheville recently.  His first stop after the plane landed was at 12 Bones
Bar-b-que Smokehouse to get some ribs.  They should have named the place 12 Bones and a Million Flies.  It's an indoor/outdoor kind of place, and the flies do love the ribs.  My wife said she doubted if the President and the First Lady ate any ribs since they are so opposed to fat...and fat people.
She thinks they stood at the door and chanted, "Fatty, fatty.  Two by four.  Can't get through the Smokehouse door."  Maybe, but they probably would have been beaten up with naked bones by the Smokehouse's  loyal customers.  I can attest to the fact that they are good ribs even if you have to share them with lots of flies.  When you order and get your silverware, you also get a fly swatter.  But these savage flies don't just buzz around your face...they land on your lips and try to eat the meat off the bones before you can.  So you really need to smack yourself in the face with the fly swatter, and who knows where the flies go?
The Obamas moved on to the Grove Park Inn, a luxury place where no flies are allowed.  Before they left Asheville, they went to see Billy Graham who lives not far away at Montreat.  He's 91 now...he greeted Obama with "Did you bring me any ribs, Boy?"  Billy's too old to worry about fat. "They prayed for each other, "Billy's son said.
Billy has been chums with a lot of Presidents, mainly Republicans.  I remember a couple of years ago, my wife and I were listening to an interviewer talking with Billy Graham.  The interviewer said, "You're getting up in years, Reverend Graham.  It won't be long until you are sitting in Heaven with God."  But Billy objected.  He said, "I'm not sure I have done enough to sit with God."  I turned to my wife and said, "We are in deep doo-doo, honey.  If Billy doesn't think he's getting in upstairs, we'll never make it."  But she said Billy was probably worrying because he was palsy-walsy with Richard Nixon...probably afraid he will go to Hell and have to play golf with Nixon.  Besides, she felt confident that she would make it because she polished brass at church once a month and thought there's probably a lot of brass in Heaven.  I told her I was not interested in going if there was work to do, especially polishing brass.
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 wardHeartwood announces Art for the Garden!


michaeljonesCeramic Garden Stools by Michael Jones~ Yellow Springs, OH/ Wheel-thrown stoneware stools by potter Michael Jones-suitable for indoor or outdoor use.


megan wardCopper Garden Sculptures from Haw Creek Forge~Asheville, NC. Whimsical and unique handcrafted copper garden sculptures designed to weather beautifully in your garden.

wind shimesWind Chimes from Music of the Spheres~Austin, TX
Handmade, hand tuned wind chimes that are built to last. The sleek design of black, powder-coated, aluminum alloy tubing make these chimes outstanding in both sound quality and visual appeal.

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Heartwood Gallery on Facebook!
Evening Shade Pottery
megan wardWe are open and hoping to have a great June here in beautiful Saluda, NC. Our hours are Monday 10 am to 5 pm, closed Tuesday, Wednesday thru Saturday 10 am to 5 pm. Most Sunday's 12 to 5 pm.  Hope to see you soon!  Functional hand-made stoneware pottery makes great gifts for graduations, weddings, birthdays, and all occasions.  We specialize in custom designed face mugs. Contact us at 829-749-3130.  Visit us at 
Congratulations to Salamander on beginning its seventh year of business in Saluda.megan ward
Cynthia and Ben have labored with love to create beautiful gardens in our town, and also have many new items for the 2010 summer.
Salamander features superb handcraft from artists all over the United States and ten other countries.  You will also find a great selection of jewelry, books, wine and cards which are all carefully chosen to meet their personal standards for quality, interest, and fun. For more information, please contact them at 828-749-3466.

megan wardThe Manna Cabanna will be open on Wednesday's until June 15.  After this time, they will be open selling fresh, locally grown produce from Wednesday through Saturday.


Biddie's Antiques

vintage guitarIn addition to their collection of vintage musical instruments, Biddie's Antiques will now carry guitar strings, both electric and acoustic, as well as electric bass strings.  All strings are manufactured in New York by D'Aquisto Strings.  These are quality strings at affordable prices.  For more information contact Frank Beeson at 828-749-
"The Benke" has opened in the space in the alley between M.A. Pace General Store and the building with Sterling Stones.  You can find an eclectic collection of unique china, jewelry, odd tables, jewelry boxes, kitchen and dining ware, paintings, wall hangings, and much more.  Current hours are Friday and Saturday from 10:30 to 5:30.  Summer hours will be extended. 
Sterling Stones has moved the shop into the space on Main Street where Random Arts was located. 

Saluda Wine & Cheese


New at the Saluda Wine & Cheese Market are pimento cheese and chicken salad sandwiches.  Don't foget us when you need a quick lunch on the go. 101 E. Main Street,  Saluda, NC 828-749-WINE (9463) Tuesday - Saturday 10 am - 6 pm, SALUDAWINE.COM . Check us out on Facebook! 



megan wardWe couldn't be happier about the news that our much loved local grill will be back with the old favorites and some new soon-to-be favorites on their menu.  WELCOME BACK!    And Thank You to Clark Thompson and Judy Ward for making it possible.
Wildflour Bakery is also planning a small "come-back." We are working hard renovating a shop on the corner of Main St. and Pearson Falls Road as a small retail bake shop. Soon you will be able to "get your hands on our buns" (just a little bakery humor) and pick up your orders from the bakery elves themselves a couple of days a week.  You will still be able to find the bread at Tosh's Whistle Stop Cafe and Saluda Wine and Cheese.  Check out our website for updates ( Meanwhile, you can check the website to see what is on the menu each week.  Give us a call and pick up your order at the Saluda Tailgate Market each and every Friday. See you at the Market!   

Linda Seagroves and Friends!
You are invited to a grand opening of "Linda Seagroves and Friends Studio and Gallery" June 26 at 5pm. The gallery is located at 31 Pearson's Falls Road below Tosh's Whistlestop Café in Nostalgia Courtyard. Linda will be offering her art and the art of her friends and doing clay workshops for both adults and children.
Linda creates custom tiles, dinnerware, yard art, vessels, and more.  She can design and create anything you like.  Linda got her start as a clay artist in the Tryon and Saluda area where she has had many exhibits and openings.
In the autumn of 2005, Linda gathered local artists and together they opened the artists' co-op, "Your Art's Desire."
Once again, Linda is pleased to be opening a gallery in Saluda where you will be able to find handmade, one-of-a-kind creations by some of the best artists in the Carolina's.  Linda can be contacted at
Green River Hair Studio moves back to 27 Pearson Falls Rd. in Nostalgia Court.  Bobby Hernandez will be announcing a Grand Opening soon.  Walk ins welcomed.  For appointments, please call 828-749-3744.
City Notes

Joe Adams

An email was sent to the city of Saluda, SC's website and was forwarded to Saluda, NC. The writer wanted to make sure that a thank you was extended to Officer Connor.  Here's her message:
"I would like to recognize and commend Officer Charles Connor for his assistance.   On April 30th, I obtained an older car in Prosperity, SC and was driving it to Bryson City, NC, when on the Saluda grade, it lost all power.  I attempted to phone AAA, but my cell phone died.   I got a ride into town in the early evening, with most businesses closed.   I encountered Officer Connor as he was leaving for the day. I described my situation and asked about the possibility of finding a pay phone.  He generously allowed me to use his cell phone and patiently waited for me to complete my call.  I am very grateful for his kindness! His actions have inspired me to make a trip there just to explore the area.  My thanks to Officer Connor. I appreciated his willingness to help!"
Cathy Miller

Keep up to date with city news at City of Saluda's website.
New Dollar General Store
Dollar General is pleased to be opening a new store in Saluda, N.C. The new store will be located at 987 Ozone Dr., and will have 9,014 total square feet.  The store will employ approximately six to 10 people, depending on need.  
The store will feature a layout that makes shopping simpler for customers. Some of its highlights include: seasonal products featured in the center of the store, coolers at the front of the store and more visible department signage.
The new Dollar General will offer customers the brands and products they use most in a small, easy-to-shop store.  Dollar General sells quality name-brand and private label merchandise such as health and beauty products, cleaning supplies, house wares, stationery, seasonal goods, basic clothing, packaged food products, refrigerated foods like dairy products and lunch meat, and frozen food.  The majority of our products are priced at $10 or less, with approximately 25 percent of the products priced at $1 or less.
In addition to being a convenient place to shop, Dollar General is deeply committed to the communities we call home. We are an ardent supporter of literacy and education, which we believe is an important step towards a better life. At the cash register of every Dollar General store, customers interested in learning how to read, speak English or get their GED can pick up a brochure with a postage-paid reply card that they can mail in for referral to a local organization that offers free literacy services. Dollar General also gives back through grants to community organizations.  More information about the Dollar General Literacy Foundation and its grant programs is available at  
Anyone interested in applying for a job at Dollar General will find more information and a job application at in the Career Center.
Submitted by Emily Weiss of Dollar General

megan ward

                 Building in progress on Ozone.
Our Vanishing Americana Schedule Changed
Our Vanishing Americana, the documentary based on the book, Our Vanishing Americana by Mike Lassiter will broadcast on UNC-TV July 1 at 10pm.  Saluda's general stores; Thompson Store & Ward's Grill and M.A. Pace General Store are featured in the book and the documentary. 
ETV will announce their premiere date soon.
Please make sure to mark your calendar for the premiere of this documentary on UNCTV.    
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 Art at Saluda Senior Center
The Saluda Senior Center will present for the month of June "Recent Work" by well-known Saluda painters: Marguerite Hankins, Anne Jameson, and William Jameson.
marguerite paintingMarguerite Hankins pursued her love of art and design while a student at Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri, and later at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, where she studied fashion design and painting.  After several years as a fashion designer, she married and raised her family while keeping active in art, primarily pastel work.  In 1999 she became a student of celebrated portrait painter James Childs in New York.  Marguerite has also benefited from workshops with some of the most noted painters in contemporary art.  The Saluda light and landscape inspire many of Marguerite's paintings, and she also has a passion for still life and portraiture.  Marguerite's work hangs at the Purple Onion in Saluda and the May Gallery in Scottsdale, Arizona.
megan wardAnne Jameson's oil paintings reflect the extensive travel and painting trips to Tuscany, Provence, and colonial Mexico with her husband Bill.  Her work also demonstrates her fascination with the farms and countryside of western North Carolina near Saluda. She has exhibited in the Pacific Northwest and continues to be represented in Georgia and the Carolinas.  Her website is
billjamesonWilliam Jameson is nationally known for his contemporary realist style and his favorite subject matter: the spectacular landscapes of the Southern Appalachians.  Bill approaches his compositions as explorations of the landscape as affected by both nature and man.  His passion is interpreting the mystery and beauty of the dark creeks and woodlands less accessible to man's influences.  Bill's paintings can be found in both public and private collections throughout the United States.  He also teaches painting workshops in Europe, Mexico, and the U.S.  For more information about the artist, teacher, and gallery representation, visit
The Saluda Senior Center is open weekdays (except holidays) 9:00am-2:30am, and all are invited to a reception honoring the artists on Friday, June 18, 5:00-6:30 PM.  A portion of proceeds from sales will benefit The Saluda Senior Center.
Manna Cabanna Opens for Season
produce standSaluda's own Manna Cabanna, a roadside local organic produce stand and marketplace, has opened for the 2010 Summer/Fall Season on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. until June 16 where it returns to its Wed. through Sat. 10 -6 operating hours.
Recently featured in MountainBizWorks Annual Report as a growing local business to watch, the following is an excerpt on the article covering Carol Lynn Jackson and her vision for Manna Cabanna, Inc.
"I became Foundations certified in 2005 with a business plan that started with organic herbs and would become Manna Cabanna as it is today.  In 2006, opportunity to start the first  steps toward MCI was offered me by Donna Bond of Treasures Within Day Spa in Saluda.   In 2008 I leased the little red caboose, a Saluda business-scape icon, and business doubled.  In 2009, it doubled again in consumer demand and inventory.  Jackson says the growth is a result of a fast-growing local foods movement and not anything she heavily markets or strategically plans.  "I try and take it fairly slow to keep overhead down and the focus on patiently waiting for what's coming in fresh out of the fields and what local value-added producers and food artisans need a marketplace for," says Carol Lynn. " And it's working!"
The Cabanna offers local organic veggies, herbs, fruits, meats, eggs, cheeses, value-added and prepared whole foods and meals to go.  Fresh Carolina shrimp is available every Wednesday and Saturday. "We need to support the shrimp industry while we still have one."
A large portion of MCI's business structure is its' year-round Multi-Farm CSA program.  Community Supported Agriculture consists of a community of individuals who pledge support to a farm operation or multi-farm coordinated program such as MCI, so that the farmlands become, either legally or spiritually, the community's farms, with the growers and consumers providing mutual support and sharing the risks and benefits of local, smaller-scale food production. Typically, members or "share-holders" of the farm or garden pledge in advance to cover the anticipated costs of food production as well as the marketing of the farms' goods.  In return, they receive shares in the farms bounties throughout the growing season, as well as satisfaction gained from reconnecting to the land and participating directly in local food production. Members also share in the risks of farming, including poor harvests due to unfavorable weather or pests.   Inquire with Carol Lynn at 828-817-2308.
A Tribute to Ed Leland
lelandCater Leland, son of Edwin Leland who owned the Saluda Telephone Company gave a tribute to his father at the Pot Luck supper at the Saluda Senior Center in May. 
Cater described Mr. Leland as a soft-spoken man who loved to work and loved Saluda.  Mr. Leland didn't care about making money-he cared about working and giving people what they needed.  He was a person who constantly thought about what he could do for you not what people could do for him.  caterHe would buy used telephone lines and equipment still in working order from Southern Bell to keep costs down. He would not discontinue someone's telephone service just because they couldn't pay their bill. 
With no formal education about telephone systems, he purchased the Appalachian Telephone Company in 1936 for $800.  The system had 16 hand-cranked systems.  Ed Leland was self-taught and could read a book and then make things work.  He installed one of the first dial systems in western NC in 1945 by reading the instruction manual. 
With Cater by his side, Mr. Leland was constantly seen in the top of poles stringing lines and making repairs.  After storms that would knock out lines, Cater and Mr. Leland would be out all hours of the night getting people their phones back.  At the age of 85 Mr. Leland was still climbing poles until his family decided it was time for him to retire.
Mr. Leland wanted to see businesses in Saluda grow and at the same time he didn't want it to change too much.  He served as mayor of Saluda, city councilman, president of the Lion's Club and member of other civic organizations.  
Stories were written about Mr. Leland in the Hendersonville Times, Asheville's Citizen Times, and he was on the front page of the Wall Street Journal. He quoted to the Wall Street Journalist reporter, "The main thing is keeping the customer happy."
He was devoted to his family, his work, and to the citizens of Saluda.
Thank you for your continued support and we appreciate all the feedback from subscribers.  We hope you plan a trip to Saluda this summer and enjoy our quaint mountain town, a slower pace, and our natural beauty and historic buildings.
Remember, All past Saluda Lifestyles are archived on the Saluda Lifestyles website.
Cathy Jackson,
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