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Where Time Stands Still
July 1, 2010

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In This Issue (click on a topic to move to it quickly.)
July 1 - View Our Vanishing Americana
Area Fireworks
Saluda Tailgate Market
Senior Center News
Art at Senior Center
Meetings to Remember
Saluda Community Land Trust
Historic Saluda
Saluda Garden Club
Yoga Schedule
The Women's Club of Saluda
Saluda Medical Center
July 4th Celebration at Transfiguration
Saluda Library
Saluda School
Saluda Church Services
Community Yard Sale
Saluda Business Association
City News
Saluda Classifieds
Lost Cat!
Coon Dog Day 5K
Ward's Grill Celebrates Opening
What's Happening
Just 234 Years Ago
Art Clues
Joe Adams
Saluda Scoop
Saluda Grade Pearls
Visitor Information Links
Music and Entertainment
The Purple Onion
Area News Media
Tryon Daily Bulletin
Saluda Lifestyles
Past Issues of Saluda Lifestyles
Our Vanishing Americana
Our Vanishing Americana, themegan ward documentary based on the book, Our Vanishing Americana by Mike Lassiter will premiere statewide on PBS UNC-TV (channel 33 on satellite 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. 
This documentary will move you and you will be so grateful that Mike Lassiter documented an era that is fading fast in small towns across North Carolina.
Let UNC-TV know what you think of the documentary. Send them an email or Find us on Facebook.

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
Charming cottage with split bedroom floor plan. Both bedrooms have doors to covered back porch overlooking lush scenery. Art studio could be turned into a guest cottage.
2 BR, 2BA, 790 SF, 2.99 Acres
$199,000  MLS#468386
  megan ward  
 Entering the stone archway you immediately gaze out the large windows overlooking the wooded backyard.A split open floor plan,media room,ceramic tiled room-sized shower, hardwood floors,granite counter tops, enhance this WNC Healthy Built Home. Avg monthly elec is $97. Minutes from easy shopping in Hendersonville.  Lease/Purchase Available.
3 BR, 2 BA, 2362 SF
$425,000  MLS#468228
megan ward 
   This 1950's cottage bungalow is filled with charm and potential. Many updates and personal touches such as stone work, wrought iron fencing across the front, and lush mature plantings create a story book setting. Lake Summit access.
Zirconia, 3 BR, 2 BA, 1128 SF
$117,000  MLS#468460
megan ward
 This Blue Ridge Log Home offers country living at its finest. Large windows allow for amble sunlight and open up the winter view. Decking across the entire front of the cabin adds wonderful entertainment space for grilling, outside dining, and for the hot tub that conveys with the house.
Columbus, 2 BR, 1 BA, 780 SF, 1.1 Acres
$119,000 MLS#469073
megan ward
Enjoy one level living in charming brick traditional home in the historic district of Saluda. Great for full-time or vacation home. Features private baths in each bedroom, hardwood floors, high ceilings, lots of windows and extra features built in.  4BR, 4BA, 2969 SF. Walk to historic downtown Saluda.  Full apartment in finished basement. Available for Lease/Purchase
$349,000  MLS#469175
Links to Real Estates Sources

A Quick Saluda Market Update as of June 30, 2010

Sales               Closed   Pending
Homes 2009         5           0
Land 2009            6           0
Homes 2010         9           2
Land 2010            1           1
Homes and Land sales pending have increased compared to this time last year.  A positive indicator for real estate sales in Saluda.
Area Fireworks

Orchard Lake Campground in Saluda. Visit web site for directions. Fireworks start at dark.

Fabulous Fourth on July 3 in Columbus from 10 to 10.  Music, Food, Amusement Rides, Fun for all ages!  Fireworks start at 9:45.

Saluda Tailgate Market
farmerSaluda 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.
Rain or Shine!!
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.)
    July Calendar News

Summer is here, it is very hot and we have a lot of events happening at the Center.  Please come and enjoy the fun during the month of July.


We will be hosting our second Coon Dog Day Breakfast on July 10 from 7:30am to 10:00am. Come and enjoy scrambled eggs, bacon or sausage w/grits, gravy & biscuit. Plates are $10.00 for adults, children 5 to 10, $5.00 and children under 5 are free. All funds will support our center.


On July 1st we will have our Community Cookout with hamburgers and hotdogs. We will have music with Frank Beeson & band. Come and enjoy an evening with good food and great music. We begin serving at 6:00.


We are bringing back Wednesday Movies at 12:30. Come in, cool off and enjoy a movie: 7th Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid, 14th Now & Then, 21st Defending Your Life and 28th 180o South. 


Remember our Book Club meets the first Monday 5th at 2:00.  Summer is a good time to read and discuss with the group. I heard that Julia Childs visited last month, you never know who will be coming to Saluda.


We continue to grow with the bridge lessons with Tollie Ross. Bridge lessons on Tuesday at 9:30 to 11:30. The Club Series for beginners will start on the 6th and continue to August 24th.  Then on July 1st to August 19th we have the Heart Series on Thursday from 9:30 to 11:30.  Our regular Bridge players meet every Tuesday at 10:00 to 2:00.   So if you are a beginner or advance bridge player we invite you to come to the center and enjoy with the group.


We have line dancing every Monday at 12:30. This is an hour of learning line dancing and a great work out.  Donna teaches the group and they are having lots of fun. 


If you enjoy quilting we have a group of ladies meeting each Thursday. You can call the Senior Center at 828-749-9245 and get more details from Vikki Eliot.


Remember also we have a knitting group Thursday mornings. Trash Train on Wednesday and Friday mornings. 


Our Community Potluck will be the 29th at 6:00. Bring your favorite dish and enjoy a Tribute to the Atkins and Reed Families from Saluda. The Atkins family grew apples and had several locations in Saluda to sell products to consumers. Their sons still continue the family apple business. The Reed family owned and operated the Yarn Mill in Saluda. The fire department is presently located at the site of the yarn mill. Come to hear their families tell stories of growing up in Saluda.


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.

Art at Saluda Senior Center
The Saluda Senior Center is delighted to present for our July art exhibit "Wonderful Watercolors!"

San Francisco View by Sa
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Sa Smith, a  resident of both Saluda and Spartanburg along with her long time painting friends, Becky Wise becky wiseand



kathy coleyKathy Coley, also of Spartanburg,  will exhibit a variety of subjects from florals to images from their travels.  Their painting styles are similar with use of vibrant color and exciting compositions which result in a more realistic style of transparent watercolor. The artwork can be enjoyed during regular Senior Center weekday hours and all are invited to attend a reception honoring the artists. These three artists have graciously offered a portion of proceeds from the sale of  work in this exhibit to the Saluda Senior Center.

Please join us at the Saluda Senior Center for an artists' reception Thursday, July 15 5pm to 6:30pm.
Meetings to Remember
Town Council meets second Monday of the month at 7:00pm in the meeting room above the Saluda Library.
Saluda Business Association will meet Tuesday August 3, at 5:30pm in the Meeting Room of the Saluda Library.
Planning Board of the City of Saluda meets the second Tuesday of each month at 7:00pm at Saluda Public Library meeting room.
Saluda Community Land Trust will meet July 21 at 3:00 at McCreery Park pavilion.  For information please call Betsy Burdett at 828-749-2161.
Saluda Community Land Trust

We are very busy this summer! We're putting up fencing at the old dump, eradicating kudzu and cleaning up an adopted portion of Highway 176.



Would you like to get out early in the cool morning (before it gets hot) and help with our endeavors?  Our first workday for cleaning up Hwy 176 is scheduled for July 19th. Plan on gathering at the library at 8:30am. Bring gloves and wear sensible clothing. We hope to work fast and do a great cleanup.


If you would like to get outside and be a part of the team to improve our community these jobs are for you. If you have questions feel free to call 828-749-1560. If there is no answer please leave a message.


We are always looking for new members but you don't have to be a member to join the fun.


Our next meeting is July 21st. We meet 3pm at McCreery Park Pavilion. All are welcome.

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. 
Historic Saluda Update

The Historic Saluda Committee will meet on Friday, July 9, at 2 p.m. at the Saluda Library, upstairs. Although this is the day before Coon Dog Day, we hope that you will be in town and will be able to attend.  We have many items to discuss, but we will try to make the meeting as efficient as possible.


As last month's City Commission meeting, the Mayor and Commissioners appointed a steering committee to guide the larger group:


Lynn Cass - Chair

Cindy Tuttle - Co-Chair


Martha Ashley

Charlene Pace

Jack Coates

Greaton Sellers

Gloria Testerman


Cindy, the steering committee, and I look forward to working with all of you and hope to see you on July 9. Please bring your friends and neighbors. Historic Saluda is for everyone.


Lynn Cass


If you are interested in being kept informed or wish to share your opinions please email me at
Saluda Garden Club


Quick, at a guess, how much would you guess that you have spent on your "addiction" (i.e., gardening) this year?  My guess is you don't know.  Neither do I, but just how much can you add up with what you do know?  I'm not sure I even want to know that!


Even if you only grew one six pack this year, all the things you would have to purchase to sustain those six plants at a premium probably total more than $20.  First, of course, you have to have the plants; then you will, of course, need to water.


Perhaps you will need some soil amendments.  After that you will surely need some fertilizer.  There's also a strong possibility that you will need fungicide and slug bait.  Finally if this is your first endeavor, unless you are going to use your hands to dig a hole, you will certainly need a spade and other tools as well.  At a guess, I think we're well up to more than $20 now!


One must then decide if they want to utilize the economies of scale and purchase more plants to justify all the other expenses.  Or just stick with what you have.  In my case, I am going to allow so much of that $20 or more toward the price of learning by experience.


Heaven forbid, do not, whatever you do, pick up one of those fancy catalogs. 

You wouldn't believe the gimmicks and gadgets they can tempt us with!!


Just in case a few tips now can save on any further summer's investment, heed the following suggestions.


(1)  Don't buy high-priced wands, nozzles or sprinklers.  They all leak sooner or later. (2) Replace worn rubber washer where the tool connects to the hose. (3)  It is important to invest in some well made tools (trowels, spades and pruners) like the Craftsman line sold at Sears. (5)  When buying mulch or soil always look for the broken bags at one side that are reduced.  (6)  Try to be as accurate as possible as to the quantity you will need.  (7)  Recycle old soil around tree roots that are slightly exposed or in other needy areas.  (8)  One of my favorites is to take a previously used plastic pot, turn it upside down in a much larger pot to take up space and use much less soil than I would otherwise use.  And don't you just hate those popcorn things that stick in the soil and make it almost impossible to use again?  (9)  If you don't have a specific need for used soil, you can keep it and use it for new plants as long as 8 to 12 inches of soil can be added as this is the depth roots of most annuals will reach.  (10) Start a tool co-op for those tools that are seldom used like tillers, chippers, shredders, etc.


Best of all, cultivate a relationship with a reliable professional in a garden center that you will be able to trust over time and can consult on questions and answers that require more experience.  Or come to the Saluda Garden Club.  You know you are invited!


We will not be having a July meeting, but be sure to check our newsletter next month for time and place in August.

          HAPPY FOURTH of JULY!!!
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.
"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

This month, being July, the hearts of all good Saludians naturally fix on Coon Dog Day.  Therefore the Women's Club of Saluda will not have a regular meeting.  We will, instead, congregate on Main Street and sell raffle tickets to a gift basket.  Meet us there for conversation, the opportunity to see the output of some of Saluda's businesswomen, and contribute to the scholarship fund.

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

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Annual Meeting

The annual meeting of the Medical Center's Board of Trustees has been rescheduled for Tuesday, August 10th at 5:30.  It will be held on the second floor of the public library.  Light refreshments will be served, and a presentation will be given on our accomplishments and the goals resulting from the development of a 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 
4th of July at Transfiguration
The Church of the Transfiguration in Saluda will celebrate the Fourth of July with a festival service of Holy Eucharist at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, July 4, 2010. The prelude, beginning at 10:15 a.m., will be Musick of the Fife and Drum - Revolutionary War marches compiled by the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.
The fife and drums will also be used with many patriotic hymns and with Roy Ringwald's arrangement of Battle Hymn of the Republic, which will be sung by the choir. The service will close with The Stars and Stripes Forever, arranged for organ, fife and drum.
Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend the Independence Day service. The church is located at 72 Charles Street in Saluda. For more information, please call 828-749-9740.
Saluda Community Library

Paul Koenen

JUNE 16 - JULY 28
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
 We have just completed another wonderful school year at Saluda Elementary School!  We would like to thank the group of community volunteers who helped in a variety of ways to ensure student success in both academic and social situations.  Thank you to our volunteers!
New students are encouraged to call 828-749-5571 for registration information for the 2010-2011 school year.  Also, we still have space available in our 3 & 4 year old PreK program.  Call 828-894-3051 for more information about Pre-K registration.
We will hold another Community Yard Sale on August 12 from 7:30am-12:30pm on the lower field area at the school.  Vendors are welcome to sale their items for a $10 donation to the school's playground fund. Just show up.
Thanks to a grant from the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina and volunteers from area churches, a five-week Super Sizzlin' Summer Adventures program will be held for Saluda students beginning July 12!
If you haven't taken the opportunity to walk around the new walking trail at the school, we encourage you to do so.  Our newest addition to the trail is a group of birdhouses constructed and painted by Saluda's Brownie and Girl Scout Troups.  A special thanks goes out to PCHS teacher, Mitch Davis, and his students for putting up the posts for birdhouses.

Save your BOX TOPS!  Students will once again collect Box Tops to raise money for our school.  For each Box Top collected, the school will receive $0.10.  Thanks to everyone who contributed Box Tops this year!  We raised over $1,000 from Box Tops!
Enjoy the lazy days of summer and encourage any children you may see to READ, READ, READ!
Visit Saluda School to learn more about the North Carolina A+ Schools Program. 
Saluda Church Services

methodist church

Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration
The Rev. Paula C. Morton, Rector
The Rev. Dr. Norma H. Hanson, Vicar
8:00 a.m. - Holy Eucharist - Rite I
9:15 a.m. - Sunday School
10:30 a.m. - Holy Eucharist - Rite II with music.
Check their website for more programs and schedule changes Transfiguration
Saluda Presbyterian
Reverend Becky Stanley  
Adult SS 10:00 am
Worship Service 11:00 am
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 Saturday, 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
Toni Garcia, summer resident and quilt artist has donated a Christmas quilt to be raffled for the benefit of the Saludaquilt Business Association. Toni has won awards for her quilts and this is the third year she has offered a quilt to benefit the residents of Saluda.  Tickets will go on sale July 1 at Saluda businesses and sold on Main Street during Coon Dog Day. Tickets are $2 each or 6 for $10.  The winning ticket will be drawn during Hometown Christmas stroll in December.
If you are interested in joining the Saluda Business Association please contact Susie Welsh at
Visit for more information about the businesses and and the town of Saluda.
City Notes

Joe Adams

Keep up to date with city news at City of Saluda's 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. 
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
Finding Rama

Please help find Rama, the cat.  She has been missing for two weeks and the owner is offering a rama$400 Reward for the return of Rama or information leading to her return. She is on a special diet and can become fatally ill.  Please help her get home. She was last seen in the Esseola area around Autumn Care.  She weighs 9lbs and is 11 years old.  She was wearing a red collar.  Please call 828-329-8014 if you have information about Rama.

Happy Independence Day and Coon Dog Day
july 4We wish all of our Saluda friends and family a safe and fun-filled holiday as we celebrate our country's independence.  If Saluda had a motto it would be, "Live and let live."  This will be evident as you view the creative floats in the Coon Dog Day parade. 


Cathy Jackson Realty will be closed on Saturday, July 10.  You will 

find the four of us out and about town celebrating Coon Dog Day. Please stop us and say hello.

Debbie, Amy, Greaton, Cathy at Cathy Jackson Realty.

Saluda's 47th Annual Coon Dog Day

             Saturday, July 10, 2010

Don't miss Saluda's 47th Annual COON DOG DAY on Saturday, July 10. A homecoming and celebration for dogs and their people! Great food, live music, parade, crafts, street dance, and more.
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The Coon Dog Day Royalty Race is underway and you can vote for your favorite candidate by placing money in their jar. Jars are located at City Hall, and several other places around town.


Don't miss your opportunity to be in a parade and a chance at winning a trophy.  Businesses and individuals are encouraged to participate in the parade by entering a float.  This is great free advertising for local businesses. There will be judges and trophies or plaques given for different categories of floats. Plus, it's fun for everyone to be involved in building the float and riding in the parade.


Craft booths in some categories are still available to rent at Coon Dog Day.  If you are interested, please email Monica Pace for more information.


Parking this year will be provided by the Saluda Mountain Jamboree.  The City will have a trolley service shuttling festival goers from the Jamboree to town and back all day again. Parking is $5 before 8am and then $10 and will include use of the Jamboree building for restrooms and the trolley shuttle service.

Special Events

8:00 AM     The Coon Dog Day 5K Run is BACK!!! Pre-register for the run at and make sure you're at the starting line!

9:45 AM     Kid's Coon Dog Day Fun Run.  Free fun run with donations to benefit Saluda School's fund for new playground equipment.

7:30 ~ 10:00 AM  Coon Dog Day Breakfast @ the Saluda Senior Center!

Enjoy a plate of eggs, grits, bacon, sausage, biscuits, & gravy to benefit the Saluda Senior Center

COOL OFF!~ Gentle Hands Grooming will be hosting a Doggie Refreshment Area complete with splashing pools, shady spots & treats! Look for it on Main Street across from the Library!


Coon Dog Events at the Saluda School Ball Field

1:00 PM     Bench Show ($15.00 entry fee)

3:00 PM    Treeing Contest ($5.00 entry fee)

8:00 PM    Annual Night Hunt ($20.00 entry fee)


On-Stage Entertainment

8:30 ~ 9:15 AM......Green River Boys~ Our own local Gospel Bluegrass

9:15 ~ 10:00 A    Flaco & Ze Clownettes~ Interactive Performance for the whole family

10:00 ~ 10:30     Coon Dog Day 5K Run Awards Ceremony

10:30~11:00 AM Green River Boys~ Gospel Bluegrass by our favorite locals

11:00~12:30       Coon Dog Day Parade with Master of Ceremonies, Hop Foster!!

12:30~1:00 PM   McGuire's Pipe Band~ "The Bagpipe Show Band of the South" sponsored by Thompson's Store/Ward's Grill & joining us from Pensacola, FL

1:00~2:00 PM     Sound Investment~ 60's and 70's Rock and Roll

2:20~3:40          Gary Segal & The To Dye For Band~A tasty gumbo of blues, country, & soul

4:00~5:30 PM    Unspoken Tradition~ Taking Bluegrass to the Next Level!

5:50~7:40 PM    Folsom Prison Gang ~ Music from the Johnny Cash Era

8:00~11:00 PM  The Lonesome Road Band will lead us into the night with sounds to dance by for the annual Street Dance with square dances called by Archie Hardy 

Coon Dog Day 5K Race is Back!

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Saturday, July 10, 2010



Packet Pickup/Late Registration:  6:30 - 7:30 am

5K Race Start: 8:00 am

Awards Presentation: 10 am (at the Festival Stage on Main Street)

Entry Fee: $30, includes T-shirt



Cash prizes to top three male and female finishers. Awards for top three male and female age group winners:  12 and under; 13-19; 20-24; 25-29;  30-34; 35-39; 40-44; 45-49; 50-54; 55-59; 60-64; 65-69; 70 and over.

Start/Finish and Parking:

Saluda Mountain Jamboree, Friendship Church Road, Saluda, North Carolina 28773

City Parking Fee: $5

For detailed location, route, registration and event information please visit: 


Kids Fun Run

Start: 9:45 am (Start at Saluda Elementary School and Finish at the Festival Stage)

Entry: Free; Donations to benefit Saluda Elementary Playgrounds


Stay for the festival! Free Shuttle Service To Main Street. 

The race is produced by Cycle for Life and sponsored by the City of Saluda.
Grand Opening of Ward's Grill and Thompson's Store
megan wardOwner Clark Thompson has fled back to Florida to try and cope with the BP oil spill offshore at Pensacola Beach, leaving Judy Ward, co-owner and manager, to deal with getting the grill opened by early July. If you have visited the building during the past two weeks, you have probably observed some of the frantic renovation work being done by Saluda Realty & Construction in an effort to make sure that the expanded Ward's Grill is open before Coon Dog Day.


Renovation work on the Thompson's Store side will take more time to complete as will the expanded cooking facilities for the grill. It is our hope that over the next several months, we will be able to offer totally new and unique tastes in dining for our customers. However, not to worry, the original grill and its menu will remain basically the same. The biggest change our friends will notice is the expanded seating area to accommodate more customers. And, of course, Charlie's sausage will again take center stage for those of you who have been suffering withdrawals. Also as we get cranked up again, we will be creating a website from which to offer overnight delivery of Charlie's sausage for folks not lucky enough to permanently reside in Saluda.


Please come and celebrate with us the re-opening of the Grill on Saturday, July 3 at 2pm with a toast to all of Saluda and to Roy, Lola, Jack and Charlie Ward. WE are so excited about bringing back the heritage of the store and the grill and we invite everyone to come and have a "Coke" and cake.  Please tell your friends and neighbors and join us at the grill.


For those of you planning to attend this year's Coon Dog Day celebration, please remember that we will have all new shirts, caps and even Charlie's aprons for you to take home or purchase for friends and family members. Also watch for our float in the parade.


Ah, yes........"Let the good times roll." Or should we say, "Let 'dem good times roll." Either way, we're gonna pass a good time. 


Stay tuned for more exciting news to come.  


Clark Thompson and Judy Ward

What's Happening
purple onionFred Whiskin on piano every Friday playing "Blues to Brubeck."
Summer Hours at the Purple Onion are in effect and they are open every day except Sunday through August.
July Music Schedule
July 1 ­ Angela Easterling & Brandon Turner

July 3 ­ John Leo & The Eggmen (John Lennon Tribute Band)

July 8 ­ Tom Fisch


July 15 ­ Uncle Mountain

July 17 ­ Blue Line Highway

July 22 ­ Gary Segal

July 24 ­ Gigi Dover & Big Love

July 29 ­ Marjorie Thompson

July 31 ­ The Ragged Orchids

Visit Purple Onion on their website.
saluda grade
Saluda Grade Cafe is happy to see all our gardens producing at full capacity!  What a great year for Zucchini and Squash, Swiss Chard, Tomatoes and Beans... (Chinese Long Beans and Blue Lake, to name just two!).  Junie Hines is growing Basil for us that are so huge, lush green and delicious that July just might see Basil and Spicy Pepper Sorbet on the menu!!  It's cold, spicy, sweet and refreshing!  Blueberries are in full swing too!!  Blueberry Cream Pie, Sweet and Sour Blueberry Glazed Salmon and Lemon Blueberry Scones are all at the Grade this month!  Just picked Cucumbers and Dill mean Kaye's Dill Pickles will soon follow!  Heirloom Tomatoes with Fresh Mozzarella and some of that yummy Basil make for an all time Grade favorite Bruschetta, too.   All our Specials are influenced by the bounty of the garden!

July is grilling season at the Saluda Grade Cafe!!  Grilled 12oz Hand Cut Rib Eyes, Thick Pork Chops, Yellow Fin Tuna, Swordfish, BBQ Riblets, Honey Balsamic Glazed Chicken and Pesto Grilled Shrimp...Come relax and have a glass of wine or a Frosty Cold Beer,(Remember, we have Fat Tire on Tap!) while we handle the grilling!

4th of July weekend is always a Grade favorite with Picnic Baskets being picked up to go on Wine Adventures, Waterfall Hikes or Romantic Retreats.  Just give Saluda Grade a call...749-5854...if you need a Picnic Basket of your own!  (Wouldn't it be fun to just swing by and pick one up before you go see the fireworks?)  Speaking of the 4th of July...the Cafe will be open Sunday from 11am to 3pm...We've got our own Picnic Baskets ready to go see the Fireworks too!  (All other Sundays in July Saluda Grade will be open 11am - 7pm.)

Music at the Cafe is going to be Amazing in July!!  We are honored once again to be showcasing the talents of Joshua Burgess on guitar, Jeremy Duncan on Piano, ( Yes, we are receiving, Thank you Jeremy!, a piano for the restaurant!) and Zach Allen of Asheville on Acoustic Guitar.  Josh starts our weekend at 6:30 Friday, July 2nd and Zach Allen will be playing finger style guitar on Saturday July 3rd at 7:00 pm.

July 10th, Coon Dog Day!!  Yipeeee!  Coon Dog Day is a great day to watch the Parade at 11 and then come inside where it's cool to have some lunch!  We will of course have some awesome specials to hit your hunger spot and lots of staff to do it quickly so you can get back to the Festival!  After the festival plan on coming for Dinner ...We will be open until 9pm.

Hope to see you lots in July!!  We love food...but we love you more!!

Kaye, Mario and all the Staff at the Grade



 Green River Boys
Joe AdamsThe Green River Boys invite you to Shaffer's Roadside Grill on July 9 and 23.  They are scheduled to perform every other Friday night at 6:00pm.  Check their schedule at Green River Boys.     
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The Saluda Mountain Jamboree & Special Events Park

The Annual Coon Dog Day brings a large number of people to Saluda and the parking has always been a challenge.  This year the City of Saluda will be using the parking lot at The Jamboree to help with the parking issues.  There will be two trolley cars running from The Jamboree to downtown Saluda from 7:30 am until 6:00 pm.  Using The Jamboree for parking has made it possible to have the 5K Run back as part of the event schedule.  The run map,  pre-registration forms and other information about the 5K Run can be found at  All Coon Dog Day visitors can park at The Jamboree and take the trolley into town.  The Jamboree building will be open with clean restrooms, cold drinks, plus, a shady place to sit on the porch or in the gazebo while waiting on a trolley. And who knows, there may be someone playing a little music on the porch when you return from downtown??? 


Parking will be $5.00 for the 5K Run and $10.00 after 8:00 am. Save some energy for the "Party with a Beat" dance that starts at 8:00pm.  The "Crimson Rose" Band will be on stage


The new "Beach in the Mountains" series will start with a very big kick-off performance by "THE  TAMS" on Friday, July 23rd.  This legendary group has been thrilling and entertaining our audiences here at The Jamboree with an annual show for the past 3 years.  We are excited to welcome back "THE TAMS" with their Carolina beach music, famous voices, and gymnastic dancing. Tickets are $18.00 and can be purchased in advance or at the door.  Don't miss their performance.


The "Beach in the Mountains" will continue the next week on Friday evenings with beach music and shag dancing.  


However, on Friday, August 20th, there will be an exception to that schedule.  The Saluda School Class Reunion will be held at The Jamboree. There won't be any beach music and shagging that night. The annual Saluda School Class Reunion will be at The Jamboree on Friday, August 20th, 2010. This year will be a special reunion, because it will be in Saluda. The invitation is extended to anyone who has EVER attended Saluda School, as well as any former or present teachers. Spouses and guest are also welcome. There will be special recognition of the Class of 1950 for their 60th anniversary and the Class of 1960 for their 50th anniversary. But ALL classes are invited!!! The cost is $23.00 per person. This includes hors d'oeuvres, dinner buffet, gratuity, and facility rental.  Social and reunion hour will begin at 6:00pm with punch and snacks, followed with dinner at 7:00pm. Door prizes will be given away too!! Please mail your reservation check to: Peggy Johnson, PO Box 187, East Flat Rock, NC 28726 by August 15, 2010. If you have pictures or scrapbook clippings that you would like to share, bring those for the "memory table."


Check our events schedule on the website, or contact us at (828) 749-3676.
July Music Schedule
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    
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.
July Schedule

July 2  Fri      Dave Desmelik - Singer/Songwriter

July 8  Thurs  "Meet the Artist" To Be Announced

July 10 Fri      Coon Dog Day - Open at 5PM

July 15 Thurs  "Meet the Artist" Ursula Miller

July 17 Sat     Music by Frank & Garry

July 22 Thurs  CLOSED

July 23 Fri      Chelsea Lynn La Bate- Singer/Songwriter & Art Trek Stop

July 24 Sat     Special Artist Exhibit - Art Trek Stop

July 25 Sun    Special Artist Exhibit Reception 1-3 - Art Trek Stop


Open Thurs - Fri - Sat 7PM   unless stated otherwise.  Call 828-749-9698 for reservations and fees.


The 2nd Annual Art Trek Tryon studio tour event opens with a preview party from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, July 23 at the Upstairs Artspace, 49 South Trade Street, Tryon, NC. On July 24-25, thirty-nine area artists open their studios to the public: Saturday from 10-5 and Sunday from 12-5. There are 12 Saluda artists participating! These include Mark Gardner, Kelly McCullough, John Waddill, Eva Kovacs, Holly Wilkes, Dale McEntire, Bill and Anne Jameson, Beverly Pickard, Bill Ryan, Stoney Lamar, and Bonnie Bardos. Please note that several Saluda businesses are Art Trek Sponsors, so please support your very own Saluda artists and businesses! For more information, call the gallery at 828-859-2828 or visit on-line at


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

carsonGetting Perspective Right, Saluda, N.C., August 27-29, 2010


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


As in last January, Jim will be joined by Chris Sherry, an AIA architect, who teaches perspective at Johns Creek Art Center and Quinlan Visual Art Center in Atlanta.

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. This information is extremely important in moving to the "fast and loose" phase of painting.


The workshop will be held in Jim's studio, located above the Saluda Grade Café, in Saluda, and is open to all levels of painters, from beginners to advance.


Jim will do a demonstration on Saturday 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.


This workshop was sold out in January.


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 is announcing a new workshop to be held at their new studio in Saluda

Sketching & Watercolor: Journal Style

Instructor: Jane LaFazio

Saturday, September 25, 2010 9:30-4:30pm

Be inspired to record your life, a special trip, or your daily adventures in a loose, quick journal style format. Spend the day with artist Jane LaFazio.  Jane, known for her friendly, encouraging teaching style, will demonstrate drawing and watercolors using a straight-forward, intuitive approach. You'll choose simple objects, to draw and paint, and then journal your thoughts impressions on 5x7" pages. Everyone has their own drawing style, just like handwriting, and Jane will help you to see and then record what you see on paper.  


Jane will provide plenty of 5x7" watercolor paper sheets and a Niji water brush to each student.  


Materials: Bring your own small, travel style watercolors, pencil, eraser (kneaded eraser is nice) permanent waterproof black fine tip pen (Fine point Pitt Artists Pen by Faber Castell recommended)



LaFazio is a mixed media artist who works in paper and cloth. She began her artist life as a watercolor painter in 1992 and watercolor continues to be her chronological first love.  Her artwork has been featured in publications including Danny Gregory' An Illustrated Life, and her mixed media work have been widely published in books such as Material Visions, Mixed-Media Self-Portraits: Inspiration & Techniques and Art Quilts at Play. Jane's work is frequently in the magazines Cloth, Paper, Scissors and Quilting Arts and appeared twice on Quilting Arts TV third season.  


To learn more about Jane LaFazio go to her website: or her blog:


Note:  Workshop is at the new Random Arts Workshop location just west of town across the bridge on Highway 176.  
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.


Summer Tracks Concerts in Rogers Park, Tryon

Summer Tracks concerts start at 7 p.m. and are free, though a voluntary donation at the gate is encouraged. The generous sponsorships provided by local businesses also make these shows possible. Giardini's wood fired pizzas, homemade ice cream, water and soft drinks will be for sale.  Summer Tracks series offer a mix of musical styles. Concerts run from 7-10 p.m. Scheduled to perform this year are:


July 9        Red Hot Sugar Babies (Jazz-Swing of 20's & 30's), Mark Yaxley Trio (jazz))

July 23      Gigi Dover & The Big Love (Americana), Bob Sinclair (new standards)             

August 6    The Swayback Sisters (Americana,folk) , The Space Heaters (swing-jazz)

August 20  Sol Driven Train (opening set will be their children's show, followed by their mix of world beat and funk)

Sept. 3       The Firecracker Jazz Band (music from 1890-1940)


Summer Tracks is produced by the Town of Tryon in affiliation with Peter Eisenbrown of Blockparty Productions. The popular and well attended series attracts people from all over the region.  Last year, the concerts drew an estimated 2,000 people to downtown Tryon.


For more information about Summer Tracks and the performers, contact Polk County Travel and Tourism at 800-440-7848 or 828-894-2324 and visit or the new Tryon events website

37th Annual Columbus Fire Department BBQ & Gospel Sing is June 29 through July 2 at 7pm each night.  Held at the Columbus Fire Department and Veteran's Memorial Park admission is FREE.  BBQ, hamburgers, and hotdogs will be sold each night to benefit the Columbus Fire Department. If it rains the event will be at the Columbus Baptist Church.  Bring your lawn chairs and join in the fun, fellowship and great musicians. For more information, call 828-894-5858.
megan wardGreen Creek Winery Events
Chardonnay Rosso Concert Series Comtinues
is proud to present The Shane Pruitt Band.  Formed in 2005 they are quickly becoming one of the most recognized and popular bands in the area.  Their raw, refined, explorative and expressive brand of blues have been highly praised.

Shane Pruitt hails from Spartanburg, SC and has been named "instrumentalist of the year" seven years and running.

Hammond B3 player and vocalist Lil' Jimmy Peterman and drummer Bill Fletcher are well known in this region for their former band Cocktail Frank.

On June 18th their 2nd CD "State Of Grace" was released and has been played on many radio stations and is hailed as a huge success.  This new CD features an array of instrumentation with amazing tones and sounds.  You can listen to their unique music by going to their websiteThe concert starts at 3PM and there will be food available for sale by a local caterer and wine can also be purchased by the glass or the bottle.

No pets or coolers please.

The Chardonnay Concert Series Upcoming Events:

July 25th, 2010 - Mel Jones & His Bag of Bones

August 15th, 2010 - Me and The Boys

September 19th, 2010 - Chuck Brodsky

October 3rd, 2010 - Al Petteway and Amy White

October 31st, 2010 - Beau Coup Blue

November 21st, 2010 - The Space Heaters and The Sireens

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 
Just 234 Years Ago

This year I may look at the Fourth of July a little bit differently. The American Revolutionary War lasted from 1775 to 1783. On July 4, 1776, while at war with the British, the thirteen original colonies declared their independence by signing the Declaration of Independence. As we all know, this resulted in a new nation, the United States of America. Sounds so simple doesn't it? Two hundred and thirty-four (234) years puts a lot of distance between then and now. However, television shows such as NBC's So Who Do You Think You Are? and websites such as have sparked an increased interest in genealogy thus building a bridge to the past. The internet puts information at our fingertips that just a few years ago may never have been obtainable.


I have always been fascinated by stories of my ancestors, even long before the internet existed. Now, I'm like a kid in a candy store. Hours, probably too many, have been spent sifting through all the data that is out there in cyberspace. What I have come to realize though is that nothing beats the stories passed down from my parents, grandparents and other relatives, especially as it relates to accuracy. Luckily since I was interested, I paid attention, at least for the most part. With my first copy of  "Saluda, NC: One Hundred Years 1881- 1981" by Charlene Pace and Anne Osborne, I sat down with my grandmother, pencil in hand and took notes as she pointed out various ancestors or points of interest relating to our family.


In the January edition of Saluda Lifestyles, I did a story about John Pace, a fifth great-grandfather of mine. As I mentioned then, it is alleged that John and two of his sons, Thomas and Richmond, were Tories during the Revolutionary War and remained loyal to King George. All three were thought to be killed in action at the battle of Shallow Ford in October 1780. Another son of John Pace, Burrell Pope Pace, a fourth great-grandfather, settled Pace's Gap in what is now known as Saluda. Burrell P. Pace enlisted in the Patriot Army in 1776 and was elected to the rank of Sergeant in Col. John Henton's regiment. If you visit the Henderson County Heritage Museum, you will see he is featured in an exhibit there. Only just recently, I learned about John Morris, another fifth great-grandfather, who signed the Tryon Resolves declaring resistance to the British Empire only to later die at the Battle of Kings Mountain as a Tory. On the maternal side of my family, another fourth great-grandfather, Burwell Grancer Blanton, served in Earl's NC Militia as a Patriot and has a grand headstone in the Sunset Cemetery in Shelby, N.C. reminding everyone of his military service.


Once you realize you have a familial relationship with the past it is hard not to put things into a more personal context. The knowledge that so many of my ancestors fought in the Revolutionary War and struggled with their loyalties inspired me to embark on a grand adventure into the world of the 1700's. The desire to become more knowledgeable about this tumultuous time in history has been strong. The movie "The Patriot," a historical film produced in 2000 and staring Mel Gibson, proved to be an excellent way to delve right into this era. This action packed movie was filmed entirely in South Carolina and one of the final bloody scenes was a re-enactment of the battle at Cowpens, which occurred approximately 46 miles south of Saluda.


Books have been another excellent source to keep me on my journey. One in particular "Brave Enemies" by Robert Morgan (Gap Creek) took me on a very lifelike ride straight into the heart of the American Revolution. Morgan was born in Hendersonville and grew up nearby in the Green River Valley. In this book, Morgan writes from a woman's perspective about the complexities of life during the American Revolution. But be forewarned, if you are squeamish and are looking for a book by an author that is gentle on his characters, stay away from this one. "Brave Enemies" is a powerful and intense historical fiction novel, written with bold and explicit diction, reinforcing for me that Robert Morgan is indeed one of today's best authors. This book also culminates at the Battle of Cowpens and by golly I was there with all those ancestors of mine and yours! When are you going to start your adventure? You never know who you might meet. The fireworks are certainly going to look different for me this year.


You can help preserve Saluda's past by joining us on Friday, July 9th at 2:00 p.m. when the Historic Saluda Preservation Committee will hold a public meeting. Please come and help us prioritize our efforts as we work to preserve Saluda's past for its future. The meeting will be held at the Saluda Public Library.


Submitted by Cindy Stephenson Tuttle


Art Clues
Ideas for Creating and Enjoying Art


                   Drawing and Painting Trees
Thanks to Bill Jameson for contributing to this column
 "From a distance trees are like people in the sense that you know them by their shape and size, not their details." 
                       Bill Jameson, Saluda artist
It can seem overwhelmingly difficult to create a landscape image filled with trees. How did the artist do that?  How can I do that?  This column may provide some answers.
The ideas will be presented in the language of an oil painter, a painter, however, who spent over a year developing his drawing via acute observation using pen and ink in a sketchbook.  HINT! HINT!
Landscapes can be painted outdoors from real life or indoors from photography.  Recognize that when you draw or paint from real life, your image is always smaller than what you are looking at.  When you draw or paint using a photograph as your reference, your image is always larger than what you see.
 megan ward
1. Begin by covering your canvas with a light tone.  Bill uses a very pale red. Let this dry before the next step.


megan ward2. Start your composition by sketching large shapes in a linear pattern with thin paint, then paint in the masses of dark values in their general shapes.  Keep in mind SHAPE and the warm/cool nature of your COLOR.
megan ward3. The steps from no detail to more detail involve moving from back to front.  The layering of distance varies. Be aware of atmospheric perspective.  In the distance trees (and other objects) appear cooler, lighter, greyer.  Moving forward there is more detail and colors appear warmer and brighter. Distance appears more washed out.
megan ward4.Divide your canvas into big shapes considering dark to light.  Then do the same by dividing the big shapes into smaller ones.  Continue big to little using big brushes for big shapes and smaller brushes  as you go from big to little defining value and color.


5. Squinting and blurring details can help you see larger shapes and the connections of similar values and colors.
6.  After the first few minutes of painting, step away and focus on something else to help reenergize you eyes.  Working too long on a painting desensitizes your eyes and mind.
7. A way to keep your eyes and brain alert is to work on more than one painting at a time.
8. Brush Suggestions
a. Use all shapes available - round, filbert, flat
b. Jameson recommends 90% filberts, which translate easily into foliage.
c. He uses mostly bristle brushes in different shapes and saves the sable ones for small details
d. Experiment with corners, edges, and points of brushes.
e. Use a lot of paint - no stinginess.
f. Oil brushes are long for a reason, he reminds us.  DO NOT hold them like a pencil.  Hold them at the end and work at arm's length from the canvas except for details.
9. How to know when a painting is finished

a. Composition is the most important element to check.
 b. Review the drawing, especially proportions.
 c. Look at values: light-dark relationships.
 d. Do your colors harmonize?
 e. Notice the intangible, an inexplicable personal impact and style.
August Art Clues will be "Plein Air Painting"
Its history and suggestions for painting in this style
With contributions from Saluda artist Jim Carson.

Beverly Bowden Pickard


He Had a Big Red Nose and Kinky Orange Hair

Joe Adams

That's how a witness described a robber on a subway in New Jersey.

The police said, "He sounds like a clown."


"He was a clown," the witness said.  "It wasn't Ronald McDonald, but it was surely a clown that robbed me.  He had a gun and it wasn't a water pistol."


"What's the world coming to?" the policeman said as he scratched his head.


"There are clowns in every car of the subway," the witness told him.  It's part of a new campaign to entertain people on their way home from work."  And, sure enough, there were clowns everywhere.  How are you going to recognize a clown in a police line-up?


I hate clowns.  Always have.  They aren't funny...they scare people.  My three daughters were traumatized by a group of circus clowns when I took them to a Ringling Circus.  About seventeen of them jumped out of a tiny little car when it exploded.  My girls were terrified...and they still are terrified of clowns.  And they are in their forties now..  Not funny. 


And I don't like mimes either.  I had a friend who was a professional mime...I don't think people actually paid to see her...they gave tips when she performed and I think they tipped her to get her to stop.  They are making fun of people who can't talk.  I'm surprised the government hasn't put them out of business.


They have a clown school down in Florida.  It's run, I believe, by Ringling Brothers Circus.

I don't think they wear caps and gowns when they graduate...I think it's clown suits...big

shoes, red noses, orange hair.  They hire themselves out for kiddies' parties...or now to the

New Jersey Transit System.  Nothing would depress me more after a hard day at the office

than to have some clown tweeting his rubber nose.


The upshot of the robbery incident (actually one of the clowns shot and killed a passenger) is that clowns will now have to have photo identification badges.  Another stupid idea!  Just

make them get off the subway and stay off.


I don't think we have clowns in the Coon Dog Day Parade...the dogs would probably eat them.

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 ward

Heartwood Gallery will be closed on Coon Dog Day in honor of all coons everywhere. Please visit us with your weekend guests on Friday from 10-6 or Sunday 12-4 and leave Saturday for fun! We have several new shipments of pottery from North Carolina artists and, as usual, a great collection of jewelry.

Evening Shade Pottery
evaEvening Shade Pottery has hand crafted special Coon Dog Day and Saluda pottery so you can take a memory of the festival home with you.  These beautiful souvenirs of Saluda are made on site and can be functional as well as a memoir of your day in Saluda. We are easy to find on Ozone which is the main corridor into Saluda off I-26 and have plenty of parking. Enjoy your Independence Day celebration and Coon Dog Day!
Contact us at 829-749-3130.  Visit us at 1110 Ozone, Saluda, NC or on the web at 
megan wardSummer flowers are beautiful this time of year.  Make the most of the flowers growing in your gardens by letting Amy Beeson customize an arrangement for you.  Bring in your favorite vase and your flowers and for a fee of $10 she will transform them into a work of art.  If you don't have a vase, then Amy will loan you one of hers. If you don't have any flowers, then Amy will sell you fresh cut flowers and make you a bouquet for any occasion. For more information visit Amy at Biddie's Antiques on Main Street or call her at 828-749-9254.
The Old Chicken House
The Old Chicken House welcomes visitors to come in, say hello and to see paintings and silk wreaths, as well as works in progress, by Saluda artisans.
Open Friday and Saturday 11-6, other days and times by request.  If the sign is out, we're in.
Located at 143 Mountain Page Rd. (at the end of Greenville Street), Saluda, NC 828-749-9718.
Ruth Anderson            
Saluda Wine & Cheese
Saluda Wine & Cheese Market invites you to join us on Coon Dog Day as we serve up our Fresh Squeezed Lemonade, Ice Cold Beer, and Wine by the Glass.  We will also have a variety of snacks and sandwiches available including our World Renowned Classic Pimento Cheese.  Be sure to arrive early so you have a good spot to watch the parade! 
Coon Dog Day Special-Receive a 10% discount with the purchase of 6 bottles of wine.  Receive a 20% discount with the purchase of 12 bottles of wine.  (We can keep your purchase for pick up after the festival is over).
Kelly and I would like to thank everyone for supporting us in our first two years of business.  Thanks to your support, we are excited to announce that we will be moving into a new location at 1487 Ozone Drive the week after Coon Dog Day.  This will allow us to offer an even wider selection of wines, beers, and cheeses in addition to providing the space needed to host live music and wine tastings.  Come celebrate with us as we reopen in our new location the weekend after Coon Dog Day on July 17.  Events Calendar Coming Soon!
Summer Hours:  Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday- 10-6, Friday, Saturday- 10-7, Sunday- 12-4
101 E. Main Street,  Saluda, NC 828-749-WINE (9463) Tuesday - Saturday 10 am - 6 pm, SALUDAWINE.COM . Check us out on Facebook! 
megan ward
What is it about the Saluda Tailgate Market that makes it so much fun?
It feels more like a block party or family reunion than a market.  If you haven't made it a part of your weekly routine yet, you should!  One of the vendors next to Wildflour remarked that Saluda has the friendliest people he has met anywhere....they all seem to be smiling, offering a sincere thank you and truly appreciating his beautiful produce.  Just check our website ... to see what we are bringing to the market each Friday.  You can then call us at Wildflour (828-749-9224) and place an order to be picked up at the market.

Big news....our new Wildflour's Bake Shop is coming along.  We will post an opening date and schedule on our website as soon as we can!  We love our lovely little shop on the corner of Pearson Fall's Rd and Main St.   We have convenient parking right in front and will be the ideal spot to pick up a few goodies and head on down the road for the perfect outing to Pearson's Falls!
Thank you to all our wonderful, loyal customers who suggested, encouraged and supported our new venture.  
Absentee Property Owners.  Do you worry about your Saluda get-a-way?  Carolina Peace of Mind could be the solution, with regular checks of your property.  We do frequent on site walk around inspections, take digital photos of entry points, and email a report noting any issues needing attention.  We can;
* work with you to meet service appointments with vendors such as Cable TV, plumbers, etc.
* set A/C or heat, or air out your retreat prior to your arrival
* run vehicles or equipment on a scheduled basis if needed
* tailor service to your definition of peace of mind.
Prices depend upon level of service.  Please call Greg Hays at 828-980-8018 or email
autumn careAutumn Care is hosting a Veteran's Benefit Seminar Saturday, July 17 at 2:00 pm.  All Veteran's, Spouses or Widows/ers should plan to attend.  The public is invited. For more information please contact Autumn Care at 828-749-2261,  They are located at 501 Esseola Drive. Autumn Care of Saluda, is a 99-bed skilled nursing facility. Their goal is to assist patients to become independent and return home and to make a home for those who remain as residents and family.

Shaffer's Roadside Grille,

1346 Ozone Drive in Saluda has a new menu and extended hours.  Breakfast is served every day until 2pm.  Lunch Buffet is Monday through Friday 11am to 2pm and Sunday Brunch Buffet is 10am to 2pm.  Dinner Specials are $7.95 from 4-9pm and are: 

Monday:  8-oz. rib eye, potato, veggie, salad

Tuesday:  10-oz. hamburger steak w/grilled onions, potato, veggie, salad

Wednesday:  Homemade Italian spaghetti, salad, garlic toast, all you can eat!

Thursday:  Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, gravy, veggie, salad

Friday:  Seafood platter - codfish, shrimp, hush puppies, cole slaw

Saturday:  Philly cheese steak, French fries

dgDollar General is getting ready to open in Saluda.
Saluda Grade Pearls
Shucks Pearls Hometown Limited Edition Series
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pearlsThe Saluda Grade Pearl Necklace was designed in commemoration of Saluda, NC's famous railway grade that was a turning point in the city's growth during the Victorian era. This 18" twisted 3-strand design is made of hand selected fresh water rice pearls, with small accents of red garnet. The chosen pearl colors represent the rich mountain hues as well as the Victorian colors of the grand summer homes built by wealthy "flat landers" who lived in Saluda to escape the grueling southern heat and humidity. The modern toggle clasp is .925 sterling silver and represents the modern, forward thinking attitude of the new residents and regular visitors to the town while the dangle of purple Biwa pearls represent the railroad tracks that are an integral centerpiece of the town to this day.

The 2010 Limited Edition Grade Pearl necklace comes with presentation gift box and signed and numbered documentation. Be the proud collector of one of 100 necklaces being handcrafted.  To order, please click on the image above to take you to a secure site for online ordering.
With summer in Saluda comes the "summer folks," tourists, outdoor adventurers, and lots of friends and family visitors.  Summer folks are Saluda residents who leave the sweltering heat of the south to cooler mountain breezes.  Tourists like strolling down tree-shaded Main Street and enjoying the unique shops and delicious restaurants.  The Green River, waterfalls, and hiking trails attract those who love the sport of summer.  Coon Dog Day festival will draw friends and family and the inns and lodging accommodations will fill up.  Queen Anne's lace and blackberrys scatter the landscape while lightning bugs light up the night.  Sweet tea is served on front porches and creaking rocking chairs are keeping time with the night sounds of crickets. A sweet time in Saluda! 
Remember, All past Saluda Lifestyles are archived on the Saluda Lifestyles website.
Cathy Jackson,
Cathy Jackson Realty
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