Saluda Lifestyles - Monthly Ezine all about Saluda, NC

 Where Time Stands Still
                                       October 1, 2010
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In This Issue (click on a topic to move to it quickly.)
Dates to Remember
Saluda Center News
Art at Saluda Center
Saluda Community Land Trust
Historic Saluda
Saluda Garden Club
The Women's Club of Saluda
Yoga Schedule
Saluda Halloween Stroll
Saluda Medical Center
Saluda Library
Saluda School
Saluda Church Services
Saluda Tailgate Market
Saluda Business Association
Art Design for Festival
Candidate's Forum
Passport Service at Post Office
Saluda Tree Preservation
Saluda Classifieds
Saluda Arts Festival
Heartwood Gallery Celebrates
What's Happening in Music and Art
Tryon Arts
Saluda School 1951 Class
Art Clues
Joe Adams
Saluda Scoop
The Day Saluda Went Bankrupt
Saluda Grade Pearls
Tour deFalls at Dupont Forest
City Notes
Saluda Grade Ballad
Visitor Information Links
Music and Entertainment
The Purple Onion
Area News Media
Tryon Daily Bulletin
Saluda Lifestyles
Past Issues of Saluda Lifestyles

Saluda Property & Real Estate

Cathy Jackson Realty is a full-service real estate brokerage representing Buyers and Sellers.  Let us know how we may serve your real estate needs. 
Shadow Brook Log Home
Finely detailed home in a park-like setting with a stream which can be enjoyed from the wrap around covered porch. 3 BR, 3BA, approx. 2595 SF MLS#473780  $348,500
Mountain Cabin with Views
Escape to this mountain get away and enjoy the peacefulness of the mountain breeze as you relax on the covered porch and listen to the sounds of nature.  2BR, 2BA, approx.964 SF, MLS#474906  $199,900
Lake Sheila Investment 
Great opportunity to make coveted Lake Sheila your mountain get away. Lake Sheila is a 28-acre private lake 4 miles from downtown Saluda and surrounded by a 19,000 acre preserve and watershed. Great for swimming, fishing, canoeing, kayaking. Sold "AS IS."
MLS#474607  $190,000
Log Home with 7 Level Acres
Creek and Pond
Split bedroom and open floor plan with bunk rooms in the loft. This newer log home is being sold furnished.  Creek and pond borders two sides of the property.  2BR, 2BA, approx. 1150 SF, MLS#474443  $298,000
Contemporary Mountain Home
Contemporary meets mountain feel with lots of wide open space and large open windows. 9 ft ceilings and skylights that light up the rooms. 4 BR, 2.5 BA, approx 3600 SF
MLS#474006  $438,000
Looking for a Fall or Winter  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 September 30, 2010

Sales               Closed   Pending
Homes 2009         13           0
Land 2009            10           0
Homes 2010         14           2
Land 2010              6           2
Homes sales have increased compared to this time last year.  A positive indicator for real estate sales in Saluda.
One Room at a Time

When looking at homes for sale, have you ever wondered how a handyman special got that way?  In many cases, a few years of neglect were all it took. 

One of the most important activities a homeowner can engage in after buying a home is to protect that home and the financial investment it represents. As with a car or other major purchase, regular maintenance is one key to keeping a home looking and operating in top condition.   Click here to read more. 

Submitted by Gibbon Pender, home inspector with Buyer's Edge, LLCFor more information Contact Gibbon Pender: 828-243-3908 or
Dates to Remember
every Friday May through October 4:30 to 6:30pm. Saluda's public parking lot right of the bridge and the end of Main Street.  Rain or Shine! 
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 October 5, at 5:30pm at the Saluda Library meeting room. 
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 the 6th and 20th at 3:00 at McCreery Park pavilion.  For information please call Betsy Burdett at 828-749-2161.

Saluda Garden Club meets October 18 at the Saluda Library at 10am.


Women's Club of Saluda meets October 12 at 10am at the Saluda Presbyterian Church.


Art reception for Bill Ryan at Saluda Center October 20 from 5:00 to 6:30.

Candidates' Forum at Saluda Center October 21 at 7pm.
Potluck at Saluda Center October 28 at 6pm.  Tom Fisch will perform.
Saluda Medical Center's Masquerade Ball October 29 at the Saluda Mountain Jamboree.
Downtown Halloween Stroll October 29 from 3 to 6 pm from Nostalgia Court to the Green River BBQ.
Open House at Saluda Counseling Service on October 29.  Bring the trick-or-treaters!
Saluda Center News and Events
New Senior Center
To see the regularly scheduled activities at the Saluda Center please click here. 
        Save These Dates Now!
(All events and activities take place at the Saluda Center on Greenville Street.)

Book club will meet on Mon. Oct. 04 at 2:00pm.


Line dance every Mon. at 12:30pm. All are welcome to attend.


American Craft Week, Oct. 4-8. A reception on the 4th at 5:30pm will open the event. Heartwood Gallery is the sponsor and will cover the selling of items, 20 percent to the Center, and the reception. All are welcome.


Join Bill Klippel on Wed. Oct. 6, 13 & 20 at 12:30pm to see Yellowstone Park and surrounding areas. A movie, TBA, will be shown on Wed. Oct. 27 @ 12:30pm.


The current work of Saluda resident Bill Ryan will be on exhibit from Oct.10-Nov. 07.  A reception honoring this nationally collected artist will be on Wed. Oct. 20 from 5:00-6:30pm.


Mon. Oct. 11 at 1:30pm, Rehab physical therapist from Autumn Care, will discuss the new wing at Autumn Care and what they have to offer. All are welcome to attend.


Thurs. Oct. 14 at 6pm, Single Women United potluck dinner. Bring your favorite dish and enjoy a fun night.


Candidates forum will be Thurs. Oct. 21 beginning at 7:00pm. Please come out and meet the candidates.


The last potluck of the year will be on Thurs. Oct. 28 at 6:00pm. Tom Fisch, folk singer, will be the guest for the evening. Please bring a dish and enjoy the evening with family and friends.


If you are interested in playing duplicate bridge, please call or come by the Center to sign up. We will contact you as more information becomes available.


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 Center

The Saluda Center is delighted to present an exhibit of current work by Saluda resident, Bill Ryan from October 10-November 7.  Mr. Ryan has taught art in the public school system in the SC low country and currently conducts classes in Saluda and at the Fine Art Center in Tryon.  His work explores the landscape of the area and seasonal floral arrangements inspired by catalogues of English and American 18th century horticulturalists. 

Please join us for a reception honoring this nationally collected artist on Wednesday, October 20, 5-6:30 PM at the Saluda Center, 64 Greenville Street in Saluda.

Mr. Ryan has graciously offered a portion of proceeds of sales of this work to the Center to assist with the continuing programs offered at the Saluda Center.

The exhibit can be viewed during regular weekday operating hours or for further information contact Anne Jameson, 828-749-3101

Saluda Community Land Trust

This has been a busy summer and projects are still underway throughout the fall for SCLT.


Kudzu eradication continues with gusto on the corner of Ozone and Thompson Road! Have you seen it? A group gathers every Thursday from 8 am till 10 am and works diligently. The best part about it is that you work at your own pace and progress is visible. Volunteers do all the work, so if you would like to get out in the cool part of the day and have a little fun, come join us.  You are welcome to stop and watch, ask questions or just pitch right in and cut off the kudzu crown for your very own satisfaction.


Work is also being planned for the "Little Lot" which is located on Main Street and adjacent to the Saluda School. This greenway area will be available for students during school hours and to the public outside school hours. It includes a creek and plans are to have walkways with hands on nature education.


Please mark your calendar for another Road Cleanup day. On October 12th we will meet at the library parking lot at 8:30 am. We will need two teams, as the road cleanup is part of 176 leaving Saluda going toward Hendersonville and 176 leaving Saluda going toward Tryon. It's not only rewarding but also fun!


If you are interested in any activity or would like more information, perhaps even becoming a member, even please call 828-749-1560 and leave a message. We will return your call promptly. 


SCLT will meet Wednesdays, October 6th and 20th at 3:00 at McCreery Park.  We invite you to join us, or call 828-749-1560 for more information.


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 Committee

Congressman, Heath Shuler met with the Historic Saluda Committee at the Saluda Library September 27.  Committee members invited Congressman Shuler to Saluda to present in person the mission of the organization to preserve Saluda's historical heritage and buildings.


Congressman Shuler shared ideas about state resources and grants available for historical preservation. 

Next meeting is October 29 at 2pm at the Saluda Library meeting room.


Lynn Cass, Chair

Historic Saluda Committee

Saluda Garden Club

It can almost be said that all that's left of summer is the last rose that probably hasn't quite dropped its only remaining bloom.  But moving right along, gardeners still have plenty to do, especially if we already have plans for next year.


Do you remember there was a column last year that suggested taking pictures of your garden at various times of the day  (and at various times of the summer) to have a "memory file" of the way things really were.  As "they" say, a picture is worth a thousand words.  Looking back from a different perspective can provide insight and perhaps generate new and better ideas.  Keeping an album over the years will bring back some fond and not so fond memories........"I'd never do that again."  So once again, its picture taking time and recording time if you would like to jot down some ideas that served you well over this summer.


At the beginning of each season, we're all reminded to be on the lookout for the dreaded brown recluse spider.  However, I do not think they are all dead in October, do you?  Therefore, it would be well to practice all safety precautions, even now. Does it bear repeating that dark corners and areas where things are seldom moved are desirable habitats for these deadly arachnids? When I have items that might be casually placed on a shelf, I feel much more comfortable placing them in a clear, plastic bag and sealing it. And always wear gloves and long sleeves when working in any of the aforementioned spaces.  For more on the brown recluse, check the internet. And also remember to check any unused beds you may have in your house!  These spiders aren't known to reside just in the dirty, old garage, you know.


To end this column on a much higher note, please go by to see lovely, lovely Spring Park before the first frost falls. It is a source of pride and joy to us, especially this year, and we really want to share it with you.  If you need a bright spot in your day - THIS IS IT!  And you may find you'll want to put many more bright spots in your days, while they last.


At the October meeting, Amy Beeson  of Biddie's Antiques on Main Street will present a program on fall flower arranging.  Time and place: The Saluda Library, 10:00 am on October 18.  The meeting is always open to newcomers and visitors


Happy Gardening,

Sandra Rocks, Saluda Garden Club
Women's Club Meeting

The October meeting of the Women's Club of Saluda will be on Tuesday, October 12 at 10 am at the Presbyterian Church.  Walter Hoover will speak on Iris propagation.

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. 
Yoga Class Schedules
Cassandra Nelson-Gorski, LMBT

Gentle Yoga 
Wed.  12:30
Thurs.12:30 & 5:30 
Chair Exercise
Tues. 2:15
Fri.   10:00
Classes are for beginners to advanced and are being held in the studio below the Saluda Center.  Private classes and group classes are also available.

Cassandra also offers MASSAGE THERAPY sessions, from relaxing Swedish to deep tissue massages.

Cassandra's Powerful Vinyasa flow classes are being held at Healthy Balance Yoga Studio in Tryon every Tuesday at 5:30p.m. and the first and third Saturday of every month at 8:30a.m.  Please call 828-749-3794 for any questions you may have or if you would like to schedule a massage session.

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.

New Schedule
Tuesday  5:30-7 THE BASICS
Friday     8:30-10 MORNING FLOW
Saturday 8:30-10 MORNING FLOW
Sunday CLOSED except for The First Sunday Of Every Month For THE PRACTICE 9:30-12:30  (October 3rd and November 7th) Pre registration advised.
All classes are taught in the Anusara yoga method, which affirms the goodness in life, each other and our selves and aligns the body by applying "The Universal Principals of Alignment." The application of life affirming philosophy and the principles are assimilated to take us deeper in to our bodies, minds and hearts.

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.
Saluda Halloween Stroll

Come haunt downtown Saluda at the fourth annual Saluda Halloween Stroll on Friday, October 29 from 3:00 - 6:00 PM in downtown Saluda.

Businesses on Main Street--from Nostalgia Courtyard to
across the bridge--will be open with treats for all the little ghosts and goblins to enjoy. Come enjoy this safe and fun opportunity to Trick-or-Treat in downtown Saluda

For further information or questions, please contact City Hall at 828-749-2581. 


This event is sponsored by the Saluda Police Department and made possible with the cooperation of local businesses. 

Saluda Medical Center

         megan ward 


WHEN- Friday, October 29 at 6:30pm


WHERE - Saluda Mountain Jamboree


WHY - To raise money for Saluda Medical Center for improvements to the facility


HOW MUCH - $25 for individuals; $40 for couples


PAYS FOR - BBQ Dinner, Music (Sound Investment), Dancing, Door Prize Ticket


TICKETS - On sale beginning October 4 at Macon Bank, Manna Cabanna's, Cathy Jackson Realty, A Thrifty Barn, Saluda Mountain Jamboree, Saluda Medical Center


ATTIRE - Costume (not required but more fun if you wear one)



WHAT ELSE - Costume Contests, Prizes, Professional Photographer, Cash Bar


WHY ATTEND - For fun, good food, good music, good cause, good time.


View imagery from previous Funraisers by linking here.


For more information you can email us at

Contact the Saluda Medical Center at 828-749-4411 or visit their web site at 
Saluda Community Library

Paul Koenen

October Children's Program
Preschool Storytime on Wednesdays at 10:30 am and Bouncing Babies on Thursday mornings at 10:00 am.



True....and TERRIFYING!

Tales from the Grave!

Tales of Lizzie Borden, Axe Murders, the Water Coffin, Jack the Ripper and MORE!


This freaky pre-Halloween teen program will take place at the Saluda Community Library, Friday, October 29 at 6:00 pm.  We'll be serving pizza and other strange foods. 

Program is best suited for middle school ages and above.
Saluda Elementary School
  Joe Adams
Information Update from Saluda Elementary School

October 4    Assembly:  Open Dream Ensemble  9:30am in the auditorium

October 6    End of the First Six Weeks

October 8    No School for Students       (Optional Teacher Workday)

October 11   Report Cards

October 11   School Board Meeting  6:30pm at Stearns

October 21   Fall Informance

October 23   Make A Difference Day

October 29   Interim Reports

November 2  Half Day for Students (Dismissal at 11:30am)


On Thursday, October 21, Saluda Elementary School's doors will be open to community members and parents for the annual Fall Informance.  The evening will begin with a fundraiser dinner served in the cafeteria from 4:30-5:30pm.  Classrooms/hallways will be open from 5:30-6:30 for community members and parents to view student displays and performances.  If you have never visited Saluda Elementary School, I encourage you to do so on October 21!


This year marks the 20th anniversary of "Make A Difference Day," the largest national day of community service.  Schools across the state have been asked to plan projects where all members of the school community can work together to make a difference on school campuses.  Our school would like for volunteers to join us on Saturday, October 23 from 8:30-10:30am to help "spruce up" our campus by spreading mulch, weed eating, pulling weeds, etc.  Drinks and snacks will be provided. 


Our school would like to thank the Saluda Business Association for their generous donation to our playground fund!

SBA president, Catherine Ross presents check to Principal, Ronette Dill for playground equipment


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

Saluda Tailgate Market

Saluda Tailgate Market vendors will continue to provide fresh produce, meats, flowers, baked goods, and more every Friday from 4:30 to 6:30 through October. Thank you to the entire community for supporting our local growers and providers and contributing to a successful year.

News from Saluda Business Association
Help us "Llight up Saluda at Christmas" by purchasing raffle tickets for a handmade quilt by Toni Garcia. Proceeds will be used to upgrade Christmas lighting and decorations on Main Street. 
Tickets are available at area businesses and the quilt is on display at Macon Bank. Tickets are $2 each or 6 for $10.  The winning ticket will be drawn during Hometown Christmas stroll December 10. You can also purchase tickets by by mailing your money and order for number of tickets to Saluda Business Association, PO Box 1085, Saluda, NC 28773.
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.
Saluda Arts & Music Festival 2011

The Saluda Business Association is organizing the 8th annual festival for May 21, 2011.  They are seeking an artistic design for festival T-Shirts and posters.  If you are interested in entering a design, please contact Scott Cardais at 704-661-5393 or email by October 15, 2010.

Candidate's Forum at Saluda Center

The Saluda Center (former Saluda Senior Center) is hosting a candidates' forum on Thursday, October 21, 2010 at 7:00 at the Saluda Center, 64 Greenville Street, Saluda, N.C.


All eight candidates for Polk County Commissioner;: Warren Watson(Unaff), Tommy Melton(Unaff), Ray Gasperson(D), Margaret Johnson(D), Benny Smith(D), David Moore(R), Tom Pack(R) and Ted Owens(R) have been invited to attend.


The first 90 minutes of the forum will be devoted to questions to the commissioner candidates with the final 30 minutes allotted to an informal get-together.


Sheriff candidates Donald Hill(D) and Nathaniel Shields(R), along with N.C. Senate candidates Chris Dixon(D) and Tom Apodaca(R), have also been invited to attend. They will be introduced and will be a part of the informal gathering only.
Support Local Post Office
Saluda US Postmaster, Cindy Keeter announces that the Saluda post office is now equipped to do passports.  This is a revenue-producing service for the post office that contributes to their budget and helps maintain the quality of service we expect from all our post office staff and carriers.  Please support our local post office.  Contact the post office at 828-749-5921 for passport appointments.  New hours effective October 4 are 9 to 1 and 3 to 5 Monday through Friday. 
Saluda Community Tree Preservation Association
The Saluda Community Tree Preservation Association will meet Sunday, October 17 at 2pm in the Old Chicken House, 143 Mountain Page Road, Saluda.  The group will focus on sharing, gathering and discussing the process toward Saluda becoming a "Tree City USA."


Benefits of the Tree City designation include preservation of our valued trees, planting when needed and improved maintenance with emphasis on safety.  The results are cleaner air, less storm water runoff, cleaner water resources, higher property values, less energy consumption and a beautiful environment that attracts visitors and shoppers.  Trees, in so many ways, improve the quality of life for residents.


All who are interested in tree preservation and in working toward the "Tree City USA" designation are welcome and urged to attend.


For more information call Ruth at 828-749-9718 or Judy and Chuck at

Saluda Classifieds
Lake Sheila Community Yard Sale
October 16 from 8-2.  Look for yellow balloons on mailboxes. Directions:  From Main Street, cross RR tracks on Greenville St and go approx. 3 miles, turn left on Trammel Gap approx 1 mile and circle the lake. Rain date October 23.
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. 
Art studio or office space available.  Approx. 450 sq. ft. Inquire at Brass Latch, 181 Main Street, Nostalgia Court or call 828-749-4200.
"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

Oil heater

(used or new) wanted. Contact 828-749-2251.


Fancy Pumpkin Carving by Cindy Scott.  $20.  Call 828-749-3646. 

Saluda Lifestyles extends deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Lee Clippard, 67, Mayor of Saluda from 2001 to 2006.  Lee passed away in Mt. Pleasant SC, September 28, 2010.  Click here to sign his guestbook.
Slip, Sliding Away

Summer gripped a firm hold on Saluda as the autumnal equinox officially

proclaimed it fall.  Saludians anxiously await fall-like temperatures needed to boost our brilliant fall colors.  

Excitement is stirring while we anticipate Mother Nature's palette of auburn, scarlet reds, and amber gold's to paint breath taking views of the Saluda mountain ranges.

Check out these websites for the best time to visit to see fall colors.
Heartwood Gallery Celebrates
American Craft Week October 1-10

Every day thousands of American artists share their vision and talent by producing amazing hand-made decorative and functional objects.  And every day craft retailers share their love of these items by displaying, promoting and selling them. We hope you will join us for Heartwood's American Craft Week events and help celebrate the "creative economy"!

Craft in Community                     

Monday, October 4th
5:30-7 pm
Saluda Center
64 Greenville Street
Saluda, NC

Stoney Lamar, nationally renowned wood sculptor, teacher, and member of the American Craft Council board of directors will give a brief talk on "Craft in Community".  This will be followed by a reception and show of 5 area artists; Michael Hughey-Calligrapher-Asheville,NC, Mark Gardner-Wood Sculptor-Saluda,NC, Holly Wilkes-Tapestry Weaver-Saluda,NC, Kelly McCullough-Saluda, NC, and Stoney Lamar-Saluda, NC

Focus On Four 
Saturday, October 9th
5:30 pm
Heartwood Gallery
22 East Main Street
Saluda, NC

Heartwood Gallery is celebrating it's 25th year of selling American craft with a reception and show spotlighting four regional potters: Karen Newgard-Asheville,NC,  Robin Bryant Kirby-Saluda, NC, Sarah Wells Rolland-Canton,NC, Emily Reason-Marshall, NC.


For more information on these events please call the gallery 828-749-9365 or visit    Find us on Facebook


What's Happening in Music and Art
purple onionFred Whiskin on piano every Friday playing "Blues to Brubeck."
Winter Hours at the Purple Onion are in effect and they will be closed on Wednesday and Sunday.
October Music Schedule

Oct 2 ­ Joseph Hasty & Centerpiece

Oct 7 ­ Dana & Susan Robinson

Oct 9 ­ Jeffrey Hyde Thompson

Oct 14 ­ Moors & McCumber

Oct 16 ­ Eliza Lynn

Oct 21 ­ David Jacobs-Strain

Oct 23 ­ Deep River

Oct 28 ­ Chuck Brodsky

Oct 29 ­ Beaucoup Blue (Special Friday Show)

Oct 30 ­ One Leg Up


To see more information about the artists and sample their work, visit Purple Onion on their website.  Music schedule is compliments of Robert Seiler.

Ward's Grill announces the "Let the Good Times Roll" Concert, featuring the incomparable Lonesome Road Band.  In celebration of the recent re-opening of historic Ward's Grill in Saluda, Frank and Amy Beeson have teamed with owners Clark Thompson and Judy Ward to bring a Friday night fall and winter music series to Ward's Grill.  Hearty Creole and Cajun dishes from the gulf coast will be served. These are some of Clark's favorites.  The "Let the Good Times Roll" series will kick off on Friday, October 1, 2010 with the highly popular blue grass band "The Lonesome Road Band" performing from 7 to 9.  Doors open at 6 for dinner. Price is $20 including dinner, drink and performance.  Call Judy Ward for reservations at 828-749-2321.  As our Cajun friends like to say, " We gonna pass a good time."  SEATS SOLD OUT!  Get your reservation in early for the next Friday night concert.

Ward's Grill 2010 Concert Series Winter Schedule

Oct 1        The Lonesome Road Band       

Oct 8         Due to overwhelming demand (we sold out in 3 days), THE LONESOME ROAD BAND has been  held  over  for a very special encore performance:  THE LONESOME ROAD TRIO

Oct 15      ELLEN TRNKA (pronounced Trinka) & MARC YAXLEY (smooth jazz  & blues) 

Oct 22      to be announced

Oct 29      to be announced


Nov  5        PEGGY RATUSZ  and Friends  - soulful, swampy blues with a little swing thrown in

Nov 12       WALT WHITNEY      Acoustic rhythm, blues & soul  - high energy, very entertaining         

Nov 19       The Lonesome Road Band   - our old friends are back for an encore performance     

Nov 26       to be announced


Dec 3          The Lonesome Road Band  -         

Dec 10        Saluda Hometown Christmas Stroll - no show

Dec. 17       The Catfish Brothers    Acoustic blues- guitar & dobro    

Dec 24        no show - Merry Christmas

Dec 31        no show - Happy New Year

Green River Boys
Joe AdamsThe Green River Boys invite you to Shaffer's Roadside Grill on October 8 and 22.  They are scheduled to perform every other Friday night at 6:00pm.  Check their schedule at Green River Boys.     
megan ward 

The Jamboree in Saluda, NC continues to have "The Party with a Beat" every Saturday night. Now that the weather is cooler, it is time to come back inside for family entertainment and dance fun.  A live band and lots of dancing make this a special treat for anyone looking for Saturday nightlife.  On Saturday, October 2, the performing band will be "Crimson Rose"--a favorite band from the Kings Mountain/Charlotte area.  This seasoned band with fantastic vocals and musicians play everything from new country, to old time rock'n'roll. On Saturday, Oct. 9, the Southern Pointe band will provide an evening full of great dance music--everything from Two-Step, Shag, Line-Dancing, and Free-style Dance fun. The Southern Pointe band bases out of Upstate SC and has always been a great band for listening or dancing.


The Saluda Mountain Jamboree will open the doors at 7:00 and the bands play from 8:00 until 11:00 PM.  The admission for the Saturday night "Party with a Beat" is $9.00.  The concession is always open with great hot dogs, popcorn, soft drinks, candy, nachos & cheese, and other snacks.  The separate custom designed bar is stocked with beer and wine for adults who wish to purchase these beverages.  
October Music Schedule
Oct. 2     Crimson Rose
Oct. 9     Southern Pointe
Oct. 16    Crimson Rose
Oct. 23    Last Resort Band
LIVE MUSIC PERFORMED BY SOUND INVESTMENT!Tickets $25.00 or $40.00 per couple. Does include a BBQ Buffet dinner. Start planning your costume!
Oct. 30     Sound Factory
Check our events schedule on the website, or contact us at
 (828) 749-3676. Find us on Facebook
October at The Wine Cellar at the Saluda Inn  
Check our calendar on Carolina Wine Expert for current and up to date events information. Call 828-749-9698 for reservations and fees.

Fri      1    Music with Jenny Arch

Thurs  7    Meet the Artist Lynn Nordt

Sat     9    Music with Frank & Friends

Sat     16  Music with Melissa Hyman

Mon    18  Joni (Your Carolina Wine Expert) Live on Jack & Kimberly Channel 7 WSPA/CBS

Fri      22  Music with Doug Spears

Sat     23  Music with Frank & Friends


The Wine Cellar at the Saluda Inn is open Thursday - Saturday  7-11 PM.  Stop by after the big concert at Wards Grill for a great night cap! 


Owner, Joni Rauschenbach (Your Carolina Wine Expert) has a new wine toy that is a great gift for the holidays.  Stop by for a trial run - this is the only place in the USA that you can see it!   They are beautiful, they are fun, they are very functional, they are very affordable and they enhance the aroma and flavor of your wine - what are they????  You have to come by to see for yourself.


Call at any time for an appointment to stop by The Wine Cellar if you would like to visit after our regular hours.


Saluda Grade Café welcomes fall in with a fun filled first weekend! Saturday October 2 and Sunday October 3 artists Ben Wedel and Dorrie Mckinley will be creating fantastic works of art on both Canvas and in Jewelry...right at the restaurant!! Come meet the Artists! Lunch Saturday 11-3, Dinner 5-9. Sunday 11am -7pm.
Also on Saturday, October 2...Zach Allen, classical guitarist will be performing! Music starts at 7!
New Fall Menus across the board!  Lunch has totally changed for the month of October...Come Taste! Dinner and Sunday Menus too!!
Fall means Football...Is there a game you want to see?? Come join us at the Grade's Bar for Football and Great Food! New Local Beers on tap start in October as well!
Don't forget...We Cater!! Both large and small parties...formal or casual. Planning a fall gathering? A Family Reunion? Lady's Bridge Game or Christmas party? Book your party soon!
Sunday October 31 is we thought we would do something fun! Sunday night, between 5pm and 7pm kids12 and under eat free off of our children's menu! (must be accompanied by an adult). Ghouls and Gals of any age (in costume) receive 10% discount off their meal as well...of course you know that doesn't include alcohol and you do still need to tip your awesome wait staff!
Just a reminder...Don't forget Thanksgiving is just around the corner. The Grade is now taking your Thanksgiving reservations and Turkey orders.
Hope your October is full of Beauty!
Kaye, Mario and the staff at The Saluda Grade Café

"Mountain River Tributary"
Saluda Artist Dale McEntire exhibits at Grovewood Gallery, Asheville NC
Garden Sculpture - Sept 10 - October 31, 2010
Grovewood Gallery's exhibit "Along the Path" will feature contemporary landscape paintings and sculptures by artist Dale McEntire. 

To view Dale's work, see his web site at  For more information, call Grovewood Gallery at 877 622 7238 or visit their web site at 
Saluda artist Jim Carson  will conduct two "plein air" (outdoor) oil and acrylic workshops, titled "Color/Getting it Right" in Saluda, N.C., on Thursday -Saturday, Oct. 7-9, and Oct 28-30.


Appropriate to the beautiful colors of our western N.C. Fall season, these workshops will concentrate on color harmony, including instruction on mixing the right color for the right spot, and getting the correct color balance.


The three day workshop will be held at different outdoor locations each day, and feature demonstrations by the artist and critiques of the student's work at the end of each day.


The workshop is open to all levels, from beginners to advanced. The workshop will also focus on simplifying large shapes and applying paint quickly and confidently.


The cost of the workshop is $300, and includes a "get acquainted" gathering at Jim's studio on Wed. nights, Oct. 6 and 27. Also included is a tasty catered lunch brought to the painting site each day by The Saluda Grade Café.
For more information, visit , call 828- 749-3702 or email

Random Arts in Saluda is happy to announce a new workshop entitled..." Textured Legacies"
with K.C. Willis from Colorado
October 22 and 23 
In this workshop with K.C. Willis, we'll create a fabric piece/wall hanging using a cherished family photo and making it look worn and wonderful using her techniques for aging and layering, composition, design, texturing with fabric as well as transfers with words and photographs.
Register by emailing -
Workshop dates: Oct. 22nd and 23rd
Cost: $265
Includes: 2 full days of instruction, continental breakfast in the studio, catered lunch by the Saluda Grade Cafe and afternoon snacks.
Note:  Workshop is at the new Random Arts Workshop location just west of town across the bridge on Highway 176.  
megan wardGreen Creek Winery Events
Chardonnay Rosso Concert Series Presents The Best of the Best.   Al Petteway & Amy White,  A Grammy Winning Guitarist, Indie Award Winning Duo, with a special "Land of the Sky" image presentation, October 3 at 6PM $20 Advance / $25 at the Door" elegant tapestry of sound, sprightly, sensuous, summy, entrancing and wonderfully evocative."  The Washington Post

Al & Amy are on the soundtrack for the Ken Burns film "National Parks: America's Best Idea" which was awards the 2010 Emmy for Outstanding Nonfiction Series.  A Pat Strother dinner will be available for purchase at 5PM. 

Please call for reservations
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:  Wednesday & Thursday from 1:00 - 5:00 
Tryon Arts
Saluda is home to almost 50 artists and craftspeople who work, exhibit, and participate in the art opportunities provided by the art facilities in Tryon. 
Tryon Arts and Crafts

The 3rd Annual Tryon Arts and Crafts Fall Festival will be held Saturday, October 16th from 10a.m. to 5p.m. and Sunday, October 17th from 11a.m. to 5p.m.  Featuring over 40 of the finest artisans and craftspeople of the region, this 2 day event will be held rain or shine on the grounds of Tryon Arts and Crafts.  In addition to shopping for handmade, one-of-a kind arts and crafts, visitors to the festival will enjoy food from local eateries, live entertainment, and fun activities for the kids.  Guests will hear a great music lineup that includes the Shane Pruitt Band, Dana and Susan Robinson, the Red Hot Sugar Babies and the Inner Cirkus.  Visitors at the event will see demonstrations in pottery making, lapidary, woodturning, weaving, as well as metalworking in the forge throughout both days.  They will even be able to join in and try their hand at some of the crafts.  The atmosphere will be fun and family friendly with something for everyone!  The event is free and open to the public.  All donations will go to support the mission of Tryon Arts and Crafts.  Before leaving the festival, visitors should be sure to take a tour inside the school where they can view the studios and enjoy the exhibit in the gallery.


Blacksmiths and Metal Artists is the current exhibit in The Gallery atTryon Arts and Crafts.  From whimsical to utilitarian pieces, this show is an exciting group of work from fourteen artists in a variety of styles and metals.  It is a wonderful representation of the many ways metal can be used to form creative and beautiful works of artBlacksmiths and Metal Artists opened September 4 and will run through October 29, 2010.

Tryon Painters and Sculptors at Tryon Fine Arts Center
13th Regional Juried Art Show at Tryon Painters & Sculptors Oct. 3rd-Nov. 6th. 
Claydies Sculpture Show October 3 - 28 at TFAC The Claydies (ladies who sculpt in clay), a group of seven women who have been sculpting together for about a year and a half, will hold their first sculpture show in the Mahler Family Board Room on the 2nd floor of the Tryon Fine Arts Center, 34 Melrose Ave, Tryon, NC, October 3 - October 28.  Members Gwen Bailey, Claire Carey, Jeanette Comer, Betty Johnston, Beverly Pickard, Jan Romine, and Lalage Warrington have diverse backgrounds and experiences, but all have a love and appreciation of all the arts.  Their sculptures consist of a wide array of pieces, from the classical to the whimsical. 

There will be many reasonably priced original works of art for sale in the show. It will be a wonderful opportunity to do some early holiday shopping and find a special gift for someone. The opening reception for this show is Sunday, October 3, 5:00-7:00 p.m.  The public is invited to attend. For more information call 828-859-8322 or visit

"Draw till You Drop Workshop" with Christine Mariotti  A two-day workshop for those who think they cannot draw well - or well enough! This workshop will show you a new way to see objects in space and to think differently about drawing what you really SEE.

Christine Mariotti will teach a "Draw till you Drop" workshop based on Betty Edwards' teachings of Drawing from the Right Side of the Brain techniques. This workshop is especially appropriate for those with drawing "block" or for beginning artists who think they cannot draw. The dates for this workshop are Friday and Saturday, October 8 and 9 from 10-4. The cost is $95 for TPS members and $110 for non- members. The workshop will be held in the lower art studio at Tryon Fine Arts Center, 34 Melrose Ave. Tryon, NC. For more information check the TPS website at or call 828-859-8322.

Zumbathon Fund Raiser
A "Party in Pink" Zumbathon to benefit the Susan G. Komen for the Cure will be held on Saturday, October 2, 2010 at The Dancer's Extension in Saluda, NC.  The fitness party will be from 10AM to 12 Noon with registration beginning at 9:30AM.  The cost is $15 with proceeds going directly to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation.  Susan G. Komen for the Cure is the world's largest breast cancer organization.  Since 1982, Susan G. Komen for the Cure has funded research grants and community-based outreach projects that focus on breast health education, screening and treatment for the medically underserved.  Zumba Fitness, LLC has partnered with the Susan G. Komen for the Cure to raise funds and awareness of breast cancer.  Zumba Fitness combines Latin-inspired dance movements with upbeat music in a fun and supportive atmosphere.  There is no experience necessary for Zumba Fitness.  Anyone at any level can begin the program right away!


Space is limited.  For questions or directions, please contact The Dancer's Extension at 828-749-9398 or visit their website at

 Saluda School 1951 Class History

Alumni recently held a reunion for anyone who had ever attended Saluda School. I understand that it was a lot of fun and great way for folks to share memories. My daddy, Joe Stephenson, Jr. was a 1951 graduate of Saluda High School. I came across his old senior yearbook, "The Mountaineer," and was thumbing through it. Someone had written a senior Class History. On behalf of my father who passed away in 1999, I thought I would share it:


In 1939, sixty-three ambitious youngsters entered the first grade at Saluda School. Mrs. Hall and Mrs. Stephenson were our teachers. I dare say we were all somewhat frightened that first day - I know I was. Evidently, Tommy Parker did not trust this new world, for every day at recess he carried his hat, coat, and lunchbox outside and set them down on a bench to guard them.


We had two teachers again in the second grade, Mrs. Coates and Mrs. Stephenson. This year, Tommy trusted his classmates and left his things unguarded. Everyone was thrilled by the spectacular game of fox and dogs, and the boys were glad that there was someone they could beat in marbles - any first grader.


Mrs. Stephenson and Mrs. Kaiser were our teachers in the third grade. Jennie Arledge moved here from Tryon.


When we entered the fourth grade, we were together as one class for the first time in our school career. We were very proud of our teacher, Mrs. Watson, who told us exciting stories about the Endless Caverns and her experience abroad.


The fifth grade was the last year Mr. Michael was our principal. Mrs. Edwards was our teacher.


Our sixth grade was probably the most exciting of all our years because we had a great number of teachers - thirteen. As soon as we became acquainted with one, we were issued a new one. Also, we had two principals that year, Mrs. Lowndes and Mr. Rushton. Consequently, in the seventh grade, we needed the stern supervision of our new principal Dr. Sawyer. Mrs. Baisden was our teacher.


In the eighth grade, we felt quite grown up because we were transferred to the high school building. Mrs. Pace was our homeroom teacher.


When we reached high school, there were less than half as many pupils in our class as there had been in the first grade. Mr. Atkins was our homeroom teacher in the ninth grade, Mrs. Tuck in the tenth grade, Mrs. Sawyer in the eleventh grade, and Mrs. Lowndes in the twelfth grade. Two important events happened in our sophomore year. The first, Dorothy Saltz came to us from Landrum; the second, our class was permitted to accompany the juniors and seniors on their trip to Charleston. Both good and bad fortune fell upon our class in the eleventh grade. The good fortune was our trip to Myrtle Beach and the bad was the loss of our devoted friends and advisors, Dr. and Mrs. W.E. Sawyer. Now that we are finally seniors, there are five boys and five girls in our class. Only eight of these ten, however, are part of the original sixty-three.


I wish to say for all the class, "We have enjoyed going to school in Saluda; we appreciate the work that has been done for us by all those who have been connected with us; we hope that all future seniors of Saluda will have enjoyed their school years as much as we have; and last, but not least, we wish to express our appreciation to Mr. Honeycutt, Mrs. Lowndes and Mrs. Atkins for making this annual possible."


Though this was written in the first person, it was unsigned. As you may have already figured out, Mrs. Stephenson was my grandmother. Here's to the senior class of 1951!


**In picture: 1951 Saluda School Newspaper Staff - not in order -Alex Salley, Arvalee Pace, Dorothy Saltz, Jennie Arledge, Joe Stephenson, Jimmy Pace, Doris Ashley, Betty Joe Pace, Lucille Stephenson, Julia Ann Johnson, James Brown, Mrs. Lowndes, Mrs. Atkins


Submitted by Cindy Stephenson Tuttle,

Art Clues
Ideas for Creating and Appreciating Art


                         DIRTY COLORS

Painting with the Ancient Earth


Thanks to Johnnie Liliedahl, a well known artist, for teaching me about this in a workshop. She died a year ago, so this column is in her honor and memory. Thanks to her husband for giving me permission to use in this column what I learned from her.


One of the first things art students learn is to recognize, name and understand how to use primary and secondary colors.  You can't make any other colors without red, yellow and blue, right? Yes, but ????  There are some ancient, dirty, earth colors that stretch this rule a bit.  It seems that the first painters on earth may have made some similar colors from the dirt and earth around them, chalk, red dirt, yellow dirt, coal.


The current "dirty" palette is simple.

Using oil or acrylic paints, prepare your palette with 4 "earth" colors.


White (I know, it's not dirty, but it's chalky from earth),

yellow ochre, burnt sienna, and black.



Now, find your new old primary colors.

          Yellow ochre= yellow

          Burnt sienna = red

          Black = blue


Before you experiment with these colors, think about what you might



­Subtleties of color and value

Hidden possibilities in your paints

Advantages of variations of paint proportions

          A speck of white may turn a little black into blue

Yellow ochre and careful portions of black can create a green look.

Darken values with burnt sienna and black, ( not really a discovery).

          Black, burnt sienna and white can lean toward lavender.


Using these color mixes can be an enjoyable challenge for painters.



Suggestion:  "invent" new secondary colors, greenish, purplish orangish, by using the dirty earth colors and a little white.



Here is an example. 




This set of colors was used by Johnny Liliedahl  for a portrait painting class.



Thanks again to Mr. Liliedahl for welcoming me to use his wife's workshop concept.


November Art Clues will be " Trick and Treat Your Eyes" You can have fun drawing what you find,

                   Beverly Bowden Pickard


I Found My Thrill on Blueberry Hill

Joe Adams

And also my breakfast!  I love blueberries.  A friend of mine who lives in Candler found a spot on the Blueridge Parkway that has a hillside of wild blueberries.  He's not giving out the location, but that's o.k. because he picks and brings me blueberries.  He said he noticed an old graveyard by the roadside.  The headstones had become overgrown with moss.  But when he was looking around, he noticed the blueberry bushes; some up to fifteen feet high.  So he started picking, filling up whatever containers he had in his car.

He said it was so easy to pick because there were so many blueberries. He now makes regular weekly trips to Blueberry Hill and picks enough to have bowls of blueberries three times a day.  He's kind enough to bring me a few, but he gives more to his girlfriend.  (Wouldn't you?)


He claims that blueberries are the healthiest fruit you can eat.  He says they are "brain food," although I haven't noticed my brain kicking in any faster.  And they are only 80 calories a cup.  The wild blueberries tend to be smaller, but I think they are more delicious than the plump ones that you get at the store for $3.50 for a little cup full.


A few years ago I tried starting my own Blueberry Hill in my backyard at Lake Sheila.  I met a couple at the Pickens Flea Market who sold all kinds of plants.  They had a sign that they specialized in blueberry plants but you had to order them at a certain time of the year.  I placed my order for l2 plants and went to see them down at Traveler's Rest.

(I love the name of that little town.)  I had cleaned out my car, expecting some big plants.


As it turned out, they looked more like "cuttings." I was fairly disappointed, but they assured me they would take off and grow really fast.  So I took them home and planted them along a walkway from the house to the lake.  I only have two left.  Unfortunately I didn't warn the yard man and he mowed down ten of them.  But two of them are flourishing.  One is more than 6 feet high and usually loaded with blueberries.  I have to fight the birds for them and the birds are winning.  Not only do the early birds get the worms, they also get the blueberries.


I spent a summer once in the northernmost county in the Maine.  It's the largest producer of wild blueberries in the country.  But the plants are really low to the ground...little more than a groundcover.  I noticed the blueberries first because the hills were turning blue in color.  Literally.  Then I noticed busloads of migrant workers who had been brought up to pick the blueberries.  I had a bunch of blueberries growing where I was staying in a national forest.  I picked blueberries every day, but I wouldn't want it as a job.  Unless of course I was very short.


 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 

Wine Tastings Every Saturday From 1-5

Saluda Wine & Cheese Market is settling in nicely at their new location at 1487 Ozone Drive, across the street from the Marathon. Allen and Kelly have greatly expanded their selection of incredible yet affordable wines and now feature over 500 different labels. Saluda Wine & Cheese Market is proud to be home of the "Discover North Carolina Wine Tasting Room" where locals and visitors can learn about the outstanding wines being produced right here in North Carolina.  We currently feature over 50 different North Carolina wines from 15 different wineries.


Join us Sunday, October 10, At The Fence Wine And Art Festival At Derbyshire in Columbus from 1 until 6.  Saluda Wine & Cheese Market will be serving wines from the Shelton Vineyards along with gourmet cheese plates.  For more information, visit

Fence Wine Festival. 


Wine Tastings every Saturday from 1 until 5.
Phone 828-749-WINE (9463) 
Hours- Tuesday-Thursday 10-6, Friday-Saturday 10-7, Sunday 12-4 

Just in time for fall, Earthenpryde Creations is pleased to announce that our earrings are now available at the Gardener's Cottage in Saluda!  Check out these unique earrings which feature handcrafted ceramic pieces created from hand-carved designs, all made by Saluda artisan Pride Carson.  Now you can shop for your Earthenpryde Creations at the Gardener's Cottage, or, as always, online at

wildflourDid you wake up this morning feeling like you just couldn't face packing leftovers for lunch AGAIN today? We're here to help!

Wildflour Bake Shop is now open and in addition to the variety of baked goods that we offer each morning, we are also the answer to your lunch dilemma with an assortment of "grab and go" lunch items, including Sandwiches, Pockets, Soup, Calzones, Pot pies, Wraps and much more.  Selection changes daily!  Check us out online at and on Find us on Facebook for daily specials or the good ol' fashion way...828-749-3356. Call ahead and we will have it ready to go.  How easy is that?!!

Fall Hours are:

Tuesday and Wednesday   8 am - 4 pm
Saturday                        8 am - 3 pm
Sunday (NEW!)                8 am - 1 pm

The Bake Shop is located at 19 Pearson Falls Road...Just under The Gardner's Cottage.
(look for the blue striped umbrellas on the deck area)

Oh, yes, and just to keep it simple:  we are still baking in our old location and WE ARE NOT
MOVING!!!!  So come and see us...we're here and happy to see you!

Orders from the Shop or the Tailgate Market can be placed by calling Wildflour at 828-749-9224.  News, menus and recent updates are available on our website: 
Saluda Counseling Services Open House
Saluda Counseling Services at 31 Pearson Falls Road (lower level of Nostalgia Court) will be offering a FREE Depression Screening on Thursday, October 7, 2010 for National Depression Screening Day from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, please visit: or call Charlton Hall at 864-384-2388. You may also email us at:

We invite you to an Open House on Friday, October 29. Come by and see what we do, how we can help your family, and bring your trick-or-treat bag! We'll have free candy for the children!


Located in beautiful downtown Saluda, North Carolina, Saluda Counseling Services consists of:
Mary Frances Crivellone, MS, LCAS and Charlton Hall, MMFT, LMFT.  We offer the following counseling and therapy services:  Marriage and Family Therapy & Addiction Treatment for depression, anxiety, family conflict, addiction, marital problems, and child, adolescent and teen problems. Contact Mary Frances at: 828-817-9240 or, or Charlton at: 864-384-2388 or


megan wardThe Dancer's Extension at 1347 Ozone Drive, Suite 4 is still taking  registrations for all classes.  Please call the studio or visit the website to view the current schedule.  Please call 828-749-9398 or visit the website thedancers-ext for more information.
Visit Tosh's WhistleStop Cafe at its new location in the Depot Station.

Robert Hernandez of Green River Hair Studio has been away for an extended vacation and will soon return.  He invites his clients to take advantage of his special offers on his return. Men's haircut- $10.00, Ladies haircut- $15.00, with style- $25.00.  Haircolor starts at $45.00 and includes the haircut and style. Open Monday through Friday 10-6, Saturday 10-2.  Walk-ins are always welcome!  828-749-3711 or 828-749-3744.


Youth Memories and a Town Named Saluda
 The Day Saluda Went Bankrupt

By Frank Middleton, a Saluda native


In the 1920's Saluda became known as a "Boom Town."  There were several very good reasons why this happened.  At that time, a busy North - South rail line ran through town.  Traveling north by rail, Saluda was the first mountain town above 2000 feet in elevation to be reached. Since the Saluda grade was very steep, the train always stopped for a period of time to adjust the brakes, etc. During these waiting periods, travelers became familiar with Saluda and some of the area residents. What they saw they liked.


In the low lands of South Carolina, Georgia and Florida, the summer months were hot and long. Air conditioning was mostly provided by an infrequent breeze, a hand fan or if lucky, by an electric powered forced air system. The nights were hot and sticky, the bugs big and hungry. Rail travelers, trying to escape the low land summers, soon discovered Saluda had none of these annoyances. It was ideal for a summer home and/or a vacation.  For most, travel time was fairly short, the climate proved to be excellent and the beauty of the area was unsurpassed.


Mostly by word of mouth, Saluda's popularity grew rapidly. "Summer People" came to town from Charleston, Columbia, Atlanta, Jacksonville, and Miami. Those visitors that continued to return year after year decided this was a good place to have a second home. Soon, one by one, they started building in the hills and valleys surrounding Saluda.


One day some of the community leaders decided that the town needed money for growth, progress and more tourist enticements. The voices that desired these changes were louder than those that didn't, so the sale of Saluda improvement bonds were issued and sold.


The word from City Hall was, "Don't worry, prosperity will soon be knocking on all our doors. These projects will make Saluda a more desirable resort-- more tourists, more business and more money for everyone."


This would have worked out fine, except for one thing. The Great Depression came along and the tourist business almost dried up. At the depression's end, expectation was that Saluda would come back, but it didn't. Its popularity as a resort was lost. Vacation styles changed from the "front porch, rocking chair" activities to more active ones. Travel to more distant and alluring vacation destinations became very popular and easier to obtain.


No new business, no extra money. In 1938, the town defaulted on the bonds issued during the boom years. In 1940, two years later, Saluda once again issued bonds for sale. To refinance the original bonds, $289,130 in new ones were sold.


Time passed, leaders, resident and projects changed, but the bonds stayed on. July I, 1960, Saluda once again defaulted on $19,521 worth of bonds and a semi-annual interest payment.


Saluda Leaders offered, for 60 cents on the dollar, a refinancing plan to settle the default.

One man who held a majority of the outstanding bonds refused to accept the offer.


Saluda stayed in this position until 1971, when the man who had refused settlement sold his holdings. The new owner agreed to accept a settlement at lower terms than the first offer.  He settled for 42 cents on the dollar.


Today, some 70 plus years later, Saluda seems to be healthy and prosperous. We have many new shops and businesses that appeal to "some" tourist and travelers. Most days traffic flow will be quite heavy on all our streets. Usually, from daylight until dark, two thirds of the parking spaces downtown are taken up with vehicle parking.


At the beginning of the boom days, it more than likely had this same appearance. I'm sure high hopes for the future was on most or the minds of the leading citizens.


What will be the future of our small mountain community? Like everyone, I have my own opinion. (That no one really cares to hear) Whatever the future holds, one thing is for sure Saluda will always be Saluda to these of us that grew up here.

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. To order, please click on the image above to take you to a secure site for online ordering.
Tour de Falls 2010
 October 16, 17

Photo by Jason Greene 
Friends of DuPont Forest will sponsor Tour de Falls, a 12 mile tour by shuttle bus to four of DuPont State Forest's spectacular sites: Triple Falls, High Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, and Lake Julia. The Tour will take place on Saturday, October 16 and Sunday, October 17. Shuttle buses will leave the parking area from 9 am until 3 pm. Visitors may get off the bus at each stop to take photos and explore the area. Three of the sites have shelters with picnic tables and benches.

Visitors are encouraged to bring their cameras and take short hikes to enjoy the beauty of the falls and lake, all of which provide scenic backdrops for family photos. FODF will have volunteer members on each bus and at the four stops to provide information about the history of the area and current efforts to protect both the historical and natural resources within this 10,400 acre forest. Refreshments will be served in the rustic lodge overlooking Lake Julia, which is the last stop on the tour.

DuPont State Forest is located in both Henderson and Transylvania counties in the mountains of western North Carolina. The parking lot for the tour is located at 1300 Staton Road (N35E.11.356', W082E.37.425') in Cedar Mountain, NC, which is just up the road from the High Falls access area. Advance reservations are not taken. A $10 per person donation by cash or check is requested. Credit cards are not accepted. The Tour generally takes about 2 hours, depending on how long participants choose to spend at each stop. Buses are not handicap-accessible. A limited number of visitors with handicap permits for their private vehicle will be given permission to follow one of the tour buses. Please call the forest supervisor's office in advance (828-877-6527) to obtain a permit to drive in the forest. Dogs are not allowed on the buses.

Friends of DuPont Forest is a non-profit organization that works to enrich the recreational experience and preserve the natural resources in the 10,400 acres of DuPont State Forest. The Tour de Falls weekend is intended to provide families and those with limited hiking abilities a chance to see the beauty of one of North Carolina's most visited forests and some of the most spectacular waterfalls in the Southeast. FODF uses funds from this event to finance construction projects such as the staircase to Triple Falls, shelters and picnic tables at High and Triple Falls, and the viewing area at Bridal Veil Falls and to support research and educational projects focused on natural resources with the forest, including rare and endangered species.

For more information and directions, visit out web site at For specific questions, call 828-692-2929 or 828-885-7949 (weekends & evenings only).

City Notes

Joe Adams

Saluda police officers can now take vehicles home on a trial basis for the next few months.  Commissioner, John Kinard requested this action and feels that by allowing officers to drive vehicles home will result in quicker response time.
Keep up to date with city news at City of Saluda's website.
Ballad of Saluda Grade
Dan Foster with the Laura Monk & High Cotton band debuts his song written about the Saluda Grade at the Purple Onion last month.  He will tell the story of how he was inspired by the railroad to write this ballad in next month's issue of Saluda Lifestyles.  To hear it, go to the website and look to the right side bar. Scroll down and midway you will see a "play" button to play the song and a link to their web site. 

The Mill Spring Agricultural Economic Development Center will be hosting its first annual Farm to Fork Supper and Open House on October 23.  The evening will celebrate agriculture in Polk County starting with an open house tour of the new center at 5pm.  Come and see the transformation that is taking place at the former Mill Spring School as we repaint and refurbish but do our best to maintain the unique character of this historic building.  There will be InFARMation stations to visit where local farmers will be available to talk with you and let you know what they have to offer.  Supper will be prepared with fresh and local ingredients and will start at 6 pm under the cascading magnolia tree in the front yard, complete with candlelight.  Local musicians include the renowned Jenna Lindbo and old-time and celtic with a classical twist from John Malloy, Annie Ewing, and Whitney Blake.  They will delight your ears as you eat, and after supper you will have chances to win our 50/50 raffle or bid on auction items such as a restaurant dinner for two.

The best way to make sure you don't miss this event is to stop by your choice of ticket vendors and buy your ticket for $20 per adult or $10 for kids 12 and under.  Tickets are being sold at Manna Cabanna in Saluda, Kathleen's in Tryon, the First Peak of the Blue Ridge Travel and Tourism Center, and the Soil and Water Conservation District in Columbus.  Proceeds benefit the restoration of the former Mill Spring School.

October 23 will be a fun, festive opportunity for this community to come together in support of the people who feed us, so please join us!  We are asking guests to bring your own unique dinner plate that you are willing to leave behind for the Ag Center to use for future events! (no plastic or resin plates, please)

For more information, or to donate farm foods or auction items, please contact Carol Lynn Jackson at 828-817-2308 or






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