Saluda Lifestyles - Monthly Ezine all about Saluda, NC
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                                                                                December 1, 2010 
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In This Issue (click on a topic to move to it quickly.)
Dates to Remember
Saluda Center News
Christmas Gala
City Notes
Art at Saluda Center
Saluda Community Land Trust
Saluda Garden Club
The Women's Club of Saluda
Yoga Schedule
College Scholarship
Saluda Medical Center
Black Light Puppet Show
Christmas Bright for Saluda Kids
Saluda Library
Saluda School
Saluda Church Services
Saluda Business Association
Saluda Grade Trail
Saluda Arts Festival
Autumn Care News
Saluda Tree Preservation
Christmas Farmers' Market
Holiday Safety
Saluda Grade Pearls
Saluda Classifieds
What's Happening in Music and Art
Trees on Main Street
Tryon Arts
Saluda Scoop
Stoney Lamar Honored
Art Clues
Ask Chuck
Cut Your Own Christmas Tree
Historic Saluda Committee
Christmas Thoughts
Placing Bets on Small Town
Polk County Toy Run
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. 

 Winter is a great time to view property.  All the creepy, crawly things have gone under ground!

There are more than 104 vacant lots and land for sale in Saluda.

Here's a list of great land investment opportunities offered by Cathy Jackson Realty:

Mountain Vista

Lot 6, 2.11 ac, $55,000, MLS#463961

View Lot 23, 1.07 ac, $135,000, MLS#418141

View Lot 30, 1.71 ac, $120,000, MLS#463974


Lake Lots

Lake Sheila, 1 ac, 3BR septic, lake view, $115,000, MLS#437750

Macedonia Lake, 1.15 ac, lake front, $118,000 MLS#473230


Little Warrior Estates

Lots from $46,300 to $56,000


Saluda City Lots

.83 ac, $75,000, MLS#466945

.59 ac, $59,900, MLS#473131

.49 ac, $42,500, MLS#444123



Preserved, restricted 16,43 ac, $89,000, MLS#449452

View Lot, 1.87 ac, $65,000, MLS#455196

Winter Views on Valhalla Ridge, 1.81 ac, $39,900, MLS#474915

Dun Roamin' Lot 7, 1 ac, $72,500, MLS#476202

The Woods at Howard Gap, 1.6 ac, $48,000, MLS#454553

View, near fishing and kayaking, 1.7 ac, $55,000, MLS#446159

Piney Mountain with views, 1.31 ac, $69,900, MLS#454246

View, pastures, creek 10.49 ac, $220,000, MLS447004

Awesome views, 1.5 ac, $98,000, MLS#464781

Winfield Cove 6.54 ac, $105,000, MLS#447592

Bold Creek, 2.89 ac, $87,500, MLS#454131

Level land, 3,75 ac, $85,000, MLS#439894

Morgan Creek 2.24 ac, $20,000, MLS#473004

Morgan Creek 2.95 ac, $25,000, MLS#473002

White Oak Mountain Lots - from 1 to 6 acres ranging from $30,000 to $150,000

30 Acres unrestricted land with creek $267,600 MLS#475553

A Quick Saluda Market Update as of November 30, 2010

Sales               Closed   Pending

Homes 2009         18           0
Land 2009            10           0
Homes 2010         21           5
Land 2010              8           0
Homes sales have increased compared to this time last year.  A positive indicator for real estate sales in Saluda.
Dates to Remember
Town Council meets second Monday of the month at 7:00pm in the meeting room above the Saluda Library.

Saluda Business Association
meets Tuesday, December 7 at 5:30pm at the Saluda Library.

Saluda Arts Festival meeting is the last Tuesday of each month at 5:30 at the Saluda Library.

Thurs. December 9 6pm, Single Women United  potluck dinner.

Saluda Women's Club
meeting December 14 at 10am at Saluda Presbyterian Church.

"The Nutcracker"
performed by
rd-5th Grade Chorus at Saluda School, December 20 at 6:00pm in the Auditorium.

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 December 1 and 15 at 3:00 at Saluda Presbyterian Church.  For information please call Betsy Burdett at 828-749-2161.

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.)

"Windows of Spirituality", an art exhibit by the watercolor class of the Church of the Advent, Spartanburg, SC, will continue to be on display through Dec. 06.


SAVE THE DATE! The Saluda Center Board of Directors cordially invites you to Christmas Gala 2010 at the Saluda Center on Sat. Dec. 11 from 5:00pm-8:00pm. Cost will be $40.00 per person.


Thurs. December, 9 at 6pm, Single Women United  potluck dinner. Bring your favorite dish and enjoy a fun night.


A Thrifty Barns' basement is OPEN Wed. 10am-4pm, donations accepted and basement sales every 1st and 3rd Sat. from 9am-3pm. A Thrifty Barn is OPEN Wed.-Sat.  10am-4pm, donations accepted  on Wed. For more information please call 828-749-3320.


saluda centerThe Saluda Center Christmas Gala will be held at the Saluda Center on Sat., Dec. 11 from 5:00pm-8:00pm. There will be a "Silent Auction" which will include a beach vacation, original art work and dinners. For reservation information, please call Betty Wilkerson at 828-749-1910.

City Notes

Joe Adams














Keep up to date with city news at City of Saluda's website.
Saluda Tailgate Market Report

The Saluda Tailgate Market operated every Friday afternoon 4:30-6:30 from May through October, six months, 26 Fridays, rain or shine.


The Saluda Business Association ran the market with the help of Polk County Agricultural Economic Development. We provided the coordination and volunteers. Their office sent Vaughn Loffler up every week with the Ag van, signs and tents. The SBA printed rack cards, started a web site: and got John Waddill to design a logo that you will see more of next year.


We served as a place to sell for 49 different growers from Polk and Henderson Counties who sold everything agricultural: plants, vegetables of all kinds, fruits, honey, flowers, berries, cheese, mushrooms, nuts, chickens, eggs, beef, sausage, pizza, bread, soup, cakes, dog treats, and more.


Vendor visits totaled 385 with as few as 7 one week when the weather was bad to as many as 26 during the height of the season. We averaged 15 vendors a week.


Volunteers worked every Friday from 3:30-7:00 with at least 6 people involved in every market and over 500 volunteer hours for the season.


Special thanks go to Walter Hoover and Beth Carson, fellow coordinators and organizers. It would not happen without them. Thanks also to Scott Cardais and Chuck Hearon for reliable set up help; to Catherine Ross, Cathy Jackson, Susie Welsh, Barbara Seiler, Susan Casey and Lynn Cass for greeting help; Tom DeKay, Stoney Lamar, and Allen Burdett for breakdown help. Thanks to Judy Ward at Historic Thompson Ward store for an endless supply of bottled water and to the Triangle Stop for ice every week. And extra-special thanks to the most faithful, reliable volunteer who has not missed a market in two years, who has monitored every set up and bus/traffic situation: Nora Parks Anderson.


The Saluda Business Association feels that this market has contributed to the community in so many ways: a festive atmosphere to begin the weekends, more exposure to our businesses and Saluda hospitality, and better connections to the county. It offers our weekend visitors a place to start their weekends and our community a chance to buy local, visit, and celebrate every week all that our rich region has to offer.


We are already beginning to plan for next year and welcome any ideas you have. We will start the first Friday in May.


Respectfully Submitted,

Shelley DeKay

Saluda Business Association Treasurer and Market Coordinator

Saluda Community Land Trust

The Saluda Community Land Trust is still hard at work on winter projects such as making trails and cutting kudzu from under the trees.

The kudzu site on the corner of Ozone and Thompson Road has been cleared and is ready for its winter nap. Work still needs to be done with clearing out the wisteria and stabilizing the bank area. This is a great project for those sunny mornings when working outdoors warms you up.


Christmas is coming and a great gift for those you love and who love Saluda is a SCLT membership. Membership is only $25 per person per year.


Kudzu Reminder

This is the best time of year to clean out from under trees the dead vines and any "trash" plants. Remember, after 3 and half feet of straight growth, the vine will fall. It has to have something to cling to in order to climb the tree. Kudzu does not want to circle anything that is 8 inches in diameter, 24 inches in circumference!


December meetings will be held at our office in the fellowship hall of the Presbyterian Church on Carolina Street. Meetings are on the first and third Wednesday at 3 pm. The public is invited. 


Please call the office 828-749-1560 if you have any questions about joining SCLT or if you would like to volunteer. Just leave a message and we will get back to you promptly.

Group Supports Our Military

Single Women United of Saluda wishes to support our military men and women from the Saluda area at Christmas by sending Christmas Cards to each one.  The group invites all Saludians to come by Historic Thompson Ward Store during the Hometown Christmas Stroll and sign a sheet.  Each sheet will be copied and placed inside a card to each soldier from our area.  If you know of anyone serving from Saluda, please send their name and address to Anita Moore at  They are collecting names and want to continue to write to them all during the year.

Please remember each and every one of these young people away from home and especially their families during the holiday season and at all times.  We thank each of them and continue prayers for each to come back home soon.

Judy Ward

Women's Club Meeting

The Women's Club of Saluda will meet for its Christmas fete on Tuesday, December 14 at 10am at the Saluda Presbyterian Church.   Officers for 2011 will be installed.  Ham will be provided for lunch, and members are to bring a side dish or a dessert to go with the meat.

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, 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 across the bridge on Main Street.  We offer Yoga, Herbs, Massage, Elixirs and a full Oxygen Bar.

Anusara Yoga Schedule

Monday- Appointment Only

Tuesday-5:30-7 All Levels 

Wednesday-8:30-10 Morning Flow

Thursday-5:30-7 The Basics/Intro to Yoga

Friday-8:30-10 Morning Flow

Saturday-8:30-10 All Levels

Sunday- Closed (special classes apply)

*The first Sunday of every month The Practice 9:30-12:30, (12/5, 1/2)



1 Hour Massage $60

1 1/2 Hour Massage $90

Includes free upgrade of your choice free of charge

*Custom Aromatherapy (Citrus, Euphoria or Tranquility)

*Hot Stone Treatment

Gift Certificates available, give the gift of well being this season!


Now available at Nectar:


Intuitive Counseling Sessions

*Addresses physical, emotional and spiritual concerns

*Resolve challenging problems through intuitive insight

*Clarity in business and career, relationships or personal growth


QRA Therapeutic

*Combines acupuncture point treatment and kinesiology(muscle testing) to determine the root of physical ailments

*Supplies specific nutrients to restore and remediate nearly any condition 

*Allergies, arthritis, depression, digestion, hormonal imbalance, sleep issues, weight loss and much more


Call Today 828-216-3421 and visit our website at


Happy Holidays from Nectar!

College Scholarships Available for High School Seniors

The Polk County Community Foundation recently kicked off its 2011 scholarship season with visits to area high schools and an announcement of over $140,000 in available awards. Forty-six scholarships created by donors to the Foundation will be open to graduating high school and home school students residing in Polk County and Landrum. Student eligibility for awards ranges widely, from high academic achievement to financial need to specific areas of study, including technical and vocational training.

Last year the Community Foundation awarded $121,900 in competitive scholarships, helping fifty-nine local students attend colleges ranging from close to home choices like Isothermal Community College all the way to Hawaii Pacific University. The awards can make a real difference in the lives of students in our community. "Without local scholarships like this one," said a past recipient, "there would be many students, such as myself, unable to attend college and accomplish their goals and dreams."

Applications and booklets describing the scholarships are available at Polk and Landrum High Schools, public libraries, at the Foundation office, and online at All applications are due by Tuesday, December 7 by 1:00 pm. Students are welcome to schedule appointments at the Community Foundation to review applications for completeness before submitting.

For more information regarding scholarships, grants or charitable giving options, please contact the Polk County Community Foundation at 255 South Trade Street in Tryon, call (828) 859-5314, or visit

Saluda Medical Center

The Boamegan wardrd of Trustees of the Saluda Medical Center expresses their thanks and appreciation to the following corporate contributors to this year's Masquerade Ball Fundraiser:


  • MAJOR SPONSORS:  Don Mintz Builders, Green River Quarry, Pavillion
  • SPONSOR: Saluda Mountain Jamboree
  • OTHER CORPORATE DONORS: Macon Bank, St. Luke's Hospital

We also thank Sound Investment for their great music, Nancy Barnett (our photographer), all the folks who attended this year and danced until closing time, and the many area businesses that provided prizes for the costume contests and raffles.  And a special thanks to former SMC board member Arlene Klippel who organized the raffle and the prizes.


And lest I forget, for those in attendance, how about the "Barn Girls" dancing to the Village People music. (It's a closely guarded secret that, after doing the "YMCA" number, The "Girls" were discretely approached by more than one agent and talent scout.) 


On another note, we want to thank Principal Ronette Dill for inviting a representative from the Center to speak at the recent Family Fun Night at Saluda Elementary School.  We appreciated the opportunity to describe the services offered at the Saluda Medical Center to those teachers and parents in attendance.

Contact the Saluda Medical Center at 828-749-4411 or visit their web site at 
Black Light Puppet Show
"The Greatest Gift"

puppet showDecember 4 and 5 at 6pm

Saluda First Baptist Church



Location:  213 Henderson Street, Saluda, NC 28773.  Directions:  Exit 59 off I-26/from Hendersonville Street turn right/ from Columbus/Tryon turn left on Ozone Drive, proceed to stop sign.  Turn right on Main Street (Hwy 176) go approximately ½ mile.  At Saluda Library, before crossing bridge, turn right on Carolina Street.  The church will be on your left.

Christmas Bright for Saluda Kids

Make Everyone's Christmas Bright

Help local children in need. Have a Merry Christmas by Donating Toys to be distributed in Saluda.  New toys for all ages and monetary donations can be dropped off at the Saluda Police

Department or City Hall through December 17, 2010.  All donations will be given locally to Saluda community families.  (Monetary donations will also be accepted and used to purchase items for children's wish lists and to pay bills that create a hardship for families).  Call City Hall at 828-749-2581 or Saluda Police Dept. at 828-749-2691.  Or email with any questions.

Saluda Community Library

Paul Koenen

November Children's Program
Bouncing Babies on Thursday mornings at 10:00 am.
Saluda Elementary School
  Joe Adams
Information Update from Saluda Elementary School
December Calendar of Events

November 30   Report Cards

November 30   Box Tops Collection Day

December 1     Safe Routes to School MeetingSaluda Community Library  1:00-4:00pm

December 3-10Scholastic Book Fair (Media Center)

December 9     After School Dance  3:10-4:30pm. $5 admission, drink & pizza

December 9     Book Fair open from 3:00-5:00pm

December 10   Family Breakfast  7:45-8:15am (Cafeteria)

December 10  PTSO Meeting  8:15am (Media Center)

December 10  PCMS Band Performance 9:30am (Auditorium)

December 10  Chorus to sing for Saluda Hometown Christmas

December 13  School Board Meeting 6:30pm at Stearns

December 16  Interim Reports

December 17  PTSO Christmas Bazaar


Please Join Us on December 20 for "The Nutcracker" performed by 3rd-5th Grade Chorus at 6:00pm in the Auditorium.


December 21     Box Tops Collection Day

Dec. 22- Jan. 2Christmas Holidays

January 3         Return to school!


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 Jack Presseau
Adult SS 10:00 am
Worship Service 11:00 am

Saluda First Baptist Church
Reverend David Webb
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
News from Saluda Business Association
Saluda Business Association members will be selling tickets during Hometown Christmas for this beautiful handmade Christmas quilt made and donated by Toni Garcia.  Look for their tables on Main Street.  Drawing will be at 7:30 at the Saluda Library.

Tickets are available at area businesses and the quilt is on display at Macon Bank. Tickets are $2 each or 6 for $10.

Because of the success of the Saluda Tailgate Market this year, the city gave approval at the November town council meeting for the SBA to continue with the Tailgate Market next year.  Thanks to Shelley DeKay who spearheaded this annual event for the SBA.

Call for Entries has been announced inviting artists to participate in the eighth annual Saluda Arts Festival to be held May 21, 2011.

Visit for more information about the businesses and the town of Saluda.
Saluda Grade Trail

The Saluda Grade Trail committee has successfully begun a serious dialogue with Norfolk Southern to create a rails-to-trails initiative from Landrum to Saluda and possibly Flat Rock.  This could be a potentially 28 mile trail for bicycling, hiking, and a walking pathway from town to town and has gained congressional support.  A Resolution has been written to present to organizations and city councils to gain support for this initiative.  The Blue Ridge National Heritage Committee signed the Resolution on November 19, 2010 and the committee is seeking support from town councils and business organizations throughout Polk County.


This is the first step in a very long process before the rails to trails becomes a reality.  It is modeled after the "Virginia Creeper" in Abington, VA which has yielded $21 Million in revenue since its beginning seven years ago. 


The Saluda Business Association and the City of Saluda have been asked to consider supporting the Resolution.  Click here to download the Resolution.

Saluda Arts  Festival 2011

The Saluda BusinWaddil Arts Festivaless Association invites all artists to enter the eighth annual Saluda Arts Festival to be held May 21, 2011 in downtown Saluda. This is a juried event and applications and instructions can be downloaded at  Click here to download an application and here to download festival map of booth locations. Applications will be accepted until March 15, 2010.  Please contact Susie Welsh for more information or to receive an application.  She can be reached at 828-749-3900 or

News from Autumn Care
memory walk
L-R:  Lesley Jones, Maggie Grier, Heather Gosnell, Josh Thompson

Autumn Care Supports Memory Walk

Lesley Jones, Maggie Grier, Heather Gosnell and Josh Thompson represented Autumn Care of Saluda at the recent Alzheimer's Association Memory Walk.  Memory Walk is the nation's largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer care, support and research - and it calls on people of all ages to take action in the fight.


Residents, families and staff at Autumn Care of Saluda raised over $400 in donations for this year's event held in Asheville.


shiipSeniors Insurance Help Available at Autumn Care

The Seniors' Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) answers questions and counsels Medicare beneficiaries and caregivers about Medicare, Medicare supplements, Medicare Advantage, Medicare prescription drug plans, long-term care insurance and other health insurance concerns.


Marcie Davis, Business Office Manager at Autumn Care of Saluda is a certified SHIIP Counselor and is available to assist families and seniors in Saluda and Polk County with insurance related matters.  To arrange an appointment with Ms. Davis, call Autumn Care at 828-749-2261 or email her at


For more information about Autumn Care of Saluda, visit our website at

Saluda Community Tree Preservation Association

tree preservationDue to unavoidable circumstances,  the originally announced date to decorate the tree for the birds has been changed to Wednesday, December 8 at 1:00pm.  Decorations will consist of bird edible ornaments.  Please come.  The tree is located in the mini park across from Saluda School.  For information, call Ruth at 828-749-9718 or Chuck and Judy at

Christmas Farmers' Market

This Weekend, Mill Spring Ag Center holds Christmas Farmers' Market

polkfreshA PolkFresh™ Christmas Farmers' Market will be held this Saturday, December 4th  from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Mill Spring Agricultural Development Center in Mill Spring.  Popular vendors from Polk County's regular farmers' markets are gathering one last time for the year to offer a Christmas Bazaar-themed Indoor/Outdoor Market.  Winter vegetables, crafts and food will be for sale to help you create those special holiday gift packages that supports local agriculture and cultural crafts.  NC-grown Christmas trees will also be for sale. 

A good percentage of our local farmers' market vendors have their product available year-round, so this is a great time to sign on to their mailing lists to receive regular communications about when local items such as produce, eggs, cheeses, and meats are available for your over-winter meals.

The Columbus Farmers' Market ended its season in November with 38 vendors, live music, and lots of appreciation from the community for our largest farmers' market season to date.  Polk County's markets tripled in three years both in vendors and attendance.  The farmland-preservation programming that oversees the markets' management recently received a $500 grant through the Polk Dept. of Social Services to add mobile EBT debit machines for next years' market customer services.  The Mill Spring Ag Center has applied for grant contributions to support the build-out and start-up of a year-round retail farm store set to open at the Mill Spring Ag Center mid-year, 2011.  The store will feature PolkFresh™ and Appalachian Grown Certified local foods and value-added as well as promote agri-tourism in Polk County and nearby areas.  This is in part funded by a matching-funds from the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project or ASAP.

The Mill Spring Agricultural Development Center is always open to the public.   This Saturday during the Christmas Farmers' Market ask for a tour to see the progress the 2010 year has made, since the Polk Soil and Water Conservation District received the former Mill Spring School as a donation in December, 2009.  The Ag Centers' current programs operate with county budget allocation for vital initiatives like farmland preservation, farmers' markets, workshops and courses, grant-support and trainings, community gardens, and Friends of Agriculture monthly breakfast meetings.    However, the building itself is a stand-alone facility and not separately any part of county budget.  Grants and private donations are heartily accepted.

For more information on this Saturday's Christmas Farmers' Market, visit  Mill Spring Agricultural Development Center, located in the former Mill Spring School, is located on School Road, in Mill Spring, near the cross-roads of Hwy. 108 and Hwy. 9.  Call (828) 894-2281.

Holiday Safety
The winter holidays are a time for celebration, and that means more cooking, home decorating, entertaining, and an increased risk of fire and accidents.  Following these guidelines which will help make your holiday season safer and more enjoyable.

Holiday decorating & lighting: Use caution with holiday decorations, and whenever possible, choose those made with flame-resistant, flame-retardant or non-combustible materials. Keep candles away from decorations and other combustible materials, and do not use candles to decorate Christmas trees. Carefully inspect new and previously used light strings, and replace damaged items before plugging lights in. Do not overload extension cords.
Don't mount lights in any way that can damage the cord's wire insulation (i.e., using clips, not nails).
Keep children and pets away from light strings and electrical decorations. Turn off all light strings and decorations before leaving the house or going to bed. 
Holiday entertaining:  Unattended cooking is the leading cause of home fires in the U.S. When cooking for holiday visitors, remember to keep an eye on the range.  Provide plenty of large, deep ashtrays and check them frequently. Cigarette butts can smolder in the trash and cause a fire, so completely douse cigarette butts with water before discarding.  Keep matches and lighters up high, out of sight and reach of children (preferably in a locked cabinet).
Test your smoke alarms, and let guests know what your fire escape plan is.
Trees: When purchasing an artificial tree, look for the label "Fire Resistant."  When purchasing a live tree, check for freshness. A fresh tree is green, needles are hard to pull from branches and when bent between your fingers, needles do not break.  When setting up a tree at home, place it away from fireplaces, radiators or portable heaters. Place the tree out of the way of traffic and do not block doorways.  Cut a few inches off the trunk of your tree to expose the fresh wood. This allows for better water absorption and will help to keep your tree from drying out and becoming a fire hazard.  Be sure to keep the stand filled with water because heated rooms can dry live trees out rapidly. Make sure the base is steady so the tree won't tip over easily.
Lights: Never use electric lights on a metallic tree. The tree can become charged with electricity from faulty lights, and a person touching a branch could be electrocuted.  Before using lights outdoors, check labels to be sure they have been certified for outdoor use. To hold lights in place, string them through hooks or insulated staples, not nails or tacks. Never pull or tug lights to remove them.  Make sure all the bulbs work and that there are no frayed wires, broken sockets or loose connections.  Plug all outdoor electric decorations into circuits with ground fault circuit interrupters to avoid potential shocks. Turn off all lights when you go to bed or leave the house. The lights could short out and start a fire.
Decorations: Use only non-combustible or flame-resistant materials to trim a tree. Choose tinsel or artificial icicles of plastic or nonleaded metals. Never use lighted candles on a tree or near other evergreens. Always use non-flammable holders, and place candles where they will not be knocked down. In homes with small children, take special care to avoid decorations that are sharp or breakable, and keep trimmings with small removable parts out of the reach of children. Avoid trimmings that resemble candy or food that may tempt a young child to eat them.
Fireplaces: Before lighting any fire, remove all greens, boughs, papers, and other decorations from fireplace area. Check to see that the flue is open. Use care with "fire salts," which produce colored flames when thrown on wood fires. They contain heavy metals that can cause intense gastrointestinal irritation and vomiting if eaten. Do not burn wrapping papers in the fireplace. A flash fire may result as wrappings ignite suddenly and burn intensely.
Toys and Ornaments: Purchase appropriate toys for the appropriate age. Some toys designed for older children might be dangerous for younger children. Electric toys should be UL/FM approved.  Toys with sharp points, sharp edges, strings, cords, or parts small enough to be swallowed should not be given to small children.  Place older ornaments and decorations that might be painted with lead paint out of the reach of small children and pets. 
Children and Pets: Poinsettias are known to be poisonous to humans and animals, so keep them well out-of-reach, or avoid having them.  Keep decorations at least 6 inches above the child's reach.   Avoid using tinsel. It can fall on the floor and a curious child or pet may eat it. This can cause anything from mild distress to death.  Keep any ribbons on gifts and tree ornaments shorter than 7 inches. A child could wrap a longer strand of ribbon around their neck and choke.  Avoid mittens with strings for children. The string can get tangled around the child's neck and cause them to choke. It is easier to replace a mitten than a child.

Security: Use your home burglar alarm system. If you plan to travel for the holidays, don't discuss your plans with strangers. Have a trusted friend or neighbor to pick up newspapers, take in mail (or put on hold with postal service) and keep an eye on things while you are away.


Have a safe and happy holiday season
and remember to call Cottage Caretakers should you have any needs that we can assist you with. 
You can Cottage Caretakersreach Susan and David at Office 828.749.3747.  David's Cell 828.850.1046 or Susan's Cell at  828.850.2595.  You may also email to

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.
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. 

Art studio or office space available.  Approx. 450 sq. ft. Inquire at Brass Latch, 181 Main Street, Nostalgia Court or call 828-749-4200.

Retail Space For Lease - Ground floor, Main Street location available.  Only $575 a month (includes water)  828-749-9224.


For Rent: Available on Main St. in Saluda:  Space with approximately 1000 sq. ft. @ $575 month. Space with approximately 1206 sq. ft. @ $732 month.  Both spaces can be connected for $1250 month.   Call 828-749-9224 for more information.

"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.


The Old Chicken House invites you to come in, visit, have a cup of coffee or hot chocolate.  See paintings by local artist Ray Pague and wreaths by Ruthie, local crafter, designer-all silk.


Saluda Lifestyles extends its sympathies to the family and friends who have lost loved ones.

Mrs. Gerry Crisp (October 2, 1920 to November 21, 2010) from Mountville, SC who had retired to Saluda, NC.

Please see her obituary at Gray Funeral Home.

John F. Keenan, 68 died November 27, 2010 at Beaufort Memorial Hospital after a brief battle with cancer.  He and his wife Diane are former residents of Saluda.
Deck the Streets of Saluda
Biddie's Antiques window
Saluda is getting ready for the holiday season with new Christmas lighting and the annual Hometown Christmas stroll.  On December 10 from 6 to 8, stroll down Main Street from Nostalgia Court to across the bridge to Green River BBQ and up Greenville Street. Enjoy music and refreshments provided by local businesses to show their appreciation for your patronage during the year.  An ecumenical service will be delivered at Saluda Presbyterian Church at 8:15pm.  Here's a list of our local musicians who will be performing.

Music Venues and Artists

Wildflour Bakery - Kathryn Raymond and Friends, Vocal

Macon Bank - Todd Neel and Friends, Old Time Music

Curtis Wright Outfitters - Micah Parsons, Violin

M. A. Pace's - Saluda School Chorus

Saluda Grade Café - Skeeziks, Celtic Ensemble

Ward's Grill - Sonya Monts, Dancer's Extension

Historic Thompson's Store - Sophie Young, Grace Lauer, and Zoe Parsons, Violin Trio

Heartwood Gallery - Sara Daugherty, Harp

Purple Onion - Robert Seiler, Keyboard

Saluda Police Department - Rodney Gibson, Guitar

Saluda Library - Stiekes Family, Classical Strings

Cathy Jackson Realty & Top of the Mornin' - Suzuki Players, Strings       

Saluda Presbyterian Church  (7:30-8:15 p.m.) Joah and Daphne Bickley, Violin Duo

Follow the luminaries and stroll up Greenville Street ... and enjoy music and art at the Saluda Inn & Wine Cellar - Suzanne & Debbie, Guitar and Song 6:30-8:30 and Kyle Douglas, Singer and Songwriter  8:30-10:30. The Oaks Bed & Breakfast welcomes strollers to enjoy their festive Christmas decorations, hot cocoa, and holiday cheer.

The Children's Workshop
will follow on Saturday, December 11 at the Saluda Fire Department from 9:30 to 1. Thanks to Mountain Life Realty for sponsoring this workshop each year.

Hometown Christmas is sponsored by the Saluda Business Association.
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.

December Music Schedule

Dec 2 ­ Fayssoux & Co.

Dec 4 ­ Overmountain Men

Dec 9 ­ Kellin Watson

Dec 11 ­ Shane Pruitt Band

Dec 16 ­ Clay Ross

Dec 18 ­ Uptown Jazz Quartet

Dec 23 ­ Jimmy Landry

Dec 30 ­ Chris Rosser

Dec 31 ­ NEW YEARS EVE ­ Scoot Pittman Trio


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

Sparkling Wine Tasting

December 7, 2010  6:30 PM

While it is my firm belief that any time is a good time for bubbles, the holidays are one of the best times to have sparkling wine chilled and ready for impromptu celebrations with friends and family. Aside from the inherent appeal of the sparkling appearance and subtle but seductive nose, all sparkling wines share a vibrant acidity which enhances the flavors of a broad range of foods including many holiday hors d'oeuvres.

 At our next tasting, we will explore a variety of sparkling wines, including prosecco, Champagne and cava, and will provide a buffet of hors d'oeuvres to demonstrate the wonderful versatility of bubbles. So whether you are serving potato chips or oyster Rockefeller, come, taste and take home some sparkling wine or champagne for the holidays.

Seating is limited so please make your reservations early. Cost is $45 and includes tasting 8 different sparkling wines and a buffet of delicious hors d'oeuvres from Chef Jeremy Edwards.


New Years Eve at the Purple Onion

5:30 Seating

Fred Whisken on Piano Playing Blues to Brubeck.

Al a Carte Menu


8:00 Seating

Music from 8:30 until 12:30 with The Scoot Pitman Trio, Four Course Dinner with Optional Appetizers, Champagne Toast at Midnight, $65 (plus tax and gratuity).


The Purple Onion will be offering two seatings this year for New Year's Eve.  For those who prefer an earlier, quiet dinner, join us at 5:30 for a special New Years Eve al a carte menu and Fred Whiskin on piano.


The second seating will begin at 8 PM and will feature a four course dinner and music by The Scoot Pitman Trio.  The trio will play 8:30 - 12:30 with champagne toasts at midnight. The price for the evening is $65 and includes dinner, music, party favors and a champagne toast. Please check our website for the evening's menu and further details.


grillWard's Grill "Let the Good Times Roll" Winter Concert Series Schedule. Doors open at 6 for dinner. Price is $20 including dinner, drink and performance.  Call Judy Ward for reservations at 828-749-2321. 
December Schedule 

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. They are scheduled to perform every other Friday night at 6:00pm.  Check their schedule at Green River Boys.   

megan ward 


"A Carolina Christmas Concert"  December 11, 2010 7:00pm

THIS IS OUR GIFT TO YOU! "A Carolina Christmas" Concert will be performed at The Jamboree on Saturday, December 11th at 7:00 PM.   This special presentation started 7 years ago at The Lockhart Church in Union County, SC and has grown to a large cast of performers from surrounding areas. This special concert will feature many of your favorite Christmas songs and Bible narrations. This will be a very upbeat & inspiring vocal and instrumental celebration of the season.  We hope you will take the time to stop, relax and focus on the true meaning of the Christmas Holiday. This presentation is FREE to everyone!! And remember, it starts at 7:00 PM.! Make plans to come accept our Christmas gift to our community, customers, friends and family. Celebrate the ageless story of the birth of Jesus Christ in music and song.


We want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas, and a Happy, Healthful New Year. Thank you to all of our supporters and we are looking forward to 2011!!

                       Bob & Linda


 December Music Schedule
Dec.4 - Carolina Misty
Saturday, Dec.11-"A CAROLINA CHRISTMAS CONCERT"-- FREE admission (love offering for the cast).  The Carolina Christmas Concert is our gift to our community, loyal customers, and friends. Please come celebrate the real reason for the season in music and song.

THE JAMBOREE WILL BE CLOSED ON DEC. 18TH & 25TH.  We are booking Christmas and holiday parties now. Call to hold your date. 828-749-3676.

Check our events schedule on the website, or contact us at
 (828) 749-3676. Find us on Facebook

December at the Wine Cellar at the Saluda Inn

Happy Hanukkah!  Merry Christmas!  From the Saluda Inn and Wine Cellar!  Located at 229 Greenville Street, walking distance from Main Street! 


Aside from our normal operating hours, Thurs-Sat 7PM we welcome your calls to set up a personal shopping appointment.  You will have a chance to taste through the wines we have available and sort out what you'll need for dinner parties, host gifts and presents.  We have a nice selection of gift wines, wine related gifts and creative ways to package your bottles!  Call us and we'll meet you for your own private shopping spree!  828-749-9698. for a preview.  Free local delivery.


We welcome you up Greenville Street during the Saluda Hometown Christmas stroll on Dec. 10. 

First, Follow the luminaries past the Saluda Inn and up to the Oaks B&B--stopping to say hello to our neighbor and artist, Bonnie Bardos.  Then, your last stop - to the Saluda Inn where you will be greeted with many familiar faces, local artists who will be selling their handmade (in America) gifts for the holiday season!  We will have knitters, beaders, painters, potters, sewers, and wine-ers!  We will be offering a pre-sale on some of your favorite wines.  One of Santa's helpers will be there demonstrating our new toy - the WineWeaver.  There will be snacks and warm beverages.  Downstairs...we will have some great music, starting with Debbie & Suzanne, The Glassy Mountain Girls followed by Kyle Douglas.  We look forward to seeing you there!

December Schedule 
Dec. 2Dave Prudhomme - Meet the Artist, 7pm

Dec. 3 Archie Hardy Sing along, 8pm

Dec. 4 A quiet evening by the fireplaces, 7pm

Dec. 9 Movie Night by the fireplace! 7:30pm

Dec. 10 Saluda Hometown Christmas Stroll - Christmas Shoppe, 6pm

Dec. 10 Glassy Mountain Girls 6:30-8:30

Dec. 10 Kyle Douglas, 8:45pm

Dec. 11 Frank Beeson & Guests, 8pm

Dec. 16 Sip & Knit with Joni, 7pm

Dec. 17 Dale Rucker, 8pm

Dec. 18 Anon Dixon Day, 8pm

Dec. 23 Frank & Special Guests, 8pm

Dec. 24 Closed PM/ Call for daytime hours

Dec. 25 Merry Christmas!

Dec. 26 Kyle Douglas, 8pm

Dec. 30 Sip & Knit with Joni, 7pm

Dec. 31 Call for Details

Check our calendar on Carolina Wine Expert for current and up to date events information. Call 828-749-9698 for reservations and fees.


open studio signSaluda artist Bonnie Bardos, will have open studio featuring her paintings and new sculptures, along with delightful metal art from Moonshine Metalworks, plus a surprise guest artist, all at her vintage 1895 house at 285 Greenville Street during the December 10 Saluda Hometown Christmas evening.  Her neighbors, the Saluda Inn & Wine Cellar featuring music, artists and writers, and the Oaks Bed & Breakfast will be open. You can stroll up the hill from town, park at the fire department area or Saluda Inn.   See Bonnie's art here.


Jim CarsonJim Carson, Saluda artist, will offer a workshop, Friday-Sunday, January 22-24, titled "Getting  Perspective Right in order to Paint Fast and Loose."  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 order to develop the confidence to move 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 advanced.  Jim will do a demonstration on Saturday, and there will be a critique of the day's work at the end of each day.


There will be a "get acquainted" gathering at Jim's studio on Thursday night, January 20.

The cost of the workshop is $300 and will include lunch each day, catered by the Saluda Grade Café.

This workshop was sold out last January.  For more information, contact Jim at 828-749-3702 or visit or email

Random Arts Workshop

Sew,Paint & Gesso - Collage Workshop***ONLY $20.  Friday, Dec. 3rd  - 1-3:30
Sometimes you just want to play and not worry about making mistakes, doing it wrong or starting over. That's what this workshop is about. . . doing it your way!!!

With some gentle guidance and a few simple techniques you will create a remarkable work of art that is uniquely yours and yours alone.  We'll start with some fashion magazine pages, bring in some gesso and double stick tape, (ah yes, the sewing machine too), paint, markers and last but not least, your fun loving imagination to round it all out for one absolutely crazy afternoon of creative bliss.  Join me for this fun workshop and let it all out! Only $20.  Limit 8 students. Please email to register.

Pollarding You Say!
Photo by Chuck Hearon

The practice of extreme pruning of trees to stimulate dense new growth of larger leaves is known in the world of horticulture as pollarding. This brutal beheading of trees is a practice often undertaken to maintain a certain height and width usually in urban settings where trees have been planted that are inappropriate for the space provided. Even so, this technique, especially in Europe, has been raised to an art form on par with topiary. For many the visual effect may be startlingly sculptural in winter or downright ugly depending on the personal aesthetic of the observer.  The burst of spring growth does mask the results of the seemingly extreme treatment.  "Carolina topping" of mature trees is not pollarding and is a sin against nature!  Proper pollarding of trees begins early in the life of a tree and annual maintenance is required to sustain the size and shape of the tree.  Interestingly enough pollarded trees have a longer life span than trees of the same species which are allowed to grow naturally.  This is explained by experts as the result of maintaining the trees in perpetual adolescence. 


All this is in response to the many questions Chuck Hearon and I received as we undertook the restoration of the pollarded Norway maples on Main Street in mid-November.  This grand example of pollarded street trees had not had the necessary maintenance for several years and sorely needed a bit of care to bring them back to their historical form.  The original planting of these Norway maples was accomplished in the mid-1950s when the sidewalks were widened and paved. (Jerry Russell has a great story that unfolds in conjunction with the early life of these trees. Get him to tell you why he remembers when the initial planting of these trees took place.) These trees and perhaps the old Gulf station where families stopped to go to the restroom may be the two landmarks remembered by those passing through Saluda in the late l950s and l960s. 


New look Main St
Photo by Cathy Jackson

In the spring take note of the leafy renewal that will take place in Saluda's business district. In the meantime try to endure the look or if you are of an artistic bent enjoy the effect.  Nature has a way of changing all things.

I leave you with this to ponder....There has been an introduction by well intentioned souls of species other than Norway maples in the line of trees along Main Street.  Should these aberrant trees be removed and replaced to restore the symmetry or should these oddities be accepted as emblematic of what Saluda is known for....a place where all can be accommodated and allowed to prosper?        


Submitted by Walter Hoover

Charles Street Garden

Arts in Tryon
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

Tryon Arts and Crafts, located at 373 Harmon Field Road in Tryon, NC, Tryon Arts & Crafts invites you to a special 3-week holiday gift giving session beginning on November 29th.  This is the perfect chance to give those in your life something you have created especially for them.


With so many terrific options, you may find yourself signing up for 2 or 3!  Dates and times are listed with class descriptions on our website at


Contemporary Color is the latest exhibit to be held in The Gallery at Tryon Arts and Crafts. The community is invited to view the collection and attend the upcoming artists' reception on Saturday, December 4th from 5 to 8pm at Tryon Arts and Crafts located at 373 Harmon Field Road.  This show is an exciting group of work from four exceedingly talented female artists in multiple styles and media.  The exhibiting artists are Kay Larch, Pat Lorenz, Jeannette Schmeichel and Suzanne Vitti.  While their styles vary drastically, all four artists use a bold palette and unique design elements in their medium of choice.  The artists bring together traditional methods and media, while creating quite modern works of art.

Tryon Arts and Crafts in a non-profit organization that exists to provide creative opportunities for everyone through education, instruction and expression of heritage and contemporary arts and crafts in a friendly, stimulating and enriching environment. For more information about our organization, please contact the office at (828) 859.8323 or visit our website, TryonArtsandCrafts.

Saluda Scoop
The latest news and the unusual offerings provided by Saluda shops, restaurants, artists, and craftspeople

heartwoodHeartfelt Message from Heartwood Gallery

Heartwood's 25th year is coming to a close, and we pause during this season of gratitude to give thanks for you, our community. It is an honor and a privilege to be the folks in the middle, the conduit from regional artists' hands into your homes. We look forward to another great year of finding the best American crafters and representing their work to you. 


Main Street Saluda has seen many changes during the past seasons and there are surely more changes coming. The economic downturn that began two years ago, while difficult, has been instructive for many of us in the ways of community. Understanding of the importance of locality in our choices has become clear and is the recession's silver lining. When we choose to buy our food from regional farmers and support local independent businesses over corporate conglomerates, we do more good for our communities than we might realize. Research shows that for every $100 spent locally $68 remains in the community, more than the amount from national chains. The US Small Business Administration reports that 65% of the net new jobs created in 2009 came from small independent businesses.


Just like good wine reflects the flavor of the grapes in the region where they are grown, local small businesses reflect the beauty and character of their communities. By supporting our individual entrepreneurs, we maintain and enhance  the beauty and unique characteristics of our community and our quality of life. Thinking small can be such a simple solution to such complicated problems. Henry David Thoreau wrote, "As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler." In a very complex world it is good indeed to be on Main Street Saluda, serving you, hoping and working for change that sustains our future. All of us at Heartwood hope your holidays are simple, happy, and peaceful.


Visit Heartwood heartwoodGallery on their website and join them on Find us on Facebook.


Recycle - Buy Antiques - Support America's Small Business

There's an old saying, "They don't make things like they used to." While technologies exist that make possible products that weren't available in days gone by, the truth is that in many areas things just aren't being manufactured with the same quality and pride of workmanship that can be found in the work of old world craftsmen.

Furniture and accessories that have been around for generations, promise to be around for many more. These can be purchased for a fraction of the cost of comparable new products of lesser quality.  For the person who has a special need, or for the person who has everything, a visit to Biddie's Antiques on Main Street in Saluda is always memorable and often rewarding. In addition to furnishings from days gone by, you can also find everything from beautiful fresh flowers to musical instruments.

Biddie's Antiques has something which cannot be found anywhere else. These are owner Amy Beeson's charming " Needlefelt Creations"- small fuzzy beings that she makes by hand, no two alike, using an artneedle felt form that dates to before most of us were born. These make excellent Christmas gifts for young and old alike.

As we get ready to start our 31st year in business, we would like to thank all who have helped make it possible and to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Frank and Amy Beeson



saluda grade December Saluda Grade Cafe
The Christmas Season is our very favorite at the Saluda Grade Cafe!  This time of year is for family, good food and sharing.  We can help you with all of that!  This year we have Saluda Grade Cafe Gift Cards!  They are Super Gifts for your Family, Friends, Pastors or your Childs Teachers...and they are super easy to use!  Buy Twenty-five dollar or greater Gift Cards and get a five dollar Gift Card for yourself, to give or to keep!
Remember We Cater!!
We cater parties both large and small!  Whether having the entire family over for a big dinner, your office Christmas party or hosting a Christmas cocktail party for all your friends and family, we can make life easier by taking care of the food, the service and especially the clean up!  We also can cook your Christmas Ham, Turkey, Duck or Goose.  Yes we can cook your goose!  Pick up pies, cakes, cookies, rolls or side dishes to round out your dinner table.  We also make chutneys and relishes too!
Christmas Stroll
December 10, stop by for dinner and music with the Skeezits!  Our favorite Celtic and Appalachian Band of all time!!!  Open for dinner 5-9pm.
Christmas Hours
We'll be closed December 24 and December 25 for Christmas but will reopen Sunday December 26 from 11-3 for lunch!
Saluda Grade Underground
Saluda Grade Cafe is cooking up something special for New Year's Eve!  Look for full details soon!!!  Saluda Grade Underground...
We'll be closed Saturday, January 1.  We will open back to regular Sunday hours on January 2.  11-7 pm.
Merry Christmas Friends!!!
Kaye, Mario, and the Staff at the Saluda Grade Cafe

wildflourWildflour Bake Shop
2010 Shopping

Festive Holiday Bag -A trio of sweet treats: one mini loaf each of our Cranberry Orange, Oatmeal Raisin & Cinnamon Swirl breads.  A hand-blown glass ornament comes nestled with gift tag and bow.  $17.00 each

3 or more $14.00                   

Wildflour's 2011 Mug - Artisans Extraordinaire Jason and Jennifer Serres created these beautiful hand-carved, wood fired mugs. $16.00      

Wildflour Mug & Leopard Forest Coffee- A perfect pair and a perfect gift.  Our beautiful mug with our favorite locally roasted Leopard Forest coffee blend.  $20.00                     

Christmas Cookie Assortment - An elegant assortment of Baby Brownies, Mexican Wedding Cookies, Christmas Specials, Pecan Pie Bites, Bourbon Balls, Fruitcake Cookies, Snickerdoodles and Lemon Drops. 1/2 lb. $8.50, Party Tray $20.00

Stollen - A Scandinavian yeasted holiday bread - glazed on the outside & with apricots, cranberries, pineapple, papaya & raisins on the inside. $8.50, 3 or more $7.00

 Flourless Chocolate Torte- Rich, serious chocolate for everyone! (gluten free)  $8.00                          Christmas Morning Quiche - Festive and fabulous, Wildflour's famous spinach quiche is sure to become a favorite holiday tradition. $16.00

 *All orders must be in by Sat. Dec. 18th

 *Last pickup is at 11:00 Fri. Dec. 24th

*Please call the Bakery Elves at (828) 749-9224 to order

Wildflour Bake Shop Hours
Thursday and Friday 8am to 4pm
Saturday 8am to 3pm
Sunday 9am to 2pm

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?!!

 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).

earthernprydeHandcrafted in Historic Saluda, NC, Earthenpryde Creations specializes in ceramic jewelry.

Each Earthenpryde creation is made by carefully combining ceramic pieces with other materials, including wood, wire, chain, beads, or gemstones.  Lightweight and unique, each piece is one-of-a-kind.  And now Earthenpryde Earrings are available at the Gardener's Cottage in Saluda!  Add the finishing touches to your Holiday shopping with these distinctive pairs of earrings, or check out the Earthenpryde Creations website for more uncommon ceramic jewelry:


megan ward

December at The Dancer's Extension is EXCITING!  For our youth, we have our first performance as a group together on December 10.  We will be performing at Autumn Care at 5:30PM and at Ward's Grill for Hometown Christmas at 6:30

Registration is open to all boys and girls ages 4-10 for The Nutcracker Ballet dance workshop on Wednesday, December 22.  Morning only and full day sessions are available.  For our adults, we are holding a Holiday Give-Away.  You give away the stress and pounds, and we give away free classes to lucky winners!  The more classes you attend, the more chance you have to win!

Also, we are thrilled to have Mr. Shane Jenkins provide LIVE Christmas piano accompaniment for classes on December 20-22.  Please call the studio at 828-749-9398 or see our website for the current schedule and details on all of our programs.  Make the holidays happy... DANCE!  Click here to join us for daily updates on Find us on Facebook


crab cakesCrab Cakes! The Perfect Holiday Gift

For those people on your gift list who "have it all," ship fresh, delicious crab cakes to their door! Individually prepared by a talented chef, these delicacies are chock full of NC lump crab and are sure to please. Visit to place your order, or call Charley Thompson (828/551-2682) for details on gift baskets and other specialties. Homemade gumbo and gourmet sides are also available. Locally owned and operated.


carolina cottageWould you like to give someone on your Christmas list time to escape and enjoy Saluda and all that it has to offer?  Now, you can - with a gift certificate to the Carolina Cottage Guest House.   Gift certificates are available for specific stays or for a specified dollar amount.  For more information about the cottage, visit the website Please call 828-243-7553 or e-mail to request a certificate.


Salamander has a sweet treat andsalamander new look special holiday hours for you. 


Melt-in-your-mouth buttery almond brittle direct from the California grove will make you smile and swoon.  And to keep you cozy in style, we have the softest and prettiest hand woven shawls you have ever felt.  Readers of all ages will love Cynthia's new book choices for giving and receiving, too.


As for the hours:  for your holiday shopping convenience, Salamander will be open until 8 PM every Thursday until Christmas.


Remember, if it's all looking the same, look at Salamander.  7 West Main, Saluda.  828-749-3466.

The Chicken House folks want to wish you a Merry Christmas in person.  Drop in for coffee or hot chocolate on Fridays or Saturdays between now and December 17 from 10 to 5.  We appreciate your support and good wishes throughout the past year.


We'll continue to be open this winter from 10-5 and hope you'll come in Fridays and Saturdays (or other times by request), weather permitting.


The Chicken House is located approximately 1 mile up Greenville Street on the left .


Saluda Wine & Cheese MarketSaludaWineCheeselogo

Please join us at Saluda Wine & Cheese Market on Thursday, December 2 from 5-7 p.m. for a Holiday Wine Tasting & Sale. We will have 8 wines to taste all chosen to complement your holiday meals. Order by the case at discounted prices for your Christmas and New Year's parties!!!


 Wine Tasting every Saturday from 1 until 5.

 828-749-WINE (9463) 
Tuesday-Thursday 10-6, Friday-Saturday 10-7, Sunday 12-4 


Stoney Lamar Honored

The Collectors of Wood Art, a national organization of collectors, galleries and artists in the field of wood arts and furniture-making, has conferred its Lifestime Achievement Award for 2010 on Stoney Lamar of Saluda, NC.  The award was given in recognition of Stoney's distinquished service over a lifetime in the field as an artist, scholar, advocate, fundraiser and for his untiring service to the field.  Stoney, 58, was born in Alexandria, Louisiana and graduated from Appalachian State University in 1979.  He has enjoyed success and acclaim for his work as a woodturner and sculptor over a 30 year career.  His work is in such collections as: High Museum of Art (Atlanta), Museum of Arts & Design (NY), Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Institute, Yale University Gallery of Art, Mint Museum of Craft & Design (NC), Minneapolis Institue of Art, Racine Art Museum (Wis.) and the Detroit Institute of Art, as well as twenty other major institutions.  His work is also found in virtually all major private collections of wood art.


Stoney is currently on the board of the American Craft Council, a national organization located in Minneapolis, the Southern Highlands Handicraft Guild and the Center for Craft, Creativity and Design of Hendersonville, NC, of which he was President from 2003 to 2007.


stoneyThe Award was presented to Stoney by Dr. Jeffrey Bernstein, President of CWA, at their annual banquet in Chicago, IL which was attended by over one hundred members and interested persons.


Stoney's wife, Susan Casey, is the owner and operator of the Purple Onion in Saluda.
Art Clues
Ideas for Creating and Appreciating Art


"Creating and Appreciating Art - Right at Home"


This column describes how some homes in Saluda are places where artists create and appreciate art.  The art described here does not involve a museum, studio, art exhibit, book signing, concert, craft show or theatre.  The artists you will meet often do participate in public art events, but this column describes how they enjoy their art as p art of their home life.


"My dad's guitar has been played
For a long, long time,
Too may years to count,
And yet he continues to play every night,
As if to calm himself
And put the day's troubles aside."
              Selma Neel (written at age 12)


Todd Neel has played his guitar music with his teenage girls, Selma and Isla, and, as a current stay at home dad,­ for his baby daughter Callie.  Callie has been listening to classical music since she was born.  "If we play Bach instead of jumpy music, the baby turns from irritable to sweet and demonstrates a peaceful disposition."  Todd describes how playing music at home helps his family to bond.  "It gives me a sense of inculcating the children with something good.  Even if they don't become musicians, they grow up with fun and relaxation. "


When family members enjoy music at the same time, it creates togetherness."


Pat and Roger are both published authors.  They write at home and help each other.  They agree that it is fun to work together at home and to go to the "office" in their pajamas. Working together creates a special partnership, a time for discussions as well as arguments and romance.  They have the advantage of different skills they can share.  They brain storm together and tend to balance each other and learn from each other. Roger reports that the female characters in his books are better because of Pat's influence. They say each influences the other's work.


They spend part of each day separated and part together. The ongoing writing projects contribute to their art of living well together. Emotional bonding, conversation, inside jokes, and learning from each other all contribute to the enjoyment of working together and living together.


The Bares have a suggestion for retired people who feel they have nothing to do. "Fill the void with creativity. For us it's writing. It brings the joy of appreciating your own self and your work."



Maxine is newly retired and lives with her dog Pepper. "As a retiree, I have plenty to keep up with - house, yard, etc, but taking time to get back into my sewing and arts and crafts is really fun. Sewing has always given me such a sense of accomplishment and creativity. It felt good to know I could go home from work on a Friday evening and then on Monday morning put on a brand new suit to go back to work."


"It's great to exchange ideas, stories, and history of other people who sew.  It's also a wonderful feeling to connect with people by giving them something made especially for them and a great feeling to have their appreciation."


"For me sewing is therapy when nothing else works - pillows, purses, curtains, blankets for children in the family."


 (with Lynn Cass, Nettie Sweet, George Sweet)

If there is a social gathering and Mike Cass is there, he is likely to play his guitar before the evening ends - and sometimes along with it, a harmonica positioned just right by means of a coat hanger twisted around his neck, (this time thanks to George Sweet). During a party at home, when you informally play music that people know, it brings back memories and creates bonding.


Mike says that at home, it doesn't matter whether the music is primitive or classical. Music at home is spontaneous, and people often express their pleasure by singing, especially his wife Lynn.


 People are not looking so much for excellence as for the fun, community and togetherness.



Next month's Art Clues will feature

Bevie and Stan Walker

What Happens at Home Before the Music Goes Public


Beverly Bowden Pickard


Ask Chuck

charlton hallFamily therapist, Chuck Hall will be back each month to give wise advice and sensible answers.

Q: I have a hard time getting my 11-year-old son to make good choices. What can I do?


A: Like anything in life, making good choices is a skill that has to be learned. The way we learn it is by practice. If you don't allow your child to make choices, then he won't learn how. One way to teach this skill is to give him a few choices every day. For example, suppose you offer him a choice between a ham sandwich or a bologna sandwich for lunch. He gets to pick what to eat, so he has learned that he has some control over his own life. At the same time, you have maintained some control as well by eliminating choices like Twinkies, candy, etc.


We all like to feel that we have control over our own lives, and children are no exception to this rule. By giving them choices (within limits), we teach them to make good choices for themselves, while maintaining some control over which choices are given.


When giving your son choices, remind him that there are consequences to each choice. For example, if you tell him to clean his room, make sure that he understands there is a positive consequence for cleaning his room, and a negative consequence for failing to do so. Then consistently follow through on these consequences, letting the child know that the consequence, whether good or bad, was a result of his choice.


When choosing consequences, follow the 80/20 rule: 80% of consequences should be rewards, and 20% should be punishments.  A reward doesn't have to be a big deal. It could be as simple as a pat on the back or praise for a job well done. If your child sees that you will consistently follow through on both the positive and negative consequences, he will eventually learn to make good choices for himself.

Charlton Hall, MMFT, LMFT is a Family Therapist in Saluda, NC. If you have a problem or a question, please email him at: or visit

Get Well Soon, Joe

Joe Adams

Joe Adams has had a small stroke and is rehabilitating. He loves writing his stories for Saluda Lifestyles and we wish him a speedy recovery. If you would like to express your well wishes, you may email him to


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Cut Your Own Christmas Tree

We are fortunate to live where Christmas Trees are grown and harvested so close to home.  These trees get shipped all over the country and a NC Frazier Fir will adorn the White House this year.  Here's a list of tree farms in the area where you can choose your tree, cut it down, and let them bag it for the ride home.

Buncombe County
Clyde Davis Tree Farm - 129 Ball Gap Road, Arden, NC, 28704. Phone: 828-684-0890.
Gentry's Christmas Trees - 1 Hominy Creek Road, Candler, NC 28715. Phone: (828) 667-1271. Email:
Hope Hollow Farms - Weaverville, NC, 28787. Phone: 828-645-4621.
Sandy Hollow Tree Farm - 63 Sandy Hollow Road, Leicester, NC, 28748. Phone: 828-683-3645 or 828-683-2964

Haywood County
Boyd Mountain Christmas Tree Farm-445 Boyd Farm Road, Waynesville, NC, 28785. Phone: 828-926-1575 or 828-506-3513
Wesley Creek Tree Farm - 124 Gibson Branch Road, Clyde, NC, 28721. Phone: 828- 627-8077.
Rutherford County Moore's Christmas Trees - 951 Oak Springs Road, Rutherfordton, NC, 28139. Phone: 828-287-2527.

Transylvania County
Cedar Mountain Tree Farm - 1350 Reasonover Rd, Cedar Mtn, NC 28718. Phone: 828-884-5954
Colonial Acres Nursery - 2601 Hannah Ford Road, Brevard, NC 28712. Phone: (828) 884-4330. Email:
Farley Nursery - PO Box 564, Brevard, NC, 28712. Phone: 828-884-2365 or 828-883-9828
High Valley Trout and Tree Farm - 615 Cathey's Creek Road, Brevard, NC, 28712. Phone: 828-883-3951.
McCall's Tree Farm - 110 McCall Cove Road, Lake Toxaway, NC 28747. Phone: (828) 877-3503. Phone: (828) 862- 4608
Nicholson Tree Farm - PO Box 38, Lake Toxaway, NC, 28747. Phone: 828-883-8570 or 828- 883-8570
Parker Tree Farm - 230 Lyons Mountain Road, Brevard, NC, 28712. Phone: 828-862-4427 or 828-884-4712
Raxter Tree Farm - 1980 Walnut Hollow Road, Brevard, NC, 28712. Phone: 828-862- 3600
Shoal Creek Tree Farms - 796 Shoal Creek Road, Balsam Grove, NC, 28708. Phone: 828-884- 6396.


Boone County

Sugar Plum Farm North of Spruce Pine -888-257-0019 or e-mail us at

More Area Tree Farms


Historic Saluda Committee
News to Date

The Historic Saluda Committee has met monthly since it was formed in May of this year, and we hope you will join us at our next meeting on Friday, December 10, at 2 p.m. upstairs in the Saluda Library. We are an advisory committee, we report to the Board of Commissioners, and all of our meetings are open to the public. Since we are an advisory committee, we seek the advice and support of the city commissioners before we move forward.


Many ideas have come from this committee, and we conducted two surveys: one for everyone online in Saluda Lifestyles, and one for just property owners so that we could compare the two. A report was presented to the Board of Commissioners in late October and is available at City Hall. We knew that our committee couldn't do all of the things on the survey, but we wanted to know how the community felt and to see what were the priorities of the citizens and property owners. Some of the answers on the survey will be turned over to the planning board, some to the city.


City Hall Restoration Update


The Historic Saluda Committee met with the Saluda Board of Commissioners on Thursday, October 28, to discuss the results of the survey, the restoration of city hall and many other items. The restoration of City Hall has been a priority of the Board of Commissioners for some time, and this also was near the top of the priorities in the survey.  John Horton/Architect presented a report on the Saluda City Hall Façade, which was last restored in 1986. The building has suffered from deferred maintenance, and water is leaking through the sheet metal into the interior of the building in many places. There may be hidden damage to the wood framing and the blocking which supports the sheet metal façade. Just to stabilize the building with today's cost is over $170,000, and the longer this is deferred the more costly it will be. The entire building needs restoring, and the City is looking at ways to fund just the façade and to determine what the entire restoration might cost. The Board of Commissioners is committed to restoring city hall and is working with the Local Government Council to see how this can be done.


Our business district is on the National Register of Historic Places, and City Hall is one of our most significant buildings. It is a landmark for Saluda, and it needs to be preserved. The Historic Saluda Committee is committed to working with the city to raise funds for restoration. We will have fundraisers, we will look for appropriate grants, and we will assist the city in any way possible to bring City Hall back to its former glory.


Oral History Project Update


According to the recent survey conducted by the Historic Saluda Committee, "collect & preserve oral histories of Saluda's senior citizens" was the number one (1) item of importance.


A request for funding was presented to the Saluda City Commissioners on October 28, 2010, in the amount of $2,500. This was approved at the Board of Commissioners regular meeting on November 8, 2010. These funds were earmarked as "seed money" to help get this project off the ground.


The Historic Saluda Committee is now asking that individuals and businesses make an investment in the rich oral histories of Saluda's senior citizens, including natives of Saluda, long-term "summer folk" or long-term part-time residents and visitors. The history of Saluda is rich and the culture of Saluda is diverse. With each passing of a senior citizen, a piece of Saluda's history goes with them.


andersonDuring the survey process a question was posed as follows:  In the future, we hope to film a video documentary capturing stories from a few of Saluda's lifelong or long-term citizens, which will include lifetime residents, visitors or "summer folks." If you could ask them one or two questions about their life in Saluda, what would you ask him/her?

Using the responses as reference, a series of questions have been compiled that will be used as a guide during the interviews. However, the interviewee will be allowed to take the interview in his or her own direction based on his or her own story. Thus far, the Oral History Committee has identified over 40 individuals to interview. John Rhodes and Martha Anderson participated in the first two interviews in November. Three more interviews are being set up for December 11.


As it stands now, this project will be broken out into multiple phases. The first phase will be to conduct a series of interviews, starting with eight (8). As funding allows, more interviews will be held. As a final product of this first phase, a DVD will be created using the video taped interviews. It is the committee's hope that the sale of the first DVD will help generate revenue for future DVD's and other oral history projects. Fundraisers will be held and local business and individuals are being asked to help sponsor the project. Grants will be written to such entities as the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Grant Fund and the Polk County Community Foundation.


As a long-term goal, it is hoped this project will result in a comprehensive website archiving the taped interviews and other historical information about Saluda's citizens, places, architecture, the railroad, music, etc. This website will also contain video film snippets of these oral history interviews, scenes and other areas of interest from Saluda.


Eljapa Media Group out of Asheville is working with the committee to use a multi-media mix of audio, photos, video and more to produce a DVD. Ellen Pfirrmann is co-founder and sole owner of Eljapa Media Group. She is a video producer, events manager, political campaign manager, and voiceover/narration artist. Kim Clark of Eljapa Media Group is an audio producer, radio programmer, and music writer. She currently hosts Kim Clark's Record Shack on WTZQ in Hendersonville, NC, produces the syndicated "Sixty-Second Parent" capsule radio program and writes a weekly musician profile. Martin Anderson of Saluda and Music Director & Morning Host WNCW-FM has agreed to narrate.


Members of the Historic Saluda Committee and volunteers will be at Macon Bank during the Saluda Hometown Christmas accepting donations. Gifts may be made in memory or in honor of someone special. Acknowledgement cards will be available. Businesses and Civic Groups will be given the opportunity to sponsor the DVD and receive acknowledgement in the film credits. Donations may be made to this project at anytime through the City of Saluda. Please indicate on your gift that it is for the oral history project. A special account has been set-up just for the oral history project. For more information please contact Cindy Tuttle. 


Lynn Cass, Chair, Historic Saluda Committee,

Cindy Stephenson Tuttle, Co-Chair, Historic Saluda Committee,

Youth Memories and a Town Named Saluda
 Christmas Thoughts

frankBy Frank Middleton, a Saluda native

Some business establishments and I disagree on the merchandising of one of our more important holidays. I don't like entering their display areas around Labor Day and hearing Jingle Bells being played throughout the store on the intercom, or seeing strings of sparkling tree lights hanging from a plastic imitation of a Colorado Blue Spruce. (In the past few years, I have observed major stores with Christmas displays in July.)  And what about all those all-year Christmas shops? They never close. I don't know about you, but I never seem to have the urge to enter one of those places in mid-summer and shop for tree ornaments.


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Placing Bets on a Small Town

clarkWhile trying to decide if purchasing Thompson's Store and Ward's Grill made any economic sense, I had several concerns. These two landmark businesses had gone dark in early 2010 for economic reasons and most residents were aware of the profound effect the closings had begun to have on Saluda, both economically as well as psychologically. It was obvious that a prolonged closing would accelerate the downward spiral in the community's long term business health and that corrective action to slow, and hopefully, reverse the decline needed to occur as quickly as possible. I also had to consider the odds of successfully re-establishing these local icons as viable business ventures while residing 500 miles away in another state. My greatest concern, however, centered around the substantial cost that would likely be required to restore this 98 year old structurally plagued facility to current building and life safety codes. Having spent the past four decades restoring dilapidated historic buildings in Pensacola, I try to anticipate the kinds of unpleasant surprises one might expect when actual renovation starts. 

Once the then current owners announced a desire to sell the property, Judy Ward and I formed a partnership and offered to purchase the property. In June of this year, the transfer of ownership back into family hands took place and a collective sigh of relief swept over the entire community. As an interesting side note, not only is Judy the widow of my cousin Charlie Ward, but as we later discovered, she and I are blood related on my mother's Pack side of the family.

During initial contact with a representative of the North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office, she expressed hope that the old storage building behind the store would be restored in a manner allowing it to also receive a listing on the National Registry of Historic Buildings. We agreed to follow their guidelines and are working within them. Subsequent discussions with neighboring property owners led to a plan for the creation of a beautifully landscaped pedestrian alleyway along the strip from Church Street to M. A. Pace's Store. Such development would allow for small art and craft shows, music venues, children's art displays, holiday and family celebrations and the display of permanent outdoor art while still maintaining the occasional vehicular access needed by area businesses. I am happy to say that support for such cleanup by the other property owners has been encouraging. 

Renovation progress in the store has been hampered by decades old moisture problems and wood rot which required replacement of the entire floor system, including sills and joists. Then before a new roof system could be installed, a large section of those joists and decking also had to be replaced. Ouch!!! I usually refer to those types of significant problems as the "oh, hell" factors in restoration. Now we are about to take the first steps toward back alley upgrades with a collection system for controlling storm water runoff and the burying of all electrical, phone and cabling equipment.

If Saluda is to survive these tough economic times we must look for new ways to make our town more appealing, especially since we are so heavily dependent on visitor spending to supplement local dollars. Other cities have long understood the economic benefit that comes from attractive and well maintained pedestrian alleyways. We now have an opportunity to clean up an otherwise ugly, unkempt area in the heart of our town and add it to the list of attractions for visitors to enjoy as they spread around some of their wealth.

Clark Thompson


Polk County Toy Run in Saluda
Hundreds of motorcycles descended upon Saluda on a cold, sunny day for the annual toy run.

toy run
toy run


We wish you all good health, lots of laughter, more time with family and friends, and a love-filled holiday season.

Click here to print the printed version of the December 2010 issue.

Remember, All past Saluda Lifestyles are archived on the Saluda Lifestyles website.

Happy Holidays!
Cathy Jackson,

Cathy Jackson Realty
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