Saluda Lifestyles - Monthly Ezine all about Saluda, NC
                                                            Where Time Stands Still
                                                                                January 1, 2011 
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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
City Notes
Saluda Community Land Trust
The Women's Club of Saluda
Yoga Schedule
Saluda Library
Saluda School
Saluda Church Services
Saluda Business Association
Saluda Trivia
Saluda Arts Festival
Supporting Saluda's Military
Autumn Care News
Saluda Classifieds
What's Happening in Music and Art
Tryon Arts
Saluda Faces
Thompson's Store Opens
Saluda Scoop
Art Clues
City Hall Drawing
Ask Chuck
Childhood Memories
Unveils Colorful Tales
Saluda Telephone Directory
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 December 31, 2010

Sales               Closed   Pending

Homes 2009         21           0
Land 2009            12           0
Homes 2010         25           2
Land 2010              8           0
Homes sales have increased compared to this time last year.  A positive indicator for real estate sales in Saluda. Data taken from Western NC multiple listing service.

A complete 2010 Saluda Real Estate Marketing Report will be available in the February issue of Saluda Lifestyles.
Time for a Policy Review

buyer's edgeWhat are some ways to save money on homeowner's insurance?  Comparing rates between companies may uncover a wide disparity in cost for the same type of coverage.  State insurance departments as well as the National Association of Insurance Commissioners ( are two good sources for information on typical rates charged by major insurers.  Other commercial websites also offer the opportunity to compare the price of similar policies.  Read more...

By Gibbon Pender, Owner of the Buyers Edge Home Inspections & Breathe Well Radon Mitigation Systems. Please contact at 828-243-3908 or email at gibbon@gibbonpender.comVisit website.

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, January 4 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. January 13 at 6pm, Single Women United  potluck dinner.

Saluda Women's Club
meeting on January 11 at 10am at Saluda Presbyterian Church.

Planning Board of the City of Saluda meets the second Thursday of each month at 7:00pm at Saluda Public Library meeting room.

Saluda Community Land Trust will meet January 19 at 3:00 at Saluda Presbyterian Church.  For information please call Betsy Burdett at 828-749-2161.

Pot Luck at Saluda Center January 27 at 6pm.

Saluda Center News and Events
New Senior Center
To download the regularly scheduled Saluda Center Calendar, please click here. 
      Save These Dates Now!
(All events and activities take place at the Saluda Center on Greenville Street.)

We would like to extend a Thank you to all those who attended the Saluda Center Christmas Gala and those who responded with donations. The Saluda Center is an important part of the community, so please continue your support to make it even better. Again, thanks to all!


An art exhibit by Saluda School students will be on display at the Center from Jan. 10-Feb. 04. A reception in their honor will be on Thurs. Jan. 20 from 6:30-7:30pm.


Book club mtg. on Mon. Jan. 03 at 2:00pm.


Free Line Dancing classes on Mondays at 12:30.


Single Women United potluck dinner will be on Thurs. Jan. 13 at 6:00pm.


Bring your favorite dish and join us for Pot Luck on Thursday, January 27 at 6pm.  Lynn Cass, co-chair of the Historical Saluda Committee will present an update on the work that this group is doing to preserve Saluda's history.


SAVE THE DATE!! Super bowl XLV party at the Saluda Center on Sun. Feb. 06. It is too early for a time to be determined at this time.


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.


January Art Exhibit at Saluda Center

The Saluda Center is delighted to present an Art Exhibit by students of the Saluda School from January 10-February 4 during regular Saluda Center hours. There will be a reception honoring these budding artists on Thursday, January 20 from 6:30-7:30PM at the Center, 64 Greenville Street in Saluda.

Please join us to celebrate the creativity of the children and enjoy the colorful works which grace the walls and brighten your spirits even on the gloomiest of winter days! Parents and their artists, family, friends, faculty and all area residents are invited and encouraged to attend this delightful event. For additional information, please contact Anne Jameson at 828-749-3101.

City Notes

Joe Adams

The Saluda Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing on Monday, January 10, 2011 at 6pm to consider proposed changes to the city's Zoning Ordinance.  Proposed amendments to the Zoning Ordinance will be on file at the office of the City Clerk Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm and are available by email upon request.

All interested individuals are invited to attend the public hearing and present their comments to the Board of Commissioners.

Please call Doris Marion at 828-749-2581 if you have questions or need special accommodations for the meeting.

Keep up to date with city news at City of Saluda's website.
Saluda Community Land Trust

The Saluda Community Land Trust is proud to announce the lease of the "Tryon Missing 40" to SCLT from Tryon Town Council. Trails are being made and should be open to the public in the spring. It is a beautiful walk and one which the whole family can enjoy.


Trails are also being made at the old Saluda dump, and kudzu is being cut from trees as well as trails on the "Little Lot" next to Saluda School.


By spring we hope to have the community out walking and enjoying all these wonderful trails that belong to all of us!


Don't forget, on a pretty day, get out and see what can be done with your very own kudzu problem. It's a great workout on a clear and sunny day and will do wonders for your ego. In the late spring, you'll see a few kudzu plants calling for your attention. Among the new growth are other plants that have been struggling under the blanket of kudzu, in search of sun and fresh air. These plants along, with the trees, are the source for inspiration. 


Kudzu Kollege starts up again in January. To learn more about this go to where you will find everything you want to know and then some. It is very educational and worth the trip.


Our next meeting to be held in Saluda will be on January 19 at 3pm in our office in the fellowship hall of the Presbyterian Church on Carolina Street.


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.

Women's Club Meeting
The Saluda Woman's Club will be meeting on January 11 at 10 a.m. at the Presbyterian Church to get organized for 2011.  Committee assignments and meeting activities will be determined and refreshments will be provided by the officers.  Members may want to look over your yearbook for 2010 and make some notes about the way you can best get involved in club activities.  Potential new members come and get started with us in 2011.

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

Cheaper than medical bills!
*Begin your new year with a promise to spend more time on body care and less time in medical care.
* $5.00 off your first yoga class and/or massage session.
* Come find out why more and more Saludians are feeling better and moving easier with less reoccurrence of pain.

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)


 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 New Year from Nectar!

Saluda Community Library

Paul Koenen

Children's Program
Bouncing Babies on Thursday mornings at 10:00 am.
Saluda Elementary School
  Joe Adams

       Information Update from

       Saluda Elementary School
January Calendar of Events

January 3        Students Return to School

January 7        Dress Down for Charity

January 14       End of the 3rd Six Weeks of  School

January 17-19  Teacher Workdays

January 20       Family Fun Night:5:30-6:30 Zumba with Sonya Monts, 6:30-7:30 Artists' Reception at Saluda Center

January 21       Report Cards

January 31       Box Tops Collection Day

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
The Saluda Business Association reprinted and distributed new Saluda Rack Cards.  The new brochures have been shipped to five interstate visitor's centers. 

Visitors in town can locate Saluda Business Association members on the new display maps updated on Main Street in December.

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.

SPECIAL NOTE:  In the new Saluda rack cards there are two businesses with incorrect phone numbers.  Please make these notes:  Arrington Properties' numbers are 828-749-3111 and 800-749-3114.  Evening Shade Pottery has a new number which is 828-749-3249.
Saluda Trivia

Did You Know...

That the first settler in Saluda was Burwell Pace, and Saluda was called Pace's Gap.

That the first passenger train came through Saluda July 4, 1878.

That present day Saluda Women's Club was once the Saluda Book Club, started in the early 1930's.

That the first Apple Festival in western NC was in Saluda in 1929.

Attention Artists!
More Than $1,500 Cash Awards

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

Supporting Saluda's Military

The Single Women United group of Saluda wishes to support our military men and women from the Saluda 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.  We thank each of them and continue prayers for each to come back home soon.

News from Autumn Care
Autumn care Honors 2010 Employee of the Year

Jessica Capps, RN has b een honored by Autumn Care of jessicaSaluda  as its 2010 Employee of the Year.  Capps, a Unit Supervisor in the facility's skilled nursing service, has been with Autumn Care since 2008.


"Jessica has really blossomed in the role of Unit Supervisor," noted Alethea Capps, RN, the facility's Director of Nursing.  "She sets high standards for her staff, based on her own desire to provide the best care possible for our residents."


Another reason for Capps selection was her involvement in one of the facility's most challenging projects in years.  "2010 brought Autumn Care into the 21st Century with the implementation of a new electronic health record system, said Glenn Pierce, Administrator.  "Jessica was a real champion for the project and quickly became the team leader for learning and then training employees on the system.  In addition, her personal interest in learning the system has allowed her to help the facility take advantage of the many new features in the system that enhances our everyday provision of care."


"If there is an activity going on, she is generally in the middle of it," Activity Director Joyce Coggins wrote in recommending Capps for the award.  "Her enthusiasm spreads throughout the staff, making activities a team project for all departments," Coggins added.


As the Saluda Employee of the Year winner, Capps will now be a candidate for the Autumn Corporation Employee of the Year Award.  Winners from the corporation's 23 facilities will gather in Rocky Mount in February for a two day celebration of their accomplishments.  During the final banquet, one employee will be selected as the Corporate Employee of the Year.


Autumn Care of Saluda is a leading provider of rehabilitation and skilled nursing services in the Carolina Foothills.  For more information contact the facility at 828-749-2261, or visit their website at

Seniors Insurance Help Available at Autumn Care

The Seniors' Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) answers questions and counsshiipels 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 Grade Pearls
Shucks Pearls Hometown Limited Edition Series
Select image to view larger.

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.


Saluda Lifestyles extends its sympathies to the family and friends who have lost loved ones. Please click on the names to see her or his obituary.

Anne Kostiw Lafkoff, 90, of Saluda, died Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2010. 

James D. McKee, 68, passed away peacefully at his home in Saluda on Tuesday morning, Dec. 14, 2010.
Saluda's White Christmas

snowA peaceful snow blanketed Saluda Christmas morning, creating a storybook white Christmas for all Saludians.


church st apt
View from Church St. apartment by M.Anderson

Snow totals were from 6 to 9 inches depending on your location.  Saludians enjoyed a powdery snow great for sledding, building snowmen, and throwing snow balls. 


downtown snow
4 Days After Snow by C.Jackson

Christmas Day Cardinals by B.Pickard

Look for two new featured columns in Saluda Lifestyles:  "Saluda Trivia" and "Saluda Faces."
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.

The Purple Onion will be closed January 1 through the 13.

January Music Schedule

January 15 ­The StereoFidelics

January 20 ­ Tom Fisch

January 22 ­ Deep River

January 27 ­ Garry Segal

January 29 ­ Aaron Burdett

 megan ward 

January and February Music Scheduled

January 8th      96.5 House Band
January 15       Sound Factory
January 22       Southern Pointe
January 29       Crimson Rose
February 5       Tuxedo Junction
February 12      Southern Pointe
February 19      Sound Factory
February 26      Crimson Rose

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


The Saluda Inn and Wine Cellar wish you all a happy and healthy 2011.


We would like to thank all of you who came out to celebrate with us during the Hometown Christmas Stroll.  The Wine Cellar's holiday season continued with many private parties, and then on the eve before Christmas, we enjoyed an enclave of musicians who have played during the past year who joined us to celebrate the season, including a group of carolers from Saluda.  The Saluda Inn was host to a house full of family and friends from all over the country, Germany and Cambodia.  On December 26, it was sad to turn the heat down and lights off to such a quiet house just hours after the rooms were so full of life.  Another year is wrapping up, and we have been so lucky to share it with such wonderful people.


January at The Wine Cellar

Jan 6, Thu  7:00  Movie Night - Featuring an oldie but goodie!  Enjoy a movie, a glass of wine and some popcorn while snuggled next to one of our three fireplaces.  

Jan 7Fri   8:00  Brian McGee - Singer and Songwriter

Jan 13, Thu 7:00  Jhon Akers - Spanish Wine, Music and Poetry

Jan 20, Thu 7:00  Wine Drinkers with a Reading Problem - first meeting.  January Book Selection:

The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver.  Get Started soon; it's 507 pages!  The last half of the book has a big Asheville connection.  It is set in the 1930's through the end of WWII.  Barbara Kingsolver has also written Poisonwood Bible, Prodigal Summer and Animal Dreams. 

February 17, Book Selection:

Choose from one of three books, all memoirs.

52 Loaves, One Man's Relentless Pursuit of Truth, Meaning and a Perfect Crust (334 pages, including a recipe) by William Alexander.  

Yarn: Remembering the Way Home (214 pages) by Kyoko Mori.

Still Life with Chickens: Starting Over in a House by the Sea (179 pages) by Catherine Goldhammer

Thank you to Saluda bookworm, Ali Heston, for putting together the reading list.

Jan 27, Thu 7:00  Knit, Pearl & Sip - Bring your yarn, needles and unfinished project and I'll supply the fireplaces and wine!  Non-knitters are welcome!

Jan 29,  Sat 8:00   Kyle Sorenson - Singer/Songwriter and music trivia.


Check our website for our scheduled music events.  Open Thursday-Saturday from 7PM.  Please consult our website or call 828-749-9698 for snow closures. 



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

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

New classes start January 3 at Tryon Arts & Crafts.  We have something for everyone!  Check our website,, for the latest information about classes and our upcoming workshops.  We will be having a Volunteer Rally and Appreciation Day on Saturday, January 29.  Check back soon for more details.


We had a fabulous year.  Thank you to everyone for their support throughout 2010.  We are planning what is sure to be a fantastic 2011!  We look forward to seeing you at future events as you join us for all kinds of creative opportunities!


Tryon Arts and Crafts is a non-profit organization whose mission is 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.  Please stop by the school anytime we're open to see our gallery, gift shop and to tour our seven professionally equipped studios. The Gallery at Tryon Arts and Crafts hosts a variety of exhibits each year.  Shows in a wide range of styles and media are typically from regional artists .  Our Heritage Gallery offers guests the opportunity to view historical arts and crafts artifacts on loan from the community.  The gift shop adjoins the gallery and contains unique items hand crafted by local artisans.  Our normal business hours are 9am to 4pm, Monday thru Friday, and 10am to 1pm, Saturday.
A listing of our classes, workshops, gallery exhibits and other events can be found on our website For more information about our organization, please visit our web site, call our office 828.859.8323 or simply stop by! 

Saluda Faces
doris marion

Saluda Faces recognizes Saluda citizens who you may see often and wonder who they are, what they do, and why they live in Saluda.


Meet Doris Marion

I discovered Saluda in the late 1970's while taking a detour and thought what a great place this would be to live.  I moved here in 1982 from Mt. Pleasant, SC and have raised my son, Paul, here.  Now he is grown with a family of his own and lives in Flat Rock.  Paul's wife, Ashley, teaches kindergarten at Saluda School, and granddaughter, Katelyn, is three years old.  Paul and Ashley would love to move back to Saluda and raise their children here, too!
December of 1987, Mayor Pace called and asked me if I would keep the office open until they found someone.  After doing that for several weeks, I applied for the position and was hired as City Clerk/Tax Collector on January 4, 1988.
I have had the pleasure of working for five mayors since then.  I have seen Saluda go from buildings on Main Street being boarded up to thriving again. In fact, so much so, that it is hard to find a parking place when I return from lunch each day.
As City Clerk, I am the keeper of the records. I attend the Board of Commissioners' meetings, taking minutes which become the history of our city, record ordinances and resolutions and perform all the duties of the Clerk.  In a small town, these duties can be almost everything that walks through the door.  I am so thankful for the help of Monica Pace who joined the office several years ago.  We may not always have the answers for people, but we can try to help them find the answer.   I am also Tax Collector for the city. Meeting and getting to know the citizens of Saluda, old and new, is one of the highlights of my job.
My hobbies are gardening, reading, listening to bluegrass music for recreation, and spending time with family (granddaughter, Katelyn) and friends.
Having lived here for 29 years, I consider Saluda my home and would not want to live anywhere else.  I consider it a privilege to have known so many of the people who are no longer with us that have made Saluda what it is today.

Historic Thompson's Store Re-Opens

thompsonsThe floors are sturdier and shiny, and new wooden easy-to-reach shelves have been installed. A new counter centers the front, a new beer and wine cooler has been added, and nostalgic pictures of the Ward family adorn the freshly painted walls.  What we have all been waiting for is finally happening in January.  Historic Thompson's Store will open, bringing the convenience of grocery shopping back to Main Street.  Judy Ward and Clark Thompson are thrilled about bringing life back to Saluda's historical general thompsonsstore.  Historic Thompson's will stock your favorite staples, snacks, jams and jellies, fresh produce, specialty entrees, and wine and beer.  The meat market has been expanded and they will carry steaks, hamburger, Charlie's Homemade Sausage, and other favorite cuts of meat.  Jeff Southworth,  Market Manager will be happy to cut your steaks and other items to order.   Opening date depends on when they get their final inspection permit.

News from Ward's Grill...

Ward's Grill was featured in this month's Our State Magazine as a featured breakfast place in NC.  Read the article here.

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

After a busy holiday season, many shops and businesses will keep winter hours in January and February.


Heartwood celebrates 26 years selling 100% American craft and will take $26  off all purchases over $100 in the month of January.

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



curtis wrightCurtis Wright Outfitters will be holding its annual Tick Tock Sale through the first half of January; so be on the lookout for great deals store wide!  Also, if you want to sign up for a full day float trip any time between now and March 1st, we are offering a $50 discount off the price of the trip.  For more information, please call 828-749-3444 or visit their website.


green riverGreen River Hair Studio

Robert J Hernandez, Owner/Stylist of Green River Hair Studio, is celebrating his second anniversary of doing business in Saluda. He specializes in hair color, foil and haircut design. Come join his clientele! Winter hours are by appointment only. For an appointment, please call 828-749-3744.

wildflourWildflour Bake Shop  
Daily lunch specials: Home-made soups, sandwiches on fresh baked breads, from-scratch pastries and much more.

Thursday - Bean Bowl

Friday - Pizza

Saturday - Chicken Pot Pie

Sunday - Brunch special

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).

The Oaks Bed and Breakfastchestnuts

By Dale Potruski


And so a New Year is upon us...  Saluda's spirit grows even richer around the holidays.  The chipmunks are all bulked up and move more slowly as they work to hoard their last few sunflower seeds before the first snow falls.  Town folk are not in such a hurry and welcome the opportunity to grab a coffee and chat with friends. 


You can always count on The Oaks Bed and Breakfast to be decorated to the max -- because that's the way that Donna likes it.  Fresh cut Carolina firs sparkle with ornaments, ribbon and lights.  The Library tree is the tallest and smells so wonderful you'd wish it could stay year round.  Grab a book, sip a steaming mug of hot chocolate (with those tiny marshmallows you liked when you were a kid), and enjoy a relaxing fire.  For those looking for a little excitement, there's a jig-saw puzzle in The Parlor.  Step outside through the double French doors where, on a clear night, the stars compete with the lights on The Parlor Room tree.  Another fireplace invites you back to warm your feet.   


Despite every foot of garland and every candle's glow, the locals seem to love the small tree that shines like a beacon from the third-floor turret best!  I once told a small child that it was the guiding light that brought Santa safely to Saluda.


Retire to your chambers where thick comforters and cable TV await. In the morning, you'll be treated to The Oaks Baked Apple French Toast, Dale's Hash Brown Quiche, or a Wild Berry Strata with locally prepared pork sausage or apple wood cured bacon. Comfort food was never more comfortable!


Donna and I are blessed to be celebrating our fourth Christmas here at The Oaks Bed and Breakfast. Please join us to celebrate one of the most beautiful seasons of the year or treat someone special with a Gift Certificate from The Oaks Bed and Breakfast.  Call 828.749.2000.

Fresh Cut Flowers

Don't forget that Valentine's Day is right around the corner and a great all-time romantic gift is flowers.  You can order custom-designed,  fresh cut flowers now from Amy Beeson at Biddie's Antiques. Giver her a call at 828-749-9254.


bike49Leaving the Gardner's Cottage after doing some last minute Christmas shopping, I met a group of young people bundling up and  getting ready to get back on their saddle bag laden bicycles. Noticing an Alaska license tag on one of the bikes, I jokingly asked them if they rode all the way from Alaska?  I did not expect to hear about a fascinating journey they are making to bicycle through 49 states, and yes, they had been to Alaska.  They were passing through and had made a pit stop at Keith's Triathlon Shop.  While there, one of Keith's customers had offered to provide them with lodging that night; so they were on their way down the Saluda Grade for the first time.


I visited their website at to find out more about their journey and their mission to pedal toward a sustainable future. The young group's goal is to create a mobile community, promoting healthy lifestyles for a healthy planet, as well as showcasing the practicality and fun of bicycle travel. They visit schools, chart their progress online, and chronicle people they meet. On their 14 month, 15,000 mile tour, they hope to inspire change, empower those seeking solutions, teach, learn, and have lots of fun.


I told them if we had known they were coming, we would have given them a Saluda welcome.


You can track their progress online.


Wouldn't Robert Pace have loved to meet them, and wouldn't he have told them some stories!


By Cathy Jackson

Art Clues
Ideas for Creating and Appreciating Art

What Happens at Home Before the

Music Goes Public

Bevie and Stan Walker have been married for 45 years.  She has worked as a professional musician most of that time and says that Stan has always been the "wind beneath her wings," encouraging her by saying "You can do it."  She graduated from Saluda High School in 1967, where she enjoyed singing in the chorus.  After she and Stan married and returned from living 3 years in West Germany, she sang with friends while at Furman.


In 1980 Stan helped her get together her first group of musicians.  He built speakers, monitors, lights, or whatever Bevie needed.  He has now updated her music equipment, which he maintains.bev walker


The band of the 1980s, "Bevie and Bogart," performed in the Carolinas for almost 20 years.  Bevie won two song writing awards, performed at the 1982 World's Fair, and the band performed the WSPA TV jingle that was used periodically on channel 7.  She says her best wedding gig was performed for Buzz Peterson, and Michael Jordan was the best man!


During the 80's, she was invited to Memphis to discuss producing her gospel album for national distribution.  She declined because she did not want to pursue gospel music for money.


During the late 90's, she sold her band because her aging parents needed her help. Recently, music has returned.  She has been working with long time friend, Rick Gundersen, in a duo known as "Time Machine."  This summer they worked weekly at Etowah Valley Country Club and have collaborated on music hopefully to be used for a movie to be released next year.

bev walker

Stan is very supportive of the "Time Machine."  He assists in recording sessions to make the collaborations easier.  Once again he has been the "lift in my wings" says Bevie.  Stan told me he enjoyed her music very much. "Sometimes I'm watching TV in one room, and Bevie is playing and singing in the music room.  I turn off the TV and just lean back and enjoy what I hear."


Her project now is to record "The Gift", a song she has  written in honor of her mother and their love of doing the "Samaritan Purse" gift boxes each year for Christmas.


Performing in public is great.  Home comes first.


February Art Clues will be:

"Pottery Lottery"

Featuring David Parris and his pottery

and a chance to win some.

Beverly Bowden Pickard


Pencil Drawing of City Hall
city hall Visiting my artist friend, Beverly Pickard I learned of an early drawing of city hall she had done in the 70's that she had recently found.  If you are interested in purchasing the print, they are $25 and you can order one by emailing Beverly at
Ask Chuck

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

Q: I know I'm supposed to be happy during the holidays, but Christmas is a very depressing time for me. How can I beat the holiday blues?


A:  It's been said that Christmas is the one time of the year where we get together with our relatives to remember why we don't see them more than one time per year!  But seriously, I noticed that you said 'I'm supposed to be happy during the holidays.' According to whom?


Due to the commercialization of the holiday, we often set impossible standards for ourselves. We have to buy the 'right' gift, decorate in the 'right' way, cook the 'right' meal, etc. based on an ideal created in Hollywood. Not only that, but we're expected to get along with family members who may just drive us crazy!  No wonder Christmas is the peak time for suicide attempts!

How do we escape this cycle? By ignoring the expectations of the Hollywood myth makers and focusing on what Christmas means to you. Ask yourself the true meaning of Christmas. Now examine your activities this holiday season. How many of those activities reflect your own interpretation of the true meaning of Christmas? If you bring your own lifestyle into closer alignment with what Christmas means to you, then you may just shake off the Christmas blues.


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

Loss of Historian Prompts Childhood Memories

clarkIn 1945, my parents purchased our first home next door to the Saluda cemetery. Some of my fondest childhood memories over the next several years involved playing cowboys and Indians with friends in that straw grass covered terrain. During the late summer and fall, the uncut grass provided ideal cover for ambushing an opposing force. However, successful attacks on enemy positions required great stealth and patience as we slowly inched toward the other force. With bellies hugging the earth, each movement of grass stalks made surprise attacks extremely difficult. Breezy days were much more enjoyable due to reduced risk of exposure.


Rules of engagement were basic. Even though we called it cowboys and Indians, both sides carried cap buster pistols or the more cumbersome bb air rifle. I never recall a bow being pulled or an arrow being fired during battle. The teams took turns with one side remaining in fixed position while the other side played the role of the attacking force.


The actual noises of engagement consisted of loud pronouncements of "pow, pow, pow", followed immediately by "you're dead," and then the often "no I'm not, you missed....pow, pow, your dead" response. Inevitable arguments followed with neither side willing to admit to such poor marksmanship even at fairly close range.


Another reason the cemetery made for such a great battlefield was that only one gravesite existed at that time, so no other grave markers offered interference to our wide ranging war games. Mr. M. A. Pace was the first to be interred in 1945, and as I recall, his was the only gravesite for several years.


I was reminded of those games by the passing this fall of Robert Hugh Pace, the son of M. A. Pace. I suspect that only in Saluda could one find a business operated by a father-son team for 111 years, from 1899 until 2010. Granted, Robert's two sisters, Eunice and Euva, also were active in the business for many years as well.


Being reminded of my own childhood games, acted out in the cemetery so long ago also brought home the startling realization that this final resting place is inexorably filling up with townsfolk whose headstones reflect ages well into the 80's and 90's. To me, they convey something about the tough and hardy breed of individuals who found longevity in a warm and loving community we call Saluda.


Must be in the air.


By Clark Thompson

Oral History Project Unveils Colorful Tales

Duels, Davy Crockett, Fiddle Playing Train Chasers and Generals


General Edward P. King & Brigadier General and Mrs. Vincent Meyer - Kim Meyer Ford wrote to say that her sister, Betsy Anderson, and she were "summer folk" and spent summers growing up in Saluda in the 1950's and 60's.  They lived at the King house on the top of the hill to the left of the old ESSO station. The house burned down in the 1980's. Mary King, sister of General Edward P. King, inherited the house from her brother. Kim and Betsy's grandparents, Brig. General and Mrs. Vincent Meyer, were good friends with the Kings and came every summer to help her keep up the house. General King was the commanding General on Bataan during WWII and had to make the awful decision to surrender his troops. General King is buried at St. John in the Wilderness, Flat Rock. Kim and Betsy have lots of stories about their summers in Saluda and about the Generals.


Davy Crockett - During Martha Anderson's interview, she told a fascinating story about her grandfather being killed in a duel. This piqued the interest of Kim Clark and Ellen Pfirrmann* who are with the film crew. They completed a similar oral history project in McDowell County and learned there was a designated "dueling ground" at Saluda Gap just across the border in SC, and folks often came to Saluda to await results of these duels. From their McDowell County, work they found that Samuel Price Carson shot and killed David Vance in a duel at Saluda Gap early in 1827, with Davy Crockett as a witness. History says that Crockett spent the night in the Saluda area, later returning to McDowell County with the results. This information has been verified by Anne Swann, historian of McDowell County and is referenced in the book, "A Long, Long Day for November," by Moffitt Sinclair Henderson. We plan to ask around to see if some of the old timers have heard such a tale. 


trottin sally"Trottin Sally" - Kim Clark also learned that, shortly after the turn of the last century, there was a very eccentric and well-known black fiddler from Spartanburg, SC named George Mullins, or better known as "Trottin' Sally". Click here for more information. Not only was he a fiddler, but he loved to chase trains. John Fowler, a folklorist that Kim knows, is writing a book about him and he said Trottin' Sally" was rumored to have spent some time playing on the streets of Saluda. John says that if we talk to someone whose parents or grandparents remember seeing "Trottin' Sally" in Saluda, it would be quite a big deal in the old-time music world. "Trottin Sally" died in 1931 at the age of seventy-six. We plan to ask around to see if anyone has heard tales of this fellow.


*Kim Clark and Ellen Pfirrmann with Eljapa Media Group are proving to be two great people to work with. They are going above and beyond what is required to make this project a meaningful and lasting testament to the history of Saluda and its people. As we have mentioned before, Kim and Ellen have done a similar project in McDowell County. Click here to a link to McDowell's website that Kim and Ellen created. In addition to the DVD series, we hope to have a similar website for Saluda.


If you have more information about these stories or have other interesting stories you want us to explore, please email me at Don't forget to donate!



Donate in Celebration of Saluda's 130th Birthday!


The oral history project could not have come to fruition at a more perfect time since Saluda will celebrate its 130th birthday in February 2011. Since that time and even before, lots of interesting things have happened in and around Saluda. As we continue our work with the oral history project, I am amazed at the abundance of fascinating stories that we are hearing. It's my nature to want to capture them all right this second, here and now. But in order to do this project the right way, we must give each interviewee his/her "place in the sun." It is our objective to collect the stories of those still living and intertwine them with stories of days gone by. Our list of those to interview keeps getting longer and longer. In order to capture all these great stories, we need your help. Please consider donating to this project. By doing so, you are making a personal investment in the history of Saluda. The more donations we receive, the more information we can collect, and the more interviews we can do.


All donations are tax deductible and any amount given will be appreciated. Gifts may be made in memory of, or in honor of, someone special. You can even donate in honor of Saluda's 130th anniversary! For a donation of $100 or more, names may be included in the film credits. Acknowledgement cards are also available. Please click here for a donation form.


Businesses will be given the opportunity to sponsor the DVD and receive acknowledgement in the film credits for a sponsorship of $250 or more. This is great advertising! Please click here for a business sponsorship form.


For a complete project description, click here.


Make checks payable to:

City of Saluda

c/o Oral History Project

PO Box 248

Saluda, NC 28773

All donations are tax deductible


Submitted by:

Cindy Stephenson Tuttle

Co-Chair, Historic Saluda Committee

Chair, Oral History Committee

Youth Memories and a Town Named Saluda
 Saluda Telephone Directory

frankBy Frank Middleton, a Saluda native

Yesterday, I finally got around to reading the latest Saluda Signal. In the "for sale and wanted section," I came across a want ad that caught my eye. Some gentlemen placed one concerning old "Saluda 1960 Telephone Directories."


I have some "good" news and some "bad" news for him. The good news first--I know of one still in existence, dated July 1961. The bad news is that the individual, who at this time, has it in his possession, won't part with it for love or money.


telephone directoryIt is a small, thin, stapled booklet, eight and one-half by five and one-half inches. The covers are made of slick, thick, craft-type paper and light orange in color.


Between these bright covers are eleven pages of single-printed heavy white paper. These contain the numbers of all the business and residential subscribers on July 1, 1961.


The first page is devoted to the Saluda Volunteer Fire Department. The number to call in an emergency was 849-3666. IMPORTANT! Do not hang up phone until this number is answered.  State penalties are outlined for any misuse of the system.


A notice at the bottom of the page for residents living outside the city limits states that they "may be eligible for fire service, if they have a proper Fire Department Service Clause attached to their fire insurance policy."


Page number two was the information and warning section.  The information part gave you all the numbers you needed to contact: Long Distance, Operator Assistance, Information and Repair Service.  It was easy to remember these numbers. For any and all of these services, you only had to dial one digit. A big "0"!


To get in contact with the Saluda Mountain Telephone Company Business Office required a little more dialing--849-3601.


The middle paragraph of this page was information and instructions on the use of a party line. Party lines (more than one resident using the same telephone line) were common in those days. Private lines existed, but not too many of the Saluda rural residents were privileged to have one. Contacting someone on the same phone line as yours was somewhat complicated. It required more dialing action and thought than the "0" for Operator Assistance.


The last paragraph was a warning against the improper use of the "Party Line." In case of an emergency the line must be relinquished immediately. Not to do so was a misdemeanor under the law. Such law also provided that falsely claiming an emergency to acquire a line was also a crime.


The phone subscribers' numbers began on page three. They were listed alphabetically, resident and business together. There were no yellow pages or Hendersonville Directory.  All calls out of the Saluda area were long distance.


From page three to page eleven are 279 telephone numbers all beginning with the prefix "849."  Missing from the directory was "Q, U, V and Z."  No Q, U, V or Z's lived or worked in Saluda during that year. The highest number of phones listed was under "P" (35). The lowest under "I" and "Y," one each. The listings were phone numbers only, no addresses. (Today, December 1997, there are over 1400 subscribers and a Q, U, V, and Z addition!)


Looking down these numbers, I found many missing from today's Saluda directory. Some of us will remember fondly a few of these businesses and places:  A.G. Food Market, Blue Ridge Writers Colony, Saluda Water Treatment Plant (Saluda's water source and treatment those days.), L.L. Clippard Insurance, Duke Power Company, Fairview House (Saluda's early version of a bed and breakfast), Glynnwood Grocery, Melrose Park,  Morselands Incorporated, Mountain Manor Gulf Service Station, Pace's Hardware, Ruth's Café, Saluda Café, Saluda 66 Service Sky-Vue Lodge, Southern Railway Clerks Home, Southern Railway Company, Stephenson Esso Service, M.A. Pace's Garage & Service Station. ("My Old Home" Saluda Drug & Sundries was closed by the time this booklet came out).


All of these and many one time residents are gone now.  But, as long as this old time telephone directory exists, and some of us still remember, they will never be forgotten!        

Saluda Lifestyles thanks all of its subscribers for your support and contributions in 2010.  We will celebrate five years of publication in 2011 and look forward to serving you by bringing information about the happenings and events in Saluda in 2011!

The February issue of Saluda Lifestyles will feature Saluda's 130th birthday.  On February 1, 1881 Pace's Gap was chartered into the town of Saluda. If you have any stories you would like to submit, please email them by clicking on this link

Happy New Year!
Cathy Jackson,

Cathy Jackson Realty
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