Saluda Lifestyles - Monthly Ezine all about Saluda, NC
                                                            Where Time Stands Still
                                                                                      March 1, 2011 
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In This Issue (click on a topic to move to it quickly.)
Keep Saluda History Alive!
Dates to Remember
Saluda Center News
Art at Saluda Center
Saluda Trivia
City Notes
Saluda Community Land Trust
Robinson Saluda Community Garden
Saluda Garden Club
The Women's Club of Saluda
Single Women United
Yoga Schedule
Saluda Library
Saluda School
Saluda Church Services
Saluda Business Association
Saluda Arts Festival
Art to the Rescue
Hospice Training Offered
Autumn Care News
Post Office Hours
Saluda Tree Preservation
Saluda Classifieds
130th March Events
Help Keep the Celebration on Track
What's Happening in Music and Art
Tryon Arts
Saluda Faces
NC Big Sweep
Saluda Scoop
Art Clues
Ask Chuck
Feathered Friends
Ozone Drive Interchange
Historic Tour of Homes
A Town Named Saluda
Second Worst Childhood Chore
130th Anniversary Events
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 

New Listings!



Mountain Log Cabin, Rocking Chair Porch Overlooking Awesome View

1 large master bedroom and bath, artist's studio, great room, 1000 SF, 3.38 ac. MLS#481780  $215,000



Saluda City Home with Large Front Porch 3 BR, 3 BA, 2185 SF, Finished Basement, 2-Car Garage

MLS#481471  $325,000



Park-like Setting in Flat Rock

Enjoy stream while sitting on wrap-around porch.

3 BR, 3BA, 2595 SF, finished basement with single garage, 2.86 ac

MLS#473780  $348,500



Immaculate Log Cabin Near Town

with easy I-26 access, 3 BR, 2.5 BA, 1400 SF, master on main, open living space, 1.14 ac   MLS#481925  $225,000 



A Quick Saluda Market Update as of February 28, 2011

Sales               Closed   Pending


Homes 2011         3           7
Homes 2010         1           0
Land 2011            1           2
Land 2010            0           0

Homes and land 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. 


Click here to read the 2010 Saluda Real Estate Market Report.

Keep Saluda History Alive!

There are a few Saludians who are giving their time and energy capturing the oral histories of Saluda icons and producing a DVD for posterity.  The first stage of this project includes interviewing eight historians and producing their stories.  These stories will not be lost when these folks pass on.


Through these stories you will be able to show your children and grandchildren what makes Saluda so special to you.  Wouldn't we all want to see and hear the stories from Ed Leland, Lola Ward, Eunice and Boo Pace, Robert Pace, Charlie Ward, Susan McCutcheon, and many more that have passed in the last decade, and taken their stories with them?


To keep the first phase of this project moving forward we need to raise an additional $2,600.  If 100 people gave $26, we could meet this goal.  If you give more, then we can meet this goal and start planning for the next 10 interviews.  There is a sense of urgency because many of these folks are 80+.


Curious? Click here to see a preview!

Saluda Trailer
Saluda Trailer

 We need you to save the past for future generations!   


Download donation form here.  


Make checks payable to:

City of Saluda

c/o Oral History Project

PO Box 248

Saluda, NC 28773

All donations are tax deductible


The Oral History Committee

A few dedicated citizens.  

Dates to Remember
Pancake Supper hosted by the Men's Club at the Parish Hall of the Church of the Transfiguration on March 8, 2011 from 5pm to 7pm.

Town Council
meets second Monday of the month at 7:00pm in the meeting room above the Saluda Library.

Saluda Business Association
meets Tuesday, March 1 at 5:30pm at the Saluda Library.

Saluda Arts Festival meeting is March 15 at 5:30 at the Saluda Library.

Thursday, March 10 at 6pm, Single Women United meeting and potluck dinner.

Saluda Women's Club
meeting on March 8 at 10am at Saluda Presbyterian Church

Saluda Garden Club meets the third Monday of the month at 10am at the Saluda Library.

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

Saluda Community Land Trust will meet at Saluda Library March 7 at 9am to work on the Adopt-a-Highway program.  For information please call Betsy Burdett at 828-749-2161.

Community Pot Luck with songwriter, Tom Fisch, at Saluda Center March 17 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.)

NOTICE!! The Saluda Center Home-Delivery Meals Program needs your help. We need a permanent driver on Thursdays each week and also more substitute drivers. Being a volunteer driver would require 1-1 1/2 hours of your time. Please call Donna at 828-749-9245 if you can help. Thank you!


The Saluda Center is delighted to present, for the March exhibit, the photography of Arthur Pearsall. Please join us on Fri., Mar. 11 from 5pm-6:30pm at the Center for a reception honoring Dr. Pearsall.


While his profession for many years has been cosmetic dentistry, Pearsall is truly passionate about photography. This passion began over 40 years ago while printing black and white photographs for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He now owns a fully digital studio where he works with black and white photography which he considers "a bit edgy." His current project, "Beard Proud Men," is a collection of fine art photographs of bearded men from all walks of life in the North Carolina mountains. This collection of his photographs will be exhibited at the Saluda Center, 64 Greenville St. from March 5-April 1 during regular weekday hours. For more information, call Anne Jameson at 828-749-3101.


Free line dancing class every Monday at 12:30.


Book club meets on Monday, March 7 at 2:00pm.


Single Women United potluck dinner will be on Thursday, March 10 at 6:00pm.


Community potluck on Thursday, March 17 at 6:00pm. Tom Fisch will be the entertainment. Bring your favorite dish and enjoy the evening.


Bridge every Tuesday from 10am-2pm.


Movie matinee on Wednesday, March 16 at 1:00pm. "Inspector General" will be the feature film. All are welcome to attend.


Notice! Are you a Medicare beneficiary in need of assistance? Donna Carson, Polk County Coordinator for SHIIP (Seniors' Health Insurance Information Program) is available to assist you by appointment. Please call Donna at 828-749-9245, if you need assistance. This is a FREE service.


Notice! A Thrifty Barns' basement is looking for household donation items.

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. Please call 749-3320 for more information.


Art Exhibit at Saluda Center
The Saluda Center continues the recent tradition of winter exhibits by our talented young people with a sampling of work by Polk County Art Students. The exhibit can be enjoyed from February 12-March 4th at the Center, 64 Greenville Street in Saluda during regular center hours. All are invited to come by to see pieces by students from Art 1 to Advanced Art levels in grades 9-12. Let's continue to support our student artists and the creative spirit!  


For additional information, please contact Anne Jameson at 828-749-3101.

Saluda Trivia

Did You Know...

That the first medical doctor to practice in Saluda was Dr. E. B. Goelet who came shortly after the rail road.


That in 1914 Dr. Lesesne Smith from Spartanburg started the Spartanburg Baby Hospital in Saluda.


That Madame Phoebia Cheek Sullivan came to Saluda in the 1920's with her 16 children and became renowned as a faith healer.


Want the rest of the story?  "100 Years Saluda" by Charlene Pace and Anne Osborne can be purchased at Thompson's Store. 

City Notes

Joe Adams

The City of Saluda wants to remind Saludians that Saluda is under the Polk County Animal Control Ordinance adopted in 2007.  Polk County has advised the city that they are starting to enforce the ordinance.  This ordinance specifies that any animal not on a leash or under the owner's control will be subject to be picked up by animal control and that the owner will be fined $50 to get the animal returned.  A copy of the ordinance is available at City Hall for your review.


Saluda is known as being a "dog-friendly" town and even has a festival recognizing Coon Dogs!   Please be considerate of your neighbors and visitors and clean up after your pet on all Saluda streets, parks, and green spaces.  The city has provided "doggy bags" to pick up waste on sidewalks and downtown.  Saludians and visitors love strolling down Saluda sidewalks all over town, so please be courteous and clean up so commissioners do not have to establish an ordinance.

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

WE are ready for spring! Are you? A lot of outdoor activities are in the making, and we are ready to get outside.


Please mark your calendar for March 7 if you would like to help with the Adopt-A-Highway program. We plan to meet at the Saluda Library at 9am, vesting up, gathering equipment and getting the trash off the road. There are two places on Hwy 176 that we cover, east and west of Ozone drive. It's a lot of fun and a great way to spend time doing something that is a reflection on the whole community.


The Community Garden is gearing up. For more information, contact Marilyn Prudhomme at 828-749-9172.


About Kudzu...what is a "crown"?  


A knob of tissue on top of the roots that sprouts vines. Severing the crown from the roots kills the plant, and the roots die. Roots do not sprout vines.


We plan on getting back out and working on kudzu starting in March. If we can help answer any questions about your own kudzu problem, please feel free to call us. While the weather is good...get out there and cut any dead kudzu vines around the bottom of your tree. If you can keep control over what climbs up the tree, you are ahead of the battle. It will only grow up 3 1/2 feet until it needs to find support to climb. Reach as high as you can and cut. You don't have to pull it out of the tree.


As always, don't forget that Kudzu Kollege meets the last Saturday of each month. You simply must go just to learn what to do and how it really can be done. If you need someone to ride with our office. For more information on Kudzu Kollege, be sure to check out


We always need volunteers, even if you only have a few hours to spare. Work is rewarding and being with your friends and neighbors outside is what it's all about!


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.

Robinson Saluda Community Garden

Robinson GardenLast year in the garden was wonderful, the best ever! This is the fourth year, and many of the kinks are worked out. Come join us in the planting and harvesting of food and fun.


The first two general meetings to sign your contract will be the second Tuesday of the upcoming months, March 8 and April 12. Each plot cost $30.00 for the season and a commitment of four hours of work on general garden maintenance during the year.  These first two meetings will be held upstairs in the Saluda Library.


Meetings start at 6:30, and it is at this time that plots will be assigned and guidelines will be established. If there is a certain plot that you desire, you need to be at the first meeting. After the meeting, you are welcome to bring a covered dish and share thoughts and ideas over supper.


The garden and the meetings are open to the public. Please come and join the fun and fellowship.


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Marilyn Prudhomme at 828-749-9172 or


Saluda Garden Club

spring parkThe purpose of this club is the beautification and improvement of Saluda and its surroundings.  Special emphasis is given to the landscaping, annual plantings, and care of our historic Spring Park.


Saluda Garden Club meets the third Monday of the month at 10am at the Saluda Library except for special events or outings.


For more information call Anita Severn 828-749-3155.

Women's Club Meeting
The Saluda Women's Club meeting is on March 8 at 10 am at the Saluda Presbyterian Church.  The March program will be "Ageless Grace"  - Fitness & Longevity Program for the Body, Mind, Emotions & Spirit" by Denise Medved.


Women's Club of Saluda Scholarship applications are now at the Saluda Library. The majority of the money raised by the Women's Club of Saluda during the year goes toward these scholarships. Not only are high school seniors urged to apply for these scholarships, but also students already in college or adults seeking to return to college. Please take advantage of this very generous scholarship.  

lonesomeThe Saluda Women's Club announces that the popular "Low Country Boil" will be held on Sunday, May 22, 2011.  Camp Wayfarer is the host for this annual event and the Lonesome Road Band will entertain you.  Tickets will be $50/person and will be sold at several locations in town.  Mark your calendar now and plan a weekend in Saluda enjoying the Saluda Arts Festival on the 21st  and the Low Country Boil the following Sunday. 


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 Saluda 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.   

Single Women United

Last month, the Single Women United (SWU) social group gathered, wrote, and signed Valentine cards for our men and women in the Armed Forces.  This month, the group is going to send each person who is on active duty a "130th Saluda T-shirt" along with a copy of our own Saluda Lifestyles newspaper.  This will represent something personal to them from their home town.  Please email name and addresses for anyone that is in the Armed Forces to Anita Moore or please come by Thompson's Store and leave the information with Judy Ward. 


If anyone would like to make a donation for our continued support to reach out to these men and women, please contact Anita Moore, Nancy Johnson or Judy Ward. 


The next meeting will be March 10 at 6:00 at the Saluda Center. Please bring a dish and join us.  


Please continue to send names and addresses of anyone serving from Saluda to Anita Moore at


By Judy Ward

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.  12:30pm, Thurs.  5:30pm
Chair Exercise
  Tues. 9:00am,  Fri.   10:00am

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 are a Healing Arts Space and Anusara Yoga Studio.

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 


March Motivation

Alas, spring is just around the corner. All the renewed energy you have cultivated during the introspective period of winter is about to emerge. Are you ready?

Do you know how much better you can feel, how much stronger, alive, healthy and vital if you increase your self care by ONE?  The answer is a lot. The invitation is to one-up yourself.


Practice Yoga one more time a week than usual and notice the difference in your energy and clarity.  If you practice 0, come one time a week.  If you practice 3, come 4....  If you are new to Nectar, your FIRST CLASS IS FREE!


Get a Massage this month, or get two!


Address that health issue that you've been longing to get rid of.  Sleep. Weight. Hormonal Imbalances. Energy.


Clear your head of unresolved issues and step into spring with a clarity and a revitalized, optimistic outlook, full of wonderment!


FIRST VISIT $25 OFF. We want you to feel your best!


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

Saluda Community Library

Paul Koenen

Children's Program - Bouncing Babies, Thursday's at 10am

Saluda Community Library
44 W. Main Street
Saluda, NC 28773
Tel. (828) 749-2117
Mon.-Fri. 9am - 6pm
Sat. 9am - 1pm

Saluda Elementary School
  Joe Adams

As I typed out the calendar of events for the month of March, I was once again reminded of the unique learning opportunities that are provided for Saluda Elementary School students.  As a NC A+ School, one of our goals is to expose students to a variety of art forms through guest artists/presenters and performances.  I hope that you will take a few minutes to visit the web sites listed below to "catch a glimpse" of the exciting A+  activities planned for March!  R. Dill, Principal


March Calendar of Events

March 1    John Brown Jazz Orchestra at PCHS for grades 3-5

March 2    Statewide Tornado Drill  9:30am

March 4    Faculty/Staff Dress Down for Charity

March 10  The Dancing Gauchos at Saluda  1:00pm in the gym

March 13    Daylight Savings Time begins today!

March 17    St. Patrick's Day

March 17    Family Fun Night Activities 5:30-7:00pm

March 20    First Day of Spring!

March 22    The NC Arboretum Outreach Programs for grades K, 3 & 5

March 24    Dancing Storytelling Performance at Saluda  1:30pm

March 25    Regular School Day---Snow Make Up Day

March 28    Required Teacher Workday

March 30    The NC Arboretum Outreach Programs for grades 1, 2 & 4

March 31    Box Tops for Education Collection Day


Reading Celebration

Students will participate in a variety of activities March 2-11 to celebrate reading.  The celebration will begin with Cat in the "Hat Day".  On March 2 (Dr. Seuss' birthday), students can donate $1 to the American Cancer Society and wear a hat to school in honor of Dr. Seuss' popular book, The Cat in The Hat.


Thursday, March 10 will be "Reading Role Models Day."  We would like to invite Saluda School alumni to call and schedule a time to visit a classroom to read to students.  Please call (828)749-5571 by 3:00pm on 3/9 to schedule your visit.


On Friday, March 11, every student will get to choose a FREE book during PTSO's Books Are Really Fun distribution.  Thank you PTSO for providing funding for students to receive 5 FREE books each school year!


Relay For Life

Please contact Kathy Angier at

if you are interested in joining Saluda's Relay for Life team.  Polk County's Relay for Life event will be held at Polk County High School on Friday, April 29.


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
8:00 a.m. - Holy Eucharist - Rite I
9:15 a.m. - Adult Forum
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(828-698-4317)
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 is determined to draw a large crowd to its eighth annual Saluda Arts Festival on May 21, 2011.


With many festivals from which to choose in the spring, the SBA feels it owes it to the talented artists who exhibit creative artwork to have a large audience in which to sell his or her work. Plans are underway to aggressively advertise the event in print media, radio, and TV in Western North Carolina and the Upstate of South Carolina.


Creating even more excitement for the festival is the music lineup that includes:


One Leg Up

Based in Asheville, North Carolina, One Leg Up performs a vibrant mixture of upbeat Gypsy Jazz, Latin, Swing and original jazz compositions and is a favorite of club, concert, and festival stages throughout the southeastern United States.


Swayback Sisters

The Swayback Sisters are Laura Blackley, Nikki Talley & Lyndsay Wojcik. This Asheville based roots trio decided to join forces and create a diverse musical experience for themselves as well as their audiences. While each Sister is proficient in her songwriting and crafty guitar work, the real treat is the blending of their voices in three-part harmony.


Appalachian Brass Quintet from Brevard, NC.


The music for the 8th annual Saluda Arts Festival is provided by a grant from the Polk County Community Foundation's Saluda Fund.


Visit for more information about the businesses and the town of Saluda.
Time Running Out!
More Than $1,500 Cash Awards

There are only 15 days left to get your applications inWaddil Arts Festival for 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


Sponsorships are available for this year's arts festival.  Sponsors will be recognized in the Tryon Daily Bulletin and Saluda Lifestyles.  Sponsorships are:  Rembrandt-$25, Monet-$50, and Picasso-$100.  Please send your sponsor donations to Saluda Business Association, PO Box 1085, Saluda, NC 28773 or contact cathy@cathyjacksonrealty or 828-817-2876.

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Hospice Training Offered

Hospice of the Carolina Foothills invites you to our Spring Volunteer Training March 15-17, 10:00am-3:00pm, Hospice House, 260 Fairwinds Road, Landrum, SC 29356 or March 22-24,  10:00am -3:00pm, North Carolina Office, 130 Forest Glen Drive, Columbus, NC 28722. 


To RSVP, please contact Kim Smith at 800-617-7132 or  828-894-7000.  Training is also available via home study courses if you are unable to attend class.


By Marsha Van Hecke, Director of Outreach

News from Autumn Care
Activity Professionals Recognized
autumn care

Autumn Care of Saluda was proud to recognize its Activity Department staff at the recent Blue Ridge Activity Professional Luncheon, Thursday, January 20.  January was Activity Professional Appreciation Month.


"Our 3 activity professionals represent decades of experience," Glenn Pierce, Administrator, stated.  "It's that experience that allows our program to be so individualized in meeting the needs of our residents."


Providing activity services for nearly a hundred residents has its challenges.  "Activities are not just about filling time," said Joyce Coggins, Activity Director.  "Our programs and activities are designed to meet a wide range of social, emotional and physical needs in our resident population."


Many thanks to our team of activity professionals.  They bring purpose into our residents' lives and a lot of fun as well!


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

Saluda Post Office Hours




US Post Office Store Hours

Mon-Fri 9:00am-1:00pm and 3:00pm-4:30pm

Sat 9:30am-11:00am Sun closed

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102 E MAIN ST SALUDA, NC 28773-7812 

(828) 749-5921
The Saluda Community Tree Preservation Association

North Carolina's designated day to observe Arbor Day this year is Friday, March 18.  The observance is always on the Friday following March 15.  National Arbor Day falls on Friday, April 29 this year, always the last Friday in April.  A special day is observed at different times between December and March by each state to correspond with the state's various planting zones.


A personal memory from the late 1940's related by a reader:  "I remember when the public school I attended in the small South Carolina town where I grew up traditionally celebrated Arbor Day, making it a community event.  Each first grader carried a small American flag to lead a parade, two blocks long to Main Street, followed by older children carrying posters they had made illustrating the value of trees, with the high school band providing marching music.  The entire community celebrated Arbor Day in various meaningful ways including tree planting. It made quite an impression on us kids-a real learning experience which resulted in an appreciation for nature and our environment-even that long ago."


Wouldn't it be great if we could rekindle that spirit for Arbor Day and throughout the year, right here in Saluda?


By Ruth Anderson

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
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.    

Lucy Mae Russell Morgan, 85, of Saluda passed away Saturday, February 13, 2011 at Autumn Care Nursing Home. 


Vanessa Mintz, 53, of Hendersonville died Saturday, February 19, 2011.  All of the Mintz family appreciates the outpouring of love, support, comfort, food, sympathies, and prayers during this challenging time in their family.

A Welcome Change
jonquilsSaluda was blessed with spring-like weather throughout February.  Winter feels like it is over. Yet we all know ole man winter can creep in during March and even into April.

As green shoots of daffodils and jonquils push through dead leaves, and early buds pop out on fruit trees, Saludians anxiously await spring.  They are ready for the uplifting changes of hope and new birth that spring and warm weather bring to the mountains.

The world seems sad
mid winter's gloom,
But all is well
when the jonquils bloom.


130th Celebration March Events

130 Years

March Church History Month

To continue the celebration of Saluda's 130th anniversary, churches in Saluda will be presenting a history of each church and its beginnings. Here are the dates and times:



Saturday, March 5

Saluda Methodist Church, Greenville Street - 10am

Saluda Presbyterian Church, Carolina Street - 11am

Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration, Charles Street - 12 noon

First Baptist Church, Henderson Street -1pm with potluck lunch served


Saturday, March 12

Mountain Page Baptist, Mountain Page Road - 10-11 with refreshments

Friendship Baptist, Howard Gap Road - 12 noon


Click here for more 130th events.  

Help Keep the Celebration on Track

All proceeds raised through fundraising will contribute to Saluda's 130th Anniversary events and restoration of City Hall. 


rhodesWin Jar of Pennies at City Hall  

Coins, saved since 1985 by John Rhodes, can be yours by guessing the amount in the jar. Just donate $1 per guess for a chance to become the winner who guesses the closest amount in the jar.  Winner will be announced in November and will not have to be present to win.  


130th Celebration Auction

The 130th committee announces that a community-wide auction will be held at the Saluda Center on April 23 starting at 10:00am.  This is a great time to get rid of all your "spring cleaning" stuff.  Saludians may donate furniture, jewelry, glassware, household goods and decorative items for the auction.  The committee reserves the right to refuse items that are not clean or are in need of repair.  Any items not sold will be donated to the Thrifty Barn of the Saluda Center or returned to the owners.  Licensed auctioneer, Tangie Ciarvolo will conduct the auction. Please call 828-749-3789 for delivery information. 


t shirt130th T-Shirts

T-shirts of all sizes for adults and youth can now be ordered online.  Please click here to place your order.   


Look for Donation Trains on display at designated areas in town.

Sponsor a 130th Anniversary Banner to hang on Main Street. After this year's celebration, you may keep this commemorative banner.  Please contact Catherine Ross at for details.


Call for Entries - Christmas Parade

If you are interested in entering the 130th Celebration Christmas Parade on December 10, 2PM, please call 828-749-3789 or email Terry Baisden at for information.

What's Happening in Music and Art
Fred Whiskin opurple onionn 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.

March at the Purple Onion

Italian Wine Tasting

Tuesday, March 1 at 6:30pm

The March wine tasting will feature wines from northern Italy, mostly from the Piedmont and Veneto (two from Marche.) The cost is $45 and includes a taste of three white wines and five reds as well as some delectable Italian dishes and cheeses chosen to pair well with the wines. Reservations can be made by calling the café at 828-749-1179. We accept Visa and/or Master Card. Please call early as seating is limited.


March Madness Wine Specials

Every Monday and Tuesday throughout March, we will be offering 15% off all wines as well as flights of three whites or reds changing weekly.asap       


While the winter season has limited the variety of local foods we have been able to purchase, the quality remains outstanding.  The organic baby turnips, carrots, beets, greens, lettuce and radishes that Craig delivers each week from the Cliff's Community Gardens have been a delightfully tasty treat for Chef Jeremy to cook and for the rest of us to eat. Absolutely beautiful and delicious! Apple Brandy Beef continues to supply us with flavorful rib eyes and strip steaks. Everett Farms in Pisgah Forrest provides our ground beef, and we are proud to feature fresh mountain trout from Sunburst Trout Company, now in its 63rd year of business.  Our next menu change will be a salute to spring and will begin March 21.


Live Music in March 

March 3  Valorie Miller plays guitar like a house afire and boasts vocals to match. Her edgy acoustic songs run the gamut from the sublime to the profane and back again"   -Asheville Mountain Express

March 5  Patrick Fitzsimmons  jazzy folk blues.

While Patrick specializes in finger style folk blues guitar, he also keeps a kick drum going with one foot, a hi-hat with the other and also plays harmonica; indeed, a one-man band.

March 10  Danielle Miraglia country/folk/blues sound descends in large part from Mississippi John Hurt, and she is a worthy carrier of that guitar-picking tradition. Her voice, reminiscent of Bonnie Raitt's, is strong but vulnerable, feminine but never precious, with a gutwrenching catch to it. Her guitar playing is both accomplished and soulful.

March 12 Russ Wilson Quartet jazz, swing

March 17 Calico Moon a blend of old school country, pure  mountain soul and a dash of hillbilly twang.

March 19 Barbed Wires came together in late 2009, playing old fashioned C&W with a reverence for the roots.

 March 24 Paul Cataldo good ol' backwoods hippie-esque country, folk-rock.

March 26 Joseph Hasty & Centerpiece swing tunes, show tunes and jazz standards.:  "Centerpiece". 

March 31 Louise Mosrie Nashville-based singer/songwriter returns with her eclectic mix of folk and English pop.  Winner 2009 Kerrville New Folk Songwriting Competition


Purple Onion Sunday Evening Music

Mollie O'Brien and Rich Moore

Sunday, March 27, 7:00 PM

We are honored to present Mollie O'Brien and Rich Moore for the first concert of our new Purple Onion Sunday Evening Music (POSEM) monthly series sponsored by Dr. Mike Dennis.  Admission is $15.  The doors open at 6 PM and light fare will be available on the patio prior to the concert.  Reservations can be made by calling the Purple Onion at 828-749-1179.


Mollie O'Brien is simply one of the best interpreters of American music. She has built a loyal national and international following with both her solo career and her collaborations with her brother Tim O'Brien.

Rich Moore is well-known and well-loved in Colorado's acoustic music family and has lived and performed there for over 25 years. He is guitarist of choice for folk legend Tom Paxton, who invariably requests Moore as a sideman for his Colorado shows.


Partners in marriage for over twenty four years, professional musicians for longer than that, Mollie O'Brien and Rich Moore began touring as a performing duo in 2007. Excellent musicianship, great material and humor - Mollie and Rich are in synch and you know it. It's a partnership that's fun to watch and delicious to hear.


Music at the Purple Onion is complements of Rob Seiler.


 megan ward 


The next party of shag dancing, beach and oldies music will be on Friday, March 11. The theme will be "SHAGTASTIC REVIEW" and The DJ Quartet includes Buck Crumpton, Jeff Foster, David O'Quinn and Bobby Vaughn. They are working very hard to put together another great party. If you missed the last Shag Party, you missed one heck of a good time!! The Party starts at 7 PM with FREE shag dance lessons taught by Chip & Ellen Knothe. The admission is $10.00. The Jamboree has the largest dance floor in western NC. Room for over 500!! There will be plenty of hot dogs, popcorn, snacks, and softdrinks; plus, the bar will be stocked with beer and wine and some great homemade Sangria wine punch. Don't miss this, 'cause you never know what "acts" The DJ Quartet may have planned.


"Sock Hop" for Students

On Friday, March 25 and Friday, April 1, The Jamboree and DJ Tim Griffin will sponsor a Sock Hop, or a dance for students from area schools. March 25 will be for the High School students, and April 1 will be for the Middle School students. Tim will have the stage and will have plenty of fantastic music to keep everyone entertained. Parents and teachers are welcomed and encouraged to attend. The parties will be chaperoned and some rules will apply. The admission is $5.00. Time will be 7 until 10 PM.

March and April Music Schedule  

March 5    Southern Pointe
March 12   Carolina Misty
March 19   Crimson Rose
March 26   Sound Factory

April 2       Southern Pointe
April 9       Carolina Misty
April 16     Tuxedo Junction
April 23     Crimson Rose
April 30     Sound Factory


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

The Saluda Inn and Wine Cellar   

March at The Wine Cellar

Mar 3   Meet the Artist David Parris - Saluda Potter 7-9PM. Exhibit lasts all month long.
Mar 4   Frank Beeson & Catfish Joe Blues/Americana 8PM
Mar 5   Dave Desmelik Award Winning Americana 8PM

Mar 10 Supper Club 6:30 call for details

Mar 11 TBA

Mar 12 Brickhouse Brewery Tasting and Beer Class 6:30pm

Mar 17 Wine Drinkers with a Reading Problem 7PM  Discussing 36 Arguments for the Existence of God:  A Work of Fiction by C. Goldhammer
Mar 18 Dale Rucker Americana 8PM

Mar 19 Melissa Hyman Lyrical & Folk 8PM

Mar 25 Randall Bramblett Ticketed Show  8PM SOLD OUT
Mar 26 Frank Beeson Blues/Americana 8PM
Mar 31 Book Reading and signing: Author, Alexia Helsley, The History of NC Wine 7PM


Save the Date: 

Geoff Achison concert scheduled for June 16.  Limited amount of tickets to be sold.


In celebration of THE  Town of Saluda'S and the Saluda Inn's 130th birthday, The Saluda Inn and Wine Cellar will present a Free Weekend for two at the Saluda Inn to the 130th customer in the month of March.  The weekend includes Saturday breakfast at Wards Grill, Sunday breakfast from The Wildflour Bakery  and a bottle of wine from The Wine Cellar at the Saluda Inn.  The winner will be announced at The Wine Cellar during the Randall Bramblett concert on March 25.  Winner does not need to be present.


saluda innIn 1881, Dr. EB Goelet, the first practicing doctor in Saluda, built a home with 5-bedrooms and 12-fireplaces.   In 1914, Charlton Leland added on to the home and turned it into an 18-bedroom boarding house called the "Charlton Leland House."  It has since been named the Saluda Inn.   In 2007, the Saluda Inn was placed on the Register of National Historic Places.


The contest begins March 1 and ends at 8PM on March 25.


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.  Find us on Facebook


jim carsonGetting Perspective Right  Saluda artist, Jim Carson, and Chris Sherry, AIA architect, will offer a painting and drawing workshop from Friday-Sunday, March 11-13, titled "Getting  Perspective Right in order to Paint Fast and Loose."


Chris 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 very 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 in Saluda, located above the Saluda Grade Café, 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 by both Jim and Chris at the end of each day.


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

For more information, contact Jim at 828-749-3702 or visit or email




**NEW** at the Dancer's Extension Preschool Introductory Class begins Saturday, March 5 and meets each Saturday until April 9.  Boys and girls through age 5 who are potty trained are welcome to join us!  Please call the studio or visit our website for more details.


Need to exercise your brain as well as your body?  Learn some new moves with us!  Please visit our website for the current schedule.  We're always dancing!


Please contact the studio at 828-749-9398 or visit our website at for more information.  Keep up to date with class changes on   Find us on Facebook   


William Jameson Painting Workshopbilljameson

March 10, 11, 12.  Join William Jameson in Saluda for a three day painting experience directed toward overcoming a fear of "Painting Large."  Regardless of your canvas, paper size or comfort zone, Bill will help you overcome your reluctance to work larger than you usually paint! This small group workshop is designed to determine how to select the best compositions and to execute a large painting. Let Bill's forty years of teaching help you to become a better painter. Contact him at 828-749-3101 or for further information.    


Random Arts Workshops. In 2011 you can expect to see these great instructors return to Random Arts for creative, fun-filled workshops. Be sure to link to each instructor's website or blog to see more of their work.  

Carol Sloan - Wed., March 16

Kristi Steiner-Sat., March 26 -10am - 4pm

Michael deMeng- May 19 - 22 (1 & 2 day classes) 

Chad Alice Hagen - June 4 & 5

Jane LaFazio - June 10 & 12 (2 great workshops)


Planning to visit Saluda?  Longing to visit Random Arts? Only a chosen few have gained entrance to our new space at Saluda's "west end," and you may become one of these. Just like the group from Atlanta last fall... They called, they wanted a workshop. They got on the schedule, and the rest is history. Not only did they play the entire day and learn new techniques, but they also brought a picnic lunch and generously shared their homemade pimento cheese, their secret recipe of  chicken salad sandwiches, and a whole lot more. All it takes is an email to me, and you could be "on the books" to spend a creative day in Saluda at Random Arts. It's all tailored to meet your creative needs and desires. Just get your group together and email me at:  Random Arts is located across the bridge on the west end of downtown Saluda on Highway 176.  828-699-2210.

By Jane Powell

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 and Crafts 

Tryon Arts & Crafts School has enough going on this month to keep everyone busy!

 ˇ         March 4, 6-8pm: Please join us for a reception to honor the artists of our latest exhibit, Patterns of Perception, now showing in The Gallery at Tryon Arts & Crafts.  This show is a fantastic collection of fiber and glass art from over 30 artists.  The show opened February 18 and will run through March 31, 2011.  Don't miss the opportunity to see such an incredible variety of work in a wide range of styles.  Glass and fiber crafts of all kinds are represented in this wonderful exhibit.

ˇ         March 5 and 6 - Mosaic Painting Weekend Workshop with Kay Larch  

ˇ         March 12 and 13 - Bladesmithing Weekend Workshop with Zoe Crist

ˇ         March 19 - One-Day Wire-Wrap Workshop with Charlotte Caughman

ˇ         March 26 -Heritage Days Open House:  


Please come visit us from 10am to 4pm.  All of our studios will be open with demonstrations throughout the day.  Come try your hand at something new!


ˇ      Save the Date:  Saturday, May 7 - Our Spring Auction and Gala Fundraiser.  More information to come soon!


ˇ      The 4th Annual Tryon Arts and Crafts Fall Festival will be held Saturday, October 15th from 10a.m. to 5p.m. and Sunday, October 16th from 11a.m. to 5p.m.  Featuring over 40 of the finest artisans and craftspeople of the region, this two-day event will be held rain or shine on the grounds of Tryon Arts and Crafts.  Artist Application and Prospectus is now available on our website or through our office.


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! 

Tryon Fine Arts 

EXPLORE THE ARTS: Explore Myths and Legends

Behind Irish Verse

Tryon Fine Art Center's Explore the Arts is an innovative series for adult and youth to pique your curiosity and creativity, and to explore diversity in the arts. Experience the mystery of ancient Irish legends, the Pookas, the Banshees, as well as the poetry and prose of Irish literature through the ages. Speaker, author and Irishman, Dennis P. Sommers, makes all of these come to life in the Mahler Family Boardroom at TFAC, 34 Melrose Ave., Tryon at 3 pm on Sunday, March 6. A modest admission is collected at the door. No reservations are necessary.  Light refreshments will be served. For further information, call Tryon Fine Arts Center 828-859-8322 or visit the web site


Tryon Painters and Scupltors 

"Finishing Techniques" with Ceramicist Ann Gleason

Tryon Painters and Sculptors presents a one day workshop entitled "Finishing Techniques" by ceramicist Ann Gleason. It will be held on Friday, March 25 from 9 am to 4 pm in the Tryon Painters and Sculptors clay studio at Tryon Fine Arts Center, 34 Melrose Ave, Tryon. For more information please contact Susie Welsh at 828-749-3900, email, or visit the website

Saluda Faces

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


bellThe Bell family was busy working around their new location for Green River Adventures on Main Street.  Watching them ready the operation for a March opening, it was obvious that they had to be the featured Saluda Faces this month.


Sara and Tim Bell have been coming to Saluda and to the Green River since 1997, while attending Brevard College.  They fell in love with the river and moved here in 2006, and opened Green River Adventures to offer guided kayak and inflatable river tours down the Green River.


bellTheir son, Finn is in kindergarten at Saluda School and daughter, Hurley will join him in about three years.


The Green River brought Tim and Sara here, and Saluda made it a home they didn't expect.  This young couple thinks living in Saluda is awesome!  They love the eclectic community that looks after one another, the great Saluda School, and the slower pace of life. 


Tim is also a furniture and cabinet maker and Sara is a sales representative for the WNCW radio station.


The downturn economy has affected the outdoor recreation business so the move to Main Street will include retail sales along with the river adventure tours. They have come to realize that Main Street is a "life source" for Saluda and are amazed how busy downtown Saluda can be for such a small town.


They welcome you to visit their new location on Main Street and learn more about kayaking on the Green River.

NC Big Sweep

North Carolina Big Sweep has been chosen as one of six finalists for a national online voting competition  from MillerCoors, one of the nation's top brewers, and River Network, a national non-profit working to improve the health of rivers and watersheds. Voting began February 22!  The finalist with the most votes will win the $30,000 grant, while second place will receive $10,000 and third place will receive $5,000. The remaining projects will each receive $3,000. 


I know you realize that even though Big Sweep relies heavily on volunteers. (Last year, the value of our volunteer time was more than one million dollars.) It still costs money to provide cleanup supplies and support for all 100 counties in North Carolina. The money we receive will go towards improving water quality in all 100 counties in North Carolina by coordinating a statewide cleanup and by implementing a litter awareness campaign after the cleanup to help prevent littering. To commemorate Big Sweep's 25th anniversary, 25 cleanup and litter prevention tips will be publicized. Please show your support!  VOTE for North Carolina Big Sweep between February 22 and March 20 by clicking here.


Winners will be announced on March 24 at .


You can only vote once, so please pass this on to family, friends, and business associates and encourage them to VOTE! Thank you!


Judy Bolin, President
North Carolina Big Sweep Statewide Headquarters   

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

Visit Historic Thompson's Store and Ward's Grill new website thompsons

Mary Farrell is back at work with renewed energy and an announcement that she will be doing business as Essential Elements Massage & Bodywork.  Along with the new name is the expansion of the office space and practice to include Cassandra Nelson, LMBT NC License #7386.  They are now accepting new clients and would also like to welcome back long time loyal clients. They provide Massage, Bodywork and Spa Services - specializing in professional services for those seeking an integrative approach to total health and well-being. Visit their website and contact them at 828-749-1197. 


The Ole Chicken House

The Ole Chicken House folks are taking advantage of the early spring-like weather to make needed repairs and to fix everything up.  We expect to be open soon and look forward to seeing old and new friends.


green riverLook for Green River Adventures to open at their new location on Main Street in March. To book a guided trip down the Green River give them a call at 800-335-1530 or visit their website. 



saluda.calmGet your saluda.calm T-shirts at Duck Alley located 32 West Main Street,  828-749-3687. 







Green River BBQ

Green River BBQ wants you to spend March Madness enjoying Irish brews all during March. Enjoy their Daily Specials:

Tuesday: small pork BBQ sandwich with slaw and a drink $4.99

Wednesday:beef brisket on onion roll with homemade horseradish sauce and drink $5.99

Thursday:bacon burger, fries and drink $4.99

Friday: cup of soup or chili with 1/2 turkey salad sandwich and drink $4.99.


Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday's all appetizers are $5.99.


All day, everyday: A Pint of Narragansett Lager $1.50!


Contact them at 828-749-9892 for take out orders or visit them at Green River BBQ.  Visit their Facebook page to get extra daily coupons!Find us on Facebook 



Daffodils popping up, crocus in bloom, tiny green leaves peeking out.....YEAH!!!
We're feeling that burst of spring energy here at Wildflour Bake Shop. Molly has announced that spring will also bring an expanded brunch menu.  You can keep up to date on this and other news by checking our website or following Wildflour Bake Shop on facebook.


Our daily specials are:

Thursday - Bean Bowl

Friday - Pizza

Saturday - Chicken Pot Pie

Sunday - Brunch Special

we will be celebrating the luck of the Irish on March 17 with our Shamrock Stew and Irish Soda Bread!
Bake Shop Hours:
                         Thurs:  8am - 4pm
                         Fri:      8am - 4pm
                         Sat:    8am - 3pm
                         Sun:    9am - 2 pm

* Give us a call and your order will be ready!    
* Catch us on WNCW (AM) Saturday, March 12 at 8:05am
* Plan to attend the 7th Annual Artisan Bread Fair in Asheville Saturday, April 2.   We'll see you there!!


Check us out online at and on Find us on Facebook for daily specials or use the good ol' fashion way...828-749-3356. 


orchard inn 

To delight Saluda Lifestyle subscribers and other guests at the inn, the Orchard Inn is offering a special dining experience.  On Saturday, March 12, in addition to our normal menu of organic range fed beef tenderloin and local fresh caught trout almandine, Marianne is planning to serve Wiener Schnitzel. It's one of her specialties and is required for her to keep her Austrian citizenship. Be sure to ask her the story of how this now famous dish first came to be served in the Emperor's Dining Room. Mention this article when you make your reservation and receive a complimentary glass of wine with dinner.

On Sunday, March 20, ring in spring with a wonderfully relaxing brunch from 12-2 pm and enjoy a complimentary Mimosa.  The meal will feature fresh local range-fed "happy" eggs, proudly raised by Jay Summey.   


We hope you can come to the inn and enjoy the beautiful view from our white linen dining room of the birds and squirrels at play and the Warrior Mountains in the distance.


Please call for reservations. 


Contact the Orchard Inn at (800) 581-3800 or (828) 749-5471 or email to Visit them at Orchard Inn.


saluda grade

March is an exciting time at the Saluda Grade Café!  We've started looking at Seed Catalogs with our growers in anticipation of full blown spring!  March is a time to get the fields ready and for sowing seeds, getting ready for things to come!


In March you will notice new menus and maybe new seating arrangements.  Plans are in the works to have a Community Table!   One large table that can seat singles who would like to dine together, instead of separately...our favorite girls who come in for Sunday supper with their knitting group, or just larger parties that need a bigger table.  We also hope to use this table for a Chef's Tasting Menu!  Lots of different ways to dine at the Grade!


On Saturday, March 12 we are pleased to be hosting "A Raging Beauties" Workshop.  This ladies workshop, "Inspired by Amy" is a Design Workshop and Luncheon.  Amy is a wardrobe stylist who helps create a true style that projects confidence.  She is gifted in closet organizing, personal shopping and she is also a fit specialist.  She will give amazing tips on how to dress and look your best!


Where:  Saluda Grade Café

When: Saturday March 12 at 10:30

Price:  15.00 per person, includes workshop, luncheon and coffee or tea

Ladies, if this sounds like fun, please call and make your reservations with Julie Eaton at 828-329-3330 by March 6! 


(We will be open for regular Lunch Dining March 12 from 1pm-4pm, and of course, we will still be open from 5pm-9pm for dinner!)


Come wish Kevin Happy Birthday on March 15!  He'll be running some super "Ides of March Specials"...I'm sure there will be a Caesar Salad in there somewhere...


Look for a Touch of the Irish on March 17 with Corned Beef and Cabbage and Shepherd's Pie...and of course there will be Beer on Tap!


March also means Basketball!  Don't forget we love March Madness and we have our channels set to all your favorite games!


See you for lots of March Fun at The Saluda Grade Café!

Call 828-749-5854 or email Visit our website at    



tableWhere Breakfast Is An Event at The Oaks Bed & Breakfast

We're up before dawn and already the house is filled with the inviting aroma of fresh brewed coffee and savory apple wood bacon.  Much of our preparation is done the night before -- forming crusts into quiche, marinating thick slabs of challah bread and peeling apples.    


Breakfast at our table is a celebration...a way to welcome a new day in the mountains with all its promise of beauty and adventure.  Robust coffee, lively conversation, a radiant fire and a sumptuous gourmet breakfast are enjoyed in a room filled with laughter.  Does anybody remember laughter?
Sunday morning was always special as a kid growing up in our house.  Having worked long hours at GM through the week, my Dad would round-up us kids and hustle us into the kitchen, leaving our Mom to sleep-in -- something she rarely did.  There we would participate in an event called breakfast!    

Dad would delegate the responsibilities. My youngest brother, Brian, was in charge of "toast;" my next youngest brother, Alan, was the "chopper"; as the eldest, I would work the stove.  Baby sister, Lori, would stay safe in my father's arms.  Like a scene from the Wizard of Oz, bread was buttered, potatoes got diced, and eggs and sausages were cooked in the pan.  

Alternately, some Sundays would be oatmeal and others pancakes.  Sure there was the occasional cut finger or burned hand, but what we had in abundance was a kitchen filled with laughter.  My Mom would rise and would wonder what had happened to her kitchen.          

Before the clean-up commenced, we would come together as family over a breakfast, so fine.  The laughter continued as we got ready for church -- shoes polished to a high gloss shine and cowlicks plastered down with something called "Wave-set."
This morning, it's Donna and me in the kitchen and a house filled with splendid guests who will soon gather for a delightful meal.  They will talk about where they're from and where they are going and most importantly... there will be laughter.  

NOW through March 31-20% off all accommodations at The Oaks Bed and Breakfast!  Dreaming of escaping to a romantic mountain getaway?  Don't put it off any longer. The Oaks Bed and Breakfast is offering all rooms - including a sumptuous gourmet breakfast - at a 20% discount on your entire stay. Call 828-749-2000 and make your reservation today!



kirbyKirby Custom Builders, Inc. is a full service construction company based out of Saluda for the past 6 years. With more than 13 years of experience in the construction business, Todd Kirby has the experience to turn your vision into reality. This year, Todd is excited to begin offering a custom design build service. New software allows him to show you changes to your existing space, or to create an entirely new space in 3 dimensions. See wall colors or stair placement before the first nail is hammered. Please visit for more information and to view pictures of Todd's work, or call 828-606-0942 to schedule an appointment today!

Art Clues
Ideas for Creating and Appreciating Art


"How to Begin Being an Artist"

Featuring Hope Pace


AG Food Market run by Hope's grandfather.

Hope has been drawing and painting less than a year.  She shared her thoughts with me about beginning to create art.  If you are thinking about becoming an artist, or even if you are already involved in art, you might find her thoughts quite useful.


She grew up in Saluda and went to a liberal arts college where she was a music major.  She was always exposed to an artistic lifestyle.  Being open to looking at the world differently led to her desire to be an artist - looking out windows at shapes and colors, thinking about a moment of memory to preserve and realizing how she responds to what she sees with feelings.  She decided she wanted to reclaim the lost/ignored part of herself.

hopepace hopepace


These are some of her recommendations.  She says they've worked well for her as a beginner.


Get a teacher. 


  1. Possibilities are a private teacher, a class at Isothermal Community College, a class at Blue Ridge Community College, a class at Tryon Painter and Sculptors.
  2. Visit galleries, exhibits, museums
  3. Attend demonstrations
  4. Read art magazines and books
  5. See what you can find on the internet


 Dive in, and don't be afraid.

The most important thing as a beginner - be patient


Think out of your everyday box. 

Let yourself be free to expect an end result with no deadline and limited rules.  Be free to explore.



Congratulations to Susie Welsh for winning the Pottery Lottery, and thanks to David Pariss for providing the pottery. Thanks to all of you who entered the lottery!


Beverly Bowden Pickard


Ask Chuck

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


Chuck will be back in April to answer your questions.


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


Feathered Friends

birdsAt this time of year, guests in our bed and breakfast suite get to see many of the bird species that spend the winter in our garden which is designated as a National Wildlife Federation Backyard Habitat.  In addition to the resident Carolina wrens, cardinals, towhees, nuthatches, chickadees, titmice, gold finches, woodpeckers, mourning doves and others are the seasonal visitors which include large numbers of yellow-rumped warblers, pine siskins, white throated sparrows, juncos, and non-resident finches,as well as cedar waxwings and robins now feeding on privet, holly and ivy berries. 


By mid March and into April, many other species appear as the spring migration begins.  These migrants from the tropics will stay briefly to rest and renew their fat reserves before pressing on north to their breeding grounds.  Among these migrant visitors are several members of the warbler family, three grosbeak species, and some hummingbirds.  For many others, Saluda is the summer breeding destination.  Thrashers, tanagers, wood thrushes and yellow-billed cuckoos arrive from further south.  A favorite of many birders is the catbird which arrives at this time and immediately begins to strip the Mahonia and gorge itself at the peanut butter feeders.


birdsAs this long hard winter at last begins to draw to a close, many of our resident birds as well as the migrants from the south have used up most of their fat reserve and need a helping hand to get them into the spring and summer or on their way north.  So, with this in mind, don't forget to put out plenty of different kinds of grain, seed, suet and peanut butter and to provide sources of water, one essential that is often overlooked.


If you have never taken note of Saluda's rich bird population, now might be the time to begin a fascinating study of the wide variety and habits of these members of our community.  At Charles Street Garden, we have identified 75 species over the past several years.  With global warming and with shifts in climatic patterns, we may soon be seeing species not previously seen in our area and also may find some migrants becoming year round residents.


Submitted by Walter Hoover, an interloper

Charles Street Garden

Ozone Drive Interchange Enhancement

interchangeThings are happening at the Ozone Drive and I-26 interchange!   Over the past year Richard Queen, NCDOT Roadside Environmental Engineer, and Connie Morgan, NCDOT Landscape Designer with the NCDOT Roadside Environmental Unit, have met with a small committee of Saluda residents interested in improving the appearance of Saluda's "gateway" from the interstate.


Walter Hoover and Carolyn Ashburn.

Carolyn Ashburn, Glenn Franklin, Chuck Hearon, and Walter Hoover have met several times with the NCDOT engineer and the landscape designer to discuss a plan that would restore and enhance what nature had already provided.  These discussions focused on selection and placement of tree species that will create a natural extension of the trees that already exist in the interchange.  Avoidance of a "cultivated or landscaped" appearance was a high priority as the planning was undertaken.  The project also includes the removal of non-native species that have crept into the existing growth.


You may have noticed during most of the past year that the southeastern quadrant of the interchange was being used as a staging area by the company contracted to resurface the interstate where it passes through the Saluda area.  That presence has finally been removed, grading has been completed, and the tree planting is underway or completed.


For a lesson in the restorative power of nature when left undisturbed, as you pass through the interchange, look closely at the existing flora.  On the northeast side of the overpass, besides a typical selection of older trees, you will see the beginning of a nice stand of mountain laurel as well as southern running cedar (known locally as "turkey paw") and other understory plants .  In addition, when passing, speak kindly with an encouraging word to the new arrivals and hope for ample rain over the next two years so that Mother Nature can continue to reclaim a bit more earth with a little help from her friends.


Submitted by Walter Hoover

Charles Street Garden

Historic Tour of Homes

hane cottageSAVE THE DATE!  The Historic Saluda Committee will sponsor a Tour of Homes on Saturday, June 4, 2011, from 1 - 5 p.m., as part of Saluda's 130th Anniversary Celebration and as a fundraiser for the renovation of City Hall and other Historic Saluda projects. Historic Smith Hill has been chosen as the site of the tour. There will be six houses on the tour, all within walking distance of each other.


Tickets are $20 each and will be available at City Hall in Saluda beginning in May, and at the Saluda Arts Festival on May 21. Parking is available at the First Baptist Church at the corner of Carolina and Henderson Streets, and shuttle vans will be available to take you to Smith Hill for the tour.


In 1914, Dr. D. Lesesne Smith of Spartanburg started the Infants' and Children's Sanitarium in Saluda as a place where "anxious parents could get skilled attention, careful diet and treatment for their suffering children during the hot summer months." Dr. Smith's wife owned two houses in Saluda so he had a base from which to operate. Dr. Smith also had under his care the Spartanburg Baby Hospital, established in the same year. From an original eight-room cottage, the Sanitarium grew to 12 cottages, a central dining room, a diet kitchen, an assembly hall, and examination and treatment rooms. Dr. Smith, along with Dr. Frank Howard Richardson of New York and Black Mountain, while returning from a meeting of the Southern Medical Association, decided that general practitioners needed to be trained in childcare. From the hospital in Spartanburg and the Sanitarium in Saluda grew the idea of a Southern Pediatric Seminar. From 1921 - 1959, it is estimated that between 3,000 - 4,000 doctors from all over the country and several foreign countries came to Smith Hill in Saluda to study the latest in pediatrics during two weeks every summer.


When the seminar closed in 1959, the property was divided among Dr. Smith's four children. Some of the buildings were torn down, but the ones that remain are now permanent homes, and all but one on the tour are still owned and are now lived in by granddaughters and other relatives. The houses have all been restored in the last five years.


The Historic Saluda Committee was formed in May 2010. Its primary focus is "to preserve Saluda's past to protect its future," and the committee is working on an Oral History Project and assisting with fundraising for the restoration of City Hall.


For more information, contact Lynn Cass at 828-749-1975.

Youth Memories and a Town Named Saluda
The 5 and 10 Cent Store

frankBy Frank Middleton, a Saluda native


In 1997, the last of the large chains of five and dime stores closed. F.W. Woolworth Company announced in July 1997 that their remaining 400 stores were to be phased out of existence. This ended 118 years of operation of a business that was probably one of the first to use a customer self-service format.  The dizzying array of merchandise was always on open counters or in bins, thus making it available to you to pick up, look at, and examine at your pleasure.


Before the age of the super store, F.W. Woolworth Company was probably the most popular store in the United States. At one time, its red and gold sign was always a very prominent fixture on many of our cities' main streets  Read the rest of the story...   

Second Worst Childhood Chore
1940's and 50's

thompsonLast month I wrote about my worst childhood job, that of milking a cow twice daily for six years. My second most unpleasant job revolved around working in our humongous vegetable garden each spring and summer. My mother's philosophy, typical of folks who had survived the Great Depression, seemed to be that if planting a dozen tomato plants was good, then planting a hundred must be better, even though most of the produce rotted on the ground. We probably grew enough corn, tomatoes, cucumbers, potatoes, green beans, pole beans, peas, okra, squash and turnips to feed half of Saluda's year round population. Unfortunately, many other locals were doing the same thing which made giving vegetables away a difficult task itself.


Unlike the everyday grind of milking, gardening was only seasonal work. Early each spring, Mama would hire someone with a mule or horse to plow the garden and lay off the rows for planting. Our soil was extremely rich and anything planted grew quite well. However, the best crop each year, hands down, was the prickly cuckle burr weed. There is little doubt that our garden could have qualified for inclusion in the Guinness Book of World Records for the plethora of this noxious weed found each year among our vegetable plants.


For a kid like me, each row seemed five miles long, even though each was actually only about 200 feet in length. Then to make matters worse, as soon as I finished hoeing the entire garden, it was time to start all over again. Many times as I chopped away, some buddies would call to me as they passed by on their way to nearby Ogden's pond for a day of fun and swimming.  Adding to my misery was the ongoing daily chore of animal husbandry; so at a fairly young age, I began to dream of a future life away from Saluda and the hardships of poverty.


As crop production reached its peak, Mama would fill baskets with fresh produce and send my youngest sister along with me to peddle to the summer time residents. During this period of the late 1940s and 1950s, many of these part-time residents brought their personal house servants to Saluda to handle the cooking and household chores just as they did back home. After knocking on the front door, we were invariably instructed to walk around to the back where we were then greeted by a black domestic usually dressed in a crisp white dress. They always seemed delighted to see such fresh vegetables being offered, and especially at such cheap prices.  But dang it, then I had to share the money with my sister who had absolutely no sweat equity in growing those darn vegetables!


Later on, I learned to love gardening as an adult despite hating it so much as a child. There is something about having my hands in dirt that has a calming effect on me. But then choosing to have a garden is quite different from having to garden. Perhaps one reason God gave us fingernails was to get dirt underneath our nails!


By Clark Thompson

130th Anniversary Celebrations in 2011
130 YearsMark your calendars and plan onMore130th these events throughout 2011.

April - Saluda Community Land Trust will host two nature walks. Dates and times to be announced.

May - Saluda Arts Festival and the Women's Club Low Country Boil will include a salute to Saluda's birthday.

June 4 - Historic Saluda will host Saluda Home Tours. Details and times to be announced.  

June 12 City Wide Softball Game for all on at the Saluda School Diamond! 

July 2 - Square Dance at Saluda Mountain Jamboree from 7-10pm.  $5 donation.

July 4 - Birthday cake and pot luck at McCreery Park from 6-8pm.

August - History storytelling at Saluda Center.  "Saluda Art Images" at Saluda Center

August 14 - Children's Concert at the Purple Onion

August 20- Bingo at Saluda Center

September 10 - Charlie Ward's Memorial Pig Out

October 15 - Antique Car Club. Antique store highlights. 

October 31 - Halloween Stroll and Ole' Timey Dress Up

November - Saluda School Pageant "Saluda's Past," Turkey Dinner by the Methodist Church, and Singing for the Soldiers.  Details and times to be announced.

December 4 - Free Christmas Concert at the Jamboree

December 9 -Hometown Christmas stroll

December 10 - Saluda's first Christmas Parade at 2pm.   

Thanks for your continued support of Saluda Lifestyles.  We hope you are making plans now to participate in some of the fun-filled days in Saluda this spring and summer as Saluda celebrates its 130th birthday.

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