Saluda Lifestyles - Monthly Ezine all about Saluda, NC
                                                            Where Time Stands Still
                                                                                      April 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
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 Tree Preservation
Saluda Arts Festival
Saluda Business Association
Saluda Tailgate
Premier Fly Fishing
Autumn Care News
What is the Missing 40?
Post Office Hours
Saluda Classifieds
130th April Events
What's Happening in Music and Art
Tryon Arts
Saluda Faces
April Foolin' in Tryon
Saluda Scoop
Energy Savings
Art Clues
Joe Adams Is Back
Saluda Oral History
Historic Tour of Homes
A Town Named Saluda
The Ice Man Cometh
Help Keep the Celebration on Track
130th Anniversary Events
Spring Flowers Blooming Calendar

To see where and when wildflowers are blooming in the mountains, click on this link

Spring Flowers Blooming Calendar.

Remember the golden rule about viewing wildflowers, "Leave them as you found them so that others can enjoy them, too

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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!


   Rustic Cabin with Improvements large screen porch, 2 BR, 2 BA, approx 1300 SF, MLS#482356  $199,000 



           Saluda Vintage Cottage In historic downtown, back on the market at reduced price $174,000  MLS#440968


Old World Charm in Tryon

Year Round View, 3 BR, 3BA, approx 2247 SF, exclusive Tryon area, MLS#482365  $299,650


wncHH view


Long Range Views Next to Preserve 3BR, 3BA, approx 3100 SF, 4 ac, garden area, finished basement, lot of storage, MLS#483516  $314,500



Cottage at Lake Sheila

3 BR, 3BA, approx 2.49 ac, privileges to 28-acre private lake, 2 fireplaces, finished basement, workshop MLS#483359 $336,956



A Quick Saluda Market Update as of March 31, 2011

Sales               Closed   Pending


Homes 2011         8           1
Homes 2010         3           0
Land 2011            4           0
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.

Dates to Remember
Joint meeting of the Historic Saluda and the Oral History Committees Friday, April 1, 2:00pm at Saluda Library.

Thanks to our Volunteers Ice Cream social at the Saluda Center Sunday, April 10 at 3pm-5pm.

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

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

Saluda Arts Festival meeting is April 26 at 5:30 at the Saluda Library.

Thursday, April 14 at 6pm, Single Women United meeting and potluck dinner.

Saluda Women's Club
meeting on April 12 at 10am at Saluda Presbyterian Church

Saluda Garden Club meets April 18 at 10am at the Saluda Library for a wildflower hike with Chuck Hearon. 

130th Celebration Auction
at Saluda Center April 23, 10 til...

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 first and third Wednesday at the Pavilion at McCreery Park.  The annual meeting is April 27 at 6:30pm at the fellowship building at Transfiguration Church. 

Community Pot Luck with Saluda School students at Saluda Center April 28 at 6pm. 

Saluda Fire & Rescue Auxiliary Yard Sale April 30. 
Oral History Project Donations

Donations Are Still Being Accepted


Your Name Will Appear in the Film Credits &

You May Donate in Honor or Memory of a Loved One

Tax Deductible

For More Information:

Donation Form

Link to Film Clip Below 

Saluda Trailer
Saluda Trailer

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.   

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.)


National Volunteer Week is celebrated April 10-16. Thanks to all our fabulous volunteers!  We will have an Ice Cream Social to honor our volunteers on Sunday, April 10 from 3-5pm.

NOTICE!! The Saluda Center Home-Delivery Meals Program needs your help. We need a permanent driver on Thursday 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!


Free line dancing class every Monday at 12:30.


Bridge lessons, taught by Tollie Ross, on Defense, interspersed with Conventions, each Mon. through April 25 from  1 pm-3 pm downstairs in the multi-purpose room.


NEW! Bingo on Friday beginning April 1 from 1pm-2pm.


Book club meeting on Monday, April 4 at 2:00pm.


Single Women United potluck dinner will be on Thursday, April 14 at 6:00pm.


Community potluck on Thursday, April 28 at 6:00pm. The children from Saluda School will entertain.


130th Saluda Auction-Saturday,  April 23 from 10am-3pm at the Saluda Center.


Bridge every Tuesday from 10am-2pm.


Movie matinee on Wednesday, April 13 at 1:00pm


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 is delighted to present for the April Art Exhibit Recent Work: Mary Brummett and Bill Lovett


brummettBrummett, a Saluda resident, is a graduate of Syracuse University where she majored in Interior Design. She has enjoyed mastering the art of oil and acrylic painting with noted instructors in Florida, North Carolina and at Giverny, France. With numerous group and solo exhibitions from western North Carolina to coastal Connecticut, her paintings are collected nationally and internationally.

Mary says," The extraordinary experience of painting in Monet's garden forever changed my perception of light, color, and form. In my paintings I try to create a joyful, evocative mood that I can share with the viewer, and I am most interested in capturing a sense of light and atmosphere. My paintings are often not a literal rendering of a scene, but instead, I try to capture my emotional, immediate reactions to what is before me. The painted scene frequently becomes a place to which I have traveled in my mind."


lovettLovett, a native Georgian and former corporate advertising and marketing director, now finds his voice in painting color and light. His art journey has taken him through studies in color theory, composition, and plein air techniques. He paints in oil, acrylic and watercolors.


Having always been intrigued with the power and beauty of color, no matter how dull the day, Bill always sees a bit of color in his world. He passionately translates color and light onto canvas in his characteristically bright-colored paintings, and he hopes to share a sense of happiness, warmth and appreciation through his art.


He paints on a regular basis with his art mentor and friend, Saluda resident William Jameson, and travels for painting workshops with outstanding contemporary American artists. While he paints mostly in the Southeastern United States, he has also painted in Europe and Mexico. Bill's paintings have been selected for juried art shows, and his work can be found in private and corporate collections, regionally and nationally.


All are invited to a reception honoring the artists on Friday, April 8 from 5:00-6:30PM at the Saluda Center, 64 Greenville Street in Saluda, NC. This outstanding exhibit can also be viewed from April 8-29 during regular operating hours at the Center. For further information, please call Anne Jameson: 828-749-3101. The artists have graciously offered a portion of proceeds from the sale of their work to assist in funding the many programs offered at the Saluda Center.

Saluda Trivia

Did You Know...

That Perry Como and his wife, Roselle chose Saluda as their hideaway vacation home about 1980.

That Pat Hingle, the actor who starred in many films and best known as his role as "Doc" in Gunsmoke, grew up in Saluda.  He was the grandson of Mr. & Mrs. E. M. Patterson.  Mr. Patterson was engineer on the "helper" engines up the Saluda Grade for 40 years.


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

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

Mark your calendars for the annual meeting on April 27. Our speakers this year are Chuck Hearon and Nancy Barnett who will share information about our trails and their locations. As always we will have delicious local foods and drinks to add to the festivities. The meeting will be at 6:30 in the Parish Hall of the Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration in Saluda.


Volunteers are needed to help with the creation of Saluda's Dog Park which is located on Chestnut Street. For more information about this,  please call Dave Prudhomme at 828-749-9172.


Two trail walks are planned for April. On April 2 the hike is on private property that takes you along a cove toward North Pacolet River. The other hike will be April 9 on the "Missing 40."  We will meet at the Saluda Library at 10 am to carpool. Rain dates for both hikes are on the following Sundays (3rd and 10th) at 2 pm also meeting at the library.


Kudzu control projects have been in the works this winter, and more work is still needed. We plan on getting back to work on "our site." located on the corner of Ozone and Thompson Road starting in April.


Don't forget Kudzu Kollege which is the last Saturday of each month sponsored by the Spartanburg Kudzu Coalition. For more information, check out their website at To remember the website, think "Knock Out Kudzu."


SCLT meets the first and third Wednesday of each month at 3pm, and meetings are open to the public. Starting in April, we will meet at McCreary Park in the Pavilion.


For more information about SCLT and their projects call 828-749-1560 and leave a message.  Someone will return your call promptly. Visit the website to keep up with current projects. 


We are always working on a project that may be the perfect volunteer job for you! 

Robinson Saluda Community Garden

Robinson Garden

The last general meeting to sign a contract for a plot is 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.  


The meeting is at the Saluda Library starting at 6:30pm.  Plots will be assigned and guidelines will be established. 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 [email protected]

Saluda Garden Club

spring park

The Saluda Garden Club had a great day cleaning and visiting with each other at Saluda's Spring Park. It is always so exciting to see the new life peeking out from the earth as the plants wake up from their winter rest!


Please take time to walk through Spring Park and experience this wonderland right in the middle of our town. It will trigger your thoughts of a time when people stopped by the spring to get a drink and perhaps share adventures that brought them together. The spring would have been a place to water their horses and perhaps wash the road dust from their faces.


Be gentle in this area for it is old. and everything that is there needs to stay as is. It is not only a historic site but also a registered wildlife habitat.


April 18 is our next meeting. We will go on a wildflower walk. Chuck Hearon will be our guide. The walk starts at the "twin bridges" on Pearson Falls Road. The public is invited. and we will meet at the library at 10 am to carpool.


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
Dr. Ben Pfingstag, Saluda resident and art historian, will present "The Art of Lent" at the Women's Club of Saluda meeting on Tuesday, April 12, 2011 at 10 a.m. in the meeting room above the Saluda library.

All are invited to attend his color slide presentation on the last events in the earthly life of Jesus Christ, commonly known as "The Passion," as portrayed by artists from a variety of European countries. Subjects to be shown range from the Entry into Jerusalem to the Road to Calvary, the Crucifixion to the Resurrection and Christ's Appearances to the Ascension.

Following Dr. Pfingstag's presentation, refreshments will be served in the Fellowship Hall of the Presbyterian Church behind the Library, prior to our business meeting.

The Women's Club of Saluda invites you to consider joining and becoming a part of our organization. If interested, please stay for our business meeting to learn more about our group. We look forward to meeting you!


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. Our members are year-round residents and part-timers of all ages.  We work to raise money to support our projects and have fun along the way.

Our primary goal is to provide scholarships to deserving Saluda students. In addition, we support the Saluda School, the Fire Department, the Medical Center, the Public Library, the Saluda Center, and Autumn Care Nursing Home and the Historic Committee Oral History Project --all in Saluda, as well as other deserving organizations.

For additional information, please call Barbara Hastings, President, at 828-749-1097.

Single Women United

The next pot luck meeting will be April 14 at 6:00 at the Saluda Center. Please bring a dish and join us.  The group continues to work on projects to reach out to Saluda's men and women in the military. 


Please continue to send names and addresses of anyone serving from Saluda to Anita Moore at [email protected]

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 


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

Calendar of Events

Fri., April 1          Dress Down for Charity

Sat., April 2        Community Yard Sale 

Fri., April 8         PTSO Meeting  8:15-9:15am  in the Media Center

April 11-15          Artist-in-Residency:

Jody Cassell 

Mon., April 11      Polk County School Board Meeting  at Stearns 6:30pm

Thurs., April 14   Spring Informance

April 16-24          Spring Break!

Mon., Apr. 25       Regular school day (snow make up day)

Fri., Apr. 29        End of the 5th Six Weeks

Fri., Apr. 29        Box Tops Collection Day

Tues., May 3        Report cards

Fri., May 6          Dress Down for Charity

Sat., May 7         Community Yard Sale 


Saluda's 5th grade class will be sponsoring Community Yard Sales on April 2, May 7, and June 4 from 8:00am-12:00pm each Saturday.  The class will collect $10.00 from "vendors" on the day of each sale.  Also, drinks and snacks will be sold by students.  The Community Yard Sales will help students raise money for their overnight trip to Charleston in June.


On Thursday, April 14, we will hold our annual Spring Informance.  Students will be invited to stay after school for a dance from 3:10-4:30pm.  The fifth grade class will sponsor a hot dog dinner in the cafeteria for students, parents, siblings and community members from 4:30-5:30pm.  The cost will be $5 for adults and $3 for children age 10 and younger.  At 5:30pm, EVERYONE is invited to join Jody Cassell (artist-in-residency) for a Family Event in the gym.  Community members are encouraged to attend this event to see one way that our NC A+ School incorporates the arts with academic instruction.


Relay For Life

Please contact Kathy Angier at [email protected]

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.


A special thank you to downtown businesses for donating items and gift certificates for the American Cancer Society's Polk County Relay for Life Survivors' Dinner.


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 

Palm Sunday

8:00 a.m.  Holy Eucharist & Blessing of the Palms

10:30 a.m. Blessing of the Palms (Parish Hall) and Procession, Holy Eucharist 

Maundy Thursday

7:00 p.m. - Foot Washing, Holy Eucharist and Stripping of the Altar

Good Friday

12:00 noon - Stations of the Cross

7:00 p.m. - Good Friday Liturgy

Easter Day

8:00 a.m.  - Holy Eucharist

10:30 a.m.- Festival Choral Eucharist with Brass

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
Easter Sunrise Service A Community Easter Sunrise Service will be hosted April 24 by the Saluda Methodist Church, Saluda Presbyterian Church, and the Transfiguration Church.  Services will be held at 6:30am on Orchard Hill with a breakfast following at the Presbyterian Church. (Directions: Turn left on Greenville St. and travel approx. 2 miles, right on Pace Mountain, right on Judd's Peak, right on Orchard Hill.)

Saluda Fire & Rescue Auxiliary


Saluda Fire & Rescue Auxiliary will hold a benefit yard sale Saturday, April 30 from 8am till 3pm at the Saluda Fire Dept

Monies raised at the sale will help establish an emergency disaster fund to assist the needs of local families.

Items at the sale will include a pine dining table with 6 chairs, twin size bed, 2 handmade baby cradles, coffee table, leaf blower, tools, household items, clothes, plants, antiques, framed artwork, books, and much more.

We appreciate all the items already donated and hope to receive many more.

Please bring your donations by the fire department, and if you need a pick up call and leave a message at 828-749-1477 or 828-749-9152.

We are thankful to everyone for supporting our first Auxiliary fundraiser. We hope to see you at the sale...rain or shine!  

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Saluda Arts Festival
May 21, 2011

Waddil Arts FestivalWith more than 42 juried artists, this year's arts festival promises to be the best ever in eight years!


Fine artists from all over western North Carolina and South Carolina will exhibit and sell oil, water colors, acrylic paintings and drawings, wood working, photography, pottery, jewelry, sculptures, stained glass, metal working, and more.  


Enjoy watching live demonstrations of landscape painting, weaving, pottery, and blacksmithing.


Children will create their own works of art with an expanded Children's Tent. 


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.


Spring Concert from the Dancer's Extension

Twenty students from The Dancer's Extension will perform their Spring Concert at the Saluda School auditorium at 11am on the day of the festival.


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


Plan now to attend this year's Saluda Arts Festival.  Visit for accommodation and lodging information. 


The Saluda Arts Festival is sponsored by the Saluda Business Association.
News from Saluda Business Association

Volunteers Needed for Saluda Arts  Festival.  Please consider volunteering to help with the Saluda Arts Festival.  Two-hour shifts are planned for many jobs, like monitoring the Saluda Local Art Exhibit, selling festival T-shirts, greeting and helping Artist set up and many other tasks that help the festival run smoothly.  It is fun, and you will be right in the middle of the festival.  Please contact Catherine Ross at 828-749-3534 or email at [email protected].


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 [email protected] or 828-817-2876.  


Visit for more information about the businesses and the town of Saluda.
Saluda Tailgate Market


Saluda Tailgate Market will start Friday, May 6 4:30-6:30. Get your hat and basket, come greet your neighbors and support our Polk and Henderson County growers. Let's celebrate spring and all our diverse region has to offer.  Interested vendors can contact Shelley DeKay at 828-749-9615 or 828-749-9365. Visit our website for applications, maps, and other information.  Click here to join us on

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PacWalk for Preservation

Event:  "PACWalk for Preservation" and "Run for the Hills" 5k run

Date: Saturday, May 7

Time: The run is at 8 am, the walk at 10 am

Awards luncheon in Dining Room starting at 11:30

Place: Tryon Estates, 617 Laurel Lake Drive, Columbus, NC

For information contact Pacolet Area Conservancy 828.859.5060,

Purpose: to raise funds and fun for the protection of our area's land and water


The Pacolet Area Conservancy is a 501 (c)(3)Charitable Organization.

Premier Fly-Fishing School

The Pisgah Chapter of Trout Unlimited is holding its annual Fly Fishing School on Saturday, April 30th, from 8:30 am to 4:15 pm at Harmon Field in Tryon.


Students will receive not only a full day of practical instruction from experienced anglers covering the basics of fly fishing, including equipment, casting, line management, and stream tactics, but they will also get a ½ day session of "hands on" learning on one of the area's trout rich rivers or streams.


The cost of the school (which includes lunch on Saturday, the 30th) is $125 for adults and $75 for students (ages 10 and older).  Equipment for the class will also be provided.  For more information or to register for the school, please visit the PCTU website at  Class size is limited.  Early registration is recommended. All proceeds from the school help support Trout Unlimited educational and environmental programs in Western North Carolina.                                                          

Trout Unlimited is dedicated to the conservation, protection, and restoration of coldwater fisheries and their watersheds in the Western North Carolina region.

News from Autumn Care
What is "palliative care"?

At Autumn Care of Saluda, our goal is to assist our residents in living life to the fullest.  That means drawing on a wide variety of specialties.  This month we want you to learn more about "palliative care," and our relationship with Hospice of the Carolina Foothills in providing this important service.


Palliative care is comfort care whose main goals are relieving suffering, and preserving or improving quality of life - so both Hospice Care and Palliative Care are considered "palliative" in nature.


Palliative Care programs are intended to meet the needs of people with serious illness whose prognosis does not meet hospice criteria, or who are not eligible for hospice for some other reason.  Since it focuses on pain and quality of life issues, many residents may benefit from the program depending on their situations.


What does palliative care do?

Palliative care has three main focuses:

·         The Palliative Care Team can make suggestions on symptom management to your family members, physician and - if appropriate - to the facility.

·         The team is available for discussions with residents and family regarding prognosis, goals of care, decision making and advance care plans.

·         The team can assist with transitions, such as nursing facility to home or palliative care to hospice.


Our Partners

Autumn Care of Saluda partners with Palliative Care of the Carolina Foothills to offer palliative care services to residents in our facility. 


The Foothills Palliative Care Team consists of Dr. Andrew Kamell, physician, Jean Carter, nurse practitioner, and Meg Hoke,  social worker and program manager.  Autumn Care staff makes referrals to the team based on input from a variety of sources in the facility.


Once a referral has been made, members of the team see the resident for an initial consultation and then follow up with facility staff and the resident's physician on any recommendations they might have.  Follow up visits are made with the resident on an ongoing basis.  Team members are also available to meet with family members to discuss issues and share goals.


What you need to remember


·         Palliative Care is appropriate for residents with "advanced disease" issues.

·         The Palliative Care Team members are medical specialist consultants who work to improve residents' comfort levels and quality of life.

·         Residents may be receiving any type of care and in any location as long as they need assistance with comfort and quality of life issues.

·         The Palliative Care Team is made up of a physician, nurse practitioner and social worker.

·         The team does not provide medications, equipment or direct services.


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

What Is the Missing 40?

In recent river monitoring work that SCLT performed along the North Pacolet River, it was discovered that there was a parcel of land of some forty acres that seemed to belong to no one, due to a missing deed.


The property is steep and heavily wooded with the Pacolet River in the center and is not land that would be easy to develop. It came to light that the property had been deeded to the town of Tryon. This area we now call "The Missing 40."


This parcel has subsequently been leased to Saluda Community Land Trust by the town of Tryon for a period of ten years with permission granted for building and maintaining hiking trails for the public's enjoyment.


Beginning just above the new concrete bridge on Pearson Falls Road, the parcel extends up the river with steep slopes on each side. It passes under the power line right-of-way, ending when it encounters an old roadbed in the woods. Joels Creek joins this stretch of the Pacolet, as do several smaller streams.


In the past year or so, SCLT volunteers have completed a one-mile loop trail on the property. The trail provides a lovely walk for hikers and nature lovers, young and old. The slopes beside the river are steep in places and require some moderate-to-strenuous scrambling. Work continues in making the hillside portions easier and safer to walk.


In other sections, the walk is in a green tunnel of Laurel and Rhododendron... a children's wonderland. Completing the hike in a counter-clockwise direction, the trail comes to two river crossings. They are a delight to some and a challenge to all. Wading across in the cool water is the best choice.


Some hikers like river sandals; some bring an extra pair of old sneakers; and some even barefoot it. The rocks in the river can be slippery and wiggly. It is best to leave the rocks as-is because of the aquatic life that resides in the river. At the second crossing there is a gentle bend in the river and a deep pool and inviting sandbar. A rocky, foaming race of water lies just below this area.


The trail then heads down-river a bit and travels up and out onto Pearson Falls Road.


Some families with younger children, or hikers seeking a less strenuous experience, can enter the Missing 40 area and travel in a clockwise direction. This route takes one immediately to the river just below the bend. This beauty spot under the tall trees provides a nice cool play area that should please one and all.


Hikers are responsible for any precautions they may need to take for allergies to poison ivy or bee-stings prior to hike. If there is a medical condition that needs to be addressed, always advise hike leaders before hike.


For children, this is a great outdoor classroom; for adults, it is an opportunity for you to share your experiences with the children and, perhaps, with other adults. Trees, shrubs, vines, plants, bugs, snakes, fish, and animal tracks abound.


SCLT is always looking for volunteers to walk and work the trails. Having a hiker who walks a certain trail with some frequency is of great benefit to the "Trail Boss." Reports can be sent in, and a volunteer "Trail Crew" can be organized for a workday. It is always fun, sometimes a challenge.


For more information please contact Saluda Community Land Trust at 828-749-1560.

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
Saluda Grade Pearls
Shucks Pearls Hometown Limited Edition Series
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pearlsThe Saluda Grade Pearl Necklace was designed in commemoration of Saluda, NC's famous railway grade that was a turning point in the city's growth during the Victorian era. To order, please click on the image above to take you to a secure site for online ordering.
Saluda Classifieds
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 [email protected].

Oil heater

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

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

Ruby Lee Laughter Fortenberry, 83, died Saturday, March 5, 2011.


Mack Bradley, 86, died March 13, 2011.  Mack was a WWII veteran and served in the Army in the Pacific Theater.

Pamela Boyles Boehmer, 66, died Sunday, March 20, 2011.
Spring has Sprung in Saluda
cherry blossoms

Photo by Catherine Ross

Blooming, blooming, blooming...cherry blossoms, daffodils, forsythia, tulips, red bud trees, Bradford pear trees, willow trees.  And the sound and sight of birds singing...crickets chirping, frogs croaking...bees buzzing...butterflies floating in the air...spring has a firm foothold in Saluda.

130th Celebration April Events

130 Years

In celebration of Saluda's 130th birthday, the Saluda Community Land Trust will take those who are interested on two scheduled hikes.


Hike to North Pacolet Riverpacolet

Nancy Barnett will lead the first hike on April 2 at 10 AM with a rain date set for April 3 at 2 PM. Located along a ridge in a cove of the North Pacolet River, this hike is on private property and is only open with special permission.  The first half of the hike is on an old roadbed, and the second half is considered steep, and may be rough for some. Using caution, all hikers should be able to do the whole hike which is about one mile round trip.


There is a spot about half way to rest if you choose to let the group go on and then rejoin them on the way back.  This time of year many wild flowers should be visible in their blooming state. Among them are the Hepatica, Toadshade and other Trillium (Catesby's, sweet white and large-flowered), Bloodroot, Mayapple, and Sessile Bellwort.  This is a beautiful walk with much more flora than you would imagine. It is a wonderful experience to remember for a lifetime.


mssingHike to "Missing 40"

Chuck Hearon lead the second hike on April 9 at 10 AM with a rain date set for April 10at 2 PM. This hike will be on the "Missing 40," an area just above the new concrete bridge on Pearson Falls Road. It has recently been leased for 10 years to the Saluda Community Land Trust by the town of Tryon. Permission was granted for the creation of trails for the public's enjoyment.


This hike, at times, takes you along steep slopes and crosses the North Pacolet River along with Joel's Creek and several smaller streams. Trails have been made, and volunteers have worked hard to make it a safe and enjoyable hike.


There are places for parents to rest while their children play in the water. The whole family is welcome to come and experience this wonderland. Traveling beneath and through Laurel and Rhododendron with all of nature spread out before you is to know why you live in this great county.


Remember to wear appropriate clothing for both walks, especially shoes. Bring water and perhaps a walking stick. There will be Saluda Community Land Trust volunteers along to help with each hike.


Both hikes start by meeting at the Saluda Library and perhaps carpooling. If you have any questions, please call SCLT at 828-749-1560.


Click here to read more about the Missing 40. 


Click here for more 130th events.   


Click here to "Keep the Celebration on Track." 


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.   


April at the Onion

Alas, spring has sprung! We are enjoying our meals on the patio once again amidst bright yellow pansies, gerbera daisies, and ranunculus.


The new spring menu features the fresh, sweet flavors of a warming earth. Sugar snaps, asparagus, ramps, baby carrots, turnips, beets and spring onions adorn and flavor the new entrée selections. We also tweaked an old favorite, the classico pizza, with delicious sustainably produced sausage from High Farms in Landrum, S.C. The cioppino (a seafood stew with fish, mussels, shrimp and scallops which we served on Valentine's Day) was so well received ,we have added that to the menu as well. Come try it - al fresco!


Live Music in April

April 2 - The Honeycuttters, creating an original brand of Americana that has proved equally appealing to both the musician and the music lover.

April 7 - Alexa Woodward - Her music has been described  as "Pure Southern Magic" by our friend Jonathan Byrd as she makes her debut at the café.

April 9 - The Lone Tones, original, Appalachian roots-based music that goes well beyond the "tradition."

April 14 - Moors & McCumber.  This duo was a big hit in their first appearance at the café last year so we invited them back.

April 16 - Taylor Moore Band, "Moore absolutely beats his guitar senseless when he plays,  and you would think that would take away from the energy he exudes in his singing; quite the contrary."

April 17 - Montana Skies, Special Sunday concert. See below for details.

April 21 - Mercy Creek, mixes the elements of their live sound of acoustic guitar, vocals, and drum/percussion into a warm, rich organic sound.

April 23 - Twilite Broadcasters. This duo continues the tradition of two part harmony vocals  with acoustic instrument accompaniment once common  in the southern United States.

April 28 - Greg Klyma, Rust Belt vagabond - like a home-cooked meal and a Vaudeville show in a fast food, karaoke world.

April 30 - Bucktown Kickback, - This band can slide easily from Bluegrass to Country to a rootsy Americana at the drop of a wide-brimmed hat."


Posem Concert Series - Montana Skies

Special Sunday Night Concert- April 17 at 7 PM


We are pleased to announce the return of the fabulous Montana Skies to our new Purple Onion Sunday Evening Music (POSEM) monthly series sponsored by Dr. Mike Dennis. 


If you were in any of the audiences for their past appearances at the cafe, you will know that this is a must see live concert experience complete with brand new music for our enjoyment.


This is a duo with the full spectrum of an orchestra crossed with the energy of a rock band.  Jennifer and Jonathan Adams create a new acoustic sound with their pairing of cello, six-string electric cello, Spanish/classical guitar, and steel string guitar. These astounding musicians delve into music from Pink Floyd and Rush to Vivaldi, House of the Rising Sun, and Bach, as well as their own award winning originals that have been featured everywhere from NPR to the Travel Channel. Using a wide range of effects, Jennifer Adams' blazing electric cello and Jonathan Adams' guitar wizardry combine to create a sound that is truly remarkable.


Admission is $15 per person and seating will be limited.  Their performance starts at 7 PM.  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.


A Salute to Mother Earth - Wine Tasting - April 19 at 6:30     

We will begin our Earth Day Celebration on Tuesday, April 19 with a wine tasting to salute viticulturists and wine makers around the world who are committed to sustainable growing and production practices. While there are many excellent examples of earth stewardship in the wine industry, we wanted the wine selections to reflect a broad range of sustainable practices. We chose three whites and five reds from France, Australia and the U.S which consistently receive good ratings and reflect their maker's commitment to sustainability. Robert Braswell from Tryon Distributing will join us to explain some of the varying approaches to green wine production and to elaborate on such topics as biodynamics and sulfites in wine. A focus on sustainability also provides our kitchen with an opportunity to showcase many excellent locally sourced foods.


The price for the tasting is $45 and includes a taste of three white wines and five reds, as well as a sampling of several delicious Appalachian grown small plates 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, and check our website for menu updates.


Music at the Purple Onion is complements of Rob Seiler.


 megan ward 

April and May Music Schedule  


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

May 7       Southern Pointe
May 14     Carolina Misty
May 21     Jerricho Hill
May 28     Crimson Rose


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

wine cellarThe Saluda Inn and Wine Cellar April Schedule

April 1 - 8:00pm Jay Lichty, Singer/Songwriter with handmade guitars and ukeleles.

April 2 - 6:30pm Brickhouse Brewery Beer Class & Tasting. Reservations.  

8:00pm Kyle Sorenson Singer/Songwriter with Fun Trivia

April 7 - 7:00pm Meet the Artist Brenda Gray - Jeweler

April 8 - 8:00pm Frank Beeson, Doug Dacey & Steve Katin - 3 great musicians, one great room.

April 9 - 8:00pm Ellen Trnka - Classic Jazz, Soul and Blues

April 14 - 7:00pm Knit, Pearl & Sip 

April 15 - 8:00pm Steve Katin & Gone Coastal - Acoustic, Rock, Country

& Island

April 16 - 8:00pm Letters to Abigail - Americana

April 21 - 7:00pm Wine Drinkers with a Reading Problem, Book Review:  The Professor and the Housekeeper

April 22 - 8:00pm Frank & Friends - Americana

April 23 - 7:00pm Open

April 28 - 7:00pm Knit Pearl & Sip

April 29 - 8:00pm Ian Herrod - Folk & Soul Grass

April 30 - 8:00pm Kyle Sorenson - Singer/Songwriter with Fun Trivia

 The winner of the 130th  year birthday weekend give-a-way was the 131st person who walked through the door at The Saluda Inn. Since the 130th was Joni's Mother, that just would not have been fair!  Congratulations, to Rich and Rita Igoe of Saluda!  They will soon enjoy a free weekend at The Saluda Inn including breakfast at Ward's Grill and Wildflower Bakery, and a free bottle of wine from The Wine Cellar.  Joni, Rich, and Wylie would like to thank all of the guests who came in during the month of March to try to win the weekend and celebrate the town's 130th birthday.


Randall Bramblett just performed and now his buddy, Geoff Achison is coming June 16. If you've not been to one of our special concerts, you are really missing a treat.  The musicians call it a perfect "listening room, with the feel of a living room concert."  If you are interested in tickets, call Joni at 828-749-9698.  


The book club has turned out to be a fun event - even for those who haven't read the book!  The discussions are great and so are the people!  Don't forget about the Knit, Pearl & Sip night - a good way to meet new knitters and learn a couple new tricks!  All are invited - even non-knitters!


The Saluda Inn is now renting rooms by the night (in addition to the entire facility). Call for a nightly rate and stay with us.  We accept children and will consider pets.  This is an affordable lodging option in the area and it is in walking distance from our fantastic little town. 

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


carsonJim Carson Outdoor Painting Workshop                       

Jim Carson, Saluda artist, will conduct a "plein air" (outdoor) oil and/or acrylic workshop, titled "Painting Fast and Loose/ Eliminating the Unnecessary," in Saluda, NC on Thursday-Saturday, June 2-4.


The focus of this workshop will be to attempt to master the principal as stated by Pablo Picasso that "art is the elimination of the unnecessary." The three day workshop will be held at different outdoor locations each day and features demonstrations by the artist and critiques of the student's work at the end of each day.


The workshop will focus on simplifying large shapes and applying paint quickly and confidently, with an emphasis on color harmony, painterly marks, and composition. The $300 cost of the workshop includes a "get acquainted" gathering at Carson's studio on Wednesday night, June 1, as well as a tasty catered lunch brought to the painting site each day by The Saluda Grade Café.


For more information, contact Jim at 828-749-3702 or visit or email [email protected].




NEW Adult schedule, NEW Dances, NEW YOU!!!  Join us for Adult Zumba Fitness on Monday and Thursday now at 6PM and on Wednesday at 8:30AM, adult ballet on Tuesday at 7PM, and the adult "whatever" class on Monday at 7PM.


We are also offering a NEW payment option of any four classes a month for just $34!  Adults never pay a registration or joining fee.  New students and beginners are ALWAYS welcome.


Our youth students are so excited about the Spring Concert which will coincide with the Saluda Arts Festival on May 21.  The concert begins at 11AM in the Saluda Elementary auditorium.  Youth students received their costumes the last week of March.  We'll have professional dance photographs taken on Wednesday, April 6.  We are really working hard to put on a nice show for everyone.  Please come join us!  There is no admission charge for our Spring Concert.  We'll soon begin taking registration for our summer workshops and camps, and then for fall classes.


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   



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.  

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

Chad Alice Hagen - June 4 & 5

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


Random Arts is located across the bridge on the west end of downtown Saluda on Highway 176. For more information, please contact Jane Powell at 828-699-2210 or [email protected]

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

Spring is here and so are an abundance of classes and workshops for you to take during the month of April.


·         April 2 and 3 - Basic Blacksmithing Weekend Workshop with Lynda Metcalfe

·         April 9and 10 - Intermediate Silversmithing Weekend Workshop with Dan Haga

·         April 9and 10- Basic Leather Knife Sheath Construction Workshop with Rick Lowe

·         April 30 and May 1- Intermediate Wire-Wrap Weekend Workshop with Sonia Arnold

·         April 30 and May 1 - Flintknapping Weekend Workshop with Bill Mosseller


Additional information about our classes and workshops is available on our website:  You are also welcome to call the office with questions, 828.859.8323.


·       Saturday, May 7-6 to 9pm at Tryon Arts & Crafts School, 373 Harmon Field Road

Our Spring Auction and Gala Fundraiser:  Please join us for an evening to remember!  We invite you to enjoy our reception and to participate in our raffle, silent and live auctions.  Your support will go directly to our organization's programming and educational events.


·      October 15 and 16: 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.


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 and 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 are typically from regional artists in a wide range of styles and media.  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 handcrafted by local artisans.  Our normal business hours are 9am to 5pm 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! 

Tryon Fine Arts 

For further information, call Tryon Fine Arts Center 828-859-8322 or visit the web site


Tryon Painters and Scupltors   


Jim Green and Susan Hopps  

Tryon Painters and Sculptors will be showing the work of two artists, from April 3 to May 7. In Gallery One: Jim Greene; Sculptures and Paintings and in the Mahler Room: Susan Hopps; Watercolor, Oils, and Mixed Media. The galleries are located at Tryon Fine Arts Center, 34 Melrose Ave, Tryon, NC. The public is invited to a reception for the artists on April 3 from 5 - 7 pm.  


Understanding Perspective Workshop with Christopher Sherry  

A new one-day workshop is scheduled at the Tryon Fine Arts Center studio on Friday, April 8, and Saturday, April 9 from 9 am to 4 pm. The same workshop will be presented on each day. Each workshop is limited to 10 students so sign up early to be able to learn perspective in an easy-to-understand way.


Christopher Sherry, an innovative painter from the Atlanta area, will instruct the workshop on the subject of perspective. The fee for the workshop is $100 for TPS members and $125 for non-members.


Chris was an AIA architect for 20 years and now, having retired, teaches perspective at Johns Creek Art Center and Quinland Visual Arts Center in Atlanta, Georgia.


Those interested in registering for each one-day workshop should contact the workshop coordinator, Christine Mariotti at [email protected] or 828-859-8392.


For more information please call 828-859-8322 or visit the TPS website
Saluda Faces
"Doc" Russell

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


Doc RussellDr. Jerry Russell is unassuming, tall and lean, with a full head of white hair.  Of course, you may not ever see his wavy white hair because you don't see "Doc" without a hat.  Born and raised in Saluda, Doc was destined for great things, but it wasn't until after he served in the Navy and came back to Saluda that he realized what his purpose in life would be.


Born on a snowy day on March 13, 1936 in a house on Mine Mountain Road, he attended Saluda School and graduated in 1954.  Upon graduation, he joined the US Navy, serving aboard Ship USS Caisteo A099, a tanker ship.


Returning home, he attended North Greenville Junior College while working a second shift.  He was never taught "to know what he could do," so he was going along working and making passing grades.  Then one day as he was driving home, it came to him (like Paul on the road to Damascus) that he could do better.  At that moment, he set a goal to make the best grades in class which he did over and over again.  Doc has eight college degrees, three master degrees, and two PhD's. 


In 1971, Doc went back to Saluda School as the principal where some of his former teachers were still teaching.  Feeling that he had fallen through the cracks while in school, he made it his mission to make sure every student learned that believing in yourself and knowing you can do anything you set out to do were the tickets to success in life. 


One of his memorable times in school was in the 9th grade when the school was holding a Halloween Carnival.  The students could vote for the King and Queen of the carnival, and to his horror, he was voted as the King to represent the 9th grade.  When the teacher told him that he had to be the King, he threatened, "I will shoot myself first," which in turn became a reality.  A few days after making this threat, he and some buddies were out by the Saluda trash dump after school shooting rats with a 22 rifle.  Instead of shooting a large rat escaping the dump, he shot his toe! Everyone panicked and ran for help because they thought he had actually shot himself to get out of being King of the Halloween Carnival.  John Rhodes picked him up in his Chevrolet and took him to Dr.Sally's office in Hendersonville and he patched up his toe.  And, he didn't have to be the King after all, since he had a hurt toe.


While farming tobacco, Doc started wearing straw hats, and it has become his trademark.  Once, he loaned one of his hats to a friend who brought it back full of pins.  He liked the pins so much he started collecting them and sticking the pins in his hats.  In addition to hats, he collects caps, pocket knives, pocket watches, T-shirts, old tractors, and A-model cars and trucks.


You would think that he came by the name of "Doc" because of his PhD's, but the first time the name was given to him was many years before he earned his educational degrees.  His brother gave him a pen and pencil set with his name engraved as "Dr. Jerry Russell."  Later, as principal of Saluda School, the students nicknamed him "Doc" and it stuck. 


Doc has contributed to Saluda's well-being in many ways, and his proudest accomplishment was getting the city to grant the land on which to erect the Veteran's Memorial Monument by the railroad tracks.  When doc was about six years old, he stood on that spot next to an old apple house and watched the trains go by filled with soldiers going off to WWII.  Doc recognizes Saluda's veterans by presenting a program on Memorial Day and Veteran's Day at the monument.


Doc bought a cemetery plot in the Old Mountain Page cemetery and erected his monument with these words: "More than just a pretty face." "Unnoticed." "He tried to learn."  These words represent his many talents that almost went unnoticed and his life-long desire for learning which he continues today.


After traveling to many places outside of Saluda, he feels that Saluda is the most beautiful place he has ever been.  He says that he may not make it to Heaven, but Saluda will be just fine!


Doc loves people and the only stranger to him is someone he has not met yet.  So if you haven't met Doc yet, then please make his acquaintance.  He's not hard to find....he will be the tall man with a hat adorned with colorful pins, sitting on a bench on Main Street or eating in Ward's Grill.

April Foolin' in Tryon

The Tryon Downtown Development Association is kicking off this year's April Fools Festival with a Street Dance on Friday, April 1. No foolin'! Starting at 6:30 (ish) until 10, you can dance the night away on McCown St. with DJ, Mike Phillips.  Jose Rivera will be there with his Fire Wood Pizza, and beverages can be purchased from the TDDA beer and wine wagon. The Tryon Fine Arts Center will be hosting a dance contest for those that can really boogie down.


On Saturday the fun begins around 11am.  You will find booths, games, music, and fun in the depot parking lot. Hot Dogs, BBQ, and Pizza will be available for purchase, as well as beer, wine, and soft drinks. The Mill Spring Agricultural Center will be hosting a petting zoo.


Brush up your Shakespeare, tune your guitar, practice your Pirouettes because at 1pm at the Movie Theater, you can participate in the "Tryon's Got Talent" show. This is not a competition but rather a chance to display your special talents. Is your special talent being an audience member? You can do that, too - admission is $1 which goes to TDDA. 


You will get out in time for the Big Parade which starts at New Market and Trade St. at about 3. All are welcome to be in the parade - you don't need a float. Bring your exotic pets (on a leash please), wear a silly hat and sport a smile, and you are good to go.


After the parade, the races are on - starting with the outhouses. This year we will have 3 categories - adults only, kids only and anything goes. You need to pre-register for $5 at the Trade St. Coffee Shop. The Foothills Humane Society will have a stroller race. You can be a contestant for a mere bag or two of pet food to put in your stroller. The pet food will be donated to the shelter when the race is done. It all happens on Trade St. from Palmer to the Rotary Clock Tower.


Head on up to the Old Tryon Depot for the Trashion Show at 4:33. This is an upscale look at fashions constructed from recycled/repurposed materials. Tryon House is hosting this runway show to benefit the Memorial Gardens at the Foothills Humane Society. Prizes include gift certificates to Tryon House Apparel.


The evening continues with a Masquerade Ball at Thompson's Landscaping at 83 Palmer St. Get your costumes ready because this is going to be a ball! (Sponsored by Outdoor Living by Bravo and Thompson's Landscaping, live music by the fabulous Carburetors, and food by Paul Dale.) You can even have your fortune told. Tickets for the Masquerade Ball are $24.99 each or 2 for $50.00. (This is your chance to give the town your 2 cents worth.) Tickets are available at most Tryon merchants.  Check out the events part of this site for details on all the happenings or contact Kathleen Carson at 828-859-8316.


Sponsors include: Costco, Carolina First, Re-Max Realty, Vines and Stuff, Main Street Financial, George and Wanda May, Outdoor Living by Bravo, Thompson's Landscaping, McKinsey Printing, Kathleen's Gallery and Saluda Forge, Tryon House

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

evening shadeEvening Shade Pottery will soon be moving to downtown Saluda!  We have been conducting business on Ozone Drive for over a year and are happy to announce the transition to Historical Downtown Saluda! Currently, we are only open Friday and Saturday on Ozone, until the actual move. Our new location will be in the alley between Ward's Grill and Mountain Life Realty. We are currently working on renovating, and we will keep you posted on an opening date. The alley might not look like much now, but just wait untill you see the end result!  Hope to see you soon at our new location! You can contact us 828.749.3249  or visit our website at


cabin feverCabin Fever was featured in "Talk Greenville" magazine.  Click here to read why this cluster of rustic cabins is a favorite mountain destination. 





Once again the cherry trees in the park are in bloom, and new spring work is arriving daily at Heartwood.

Just work from WNC joy tannerpotter Joy Tanner.  Joy is a current resident artist at the Energy Exchange in Burnsville, NC.  The Energy Exchange captures methane gas from the Yancey County landfill to heat greenhouses, fire a pottery kiln and glass blowing furnaces. The resident artists use this gas to produce functional and decorative objects.

michael mAlso, we have new botanical adornment for spring from everybody's favorite jewelry artist, Michael Michaud. Michael combines the wonderful textures of nature with a hand-applied patina to create a truly unique look.



For more information, contact Heartwood at 828-749-9365, visit their website, or Find us on Facebook 



Green River BBQ

Green River BBQ  

Daily Specials:

Tuesday - small chop pork sandwich with homemade slaw and a tea or cola 4.99 Wednesday - beef brisket on a onion roll with horsey sauce and a tea or cola 5.99 Thursday - bacon burger, homestyle fries and a tea or cola 4.99  

Friday - 1/2 smoked turkey salad sandwich with homestyle potato chips, tea, or cola 4.99


Every Day and All Day - Narraganset Pints $1.50!


Back by popular demand on draft:  Spartanburg's R J Rockers Brewery " Son of a Peach" Wheat Ale. Made with fresh South Carolina peaches! A huge success!


Tuesday - Thursday- All appetizers are $5.99


We have gone to our summer hours. Tuesday-Saturday 11am-9pm and Sunday's noon-3pm.  Along with the summer hours come the summer favorites as the fresh veggies start to arrive!  The Vidalia Onion Slaw is already back on the menu along with a new side: Fresh Broccoli Salad - fresh raw broccoli with purple onion, cheddar cheese, bacon crumbles, sunflower seeds in a light dressing!


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   



Buttercup Cottage is pleased to announce that we now offerbuttercup cottage to our guests discounted tickets to the Biltmore Estate in Asheville.  Adult tickets are $45, less than they can be purchased on line.  We are gearing up for the spring/summer. The garden is ready to be planted, and new plants are going in each week.  The daffodils are up.  The fruit trees are in full bloom, and we expect a bumper crop of apricots, cherries and plums this year.   As usual, our guests are welcome to enjoy the fruits (and vegetables) in the garden. We will also set up "Dan's Garden" booth at the Saluda Tailgate Market again this year and look forward to seeing all our friends there. We can't wait until we can share those wonderful cucumbers, beans, baby eggplants, squash and, of course, tomatoes.  Is your mouth watering?  Mine is.  See you soon. Contact Marti Wells at 828-749-9538 or email [email protected].  Visit their website for rates and availability. 


Order your Hot Cross Buns for Easter. Orders must be in by April 22.  Last pick up is April 23.  Wildflour will be closed Easter Sunday, April 24.

Treat yourself to lunch from Wildflour Bake Shop;

Soup, Quiche, Sandwiches and Daily Specials:    Thursday - Bean Bowl

Friday - Pizza

Saturday - Chicken Pot Pie

Sunday - Brunch Special 


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!   
* 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.  



green riverGreen River Adventures' new outpost in Downtown Saluda is open!  111 E Main Street - across from the Post Office.  We're running trips Wednesday through Sunday, 10:00 to 5:00, until Memorial Day, and then we will be open 7 days a week for the Summer months.  We are thrilled to be downtown and amongst the buzz.  If you are looking for an outdoor adventure, come see us.  We offer guided river trips on the Upper and Lower Green River, waterfall and swimming hole hikes, canyoneering and whitewater kayak instruction.  We offer trips for any skill level and for ages 5 and up.  Stop by so we can tell you about it, check out our new website,, or just look over your shoulder on Main Street and check out our slide show on the big screen.  Saluda is lucky to have such an amazingly beautiful and preserved resource in its back yard:  The Green River Gorge.

We are offering a "locals discount" for the month of April:  If you book a trip for the 2011 season this month, get one spot FREE.  Limited to one per household, please.  Just tell us you heard about it in Saluda Lifestyles.


Also join us on May 7 for our 5th Annual Spring Green Bash! After our trip's return for the day, around 6 pm, walk downtown for live music, BBQ, and refreshments. 

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orchard inn 

In April, we'll be having brunch on Easter Sunday, the 24th - serving from 12-2 pm. It will be a three- course, sit down, gourmet meal, and will include one complimentary Mimosa. One of the featured entrees will be Eggs Orchard - 2 local, free range, happy eggs, poached, on a muffin, with a light mustard sauce, and fresh crab cake. Only $25 per person plus tax and gratuity.


We hope you can come to the inn and enjoy the beautiful view from our white linen dining room.  Watch the birds and squirrels at play with 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 [email protected]. Visit them at Orchard Inn.


saluda grade

Saluda Grade Café is excited to announce our New Spring Menu coming in April!  You'll see lots of new items as well as some of your longtime favorites!  Come Taste and See!


April 16, 1998-Wow it's our 14th Anniversary!  It's hard to believe it's been 14 years since we first opened our doors.  I (Kaye) will never forget the week leading up to our Grand Opening...I spent most of my birthday, (no I will not tell you how old I was then or, cleaning, making menus, prepping food and getting ready for the "unexpected."  I had many hopes and dreams during those first few weeks, but I don't think that I could have known just how much I would fall in love with the town of Saluda and its truly amazing and caring people. Those dreams from "way back when" are still growing and becoming reality thanks to so many people here in Saluda, both past and present.    So I just really and truly wanted to say thank you for 14 of the very best years of my life!  I love to cook for you and to just know you!  May our lives together continue for many more years to come!


April 24 is Easter Sunday!  We have already started taking reservations and will be open from 11 am to 3 pm.  The menu of course will be delicious: think Leg of Lamb, Glazed Ham with Mango and Pineapple, Deviled Eggs, Lemon Herb Roasted Cornish Hens with Spring Vegetables and Asparagus and Goat Cheese Tartlets.  Easter Sunday will bring yummy desserts, too!  Remember the Old Fashioned Coconut Ice Box Cake?  It will be there!  Key Lime Roulade and Raspberry filled Peeps Cupcakes will be on the menu as well, plus many more!  Make sure to reserve your table soon!


On Thursday, April 28 Saluda Grade Café is honored to be participating in Western North Carolina Aids Project (WNCAP) DINING OUT FOR LIFE!!  Please come join us in helping others!! 20% of Saluda Grade's Sales for the entire day go to Dining Out for if you eat out, make it count!!!     Customers at the Saluda Grade, on Thursday, April 28 will also be given the opportunity to WIN 2 Round Trip Airline Tickets on Southwestern Airlines plus several other Drawing Prizes as WNCAP's way of saying, "Thanks For Dining Out!" This very well could be the most important meal you'll eat all year!  Call us at 828-749-5854 for more information and to make reservations,or email [email protected]. Visit our website at    


mary farellEssential Elements Massage & Bodywork is celebrating the 130th birthday of Saluda by holding a raffle on the 130th day of the year, May 10.   The winner will receive a free one hour massage to be given by Mary H. Farrell, LMBT.  Entry boxes will be located at Macon Bank at 108 East Main Street and The Saluda Inn & Wine Cellar at 229 Greenville Street from April 1 to May 1.  We must receive at least 130 entries total to give away the free one hour massage. However, if we receive 130 entries per box we will give away a free one hour massage per box for a total of two lucky winners!  No fee to enter... one entry per person per box...  giving each person the opportunity to enter twice!  Good Luck and Happy 130th Birthday, Saluda! Visit their website or call 828-749-1197.

Energy Savings Upgrades

Why should you make energy saving upgrades to your home?

Why should you make energy saving upgrades to your home? The obvious reason is to save money on your electric and gas bills. Energy prices are soaring and many researchers believe we can expect to see prices double in the next ten years. Lets face it, the energy market lacks certainty and we have to work to reduce our dependence on them. So if you are someone who is planning to live in your home for a long period of time, making energy saving investments is a good idea to save money in the long run. 


But what if you plan on living in your home for a few years? Does it pay for you to make these energy saving upgrades? How will these upgrades effect the value or the ability to sell your home? Some bankers are now asking appraisers to look at energy saving upgrades such as energy star windows, appliances, insulation, and high efficiency heating systems and factor them in to the appraisal value. You can bet the real estate agents are going to be selling these upgrades to their clients as well. We also have to think about the implementation of the 2012 building code witch is just around the corner. It includes new energy efficient building standards for new homes that will undoubtedly make older, less efficient homes, seem even less desirable. (read the full article at kirbycustombuilders blogspot)

kirbyTodd Kirby is a Saluda resident and general contractor. Contact Todd for more information on reducing energy costs in your home at [email protected] or visit

Art Clues
Ideas for Creating and Appreciating Art



Featuring the Ashley Family

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L-R Rhonda, Martha, Eric Ashley

"I'm a rock hound" says Eric Ashley.  "In the 40's my dad and granddad spent time digging up beautiful things such as crystals, agates, sapphires, and emeralds. My granddad had a museum in downtown Saluda where the Saluda Grade Café is now."


Eric's granddad displayed in the museum items we will talk about in this column.  Some things formerly on display at the museum can be seen now by calling his grandson Eric at 828-749-1655.  After spending time with his dad and granddad mining and caring for the beautiful art found in the earth, Eric has continued the interest and tradition.  Martha, Eric's mother, and Rhonda, his wife, are also part of Saluda's "Art of the Earth" family.


In talking with the family, I learned that Western North Carolina has more variety of gems and minerals than almost anywhere. At the turn of the century, mining was a large business in Western North Carolina because the government was looking for rare earth minerals such as mica and zircon. There was a double edge for the miners. The veins being mined carried gems as well as mica, so the miners got interested in looking for gems and minerals as well as mica. In the early 1900's miners didn't have to go to war because they collected minerals to be stockpiled by the government.


An interesting thing happened with Eric's granddad.  He found an unusual rock.  Since he'd never seen it before, he sent it to the Smithsonian Museum to be identified.  Since the Smithsonian had never seen it before either, they asked him to name it.  He did - "angle plated quartz."


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Angle Plated QuartzType

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As a kid Eric enjoyed being with adults at night who were searching for fluorescents. Some people have a passion for collecting them because most haven't seen rocks that glow in the dark and really like them. You can't see them glow under a light or in the daytime.


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Fluorescent Rocks with Light On.
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Fluorescent Rocks with Light Off-Brilliant Colors! 


Art of the Earth includes the crystal shapes and fancy patterns found in:

1.    fluorescent minerals

2.    gems - high quality for jewels

3.    specimens - not gem quality, but good enough for jewelry


With the support of Eric's mother, Martha, Rhonda and Eric have a dream to carry on the Ashley tradition and help others enjoy the beauty of the earth.  They hope you will be able to come and see, right here in Saluda, specimens, fluorescent minerals and cut gems, most of which are local to Western North Carolina.


To see some of the Art of the Earth, remember you can call Eric at 828-749-1655.


Beverly Bowden Pickard


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I Saw Grandpa Picking His Nose
by author Joe Adams

"Welcome back Joe and it's good to know you haven't lost your sense of humor." 


Joe Adam's faceMy great granddaughter has been living in St. Louis for a while with her Dad, but she just recently returned to Hilton Head Island to live with her grandmother.  We are glad to have her back, but I don't get to see her that often.  She's very observant and is a real blabber mouth.  She tells everything.  She told my daughter recently, "I saw Grandpa picking his nose."


My daughter asked her what I did with the boogers.  She said, "Sometimes if they are big, he feeds them to the dog.  The dog seems to love them.  Other times he picks one side of his nose, then, if he has no place to put it, he sticks it in the vacant side.  It is so sick and disgusting."


My daughter wanted to know if I ever flicked them or stuck them anywhere.  But I was not guilty.


I confronted Ellie and asked why she was telling stuff like this.  She said it was what girls do.

I asked her why she said I picked my nose.  I also pick apples, blackberries, blueberries, strawberries...but she never tells that.  She said they don't come out of my nose.

I tried to convince her that we had two "picking" fingers just for getting boogers...that was what God gave us those fingers for.  But she wasn't buying it. She said he made the so called "Picking" fingers  to keep your place while reading and to paint so they look pretty. 


I doubt that I will be able to stop after all these years, unless she starts smacking my hands.  Then I might have to flick the boogers at her, sweet as she is.


Send Joe your comments and thoughts by emailing him at [email protected] 

Saluda Oral History Project Update

The Golden Thread

Though bittersweet, the first round of interviews has been completed. The people we interviewed told their stories from their own personal perspective. We have not attempted to validate the accuracy of the stories or the accuracy of any history reflected in the stories. We tried to allow each storyteller to guide us down the path they wished to travel and to relay their stories in any manner they saw fit.


Our role was to listen, acknowledge, validate, and of course, to capture and preserve the recollections of their past. Prior to jumping into the actual interviews, we were searching for a golden thread that would weave this project together, but we did not want to force it. As expected, it did emerge rather naturally. Quite simply, it came down to the people and the interconnectedness of the people. Many families, including mine, have roots in this small town that can be traced back to the 1700's. As Charlie Ward used to say, "Honey, you are one of us."  


Likewise, many of the summer visitors have followed in the footsteps of multiple generations of their own families who came regularly to enjoy what Saluda has to offer. The golden thread winds through the stories of how and why people came to Saluda and why they chose to stay. It's about the relationships that were forged and the experiences people shared. It's about home, hearth and history. It's about a "sense of place" so unique that no one wants to leave. It's about that air of mystery and enchantment that still lingers from days gone by. Don't you sometimes feel the presence of those earlier generations? Can't you feel the mark they left on the town? You may even know their names. Whether you have just arrived or whether you have lived in Saluda all your life, you may feel drawn to its sense of place.


Dr. Thomas A. Woods, President of Making Sense of Place, Inc., provided the following definition: People develop a "sense of place" through experience and knowledge of a particular area. A sense of place emerges through knowledge of the history, geography and geology of an area, its flora and fauna, the legends of a place, and a growing sense of the land and its history after living there for a time.


Dr JonesWe concluded the interviews with Dr. George Jones, renowned historian and native Saludian, at the Henderson County Genealogical and Historical Society. Dr. Jones appropriately chose to begin his story by recounting the history of Saluda, picking up that golden thread that weaves it all together. Descriptively, he took us through mountain passes with switchback curves, across roaring rivers and over hills and hollows into what was then Paces Gap. We could vividly imagine the Pace family traveling up from South Carolina, taking old Indian paths leading high into the Blue Ridge Mountains into a wild and untamed wilderness. We imagined the first train as it roared into town and the eventual founding of a little mountain town in 1881 called Saluda. We could imagine what life was like back then, making us even more grateful for those that made the sacrifice to carve out our town. Because of Saluda's founders and their descendents who have passed down their stories, because of people like Dr. George Jones and Charlene Pace who love history and because of the folks who were and are willing to share their life stories with us during this project, we have what so many people are missing today, a genuine sense of place and a lasting legacy for current and future generations.


We plan to announce a summer release date and premier party for the DVD very soon! If you know someone you think we should interview, please email me and tell me who they are and a little about them.


Cindy Stephenson Tuttle, Historic Saluda Oral History Project Chair

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Exciting Details from the Film Company!

We've recorded over fourteen hours of video interviews, copied hundreds of old photographs from private collections, and received more than a dozen cassette tapes of interviews conducted by Charlene Pace and Anne Osborne for their 1981 book Saluda, NC- 100 Years. What's the next step for the Oral History project?


We're currently listening carefully to each interview, logging every subject addressed and every story told. We'll do the same for the '80's-era audio tapes, and we'll also log every single photograph. Then, we'll fit these pieces together to tell the story of Saluda--from amusing personal stories, to touching family tales, to some serious historical scholarship. To make it all flow smoothly, we'll then write and record some narration and top it all off with a splash of homegrown music. Then, it all goes off to a duplication company to make copies of the DVD for sale.


But we all know that the story of Saluda can't begin to be told on a single DVD. So the oral history project is just getting off the ground. Hopefully, more DVDs that continue to pull together the threads that make up the tapestry of Saluda will follow. The production of a DVD takes time, however, and some faster, less labor-intensive forms of archiving the irreplaceable memories of Saluda's wisest residents will soon be brought into the mix as well.


Eljapa Media Group is honored to be a partner in Saluda's oral history project, and we give you a big "thumbs up" for your vision of presenting the memories and wisdom of Saluda's elders in the best setting possible.


Kim Clark, Eljapa Media Group

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.


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

frankBy Frank Middleton, a Saluda native


Look for more stories from Frank in future issues of Saluda Lifestyles.
The Ice Man Cometh with Cigarette in Hand


Charles Ford was his name. During the warm months of the year, we purchased blocks of ice at least twice each week for the wooden ice box that sat on the back porch and served as our summer time refrigerator.  


Charles drove his late 1940's pickup truck loaded with ice up to Saluda from a plant in Tryon several times each week and served many families who also used ice boxes. My family had no access to a spring house for keeping food cool, so the ice box was the only way we could keep perishable food fresh for several days. Charles would routinely pull up in front of our house on Pine Street to ask if we needed ice and if so, how much. We had two choices, twenty five pounds or fifty pounds.


One particular morning, he showed up while we were still eating breakfast, delivered the ice to the box on the back porch and walked back to his truck. As he was leaving, Charles flipped a cigarette butt into the ditch. From my vantage point, I could see little whiffs of smoke curling above the embankment. For some unknown reason, I got up from the table and casually walked out to the location of the cigarette. Mind you, I had never so much as held a cigarette, but this one interested me, so I sat down behind the bank and proceeded to puff away. Although it seemed such an adult thing to do at that time, I had no desire to inhale the smoke. I just sat there pretending I was doing something very mature and sophisticated. Then suddenly, my fantasy was shattered by the loud stern warning of my mama's voice telling me to put that nasty thing down and get into the! How could I have been so dumb as to think no one would notice the clouds of smoke rising above the bank?


My next memorable experience with a tobacco product occurred at hog killing time. Obviously, there were certain protocols to be followed when butchering hogs on a cold November morning. One was that most of the men doing the work carried a big wad of chewing tobacco in their cheek during the process, presumably so that male bonding could be enhanced. I was probably seven or eight years old when my older brothers, who had come home to lend a hand in the butchering, convinced me to try a small pinch so I could experience another of these adult male activities. After repeated assurances that it would not make me sick, I reluctantly agreed to try a chew and for a few seconds everything seemed okay. Then, when I felt the first urge to spit, my brothers told me that it would be far more manly if I swallowed the juice just once. In less than a minute, I was violently ill and dizzy as a drunk. I staggered into the house and told mama what had happened. Immediately, she gave me a glass of milk to help settle the nausea, but it seemed to only make matters worse.


The rest of the day found me barfing into the toilet or dying in bed while my brothers tried to avoid any contact with our mother who was livid and found no humor in the joke.      


By Clark Thompson

KeepontrackHelp Keep the Celebration on Track

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


rhodesJar of Pennies at City Hall  

Guess the amount of money in the jar and win the amount in the jar.  Donate $1 per guess.  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 or email [email protected] 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.   


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 [email protected] for information.

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

April 1 - Essential Elements Massage & Bodyworks :  Drawing the 130th Day (May 10).  Enter name from April 1-May 1 for a free sauna and massage from Mary Farrell.  Find boxes at: Macon Bank and Saluda Inn Wine Cellar.  If both boxes have 130 entries each, there will be winners from each box.

April 2 and 9 - Saluda Community Land Trust will host two nature hikes. North Pacolet River Hike, April 2 and Missing 40 Hike, April 9.  Meet at Saluda Library at 9am.

April 15 - Benke's will offer a "No Sales Tax" day. (Located in the alley by M.A. Pace General Store) 

April 23 - Celebration Auction at Saluda Center 10am til....  

May 7 - Biddie's is offering a 13.0% discount on sales 

May 21- Saluda Arts Festival  

May 22 - Women's Club Low Country Boil  

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

June 12 City Wide Softball Game for all 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 with Jeff Hayes Bluegrass Band 

July 29 - Macon Bank Open House with Refreshments 

August - "Saluda Art Images" at Saluda Center all month.

August 10 - Horace Pace Video

August 14 - Children's Concert at the Purple Onion with Sol Driven Train 

August 17 - Author's of Saluda  

August 24 - Charlene Pace: Stories of Saluda Past 

August 31- Martha Ashley's Bus Tour of Saluda Inns 

September 10 - Charlie Ward's Memorial Pig Out

September 12 - Masonic Lodge Open House and Presentation 

October 15 - Antique Car Club. Antique store highlights. 

October 31 - Halloween Stroll and Ole' Timey Dress Up

November 29 - Saluda School Pageant "Saluda's Past" at 6pm Saluda School Auditorium

November - 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 feedback and support of Saluda Lifestyles.  Plan now to experience Saluda this spring and summer.

If you have any stories you would like to submit about growing up in Saluda , please email them by clicking on this link

Happy Spring,
Cathy Jackson,

Cathy Jackson Realty
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