Saluda Lifestyles - Monthly Ezine all about Saluda, NC
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                                                                                   May 1, 2011 
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In This Issue (click on a topic to move to it quickly.)
Dates to Remember
2011 Juried Artists
Saluda Center News
Saluda Tree Preservation
City Notes
Coon Dog Day 5K
Saluda Community Land Trust
Saluda Garden Club
The Women's Club of Saluda
Single Women United
Yoga Schedule
Saluda Library
Saluda School
Saluda Church Services
Young Artist Competition
Saluda Tailgate
News from Saluda Medical Center
Finding Right Contractor
Autumn Care News
Post Office Hours
130th Anniversary Events
Missing a Dog?
Saluda Classifieds
130th May Events
Saluda Arts Festival
What's Happening in Music and Art
Tryon Arts
Saluda Scoop
Green Spring Bash
Garden Jewel
Art Clues
Joe Adams
Saluda Oral History
Historic Tour of Homes
A Town Named Saluda
Clark Thompson Stories
Help Keep the Celebration on Track
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!


Deltec mountain home for casual living, 2BR, 2BA, 1500 SF, full unfinished basement, 1.32 ac, circular deck overlooking winter mountain view

MLS#485998  $259,000



Mountain lake cottage, 2BR, 2BA, loft makes third bedroom, 1200 SF, 1 ac, creek, privileges to 28-acre pristine, private  

Lake Sheila  

MLS#485663  $332,600



Stately historic home in heart of Saluda.  6BR, 2BA, 2250 SF,  Brick recently restored. The interior boasts original hardwood floors, picture molding, transoms, beadboard, and original glass in the windows.

MLS#485293  $400,000  



Enjoy mountain living in this well established Saluda neighborhood with easy access to Hendersonville, Asheville, Spartanburg, Greenville.  3BR, 3BA, 2238 SF, 1.15 ac, one car garage with full finished basement.

MLS#484055 $262,985 



Picturesque mountain cottage with creek.  2BR, 2BA, 973 SF, wrap around porch, fireplace,  

1.25 ac

MLS#484757  $179,900  



Newly remodeled bungalow at Lake Sheila, 2 Master Bedrooms, Fireplace, outdoor spaces for entertaining, privileges to 28-acre private, pristine Lake Sheila. $309,000 



A Quick Saluda Market Update (comparing 2010 sales to date with 2011 sales as of April 30, 2011)


Sales               Closed   Pending


Homes 2011         12           1
Homes 2010           5           0
Land 2011              5           1
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
Saluda Arts Festival May 21 10 to 5.

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

Saluda Business Association
meets Tuesday, May 3 at 5:30pm at the Saluda Library.

Thursday, May 12 at 6pm, Single Women United meeting and potluck dinner.

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

Saluda Garden Club meets third Monday of the month at Saluda Presbyterian Church.  Special hike May 5 at ICC.

130th Celebration "Jamming in the Park"
May 10 6pm to 8pm.

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 3pm first and third Wednesday at the Pavilion at McCreery Park.   
artists2011 Juried Artists

Waddil Arts FestivalCongratulations to these talented artists for qualifying for the 2011 Saluda Arts Festival. 

Kim Adams, Greenville , SC

John D. Adams, Brevard, NC

Laura Addington, Hendersonville, NC

Dave Allen, Hendersonville, NC

Walter Arnold, Hendersonville, NC

Gabriela Baumgartner, Moore, SC

Jean Jacques, Benoist, Mill Spring, NC

Sharon Berg, Simpsonville, SC

Phil & Veda Bickley, Lake Lure, NC

Elda Brown, Brevard, NC

Bruce Bunch, Greenville , SC

Betsy Burdett, Saluda, NC

Chris Carroll, Tryon, NC

Jim Carson, Saluda, NC

Charlotte &  Arnold Caughman, Spartanburg, SC

Jan Cothran, Asheville, NC

Mike Cowan, Asheville, NC

Jocelyn Davis, Columbus, NC

Suzanne Evon, Weaverville, NC

Jeremy Fore, Rogersville, TN

George Getty, Greenville , SC

Bill Gramley, Lewisville, NC

Kari Hopkins, Burnsville, NC

Hazel Ann Houser, Mooresboro, NC

Angela Johnston, Mooresville, NC

Shelley Johnston, Fairview, NC

Maggie Joynt, Dillsboro, NC

Robin Kirby, Saluda, NC

Katie Knopp, Asheville, NC

James Long, Greenville , SC

George Matthews, Saluda, NC

Eva McCray, Saluda, NC

Rosemary McLeod, Spartanburg, SC

Mike Merritt, Travelers Rest, SC

Don Mobley, Saluda, NC

David Parris, Saluda, NC

Bobbie Pell, Marshall, NC

Jeff Pittman, Fletcher, NC

Ron Ponce, Greer, SC

Ray Prague, Saluda, NC

Lucille Rogers, Asheville, NC

Charles Slate, Greenville , SC

Doug Smith, Candler, NC

Patricia Stalb, Central, SC

Katherine Stomsky, Hendersonville, NC

Amy Sullivan, Flat Rock, NC

Cindy Trisler, Mars Hill, NC

Jim Warren, Pelzer, SC

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 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.


SAVE THE DATE! Richard Brantley will begin Bible as Literature on Wednesday, June 1 at 1:00 p. m.


Bingo on Fridays from 1pm-2pm.


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


Single Women United potluck dinner will be on Thursday, May 12 at 6:00pm.


Bridge every Tuesday from 10am-2pm.


Movie matinee on Friday, May 20 at 12:30pm.  


Saluda Center will serve food during the Saluda Arts Festival from 11 to 2.  Hamburgers and hotdogs along with ice cream sundaes will be available.


Bulb Sale - There will be a bulb sale to raise money for the Saluda Center during the month of May.  Look for a table at the Saluda Arts Festival to order beautiful bulbs to plant.


These bulbs are top quality and will bloom in the spring.  There are daffodils, tulips, hyacinths, amaryllis, and narcissi from which to select. 


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.

Saluda Tree Preservation Association

The STPA observed National Arbor Day, April 29, by planting a tree provided by the Arbor Day Foundation and delivered to members and local organizations.


We are requesting nominations for the tree(s) in the Saluda community, both inside the city limits and outside, which are the oldest.  This recognition will commemorate Saluda's 130th birthday.


Many of our native residents or those who have had homes here many years will remember trees, still alive, which have been significant in their lives since childhood.


Nominations should be received by June 30, 2011.  Please provide your name and best way to contact you, the kind of tree and its location, your estimate of its age, and memories of the tree you can share.


Please contact us by mail to Judy Sienkiewicz, 3 Bernwood Drive, Taylors, SC  29687; email; or Ruth Anderson, PO Box 744, Saluda, NC 28773, phone 828-749-9718.


Thank you.

Ruth Anderson

City Notes

Joe Adams

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National Volunteer Week


WHEREAS, a basic ingredient in the foundation of this nation is the voluntary acceptance of initiative and responsibility by private citizens and voluntary organizations, a fact largely responsible for the progress and development of our great country; and


WHEREAS, many citizens of this community contribute to the well-being of fellow residents and the welfare of all our citizens by giving tirelessly of their time and energy to make a real difference in the lives of children, adults and the elderly without desire for recognition, remuneration or personal gain; and


WHEREAS, for many years these individuals and organizations have worked quietly, often unnoticed and unappreciated by the general public; and


WHEREAS, since 1974 the United States has celebrated National Volunteer Week every third week in April in order to recognize the contribution of our amazing volunteers.


NOW, THEREFORE, I, Fred H. Baisden, Mayor of the Town of Saluda, recognize April 17 through 23 as:



and give recognition and appreciation to all volunteers, and urge all citizens to be aware of the contributions made by our committees and volunteer workers and to give recognition to these individuals and organizations for their valuable contributions in the quality of life in our community.


Proclaimed this 11th day of April, 2011.


Fred H. Baisden, Mayor                

Doris T. Marion, CMC, City Clerk


Thanks to these Saluda Volunteers:


Planning Board

Board of Adjustment

Historic Saluda Committee

Saluda Garden Club

Pedal Pushers Garden Club

Saluda Business Association

Saluda Women's Club

Veteran's Park Committee

Saluda Community Land Trust

130th  Birthday Committee

Saluda Center

Individuals that Volunteer


Keep up to date with city news at City of Saluda's website.
Coon Dog Day 5K Run
 Greetings from downtown Saluda!


Spring has sprung and the town is indeed springing into action with all the hustle and bustle of this beautiful time of year. We find ourselves once again faced with the planning and preparations for our favorite annual event- Coon Dog Day!


In addition to the usual c5k cddhallenges of putting on the festival, we find ourselves tackling the task of organizing the Coon Dog Day 5K Race in-house this year. We were informed recently that the group who put on the race last year would no longer be able to handle the event, so the City, along with the help of Saluda Mountain Jamboree, has decided to save the tradition of the 5K. It is quite a task! Linda Whitaker and I are definitely open to suggestions and/or assistance with the run, so if you or someone you know would be willing to volunteer to help us organize the run or provide us with assistance the day of the race, please let me know! We are not runners ourselves, so I could use some help from you seasoned runners who know all about races. You can email me at or give me a call at 828-749-2581 or contact Linda at the Jamboree if you would like to help with this. At this time we are asking for sponsors to help with the expenses. (Timing equipment, certified race fees, trophies, tee shirts, energy snacks for the runners, etc. and VOLUNTEERS TO HELP ON COON DOG DAY!!) Volunteers will get the same tee shirt that the runners will get in their registration packet.  The SPONSORS will have their name on the back of the tee shirt, plus two large posters on the stage downtown.


We will take money, or volunteers, or anyone who wants to run the race!! Help us keep the 5K Run alive and a part of Coon Dog Day! 


Online registration is now up and running for the race, so be sure to see event details and register at Coon Dog Day 5K and send the link to all your friends and family interested in running this year! Paper registration forms are available at City Hall or, upon request, by email. We are working hard to make this year's run better than ever with great prizes for winners and nice performance T-shirts for every participant.


We are also looking for a 5K run T-shirt design; so if you or someone you know is artistically inclined and would like to submit a fun T-shirt design for us to use this year, please contact me. Community involvement is what makes Saluda such a special place, so get involved and be part of this great tradition!


This year will, once again, be full of a variety of food and local craft vendors, the classic coon dog events at the school, our favorite hometown parade, and live entertainment all day- including the annual night street dance with the Lonesome Road Band.


Please help us make the 48th annual Coon Dog Day the best yet by making a tax-deductible donation to the City specifically for the festival. Donations help pay for entertainment provided for both young and old, sound system, the trolley shuttle service that allows so many people to park and enjoy the festival, and the many other costs associated with

putting on such a great day for this community. Checks can be made payable to the City of Saluda and sent to:  Attention:  Coon Dog Day, City of Saluda, PO Box 248, Saluda, NC 28773 or hand delivered to city hall.


As always, thanks for all you do to make Saluda such a great and unique place to work and live!


Best Regards,

Monica R. Pace
Administrative Assistant
City of Saluda
PO Box 248
Saluda, NC 28773
828-749-2581 Phone
828-749-2373 Fax  

Saluda Community Land Trust

The sun is out and so are we!


hikeThe month of April allowed for 3 glorious hikes which were enjoyed by both the people of Saluda and our neighboring communities. These hikes were in conjunction with the celebration of Saluda's 130th birthday.


It feels great to get back outside after a long winter. Right now is the perfect time for volunteers to help with trail work, which is a never-ending project, and one that not only provides you with a sense of participation, but also helps you feel that these trails are yours.


We will be back in full force working on our "kudzu site" starting late May and continuing on through the summer. The crowns should be showing up soon, and the plan is to continue using Thursday mornings from 9 am to 11 am before it gets too hot. As the summer approaches, we will work 8 am till 10 am. The work takes place on the corner of Ozone and Thompson Road. You are invited to come and do a little "crown killing" or just to observe and ask questions about your own problems with this encroaching invasive.


Don't forget about kudzu kollege (yes it is spelled that way), which is held the last Saturday of each month in Spartanburg. For more information about this go to The best way to remember this website is that we all want to "knock out kudzu". 


We have an updated website now! There is a place where you can sign up for updates of our projects and activities that puts you on an email alert. For more information go to


SCLT meets the first and third Wednesday of each month at 3pm, and meetings are open to the public and held at McCreery Park in the Pavilion.  All are welcome to attend. 


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! 

Saluda Garden Club

saluda garden clubDid you know that Spring Park is on the National Register of Historic Places?


Directly behind City Hall on Church Street is a small park with a rock-lined spring as its focus.  This spring was referred to in deeds associated with the Saluda City Hall property at least as far back as 1896.  It was one of several springs which supplied central Saluda with water during the town's earliest years.  Like many of the other springs, it was later covered.  In 1980 the spring was reclaimed and the area around it was converted to a small, contemplative park.  Stone steps lead down to the spring which is lined with a rock wall.  A wooden fence outlines the north edge of the park, and a tree near the street provides shade.


The Saluda Garden Club maintains Spring Park and invites you to take a stroll and enjoy this peaceful site. Please remember that it is open to the public but needs to be used gently. Everything there needs to stay right where it is in order to maintain balance.  


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

Women's Club of Saluda will meet May 10 at 10am at the Fellowship Hall of the Presbyterian Church. Our program will be Lynn Cass, co-chair of the Saluda Historical Committee  - "Update on the Preservation of City Hall." Guests are welcome.

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 May 12 at 6:00 at the Saluda Center. The Rev. Paula C. Morton from the Transfiguration Church will speak about her service as a chaplain with the armed forces. 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

Yoga Class Schedules
Cassandra Nelson, LMBT

Gentle Yoga Classes
Wednesday  12:30
Thursday 5:30
Chair Exercise Classes
Tuesday  9:00
Friday    10:00 

  • Classes are being held below the Saluda Center and are for all ages and levels.
  • All classes are taught by Cassandra Nelson, RYT, LMBT. Please feel free to call if you have any questions; 828-749-3794.
  • Cassandra has moved her massage therapy practice to Essential Elements with Mary Farrell; to schedule a session please call 828-749-1197.

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

It is hard to believe that there are less than 30 days left in the 2010-2011 school year! 


As the days grow longer and warmer, many more children and adults are coming out to enjoy the walking trail, tennis courts, new playground equipment and basketball court.  For school safety reasons, these areas are closed for public use during regular school hours (7:45am-3:30pm).


If you are on school grounds after school hours, on weekends or holidays and see any signs of vandalism, please call the Saluda Police Department at 828-749-2691.  We have worked diligently over the past few years to add rain barrels, picnic tables and gardening areas to our school campus and find it very disheartening to return to signs of vandalism.


If you have completed your spring cleaning and have items to sell, please participate in a Community Yard Sale sponsored by Saluda School's 5th graders.  The next sale will be held on Saturday, May 7 from 8:00am-12:00pm at the tennis courts.  The $10 site rental fee will help fund the student overnight trip to Charleston, SC in June.


Kindergarten registration will be held on Tuesday, May 10 beginning at 6:00pm in the auditorium.  We have several literacy activities planned for students and parents.  If you have a child/children who will be 5 years of age, on or before August 31, 2011, please contact the school office at 749-5571 for more information. 


Upcoming Events

May 3   5th Six Weeks Report Cards

May 4   Spring Pictures (individual & class)

May 6   Dress Down for Charity

May 6   Teacher Appreciation Day

May 7   Community Yard Sale-$10 site rental

May 10  Kindergarten Registration

May 19  NC Teaching Fellows to visit

         Variety Show 6:00pm in the Auditorium

May 20 Interim Reports

May 30 Required Teacher Workday

May 31 Box Tops Collection Day

May 31 End-of-Grade Testing begins

June 3  Dress Down for Charity

June 3  PTSO Meeting 8:15-9:30am

June 4  Community Yard Sale-$10 site rental

June 5-7 5th Grade Trip to Charleston

June 7  K-2 Field Day

June 8  Grades 3-5 Field Day

June 9  PreK Awards

June 9  Clogging Recital 6:00-7:30pm

June 10 Last Day of School

K-2 Awards at 8:30am, 3-5 Awards at 9:45am

June 13-24  Summer School


Visit Saluda School to learn more about the North Carolina A+ Schools Program. 

Saluda Church Services

methodist church

Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration
The Rev. Paula C. Morton, Rector
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

Young Artist Competition
Asheville Symphony Orchestra

If you are a teacher of an exceptionally gifted school-aged student, you may want to consider having him/her prepare for the Asheville Symphony Young Artist Competition!


More information will be available on the ASO website by July.  For now, here is the "nuts and bolts" information~


Who?  School-aged performers, ages 9 to 18 (excluding college students), who play the piano, any orchestral instrument or classical guitar.  Accepted repertoire includes any concerto or stand-alone work with orchestral accompaniment.  It must be memorized.


When?  The auditions for DVD-screened applicants will be on Saturday, March 24, 2012.


Where?  Grace Covenant Church on Merrimon Avenue in Asheville.


Prizes?  Monetary prizes will given to the first, second and third place winners.  In addition, the top prize winner will play with the Asheville Symphony at Conductor Daniel Meyer's discretion.


Questions?  The details are still being worked out, but if you have immediate questions, please call Margery Kowal at 828-691-7237. 


And be sure to check the ASO website in July for detailed information and application forms.

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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Saluda Medical Center News

While Saluda continues its year-long celebration of its 130th birthday, the Saluda Medical Center is celebrating too.  We are pleased to announce the addition of our new provider, Bobby E. Tipton, Jr., ANP-BC,CPNP-PC.  He is a full-time provider and would welcome the opportunity to treat you.  He is adult and pediatric certified and has experience in urgent/acute care.  For an opportunity to meet Bobby, call SMC at 828-749-4411 and set up an appointment.  

SMC is celebrating an anniversary, too--its thirty-fifth.   The addition of Bobby Tipton to SMC's staff is another example of the board and staff working hard to ensure that residents of our city, county, and beyond receive quality medical treatment.  Many of us enjoy commemorating anniversaries and special milestones.  If you'd like to honor Saluda, its residents and achievements over the past 130, please consider a gift to the Saluda Community Fund, managed through the Polk Community Foundation (255 South Trade Street in Tryon, 828-859-5314.) This fund was established by an anonymous donor who feels Saluda is "the most unique place on the planet, and that there is hardly any problem this little place can't solve."  Obviously, this is a belief demonstrated by the Saluda Medical Center as it grows and responds to changing medical needs through assistance to our citizens.

Finding the Right Contractor

We've been having some beautiful warm days lately. So warm, we have turned on our air conditioner a few times. Luckily, ours seems to be working just fine, but nothing is worse than finding out yours doesn't on that hot afternoon.


But how do you find the right HVAC contractor to call who will come when you need him and won't rip you off? The exterior of your house needs painting this year and you don't have the skill, tools or desire to try to tackle that project yourself. You need a professional painter. Where do you even begin to find the right one? Open the yellow pages and point? That's just gambling. There are several on-line referral services now, but in my opinion, they are only marginally useful. Their so called "background checks" are minimal at best. And any contractor can ask a few friends to write a good review on a web site. Asking your friends and neighbors is a better idea. They may have used someone they like. Most contractors of all types do most of their business through referrals. We are only as successful as our last happy customer! But finding a neighbor to give you the name of a good electrician after the ice storm or a plumber that comes on the weekend is sometimes hard to come by.


What then? Ask a general contractor. We use these contractors every day. We have our own "go-to" guys, from painters to electricians, and we are happy to give you their name and number. We know who is reliable and who does the best work. If you don't know a general contractor, contact your local Home Builders Association. They can not only give you a list of names, but information on each contractor as well. In Henderson county contact or for Buncombe County and surrounding areas.

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

News from Autumn Care
"Rehab Offers New Cooking Class"

Watch out Food Network!  The Autumn Rehab Department could be producing the next great cook!


Our Rehab Department has introduced a weekly trans-disciplinary Cooking Class for our residents.  Small groups of residents challenge their skills by preparing and cooking favorite recipes, enjoying small group, family style dining and just kicking back, relaxing, and enjoying the aroma of freshly cooking foods.


According to Matilda Patrick, OT, the group is about way more than just enjoying a home cooked meal.  "There are a huge number of skills involved in preparing, cooking and eating a simple meal," she said.  "Our residents have often had those skills diminished or lost due to health problems.  The new cooking group allows them to gain confidence in relearning the skills and finding new ways to do routine tasks."


And there is also the chance to try new foods.  Danny Davis had never had a taco before joining the group.  "He ate 3 tacos the first time we cooked them and now refers to himself as "Taco Davis", Patrick said.  The class impacts a lot of non-food activities as well.  Participants have been observed opening up and interacting with others on new levels, sharing work tasks, assisting peers and engaging in conversations on a level not seen before their participation in the group.


"The Cooking Class draws a lot of interest," Price said with a laugh, "mainly from the staff!"


 Click here to see more of the Rehab Cooking Class.


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

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

May 10 - "Jamming in the Park" on the 130th day of 2011.  Tuesday, May 10, from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 pm. Join the celebration with a picnic in McCreery Park.  If you play a musical instrument, sing, dance, tell stories, or have a talent that is entertaining, plan to bring a picnic supper to the park and join the jamming or just enjoy the many talents of others.  Picnic boxes available at Green River BBQ, Saluda Grade Café, and Ward's Grill, and Purple Onion.

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 8 - Historic Thompson's Store & Ward's Grilll One-Year Celebration 3pm  

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

June 24 - Free Square Dance Lessons; Saluda Mountain Jamboree 7Pm-9:00pm

June 25 - Saluda Fire Department Open House with refreshments 10:00am to 2:00pm.

July 1 - Free Square Dance Lessons; Saluda Mountain Jamboree 7:00pm to 9:00pm. 

July 2 - Oral History DVD will be shown and will be for sale; Saluda Mountain Jamboree 5:00pm - 6:30pm.  Celebration Square Dance at Saluda Mountain Jamboree from 7pm-10pm.  $5 donation.

July 4 - Celebration birthday cake and pot luck at McCreery Park from 6-8pm with Jeff Hayes Bluegrass Band  

July 9 - City of Saluda Coon Dog Day 

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 - Celebration 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 - Celebration Christmas Parade at 2pm.

December 17 - Celebration Christmas Home Decoration Contest.  Judging on December 17, must be within Saluda city limits, outside decorations and lighting.  Prize:  Commemorative 130th Plaque.  To enter, email Catherine Ross at 


Call Terry Baisden at 828-749-3789 if you have any questions about these events. All events are subject to change. 



Since February, a mixed golden retriever has taken up residence on the downtown bridge going over the railroad track.  He is healthy looking and wears a collar.  He loves sleeping in the sun either up on the hill above Green River BBQ or down by the bridge.  We have named him, "BridgeDog."

When approached by people, he runs away.

If you recognize this dog, please email or call 828-817-2876. 
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.
Memorial Day Ceremony
Dr. Jerry Russell will hold a Memorial Day program to salute and honor Saluda's veterans and military men and women.  Program will be held at the Memorial Monument on Greenville Street on May 30, 2011 at 11am.
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
Flowers, Festivals, and Fun in Saluda
green mountainsApril showers have freshened Saluda with mountain greenery, setting the stage for the Saluda Arts Festival and more events celebrating Saluda's 130th anniversary.

130th Celebration May Events

130 Years

May brings these events in celebration of Saluda's 130th birthday.



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


May 10 - "Jamming in the Park" on the 130th day of 2011, Tuesday,  May 10, from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 pm, join the celebration with a picnic in McCreery Park.  If you play a musical instrument, sing, dance, tell stories, or have a talent that is entertaining, plan to bring a picnic supper to the park and join the jamming or just enjoy the many talents of others.  These area restaurants are participating with picnic specials:


Ward's Grill:  Two hot dogs, chips, and a drink for $6 OR three chicken fingers, cole slaw, potato salad, and a drink for $7.  Call in order beforehand or order the day of picnic.


Green River BBQ:  Smoked turkey salad sandwich on whole wheat bread with homestyle potato chips, chocolate chip cookie, and a drink for $7.99.  Call ahead or pick up anytime.  Say it is for Jamming in the Park Picnic.


Purple Onion:  "Jamming in the Park Picnic Pizza" being offered at a 10% discount.   


Saluda Grade Cafe:  Click here to see their box menus.  


Click here for more 130th events.   


Click here to "Keep the Celebration on Track." 


Saluda Arts Festival
May 21, 2011

Waddil Arts FestivalWith more than 45 juried artists, this year's arts festival promises to be the best ever in eight years!  Festival is from 10am to 5pm. 


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 entertainment lineup that includes:  


11am  - 1pm Appalachian Brass Quintet from Brevard, NC.

1pm - Magician and TV personality, Jack Roper, will entertain the audience between setups.


1pm - 3pm 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.


3pm - 5pm 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.


11am at Saluda School Auditorium

Spring Concert from the Dancer's Extension

Twenty students from The Dancer's Extension will perform their Spring Concert.

2pm - Saluda School Cloggers will perform at the parking lot of the Saluda Center.

Artist's awards will be presented at 1pm at the Saluda Center. 


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


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


Sponsorships are available for this year's arts festival.  The deadline to be a sponsor is May 1, 2011. A special banner will be on display recognizing the festival's sponsors as well as being recognized in the Tryon Daily Bulletin and Saluda Lifestyles.  Sponsorships are:  Rembrandt-$25, Monet-$50, and Picasso-$100, Van Gogh-$250.  Please send your sponsor donations to Saluda Business Association, PO Box 1085, Saluda, NC 28773 or contact cathy@cathyjacksonrealty or 828-817-2876.  


Arts Raffle.  Saluda Arts Festival is proud to raffle four pieces of art by Saluda artists, with the proceeds benefiting educational and public art projects.   Here is the artwork that will be raffled: 


dale mcentire
Original painting by Dale McEntire




Giclee by Jim Carson

("2010 Best Overall Award Winner)



Giclee by Beverly Pickard


david parris

Pottery by David Parris


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.
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.   


Live Music in May

May 5 - Blue Mother Tupelo

This free-spirited couple doles out roots-rock in the true American songwriting tradition.

May 6 -  Beaucoup Blue

Special Friday show from this father-son blues duo because we love them so much.

May 7 - Nikki Talley

Country, folk, sultry, goth, and that hippie-chick from the South and an audience favorite returns.

May 12 - Tom Fisch

A wonderful singer/songwriter from just up the road in Flat Rock returns.

May 14 - Mark Stuart

This veteran singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist performs all over the world and we are honored that he likes to play here.

May 19 -  Jon Shain

Blues guitar guy with terrific Piedmont style finger picking chops and an old friend of ours.

May 21 - Jef Chandler & The Bad Popes

You never know what to expect from this SC-based band other than it will be good.

May 26 - Grace Adele & Keenan Wade 

While new to us, she has a wonderful voice and is even known to play the kazoo during a performance.

May 28 - The StereoFidelics

We never get tired of this young duo's energy and mastery of their music.


Posem Concert Series

The Steel Wheels

Special Sunday Night Concert

May 22 at 7 PM


We are pleased to announce the return of The Steel Wheels to the Purple Onion Sunday Evening Music (POSEM) series sponsored by Dr. Mike Dennis. 


The Steel Wheels are truly an Americana Band that we have had the pleasure of hearing a couple of times on the café's regular performance schedule.  They are rooted in musical styles that explore the territories between blues and bluegrass, old-time sing-alongs and foot-stompin' fiddle tunes.  They are subtle innovators who respect the past but whistle their own tunes, layering in rich textures and decidedly modern energy to forge a new sound.


"Imagine a blend of the passion of the Avett Brothers, the instrumentals of Old Crow Medicine Show, and then sprinkle in the backwoods feel of The Legendary Shack Shakers.  In truth, attempting to compare the band to anyone is an injustice, since after one listen you can hear that they stand very well on their own perch."

     John Walker, Americana Roots


The four-piece band is based in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, where lead singer and primary songwriter, Trent Wagler has been a scene staple for nearly a decade.  Multi-instrumentalist, Jay Lapp, upright bassist Brian Dickel, and fiddler Eric Brubaker round out this great band.


"There is purity and power in the sound of this band that few come close to tapping.  Tight pickin', passionate energy, and Wagler's voice soars like an eagle."

          Martin Anderson, WNCW Music Director


Learn more about them at


We hope to see you here on the 22nd.


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 Café at 828-749-1179.


Music at the Purple Onion is complements of Rob Seiler.


 megan ward 

On May 7, The Jamboree Party Place will celebrate its 6th Anniversary!  I can't believe it has been six YEARS! Soooo many parties, dances, special events, and so many wonderful people have been in our facility over the past 6 years. May 7, will be a night for memories and celebration. A new DVD with over 300 pictures will be showing throughout the evening. Come see who you recognize and who you remember. Look close. You may just see yourself!  Plus, the admission will be rolled-back to the 2005 price of $8.00!  Lots of anniversary cake, too! The Southern Pointe band will be performing their fantastic mix of music for listening or dancing. Please make plans to come celebrate with us because it is YOU, our friends and customers, who have made the memories for us!


May Music Schedule  

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


Cruizin' for Telemedicine 

A very special committee of folks are having a fund raising event at The Jamboree on Friday, May 20 for a very special project.  The Saluda Medical Center is working  to bring a new high-tech service to our community.  The new "Telemedicine" program will give computer access to other doctors and hospitals.   The project will have a huge budget for the necessary computer equipment.  So, on May 20, there will be an antique car show, music inside and outside, and BBQ.  Ticket prices are:  children under 10 free, all others $15. We hope everyone will help support this much needed project and service.  Stay in touch with The Jamboree website or look for the posters in downtown for all the details.


Square Dancing Lessons! 

Throughout the year, the 130th Saluda Anniversary committee has plans for many events.  On July 2,  they have planned an "old time" square dance at The Jamboree.  In order to make the dance more fun, we will be giving free square dance lessons on two Friday evenings before the dance.  So on Friday, June 24 and Friday, July 1  from 7 - 9 pm, come to The Jamboree to refresh your square dance skills or learn them for the first time.  If more folks know how to move through the dance, it will be more fun.  Of course we just want everyone to have a good time, and we are not giving points or grades on your dancing skills.  It is just a time for some good fun and Saluda memories!   But the lessons are free and may just turn out to be the most fun of all!  So grab your partner, and get ready for the square dance!!


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 May Schedule

5th Jocelyn Davis - Meet the Artist

6th Paul Cataldo

7th Angela Easterling

13th Doug Dacey

14th Eric Condon

21st Jenny Archer

27th Frank & Joe

28th Kyle Sorenson

Check our website for our scheduled music events.  Open Thursday-Saturday from 7PM.   

  Find us on Facebook



Jim Carson, Saluda artist, has been accepted to the 7th Annual Plein Air Easton Festjim carsonival and Competition, held in Easton, Maryland, from July 17-24. Jim was one of only fifty artists chosen from hundreds of applications from around the world.  Click here to see more.


jim carsonWith Easton's excellent reputation and over $22,000 in prize money, it is one of the biggest and most competitive plein air festivals in the United States. At last year's festival, more than $263,000 worth of original art work was sold in three days.


The artists will paint the charming vistas in the town of Easton, as well as the Chesapeake Bay and surrounding countryside. The paintings are judged on Friday, after which there is a Collector's Preview Party on Friday night where the paintings will be for sale.


The blank canvasses are stamped prior to the week to ensure that they were painted on site and during that week.  The paintings are available to the public in shows held on Saturday and Sunday.  The Easton Festival will be featured in the Summer edition of  Plein Air Magazine, and was already featured in the Spring edition, in an article titled, "What Makes a Plein Event Successful."


Jim will also be participating in this year's Saluda Arts Festival on Saturday, May 21.


Jim's next local workshop will be here in Saluda, June 2-4, titled "Painting Fast and Loose."                     


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

Find us on Facebook 



bonnieSaluda artist Bonnie Joy Bardos has crow-themed paintings  and sculptures with Jungian symbolism featured in the Upstairs Artspace's new exhibit in Tryon, NC. "Something To Crow About" and "New Waves" continues through May 28 and features other area artists. This is the first time her new sculpture work has been in a public invitational exhibition. Also, she is in "Studio Visit" magazine's new spring/summer issue. You can visit more of her art at Bonnie Bardos Art.   



You're invited to our first annual Spring Concert!  Join us Saturday, May 21 at 11:00AM in the Saluda School Auditorium for a great dance performance from our


students.  The dances are taught, the costumes are sewn, the props are decorated and the music is cued.  All we need is our audience, and that's you!  There is no admission charge and the concert will be approximately one hour in length.


We are currently taking registration for summer classes and camps and also classes for the 2011-2012 academic year.  Please contact the studio or visit our website for more information.  New students and beginners are welcome to join us!


Adult classes continue on a regular schedule, posted on our website.  Adults mark your calendars for the "Fab 4:  Peace, Love, Happiness and ZUMBA" class on Saturday, June 4.  Meet us at 9:30AM for a breakdown of fabulous Zumba moves, then a full hour Zumba Fitness Party at 10AM.  All this for ONLY $4, and you can apply the $4 to your monthly fee when you sign up for June classes.  This is a deal; fun and fitness you can't beat!


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

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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

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 - May

 May Workshops

·         May 14th and 15th:  Cold Connections Jewelry Workshop with Kim St. Jean

·         May 14th and 15th:  Flintknapping with Bill Mosseler

·         May 21st:  One-Day Papermaking Workshop with Christine Mariotti.  This will be followed up with a Book Making Workshop on June 4th and 5th.  Students that register for both will receive a discount!


·      October 15th and 16th: 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.


More information about these workshops and events can be found on our website,, by calling our office, 828.859.8323, or just stop by to see us!


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

Tryon Painters and Sculptors

Nina Simone Art Show

Tryon Painters and Sculptors (TPS) is replacing their Annual Regional Juried Show with a Nina Simone-inspired Art Show to be displayed in Gallery One at Tryon Fine Arts Center, 34 Melrose Ave, Tryon , NC.  This show will run from August 14th to September 24th, with an opening reception on Sunday, August 14 from 5 to 7pm. The public is invited.


Paintings or drawings in any media will be accepted. The dimensions must not exceed 36" on any side.  Every 2-D piece must be ready to hang: framed, and hung with wire. Sculpture sizes are maximum: up to 24" for table size, up to 36" for wall hangings and up to 72" for floor pieces.  Each sculpture piece cannot weigh more than 50 lbs.


Artwork may be brought to Gallery One on or around Wednesday, August 10, 2011. All entries will be for sale unless noted "not for sale."  There will be no cash awards, and there are no entry fees.


Art done by artists of all ages will be accepted, and you do not have to be a TPS member to enter.  The pieces must be inspired by some aspect of Nina Simone's life or career, whether it be her home in Tryon, a portrait of her, or art inspired by her music. 


For inquiries call Aviva Kahn, 828-894-6374 or


Tryon Painters And Sculptors Features Paintings Of Richard Baker

 May 15 - June 18

N.C. Artist Uses Second Chance at Life to Create,

Fostering Interest in Beauty, History of Polk County


For more information please call 828-859-8322 or visit the TPS website
Saluda Scoop

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


Green River BBQGreen River BBQ  

Get your picnic box at Green River BBQ for "Jamming in the Park," May 10 from 6pm to 8pm. Picnic box includes: Smoked turkey salad sandwich on whole wheat bread with home style potato chips, chocolate chip cookie, and a drink for $7.99.  May call ahead or pick up anytime.  Say it is for "Jamming in the Park Picnic."


Every Day and All Day - Narraganset Pints $1.50!

Tuesday - Thursday- All appetizers $2.00 off.

We have gone to our summer hours. Tuesday-Saturday 11am-9pm and Sunday's noon-3pm.  


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


thompsons adHistoric Thompson Store has many new items and new employees.  Stop by and meet Mort Farris and Tim Barber.  They are getting great reviews on their meat cutting skills of fine cuts of steak. Fresh, local  produce is starting to come in and plants ready for your garden beds.  Come in and purchase a ready-to-eat meal with pastas, salads, and frozen gourmet meals. Contact the store at 828-749-2321 or visit Thompson's Store online.  Thompson's Store & Ward's Grill will be celebrating their first anniversary of the re-opening June 9 - 11.  


Get your "Jamming in the Park" picnic at Ward's Grill. 


buttercup cottageButtercup Cottage is offering a "One, Two, Three" special in celebration of Saluda's 130th birthday.  The weekend of May 21 and 22 purchase ONE (or more) tickets to the Women's Club's Low Country Boil Dinner for $50, stay TWO nights at Buttercup Cottage at the regular rate, and get the THIRD night free.   Enjoy the Saluda Arts Festival on May 21.  The next day, have a great meal and lots of fun at the Saluda Women's Club's Low Country Boil dinner...entertainment by the Lonesome Road Band.  Ask for the "ONE, TWO, THREE" special. Third night must be consecutive.  Contact Marti Wells at 828-749-9538 or email  Visit their website for rates and availability. 


salamanderSalamander Celebrates 7th Anniversary

Salamander starts its 8th joyous year of business in Saluda this month!  Cynthia and Ben feature the handmade work of over 100 American artists from 26 states - including 23 North Carolinians.  And we offer fair trade fine handcraft from artists in Peru, India, Mexico, South Africa, Nepal (Tibetans), Kenya, Ghana, Bali and Thailand.


The Salamander experience means an eclectic and quality mix of jewelry, glass and metal art, basketry, pottery, handbags, hats for men and women, musical instruments, wooden toys, beeswax candles, organic body care (and more).


Cynthia's discerning taste in books promises great reads in new and classic titles for adults and children.  Whether it's cooking, gardening, true adventure, natural history, or body-mind-spirit rejuvenation - we've got a book for you.


And if our taste is as good as yours, you'll like it here because we sell what we love.  That means we personally select everything, right down to each greeting card, and offer only the wines and music we enjoy.


So come see Cynthia's exquisite gardens and spend some fun time with us.  Salamander is at 7 West Main Street, Saluda.  828-749-3466

wildflourWildflour Bake Shop

Happy Spring! Could it possibly be any more beautiful? And is there any better way to start a gorgeous day than with a fresh scone from Wildflour Bake Shop?  Molly makes both sweet and savory...or you might try a bagel, a cinnamon roll or the ever delicious sticky bun!

Not an early morning fan?  Lunch is just as yummy, and there is something for everyone....amazing homemade soups, the absolute BEST quiche,  hearty sandwiches on
Wildflour bread, and daily specials. 

DO NOT FORGET MOM!!!!!  We will be open Sunday, May 8.  You can bet there will be special sweets to show her you care.

Notice the activity upstairs....paint cans, ladders, the occasional buzz of a saw....Debi in her paint-spattered overalls? Spring is a great time for "sprucing up" and we are doing our best to get our old space ready so the little Bake Shop can move up with the wholesale bakery and have more room for everyone!  Keep an eye on won't be long now!     

Bake Shop Hours:  Thursday 8am - 4pm
Friday      8am - 4pm
Saturday  8am - 3pm
Sunday    9am - 2 pm

* Give us a call and your order will be ready!   

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

 Find us on Facebook

saluda grade 


Saluda Grade's spring menu is ever evolving as fresh herbs, vegetables, and fruits come into season; look for Lamb, Cornish hens and an array of Fresh Fish too!


Lunch on May 5th Cinco De Mayo will feature yummy Quesadillas, Burritos and even more Mexican inspired specials.


Sunday May 8th is Mothers Day! We will be open form 11am till 7pm.  Saluda Grade will be taking reservations for any size party on this very special Sunday.  Look for our specials to include Shrimp and Grits, Cornish Hens, and of course, we can't forget our Egg Torta with Egg Crepes, Sautéed Spinach, Provolone Cheese, Black Forest Ham, and Sweet Peppers layered in a puff pastry crust. So don't forget to make your reservations early. Call us at 828-749-5854!!!


May 10th is a jam packed full of fun Tuesday! Jammin At the Park starts at 6pm. Order your picnic box anytime between now and 3pm on May 10th!  Here is the menu:

 130th Celebration

Jamming in the Park Picnic

May 10, 2011




Crazy Squirrel Salad with Mixed Greens, Fresh Oranges, Goat Cheese, Spicy Pecans,Avocado and Balsamic Vinaigrette,  (Add Grilled or Blackened Chicken...add  $3.00)


Picnic Salad Boxes come with Roll and Cookie


Grilled Vegetable Foccacia Sandwich ~ Grilled Summer Squash, Roasted Eggplant, Sweet Peppers, Grilled Red Onion, Lettuce, Tomato and Pesto Mayonnaise


Chicken Salad Wrap ~Chicken Salad with Dried Cranberries, Apple and Watercress


Italian Foccacia~ Ham, Provolone, Lettuce, Tomato and Artichoke-Olive Salad on Saluda Grade Café's Fresh Baked Foccacia Bread


Picnic Sandwich Boxes come with Potato Salad and Cookie

All boxes $10.00


Come join us on May 21 at the Saluda Arts Festival!  Saluda Grade Café will again have a booth full of food and laughter.  I (Kaye) had so much fun last year, I couldn't resist the chance to get out into the sunshine and be with the people!  Our booth will be serving you yummy Wrap Sandwiches, Chicken Salad Platters, Vegetable Foccacia Sandwiches, Chips, Freshly baked Cookies, and Brownies.  Those Brownies, warmed by the sun are so gooey and chocolatey!  Saluda Grade Café will of course be open for regular lunch and dinner business just across the street, where there will be a full menu, wine, beer, more fun and laughter, and...air conditioning!  See you there! 


Saluda Grade Café also should have our new boxed lunch menu in effect by mid May. The restaurant will be delivering boxed lunches around town in Hendersonville and Fletcher. Minimum of 10 boxes per delivery. So, if you work out of town and would love to enjoy a Saluda Grade lunch, call us for a menu and delivery.


I (Kaye) need your support for a mission trip coming in June to Uganda. Please be praying for a successful and safe journey as I go out to feed the children of Africa!! Financial donations would also be much appreciated and are tax deductable.  All monies collected will be used for this trip. Thank you for dreaming the dream with me!!


So, from those of us at Saluda Grade, we hope your May is full of Blessings, Grace and Joy, and don't forget to look us up on Facebook!!


Call us at 828-749-5854 for more information and to make reservations, or email Visit our website at    


Kaye and the Staff at the Grade

The Old Chicken House

Welcome, spring!  We're open for the season and look forward to seeing old and new friends.  Regular schedule is  Friday and Saturday  11-6 plus anytime the signs are out on the road in front.  To request a special time for you, please call 828-749-9718.


Thank you,

Ruth Anderson


mothers dayDon't forget! See Amy at Biddie's Antiques for Mother's Day flowers.  Call her at 828-749-9254.  Flowers for any occasion.  Custom bouquets or by the stem

5th Annual Green Spring Bash
Free Whitewater Trips, BBQ, Beer and Live Music

green river

When: Saturday, May 7th, 2011

 ·  Event is open to the public, but WNCW Radio Vista members have first dibs on trips.

·  Radio Vista members: RSVP to Green RIver Adventures by Monday April 25th, then spots are open to the public on Tuesday April 26th.

·  Info on becoming a member of the Radio Vista Society: WNCW Support or

·  Reservations are required for all trips: call 800.335.1530 or Green River Adventures to book ASAP.


Where: Our New Outpost- 111 E Main St. Saluda, NC 28773


Schedule of Events:

8:30-- Upper Green River Rush (1/2 Day) High Adventure

9:00-- Introduction to Whitewater Kayaking (1/2 Day Lesson)

12:00-- Massages by Averee Savage

1:00-- Stand Up Paddle Boarding (1/2 Day Lesson)

1:00-- Test Drives by Prestige Subaru

1:00-- Lower Green River Adventure (3 hr trip) Family Friendly

2:00-- Lower Green River Adventure (3 hr trip) Family Friendly

6:00-- Dinner by Green River BBQ

6:00-- "The Broadcast" takes the stage


Special Thanks to Our Sponsors

Our 5th Annual Spring Green Bash is made possible by:


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Garden Jewel on the Wing


Yes, the hummingbirds are back in Saluda from their winter vacation in the tropics!


Here at Charles Street Garden we had our first returnee to appear on April 13.

While I had already gotten a call from my birder sister from the South Carolina low country reporting a sighting on March 28, these fascinating creatures had enough sense to stay away from Saluda until the weather settled down a bit.  But, while we are extolling the powers of hummer intellect, let me set the record straight that they are not all so wise.  We had one hummer to stay around the garden until December 8.  Mental capacity may not be the entire explanation for this exceptional phenomenon.  That straggler may have been here to recuperate or to store up the necessary energy for the long trip south to join the many species of stay at home tropical cousins.


While we have had our three feeders out as early as mid-March to attract and hold early arrivals, there are other ways to achieve that end.  Many people think that hummingbirds subsist on nectar alone.  Far from it.  Their primary diet consists of small insects with flower nectar and sips from feeders being a bit of liquid dessert.  With that said, there are many plants which will provide that dessert and, thus, increase the hummingbird population in the immediate setting.  Among the best flowers to include are salvias, sage, columbine, honeysuckle, cypress vine, trumpet creeper, bee balm, cannas, four o'clocks, hostas, penstemon, native impatiens, and petunias. 

Just a few hints concerning feeders:  A simple combination of one part sugar to four parts water boiled for one to two minutes and changed every three to four days, especially during hot weather, is most welcomed by these birds.  And, remember-no red food coloring!  Always clean the feeders with hot water between refills.  As long as there is plenty of natural food available, hummingbirds may seldom frequent feeders.  Keep the feeders out anyhow, keep them well attended, and remember not to be hasty in taking down feeders in the fall.  Birds passing through will stop and delight you for a few days at that migration time.  In addition, do not believe the old wives' tale that hummingbirds will not depart if feeders are not taken down before severe cold weather sets in.  One unexpected additional bonus in hanging these feeders is that chickadees and orioles will often come for a sip.


Among the many birds at Charles Street Garden, the ruby-throated hummingbird is a garden jewel that fascinates the guests in our bed and breakfast garden suite.  Encourage our feathered friends with plantings and feeders in your own garden and be still and take note of these incredible creatures.


By Walter Hoover
Charles Street Garden Suite
Art Clues
Ideas for Creating and Appreciating Art


The very best way to get ideas for creating art

and the very best opportunity for appreciating art is to:   

Attend the Saluda Art Festival on Saturday, May 21, 10 - 5


Beverly Bowden Pickard



 June ART CLUES will be

Creative ways to paint with oil pastels.


Why Goldfish Never Graduate from High School
by author Joe Adams

Joe Adam's face

It's not because they can't get a cap and gown to fit, although that could be a problem if they ever made it to high school.

The problem is much simpler.  They are fairly dumb.


The goldfish are gorgeous.  And they swim better than Esther Williams.  But they are dumb as a stump.  They only have a memory span of 30 seconds according to scientists.  I have no idea how they know this but they claim that whatever you tell them goes in one ear and out the other...if they have ears.  That might be the problem since I've never seen fish ears.


Goldfish rarely get beyond first grade.  They can't hold a pencil, poor things.  Even if they knew the answer, they couldn't write or tell the teacher. "Hold up your fingers," she would yell.  "Blow four bubbles."


There are other problems other than the pencils.  They can't tie their shoes.  No wonder.  No feet.  And getting on the school bus is a major feat.  And once they are on the bus, they tend to slide from one end to the other.  If their mothers were thoughtful enough to put them in a sealed baggie with water, some of the bully boys might start playing toss with the fish.


I sympathize with the goldfish.  I really do.  They're not going to get a good job unless they graduate from high school.  I am retired so I don't have to worry about getting a good job.  I worry that I am turning into a goldfish.  I can't remember anything I'm told more than 30 seconds.  Sometimes, not then.  Of course, maybe I just don't care.  Maybe the goldfish don't either.


Send Joe your comments and thoughts by emailing him at 

Oral History Film Premier Date Set

Home, Hearth & History: Stories of Old Saluda

The Historic Saluda Oral History Committee is pleased to announce a release date for the much anticipated DVD entitled Home, Hearth & History: Stories of Old Saluda. Copies of the DVD will be available at the film's premier scheduled for July 2, 2011 at 5:00 p.m. at the Saluda Mountain Jamboree.  The premier is being held prior to the 130th Celebration square dance that will be held that same night at 7:00 p.m. Eljapa Media Group has worked with the Oral History Committee to record over fourteen hours of video interviews, copied hundreds of old photographs from private collections, and received more than a dozen original cassette tapes of interviews conducted by Charlene Pace and Anne Osborne for their 1981 book Saluda, N.C. 100 Years 1881-1981. Martha Anderson, Bill Russell, John Rhodes, Dr. George Jones, Charlene Henry TwiggsPace, Henry Twiggs, Martha Ashley, Betty Pace Thompson and Ruth Pace Lawter were the first to be interviewed for this first in a series of oral history interviews. It is hoped that future interviews will be compiled into additional DVD's and then archived on a Historic Saluda website.


The Oral History Committee, which is a sub-committee of the Historic Saluda Committee (HSC) operating under the jurisdiction of the City of Saluda, is also pleased to announce that fundraising efforts have been very successful. The City of Saluda pledged seed money in the amount of $2,500 to launch the project and more than $4,000 has been raised through private donations from individuals and businesses. Donors will be recognized in the film credits and many choose to donate in honor or in memory of a loved one. The HSC voted at its meeting in April to continue fundraising efforts in order to carry on the efforts to collect the rich stories of Saluda's senior citizens.


Kim Clark with Eljapa says, "We're fitting all 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."


According to Cindy Stephenson Tuttle, chair of the Oral History Committee, "The DVD will be riveting through its blending of the past with the present. One minute you are going to be watching someone who was only recently interviewed, and the next minute their voice and image may meld with another voice captured on the audio recordings from the 1981 project, and in most cases, those folks have long since left this earth.  As all these folks, past and present, drop the names of people and places, we will throw in pictures and other audio/visual material for added interest. To say the least, this is not your typical oral history project."


As part of the 130th Saluda celebrations, admission to the film premier at Saluda Mountain Jamboree is free.  However, donations will be greatly appreciated. DVD's will be available for sale that night. The 130th Saluda Celebration Committee is sponsoring an old timey square dance at 7:00 p.m. following the film premier. A $5 donation will be requested to participate in the square dance.


Members of the Historic Saluda Oral History Committee include Cindy Stephenson Tuttle, chair (co-chair of HSC); Charlene Pace, co-chair; Lynn Cass (chair of HSC), Cathy Jackson, Martha Ashley, Greaton Sellers, Martin Anderson, Anita Moore, Carolyn Ashburn and Kate Barkschat. If anyone wishes to make a donation to the oral history project, they may do so by sending it to the City of Saluda. All donations must be received by June 1st in order to be included in the film credits for the first DVD. For more information, contact Cindy Tuttle at A donation form is available by clicking HERE and may be used by both individuals and businesses who wish to donate.


Cindy Stephenson Tuttle, Historic Saluda Oral History Project Chair

Historic Tour of Homes

hospitalThe 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 preservation projects in Saluda. Historic Smith Hill has been chosen as the site of the tour. There will be six homes, a teahouse and two additional smaller buildings on the tour, all within walking distance of each other.


Tickets are $20 each and are available at City Hall and Heartwood Gallery in Saluda. 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. Tickets will also be available at the Saluda Arts Festival on May 21.


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, 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, where 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 now lived in by granddaughters and other relatives. The houses have all been restored in the last five years. 

Tree Tops, the home of Nettie and George Sweet was built in 1908 by Mr. Staton for Nettie Hane's sister Ammie Hane Smith. It has been used as a home for the Smiths, Owingses and Sweets, a place for house paying guests at the Sanitarium and as a physician's office, with some additions over the years. After the house passed to the Sweets, renovations began in 1994 to make the house suitable for year-round habitation. Don Mintz's crews did the major work, and George Sweet worked behind the scenes. In 2004, when the Sweets became permanent residents, Ralph Morgan rebuilt the guesthouse and added the carport. "Stagger Inn" began as a chicken house in the Smith's backyard in Spartanburg and was moved to Smith Hill and renovated for Dr. Smith's summer interns. It is now the grandchildren's bunkhouse.

Sleepy Hollow Cottage was built by Mr. and Mrs. Paul Kennedy of Spartanburg around 1917 with post and beam construction. Acquired by Dr. Smith in the 1920s, it was used to house nurses for the Infants' and Children's Sanitarium and became known as the "Nurses Home." In the mid-1960s, Tennent Hane of Fort Motte, SC, purchased the summer cottage from his first cousin Porcher Smith. Tennent always told everyone that he measured all of his first cousin's porches to insure that, though Sleepy Hollow was the smallest house on the hill, it would have the largest porch. It is now owned by Tennent's daughter Jenny Hane and her husband, Julian Wiles. In 2005, they began an extensive renovation with the help of Saluda contractor Adam Henry. The porch remains the same.

50 Smith Hill Drive was built by the Matthews family of Charleston about 1910.  The house was part of the Sanitarium and accommodated mothers and children and years later was used for playing poker at night. Various children of Dr. Smith occupied the house until the 1960s.  Louisa Searson, who was married to Daniel Ravenel (a nephew of Dr. Smith) bought the house from Porcher Smith in the late '60s. In 2008, Louisa turned the house over to her daughter, Lavinia Ravenel French, who, with the help of contractor Adam Henry, has spent the past two years renovating and rebuilding the house.

Bon Air was built for Nettie Hane and her cousin in 1896 by Mr. Staton.  It was used as a summer residence and boarding house, as well as a hospital and a school during winter months. When the Smith Hill property was divided in 1960, Dr. Keitt Hane Smith and his wife Vivian became the owners. Their daughter Vivian "Vee Vee" Smith Blackshear became owner of the house upon Viv's death in 1998.  Ralph Morgan, a native Saludan, was the remodeling contractor, and Vee Vee's daughter Vivian Luke, an interior designer, played a key role in the decorating and remodeling. The Children's Dining Hall (the round building - the Tea House) was built around 1920 and stabilized around 2006.

Aurora Lodge (Hamer House) was the first house on Smith Hill and was a summer house for Colonel Sloan of Charleston. One of his granddaughters, Clara Smith Carter, now owns the property. The stately high-ceilinged home has four fireplaces. Babies and their nurses stayed here. The house has gone through several renovations through the years, and Ralph Morgan has completed the most recent one. Vivian Luke of Gainesville has been instrumental in the interior design of many of the rooms. Cameron was used as the kitchen for Aurora Lodge, and the help stayed here.

Seminar Hall was the last building erected on Smith Hill. The many windowed lecture hall was designed to accommodate student chairs, and a raised platform at one end provided every student a clear view of the lecturer. Dr. Keitt Smith gave it to his daughter Lesesne Dickson and her husband Gene, and they converted it to a summer cottage. In 2000, they sold it to Lynn and Mike Cass who began living here fulltime in 2009. C. Terry Holland of Macon, GA, designed the addition and was the interior designer, and Dean Culbreth was the builder. Alex Smith of Alex Smith Garden Designs of Atlanta designed the front garden and Sanford Byers of Byers Design Group of Charleston and Saluda designed the side garden, with Jay Harden of Jay's Landscape and Lawn Service implementing both garden plans.


The Historic Saluda Committee was formed in May 2010. Its primary focus is "to preserve Saluda's past to protect its future." For more information, contact Lynn Cass at 828-749-1975.

Youth Memories and a Town Named Saluda

frankBy Frank Middleton, a Saluda native


 "Wild winters and mild summers come and go, but spring time brings renewal of the leaf."


A few years ago, (in the 60's), a man that I greatly admired passed away. A resident of Saluda for many years, Mr. Burgie Pace was well known to almost everyone.


My first remembrance of Mr. Pace came when I was very young. It occurred Saturday afternoon on the highway between Saluda and Hendersonville. In those days, trips to Hendersonville were few and far between. To me and most of my friends, Hendersonville represented all the excitement of the "big" city.  Read more... 

Speaking of Hog Killing Time


Each year we raised and fattened two or three hogs for butchering in the fall, then waited for a strong cold front to move in, usually in late November or early December. The cold air meant the meat would not be susceptible to spoilage during the butchering.

Read more... 


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.  



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 for information.

May is a great time to visit Saluda and stroll tree-lined Main Street or just do some bench sitting, letting the sun warm your face.  Shop our unique shops, some carrying 100% American crafts.  Visit historic Thompson's Store and Ward's Grill for a walk back in time. May is "art month," and the Saluda Business Association has worked hard to plan the 8th annual Saluda Arts Festival on May 21.  You don't want to miss May in Saluda!

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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