Saluda Lifestyles - Monthly Ezine all about Saluda, NC
                                                      Where Time Stands Still
                                                                                   June 1, 2011 
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In This Issue (click on a topic to move to it quickly.)
Dates to Remember
Blood Drive at Saluda Fire & Resuce
SFD Auxiliary Cookbooks
Saluda Center News
Saluda Center Art Exhibit
Historic Tour of Homes
Saluda Tree Preservation
City Notes
Saluda Community Land Trust
Saluda Garden Club
The Women's Club of Saluda
Saluda Tailgate
Yoga Schedule
Saluda Library
Saluda School
Pride of Saluda
Saluda Summer Camp
Coon Dog Day 5K
Saluda Church Services
Bicylists Safety
Maintaining Your Wood Deck
Post Office Hours
Saluda Trivia
130th Anniversary Events
Help Keep the Celebration on Track
Saluda Classifieds
Saluda Evening
130th June Events
Saluda Arts Festival
What's Happening in Music and Art
Saluda Oral History
Oral History Music Day
Tryon Arts
Saluda Scoop
48th Coon Dog Day
Summer Tracks
Art Clues
Manna Cabana Reopens
Joe Adams
A Town Named Saluda
Clark Thompson Stories
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
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Saluda Property & Real Estate

Cathy Jackson Realty 

New Listings!


Old Saluda charm retained in this total redo in highly desirable historic area.  Wrap around porch, 10' ceilings, butler pantry, Brazilian flooring, concrete counters.  4BR/2BA, 3773 SF, 2-car garage, .82 ac lot, master on main level.

MLS#487439  $419,000



Privacy and solitude. Enjoy the sound of the small creek as it flows past.  Just a short drive to the Green River to fish or kayak, tube, or swim.

2 BR/1.5 BA, 1148 SF, 1.64 ac,  

MLS#487353  $225,000



Walk to historic downtown Saluda from this quality site-built home. Brand new condition with hardwood floors, vaulted living room ceiling and beautiful maple cabinets. Additional land available. 3 BR/2BA, 1328 SF, .47 ac

MLS#486758  $165,000



For years, the Saluda real estate market was locked out because of low inventories. There are currently 77 homes on the market in Saluda making this a great time to BUY!  Let us help you find the Saluda home that matches your budget and requirements.


A Quick Saluda Market Update (comparing 2010 sales to date with 2011 sales as of May 31, 2011)


Sales               Closed   Pending


Homes 2011         13           2
Homes 2010           7           0
Land 2011              6           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
Oral History Film Premiere Date Set for July.  Have your name in the Film Credits. Donate Before June 5th!

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

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

Thursday, June 9 at 6pm, Single Women United meeting and potluck dinner.

Saluda Women's Club
meeting on June 14 at 10am at Saluda Presbyterian Church

Saluda Garden Club meets third Monday of the month at Saluda Presbyterian Church.  Special field trip on June 20 to Motlow Gardens.

"130th Celebrations "

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! 2:00pm 

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.


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.   
American Red Cross Needs You!

red crossThe AMERICAN RED CROSS needs blood.  Please help by donating blood at the upcoming Blood Drive for Saluda Community to be held at Saluda Fire and Rescue Meeting Hall on June 14th from 2:00 pm - 6:30 pm.  Impact your community by saving lives-donate blood!


Call 828-894-2700 to schedule your appointment to donate. 





All presenting donors will be entered in a drawing for a chance to win one of two pairs of roundtrip Delta Airline tickets and a $3000 gift card!

SFD Auxiliary Cookbook Fund Raiser

The Saluda Fire & Rescue Auxiliary will be publishing a cookbook filled with recipes from local residents. If you have a favorite recipe you would like to share, please submit it by June 9th. You may also include a brief story about your recipe. If you are a business that would like to purchase a business card size advertisement for $25, please contact us for further information. We plan to have the cookbook available for sale on Coon Dog Day. Thanks for your support!  


You can download the attached form or pick one up at Saluda Fire Department.  Drop the completed form off at the fire department, email it to, or mail it to Saluda Fire & Rescue Auxiliary, 199-A Walnut Street, Saluda, NC 28773.


Contact Nikki Ammerman at 749-1477 for more information.Find us on Facebook

Saluda Center News and Events
New Senior Center
Save These Dates Now!
(All events and activities take place at the Saluda Center on Greenville Street.)


The June art exhibit will feature the recent work of Dorrie McKinley and Ray Pague, both resident painters of Saluda. The exhibit will display from June 1-30 during Center hours. There will be a reception honoring the artists on Thursday, June 16 from 5:00-6:30 p.m. Contact Anne Jameson for further information at 828-749-3101


Richard Brantley will continue Bible as Literature on Monday, June 6, 13 and 20 at 1:00 p. m.


Line dance will be from 12:00-1:00 pm on Monday, June 6, 13, and 20 and return to the regular scheduled time at 12:30 pm on Monday, June 27.


Book club meeting on Monday, June 6 at 2:00pm.


Single Women United potluck dinner will be on Thursday, June 9 at 6:00pm.


Community potluck will be on Thursday, June 30 with entertainment from Jay Lichty. Bring your favorite dish and enjoy a night out with friends.


Bridge every Tuesday from 10am-2pm.


Please refer to the Saluda Center calendar for all regularly scheduled activities.

There is no membership fee.


SAVE THE DATE! W.O.W.-Wellness on Wheels will return to the Saluda Center on Tuesday,  July 12 from 8:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.


If you would like to receive the Saluda Center calendar via email, please contact Donna at to be added to our email list.


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 Center
Artists Exhibit in June

The Saluda Center is delighted to present for the June exhibit: Dorrie McKinley and Ray Pague - Recent Work."

dorrieDorrie Vivien McKinley is a self-taught, Atlanta born artist. Her works have sold well over the past 20 years in the Atlanta area. Dorrie moved to Saluda two years ago and works at the Saluda Grade Café, where she sells her recent works.


ray pagueRay Pague has lived in Saluda for nearly five years with his studio in The Old Chicken House, (one mile up Greenville St.).  Ray enjoys plein air painting around these wonderful mountains.  He also teaches private and group lessons at The Old Chicken House.  Ray also is an accomplished portrait artist and would welcome your inquiries concerning his art, and portraiture.  To visit his studio or to contact him call at 828-817-3281.

The exhibit will be open during the Center's regular weekday hours from June 1-30, and all are invited to a reception honoring these two talented Saluda resident painters on Thursday, June 16 from 5:00-6:30PM at the Saluda Center, 64 Greenville Street in Saluda.

Dorrie and Ray have graciously offered a portion of proceeds from the sale of work during this exhibit to the Saluda Center for assistance in funding ongoing programs for "Seniors and those who will be Seniors." Dorrie and Ray would love to chat with you about their work. For further information, contact Anne Jameson, 828-749-3101.

Historic Tour of Homes

hospitalhistorichomeThe 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.

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.

Saluda Tree Preservation Association

The group continues the pursuit of Saluda's designation as a "Tree City, USA," researching and interviewing residents concerning their interest in the project.  Interest expressed has been very positive.

We appreciate the responses from readers of Saluda Lifestyles to our request for nominations of trees in the Saluda community. 

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 that 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


The City of Saluda would like to thank Anita Severn and Marilynn Prudhomme for so graciously replanting the planters and containers on Church St. and in front of City Hall.planters


Mayor Baisden has been watering the plants, and we are hoping to get a volunteer or two to help during the summer.  If you have a few minutes a week to help with caring for these plants, please give Doris Marion a call at 828-749-2481. 


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

The Saluda Community Land Trust has scheduled two Sunday afternoon "Walk in the Woods." The first and third Sundays of every month meet at the Saluda Library

at 2:00, weather permitting, and join a group exploring local trails and points of interest. Proper footwear and a bottle of water are helpful. Prepare for poison ivy, getting wet and meeting nice folks.


Next scheduled hikes:

Sunday, June 5th, leader Chuck Hearon (828-749-9886), Missing 40 Trace

Sunday, June 19th, leader Nancy Barnett (828-749-4661), to be announced


There is always something to do that will take you outdoors. Trail work and kudzu control are not only good ways to get out with your neighbors but also make you feel great to know that you were part of the job. Our projects are to better the community whether by providing safe places for nature walks or improving our environment by saving trees and vegetation by killing and controlling kudzu. Volunteers are always welcome!


Work will start on the "kudzu site" starting in June. We will meet on Thursdays from 9am till 11am at the corner of Ozone and Thompson Road. From a distance, things look under control, but the fact is that kudzu must be worked on for 3 to 5 years and sometimes longer. This particular spot is a "no poison" area meaning that we are manually cutting the crowns from the plant and in doing that the root will die. To understand this method one must realize that there are hundreds of crowns and that is what produces the vine. You are invited to come and "decrown" with us or stop by and ask questions about what we are doing.


Power poles and lines are also a major problem with the wandering kudzu. It's a great road for the plant to travel, and easy once it gets up the pole. The power company which owns the pole should be able to help you with this problem. Call them with the address of the pole and ask if they will take care of the problem. It may take several calls throughout the summer as the vine starts back up the pole, but it's worth the call and beneficial to all.


Don't forget about kudzu kollege, 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." 


The dog park is on its way to being a reality. SCLT is working with the city to create a dog park, which will be located on Chestnut Street. If you would like to help or need more information on this, please call Dave Prudhomme at 828-749-9172.


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


If you have any questions about any of our projects that you would like to speak to us about, please call 828-749-1560 and leave a message. Someone will get back to you promptly. Our meetings are on the first and third Wednesday of the month at 3pm, and we will be meeting at the Pavilion. All are welcome to attend.

Saluda Garden Club

saluda garden club

The Saluda Garden Club invites you to join them on a field trip June 20th to Motlow Creek Gardens. We will meet at the Saluda Library at 9:15am and plan to car pool. Bring a snack lunch and enjoy this garden center and gift shops. The grounds are beautiful with plants that will give you ideas for your yard.


At Motlow Creek Gardens, we will learn about summer swap out for container gardens. Container gardens are fun and festive. They may be used year round by changing the plants seasonally.


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 the Saluda Library. Except for special events and outings, meetings start at 10am.


For more information call Anita Severn 828-749-3155

Women's Club Meeting
Women's Club of Saluda will meet June 14th at 10am in the Fellowship Hall of the Presbyterian Church. Program will be "Climate Issues that Affect our Region" by James Hrynyshyn, a freelance journalist based in Saluda, NC, specializing in the science of climate change.


The following is a short bio on our speaker:  James Hrynyshyn is a communications consultant and journalist who has been researching and writing about climate change for more than 20 years. He has worked on the Atlantic, Pacific, and Arctic coasts, including five years in Canada's Northwest Territories, where he was witness to some of the most dramatic changes in climate and weather. Since 2005, he has been based in Saluda, where he lives with his wife, Mary O. Ratcliffe and four-year-old son, Aidan.

He has degrees in journalism and biology, and the equivalent of another in political science thanks to four years as a member of Canada's Parliamentary Press Gallery. His byline has appeared in Canadian, American and British publications, including New Scientist, Canadian Geographic, and SEED. Most of that work is accessible through his blog, Class M, and personal website.

As a member of the international (but Nashville-based) Climate Project, he delivers customized presentations on climate change, based on the most recent, peer-reviewed science. This month's presentation will be (approximately) number 15.  


Thanks to all who supported the Sixth Annual Low Country Boil.  From Marti and Dan Wells who do such a great job coordinating and cooking the food, to the Lonesome Road Band who are Saluda's favorite mountain musicians, to all the great Club volunteers and their spouses who make it possible, we couldn't do it without you!  We have funded two scholarships for 2012.


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.

Saluda Tailgate Market


Saluda Tailgate Market is open every Friday from 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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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 the 2010-2011 school year will come to an end in just a few days.  Students have enjoyed positive community interactions this year, such as displaying artwork at the Saluda Center; Christmas caroling downtown; creating Happy 130th Birthday cards for Saluda's celebration; clogging at the Saluda Arts Festival; choral performances for the Women's Club, Saluda Center's potluck dinner and Arts Festival; and recording the Saluda School Song for the historical DVD project. 

I would also like to take this opportunity to say "THANK YOU!" to all community members and businesses for supporting the students at Saluda Elementary (in a variety of ways) throughout the school year.  This community's strong support of our school plays a key role in the success of our students.

Please join us on Saturday, June 4 for a Community Yard Sale and on Thursday, June 9 for the clogging recital at 6:00pm in the auditorium!


Upcoming Events

June 1  EOG Testing---8:30-11:30am Reading Comprehension

June 2  EOG Testing---8:30-11:30am Math Calculator-Active

June 3  EOG Testing---8:30-10:00am Math Calculator-Inactive

June 3  Dress Down for Charity

Saturday, June 4:  Community Yard Sale  8:00am-12:00pm

Sponsored by 5th Grade, $10 to rent a space, drinks & snacks will be sold

June 5-7     Fifth Grade Trip to Charleston, SC

June 7        K-2 Field Day

June 8        3-5 Field Day

June 9        PreK Awards at 1:30pm

June 9       Clogging Recital & Reception  6:00-7:30pm in the Auditorium

June 10       Last Day of School:  Half Day for Students;  Dismissal 11:00am

June 10       K-2 Awards 8:30am, 3-5 Awards 9:45am

June 12       City of Saluda's 130th Birthday Softball Game on school field

June 13       Required Teacher Workday

June 13       School Improvement Plan Review 10:00am in the Media Center

June 13-24  Summer School

June 14        Required Teacher Workday

June 15        Optional Teacher Workday

June 16        Optional Teacher Workday       

Next month, look for details about Saluda's 2nd Super Sizzlin' Summer Adventures!  This summer enrichment program is sponsored by area churches and will be held July 11 through August 5.


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

Pride of Saluda

Three Saluda Teens to attend Prestigious Governor's School in North Carolina 2011


The Governor's School of North Carolina, founded in 1963 by former Gov. Terry Sanford, is the oldest statewide summer residential program for academically or intellectually gifted high school students in the nation. It also is the model by which other states' programs have been fashioned. 


This summer, 600 of the most distinguished North Carolina rising high school juniors and seniors will attend the 2011 Governor's School. This year's attendees were selected from more than 1,700 public and private school nominees to attend the six-week summer program for academically or intellectually gifted students.

This is a six week program offering gifted teens a curriculum that explores "the most recent ideas and concepts" in a number of interdisciplinary areas. These areas include: English, foreign languages, mathematics, and natural and social sciences. The performing/visual arts disciplines include art, choral and instrumental music, dance, and drama.


After a rigorous application process three students have been chosen to represent Polk County.   All three are from the town of Saluda!!!


Kari Malkki daughter of Rita Malkki of Saluda

Cade Underwood, son of Gary and Katha Underwood of Saluda

Cole Pellatt, son of Mark Pellatt of Morganton and Carol Lynn Jackson of Saluda.

By Katha Underwood

A Summer Camp in Saluda

9:00 to 12:00

At the home of Art teacher Katha Underwood,

located ˝ mile from downtown Saluda.

Session I

"ECO-ART" ...July 11-15

We will explore drawing, painting and sculpture.  We will honor the environment and use recyclable materials to make art.

3rd graders and up... Fee is $79


Session II

"Christmas in July"...July 18-22

A beginners Gingerbread house class. Holiday tunes, tree trimming, and making Gingerbread Houses from scratch.

Adults and kids welcome!


$89 for individual who makes their own G-B house (10 years old is the minimum age for individual team) 


$70 per person for a team of 2 who makes one team G-B house  (Combined ages for 2 team members is 20 or over)


$59 per person for a team of 3 who makes one team G-B house (Combined ages for 3 team members is 30 or over)


To register, call Katha Underwood at 828-749-2468 or

Coon Dog Day 5K Run

Online registration is now up and running for the Coon Dog Day 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.


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 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

Saluda Bicyclists

Saluda is a favorite destination for many bicyclists in the summer.  Bicyclists and motorists share our windy mountain roads.  Please be responsible and vigilant of each other.  When encountering a bicyclist, remember the safety tips from NCDOT.  Click here to review these tips.  When coming upon a bicyclist from behind, it's a great time to slow down and take the opportunity to see Saluda's vistas, roadside wildflowers, and rolling country sides until it is safe to pass.

Maintaining Your Wood Deck

toddWood decks add to the style and function of your home, but can be a high maintenance part of your home's exterior. Your wood deck is subjected to bright sunlight day after day, freezing temperatures, driving rain and wind. All of these extremes can lead to cracking, shrinking, splitting, cupping, and twisting of the boards. You should plan to inspect your deck regularly, at least once a year. Pull out loose nails and screws and replace boards that have splintered or deteriorated. Providing this needed attention promptly can maintain your decks' attractive appearance and avoid more costly repairs in the future.


As you use your deck, dirt on the bottom of shoes can scratch or dent the wood surface. Moving furniture and grills can cause scratches. Use mats, sweep regularly and use caution when moving furniture. You should also wash your deck at least once a year to remove dirt and mildew. A regular garden hose with a sprayer attachment and a brush may do the trick. Use a commercial deck cleaning product to help you along. Follow the directions on the product and rinse it completely, as you don't want any residue left on the wood. A pressure washer is great if you know how to use it, but be careful! You can cause a lot of damage to wood with too much water pressure. To prolong the life and beauty of your wood deck, treat it periodically with water repellant or a wood preservative. You can find these products at your local home center or paint store.


To determine when your deck is ready to be resealed, dump a cup of water on it. If the wood absorbs the water, it is ready to be resealed. If the water beads up, it is fine. Make sure you test in an area that has the most exposure to the sun and is not protected by a roof overhang. If all of this sounds like just too much trouble or a little overwhelming, don't feel bad! Deck maintenance can be a big job that can take several days, depending on the size of your deck. Call a professional if you think you are in over your head. If you have any questions or would like to know what products Kirby Custom Builders recommends for treating your deck, please e-mail Todd at


kirbyTodd Kirby has been a Saluda resident for six years and is a general contractor. Visit for more information. 

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 Trivia

Did you know that?


In the 1950's that Saluda had a hosiery mill, and then the Saluda Yarn Mill opened in 1963 in the building that houses the Saluda Fire Department.


The Blue Ridge Coon Club organized in 1957 for the purpose of replenishing the local raccoon population.


The first Coon Dog Day parade in 1963 was originally the "Old Prospector" parade.


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

June 4 - Historic Saluda will host Saluda Home Tours. 1pm to 5pm.

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! 2:00pm 

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

September 27 - Music in the Park Picnic; McCreery Park; 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

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. 

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.

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. 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.

Beautiful Saluda Home for Rent. 4 BR 4.5 Baths. Great for family or extended family retreat.  Only  1.5 miles from downtown! 15 min to H'ville. 2.5 acres of private land with some winter views.  1-2 year lease. Pets allowed with small deposit! $1600 pm. Will negotiate. Call 749-1899 for details.


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
Saluda Evening

Beauty births the morning and shakes our dreaming true and shadows last night's rain, gifting the ridges with blue. 


It breathes the sky from the sea and folds in mountain air our ladies, who comb its silver currents into their hair.


Now the town draws in for sleep and the breeze lifts again, and the birds nest down for night, and the foxes warm their dens,  but beauty doesn't slow or shift its unwavering course:  the moon rises high again and sings us to its source. 


By Mike Cass

Saluda Lifestyles expresses heart-felt sympathies to the family and friends of lost loved ones.

Jack Donald "Catfish" Waters, 65, of Saluda, died Thursday, April 21,2011.

Bill Wichlei of Lake Sheila, Saluda, NC. and Charleston, SC, died May 18, 2011 at the age of 73.  His neighbors and friends in Saluda will miss his positive attitude and constant smile.


Saluda Summer Heating Up

Saluda Arts Festival by Chuck Hearon

Summer is the time to hit the road and make a visit to the mountains.  Once you get here, you will feel the cool mountain breezes, view luscious green mountain vistas, hike on tree shaded trails, and cool off at refreshing waterfalls, mountain rivers, and streams.


In Saluda this month, you can play softball, listen to a variety of music, tour historic homes, or practice your square dancing.  You can spend a day in Saluda strolling down tree-lined Main Street, do some bench sitting, eat an ice cream, shop in unique shops, and relax over lunch or dinner in one of Saluda's great restaurants.  Check out the outdoor recreational outfitters for fishing trips and guided kayaking or inflatable raft tours down the Green River.

130th Celebration June Events

130 Years

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


June 4 - Historic Saluda will host Saluda Home Tours. Click here to see information.  

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

June 12 City Wide Softball Game at 2pm for all at the Saluda School Diamond!

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

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



Click here for more 130th events.   


Click here to "Keep the Celebration on Track." 


Saluda Arts Festival
The Best Ever!

safVisitors streamed into town to take in a variety of art, listen to some upbeat and jazzy music, and enjoy a beautiful spring day in Saluda.  Children created art and safdanced, while art organizers and volunteers shuttled guests and made sure artists were taken care of.    



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Thanks to our demonstrators, Betsy Burdette, Ray Pague, Merci Weitzen, Harris Fortier, and George Matthews. 


We are pleased to announce the winners of the Saluda Arts Festival.  Artwork was divided into two-dimensional and three-dimensional categories.  Awards were based on skill, presentation (visual impact), intention (mood etc.), and consistency.  They are:


Honorable Mention

Phil Bickley, Lake Lure,NC, Medium/Glass

Shelley Johnston, Fairview, NC, Medium/Antique Jewelry

Jan Cothran, Asheville, NC, Mediium/Pottery

Mike Merritt, Travelers Rest, SC, Medium/Wood


Third Place 

2D:  Angela VanEvery Johnston, Mooresville, NC, Medium/Painting

3D:  Jim Warren, Pelzer, SC, Medium/Metal


Second Place 

2D:  Bill Gramley, Lewisville, NC, Medium/Drawing

3D:  Maggie Joynt, Dillsboro, NC, Medium/Jewelry


Best Overall saf

Walter Arnold, Hendersonville, NC, Medium/Photography.  Check out his website and click here to view a video time lapse shot from his booth during the festival.  


safThanks to all of you who purchased raffle tickets.  Proceeds will go toward educational and community art projects.  Winners of the Saluda Arts Festival Raffle were:

*Giclee by Beverly Pickard won by Brooke Mackinnon, Cashiers, NC

*Giclee by Jim Carson won by Amber Keenan

*Pottery by David Parris won by Ammie Weymer, Hendersonville/Saluda

*Painting by Dale McEntire won by John Savage, Saluda


The Saluda Business Association extends a great, big "THANK YOU" to all the volunteers and sponsors that made the eigth annual Saluda Arts Festival a success.  


Thanks to all of the business owners who contributed to the Artist's Gift Bags.

Thanks to Chuck Hearon for serving as the official photographer for the arts festival.  


safThank you to the Polk County Community Foundation Saluda Fund for the grant that brought you three fantastic music groups: Appalachian Brass Quintet, One Leg Up, and the SwayBack Sisters.   


And thanks to all of the visitors and Saluda citizens who attended the festival which  made everything worth all the effort!  




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." Summer Hours are back at the Purple Onion.  They will be open on Wednesday and Sunday.   


Live Music in June 
June 2 - Bruce Piephoff -   

This Greensboro-based singer/songwriter is making his annual appearance.

June 4 - Overmountain Men - 

The Childers men along with Randy Saxon return to the Purple Onion.

June 9 - Amy Speace

While new to us, Amy has toured the US and Europe  with Nanci Griffith and Shawn Colvin.

June 11 - Fayssoux & Co. - 

Charm, elegance, whippoorwills and Magnolia dewdrops:   These are the things that come to mind when I hear Fayssoux sing."-Rodney Crowell.  

June 16 - Michael Reno Harrell

"Makes up songs and spins yarns" as he has with us for years.

June 18 - Alan Barrington

Unique acoustic new folk and blues sounds out of South Carolina.

June 23 - Jeffery Hyde Thompson - 

This fine musician has returned from Colorado and we are very happy to have him here.

June 25 - Eliza Lynn

When she tosses her long red hair back and steps up to the microphone to sing, you'll be glad you are here.

June 30 - Ragged Orchids

Unique blend of Americana, alt-country and pop.


Posem Concert Series

Danny Ellis

 Sunday Night Concert June 26 @ 7 PM

 The Purple Onion Sunday Evening Music (POSEM) series continues with the Irish singer, Danny Ellis, on Sunday, June 26 at 7 o'clock.


We were first introduced to Danny's wonderful music and presence through Dr. Mike Dennis who sponsors this series of concerts and have had opportunities to hear him since then.  Here is what he has to say about his music.


"As light dances on water, for me, language dances in music. To witness that dance is a privilege I can't take lightly.  I love to find feelings, events and insights that are hard to articulate, wrap them in melody and sing them in hopes that they'll make a small change somewhere in somebody's heart."

Music has been the driving force in Danny's life since he was eight years old, when he played trombone in an Irish orphanage band. His songs paint a graphic, emotional landscape, finding meaning in the most mundane events.

"In songwriting, I love when I'm led by ordinary things to discover that they hold the key to unlock the deeper layers beneath. We know the poetry of hope is real; it touches us through art and nature but I love it when I find it there in the noise of the traffic and the old lady waiting for the bus."

Brought up in the infamously tough Artane Industrial School (which is masterfully presented in his recording "800 Voices") "where they made you tough so they could knock you down", Danny credits music with saving his life: "Certain melodies and words just grabbed me and pulled me through one day at a time. I hung on to them like a shipwrecked mongrel on a raft. Songs impacted me so deeply as a child; they were my parents, my teachers, my friends and sometimes - when the lessons were painful - even my enemies. Hopefully that allows me to access that same depth in my own writing and share it with others. I'm not ashamed to admit I want my songs to touch deeply. I want to make you feel - even more than I want to make you think."

Danny's songs elegantly straddle the borders of music from his Irish roots and the pop and rock that buoyed him as he grew up. With a voice that goes from "almost unbearably poignant," to "so full of rage," he worked for years as a session singer in London's Abbey Road and toured as a trombonist with Graham Parker and the Rumor, The Foundations, and The Miami Showband.

Danny has just released a new recording called "The Space Between the Lines" and will be performing many songs from it during his performance.  He has just returned from a successful two week tour in Ireland and is working producing a musical play about his life. We think that you will love Danny and his music as much as we do.

We hope to see you here on June 26.


Admission is $15 per person and seating will be limited.  The performance starts at 7PM.  The doors open at 6PM 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.


The Purple Onion Celebrates Summer

Although the official first day of summer is three weeks away, the end of the school year still marks the first day of summer for many of us, but  here at the Onion, we begin with the first day of June.  We will be open seven days a week, including Sunday brunch, and enjoying summer's bounty of fresh local fruits and vegetables.


Our first Sunday brunch will be a celebration of summer in Saluda with many locally inspired brunch items as well as our favorite salads and pizzas, but check out our web site for weekly specials.


Sunday Brunch

11:00 AM - 3:00 PM


Music at the Purple Onion is complements of Rob Seiler.


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June and July Music Schedule

June 4     Southern Pointe
June 11   96.5 House Band
June 18   Crimson Rose
June 25   Southern Pointe
July 2      OLD TIME SQUARE DANCE with Jerricho Hill Band Celebrating Saluda's 130th Anniversary!!
July 9      COON DOG DAY IN SALUDA!!! --- Southern Pointe
July 16    Crimson Rose
July 23    Jerricho Hill
July 30    Tuxedo Junction


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.  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! 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 June Schedule


Friday, June 3    Steve Gordon

Friday, June 10   Frank Beeson

Saturday, June 11  Eric Condon

Thursday, June 16  Geoff Atchison (Tickets Required)

Friday, June 17    Jenny Arch

Saturday, June 18 Steve Katin and Gone Coastal

Thursday, June 23 Wine Drinkers with a Reading Problem (American Terrier, Rowan Jacobsen and Eating Animals, Jonathan Safran Foer)

Friday, June 24      Frank Beeson

Saturday, June 25  Doug Dacey

Thursday, June 30  Knit, Sip, and Pearl


We have enjoyed our book club and our knitting groups and encourage you to join in.  Even those who don't knit or read have enjoyed the discussions and been able to jump in.  You don't need to know how to knit or pearl for our knitting circle - just know how to sip and you'll be fine!  The Wine Cellar is a great place to enjoy a glass of wine before or after dinner.  Stay for a quiet night of music, sit outdoors under a big oak tree and listen to the tree frogs sing. 


The Saluda Inn is taking reservations for overnight guests - a great place to send your summer overflow!  Reasonable rates and a great location!


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

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jim carsonJim Carson, Saluda artist, has been chosen as one of only nine artists to paint in one of the elegant gardens on this year's Cashiers Joy Garden Tour, held in Cashiers, N.C., on Friday, July 15.  Later that day, the wet paintings will be delivered to Lonesome Valley, where they will be sold at the "Patrons Only" Gala that night. The artists will also have paintings of local venues available for sale at another event on Thursday night, July 14, at the pavilion at the Village Green Commons.  The Cashiers Plein Air Festival, first held last year, will be held every other year. The next festival will be in July, 2012. 


Jim still has space available in his next Saluda workshop on June 2-4. 


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

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dancers extenstionBRAVO to all our students on a wonderful spring concert!  We received RAVE reviews, and we are so proud of each student for a job well done!  Did you miss the fun and excitement?  Come join us now!  We are currently taking registration for summer classes, camps and the 2011-2012 academic year.  New students and beginners are welcome to join us.  Visit our website at for a complete list of classes currently offered.


Attention adults!  What are you waiting "four"! Join us on Saturday, June 4 at 9:34AM for the "Fab Four Workshop:  Peace, Love, Happiness and ZUMBA."  We'll review basic steps beginning at 9:34AM and then the Zumba Fitness Party begins at 10:04AM.  All this for only $4 AND you can apply that $4 to your monthly fee when you sign up for June classes.  This is Fun and Fitness that cannot be 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.  

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

Oral History Film Premier Date Set

Home, Hearth & History: Stories of Old Saluda

Film Premiere Date Set for July 2nd

Have your name in the Film Credits - Donate Before June 5th!

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 Saturday, 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, has copied hundreds of old photographs from private collections, and has 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 Pace, Henry Twiggs, Martha Ashley, Betty Pace Thompson and Ruth Pace Lawter were the first to be interviewed for a series of oral history interviews. Plans are to conduct more interviews in the future, to compile these into additional DVD's and to archive them on a Historic Saluda website, along with other historical items of interest.

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.

A very special thank you goes out to all who have donated so far. Donations will continue to be accepted through June 5th for the first DVD. Donors may choose to honor someone they know or donate in the memory of a loved one. All donations will be acknowledged in the film credits. Anyone wishing to donate may do so by sending it to the City of Saluda.  


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

Exciting Music Day for Oral History Project

It was our "music day," and oral history committee member and WNCW Music Director Martin Anderson had arranged a couple of sessions that would turn out to be very special indeed.


saluda kidsAt 8am, we convened at Saluda School and were greeted by the nicest and coolest group of teachers I've ever met. Ladder-toting Principal Ronette Dill helped get the stage ready, and music instructor Sally Free led the students in warming up their voices. Once the cameras and microphones were set, the 2nd-through-5th-grade students filed up on stage.


I always said that my mother had eyes in the back of her head, but those Saluda teachers must have super laser vision that would send any nearby hawks flying away in shame!  In that sea of sixty young faces up on stage, they could spot a student with a hair out of place, with slouching posture, or with mischievous intent- from their seats at the back of the auditorium! (I even found myself standing up a little bit straighter than usual, just in case.)


Once we got rolling, it was pure magic. The students were fantastic sports and sang "The Saluda Song" seven times- and take #7 was just as fresh as #1! We got lots of great angles of them on camera, and at this point, are planning to use their performance of "The Saluda Song" to bookend the oral history DVD.


todd neelAfter saying our goodbyes at the school, we headed over to the home of musician Todd Neel. He and musical compadre, Alan Dillman, performed some traditional tunes for us on guitar, mandolin, and fiddle. Their work will be heard in the DVD as transitional and "fill" music. I'm sure you've all seen a Ken Burns documentary and remember how the music is used. Todd and Alan nailed the Ken Burns sound, which is especially remarkable considering that it was only the third time they had ever played together!


Thanks again to Martin Anderson for setting up our musical encounters, (and for baby-sitting Todd's little one while we were recording), and thanks again to the people of Saluda. Your hospitality and friendliness never ceases to amaze.


Kim Clark

Eljapa Media Group

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.

Click on Tryon Arts and Crafts to see the June Workshops.


More information about workshops and events can be found on the website,, or by calling the 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 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.


thompsonsBig news from Saluda!  Historic Thompson's Store is celebrating its grand re-opening on June 9, 10, and 11!  Thompson's Store and Ward's Grill are among Saluda's cornerstone Main Street businesses, having served the town for many decades.  After a temporary closing, these businesses are back and better than ever!  Please come join us as we celebrate the store's successful renovation and reopening.


To start the festivities on Wednesday, June 8 at 3:00pm, Judy and Clark will celebrate their first year of ownership of Thompson's Store and Ward's Grill, as well as the 130th birthday of Saluda by inviting the public to join them for birthday cake and ice cream at the Grill. "Both of us consider it a blessing to have been given this opportunity to bring back to life such an important and historic landmark business and to continue serving our community. Please come and celebrate this one year anniversary with us. We want to share our appreciation for the warmth, caring and support you have shown us during the past year. Also, please continue offering your suggestions regarding other items you would like us to offer in the store and grill. Thanks to everyone," say Judy and Clark.


During the three-day celebration, numerous vendors will be on hand with delicious food and drink samples.  These events will be from 11am to 5pm. Among the unique and local products you can try are...Round Mountain Creamery goat cheeses and goat milks; Lusty Monk mustards; Pasta & Provision brand marinara/spaghetti sauces and pasta dishes; Hog Mountain BBQ and Old Mule BBQ sauces; and of course, Thompson's Store's legendary sage-flavored pork sausage.  Other unique products available will include: Scalfani brand Italian olive oils, sauces, meats, and pastas; Zarina Bella hot sauces; Keen's Beans coffee; and a number of wine and beer selections.  Additionally, Jeannie Robinson of Hearts Desire Bakery will be there with samples of her bakery's natural breads and baked goods.


This three-day celebration will also mark the release of the first volume of The Adventures of Rattler & Friends, the much-anticipated children's book about Thompson's Store's three animal mascots: Rattler the Coon Dog, Rascal the Rabbit, and Rowdy the Raccoon.  Come pick up a copy of this limited-edition paperback that is sure to delight children of all ages. Sale price - $6.95


The store's hours of operation for these three days in June are 8:00am to 7:00pm.  Thompson's Store is located at 24 Main Street, in the heart of downtown Saluda.  For more info on the store or for additional details about this exciting event, please call Judy Ward at 828-749-2321.  


Bonus:  Thompson's Store offers this easy recipe for delicious spaghetti sauce - and all of the ingredients can be found in our store!


1  16 oz. package Pasta & Provisions brand marinara sauce

1 lb. Thompson's sage-flavored sausage

1 bell pepper chopped

1 medium onion chopped

olive oil and fresh basil

pasta of your choice


Cook sausage in skillet, remove and drain on paper towel, add 2 tablespoons olive oil to sausage drippings and sauté chopped onion and bell pepper.


Add marinara sauce and fresh basil leaves to skillet and slowly simmer for 20 minutes, then serve over cooked pasta.


Serving size - 3


Note:  For best flavor, prepare and refrigerate for two days before serving. (This requires discipline!)


Contact the store at 828-749-2321 or visit

Thompson's Store online.



Green River BBQGreen River BBQ  

Narragansett Lager $1.50 Pints every day all day. Now proudly serving Green Man IPA from Asheville. Also serving  locals drafts from French Broad Brewery in Asheville, and back by popular demand Son Of A Peach by RJ Rockers. They are a brewery in Spartanburg ,and they use fresh local peaches for this one of a kind draft.


In the bottle, we serve Bottle Tree Blonde Ale which is from Tryon, NC and also Highland Gaelic Ale from Highland Brewing Co. out of Asheville.


Come in and give our local breweries a try!


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!


Tan-Tastic Tanning Saluda will open July 1, located in former Wildflower Bake Shop spot at Nostalgia Courtyard, Suite 19, Pearson Falls Rd, Saluda. Phone number will be 828-749-1000 and should be operational within the next week.   For more information, please contact Tonya Foster Jackson or Mark Jackson at 828-817-6163.  Hours of operation will be: Monday through Thursday 8am till 7pm, Friday 8am till 6pm, and Saturday 10am till 3pm, closed on Sunday.  


corinnSaluda author, Corinne F. Gerwe, has a new book being published June 10, 2011. "The Strange Case of the Doyle Dairy Mysteries" is her first publication. You might like to check this out on Facebook.  

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Welcome Home, Wildflour!
We are once again upstairs in our original space at Nostalgia Courtyard - 173 E. Main St.  Please come by to see us...more space, more menu, more hours!   

Thursday..........8 am - 4 pm
Friday..............8 am - 5 pm
Saturday..........8 am - 5 pm
Sunday............9 am - 3 pm

Wildflour Bake Shop  828-749-3356
Wildflour Bakery  828-749-9224
Check us out online at
wildflourbakerync.comfor daily specials or use the good ol' fashion way...828-749-3356.   

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cabannaLook for the Manna Cabanna to open June 1, selling fresh, locally grown produce from Wednesday through Saturday.

They are located between Green River Adventures and Blue Gypsy on Main Street. Click here for more information about Manna Cabanna. 

kayeSaluda Grade Café--June 19th is Father's Day and we would love to help celebrate your Dad!!  Saluda Grade Café will be open from 11am-7pm with great Brunch, Lunch and Dinner Specials!  Treat your Dad to... Berry Cream Cheese Stuffed French Toast with Fresh Blueberries and Strawberries, topped with Cinnamon Whipped Cream.  Grilled Beef Tenderloin with Crab Stuffed Shrimp and Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes and how about a Black Pepper-Sea Salt Grilled 12 oz. Rib Eye Steak with Smoked Vidalia Onion Thyme Butter and Crispy Vidalia Onions on top!  For dessert, look for all time favorites like:

Brownie Ice Cream Sundaes

Peanut Butter Pie

Triple Chocolate Cake

Banana Pudding

And of course a Fresh Berry Crisp.


Don't forget to make your reservations now for Father's Day, June 19th!

June at The Grade is Burger Month!  We will be having all kinds of New Burgers as part of our Monthly Specials.  You will see not only our delicious Make the Grade Burger but some Great Lamb Burgers topped with Fresh Spinach, Curry Aioli and Mango Chutney, a Salmon Burger topped with Mustard Dill Sauce and Fresh Arugula, Our Margarite Burger topped with Fresh Mozzarella Cheese, Fresh Basil and Juicy Ripe Tomatoes and our Southern Burger topped with Pimento Cheese, Bacon and Jalapeńos. It's going to be a Burgerlicious Month at the Grade! 

A special thanks from The Saluda Grade Cafe to all who helped make Jamming in the Park and the Arts Festival such a huge Success!  What Fun Saluda is!

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


Kaye and the Staff at the Grade

chicken houseThe Old Chicken House

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


Don't forget! See Amy at Biddie's Antiques for Father's Day gifts.  Call her at 828-749-9254.  Flowers and gifts for any occasion.  Custom bouquets or by the stem.



blue gypsyBlue Gypsy is scheduled to open in June of 2011 in the former Saluda Wine & Cheese shop by the railroad tracks in Saluda. Chefs Jesse and Edson Roque will be bringing you their original "low-mex" style of cooking, with a pinch of cajun.


Blue Gypsy will be a warm weather destination with plenty of outdoor dining and beautiful views of the city. Featuring live music, local and worldly hand crafted brews, house-made mouth watering sangrias, and of course, super great food. The kitchen at the Blue Gypsy is extremely small and will therefore have most of its food prepared at the mothership (Never Blue in Hendersonville) and finished at the Gypsy.


We have chosen to use paper goods made from recycled items in order to recycle them again and reduce our carbon footprint. We are dedicated to using local, pesticide free, organic ingredients whenever possible and look forward to sharing our abundance with you at Blue Gypsy.


Please join us this summer and keep checking our website for updates on our progress and music schedules.


Are you a musician looking for gigs? Please send your demo CD's to:

Never Blue

C/O Erica Allison

119 South Main St

Hendersonville, NC 28792



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48th Coon Dog Day

coon dog day2011 Coon Dog Day
Saturday, July 9th
8:00 AM - 11:00 PM

Don't miss Saluda's 48th Annual COON DOG DAY--a celebration for dogs and their people! Great food, live music, parade, crafts, street dance, and more.  Come enjoy this homecoming event in downtown Saluda. What began as a chicken supper fundraiser for the local Coon Club has grown into an event that attracts over 10,000 people each year.

Jump start your morning with the Coon Dog Day 5K run through historic downtown and the surrounding tree-lined streets we all know and love. Then, enjoy the rest of your day with the many local food and craft vendors and with live entertainment on the main stage beginning at 9:00AM and continuing until the end of the street dance at 11:00PM. The parade is a favorite every year and consists of mostly homemade floats, tractors, fire trucks, horses, motorcycles, dogs, and the reigning Coon Dog Royalty Court.

The parade begins at 11:00AM and marches down Main Street for over an hour. Trophies are awarded for the best floats in several categories, and the Master of Ceremonies announces the floats as they go by. Food, craft, and local non-profit vendors are set up throughout town with a wide variety of handmade items and foods.

The Coon Club conducts their shows and contests at the school yard in the afternoon, and people gather for the night street dance, complete with square dancing for all ages. Come join us for a Saluda tradition!


Events for Coon Dog Day are still forming. 


If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to support Coon Dog Day, please contact Monica Pace at city hall 828-749-2581 or email  If you are interested in participating in Coon Dog Day as a vendor, please click here and download the Vendor Letter and Application.  There are spaces available for arts and crafts, especially for Saluda artists and craftspeople.
If you want to be in the Coon Dog Day parade, just show up.  There are no entry applications or fees.  Please call city hall at 828-749-2581 to get instructions on where to show up! Businesses in Saluda are encouraged to enter and compete for some unique awards.


Coon Dog Day Royalty Contest  All parents wishing to enter their children in the Coon Dog Day Royalty Contest may contact Tammy Frisbee at 828-749-9370 or Tangie Ciarvolo at 828-777-9158 to pre-register and to receive information about contest rules.  All entries must be residents of the Saluda community.

Queen and King - must be 13-18 years of age
Princess and Prince - must be 6-12 years of age Baby Princess and Baby Prince - must be from birth to 6 years of age.

Summer Tracks 2011 & Sponsorships

Summer Tracks 2011

Concerts in Rogers Park Amphitheater in Tryon, NC

Business Sponsorships Available Now!!!

The twelfth season of Tryonʼs popular summer concert series kicks off June 17 in

Rogers Park. This six-concert series offers a mix of musical styles for all ages. Concerts run from 7-10 p.m. Admission is free, though voluntary donations at the gate are encouraged to help with costs. But as you know, itʼs the generous sponsorships provided by local businesses like yours that really make Summer Tracks possible.

Be A Sponsor - Good Publicity, Good Business, Good Fun

Your business sponsorship of just $100 or more ensures:

ˇ Your name on large banner at the gate, concert posters, concert programs,

website and e-mail announcements

ˇ Prominent placement of your promotional materials at the concert information table

ˇ Support for a series that brings people to our area--an estimated 2,000 last year!

This concert series is well attended, well publicized and receives excellent media

coverage. Advertising is placed in The Tryon Daily Bulletin and on WNCW Radio. Press releases are sent to all major area media. Concert information is also posted on the Tryon Events and First Peak NC tourism websites.  In addition, sponsors receive e-mails that include updates on concert performers!


Summer Tracks 2011 Schedule:

June 17 The Swayback Sisters, Mark Bumgarner opening

July 1 The Steel Wheels

July 15 The Nouveaux Honkies

July 29 The Carburetors, Tom Fisch opening

Aug 12 Gigi Dover & The Big Love, Bob Sinclair opening

Sept 2 The Firecracker Jazz Band


To become a sponsor, contact: Peter Eisenbrown at (828) 749-3732 or cell (828) 290-4316, E-mail:  Send checks, payable to the Town of Tryon 301 N. Trade St. Tryon, NC 28782.

Art Clues
Ideas for Creating and Appreciating Art


Beverly Pickard has undergone a hip replacement and is in rehab in Asheville.  She is doing fine and would like to hear from you if you attended the Saluda Arts Festival since she missed it.


She would like your brief comments about how the arts festival impacted you.  Was there anything that inspired you or moved you while you were there?


You can send your comments directly to Beverly at her email listed below.

Beverly Bowden Pickard



 July ART CLUES will be

Creative ways to paint with oil pastels.

Manna Cabana

mannaI became Foundations certified in 2005 with a business plan that started with organic herbs and would become Manna Cabanna by 2010.  In 2006, opportunmannaity to start the first small steps toward MCI arose and by 2008, I became Foundations Certified again with the full-fledged MCI business plan in motion.  Upon  the 2008 graduation our class formed the Polk Business Alliance This was a terrific cheerleading process for recent graduates as well as sharing experiences and valuable networking information.  Parts of this group branched into the Community Agriculture Business Alliance or (CABA) in which we enjoy target-services business alliance and networking  as well as creating agricultural economic development strategies.


Mountain BizWorks has benefitted my business several ways.  The Foundations class was instrumental.  It helped me identify things like legally structuring my business, financial strategies to follow, marketing and advertising services, and how to grow smart over a 5-year plan.  I consider any Mtn. Biz Works alumnae a 'collegue" of sorts and I feel as if I could call anyone of them, any time and share a kindred spirit.


Manna Cabanna, Inc. (MCI) is now open for retail sales at 105 E. Main Street, Saluda.  We are a road-side produce stand that offers strictly local sustainably-raised veggies, herbs, fruits, meats, eggs, cheeses, and prepared whole foods.  We bring fresh produce from ground to you within 24 hours.  Fresh Carolina shrimp is also available.  New this year: local pasture-raised meats:  Grass-fed boer goat, bison, beef, heritage pork, chicken and turkey are all available.  We are located in the heart of downtown Saluda, a highly-visited Historic town in Western North Carolina.  Friend us on Facebook!


Manna Cabanna also offers a year-round Multi-Farm Organic CSA program.  Community Supported Agriculture consists of a community of individuals who pledge support to a farm operation or multi-farm coordinated program such as MCI, so that the farmlands become, either legally or spiritually, the community's farms, with the growers and consumers providing mutual support and sharing the risks and benefits of local, smaller-scale food production. Typically, members or "share-holders" of the farm or garden pledge in advance to cover the anticipated costs of food production as well as the marketing of the farms goods.  In return, they receive shares in the farm's bounty throughout the growing season, as well as satisfaction gained from reconnecting to the land and participating directly in food production. Members also share in the risks of farming, including poor harvests due to unfavorable weather or pests.


MCI's  mission to be an "instant access market" for local organic farmers and large garden organic growers is taking hold and paying off in a win, win, win scenario:  consumers can live healthier, more sustainable lives, local growers find confidence to move from commodity farming for far away markets to specialty farming,  guaranteed to be purchased right here at home, and  we serve as a business incubator for local food production entrepreneurs.   


By Carol Lynn Jackson 

Even White Girls Get the Blues
by author Joe Adams

Joe Adam's face

I miss my friend Helen.  She has passed on like so many of my other friends.  She was a great piano player...loved to play the blues.  She was born in Georgia at a time when it was not appropriate for nice white girls to be hanging out in juke joints and playing the blues.  But she did it anyway.


She also played the piano at the town movie house when they showed silent movies.  She didn't play popular songs but actually composed music to fit the action on the screen.  That was okay with her dad and mom.  However, they didn't like it at all when she wandered down to the juke joint to listen to music on Saturday night...and even worse, when she joined in to play.  They told her she would go to hell, but she was willing to go there if that's where the good music was being played. 


I don't think she's in hell.


She could play church music, too...and did.  That's how I met her.  She used to come once a year up to Maryland to visit her twin daughters.  When she came, one of the daughters would find an old hymnal, and we would have a prayer meeting. Helen would fix us a real southern eyed peas, fried chicken, collards.  Then she would play from the hymnal, and we would all sing, even the Catholics or they didn't eat.


 Year after year, she would return and fix me a southern dinner.  We became great friends.


 She told me that when she first married, she would play the piano at her big house where an African American woman would come once a week to do the wooden floors.  Helen would play blues, and the woman would dance and clean.  The woman refused to take any money.  Helen and her husband moved to Washington, D.C.  She soon had twin girls to play the piano for.  It still was not appropriate for white women to play the blues, but Helen contended, "Even white girls get the blues," and indeed they do.


Years passed and Helen moved back to Georgia alone. She had a one room apartment in a mansion that had been converted to apartments.  It was about ten blocks from the town library.  She loved to read, and I told her about big print books because she was having trouble with her eyes.  Then I convinced her to start giving concerts at the library.  She was a big hit, even playing the blues.


She had an African American man who was a taxi driver to come take her to the library and to bring her home.  She tipped him every trip.  But then at Christmas, he had tied up all the tip money in a nice handkerchief and gave it back to her as a gift.  Sweet man.


Helen was visiting the twins in SC the last time I saw her.  She motioned me over to where she was sitting and said, "Come sit by me." I sat there for a few minutes and she finally said, "You are the craziest person I know." I asked her, "Is that a compliment?"  Helen said, "Yes, yes of course."  That was one of the nicest things anyone had ever said to me. 


Helen died soon after that.  Her daughters were visiting an old graveyard and happened to see a wreath made up like a grand piano.  The flowers had died, but the frame shaped like a grand piano was still there.  They decided to take it and recycle it for their mother's

memorial service.  They said it was the hit of the graveyard and that you could almost hear her blues music being played. 


"Swing low, sweet chariot, coming for to carry me home."


Send Joe your comments and thoughts by emailing him at 

Youth Memories and a Town Named Saluda


By Frank Middleton, a Saluda native


In my youth, Saluda School students were small in number, but not in spirit.  We never seemed to have enough players or money for football and baseball competitions.  The one thing for which we did have the talent and money was basketball, since this was the only competitive sport in which we participated.  We held it dearly and played it passionately.


For many years, the Saluda teams (girls and boys) were winners. At the end of each school year, they would usually bring home an award or awards from district play-offs.  It got to be so many that a large glass display case was purchased and placed in the hall just outside the school's main office.  Because of this record, it became a challenge to each year's team to add another trophy to the growing number displayed there.


Saluda residents were more than supportive of the teams.  When there was a home game, the old gymnasium filled to standing room only.  Everyone's praise was high and wide when "we," the town, won a game. When we lost, there were always words of encouragement.  Everyone would call out, "Good game.  Don't let up. You'll get them next time."  Read more...


Note: John Rhodes shared a picture of Saluda's Women's National Basketball Champs of 1934.  Do you recognize anyone?


Top Row L-R: Bill Edgerton, Sophie Pearson, Maude Johnson, Doris, Margaret Arledge, Unknown Second Row L-R: Julia Pearson, Frances Patterson, Eunice Revis Holland, Mary Stearnes, Margaret Seay, Unknown, Ruth Pace, Sterling Thompson, Sally Rhodes


A Child's First Lessons in Customer Relations


My family could not consume all of the milk produced by my milk cow Betsy. Therefore, rather than pouring it out, we usually wound up putting most of excess into gallon jugs and placing it on the back porch for a few days where the milk would clabber (sour). In addition, we always made sure to share some with our dogs. Soon the solids would separate from the liquid and rise to the top of the jugs. Various family members would then hand-churn the spoiled milk until the butter separated from the remaining solids and rose to the top. For those too young to remember, most churns consisted of a tall ceramic cylinder capable of holding several gallons. The wooden top contained a hole in the middle allowing a wooden handle with paddle to beat the milk using an up and down motion of the arm. The resulting product was a deliciously rich buttermilk and chunks of yellow butter the color of egg yolk. Mama usually allowed one of us kids to mold the butter by pressing it into a wooden butter mold which had an ornate flower design carved on the inside of the top. While some found churning to be a chore, I was always fascinated that out of that yucky spoiled milk came such delicious food products. Of course, folks in those days didn't realize that too much butter fat was unhealthy.


Two different summer neighbors of ours, both well known for their frugality, often purchased some of our clabbered milk for 10 cents per gallon rather than buying churned buttermilk for which we charged 15 cents per gallon. I suspected that they were churning the clabbered milk themselves so they could save the cost of buying butter, as well as the 5 cents per gallon savings in raw milk costs.

Sustaining a good flow of milk from a cow requires a couple of things. First, it is necessary to take all of her milk, called stripping, after both morning and evening milking sessions. Otherwise the volume will slowly decline, and eventually the cow will go dry (stop producing). Secondly, even with proper milking, over long periods of time, there will be a decrease in flow. The only way to generate large quantities again is by allowing the cow to become pregnant and to give birth, the same as with human females. For several weeks after the calf is born, the milk isn't fit for human consumption, and the calf is allowed to have all of it. Eventually, there is a sharing of milk until the calf is totally weaned from its mother. The bright side of our cow going dry was that I got a brief break from milking chores. The down side was having a new calf to care for daily, along with the start-up, once more, of the tedious twice daily milking routine.

Mrs. Maggie Hart, widow of Daddy Hart who is credited with being the father of Saluda, was one of my customers for several years and took delivery of milk most days of the week. She was quite elderly then so she kept a little spiral notepad to mark the number of quarts delivered to her each week. Occasionally Aunt Hattie, another lady living in the house, would mark the notepad. Mama helped me keep my own records because Mrs. Hart only paid every two or three weeks. It was a rare occasion when the two records matched. Hers usually showed fewer quarts than mine did, but Mama always insisted that the difference in quantity wasn't worth arguing over. While it created much angst on my part, it was my first lesson in the broadly accepted concept that the customer is always right!

Yeah, right!!!

By Clark Thompson

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