Saluda Lifestyles - Monthly Ezine all about Saluda, NC
                                                      Where Time Stands Still
                                                                                   July 1, 2011 
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In This Issue (click on a topic to move to it quickly.)
Dates to Remember
Area Fireworks, 5K's, Bike Races
Happy Independence Day
Saluda Center News
Saluda Center Art Exhibit
Saluda Artist Invited
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
Alexander's Ford
Polk County Broadband
Saluda Church Services
Special 4th of July Service
Bible Study
Saluda School Reunion
Post Office Hours
130th Anniversary Events
Help Keep the Celebration on Track
Saluda Grade Pearls
Saluda Classifieds
Bridge Dog Update
Saluda Evening
Coon Dog Day 5K
130th July Events
What's Happening in Music and Art
Saluda Oral History Premiers July 2
M.A. Pace General Store Reopens
Tryon Arts
Saluda Scoop
Macon Bank
Art Clues
Visions of Saluda
Win a Beach Trip
Joe Adams
A Town Named Saluda
Clark Thompson Stories
Visitor Information Links
Music and Entertainment
The Purple Onion
Area News Media
Tryon Daily Bulletin
Saluda Lifestyles
Past Issues of Saluda Lifestyles

Saluda Property & Real Estate

Cathy Jackson Realty 

New Listings!


For years, the Saluda real estate market was locked out because of low inventories. There are currently 82 homes on the market in Saluda making this a great time to BUY!  Take advantage of this "buyer's market" while interest rates are low.  Let us help you find the Saluda home that matches your budget and requirements.


Traditional brick rancher on mature landscaped, level lot. Enjoy comforts of hardwood flooring, gas fireplace and a large living room. Shady backyard with patio is great for BBQ's and family outdoor time. Put your special retro touches on this 60's rancher. Partially finished basement adds more room for recreation or extra bedroom space with outside door.

Close to town for dining and shopping.

2 BR, 1 BA, 2 HB, 1692 SF, Carport, Partially finished basement. MLS#488487



Take advantage of this rare opportunity to own a 2BR,2BA,3 boat slip Lake Summit boathouse. After swimming, boating, or kayaking in the sun, you can enjoy the shade on your screened porch or take a shower and a nap with the lake breeze blowing throughout the cottage. You can cook dinner and pass the plates through to the porch or grill on the lower deck with the lake and the mountains as your backdrop. Land across the street for building.  MLS#489290  $879,000



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


Sales               Closed   Pending


Homes 2011         15           2
Homes 2010           9           0
Land 2011              6           1
Land 2010              1           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
July 2, Oral History Premier at 5:00pm and Old Time Square Dance at 7pm at the Saluda Mountain Jamboree.

130th Celebration Potluck and Birthday Cake, July 4, 6-8pm.

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

Town Council
meets second Monday of the month at 7:00pm in the meeting room above the Saluda Library.
   Thursday, July 14 at 6pm, Single Women United meeting and potluck dinner.

Saluda Garden Club meets third Monday of the month at Saluda Presbyterian Church. 

Coon Dog Day
July 9, 2011. 


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.   
July 4th Celebrations
Area Fireworks, 5K, Bike Tours


Orchard Lake Campground in Saluda. Visit websitefor directions. Fireworks will be held on Saturday, July 2 and start at dark.  A Donation Bucket will be passed around and proceeds raised will go to the Saluda Fire & Rescue Department who will be supervising the fireworks.  


Fabulous Fourth on July 4 in Columbus from 10 to 10.  Music, Food, Amusement Rides, Fun for all ages!  Fireworks start at 9:45.  


Saluda Running Club will host the second annual Columbus Firecracker 5K run Monday, July 4 in Columbus.  For more information and registration, please visit

The 28th annual Fabulous 4th 100K Bike Tour is scheduled for Monday, July 4.  Tour starts at 8am at Harmon Field in Tryon.  Pre-register online at

Happy Independence Day!

4th of JulyWe wish all of our Saluda friends and family a safe and fun-filled holiday as we celebrate our country's independence.   


Cathy Jackson Realty office will be closed on Monday, July 4 and Saturday, July 9 so that we can celebrate the holiday and the Coon Dog Day reunion with our family and friends.  


Happy Holiday and Coon Dog Day!   


Debbie, Amy, Greaton, Cathy

Cathy Jackson Realty

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.)  Click here to download the Saluda Center July Calendar.


New Bridge Lessons At The Saluda Center - The Club Series

For beginners or for those who want to improve their bidding skills.


What:   Eight 2 hour Bridge Classes

Where:  Saluda Center, Saluda, NC

When:   On Mondays from 9:30-11:30 AM

beginning July 11, 2011


Taught by Certified Bridge Teacher, Tollie Ross.


Cost:  $80


For information please call: 

Tollie Ross 706-936-8877 or Email: 

Or Edie Campbell 828-749-1212 or Email:


Line dance will be at the regularly scheduled time at 12:30 pm on Monday's.  

Book club meeting on Monday, July 11 at 2:00pm.


Single Women United potluck dinner will be on Thursday, July 14 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.


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.


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

There is no membership fee.


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

A Thrifty Barn's 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 July

The Saluda Center is delighted to present for the July art exhibition:


"Looking Back: Paintings By John Waddill, 1948-2011."


Waddill's life as an artist began after waddillattending Ringling School of Art in Sarasota, Florida and then three years of study at Parsons School of Design in New York City. The following three years, John worked as a designer of home furnishings. He returned to his native South Carolina and became a fine artist for two years, but with two children later, John reflects,"I had to take a "paying job" with a new textile company, and I remained there for thirty-five years, painting part-time."


waddillRetired for twenty years, Waddill has continues to enjoy painting the familiar images found in nature using tempera, watercolor, acrylic and oil as his media and continues to work in various styles of execution. His paintings are found in numerous private and corporate collections.


Please join us for a reception honoring this talented Saluda resident on Thursday, July 7 from 5:00-6:30 PM at the Saluda Center, 64 Greenville Street in Saluda.


waddillMr. Waddill has graciously offered a portion of the proceeds from the sale of paintings in this exhibition to The Saluda Center for use in the continuation of the many programs and events provided to the citizens of the Saluda area. This exhibit can also be enjoyed from July 5-29 during regular hours at The Center. For further information, please call The Saluda Center:828-749-9245 or Anne Jameson: 828-749-3101.  

Saluda Artist Invited to Curacao 

jim carsonJim Carson, Saluda artist, has been invited to the first annual Plein Air Curacao to be held in Willemstad, Curacao, a small Caribbean island in the Dutch Antilles, 40 miles off the coast of Venezuela. It will be held August 28-Sept 3.(

The plein air festival will be a daytime component to the annual North Sea Jazz Festival, also held in Curacao.


Last year's Jazz Festival brought over 10,000 people to Curacao. This year's Jazz Festival will feature Stevie Wonder, Sting, Earth Wind and Fire, Dionne Warwick, the Danilo Perez Trio, Branford Marsalis Quartet, Ruben Blades, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, Ronchi Matthews and his All Star Band, Roberto Forseca and many more.


During the day, the invited plein air painters will paint the beautiful vistas of Curacao. The paintings will be sold at the end of each day to tourists, residents, etc. Curacao has the perfect combination of stunning geography, rich cultural and architectural resources, and that indefinable quality of being authentic and compelling.


Jim will also participate in Plein Air Easton in Easton, Maryland, July 17-24.  Locally, Jim's studio will be open during the Art Trek Studio tour on Saturday, July 30 and Sunday, July 31, with the preview party at the Upstairs Artspace on Friday night, July 29.


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

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Saluda Tree Preservation Association

Thanks to all who participated in our observance of Saluda's 130th birthday by naming some of Saluda's oldest trees.  These trees will be identified in coming issues of Saluda Lifestyles.


For information about this group, 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


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

The SCLT had another successful road clean up in June.  We have adopted a two mile stretch on highway 176 on both sides of town.   Though the teams were small, we were able to work quickly and efficiently while enjoying the morning camaraderie. Thank you for not littering!


SCLT is working with the Saluda Dog Society in creating a dog park. We thank the city of Saluda for all the hard work put into leveling and clearing the area. The Dog Park is located on Chestnut Street, and volunteers are needed to help with fencing and landscaping. For more information on this, please call Dave Prudhomme 828-749-9172.


Scheduled hikes for the summer will be on the first and third Sunday of the month. We will meet at the library at 2pm to carpool. Remember to bring water and always be aware that there may be poison ivy nearby. Wear appropriate clothing and shoes, and be ready to commune with nature and your neighbors. There is always something new to discover, and it's a great way to start your week.


Kudzu work on the corner of Ozone and Thompson Road was put on hold in June while waiting for the site to be mowed. We will pick back up on this area starting in July and may be working other areas as well. Thursday is kudzu day, and we will work 8am until 10am, weather permitting.


In the meantime, we have worked along the bank at the city parking lot. This is also a great area to decrown kudzu. We are looking for areas in Saluda that need help and are working on a strategy that will benefit our community. Areas will need to be worked differently according to the level of the kudzu problem.


SCLT always needs your help. If you would like to volunteer for any of our projects, become a member or just inquire about a project, please call our office at 828-749-1560. Leave us a message, and someone will get back to you promptly. Or go to our website.                  

Saluda Garden Club

saluda garden club

In June, the Saluda Garden Club enjoyed a field trip to Motlow Creek Gardens in Campobello where we learned about summer swap out for container plants, both in the sun and in the shade. This is a wonderful nursery, and if you have not been, you must take the time to walk their garden to check out all their wonderful plants.


The Saluda Garden Club will not be meeting in July but will have a meeting on August 15th. The plan at this time is to visit some local gardens to see what our neighbors have to show and tell. Saluda has some beautiful home gardens that have been tended to with loving hands. Some are very old, and it's great to know that the spirit of a home garden is still a tradition that is living among us.


The Spring Garden is something that we lovingly tend to year round. Throughout the summer, we will continue to water and weed so that you may enjoy this peaceful sanctuary. Remember to be gentle as you stroll through and to leave things where they are since this is how a stable garden remains so.


For more information please call Anita Severn at 828-749-3155 or Susie Welsh at 828-749-3900. 

Women's Club Meeting
There's no meeting of the Women's Club in July.

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.
Photo by Chuck Hearon

Interested vendors can contact Shelley DeKay at 828-749-9615 or 828-749-9365. Visit our website for applications, maps, sign up for weekly email updates, 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


Summer 2011 Events



Summer Reading Programs 

 Wednesday, July 6, 10:30 am.

"Action Animals!"

This program is sure to please all ages!  A fun and educational animal program featuring a monkey, serval cat, cockatoo and even a chicken hypnotizing.  Kids will have the opportunity to pet each of the animals.

Wednesday, July 13, 10:30 am

"Balloon Fairy Magic"

Marcie the Balloon Fairy brings fun, creativity and imagination to the library with her balloon creations.  Kids will also make a balloon creature to take home!

 Wednesday, July 20, 2:00 pm

"Movie and Craft Day"

An opportunity for kids to make their own crafts out of nature's materials, and watch a matinee with popcorn!

Wednesday, July 27, 10:30

"Cold-Blooded Encounters"

Things can get very interesting when snakes, lizards, turtles, frogs, spiders and more come to visit the library!

Tuesday, August 2, 2:00 pm

"Tangle of Tales"

Saluda Elementary School
  Joe Adams


School is Out!  Have a Safe Summer! 

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. 

Alexander's Ford at Bradley Nature Preserve

Vision Becomes Reality with Alexander's Ford at Bradley Nature Preserve


The County of Polk just acquired Alexander's Ford at Bradley Nature Preserve from the Bradley Fund of the Polk County Community Foundation, and a family's philanthropic dream of enhancing our community for generations has been realized anew. In 2006, the Board of the Marjorie M. and Lawrence R. Bradley Endowment Fund committed to preserving the historic 163-acre property by purchasing the land from Tryon Arts and Crafts and establishing conservation easements to protect it forever.


The Polk County Community Foundation had lacked the assets to save Chocolate Drop Mountain from eventual development, but when the opportunity to preserve Alexander's Ford presented itself, the timely sale of the Bradley Estate just months beforehand enabled the Board to act decisively. With just a few weeks' notice, the Community Foundation and Bradley Board worked quickly, stepping up to keep the property from being sold to an individual with full development rights. The purchase was the first step in working with the County to create a public nature preserve and it immediately safeguarded against losing another extraordinary natural resource to development.  The Bradley Fund chose to protect and hold the property, allowing the County time to secure grant funding to acquire the land for permanent public benefit. A $50,000 grant from the Bradley Fund and a price well below the appraised value enabled the County to acquire and develop this park without using County funds. Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy wrote grants on behalf of Polk County and helped manage the project, with funders covering the costs of project administration.


The final purchase represents years of coordination between Polk County and the Community Foundation. The County and its partners successfully raised enough funds through grants and local contributions that zero Polk County dollars were needed for the purchase. Meanwhile, the Foundation confirmed that the property would be permanently protected  after the sale through comprehensive conservation easements and deed restrictions. As a result, Alexander's Ford at the Bradley Nature Preserve will now be able to move ahead as intended under the direction of Polk County, which will begin planning and preparing the site for public access.


The Bradley Board is delighted that a land so ecologically rich and steeped in history will remain unspoiled for generations of residents to enjoy. Located along the Green River in Mill Spring, the property has impressed environmental surveyors with its botanical diversity, including several rare plant species and identification of significant natural heritage areas. The site also boasts exceptionally high water quality.


Experts have determined that trails running through Alexander's Ford were likely travelled for centuries by Native Americans, and studies indicate that the site may have been used as an encampment by the Cherokee. The land is probably best known in the community for including a significant section of the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail. Patriot militiamen are said to have camped at Alexander's Ford before being alerted to turn toward King's Mountain for a battle with the British, which, according to Thomas Jefferson, "was the joyful annunciation of that turn of the tide of success which terminated the Revolutionary War with the seal of our independence."


Maps of the Overmountain Victory Trail, including information about Alexander's Ford, are available at the Community Foundation office at 255 South Trade Street in Tryon. The Community Foundation fulfills the charitable wishes of donors like the Bradleys through a variety of grants to nonprofit organizations throughout the Polk County area. The Bradleys gave funds to the Foundation to establish a separate charitable corporation, and this is one of many projects that the Bradley Board has supported in their name. For more information regarding grants, scholarships or charitable giving options, please contact the Community Foundation by visiting our office, calling (828) 859-5314, or checking online at 


-Article submitted by Noah Wood, Polk County Community Foundation

Mobile Broadband Expands in Polk County

AT&T Acquisition of T-Mobile Would Expand Mobile Broadband Service in Polk

Saluda would see faster wireless broadband service under AT&T's plans to purchase competitor T-Mobile.

Combining the wireless frequencies - called spectrum - owned by both companies would enable AT&T to improve service quality and network capacity, while encouraging innovation and expanding the deployment of 4G LTE mobile broadband technology to more than 97% of the U.S. population. LaVoy Spooner, AT&T's Regional Director, said the expansion would reach 55 million more people than under the company's previous plans. It would enable 4G LTE deployment to an additional 1.2 million square miles, equivalent to 4.5 times the size of the state of Texas, and would include service in Polk County.

The acquisition will increase AT&T's infrastructure investment in the U.S. by more than $8 billion over seven years. The company previously announced it plans to invest $19-billion in its national wireless and wireline networks and other capital projects in 2011.

The steadily-increasing use of wireless services is especially true in the popularity of smartphones which allow the user to surf the Internet or even watch HD movies on their handheld device. Over the past four years, data usage on AT&T's wireless network has increased 8,000 percent. This tsunami of wireless demand is forcing all wireless companies to look for ways to address the coming problem of spectrum shortages. The proposed $39 billion merger provides a fast and efficient solution to meet the needs of AT&T's and T-Mobile's customers.

Reviews of the proposal by Federal regulators are expected to continue through the end of the year.

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

Special Services at Church of Transfiguration

On Sunday, July 3, at 10:30 am, The Church of the Transfiguration will celebrate the anniversary of our Nation's independence with a festival service of Holy Eucharist. The prelude, beginning at 10:15 am, will be Musick of the Fife and Drum-Revolutionary War tunes compiled by the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.

fifeanddrumThe fife and drums will also be used to enhance our many patriotic hymns as well as Irving Berlin's God Bless America which will be sung by the choir.

Please join us for our Independence Day festivities. The Church is located at 72 Charles St in Saluda. More information may be obtained by calling 828.749.9740.

Bible Study at Transfiguration

The Life and Times of Apostle Paul

Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration

72 Charles Street, Saluda, NC (Parish Hall)

10:00 am. Thursdays, beginning July 21

Six Sessions

Leader:  The Rev. Paula Morton, Rector


Open to the Community


The Apostle Paul:  has anyone in history been so praised and so maligned?  He is sometimes credited with singlehandedly "founding" Christianity, often commended for his openness to other cultures, yet just as often accused of narrow-mindedness and rigidity.  Almost everyone would agree that he's one of our religion's most fascinating, most elusive personalities.  So who was he, really?  What did he teach, really?  Who did he encounter in his travels, and how did he interact with them...really?


This series will focus on Paul as a historical figure and the cultures in which he preached.  Buckle your seatbelts, because it will be part travelogue, a "virtual journey" through time to the first-century cities of Jerusalem, Corinth, Galatia, Philippi, Colossus, and Ephesus.   Paula's primary texts will be selected New Testament readings; What Saint Paul Really Said, by N.T. Wright; and St. Paul the Traveler and the Roman Citizen, by W. M. Ramsay.  Participants may wish to purchase the two books for their own reading, but it will not be necessary.  Paula will use the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible, but participants may bring their favorite translation.


There will be a copy of the books for your perusal at the first session.  You can order from Amazon or Barnes and Noble, and if you have a Kindle or Nook, they can be downloaded immediately.  The costs of the books are:  $12.00 (What St. Paul Really Said);   $13.00 (St. Paul the Traveler and the Roman Citizen)


You may sign up by email to:

Saluda School Reunion

reunionAll Saluda School students, past, present, and teachers-anyone who has ever attended-- are invited to the Saluda School Reunion.  It will be held August 19, 2011 at the Saluda Mountain Jamboree.  BBQ and Chicken dinner starts at 6pm.  Cost is $23/person.  Please mail checks to be received no later than August 16. Checks payable to Peggy Johnson, PO Box 187, E Flat Rock, NC 28726.

For more information, please contact Tona Lawter at 828-674-2629. 

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

Get directions by clicking here  

102 E MAIN ST SALUDA, NC 28773-7812 

(828) 749-5921

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

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 on 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.  Bring your own chairs. Paperware will be provided.  

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 - Authors 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 28-29 - Visions of Saluda Art Exhibit at the "Upstairs Room" at Historic Thompson's Store. 

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.

The Carolina Special

carolina specialThe Carolina Special Cresting Saluda Mountain. The epitome of dramatic North American railroading was the cresting of Saluda by Southern Railway's Carolina Special, powered by a green and gold trimmed Mountain type locomotive with an assist from a Mallet Helper on the rear.


This train, which ran from Charleston to Cincinnati, was a typical passenger train of the steam era.  It consisted of mail and baggage cars, coaches, a diner and Pullmans.  It once boasted an observation car proudly marked "Carolina Special."


This oil painting by Howard Fogg, commissioned by Frank Fishburne, shows the most dramatic phase of the Carolina Special's journey:  climbing the nation's steepest standard gauge main line rails up Saluda Mountain, with grades reaching 5.3%.


The Carolina Special ran for over half a century and was one of the nation's longest-lived passenger trains.  It started in 1911 and endured until its last trip up Saluda on December 5, 1968.


Prints will be sold during the Historic Saluda Oral History premier and other events celebrating Saluda's 130th birthday.  Limited quantities available for $45.  Proceeds will go to Saluda's Historic City Hall Restoration and Oral History Project. Click here to order a print online.  
Saluda Grade Pearls
Shucks Pearls Hometown Limited Edition Series
Select image to view larger.

pearlsThe Saluda Grade Pearl Necklace was designed in commemoration of Saluda, NC's famous railway grade that was a turning point in the city's growth during the Victorian era. To order, please click on the image above to take you to a secure site for online ordering.
Saluda Classifieds
Art studio or office space available.  Approx. 450 sq. ft. Inquire at Brass Latch, 181 Main Street, Nostalgia Court or call 828-749-4200.   


Great retail space available at Nostalgia Court on Main Street:


Over 1200 square feet, freshly painted, paved parking area, with private bathroom.  What a deal...$732 a month includes water and sewage!  828-749-9224  or 828-702-0395

SALUDA NEEDS A BEAUTY SHOP and Nostalgia has the perfect space for lease.
Already plumbed, painted and ready for your first client.  Off street parking, bathroom included and an ideal location with 9 other shops next door. Please call's a great business opportunity.  530 square feet for only $352 a month INCLUDING WATER,SEWAGE & BASIC ELECTRICTY!!! 828-749-9224  or 828-702-0395

Office space available- could also work as 2 separate office spaces.  Lower level of Nostalgia Courtyard.  Private bathroom.  $352 a month including water, sewage & electric.  828-749-9224 or 828-749-0395.

"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/month. 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
Architectural Photo


Get Your Home Photographed 

By Architectural Photographer

John Fowler


You may have seen John's work around town, or seen him on the side of the road somewhere with his tripod

and camera. John love's Saluda and wants to offer his services to people of Saluda.  John will come out and spend time around your property to capture creative images of your home then put together a nice framed

collage of your Saluda treasure. You can see samples of this work in town at Biddie's Antiques on Main Street. 


For more information contact John at  or 864-380-9332.  

Cinderella Dog
bridgedogBridge Dog has been rescued thanks to the efforts of the members of the Saluda Dog Society. 

She is now renamed "Bridget" and is being "rehabilitated" so that she can find a loving home.

If you would like to make donations to the Saluda Dog Society to help fund the care of rescued pets or contribute to the Saluda Dog Park, please contact Pat Waring at 828-749-1332. Thanks to everyone for your concern for Bridget and helping to make this a happy outcome.
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.

Sandra Rocks, 68, of Hendersonville, NC passed away June 4, 2011.  Sandra lived in Saluda before moving to Hendersonville and was the past president of the Saluda Garden Club.  Sandra loved Saluda and loved writing about gardening for Saluda Lifestyles.  Her illness prevented Sandra from contributing much this past year.   We will all miss her talents, her clever wit, and her love for gardening.  Here's the last message to Saluda Lifestyles from Sandra: 


"Cathy, as I read the Saluda Lifestyles I realize how much time and talent you put into its publication every month.  I think it is such a commendable read, it should get some recognition somewhere.  Besides who would think that a little town like Saluda has such color, such activity, such vitality.  Congratulations on a very fine job of putting all of this together in such a delightful venue."

Saluda's 48th Annual Coon Dog Day

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Don't miss Saluda's 48th Annual COON DOG DAY on Saturday, July 9--a homecoming and celebration for dogs and their people! Great food, live music, parade, crafts, street dance, and more.   


coon dog day 


The Coon Dog Day Royalty Race is underway, and you can vote for your favorite candidate by placing money in their jar. Jars are located at City Hall and several other places around town.


Don't miss your opportunity to be in a parade and a chance to win a trophy.  Businesses and individuals are encouraged to participate in the parade by entering a float.  This is great free advertising for local businesses. There will be judges, and plaques will be given for the following categories of floats: Best Commercial, Best Civic, and Most Original.  This year's plaques are hand-carved originals from a local artist, so don't miss your chance to win one.  Plus, it's fun for everyone to be involved in building the float and riding in the parade.


Parking this year will be provided by the Saluda Mountain Jamboree.  The City will have a trolley service shuttling festival goers from the Jamboree to town and back all day.  Parking is $10 and will include use of the Jamboree building for restrooms and the trolley shuttle service. Parking and shuttle service is included in the registration fee for all 5K participants!

Schedule of Events

Special Events

8:00am     Coon Dog Day 5K Race.  Click here to pre-register.  Registration begins at 6:30am and ends at 7:30am at the Saluda Mountain Jamboree.  Spectators can cheer the race participants around 8:00am as they run through downtown shortly after the race begins.


6:30am - 10:30am     Benefit Breakfast at the Saluda Masonic Lodge.  Enjoy a hearty breakfast of eggs, grits, sausage or bacon, biscuits, and gravy for only $6 per plate.


1:00pm to 3:00pm     The Historic Saluda Committee will be showing sneak previews of the Oral History DVD; Home, Hearth, and History:  Stories of Old Saluda.  DVD's will also be available for purchase.  This showing will be in the Fellowship Hall of the Saluda Presbyterian Church on Carolina Street.


Coon Dog Events at the Saluda School Ball Field

1:00pm     Bench Show ($15 entry fee)

3:00pm    Treeing Contest ($5 entry fee)

8:00pm     Annual Night Hunt ($20 entry fee)


Coon Dog Events are sponsored by the Central Carolina Benefit Coon Club.


On-Stage Entertainment

8:30am - 9:00am     The Green River Boys - Saluda's own gospel bluegrass.

9:00am - 9:45am     Flaco & Ze Clownettes - an interactive performance for the whole family.

9:45am - 10:15am    Coon Dog Day 5K Race Awards Ceremony - recognizing the participants.

10:15am - 11:00am   The Green River Boys - another set for your favorite locals.

11:00am-12:30pm The annual Coon Dog Day Parade with Master of Ceremonies, Hop Foster!

12:30pm - 1:00pm    McGuire's Pipe Band - The bagpipe showband of the south!

1:00pm - 2:00pm     Aaron Burdett - Folk rock from right here in Saluda.

2:20pm - 3:20pm    Old School - Acoustic Blues/Roots:  traditional freestyle guitar

3:40pm - 5:40pm    The Folsom Prison Gang - Music from the Johnny Cash era.

6:00pm - 7:40pm    Unspoken Traditions - Taking bluegrass to a whole new level!

8:00pm - 11:00pm   The Lonesome Road Band leads us into the night with the sounds for our annual Night Street Dance with square dances called by local Archie Hardy-grab a partner!

Thanks to Monica Pace, administrator for the City of Saluda, for providing this information.

Coon Dog Day 5K Run
5k race

Poster by Carey Pace

Times and Location

Date: Saturday, July 9th, 2011

Time: Run begins at 8:00 AM

Race Day Registration begins at 6:30 AM - No registrations will be accepted after 7:30 AM

Address for parking area and registration table on race day:

Saluda Mountain Jamboree, Friendship Church Rd., Saluda, NC 28773, Phone: 828-749-3676

For directions, click here to visit their website


Registration and Awards Information

Cost: $30 per registration; includes parking, performance tee, race day goodie bag, and shuttle trolley ride to downtown following the race.

Goodies: All pre-registrants are guaranteed a Coon Dog Day 5K Run Tee (T-shirts are moisture-wicking performance tees).  Race day registrants will be provided T-shirts as supplies last. (Must be present to receive tee)

Awards: Awards will be given to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place for both male and female in each of the following age divisions:

12 & under, 13-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, and 55 + years of age. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd overall male and female winners will receive a grand prize.

Registration: Register online at: Coon Dog Day 5K or by completing this registration form and returning it, along with payment in full, to:  Saluda City Hall, PO Box 248, Saluda, NC 28773.


All registration forms must be received by Friday, July 2nd to qualify as pre-registered. One form per registrant, please.


For more information or questions regarding the race, to volunteer for race-day assistance, or if you are interested in making a donation or sponsoring Coon Dog Day events, please contact Monica Pace at City Hall: 828-749-2581 or via email at


Thank you to sponsors:

5k sponsors

130th Celebration July Events

130 Years

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


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. Please bring chairs. Paper and plastic ware will be provided. Rain or shine!   

July 9 - City of Saluda Coon Dog Day 

July 29 - Macon Bank Open House with Refreshments  


Click here for more 130th events.   


Click here to "Keep the Celebration on Track." 

What's Happening in Music and Art
Fred Whiskin opurple onionn piano every Friday playing " Blues to Brubeck." Summer Hours are back at the Purple Onion.  They will be open on Wednesday and Sunday.   


Live Music in July

July 2 -  Blue Line Highway "...a diverse mix of country, jazz, and bluegrass that is both lush and dramatic,"

July 7 -  Angela Easterling "...creating literate, modern Southern music for the ages."


July 14 - Scoot Pittman "music that will satisfy that sweet spot in your brain and keep a smile on your face."

July 16 -  Laura Monk & High Cotton "original songs with uncommon words and mesmerizing melodies."

July 21 -  Tim Fast "finger-style guitar picking, harmonica bending singer songwriter"

July 23 - Shane Pruitt Band -

Lead man Shane Pruitt hails from Spartanburg, SC, where the musical roots of the blues and southern rock have been living and breathing for years on end.  Birthing such musical talents and styles like those of Toy Caldwell and The Marshall Tucker Band, David Ball, Champ Hood, Walter Hyatt, and many others, Spartanburg has named Shane Pruitt its "Instrumentalist of the Year" for seven years and running.

July 24 - ECO Fund-Raiser featuring  Scott Ains 

 July 28 - Marjorie Thompson "this gifted guitarist/singersongwriter scientist makes her welcome summer return to the café"

July 30 - Space Heaters - Space Heaters

"an 'old-time swing' band (with a sound that falls) somewhere between "Django" and "Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys...."

What's Happening at the Purple Onion

Summer's in full swing here at the Onion with a plethora of fresh local vegetables coming from the kitchen, terrific live music, Sunday night concerts, Sunday brunch and breezy summer evenings on the patio. Visit the website or facebook for updates.



Monday - Saturday

11:00 - 3:00

 5:00  - 9:00

Sunday Brunch

11:00  - 3:00


Open on the 4th of July


Coon Dog Day Hours

11:00 AM - 8:00 PM


Closed Sunday, July 10


Sunday Brunch

The thematic approach to Sunday brunch is keeping it interesting for all of us. The guests and staff enjoyed several of the island inspired brunch dishes on Father's day. Last Sunday we dipped south of the border for inspiration. July 3rd we will keep it all American. In addition to 5 or 6 brunch specials we also offer our usual pizza, salads and sandwiches. Please check out the website for our menu.






JULY  24 @ 7 PM

The Purple Onion Sunday Evening Music (POSEM) concert this month is more special than usual as the Purple Onion joins forces with ECO, a non-profit organization with a mission of preserving the natural heritage and environment of Henderson County and the mountain region.  The purpose of the evening is to raise money for ECO's work in the area and also represents the café's interest in supporting their efforts.


The highlight of the evening will be a concert by Scott Ainslie ( ) , a master guitarist/historian of blues music of all kinds. Scott heard Virginia Bluesman and grave digger, John Jackson (1924-2002) play a couple of songs in the middle of a Mike Seeger concert just outside of Washington, DC, back in 1967.

Scott started playing guitar a month later and has now spent nearly forty years studying and playing traditional music, visiting and documenting senior musicians in America's old-time banjo and fiddle music, Blues and gospel traditions.  With four CDs, a teaching DVD on the guitar techniques of Delta Blues legend Robert Johnson, he continues as a performer and a teacher presenting programs that are vital and entertaining.

ECO  staff and volunteers work continually to keep the environment healthy in our community.   They need your help. In these tough economic times your financial support is even more critical than ever. $30 VIP passes get you in the door early (5:30) to claim the best seats, and enjoy a supper buffet on the deck before the 7:00 concert. Concert-only tickets are $15.


Reservations are required: online at  or by calling the ECO office at 692-0385. Contributions and/or purchases made through ECO are tax-deductible.  You may also make them by contacting the Purple Onion Café at 828-749-1179.   

We hope to see you here on July 24 for this important evening.


Music at the Purple Onion is complements of Rob Seiler.


 megan ward

Old Time Square Dance

In Celebration of the 130th Anniversary of Saluda, NC, there will be an old time square dance on Saturday, July 2nd from 7 - 11 pm at The Saluda Mountain Jamboree. 
The weekly Square Dances were a big part of the social and fun events held in Saluda for many years and could be again if enough folks are interested. The Jerricho Hill Band will be performing for the dance. The admission is only $5.00 and all profits will go to the 130th Committee Fund.  At the end of the year, The Committee will donate all the profits from the activities and events to City Hall.    Also, An Oral History DVD of Saluda will be shown at a free premier screening just prior to the dance, starting at 5:00 pm.  The Eljapa Media Group has been collecting stories, pictures, videos, and interviews for several weeks in the production of the first of The Oral History Series.   Everyone is invited to come share this special night of memories and to get ready to "swing your partner" at the dance.  For those who need to freshen up their square dance skills, there will be free dance lessons on Friday, July 1 from 7 - 9 pm at The Saluda Mountain Jamboree.  There won't be a grade or points on your dance abilities, but the lessons can be a lot of fun, plus some great exercise!  All are invited to join in the dance, but if you just want to watch and enjoy the music, that is OK, too.  If you need more information, you can visit the website: or call 828-749-3676 and leave a message. 

July and August Music Schedule

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

August 6 Southern Pointe
August 13 Carolina Misty
FRIDAY, August 19th  Saluda School Class Reunion
August 20 Sound Factory
August 27 Crimson Rose


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

wine cellarThe Saluda Inn and Wine Cellar July Schedule

July 1  Dave Desmelick

July 2  Jenny Arch

July 8 Frank Beeson

July 9 TBA

July 15 Melissa Hyman

July 16 Dale Rucker

July 22 Letters from Abigail

July 23 Ian Harrod

July 29 Kyle Sorrenson

July 30 Frank Beeson w/ Special Guests


Saluda Inn welcomes the summer visitors to the inn and The Wine Cellar.  Our bed and breakfast guests have enjoyed a Saluda Morning Breakfast including eggs, sausage, bread, honey, jelly, and cheese from the Saluda Tailgate Market--which means they are enjoying a local breakfast bounty.  The Hayes reunion celebrates its 55th year of Gram's Camp this week, and we have many more families coming.  The Barker-Myers Family celebrates their 8th year at the Saluda Inn and has been practicing for the Coon Dog Day 5K Run!  We still have some availability for the month of August, if you need a place for a large group or just a room or two for a couple of nights.  Don't forget, we do accept children - they love our rope swing and we have a couple of rooms for pets.  Families who come to the inn have enjoyed using a local babysitter so they can enjoy an adult night out, and spend the days playing with the family.  Joni, Rich and Wylie would like to thank all of the locals who have sent their family and friends to stay with us so far this summer.

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

  Find us on Facebook




dancers extenstionWe had such fun in June that we have to do this again in July! First Saturday Adult Zumba Fitness for $4! Come join us on Saturday, July 2.
Review of basic steps begins at 9:30AM with the Zumba Fitness class from 10-11AM. Everyone is welcome - newbies, oldies, vacationers, summer folk, and year-rounders.

Adult classes continue on a regular schedule throughout July:  Zumba Fitness Mondays and Thursdays at 6PM, Wednesdays at 8:30AM,
"Whatever" Mondays at 7PM, Ballet Tuesdays at 7PM.

You're invitied to our open house on Saturday, July 30 from 10AM-1PM. Come see the studio, try out the floor and barres, meet your teacher and register for classes.

We are gearing up for our Youth Summer Camps! The preschool camp is the first week of August, and the elementary camp is the second week of August. Camps focus on basic instruction in the art of dance, with a break for storytime, snacks, and crafts each day. Registration is also open for
classes for the 2011-2012 academic year. Classes begin on Tuesday, September 6. Come join the fun and creativity! Contact the studio for more information or to register. Space is limited.

Check for current updates by following us on facebook.


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

 Find us on Facebook


Random Arts Workshops. 

Batik Tree of Life with Helen Shafer Garcia

Wed. July 6th, 9am till 4pm.  Workshop fee is $125.

Reach into the sky and create connections between branches and earth while creating universal Tree of Life themed mixed media paintings on Masa paper and canvas.  A special batik technique with Masa rice paper will create wonderful textures and crevices for the paint to flow into. Draw and paint elements and symbolic icons of a tree of life, including birds, flowers and other great, joyful creatures, with bold watercolor dropped -in color techniques. You'll play with colored pencils, ink lines and collage elements to further embellish your paintings.  Discover how beautiful and bright watercolors can be with this special process.  The watercolor paintings will be sealed with an acrylic varnish to protect the surface.  Borders and embellishments will be added with acrylics. To learn more about Helen, check out her

Class size is limited and pre-registration is necessary. Register by email: 


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

Summer Tracks 2011

Concerts in Rogers Park Amphitheater in Tryon, NC

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.   

Historic Saluda Committe Releases Oral History DVD

Home, Hearth & History: Stories of Old Saluda

The Historic Saluda Oral History Committee is pleased to announce a release date for its inaugural oral history DVD entitled Home, Hearth & History: Stories of Old Saluda. Copies of the DVD will be available at the film's premiere scheduled for July 2, 2011 at 5 pm at the Saluda Mountain Jamboree.  The premiere is being held prior to the Saluda 130th Birthday Celebration square dance that will be held that same night at 7 pm.
oral historyEljapa Media Group has worked with the Oral History Committee to record over 14 hours of oral history 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. Participating in the inaugural DVD are Martha Anderson, Bill Russell, John Rhodes, Dr. George Jones, Charlene Pace, Henry Twiggs, Martha Ashley, Betty Pace Thompson and Ruth Pace Lawter. It is hoped that future interviews will be compiled into additional DVDs and then archived on a Historic Saluda website.


The City of Saluda provided seed money to launch this project, and generous donors have helped fund the remaining cost of this grassroots project. The Oral History Committee is a sub-committee of the Historic Saluda Committee, founded in May 2010 by interested citizens, and operates under the jurisdiction of the City of Saluda. Admission to the film premiere is free; however, donations will be accepted to help with future oral history interviews. A $5 donation will be requested to participate in the square dance which follows the premier showing of the DVD.   


A preview of the Oral History DVD will be shown during Coon Dog Day at the Saluda Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall. Showings will run from 1-3.  


For more information, contact Cindy Stephenson Tuttle at or call the City of Saluda at 828-749-2581.

M.A. Pace General Store Re-Opens

mapaceOn its 112th anniversary, M.A. Pace General Store has re-opened under the proprietorship of Leon Morgan, and his daughters, Tangie Ciarvolo and Tonya Pace.  Robert Pace died October 1, 2010, and the family-run store closed its doors for the first time in over a century.  Robert's daughter, Kay Richardson, who lives in Clinton, NC wanted the store to reopen without many changes being made.   Natives of Saluda, the Morgan family has operated retail businesses on Main Street for many years.  Their antique store, "Somewhere in Time," is adjacent to M.A. Pace General Store and, the Morgan family has grown up as neighbors to the Pace family.


mapaceMany Saludians wanted the store to stay the same and to become a "museum" and historical landmark.  Sensitive to this desire, the Morgan's enriched the historical content in the store by displaying the Pace family portraits, antique pictures of Saluda, vintage clothing, farm and kitchen tools, and more turn-of-the century items found in storage. 


mapaceThe store is stocked with a lot of the favorite items that Robert Pace sold, including old-fashioned candies, jellies, preserves, sauces, toys, and most importantly, hardware.  Robert's early 1900's cash register ismapace still being used, and you may get a whiff of the old oil-stained wood floors.  Books from local authors will be sold again. 


It feels good to see the doors opened once again, and Saluda is grateful to the Morgan family for maintaining the Pace family legacy.  Saluda is so fortunate to again have two of its historical institutions; Thompson's Store/Ward's Grill and M.A. Pace General Store have survived, unlike many other multi-generational businesses featured in the documentary, "Our Vanishing Americana."  


Click here to read an article on the opening by Samantha Hurst of the Tryon Daily Bulletin.


Photos by Cathy Jackson, Chuck Hearon, and Greaton Sellers.

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 July 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 & Sculptors

Sunday, June 26, 2011, 5-7pm TPS--opening reception of Diana Martin's Oil, Acrylic and Watercolor paintings in Gallery One at Tryon Fine Arts Center, 34 Melrose Ave., Tryon.  Show will run through July 30, 2011.  Refreshments served.  

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


Art Trek Tryon 2011
A Foothills Open Studio Weekend Tour
July 30 - 31, 2011 

Approximately 40 artists in Tryon, Saluda, and Columbus, NC, and Landrum, SC open their studios to the public.

Begin this extraordinary weekend of artistic and natural beauty with a preview party at the Upstairs on Friday evening, July 29, from 5pm to 8pm. The gallery will display a sampler of approximately 40 artists' work. Each artist will be on hand to talk about their art. Enjoy a glass of wine as you plan your weekend's self-guided tour.

Trekking begins on Saturday morning, July 30, and continues through Sunday, July 31. Saturday studio hours are 10 am to 5 pm, and Sunday hours are 12 noon to 5 pm. Touring includes studios in the rolling countryside and small, picturesque towns of Tryon, Saluda, Columbus in Polk County NC, and Landrum, SC. Enjoy dining at our sponsoring restaurants.  Look for ATT Sponsor signs.

An Art Trek Guide is your road map to the artistic community residing in the Foothills. Available from Trek Base Upstairs Artspace gallery located in downtown Tryon, the guide provides an image of each artist's work, directions to their studio and road maps of each community. Four area maps identify major roads and artist locations. Because you will be visiting residential areas, please be thoughtful of the artist's neighbors' property and driveway access when parking.  MAPS are also available at artist's studios.

Sponsors of ART TREK TRYON look forward to this weekend with great anticipation and prepare to help make this weekend one of the most enjoyable you will experience all year long.


Visit Upstairs Artspace website for more information.  

Saluda Scoop

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


auman"Thank you, Charlie Ward."  The new proprietors of Saluda Mountain Lodge, Wayne and Wendy Auman, drove through Saluda many times searching for just the right mountain town to call home.  They were intrigued by the charm and beauty of Saluda, but it was the hospitality and the friendliness offered by Charlie Ward that let them know there was much more to Saluda than charm.  And in 2006, Wayne and Wendy moved their family from Hilton Head to Saluda where they have lived on Fork Creek Road. 


Now in 2011, they aim to continue showing Saluda hospitality and warmth to others.  The Auman family, Wendy and Wayne, and their four sons, plan to open Saluda Mountain Lodge the weekend of July 1st.  They are ready for the July 4th holiday and for Coon Dog Day.  They want to entertain their guests and spoil them by making each one feel special just as Charlie did for many years.  Stop by, sit awhile, saludamountainlodgeenjoy the view, and get to know Wendy, Wayne, Connor, Tristan, Trevor, and Grayson.  Contact Saluda Mountain Lodge at 828-749-4951 or visit their website at Saluda Mountain Lodge.



rattlerThe Adventures of Rattler and Friends, a children's book written by Jonathan Thompson, son of Pam and Clark, is now available for purchase at Historic Thompson's Store or through our  website. The story centers around three critters, Rattler the coon dog, Rascal the rabbit and Rowdy the raccoon, who have found their way to Saluda where they have become good friends. They reside in the barn out back of Thompson's Store and are cared for by the employees. This illustrated book is suitable for kids of all ages and makes a great gift for any special occasion. Price - $6.95


Our new blue grass CD will be available for purchase starting the week of July 4. Several of these classic songs have been customized to reflect our own community. Larry Keith of the Lonesome Road Band does the vocal portion while Bobby Hicks and Randy Kohrs, respectively, provide the fiddle and dobro sounds. Hicks spent 20 years with Bill Monroe, 23 years with Ricky Scaggs, is the recipient of 10 Grammy Awards, was inducted into the Fiddlers Hall of Fame, and in 2004, celebrated 50 years at the Grand Ole Opry.


Randy Kohrs has performed on over 600 CDs during his time in Nashville and won his first Grammy in 2008. He is considered the finest dobro player anywhere.


We were fortunate to capture so much quality talent on our cd and know you will love it once you hear these songs of the past.  Price - $14.95

Thompson's Store is located at 24 Main Street, in the heart of downtown Saluda.   

Contact the store at 828-749-2321 or visit

Thompson's Store online.


The Oaks Summertime

The Time Has Come at The Oaks Bed and Breakfast

After purchasing the inn, Donna and Dale Potruski, proprietors, decided to strengthen the original foundation to insure that the structure would remain stable and stand proud for another 100-years.  Jacks were used to raise the house ever-so-carefully, allowing the contractors to pour concrete footers, install new pillars and build additional floor joists for added support. 

We shared a fantasy that the crew that labored beneath the house would surprise them by unearthing a chest of "Civil War gold" or some relic of untold value.  Truth-be-told, the workers did find an antique tea spoon, an old medicine bottle, a frontier ladle and a croquet set.  It wasn't exactly what we had hoped for, but it was a connection to our home's past and a treasure none the less.

It was then that we decided to one day have a gorgeous tournament quality lawn on which guests, dressed in summer white and straw-hats, would play the regal game of croquet.

After much effort and expense, we are proud to say, the time has come!  With the beautiful woodlands and landscaping as a backdrop, we invite you to come and experience the "Queen of Games" this summer--Croquet at
The Oaks Bed and Breakfast! For reservations, please contact us at 828-749-2000 or visit at the website. The Oaks Bed and Breakfast is located at 339 Greenville St.


Green River BBQGreen River BBQ  

Join us for local draft beer. We have local drafts from Asheville, Spartanburg, and Atlanta.


Narraganset pints are $1.50.


We still have our daily specials every week day that have been a big hit!


Hope to see you Coon Dog Day!


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!


warriorWarrior Mountain Local Grown Produce is located at 459 Hwy 176 (across from Tickle Family Health Center). Stop by the stand Wednesday through Saturday from 12 noon to 6pm.  Home Grown Produce in Season:  beets, broccoli, green lima beans, carrots, corn, cabbage, cauliflower, cucumbers, eggplant, greens (collards, turnip, kale, mustard, spinach), lettuce, okra, potatoes (red, white, Yukon Gold), peppers (sweet, red, yellow, jalapeno), spring onions, squash (yellow, zucchini, acorn, butternut, buttercup), vine ripe tomatoes, peas (English, crowder), melons (honeydew, cantaloupe, watermelon).  Also stocked with market produce including fruits, homemade potato chips, green boiled peanuts and fresh cut flowers.  For more information and availability, please contact Wendell Gilbert at 828-595-1400.




Wildflour Bake Shop offers sweets and fine pastries, breakfast, lunch (soups, salads, sandwiches, quiche, pizza, and daily specials), as well as our great selection of Wildflour breads, crackers and granola.  Always fresh baked, always from scratch, always delicious!


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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Tan-Tastic Tanning Saluda will open the first week in July, located in former Wildflower Bake Shop spot at Nostalgia Courtyard, Suite 19, Pearson Falls Rd, Saluda. Phone number will be 828-749-1000.  A nail tech for manicures, pedicures, and acrylic nails will join the staff.   


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.  

chicken house

The Old Chicken House welcomes new members of our Chicken House family:  Doug Honeycutt, painter and sculptor, and Niece Lundgren, fine artist and basket weaver. Come by and say hello.  See work in progress or completed, including Ray Pague's art and Ruthie's wreaths.  Ray's studio has been located in the Chicken House since 2004.


The Old Chicken House is located approximately one mile from Main Street across the railroad tracks and up Greenville Street.  It's open Friday and Saturday 11-6 or by request.  For more information, please contact Ruth Anderson at 828-749-9718.


Thank you,

Ruth Anderson


Macon Bank Invitation

Macon Bank will celebrate Saluda's 130th Birthday in the Saluda branch on Friday, July 29th.  The Historic Saluda Story Board will be on display in the bank.  Macon Bank invites the Saluda community to join the celebration and enjoy cake and punch.   

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Art Clues
Ideas for Creating and Appreciating Art


Painting with oil pastels

 "In the fine arts it is only the convention, the form, the incidentals that change: the fundamentals of passion, of intellect and imagination remain unaltered."    

-- Aldous Huxley   

From drawing to painting there are lines, colors, various media, shapes and values.  The medium of OIL PASTELS includes and suggests both painting and drawing.  This column emphasizes some painting aspects of oil pastels such as:

ˇ         Color mixing

ˇ         Subtlety of color by layering

ˇ         Thin color

ˇ         Thick color

ˇ         Dark and light colors

ˇ         Contrasting colors

Here are some ways you can start to "paint" with oil pastels.  Start by peeling off the paper that covers each oil pastel. beverly    


The pastel then behaves more like a paint brush and works artistically well for covering large areas.  It usually requires cleaning/wiping off each pastel after using it to have its color clear and bright for its next use. 

  • Try various ways of mixing colors:
  • Use thin lines of color next to large masses of color. 
  • Add several layers by scribbling one layer and painting back and forth over it with large swipes for more layers.
  • Overlap primary and secondary colors in places.  
  • Vary pale and light with dark and heavy. 
  • Use your fingers to rub colors together.





With oil pastels you can also vary the textures on which you paint, such as using a sketch pad or water color paper, canvas or wood, or other.  Oil Pastels are a wonderful versatile medium where the passion, intellect and imagination used in the fine arts can be fully applied.  Experiment and repeat what you like.  




Oil Pastels are excellent for traveling- the only supplies you need
are a sketch book and a box of oil pastels- no liquid, no mess.

Thanks to my granddaughter, Louise, for demonstrating painting with pastels.


Beverly Bowden Pickard

Visions of Saluda - Call for Entries

The 130th Birthday Celebration Committee is pleased to invite you to enter your artwork at the "Art of Historic Saluda Exhibit" in Saluda NC, October 28-29, 2011 from 10am to 5pm.  The committee is calling all local and regional artists in all visual art forms to participate in showing and selling your artistic views of Saluda.

Your artwork of Saluda will be on exhibit to the public October 28 and 29 in the "Upstairs Room" at Historic Thompson's Store, 24 West Main St., Saluda NC.  20% of your sales will be donated to the 130th Birthday Celebration fund-raising campaign.

Exhibit Information and Guidelines:

  • There is no cost to exhibit your creation.  The image must be of something in Saluda.  
  • You may receive a tax deductible form denoting the amount as a donation to the City of Saluda.
  • Artistic rendering and artwork set up Thursday, October 27 from 1:00 pm -5:00 pm.
  • If needed, please bring an easel to display your work.
  • All work not sold must be picked up by Monday, October 31 between 10:00 am and 12:00 pm.
  • Historic Thompson's Store is located at 24 West Main, Saluda NC.
  • You do not have to be present during the Exhibit hours.
  • The "Upstairs Room" will be secured during the Exhibit days.
  • Call 828-749-3789 or email for more details.  

Fall is a beautiful time to visit Saluda, and the town draws many tourists coming to the mountains to view the brilliant foliage colors at that time of the year.  Saluda's historic district and natural beauty are popular subjects from which to create art.  This is an opportunity for local artists to exhibit and to show and sell their work, while also helping to raise funds for the 130th  Birthday Celebration.  We encourage all artists, whether amateur or professional, to participate in "Visions of Saluda."

Win a Beach Trip Raffle

beachBuy a raffle ticket and you may be the winner of a week at Indian Beach Resorts, which is an exotic destination situated on a barrier island on the West Coast of Florida.  It is easy access to Tampa, St. Petersburg, and Clearwater.  Check out more information at


You may win a week-long stay (from Saturday to Saturday) at a two bedroom cottage on the dates of your choice from August to December 15, 2011, and from April to December 15, 2012--subject to availability.


Raffle tickets will be available to purchase at the Fire Department Open House on June 25, the Square Dance at the Jamboree on July 2, the Pot Luck Supper at McCreery Park on July 4, and at a  table set up in front of City Hall/Police Department on Coon Dog Day on July 9. 


One ticket is $5, and 5 tickets are $20, etc.  Cash or check is accepted for payment.  Prize drawing will be July 14, 2011.  You do not have to be present to win.  For more information, please contact Terry Baisden at 828-749-3789.


Proceeds will go toward the 130th Celebration events and Historic Saluda fundraising efforts. 

Do, Si, Do...Swing
by author Joe Adams

Joe Adam's face

I was so happy to hear about the square dance over at Jamboree and about the free lessons.  Even if you think you can square dance, I would advise taking the lessons...especially you guys.  It's not as easy as it looks.


Years ago when my parents were first married, they ran a square dance place.  It was a covered pavilion by a lake.  They only operated it on Friday and Saturday nights.  My Father was the caller, and everyone claimed he was good.  My Mother loved to dance, and she usually had no trouble finding a partner since she was heavy in the bosom.  My Father made more money from selling Moonshine than from selling tickets for square dancing.  Lots of  guys would never get on the dance floor without a few swigs of home brew.  But that's why you need those free lessons.


Square dancing is fun...even if you don't know how.  But it's dangerous, too.  I would recommend two things for guys:


1.  Don't wear a felt or straw cowboy hat.  You might look good, but they are very little protection when you are ready to dance and bow to your partner.  I got a huge knot on my head bowing to my partner.  She and I were both overly enthusiastic.  She didn't get a knot...I think her bangs saved her.


2.  Wear a motorcycle helmet.


I have had two big square dance parties where we hired a square dance club to give lessons and a professional caller to send us around the floor.  My wife said no one would like it, but everyone who didn't get knots on their heads had a great time.


For a corporate party, we rented a big barn that had been built just for square dances.  One of my fondest and funniest memories was from the dance.  A guy who worked for me came and brought his wife who really didn't get out a lot (or drink a lot).  The two of them were in our group.  After dancing for a while, we would have a rest and more instructions.  At one of the rest breaks, my friend's wife sat down on an open window to have a cigarette.  No one else noticed but me, but she fell out of the window backwards.  It wasn't a big fall; I saw her legs sticking up in the air but then they disappeared.


When the music started, my friend turned to where his wife had been.  He was surprised that she was not there.  Then he looked to his wife....then he looked on the floor...then he looked up on the ceiling.  I was laughing the whole time and pointing out the window.  At that point, she was getting herself up, obviously wondering where she was, and he was saying, " What are you doing out there."

I don't think she is coming to the Jamboree Dance.  In fact, I don't think she has ever square danced again.


But you can come. Grab a partner and do-si-do.


Send Joe your comments and thoughts by emailing him at 

Youth Memories and a Town Named Saluda


By Frank Middleton, a Saluda native


Stay tuned next month for more youth stories from Frank about growing up in Saluda.  

Flat on My Back


When I was 9 years of age, I began to experience pain in the heel of one foot and wrongly assumed for a long time that it was the result of bruising caused by playing on large boulders in the woods between Mountain Manor and the school playground. Eventually, Mama took me to Hendersonville to see a physician and during the exam, he discovered a heart murmur. Further testing indicated that I had rheumatic fever which would require full bed rest for an indefinite period of time. Since this diagnosis occurred in the month of January, it also meant missing the rest of my third grade school year. On doctor's orders, I was put to bed as soon as we arrived back home where I remained completely bedridden for five months. I was only allowed a small thin pillow for my head, and I was not permitted to sit up in bed or lift my head off the pillow. Total bed rest was standard protocol for rheumatic fever in those days so I was only allowed to get up, with assistance, for bedside potty calls or for an occasional washcloth type body cleaning. To help alleviate the boredom, my bed was placed in our dining room next to a window. However, my mama had to go to work which meant I was alone from early morning until late afternoon, which made for many hours of agonizing loneliness and sheer boredom. Reading and listening to the radio provided the only mental stimulus. The uncertainty weighed heavily on my young mind as to whether or not I would be bedridden for life, or whether I would be able to lead any type of normal life with a damaged heart. It also created great fear regarding my future. Hours of being alone in the house likewise added to the anxious feelings, self pity, sadness and bouts of crying.


My illness resulted from having an untreated case of strep throat the previous summer, after which the infection began to damage my heart.


The amazingly kind physician supervising my medical recovery was Dr. Richard A. Porter, who passed away in 2007 at the age of 90. For several months, he would close his offices every Tuesday at noon and drive from Hendersonville to Saluda for my weekly checkup, which included listening to my heart, drawing blood samples and injecting penicillin shots for the ongoing infection. In that time, penicillin was about the only antibiotic generally available. The most memorable visit was when he told me that I had improved enough to sit in the warm summer sun for one hour, but only if someone could carry me from my bed. During the months of bed rest, my muscles atrophied which meant a slow recovery period of learning to walk again. I still remember so vividly the euphoric feeling of hope that this monster, which had taken me from a very vibrant, energetic and happy nine year old to a bedridden skeleton-like figure with withered muscles, was finally being conquered. The routine for a while was one hour of sitting in the sun each week, and then progressing to one hour twice each week, and so on. Soon I was able to begin learning to walk again which helped build back my leg muscles. By September, Dr. Porter had seen enough progress to permit me to go back to school, although I was still prohibited from participating in sports or other similar activities. 


Luckily, the school socially promoted me to the fourth grade despite my missing over four months of third grade classes, but with the understanding that I would be moved back if I could not keep up academically. It was only after Dr. Porter's death in 2007 that I learned from his widow that he was a fairly new, sole practitioner during the time of my illness and had a family of his own to take care of financially. Yet this wonderful young doctor willingly closed his offices each Tuesday at noon, drove to Saluda and used his best skills to make a young kid whole again. His charge for all this? House calls amounted to only $2.00. The charge for the penicillin injections were $1.00 and for drawing and having the blood samples tested for the infection....well that was another whopping $2.00. That meant that no visit exceeded $5.00. It was quite obvious to Dr. Porter that my family had very few means with which to pay, but it never stopped him from offering me his dedication and lifesaving skills.


Regrettably, from a child's eyes, I always thought of Dr. Porter as an old man even though he was only in his early 30's at the time of my treatment. After growing up and moving away from Saluda, I lost contact with him and made the false assumption that he likely had passed away many years ago. I was very surprised to read of his eventual passing in the Hendersonville paper in 2007. Since then, I have been able to communicate with his widow and daughter, but I still regret that I did not seek him out in later years to express my deepest gratitude for the excellent care he gave me so many years ago and for helping me lead a very happy and healthy life.

By Clark Thompson

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Cathy Jackson,

Cathy Jackson Realty
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