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                                                      Where Time Stands Still
                                                                               August 1, 2011 
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In This Issue (click on a topic to move to it quickly.)
Dates to Remember
48th Annual Coon Dog Day
Blood Drive at Autumn Care
Pig Out
Cookbooks for Sale
Saluda Center News
Saluda School Reunion
Saluda Trivia
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
Saluda Church Services
Post Office Hours
130th Celebration Events
Help Keep the Celebration on Track
Saluda Classifieds
130th August Events
What's Happening in Music and Art
Saluda Historic Registration
Saluda Oral History DVD
Tryon Arts
An Unexpected Gues
Saluda Scoop
News from Saluda Business Association
Art Clues
Visions of Saluda
Local Grocery Stores
Polk County Foundation Gift
Extend Life of Your Home
A Town Named Saluda
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 80+ 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.  




A mountain retreat log cabin meets style and class in this home. This is truly a getaway home where you can relax and unwind with the comforts of your primary residence.  Bring your family and your friends to enjoy the mountain view in this lovely setting. 3 BR, 3BA, 2330 SF, 1.8 acres  MLS#490432   $335,000


"Move in" condition home on 2.9 acres with partial unfinished basement, huge separate workshop, large storage shed, and a double carport with 220 power supply. Home is located within walking distance of Saluda's Main St. 3BR, 2BA, 1700 SF MLS#491648  $172,500  

wncwEnjoy country living with Saluda just minutes away and Flat Rock/ Hendersonville just a few miles up the road. I-26 and Hwy 25 a short ride from Macedonia Rd. Easy access to just about everything. 2BR, 2BA, 1000 SF

MLS#490459  $192,500   



Upgraded, immaculate, and energy efficient home with 3-car garage. Great buy for low-maintenance home, private 1.2 acre lot, no restrictions. Garage has workshop with electricity. Priced under tax assessment by $69,000.  MLS#491806  $124,500 



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


Sales               Closed   Pending


Homes 2011         17           3
Homes 2010         11           0
Land 2011              8           1
Land 2010              4           0

Homes and land sales have increased compared to this time last year.  A positive indicator for real estate sales in Saluda. Data taken from Western NC multiple listing service. 


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


Dates to Remember
Saluda Business Association meets Tuesday, August 2 at 5:30pm at the Saluda Library
Art Exhibit and Reception for Paul Koenen, August 4 5:00pm to 6:30pm at Saluda Center.

Blood Drive at Autumn Care
, August 10, 1:30 to 6pm.

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

Historic Saluda Committee
meets on August 12 at 2pm at the Saluda Library. 

Single Women United meeting and potluck dinner at Saluda Center, 6pm, August 11.

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

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. 

Women's Club meets 10am August 9 at the Saluda Presbyterian Church.  
48th Annual Coon Dog Day


If you missed this year's Coon Dog Day in Saluda, then
Click here to see images of the parade.
Autumn Care Blood Drive

red crossAutumn Care of Saluda will hold a Red Cross Blood Drive on Wednesday, August 10 from 1:30 pm until 6:00 pm.  To schedule an appointment to donate,  call Tisha Davis at 828-749-2262.  Walk-ins are also welcome.  Autumn Care of Saluda is located at 501 Esseola Drive.  For more information call 828-749-2261.

Charlie Ward Memorial Pig Out

pig out


Plans are underway for the annual Charlie Ward Memorial Pig Out scheduled for September 10, 2011 from 4 to 7.  Donations and volunteers are needed.  If you are interested in being part of the planning or want to contribute, please contact Judy Ward at 828-749-1349 or


This town BBQ was started by Charlie Ward many years ago to thank the residents of Saluda for patronizing his store.  Charlie passed away August 1, 2008. This event has become a town tradition organized and funded by Saluda citizens for Saluda citizens.  It truly has become a symbol of Charlie's gift of giving.


wardIn Memory of Charlie Ward  

July 1, 1920 -August 1, 2008 

Cookbooks for Sale

SFRSaluda Fire and Rescue Auxiliary cookbooks are for sale at Gardeners Cottage in Saluda (next to the Wildflour Bakery in Nostalgia Courtyard).  The cookbook is filled with wonderful recipes donated by residents of our community.  There is also a special section with recipes reprinted from the 1973 Auxiliary cookbook. The Auxiliary also has t-shirts for sale. For more information please contact Nikki at 828-749-1477.  Thank you for your continued support!

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 August Calendar.  


130th Birthday Celebration events at the Saluda Center will take place on Wednesday's at 1:00 pm.


August 10-Video of the Green River Narrows by Horace Pace

August 17-: Meet and greet local Saluda authors

August 24-Memories of Saluda by Charlene Pace  

August 31-Tour of Saluda  Inns with Martha Ashley. Please sign up by Monday, August 15 to get a seat on the bus.


The artwork of Paul Koenen will be on display at the Center beginning August 1. A reception  will be held on Thursday, August 4 from 5-6:30 pm.


Jumanji Jammers, a drumming group, will perform on Friday, August 5 at 10:00 am. Please come and support these young people.


Line dance each Monday at 12:30 pm.


Book club meeting on Monday, August 1 at 2:00pm.


Single Women United potluck dinner will be on Thursday, August 11 at 6:00pm.


Community potluck dinner will be on Thursday, August 25 at 6:00 pm. There will be entertainment by the Rabon Creek Band. Bring your favorite dish and enjoy a fun night out.


Bridge every Tuesday from 10am-2pm.


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

There is no membership fee.


If you would like to receive the Saluda Center calendar via email, please contact

Donna at to be added to our email list.


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 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.  Price is $23/person and includes hors d'oeuvres, BBQ and chicken dinner buffet, facility, and gratuity. Social and reunion hour will begin at 6:00pm with punch and snacks, followed with dinner at 7:00pm. Door prizes will be given away too!  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 Trivia
Did you know...

That the name "Saluda" is the English name for the Cherokee name, "tsaludiyi."  This was the name of a Cherokee Indian chief and means "green corn."

That since the 1930's, the local "swimming hole" was the pond in back of Crystal Springs boarding home which is now the home of Martha Ashley.  The Ashley's still welcome the kids from the neighborhood.

That Saluda's first water supply came from two springs from Heatherly Heights.
Saluda Center
Artists Exhibit in August

The Saluda community is in for a treat! During the month of August, the art exhibit at The Saluda Center will feature koenenthe works of Paul Koenen.  Mr. Koenen will graciously donate all proceeds from the sale of his art to The Saluda Center.  Many of the art in the collection depicts local scenes surrounding the area.


wncwMr. Koenen is a member of the Watercolor Society of North Carolina as a signature member. He has designed and built numerous sets for the Tryon Fine Arts Center, as well as designing six of the Morris, the Horse, Christmas ornaments. He has shown his works throughout the south in juried shows, as well as in the Chicago area.


koenenPaul and his wife, Chris, have been a part of the Saluda community for 20 years. They will be returning to the Chicago area to be closer to family.


Please join us for a reception on August 4, 2011, at The Saluda Center, 64 Greenville Street from 5:00-6:30 to view and purchase these pieces.


The exhibition can be viewed during regular Saluda Center hours.

For further information, please call The Saluda Center:828-749-9245 or Mary Lu Price, 828-749-3455.

Four Medicare Myths that Could Cost You Money

autumn careMisconceptions about Medicare, the popular health care program for seniors are rampant.  Here are four myths that can cost you some real money.


Myth #1:  Medicare provides free or cheap health care.  Not exactly.  The reality is that while preventive care is now free, you will have co-pays, deductibles, etc., when using Parts B and D.  Also if you are a high wage earner, you will pay a surcharge for coverage


Myth #2:  Medicare covers everything.  That's false.  Medicare does not cover dental care, hearing aids and long-term care.   It also does not cover medical services when you travel internationally.


Myth # 3:  You can delay signing up for Medicare Part B if you have Cobra or retiree health benefits.  The reality is that you could face a 10% premium penalty for each 12 month period you wait to enroll, plus face a waiting period that makes you temporarily uninsured.


Myth # 4:  You have no recourse if you suspect Medicare wrongly penalized you for enrolling too late.  That's false.  There are a variety of groups such as the Medicare Rights Center that can help you appeal for relief.  Be careful to write down the names of the people you talk to while questioning a decision.  It will be useful information should you have to apply for "equitable relief."

The Wall Street Journal


Autumn Care can assist you with navigating through the Medicare and Medicaid system.  Contact Marcie Davis, Business Office Manager, who can help you with this and other healthcare insurance needs.



Saluda Community Tree Preservation Association

Thank you to all who provided examples of Saluda's oldest trees in commemoration of the town's 130th anniversary.  There are many beautiful old trees in our community, and those designated are only representative.  This attests to the respect, appreciation, and protection of Saluda's valuable trees by the community's residents over generations of time.  We must carry on their dedication.


hemlockBob and Clara Hutt's hemlock, towering above the roof of their home, has survived ice storms, hurricane winds, and the dreaded adelgid infestation of the early 21st century.  Bob sprayed the magnificent tree himself and continues to treat the problem periodically.  He says the hemlock has been estimated by tree experts to be between 300 to 400 years old.  The canopy measures approximately 85 feet across; the trunk at a height of five feet from the ground; has a diameter of five and one-half feet.  Indeed, the beautiful twisted trunk and snarled limbs, characteristic of its ancient vintage, is worth listing as one of Saluda's most cherished trees.  The couple lives off Greenville Street.


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

scltYes...we are all aware that it is hot! Very, very hot!


But that does not stop SCLT from getting out there and doing what needs to be done. We are working so that you will be able to walk one of the four trails open to the public when the weather is more pleasant.


We are also working on kudzu because we all know that the weather is such a stimulus for our dreaded green friend that is growing like crazy.

Did you know?

  • Flowering, fruiting and rooting is July and August
  • First blooms are early to mid July depending on weather (heat)
  • New vines begin putting out roots in mid-August

So we are working on many different ways to go about attacking and controlling kudzu now while it has our full and undivided attention. We are the "Saluda Kudzu Swat Team" and refuse to be intimidated. Want to join? It's fun and very rewarding.


Thanks to a grant given to us from Polk County Community Foundation, we will be working throughout Saluda on many different sites using several methods . If you are interested in working with us, or would like to see if a particular "kudzu site" could use special attention, please feel free to contact us.


Consider expanding your knowledge about kudzu by going to Kudzu Kollege (correct spelling). This is an educational experience you do not want to miss, which takes place the last Saturday of each month in Spartanburg,SC.  Check out (knock out kudzu) for more information.


There are scheduled hikes for the remainder of the summer on the first and third Sunday of the month. We meet at the Saluda Library parking lot at 2 pm. Be sure to wear appropriate clothing and bring water. For more information on these hikes, please feel free to call Chuck Hearon at 828-749-9886 or Nancy Barnett at 828-749-4661.


We have also helped with the "Dog Park" which is located on Chestnut Street. Thank you, City of Saluda, for all your hard work in helping with this project. For more information on this, please call Dave Prudhomme at 828-749-9172.


SCLT has worked very hard on improving our website. For more information please go to It has been a work in progress with a team of individuals who have donated many hours and thought into keeping you more informed about our organization.


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

The Saluda Garden Club will be meeting on  August 15. The plan at this time is to visit some local gardens and see what our wonderful neighbors have to show and tell. Saluda has some beautiful home gardens that have been tended 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 leave things where they are as 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
The speaker for the August Women's Club of Saluda will be Amy Beeson. She will talk about "Flower arrangements from your own garden." We will meet at 10 o'clock on August 9th at the Saluda Presbyterian Church.


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

 Find us on Facebook 

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 


Tuesday, August 2, 2:00 pm

"Tangle of Tales"

Saluda Elementary School
  Joe Adams


Welcome Back, Students


School starts August 25, 2011.  Meet your teacher on August 23, 2011 at 6pm in the auditorium.


Click here for a 2011/2012 school calendar.  


Click here to get a school supply list. 


The 2nd Super Sizzlin' Summer Adventures summer enrichment program was a huge success. This program is sponsored by area churches and held July 11 through August 5.


The program will wrap up with lunch at Shaffer's Roadside Grill. Ed Shaffer is providing meals to all the kids in the program.


Thanks to all the churches, volunteers, and Saluda School for providing this valuable summer program to the children of Saluda. 


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

Saluda Church Services

methodist church

Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration

The Rev. Paula C. Morton, Rector

8:00 a.m. - Holy Eucharist - Rite I
9:15 a.m. - Adult Forum
10:30 a.m. - Holy Eucharist - Rite II with music.
Check their website for more programs and schedule changes Transfiguration 

Saluda Presbyterian
Reverend Jack Presseau(828-698-4317)
Adult SS 10:00 am
Worship Service 11:00 am

Saluda First Baptist Church
Reverend David Webb
Worship Service 9:45am
Sunday School 11:00am
Wednesday Meal 5-6 ($3)
Wednesday Services and Academy Classes 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Saluda Methodist Church
The Reverend Rob Parsons
SS 10:00 am
Worship Service 11:00 am

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

September 10 - Charlie Ward's Memorial Pig Out from 4pm to 7pm. 

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.   



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 Grade 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.


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 Grade on December 5, 1968.


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 pe in Saluda or Saluda Township.  Feeding, Walking, Play Time.  Contact Marilyn Prudhomme at 828-749-9172 for Rates and Reservation.

The Heat Is On! 

pacolet riverSaluda mountains may be calling you.  Are you longing for a cool morning breeze, luscious, green mountain tops, shady hiking trails, babbling brooks, and cool mountain rivers and waterfalls?  Or sitting on a bench under the shade of a tree-lined Main Street and enjoying an ice cream.   


porchMaybe, just cooling down with an icy sweet tea while rocking away the day on a screened porch is more your style.  Since its beginning, Saluda has been a haven to escape the sweltering heat of the Low Country.


Listen, do you hear it calling to you?


Click here to view a list of waterfalls.


130th Birthday Celebration August Events

130 Years

August is filled with events celebrating Saluda's 130th birthday.     


August 10 - Horace Pace Video, "Narrows on Green River"; 1:00 pm at the Saluda Center. 

August 14 - Sol Driven Train at Purple Onion at 4:30pm.  Concert free to children accompanied by an adult.

August 17 - A Literary Soiree; 1:00 pm; Meet and greet local Saluda authors at the Saluda Center. 

August 24 - Charlene Pace; Memories of Saluda Past; 1:00 pm at the Saluda Center. 

August 31 - Martha Ashley; Bus Tour of Saluda  Inns; 10:00 am; Beginning August 1, sign up at Saluda Center before August 15.   


Click here to see a photo scrapbook of celebration events throughout the year.  


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.   



Summer Hours

Monday - Saturday:  11:00-3:00,  5:00-9:00

Sunday Brunch:  11:00-3:00


Live Music in August

Aug 4 - Markley & Balmer  -making their debut at the café with voices that blend together like rich honey.
Aug 6 -  Bucktown Kickback  -hot bluegrass and honky tonk band returns.

Aug 11 - One Leg Up -  our favorite Gypsy-style band is back.

Aug 13 - Aaron Burdett -no further words necessary for this home-grown troubadour.    

Aug 14 - Sol Driven Train (Sunday Concert)

Aug 18 - Red Hot Sugar Babies - These women will knock your socks off with their energy and harmonies.

Aug 20 - Uptown Jazz Quartet  - The Purple Onion Sunday Evening Music (POSEM) series continues with the energetic Sol Driven Train on August 14 at 7 o'clock.  There will also be a free children's concert that afternoon at 4:30.  straight-ahead jazz from these old but still hot musicians and friends.

Aug 25 -  Rod Picott -making his annual visit with a new recording "Welding Burns"

Aug 27 - Gigi Dover & The Big Love -A good time is had by all when Gigi is in the house


Every Friday Night - Fred Whiskin at the Piano

POSEM Concert Series



AUGUST 14 @ 7 PM  

We love this band as they have appeared several times at the café but not in a concert setting.  Sol Driven Train is a band in motion. At shows, the band members bounce to the pulse of the music along with the crowd. Stylistically the band "seamlessly mixes Allmanesque Southern rock, languid world-beat, swampy funk and downright catchy melodies as they swap lead singers and instruments. A punchy horn section adds an extra dimension of sweaty soul to the genre-blurring jam party." (Atlanta Creative Loafing, 11/21/06).


With their honest songwriting and energetic live performances, they are attracting fans devoted to witnessing their musical progression. Since the fall of 2005, the band has been touring the Southeast and beyond, averaging 150 shows per year at festivals, bars, music venues, theatres, summer camps, and children's museums. They have shared stages and bills with a diverse array of artists including Micheal Franti, Richie Havens, Keller Williams, The Samples, Blueground Undergrass, Billy Jonas, Ryan Montbleau, and Arlo Guthrie.


In late 2005, the band released a children's album, "Tajar Tracks," a product of the band's stint working as counselors at a summer camp in the Blue Ridge Mountains. "Live on the Outer Banks" was released in January of 2007. This live album "captures the band's strongest elements: tight horn arrangements and complex, unforced vocal harmonies...crisp accents and tasty cymbal work tie in perfectly with precise bass licks." (Charleston City Paper, 1/24/07) By the time the band released the live album, work was already under way on a new studio album, "Lighthouse", which was released in 2008.  They are currently working on another recording.  "Believe," the band's 8th independent release and one of WNCW's 2010 Top 100, is earning critical praise and quickly gaining the band many new fans through national radio airplay.


As mentioned above, the band also does music for children's groups and will be performing a free children's concert at 4:30 as part of Saluda's 130th Year Birthday Celebration. If you have children, they will love it.


Admission to the 7 o'clock show is $20 per person and seating will be limited. The doors open at 6 pm, and light fare will be available on the patio prior to the concert.  Reservations can be made by calling the Purple Onion Café at 828-749-1179.


Music at the Purple Onion is complements of Rob Seiler.


 megan ward

Saluda School Class Reunion is planned for Friday, August 19 at 6:00pm at the Saluda Mountain Jamboree.  This reunion is for anyone who attended Saluda School and any of their teachers. Cost is $23.00 per person and includes appetizers, BBQ & Chicken dinner, plus some special entertainment by Bevie Walker. Be sure to bring your pictures, newspaper clippings or any items of interest for "The Memory Table."  A fantastic time to see old friends and make new ones!! Pass the word to others who may not know about the reunion. Call Tona Lawter at 828-674-2629 for information or mail your reservation check to Peggy Johnson, P.O. Box 187, E. Flat Rock, NC, 28726.

August and September Music Schedule

August 6 Southern Pointe
August 13 Carolina Misty
FRIDAY, August 19th  Saluda School Class Reunion
August 20 Sound Factory
August 27 Crimson Rose
September 3     Sound Factory
September 10   Southern Pointe
September 17   Carolina Misty
September 24   Crimson Rose

Remember, lots of good music, dancing, and family fun every Saturday night at The Saluda Mountain Jamboree.

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

The Wine Cellar has a great list of entertainment scheduled for each weekend, featuring local musicians and some great musical guests that are just stopping through.  Please call or check our calendar to see who is playing during your visit.  828-749-9698 or


Some rumors have been going around about the Wine Cellar closing.  We are alive and well and love the opportunity to see all of the great Saluda locals and visitors come through our door every weekend.  As a matter of fact, we are going to be branching on the lookout for our next new and exciting venture.

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

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dancers extenstion

Summer youth camps begin the first week of August.  The preschool camp is August 1-5, and the elementary camp is August 8-12.  Camps are Monday-Friday from 9AM-12Noon each day, with an open studio/impromptu performance on Friday.  Come join the fun and creativity!  Space is limited; so register quickly!


We are also accepting registration for youth classes for the 2011-2012 academic year.  We offer weekly instruction in preschool ballet-creative movement, ballet, jazz, contemporary and pointe.  New students and beginners are welcome to join us!  The schedule for the new academic year is posted on our website.  Classes begin Tuesday, September 6 and continue through the month of May 2012.  We encourage students ages 11 and older to work towards induction in the National Honor Society of Dance Arts by attending weekly classes.  Further information about the NHSDA is available at the studio.


ADULTS!  Let's do it again!  First Saturday ZUMBA Fitness Special!  Saturday, August 6 for only $4!  Basic steps overview at 9:30 with a full Zumba Fitness class from 10-11AM.  Changes are being made for you!  Our schedule, class offerings, and pay structure are changing based on YOUR requests!  Please view our website or contact the studio for the most current information.  We LOVE beginners!


We offer the professional instruction and the beautiful space for YOU to make a change in your health and wellness through the art of dance.  Come join us!


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       

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mandalaMandala Workshop at the Old Chicken House


A Mandala Workshop provided by Chris Rough Baschon of Tryon is scheduled at the Old Chicken House on Sunday afternoon, August 7 from 2:30-5:30.


Mandala (pronounced man-dahʹ-la) is a Sanskrit word meaning circle and is an ancient archetypal process.  The participants in the art experience are encouraged to express themselves creatively in order to recognize their own unique creative spirit and to reflect upon the symbolism in their own personal mandalas.  The group will have an open discussion on the following:  aesthetics, therapeutic value and spirituality found in mandalas throughout world cultures-historically and in today's world.


Artists and arts educator, Chris is a former South Carolina "Art Teacher of the Year."  She first became aware of mandalas through a workshop at the Getty Foundation in Washington, D.C.  Now she is a widely sought after teacher/lecturer in the history and composition of this age-old process.  Her work is frequently seen in group and juried shows throughout the southeast.


The Old Chicken House welcomes Chris and is privileged to offer this rare art experience.


For further information, contact Chris Baschon at 828-337-2845 or visit  Also, Ruth Anderson may be contacted at 828-749-9718.  The Old Chicken House is located up Greenville Street, one mile from downtown Saluda.

Summer Tracks 2011

Concerts in Rogers Park Amphitheater in Tryon, NC

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.   

Saluda Makes An Impression
"Though scanning documents all day does get monotonous at times, each day I am surprised by the nominations and the people behind them. The most memorable nomination I've scanned wasn't the Biltmore Estate or any other well-known building, it was the Saluda Main Street Historic District which lies in the small town of Saluda in Polk county. As I looked through the file, I found handwritten letter after letter, all from citizens of Saluda supporting the National Register listing. The most touching were the letters from the students at the Saluda school, written in the large handwriting and poor spelling of young students, which spoke of their love for their home and their desire to preserve the historic elements of the town. In a world that is constantly upgrading, it is wonderful to see that the younger generation takes pride in their heritage and expresses a want to preserve it."

Click here to read the rest of this blog from Hannah Southern, an intern with the State Historic Preservation Office.

Her job is to scan and transform all of the original National Register nominations, along with photos and maps, and turn them into PDF files to be posted online. The goal is to eventually have all of the National Register nominations scanned and accessible to the public in an online database. 

Oral History Film Premiere a Smashing Success! 

Home, Hearth & History: Stories of Old Saluda

dvdThe Historic Saluda oral history film premiere held the night of Friday, July 2, 2011, surpassed the wildest expectations of everyone involved in the planning and creation of the project, Home, Hearth and History: Stories of Old Saluda. On this special night at the Saluda Mountain Jamboree, we thought an ample number of chairs had been placed around the room in advance for folks wishing to take a peek at the film. But, as we stood watching in anticipation, people kept coming through the door. Speculation is that 200 or more people showed up to take part in this exciting event, and we knew for certain there was tremendous enthusiasm when 80 DVDs were sold that very same night!


This project would never have happened without the generous financial support of a multitude of donors. Click here to see who they are. Click here to see a list of names of folks who worked hard behind the scenes. Click here for a peek at the film.


There is no rest for the weary! We hope to start the next round of interviews in August or September. Plans are already in the works for the next DVD in the series. However, our first and most important priority is to continue to capture the stories. Stay tuned. Things may get even more exciting!


In the meantime, if you wish to purchase a copy (for just $20, you can find it at the following locations: Saluda City Hall, The Purple Onion, Heartwood Gallery, Duck Alley, Green River Adventures, Manna Cabana, Polk Fresh Market, Saluda Public Library, Pace's Store and Historic Thompson's Store. You can purchase Home, Hearth and History: Stories of Old Saluda online at .


Have someone in mind that has an interesting story to tell about the old days in Saluda, email me at I'd love to hear from you.


Cindy S. Tuttle, Chair

Historic Saluda Oral History Committee


Arts in Tryon
Saluda is home to almost 50 artists and craftspeople who work, exhibit and participate in the art opportunities provided by the art facilities in Tryon.

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

Fall Classes begin the week of August 29th!  Please check our website for course schedule, descriptions and pricing.  We have an exciting selection of classes and several new instructors.  Generally classes are 3 hours, once a week for 6 weeks.


Upcoming Workshops

August 27     Non-Toxic Etching for Brass, Copper and Mild Steel with Julie McIntyre  *SuperSaver*


**Sept 20-30  Guitar Building with Gerald Anderson***

Some spaces have become available for this extraordinary workshop, call the office for details.  Don't miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!


Sept 24-25   Enameling Workshop with Landen Gailey


Sept 24        Ribbed Basketry with Carla Filippelli


Do you know about our SuperSaver program?  With the current economic conditions and as an added benefit to our members, Tryon Arts and Crafts School is now offering a monthly SuperSaver Workshop for Members only at a reduced fee of $20 to $50 plus materials. We are able to offer these very affordable classes with the help of our generous instructors who donate their time and skills. Also, as requested by, and to better serve, our members and community, the SuperSaver Workshops will be offered at night or weekends, involving one or two days/nights. This will enable our members to try new skills at a lower fee and without committing to a six week class or a more involved weekend workshop.


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


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


Tryon Arts and Crafts is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide creative opportunities for everyone through education, instruction, and expression of heritage and contemporary arts and crafts in a friendly, stimulating and enriching environment.  Please stop by the school anytime we're open to see our gallery, gift shop and to tour our seven, professionally equipped studios. The Gallery at Tryon Arts and Crafts hosts a variety of exhibits each year.  Shows are typically from regional artists in a wide range of styles and media.  Our Heritage Gallery offers guests the opportunity to view historical arts and crafts artifacts on loan from the community.  The gift shop adjoins the gallery and contains unique items hand crafted by local artisans.  Our normal business hours are 9am to 5pm Monday thru Friday and 10am to 1pm Saturday.         


Tryon Painters & Sculptors


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


An Unexpected Guest
young bearReturning home in the early evening, Saluda resident, Amy Zollo, was surprised to encounter a young black bear on her deck.  He had invited himself to dinner and was filling up with birdseed from Amy's feeder.

young bearThis bear is not giving up easily as he tries to drag the bird feeder with him.

Keep you and the bear safe by taking in bird feeders, securing your garbage inside until pick up day, and keeping pet food tightly contained.
Saluda Scoop

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


cabin feverCoolest Special Ever from Cabin Fever

Book a 3 or more night stay at Cabin Fever through the end of August and get a voucher for two free inflatable kayak trips with Green River Adventures.....a $90 value!! (Be sure to put "GRA Promo" in special instruction box in reservations.) Cabins are available now so what are you waiting for? Come see us!! For availability, please visit



Saluda WineSaluda Wine and Cheese Market would like to thank everybody for supporting us during our time in Saluda.  We will be closing at the end of August after three enjoyable years of getting to know all of you.  Take this opportunity to stock your cellars with some great wines at close-out prices.  All wines are now 15-30% off.  All of our beers are now 15% off.  All wine accessories including glassware now 50% off.


We will be open Wednesday through Saturday from 12 until 6 for the remainder of August. 

All store fixtures, refrigeration, shelving, wine racks, and kitchen equipment are for sale.  For more details, please drop by or contact Allen at 828-817-3496.



orchardmountainsThe Orchard Inn is open for dinner Thursday - Saturday nights. Complimentary hors d'oeuvres are served prior to dinner. Come and enjoy the lovely mountain views on the terrace while sipping a glass of wine, beer or champagne before you dine. Our menu changes daily and consists of local farm fresh ingredients, many from our own organic garden. Fabulous four course fine dining, creatively prepared and expertly presented. Be sure to save room for our Viennese inspired desserts. General public is always welcome and most appreciated. Visit us at  



Green River BBQGreen River BBQ  

Try our Daily Specials:

Tuesday - small chopped pork sandwich with homemade slaw $4.99 

Wednesday - beef brisket on an onion roll with horseradish sauce $5.00 

Thursday - bacon cheeseburger and fries

Friday - 2 piglets with slaw $4.99 


All daily specials include tea, coke or coffee.


All of our draft beer is from local breweries. We represent:

Asheville Brewing Company

French Broad Brewing Company

Green Man

RJ Rockers

We also carry Highland Gaelic Ale from Asheville Bottle and Tree Blonde from Tryon, NC


And as always $1.50 pint Narragansett Ale!


Try our new Buffalo Fries with a Ranch Dipper!    

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! 


salamanderHere's a hot tip from Salamander.  Look for their ad in the August issue of Bold Life.  Then go to the Biz Buzz page to find out what's special about the items pictured in the ad.  Salamander is at 7 West Main St, 828-749-3466.


blue gypsyWatch for the Blue Gypsy Watering Hole to open soon on Main Street... Keep up to date with opening dates and menu items on Find us on Facebook .





Wildflour Bake Shop wants to remind everyone that they are at the Saluda Tailgate Market every Friday from 4:30 to 6:30.  You can pick up lots of bread, pizza crusts, herb crackers, granola and more along with specialty items.    

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 for daily specials or use the good ol' fashion way...828-749-3356.   

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The Adventures of Rattler and Friend

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 the  website.  This is an engaging and fun story and stirs up your imagination.  After reading the first volume, you will actually be eager to hear about the next adventure of Rattler, Rowdy, and Rascal.  Young and old will enjoy!  There are "Ratter and Friends" stuff animals, and youth T-shirts available as well.

The new blue grass CD customized to reflect the Saluda community is available for $14.95.  Songs like "Saluda Mountain Memories," Here Rattler, Here." and "Big Midnight Special," will remind you of why you love Saluda so much.  


Melissa at Ward's Grill is turning out cobblers and summer salads like tomatoes and cucumbers, and her delicious cornbread salad.

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 
Saluda Business Association

The Saluda Business Association is starting a new membership year.  Promoting and preserving Saluda's heritage, arts culture, and natural assets is the keystone of this organization. If you are interested in belonging to an active community organization, please contact Susie Welsh at or 828-749-3900.


tshirt designSaluda Arts Festival t-shirts are on sale for $15 at Thompson's Store, Duck Alley, and the Gardner's Cottage.

Art Clues
Ideas for Creating and Appreciating Art


Find Your Way to Create


In her book Silences, Tillie Olsen describes many conditions that silence creativity and ways that people are able to un-silence themselves and express their creative initiative. Creative silence can be a result of such things as too much housework or making a living with no extra time or energy, trading vitality for security, and self-censorship. 


This article illustrates some unique ways that Anita Earnest of Saluda is inspired and expresses her seemingly endless creativity.


Welcome creativity by paying attention to your eyes and mind and connecting them to your soul; then employ your hands.


These are examples of creative activities that do not require such things as drawing and painting lessons.  As these examples illustrate, the inspiration and materials can come from ordinary things - an old dress or dead leaves. You will need to figure out how to put some things together (be creative), but you can do it your own way.

 art clues 

art clues


In the above photos you see Anita on the floor with strips cut from an old dress.  She has put these strips together and made a bowl!

art clues 

Directions for leaf collage

  1. Pick the leaves you want now. Choose a variety of shapes, colors and sizes.
  2. Store them for two weeks in phone books to dry and flatten.
  3. Buy an inexpensive frame at Good Will.
  4. Glue the leaves (with glue stick) to paper board and insert into the frame.

Anita's creations can be seen at All Nations Trading in Hendersonville and online at


art clues


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 7pm.  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."

Local Grocery Stores Cornerstone of Small Towns

This USA Today article which appeared on July 7, 2011 is a fresh reminder of just how fragile the economic and social health of most small communities really are. We only have to turn back the clock a year and a half, and this same story had Saluda written all over it.


thompsons plantsThe vibrancy of our town had begun a precipitous decline over the two previous years as the national recession began taking its toll at the local level.  New owners of Thompson's Store and Ward's Grill, having made the purchase right at the time the  economy began to spiral downward, couldn't hang on and were forced to close in early 2010. Prior to that time, Judy Ward and I had been discussing the repercussions should the businesses go dark for any length of time. Eventually we both came to the conclusion that bringing them back into the family fold would be the best way to boost spirits of the local community.


The jury is still out regarding the wisdom of our decision. While we have seen a steady improvement in overall business, any long term survival will ultimately depend on continued support from the local community, as well as our summer time friends. Customer input also remains vital if we are to create a successful niche in the local food business.


From the beginning, I had to accept the idea that a significant portion of my investment in Saluda would not be recovered in my lifetime. However, it truly has become a labor of love for the place of my birth and childhood.


Click here to read the USA Today article. 


"Our Vanising Americana" Airs
vanishing americanaMike Lassiter's book and documentary, "Our Vanishing Americana," features Thompson's Store & Ward's Grill, and M.A. Pace General Store.  Saluda is very fortunate to have "these cornerstone" landmarks still operating.

The documentary airs again on the public broadcasting station, UNC-TV (channel 33) in Saluda on August 4 at 10pm.

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Taking a Break
by author Joe Adams

Joe Adam's face

Joe is taking a break and will be back soon in Saluda Lifestyles.



Send Joe your comments and thoughts by emailing him at 

Community Member's Gift Opens New Opportunities

kesslerFrom her home on Mockingbird Hill, Mary Kessler enjoyed a unique view of Landrum and Tryon. Her fond connection to both communities and her desire to have a permanent philanthropic role in them will forever be remembered through a generous endowment fund created at the Polk County Community Foundation.


Kessler's will directed the Community Foundation to establish The Mary F. Kessler Fund to be used exclusively for "projects, programs and facilities contributing to the physical and scenic improvement, development, or beautification" of the Towns of Landrum and Tryon, "and the cultural, intellectual, and educational development of its citizens." Grants will be awarded equally between the two towns over time.


Kessler funds became available in September of 2010 and have already funded several grants that matched the donor's criteria. Thanks to Kessler's bequest, a community landmark will be restored to its historic roots. Local streets will become safer and more beautiful for residents to enjoy. Schoolchildren will explore and expand their learning through the arts. These are the first examples of how Mary Kessler's wishes for her community are becoming reality through grants awarded in her name.


The City of Landrum has received grants to begin restoration of its historic Railroad Depot, which played a major role in the founding of the Town in 1880. The Town of Tryon and the Tryon Downtown Development Association were awarded a grant to make safety and appearance improvements to the intersection of New Market and South Trade Streets. O.P. Earle Elementary School in Landrum received a grant to pilot its "Community Arts Evenings" project, which has involved local artists in the arts education of its students and the public.


The Kessler Fund is a permanent endowment fund which will contribute a percentage of its assets each year for grantmaking to eligible Landrum and Tryon projects that match the funding criteria. Grant recommendations will be made by a Foundation grants committee based on written applications, interviews and a voting system that enables each volunteer member of the committee to have an equal voice in the process. As the fund grows over time, it will enable organizations to realize more opportunities to enrich our community, just as Mary Kessler had imagined.


The Community Foundation makes grants to non-profit organizations throughout the Polk County area and also has the capacity to direct funds designated for individual communities according to donors' charitable wishes.


"The Foundation is honored to help Mary Kessler turn her dreams for our community into reality," said President & CEO Elizabeth Nager. "The benefits of her gift to the residents of Landrum and Tryon will be experienced now and for generations to come."


Additional grants shall be awarded from the Mary F. Kessler Fund during the second Unrestricted Grants cycle of 2011 for projects that meet the established criteria. The next applications will be due in 2012. For more information regarding Kessler and other grants, scholarships or charitable giving options, please contact the Polk County Community Foundation by visiting us at 255 South Trade Street in Tryon, calling (828) 859-5314, or checking our website


-Article submitted by Noah Wood, Polk County Community Foundation


Extending the Life of Your Home's Exterior Paint Finish

Most homes should be repainted every five to ten years, costing homeowners thousands of dollars. A quality paint job not only looks nice, but also protects the siding and trim from water damage and bug infestation (like those nasty carpenter bees!) There are ways to ensure you get the maximum life out of your painting investment.


First, choose the best quality paint. Good paint lasts longer. Make sure it is exterior grade. Either oil or latex is fine. Some painters prefer oil for exterior work. Just keep in mind the dry time is longer and the cleanup requires special care. If you are doing the work yourself, make sure the siding is free from dirt, debris, and loose paint chips before you begin. Also use the best caulking you can get for use around the windows, doors, and trim. Cheap caulking will dry out faster and crack, causing water damage and allowing the water to leach behind the siding. When there is moisture behind the siding, the sun will pull it through and cause the paint to blister and peel.


Walls that receive full sun exposure will deteriorate the quickest and will need to be repainted more often. Planting trees and shrubs to create shade will extend the life of the paint on full sun exposure walls, but too much shade may then create the problem of mildew. Mildew is a living organism that eats paint, shortening its life. Well shaded homes should be pressure washed every two years to remove mildew. Pressure washers can be rented at home improvement stores or other equipment rental sites. Be sure to use the right setting so as not to damage the paint and siding.


A professional paint contractor will be happy to inspect your house at no charge in hopes of getting your business. It is a good idea to do this every 2 years. They often find problems you don't. Summer is a great time to get moving on your painting project. Paint does not dry well in temperatures below 40 degrees, so save this project for spring through fall.

Following these few tips may cost you some time and money now but can save you hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars in repairs down the road. Happy painting!  


By Todd Kirby


Youth Memories and a Town Named Saluda


By Frank Middleton, a Saluda native


I'm Older Than Dirt  


Someone asked the other day, "What was your favorite fast food when
you were growing up?'  "We didn't have fast food when I was growing up," I informed him.   "All the food was slow."

"C'mon, seriously. Where did you eat?"  "It was a  place called 'at home,' I explained! "Mom cooked every day, and when Dad got home from work, we sat down together at the dining room table, and if I didn't like what she put on my plate, I was allowed to sit there until I did like it."

By this time, the kid was laughing so hard I was afraid he was going to suffer serious internal damage, so I didn't tell him the part about how I had to have permission to leave the table.

Here are some other things I would have told him about my childhood if I figured his   system could have handled it:  Some parents NEVER owned their own house, wore Levis, set foot on a golf course, traveled out of the country, or had a credit card.  My parents   never drove me to school. I had a bicycle that weighed probably 50 pounds, and it only had one speed, slow.  We didn't have a television in our house until I was 19. It was, of
course, black and white, and the station went off the air at midnight, after playing the national anthem and a poem about God. It came back on the air at about 6 am, usually playing a locally produced news and farm show featuring local people.

Mr.  Ed Leland  (our  own PA  BELL)  finally  extended the line (from  tree  to  tree)  until  it  came  to  my  home. When the call  was  for us, the rings were two long and one  short.  I never had a telephone in my room. The only phone was on a party line.  Before you could dial, you had to listen and make sure some people you didn't know weren't already using the line.


Pizzas were not delivered to our home... but milk was.  All newspapers were delivered by boys and all boys delivered newspapers.

Movie stars kissed with their mouths shut. At least, they did in the movies. There were no movie ratings because all movies were responsibly produced for everyone to enjoy viewing, without profanity or violence or most anything offensive.

If you grew up in a generation before there was fast food, you may want to share some of these memories with your children or grandchildren. Just don't blame me if they bust a gut laughing.

Growing up isn't what it used to be, is it?  My mother had an old Royal Crown Cola bottle. In the bottle top was a stopper with a bunch of holes in it.  What could its use be? A salt shaker or something.  I know it as the bottle that sat on the end of the ironing board to "sprinkle" clothes because we didn't have steam irons. Man, I am old.

How many do you remember?

Head light's dimmer switches on the floor.
Ignition switches on the dashboard.
Pant leg clips for bicycles without chain guards.
Soldering irons you heat on a gas burner.
Using hand signals for cars without turn signals.

Older Than Dirt Quiz:  Count all the ones that you remember not the ones you were told about.    Ratings at the bottom.

1.  Candy cigarettes
2.  Coffee shops with tableside juke boxes
3.  Home milk delivery in glass bottles
4.  Party lines on the telephone
5.  Newsreels before the movie
6.  T.V. test patterns that came on at night after the last show and were there until TV shows started again in the morning.  (There was only one channel. It was dim and snowy, IF YOU were fortunate TO GET IT.)
7.  Peashooters
8.  Howdy Doody
9.  45 RPM records

10. Hi-fi's
11. Metal ice trays with lever
12. Blue flashbulb
13.Cork popguns
14. Studebakers
15. Wash tub wringers

If you remembered 0-3 = You're still young.
If you remembered 3-6 = You're getting older.
If you remembered 7-10 = Don't tell your age.
If you remembered 11-15 =You're older than dirt!

I might be older than dirt, but those memories are some of the best parts of my life.

Don't forget to pass this along!  Especially to all your really OLD friends....But all of my friends are young, ALL OF THEM!

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

Thanks for your continued support and your feedback.

Cathy Jackson,

Cathy Jackson Realty
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