Saluda Lifestyles - Monthly Ezine all about Saluda, NC
                                                      Where Time Stands Still
                                                                          September 1, 2011 
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In This Issue (click on a topic to move to it quickly.)
Dates to Remember
Remember the Heroes
Pig Out
Saluda Center News
Saluda Trivia
Saluda School Reunion
Saluda Center Art Exhibit
Single Women United
Saluda Artist Invited
Saluda Tree Preservation
City Notes
Saluda Dog Society
Saluda Community Land Trust
Saluda Garden Club
The Women's Club of Saluda
Saluda Tailgate
Yoga Schedule
Saluda Library
Saluda School
Saluda Church Services
Call to Artists
Local Author, Corinne Gerwe
News from Saluda Business Association
Facebook for Business
Post Office Hours
130th Celebration Events
Help Keep the Celebration on Track
Saluda Classifieds
130th September Events
What's Happening in Music and Art
Saluda Rebounding Once Again
Historic Saluda Committee Update
Tryon Arts
Saluda Scoop
Art Clues
Visions of Saluda
Cappy Hall Rearick
Kirby Donates Playhouse
Saluda Lifestyles Marketplace
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.   


hanging rock


Private cottage on 5+ acres with winter mountain views, 2 BR, 1 BA, 896SF Screened in porch and deck. MLS#505543  $159,675





Main house, guest cottage, 2-car garage, 12+ acres, awesome views!  MLS#466320






Flat Rock Cabin with 3 BR, 3BA, 2595 SF, Garage, 2.86 wooded private lot, creek $309,000 MLS#473780




Take advantage of this rare opportunity to own a 2BR,2BA,3 boat slip Lake Summit boathouse.  MLS#489290  $839,000



21+ acres on mountain top adjacent to the Greenville Watershed.  MLS#505328  $208,065 




.83 acres. Build your mountain home in the midst of historic downtown Saluda.  MLS#492864  $75,000



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


Sales               Closed   Pending


Homes 2011         21           4
Homes 2010         15           0
Land 2011              8           0
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
Charlie Ward Memorial Pig Out September 10 from 4pm to 7pm. 
Oral History filming and interviews will be conducted at the BBQ.  Be sure to bring pictures and your favorite Saluda stories.

Saluda Business Association
meets Tuesday, September 6 at 5:30pm at the Saluda Library.

Saluda Center September Art Exhibition and Reception September 8 from 5pm to 6:30pm. 

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

City of Saluda Public Hearing on zoning ordinance
September 12 at 7pm in the commissioner's meeting room at the Saluda Library.

Oral History Committee meets on September 9 at 12:30pm at the Saluda Library.

Historic Saluda Committee
meets on September 9 at 2pm at the Saluda Library. 

Single Women United meeting and potluck dinner at Saluda Center, 6pm, September 15.

Saluda Garden Club meets September 19 at 10am at Saluda Library.

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 will meet September 13 at 5:30pm at McCreery Park for the Annual Picnic.

Community Cookout at Saluda Center September 29 at 6pm.   
ribbonRemember Our Heroes

2007 Memorial Day

September 11, 2011 is the 10th anniversary of 9/11.  We can all remember where we were when this tragedy changed America forever.


This is a time to remember and say "thank you" to all our heroes--those we know about and those we don't.

Saluda salutes its Veterans, Saluda Fire and Rescue, the Saluda police department, and active sons and daughters in active military duty. 
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

Don't forget to bring a dessert!

The Oral History film crew will be at the BBQ to interview people for the next Oral History DVD.  Bring your stories and pictures and take part in this historical legacy of Saluda.

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 

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 September Calendar.  


Students from Dale McEntire's morning class at Isothermal Community College will have their work on display during the month of September. The exhibit is titled,  "Sunflowers and Friends."  A reception for the artists will be on Thursday, Sept. 8 from 5-6:30pm. All are welcome to attend.


Line dance each Monday at 12:30pm.


Book club meeting on Monday, Sept. 12 at 2:00pm.


Single Women United potluck dinner will be on Thursday, Sept. 15 at 6:00pm.


Community cookout will be on Thursday, Sept. 29 at 6:00 pm.


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 Trivia
Did you know...

That Saluda hosted the first Apple Festival in western NC in 1938.

That the first hotel in Saluda was built by Andrew Tanner, contractor for railroad and first mayor of Saluda. It was located between Smith Hill and the railroad tracks.

That the Saluda Medical Center is located where the Sky-Vue Lodge once was in the 1930's.
Saluda Center Completes Landscape/Beautification Project

In May, 2010, the Board of the Saluda Center gratefully acknowledged the receipt of a $5,500 grant from the Saluda Community Fund at the Polk County Community Foundation.  The Grant was to complete a landscape and beautification project at the Saluda Center complex that would include the main building, the old scout hut, and the Thrifty Barn.


The Saluda Center Board is pleased to announce that the project has been completed.  


Before landscaping.



After landscaping.

An anonymous donor established this competitive grant fund in 2006 to celebrate Saluda and benefit Saluda organizations that are serving the residents of Saluda.  The donor feels that Saluda is "the most unique place on the planet; there is a sense in people of being where they belong."  Saluda Center Board President Judy Ward adds, "We are grateful to receive these funds, proud of the project they are supporting, and proud to be a part of this unique community."


The grading and landscaping was done by Colt Love, owner of Silver Creek Lawn and Landscape in Columbus, NC.


The vision of the Polk County Community Foundation is to advance philanthropy and improve the quality of life for all citizens in Polk County, North Carolina and the surrounding area.

The mission of the Polk County Community Foundation is to:
 * Support charitable and beneficial activities in the community
 * Provide and administer a variety of planned giving programs
 * Serve as responsible stewards of all funds entrusted to it
 * Provide initiatives in recognizing areas of community needs
    and supporting solutions         

The Polk County Community Foundation can be contacted at:

255 South Trade Street, Tryon, North Carolina 28782

828-859-5314 fax: 828-859-6122

Email  <
Saluda Center
Artists Exhibit in September

Sunflowers and Friends



Once again the Saluda Center is proud to exhibit the work of local artists.  The art of the morning class at Isothermal College is an exhibit you will really enjoy.  The title of the show is "Sunflowers and Friends," with many paintings of sunflowers, as well as "friends."


The students in the class are all local painters from Columbus, Tryon, Mill Springs, Green Creek, Shelby, and Saluda.  These painters use many media, such as oil, pastel, acrylic, and watercolor.  The teacher is Saluda artist, Dale McEntire, who shows his works in this area and others.


The exhibit will be ready for viewing on September 6, 2011 during regular hours at the Center.  A reception will follow on Thursday, September 8, from 5:00 until 6:30 p.m. 


The Saluda Center is located at 64 Greenville Street, Saluda, NC.  Please contact Mary Lu Price at 828-749-3455 for more information. 

Single Women United

The dates for our Single Women's Group Pot Luck Dinners will now be on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 6pm at The Saluda Center in order to accommodate those who wish to attend the Saluda Planning Board Meetings on the 2nd Thursday.

Our next pot luck dinner is Thursday, September 15th, 6pm, Saluda Center. Sonya Monts from The Dancers Extension will present our program on Zumba Dancing Gold. All single women in our area are invited to join us.

swuIn addition, we are proud to announce that Nancy Johnson, who spearheaded our main project of supporting our Saluda military men and women, entered a float for the 2011 Coon Dog Day parade that won First Place Civic Award. The names of our soldiers were proudly written on banners that were carried by them or their families. The award is a beautifully hand carved "Coon Dog" that is on display at the Saluda Center. Many thanks go to all the gals that helped Nancy, and most especially to Larry Larsen, Cove Creek Home Repair, Moving and Mower of Saluda, who provided his truck and trailer for the patriotic float.

By Judy Ward & Anita Moore

Single Women United is a group of all single women of all ages (full and part time residents) in the Saluda area. There is an open invitation to join our group for the Pot Luck Dinners on 3rd Thursday of each month at The Saluda Center. For Information: Judy Ward 828-749-1349 or Anita Moore 828-749-3335.

Pace Receives Diploma

66 Years Late

calvin paceIn January of 1943, Calvin Pace had completed high school at Saluda High School in Saluda, NC and was looking forward to graduation ceremonies with his class.  That all changed on January 5, when he was called into the service, missing his graduation and the chance to walk across the stage.


On Monday, August 15 Pace finally got that chance, thanks to the staff at Autumn Care of Saluda.  "When he told us the story about not getting to walk across the stage, we just had to do something about it," said Joyce Coggins, Activity Director.


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Ronette Dill, Saluda School principal (left); Polk County Schools Superintendent Bill Miller; Calvin Pace and Polk County Board of Education Chair Geoffrey Tennant. (photo submitted)

Thanks to the Polk County School System, Pace walked across the stage at the Saluda School and received a diploma from Bill Miller, Polk County School Superintendent.  "We couldn't find a real diploma from that time period," Miller said, "but we made something befitting the occasion."


Autumn Care of Saluda is a Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center serving Western autumn careNorth Carolina and Upstate South Carolina.  For more information call 828-749-2261 or visit their website at

Saluda Community Tree Preservation Association

The August 2011 issue of Saluda Lifestyles carried an article on the magnificent


hemlock on the property of Bob and Clara Hutt (the former Jones property)  

off Mountain Page Road.


Another of Saluda's oldest trees, recognized in commemoration with the town's 130th anniversary, is located at the Old Chicken House on Mountain Page Road.


Green leaves on the beautiful red maple will soon turn to shades of gold and russet as autumn's cooler temps do their magic.  No one seems to know for sure what the age may be, but opinions range from 200-250 years.  The current owner bought the property in 1990, and the tree looked as if it had reached maturity by that time.  The trunk divides about three feet up from the ground.  It grows on a hillside and the trunk's exterior has interesting configurations on the downhill side, with huge roots holding it firmly into the earth.  Knots protrude and twisted limbs wind their arms around the divided trunk.  The diameter of the trunk just below its division measures approximately 72 inches-the canopy, 80 feet.  It has earned a place as one of Saluda's cherished trees.


Thank you,

Ruth Anderson

City Notes

Joe Adams


tshirtCoon Dog Day 5K T-shirts are available at Saluda's City Hall. They are

$15 each and orders can be shipped for an additional $3 per shirt to out-of-towners.

Available sizes are S through XL, and will be on sale until the sizes run out.  Shirts are moisture wicking t-shirts, and everyone so far has loved them.


City of Saluda

Notice of Public Hearing

City Board of Commissioners


Saluda Public Library

Commissioner's Meeting Room

Monday, September 12, 2011


The Saluda Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing at 7pm to consider proposed changes to the City's Zoning Ordinance regarding:


1.  Section 3:10  Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Control

2.  Section 3:11  Excavation and Removal of Earth Material

3.  Subsection (3) of Section 9:3  Applications Where Grading or Off-Site Removal of Earth Material Is Involved


Proposed amendments to the Zoning Ordinance will be on file of the City Clerk Monday through Friday, 8:30am - 4:30pm and are also available upon email request.  All interested individuals are invited to attend the public hearing and present their comments to the Board of Commissioners.  Please call Doris Marion at 828-749-2581 if you have questions or need special accommodations for the meeting.


Doris T. Marion, CMC

City Clerk 


Keep up to date with city news at City of Saluda's website.
Saluda Dog Society

dog societyThe Saluda Dog Society is pleased to announce the organization is active and growing by leaps and bounds!  Our group meets once a month to collaborate in support of local dogs and cats needing protection, assistance, rescue and rehabilitation in our community.


The most recent rescue was "Bridge Dog" on Monday, June 13, and we are thrilled to report that she is well, rehabilitated and now adopted by a loving family here in Saluda who named her "Bridge."  Along with the humans in her new household, she has a new and trusted love, a Golden Retriever named Ray, along with a cat.


Here she is on her way to her new home!  She says "thank you" to all bridge dogher friends who helped her start a new and happy life.  July 30, 2011.  We welcome and appreciate your suggestions, information and participation.  You may call Pat Waring at 828-749-1332.


Let's unite to protect and support the loving pets and local animals in our lives.  Our next meeting is on Monday, September 12 at 1:15 pm in the Saluda Library. Enjoy the remaining days of summer!

Saluda Community Land Trust


Isn't this weather change wonderful? Cool mornings and evenings are such an inspiration to get outside and do some communing with nature. Whether you are going to go for a hike, volunteer to help your community with outdoor projects or just putter about in your yard, it does seem to be the weather that makes these activities more enjoyable.


SCLT has scheduled hikes on the first and third Sunday of each month, weather permitting. We meet at the parking lot of the library at 2pm. For more information please contact Nancy at 828-749-4661 or Chuck at 828-749-9886.


Thanks to a grant from the Polk County Community Foundation, we will be working earnestly on kudzu for the next year. That's right, even during the winter months, as weather permits. We have several sites picked out, some of which are continued from last year. Kudzu control takes several years of hard work before breathing that sigh of relief. Even then, you are always on the look out for that one hidden sprig waiting to grow.


Thank you Polk County Community Foundation for believing in our kudzu control efforts!


We have had several calls from our friends and neighbors wanting advice or offering their kudzu as a work site. Our plan is to address each site during the next 12 months. We will be using different methods based on conditions at each individual site. Each kudzu patch has learned to survive and thrive due to its environment, and we will be using these factors to help with treatment.


What can you do in the meantime? Check your power poles and power lines for kudzu. If you have a problem find out which the company owns it. Call them and report your problem and the exact location. We have found that the response time is inspiring.


Kudzu can travel so fast you can almost watch it grow. The sooner you can get it removed from a pole, stop it from climbing your trees, or traveling across property lines the quicker you have addressed the problem. Control! It's never too late to start and the sooner the better.


We will be doing our Adopt A Highway project again on September 6th at 9am, meeting at the parking lot of the library and working as teams along two stretches of Highway 176. Come and join us! We will provide safety vests, bags and guarantee that you will find many things to laugh and smile about as we all chip in to keep our roads "trash free".


We are always in need of volunteers and new members. You can volunteer for a specific project as your time permits. Membership is our sole resource of daily maintenance for our organization. We are a non-profit 501(c)(3), so any donation is tax deductible.


Please feel free to contact us about any of our projects by calling our office at 828-749-1560 and leaving a message, and we will get back to you promptly. Also be sure to check out our updated website                  

Saluda Garden Club

saluda garden club

In August, the Saluda Garden Club enjoyed a tour through two of our neighbors' gardens. Thank you Ray Brummett and Bob Bailey for sharing your gardens and explaining how they evolved.


September 19 is our next meeting. We will be going on a field trip to Bullington Garden Center in Hendersonville. We will meet at the library at 10 am and carpool from there. The public is invited to join us.


As always, we are still caring for the gardens at Spring Park. We each have a love and fellowship with this special place and invite you to walk through the garden and enjoy this beautiful historic site.


Remember to be gentle, leave every plant where it is. Every rock has a purpose, and each step is a reminder of times when people came to this spot to be refreshed and to share a tale of their travels.


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

Women's Club Meeting
The Women's Club of Saluda will meet at 5:30pm on September 13th at the park for the Annual Picnic. Chicken, drinks, and tableware will be provided. Members are asked to bring a side dish or dessert. Spouses and guests are welcome.


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
Monday  9:30
Friday    9:30 

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

Yoga at NECTAR
Nectar is a healing/consciousness space located across the bridge on Main Street.  We are a Healing Arts Space and Anusara Yoga Studio.

Anusara Yoga Schedule

Monday- Appointment Only

Tuesday-5:30-7 All Levels 

Wednesday-8:30-10 Morning Flow

Thursday-5:30-7 The Basics/Intro to Yoga

Friday-8:30-10 Morning Flow

Saturday-8:30-10 All Levels

Sunday- Closed (special classes apply)

*The first Sunday of every month - The Practice 9:30-12:30 


Call Today 828-216-3421 and visit our website at

Saluda Community Library

Paul Koenen

Children's Program - Bouncing Babies, Thursday's at 10am

Saluda Community Library
44 W. Main Street
Saluda, NC 28773
Tel. (828) 749-2117
Mon.-Fri. 9am - 6pm
Sat. 9am - 1pm

Saluda Elementary School
  Joe Adams

Saluda Elementary School

Information Update September 2011


Fri., Sept. 2       PTSO Meet & Greet  8:15am Media Center

Mon., Sept. 5    Holiday---No School

Thurs., Sept. 8   Fall Pictures by Strawbridge Studios

Mon., Sept. 12   After School Academy begins

Mon., Sept. 12   School Board Meeting  6:30pm at Stearns

Tues., Sept. 13  Girl Scouts & Boy Scouts Assembly

Thurs., Sept. 22 Family Fun Night

Fri., Sept. 23      Books Are Really Fun Distribution #1

Fri., Sept. 30      Box Tops Collection Day


Visit the Principal's Page at Saluda School  for more details about September's events.

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
True Faith Baptist Church has opened on Ozone (in the old sugar shack building).  Services are held on Wednesday at 7pm and Sunday 11am and 6pm.  The pastor of the church is the Reverend Randy Darley.   
Call to Artists/Request for Proposals

polkcountyThis is a Request for Proposal (RFP) by Polk County Government for an artist to paint two military portraits, one for the Womack building and one for the new Howard B. Greene Human Services building in Mill Spring.


The subjects of the portraits are Polk County's Medal of Honor recipient Bryant E. Womack and World War II Veteran Howard B. Greene.


Eligibility: Open to all professional artists.


Requirements: Submit a resume, list of professional references, and a maximum of 10 digital images of recent relevant work saved to a CD or thumb drive or via email. CDs and drives must be labeled with the applicant's name and contact information. Images must be numbered, include the applicant's name, and be accompanied by a brief description, title, date completed, medium, dimensions and current location.


Deadline: Detailed proposals must be received no later than September 23, 2011, in the County Manager's Office, 40 Courthouse St., P.O. Box 308, Columbus, NC 28722, or via email to

Lore and Mystical Legends
"The Doyle Diary Murders"


Local author, Corinne F. Gerwe is off to an exceptional start with her first fiction novel. Publisher, Blaine Loomer of says that her book has exceeded all expectations and now is in its second printing.  Orders for Corinne's book have come from all over the east coast.


The story takes place in a small mountain town named Serena.  As she describes places and people, there's no doubt that the backdrop for this mystery is Saluda.  Trying to figure out what Saluda residents may be fictionalized as characters in the story, is harder to do. 


The story draws you in visually, and stirs the imagination as you anxiously await the next turn of events.  This is a book that will keep you up late at night so you can see how it's going to end. 


This book would make a great addition to your personal library or as a gift to anyone who loves a little fantasy and lore that takes place in Saluda.  


Corinne will be on the "WSPA Your Carolina Morning" show on September 17 around 9am and has several book signing tours scheduled in October.


For more information or to read excerpts, please click here

Saluda Business Association


The Saluda Business Association was chartered in 1995, and its mission is to preserve and promote Saluda.  Here's some of the work the Saluda Business Association does to draw tourists to Saluda which fuels Saluda's economy and keeps it a healthy and vital community.

  • Owns and maintains the website which serves as the official town guide.
  • Sponsors, coordinates, markets, and provides volunteers to work the Saluda Tailgate Market.  Developed and maintains the website.
  • Sponsors and produces the Saluda Arts Festival.
  • Sponsors and produces Hometown Christmas stroll.
  • Funds and maintains the Christmas lighting on the buildings downtown.
  • Develops and funds the printing of the Saluda Rack Cards that are distributed to 10 visitor's centers throughout western NC and interstate welcome centers.
  • Develops, updates, and funds the three Business Display Maps on Main Street.
  • Funds and reprints the Historic Walking Tours by Walter Hoover. 
  • Funds and creates the Saluda advertisement in the Blue Ridge Parkway directory.
  • Co-funded the new Polk County Map including providing the artwork.
  • Purchased a building to serve as a self-service Visitor's Information Center that will be placed at Atkins Produce by I-26.
  • Purchased the new iron benches on Main Street.
  • Sponsors and funds the re-printing of the "Saluda 100 Years" book authored by Charlene Pace.
  • Sponsors and funds the re-printing of the Saluda School's 4th grade class "Through Your Eyes" books.
  • Coordinates with the NC Department of Transportation to place strategic road signs to draw tourists into Saluda.
  • SBA  members represent Saluda in the Foothills Economic Partnership Group
  • SBA  members represent Saluda in the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area and influenced the Historic Town page on their website.
  • SBA members attend Saluda's City Council meetings to represent the businesses in any issues that may impact the business community.

Melinda Young of the Polk County Tourism sent this to let us know the benefits of the SBA's marketing investment and how it affects Saluda businesses:


"Also, wanted you to know that I got a call from people staying at a cabin in Candler who had seen Saluda's ad in the Blue Ridge Parkway directory.  After talking, they decided just to come to the First Peak Visitor Center so they could get all the info and make a plan.  A group of 8 parents and kids from Miami descended upon the visitor center for at least a half hour.  They were a rowdy, fun-loving bunch.  From here, their plan was to go to Pearson's Falls, then to Saluda for lunch, then tubing on the Green River with a brief hike in the Green River Gamelands--if they had any energy left.  

So, bottom line, we drew a group staying close to Asheville to our area, and they played hard and spent money.  They only had 3 days in the area, and we drew them in on Day 1.  It was awesome.  I'm sure the ad has drawn others, but it was great to see the impact that 8 people spending the whole day around Saluda could have."


The SBA meets the first Tuesday of each month at 5:30pm at the Saluda Library.  There are several types of memberships from Full membership to Associate membership.  For more information about the SBA and types of membership, please contact Susie Welsh at 828-749-3900 or email


Click here to visit  


Thanks for upporting your local, independent Saluda businesses. 

Facebook for Business
by Mari Cochran


Week One: FB 101: Creating a fan page and basic Pages Overview

What you will learn:  Create and properly setting up Facebook fan page for your business, Learn the relationship between your personal account and business pageOverview of the Pages setup options, Overview of the Personal account setup options, Learn Basic Posting, Liking, Tagging and Commenting and how to use Pages for your business.

Perfect for:  Those who are new to Facebook and want to setup a fan page for their business, nonprofit, band or musicians, local businesses (restaurant, gallery, bed & breakfast, hotel, etc. - any brick and mortar store).  Also perfect for those who had someone else setup their fan page but they want to learn how to administer their own page by learning the basics first.  Useful to those who want to create and manage pages for others.

Week Two: FB 201 - I have a fan page but what's next?

What you will learn:  Getting your vanity URL, How to post to your page from anywhere, Landing pages, Marketing your page (getting that little blue F on your website, etc.), Facebook analytics/insights - demographics & results, Using Facebook Apps and Third Party Apps for business, Using Events and Questions in Facebook

Perfect for: Those who have pages setup and have fans but feel they are not really utilizing all of the features.

Week Three--How to Bling your Facebook Page

What you will learn:  How to make your Facebook page more appealing, How to add additional tabs or a Welcome tab, How to add a shopping cart on your Facebook page·  How to link to or add other applications to Facebook - Twitter, Linkedin, YouTube, Constant Contact, Etsy, MailChimp, etc.

Perfect for:  Anyone who wants their Facebook page to look more appealing.


Dates: Wednesday, September 7th, 14th and 21st from 4:00pm to 6:00pm.  

Peter & Beth's house, 128 Homewood Drive, Saluda


Cost: The costs of the workshops are $20/each for a total of $60.  Each workshop is 2 hours in length, giving you a total of 6 hours.  Facebook may be fun and free when you use it personally but you will be surprised at all the features and capabilities it offers to business owners.

  The objectives of each workshop are outlined on the DIY Tech Geek website.  Click here to view the details and objectives.

Registration:  You may register by clicking on this link.

 What you will need:

  • Laptop with wireless - This is a hands on workshop so each person attending will need a laptop that has wireless capabilities.  If you don't have one, please borrow one.
  • If you have already created a Facebook business page, be sure you have access to it.  We will be working on those pages.  If you have not created one, we will do so during the first workshop.
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.

October 15 - Celebration Antique Car Cruise In. Antique store highlights. 10am Downtown on Main Street.  

October 28-29 - Visions of Saluda Art Exhibit at the "Upstairs Room" at Historic Thompson's Store. 11am to 7pm.  

October 31 - Halloween Stroll downtown at 3:30pm.
12- Thanksgiving Turkey Dinner by the Methodist Church, and Singing for the Soldiers.  Saluda School Lunchroom 5:30pm to 7pm. 

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

December 4 - Free Christmas Concert at the Saluda Mountain Jamboree at 7pm.

December 9 - Christmas Tree Lighting; 7:00 pm. Downtown Main Street.

December 9 -Hometown Christmas Stroll from 6pm to 8pm. 

December 10 - Celebration Christmas Parade at 2pm.

December 17 - Celebration Christmas Home Decoration Contest.  Judging will done on December 17, must be within Saluda city limits, outside decorations and lighting. 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.  

Happy Birthday
Happy Birthday, Margaret Moffat


September 2, 2011

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 office space in quiet Nostagia Courtyard lower level.
510 square feet with private bathroom.  $352.00 / month includes, electric and water. Ask for Debi at 828-749-9224.


"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.
Saluda Lifestyles expresses heartfelt sympathy to the family and friends of lost loved ones.

Frank Middleton, native of Saluda, NC passed away August 7, 2011.

Faye Farrell, 93 of Saluda and Jupiter, FL passed away on August 6, 2011.


 Suddenly September in Saluda 

joe pye weedA purple Kudzu blossom dangles from the vine and permeates the air with a grape soda-like aroma.  While Joe Pye weeds stand tall, butterflies hover over the mauve-colored flower.  The air is electrified by the high pitched hum of the cicada and delicate, orange Jewel weed graces the road sides.  Rustling leaves dried out from the hot August sun blow across the road by the wind dipping down from the North while squirrels are scurrying around gathering the early fallen acorns.


Mother Nature is showing hints of a changing season in the mountains.

This is a good time to start planning your Fall excursion to the mountains.

There's still a lot of fun in neighboring communities.  Click on the links to see event schedules.


The 65th Annual NC Apple Festival is in downtown Hendersonville September 2 through 5. Click here to see all of the events and activities.


Along with the wild rides, farm animals, and funnel cakes, the NC Mountain State Fair hasn't lost its mountain heritage of exhibiting mountain art and crafts. Enjoy the fair at the WNC Ag Center, Airport Rd, Fletcher from September 9 through 18.


130th Birthday Celebration September Events

130 Years

Celebrate 130th Birthday in September with picnics and more. 


September 10 - Charlie Ward Memorial Pig Out from 4pm to 7pm at McCreery Park.  Bring a dessert. 

September 17 - Masonic Lodge Open House and Presentation at 10am.  The Masonic Lodge is on Ozone.  

September 27 - Music in the Park Picnic; McCreery Park; 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.  The 130th Birthday Celebration Committee invites you to join us for a "Music in the Park Picnic." Plan to share your particular skill whether it is singing, playing a musical instrument, dancing, or storytelling.  Bring a picnic supper, sit back, and enjoy Saluda's local talent or take this opportunity to show off your talents.  


Click here to see an update of the 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

purpleonionLive Music in September  (click on the name to learn more about the performer.)


September 1 - Swayback Sisters

fabulous singing from this female trio

September 3 - Jonathan Byrd 

One of our favorite singer/songwriters

makes his only appearance here this year.

September 8 - Doug & Telisha Williams

It has been way too long since this duo was here.

September 10 - Uncle Mountain Express

This trio has gotten better and better from

their days as students at App State.

September 15 - Jack Williams

His performances are a slam-dunk win-win-win

for all, as those of us who have seen him here

can attest

September 17 - Gary Segal & Catfish Joe

This is a CD release party for their

new recording.

September 18 - Mac Arnold & Plate Full of Blues - details below

September 22 -  Dana & Susan Robinson

They have been coming here so long

that it is like having a friend visit.

September 24 - Taylor Moore Trio

entertaining and energetic music from this

South Carolina-based group

September 29 -  Jenna Lindbo

A singer/songwriter with serious spark

makes her debut at the café.


Every Friday Night - Fred Whiskin at the piano


What's Happening at the Purple Onion

Summer is winding down, the cooler temperatures this week hint at the marvelous cool, crisp days to come and the Purple Onion returns to our five day a week schedule beginning September 1st, but we still have plenty on the calendar to keep us entertained.


Viva Vino Italiano

Wine Tasting

September 6, 2011, 6:30pm

Join us at 6:30pm on Tuesday, September 6 on the patio of the Purple Onion for a sampling of seven wines from Italy, a delicious buffet of Italian inspired hors d'oeuvres and music by Musica Nostra. The tasting will be a little less formal and a little more festive than usual with the musicians playing traditional Italian pieces between brief explanations of the wines we're tasting and the foods chosen to pair with them. Robert Braswell from Tryon Distributing will be on hand to answer questions and enlighten those tasters thirsty for more knowledge. The price for the tasting will be $45. Reservations can be made by calling the Purple Onion at 749-1179. We accept visa and mastercard.  You may visit our website for the wines we will be tasting and the buffet menu. Please call early as space is limited.


Mac Arnold & Plate Full o' Blues

POSEM Concert Series

Sunday, September 18, 7 PM

We welcome Mac Arnold & His Plate Full O' Blues to the Purple Onion Sunday Evening Music (POSEM) series on September 18 at 7 o'clock.


Mac Arnold ( must have known at an early age that his music career would read like a "Who's Who" of Blues/R&B legends.  In 1966, the opportunity of a lifetime came to join the Muddy Waters Band and help shape the electric blues sound that inspired the rock and roll movement of the late '60s.  Regular guests of the band included Eric Clapton, Paul Butterfield, Mike Bloomfield and Elvin Bishop.  During that time, he also played on recordings by John Lee Hooker and Otis Spann.


Later he moved to Los Angeles to work in television and was on the set of Soul Train for a while.  He returned to his native South Carolina in the '80s where he now lives.  Going back to his roots, Mac is now serving up a mess of blues with his current band.


"Mac Arnold is a key part of blues history.  He really is unique in that he connects his life and music to the Mississippi Delta, Chicago and the South Carolina blues tradition.  It is rare that these worlds are ever linked together as they are in the life and music of Mac." Stan Woodward, filmmaker.


We hope to see you here on September 18.


Admission is $15 per person and seating will be limited.  The performance starts at 7 PM. The doors open at 6 PM and light fare will be available on the patio prior to the concert.  Reservations can be made by calling the Purple Onion Café at 828-749-1179.



Music at the Purple Onion is complements of Rob Seiler.


 megan ward  

This has been a very busy summer, and we have sure been thankful for the air conditioning! It looks like our Fall season will be full of special events, too.  Keep checking on our calendar and plan to come on out and enjoy the live bands and good times every Saturday night. 


The Annual Saluda School Class Reunion was a really big evening!  Thanks to all who helped to make it a success and thanks to all who came out for the reunion.  Hope everyone will mark your calendar for the third Friday in August next year.


Friday, October 21st, at 6:30pm there will be a very special event for our area. "The Saluda Essence of Fall" event for the ladies, is "THE" social everyone has been waiting for and will be talking about for months! This is a fund raising event for the Telemedicine project going on here in Saluda. Proceeds from this fantastic evening will go to help purchase the computer equipment at our Medical Center. The "Saluda Essence of Fall" will be an evening for the ladies to enjoy the fellowship of other women or show off their decorating skills by purchasing and hosting a table. You may work as an individual or as a group--a perfect way to reward your co-workers, family members, or friends. Bring your own dinnerware, cups, saucers, table covers, flatware, glassware, napkins, tea pitcher, etc. Plus, bring a centerpiece for your table that will be auctioned off at the end of the evening. Prizes will be given for the best decorated tables. Everyone will have the same amount of time to decorate their tables: 6 - 9 pm on Thursday evening or 9am - 12pm on Friday. Choose your time, and then the judges will come during the afternoon on Friday to judge the tables and pick the winners. Tables of 8 will be $200.00.  We have a few round tables--first come first served. Tables of 6 will be $150.00.

Sometime during the evening, an entire table setting will be auctioned.  All the beautiful tableware, flatware, glasses, centerpiece, everything on the table is being donated by
PIER 1 IMPORTS of Hendersonville.  If you have ever shopped at PIER 1 IMPORTS, you know what pretty items they have.  Don't miss this chance to bid on
this lovely setting.  It will look wonderful on someone's  Thanksgiving dinner table.


This will be a great evening out for the ladies, complete with food, entertainment, and guest speaker. Special entertainment by Bill Thompson, piano soloist, a treat for everyone! Call Kathie Mixon at 828-749-3651 or Linda Whitaker at 828-749-5121 to purchase your table and get all the details. Saluda is so beautiful in the Fall!! Come on ladies, let's enjoy the essence of this seasonal event and help get the necessary equipment for the Telemedicine project.

October 28 will be the annual "Masquerade Ball" fund raising event for Saluda Medical Center. Details are being completed and tickets will be on sale soon. Start making plans and get your costume ready!

September and October Music Schedule
September 3     Sound Factory
September 10   Southern Pointe
September 17   Carolina Misty
September 24   Crimson Rose

October 1        Tuxedo Junction
October 8        Southern Pointe
October 15      CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC- - EHHS 2001 Class Reunion
Friday, Oct 21 Saluda Essence of Fall !!! An evening for the ladies. see news page for all the info.
October 22      Crimson Rose
Friday, October 28  Masquerade Ball
October 29      Carolina Misty

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

September Events

Fri. 2  A night of Music and Art.  Featuring Artists Gale Lucas with Oil & Canvas and    Joe Belcher Sculptor.  Musicians include Elen Trinka and Mela & Jack

Sat. 3  PJ Bond returns from NY to get his fill of fresh mountain air and will stop by for an intimate performance with us.  He is a brilliant songwriter that keeps listeners hanging on word for word, note for note.

Fri. 9  The Frank Beeson Show - Our very own Frank Beeson with his list of surprise guests.  Come out to see who he has playing with him.  Guest Bartender - Kathy Tyrrell

Sat. 10   Letters to Abigail

Fri.  16   No Music

Sat. 17  No Music

Thu. 22  Wine Drinkers Reading Problem Book Review:  The Lock Artist

This is a really fun and easy read - I encourage you all to join in.

Fri.  23  The Frank Beeson Show

Sat. 24  Eric Cogdon

Thu. 29  Knit, Pearl & Sip

Fri.   30  Kyle Sorenson

Sat. 1   Spencer Borhren comes from New Orleans - Ticked Event $20.00


Wine Drinkers with a Reading Problem Reading List.  Meetings at The Wine Cellar at the Saluda Inn


A Madman Dreams of Turing Machines   August 25, By: Janna Levin


The Lock Artist: A Novel  September 22, By: Steve Hamilton


The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks October 20, By: Rebecca Skloot


Picking Cotton: Our Memoir of Injustice and Redemption November17, By: Jennifer Thompson-Cannino, et al


Tolstoy and the Purple Chair: My Year of Magical Reading December 22, By: Nina Sankovitch


The past couple of weeks have been wonderful in Saluda.  The temperature is cooling down and the air is less humid.  The late summer-early fall plants are starting to pop up and out.  Our tailgate market has really created a wonderful opportunity for our town to get out, get fresh, and get social.


We are getting started again with our artists.  A couple of weeks ago the Saluda Inn was honored to host five fantastic artists for a weekend show.  The art show was interrupted briefly on Friday night as the town stopped


Photo by Cathy Jackson on her way home. Slow moving object!

what it was doing to catch a cow. Every time they would get closer to catching the cow a rumble of thunder would occur and set the cow off running again.  The cow is now back safe and sound with her owners.


If you happen to see a cow grazing in your flowerbed or running through your yard - don't panic.  Grab a bucket and put some rocks (or feed) in it and give it a shake.  Usually the cow will come running - DON'T PANIC.  Seeing a 500-pound cow running full force in your directions can feel a little intimidating (especially if it has horns).  Take a deep breath and grab the cow by its harness and you have caught a cow!


Exciting News! 

The Wildflour Bakery is going to have a new neighbor in just a couple of weeks!  A Wine and Beer Shop.  We are branching out, and will be offering 100 wines, from all over the world, priced from $5.00-$25.00.  Microbrews from local and independent breweries will be chilled and ready for pickup.  We will be sharing the space with Frank and Amy who will be selling antiques and coffee (cappuccino & espresso).  Now you can get your bread, wine, and brew all in one shopping area!  The Wine Cellar will continue with business as usual. 

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

  Find us on Facebook


jim carsonJim Carson, Saluda artist, will present an outdoor (plein air) workshop titled "Fresh Paint" in Saluda, on Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 27-29.


This workshop will be different from any that Jim has given in the past. It will concentrate more on design, shapes, and values and will be taught with a limited palette of just three colors; lemon yellow, cadmium red medium, and ultramarine blue, plus white.


On Thursday morning, Jim will demonstrate his new four step process of building a painting, and the students will complete each step with Jim.  Students are urged to read Chapter 3, titled "Angles and Consequent Values" of John F. Carlson's "Guide to Landscape Painting", prior to the workshop.  As usual, there will be an emphasis on applying the paint quickly and confidently, and critiques will be held at the end of each day.


The cost of $325 includes lunch brought to the site each day by the Saluda Grade Café.  For more information or to learn how to register, visit Jim Carson, email or call 828-749-3702.Like us on Facebook


Saluda artist, Dale McEntire is exhibiting at the Upstairs Artspace through October 1, 2011.

Upstairs Artspace is located at 49 South Trade Street Tryon, NC 28782, 828.859.2828.  

Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday.


mcentireDale's sculpture, "Windows of Time" was one of ten sculptures selected out of many entries for the 2011 Cary Visual Arts Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition. The reception for this show was  August 5, with the show running from Aug 5, 2011- June 21, 2012. See for more details.Like us on Facebook




kirbyRobin Kirby Pottery -Seconds Sale!
Come take advantage of great deals on not-so-perfect pots. Robin Kirby is opening her home studio for the rare opportunity for you to purchase studio seconds. These are often pieces with small flaws that can't be sold at full retail value or discontinued designs she is looking to move out of inventory. Come out early for the best selection! September 10, 12-6pm at Robin's home studio...8 Grant Lane, Saluda. (Mtn. Page Rd., Rt. on Red Horse Lane, Rt. on Grant Lane, immediate Rt. in to driveway.  Phone is 828-749-3723.



dancers extenstion   

We are currently taking registrations for youth classes for the 2011-2012 academic year.  We offer instruction in preschool ballet-creative movement, ballet, jazz and contemporary.  Classes begin Tuesday, September 6.


Students age 11 and older are encouraged to work towards induction in the National Honor Society of Dance Arts by attending weekly classes at The Dancer's Extension.  Come join the fun and creativity!


Adults!  Join us for the "First Saturday" Zumba Fitness Special on Saturday, September 3.  Basic steps overview at 9:30AM with a full Zumba Fitness class from 10:00-11:00AM for only $4!  We now offer Zumba GOLD for the active older adult or for the beginner on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11AM.  All adult classes continue on a weekly basis.  Please visit our website for a complete listing of classes and times.


We offer the beautiful space and the professional instruction for you to get your body moving, to be creative, and to HAVE FUN!  Beginners of all ages are always welcome!  


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


Summer Tracks 2011

Concerts in Rogers Park Amphitheater in Tryon, NC  

Sept 2 The Firecracker Jazz Band

Sept 16 Gigi Dover & The Big Love (Americana), Bob Sinclair trio (new standards)

The Firecracker Jazz Band ( revitalizes the energy of the roots of Jazz. With sounds of Dixieland and New Orleans, they pay homage to greats such as Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong and Bix Beiderbeck. People of all ages respond to the upbeat styles of Firecracker, featuring stride piano, trumpet, tuba, trombone, guitar, banjo and drums.


The six band members are Je Widenhouse (trumpet and cornet), Earl Sachais (trombone), Andrew Fletcher (piano), Hank Bones (guitar, banjo), Russ Wilson (drums) and Rick Neiman (tuba). Je Widenhouse did time in the 90's with the Squirrel Nut Zippers. Earl Sachais has performed with the Tommy Dorsey Band and has backed Barbara Streisand and Sammy Davis, Jr. Hank has played for The Platters and Bill Haley's Comets. Russ Wilson drives the band's energy in the style of Gene Krupa. Rick Neiman has performed with The Guy Lombardo Band and The Henry Mancini Orchestra.


Together, The Firecracker Jazz Band makes magic happen on stage with a rhythmic element that is joyous, jubilant and happy.


As an added note, due to rain on August 12, we have rescheduled Gigi Dover & The Big Love and Bob Sinclair to perform on Sept. 16.


As with all Summer Tracks concerts, both these performances begin at 7 p.m. The concerts are free but donations are encouraged. Those donations combined with the generous sponsorships provided by local businesses make these shows possible. Again, Giardinis wood fired pizzas, Cinn-ful Nuts' desserts, water and soft drinks will be for sale.


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.



 random arts 

Look for Random Arts to move in mid-September to their new location on the corner of Louisiana and Ozone.


Upcoming Workshops 

Kristi Steiner will be returning on Oct. 22nd, and  Carol Owen and Carol Sloan in October.  To register or get more information, please phone 828-699-2210 or email Like us on Facebook    


chicken house 

The Old Chicken House welcomes new families which join  Ray Pague, fine artists and sign maker, who has maintained his individual studios since 2004.  Mike Locke has continued as a member of the Old Chicken House family for six years.  Mike's imaginative paintings and papermachʹe creatures always evoke a smile from visitors.  Silk wreaths, designed and created by Ruthie, fill the garden room.


Exciting new talent includes:  Doug Honeycutt, fine artist and sculptor; Niece Lundgren, colored pencil renderings; and Michael Nonamaker, inspirations in glass and wood.


Come see the artists' and crafters' work completed or in progress.


Open every Friday - Saturday, 11am-6pm, and other days when the welcome signs are out.  Requests for convenient times are welcome, also. 


The Old Chicken House is located at 143 Mountain Page Road (approx. one mile from the RR tracks on Greenville St.)  Phone 828-749-9718.

Saluda Rebounding Once Again

saludancThirty-three years ago, Pam and I were married in Pensacola and decided to visit my childhood home in Saluda. For quite a while, she had been listening to my blabbering about what a really neat little town it was. However, I must admit that I had been a rather infrequent visitor myself and was not aware of the devastating effect the completion of I-26 had had on the town's economic health.  Where before hundreds of cars passed slowly through the business district on a daily basis, suddenly most of the traffic was rerouted past Saluda at breakneck speed on this new superhighway. 


Our first visit occurred in 1978, and we still vividly recall the shock of seeing the community's vitality in such a lethargic state. Apparently, a number of local businesses had failed to survive the impact triggered, in large part, by the successful construction of the interstate through Howard Gap. The resulting loss of traffic left many empty buildings standing like lonely sentinels on Main Street. Among the few survivors were M. A. Pace's Store, Western Auto, Thompson's Store/Ward's Grill, City Hall, and several others whose names our collective memories fail to recall. However, what we will never forget is seeing the decline of my once vibrant hometown.


Fast forward since that period, and one must marvel at the economic rebirth of Saluda that began to occur not too long after completion of the interstate highway. Feeling threatened by what they saw happening not only to their own town but to many small towns across the country, a number of local folks began taking positive steps toward revitalization. Economic collapse of our little community, historically known as the "Gem of the Blue Ridge", was no longer an option.


Positivity bred positivity and soon other people started discovering Saluda, bringing with them their talents and tastes in fine foods, arts, and crafts, as well as their love for the historic homes and quaintness of such a friendly community. Others selected this quiet and caring place as a retirement site. Several decades later, it had all seemed to finally mesh together and the local economic health was back stronger than ever. Businesses could hang around longer as more and more visitors discovered the charm of Saluda, and the increased spending also encouraged new startup ventures to give it a shot.


Recently, the effects of the national business downturn began reaching into our little corner of the world, leaving Saluda to once again deal with consequences similar to those faced several decades ago. The mounting evidence of this damage can readily be seen by the number of businesses failing locally, and future recovery is likely to be painfully slow and difficult to watch.


This current economic morass reminds me of an occasional comment expressed by some of our residents who rightfully have concerns about growth possibly overwhelming our town. Ironically, it usually comes not from native residents but from individuals who have relocated here. They seem to oppose promotional efforts such as the Historic Saluda sign on I-26 or billboards promoting our unique town. I usually respond by asking the question, "Aren't you thankful the gate wasn't closed when you were allowed to come in?" There is a fine balance between controlling growth and maintaining the economic health necessary for community businesses to survive. It doesn't take much imagination to visualize the plight of Saluda had not the reopening of M. A. Pace's Store and Thompson's Store/Ward's Grill occurred in a timely manner.


The other comment I occasionally hear is, "I just wish Saluda could be like it used to be before all these changes." Are those people referring to the time period mentioned earlier when many of the businesses were closed, and the few remaining were hanging on for dear life? Surely, that isn't what they really want for Saluda.


Pam and I, along with managing partner, Judy Ward, are investing in business upgrades which we hope will increase the chances of Thompson's Store and Ward's Grill surviving for at least another 121 years. Our optimism is fueled in large part by those individuals and groups working tirelessly to create and support numerous community events that make Saluda such a special place.


I, for one, am impressed and offer my heartfelt thanks to those still making Saluda the "Gem of the Blue Ridge."


By Clark Thompson   


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.
Historic Saluda Committee Update

Share your memories at the Charlie Ward Memorial Pig Out.

The Historic Saluda Oral History Committee will be at the Charlie Ward Memorial Pig Out on September 10, 2011 from 4 to 7 to capture your favorite memories of Charlie Ward and the Historic Thompson's Store. Eljapa Media will be on hand to capture your stories on film for all posterity. Bring your favorite memories and photos to share! This is your chance to help preserve a piece of history!


Clark Thompson gives website to Historic Saluda Committee

There is simply nothing like collaboration! Knowing that the Historic Saluda Committee wanted a website, Clark Thompson with the Historic Thompson's Store graciously offered to Kim Clark, Charlene Pace and Cindy Tuttle recently over breakfast at Ward's Grill. The concept of is similar to what the committee wanted, and with all that Clark has on his plate at the store, he was glad to hand it over to the committee to give it new life. With the help of Kim Clark with Eljapa Media and guidance from Cindy Tuttle and the Historic Saluda Committee members, the new version of the website should be up and running soon. Stay Tuned. Thanks Clark!


Oral History Project

First and foremost, our priority is to continue to capture the stories. To keep on track, interviews will begin again this month. For the immediate future, you may see these interviews on our up-and-coming website in a mixture of formats including video, pictures and audio. A second DVD will be something you can look forward to in the more distant future. In the meantime, if you wish to purchase the first and highly acclaimed DVD, Home, Hearth and History: Stories of Old Saluda (for just $20), you can find it at the following locations: Saluda City Hall, Cathy Jackson Realty, The Purple Onion, Heartwood Gallery, Duck Alley, Green River Adventures, Manna Cabana, Polk Fresh Market, Saluda Public Library, Saluda Inn and Wine Cellar, Pace's Store and Historic Thompson's Store. You can also purchase it on-line at


Historic Preservation Tip of the Month

Don't replace those old windows! If you own one of Saluda's fine old homes, you may be wondering about window repair or replacement. Before you start, check out this excellent resource. We hope this will help you weigh out all your options before replacing your windows and help keep your property a historic gem!


Preservation NC says, "Repairing and maintaining, rather than replacing, historic wood windows means long-term savings for the property owner and long-term benefit for the environment." To learn more,  please click here.



  • The Historic Saluda Oral History Committee is scheduled to meet on Friday, September 9, 2011, at 12:30 p.m. and will meet at the Saluda Public Library. The public is invited to attend.
  • The Historic Saluda Committee is scheduled to meet on Friday, September 9, 2011, at 2:00 p.m. and will meet at the Saluda Public Library. The public is invited to attend.

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.

Tryon Arts and Crafts School has announced the dates for the seven class sessions this year.  Classes are typically scheduled to meet once a week for 3 hours.  With the exception of sessions 3A & 3B, each session is six weeks.  

September 2011

  • Session 1     August 29 to October 3
  • Session 2     October 10 to November 14
  • Session 3A   November 28 to December 12 (3 weeks)
  • Session 3B   January 9 - January 23  (3 weeks)
  • Session 4     January 30 - March 5
  • Session 5     March 12 - April 16
  • Session 6     April 23 - May 28

Fall Classes begin the week of August 29th! Unless noted otherwise, classes meet for 3 hours, once a week for 6 weeks.  Registrations are being accepted for the following courses:


Weaving with Sue Monroe and Kris Schweikardt; Tuesdays, 9:30am to 3pm

Woven Art for the Wall: Ribbed Basketry with Carla Filippelli; Fridays, 1-4pm or 6-9pm

Lapidary with Wiley Gainus & Robert Orr; Tuesdays, 9am-noon or 6pm-9pm

Stained Glass with Cheryl Stippich; Wednesdays, 1 to 4pm

Fused Glass with Karoline Shaffer (4 weeks only); Saturdays, 9am-1pm

Basic Wood Working with Richard McKee; Thursdays, 6pm-9pm

Clay for Adult & Child with Nancy Heim; Tuesdays, 3:30 to 5:30pm

Beginning & Intermediate Wheel with Jim Cullen; Wednesdays, 1- 4pm or 6-9pm

Handbuilding with Clay with Karoline Shaffer; Thursdays, 9am-noon or 1-4pm or 6-9pm

 Fundamentals of Leather Carving with Karl Boyer; Thursdays, 6 to 9pm  


Advanced registration and payment is required to take a class at Tryon Arts and Crafts School.  For more information about the instructor or class, including tuition and supply costs, please contact Tryon Arts & Crafts School at (828) 859-8323 or by email  More details and examples of projects are available on the Tryon Arts and Crafts School website,   We have a limited number of spaces available for these classes so register soon!


Upcoming Workshops

Sept 17      Leather Carnival Style Masks with Karl Boyer *SuperSaver*

Sept 24-25  Enameling on Copper Clay with Landen Gailey

Sept 24       A Primer in Ribbed Basketry with Carla Filippelli

Oct 29        Quick Shibori Scarves with Christine Mariotti

Nov 12-13   Silversmithing with Dan Haga

Dec 3         Nuno Felting with Christine Mariotti

Dec 3-4      Silversmithing (Fold-Forming) with Kim St. Jean


* SuperSaver * 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 and 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.  More information can be found on our website or through our office.


More information about these workshops and events can be found on our website,, by calling our office, 828.859.8323, or just stopping 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

The next opening reception for our Members' Show is Sunday, October 2 from 5 - 7pm and will end October 22.  Entries will be accepted on Wednesday and Thursday, September 28 and September 29 from 10am - 4pm at 26 Maple St., Tryon.  If you have any pieces in our current show, you may pick them up on the same days 9/28 & 9/29.


  • 1 piece per member 
  • Overall maximum size of one side of a 2-D piece includes frame (40")
  • Sculptures should not be taller than 6' and each separate part of a sculpture should not weigh more than 50 lbs.
  • New pieces should not have been displayed  in TPS's Gallery before
  • Pieces must be created in the last 2 years.

If you have any questions, please call us at our new TPS telephone number: 828-859-0141 or contact Aviva Kahn at


We'll be having the PEOPLE'S CHOICE awards again.  See you there.

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Saluda Scoop

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



Apple Festival Special from Cabin Fever

Cabin Fever is offering an "Apple Festival" special.  Book 2 nights and get the 3rd for 1/2 price. Reserve your cabin at or call 800-767-7368. Make sure you ask for the "Apple Special."


tan tasticTan-Tastic Tanning Salon has new hours beginning September 1, 2011.  Hours will be:

9am to 7pm, Monday through Thursday

9am to 6pm,  Friday

10am to 4pm, Saturday

Closed on Sunday


September specials include 25% off on lotions and "One Month Tanning Package" with 3 upgrades for $30.00.


A nail tech will start providing manicures, pedicures, and gel nails starting September 15 and will be on location Mondays and Tuesdays.  Make your appointment now by calling 828-749-1000. Walk-ins accepted.

salonSalon Rachelle II will open at 31 Pearson's Fall Road in Nostalgia Courtyard September 19, 2011.  Rachel Box, proprietor and hair stylist will offer haircutting, colors, manicures, and pedicures.  The shop will be open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9am to 5pm.  Phone number will be in effect by then and number is 828-749-2600.  Rachel also owns Salon Rachelle in Tryon and the Merle Norman Studio.  If customers are interested in the Merle Norman products, then they may order from her.

Biddie's Antiques is moving to their new location in Nostalgia Courtyard, next to Wildflour Bakery, where they are now OPEN FOR BUSINESS with all new inventory, and the finest coffee and espresso.


The shop on Main Street will continue to operate through the end of the year, or until a new tenant can be found.  Lease inquiries for the 78 E. Main St. store should be directed to 843-722-7613.


Until then, please visit Frank and Amy in both locations. You won't be disappointed.



thompsons plantsHistoric Thompson's Store announces new items for sale in the market.  Great for tailgate parties!  Homemade:  pimento cheese, chicken salad, potato salad, cornbread salad, and cole slow.  They also plan on stocking fall plants and flowers.

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 grade

September represents an exciting new entrance into our beautiful Fall season including new menus starting Labor Day weekend and live music in the weekends to follow.  We will be open September 1st -4th; then we will be closed for a short break September 5th-8th. We will reopen for dinner starting at 5:00pm September 9th.  In the proceeding days, we will be back to our regular scheduled hours Tuesday-Saturday!


We will also be introducing live music starting Saturday, September 10th, featuring music by one of our favorite original bands, the Skeezits. Old time music that is uplifting and spirited, they will start at 7pm with no cover charge. Then, the next weekend on Saturday, September 16th, we are so excited to have the Radio Robbers, a trio featuring Jennifer Kelly-vocalist, Howell Clyburn-acoustic guitar/vocals, and Stephen Gordin -guitar/lead vocals. The Radio Robbers feature original folk and country with some blues music. They also will be starting at 7pm and also with no cover charge! 


We are so excited and are looking forward to seeing you to help us celebrate our new menus, live music, cold local beers, a wonderful wine selection to compliment our amazing food, and great service. So from all of us at the Saluda Grade Café, have a blessed Fall season, and we can't wait to see you!


Contact us at 828-749-5854.  Visit our website at



green riverGreen River Adventures Demo Kayak and Gear Sale is moving forward a full month so you can enjoy your "new" gear while the rivers are still warm!

Their full fleet of Liquidlogic Kayaks, Stand Up Paddleboards, Werner Paddles, Astral PFD's, Shred Ready Helmets, and Snap Dragon Sprayskirts will go on sale Labor Day Weekend.  As always, this is the place to get outfitted, without breaking the bank.     

Boats and gear are available on a "first come, first serve" basis on Saturday the 3rd.  If you've got a particular boat in mind, you can reserve it for a 5% service charge.  Just call the outpost, and let us know what to hang on to for you.  Reserved boats and gear are available for pick up on the day of the sale - September 3rd.  


Contact at 800-335-1530 or visit at Green River Adventures.  



Warrior Mountain Produce

has new hours.   Tuesday through Saturday 10am to 6pm.For more information and availability, please contact Wendell Gilbert at 828-595-1400.    



Green River BBQGreen River BBQ  

If you haven't tried our Beef Brisket on Grilled Onion Roll with our homemade Horseradish sauce, you must! Our smoked beef brisket is slow smoked with mesquite wood for over 12 hours and is so tender and very flavorful. We offer this everyday, and it is our daily special on Wednesday's for $5.99 which includes a drink.


Also don't forget about one our most popular appetizers, Portobello Fries.  lightly breaded Portobello Mushrooms sliced thick and fried ever so lightly.  They just melt in your mouth!  Fried Green Tomato and Shrimp Stacker is just as popular, fried green tomatoes and fried shrimp layered and stacked on a bed of lettuce and finished with a wonderful Creamy Chipotle Sauce. Not only is it a great appetizer, but it is often ordered as a meal--just the perfect size for a lighter fare and just as filling.


Another favorite is our Buffalo Chicken Wings served with our Homemade Blu Cheese Dressing. Pair with one of our local draft beers or a pint of Narraganset that is always priced at $1.50.


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! 



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 .





WE WILL BE OPEN LABOR DAY! We are here with fresh baked breads and pastries, soups, salads, sandwiches and more.            


Thursday   8-4
Friday & Saturday 8-5
                 Sunday 9-3

Dine inside, on the porch or in the, relax and enjoy!

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.   Search for us on  Find us on Facebook


evening shadeEvening Shade Pottery

Wow, we have been here in Saluda almost two years. Time flies when you are enjoying life!  We absolutely love this town and all you folks in it.

I would like to say, "thank you" to all who have stopped and visited the pottery shop, when we were on Ozone Dr. and now at our new location "Downtown Saluda." Even though the shop is in the alley, I am seeing an improvement in foot traffic. Some days are you may get muddy feet, but as long as you all are okay with it, I don't mind.


The alley though is slowly getting a new facelift. Not sure what it will eventually look like, but it will surely be better.  So, keep checking on the alley and all the new pottery that gets added as well.


We still have some 2011 Coon Dog Day mugs for sale, so stop by for a deal.  Remember, handmade Christmas gifts are the going thing!  Send me a picture and I will put your mug on my mug! But hurry, it takes awhile to complete them.


Thank you again for shopping local!

Eva at Evening Shade Pottery

Click here to visit our website.

Art Clues
Ideas for Creating and Appreciating Art


Artists Need Help!


Saluda is blossoming with artists and people interested in art.  This month's Art Clues is designed to help understand some of the work that goes on "behind the scenes."  The art of presentation helps the audience appreciate the art that has been created.  In this column, we will discuss several aspects of art presentation as explained by Bob Bailey, a Saluda resident, computer specialist, and one who prepares art for presentation.



"From Bill Jameson's website"


Web Site - Having a well-designed website is a significant step toward giving a large number of people easy access to your art. Suggestions from Bob include :


1.    Keep it simple.

2.    Easy navigation is important.

3.    Be able to click for larger images.

4.    Size matters. Art should be displayed large enough to really appreciate the art and see some real details.


Creating and supervising websites requires artistic skills along with computer knowledge. "Awareness of colors and values in addition to information and the artistry of how it's displayed are significant," suggests Bob, who creates and manages websites for many Saluda artists.


Matting and Framing - Preparing to exhibit paintings and prints involves framing or matting or both.  Over time, Bob has developed these skills and has appropriate equipment.


 bob bailey 

Bob Bailey at computer. 


Prints/Giclees - Producing reproductions can be significant.  To do this follow these suggestions.

1.    Use your best, high quality most affordable printer.  Several exist.  (Bob uses an Epson.)

2.    Select appropriate paper (matt, gloss, semi-gloss).

3.    Manipulate and adjust the computer brightness and contrast.

(Bob suggests that a little less brightness and some more contrast are usually best.  Can you tell which of these is the original?


    jim carson "Original and giclee of Jim Carson's painting"



Exhibits - Artists may need help getting these things organized.

1.    Posters, press releases, and invitations.

2.    Materials handling usually requires a helper to pack art carefully for delivery.

3.    Inventory.

4.    Accounting.


Records - It's important to keep records of your art.

1.    *Photograph or scan each piece of art.*

2.    Maintain appropriate business records.

3.    Keep files that include such things as customers' contact records, exhibits, references, ideas etc.



Thanks to Bob Bailey for his contribution to this column and for being an artist in the field of artists' helpers


Beverly Bowden Pickard

Visions of Saluda - Call for Entries

The 130th Birthday Celebration Committee is pleased to invite you to enter your artwork in 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 on 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 this 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."

Operation:  Adopted Heroes
(A Little Town with a Big Heart)
by author Cappy Hall Rearick

cappyCappy Hall Rearick - Novels and humor columns have kept Cappy busy for the last few years.  She is the quintessential Southerner who knows our uniqueness and celebrates both its strengths and its foibles.


What Does It Take to Make a Hero? Sometimes it takes a village.


As the tenth anniversary of 9/11 approaches, who among us will not be sadly reminded of that day, and of the firefighters who fought so valiantly to earn the title of hero.


Following the 9/11 tragedies, my friend Dee Matthews, a New Yorker and former resident of a small Pennsylvania town, visited her neighborhood firehouse where seven of its members died that fateful September day. The firehouse had been shattered in more ways than one. After praying with the men, Matthews resolved to bring light back into NYC Engine Company 84 and Ladder 34


Matthews called two friends in Pennsylvania, Pat Stewart and Judy Hand and told them with a voice full of anguish, "We need to help those devastated firefighters. I know my hometown well enough to know they wouldn't want these men to suffer any more than they already have."  Stewart and Hand responded immediately. "Let's adopt them," they said.

On that day, via the telephone, bonded by three hundred miles of fiber optics and fueled with commitment, Operation: Adopted Heroes was born.


Naming the project was easy, but would they be able to find enough support to make a difference? Their little town was as heartbroken as many others throughout the country, and because of this, the three women soon discovered that the entire town was eager to open their arms and jump in to become an integral part of Operation: Adopted Heroes.


Sometimes it takes a village.


Embracing the last audible words of Todd Beamer, a 9/11 victim on board Flight 93, the three friends made it their mission statement. "Let's roll," they said to the town, and the town listened.


They knocked on doors throughout the township asking for funds to send to families of the firefighters who had lost their lives and were rewarded by an outpouring of generosity from their neighbors. Each of the seven families was given sixteen hundred dollars raised by the women.


Sometimes it takes a village.


New Yorker Dee Matthews saw that chairs in the firehouse were unstable and past the point of comfort, so fourteen new chairs, built by locals and made of solid oak, were provided. In addition, paint and other supplies were bought to help rehabilitate the firehouse in hopes of lifting the spirits of those brave men grieving the loss of their friends and co-workers.


A local grocery store chain donated enough groceries to provide many meals for the fallen families, as well as to the men at the firehouse.


Students from the high school band and pep team helped box up the food. A trailer was packed with the new chairs, groceries and other supplies. "Operation Adopted Heroes: We will never forget" was painted on the side of the trailer.


Sometimes it takes a village.


As the 2001 Christmas holiday approached, the women once again discussed what they could do to fill in a few of the blanks.

"This will be the saddest Christmas the families ever experienced," they decided. "What can we do to let them know we're still thinking of them and loving them?"


They appealed once more to their friends and neighbors and once again the response was, "Let's roll!"  They gathered up toys and clothes contributed by local residents eager to help. Again, kids from the local high school jumped in to wrap boxes to be delivered to the families before Christmas.  A group of women in town made cotton throws for each of the widows, hand-embroidering the victim's name on each piece. Quilts, made by the Chat and Sew Quilters Club, were given to the firehouse; fruit baskets and hams were sent as Christmas gifts from the local grocery store.


The women, accompanied by local firefighters, were met on the George Washington Bridge by the FDNY group, stopping only once to fight a grass fire together. After meeting up with Matthews in New York, the three women hand-delivered gifts to the firehouse and families of the fallen heroes. They could have sent the gifts by UPS, but they didn't; they packed up cars and vans and drove three hundred miles to present their gifts in person. They showed up because that's what heroes do.  


The small town delegation was taken to Ground Zero by the New York City firefighters where they held hands, cried and prayed together.


Adoption is forever, and the women and their Pennsylvania friends and neighbors support their commitment. "We will never forget" were not empty words. Ten years have gone by since that fateful day, but their adopted heroes and families of the fallen remain close.

While there is no one thing that makes a hero, I am prone to believe that heroism may be contagious. My three truly remarkable friends found it intolerable to do nothing when faced with such monumental sadness. Because of an ongoing commitment to a firehouse three hundred miles away, they succeeded in transforming a small community into a little town with a big heart and, in doing so, made heroes of them all


Sometimes it takes a village.


Click here to read more about Cappy's simply southern quips and stories.  

Kirby Custom Builders Donates Playhouse

playhouseKirby Custom Builders has built a custom playhouse to benefit The Housing Assistance Corporation of Hendersonville. The playhouse will be on view at the Apple Festival, September 2-5, where it will be raffled off to one lucky winner. It features details such as prefinished hardwood floors, vinyl windows, low maintenance cement board siding and exposed rafters in its vaulted ceiling. Any child would love to call this their home away from home! The house will be delivered free of charge to the winner (within 25 miles radius of Hendersonville) by Pro Build lumber yard. Raffle tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20 and can be purchased at the Apple Festival or from Robin Kirby at   

The Housing Assistance Corporation provides support to over 3000 families in Henderson County in the way of emergency home repair, major rehabilitation, down payment assistance and apartment rental. More information can be found at

Kirby Custom Builders is a Saluda based full service construction company. Find us at or call 828-606-0942. 


By Todd Kirby


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dvdHome, Hearth and History: Stories of Old Saluda DVD. Proceeds will go to the Oral History Project for the next sequel.   Price:  $20.00+shipping. 




130th t shirt130th T-Shirts for all sizes for adults and youth.  Proceeds go to the City of Saluda for the 130th Birthday Celebrations.  Price:  $10.00 + shipping. 





carolina printPrint of The Carolina Special Cresting Saluda Mountain.

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. Size approximately 17' X 19".  Proceeds will go to Saluda's Historic City Hall Restoration and Oral History Project.  Price:  $45.00+shipping.   



shucksShucks Pearls

Hometown Limited Edition Series

The 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.  Price:  $137.00+shipping.

611611 on Saluda - DVD.  An assault on America's steepest Class-I grade
"On October 25, 1992, two of American Railroadings' most legendary figures were brought together for the first time. The crowds were standing room only, the weather was perfect, and our legends were at their best."

Video covers two full colorful hours with dynamic sound. Produced by Bob Loehne
©1994, American AltaVista, All Rights Reserved

Price:  $40.00 includes shipping.

hometownSaluda - America's Hometown, A Conversational History DVD.
"Dedicated to the residents, natives and friends of Saluda. My sincere thanks for your guidance, memories, contributions and generosity - we couldn't have done this without you."

Produced by Bob Loehne
©1991, American AltaVista, All Rights Reserved

Price:  $40.00 includes shipping.  


Please click here for secure online ordering. 


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Cathy Jackson Realty
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