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                                                                               December 1, 2011 
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In This Issue (click on a topic to move to it quickly.)
Dates to Remember
Children's Christmas Workshop
Toys for Saluda Kids
Saluda Center News
Holiday Gala
Bell Ringers Win Award
Autumn Care
Saluda Tree Preservation
Tryon Arts
City Notes
Saluda Community Land Trust
Saluda Garden Club
The Women's Club of Saluda
Saluda Train Calendar
Gingerbread House
Yoga Schedule
Give Twice This Holiday Season
Saluda Dog Society
Saluda Library
Saluda School
Saluda Church Services
Cut Your Own Christmas Tree
Post Office Hours
Saluda Trivia
Saluda Lifestyles Marketplace
Saluda Classifieds
130th December Events
Hometown Christmas
What's Happening in Music and Art
Saluda Scoop
Art Clues
Historic Saluda
Childhood in Saluda
Joe Adams
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 60+ 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.   


This arts and crafts bungalow has been totally renovated. New custom built cabinets, new appliances, raised ceilings, and new bathroom fixtures makes. Fireplace and hardwood floors. Just a mile down the road to historic downtown Main St. in Saluda. 1,028 SF, 2 BR, 2 BA   $149,500 MLS#509936



A great log home within a very private 6+ acre wooded lot with small pond, a small fenced-in open area with small sheds.Interior is contemporary with lots of light and space.   3BR, 2BA, 2550 SF, garage, 6+ acres, $295,000 MLS#506960  


Click here to see all Cathy Jackson Realty Featured Home Listings   

Winter is a great time to see lots and land and there are great investment opportunities!

Mountain Vista 

Lot 6, 2.11 ac, $55,000, MLS#463961

View Lot 23, 1.07 ac, $135,000, MLS#418141

Lot 17, 1.65 ac, View Lot, $130,000 MLS#509499

Lot 19, 2.77 ac, View Lot, $159,000, MLS#505961 

View Lot 30, 1.71 ac, $85,000, MLS#463974


Lake Lots

Lake Sheila, 1 ac, 3BR septic, lake view, $99,500, MLS#437750

Lake Sheila, 1 ac, winter view of lake, creek, septic installed, water tap installed  

$98,000, MLS#484526  

Macedonia Lake, 1.15 ac, lake front,  dock,

$96,500 MLS#473230

Macedonia Lake, 1.77 ac, $53,000 MLS#506143

Macedonia Lake, 2.15 ac, $53,000, MLS#506144

Macedonia Lake, lakefront, .8 ac, $63,000 MLS#506145

Lake Hosea, .3 ac, $25,000, MLS#509841 


Saluda City Lots

.83 ac, $75,000, MLS#466945

.59 ac, $59,900, MLS#473131

.62 ac, $39,900, MLS#481717

.57 ac, $45,000, MLS#487240

.59 ac, $49,000, MLS#473131



View Lot, 1.87 ac, $65,000, MLS#455196

Winter Views on Valhalla Ridge, 1.81 ac, $39,900, MLS#474915

Dun Roamin' Lot 7, 1 ac, $72,500, MLS#476202

The Woods at Howard Gap, 1.6 ac, $48,000, MLS#454553

Piney Mountain with views, 1.31 ac, $69,900, MLS#454246

View, pastures, creek 10.49 ac, $220,000, MLS447004

Awesome views, 1.5 ac, $89,000, MLS#464781

Vista views, 3.55 ac, private, $89,250, MLS#483169 

Winfield Cove 6.54 ac, $99,000, MLS#447592

11 ac., private, wooded, $110,000, MLS#480390

9 ac, private, $121,900, MLS#509693

21 ac, Awesome Views, multiple building sites, $208,065, MLS#505328

Level land, 3,75 ac, $85,000, MLS#439894  

 White Oak Mountain Lots - from 1 to 6 acres ranging from $30,000 to $150,000


Looking for a Fall and Winter Vacation Retreat?  Click here to download this list of referral properties. (Please contact property owners directly.)  

Links to Real Estate Sources


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


Sales               Closed   Pending


Homes 2011         28           4
Homes 2010         24           0
Land 2011              9           0
Land 2010             10          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

City Leaf Pickup-December 5-16


Hometown Christmas - December 9, 6 to 8pm on Main Street.


Children's Workshop December 10, 9:30 to 1:00 at Saluda Fire Department.


Saluda's First Christmas Parade 2pm December 10.

Saluda Business Association meets Tuesday, December 6 at 5:30pm Autumn Care.


Family Holiday Celebration puppets, Friday, December 16 at 5:00pm in the Saluda Community Meeting Room.  Light refreshments served.

Saluda Business Association
meets Tuesday, December 6 at 5:30pm at Autumn Care. Refreshments will be served.

Saluda Dog Society
meets December 7 at 1:15pm at the Church of the Transfiguration parish hall.

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

Historic Saluda Committee
and Oral History Committee meets on December 9 at 2pm at the 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 on the first and third Wednesday at the Saluda Presbyterian Church.

Women's Club will meet December 13 at 11am at the Saluda Presbyterian Church.  
Children's Christmas Workshop

workshopKids!!  Have Your Parents Put It On The Calendar



  • The 2011 Saluda Children's Christmas Workshop
  • Saturday, December 10, 2011
  • Time is 9:30am to 1:00pm
  • Event held at the Saluda Fire Department on Greenville Street
  • Free to all of the children of Saluda over the age of 5
  • All arts and crafts material and supplies included
  • Children must be accompanied by adults.

workshopWe also welcome anyone looking for a service project that allows you to interact with the children of Saluda. Teach and promote art, and contribute to a wonderful annual production.


Questions? Contact Laura Fields at 828-749-4420 or 828-697-3878. We look forward to seeing each of you on Saturday!


Thank you to Mountain Life Realty who funds and sponsors this annual event each year. 

Make Everyone's Christmas Bright

Help Local Children in Need Have a Merry Christmas by Donating Toys to be distributed in Saluda. 


New toys for all ages and monetary donations can be dropped off at the Saluda Police Department or City Hall through December 18, 2011.


All donations will be given locally to Saluda community families.  Monetary donations will also be accepted and used to purchase items for the children's wish lists and to pay bills that create a hardship for families during the holidays.


Call City Hall 828-749-2581 or Saluda Police Dept. 828-749-2691.  Or email for more information. 


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 December Calendar.  For more information about activities, please contact the center at 828-749-9245. 


The annual Saluda Center Gala is Sun. December 11 from 5-8pm at the Orchard Inn.  Please contact Betty Wilkerson at 828-749-1910, if you would like to attend.


The Saluda Center has seven table size Christmas trees left for sale. They are small to medium size. Please come by the Center if you would like to purchase one of these trees.


Line dance each Monday at 12:30pm.


Book club meeting on Monday, December 5 at 2:00pm.


Single Women United potluck dinner will not meet in December.  


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.

Holiday Gala

invitation If you wish to attend this event, please contact Betty Wilkerson at 828-749-1910. 

Be a "Bell Ringer"

bellringerIn 2006, members of The Saluda Masonic Lodge began an annual project of manning The Salvation Army Red Kettle in downtown Saluda during the  Christmas Season.  The response from the community and visitors was very positive.   


Congratulations to the The Saluda Masonic Lodge Bell Ringers for winning the third place Bell Ringer Award in 2010.  Those present to receive the award were Charlene Pace, Paul London, Jimmy Freeman, Neill and Karen Bultman, Wayne and Cissy Thompson, Alice Phillips, and Max and Dale McGinnas.  The award covers Henderson, Polk, and Transylvania counties.


bellringerThe bell ringers will again be on Main Street during December on Friday and Saturday,  11am until 1pm, 1pm until 3pm, 3pm until 5pm.

If you would be interested in "joining the army,"  The Salvation Army,  for a 2 hour "tour of duty," please call  Max McGinnas at 828-749-9111 or Neill Bultman at 828-749-1264, or leave your name and phone number with the folks at M.A. Pace store.  We always have two bells and two red aprons, if you would like to bring along a friend. 

By Max McGinnas
Autumn Care

Autumn Care will be hosting the Saluda Business Association monthly meeting on December 6 at 5:30pm. The food is delicious and it's a great time to tour the facility.


autumn careAutumn Care of Saluda is a 99-bed Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center serving Western North Carolina and Upstate South Carolina.  For more information call 828-749-2261 or visit their website at

Saluda Community Tree Preservation Association

tree preservationThe "Tree for the Birds," an annual Christmas season project of the association, is scheduled Friday, December 2 at 1pm. The event was first observed in 2004 and has become a tradition.


All interested are urged to join members in decorating the tree with edible treats that attract area birds. Ornaments, prepared earlier, will be ready to hang. The tree, donated when the organization began, was donated to the community by chairperson Judy Sienkiewicz. It is located in the mini-park across from Saluda School.


After ornaments are hung, The Old Chicken House welcomes all to warm by the fireplace with coffee or hot chocolate.


For information on the Preservation Association, please call Ruth at 828-749-9718 or Judy and Chuck at email


Thank you,

Ruth Anderson

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 Painters & Sculptors
4 in 1 Gala Happening

Friday, December 2, TPS will participate in a tremendous Tag Sale; the Grand Opening of Tryon Painters & Sculptors with a ribbon cutting ceremony; the Tryon Christmas Stroll; and in the main Gallery paintings and drawings by Francesco Lombardo and in the smaller Gallery sculpture, paintings and drawings by Mary Ellen Wuerfel and Karen Johnston.

  • Jeanne Parker's estate has gifted TPS with all her art supplies: all types of brushes, paints, papers of all kinds, matte boards and much much more.  The Tag Sale for Members only will be from 10 am to 12 noon and for the public 12 noon to 8 pm.  Buy for yourself or your loved ones.
  • Our Grand Opening will consist of delicious food and a ribbon cutting ceremony hosted by the Carolina Foothills Chamber of Commerce.
  • The Christmas Stroll will begin at 5 pm and continue through 8 pm.
  • The Gallery shows will end December 17.
Not only will you be treated to wonderful art supplies at very low prices, but you'll be able to feast on delicious food and see some wonderful art. For contact information, call TPS at 828-859-0141 or email Aviva Kahn at  Visit the TPS website
City Notes

Joe Adams

City of Saluda Notice

Leaf Pickup Schedule

All leaves must be out by December 5 for leaf pick up.


City crews will make their way around town Monday, December 5 through Friday, December 16. Leaves must be placed at the curb to be picked up. Please do not place leaves in driveways or access areas. Each street will only be picked up once. Once your street has been picked up, you will be responsible for disposing of leaves.


Stay In The Know and Be Informed

We want all Saluda residents to be up to date with city information, so please sign up on the city website, with your e-mail address to receive notices of city meetings, minutes from commission and other meetings, public hearings, zoning changes and other important city information. The city website is your website for you to use and stay informed, and your e-mail address will not be shared with anyone. Saluda Lifestyles has a link to the city's website in each issue and also publishes city meeting notices. If you pick up a printed copy of Saluda Lifestyles and do not have access to a computer, you may go by City Hall and read the minutes of any meeting or ask for a printed copy to be given to you. An informed citizen is a better citizen; so please take the time to learn what is going on in Saluda.  

By Lynn Cass  


      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.


Saluda Community Land Trust


As 2011 comes to an end the Saluda Community Land Trust is proud to say that many accomplishments have been met.


Trails have been made and the turnout for hikes has been wonderful. The Robinson Community Garden has had another year of great success and kudzu has been aggressively attacked. Those are just a few of our many projects, and all have been greatly supported by our community. Thank you!!


As we head on into the winter months we will continue working on clearing and enhancing trails. Trail work is a never-ending job, and there are several located right here in Saluda for the public to enjoy. If you would like to volunteer to help on trail work or would like more information about these trails, please contact trail leader Chuck Hearon at 828-749-9886.


Kudzu work will also continue into the winter months. This is a great time of year to get out and clean the underbrush and cut the vines out of the trees. We leave the dead vines in the trees to fall on their own. The snow, wind and rain will naturally help the vine fall from the trees. It also provides some birds with easy access when the time comes for them to build their nest.


One of our active sites is located at the end of Coates Street and goes to Main Street. Another is the "Dip" on Henderson Street. We are also working off Greenville Street at the Fire Department. As weather permits, work will continue at the "Not For Sale" house on Seminary Street. At this site we are decrowning, and it is amazing how many large crowns have been located. These are just a few of our kudzu sites and we are making progress throughout the community. It's wonderful to see what can be done, and it has been a pleasure to work with our neighbors in helping Saluda eradicate this plant.


Consider giving a gift of membership to a friend or family member at Christmas this year! And if you are not yet a member, we would love to have you! The annual membership is $25 per person. Please call the number below or use our website for membership.


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


Happy Holidays! 

Saluda Garden Club

saluda garden club

At our last meeting of the year, the Saluda Garden Club enjoyed a presentation by John Vining on new varieties of shrubs and perennials for our area, followed by an in-depth question and answer period. A lovely tea followed the presentation as we discussed the new information presented.


The Spring Park has been "put to bed" for the winter with lots of new bulbs planted for spring and Christmas lights hung for the holiday season. Taking care of this historical site is a project that the Saluda Garden Club enjoys year round. Spring Park is located in downtown Saluda behind City Hall. Be sure to take time out for a stroll through this peaceful environment and remember to leave everything in its place.


Saluda Garden Club will not be meeting again until February when we begin planning our additions and changes for Spring Park. We wish everyone a Happy Holiday!


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 11 o'clock on December 13 at the Saluda Presbyterian Church. We will have installation of 2012 officers and a luncheon.


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 Train Calendar
A new Saluda calendar for 2012, containing 16 pictures of old steam engines and trains, is available for sale.  Christmas special is $15 for one, two for $25.  Call Charlene Pace at 828-749-2641 to place your order.
Gingerbread House Entry
Congratulations to Jericho Thomas for entering the Grove Park Inn Gingerbread House contest with his "King Kong's Christmas" entry.
gingerbread house

Yoga Class Schedules
Cassandra Nelson, LMBT at Saluda Center

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.

Click here for directions. 64 Greenville, St. 


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.

The New Winter Series is grounded in the chakra system and, through a deeper understanding of this, assists us in illuminating the light within ourselves. There are 7 main energy centers (chakras) in the human body, each corresponding to different qualities of being, emotions, blocks/growths, illnesses/radiant health.   


The class will begin Monday evenings from 6:00-7:30 for 7 consecutive weeks, from 11/7-12/19, leaving you totally lit up for the holiday season!  Please pre-register soon as space is limited.



Beginning November 1st.


Monday 6-7:30

Tuesday 9-10:30*

Wednesday 5:45-7 (@ Body Synergy in Flat Rock)

Thursday 9-10:30*

Friday No Class

Saturday 9-10:30, 11-12:30 (@ Body Synergy in Flat Rock)

Sunday Occasional Practices TBA


*On Tuesday and Thursday, class will begin with silent/guided meditation from 9-9:15; asana will follow.   


Gratitude to each of you.


Raphaela Fritz,

Certified Anusara Instructor

RYT-500, Licenced Massage Therapist 


Call Today 828-216-3421 and visit our website at nectarme.comNectar is located at 160 Hwy 176 West.  Click here for directions.Like us on Facebook 

Give Twice This Holiday Season

Winter is knocking at our door and many small businesses are keeping their fingers crossed they will make it through this one. With the tourists away and residents hunkered down in their warm homes, winter can be a slow season. There is something we can all do to help them through this year. Shop local this holiday season. When you shop local, your money goes directly in to the pockets of your friends and neighbors, who in turn spend it to pay their employees and overhead expenses. Western North Carolina businesses have a lot to offer. This is a unique area to find handmade items you can't buy in any box store. But don't just limit your shopping to the local stores. Service related businesses are struggling as well. Buy your friend or family member a house cleaning, massage or yoga class. Gift certificates for lawn care or home repair make great presents for the hard to shop for. So, pick up a beautiful mug for a co-worker, a hand knitted hat for your mother, but also consider an art class for your niece and a car wash for your Dad. Give once to a friend or loved one, and give twice by purchasing from a small business that helps make Western North Carolina a uniquely wonderful place to live!

Happy Holidays,
Kirby Custom Builders and Robin Kirby Pottery


Todd Kirby


Saluda Dog Society

sdsWith the rush of the holiday season upon us, remember to "paws" and embrace the reason for the season. During the hustle and bustle of preparations and activities, take time to really absorb the beauty and love of this time of year, and let it flow freely into the new year.


Latest from the Barks & Wags News...and more:

In early October a member of Saluda Dog Society received a late evening call from hikers who had seen two lost dogs while on a trail at Pearson Falls. The next day, two of our members hiked up, found the dogs, and lovingly encouraged them down to the car. These dogs were friendly and clearly comfortable around people, but had most likely been out for some time. During the weekend, the dogs were cared for, taken to a veterinarian and soon were sdsrelaxed and safe. These two must be together as they carefully cared for each other, and it is believed that the older black dog called Rosie (a Lab/Border Collie mix) is the mother of the younger (a Bernese Mountain mix). They are now in foster care with final adoption soon to be finalized.


The Saluda 130th Celebration Christmas Parade, planned for Saturday, December 10th, will be great fun for the community and your entire family, so be sure to include the Parade in your holiday planning. As part of the Parade, the Saluda Dog Society will have a "Dog Walk - Pawrade" and ribbons awarded for different fun categories (ribbon judging will be 1 hour prior to Parade start). Join us in the fun! You may call Pat Waring at 828-749-1332 or email for more information.


The Grand Opening for the Saluda Community Dog Park was a great success with Saluda residents and City Officials attending and about 25 dogs playing in the new park. We wish to thank everyone for their support in making this dream become a reality. The park is open every day so bring your dog over to run and play with their friends.

Check out the Saluda Library soon for a special painting of Bridge Dog. A local artist, Ursula Miller, has kindly donated the painting to us and what better place to display it than the Saluda Library for the whole town to enjoy.   We are grateful for her love of animals and generous donation to honor Bridge Dog.


Special note....A Dog's Rules for Christmas

1. Be especially patient with your humans during this time. They may appear to be more stressed-out than usual, and they will appreciate long comforting dog leans.

2. They may come home with large bags of things they call gifts. Do not assume that all the gifts are yours.

3. Be tolerant if your humans put decorations on you. They seem to get some special kind of pleasure out of seeing how you look with fake antlers.

4. They may bring a large tree into the house and set it up in a prominent place and cover it with lights and decorations. Bizarre as this may seem to you, it is an important ritual for your humans, so there are some things you need to know:

     a. Don't pee on the tree.
     b. Don't drink water in the container that holds the tree.
     c. Mind your tail when you are near the tree.
     d. If there are packages under the tree, even ones that smell interesting or that have your name on them, don't rip them open.
     e. Don't chew on the cord that runs from the funny-looking hole in the wall to the tree.


5. Your humans may occasionally invite lots of strangers to come visit during this season. These parties can be lots of fun, but they also call for some discretion on your part:

     a. Not all strangers appreciate kisses and leans.
     b. Don't eat off the buffet table.

     c. Beg for goodies subtly.
     d. Be pleasant, even if unknowing strangers sit on your sofa.
     e. Don't drink out of glasses that are left within your reach.

6. Likewise, your humans may take you visiting. Here your manners will also be important:

     a. Observe all the rules in #4 for trees that may be in other people's houses. (4a is particularly important).
     b. Respect the territory of other animals that may live in the house.
     c. Tolerate children.
     d. Turn on your charm big time.

7. A big man with a white beard and a very loud laugh may emerge from your fireplace in the middle of the night.   DON'T BITE HIM!


The featured "Breed of the Month" for December is a group of original, unique, fun-loving and surprising dogs....the "designer dogs"....who are bred by planning and design. They are a cross between two purebred dogs, and in most cases, a written standard of documented ancestry is followed by breeders so you have an idea what to expect. It is believed by such breeders that the first generation hybrid carries the physical and mental strength, energy and force of the two purebreds. However when you adopt a hybrid, you do not know exactly what the temperament, size and exact look of the dog will be.


It is always recommended that you research both breeds in the hybrid mix to be sure they will blend well into your family and lifestyle. A good source to research is the American Canine Hybrid Club (ACHC) as they recognize all hybrids produced from purebred ancestry and there is a long list to choose from.   


Of course, there are many wonderful dogs of mixed breeds (uncertain ancestry), and each one is an original creation. They quickly capture our hearts, and we soon love them all for their one-of-a-kind personality, appearance and loving companionship.

Meet a few "designer" dogs.   


Suzie - Cock-A-Poo  

(Cocker Spaniel & Poodle)


Phoebe - Pyredoodle

(Great Pyrenees & Poodle)

Sally - Malti-Poo         

(Maltese & Poodle)






Max - "Face of Wisdom" 

(Husky & Terrier)









The Freedom of Friendship

Max & Shadow  






For more information on "designer dogs", go to:  Dog Breed Info Center.


Quotation for December:  

"Animals are such agreeable friends - they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms." ~George Elliot~


We welcome and appreciate your suggestions, information and participation. Support us to rescue or assist other animals in our community and to protect and support our loving pets. You may email or call Pat Waring at 828-749-1332.


If you have a favorite story or photo or a fun video to share about a special animal, please send them to Linda Holden at


Our next meeting is on Wednesday, December 7 at 1:15 pm in the Episcopal Church Parish Hall.


"Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains un-awakened."  (Anatole France) takes a village to save animals. Together we can!


Savor the beauty, joy, laughter, love and peace of this holiday season.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


Mission Statement:

The Saluda Dog Society is a group of concerned citizens who work cooperatively with the City of Saluda and other organizations to assist stray and needy animals. All efforts and funds received go directly toward accomplishing this mission, as well as providing education, recreational facilities, public awareness, and advocacy.


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





at the Saluda Library

Each Thursday morning at 10:30 am.

Books, songs, puppets, crafts and more!

All area preschoolers and caregivers are welcome.


Special Event  

Saluda Community Library invites you to join us for a Family Holiday Celebration with Red Herring Puppets' production of "La  Befana," an Italian Christmas tale.


Friday, December 16 at 5:00pm in the Saluda Community Meeting Room.  Light refreshments served.


This play is appropriate for all ages.


Saluda Elementary School
  Joe Adams

Saluda Elementary School

December 2011 Events 


Dec 7   African Drumming & Dance performance at PCMS for PreK-5

Dec 12 School Board Meeting at 6:30pm at Stearns Education Center

Dec 16 PCHS Band Holiday Concert for PreK-5 in the auditorium

Dec 16 PTSO Annual Christmas Bazaar

Dec 16 PTSO Books Are Really Fun Distribution #2

Dec 19 Family Fun Night: Holiday Sing-AlongPresented by Grades K-3 at 6:00pm in the auditorium

Dec 21 - Jan 1No School for Students


Holiday Shopping

If you do your holiday shopping online, and would like for Saluda Elementary to also benefit from your purchases, visit When online shoppers choose Saluda Elementary, NC and make purchases from this site, our school will receive a donation from the participating businesses!


Special Thank You!

The Saluda School Fifth Grade class would like to thank the following local businesses for their donations to our spaghetti dinner and raffle ticket fundraisers in support of our end-of-grade field trip to Charleston: Green River Barbeque, Heartwood Gallery, Pace's General Store, Purple Onion, Thompson's Store, and the Wildflour Bakery.


Raffle tickets are still on sale in the secretary's office in the Rock Building. There are over 45 prizes and gift certificates. Tickets cost $2.00 and the drawing will be held on Monday, December 19th.


Collect Box Tops & Campbell's Labels

PTSO continues to encourage everyone to save Box Tops and Campbell's Labels to support our school. Money collected from Box Tops is used to purchase books for PTSO's Books Are Really Fun program. Each PreK-5th grade student receives 5 free books each year through this program! Collecting Campbell's Labels allows the school to purchase additional educational materials!


Visit Saluda School for additional school news.

Saluda Church Services & Events

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.  
Cut Your Own Christmas Tree

We are fortunate to live where Christmas Trees are grown and harvested so close to home.  These trees get shipped all over the country.  Here's a list of tree farms in the area where you can choose your tree, cut it down, and let them bag it for the ride home.


Buncombe County
Clyde Davis Tree Farm - 129 Ball Gap Road, Arden, NC, 28704. Phone: 828-684-0890.
Gentry's Christmas Trees - 1 Hominy Creek Road, Candler, NC 28715. Phone: (828) 667-1271. Email:
Hope Hollow Farms - Weaverville, NC, 28787. Phone: 828-645-4621.
Sandy Hollow Tree Farm - 63 Sandy Hollow Road, Leicester, NC, 28748. Phone: 828-683-3645 or 828-683-2964
Haywood County  Boyd Mountain Christmas Tree Farm-445 Boyd Farm Road, Waynesville, NC, 28785. Phone: 828-926-1575 or 828-506-3513
Wesley Creek Tree Farm - 124 Gibson Branch Road, Clyde, NC, 28721. Phone: 828- 627-8077.
Rutherford County Moore's Christmas Trees - 951 Oak Springs Road, Rutherfordton, NC, 28139. Phone: 828-287-2527.
Transylvania County
Cedar Mountain Tree Farm - 1350 Reasonover Rd, Cedar Mtn, NC 28718. Phone: 828-884-5954
Colonial Acres Nursery - 2601 Hannah Ford Road, Brevard, NC 28712. Phone: (828) 884-4330. Email:
Farley Nursery - PO Box 564, Brevard, NC, 28712. Phone: 828-884-2365 or 828-883-9828
High Valley Trout and Tree Farm - 615 Cathey's Creek Road, Brevard, NC, 28712. Phone: 828-883-3951.
McCall's Tree Farm - 110 McCall Cove Road, Lake Toxaway, NC 28747. Phone: (828) 877-3503. Phone: (828) 862- 4608
Nicholson Tree Farm - PO Box 38, Lake Toxaway, NC, 28747. Phone: 828-883-8570 or 828- 883-8570
Parker Tree Farm - 230 Lyons Mountain Road, Brevard, NC, 28712. Phone: 828-862-4427 or 828-884-4712
Raxter Tree Farm - 1980 Walnut Hollow Road, Brevard, NC, 28712. Phone: 828-862- 3600
Shoal Creek Tree Farms - 796 Shoal Creek Road, Balsam Grove, NC, 28708. Phone: 828-884- 6396.

More Area Tree Farms  

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
Saluda Trivia
Did you know...

That in the 50's, the Saluda Booster Club held a Christmas program in the gym of the Saluda School every year and gave out a bag of fruit and candy to all who attended.


That Adger Pace, son of Silas Pace born in Saluda in the Mountain Page community, wrote the all time favorite Christmas song, "Beautiful Star of Bethlehem." He was working for James D. Vaughan Music Company in Lawrenceburg, TN at the time.

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

Rebecca "Becky" Calvert Flynn, 48 died Friday, November 11, 2011. She was the daughter-in-law of  Kay Henderson Flynn Lutz and Allen Lutz of 1029 Old Mtn. Page Rd., Saluda, NC.

Charles William Pearson, 85, died November 7, 2011.  


Wayne B. Dickson, 28, died November 8, 2011.


Joseph, "Joe" William Kane, 79, of Saluda, passed away on November 20, 2011. 

Saluda Lifestyles Marketplace

Shop online at the Saluda Lifestyles Mercantile for the following merchandise: 

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. 




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.   


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. 

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.
Holiday Time in Saluda
hometown christmas

Lights and garland are hung decorating Main Street as Saludians get ready for the holidays. The giving spirit is alive and well, and it's a great time of the year to renew, reflect, and reward each other with love and friendship.

130th Birthday Celebration Events

130 Years

Celebrate Saluda's 130th Birthday in December as the year of events ends with Saluda's first Christmas parade. 





Saluda's 130th Birthday Celebration Committee is well on its way to finalizing plans for Saluda's first Christmas Parade, which is scheduled for Saturday, December 10, beginning at 2:00 pm.  The Grand Marshall, who will be leading the Parade, is Celebration Committee member, Charlene Pace.  We have dogs of all shapes and sizes, local churches, downtown businesses, and fire departments signed up to participate.  And, of course, Santa Claus will make an appearance.  Think Christmas Spirit, and be a part of making history by participating in Saluda's first Christmas Parade. 


Please plan to join us on Friday night, December 9, at 7:00 pm during Hometown Christmas for the Saluda City Christmas Tree Lighting, which will be in the Veteran's Memorial Park in downtown Saluda.  We hope everyone, especially Saluda School students, will join us for the tree lighting and for singing Christmas Carols.


If you would like to enter the parade, please contact Terry Baisden by phone at 828-749-3789. There is no entry fee to participate.  If you cannot be in the parade, then mark your calendars so you don't miss this inaugural event and miss all the fun!


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 from 6pm to 8pm. 

December 10 - Celebration Christmas Parade at 2pm.


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


In February, a group of Saluda citizens decided that Saluda should celebrate its 130th birthday.  These volunteers organized and participated in more than 20 celebration events held over the last tcommitteeen months.  These volunteers are:  Terry Baisden, Catherine Ross, Judy Ward, Greaton Sellers, Caroline Farris, Charlene Pace, Linda Whitaker, and Nora Parks Anderson.  The town is grateful to this energetic group for organizing and planning events in honor of Saluda.  Job well done!  


Hometown Christmas


The Saluda Business Association

Invites You To

 Saluda Hometown Christmas

Friday, December 9,  

6:00-8:00 pm

Open House and Music on Main St., Greenville St. (follow the luminaries to the Saluda Inn and Wine Cellar and the Oaks B&B), and Across the Bridge to Green River BBQ, Top of the Mornin', and Cathy Jackson Realty  


130 YearsChristmas Tree Lighting at Veterans Park at 7:00pm


 8:30pm Ecumenical Service Saluda Presbyterian Church


Saturday, December 10

9:30am - 1:00pm

Children's Workshop at  

Saluda Fire Department

Sponsored by Mountain Life Realty


130 YearsFirst Saluda Christmas Parade 2pm on Main Street




You can kick off your holiday shopping in Saluda during Hometown Christmas on Friday, December 9 from 6 to 8pm.  This annual event is sponsored by the Saluda Business Association.  


Music Venues

at Saluda Hometown Christmas


Cathy Jackson Realty & Top of the Mornin' (across bridge)- Suzuki Players -  Strings


Saluda Community Library - Blue Ridge Flute Ensemble - Suzanne Haskell & Friends


Saluda Police Department - Cass Haskell and Larry Keith - Guitar and Base


Purple Onion - Robert Seiler - Keyboard


Heartwood  -  Montreat Duo - Ben Smith and Karen Entzie - Cello and Violin


Evening Shade Pottery - Kyle and Cassidy Sorenson - Guitar


Historic Thompson's Store & Ward's Grill - Sonya Monts - Dancer's Extension


Saluda Grade - Skeezik - Celtic Ensemble - Alan Dillman and Friends  


M. A. Pace - Joah and Daphne Bickley - Strings


Somewhere in Time - James Metcalf and the  Green River Boys 


Macon Bank - Todd Neel and Friends - Old Time Music


Joni's Artisanal Wine & Beer - Frank Beeson - Guitar


Wildflour Bakery and Café - Cat and Friends - Vocal


Saluda Inn & Wine Cellar (Greenville St.) - Naughty Pillows - Harmonic Trio


Christmas Tree Lighting at Veteran's Park -7:00pm


Saluda Presbyterian Church - 8:00 - Sophie Young, Grace Lauer, and Zoe Parsons - Violin Trio -  Ecumenical Service at 8:30 immediately following the music.


Thanks to Walter Hoover for arranging and coordinating the music venue and performers for Saluda Hometown Christmas.


Special Invitations for Hometown Christmas  

randomartsRandom Arts

Start your Saluda Hometown Christmas early at the 5:00 o'clock hour at Random Arts. Join us for spirited holiday drinks and seasonal hors d'oeuvres in our new location at the edge of town on the corner of Louisiana and Ozone. Look for holiday lights and the bright orange door. We will be serving up holiday cheer and munchies from 5pm till 9pm.


Saluda Inn & Wine Cellar  

The Saluda Inn Christmas Art Shoppe will hopefully become a yearly event, and will feature local artists from the Saluda and surrounding areas.  There will be painters, potters, fabric and fiber art, silver smithing and blacksmithing, and local writers to sign books.  The doors open at 6:30 and will stay open until 9:30.  There will be Christmas carolers, snacks, and warm beverages served.  This is a great opportunity to get a start on your Christmas shopping and support our local artists. 


chestnutsThe Oaks Bed & Breakfast  

Dale and Donna at the Oaks B&B invite you to their inn on Greenville St. for cheery fires, holiday cider, and warm welcomes to all! 


What's Happening in Music and Art

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


What's Happening in December at the Purple Onion?

It's a busy month for us all but mark your calendars now so you don't miss our fabulous line up of live music and special events. The Purple Onion will be closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day but will be open Monday, December 26 - 31, including Wednesday, December 28.


December 1 -
 Jon Shain

December 3 - Overmountain Men - Evocative musical portraits of America by an old friend.

December 8 - Uptown Jazz Quartet - Straight-ahead jazz from great players.

December 10Wendy Hayes Hendersonville jazz stylist makes her debut.

December 11 - POSEM Concert - Details Below

December 15Kellin Watson - A favorite singer/songwriter from Asheville.

December 17Shane Pruitt Band - Their many fans need to plan ahead to be here.

December 22 - Jeffery Hyde Thompson - Another fine singer/songwriter now living in Asheville.

December 24 - Christmas Eve - No Music

December 29Jimmy Landry - Knowing that Jimmy is returning makes me smile.

December 31 - New Years Eve - Big Party


Every Friday Night - Fred Whiskin at the piano.  

 Bubbles and Bites

Monday, December 5


Sparkling Wine and Holiday Party Foods Tasting

The holidays are one of the best times to have sparkling wine chilled and ready for impromptu celebrations with friends and family. Aside from the inherent appeal of the sparkling appearance and subtle but seductive nose, all sparkling wines share a vibrant acidity which enhances the flavors of a broad range of foods and makes them a perfect choice for many holiday foods from hors d'oeuvres to the entrée.

At our next tasting, we will sample several sparkling wines from Prosecute to Champagne and a buffet of delicious hors d'oeuvres available from the Purple Onion during the holiday season.  Madeline Kearns from Empire and Robert Braswell from Tryon Distributing will be on hand to enlighten you on the sparkling wine selections. It's a perfect opportunity to stock up on sparkling wines for the season and also preorder some Purple Onion specialties such as our Sunburst smokes trout dip, fig salami and rabbit liver pate. Seating is limited so please make your reservations early. Cost is $45 and includes tasting seven different sparkling wines and a buffet of delicious hors d'oeuvres.

         POSEM Concert Series presents

Avett and Childers

December 11, 6 Pm


Having met and become friends and collaborators over the last couple of years, Jim Avett and David Childers, along with Randy Saxon and Ray Bob Morton, will bring their take on a number of old, should not be forgotten, hymns and gospel songs to the Purple Onion Sunday, December 11.


Childers recounts meeting Jim through his sons, the now famous Avett Brothers, as the sons and brothers were making a huge name for themselves along with New Jersey transplant Bob Crawford, on the Charlotte area circuit in the early 2000s. "Jim was a nice, interesting man; but I did not know he was also a talented guitar player, singer, and writer. I guess I should have figured it though. I started learning that this past Spring." They played their first show together as an afternoon opener for the famous sons back in April.


After that, Avett and Childers decided they should make a record of gospel songs. Over the course of the summer they learned songs, and then began recording. At present the record is still in the works; but the players will perform many of the songs they are working on, as well as many others, when they perform at the Purple Onion. Randy Saxon and Ray Bob will back them up on guitar, mandolin, and banjo. "I knew some of these songs, but Jim has introduced me to many more. These are songs that have given strength and hope to people for years; but sadly, perhaps because they stem from a more rural, old timey place, they are being forgotten. We hope our performing them will keep them alive a lot longer. Songs like "Lilly Of The Valley", "Beaulah Land", "When the Role is Called Up Yonder", and "I have Found A friend In Jesus", deserve long life."


Admission for the concert is $15, and  reservations can be made by calling the Purple Onion at 828-749-1179. Doors open at 5 PM with light fare available on the heated patio prior to the concert. Beverages and desserts will be available during the concert.


New Years Eve at the Purple Onion

5:30 Seating

Fred Whisken on Piano Playing Blues to Brubeck

Al a Carte Menu


8:00 Seating

Music from 9:00 until 12:30 with The Scoot Pitman Trio

Four Course Dinner with Optional Appetizers

Champagne Toast

$65 (plus tax and gratuity) 


The Purple Onion will be offering two seatings this year for New Year's Eve. For those who prefer an earlier, quiet dinner, join us at 5:30 for a special New Years Eve al a carte menu and Fred Whiskin on piano.


The second seating will begin at 8 PM and will feature a four course dinner and music by The Scoot Pitman Trio. Music 9:00 - 12:30 with champagne toasts at midnight. The price for the evening is $65 and includes dinner, music, party favors and a champagne toast.


Music at the Purple Onion is scheduled by Robert Seiler.  POSEM Concerts arranged by Mike Dennis.  


The Purple Onion is located at 16 Main Street, Saluda, NC 28774.  Click here for directions. Like us on Facebook 

 megan ward

December Music Schedule 

December 2      private Christmas Party
December 3      Southern Pointe


"A Carolina Christmas" is a fantastic performance and a two part presentation that is beyond anything that could be seen anywhere. With a blend of musical talents, the first half is an upbeat blend of songs that includes Santa and some Reindeer. Then Pastor Ben will bring us the story of the Christ Child. His reading from the Bible is the ageless story of the precious Gift that God gave to us all. His words will be blended with beautiful Christmas Hymns. The song "Oh Holy Night" will make you think you are there in "The Manger."   Sunday, December 4, 2011 at 7:00pm. Don't miss it this year!! This concert will be another event for Saluda in celebration of our 130th Anniversary. Free admission.


Jamboree will be closed for holiday parties and celebrations from December 5 until January 7. When we start the new year we will have a new name, but it will be the same great place to come have fun. No, we did not sell out or move out, same Bob and Linda owners!! Just updating and moving into the future. The new year may bring some changes to our schedule with more private events being booked. Check our website for some changes and schedules of events. Bob and Linda, with the new name of, "The Party Place & Events Center" will be looking for you in 2012!


Our best wishes to all for a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year!
2012 At "The Party Place"
First special will be on January 21 with "John Martin" and the Southern Drive Band- admission $10.00.


Check our events schedule on the website, or contact us at
 (828) 749-3676. Saluda Jamboree is located on Friendship Church Rd., Saluda, NC 28773. Click here for directions.
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wine cellarThe Saluda Inn and Wine Cellar

Open Thursday - Saturday at 7PM - Music begins at 8PM

Featuring Local Artists and Musicians - 20 Wines by the Glass and Local Beers


 December Events

Thur. 1 Meet the Artists - Dorrie & Amber

Fri. 2 Kyle Sorenson

Sat. 3   Chelsea Lynn LeBate

Fri. 9

   6:00-9:00 Joni Artisanal Wine Shop - Special Christmas Concert with Shohei Toyoda

   6:30-9:30 Saluda Inn Christmas - Artist Shoppe

   7:00-9:00 Naughty Pillows

   9:00-11:00 Kyle Sorenson

Sat.10 Angela Easterling

Thur.15 CLOSED for Private Party

Fri.16 Eric Condon

Sat.17 Trophy Husbands

Thur.22 Wine Drinkers with a Reading Problem: Tolstoy and the Purple Chair

Fri.23 Check

Sat.24 Closed. We wish you a Merry Christmas.

CLOSED December 29, 30 & 31


We wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Check our website for our scheduled music events or call 828-749-9698.
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jimcarsonJim Carson, Saluda artist, has announced his 2012 workshop schedule:  June 9-11 and October 27-29. Jim has cut most of his workshop schedule for 2012 because of his continuing study with artist James Richards in Atlanta.


Jim will be included in a show at Skyuka Gallery in Tryon, titled "Peace, Joy, and Paint," which hangs through December 20. This painting of "Greenville Street in Saluda" is in this show.


Jim's original works are also featured at Heartwood Gallery, on Main Street in Saluda.

For more information about Jim's art, visit Jim Carson, email or call 828-749-3702.Like us on Facebook



Bonnie Jo Bardos, "Esto Perpetua:  Golden Time" (oil, cold wax on linen).
Saluda artist, Bonnie Joy Bardos and her "Esto Perpetua" landscape paintings, are now represented by Patricia Carlisle Fine Art at 544 Canyon Road, Santa Fe, New Mexico. Patricia Carlisle, gallery owner states, "Because we show only six artists, the caliber and quality of the art is absolutely top-of-the-line. This benefits the artists because the gallery is totally dedicated to selling their work, so they can be 100 percent creative in the studio." Bonnie also won a 2010 Regional Projects Artist Grant toward work on the "Esto Perpetua" series which she started several years ago and plans to continue donating a portion of each painting's sale proceeds to Saluda Community Land Trust. Like us on Facebook




dancers extenstion

Look for our students to perform during Hometown Christmas at Ward's Grill.  We will have three groups performing, including our National Honor Society of Dance Arts candidates.  Before Hometown Christmas, our students will also take their talent to Autumn Care Nursing Facility to entertain the residents there.


The Nutcracker Workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, December 21.  There is a morning session (9AM - noon) or a full day session (9AM-3PM).  This is a wonderful opportunity for children to listen to the classic story of The Nutcracker and for them to learn some of the basic choreography from the ballet.  We will have LIVE piano accompaniment by Shane Jenkins; so this one day you don't want to miss!  The Nutcracker Workshop is open not only to registered students but also to all children in the community.  Contact the studio for more information and to register.


Adult classes continue on a regular schedule.  Please check our website for the current schedule.  We will be CLOSED for all classes from December 23 - January 1 for the holidays.  All classes will resume on a regular schedule on Monday, January 2, 2012.  Join us!  Beginners 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       

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 random arts 

Random Arts Workshop is now at its charming new location at the edge of town in a restored Craftsman style bungalow with plenty of private, off-street  parking.  481 Louisiana Ave., Saluda, NC 28773, Phone 828-749-1165.  Open Thurs., Fri., and Sat, 10am till 5pm.

 "Ruby Thursday" Play Days
Ruby Thursdays begin on October 6th and will continue until December 8th. Each workshop is limited to 12 students and there are 2 sessions:  10am -12noon, and  1pm - 3pm.

The cost for materials, for each 2 hour class is $10, and pre-registration is necessary.*

*everyone should bring their BTK (basic tool kit) which includes: scissors, exacto, glues, ruler, heat tool, paint brushes, pliers for jewelry/charms, bone folder, hole punch and any other items that you use on a regular basis.


December 1st - Quick & Easy Holiday Cards


December 8th - Fabric Covered Box   

Create this fun little box from bits of fabric and re-purposed cardboard.  It is reversible, collapsible, and best of all...functional!  Use it to store those odds and ends that clutter up your workspace.  Once you know how, you will want to make more!  


Our new hours are:

Thursday, Friday and Saturday

10 am till 5pm


Our email: 

Our blog: 

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chicken house 

The Old Chicken House    

The Old Chicken House group looks forward to a busy holiday season with new works exhibited in the gallery. Paintings cover the walls, many not previously shown.


Artists include Ray Pague, fine artist, who often finds his subjects in local scenes, painting on location. He works mainly in oils and water colors.


Doug Honeycutt, painter and sculptor, has recently completed several paintings of historic structures which no longer exist inspired from memory and old photos. Doug's sculptures, from serpentine and other stone, evolve, he says, as he carves without predetermined subjects in mind.


Recognized for his imaginative and fanciful paintings, as well as his papier mache figures, Mike Locke created the famous chicken head seen in The Old Chicken House entry in the past July Coon Dog Day parade. The huge head is displayed in The Old Chicken House gallery.


Niece Lundgren, noted for her colorful pencil drawings of flowers hasfour large renderings of pansies, another lily against a dark background and a group of spring bouquet prints.


The newest member of the "Chicken House family," Michael Nonamaker, impresses visitors and "family" with his unique items which originate from his innate eye of the craftsman. Working largely in wood and glass, he retrieves worn and weathered wood-some from rivers and lakes. He creates sand-blasted designs on panes of old windows and jewelry from glass, heated and formed to create his own visions in shapes and colors of beads.


"Wreaths by Ruthie" hang in the garden room. The silk flowers and foliage are individually designed for each season and various décor.


Our Winter schedule continues: open Fridays and Saturdays from 11 to 5, other times by request.  


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 Scoop

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



mapaceThe Morgan family would like you to come by and join us at M.A. Pace General Store. As the Christmas season approaches, we have all of your gift giving needs. We offer a wide range of merchandise from Pointer overalls, mulled apple cider that will warm your heart, old fashion candies, Claxton fruitcakes, homemade jams and jellies, local honey, Hoop cheese, and Amish butter. You can enjoy that old fashion Christmas that you remembered as a child. Gift baskets are available. Don't forget we carry a full line of plumbing, hardware, and cold weather winterizing supplies.   


M.A. Pace is located on 60 E Main Street and you can contact at 828-749-2401.


somwhereintimeWe invite you to come into Somewhere in Time where you will always find a great selection of jewelry, scarves, purses--perfect for those holiday parties. We also carry a full line of jam and jellies which are great for that hostess gift or for your own holiday entertaining. Can't make up your mind what to give that hard person on your gift list? Give them a Somewhere in Time gift certificate. We also would like to invite you to Hometown Christmas December 9 from 6 to 8pm. We will be serving refreshments and live music by James Metcalf and the Green River Boys.  


Somewhere in Time is located at 71 E Main Street and you can contact at 828-749-1514.


The Morgan family wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!  



 sdsDon't forget to come up to the Saluda Mountain Lodge on Holbert Cove Rd. for Saluda's Hometown Christmas night. We will have hot chocolate and yummy treats and, weather permitting; a fire in the firepit.  Come on up and see the Christmas lights that set the hill "aglow."   ALSO-from now until December 31, we will have a red sleigh parked in front of our office.  Please bring canned goods or non-perishable items to donate to the local food pantry (Thermal Belt Outreach) for Polk County...or clothing and gifts for the Steps to Hope shelter in Columbus which helps families dealing with domestic violence/abuse.  Remember-"Need knows no season" and together we can make a difference.


Please contact Wendy at 828-749-4951. Visit the website.  Click here for directions. Like us on Facebook




buttercup cottageGive the gift of the largest home in the USA. Discounted tickets for Biltmore Estate are available from Marti Wells at Buttercup Cottage.  Tickets are $45 and there is no expiration date.  Good for daytime adult admission.  Call 828-749-9538 for tickets or additional information.



Green River BBQ

Cross over the bridge during Hometown Christmas and enjoy a warm bowl of Smokehouse Chili or Brunswick stew free with the purchase of any entrée. Melanie will also be giving away her famous sugar cookies to all Hometown Christmas strollers.


December Specials

We will be offering all items on the "Appetizer and Small Bites" menu, reduced by $2.00 to $5.99, Tuesday's through Thursday's, all day and night. 


We still have our daily specials that include a drink for $4.99.


Tuesday  - small pork sandwich with homemade slaw.

Wednesday - bowl of Brunswick stew and 1/2 grill cheese.

Thursday - bacon burger with fries.

Friday - bowl of smokehouse chili with garlic and Texas toast.


Pint Narragansett 1.50--everyday all day!


Become a Facebook fan and you will receive specials and $$ dollar off offers!


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! Like us on Facebook 


Green River BBQ is located at 131 Highway 176 West. Click here for directions.   



cabinfeverCabin Fever would like to welcome new onsite managers:  Scott and Christy Dixon.  We would like to thank all of our guests as well as Scott and Christy for making October our best month ever.  We are sorry we had to turn down so many reservations and hope to see everyone soon. Remember to book early!


Scott has done great work improving the grounds, roads and cabins while Christy has been working on some exciting new promotions.

biltmoreDiscover the wonders of Biltmore! Experience the breathtaking beauty of the 250-room Biltmore House- America's largest home- and historic gardens decorated for the Holidays.


Christmas at Biltmore is a world renowned event and we are very excited to be offering you two very special Biltmore Holiday Packages.


*2 Night Biltmore Holiday Package:  $323.35 for 2 nights in any cabin and 2 tickets to the Biltmore Estate.

*3 Night Biltmore Holiday Package:  $368.69 for 3 nights in any cabin and 2 tickets to the Biltmore Estate.


Each ticket valid for two days.  Biltmore packages only available by phone. Call Christy toll-free at  800-767-7368.  Additional discounted tickets are available for sale in our office.


Of course, if you just want to come and visit Cabin Fever, the cabins are available for regular rentals also.

Cabin Fever is located at 7337 Spartanburg Highway, Saluda, NC 28773, 800-767-7368, Visit website and click here for directions.  



tan tastic

Tan-Tastic Tanning will be offering for the month of December these specials:



*$25/month- regular

*$30/month with 3 upgrades

*Hi Intensity bed for $40

*all lotions 25% off


Gift cards are available that can be used for tanning, lotions, and/or nails.  Special for Manicure and Pedicure for $35.00, or Manicure or Pedicure at 10% off for the month of December.


We would like to take this opportunity to wish each and every one a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year. Thank you for your business in 2011, and we are looking forward to serving you in 2012.


Call 828-749-1000 for appointments.

Tan-Tastic is located at 18 Pearson's Fall Rd, Saluda.  Click here for directions.


Happy Holidays from Historic Thompson's Store and Ward's Grill

Shop local and come by to purchase Gift Certificates and Christmas Baskets with your favorite jelly, jams and marinades. The new book of "Rattler and Friends" will be here by December 9. You will want this for your special child or grandchild. New in the deli to purchase is homemade Chicken Pot Pie, Meatloaf, Applesauce, Sweet Potato Soup, Vegetable Soup, and Vegetable Beef Soup. Been out shopping or watching that favorite football team, come by and pick up a quick meal. Remember for your special Christmas stuffing, add "Charlie's World Famous Sausage" for the "Saluda Taste."  


Here's a new recipe from Mort, "Ravioli with Butter Sauce." 6oz Ravioli, 1 stick unsalted butter, 2 tbls. Balsamic vinegar, ½ cup walnut pieces, parmesan cheese and salt. Boil water and add salt to taste. In a sauté pan melt butter and add Balsamic vinegar. Toast walnuts in a 325 degree oven until you can smell the toasty aroma. Boil the ravioli for 5 to 6 minutes. (The ravioli will begin to float after about 4 to 5 minutes. Allow it to cook for another minute.) Remove ravioli from boiling water and place in sauté pan with butter & Balsamic vinegar mixture. Toss ravioli in the mixture until thoroughly coated. Place ravioli in serving dish, sprinkle with toasted walnuts and grate fresh parmesan cheese on top. Serve immediately. Everything to make this delicious dish can be purchased at Thompson Store.


On December 8, from 4 to 6pm, we invite you to a Wine Tasting with Madeline. Come by to taste your favorite wine or request a new brand for us to order. A small fee will be charged with a coupon to offset for a purchase in the store. 


The night of our town's Home Town Christmas, Marti Wells will be sampling her jelly, jams, and Dan Marinade Sauce. Hope to see everyone during the holidays from all of us at Historic Thompson's Store and Ward's Grill.


Upper Floor of Historic Thompson's Store/Ward's Grill

Historic Thompson's Store and Ward's Grill, located in the heart of down


town Saluda wants to remind you that they have now opened the newly-renovated second floor and is accepting reservations

for private gatherings and business meetings!

Please contact Judy Ward to book reservations or to make inquiries at 828-749-2321.  


The store and grill are located at 24 Main Street, Saluda, NC.  Click here for directions. Phone is 828-749-2321.


Wildflour Bake Shop's 2011 Holiday Shopping List 
* Festive Holiday Bag-  A trio of sweet treats:  One mini loaf each of our Cranberry Cardamon Orange Bread and Oatmeal Cinnamon Raisin Bread paired up with the perfect creamy, sweetness of our home-made Honey Cinnamon Butte,r and it comes wrapped for gift giving!  $16.00 or 3 or more for $14.00 each

*Wildflour's 2012 Mug- Hand-made right in Saluda by Evening Shade Pottery.  An original design for Wildflour will surely make anyone on your list jolly.

*Christmas Cookie Assortment:  An exciting and original assortment of our favorite Christmas Cookies:  Mexican Wedding Cookies, Baby Brownies, Grandma's Christmas Specials, Pecan Pie Bites, Bourbon Balls, Fruitcake Cookies and Snickerdoodles
1/2 Lb. $8.95  -  Party Platter $22.00

*Stollen- A Scandinavian yeasted holiday bread: Glazed on the outside and packed full of dried apricots, cranberries, pineapple, papaya and raisins on the inside.
$8/75/ 3 or more $7.25 each

*Flourless Chocolate Torte- Rich, serious chocolate for everyone!  Gluten free!

*Christmas Morning Quiche- Festive and fabulous, Wildflour's famous Spinach Quiche is sure to become a favorite holiday tradition.

*Chocolate Lovers Stocking Stuffer- A little something for the chocoholic on your shopping list.  Baby double chocolate brownies, Mini mocha cookies and home-made chocolate peppermint bark all wrapped up in a cozy little box with bow.  $5.95


All Orders Must Be In By December 18th.  Last Pick Up Is By Noon on December 24th. 


Please call the bakery elves at 828-749-9224 or 828-749-3356  



 Thursday      8am - 4pm

 Friday          8am - 5pm

 Saturday      8am - 5pm

 Sunday        9am - 3pm


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 Like us on Facebook



Rachel Box, owner of Salon Rachelle ll  

Just in time to get well groomed for the holiday season, Salon Rachelle II is announcing that on Mondays during the month of December, men customers will receive a 10% discount on haircuts and pedicure services!  Salon is located at 31 Pearson Falls Rd. Phone 828-749-2600. 



oaksHappy Holidays from The Oaks Bed and Breakfast

After a splendid fall season, we would like to invite you to join us for an unforgettable Blue Ridge holiday experience. The fall colors have gone to make way for sparkling ornaments and lights, garlands and bows. Welcoming fireplaces and hot chocolate create a living scene from a Norman Rockwell painting.


Our beautiful Victorian home is open to you and your family for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years at a special holiday rate! Receive a $40 discount on any four-night reservation from November 23 through January 2 on top of our already reduced rates from fall!


Visit the Biltmore's Candlelight Christmas, take in a holiday production at the Flat Rock Playhouse and tour the natural beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Enjoy tree lighting ceremonies and shopping on Main Street Saluda, as well as well as pageants, parades and music of the season.


Relax by the fire: Get caught up on your reading or needlepoint. Eat when you're hungry and rest when you're tired. Discover unobstructed mountain views at every turn and wake each morning to our famous gourmet breakfast.


Relax... Explore... and Enjoy... the Holidays at The Oaks Bed and Breakfast.

Simplify holiday gift giving - Share an Oaks Bed and Breakfast Gift Certificate, specially prepared and available in any denomination for everyone on your list.


Contact the Oaks at 828-749-2000 or email  Visit their website for more information. Located at 339 Greenville Street.

Art Clues
Ideas for Creating and Appreciating Art


The Craft Of Art

The Art Of Craft


The phrase "arts and crafts" is used frequently. In planning an art festival or exhibit, it can be difficult to separate the two. Arts ask for careful crafting skills, and crafts ask for meaningful artistic skills. What is the difference between artistic skills and crafting skills?


As I began thinking about this subject, the differences between the left brain and right brain came to mind. This is an especially interesting subject to me, since I had two simultaneous careers at a medical school, one in psychology, and one supervising the art department. In studying the book "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain," I found these two definitions which I am using to describe '"the craft of art" and "the art of craft."


"Right Brain Mode: a state of information processing characterized as simultaneous, global, spatial, and relational."



This sculpture, "Women in the Family," I consider to be mostly right brain work: grandmother, daughters and granddaughters expressing love, but poorly crafted.


"Left Brain Mode: a mental state of information processing characterized as linear, verbal, analytic and logical." (Definitions are from Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards.)


This sculpture I consider to be an example of mostly left brain work. It was done from a model and is extremely accurate--in fact, measured carefully, using special tools so that it is crafted with precision.


Typically artists are more right brain, creating the elements of space, value, and color, in relation to their feelings. Crafters are typically more left brain and are likely to analyze and be sure to treat their materials logically and carefully, following the rules.


Both left and right brain information processing are important for crafters and for artists.




This piece is close to being crafty and artistic in my opinion; however, the lack of craftsmanship with the white left on it takes away from its being whole - artsy and crafty.


Art with no craft tends to omit such things as drawing skills, proportions, careful finishing, and creating perspective.


Craft with no art focuses on skills and rules and often omits feelings and elements that create a relationship with the viewer.


In an effort to apply this article to my own work, I looked at sculpture I've done over time. I realize that I was very careful in my early years and school years learning to follow the rules. I spent most of my energy in midlife painting. As I became more expressive and confident over time with painting, I took up sculpting again. Now the sculpture which I spend time with at Tryon Painters and Sculptors is emotionally stimulating, but the craftsmanship is poor. My goal is to integrate craft into my sculpture without eliminating the emotions that are inspired.



The two pieces above are somewhat decently crafted, with art taking the lead. It is my goal to balance the two, to craft my art more carefully.



Thanks to my grandson, Joseph Plever for his help with the computer photography.


Beverly Bowden Pickard


Historic Saluda Committee Update


Merry Christmas Saluda! New website goes live on Christmas Day!


Ho! Ho! Ho! Santa Claus is going to be delivering YOU a very special gift. On Christmas Day the new Historic Saluda website will come to life. Just go to As promised, the Historic Saluda Committee has created a very special website featuring the historic town of Saluda, NC. This is being funded by the sales of the DVD, Home, Hearth and History: Stories of Old Saluda, which would not have been possible without the help of those of you that provided financial contributions to fund the making of the DVD! On this site we have archived lots of the oral history film footage and photographs that have been collected over the past year, most of which have never been seen publically before. There will be hundreds of old timey photos and even photos from the present day. There will also be information about the progress to restore Saluda City Hall, the annual Historic Tour of Homes, articles about Saluda's history and railroad, information about historic homes and inns, stories and pictures of Saluda's people from the past and present, Coon Dog Day pictures and much much more. This living website will grow and grow as the years go by while we continue to archive the information we collect. We invite you to be a part of this by sharing pictures and stories of Saluda. Contact Cindy Stephenson Tuttle at


What is the perfect Christmas gift?

Share a little bit of Saluda with those you love! Home, Hearth and History: Stories of Old Saluda makes the perfect gift and can be purchased ($20) at the following locations: Saluda City Hall, Cathy Jackson Realty, Green River BBQ, Macon Bank, The Purple Onion, the Apple Mill, Heartwood Gallery, Duck Alley, Green River Adventures, Manna Cabana, Polk Fresh Market, Saluda Public Library, Saluda Inn and Wine Cellar, the Oaks Bed and Breakfast, Orchard Inn, M.A. Pace General Store and Historic Thompson's Store. You can also purchase it on-line at All proceeds go toward future projects.


gilbertFeatured Interview: Lula Staton and James Dean Gilbert


Lula Staton, her nephew James Dean Staton and his wife, Linda, were recently interviewed at their home in Saluda by Cindy Stephenson Tuttle and Charlene Pace. Lula, who is 99 years old, is the daughter of the late Tom and Bessie Staton. As a child she lived on Staton Ridge until her home burned in the 1920's. They later moved to Louisiana Ave. to live with her Aunt Tiny. James' mother, Emmie Gilbert, and Lula were sisters. James shared stories of his time with the Saluda Volunteer Fire Department, where he was the Fire Chief for many years. He joined the fire department when he was 15 years old and stayed until an illness forced him to retire a few years ago. During his tenure with the fire department, he helped start the EMT program and he also helped to get tax dollars for the department in order for it to become more financially stable. James told a funny story about the 1960's when they had to push the old fire truck down Main Street to get it to crank, often causing a delay in getting to a fire. Later the old truck blew up and they found a way to purchase a good pumper truck. Unfortunately, the old truck was later stolen from where it was parked on Main Street and was subsequently found by the FBI in Georgia. It was not salvageable. The FBI told Saluda officials that if they valued their lives, they should not ask any questions. James said it's a shame the truck was stolen because today the old fire truck would make a nice addition to the Coon Dog Day Parade. James shared fond memories of Fred Pace's store (AG Grocery), Thompson's Store, the old ice plant and even told a tale about hungry hobos who got off the train in Saluda. James relayed that he is a member of the 1960 high school class from Saluda School High, which consisted of a grand total of seven class members. Lula's grandfather, who was also James' great-grandfather, Monteville M. Staton (M.M.) was a Baptist preacher in the Saluda area. He was ordained at the Saluda Baptist Church and preached at Fork Creek and Piney Grove. As a hobby, M.M. Staton enjoyed woodworking and made a lot of his own furniture. M.M. had a habit of writing down his recipes for stains and varnishes in journals, which fortunately his family kept. Several years ago, James took those old recipes and published them in a book called, "100 Year Old Formulas for Working with Wood." These booklets were once available for sale around Saluda but are no longer available. James is considering offering them for sale again in the future. For more of this interview, stay tuned. This interview and others will be made available on the Historic Saluda website on Christmas Day.


Historic Preservation Tip of the Month

Ever wonder how to research the history of your old home? Here is a great article on the website for the National Trust for Historic Preservation:


How do I Research the History of My Home?

Here are some tips to help you get started:

  • Search for deeds, tax records, property abstracts, and maps to determine your house's previous owners and the history of the building. Your city or county records office can help you begin.
  • Look through city directories, census records, and insurance maps for information on the house's previous owners. Your public library and local historical society will have this information.
  • Conduct a search of the house and its yard. An architect or archaeologist can offer advice as to what to look for, and don't forget to search the rafters for records the former owners may have left behind.
  • To determine whether the house is a designated historic structure on the local, state, or national level, or to find out if it is within a historic district, contact your State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO).
  • If your house is a locally designated historic structure, or in a historic district, you may need local approval to make any changes to the exterior. Ask your local planning office.
  • Easements or other tax abatement programs may be available to you. Again, your local planning office and local preservation commission are the best sources of information.
  • For additional tips on researching the history of your home, please visit the National Trust Library's website at this 

Please note: This article is from the website of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.


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

Cindy S. Tuttle, Chair 

Historic Saluda Oral History Committee

Keeping the Peace-Saluda Style
by Clark Thompson


Maintaining law and order in Saluda during the late '40s and early '50s rested on the shoulders of our own Mayberry style police department. Serving as lawmen were L. B. Gibson, Police Chief Willis Johnson, Carthur Metcalf, and Harv Grumbles.  Of the four, Chief Johnson and Officer Grumbles, who walked with a very pronounced limp, were more likely to be seen in regular police uniforms, while Officers Gibson and Metcalf preferred the more casual look of khaki shirts and pants.  Chief Johnson even drove an official looking police car, either a black '49 or '50 Ford with a long antenna swishing from the rear fender and a siren mounted on top of the car. It is unlikely that any of the four had more than rudimentary law enforcement training, and not all of them served during the same period of time.


One story passed down by some old timers concerned Chief Johnson, who before becoming a police officer, dedicated some of his efforts and skills to making bootleg whiskey, and had actually been involved in a shootout with injuries, ostensibly over some shine either stolen from him or not paid for.  In any case, he never served jail time for his involvement in the fracas. House painting was his other occupation.


One Halloween night in the mid 1950's, four of my buddies and I decided to aggravate Willis by firing cherry bomb firecrackers into the air using sling shots. From a position on Henderson Street just above Thompson's Store, the launched firecrackers flew hundreds of feet into the air before reverberating in deafening explosions that echoed off the surrounding hills. Our location for the assault was carefully planned to allow us full view in anticipation of the stealth attack we assumed would be coming from Willis. At that time there was a steep red clay bank at the upper elevation of the alley bordering M.A. Pace's Store which was lighted by a pole light. Shortly after a series of these explosions had been launched, Willis came sneaking up the alley. However, the light not only provided illumination for him to negotiate the clay bank, it also alerted us in plenty of time to make our successful escape.


We skedaddled west on Henderson Street to Carolina Avenue, then south to Main Street and stopped at the Saluda's Gulf Station to catch our respective breaths. The station, where Saluda Realty is now located, was closed. However, within minutes Jack Ward drove up in his '53 Buick Special, and we all piled into his car to warm up while embellishing the details of our firecracker assault. In a few minutes, Willis walked up to the car while holding one arm. As Jack rolled down his window, it became obvious that Willis had taken a tumble because he was covered in red mud. When Jack quizzed him as to what had happened, Willis stated that he had been trying to catch some fools shooting firecrackers and had broken his arm in a fall. However, he said he knew who the culprits were and would deal with them later. Apparently, Willis assumed that, since we were in Jack's car, we had been with him all along. It was all we could do to suppress more laughter. At the Chief's request, Jack drove him to a local doctor who applied a temporary splint until Willis could get more extensive medical attention later in Hendersonville.


Willis kept a sleeping room upstairs over City Hall and, due to the pain and suffering from the broken arm, rarely left his room for several weeks. Carthur, who normally pulled law enforcement duty at night, was always a friend to young teenage boys like me, and it was common to while away many nighttime hours just sitting on the bench in front of City Hall in idle conversations with him. After Willis' injury Carthur also made sure that Willis had food and other necessities during his time of recovery.


(Story to be continued).


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.
Who is That Man in the Red Suit?
by author, Joe Adams
Joe Adam's face

I like Santa Claus.  But I never liked the fact that my parents lied to me about him being the real thing.  Even when I was five years old I could figure out that some fat guy in a red suit wasn't going to be able to land on our roof with a herd of flying reindeer.  And then to come down our chimney with a bag of toys.  I had a vivid imagination, don't get me wrong.  But I remembered that the wolf that tried to blow down all the little pigs' houses had decided to come down the chimney of the one who had built with brick and he ended up in a pot of hot water and the three pigs ended up with Wolf Stew.  Besides, we didn't have an open fireplace and Santa would have ended up in a kerosene heater.  Now explain THAT to me Dad.


Actually I never spoke aloud my thoughts about Santa being a fake.  I mean, why should I?  Somebody was putting gifts under the Christmas tree every year and if I turned the spotlight on him, the gifts may have stopped.  So I kept my little skeptical mouth shut...I think I was 22 or 23 years old when I confessed that I was a non-believer. 


But parents tend to lie about everything.  Think of the Tooth Fairy.  Now why do they have to think up such a stupid fairy?  Thank goodness he didn't give much for a tooth or I would have pulled out every one in my mouth just to get the money.  I remember distinctly the first time I went to the dentist...we lived in Charleston...I was 8 years old.  We went on the bus and as we rode in to town I asked my Father where we were going.  He said to the dentist.  I wanted to know if it was going to hurt.  He laughed and said, "Of course it's not going to hurt.  Don't be silly."  Well, liar liar pants on fire.  It did hurt because he yanked out one of my teeth.  And then I had to sit beside that my liar Father on the bus.


That's not the only time he lied.  Another time we took the bus one Saturday and when I asked where we were going he just said, "We're going to see a man about a dog."  Of course this got me excited thinking we were going to get a dog as a pet.  But when we got off the bus we went into a doctor's office.  As we waited I tried to whisper to him about what was going on.  He didn't want to go into details but just said they were going to cut off a little of my penis.  "FOR WHAT?" I said too loudly.  It didn't make any sense to me.  None at all.  We went into the doctor's office and he made me take off all my clothes, even my underwear.  He had me get on a table/bed and they started to give me ether.  I was supposed to count backwards from 10.


After one whiff and the count of 9, I jumped off the bed and ran out into the waiting room.  Sure I was naked, but I didn't care.  My Father chased me and took me back in.  They had to get a couple of male volunteers from the waiting room to come hold me down while they gave me the ether again.  I wasn't counting, but I was out before I knew it.  I didn't sit next to my Father on the bus home.  I didn't speak to him even after I got home.  He tried to make up by offering to get me ice cream.  This wasn't like losing one tooth, you know.  I had a mouth full of teeth but I only had one penis.  And to tell you the truth, I think the doctor may have cut off more than he had to because he was so angry at me for running off.  But there's no use crying over a severed...well you know the phrase.


As I was recovering, my Father came into the bedroom one day, sat on the bed and said,

"You still my boy?"  I didn't answer him at first.  But he asked me again.  Then I told him,

"I'm not going to be your boy if you keep lying to me."


When my daughters were growing up and had their first visit to the dentist, they wanted to know if it would hurt.  I told the truth.  YES!  I didn't lie.  I told them it would hurt really badly...that it wasn't as bad as childbirth, but it would hurt.  I remember my oldest daughter came out of the office saying, "Liar, liar. Pants on fire.  It didn't hurt at all."


When I was 5 years old we went to my Grandfather's house for Christmas.  We had a house full of people...all my cousins.  Suddenly there was a knock on the door and when we went to answer it, there stood Santa Claus.  A real live Santa Claus.  He was carrying a bag of toys and a guitar.  Before he handed out stockings with our names on them, he played the guitar and sang, "I'm Back in the Saddle Again".  I knew it wasn't Santa but thought it might be Gene Autry in a Santa suit.  When he told me to get on his lap and tell him what I wanted for Christmas, I knew for sure it wasn't Santa.  I could smell the bourbon on his breath.  It was Uncle Johnny for sure.  But, again, I didn't admit that I knew it wasn't Santa.  Maybe I am just as big a liar by not admitting what I knew...but, you know, there were all those gifts every year and I hated to risk them stopping. I was just a boy after all.

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Happy Holidays!
Cathy Jackson,

Cathy Jackson Realty
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