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                                                                             July 1, 2012 
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83% know that before Saluda was chartered a town, it was called Pace's Gap.

In This Issue (click on a topic to move to it quickly.)
Dates to Remember
American Red Cross
4th of July Community Potluck
July 4th Area Events
Saluda Center News
Saluda Center Art Exhibit
Saluda Tailgate
City Notes
Saluda Tree Preservation
Saluda Community Land Trust
Saluda Garden Club
Saluda Business Association
The Women's Club of Saluda
Pictorial History of Saluda
Yoga Schedule
Historic Saluda
Saluda Dog Society
Saluda Library Fundraiser
Saluda Library
Saluda School
Saluda Church Services
Post Office Hours
Saluda Classifieds
Saluda Lifestyles Marketplace
49th Coon Dog Day
Coon Dog Day Event Schedule
Coon Dog Day Notables
What's Happening in Music and Art
Tryon Arts & Summer Tracks
In Memory of Charlie Fears
Joseph Marley
Saluda Scoop
Where the Colors of Paradise Go
Genell Jesperson Recognized
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
NEW! Updates

Saluda Property & Real Estate

Cathy Jackson Realty 
Buy Local - Support Your Saluda Realtors!   
                New Listings


Seclusion and tranquility await you at this Saluda home with the lake just steps away. Relax on the screened porch or inside by the fireplace. Kayak, fish, or swim in the ten acre Lake Hosea. 3BR, 2BA, 1542 SF, .63 acres, MLS#520954 $249,000


Enjoy nature and mature landscaping from the large covered back porch in a quiet area of fine homes. 4 acres, 3 BR, 3BA, 2207 SF, 2-car garage, MLS#521061 $319,000


Looking for a secluded mountain getaway or a place to call home? You will find a lot of value for the money in this mountain home situated on slightly over 6 acres. This furnished cabin is nestled into the woods of Rixhaven and offers peace and serenity. 3 BR, 3 BA, 1700 SF, MLS#520298 $199,500


Priced to Sell!   

Charming Saluda cottage in downtown. 2BR, 2BA, MLS#515923 $198,000                
Traditional brick rancher on mature landscaped, level lot. Enjoy comforts of hardwood flooring, gas fireplace and a large living room. Available for lease/purchase. MLS#488487 $135,000 

howard gap 
Rustic cabin remodeled, 2BR, 2BA 1.35 acres 
MLS#482356 $169,900
howard gap
Charming cottage with split bedroom floor plan.
2 BR, 2 BA, artist studio or guesthouse.    
MLS468386  $139,500

Live on a rushing creek nestled in surrounding gardens. 3BR, 3BA, 1700SF, MLS#517197 $150,000

Lots and Land
Great opportunities to invest in land
and build your perfect mountain home!

Mountain Vista
SOLD! Lot 8, 1,51 ac, $29,900 MLS#514890 

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 Lake Front, .24 acres, $145,000, MLS#510462 

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

.31 ac, $49,000, MLS#507318

.83 ac, $65,000, MLS#466945

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

.62 ac, $19,000, MLS#481717

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

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



38.73 acres unrestricted land MLS#518815 $329,205

3.64 acres in wooded development with privacy. Bold creek. MLS#516590  $64,800

9 acres, private, wooded lot, $121,900, MLS#510693 

View Lot, 1.87 ac, $40,000, MLS#455196

2.12 acres private lot in Hideaway Acres, $65,000, MLS#510184 

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

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

Dun Roamin', Lot 1, .77 ac, lakefront,$49,000 MLS#518705 

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, $80,000, 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 Spring and Summer Vacation Retreat?  Click here to download this list of referral properties. (Please contact property owners directly.)  

Links to Real Estate Sources

Vacation Rentals By Owners
Click here to check out new Saluda Downtown Vacation Home

Look Up Property Records
Polk County GIS System


Happy Independence Day

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

 July 4

Cathy Jackson Realty office will be closed on Wednesday, July 4 and Saturday, July 7 so that we can celebrate the holiday and the Coon Dog Day reunion with our family and friends.  


Happy Holiday and Coon Dog Day!   


Debbie, Amy, Greaton, Cathy

Cathy Jackson Realty



Saluda Real Estate Market

A Quick Saluda Market Update (comparing all 2011 sales to date with all 2012 sales as of June 30, 2012)


Sales               Closed   Pending

Homes 2012        14           3
Homes 2011        15           0
Land 2012            5           0
Land 2011            7           0


Homes sales continue to hold steady.  A positive indicator for real estate sales in Saluda. Data taken from Western NC multiple listing service.


Please visit to see all Cathy Jackson Realty Featured Home and Land Listings and search the entire Western NC MLS.


New! Saluda Service Directory
serviceSaluda Service Directory with new categories is now available. 

Click here to download a copy.

Please support Saluda's local service providers. 

Directories can be picked up at Macon Bank, Post Office, City Hall, and the Saluda Library.

Dates to Remember
49th Annual Coon Dog Day, July 7. Parade starts at 11am.

Saluda Tailgate Market
every Friday, 4:30 to 6:30pm. Located in the West Main St. Public Parking lot.

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

The Historic Saluda Committee (HSC) and Oral History Committee will meet Friday, July 6 from 2 to 4pm at the Saluda LibraryThe public is invited to attend.  


Women's Club will not meet in July. Be sure to purchase a raffle ticket for a bountiful basket. They will be set up on Main Street before Coon Dog Day.    


Saluda Single Women potluck dinner will meet Thursday, July 19 at 6pm at the Saluda Center.

Community Potluck and Bingo on Monday, July 30 at 6:00 pm at Saluda Center.

Saluda Center Art Reception July 6, 5:00-6:30pm.   

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 July 18 at the Pavilion at McCreery Park. Hikes on July 1 and July 15.   
American Red Cross

red cross

The American Red Cross blood supply has reached emergency levels with 50,000 fewer donations than expected in June. This shortfall leaves the Red Cross with half the readily available blood products on hand now than this time last year.


The Red Cross is calling on all eligible blood donors - now more than ever - to roll up a sleeve and give as soon as possible. All blood types are needed, but especially O positive, O negative, B negative and A negative in order to meet patient demand this summer.


An unseasonably early start to spring may be a contributing factor to this year's decrease in donations. Many regular donors got an early start on summer activities and aren't taking time to give blood or platelets. In addition, this year's mid-week Independence Day holiday has reduced the number of scheduled Red Cross blood drives. Many sponsors, especially businesses, are unable to host drives because employees are taking extended vacations.

Monday, July 16

Polk Community Blood Drive held at Holy Cross Episcopal Church (150 Melrose Ave.; Tryon, NC)

12:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Please call 828-894-5073 for further information or to schedule your appointment

All presenting donors will be entered in a drawing for a chance to win a $3000 gift card!


Sunday, July 29

Coopers Gap Baptist Church Blood Drive (730 Coopers Gap Rd; Mill Spring, NC))

1:30 pm - 6:00 PM

Please call 828-894-8059 for further information or to schedule your appointment.

All presenting donors will be entered in a drawing for a chance to win a $3000 gift card!


For more information or to schedule an appointment to donate, please call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit Call 1-877-975-2835 to make an appointment to donate platelets.

Celebrate the 4th of July
Pot Luck in the Park-Everyone's Invited

Looking for a place to gather for the 4th of July with friends and family? Then join your family and friends for a Pot Luck Supper at McCreery Park on Wednesday, July 4, from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.  The plates, utensils, ice and cups will be furnished, along with water and sweet tea.  You should bring a meat, salad, vegetable, casserole, or dessert to share with others. 


Saluda's Got Talent? This is an opportunity to show off your talents and get in some practice for a friendly Saluda crowd. If you can sing, play a musical instrument, dance, tell a story, do magic tricks, or more, please feel free to perform! 


What better way to celebrate July 4th united with good food and great friends.  No pets please!


If you have questions, please call 828-749-3789.


July 4th Events in Area

july 4Orchard Lake Campground in Saluda. Visit website for directions. Fireworks will be held on Wednesday, July 4 and start at dark.  A Donation Bucket will be passed around and proceeds raised will go to the Saluda Fire & Rescue Department who will be supervising the fireworks.  


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


The 29th annual Fabulous 4th 100K Bike Tour is scheduled for Wednesday, July 4.  Tour starts at 7am at Harmon Field in Tryon.  Pre-register online at


In Hendersonville 

Independence Day Parade, Main Street, 11:00AM, 4th of July family friendly event, Hendersonville, NC 828-692-4179.


Ice Cream Social, Historic Courthouse on Main St., following the Downtown Parade12:00PM, (dollar dogs, entertainment, kids games, & ice cream), sponsored by the Henderson County Heritage Museum, Hendersonville, NC 828-694-1619 


14th Annual Music On Main Street concert series Special 4th of July Celebration Concert featuring Tom Brown / One Man Band, Visitors Information Center - 201. S. Main St., 7:00PM-9:00PM, free, every Friday through August 17, Bring a Chair, No Pets, Alcoholic Beverages or Coolers Allowed; seating area opens after 5:30PM / early admission is prohibited, an event of Henderson County Travel & Tourism, Series Sponsored by Burger King & Firehouse Subs, Hendersonville, NC 800-828-4244 or 828-693-9708 


Independence Day Fireworks Display, at dark, fireworks may be viewed from downtown Hendersonville and the south side of town near the intersection of Hwy. 25 and Hwy. 276, a large red balloon will be launched the morning of the 4th to signify visibility of the fireworks show, if you can see the balloon, you can see the fireworks from your location; a viewing map is available online, Hendersonville, NC 828-697-4884  

Saluda Center News and Events
New Senior Center
Save These Dates Now!
(All events and activities take place at the Saluda Center on Greenville Street.)  Click here to download the Saluda Center July Calendar.   For more information about activities, please contact the center at 828-749-9245.


The July art exhibit at the Saluda Center will be the works of Kitsy Stratton and Cathie Fitzjohn. There will be paintings on exhibit by Kitsy Stratton and glasswork by Cathie Fitzjohn.  You are invited to a reception for the artists on Friday, July 6 from 5:00-6:30pm.


Monday, July 2 will be a Book Club meeting at 2:00 pm.


Monday, July 30 at 6:00pm will be the community potluck with Bingo with Archie Hardy as the caller. Come and show your support for summer Bingo and win some great prizes. Give us your feedback and we will continue to have Bingo each month. Bring a dish and good luck!


Saluda Single Women potluck dinner is on Thursday, July 19 at 6:00pm. Please bring a covered dish.


If you or someone you know is home-bound and cannot prepare meals or is recovering from recent surgery and is 60 years and over, please call the Saluda Center to join our Meals on Wheels Program. We will deliver meals to you five days a week at little to no cost. Ask for Donna for more information at 828-749-9245.


If you are in need of some medical equipment, please call 828-749-9245, we may be able to loan you what you need.


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.


A Thrifty Barn's Basement Sales is OPEN Wed., 10am-4pm and basement sales every Sat. from 9am-3pm. Donations accepted. 


Thrifty Barn is OPEN Wed.-Sat., 10am-4pm, donations accepted  on Wed. Please call 828-749-3320 for more information.


The Saluda Center is located at 64 Greenville St. Phone is 828-749-9245. 

Saluda Center Art Exhibit

The Saluda Center's Art in July will feature a two-woman show with the works of Kitsy Stratton and Cathie Fitzjohn. The show begins on July 3, 2012 and runs through the month of July.


Both ladies reside in Asheville and will present different art mediums.  This will be a diverse show with Kitsy showing her paintings both in oil and watercolor while Cathie will exhibit her glass art.  Join us on Friday, July 6, 2012 from 5pm until 6:30pm for a reception and meet these talented ladies.


For more information, call the Saluda Center at 828-749-9245 or Mary Lu Price at 828-749-3455.  We look forward to seeing you there.


The Center is located at 64 Greenville Street, Saluda, North Carolina.
Saluda Tailgate Market


The Market opens every Friday from 4:30 to 6:30pm. Grab your basket, put on your hat, and meet your friends and neighbors in the west end parking lot to support our local growers. Plan your menus around early spring veggies, eggs, chicken, beef, lamb and Wildflour goodies. Find some plants to enhance your own garden. Eat fresh, support local, and enjoy community!


To learn more about how to sign up, please visit or contact Shelley DeKay at 828-606-5713.Like us on Facebook

Sponsored by the City of Saluda, Saluda Business Association, Polk County Agriculture Economic Development.

By Shelley DeKay
CityCity Notes

Joe Adams


Planning is underway for the 49th annual Coon Dog Day.  Click here to see more. 



Coon Dog Day 5K is now open for online registration. This annual event will be held during the Coon Dog Day event on July 7, 2012. The city is looking for sponsors, volunteers, and lots of runners! You may also download the application by clicking here. Early registration is only $25, so register before the price goes up!  


Monica Pace



signTo provide convenient parking for visitors in Saluda, the city has initiated a new 4 hour parking limit on Main Street. 


flower potVolunteers Needed

Marilyn Prudhomme plants and cares for the  colorful, lovely planters in front of City Hall.  Now that the weather is hot, she needs your help.  She needs people to sign up to water the planters one time for a week from July to September.  If you have a few minutes to help keep Main St. beautiful, please give her a call at 828-749-9172. 


Stay informed by visiting the city website, 


Saluda Community Tree Preservation Association

In the good ole' summertime, school's out and it's a great time to lure our kids away from technology for a while and into the wonderful outdoors. Following is a treasure hunt for info on trees. Go outside with them, parents and/or caregivers, and have fun with them to look, feel, smell, listen, and seek the answers. Help our kids explore our community and develop an appreciation for our natural environment:  

  1. Discover the streets in Saluda named for trees. Find examples of each kind of tree. You can use a city map for locations
  2. Name three trees native to our WNC Mountains. Find an example of each and learn to identify.
  3. What are deciduous trees? Find examples.
  4. What are conifers? Find examples.
  5. What is the meaning of tree preservation? Why is it so important?

Books on trees can be found in the Saluda Community Library that can help.

For information on the Preservation Association, please call Ruth at 828-749-9718 (leave a message for return call) or Judy and Chuck at email

Saluda Community Land Trust


SCLT will only be having one meeting in July. We are taking the first Wednesday off due to the Fourth of July celebration! We will be meeting again on the 18th at 3pm. Our meetings throughout the summer are held at the pavilion in McCreery Park.


The road clean up for Adopt-A-Highway was once again a huge success. Though the number of volunteers was limited, the job got done. We thank all who came out to support this activity. It is not only important. but is a good time to share with your friends and neighbors. Walking, talking, and of course laughing while doing something that celebrates our entrances to Saluda on both sides of Highway 176. Mark your calendar for the next cleanup on September 10th.


Scheduled hikes are the first and third Sunday of the month. Wear appropriate clothing during this hot season, keeping in mind that there is poison ivy. You may encounter some bees and there may be times when your feet get wet. Remember to let your trail leader know if there are health issues that need to be addressed. Meet at the Saluda Library at 2pm and perhaps carpool to these walks.


July 1st is a trip to the Missing 40. This is a hike that will take 1-2 hours (about a mile long) and is children and pet friendly. There are spots where you may get your feet wet, which is a good time to cool off and enjoy a few minutes in this peaceful environment.


July 15th is a trip to the Waters of Camp Creek lower trail. It's 2 miles and should take about 2 hours. This is a moderate walk on private property under conservation easement. For more information about these walks, please contact Chuck Hearon at 828-749-9886.


The dog park is expanding! Bring your four-footed friend out to play while you enjoy the company of other dog owners. This project is a joint effort of the Saluda Dog Society, City of Saluda, and the Saluda Community Land Trust. If you would like to get involved with helping to improve this area or helping to maintain the park, please contact Dave Prudhomme at 828-749-9172.


Let's talk kudzu!

Wow, you have to admire the tenacity of this plant! It can hide for months...and then there it is again. And it can show up in places it has never been. WE as a community must do what we can to save our property and help our neighbor. Just because it is coming from your neighbor's property does not mean that you should ignore it. Before long, there it is; then you have a problem. Join your neighbor in the battle.


It is rather invigorating to get out there and tackle this plant. There are several methods you can use. First and foremost, we recommend that you keep it out of your trees. Cut the underbrush-the vines-and you take away the ladder it uses to crawl up your tree. That is what this plant loves, to be able to climb up and over. Ever notice it's not traveling along the ground through your forest?


We pick a spot for a month to work using the method of decrowning. Last month was spent at the Saluda Inn. What a great place to work! It was very rewarding, and we got many crowns out that will never reproduce.


Next month, we will be back at the bank of the City Parking lot. It is a steep slope but we have found where this tricky plant wants to play hide-and-seek. It tried, but we found it! It is along the tree line at the top of the bank. We work from 8:30 till 10:30. Please feel free to come by and help, encourage us, or just ask what it is that you can do with your very own problem of kudzu. We do have extra tools and recommend that you bring water.


Thank you all who spent hours volunteering for the first kudzu site elimination on the corner of Ozone and Thompson Road. Because of all of you- this site was given a Beautification Award granted through the Polk County Appearance Committee. THANK YOU. What a wonderful demonstration of community involvement!


For more information about our endeavors, please be sure to pick up a pamphlet of trail walks (located at city hall and various businesses, including the Visitor's Center, sponsored by Saluda Business Association), call us at 828-749-1560 or check out our website

Saluda Garden Club

saluda garden club

The purpose of this club is the beautification and improvement of Saluda and it's surroundings. Special emphasis is given to the landscaping, annual plantings and care of our historic Spring Park.


Saluda Garden Club will not be meeting in July. Our next meeting will be August 20.


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

Saluda Business Association


New Membership Year

If you aren't a member of the SBA, then this is a chance to become a member and take advantage of all the opportunities to promote your business.  Deadline for membership is July 31, 2012. For more information, please contact Susie Welsh at or Catherine Ross at 


Please visit to learn more about the SBA. 

Women's Club Meeting

The Women's Club of Saluda will not meet in July. Please visit our booth the week before and on Coon Dog Day on Main Street to purchase a raffle ticket for our bountiful basket.  The funds go toward scholarships.  Thanks to the community for supporting us!


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 Sandi Bright, President, at 828-749-3897.

Pictorial History of Saluda

saluda picturesAvailable now is "A Pictorial History Of Saluda, The Pot Of Gold At The End Of The Rainbow," containing approximately 45 images, beginning in the late 1800's,  of the Trains, Buildings, People, and Things that have made Saluda great. Limited re-mastered high quality prints, suitable for framing, will also be available. Price is $20. You can order by calling Charlene at 828-749-2641. 

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 downstairs in 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 is accepting new massage appointments.  To schedule a session, please call 828-749-3794.

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.

Spring series and new classes at Nectar:

Monday 6pm-7:30pm
Series Class-Manifesto Mondays
Begins June 4th
(Drop-ins Welcome)

Tuesday 9am-10:30am
Morning Flow
(All Levels Welcome)

Wednesday 6pm-7:30pm
New Series-Yoga For Men
(Call for details and sign-up)

Thursday 9am-10:30am
Yoga Flow and Restore

Saturday 9am-10:30am
Mixed Level Practice

Located at
160 Highway 176


Offering high quality therapeutic massage, intuitive counseling and QRA (amazing herbal diagnostics for quantum healing).


Kid's Yoga

Building confident, healthy, playful, focused, relaxed, inspired, and happy children.  Each session will include movement, yoga, storytelling, self esteem skills, music, art, fun, and focused learning.  Ages 3-7: August 14 & 16 from 9-12.  Ages 7-12(ish): August 13 & 15 from 9-12. Cost per session is $45.  Call 828-749-2229 or email to register. Space still available.Look forward to an inspiring week of growth with your children.


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

Historic Saluda


Be Sure to Check the Website Often

To keep it interesting, we try to regularly add new items of interest to the Historic Saluda website, So, be sure and visit it often. Here are some items recently added:

  • On the Oral Histories page, click on someone's history that you are interested in and then look below the video of that person. You will see some newly added photos for each person we have interviewed. You can click on the photos to enlarge them. Be sure to check out all the photos, especially the extensive collection of photos from the Thompson Family under Mildred Thompson Skelton.
  • Glenn Brady has shared a link to some pretty cool Saluda photographs. You can find the link on the home page.
  • Coming soon - many more oral histories will be added. Keep checking back!

DVD Available for Sale by Local Merchants


Home, Hearth and History: Stories of Old Saluda can be purchased ($20) at the following locations: Saluda City Hall, Biddie's Antiques, 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.


Change in Meeting Date: The Historic Saluda Committee (HSC) has scheduled its next meeting for the first Friday in July or July 6, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. at the Saluda Library. The Oral History Committee will meet jointly with the HSC. The public is invited to attend. 


For more information about the Historic Saluda Committee go to or contact us at

Saluda Dog Society


July is here...the middle of summer already! Time to celebrate the Fourth of July, followed by Coon Dog Day in Saluda! Enjoy all the fun with family and friends...and remember to embrace these special times together.


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

Progress continues with rescuing dogs in our community. We continue to receive calls every week on dogs and cats lost or found...please remember to let us know if you see a dog (or a cat) in distress or that seems to have no place to go. Also remember to check out to discover many wonderful rescued dogs looking for a home and loving family.


New officers are in place for 2012-2013, and we are grateful for these dedicated individuals who have stepped forward with such enthusiasm. The Saluda Dog Society welcomes all who are animal lovers and wish to be part of this group of loving, caring individuals working together for the animals in our community. Join us for a meeting and become a member....share in our efforts to enhance the lives of animals.


Along with the Saluda Dog Society, everyone who shares their life with a special dog (or other animal) experiences a priceless relationship with them. We treasure these times together and know in our hearts that we have The Best Deal...(by Roger Caras)


"Dogs have given us their absolute all.

We are the center of their universe.

We are the focus of their love and faith and trust.

They serve us in return for scraps.

It is without a doubt the best deal man has ever made."sds




Quotation for July:

"Dogs are our link to paradise. They don't know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring - it was peace." (Milan Kundera, India)


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


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


Our next meeting is on Friday, August 3, 2012 at 1:15 pm in the Parish Hall of the Episcopal Church. Meetings are now held quarterly on the first Friday of the month in 2012. Please mark your calendars accordingly. takes a village to save SDSanimals. Together we will...!!!  Happy July 4th....and have fun on Coon Dog Day!!!!  


Submitted by Linda Holden  

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. "Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened."  (Anatole France)

Saluda Library Fundraiser
Jameson Oil Masterpiece

jamesonRenowned artist, Bill Jameson, has donated a beautiful framed oil painting, "Fall on the Green River," to be raffled off to benefit our library.  Size is 22x28.


Please visit the library to view the treasure and purchase your tickets. Tickets are $5 and will be drawn December 8 at the 2012 annual Hometown Christmas.


Do not miss your opportunity to own a Bill Jameson masterpiece.

Saluda Community Library

Paul Koenen

 Tuesday, July 10, 2:00 pm SALUDA COMMUNITY LIBRARY

Summer Reading Program Continues Through July 


Bright Star Children's Theatre Presents "American Dreams"

When his history book magically explodes, Jack meets some of the most exciting people in our nation's history! George Washington, Betsy Ross, Henry Ford and Neil Armstrong are just some of the 22 characters that come to life in this high energy adventure. 


Wednesday, July 18, 10:30 am

"Action Animals"

Come meet a Cockatoo, Macaw, Monkey, Serval Cat, Binatrong, Chinchilla and the world-famous Hypnotized Chicken!


Friday, July 27, 2:00 pm

Mark Daniel, Magical Storyteller, "READasaurus on the Loose!"

Join Mark, Steggie the Stegosaurus and Hemi the Rabbit as they prepare to embark on an odyssey, exploring great books!


Wednesday, August 1, 2:00 pm

"Pajama Party, Movie and Craft Program"

Our final program will be a pajama party for the whole family! Make sure you come dressed in your p.j.s!   

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
Congratulations to Cari Maneen for the 2012 "Teacher of the Year."

The school office will be closed July 2-6.


Watch for the Saluda Elementary School Cloggers in the Coon Dog Day Parade.


Community churches and volunteers will again provide 4-weeks of summer enrichment activities for Saluda Elementary School students July 9-August 3!


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 Tony Reese
Worship Service 9:45am
Sunday School 11:00am
Wednesday Meal 5-6 ($3)
Wednesday Services and Academy Classes 6:30pm to 8:00pm

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

Special Coon Dog Day Announcement!

Join the Saluda United Methodist Church for a hot dog lunch on Saturday, July 7, before, during or after the Coon Dog Day Parade!


Reverend Rob will be selling hot dogs with chili and all the fixings, chips, drinks, and a dessert in front of the Pavilion at McCreery Park.


Great food at great prices!


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.
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


Passport Service is available at the Saluda post office.


Get directions by clicking here  

102 E MAIN ST SALUDA, NC 28773-7812 

(828) 749-5921
Saluda Classifieds

Large one bedroom cabin for rent in Historic Saluda

Enjoy this private cabin on .75 of an acre. Rent includes washer, dryer, and lawn maintenance. Walk into town and enjoy the historic ambiance of Saluda. Living room, dining room, large kitchen, soaking tub bathroom and good size bedroom, central air. Outside yard and deck. This is a wonderful opportunity to live in your own place and enjoy everything Saluda has to offer. Quick drive to I-26 and Asheville. Showing home and accepting applications beginning July 24th. Available August 1st for year lease. Security deposit of $595 and 1st month rent due on signing. Please call 585-350-8431 to discuss. No calls after 9 PM please. No pets, non-smoking. Check out pictures on Craig's List.

Discounted adult tickets to Biltmore Estate are available.  Cost of tickets is $45...cheaper than online.  Good all year during the day.  Not good for special Christmas season night openings. Call Marti Wells, Buttercup Cottage 828-749-9538.



Expand your business...Open a branch office...Or grow your customer base?


Has a vibrant & active business community....Needs a local Accountant....Supports local business.


Offers off-street parking...Gives you local foot traffic...Has a prime 530 sq. ft. space is newly

remodeled and has a private rest room.


This includes water, sewage and basic electric.


Call Debi @ 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 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 print

Print 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.   



611 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.


Saluda - America's Hometown, A Conversational History

"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 Summer Festival
cddThe ultimate invasion of mountain natives, summer folks, visitors, and dog lovers!  This is Coon Dog Day month in, not a national holiday but don't tell anyone in Saluda!

CDD49th Coon Dog Day - 2012  

Saturday, July 7,  8:00 AM - 11:00 PM

coon dog day bannerDon't miss Saluda's 49th Annual COON DOG DAY--a celebration for dogs and their people! Great food, live music, parade, crafts, street dance, and more. Come enjoy this homecoming event in downtown Saluda. What began as a chicken supper fundraiser for the local Coon Club has grown into an event that attracts over 10,000 people each year.

Jump start your morning with the Coon Dog Day 5K run through historic downtown and the surrounding tree-lined streets we all know and love. The run was a huge success last year, and we are looking to have an even larger turnout this year. We do need volunteers; so if you would be available the week before Coon Dog Day or the morning of the race from 6:30 until about 9:00 AM, please contact Monica. Volunteers get a free race t-shirt and lots of fun! Registration is open for the race, so go ahead and sign up now at and check out our Coon Dog Day 5K Facebook page for last year's photos, race sponsors, and new information as it becomes available. We'll see you on the course! 


Enjoy a hearty breakfast of eggs, grits, sausage or bacon, biscuits, and gravy for only $6 per plate hosted at the Masonic Lodge on Ozone. Buy tickets ahead of time from lodge members or at the door. This is a  Benefit Breakfast for the Saluda Masonic Lodge and will be served from 6:30am to 10:30am.  


Please support the Coon Dog Day 5K Sponsors: Autumn Care of Saluda, The Orchard Inn, Wilderness Cove Campground, Triangle Stop Food Stores, Sam's Club of Hendersonville, Macon Bank, Green River Adventures, Cathy Jackson Realty, The Purple Onion, Don Mintz Builders, Green River BBQ, Polk County Sheriff's Dept., the Party Place and Event Center, and the City of Saluda. Thank you so much for supporting the race!


After your refreshing run, enjoy the rest of your day with the many local food and craft vendors and with live entertainment on the main stage beginning at 9:00AM and continuing until the end of the street dance at 11:00PM. The parade is a favorite every year and consists of mostly homemade floats, tractors, fire trucks, horses, motorcycles, dogs, and the reigning Coon Dog Royalty Court. The parade begins at 11:00AM and marches down Main Street for over an hour. Trophies are awarded for the best floats, and the Master of Ceremonies announces the floats as they go by. Food, craft, and local non-profit vendors are set up throughout town with a wide variety of handmade items and foods.


Parking for Coon Dog Day will be at the Party Place & Event Center (formerly Saluda Mountain Jamboree) at a cost of $10 per vehicle. The parking fee will include shuttle transportation for everyone in the vehicle to and from the festival. Don't deal with traffic jams and parking issues, just park and relax on your old-timey trolley ride into downtown.    

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


If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to support Coon Dog Day, please contact Monica Pace at city hall 828-749-2581. Donations are used to help fund the entertainment for the day as well as the shuttle transportation provided.  


If you are interested in participating in Coon Dog Day as a vendor, please email Monica at, and she will send you the Vendor Packet. There are still spaces available for arts and crafts, and we would love to fill them with local artists and craftspeople. There are still a few food booths available as well, but they are fillingl up fast!

cddIf you want to be in the Coon Dog Day parade, just show up at the intersection of Ozone Dr. and Thompson Rd/Louisiana Ave by 10:00 AM and an officer will get you lined up. There are no entry applications or fees. Businesses in Saluda are encouraged to enter and compete for some unique awards. The parade is a great way to promote your business at little cost and be involved in this community tradition.


All parents wishing to enter their children in the Coon Dog Day Royalty Contest may contact Monica to pre-register and to receive information about contest rules. All entries must be residents of the Saluda community. Winners will receive trophies, sashes, and crowns, in addition to having a special place in the front of the parade to wave to their royal subjects. It's a fun experience, and you can create your own float or ride in style in a convertible car. Age categories start at birth and run up to 18 years old for royalty categories. Royalty is a fun project for kids, as they design their money jars and get out meeting people in the community. Looking forward to the new Royal Court!


Submitted by Monica Pace

Click here to enjoy vintage photos of pastCDD Coon Dog Days on the Historic Saluda website. 
Coon Dog Day Schedule of Events

Special Events

8:00am     Coon Dog Day 5K Race.  Click here to pre-register.  Jump start your day of festivities! Registration begins at 6:30am and ends at 7:30am at the Party Place & Event Center.  Spectators can see the ambitious participants run through downtown shortly after the race begins at 8:00am come cheer them on.


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


Coon Dog Events at the Saluda School Ball Field

1:00pm     Bench Show ($15 entry fee)

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

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


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


On-Stage Entertainment

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

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

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

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

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

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

1:00pm - 2:30pm     Jack Roper & The Weatherman Band - a favorite local TV celebrity at his best

2:50pm - 3:50pm     Eric Congdon - a great local artists featuring Blues and Americana

4:10pm - 5:40pm     Folsom Prison Gang - music from the Johnny Cash era

6:00pm - 7:30pm    Unspoken Traditions - Taking bluegrass to a whole new level!

7:30pm - 8:00pm   Demonstration by Southern Connections Clogging

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


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

Coon Dog Day Notables

Saluda Single Women invite all Saluda active military men and women to march with them in the Coon Dog Day parade.Contact Anita Moore for more information at 828-749-3335.


Saluda Library will be selling Coon Dog Day posters and tees in front of the library on Coon Dog Day. They are colorful and fun and modeled after the painting by Edvard Munch, "The Scream."  The CDD posters and tees will be entitled "The Howl."  Proceeds will be used to replace carpeting in the library.


Join the Saluda United Methodist Church for a hot dog lunch on Saturday, July 7, before, during or after the Coon Dog Day Parade!


Reverend Rob will be selling hot dogs with chili and all the fixings, chips, drinks, and a dessert in front of the Pavilion at McCreery Park.


Great food at great prices!


Look for members of the Women's Club on Main Street week before Coon Dog Day. They will be selling raffle tickets for a bountiful basket. Proceeds to go toward the scholarship fund.

What's Happening in Music and Art


What's Happening At The Onion In July   


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


    Summer Hours

Monday - Saturday

11:00 - 3:00

5:00 - 9:00

Sunday Brunch

11:00 - 3:00


Open on the 4th of July


Coon Dog Day Hours

11:00 AM - 8:00 PM


Closed Sunday, July 8

 Sunday Brunch

Join us Sundays from 11-3 for our Tuscan inspired brunch menu featuring Eggs Florentine, breakfast panini, tailgate market frittatas and eggs insalata, in addition to our usual pizza, salads, sandwiches, homemade soups and desserts. Please check out the website for our menu.  


Live Music in

(Click on the name to learn more about the performer.) 


July 5 - JPQ Band - Jim Peterman brings this fabulous band back to the café by popular demand.


July 7 - Coon Dog Day - No Music - While we won't have any music at the café, we hope that you will drop by to eat.


July 12 - Valorie Miller and Moses Atwood - A night of beautiful singing and fabulous guitar playing.


July 14 -  Gary Segal & The Cryptic Choice - Another audience favorite band returns.


July 15 - Shane Pruitt Band - POSEM CONCERT

Lead man, Shane Pruitt, hails from Spartanburg, SC, where the musical roots of the blues and southern rock have been living and breathing for years on end.

See more info below.


July 19 - Taylor Moore Band - Caribbean journalist turned full time guitar slinger, singer, and bandleader.


July 21 - Faysssoux & Company Fayssoux's beguiling voice was an integral element in some of the finest country music recordings of our time. She is joined by guitar virtuoso Brandon Turner.


July 26 - Swayback Sisters - This trio of beautiful women and great players are always welcome here.


July 28 -  Uptown Jazz Quartet - Jazz just the way we like it.


Every Friday Night - Fred Whiskin at the piano. 




The Shane Pruitt Band

Sunday, July 15, 2012, 7pm


cddThe Purple Onion is proud to present the Shane Pruitt Band on July 15 at 7pm as part of the Purple Onion Sunday Evening Music (POSEM) series. Seating is limited so reserve your seats early by calling the Purple Onion (828-749-1179) during normal business hours. Admission is $10.  Doors open at 6:00 with light fare on the patio, and the show starts  at 7:00pm.  


Spartanburg's instrumentalist of the year for 8 years and running, Shane Pruitt is a staple of the music scene in Spartanburg, SC.  Touring relentlessly with The Shane Pruitt Band, and performing as a feature artist with such acts as The Marshall Tucker Band, The Lee Boys, Flannel Church featuring Duane Trucks, Jeff Sipe, Ike Stubblefield, Yonrico Scott and many more, Shane Pruitt has earned his mark as THE up-and-coming guitarist in the southeast through undeniably hard work.


The Shane Pruitt Band has released two studio albums since their conception in 2005, which have received such honors as Blue Breaker of the Week on The House of Blues Radio Hour, #3 top Blues release of 2010 as voted by fans on 88.7 WNCW (behind Derek Trucks and Buddy Guy) and #2 Regional release, also voted by fans on 88.7 WNCW.   SPB has been seen supporting such acts as Robert Cray, Robert Randolph, Johnny Winter, Gary Hoey and many, many more.


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


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


Here we are with another "Coon Dog Day" in July! Summer time is such an exciting time in Saluda and it is filled with so much to see and do. Get out your planning book and fill up each day.  Here at The Party Place & Event Center each and every Saturday night will be booked with some awesome concerts and dance music.  On July 7, after a fun filled day of Coon Dog Day festival activities, come inside to the cool air conditioned facility with plenty of tables and chairs, clean restrooms, and great concessions with popcorn and snacks.  Be ready to rock with the "John Martin & Southern Drive Band"!  This band from the Athens, Georgia area has proven to be one of the best up-and-coming country and southern rock bands in the southeast. And yes, they have a fiddle in the band!  We feel fortunate to have them booked in our area.  John Martin has performed from Texas, to Florida, to Virginia, to you name it.  And, has been featured on stage with some of the very best names in country music. You can listen to a sample of his music at Please go to his website and check out this group.   His concert/dance starts at 8pm and admission is only $10.00.   His energy and performance on stage will keep you grooving and dancing to the music throughout the evening.  So save some energy for this fantastic show, or just take a chair and hang out!


And, don't forget the 5K Run for the kick-off to Coon Dog Day.  We are sponsoring this event again this year, along with Saluda City Hall.   The run is based at The Party Place & Event Center.  If you have not registered, you can come to the registration table on the porch starting at 6:30 am to enter the race.  We still need volunteers to help, so please come and be a part of this festival event. Contact Monica Pace at City Hall if you have any questions at 828-749-2581.


Be sure to invite your friends and come out to some great music throughout the rest of the month.   July 14, will feature the band "Special Edition," a local band from Polk County that is very popular and plays a good variety of dance music.  Then on July 21, you don't want to miss "Crimson Rose."  Some of the best vocalists and musicians you will ever hear.  This group is from the Shelby and Kings Mountain area. They fill up the dance floor with their country, oldies disco, and southern rock music.  A must hear if you like female voices in harmony.  Kim and Debbie will certainly make you glad you came.  Then to wind down the month of July, don't miss a new mix of some of our past performers.  The band "7-Eighty-9" will be on stage July 28.  Do you remember the band Legacy or Southern Point from down in Upstate SC? Come see who you recognize and enjoy their new sound.  They specialize in the tunes we loved from the seventies, eighties, and nineties--some of the very best dance music and favorite oldies.   We can hardly wait to have them on stage again.


Always be sure to check our calendar of events on our website, and take a look around on the gallery page.  We have had some exciting and beautiful events, concerts, weddings and receptions  this year and have pictures for you to enjoy.  Remember the site,   Summer Time is calling You to "THE PARTY PLACE & EVENT CENTER."


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.Find us on Facebook

wine cellar  

The Wine Cellar at the Saluda Inn Events and News



We are enjoying a great blend of new musicians and some of our favorites who have been coming since we first opened. Most music is on Friday nights. Check our calendar for updated music schedules.



Each month we do a potluck on the 4th Saturday of the month. The potluck starts at 7PM.


Wine Drinkers With A Reading Problem

We have been working on our summer reading selection, focusing on (but not limited to) Young Adult books so the youthful readers can join in on the fun. Our group meets the third Thursday at 7:30, unless otherwise noted.


The Saluda Inn and Wine Cellar is located at 229 Greenville St. Click here for directions. Check our website for our scheduled music events or call 828-749-9698. Like us on Facebook      


dancers extenstion


Our youth students are taking a well deserved summer break for July.  In August, we offer dance camps to ages 3-13.  Dance camps offer the opportunity to learn basic dance steps and positions, and for students to tell their own creative story through dance.  Classes for the 2012-2013 academic year begin on Tuesday, September 4.  Contact the studio for more information and to register.


Our adult classes continue through the summer months on an abridged schedule.  We will offer adult beginner ballet on Mondays at 5PM and Wednesdays at 11AM, and Hot Pop! on Tuesdays at 7PM and Thursdays at 5PM.  New students and beginners are welcome to join us at any time.


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

 random arts 

Random Arts Workshop   


July Workshops

Sun., July 1st - Jane LaFazio -  Watercolor Sketchbook: Designs from Life  $125.  (Wait list only) 

Mon., July 2nd -Jane LaFazio -Wet Felting $125. Make Felt the Tibetan Way and Embellish the California Way! (2 Spaces Available)
Tues., July 3rd - Zen Doodle with us - 10-noon NO Charge-Everyone welcome!
Tues., July 10th - Random Art Journalers  10-2 NO charge-Everyone welcome!
Tues., July 17 - Zen Doodle with us 10 -noon NO Charge--Everyone welcome!
Tues., July 24th - Random Art Journalers 10-2 NO Charge-Everyone welcome!

Register by email:

Learn more about other events at Random Arts at:


You can reach Random Arts by email: or by phone: 828-749-1165


Our hours are:

Thursday, Friday and Saturday

10 am till 5pm


Random Arts is located at 481 Louisiana Ave., Saluda, NC 28773.  Like us on Facebook   



flower potThe Old Chicken House 

The Chicken House folks and friends enjoyed an afternoon with Chris Anderson on June 2. She was visiting her mom here in Saluda from her home in Luray, Virginia. An avid artists/crafter, she has spent many seasons in Alaska where she learned beadwork weaving techniques in the Native American tradition of interior Alaska. She displayed her collection of materials she uses in her work, and her procedures in producing the intricately executed brooches, hair jewelry, medicine pouches, and decorative edgings and accents which can be applied to wearing apparel. She shared several items from her collection of handmade Native American clothing worn in Alaska.


When she was in Skagway, Alaska, she was employed seasonally by the Inside Passage Arts Gallery and assisted in the business' off-season shows throughout the southwest United States. These experiences fostered her awareness of, and appreciation for, the distinquishing character of  Alaskan Native art and craft work.


Chris also exhibited samples of her pen and ink sketches with water color of significant homes and historic buildings of Luray, Virginia, as well as Saluda's Main Street, available at M.A. Pace General Store and the Gardener's Cottage in Saluda.


The Old Chicken House looks forward to introducing the various works of other members' talents to be scheduled soon.


Open Friday and Saturdays 11-6, or 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 (leave message.)  Visit our new website at

carsonSaluda artist, Jim Carson, is shown here with world renowned landscape and portrait painter, Everett Raymond Kinstler, at the recently held Plein Air Richmond, in Richmond, VA.


The 48 artists who were juried into the festival by Plein Air Magazine editor, Stephen Doherty, were treated to an extemporaneous 45 minute talk by Kinstler. This included everything from his passion and ideas about painting, to humorous stories about his experiences while painting the portraits of celebrities, from John Wayne, to Presidents such as Bill Clinton.


A group picture with Kinstler will be in an upcoming issue of Plein Air Magazine.


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

Fridays at the Saluda Grade Café are the place to meet up with family and friends for great food and music! We would like to Thank Allan Dillman, Todd Neal, Bob and Amy Buckingham for their Uplifting, Toe Tapping, Old Timey music. Music that fits right into our historic Saluda...It's good for the soul and for dining out! It's can still enjoy a conversation with your dinner companions. See you there...Music starts at 7:00pm.

Call 828-749-5854 or email us at  They are located at 40 East Main Street.  Click here for directions.Like us on Facebook    

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.

To see workshops, exhibits, openings, and performances, please click on the links provided below.


Tryon Arts & Crafts School

373 Harmon Field Road

Tryon, NC 28782

(828) 859-8323      


Tryon Fine Arts

34 Melrose Avenue
Tryon, NC  28782
828.859.8322 (TFAC)     

Tryon Painters & Sculptors

For information about classes and workshops and to register, please contact Christine Mariotti at 828-859-8392 or at Information about classes and workshops can also be found in the class notebook located in the gallery. Tryon Painters and Sculptors Gallery is open Thursday through Saturdays, 11:00 until 5:00 pm.


The Gallery is located at 26 Maple St., Tryon. You may phone 828-859-0141 if you have any questions or email: Visit the TPS website at


2012 Summer Tracks Concert Series 

Concerts are held in Rogers Park in Tryon and represent a great mix of musical styles. Admission is free, though voluntary donations at the gate are encouraged.



July 13 - Marc Yaxley Trio sponsored by the TD Bank

July 27 - The Stray Birds and Phil & Gaye Johnson sponsored by WNCW 88.7 radio

August 10 - Sol Driven Train opening with the children's show. Sponsored by Green River Adventures

August 24 - The Bad Popes and Swayback Sisters

All events are from 7 to 10pm, rain or shine. Produced by Blockparty Productions 2012. 800-440-7848 or 828-894-2324. See more on

In Memory of Charlie Fears

This is a reprint of the Saluda Faces article published in February 2011 about Charlie Fears.  Charlie passed away on June 22. Saluda Lifestyles expresses heartfelt sympathies to his family and all his Saluda friends, of which there are many.  


charlie fearsA common sight parked on Main Street is a blue tractor belonging to Charlie Fears.  Sometimes it has a snow plow attached, ready for a call to help clear a driveway or parking lot.  Charlie says he can't count the number of times he and his tractor have been photographed.  People have even asked to let their children sit in his lap for a photo.


Charlie is sitting in Ward's Grill having a cheeseburger with a slice of tomato and mayonnaise-no lettuce. His face is tanned and weathered by all the time he spends riding his tractor and working outdoors.  He greets other regulars who enter the grill with a nod of his head.


Although Charlie is retired now, he continues to do some lawn service and snow plowing for Saludians.  Charlie worked in construction, building interstate systems in North Carolina.  He was working on the construction of I-26 in the late 60's when he first discovered Saluda. He met a girl, got married, had three children, and never left Saluda.


With a somber look on his face, he expresses how much he misses Charlie Ward.  When Charlie Ward wasn't able, he would come down every morning and help him put out the produce in front of the store.  Charlie thinks that one of the best things about living in Saluda is the people.  One of his favorite things to do in Saluda is "bench sitting" on Main Street with his friends, watching people go by and just taking in Saluda.  He wouldn't live anywhere else.


charlie fearsNext time you see Charlie driving down the road on his tractor, give him a wave.  He will always wave back!


Farewell, Charlie.  We will miss your tractor parked on Main Street and all your friendly waves.
Obituary of Joseph Hendrick Marley

Written by Joseph Marley upon hearing of his diagnosis.


Once I wasn't.

Then I was.

Now I am not.


Joseph passed away on June 26, 2012. He was born in Ludwigshafen am Rhein, Deutschland on Dec 23, 1946. He came to America with his mother in July 1956 to live with his step-father (Joe) at Carolina Beach, NC. He attended the fourth grade at Carolina Beach Elementary School not speaking English. Being a vivacious boy, Joseph (also know as Sepp to his German relatives) quickly mastered English.


Living at the beach as the surfing craze hit the east coast, Joseph immersed himself in the craze. He worked at the East Coast Surfboard shop for Lank Lancaster and Harold Petty. He also was on the surfing team for the shop, surfing in contests up and down the east coast.


Joseph was drafted into the Army as an alien (not an American citizen) during the height of the Vietnamese War. The Army could not send a non-citizen to war zones so they chose to send Joseph to Korea. In Korea, Joseph undertook the option to become an American Citizen. He was given a choice to go to a Federal Court in either Guam or Hawaii. Naturally, being an avid surfer, Joseph chose Hawaii. He became a US Citizen in 1968.


Honorably discharged from the Army in 1968, Joseph pursued an Engineering degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, FL. Upon graduating from ERAU, Joseph went to work for then Martin Marietta, now Lockheed Martin, as a Reliability/Maintainability engineer until his retirement in December 2006.


Lockheed Martin gave Joseph an opportunity to work and live in Germany as a Technical Representative on the Pershing Missile System. He enjoyed Germany... snow skiing, driving without limits on the autobahn, and, of course, beer. He had a life changing experience when he met his true love and future wife, Katie. They skied in Austria, Switzerland, Germany, and France. They traveled to Egypt, Turkey, Israel, Cyprus, and Spain.


Upon returning to the USA, Joseph and Katie continued to travel to various places and eventually discovered their retirement home in Saluda, NC

Our heartfelt sympathies go out to Katie and her family. Auf wiedersehen, Joseph. 

Saluda Scoop

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


  green river

Green River Adventures has been selected by the Greenville Convention Visitor's Bureau as one of Greenville's Signature Experiences.  Four of GRA's trips in the Green River Gorge, including hiking, rappelling, viewing spectacular waterfalls, and guided whitewater inflatable kayaking are included as some of Greenville's Signature Experiences.    

Click here to check out more about this adventure tour on the Greenville Signature Experiences website.  

Green River Adventures is located at:

111 East Main Street
Saluda, NC 28773
(828) 749-2800
For directions, click here. 



The Orchard Inn

Join us in our elegant mountain retreat for dinner Thursday, Friday, or Saturday evenings or breakfast almost every day between 8:30-10am, by reservation. Enjoy farm-to-table fresh, locally sourced, organic when possible, exceptionally well prepared meals by our Austrian chef.


Our fine dining restaurant has stunning views of the surrounding mountains, and our terrace is a wonderful place to sip a glass of wine while taking in all the gifts this beautiful area has to give. Plan to sit a while to enjoy one of Saluda's best views.


The Inn also has 9 rooms upstairs all with private baths and lovely mountain views, and 5 private cottages with decks or screened in porches, jacuzzi tubs, and gas fireplaces.


The Inn was built in 1926, sits on 12 acres, is listed on the National Register of Historic places, a member of the distinguished Select Registry and Chaîne des Rôtisseurs. All rooms are tastefully decorated with antiques and period pieces, and our linens are ultra luxurious. The gracious hosts look forward to welcoming you to their little slice of heaven.


Visit the Orchard Inn at 800-581-3800.  They are located on Highway 176, Saluda, NC. Click here for directions.



ESPVisit Eva McCray's Evening Shade Pottery at new location at 30 Church Street, behind the Purple Onion and Spring Park. Visit website. Contact Eva at 828-749-3249 or email at  Like us on Facebook    

passing pots"The "Pot Passing" was great. I just want to say thank you to all the folks who made it a success. About 50 people lined the sidewalks and alley. At one point, in the Purple Onion garden, a few diners jumped in line to help! What a fantastic town Saluda is. The pots made it without incident and are now in their new home in the Pebble Dash building. I cannot tell you how much it means to me to have such friends and family in this wonderful town. Thank you to all of you. Come see our new shop in its wonderful new location."

Eva McCray




Honking Tonkers Gallery

Your imagination just took flight!


This delightful new addition to the east end of Historic downtown Saluda is a venue for the local artists featuring jewlery, pottery, paintings, and more.  Experience chocolate bliss with Van's Chocolate and indulge yourself in the new home of "My Gluten Free Bakery" offering such treats as brownies, cookies, and the award winning, "World's Best Carrot Cake."  You can couple these with any of our fresh organic coffees, espressos, or lattes brewed with filtered water or an energizing fruit smoothie.


Honking Tonkers Gallery

78 E Main St, Saluda, NC





thompsonsHistoric Thompson's Store & Ward's Grill-Open 6 Days a Week

Wine tasting this month will be Thursday, July 5 from 4 to 6 on the Balcony.  Come up and taste a great wine and delicious specialty cheeses.


t shirtCoon Dog Day T-Shirts have just arrived in all sizes from 3 Toddler to 3X.  Prices range from $15 to $17. Be in style and keep the sun off your face with Coon Dog Day caps for $15.99.


Hot off the press are new Historic Thompson's Store and Ward's Grill brochures.  They will be distributed all over the area and in interstate visitor centers.  

On Coon Dog Day, the Balcony will be open from 11am until.... serving cold beer, refreshing wines, and deli sandwiches.  Enter through the alley beside the store.  Look for our tent during Coon Dog Day in the bank parking lot to purchase Coon Dog Day souvenirs, Saluda mementos, and store merchandise.   


World's Famous Charlie's Sausage  

If you are looking for the place for your next event, come and view our Historic Boarding House Venue upstairs.  We can accommodate small or large groups and can help to plan your event


The store and grill are located at 24 Main Street, Saluda, NC. Click here to visit the website.  Click here for directions. Phone is 828-749-2321.Like us on Facebook


saluda grade

If you are already making plans for the Fourth of July...make plans to spend time at The Saluda Grade Café! We will be serving from 11-7 on July 4th with a Back Yard BBQ Special Menu! It's going to be Great! We can even pack your picnic basket for the Fire Works Display!

You can keep up to date on Special events and Specials by "liking" us on Facebook or email us

Call 828-749-5854 or email us at  They are located at 40 East Main Street.  Click here for directions.Like us on Facebook 



Green River BBQ

Let the Summer begin!


*Mesquite Smoked Beef Brisket PO Boy $10.99 - served on grilled French bread with lettuce, tomato, horseradish sauce! Served with homestyle potato chips!


*Saluda Super Taco 7.99 - Tortilla shell stuffed with Smoked Pork, lettuce, tomato, shredded cheddar cheese. Served with chunky salsa, sour cream, guacamole, and jalapeños!


Weekly Specials: $4.99 including tea or coke

Tuesday: Small Chopped Pork Sandwich with your choice of homemade slaw

Wednesday: BLT on Texas Toast with homestyle chips

Thursday: Bacon Burger with homestyle fries

Friday: 2 Pork Piglets with your choice of homemade slaw


Pint Narraganset $1.50


We offer 5 different Local (some soon to be!) Draft Beer to choose from! 

Green Man from Asheville

Sierra Nevada coming to Henderson County

French Broad from Asheville

Highland Brewery from Asheville

New Belgium Brewery coming to Asheville

The drafts are ever changing and we try to keep it them local!  


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.   



Cabin Fever  


Here at Cabin Fever, June went by in a blur, with a very busy month. I think we may even hit the all-time Cabin Fever rental record.  And, we are getting ready for some very exciting activities here on the grounds.  


Over the weekend of July 6& 7, we will be featuring Justin Broms starting at 7:30 pm - until. The public is invited to come enjoy the bonfire and live music. We will have soft drinks available on grounds. We also have the horse shoe pit, zip line, and other activities available. We are expecting a great turn out and lots of fun. And we still have a few cabins open if you would like to stay. 


We are also in the process of planning a children's weekend. We have lots to finalize on this weekend, but it is shaping up to look like a great weekend. If you are interested in this please give us a call or email us so I can get you all the info.


Summer Weekday Savings:  Stay with us Sunday through Thursday night for $399 plus tax. Or stay with us any 3 week nights for $250 plus tax. You must call to take advantage of this deal. 800-767-7368.


Please let us know if you would like to sign up for our news letter that comes out a few times a year by emailing at  Don't forget to like us on facebook.



Cabin Fever is located at 7337 Spartanburg Hwy Saluda, NC  28773 800-767-7368 Visit website and click here for directions.  Like us on Facebook




 Yes, it is so crowded in Saluda on Coon Dog Day....but stop in to Wildflour Bake Shop. We'll serve you a fresh, fantastic lunch in cool, air-conditioned comfort....without a
long, hot wait! 

Bring your friends and family by to enjoy some of Molly's amazing pastries for breakfast. 
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Actress, Andie McDowell relaxes during Coon Dog Day.  
Order some box lunches to pick up on your way to Pearsons Falls.  Or grab your favorite beer and wine and enjoy the best pizza in town out in our gorgeous courtyard.

There.....we have taken care of all your hosting duties for you!

Friday nights from 5pm - 8pm is Pizza Night at Wildflour Bake Shop.  Dine in or take out. Come by and grab a menu and call your order in ahead....we'll have it ready! 

Come by the shop...visit us at the Saluda Tailgate Market (Fridays 4:30 --6:30pm)...and follow us on Like us on Facebook

WE ARE HERE FOR YOU! (Really, where would we be without you?)

Hours Open
Thursday   8 - 4
 Friday      8 - 8 (pizza 5 - 8)
 Saturday  8 - 5
 Sunday    9 - 3


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.   Keep up with specials on Like us on Facebook    

gentle hands  

Attention all Canines!

Stop by the doggy refreshment booth hosted by TAAG and Gentle Hands Grooming at Coon Dog Day to cool down with a dip in the baby pool, a drink of water, and top it off with homemade brownies and biscuits! Nail trims and feather extensions also available! TAAG will be there with adoptions, so you may meet your future sister or brother?


See you soon!

Katrina (owner of Gentle Hands Grooming, Saluda)


Dog of the Month!
Bridge is happy and well enjoying life with her new friend, Ray.  A year ago her home was the bridge over Hwy 176 and back yards. Thanks to all the Saludians that helped rescue her and find her a new home. 

Gentle Hands Grooming, 156 Highway 176 (across from Green River BBQ). 

Katrina Thissen, Owner, 828-749-3280Like us on Facebook












Meanwhile, Back in Saluda on the Nolichucky River! 

Although the Green River is our back-yard favorite, there are times when we enjoy a trip to another location. Guests at Meanwhile, Back in Saluda, along with Guides from Green River Adventures, took a trip to The Nolichucky River in Tennessee for some away-from-home paddling.   A Flying Emu Productions was along for the ride. Take a look at the link to see the video:

Nolichucky River
Nolichucky River

When we are off the water, Casey and Patrick Asbill-Beck (with Meanwhile, Back in Saluda) offer property caretaking services,  Security Checks for out-of-state owners, summer specials for yard work and help preparing summer homes for family fun and guests.  Later in the Fall, we can help winterize your home and get it ready for a quiet winter or give us a call and we can warm it up for your holiday visits.  Let us do the work while you enjoy Saluda and time with family and friends.  


Visit us on Meanwhile, Back in Saluda's Facebook to find recipes, local photos, tips about summer fun and more.  A recent Meanwhile favorite was a "S'mores Pizza" baked in our Wood Fired Outdoor Ovens: smores     


Meanwhile, Back in Saluda

Property Care Takers, yard work, errands, odd jobs and more. Call Casey or Patrick Asbill-Beck. Email:  Phone: 828-749-2480 or visit their website and like them on Like us on Facebook.


Starting July 1, be on the lookout for "The 'Lil Red Trolley" in the ally next to Ward's Grill.  The Trolley will be selling shaved ice products including lemonade and ice tea, along with other fun flavors.  So when you see me, stop by and wet your whistle on "The 'Lil' Red Trolley!" Holly Sorenson


Salon Rachelle welcomes all the summer folk and guests visiting Saluda and invites you to check out our full service beauty salon which is open Wed. and Fri. 9 to 5 to serve you with all your beauty needs! The salon is located at 31 Pearson's Falls Rd., Saluda.  Contact at 828-749-2600.    


Brenda and Ken Allen invite you to the new opening of Tuxedo Treasures in the Tuxedo Community Store, 1286 Old US Hwy, Zirconia, NC 28790. 828-551-2415. They are open June through October Thursday, Friday, Saturday 10am-5pm , Sunday 1pm to 5pm. You may just find a treasure among the antiques, art, and furniture collectibles.

Where the Colors of Paradise Go

oaksOh, to behold the colors of the mountains. Lush greens envelop the mountainside with hosta and fern, while ivy hangs lazily from the trees, moving gently with the breeze, creating an emerald curtain that allows the scene to be set for the next coming season.


A never ending pallet of lavender blossoms and crimson blooms adorn every shrub, tree and yard. Some whisper from their manicured beds blanketed in pine needles and mulch, while others shout from the roadside as you drive by.


In the early-early morning, well before the day begins, the sun sneaks over the hill and the first rays of God's golden glow illuminate the woods behind our home; warming the forest from beneath, with a honey-yellow light and the quiet promise of all this day can be.


From the top of our mountain, thoughts and dreams soar in an infinite cobalt sky punctuated by the occasional passing cloud, and the anticipation that by day's end the horizon will burst into an encore of brilliant orange and plum.


This is where my day ends and begins. This is where the colors of paradise go.  

By Dale Potruski
oaksThe Oaks Bed & Breakfast
Romantic guest accommodations in our lovingly restored 116-year old Victorian home.  

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

Genell Jesperson Recognized

Premier healthcare alliance recognizes Autumn Care's Genell Jespersen for quality chef dish.


GenellAutumn Care of Saluda today announced that Genell Jespersen, Director of Nutritional Services has been recognized as a top 10 winner in the Culinary Creations Contest by the Premier healthcare alliance.


Jespersen was selected by a group of her peers to be recognized at Premier's annual Foodservice Forum, held in conjunction with its 2012 Breakthroughs Conference and Exhibition, which drew more than 4,000 providers and suppliers to Nashville, June 5-8.


"I had the opportunity to attend the Premier conference last year at the invitation of Judy Abernathy, Corporate Dietition, " Jespersen said. "The whole experience motivated me to enter the Creations contest for 2012," she said.


Mellow Mediterranean Chicken

Jespersen had this to say about her winning creation, "Two staples of comfort food around the world are chicken and beans. Mellow Mediterranean Chicken is loaded with heart healthy fiber and nutrients, including omega 3 fatty acids & antioxidants. Salt content is limited in this tasty and attractive dish by relying on the natural sodium found in the ingredients. Fresh vegetables and herbs, as well as Pesto compliment the protein in the chicken and beans, while seasoning the dish to perfection."

"We are proud to recognize Genell for providing patients with healthy, delicious, high-quality entrees," said Debby Kasper, RD, LD, Premier manager of Clinical Nutrition. "The Culinary Creations Contest is an opportunity for Premier's Foodservice members to honor their peers by selecting who they consider to be top chefs in the healthcare foodservice industry."


Mellow Mediterranean Chicken


4 oz Boneless/skinless/chicken Breast

1 oz Pesto (pre packaged in jar)

3 oz butter beans frozen (not lima beans)

3-4-fresh cherry tomatoes, minced garlic

2 Tbsp olive oil, 3-4 basil leaves (fresh)

Lemon juice and zest from ½ of lemon.



  • Steam or boil frozen Butter Bean for 12-15 min and season to taste
  • Grill chicken breast until internal temp is 165°. Then add Pesto.
  • In a fry pan sauté in olive oil, garlic, tomato, basil, and lemon juice
  • Just before removing from heat add lemon zest
Premier is a performance improvement alliance of more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals and 84,000-plus other healthcare sites using the power of collaboration to lead the transformation to high quality, cost-effective care.

autumn careAutumn Care of Saluda is a 99 bed rehabilitation and skilled nursing center in Saluda. For more information visit their website at Autumn Care.

Seeking Love in Camp Creek Bottoms
by Clark Thompson


We probably all remember the time-worn admonition that idle brains are the devil's workshop? While not found in the Bible, this and similar expressions have their roots in Scriptural ideals.


During my growing up years in the '50s, there seemed to be a plethora of idle brains among those young men in Saluda who had officially reached the age of adulthood. Usually their creative efforts to alleviate the pervasive small town boredom resulted in somewhat unsavory thinking.  Most of the schemes had their origins at the favorite nighttime hangout for young males which happened to be the local service station located at Church and Main Street. Alas, who else but the younger teenage males usually served as  targets of these pranks.


One such caper involved the need for utmost secrecy so the same joke could be repeated over several nights. During a typical early evening bull session, one or more of the older males concocted a story about a planned  meeting  that night with an out of town lady who was more than generous in love and romance. Her car which would be parked in a field off Camp Creek Road would serve as her boudoir.


Unbridled levels of testosterone soon began to rage as several young volunteers eagerly listened to the plan being explained.  A friend who had been victimized earlier clued me in on the scheme so I was able to become one of the perpetrators.  On at least one occasion, there were so many willing young males that it required two cars to haul everyone to the anticipated love fest. During a leisurely ride to the designated location, a conversation between the adult males began to weave a story regarding the status of the lady in waiting.  She was described as being an attractive married woman from a nearby town who was very lonely and unhappy because her husband had been locked up in prison for some time on a murder conviction. Then to heighten the anticipation even further, it was subtly mentioned in the conversation that a rumor indicated he may have been recently released from prison.


A solitary car sat parked in the middle of the darkened field as drivers of the visiting cars approached and switched off the headlights. Nervous tension was almost palpable as the group of males approached the darkened car waiting just ahead. Suddenly, the driver side door flew open and a man's voice shouted, "So you're the SOB's fooling around with my wife. I'll kill every one of you...... %*#!" BANG, BANG, BANG!!!!!  Several deafening blasts from a shotgun reverberated across the field, and fake screams of pain rang out as several collaborators collapsed on the ground. With everyone fleeing like frightened rabbits, the unknowing were allowed to continue their escape from the perceived slaughter occurring around them. As these terrorized teenagers disappeared into nearby bushes, brier thickets and even a frigid creek, the audible sounds of grunting and thrashing about could still be heard for quite a distance.


After giving the teenagers more than enough time to clear the area, we all gathered to rehash the sounds of fear and almost incoherent commentary that had emanated from the throats of those fleeing for their lives. At that time, these stunts seemed side-splittingly funny. Eventually we would pile back into the cars and return to the starting point at the service station in town, where we delighted in sharing all the fun with any non-participating adults. Naturally, the stories were embellished to make them sound more hilarious when repeated.


During one episode, a young fellow who owned a beautifully well maintained and spotless four-door 1940 Ford sedan became a victim. When the gunfire erupted, he raced to his car and, not daring to turn on any lights or wait for anyone else, was lucky to find the key ignition in an instant and tore off down the winding gravel road sans lights. By the time the sounds of his car's screaming engine could no longer be heard, he had blindly driven at least a couple of miles down a pitch black road at hair-raising speeds. He later stated that he did clean out a few ditches as he drove home without lights for fear of being followed by this irate husband.


Another victim messed in his pants while fleeing and ran all the way back to town.  Assuming that a massacre had indeed occurred, he pleaded with local night cop, Carthur Metcalf, to call for reinforcements before going to the grisly scene. Carthur, being well aware of the scheme, played along with the frightened young man for several minutes before reassuring him that it was all a big joke. Even then the teenager did not want to believe that it wasn't real.


Some older fellows in town alleged that the collective testosterone level in Saluda remained somewhat subdued for several months following these cruel episodes.


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.
13 Foot Alligator Big As A Trunk
by author, Joe Adams

Joe Adam's face

The Critter Management patrol on Hilton Head Island captured a 13-foot long alligator that could easily be a trunk if somebody put handles on him. He had been harassing tourists and residents for a long time and was considered The Loch Ness Monster of Hilton Head. After chasing him relentlessly for days, the patrol finally captured him. He had to be "put down" because he had become such a dangerous pest.


"How dangerous," you may ask? Just check all the stuff they found inside of him when they did the autopsy.


First of all they found another entire alligator inside...4-feet long and he was apparently being held for a later feast. It was like those carved wooden Russian dolls where one is inside another. A good idea for a tourist trinket.


Then, there was one undigested tennis foot inside. The alligator was probably hoping to get three more shoes or three more feet. In spite of signs warning people not to feed the alligators, some people still dangle their feet in the lagoons while fishing.


They are perfect bait for alligators.


They also found about 50 pounds of lead sinkers, and dozens of fishing hooks including lines.


He must have been a sports fan because they found a couple of tennis balls, two baseballs, some unidentified partially digested balls...and a beer can. They also found nearly 50 rocks of various kinds as well as two whole turtles which are surely difficult to digest.


You can imagine what that alligator might have swallowed that he could easily keep your feet out of the creek.


If you enjoy Joe's column in Saluda Lifestyles, please let him know. You can email him at


Signed copies of Joe's book, "Butterbeans for the Soul" can be purchased at Cathy Jackson Realty, 144 West Main Street. 

Saluda Lifestyles expresses heartfelt sympathies to Saluda friends and families who have lost loved ones.

Arthur Raymond "Ray" Brummett, 79, died June 15, 2012, at Autumn Care. He was a resident of Saluda. and survived by his wife of 50 years, Mary Andre Little Brummett of Saluda.


Charles Fears, 71, of 113 Pace St. died June 22, 2012.  


Joseph Marley, died June 26, 2012 and is survived by his loving wife, Katie.   

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Happy 4th of July and Coon Dog Day,
Cathy Jackson,

Cathy Jackson Realty
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