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                                                                   August 1, 2012 
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In This Issue (click on a topic to move to it quickly.)
Dates to Remember
Emergency at Red Cross
Charlie's Pig Out
Coon Dog Day Poster
Saluda Center News
Saluda School Reunion
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
Dog Park
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
What's Happening in Music and Art
Performance at Saluda Center
Tryon Arts & Summer Tracks
Saluda Faces
Macon Bank's Go Local
Saluda Scoop
Ella Grace Race
Childhood in Saluda
Joe Adams
Good Bye Jagger
Time and Spray
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
Click on the pictures to link to Western NC MLS Listing. 
Gaze out at "killer views" from this A-frame mountain get away. 3BR, 2BA, MLS#523243 $239,000
In Columbus -
Relax on the covered porch and watch the birds in this charming bungalow in a private setting yet only a mile from Main Street. Easy, carefree home with major living space on main level. 3BR, 2.5 BA, garage, main level living. $153,837, MLS#522166


This 1940's log home has been lovingly expanded and maintained. With 6.6 acres, there is room to roam. Barn, pond, creek and plenty of garden space.  4BR, 2BA, 2606 SF MLS#522203 $365,000


  laurel mountain

Gorgeous views from every room with spectacular sunrises and sunsets. Open floor plan and close to town for dining and shopping. 3BR, 2.5 BA, 2190 SF MLS#522795, $435,000   


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

Under Contract! .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

Saluda Real Estate Market

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

July 31, 2012)


Sales               Closed   Pending

Homes 2012        16           2
Homes 2011        16           0
Land 2012            5           2
Land 2011            8           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
Saluda Tailgate Market every Friday, 4:30 to 6:30pm. Located in the West Main St. Public Parking lot.

Saluda Dog Society will meet on Friday, August 3, 2012 at 1:15 pm in the Parish Hall of the Episcopal Church.

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, August 10 from 2 to 4pm at the Saluda LibraryThe public is invited to attend.  


Women's Club will meet August 14 at 10am at the Saluda Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall. 


Saluda Single Women potluck dinner will meet Thursday, August 16 at 6pm at the Saluda Center.

Community Potluck and Bingo on Monday, August 27 at 6:00 pm at Saluda Center.

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 August 1 and 15 at the Pavilion at McCreery Park. Hikes on August 4 and 18.  
American Red Cross

red cross

The American Red Cross blood supply has reached emergency levels with 50,000 fewer donations than expected this summer. 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.


Drives in the next week:


Sunday 7/29  1:30 to 6   Coopers Gap Baptist, Mill Springs

Wednesday 8/1  1:30 to 6   Autumn Care, Saluda

Thursday 8/2  2 to 6:30   Polk ARC Chapter, Columbus


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.

Charlie's Pig Out

bbq banner  

The annual Charlie Ward Memorial Pig Out is scheduled for Saturday, September 8, 2012, from 5:00pm until 7:00pm in the Pavilion at McCreery Park.  If you would like to volunteer or make a donation, please contact Terry Baisden at 828- 749-3789 or email to


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


All Saluda residents are invited to gather at McCreery Park to honor Charlie with good food, good fun, and good music! Please bring a dessert!


In Memory of Charlie Ward  

July 1, 1920 -August 1, 2008 

Special Edition Coon Dog Day Poster

CDD Local artist, Ray Pague has created a special poster for the City of Saluda. The 11 x 17 2012 Coon Dog Day poster is a special edition poster designed to help raise funds for the City Hall renovation project. Posters are only $10 and can be purchased at city hall. If you need one mailed to you, please call Terry Baisden at 828-749-3789.  

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


Book club meeting will be on Mon., Aug. 6 at 2:00pm in the Saluda Library reading room.

The Book club will begin meeting on the first Thursday each month beginning in September at the Saluda Center at 2:00 pm.


Mon., Aug. 27 at 6:00pm will be the community potluck with Bingo, Archie Hardy will be the caller. Come and show your support for summer Bingo, prizes will be given to winners. 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 Thurs., Aug. 16 at 6:00 pm. Please bring a covered dish.


SAVE THE DATE! Tues., Sept. 11 from 9am-3pm, there will be a trip to Bob Jones museum and Reedy River Park. A sign up sheet will be provided. All women MUST wear a skirt or dress.

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 School Reunion

reunion All Saluda School students, past, present, and teachers-anyone who has ever attended-- are invited to the Saluda School Reunion.  It will be held August 17, 2012 at the Party Place and Event Center (Jamboree).  Price is $21/person and includes hors d'oeuvres, BBQ and chicken dinner buffet, facility, and gratuity. Social and reunion hour will begin at 6:00pm with punch and snacks, followed with dinner at 7:00pm. Door prizes will be given away too!  Please mail checks to be received no later than August 13. Checks payable to Peggy Johnson, PO Box 187, E Flat Rock, NC 28726.


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

Saluda Center Art Exhibit
Our Saluda Center featured artist in September will be Grace Leriera. She is a local artist and enjoys showing her art locally.  Exhibit dates and reception times will be announced in September.

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.   





What you will find at the market:

  • Camp Creek Farm Poulon Rouge Chickens, Lamb Ribs, and Trout  
  • Organic greens, long cucumbers, and crazy summer squashes from Lee Mink of Leap Farm  
  • Brownies and pound cake to put under those blueberries from Piece O' Cake 
  • Wylie's lemonade
  • Pork sausage, zucchini, and yellow squash from Charlene's garden
  • Deerwood Farms is always there with chicken, pork, and summer veggies
  • If the summer bugs are getting you, visit Sacred Farm Herbals for natural remedies for body, pets, and garden
  • Bee Log honey is harvesting lavender and sour wood honeys. We missed her last week but hope she is there this week. One can only go so long without a little honey. 
  • Dan and Marti Wells have Saluda grown peaches, plums, and a variety of veggies
  • Decatur has purple potatoes, squash, and sunflowers
  • Randy Case has corn, cabbage, potatoes, and onions
  • Wells Sheely promises to show up again with Three Arrows Farm beef
  • Our own Wildflour bakery has pizza crust, granola, pockets and treats.  
  • Claire's beautiful zinnia bouquets 

And eggs, eggs, eggs.


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



cdd Coon Dog Day 5K t-shirts are still available for purchase at City Hall for $15 each. They are moisture-wicking performance tees.


Monica Pace




flower potVolunteers Needed

one time from now to September

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

from now until 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

A crucial topic for discussion is planned for our August meeting-"Walk Gently on this Earth." The concept involves a change in attitude, and this change will result in a stronger determination to preserve our trees.


The date and time will be announced later and members will be notified by email or telephone.


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 offers scheduled hikes throughout the summer on the first and third Sunday of the month. Weather permitting, we meet at the Saluda Library parking lot at 2 pm. For the month of August the hikes scheduled will be on the Missing 40 (1 mile of moderate walking that will take 1-2 hours) and Little Bradley Falls (hike is moderate to strenuous and will take about 2 hours). Remember to wear appropriate clothing, bring water, and let your trail leader know if there are any medical problems that they need to know about. For more information contact Chuck Hearon 828-749-9886.


SCLT in partnership with the City of Saluda and Saluda Dog Society have worked hard to provide citizens with a Dog Park. The Dog Park has grown and is enjoyed by many! There is more work to do and we are looking for volunteers to help improve the area. If you would like to help with this project, please contact Dave Prudhomme 828-749-9172.


Robinson Community Garden is looking festive! Once again thank you to all who support this project through hard work and diligence. A very special thank you to Pat Robinson for the use of this wonderful spot. It is a joy and inspiration to all! The second Tuesday of each month is scheduled work time from 6-7 pm followed by a covered dish supper at the Pavilion in McCreery Park.   


Kudzu work for the month of August will be at the "Not for Sale" house on Seminary Street located across from the school bus parking lot. We meet 8:30 till 10:30 each Thursday (weather permitting). Bring water and wear comfortable clothes, it does heat up faster than you think! We welcome volunteers, visitors, or a honk of encouragement when you drive by. Want to learn more about decrowning? We will be glad to give a demonstration as to the most effective way of killing kudzu.


SCLT will meet August 1 and 15 at 3pm at McCreery Park Pavilion. 


Please feel free to contact us about any of our projects by calling our office at 828-749-1560 and leaving a message. We will return your call promptly. Also be sure to check out our updated website We look forward to your comments and suggestions.

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 meets the third Monday of the month at the Saluda Library. Except for special events and outings, meetings start at 10 am.  Next meeting is August 20. 


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

Saluda Business Association


Saluda Business Association will wrap up the membership drive this month and start planning for promoting and marketing Saluda in the coming year.


All members are invited to a social/business gathering on September 4 at 5:30 in the courtyard of the Purple Onion.  Please bring a dish to share.


Saluda is featured on CBS Atlanta TV channel's NC Better Destinations. Click here to view the video. This was accomplished through the cooperative partnership by Melinda Young, Director of Polk County Travel and Tourism and NC Dept of Tourism. 


Please visit to learn more about the SBA. 

Women's Club Meeting

The Women's Club of Saluda will meet Tuesday, August 14 at 10:00am at the Fellowship Hall of the Presbyterian Church.  Our speaker will be Saluda's own Dr. Corinne Gerwe.  She will discuss her book and how she developed her theme/story line of The Strange Case of the Doyle Diary Murders. Guests are welcome.  Refreshments will be served. 


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.

Volunteers Needed for Work at Saluda Dog Park

dog park Hope you can join us for a work session at the Saluda Dog Park on Chestnut Street.

Saturday August 4- 8am start time-work time 1-2 Hours. We will be moving mulch, weeding, building a berm needed because of all the recent rain, and a fence for the new part of the park.


Please bring a rake or a shovel or both. Gloves, water, a hat, and sun guard are also a good idea.


Please leave your dogs at home as the big gates will be open to move the mulch into the park.


If you have any question, please call 828-749-9172 or 828-551-0094 or 0093.


Thank you,

Dave and Marilyn Prudhomme

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


Charlie Fears Interview Now on Website

Last year around Christmastime, Charlie Fears was interviewed by Scott Kinnard at Ward's Grill as part of the Historic Saluda Oral History project. As most of us know, Charlie ate breakfast at the grill almost every morning. When Scott asked Charlie if he thought Saluda people were friendlier in the past as compared to today, Charlie said folks in Saluda were friendly all the time. To quote Charlie, he said, "They're just a friendly bunch of people and I wouldn't live nowhere else. If they run me out of Saluda, I'm gonna pitch me a tent off the edge of the mountain down there. So, I ain't going too far." Catch the whole interview on and visit with Charlie one more time at Wards. In our hearts, Charlie hasn't gone too far since in our fondest memories he will forever be riding that big blue tractor around Saluda.


Historic Saluda Committee Elects New Officers

July marked the start of a new fiscal year and according to the Historic Saluda Committee by-laws, new officers are required to be elected by members of the HSC. Greaton Sellers (full-time resident) was elected Chair of the HSC and Cindy Stephenson Tuttle (part-time resident) was re-elected as Co-Chair. Ammie Weymer was elected Secretary. Other committee members for the 2012-13 year are Charlene Pace, Gloria Testerman, Caroline Farris and Carolyn Ashburn. Lynn Cass is the representative from the Saluda City Commissioners.


Arcadia Book a Goal of the Committee

A goal of the HSC is to publish a book through the Arcadia Publishing Company. Arcadia Publishing is the leading local history publisher in the United States, with a catalog of more than 8,000 titles in print and hundreds of new titles released every year.Arcadia Publishing is best known for its iconic Images of America series, which chronicles the history of small towns and downtowns across the country. Captured in unique pictorial format, small slices of hometown history detail the often forgotten aspects of American life.  


A sub-committee has been formed to work on this project, which will piggyback on the work already completed through the HSC Oral History project. Mary Ann Hester will Chair the Arcadia book project with Carolyn Ashburn, Gloria Testerman, Caroline Farris, Cindy Tuttle, Greaton Sellers and Mary Lu Price serving on the committee. A release date will be announced at a later date. Go to for more information about Arcadia books.


Historic Tour of Homes to be held in 2013

Gloria Testerman, HSC member will chair and coordinate a Historic Tour of Homes sponsored by the Historic Saluda Committee in 2013. A tentative date for the tour has been set for June 1st. The tour will feature historically significant homes on Henderson Street. If you are interested in featuring your Henderson Street home, you may contact the HSC at Stay tuned for more information.

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.


Meeting Date: The Historic Saluda Committee (HSC) has scheduled its next meeting for Friday, August 10th 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


Saluda Dog Society

The heat of summer rolls on....August is here and the summer season is quickly passing through our mountains. Take time to enjoy the beauty of the season but stay cool, refreshed and healthy!


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

Progress continues with rescuing dogs in our community and participation from all is much appreciated. We continue to receive calls every week on dogs and cats lost or found...please remember to let us know if you see an animal in distress or which 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.


cdd The 49th Annual Coon Dog Day Parade, Saluda's biggest summer celebration, was once again joyful and loads of fun for spite of the hot weather. Our little town expanded with open arms to welcome well over 10,000 people to enjoy the annual festivities and see all the "coon dogs" in town.  


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 joy and love in our special relationships with them. We treasure the memories and learn so much about kindness and a loving heart....A Foster Dog Poem (by Diane Morgan)


"A poem to my foster dog...

I am the bridge between what was and what can be.

I am the pathway to a new life.

I am made of mush because my heart melted when I saw you,

Matted and sore, limping, depressed, lonely, unwanted, afraid to love.

For one little time you are mine. I will feed you with my own hand.

I will love you with my whole heart. I will make you whole.

I am made of steel. Because when the time comes, when you are well and sleek,

When your eyes shine and your tail wags with joy...then comes the hard part.

I will let you go--not without a tear, but without regret.

For you are safe forever-- A new dog needs me now." 


Quotation for August:

"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated. " ~Mahatma Gandhi


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 animals. Together we will...!!!  



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 


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


Coon Dog Day posters and t-shirts are available for purchase to benefit the library.  The design this year is based on Edvard Munch's artwork "The Scream."  The Coon Dog design is entitled "The Howl." Please call Melody at 828-749-9683 to get your posters or t-shirts.

Saluda Elementary School
  Joe Adams

August 27 will be the first day of school for students!  Parents of new students are asked to please contact the school office at 828-749-5571 for enrollment information.  

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

 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

House for Rent

Approx. 2,200 sq. ft. - 3  bedrooms - 3 baths - great room - garage - big sun room or studio/office - deck - private setting but close to town - $1,125 - unfurnished - 1 year lease Call Angie at 828-277-7795 or 828-713-8795.

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. 

Awesome August

pearsons Cool mountain breezes, refreshing mountain streams, rivers, lakes, and waterfalls draw people to the mountains every summer as the dog days of summer set in. Saluda is one of these summer destinations as folks from the low country escape sweltering heat, annoying bugs, and long humid days. Common sights in town are colorful kayaks and bikes riding atop cars as vacationers make their way to nearby Green River, trails, lakes, and waterfalls.


For the less active, visitors like browsing the shops along shady tree-lined Main Street, sitting on a bench watching the people go by, maybe enjoying an ice cream. Some have a delicious lunch or dinner at one of the many diverse restaurants in town,and some visitors extend their stay in one of the B&B's, cabins, cottages, or lodges.


Most of the summer holidays and festivals are over in Saluda, and the days are a little calmer for Saludians. Time to relax a little, watch the hummingbirds gather around feeders, and take pleasure in a cool evening rocking on the porch. Tomatoes and corn and other summer vegetables are in, and what's not eaten, is being canned or frozen to enjoy this winter.


Click here to see nearby waterfalls. Please remember to obey the safety warnings when hiking to waterfalls.  

 49th Coon Dog Day - 2012  

If you missed all the results of the Coon Dog Day parade winners, royalty court and 5K, please click here to see the July 15 issue of Saluda Lifestyles.

Click on the picture to view a video of the parade. Produced by Erik Olsen Films.

Coon Dog Day 2012
Coon Dog Day 2012

What's Happening in Music and Art


What's Happening At The Onion In August   


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


 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 our the website for our menu.  


Live Music in

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


August 2 - Martha's Trouble  

Americana/folk music with a pop essence.


August 4 - Drovers Old Time Medicine Show  

 Old friends return with their special bluegrass sound.


August 9 - Dylan Sneed  

South Carolina singer/songwriter makes his debut.


August 11 - Chuck Beattie Band 

Great blues band from Asheville returns.


August 16 - Calico Moon

Seamless blend of roots and mountain music.


August 18 - Overmountain Men  

David Childers' band returns - need I say more?


August 23 - Scoot Pittman

High-energy toe-tapping music from Charlotte.


August 25 - Gigi Dover & The Big Love

Gigi has a great new recording out.


August 30 - Vendetta Crème  

Cabaret singer sings old songs from vaudeville days.


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 



A very special concert is being held this month on August 11 at The Party Place & Event Center.  towners "The Out-of-Towners" will be performing their specialty of Carolina Beach Music for the dance and concert.  Their high energy live performance and a driving brass section are guaranteed to keep you moving all night long.  They have frequently shared the stage with nationally known artists and great entertainers.   Plus, they have been nominated for six Beach Music Academy Awards.   


Some of the band's songs and CD releases have hit the top 40 charts in Beach music; plus, they have gotten into the Beach Music Hall of Fame. This special evening of live music will start at 8:00 pm and the tickets are $15.00.  Tickets are on sale now, or they can be purchased at the door.  Tickets must be purchased in advance to reserve a table.  Make plans to experience this fantastic concert and dance!


Always check on our calendar by visiting our website.  The Party Place will be closed on August 4 for a private event.  And don't forget the Saluda Class Reunion that will be on Friday, August 17.  A lot more parties and private events are scheduled throughout the fall, so be sure to check us out Or follow along on facebook at Saluda Mtn. Jamboree, LLC.


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



2  Pottery Glazing

3  Dave Desmelik

4  Wood Fired Pizza

16 Book Club

18 Paul Cataldo

24 Fayssoux McClean

31 Kyle Sorenson


All music starts at 8pm.



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


Wine Drinkers With A Reading Problem

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     

honking Honking Tonkers Gallery

We are excited to announce an exhibit opening on August 24, from 6-9pm to welcome new artists to the Gallery. Exhibiting art in the gallery will be Beverly Pickard and Arline Boyce. A showcase of Bill Ryan's work will also be on display. We invite you to join us and show your support to our local artists.  


Honking Tonkers Gallery, 78 E Main St, Saluda, NC




bonnie and river
Saluda artist, Bonnie Bardos and Shar-pei, rescue puppy, River, enjoying a summer morning
Open Studio in August at the Art House  Saluda artist Bonnie Bardos will have open studio Sundays during the month of August from 12-3 at her 1895-era "Art House" at 285 Greenville Street, Saluda, beside the historic Saluda Inn. Whether you enjoy painting or sculpture, something in progress is always on hand. Her landscape paintings are represented by Patricia Carlisle Fine Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and locally at Skyuka Fine Art in Tryon. Feel free to stop by, sit a spell on the front porch, and enjoy art! Other times are available by appointment by calling 828-749-1153. Bonnie's website is

On August 21, she will be the featured speaker at Lanier Library's popular brown bag lunch program at noon; the library is located at 72 Chestnut Street, Tryon, NC; 828-859-9535. Programs last about an hour, and are free to the public.

Be sure to catch Bonnie's weekly Saluda musings in the Tryon Daily Bulletin.  Here's a link to enjoy a July article.   


dancers extenstion


We are gearing up for a new academic year of dance!  Classes for all students (youth and adults) begin on Tuesday, September 4.  We are finalizing a schedule that should be posted by our Open House Day.  Our Open House will be Saturday, August 4, 2012 from 10AM-1PM with a special in-studio performance by our Honor Society Candidates at 11AM.  Join us to meet your teacher and other students, try out our sprung Marley floor and barres, learn about different dance styles, register for classes, and order dance attire and shoes. ALL at this special annual event!


Please visit our website for important updates and information.  Our studio is located in Saluda, at I-26, in the Don Mintz center.  We welcome new students and beginners in their journey of learning the art of dance.


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   

August Workshops 

Friday, August 3rd - Let's Make Paper.... 1-3:30 $22 
Tuesday, August, 7th - Zen Doodle with us 10 am til Noon - NO charge, everyone welcome

Saturday, August 11th - Spoon Artiology with Melanie Statnick 10 am til 4pm, $80.   


Coming in September
Jane Davies,
artist and author will be here for three great workshops

Friday, Sept. 7th - Unlocking the Secrets of Color
Color is one of the most immediate and emotionally affecting elements in visual art, packed with symbolic and cultural associations, personal meaning, and expressive potential.    


Saturday, Sept 8th  - Scribble Collage
In this workshop, we will create our own collage materials by making "paint playgrounds" and scribble drawings using acrylic, watercolor, crayons, pastel, ink, and other materials

Sunday, Sept. 9th - Unbinding the Visual Journal
Like many creative mixed-media enthusiasts, I LOVE the idea of visual journaling. But when it comes to actually using one of my handmade books, or even a store bought art journal, I get The Blank Page syndrome.

Katie Kendrick  
Katie Kendrick lives along the banks of the Tahuya River in western Washington, surrounded by the Tahuya State Forest. The peaceful beauty of the nature that surrounds her is a constant source of creative inspiration and nourishment for her soul. She finds art making to be one of the most powerful ways to connect with her innermost essence while at the same time discovering her authentic voice. She appreciates the aspect of "beginner mind" that the act of painting invites, and the constant discoveries inherent in experimental and intuitive creative expression. Katie recently authored her first book with North Light Press entitled Layered Impressions; A Poetic Approach to Mixed-Media Painting.   

Saturday, Sept. 22nd - Paste it Down, Paint it Up
"Freeing the Spirit With Visual Journaling"
As artists and creative beings, it's important for us to have ways to cut loose and let our ideas flow.


Sunday, Sept 23rd - Under the Influence... of Art
Using paintings by "The Masters" as our inspiration, we'll focus on design elements, expressions, and gestures we want to incorporate into our own paintings.


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   Click here for directions.  



flower potThe Old Chicken House   

The Old Chicken House is embarking on a new direction. In addition to providing studio space for creative people, a gallery exhibiting the talents of those who produce their work in the studios, a different project is planned for early fall. We can't provide details yet but here's a hint-"uniques," collectibles, and a few antiques. Please watch for information in upcoming Saluda Lifestyles.

Open Friday and Saturday 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

carson Saluda artist, Jim Carson, is shown here at the Cashiers Plein Air Festival in Cashiers, N.C., during the week of July 15-21. Jim's next plein air workshop in Saluda is scheduled for Oct.25-27.


For more information, contact Jim at 828-749-3702 or visit or email
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The Devil Touched My Tongue
The World and Wit of Dorothy Parker

Performance at the Saluda Center.


Written and performed by RoseLynn Katz, directed by the late Bernie Hauserman, produced by The Autumn Players of the Asheville Community Theatre. Performance is at the Saluda Center, 64 Greenville Street, August 17, 2012 at 6pm. Admission is $5.


A bittersweet portrait of the celebrated 1920's writer, famous for her caustic wit.


Outrageous! "I don't care what's written about me so long as it isn't true."

Provocative! "Brevity is the soul of lingerie."

Edgy! "Men seldom make passes at girls who wear glasses."

Comments on a performance by Katherine Hepburn: "She ran the gamut of emotion from A to B."

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.




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

Saluda Faces
Cindy Keeter

Saluda Faces recognizes Saluda citizens that you may see often and wonder who they are, what they do, and why they live in Saluda.


Cindy As a Saluda School first grader, Cindy Keeter would get up in the morning, get dressed, and walk down to a café that her grandparents owned for breakfast, before heading off to school. She couldn't imagine a six-year old doing that these days. Cindy was originally from Beckley, West Virginia before coming to Saluda.


Her sparkling blue eyes light up when she talks about some of the memorable occasions while serving as Saluda's postmaster for the last 24 years. Before being promoted to postmaster, Cindy worked as a clerk in the post office working 12 hours a week.  She then clerked in the Hendersonville post office before graduating to postmaster at Tuxedo before taking the reins in Saluda. She has served these communities for 38 years and retired from the post office on July 31, 2012.


Sorting the mail in the back room one day, she noticed a copperhead curled up on the floor. Doing a high jump to get on top of the large metal sorting table, she injured her knee and had to be treated at the Saluda Medical Center. While on the table she called 911 but when the police officer arrived, he told Cindy that she was going to have to get off the table and unlock the door because he wasn't going to jump over the counter.


On another occasion, when first graders from Saluda School visited the post office, Cindy started describing how the mail gets sorted and delivered but realized she was talking over their heads. She then switched to more basic language and visual aids by opening the back door, pointing to a stack of bee hives, and saying, "see, we even deliver bees." One astute first grader then asked, "Do you deliver babies, too?"


Over her tenure, Cindy has seen the number of people on the mail routes grow and has seen Saluda mail routes grow to 2 full time routes. Each carrier drives about 75 miles making 600 deliveries a day.


Saluda has gone through many other changes, and the hardest for Cindy is the loss of so many people that were the fabric of Saluda.   


After retiring in July, Cindy plans on taking about six weeks off to rejuvenate, and just rest before starting an insurance business. She has trained and received a life insurance license and will represent Government Personnel Mutual. This will give her freedom to spend more time with family and friends.


"One thing that has never changed in Saluda is its small town uniqueness where people know your name, greet you in passing, and take the time to give you information or directions. For most people, there is no such thing as a quick trip to the post office...because often you stop and visit with someone," said Cindy.


Cindy says that she may not always remember your name, but she does always remember your post office box number or street address.


Cindy Thanks for all your years of service, Cindy, and happy retirement.

Macon Bank's Go Local Campaign

Macon Bank is encouraging consumers and small businesses to Go Local. The idea behind the Go Local initiative is to inspire consumers and businesses alike to re-invest in their own communities, by banking, shopping and dining locally.  


golocal Macon Bank is proud to give back to our communities and improve our local economy by being a part of the Go Local initiative.  For our Go Local campaign, we support our local business customers by patronizing their businesses.  You can join the "go local" movement by shopping, dining and banking locally and feel the pride that comes with reinvesting in your community.  


Visit the Saluda branch on 108 Main Street. Contact 828-749-2550. 

Saluda Scoop

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



"I never thought I would get tired of fishing," says Don Mobley. That's what he did after retiring from the YMCA until he decided to turn unused wood into "botes and stuff." Don is from the east coast of NC and the colloquial pronunciation of "boats" sounds like "botes."


botes His products may include "rescued" wood from demolition projects, pre-and post consumer recycling, manufacturing waste or by-products. His "botes and stuff" are made from approximately 25 species of wood from around the world.


botes His "bote" shelves look like boats and can be used as wine racks, jewelry cases, and stands for pool cues, fishing rods, and golf clubs....anything you can imagine. In addition to the "botes," Don makes stools, small cabinets, and custom work to botes order. His son takes his scrap materials and turns them into wooden clip boards, coasters, and incidental boxes.


When you visit, you will be amazed at how much Don knows about the different types of wood, and it is an educational experience.


Prices range from $5 to $600. 


His new retail shop is at 20 W Main Street and he can be reached at 828-606-7042.




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. Coming soon - live piano music Thursday nights.


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



mugs Evening Shade Pottery

Please think ahead for Christmas and order that one of a kind "picture of your loved one mug" for that hard-to-buy for guy! It's a great gift that is very enjoyable and brings a chuckle to all. Send me pictures now to get ahead of the Christmas rush. I also have great wedding, birthday gifts and souvenirs. Snack trays and dip mixes make a great gift, so come check it out. Bring in all your summer guests for some great local art.


Visit Eva McCray's Evening Shade Pottery at its 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      



Ever wonder what's going on at that colorful place with mobiles on the porch and bright orange door at the corner of Louisiana and Ozone?wolf


It's Random Arts and it's not only a place to nurture your creativity, but it's a retail store filled with antiques, vintage finds, beautiful scarves, jewelry and much, much more.  Open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. This one of a kind shop continues, after 16 years on Main Street here in Saluda, to intrigue and inspire all those that stop by.


Every nook and cranny is filled with color, inspiration, funky home accessories, local art, handmade books, marbled papers, and more. In addition, a variety of talented art instructors, who teach in Italy, Australia, Canada, Portugal, and across the US, come from all over the country to teach 1, 2 and 3-day workshops in collage, watercolor, sketching, assemblage, acrylic painting, encaustic wax, jewelry and lots more.


In September, Jane Davies will be here to teach "The Secrets of Color" on September 7th, "Scribble Collage" on September 8th and "Unbinding the Visual Journal" on September 9th. All levels welcome.


In 2013, teaching artists include Michael deMeng, Mary Beth Shaw, Sunny Carvahlo and Misty Mawn, as well as others.


Please stop by and see what's behind all those colorful mobiles on the front porch. Check out our website: Find us at the corner of Louisiana & Ozone. 828-749-1165.  Click here for directions. 



joni Italian Wines Arrive at Joni's Artisanal Wine & Beer

The wines have finally arrived and are ready for pick up for those of you who jumped on the "pre-sale".  We picked these wines in January at a special tasting from small vineyards in Italy with very limited quantity.  Small towns, small vineyards, small quantities and BIG taste.  They have arrived at port and were delivered to our small wine shop.  These are wines you can't find just anywhere - unless perhaps you are sipping your way through Italy's small vineyards.   Small means limited quantity available, so get them while you can.  Prices are - as always at Joni's--very reasonable.  If you didn't get in on the presale - we do have a limited supply for you to enjoy.   


Hours: Tue-Sat  10-5:30, Sun 12-3, 828-749-9698, 171 E Main Street



hydrangeas Summer in Saluda

Most guests consider summer and fall to be the best time to visit the mountains. Should your travel plans include a pass through Saluda, may we suggest choosing The Oaks Bed and Breakfast for your memorable stay. Walk to town and explore a bounty of restaurants, galleries and shops. Surround yourself with all that the mountains have to offer: infinite vistas, live theater and music, waterfalls, hiking, river rafting, lakes, historic sites and possibly the healthiest environment on earth!


oaks Room rates at The Oaks Bed and Breakfast have remained the same for the past four years and still include a full gourmet breakfast served in our perfectly adorned Victorian home. See it all at, or visit us on facebook. Contact the innkeepers at 828-749-2000 or email  Located at 339 Greenville Street.  Click here for directions.  




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

Wine tasting this month will be August 2, 4 to 6pm upstairs, and the wine featured will be from The Lake James Winery in NC.  Come up and taste a great wine and delicious specialty cheeses.


Come in and shop for the finest items in Polk County in the oldest grocery store in NC. We invite you to come in and step back in time. We carry fresh meats, specialty cheese and the best deli meats with no added hormones, no MSG, and gluten free. We also have local items made in Saluda. Best of all, "Charlie's homemade sage sausage."


Hours are: 
Monday - Saturday 8am to 6pm, and the Grill: Monday - Friday 7am to 3pm, and on Saturday 6:30am to 3pm.

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



Green River BBQ

Summer Specials Continue through August  

*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


Choose Different Local Draft Beer! 

Son of a Peach by RJ Rookers, Spartanburg. It is made with local SC peaches.

Bottle Tree Blonde, Tryon NC

Razor Wit from Highland Brewing Co., Asheville NC

Green Man IPA, Asheville NC

Wee Heav ER, French Broad Brewing, Asheville, NC

We at times carry Sierra Nevada's seasonal brew.  They will soon be from Henderson County!


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.   



What's not to love about August? (Okay, maybe the heat) But, here in our little slice of paradise, it is lush and plush.  Gardens are plentiful and produce is "Blue Ribbon" perfect.


We are taking advantage of every basketful coming our way.  Our daily menu and our Sunday Specials feature fresh, local produce.  Those blueberries from the Polk County Market are the sweetest I have ever tasted!  Look for them in our scones, Danish, breakfast braids, pie, and more.

Just a reminder that Wildflour will not be at the Saluda Tailgate Market on Friday, Aug. 3. However the shop will be open our regular hours. Fridays are pizza night and we are open until 8pm.

 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.   
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     


kathleen Kathleen Carson is pleased to announce the opening of her new Kathleen's Art & Crafts Gallery on Main Street. Kathleen relocated her gallery from Tryon to Saluda after driving through town one Saturday and noticing the town's bustling Main Street. In her shop, you will find an eclectic blend of functional and funky arts and crafts from NC and SC regional artists. There is something for everyone in a variety of affordable prices. Some local artists include Lucinda and Jerry Pittman, Sue Cannon, and Susie Welsh. The gallery will be open Monday through Saturday, 10-5 and some later hours on Thursday and Saturday.


Go by and give Kathleen a nice, friendly welcome to Saluda and browse the gallery. You may see something you just can't live without! Contact her at 828-749-2640 or email Visit her website at 



baker Richard Baker Studio 

"I feel blessed and lucky to have found such a beautiful, large space in Saluda for my art studio and gallery. I have been trying to get here for a while," says Richard Baker. From a small town in Tennessee, Richard loves small towns. After 32 years as a zoo director and mammal curator at Busch Gardens in Florida, Richard made his way to the mountains of NC. Painting all his life, he has been painting in oil full time since 2004. His gallery is filled with landscapes, local scenes, and portraits. His prices range from $300 to $5,000+ for his art. Visit his gallery at 18 Church Street or contact him at 828-234-1616 or email  



New Market to Open

Coming soon is a new retail, restaurant, ship and pack, and antique consignment shop to open in the former Saluda Wine & Cheese building on Ozone. Margaret Woods, proprietor, owns the Old Towne Market on 7th Avenue in Hendersonville and is excited to become part of the Saluda scene.


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.    


Sweet Earth Mountain Resale/Thrift/Tag Sales.

Thanks to all of you who have come over and found some "treasures," and I am still looking for the rest of you, sorry still no regular hours but by appointment. Not as formal as it sounds, just call and if we are able, we will open for you and your friends. Home decor, antiques, furniture, glassware, knic knacs and lots of funky junk! Call Sheila at 828-606-1748 or look for blue tag sale signs when we can manage one, happy summer!



kitchen Kitchen nightmare? Let Kirby Custom Builders help you turn it in to the kitchen of your dreams! Ask us about our free design service which design allows you to see your kitchen plans before the first blow of the hammer. Contact Todd Kirby 828-606-0942


Ella Grace Race

We are doing the Ella Grace Race to end PKD (polycystic kidney disease) in memory of our little girl, Ella Grace Mintz, who was born on 01/24/2012 and only lived 18 hours. We want to help educate our community and raise money for the PKD foundation. Approximately 1/40,000 people have this rare kidney disease.


The race is a 5k run/walk, Saturday September 22nd, 2012 at the Saluda Events and Party Place (formerly the Saluda Jamboree). You can visit the website link for early registration or come the day of the race between 7:30-8:45am. The Race STARTS at 9:00am.


For more information, please email Shena Mintz at:


By Shena Mintz 

Closely Held Recipe for Making Powerful Cider
by Clark Thompson


Back in the '50's, some of the cider made around Saluda was processed in the raw state with no subsequent pasteurization. The downside was that this cider had to be kept refrigerated to avoid going through a fairly quick fermentation process. Even with refrigeration, the shelf life of raw cider still had its limitations. However, fermented or hard cider was very desirable to some folks because the natural process rendered a bubbly drink with a low alcohol content, usually less that 7 or 8 percent.


Jack Morris, a local realtor, had an apple orchard. Each year, he hired kids like me to pick the apples as well as to make his cider. He had an old timey wooden screw-pressed cider mill with a wheel that had to be cranked by hand to crush the apples. It was located in a screened area under a porch where bushels of apples could be brought in from the sometimes hot sun or occasional afternoon rain storms. Like most other apple growers, Jack primarily used culled apples that were not fit to sell. Most had spots, blemishes, or other unattractive deformities and many even had rotten areas. Honey bees, bumble bees and yellow jackets by the thousands tended to swarm over the apples and trying to get all of them off the fruit before dumping the basket into the cider mill was a losing battle. As a result, lots of bees met their demise during the squeezing and became an integral part of the final content and flavor. It seemed to my cohorts and me that combining crushed bees and rotten apples surely enhanced the taste of the cider we were producing.


After squeezing the apples along with hundreds of bee bodies, the juice was then poured into large wooden casks for temporary storage while awaiting the bottling process. A wooden handled faucet near the bottom of each cask allowed for drainage of the freshly squeezed juice, so my buddies and I routinely quenched our thirsts during the long work day by consuming copious amounts of this liquid. Now if you have never experienced the end result of such binge drinking, you really cannot appreciate the true definition of gasification. Maybe the fermentation of the natural sugar was enhanced by the partially rotten apples as well as extraneous parts of three varieties of bees.  Whatever the case, the resulting turmoil in one's digestive tract is almost impossible to describe in proper Queen's English.


All of this brings to mind one eventful summer night. On this particular Saturday evening, the three of us cider buddies attended a birthday party which was held at the celebrant's home. It was in the fall of the year which meant the windows and doors were closed to ward off the cool night air. My best recollection is that there were about two dozen teenagers at the party. Surprisingly, the birthday girl had somehow managed to have her parents leave the house before the party began.


Since we had spent the day making and, as usual, consuming huge amounts of the raw cider, it didn't take long before discrete announcements began to silently drift throughout various areas of the house. As unfriendly fragrances filled one room, the party would casually but surely migrate to another in unspoken attempts to find an unaffected respite.  Soon the visibly upset celebrant began making a concerted effort to identify and hang the culprit or culprits, but ultimately to no avail, since no one would dare confess. As the steady waves of releases continued unabated, the disgusted celebrant finally began throwing open the windows and doors. It was becoming obvious that these stealth assaults on the nasal passages were now threatening to cause early termination of her party as more and more individuals began seeking refuge on the front porch and in the yard. Unfortunately, by then no one held the slightest interest in gathering back inside to cut the cake (no pun intended) or to watch birthday presents being unwrapped.


As the slowly disintegrating party mingled outside the house, the boys began to display their collective immaturity by rolling in uncontrolled laughter. Now, just in case any of you readers chose to skip your personal teen age years, suffice it to say that young males tend to find far greater humor in certain bodily functions than do females.


I doubt that girl ever had any serious thoughts about holding another birthday party.


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.
Listen to Your Elders
by author, Joe Adams

Joe Adam's face

 Chances are good that they are over-medicated. They may sound a little crazy, but then again, they may just be speaking the truth. I would advise you to listen to them, and not necessarily to the doctors or nurses.


My dear mother-in-law was in a nursing home for nearly 8 years. When I would go visit, she sometimes had stories to tell me of things that she saw on TV. One day she wanted me to guess who she had seen the night before. I guessed "Perry Como." She loved Perry. But she said, "No, not Perry. I saw Celeste Holmes on Batman. She was Catwoman."


"Are you sure it was Celeste? Maybe she was dressed like a Nun. She played a Nun often," I suggested.


"NO. She was Catwoman...and a fierce one at that."


I should be ashamed to say that I laughed out loud. But, she just told me to look it up in the TV Guide. I told her you couldn't believe everything in the newspaper, but she assured me she had seen it with her own eyes. The nurse said she had been taking El Dopo, a medicine that gave patients hallucinations, and I let it drop.


But when I got home, I told my wife and we had a good laugh about it.


"Was Bing Crosby in the movie?" my wife wanted to know. I should have asked her.


The TV Guide was nearby and I didn't even have to look up last night's listings. There was a four-color photo on the cover of Celeste..dressed as "The Catwoman."


"Oh my God," I exclaimed. "I tried to convince your Mother that she was a little dopey to ever think that Celeste would be Batman's enemy. Of course, she was known for taking any part at that time in her life. I would have bet good money that she was dead."


Well, now she IS dead. Thirty six years later. My Mother-in Law has passed a long time ago so I can't really apologize to her. I am sure she is in Heaven yelling down at me, "You SOB. I told you she was Catwoman."



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

Saluda Bids Jagger, "Good Bye"
Jagger and Pastor Jack Presseau

Our larger community has hosted a very special summer citizen, 14-year old, Jagger Lopez, from Coatepeque, Guatemala. The Presbyterian Chuch co-sponsored his visit along with Camp Glen Arden. The children in our school's Super Sizzlin' Summer program got to know him as he worked in the Presbyterian church's programs in July, where he demonstrated his skill in basketball. The campers knew him as a behind-the- scenes worker, striving to improve his skills in English.


Jagger's parents are both English teachers, so he had a "leg up" on our language. Presbyterian pastor, Jack Presseau, found that he needed to use his Kindle Fire rarely to translate from English to Spanish in finding out that Jagger's favorite sport was swimming and his culinary discovery here was Lasagna. Jagger set a good example by using our library regularly which had many movies for him to view. Camp was a familiar experience for him because, as he said, "That's what we do back home." Like many youngsters, Jagger has hopes to become a physician or a pilot because he loves science and math.


Jagger will fly home August 3 having celebrated his 15th birthday on July 28 with his friends here in Saluda.


Photo by Dick Neff

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

Rebecca S. Green, 57, of Saluda, passed away Monday, July 2, 2012


Winifred Brandon Highsmith-Estes, age 95, passed away July 27, 2012 at the home of her daughter, Brandon Reynolds, a Saluda resident.

Time and Spray
by Bob Hartje, July, 1989

PF I sit in the spray of waterfalls

Enhanced by springtime rain.

I count layers and layers of rock,

Water bounces down from age to age

Crys out to the stranger passing through:

   in unrelenting rage,

"Don't disturb nature's special place,

Tis God's own beauty this rainbow spray and waterfall.

Watch the water pour over the pages of history books.

As you sit in the prism of colors reflecting.

Forget what's behind, above, below the waterfall."

On a damp piece of paper I pour out crazy thoughts

to the marvelous tunes of water falling recklessly.

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