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                                                                   September 1, 2012 
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In This Issue (click on a topic to move to it quickly.)
Dates to Remember
Retirement Celebration
Charlie's Pig Out
Emergency at Red Cross
Ella Grace Race
Early Turkey
Saluda Center News
Saluda Center Art Exhibit
Saluda Tailgate
Saluda Tree Preservation
Saluda Community Land Trust
Saluda Garden Club
Guided Walks to Pearson's Falls
Saluda Business Association
The Women's Club of Saluda
Yoga Schedule
Historic Saluda
Saluda Dog Society
Montessori School Opens
Saluda Library Fundraiser
Saluda Library
Saluda School
Saluda Church Services
Post Office Hours
Saluda Classifieds
Saluda Lifestyles Marketplace
What's Happening in Music and Art
Art Exhibit & Open House
Tryon Arts
Saluda Faces
Mushroom Workshop
Saluda Scoop
Christmas Parade Float
Contra Dancing
Fundraiser for Bonnie
The Essence of Fall
Stuck in the Late Middle
Income Producing Tips
Macon Bank Celebrates
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!        
Affordable Mountain Homes
Click on the pictures to link to Western NC MLS Listing.

Crossing the covered bridge, the sound of rushing water is the first thing you notice. MLS#517197  $150,000 

This town bungalow has been totally renovated. MLS#509936  $139,000 

Charming cottage with split bedroom floor plan. Art studio could be turned into a guest cottage 
MLS#468386  $139,500 

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

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

Lot 16, 1.19 ac, $125,000, MLS#521147
 Lot 17, 1.65 ac, View Lot, $130,000 MLS#509499

Lot 19, 2.77 ac, View Lot, $139,000, MLS#505961

  View Lot 23, 1.07 ac, $85,000, MLS#514441  

Lot #30, 1.71 ac, $75,000, MLS# 507618  


Lake Lots

Lake Sheila Lake Front, .24 acres, $135,000, 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, $29,000 MLS#506143

Macedonia Lake, 2.15 ac, $29,000, MLS#506144

Macedonia Lake, lakefront, .8 ac, $29,000 MLS#506145

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


Saluda City Lots

Under Contract! .62 ac, $19,000, MLS#481717

.59 ac, $47,000, MLS#473131



5.03 ac on Holbert Cove, adj to NC Gamelands, MLS#520722, $50,300 

6.33 ac on Holbert Cove, adj to NC Gamelands, MLS#520721, $63,300 

8.24 ac off Mountain Page Rd., well installed, MLS#520849, $87,500 

  3.64 acres in wooded development with privacy. Bold creek. MLS#516590  $62,500

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

Winter Views on Valhalla Ridge, 1.81 ac, $27,900, 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, $45,000, MLS#454553

Piney Mountain with views, 1.31 ac, $65,900, MLS#454246

View, pastures, creek 10.49 ac, $220,000, MLS#447004

Awesome views, 1.5 ac, $79,900, MLS#464781  Winfield Cove 6.54 ac, $69,000, MLS#447592

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

9 ac, private, $113,900, MLS#509693

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

38.73 acres unrestricted land MLS#518815 $329,205


Other Areas

3.25 ac, Views, Hogback Mountain Rd, Tryon, MLS#519772, $34,900

2.1 ac, View lot, easy building site, Tryon, MLS#521572, $55,000

1.04 ac, White Oak Mountain, MLS#426297, $28,000  


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

  August 31, 2012)


Sales               Closed   Pending

Homes 2012        17           5
Homes 2011        21           1
Land 2012            7           2
Land 2011            8           0


Foreclosures-REO-Short Sales

Saluda - 3 homes

Polk County - 19 Homes 


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.

Survey for Small Town Main Street
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Saluda was designated as a NC "Small Town Main Street" and needs your help.  Please take a few minutes to complete this brief survey.

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

Retirement Celebration for Doris Marion on Thursday, September 6 from 6:00 - 9:00pm at the Party Place and Event Center (formerly Saluda Mountain Jamboree) on Friendship Church Road.

Charlie Ward Memorial Pig Out, September 8, 5-7pm. McCreery Park. Bring a dessert.

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, September 14 from 2 to 4pm at the Saluda LibraryThe public is invited to attend.  


Women's Club Annual Picnic September 11 at 5:30 at the Pavilion in McCreery Park.  


Saluda Single Women potluck dinner will meet Thursday, September 20 at 6pm at the Saluda Center.

Community Potluck and Bingo on Monday, September 24 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 September 5 and 19 at the Pavilion at McCreery Park. Hikes on September 2 and 16.

Saluda Garden Club meets September 17, 10am at the Saluda Library.

Saluda Extension Club will visit the House of Flags in Columbus on September 25 with lunch afterwards. New members are welcomed. Contact Wilda Corley at 828- 702-1428.
CityCity Notes

Joe Adams


The City of Saluda is forever indebted to the services of Ms. Doris T. Marion, City Clerk, for her 25 years of service to our town. Ms. Marion retired effective August 1, and we want to show her how much we appreciate all she has done for us.


Please join us in a celebration of her retirement on Thursday, September 6 from 6:00 - 9:00 PM at the Party Place and Event Center (formerly Saluda Mountain Jamboree) on Friendship Church Road in Saluda for a drop-in celebration.


No need to RSVP, just show up and spend some time to visit and share memories with Doris and to let her know how much she is loved and appreciated as she begins a new chapter in her life.


Stay informed by visiting the city website, 


Charlie's Pig Out

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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 

Remember Our Heroes

September 11, 2011 is the 11th anniversary of 9/11.   


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

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

American Red Cross

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 Roll Up a Sleeve as a Labor of Love Before Summer Ends

American Red Cross encourages blood donation around the holiday weekend



The American Red Cross faces a critical need for blood donations as summer winds down and the Labor Day holiday approaches.


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.


Monday, September 17

Polk Community Blood Drive held at Holy Cross Episcopal Church

(150 Melrose Avenue; Tryon, NC))

12:30 am - 5:00 PM

Please call Janet Peterson or Joyce Stott at 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!

             FREE GIFT TO DONORS!

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 out of40,000 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 

Turkey Dinner - Early Sales

methodist church The Saluda United Methodist Church will host its annual Turkey Dinner on Saturday, November 10, 2012, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. in the Saluda School Cafeteria.  Tickets will be sold beginning Monday, September 24.  Once again, you can enjoy a great turkey dinner at the great price of $8 for adults and $4 for children under 12 years of age.  Take-out plates will be available.  Please contact Terry Baisden at 828-749-3789 or email for more information.  

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


Book club meeting on Thurs., Sept. 6 at 2:00 pm at the Saluda Center.


The artist for the month of September will be Grace Leriera. Please come by the center and show your support.


Saluda Single Women potluck dinner is on Thurs., Sept. 20 at 6:00 pm. Please bring a covered dish.


Community potluck with Bingo on Mon., Sept. 24 at 6:00 pm, Archie Hardy is the caller. Bring a dish and good luck!


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 in need of more volunteers. The Basement  is open every Saturday from 10:00 am-4:00 pm and every Wednesday from 10:00 am-4:00 pm. Please call 749-9245 if you would like to volunteer. 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
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
Saluda Community Tree Preservation Association

oak tree
Photo by Randall Arms of Saluda. He credits his guardian angel for protecting his home when this mighty Chestnut Oak fell across his yard.

In memory of a giant: A huge chestnut oak uprooted and fell across Pacolet Street in August. There was no property damage and no personal injury.


Becky Shropshire, who lives in the area where the tree fell, and is knowledgeable about trees and plants, observed that the root system appeared to have deteriorated. She remembered that, when she was in the sixth or seventh grade at Saluda School, her class compiled a list of examples of the oldest and largest trees in the Saluda community. The chestnut oak was on the list.


The tree was estimated to have been possibly around 200 years old.


We grieve for a beautiful old tree that has died from natural causes, as did the chestnut oak, but it's sad to see a beautiful old tree, healthy and with many years of potential productive life, left lying on the ground-mutilated and dead. Why? Possibly, because the owner had no appreciation for the value of a tree.


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 is busy, busy, and busy.... We can use your help!


On September 10 at 9am, we will be meeting at the parking lot of the Saluda Library for Adopt-A-Highway Clean Up. It really is fun, and we would love it if you can come out and join us in this endeavor. We work in two teams on both entrances of Hwy 176 into Saluda. We have been doing this project for several years and it has paid off. The entryway to our city looks clean and cared for. For more information about this project, or to check if there is inclement weather changes, please contact Susie Welsh at 828-749-3900.


Scheduled trail hikes are on the first and third Sunday of the month. Meet to carpool at the Saluda Library at 2pm. Nancy Barnett will lead the September 2 hike along the ridgeline of the Pacolet River. This hike is moderate to strenuous taking 1-2 hours. On September 16 Betsy Burdett will lead a moderate hike on Old Cove Road down a section of the Old Green River Cove Road. Always remember to wear appropriate clothing, bring water, and let your trail leader know if you have any health issues that need to be addressed. For more information about our hikes, please contact Chuck Hearon at 828-749-9886.


SCLT, in partnership with the City of Saluda and Saluda Dog Society, have worked hard to provide citizens and visitors with a Dog Park. The Dog Park has grown and is enjoyed by many! There is more work to be done 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.


Kudzu....Kudzu....Kudzu....What can we say about Kudzu? Well, you have to thank Duke Energy and Asplundh for helping! They have been doing a great job throughout Saluda cutting back invasive's and trimming trees that are too close to power lines. Kudzu is the number one problem. What does it love more than anything? It wants to climb! Not crawl, but climb.


This is the perfect opportunity for landowners and neighbors to come together and decide on a plan of action to control kudzu that has now been made easier to get to. It really isn't hard. It does, however, take time and energy but will be rewarding.


Soon kudzu will be going into reclusion, which is a good time to cut it out of trees and do any other aggressive acts that can be done: use the spray method, mow, or dig it up. All methods will work with consistent treatment.


Saluda Kudzu Posse will be back at the Saluda Inn for the Thursday "digging it" party in the month of September. We gather from 8:30 to 10:30 and do what we can to decrown and to get the crawling vine out of bamboo and trees. Decrowning is the best method of eradication. Come join us and get the satisfaction of knowing that together we can control this green monster and can stop it from overwhelming us. It is most satisfying! There are extra tools and gloves, if you do not have your own. Learn what you can do with your kudzu problem.


Our meetings are open to the public, first and third Wednesday of the month. We meet at 3pm and for the month of September will be meeting at the Pavilion in McCreery Park.


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

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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 September 17. 


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

Guided Walks to Pearson's Falls

pearsons The Tryon Garden Club at Pearson Falls is offering a Fall series of walks focusing on wildflowers, ferns, trees and shrubs and vines. The first of four walks will be conducted by Pearson Falls Docents on Tuesday morning, September 11. The focus will be on Fall blooming flowers and vines including Asters and Cone Sunflowers. Participants are asked to arrive by 10:15 for registration. Class begins 10:30 until noon.


On Tuesday morning, October 2, Alan Graham from the WNC Botany Club of Hendersonville, will lead a walk to identify trees and shrubs, including pertinent characteristics of each. Time is from 10:30 until noon.


Arborist, Todd Mullen, will give a talk and demonstration on Care of Trees For the Home Gardner. His afternoon class begins at 3:30pm until 5 on Monday, October 8. Disease control, pruning, watering techniques and anything else one wants to know will be discussed.


The final class on Monday, October 15 at 3:30pm will be a walk on vines, shrubs and trees with local Polk Extension Director, John Vining. Identifying invasive undesirables as well as native species will be pointed out.


A nominal fee will be charged per class, plus admission for non-club members. For information please call Annie @ 864-457-7278. Registration forms can be picked up at the entrance to Pearson Falls off Hwy. # 176, between Tryon and Saluda. Pearson Falls can be reached at: 828-749-3031. Registration forms are also available on line at


Pearsons Falls is owned and operated by the Tryon Garden Club. For information about joining the Tryon Garden Club please contact Delia Tittle at 828 859-8372.


Submitted by Wyndy Morehead 

Saluda Business Association


"Friday Night Live" 

Saluda businesses welcome residents and visitors to downtown Saluda on Friday nights.   Most shops will extend business hours until 8pm. Saluda Fridays will be September 28, October 26, and November 23 so be sure to mark your calendars. Look for signs to those merchants offering entertainment, exhibits, refreshments, and sidewalk specials. 


"Historic downtown Saluda buzzes on Friday evenings as shoppers leave the Saluda Tailgate Market and enjoy dining at Saluda restaurants.  Downtown businesses want to create the opportunity for these shoppers to continue their browsing and shopping by keeping the shops open longer," says a spokesperson for the Saluda Business Association.


This "Friday Night Live" event is sponsored by the Saluda Business Association.  For more information about Saluda, please visit


Please visit to learn more about the SBA.  

Women's Club Meeting

The Women's Club of Saluda will meet for our Annual Picnic at the Pavilion in McCreery Park on Tuesday, September 11 at 5:30 PM.  Members,  spouses and guests are welcome.  Please bring a side dish to share.  No regular meeting in September.


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.

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. 



Nectar is a Yoga and Healing Arts Center located in the heart of Saluda


Nectar Yoga Schedule

Monday's 6-7:30pm

Wednesday's 8:30-10am

Saturday's 8:30-10am

* Classes are ALL LEVELS, therapeutic modifications are offered to anyone and everyone.  


Enjoy the Bliss of Being Special Spa Package  $99 (Usually $170)/ 120 Minutes
Each session includes
- Therapeutic Deep Tissue Massage
- Classical Ayurvedic Hot Oil Massage (Abayanga) with herb infused oil to deeply penetrate and nourish body/mind/spirit specific to this particular time of year
- Spa Facial using only the highest grade organic products


Health Check

Have chronic health issues? Can't get to the root of the problem?  Want to heal and not simply mask the symptoms?  QRA applies groundbreaking technology that uses muscle testing combined with Ayurveda/TCM to discover the root of the issue. A personal herbal protocol is individualized for your healing needs, bringing you into balance once and for all. Take advantage of our Summer Special! Full Diagnostic Consult usually $120, This Month Only $55, Individual Symptom Diagnostic $25
(i.e.  Sleep disorder, Digestion, Hormone imbalance, Weight loss/gain)


Call Today 828-749-2229, email and visit our website at nectarme.comNectar is located at 160 Hwy 176 West (across from the Green River BBQ).  Click here for directions.Like us on Facebook  

Historic Saluda


Historic Saluda Website Additions

The History of The Saluda Seminary and its Founder Emily Prudden

Dr. Phoebe A. Pollitt completed her doctoral dissertation on Emily Prudden, founder of The Saluda Seminary and has agreed to share it in its entirety on the Historic Saluda website. Emily Prudden was an educator from Connecticut who moved South at the age of 52 and founded 15 schools for girls in poor areas of the western North Carolina Mountains: 8 schools for Caucasian girls and 7 for African American girls. Later, boys were welcomed at these schools. Prudden founded schools with her own money, would get them established and running smoothly, and would then turn them over to a mission society or a church, and move on to her next school endeavor. Her efforts were all the more remarkable because she accomplished all of this while deaf and crippled with arthritis, and in her 50's, and embracing another race in an era and area that were not conducive to advanced racial relations. To read the entire dissertation go to


New Outdoor Drama Features Story of Emily Prudden, Founder of The Saluda Seminary:

Go to our website to learn more about The Legacy of Lick Mountain, a new outdoor drama to begin production in the summer of 2013. It tells the dual stories of Emily Prudden, founder of The Saluda Seminary, and the early days of the community of Hudson, North Carolina. The show was written by Keith Smith, a North Carolina resident who has 15 years of experience with three different outdoor dramas, The Lost Colony, From This Day Forward and Miracle on the Mountain, the latter two which he directed and musically directed.


Saluda's Pro Baseball Player

Read Walter "Tarzan" McQueen Stephenson's baseball stats on the Historic Saluda website. Walter was born in Saluda in 1911 and died in Shreveport, Louisiana in 1993. He was the son of Joseph Hoge Stephenson and Minnie May Guice Stephenson. Walter, nicknamed "Tarzan" or "Rebel," went on to fame by becoming a professional baseball player. Pretty good for a Saluda boy! Click here to read more!


Willis "Bill" Luther Holbert's Oral History

Bill Holbert was born at home "down in the hollar" on June 7, 1928. Many folks don't know that the "hollar" is located at the corner of Ozone and Hwy 176, and about 40 feet underneath where the Tickle Family Health Center and Spa is now located. Many years ago, for the sake of progress, JB Pace used his heavy equipment to fill in the land where the home place once sat. Bill shared many wonderful tales and pictures of his life growing up in Saluda, including a complete rundown of what Main Street was like while he was growing. Watch his full interview on the Historic Saluda website.


For more information about the website or oral history project, contact Cindy Stephenson Tuttle at


Historic Tour of Homes to be held in 2013

Visual History will be the theme of the Tour of Homes and Gardens on June 1, 2013. Visitors will have the opportunity to tour nine homes, three additional gardens, a museum, artist studios and to stroll leisurely down a historic street. In order to better understand and appreciate the historic Henderson streetscape from East Main St to Esceola, a series of workshops will be offered in the early spring. Property owners and anyone interested in learning more about our visual history will be invited. The topics to be discussed will include:

  • How old is my house or building and how can I tell the old from the new?
  • What style is it? An introduction to Saluda Vernacular Architecture.
  • Details, Details, Details! Why roof lines, trim and colors matter.
  • Landscaping hints for historic streetscapes and cottage gardens.

We hope everyone in town will participate. Stay tuned for more information. If you are interested in this exciting project, or have suggestions for a better project, please call Gloria Testerman at 828-749-2024. Committees are just being formed. All proceeds will go toward the restoration of the old City Hall.


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, September 14th 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


The Saluda Dog Society now has a cell phone number for rescue calls only - it is 828 785-2496. This number is for people to call to report dogs or cats that need rescue.   We can also be reached at Facebook and via email at Donna Rhodes, chairman of the Rescue Committee has put together a rescue kit which she keeps in her car.


Current Rescues - The committee has had a busy summer with the rescue of dogs and a domestic rabbit. Fred (The Bassett), Shaggy and Fritz (a Dachsund) were all rescued and have found "forever homes". Rose Bud (a Mountain Fiest) was found by Susan Stanley running down Hwy. 176 and brought to SDS and returned to her owners.


Adoptions - The rabbit was badly injured and taken to Saluda Veterinary Hospital where Dr. Matthews worked his magic and is helping her to regain use of her paralyzed front legs. The veterinary staff has adopted her and named her "Leona." She works as staff at the hospital.  


"Ginger", a stray (part golden, part border collie mix) wandering for 2 weeks in the Hobblestik Subdivision on Pacolet St., brought together the neighborhood while they attempted to rescue her. She is being fostered by Pat Waring who says she is the most loving little dog who wants a "forever home" also. Lisa Baugh brought the plight of this special animal to the attention of the Saluda Dog Society who worked with Beth Pace to rescue her.  

"Prissy", a lovely white young shihtsu was brought to Gentle Hands Grooming after being found lost in the Green River area.


Thanks to Marylu Price, two Yorkies were found running loose in the fields in Lynn where she was told they had been there for several days. Donna rescued them and placed them at Foothills Humane Society.  


Foster homes for these abandonded and lost animals are very much needed - can you take one in for a day or two until their owners are found?


As you see, there are so many strays showing up in this area and the old Scottish saying has been changed to: "It takes a village to save a dog or cat."  Without the help of our Saluda friends, many of these animals would not be with us today.  Thank you all for caring!


Meetings - Everyone is welcome to attend our general meetings which are held four times a year, with the next one in November.  Watch this column for date and speaker.  Iit will be held on a lovely fall Saturday afternoon around midday. Our last meeting had a great program presented by Miriam Hughes of Flat Rock on dog training and dealing with dog issues. She has a dog training business called MissBehavior.



Rescued August 14, 2012 in Saluda, Ginger is a very loving, young female who is looking for a home. She loves to nuzzle and get love from her humans, chases the ball, walks obediently on a leash and gets along with other dogs and is a good companion in the car. She weighs 31 lbs and has a silky coat.Like us on Facebook

Thousand Forests Montessori School Opens

montessori Thousand Forests Montessori School has opened in Saluda this August. The half-day program will follow a Montessori curriculum designed to serve the unique intellectual, social, emotional, and physical needs of the 2 1/2 to 6-year-old child.


Allison Daugherty, the school's founder and lead teacher, was inspired by her own experience attending a Montessori school as a child and by observing her mother's Montessori classroom later on.


To register for the information session or to learn more about the school, call 828-606-2899, email, or visit  The school is located on West Main Street across from the Green River BBQ. 

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




Preschool Storytime begins

Wednesday, September 5 at 10:30 am.


Our first storytime will be all about the


Stories, Songs, Movement and a Healthy Snack.


Preschool Storytime is open to all area preschoolers, home schoolers and their caregivers.





Wednesday, Sept 5

Preschool Storytime, 10:30 am

The Number 10!

Wednesday, Sept 12

Preschool Storytime, 10:30 am

Hooray for Grandparents!



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

Wow! It is hard to believe that summer vacation is over and a new school year is underway.   Our school campus is buzzing with the excitement of the new school year! The Saluda Elementary school community has several things to celebrate:


1-   Saluda Elementary has once again received the designation as a North Carolina Honor School of Excellence! As a matter of fact, our school ranked #8 out of the 575 PreK-5 schools in North Carolina for the 2011-2012 school year. For detailed information about NC school designations, visit    

2-   Thank you to the community volunteers from four Saluda churches, who once again provided a four-week summer enrichment program (Super Sizzlin' Summer Adventures) for fifty Saluda Elementary students! Volunteers provided healthy and delicious breakfasts and lunches, in addition to daily academic and enrichment activities. Also, several Saluda businesses downtown provided special "treats" for the SSS Adventures participants. Thank you to all of you, who helped make this program such a huge success!  

3-   Our faculty and staff welcomed 33 new students and one new teacher on the first day of school! Mrs. Tara McDonald is the new second grade teacher.    

4-   The gymnasium floor was professionally stripped, sanded and refinished this summer! It looks absolutely magnificent!


NC Public Schools will put their best foot forward this school year as the stat's READY initiative is launched in every classroom. The READY initiative provides students and educators with new curriculum standards, new student assessments, a new school accountability model, and new educator effectiveness support. This is the first time that the state has changed all of these components simultaneously in a comprehensive way, kindergarten through 12th grade. To read more about all these changes, visit and click on the appropriate link under "News."


Upcoming Events

Mon., Sept. 3    No school-Labor Day holiday  Thurs., Sept. 6  Fall Pictures by Strawbridge Studios  Mon., Sept. 10  School Board Meeting at Stearns  6:30pm  Tues., Sept. 18  Interim Reports  Tues., Sept. 18  Assembly: The Energized Guyz  Sat., Sept. 22  First Day of Autumn

Fri., Oct. 5        End of the First Six Weeks of School

Mon., Oct. 8      No school-Required Teacher Workday

Mon., Oct. 8      School Board Meeting at Stearns 6:30pm

Tues., Oct. 9     Report Cards


Ronette Dill, Principal 


Visit Saluda School for additional school news.   

Saluda Church Services & Events

Pres 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

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

Vera Shepard Pearson Bishop, 83, passed away August 20, 2012 at Greenville Memorial Hospital. Vera was born in Melrose, NC.


Lula C. Staton, born in 1912, passed away Sunday, August 5, 2012.

Deborah Diane Thompson Hamilton, 58, passed away August 5, 2012. She was the daughter of the late Homer and Annie Thompson of Saluda and co-owner of The Frozen Clock in Saluda.
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 - $975 - unfurnished - 1 year lease Call Angie at 828-277-7795 or 828-713-8795.


Business space available soon - Suite C in the beautifully restored Historic Train Station, now occupied by The Benke gift shop, will become available for lease in December. It adjoins Suites A & B (The Summer House Gift Shop). Tenant pays own electricity and prorated water/sewage/garbage bills. Rent - $650/month. Please contact Clark Thompson at (850) 432-8812 for more information.  


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. 

Happy Birthday, Margaret Moffat   


September 2, 2011

Subtle September
Tall sweet joe pye reaches to the sky and purple kudzu flowers dangle to the ground. The sweet aroma of Autumn clematis wraps around fences and trees gracing mountain roadsides.

Kids dressed in new school clothes and lightweight backpacks wait excitedly for big yellow school buses to carry them away to start a new school year.

Farmers and gardeners are harvesting the last of summer vegetables and planning for fall plantings.

Early morning fog gives way to the breaking day and the cool, crisp morning air warms up with the heat of the lingering summer sun.


Wrap up your summer with these NC mountain events. 


The 66th Annual NC Apple Festival is in downtown Hendersonville August 31 through September 3. Click here to see all of the events and activities.


Along with the wild rides, farm animals, and funnel cakes, the NC Mountain State Fair hasn't lost its mountain heritage of exhibiting mountain art and crafts. Enjoy the fair at the WNC Ag Center, Airport Rd, Fletcher from September 7 through 16.

What's Happening in Music and Art


What's Happening At The Onion In September    


It was great to see so many old friends and familiar faces this summer, and now those of you daunted by the multitude of summer residents and visitors may return to downtown Saluda and find parking and an empty seat at one of our fine restaurants. The camps have finished up for the summer, and the kids have gone back to school. We have resumed our September through May schedule so we we'll miss you on Sundays and Wednesdays, but we are squeezing all the same good food and live music into five days.


In spite of all the rain, we continue to enjoy the summer's bounty. Fresh beans, tomatoes, okra, corn, eggplant, cucumbers, squash, and heirloom tomatoes are still coming in from local farmers. We also have a new pork supplier from my old stomping grounds down east supplying us with delicious antibiotic and hormone free bacon and pork chops. So far, the pork chops have received rave reviews. Expect to see winter squash, a larger variety of greens, lots of delicious root vegetables and oysters finding their way back into specials this month. The new fall menu should be in full swing by the time the autumnal equinox rolls around, and our monthly wine tastings will resume this month. Please check our website for updates.  


Live Music in September        

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


September 1 - Shana Burke & Pivotal Soul

R&B, funk, reggae, southern rock, gospel, country, jazz and the blues. Their repertoire covers the gamut from emotionally-charged ballads to energetic, danceable grooves.

September 6 - Angela Easterling & Brandon Turner

Great voice and fabulous guitar along with it.


September 8 - Alex & Jacqui of Carolina Rex

Another duo that is new to us from Flat Rock.


September 13 - One Leg Up

Gypsy jazz favorites return.


September 15 -  Darlyne Cain

Glad to have this fine singer back on land with us.


September 20 - Tony Rackley

Singer/songwriter with his new CD "Room to Roam."


September 22 - Lonesome Road Band

One of our favorite bluegrass bands returns.


September 27 - JPQ Band

Jim Peterman is back with his B-3 organ to get our toes tapping and bodies moving.


September 29 - Aaron Burdett

A CD-Release performance celebrating his great new CD "Breathing Underwater."


Fred Whiskin on the piano every Friday night.



Concert Series Presents


In Concert
Sunday, September 9 @ 7 PM

Charity Ride at 12:00pm 

The Purple Onion is privileged to present the Steel Wheels in concert on Sunday, September 9 at 7:00 PM. Admission is $20 per person and seating will be limited.  Their performance starts at 7 PM.  The doors open at 6 PM, and light fare will be available on the patio prior to the concert.  Reservations can be made by calling the Purple Onion Café at 828-749-1179.


The Steel Wheels are rooted in musical styles that explore the territories between blues and bluegrass, old-time sing-alongs and foot-stompin' fiddle tunes.  They are subtle innovators who respect the past but whistle their own tunes, layering in rich textures and decidedly modern energy to forge a new sound.


"Imagine a blend of the passion of the Avett Brothers, the instrumentals of Old Crow Medicine Show, and then sprinkle in the backwoods feel of The Legendary Shack Shakers.  In truth, attempting to compare the band to anyone is an injustice, since after one listen you can hear that they stand very well on their own perch." John Walker, Americana Roots


The four-piece band is based in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia where lead singer and primary songwriter, Trent Wagler, has been a scene staple for nearly a decade.  Multi-instrumentalist, Jay Lapp, upright bassist, Brian Dickel, and fiddler, Eric Brubaker, round out this great band.


"There is purity and power in the sound of this band that few come close to tapping.  Tight pickin', passionate energy, and Wagler's voice soars like an eagle." Martin Anderson, WNCW Music Director

Learn more about them at





Sunday, September 9 @ 12:00pm 

In keeping with their music that takes a traditional idea on a modern adventure, The Steel Wheels organize an annual "Spokesongs" bicycle music tour. Averaging 10 shows and covering 500 miles in 10 days, they've pedaled themselves through the mountains of Virginia and the hills of Michigan, hauling their own gear the whole way. It's one more example that the inherent skill and energy, trust in the value of simplicity and a marked talent for taking something old-fashioned and making it relevant for today is one of The Steel Wheels' greatest strengths.


In 2011, The Steel Wheels had their biggest cycling adventure to date with the full band on bicycles for 600 miles in 11 days across three states. In 2012, they decided to explore a little more in a different way. They have scheduled 8 cycling events in different parts of the country and would love you to come along. The rides are different in length and difficulty, but take a look and come along. Some rides will raise money for a local charity. Some will just be for fun.

Join The Steel Wheels on Sunday, September 9 at the Purple Onion to ride for the Saluda Community Land Trust (SCLT). The Saluda Community Land Trust was created by a group of concerned citizens who realized that as Saluda loses more and more agricultural and forest land, less is available for farming, gardening, or just walking in the woods. Our rural small-town way of life had become threatened. To read more about the SCLT's accomplishments or to learn how you can get involved, visit the SCLT website.  


Riders may preregister for a $30 fee or register on the day of the ride at 11:00 AM for $35. This ride is not a race. It is a social tour with a group of great musicians/cyclists to raise money for the Saluda Community Land Trust. We will have several riders identified to help you if you need assistance and to be sure that all riders stay on the course and arrive back at the Purple Onion. We will have a support vehicle available should you not be able to finish the ride.


Prior to the Steel Wheels concert, a light supper will be served on the patio at the Purple Onion between 5:30 and 7 PM. All riders who plan to remain for the concert or linger in Saluda for the afternoon will receive a voucher for supper.    


Click here to preregister. Steel Wheels Charity Ride  


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 28773.  Click here for directions. Like us on Facebook 



September is going to be another full month of activities, events, and music at The Party Place & Event Center.


Sept. 1 will bring some awesome music for Labor Day weekend.   The band, "Fox & Company, will be performing for our regular Sat. night dance.


Thursday, Sept. 6 we will host a drop-in retirement party for Doris Marion.  She is retiring as the Saluda City Clerk.  The drop-in is 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm and everyone is invited.  Refreshments will be available for everyone to enjoy.  


Mark your calendar for Sept. 8 to enjoy the return of our favorite country band, "John  Martin and Southern Drive," from Georgia.  They have performed three times this year and have become a very popular band.


Sept. 15  "Crimson Rose" will be on stage with their talented singers and musicians. 


Sept. 22 is a day full of activities and private events.  Start the morning at 7:30 am  with the ELLA GRACE 5K run/walk.  This is a fund raising event in memory of little Ella Grace Mintz.  Proceeds will go to help fight Polycystic Kidney Disease.   Find all the details and registration information on facebook at Ella Grace 5K Race or Shena Mintz and come support this family in their quest to help stop this disease. 


Then during the evening of Sept. 22, we will host a class reunion, so we will be closed to the public.


To end a busy month, we will welcome "Tuxedo Junction" for the Saturday night dance on Sept. 29.


All events and band schedules can be found by going to our website and clicking on the "Events Schedule" tab.  Visit us often at our site -


SAVE THE DATE: OCTOBER 27--ANOTHER HIGH ENERGY PERFORMANCE BY: "STEVE CRAIG & THE OUT-OF- TOWNERS"  a n d  SPECIAL GUEST "RICKEY GODFREY"  WILL JOIN THEM ON STAGE.  Tickets go on sale Oct. 1 for a discount price of $12.50/ $25.00 per couple. The price for admission will be $15.00 the day of the event. This band will give new energy to "Carolina Beach Music"!    If you missed them last time, don't let that happen again--this will be one of the premier events this fall at The Party Place & Event Center.  We are the original "Shagging on Saluda" site.  We were proud to be the first to bring the "SOS" to the mountains.  


We have been able to bring some of the best performers in beach music and shag dancing to Saluda for over 5 years.  The first performance by "The Tams" sold out our facility.  We continued with other high profile names such as Billy Scott, Morris Williams, The Foundations, The Dirty Dancing Tribute, The Out-of-Towners,  Jim Quick & Coastline, and now the famous Rickey Godfrey will be performing here Oct. 27.  Our huge dance floor and fantastic sound system have brought shag clubs and dance instructors from  South Carolina, Tennessee, and adjoining areas here in the mountains. We hope you will come enjoy "SOS" (Shagging on Saluda) at The Party Place & Event Center.  More special Beach Music performances are coming up next year.


Always check on our calendar by visiting our website.  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

Next events will be Friday, September 7 and September 28

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

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

Beginning September 1, Honking Tonkers will open at 8am.  They will also begin offering a Mandala workshop.  Please call or drop by the shop to learn more about it. 



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



dancers extenstion



We continue to accept registrations for youth classes at The Dancer's Extension.  Adults are welcome to join us for any scheduled classes with no registration fee.  We love beginners!  Please visit our website for the current schedule and class descriptions.  And, we now offer basic dance apparel and shoes to order through our studio!  Come join the fun and learn to be creative through the art of dance!


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, email 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   

Looking for a way to jump start your creativity? Fortunately for you, there's a place right here in Saluda. It's Random Arts at the corner of Louisiana and Ozone. They offer FREE 2 hour workshops every Tuesday from 10 am till noon. On the 1st and 3rd Tuesday, try out Zen Doodling. It's a simple way to de-compress the tensions of the day by creating "doodle" patterns in a repetitive way to form art. All you need is a black pen and paper and you're ready to go! On the 2nd and 4th Tuesday, this casual gathering focuses on Art Journaling both with and without words. The key to this process is getting color in your journal so you are no longer staring at a blank page!  Bring any of the art supplies that you own and you're guaranteed to have a great time. Isn't it time that you took time for yourself and time to nurture your creative side? 


Don't you deserve a break?  No reservations necessary. Look for the bright orange door and steps as well as the round, colorful mobiles hanging in the front. You can't miss this colorful and creative spot right here in town.


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   

A few reminders:


The Old Chicken House is available for organizations and other groups to meet in the "big room" by reservation. There is no charge, plenty of parking, and easy access in and out for most vehicles (not 16 wheelers). The "big room" accommodates 30 or more people. A large fireplace provides a cozy ambiance in chilly weather, although there is furnace heat.


The Old Chicken House provides a shelf of books on crafts and art for reading in the "big room." Information is available for personal use or for art/craft projects for school groups, boy and girl scouts, Bible school, and assisted living facilities.


Since 1990, The Old Chicken House has provided rental studio space for artists, crafters or other creative activities. A new retail area is opening in the fall carrying uniques, collectibles, and a few antiques. The area will be in addition to the gallery in the "big room" where the artists and crafters with studios in The Old Chicken House exhibit their work.  


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 Street).  Phone 828-749-9718 (leave message.)  Visit our new website at

carson A painting by Saluda artist, Jim Carson, has been selected as one of only 100 paintings out of over 1000 entries for the American Impressionist Society's 13th annual National Juried Exhibition, hosted this year by Eckert-Ross Fine Art in Indianapolis, IN.


The painting, shown here and titled "Martha's Flowers," will be eligible for over $50,000 in prizes, including $15,000 for Best of Show. The awards judge will be Kevin MacPherson, ASIM, at an awards ceremony in Indianapolis on Nov.8.


Jim's painting is a Saluda scene showing the Vernberg's Poplar Street house as seen from Martha Ashley's yard.


Jim recently returned from a three week painting trip to Paris and the French countryside south of Paris. He participated in an international art show at La Bonne Etoile in Fontaine-Fourches, France. Jim painted "en plein air" in the parks and streets of Paris, as well as beautiful and quaint villages, including Alfred Sisley's town of Moret Sur Loing.

carson This painting, titled "Taming the Lion in Paris," was painted in Luxembourg Park in Paris.

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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Art Exhibit and Open House

laurel mountain Join us for a Laurel Mountain Open House, where you will tour a home designed by a Charleston, SC, artist, and custom built by Saluda builder, Don Mintz.  


Paintings by Charleston/Saluda artists, Bill and Anne Jameson,  Kathy Clark, John Albrecht, and Merrie Southgate will be exhibited throughout this beautiful home.


Please join us Sunday, September 2, 2012 from 1:30 to 4:30 for views and more views. 


Sponsored by Cathy Jackson Realty, Saluda, NC

Greaton Sellers, Broker, 843-819-3046

Please click here for directions.


open house


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 Saturday, 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


Saluda Faces
Mort Farris

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


mort farris Although Mort hailed from Mt. Pleasant, SC before arriving in Saluda, he was born and raised in NC. He grew up in Charlotte and has family roots in Tryon and Rutherfordton. After graduating from Lees McRae College, he joined the Air Force in 1966 and was stationed in Goldsboro where he served under Colonel Chuck Yeager, the first pilot to break the sound barrier.


After serving in the Air Force, Mort went back to Charlotte and graduated from the University of NC at Charlotte. Mort and his wife, Caroline, have one son who lives in Greensboro with his wife, Abby, and Mort and Caroline's two grandchildren, Addison Claire and William Whitfield.


Like many people who discover Saluda, Mort and Caroline were invited to Saluda to visit friends that they had just met after a recent move to Mt. Pleasant from Charlotte in 1974. They thoroughly enjoyed their visit in the mountains, even though it was February and they had to grill out because the power was out.


After that visit, they came to Saluda periodically, and when Caroline's parents retired in the 80's and rented a cottage in Saluda, Mort and Caroline's visits became more frequent. They fell in love with Saluda and knew this was where they wanted to retire. They retired here in 2006. Prior to retiring, Mort served as the Director of Delinquent Tax in Charleston County SC for ten years.


Retirement gave Mort an opportunity to work on his hobbies like building and repairing furniture, fly fishing (mostly standing in the water), and reading. Caroline and Mort like to entertain in their Treehaven home on Main Street.


After working since he was 13, retirement became boring for Mort so he decided to venture out to see if he could find gainful employment. His first choice was to work in Thompson's Store & Ward's Grill. One of the reasons that Caroline and Mort decided on Saluda was because of Charlie Ward. To this day, Mort quotes Charlie Ward, "You know buddy, you are the kind of people we want to move up here." Working in the store makes Mort feel closer to Charlie.


He thought he knew a lot of people in Saluda but working in the store has made him realize how many people he didn't know. He meets a ton of people each week and loves talking to them. He practices what he calls the "WWCD rule" - What Would Charlie Do? If somebody comes walking in the store after closing hours, then the store stays open and we serve them with a smile.


Mort and Caroline like the smallness of Saluda, the fact that you know most of the population and that the residents look out for each other. They like the energy and sounds of Main Street.  

Children playing at the school and cars passing by are pleasing sounds to Mort's ears. You may have noticed Mort walking Jesse James and Bell Starr down Main Street. These two golden retrievers were rescued by Mort and Caroline and live a "dog's life" in Saluda.


The biggest change that Mort feels is the loss of Charlie Ward, Robert Pace, John Rhodes, Charlie Fears...the people that made Saluda what it is. Mort feels that as long as we remember these icons, then the younger generation will get to know them through our memories, and we will become the "people that make Saluda" what it will become.


For Mort, he is quite content to fulfill his days by working at Thompson's Store, visiting with all the patrons, learning about new wines to present at wine tastings at Thompson's Store, and being a part of the "heartbeat" of Saluda.

"Lookin-n-Cookin" Workshops to be held in Saluda

alan Wild food expert Alan Muskat recently held a mushroom and wild food workshop at Meanwhile, Back in Saluda. Guests hiked the paths and trails at Meanwhile, gathering mushrooms and wild plants along the way. Muskat, nationally known as The Mushroom Man, both entertained and informed participants during the class. Meanwhile, Back in Saluda will host two more workshops with Muskat on September 8th and mushrooms 9th. The cost is $45 per person. To register or for more information, visit


Other workshops planned for this Fall at Meanwhile, Back in Saluda include: "Play with Mud," a cob oven workshop with local potter Josh Carter, "Mans-Giving" which promotes outdoor and survival skills, "Make Fire" where participants will build their own fire-starting kits, "Wood-Fired Bread Baking," and a scavenger hunt for grown-ups which teaches navigation and orienteering skills and concludes with a wood- fired cooking celebration.    


Meanwhile, Back in Saluda is located in rural Saluda and offers cabin rentals, camping and exciting, educational workshops. See web site  or Facebook for photos and more information or call 828-749-2480.    

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cafe Hello again from everyone at the Saluda Grade Café! Now is the time of year when thoughts of school are back in the Teachers get ready! Speaking of getting ready have you packed your lunch lately?

Remember when our moms would pack our lunch boxes with yummy food, a sweet and something from her heart? Well ...guess what? Saluda Grade Café does that! We now have available our box lunches which include a tasty heartfelt meal even with a little sweet treat at the end! Chicken Salad Platters with Fresh Fruit and Freshly baked Scone, a hearty in house Roasted Beef Sandwich on our Parmesan Foccacia Bread. How about a Turkey wrap with Crisp Spinach, Juicy Ripe Tomato and Provolone Cheese? These are just some of the New Lunch Box Menu items we offer! Order ahead for your Office Meeting, Book Club, Lunch Bunch, or anytime you need a special taste of delicious food from the heart. Thank you Ladies of the Lunch Bunch for helping us spread the word! Glad you enjoyed your lunches! Call and order 10 or more ahead and we can arrange delivery within the area. Special arrangements can be made to bring them outside of Saluda too! We can do large orders as well! Need 40? 100? No Problem!


Here's a happy reminder that Friday's at 7-ish we have Alan Dillman, Todd Neel, Bob and Amy Buckingham and Friends putting a pep in our step with lively Old Timey Tunes! Their musical talents weave us back to the days when, if there was music, great food and friends gathered together, then there was Joy!   Come join us for great evenings of Joy!


Just a reminder as well, that Saluda Grade Café will close September 3 and September 4. We will reopen for dinner on September 5 at 5:00pm with a whole new dinner menu! If you have any "Fan Favorites" that need to either stay on the menu or make a return visit, let us know. We are on Facebook and would love to hear from you. Wait 'til you try our new House Cured, Thick Cut Bacon! Whoopeeee! It's Fantastic!   Keep your eyes open for more changes coming, too.  They're going to be great!


Thank you to Bob and Linda Bailey for our new Web site, Brochures and Business Cards...Bob and Linda are a success making others succeed!


Visit us on the web at or on Facebook.


See you Soon!


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




The Orchard Inn

Join us in our elegant mountain retreat for dinner Thursday, Friday or Saturday evenings or breakfast almost every day between 8:30-10 am, 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 gracious hosts look forward to welcoming you to their little slice of heaven. Be sure to reserve a place at our annual Oktoberfest weekend, Sept 20-22, and enjoy some traditional culinary specialties such as: Fritatten Soup, Pork Roast with Sauerkraut and Dumplings, Bratwurst, Wuerstel, Zweibel Roast Braten with Potato Roesti, Weiner Schnitzel with Potato Salad, Apple Strudel,  and Spaten Oktoberfest Beer.


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



breakfast The Art of Breakfast  
As all our guests discover, "I love to cook!" 
From my first experience helping prepare Sunday breakfast with my Dad, to the craft of fine dining that I learned from working at some of Michigan, Florida and North Carolina's best restaurants, I learned that dining is an art
Food preparation is very gratifying and extremely satisfying when it comes to our guests.  Every feast includes fresh fruit (local and seasonal), a breakfast meat (apple wood cured bacon, fresh ground country sausage or lean ham) and an entrée that is as pleasing to the eye as it is to the pallet.  
In our personal travels, we have stayed at inns where your day starts with a bagel and a fruit cup. And that might be fine if you need to get out the door and on your way to work.  But breakfast at The Oaks is an event, and friends that stay with us for up to a week will never be greeted by the same meal more than once. 
"I challenge myself to come up with a different menu every day," explains Dale, the owner and chef.  "I try to alternate meals between sweet one day and savory the next - something square, something round.  A great deal of thought and preparation goes into every presentation."
"Accommodating guests with special dietary requirements or food allergies is never a problem."  Dale promises, "With advance notice we can put a smile on everybody's  face!"
Visit our reviews at, then come and taste what they're all raving about!    

Dale Potruski    


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 will be the first Thursday on September 6 at 6pm in the upstairs rooms. Featured wines are from Shelton Winery from Dobson, NC.  


Look for the deck to be completed by early October with more events for the fall.  Continue to shop local, and come in and see more new items that are in Historic Thompson Store, NC's oldest grocery store--gourmet mustard's and a new line of flavor oils and vinegars. Plus come in and see our new French Wines and our specialty cheeses.  We appreciate your business and continue to take request for new items.


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

With school back in, and business slowing down, it is time to reward our locals with our Appetizer and Small Menu Items for $5.99:  BBQ Nachos, Chicken Quesadilla, Fried Green Tomato and Shrimp Stacker, BBQ Stuffed Potato Skins, Chicken Wings, Portobello Mushroom Fries, Piglets, or Buffalo Shrimp! All day, Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays!


Fried Pickles and Buffalo Fries, $4.99 all the time!


We are getting some very nice local Fall draft beers. Come have a beer with us and watch some football!


Narragansett Pints still $1.50 a pint all day everyday! 


As soon as the weather gets a chill in the air, we will be changing some of the items on our menu. Our favorites to return will be Homemade Brunswick Stew and Smokehouse Chili! 


We are still open Tuesday-Saturday 11am-9pm and Sundays noon-3pm. 


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.   



Happy September!  You've got to love this month....not too hot, not too cold...glorious color...fresh garden goodies....crisp, clear starry nights...the lull between the "tour-ons" and the "leaf-peepers". .. and my anniversary (Happy 40th, Dave! My how time flies when you're havin' fun.)

Treat yourself to a beautiful morning in our courtyard with a cup of Leopard Forest coffee, one of Molly's amazing muffins or scones, and a moment of pure pleasure!


Join us on Friday night for pizza or Sunday morning for brunch.

We always look forward to seeing our regulars at the tailgate market on Friday afternoon. The local apples are in and I am ready to bake some of Wildflour's Carolina Apple Bread!

One last reminder...please mark your calendars for Saturday, October 20th. We will repeat last year's fantastic Artist & Music Fair at Nostalgia Courtyard.  There are still two booth spaces available as I write this.  If you are interested, call and reserve your space today! (828-749-9224)


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  



Salon Rachelle

With a big "Thank You" to Saluda residents, Rachel Box, owner of Salon Rachelle ll, regretfully announces the closing of the salon in Saluda, but welcomes her clients to Salon Rachelle in Tryon. Call 828-859-5299 for appointments.




benke The Benke, located at 34-C W. Main St., will be closing at the end of "the leaf season." Everything in the store will be discounted at least 20%, and if you bring this article with you, another 5% discount will be added to total purchases.


Gail said, "The greatest joy of having a shop downtown has been meeting the full and part-time residents, other merchants, and visitors to Saluda. Thank you for patronizing the shop, and I hope to see you before closing."


Gail will continue to sell for others on Ebay. Give her a call at (864) 313-7823 if you have valuables you no longer need and the children don't want. She specializes in sterling and silver-plate, fine china, crystal, and rare collectibles.



cabinfever We hope everyone has had a wonderful summer. It has been so busy here at Cabin Fever, I am wondering where the summer has gone.


We have several new projects to work on this fall and already have a busy October. In the mornings, you can already feel Fall in the air, and the days are beautiful. The leaves will be changing before you know it, and you will soon need a jacket.  It is apple picking time, and we invite you to reserve one of our rustic cabins to bring your family for a fun filled weekend.


Our July music weekend was wonderful, and we are grateful to all our guests that supported it. We really enjoyed meeting each of you. We have met so many wonderful guests this summer who are now new friends. We look forward to your future visits and invite local Saludians to refer their family and friends to visit Cabin Fever during the fall. 


Please let us know if you would like to sign up for our newsletter 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 


maggies Maggie's Old Saluda Store will participate in "Friday Night Live" on September 28, October 26, and November 23. The new business is located in the former Saluda Wine & Cheese building on Ozone.  They are planning a grand opening in October. Click here to visit their website.    


Eva at Evening Shade Pottery invites you to the new location in the Pebble Dash building. Stop by and see the ever changing array of pottery and gifts that have been added like the oil and dip mixes to give as gifts or serve with your next get together.


All the pottery is fully functional, microwave, and dishwasher safe. Enjoy Fall, and start shopping now for Christmas! See you soon.   

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



leon morgan Leon Morgan was inducted into the Saluda School Hall of Fame August, 17, 2012. His award and certificate are on display at M.A.Pace General Store on Main Street.    

Mini-Spa Break

Take a quick break from your day for a 20-minute Mini Spa. You can include up to 2-3 of your girlfriends! Receive head-to-toe relaxation and spa treatments, including a prescription facial customized for you. The Mini Spa itself is free. Any purchases of spa products will go toward a donation to the Saluda Center. Must schedule your 20 minutes ahead of time! Call Nedra Kanavel at 828-384-8421 to find out what times are available between 1-7 p.m. on Sept. 11 and 12-3 p.m. on Sept. 18.

Christmas Parade Float Entries

parade logo It's hard to think about Christmas when we are still enjoying all the wonderful activities summer has to offer, but Christmas is just around the corner. Soon leaves will change to brilliant hues of gold and crimson, snow will fall and thoughts of that joyous season will begin. A Christmas parade is a great way to begin the holiday season.


Due to overwhelming response from last year, another Christmas Parade will be held in Saluda on Saturday, December 15 from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm.  The parade is limited to the first 50 applicants so get your application in early. The due date is October 15.   Applications can be found at Historic Thompson's Store, Somewhere in Time or click here.


Floats will be judged and awards will be given for: Most Unique, Best Christmas Spirit, and Most Humorous. The parade will feature floats, Santa, bands, fire engines, dogs (and their owners), plus lots of fun for family and friends. Join the fun and be sure to get your application in by October 15.

Contra Dancing

Contra is a Gaelic/English inspired folk dance with live music, a caller and a very easy repetitive pattern. Partners face each other in a long line down the dance hall and then dance a repetitive pattern as part of a group of four dancers.  That pattern is followed by a progression to join the next couple making a new group of four where the pattern is repeated, and it continues down the line.


There are contra dance groups in nearly every community and we want to try to organize one in Saluda.  We would like to know who might be interested in learning and who has contra dance experience.  


It is very easy to learn and good exercise (much of it from the smiles on your face!).  If you want to be included in the mail list as we get this started, please email Judy Thompson at  Please share this information with anyone you know who might be interested.  For more information go to Contra Dance or just put "Contra Dance" in your browser.  Let's Dance!!!

Contra dancing in Glenside, PA
Contra dancing in Glenside, PA


Submitted by Judy Thompson 

Eye Surgery Benefit For Saluda Artist Bonnie Bardos at Mill Farm Inn Sept. 8 

mill farm inn James Blanton and Gary Corn, owners of the historic Mill Farm Inn, will host an eye surgery fundraising benefit for Saluda artist Bonnie Bardos on September 8, 5-8 p.m. All funds from the event will go for eye surgery/hospital fees, medications, glasses, and after-care expenses. NC Services for the Blind helped previously with one surgery last fall. A special account is set up at Macon Bank, P.O. Box 98, Saluda NC 28773: checks can be sent to the bank for Bonnie Bardos (for Eye Surgery Fund); also, donations can be sent on-line by Paypal on her website, or mailed directly to Bonnie Bardos, 285 Greenville Street, Saluda, NC 28773. Special bottles of wine labeled with Bonnie's paintings will be available from Joni Rauschenbach's Saluda Inn and Wine Cellar/Joni's wine shop. Mill Farm Inn, registered on the National Register of Historic Places, is located at 701 Harmon Field Road, Tryon, NC 828-817-2580 .

bonnie More information about the surgery or event can be had by contacting James, Gary, or Bonnie, or emailing Art proceeds from Bonnie's artwork sold during September will also go to the fund: you can view her work online at:; view it at Skyuka Fine Art in Tryon, the Purple Onion and Saluda Grade in Saluda, or Santa Fe, New Mexico at Patricia Carlisle Fine Art, 544 Canyon Road. Her painting and sculpture is also currently in the Bring Us Your Best IX juried exhibit at Blue Ridge Community College, and at Tryon Arts & Crafts FUSION show. All donations are greatly appreciated!

photo captions: Historic Mill Farm Inn in Tryon, NC with hosts James Blanton and Gary Corn will host a benefit for Bonnie Bardos, Saluda artist  L to R: Gary Corn, Bonnie Bardos, James Blanton



The Essence of Fall Event


The Essence of Fall event at the Party Place & Event Center is on October 19.  This year the event is being sponsored by Andrea Gray and Jessica Freemen in honor of their mother, Vanessa Mintz.


This is a Ladies Only Evening of food, fun, auctions, music and fellowship.   The Vanessa Y. Mintz Fund was established to honor Vanessa's love of her community and her dream to support missionaries, help women and children, and make a difference in the lives of others.  


Proceeds will go to the Vanessa Y. Mintz Fund through the Community Foundation of Henderson County.  By hosting a table for $200, you will receive 8 tickets for you and your guests that includes your evening meal.  You may decorate your table between 6 - 9 pm on the evening of Oct. 18 or from 9-until noon on Oct. 19.  Tables must be completed by noon for the judging.  First, Second, and Third prizes will be given for decorated tables.  Make your tables as elegant as you want as long as it is a Fall Theme.  You will need dinnerware, flatware, glasses, and cups and saucers, and linens for an 8-place setting.  The center piece on your table will be auctioned to the highest bidder at the end of the evening.   

This year we ask that you dress in semi-formal attire to make the evening a special occasion for everyone, and please ask each guest to bring a Christmas ornament to exchange with other guests.  Last year's Essence of Fall was a huge success and a fantastic evening for all the ladies.  

More details and registration are available by contacting  Kathie Mixon- 828-749-3651,  Linda Whitaker - 828-749-5121,  Andrea Gray - 828-329-4152, or Jessica Freeman - 828-768-5540.


Submitted by Linda Whitaker 

"Stuck in the Late Middle"

It's late Saturday morning, and my good friend, the surgeon, has just come off his shift and stopped by on his way home for a few ounces of Peach Schnapps. You may re-read that sentence as often as you like; the truth isn't even REMOTELY like what you might read into those words. But medical buddy and I had a good laugh about it.


You see, our wives are terminal volunteers. Neither has ever met a local "need" they did not want to fill with their own efforts, along with those they coerce from their friends. Men are less blatant about this sort of thing, but my wife, The Empress, and her cohorts are shameless. And that's a good thing.


Every community has needs that its government cannot serve. Volunteerism is the better and far more efficient answer. For years, I have watched The Empress and her friends accomplish wonderful things in answer to many local needs. Volunteers are usually selfless, dedicated-to-whatever-the-cause individuals with a mission. They cut through nonsense, skip needless red tape, and get the job done. And they have fun doing it. And they aren't running for re-election. It's the definition of a win, win situation.


I don't know about you, but my wife and I were raised to give back. Our parents were busy, involved people who recognized that the ability to volunteer, to help others, was not just a responsibility, but a gift. They taught us by example to share, and by so doing, to give back to the communities in which our families prospered. It is a profound lesson for us all. And I am proud to say that our own children seem to have learned it.


The current "need" for which my surgeon friend's wife required the schnapps is an annual gourmet picnic and performance benefitting Flat Rock Playhouse. Mrs. Surgeon had been lassoed into baking things for the picnic by my wife. The Empress has been twisting arms for this particular event for years and years. What's amazing to me is that, after all this time, people are perfectly well aware of what she's up to and still take her calls. But that's how volunteerism works: friends helping friends for everyone's benefit. Everyone has a good time, and it makes the world go around.


You don't have to write a check to help; volunteer! Donations are wonderful and necessary, of course, but your time and commitment can be just as important. Whatever your passion, you can bet that it has a host of opportunities just begging for the attention of volunteers. Join them! You'll be glad that you did. And you will have helped; you will have given back. And that is indeed a good thing.


Submitted by Bill Humleker

Keep Income Producer® Working Hard ...  Even When Rates are Low

Next week, we observe Labor Day which honors working men and women. As an investor, you'd like to think that your income-producing investments are working hard, too. But with short-term interest rates so low, what can you do?


You may need to consider longer-term vehicles, which typically pay higher yields. However, long-term bonds carry interest-rate risk - the possibility that interest rates will rise, causing the value of existing bonds to fall.


To reduce this risk, you could build a "ladder" containing both short-term and long-term bonds. When market rates are low, you'll still have your longer-term bonds earning higher interest rates. And when market rates rise, you'll be able to reinvest your maturing short-term investments at the higher levels.   You must evaluate whether a bond ladder and the securities held within it are consistent with your investment objectives, risk tolerance and financial circumstances.


If appropriate, you might be able to boost your income through dividend-paying stocks. Keep in mind, though, that dividends can be reduced or eliminated and stock prices will tend to fluctuate more.


Low interest rates can be challenging to investors seeking income - but you do have choices.


doug This is Doug Rostick, your Edward Jones financial advisor located at 1038-A Greenville Hwy, Hendersonville, NC 28792. (828) 692-5082.


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Douglass M. Rostick | Financial Advisor | Edward Jones 

1038-A Greenville Hwy  Flat Rock, NC 28731

828-692-5082 Fax:888-227-3980

Celebrating 90 Years!

Macon Bank started in 1922 as Macon Building and Loan Association to give Macon County residents an opportunity for home ownership.


Since then, we have grown to eleven branches, beginning in 1981 with the Murphy Branch and continuing with a second branch in Franklin (Holly Springs Plaza).  Then we added Highlands, Sylva, Hendersonville Main, Brevard, Hendersonville Eastside, Cashiers, Columbus, and Saluda.


Our products and services have also grown to include Savings and Checking Accounts, CDs, IRAs, and HSAs. We have ATMs, debit cards and online banking for your convenience. And soon, mobile banking will be available!


maconbank Proud to be a part of this community for 90 years!


Macon Bank, 108 East Main Street, Saluda, NC 28773, 828-749-2550,

Recalling the Fighting 50's
by Clark Thompson


Some of my youthful memories from the '50s recall fisticuffs occurring on a fairly regular basis, not between young local males, but between locals and those outside our community with whom they found some reason to square off. The slightest provocation was often enough to spark some of these slugfests. The two community events that seemed to create the most opportunities for these confrontations were summertime square dances and wintertime high school basketball games.


Saturday night dances usually involved surreptitious trips to parked cars where young fellows could take a swig of fortification under cover of darkness. No fancy stuff here, just pop the trunk lid and pass the bottle until each eager set of lips had shared a taste of the hard stuff. No age identification was required either, just enough manly swagger to dare to take a gulp without any chaser. It was understood during these rituals that participants would only take one swallow as the bottle was passed around. This etiquette helped insure that the supply would last well into the evening.


Summertime dances also attracted folks from nearby communities. Peace, however, usually prevailed so long as those visitors and locals wishing to partake of some libational liquid went off in opposite directions. Unfortunately, Saluda had more than its share of young hotheads who seemed to take great pleasure in picking fights with non-locals at these events. In fact, two of the worst brawlers worked as parttime help in Thompson's Store. While neither possessed large physical stature, their strategy of throwing several surprisingly quick blows to the opponent's face usually gave them a decided advantage in the final outcome. Rarely did the unsuspecting victims see from whence the rapid-fired head shots first came.  Of course, Marquis of Queensberry rules were not required reading in our town so these engagements commanded little restraint.


Usually the battles were initiated outside the gym in the presence of crowds of folks just wanting to wipe sweat, take a smoke break or spend a few minutes with their last dance partner. Unfortunately, these confrontations often failed to satiate the fighting appetite of our local sluggers so it was quite common for the outnumbered victims to have to fight their way to the relative safety of personal vehicles, often in the accompaniment of terrified wives or girlfriends.


This combative spirit wasn't restricted just to Saluda. During basketball season, a couple of teams in the area, as well as their fans, were prone to pick fights with opposing teams. For whatever reason, bad blood persisted between Saluda's teams and those from Dana and Green Creek. Home games at Saluda usually remained peaceful. However, the away games always held the threat of physical confrontation.


Despite having a total student enrollment of only 60 or so students per year, Saluda High School traditionally managed to turn out somewhat respectable basketball teams in the '50s. This was our only organized sport, however, so fielding a competitive team was especially difficult against the opposing schools, both in and outside the district, which had larger student populations.


While our coaches stressed the importance of good sportsmanship during a game, invariably one or more players, including yours truly, would get into some brief verbal mouthing with opposing players during the heat of the game. Two specific games involving each team come to mind. The first was a night game at Green Creek where, following their loss, some unruly fans and team members tried to follow our team and coaches into the guest dressing room.  Chaperone Everett Hardin bravely stood at the entrance to protect his players and took the brunt of the attack before cooler heads were able to stop the assault. The very next day, the Green Creek coach brought his entire team to our practice session at our gym and made each player apologize and ask forgiveness.


The second incident occurred at Dana. Lots of yapping between players and fans had gone on for most of the evening and continued unabated after the game. One of the two aforementioned Saluda hot heads and a Dana counterpart agreed to participate in a proxy battle outside the gym after most of the crowd had left. Cars were brought up into a tight circle with headlights providing plenty of visibility. As the two slugged it out, several Dana fans didn't like how the fight was going and attempted to gang up on the Saluda opponent. Next thing you know, there was a full blown melee taking place, although it wasn't long before most participants decided they really didn't enjoy being blindly pummeled from all directions.


Over the years, I have often wondered how any individual could enjoy delivering and receiving such obviously painful facial adjustments. I once posed that question to a longtime Pensacola friend who fought in the 1984 Olympics and remained a competitive amateur boxer into his forties, but he could never offer a clear explanation.


Personally, I'm just thankful that my testosterone numbers never quite reached those levels of combativeness.


Thompson's Store is located at 24 Main Street, in the heart of downtown Saluda.   Contact the store at 828-749-2321 or visit

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