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                                                                            October 1, 2012 
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In This Issue (click on a topic to move to it quickly.)
Small Town Survey
Dates to Remember
Halloween Stroll
City Notes
Saluda School Box Tops
Red Cross
Early Turkey
Saluda Center News
Contra Dance Lessons
Guided Walks to Pearson's Falls
Saluda Tailgate
Saluda Tree Preservation
Saluda Community Land Trust
Saluda Garden Club
Saluda Business Association
The Women's Club of Saluda
Yoga Schedule
Historic Saluda
Saluda Dog Society
Saluda Library Fundraiser
Saluda Library
Saluda School
Saluda Church Services
Post Office Hours
Saluda Classifieds
Saluda Lifestyles Marketplace
What's Happening in Music and Art
Tryon Arts
Cob Oven Workshop
House of Flags
Tour deFalls Dupont Forest
The Essence of Fall
Annual Green River Narrows Kayak Race
Saluda Scoop
Christmas Parade Float
Marketing Your Business
Isothermal Community College
Macon Bank
Income Producing Tips
Childhood in Saluda
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!        

Click on the pictures to link to Western NC MLS Listing.

NEW on the Market! 
Farmhouse style home with 4.55 acres, barn, chicken coop, and two car garage. Skylights let the light into open living room with hardwood floors and cathedral ceilings. Finished basement provides extra space for recreation, guests, or extra storage. 3 BR, 2BA, 1508 SF, 4.55 ac, 2-car garage $175,000 MLS#526278

Saluda bungalow in historic downtown. Restored by well known Charleston architect specializing in historic restoration. 2BR, 2BA, approx. 1200 Sf  $248,000

friendly circle 
Rancher close to town, delightful garden and courtyard, 2BR, 1BA, appox. 1500 SF, $209,000
Affordable Mountain Homes 
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

  September 31, 2012)


Sales               Closed   Pending

Homes 2012        20           5
Homes 2011        24           1
Land 2012            9           1
 Land 2011            9           1 


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.

In Memory of Robert Pace


Robert Pace


This issue of Saluda Lifestyles is dedicated to the memory of Robert Pace.  Robert passed away October 1, 2010.   

Survey for Small Town Main Street
town span
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.

Polk County Big Sweep on Saturday, Oct. 6. The cleanup will begin at 9:00 a.m. and last until 12:00 p.m. Volunteers will meet at the Fishtop Access parking area on Green River Cove Rd.


Meet the Candidates Night on Thurs., Oct. 11 at 7:00 pm at Saluda Center.   


Art and Music Fair at Nostalgia Courtyard, October 20.  


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, October 12 from 2 to 4pm at the Saluda LibraryThe public is invited to attend.  


Women's Club Monthly meeting is October 9 at 10am at Saluda Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall. 


Saluda Single Women potluck dinner will meet Thursday, October 18 at 6pm at the Saluda Center.

Community Potluck and Bingo on Monday, October 29 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 October 3 and 17 at the Pavilion at McCreery Park. In inclement weather, meetings will be at Saluda Presbyterian Church.

Saluda Garden Club meets October 15, 10am at the Saluda Library. 

Saluda Halloween Stroll, Wednesday, October 31, 2012 from 3 to 6pm in downtown Saluda.

Al-Anon Family Group meets every Tuesday, 6:30 pm at the Saluda Center, 64 Greenville St. 
Saluda Halloween Stroll
Halloween The City of Saluda's Police Department in conjunction with Saluda businesses will hold its annual Halloween Stroll, Wednesday, October 31, 2012 from 3pm to 6pm. 

The event is from Nostalgia Courtyard to across the bridge. Businesses will be handing out candy and surprises while the City's police department keep the children safe while crossing roads.
CityCity Notes

Joe Adams

city hall 

The City Hall and Police Department restoration continues with replacement of the store front windows. Once the windows are in, then it will all be painted the same colors, and have the same style lettering painted on the windows. New windows are tinted and insulated to keep it nice and comfortable inside.      

Stay informed by visiting the city website, 

Don't Forget the Box Tops

Does this look familiar? Each box top is worth .10 cents! Last school year, students and the community earned $1,500 for Saluda Elementary School. Money was used to provide books to students to encourage reading at home. Help us this year by clipping and submitting your box tops. Box top collection containers are located in the Saluda Public Library, Saluda Post Office, and Saluda Elementary School Office. You can also give your box tops to a Saluda Elementary School student to help their school win monthly rewards.

Thank you for your support!


Marci Cannon, Box Top Coordinator

American Red Cross

red cross


'Give Something That Means Something' with the Red Cross This Fall

Presenting Donors Eligible to Win $1,000 Gift Card


The leaves are changing colors and temperatures are dropping. One thing that remains the same is the constant need for blood. The American Red Cross asks donors to "Give Something That Means Something" for a chance to win a $1,000 gift card useable toward gas, rent, food or tickets to your favorite concert or sporting event.


Upcoming Blood Donation Opportunities

Thursday, October 4

Polk Chapter American Red Cross Blood Drive at the Chapter (231 Ward Street; Columbus, NC)

2:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Please call 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 $1000 gift card!


For more information or to schedule an appointment to donate, please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit

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


Thurs., Oct. 11 at 2:15 pm to Flat Rock Playhouse to see "Zelda." The deadline to sign up for this trip is Wed., Oct. 3. We need 13 people to get discounted tickets.


Tues., Oct. 16 from 10 am - 4 pm to Pisgah Inn. The deadline to sign up for this trip is Tues., Oct. 9. There will be a fee for this trip. Please call or come by the Center to sign up. The cost for this trip will be based on the amount of participants.


Book club meeting on Thurs., Oct. 4 at 2:00 pm.


Meet the Candidates Night on Thurs., Oct. 11 at 7:00 pm.


Saluda Single Women potluck dinner is on Thurs., Oct. 18 at 6:00 pm. Please bring a covered dish.


Community potluck with Bingo on Mon., Oct. 29 at 6:00 pm.  Archie Hardy is the caller. Bring a dish and good luck!


Contra dance will be taught by Judy Thompson on Thursday, Oct. 4 & Wednesday, Oct. 10 from 6:00-8:00 pm.  If you are interested please plan to attend.

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. 

Contra Dance Lessons

We will have contra lessons from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, October 4 and Wednesday, October 10 at the Saluda Center on Greenville Street for those who want to learn or sharpen their skills.


Experienced dancers are needed to help the newcomers learn.  This will be an orientation to the music and a walk-through of the various patterns.  Footwork is not required so anyone can learn quickly.  We will have information on near-by upcoming dances for those who want to try out their new skills.  Efforts are under way to get a monthly dance going in the Saluda area.


Contra is a Gaelic/English inspired folk dance with live music, a caller and a very easy repetitive pattern. The start of the dance is a "walk-through" of the pattern, usually done 2 or 3 times until everyone has it.   Partners face each other in a long line down the dance hall and then dance the repetitive pattern as part of a group of four dancers. Starting from the top of the line, the couples are labeled A, B, A, B, etc down the line. The A couples move down the line and the B couples move up the line as everyone exchanges couple-partners as the dance progresses. The pattern is repeated over and over as the couples progress up or down the line. We will teach the etiquette of Contra and the various common patterns.


No reservation is required for the class, but it would help to know how many are coming. Also, if you want to be included in the email 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. A U-Tube video of contra dancing is available. Click here to view.

Contra dancing
Contra dancing


 Let's Dance!


By Judy Thompson
Polk County BIG SWEEP Needs Volunteers
big sweep
Polk County NC Big Sweep Volunteers

Polk County will join the rest of the state to play its part in NC Big Sweep on Saturday, Oct. 6th. During its 25-year history, more than 320,000 Big Sweep volunteers have retrieved almost 11 million pounds of debris-which is the visual equivalent of more than 26,000 football fields five feet deep in debris!

These cleanups are important because litter can last hundreds of years in our environment (a plastic beverage bottle will last 450 years). Before it decomposes, litter can hurt our economy when businesses refuse to locate to an area if it is too trashy. Tourists won't linger in trashy areas, they won't spend money, and they won't return with their friends. Litter is a human health hazard when it contaminates our water supply as it decomposes. It's also deadly to wildlife that eat or become entangled in litter, and once entangled, wildlife often attract other wildlife to the same hazard.

Polk County's volunteer participation in 2011 included over 35 volunteers who helped clean 7 miles of waterways. Please help this year be even more successful in Polk County. This year Polk County efforts will again include a section of the Green River and adjacent roadside, as well as portions of Lake Adger. The cleanup will begin at 9:00 a.m. and last until 12:00 p.m. Volunteers will meet at the Fishtop Access parking area on Green River Cove Rd.

Volunteers can contact Polk County Coordinator Mark Byington at 828-859-6874 or go to the Big Sweep website at to learn more.

Saluda Tailgate Market


The Market opens every Friday from 4:30 to 6:30pm.   




The last tailgate market for this season will be October 26.  Don't miss your chance to engage with the local farmers and greet and meet your neighbors every Friday in October.


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

ruth Oh, no! Not our beautiful old maple. She still stood on the inside of the driveway, her head bowed in shame and sorrow, dejectedly leaning toward the building. Her canopy had been sliced in half, her remaining limbs drooped over the roof. Along the driveway were leafless stubs-raw and oozing.


We had watched in anticipation as leaves had begun to fall early. We were looking forward to her elegant Autumn costume in red and gold.


She had been named one of several representative trees recognized for size and longevity by the Saluda Community Tree Preservation Association. How ironic! We were not present when she was "pruned."


Preventing electric outages caused by limbs or trees falling and breaking power lines is a commendable effort. (But would this not be solved more efficiently by bringing lines underground?) Are the company employees who are "just doing their job" members of the International Arboriculture Society? Apparently not. It seems this would be a must for those with a critical responsibility, assuring that they are trained in correct and safe pruning procedures-both for themselves and for our trees-and without over-kill!

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


The Saluda Community Land Trust had another successful road clean-up day in September. There was not only success with the cleanup but much camaraderie. Thank you to all the volunteers who showed up and got the job done! Adopt-A-Highway is an important community activity, so mark your calendars for the next clean up which will be on December 10.


Our trail walks will continue throughout the fall. On October 7 Rob Parsons and Betsy Burdett will be leading a moderate 2-hour hike on the "Waters of Camp Creek Upper Trail."  October 21 is a walk through Saluda Nature Park. The City of Saluda has partnered with Saluda Community Land Trust to allow trails throughout this area that was once a city depository (dump). With extremely hard work and visions of recovery, this piece of property is now beginning to be tamed. As always, wear appropriate clothing and let your trail leader know of any medical concerns, and don't forget your water! For scheduled trail walks, we meet in the parking lot of the Saluda Library at 2pm and plan on car-pooling.


The Kudzu Swat team remains in force throughout the year. In October, we will be spot-checking sites that we have worked during the summer, continuing to decrown. Weather permitting, we will meet every Thursday from 9am till 11am. Since locations will vary, please feel free to call our office at 828-749-1560 ahead of time (at least 48 hours), if you would like to join us in this endeavor. Stop when you see us working because there are always plenty of tools to share, along with knowledge.


KUDZU-This is the time of year that you can begin to gain control. In the next several months, the kudzu will begin to thin. This is the time to start making your way into the underbrush, toward the trees that need help and cut, cut, cut the kudzu out of the trees! There is never a day, month, season or reason not to pay attention to kudzu and use your skills to defeat it.


SCLT meets twice a month-first and third Wednesday-at 3pm. Our meetings through October will be at the Pavilion, weather permitting. If there is inclement weather. we will be meeting at our office which is located upstairs in the Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall on Carolina Street in Saluda. The public is always welcome.  


We wish to thank everyone who supports the Saluda Community Land Trust!  We encourage you to renew your membership and always welcome new members.


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

Saluda Garden Club

saluda garden club

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


Saluda Garden Club meets the third Monday of the month at the Saluda Library. Except for special events and outings, meetings start at 10 am.  Next meeting is October 15. 


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

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  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. 


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


Look for new 2012-2013 SBA Membership decals in businesses. Please support local businesses.


Please visit to learn more about the SBA.  

Saluda Single Women

The Saluda Single Women group is open to all ages in our area. We meet the 3rd Thursday of every month at 6pm (unless otherwise notified) at the Saluda Center for a potluck dinner. There is no need to RSVP, nor is there a Membership Fee. We have a very active group of women, who in addition to our dinners, plan outside events for extra fun and entertainment.  


Our main goal is supporting our 30+ Saluda Military men and women in Active Duty and/or Reserve. Every month, we address and mail a copy of The Saluda Lifestyles so they can always feel a "taste of home."  If you have a family member in active military that you would like to include in the mailings, please contact Anita Moore at 828-749-3335. 


If you would like more information, contact Judy Ward at Thompson's Store, 828-749-2321, or Anita Moore, 828-749-3335.    


Saluda Single Women potluck dinner will meet Thursday, October 18 at 6pm at the Saluda Center.  

Women's Club Meeting

The Women's Club of Saluda will hold their monthly meeting, Tues., Oct.  9, 2012, 10am in the Fellowship Hall of the Presbyterian Church.  Sonya Monts will demonstrate "Hot Pops" dancing to the members.  She teaches this at her dance studio in Saluda. We will also plan for our "Stone Soup" Nov. meeting.  Please try to attend.  Guests are welcome.


The Women's Club of Saluda is a service/social organization dedicated to helping Saluda become an even better place to live. Our members are year-round residents and part-timers of all ages.  We work to raise money to support our projects and have fun along the way.  Our primary goal is to provide scholarships to deserving Saluda students. In addition, we support the Saluda School, the Fire Department, the Medical Center, the Public Library, the Saluda Center, and Autumn Care Nursing Home and the Historic Committee Oral History Project --all in Saluda, as well as other deserving organizations.


For additional information, please call 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


In Time for the Holidays! A New CD of Oral Histories from the 1980's

In 1981, the book Saluda, N.C. One Hundred Years 1881-1981, by Charlene Pace and Anne Osborne, was published with the aid of oral histories collected from Saluda's senior citizens. A part-two of this book was published in 1983. The original cassette tapes of the interviews from 1981-83 were donated to the Historic Saluda Committee in 2010, shortly after the committee was established. The Polk County Community Foundation awarded the Historic Saluda Oral History Project $2,200 through the Saluda Community Fund to preserve, edit and reproduce these cassettes into a single CD format. The CD will be available for sale to the general public for enjoyment. All proceeds will be used to support future oral history projects, which will include continuing to collect the oral histories of Saluda's citizens, editing those interviews to share with the public on the new Historic Saluda website and for other future projects, which may include producing a second DVD. The CD will be released by Thanksgiving, just in time for the Holidays. Stay tuned!


Historic Saluda Website

There is always something new to explore on the Historic Saluda website. Check it out.


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, October 12 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


After a very busy summer of rescue, all is quiet on this front.

Ginger is still in foster care. Faith the beagle is at Foot Hills and they are dealing with her medical issues.

We are working with local shelters for rescue animal medical care, but sometimes they are full and we need to find a temporary place for a short time. If you have the space and the ability to provide temporary foster homes for short term only, please contact us. We will keep your name and call to see if you are available when the need arises.

SDS is planning to host this winter a low cost micro chip and tagging clinic for Saluda and Saluda township residents. Watch for future announcements about the date.   

The Saluda Dog Society now has a cell phone number for rescue calls only.  It is 828-785-2496. We can also be reached at Facebook and via email at





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

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


library fall 



Wednesday, Oct 3

Preschool Storytime, 10:30 am

Welcome Fall!


Wednesday, Oct 10

Preschool Storytime, 10:30 am

Let's Make a Pizza!


Wednesday, Oct 17

Preschool Storytime, 10:30 am

May I Pet Your Dog?


Wednesday, Oct 24

Preschool Storytime, 10:30 am

"Apple Pickin' Time!


Wednesday, Oct 31

Preschool Storytime, 10:30 am

"Cats, Bats and Witches!"


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

Upcoming Events:  October 4    PreK & kindergarten field trip to SkyTop Orchard  October 5    Fourth & fifth grade field trip to Alexander's Ford  October 5    End of the first six weeks of school  October 8    Required teacher workday---No school for students  October 9    Report cards  October 10  Petal Pushers Garden Club to visit our school  October 18  Fall Informance 5:00-6:30pm  October 18  PTSO Meeting 6:30-7:30pm  October 18  Schwan's fundraiser delivery  October 30  Interim reports  October 31  PTSO's Books Are Really Fun distribution  October 31  Half Day for students---dismissal 11:30am


September was an exciting month at Saluda Elementary School!  


On September 7th, the United States Department of Education recognized Saluda Elementary School as one of the 2012 National Blue Ribbon Schools.

Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan stated that "
the schools recognized this year represent 40 states, the District of Colombia and the Department of Defense Education Activity. National Blue Ribbon Schools are the "best in their class," public and private elementary and secondary schools that produce outstanding results for all students."  Saluda Elementary is one of only 269 schools selected this year-out of the more than 100,000 schools in the U.S.-to receive this accolade from the U.S. Department of Education.  Principal Ronette Dill and Susan McRostie, Visual Arts Teacher & A+ Schools Coordinator, will attend the National Blue Ribbon Schools Ceremony in Washington, DC on November 12th and 13th.         A few days later, on September 13, in celebration of our "Blue Ribbon" announcement, the entire school traveled to the NC Mountain State Fair for "Field Trip Day at the Fair."  Older students were paired with younger students as they toured the exhibits, saw an agricultural magic show and enjoyed lunch on the fairgrounds.  What better way for our Blue Ribbon School to celebrate,  than to spend a beautiful day admiring ribbon winning exhibits at the fair!      The National Theatre for Children presented "The Energized Guyz and the Conservation Caper" for students and staff on Tuesday, September 18.  Through this program, Duke Energy is trying to create a greener world by educating communities on how to become energy efficient.  As a part of this effort, every family in our school community is entitled to a free energy efficiency kit. 

To request a free energy kit, visit    September 26-28, Open Dream Ensemble joined our school for an arts-integrated residency. Open Dream Ensemble is comprised of professional dancers, actors, and musicians trained at the North Carolina School of the Arts. Combining their talents, they performed an original, multidisciplinary work entitled, "Big Shoes," which contained live music, dance, and drama that highlighted the importance of learning, teamwork, determination, and the imagination.  The teaching artists spent 45 minutes each day with each class presenting high energy, content-based, arts-integrated lessons.  Visit, if you would like more information about this incredibly talented group of artists.

An easy way to support your community school is by linking your Ingles Advantage card online at  Be sure to include all 12 digits when linking your Ingles Advantage Card to Saluda Elementary School.  The school's number is 11135.      

Do you order from Schwan's Food Service? If so, please contact a Saluda Elementary School student or call the school at 828-749-5571 to place an order by October 12.  The Schwan's truck will be parked in the tennis court parking lot on Thursday, October 18 from 2:30pm-7:30pm.  You may pick up your food or make direct purchases off the truck on October 18th.  This is one of our school's fall fundraising events.   

It is hard to believe, but the holidays are just around the corner!  Saluda Elementary's PTSO will once again hold the Annual Christmas Bazaar.  PTSO is requesting donations of small gift items, such as inexpensive jewelry, knick-knacks, coffee mugs, etc. and holiday gift bags and wrapping paper.   At the Bazaar, all students have the opportunity to shop for and purchase inexpensive items as gifts for their family members.


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 Classifieds

House for Rent

3 BR, 2BA, nice yard, 1144 SF, $850/month. Call Cathy Jackson Realty at 828-749-3504. 


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. 

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

Timothy Frost Beyer, 65, of Saluda, died Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012, during a round of golf with friends.


Diane C. Bedoian, 74, of Saluda, passed away Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012, at her residence.


James Clement Wilson, 94, died peacefully in his home at Plantation Estates, Matthews on September 4, 2012. Jim and loving wife, Ann Spratt Wilson have been Saluda summer residents for many years. Mr. Wilson is the father of Saluda artist, Marguerite Hankins.


Todd A. Richardson, 46, died at his Saluda home, September 16, 2012. 

Time is on Your Side

morning light Morning fog rolls down from the mountain top into the valley, meeting the dawn of a new day. As the sun rises, birdsongs break out to greet the morning. A jet stream trails across the clear blue sky and an eagle soars overhead.  


With the fleeting summer gone and the anticipation of cooler fall days ahead, are you wondering what happened to the time? Carl Sandburg said, "Time is what we spend our lives with. If we are not careful we find others spending it for us."


The tag line for Saluda Lifestyles is, "Where Time Stands Still." Saluda has always changed with time so that it can survive and thrive. But in the hearts and souls of its citizens, Saluda symbolizes a moment in time when the pace of life was slower, people looked after one another, and community was more important than development.


As the beauty of the fall season approaches, spend some time for yourself enjoying the brilliant palette of colors, breathing in the aromatic fall air, and watching how nature is preparing for the changing seasons.


Spend time in Saluda this fall, and let your time stand still for a little while.


Fall Color Information Links 

Asheville Convention and Visitors Bureau Color Report  


The Official Visit North Carolina Travel Web Site 

1-800-VISIT-NC (1-800-847-4862) 

The Weather Channel Fall Foliage Report 

The Fall Foliage Network 

What's Happening in Music and Art


What's Happening At The Onion In October    


Please check our website for updates.  


Live Music in October        

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


October 4 - Valorie Miller & Moses Atwood Singer/songwriter is described as "early James Taylor transcribed in female flesh."


October 6 - The Danberry's  

With energetic and soul-filled music, this duo makes its debut at the café.


October 11 - Trees Leave 

Acclaimed Americana/Folk Rock duo from Nashville returns.


October 13 - Beaucoup Blue 

Blues at its finest from this father-son duo returns to the café.


October 18 -  Dana & Susan Robinson

These old friends "embody both the heart and the soul of folk music."


October 20 - Marc Yaxley & Friends

Incredible jazz guitarist from Brevard returns after too long of an absence.


October 21 - Mollie O'Brien & Rich Moore (More info below)


October 25 - Chuck Brodsky

We are ecstatic that Chuck loves us as much as our audiences love him.


October 27 -  Johnson's Crossroad

We enjoyed them so much earlier in the year that we could not wait to get them back.

Fred Whiskin on the piano every Friday night.


Music at the Purple Onion is scheduled by Robert Seiler.     



Molly O'Brien and Rich Moore

Sunday, October 21

7:00 PM

We are pleased to welcome back Molly O'Brien and Rich Moore October 27 at 7 pm as part of the POSEM concert series. The doors open at 6pm, and light fare will be available on the patio prior to the concert. Reservations can be made by calling the Purple Onion at 828-749-1179.  


"Mollie O'Brien and Rich Moore are two national musical treasures. Combining blues and bluegrass (and everything in-between) with their soulful voices and stunning instrumental chops, Mollie and Rich are a constant source of joy and inspiration to me. They are truly among the best out there keeping American music alive and vital." - Dave Alvin Partners in marriage for over twenty-five years, professional musicians for longer than that, Mollie O'Brien and Rich Moore began touring as a performing duo in 2007. Mollie pulls the audience in with that come-on-in voice that ranges between a call-down-thunder testifying wail to an intimate bluesy whisper, to sweet jazzy trumpet-miming scat that would do Louis Armstrong proud.

The normally mild-mannered Rich channels his inner emcee and emerges onstage telling tales and making quips. As a guitarist, he's not in it for the notes. He'll deliver a gourmet guitar solo - full and intense, but his musical grace lies in the delicate dance between singer and accompanist.

The Purple Onion is located at 16 Main Street, Saluda, NC 28773.  Click here for directions. Like us on Facebook 

Historic Thompson Store Presents Upstairs at The Boarding House Venue:   Friday, October 12 & 26



Tuesday, October 2- Bluegrass & BBQ with Diamond Tours

Saturday, October 6- D. Taylors's annual Firemen Appreciation Day (We will not have a dance that night.)

Sunday, October 7- Family Reunion

Saturday, October 13- "Fox & Company" Band playing for the Sat. night dance

Friday, October 19- "The Essence of Fall" Fund Raising Event -a night for Ladies only  - click to see the details below

Saturday, October 20- "Crimson Rose" Band playing for the Sat. night dance

Saturday, October 27- Special concert !! "The Out-of-Towners" Band with their celebrity guest "Rickey Godfrey"  --check out the information and get your tickets early!


SAVE THE DATE: OCTOBER 27--ANOTHER HIGH ENERGY PERFORMANCE BY: "STEVE CRAIG & THE OUT-OF-TOWNERS" and SPECIAL GUEST "RICKEY GODFREY"  WHO 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 are helping to start a Contra Dancing group in Saluda!!  If you know how to contra dance or would like to learn, please contact Judy Thompson at At this time, we are trying to see how many people are beginners, intermediate, or advance dancers.  The plans are to start a class and get folks moving to this fun dance. It is great exercise and is a lot of fun.  We need all the interested folks we can get to start our own group of local dancers.


Christmas Parties are being booked now; so don't wait too long to think about the Holidays!


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

art Art and Music Fair at Nostalgia Courtyard, October 20. Come out and shop from local artists and craftspeople and enjoy the entertainment. It was absolutely wonderful last year and there are even more vendors this year along with a return performance by Straight from the Heart (Don and Pam McMann).  Buy local and support these talented artists.


wine cellar The Wine Cellar at the Saluda Inn Events and News



We are enjoying a great blend of new musicians in addition to 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     


dancers extenstion


 Our youth students are settling into class and learning new steps.  It won't be long before we'll begin work on our dances for Hometown Christmas!  We continue to register new youth students through the month of October for the 2012-2013 academic year.


Our adult schedule is:  beginner ballet Monday 6:30PM and Wednesday 11AM, Hot Pop! Tuesday 7PM and Thursday 3PM.  No experience or registration required for adult students.  Just show up ready to move and have fun!


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    

October is an exciting and busy month for us at Random Arts, located at the

corner of Louisiana and Ozone, with the brightly painted orange front steps and front door. You can't miss us as you drive into town.


Starting on Oct 13 and 14, a painted page, hand-bound art book class and cool, retro printmaking class will be offered with an artist, Helen Shafer Garcia from San Diego. This is her second visit to Saluda for teaching, and we are welcoming her back with open arms.


She will not only be teaching the process of hand binding a book, but also the batik style painting



The transformation of the masa paper will create colorful pages throughout. In Helen's Printmaking workshop on the 14th, you'll have a blast from the past creating scrumptious textures, bold graphics, and color patterns with this unique process that combines watercolor, collage, and hand pressed Monotype printmaking.


Moving on to Oct 20 - This is our 2nd Arts and Crafts Supplies Flea Market from 10am

to 5pm. This time, the Wildflour Bakery and Random Arts are combining efforts to make this the most successful event ever. With our supplies sales here in our courtyard, and the works of local artists setting up at Nostalgia Courtyard, it's sure to be a huge success. Both events are free, and the bargains on art supplies will be incredible. Vendor space is still available.


On Oct 27 & 28 - Transforming  "family heirlooms, found objects, vintage treasures and flea market finds" into funky, cutting edge pendants and memory charms is the focus of this

2 day workshop with well known instructor, Kecia Frazee Deveney. Find her on FB or at Lemocholys Blog.


This is your opportunity to preserve and present favorite family pieces as works of wearable art. She will be teaching a variety of techniques for assembling your favorite found treasures, including soldering, drilling, wire wrapping, and more. Her work is published and sold throughout the world. We feel very fortunate to have her here with us.  


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.  



heartwood Join Heartwood Gallery in celebrating American Craft Week!

This year's American Craft Week celebration, to be held October 5-14, 2012, will bring together individuals, small businesses and organizations from all fifty states in recognition of the countless ways handmade objects enrich our daily lives and contribute to our national aesthetics and economy. Every day, thousands of American artists share their vision and talent by producing amazing hand-made decorative and functional objects. This is an opportunity to celebrate the wonders of American craft.


Heartwood's featured American Craft Week artist is Bernie Rowell, Asheville, NC. Come in to view Bernie's hand painted quilts and mixed media collage prints which are inspired by the mountains of Western North Carolina.


Heartwood is located a 21 Main Street, Saluda, NC 28773. Please contact Heartwood at 828-749-9365.  Click here for directions.



baker Richard Baker Studio invites artists of all mediums, patrons and friends to his monthly "Artist Breakfast," on October 1 in his Saluda Studio located at 18 Church Street.  The breakfast starts at 9:00 a.m. and "ends when it ends...."  


Richard has been hosting these social gatherings for the past six months.  Baker, a self-taught artist, hosts the breakfasts to provide all who are interested the opportunity to network, share insight, meet new like-minded persons and socialize with old friends.  The casual get-together in Baker's comfortable studio is the perfect setting to sit around, drink coffee and eat a continental breakfast; all the while pooling a group of people who might not otherwise have the time and place to associate with one another.

Richard provides the coffee, compliments of Honking Tonker's, and attendees are graciously asked to bring light breakfast-fare.

"Just follow the road to Saluda and plan to enjoy." Richard can be reached at his studio at 18 Church Street, through his Facebook page, or call at 828-234-1616.


flower potThe Old Chicken House    

Hours for the Old Chicken House are returning to 11-5 for the Fall and Winter. We shall continue to open on Fridays and Saturdays. We hope that Saludians and visitors will come in to see our work and to have a cup of coffee or tea.


An exhibit of art is available for viewing in the gallery. Paintings and sculptures by Doug Honeycutt and paintings by Ray Pague are currently exhibited by both artists-scenes and buildings in town and through the countryside, as well as those from other sources of inspiration.


Ruthie's silk wreaths, approximately 40, are exhibited in the garden room. Recently added are a number of her "woodsies" she creates from natural materials found on Saluda Mountain. She has worked with natural mountain materials for more than fifty years, creating plaques to hang and other dimensional items.


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

 Saluda artist, Jim Carson, will give a plein air (outdoor) workshop in Saluda, Thursday -Saturday, Oct 25-27. The workshop will focus on simplifying the landscape, values, and the use of bold and spontaneous brushwork. It is open to all levels, from beginners to advance.


Jim has been offering plein air workshops in and around Saluda for over nine years. He is an experienced and nationally known plein air painter, having been juried into some of the most prestigious plein air festivals in the United States, including Door County, Wisconsin, Easton, Md., and Richmond, Va. Jim knows the many difficulties that occur while painting in nature and can provide valuable assistance to overcome these problems, while also teaching the many benefits of painting from life.


This painting is another from Jim's recencarsont plein air painting trip to Paris and the surrounding countryside.   


For more information, contact Jim at 828-749-3702 or visit or email
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"Esto Perpetua" landscape painting by Saluda artist Bonnie Joy Bardos
Bonnie Bardos, Saluda Artist: Art House News
Saluda artist, Bonnie Joy Bardos, will have studio visit hours on Saturdays from 1-3 pm in October.  Drop-in or by appointment.  Her 1895-era "Art House" is located at 285 Greenville Street, Saluda; beside the historic Saluda Inn. Whether you enjoy painting or sculpture, something in progress is always on hand. Her landscape paintings are represented by Patricia Carlisle Fine Art, 544 Canyon Road, Santa Fe, New Mexico; and locally at Skyuka Fine Art in Tryon. Feel free to stop by, sit a spell on the front porch, and enjoy art! Other times are available by appointment by calling 828-749-1153. Bonnie's website is

Currently, she is showing sculpture and painting in the  TAC "Fusion" show, has a painting in the Spartanburg Art Museum's juried artists guild show, and a sculpture in the 14th Regional TPS juried exhibit. One sculpture recently won recognition in the "Bring Us Your Best" juried exhibit with the Arts Council of Henderson County.



leon nichols Pottery Wheel Workshop

Leon Nichols is coming to Saluda to do a two day hands-on workshop on October 27 & 28! He is an amazing teacher from Charlotte!  He will be using Judy Thompson's studio and will have six wheels and slots for six students.  Students from his first June workshop in Saluda are still raving!


This is a class for beginners or intermediate potters working on the wheel. The fee is $100 for two days of instruction, probably 10-4 each day. If you have never touched clay before, Leon can take you further in two days than you would get in months of weekly classes!


Clay and glazing are extra but are not expensive.  Judy will donate the firing. Lunch will be brought in and you'll "talk pottery" while you eat!


You will throw cylinders, bowls, vases, plates, make a lidded vessel, learn decorative techniques, and--if you have sufficient control of the clay--perhaps make a large two-section pot. Leon will be hands-on with each of you, and through the two days will explain and demonstrate various lids, decorating with slips and engobes, painting with oxides, texturing your vessels, etc.


You can see Leon and his gorgeous large pots at his website, If you want to register, or if you can't make this one, but would like to be on the mail list for future workshops, send an email to Judy Thompson at or call 828-489-6578.

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


Fall Guided Walks Pearson's Falls

pearsons During the cooler month of October, people flock to the Foothills and distant ranges of the mountains to enjoy colors of trees and flowers. Right here in Polk County, Pearson's Falls, located between Tryon and Saluda, just off of Hwy. 176 will offer three guided walks in October following two separate paths to the Falls.


Tuesday, Oct. 2, at 10:30 a.m., Alan Graham of the Western NC Botany Club, will lead a 2 hour walk, offering descriptive comments on the Trees and Shrubs. There should also be some lingering fall composites (flowers), Jack in the Pulpit, etc.


Monday, Oct. 8., at 2:30 p.m. "Tree Care for the Home Gardner" is the topic arborist Todd Mullen will speak. His descriptive talk includes a demonstration on pruning, watering and disease control of trees -- plus anything else you want to know.


Monday, October 15, at 3:30p.m., Polk County Extension Agency Director, John Vining, will lead a walk and talk on his favorite topic--Shrubs, Vines and Trees, with tips about undesirables.


A nominal gate fee and class fee will be asked of non-club participants to help cover costs. For reservations, please call 828-749-3031.


Pearson's Falls is owned and operated by the Tryon Garden Club, a 501 c 3 not-for-profit organization. Membership is open to everyone. Please check the web site at for details.

Cob Oven Workshop

cob oven Come and join us for a muddy, luscious day on October 6 as we work to complete the Cob Oven at Meanwhile, Back in Saluda.  Learn how to:


- Make cob including testing the clay from your own site

- Sculpt with cob

- Learn how to make cob bricks and test for strength

- Build the cooking floor and insulation layers for the oven

- Learn to turn local soil and sand into building blocks for projects

- and more!


Instructor: Josh Carter, Artist and Potter from Brevard

Day: Saturday, October 6, 2012

Time: 12 noon - 5:00 PM

Fee: $45.00

Ages: 14 and up


To register contact: Meanwhile, Back in Saluda


Phone:  828-749-2480 (Office)  

Mail:  233 Austin Lane / Saluda, NC / 28773  


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.    

Flags of the Eisenhower Oval Office Exhibit
October 10-13, 2012, 9am to 9pm

For the first time in history, all six original flags from the White House during President Eisenhower's administration will be together in a single exhibit from October 10 to 13 in Columbus, North Carolina. Dwight D. Eisenhower, the 34th President of the United States (1953 to 1961), was the only President in our Nation's history to serve under three different President's flags. The exhibit includes 48-star, 49-star, and 50-star President's flags and the corresponding U.S. colors.  The 50-star U.S. flag on display is the actual flag unveiled in the White House Cabinet Room when Hawaii became our 50th state.


The flags are on loan from a private collection and from the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum in Abilene, Kansas. Historic 1940's and 1950's photographs of the hand embroidery flag making process from the U.S. Army Quartermaster Museum at Fort Lee, Virginia will also be on display along with other press photos of Alaska and Hawaii statehood events.


Read more about the Eisenhower Flag

33 Gibson Street, Columbus NC 28722
Map, directions

Tour de Falls Dupont Forest

October 13 and 14 

high falls This is a family friendly event that takes place Saturday, October 13 and Sunday, October 14. Tour de Falls is intended to provide families and those with limited hiking abilities an opportunity to tour the DuPont State Recreational Forest. This is a lovely way to treat the family to a beautiful tour of the most spectacular waterfalls in the Southeast via shuttle buses. Buses will leave the event parking area approximately every 30 minutes from 9 am until 2:30 pm. Visitors may get off the bus at each stop to take photos and explore the area. The tour takes 2 l/2 hours or longer, depending on how much time is spent at each stop. No pets please.


A donation of $6 for ages 6 to 17 and $12 for ages 18 and up is requested. Tour De Falls is a "Making Memories Opportunity" to spend the day outdoors with the family and to enjoy the cool weather and fall foliage. More info: 828-692-2929.

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 to 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 

Annual Green River Narrows Kayak Race

green race The 17th Annual Green Rivers Narrows Kayak Race will be held on Saturday, November 3 at high noon. Over 100 racers, passing through the most majestic section of the river, from all over the World, will compete for the first place trophy . The spectators that make the trek down Pulliam Creek Trail (off of Big Hungry Rd) will witness someone kayaking The Gorilla every minute for almost 2.5 hours. We say this is the "greatest show in all of sports." The energy is electric and the fun factor is always high.


This year the awards party will be held on the recently finished deck and historic barn behind Historic Thompson's Store & Wards Grill in downtown Saluda. Come out and join us for live music, beverages, and the awards for the one largest kayaking race in the world. There will also be a highlight reel of the day's race. The festivities will be happening between 6pm-11pm, Saturday, November 3, 2012.


Check out for spectator directions and more information about the happening of the day.  


By Chelsea and John Grace 

Saluda Scoop

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


maggie Maggie's Old Saluda Storeis the brain child of Margaret Woods, a native of Saluda and Lark Lindsey, a well known chef from this area.


It is a combination of gently used furniture, home décor, cards, jewelry, candles, seasonal décor and just about anything else you are looking for.


The store is open from 9am til 5pm with extended hours later as the restaurant takes shape, hopefully by mid-October.


The month of October will be a grand month with lots of things happening. Just come by and check out our weekly events or check out the bulletin board in town fyi, and be sure to sign up for our $100 gift certificate to be given away October 29.


Lots of great things from one great store!


Located at 1487 Ozone Drive, Saluda, NC. 828-749-3503.  Click here to visit their website. 



Welcome to Saluda, Maria Wynn, owner of Wynn Insurance. She just opened at 46 East MaiMarian Street and would like to introduce her company to Saludians. She has an office in Mt. Pleasant, SC for coastal homes and now this office for mountain homes.  She can write insurance to cover both your coastal and mountain properties. She has 12 homeowner markets that will write in downtown Saluda, all the way to areas that are hidden in the hills.  She can cover standard homes as well as log homes. 


Wynn Insurance also has exceptional auto insurance rates, business insurance, and life and health insurance.


You may contact Maria at 828-749-5500 and 855-749-5500. Visit her website at







Visit us on the web at or on Facebook.


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


oaks Leaf Season at The Oaks B&B in Saluda

It's as if somebody has flipped a switch here in the mountains. . . One day it's summer . . . and the next day it's fall!


About a week back, we woke up to temperatures in the 40s, and what a shocker that was. We ran around closing windows, and making sure the guests all knew where the comforters and blankets were.


The first swatches of crimson and gold have made their appearance and the rest can't be far. All of our fireplaces are in perfect working order, and The Oaks décor has taken on the essence of the harvest, with spice scented candles and colorful gourds and flowers throughout.


Now would be the perfect time to book the accommodations of your choosing at The Oaks Bed and Breakfas,t for the most popular season of the year! Visit online at: or call 828-749-2000 to speak with Dale or Donna.      


The park service people say that the fall leaf season is expected to be spectacular this year - due to the dry spring and the wet summer. Every year is better than the last, and we never goakset tired of the sights and smells of fall in the mountains.


Visit the inn 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
and Boarding House Venue

Enjoying the fall and need a special meal? Come into our store, visit our Market and request your favorite cut of Meat. We also have a variety of Deli Meats & Specialty Cheese to go along with your favorite bottle of Wine. October is the time to be outdoors so come by and pick up our Freshly-Made Dinners: Country Meatloaf, Chicken Pot Pies, Mac & Cheese, and Beef Stroganoff. Don't forget to pick up some Charlie's Sage Sausage for breakfast.

Need to relax after getting the children to school, come downtown and have Breakfast or Lunch in the Grill. Monday to Friday, we have a Lunch Special with our freshly made sides prepared by Melissa & ladies. The grill is open daily from 7:00am to 3:00pm.  If you are going out early on Saturday, we open at 6:30am.


Are you planning an event soon, come and visit our upstairs and newly added deck outback. Our Boarding House Venue is just the place in Saluda to bring your family and friends for a fun time.


We thank you for your business and hope to see you soon.


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


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

BBQ, Beer, Fall Football

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


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!


Narragansett Pints still $1.50 a pint all day everyday! 


The chill is in the air and we are adding Fall and Winter items to the menu. Our favorites to return are 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.   




October in Saluda....there is a reason this is one of the busiest months of the year.

It's gorgeous here....we have SO much to do and see....and smart folks know this is the place to be!!

Lots of excitement now that Wildflour is open on Wednesday!  Check out the new hours:   
The new menu has some great choices, and you can never go wrong with a bowl of our
homemade soup.

Wednesday   8am - 3pm
Thursday       8am - 3pm
Friday            8am - 3pm and 5pm - 8pm for pizza
Saturday       8am - 3pm
Sunday          9am - 2pm

Our Thanksgiving order sheet is ready.  Stop by, pick one up and place your order soon.

We have a full line up of vendors for the October 20 Art and Music Fair at Nostalgia.  It was absolutely wonderful last year, and we are delighted that we have even more  vendors this year and a return performance by Straight from the Heart (Don and Pam  McMann).  Mark your calendars....bring your friends....get your Christmas shopping off to a great start.  Buy local and support these talented artists.

Wildflour will be at the Saluda Tailgate Market on Oct. 5 and Oct. 12.  We will miss Oct. 19, but we will be there for the last market of the season, Oct. 26. 


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  



botes Don and Kathy Mobley of "Botes and Stuff" want to remind you that Christmas is right around the corner. They invite you to visit the retail shop and view all the creative work crafted by Don. In addition to Don's "botes and stuff," you will find crafts from a glass blower, scroll work, and beautiful cutting boards.


They are located in the Depot Station at 20 W Main Street and he can be reached at 828-606-7042.




The Benke, located at 34-C W. Main St., will be closing at the end of "the leaf season." Everything in the store is discounted at least 20%. Please stop by for some great bargains on unique home decor, vintage jewelry, small furniture, lamps, art, and more.


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, rare collectables.


Biddie's Antiques Closing after 32 Years!  

Amy and Frank Beeson will close Biddie's Antiques in Nostalgia Courtyard on October 31. Started by Amy's mother, the shop has been in operation since 1980. Four years ago when Biddie decided to retire, Amy and Frank kept the shop open and moved it eventually to its current location next to the Wildflour Bakery where they share a space with Joni Artisanal Wine & Beer.


"We have met so many great great folks, customers old and new alike, and it has been a rewarding experience for us," say the Beesons. 


Biddie's is currently holding it's "GOING OUT OF BUSINESS" sale. Prices have been cut and everything must go. Amy will continue to be available for estate sale consultation at 828-817-6753.


We want to thank all of our customers, friends, and the other businesses in Saluda for their support.


 To Joni, Rich, Wylie and their extended family, your friendship has meant everything. 


Joni will continue to have the best selection of beer and wine, and there are other great changes coming. Stop by often so you don't miss anything.



Amy and Frank Beeson, and Biddie and Verne Dawson




It is hard to believe we have already been here for a year. How time flies while you are having so much fun. It has been a great year! We have loved meeting so many new faces. It was wonderful moving here to a slower pace of life where we can get a lot more family time, even when we are working because we can all work together. The kids really enjoy being here.


We have built a new pond near the water wheel and added some Koi. It is such a peaceful place to sit and enjoy listening to the water and watching the fish, or reading a book and relaxing.


The leaves are already changing, and you can feel fall in the air. If you are headed this way, don't forget those jackets. It is cool in the mornings and evenings. It is perfect weather and scenery for hiking. It is also great weather for campfires and we have the firewood ready and waiting for you. We hope to see you all soon.



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 



Kirby Custom Builders would like to inform you that November 2-4 is Energy Star Tax Free Weekend in North Carolina. This includes products such as heat pumps, air conditions, refrigerators, washers, ceiling fans and programmable thermostats bearing the Energy Star logo. This is a great time to make some upgrades to your home before those cold winter heating bills kick in. If you find that you need help installing those items, call Kirby Custom Builders. We are a full service construction company serving the larger Saluda area.   


Find us at or call 828-606-0942.     


oaks Leaf Season at The Oaks B&B in Saluda


It's as if somebody has flipped a switch here in the mountains. . . One day it's summer . . . and the next day it's fall!


About a week back we woke up to temperatures in the 40s and what a shocker that was. We ran around, closing windows and making sure the guests all knew where the comforters and blankets were.


The first swatches of crimson and gold have made their appearance and the rest can't be far. All of our fireplaces are in perfect working order and The Oaks décor has taken on the essence of the harvest, with spice scented candles and colorful gourds and flowers throughout.


Now would be the perfect time to book the accommodations of your choosing at The Oaks Bed and Breakfast for the most popular season of the year! Visit online at: or call 828-749-2000 to speak with Dale or Donna.      


The park service people say that the fall leaf season is expected to be spectacular this year - due to the dry spring and the wet summer. Every year is better than the last, and we never get tired of the sights and smells of fall in the mountains.


For more information, please visit, or visit us on facebook. Contact the innkeepers at 828-749-2000 or email  Located at 339 Greenville Street.  Click here for directions.   

Saluda 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 Saluda 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.  


For more information, please call Judy Ward at 828-749-2321. 

"Marketing for Your Business" course to begin at Carolina Foothills Chamber, October 15

Mountain BizWorks is hosting a 5-week marketing course beginning Monday, October 15 from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. at the Carolina Foothills Chamber of Commerce building on Hwy 108 in Lynn, NC.


Mountain BizWorks classes focus on developing the entrepreneur and their business management skills. In Marketing For Your Business, you'll develop a solid, focused marketing plan that is essential to the growth and success of your small business. This course will help you:

  • Stand Out: Discover the "sticking point" about your product or service.
  • Get People's Attention: Define your target market and translate your message and brand efficiently to attract and retain customers.
  • Succeed in Sales & Customer Service: Maximize sales with positive strategies and tactics, collaborative techniques, and compelling customer service tips.
  • Create a Report Card: Measure your marketing efforts to obtain steady growth, desired results, and increased revenue.
  • Learn the #1 Rule in Marketing so that your product or service sells itself.

The course is facilitated by Carol Lynn Jackson, MBW Business Developer and owner of Manna Cabanna, in Saluda, NC. She brings many years of local marketing experience, particularly in the areas of food, agriculture and rural enterprises. Carol Lynn Jackson is a local food system advocate who works to bridge the marketing and distribution gaps for WNC food producers. Her business lends administrative support and "social capital" to the producer while educating the community about the power and wealth of a local foods system.


Discover more about who you are and how that can help you better market your business. Come to know your customers in a deeper way and how your business relationships are the key to your success. Whether you are product or service oriented, learn to play the role of game-changer in your niche and become the trusted expert where your customers return again and again.

Specific marketing and networking resources in food, agriculture or rural enterprises are available through this course. Registration is now open for the 5-week course held on Mondays and beginning Oct. 15 from 6:00p.m. - 9:00 p.m. The location is the Carolina Foothills Chamber of Commerce, 2753 Lynn Road, Tryon. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Contact Ashley Epling, 828.253.2834 x 27, or or Janet Sciacca, Chamber Director, 828.859.6236, or

About Mountain BizWorks: Through lending, consulting and training, Mountain BizWorks helps smaller businesses grow and larger businesses thrive. As a non-profit community development financial institution, we provide a continuum of services to help businesses in Western NC grow from pre-launch ideas to durable businesses that create permanent, family-wage jobs. Mountain BizWorks also provides small business loans of up to $150,000. For a full schedule of upcoming courses and events throughout Western NC, please visit



Isothermal Community College: A Best Kept Secret in Polk County

icc One of Polk County's best kept secrets lies at the foot of the Saluda Grade. Less than 15 minutes away from Saluda and on the road to Tryon, Isothermal Community College offers continuing education classes for retirees and other learners of all ages. The importance of lifelong experiences in learning for adult health and happiness has been stated in many studies. A quote by Nancy Merz Nordstrom, a national life long learning expert, calls continuing education a "health club for your brain." And Judy Mann, director of Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Northwestern University, states that an important benefit of lifelong learning is the bond that is formed and that many people "come for the learning, but they stay for the community they find." (Furman University in Greenville, SC is part of the OLLI network of schools offering courses to adults at a nominal cost.) To read more about the benefits of lifelong learning go to the sources below.


For those of us who have found ICC, we have indeed found a learning community of adults and great friends! The feelings of community, congeniality and excitement can be felt the minute one enters the classroom...from the students to the faculty. The recent brochure for courses offered this fall was recently mailed to all Polk County residents. There are courses in computers, digital photography, art, Spanish, creative writing and literature, history, home repair, exercise, gardening, horsemanship....just too many to list here. Please look through the brochure (or for an online brochure, go to and select "Polk Continuing education classes") and consider taking part in one of the classes. The experience is exhilarating and energizing.


Do not miss the wonderful library on campus, upcoming events and concerts during the year, and the one day workshops, such as "The Basics of Selling on EBay," which took place in September, or coming soon, Faye Lane's Beauty Shop Stories: "Tell and Write Your Own Story," Thursday, October 18, 10-11:30am. Also coming in October, "How to Create Curb Appeal" will be on Oct.9, 16, and 23 at 6:30. (These workshops are free to the public, with limited space and reservations needed.) Call 828-894-3092 for information or to make reservations.


More to come in future articles...


By Betsy Sellers

Macon Bank

You've Got... macon

Macon Bank in Your Pocket


* Check your account     balance

* See your transaction history

* Pay your bills on line

* Find Macon Bank locations


Just sign up for Macon Bank's Online Banking. Then download the Free Macon Bank app from the App Store and you have access to your accounts and transaction histories. You can make transfers and schedule payments with the touch of a finger. Search for branch locations and ATMs. All from your iPhone or Droid!


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

Should You Prepare for the "Fiscal Cliff"? 

The Federal Reserve has warned of an approaching "fiscal cliff." What can you do in the face of such a dire prediction?


First of all, you need to understand what led to the Fed's remarks. Here's the story: Some $1.2 trillion in spending cuts are scheduled to begin in 2013 while, simultaneously, the Bush-era tax cuts - including the reduction in capital gains and dividend taxes - are set to expire.   Still, we believe Congress is likely to act before the year ends to reduce the "cliff" to a "bump."


Nonetheless, you need to be prepared for what's likely to come, which may include higher taxes on income and investments.


Consequently, try to take full advantage of tax-deferred vehicles, such as your IRA and 401(k). And if appropriate, consider municipal bonds, which pay interest that's free from federal taxes.  


In any case, talk with your tax and financial advisors and be ready to make those moves that can help keep your financial goals from going "over a cliff."

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


Member SIPC



Douglass M. Rostick | Financial Advisor | Edward Jones 

1038-A Greenville Hwy  Flat Rock, NC 28731

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

Miscellaneous Ruminating about Childhood
by Clark Thompson


For most of my youthful years, I firmly held preconceived ideas about whether or not certain vegetables would actually taste good. For example, the idea of eating a sweet potato sounded very unappealing to me. I mean, how could anyone enjoy the taste of a potato that apparently had a sugary flavor? Of course, I refused to taste one and find out for myself.


Now my mama was quite aware of my quirky eating habits. However, she also knew that I dearly loved her scrumptious pumpkin pies. If allowed, I could eat the whole thing and still want more. So, on a fairly frequent basis she catered to my cravings for them. Only after I reached adulthood did she confess that most of her so called pumpkin pies were actually made with sweet potatoes. I have loved them since.


Many vegetables were also met with similar disdain, even though I actually knew the taste of each. The only green vegetable to my liking was canned baby green peas which I devoured with the same gusto as the pies. Here again, that all changed once I reached adulthood. Today, the only vegetables which I really have problems with are boiled okra and raw cucumbers. However, fried okra and pickled cukes are great.


Buttermilk was always plentiful and welcomed in our household, due largely to our owning a milk cow for so many years. I thought a huge glass of cold buttermilk stuffed with crumbled cornbread was a heavenly treat unto itself. My next favorite buttermilk combination included munching on a sour apple between gulps. Talk about bringing back a flood of memories!!!


One buttermilk story that recently came to mind involved one of my older brothers. For years we had a neighboring family consisting of a grandmother, her daughter, and several grandkids who also had their own milk cow. It would be quite an understatement to say that household and personal cleanliness was not a top priority within this family.  However, the daughter's top priority seemed to be the generous sharing of nightly romance with as many men as possible. I have no idea if any compensation changed hands, but it was not uncommon for small groups of males to converge on this small family house for raucous alcohol-induced parties sometimes lasting for days. Sadly the presence of small children apparently was of no concern to the mother, grandma or visitors. Meanwhile, pleasures of the flesh ceased only when exhaustion and hangovers eventually brought an end to these group parties.


Meanwhile, the grandma often visited our house in order to borrow one or more items of food. My mother, aware of the unsanitary conditions in the neighbor's home, always insisted that payback really wasn't necessary. Early one afternoon, the old lady appeared at our back door with a gallon of buttermilk which my mother graciously accepted and then placed in our icebox with the intent of feeding it to our hogs. A short time later, my oldest teenage brother came home from school and made a beeline for the icebox to quench his thirst. Only after he had consumed about a quart of the buttermilk did my mother realize what he had done and informed him of the source. I can still see him hanging over the porch rail purging his stomach of what had apparently been some fairly tasty buttermilk.


In one of my earlier articles, I wrote about smoking my first cigarette after picking up a discarded butt left by the ice delivery driver in front of our house. Later, some of my friends and I even experimented with cigarettes made using rabbit tobacco and coffee grounds. Neither of the substitutes produced anything close to acceptable flavor, but memory of those burned and horribly bitter coffee grounds is still a vivid memory today. One primary source for our nicotine fixes could be found in cigarettes discarded along the streets and sidewalks, and I really cannot recall having concerns about transmitted diseases from such activities. Occasionally, we could collect enough tobacco to roll our own using cigarette paper purchased at Thompson's Store for a nickel.


Footnote: Earlier this year I was surprised to read in the Greenville newspaper about the passing of Charles W. Ford, Sr., the ice delivery driver who unintentionally provided me with my first smoke some 65 years ago. From information obtained in the obituary notice, I was able to pass this old story along to his son.



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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