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                                                                       November 1, 2012 
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In This Issue (click on a topic to move to it quickly.)
Dates to Remember
Thanksgiving Dinner
Veteran's Day
Small Town Main Street
Dining Out for Hospice
Saluda Medical Center
City Notes
Red Cross
Bell Ringers Wanted
Saluda Center News
Saluda Center Art Exhibit
Saluda Tailgate
Saluda Tree Preservation
Saluda Community Land Trust
Saluda Garden Club
The Women's Club of Saluda
Saluda Business Association
Saluda Dog Society
Christmas Community Fund Raiser
Yoga Schedule
Historic Saluda
Saluda Library Fundraiser
Saluda Library
Saluda School
Saluda School Box Tops
Saluda Church Services
Post Office Hours
Saluda Classifieds
Saluda Lifestyles Marketplace
What's Happening in Music and Art
Tryon Arts
Contra Dancing Begins
Polk County Toy Run
Annual Green River Narrows Kayak Race
The Gorge
Saluda Scoop
Hometown Christmas Music
Christmas Parade
Children's Christmas Workshop
Winterize Your Summer Home
Falls & Older Adults
Isothermal Community College
Income Producing Tips
Remembering Robert Pace
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!        

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

NEW on the Market!

Secluded Southland Log home on 2.87 acres in established mountain community. Kitchen is a cook's dream with beautiful solid surface counters. 3BR, 2BA, 1904 SF, MLS#527940 $285,000

REO in well established Rixhaven. Views and 3 acres, 3BR, 2BA, finished basement. Needs improvements. Sold "as is." MLS# 528267 $145,000 

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

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

Log home with 6 acres, 3BR, 2BA, approx 2550 SF, garage, Sold as is.  MLS#509960  $225,000  

Fall and Winter are perfect times to see lots and land! 

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

  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

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



1.48 ac in Whites Lake, Awesome Views, backs up to NC Wildlife, MLS#528152, $58,800 

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  $58,500

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 Fall and Winter 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

  October 31, 2012)


Sales               Closed   Pending

Homes 2012        24           4
Homes 2011        26           1


         Land 2012            10           1         

Land 2011            10           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.

Dates to Remember
Green River Narrows Kayak Race Award Ceremony at the Barn behind Ward's Grill. 6pm-11pm, Saturday, November 3, 2012, everyone is invited.

Saluda Methodist Church Thanksgiving Dinner at Saluda School on November 10, 5 to 7:30pm.

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, November 9 from 2 to 4pm at the Saluda LibraryThe public is invited to attend.  


Women's Club Monthly meeting is November 13 at 10am at Saluda Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall. 


Saluda Single Women potluck dinner will meet Thursday, November 15 at 6pm at the 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 at the Saluda Presbyterian Church first and third Wednesday of the month.

Saluda Garden Club meets November 19, 10am at the Saluda Library. 

Al-Anon Family Group meets every Tuesday, 6:30 pm at the Saluda Center, 64 Greenville St.

Saluda Tailgate Special Market Saturday, November 24, 1-3pm.Located in the West Main St. Public Parking lot. 
Thanksgiving Dinner

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 are on sale now or can be purchased at the door.


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.  

Veterans Day Remembrance
Dr. Jerry Russell will hold a Veteran's Day ceremony to commemorate Saluda's veterans and heroes.  Ceremony will be held at the Memorial Monument on Greenville Street, Sunday, November 11, 2012 at 2pm.
Small Town Main Street
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Saluda was designated as a NC "Small Town Main Street."

Thanks for your participation in completing the survey. The information will be compiled and reported in future STMS monthly meetings.

Monthly meetings with the STMS program director, Sherry Adams, is scheduled the third Tuesday of the month at 9am at the Saluda Library.  Meetings are open to the public.  The November meeting will be November 13 due to the Thanksgiving holiday.
Dining Out for HOSPICE November 4-9

Pick a day. Pick a restaurant.

Pick up your fork!


30 area restaurants are stepping up to the plate as they partner with hospice of the Carolina Foothills to raise awareness during National Hospice & Palliative Care Month.


During the week of November 4 - 9 invite your friends & family to dine at your favorite restaurants for some good food and some good will. While you dine, take a photo and send to us at


Saluda Restaurants Participating:


Sunday, November 4 - Wildflour Bake Shop 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.


Thursday, November 8 - The Purple Onion 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. & 5 - 9 p.m.


Friday, November 9 - Green River BBQ

11 a.m. - 9 p.m.



For More Information:

828.894.7000, 864.457.9122

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Each restaurant will be donating a percentage of their sales to Hospice of the Carolina Foothills.

Saluda Medical Center Presents:  Introduction to Holistic Medicine

smc logo Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 1pm at the Saluda Center.


Family nurse practitioner, Nancy Shatto has over 30 years' experience blending the best of both Western (conventional) medicine and holistic medicine. She has recently joined the Saluda Medical Center full-time and enjoys using all appropriate modalities for patients' needs.


From regular conventional medicines to homeotherapy, education, down to earth treatments, and counseling, it is fun and educational to develop tools for wellness.

Saluda Medical Center is at 86 Greenville Street. Telephone is 828-749-4411.
CityCity Notes

Joe Adams


The Board of Commissioners Meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 13 at 7:00PM due to the Veterans Day holiday being observed on Monday, November 12. City Hall will be closed Monday, November 12 for the Veteran's holiday.


City Hall renovations are still underway, and the final touches of painting are being done on the front for the next couple of hall 


Doors will be replaced soon, and interior plans are still under review.


Authentic re-lettering was done by Saluda artist, Ray Pague.

Stay informed by visiting the city website, 

American Red Cross

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'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

Wednesday, November 14

Autumn Care of Saluda Blood Drive (501 Esseola Stree; Saluda, NC)

1:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Please call Tisha Davis at (828) 749-2261 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

"Bell Ringers" Wanted

Beginning the Friday after Thankgiving, November 23, the Saluda "bell ringers" will again be on Main Street in front of M.A. Pace store to begin our our 7th year obellringerf manning the kettle for The Salvation Army.


We had a great crew of volunteers last year, and through their efforts, we had our best year with over $2,100 collected.  I'm sure we will have another great year this Christmas Season.  We welcome anyone who would like to "Join the Army," The Salvation Army, for a two hour "Tour of Duty."   Our times to ring are 11am-1pm,   1pm-3pm, and 3pm-5pm.  We ring on Friday and Saturday from Thanksgiving till Christmas.  We are the only group in our district (Henderson, Polk, and Transylvania counties) that volunteers for the entire Christmas Season.  We always look forward to seeing our "veteran bell ringers" return each year and would certainly welcome new members. You can join us as an individual or with your spouse or a friend and ring together.  We always have two red aprons and two bells.

This year's volunteer appreciation lunch will be at the Salvation Army headquarters in Hendersonville on Wednesday, November 14 at high noon.  All "bellringer veterans" or first-time ringers are welcome and urged to attend. There is no charge.  We do need to give them a head count about a week before so they can plan accordingly.

One other note.  We have always kept an account of our collections. They call us and tell us how well we did after each weekend and we pass it on.  So, over these last six years, we have kept a running amount from year to year. Therefore, I'm happy to tell you that one weekend this season, we fully expect to reach a $10,000 mark in collections.  Now I ask you, "do we live in a community that has a heart for those in need?"  You bet your boots we do!

We invite anyone who gives a Christmas donation to The Salvation Army to come by and put it in the Saluda kettle, and we will see that it gets there promptly.

o join us, leave your name with the folks at M.A. Pace store or call Max McGinnas at 828-749-9111 or Neill Bultman at 828-749-1264.  

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


SAVE THE DATE! The Saluda Center will host an opening reception honoring Jim Carson on Sat., Dec. 15 from 5:00-7:00 pm. The show titled, "Paintings from Paris and the French Countryside," will feature new works from his recent trip.


Book club meeting on Thurs., Nov. 1 at 2:00 pm.


Introduction to Holistic Medicine presented by Nancy Shatto, NP from the Saluda Medical Center on Wed., Nov.7 from 1:00-2:00 pm. All are welcome to attend.


Saluda Single Women potluck dinner is on Thurs., Nov. 15 at 6:00 pm. Please bring a covered dish.


Medicare Annual Election Period began October 15 and will end December 7. If you need assistance with your Medicare needs, now is the time to review your plan and make changes if necessary. For assistance, please call Donna at 828-749-9245 to schedule an appointment.


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
Features Jim Carson

carson The Saluda Center will host a show of Jim Carson's Paris and the French countryside oil paintings which were painted on his recent three week plein air painting trip to France. The show titled, "Paintings from Paris and the French Countryside," will have an opening reception at the Saluda Center on Saturday, December 15, from 5:00 to 7:00 PM. It will hang for 30 days.


Jim and his wife, Beth, have been full time residents of Saluda for over nine years, having moved here from Macon, GA in 2003, where Jim practiced law for thirty one years.


Jim has a studio on the second floor above the Saluda Grade Café, but spends a majority of his time painting "en plein air," and can be frequently seen around Saluda at his easel.


Jim has been juried into many Plein Air Festivals, including ones in Easton, Maryland, Door County, Wisconsin, Richmond. Virginia, and Cashiers, NC.


One of Jim's Saluda paintings, titled "Martha"s Flowers," which features flowers from Martha Ashley's back yard, was recently selected to be in the American Impressionist Society's 13th Annual Exhibition, in Indianapolis, Indiana.


For more information, contact Jim at 828-749-3702 or visit or email
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Saluda Tailgate Market


The Saluda Tailgate Market, sponsored by the Saluda Business Association, has finished the May to October season. Our third year was wonderfully full of all this region has to offer: locally raised trout, beef, chicken, lamb, vegetables, fruits, flowers, plants, baked goods, jams, jellies, honey and lots of eggs. Heartfelt thanks go out to you, the fantastic Saluda community, for your continued presence every Friday, rain or shine or steaming heat. Our vendors tell us they love this market because the people are so friendly and such enthusiastic shoppers.


For those of you who will have a hard time going the full 6 months before we start up again the first weekend in May, we have created two special fall markets. We will meet in the tailgate market lot on two Saturdays: November 24, and December 15, from 1 to 3pm. Put these dates on your calendars and bring your friends. We hope to have seasonal produce, frozen meats, cheeses, baked goods, jams, and jellies for your holiday gift baskets. If you are a vendor or craftsperson using agricultural products for holiday decorations, we welcome your application. Please download it here.  


Special thanks go to the faithful volunteers who gave up 6 months of Friday afternoons and more to make this market happen. It would truly not be possible without each one of them: Beth Carson, Nora Parks Anderson, Chuck Heron, Walter Hoover, Howard Troxler and all of the others who filled in for us when we really had to be away. Lynn Sprague, from the Polk County Agricultural Economic Development office, provided tireless support with the van and the tents.


And finally, for the vendors and farmers, who shared their produce, talents, and "know-how" with us, gratitude abounds!  

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

The October meeting of the association focused on tree pruning. Our discussion followed guidelines on how and when to prune, as well as not prune, available from the arbor Day Foundation.


Contrary to prevalent, popular opinion, the Foundation advises that trees be pruned only when there is a valid reason. The following were discussed as valid:

  • To remove dead or diseased branches.
  • To remove fast-growing "sucker" growth and to remove limbs that cross and rub against each other.
  • To remove branches that interfere with roofs, walk-ways, utility lines, etc.
  • To retain a central "leader" on trees which should have one.
  • To remove lower branches of shade trees that interfere with roads, walk-ways, and driveways. This procedure raises the crown of the tree.
  • To encourage flower, fruit and nut production.

More information came from our group's experiences as when to prune. Prune deciduous (with leaves) trees in late winter or early summer after new growth has matured.


Flowers of ornamental and fruit trees follow the same as above. All but peach should be pruned only after flowering. Most trees should have "sucker" growth removed every few years. In our area, we can see these procedures followed by the apple growers.


Coniferous trees (with cones and needles) rarely, if ever, need pruning as with unusual growth or limb damage. The main tall upward leader branch should never be pruned or cut. This causes the normal growth to be stopped or stunted. We see examples on many of the pines in Saluda where their leaders (or tops) were cut leaving ugly trunks now turned into posts which can never recover following this fall's unfortunate "pruning" near the power lines.


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


Submitted by Ruth Anderson 

Saluda Community Land Trust


SCLT is closing down different activities that have kept us busy throughout the spring and summer. It's sad to put projects to sleep, but we know they will be there waiting for us next Spring! We are now gearing up to continue with our cool weather projects. Trail work is very important during this time of year and also very fun. We will be working hard to maintain and enhance trails that are already in place to give the community places to walk freely.


October was spent enjoying two wonderful nature walks. It has been great to be outdoors and watch as nature shares a new life while letting another rest. The colors of outdoors are enchanting, and everywhere there seems to be a restful peace that is hovering about in preparation for the winter.


Kudzu work is another challenge that will continue throughout the Fall/Winter season. Our plan is to keep working to cut kudzu out of trees and clear the underbrush so that the kudzu will not be able to climb come growing season. The Saluda Kudzu Swat Team will continue working on "Kudzu Thursday" for winter suitable sites. Decrowning is sometimes difficult during the winter months though there are sites that have enough sun to let growth appear. We will work areas per weather/location/and access.


One of our major winter tasks is to create a map for our 28773 zip code. This will be a foldable, standard sized county map. The greatness of this map is that it will span two counties and concentrate on Saluda (city limits) as well as the surrounding areas that make up the 28773 zip code, which is the Saluda Community. We are a unique city that has a zip code that includes 2 counties. There is no map available at this time that shares this information.


If you are interested in any of our activities, please get in contact with us. If you would like to volunteer to help or would like to learn about our many different activities, look on our website to find a person that you can contact for a specific project. Or call our office at 828-749-1560 and leave a message, we will return your call promptly.


We once again would like to thank the Polk County Community Foundation for helping us with our many projects. PCCF has helped us to be able to take our many projects and make them a reality. Thank you!


We are community based and our goal is to include the community in preserving the natural beauty of Saluda for future generations to enjoy.


SCLT meetings are held at 3PM on the first and third Wednesday of the month and are always open to the public. We will be meeting at our office in the upstairs of the Saluda Presbyterian Church throughout the winter months.


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 Saluda Garden Club will be having their last meeting of the year on November 19th. Our speaker, John Vining, will be discussing the latest and greatest cultivars. The meeting will be held in the upstairs meeting room of the Saluda Library and starts at 10 AM. The public is invited.


We continue to care for the garden at Spring Park. We each have a love and fellowship with this special place and invite you to walk through the garden and enjoy this beautiful historic site. Even during the upcoming fall season you will be able to see native plants thriving. Remember to be gentle; leave every plant where it is in this lovely spot. Every rock has a purpose and each step is a reminder of times when people came here to be refreshed and share a tale of their travels.


Fall is the perfect time to add perennials or shrubbery to your home landscape.

There are many local nurseries that can guide you on your quest of what is local and where you may want to plant them. If they do not have them in stock, most will tell you where to go to find the plants or will order them for you.


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

Women's Club Meeting

The Women's Club of Saluda will hold their monthly meeting, Tues., Nov 13, 2012, 10am in the Fellowship Hall of the Presbyterian Church.   "Stone Soup" 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.

Saluda Business Association


saludasnow Plan now to attend Saluda Hometown Christmas on December 14, 2012, from 6 to 8pm. 

This event is sponsored by the Saluda Business Association.


Please visit to learn more about the SBA.  

Saluda Dog Society


The Saluda Dog Society is hosting a therapy dog informational session open to all who are interested in becoming a Therapy Dog handler with their dog.  Linda Nash will be speaking about the process, certification and answer any questions you have.  This is a great opportunity to find out how to give to nursing homes and visit other people to spread the healing love of our furry friends.

Saturday November 3 at 2:00 in the main room (front entry) at the Saluda Inn on Greenville St.

The Dog Show

The Saluda Dog Society is happy to announce the 2nd annual dog show to be held on Dec. 15th at the tennis courts at Saluda Elementary School.   There is a category for every dog. Registration will start at 1:00 PM, blessing of the dogs at 1:45, and the show at 2:00. After the show, all dogs and handlers are invited to march in the Christmas parade.   Entry fee is $10 per dog for all classes, and all fees support the SDS. For more information, please call Livvy French at 828-749-3017.


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

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Christmas Community Fund Raiser


Heartwood Gallery

Christmas Community Fund Raiser

Friendship Star Ornaments

2 per package, $14.

All proceeds benefit Thermal Belt Outreach Ministry

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Shop Local and Share the Spirit of the Season



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


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 Turns Three


This November marks Nectar's three year anniversary! We feel gratitude for all the support, joy, and transformation this community has shared with us over the past years, and look forward to another year of bliss together.

Out of appreciation for all that this community has graced Nectar with we humbly offer the following specials:

33% off ALL Spa Services, Massage, QRA, Counseling, and Facials...see our website for current pricing at


Yoga For Kids

Join us for an after-school kids yoga program this fall. After the busy, hurried-up world of school, kids can relax and unwind in a safe, healthy, compassionate environment.

Benefits of kids yoga include:
-Flexibility, strength, and body awareness
-Concentration, calmness, and relaxation
-Connection with inner-self, play, and relation to the surrounding world

Classes will be Tuesday from 3:45pm-4:45pm on the following dates:
11/6, 11/13, 11/20, 11/27

Pre-registration is required and the total class cost is $36.


December Yoga Series  "As the Days Begin Getting Darker Come Discover the Light Within."
This series will be held Monday evening from 6pm-7:30pm on 12/3, 12/10. and 12/17.  Cost for the entire series is $36. Join us to rekindle the fire within!

Remember current yoga classes are:

Monday 6pm-7:30om
Wednesday/Saturday 8:30am-10am


Health Check

75% of all illness and disease remains avoidable with simple preventative measures. As the cold encroaches come in for a QRA checkup and boost your immune system to experience a cold/flu free Fall and Winter.

QRA (Quantum Reflex Analysis) is a highly effective, unique system that tests the bio-electric status of the body's key organs and glands using a blend of acupuncture points, herbal remediation, and university-proven Applied Kinesiology muscle testing. 


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


"Saluda, NC: Voices from the First 100 Years" to be Released in November

Over 30 years ago when Anne Osborne and Charlene Pace were working on their book Saluda, NC: 100 Years 1881-1981, they conducted interviews with some of Saluda's oldest residents. Several of these folks were born in Saluda in the late 1800s or had been coming for the summer since the early 1900s. Luckily, these interviews were captured on what we now consider to be "old fashioned" cassette tapes and were donated to the Oral History Committee by Anne Osborne's good friend Marty Payton. With funding from a grant from the Polk County Community Foundation's Saluda Community Fund, we've had the tapes restored (as much as possible) and have produced an audio documentary called "Saluda: Voices from the First 100 Years." Some of the clips featured are:

  • Boo and Eunice Pace in a lively back-and-forth about Saluda's early days and the downtown businesses c.1915
  • Bertha Bishop recalling her time as a student at Saluda Seminary
  • Lillian Sterneau painting a vivid picture of the classy dinners held at Melrose Inn
  • Uncle Joe Pace, who was born in 1878, talking about trading eggs for coffee at Daddy Hart's store
  • Mary Dell Johnson remembering Dr. Goelet and living at the Charlton-Leland Hotel

...and that's just a sample! Plus, the program also features the homegrown music of Todd Neel & Alan Dillman and the song "Saluda Mountain Home," cowritten by Clark Thompson and performed by Grammy-nominated guitarist J. Larry Keith. The documentary in a CD format will be available for purchase beginning just before Thanksgiving. Click here to see a short promotional video about how the project came together.


Historic Saluda Website

Here is what's new on our website:

  • From her oral history interview, LaFaye "Faye" Russell Chandler remembers a special treat from John Gordon's store, the cleanest car in Saluda (and how it stayed that way), snow days in the 1950s, and the weekend Saluda square dances.
  • Bill Andrews witnessed the burning of the Mountain House, one of the first hotels in Saluda, and he tells the story in this audio recording made shortly before his death in 2002.

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

Vintage Photos Needed

Photographs are needed for the Arcadia Book project, a pictorial documentary of Saluda, to be released in 2013. All photos will be returned to the owner in the condition in which they were received. We are particularly interested in old streetscapes of downtown Saluda, but are looking for any photos that help tell the story of Saluda. Donations of old photographs or artifacts will also be accepted for the Historic Saluda archives. Contact Carolyn Ashburn at 749-9886 or


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 will stroll leisurely down a historic street. We hope everyone in town will participate. Stay tuned for more information. If you are interested in this exciting project, please call Gloria Testerman at 749-2024. Committees are still being formed.


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, 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, November 9, 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


Submitted by Cindy S. Tuttle, Co-Chair, Historic Saluda Committee

Saluda Library Fundraiser
Jameson Oil Masterpiece

jamesonJust 44 days left to purchase your tickets.   


Renowned 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 14 at the 2012 annual Hometown Christmas.


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

Saluda Community Library

Paul Koenen

Saluda Elementary School
  Joe Adams

It is hard to believe that we have already completed nine weeks of school! Time flies when you are having fun! Keep reading to find out about a few of the exciting things that happened at Saluda Elementary this month.


On October 10, the Petal Pushers Garden Club toured the school campus and heard from Master Gardener, Laura Smith-Williams, about the gardening projects the club is sponsoring for students in After School Academy.


Saluda Fire & Rescue personnel brought two fire trucks and presented fire safety lessons for every grade level on Friday, October 12. The students were thrilled to receive a child-sized fire hat at the end of their safety lessons!


Kindergarten students walked with their teachers and parent volunteers downtown to Saluda Community Library for a special story time with Joy Sharp on October 17. Also, kindergarten students enjoyed a special classroom visit from author Fran Hawk who shared her book, Count Down to Fall, on October 19.


Students, parents, teachers, friends and family enjoyed a delicious spaghetti dinner on Thursday, October 18. After dinner, everyone spent time visiting classrooms and viewing student projects and artwork displayed in the hallways.


Wednesday, October 31 will be a Half Day for students! Every student will get to choose a free book from PTSO's Books Are Really Fun room before dismissal at 11:30am. Teachers will participate in professional development sessions during the afternoon hours.   


Upcoming Events

Nov. 23         5th graders to see "Twelfth Night" performance at PCMS

Nov. 4           Daylight Savings Time ends---Fall back one hour!

Nov. 10         Methodist Church Turkey Dinner in school cafeteria

Nov. 12         Veteran's Day---No School!

Nov. 13         School choral group to sing for Women's Club Meeting

Nov. 12-13    National Blue Ribbon Schools Ceremony in Washington, DC

Nov. 16         National Blue Ribbon Schools Celebration

Nov. 19         School Board Meeting 6:30pm at Stearns

Nov. 20         End of the 2nd six weeks of school

Nov. 21-23    Thanksgiving Holidays---No school!

Nov. 26         Assembly: Russian Spectacular

Nov. 27         Report Cards


Principal, Ronette Dill


Visit Saluda School for additional school news.   

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

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

Saluda 2Br, 1 Bath, 2-Story, Secluded Mt. home, stream. Total Renovation in 2012; HVAC, hardwood floors, sparkling new bath. $1200/month; references please; 828-749-3826. 

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.  


Great Christmas Gift! 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.
Will be available to care for your pet during the holiday. All of November, December, and January.

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

Margaret Moffat, 96, passed away on October 14, 2012. 


Maudie Faye Johnson, 79, of 672 Laurel Drive, Saluda, died Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012.


Frances Burton Hogg Heister Lambert,

88, of Hendersonville, died Oct. 14, 2012. She lived in Saluda for 20 years before moving to a retirement home.
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. 

Giving Thanks

lake sheila Fallen leaves are blanketing a patchwork quilt of brilliant colors over the mountains, and there is a special quietness in the air. With the first glistening frost, comes a smell of wood smoke and the sound of black birds echoing through the bare tree limbs.


Merchants are taking a well-deserved respite between a busy season of leaf lookers filling the town and holiday tourists and shoppers.


Gardeners are busy pruning, planting, and preparing the soil for next spring's blooms.


The calm of November permits time to reflect on the past year and to count your blessings. A time to say "thanks" to Saludians who have served you at restaurants, shops, the bank, the post office, all the volunteers who give their time, town officials, and Saluda's Fire & Rescue who work at serving your needs.  


Many Saludians feel thankful every day that they were fortunate to discover Saluda, where the pace is slower, and neighbors and friends take the time to show their gratitude to one another.

What's Happening in Music and Art


What's Happening At The Onion In November    


Please check our website for updates.  


November marks the 14th anniversary of the birth of The Purple Onion. How appropriate that it should fall in the same month as Thanksgiving, my favorite holiday. As we celebrate both of these events this month, it seems like a good time to express our gratitude once again to the many friends, customers, musicians, farmers, and staff who have helped the Onion to flourish for 14 years. We are blessed to be a part of such a wonderful community. Thank you.


We will be closed on Thanksgiving Day so our staff can enjoy the day with their families. We hope you do, too!


Holiday Wine Tasting

The Purple Onion will host a wine tasting on Monday, November 12 at 6:30. We will be tasting wines that pair well with many of the foods traditionally served at Thanksgiving and throughout the holiday season. The price for the tasting will be $40 and includes a taste of seven wines and several hors d'oeuvres and small plates to complement them. Reservations can be made by calling the Purple Onion at 828-749-1179. Please call early as seating is limited.


Monday and Tuesday Nights at the Onion

Daylight Savings ends on November 4 for 2012, and as night falls an hour earlier, we will begin closing on Monday and Tuesday evenings at 8:00 PM until next April. So, come early and take advantage of one of our weekday specials.  

Oysters and Pints on Mondays

25% Off All Wines on Tuesdays


Friday Night Flights

While our Monday night wine tastings offer an excellent opportunity to taste new wines and stock up on some of your favorite selections, we realize Monday is not the most convenient evening to be away from home for many. With this in mind, we will be trialing Friday night flights of wine during November. Guests may try three different wines for the price of a glass with the option of purchasing your favorites to take home at a reduced price. Check out our website and Facebook page for details.


Fresh Baked Desserts for Thanksgiving

Take home one of our delicious cakes or pies for your Thanksgiving table.  


Visit our website for a complete listing of desserts. Order by Monday, November 19th to ensure availability! Pick up is Wednesday from 9 AM - 1 PM.

Live Music in November        

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


November 1 - Nikki Talley & Friends

High-energy singer/songwriter with a big voice.


November 3 - South Carolina Broadcasters

Old time music from a trio new to us.


November 8 - Michael Reno Harrell

More great songs and stories from a long-time friend.


November 10 - Gigi Dover & The Big Love

She and her band just get better and better.


November 15 - Jay Brown

Multi-talented singer/songwriter returns.


November 17 - Erin McDermott Band

"A songwriter to watch" Tim O'Brien.




November 24 - Ragged Orchids  

 Americana folk-rock from South Carolina.


November 29 - Mare Wakefield

Singer/songwriter from Nashville makes her debut here.


Fred Whiskin on the piano every Friday night.


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




  "Jim Quick & Coastline" Live Concert

"Jim Quick & Coastline" will be bringing the best of live beach, blues, and soul music to The Party Place jim quick and Event Center.  Jim is an award winning singer, musician and song writer who has been to the top of Beach Music Charts.  He will be performing on stage Saturday, November 3 at 8:00pm at The Party Place and Event Center facility.  Great entertainment for shagdancing or just listening!!  The Party Place & Event Center is located on Friendship Church Road in Saluda, NC.   Tickets are $15.00 .  


Band schedules for Saturday performances and dances in November:

November 10 -"Crimson Rose"

November 17 -"John Martin & Southern Drive"

November 24 -"Fox & Company"



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. Just off I-26 at Exit #59. Click here for directions.Find us on Facebook


 The Wine Cellar at the Saluda Inn 
wine cellar

  • Friday nights are for free live music, featuring local musicians.
  • Offering a fun selection of wines by the glass
  • Local and imported beers
  • Professional and Friendly
  • Great place to meet locals
  • Thurs-Saturday open at 7PM
  • for events calendar 828-749-9698
  • Great spot for private parties - think holiday time!  

Upcoming Hand Building Pottery Class

$30.00 Includes clay, instruction, two firings and glazing. Artist and instructor, Linda Seagroves, offers gentle instruction, guidance and inspiration.


A great opportunity for

  • Knitters - to make buttons for your sweaters
  • Jewelers - to make one of a kind beads
  • Stress relief - it's like being in kindergarten again!
  • Christmas Gifts - this is the last class set before Christmas! You can make your gifts - a lot cheaper than you can buy them - and have fun!
  • Tree ornaments
  • Art challenged people - YOU can do it
  • Creative people - you make what you probably already have an idea!
  • Wine and wine - enough said!

Class is limited to 10 people.

When: November 1 at 7:30PM

Where: The Wine Cellar at The Saluda Inn

Reserve a spot: 828-749-9698 or


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


Saturday, November 17 from 9am to noon will be a very special event at The Dancer's Extension.  We are hosting guest instructor, Mary Jo Padgett, for the "Promenade in Paris" workshop.  This workshop will weave together dance history, culture, and vocabulary with Ms. Padgett's experiences from living in Paris.  Come join us for everything French, mais oui!  "Promenade in Paris" is open to children (ages 6 and up) and adults.  Contact the studio for more information and to register.  Space is limited.


Our studio will be closed on Thanksgiving Day.    

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   

Creative workshops in watercolor, jewelry, collage, assemblage, sketching, drawing, art quilts, mono-printing, felting, art book making, and more will continue to be on schedule through this fall and into next year. Be sure to check out the calendar of events on the website for more detailed information. 


The 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month, Zentangle continues from 10am till noon. It's a no fee, no pre-registration gathering of Zentanglers - beginners welcome. The 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month, from 10-2, a FREE "Try it Tuesday" is offered to all levels of students. Try something new each session and learn a multitude of interesting and innovative, artistic techniques.


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.  Other hours by appointment. 


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




baker Baker's Artist Breakfast
Richard Baker Studio invites artists of all mediums, patrons, and friends to his monthly "Artist Breakfast,"  November 5th in his Saluda Studio located at 18 Church Street.  The breakfast starts at 9:00 am 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 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    

The Chicken House needs experienced instructors for art/craft classes. Requests have come for Christmas decorations. We hope to remain open all winter provided roads don't become hazardous. We have good, warm furnace heat.

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 Saluda artist, Jim Carson,  will hold an indoor painting workshop, titled "Painting in the Studio," on Thursday-Saturday, January 24-26, 2013.


The focus of the workshop will be to bring the energy and spontaneity of plein air paintings to the paintings that are painted from photographs. Simplifying shapes, bold marks, and learning values will be the emphasis.


The workshop will be held in Jim's studio, which is located on the second floor, above the Saluda Grade Café, and is open to all levels, from beginners to advanced.


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

murphy Kaleidoscopic Workshop for Kids Offered at Tryon Painters and Sculptors


A fun-filled art class is being offered for kids aged 8 to 14 on Friday, November 23, the day after Thanksgiving from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon. Tryon Painters and Sculptors is presenting a 3 hour class taught by Saluda artist, Verlie Murphy, a TPS member and an encaustic wax artist.


This is an exciting opportunity for kids to use their imagination to create a kaleidoscopic design from paper cut stencils. This unusual workshop integrates colored paper in such a way that it resembles the cut glass seen in kaleidoscopes, and just like snowflakes, no two designs will ever be the same. Verlie has been teaching this method of drawing and coloring to children and adults for 10 years and has found this to be especially useful for those who are dyslexic. Several of her works are hanging at Mott's Children's Hospital in Ann Arbor, MI.  She was featured in the "Guild of American Papercutters Magazine" in 2005 for her Kaleidoscopic Designs. You can see more of her work on Facebook under her Kaleidoscopic Design Fun page or on her website 


The cost of the workshop will be $20 for students and will include some materials. A list of additional supplies will be sent out upon registration.


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


Contra Dancing Begins!


Our first official contra dance is a week away! Please plan to join us at beautiful Sunnydale on Wednesday, November 7.   


LIVE MUSIC by Alan Dillman, Doug Rostick, and friends.

CALLING by Becky Walker

LOCATION:  Sunnydale, a wonderful, historic facility with a wooden dance floor and plenty of room.  334 Trade Street in Tryon, NC next to the IGA Grocery. Parking in front and across the street (not in the Dollar General lot).

DONATION: Please share $8 with us to pay the musicians and caller.

TIME:  Beginner lesson at 6:30.  Dancing from 7:00 until 9:30.


NO EXPERIENCE NEEDED.  NO PARTNER NEEDED. JUST COME AND BRING A SMILE AND WE'LL GET YOUR TOES TAPPING IN NO TIME! This is a called dance with plenty of walk-through to be sure you have the pattern down.  Then the musicians will take it away!


Tryon Downtown Development Association is co-sponsoring and helping with costs and hopes that dancers will come early and enjoy dinner at one of the great restaurants in downtown Tryon.  Please forward this to your friends who may want to join us!


MARK YOUR CALENDAR:    NEXT DANCE SUNDAY AFTERNOON, DECEMBER 9th  WITH CALLER DIANE SILVER AND MUSIC BY THE  Blue Ridge Rounders.  Beginners at 3:30. Dancing 4:00-6:30. At Sunnydale.

Annual Polk County Motorcycle Toy Run


When: November 24, 2012

Location : Saluda Fire Department, 64 Greenville St.,  Saluda, NC

Event Times : Registration 11:00 AM ~ 1:45 PM

Parade : Starts at 2:00 PM Sharp.  Police Escort for the entire way.

Registration Fee : $10.00 per person or a $10.00 or more NEW toy.


This event will feature barbeque, music, door prizes and more!


This is held the last Saturday after Thanksgiving each year. To find the route, please click on the map link. Please turn out and cheer the riders on.

All motorcycle riders are invited to participate in this ride. Motorcycle riders come in from both North and South Carolina to make sure that children in need get a toy for Christmas.   


The route the riders follow starts in Saluda, NC, at the Saluda Fire  Department parking area with room for up to 1000 + bikes.  They move out in parade fashion and travel down highway US-176 to pass through Tryon, NC, while in route to Landrum, SC.  Arriving in Landrum, SC, the riders turn left and go through the town of Landrum, SC crossing over Interstate 26 in route to Green Creek, NC. Once they arrive there, they then turn North on NC-9 to Mill Spring, NC.  Then riders turn West on NC-108 to Columbus, NC, and terminate at the front steps of the Court House.  There will be ample parking in front of the Court House for the motorcycles to park in normal diagonal fashion. The toys are placed on the steps and wall for all to see and admire.  The column of bikers each year is about 10 miles long.  They travel at about 40 mph on the entire route in staggered 2 by 2 fashion.


The Polk County Sheriff's office would like to thank all of the motorcycle riders that participate in this event and hope that it will only grow larger each year.


For more information contact Barry Gee 828-817-3084 or email

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.  While passing through the most majestic section of the river, over 100 racers 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 everyone is invited.


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


By Chelsea and John Grace 


Get Ready for the Ride of Your Life!

Tim and Sara Bell of Green River Adventures are pleased to announce "The Gorge," a tree-top canopy tour over the Green River Gorge.


Our outpost overlooks the famous Green River Gorge and is adjacent to 10,000 acres of Green River Gamelands.


Our course descends 1,100 vertical feet from start to finish over 125 acres of Mature Forest.

  • 6,500 feet of Zip Lines
  • Tree-Based Platforms
  • Sky Bridges
  • Free-Fall Rappels

Be the first to know. Be first to fly.

Now is the best time to make your friends jealous. Join our newsletter for an exclusive offer. Be among the first 500 people to get a sneak peak flight before anyone else! Sign up now!


Employment Opportunities

To apply for a position, please send an email to including a cover letter and résumé. Visit to view all positions needed. Job opportunities are for:

  • Outpost Manager
  • Canopy Tour Trip Leader
  • Canopy Tour Guide
  • Reservations/Retail
  • Driver

Congratulations, Sara and Tim for bringing this great outdoor adventure to Saluda. 


Visit website. 

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


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. On cooler evenings everyone gathers around our large stone fireplace before and after dinner. The Inn also has 9 rooms upstairs all with private baths and lovely mountain views, and 5 private cottages with decks or screened in porches, jacuzzi tubs, and gas fireplaces. The Inn was built in 1926, sits on 12 acres, is listed on the National Register of Historic places, a member of the distinguished Select Registry and Chaîne des Rôtisseurs. All rooms are tastefully decorated with antiques and period pieces, and our linens are ultra luxurious. The gracious hosts look forward to welcoming you to their little slice of heaven.


Come Ye Thankful People Come! Treat your sweetheart or several generations of your family to a traditional AND relaxing Thanksgiving Dinner at the Orchard Inn. Space is filling up, so make a reservation soon for our memorable feast which begins at 2 pm. $62 per person. Special 3-night packages are available in the Inn as well.


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



maggie Maggie's Old Saluda Store

Margaret Woods would like to thank all Saludians who attended the two grand opening October weekends in Saluda. 


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


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



Sweet Earth Mountain Antiques and Resale has now moved into a corner of Joni's Artisanal Wine Shop next to Wildflour Bakery at Nostalgia Courtyard.  Biddie's Antiques has moved out and several other gift, resale, and antique booths are moving in!  There will be quite a diverse mix of art, clothing, yard art, glassware, furniture, jewelry, hand crafts, home decor items, and more.  As for my booth, there will be new items moved in every week. I have a whole building to sort through and may even do some consignment and charitable donation options, too, to add to the fun. Come in and take a look.  I also buy, sell, and trade.

Sheila Billeter



cafe November at the Saluda Grade Café 
November is still exciting at the Grade! Lots of Roasted Vegetables, Bread Puddings, Lamb, Cornish Game Hens and yes,...Braised Pork Belly!! Chicken Pot Pie and Sheppard's Pie are also great Fall Foods to fight chilly weather.

Fall is a time of Celebration! A time of Harvest and Thankfulness!
November 22 is Thanksgiving and Saluda Grade Café is known for its Thanksgiving Feasts! A time to spend enjoying family, friends and great food! Selections will include...

Roast Tom Turkey
with Sage Dressing and Giblet Gravy, served with Brown Sugar Sweet Potatoes Casserole , Vegetable Medley, Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Creamed Pearl Onions and Cranberry Orange Relish

Rosemary Cornmeal Fried Sunburst Farms Trout
with Honey Rosemary Butter

Grilled Beef Tenderloin
with Three Peppercorn Bourbon Sauce and Caramelized Onions

Vegetarian Filo Hobo Bag filled with Butternut Squash, Spinach, Goat Cheese and Black Beans!

Entrees will be served with Hot Spiced Cider, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Creamed Pearl Onions, Vegetable Medley, Mixed Green Salad with Gorgonzola Cheese and Pears...Your choice of Pumpkin Pie, Bourbon Pecan Pie or Warm Brown Sugar Apple Crisp. Coffee and Iced Tea, too.

Saluda Grade Café is taking Thanksgiving reservations at...11:30, 1:00, 2:30, and at 4:00
for any size party. 828-749-5854 We are looking forward to seeing you, your family and friends for a great day of Thanksgiving!! P.S. We can also do complete or partial Thanksgiving Roast Turkey Dinners to be picked up. Loaves of Bread, Whole Cakes, Pies and Cobblers are also available! Oven space is limited so call early!

A special Thank you to all our Musician Friends for gathering at The Grade on Friday nights and sharing their talents!  
Old Time Music starts at 7:00! Come out and enjoy great local food and music!

Keep in touch with us via Facebook to see pictures of what Saluda Grade is cooking up...Pictures of Caterings, Yummy Food and Friendly Faces!

Happy November family and friends! We are Thankful to be in Saluda!!

Kaye, Mario and the Staff of the Grade

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.     


shamans Shaman's Way, a bulk food store has opened at 54 East Main Street (in the alley by M.A. Pace General Store) and is specializing in bulk foods like nuts, seeds, grains, dried fruits, herbs, and spices.


Here's a recipe for an Immune Building Tea to protect against colds with winter approaching quickly. Ingredients include: alfalfa leaf, echinacea, ginger root, and blessed thistle. Combine all, let steep in hot water, and enjoy. Check out more tips on using natural herbs as remedies on Facebook. Pick up all these ingredients at the Shaman's Way.


For more information, please contact proprietor, Julie Harris at 864-322-3742 or email at



thompsonsHistoric Thompson's Store & Ward's Grill
and Boarding House Venue

Join us for a Wine Tasting on November 8 from 4 to 6pm in the Upstairs Boarding House. We will be introducing "Seekers."  For your Thanksgiving enjoyment, we are adding specialty items such as:  Fruit Breads, Variety of flavors of Chutney, Cheese, Amish Butter, and Best of all--the Best Cut of Meats In Town.  Remember, your Thanksgiving Dinner would not be complete without "Charlie's Sage Sausage."  


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.


Our Historic Boarding House Venue is open for your next event.  Are you thinking of a Christmas party or dinner party?  Come by and check out our Upstairs and let us help make your next event special for all.  Contact Judy Ward at 828-749-2321. 


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

November Special


We will be closed Thanksgiving Day, November 22. 



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.   




I am totally ignoring all the Christmas displays and WILL NOT play Christmas music or turn on Christmas lights until after THANKSGIVING.  I LOVE THANKSGIVING, and it deserves our undivided attention.  I have so much that I am thankful day is hardly enough recognition.

We will have at least three generations (occasionally four) at the Thomas' as well as good friends and neighbors.  Considering that Dave and I added five kids (now grown) to the count, the number can really add up.  It is such a wonderfully "Norman Rockwell" kind of holiday...all my favorite things together -- Family, Friends, and Food.

Wildflour Bakery would love to be a part of your Thanksgiving celebration, too.  We are taking orders now for pies (Pecan, Apple, Cherry, Sweet Potato, and Pumpkin) as well as our Bavarian Apple Torte. You can also order your dinner rolls, crescent rolls, croutons, and delicious breads for your day-after turkey sandwiches.

We will be OPEN Wed., Nov. 21, CLOSED Thanksgiving Day Nov. 22, and OPEN Fri., Nov 23, Sat., Nov 24, and Sun, Nov. 25. Come see us....bring the family!


Regular Hours
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.


Leftovers gone, but not your guests?  Just order some awesome pizza from Wildflour on Friday night, grab some wine from Joni's Wine next door and pick out a favorite movie, make it a game night, or pull out the old photo albums!  Don't forget: You get $5 off when you order 2 large carry out pizzas.  


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  


Random Arts    

random arts

Soon it will be the holidays, as well as the gift giving season, and whether you are an "indie" crafter or a "like it and buy it" shopper, you will be sure to find everything you need at Random Arts at the corner of Louisiana and Ozone. From unique hostess gifts, funky and fun greeting cards to everyday crafting supplies, you will be sure to find exactly what you need right here. 


Random Arts, has recently added a unique line of women's wear to their eclectic mix of assorted goods for creative mindfulness. Being creative starts with you, so why not show it off with a fashion statement as well. Call it Boho, if you will. It's trendy, artsy, young at heart, and affordably priced. It's been noted that our customers have been seen all over town wearing the latest styles and getting great compliments.


Along with this new clothing line, comes a huge selection of colorful and textured scarves for every season, as well as designer jewelry and accessories. Stop by and see what's new and experience all that is "new" at Random  Arts.


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


Our hours are:

Thursday, Friday and Saturday

10 am till 5pm.  Other hours by appointment.  


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



The camp fires keep you warm as you join your friends to make s'mores after a day of hiking and enjoying the leaves. Then you head to your cabin for a good night's sleep. Tomorrow you may decide to visit town and an apple orchard. Then it's back to your cabin for another fun evening before heading back to reality. cabin fever


As the beautiful fall season passes, we head into the holiday season. We are getting ready for that, too with beautiful lights and great visits from family and friends. We are hoping for snow this year. Our children wanted snow so bad last year. That was one of the things that excited them about moving to the mountains.


We will have another Cabin/Biltmore package ready for the holidays and feel free to give us a call about these packages. If you are headed this way, don't forget your jacket. 


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 

joni Joni Artisanal Wine and Beer is going through some changes. Amy Beeson who owned Biddies Antiques has had her final sale and gone into retirement, leaving behind a large empty space attached to the wine shop. Amy Beeson will be missed by Joni, Wylie, George and the rest of her great customers. She will continue to do estate sales and enjoy her retirement. GOOD LUCK AMY!


The empty space that Amy has left behind has started its transformation. I am excited to tell you that we have some of the most creative people in town coming together to set up shop. Inside, you will find Shelia with Sweet Mountain Selections. She has an eye for finding things of great value and intrigue.   Next to her, you will find 3 artists crammed into one space, offering metal, fiber, nature and art. Julie Pace-Arrington, Alex and Kelly Trumble and Karen Johnson have come clay together to create a truly unique space.   Julie has a knack collecting wilderness and turning it into a piece of art - you will love her birdhouses and wall pockets filled with moss and dried flowers. Alex and Kelly couldn't be more different. Kelly is a fiber genius with hats, bags, and ornaments. Alex can do the unimaginable to metal! Come check out his table top bottle trees, alphabet and lighted signs.   And then, there is the mysterious Sherrye who has an eye for vintage, primarily clothing, but much more! You may know her from Saluda Skin Spa. For those who haven't visited her shop on Ozone, you will be amazed at what she has put together - now you can see it at the wine shop. Last mentioned, but first booth to see at the shop, Joan who has a very similar style to Amy. Elegant and higher end antiques. You'll find silver spoons and crystal and a high chair fit for a king. Joan may be a familiar face; she's my Mom! She will also be taking consignments.


A quick word on Joni's wine shop...we celebrated our year anniversary. "Thank you's" go out to all of you who have made an expressive effort to support our small, independent and local business. We are truly grateful and recognize that it couldn't be done without your efforts. Owning a small business in a small town has some large challenges - called the SUPER STORES. It is so much easier to pick up your wine while you are at the big stores along with your deodorant, garbage bags, socks, air filters and so on....however, when you shop at an "indie" store, you are supporting a person, not a corporation. So, Thank you again!  


Together, we have created a fabulous shopping space that expresses art, nostalgia, style, fashion and great energy. The shop is located at 171 East Main Street, next to Wildflour Bakery, Brass Latch and Gardener's Cottage. Our regular hours are Tue-Sat 11-6 and Sunday 12-3. Closed on Mondays. HOWEVER, we have some very enthusiastic team members who like to be open more, so ride by and see if the open sign is out and stop in.


Macon Bank Macon Bank - Banking Your Way!

At Macon Bank, we're all about convenience.

We offer:

  • ATMs - conveniently located for cash withdrawals
  • Bill Pay - set up to pay your bills online automatically
  • Online banking - check account balances, transfer money between accounts
  • PopMoney - pay your baby sitter or send money to your college student from your computer with just an email address or smart phone number
  • Macon Bank Mobility - from your Droid or iPhone, pay your bills, check transaction history, transfer money between accounts, look up bank and ATM locations

We make it easy for you to bank anytime,  anywhere, on your schedule.

Macon Bank. The People You Turn To. The Bank You Trust.


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


Music Venues for Saluda Home Town Christmas - Friday, December 14, 2012 - 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Thanks to Walter Hoover, who organizes the music for Saluda Hometown Christmas each year.


Saluda Community Library - Suzanne Haskell and Friends - Flute Ensemble

Purple Onion - Fred Whiskin - Piano

Heartwood - Ben Smith and Friend - Cello and Violin

Ward's Grill - Paul Cataldo - Guitar

Thompson's Store (Upstairs) - Sonya Monts - Dancers Extension

Evening Shade Pottery - Kyle and Cassidy Sorenson - Guitar and Vocal

Saluda Grade Café - Alan Dillman and Friends - Traditional Music

Wynn & Associates - Betsey Smith and Angela Thomas - Violins

Kathleen's Gallery - Joah and Daphne Bickley - Violins

Honking Tonker's Gallery - Jeremy Duncan - Keyboard

Macon Bank - Jan Daugherty, Students, and Friends - Strings

The Oaks B&B - Tony Thompson - Piano


Saluda Hometown Christmas is sponsored by the Saluda Business Association.  

Saluda Christmas Parade

parade logo

Saluda Christmas Parade will be held in Saluda on Saturday, December 15 from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm. 


If you have not entered a float, and would like to be a part of the parade, please contact Judy Ward at 828-749-2321. 

Children's Christmas Workshop

workshop Christmas Fun for your kids!!!!   Put it on your calendar right now!




We're inviting all of Saluda's kids to be a part of something great...the Saluda Children's Christmas Workshop that's happening on December 15, 2012 from 9:30 am till 1:00 pm at the Saluda Fire Hall on Greenville Street. They'll make gifts and ornaments for their family and friends. Participating kids must be 5 years or older to attend and be accompanied by an adult. (Parents, please don't bring children under five due to the difficulty of some of the projects.) If you want to give a little, you can bring non-perishable food items and contribute to our local food pantry.


This event, which is sponsored by Mountain Life Realty & Management, Inc., has been going on for over twenty years and with the assistance of 16 "Workshop Helpers" from Saluda, we provide you with art projects, personal instruction, and supplies. All you have to do is show up to have lots of fun and take home some wonderful art projects and gifts.


Christmas is a special time of year...full of opportunity to share, be creative and give. The Workshop Helpers are willing to share their time to teach you how to be creative so you can give to those you love. Come be a part of something very special in Saluda. We're looking forward to seeing you.


If you have any questions or would like to be a helper, just call Laura Fields at Mountain Life Realty on Main Street at 828-749-4420 or 828-697-3878.

Winterize Your Summer Home

Winterize Your Summer Home

It's that time of year when you want to think about taking care of winterizing your home so you don't have to be worried about freezing pipes bursting.  Here are a few key items that you want to make sure to get done if your home is going to be empty for any amount of time.   


Freeze Protection Safeguards    

1. Locate your water main and shut it off.   

2.  Cut off electric service to hot water heater and drain tank.   

3.  Drain all pipes via interior faucets and exterior hose bibs.   

4.  Drain all garden hoses and store away for the winter.   

5.  Flush all toilets and add anti freeze to remaining water in tank and bowl.   

6.  Insure gutters are clean (consider installing leaf guards) to allow for proper drainage during rain and snow.   

7.  Insure all condensate and drain lines from HVAC units are drained.   

8.  Insulate any exposed pipes that cannot be drained of water.


General Off Season Protection  

1. Propane or natural gas shut off at supply.  

2.  HVAC units are turned off at the electrical source unless a minimum temperature is to be maintained.   

3.  Prune tree limbs away from house to lessen possibility of storm damage.   

4.  Clean out your refrigerator, unplug and prop door open.   

5.  Unplug all other appliances including TV's.   

6.  Store lawn furniture, grills, tools, etc.   

7.  Turn off home's electrical power at the main breaker unless specific breakers need to remain on for fire protection, security lighting and alarm systems.  

8.  Check exterior doors and windows for cracks and crevices and repair as needed   

9.  Inspect roof and flashings for potential leaks.  10. Test smoke detector batteries and replace as needed.

11. Shut off water to the house.  
12. Find someone who will drop by your home occasionally to make sure it is secure, and there are no problems.  Be sure they know how to contact you.   

Compliments of David Berry
Falls and Older Adults

Whether you're at home or somewhere else, a sudden fall can be startling and upsetting. If you do fall, stay as calm as possible. Take several deep breaths to try to relax.


How to Get Up From A Fall

  • Remain still on the floor or ground for a few moments. This will help you get over the shock of falling.
  • Decide if you're hurt before getting up. Getting up too quickly or in the wrong way could make an injury worse.
  • If you think you can get up safely without help, roll over onto your side.
  • Rest again while your body and blood pressure adjust. Slowly get up on your hands and knees, and crawl to a sturdy chair.
  • Put your hands on the chair seat and slide one foot forward so that it is flat on the floor. Keep the other leg bent so the knee is on the floor.
  • From this kneeling position, slowly rise and turn your body to sit in the chair.

Consider Emergency Response Devices

If you have problems with balance or dizziness, be sure to discuss these with your doctor. If you are often alone, and at increased risk of falling, consider getting a personal emergency response system. This service, which works through your telephone line, provides a button or bracelet to wear at all times in your home. If you fall or need emergency assistance for any reason, a push of the button will alert the service. Emergency medical services will be called. There is a fee for medical monitoring services, but it may be worth the cost.


Carrying a portable phone with you as you move about your house could make it easier to call someone if you need assistance. You might also put a telephone in a place that you can reach from the floor in case you fall and need help.


Tell Your Doctor

Be sure to discuss any fall with your doctor. Write down when, where, and how you fell so you can discuss the details with your doctor. The doctor can assess whether a medical issue or other cause of the fall needs to be addressed. Knowing the cause can help you plan to prevent future falls.


After a fall, your doctor might refer you to other health care providers who can help prevent future falls. A physical therapist can help with gait, balance, strength training, and walking aids. An occupational therapist can suggest changes in your home that may lower your risk of falls.


Addressing the Fear of Falling

Many older people who have fallen are afraid of falling again. Even if a fall doesn't cause injury, the fear of falling again might prevent you from doing activities you enjoy or need to do. Fear of falling also might cause you to stay at home away from your friends, family, and others.


Your muscles and bones can weaken over time without the physical activity that comes with doing daily tasks or exercise. As a result, you could become more -- not less -- likely to fall.

If you're worried about falling, talk with your doctor or another health care provider. Your doctor may refer you to a physical therapist. Physical therapy can help you improve your balance and walking and help build your walking confidence. Getting rid of your fear of falling can help you to stay active, maintain your physical health, and prevent future falls.


autumn care Brought to you by Autumn Care Nursing and Rehab of Saluda, providing inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services as well as skilled nursing services. To learn more, visit our website at


501 Esseola Drive, Saluda, NC 28773

828-749-2261, 828-749-9639 (F) 

Isothermal Community College: A Best Kept Secret in Polk County

"I do not presume to explain how to paint, but only how to get enjoyment." (Winston Churchill)


don Meet Don Blackwell. Don teaches drawing at Isothermal Community College in Columbus. He also is a very accomplished woodcarver. In addition, he works in watercolor, air brush, and pyrography. He is presently teaching three courses at the college: Pen and Ink, Intermediate Drawing (Mixed Media), and an Open Studio class. Beginning in January, he will continue with these classes, also adding a Beginning Drawing class, an additional section of his Open Studio class, and a Woodcarving class. (Watch for the ICC Course Brochure which will come out in late December.)


Don was born and raised in Hendersonville and was in the Air Force as an Air Force artist. He lived in Alaska for 26 years, gaining a love and appreciation for nature which is seen in his art, and still has a cabin there. He met his wife Phoebe, also a talented and prolific artist, while in the Air Force. He has been teaching art since 1989. They moved here from Hawaii in 2004, and he says, "I love it here," and that "what is fascinating about this community is the number of extremely talented artists who live in this area and many did not realize they had the talent. It is a pleasure to find and develop that talent."


Don's students come from several neighboring counties, as well as Polk County. Carol Sands, a resident of Brevard and an artist in Don's Mixed frog Media class, feels that Don's classes have "opened a whole new world" for her. Both she and Ed Jacunski, an artist from Rutherford County, agree that the secret is Don's positive guidance, and that, in addition, he encourages his students to learn from each other. They feel that a big plus is that you "start with the beginning course and that Don then takes you through the steps [each additional class] and ties isothermal all of it together." His Open Studio artists agree with these statements wholeheartedly. As several students in Open Studio stated at the end of one class recently, "It is the joy that Don has in his art that is so special." This joy is contagious!


In talking to Don, he says that he "believes wholeheartedly that ICC, Polk campus, is the best learning institution he has ever had the pleasure of being associated with and that the possibilities for additional continuing education opportunities are limitless." He feels that the staff is "first rate" and that they do everything possible "to help faculty and students to reach their goals." He adds that this is a "unique institution" that "makes a serious effort to offer courses that people want and need."

To learn more about Don's classes or to register, call Isothermal Community College at 828-894-3092. To see his art, visit Kathleen's in downtown Saluda.


A selection of courses beginning in late October/early November are: Intermediate Drawing, Open Watercolor Studio, Suncatchers in Stained Glass, The History of Ireland, Chinese Government Policies, Practical Horsemanship for Women, Survey of Irish History, Photo Elements III, Facebook for Business, Social Security-Your Questions Answered.

By Betsy Sellers

Own Your Own Business? Still Time to Set Up An Owner-Only 401(k) for 2012! 

If you're a small-business owner, you've got a lot to think about today, but you still need to consider your future. That means you need to set up a retirement plan and one option to consider is an Owner-only 401(k).


This plan is easy to establish, easy to administer and, most importantly, gives you many of the same benefits enjoyed by employees of a company that offers a traditional 401(k) plan.  This includes tax-deferred earnings, tax-deductible contributions, and a variety of investment choices.


Furthermore, a Solo 401(k) can potentially allow you to make greater contributions, at an identical income level than other small-business retirement plans.


An Owner-only 401(k) may be a good choice if you have no full-time employees, except possibly your spouse or business partner. However, it's not the only plan available, so, before taking action, consult with your tax and financial advisors to determine if an Owner-only 401(k) is appropriate for your needs.


But don't wait too long.  To take any tax deductions from your Owner-only 401(k) for 2012, you'll have to establish your plan by December 31.


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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

Remembering Robert Pace

On the advice of our realtor, we "learned to love Saluda."


We were excited about finding a beautiful Victorian Inn that just came on the market and, as it turns out, the realtor had spent her early married years in a small cottage just off of Main Street. She charmed us with memories that made us wonder if such a place really existed.


On our first excursion, we discovered shops, galleries and bistros and met shopkeepers, artists and restaurateurs. On one such encounter, we walked into M. A. Pace General Store. The store was from its inception, as it is today, an authentic general store, dedicated to such merchandise that served the needs of those that settled in the area.


Robert Pace It was there that we met Robert Pace, Proprietor, seated behind a counter cluttered with books, cards and a giant old-time cash register. Robert's face would light up when we walked in that day and every day after. He had a special kindness and a wealth of stories, which he loved to share. 


Robert reminisced freely about his childhood home (about a block or so from the house that we would buy), and how he and his brothers would run into town to meet the trains and the people they would bring.


He told us of how, when our home was a boarding house, a "pretty little red-haired girl" played on the porch, and how he would ride back-and-forth on his bike, hoping she would notice.


He kept our granddaughter entertained one afternoon by having her put price stickers on packs of gum and sweeping around the store - paying her in candy.


We would run homemade chicken soup down to him on cold winter days, and when Donna would bake, there was always a pie for Robert. Somehow, there was great pride in giving back to a man who gave so much.


Robert passed away on October 1, 2010. Donna and I miss him dearly and think of him every day.


M.A. Pace General Store remains a landmark on Main Street and is kept pretty much as Robert had kept it and his father before him.


oaks b&b Visit this historic property and others while staying at The Oaks Bed and Breakfast - open year-round and dedicated to preserving the history of this beautiful town. Visit our websitefor more information, or call 828-749-2000 for reservations.  


Located at 339 Greenville Street.  Click here for directions.  
Leaving Home at 17
by Clark Thompson


Upon graduation from Saluda High School in '57, my dream for the future was to get the heck out of town. Starting at 8 years of age, I had become the man of our house since my two older brothers had left home. The hated chores, about which I have previously written, such as milking cows, slopping hogs and chopping firewood, along with family poverty, had made me determined to seek a better future somewhere else. I also dreamed of a warmer climate.


That summer began like previous ones. I had a job at Thompson's Store working six days each week. Lola and Roy Ward paid me $30 per week for a minimum of 60 hours in labor. From 7:00 in the morning until 8:00 at night, they expected any employee to be there the entire time except for a one hour lunch break.


Having no money for college and no real vision for the future, I accepted a job offer that September with my family's construction company in Leesburg, Florida, owned by my brothers and father. After dreaming that my economic condition would improve, imagine my surprise when I became the only white laborer in the company.  While my weekly pay had increased from $30 to $35 for a shorter 40 hour work week, now my living expenses were shocking. Back in Saluda, I had lived at home, was fed, had clean clothes, etc. all at no cost. Now in Florida, one of my brothers allowed me to live with him and his family, but I had to pay $10 per week in rent, $5 for supper meals, and $5 for washing and ironing my clothes. After withholding for taxes, I was lucky to have $10 left each week to maintain my  '51 Ford, buy clothes and personal supplies, purchase breakfast and lunch food, and afford an occasional movie date. It didn't take long to realize this wasn't exactly the future I had envisioned. Hauling bricks and concrete blocks, mixing mortar, digging footings, pouring concrete, and hauling lumber in the stifling Florida heat and humidity was just not to my liking. So, after almost a year of this job to nowhere, I decided to ask my brothers for a promotion out of the labor pool.  


The conversation went something like this: To my brother Perry, with whom I lived, "Perry, I need a better job with more pay. I can't keep living like this. The way it is right now, I don't earn enough to pay my bills and have a social life; plus you guys are my older brothers and should help out your kid brother."

"You need to speak to your other brother Charles about this."

Charles was my Billy goat gruff brother. His response to my pleadings, "What kind of better job?"

"Well, I think I would like to learn to be an apprentice carpenter."

"Okay, where are your tools?"

"I don't have any because I don't make enough money to buy them."

"Then get back out there, you're still just a laborer."


At that time, we were constructing a school on blazing hot sand in summertime Palatka, Florida where the tap water had a horrible sulfur odor and taste, and the air hung heavy with the lovely fragrance that only a paper mill can emit.  


Meanwhile, the extreme heat required water breaks for us laborers every 30 minutes.  That was a defining moment in my life. All of a sudden, North Carolina didn't look too bad after all. I decided to take a week of unpaid vacation and visit my mama back in Saluda. While there, I begged Lola to rehire me for the summer, and when she agreed, I felt like I had been released from purgatory.  In subsequent phone conversations with my brothers, it became apparent that they had used the laborer's job as their way to encourage me toward a better future. With their subsequent commitment to assist me with a college education, I soon realized this was an offer too good to let pass. By the time fall came, I had been able to save enough money from the store job which, when combined with help from my brothers and mama, covered the first year's expenses. However, due to lack of courses offered at Saluda High, I was provisionally accepted as a freshman at North Carolina State and was required to take several non-credit courses to catch up with the other students from larger schools.


During that first year, I was called in for student counseling, and after a battery of tests, was advised that I had only one chance in a hundred of graduating at that school. I was strongly encouraged to transfer to the University of North Carolina where I could pursue a curriculum in liberal arts rather than the tough math and engineering courses I would be facing at N. C. State.


Five years later, I obtained my Bachelor of Science degree, and the rest is history!


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My Daughter, the Viking Queen
by author, Joe Adams

Joe Adam's face Our second daughter, who is now in her forties, was always a unique child.   She was so hair and a big smile.  People often mistook her to be a cute Eskimo.

Although she wasn't a fat baby, she was heavy.  My wife and I would laugh when people would try to pick her up.  They really had to strain.  We just said she was "big boned."

When she went to school, she was taller than kids her age.  She was relatively thin during most of high school and college.  But still the scales weighed her heavy.

She is quite the sportswoman....swimming, volleyball, soccer.   But it plagued her that she was always overweight.  She would diet, but with little long term success.

The last time she visited us, she quite seriously confessed to me:  "I think I am a Viking.  I am sure my DNA would prove it."

She pointed out that she had more than a dozen aunts and cousins who were more than 6 feet tall.  She was sure their DNA would show them to be Vikings as well.

"I'm not getting on the scales anymore," she told me.  "I'm concentrating on being healthy and happy.  I'm going to be a Viking Queen."

I told her I thought that was a great idea.  "Just don't start wearing a horned hat like
the Vikings did."

She now swims every day, training for the Senior Olympics.  When she is old enough, she wants to be ready.  And if they call her a Viking Queen, she will be happy.

If you see a tall woman paddling a kayak on Lake Sheila (and if she is wearing a Viking hat), it is probably her.  Especially if she has her volleyball team with her or her cousins. They're all Viking Queens.

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