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                                                                       December 1, 2012 
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In This Issue (click on a topic to move to it quickly.)
Dates to Remember
Saluda Tailgate
Share the Spirit
Small Town Main Street
Slow Food Foothills
City Notes
Red Cross
Christmas Community Fund Raiser
Saluda Single Women
Saluda Center News
Saluda Center Art Exhibit
Saluda Tree Preservation
Saluda Community Land Trust
Saluda Garden Club
Saluda Business Association
The Women's Club of Saluda
Saluda Dog Society
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
Hometown Christmas
Hometown Christmas Music
Children's Christmas Workshop
Christmas Parade
Saluda Scoop
Tryon Arts
Contra Dancing
Burdett Wins Competition
The Gorge
Something to Consider
All I Want for Christmas
Isothermal Community College
Income Producing Tips
Cut Your Own Christmas Tree
Childhood in Saluda
Visitor Information Links
Music and Entertainment
The Purple Onion
Area News Media
Tryon Daily Bulletin
Saluda Lifestyles
Past Issues of Saluda Lifestyles
NEW! Updates

Saluda Property & Real Estate

Cathy Jackson Realty 
Buy Local - Support Your Saluda Realtors!        

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

NEW on the Market!

In town! 2BR, 2BA $120,000

Lakefront at Lake Sheila
4BR, 3BA, 1796 SF
MLS#529558 $495,000 

The front porch brings out the best in this country home designed by Don Gardner. Graced with southern charm, this open floor plan features cathedral ceilings, hardwood floors throughout, main level master suite, screened porch, splendid natural gardens, a cook's kitchen, 2-sided fireplace, balcony overlooking living room, art studio, and sunroom. 3BR, 2.5BA, 2381 SF, 2-car garage MLS#529032 $285,000

Get away from the fast pace to this cabin in the woods with an awesome mountain view. Nature lover's paradise with wildlife right up to the back door. Lots of outdoor space with decks, screened porch, and fire pit. Rustic cabin with wood stove, hardware floors, ceiling fans, new roof, and new appliances. Adjoins NC Wildlife Gamelands. 2BR, 1BA, 980 SF MLS#529094 $209,500 

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 

SOLD! 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  $55,000

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

Winter Views on Valhalla Ridge, 1.81 ac, $24,500, 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

  November 30, 2012)


Sales               Closed   Pending

Homes 2012        24           5
Homes 2011         29           0 


         Land 2012            12           0         

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
City of Saluda Leaf Pick Up December 3 through December 14.

Saluda Hometown Christmas,
December 14, 2012 6 to 8pm.

Christmas Children's Workshop, December 15, 9:30 to 1pm at the Saluda Fire Department on Greenville St.

Saluda Tailgate Holiday Market December 15 from 1 to 3pm at the West Main St Parking area.

Saluda Christmas Parade, December 15, 3 to 5pm on Main Street. 

Saluda Center Art Exhibit
reception for Jim Carson, December 15, 5pm to 7pm.

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

Saluda Dog Society 2nd annual dog show December 15 at the tennis courts at Saluda Elementary School. Registration will start at 1:00pm.


The Historic Saluda Committee (HSC) and Oral History Committee will meet Friday, December 14 from 2 to 4pm at the Saluda LibraryThe public is invited to attend.  


Women's Club Christmas Luncheon  at 11am on December 11 at Saluda Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall. 


Saluda Single Women potluck dinner will meet Thursday, December 20 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 Welcome Table, every Tuesday, dinner will be served from 5:30 to 7:00PM in the fellowship hall of Saluda United Methodist Church.  All are welcomed. Donations accepted.   

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

Saluda Garden Club will meet February 18, 2013 at 10am at the Saluda Library.     
Saluda Tailgate Holiday Market
December 15, 1 to 3pm


Grab your basket, put on your hat and perhaps some gloves, and meet your friends and neighbors in the west end parking lot on December 15, 1 to 3pm to support our local growers.  We are expecting over 20 vendors with seasonal produce, frozen meats, fresh fish, cheese, eggs, jams, jellies, pickles, and baked goodies. We have solicited and accepted crafts for this market that are made with locally grown agricultural materials. Come prepared to stock your freezer and pantry, fill your holiday gift baskets, and decorate your home for the holidays.


If you are a vendor or craftsperson using agricultural products for holiday decorations, we welcome your application. Please download it here.  


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
Share the Spirit with Saluda Kids

Help Local Children in Need Have a Merry Christmas by Donating Toys to be distributed in Saluda. 


New toys for all ages and monetary donations can be dropped off at the Saluda Police Department or City Hall through December 17, 2012.


All donations will be given locally to Saluda community families.  Monetary donations will also be accepted and used to purchase items for children's wish lists and to pay bills that create a hardship for families during the holidays.


Call City Hall 828-749-2581 or Saluda Police Dept. 828-749-2691.  Or email for more information.
Small Town Main Street
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Saluda was designated as a NC "Small Town Main Street."

Monthly meetings with the STMS program director, Sherry Adams, are scheduled the third Tuesday of the month at 9am at the Saluda Library. Meetings are open to the public.  The next meeting will be December 18.

Slow Food Foothills Holiday Cheer and A Warming Tree Gathering


The holidays are almost here and we want to celebrate with good cheer! Join us for a holiday potluck gathering at the Orchard Inn in Saluda, Sunday, December 2nd, from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.


The food theme is "Befores and Afters" so bring your party platters in finger-sized servings in Appetizers or Desserts. Holiday spirited  beverage recipes and after-dinner warm drinks are also an option (please have pre-mixed with small sampling cups  to pass.) Those attending are asked once again to bring your own place settings and a description of your dish noting anything local.


Categories we are encouraging include: sweet, savory, meat, vegetarian, vegan, nut-based, and so on. We will have fun deciding our favorite dip, canapé, bar, cookie, tart, cupcake, eggnog, or green Grinch!


We are also decorating a warming tree with your donated hats, mittens, scarves, gloves, socks, and so on (new or next to new, unwrapped and attached to the tree with clothes pins) or gift-wrap a larger donated item like robe or blanket for under the tree. Please label content and size when doing so.


This finished Slow Food Foothills Warming tree will go to Thermal Belt Outreach Ministries, which will also accept a "slow food" drive for their pantries. Fresh produce, bags of fruit, nuts, whole-grains, healthy prepared foods, and so on are all manageable by the ministry's distribution system.


The Orchard Inn,, is beautifully decorated this time of year and innkeepers, Marianne and Mark Blazar, are graciously opening their doors for this convivial gathering that honors slow food for warm bellies and warm wearing for those in need.


Please RSVP to

CityCity Notes

Joe Adams  


Leaf Pickup will be Monday, December 3 thru Friday, December 14 for all inside city limits residents. Leaves must be piled next to the road, out of the way, and cannot be bagged. City workers will make their way through all city streets and will only pickup on each street once during the 2 week pickup. If your street has been visited once, do not pile additional leaves, as there will not be another chance to participate in the pickup. 


Congratulations, Monica! Saluda City Clerk Monica R. Pace has earned the designation of Certified Municipal Clerk, which is awarded by the International Institute of Municipal Clerks.  Read more... 


Stay informed by visiting the city website, 

American Red Cross

red cross


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

Presenting Donors Eligible to Win $1,000 Gift Card


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


Upcoming Blood Donation Opportunities

Thursday, December 6

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

1:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Please call Joyce Stott at (828) 894-5073 for further information or to schedule your appointment.


All presenting donors will be entered in a drawing for a chance to win a $1000 gift card!


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

Christmas Community Fund Raiser


Heartwood Gallery

Christmas Community Fund Raiser

Friendship Star Ornaments

2 per package, $14.

All proceeds benefit Thermal Belt Outreach Ministry

thermal belt  

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.


Saluda Single Women
Members of the Saluda Single Women are mailing Saluda Lifestyles and other information to Saluda's active duty military.  They are updating the list and request that if you know of an active duty military person who has had an address change or someone you would like to add to the list, please send  to Beth Tyndal at
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 December 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., Dec. 6 at 2:00 pm.


Saluda Single Women potluck dinner is on Thurs., Dec. 20 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 7:00pm. It will hang through January 15.


Jim has a studio on the second floor above the Saluda Grade Café but spends a majority of his time painting "en plein air." He can frequently be 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.


Jim has kept the paintings from France in one body, even those that have already sold. After this show, the paintings will be separated to a number of different galleries that carry Jim's work.


For more information, contact Jim at 828-749-3702 or visit or email
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Saluda Community Tree Preservation Association

Christmas tree What expresses the tradition of Christmas decoration more than a live tree, especially one that can be planted in the yard after Christmas. In years to come, what a great way to celebrate the birth of a child (or children) and to continue to enjoy each following Christmas with all the cherished memories. These trees can be purchased from a tree farm which prevents our mountain sides from being damaged by those looking for a tree to cut down.


If a cut tree is preferred, then after Christmas the tree can be mulched and, so, return to nourish the earth. A number of locations in our area provide a place where you can take your tree to have it mulched, or alternately, place the tree in an appropriate spot where wildlife can use it for a winter home and feeding.


The fragrance of a real tree can't be duplicated!


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


Please mark your calendar! Another fun day scheduled for road clean up. SCLT will be doing the Adopt-A-Highway cleanup on Monday, December 10th. We will meet in the parking lot of the Saluda Library at 10 AM and form two teams to work both entrances of Saluda on Highway 176. Wear warm clothes, and look forward to camaraderie of volunteers who enjoy a project that reflects on our very special city of Saluda. Safety vests will be provided and we would love to have you join us!


Kudzu work will continue through December. The Saluda Kudzu Swat Team (SKST) has found the perfect spot to work for this month. It is an area that gets sunshine enough that the kudzu continues to sprout this time of year, which is unusual. This spot is very large and has been worked on with chemicals, cutting and mowing throughout the summer. The crowns are easily accessible and not deep. Parking is limited so we will meet to carpool at the Saluda Library parking lot on Thursdays (weather/holiday permitting) at 1PM and work till 3PM.


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 enjoyed guest speaker John Vining at their last meeting of the year in November. He spoke about trimming trees and bushes correctly and showed examples with a slide show. Everyone walked away with the feeling of new and improved knowledge on the subject.


New officers were appointed and are as follows:

President           Patty Martin

Vice President    Karen McGee

Treasurer           Debbie Hahn

Secretary           Kay McCord

Historian            Carolyn Ashburn

Phone Contact   Doris Marion


The Spring Park has been "put to bed" for the winter and Christmas lights hung for the holiday season. Taking care of this historical site, is a project that the Saluda Garden Club enjoys year round. Spring Park is located in downtown Saluda behind City Hall. Be sure to take time out for a stroll through this peaceful environment and remember to leave everything in its place.


The next meeting will be held on February 18, 2013. We will be making plans at that time for the next year's programs. We would love to have new members and welcome you to join us upstairs at the Saluda Library at 10am.

Saluda Business Association


Members of the Saluda Business Association are invited to kick off the  Holiday Season with our annual reception at Autumn Care.


Autumn Care will host our December 4, 2012 meeting at 5:30pm. They always serve great food and drink and we look forward to their hospitality.


A brief meeting will be held in the foyer area at 5:00pm.  The Nominating Committee will  have recommendations for our election of 2013 Officers.  Please try and attend this meeting. 


If you have any items you would like placed on the agenda, please email them to before December 3.

To learn more about the SBA, please visit
Women's Club Meeting

The Women's Club of Saluda will have their Christmas Party Luncheon at 11:00am on Tues., December 11.  We will meet in the Fellowship Hall of the Presbyterian Church.  We will install officers for next year and have our Christmas Luncheon.  Please bring a side dish, salad, or dessert to share.  Guests are welcome.  If questions, please call Sandie Bright, President at 828-749-3897.


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 Dog Society


The Saluda Dog Society is happy to announce the 2nd annual dog show to be held on December 15 at the tennis courts at Saluda Elementary School. Registration will start at 1:00pm, 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 Saluda Christmas Parade.   Entry fee is $10 per dog for any or all of the following classes:

-           Most interesting tail

-           Best tail wagger

-           Longest tail

-           Best costume

-           Best trick

-           Biggest

-           Smallest

-           So ugly it's cute

-           Most like owner

-           Floppiest ears

-           Best kisser

-           Best all around (only first place winners are allowed in best all around)


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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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. 



December at Nectar  


First yoga class is Free and 15% off your first yoga package.

Give the gift of well being this holiday season.  Gift Certificates available!!!

To learn more about our massage, yoga, counseling and health check visit our website at 

or call828-216-3421.


Yoga Schedule

Monday Evening 6-7:30

Wednesday 8:30-10

Saturday 8:30-10


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


CD CD Released! "Saluda, NC: Voices from the First 100 Years"


In time for the Holidays, the Historic Saluda Committee has released the oral history audio documentary, "Saluda, NC: Voices from the First 100 Years." 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 CD format is available at local stores and restaurants. View our videos on YouTube

Saluda Voices from the First 100 Years Promo
Saluda Voices from the First 100 Years Promo


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 828-749-9886 or

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.



The Historic Saluda Committee (HSC) has scheduled its next meeting for Friday, December 14, 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 14 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


Join us for Storytime at the Saluda 

Wednesday, December 19, 12:00 pm


Saluda Community Library
44 W. Main Street
Saluda, NC 28773
Tel. (828) 749-2117
Mon.-Fri. 9am - 6pm
Sat. 9am - 1pm

Saluda Elementary School
  Joe Adams
Special Notice

Each year, Saluda Elementary's PTSO holds a Christmas Bazaar where students purchase inexpensive gifts for family and friends. PTSO desperately needs donations of small gift items, such as coffee mugs, inexpensive jewelry, knick-knacks, candles and "guy gifts."  If (as you are cleaning and putting up your Christmas decorations) you come across any items that you would like to donate for the Christmas Bazaar, please drop them by the school office before Wednesday, December 19.  Thank you, in advance, for your donations!  


Upcoming Events

Dec. 10         School Board Meeting 6:30pm at Stearns

Dec. 13         Interim Reports

Dec. 14         The Eagle Lady

Dec. 18         Holiday Variety Show (6:30pm in auditorium)

Dec. 19         Kindergarten to Saluda Community Library for                     Storytime with Joy Sharp

Dec. 21         PTSO Christmas Bazaar

Dec. 23-Jan. 3 Christmas Holidays

Jan. 4           PTSO Books Are Really Fun


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


Stone Soup Worship Service Sunday at 4:00 pm - This is an "alternative" Christian service/discussion for all-comers; new to church, dislocated from church, or other. Please join us. Contact Rob Parsons for information at 828-749-1783 or email to


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.  


Fourth Annual Advent Walk

Sunday, December 2, 2012, 3 to 5pm


Starting at the Episcopal Church. Programs and singing at the Baptist, Episcopal, Methodist, and Presbyterian Churches. Ending at the Episcopal Church for refreshments and fellowship. Golf carts available for those who want to ride.

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

Private Piano Lessons, experienced teacher, ages 1st grade through high school, Saluda area. Please call Karen McGee at 828-749-2530.

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.


"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 sympathy to Saluda friends and families who have lost loved ones.

Mary Elizabeth Lance Jones, 86 of Surf Side Beach, S.C., and formerly of Saluda, died Sunday Nov. 25, 2012


Nettie L. (Nell) Johnson Byers, 92, of Saluda, passed away peacefully November 13, 2012


Louise Thompson Staton, 93, of Saluda, N.C. passed away Monday, November 5, 2012.

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. 

Tis the Season
downtown lights
Excitement abounds in Saluda with anticipation of the holiday season.   


The town is decked out with lights and holiday decorations.  Saludians will gather together and share good wishes at Hometown Christmas, the Christmas parade, and the Saluda Tailgate Holiday Market. Children will make holiday gifts and ornaments at the Children's Christmas Workshop.  


The joy of Christmas spirit is in all Saludians who believe that it's better to give than to receive. Remember to help out with the toy donations at the Saluda Police Department and help Max and friends fill up the Salvation army's red kettle as they ring the bell in front of M.A. Pace General Store.  

What's Happening in Music and Art


What's Happening At The Onion In December     


Celebrate The Season

At The Purple Onion



It's a busy month for us all, but mark your calendars now so you don't miss our fabulous line up of live music and special events. The Purple Onion will continue our winter hours through December except for being closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and lunch on New Year's Eve.


Our New Year's Eve celebration includes an à la carte 5:30 seating with Fred Whiskin on piano, and a second seating at 8 PM which features a four course dinner and music by The JPQ band from 9:00 - 12:30 with champagne toasts at midnight. The price for the 8:00 dinner and celebration is $65 and includes dinner, music, party favors and the champagne toast.


 Live Music in December 

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


 December 1 - Overmountain Men

David Childers' great band returns.


December 6 - One Leg Up

Great Gypsy jazz from this audience favorite.


December 8 - The Deluge

Energetic band here for the first time.


December 13 - Scoot Pittman

What else is there to say?


December 14 - Hometown Christmas with

Fred Whiskin on Piano


December 15 - Chuck Beattie Band

Great blues band from Asheville is back.


December 20 - Danielle Howle

Fabulous singer/songwriter from South Carolina.


December 22 - Shana Blake Band

Our room rocks when they are with us.


December 27 - Jimmy Landry

Jimmy just makes me smile with his great songs.


December 29 - Clay Ross

Fabulous NYC guitarist from South Carolina.


Fred Whiskin on the piano every Friday night.  


New Years Eve at the Purple Onion

5:30 Seating

Fred Whiskin on Piano Playing Blues to Brubeck

À la carte Menu


8:00 Seating

Music from 9:00 until 12:30 with The JPQ Band

Four Course Dinner with Optional Appetizers

Champagne Toast

$65 (plus tax and gratuity)





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




Band schedules for Saturday performances and dances in December:


December 1 - 7' Eighty 9' Band

December 8 - Sound Investment

December 15 -  Rock Around The Christmas Tree Party With "The-Out-Of-Towners"- Door prizes, hors d'oeuvres, and lots of music!   The Christmas Party will end our 2012 season.  We wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy & Healthful New Year! See you in January!  


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


bonnie Holiday Art Studio Evening
On December 7, Saluda artist, Bonnie Bardos, will have a holiday open studio evening featuring paintings and sculptures at her vintage 1895 "Art House" at 285 Greenville Street in Saluda from 6-8 p.m. Note cards will also be available.

You can stroll up the hill from downtown or park at the fire department across the street. Plan to visit the Saluda Inn's cozy wine cellar for a glass of wine too! For information, call 828-749-1153 

or visit

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 Service 
  • Great place to meet locals
  • Thurs-Saturday open at 7PM
  • for events calendar 828-749-9698
  • Great spot for private parties - think holiday time!  

December Schedule

Fri. 7 - Ellen Trnka

Fri. 14 - Saluda Hometown Christmas -  

Saluda Inn Artist Christmas Shoppe 6:30-9:30

Upstairs is full of Christmas Shopping, local artists and crafts people come together to sell their craft.  Christmas music, warm beverages and some snacks await you!  Follow the luminaires up the sidewalk.  Music with Paul Cataldo at 8pm

Fri. 21 - Eric Cogdon


Cellar Closed on Saturdays until January


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


We're honored to be a part of Saluda Hometown Christmas™ by performing in the newly remodeled upstairs section of Thompson's Store.  Be sure to ride the elevator up to the second floor to see our youth students perform the holiday dances they've been perfecting for this special night!


Our adult schedule will be modified slightly for the winter months.  Please join us for adult ballet on Mondays at 6:30PM and Wednesdays at 11AM.  Our Hot Pop! classes are on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 3PM.  Beginners are welcome!


The Dancer's Extension will be closed for the holidays from Monday, December 24 through Tuesday, January 1.  All classes will resume on a regular schedule on Wednesday, January 2.  Please remember we do not hold classes during inclement weather.  Keep up to date with schedule changes and important announcements by facebook.


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  Start your Saluda Hometown Christmas early at the 5:00 o'clock hour at Random Arts. Join us for spirited holiday drinks and seasonal hors d'oeuvres in our new location at the edge of town on the corner of Louisiana and Ozone. Look for holiday lights and the bright orange door. We will be serving up holiday cheer and munchies from 5pm till 9pm.  


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.

December  Sat.1st - Flower Doodles quilted wall hanging with  Susan Edmonson

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  innovative, and 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,"  December 3 at his Saluda Studio located at 18 Church Street.  The breakfast starts at 9:00 am and, "ends when it ends...."

Baker, a self-taught artist, hosts the breakfasts to provide anyone 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 Old Chicken House recently received a very special contribution to its reference shelf of art and crafts books and to those who have made creativity an important part of their lives. The book is a directory of those who organized, and others who later joined, the Saluda Association of Artists and Craftsmen. The directory is available for all interested to enjoy and t[ look through a bit of history. Although the association disbanded in the early 1990's, the impetus that began with the organization in 1980 is still strong and is seen in the renewed activity in the arts and crafts-so right for Saluda.


The directory contains a listing of members, those who are still among us and those deceased or who have left our area but are fondly remembered. Also, in the directory are photographs of the individuals and their work. An important part of the association was the interest and volunteer activity in community projects.


The first Hometown Christmas took place through the planning and work of the association members and their decorating talents. It began, not as a commercial venture, but simply as a means of bringing business people and residents together to exchange good wishes for the holidays. It has evolved through the years as an annual event.


The large pavilion construction was directed by a husband and wife team, both members of the association, and has served as the gathering place for all residents to sing Christmas carols around the crackling fire in the fireplace.


Spring Park, behind the Saluda Police Department, was discovered among old papers in city hall. Many years before, the creek and rock work had been filled in and the area had become overgrown with weeds. The group excitedly began digging, hoping to uncover the creek and rockwork. The work was successful. Those who rode horses or brought other animals into town watered them at the creek during early years of the 19th century.


Saluda Day became an annual event, developing as a special day in the spring for artists and crafters to display their work and sell at their booths throughout downtown. Music by local musicians became an added talent to celebrate the festivities.


Now the Old Chicken House, opened in 1990, is a welcoming gathering place where artists, crafters, and other creative people can get together to share ideas, and to see others' work. They can continue to enjoy the big fireplace and cups of hot chocolate, in addition to the satisfaction of being with those with compatible interests.


Come visit, use the art/craft reference shelf, and review the pages of the SAAC directory. Some cherished memories for old members-info for new residents.

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
Saluda Hometown Christmas

The Saluda Business Association invites you to Saluda Hometown Christmas™ for 2012.

"Main Street Snow" by
 Beverly Pickard

Saluda businesses invite you to stroll Main Street, up Greenville Street, and across the bridge, and enjoy refreshments and listen to special music to get you in the holiday spirit.

There will be an 8:30pm Ecumenical Service at Saluda Presbyterian Church to learn more about the SBA.   


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 Saluhometown christmasda 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

M.A. Pace Store - Jim Hall - Dulcimer  

Somewhere in Time - Green River Boys


sba Saluda Hometown Christmas is sponsored by the Saluda Business Association.  

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.)  We want to include kids through middle and high school, too, so tell your neighbors and families. 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 and your children. 


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.

Saluda Christmas Parade
Saluda Christmas Parade boasts more than 30 floats and the Polk County High School Marching Bank.

View the parade along Main Street,  December 15 from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm. 

Saluda Scoop

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



oaks The Oaks Bed and Breakfast is proud to take part in this year's Hometown Christmas celebration, the evening of December 14. As in the past, The Oaks has been decorated-to-the-hilt in holiday style and welcomes all visitors to tour this classic Victorian home from 6pm until 8pm.


thompson As an added treat, Charlotte jazz musician and recording artist, Tony Thompson will be dazzling guests with his holiday-piano stylings in our parlor, while mulled cider and confections will be served in the dining room.


Follow the luminaries up Greenville Street to The Oaks Bed and Breakfast, where smiling hosts and a welcoming fire await.


Guests interested in booking weekend accommodations for Friday's Hometown Christmas stroll and Saturday's Christmas Parade need to contact The Oaks Bed and Breakfast at 828-749-2000, or book online at


Located at 339 Greenville Street.  Click here for directions.  



Orchard Inn 

Join us in our elegant mountain retreat for dinner Thurs, Fri or Sat evenings or breakfast almost everyday between 8:30-10 am, by reservation. Enjoy farm to table fresh, locally sourced, organic when possible, exceptionally well-prepared meals by our Austrian chef. Our fine dining restaurant has stunning views of the surrounding mountains, and our terrace is a wonderful place to sip a glass of wine while taking in all the gifts this beautiful area has to give. Plan to sit a while to enjoy one of Saluda's best views.


The Inn also has 8 rooms upstairs all with private baths and lovely mountain views, a suite downstairs, 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, and is 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. Be sure to reserve a place at our annual Dickens Dinners, on either December 8, 13, 15, 21, and 22. Mr. Pickwick, aka David Riddle, dressed in top hat and tails, reads "A Christmas Carole" between each of the 5 courses during dinner. After dessert, we all move into our candle lit living room and sip a "Smoking Bishop" (hot spiced wine) by the roaring fire while David completes his reading. It's a wonderful way to get into the Christmas spirit! We're also having a fabulous traditional Christmas Eve dinner and New Year's Eve 7-course, black tie optional gala. For reservations call: 828-749-5471.


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



wells Dan's Garden and Buttercup Cottage announces that the delicious canned goods that are sold at the Saluda Tailgate Market are available throughout the winter.  Jams, Marinara Sauce, Sauerkraut, Bread and Butter Pickles and Apple Butter.  Local and out of town.  If you just want that taste of fresh tomato Marinara Sauce or the sweetness of one of our jellies, just email Marti at  for a complete list of available products.



maggie Maggie's Old Saluda Store

Let the merry begin at Maggie's Old Saluda Store. Complimentary hot cider and cookies now thru Christmas plus 10 to 30% off selected merchandise. Lots of great gift ideas under $50.00 plus free shippping for items over $50.00. Get your gifts off early by shippping with us!   

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



Holiday Market at Historic Boarding House Venue  Friday, December 7 from 4 to 7 pm, and Saturday, December 8 from 11 to 3.  There will be a Holiday Market above Thompson's Store on Main Street. Vendors include Mary Kay, Thirty-One Gifts, and local artists selling their work and crafts.         



cafe December at the Saluda Grade Café   



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!   

The Grinch didn't steal our Stollen or our Christmas Spirit...let us bring both to your Christmas Party! We Cater!! It's fun to have fun and We know How! Call us for Every Party.


Let us fill your Christmas table too. Order now for Sunday December 23 pick-up. Bourbon Brown Sugar Ham...Mincemeat Pie and Everything in between. Let us know your Christmas Wish List! saluda wish We will check it twice.


Give the Gift of Love. Saluda Grade Gift Cards...Great food from your Saluda Grade Café!

December 14th is the Saluda Hometown Christmas™ stroll. Join us for dinner during Hometown Christmas...our favorite Friday Night Musicians will be welcoming in Santa and his Elves. Great Food and Christmas Spirits!


Mark your Calendars for the 2nd Annual Classic Retro New Year's Eve at the Saluda Grade Café! Classic Favorites like Oysters Rockefeller, Beef Tenderloin with Brandied Peppercorn Sauce and Shrimp Cocktail....Party like it's 1955!

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, at 54 East Main Street (in the alley by M.A. Pace General Store), is specializing in bulk foods like nuts, seeds, grains, dried fruits, herbs, and spices.


The Alzheimers Prevention Diet

If you're concerned about your risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, it's time to pass on the muffins. New studies are showing that those who ate low carb diets were at a much lower risk than those who didn't. So limit those Christmas Sweets and go for the proteins and veggies. Merry Christmas. Click here to read more.


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



happy holidays  

During the holidays, come in and select the finest of wines, cheese, and the best cuts of beef. We have a new selection of jams, jellies, cider and local items to make all your gift giving complete.


During December, our wine tasting will be the 6th from 4pm to 6pm. We will be open for the Saluda Hometown Christmas™ stroll with music in the grill and Sonja Mont's dancers upstairs in the Charleston Room.


Start your day with a hot breakfast or take a break from shopping for a delicious lunch in our grill. Ward's Grill will be closed the 24th & 25th for Christmas. The store will be open Christmas Eve, 8am to 2pm-remember to come by and purchase "Charlie's famous sausage" for Christmas morning. We wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!  


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

December Specials


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.   




What an amazing, wonderful Thanksgiving!  Our little town was just bustin' at the seams with friends, family and visitors.  So many of them took the time to tell me how much they were enjoying their holiday visit.  The Saluda Tailgate Holiday Market on Sat., Nov. 24th was GREAT!  Thank you to everyone that organized, participated, and attended.

NOW I am ready to turn on the Christmas lights, play some Christmas music and check my list (twice!).  Pick up a 2012 Holiday Shopping List from Wildflour Bake Shop (or click here to download it).  Your shopping will be easy and you will be supporting a small, local business!  The list includes our 2013 mug, our original assortment of favorite Christmas Cookies, Christmas Stollen, Christmas Morning Quiche and, new this year, the Mix and Match Holiday Gift Bag -- an easy way to individualize your gifts without any "Shop til you Drop"!

We are looking forward to seeing everyone on Friday, December 14 for Hometown Christmas. 

Please mark your calendars...the Wildflour Bake Shop will be closed January 1 through January 15.  We will be reopening at 8am Wednesday, January 16.  (Yes, you will still see the wholesale crew in here and smell the wonderful aroma of fresh, baked bread.  We will be baking as usual and delivering fresh bread to Thompson's Store and Ward's Grill here in town as well as all our Hendersonville, Asheville, Tryon and Landrum locations.)


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

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  







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 



Macon Bank Macon Bank - Banking Your Way! 

From the Macon Bank family to yours, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and Happy and Prosperous New Year!


We invite you to join us for the Saluda Hometown Christmas™ on Friday, December 14 from 6pm   maconbanktree to 8pm. Stroll through Main Street and enjoy refreshments and music. At Macon Bank, we will be featuring Jan Daugherty along with Students and Friends playing stringed instruments. Stop by and say hi!


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


honking Honking Tonker's Gallery will offer 15% off on pottery made by David Parris through Dec. 24th

Honking Tonker's Gallery, 78 E Main St, Saluda, NC 828-749-1070

Arts in Tryon
Saluda is home to almost 50 artists and craftspeople who work, exhibit and participate in the art opportunities provided by the art facilities in Tryon.

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


Tryon Arts & Crafts School

373 Harmon Field Road

Tryon, NC 28782

(828) 859-8323      


Tryon Fine Arts

34 Melrose Avenue
Tryon, NC  28782
828.859.8322 (TFAC)     

Tryon Painters & Sculptors

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


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


Contra Dancing in December!


The Blue Ridge Contra Dancers will host its monthly dance on Sunday, December 9 at historic Sunnydale in Tryon. The location is 334 South Trade on highway 176 next to the IGA grocery. Beginner lessons start at 3:30 with dance following from 4:00 to 6:30 p.m.


The Blue Ridge Rounders featuring Alan Dillman, Amy Buckingham and Bob Buckingham will provide live Celtic music. Diane Silver, a popular contra caller from Asheville who works very well with beginner dancers, will be calling. Beginners are welcome and no partner is necessary.


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


For more information on contra dance go to Contra Dance or just put Contra Dance in your browser. A U-Tube video of contra dancing is available at youtube. For information on this dance or to join the mail list, contact


Let's Dance!!

Burdett Wins Competition
Congratulations to Saluda's Aaron Burdett for winning the Our State Magazine's first-ever singer/songwriter competition with his song, "Going Home to Carolina." Click here to hear his song.


Green River Adventures presents THE GORGE

Steepest, Fastest Zip Line Canopy Tour Comes to the Green River Gorge


Green River Adventures, a tourism-based guide service, launches The Gorge, the steepest, fastest canopy tour on the East Coast. Opening for May 2013, The Gorge will feature 9 zip lines, 2 sky-bridges, and 3 rappels in tree-based platforms. Participants will experience a 2.5-hour tour beginning at the outpost and finishing an unprecedented 1,100 vertical feet at the base of the gorge. Nine of the 13 tree-based platforms will have stunning views of the gorge.


"Our outpost is perched on the rim of the Green River Gorge. You're facing a 1,200-foot wall of the gorge so there's a really dramatic effect-like you're going to dive into the gorge," says Tim Bell, co-owner of Green River Adventures and The Gorge. "We've got views up the Green River Gorge where you look up into the narrows section, but you can also see out the barrel of the gorge over Lake Lure and all the way up into Linville Gorge and Lake James, and, actually, on a really, really clear day you can pick out Grandfather Mountain."


The canopy tour will complement the adventures already offered by Green River Adventures, which include guided inflatable kayak trips, whitewater kayak instruction, and waterfall adventures. Currently, GRA (Green River Adventures) operates from April through October. The Gorge will have an annual operating season of March through November.


"We hope that the addition of The Gorge will extend the tourism season for Saluda and encourage visitors to stay for multiple days in the area, which will benefit the local store owners, accommodations providers, and restaurants," says co-owner Sara Bell.


The Gorge gift certificates and scheduled tours starting June 1, 2013 are available for purchase at


About Green River Adventures: Green River Adventures operates whitewater and land-based adventures in Saluda, NC and the areas surrounding the Green River Gorge. Trips include high-adventure and entry-level inflatable kayak trips, class II-IV whitewater kayak instruction, canyoneering, and guided hikes. More information can be found at and  


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Something to Consider

It on the surface has nothing to do with Saluda...but then again, it does...because the same sentiment of the heart runs solidly through your community.


The Sweetest Persimmon: (just a story from true life, that seems "timely")...When I was about 8 years old, I would walk to school every day, and then walk home. It was a fabulous time of throw stones, to skip, to run and play, everyday a discovery in the dirt to be found. There were houses along the way, people I would meet, neighbors around the corner. One particular house had a persimmon tree that was mature beyond had done its time growing, and produced fruit in abundance, it hung over the fence there in my path on a daily basis. Even as a young boy, I found that to eat a persimmon too early was the ultimate grimace...but if you waited on it, allowed it to get mushy, almost to what seemed could be, the sweetest thing on the planet earth. The old lady, behind the fence, although no names ever passed, allowed me my pick but told me not to get greedy...and to this day, I do recall...and remember...allow things to ripen with age, and savor the sweetness without greed.


Something to consider?


Submitted by Bill Whitsett,

a visitor who loves your town.
All I Want for Christmas,,,

A Guide to Gifts for the Nursing Home Resident




Most residents receive $30 per month for their personal use. Small gifts of cash can be deposited in their personal accounts at the facility to help with personal items purchased throughout the year.


Family Collage

Consider making a family collage of pictures old and new. Craft stores have great multi-picture frames that will inspire your creativity.


Walker/Wheelchair Hanging Bag

Carrying a purse or "Man bag" is difficult when using a walker or wheelchair. Hanging bags allow residents to carry their personal items in an easy and safe manner.


Large Print Magazines

There is a growing number of large print magazines on the market these days. A subscription offers a gift the resident can enjoy throughout the year. Some examples are:

Readers Digest

Guide Post

Portals of Prayer

Word Finds



The best gift of all? Your time!


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


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828-749-2261, 828-749-9639 (F)

Isothermal Community College: A Best Kept Secret in Polk County

Kahn At Polk campus, you will find Ed Kan, the instructor in the art of Tai chi and Qi Gong. Ed was born in China and was educated in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and the United States. His undergraduate degree was in economics, and in Fresno,CA, he graduated with a Master's Degree in Business Administration. He began his professional life in International Business, and later, he went into mortgage banking and then into private accounting. He has been teaching at ICC for 6 years, and in addition, has taught at Blue Ridge Community College and ICC at Spindale. He is married to Ernie Kan, an artist/craftsman and an active member of the Columbus community. (You might have met her at the Columbus Market on Saturday morning.) Ed has been practicing Tai Chi for about 18 years. He has seen the results of the practice of Tai Chi in increasing mental focus, balance, and general feelings of well-being in his students as well as himself. In addition to his classes in Tai Chi, Ed also teaches classes at ICC in Chinese history and will additionally offer courses in January in Yi Jing, one of the oldest of Chinese classics. Coming in January will be "Introduction to Qi Gong for Health and Seniors", 3 levels of "Tai Ji for Health and Seniors", and "Introduction to Yi Jing"; then in February, he will offer a course on "China: a Survey of Chinese Dynasties and Emperors." Other courses offered later in the spring semester will be continuing courses in Yi Jing, Qi Gong, and in addition, "Chinese Government Policies and Influence on US and World Politics." (Be sure to watch for the new course catalog for ICC, Polk campus, which will come out in December or early January, or for the online brochure, go to and select "Polk Continuing education classes." Be patient. It takes a little while to load.)


tai chi Tai Chi has been described as "meditation in motion" by many sources that describe this gentle art, or exercise. On the site, it is stated that the "mind-body practices" of Tai chi (defined as "a type of low-impact, weight-bearing, and aerobic-yet relaxing-exercise") and qigong (defined as "a practice that involves a series of postures and exercises -including slow, circular movements- regulated breathing, focused meditation, and self-massage") which originated in ancient China have "become popular in the West possibly because people of almost any age or condition can learn them." An article on the site states that some of the benefits of practicing tai chi include: "decreased stress/anxiety, increased aerobic capacity, increased energy and stamina, increased flexibility, balance, and agility, increased muscle strength and definition." Studies are being done on possible health benefits and some of these include better sleep, improved immune system, lower blood pressure, improvement in joint pain, reduced risk of falls, and even increased immunity to shingles virus. In Harvard Health Publications, it is stated "this gentle form of exercise can prevent and ease many ills of aging and could be the perfect activity for the rest of your life." (Computer sites are listed below which address the health and exercise benefits of tai chi and qigong for all ages. Also included below is a video (be sure to have volume on) which shows someone who is doing a tai chi routine.) [On a personal level, I have found the practice of Tai chi has been the greatest gift I have ever given myself and only wish I had begun this many years ago. ]


If you think that you would be interested in registering for one of these courses, go on-line for the brochure in late December or early January (see site above), or look for the printed copy either in the mail or at the Post Office, or call Isothermal Community College at 828-894-3092. My January article will feature the instructor of courses in Digital Photography and will list some other courses offered in the spring semester beginning in January.



Health Harvard

Mayo Clinic


Fitness Mercola

You Tube


By Betsy Sellers

Time For a Year-end Review of Your Financial Strategy? 

Now that 2012 is drawing to a close, you may want to review the progress you've made this past year in many areas of your life - including your financial situation. Toward that end, here are a few questions to ask yourself:


First, are you investing either too aggressively or too conservatively? Either extreme can trip you up on the road to achieving your financial goals.  Review your holdings to determine if you can lower your risk level without jeopardizing your overall investment strategy.


Next, are you contributing as much as you can afford to your 401(k) or other employer-sponsored retirement plan?  If not, you should - these types of plans offer tax-deferred growth potential and the ability to contribute pre-tax dollars.


Finally, do you have sufficient life and disability insurance? Without this protection, your overall financial outlook could be jeopardized.


Before the clock runs out on 2012, take the time to ask yourself the above questions. The answers may well spur you to take positive action in 2013.


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1038-A Greenville Hwy  Flat Rock, NC 28731

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

Cut Your Own Christmas Tree

We are fortunate to live where Christmas Trees are grown and harvested so close to home.  These trees get shipped all over the country.  Here's a list of tree farms in the area where you can choose your tree, cut it down, and let them bag it for the ride home.


Buncombe County
Clyde Davis Tree Farm - 129 Ball Gap Road, Arden, NC, 28704. Phone: 828-684-0890.
Gentry's Christmas Trees - 1 Hominy Creek Road, Candler, NC 28715. Phone: (828) 667-1271. Email:
Hope Hollow Farms - Weaverville, NC, 28787. Phone: 828-645-4621.
Sandy Hollow Tree Farm - 63 Sandy Hollow Road, Leicester, NC, 28748. Phone: 828-683-3645 or 828-683-2964
Haywood County  Boyd Mountain Christmas Tree Farm-445 Boyd Farm Road, Waynesville, NC, 28785. Phone: 828-926-1575 or 828-506-3513
Wesley Creek Tree Farm - 124 Gibson Branch Road, Clyde, NC, 28721. Phone: 828- 627-8077.
Rutherford County Moore's Christmas Trees - 951 Oak Springs Road, Rutherfordton, NC, 28139. Phone: 828-287-2527.
Transylvania County
Cedar Mountain Tree Farm - 1350 Reasonover Rd, Cedar Mtn, NC 28718. Phone: 828-884-5954
Colonial Acres Nursery - 2601 Hannah Ford Road, Brevard, NC 28712. Phone: (828) 884-4330. Email:
Farley Nursery - PO Box 564, Brevard, NC, 28712. Phone: 828-884-2365 or 828-883-9828
High Valley Trout and Tree Farm - 615 Cathey's Creek Road, Brevard, NC, 28712. Phone: 828-883-3951.
McCall's Tree Farm - 110 McCall Cove Road, Lake Toxaway, NC 28747. Phone: (828) 877-3503. Phone: (828) 862- 4608
Nicholson Tree Farm - PO Box 38, Lake Toxaway, NC, 28747. Phone: 828-883-8570 or 828- 883-8570
Parker Tree Farm - 230 Lyons Mountain Road, Brevard, NC, 28712. Phone: 828-862-4427 or 828-884-4712
Raxter Tree Farm - 1980 Walnut Hollow Road, Brevard, NC, 28712. Phone: 828-862- 3600
Shoal Creek Tree Farms - 796 Shoal Creek Road, Balsam Grove, NC, 28708. Phone: 828-884- 6396.

More Area Tree Farms  

Crash on Judd's Peak
by Clark Thompson


Saturday, February 7, 1948 began as a child's winter delight in Saluda. By mid-morning the low overhanging clouds had begun to release a gentle but steady snowfall just as the forecasters had called for. Then by noon, a couple of inches had accumulated and the beauty of the fresh snow created the excitement of knowing that my friends and I would have at least a couple days of sledding with no school. My earlier bout with rheumatic fever now behind me, I was once again able to enjoy a normal healthy lifestyle. The thoughts of launching sled rides in the parking lot of the old Baptist Church and flying down Church Street on new-fallen snow almost made me giddy with excitement.


That euphoria was about to change. Early in the afternoon, the roar of a low flying multi-engine aircraft hidden in the even-lower hanging clouds was the first indication that something bad was about to occur. Shortly afterwards, a loud explosion could be heard for miles. A four-engine C-47 cargo plane, having flown earlier in the day from Donaldson Air Force Base in Greenville, South Carolina to Washington, D. C.'s Bolling Field on a ferry trip, was attempting to return to Donaldson with ten souls on board. On his glide path, the pilot had mistakenly misjudged local elevations and crashed into cloud-covered Judd's Peak, shearing through an estimated 300 feet of trees before plowing into the ground and bursting into flames.


One of my older teenage brothers, Perry, was visiting his friend Evan Arledge at Evan's home on Substation Road and, while throwing snowballs, had heard the plane as it passed overhead and then the subsequent impact. Both raced downtown where they hitched a ride to the site. By that time, the subsequent fire had quickly consumed much of the front of plane and several military personnel were burned beyond recognition. Saluda's only fire truck had no real water capacity and apparently was useless in any rescue efforts. However, folks living in the vicinity of the crash, along with other volunteers, raced to the wooded site and helped drag several of the wounded away from the raging inferno.


Due to the anticipated snow accumulation, Mama had already planned to stock up on groceries from Thompson's Store, however; the sound of the crash added a sense of urgency to get downtown and to learn as much as possible about the accident. We had no car, but by walking, it took us only about fifteen minutes to reach City Hall, which by now was in a total state of chaos with rampant rumors flying through the still-swelling crowd. Eventually, the sounds of sirens could be heard in the distance as ambulances from Hendersonville cautiously negotiated the snow-slick Highway 176. Upon arriving in Saluda, each driver stopped to pick up a local person who could show the way to the crash area. Finally, a couple of emergency vehicles returned from the crash site carrying the most severely injured. Again, each one stopped at City Hall to phone Patton Memorial Hospital in Hendersonville with casualty reports. At this point, I might need to remind some of my younger readers that, by today's standards, communications in 1949 were fairly primitive. Ambulances were small in size with barely enough room for a patient on a litter and one attendant crouched alongside. At the time, it was much easier to communicate with a receiving hospital by land lines, relaying such pertinent information as the number and condition of the injured and the expected time of arrival.


Like many others crowded around City Hall, I was eager to witness as much of this ongoing tragedy as possible. For some reason, one of the ambulance attendants opened the back door to one of the ambulances and revealed a severely burned victim totally covered by a white sheet. The outline of the shivering body under the sheet and the deep agonizing moans are still etched in my memory. Lacking enough emergency vehicles, several other survivors soon arrived at City Hall in pickup trucks and, after the obligatory phone report to the hospital, were subsequently carried on to Hendersonville.


Early reports indicated that it was impossible to tell whether three or four men were cremated. Due to this confusion, a rumor began circulating that one of the more severely burned victims may have somehow wandered away from the site and could not be located. By that time, darkness was rapidly approaching and most of the excitement had dissipated, so Mama decided that we needed to get our groceries and walk on home, even though Lola wasn't about to close the store early.


As soon as we reached our house, Lola called and told Mama that we had forgotten one small bag of groceries and assured her that she would wait for me to walk back down and pick them up. Of course, by that time my mind was filled with great anxiety from what I had witnessed and heard. I became convinced that this missing half-crazed burn victim would be wandering somewhere near my path of travel. I was terrified and walked in the middle of the street, listening for the slightest sounds but hearing only the quiet hissing of the now heavy snow fall.  I lingered for some time at the store, hoping someone would come along and offer a ride back to my house. Finally, Lola decided to close the store, thus forcing me back out into the now-deep snow accumulation. While walking as briskly as possible in the soft snow, I searched every shadow for that crazed victim who was waiting to attack me.


By the time I reached the intersection of Laurel Drive and Old Macedonia Road, near my home, the street light revealed the face and partial outline of a man peeking from behind a large maple tree. Holy terror struck as I desperately tried to run, but my legs just wouldn't cooperate. It seemingly took at least an hour to walk the final 300 or so feet to my front porch. All the agonizing while, I watched over my shoulder to see if a horribly burned man was following me. To make matters worse, it took Mama about another 30 minutes to unlock the front door. By then I was hyperventilating, and my legs were shaking so badly that I immediately collapsed in a chair.


Years later, I realized that there never was a man behind the tree. Rather, I was looking for a monster that existed only in my youthful mind, the same kind of monster I referred to in one of my earlier articles as a "whangdoodle."  



Note: In my last article entitled "Leaving Home at 17," apparently it was unclear to some readers as to whether I graduated from what was then known as North Carolina State College or the University of North Carolina.  I did stay and finish at N. C. State in 1963.              


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

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