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Saluda Property & Real Estate
Buy Local - Support Your Saluda Realtors!
Click on the pictures to link to Western NC MLS Listing
NEW on the Market!
Lake Sheila Bungalow on the Water
Dock your canoe or kayak, organize the tackle box, and get ready to enjoy fishing, boating, and swimming on pristine, private 28-acre Lake Sheila. Sit on the deck and watch waterfowl and spectacular sunrises. 3BR, 2BA, wood fireplace. $382,000, MLS#531284
Just what you have been waiting for! A small cottage close enough to historic Main Street for shopping, dining, going to the post office, visiting the library, and doing some bench sitting. 2BR, 1BA, $120,000 MLS#531224
Lakefront at Lake Sheila
Bring the whole family to the lake! 4BR, 3BA, 1796 SF
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
Nature Lover's Paradise
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
Traditional brick rancher on mature landscaped, level lot, 2BR, 1.5 BA, hardwood floors, near town, MLS#488487 $125,000
Enjoy nature and mature landscaping from the large covered back porch, 3BR, 3BA, approx 2200 SF, 4 ac
Fall and Winter are perfect times to see lots and land!
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 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
Macedonia Lake, 1.15 ac, lake front, dock,
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, $24,900, 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, already subdivided into 3 lots, creek, winter views MLS#518815 $271,110
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
Links to Real Estate Sources
|Saluda Real Estate Market|
A Quick Saluda Market Update
(compares last year's sales with the same period this year as of January 31, 2013).
Sales Closed Pending
Homes 2013 1 5
Homes 2012 3 0
Land 2013 0 1
Land 2012 1 0
Saluda - 2 homes
Polk County - 12 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 cathyjacksonrealty.com to see all Cathy Jackson Realty Featured Home and Land Listings and search the entire Western NC MLS.
NEW! Saluda Real Estate Market in 2012
|real estate market in 2012.
Saluda Service Directory
|Saluda Service Directory with new categories is now available. |Click here
to download the 2012 copy.
2013 directories available in March.
Please support Saluda's local service providers.
Directories can be picked up at Macon Bank, Post Office, City Hall, and the Saluda Library.
|Foster Archer Turns 103|
| Happy Birthday to Foster Archer who turned 103 in January!|
Foster has been an author and master carpenter. He has built many houses in Hideaway Acres in Saluda.
|Dates to Remember|
|Saluda Business Association meets Tuesday, February 5 at 5:30 at Saluda Library.
Town Council meets second Monday of the month at 7:00pm in the meeting room above the Saluda Library.
Saluda Single Women potluck dinner will meet Thursday, February 21 at 6pm at the Saluda Center.
The Historic Saluda Committee (HSC) and Oral History Committee will meet Friday, February 8 from 2 to 4pm at the Saluda Library. The public is invited to attend.
Friday, Feb 8, 4:00 pm, The Saluda Community Library honors Black History Month with a BrightStar Children's Theatre production of "George Washington Carver & Friends."
Women's Club meets at 10:30am on February 19 at Saluda Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall.
Small Town Main Street meeting February 18, 9am at Saluda Library. Public is invited to attend.
Planning Board of the City of Saluda will meet at 9am the second and fourth Wednesday for the months of January, February, and March. In April, the board will meet at 9am only on the second Wednesday. Meetings are held at the Saluda 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, 6:30pm at the Saluda Center, 64 Greenville St.
Saluda Garden Club will meet February 18, 2013 at 10am at the Saluda Library.
|Small Town Main Street|
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 February 18, 2013.
|Contra Dancing |
Friday, February 15
Blue Ridge Contra Dancers invite you to join them for a Valentine's theme dance at Party Place, Friendship Church Road, Saluda, NC. Take exit 59 off I-26, turn toward Saluda and take the first left onto Howard Gap Road. Party Place is a fabulous 12,000 square foot dance facility with hardwood floors, refreshment bar and great sound system. Beginner lessons start at 6:30pm. Dancing from 7-9:30pm. CALLER: Laurie Fisher. MUSICIANS: Skeeziks with Alan Dillman on fiddle, Joel on mandolin,Terry on percussion and Wes on guitar and banjo. Come in your Valentine finest and dance your HEART out. $8 for adults, $5 under 18.
For more information or to join the mailing list BlueRidgeContra@icloud.com. Click on this link for directions to Party Place and Event Center.
|Slow Food Foothills February Potluck|
Winter has settled in and we're all in need of some cabin fever relief! Join
us for our monthly potluck gathering at The Purple Onion in Saluda, Sunday, February 17, from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
The Purple Onion, purpleonionsaluda.com, was conceived by two sisters in 1998 who envisioned a gathering place which would reflect the gracious casual pace which has characterized Saluda for years; a third place, a neutral place away from home or work for friends and family to come together for good food, good conversation and live music. Lynn Casey has since fallen in love, married and moved on, but Susan continues the pursuit to provide good food, good fun and good music with a great deal of help from a dedicated staff and many good friends.
Bring your own place setting and a locally inspired seasonal dish to share. Join us to beat back the Winter Blues and chat about what Spring and Summer hold for Slow Food Foothills. The Purple Onion will offer beer and wine for sale.
For more on Slow Food Foothills, visit slowfoodfoothills.org. Please RSVP to email@example.com.
|Let's Have An Easter Egg Hunt!|
An Easter Egg Hunt is being planned in Memorial Park and at McCreery Park Pavilion on Saturday, March 30, beginning at 2:00pm. There will be colored, plastic eggs for children of all ages to gather in the park, with refreshments to be served at the Pavilion afterwards. Just bring your Easter basket and join in the fun!
The party continues with the Easter Bonnet Contest. Create an Easter bonnet and participate in the competition at the Pavilion immediately following the egg hunt. There will be a prize awarded to the person wearing the "Most Beautiful Easter Bonnet Ever."
The Easter Bunny, sponsored by Autumn Care Nursing Home, is scheduled to show up for picture taking, so parents bring your cameras.
No pets please.
If you have questions, please call 828-749-3789.
|2013 Historical Calendar|
| Pick up your 2013 calendar highlighting historical buildings in Saluda at Thompson's Store and M.A. Pace General Store. Published by Charlene Pace and Bob Bailey. Price is $15.|
|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 firstname.lastname@example.org.|
|Saluda Center News and Events|
Save These Dates Now!
(All events and activities take place at the Saluda Center on Greenville Street.) Click here
to download the Saluda Center February Calendar. For more information about activities, please contact the center at 828-749-9245.
SAVE THE DATE! Brown bag gardening with John Vining from the Cooperative Extension on Wednesday, March 6 at noon.
Beginning bridge course will be offered at the Center beginning Tues., Feb. 5, from 9:30am until noon. This is an 8-week course instructed by Tollie Ross. Beginners and those who want to improve their bidding skills are welcome. Inquiries can be made at 864-457-5931 or 706- 936-8877.
Spa Facials on Thurs., Feb. 7, from noon until 3:00pm. "Stop by for a de-stressing, anti-aging facial." Escape your worries for just a small while and treat your skin to pharmaceutical-grade brightening treatments. All items used are fragrance free and botanically based. Relaxing facial sessions last 20-30 minutes. For February, all sessions are COMPLIMENTARY! Any donations will benefit the Saluda Center. Walk-ins are accepted or book ahead to secure the time slot that works best for you. Contact Nedra at 828-384-8421 or email@example.com.
Introduction to Holistic Medicine Part III, with Nancy Shatto, NP from the Saluda Medical Center on Wed., Feb. 13, from 1:00pm-2:00pm. All are welcome to attend.
Book club meeting on Thurs., Feb. 7 at 2:00pm.
Saluda Single Women potluck dinner with movie, 9 to 5, is on Thurs., Feb. 21 at 6:00 pm. Please bring a covered dish.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to our email list.
A Thrifty barn basement sales is open every Saturday from 10:00 am-4:00 pm and every Wednesday from 10:00 am-4:00 pm. Donations are accepted on Wednesdays.
A Thrifty Barn is open Wed. through Sat. from 10:00 am-4:00 pm. Donations are accepted when we are open.
ATTENTION! A Thrifty Barn will be closed on Saturday afternoons until mid-March.
The Saluda Center is located at 64 Greenville St. Phone is 828-749-9245.
|Saluda Community Tree Preservation Association|
Our January meeting focused our attention on three steps toward developing greater understanding of our Western NC natural environment, and the need for preserving what we still have now before it's too late and there's little or nothing left to preserve.
- Acknowledge the special characteristics of these mountains.
- Appreciate these characteristics.
- Help preserve our trees and our natural environment.
Most of us live here because we choose to. Among other reasons, we have learned to acknowledge and appreciate the beauty of our environment and to cherish it. We may have grown up elsewhere in areas of the country not as aesthetically blessed.
But, what are we doing to protect and preserve these blessings? Have you noticed how, in recent years, Saluda and the surrounding mountain area is changing?
Our mountain sides are criss-crossed with roads cut through old forests. Manicured grassy lawns and formal plantings surround large homes, resulting in loss of trees and native plants.
Trees are topped-a big no, no! The natural canopy becomes disfigured when not pruned correctly and sucker growth replaces the natural grace of old limbs-all for the sake of gaining a view of distant ridges.
Our tree preservation association is constantly working toward saving the treasured natural environment we have left.
We would welcome your help.
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 JTS1@charter.net.
Submitted by Ruth Anderson
|Saluda Health and Wellness|
Saluda has always been a healing place since the turn of the 20th century. Folks from the low country of South Carolina traveled on passenger trains to Saluda to escape summer's sweltering heat and mosquitoes. Today, Saluda has a variety of health and wellness providers which Saluda citizens appreciate. They are:
The Saluda Medical Center, located a short distance from downtown Saluda, is a non-profit rural health center providing comprehensive quality medical care to all individuals, regardless of age, income, or health insurance status. Greenville St., 828-749-4411.
Mary H. Farrell, The focus of her work is Swedish massage, deep tissue massage. 101 Cullipher Street, Suite 3 Saluda, NC 28773 828-749-1197.
Saluda Healing Center, located in the back of Nostalgia, offers a wide variety of services. Dr. Bonnie Williamson, chiropractor, provides chiropractic care for the entire family, neuromuscular re-education and acupuncture. Lella Holland, licensed professional counselor, provides individual, couples and family therapy 828-749-3875.
Tickle Family Health Center and Spa assists you with mind and body wellness using integrity and compassion. 438 E Hwy 176, Saluda, NC (828) 749-3434.
Autumn Care of Saluda is a 99-bed skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility. 501 Esseola Drive. 828-749-2261
Drawing of "Healing Hands"by Saluda artist, Beverly Pickard.
Know When Antibiotics Work
Are you aware that colds, flu, most sore throats, and bronchitis are caused by viruses? Did you know that antibiotics do not help fight viruses? It's true. Plus, taking antibiotics when you have a virus may do more harm than good. Taking antibiotics when they are not needed increases your risk of getting an infection later that resists antibiotic treatment.
Antibiotics cure bacterial infections, not viral infections, such as:
Colds or flu
- Most coughs and bronchitis
- Sore throats, not caused by strep
- Runny noses.
Taking antibiotics for viral infections, such as a cold, cough, the flu, or most bronchitis, will not:
- Cure the infections
- Keep other individuals from catching the illness
- Help you feel better.
When you use antibiotics appropriately, you do the best for your health, your family's health, and the health of those around you. "We want Americans to keep their families and communities healthy by getting smart about the proper use of antibiotics," said Lauri Hicks, D.O., medical director of CDC's Get Smart campaign.
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 autumncareofsaluda.com.
501 Esseola Drive, Saluda, NC 28773
828-749-2261, 828-749-9639 (F)
|Saluda Community Land Trust|
SCLT is making plans for the coming year. Committees are being organized and projects prioritized!
Hiking trails plans
Chuck Hearon heads the committee for trails. If you are interested in helping, please call 828-749-9886, Cell: 828-817-0364, or email email@example.com.
Kudzu work continues
We thank Polk County Community Foundation for issuing a grant that will help us to eradicate/control kudzu in our township for the next two years. We hope to have more landowners participate as partners in this endeavor. Work will continue on control sites that have already been established. And YES, Thursday decrowning will begin as soon as the weather warms up.
What can you do about your kudzu now? Cut it from the trees! No need to pull it from the tree. Cut the kudzu from the bottom of the tree and any bush (usually privet) that allows the kudzu to climb. By doing this you are saving the tree and making it easier to start a plan of eradication. The dead vine in the tree is used by birds for nests and will fall with wind, rain and snow.
Dog park plans
SCLT and the City of Saluda have made a partnership for the first Dog Park in Saluda. Come let your dog run loose and socialize. There are plans to extend the current area, and planning is underway for an agility park. If you would like to help or need any further information, please contact Dave Prudhomme at 828-749-9172.
Time to start thinking about your garden
The Garden Committee will meet February 12 at Chuck Hearon's house which is located at 498 Chisholm Street. Join us at 4pm to plan the upcoming garden season. Sign-ups for garden plots will start in March, stay tuned for details in the March newsletter.
Annual Meeting in April
Save the date for our annual meeting to be held Wednesday, April 3. Time and place to be announced.
Meetings are held the first and third Wednesday of the month at 3pm at the Saluda Presbyterian Church.
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 saludaclt.org. We look forward to your comments and suggestions.
|Saluda Garden Club|
The Saluda Garden Club will be meeting on February 18 in the upstairs conference room of the library. The meeting starts at 10am.
We will be going over program ideas for the coming year and making plans for planting in Spring Park.
The public is welcome. We are always looking for new members to join in our fun!
For more information about the Saluda Garden Club, please call Patty Martin at 828-817-9518.
|Saluda Business Association|
Call for Artists
Saluda Arts Festival
Historic Downtown, Saluda NC
May 18, 2013 10am - 4pm
Cultivating and promoting its heritage in the arts, the Saluda Business Association invites you to enter your work in the tenth annual Saluda Arts Festival scheduled for May 18, 2013. Showcasing fine arts and crafts from local and regional artists, the Saluda Arts Festival draws thousands of spring tourists visiting Western North Carolina.
Completed applications must be postmarked by March 15, 2013. Notification of acceptance will be mailed in April. Click here to download an application or contact Susie Welsh at 828-749-3900 or Catherine Ross at 828-749-3534.
To learn more about the SBA, please visi
|Women's Club Meeting|
The Women's Club of Saluda will meet Tuesday, February 19: (Notice that this meeting falls on the third Tuesday of the month, not the second as usual.) We will gather at the Saluda Presbyterian Church at 10:30am, then carpool to Lon Sen Restaurant in Hendersonville for our business meeting and a Chinese buffet lunch. From there, we'll walk to Pardee Wellness which is just a few doors down from the restaurant, and no, this won't count as your exercise for the day! We'll be given a tour of the facility and the wellness coordinator will give a lecture and interactive discussion on how our minds impact exercise habits and how exercise impacts our minds and bodies. As usual feel free to invite guests or potential new members to any of our meetings and activities.
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 President, Suzanne Haskell 828-749-3835 or Co-President, Holly Wildey 828-749-3129.
|Saluda Dog Society|
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yoga Class Schedules
Cassandra Nelson, LMBT at Saluda Center
Gentle Yoga Classes
Chair Exercise Classes
- 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 Yoga And Wellness Center
Saluda's Premier Yoga Studio
Give your Sweetheart the gift of massage and yoga this Valentine's Day! Beautiful gift certificates available to add to your box of chocolates.
*Three Yoga Classes Weekly
*Private Yoga Instruction
*Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork
*QRA: A healing and diagnostic technique that leads to optimal health
Chandler and Raphaela are extensively trained in yoga, massage, counseling, and QRA, sharing a combined history of study and practice that spans over 20 years.
After School Kids Yoga Program begins in March. Call for details. Sign up now as space is limited.
Mention this ad and receive $10 off any massage, counseling, QRA, or wellness session!
2013 Winter Yoga Schedule
Monday Evening 6-7:30pm
Nectar will be closed from February 1through February 15.
|Historic Saluda |
Preservation Workshops Will Lead Up to Tour of Homes
Saluda is gearing up for another historic tour of homes, which will be held on Saturday afternoon, June 1st. Mark your calendar to save this date! In preparation of this Tour of Historic Homes, the Historic Saluda Committee is proud to announce a series of free workshops. They will be open to anyone interested in old houses. The series of three workshops will offer an opportunity to learn more about Historic Preservation from professsionals. The theme of the first workshop is "How Old Is My House" and will be held on Friday, March 8th, upstairs at the Saluda Library at 10:30. Anyone in Saluda or surrounding communities who is interested in learning how to research old houses or buildings should attend. A discussion of how to find information on your own house or property will be followed by a brown bag lunch (each person responsible for own) with an opportunity to ask individual questions. Weather permitting, a short stroll will follow to look at the outside of the historic houses to be on the tour of homes. Then, everyone is invited to stay for the Historic Saluda committee meeting at 2 p.m. Researching old houses is fun. Follow the clues and be surprised at what you may find! The game is in the search. Annie McDonald, Preservation Specialist with the NC State Historic Preservation Office, will lead this workshop. Come prepared to learn a lot!
CD Released! "Saluda, NC: Voices from the First 100 Years"
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:
- 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. Click here to watch the YouTube promotional video.
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 email@example.com.
DVD Available for Sale by Local Merchants
Home, Hearth and History: Stories of Old Saluda can be purchased ($20) through local merchants and at City Hall. You can also purchase it on-line at saludalifestyles.com. All proceeds go toward future projects.
Special Note: This month's meeting will begin at 1:00 p.m. The Historic Saluda Committee (HSC) has scheduled a special meeting for Friday, February 8, 2013, at 1:00 p.m. at the Saluda Public Library. Special guest, Ted Alexander with Preservation NC, will be in attendance. The Oral History Committee will also meet jointly with the HSC. The public is invited to attend.
For more information about the Historic Saluda Committee, go to historicsaluda.org or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submitted by Cindy S. Tuttle, Co-Chair, Historic Saluda Committee
|Saluda Community Library|
Friday, Feb 8, 4:00 pm, The Saluda Community Library honors Black History Month with a BrightStar Children's Theatre production of "George Washington Carver & Friends." This production is suitable for children grades Pre-K through 5 and family members. The program is free.
Preschool Storytime in the upstairs Saluda meeting room, Wednesday, February 27 at 12:00pm. All area preschoolers and homeschoolers invited.
Saluda Community Library
44 W. Main Street
Saluda, NC 28773
Tel. (828) 749-2117
Mon.-Fri. 9am - 6pm
Sat. 9am - 1pm
|Saluda Elementary School|
February Events at Saluda School
Feb. 1 National Wear Red Day
Feb. 1 Jump Rope for Heart
Feb. 1 Box Tops Collection Day
Feb. 8 Dentist Richard Reid-dental health lessons for all classes
Feb. 8 Bright Star Children's Theater, Saluda Community Library 4:00pm
Feb. 11-15 School Bus Driver Appreciation Week
Feb. 11-15 Random Acts of Kindness Week
Feb. 11 "Blue Monday" to celebrate National Blue Ribbon School status
Feb. 13 Interim Reports
Feb. 14 Half Day for Students (Dismissal at 11:30am)
Feb. 27 Kindergarten to Saluda Community Library for Storytime
Feb. 28 Evening Science Fair and Dinner 5:00-6:30pm
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|
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
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 email@example.com.
|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.
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102 E MAIN ST SALUDA, NC 28773-7812
|The Name of Love|
Poem by Bonnie Joy Bardos
What is the cry of the unknown wind?
The whispered crush of fallen leaf,
The hidden heartbeat of silent hawk?
What is the cry of the unknown wind?
I took a fallen branch
From the quiet sacred forest floor,
Clutching it in my hand
with the warm heartbeat of life-
And took it home.
Where do sparrows go in the storm?
What is the cry of the unknown wind?
The ancient silvered rock holds answers.
A solitary bird dances through the wide blue fields of sky-
And I take the memory of that pristine moment,
Clutch it safe in the depths of my heart,
And take it home.
Love breathes in the wind,
In the rain dancing upon the breast of earth,
In the ashes of those we loved-
The past is memories
Shelved like ancient skulls along the wall of our heart.
Those skulls, mere bones, are the world.
Love exists forever
Sparkling upon a winter pond,
Mirroring blue heavens.
Here and now, it is what keeps us from drowning.
There is no rhyme or reason
For the depths of the human heart
For it knows no cage, no boundaries.
Love paints the sunrise pink and lavender hues
It flows from the sun to deep roots of trees
To love is to be happy
To be happy is to love each other and all things of the world.
That is love, simple and pure.
Love lives in all things.
If we love completely,
Then we touch the face of God
To love is to know eternity
To love beyond the physical is the essence of love stripped bare,
As the branches of winter trees
Reach heaven. That is love.
O, love, be my name,
My saving grace upon the storms of the soul.
~ Bonnie Joy Bardos
Historic Downtown Commercial Space Available
Ground floor space available at 62 Church Street, approx. 700SF, in-floor heat, restroom, private off-street parking, rent of $700/month includes heat, water, and garbage service (does not include electric bill). Call Nancy Barnett at 828-749-4661.
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, once occupied by The Benke gift shop, will become available for lease in December. It adjoins Suites A & B (The Summer House Gift Shop). Tenant pays own electricity and prorated water/sewage/garbage bills. Rent - $650/month. Please contact Clark Thompson at (850) 432-8812 for more information.
Discounted adult tickets to Biltmore Estate are available. Cost of tickets is $45...cheaper than online. Good all year during the day. Not good for special Christmas season night openings. Call Marti Wells, Buttercup Cottage 828-749-9538.
"Just Like My Own" Pet Care.
I will take care of your pet in Saluda or Saluda Township. Feeding, Walking, Play Time. Contact Marilyn Prudhomme at 828-749-9172 for Rates and Reservation.
|Saluda Lifestyles expresses heartfelt sympathy to Saluda friends and families who have lost loved ones.|
Grace Justus Thompson, 80 passed away December 31, 2012.
Charles Ronald Poole, 68 passed away January 3, 2013.
|Saluda Lifestyles Marketplace|
Shop online at the Saluda Lifestyles Mercantile for the following merchandise:
"Saluda, NC: Voices from the First 100 Years" in CD format. Original recordings of interviews with Saluda's oldest residents documented in the book, Saluda, NC: 100 Years 1881-1981. These interviews were transferred to a CD by Historic Saluda. Price: $17 includes shipping and handling.
Home, Hearth and History: Stories of Old Saluda DVD. Proceeds will go to the Oral History Project for the next sequel. Price: $20.00+shipping.
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.
|Love Is In the Air|
How do I love Saluda, let me count the ways. I love your friendly people who live and let live. I love your history, Victorian homes and tree-lined streets. I love walking on your railroad tracks and bench-sitting on Main Street. I love that there are no stop lights and all roads are less traveled. I love the mountain vistas that cast shadows in the valleys. I love the natural abundance of wildlife that lives in harmony. I love all the seasons; spring flowers, summer festivals, fall colors, and the smell of wood smoke on cold winter days. I love the shiny, glossed floors of the oil-stained, heart pine floors in your general stores. I love your cold mountain lakes and the sound of rushing creeks and rivers. I love most of all that I can call you home.
Along with celebrating hearts and health in February, the month also brings us Groundhog Day, President's Day, Black History month, and of course, Valentine's Day. Yes, there is love in the air in Saluda in February.
Saluda heart drawing by Zoe Jackson.
|What's Happening in Music and Art|
What's Happening At The Purple Onion In February
The Farmers' Almanac is predicting a wet, chilly February in the South. Although, staying at home and huddling by the fire may sound like your best options, consider joining us for a spectacular line up of live music, as well as some hearty comfort food to ward off the winter chill. We will have a fire in the wood stove, something hearty in the soup pot, and beer and wine specials throughout the month.
For the many of you who frequent the Onion on Friday nights, you have no doubt noticed the absence of our dear friend and piano wizard, Fred Whiskin. Fred unfortunately broke his hip just before New Year's Eve and is taking a leave of absence. In the meantime, Dean Trakkus from Tryon has graciously agreed to fill in whenever he can. We miss Fred but know you will love Dean's style as well. In the meantime, if you would like to send your wishes for a speedy recovery you may address them to:
237 Tryon Rd
Rutherfordton, NC, 28139
Oysters and Pints on Mondays
25% Off All Wines on Tuesdays
Since Valentine's Day falls on a Thursday, we will be extending the celebration through the weekend. Check out our specials that week on Facebook. We can assure you that we will have plenty of champagne, oysters and chocolate to go with our other cupid inspired specials.
Live Music in February
(Click on the name to learn more about the performer.)
February 2 - Scoot Pittman
The room is always jumping when Scoot is in the house.
February 7 - Letters to Abigail
Modern string band from Hendersonville new to us.
February 9 - Shane Pruitt Band
Old friends return with their energy.
February 14 -Jon Shain
Bringing his new CD for Valentine's Day.
February 16 - Chuck Beattie Band
Fabulous blues band returns.
February 21 - Chuck Brodsky
Not much else to say about this café favorite.
February 23 - The Lonesome Road Band
Bluegrass from Hendersonville returns.
February 28 - Swayback Sisters
Close harmony trio from Asheville is back.
Sunday, February 24
The Purple Onion is privileged to welcome back The Honeycutters on Sunday, February 24 at 6:00 PM. The doors open at 5:00 PM, and although we will not be serving dinner, light fare, beverages and desserts will be available before the concert. Admission is $15 per person and seating is limited. Come by the café at 16 Main Street in Saluda or call 828-749-1179 for reservations. We accept Visa or Master Card.
The Honeycutters are, at the heart, the musical collaboration of singer/songwriter Amanda Anne Platt and Lead Guitarist/ Producer Peter James. While their sound has drawn comparisons to such artists as Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris or Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, Platt and James produce a refreshingly unique blend of Americana music that is comfortingly familiar while being entirely original. Whether performing as an acoustic duo or a full fledged Honky-Tonk five piece, The Honeycutters leave smiles on all faces of people whose ears catch their sound.
Amanda Anne Platt has been hailed as "one of the best songwriters coming out of WNC these days" by WNCW programming director Martin Anderson, and her voice has been described as "perfectly unadorned" and "recklessly beautiful". Her song, "Little Bird," won second place in the general category of the Chris Austin Songwriting contest in 2011. Her lyrics are as catchy and heartbreaking as her melodies.
Peter James is rapidly becoming one of Western North Carolina's most sought after guitar players, known for both insightful solos and tasteful accompaniment.
Like so many of country music's great duos, Platt and James have a musical chemistry that can be felt throughout the songs they play, from the sounds of their guitars to their vocal harmonies.
Tal Taylor on mandolin, Ian Harrod on bass, and Jon Ashley on drums round out Platt's songs and create a sound that carries just as well across the bar room as the acoustic duo does in a church or a music hall.
Band schedules for Saturday performances and dances in February:
February 2- Free Flight
February 7 - ', Eighty, 9'
February 16- Lisa Price Band
February 23- Sound Investment
Blue Ridge Contra Valentine Dance, Friday, Feb. 15th 6:30pm
Contra dancing has much to offer! In today's fast-paced world where much of our entertainment is a passive, isolated experience, we encourage you to come and participate in a socially engaging and fun contra dance that's good for the body and the soul. Contra dancing is a great way to exercise and have fun at the same time. It is also a very social dance. And families are welcome! If you have never seen a contra dance, here's a little information to help you get an idea of what it is. It may remind you of a Mountain Square Dance, The Virginia Reel or an Old English Country Style Dance.
All contra dances start with couples lined up facing each other the length of the dance hall: a contra line. The Caller will introduce some basic terms used to identify the dancers' position and orientation in the line and in the hall. Topics such as hands-four, partner, neighbor, progression and how to join or re-join a line are taught and demonstrated. Then you can double the fun with two couple (four person) moves: Circle, Star, Ladies Chain, and Right & Left Through. These 'sets of four' form the basic structure of the dance. The key elements are rhythm, connection with other dancers, and timing. While most contra dances include two person moves, it is not necessary or expected that you come to the dance with a partner. In fact, it is customary to change partners after each dance. So everyone can have fun and dance. Experienced dancers are always helpful to those who may need a little help getting through the line. Unlike some dance styles, contra does not require lengthy lessons, practice, or fancy skills. It's all about having fun! We encourage new dancers to join in the first dance of the evening and fully expect them to have a great time for that dance and all the rest. The best place to learn to dance is on the dance floor. Come help us to continue to build the Blue Ridge Contra Dance Group, organized right here in Saluda.
A Valentine Contra Dance will be held at The Party Place & Event Center on Friday, Feb. 15th. Dance lessons are from 6:30 pm until 7:00 pm and then dancing until 9:30. $8.00 for adults, under 18-$5.00. The Caller, Laurie Fisher, is a multi-talented musician and entertainer from the Asheville area. The band, Skeeziks, consists of a group of experienced musicians who specialize in traditional Irish, Scottish, and Appalachian tunes. Wear your red colors in celebration of Valentine's Day. We hope you will come, see what this is all about, and plan to dance!! Be sure to arrive at 6:30 for the FREE dance lessons!!
JIM QUICK AND COASTLINE will be back on our stage Friday, March 1! Tickets $15.00.
Jim received "ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR" again in 2012 at The Beach Music Awards!
CONGRATULATIONS, Jim & Coastline! Always check our website to see the schedules, updated information, and the gallery of pictures!
Check our events schedule on the website, partyplaceandeventcenter.com 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.
The Wine Cellar at the Saluda Inn
Friday nights free, live music featuring local musicians. Always serving a rotating selection of wines by the glass, local and distinct craft-brewed beers, delicious cheese plates and small bite appetizers. Warm, local feel with three rock fireplaces, friendly service, and a cozy atmosphere, all within walking distance of downtown Saluda. Come discover one of Saluda's best kept secrets.
Upcoming Events in February
Friday Night Music (open at 7, music at 8)
February 1 Jeff Thompson
A deeply insightful, mischievously funny, jazz-influenced troubadour who plays with a lively energy and stage presence that remains dangerously exciting.
February 15 Paul Cataldo
Paul brings a warm, generous, sad, majestic, lonesome, gritty, weather-beaten and true sound combined with skillful playing, beautiful vocals, and a heartfelt storytelling lyricism. Don't miss this fantastic local musician.
February 22 Chelsea LaBate
Always inspirational and melodic, with lyrics that find the liminal space between deeply serious and heart- breakingly funny. Her voice stuns and mesmerizes, often bringing the entire room to a hushed reverence.
Saturday Events (open at 7)
February 23 Potluck: Get Stuffed, Casseroles
Other Upcoming Events
February 20 Wine on Wednesday:Wine Tasting (Tasting flights available) Subtle Sauvignon Blanc (5-7pm)
February 27 Wine on Wednesday:Wine Tasting (Tasting flights available) S.N.O.B: Sustainable, Natural, Organic, Bio-dynamic (5-7pm)
February 21 It Felt So Good: Needle Felting Class with Alyssa Surabian and 28(6-8pm). Come explore the endlessly creative and addictive world of needle felting. Produce 3D objects and wool "paintings" learning the basics of working with wool and felting needles to make different forms such as balls, cylinders and flat felts. $60 for Two Week Series.
Every Thursday is Happy Hour from 5-7pm with $5 Glasses of Wine and Local Beer on Special.
Remember, the Saluda Wine Cellar will be closed from February 6-February 14.
The Saluda Inn and Wine Cellar is located at 229 Greenville St. Click here for directions. Check our website carolinawineexpert.com for our scheduled music events or call 828-749-2229.
Be sure to visit Joni's Wine Shop in downtown Saluda for all you libationary needs. Bonnie Joy BardosFor February, the month of red hearts and love, Saluda artist Bonnie Joy Bardos will have a February 16 after-Valentine's Day Open Studio at her vintage 1895 "Art House" at 285 Greenville Street from 1-3 p.m.
Paintings, sculptures and note cards will be featured; come take a peek at new work in progress! Bonnie is represented by Patricia Carlisle Fine Art gallery on Canyon Road, Santa Fe, New Mexico and Skyuka Fine Art in Tryon; as well as hanging work in downtown Saluda in the Purple Onion and Saluda Grade.
Recently, she was awarded a Regional Artist Project Grant from the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Dept. of Cultural Resources and administered by the Arts Council of Henderson County in cooperation with the North Carolina Arts Council.
Appointments can be arranged for other times. Parking available at the Saluda Fire Department. For information, call 828-749-1153 or visit bonniebardos.com
Keep up to date with schedule changes and important announcements by facebook.
Our youth students continue their lessons in choreography for the Spring Concert, scheduled for May 18. Our NHSDA candidates are planning performances even before then, at the Saluda UMC Valentine's Dinner on February 9 at 6:30pm, and at Super Saturday in Tryon on March 16 at 2:30pm. Come out and see our students dance! We would appreciate your support.
For our adult students, come join us for a Saturday Special on Saturday, February 2 at 11:00AM. Get your weekend off to a rockin' start with a one-hour Hot Pop! class for only $5! We love beginners! Our weekly adult classes continue on a regular schedule, with beginner ballet on Mondays at 6:30PM and Wednesdays at 11AM, and Hot Pop! on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 3PM.
We are also organizing a beginner pointe class for youth (ages 12 and up) and adults to begin on February 21. Please contact the studio for more information and to register. As a reminder, classes are not held during inclement weather.
Classes are not held during inclement weather. Please keep up to date with any schedule changes by contacting the studio at 828-749-9398, following us on facebook, or visiting our website. We look forward to seeing you dancing in 2013!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at thedancers-ext.com for more information and updated schedule. Keep up-to-date with class changes on
William Jameson Painting Workshops
With this new year, here are opportunities to take time for yourself and your creativity. Painters of all levels are invited to the first painting workshops of 2013, which mark Bill 's 26th year of teaching painting in Saluda and other beautiful locations.
"Working Large Without Fear": Mar. 21-23. Expand your canvas or paper size "comfort zone" and learn to work a little (or a lot) larger than your usual painting formats.
Can 't work with those dates? Plan to join us another time in fabulous Saluda, the sunny Abaco Islands, or spectacular Tuscany, Italy.
Visit williamjameson.com for details on any of Bill 's 2013 painting workshops and to register for a workshop, or for questions, please contact Bill by email: email@example.com or phone:828-749-3101 and he will personally respond to your inquiries . William Jameson 's Painting Workshops fill quickly so "resolve" in this new year to register right away!
February is "Random Artists Gallery" Month as we bring together the works of many talented artists who have continued to nurture their creativity through workshops here with us in the past 17 years.
Opening reception is Friday, February 1 from 6pm till 8pm, and the show will continue through Sunday, February 24 and is open during shop hours. Everyone is invited to stop by and enjoy catered refreshments and a gathering of artists and their work.
Our studio will be transformed into a modern gallery that will house the art of all those that have been a part of Random Arts for all these years. The art work that will be included in the show ranges from book arts, collage, assemblage, jewelry, Zen doodle, quilted wall hangings, watercolors, acrylic, drawing, sketching, journaling and much more. Each artist that is showing their work has participated in one or more workshops given by the large number of instructors who have taught here in the last 17 years of Random Arts existence.
This is an opportunity to stop by and see exactly what has been going on behind these doors for all these years. We especially invite the fine artists in town to stop by and view the mixed media art considered by many to be fine art pieces.
Some call it Zentangle and some call it Zendoodle, but in any case, it is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. It increases focus and creativity, provides artistic satisfaction, helps you relax, improves teamwork, builds confidence, changes your outlook and is enjoyed by every age group.
ZenTangle will continue on Tuesdays in February from 10 till noon on the 5th, 19th and 26th. No pre-registration necessary, and there is NO cost and NO fee. Just bring a pen and paper, and you are ready to discover this new form of art.
Watch for more new Artsy clothing coming in soon! We are filling our shop with unique clothes and accessories which will appeal to the fun and funky side of all of us.
For more information on upcoming workshops, including Zen Doodle and Random Play days, please contact Jane at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 828-749-1165. Random Arts is located at the corner of Louisiana and Ozone in the vintage craftsman style house with the bright orange door.
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. Click here for directions.
Baker's Artist Breakfast
Richard Baker Studio invites artists of all mediums, patrons, and friends to his monthly "Artist Breakfast," February 4 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 with 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.
The Old Chicken House
Winter time at the Old Chicken House is warm, cozy, and wonderful. In the "big room," logs may be burning in the giant fireplace, art and craft works cover the walls and display areas, the shelves of art and craft books are calling you to choose a few to read at the library table. You may want to relax with a cup of coffee, hot chocolate or herb tea near the fire and visit with a friend or just sit and meditate with your own thoughts.
Remember, organizations are welcome to meet in the "big room" by reservation and depending on availability. At least a week's notice is requested. There is no charge.
Come see what we have to offer, including easy access for vehicles and plenty of parking near the building or in the huge parking area below. There is easy access for handicapped persons into the building, even into the "big room" directly from your vehicle.
We're expecting you soon!
We have art studio space available.
The Old Chicken House is located at 143 Mountain Page Road (approx. one mile from the RR tracks on Greenville Street). Phone 828-749-9718 (leave message.) Visit our new website at
Saluda artist, Jim Carson will offer a workshop, titled "Painting in the Studio" in Saluda, Thursday-Saturday, March 14-16. The workshop will focus on simplifying shapes, and applying paint quickly and confidently.
There will also be an emphasis on color harmony, bold and painterly marks, values, design, and composition. All this will be accomplished with a limited pallet of three colors, plus white, but students are welcome to bring additional colors, if they prefer.
The workshop is open to all levels, from beginners to advanced. Students will paint from photographs, and will learn how to create fresh and spontaneous paintings from photos. Jim has hundreds of photographs, but students may bring their own. There will be lots of one-on-one easel time. The class is limited to twelve. A detailed summary of the workshop, as well as a complete materials list, will be furnished after registration.
The cost of the workshop is $350 which includes lunch each day brought up to the studio by the Saluda Grade Café. A deposit of $150.00 will hold you a place.
For more information, contact Jim at 828-749-3702 or visit jimcarson.net
or email email@example.com
Oil Painting Workshop
Marguerite Hankins is offering an oil painting workshop here in Saluda: Mon., Feb.18- Fri., Feb. 22 in Judy Thompson's studio off Macedonia Rd. Our focus will be still life subjects with an emphasis on edges and lighting effects. The workshop fee is $200.00. Bring a lunch. To sign up and for more information, please call Marguerite at 828 749-1428. Limited spaces available.
The latest news and the unusual offerings provided by Saluda shops, restaurants, accommodations, outdoor recreation, artists, and craftspeople.
Saluda Bike & Hike opens March 1st at 459 Hwy 176, Suite C - across from The Tickle Family Health Center. Saluda Bike & Hike is a destination bicycle and hiking store that will offer basic bike repairs, essential biking and hiking accessories, as well as healthy snacks and a place for cyclists and hikers to relax. Hours will be Friday from 2-6 and Saturday and Sundays from 10-6. The phone number is 803.609.2190 and you can find them on Facebook at SaludaBikeAndHike.
Botes & Stuff will be expanding their merchandise starting February 1 and renting more space in the same building. Winter hours are now Wednesday through Friday, 10 to 5, and Sunday, 10 to 3.
They are located in the Depot Station at 20 W Main Street, and they can be reached at 828-606-7042.
Sweet Earth Mountain/Tipsy Gypsy Resale
Hi everyone, thanks to those of you who have made it into Joni's Artisanal Wine Shop & the Tipsy Gypsies Resale & Retail shop next to Wildflour Bakery. Thanks for coming to our first event, Mid Winter Blues Fashion Show. It was a great success and fun was had by all.
I have had some people interested in donating items with proceeds going to charities. I love the idea! Items will be sold in my booth at Joni's Wine Shop/Tipsy Gypsy's Resale & Retail in Nostalgia Courtyard and at my home shop. The donated items will be tagged with a code for five designated charities: 70% of sold price will go to the charity listed and 30% will go to the shop's costs-mostly rent, advertising, and gas for pickup. The charities from which to choose will be mostly local as follows:
- The Saluda Center (same as donating to Thrifty Barn)* funds meals on wheels for Saluda
- Foothills Humane Society
- Saluda Dog Association
- St. Jude's Children Hospital
- Saluda Community Land Trust
The following items are acceptable and pickup is preferred: Glassware, pottery, home décor, antiques, art, lamps, small furniture items, jewelry, vintage items, linens, nic nacs, (lighters, fishing equipment, cameras), and vintage tools or gardening items.
If items donated are not applicable, they will be passed on to the Thrifty Barn on their donation days.
Call Sheila at 828-606-1748 for pickup or questions, thank you! I can help clean out if needed, (seniors/disabled only).
Regular consignment also available, 60/40% (also sell on eBay).
Saluda Mountain Lake Retreat
We are a family owned and operated retreat with 40 acres of serenity to relax and enjoy our beautiful mountains. Spend the day by fishing for trout in our diversely stocked lake or exploring the grounds, finding geocaches, and hiking to our onsite waterfall. Warm up after a day's activity by a fireplace or slip into a hot tub. Lift the winter blues by taking a break from the daily grind and come relax in a cozy cabin. Cabin vacations are more affordable than you may think! February Special! 30% off a stay of 3 or more nights (non holiday).
Email us: firstname.lastname@example.org
Check out our website.
Interact with us of Facebook
The Oaks Bed and Breakfast
A Special Place - A Special Time
With Valentine's Day and summer vacations ahead, The Oaks Bed and Breakfast is the perfect way to experience all the history and natural beauty of Western North Carolina. Whether you are planning to stay for a weekend, a month or a day, base your family or group in this unique Victorian home, located in one of the most picturesque villages in the Blue Ridge!
The Oaks, with its 5 guest rooms (each with full-private bath) and a Carriage House Suite, is spacious, comfortable and private, providing accommodations for up to 15 happy people!
The 5-guest rooms in the main house are decorated in "guest-friendly" period antiques with queen-sized four-poster beds, paddle fans, cable TV with remote and individually controlled heat and air. The forward most room in the house features three comfortable single beds in two separate, yet adjoining rooms! The classic round turret is part of this unique sleeping arrangement, making the Turret Room a favorite with young people. The first floor accommodation in the main house includes all amenities with a private entrance and is accessible for guests with limited mobility.
Find a comfortable spot on one of three verandas and deck areas, breathe in the purest air in the country and enjoy all the beauty that surrounds us. Only then, will you discover what has attracted guests to these mountains for over 130 years.
Contact The Oaks to reserve your Special Time in this very Special Place! 828-749-2000, or visit our
The Oaks Bed and Breakfast at 828-749-2000, 800-581-3800, or book online at theoaksbedandbreakfast.com.Located at 339 Greenville Street. Click here for directions.
Saluda Grade Café
February 3 rd 2013 is Big Game Day! Saluda Grade will be open from11-5pm...Come have a bit of brunch or lunch and pick up some Super Appetizers for your party! Call ahead to order your Game Day Food and we will have it ready to pick up anytime on Sunday before 5pm.
- Hot Smoked Buffalo Chicken Legs with Blue Cheese and Celery
- Warm Three Cheese Spinach Artichoke Dip
- Salsa and Chips
- Sliders....either our Smoked Carolina BBQ or Beef or Lamb Sliders
- Grade Smoked Pork BBQ and Slaw
- Smoked Gouda House Cured Bacon Dip with Pretzels
Of course, we can also do any of your other favorites, too, maybe Brownies, Cupcakes, Cookies, or a Peanut Butter Pie.
Saluda Grade Café is now also taking reservations for Valentine's Day! We will have special menus all weekend starting on Thursday, February 14. So delicious and so Romantic! Grilled Salmon with Pomegranate, Raspberry Glaze topped with Watercress Salad... Bacon Wrapped Quail with Warm Blackberries, Goat Cheese and Mixed Winter Greens...Seared Duck with Pecan Wild Rice...Coffee, Black Pepper Rubbed Beef Tenderloin with Whiskey Demi glace are just a few of our Valentine's Specials. There will be Special Desserts too, Molten Lava Cakes, Linzer Tarts, Tiramisu, White Chocolate Cheesecake, Chocolate Chambord Mousse and so very much more! Wouldn't a glass of Strawberry or Raspberry Proseco be wonderful, too? Make reservations now to treat your loved ones! For years now we have had several large parties of friends getting together just to celebrate Love! (They treated each other to glasses of Bubbly and Raspberries and we added in some Chocolate Dipped Strawberries). Valentine's Day is for everyone....Married, Dating, Single, Mom, Dad, Son or Daughter, Best Friend or Co-worker! Book your reservations now! Call 828-749-5854 or email us at email@example.com
Did you know that we are having more and more Gluten Free items on our list? We don't mind special diets...it's what we do...Real Chefs cooking Real Food! Gluten Free Quesadillas, Cookies, Meatloaf and soooo much more!
We Cater too! Large, Small, Formal or Casual-we want to be your Caterer! Every menu Custom designed to suit your needs. We would love to cater your next Party or Office Lunch!
Keep in touch with us via Facebook to see pictures of what Saluda Grade is cooking up...Pictures of Caterings, Yummy Food and more.
Kaye, Mario and the Staff of the Grade
Visit us on the web at saludagradecafe.com or on Facebook.
Call 828-749-5854 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Located at 40 East Main Street. Click here for directions.
Shaman's Way, at 54 East Main Street (in the alley by M.A. Pace General Store), a bulk food store specializing in nuts, seeds, herbs, spices, dried fruit, Himalayan salt, and raw Shea butter.
Question: Are your food choices healing you or hurting you? Come to the 2nd floor of the Saluda Library at 11am every second Monday of the month. Over the next six months, we will explore all the ways food can heal.
Feb.11: Choices and reading those labels and making wise choices. Also we will discuss the healing properties of herbs and spices. Please come and join in the discussion.
The Shaman's Way is also on Facebook, full of nutritional information.
For more information, please contact proprietor, Julie Harris, at 864-322-3742 or email at email@example.com.
Historic Thompson's Store & Ward's Grill
and Historic Boarding House Venue
February is the month of many celebration days: Ground Hog Day-2nd, Chinese New Year- 10th, Lincoln's Birthday 12th, St. Valentine's Day-14th, Flag Day-15th, President's Day-10th and Washington's Birthday-22nd. Enjoy each event at Historic Thompson's Store or Ward's Grill.
You are invited to a wine tasting on February 7 from 4pm to 6pm Upstairs of Thompson's Store. Also in February, we are running a special on Boneless Pork Loin, Mild Cheddar Cheese, and a Zinfandel wine. You will receive a 10 to 15 percent off on your purchase of these items.
Come in and have a delicious breakfast or lunch in the grill. Select from our hand patty burgers and add a freshly made side, like coleslaw, potato salad, or cornbread salad. Ask about our hot soups served daily.
Visit our store and select from our special cuts of meats, our variety of specialty cheese and homemade frozen meals.
New in our wine selection, is Saluda's hand crafted, local
"2010 Chardonnay" from Judd's Peak.
Step back in time and shop in Historic Thompson's Store. Ask for a tour of our Historic Boarding House Venue and book your next event. If you are planning a birthday party, graduation party, weddings or just a fun event, this is the place for you.
Monday & Tuesday - 8am to 5:30pm
Wednesday through Saturday - 8am to 6pm
The Grill: Monday through 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.
Daily specials are $4.99 and include:
Tuesday - small chopped pork sandwich, homemade slaw, tea or coke
Wednesday - small chopped chicken sandwich, homemade slaw, tea or coke
Thursday - bacon burger with home style fries and tea or coke
Friday - 2 piglets with homemade slaw, tea or coke
Appetizer and Small Menu Items for $4.99: 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!
Try out five local draft beers or a flight for $4.75 so you can try all five!
Winter hours are 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!
Green River BBQ is located at 131 Highway 176 West. Click here for directions.
Hot, homemade soup..awesome bean bowls...breakfast bagels, and the always special Sunday Brunch. We are open and happy to get you a fresh muffin, scone, cinnamon roll or sticky bun. Bring a book, linger over your coffee or meet a friend and savor the peaceful calm of Saluda in February at the Wildflour Bake Shop.
Please bring your Valentine or be our Valentine.....Molly has created a "LOVE-ly" menu that will make everyone feel special! Call today for a reservation.
Wildflour's Delicious, Delightful, Decadent, Dining for the Valentiners.
An exclusive, reservation ONLY, limited space, one seating dinner on Thursday, February 14. Doors open from 6:00-7pm. No seating after 7pm. 828.749.3356.
Hummus plate House-made lemon, garlic hummus with fresh veggies and Wildflour crackers $6-
Bread basket Our new French bread, warm and served with Italian herb olive oil $3
BBQ Chicken Pizza Slow cooked chicken bbq, thin slices of red onion, cheddar cheese, parmesan and cilantro. $8.25
Margherita Pizza Fresh sliced tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, fresh basil and parmesan $7.95
Spinach Lasagna Layers fresh spinach, house-made marinara, cottage cheese, mozzarella and parmesan. Served with garlic bread and a side salad. $8.95
Smoked Salmon Panini Wildflour Italian bread topped with an herb cream sauce, smoked salmon, spring onions, oven roasted garlic. Served with house-made kale chips. $9.95
Sweetheart Salad Fresh, organic mixed greens, cucumbers, dried cherries, fresh strawberries, oven roasted pecans, walnuts and pepitas, brie and our house-made Balsamic vinaigrette. $7.95
Flourless Chocolate Torte Not for the faint of heart. Serious chocolate served with a raspberry pear sauce. $4.25
Carrot Cake for Two My Grandmother's recipe and our best seller. Topped with cream cheese frosting and made to share. $6-
Fresh Fruit Plate Our best selections for the season served with a honey, vanilla yogurt dip. $5.50
Wednesday 8am - 3pm
Thursday 8am - 3pm
Friday 8am - 3pm
Saturday 8am - 3pm
Sunday 9am - 2pm
Wildflour Bake Shop 828-749-3356
Wildflour Bakery 828-749-9224
Check us out online at wildflourbakerync.com for daily specials or use the good ol' fashion way...828-749-3356. Keep up with specials on
is still lending! Low interest rates make it a great time to buy a new home. When you've found the right home for the right price, come see us, the right mortgage lender!
We have a variety of options available to help you buy the house of your dreams! Stop by and see Angie Blackwell at 108 East Main Street in Saluda and see what we can do for you! Or, go to our website, website
and apply online.
NOTE: The Saluda branch will close the lobby from 1pm to 3pm. The drive through will be open during that time.
Macon Bank. The People You Turn To. The Bank You Trust.
Macon Bank, 108 East Main Street, Saluda, NC 28773, 828-749-2550, maconbank.com
Green River Adventures presents THE GORGE
Steepest, Fastest Zip Line Canopy Tour Comes to the Green River Gorge
Tim and Sara Bell are excited about the progress of the new Gorge
The Gorge gift certificates and scheduled tours, starting June 1, 2013, are available for purchase at thegorgezipline.com.
Join "The Gorge" conversation on
Honking Tonkers Gallery will be offering Raspberry Hot Cocoa for $2.50 for the month of February.
Mandala classes will be starting again on Wednesday at 7pm. Please call 828-749-1070 for any information.
Roses are red
But chocolate is Devine
Please come to Honking Tonkers
For your Valentine
Honking Tonkers Gallery, 78 E Main St, Saluda, NC. 828-749-1070
Is your house lacking in the cozy charm department? Warm up your abode with a new kitchen or master bath in 2013. Let Kirby Custom Builders help you to create the space you have been longing for. We offer complete building services including design work. Todd Kirby is a licensed and insured General Contractor with over 13 years of experience in the industry. Call Todd for a free consultation today!
Find us at kirbycustombuilders.com or call 828-606-0942.
Join us after it all slows down for some much needed R&R. Stay Sunday-Thursday for $359.99 plus tax at any cabin. Don't forget Valentine's Day is just around the corner so start planning now for your romantic getaway.
It is so hard to believe another year has passed. We ended our year with great family and friends and live music by Justin Broms. We even had guests who brought instruments and played as well.
Happy New Year, to everyone. We have had another great year here at Cabin Fever and are looking forward to seeing you all in 2013. We have more big plans for Cabin Fever in the upcoming year that we are very excited about. So stop in and say hello, check our work or book a getaway. We also sell gift certificates that can be used year round.
Cabin Fever is located at 7337 Spartanburg Hwy Saluda, NC 28773 800-767-7368 firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit website and click here for directions.
|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
Tryon Fine Arts
34 Melrose Avenue
Tryon, NC 28782
Tryon Painters & Sculptors
For information about classes and workshops and to register, please contact Christine Mariotti at 828-859-8392 or at email@example.com. 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: firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit the TPS website at tryonpaintersandsculptors.com.
Saluda Faces recognizes Saluda citizens that you may see often and wonder who they are, what they do, and why they live in Saluda.
A train ride eventually brought Beverly Pickard to discover Saluda, after taking her children on a ride on one of the last passenger trains to thrust up the Saluda Grade.
Born in Memphis, TN to hard working parents, Beverly's first venture outside the state was to an art camp, Seecelo, in Burnsville, NC. The camp was named that because you could "see" Celo Mountain from the camp. Frank and Francis Herring started the camp in 1946 which grew to national recognition for 20 years before closing in 1966. This began Beverly's love affair with western NC.
After her summer camps, Beverly returned to Memphis, and while attending Rhodes College, she married a longtime friend. Two of her three children were born in Memphis, and Beverly worked at different jobs while her husband finished college--all while raising the children.
Wanting to leave Memphis, her husband accepted a teaching position at Christ Episcopal School in Greenville, SC. This is where her youngest daughter was born. It was serendipitous that the local TV station was looking for a host to launch "Romper Room" and discovered Beverly. She was Miss Beverly on Romper Room for three years and still has her "magic mirror." At this time, her husband was accepted to seminary school and was planning their move to Sewanee when they were contacted by Clyde Ireland who asked them to come for the summer to help at the Episcopal Kanuga Camp in Hendersonville. When Beverly's husband was the Episcopal priest at Pawley's Island, he spent time at a church camp nearby where he met Jenny Hane and Julian Wiles. Jenny's family had a summer home on historic Smith Hill in Saluda. Visits to Jenny's home and the Ireland's in Saluda, soon led the couple to purchase their own summer home, called the "bullpen," one of the Smith Hill baby hospital and medical school students' dorms.
At the age of seven, when Beverly's parents wanted her to take piano lessons, she steadfastly told them she wanted art lessons instead and her adventure in art was set in motion. During all her summer stays in Saluda, she could be seen painting Saluda scenes that adorn walls in many homes in Saluda. She has exhibited her work in many galleries and museums over the years. To see some of Beverly's art work, please click on this link.
As life sometimes does, Beverly's life changed with a divorce, and she remarried in 1991 to Carey Pickard in Macon, GA and started a 19-year career at Mercer University School of Medicine. She was a marriage and family therapist and in charge of the art department at Mercer University School of Medicine. She taught communication skills to students, using actors so students could interact and practice different medical situations with patients.
In 1994, Beverly and Carey purchased the Presbyterian manse in Saluda and started the long process of remodeling and restoring the early 20th century home. Finally, with a permanent home in Saluda for Beverly and Carey, Beverly integrated into the art community and opened Saluda Fine Arts which she operated on Main Street before health issues forced her to close. Beverly was an active member of the Saluda Business Association and helped organized the Saluda Arts Festival for many years. Beverly has always been generous with her time, volunteering to teach Saluda School students and also adults who had an interest in learning more about their art abilities. Beverly published a column, "Art Clues," in Saluda Lifestyles for six years and is currently producing a compendium of these columns in a book which will be published this year.
All of Beverly's three children have become "helpers" to society. Her oldest daughter, Anne, is a social worker specializing with children in Chicago. Her son, Bowden, is a marriage and family therapist at Mercer University School of Medicine in Macon, GA, and her youngest daughter, Ginna, is a medical doctor and director of Memory Care in Asheville. She is also proud of her stepchildren, Lizzie Cogan who is a social worker in New York City and Carey, III who is a consultant for non-profit development.
Teaching and learning are the hallmarks of Beverly's life and what she feels has been most important to her. Living in Saluda has been the dream of her life. "I didn't know that I would love it so much when I first moved here," says Beverly. I have always loved the mountains, the atmosphere of a small town, and even though Saluda is small, there are enough differences that you can find your own niche."
Painting of the Saluda Grade by Beverly during her summer visits to Saluda.
Isothermal Community College: A Best Kept Secret in Polk County
Remember that a new catalogue is out as of January 1. If you want to go on-line to view the catalogue, check out the following site: isothermal.edu/polk and select "Polk Continuing education classes." They have also added a list of courses beginning in late January and February, although this list is not all inclusive. Be patient because it takes a little while to load the catalogue. Many courses begin in February, or even as late as March or April. Preregistration is required (call 828-894-3092) and the number of pre-registrants determines whether a course will "make."
Courses which begin in February are: Photoshop Elements, Excel I, QuickBooks, Watercolor Painting for Intermediate and Beyond, Intermediate Drawing, Pen and Ink, In Class Writing, Developing Characters (a creative writing course), Metaphysical Poetry, The Art and Craft of Flash Fiction, Inprov Theater Fun, Yi Jing:64 Hexagrams, Interpretations, and Application, China: A Survey of Chinese Dynasties and Emperors, Qi Gong (exercise for balance and flexibility), 5 Steps to Perfect Skin, Forest Stewardship, Planting By the Moon.
If you have not checked out the spacious and bright library on the campus at ICC Polk Campus, stop in to see what is offered there. We are so lucky to have our local library in Saluda. However, this is a wonderful place to have as a back-up and is a beautiful facility. Available at the library are: a large computer room, a large supply of DVD's, wireless computer access, a large print library, a genealogy library, books for sale as low as $1.00, a large children's area and library, an entrepreneur business research center, and of course, for all of us readers, many choices of books and periodicals. An expansive terrace with rocking chairs is available in good weather. Hours are: Monday, 9am-6pm; Tuesday-Thursday, 9am-8pm; Friday, 9am-6pm;Saturday, 9am-4pm. Children's activities take place on Tuesday at 10:30am.
By Betsy Sellers
Avoid Becoming a "Groundhog Day" Investor
Groundhog Day is almost here. And ever since the movie called Groundhog Day came out, this day implies a situation in which someone repeatedly makes the same mistakes. To avoid becoming a "Groundhog Day" investor, consider these suggestions:
Don't chase after "hot" investments. Many people do this over and over- they hear about a "hot" investment from a friend, relative or television commentator, and they buy it. Too often, though, they find that by the time they own the so-called hot investment, it has cooled down.
Don't get obsessed with your investment's performance. If you review your portfolio's performance with great frequency, you may overreact to short-term fluctuations.
Don't let fear and greed drive your choices. Too many investors only buy investments when they're on the rise and sell them when they're falling. Because they are driven by greed and fear, they end up doing the opposite of "buy low and sell high." Keep these emotions out of your investment strategy, and you'll help yourself greatly.
By staying patient and focusing on the long term, you can avoid these Groundhog Day-type investment mistakes - and that's something to celebrate.
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1038-A Greenville Hwy Flat Rock, NC 28731
|Terrorizing Small Wild Game|
by Clark Thompson
As a youngster, my weapons arsenal consisted of a bb gun and a single-shot .22 gauge rifle. Then there was that long-barrel 12 gauge super goose gun in our household, but its powerful kick and deafening explosion would leave my shoulder temporarily numb and my ears ringing. Anyhow, it was considered the "adult gun" used by my older brothers. While I was able to summon up the courage on several occasions to fire it as part of the required male bonding ritual, my preferred weapon of terror remained the .22 until I was around 12 years old.
The only wild game available in those days were rabbits and squirrels. Even with a single-shot rifle, I left lots of wasted lead in the woods and fields around Saluda during my early childhood, and no hunting buddy ever accused me of being a marksman. Actually, had the critters known just what a lousy shot I was, they might have felt some sympathy for me.
In these earlier years, my usual hunting companion was my brother Perry, who was left-handed and taught me how to shoot from the left even though I am right-handed. He also instructed me in basic gun safety, and since I only carried my .22, insisted that I keep the gun safety in the "on" position and the barrel pointed towards the ground until ready to fire. However, during one rabbit hunt, I broke the rules. Perry, his buddy Evin Arledge, and I were rabbit hunting with Bowser, our black-and-tan hound, and True, Evin's family's blue-tick hound. These two dogs made a perfect hunting team since True loved to go headlong into thickets and briar patches while Bowser preferred to sniff around the perimeter. Only recently, I read that blue-ticks have a short, thick, and coarse coat of hair which probably helps protect them from briars and the like. However, when not hunting, these two dogs would fight each other like they were worst enemies.
Since Perry and Evin carried the heavy gauge artillery and were more likely to actually hit something, I trailed two or three steps behind, knowing that any shot from me would be like an afterthought. After a period of time without stirring up any rabbits, the dogs began working over a big pile of briar-covered brush. Suddenly I felt this tremendous urge to pull the trigger just to make sure the safety was still on. "Bang!!!" went the rifle, causing Perry and Evin to jump like both had been shot. "Which way did the rabbit go? Did you hit him? Here Bowser, here True, sic 'em." Hearing the sound of gunfire, the dogs began running excitedly, barking wildly with their noses to the ground in search of a rabbit scent. Much to my humiliation, my only option was to confess, while the two excited dogs searched in vain for a non-existent scent trail. While repenting of my hunter's transgression, I noticed out of the corner of my eye a big furry rabbit exiting the brush pile and scampering off undetected by either of the dogs. I was so embarrassed by the whole episode that I never said a word to my companions about the rabbit that got away.
When I was 12 years old, I received a single shot 410 gauge shotgun and three boxes of shells as Christmas gifts. So excited was I that late on Christmas morning, I expended my entire supply of shells on groups of birds flying way too high for the pellets to reach. Literally, not a single feather was ruffled.
Soon after receiving this new gun, Perry and I went rabbit hunting to see if this small bore shotgun could improve my kill chances. Shortly into the hunt, Bowser stirred up a rabbit and Perry quickly told me to take the shot. I drew a bead and fired, only to watch Bowser spin around and yelp in pain. Instead of giving the rabbit time to pull away for a clearer shot, I had shot early and hit my dog in the face as he nipped at the heels of the rabbit. Poor ole Bowser could only whimper as blood poured from his nose and head. That was the last time I remember asking Bowser to accompany me on such trips.
In my later teenage years, I handed my two guns over to my oldest brother, Charles, for safekeeping. After his demise, his widow returned the shotgun to me, where it sits unfired after more than 60 years.
Thompson's Store is located at 24 Main Street, in the heart of downtown Saluda. Contact the store at 828-749-2321 or visit
Thompson's Store online.