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In This Issue (click on a topic to move to it quickly.)
Dates to Remember
Annual Calendar of Events
Small Town Main Street
Contra Dancing
Easter Egg Hunt
Chamber Honors DeKay
Robinson Community Garden
City Notes
Saluda Single Women
Saluda Center News
Call for Artists
Saluda Community Land Trust
Saluda Garden Club
Saluda Tree Preservation
Saluda Health & Wellness
The Women's Club of Saluda
Saluda Dog Society
Yoga Schedule
Historic Saluda
Saluda Library
Saluda School
Saluda Church Services
Post Office Hours
Local Dog Make It Big!
Saluda Classifieds
Saluda Lifestyles Marketplace
What's Happening in Music and Art
Saluda Adventure Guide
Saluda Scoop
Income Producing Tips
Tryon Arts
Autumn Care
Isothermal Community College
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
(links may expire, visit to view featured listings.)

NEW on the Market! 
See Forever! 
Stand on the deck and see long range views out 65+ miles or better. This contemporary, three story mountain home has a view on every level and sits at the end of a private 3 acre cul de sac.  2BR, 2.5 BA, 2040 SF, MLS#532100, $329,000

Your affordable "Cabin in the Woods"

Private, wooded get-a-way with mountain views. Enjoy the sun going down while relaxing on the screened porch that faces the view. Piney Mountain is a nature lover's paradise with wildlife walking right up to your yard. 1BR, 1BA, MLS# 532879, $129,000

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  

In Town!
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 HavenSheila
Bring the whole family to the lake! 4BR, 3BA, 1796 SF
MLS#529558 $495,000 





This is a WOW! Home

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 

Great Investments!

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 
MLS#521061 $269,000


Come look at lots and land before the landscape gets covered up!

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  

Lake Sheila, 1 ac, $45,000  

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, $24,900, 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


Other Areas

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

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

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


Looking for a Spring and Summer Vacation Retreat?  Click here to download this list of referral properties. (Please contact property owners directly.)  

Links to Real Estate Sources

Saluda Real Estate Market

A Quick Saluda Market Update

(compares last year's sales with the same period this year as of February 28, 2013). 


Sales               Closed   Pending  

Homes 2013         3           3
 Homes 2012         4           0 


         Land 2013              2           3         

Land 2012              1           0


Foreclosures-REO-Short Sales

Saluda - 3 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 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
Click here to download a report of the Saluda
real estate market in 2012.
Saluda Service Directory
serviceSaluda Service Directory with new categories is now available. 
Click here to download the 2013 copy.
2013 directories will be available in print by mid March.
Please support Saluda's local service providers.

Directories can be picked up at Macon Bank, Post Office, City Hall, and the Saluda Library.

Cathy Jackson Realty  Celebrates 7 Years!
cake Thanks to all our clients, colleagues, friends and family for helping us to reach seven years in business in one of the toughest real estate markets ever!  We wouldn't be here without you and are grateful to all of you for the opportunity to serve this community.

-Cathy Jackson, Amy Zollo, Greaton Sellers
Dates to Remember
Saluda Business Association meets Tuesday, March 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.

The Historic Saluda Committee (HSC) and Oral History Committee will meet Friday, March 8 from 2 to 4pm at the Saluda LibraryThe public is invited to attend.     


Women's Club meets at 9:30am on March 12 at Saluda Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall.   


Saluda School's Children's Art Work open reception at Saluda Center, Thurs., March 14 from 5:30-6:30 pm.   


Small Town Main Street meeting March 19, 9am at Saluda Library.  Public is invited to attend. 


Saluda Single Women potluck dinner will NOT meet on Thursday, March 21 at 6pm, but instead, will meet  Tuesday, March 19, 10am at Saluda Center to carpool to Columbus for a tour of the House of Flags Museum and Polk County History Museum, and then lunch at Larkin's Carolina Grill.

Community Potluck and Bingo
at Saluda Center, Monday, March 25 at 6pm. 

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 on March 6 and 5pm on March 20.  

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 March 10 at 10am.  Call Patty Martin at 828-817-9518 for location directions.

Easter Egg Hunt and Easter Bonnet Contest - March 30 at 2pm in the grassy area across from McCreery Park at the intersection of Greenville and Irwin Streets.
Annual Calendar of Events
Save these dates so you don't miss out on any of the great events in Saluda this spring and summer.

March 30      Easter Egg Hunt and Bonnet Contest

April 26        "Dog On It" Show at Kathleen's Gallery

April             Jerry's Baddle Race 

May             The Gorge™ Zipline Opens

May 18         Saluda Arts Festival

June 1          Historic Homes Tour

July 6           50th Coon Dog Day

September 28 Green River Games

November       Green River Narrows Race

Small Town Main Street
town span
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 March 19, 2013.

Contra Dancing


Contra Dancing on St. Patrick's Day

Sunday, March 17th


You don't even have to be Irish to celebrate at The Party Place in Saluda!


Hosted by Blue Ridge Contra Dancers (for more info and to join the mailing list visit


Beginner lessons: 3:30-4pm with dancing from 4-6:30pm. No partner needed! Adults $8 and under 18, $5. (This is the most fun you can have for that amount of money!)

Party Place is a fabulous 12,000 square foot dance facility with hardwood floors, refreshment bar and a great sound system.


Music by Steamshovel with Roger Gold on guitar and foot drum and David White on fiddle and banjo. Caller is Tamara McGovern.


To reach The Party Place take exit 59 off I-26. Turn toward Saluda, and then take the first left onto Howard Gap Road. Then turn left on Friendship Church Road. For description and more information visit Party Place and Event Center.  


Click here to view a video, produced by Erik Olsen and provided by the Party Place and Event Center, of the Valentine's Contra Dance. 


For more information or to join the mailing list Click on this link for directions to  Party Place and Event Center.

Let's Have An Easter Egg Hunt!

An Easter Egg Hunt is being planned in Memorial Park and the grassy area across from 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.

Foothills Chamber of Commerce Awards Business Person of the Year

shelley To celebrate National Entrepreneurship Week, the Carolina Foothills Chamber of Commerce awarded Shelley DeKay, owner of Heartwood Gallery in Saluda, as "business person of the year" at its annual awards banquet.   Shelley exemplifies the qualities of a successful entrepreneur: An individual who runs an established business that generates revenues, pays salaries, has operated for a generous period of time, is good for our communities, participates in community activities, and is well respected by fellow businesses.


Shelley Dekay has been an active member of the Saluda Business Association since its inception in 1995 and has served on the executive board. Her passion and enthusiasm for handmade and American craft has turned her small, weaving business into one of the most recognized and successful businesses in western NC for offering high quality, American art and craft merchandise. As a Main Street business, she has initiated and promoted projects that have not only supported other businesses in Saluda, but also have enriched the community. She is a staunch promoter for sustainable living through agriculture in Polk County and was a major force in launching the Saluda Tailgate Market. She has served as liaison between Saluda businesses and the commissioners of the city of Saluda, bridging and building harmonious cooperation to achieve a sustainable and thriving downtown. Cherishing the past, she is continually looking to the future and embraces change when needed to grow her business, and that is one of the reasons she has become a business leader who we should all admire.


Click here to read more about the event in the Tryon Daily Bulletin.


Congratulations, Shelley!

Robinson Community Garden
Time to Sign Up!

garden The Saluda Community Land Trust (SCLT) will again sponsor plots in the Robinson Community Garden on Henderson Street. There are two sign up days, Wed., March 13th which will be followed by a potluck dinner and the final sign up on Wed., April 10th. Plots will be the same reasonable price as in past years: $30, for the season. You must be present at one of these meetings to have a plot. If you have questions, you may call Marilyn Prudhomme at 828-749-9172 or Carolyn Ashburn at

CityCity Notes

Joe Adams  


rhodes Mr. John Rhodes' wish was for an historical piece of artillery to be placed in the Memorial Park in Saluda.  To honor his wishes, the City of Saluda was placed on a list five years ago to be considered for one.  Last week, a call was received that a M102 Howitzer was available for purchase.  Approximate cost to have this unique piece of history placed in Saluda's Memorial Park is $2,000.


If you would like to donate to this cause, you may do so at Saluda City Hall, PO Box 248, Saluda, NC 28773.


Stay informed by visiting the city website,  Minutes from previous month's town council meetings are posted on this site. 

Saluda Single Women
Members of The Single Women of Saluda are planning a tour to The House of Flags Museum and The Polk County History Museum on Tuesday, March 19, instead of their regular monthly potluck on the 3rd Thursday of the month.

Please meet by 10:00 am at the Saluda Center to carpool to Columbus. After the tour, we plan to have lunch at Larkin's Carolina Grill.    It will be necessary to RSVP to Judy Ward on her cell 828-674-5958 or at Thompson's 828-749-2321 to make reservations for lunch at Larkin's.

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

BLOOD DRIVE-Polk County Red Cross will hold a blood drive at the Saluda Center on

Wed., March 27 from 1:00 pm-7:00 pm.


Saluda School Children's artwork show will be at the Center beginning March 5 through March 15. There will be a reception in their honor on Thurs., March 14 from 5:30-6:30 pm.  Please come by the Center Mon.-Fri. between 8:30 am-2:30 pm to see their work.


Brown bag gardening with John Vining from the Cooperative Extension on Wednesday, March 6, at noon. Bring a lunch and we'll provide your choice of beverage. Bring your gardening questions and John will answer them for you.


Beginning bridge course continues through Tues., March 26 from 9:30 am until noon. This 8-week course is 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.


Stop by for a de-stressing Microderm Abrasion Facial on Thurs. March 7 from noon- 3:00 pm. Relaxing facial sessions last 20-30 minutes. Walk-ins are accepted BUT book ahead to secure the time slot that works best for you. Contact Nedra at 828-384-8421 or


Introduction to Holistic Medicine Part IV, with Nancy Shatto, NP from the Saluda Medical Center on Wed., March 13 from 1:00 pm-2:00 pm. All are welcome to attend.


Book club meeting on Thurs., March 7 at 2:00 pm.


Saluda Single Women meets Tuesday, March 19, 10am at Saluda Center to carpool to Columbus for a tour of the House of Flags Museum and Polk County History Museum, then lunch at Larkin's Carolina Grill.


Community potluck with bingo is back! Mon., March 25 at 6:00 pm; bring a covered dish and welcome Archie Hardy back as the bingo caller. All are welcome to attend.


If you or someone you know is home-bound and cannot prepare meals or is recovering from recent surgery and is 60 years and over, please call the Saluda Center to join our Meals on Wheels Program. We will deliver meals to you five days a week at little to no cost. Ask for Donna for more information at 828-749-9245.


If you are in need of some medical equipment, please call 828-749-9245. We may be able to loan you what you need.


Please refer to the Saluda Center calendar for all regularly scheduled activities. There is no membership fee.


If you would like to receive the Saluda Center calendar via email, please contact Donna at to be added to our email list.  


A Thrifty barn 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 Arts Festival

What are you waiting for?  Don't put if off any longer.  It's time to enter your application in Saluda's 10th annual Saluda Arts Festival.  Spaces are filling up fast!    

Waddil Arts Festival
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 visisbat
Saluda Community Land Trust


SCLT recently completed a two-day retreat that was most helpful in focusing on projects for the future as well as those that are already in progress. We thank the Polk County Community Foundation for issuing a grant that helped support the retreat. A very special thank you to Don Mintz who provided lodging for the event. Thank you!


Garden Time 

The Robinson Garden committee will meet on March 13th and April 10th for sign ups for a garden plot. Meetings will be upstairs at the Saluda Library beginning at 6:30 PM. If you are interested in getting a garden plot and want to find out more information about the community garden, come join us. This is a great opportunity to be able to grow your own vegetables in an environment that helps you get outside with your family and neighbors. Potluck suppers throughout the growing season will be the second Wednesday of the month.



Adopt-A-Highway will once again be cleaning up the entrances to Saluda on Highway 176. Mark your calendar for Monday, March 11th, with rain date of March 18th. We will meet in the library parking at 10 AM, and each volunteer will be provided a safety vest. Two teams will work both sides of the entrance of Saluda on Highway 176.


Meeting Time Changed  

SCLT will have a change of meeting times for the month of March. We will meet on March 6th at 3 PM and on March 20th at 5 PM. We will be meeting at our office in the upstairs of the Saluda Presbyterian Church and the public is invited.


Polk County Community Foundation 

Polk County Community Foundation has provided valuable resources for our efforts. We thank them for all that they do to help with our endeavors. One of the many ways they have helped us has been their financial assistance with our operating expenses. Their support has allowed us to focus on funding our community projects. With the help of PCCF, we are able to continue with specific community projects as well as have our 6th Annual meeting!


Annual Meeting in April 

This year we will have speaker Doug Elliot who is a "Story Teller and Naturalist" who will appeal to all ages. Bring your friends and neighbors along with your children for a night of refreshments, entertainment and an update on our many projects. We will meet at the Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration on Wednesday, April 3rd at 6:30 PM.


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

Saluda Garden Club

saluda garden club

The Saluda Garden Club has many plans for the upcoming year!


We would like to thank the City of Saluda and Steve Justice for rebuilding the rock wall surrounding the spring at Spring Park. It is beautiful and another promise that the history of Saluda will continue. Please take the time to walk through Spring Park and know that this is a historical site that is a treasure in our community.


Our next meeting will be on March 18th at 10 AM. We will meet at Patty Martin's home with a perennial and seed exchange. Following the meeting will be a casual lunch; bring your own sandwich and stay for an update of coming activities.


Saluda Garden Club meets the third Monday of the month at 10 AM.


For more information about the Saluda Garden Club, please call Patty Martin at 828-817-9518.  

Saluda Community Tree Preservation Association


At our February meeting, somebody said, "Mother Nature doesn't read a calendar." Already signs of spring are all around us. Daffodils are in full bloom, other bulbs are pushing through the earth, and buds are popping forth on many of our shrubs.

Earlier, we discussed pruning, when and if needed, among our deciduous trees. (Conifers rarely need pruning). But, very soon, our flowering trees will be blooming. If limbs are cut while blooms are on the limbs, the tree can suffer from stress and may be damaged, especially if the tree is not established and/or is very young. When buds appear, wait until next winter to prune. In winter, among other advantages, the trees are dormant and less likely to experience shock.


Always use an arborist who is certified by the International Society of Arboriculturists; the initials ISA verify the individual's qualifications.


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 

Fly Fishing School

Have you ever wanted to learn something truly special for this area?  The Pisgah Chapter of Trout Unlimited is holding its annual Fly Fishing School on Saturday, April 20th 2013, from 8:30 am to 4:15 pm at Harmon Field in Tryon.


Students will receive not only a full day of practical instruction from experienced anglers covering the basics of fly fishing, including equipment, casting, line management and stream tactics, but they will also get a ½ day session of "hands on" learning on one of the area's trout rich rivers or streams. The combination of the classroom instruction and on-the-water guided practice makes this one of the most unique and economical fly fishing schools available in our area.


The cost of the school (which includes lunch on Saturday, the 20th) is $125 for adults and $75 for students (ages 10 and older).  Equipment for the class will also be provided.  For more information or to register for the school, please visit the PCTU website at  Class size is limited.  Early registration is recommended.


All proceeds from the school help support Trout Unlimited educational and environmental programs in Western North Carolina. The PCTU Chapter meets on the second Thursday of the month at the Pardee Health Education Center, Blue Ridge Mall. Come join us and make new friends.


Trout Unlimited is dedicated to the conservation, protection and restoration of coldwater fisheries and their watersheds in the Western North Carolina region.

Women's Club Meeting

The March meeting of the Women's Club of Saluda will begin at the Saluda Presbyterian Church, 54 Carolina St (behind the library), at 9:30 am for the business meeting and refreshments.  "Computer Basics and Beyond" will be presented by Cathy Jackson of Cathy Jackson Realty from 10:30 to 12:00 in the downstairs computer lab at the Saluda Library. This will be a good time to overcome technology shyness and get some answers to your computer related frustrations.  Guests are welcome. If any questions, call Program Chairman, Peggy Wolf at 828-749-3276.

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

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Yoga Class Schedules
Cassandra Nelson, LMBT at Saluda Center

Gentle Yoga Classes

Wednesday 12:30

Thursday 5:30


Flow yoga
Monday 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.
  • Also available are relaxing, healing massages in the comfort of your own home. My portable table can go almost anywhere!  To schedule a session, please call 828-749-3794.
Click here for directions. 64 Greenville, St. 



Nectar Yoga And Wellness Center yoga

Saluda's Premier Yoga Studio


Join us this spring at Nectar for a wide array of wonderful offerings for everyone...from kids to elders, women and men.


Ongoing classes

Mondays 6-730pm

Wednesday 9-10:30am 

Saturday 9-10:30am

Classes are All Levels

New to yoga?  Great! Beginners are welcome, and are always taken care of.


Tribal Belly Dancing with Rima

Tribal belly dance intro class: come see how much fun fitness can be!

No experience necessary, any age from 14-104

Taught by Rima of LunaMuse

Tuesday, March 5




Kids Yoga and Dance Party

Saturday March 16th $13

11-12:30 at Nectar

Please, pre-register.


New Massage Packages

Buy 4 massages at a huge savings.

$200 for 4  ($60 savings)

*expires within 6 months of purchase

Regular massage and self care is proven to reduce illness, stress, and aging and greatly improve your feelings of well-being and joy.


*Three Yoga Classes Weekly

*Private Yoga Instruction

*Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork

*Intuitive Counseling

*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.


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




"How old is my house?" will be subject of the first workshop.

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 are open to anyone interested in old houses. The series of three workshops will offer an opportunity to learn more about Historic Preservation from professionals in the field. The theme of the first workshop is "How Old Is My House" and will be held on Friday, March 8 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 either lunch on your own or a brown bag lunch (each person responsible for own); drinks and cookies will be provided. There will be 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!


Two more free workshops will be held before the Tour of Homes and Gardens, on the second Fridays of the month. On April 12, Jennifer Cathey, a Restoration Specialist, will be the speaker at the workshop titled, "What Style is my House? Why Do Details Matter?" The final workshop on May 10 will be led by Lew Halloway, a Landscaper and the Manager of the Hendersonville Main Street Program. He will be discussing streetscapes and why the exterior of our houses and properties matter in an Historic Community.  


Archive Storage Space Given to Historic Saluda Committee

L to R: Lynn Cass, Saluda City Commissioner; Cindy Tuttle, HSC Co-Chair and Oral History Chair holds oral history DVDs; Greaton Sellers, HSC Chair; Ted Alexander with Preservation North Carolina; and Carolyn Ashburn, HSC Committee Member


It has been the dream of the Historic Saluda Committee (HSC) to someday open a historical museum. That dream came a little closer recently when the Saluda Public Library and the City of Saluda dedicated a storage room to safely store items donated to the group. The storage room now holds items that had been previously donated to the city, along with items that are being donated to the HSC with increased frequency since its inception. In addition, the HSC oral history committee needed a secure space to store the individual oral histories which are being compiled on DVDs. The HSC plans to pursue technical assistance from archival experts and hopes to pursue grant funding for this purpose. The HSC looks forward to being able to share its collection with the public when the museum comes to fruition.


Attention: Photos Needed!

The HSC needs photographs for the Arcadia Book project, a pictorial documentary of Saluda. All photos will be returned to the owner in the condition in which they were received, or we can set up an appointment to come to your home and scan them so they never leave your home. Donations of old photographs or artifacts will also be accepted for the Historic Saluda archives. Contact Carolyn Ashburn at 828-749-9886 or or Mary Ann Hester at or 864-325-9292, if you have photos pertaining to the following subject matters:

  • Paces Gap/Early Saluda
  • The Railroad
  • Inns and Boarding Houses
  • Historic Downtown
  • Smith Hill/ Spartanburg Charity Baby Hospital
  • Functional and Fine Arts in Saluda
  • Coon Dog Day
  • Modern Day Saluda

CD 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 people were born in Saluda in the late 1800's or had been coming for the summer since the early 1900's. 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." 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.   Purchase online at Saluda Lifestyles.



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 All proceeds go toward future projects.





The Historic Saluda Committee (HSC) will meet on Friday, March 8, 2013, at 2:00 p.m. at the Saluda Public Library in the upstairs meeting room. 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 or contact us at


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

Saluda Community Library

Paul Koenen

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

 Saluda Elementary is one of four schools chosen to serve as an A+ Case Study School for the NC A+ Schools Program!     


If you order from Schwan's Foods, please plan ahead to support Saluda School PTSO in April!  Students will begin taking Schwan's orders on March 28.  Food will be delivered to the tennis court parking lot on Tuesday, April 16.  

March Events at Saluda Elementary School

March 1    Box Tops Collection Day
March 1    5th Grade Trip to The Health Adventure Museum & Mars Hill College
March 2    Read Across America Day
March 4    End of the 4th Six Weeks
March 5    Student artwork on display at The Saluda Center
March 6    Report Cards
March 7    PreK-2 Assembly:  Ronald McDonald  1:30pm
March 10    Daylight Savings Time Begins
March 11    Clogging fundraiser---AutoBell car wash tickets
March 11    School Board Meeting at Stearns  6:30pm
March 12    Humane Society presentation for After School Academy  5:15pm
March 14    Artists' Reception at The Saluda Center
March 17    St. Patrick's Day
Mar 18-22    Read-a-Thon Activities
March 20    Spring Begins
March 21    5th Grade Trip to Harmon Field for Heritage Day
March 21    School Dance 3:15-4:30pm
March 22    PTSO Books Are Really Fun distribution #3
March 23    PTSO Spring Campus Clean Up 1:00-4:00pm
March 26    Interim reports
March 27    Kindergarten to Saluda Community Library for Storytime
March 28    Box Tops Collection Day
March 28    PTSO fundraiser----Schwan's Foods
March 29    HOLIDAY---No School
March 31    Easter



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


Easter Services in Saluda
  "A unity in the community." 

 March 28 - Maundy Thursday Service at the Saluda Presbyterian Church with Holy Communion at 7:30pm led by Pastors Rob Parsons, Jack Presseau, and members of both churches. The church is located on Carolina Street (behind the library).


Easter cross March 31 - Easter Sunrise Service on Orchard Hill at 6:45am co-sponsored by the Saluda Presbyterian and Saluda United Methodist churches. Dr Presseau of the Saluda Presbyterian Church will deliver the sermon and the Presbyterian Church will provide a light breakfast after the service. All denominations are welcome to attend Saluda's Sunrise Service on Orchard Hill. Directions: From Main Street, cross RR tracks on Greenville St., travel approx 1.5 miles, right on Pace Mountain Rd., right on Orchard Hill, drive until you see cars parking. Folding chairs are available. Service will be held at Presbyterian Church in case of inclement weather.

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
Local Dog Makes It Big
Rusty Kay Shurtleff, Saluda resident at Lake Sheila, entered her dog, Rusty, into a poster contest for the Asheville Community Theatre musical, "BARK," and won.  Now, Rusty is posted all over the theater and other public places. 

The musical is about the "dogs point of view" and the cast plays the role of the dogs.  It's a great show, and if you are a dog lover, you will really enjoy it.  The musical runs until March 20 at the Asheville Community Theatre.  Located at 35 E Walnut Street, Asheville, 828-254-1320.

Congratulations Kay and Rusty!

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. 

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.

William H. "Bill" Ryan, 75, of Chisholm Street, Saluda, NC, died Wednesday, February 20, 2012. The town has lost one of its finest artists. A celebration of Bill's life will be held on Saturday, March 2 from 4pm at the Saluda Party and Event Center. 


Mary Gurney Okie, 92, died peacefully at home on Feb. 7, 2013. She was a lifelong member of the Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration.


Robert Whitfield (Whit) Scoggin (75 yrs old) of Mt Pleasant,SC, and seasonal resident of Saluda, died February 1, 2013.  

Betty Faye Laughter, 79, of Holly Hills, Saluda, died Monday, Feb. 4, 2013.


Margaret Jane Thomas Crabbe, 90, of Saluda, NC, died Friday, February 1, 2013. 

Saluda Lifestyles Marketplace

Shop online at the Saluda Lifestyles Mercantile for the following merchandise:  

Saluda Voices "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. 



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.   

"Wind Beneath Our Wings"
spring mountains Spirits in Saluda are soaring high on the wings of the March winds whipping across the Saluda Mountains. Saludians anticipate the change that March brings with excitement and renewed energy. They are ready to leave winter days behind and embrace longer daylight hours and the rebirth of flora and fauna.


With the coming of spring this year, Saluda will blossom with new adventures and events to keep your calendar full. Saluda Lifestyles will keep a calendar of events for you so you won't miss anything.


No doubt, we will see a little winter in March as it clashes with spring to hold onto its place, but spring will win out as we relish the return of daylight savings time and await the spring equinox on March 20.


The world seems sad
mid winter's gloom,

But all is well
when the jonquils bloom

-Greg Grant

What's Happening in Music and Art

What's Happening At The Purple Onion In March   


March Madness

In spite of a snowless winter for Saluda, I am still looking forward to the sweet smell of spring that blows in with March. The warming earth, the daffodils, the swollen buds on the cherry outside the window and the yellowing of the finches at the birdfeeder hold the promise of newness and simultaneously elicit restlessness. It is a month of considerable frustration; the blustery winds of old man winter giving way to the gentle warm breezes of spring and then returning as if to remind us spring has not yet sprung.


It is unlikely that in 1891 when Dr. James Naismith conceived of the game of basketball that he had any idea it would develop into one of the greatest annual sporting events in this nation's or any nation's history - March Madness, but, how fitting that the event should fall in such an unsettled month.


While you won't find a big screen TV at the Onion, even though brackets still appear everywhere; on my desk, behind the bar and in the restroom, thanks to current technology, we can record the games and watch them later. So this way, we don't miss the fabulous music and events scheduled at the Onion this month.


Our theme for the month? You guessed it. March Madness. We've stashed some of our favorite winter brews in a nod to Ole Man Winter: Bell's Winter White, Founder's Breakfast Stout and Bells Hopslam. Look for specials beginning March 1.


Spanish Wine Tasting

Monday, March 11 @ 6:30

We continue the madness on March 11 with our first wine tasting of the year which will feature Spanish Wines and Tapas. The cost of the tasting is $40 and includes a taste of seven wines and several tapas chosen to complement them. The cost of the tasting will be waived for every two cases purchased. Click on the link above for a list of the featured wines.


New Spring Menu

Then, as winter relinquishes it's hold and the first day of Spring rolls around, we plan to debut a new menu inspired by warmer weather and fresh greens, peas, baby root vegetables and asparagus that will be coming in from area farmers. We also plan to include more gluten free options as well as some new house pours on the wine list and tasty new brews.


Finally, to top off a spectacular line up of live music for the month of March, Mac Arnold and Plate Full o' Blues returns March 24 as part of our Sunday Evening Music at the Purple Onion.


March Music Calendar

March 2 - The Danberrys

A superb blend of bluegrass, old-time country, folk, and a little jazz with inspired original tunes, strong harmonies and dynamic musicianship.


March 7 - Marshall Ballew & Wanda Lu Paxton

Old friends from days gone by return to the Onion.


March 9 - Marc Yaxley

Jazz guitar virtuoso from Brevard returns.


March 14 - Dylan Sneed

Kevin Oliver of the SC Free Times said "Sneed's songs give a contemporary spin to the Lone Star country and folk of Guy Clark, Steve Earle and others, coming out more like the acerbically literate North Carolina songwriters, Jonathan Byrd or Malcolm Holcombe."


March 16 - JPQ Band

Jim Peterman returns with his Hammond B, funky jazz and R&B.


March 21 - One Leg Up

Great Gypsy jazz from this audience favorite.


March 23 - Wendy Hayes

Energetic and entertaining renditions of cool, bop, and post bop standards delivered with passion and skill.


March 24 -Sunday Concert Mac Arnold & Plate Full O' Blues.  

See below for more information.

March 28 - Jeffery Hyde Thompson

"A cross between Martin Sexton and Jeff Buckley, blessed with a four and a half octave vocal range, a scatman's spontaneity, and an arsenal of well-penned lyric."


March 30 - Phil & Gaye Johnson

A unique blend of traditional and contemporary Folk, Bluegrass, and Country music along with generous portions of Western Swing, Cowboy, Blues, and Old-Time.



POSEM Concert Series

Sunday, March 24, 6PM

Mac Arnold's   first band included James Brown on piano. Mac moved to Chicago and Muddy Waters hired him on the spot. He toured and recorded with the Muddy Waters Band and recorded LPs with Otis Spann and John Lee Hooker. Mac moved to Los Angeles and produced Soul Train with his friend Don Cornelius. He even played bass on the Sanford & Son television show when he wasn't playing bass for Otis Redding and B.B. King. He retired from show business to be an organic farmer. Mac is back with his own band and now a third CD, building a new foundation in blues, soul and funk. We are honored to welcome him to the Purple Onion stage Sunday, March 24 at 6:00 PM.


Admission is $15 per person and seating will be limited.  The performance starts at 6 PM.  The doors open at 5 PM, and a light supper, as well as beverages and desserts, will be available on the patio prior to the concert.  Reservations can be made by calling the Purple Onion Café at 828-749-1179.


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


Carolina Beach Music Awards   "Entertainer Of The Year"  

Jim Quick And Coastline


jim coast "Jim Quick and The Coastline Band" was the gracious recipient, again in 2012, of the Carolina Beach Music Award "Entertainer of The Year"!  Jim and his band have received this prestigious award 12 times.  If you have ever witnessed his concert, you will agree that he can bring charm, humor, and talent on stage like no other performer.  He has pushed to the forefront of Carolina Beach Music with his original songs and tunes as no other artist has done in many years. His goal has been to merge traditional and contemporary Carolina beach music into a united form that explodes onto the music world.   His concerts are enjoyed throughout the Southeast by anyone who has a love for dancing, especially shag dancing, or just listening to great music and enjoying the show. The  Party Place and Event Center, located in Saluda, NC,  is  announcing the appearance of  Jim Quick and Coastline.  He will appear in live concert on Friday, March 1, 2013, starting at 8:00pm.  The Party Place and Event Center is easy to find, just off I-26 at the Saluda Exit #59, and is centrally located between Asheville/Hendersonville and Greenville/Spartanburg. The admission price is $15.00 and reserved tables can be purchased by calling 828-749-3676. 


Blue Ridge Contra Dancers

The  Valentine Contra dance was  enjoyed by a big crowd of folks who came to learn the dance and enjoy the party.  Click on this link to see a short video of the Valentine dance.  This video was provided by Erik Olsen Pictures. The next Contra Dance is scheduled for Sunday afternoon,

March 17 starting at 3:30 pm.  A fun afternoon and great exercise!!  Please mark your calendar and come join us!   It will be St. Patrick's Day, so think Irish Green!!  


                  March Schedule

March 1   Jim Quick & Coastline     $15.00 

March 2   Crimson Rose Band          $9.00

March 9   7'Eighty,9' Band              $9.00

March 16  Tuxedo Junction Band     $9.00

March 17  Blue Ridge Contra Dance  $8.00  (3:30 PM)

March 23  Sound Investment Band   $9.00

March 30  Emporium Band               $9.00


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


 wine cellar 

The Wine Cellar at the Saluda Inn 


Friday nights bring free live music featuring local musicians. We always serve 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.


Events in March


Upcoming Music (open at 7, music at 8)


March 8    Jeffery Michaels

A commanding songwriter and guitar picker with a flair for the lyrical, emotional, and deeply personal. Influenced by the "change the world" artists of the 70's, his serious songs strive to do just that. But the love songs, his good sense of humor, and just enough of the arrangements of the songs you might know keep his music interesting and entertaining.

March 15  Eric Congdon

Gifted musicianship and inspiring and innovative song-crafting. Eric mixes roots, blues, jazz and an occasional Zeppelin flurry to produce one of the most versatile and eclectic evenings of music available. One of the most unique and technically profound players around.

March 22  The Moon and You

A guitar and cello duo from Asheville that crafts tender singer-songwriter tunes with a sultry edge that keeps your feet tapping with finger-style picking, haunting harmonies, and down to earth Folk-grass.

March 23  The Trophy Husbands

Back again! Do not miss this Saturday night special show. Always a crowd pleaser, their shows tend to fill up so arrive early for seating.

March 29 T.B.A.


Other Events (open at 7)

March 30 - Potluck: Pub Fare  


Every Thursday is Happy Hour from 5-7pm with $5 Glasses of Wine and Local Beer on Special.


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 828-749-2229.                        

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Be sure to visit Joni's Wine Shop in downtown Saluda for all you libationary needs.

Saluda artist, Jim Carson carson

Jim Carson, Saluda artist, 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, 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, and students are welcome to bring their own.


The class is limited to eleven, so there will be lots of one on one easel time. 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 or email us on Facebook

dancers extenstion


Adults!  Join us this Saturday, March 2 at 11am for our rockin' Hot Pop! class!  Come dance your cares away to pop tunes from the 1960s through today.  This Saturday is a special TRY IT for only $5 class.


Our youth students continue to work on their pieces for the annual Spring Concert, scheduled to be held in conjunction with the Saluda Arts Festival on Saturday, May 18.  In preparation for the Spring Concert, our costumes should arrive this month.  This always brings our students lots of excitement!


All children ages 5 and up are invited to attend the Appalachian Spring Workshop, based on the work of Martha Graham, on Saturday, March 23.  Hear the story that became an American masterpiece and learn basic choreography for your favorite scenes and characters.  Contact the studio to register.  Space is limited.

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   

Working Large: Conquer Your Fear!

March 21-23, 2013

William Jameson Painting Workshops


Leave your comfort zone and enjoy working a little or a lot larger than your usual sizes. Become adept at making larger as well as better paintings and discover why some compositions are meant to be small works and others translate beautifully to a larger format.


This 3 day studio workshop will be a fun and intensive exploration of handling a large canvas. We will learn how to select compositions that "work" for large scale paintings and how to execute them without letting the size intimidate. Painters will work in their choice of acrylic or oil.


We will begin with a "get acquainted party" on Wednesday evening, Mar. 20, at our home and studio. Each painting day will start with conversation related to studio technique over coffee, tea and pastries. There will be daily demonstrations working on a large painting. We'll break for lunch ("Dutch") and conversation at one of Saluda's delightful cafes. This workshop is limited to 12 participants so register early with your deposit of $100.00! For more information on this or other workshops, please visit or call 828-749-3101.


Random Arts  

Random Arts kicks off the 2013  season of creative workshops on March 2nd and 3rd with nationally known artist Jodi Ohl with 2 days of acrylic painting and collage. Each session is filled with RA fabulous color, touchable texture and a full day of soul-stirring creativity.  Call or email us for available space and more information. Beginners welcome.


A big thank you goes out to the community for supporting our first ever "Random Art" Show and Sale last month. It was a huge success for all of the artists who participated, who were able to show their work and tell their creative and imaginative stories that accompanied their art. This inspiring and fulfilling event showcased some of the work inspired by workshops held in our space over the last 17 years. One of our participating artists from Asheville summed it up this way, "Thanks again for allowing me to be a part of this wonderful endeavor! Kudos to you and Paul for a marvelous event and show. You really have a gift for moving energy, inspiring the spirit, and bringing people together."


Zen Doodle continues on every 1st and 3rd Tuesday from 10 am till noon. This is an opportunity for you to step away from the stresses of the day and join us for a peaceful, calming and refreshing 2 hours of "doodling" in a friendly environment. There is no pre-registration necessary and no fees. Try it and see if you like it!


Time to clean out your studio/craft room and get ready to sell what you don't want or need anymore for our 2nd annual Arts and Crafts Supplies Outdoor Sale on Sat. May 18th. Last year's event included items such as quilting supplies, craft books, rubber stamps, fabric, lace, antiques, scrapbooking supplies, jewelry supplies, sewing supplies, fibers, and much more.  Used, new, slightly used crafts supplies of all kinds are acceptable for the sale so start planning now and getting rid of all that stuff and sell it here at the corner of Louisiana and Ozone during the Saluda Arts Festival. Two great events in one day! $25 fee for sellers for the entire day. Just want to buy? Mark your calendar now for Sat., May 18th. 


For more information on upcoming workshops, including Zen Doodle and Random Play days, please contact Jane at: 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. Like us on Like us on Facebook.  



saluda grade Baker's Artist Breakfast

Richard Baker Studio invites artists of all mediums, patrons, and friends to his monthly "Artist Breakfast,"  March 4 at his Saluda Studio located at 18 Church Street.  The breakfast starts at 9:00 am and, "ends when it ends...."  

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.


chicken house The Old Chicken House     


The Old Chicken House is open on Fridays and Saturdays, year round, weather permitting. Hours are:11-5 in winter, 11-6 in spring, summer, and fall, and by request for individuals who need another day/time. Call to let us know.


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 and leave a message.  Visit our new website at

"Dog On It" A dogonitUnique Art Show featuring dog creations by artist, Susie Welsh, April 26 and 27.  Opening reception Friday, April 26 from 6 to 8pm with wine and cheese and lots of fun.  Kathleen's Gallery, Main Street, Saluda, NC. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Foothills Humane Society.  Follow the conversation and see more "Dog On It" creations on Susie's Facebook.

kirby Saluda potter, Robin Kirby, will be teaching a Beginning/Intermediate pottery class at Blue Ridge Community College. The class is Wednesday nights from 6-9pm, March 6-May 8. All levels of experience are welcome to explore handbuilding or work on the potters wheel. Contact for more information and to register, or call 828-694-1743.


Saluda Business Association
Saluda Adventure Guide

sba The Saluda Business Association's planning for the Saluda Adventure Guide is well underway and has finalized sponsorship guide lines. There are only 3 spaces left. This will be your only chance to be included in this guide that will be around for years to come. It's a great return for your marketing investment.  Sponsorships are $295 for SBA member and $395 for non SBA members that are a Saluda business. 


This will be a very nice 12x25, two sided, color map with hiking trails, road bike trails, and other recreation activities that pass through or around Saluda. It will not send visitors to other places for recreation, dining or lodging. An online version will benefit many businesses that support visitors and outdoor enthusiasts. The map will fold to wallet size and have a cover for durability and appeal. The price ($2) will be printed on the cover. Tax will be paid to the printer so your sale is tax exempt.  


Please contact Susan Casey 828-243-9415, or Shelley DeKay 828-606-5713 to reserve your space. Mail your check to Saluda Business Association, PO Box 1085, Saluda, NC 28773 or drop it at Heartwood or the Purple Onion. They have examples of what the finished product will look like that may help you decide whether this fits your marketing needs.   

Saluda Scoop

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


bike and hikeSaluda Bike & Hike is open for business

They are located at 459 Hwy 176, Suite C (right across for the Tickle Family Medical Center).  Their hours are Friday 2-6pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am-6pm.  They offer basic bicycle repair, bicycle rentals, accessories for biking and hiking, as well as healthy snacks and a place to relax.


Please take the time to stop in the shop and visit them at SaludaBikeAndHike on Facebook


Phone: 803-609-2190


Facebook at SaludaBikeAndHike.


Green River Beer Brew Depot to open early May.  Owner of Nantahala Brewing Company in Bryson City will be opening on Church St. offering 12 beers on tap.  The beers will be given names indigenous to the Saluda area.  Plans are to open early May.     


The Gorge THE GORGE™ zip line canopy tour and Green River Adventures are now taking reservations for the 2013 season. Reservations can be made online at or or by phone at 800.335.1530.

THE GORGE™, dubbed the steepest canopy on the east coast, allows participants to zip from tree based platform to tree based platform on over one mile of zip line cable through one of the last remaining groves of old growth forest in Western North Carolina.  Your feet never touch the ground!  With panoramic views from Mt. Pisgah to Rumbling bald, this very unique experience is a must do when you visit Saluda this year or have out of town guests looking for an adventure. The whole town is buzzing about this incredible addition to our booming outdoor recreation opportunities.


GRA Green River Adventures, celebrating their 7th season guiding whitewater trips on the Upper and Lower sections of the Green River, has added a few very cool waterfall rappels and guided hikes to their trips offered in 2013.  Keep an eye out - their 200 ft Bradley Falls waterfall rappel will be featured in the May issue of Blue Ridge Outdoors!


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L & L Stoneworks is now open for business on Ozone. Larry Oliver has been in the stone and masonry business for more than 20 years and is excited to be part of the Saluda scene. L & L will sell stone, mulch, sand, and masonry supplies, and also will provide landscaping services. His wife, Lynette, and daughter, Misty, will be on hand to help with the retail business. Hours are Monday - Friday, 8-5, Saturday, 8-12. Contact at 828-749-9756 or email 


saluda truck stop Saluda Truck Stop - Great food at great prices! Native Saludian, Roger Heatherly, is serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner at the Saluda Truck Stop Plaza & Grill. Opened 6am to 9pm, Monday - Saturday. Pick up orders are available, and Roger is planning Friday night fish specials. The restaurant is located at 1300 Ozone Drive, Phone 828-749-3444, 828-749-3380.



The Orchard Inn

Be sure to reserve a place at our Fabulous Easter Brunch. Enjoy the magnificent mountain views and sumptuous culinary delights from 11-2, Sunday, March 31st. $34.95 per person includes a complimentary Mimosa. 828-749-5471.


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


For reservations call: 828-749-5471.

Visit the Orchard Inn at They are located on Highway 176, Saluda, NC. 

Click here for directions.  



cafeSaluda Grade Café  

March winds are already blowing in some new ideas for Saluda Grade Café! The weather has been so mild that we decided to bring in our Spring Menu a little early. Look for New Menus both at lunch and dinner.


Come wish Kevin Happy Birthday on March 15th! He'll be running some super Ides of March Specials...I'm sure there will be a Special Caesar Salad in there somewhere...


We will be starting our celebration of Saint Patrick's Day on Friday, March 15th with our favorite Irish band...The Skeeziks! Music of course starts at 7 on Fridays.  Saint Patrick's Day is on Sunday, March 17, and we will be featuring Shepherd's Pie with Lamb and Vegetables topped with Creamy Mashed Potatoes. Another yummy Irish dish that The Grade will have is Corned Beef and Cabbage served with Irish Soda Bread. The beer will be tapped and the Irish Music will be playing! Come join us for the fun!


Easter falls on March 31 this year and we will be serving traditional dishes like Roasted Leg of Lamb with New Potatoes and Spring Peas and Bourbon Brown Sugar Glazed Ham with Deviled Eggs...Come join us and bring the family! Make your reservations soon!


We Cater! Saluda Grade is now booking for 2013 events! We love to do Weddings, Birthdays, Wine Dinners etc....We are now Delivering lots of Box Lunches around the area. It would be a treat to have Saluda Grade Lunches delivered to your Work place or's only a minimum of 10 boxes!


We can do Pot Pies, Lasagnas, Roasts and any One Dish Meals to take home and put in your oven for dinner!   Dinner for someone just out of the hospital, a friend who just needs a break from cooking, or any time you need to extend some Southern Hospitality...Call Us!   Treat someone to dinner!


Keep up with us on Facebook! Lots of Pictures and Daily Specials!


We are open: Tuesday thru Saturday, 11-3, lunch; Wednesday thru Saturday, 5-9, dinner; "Music on Friday Nights" at 7pm; Sunday 11-7.  

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

Thank you to all of you! We appreciate and love you! 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.   



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


New items at Thompson's Store:

  • "Gluten free" -chips, cookies and pancake mix- great variety
  • "Rize Drink" -power your mind & body-natural energy-distributed by Nothing Venture in Landrum, SC
  • New shipment of frozen beefalo: ground chuck, beef stew, cubed steak-all at $6.59 per pound. Sirloin and flank steak, too. Beefalo is the only type of beef recognized by the USDA as having a significantly more healthful nutrient profile. Absolutely no animal by products- "the better beef."
  • Pasta Provisions: great soups-pasta & fagioli, tomato basil and white bean & arugula.
  • Specialty cheese: Mancheco, Smoked Gouda, St.Anre Triple Cream Brie, Cotswold, Havarti W/Dill, and Cornucopia White Cheddar.
  • Fresh Ground Chuck---81% Lean At $3.99 Per Pound-Most All Grocery Stores 80% Lean-we Grind Fresh Per Order

March Special: Black Angus Ribeye Steak, Cotswold Cheese and Petit Sharah Wine-Purchase 2 Receive 10% off or purchase all 3 and receive 15% off.


March Wine And Cheese Tasting-March 7, 4 to 6pm, upstairs in the Boarding House Venue. This tasting will be all new "French" wines paired with cheese.


We are booking parties and events for 2013. Come view our Courtyard, Upstairs Porch and large indoor rooms. Plan a summer cookout, an evening BBQ, family reunion, graduation party or just a time with friends in Saluda. Our Venue is just the place for a wedding! We have two planned for this year. Think back to your childhood memories, and now you can still enjoy fun times in downtown Saluda, either at Historic Thompson Store, Ward's Grill and now The Boarding House Venue.


judds peak New in our wine selection, is Saluda's hand crafted, local

"2010 Chardonnay" from Judd's Peak.



We thank you for your business and continue to receive and accept suggestions on how we can better serve you in Saluda. 


Hours are: 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 3


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

Drop by to see the newly renovated dining room! The bar added 10 more seats to the existing dining and did not take away any seating. There are more changes to come...the porch will be enclosed with windows so it can be used year round. bbq   


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: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.   




MARCH......YEAH!!!!  There are so many things to love about March:   

* Spring will officially arrive with flowers, sunshine, warm breezes and most likely a few cold, maybe even snowy days - but I can ignore those.

* A few brave snow birds (summer folks) will venture back to see us and open up their summer homes.   

* St. Patricks Day...."If you're lucky enough to be Irish, then you're lucky enough"....and maybe even excited enough to drink a green beer to celebrate!  Wildflour will offer some delicious, traditional
Irish treats on Sunday, March 17. 

* Wildflour Bakery will once again be a part of the 9th annual Artisan Bread Fair in Asheville at A-B Tech on Saturday, March 23,  from 10am - 2pm.  It's great fun and we encourage you all to come up to Asheville, enjoy this fabulous food fair and stop by to say "Hello" to us at our Wildflour booth.

*Easter is in March this year....and Saluda is celebrating in style with an egg hunt, Easter bonnet contest and, yes, THE EASTER BUNNY! 
pizza Last, but not least, Wildflour Bake Shop will officially open our 2013 Season with the return of PIZZA NIGHTS....every Friday night from 5pm - 8pm.  Bring your favorite beer or wine and join us....or take a pizza to go and enjoy a cozy night at home.


Regular Hours
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 for daily specials or use the good ol' fashion way...828-749-3356.   Keep up with specials on Like us on Facebook


RA clothes Random Arts
Just ask any of the stylish and chic dressed women in town where they get their clothes, 

and they will tell you... Random Arts. Yes, that's right! We have a great selection of 

reasonably priced, cutting edge, hip clothes for the creative YOU!  New arrivals of the latest

fashions are delivered weekly, and we are anxious to show them off and encourage you to try these on. Here's a comment from a customer last week, "SHE GLOWED ALL DAY IN THE SWEATER VEST!!! THANKS!!!" or how about this one from Kate in Asheville, "No longer FULLY stocked...I'm wearing one of these treasures right this moment. Hurry in, girls. They're going FAST!"


20% off all Lur Re-parrel sustainable-ECO friendly clothing for women that is in harmony with their commitment and compassion to people and planet. Thanks in part to unique fiber and fabric technology, lur® clothing is more sustainable and environmentally friendly than organic cotton - while still remaining just as soft to the touch. How is that possible? It's simple: lur® clothing is made out of 100% recycled material. 55% of the fiber content consists of pre-consumer cotton scraps from commercial apparel and textile facilities, while the other 45% comes from post-consumer plastic bottles recycled into polyester fiber. Subtle colors such as Charcoal, Pomegranate, Olive and Ash are available.


Random Arts is conveniently located at the corner of Ozone and Louisiana, just 4 blocks from downtown Saluda. We have a private parking lot and easy access to our shop. Look for the bright orange steps and the blue pillars on the craftsman style house.  Open Thurs., Fri., and Sat. from 10am till 5pm, or by appointment.


You can reach us at 828-749-1165

Check out our website.

You can always find us and "LIKE" us on Facebook

481 Louisiana Ave.

Saluda, NC 28773



Macon Bank   Macon Bank

Construction Perm Loans,

Amounts up to $417,000,

Primary Residences & Second Homes

45% Maximum DTI, 80% Maximum LTV


Macon Bank wants to help you build the home of your dreams.

We offer competitive rates on construction loans and a variety of mortgages. With our rates, there's no reason not to turn your dream home into a reality. Stop by today and let us show you how.


Repayment terms: 20% down payment required from borrower. Rates effective 2/1/13 & subject to change.


5/1 ARM at 3.75% (3.887% APR), the initial payment amount will be $926.23. Rate and payment

may increase or vary annually after the initial period of 60 months. Payment is based on a loan amount of $200,000 and a rate of 3.75% (3.887% APR) with a term of 360 months.**


7/1 ARM, at 3.99% (4.120% APR), the initial payment amount will be $953.68. Rate and payment

may increase or vary annually after the initial period of 84 months. Payment is based on a loan amount of $200,000 and a rate of 3.99% (4.120% APR) with a term of 360 months.**


15 year fixed rate of 3.75% (3.988% APR), 179 payments of $1454.44 and a final payment of

$1455.66. Payment based on a loan amount of $200,000 with a term of 180 months.


**Payments do not include amounts for taxes and insurance premiums. The actual payment obligation will be greater. Standard underwriting guidelines will apply. See Mortgage Officer for more details.


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




kirbyThink Spring! with a new deck by Kirby Custom Builders. Call Todd to discuss plans for your new custom deck, patio or sun room.   Find us at

or call 828-606-0942.       


mugs Eva at Evening Shade Pottery

Seems like it has been a dreary winter, and hopefully sunshine and warmth are close at hand. Thanks to all who have patiently waited to see my flag flying and have stopped by in the last two months. Other than a few craft shows to attend this spring, I will be open a bit more and would love to see your smiling faces. Come on down and check out the pottery. I am still making the faces and still spinning and will enjoy additional conversation while I spin!


I can be found in the Pebbledash building on Church St. (behind the Purple Onion) and can be reached at 828-749-3249 or visit me on Like us on Facebook



Celebrate Spring!

New Store Hours Beginning in March.

We will be open Monday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm.

New spring items coming in daily.


Maggie's located at 1487 Ozone Drive, Saluda 28773

828.749.3503 * Exit 59 Off I-26

Visit Maggie's website. 

Can Investors Learn from Yoga Followers? 

World Yoga Day took place on February 24. But whether or not you practice yoga, you can apply some of its lessons to other areas of your life - such as investing.


For example, consider one of the most important principles of investing: balance.  For serious yoga students, the idea of "balance" goes beyond physical movements and extends to a concept of life that emphasizes, among other things, an avoidance of extremes.  As an investor, you too need to seek balance by avoiding extremes, such as investing too aggressively or conservatively.


Yoga teachers also stress flexibility. And you will need to be flexible enough to adjust your portfolio periodically while still maintaining your long-term strategy.


For yoga students, proper relaxation is essential to achieving mental equanimity, emotional balance and inner strength. But relaxation doesn't always come easily - even experienced yoga practitioners need to work at it.  As an investor, you also need to relax and not overreact to the ups and downs of the market. 


Yoga teaches its students to exercise positive thinking. When you invest, you can benefit by maintaining a positive attitude. By staying positive, you may be more likely to make better decisions for the long term, rather than overreacting to short-term, negative events. 


Try putting the teachings of yoga to work. They may help you become a better investor.


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1038-A Greenville Hwy  Flat Rock, NC 28731

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

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

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


Tryon Arts & Crafts School

373 Harmon Field Road

Tryon, NC 28782

(828) 859-8323      


Tryon Fine Arts

34 Melrose Avenue
Tryon, NC  28782
828.859.8322 (TFAC)     

Tryon Painters & Sculptors

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


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


Saluda Faces

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


Stay tuned for next month's Saluda Faces! 

Autumn Care

Coaxing Parents to Take Better Care of Themselves

Your parents are in their mid-60s and don't eat well or exercise. They are poorly informed about good nutrition and the benefits of moderate exercise, or even what constitutes moderate exercise. You're trying to be patient, but it's hard to deal with aging parents who aren't taking care of themselves.


Dr. Kevin Leman, a psychologist, suggests starting a conversation in a caring, nonjudgmental way. Ask. Don't tell. "Say, 'You know, I might not know what I am talking about, but I am really concerned about you." Ask simply if there is anything you can do to help.


Leading by example is also more effective than lecturing. "The son can role-model health by inviting his parents to dinner and serving healthful items that he is fairly certain they will find acceptable, or he can ask them if they are interested in going out dancing with him and his wife," suggested Ann Constance, director of the Upper Peninsula Diabetes Outreach Network in Michigan.


Pleasure is a better motivator for change than pain or threats. Use the grandchildren as bait. Ask if they want to take the grandchildren to the zoo or a park that would require a good bit of walking around for everyone. Or the grandchildren could ask them to come along on one of those 2K fund-raiser-walks that many schools hold. After all, a day with the grandchildren is always a pleasure in itself. (O.K., usually a pleasure.)


If you really want someone you love to make a change, the key is to ask them to do something small and easy first because that increases the chances they will do something larger later. Agreeing to the first small task builds a bond between asker and askee that increases the likelihood of complying with a subsequent larger request.


Any plan for behavioral change is most likely to succeed if it is very specific, measurable and achievable. And the new behavior should also be integrated into daily life - and repeated until it becomes a habit. For example, if you want to walk more, start with a 10-minute walk after dinner on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The next week, bump it up to 12 minutes.


Don't give up, even if you meet initial resistance; it is never too late for your parents or you or any of us to change. Taking up an exercise program into one's 80's and 90's to build strength and flexibility can result in very tangible and enduring benefits in a surprisingly short 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


501 Esseola Drive, Saluda, NC 28773

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

Isothermal Community College: A Best Kept Secret in Polk County

The coordination between our county's organizations allows us to have opportunities beyond the ICC campus in Columbus. There are courses in the ICC course bulletin which are taught at the Agricultural Center in Mill Spring. Dot Pearce is one of the instructors who holds her classes in mosaics, stained glass, hot glass jewelry, and copper foil mirrors in her spacious and well equipped Blue Door Studio at this location. Dot is excited about the opportunity she dot can give her students with the spacious studio stocked with the "hard to transport supplies" for her courses and the additional space for students to store their projects while they are working on them. Her courses are listed in the ICC Course Bulletin and the following are available soon: Mirror Tile Workshop, March 9 or April 6; Mosaic Hot Pad Workshop, March 23 or April 20. Call to register for these by calling ICC at 828-894-3092. For more information on her courses, to see examples of her work or to learn more about Dot, you can go on her website:   To request help with special projects or to commission work, she can be reached at 828-894-8682.


Dot has worked in the stained glass medium for over 35 years. She has worked with mosaics even longer and feels she has found her niche in her construction of large mosaic walls. Dot came to this area about 15 years ago from Florida where she worked for Unicraft Corporation in the 70's and later for Glass Arts stained glass studios. In Florida, she also taught at the Art Glass Studio in Sarasota, Manatee Community College, and Pasco-Hernandez Community College. She first came to our area for a working vacation when she displayed some of her work at the Blue Ridge Barbecue Festival in Tryon, meeting many local artists and eventually showing her work in many of the shops in the area. After settling in our area, she taught at ICC Polk Campus for several years before moving, about 2 years after the Ag Center's opening, to the Mill Spring Agricultural Center and into her refurbished studio space there. In addition to her classes and workshops, she does many commissioned pieces such as the 2 mosaic walls in Hospice of dot Rutherford County (the Tree Wall and the Sunset Wall, one of which is seen in the photograph of Dot in this article) and the Community Wall at the Community Clinic in Spindale, as well as stained glass windows and other commissioned projects for clients. Once the Columbus Farmers Market opens in the spring, you can also find her there on Saturday mornings.


If you visit the Ag Center in Mill Spring, you might like to visit the farm store. There will be an indoor farmer's market there on March 9. Available in the store are grass fed meats, vegetables in season, fresh baked goods, jams and jellies, and crafts. Their hours are: 9-4:30 M-F, 9-1 Sat. While you are there, be sure to walk through a wonderfully repurposed building which was a former school and is becoming, much of it with hours of volunteer work, a growing community/county center for arts and crafts studios and agriculture offices.


Courses which are available through ICC and beginning in March are: Photoshop III, PC Maintenance and Security, Computing for the Workplace, Open Art Studio , A Survey of Irish History and Literature, Writing Your Story, Mirror Tile Workshop, The Age of Leonardo and Michelangelo, Mosaic Hot Pad Workshop, Chinese Government Policies and Influence on US and World Politics, The History of Ireland in Lecture and Film, A Guided Walk in Paris, Spring Garden Workshop, several courses in Practical Horsemanship for Women, and Social Security: Your Questions Answered. Call 894-3092 to register. Pre-registration numbers determine whether a course will take place. If you want to go on-line, check out the following site: and select "Polk Continuing education classes." Be patient. It takes a little while to load.

: How To Choose Interior Paint Colors, April 9 and April 16....Free, registration required. Third Annual Spring Fling: Don Blackwell Student Art Show...Opening Reception, April 26, Art work will be on display for the month of May at ICC Polk Campus               


By Betsy Sellers
Hitchhiking Helped To Stretch A Dollar
by Clark Thompson


While growing up during the 50's and early 60's, hitchhiking was an essential mode of transportation for me as well as most of my male friends. At that time, it was also considered a relatively safe thing to do and enabled youngsters like me to conserve our hard to come by dollars. Throughout these teenage years, "thumbing" was also the most timely way to get a ride to one's destination, mostly into and around Hendersonville. Usually, the only other options were to wait on a Trailways bus or Southern Railway passenger train to pass through town. Ticket prices to Hendersonville by bus were 15 cents one way and 25 cents for a round trip. The train fare was more costly at 18 cents for one way and 35 cents for round trip. Those exorbitant prices could take a fairly big chunk out of what was seldom more than a dollar or two in spending money.


Most trips revolved around Saturday double-feature movies, periodic haircuts, or occasional Sunday stock car races on a half-mile dirt track just outside Hendersonville. The best location for catching a ride from Saluda was right before the Highway 176 bridge crosses over the railroad tracks. That location provided a driver with plenty of visibility and time to decide whether or not to share the ride. Most of the time there were multiple hitchhikers which ruled out cars already hauling several passengers. During this era, technology had not yet advanced to the tattered and torn cardboard signs with misspelled handwritten notes so common today. A simple thumb and neat appearance conveyed all the information necessary for drivers to make a decision about stopping. Interestingly, I can't recall ever attempting to catch a ride in the direction of Tryon. Even back then, there was much less economic and social commerce between Saluda and the rest of Polk County than with Henderson County.


Frugality demanded other creative ways besides hitchhiking to get the most out of scarce pocket change. When managed properly, a dollar could buy Saturday tickets to two western movies, one each at the Carolina and Fox Theaters, at a cost of 9 cents and 11 cents respectively for patrons under the age of 12 years. The ticket issuers finally stopped believing my buddies and me when we started growing facial hair. A hot dog cost 15 cents, soft drinks a nickel and popcorn cost 10 cents. At those prices, my friends and I could usually head to our return hitchhiking spot with a small amount of change still in our pockets. 


The location for thumbing back to Saluda was on U. S. 176 near the intersection with U.S. 25. However, that meant having to pass by McFarland's Bakery and their freshly-made doughnuts. If we pooled our leftover change, we could usually purchase a dozen and have them eaten long before we were ready to stick out our thumbs. The lady in the bakery would always slip us a baker's dozen and, to me, that small lagniappe was the nicest gesture ever.


Sometimes after church on Sundays, we used our thumbs to reach the dirt track near Hendersonville which hosted a few of the early stock car legends with names like Cotton Owens, Junior Johnson, Fireball Roberts, and Little Joe Weatherly.  With no money to buy tickets, my buddies and I would climb several large trees just outside the track's wooden fence and watch the race until some driver crashed through it, then shimmy down and run to the accident spot where we could easily meld into the crowd of onlookers and walk right in to the infield for the rest of the race.


Probably the most famous adult hitchhiker on the local scene was Judge Fauntleroy who lived on Judd's Peak with his brother Doc, a semi-retired physician. Both were somewhat peculiar, and the Judge could frequently be seen alongside the road with his thumb stuck out. He regularly plundered through commercial garbage cans behind grocery stores in Hendersonville for spoiled food products. When possible, he would load up several large citrus sacks with the discarded food, then hide them in the bushes until someone stopped to give him a lift. At that point, he would drag out the smelly sacks and hope the driver would tolerate the fragrances. A few local males loved tricking him by stopping several hundred feet past the Judge, then waiting as he recovered his sacks. As the Judge approached his anticipated ride, the driver would then drive off with a hearty laugh.


During my school years at North Carolina State, I owned a '51 Ford but could not afford to drive to and from Raleigh; so for several years, I frequently engaged my well-practiced thumb quite successfully. The standard protocol called for plastering one's college sticker on a suitcase and raising a thumb, and usually in no time at all, the free ride would materialize. In those days, the North Carolina highways were filled with traveling salesman happy to find a substitute driver so they could catch up on lost sleep.  It's difficult to imagine drivers placing that much trust in hitchhikers today.


I can only recall a couple of unpleasant incidents resulting from riding the thumb. The first happened during my teenage years when I caught a frigid late afternoon ride from Hendersonville with a carload of drunks who kept insisting that I share their plethora of beer. Despite their persistent urging, I politely turned down the offer which made them quite belligerent. With a profusion of expletives, they accused me of being " too *#%@ good" to drink with them and threatened to put me out of the car near Dead Man's curve.


The other time I was hitchhiking from Raleigh in the winter and caught my last ride as far as Campobello. I had left school while the temperature was fairly pleasant; however, a bitter cold front had descended on the local area, and I had not planned on being stranded in the middle of nowhere in total darkness without a heavy jacket and with only an occasional vehicle passing by. I must have walked several miles before finding a phone to call home for assistance. After what seemed to be about 24 hours later, my oldest sister Ruth finally showed up in my '51 Ford to pick me up. By that time, I was shivering so uncontrollably that she had to drive us back to Saluda.



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