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                                                                                          April 1, 2013 
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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
Wildflowers Guided Tours
Robinson Community Garden
City Notes-Rhodes Wish, Let's Clean Saluda
Saluda Center News
Thrifty Barn Donations
Saluda Tailgate Market
Saluda Arts Festival
Saluda Arts Festival Receives Grants
Items Needed for Gift Bags
Johnny Waddill Dedication
Saluda Community Land Trust
Saluda Garden Club
Saluda Tree Preservation
Saluda Single Women
The Women's Club of Saluda
Saluda Dog Society
Yoga Schedule
50th Coon Dog Day 5K
50th Coon Dog Day Events Planned
Saluda Library
Saluda School
Saluda Church Services
Post Office Hours
Saluda Classifieds
Saluda Lifestyles Marketplace
What's Happening in Music and Art
Dog On It Art Show
Saluda Faces
Saluda Scoop
Income Producing Tips
Tryon Arts
Tour de Falls
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!

Lake Hosea Lake View 
Large screened porch overlooking Lake Hosea.  Great for fishing, swimming, kayaking, canoeing. 2BR, 3 BA, finished basement for extra sleeping, fireplace, vaulted ceiling  MLS#534643  199,000

Swim, Fish, Kayak, Canoe at Lake Sheila

This cozy ranch-style lake home at pristine and coveted Lake Sheila, is great for main level living. 3BR, 2BA, master on main, approx. 2170 SF, finished basement. MLS#534280  $239,000


10 Acres and Rustic Cabin

Rustic cabin nestled in the woods with privacy and seclusion yet is just minutes from town. Electric and plumbing upgraded. 2BR, 1BA, screened porch, 10+acres.  MLS#533996  $235,000


Great Investment at Lake Sheila

Large lakefront home positioned in the middle of three separate lakefront lots. Explore the native perennial gardens and trails. Sunroom with view overlooking 28 ac private and pristine Lake Sheila. Priced 10% below appraisal. 4BR, 3BA, approx 3600SF, garage, 1.56 acres of lake frontage.  MLS#533759  $789,000


Close to Downtown Saluda

Ready to downsize or buy your first home? All one level and low maintenance. Newly constructed and you will be the first owner. Open floor plan, hardwood floors,vaulted ceiling,and maple cabinets. 3BR, 2BA, approx. 1328 SF, MLS#533763  $156,456


Green River Mountain Cabin

Adventure and wildlife abound at this mountain cabin in the woods.Home base for your mountain activities with easy access to the Green River for enjoying all that white water offers. 2BR, 1.5BA, 1.64 ac. MLS#533583 $199,900   


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 26-R, 1.58 ac, $80,000 MLS#533763     

Lot #30, 1.71 ac, $75,000, MLS# 507618  


Lake Lots

Lake Sheila, 1.12 ac, $45,000, MLS#533612

Lake Sheila, 1 ac, Full view of lake, $125,000, MLS#534615 

Lake Sheila Lake Front, .24 acres, $135,000, MLS#510462 

Lake Sheila, 1 ac, 3BR septic, lake view, $99,500, MLS#437750

Lake Sheila, 1 ac, winter view of lake, creek, septic installed, water tap installed  

$98,000, MLS#484526  

Macedonia Lake, 1.15 ac, lake front,  dock,

$96,500 MLS#473230

Macedonia Lake, 1.77 ac, $29,000 MLS#506143

Macedonia Lake, 2.15 ac, $29,000, MLS#506144

Macedonia Lake, lakefront, .8 ac, $29,000 MLS#506145


Saluda City Lots

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

.57ac, $35,000, MLS#533757



20.77 ac, bold creek, Waters of Camp Creek, $185,000, MLS#535104 

1.48 ac in Whites Lake, Awesome Views, backs up to NC Wildlife, MLS#528152, $45,000 

SOLD! 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

SOLD! 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

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 March 31, 2013). 


Sales               Closed   Pending  

Homes 2013         6           1
 Homes 2012         9           0 


         Land 2013              5           3         

Land 2012              2           0


Foreclosures-REO-Short Sales

Saluda - 2 homes

Polk County - 13 Homes 


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.


Saluda Service Directory
service directory Saluda Service Directory with new categories is now available. 
Click here to download the 2013 directory.
Please support Saluda's local service providers.

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

Dates to Remember
Saluda Business Association meets Tuesday, April 2 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) Free Workshop, "Saluda Style of Architecture" at 10:30am at Saluda Library.  Regular meeting with Oral History Committee will meet Friday, April 12 from 2 to 4pm at the Saluda Library.  The public is invited to attend. 


Women's Club will tour Burntshirt Vineyard on Wednesday, April 17. Meet at 12:30pm at Saluda Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall.   


Small Town Main Street meeting April 16, 9am at Saluda Library.  Public is invited to attend. 


Saluda Single Women potluck dinner will meet on Thursday, April 18 at 6pm at Saluda Center.
Planning Board of the City of Saluda will meet at 9am on the second Wednesday of the month.  Meetings are held at the Saluda Library meeting room.

Saluda Community Land Trust
Annual meeting is April 3, 6:30pm at the Episcopal Transfiguration Church.  Regular monthly meeting at 5pm on April 17 at Pavilion at McCreery Park. 

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.

Saluda Garden Club will meet April 15 at 10am at Saluda Library parking lot. 

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

Polk County Extension Club

The Polk County Extension Club, an extension of NC State University, meets at 2:00pm the fourth Tuesday of each month. Join us for interesting and educational programs and activities. We welcome new members.  If interested, contact Wilda Corley 828-702-9691 or Nancy Johnson 828-749-9664 for additional information.

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.

April 20         Jerry's Baddle Race
April 26         "Dog On It" Show at Kathleen's Gallery

May             The Gorge™ Zipline Opens

May 18         Saluda Arts Festival

June 1          Historic Homes Tour

July 6           50th Coon Dog Day

Sept 7 & 8    Green River Games

September    Charlie Ward Memorial BBQ 

November     Green River Narrows Race

December     Hometown Christmas 

Small Town Main Street
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Saluda was designated as a NC "Small Town Main Street."

Monthly meetings with the STMS program director, Sherry Adams, are scheduled the third Tuesday of the month at 9am at the Saluda Library. Meetings are open to the public.  The next meeting will be April 16, 2013.
Contra Dancing



Blue Ridge Contra Dancing

Friday, April 12

Spring Fling Dance


Come to the Party Place in Saluda for the most fun you can have for $10!


Calling by "Atlanta's Dance Magician" Seth Tepfer! Seth has been calling since 1997 and has called over 500 gigs with dancers from 5 to 95! Music by "Good and Plenty" features Karen Gaughan, one of Asheville's most in-demand contra piano players for 20 years. With Laura Legnick, known for her "wildly fun fiddling style," these two combine to make contra plenty of fun! Party Place is a fabulous 12,000 square foot dance facility with hardwood floors, refreshment bar and great sound system.


Beginner lessons begin at 6:30pm with dancing from 7-9:30pm. Adults $10 and $5 for under 18.


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.  


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

Wildflowers Guided Tours at Pearson's Falls

This years winter rains promise early and abundant wildflower spring displays at Pearson's Falls. Famous for a wide variety of spring flowers from Trillium to Orchids, as well as several rare species of plants, Pearson's Falls beckons hundreds of enthusiastic visitors throughout the year, and the classes are being offered to help you learn plant identification and usage for your personal enjoyment.


At Pearson's Falls, beginning in March and continuing into May, the Tryon Garden Club will host two Wildflower Identification Guided Walks, an Easter Week Guided Family Scavenger Hunt and the Geology of Native Plant Communities Walk. The dates are:


Wednesday, April 3, at 1:30 pm - Family Walk and Scavenger Hunt with Pearson's Falls Docents. Open to school age children who must be accompanied by an adult family member. Class size is open.

Thursday, April 18, at 10:30 am - Spring Wildflowers in Bloom with Bonnie Arbuckle from the WNC Botany Club.

Tuesday, May 21, at 10:30 am - Geology of Native Plant Communities with Tim Lee, SC State Park Naturalist.


Fee: $20.00 covers all four classes or $5.00 each class, plus gate admission of $5.00 per adult. Limit for each class is 10 participants. Admission fees for children ages 6-12 - $1.00; 13 and above-$5.00; Under 6 are free. Docent fee not required for children at the Family Walk.


Location:   Pearson's Falls, 2748 Pearson Falls Rd., Saluda, NC. Meet at the Garden House 15 minutes prior to beginning of the walk. Bring your notebook and pen. You will be given a checklist of flowers.


For more information call 828-749-3031 or to download enrollment form visit the website at

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. The final sign up is 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 the 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 The City of Saluda has been in contact with the Department of Army Donations Program to arrange for the M102 Howitzer artillery piece to be displayed in the Memorial Park, as Mr. John Rhodes wished.


We have funds from one generous donor to cover the cost of the Howitzer.  We have also received donations to cover the cost of the display pad, which will be completed soon.  Additional monies are needed to pay for transporting the Howitzer from Alabama to Saluda.  Please make your donations at Saluda City Hall for the display of this historic artillery piece,  or mail to Saluda City Hall, PO Box 248, Saluda, NC 28773.


Thank you to everyone who has participated so far.


clean up Let's Clean Up Saluda

Would you like to volunteer to help clean up Saluda?  Well, you're going to get your chance!  There is a "Let's Clean Up Saluda" day planned for Saturday, May 25, 2013.  Volunteers, ages 12 and over, should meet at the McCreery Park Pavilion at 9:00 am to begin the clean up.


Since the Saluda Community Land Trust does such a great job with the Adopt-A-Highway Program on Highway 176, we're going to focus on Greenville Street and on Ozone Drive.


Thanks to Mr. Sonny Pace, the North Carolina Department of Transportation will provide gloves and vests for the volunteers and bags for the litter.  Since the number of gloves and vests will be limited, you may want to bring your own.  They will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.  The bags of trash will be left on the roads and picked up later that day by volunteers.


If there is any other street or area that needs to be included in the clean up, please get volunteers together to meet at the Pavilion at 9:00 a.m.  Gloves and vests will be provided for them as long as they are available, and those bags will be picked up also.


For more information, please call 828-749-3789.  


Please leave your pets at home.


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

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


APRIL 21-27.

Ice Cream Social for Saluda Center and A Thrifty Barn & Basement Volunteers on Sun., April 21 from 3:00-5:00 pm.


"Spa Facials, again!" Stop by for a relaxing facial and mineral make-over on Thurs., April 11 from noon-4:00 pm. 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 V, with Nancy Shatto, NP from the Saluda Medical Center on Wed., April 10 from 1:00 pm-2:00 pm. All are welcome to attend.


Peak Energy, a program that focuses on diet, nutrition and overall well-being will be presented by Dr. Robin Owings on Wed., April 17 at noon. All are welcome to attend; bring your lunch if you wish.


Self defense class on Wed., April 24 at 6:30 pm. All are welcome to attend.


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


Saluda Single Women potluck dinner on Thurs., April 18 at 6:00 pm. Please bring a dish and enjoy an evening with friends.

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.


The Saluda Center is located at 64 Greenville St. Phone is 828-749-9245. 

The Thrifty Barn Donations

Thanks for your donations of clothes and household items. These, when sold, provide thousands of dollars of proceeds to fund Center Activities and Meals on Wheels.


Clean, undamaged donations are easy to prepare for sale. Dirty, smelly, stained and hair-covered items are harder to prepare for sale--if they can be at all. If not, they are donated to other organizations or discarded.  

Evaluate your items using this criteria.


The Barn is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesdays through Saturdays - though times may vary. Check for a sign if the doors are locked during these times. Donations are gratefully accepted on Wednesdays. Please don't leave donations outside in the weather. The Basement is open from 10 to 4, Saturdays and Wednesdays.


And because of the hours of operation, we need volunteers to staff the Barn every day--a half day at a time. Bring a friend to keep you company if you want.


Please call 828-749-3320 to talk to someone about volunteering.

Saluda Tailgate Market

tailgate Only 32 more days to the tailgate market!! Come welcome back our growers and give your neighbors a big spring hug. We open for the 2013 season Friday, May 3rd at 4:30pm.


The Saluda Tailgate Market has quickly become a Saluda spring-to-fall tradition.


It seems that in the midst of rapid-fire change and increasing complexity, reclaiming our food is something we can all agree on and enthusiastically embrace. We realized early on that it was more than just providing locally grown food options and supporting our neighbors who wanted to grow produce. We were part of a larger food movement that was shifting the way we all think about food: how we eat, shop and socialize, and how we think about our community and the land that surrounds us.


Why stand in a line at a generic box store with a cart when you can don a hat, pick up a basket and meet your friends downtown and also get to know the farmer who grew what you will serve for supper! Lucky for us, we live in a rich and diverse bioregion, and abundance seems too small a word to describe all that has shown up in the west end parking lot on Friday afternoons--not only every kind of vegetable, fruit, and herb that grows in the two counties that Saluda straddles, but also chicken, beef, eggs, cheese, and locally sourced baked goods. Last year, we added fresh rainbow trout and Saluda raised lamb. Who knows what delights we will find this year as the local food movement continues to spread, and more growers find the markets to be integral parts of their farm plans. We can plan our menus according to what is in season, help preserve our beautiful farmland, support small family farms and sustainable agricultural practices, be healthier, create resilient communities and have a great time doing it.


So simple, so much impact, and so much fun!! Join us.

To learn more about how to sign up to vend or sign up for the weekly e-news letter, please visit or contact Shelley DeKay 828-606-5713.

Saluda Arts Festival
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Historic Downtown, Saluda, NC

May 18, 2013

10am - 4pm


The Saluda Business Association is pleased to present the 10th annual Saluda Arts Festival. Get ready to be amazed with almost 90 artists and craftspeople,  lively and award winning music, children's tent, demonstrators and delicious food from our local restaurants.


Music Headliners

Stoney Lamar, the festival's music coordinator, has lined up performing artists that promise to keep McCreery Park Pavilion jazzed up and leaving festival goers wanting more. The festival is pleased to announce its headliners for the tenth annual Saluda Arts Festival.

Igniting the festival with verve and vigor will be the band, Sol Driven Train. Sol Driven Train's music weaves afro-Caribbean rhythmic explorations and funky New Orleans-style brass into earnest songs of life, love, loss and long johns.


Keeping the beat will be Clay Ross leading his Pan-American roots music band, "Matuto." A guitarist, vocalist, composer, and songwriter based in NYC. He has released 5 albums and his music covers a wide range of styles including rock, pop, jazz, funk, folk, world, blues and bluegrass.    


Calling Volunteers Who Want to Have Fun!  Volunteering for the Saluda Arts Festival is fun, and you get to make a lot of new friends.  We need volunteers for two-hour shifts to be greeters, area leaders, to clean up before and after and to man the children's tent. Please contact Denise Kennedy at  828-243-7553 or email


2013 Saluda Arts Festival Sponsorships

Without sponsorships, we would not be able to offer the same quality event for which we are recognized. We are grateful to all our sponsors that contribute funds that support the art culture and history in Saluda.


If you would like to be a sponsor of this year's festival, please contribute by April 15.  Sponsorships can be made to Saluda Business Association and mailed to PO Box 1085, Saluda, NC 28773. You will be recognized on a "Sponsor Banner" that will be on display during the festival.  Here are sponsorship categories: Platinum-$25, Bronze-$50, Silver-$100, Gold - $250. With contributions of more than $250, a special banner will be made for you and placed in a highly visible area.  Sponsors are also recognized in our media releases and announcements.


We promote the festival within a two to four hour driving distance of Saluda. We advertise on two NPR public broadcasting stations, electronic boards, regional trade magazines, put up posters and appear on local TV spots.


We invite you to visit and click on the Saluda Arts Festival to get more information and see images from previous events.

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Saluda Arts Festival Receives Grants

The Saluda Business Association is proud to announce that it has received two grants in support of its 10th annual Saluda Arts Festival.


Polk County Community Foundation's Saluda Fund Grant will support the musical entertainment at the 10th Annual Saluda Arts Festival.

The vision of the Polk County Community Foundation is to advance philanthropy and improve the quality of life for all citizens in Polk County, North Carolina and the surrounding area.  The mission of the Polk County Community Foundation is to:

*Support charitable and beneficial activities in the community
*Provide and administer a variety of planned giving programs
*Serve as responsible stewards of all funds entrusted to it
*Provide initiatives in recognizing areas of community needs and supporting solutions.         

The Polk County Community Foundation can be contacted at 255 South Trade Street,
Tryon, North Carolina 28782, 828-859-5314, fax: 828-859-6122 email .


Grant from the NC Arts Council's Grassroots Arts Program.

The Saluda Arts Festival received a $500 grant through the Tryon Fine Arts Center which serves as the NC Arts Council's partner in awarding subgrants to local organizations for arts programs in Polk County. The first priority of the Grassroots Arts subgrant program is to provide operating or program support to qualified arts organizations including theaters, symphonies, galleries, art guilds, choral societies, dance companies, folk arts societies, writers groups and arts festivals, among others.


For more information about the NC Arts Council's Grassroots Arts Program, please contact Executive Director, Beth Child, at 828-869-8322, ext. 211 or   


Items Needed for Gift Bags for Saluda Arts Festival Artists

Saluda Businesses have a grand opportunity to advertise at the Saluda Arts Festival. You can welcome exhibitors and show your small-town hospitality by providing exhibitors with gift bags filled with "goodies."


We hope all businesses will take this opportunity to advertise and welcome visitors by donating gifts for the gift bags. With a record breaking number of artists, counting 90+, you will need to provide 95 items. 


Suggestions: Apples, Small bottle of Lotion, Packs of gum, Pens, Hard Candy, Magnets, Bottled water, Hand wipes, Coupons for your business, Cookies, Saluda post cards, Packs of flower seeds, Individual dry juice mixes for bottles of water. Any and all ideas welcome.


THANK YOU to last year's participants.


Many "THANK YOU's" came in from the artists last year.  Let's make this their best year ever! You can make it a great day for them by showing your appreciation and filling the gift bags. Everyone, please drop your "goodies" off to Macon Bank no later than May 15, 2013. They are open Monday through Friday, 8-1, 3-5. Should you have questions, please do not hesitate to call Angie Blackwell at 828-749-2550.


All efforts from Saluda Businesses are greatly appreciated, and it will be awesome to see lots of "goodies" for the bags this year.


Thank You,

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2013 Saluda Arts Festival Dedicated to Memory of John Waddill

Waddil Arts Festival The artwork by John Waddill has been a trademark for the Saluda Arts Festival since 2006 when Mr. Waddill permitted the use of one of his watercolors to the Saluda Business Association.


"The watercolor depicts a colorful, fun-filled festival on Historic Main Street in Saluda and is a great representation and branding of the Saluda Arts Festival," says Cathy Jackson, spokesperson for the Saluda Art Festival organizers. "We were trying to design a logo and brand for the Saluda Arts Festival, when Johnny brought this painting in to hang in the former Saluda Fine Arts gallery. At first glance, we knew that this painting was a perfect image of festival fun in Saluda. Johnny graciously gave us permission to use it and was astounded when he saw us selling t-shirts and posters with the image. He was always supportive of the Saluda Arts Festival," says Cathy.


John Miller Waddill died on March 1, 2013 and to honor Johnny Waddill's love for art, the Saluda Business Association is dedicating the 10th Annual Saluda Arts Festival to his memory. There will be a special exhibit on display during the festival at the Saluda Center, 64 Greenville St., Saluda, NC 28773.. The various pieces will reveal his efforts to find the best way to highlight the natural beauty of his subjects. "I paint for joy and quickly for freshness and simplicity," he once said. You may see touches of Japanese flatness and other approaches to painting in his work for he studied the work of the expressionists and American masters such as Homer, Marin, Wyeth, and Sargeant.


Waddill was a native of this area, having been born in Greenville, SC. He attended Furman University, where he developed an interest in the creative arts. He studied at Ringling School of Art and at Parson's School of Design. His art experience included working as an illustrator, designer and teacher, as well as a "realistic and expressionistic" painter. Waddill's history as an artist also included several one person shows, many awards and representation in several universities and museums.


A resident of Saluda, he was a good representative of the high quality art colony that lives in this historic town.


Saluda Community Land Trust


We will be having our annual meeting on April 3rd, 6:30 pm at the Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration parish hall. Guest speaker will be Doug Elliot, a storyteller and naturalist. Refreshments will be served and everyone is invited. Join us to learn more about our many projects and help celebrate our 6th year of operation.


Adopt-A-Highway road cleanup was once again a success. Thank you to all the volunteers who showed up for the March workday. Mark your calendar for the next cleanup, June 10th at 9am. Thank you for not littering!


The Saluda Dog Park is a joint project with the City of Saluda. Expansion is being planned and cleanup workdays are being organized. It's a great spot for your dog to run free and socialize. For more information about the Saluda Dog Park, contact Dave Prudhomme at 828-749-9172.


We are planning our kudzu work for the season and will be actively on sites in late April or early May. Our Saluda area has not been warm enough yet to find the right area to start our "decrowning Thursdays." Now is a great time to get out and cut the vine out of trees. That is always the first action of most project sites in order to slow down growth in the trees and makes an area more accessible.


Sunday "Walk in the Woods" hikes will begin soon. Make sure to pick up a brochure at our annual meeting for dates and areas that we plan to hike. It's a great way to get out with your friends and neighbors for a nice relaxing day spent with nature.


Keep an eye out on the Robinson Garden. Plots have been assigned and planting has begun. Soon it will be green with growth as vegetables rise to the surface to smile at the sun. It's a wonderful place for residents to gather and work in a peaceful garden environment right in the middle of town!


SCLT will have a change of meeting times for the month of April. On April 17th at 5pm, we will be meeting at the Pavilion at McCreery Park. The public is invited.


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

Saluda Garden Club will meet on April 15th with plans for a wildflower walk. We will leave from the Saluda Library parking lot at 10 am. Plans are to car pool, and we would love for you to join us!


Work in Spring Park will continue with planting and cleaning. This is one of Saluda's many treasured spots. Take a little time and walk through a little bit of nature's history that has been saved with hard work. Spring Park is SGC's main focus and keeping it alive is done through the hard work of volunteers throughout the year. It is located behind City Hall off of Church Street.


We are always looking for new members and welcome anyone interested in our adventures and projects. For more information about the Saluda Garden Club, please call Patty Martin at 828-817-9518.  

Saluda Community Tree Preservation Association


Arbor Day is the special day designated to acknowledge and appreciate the many benefits our trees provide us. The need to plant more trees continues as we lose so many to storms, forest fires and disease. Not only natural disasters decrease the numbers, but increasing construction so often means clearing land areas, sometimes large tracts.


Originated by J. Sterling Morton of Nebraska in 1872, Arbor Day became a day to celebrate the value of trees by planting on (or near) that date. Mr. Morton spent his life working toward planting and preserving trees through education and enlisting the support of others. His career as a newspaper publisher provided an opportunity for him to spread his enthusiasm.


Traditionally, schools and children's organizations nationwide have celebrated Arbor Day by planting and other projects educating and promoting tree care and preservation.


Arbor Day Dates: For North Carolina - March 22. Each state observes the special day according to best planting time in its regional location. The national date is scheduled the last Friday in April. This year, 2013, will be April 26.


For information on the Preservation Association, please call Ruth at 828-749-9718 (leave a message for return call) or Judy and Chuck at email


Submitted by Ruth Anderson 

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


The April meeting of the  Women's Club of Saluda will NOT be on the second Tuesday as usual, but on Wednesday, April 17.  The meeting will begin at the Saluda Presbyterian Church on Carolina St (behind the library) at 12:30 pm for the business meeting.   At 1:00 pm members and guests will be whisked away in a luxurious motorcoach.  This "Joy Ride" is compliments of Globe Treks.  Globe Treks is a travel provider that explores the world, but in this case, they will be taking the ladies to Burntshirt Vineyards in Hendersonville for a  tour of the vineyards and a wine-tasting.  There is a $7 fee for the wine tasting that includes a selection of seven wines along with a souvenir glass.  After the tasting, the ladies will gather on the patio around the fire pit that overlooks the vineyards for refreshments before heading back to Saluda.  Guests and friends of members are encouraged to attend.  A head-count  is needed for this activity, so please RSVP before Friday, April 12 by calling or emailing Program Chairman Peggy Wolf at 828-749-3276 or


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 6-7:30pm

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.


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 to 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  

50th Coon Dog Day - 5K and Sponsorshps

CooCDDn Dog Day is now accepting applications for sponsorship! In the past, sponsorships have been solely for the 5K race, but this year sponsors will receive greater benefits for their contributions and will be sponsors of the entire festival. Please review our sponsorship packet and support the tradition of Coon Dog Day. Download sponsorship package here.


Registration is now up and running for the Coon Dog Day 5K. Sign up early and receive a discounted rate of $25 per registration. Price goes up after June 1, so register now! This year's shirts will be performance tees like in years past and will also commemorate the 50th Annual Coon Dog Day.

Register online and check out our Facebook  
page for updates, volunteer opportunities and to share your input for the race.


Vendor applications are now available as well for food and craft vendors for Coon Dog Day. I would love to see as many local crafters as possible involved, and I always give preference to locals! Craft vendor spaces are only $100 and food vendor spaces are $250 for a 10'x10', and thousands will be in town. Saluda civic groups may receive a free space to raise support for their organization- contact Monica for details. Download vendor application here.


If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to help sponsor Coon Dog Day, checks can be mailed to Saluda City Hall, PO Box 248, Saluda, NC 28773 with a memo that notes it is a contribution for Coon Dog Day. All money received will go towards the cost of putting on Coon Dog Day, which includes all day live entertainment.  

50th Coon Dog Day Special Events Planned

coon dog day parade Plans are underway for events to be held to celebrate Saluda's 50th Coon Dog Day which is on Saturday, July 6, 2013.


Saturday, June 29:  Saluda's Yard Sales

(8:00 am to 3:00 pm) Plan to set up at your home for your yard sale.  Also, there will be three areas downtown to use:  the Saluda School tennis courts, the old skate park and the McCreery Park Pavilion.  Saluda's Yard Sales will be extensively advertised to, hopefully, draw many shoppers to Saluda.  Call 828-749-3789 to tell where your yard sale is located, and signs will be placed directing buyers to your location. To reserve a space in one of the three areas downtown, please call 828-749-3789.  


All of the following events will be held in the McCreery Park Pavilion in Saluda:


Sunday, June 30:  Gospel Singing and Ice Cream Social (3:00 pm until 6:00 pm)

Monday, July 1:  Movie Night (8:30 pm)

Tuesday, July 2:  Saluda's Welcome Table Cook Out (5:30 pm until 7:00 p.m.)

Wednesday, July 3:  Karaoke Night (6:00 pm until 8:00 pm)

Thursday, July 4:  Pot Luck Supper (4:00 pm until 6:00 pm)


Please leave your pets at home. More information to follow in future issues.


For more information or questions, please call 828-749-3789.

Historic Saluda



FREE WORKSHOP on "The Saluda Style" of Architecture, APRIL 12 AT 10:30  - UPSTAIRS AT THE SALUDA LIBRARY

The Saluda Historic Committee is offering this workshop in preparation for the Saluda Tour of Historic Homes and Gardens along Henderson Street on Saturday, June 1 from 1:00-5:00.

If you did not attend the first workshop in March about the historic houses in Saluda, you must attend the second in a series of three, discussing our historic homes and buildings.  This workshop is titled THE SALUDA STYLE: MOUNTAIN CABINS TO RESORT COTTAGES. The speaker is Jennifer Cathey, preservation specialist with the N.C. Dept of Historic Preservation. She will be discussing architectural building forms of the western North Carolina foothills and mountains and the development of residential and commercial building styles in Saluda through its heyday as a resort town.  Historic Architecture is a specialty of Jennifer's, and she provides technical assistance for historic building restoration and rehabilitation to property owners, businesses, non-profit organizations and local government within North Carolina's 25 westernmost counties. We are very fortunate to have her as a speaker.  The Historic Committee can promise that you will learn something if you attend. The format will be the same as the last workshop. There will be time for questions and discussion about your individual property at the end of her talk.  Bring a brown bag lunch, drinks provided.


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 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, April 12, 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!   


This month, there are two great opportunities for community members to support Saluda Elementary's PTSO fundraising efforts:  (1) If you order from Schwan's Food Company, please place your order online at using campaign # 40563, or you may ask any Saluda student to see the Schwan's catalog and order form (March 28-April 9).   Your order may be picked up in the tennis court parking lot on April 16 any time between 3:00-6:00pm.  (2) Drop by the school auditorium on the evening of April 16 anytime between 4:30-6:30pm to view themed-baskets and to purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win one or more baskets.  Each homeroom is collecting items to fill one of the following themed-baskets: Gardening, Date Night, Chocolate Lovers, Mexican Fiesta, Italian, Man Cave,  Car Cleaning, Bath & Body and Kitchen Potluck.   


Students, parents, family and friends enjoyed the Artists' Reception at the Saluda Center on March 14!  A special thank you to The Saluda Center for displaying student artwork and for providing such a wonderful evening reception for our budding artists!


Upcoming Events at Saluda Elementary School

April 1  Regular school day for Saluda students

April 5  Multiple Intelligences Day

April 6  PTSO Spring Campus Clean Up  1:00-4:00pm

April 8  School Board Meeting  6:30pm at Stearns Education Center

April 12  Spring Photographs by Strawbridge Studios (individual and class pictures)

April 16  Spring Informance  6:00-7:00pm

April 16  Polk County Strategic Planning Meeting  7:00-8:30pm

April 17  A+ Schools Case Study visitors

April 19  A+ Schools Case Study visitors

April 19  Assembly:  Experience Argentina  

April 22-26  SPRING BREAK

April 30  End of the 5th Six Weeks of School


Principal, Ronette Dill


Visit Saluda School for additional school news.    


Box top collection containers are located in the Saluda Public Library, Saluda Post Office, and Saluda Elementary School Office.


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

Saluda Post Office Hours

US Post Office Store Hours

Mon-Fri 9:00am-1:00pm and 3:00pm-4:30pm

Sat 9:30am-11:00am Sun closed


Passport Service is available at the Saluda post office.


Get directions by clicking here  

102 E MAIN ST SALUDA, NC 28773-7812 

(828) 749-5921
Saluda Classifieds

Experienced bookkeeping services

available for local businesses Please contact Debbie Hahn at 828-749-3388. 

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

Business space available - Suite C in the beautifully restored Historic Train Station, once occupied by The Benke gift shop, is available for lease. It adjoins Suites A & B (The Summer House Gift Shop). Tenant pays own electricity and prorated water/sewage/garbage bills. Rent - $650/month. Please contact Clark Thompson at (850) 432-8812 for more information.


House kuntzfor Rent

Saluda 2Br, 1 Bath, 2-Story, Secluded Mt. home, stream. Total Renovation in 2012; HVAC, hardwood floors, sparkling new bath.
  $1000/month; references please; 828-749-3826.

House for Rent 

Saluda, large 6BR, 3BA, 2-Story, home in town. HVAC, one acre, fenced back yard.  Great family house or works well with roommates.  $1,350/month; references please; 843-991-0669.

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.

John Miller Waddill, well known artist of Saluda died on March 1, 2013.

Captain Ramsay Lawson (Ret), USN Retired, 79, of Lake Sheila, Saluda, N.C. died Sunday, March 10, 2013.


Colonel Daniel Payton Leach (Ret), 81, of Lake Sheila, Saluda, NC and Greer, SC died on Thursday, March 14, 2013.

JoAnne Way, 84, former resident of Saluda, died Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, in Augusta, Ga.
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.   

April Awakening

Spring visited in January with the blooming of daffodils teasing us with thoughts of an early spring. To our surprise, most Saludians woke up to snow covered yards on the first full day of spring. Those early daffodils drooped in the snow and yellow forsythia bushes were sprinkled with soft snow like white powdered sugar on a cupcake.


spring As spring gets off to a slow start this year, here's a collage of spring flowers that foretell how breathtaking spring is in Saluda.



Plan a visit and experience the timeless beauty of springtime in Saluda.


Photos are courtesy of Marc Blazer, photographer and proprietor of the Orchard Inn. 

What's Happening in Music and Art
What's Happening At The Purple Onion In April     


The new spring menu features the fresh, sweet flavors of a warming earth. Fresh local asparagus, ramps, baby carrots, turnips, beets and spring onions adorn and flavor many of the new selections. While asparagus is in season we're showcasing it as an appetizer, in our new spring Caesar and on a couple of the entrees. We also added a delicious new salad comprised of fresh local greens, roasted beets, feta and our own version of green goddess with a plethora of fresh herbs and greens. Green goodness! Other new items include rabbit confit in a Lusty Monk mustard cream sauce nestled on a bed of pappardelle, our new gluten free crab cakes.


And for lunch, the return of a few old standards like pimento cheese and chicken salad. Crab cakes aren't the only gluten free items. We have consolidated all of our gluten free options including gluten free pizzas into one menu for your convenience. Check out the entire spring menu on our website.


The Maestro Returns

Fred Whiskin, our Friday night piano player, has returned home after a longer than he would have liked recovery from a broken hip. Hopefully he will be back tickling the ole Steinway's ivories this



wncap  Dining Out For Life

Thursday, April 25, 2013

You are cordially invited to join your friends, clients, family and co-workers on Thursday, April 25, 2013, for the 11th annual Dining Out For Life® benefit to support the mission of the Western North Carolina AIDS Project (WNCAP). The need is greater than ever this year with a reduction in federal funding and an increasing number of clients who need our help. Over 100 of the finest restaurants in WNC have generously agreed to donate 20% of their gross sales on April 25th to enable us to meet these challenges in a struggling economy. You can do your part by simply dining out for breakfast, lunch or dinner or all three at any of the participating restaurants. This is the eighth year that The Purple Onion has participated in Dining Out for Life. Please consider joining us for lunch or dinner.


A Sense of Balance: The Sculpture of Stoney Lamar

Asheville Art Museum

Opening Reception

Saturday, April 13 from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Friday, April 12 - Sunday, September 1


When asked by guests at the Purple Onion if he is the owner, Stoney Lamar frequently responds, "No, I'm married to it." Those of us who know him well understand that his commitment to the creative process both as a sculptor and as an advocate for the arts through various regional and national arts organizations leaves little time to devote to the restaurant except as an ardent supporter and confidant. This month a retrospective exhibition of fifty works by Stoney opens at the Asheville Art Museum. Curator, Andrew Glasgow's statement for the exhibition's catalog follows:


I first became aware of using the lathe to create sculpture when working at the Southern Highland Craft Guild's Folk Art Center when we hosted an exhibition entitled International Turned Objects in 1988. Among the works was a wall piece by Stoney Lamar. I was instantly captured by the conceptual twist: that a turned object could be placed on the wall as if it were two-dimensional. In the ensuing years, I would learn more about the art of turning and about Stoney's very particular place in that field. It has been an inspiration to work with Stoney and

observe his creative process while curating this exhibition of his work.


As an artistic field largely populated by hobbyist turners, it is amazing to see Stoney's work in the larger context. He employs multi-axial turning and usually adds steel to the wood. His experience with both wood and steel has a depth that is at times breathtaking. He is also adept at working the surface of his pieces, using color as well as various carving techniques.


A Sense of Balance: The Sculpture of Stoney Lamar contains work from the early part of Stoney's career as well as the work that he has completed in the last year. As a curator, it is a challenge to be both developing an exhibition and simultaneously assessing current work. This was made more challenging as a result of Stoney's diagnosis of Parkinson's disease in 2006. This monumental physical

and emotional challenge has resulted in the strongest work of his career. The work has changed in both concept and scale; material and technique and this exhibition gives the viewer an excellent opportunity to view Stoney's entire career in one venue. From early vessels to current large sculptures sometimes augmented by the use of a chain saw, this exhibition is as much about achieving virtuosity in the

face of enormous challenges as it is about the work. This combination offers us an unusual insight into the artistic creativity of Stoney Lamar.


For more:

A Sense of Balance: The Sculpture of Stoney Lamar


April Music Calendar

 April 4 - Jay Brown -

"The secret is out. Jay Brown is the most authentic songster to come out of the Carolina High Country since a man named Doc Watson"
Ketch Secor, Old Crow Medicine Show.


April 6 -  Uptown Jazz Quartet

Our favorite jazz group from Hendersonville brings back the jazz standards we love.


April 11 - Johnson's Crossroad

This group returns with the sound they like to call "Appalachian Soul."


April 13 - Nikki Talley

A voice that harkens back to her Appalachian roots, and shores up on the edges of contemporary country, folk, and old time.


April 18 - Michael Reno Harrell

Michael Reno Harrell is a classic storyteller with a voice that's part Marty Robbins, part John Prine. Charlotte Observer


April 20 - Overmountain Men

A great band featuring old friend David Childers and music that contains historic relevance.


April 25 - Tom Fisch

Singer/songwriter with a warm, appealing style, diverse range of material and talent .


April 27 - Deep River

Good, solid, old-school country in the vein of Patsy Cline from Asheville is back.

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

The Party Place and Event Center welcomcraiges back "Steve Craig and The Out of Towners Band" on Friday, April 5 at 8:00pm.  Tickets are $15.00 and can be purchased in advance. To reserve a table, please call 828-749-3676.


April Music Schedule

Friday, April 5    Steve Craig & The Out of Towners Band


Friday, April 12   Blue Ridge Contra Dance-lessons start at 6:30pm

Sat., April 13      Sound Investment Band

Sat., April 20      Emporium Band

Sat., April 27      The 7' Eighty, 9' Band           

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

 saluda wine cellar

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, chocolate 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.


April 5 T.B.A


April 12 Carrie Morrison

Previously of the harmonious quartet, The Naughty Pillows, her piano accompanied songs are melodically rich and filled with personal, pithy, and sometimes whimsical lyrics.


April 19 Chelsea LaBate

Always inspirational, melodic, with lyrics that find the liminal space between deeply serious and heartbreakingly funny. Her voice stuns and mesmerizes, often drawing the entire room to a hushed reverence. 


April 26 Jeff Thompson

A deeply insightful, mischievously funny, jazz-influenced troubadour who plays with a live energy and stage presence that remains dangerously exciting. This show is not to be missed!


Other Events (open at 7)

April 27 Potluck: Local and Fresh


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


The Saluda Wine Cellar is located at 229 Greenville St. Click here for directions. Check our website at  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.

Bonnie B Open Studio with Saluda Artist, Bonnie Bardos

To celebrate spring, Saluda artist Bonnie Joy Bardos will have Saturday Open Studio afternoons this month at her vintage 1895 "Art House" at 285 Greenville Street from 1-3 p.m. In her studio, paintings, sculptures and note cards will be featured; come take a peek at new work in progress!

During April 27-28, she will be part of the annual Art Trek Tryon open studio event with other  participating area artists; her art will be featured at the Upstairs Artspace in Tryon, NC until May 25 as part of the corresponding gallery exhibit for Art Trek.
Bonnie is represented by Patricia Carlisle Fine Art gallery on Canyon Road, Santa Fe, New Mexico and Skyuka Fine Art in Tryon, as well as hanging artwork in downtown Saluda in the Purple Onion and Saluda Grade.

Recently, she was awarded a Regional Artist Project Grant from the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Dept. of Cultural Resources and administered by the Arts Council of Henderson County in cooperation with the North Carolina Arts Council.

Appointments can be arranged for other times. Parking available at the Saluda Fire Department.
For information, call 828-749-1153  or visit her website.



carson Saluda artist, Jim Carson has been juried in Plein Air Richmond in Richmond, VA, which will be held from Sunday, June 9 - Saturday, June 15.


This is Jim's second year in a row to be accepted into this prestigious event. Thirty-five artists from all over the world will be setting up their easels to paint vistas in this historic city, including the James River, beautiful parks, and other historic monuments and architecture.


The Collectors Preview Gala and Sale will be held at the Brazier Gallery in Richmond on Friday night, June 14.


Jim won first place in last year's St. Simons Plein Air Quick paint and is a regular at many plein air festivals in the United States and abroad. Jim has been offering plein air workshops in Saluda for almost ten years.  Jim's next plein air workshop in Saluda will be Thursday- Saturday, May 30-June 1 titled, "Fresh Paint." The workshop will be held at three different outdoor, but convenient, locations. It is open to all levels, from beginners to advanced. A detailed list of supplies and materials will be sent after registration.


The price of the workshop is $350 and includes lunch brought to the site each day by the Saluda Grade Café. A deposit of $150 will hold a place. 


For more information, contact Jim at 828-749-3702 or visit or email us on Facebookdancers extenstion


April is full of excitement for our students!  On Wednesday, April 10, Sentell Studio will be at The Dancer's Extension to photograph our dancers in their class groups and individually.  These photos will be on display at our Spring Concert on May 18.  The studio is open for observation during regular class times for the week of April 15.  Come drop in to see what the students are learning in preparation for our Spring Concert.  Youth students will be on spring break the week of April 22.


Adults please join us for our Saturday Special on Saturday, April 6 from 11AM - 12Noon.  Get your weekend off to a rockin' start with Hot Pop! - the new dance fitness sensation!  This class is offered to you at a special rate of only $5!  We hold weekly classes for adults in beginner ballet and Hot Pop!  We will be on a light schedule the week of April 22 for Spring Break.  Please contact the studio for our adult spring break schedule.
Keep up to date with schedule changes and important announcements by facebook. 

Please visit our website for important updates and information.  Our studio is located in Saluda, at I-26, in the Don Mintz center.  We welcome new students and beginners in their journey of learning the art of dance.


Please contact the studio at 828-749-9398, email or visit our website at for more information and updated schedule.  Keep up-to-date with class changes on Find us on Facebook   

random arts Random Arts

Spring is in the air... or maybe it's on the way for us here in the mountains of North Carolina.  Even though it's still quite chilly, it doesn't stop us from booking workshops and scheduling special events for our 18th anniversary celebration, April 13th and 14th.


In addition to our full line-up of instructors, we recently added local Asheville artist, Alena Hennessy to teach in August.


Our new funky and artsy line of clothing is as crazy popular as ever, and we continue to introduce new items on a regular basis. Surely you need a few new things for your spring wardrobe!


April Workshops


Saturday, April 6 - Graffiti Style Coptic Journal with Christy Hawkins 

Random Arts has been synonymous with book arts over the past 17 years, but it has been quite some time since we have re-visited this interesting and creative, yet functional, art form. The choices of materials, sizes, shapes and context are widely varied which makes this an "open book" for creative expression. With that said, Christy will introduce you to the simple Coptic Stitch which can be widely used in most book binding projects that you attempt. She will make it simple and easy to follow and the best part is that you will finish your book at the end of the day!


Sunday, April 7 10am till 4pm - Faux Forged Metal Journal with Single Sheet Coptic Sewing $75.


Saturday, April 13 & Sunday, April 14 - "Divine Messengers" with Kecia Deveney 

Kecia and her family survived Hurricane Sandy in New Jersey this past October, and her paintings reflect her faith that all things return to "normalcy" by keeping in touch with her art. She spreads her joy as she teaches at various events in the US throughout the year, including Random Arts. In this 2 day painting class, we will explore a variety of techniques for creating backgrounds. She will show you how she works as she takes her paintings from beginning to end. You will learn fun exercises to practice ideas first, and she can assure you that you will have fun while you learn to work in acrylics.  You will be making marks, moving color, scribbling, waxing, burning and more!  It's all about non-perfection and freedom to accept our work as it develops. It's no stress, no judgment with gentle instruction and encouragement. $290. (2 day workshop)

Applications being accepted now for 

Art Market - Sale of New & Used Arts & Crafts Supplies 

Sat., May 18 10am till 5pm

It's time for spring cleaning and that means that it's time to clean out your studio, your craft room and your closets full of crafts supplies. We already have several participants, whom I know, that have a ton of stuff that they are willing and eager to sell. Mostly they are "uncluttering" their lives and simplifying their artistic space. Booth fee is only $25, and the space is large enough for 2, 8' tables. A few spaces under cover are available; otherwise, you can bring a tent, enjoy the sunshine or bring an umbrella and get ready for the crowds. Email me for an application or click here for a downloadable PDF. Please remember to include $25 with your application. 


18 years in Saluda is time to Celebrate on April 13 and 14 from noon till 4!  Join with us as we celebrate and you will be eligible for a great door prize while you are here!

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,"  April 1 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.

Richard can be reached at his studio at 18 Church Street, through his Facebook page, or call at 828-234-1616.

Attention Saluda Artists!  
Saluda is blessed with so many talented artist. Let's open our doors and show the town what we do! Plans have begun for an Open Studio tour this fall. Please join us for an interest meeting on April 6 at 10am in the studio of Richard Baker. Artists of all media are welcome. Contact Robin Kirby for more information at 


chicken house The Old Chicken House     

We are welcoming several new, talented crafters into the Old Chicken House and will introduce them in the next issue of Saluda Lifestyles. We have one space available now for rent-a size that could accommodate possibly three compatible artists or other creative people. If you are interested in studio space, please come see it. Our hours are changing-open Friday - Saturday, 11am to 6pm (one hour later) beginning April 1.

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

george matthews The Village Smithy - Blacksmith Shop - Now Open in Mill Spring

George Matthews, recently featured in the Living in These Foothills publication, is a Saluda resident and an Artist/Blacksmith. The Village Smithy, George's blacksmith shop, has recently opened in Mill Spring, located behind the Mill Spring Ag Center, 156 School Road, Mill Spring, NC. (The main building is the old Mill Spring School.)


George's art includes sculptural, ornamental, and practical items - now on display in his shop as well as The Farm Store at the Mill Spring Ag Center. His work has been shown in many galleries across the country, including in the ABANA (Artist Blacksmith Association of North America) Conference Gallery in South Dakota and the Toe River Gallery in Black Mountain, NC. He has also completed a number of custom commissions in the Polk and Henderson County areas.


Preservation of the ancient art of blacksmithing is a continuing goal of his. He offers classes in traditional blacksmithing on an individual or small group basis. These classes are available on either weekdays or weekends.


For information on classes and/or custom commissions, George can be contacted at 828-243-6579.

"Dog On It" Art Show to Benefit Real Dogs
April 26 & 27, Kathleen's Gallery

dogonit "Dog On It" is a unique art show featuring dog creations by artist, Susie Welsh to be held April 26 and 27, 2013.  Opening reception is Friday, April 26 from 5 to 8pm with wine and cheese and lots of fun.  Kathleen's Gallery, Main Street, Saluda, NC will host this event, and a portion of the proceeds will go to the Foothills Humane Society.


What would motivate an artist to create a whole show of pottery dogs?


susie Susie's, "Dog-On-It" sculptures began when she made a pottery dog sitting on a chair which sold at a local gallery during the opening reception. That led Susie to collecting many and sundry chairs to continue this project, urged on by wonderful friends. After making several more, she decided to expand from chairs to other found items (loving a good yard sale/thrift store/flea market excursion!).


"Dogs have always been an important part of my life, and I consider them my best friends. I presently have three rescues (the third pup, "the unplanned family member," was too cute to resist), and each of them is so different in personality and style; they are great inspiration for my sculptures. I tend to give them human attributes (only the good ones!) and that has extended to doing things we all love-chatting with friends, reading, riding a bike, gardening, rocking a baby, and so on. Now I have dogs in cars, on boats, susie in beds, on airplanes, riding horses, and on and on. I have always been fascinated by big machinery so I also have several "friends" driving Tonka bulldozers, tractors and Buddy L trucks. I make every effort to find handcrafted, antique and/or made in the USA pieces to work with," says Susie.


Kathleen Carson, owner of Kathleen's Gallery in Saluda, enthusiastically offered to host a show for Susie when she saw some of her creations. Susie has been busy since last fall in her home studio creating happy active characters. "Getting them into the right positions and blending dog and human postures is fun. Seeing them come out of the kiln ready to hold a book, row a boat, or play the violin is a thrill. And yes, more than a few have had to be repurposed! That's just part of the process and makes creating them both challenging and joyful," says Susie jokingly.


"I am fortunate that at this point in my life I've learned it's not about making money-it's about spreading joy. So I'm happy when my pottery pups go to a loving home and that a good amount of the sales can go to the Foothills Humane Society which does such an outstanding job finding real homes for real dogs!," says Susie.


More about Susie Welsh:

A retired educator from SC, Susie moved to Saluda and found clay that opened a new world of joy for her. She has taken classes at Tryon Painters and Sculptors, Tryon Arts and Crafts, John Campbell Craft School and Odyssey and has exhibited in juried art shows and in local galleries. Through the endless ways to manipulate and stretch clay, hand-building and sculpting clay allows her to personally express herself.


Inspired by the beauty of nature around her and experiences from working with children and seeing things from their innocent perspective, she is able to bring both her love of nature and joyful heart into unique creations.


The name of her pottery business is "Gingerly Touched," named for her favorite herb, Ginger, and the fact that a good potter must touch the clay gingerly.


Susie has also been an active member of the Saluda Business Association for more than five years and a primary organizer for the Saluda Arts Festival, now in its 10th year. She is also a board member of the Saluda Community Land Trust and volunteers on several community projects.


Pictures of the sculptures can be seen on Facebook/Susie Welsh.  For more information, please contact Susie at 828-749-3900 or email at

Saluda Faces
Susie Welsh

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


susie The first thing you notice about Susie is her sparkling blue eyes and effervescent smile. Before settling in the south, Susie grew up in Columbus, OH where she graduated from Ohio State University and chose the teaching profession that she practiced for 40 years. During the fuel crisis in the late seventies, the school system in Ohio closed a few weeks during the cold winter and that's when she and her husband decided to head south to warmer weather.


At first, she questioned her move south to Summerville, SC, but she soon grew to accept some of the advantages that living on the coast could offer. She learned to love shrimping, fishing, crabbing, and gardening.  


While serving as foster parents, she met her soon to be adopted son, Johnny, who was 12 at the time and was living at the Connie Maxwell Children's Home in Greenwood, SC. Johnny and his wife now live in Oklahoma City.  


Spurred on by friends, Susie decided to move into education administration and received a degree in administration. She became the principal at Beech Hill Elementary until she retired in 2006.


In 2005, Susie visited a friend who lived on Pearson's Falls Road in Saluda when doing an accreditation in Spartanburg for Southern Accredited Colleges and Schools. This is when she discovered Saluda.  


By the following year, she had bought a home, retired from education and moved to Saluda. She attended a pottery class at Mud Dabbers in Brevard which was her first time working with clay, and she has been working with clay ever since. Until that time, making nice bulletin boards and cutting out letters freehand were the only artistic work she ever did. With this new found talent, there emerged a new career and business as a potter which she calls, "Gingerly Touched."


Susie is an active member of the Saluda Business Association, Saluda Community Land Trust, Saluda Garden Club, and Polk County Planning Board. She also served on the Polk County 20/20 Vision committee. When she was working in education, she never had time to advocate for other things that she thought were important.  She saw Summerville lose its small town charm in the 20 years she lived there. She doesn't want to see that happen to Saluda, and she plans on being involved in decisions that may affect Saluda's future.  


Looking back on her decision to move to Saluda where she did not know anybody, she sometimes wonders why, but she has never had a doubt that this is where she belongs. Even before making the move here full time, people reached out to her and welcomed and invited her to help with community projects.


Susie says that if Saluda speaks to you, you need to listen, and she hopes that if you decide to make Saluda your home, you will be as happy as she is.  


Rescue dogs are an important part of her life. She has three dogs now: Edisto, Teddy and Tuxedo. She loves dogs so much that she has created unique art sculptures of dogs out of clay which will be exhibited in her, "Dog On It" show on April 26 and 27 at Kathleen's Gallery, Main Street.  

Saluda Scoop

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


Saluda Mountain Lake Retreat

We are a family owned and operated retreat with 40 acres of serenity to relax and enjoy our beautiful mountains.  Come enjoy a romantic getaway, family vacation, reunion, or mountain retreat in one of our 8 family owned cabins for 2 midweek nights and receive 1 night free for April and May, if you mention Saluda Lifestyles!  On-site amenities available for you: Hot tubs, fireplaces, 3-acre stocked lake, sandy beach, fishing, hiking trails, paddleboats, geocaching, and waterfall. Enjoy the privacy of our Blue Ridge Mountain log cabins.


Contact us at  Visit our website and join us on Facebook. 



bike and hike Saluda Bike & Hike will be extending their hours, their inventory, and their services by teaming up with Keith of Keith's Triathlon Shop.

The new hours will be Monday-Thursday, 10am-4pm, Friday, 2-6pm, Saturday and Sunday, 9am-5pm

We offer bike repair, mountain bike rentals, bike and hike accessories, nutritional snacks, hiking and trail information.


We are located at 459 Hwy 176, Suite C (right across for the Tickle Family Medical Center).   


Phone: 803-609-2190


Facebook at SaludaBikeAndHike


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.  

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GR Kick off the Summer with Green River Adventures

Mark your calendars! On Saturday, May 4th, Green River Adventures will be celebrating the start of their 7th season with the annual Spring Green Bash block party.  The east side of Main Street will be hopping with live reggae music by Common Foundation, beer from Highland Brewing Company, and nibbles from the Blue Gypsy, it's a great time to hang out with all your Saluda friends. No cost! Festivities begin at 5:30pm.


Green River Adventures offers guided IK (Inflatable Kayak) trips on the Upper and Lower sections of the Green River, Whitewater Kayak Instruction, and Guided Waterfall and Swimming Hole Hikes.  Their guides and instructors are professionals in the Outdoor Industry, and their trips are super fun and super safe. If you've got family or friends visiting Saluda this summer, a trip with GRA is a must do!


For more information on their trips and reservations at Click here for directions.111 East Main Street,Saluda, NC 28773

(828) 749-2800


early morning The Orchard Inn  

We're proud to announce being awarded by Trip Advisor - 2012 Certificate of Excellence and by - 2012 Top Rated Restaurant.


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  

April is a time of renewal. Spring is really here and things are coming to life. Lovely vegetables such as fresh Asparagus, Green Peas and Baby Greens are popping up on our menus and specials. We are happy for the beginning of the growing season and for new spring menus both at lunch and at dinner!


Spring Caterings are booking up fast, if you need us, give us a call quickly...we would love to help cater your event. Box Lunches can be delivered, too! They are great for group hikes at Pearson's Falls or anywhere in the area.


Do you know that we are continually striving to be the best at what we do? SGC now has only House Cured Bacon, and we are now creating not only our Fettuccine, but our Mushroom Ravioli, as well as making our own Breads! There is nothing quite like Fresh baked bread and hand crafted pasta!


Music on Friday Nights thanks to Alan, Bob and Amy, Becky, Todd and Will is continually Awesome! It is perfect to enjoy while dining, and it keeps even the youngest enthralled! Music makes us dance, inspires us to learn and just to be the best that we can be. Thank you friends for Friday night Old Timey Music! Music starts @ 7...See you there!


Don't forget to visit us on Facebook! We love to share our pictures and specials with you and want to see what you think about what we are making.


April 16, 2013 is our 15th Birthday!!! Saluda Grade Café is celebrating 15 years of business...Thank you Saluda for your Love and Support!!! We hope we can continue for at least another 15!


Thank you to all who support Saluda Grade Café behind the scenes...all of you who help make our lives easier! A special thanks to Bob and Linda Bailey who do our brochures, business cards and our beautiful new cushions! A super special Thank you to Junie Hines and Ike Dickson who grow produce for us throughout the season and supply us with the wonderful fresh eggs that make baking a Joy! Junie, Ike, Linda, Bob...Thank you! Thank you! We Love you !


Make plans for May! May 5 is Cinco de Mayo... expect some exotic Sunday specials with a Mexican flair.


May 12 is Mothers Day so make your reservations early...we would love to help you honor your Mom!


May 18 is the Arts Festival!! We will be doing a Red, White and Blue Booth (in honor of Armed Forces Day) across the street, as well as having a full staff ready to quickly feed you both Lunch and Dinner! Come say hello!


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


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


April Specials include Frozen Atlantic Salmon, St. Clemens Danish Havarti w/Dill Cheese, and our Wine is Yalumba Viognier 2012 South Australia made from the oldest family winery in Australia.  Come in and ask us how to receive 10 to 15 percent off of purchase.  


April Wine And Cheese Tasting

is April 4, 4 to 6pm, upstairs in the Boarding House Venue.   


Remember to come in and purchase homemade frozen dinners to go.  April is the time to plan to be out doors for picnics or taking a walk.  Come by our Meat Market and purchase fine delicious deli meats.  Our Hormel meats; Rare Roast Beef, Turkey, Ham, Pastrami, and Bologna are the best.  Compare ours to other brands and you will be able to TASTE the difference.   

New at Ward's Grill are "Fresh Cut" French Fries. Try them with our new garlic butter sauce. 


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

"2010 Chardonnay" from Judd's Peak.  Only sold at Thompson's Store! 


Larry Keith & The Lonesome Road Band will be the christening performers on our patio deck on May 18. Bluegrass music, along with good food, beer and wine, will begin at 4:00 PM following the Saluda Art Festival.  


Thank you for your business and your suggestions on how we can better serve you in Saluda. Please continue to give us feedback on more ways that we can be of service to you. 


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

Just a whiff of BBQ wafting through the air brings to mind  summer time fun.  Need a break from the never ending winter, then stop by for a BBQ, some fried okra, or one of our local beers. 


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 our 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.   




Spring!  I feel a bit like I'm just waking up from hibernation....but there are flowers to plant, hikes to take and kites to fly - so here is a quick update for Wildflour Bake Shop.

*Have you found us on Facebook?  Please look for Wildflour Bake Shop and "like" us. Molly gets all kinds of excited and announces each new friend.  She will keep you up to date on specials, events and photos.

* Don't miss out on Friday night pizza. Bring your favorite beer, wine and all your friends.  It just might be warm enough to sit out in the courtyard.

* Our bakers did an amazing job at the Artisan Bread Fair in Asheville.  Give them a "thumbs up" next time you pass their window.

* Finally, take a moment to meet and greet Abe Thomas.  He is joining team Wildflour, bringing his experience in management, and I am extra excited!  I may sound like a proud mom (which I am), but I know that Abe and Molly are an unbeatable team who will make our favorite Wildflour even more wonderful!

* Final touches are happening this month on the spring menu.  Better order up those favorites on the winter menu this month & get ready for some new favorites in May.

 Regular Hours
Wednesday  8am - 3pm
Thursday     8am - 3pm
Friday         8am - 8pm Friday Night Pizza
Saturday     8am - 3pm
Sunday       9am - 2pm


qr codes 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



  Macon Bank

Macon Bank  

President's Award Winner

The Saluda Branch of Macon Bank won the prestigious President's Award given by the President of Macon Bank, Roger Plemens.


Mr. Plemens presented the award, made from an old Macon Bank Corporate Seal, during the Bank's Annual meeting held on January 24, 2013 at the Macon Bank Corpo­­rate Offices in Franklin, NC.


macon bank "Angie and her staff do an excellent job in helping our customers and promoting Macon Bank. The President's Award is based on customer service, efficiency, loan and deposit growth as well as profitability. We are pleased to honor them with the 2012 President's Award as they exemplify proficiency in all categories," says Carolyn Huscusson, Chief Retail Officer of Macon Bank.


Stop by Macon Bank at 108 East Main Street and talk to our friendly, knowledgeable staff.

We can help you with all your financing needs.

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





kirby Enjoy the warm spring days this year without the bugs, in the comfort of your new screened in porch. Let Kirby Custom Builders create the porch you have been dreaming about. Contact Todd Kirby today!  Find us at or call 828-606-0942.


eva Eva at Evening Shade Pottery

What a great year ahead of us! Weddings, birthdays, graduations, anniversaries,  and pottery is just the ticket for that one of a kind special gift! I have what you need!

Evening Shade Pottery is a great place to shop, not only for pottery but also metal work, hats, bags, and dust. The dust is free!  So come by and check it out. Pottery made on site, come in, sit back and watch! Or you can make the pots, I will sit and watch! I might even have a cup of coffee for you. This birdhouse, we will call her "ladybird," is all decked out and awaiting spring.  


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


Oaks A Celebration of Spring in the Mountains

We here at Saluda's premier Victorian inn have a driving interest in sharing the most exhilarating season of the year! To inspire you to visit, we would like to extend to the valued readers of Saluda Lifestyles a 10% discount for all reservations through the month of April!


The Oaks Bed and Breakfast has been primped and dressed for your arrival. Day-by-day, the lawns grow greener, the trees burst into color and the flowerbeds awaken to greet the warmth of the sun, while the woods behind the inn provide a stage for a symphony of birdsongs.


Take in the Spring Festival of Flowers at the Biltmore or the NC Arboretum, then enjoy a baseball game with the Asheville Tourists.


Spring is the perfect time to walk the streets and shop the shops, knowing that when you return from dinner a welcoming fire will be waiting and a brand-new day will start with a full gourmet breakfast.


The 10% discount is available for the month of April - remember to mention that you heard about it in Saluda Lifestyles. A two-night minimum is required for weekends and not to be combined with other discounts or certificates. Contact innkeepers, Dale and Donna, to reserve the accommodations of your choice: 828-749-2000. Click here to visit website.


Orchard Lake Campground opens April 1, 2013. It is one of the most beautiful campgrounds in Western North Carolina. Click here to visit the website.


Click here for directions. 
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460 Orchard Lake Road, Saluda, NC 28773. 828-749-3901. 


Estate Sale

Mark your calendars for Saturday, April 27.  Amy Beeson will be hosting a HUGE sale in Spartanburg. Stay tuned for details in the mid-month issue of Saluda Lifestyles.



blue gypsy Look for the opening of Blue Gypsy Watering Hole in April. Located at 110 East Main   

Street. 828-749-2392.  Like us on Facebook

Is Your Portfolio Truly Diversified? 

The financial markets always move up and down. As an investor, you're no doubt happy to see the "ups" - but the "downs" can seem like a real downer. Isn't there any way to help smooth out the volatility in your investment portfolio?


Your best bet is to diversify your holdings. Unfortunately, many investors think that if they own a few stocks and a bond, they're diversified. But you have to go deeper. For the equity portion of your portfolio, you may want to own stocks representing many different industries, as well as international stocks. And when you purchase bonds, don't just stick with U.S. Treasury securities - consider corporate and municipal bonds, too. You can diversify even further by owning short-term, intermediate-term and long-term bonds.


Keep in mind that diversification can't guarantee a profit or protect against loss. Nonetheless, building a diversified portfolio is a smart investment move - so look for diversification opportunities whenever possible.


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


Member SIPC



Douglass M. Rostick | Financial Advisor | Edward Jones 

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


Premier 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 20, 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.

Jerry's Baddle Green River Race
April 20, 2013

Jerry's Baddle is a dual sport race that began in 2006 to honor a good friend, Jerry Beckwith, who had been diagnosed with ALS. The race was born out of a desire to keep his spirit and passion alive by raising money to help fight the disease that took his life and to foster the community he loved.  


In the past seven years, the event has raised over $40,000 for NC ALS Catfish Hunter Chapter and over $10,000 for Green River Access Fund.  The 2013 Jerry's Baddle will be similar to the past 4 years at Wilderness Cove Campground.  One focus in 2013 will be soliciting more cash donations to increase our fundraising.  Solo racers that recruit $150 donation will get free registration, and teams recruiting $250 donations get free registration.


Following the race, there will be a festival for all racers and spectators. All race fees include entry to the festival. For those not racing, a $20 festival fee covers music, food, and parking. There are men and women's shower houses available for racers to clean up.


The festival will start around 1:00 pm on Saturday, April 20 and continue into the night. There will be live music for most of the afternoon and evening. There should be plenty of food for racers and spectators.


For more information on how to register, route maps, rules, how to donate, and more, please click here. Like us on Facebook 


Wildnerness Cove Campground is located at 3772 Green River Cove Road, Saluda, NC 28773 (828)749-9100,

 Click here for directions.   

Tour de Falls May 11, 12
A Family Friendly Event Mother's Day Weekend

A 12 mile tour by shuttle bus in DuPont State Recreational Forest to four spectacular sites: Triple Falls, High Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, & Lake Julia



Tour de Falls provides the general public, families and those with limited hiking abilities a chance to see the beauty of DuPont State Recreational Forest and some of the most spectacular waterfalls in the Southeast via shuttle buses. The Tour de Falls begins and ends at the event parking area.


The Event Parking Area is located at 1300 Staton Road in Cedar Mountain, NC 2871, GPS (35.18636, -82.637734), a short distance from the High Falls access and parking area. Look for the Tour De Falls directional signs as you near the event area.


Buses will leave the event parking area approximately every 30 minutes from 9 am. until 2:30 pm.


Visitors getting off the bus at each stop will be able to get great views of the falls, take photos and explore the forest. The tour takes 3 hours or longer, depending on how much time is spent at each stop.


Volunteers will be on each bus and at each stop to provide information about the history of the area and our efforts to protect the historical and natural resources within this 10,400 acre forest.


A donation of $6 for ages 6-17 and $12 for ages 18 and up is requested. We accept donations by cash or check. We cannot process credit cards. Buses are not handicap-accessible. No Pets on the buses.


Visitors should bring snacks and water, as there are no food concessions. Triple Falls and High Falls have covered shelters with picnic tables.


Light refreshments will be available in the lodge overlooking Lake Julia, which is the last stop on the tour.


DuPont State Recreational Forest is located in Henderson and Transylvania counties in the mountains of Western North Carolina.


For directions, membership applications, and additional DuPont State Recreational Forest info, visit our web site


800-828-4244 Hendersonville Visitors Center open 7 days a week.

838-883-3700 Brevard Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center open Mon. - Fri. a week.


Tour de Falls is an event sponsored by the Friends of DuPont Forest.

Isothermal Community College: A Best Kept Secret in Polk County


"When he speaks, you feel it because he feels it. He puts his all into it." These are the words of one of Dr. Ben Pfingstag's students as she described his classes. Dr. Ben, as he was called by one of his students, has taught art history for at least ten years at ICC. Many of his students stated that they had taken his courses for years, some repeating classes they had already taken before. As one student described the experience of repeating, "His courses grow." Each time he teaches the class, he "adds additional subject matter, additional research and teaches with more depth each time." These same students, in addition, had praise for ICC, saying that it was wonderful to have a place which welcomed suggestions for additional courses and then followed through by finding someone to teach them, also adding "the staff here is friendly, warm, and helpful." As one student said, "ICC has been a lifesaver for me. I do not know what I would do without it."


Ben Pfingstag teaches courses which touch mainly on European and American Art, although he has offered a class which included the cultures of the near and far East, Africa, and Latin America. In his courses, he uses images encompassing painting, architecture, sculpture, and other arts of the culture being studied, exploring their background and the purpose each served...religious, political, social, or decorative. He has developed 12 courses which each last 6 weeks for 2 hours at each class meeting. In his words, "Hopefully one comes away from our 'visual journeys' with a larger understanding of the deep human issues involved in such creations." One of his students stated that his classes make his students realize that we are "all one, are all interconnected." When asked how he felt about his teaching experience at ICC in comparison to his years of teaching in universities in Ohio, Charlotte and Vermont, Ben said that he "can't take [these students] for granted. They have been all over the world and have questions." He feels that teaching these courses is a "different kind of journey." There is "always personal growth in learning" for him. He teaches to "stay young in mind and spirit; and for the immense joy in continuous learning." The courses which he taught this term were: "Medieval Art and the Gothic Spirit" and "The Age of Leonardo and Michelangelo." Coming in the next term will be: "Art of the Baroque and Rococo" and "Art and Revolution: The 19th Century." In addition to these longer courses, he sometimes offers ones on selected topics which last 1 to 2 hours and also ones involving seasonal topics, such as the course "The Art of Advent" offered this past Fall.     Ben also had praise for ICC and continuing education for adults. He stated that ICC was local, offered immense variety of courses in an informal atmosphere, with low expense, and good access to teachers. His students echoed this sentiment, saying that they especially appreciated the expertise of the instructors and the continuity with the same professors.


Special Events: April and May at ICC:

April 9 and April 16.....How To Choose Interior Paint Colors....Free, pre- registration required, call 828-894-3092. Sandy LeRoy will discuss the basics of color and how to make a fresh start with an overall color plan for your house.                                                      

art show April 26, Opening reception of the "NEW FRONTIERS ART SHOW": The Third Annual Art Show by students of Don Blackwell...Art will be on display for the month of May at ICC Polk Campus. Both present and past students of Don Blackwell, a well-known local artist who works in pen and ink, watercolor, airbrush, oil, colored pencil, leather, and wood carving, will take part in this show during the month of May, displaying their art in the conference room at Isothermal Community College. This year, in addition to the visual arts, wood carvings will be on display by students in Don's class in woodcarving, offered, by special request, at ICC for the first time this semester. Don teaches beginning drawing, intermediate drawing, pen and ink, mixed media and woodcarving at ICC. In addition, he offers open studio classes.


NEW COURSE CATALOGUE SHOULD BE OUT IN MID-APRIL. Watch for it in your mail or go online: and select "Polk Continuing education classes." Be patient. It takes a little while to load. For questions or registration: call 828-894-3092.


By Betsy Sellers
Riding a Stripped Down Bicycle
by Clark Thompson


The first and only bike I ever owned was one bought when I was around 10 years old. That purchase took the entire $5.00 that I had saved up. To me, it was a beauty, a little 24-inch with no fenders, pedals or brakes and rolling on two maypop tires. Most folks know that adult-size bikes normally have 26- or 28-inch size wheels, so mine was really more fitting for a smaller child. It was basically just a stripped down frame with two wheels, seat, sprocket and chain. Getting it road-ready required a little ingenuity since I had no money left to pay for repairs.


The first and most critical repair involved getting some kind of pedals installed so that my leg muscles could propel the bike.  The best places locally to search for such items were the two local gas stations. The Esso Station operated by Joe Raymond Stephenson, Sr. was located where the Blue Gypsy Watering Hole now is. The original Gulf Oil Station, operated by Dar Taylor, was located at the corner of Church and Main Street. After first showing and explaining my dilemma to Mr. Stephenson, he was sympathetic enough to rummage around his garage for left-over parts and finally came up with what seemed to be a workable solution in the form of two eight-inch by one-half-inch steel bolts with nuts.


Unfortunately, when I placed them through the sprocket arms, they had a bad tendency to wobble which made pedaling extremely difficult. I was hesitant to go back to Mr. Stephenson for more help so my next visit was to the Gulf Oil Station. Mr. Taylor also had a fairly large metal-framed garage with tons of old parts stashed around the walls, and he gave me permission to plunder at will for a better pedal idea. Following several hours without success, I went back to Mr. Taylor who then suggested a solution, if I could live with it. He would weld the bolts to the pedal sprocket arms, but the result would mean I would never be able to swap them out for normal bike pedals. At that point, I was desperate to have a bike to ride with my buddies so I agreed, and the steel bolts served as pedals for as long as I rode it.


Lacking brakes became the next biggest challenge to overcome. However, I soon realized that I could press my right shoe against the front tire to stop the bike. That method proved on numerous occasions not to be the ideal solution. It also meant that I quickly wore out the sole on that one shoe which required trips to Hendersonville for a half-sole repair. I have sometimes wondered what the shoe repairman thought when that one shoe kept showing up for additional replacement. The most frequent problem was determining the exact amount of foot pressure to apply in different situations. Road conditions, the type of riding surface, the urgency to stop, and especially those tread-bare tires, all added a little extra rush of adrenalin and excitement to each ride.


Keeping the steel ball bearings of the New Departure-brand rear end in top condition required a total disassembly every few months, then a soaking of the parts in gasoline to remove the last speck of foreign matter before reapplying new grease. Being able to take apart and successfully reassemble that single-gear mechanism added a little swagger to my youthful step when done in the presence of full-fledged mechanics. The ultimate test required turning the bike upside down and giving the reinstalled wheel a good strong spin while timing the longevity with a stopwatch.


The most memorable riding event occurred not too long after I had bought the bike, but before I had time to really hone my braking skills. A couple of buddies began hounding me to show some school girls how I stopped it. It didn't take long before a surge of testosterone overwhelmed my good judgment and I took the bait. After backing up a couple of hundred yards, I came roaring along the gravel road where, with much anticipation, my harem of spectators breathlessly awaited the marvels about to be demonstrated by yours truly. As I flew past the assembly of admirers at what must have been a speed approaching 90 MPH, I jammed my foot hard against the front wheel sprocket and tire. I still vividly recall, in slow motion, seeing myself sail over the handlebars and through the air as the bike went one way on the loose gravel and I went another. Needless to say, the gravel won that battle as each pebble took its own vicious bite from my skin while my prone body skidded along like a fallen snow skier.


Ungodly pain and humiliation coursed through every fiber of my body as I struggled to pick myself up on very unstable legs. Then standing there with tattered clothes and bleeding cuts, I tried as best I could to convince the giggling harem that the trick turned out almost as planned.


'Almost' became the operative word!


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