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                                                                                          May 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
Memorial Day Celebration
Saluda Tailgate Market
Saluda Fridays
Contra Dancing
Wildflowers Guided Tours
City Notes-Let's Clean Saluda
Saluda Center News
Thrifty Barn
Saluda Community Land Trust
Saluda Garden Club
Saluda Tree Preservation
Saluda Single Women
The Women's Club of Saluda
Historic Homes Tour
"Swinging at the Saluda Center"
Saluda Dog Society
Social Dogs
Yoga Schedule
Saluda Adventure Guide
Streets Alive!
50th Coon Dog Day 5K
50th Coon Dog Day Events Planned
Historic Saluda
Saluda Library
Saluda School
Saluda Church Services
Post Office Hours
Saluda Classifieds
Saluda Lifestyles Marketplace
Saluda Arts Festival
What's Happening in Music and Art
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!

Historic Downtown
This newly remodeled bungalow is located in historic Saluda,walkable to Main Street for restaurants, shops, library, post office, school, and churches, 2 BR, 2BA, MLS#563348 $262,000 
Country Elegance

Country elegance captivates you when entering the large, open, foyer with 14' ceiling, formal dining and greeting area. Relax in comfortable great room with fireplace, and entertain on wide wrap-around porch. Custom built home features separate living space downstairs, separate entrance, full kitchen, and family room.  4BR, 3.5 BA, 3792 SF, 2-car garage, wrap-around porch, garden and trails. MLS# 536973, Offered at $459,000

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


Build Your Custom Mountain Home
Lots ad Land
Mountain Vista
Lot 6, 2.11 ac $55,000, MLS# 463961 

Lot 16, 1.19 ac, $125,000, MLS#521147
 Lot 17, 1.65 ac, View Lot, $130,000 MLS#509499

  View Lot 23, 1.07 ac, $85,000, MLS#514441
Lot 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 

1.1 ac in Whites Lake, MLS#535712, $55,000

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 

  Sale Pending 3.64 acres in wooded development with privacy. Bold creek. MLS#516590  $54,000

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

Winter Views on Valhalla Ridge, very private, 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

11 acres, private, MLS#534045, $125,000  


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 April 30, 2013). 


Sales               Closed   Pending  

Homes 2013         6           2
 Homes 2012         11          0 


         Land 2013              7           2         

Land 2012              3           0


Foreclosures-REO-Short Sales

Saluda - 3 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 Tailgate Market opens Friday, May 3, 4:30 to 6:30pm.
Green River Adventures' annual Spring Green Bash block party Saturday, May 4, starting at 5:30pm.

Saluda Business Association
meets Tuesday, May 7 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 Regular meeting with Oral History Committee will meet Friday, May 10 from 2 to 4pm at the Saluda Library.  The public is invited to attend. 


Women's Club Meet May 14 at 10:00am at Saluda Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall.   


Small Town Main Street meeting May 21, 9am at Saluda Library.  Public is invited to attend. 


Saluda Single Women potluck dinner will meet on Thursday, May 16 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
Regular monthly meetings are 3pm on May 1 at Saluda Presbyterian Church and at 5pm on May 15 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 May 20 at 10am at Saluda Library parking lot.

Let's Clean Up Saluda Day, May 25 at 9am. Volunteers meet at McCreery Park.

Community Potluck and Bingo, Saluda Center, May 27 at 6pm. 

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.

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

Sept 14        Charlie Ward Memorial BBQ 

November     Green River Narrows Race

December     Hometown Christmas 

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

Monthly meetings with the STMS program director, Sherry Adams, are scheduled the third Tuesday of the month at 9am at the Saluda Library. Meetings are open to the public.  The next meeting will be May 21, 2013.
Click here to download the April minutes.
Memorial Day Celebration

Dr. Jerry Russell will host the Memorial Day Service on May 27, 2pm at Veterans Park, located on Greenville Street by the railroad tracks.The Honor Guard from Polk County will perform on Memorial Day.

Saluda Tailgate Market
Friday, May 3 at 4:30pm-6:30pm


It's here! It's May! That beautiful month we've all been waiting for. Dogwoods bloom and leaves unfurl so fast you could watch it happen if you could sit still long enough. But don't sit on Friday afternoons. Grab your basket and hat and make your way down West Main to the Saluda Tailgate market. Welcome in the first spring produce, greet your friends and neighbors and hug your farmers. They have been planning through the winter and working their soil through the early spring cold days in anticipation of your visit to the market. Come see what they have to offer and celebrate spring. Make your shopping list and plan to pick up some starter plants for your own gardens. See you at the market!


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 Fridays
May through October

saluda lifestyles 

In order to better serve those of you who live here,and our weekend visitors and part-timers, several Saluda businesses have agreed to extend their hours on Fridays during the tailgate market season. If you work out of town, know that you can come home and enjoy your hometown on Friday evenings. If you are lucky enough to live and work in Saluda, or are just spending the weekend in one of our lovely inns, lodges, cabins, or summer homes, you don't have to go anywhere else! The plan for extended Friday hours came about in the Small Town Main Street meetings and that group will offer some Friday night events as well. Keep informed through Saluda Lifestyles.


Of course, Saluda restaurants are always open for your dining pleasure on Friday nights. Now, you can stroll and shop at Duck Alley, Heartwood Gallery, Kathleen's, and M. A. Pace's. Green River Adventures' downtown outpost will be open to book trips for the weekend at group rates. You can make your way up Greenville Street to the Wine Cellar for good music in an intimate atmosphere, or enjoy fresh pizza at Wildflour bakery.


It all starts with the Saluda tailgate market in the city lot on West Main from 4:30-6:30, every Friday, May through October. Plan to stay and enjoy our historic downtown, great restaurants and music venues. Or, find a bench on Main Street or in McCreery Park and participate in that favorite Saluda pastime: relaxing and watching the world go by. Duck Alley and Somewhere In Time offer ice cream cones to help you do just that.


Contra Dancing



May we have this dance?

Blue Ridge Contra Group

Cordially invites you to join us at

The Party Place Friday, May 17

For more Contra Dancing Fun!


We are so pleased to have Diane Silver return as our caller, and for the first time, we have Pinetop Revival as our musicians.


contra Dawn Cantrell on guitar, Steve Cantrell on mandolin,Joshua Johnson on fiddle, Dan Wood on banjo and Andrew Lathe on bass. Pinetop Revival carries on the tradition of fiddle tunes in rural America by taking old, nearly forgotten tunes and presenting them to the audiences of today. (If you want to hear their sound, please visit Pinetop Revival.)


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 classes are being offered to help you learn plant identification and usage for your personal enjoyment.


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


Fee: $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

CityCity Notes

Joe Adams  


wall City employees, Jason Phillips, Dewayne Elliott, Brian Stepp, and Ben Capps, replaced the old rotten railroad ties on the bank behind McCreery Park Pavilion with a new concrete wall. Great job, guys!

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

If you can spare 1 to 1½  hours of your time one day out of the week to deliver for our Meals  on Wheels Program or to be on our substitute driver call list, please call Donna at 828-749-9245.


If you are interested in playing or learning to play Canasta, please meet at the Center beginning on Fri., May 3 at 10:00 a.m.


Stop by for a New Fango Marine Facial, especially good for drawing out impurities and freshening winter skin, on Tues., May 7 from 12 pm-4 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 Kanavel at 828-384-8421 or


Book club meeting on Thurs., May 9 at 2:00pm.


Saluda Single Women potluck dinner on Thurs., May 16 at 6:00pm. Please bring a dish and enjoy an evening with friends.


Brown bag gardening with John Vining from Cooperative Extension on Wed., May 22 at noon.


Community potluck and bingo

on Mon. May 27 at 6:00pm.  


If you are home-bound and cannot prepare meals, if you know of someone who needs meals brought to them, or if you are recovering from recent surgery and are 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 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 News

Summer has come to the Thrifty Barn.  Warm weather clothes and accessories have been placed on our racks.


As usual, we will accept donations on Wednesdays from 10 to 4.  Garments and accessories that are clean, undamaged and stylish are the most in demand. 


Summer residents are welcome to help us as volunteers.  Call 828-749-3320 on Wednesdays to arrange a time to volunteer and to have orientation for the sales requirements.  Get a Saluda friend to help you and have a good visit, not to mention a good shopping experience.


The Basement accepts household goods and decor items, and we sell furniture at the Cub Scout Hut across from the Barn. 


All funds raised help to support the Saluda Center and to provide meals for folks who would otherwise go without. Thanks for your support.


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

Saluda Community Land Trust


SCLT recently held its annual meeting which was sponsored by a grant from the Polk County Community Foundation. We thank PCCF, our guest speaker Doug Elliot, and the Church of the Transfiguration for the use of the Parish Hall. Guests enjoyed refreshments, story telling and news of upcoming events, as well as current projects. A good time was had by all and we look forward to another active year.


Board Members:

Nancy Barnett, President

Don Clapp, Vice President

Chris Young, Treasurer

Carolyn Ashburn, Secretary

Nora Parks Anderson

Debbie Hahn

Dave Prudhomme

Elena Robison

John Savage


"Walks in the Woods" will be on the first and third Sunday of the month at 2pm. We meet in the parking lot of the Saluda Library and carpool. Brochures have been printed with the hike descriptions.


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 749-9172.


Board meetings are on May 1 at our office located in the upstairs of the Presbyterian Church at 3pm and on May 15 at the Pavilion starting at 5pm. The meetings are open to the public.


Kudzu work is still on hold, it's great the weather has held off that pesky weed, but we know it's on its way and we will be ready to attack. The Saluda Kudzu Swat Team will keep an eye out for the vine's awakening and will make plans for Kudzu Thursdays.


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

In April, Saluda Garden Club enjoyed a wildflower hike at the Twin Bridges led by Debbie Hahn. Everyone enjoyed the marvelous display of nature at its best despite the rainy overcast day. 


We will be planting and cleaning Spring Park May 6, with a rain date May 7. The Saluda Garden Club takes great pride in providing the upkeep of this gentle spot. It is located in downtown Saluda behind City Hall and is there for the public to enjoy. As always, we ask that you come and enjoy this historic spot, but please be sure to do so gently. Every plant and rock has been put there for a reason.


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


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


Advice from a Tree

Sink your roots into the earth.

Be content with your natural beauty.

Drink plenty of water.

Go out on a limb.

Enjoy the view.

Remember your roots.


Contributed by a tree hugger.

Author unknown


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

On Tuesday, May 14 (rain date,  May 15), we will hike the quarter mile trail up to Pearson Falls. A docent will accompany us to share knowledge of the flora, fauna, history and geology of the area.  Be sure to wear comfortable shoes.  You may want to bring your camera and water bottle for this one.  If you aren't up to hiking, come on out to take in the spring beauty of this wildflower, wildlife, and bird sanctuary.  After the hike, we will gather at the pavilion for a business meeting.  Lunch will be provided.  Either meet at 10:00am at the Saluda Presbyterian Church on Carolina St (behind the library) to carpool or meet at Pearson Falls, 2748 Pearson Falls Road in Saluda, at 10:20am.  The $5 admission fee will be waived, but there will be a charge of $5 per person for the docent.   The docent cannot be guaranteed for the rain date.   Guests and potential new members are always welcome to attend.  For additional info call or email 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

Historic Homes Tour

The Historic Saluda Committee has been involved with the restoration of City Hall for three years and proudly presents its second tour of homes and gardens for its benefit.


Tour Historic Homes, Gardens and

Saluda's Own Rock And Mineral Museum

Henderson Street, June 1, 1-5 pm


Advance tickets may be purchased at Macon Bank, Saluda City Hall, Pace's Store, Heartwood Gallery, and Thompson's Store. Tours are $20 per person.


The walking tour, covering about 5 blocks, begins at the Saluda First Baptist Church on the corner of Henderson and Carolina Streets, with tickets and parking available.


To protect the safety of walkers, Henderson Street will be closed to through traffic from East Main Street to Esseola Avenue. Cars for those taking the tour, should be left at the church parking lot. Golf carts will be available for those unable to walk.  Eight homes along half of Henderson Street will be open for interior and exterior viewing. 


rock museum Martha and Eric Ashley in one of the three rooms of the Rock Museum


The Ashley Rock and Mineral Museum, the Prudhomme garden, and Mark Gardner's artist studio are open, in addition to the tour of the other eight homes. The new owners of one of the homes along Henderson have generously offered their porch and garden as a "way station" along the route.  Children will have lemonade stands set up and water will be available.


This is a great community event that you will not want to miss!


Rain or Shine!


For more information about the Historic Saluda Committee, go to or contact us at




"Swinging at the Saluda Canteen"


uso The Women's Club of Saluda will host a fundraising bash on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at the Saluda Center from 5:30pm to 9:00pm.  The theme this year will be "Swinging at the Saluda Canteen."  Come see the center transformed into a 1040's USO canteen. 


Enjoy a fried chicken dinner and dance to big band music.  Adult beverages will be included with the dinner.  Soft drinks and tea will also be available.  Children are welcome.  Proceeds from the event will go to college scholarships for Saluda youth.  Tickets will be available from Women's Club members. For more information, please contact Anita at 828-749-9781. 

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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Social Dogs

hsh All dogs are social creatures, preferring the company of other dogs, as well as their human companions. Dogs that are left alone for months or years in small enclosures, with only the basic necessities and with very little interaction from other dogs and humans, develop behaviors that may be difficult to change or correct through training later on.


Some breeds, out of frustration and loneliness, will develop some aggression and behave in a territorial manner. Others will retreat in a fear-aggression manner towards other dogs and people. Most will develop some form of separation anxiety. All of these behaviors require lots of patience, specialized training and time to correct.


Proper socialization of your dog(s) is an essential part of their training and life.  A confident dog that has been allowed to experience its surroundings and interact with other animals, canines, and humans will behave in a well and balanced manner, thus adding years of happiness to your family and your dog(s).


If you have a fearful, timid or aggressive dog who displays some form of fear-aggression towards other dogs, animals and/or people, seek out a dog trainer to assist you and your family to properly train and socialize your dog before taking them into public events.


We are fortunate to live in a dog friendly community, where well socialized and behaved dogs are allowed in many business and places.


John Murias

Home Sweet Home Dog Training & Care, LLC
(828) 697-0327

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  

Get Out and Play!

New Saluda Adventure Guide Launched

sag The Saluda Business Association wants the community and visitors to experience the outdoors in Saluda and has published the first "Saluda Adventure Guide."


Highlighting Saluda trails and the Green River Gorge, the guide is a very colorful 12"X25" two sided map with hiking trails, road bike trails, whitewater adventures, waterfalls, and other recreation activities that pass through or around Saluda. The map will fold down to a 3"x5" pocket size booklet, with a durable cover. For the less "adventurous," opportunities featured include walking and driving routes, birding and wildflower sites, and the best scenic views in Saluda.


Thirty-five Saluda businesses sponsored the funding of the guide along with contributions from Polk County Economic Development, the City of Saluda, and the Saluda Business Association. The guides will sell for $2 and will be available from business sponsors by early June. An online Flipbook will soon follow and be accessible at


"The Saluda Adventure Guide has been in the SBA long-range marketing plan for more than three years.  With the opening of The Gorge™, and more attention given to whitewater adventures on the Green River, and other multi-sport events, this is the perfect time to publish this guide," says a SBA spokesperson. 


Carolina Blue Design Group, Hendersonville designed and illustrated the guide and maps.


Saluda abounds with natural assets.  It's our duty to the heritage of Saluda to celebrate and promote its artistic culture, historic buildings, and the natural beauty of our mountains and waterfalls.


Streets Alive!
Playful City USA Program to Celebrate Play

playful Saluda proudly announces the first annual Streets Alive! event as part of the KaBOOM! Playful City USA program. Join us on Saturday, June 8, 2013 from 3-5pm in the meadows to celebrate and support play. This event is a partnership between the City of Saluda and Saluda School and will be free to everyone. We will block Meadowview Drive and Cedarview Drive, as well as a small portion of Hart Street at the intersection of Crescent Street, for a few hours to allow the community to come together and play in our neighborhood. We will have activity stations set up, as well as one free lane around the circle for jogging and bicycles to make their rounds.


There will be fun had by everyone, so don't hesitate to come out and play with us, even if you don't have any children--we are all young at heart! Please come out to support this inaugural event and participate in a positive movement to increase play across the country.


Saluda School graduating 5th graders have submitted self-portraits of their favorite activities, and t-shirts will be made from their designs and will be sold by city hall for the play day event.


Parking will be at Saluda School with buses transporting people to the meadows and back. Please contact Monica at 828-749-2581 or if you would like to volunteer for the event or for more information.

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.


The deadline to commit to sponsorships is quickly approaching, and we want to make sure everyone has had the opportunity to sign up to support the festival. Sponsorships are a great way to promote your business to the record crowds while supporting the Saluda tradition, now in its 50th year! Sponsor packets are available on our website as well as by contacting Monica at City Hall or  


A huge THANK YOU to Amy Copeland of the Saluda Medical Center and Linda Whitaker of the Party Place and Event Center for their valuable help in finding sponsors. We also thank our Gold sponsor, Green River Brew Depot, and Bronze sponsors Macon Bank, Polk County Sheriff's Office, and Thos. Shepherd & Son. We still have opportunities available, so act fast!


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, 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, hopefully to 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

Sponsored By Saluda Historic Committee

May 10

tour home The last in the series of free workshops leading up to our tour of homes on June 1, 2013 will be held at 10am on Friday, May 10 at the Saluda Library.  Lou Holloway, a Landscape Architect and Director of the Main Street Program for Hendersonville, will talk with us about STREETSCAPES and why they are so important in making a street feel either great or going unnoticed.  


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, May 10, 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



bee ant  

 Wednesday, May 1st

12 Noon

Saluda Library

 Join us for stories, songs, and a fun craft! All area preschoolers and caregivers are welcome.




  summer fun

Wednesday, May 29th


Saluda Library

Join us for stories and songs! You'll also learn about our Summer Reading Program and decorate folders to take home, full of information on all the fun things we have planned! All area preschoolers and caregivers are welcome.



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!   


Upcoming Events in May    

Thurs., May 2    PCHS Green Team to visit 3rd grade

Thurs., May 2    Report Cards

Fri., May 3    Dress Down for Charity; Box Tops Collection Day

Fri., May 3    Hat Day--Students donate $1 to Relay for Life to wear a hat today.

Fri., May 3    Field Trip: 5th Grade & Clogging Team to Dollywood

Tues., May 7    Field Trip:  5th Grade to The Health Adventure Museum

Thurs., May 9    Quarterly A+ Webinar 4:00-5:00pm

Fri., May 10    Jeans Day--Faculty & staff donate $1 to Relay for Life to wear jeans today.

Fri., May 10    Cool Shades Day--Students donate $1 to Relay for Life to wear sunglasses today.

Fri., May 10    Field Trip:  5th Grade  for Ag Awareness Day at PCHS and to tour PCMS

Mon., May 13    School Board Meeting  4:45pm at Stearns

Tues., May 14    Interim Reports

Tues., May 14    School Visitor:  Darcy Grimes, North Carolina Teacher of the Year

Fri., May 17    Jeans Day--Faculty & staff donate $1 to Relay for Life to wear jeans today.

Sat., May 18    Dancer's Extension recital in school auditorium

Mon., May 20      Blue Monday!  Wear blue to celebrate Saluda's National Blue Ribbon status!

Mon., May 27    HOLIDAY---No school

Thurs., May 30    Last day for After School Academy

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.

Ken Kercheval, 61, passed away Thursday, April 18, 2013.
Robert Banks, 63, died April 9, 2013. He worked for Don Mintz Builders for many years.
Maxie Callaway, 89, died April 8, 2013 in Houston, TX. He was the father of Saluda resident Catherine Ross.
Melvin Roger Cantrell, 74, died March 19, 2013.
Virginia (Jeanne) Cummings, died March 4, 2013 in Pompano Beach, Florida. She was the mother of Saluda resident, Marti Wells.  
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.   

Spring into Action

dogwood tree Enlivened by sunny, warm days, blooming flowers and trees, and fresh spring showers, Saludians are eagerly ready for a busy May.  In addition to blooming flowers, artists will blossom during the Saluda Arts Festival on May 18, and adventure enthusiasts will take the ride of their lives when ziplining into the Green River Gorge with The Gorge™ opening this month. gorge


This issue of Saluda Lifestyles will include it all!


To see where and when wildflowers are blooming in the mountains, click on this link:

Remember the golden rule about viewing wildflowers, "Leave them as you found them so that others can enjoy them, too."

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, the children's art tent, several art and craft demonstrators and delicious food from our local restaurants.


This year's festival is dedicated to artist Johnny Waddill who graciously permitted the festival's organizers to use his painting to brand the Saluda Arts Festival. He 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 displaying his work during the festival at the Saluda Center, 64 Greenville St., Saluda, NC 28773. The Saluda Center will also be open as a "comfort station" for festival goers. 


Entertainment Schedule

 (McCreery Park Pavilion) 



- Magician and TV personality, Jack Roper, will entertain the audience. 


11am - Spring Concert from the Dancer's Extension at Saluda School

Students from The Dancer's Extension will perform their Spring Concert.

12pm - Sol Driven Train - Children's Concert

1pm - Clay Ross Band, guitarist, vocalist, composer, and songwriter with Brazilian-style rhythms.

3pm - Sol Driven Train, versatile 5-piece band, based in Charleston, SC, features rotating lead vocalists, and multi-instrumental talent spread across horns, strings, and percussion.


Music for the Saluda Arts Festival is funded by the Polk County Community Foundation's Saluda Fund Grant. This grant is a major reason that the Saluda Arts Festival can bring high-caliber, talented musicians to the festival each year.



Watch artists paint landscapes, forge metal, weave, make jewelry, and more. 


Children's Art Tent

Children will experiment and unlock their creativity at the "Children's Art Tent"--supervised instruction, face painting, and surprises. Located at the Shelter in McCreery Park.  



Enjoy a variety of delicious choices from local restaurants and at the festival site. Saluda Grade Café, Jose's Wood Fired Pizza, and Thompson's Store & Ward's Grill will be serving food. 


Youth Performances  

The Dancer's Extension annual spring concert is scheduled for Saturday, May 18 at 11AM.  The concert will take place at the Saluda School Auditorium and admission is FREE!  This is held in conjunction with the Saluda Arts Festival. Please park in the bus parking area behind the school. 



Parking is available along Main Street, at the Saluda School back parking lot, the Saluda Presbyterian Church on Carolina St., Saluda Methodist Church on Greenville St, the First Baptist Church on Henderson St., the west end public parking lot (across the bridge), and the Saluda Fire Department on Greenville St. Shuttle transportation will be available.



We gratefully acknowledge sponsors who provide the funds to enrich the quality of the arts festival each year.



Autumn Care 

Barbara & Scott Cardais

Bryan Easler Toyota 

Debbie & Woody Fox

Don Mintz Builders

Macon Bank



Beth & Jim Carson

Lynn & Mike Cass

Cathy Jackson Realty

Charles Street Garden Suites

Dr. Mike 

Green River BBQ

Heartwood Gallery

Steve & Georgia Herring      

Gunnar Keenan


Barbara & Robert Siler


Gloria & Kyle Testerman

Angelo & Amy Zollo



Kathleen's Gallery

Mary Jane & David LaFave

Robin & Greg Woods



Sam's Club

Williamson's Paint Center 


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


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


Click here to download the festival map.
Click here to download the list of artists.

Click here to check Saluda lodging and accommodations.
To learn more about the SBA, please visisbat
What's Happening in Music and Art
What's Happening At The Purple Onion in May    

        NEW HOURS


Beginning  May 1, The Purple Onion will be open seven days a week until the first week of September.  Monday through Saturday, lunch will be served from 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM and dinner 5:00 - 9:00 PM. Sunday we will be open from 11:00 AM until 3:00 PM with a special brunch menu.



Every Friday at 7:00pm Fred Whiskin on piano playing blues to Brubeck.


May 2 - Scoot Pittman

Like mama's Southern cookin' sticks to your gut, Scoot's music will satisfy that sweet spot in your brain and keep a smile on your face.


May 4 - David Jacobs-Strain

"He is just one of those guys who is in his own class.  A great singer and guitar player."  Jorma Kaukenon


May 9 - Gigi Dover & The Big Love

The room rocks when this old friend returns.


May 11 - The Carpenter Ants

Old style rhythm & blues, gospel soul and country funk group returns after too long of an absence.


May 16 - Chuck Johnson

Making his first appearance here, this Charlotte performer is an artist whose music at once feels like home but opens  a new world of thought and feeling.


May 18 -  Shana Blake Band

This audience favorite returns with their innovative take on the old soul cover bands.


May 23 - Darlyne Cain

Multi-talented sultry singer now based i n Asheville returns.


May 25 - Kyle Sorenson and Horse Ghost

Saluda-based band making its debut at the café.


May 30 - Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys

The tight-knot lyrics and infectious joy in the Flatbellys' songs will make you stop

whatever you're doing and cock an ear.

Music for the Purple Onion is scheduled by Robert Seiler.

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


May Music Schedule

May 4 - "Maggie Rose" Fundraiser 

May 11 - Crimson Rose

May 17 - Blue Ridge Contra Dance

May 18 - Free Flight

May 25 - Special evening of shag music!  


"Maggie Rose" In Concert For ~Help Heather~ 

May 4, a special concert to help out a family member from The Polk County Sheriff's office. Country Music's "MAGGIE ROSE" will be on stage for a fund raising event to help Heather. Lots of music, food, door prizes, silent auctions, etc. Activities and opening bands will start at 3:00pm, followed by the featured performer, "Maggie Rose," at 7:00pm. Tickets $15.00 or VIP package $30.00.  Current info can be found by going to


Shaggin' In Saluda"  Saturday, May 25, 7pm

With DJ's Jeff Foster, Buck Crumpton, Terry Hopper, Riki Vernon & Bobby Vaughn. Each DJ plays for one hour!! Hosted by these Shag Clubs: Mountain Shag Club, Electric City Shag Club, Upstate Shag Club, R&B Shag Club and Mountain Empire Shag Club.  Admission $10.00-all shaggers are invited. You don't have to belong to a club; just come join the fun!

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.


Live Music in May

(Open at 7pm, Music starts at 8pm)  


May 3 - Buzz Beilharz and Karen Corn

A fantastic guitar player, a soul-filled singer performing innovative originals and eclectic covers. Their combined approach to Americana will surprise even the most well rounded lover of music.


May 11 - Carolina Bound

With that certain ability to meld the old time roots of this region with a more timely awareness in lyrics, presentation and structure, Chris plays with a fluid approach that never overpowers and yet never lets the listener go.


May 24 - Jeff Michels

A commanding songwriter and guitar picker with a flair for the lyrical, emotional, and deeply personal. With love songs, a good sense of humor, and just enough arrangement of songs you know to keep his music interesting and entertaining. 


May 25 - Eric Congdon

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


May 31 - 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. Catch her here while you still can...she's bound to be playing large venues soon.


The Cellar will be Open Every Friday and Saturday Starting May 24th. Please see the full schedule at


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.                        

Like us on Facebook  

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

bonnie Open Studio with Saluda Artist, Bonnie Bardos

In May, the month of flowers, Saluda artist Bonnie Joy Bardos will have open studio on Saturday afternoons, May 4, 11, and 25, at her vintage 1895 "Art House" at 285 Greenville Street from 1-3 p.m. Paintings, sculptures and note cards will be featured; come take a peek at new work in progress! Bonnie is represented by Patricia Carlisle Fine Art gallery on Canyon Road, Santa Fe, New Mexico and Skyuka Fine Art in Tryon, as well as hanging work in downtown Saluda in the Purple Onion and Saluda Grade.  


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

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



carson Saluda artist, Jim Carson 

Jim Carson, Saluda artist, will offer a plein air (outdoor) workshop in Saluda on Thursday- Saturday, May 30-June 1, titled "Fresh Paint."  The focus of the workshop will be to simplify your paintings, while learning to apply the paint quickly and confidently. 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 which includes lunch brought to the site each day by the Saluda Grade Café. A deposit of $150 will hold a place.  Jim is also offering a three day (in the studio) mentoring class on Wednesday - Friday, May 15-17. There is only one space available for this class.


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

dancers extenstion


The community is invited to join us on Saturday, May 18, at 11am at the Saluda School Auditorium for our third annual Spring Concert.  Our dancers have worked diligently for the past nine months to prepare a great show for you!  Admission is free.  Our concert is presented in conjunction with the Saluda Arts Festival.  We are proud to provide the art of dance for all the festival-goers!  Parking is available in the bus parking lot on Seminary.


The last classes for our youth students for the academic year will be held during the week of May 20.  Our studio will be closed on Monday, May 27 for the Memorial Day holiday.  All adult classes will continue on a regular schedule through the end of the month.  Continue to check our website for updates on our summer schedule, dance camps, choreography workshops and the 2013-2014 academic year.


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

The month of May is as busy as it gets here at Random Arts, starting on May 9-12 with two of our favorite internationally known instructors arriving from Vancouver, BC,  Michael deMeng and Andrea Matus deMeng.  Each has their own style that captivates and inspires everyone around the world.  Lucky for us, Michael and his assemblage art have been coming here to Saluda for 10 years with his workshops filled to the max each time. There is available space in Andrea's workshops, and her one-of-a kind samples are here for you to view.


Saturday, May 18 is our annual Arts and Crafts Supplies resale market outdoors, here at the shop, at the corner of Louisiana and Ozone. Let us be your first stop as you head into town for the Saluda Arts Festival.  Tables and booths will be set up in the courtyard and in front of the shop with vendors selling their unwanted, unused, slightly used arts and crafts supplies. Some items that you might find here are beading supplies, art books, rubber stamps, papers, fibers, quilt supplies, laces, fabrics, batting, paints, stamp pads, and a whole lot more. Stop by and pick up a bargain from 10 am till 5pm. Thinking of cleaning out and SELLING? There is still time 

to grab a space for only $25.     

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,"  May 6 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! There will be a meeting for the Saluda Open Studio Tour, May 11 at 10am in Richard Baker's Studio (behind the Police Station). Our tour is planned for October 18-19. Join us for coffee and donuts. Come talk to us about the details, share your ideas and help with the planning. The more participation we can get, the better for everyone. If you don't have a studio space you can open to the public, we may be able to work something out, so come talk to us! If you can't make it, but are interested, contact Robin Kirby 828-749-3723 or



chicken house The Old Chicken House     

... looks forward to welcoming you for a visit and to attend our Inside Yard Sale, Saturday, May 25 from 9am til-


The sale includes three generations of a family's uniques, collectibles, and a few antiques.  This family rarely threw anything away, so treasures abound.  The sale includes, for example, several ladies hats from the flapper era, a china tea set-oriental design and painting, antique chairs, a type setter's wooden drawer from his print shop-used now to hang on the wall to hold tiny collectibles, a metallic silver dress worn once at "Burning Man" and more!


We'll have coffee and/or cold drinks and a special treat from a friend who "loves to bake."


Expecting you,



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

William Jameson Fine Art Workshops

jameson Spring on the Blue Ridge

May 16-18

This spring workshop consists of 3 painting days in and around this charming village situated in Western North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains. The workshop is open for beginners to advanced, with one to one instruction in watercolor, oil, acrylic, and pen and ink sketching. Participants may work in any or all media, and there will be 18 hours of instruction and critiques. We will gather each day at exactly 8:30am in the studio for a talk and demonstrations and will conclude at 3:30pm each day, leaving time for shopping or siesta before your evening plans. In the event of inclement weather, we will paint in my studio in Saluda. For more information, call me at 828-749-3101 or visit


jameson Tuscany, Italy

September 17-24

Picture yourself wakening to the melodic tinkle of goat's bells as they ascend the mountains for the day. Enjoy coffee and breakfast with our wonderful hosts in Tuscany, as you also feast on the sights, sounds and smells of our slice of Italian paradise. With five painting days in the Tuscan Hills, this workshop is open for beginners to advanced. Instruction will be in oil, pen and ink sketching, acrylic and watercolor painting. Emphasis will be on drawing, composition, color mixing, plein-air techniques with individual critiques several times a day. The goal of my Tuscany workshop is for it to be a productive learning experience in a relaxed, spontaneous and fun atmosphere. Workshop attendees often become friends for life as we share colors, food and wine. For non-painters, tours can be arranged, as well as cooking classes, hot air ballooning and wine tastings. Please visit for more information or call me at 828-749-3101.



honking Honking Tonkers will now be open from 6am to 9pm on Friday and Saturday. Saluda's Jeremy Duncan on keyboard and friends will be playing on Fridays, 7pm-9pm.  Bring your instruments and join us on the third Saturday of the month for a Jam night.


We'll have a new berry energy smoothie in addition to the eight other smoothie flavors.


Ray Pague has his studio here at the gallery. We invite you to stop in and see the changes we're making.


Honking Tonkers Gallery, 78 E Main St, Saluda, NC. 828-749-1070

Saluda Faces
Ray Pague

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


ray You may have noticed a tall willowy figure, wearing a floppy hat, and sometimes seen in Saluda with a palette in one hand and a brush in the other, sitting along the railroad tracks, sketching a street scene, or out in a field painting an old shed.  It is probably Ray Pague.


From a small town in Hephzibah,GA, Ray took art in high school, and at 18, he and his Dad started a sign business.  Discovering that he had a talent for making signs, at the age of 24, he was offered a job managing the sign shop for the Army Corp of Engineers at Ft. Gordon, GA. This led to a certification by the Navy as a draftsman, and then ultimately he became an illustrator for the Department of Defense.


Ray continued his education in illustration at the Portfolio Center for Graphic Arts in Atlanta and became more specialized in illustration.  He illustrated parts and maintenance manuals for Easy Go Golf Car Company. By 1990, the computer age transformed illustration systems to digital technology, and Ray was one of the first illustrators to be trained by Apple. He spent six years as Chief Illustrator for Club Car, the largest golf car company.  He published over 3,000 technical illustrations.


After 17 years of illustrating, Ray realized how much he enjoyed fine art.  He studied with the great painter, Jim Lyle, in Augusta, GA and spent summers at Schuler School of Fine Art in Baltimore.  He became involved in the art scene in Augusta, GA and exhibited his work in galleries in Artists Row in Augusta. 


At a festival in Boone, Ray met some folks from Polk County who invited him and his son, Jesse, to come stay with them in Tryon.  Ray connected with Saluda when first driving through while living in Tryon and on the way to work for a sign company in Hendersonville.  He opened a studio at the Chicken House in Saluda and soon Ray, his son, Jesse, and dog Chloe moved to Saluda. 


Ray and his son Jesse were best friends-two peas in a pod. They loved each others company. Jesse had become a respected musician and songwriter before his unexpected death one year ago. Grief took Ray to a place where there was no color. Everything was gray, and he felt like he was outside a sphere that he could look into and see himself-but he saw no colors.  He rode Jesse's bicycle for 40 days and 40 nights for 800 miles until the bearings wore out. On the bike, he carried a backpack with his water color paints and paper. He painted in the shadows.


Over the winter, Ray found a purpose again by producing 50 timelines of photos and songs written by Jesse.  He is teaching himself video editing production and plans to publish some of these timelines on YouTube in the future.


For now, he is taking commissioned oil paintings on Hemp canvas, and you can see his work hanging in the Saluda Grade Café, Wildflour Bakery, and Honking Tonkers.  Ray painted the new lettering on the windows at City Hall and the Police Station and also painted the mural of downtown Saluda on the Saluda Visitors Center.  Ray will be demonstrating his painting at the Saluda Arts Festival on May 18, 2013.


Ray says that the people in Saluda have been good to him, and he is glad to be part of the art movement. He is glad to put his name on Saluda!
Saluda Scoop

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



salamander Happy Anniversary Salamander!

May marks the start of Salamander's 10th year.  Here you will find quality handcrafts from over 100 American artists and fine fair-trade crafts from abroad.  The Salamander experience includes handmade jewelry, glass and metal art, basketry, pottery, handbags, hats for men and women, musical instruments, beeswax candles and organic body care.


We are your book and card store, too.  Cynthia's discerning taste promises great reads in new and classic titles for adults and children.  Whether it's cooking, gardening, true adventure, nature, or body-mind-spirit, we've got a book for you.  And if we don't have it, Cynthia can get it for you.


Salamander offers a selection of wines that we enjoy, but if our taste isn't as good as yours, we'll happily special order for you.


Come see our colorful gardens and have some fun Salamander time at 7 West Main Street, Saluda.  828-749-3466



SML Saluda Mountain Lake Retreat 

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


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


maggies Maggie's is ready for spring! New merchandise is arriving daily, including our new live plants from our garden center. Coffee and pastries are plentiful along with free Wi-Fi and lots of comfy rockers on our wide open porch.  We have colorful tee shirts to celebrate Saluda's newest attraction, the gorge zipline!  Be sure to come by and welcome our newest attraction, George! Named after Uncle George Johnson, the founder of the Blue Ridge Coon Club and Coon Dog Day, George is a bloodhound pup that is our new mascot, and maybe someday he will be the head of our own search and rescue team. Right now, he is only searching out lots of pats and hugs. He will arrive on or about the 15th of May, so be sure to come by and say hello to "George," and do a little shopping while you are here!


Mother's Day Celebration, Saturday, May 11.

Get a jump on your summer decorating and Mother's Day gifting.  New inventory arriving daily!  Complimentary coffee & desserts.



Maggie's located at 1487 Ozone Drive, Saluda 28773

828.749.3503 * Exit 59 Off I-26

Visit Maggie's website. 



bike and hike Saluda Bike & Hike 

Saluda Bike and Hike now has extended hours. We are open Monday - Thursday 10am-4pm, Friday 2-5pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am-5pm. We offer mountain bike rentals, hiking routes, basic bike repair, energy drinks and snacks, Saluda Bike and Hike t-shirts and walking staffs.


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 Take the ride of your life on the zip line canopy tour opening May 18.  THE GORGE™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 when you 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  

Join us for our fabulous Mother's Day Brunch from 11-2 Sunday, May 12. Entree choices include: Eggs Orchard (2 eggs over easy with Carolina Crab Cakes), Goat Cheese stuffed Pork Tenderloin with Rosemary infused Pears, Certified Angus Beef Strudel w/ fresh Mushroom Sauce,  Shrimp Salad over a bed of Organic Greens, and Lobster or Wild Mushroom Ravioli. $36 per person includes a complimentary Mimosa and Rose for every Mother.


Also, please 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, 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. We're proud to announce being awarded by Trip Advisor - 2012 Certificate of Excellence and by - 2012 Top Rated Restaurant. On Piano every Saturday night - Levi Hall.


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    

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!


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 in the restaurant! 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


Wine Tasting- May 2nd 4pm to 6pm-upstairs at our boarding house venue.  We will be featuring "Wente Wine" from a winery in Livermore, California. This wine holds the distinction of being "the oldest continuously operated family-owned winery of California."


May's special from our meat market and wine selection:  Black Angus New York Strip, Aged Gouda and Wente Cabernet Sauvignon.


Purchase two items and receive 10% off, purchase all three and receive 15% off the total amount. 


Specialty items in our store:  Keena Coffee Beans from Costa Rica, Scalafani Italian Items, Pasta & Provisions - Fresh Frozen Pasta, Our Frozen Dinners To Go: Country Meatloaf, Chicken Pot Pie, Beef Stew, and more. Come visit and see all the wonderful items we have in our store.


plants Come in and see our new inventory of plants. 



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!  


cheese boxes Limited edition of cheese boxes hand carved with Thompson's Store emblems. $19.99 


lonesomeroad Larry Keith & The Lonesome Road Band will perform 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 Arts Festival.  


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

We are ready for festival goers and zipliners. Check out our new enclosed porch.  More bar space and seating available!  Don't miss your favorite sports on our new HDTV screens.




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!


Summer 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 menu is ready!!! We will continue to support all our local farmers using fresh vegetables, fruit, eggs & honey in our daily baking...and it is so exciting to have something new coming in almost every day now.  Yumm!!!  All of our menu items, breads and pastries are baked from scratch right here in Saluda, using freshly ground, organic LOCAL North Carolina grains!  Stop by, and grab whatever is coming hot out of our ovens.


May brings one of my absolute favorite holidays -- MOTHER'S DAY.  We put a lot of love in our menu for that wonderfully special day.  Check it out on our website.  We are already accepting reservations for Mother's Day, Sunday, May 12. 

Just to keep the good times rolling.....Saturday, May 18 is Saluda's big day to shine!  Our Saluda Arts Festival continues to draw a huge crowd of visitors and locals to downtown Saluda.  Wildflour Bake Shop is the perfect spot to enjoy a fresh, homemade lunch away from the hustle and bustle, or call in (828-749-3356) for a quick to-go order.

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 Macon Bank  

Macon Bank opened in Saluda in 2007 adjacent to the Post Office.  Macon Bank started in 1922 and has been proud to become a part of the community.  Angie Blackwell is the Branch Manager and has been since the branch opened, along with Melodie.  Courtney came aboard in 2008 and Kasey in 2012.

Macon Bank is a full service bank, offering great products, and our people are the best!  But don't take our word for it; check out what our customers have said in our monthly surveys:

"The manager and all the associates are a joy to work with.  They go out of their way to be helpful and friendly.  Macon Bank in Saluda has a well-deserved, fine reputation."

"The overall 'experience' was a pleasant one.  Give Angie a promotion and overtime pay as deemed necessary. (Not kidding, she deserves it!)" 

"We think we have the 'Best' and most helpful folks at the Saluda office we ever dealt with." 

"I am so pleased with our Saluda Macon Bank and how kind, helpful, warm and friendly everyone always is! "

"It is wonderful to have a bank where the workers take the time to meet needs without charging for every little service. "

"It was a totally satisfying and rewarding experience. "

 "Bank personnel at our Saluda branch are outstanding, very helpful! "

"Exceptional service!"    


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,


macon macon bank




The Oaks Bed & Breakfast

We here at Saluda's premier Victorian inn have a driving interest to share the most exhilarating season of the year! 

Day-by-day, the lawns grow greener, the trees burst into shades of pink, white and lavender and the flowerbeds awaken to greet the warmth of the sun, while the woods behind the inn provide a stage for a symphony of birdsong.

Check our website for Mother's Day specials and specials during the Saluda Arts Festival.

Contact innkeepers, Dale and Donna, to reserve the accommodations of your choice: 828-749-2000. Click here to visit website.


cabin fever Cabin Fever    

It has been a busy winter at Cabin Fever and we are excited that Spring is here. We have put in a new fire pit and picnic area and look forward to sharing it with you all. We still have cabins available for the Saluda Arts Festival, Memorial Day weekend, and the Tryon BBQ festival, but we are full for the July 4th weekend and Coon Dog Day. Sorry to any of you who were planning to stay with us for those events and be sure to book early next year.


Also, we had a wedding on the grounds in December, and since then, have had a lot of interest in weddings on the grounds. Yes, you can get married here at Cabin Fever and have an ordained minister to marry you. Just give us a call to help you with the details.


Cabin Fever is located at 7337 Spartanburg Hwy Saluda, NC  28773 800-767-7368 Visit website and click here for directions.Like us on Facebook





random arts Random Arts is now your source for new ladies apparel in Saluda. We have several lines of great clothing that will appeal to everyone. You will find a large selection of summer scarves, purses, jewelry, and camisoles, in addition to recycled T- Shirts, artsy dresses, gypsy skirts, crinkle skirts, shawls and more.  Not to mention 50% off on a limited number of winter items still available.


Random Arts also has an interesting collection of gift ideas for Mother's Day from antique vases, contemporary jewelry, art supplies, journals and more.


Stop by and see us at the corner of Louisiana and Ozone, pick up a schedule of workshops,

and sit a spell on our comfy front porch, and browse about at our unique and unusual antiques and gifts as well. Like us on Facebook 


481 Louisiana Ave. Saluda. NC 28773 

Our phone: 828-749-1165

Our email:  


citadel Citadel Fence Repair 

My name is Michael Nelson.  I moved from Charlotte to Saluda last month and am happy to announce the establishment of my company, Citadel Fence Repair.  I grew up in Beaufort, SC, moved to Lake Bowen in Inman (where I graduated from Boiling Springs High School), and then moved to Charleston to attend and graduate from The Citadel.


My mother and younger sister both reside here in Saluda, and along with family, the beautiful landscape, and all the activities it has to offer, it was an easy choice to relocate here after selling my house.


I gained my experience in the fencing industry by running a well established fencing company in the Charlotte area over the last 10 years.  I specialize in all types of gate and fencing repairs, commercial and residential, and am also able to provide mobile welding repairs, as well as larger repairs and fabrication from my home.  Estimates are always free, and no job is too small.  Why replace it?  Repair it!


I look forward to living and working with the people and local businesses of Polk and Henderson counties and surrounding cities.


You can contact Michael at 828-817-5483 or email


tipsy Tipsy Gypsies
For those of you who haven't already discovered us, you are in for a fun shopping experience full of inspiration and imagination. Each "Gypsy" has his or her own booth with a wide variety of items such as art, antiques, collectibles, home decor, vintage and designer clothing, books, pottery, and jewelry. We also have a great selection of locally hand-crafted items, including metal work, hand-knit scarves and hats, rustic birdhouses, walking sticks, yard art, and dried floral wreaths and arrangements.

We are located inside Joni's Artisanal Wine & Beer next to Wildflour Bake Shop. Join us Friday evenings from 5-8 for happy hour with $5 glasses of wine.

Visit us on Facebook and keep up with monthly events and sales!  We look forward to seeing you!

Current hours:
Tues.-Thurs, Sat. 11-5:30
Fri. 11-8
Sun. & Mon. by chance


Are You Prepared for Long-term Care Costs?

Like everyone else, you hope to remain physically and financially independent your entire life. But the future is not ours to see, so you'll want to be ready for as many contingencies as possible - one of which is the high cost of long-term care.


In 2011, the national average rate for a private room in a nursing home was more than $87,000 per year, according to the 2011 MetLIfe Market Survey of Long-Term Care Costs. If you needed a few years of nursing home care, the cost could devastate your financial independence and place a burden on your family.


Fortunately, you can find investment or protection vehicles designed specifically to help you meet long-term care expenses. Your financial advisor can help you pick the option that's most appropriate for your individual situation.


You may never need any type of long-term care. But it pays to be prepared.


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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


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

don Welcome to Don Blackwell's carving class. This is Don's second term to offer his wood carving class which was formed after special requests from several of his art students. Nine very busy and engrossed students were just beginning their "extreme carving" projects. The classroom was a jumble of people, pieces of wood propped in their vises, ready to become a wood masterpiece, and the floor was a sea of wood shavings. This is not a class for the neat and tidy. Around the room, students moved among the other carvers, collaborating and praising, laughing and sharing, and then back they went to work some more on their own wood characters gradually emerging from the depths of the wood. Quietly, Don moved through the room, explaining how to hold the carving tools so that a certain angle or depth of cut would yield the nose, cheek, or eye that a student was trying to achieve. One student explained, saying he had never done anything like this before, that Don makes the carving easy because he takes it sequentially through all the steps needed to achieve the carving.  When asked how they felt about the course, all students enthusiastically stated that Don was a "fantastic teacher" and that they could learn anything with the way he taught. Enthusiam, praise and confidence....all hallmarks of a happy workshop class.


Come view some of his students' work in the NEW FRONTIERS ART SHOW.  The show opened April 26th with a reception and will be showing at Isothermal Community College for the month of May. Stop in to see the drawings, paintings, and carvings exhibited by Don's art students. This is the third annual art show which Don started to give his students the experience of showing their art and to share his students' talents with the community. The campus is open Monday through Friday, and the art show can be viewed during normal business hours.


May...and another combination of fascinating continuing education courses now begins. This is the start of the new term, and unfortunately, the catalogue is not here yet. on to see what is available in the first three weeks, and as usual...for questions or to sign up for a course, call 828-894-3092. Remember that preregistration is important because there must be 5 people registered to have a class "make."


Listed by starting date, the courses being offered in early May are: May 3-June 21, Open Studio with Don Blackwell; May 4, Healing Art of Writing with Parsons & Kay; May 6-May 27, Developing Characters with Brittany Hampton-Tokar; May 7-May 28, Art & Craft of Flash Fiction with Darlene Cah; May 9-May 30, Beginner Stained Glass with Dot Pearce; May 9-June 13, Art of the Baroque and Rococo with Ben Pfingstag; May 13-August 19, Qi Gong with Ed Kan; May 13-June 12, Basic Excel with Brian Weatherly; May 13-May 20, In Class Writing with Brittany Hampton-Tokar; May 13-August 19, Tai Chi for Health with Ed Kan; May 14-June 4, Digital Camera with Carolyn Michel; May 14-August 20, Tai Chi Intermediate with Ed Kan; May 14-July 2, History of Appalachian Music with Alicia Knighten; May 14-May 28, Mosaic Flower Pots with Dot Pearce; May 15, How to Sell Online with eBay with Alicia Knighten; May 15-June 5, Financial Workshop with Jay Geddings; May 15-May 22, Intro to Yi Jing with Ed Kan; May 15-June 19, Photoshop Elements I with Carolyn Michel; May 16-July 11, Search Engine Optimization with Alicia Knighten. Watch for the catalogue which should be out in time for you to look over classes that start in the fourth week of May. New courses begin at varying times during the three months of the term, some only one class meeting, some once a week for 3 or more weeks, and some more than once a week and all reasonably priced.


By Betsy Sellers
Recalling Childhood Memories
by Clark Thompson


When my parents got married in 1924, my grandpa William "Luther" Thompson built for them, among other furniture pieces, a bed made from a walnut tree which had grown on his father's property. My five siblings and I were all born in that bed, with each home delivery being attended to by a doctor and nurse from Tryon. I was the youngest of six kids in a family struggling to keep food on the table and a roof over our heads, not unlike many of our Saluda neighbors. The house on Louisiana Avenue where we lived at that time was rented from Frank Thompson, my father's brother.


History records that my birth date, September 27, 1939, is remembered more for Poland's surrender to Nazi Germany's invasion than my insignificant entrance into the human race. According to Mama, on the day of my expected delivery, she was confronted with a dilemma: whether to cut up and can several bushels of ripe tomatoes before giving birth, or risk their spoilage during her recovery period. Since canned food was a major part of our winter food supply, she chose to tackle the job and eventually put up 30 quarts of tomatoes while dealing with early labor pains. Hindsight proved that decision to be a correct one since I weighed in at over 11 pounds and kept her bedridden for several days.


After my delivery, the nurse attempted to fill out the birth certificate and asked for my name. Mama told her she had not decided; the nurse agreed to come back the following day for a routine check-up and would record my name at that time. However, no decision had been made, so when the nurse arrived for her second and final follow-up visit, she insisted on signing me up. In later years, all Mama could recall was that the nurse's last name was Clark and that she had promised a pair of bootees and a night gown if Mama would use her last name as my given name. Unfortunately, the gifts never materialized, and even today, when I run into someone with the last name of Clark, I immediately inquire if they ever had a  grandmother or great-grandmother who was a nurse in Polk County because I'm still looking for my loot.


Due to a family conflict culminating in 1945, my parents were forced to leave the rented house on Louisiana Avenue and subsequently purchased their first and only home along with several acres of land at the corner of Pine Street and Old Macedonia Road, which borders the town cemetery. The purchase price was $2,600 and was financed for ten years by a bank in Rutherfordton. Evidence indicates that the house was built by O. B. Garren around 1893, and the original brass front door ringer, stamped in 1892, still announces visitors.


However, at the time of purchase, our six bedroom house was in fairly poor condition. Much of the horsehair plaster was cracked and falling from the walls and ceilings, while rotten flooring greeted visitors at the front entrance. Support pillars cut from locust trees had sunk into the earth below, which made for very uneven floors, while a lack of wall and floor insulation made the house almost impossible to heat in the winter. The only rooms regularly heated during the cold months were the dining room and kitchen. That meant no heat for any of the bedrooms or the single bathroom, and since there was no underpinning, nothing stopped cold winter winds from sweeping the underside of the floors. On occasions, a front parlor room was heated when company was anticipated, but it was mostly used by my older sister Nancy as her courting room.


Since the water had to occasionally remain off for extended periods in winter to avoid busted pipes, we were sometimes forced to take spoon baths in a #30 galvanized tub placed near the dining room stove, with lights off. In the summer, the wood-burning cook stove in the kitchen made both rooms unbearably hot when Mama cooked for her family.


One day while she was ironing clothes in the dining room, a huge section of plaster suddenly broke free from the wood lath strips and dropped from the ceiling.  Before she could react, a large piece crashed onto her head. The resulting mess required a re-wash of most of her freshly ironed clothes, which was no simple task since they had to be hung on the outside clothes line to air dry. Since there was no money to make repairs, we continued to live for some time with that gaping hole above our dining table. I remember keeping an eye on that portion of the ceiling in anticipation that more would come crashing down.


In 1951, Miss Mary Dell Johnson, a Saluda neighbor from Jacksonville, Florida, who was aware of our economic plight because Mama cleaned her house on Ransom Road, sold our family a beautiful dining room table with leaves, eight chairs, a sideboard and a china cabinet for a nominal amount. My oldest brother, Charles, had just come back from serving in Korea and was able to provide the funds, even though he was married and trying to set up his own household in Leesburg, Florida. That was the beginning of slow improvements in our household which made it more livable.


Several months ago, I happened to run into Bobby Johnson at Ward's Grill. Bobby was a family friend and one of my brother Perry's running buddies in the '40s. During our reminiscing, Bobby showed me a huge scar he still carries on one of his hands, the result of his trying to raise a broken kitchen window during that move.  


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

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