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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
Saluda Lifestyles Celebrates 7 Years
Susan Wheeler Leaving
Historic Home & Garden Tour
The Wilkes Twin Lakes
50th Coon Dog Day Events Planned
Saluda Tailgate Market
Special 50th Coon Dog Day Poster
City Notes
Saluda Center News
Saluda Community Land Trust
Saluda Garden Club
Saluda Tree Preservation
Saluda Single Women
The Women's Club of Saluda
"Swinging at the Saluda Center"
Saluda's Welcome Table
Rest in Peace, Pup Pup
Saluda Dog Society Update
Community Partnership for Pets
Yoga Schedule
50th Coon Dog Day 5K
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
Conservation Corner
Streets Alive!
Saluda Scoop
Income Producing Tips
Share the Road
Tryon Arts
Summer Health Tips
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!

Walkable to Main Street 

Enjoy one level living in charming brick traditional home with fantastic screen porch overlooking historic district of Saluda. 4BR, 4BA, approx 2969 SF, MLS# 538159, $349,000 



Green River Cove 

A unique "rondette" that served as a ranger office at Lake Lure. Views down the valley and stream sounds add to this fantastic mountain get-a-way. MLS# 539051, $125,000



 Affordable Mountain Get Away

Perfect little get away. Winter view of Tryon Peak. Could be year round with a little trimming. Low maintenance yard. Sit on the back deck and bird watch instead of mowing the yard. Plenty of sunny area for vegetable garden.2 BR, 1BA,  

MLS# 539965  $98,500

In Tryon

Bungalow on private lot with lots of space. Remodeled, clean, and bright. Sunny space in back for small garden. Covered front porch waiting for a couple of rocking chairs. 2BR, 2BA, MLS# 540211, $71,500


Great Home Values & Investments 


Country Charm, Covered Front Porch 

The front porch brings out the best in this country home designed by Don Gardner. Graced with southern charm, this open floor plan features cathedral ceilings, hardwood floors throughout, main level master suite, screened porch, splendid natural gardens, a cook's kitchen, 2-sided fireplace, balcony overlooking living room, art studio, and sunroom. 3BR, 2.5 BA, 2-car garage, MLS#529032, Price Reduced to $278,000




Historic Home Restored

Totally restored using original tongue & groove boards, doors, fixtures,& heart pine floors. Look for the details in the quality craftsmanship and unique textures using wood and other natural materials. Custom brick fireplace makes a statement & open rafters give height and space to the rooms. 2BR, 2BA MLS# 526449  Price Reduced to $229,900.




Lakefront Cottage on Lake Sheila

Own a cottage on one of the best-kept secrets in western NC. A rare Lake Sheila bungalow on the lakefront is available for your mountain lake get away. 4BR, 3BA, approx 1786 SF, Lakefront  MLS#529558 $495,000 



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 

  SOLD! 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 May 31, 2013). 


Sales               Closed   Pending  

  Homes 2013         9             2  

   Homes 2012         12            0  


         Land 2013              7           3         

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
Historic Home & Garden Tour June 1, 1 to 5.

Saluda Tailgate Market
open every Friday, 4:30 to 6:30pm at the West Main Street parking lot.

Saluda Friday Nights-Some Saluda businesses are open until 8pm on Friday nights.

Saluda Business Association meets Tuesday, June 4 at 5:30 at Richard Baker Studio on Church St.

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

Playful City Streets Alive, Saturday, June 8, 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.

The Historic Saluda Committee Regular meeting with Oral History Committee will meet Friday, June 21 from 2 to 4pm at the Saluda Library.  The public is invited to attend. 


Women's Club will meet June 11 at 10:00am at Saluda Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall.   


The Wilkes Twin Lakes Grand Re-Opening, June 15, 11am to 4pm.   


Small Town Main Street meeting June 18, 9am at Saluda Library.  Public is invited to attend. 


Single Women Of Saluda will get together on Tuesday, June 18, 10 am at the Saluda Center to carpool for a shopping spree and luncheon at Biltmore Park Town Square in Asheville. If you and friends would like to join us, just show up that morning. If you have any questions, contact Judy Ward at Thompson's Store or Anita Moore.828-749-3335.

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 
monthly meeting 3pm, June 19 at Pavilion at McCreery Park. 

Saluda Garden Club will meet June 7 at 10am at Saluda Library parking lot.

BBQ Plate and Bingo, Saluda Center, June 24 at 6pm.

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

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

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.

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 June 18, 2013.
Click here to download the May minutes.
Special 7th Anniversary

happy anniversary Saluda Lifestyles is celebrating its 7th anniversary and its 138th edition.  Thanks to all the loyal readers, and sponsors that make it possible to produce a printed version for the community.   Because of you, the newsletter has grown exponentially since the first edition in June, 2006.  Click here to view the first Saluda Lifestyles. 
Susan Wheeler Leaving Saluda Post Office

Susan Wheeler has worked at the Saluda Post Office for so long that she knows everybody's post office box number and who has a mail box and who doesn't.  She has made sure that you got your mail even when the address was wrong.  If you wanted to mail something to a Saludian and didn't know their address, just a quick call to Susan was all you needed.

What we have taken for granted for so long will be gone when Susan transfers to the East Flat Rock Post Office full time. Her last day in Saluda will be June 3, so stop by and wish her the best and show her your appreciation for going beyond the call of duty.
Saluda Home and Garden Tour
Saturday, June 1,  1 to 5pm

historic home Please mark your calendars for a tour along an historic section of Saluda, along part of Henderson Street. Eight homes will be open for touring and four others will feature either gardens, an art studio and in one, a rock and mineral museum. The Saluda Historic Committee is sponsoring this home and garden tour in an effort to raise money for several of their projects, one of which is to return historic, decorative tin work to the front of City Hall.


historic home Most of these homes were built in the late 1890s to early 1900s.  Some have been restored and some remain almost as they were then.  This is a rare chance to see the inside of some of Saluda's history.


A special treat of this tour is a chance to see what used to be The Polk County Rock and Mineral Museum which opened in 1962 on Main Street in Saluda.


historic home Tickets for this walking tour may be purchased prior to the tour at the following Saluda stores: Thompson's Store, Heartwood Gallery, and Macon Bank. The tour will cover about 5 city blocks and there will be golf carts to assist the walkers.


The $20 tickets will also be sold at the beginning of the tour which will be in the First Baptist Church parking lot on Carolina Street, across the street from the Saluda Library.  The tour on Saturday, June 1 starts at 1:00 and goes until 5:00.  Rain or Shine!


The Historic Saluda Committee was formed by a group of concerned citizens who wished to preserve the historical integrity of the town. The grassroots effort spawned interest from Saluda City officials,  and in June 2010, the Saluda City Commissioners voted to make the committee an advisory committee to the city and committee members were appointed. The HSC meets on the second Friday of each month at 2:00 pm at the Saluda Public Library. The public is welcome.


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




Re-Opening of The Wilkes Twin Lakes


Please join the Saluda Community Land Trust

 As we celebrate the Grand RE-OPENING of

The Wilkes Twin Lakes

Saturday June 15, 2013

11:00 until 4:00


Your community land trust wants to invite you, your friends and family to the re-opening of this great community resource.

Please join us for free fun, food and fellowship on

 Saturday, June 15th from 11:00 to 4:00.

Bring the family and friends, wear your bathing suits, bring towels and picnic blankets.

 Free BBQ lunch and drinks will be provided.

Two shuttle vans will leave and return as needed, to and from the Saluda Volunteer Fire Department starting at 11:00. Come for an hour or come for the day.

Sponsored by the Saluda Fund at Polk County Community Foundation.

50th Coon Dog Day Special Events Planned

coon dog day parade


This year marks a half century milestone since the Blue Ridge Coon Club held the first Coon Dog Day parade and dog contest to help raise funds to replenish the woods with "coons" for hunting. It has always been held the first Saturday after July 4 and not much has changed.  There are more floats, more people, more food and more vendors.  It's a homecoming for summer folks and thousands of people will swarm the small town to have a good time.


To commemorate this milestone, the town has planned several events to be held prior to the 50th Coon Dog Day on Saturday, July 6, 2013.


Saturday, June 29: Saluda's Yard Sales (8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.)

Plan to set up at your home for your yard sale.  Also, there will be four areas downtown to use:  the Saluda School tennis courts, the old skate park, Saluda Center porch, and the McCreery Park Pavilion.  Saluda's Yard Sales will be extensively advertised to, hopefully, draw many shoppers to Saluda.  To reserve a free space in one of the three areas downtown or to tell where your yard sale is located so that signs can be placed directing buyers there, please call 828-749-3789.


Sunday, June 30:  Gospel Singing and Ice Cream Social (3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.)

Free ice cream and gospel songs-what more to say? 


Monday, July 1: Movie Night (8:30 p.m.)

Movie appropriate for the entire family. There will be seating at the picnic tables under the Pavilion or bring your own chair or blanket.  Free popcorn and lemonade will be available or bring your own snacks and drinks.


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

Free meal for anyone who wishes to dine, visit with friends, and have a great time-in other words, great Food, Fellowship, and Fun!


Wednesday, July 3: Karaoke Night (6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.)

Free desserts and drinks while enjoying the singing talents of your friends and family!


Thursday, July 4: Pot Luck Supper (4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.)

Bring your favorite salad, meat, casserole, vegetable, dessert, etc.  Plates, utensils, and drinks will be provided.


All of the above events will be held in the McCreery Park Pavilion in Saluda.

Please leave your pets at home.

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


Saluda Tailgate Market
Friday, 4:30pm-6:30pm


Meet and greet fellow Saludians every Friday from 4:30 to 6:30 at Saluda Tailgate Market in the West Main Street parking lot.


Fresh local produce, jellies, jams, fish, beef, lamb, flowers, breads and pastries, plants, and more.

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.

Special 50th Coon Dog Day Poster

CDD Once in a lifetime chance to purchase the Coon Dog Day 50th Anniversary Poster brought to you by the 130th Anniversary Committee!  Snapshots highlighting 50 years of Coon Dog Day are featured in the poster. The price for the poster is $10, and all proceeds will be donated to the renovations of Saluda's City Hall.


Posters will be available for purchase beginning on Sunday, June 30, at the Gospel Sing & Ice Cream Social in McCreery Park Pavilion.


Hope to see you there--with a poster!

CityCity Notes

Joe Adams  

Getting ready for Coon Dog Day!


Let's Clean Up Saluda 

Eleven volunteers showed up for the "Let's Clean Up Saluda Day" trash pickup on Saturday, May 25.  Thanks Nora Anderson, Fred Baisden, Lynn and Mike Cass, Caroline Farris, Herb Humphries, Stephen Paddock, Greaton Sellers, Nettie Sweet, and Betty Wilkerson, for a job well done!


Now, if we could just get everyone to stop littering!


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

SAVE THE DATE! The Saluda Center annual Gala will be held on Sunday, August 18 at the Party Place and Events Center. More details to come.


The Saluda Center announces the start of a monthly Craft club beginning on Thurs., June 27 at 12:30 pm. Anyone interested in crafting is welcome to come and share their interests and ideas at our first meeting. Experience is not needed to join. The Club will meet every fourth Thursday of the month at the Saluda Center. For more information please contact Holly Wildey at 828-749-3129 or email


"Play of the Hand" bridge lessons will begin on Tues., June 4 from 9:00-11:30 am. The lessons will be taught by Tollie Ross and will run for eight weeks. For more information, please contact Tollie at 864-457-5931 or 706-936-8877.


Stop by for a "Brightening Facial" on Tues., June 4 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., June 6 at 2:00 pm.


Single Women Of Saluda will get together on Tuesday, June 18, 10 am at the Saluda Center to carpool for a shopping spree and luncheon at Biltmore Park Town Square in Asheville. If you and friends would like to join us, just show up that morning. If you have any questions, contact Judy Ward at Thompson's Store or Anita Moore.828-749-3335.


BBQ plate sale and bingo on Mon., June 24 at 6:00 p.m. All are encouraged to attend.


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.


Summer Clothes - Women's blouses and pants and Men's pants on sale -- all for $2.00.


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.   


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

Saluda Community Land Trust


Summer is upon us and SCLT will be busy. The biggest change for the summer months is that SCLT will be meeting on the third Wednesday at 3pm. There will only be one meeting a month. We will meet at the Pavilion and the public is invited.


"Walks in the Woods" are on the first and third Sundays of the month. We meet at the Saluda Library parking lot and carpool. Brochures for hikes can be found at City Hall and at the Visitors Center located on Ozone Drive. Everyone is invited; wear appropriate clothing, comfortable shoes and don't forget to bring water.


Chuck Hearon heads the committee for trails. If you have any questions about these hikes or would like to volunteer to help with the Trail Committee, please call 828-749-9886, Cell: 828-817-0364, or email


Adopt-A-Highway will once again be cleaning up the entrances to Saluda on Highway 176. Mark your calendar for Monday, June 17th with rain date of June 24th. We will meet in the library parking lot at 9 AM and each volunteer will be provided a safety vest. Two teams of volunteers will work both sides of the entrance of Saluda on Highway 176.


June 15th is the grand re-opening of "Wilkes Twin Lakes". Come join us and all those who have worked very hard to accomplish this task. The festivities are from 11am till 4pm. Shuttle vans will leave from the Saluda Fire Department and run as necessary throughout the day. Please be sure to use this mode of transportation; parking at the site is very limited. For more information about this event, go to our web site Everyone is invited and this will be a great day for adults and children to go for a walk, bask in the sunshine and, yes, even go for a swim! The Saluda Fund at the Polk County Community Foundation will provide a BBQ lunch and drinks.


There has been so much rain with cool temperatures that kudzu is barely making its way to the surface. But it's there and we have all seen it and know there will be much work in the near future. Kudzu Thursdays will begin on June 6th (weather permitting). For the month of June, our de-crowning worksite will be on Hill Street which is across the street from Saluda School. The school has graciously offered the use of their parking area (corner of Main Street and Hill Street). We meet at 9am and work till 11am. There are extra tools and gloves. Stop by to have a lesson in de-crowning or just to give an encouraging cheer.


A special thank you to the Saluda City Council for partnering with SCLT to eradicate the kudzu on one acre at the water treatment plant. We will be placing goats on this site in late June or early July to consume the kudzu and other invasive plants.


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

Saluda Garden Club

saluda garden club

The Saluda Garden Club met in May and enjoyed a wonderful day at GaGa Gardens which is located near Columbus NC. We were given a tour by owner and designer Nance Wolff. After walking the grounds and enjoying all the wonders of the garden (as well as her collection of farm animals), we then enjoyed a leisurely lunch.


Spring Park water schedule has been set for the upcoming months. Thank you to all the members who have volunteered to help keep Spring Parks fresh and cared for. 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 special purpose.


On June 7th the SGC will be going on a field trip to Master Gardener Linda Cobb's garden in Spartanburg, SC. She is a certified Master Gardener, garden writer and lecturer whose goal is to teach about the joys of gardening and to inspire the average gardener on to success. For more information about her and her garden go to  We will meet at the Saluda Library, 10am and carpool. The public is invited to join us.


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

tree preservation  

A home with trees.

  tree preservation

A home with no trees.


Which would you prefer?


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


Submitted by Ruth Anderson 

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

The June meeting of the Women's Club of Saluda will be held on Tuesday, June 11, at 10:00 AM at the Saluda Presbyterian Church, 54 Carolina St (behind the library).  The topic for the program will be advancement for women through the ages.  Members will discuss how this topic has personally affected  their lives.  Guest are always welcome.  


The annual fundraiser this year, "Swinging at the Saluda Canteen," will take us back to the 1940's.  A DJ, dancing,  raffles, and a chicken dinner will add to the fun.  Beer and wine will be available.  1940's attire optional.  The gala event will be held at the Saluda Center, 64 Greenville St, on Saturday, June 22, form 5:30 PM until 9:00 PM.  Tickets ($30 for adults, $10 for children) may be purchased from club members, and  at the Saluda Center Thrifty Barn, or contact Cindy Keeter, 828-749-2065. Come one, come all.  Proceeds benefit the scholarship fund for Saluda students. 

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

"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 are available from Women's Club members. $30 for adults, $10 for children 12 and under. For more information, please contact Anita at 828-749-9781. 

Saluda's Welcome Table
Neighbors helping neighbors! That is what Saluda's Welcome Table is all about. On Tuesday, May 21, the Welcome Table was treated to a fabulous dinner courtesy of Autumn Care of Saluda. Administrator, Glenn Pierce, and Dietitian, Genell Jespersen, and the entire Autumn Care staff sponsored, prepared and served dinner to 122 Welcome Table guests at the Pavilion in Saluda. The guests not only enjoyed a delicious dinner of fried chicken, potato salad, cole slaw and Genell's incredible homemade desserts, they also learned about all the wonderful therapeutic services that are available in our own local Autumn Care facility.

The Welcome Table wishes to thank our friends at Autumn Care of Saluda for helping us help our neighbors.

If your business, civic organization or church group would like to sponsor a Welcome Table meal as a service project or as a way to share your vision with your neighbors in Saluda, please contact Peggy Riddle at or Terry Baisiden at
Pup Pup

I know many of you know Pup Pup. He started coming to my house over 5 years ago. At first, he ran when I spoke to him. One day he ran, but I lit the grill and starting cooking some chicken. I looked to my left and Pup Pup was sitting there. I cooked him a piece of chicken and gave him small pieces, and he got closer and closer. He finally ate out of my hand. He started coming for a daily meal. He had his schedule and he made his rounds.


I bought him a bed and put it under my front porch, but he would not sleep on it. He would sleep in the straw next to the bed. I gave him some of my old shirts and he would sleep on them, but he wouldn't have anything to do with the store bought bed. I got him some toys and he would take them out of my hand and run off with them. After a while, he would come back without the toy. Later I was cleaning some things up and found where he was hiding the toys. Pup Pup would eat a certain amount of food and take the rest of it off and bury it to have at another time. He was a survivor.


A couple of weeks back when Saluda school was out on spring break, I got a call from Jason Phillips. Jason asked me if I had seen my little buddy Pup Pup lately. I had not seen him in about a week. Jason said that he saw a dog that looked like him out on I-26 down the Interstate at the Saluda exit. I went out to the Interstate to see if it was Pup Pup. It looked somewhat like him but I could not tell for sure. I came home and got some tools and went back and buried him. I still wasn't sure if it was him or not. It has now been long enough and he has not come to eat, and he hasn't been seen around town. I am pretty sure that it was Pup Pup that had been killed on I-26.


Rest in peace little buddy.


-Fred Baisden

News about Saluda Dog Society

Starting with Bridge dog, and Pat Waring's patient, persistent compassion, The Saluda Dog Society has benefited numerous lucky dogs and kitties that have been subsequently rescued in Saluda!  Donations from many locals have helped in this endeavor as well, and we are forever grateful.  Due to multiple changes and limitations, the Saluda Dog Society itself will no longer be an official entity. The funds have been divided  between two influential and productive rescue groups (Foothills Humane Society, and Friends for Life), and the remainder to our very own Saluda Dog Park for upkeep and further activities. 

For those who still want to assist in rescues and care of homeless dogs and cats, there are ways to stay involved!  We have a "Local Critters Connection" outreach. Please connect to
Gentle Hands Grooming Facebook page to see posts shared about lost and found dogs (and/or cats) in our local area.  Please consider joining my rescue E-mail list used SOLELY as an extension of outreach if there is a lost or found dog in the area, or if you are willing to help with hanging posters and making calls. You many also want to consider joining my foster outreach E-mail list as a potential foster at times, for dogs or cats (assisting Foothills Humane Society as well).  Contact Katrina Thissen at to be placed on either e-mail list.  Feel free to contact me with any questions or support for lost and found dogs in the area.  Take care of all our Furry Friends!


Thank you for all your support.

Saluda Veterinary Hospital Joins
Community Partnership for Pets

Community Partnership for Pets, Inc. (CPPI) welcomes Dr. Kevin Matthews of Saluda Veterinary Hospital as a participating veterinarian in our Henderson County Spay/Neuter Program.


Since August 2005, CPPI, a non-profit organization, has spayed/neutered over 12,000 pets in our community and helped to reduce the number of animals coming into the Henderson County Shelter by 22 percent, saving lives and taxpayer dollars. 


Community Partnership for Pets also wishes to acknowledge the following veterinarian offices that currently work with us: All Saints Animal Hospital, Animal Care Clinic, Animals R Us and Laurel Park Animal Hospital.  


Without the assistance and cooperation of these veterinary clinics we could not offer spay/neuter services at a low cost.


If you would like more information about our spay/neuter programs or would like to make a donation to help save an unwanted litter of puppies or kittens, please contact CPPI at 838-693-5172, email: or CPPI, PO Box 1021, Flat Rock, NC 28731.

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...start your summer fun by taking care of yourself!


Summer Evening Series (Monday 6-7:30pm)


Relax, Restore, and Revitalize 

Starts June 17th and runs for six weeks; drop-ins welcome. 

(6/17, 6/24, 7/1, 7/8, 7/15, 7/22)


Ongoing classes

Mondays 6-7:30pm (Series Class)

Wednesday 9-10:30am 

Saturday 9-10:30am

Classes are All Levels


New to yoga?  Great! Beginners are welcome and classes adjusted to each individual's skill level.


Therapeutic Massage

Treat yourself, or someone you love, with the healing gift of massage.Regular massage and self care is proven to reduce illness, stress, and aging while greatly improving your daily feelings of well-being and joy.

By appointment. House calls available. 


*Three Yoga Classes Weekly

*Private Yoga Instruction

*Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork

*Intuitive Counseling

*QRA: A healing and diagnostic technique that leads to optimal health


Chandler and Raphaela are extensively trained in yoga, massage, counseling, and QRA, sharing a combined history of study and practice that spans over 20 years.


Call Today 828-749-2229, email and visit our website at nectarme.comNectar is located at 160 Hwy 176 West (across from the Green River BBQ).  Click here for directions.Like us on Facebook  

50th Coon Dog Day - 5K and Sponsorshps

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


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.  

Historic Saluda



Saluda Home and Garden Tour, Saturday June 1st

Please join the Historic Saluda Committee for a tour in a historic section of Saluda, along part of Henderson Street, which runs parallel to Main Street. Eight homes will be open for touring and four others will feature either gardens, an art studio and in one, a rock and mineral museum. Most of these homes were built in the late 1890s to early 1900s.


In researching the deeds of many of the houses, it was found that at least four of the homes were built ob garren by the same man, O. B. Garren who was also a photographer and one of Saluda's first mayors. He built in what is now called the "Saluda Vernacular Style" which is defined as everyday architecture influenced by heritage, experience and availability of material.


historic home This house is among the eight homes open for the tour. It was built by O. B. Garren in 1898 and is known as the Liberty Box. It has remained in the same family since the family bought it in 1899.  Almost all the furniture in the house was hand built by one of the owners.


rock museum Another treat for this tour, in addition to the eight homes, will be a chance to see the Rock and Mineral Museum, which used to be along Main Street in Saluda and is now reassembled in "Crystal Springs."  This amazing collection of mostly local specimens is highlighted by a "black light" room, which allows the viewers to see the iridescence in a large number of rocks in the collection.


This is a rare chance to see the inside of some of Saluda's history, don't miss it!


Non-Profit Exploratory Meeting Called

You are invited! The Historic Saluda Committee will begin a discussion regarding the feasibility of becoming a 501(C)(3) non-profit on June 21, 2013, at noon at the Saluda Public Library. Are you interested in becoming a part of this discussion? Then join us! Bring your lunch if you wish. We need your input!


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.





Historic Saluda Non-Profit Exploratory Meeting: June 21, 2013, at noon at the Saluda Public Library in the upstairs meeting room. The public is encouraged to attend.


Note: Meeting Date Change! The Historic Saluda Committee (HSC) will meet on Friday, June 21, 2013, at 2:00 p.m. at the Saluda Public Library in the upstairs meeting room. The Oral History Committee will also meet jointly with the HSC. The public is invited to attend. 


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


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

Saluda Community Library

Paul Koenen


saluda library 2013 Summer Reading Program: Dig Into Reading!


This program is suitable for all ages.  Make sure you register and receive your reading log!  Registration begins Monday, June 3rd.  Bring your completed reading log to the library between August 5th-23rd to receive a prize AND be entered to win the grand prize.


The events for our Summer Reading Program are listed below. Please note the location for each event (Columbus Library or Saluda Library) and also note that pre-registration is required for some events.


Tuesday, June 18th at 6pm COLUMBUS ONLY

Flow Circus: Can You Dig It?

Performer Paul Miller of Flow Circus takes us back to one memorable summer when his eccentric uncle comes to visit. Unlike any other adult Paul knows, his uncle opens up an exciting, new world of play through stories, books, juggling, magic, and more. More importantly, he encourages Paul not just to copy what others are doing, but to dig deeper and explore his own unique interests and talents.


Friday, June 21st at 3pm COLUMBUS ONLY

Pint Size Polkas: Polkas You Can Dig

Participation opportunities abound in this show! Participants will be invited to wear hats while the audience guesses the jobs that go with them and answers trivia questions on aviation, firefighting, logging, and the Underground Railroad. Catchy sing-along polka tunes complement the program theme, and of course, no one goes home without doing the "Chicken Dance" and a special polka version of "Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes." Plenty of singing, dancing, and education make this show fun for the whole family!


Tuesday, June 25th at 10:30am

Nature hike! *Meet at Pearson Falls*

Please pre-register for this event!!!

A fun scavenger hunt where we dig into nature!


Tuesday, July 9th at 10:30am COLUMBUS

Wednesday, July 10th at 10:30am SALUDA

Fli-Rite Learning

Dig into the Past: Exploring Ancient Egypt and Simple Machines!

How did the ancient Egyptians build the pyramids without modern technology? Simple! Or at least the machines were. Join educator T.J. Shimeld as he becomes the Wordsmith of Wonder, Wendal Wandell, to explore ancient Egypt, the five simple machines, and mathematics. Wendal Wandell brings books to life with glorious costumes, magic, puppetry, and hands-on demonstrations to get kids excited about how books can transport us across time and space.


Thursday, July 18th at 5:30pm COLUMBUS ONLY Movie night: Holes!

You'll dig this family friendly film (rated PG)! We'll serve some yummy popcorn too.


Tuesday, July 23rd at 10:30am COLUMBUS

Tuesday, July 23rd at 2pm SALUDA

Professor Whizzpop: The Really Big Bookworm Dig!

DIG DEEP into books and explore the value of becoming a real-life bookworm... We'll magically dig for treasure with pirates, excel at reading with some spells straight out of Hogwarts and marvel as our resident bookworm performs a death defying stunt! The Really Big Bookworm Dig features magic, balloon art, comedy, and audience interaction.


Tuesday, July 30th at 10:30am COLUMBUS

Wednesday, July 31st at 10:30am SALUDA

Big Bang Boom!

Everyone will dig this rockin' three-piece power pop band, which consists of talented artists and long-time musicians Chuck Folds, Steve Willard, and Eddie Walker. This group doesn't play just any ole average music. These dynamic dads play parent-friendly children's music!!! They write songs with a pop sensibility by cleverly mixing alternative, hip-hop, pop, country, and other genres to create music that parents AND children can enjoy!


Tuesday, August 6th at 11:30am

Wrap-up party! *Meet at Harmon Field*

Please pre-register for this event!!!

Dig into a hot dog lunch and play on the playground.



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!   


Congratulations to Melissa Gillespie!  

Mrs. Gillespie was chosen as Saluda Elementary's Teacher of the Year for 2013!


Family, friends and community members are invited to attend "The Barn Bash" on Tuesday, June 4th.  The school's clogging team, directed by volunteer Jennifer Hayes, will hold their end-of-year clogging recital in the school auditorium at 6:00pm.


PTSO will provide 2 free books to each student during the last "Books Are Really Fun" distribution on Thursday, June 6th. Thank you to everyone who saved and submitted Box Tops during the school year to help fund the "Books Are Really Fun" distributions!  Be sure to collect Box Tops over the summer to submit when school begins again in August.


Friday, June 7 will be the last day of school for students.  An awards program for grades 3-5 will begin at 8:15am.  An awards program for grades PreK-2 will begin at 9:30am.  Dismissal will be at 11:00am.


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.   $900/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.

The Rev. Joseph Perry Forrest, 69, of Saluda, died Wednesday, May 1, 2013.


Helen Jean Ford Koch, 86, died peacefully at home on Sunday, May 19. She was the mother of Saluda resident, Kathy Ratliff.

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.   

The Way it Was

Summertime vacations, camps, and outdoor play are prevalent in the mountains, and Saluda abounds with natural resources for outdoor fun.  Years ago, summer meant leaving the house with the screen door slamming behind you and not returning home until dusk. There was too much to do outside...riding bikes, exploring the woods, splashing in creeks, sprawling out on a soft, cushy lawn and gazing up to identify shapes in the white puffy clouds, climbing trees, building forts, sucking sweet nectar from honey suckles, looking for four leaf clovers, and just being outside. 


This summer is shaping up to be like the summers in the sixties when the mean temperature in the mountains all through the summer was less than 70 degrees--perfect weather for enjoying the outdoors. 


Recall those summertime memories and reconnect with nature this summer and disconnect from electronic devices. Then you won't miss the lush green mountain vistas, colorful wildflowers, and smiling faces of Saludians.


sag To help you know where to get out and play in Saluda, be sure to pick up the pocket size Saluda Adventure Guide which can be found at businesses displaying this emblem. Click here to see an online flip book of the guide. Be patient, it takes a few minutes to download. 


Saluda Arts Festival

saf "Splish, splash, we were taking a bath," as the lyrics go.  That's the way it felt as the 10th annual Saluda Arts Festival got underway.


In spite of the rain, the event was heralded as a success by the artists and the dedicated volunteers who give their time and energy to make this event a success each year.


saf The Saluda Business Association expresses heartfelt appreciation to the following volunteers and sponsors.   





saf Anita Moore

Angie, Courtney, Casey at Macon Bank

Barb Gianelli

Barbara Cardais

Beth Carson

Betsy Burdette

Betsy Sellers

Betty Wilkerson

Brianna Barton

Carolyn Ashburn

Catherine Ross

Cathy Jackson

Chuck Hearon

Cissy Thompson

Connie Scicluna

saf Denise Kennedy

Diane Warner

Don Clapp

Eva McCray

Garrison Stephens

Genell Jespersen

Glenn Pierce

Greaton Sellers

Herb Humphries

Howard Troxler

Jennifer Bateman

Jerry Cole

John Savage

Karen Bultman

Kathleen Rhodes

Leslie Jespersen

saf Lin Savage

Marc Blazar

Marcus Robinson

Maria Wynn

Mary Ann Hester

Mary Bateman

Mary Jane LaFave 

Mary Jo Wannamaker

Matilda Patrick

Nora Parks Anderson

Paige Allen 

Pat Whitaker

Patti Brown

Patty Martin

Peg Henneke

Renie Holeman

saf Rich Igoe

Rita Igoe

Robin Woods

Sally Halford

Scott Cardais

Sharon Stills

Sheri Jackson

Sherry Hoover

Skyler Allen 

Steven Houser

Stoney Lamar

Susan Casey

Susie Welsh

Taylor Francisco

Taylor Gianelli

saf Tisha Davis

Todd Kirby

Wendy Frezza

Zia Jackson



Gold: Autumn Care, Barbara & Scott Cardais, Bryan Easler Toyota, Debbie & Woody Fox, Don Mintz Builders, Macon Bank, Purple Onion, Stoney Lamar, Wynn Insurance


Silver:  Beth & Jim Carson, Lynn & Mike Cass, Cathy Jackson Realty, Charles Street Garden Suite, Dr. Mike, Green River BBQ, Heartwood Gallery, Steve and Georgia Herring, Gunnar Keenan, SalamanderBarbara & Robert Siler, Subway, Gloria & Kyle Testerman, Angelo & Amy Zollo


Bronze; Kathleen's Gallery, Mary Jane & David LaFave, Seams Sew Right, Robin & Greg Woods


Platinum; Sam's Club, Williamson's Paint Center 


To learn more about the SBA, please visisbat
What's Happening in Music and Art
What's Happening At The Purple Onion in June

Summer Hours
Monday - Saturday
Lunch 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Dinner 5:00 - 9:00 PM

                         Sunday Brunch
  11:00 - 3:00

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


June 1 - Lonesome Road Band 

Real bluegrass to enjoy.


June 6 - Bruce Piephoff

Prolific singer/songwriter from Greensboro returns.


June 8 -  -Fayssoux McLean & Brandon Turner 

"She's one of my favorite singers."   Emmylou Harris


June 13 - Erin McDermott Band

Energetic band from Nashville is back.


June 15 - Chuck Beattie Band 

Blues fans put this on your calendar.


June 20 - One Leg Up

Great Gypsy-style jazz.


June 22 - Lonetones

Contemporary Appalachian music from Knoxville.


June 27 - Beaucoup Blue

From blues to bluegrass with this father-son duo.


June 29 - The Deluge

A unique blend of roots rock and soul.

Music for the Purple Onion is scheduled by Robert Seiler.

It's a Pinot Party
on the Patio at the Purple Onion

Monday, June 3 at 6:30


Our focus for this tasting is the Pinot family. As a general rule, when the temperatures begin to rise our palates crave lighter wines with less alcohol, more acidity and less of an oily, oaky character in the mouth. Whites take on this duty effortlessly: They're crisp, chilled, and often have lower alcohol levels than reds, keeping you relaxed, revitalized, and less dehydrated.


Bearing the family name Pinot, pinot Gris (or Grigio in Italian) and pinot blanc are cousins of the more well-known red wine grape Pinot Noir (black). Though a mutation, they show similar characteristics-growing well in different climates and producing diverse taste profiles. They are well suited for the heat of summer as an aperitif or to take along on a picnic.


On the other hand, summer foods span an array of flavors and textures, and Pinot noir is a perfect choice, offering red wine complexity and flavor with white wine texture. Pinot noirs are versatile, flavorful wines that can go with many different types of food, especially summertime dishes.


Pinot noir is also used to produce sparkling wines, another excellent choice for summer, as well as a great way to begin our tasting of seven delicious selections on the patio. So join us Monday, June 3 at 6:30 and stock up on some great summertime wines .

The cost is $45 per person and includes a taste of seven different pinots, as well as several delicious dishes chosen to complement these wines. For reservations, please call us at 828-749-1179. We accept VISA, MASTERCARD and DISCOVER.


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


"A Dance Reunion"

On June 1, The Party Place & Event Center will have a "Dance Reunion" in celebration of 8 years of dancing, parties and events!  Our hometown band, "Sound Investment" will be performing their perfect mix of great oldies dance tunes.  If you have ever been a dancer or just a visitor to the Party Place and Event Center, come out to the Reunion and enjoy the evening with old friends or make some new ones.  The Dance Reunion was an idea of some of the Dance Instructors who come on a regular basis and bring their students.  It does not matter if you can't remember what you learned in class, just come have fun and let's see who will be on the dance floor!  We will have some cake, coffee, and refreshments!


Band Schedule for June


June 1--------Sound Investment

June 8--------Emporium

June 15 ------Crimson Rose

June 22 ------Free Flight

June 29 ------Tuxedo Junction


The Contra Dance Schedule is being updated, so check our website to see the dance dates for the months ahead.


A big "Thank You" to everyone who has sent food, well wishes and prayers during the healing of my broken wrist.  I am still going to therapy and recovering, but should be back to full speed soon.  --Linda

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, all along with a warm, local feel with three rock fireplaces, friendly service, and a cozy atmosphere and within walking distance of downtown Saluda. Come discover one of Saluda's best kept secrets.


Live Music in June 

(Open at 7pm, Music starts at 8pm)  


The Cellar is open every Friday and Saturday. Please see the full schedule at

June 1  Jeff Thompson

A deeply insightful, mischievously funny, jazz-influenced troubadour who plays with a lively energy and stage presence that remains dangerously exciting.


June 7  CarolinaBound

With that certain ability to meld old time roots of this region with a current awareness in lyrics, presentation and structure.


June 8  Carrie Morrison

Her piano accompanied songs are melodically rich and filled with personal, pithy, and sometimes whimsical lyrics.


June 14  Bradford Carson

Range and breadth, coupled with an uncanny ability to feel and respond to the mood of the audience, only begins to define the music that appears when he takes the stage.


June 21 Eric Congdon

Gifted musicianship and inspiring, innovative song-crafting. Eric mixes roots, blues, jazz and an occasional Zeppelin flurry to produce a versatile and eclectic evening of music.


June 22  The Wilhelm Brothers

The driving, sheer energy these two bring causes foot stomping, head nodding, and the inevitable release from one's chair into dance.


June 28  Wendi Loomis and Aaron Luka 

If you missed The Red Hot Sugar Babies, then don't be remiss again! A powerful duo, consisting of a stride piano player and roaring vocalist, evokes the infectious sounds of Swing, Ragtime, New Orleans Two Step, Vintage Jazz and Dixieland.


The Saluda Wine Cellar is located at 229 Greenville St. Click here for directions. Check our website at  for our scheduled music events or call 828-749-2229.                        

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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!


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.    



Bardos Saluda Artist, Bonnie Bardos Featured 

Saluda artist Bonnie Joy Bardos will be featured in "Perceptions," a two-person show with Spartanburg artist Nathan Galloway at Chapman Cultural Center, 200 East John Street, Spartanburg, S.C. The show opens on June 1 in the Artists' Guild Gallery/Spartanburg Art Museum building with a reception from 5-7 p.m. on June 20 during Art Walk evening. During June, visit Bonnie's studio at her vintage 1895 "Art House" by appointment (828) 749-1153 or by email at Saturdays from 1-3 are 'drop in, by chance' times. Her website is



carson Saluda artist, Jim Carson 

Saluda artist, Jim Carson, will give a plein air (outdoor) workshop in three different, but convenient, locations in Saluda, Thursday -Saturday, Oct 24-26. The workshop is titled "Fresh Paint."  The workshop will focus on simplifying the landscape, values, and the use of bold and spontaneous brushwork. It is open to all levels, from beginners to advanced.


Jim has been offering plein air workshops in and around Saluda for over ten years. He is an experienced and nationally known plein air painter, having been juried into some of the most prestigious plein air festivals in the United States, including Door County, WI, Easton, MD, and Richmond, VA.


The cost of the workshop is $350, and includes a tasty lunch, brought to the painting site each day by The Saluda Grade Café. 


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

dancers extenstion


Bravo to all of our students for a job well done in our third annual Spring Concert, held in conjunction with the Saluda Arts Festival.  We are so proud of all that you have learned and accomplished.  Special congratulations go to Paige Boone, Zoe Parsons and Sophie Young for their induction into the National Honor Society for Dance Arts.  Youth ages 3-18 are invited to join us for summer classes and camps.  We will be focusing on technical skills and the basics of choreography.  Classes for the 2013-2014 academic year begin on Tuesday, September 3.  Please contact the studio for more information on class descriptions and schedules.  Adult classes will be held this summer on a light schedule.  Private lessons are also available for dancers at any age or level.  Please contact the studio for more information.


Our studio is located in Saluda, at I-26, in the Don Mintz center.  Please contact the studio at 828-749-9398, email or visit our website for more information and updated schedule.  Keep up-to-date with class changes 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,"  June 3 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. 

chicken house The Old Chicken House     

Some folks coming to the Old Chicken House are asking if we're planning another "Indoor Yard Sale" like the first on May 25.  We'll do another if there's enough interest. We appreciate everyone who came on the 25th.


We always welcome friends and visitors.  There's always something to see-works of our artists and crafters whose studios are in the Old Chicken House may be seen either completed or in progress.


Open regularly, Friday and Saturday, 11am to 6pm or at another time convenient for you by special request.


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

jameson Tuscany, Italy

September 17-24

Picture yourself awakening 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.


jameson Fall on the Blue Ridge

October 21-25, 2013

This workshop consists of 5 painting days exploring the landscape of the Southern Blue Ridge. We'll begin the workshop in the studio Monday morning with talks and demonstrations, have an early lunch (Dutch) at one of Saluda's delightful cafes and head out to paint. There isn't a more beautiful time to paint the Southern Blue Ridge landscape. Fall foliage, waterfalls and winding streams provide spectacular opportunities for painting and photography. Saluda's "Main Street Historic District" has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places and her Victorian summer homes, the area's spectacular foliage, waterfalls and winding streams provide unparalleled opportunities for painting.


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. A materials list will be sent to all participants. For more information, please visit 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.


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

Saluda Faces
Betsy Burdett

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


betsy No nonsense and down to earth is the best way to describe Betsy Burdett.  Watching Betsy, you are drawn to her clear, natural complexion, and the graying ringlets circling her temples. As she tells me her story of how she discovered Saluda, she piles her long uncut hair on top of her head with just a hair pin to keep it up.


Betsy and her husband, Allen, met while attending St. Andrews Presbyterian College, Laurinburg, NC, and moved to Hendersonville in 1976 to open a business to refinish and repair antique furniture.  Shortly after this move, they were looking for a good school for their son, Aaron, and were told to visit Saluda School which they did during a Halloween Festival.  Being impressed with the diversity of parents and their ability to get along, they knew this was where they wanted their children to go to school.


Looking for an affordable home in Saluda in 1978 was a challenge, and real estate agent Jack Morse helped them find and finance their first house with 9 acres in Puzzle Gully.  Even more of a challenge was accessing this Saluda home, and for the first six to eight months, they had to walk a mile from the nearest road to the house.  Betsy would carry baby John and Allen carried the groceries. (They learned to like powdered milk - it is lighter to carry). Four year old Aaron walked. Ed Leland, owner of the Saluda Telephone Company, found out that the Burdett's were living out there with two small children without any transportation or communication, and he personally walked the mile to string the lines so the Burdett's could have a telephone.


Betsy's primary role was raising their three sons, Aaron, John, and Joseph. John is a photographer in Chicago, Aaron is a builder and songwriter in Saluda, and Joseph is mastering Chinese medicine at the Daoist Traditions College of Chinese Medical Arts in Asheville.  Allen worked for builder, Tom DeKay, for almost 20 years and continues carpentry and refinishing and repairing furniture.


Liking the outdoors, Betsy received a real estate license in 1976 and worked for a short time for Jack Morse, concentrating on land sales. She has kept this license active and has found it instrumental in her work with writing conservation easements for property owners.  In 1980, she met Debi Thomas and was a founding partner of the Wildflour Bakery which she left in 1989.


After leaving the bakery, she started working at several summer camps, and the boys could either go to camp or work at camp, too. For 18 years, she has been teaching baking and woodcarving at Camp Glen Arden for Girls in Tuxedo.  "I work at Glen Arden because I love the camp, I love to bake, and I love to be around children, outside," says Betsy.

As members of the Saluda Presbyterian Church, Betsy and Allen are the main contacts between Saluda Presbyterian Church and El Buen Samaritano in La Reforma, Guatemala, the church's partner church since 1999. They go to Guatemala every two years to visit with that church.


Originally from the eastern shore of Maryland, Betsy loves the outdoors and believes that preserving land for the community is one of the most valuable assets a community can have.  She started the Saluda Community Land Trust for the purpose of helping property owners understand the value of their land to the community and identifying land use for the good of the community.  This is evident by the great work that SCLT has done in gaining rights to use property for trails and other community uses.


Horseback riding all over the Waters of Camp Creek, 450 acres of land which she helped place in a conservation easement, allows her to see the land like you could never see it from a car or otherwise.  When Betsy isn't horseback riding, working on SCLT projects, or thinking up new ideas, she loves spinning, weaving, and wood carving.  She also writes the "Conservation Corner" column for the Tryon Daily Bulletin.  See one of her articles in this issue of Saluda Lifestyles.


Betsy would advise anybody thinking about a move to Saluda that this is a great place to be for those who want to be part of a diverse and inclusive community.  But, if you want things to be a certain way, you may want to go somewhere else.

Conservation Corner
Being Outside in Order to Grow Inside

Last summer I completed my 17th summer as the baker at Camp Glen Arden for Girls in Tuxedo, NC.  In sprite of the relentless heat, I came home in August more convinced than ever of the benefit of summer camps for children. Many of us went to a summer camp  as children. I went to Girl Scout camps and absolutely loved it. I have a picture of my mother swimming in a lake at the summer camp she went to somewhere in western Pennsylvania. I have no idea of the name of her camp, but I remember my camps well: Camp Mogisca and Camp Mosey Wood.


It was during those years at camp that I began my love affair with nature. Being outside was a source of learning and excitement as well as comfort and relaxation. Ask any teenaged girl if she wants comfort and relaxation and she'll tell you that you are nuts; she wants excitement. But we old folks know that it takes a healthy balance in life to make a healthy adult.


Few of today's youngsters go to camp these days. I think the reason is a combination of the fact that camp is expensive, and more importantly, it is not considered a necessity in our modern materialistic society. Parents are more likely to buy a new car or boat when they have the money than send their children to camp. More families own second homes than ever before in history, yet summer camps are going out of business at an unprecedented rate. From kindergarten on, children are plugged into media selling sex, beer, and gadgets.  The parents are off at work. It might be safe to say that it is easier to go to work these days than it is to stay at home to raise children in a world that is totally confusing for them and us. What is of real value? According to the media it is something to buy. According to my mother, it is something that you cannot see or hold, like learning to play an instrument, or learning to ski, or an experience that builds character, like summer camp. Tuition for more than half of Glen Arden's campers is paid by grandparents, mostly the grandmothers. It has to do with what us old women consider as valuable for our grandchildren.


Whatever time I have out of the kitchen, I spend in the Carving Hut. There is a lot of talking while the girls are whittling. They are "unplugged" from media and friends at home as soon as camp begins, the consequence being that strong bonds are created between these girls. Some of the girls come from 'normal' families; some come from families with an alcoholic or two to make life confusing in a world promoting alcohol and sex for any teenager wanting to have a good time. In the safety of the Carving Hut, I hear a lot. These girls are trying to figure out who they are in a world telling them what they 'should' be. I see young girls who are fed so much information that they have lost the ability to think for themselves, to answer their own questions and to problem solve. I can remember being a teenager, when the media was not so relentless, and it was hard.


Being outside, with nothing but the sound of the trees or the waterfall, or friends jumping into the lake, gives those girls time to just think, and be.    


Can you remember being able to run out your door to go over to a friend's house, just to talk or play? Can you remember being able to go into your friend's house even if they weren't there because the door was not locked; you could leave a note on the kitchen table? Can you remember all the things you learned walking home from school? That is not an option for today's children. They can go to their iPhones or computers only, because our houses are locked up tight. Camp is one of the only places I know of where children are free to just "be," outside where there is no judgment, only acceptance.  Next time you are thinking about giving your grandchildren a gift, consider giving a gift that will last the rest of their lives.  


By Betsy Burdett 

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.  


Breaking News!   

Saluda was awarded the Playful Cty USA designation on May 8 for the second year in a row!


This will qualify us for eligibility for additional grant funding, which I will be applying to update our city playground.


This designation is also important to our community for economic development, attracting younger families to our area and promoting a healthy lifestyle that takes advantage of our beautiful natural surroundings by playing outside.


Please check out the KaBOOM! information on Playful City to learn about the great benefits of being a Playful City USA community and take a few minutes to Like Saluda's Playful City photo to enter us to win a playful prize pack!  


Thank you all for your support as we try to move forward with positive playful impacts to our community.


We also recently received notification from Polk County Community Foundation that we were awarded a $3,000 grant to host the Streets Alive event to celebrate our Playful City designation. We will have playday t-shirts made featuring artwork from Saluda School students and plenty of fun and games, including a giant beach ball and activity stations.


Submitted by Monica Pace


Saluda Scoop

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


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!

We will be stocking SOS gear for the outdoors, including camping gear, flashlights, head lamps, insect repellents, and more.  


Maggie's located at 1487 Ozone Drive, Saluda 28773

828.749.3503 * Exit 59 Off I-26

Visit Maggie's website. 



saluda bike and hike

Saluda Bike & Hike now has medium, large and extra large t-shirts in saluda bike and hike stock in three different styles. You can also pick up one of the new Saluda Adventure Guides. We are open 10-4 M-Th, 2-5 F, S & S 10-5.  


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 gorgeGorge™ launched a grand opening event on Memorial Day weekend at the outpost on Honeybee Lane.  Many the gorge turned out to the splendor of the gorge vistas, cool breezes, good food by the Purple Onion, beer from Sierra Brewing, and music from local The gorge singer/songwriter, Aaron Burdett. The big thrill was watching The Gorge™ guides launch down the zip line to demonstrate "the the gorge ride of your life."







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.


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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

June is the perfect month to enjoy the extra evening daylight hours sipping a glass of wine on our enchanting terrace surrounded by amazing mountain views. Enjoy complimentary hors d'oeuvres then enter our romantic dining room for dinner Thurs, Fri or Sat nights. Below the dining room is an organic garden which will be producing many of the vegetables and herbs served in our fabulous four course meals. Chef Marianne uses only the freshest ingredients prepared with love and creativity inspired by her Viennese heritage. Entree choices change daily and generally include Certified Angus Beef Tenderloin, or Local Mountain Rainbow Trout Almandine, or Carolina Crab Cakes, to name a few. You can also enjoy our stunning mountain views in the brilliant June mornings during breakfast at the Inn, served daily between 8:30 - 10am. Reservations required. 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. Originally built in 1926 and called the Mountain Home of Southern Railway Clerks the Inn sits on 12 acres, is listed on the National Register of Historic places, and is a member of the distinguished Select Registry and Chaîne des Rôtisseurs. All rooms are tastefully decorated with antiques and period pieces, and our linens are ultra luxurious. The gracious hosts, Marc & Marianne look forward to welcoming you to their little slice of heaven.
We're proud to announce being awarded by Trip Advisor - 2012 & 2013 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.   



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


For June, our wine tasting will be June 6 on the Back Alley Deck-weather permitting- from 4 to 6pm.  June 8 marks the third anniversary of Clark & Judy's purchase of the Historic Thompson Store & Ward's Grill, and to celebrate the occasion, they will serve specials that day. 


Summertime means outdoor cooking and time to grill.  We have the best Black Angus meat in our market.  Come by and select from our fresh ground Chuck, Beef Tenderloin, Ribeye or NY Strip.  We also offer Boneless Pork Tenderloin.  If you do not have time to cook or grill, come in and purchase a prepared frozen dinner, just thaw, heat and serve.  To complete your meal, purchase a bottle of wine and try the Saluda made Chardonnay, Judd's Peak. 


Our ladies in the grill are here to serve you, so please come in for breakfast and lunch, or call in an, order to go.  We serve Charlie's Sage Sausage, Market style Bacon, Fresh Ground Hand Patty Burgers.  Our sides and chili for Hot Dogs & Hamburgers are all made at the Grill.  We appreciate your business and hope to see you soon.


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

Beginning Memorial weekend, we will be extending our weekend hours. Thursday -Saturday nights, we will remain open until 11pm.  A Bar Menu will be available for those late nights 9-11pm. 


All of our hamburgers, from kid's burgers to the thick Mountain Burger, are now handmade daily and we only use fresh Black Angus Beef, grilled to your personal taste! Prices still the same!


We now have a Ribeye Sandwich served with Homestyle fries for $8.99. Ribeye cooked to your liking served with lettuce, tomato, Duke's mayo, and our own signature beer-infused steak sauce served on the side atop grilled French bread!  


We now have TEN different beers on tap and almost all of those are local to North or South Carolina! Most from Asheville and the surrounding area! We also proudly serve Angry Orchard Hard Cider on tap, gluten free and very refreshing!


If you haven't tried a Lime A Rita, you must! Served over ice and salt rimmed glass! It is our answer to a great Margarita!


Come see our new bar area and enclosed porch! More outdoor dining soon to come to our "Barking Lot!"


We still have our daily specials!


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!


Become a Facebook fan and you will receive specials and $$ dollar-off offers!


Contact Green River BBQ at 828-749-9892 for takeout orders or visit them at Green River BBQ.  Visit their Facebook page to get extra daily coupons! Like us on Facebook 


Green River BBQ is located at 131 Highway 176 West. Click here for directions.   




What a lush and plush month May has been. I have seen the happiest, healthiest flowers everywhere, and the beautiful produce available already at the Saluda Tailgate Market is incredible.  I make sure I have enough time on Friday to fill my shopping bag with an assortment of fresh vegetables....sometimes choosing something I have never had before just to shake it up a bit!  Then I have so much fun adding them to soups, salads, bean bowls and more back at the Wildflour Bake Shop.  Our new list of local ingredients gets longer every week!  Don't forget to stop by our booth back in the corner of the Tailgate Market.  We always have a few samples for you to try.


Going to sit out on your deck and savor the day?  Need a book to keep you company? Please come "borrow" one of the many choices on our "Book Swap" shelf.  Take a book...Leave a book...... 


Father's Day is June 16th.....bring your dad, your hubby, your brother, your friend, or yourself on down to brunch and see what hearty, "He-Man" dishes Molly has made to celebrate the day.


Molly and Abe will be completing the Serve Safe certification required by the NC Dept. of Health.  I'm sure they will be happy to get back to their mixing bowls and ovens with a full case of pastries Thursday morning, June 13 at 8 am.

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



Mmacon bankacon Bank  

Macon Bank has been serving western North Carolina since 1922.  We started in Franklin, NC and have expanded to serve Macon, Jackson, Cherokee, Transylvania, Henderson and Polk counties.  The Saluda branch opened in 2007.


But Macon Bank is about more than just the products and personal service that the people of Saluda have come to expect.  It is about the people, and giving back to the communities we serve.


Over the past year, Macon Bank has given back to the community in several different ways.  We have supported Coon Dog Day and the Hometown Christmas Stroll.  We have also given to organizations in the community including the Arts Festivals, schools, and the local Police and Fire department, and more.


We live in the communities that we serve.  When you walk into our branch, you are more than just a number.  You are our neighbors, our friends, and our families.  At Macon Bank, we are proud to call Saluda home.


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,






The Oaks Bed & Breakfast

The Gift of Spring - 2013


How would you describe the inspiring colors of spring in the mountains? 


Can you juggle verbs and nouns to paint a picture of a field in bloom?


Try to explain the textures of a flower petal or a leaf to someone that has never held one.


Share with a friend the perfume that lingers in the night air outside your window.


Savor for others the sweet sensation of a fresh picked strawberry, the crunch of a hot-buttered ear of corn, or an afternoon walk through a famer's market.  


Then, just when you thought the azaleas couldn't get more brilliant, or the jasmine more fragrant, another spring enlightens your senses and enlivens your spirit.  Spring and summer are the gifts we are granted for enduring another winter. 


So now, with the windows opened and the lawn freshly mowed, we welcome the visitors to this blessed place and invite them to be guests in our home.  


Call The Oaks Bed and Breakfast for comfortable accommodations, a sumptuous gourmet breakfast - in an 1895 Queen Ann Victorian home - and an opportunity to find the words to describe the best vacation ever! 


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


Random Arts

random arts Random Arts is kicking off the summer season with a brand new selection of casual and comfy women's clothing. You will find everything from lightweight tunics, cap sleeved t-shirts, flowing dresses and long skirts in our summer collection.  We've got great choices in colors and styles, as well as fantastic prices.


Stop by and see us at the corner of Louisiana and Ozone, pick up a schedule of workshops, sit a spell on our comfy front porch and browse about at our unique and unusual antiques and gifts. Like us on Facebook 


481 Louisiana Ave. Saluda. NC 28773 

Our phone: 828-749-1165

Our email:  



tipsy Tipsy Gypsies

A fun shopping experience full of inspiration and imagination.  We have many new treasures in store for you this summer- funky folk art furniture, a nice selection of rustic log bird houses and fairy dwellings, women's and children's clothing at great prices, garden art, and lots more. 

We are located inside Joni's Artisanal Wine and Beer (next to Wildflour Bake Shop).  We are open until 8 pm on Fridays with free wine samples.  Featured wine is available by the glass, and we have lots of cold beer- just perfect to enjoy with your Wildflour pizza.    
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

cabin fever Cabin Fever
It is hard to believe it is almost summer and the kids will be out of school soon. That means it's time to plan your summer vacation. Whether you need a quick weekend or a long relaxing week, we still have openings. Come enjoy the mountains, the cool river water, tubing the Green River, a hike at Dupont State Forest, and then come relax by the new fire pit before you go to your cabin to sleep. The kids will love the playground. And if you have not been by to see all the upgrades, please stop by. We would love to see you.


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

If Interest Rates Rise, What Should You Do with Bonds?

Short-term interest rates are at historic lows - and the Federal Reserve plans to keep them that way for awhile. But long-term rates may rise in the not-too-distant future. If you invest in fixed-income vehicles, such as bonds, what might higher rates mean for you?


If long-term rates rise, the value of your existing bonds will decline because other investors won't pay full price for your bonds when they can get new ones issued at higher rates.


Examine your fixed-income portfolio to determine if it's heavily weighted toward long-term bonds. If so, you may want to consider repositioning some of these assets and possibly using them to help build a "bond ladder" containing bonds of varying maturities. Then, when market rates are low, you'll still have your longer-term bonds earning higher interest rates. And when market rates rise, you can reinvest your maturing short-term bonds at the higher rates.


Consider building such a ladder - it may help you in all interest-rate environments. But you must evaluate whether the bonds held within the bond ladder are consistent with your investment objectives, risk tolerance and financial circumstances.


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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.


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Douglass M. Rostick | Financial Advisor | Edward Jones 

1038-A Greenville Hwy  Flat Rock, NC 28731

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

Share the Road

bikers Saluda is a favorite destination for bicyclists and motorists alike, and June is the perfect time to ride and drive.  Please be responsible and vigilant of each other, whether you're on a bike or in a car.  Motorists, click HERE for some tips on how to make the roads that much more safe for everyone.  Cyclists, click HERE for tips to make your trip a little bit safer.


This time of year is a great time to slow down and take the opportunity to see Saluda's vistas, roadside wildflowers, and rolling country side. Enjoy the ride!!!!    

Brought to you by Saluda Bike & Hike.

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


Summer Health Tips, the Holistic Approach

poison ivy First of all, avoiding commercial preparations based on petroleum products and other synthetic chemicals is paramount.  Our skin is like a giant sponge and readily takes in any and all lotions, sprays, creams, everything we spread on our bodies.  We can even inhale some toxic products, affecting our lungs if we are sensitive.  People who have asthma, psoriasis, eczema, food or other allergies are already in a state of inflammation chronically, with ups and downs day to day.  So putting any synthetic or petroleum based products on, or in, us is contraindicated since it could add to inflammation, wherever you as an individual have a tendency to be affected.   Lungs, skin, GI system; it differs depending on the most fragile areas in your body.


So that was first; do no harm.


Making sure your Vitamin D3 levels are good is great protection against tons of things.  In another column we can discuss this.  But your skin is happy with a healthy level of D3, and it prevents so many potential conditions so keep those levels up.  You do have to have blood or finger stick for D3 levels and for a baseline, and then after taking D3 for several months, test for a follow-up level.  Aim for 50-60 ng/ml serum level for non-pregnant adults. 


Next, homeopathy is a great treatment for the swelling and tenderness of bites and stings. Just go to a good health food store in the homeopathic section.  Look for a combination for bites and stings, or I carry Rhus Tox and Apis, which are for chicken pox and bees, and  the treatment for these and anything that causes similar symptoms of itching and swelling.  I have successfully used these several times for patients sublingually (under the tongue) while preparing an epinephrine injection, as they work very fast, and I usually do not have to actually give the epi pen due to the homeopathy's effectiveness.  It must be repeated as often as judged necessary, but there are zero side effects-no racing heart, anxiety, et cetera of epi/adrenaline.  You just need a neutral clean mouth, put the tablets under your tongue, trying not to touch them with your hands, let them melt without any water or anything else in your mouth for about 20 minutes, if possible. If needed more often, that's fine; there is no way to overdose on homeopathies. 


And prophylactically, I use 100% pure Tea Tree Oil, organic if possible, and put that everywhere when  camping, hiking, or working in the garden and other places where I would expect to be hit by insects and/or poisonous plants like poison ivy. You put this on your fingertips and spread it over your hat, scarf, hair, long sleeves, and gloves, and if necessary, pants, socks and of course any bare area, body and clothing.  It has a very sharp scent which quickly dissipates. This serves as great protection and beats DEET or any toxic preparation.  I also use it if there is a bite, sting or scratch, and after a shower, put it everywhere I feel I need it to cut through the poison ivy oil that remains on skin even after a shower.  Hopefully, you are preparing and preventing, but this is one way to deal with it if you accidentally are affected.  With Tea Tree Oil, never get it near or in your eyes. 


So, those 3 items, homeopathic Rhus Tox, Apis, and 100% pure Tea Tree Oil, should be part of your summertime remedies.  Just do a spot check with tea tree oil on a small area of skin when you obtain it and make sure you are not sensitive to it.  It does sting on open skin but that should quickly resolve, and it helps treat bacterial, viral and fungal infections, all of which can be in your garden or the woods.  If you have sensitivity to Tea Tree Oil, pure essential Lavender Oil is just as good, and excellent for skin treatment.


Check out the Environmental Working Group's list of safe sunscreens and other SPF products to find non-toxic and rated product information at EWG's 2013 Guide toSunscreens.


By Nancy Shatto, FNP-BC, local family nurse practitioner   

Isothermal Community College: A Best Kept Secret in Polk County

I will return with an introduction to another instructor and his/her course next month, but in the meantime, here is a little update on courses being offered at ICC.  The course catalogue for continuing education came out a few weeks ago. If you did not receive a copy, you can go online to see a copy at: on that page, select "Polk Continuing education classes." There are copies in the post office in Saluda and in the main lobby at the school.  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."


Courses which begin in June include: "Computers: Past, Present and Beyond," "MMO Gaming," "Intermediate Excel," "Photoshop II," "Beginner Stained Glass," "A Year in Paris: Living and Learning the City of Lights," "Improv Theater Fun," "Beginning Watercolor," "Multimedia Painting," "Writing Your Story," and "Advertising Copy Writing." There are additional courses that will begin in July and August, so check your catalogue if none of these  interest you.


By Betsy Sellers
Seeking Poverty to Learn-Not
by Clark Thompson


Over recent decades, certain elements of our society have sought poverty in an effort to learn from it. Heck, I lived in it and could have told them most everything they needed to know, but especially the things they really might not want to experience. Being poor isn't fun no matter how much effort is made trying to glamorize it. For example, living in an unheated house during bitter cold winters isn't on the bucket list of any folks I know.


We lived in a two-story house, built circa 1893, which held two bedrooms downstairs and four upstairs. Mama always referred to the upstairs rooms as the boar's den because that's where my two older brothers and I slept while our sisters enjoyed the slightly less frigid downstairs bedrooms. And while three of the four upstairs rooms had beds in them, the fourth one was used solely as a junk room. At the top of the set of wooden stairs was a foyer area that was filled with left-over bed springs and mattresses, canned goods, empty canning jars, and an old salt box where we cured and stored cut-up pork. The upstairs ceilings were made of 1" x 4" pine boards which had originally been tightly butted together. However, over time the boards shrank, thus leaving gaps of up to a quarter inch between them. Most of the white paint showed extensive stains resulting either from resin bleeding through or from roof leaks. The original roof was covered with pressed tin and had no attic insulation to muffle rain storms, which allowed each raindrop to add its own imperceptible decibel to the cacophony of sounds. Those rhythmic sounds still remain some of the most memorable experiences of my childhood and guaranteed a night of fitful sleep. Since the upstairs ceilings were made of wood, there was no danger of falling plaster as in the first floor rooms.


Speaking of the home-made salt box, for decades I have enjoyed asking visitors to identify the item, without a single correct answer. Simply designed, it has the appearance of a 4' x 8' wooden wagon, the bottom and sides built of full cut 1" x 12" heart pine boards, and it stands on four squared and tapering legs. What confuses people is that one leg is about three inches shorter than the other three, thus giving the appearance of a broken leg.  The box was built in the 1920s either by my father Roy or grandfather Luther, and the shorter leg served an important purpose. Slanting the bed allowed any liquids emanating from the pork meat during the salt-curing process to drain away and be captured by a single drip can under one corner. This is one of my most cherished items; so much so that for a number of years I kept it on display in my Pensacola flea market in order to confuse antique dealers and buffs. Eventually I returned it to its original home in Saluda where it will now remain.


Personally, one of the worst parts of my childhood related to a dozen years of sleeping in freezing winter conditions, and those memories still greatly contribute to my intense dislike for cold weather. Two of my bedroom's glass windows had missing pieces the size of tennis balls. These openings, along with a lack of wall or attic insulation, allowed frigid outside air to drop room temperatures well into subfreezing levels, occasionally as low as 10 degrees. Stuffing paper in the broken window openings provided only marginal relief. However, Mama had what she called sheet blankets along with dozens of quilts which would allow for trapped body heat to eventually warm my shivering body. Come bedtime, I would leave the warmth of the heated dining room and race up the stairs, quickly discarding any articles of clothing and jumping into the frigid bed. After what seemed like hours of chattering teeth, the heavy pile of quilts would eventually alleviate much of the initial nightly discomfort.


But alas, there were other problems related to this nighttime ritual! The sole unheated bathroom was at the bottom of a seemingly three-mile long set of very creaky stairs. Over the years I was able to set numerous speed records by mentally counting the few precious seconds required to make the darkened round trip back to the bedroom. However, despite these amazing warp speeds, most of the bed's warmth had dissipated into the icy atmosphere by the time I returned. Likewise, morning speed trials involved grabbing an armload of clothes, shoes, and socks and reaching the dining room stove in less than two seconds. However, basking briefly in the radiant warmth of that wood-burning stove soon gave way to the dreaded reality of my first daily chore. With a pail of hot water, rags, and a can of Rosebud salve, I would soon head off to the barn for the first of my twice-daily milking chores. As described in a previous article, my sweet Betsy frequently managed to have found a pile of her own fresh mess in which to lay her entire udder during the previous night.


Quite often those wintertime milking chores failed to go as planned and required two trips back to the house for more water and rags. Then, once the milking was successfully completed, Mama would strain the still slightly warm contents through recycled flour sacks and into quart glass bottles. Once the bottle necks were sealed with cardboard inserts, they were ready for delivery to customers before school.


It mattered not when I failed to take a sponge bath the night before, since Betsy's natural bovine fragrances became the aroma de jour that permeated my hair and the freshly-ironed school clothes for the rest of the day.



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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