Where Time Stands Still
July 1, 2013
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Saluda Property & Real Estate
Buy Local - Support Your Saluda Realtors!
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Western NC MLS Listing
NEW on the Market!
Sit on the back porch and watch the wildlife go by in this very well maintained home with two fireplaces, loads of outdoor living spaces and a separate floor for your guests. Main floor is one level living with guest quarters on the lower level. 3BR, 2.5BA, 4.88 acres MLS# 542655 $265,000
Tree House Close to Town
Enjoy privacy and winter views from all three cover porches. The wooded lot creates the feel of living in a tree house as you enjoy the breezes coming in from the porches. 3BR, 2.5 BA, MLS#541038
Rare Saluda Horse Farm
Very private horse farm on 32 acres. Quality home only steps from pastures and barns. Smaller barn has run-ins with stalls. Large barn has drive through covered trailer parking, insulated tack room with W/D hook up and drive-up hay loft. Two separate pastures with 6 mature acres. This property backs up to the Greenville watershed, has mountain views and riding trails, or trailer your horses to the many trails in the area. MLS#541343 $525,000
Only minutes to downtown Historic Saluda, this country home offers you nature at its best. Cozy screened porch overlooks the beautiful gardens. Large wooded double lot provides plenty of privacy yet little yard to maintain. Downstairs bedroom has separate entrance. 3BR, 2.5 BA MLS#541767 $289,000
Quiet Mountain Lake
This mountain lake home offers quiet living on Lake Hosea. Large open floor plan with windows facing deck and lake side, make this home great for entertaining and relaxing. Double lot has beautiful plantings, yet no yard to mow. 2 BR, 2 BA, MLS#542281 $189,000
Great Home Values & Investments
Lake Front at Lake Sheila on Three Lots
Large lakefront home positioned in the middle of three separate lakefront lots. Sunroom with view overlooking 28 ac private and pristine Lake Sheila, surrounded by 19,000ac of preserved watershed. Large kitchen with 2 ovens great for cooking & entertaining. Guest quarters equipped with its own kitchen, bedroom, bath, and living room with outside entrance. 4 BR, 3 BR, approx. 3,400SF, garage. Offered at a reduced price of $515,000.
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
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 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, $80,000, MLS#437750
Lake Sheila, 1 ac, winter view of lake, creek, septic installed, water tap installed
Macedonia Lake, 1.15 ac, lake front, dock,
Macedonia Lake, 1.77 ac, $29,000 MLS#506143
Macedonia Lake, 2.15 ac, $29,000, MLS#506144
Macedonia Lake, lakefront, .8 ac, $29,000 MLS#506145
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
3.25 ac, Views, Hogback Mountain Rd, Tryon, MLS#519772, $34,900
2.1 ac, View lot, easy building site, Tryon, MLS#521572, $55,000
1.04 ac, White Oak Mountain, MLS#426297, $28,000
Links to Real Estate Sources
|Happy Independence Day|
We wish all of our Saluda friends and family a safe and fun-filled holiday as we celebrate our country's independence.
Cathy Jackson Realty office will be closed on Thursday, July 4 and Saturday, July 6 so that we can celebrate the holiday and the Coon Dog Day reunion with our family and friends.
Happy Holiday and Coon Dog Day!
Amy, Greaton, Cathy
Cathy Jackson Realty
We have moved to 153 E Main Street (next to the Wildflour Bakery). Stop in and see our new, expanded office!
|Saluda Real Estate Market|
A Quick Saluda Market Update
(compares last year's sales with the same period this year as of June 30, 2013).
Sales Closed Pending
Homes 2013 12 4
Homes 2012 14 0
Land 2013 10 4
Land 2012 5 0
Saluda - 3 homes
Polk County - 13 Homes
Data taken from Western NC multiple listing service.
Please visit cathyjacksonrealty.com to see all Cathy Jackson Realty Featured Home and Land Listings and search the entire Western NC MLS.
Saluda Service Directory
| Saluda Service Directory with new categories is now available.
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|
|Coon Dog Day Saturday, July 6.
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 board meets Tuesday, July 2 at 5:30 at Saluda Library.
Town Council meets the second Monday of the month at 7:00pm in the meeting room above the Saluda Library.
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.
The Historic Saluda Committee Regular meeting with Oral History Committee will meet Friday, July 12 from 2 to 4pm at the Saluda Library. The public is invited to attend.
Top of the Grade Concerts - July 12 and 26, 6:30-8:30 McCreery Park.
Women's Club will not meet in July.
Saluda Community Land Trust monthly meeting 3pm, July 17 at Pavilion at McCreery Park.
Tuesday, July 23, 7pm at Party Place & Event Center.Saluda Garden Club
will not meet in July.Potluck and Bingo
, Saluda Center, July 29 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.|
July 6 50th Coon Dog Day
Sept 14 Charlie Ward Memorial BBQ
November Green River Narrows Race
December Hometown Christmas
|Small Town Main Street|
Saluda was designated as a NC "Small Town Main Street."
Monthly meetings with the STMS program director, Sherry Adams, are scheduled the third Tuesday of the month at 9am at the Saluda Library. Meetings are open to the public. The next meeting will be in September.
|July 4th Events in the Area|
Orchard Lake Campground in Saluda. Visit website for directions. Fireworks will be held on Friday, July 5 and start at dark. A Donation Bucket will be passed around and proceeds raised will go to the Saluda Fire & Rescue Department who will be supervising the fireworks.
Fabulous Fourth on July 4 in Columbus from 10 to 10. Music, Food, Amusement Rides, Fun for all ages! Fireworks start at 9:45.
The 30th annual Fabulous 4th 100K Bike Tour is scheduled for Thursday, July 4. Sign in starts at 6am at Harmon Field in Tryon. Pre-register online at fabulous4thbiketour.org.
15th Annual Music On Main Street concert series Special 4th of July Celebration Concert featuring Tom Brown / One Man Band, Visitors Information Center - 201. S. Main St., 7:30PM-9:30PM, free. Bring a Chair, No Pets, Alcoholic Beverages or Coolers Allowed; seating area opens after 5:30PM / early admission is prohibited, enjoy the concert and fireworks (at dusk) from the comfort of your chair, an event of Henderson County Tourism Development Authority, Hendersonville, NC 800-828-4244 or 828-693-9708. Click here for more information.
Independence Day Fireworks Display
at dark, fireworks may be viewed from downtown Hendersonville and the south side of town near the intersection of Hwy. 25 and Hwy. 276, a large red balloon will be launched the morning of the 4th to signify visibility of the fireworks show, if you can see the balloon, you can see the fireworks from your location; a viewing map is available online, Hendersonville, NC 828-697-4884
Independence Day Parade, Main Street, 11:00AM, 4th of July family friendly event, Hendersonville, NC 828-692-4179 Click here for more information.
4th of July Celebration on the Plaza, Henderson County Courthouse on Main St., (hot dogs, drinks & ice cream), after the 4th of July Parade, sponsored by the Henderson County Heritage Museum, Hendersonville, NC 828-694-1619. Click here for more information.
Fourth of July Celebration, Pack Square, music, family activities, food, vendors, & grand fireworks finale, 4:00pm, fireworks at 9:30pm, Asheville, NC 828-259-5800
|July Contra Dancing|
Sizzling Dancing in a Cool Town (Saluda) and Place (the Saluda Center and Party and Event Place)!
The first contra lesson held for the summer was a success with fun for the dancers, musician and caller! There was not a dancer on the floor who was not laughing and enjoying themselves and the time went by way too fast!
The next lesson at the Saluda Center is Monday, July 15th from 7-8:30pm. Our caller is Charlotte Crittenden with music by our favorite fiddler Alan Dillman. Even if you have never "contra-ed," you can attend this and learn the basics and then graduate on to some more movements. It is great exercise and a HUGE amount of fun! You cannot contra without smiling so it is good for the head and the heart. We are offering these lessons to folks who may just be here in the summer and of course everyone is welcome! It is an excellent family activity and we are having the lesson on a Monday night so it will not interfere with weekend activities. We are paying the caller/teacher so donations are requested.
Our next Blue Ridge Contra Dance is Tuesday, July 23rd at the Party Place and Event Center here in Saluda. We will have lessons from 7-7:30 and dancing from 7:30-10pm. Music will be a full band named "Foot Support" with Alan Dillman and calling by the popular Tamara McGovern. (She has been here before and we have gotten requests that we get her back!). Check out the website partyplaceandeventcenter.com and go under gallery to see a video of one of our dances. You'll even smile at the video!
We are trying to build a local Contra community and we need your help. We have moved the dances from Friday to Tuesday evening to try and avoid conflicts that may come up on the weekends. There is a lot to do here in Saluda, and we want you to fit us in your regular schedule for our lessons and monthly dances!
Both the Saluda Center and the Party Place and Event Center are air-conditioned so come sizzle and cool off at the same time! See us on Facebook at Blue Ridge Contra Dancers! See you at the dance!
|Free Fun, Food, Fellowship|
The Wilkes Twin Lakes
Sunday, July 14
Please join the Saluda Community Land Trust
As we continue to celebrate the Grand RE-OPENING of
The Wilkes Twin Lakes
Sunday July 14, 2013
12:00 until 5:00
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, July 14th from 11:00 to 4:00.
Bring the family and friends, wear your bathing suits, bring towels and picnic blankets.
Free 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 12:00. Come for an hour or come for the day.
Sponsored by the Saluda Fund at Polk County Community Foundation.
|Polk County Community Foundation Awards 2013 Scholarships|
Since 1975, the Polk County Community Foundation has been dedicated to improving the quality of life for all in our community. Assets managed by the Community Foundation now exceed $45 million. The Foundation receives charitable donations of all sizes from community members and then distributes grants to local nonprofits, educators, as well as scholarships to students.
Many donors to the Foundation have chosen to establish scholarship funds for deserving students in order to help make their college dreams come true. The Community Foundation awards the following scholarships to graduating high school seniors and adults going back to school according to donors' wishes:
A Leg Up Scholarship, Jack H. Albertson Educational Award, John A. Albertson Educational Award, Francis Pickens Bacon and Agnes Doyle Bacon Memorial Scholarship, Margery W. Bain-Franklin Scholarship, Susan P. Barbour Scholarship, Polly C. and Carroll G. Bennett Scholarship, Allan C. & Anne B. Boas Scholarship, Bradley Achievement Award, G. Freeman and Elizabeth M. Brooks Scholarship, P. Henry & Sara Molder Burrus Scholarship, J. Harwood Cochrane Educational Award, John Lewis Craddock Educational Award, Gordon L. Foote Educational Award, Stuart and Margaret L. Forbes Scholarship, Annette W. Hysham Scholarship, Phil J. Hysham Scholarship, Kirby Endowment Fund Back-to-School Scholarship for Adults, Kirby Endowment Scholarship for First Year Students, John G. Landrum, Jr. Educational Award, Mary Evelyn & Harry Laurent Scholarship, James A. & Renée R. McDermott Scholarship, Hoyt D. & Tyler B. McEntire Scholarship, Nathaniel M. & Constance J. McIntyre Memorial Scholarship, Jessica Lauren Mills Memorial Scholarship, N. Elizabeth Nash Scholarship, Arthur M. Nelson Scholarship, William F. & Claire B. Nelson Scholarship, R. Shaw Pettigrew Scholarship, Edward E. & Suzanne K. Plumly Scholarship, Polk County Community Foundation Annual Scholarship, Polk County Community Foundation Endowed Scholarship, Polk County Community Foundation Merit Award, Puddin' Hill Award, Lelia G. Rainey Nursing Scholarship, The Restart Scholarship, Priscilla and Ellis D. Slater Merit Scholarship Award, Dudley Smith Educational Award, David P. & Barbara Stayman Educational Award, G. Mildred Steinbach and John F. Steinbach Scholarship, Tryon Riding & Hunt Club Scholarship, Guilford S. Turner, Jr. Educational Award, Village Support Award, Joseph Anthony & Adair McIntyre Wagner Scholarship, Tony Wallace Scholarship, Jane Hysham Willis Scholarship, N.W. Willis Scholarship, Frances O. & John W. Wilson Restart Scholarship, Robert & Nancy Worsnop Scholarship.
In 2013, donors establishing these scholarships made awards possible to more than 50 Polk County and Landrum graduating seniors and adults going back to school totaling over $195,000. All Foundation awards are a minimum of $1,000 and the maximum scholarships in 2013 are renewable awards worth $16,000. The Community Foundation is honored to help fulfill these donors' wishes and would like to congratulate the entire class of 2013 and the following recipients of this year's awards:
Alessandra Akers, William Arrowood, Karen Bame, Naomi Bentley, Kaylie Blankenship, Maria Boothe, Shalyn Brown, Daniel Burke, William "Bruce" Butler, Carlos Chavez-Serrano, Johnathon Conner, Anna Costine, Cassandra Couch, Jonai Dawkins, Madison Dempsey, Kaitlyn Dill, Timothy "Tij" Doyen, Carey Emory, Jessie Fisher, Floyd Graber, Isys Hennigar, Alexa Hughes, Ralph Jennings, Chelsea Kelly, Alina Kolberg, William "Andrew" Lee, Amber Lynch, Savannah Marino, Chelsea McCoyle, Kristin McCraw, Emily Miller, Alexander Müller, Aliyha Mullins, McKayla Mullis, Julia Murray, Isla Neel, Molly Nelson, Nikki Ormand, Maranda Pack, Caleb Parsons, Bronwyn Pellatt, Frances "Genie" Phipps, Maggie Phipps, Karl Riley, Katelyn Ruff, Brooke Scoggins, Sara Seagle, Lauren Searcy, Lakeyah Simpson, Taylor Stapleton, Benjamin Stockdale, Spencer Taunton, Taylor Thompson, Mason Umlauf, Samantha Walker, Makenzie White, Brenna Wilson, Dakota Wolfe, and Maverick Yoder.
For more information about scholarships, grants or charitable giving options, please contact the Polk County Community Foundation by visiting 255 South Trade Street in Tryon, calling (828) 859-5314, or checking its website, www.polkccf.org.
-Article submitted by Noah Wood, Polk County Community Foundation
|Saluda Tailgate Market|
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 saludatailgate.com or contact Shelley DeKay 828-606-5713.
Special 50th Coon Dog Day Poster
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 at all special Coon Dog Day events and at the City's Information Table during Coon Dog Day.
Have the life or memory of a loved one immortalized, or have your name engraved on a brick paver at Pace Park for all to recognize as a contributor to this new community park. This park will be in the alley by M.A. Pace General Store and will be the location of a Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Interpretation Sign and future public restrooms.
$40 each, payable to City of Saluda, three lines of copy with a maximum of 14 letters per line. Download an application here.
Drop off applications and payment to city hall or mail to City of Saluda, 6 Main Street, Saluda, NC 28773. Proceeds will go toward building public restrooms.
For any additional information, please contact Catherine Ross at 828-749-3534 or email@example.com.
Stay informed by visiting the city website, cityofsaludanc.com.
Minutes from previous month's town council meetings are posted on this site.
|Saluda Center News and Events|
Save These Dates Now!
(All events and activities take place at the Saluda Center on Greenville Street.) Click here
to download the Saluda Center July 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 from 6-8 pm at the Party Place and Events Center. For more information contact Karen Bultman at 828-749-1264.
Tai Chi class taught by Ed Kan will begin an eight week course on Tues, July 9 at 6:30 pm in the exercise room downstairs and continue through August 27 and then from September 10 through October 29. Please call or come by to sign up. There will be a fee.
"Play of the Hand" bridge lessons will continue through Tues., July 23 from 9:00-11:30 am. The lessons are taught by Tollie Ross. For more information, please contact Tollie at 864-457-5931 or 706-936-8877.
Stop by for a "Microderm Abrasion Facial"-especially good for lightening brown spots and deep cleaning your skin! Tues., July 9 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Book club meeting on Thurs., July 11 at 2:00 pm.
Saluda Single Women potluck on Thurs., July 18 at 6:00 p.m.
Craft club meeting on Thurs. July 25 at 12:30 pm. 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 email@example.com.
Community potluck and bingo on Mon., July 29 at 6:00 p.m. All are welcome 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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|
Another great day for road clean up! Thank you for the great turn out of volunteers. It was wonderful to be out in the sunshine and do a good deed. We had three teams of volunteers that have expanded the perimeters of the designated project. What a wonderful way to start the day knowing that it really does make a difference.
Twin Lakes grand opening was a huge success. The day was a time to celebrate all the hard work that volunteers have put in to make a historical gathering place once again safe and fun. The food was wonderful, family and friends had a grand time sharing fond memories of times spent there. It was such a great success that SCLT will hold another open gathering on Sunday July 14th. The festivities will begin at noon and go till 5pm. Be sure to bring your bathing suit, friends and family!
If you are interested in reserving Twin Lakes for a special gathering, please call SCLT office at 828-749-1560 in advance.
SCLT would like to especially thank Polk County Community Foundation for providing the funds through a grant that helps to support the open gatherings. Without their support and the many volunteers that have put in time to provide the opportunity for these events, it could not be done. THANK YOU!
Walks in the Woods are on the first and third Sunday of the month. Meet at the library parking lot at 2pm to car pool. July 7 - Top off Coon Dog weekend with a visit to Saluda Nature Park. Walk our new trails and see a spectacular view. Moderate with an uphill climb. July 21 - Missing 40 1 mile loop of moderate walking 1-2 hours. Walkers will journey to the trailhead off of Pearson Falls Road and meet the trail as it crosses the North Pacolet River just above the new concrete bridge. The trail is well blazed, kid and pet friendly and includes several easy water crossings. Remember to wear appropriate shoes and clothing and let your trail leader know if there are any medical concerns.
Robinson Community Garden is looking festive! Once again thank you to all who support this project through hard work and diligence. A very special thank you to Pat Robinson for the use of this wonderful spot. It is a joy and inspiration to all! The second Wednesday of each month is scheduled work time from 6-7 pm, followed by a covered dish supper at the Pavilion in McCreery Park.
Please feel free to contact us about any of our projects by calling our office at 828-749-1560 and leaving a message. We will return your call promptly. Also be sure to check out our updated website saludaclt.org. We look forward to your comments and suggestions.
|Saluda Garden Club|
Please take time to walk through Spring Park and experience this wonderland right in the middle of our town. It will trigger your thoughts of a time when people stopped by the spring to get a drink and perhaps share adventures that brought them together. The spring would have been a place to water their horses and perhaps wash the road dust from their faces.
Be gentle in this area for it is old and everything that is there needs to stay as is. It is not only a historic site but also a registered wildlife habitat.
We will not be meeting in the month of July but will once again meet in August. The date for meeting is August 19th and for more information about our projects and activities, please contact Patty Martin at 828-817-9518.
|Saluda Community Tree Preservation Association|
Many residents and our city officials are enthusiastic about the possibility of Saluda becoming a "Tree City USA." Work toward gaining the designation is beginning.
Remember the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval that homemakers looked for when shopping? The seal assured the homemaker of top quality.
The designation of "Tree City USA" is an honor bestowed by the Arbor Day Foundation founded in the 1800's by J. Sterling Morton of Nebraska, a newspaper publisher. It is awarded when a town or city applies and shows that it meets certain criteria concerning trees in the community and their preservation, planting and care. It means that citizens are proud of the green legacy left by previous generations and a promise from us to preserve this heritage for future generations.
The sign also informs visitors of our community's recognition and appreciation for the many benefits provided by our trees and our commitment to preservation.
Some of the many benefits of our trees:
For information on the Preservation Association, please call Ruth at 828-749-9718 (leave a message for return call) or Judy and Chuck at email JTS1.email@example.com.
- Provide shade and comfort from summer heat and decrease cooling costs.
- Provide homes for wildlife.
- Leaves and needles enrich so it decreases/filters air pollution.
- Prevent soil erosion by root systems holding soil in place. This helps keep creeks and rivers clear and clean.
- Provide aesthetic beauty and can hide unattractive sights.
- Increase property values through reasons listed above.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.|
|Women's Club Meeting|
The Women's Club of Saluda does not meet in July. Members will be selling raffle tickets for an "all things Saluda" gift basket that will be awarded on July 6 at the Coon Dog Day Festival. Proceeds benefit the scholarship fund for Saluda students.
The next regular meeting will be Tuesday, August 13.
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.
|Fife & Drums Celebration |
Church of the Transfiguration
On Sunday, July 7, at 10:30am, The Church of the Transfiguration will celebrate the anniversary of our Nation's independence with a festival service of Holy Eucharist. The prelude, beginning at 10:20 am, will be Musick of the Fife and Drum-Revolutionary War tunes compiled by the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.
The fife and drums will join the organ to enhance our many patriotic hymns as well as Irving Berlin's well-known God Bless America, which will be sung by the choir.
Please join us for our Sunday after Independence Day festivities. The Church is located at 72 Charles St in Saluda. More information may be obtained by calling 828-749-9740.
|Saluda Dog Park|
With a generous gift of hostas from Rich and Rita Igoe, an impromptu work session happened at the dog park this past week. As the holes for the hostas were being dug, the dogs inspected the size and shape of each hole, enlarging some and laying in others, enjoying the cool moist earth.
Weeds were cut on the fence line. Further work sessions need to be scheduled to spread mulch and gravel. Plans are in the works for a simple agility course in the lower part of the park .
|Local Critters Connection|
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 email@example.com 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!
This sweet pup is an 8 month old male American Bulldog Mix. He was found at Womack & Big Level in Mill Springs. His name at the shelter is "Justin." If you recognize him, please call the shelter at 828-863-4444.
Thank you for all your support.
Come, Sit, Stay
Come, Sit and Stay are the three principle commands every dog owner should teach their dog to follow. These commands may sound simple to train, and generally they are. However, it requires repetition, lots of patience and consistency with every one.
The "re-called" command is the most important command every dog should learn to obey. It's a matter of safety. Your dog(s) should respond to your call each time and within several seconds of being called. This is when most owners give up or do not follow through with the command because the dog either ignores the command or walks or runs away.
It is critical that you follow through with this re-called command. If you call your dog and it ignores you, then in a quiet manner, walk towards the dog, put a leash on him/her and proceed to bring the dog back to the area where you called them. Here, ask the dog to Sit and Stay, or Wait. Hold the dog for a few seconds and release him/ her. When the dog moves away some distance (10 feet or so), call the dog again. Make it a pleasant experience with a happy tone of your voice, clap your hands, whistle or whatever may work to get your dog's attention. Training your dog to respond to this command should be done with a long leash. A 10 foot to 20 foot lead will work best.
As a dog trainer, this is the only time I use a small treat as part of the training. It is very important that you don't reward the dog with a treat if the dog does not come to you on its own and you have to either go get him or reel him in.
It is also very important that you don't loose your patience and start getting frustrated during this exercise. By repeating this training exercise daily, you and your dog will benefit greatly. The tasks of sitting and waiting, or of staying, should also be completed by your dog within a few seconds of the given command.
Please remember that your canine companion is not a human, and they should not be expected to understand and respond to numerous human spoken words. It will take time for your dog to understand what you are asking him to do. If you have a puppy or a young dog, it simply does not understand any spoken words. It understands "Dog Language" only.
If you would like more information on training your dog, please give us a call to arrange an In-Your-Home Dog Obedience training session, or visit our web site at carolinadogcare.com.
Home Sweet Home Dog Training & Care, LLC
Yoga Class Schedules
Cassandra Nelson, LMBT at Saluda Center
Gentle Yoga Classes
Chair Exercise Classes
- Classes are being held downstairs in the Saluda Center and are for all ages and levels.
- All classes are taught by Cassandra Nelson, RYT, LMBT. Please feel free to call if you have any questions: 828-749-3794.
- 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.
Nectar Yoga And Wellness Center
Saluda's Premier Yoga Studio
Upcoming events at Nectar:
Mikayla Harrell - July 5, 10am to 12pm
Traveling from New Mexico, Mikayla brings a special practice focusing on creating a strong foundation to play in while taking time to nurture our strengths and spaciousness on the mat. Integrated alignment-based Vinyasa style yoga for everyone!
A Weekend of Alignment, Therapeutics, and Restorative Yoga
Friday July 26 6-8pm "Grounding and Balancing the Breath"
Sat July 27 9-10:30 am "Dynamic Balance"
Sun July 28 9-10:30am "Restful Balance"
Space is limited. To register call 749-2229 soon. $18 per class, $45 full weekend
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)
Mondays 6-7:30pm (Series Class)
Classes are All Levels
New to yoga? Great! Beginners are welcome and classes adjusted to each individual's skill level.
Treat yourself, or someone you love, with the healing gift of massage. Regular massage and self care are 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
*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.
|Historic Saluda |
Saluda Home and Garden Tour a Success!
A large and hearty THANK YOU goes out to Gloria Testerman and the Home & Garden Tour committee and volunteers for a fantastic event. A lot of hard work went into the preparation, organization and delivery of such an event of this magnitude. Those in attendance were more than gracious with their praise and thanks. Thank you from the Historic Saluda Committee! All proceeds will go toward the restoration of City Hall.
In case you missed it or just want to revisit, here is a link to a YouTube video showcasing the beautiful homes and gardens included on the tour. The weather was perfect and so was the mood. Sit back, take a breath and enjoy! Click Here to watch the video. Photographs and video by Cindy Stephenson Tuttle.
Help Set the Trend, New HSC Auto Stickers Available!
For only $3 you can help fund future HSC projects and at the same time help set a trend. These stylish non-fading automobile stickers, featuring the HSC logo, can be purchased through local merchants and at City Hall. Buy one to be cool or be square!
New Board Members and Officers Appointed to HSC
The Saluda City Commissioners appointed Mary Ann Hester to fill the vacant seat left by Gloria Testerman, whose term has expired. Charlene Pace was appointed to serve an additional term. The committee elected Greaton Sellers to serve as Chair, Cindy Tuttle as Co-Chair and Ammie Weymer to serve as Secretary. Carolyn Ashburn and Caroline Farris, whose terms were not expiring, will also continue serving. A special thank you goes out to Gloria Testerman for her service to the HSC!
Get your copy of 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. Luckily, these interviews were captured on what we now consider to be "old fashioned" cassette tapes and were donated to the Oral History Committee. Snippets from these interviews were woven into a story line and compiled into this CD. Funding provided by the Polk County Community Foundation's Saluda Community Fund. The CD can be purchased ($10) through local merchants and at City Hall. You can also purchase it on-line at saludalifestyles.com. All proceeds go toward future projects. Click here to watch the YouTube promotional video.
DVD Available for Sale by Local Merchants
Home, Hearth and History: Stories of Old Saluda can be purchased ($20) through local merchants and at City Hall. You can also purchase it on-line at saludalifestyles.com. All proceeds go toward future projects.
The Historic Saluda Committee (HSC) will meet on Friday, July 12, 2013, at 2:00 p.m. at the Saluda Public Library in the upstairs meeting room. The Oral History Committee will also meet jointly with the HSC. The public is invited to attend.
For more information about the Historic Saluda Committee, go to historicsaluda.org or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submitted by Cindy S. Tuttle, Co-Chair, Historic Saluda Committee
|Saluda Community 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, July 9th at 10:30am COLUMBUS
Wednesday, July 10th at 10:30am SALUDA
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.
HeartSongs at Columbus Public Library
All performances 5:30pm - 7:30pm
July 11 Phil & Gaye Johnson~Foot of stairs - Country/Folk Music
August 1 Jay Lichty~Meeting Room at 5:30 - Master Luthier~guitars & ukuleles
Vintage Vinyl~Foot of the Stairs at 6:30pm - Rock-n-Roll -"the good stuff"
September 5 Bob Child~Reading Deck - Native American Flute Music, Handmade Woodland Style Flutes
October 3 Blue Ridge Rounders~Reading Deck - Old Time/Appalachian Music
November 7 Eddie & Carol Ramsey~Foot of stairs - Celtic & Traditional Instrumental Music
December 5 Marilyn McMinn-McRedie~Meeting Room - Storyteller
All performances open to the public at no charge.
Saluda Community Library
44 W. Main Street
Saluda, NC 28773
Tel. (828) 749-2117
Mon.-Fri. 9am - 6pm
Sat. 9am - 1pm
|Saluda Elementary School|
Saluda Elementary is one of four schools chosen to serve as an A+ Case Study School for the NC A+ Schools Program!
Wow! What an incredible school year! This edition of Saluda Lifestyles finds me reflecting on the 2012-13 school year, gearing up for the Super Sizzlin' Summer Adventures enrichment program and anticipating the return of students on August 26.
Our year began with the official announcement that Saluda Elementary School was selected as a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence! The school year ended with special appreciation gifts given from community businesses to faculty and staff members! We would like to thank the following businesses for making this year's Teacher Appreciation Week so special: The Gorge, Charles Street Garden Iris Nursery, Spas on the Go, Macon Bank, Heartwood, Wildflour Bakery, Kathleen's, Embroidme, Orchard Inn and Villa Olivari.
Fourteen talented 2nd-5th grade students, led by volunteer clogging director, Jennifer Hayes, performed several couple and team routines wearing animal costumes created by Pat Bradley for their "Barn Bash" end-of-year recital. If you missed this year's clogging recital, you missed an incredible show! The Saluda Elementary School Cloggers are creating a float for the 50th Coon Dog Day Parade, so you will have an opportunity to catch a glimpse of their fancy footwork on Saturday, July 6.
This summer marks the 4th year that four Saluda churches have sponsored the Super Sizzlin' Summer Adventures enrichment program for Saluda Elementary School students (ages 5 to 5th grade). Volunteers from the Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration, Saluda Presbyterian, Saluda First Baptist Church and Saluda Methodist Church plan to provide breakfasts, lunches and enrichment activities for three weeks beginning on Monday, July 8. Students really enjoy these weeks when they get to interact with community volunteers! Thank you to all those who continue to make this enrichment program such a highlight of summer vacation for our students!
The school office will be closed July 1st - July 9th, July 24th & July 29th. The school office will be open from 7:30am-3:30pm Monday-Friday all other days in July. Parents who would like to register new students are asked to call (828)749-5571 to set up a registration appointment.
Visit Saluda School for additional school news.
Principal, Ronette Dill
Don't forget to collect Box tops during the summer! Box top collection containers are located in the Saluda Public Library, Saluda Post Office, and Saluda Elementary School Office.
|Saluda Church Services & Events|
Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration
The Rev. Paula C. Morton, Rector
8:00 a.m. - Holy Eucharist - Rite I
9:15 a.m. - Adult Forum
10:30 a.m. - Holy Eucharist - Rite II with music.
Check their website for more programs and schedule changes. Transfiguration
Reverend Jack Presseau(828-698-4317)
Adult SS 10:00 am
Worship Service 11:00 am
Saluda First Baptist Church
Reverend Tony Reese
Worship Service 9:45am
Sunday School 11:00am
Wednesday Meal 5-6 ($3)
Wednesday Services and Academy Classes 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Saluda Methodist Church
The Reverend Rob Parsons
SS 10:00 am
Worship Service 11:00 am
Stone Soup Worship Service, Sunday at 4:00 pm - This is an "alternative" Christian service/discussion for all-comers: new to church, dislocated from church, or other. Please join us. Contact Rob Parsons for information at 828-749-1783 or email to email@example.com.
|Saluda Post Office Hours|
US Post Office Store Hours
Mon-Fri 9:00am-1:00pm and 3:00pm-4:30pm
Sat 9:30am-11:00am Sun closed
Passport Service is available at the Saluda post office.
Get directions by clicking here
102 E MAIN ST SALUDA, NC 28773-7812
|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 for 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.
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.
Kenneth Allen Livingston of Saluda, N.C. died May 31 at the age of 68.
George Kenneth Walker died at home on Saturday, June 8, 2013, after a short battle with cancer.
|Saluda Lifestyles Marketplace|
Shop online at the Saluda Lifestyles Mercantile for the following merchandise:
"Saluda, NC: Voices from the First 100 Years" in CD format. Original recordings of interviews with Saluda's oldest residents documented in the book, Saluda, NC: 100 Years 1881-1981. These interviews were transferred to a CD by Historic Saluda. Price: $17 includes shipping and handling.
Home, Hearth and History: Stories of Old Saluda DVD. Proceeds will go to the Oral History Project for the next sequel. Price: $20.00+shipping.
Print of The Carolina Special Cresting Saluda Mountain.
The Carolina Special ran for over half a century and was one of the nation's longest-lived passenger trains. It started in 1911 and endured until its last trip up Saluda Grade on December 5, 1968.
Limited quantities available. Size approximately 17" X 19". Proceeds will go to Saluda's Historic City Hall Restoration and Oral History Project. Price: $45.00+shipping.
|Saluda Tradition Turns 50|
The first Coon Dog Queen, Mary Margaret Blackwell (also known as "Dooder") in 1963.
Flashback to 50 years ago, if you were around then. Do you remember where you were...what you were doing? A Saluda tradition turns 50 this year, and what began as a dog show and chicken dinner has become a "reunion" of native Saludians, summer folks, dog lovers, and railroad historians. Fifty years ago the Beetles rose to fame, John F Kennedy was shot, the Civil Rights Act was passed, the US entered Viet Nam, and "Sugar Shack" by Jimmy Gilmer and the Fireballs was the top song.
In Saluda 50 years ago, the town was rebounding after a period during the fifties when many native Saludians left to find work. A new bank, nursing home, and medical center were built, and a drug store opened on Main Street.
Saluda Lifestyles has all the details and schedules for the 50th Coon Dog Day. Plan on experiencing this mountain tradition which seems to transcend time.
Photos courtesy of Historic Saluda.
Pre 50th Coon Dog Day Special Events Planned
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.
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.
|50th Coon Dog Day Schedule|
Experience the 50th Coon Dog Day with local food and craft vendors and live entertainment on the main stage beginning at 9:00AM and continuing until the end of the street dance at 11:00PM. The parade is a favorite every year and consists of mostly homemade floats, tractors, fire trucks, horses, motorcycles, dogs, and the reigning Coon Dog Royalty Court. The parade begins at 11:00AM and marches down Main Street for over an hour. Trophies are awarded for the best floats, and the Master of Ceremonies announces the floats as they go by. Food, craft, and local non-profit vendors are set up throughout town with a wide variety of handmade items and foods.
If you want to be in the Coon Dog Day Parade, just show up at the intersection of Ozone Dr. and Highway 176 by 10:00 AM and an officer will get you lined up. There are no entry applications or fees. Businesses in Saluda are encouraged to enter and compete for some unique awards. The parade is a great way to promote your business at little cost and to be involved in this community tradition.
All parents wishing to enter their children in the Coon Dog Day Royalty Contest may contact Monica to pre-register and to receive information about contest rules. All entries must be residents of the Saluda community. Winners will receive trophies, sashes, and crowns, in addition to having a special place in the front of the parade to wave to their royal subjects. It's a fun experience, and you can create your own float or ride in style in a convertible car. Age categories start at birth and run up to 18 years old for royalty categories. Royalty is a fun project for kids because they design their money jars and get out to meet people in the community. Looking forward to the new Royal Court!
8:00 AM....Coon Dog Day 5K Race- go-greenevents.com to pre-register.
Jump start your day of festivities! Registration begins at 6:30AM and ends at 7:30AM at the Party Place & Event Center. Spectators can see the ambitious participants run through downtown shortly after the race begins at 8:00. Come on down to cheer them on!
6:30 AM- 10:30 AM .... Benefit Breakfast at the Saluda Masonic Lodge
Enjoy a hearty breakfast of eggs, grits, sausage or bacon, biscuits, and gravy for only $6 per plate- and for a good cause!
Coon Dog Events at the Saluda School
1:00 PM ....Bench Show ($15 entry fee)
3:00 PM ....Treeing Contest ($5.00 entry fee)
8:00 PM ....Annual Night Hunt ($20 entry fee)
8:30-9:00 AM....James Metcalf and Colt Creek-Saluda's own gospel and bluegrass
9:00-9:45 AM....Flaco & Ze Clownettes...an interactive performance for the whole family
9:45-10:15 AM....Coon Dog Day 5K Race Awards Ceremony-recognizing the ambitious!
10: 15-11:00 AM....the Green River Boys--another set from your favorite locals
11:00-12:30 AM....the annual Coon Dog Day Parade- with Master of Ceremonies, Hop Foster. This is his 50th year emceeing our parade; so we made him the Grand Marshall, too! Enjoy our own homegrown, anything goes version of parades-- you've seen nothing like it...
12:30-1:00 PM ....McGuire's Pipe Band-The bagpipe show band of the south!
1:00-2:00 PM ....Allijah Motika...A local acoustic styling with a hip-hop flow
2:20-3:50 PM ....Dashboard Blue-Cruising through with timeless dance grooves
4:10-5:40 PM ....Folsom Prison Gang- Music from the Johnny Cash era
6:00-7:30 PM ....Unspoken Tradition- Taking bluegrass to a whole new level
7:30-8:00 PM ....Southern Connections Clogging gives us a dazzling demonstration performance.
8:00-11:00 PM ...The Lonesome Road Band leads us into the night with the sounds for our annual Night Street Dance with square dances called by local, Archie Hardy- grab a partnerl
50th Coon Dog Day Information
5K, Parking, Volunteers
The Coon Dog Day 5K is still accepting early registrations at go-greenevents.com through July 3. Sign up now, and you can pick up your race bag on Friday night and be ready to run Saturday morning. Race day registration will be 6:30-7:30 AM and the cost to register is $30, which includes the awesome 5K performance tee, event parking and shuttle pass, and a race bag full of goodies like custom Coon Dog Day magnets. There are great prizes from local crafters and businesses for the overall winners, and trophies for those who place in their age category. Come be a part of this fun and challenging run through Saluda. A professional photographer will be on site capturing the moment, and photos will be available for purchase to commemorate your accomplishment.
Parking for the event will be at the Party Place & Events Center for $10 per vehicle, which includes festival shuttle to and from downtown.
There are still a few craft vendor spaces available if any local artisans would like to sell their wares at Coon Dog Day. Spaces are 10' x 10' and cost $100 for crafters. Email Monica if you are interested in participating.
Food and drink vendors will be serving beverages in commemorative 50th Anniversary Coon Dog Day cups this year. Make sure you cool off with some lemonade or sweet tea and keep a souvenir cup from this historical anniversary event.
We will also have some 50th Anniversary dog bandanas for sale at the City Hall tent so your furry friend can celebrate and take home a souvenir, too.
A big THANK YOU goes out to this year's Coon Dog Day Sponsors:
Gold Level Sponsors- Green River Brew Depot and Autumn Care of Saluda
Silver Level Sponsors- Green River Adventures, The Gorge Zipline, and Republic Services
Bronze Level Sponsors- Macon Bank, The Purple Onion, Thos. Shepherd & Son Funeral Directors, Attorney A. Bailey Nager, Saluda Mountain Lodge, Polk County Sheriff Donald Hill, Triangle Stop Food Stores, The Party Place & Events Center, and Carey Pace Images
Community Sponsors- Saluda Medical Center, Medicap Pharmacy, Henson's Mulch & More, L & L Services Stoneyard & Masonry, Whitley Drugs, St. Luke's Hospital, and Saluda Truck Stop Plaza Grill
If anyone would like to volunteer to help with the 5K in the morning, or Coon Dog Day merchandise sales or entertainment hosting in the afternoon, please contact Monica. We'll make sure you have cold drinks and a free t-shirt.
page for updates, volunteer opportunities and to share your input for the race.
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.
|What's Happening in Music and Art|
What's Happening At The Purple Onion in July
Monday - Saturday
Lunch 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Dinner 5:00 - 9:00 PM
Sunday Brunch 11:00 - 3:00PM
LIVE MUSIC CALENDAR
Every Friday at 7:00pm Fred Whiskin is on piano playing blues to Brubeck.
You won't want to miss hearing some of his new music.
July 6 - NO MUSIC. COON DOG DAY
Come and enjoy the food at the café and watch the parade.
July 11 - JPQ Quintet
This is a swinging group complete with B-3 organ.
July 13 - The Stereofidelics
High-energy sassy music from this young duo.
July 18 - Mare Wakefield
Knoxville singer/songwriter returns.
July 20 - The Barefoot Movement
This young talented group is making their debut here.
July 25 - Chuck Brodsky
Fans, clear your calendar for our friend.
July 27 - Shane Pruitt Band
Blazing guitar wizard returns with his great band.
Music for the Purple Onion is scheduled by Robert Seiler.
Schedule for July
July 6, ---COON DOG DAY ---The Annual Coon Dog Day 5K Run will be based at The Party Place & Event Center. Registration can be done at the site if you have not pre-registered. Registration starts early at 6:30 am, but the race starts at 8:00am. Plus, the satellite parking and trolley/bus rides into town will stage here at The Party Place & Event Center parking area again this year. Please come early enough to allow time for the trolley to get you into town by the time you wish to be there.
The Party Place & Event Center WILL NOT have a dance that night to give everyone a chance to enjoy the dance & festivities for the 50th Coon Dog Day.
July 13 & July 20---"Sound Investment" will be the performing band for our dance starting at 8:00 pm.
Tuesday, July 23, THE BLUE RIDGE CONTRA DANCE starting at 7:00pm. The club is growing slowly, and the last dance was a fantastic evening of Contra Dance. Folks are learning the calls & steps so it moves along much faster and easier. It is a great way to have fun and get some exercise. Come support Saluda's local Contra Dance!
July 27--- The 7' Eighty 9' Band is on stage at 8:00pm.
The Cellar is open every Friday and Saturday. Please see the full schedule at
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 of this comes 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 July
(Open at 7pm, Music starts at 8pm)
July 5 Jeff Thompson
A deeply insightful, mischievously funny, jazz-influenced troubadour who plays with a live energy and stage presence that remains dangerously exciting. This show is not to be missed!
July 6 Ian Harrod
From Asheville's "Velvet Truckstop", Ian's original music is the story of America. Unfrozen from suspended animation straight from the sixties and on a mission to spread the message of peace and awareness. His songs are sometimes controversial, oftentimes blazingly inspirational, but always comforting and imagistic.
July 12 Alex Krug
Freedom in instrumentation, inventiveness, and skill allows this trio out of Asheville, consisting of guitar, violin, and upright bass, to push what is possible musically and lyrically.
July 13 Jeff Michels
A commanding songwriter and guitar picker with a flair for the lyrical, emotional, and deeply personal. With love songs, a good sense of humor, and just enough arrangement of songs you know to keep his music interesting and entertaining.`
July 19 Carolina Bound
With that certain ability to meld the old time roots of this region with a more timely awareness in lyrics, presentation and structure, Chris plays with a fluid approach that never overpowers and yet never lets the listener go.
July 26 Carrie Morrison and Steve White
Her piano accompanied songs are melodically rich and filled with personal, pithy, and sometimes whimsical lyrics. With a voice that betrays her years, Carrie carries on the tradition of lilting, shifting, yet seriously sirenesque sounds that Carly Simon would be proud of. Now playing with Steve on guitar, whose commanding, harmonious accompaniments and vocals bring both of these musicians to a new level.
July 27 Eric Congdon
With gifted musicianship and inspiring and innovative song-craftin, Eric mixes roots, blues, jazz and an occasional Zeppelin flurry to produce one of the most versatile and eclectic evenings of music available. One of the most unique and technically profound players around, his shows never fail to lift the spirits and fill the house...arrive early!
Wine Samplers now available! Come in and try ALL of our wines by the glass and still be able to walk home safely. Ask for details...
The Saluda Wine Cellar is located at 229 Greenville St. Click here for directions. Check our website at saludawine.com for our scheduled music events or call 828-749-2229.
Saluda Grade Café
Music on Friday Nights continues to be Awesome, thanks to Alan, Bob and Amy, Becky, Todd and Will! 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 saludagradecafe.com or on Facebook.
Call 828-749-5854 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Located at 40 East Main Street. Click here for directions.
Saluda Artist, Bonnie Bardos Featured
Saluda artist Bonnie Bardos will be featured in "Crossing the Line" along with Charlotte Fowler at the Upstairs Artspace, July 19-August 31. The two women will present found object sculpture, many colorful and eclectic; Bonnie's (bonniebardos.com) cross sculptures created for this exhibit feature crosses of different sizes incorporating found wood, metal, beads, jewelry and more. In conjunction with "Crossing the Line", the Upstairs will have "Seeing is Believing": Asheville art collectors Ray Griffin and Thom Robinson's collection of 34 artists' work. The Upstairs Artspace is located at 49 South Trade Street, Tryon NC, 28782; upstairsartspace.org. An opening reception is July 20 from 5-8; Bonnie and Charlotte will present a "Walk & Talk" tour of their sculptures at 4 p.m.
Saluda artist, Jim Carson
Jim Carson, Saluda artist, recently won an Honorable Mention award at Plein Air Richmond 2013 in Richmond, VA.
The winning painting is titled "Liberty View" (shown here) and was painted on the grounds of St. John's Church, which gained historical immortality in 1775 as the site of Patrick Henry's "Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death" speech given at Virginia's second revolutionary convention.
The awards judge for the event was Stephen Dougherty, the Editor in Chief of Plein Air magazine.
Jim's next Plein Air workshop in Saluda will be Oct. 24-26.
He 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 jimcarson.net
or email email@example.com
Who says summer is "lazy"? Come see us, or better yet, join us for DANCING at the studio! We'll be dancing down Main Street for the annual Coon Dog Day Parade, too! Mark your calendars for our annual Open House on Saturday, August 3 from 10AM-1PM, with performances by our National Honor Society members and candidates. Learn more about our programs and what we offer in the art of dance for all people in our community. Youth camps will be held in August, and are filling up quickly. Be sure to register early as space is limited. Private lessons are also available for all ages throughout the summer. Our youth and adult schedules are posted on our website. Please contact the studio for more information and to register.
Our studio is located in Saluda, at I-26, in the Don Mintz center. Please contact the studio at 828-749-9398, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website atthedancers-ext.com for more information and updated schedule. Keep up-to-date with class changes on
Baker's Artist Breakfast
Richard Baker Studio invites artists of all mediums, patrons, and friends to his monthly "Artist Breakfast," July 1 at his Saluda Studio located at 18 Church Street. The breakfast starts at 9:00 am and, "ends when it ends...."
Richard provides the coffee, compliments of Honking Tonker's, and attendees are graciously asked to bring light breakfast-fare.
Richard can be reached at his studio at 18 Church Street, through his Facebook
page, or call at 828-234-1616.
The Old Chicken House
Our indoor yard sale on May 25 was really fun and it was so good to see so many old friends and new! Thank you for coming.
Oh, you weren't able to get there? Well, don't despair. We're planning to open it again from time to time, adding more uniques, collectibles, and a few antiques.
Come see Doug's "happy" colorful paintings which fill the walls in the big room and his impressive sculptures.
Open 10-6 on Fridays and Saturdays or other times that might be better for you--call Ruth 828-749-9718.
Location: from Main Street, Saluda, NC, cross the railroad tracks onto Greenville St. across from the police station. Continue one mile. Watch for sign on left.
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
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 williamjameson.com for more information, or call me at 828-749-3101.
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 williamjameson.com or call me at 828-749-3101.
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
NEW! Random Arts is now carrying MatchPoint Linen separates for women. Everyone loves the feel and texture of crisp linen clothes, and now you will find just what you are looking for at Random Arts. Several new lines have been added including Surrealist, MatchPoint USA & MonoReno to name a few.
Stop by and see what's new and try on a piece or two next time you are in the area of Louisiana Ave and Ozone. . . We are adding more and more clothing to our mix so you are apt to find something new every time you stop by.
Creative & Fun Workshops in July
Tues., 2nd - Zen Doodle 10-noon NO FEE NO REGISTRATION
Thurs., 4th - Closed for the holiday
Sat., 6th - Coon Dog Day (www.saluda.com)
Tues., 9th - Joyful Journaling Art Group 10-2 NO FEE
Tues. ,16th - NO Zen Doodle this week :(
Thurs., 18th - Tattered & Torn Bird Collage 1-3 $20.
Sat. ,July 20th - Mary Beth Shaw - Mixed Media Art ($125.)
Sun. ,July 21st - Mary Beth Shaw - Mixed Media Art ($125.)
Tues., 23rd - Joyful Journaling Art Group - 10-2 NO FEE
Thurs., 25th - Resist Art with GWASH Art 1-3 $20
Sat., 27th - Glamour Shot Faces 1-3 $20 (learn to sketch the easy way)
Please contact us by email, if you are interested in registering for any of the workshops listed above. All workshops require a deposit to reserve your space and is not considered final until that time. We are considerate of various levels of expertise and gently guide you through your creative journey. We encourage and support those that are just beginning that journey as well.
Random Arts is located at 481 Louisiana Ave at Ozone. Look for the bright orange steps, the turquoise railings and the big sign out front. Open Thur., Fri and Sat. 10 am till 5pm. Other days by chance. Please call if you are going to be in the area as we are almost always available and most times are here anyway.
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|"Top of the Grade" Concerts|
The NC Small Town Main Street promotions team will kick off the "Top of the Grade" Concerts this summer to carry out the vision of Saluda becoming a four season destination for both local residents and visitors.
The "Top of the Grade" Concerts will perform the 2nd and 4th Fridays, June through October:
- June 28
- July 12 and 26
- August 9 and 23
- September 13 and 27
- October 11 and 25
All performances will be held on center stage from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at McCreery Park in the area that was previously the skateboard park. The city's Coon Dog Day stage will be placed there after Coon Dog Day.
Attendees should bring their own chairs or blankets. Food, soft drinks, and coolers are allowed. A food provider will be scheduled for each concert. Events are rain or shine so you may need to bring an umbrella if rain is in the forecast. In some cases, rain events may move to the Pavilion. The events are free to the public, and donations are always welcomed and are tax deductible.
Performing on center stage on July 12 will be Sound Investment.
About Sound Investment
Sound Investment is an energetic band focused on reproducing classic rock 'n roll music especially from the 1960's and 70's. Their music appeals to the young and old, providing just the right beat for dancing. From Sound Investment, you will hear the sounds of the Beach Boys, Beatles, Aretha Franklin, Sam & Dave, The Four Tops, Young Rascals, Temptations, Righteous Brothers, Kinks, Supremes, Johnny Rivers, Doobie Brothers, Atlanta Rhythm Section, and many more.
Kevin Filson, from Kentucky, plays bass and also sings lead vocals and backup harmonies. Kevin has roots in rock 'n roll as well as having been a bluegrass music recording artist. He has lived in Hendersonville, NC for over 15 years.
Rick Gundersen, originally from Chicago, plays lead guitar and sings lead and harmony vocals. He has worked with Frankie (Sea Cruise) Ford, The Diamonds, Ronnie Dove, Dee Dee Clark, Paul Revere & the Raiders and many more artists. He has lived in Hendersonville, NC for over 15 years.
Michael Leyshon started drumming in junior high school. His decades long musical journey has included rock, jazz and blues bands doing mostly cover songs but has also played in bands playing original songs. His drumming interest started at age five. His parents would watch Don Kishner's Rock Concert program on the weekend, and he would observe from a distance. He noticed the man behind the drums. The drummer was key to the music but was not in the spot light as was the lead singer. This position appealed to him and the rest is history.
Rodney Gibson plays guitar and keyboards and sings backup and lead vocals. His music roots are rock 'n roll, but he has played a variety of music (gospel, folk, bluegrass, blues, and jazz) for most of his adult life. He is from West Virginia but has made North Carolina his home for over 30 years, living in Saluda.
Hendersonville Antique Club members will also be cruising into town that evening showcasing a variety of classic rods to Model T's.
We invite performing artists to contact us if they are interested in performing on one of the above dates. Musicians desiring stage time and a captive audience may perform for tips, donations, and sales of CDs. To help underwrite the concerts, we invite anyone who would like to sponsor an event to contact us.
For music scheduling, please contact Judy Ward at email@example.com or 828-674-5958. For sponsorships, please contact Cathy Jackson at 828-817-2876 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Summer Tracks Concert Series|
| Summer Tracks is back for 2013 and its 14th season. The series runs from June 7 through August 23. All concerts begin at 7 p.m. and are held at Roger's Park in Tryon. JR's wood-fired pizzas, water and soft drinks will be on sale. The show is free, though a voluntary donation at the gate is encouraged. "This series is paid for by audience donations, as well as our incredible individual and business sponsors," says Eisenbrown. Sponsorships are still available at all levels. To become a sponsor, call 828-290-4316 or email email@example.com.) Summer Tracks is produced by the Town of Tryon in affiliation with Peter Eisenbrown of Blockparty Productions. The well-attended series attracts people from all over the region. Last year, the concerts drew an estimated 2,000 people to downtown Tryon. For more information about Summer Tracks and the performers, contact Polk County Travel and Tourism at 800-440-7848 or 828-894-2324 and visit firstpeaknc.com. Schedule for 2013 Summer TracksJuly 5-The Work Funky, horn-drive, rock & soul band from Greenville, SC July 19-Gigi Dover & The Big Love Soulful Americana. Gigi's bringing the full 5-piece band. Sponsored by The Purple Onion & Heartwood Gallery August 9-Nikki Tally, Letters To Abigail Singer-songwriter, Americana. Sponsored by Jerry Steele August 23-The Honeycutters This rocking Americana from Asheville
Sponsored by Tryon Fine Arts Center
From July 14 through July 20, you can make a donation to Hospice of the Carolina Foothills simply by eating.
Restaurants and cafés in Saluda, Greer, Greenville, Tryon, Columbus, Landrum, Inman, Campobello and Spartanburg have signed on to the 2nd Annual "Dining Out for Hospice." Here's how it works: Restaurant owners choose a day, or several days, when a percentage of all sales go to support hospice services. All you have to do is go out to eat at participating establishments on their designated days.
So eat with a purpose during Dining Out for Hospice week. Find your favorite participating restaurant nearby (Green River BBQ, The Orchard Inn, The Purple Onion, Saluda Grade, Wildflour Bakery); or make a day of it and explore an eatery in another town.
To plan your dining out fun with family and friends, check out the HCF partner restaurants and their participation dates in the "Let's Eat" section at diningoutforhospice.org. To get more information about this event, contact Marsha Van Hecke at 864.457.9122.
Saluda Faces recognizes Saluda citizens that you may see often and wonder who they are, what they do, and why they live in Saluda.
Saluda Faces will return in August featuring another Saluda personality.
The latest news and the unusual offerings provided by Saluda shops, restaurants, accommodations, outdoor recreation, artists, craftspeople, and service providers.
Green River Brew Depot will open the first week of July at 26 Church Street behind the City Hall building. The Green River Brew Depot is a comfortable tap room featuring twelve craft beers from the western North Carolina area on tap and a number of bottled selections. Also offered is a respectable selection of wines. Events include live music and sports on the big screen.
Saluda Bike & Hike provides you with access to the best rides and hikes. We have added a new Useful Links page on our website with great road bike rides and hikes (even those that are dog friendly). Click here to access our new page.
July 4th weekend hours: we will be closed Thursday, July 4th, open Friday, July 5th 2-5pm, open July 6th, Coon Dog Day 10am-4pm and then closed Sunday, July 7th
Have a happy and safe July 4th from Saluda Bike & Hike.
We are located at 459 Hwy 176, Suite C (right across for the Tickle Family Medical Center).
Facebook at SaludaBikeAndHike
The Orchard Inn
At an elevation 400 feet higher than downtown Saluda, there's always a gentle, cool breeze and stunning views of the surrounding mountains on our enchanting terrace. Here you can enjoy the extra evening daylight hours in a most civilized manner, with a lovely glass of wine and in the company of friends or your sweetheart. 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 is 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 gorgeous mountain views in the brilliant July mornings during breakfast at the Inn, served daily between 8:30 - 10am. Reservations required. The Inn also has 8 rooms upstairs in the Inn, 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 Restaurant.com - 2012 Top Rated Restaurant.
For reservations call 828-749-5471.
Visit the Orchard Inn at orchardinn.com. They are located on Highway 176, Saluda, NC. Click here for directions.
Historic Thompson's Store & Ward's Grill
and Historic Boarding House Venue
Celebrating "50 Years of Coon Dog Days at Historic Thompson Store & Ward's Grill."
Your official store for Coon Dog Day T-shirts in all sizes, along with Coon Dog Caps, Noses, and Rowdy the Raccoon.
Thursday, July 4th- open regular hours in the Grill and 8-4 in the store. Celebrate the 4th by having breakfast at the grill and shop in the store for the best Black Angus Steaks or Fresh Ground Beef for grilling.
Saturday, July 6-Coon Dog Day, we will be open for breakfast and lunch in the grill and also will be serving LUNCH OUTBACK AT THE " BACK ALLEY BARN DECK." Come sit, eat and drink on the deck.
Friday, July 5 from 6-9pm - Music at "Back Alley Barn" with DJ "JAMMIN JP" Johnny Perez-The Carolinas #1 DJ with over 20 Years Experience. We invite guests in town to come out to the deck Friday afternoon to sit a spell, have a cool drink and listen to great tunes.
Win $25 Gift Certificate
Three years ago in July 2010, a newly renovated Ward's Grill reopened after a brief closure during which time the business was once again transferred back into the original Thompson family's hands. Six months later and following total restoration, the Historic Thompson's Store was once again back in the business of serving our customers and friends. Since then, a number of folks have verbally expressed their heartfelt relief and appreciation that the Grill and Store are once again a favorite gathering spots for locals and visitors alike.
In honor of the rebirth of these historic Saluda icons, we would welcome a brief description from our customers, in 50 words or less, describing what having the Grill and Store back in business personally means to them and/or their family members and friends.
Facebook friends can post on our website if you choose. Others can leave their written comments at the store or mail to Thompson's Store at 24 Main Street, Saluda, N. C. 28773 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline for the competition is July 15 @ 5:00 PM. However there is never a deadline to say something nice about Thompson's Store/Ward's Grill.
An independent selection committee will chose the three best testimonials with each winner receiving a $25 gift certificate for use either in Ward's Grill or Thompson's Store.
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 3pm.
The store and grill are located at 24 Main Street, Saluda, NC. Click here to visit the website. Click here for directions. Phone is 828-749-2321.
BBQ, July 4th, and Coon Dog Day--it all comes together at Green River BBQ. 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, all 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 are 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!
Green River BBQ is located at 131 Highway 176 West. Click here for directions.
JULY 2013!!! Saluda is the place to be.....thank you - Monica Pace, the City Hall staff, the Small Town Main Street Promotions Committee, Terry Baisden and everyone else who has pitched in to plan special events. There is something for everyone to enjoy in our busy little town throughout this month.
We are super excited to announce Pizza at the Wildflour Bake Shop on Coon Dog Day evening from 5pm - 8pm. We will, of course, be there for the traditional breakfast goodies that morning and promise a fast, fresh and fantastic lunch for everyone after the parade.
Then give us a few hours and we will set up for pizza that evening! Main Street will be open to Pearson Falls Rd, so you will have easy access to us. Bring your family or order ahead and take it to the park and enjoy the music. We are already accepting orders for that weekend for bread & pastries so you will have just what you need for friends, family and house guests. You can even get your pizza order in for Friday and/or Saturday night! You won't have a kitchen mess to clean up, won't heat up the house and absolutely won't be disappointed!
House guests: We have the best Thank You gift for your host/hostess. Come by for a Wildflour Bake Shop Gift Certificate to show your appreciation.
Wednesday 8am - 3pm
Thursday 8am - 3pm
Friday 8am - 8pm Friday Night Pizza
Saturday 8am - 3pm
Sunday 9am - 2pm
Wildflour Bake Shop 828-749-3356
Wildflour Bakery 828-749-9224
Check us out online at wildflourbakerync.com for daily specials or use the good ol' fashion way...828-749-3356. Keep up with specials on
Coon Dog Day
is celebrating its 50th year this year! What a great tradition to become the cornerstone of the Saluda community. Come out for the Coon Dog Day 5k, the parade, the food, the crafts and everything else that makes Coon Dog Day in Saluda so wonderful! You don't want to miss it!
Macon Bank has been a part of the Coon Dog Day festivities for many years because we love this community and the great people! Stop by and see us for all your banking needs. And we'll see you at the parade on Coon Dog Day!
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, maconbank.com
The Oaks Bed & Breakfast
Proud to be a Playful City...
What does it mean to be one of America's most "Playful Cities"?
The non-profit organization, KaBoom!, has honored Saluda (for the second year) for its efforts in creating an environment that - quite simply - promotes outdoor activity!
With schools releasing their students for summer vacation, there no doubt will be temptation for many to remain sedentary in front of the TV or computer.
The American Academy of Pediatrics has written that outdoor play is critical to healthy brain development, stimulating creativity and imagination, while building physical and cognitive strength.
It is inspiring to pass any of the parks within walking distance of The Oaks Bed and Breakfast and witness the interaction between kids and their parents as they play catch in the schoolyard or practice their serve on the tennis courts. Such a simple act as a walk with Granddad on a quiet lane or trail opens conversational possibilities that creates a bond that lasts forever.
There is an emotional connection between a husband and his wife as he pushes her gently on a swing under a brilliant summer sky. Their children have grown, but for one shining moment, they are young again.
How wonderful it is to have all this and to share it with others.
Now is the time to visit one of America's Most Playful Cities and to reconnect with your children, your inner child . . . your husband, your wife . . . your life.
Contact innkeepers, Dale and Donna, to reserve the accommodations of your choice: 828-749-2000. Click here to visit website.
Joni Artisanal Wine and Beer will be moving to Biltmore Park in July. We have appreciated all of the loyal, local customers and will miss them. However, Tipsy Gypsies is still going strong and continues to amaze shoppers with such a diverse variety of merchandise. Joan has brought in some new silver and cut glass, along with an eclectic selection of jewelry. Julie has native flora, beautiful dried flower arrangements, nature made bird houses and the collection goes on. Sheila has a great selection of vintage local art and a great selection of things that makes you say..."Ahhh! I remember those." Sherrye sneaks in nightly to refresh her vintage clothing racks and add more yard art pieces. You can also get Raku jewelry in her section. Alex and Kelly have some great Mason Jar Strung Porch Lights and bottle cap earrings. Artist and clothing designer Karen Johnson has a beautiful collection of one-of-a-kind hand-made skirts and tops.
Thank you all for your "Buy Local" attitudes--we appreciate you!
Tues-Thurs, and Sat. 11-5:30
Monday - by chance.
Visit us on Facebook
and keep up with monthly events and sales! We look forward to seeing you!
Stop in to see what's new at Evening Shade Pottery. We now have candles, baskets, dip mixes, metal art, and more. Pottery is changing with each kiln load, so stop by often. The faces await! Of course we can always brew a cup and chat! Happy Summer to all!
Visit Eva McCray's Evening Shade Pottery at its new location at 30 Church Street, behind the Purple Onion and Spring Park. Visit website. Contact Eva at 828-749-3249 or email at email@example.com.
Citadel Fence Repair
Michael Nelson is happy to be in Saluda after moving from Charlotte this past spring. His fence repair company is getting off to a great start, and he has a new business logo.
Michael gained his experience in the fencing industry by running a well established fencing company in the Charlotte area over the last 10 years. He specializes in all types of gate and fencing repairs, commercial and residential, and also is able to provide mobile welding repairs, as well as larger repairs and fabrication from his home. Estimates are always free, and no job is too small. Why replace it? Repair it!
You can contact Michael at 828-817-5483 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We hope you are enjoying your summer. Sorry for the many of you we had to turn away for the 4th. For me, I always feel that, after the 4th, summer is coming to a quick end. Back to school shopping and getting back to a semi routine. So this year make sure you don't forget to plan one last getaway with the kids and family. We still have many cabins open for August. You can make that the perfect end to summer and give your family some wonderful memories.
Cabin Fever is located at 7337 Spartanburg Hwy Saluda, NC 28773 800-767-7368 email@example.com. Visit website and click here for directions.
Saluda Business Association members were introduced to an opportunity with Shopmainstreets.com to create a virtual tour of Saluda and businesses in town, and then showcase it on the website Shopmainstreets.com.
In addition to the virtual tour on that website, it will also be linked on saluda.com, participating business websites, and ranks the town and Saluda businesses high on internet search engines, so that the 78% of travelers who search vacation destinations will see Saluda. The company is opening the NC market and with their association with Small Town Main Street, offered to create the virtual tour of Saluda at no charge ($1,200 value), if enough businesses committed to participate.
Bob Hilburn with Shopmainstreets.com presented the program to SBA members in June and there was an overwhelming response to participate. Bob was in town the first week of June and videoed approximately 15 businesses. The tours are still under construction, but the tour is "Open" at shopmainstreets.com.
Take a tour by clicking here.
Look Beyond U.S. Borders for Investment Opportunities
Are you traveling abroad this summer? Seeing the world can help broaden our horizons in many aspects of life - including how we invest.
You can receive at least two key benefits from international investing. First, you can find growth potential in international markets across the globe.
Second, by investing internationally, you can help diversify your portfolio. In any given year, the U.S. markets may be down, but international markets might be doing significantly better. Keep in mind, though, that while diversification can help reduce the impact of volatility, it can't guarantee a profit or protect against loss.
International investing does carry some special risks, such as political instability, currency risk and liquidity risk, so it's a good idea to limit foreign holdings to no more than five or ten percent of your portfolio.
Still, global investment opportunities can be intriguing, so consider them carefully. Bon voyage!
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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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|Arts in Tryon|
|Saluda is home to almost 50 artists and craftspeople who work, exhibit and participate in the art opportunities provided by the art facilities in Tryon.
To see workshops, exhibits, openings and performances, please click on the links provided below.
Tryon Arts & Crafts School
373 Harmon Field Road
Tryon, NC 28782
Tryon Fine Arts
34 Melrose Avenue
Tryon, NC 28782
Tryon Painters & Sculptors
For information about classes and workshops and to register, please contact Christine Mariotti at 828-859-8392 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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: email@example.com. Visit the TPS website at tryonpaintersandsculptors.com.
Isothermal Community College: A Best Kept Secret in Polk County
Jeanne Parsons is the watercolor instructor at Isothermal Community College. At this time, she is teaching both a Beginning Watercolor and an Intermediate Watercolor class. Jean lived in Connecticut most her life where she taught horseback riding, worked in graphic arts, and was a watercolorist, showing her paintings in art shows around New England.
When Jeanne decided that it was time to downsize and to find a gentler climate, she began to look for a place to resettle. On visiting Tryon, she found an active artist and equestrian community, two very important characteristics for her, and as an added attraction, she found the area to be beautiful. She had found the place that had "everything she wanted." After moving to the area, she took a watercolor class at Tryon Painters and Sculptors and then decided to take a course in Pen and Ink at Isothermal College. Jeanne enjoys the chance to be a lifelong learner, and in her picture, she is working in one of her new passions, wood carving. She became a student in Don Blackwell's first class in woodcarving at ICC.
When ICC had a request to add courses in watercolor, she was approached by her instructor, Don Blackwell, to take on the task of instructor. Though she had never taught art, she has found it to be a wonderful experience. She stated that the school has a good atmosphere and is a good place to be. She enjoys developing a group of artists, finding it "gratifying and wonderful watching her students find their own creative voices." Her students describe her as an organized teacher who makes every effort to help them understand the medium, adding that this organization and her creativity in teaching make it easier to learn and is a very considerate way to start the study of a new medium. After the current classes end in late July, she will take a short break and then will again offer the Beginning Watercolor and Intermediate Watercolor courses beginning in late August.
Some courses which begin in the last week of July or in August are: MMO Gaming (began July 29), Advanced Excel (began July 22), Photoshop Elements III (Aug.7), Spanish for Beginners (Aug.5), Carving Woodspirits (August 24), Intermediate Drawing (Aug 28), Multimedia Drawing (Aug 28), Open Studio (Aug. 30), Open Stained Glass Studio (Aug.6), Open Mosaic Studio (Aug. 1), and A Guided Walk in Paris: Exploring American Revolution History (Aug.14). To register or for questions, you may call 828-894-3092. To see the online catalogue, go to
and select "Polk Continuing education classes." Be patient because it takes time to load the catalogue. A new catalogue for the Fall term should be out in August with new class offerings beginning in September. If you cannot find a catalogue, call the office for information. In addition, if you have an idea for a course or workshop that you would like the college to offer, you may call and make a request.
By Betsy Sellers
|One Family's Survival|
by Clark Thompson
Regular readers of my past columns have learned much about my mama but very little to date about my father. This article will attempt to address the role of both parents and to correct a misunderstanding some folks had about Mama being the widow who lived near the Saluda cemetery.
My father, Roy Alonzo Thompson, arrived into this world in 1901 and was one of three boys and two girls born into the family of William Luther and Alice Cantrell Thompson. His formal education ended at the eighth grade and, following in the footsteps of the other male relatives from his father's side, he began to work odd jobs in the construction and mechanic trades. Like most blue-collar men of his era, he eagerly accepted any job offered in order to survive. In 1922 at the age of 21, he was accepted into mechanic school at Rahe Auto and Tractor School in Cincinnati, Ohio, although no records exist as to the duration of this training.
My mother, Mary Lillian Pack of Mill Springs, was born in 1908. She lost her father John Ervin Pack in a work related accident while she was an infant and then lost her mother Luster Lavina Henderson Pack to the deadly 1918 flu pandemic. As an orphan at 10, she was taken in and raised by one of her older sisters. Part of her subsequent education occurred at Saluda Seminary and at Berea School in Kentucky, also a school for disadvantaged Appalachian children. Recently I discovered a shoebox full of records from 1922-23 relating to her one year at Berea and sent the records to the school's archival department.
On January 1, 1925, my 24 year old father married my almost 17 year old mother who had recently been valedictorian of her 11th grade senior class at Stern's High School in Columbus. She had been encouraged and offered financial assistance to further her education but chose marriage instead.
From the outset, there was not enough work around Saluda to maintain a family so my father joined several other local men, including his brother Richard and friend Floyd Holbert, in seeking work across several states. His paycheck stubs indicate that most of these jobs were brief in duration, with the majority lasting only a few days or weeks. States such as Alabama, Virginia, West Virginia, Georgia, and South Carolina were the most frequent sources of temporary construction jobs. Consequently, the responsibility for rearing six children fell on Mama's shoulders.
During the early years of the marriage and frequently lacking work, my father would return to Saluda for short periods of time. One year he decided that raising hogs would be a way to make money so he constructed a pen and bought sacks of feed along with loads of corn to fatten several shoats (weaned pigs) through that summer and fall. When time came for them to go to the auction market in Asheville, each hog weighed well over three hundred pounds so my father hired a local man with a truck to haul them to market. Mama always suspected the auctioneer of being in cahoots with a couple of bidders and before my father could understand the auctioneer's language, the hogs had been sold for only a few dollars. To add insult to injury, once he paid the hauler, there was only a couple of dollars left. From then on the only hogs we raised were for our own consumption.
Unable to eke out a living around Saluda, my father would hit the road once again in quest of work in other states. During the Depression years, his time at home with the family became less frequent, but he still visited often enough to produce six children in 13 years. As mentioned in an earlier article, the marriage bed had been hand-built by Grandpa Luther and was not much larger than today's single-sized beds. Two full grown adults had very little room to spare which may have had something to do with the proliferation of kids. Over the years our family lived with these extended periods of parental separation for so long that, as the last child, home life with only one parent seemed totally normal to me. During those many years, my parents faithfully wrote weekly letters to each other and my father, who never made any real money, included a small amount of cash in each letter to help with the bills.
After moving to Leesburg, Florida in the '40s, he was finally able to secure steady work in the rapidly expanding Florida economy and no longer had to follow a vagabond's life of constant relocation. By 1947, my oldest brother, Charles, had graduated from Saluda High School and joined my father primarily in residential construction. Then in 1962, my second brother, Perry, graduated from North Carolina State and, along with Charles, formed the very successful Thompson Brothers Construction Company, concentrating on commercial construction throughout central Florida. They also shared offices, equipment and employees with my father until he became terminally ill from cigarette-related cancer and moved back home to live out his remaining days.
Although it was never discussed by our mama, I'm sure that at some point a conscious decision was made not to expose us kids to the life of nomads. Like lots of families living through the Depression years and those that followed, that meant she had to singlehandedly raise six kids while also seeking employment of whatever type she could find to help keep a roof over our heads. A major portion of our food supply came from growing vegetables and picking fruits and berries which Mama canned for winter. We also raised our own chickens and hogs and usually had a milk cow.
Today, I don't think it is possible for our society to really comprehend just how tough it was trying to feed a large family during the Depression years while looking for a paycheck that was uncertain at best and non-existent at worst. Personally I have no longing for those "good old days!!"
Thompson's Store is located at 24 Main Street, in the heart of downtown Saluda. Contact the store at 828-749-2321 or visitThompson's Store online.
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