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In This Issue (click on a topic to move to it quickly.)
Dates to Remember
Annual Calendar of Events
Small Town Main Street
Telemedicine Crusin' Old Car Show
Contra Dancing
Saluda School Reunion
The Wilkes Twin Lakes
Saluda Tailgate Market
Green River Games
Charlie Ward Memorial Pig Out
Ella Grace Race
Saluda 5K9
City Notes
Saluda Center News
Saluda Community Land Trust
Saluda Garden Club
Saluda Tree Preservation
Saluda Single Women
The Women's Club of Saluda
Stolen/Lost Dog
Local Critters' Connection
Yoga Schedule
Historic Saluda
Saluda Library
Saluda School
Saluda Church Services
Post Office Hours
Saluda Classifieds
Saluda Lifestyles Marketplace
50th Coon Dog Day Float Winners
50th Coon Dog Day 5K Results
What's Happening in Music and Art
Top of the Grade Concerts
Summer Tracks Concerts
Saluda Faces
Saluda Scoop
Montessori School
Fire Fighter Brotherhood Cycles
Income Producing Tips
Tryon Arts
Isothermal Community College
Childhood in Saluda
Visitor Information Links
Music and Entertainment
The Purple Onion
Area News Media
Tryon Daily Bulletin
Saluda Lifestyles
Past Issues of Saluda Lifestyles
NEW! Updates

Saluda Property & Real Estate

Cathy Jackson Realty 
Buy Local - Support Your Saluda Realtors!     
Click on the pictures to link to
 Western NC MLS Listing
(links may expire, visit to view featured listings.)

NEW on the Market! 

Spacious country style home with large covered front porch, open floor plan, 9' ceilings, a private garden paradise. Garden cottage with electricity, 384 sq feet, ceiling fans, and covered front porch. 3BR, 3BA, 2 master bedrooms, 6.72 acres, approx 3200 SF.  MLS#544679  $345,000

Easy living and little maintenance make this new home an easy choice.  Close to downtown in a developed neighborhood. 3BR, 2BA, MLS#543872  $186,000

Cabin in the Woods

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 

higher path   

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



Private, Country Home

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 $271,000


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.  

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

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

  View Lot 23, 1.07 ac, $85,000, MLS#514441
Lot 26-R, 1.58 ac, $80,000 MLS#533763     

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


Lake Lots

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

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

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

Lake Sheila, 1 ac, 3BR septic, lake view, $80,000, MLS#437750

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

$98,000, MLS#484526  

Macedonia Lake, 1.15 ac, lake front,  dock,

$96,500 MLS#473230

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

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

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


Saluda City Lots

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

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



Awesome View, 5 Acres, $105,000,paved driveway 

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

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


Other Areas

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

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

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


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

Links to Real Estate Sources

Saluda Real Estate Market

A Quick Saluda Market Update

(compares last year's sales with the same period this year as of July 31, 2013). 


Sales               Closed   Pending 

Homes 2013     18         3     

Homes 2012     16         0   


Land 2013         11         4         

Land 2012           5         0


Foreclosures-REO-Short Sales

Saluda - 3 homes

Polk County - 13 Homes 


Data taken from Western NC multiple listing service.


Please visit to see all Cathy Jackson Realty Featured Home and Land Listings and search the entire Western NC MLS.


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

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

Dates to Remember
Saluda Tailgate Market 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, August 6 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.


The Historic Saluda Committee Regular meeting with Oral History Committee will meet Friday, August 9 from 2 to 4pm at the Saluda Library.  The public is invited to attend.  


Top of the Grade Concerts - August 9 and August 23, 6:30-8:30pm, McCreery Park.


Women's Clubwill meet on August 13 from 10am to 1pm. 


Planning Board of the City of Saluda
will meet at 9am on the second Wednesday of the month.  Meetings are held at the Saluda Library meeting room.

Saluda School Reunion at Party Place and Event Center, August 16 at 6pm. 

Saluda Community Land Trust 
monthly meeting 3pm, August 21 at Pavilion at McCreery Park.

Reopening of Twin Lakes, August 17 from 11am to 4pm. 

Contra Dancing Tuesday, August 27, 7pm at Party Place & Event Center.

Saluda Garden Club will meet August 19.

Potluck and Bingo, Saluda Center, August 26 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.


Sept 7 & 8    Green River Games

Sept 14        Charlie Ward Memorial BBQ 

November     Green River Narrows Race

December     Hometown Christmas 

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

Monthly meetings with the STMS program director, Sherry Adams, are scheduled the third Tuesday of the month at 9am at the Saluda Library. Meetings are open to the public.  The next meeting will be in September.
Third Annual Crusin' for Telemedicine Old Car Show


carHotdogs & Fixings - Live Music - Raffle Drawing


The Party Place & Event Center

Friday, August  9, 6pm -8:30pm - Price is $15.00

(and much more - don't miss out on all the fun!
August Contra Dancing

contra Sizzling Dancing in a Cool Town (Saluda) and Place (the Saluda Center and Party and Event Place)!


The next lesson at the Saluda Center is Monday, August 19 from 7-8:30pm 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.


The next Blue Ridge Contra Dance is Tuesday, August 27 at the Party Place and Event Center here in Saluda. Lessons from 7-7:30 and

dancing from 7:30-10pm. Music will be a full band named "Foot Support."   


Check out the website and go under gallery to see a video of one of our dances. You'll even smile at the video!


See us on Facebook at Blue Ridge Contra Dancers! See you at the dance!


View our videos on YouTube 

Saluda School Reunion

reunionAll Saluda School students, past and present, and teachers--anyone who has ever attended-- are invited to the Saluda School Reunion.  It will be held August 16, 2013 at the Party Place and Event Center (Jamboree).  Price is $23/person and includes hors d'oeuvres, BBQ and chicken dinner buffet, facility, and gratuity. Social and reunion hour will begin at 6:00pm with punch and snacks, followed with dinner at 7:00pm. Door prizes will be given away, too!  Please mail checks to be received no later than Monday, August 12. Checks payable to Peggy Johnson, PO Box 187, E Flat Rock, NC 28726.


For more information, please contact Tona Lawter at 828-674-2629.
Free Fun, Food, Fellowship
The Wilkes Twin Lakes

Saturday, August 17, 2013


Please join the Saluda Community Land Trust

 As we continue to celebrate the Grand RE-OPENING of

Twin Lakes

Saturday, August 17, 2013

11:00 until 4:00


Your community land trust wants to invite you, your friends and family to enjoy this great community resource.

Please join us for free fun, food and fellowship on

 Saturday, August 17th 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 11:00. Come for an hour or come for the day.

Rain date is the following Saturday, August 24th. An email stating the change will be sent to SCLT newsletter recipients on Friday, August 16 or call the SCLT office,

828-749-1560 to hear the recorded message of the status.

Sponsored by the Saluda Fund at Polk County Community Foundation.

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


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


Market Offerings

  • Red Rooster Farm will be back with a variety of produce this week
  • Stop and greet Gary Nesbitt, our new vendor who will be keeping us in hydroponic lettuce this summer when the other lettuce crops have succumbed to the heat. He also has beans, okra, squash and cucumbers. 
  • Shitakes from Deepwoods Mushrooms have become a staple for many of us. Last week he had morels as well. 
  • Rainbow trout, lamb, and fresh chicken this week from Camp Creek Farm.
  • Meanwhile, Back in Saluda will have Rosemary Black Olive Paste, Green Olive Citrus Tapenade, Spicy Garlic Hummus, Honey Mustard Dip and Spicy Mustard Dip for pretzels, bread and more
  • Micro greens from Yielding Branch
  • A great variety of organic greens, herbs and veggies from Leap Farm 
  • Herbs, plants, jellies, sauces and veggies from Buttercup Cottage/Dan's Garden 
  • Wildflour bakery-PEACH SCONES - amazing, fresh peaches. RASPBERRY CREAM CHEESE BRAIDS - organic, Saluda berries. FARM MARKET FOCCACIA - beautiful and delicious. SPACE COWBOY COOKIES - always a sell-out item. PRETZEL BREAD - first time this year. We will also have PIZZA CRUSTS, STICKIES, CRACKERS, GRANOLA, and lots of BREAD.
  • Sacred Mountain Herbals will have an all natural sunscreen lotion made with coconut and avocado oils and an all natural First Aid Kit that comes in a handy carry bag.   
  • A variety of produce from Forest Creek Farm
  • Honey from Bee Log Honey
  • Delicious cakes from Piece o' Cake
  • Pork sausage and bratwurst from Deerwood Nursery and Farm
  • Sausage and veggies from Charlene's Garden 
  • Roses's Best Jams, Jellies and More (Quiches and Pot Pies)
  • Claire Ernst had the first Zinnia bouquets of the season last week. Come early for yours, she will sell out!  

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

Green River Games

Green River Games Taking place September 6-8, the Green River Games is a multi-sport competition celebrating the terrain in and around the infamous Green River Narrows. Unlike any other place in the world, this gorge is the ultimate playground for world-class mountain biking, road biking, kayaking, SUP and trail running. With the gracious support of the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, this event will showcase not only the river but the mountains which surround it. Be sure to like our Facebook page to stay up to date as we release details about the events and festivities surrounding this unprecedented event.


Click here for registration information.

Click here to see virtual tours of events. 

Charlie Ward Memorial Pig Out

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The annual Charlie Ward Memorial Pig Out is scheduled for Saturday, September 14, 2013, from 5:00pm until 7:00pm in the Pavilion at McCreery Park.  If you would like to volunteer or make a donation, please contact Terry Baisden at 828- 749-3789 or email to


This barbecue for the town of Saluda was started many years ago by Charlie Ward to thank the residents of Saluda for patronizing his store.  Charlie passed away on August 1, 2008.  This event has become a town tradition for Saluda citizens, a symbol of Charlie's gift of giving, and a memorial to Charlie himself.


All Saluda residents are invited to gather at McCreery Park to honor Charlie with good food, good fun, and good music! Please bring a dessert!  Please leave your pets at home.


In Memory of Charlie Ward  

July 1, 1920 -August 1, 2008 

Ella Grace Race

ella grace The 2nd Annual Ella Grace Race to end PKD (polycystic kidney disease) 5K run/walk will be Saturday, September 14 at 9am at the Saluda Party Place & Event Center.  


You can register at: Ella Grace (keywords Ella Grace Race)


For any questions or if you would like to be a sponsor, please email Shena Mintz at or call her at (828) 674-9789.  

Saluda 5K9
October 12, 2013

5k9You are invited to support the Saluda 5k9 - an event for dogs and their human companions in Saluda, NC on October 12, 2013, for a donation of at least $2S.00 or a canine related gift or gift certificate.  All donations are tax deductible.  Proceeds will benefit the Saluda Community Land Trust.


The mission of the Saluda Community Land Trust (SCLT) is to preserve Saluda's rural character by preserving farm and forest land in and around Saluda.  More information about SCLT can be found at


Please make checks payable to SCLT.  Mail checks, items, or gift certificates along with application to:  Saluda 5k9, c/o PO Box 1126, Saluda, NC 28773.  Call Ellen Rogers at 828-329-6790 if you would like to arrange for a pickup of your donation.  Click here to download an application.


Thank you for your sponsorship
CityCity Notes

Joe Adams  


brick Have the life or memory of a loved one immortalized, or have your name engraved on a brick paver at Pace Park for recognition 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    

Stay informed by visiting the city website, Minutes from previous month's town council meetings are posted on this site.
Saluda Center News and Events
New Senior Center
Save These Dates Now!
(All events and activities take place at the Saluda Center on Greenville Street.)  Click here to download the Saluda Center August Calendar.  For more information about activities, please contact the center at 828-749-9245. 

The Saluda Center Summer Gala will be held on Sunday, August 18 from  6-8pm at the Party Place and Events Center. For more information or if you have not made your reservation, contact Karen Bultman at 828-749-1264.


Tai Chi class taught by Ed Kan began an eight week course on Tues., July 9 at 6:30 pm in the exercise room downstairs and will continue through August 27 and then from September 10  through October 29. There is a fee.


Brown Spot Lightening Facials - Tuesday, August 6 and Thursday, August 22 

Stop by for a newly updated Microderm Abrasion treatment on Tues., Aug. 6 and Thurs., Aug. 22 from 12 pm-5 pm. Perfect for scrubbing away dry summer skin and giving a fresh complexion. Also wonderful for brown spots! Times available are 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, and 4pm. Times fill up quickly, so contact Nedra Kanavel at 828-384-8421 or right away to reserve your preferred spot.


An 8-week course on beginning bridge will be offered at the Saluda Center on Monday mornings beginning August 12. It will be from 9AM to 11:30AM.  The course is designed for those with no bridge experience, but if you want to revisit today's modern style of bidding, it will serve that purpose also. For more information, please call Tollie Ross at 706-936-8877 or 864-457-5931.  


A bridge course for intermediate bridge players will be offered at the Saluda Center on Tuesday mornings beginning August 13.  It will be from 9AM to 11:30AM. The course is designed for those who want to explore more sophisticated ways of bidding, both offensive and defensive.  Completion of the beginning bridge course and the course on play of the hand is a prerequisite. For more information, please call Tollie Ross at 706-936-8877  or 864-457-5931.


Book club meeting on Thurs., Aug. 1 at 2:00 pm.


Saluda Single Women potluck on Thurs., Aug. 15 at 6:00 pm.


Craft club meeting on Thurs., Aug. 22 at 12:30 pm. This month we will be crafting "Magnetic Message Boards," which are super easy and very inexpensive to make. These boards can be made to match your decor and are great to use in the kitchen, home office or a child's room. A couple of these boards will be on display at the Center, so come take a look. If this is something that you'd like to make, just take a supply list and join us on Thurs., Aug. 22 at 12:30 pm. Remember, you can always join us and do your own craft. We'd love to see your creations, too. Hope to see you there! For more information, please contact Holly Wildey at 828-749-3129 or email


Community potluck and bingo on Mon., Aug. 26 at 6:00 pm. 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.


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


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


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


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


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

Saluda Community Land Trust


Walks in the Woods for the month of August:

August 4 - Little Bradley Falls 2 miles out and back, moderate with stream crossings, 2 hours.  Dog days relief! Kids love it!

August 18 - Big Bradley Falls 0.9 miles each way, easy to moderate with one creek crossing.  Stay on the trail as the cliff is hard to see and dangerous.


Wear appropriate clothing, including shoes suitable for water crossing. Bring water and as always let your trail leader know if you have any medical concerns.


SCLT and the City of Saluda have partnered in creating a "Dog Park" for public use. The time has come to enlarge the area, work on drainage and landscaping of the area. Volunteers are needed to help with the work and donations of plants are welcomed. For more information on this project please contact Dave Prudhomme at 749-9160.


The Robinson Community Garden is peaking! Vegetables are ripening and the picking has begun. Be sure to drive by and check on this wonderful spot located off Henderson Street.  Communal work cleanup day is Wednesday the 14th from 6pm till 7pm followed by a pot luck dinner held at the McCreery Park Pavilion in downtown Saluda. The public is invited.


SCLT will be holding its last "Grand Re-Opening" of Twin Lakes on Saturday, August 17th from 11 am till 4 pm. Come one, come all! Free lunch and drinks will be provided. Please park at the Saluda Volunteer Fire Department. Shuttle vans will leave and return as needed for your convenience. Bring your bathing suit, towels, and picnic blankets. Sit back and enjoy a day off to relax and cool off. Rain date is the following Saturday, August 24th.

This event is sponsored by the Saluda Fund at Polk County Community Foundation.


For the month of August SCLT will be having one Board Meeting. Starting at 3pm on August 21st, we will meet at the McCreery Park Pavilion. The public is invited.


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

Saluda Garden Club

saluda garden club

The purpose of this club is the beautification and improvement of Saluda and its surroundings. Special emphasis is given to the landscaping, annual plantings and care of our historic Spring Park.


Saluda Garden Club meets the third Monday of the month at the Saluda Library. Except for special events and outings, meetings start at 10 am.  The August meeting will be Monday, August 19.


For more information about the Saluda Garden Club, please call Patty Martin at 828-817-9518. We are always looking for new members to join our fun!



Saluda Community Tree Preservation Association


"My son and I together planted those trees 18 years ago.  They had grown to heights of 30 to 40 feet.  They created a beautiful green hedge, providing privacy between our house and our neighbor's.  We and our neighbors have missed the shade they provided, protecting both of us from the hot summer sun," she sadly described a heart-breaking story.


She unexpectedly received notice that the entire row of Leyland cypress would be cut down because they were planted on the city's right-of-way.  A sewer pipe line was buried below the trees.


What could the family do to save the trees?  Apparently, nothing.  They tried to accept the inevitable.


Months later the deed was done. Huge trucks and equipment made total devastation, turning the yard into a sea of mud.  Plants and shrubs, lovingly planted, also were sacrificed.


Many of us might not expect to search for any existing right-of-way before buying property.  But remember: to eliminate future grief-search before you sign.


Please note - the story recounted above occurred in a neighboring state.


Anyone interested in working with a group to achieve Saluda's designation as a Tree City USA, please contact Chuck or Judy at or Ruth at 828-749-9718.  Leave a message for return call.


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


Submitted by Ruth Anderson 

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

The August meeting of the Women's Club of Saluda will be held on Tuesday, August 13, from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm.  Member Frances Fairey has graciously made her home at 462 Crescent Street available for this gathering. To lessen any concerns regarding parking, members and guests may meet at the Saluda Presbyterian Church (behind the library) at 9:50 am to carpool to Frances' home.  In addition to the business meeting and program, lunch will be served.  The topic for the program is "The Life I've Lived."  In an effort to become better acquainted with one another, each member will share some aspect of her life. 

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, 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.

Stolen or Lost Dog from Columbus, NC Area

radar "Radar" is an adult Siberian Husky stolen from a Wilson Road home in Columbus, NC on or around 7/7/13.    


There is a $700 reward for his safe return or information that leads to his safe return.


He has pink around his black nose and a damaged left front dew claw.


For more information, please contact his owner, John Murias - 828-697-0327.

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 for dogs or cats (assisting Foothills Humane Society as well).  Contact Katrina Thissen at to be placed on either e-mail list.  Feel free to contact me with any questions or support for lost and found dogs in the area.  Take care of all our Furry Friends!  


Thank you for all your support.

Yoga Class Schedules
Cassandra Nelson, LMBT at Saluda Center

Gentle Yoga Classes

Wednesday 12:30

Thursday 5:30


Flow yoga
Monday 5:30

Chair Exercise Classes
Monday 9:30
Friday 9:30 

  • Classes are being held downstairs in the Saluda Center and are for all ages and levels.
  • All classes are taught by Cassandra Nelson, RYT, LMBT. Please feel free to call if you have any questions: 828-749-3794.
  • Also available are relaxing, healing massages in the comfort of your own home. My portable table can go almost anywhere!  To schedule a session, please call 828-749-3794.
Click here for directions. 64 Greenville, St. 



Nectar Yoga And Wellness Center yoga

Saluda's Premier Yoga Studio


Upcoming events at Nectar:


Ongoing classes

Mondays 6-7:30pm (Series Class)

Wednesday 9-10:30am 

Saturday 9-10:30am

Classes are All Levels


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


Therapeutic Massage

Treat yourself, or someone you love, with the healing gift of massage. Regular massage and self care 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

*Intuitive Counseling

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


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


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

Historic Saluda



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!


Want to Revisit the Historic Saluda Home Tour of Henderson Street?

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.



CD Released! "Saluda: Voices from the First 100 Years"  

CD 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 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 All proceeds go toward future projects.




The Historic Saluda Committee (HSC) will meet on Friday, August 9, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at the Saluda Public Library in the upstairs meeting room. The Oral History Committee will also meet jointly with the HSC. The public is invited to attend.  


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


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

Saluda Community Library

Paul Koenen

Polk County Public Library's 2013 Summer Reading Program is coming to a close! If you registered for the program, bring your completed reading log to the library between August 5th and 23rd for a prize and certificate. Kids who turn in their reading logs will also be eligible to win the grand prize, a $50 gift certificate to The Book Shelf in Tryon.


The Summer Reading Program wrap-up party will be Tuesday, August 6th at Harmon Field at 11:30am. Come enjoy a picnic lunch and play on the playground. All local children and their families are welcome to attend this event, but please register in advance.


Collins Dental Center will present a puppet show with Ruthie Toothie & Friends on Friday, August 16th at 10am at the Main Library in Columbus.


On Thursday, August 29th from 5:30-7:30pm, local children and their families can enjoy an ice cream social at the Main Library in Columbus. Come make ice cream sundaes and a fun craft to take home!


Storytime will resume at both the Columbus and Saluda libraries in September. A new program geared toward elementary school students will begin in October. If you would like information on these programs, to sign up for the monthly Children's & Young Adults Newsletter, or to register for the wrap-up party at Harmon Field, please contact Jen Pace, Children's Services Coordinator, at 828-894-8721 x227 or


  HeartSongs at Columbus Public Library


 All performances  5:30pm - 7:30pm


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
  Joe Adams

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


Monday, August 26 is first day of school. Please call 828-749-5571 to register new students.



Visit Saluda School for additional school news.    

Principal, Ronette Dill  


boxtops 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

Pres Church  

Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration

The Rev. Paula C. Morton, Rector

8:00 a.m. - Holy Eucharist - Rite I
9:15 a.m. - Adult Forum
10:30 a.m. - Holy Eucharist - Rite II with music.
Check their website for more programs and schedule changes. Transfiguration 

Saluda Presbyterian
Reverend Jack Presseau(828-698-4317)
Adult SS 10:00 am
Worship Service 11:00 am

Saluda First Baptist Church
Reverend Tony Reese
Worship Service 9:45am
Sunday School 11:00am
Wednesday Meal 5-6 ($3)
Wednesday Services and Academy Classes 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Saluda Methodist Church
The Reverend Rob Parsons
SS 10:00 am
Worship Service 11:00 am


Stone Soup Worship Service, Sunday at 4:00 pm - This is an "alternative" Christian service/discussion for all-comers: new to church, dislocated from church, or other. Please join us. Contact Rob Parsons for information at 828-749-1783 or email to

Saluda Post Office Hours

US Post Office Store Hours

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

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


Passport Service is available at the Saluda post office.


Get directions by clicking here  

102 E MAIN ST SALUDA, NC 28773-7812 

(828) 749-5921
Saluda Classifieds
Property Cleaning

Many years of experience cleaning houses, vacation rentals, post-construction jobs, "For Sale" houses, moving jobs, "Spring" cleaning, etc.  Reasonable rates.  Call Kathie 828-674-6108 ( anytime)  OR 828-749-4076



Lawn Care - Have own equipment,  weed eating, hedge trimming, etc.  Very affordable rates, military veteran.  Call: Daniel 828-458-9386 -or-Email:

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

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


House kuntzfor Rent

Saluda 2Br, 1 Bath, 2-Story, Secluded Mt. home, stream. Total Renovation in 2012; HVAC, hardwood floors, sparkling new bath.   $800/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.


Stephanie Vorhis McFarlane, 76, of Bear Creek Lane, Saluda, died Saturday, June 29, 2013.


Betty Hipp Gosnell, 75, of Saluda died Saturday, July 13, 2013. 

Saluda Lifestyles Marketplace

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

Saluda Voices "Saluda, NC: Voices from the First 100 Years" in CD format. Original recordings of interviews with Saluda's oldest residents documented in the book, Saluda, NC: 100 Years 1881-1981. These interviews were transferred to a CD by Historic Saluda. Price: $17 includes shipping and handling. 



dvdHome, Hearth and History: Stories of Old Saluda DVD. Proceeds will go to the Oral History Project for the next sequel.   Price:  $20.00+shipping. 



Simply Saluda

porch view Some of the finer pleasures in life come from the simplest things. A roadside graced with Queen Ann Lace.  The deep blue purple of Hydrangeas.  A blue sky without any rain clouds.  A lush green mountain valley.  The scent of Honeysuckle in the air.  A refreshing glass of sweet iced tea.  A cool mountain breeze.  A meal of summer vegetables straight from the garden.  A juicy peach or slice of cold watermelon on a hot summer day.  Friends and neighbors to share a summer evening while rocking on a screened porch. A scary bear story.  Hiking to a sparkling waterfall or mountain vista.  Picking blackberries.  Cycling a mountain road. Bench sitting on a tree-lined street watching life go by.  A visit to the library for a good book.  An outdoor concert.


Summer pleasures will wind down toward the end of August as schools start, summer vacations end, and Mother Nature sends hints of the approaching season to come. 


The finest pleasures can be the simplest things in Saluda.


Photo courtesy of Dale Potruski, The Oaks Bed & Breakfast. 

50th Coon Dog Day Float Winners

CDD logo 

The 50th annual Coon Dog Day parade was rain free and the crowds five rows deep.


Congratulations to the float winners:


Best Commercial- Blue Ridge Paving CDD










CDD Best Civic- Hendersonville Rock & Mineral Museum







CDD Best Car- Hillbilly Clan









CDD Most Original- 1963 Coon Dog Day Flashback walkers (NOTE:  Would someone from this float please stop by city hall and pick up your award.)

50th Coon Dog Day  5K Results

CDD 5k The list of winners of The Coon Dog Day 5K is at   

What's Happening in Music and Art
What's Happening At The Onion in Sunday Concerts in August
Summer Hours 
Monday - Saturday 
Lunch 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM 
Dinner 5:00 - 9:00 PM 
Sunday Brunch  11:00 - 3:00PM

The Purple Onion is pleased to announce that Sunday evening concerts are back this month with Ana Egge and her band on August 11 and the Overmountain Men on August 25.


This will be the first visit to the Purple Onion stage by Saskatchewan-born, Brooklyn-based folk troubadour Ana Egge. Using unique production and rock-based chord progressions, Egge has made a name for herself as a Gillian Welch figure with a rocker attitude, which once prompted Lucinda Williams to call her "the Nina Simone of folk."


The Overmountain Men have played the Purple Onion many times to throngs of enthusiastic fans, and we are happy to have them return on a Sunday night.


The doors open at 6:00 PM for both of these shows, and although we will not be offering our usual dinner, a limited menu and desserts will be served before the concert with beverages available throughout the show. Admission is $15 per person and seating is limited. Come by the café at 16 Main Street in Saluda or call 828-749-1179 for reservations. We accept Visa or Master Card.



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


Aug 1     Marjorie Thompson 

Singer, songwriter & acoustic fingerstyle guitarist from Providence Rhode Island returns.

Aug 3      Gigi Dover & The Big Love 

 Their sound is a fresh, palatable blend of gypsy, jazzy, funky, southern-soul & world music.

Aug 8       Jay Brown 

American roots musician Jay Brown on vocals, guitar, harmonica, percussion & piano.

Aug 10     Drovers Old Time Medicine Show  

Hard charging hillbilly music with a good dose of country humor.

Aug 11    Ana Egge Band(Sunday Concert)

See below for more about Ana and our Sunday concerts.

Aug 15    Alan Barrington 

Acoustic new folk and blues.

Aug 17   Low-Down Sires 

Dedicated to the lost sounds of early jazz. Their raucous style predates the smoother sounds of big band.

Aug 22   Max Hightower & Austin Brashier 

Mac Arnold fans will remember these bandmates from Mac's  last show.

Aug 24     The Carpenter Ants

Old style rhythym and blues, gospel funk and country funk.

Aug 25  Overmountain Men(Sunday Concert) 

See below for more about Overmountain Men and our Sunday concerts.

Aug 29  MIPSO 

Chapel Hill-based bluegrass troupe making their debut at the Onion.

Aug 31 -   The Ragged Orchids

Americana, alt country group from Greenville, SC returns.


ana egge Ana Egge 

Sunday, August 11

7:00 PM

Admission $15

Ana Egge was born in Estevan, Saskatchewan and grew up in the town of Ambrose, North Dakota, population 50. At 12, the family relocated to Silver City, New Mexico, where her parents established a school by the name of Down To Earth. The summer before her seventeenth birthday, Ana, under the tutelage of  Don Musser, her astronomy teacher and an accomplished luthier, made her own guitar which she continues to play today.


Egge's early songs  drew the attention of  bassist Sarah Brown (Albert Collins, Bonnie Raitt) and guitarist Steve James, who persuaded her to record a demo of her original songs in Austin, Texas. The demo led to a record contract with Lazy S.O.B. Recordings and the release of her first full-length album, "River Under The Road". The following year, the Austin Music Awards named Egge, then nineteen, their "Best Singer/Songwriter" and "Best Folk Artist".


Next Egge was invited on tour by several luminaries, including Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Iris DeMent, Shawn Colvin and Ron Sexsmith She recorded her first live album "Mile Marker" on her solo tour in 1999. She later shared the stage with John Prine, Lucinda Williams, and Sinéad O'Connor.


"Her seventh and most recent recording,  Bad Blood, produced by 'Treme' star and country badass Steve Earle, gives new life to the folk genre, especially on the title track: Egge's soft-spoken lyrics float lucidly beneath a driving bass-heavy beat, tremolo guitars and spastic and distorted slide guitar". -Cameron Matthews, Spinner"


"Ana has the rare gift of being so eloquent and simple that she takes your breath away. I just love her." - Shawn Colvin


    overmountain Overmountain Men

August 25

7:00 PM

Admission $15


David Childers first played the Purple Onion in 1999 shortly after my sister and I opened the doors. Robert Seiler was booking the music then as he is now, and you can be sure he got a phone call the following Sunday morning demanding more.  


Childers returned often over the next few years with his band the Modern Don Juans, much to the satisfaction of Onion fans, and while the band received plenty of critical acclaim, in 2007, after nearly two decades, Childers had had enough of the road and was disillusioned with the music business.


Just as the Don Juans were wrapping up their final year of touring, The Avett Brothers' bassist Bob Crawford, a fan of Childers, sat in on  one of their gigs in Cleveland. Childers, his son Robert and Crawford bonded over stories of American history and music. While Childers was burned out, he also wanted to keep writing. Crawford suggested that if he sent him lyrics, he'd write the music, and the three began collaborating on songs rooted in American history.


"I'm more toward the military side, and Bob is more toward the political side," the eldest Childers explains in his deep Carolina drawl, "and that colors the songs. I love to write about people-historical people like Rembrandt or Stonewall Jackson ... but there's the unknowns, too, like the guy in 'Leaving England' who's heading to America."


Some other relative unknowns are the project's namesake, The Overmountain Men, a band of fierce frontiersman from just west of the Appalachians who played a key role in the American victory at the Battle of King's Mountain during the Revolutionary War-and from whom Childers and Overmountain Men guitarist Randy Saxon are directly descended. "My people were from back up in the hills," Childers says, "where the Overmountain Men came from. Scotch-Irish savages." From Paste Magazine


Bob Crawford stays busy with the Avett Brothers these days, and while Childers's main focus is his law practice where he helps clients get Social Security disability benefits, Overmountain Men continues to perform two to three times a month.  Joining David and Robert Childers are long time Modern Don Juans bandmate and multi-instrumentalist Randy Saxon on guitar, banjo and mandolin and Jeff White on fiddle. We are delighted to welcome them back on a Sunday night when the focus is all music.


Music for the Purple Onion is scheduled by Robert Seiler.

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


 "JAMMIN JP" will be hosting the Saturday night dance on August 10th.  Bring your favorite song list for requests and plan on dancing the night away. Admission only $6.00-find him on facebook at "Jammin JP." -BETTER BE HERE!!!!!-SPECIAL PRICES AT THE BAR ALL NIGHT!!


 "FACE YOUR PARTNER, BALANCE, AND SWING!-" The Tuesday night Contra Dances are growing!!  Those who were beginners just a few weeks ago are now the ones who are helping others and having a lot of fun!   Don't miss the next dance on Tuesday, August 27-Lessons at 7:00pm  and dance from 7:30pm until 10:00pm.  Just $9.00 admission.   


Schedule for August  

Saturday, Aug 3 - 8:00 PM Reflections Band

Sunday, Aug 4 - Camp Glen Arden

Friday, Aug 9 - 5:00 PM Telemedicine BBQ & Antique Car Show

Saturday, Aug 10 - 8:00 PM "JAMMIN JP"

Friday, Aug 16 - 6:00 PM Saluda School Class Reunion

Saturday, Aug 17 - 8:00 PM 7, - Eighty, - 9 Band

Sunday, Aug 18 - 5:00 PM GALA Event for Saluda Center

Friday, Aug 24 - 8:00 PM Free Flight

Tuesday, Aug 27 - 7:00 PM Blue Ridge Contra Dance


Check our events schedule on the website, or contact us at (828) 749-3676. We are located on Friendship Church Rd., Saluda, NC 28773. Just off I-26 at Exit #59. Click here for directions.Find us on Facebook

 saluda wine cellar

Friday nights bring free live music featuring local musicians. We always serve a rotating selection of wines by the glass, local and distinct craft-brewed beers, delicious cheese plates, chocolate plates, and small bite appetizers. All of this comes along with a warm, local feel with three rock fireplaces, friendly service, and a cozy atmosphere and all within walking distance of downtown Saluda. Come discover one of Saluda's best kept secrets.


Live Music in August   

(Open at 7pm, Music starts at 8pm)  


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

August 2 - Ian Harrod
August 3 - Paul Cataldo
August 10 - Bradford Carson
August 16 - CarolinaBound
August 17 - Jeff Thompson
August 30 - Carrie Morrison & Steve Whiteside


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  for our scheduled music events or call 828-749-2229.                        

Like us on Facebook  

cafeSaluda Grade Café    

Music on Friday Nights 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.  


Visit us on the web at or on Facebook for Friday night entertainers. 


Call 828-749-5854 or email us at  Located at 40 East Main Street.  Click here for directions.     


back alley Back Alley Barn

Presents Jammin JP On The Deck.  Come out on August 2 & August 16 from 6 to 9.  Come enjoy the fun, dance, drink- and sing if you dare! Also sponsored by Green River Brew Depot.


Saluda Artist, Bonnie Bardos is currently featured in "Crossing the Line" along with Charlotte Fowler at Upstairs Artspace which will continue through August 31. The two women's art utilizes found-object sculptures, many colorful and eclectic; Bonnie's cross bardos sculptures created for this exhibit feature crosses of different sizes incorporating wood, metal, beads, jewelry and more. In conjunction with "Crossing the Line", the Upstairs is displaying "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; You can make an appointment for a studio visit at Bonnie's art house by calling 828-749-1153, or emailing; open studio Saturdays will start again soon. Click here to visit her website.



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

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


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

dancers extenstion


We invite you to our fourth annual Open House on Saturday, August 3 from 10AM - 1PM.  Come see our professional studio space, learn about our mission in the art of dance, meet your teacher and register for camps and classes.  Dance attire and shoes are available for sale or special order.  Our Honor Society members and candidates will give an impromptu performance at 11AM.  There's no need to register for this free event as we welcome you in a drop-in style to The Dancer's Extension.  Dance camp for ages 3 to 6 is August 5-9 and ages 7 to 10 is August 12-16.  Camps are held from 9AM to 12 Noon each day with an impromptu performance in the studio on Friday.  Classes for the 2013-2014 academic year begin on Tuesday, September 3.  Register for camps and classes early as space is limited. 


Adults, please check with the studio as we will rearrange the August schedule to accommodate camps, but classes will continue for Adult Beginner Ballet and Hot Pop!  Come join all the fun at The Dancer's Extension!


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



saluda grade Baker's Artist Breakfast
Richard Baker Studio invites artists of all mediums, patrons, and friends to his monthly "Artist Breakfast,"  August 5 at his Saluda Studio located at 18 Church Street.  The breakfast starts at 9:00 am and, "ends when it ends...."  

Richard provides the coffee, compliments of Honking Tonker's, and attendees are graciously asked to bring light breakfast-fare.

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

chicken house The Old Chicken House     

What's happening at the Old Chicken House?

The indoor yard sale (The Hen's Nest) will remain intact since its debut May 25.  More uniques, collectibles, and a few antiques have been added.  Watch for notices of our next big sale in early September.  Come visit anytime now through August, as well.


Among items recently added is a book entitled Flying Saucers, Top Secret published in 1960, written by Maj. Donald E. Keyhoe, US Marine, Ret.  A collection of South Carolina newspaper articles on the subject, clipped and saved by the previous reader, is fastened to the inside cover.


Doug's happy paintings, as a visitor described them, cover the walls in the multi-purpose room, with lots of flowers in cheerful colors as his interpretations evolved.


The artist's images of jungle plants with wide leaves seem alive with deep greens-one contrasted against a yellow background, others edged with gold.


A talented sculptor, his work in this media is exhibited, also.


Crissy's note cards and frameable water-colored prints continue to be available, including Saluda's Main Street and, most recently, the Old Chicken House.


Ruthie's wreaths fill the "garden room," all silk and by a Saluda crafter.  Some are seasonal, others designed for various décor.  Beginning September 1 and continuing through September 7, all wreaths will be 20% off.


Remember, we're always happy to have visitors.  We're open Fridays and Saturdays 11-6.  If another day or time is better for you, we'll arrange it. 


The Old Chicken House is located at 143 Mountain Page Road (approx. one mile from the RR tracks on Greenville Street).  Phone 828-749-9718 and leave a message.  Visit our new website at

jameson Fall on the Blue Ridge

October 21-25, 2013

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


The workshop is open for beginners to advanced, with one to one instruction in watercolor, oil, acrylic, and pen and ink sketching. Participants may work in any or all media. A materials list will be sent to all participants. For more information, please visit or call me at 828-749-3101.



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


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


 Artist, Ray Pague

Ray painting M.A. Pace General Store

Ray Pague's artwork is on display at Honking Tonkers on Main Street.  Especially interesting is the panoramic painting of Main Street with Saluda residents walking down the sidewalk, sitting on benches and greeting each other on the street.  pague 

Stop by and see who you recognize.



random arts Random Arts 

Random Arts is your "go to" place, right here in Saluda for anything creative!  From art supplies to creative hands-on workshops, antiques and gifts to funky and fun clothing, we've got it all. Conveniently located at Ozone and Louisiana just 2 blocks from Downtown  Saluda. 


We're open Thurs., Fri., and Sat. from 10am till 5pm. However, you will find us there

most other times as well. 


Did you know that we have been a significant part of the Saluda business environment for the last 18 years? Yes, that's right. Some of you are still walking in our doors, breathing in the creative energy, soaking up the fun and enjoying a day filled with others sharing a common interest.  


random arts That in itself deserves a big "Thank You" to each and every one of you for your continued support. Not to mention that each day someone new, someone looking to tap into their creativity or to expand on what they already know, stops by to explore our  space. It could be as simple as a Zen Tangle play day on the first and third Tuesdays or as advanced as portrait painting with a visiting artist from California or Texas.


The August schedule of workshops is overflowing with one of kind, creative workshops that are open to everyone. Registration is simple. Email me to confirm that space is available. Samples of all the workshops are available at Random Arts.


August Workshops

Fri., 2nd - Textured Sewn Book 10-3 $40. (weave fabric, sew, distress and then cover a premade book)

Tues., 6th - Zen Doodle 10 - noon NO FEE, NO REGISTRATION

Thurs., 8th - With ONE Stamp - 1-3 $20. (Create several stamped cards using only one stamp)

Fri., 9th - Create Prayer Flags with Allison Rattarree 1-4 $20 (Create powerful messages on fabric to fly in the wind)

Sat., 10th & 11th- Kate Thompson "Fractured Angelics" Collage & Painting (this class is filled)

Tues.,13th - Joyful Journaling Art Group 10-2  No Fee (Bring a journal, some art supplies and your desire to be creative.)

Fri., 16th - Gouache Resist  1-3 $20 (Easier than it sounds and anyone can do it & you will take home 2 projects)

Tues., 20th - NO Zen Doodle this week 

Thurs., 22nd -CLOSED TODAY

Sat., 24th - Play Day - Open to everyone! Bring a project-join the fun and spend a day with like minded artists)

Tues., 27th - ZEN DOODLE MAKE UP DAY 10-noon NO Fee No pre-registration


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 registration 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. 


PHONE: 828-749-1165



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art clues Art Clues: Ideas for Creating and Enjoying Art was a column featuring Saluda artists produced by Beverly Pickard and published in Saluda Lifestyles for five years.  These columns, including the color images, have been reformatted and upgraded for inclusion in a book with the same name.  The Art Clues book has additional chapters featuring more Saluda artists and will be available in Saluda in early August.  For more information call Beverly Pickard at 828-749-1248 or email


"Top of the Grade" Concerts

top of the grade

The "Top of the Grade" Concerts are the 2nd and 4th Friday through October:

  • 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.   


Attendees should bring their own chairs or blankets.  Food, soft drinks, and coolers are allowed.  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 audience donations to help support the concerts are tax deductible.   


Performing on center stage on August 9 will be Sound Investment.     


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 tog 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.  


burdett Aaron Burdett Band

Saluda's own Aaron Burdett takes center stage at Top of the Grade on August 23, 2013.  Aaron writes and performs Americana music blending folk-rock, bluegrass, and blues into a new sound that is original and comfortably familiar.


In October of 2012, Aaron's song "Going Home to Carolina" won Our State Magazine's "Carolina Songs" songwriting contest, outshining over 250 other competitive entries.  In May, 2013 Aaron's song, "Magpie," won 3rd place bluegrass song in the prestigious Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at Merlefest, one of the largest and most highly regarded music festivals in the US for traditional, bluegrass, Americana, and singer-songwriter artists.

Aaron's 5th studio album is expected in October of 2013, and features a who's who of favorite regional artists.


Click here to listen to Aaron's music.


The Saluda Business Association is a major sponsor of the event. "The mission of the Saluda Business Association is to promote and preserve Saluda's artistic culture, and we feel that, since this is a community event, the SBA needed to provide some seed money to get the concerts off to a good start," says a spokesperson for the SBA.


We appreciate the generosity and support from sponsors who are making these concerts possible.  They are; Don Mintz Builders, Terry and Fred Baisden, Historic Thompson's Store/Ward's Grill, Cathy Jackson Realty, Lynn and Mike Cass, Green River BBQ, and Mill Creek Post & Beam.  To help underwrite the concerts, we invite anyone who would like to sponsor an event to contact us.  Sponsorships are $100.


For music scheduling, please contact Judy Ward at or 828-674-5958.  For sponsorships, please contact Cathy Jackson at 828-817-2876 or

Summer Tracks Concert Series

summer tracks Summer Tracks is back for 2013 and its 14th season.
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
Summer Tracks is produced by the Town of Tryon in affiliation with Peter Eisenbrown of Blockparty Productions. 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
Schedule for 2013 Summer Tracks
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  

Saluda Faces

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


ashburn Carolyn has been on the scene in Saluda since 2010 when she moved here full time with her husband, Chuck Hearon, after the death of his father, Charles Hearon.  Charles Hearon was a well know publisher of books about Saluda which can still be purchased at M.A. Pace General Store.  The couple settled into the family home in the historic residential neighborhood on the hill behind downtown.


Reared in Winston-Salem, Carolyn spent most of her growing up years in the mountains of North Carolina, mostly in Valle Crucis in Watauga County.


After graduating from St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, she received a master's degree from Appalachian State University in speech pathology.  For 22 years, she served the Avery County public school systems helping children with speech and hearing and low-vocabulary problems to stimulate their language skills.  One rewarding experience was with a child who entered kindergarten severely hard of hearing and with the parents never knowing.  The child was fitted with hearing aids and Carolyn worked with this student for 13 years until he graduated from high school and recently attended his wedding.


In 2005, Carolyn retired, married Chuck, and moved to Campobello, SC before settling in Saluda.  She loves small town city living where she can walk to downtown, shop locally, and support local businesses.


Carolyn has learned to play Duplicate Bridge since retiring and doesn't miss an opportunity to play (competitively) at Tryon Youth Center and the Saluda Center.  Liking photography, she was introduced to two professional photographers who toured her all over Polk County one day a week for a year teaching her how to better use her camera and photograph scenes of Polk County.  During this time, she learned a great deal about Polk County and the photos taken became an exhibit in 2007, "3 Women, 3 Cameras."


Even though Carolyn retired from her profession, she has not retired from volunteering her time, talents, and passion in helping others.  She was a Big Sister for five years and now serves with the Guardian Ad Litem program which is an organization that is directed by the courts to be the voice for children in foster care.  She volunteers at the Habitat store in Landrum, has served two years on the Historic Saluda committee, has served 4 years on the Polk County Appearance Commission, is one of the founding mothers of the Saluda Community Land Trust, belongs to three book clubs, is historian for the Saluda Garden Club, and volunteers for many local events such as the Blue Ridge BBQ Festival, Saluda Arts Festival, and Super Saturday.


Carolyn says making friends easily is one of the attributes to living in Saluda.  Because of the many opportunities to serve or volunteer, it makes it easy to get to know people and engage in community living.  She knows that many native Saludians don't like to see change and she hopes to have an opportunity to make a difference in the right kind of changes for Saluda.  After all, if Saluda had not accepted changes in its 132 years, it would not be a thriving community now.


Saluda Scoop

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


knitcality Kniticality

is a full-service yarn boutique, stocking lovely high-quality yarns and other local merchandise. This shop offers master-level needle arts classes in a relaxed, welcoming atmosphere: have a cuppa on the porch and stitch while viewing the beautiful Blue Ridge mountains of North Carolina. At Kniticality, you'll find a yarn to fit most any budget and a place where your questions will be answered. This is truly an off-the-beaten-track treasure and one yarn boutique not to miss.


Kniticality began in a box in 2011. Amy was (and is) a knitting and crochet teacher, and she began selling supplies from a cardboard box at her classes. From there, she added yarn, and soon the box(es) were just too much to haul around...and they were taking over her house! So a retail shop was conceived. The retail shop was opened in 2012, a labor of love and Amy's passion.


Amy loves knowing that somewhere out there folks she taught are knitting away, working with yarns and projects they adore, maybe even teaching others. She loves finding just the right yarn in that color...yes that one...for the perfect pattern, then making certain her customers have the skills they need to be happy with the finished product. Living and working in the Saluda, NC mountains is just right for Amy and her family, away from the noise and bustle of the city.



55 Robin Lane, Saluda 28773, 828-749-3640

From I-26 Exit 59, turn toward Saluda on Ozone Rd. In about 150 feet, turn Left on Howard Gap Road (toward Party Center) and go 1.2 miles. Turn Right on Robin lane and bear left at the fork. Road is marked with signage.   



heartwood Heartwood  will begin the end of summer (almost) sale featuring Maruca Bags, several summer jewelry lines, and some selected maruca pottery. The End of Summer Sale starts the last week of July and ends on Labor Day.   


Click here to visit Heartwood online.


Located at 21 East Main Street, Saluda, NC 28773, 828-749-9365.  Click here for directions.Like us on Facebook




early morning The Orchard Inn

By popular demand, we are now serving Brunch every Sunday from 11:30 - 2:30, by reservation. Every table in our dining room has a fabulous view of the surrounding mountains, and weather permitting, we will also be seating on the lovely outdoor terrace. Sunday Brunch will feature a new addition to our talented culinary team - Michelin trained, Chef Alec Eman. Alec will be the maestro of the kitchen every Sunday, and he brings great passion for reconstructing traditional dishes in a modern creatively artistic way. The 3-course brunch will include a complimentary Mimosa and is sure to become a weekly tradition. $29.95 per person. 


At an elevation of 2500 feet, 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 dinners. Chef Marianne uses only the freshest ingredients prepared with love and creativity and 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 August 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 - 2012 Top Rated Restaurant.   


For reservations call 828-749-5471. 

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

Click here for directions.   



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

August 1 - Wine & Cheese Tasting : 4 to 6 Upstairs of the Boarding House Venue.  Stock up on your favorite Wines and receive 15% off 6 bottles or 20% off a complete case.


Planning a Summer Cookout:  Fresh Ground Chuck: 3 lbs or more $3.59 per lb.  Going on a picnic and taking sandwiches, try our All Natural Deli Meats:  Ham, Turkey, Roast Beef or Pastrami.


In our store, we have specialty items such as: Raw Honey, Sourwood Honey, Variety of Jams & Jellies, Lusty Monk Mustard, Organic Keens Coffee Beans, and a variety of Scalfani Products.


Need a quick dessert, try our Frozen Homemade Fruit Cobblers:  Strawberry, Apple, Peach and Mixed Fruit-Raspberry, Blueberry and Blackberry.  All you need is the Ice Cream to top.


back alley Ward's Grill is serving lunch on Saturday's, 11 to 3, out back on the Back Alley Barn Deck.  Make plans to come have lunch and enjoy our new deck.


Historic Thompson Store open Monday-Saturday 8am to 6pm

Ward's Grill open Monday-Friday 7am to 3pm, 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.Like us on Facebook


Green River BBQ

Serving Authentic Southern Bar-B-Que, Chicken, Ribs, Beef, Smoked Turkey, Seafood, Sandwiches and much, much, more!


Bring your well behaved, leashed, 4 legged friends and dine at our "Barking Lot" like Emma, the Jack Russell Terrier.


Come see the new bar and try one of our popular wraps!


Click here to see our menu online. 


Thursday -Saturday nights, we will remain open until 11pm.  A Bar Menu will be available for those late nights, 9-11pm. 


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 with a salt rimmed glass! It is our answer to a great Margarita!


Daily specials are $4.99 and include:

Tuesday - small chopped pork sandwich, homemade slaw, tea or coke

Wednesday - small chopped chicken sandwich, homemade slaw, tea or coke

Thursday - bacon burger with home style fries and tea or coke

Friday - 2 piglets with homemade slaw, tea or coke


Appetizer and Small Menu Items for $4.99:  BBQ Nachos, Chicken Quesadilla, Fried Green Tomato and Shrimp Stacker, BBQ Stuffed Potato Skins, Chicken Wings, Portobello Mushroom Fries, Piglets, or Buffalo Shrimp! All day, Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays!


Try our five local draft beers or a flight for $4.75 so you can try all five!


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


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


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




August arrives with all the fun of summer and a reminder to savor each and every day of it before fall (and school) sneak up on us.

We really did not intend to keep our fresh, delicious bagels as a secret!  There seems to be a special group aware that I am here every Wednesday morning about 3 am to mix, let rise, shape, boil and bake our incredible, amazing, fantastic bagels. . . often with the help of my bagel apprentice, Dr. Mike.  We are an unbeatable team and often award ourselves the State Fair Blue Ribbon for our work!  Now that you all know, feel free to line up and grab a few fresh from the oven every Wednesday morning!

Next on our calendar of events is the Top of the Grade Concert at the skate park on Friday, August 9.  Wildflour will be serving fresh pizza by the slice; so just grab your chair, your dancing shoes and enjoy the fun!  Rodney Gibson and band will be there to get the party going and you are ALL invited!

Join us at the newest Ingles (exit off I-26 on Airport Rd. and head toward Mills River) on Friday, August 23 to participate in A TASTE OF LOCAL.  This new store has so many special departments and carries a wonderful selection of fresh, local products by small businesses.  Many of us will be there to offer samples and answer questions.  Come on by.

Finally, a quick look ahead at the annual Artist Fair at Nostalgia Courtyard on October 19th.  We love to give our local artists and crafters an affordable market for their work.  October is a busy tourist time for Saluda and many folks are already getting a start on their Christmas shopping.  We have a few booth spaces still available (just $20).  Give us a call if you are interested. (828-749-9224)


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


qr codes Wildflour Bake Shop  828-749-3356
Wildflour Bakery  828-749-9224
Check us out online at for daily specials or use the good ol' fashion way...828-749-3356.   Keep up with specials on Like us on Facebook



macon bank UChoose Rewards

You've been great customers, so we decided to give something back.  That's why Macon Bank is proud to present UChoose Rewards.  Shop at your favorite places, earn points on every purchase, and then choose your rewards.  The point system is easy.  Earn 1 point for every $4 spent when you use your PIN, or earn 1 point for every $2 spent on signature or PIN-less purchases.  Redeem your points, for that new gadget you've been eyeing, for that trip you've been planning, at your favorite restaurants, or even for cash.  You can start redeeming as soon as you earn 1500 points.  UChoose is open to Macon Bank debit card customers at no charge.  Go online to, or stop by the branch in Saluda for more information.


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,






maggie Maggie's Old Saluda Store

There's a change a-coming to Maggie's this Fall! Things are going to start happening soon, so be on the lookout.  But for now, look for 20% to 30% off on selected merchandise.  Stop by and sit awhile in one of the great porch rockers, now on sale at 30% off, have a coke or a cup of coffee, and visit or just enjoy shopping our beautiful store.


"George," our latest addition to Maggie's, is here to welcome everyone. George is a bloodhound pup named after Uncle George Johnson, one of the founding fathers of Coon Dog Day. Of course, we could call him a celebrity since there is now a new future King with the same name! Whatever the occasion, come on by and shop, give George a pat and enjoy some time at Maggie's.


Maggie's located at 1487 Ozone Drive, Saluda 28773, 828.749.3503 * Exit 59 Off I-26

Visit Maggie's website.  



cabin fever

Cabin Fever  

Labor Day weekend and Hendersonville Apple Festival are fast approaching, and we still have a few cabins left.  We are planning live music on August 31, so book now before the cabins are all gone.


Cabin Fever is excited to host our first Emergency Preparedness Weekend.
September is National Emergency preparedness month. Are you prepared for an emergency? Join us Friday 9/13/13 through 9/15/13 for an Emergency preparedness weekend. Classes begin at 9:00 a.m Saturday. The event will be at Cabin Fever in Saluda NC. There are 7 cabins available to rent, on a 1st come basis. Call Cabin Fever to reserve your cabin today as they are not available to rent online. If you rent a cabin, you will receive 4 free admissions to the event. For all others, the event will be $40.00 per person. Children 16 and under are free. This includes a catered dinner and live music to end the night by the campfire. Vendors space is available for $25 and you must supply your own table and/or tent .
Tentative speakers are Survivalist Gardener & Survivor Jane. We will also have speakers on trip wires and security, sutures, bug out/get home bags, essential oils, food storage, aquaponix, water storage, prepping on a budget, bartering and networking. We are working on adding more classes and some are subject to change.

Give us a call if you would like more information on this event.

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



SML Saluda Mountain Lake Retreat Cabin Special

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


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


Estate Sale

Saturday, August 3, 8am until 5pm. Entire contents of home - something for everyone.

At 511 Friendship Lane, Saluda.  Directions:  Ozone Dr. to Laurel Drive to left on Firefly

then 1st left onto Friendship Lane - 1st house on left.  For information, please call 828-817-6753.

A Thousand Forests Montessori School

montessori A Thousand Forests Montessori School is a half-day learning community based in Saluda, North Carolina. The school follows the Montessori curriculum designed to serve the unique intellectual, social, emotional, and physical needs of the 3- to 6-year-old child.  


Space is available for children who will be 3 to 4 years old by September 1, 2013.  Our 5-year-old group is full.


Click here to visit our website.


Visit us on Facebook to keep up with current news.


A Thousand Forests Montessori School is located at 144 W Main St (across from Green River BBQ), Saluda, NC 28773, 828-749-9251

Local Fire Fighter Cycles 700 Miles for Fallen Victims

brotherhood Rich Rauschenbach, lives in Saluda, NC with his family.  He has helped to organize a portion of a charity bicycle ride which will go from the Greenville Water Shed into Saluda on Thursday, August 15 on their way to the final stop of the day in Hendersonville.


Saluda resident, Lt. Richard Rauschenbach of the Asheville City Fire Department is on his bike again, joining up with the Bicycle Team Carolina Brotherhood comprised of 40 Fire Fighters from North and South Carolina.  This is his second year and promises to be more challenging than the last.  This time, it is twice as long and goes through some of the hottest parts of South Carolina before finishing up in the cool mountain air of Boone, NC.  The terrain is diverse and challenging, the long flat hot tar roads in the center of South Carolina in the hottest part of the summer and then making a slow and high ascent into some of most challenging hills in this part of the US!  What some may consider torture, Rich considers fun because he is raising money for a good cause.


This year's ride is dedicated to the 6 police officers from North and South Carolina that lost their lives in the line of duty.

  • Bobby Gene Demuth, Jr. - Trooper, North Carolina Highway Patrol, North Carolina
  • Jeremiah M. Goodson, Jr. - Master Police Officer, Lumberton Police Department, North Carolina
  • Dewayne Charles Hester - Deputy Sheriff, Bladen County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina
  • William Mast, Jr. - Deputy Sheriff, Watauga County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina
  • Sandra E. "Sandy" Rogers - Master Corporal, Aiken Department of Public Safety, South Carolina
  • Randall "Shane" Thomas - Detective, Henderson County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina

The ride will start in Rocky Mount on August 10 and end 7 days later in Boone, covering over 700 miles. Overnight stops include Elizabethtown, Darlington, Columbia, Aiken, Honea Path, Hendersonville, and Marion. The ride will average 100 miles a day and end with a 6,000 foot elevation climb on the last day into Boone.  On Thursday, August 15, the group will travel through Saluda and into Hendersonville, spending the night at the Justice Academy in Edneyville.


The mission of the Carolina Brotherhood Bicycle Team ( is to provide both emotional and financial support for the families of those lost in the line of duty in the Carolina's.  The money raised goes directly to the victims' families to help them move forward and heal quicker without having to worry with the financial strains a family can find themselves in after losing a family member.   


Because Firefighters spend such a great deal of time together, working, eating  and sleeping on the same schedules, they inevitably form a special relationship, an unbreakable bond often referred to as the "brotherhood."  Firefighters and police face such adverse situations that can result in danger and injury and sometimes even death, it is important in the healing process of both the service people and their families to be able to contribute in some way.  


Rich Rauschenbach, wife Joni and son Wylie have lived in Saluda, NC for the past 9 years.  Rauschenbach is a volunteer fire fighter with the Saluda Fire Department. "Being a firefighter and a cyclist are two of my favorite vocations.  Raising money doing the things I love is very rewarding," says Rich.


Donations can be made by going to Fallen.  Checks can also be mailed to Carolina Brotherhood c/o Rich Rauschenbach, 229 Greenville Street, Saluda NC 28773 or Facebook Rich Rauschenbach for link

Can You Benefit from Municipal Bonds? 

As you know, some cities and states across the country are still facing money problems. Given these difficulties, should you even consider adding municipal bonds to your portfolio?


Actually, default rates for "munis" are low - much lower than for corporate bonds of comparable quality, according to Moody's Investor Services.


And when you invest in municipal bonds, you get some significant tax benefits because municipal bond interest payments are free from federal taxes. However, some munis are subject to the alternative minimum tax as well as state and local taxes.


Also, by adding investment-grade municipal bonds to your portfolio, you can help support worthwhile projects in your community, such as construction of schools and hospitals.


Furthermore, municipal bonds can help you diversify your portfolio, especially if it's weighted heavily toward stocks and corporate bonds. Keep in mind, though, that diversification by itself can't guarantee a profit or protect against loss.


Municipal bonds may not sound glamorous - but talk to your financial advisor to discover if they're suitable for your needs.


For additional information on municipal bonds and other timely topics, please join us for our "Coffee Club" the 4th Friday of each month at Jongo Java Coffee House, 117 S. Main St. in Hendersonville.  Our next meeting is Friday, August 23 and the coffee and pastries are on us!



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


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Douglass M. Rostick | Financial Advisor | Edward Jones 

1038-A Greenville Hwy  Flat Rock, NC 28731

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

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 Garden Club 85th Anniversary Celebration

Saturday August 10, 2013, 6-9pm

Tryon Fine Arts Center, 34 Melrose Ave. Tryon, NC

"Let it Sizzle, A Celebration of Seasons," featuring artwork created by Polk County and

Landrum artists who participated in "Four Seasons of Creativity Inspired by Pearson's



Benefits the "Learning to Grow....Growing to Learn" program for the 2nd grade students

in the four Polk County Elementary Schools.


Artwork on view from August 6 - 10, from 10am-4pm in Gallery II at the Tryon Fine Arts



Silent Auction to be held during celebratory event August 10, 2013, $15/per person donation required to attend the event. Tickets available for purchase at the door and prior to event by calling 864-415-9791. Visa and Master Card accepted.


Tryon Arts & Crafts School

373 Harmon Field Road

Tryon, NC 28782

(828) 859-8323      


Tryon Fine Arts

34 Melrose Avenue
Tryon, NC  28782
828.859.8322 (TFAC)     

Tryon Painters & Sculptors

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


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


Isothermal Community College: A Best Kept Secret in Polk County

September is the beginning of a new term at Isothermal, and the fall bulletin is in the process of finalization. Many new courses are going to be available and many of the excellent courses offered in past terms will be a choice again. The courses in continuing education and their start dates, beginning in late August (register as soon as possible for August classes to avoid class cancellation) and September and finalized at this time are: Spanish IV (9/30), In-class Writing (9/9), Community Theater (call for date), Voice and performance (call for date), Beginning Woodcarving (8/29), Extreme Woodcarving (8/28), Intermediate Drawing (8/28), Open Studio (8/30), Beginning Watercolor (9/9),  Intermediate Watercolor (begins 9/5),  Multimedia Painting (9/10), Open Mosaic Studio (8/15), Open Stained Glass Studio (8/27), Photoshop Elements II (9/11), A Guided Walk in Paris (8/28), History of Appalachian Music (9/5), Tai Chi Intermediate (9/9), Qi Gong (9/16), Tai Ji for Health (9/19),  Financial workshop (call for date), How to Grow Your Business (call for date), PC Repair ( 9/3), Windows 8 (9/3), How to Sell on EBay, Amazon & More (9/12), How to Have Your Own Website (9/11), Computers: Past, Present, and Beyond (9/19), Broadcast Yourself: How to Use the Internet to Get Your Message Out (9/19), Don't Click Glasses When You Toast (call for date), Sustainable Poultry (9/16). Courses range in cost from $19 to $89, depending on the number of meetings for the class and payment is due at the first class meeting. The Computer Repair course is $180 and is designed to give skills needed to gain entry level employment or to maintain a personal system. Additional courses being finalized in  history, self-care, and other topics.


To register or for questions, you may call 828-894-3092. The new catalogue should be on-line by mid-August. (Old catalogue online now). To see this online catalogue, go to and select "Polk Continuing education classes." The  printed catalogue should be out by the end of August. Be sure to register as soon as possible to avoid class cancellations due to lack of students. 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 are encouraged to call and make a request.


alicia Alicia Knighten was new to ICC as an instructor this past term but is not new to teaching, having taught at BRCC for many years. At ICC, she is teaching computer courses and an Appalachian Music course.  She is a native of Western North Carolina with expertise in web design, marketing and advertising and co-owns Action Digital Incorporated in Arden, a web technology company dealing with cutting edge web sites, e-commerce development and graphic design.  Music is both a hobby and a passion for Alicia who has been performing since she was 12. She has worked with many musical acts, both on radio and at festivals. In addition she has served on many local boards and committees and was chosen in 1998 as "Hometown Hero" by Choice Hotels/Disney Company because of her work in the community. She is very excited about being at Isothermal, stating that she is impressed with how willing the college is to develop new courses when suggestions or requests come to the office. She looks forward to developing a relationship with interested students in the area. Courses she offered in the summer session were: How to Sell on EBay, Amazon & More (again offered in Sept.), Search Engine Optimization, Tablet Computing, Computers: Past, Present & Beyond (again offered in Sept.), Email Explained, Computer Basics, I Hate My Computer Because..., The Mobile Professional, Social Media & Marketing for Music Professionals, Windows 7, the History of Appalachian Music (again offered in Sept.), and Our Haunted Heritage: WNC legends and Ghost Stories. Stay tuned via the new catalogue for all her courses offered in the Fall Term as they are finalized or call to request one that you would like her to teach. 


By Betsy Sellers
Radio--The Great Equalizer
by Clark Thompson


Dear Readers - Unless you have reached or are approaching senior citizen status, this article may seem even more meaningless than some of my previous ones.


For millions of families, the depression years of the 1930s were followed by a painfully slow economic recovery in the 1940s. Lingering poverty deprived them of conveniences now taken for granted such as automobiles, telephones, and refrigerators, while merchandise catalogs were commonly referred to as wish books.  


However, the radio was a great equalizer, allowing even the poorest families to enjoy free news and entertainment like everyone else. No economic status separated the masses in this media. Instead, it allowed the freedom to select programs of one's own interest.


In my case, it was primarily country music and weekly radio shows. Some of my favorite early evening shows had names like Amos & Andy, Our Miss Brooks, Abbot & Costello, Burns & Allen, Sgt. Preston of the Yukon, The Cisco Kid, Death Valley Days, Dragnet, The Edgar Bergen/Charlie McCarthy Show, Fibber McGee & Molly, Great Gildersleeve, Gunsmoke, Mr. Keen: Tracer of Lost Persons, The Original Amateur Hour, The Romance of Helen Trent, Sky King, Suspense, and The Shadow (Who knows what evil lurks in the minds of men? The Shadow knows!).


However, my personal all-time favorite was and still is The Lone Ranger. To me, that series was the holy grail of radio programming. The one-half hour program came on at 5:00 P. M. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays and was sponsored by Merita Bread Company. So pervasive was the program that it's almost impossible for today's senior citizens to hear the first few notes of the finale of Rossini's "William Tell Overture" without immediately associating the music to the Lone Ranger and his faithful Indian companion, Tonto. Kemo Sabe, the name Tonto used when speaking to or referencing the Lone Ranger, meant trusted scout or trusted friend.


With ears glued to the radio, it was understood that the listening room would remain silent for the duration so that not a single spoken phrase or sound effect would be missed. Our summertime neighbors were William and Bessie English from Winter Park, Florida, and Mr. English, also a devoted fan of the Lone Ranger, faithfully invited me to listen to his large 1934 wooden-encased American Bosch radio which had higher quality sound and better signal reach than did ours.


It's also doubtful that anyone from my generation has forgotten the verbal introduction to each Lone Ranger program: "Return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear when out of the past comes the thundering hoof beats of the great horse Silver" and "A fiery horse with the speed of light, a cloud of dust and a hearty Hi-Yo Silver, away. The Lone Ranger rides again." Decades later, hearing those introductions still causes goose bumps to appear on my arms and transports me back to my childhood before the first television set arrived in Saluda.


Ahhh...but nothing can be kept sacrosanct forever, not even the revered Lone Ranger.  A recently released movie version of this iconic story by Walt Disney Pictures even includes cannibalism, for Heaven's sake, while the ever-faithful character Tonto, played by Johnny Depp, has been besmirched by wearing a dead magpie as a headpiece. So far the movie has been a huge economic disaster and box office failure which I must admit is music to my ears.


During this era, there were a limited number of designated clear channel stations with 50,000 watts of power that dominated the airways at night. Lower-powered AM stations were required to either sign off at sundown when solar radiation was reduced, substantially reduce their own operating power, or switch to another frequency. The purpose was to provide reliable radio service to millions of Americans living in rural areas of the United States.


My favorite clear channel stations for nighttime listening were WLAC and WSM in Nashville & WCKY in Cincinnati. On Saturday nights in my darkened bedroom, I would lie in bed listening to the Grand Ole Opry until midnight, then usually fall asleep trying to listen to the Ernest Tubb Record Shop which lasted until 1:00 AM EST.


I inherited the English's radio and had it restored about thirty years ago. Unfortunately some of the vacuum tubes failed over time and it now sits in the corner of my bedroom, a silent relic of that other time.


"Return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear......"



(Correction to July article: Just for the record, my brother Perry graduated from N. C. State in 1952, not 1962 as incorrectly stated by me)



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