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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
Charlie Ward Memorial Pig Out
Contra Dancing
Morgans Celebrate 50 Years
Saluda Tailgate Market
Green River Games
Ella Grace Race
Saluda 5K9
City Notes
Saluda Center News
Saluda Community Land Trust
Saluda Garden Club
Saluda Tree Preservation
The Women's Club of Saluda
Stolen/Lost Dog
Local Critters' Connection
Hobie Needs a Home
Yoga Schedule
Historic Saluda
Horace Pace
Saluda Library
Saluda School
Saluda Church Services
Post Office Hours
Saluda Classifieds
Saluda Lifestyles Marketplace
What's Happening in Music and Art
Top of the Grade Concerts
Saluda Faces
Saluda Scoop
The Porpoise Room
Income Producing Tips
Tryon Arts
Tryon Garden Club Fall Classes
A Saluda Poem
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

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! 
Meticulously kept home on large .97 ac private city lot. Hardwood floors throughout. 3BR, 2.5BA MLS#547038  $164,800
Exceptional quality home with year round views, Bold creek, organic gardens, fruit trees.  3BR, 3BA, approx 2460 SF, 6 acres, MLS#546435  $550,000

Quiet neighborhood. Just a short walk to downtown Saluda. Lower level has full bath and could be used as forth bedroom or rec room. 3BR, 3BA, approx 2185 SF, 2-car garage, MLS#546454  $295,000

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 
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


 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, 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.
Click here to see all Cathy Jackson Realty Featured Home Listings  

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 August 31, 2013). 


Sales               Closed   Pending 

Homes 2013     19         3     

Homes 2012     17         1    


Land 2013         16         1          

Land 2012           7         0


Foreclosures-REO-Short Sales

Saluda - 2 homes

Polk County - 13 Homes 


Data taken from Western NC multiple listing service.


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


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

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

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

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

Saluda Business Association
meets Tuesday, September 3 at 5:30 for annual social at the Purple Onion Patio.
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, September 13 from 2 to 4pm at the Saluda Library.  The public is invited to attend.  


Top of the Grade Concerts - September 12, 13, and 27, 6:30-8:30pm, McCreery Park.


Charlie Ward's Memorial BBQ September 14, 5 to 7pm at McCreery Park. 


Women's Club Annual picnic on September 10, 5:30 to 7:30pm at McCreery Park. 


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

Saluda Community Land Trust
Monthly meeting 3pm, September 18 at Pavilion at McCreery Park.

Contra Dancing Tuesday, September 24, 7pm at Party Place & Event Center.

Saluda Garden Club will meet September 16.

Potluck and Bingo, Saluda Center, September 30 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
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Saluda was designated as a NC "Small Town Main Street."

Monthly meetings with the STMS program director, Sherry Adams, are scheduled the third Tuesday of the month at 9am at the Saluda Library. Meetings are open to the public.  The next meeting will be on September 17.
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 

September Contra Dancing


Calling all contra or would be contra dancers!

Come join us Tuesday, September 24th for a HUGE amount of fun at the Party and Event Place on Friendship Church Road. If you have been to one of our dances, you know how entertaining it is! So come on back and bring some friends to share the merriment and get some great exercise at the same time!


If you have not been, then you are in for a treat! We have lessons from 7-7:30pm before the dance and then dancing from 7:30 until 10pm. We can teach you everything you need to know in 30 minutes!


We have our favorite fiddler Alan Dillman and the Skeeziks playing, and we have a great surprise caller coming; together, they will make for a dancing good time!


For directions, please visit For more information or to sign up for our email list, please visit See Blue Ridge Contra on FaceBook and for a sample dance visit Gallery.


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


View our videos on YouTube 

Leon and Judy Morgan Celebrated 50 Years

leon and judy Leon and Judy Morgan celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary with a Drop in Reception at the Saluda Senior Center on Sunday, August 25, 2013 at 6:30 pm. Leon and Judy were married on August 26, 1963 in Spartanburg, SC. Leon is the son of the late Leland & Lucy Morgan of Saluda. Judy is the daughter of the late Alfred & Pauline Anderson of Hendersonville.  The Morgan's are the owners of Somewhere in Time, an antique store, and M. A. Pace General Store in Saluda.  


They are very active in the town. Leon is currently on Saluda City Council as a commissioner. They have raised three lovely daughters; Tammy Frisbee, Tangela Ciarvolo, and Tonya Pace. They also have three grandchildren: Scarlett Frisbee, Cynthia Pace, and Lathan Pace, all of whom live in Saluda.

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. 

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.


Click here to download a registration form.


Click here to download a volunteer sign up form.


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

Beginners Tai Chi class taught by Ed Kan will begin Wed., Sept. 4 from 2-3:30 pm for eight weeks. An intermediate Tai Chi class taught by Ed Kan will begin on Tues., Sept. 10 from 6:30-8 pm for eight weeks. There will be a fee for these classes.


Vinyasa yoga class, taught by Cassandra Nelson, is now on Mon. mornings at 8:00 am.


Book club meets on Thurs., Sept. 5 at 2:00 pm.


Saluda Single Women potluck and movie on Thurs. Sept. 19 at 6:00 pm.


Saluda craft club will meet on Thurs., Sept. 26 from 12:30-2:30 pm. Since we didn't choose a craft for September, I thought it might be fun for each of us to share a favorite fall craft. We each would bring in the supplies for our favorite fall craft and make it at the Center...sort of like, "Show and Tell". We'd get lots of ideas and maybe choose one craft that we'd all like to make together at our October meeting. Also, I will be bringing in the supplies for us to make ribbon pearl necklaces for us to donate to Autumn Care either for Christmas presents or bingo prizes for the female residents. This can be an ongoing craft for us to do. These necklaces are very pretty, inexpensive and easy to make. If you have questions,  please call or email me at 828-749-3129 or Hope to see you soon! And remember, you are always welcome to come and work on your own projects with us. Thanks, Holly.


Community potluck and bingo on Mon., Sept. 30 at 6:00 p.m. All are welcome to attend.


A Thrifty Barn Basement is open every Saturday from 10:00 am-4:00 pm and every Wednesday from 10:00 am-4:00 pm. Donations are accepted on Wednesdays.


A Thrifty Barn is open Wed. through Sat. from 10:00 am-4:00 pm.  Donations are accepted when we are open.


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


What happened to the summer and where did it go? temperatures and short time to get out and take care of any invasives that are lurking behind the next corner.



Come join the fun and fellowship while cleaning up both entrances to Saluda on Highway 176!  We will meet at the Saluda Library parking lot at 9 am, September 9th  with rain date of September 16th. Bags, gloves, and vests will be provided. It's a great way to get outdoors, do a good deed and enjoy friends and neighbors, all the while seeing a different part of Saluda on foot.


Saluda Dog Park

Take your dog(s) out and let them run! SCLT has partnered with the City of Saluda to provide a safe and comfortable environment for you and your dog. Come sit on a bench, read a book, take that leash off your trusty companion and let nature take its course. Located on Chestnut Street, this area is ideal for you and all dog lovers to congregate, swap stories and let those dogs socialize!


Twin Lakes

Want to have a place for you and your family to take a day off and wet your feet? SCLT has been doing a great amount of work to preserve an area that has deep history with the Saluda Community. The Twin Lakes is now managed and being taken care of by SCLT. If you are interested in reserving this spot for a festive occasion, or would just like to take the day off with family and friends, please call our office at 828-749-1560. This is a reservation only facility with a request of a donation.


Walks in the Woods

We meet in the parking lot of the Saluda Library at 2PM, with carpooling from the Library encouraged. As always, we ask that you please wear appropriate clothing and be sure to let your trail leader know if you have any medical concerns that might need addressing. Bring water and enjoy a great time to be outdoors!

September 8th--Saluda Mountain Passage #1

1.6 miles each way, moderate to strenuous. This is an out and back on the Palmetto Trail System.

September 22nd -Saluda Mountain Passage #2

3.5 miles, moderate to strenuous, taking 2-3 hours. For this hike, we will carpool and be dropped off on Heatherly Heights Road and trek up and down the mountain to be met at Talisman Camp on Highway 25.


The Saluda Kudzu Swat Team has been doing its best to get out there and take care of this pesky weed. Where we were once able to beat it back with vigor, this year has been a test of patience and fortitude. BUT, the team has been meeting on Thursday's to decrown from 8:30 till 10:30 (weather permitting) and have made headway on areas that you may see that have signs that start with "Kudzu Control Site.."


On September 5th we will be working on the Main Street extension (area going toward City Parking Lot where the Friday Tailgate takes place).

September 12th work will be at the bank to the left of Green River Adventures-park at the post office or on Main Street.

September 19th work will continue at the Saluda Inn 

September 26th will be a catch up day for any work sites that were rained out.


The goats are coming!!! Weather has held off this project, but it is looking as though September will be the month! It will be exciting to watch this area on Pearson Falls Road next to the Waste Water Treatment Plant be cleared and with little effort. All it takes is some hungry goats and a new perspective as to how to get rid of kudzu. Thank you Polk County Community Foundation for making this project real!


The next SCLT board meeting will be held at McCreery Park on September 18th at 3pm. 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

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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 September meeting will be Monday, September 16.


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


Our main focus presently is on achieving the designation of Tree City USA for Saluda.  We shall be working together with the Tree City USA group and are excited about this project as a real benefit to our community.


Continuing our traditional seasonal projects, also, we shall again plan our "walk in the autumn woods" and the Christmas tree for the birds.  Watch for announcements of dates for both events.


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 

Women's Club Meeting

The Women's Club of Saluda's annual picnic will be held on Tuesday, September 10, from 5:30 to 7:30 at the pavilion in McCreery Park.  Fried chicken will be provided and members are asked to bring a side dish or dessert to share.  


Members, spouses, and guests are welcome. It is a great opportunity for women interested in joining this service and social organization to learn what the club is all about.  Please respond to either Suzanne Haskell, 828-749-3835, or Peggy Wolf, 828-749-3276 by September 7.  There will not be a regular meeting in September. 

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.

Hobie Needs a Home

hobie We need to find a new home for Hobie, our 12-year-old neutered male orange short-hair cat.  He has been a delightful pet for the 11 years he has lived with us, very affectionate and personable.  He is excellent at catching mice and rats (and doesn't bring them to us!)  But he has developed a habit of sometimes reacting to something someone does that annoys him by biting the person.  We have small grandchildren and cannot risk their being bitten.


He would be an excellent barn cat or a yard cat (perhaps with limited indoor privileges).  We hate to part with him, but we must give our grandchildren's safety priority.  He is in good health, having just had a complete work-up at the Saluda Veterinary Clinic.  He has some arthritis but is quite active nevertheless.  He is up-to-date on shots and flea treatment, and we would pass on an ample quantity of his food and several months of flea treatment to his new owner.


Please contact us if you think you might be willing to give Hobie a new home.


Bruce and Sarah Jayne

545 Glen Echo Circle


Yoga Class Schedules

Cassandra Nelson, LMBT at Saluda Center
Gentle Yoga Classes

Wednesday 12:30

Thursday 5:30 

Friday 9:30


Flow (vinyasa) Yoga
Monday 8:00 a.m.

Chair Exercise Classes
Monday 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:


Register Now

September 9th- October 28th $99   

Exploring The Chakra's Through Yoga - Don't miss this all time favorite series.
Raphaela's last series of the year


Saturday Morning Yoga Class

Yoga Foundations: Yoga Flow
Every Saturday, 9-10:30a


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



 A Tribute to Horace Pace

On August 20, 2013, Saluda lost one of its beloved icons, Horace Pace. We are saddened by his passing. Members of the Historic Saluda Oral History Committee sat down with Horace in April of 2012 for a delightful interview. The full interview, in 6 parts, has now been uploaded to YouTube. Go to our website: for the links. Horace, one of twenty-nine children, shared with us his hardships and delights growing up in Saluda. Horace was an avid hunter and loved spending time hiking and fishing along the Green River. He shared many interesting stories with us including tales about the "devil's footprint" and the "narrows" found along his favorite river. Horace will be greatly missed!


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, September 13, 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

A Saluda Treasure-Horace Pace
By Bonnie Bardos

This column originally ran in the June 3, 2011 edition of the Tryon Daily Bulletin. We have lost yet another Saluda Treasure, one of our dwindling old-timers, this past week. Horace Pace was a Saluda native who was a huge part of what makes Saluda special. Today, here the column is again, in Horace's memory and to honor a man who had a kind heart, who was an adventurer, gardener, and outdoorsman. Horace could fix about any mower, even those without hope. Thank you, Horace.


Saluda News & Notations

By Bonnie Bardos

...There will come soft rains and the smell of the ground,
And swallows circling with their shimmering sound;
And frogs in the pool singing at night,
And wild plum trees in tremulous white....

~ Sara Teasdale


It's hard to believe that heated days of sweet June are here already...not that long ago I was whining about freezing winter! The other day, my old (really, really old) push mower balked at mowing the back yard; it got slower and slower, heavier and heavier with each hill. How I sympathized as it lagged-I know the feeling, old mower, I muttered as we struggled along. Time to get a mower tune-up; rather than pack the old friend off to the dump. So, I called up Horace Pace right here in town, told him I'd get it over somehow to his place, along with the old Mantis tiller and loppers, all needing a Horace Fix. I could just feel Horace smiling through the phone. He loves a challenge- grumpy old mowers don't faze him.  


For those who don't know, Horace is a Saluda Treasure. Hailing from a large family, he can tell you the best fishing stories imaginable-and doesn't have to make a thing up. The very next morning, he's calling me to tell me every thing is ready: tuned up, sharpened. How much do I owe you, Horace, I ask. He cites a number so low, that I ask again, just to make sure I heard him right. Of course, it's Horace we're talking about. He's retired, he's got no overhead, and he loves helping people out. People like me NEED a Horace in their lives! My billfold is perpetually thin, and the grass still needs mowing: thin billfold and grumpy mower or not-so he's a blessing in this community. I promise to come by and add in a hug along with payment; which I do that evening.  

We stand out by his shed, Horace in a neatly-pressed khaki shirt, right at home with well-used tools, rows of old mowers-many older than mine: each carefully covered with a round metal trash can lid just in case of rain. Nearby, kids yell, playing at the Baptist church, lightning bugs flash in the evening breeze, and we chew the fat a bit between us, laughing and enjoying a bit of Saluda time. Too much time goes in between those mower tune-ups. Sometimes life gets busy, but the sweetest thing about Saluda time is slowing down a bit to share a minute with someone else. One thing I know is Horace is a Good Man. A Saluda Treasure. The mower agrees.

Saluda Community Library

Paul Koenen


Saluda Community Library:

Storytime is on Thursdays at 12:30pm starting in September. There will be no storytime on September 26th. This 30 minute program featuring stories and crafts is recommended for children ages 2-5.


September 5th Storytime: Library Card Sign-Up Month

September 12th Storytime: Zoo Animals

September 19th Storytime: Colors & Shapes


Polk County Public Library, Columbus:

September 5th, 5:30-7:30pm

HeartSongs: Music with Bob Child, Native American Woodland Flutist & Flute Maker.

September 12th, 5:30-7:30pm

Drum Circle: Enjoy pizza and iced tea before the drumming. Some instruments provided or bring your own! All ages.

Storytime is on Tuesdays at 10:30am starting in September. This 30 minute program featuring stories and crafts is recommended for children ages 2-5.

September 3rd Storytime: Library Card Sign-Up Month

September 10th Storytime: Zoo Animals

September 17th Storytime: Colors & Shapes

September 24th Storytime: Guest Storytime with Ms. Lorna

44 W. Main Street
Saluda, NC 28773
Tel. (828) 749-2117
Mon.-Fri. 9am - 6pm
Sat. 9am - 1pm

Saluda Elementary School
  Joe Adams

The 2013-14 school year began for 158 students at Saluda Elementary School on Monday, August 26.  We have had a wonderful first week of school!  The faculty, staff and students are excited about our school-wide theme, "CAMP SALUDA+".  


Saluda Elementary School welcomes Kathy Montgomery (school counselor); Lee Cantey (teaching assistant); Diane Cothran and Stacy Harris (cafeteria assistants).  


Our school has received monetary donations and donations of school supplies from several Saluda community groups and individuals.  Thank you for your generosity and for helping us be sure all students have what they need to be ready to learn each day!


Upcoming School Events

Mon., Sept. 2      HOLIDAY---No school

Fri., Sept. 6        Dress Down for Charity

Wed., Sept. 11    Fall Pictures by Strawbridge Studios (on the stage in the auditorium)

Thurs., Sept. 12  State-required assessment (BOG3) for third grade students

Thurs., Sept. 19  Interim Reports



Visit Saluda School for additional school news.    


Principal, Ronette Dill   


To keep Saluda School children safe, please remember that the school campus and grounds including steps from Seminary St. to Main St., tennis courts, playground, and ball field are not available for community-wide use during school hours.  All visitors must check into the office before visiting any buildings or using any school campus properties.  We appreciate the community's support in keeping our kids safe while at school.


boxtops Don't forget to collect Box tops! 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
Part-Time Caregiver in exchange for one bedroom apartment rent of $300 including utilities. Call Libby at 828-749-2732.

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.

 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.

Dorothy Pearce, 93 died August 5, 2013.

Lucille Ann Stephenson passed away Monday, August 5, 2013. She was born September 16, 1935 and grew up in Saluda, NC. 

Horace Ransom Pace, 87, of Saluda, NC passed away Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013 at his home.

Joseph A Brown, Jr, 84, of Lake Hosea in Saluda, passed away August 29, 2013. He is survived by his wife of 5 years, Betty Anna Thompson Brown of Saluda.
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. 


Calling You Home

totg Summer vacations are ending and the delightful sounds of children in the Saluda School's playground are resonating throughout town.  Yellow school buses line up emptying out enthusiastic children carrying new backpacks talking a mile a minute sharing summer stories.


Farmers are harvesting the last of summer vegetables and planning their fall plantings to extend their sales into October at the farmer's market. 


The crisp cool mornings are invigorating and everyone has a quicker step in their walk down Main Street.


As September calls you home to get back to school or work, remember there is still a lot of "summer love in the moon above" in Saluda.  Saluda will celebrate the ending of summer and the beginning of the fall season with town barbeques and outdoor concerts.


See you in Saluda in September!

What's Happening in Music and Art
What's Happening At The Onion in September

Along with crisp cool mornings and clear blue skies, September marks the return to a five day week for all of us at The Purple Onion. Beginning September 4, we will be closed Sundays and Wednesdays until next May, except of course for the occasional Sunday evening Concerts.  


Warren Hood Band

September 8, 7 PM

It is a pleasure and honor to welcome the Warren Hood Band to The Purple Onion Sunday, September 8.  The doors open for this show at 6:00 PM and seating is limited. We will not be offering our usual dinner menu, however pizza and a couple of our salads are available from 6 - 6:45 with dessert and beverages available throughout the show. Admission is $15 per person. Come by the café at 16 Main Street in Saluda or call 828-749-1179 for reservations. We accept Visa, Master Card or Discover.


"The cream always rises to the top, and there are young performers out there who will find their audience [such as] Warren Hood, a terrific songwriter and singer."
- Lyle Lovett

Warren Hood began playing the fiddle at the age of eleven. He attended Berklee School of Music where he was awarded the school's top honor - The String Achievement Award. He has since gone on to win numerous awards for string virtuosity and has been recognized three times as String Player of the Year in the Austin Chronicle Music Poll. The son of Austin, TX music legend, Champ Hood (Uncle Walt's Band, Toni Price), Warren has become an accomplished multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and singer. He has toured extensively as a member of acclaimed Bay Area band, The Waybacks (featured on NPR), which accompanied former Grateful Dead founder Bob Weir and as violinist for world-renowned recording artists, The BoDeans. He has also performed and/or recorded with such noteworthy artists as Lyle Lovett, Joan Osborne, Emmylou Harris, Ben Kweller, Little Feet, Elvis Costello, Susan Tedeschi, Gillian Welch, and Alejandro Escovedo.


"Hood has style to burn, with a knack for composing songs as ageless as they are pleasing to hear."
- Margaret Moser, The Austin Chronicle


The Warren Hood Band features Austin guitar ace Willie Pipkin, and singer and pianist, Emily Gimble. Gimble is the granddaughter of Grammy Award winning fiddler Johnny Gimble, who was a member of the original Texas Playboys. Emily has also gained notoriety for her role as lead singer and pianist of the Marshall Ford Swing Band. She has shared the stage with such greats as Ray Benson, Marcia Ball, Bobby Bare and Willie Nelson.


"Emily Gimble ... sings with an amazing, free, effortless style. She sounds a little bit like Norah Jones and Billie Holliday, but it as not as mannered or stuffy as other female singers ... What I like about Emily is that she is totally unaffected, and the music just pours out of her, like it floats up out of her body, like an essential part of her."
- Elana James.


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


We hope that you blues and jazz fans are paying attention to the schedule because September is full of both genres.  Check it out:


September 5 - Lazybirds 

"A good variety of bules, jazz and that good old ragtime sound."  Doc Watson


September 7 - Wendy Jones 

"Possesses a rich voice and that ineffable quality that allows certain performers to glow from within."  Naples Daily News


September 12 - Mark Bumgarner 

A blend of roots country, bluegrass and hillbilly blues that creates a true "Southern Americana" sound.


September 14 - JPQ Band 

More great jazz featuring Jim Peterman on the fabulous Hammond B3 organ.


September 19 -  Scoot Pittman 

Like mama's Southern cookin' in your gut, his music satisfies the sweet spot in your brain.


September 21 - Peggy Ratusz Band 

Continuing our love affair with the blues  and jazz this month.


September 26 - One Leg Up  

A ticket back in time to 1930's Paris and the glory years of Django Reinhardt.


September 28 -  The Shana Blake Band 

Great band from Charlotte returns

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 



September Schedule & News At The Party Place & Event Center


Saturday, September 7 will be the weekend of the GREEN RIVER GAMES.  The Party Place & Event Center will be the host for the Green River Beer Festival and will not be having their regular Saturday night bands and dance that night. However, The Green River Beer Festival will be open to the public. This Festival will be the perfect way for spectators, athletes and local folks to wind down after Saturday's competitions, races, and events.  There will be the awards presentations from the day's events, an action packed video presentation, great live music, some tasty BBQ, hamburgers, and hot dogs, and a chance to sample some of the locally brewed beers.  The Beer Fest will be 4:00 until 8:00pm, but the party will continue until 11:00pm.  Tickets are $20.00 and can be purchased online or at the door.  All Guests must be 21 years of age. You can find all the information about the three day event by going to their website


Saturday, September 14  The Ella Grace 5K Race will be held in the morning.  Information can be found on facebook or by contacting Shena Mintz.

"FREE FLIGHT" will be the performing band for the regular Sat. night dance starting at 8:00pm

Saturday, September 21 "The 7-Eighty-9" band on stage at 8:00pm

Tuesday, September 24  The Blue Ridge Contra Dance at 7:00pm

Saturday, September 28 "Crimson Rose" band performing at 8:00pm


Mark your Calendar and hold the date of October 26.  "THE TAMS" will be back at the Party Place & Event Center with their fantastic, high energy concert!! Tickets are only $15.00 and go on sale October 1.

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.  (Open at 7pm, Live Music starts at 8pm)  


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

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.                        

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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 

September 6 - Jammin JP Back By Popular Demand-6 to 10:00pm





Back Alley Barn

Presents an Opera & Dinner

A first of its kind event for Saluda, worth marking your calendar as a reminder. On Thursday evening, October 10, 2013, the University of South Carolina's Music Department and Historic Thompson's Store will bring an evening of savoir faire to our Back Alley Deck and Boarding House Venue in the form of a Back Alley Opera & Dinner.  


With the enthusiastic assistance from Mr. Tim Driggers of Columbia, Professor, and Walter Cuttino of the School of Music at USC have agreed to bring a duo of talented soloists to Saluda for an evening of opera arias and Broadway favorites. The songs will be interspersed between courses of the meal. The food will be catered by the highly popular Saluda Grade Café. Choices of entrees are pork and chicken.


Preceding this Back Alley Opera event, a cash bar social hour will begin at 6:00pm, with dinner at 7:00pm. Tickets for the event are $40/person and reservations are required. Visa, MasterCard, and cash are accepted.


In case of inclement weather, the event will be held inside our large Charleston Room and on Zelda's Veranda, our totally enclosed rear balcony.


Contact Judy Ward at Thompson's Store (828) 749-2321 for more information and reservations.


Back Alley Barn is located behind Thompson's Store and Ward's Grill at 24 Main Street, Saluda, NC. 



bonnie Saluda Artist, Bonnie Bardos  is one of 58 artists from NC, SC and Georgia accepted into the prestigious 40th Annual Artists' Guild of Spartanburg Juried Show at Chapman Cultural Center/ Spartanburg Art Museum at 200 East John Street, Spartanburg, SC from September 3 - October 13. Her entry is "Songs To The Earth: Joy" from her latest painting series "Songs To The Earth". The opening reception and awards ceremony is September 28 from 6 -9 p.m.


You can make an appointment for a studio visit at Bonnie's art house by calling 828-749-1153, or emailing bbardos@gmail.comClick here to visit her website.  September open studio Saturdays will be on random Saturdays from 1-3 p.m., announced on Facebook.



Carson Saluda artist, Jim Carson's painting was  accepted to the Oil Painters of America Eastern Regional Juried Exhibition for Traditional Oils, to be held at The McBride Gallery in Annapolis, MD, on Oct. 20-Nov.17. The opening reception will be at the gallery on Oct. 20.


The selected painting is titled "Social at the Tailgate" and depicts a local scene of the Saluda Friday Tailgate Market.


The OPA has more than 4000 artists throughout the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.  Founded in 1991, the OPA is dedicated to preserving and promoting excellence in representational art.


Jim's next plein air workshop is Oct. 24-26 in Saluda. It is open to all levels, from beginners to advanced.  It will be held in three different, but convenient, locations, in the beautiful fall venues in and around Saluda. The cost is $350, which 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


The Dancer's Extension continues to welcome new students at all levels in their dance training and education.  We encourage healthy and balanced lifestyles through the art of dance, offering classes in preschool ballet/creative movement, ballet, pointe, contemporary and jazz.  Our schedule is listed on our website.  Please register early as space is limited.  Also featured on our website are videos of student choreography by recent National Honor Society for Dance Arts inductees, Zoe Parsons and Sophie Young.  All students in sixth grade and up are eligible to begin working towards induction in this program sponsored by the National Dance Education Organization.  More information on this program can also be found on our website.


For adults, we offer Beginner Ballet (Mondays at 6:30PM and Wednesdays at 11:00AM) and Hot Pop! (Tuesdays and Thursdays at 3:00PM).  Adults are welcome to join us with no registration fee!


We greatly appreciate the support of our students, their parents and community members who believe in our program.  Many thanks to you all, as we are ready to start another academic year!


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,"  September 2 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?

We have more uniques, collectibles and a few antiques.  Our next sale is planned for Saturday, September 7.  Many more new and unusual items will be found in our indoor yard sale than were in the Old Chick House sale on Saturday, May 25.  Remember-the sale continues in tact until all is gone. You are welcome any Friday and Saturday from 11am to 5pm.  Think Christmas and save dollars.


You are welcome, also, to view the sculpture and paintings of Doug Honeycutt, a talented local Saluda artist who is also recognized regionally.


The water-colored note card prints depicting Saluda's Main Street by Chris Anderson are available, as are recently completed note card sketches of the Old Chicken House, both easy to frame. Ruthie's wreaths and woodsies are also exhibited permanently in the Old Chicken House.


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 Bill at 828-749-3101.



honking Honking Tonkers will now be open from 8am 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



random arts Random Arts 

You will find our colorful and creative space at Random Arts located at the corner of Ozone and Louisiana.   Our fall schedule of workshops continues this month with internationally known mixed media artist, Misty Mawn.  Although Misty's class is filled, checking out her website will allow you to see the type of creative activities going on here at Random Arts.


September Schedule:

Tues. 3rd Zen Doodle 10-Noon (everyone welcome/ NO charge)

Thurs. 5th - Glamour Faces - Yes, you Can!!! 10 - 2 $ 20.

Fri. 6th - Back to Basic Rubber Stamping 1-3 $20

Sat. 7th - Drawn to Paint with Misty Mawn

Sun. 8th - Drawn to Paint with Misty Mawn

Tues. 10th - Joyful Journalling  10-2 NO charge

Thurs. 12th - Golden Acrylics Basics 10-3 $30

Fri. 13th - With One Stamp Cards 1-3 $20

Sat. 14th - Play Day - Bring a project Drop in -No charge

Tues. 17th - Zen Doodle 10-noon No charge

Thur. 19th - Foldable Books anyone can do! 1-3 $20

Fri. 20th - Learn to create ATC's (Artist Trading Cards) 10-12 $20

Sat. 21st - Collage Simply with Wan Marsh 

Tues. 24th - Joyful Journalling 10-2 NO charge

Thurs. 26th - Ir-resist-able tags 1-3 $20.

Fri. 27th - Paper Making made Easy! 1-3 $20

Sat. 28th - Mini Collage Basics 10-2 $40


random arts We are so excited to show you several new lines of women's clothing that will be arriving this month at Random Arts. You will be able to express your creative self with these "new" and exciting separates that will re-fresh your Fall wardrobe. Leggins topped with artsy tunics and jackets as well as long skirts in many new colors and styles will be available.


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art clues Art Clues: Ideas for Creating and Enjoying Art by Beverly Pickard  

has been printed into a beautiful book.  It is filled with Saluda artists - images and descriptions of their work.  It is now on sale for $25 in several places in Saluda - Duck Alley, Thompson's Store and Honking Tonker's Gallery.  There is also a copy available at the library. The book includes information for people of all ages about ways to create art, as well as ways to enjoy and appreciate art.  It illustrates Saluda's identity as an art colony, and Beverly and Carey Pickard hope it will be enjoyed by all.


For more information call Beverly Pickard at 828-749-1248 or email

A Sense of Balance: The Sculpture of Stoney Lamar
Exhibit Final Day September 1, 2013 Take a special guided tour and discussion of  A Sense of Balance: The Sculpture of Stoney Lamar with Guest Curator Andrew Glasgow and artist Stoney Lamar, on Sunday, September 1 from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. More details here.  


mcentire Saluda artist, Dale McEntire will exhibit in the "Abstract Invitational" exhibition at The Elizabeth Stone Harper Gallery located in the Harper Center for the Arts on the Presbyterian College campus in Clinton, SC.  The "Abstract Invitational" exhibition is a collection of abstract paintings and sculptures which features artists from the piedmont area of North and South Carolina.  The exhibition will run from September 12, 2013 to November 27, 2013.


The exhibit opens with a reception for artists on Thursday, September 12, 5-7pm.   The public is invited. Gallery hours are Wednesday - Thursday, 12 to 5pm. For more information, please call 864-833-7082.


"Top of the Grade" Concerts

top of the grade

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

  • Special Concert on Thursday, September 12 with Geoff Achison
  • 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 September 12 is internationally acclaimed blues guitarist, Geoff Achison.

achison Equal parts New Orleans Funk, driving Blues, jazzy Soul and outback Mojo, this is southern blues/roots music from the very deepest South - Australia. He was voted one of the "Top Ten Hottest New Guitarists" by Guitar Player Magazine in 2011!   He's been a 16 year Guest Guitar Instructor at Jorma Kaukonen's Fur Peace Guitar Ranch and an exciting festival favorite. In addition, he has been featured on PBS, NPR and CNN.  His frequent tours of the US have seen him playing with folks like The Allman Brothers (Geoff voted the #1 guest at the Beacon 2012 run by Relix Magazine), George Porter, Jr., Randall Bramblett, Yonrico Scott, Kofi Burbridge and many others.


"Achison seems more like a singer/songwriter's soul in Jeff Beck's body.  He should take his stature in the musical community to the next level with this disc."  Elmore Magazine


Geoff is one of the finest blues guitarists I know with a completely individual style.  I have never seen anyone play quite like him."  Jorma Kaukonen, Hot Tuna


This event is brought to you by Wynn Insurance and Bryan Easler Toyota, and Frank and Amy Beeson as special event sponsors. 

Sound Investment returns for your dancing pleasure on September 13.

sound investment  

Sound Investment is an energetic  band focused on reproducing classic rock 'n roll music, especially from the 1960's and 70's. TOTG Their music appeals to  the young and old, providing just the right beat for dancing. From Sound Investment, you will hear the sounds of the Beach Boys, Beatles, Aretha Franklin, Sam & Dave, The Four Tops, Young Rascals, Temptations, Righteous Brothers, Kinks, Supremes, Johnny Rivers, Doobie Brothers, Atlanta Rhythm Section, and many more.    


Spencer & The String Ticklers take center stage on September 27.


string ticklers A new funky folk band from Brevard with influences from Jug Band to Rock & Roll, their high-energy, toe-tapping, arm-flailing music is sure to put a grin on your face. 


Click here to listen to their music.


The Saluda Business Association is a major sponsor of the event. Top of the Grade Concert organizers 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, Kirby Custom Builders, Mill Creek Post & Beam, Frank and Tayloe Francisco, and Frank and Amy Beeson.  To help underwrite the concerts, we invite anyone who would like to sponsor an event to contact us.  Sponsorships are $100.


Special thanks to the city staff for building the stage, planters, and improving the park to make this a great place for these outdoor concerts.


Thanks to the Saluda Garden Club for planting seasonal flowers in the planters. 


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

Saluda Faces
Becky Shropshire

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


Becky Becky Ashley Shropshire was born and raised in Saluda, spending her growing up years roaming the hills and hollows around Saluda, hiking, rock hunting, camping, exploring caves, and anything outside.  She was in the last high school class that graduated from Saluda School in 1974.


Daughter of Martha and Allen Ashley, Becky was raised by the family that owned and operated the historic Crystal Springs, which was an inn and boarding home in the 1930's.  Her mother, Martha, retired as a teacher from Saluda School and father, Allen, was a building contractor who built major buildings all over the southeast like the dorm at Appalachian State University and the Little John Coliseum at Clemson University .


Becky and her husband, Troy, have blended their families and have six children that all live in the area.  Loving the outdoors and gardening, Becky started helping Saluda residents in their gardens and yards which eventually turned into a full-time landscape maintenance business since 1987.


becky Copper, a bloodhound puppy given to Becky, inspired her research into search and rescue dogs. She trained and joined her first team in Haywood County and in her first year participated in 136 call outs for missing people.  Call outs occur when official agencies call in teams to look for lost or missing persons.  She was hooked on search and rescue after finding a four-year old boy lost for 18 hours in the mountains in Virginia a week before Christmas.  "Finding that little boy safe, clad in only a tee shirt and pants, with only frost bite on his toes, made it feel like Christmas," says Becky.  She and Copper found eight people during Copper's lifetime.  Copper died in January, 2013, and Jake, her air-scent cadaver dog, died in May, 2013. Becky has misty replaced them with Misty, a 2-year old bloodhound, and a new lab mix puppy, Sage, who is in training.


Joining a new team four years ago, Southern Pride Search & Rescue, Becky is the president this year.  The team was formed by Orval Banks in 2000 and is a 501C (3) so donations are tax deductible.  This volunteer search team goes all over NC and surrounding states when called out by an official agency like a fire department, police, EMS, SBI, and FBI.  This all-volunteer organization has no organized funding, and members pay for their own gas, equipment, vet bills, pet food, and training.  The team teaches a three-day cadaver dog training at Western Carolina University twice a year.  They also educate official agencies on a continued basis about the urgency of using the dogs for search and rescue immediately and not waiting.  She is always taking her dogs to Saluda School and teaching the kids about her dogs and search and rescue.  Becky would like to find support to help underwrite a Wilderness First Response certification class for $800 per person.  If you would like to make a donation to Southern Pride Search & Rescue, please contact Becky at 828-749-2141, email, or mail to 385 Old Saluda Rd., Saluda, NC 28773.   


When she isn't training her dogs, searching for missing people, or maintaining yards, Becky loves to draw, weave, and do chair caning.  She has started writing a children's book on dog rescues from the dog's point of view and drawing the illustrations.  This is a work in progress.  She loves the outdoors and helping people with her dog search and rescue.  She loves learning and improving her skills and abilities by taking more classes.


Becky says that Saluda is a great place to live with friendly people and a great school. If you like wildlife, then you won't have to go to the country to find it, it's even in town.

Saluda Scoop

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


gorge Local Love at THE GORGE!


Throughout the month of September, The Gorge is offering a local's discount.  Enter this code when booking online or mention it when making a reservation over the phone for discounts normally reserved for large groups! LOCALLOVE13  


Reservations can be made online at or or by phone at 800.335.1530.



trout Fresh Mountain Spring Trout 

Mountain grown in a Saluda, NC, in a spring and creek fed pond, fresh trout are ready now and available through the summer and fall. Most trout will be 12 to 16 inches in length and weigh 1 to 2 pounds.  Trout will be delivered fresh after being caught, gutted, no head and scaled.  Average price for 1 trout is $10 (or $10/lb).


Please contact Tyler Harris at 828-505-6382 or email at

to place an order and schedule a delivery time.


Hope you buy some trout!

Thanks, Tyler Harris



heartwood Heartwoodend of summer sale featuring Maruca Bags, several summer jewelry lines, and some selected maruca pottery. 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

Join us for 
Brunch with a view every Sunday from 11:30 - 2:30 and enjoy our magnificent surroundings while sipping a delightful MoscaPesca (Moscato with fresh peach pulp) and treating yourself to true culinary artistry. Every table in our dining room has a fabulous view of the surrounding mountains, and weather permitting, there are also tables available 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 starts with a fresh fruit plate and straight-from-the-oven rosemary popovers with honey butter, then a choice of 5 different exquisitely prepared entrees
and a choice of 2 incredible desserts. Everything made to order - no buffet. $24.95 per person, reservations appreciated but not required.

In addition to Sunday Brunch, we are also open for a wonderful 4-course dinner every Thurs, Fri and Sat nights. Enjoy complimentary hors d'oeuvres, then enter our romantic dining room for a truly fine dining experience. Chef Marianne uses only the freshest ingredients prepared with love and creativity and inspired by her Viennese heritage. Entrée choices change daily and generally include Certified Angus Beef Tenderloin, or Local Mountain Rainbow Trout Almandine, or our own homemade Carolina Crab Cakes, to name a few. You can also enjoy our gorgeous mountain views in the brilliant September mornings during breakfast at the Inn, served daily between 8:30 - 10am. We are always open to the public, reservations suggested.  

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. Trip Advisor - 2012 & 2013 Certificate of Excellence and - 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




Open Labor Day Monday - regular hours for the store and grill.


September 5 - Wine and Cheese Tasting, 4 to 6pm upstairs in The Charleston Room.         

September 6 - Jammin JP - Back by popular demand, 6 to 10:00pm-Back Alley Barn


Food and Beverages

In the store, we have locally grown heirloom tomatoes, corn and acorn squash.  We have kraut made by Dan Wells, Apple Mill Apple Butter and we will be getting local apples.  Come in for your favorite cut of steak, boneless pork loin, deli meats and "Charlie's Sage Sausage."  Remember to check out our variety of wine and new fall beers.


It is always good to see you, and we still take suggestions. We can carry your request!


back alley At the Grill

Serving breakfast and lunch at the Back Alley Barn Saturday, August 31 and Monday on Labor Day. 


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


Tuesday-Saturday, 11am to 9pm

Sunday - Noon- 3pm

Open Labor Day Monday Also! 



Daily specials:  $4.99

Tues. -  small chopped pork sandwich, slaw,tea or coke

Wed. - small chopped chick sand, slaw, tea or coke

Thurs. - Black Angus Bacon Burger, FF, tea or coke

Fri. - 2 piglets, slaw, tea or coke


Pint Narragansett 1.50

We offer 10 local draft beer choices, and we carry Angry Orchard Hard Cider on tap!

Now offering a wonderful Ribeye Sandwich served on grilled French bread with any toppings you would like!


All of our burgers are Certified Black Angus and grilled to your liking on our grill top! 


Click here to see our menu online. 


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.   




September is such a great time for harvesting, and you will find whatever is fresh and local in our daily soup, bean bowl, salads and pastry choices this time of year.  It seems the summer garden is still going strong and the fall items are just beginning.  Come on by and check out the daily might even find our famous chicken pot pie coming out of the oven.


Just a quick look ahead at October - we are excited as we reserve spaces for more and more local, talented artists for the October 19th Fall Art Festival at Nostalgia Courtyard.  If you are interested in selling your work, give us a call at 828-749-9224 (booth space is only $20).


Please stop in and say "Hello" to our new neighbors, Meanwhile Beer, Wine & Specialty Foods.


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



Meanwhile Wine, Beer & Specialty Foods is open with these new hours: 


Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Saturday  10 AM - 6 PM

Friday  10 AM - 8 PM

Sunday 12 noon - 5 PM

Monday  Closed


They are located next to Wildflour Bakery in Nostalgia Courtyard.

Wine Shop Phone:   828-749-9463





macon bank


Have you stopped by for a glass of cool refreshing lemonade at Macon Bank? Every Monday and Friday, Angie, Courtney and Kasey are lemonade serving up delicious glasses of lemonade and a delectable assortment of cookies. We offer mouth-watering chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin or macadamia nut cookies! Stop by and say Hi and get re-energized.


While you're there, ask about our new UChoose Rewards program, where you can earn points with your Macon Bank Debit Card. Redeem these points for cash, electronics, event tickets, apparel and so much more!


Or find out about our Mobile Banking which allows you to bank on the go! All you need to do is sign up for online banking, download the free app and you will have access to Mobile Banking, allowing you to check your account balances, transfer money from one Macon Bank account to another, and even pay your bills on line! How easy is that!


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

We can help you with all your financial needs.

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





Maggie's Old Saluda Store

Join your friends at Maggie's to kick off the Green River Games!  Our Back Yard Bash is on Friday Night, September 6, 2013 from 5pm til 8pm.  Bring your family and friends to enjoy an old fashion cook out with all the fixin's!  Hamburger or Hot dog with baked beans, potato salad and coleslaw! Each meal includes one FREE beer or soft drink, all for just $6.50.  Looking forward to having you join us!


george By the way, we are dog friendly....come in during the day and meet George and register to win an outdoor grill and gift basket!



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 is booking for the fall season. 

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 September 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.  


Did summer fun at your house inspire visions of new entertainment spaces? Fall can be a great time for remodeling. Have a new deck, screen porch, kitchen or living space ready for next year's enjoyment. Call Todd Kirby for a free quote and consultation. 

Find us at or call 828-606-0942.   



oaks The Oaks Bed And Breakfast -Your Indian Summer Getaway



The sun is shining through and the late summer breezes will comfort you as you sit on the wraparound porch.  Whether it is reading that book you wanted to finish before fall or just relaxing with your special someone - come to The Oaks Bed and Breakfast for your September escape.


An 1895 Victorian Inn, The Oaks features spacious rooms with queen beds, private baths, and don't forget, sumptuous hot breakfasts each morning.  Weather permitting, enjoy breakfast on our outside deck overlooking the quiet preserve or choose our warmly lit dining room.  We are a short walking distance to downtown Saluda where you will enjoy many intriguing shops, restaurants and entertainment.  Outdoor adventure awaits you with the Green River - kayaking, tubing, zip lining or hiking through the beautiful countryside and waterfalls.


The Oaks Bed and Breakfast is the place to rest and relax after your days and evenings of enjoyment.  Call us now for your reservation!   

Dale and Donna Potruski


The Porpoise Room


porpoise Afternoon and after school childcare, providing a safe and creative path from school to home.  Ages 4-12 years old.


Creative and energetic after school activities with personal, interactive attention.

Opportunities for enjoyment will include art, music, literature, languages, nature, and community interaction and service. Children can always focus on their homework, too.


Hours and Days of Operation

Monday through Friday, 12:00PM - 6:00PM (extended hours can be arranged on an as-needed basis)

Note: The Porpoise Room will follow the same opening/closing calendar as the Saluda School.


First Saturday of the Month, 5:30PM - 9:30PM


Have a night out while we care for your child

Ellen Rogers, owner/operator/primary caregiver, has over 30 years of private childcare

experience; 10 years experience providing instruction and tutoring in public and private

elementary schools, daycare centers, summer camps, and after school tutoring

programs; and 18 years experience as a social worker in behavioral health. Ellen is a

Saluda resident and has a six-year-old daughter who attends the Saluda School.

Please call 828-329-6790 or email to secure a

spot at the $6.00/hour per child introductory rate. Space is limited.   


If you are interested in volunteering to assist with the children, please call Ellen Rogers at 828-329-6790.

Can P/E Ratio Help You Make Smart Investment Choices?

How can you tell if a stock is selling at an attractive price? Take a look at it's price/earnings ratio, or P/E.


A stock's P/E reveals how much investors are willing to pay per share of earnings. When looked at mathematically, P/E is a simple concept - it's calculated by dividing the current stock price of a company by its earnings per share. For example, a stock with a P/E of 20 implies that investors are willing to pay $20 for every $1 of earnings that the company generates.


Generally speaking, the higher the P/E, the more "expensive" a stock is perceived as being. To illustrate: A $20 stock with a P/E of 70 may be considered more costly than a $100 stock with a P/E of 20.


With the market at all-time highs, you might be able to use P/E to get a clearer sense of which stocks are really priced attractively and which ones are expensive, despite their low price.


Right now, you can still find attractive prices on quality stocks - and the correct use of P/E may well help you find the best ones.



For additional information on 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.  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


Tryon Garden Club Fall Classes 2013

At Pearson's Falls Glen, 2748 Pearson Falls Rd, Saluda, NC

These classes are being offered to help you learn plant identification and usage for your personal enjoyment. The money collected from each class goes toward trail maintenance.

Fall Classes 2013

Subject: Identification of Fall Wildflowers, Shrubs and Vines and Medicinal Plants

Fee:   $15 covers all three classes or $5 each class, plus gate admission of $5.00 for adult                  non-members.  Limit for each class is 15 participants.

Location:  Meet at Garden House at Pearson's Falls 15 minutes prior to the beginning of the walk.

Materials: Bring your own notebook & pen. You will be given a checklist of plants.


Date & Time


Medicinal Plants and Shrubs - Join June Ellen for a walk-about as we expand our senses of taste and smell.  Get to know native plants up close and personal.  Will culminate the experience by making a medicine on the trail.


What to Bring:  Hat, Water Bottle



Tuesday, Sept. 10

10:30 - 12:00 noon


June Ellen Bradley, nationally known Herbalist, Naturalist and Nature Painter


Practice Your Skills with Phil - This is a great time to catch the late flowers, ask questions, and learn new material.


What to Bring:  Notebook and Pen


Wednesday, Sept. 25

1:30 - 3:00 p.m.


Phil Nisbet, formally taught at FENCE and ICC


Shrubs and Vines - Natives and Invasives - John returns to the Glen to instruct us on the finer points of identification.    John is an invaluable instructor and advisor to Tryon Garden Club.


What to Bring:  Notebook and Pen


Tuesday, Oct. 8

10:30 - 12:00 noon


John Vining, Director Polk County Extension Agency and Instructor for Master Gardeners




Pre-Registration Is Required Because Class Size Is Limited.   Late Registrants Should Call To See If There Are Openings For A Specific Class.


For Questions Call: (828) 749-3031 - Pearson's Falls


Click here to download an enrollment form. 

A Saluda Poem

This poem was sent to Charlie Ward from a visitor who was touched by the people of Saluda after discovering Saluda in her wanderings.  Judy Ward found it recently and has contributed to this issue of Saluda Lifestyles.



 I went through the town of Saluda one balmy, late summer night

Tho Shoppe doors were a closin', I knew it would bring me delight,


"Somewhere in Time" had the lights a burnin', so I strolled on in for a peep

I was greeted so warmly and the wares were so lovely, I decided to buy some to keep,


The town of Saluda was a peaceful place, so I thought I'd go back for a rest

Lo and behold, the town was a jumping, they were having a Bar-B-Q Fest.


As I walked along the train tracks, a cook bid me a "How do ye do?" He asked if l was visiting his town and would I like a bite of his brew,


I crossed on over the Main Street and found goodies in Pace's Store

Mr. Pace was an interesting sort, with warmth and charm galore,


He said he'd donated dollars to help the town have a very big party,

Everyone came from miles around to meet, talk and eat hardy.


He asked me to stay and eat at the picnic across the way. How could I ever refuse him, it was such a beautiful day?

I sat beside a blind man, and he said just to call him "Jaybird," He was the nicest, sweetest man and I hung on his every word.


The speaker said that Saluda was a place that made you feel good.

I didn't even know it existed, but now I sure understood.


The food was so fresh and tasty and the little band was playin' a tune,

I had myself such a wonderful time, but it ended way too soon.


I went back to Saluda another time and into "The Golden Pineapple" Shoppe,

I had lunch at "The Purple Onion" Cafe and didn't want it to ever stop.


I chewed the fat with ole Charlie Ward and bought supplies from "Thompson's Store,"

He could sure tell a mighty fine story 'bout the chopping block and much more.


You, who live there, make everyone welcome, What a friendly bunch!

Even the whistle of the passing train is a greeting, I have a hunch.


Saluda is surely a beautiful place and I'll now call it my second home,

I truly love it just the way it is and will visit whenever I roam.


Cathy S. Holbrooks

Batteries Not Required
by Clark Thompson


Before the electronic age, most childhood games were quite simple, inexpensive and required only rudimentary skills or written instructions, along with some imagination. Most games were unregulated by hard and fast rules which allowed players to improvise as they saw fit. Two exceptions were the games of checkers and monopoly. 


Our summertime neighbor, Mr. William English, was a checkers-aholic and as an enticement to attract my sister Carol and me as opponents, he would wager his late model Oldsmobile if either of us could beat him in the game. Of course, he was a skilled checkers player and we never had a chance of winning, but it did teach us to play smart and to plan our strategy several moves ahead.


Another rule-driven favorite of mine was the game of monopoly. Even at an early age, I enjoyed the prospect of accumulating this pretend real estate, albeit of ill-defined value. While never having any interest in low-rent properties such as Saint Charles Place, Baltic or Mediterranean Avenues, I attempted to conserve my funds in hopes of landing on Boardwalk, Park Place or other high priced properties before someone else bought them.


Then, some games had no rules. For example, rolling a worn-out truck or car tire up and down the road, called batting the tire, was about as simple a pastime as possible. However, it did require some stamina to run alongside while flailing away in an effort to control wobbling. Once, while chasing a tire down the hill in front of our house at near warp speed, I stumbled and skidded headlong for approximately the length of a football field. Unfortunately for me, the road bed had recently been dressed with a fresh overlay of compacted cinder dust. The sharp edges separated pounds of flesh from my body and left enduring deposits of the small cinders in my right knee as a permanent reminder of that pleasant experience.


Rules for all other games were susceptible to negotiation among the participants. While the girls were mostly involved in such silly games as playing house and messing with dolls or fretting about the curls in their hair, my male friends and I leaned more toward macho driven stuff, like making and shooting sling shots, playing marbles, strutting with our cap buster pistols (hog's legs) strapped to our thighs during cowboy and Indian games, and sneaking a puff or two from some discarded cigarette butt.


"Rover, Red Rover let...........come over"  and "Mother (or Father) May I?" were about the only two co-educational games tolerated by my buddies and me at that age.


Making sling shots involved searching the woods for young saplings with  natural v-shaped forks which could then be whittled down to a comfortable hand-sized framework. Small dogwood trees were my personal wood of choice because of its sturdiness and proclivity to produce the desired forks. The slings were usually sliced from old automobile or truck inner tubes which were readily available at the local service stations. An unending supply of ammunition came from zillions of small pebbles that were fired indiscriminately at any attractive target, especially signs. On rare occasion, a handful of beat-up marbles or lighted cherry bombs served as missiles.


On a couple of occasions, my buddies and I made heavy artillery pieces from live trees having sturdy v-shaped forks around three or four feet off the ground. After strapping inner tubes to the first tree and stepping off a couple of hundred feet to establish the opposing weapon of war, we would then scavenge the nearby terrain for small boulders and begin unleashing them at each other in barbarian-style assaults. I can still hear the sounds of those bone breaking boulders crashing through low hanging tree limbs with such violent force that the limbs were either totally sheared off or left dangling by a handful of fibers. However, what I don't recall is experiencing any fear of being clobbered by one of these rocks.


The more subtle game of marbles could be played frequently because it only required a minimum of two players and little prep work. During my childhood, most marbles were made of glass versus earlier stone ones and had the appearance of agate due to the various colors found inside. Like any serious marble shooter, I had several special ones that were carried just for show and bragging rights. These lovelies were never put at risk of being taken in an actual game. Besides the standard sized marbles, each player had at least one tub or buster that was several times larger. They were primarily used to bust open the triangular-shaped bunch of marbles placed in the center of the ring at the beginning of each game. Unless someone declared that a particular game was to be "for funsies", the winner got to keep all of the marbles he knocked outside the ring except for the tubs which were normally removed early from the game.


By far the most coveted shooter in anyone's inventory was not a marble at all. It was commonly referred to as a "steelie" because it was actually a ball bearing that could be found at any respectable garage or service station. The size of the metal bearing was a personal choice, and the extra weight would cause it to stick in place after knocking a glass marble clear out of the shooting circle.  With such an enhanced weapon now injected into the game, and with some skill, a good shooter could unleash enough firepower to clear the dirt circle of the remaining marbles.


I still have a half-gallon antique Mason jar filled with well-worn marbles from that part of my childhood and would like to think that owning such a large collection represents some skill on my part. However, faulty memory and advancing age has created some doubt as to the legitimacy of that assumption.


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