Where Time Stands Still
October 1, 2013
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Saluda Property & Real Estate
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Western NC MLS Listing
NEW on the Market!
Meticulously kept home on large .97 ac private city lot. Hardwood floors throughout. 3BR, 2.5BA MLS#547038 $164,800 UNDER CONTRACT!
Home on 6 acres with beautiful long range mountain views at the end of a very private road. Sunny area for gardening. Unrestricted so great location for your goats and chickens. 4BR, 3BA, 6 ac, MLS#545161 $265,000
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
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
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
Country Charm, Covered Front Porch, 3BR, 2.5 BA, 2-car garage, MLS#529032, Price Reduced to $271,000 UNDER CONTRACT!
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
Click here to see all Cathy Jackson Realty Featured Home Listings
Price Reduced to $229,900 UNDER CONTRACT!
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Lots ad Land
Lot 6, 2.11 ac $55,000, MLS# 463961
Lot 16, 1.19 ac, $125,000, MLS#521147
Lot 17, 1.65 ac, View Lot, $130,000 MLS#509499
View Lot 23, 1.07 ac, $85,000, MLS#514441
Lot 26-R, 1.58 ac, $80,000 MLS#533763
Lot #30, 1.71 ac, $75,000, MLS# 507618
Lake Sheila, 1.12 ac, $45,000, MLS#533612
Lake Sheila, 1 ac, Full view of lake, $125,000, MLS#534615
Lake Sheila Lake Front, .24 acres, $135,000, MLS#510462
Lake Sheila, 1 ac, 3BR septic, lake view, $80,000, MLS#437750
Lake Sheila, 1 ac, winter view of lake, creek, septic installed, water tap installed
Macedonia Lake, 1.15 ac, lake front, dock,
Macedonia Lake, 1.77 ac, $29,000 MLS#506143
Macedonia Lake, 2.15 ac, $29,000, MLS#506144
Macedonia Lake, lakefront, .8 ac, $29,000 MLS#506145
Saluda City Lots
.59 ac, $47,000, MLS#473131
.57ac, $35,000, MLS#533757
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
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
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
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
3.25 ac, Views, Hogback Mountain Rd, Tryon, MLS#519772, $34,900
2.1 ac, View lot, easy building site, Tryon, MLS#521572, $55,000
1.04 ac, White Oak Mountain, MLS#426297, $28,000
Links to Real Estate Sources
|Saluda Real Estate Market|
A Quick Saluda Market Update
(compares last year's sales with the same period this year as of September 30, 2013).
Sales Closed Pending
Homes 2013 20 8
Homes 2012 21 0
Land 2013 16 3
Land 2012 10 0
Saluda - 3 properties
Polk County - 19 properties
Data taken from Western NC multiple listing service.
Please visit cathyjacksonrealty.com to see all Cathy Jackson Realty Featured Home and Land Listings and search the entire Western NC MLS.
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|In Memory of Robert Pace|
This issue of Saluda Lifestyles is dedicated to the memory of Robert Pace. Robert passed away October 1, 2010.
|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, October 1 at 5:30 at Saluda Library. Special Commissioner Candidacy Forum to be held.
Town Council meets the second Monday of the month at 7:00pm in the meeting room above the Saluda Library.
Planning Board of the City of Saluda
The Historic Saluda Committee Regular meeting with Oral History Committee will meet Friday, October 11 from 2 to 4pm at the Saluda Library. The public is invited to attend.
Top of the Grade Concerts - October 11 and 25, 6:30-8:30pm, McCreery Park.
Women's Club meets at 10am, October 8 at Saluda Presbyterian Church.
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, October 2 at the Saluda Presbyterian Church.
Contra Dancing Tuesday, October 22, 7pm at Party Place & Event Center.
Saluda Garden Club will meet October 21 at 10am.
Potluck and Bingo, Saluda Center, October 28 at 6pm.
Halloween Stroll, Thursday, October 31 from 3pm to 6pm on Main Street.
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 fall and winter.
November 2 Green River Narrows Race
December 13 Hometown Christmas
|Small Town Main Street|
Saluda was designated as a NC "Small Town Main Street."
Monthly meetings with the STMS program director, Sherry Adams, are scheduled the third Tuesday of the month at 9am at the Saluda Library. Meetings are open to the public. The next meeting will be on October 15.
| The City of Saluda's Police Department, in conjunction with Saluda businesses, will hold its annual Halloween Stroll, Thursday, October 31, 2013 from 3pm to 6pm. |
The event is from Nostalgia Courtyard to across the bridge. Businesses will be handing out candy and surprises while the City's police department keeps the children safe while crossing roads.
The Saluda United Methodist Church will host its annual Turkey Dinner on Saturday, November 9, 2013, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. in the Saluda School Cafeteria. Tickets are on sale now. Once again, you can enjoy a great turkey dinner at the great price of $8 for adults and $4 for children under 12 years of age. Take-out plates will be available. Please contact Terry Baisden at 828-749-3789 or email email@example.com for more information.
|October Contra Dancing|
Don't Turn into a Pumpkin!
Join Blue Ridge Contra Dancers Tuesday, October 22 at 7PM for some fall fun!
We are lucky enough to have one of our favorite callers, Keith Eustis, join us again. Nationally known, she is a crowd favorite. And we are also welcoming The Crutchfield Project, a group that plays a lively mixture of unusual old-time fiddle tunes, played with gusto and with the usual instruments.
We will be at the Party and Event Place, 221 Friendship Church Road in Saluda. Lessons from 7-7:30PM with dancing from 7:30-10PM. Admission is $9 for adults and $5 under 18.
For directions, please visit partyplaceandeventplace.com. For more information or to sign up for our email list, please visit firstname.lastname@example.org. 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!
|Polk County Voting Registration & Early Voting|
One-stop or early voting for the 2013 November 5 municipal election begins on October 17 and ends on Saturday, November 2 at 1 pm. All early voting will be done at the Polk County Board of Elections, located on the second floor of the Womack building in Columbus. Residents may also register to vote if they register while early voting. In order to vote on Election Day, November 5, residents must register by October 11 at 5 pm.
Election Day is Tuesday, November 5, 2013. Hours at all polling places are from 6:30am to 7:30pm. The sites are as follows:
Columbus Municipal-Columbus Town Hall
Tryon Municipal-Log Cabin-Harmon Field
Saluda Municipal-Fire Department
For more information about voting registration, please call Karen Lawrence, Deputy Director of Elections, Polk County at 828-894-8181.
|Saluda Tailgate Market|
The Saluda Tailgate Market finishes our regular season on October 25. That leaves only four Fridays for you to come shop and enjoy the wonderful fall produce our local growers have for you. Don't miss any of them! The apples are plentiful, as are greens, winter squashes, potatoes and other root vegetables. We have goat cheese, mushrooms, pork, Saluda raised beef, trout and lamb. Stock up on preserves and baked goods for the winter. Come relish the perfect fall weather, greet your neighbors, and tell your favorite vendors how much you appreciate their dedication to our market. Mark your calendars for our one special Holiday Market the Saturday after Thanksgiving, November 30, 12-2pm. We hope to include local, agriculturally focused craft along with trees and wreaths, along with our usual fare. See you at the market!
Meet and greet fellow Saludians every Friday from 4:30 to 6:30 at Saluda Tailgate Market in the West Main Street parking lot.
To learn more about how to sign up to vend or sign up for the weekly e-news letter, please visit saludatailgate.com or contact Shelley DeKay 828-606-5713.
October 12, 2013
You 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 saludaclt.org.
Please make checks payable to SCLT. Mail checks, items, or gift certificates along with application to: Saluda 5k9, c/o PO Box 1126, Saluda, NC 28773. Call Ellen Rogers at 828-329-6790 if you would like to arrange for a pickup of your donation. Click here to download an application.
Thank you for your sponsorship
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 email@example.com.
Stay informed by visiting the city website, cityofsaludanc.com.
Minutes from previous month's town council meetings are posted on this site.
|Saluda Center News and Events|
Save These Dates Now!
(All events and activities take place at the Saluda Center on Greenville Street.) Click here
to download the Saluda Center October Calendar. For more information about activities or how to rent the Saluda Center, please contact the center at 828-749-9245.
An intermediate Tai Chi class taught by Ed Kan began on Tues., Sept. 10 from 6:30-8pm and will continue for eight weeks. There will be a fee for these classes.
Book club meets on Thurs., Oct. 3 at 2:00 pm.
Saluda Single Women potluck and movie on Thurs., Oct. 17 at 6:00 pm.
Saluda craft club will meet on Thurs., Oct. 24 from 12:30-2:30 pm. This will be the last craft club meeting for the year because the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays fall on or around our club meeting dates. We will be making a no-sew pine cone ornament. These ornaments can be used as a fall or Christmas decoration depending on the fabric print that you choose. You will need 1 fabric fat quarter, two 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 inch diameter Styrofoam eggs (medium pine cone size), sequin pins, rulers, scissors, Elmer's glue, hot glue gun and glue sticks, piece of ribbon for hanging and a decoration for the top (sprigs of greenery, etc). These are easy and fun to make, and after you make the first one, you'll want to make a basketful! For more information, please call Holly Wildey at 828-749-3129 or email firstname.lastname@example.org . Hope to see you there.
Community potluck and bingo on Mon., Oct. 28 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 email@example.com to be added to our email list.
The Saluda Center is located at 64 Greenville St. Phone is 828-749-9245.
Please help this year be even more successful for Polk County's Big Sweep. The cleanup will begin on October 26 at 9:00 a.m. and last until 12:30 p.m. Volunteers will meet at the Fishtop Access parking area on Green River Cove Rd.
Volunteers can contact Polk County Coordinator, Mark Byington, at 864-979-7436 for more information or go to the Big Sweep website at ncbigsweep.org to learn more.
|Green River Narrows Race|
The 18th Annual Green River Narrows Kayak Race will be held on Saturday, November 2 at high noon. Over 100 racers, passing through the most majestic section of the river, and from all over the World, will compete for the first place trophy . The spectators that make the trek down Pulliam Creek Trail (off of Big Hungry Rd) will witness someone kayaking The Gorilla every minute for almost 2.5 hours. It is said this is the "greatest show in all of sports." The energy is electric and the fun factor is always high.
Check out greenrace.amongstit.com for spectator directions and more information about the happening of the day.
|Saluda Community Land Trust|
What happened to the summer? Did we even have a summer? SCLT has worked hard between rainfalls to get summer projects done. Trails have been cleaned and are ready for your walking enjoyment. Kudzu has been attacked this summer, and we are now using cool weather control methods. Twin Lakes has had three successful "Open to the Public" gatherings, and the list goes on. A huge Thank You to all volunteers who have helped to make our projects successful.
Come join us at the Saluda Fire Department for a chili dinner! There will be four different types of chili (including vegetarian) along with fixings, chips and drinks. We will have a short program about kudzu control and special guest speaker Becky Shropshire who will share information about her search and rescue dogs who work with finding lost and missing people. Becky is a Saluda native and is president of the rescue team, Southern Pride Search Dogs. We plan to start at 6pm; this event is free and open to the public. Bring your children; they'll enjoy meeting the rescue dogs!
Walks in the Woods
October 6th...Waters of Camp Creek Upper Trail
2 miles of moderate hiking. Enjoy the spectacular colors of fall from the upper portion of the trail.
October 20th...Walk the trails of the Saluda Nature Park and see the progress SCLT has made restoring this beautiful area.
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!
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 Twin Lakes, an area that has deep history with the Saluda Community. 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, and a donation is greatly appreciated.
The next SCLT meeting will be Wednesday, October 2nd at 3 pm. We will meet upstairs in our office which is located at the Presbyterian Church. The public is always welcome.
Please feel free to contact us about any of our projects by calling our office at 828-749-1560 and leaving a message. We will return your call promptly. Also be sure to check out our updated website saludaclt.org. We look forward to your comments and suggestions.
|Saluda Garden Club|
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 October meeting will be Monday, October 21.
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|
An interested group of citizens and members of Saluda City Council were made aware of the benefits derived by communities throughout the United States who become designated as Tree City USA. The message was brought to a Saluda City Council meeting several months ago by US Forest Rangers from Polk County who work closely with the Arbor Day Foundation. The Tree City USA project began in 1976 through Arbor Day Foundation and has spread across our country to currently more than 2400 towns and cities.
A surge of interest has evolved as Ranger, Eric Muecae, met with an "interest group" on August 20, 2013 at the Saluda Community Library. He discussed questions asked previously by those not familiar with the program.
A major concern-intervention by any individual or group which would dictate regulations pertaining to trees or privately owned property. He clarified that only trees on city property would be considered by the organization.
Another concern was cost to the city entailed by membership in Tree City USA desgination. The allocation is only $2 per capita for all towns and cities. Money already budgeted annually for necessities, such as storm damage clean-up or regular debris removal of limbs and pruning, are included in meeting the nominal expense.
A second meeting on September 15 was also held at the Saluda Community Library. Copies of the agenda for the meeting were distributed and a discussion continued on topics introduced by Ranger Muecae at the previous meeting, as well as new ideas proposed. As work progresses on fulfilling requirements for Tree City USA designation, the Rangers' offers of assistance were noted and will be appreciated. A suggestion was made that the group should plant a tree very soon attesting to the group's sincere appreciation of trees and its determination to fulfill the requirements for taking our place among the many who have succeeded in achieving this recognition.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submitted by Ruth Anderson
|Women's Club Meeting|
On Tuesday, October 8, club member Phyllis Holland will host the October business meeting and program at her home from 10:30 am to 1:00 pm. Refreshments will be served. Members and guests will meet at the Saluda Presbyterian Church (behind the library) at 10:00 am to carpool to Phyllis' home at 768 Piney Gate Road, Saluda.
The program "Dueling Authors" will feature several Saluda authors taking turns reading from their published work or their work in progress. Women's Club of Saluda members who are poets or writers will also be invited to read.
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 Holly Wildey, 828-749-3129.
|Historic Saluda |
A Tribute to Horace Pace
On August 20, 2013, Saluda lost one of its beloved icons, Horace Pace. To view a 6-part interview on YouTuber with Horace, we invite you to visit our website: historicsaluda.org for the links.
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"
Get your copy of the oral history audio documentary, "Saluda, NC: Voices from the First 100 Years." Over 30 years ago when Anne Osborne and Charlene Pace were working on their book Saluda, NC: 100 Years 1881-1981, they conducted interviews with some of Saluda's oldest residents. Luckily, these interviews were captured on what we now consider to be "old fashioned" cassette tapes and were donated to the Oral History Committee. Snippets from these interviews were woven into a story line and compiled into this CD. Funding provided by the Polk County Community Foundation's Saluda Community Fund. The CD can be purchased ($10) through local merchants and at City Hall. You can also purchase it on-line at saludalifestyles.com. All proceeds go toward future projects. Click here to watch the YouTube promotional video.
DVD Available for Sale by Local Merchants
Home, Hearth and History: Stories of Old Saluda can be purchased ($20) through local merchants and at City Hall. You can also purchase it on-line at saludalifestyles.com. All proceeds go toward future projects.
The Historic Saluda Committee (HSC) will meet on Friday, October 11, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at the Saluda Public Library in the upstairs meeting room. The Oral History Committee will also meet jointly with the HSC. The public is invited to attend.
For more information about the Historic Saluda Committee, go to historicsaluda.org or contact us at email@example.com.
Submitted by Cindy S. Tuttle, Co-Chair, Historic Saluda Committee
We are all concerned consumers these days. We read the back of all our food products for their contents: the Calories, Sodium, Cholesterol, Carbohydrates, and Total Fat percentages of all our food products.
However, when it comes to feeding our pets, dogs and cats, we often do the opposite by buying low quality dog and cat food based on the fancy TV commercials and the pretty pictures that most nationally named dog food brands present. If you stop and read the back of each dog food that you buy from your local supermarkets, you will see that these brands of dog and cat foods do not contain the same foods that appear in the commercials or on the front of the colorful bags.
All dogs and cats are meat eaters. They are not vegetarians that can survive eating plant foods only. For a dog and cat to properly maintain a healthy and nutritional weight, they will require a balanced food that contains a medium protein and fat levels. Most dogs that are not working dogs will do just fine with a percentage of 18 to 22% protein and 10 to 12% fat.
Food products that are often the main ingredients in most national dog food brands are based on CORN--corn meal, corn gluten, soybean meal, and by-products, not to mention a lot of other ingredients that most of us can't pronounce. The dog and cat foods that contain colorful chunks of red, green and yellow kibble contain food coloring.
Another misrepresentation of food content is accomplished when they write on the ingredient labels words that most consumers will assume the dog and cat food contains... meat or chicken or beef... but this is followed by the word "By-Products." As shown here: Meat (By-Products) or Chicken (By-Products) or Beef (By-Products). By-Products may contain beaks, chicken legs, feathers, diseased animals, euthanized animals, food contents scraped off the floor of meat packing, and "render" animals. These types of ingredients contain very low quality types of food.
There are many great dog and cat food brands that offer real meats like lamb, turkey, chicken, bison, venison, cattle beef, and salmon, as well as some grains, such as brown rice, barley and oatmeal, and along with real vegetables such as peas, carrots, sweet potatoes, potatoes and vitamins. All of these are essentials for the health of our dogs and cats.
Depending on the breed and size of your dogs, feeding them twice a day from 1 1/2 cups per serving and smaller amounts for smaller breeds is sufficient. Please remember to always offer all your dogs and cats clean fresh water daily.
Many of the ailments and allergies that our dogs and cats develop is usually a result of the type of food that they eat. Always consult with your Veterinarian for a proper diagnose of any problems or allergies your pets may show.
in addition there is one very important piece of information for all owners of large to medium breeds of dogs:Great Danes, Mastiffs, Labs, Shepherds, Poodles, Huskies, Hounds, and any deep-chested, medium, and large breeds of dogs. Since most dogs eat their food very quickly, it is very important that you do not allow your dog to immediately resume excessive exercises or romping and playing with a full stomach. This type of activity directly after eating their meal may result in "Bloat" which is a life threatening situation that may endanger your pet. Always confine your dog in a quiet area or crate or kennel for a minimum of one hour or more, before allowing them to play.
Consult your local Veterinary or 24 hour Emergency Animal Hospital immediately if your dog shows any signs of bloat.
Home Sweet Home Dog Training & Care, LLC
|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 firstname.lastname@example.org to be placed on either e-mail list. Feel free to contact me with any questions or support for lost and found dogs in the area. Take care of all our Furry Friends!
Thank you for all your support.
Yoga Class Schedules
Cassandra Nelson, LMBT at Saluda Center
Gentle Yoga Classes
Flow (vinyasa) Yoga
Monday 8:00 a.m.
Chair Exercise Classes
- Classes are being held downstairs in the Saluda Center and are for all ages and levels.
- All classes are taught by Cassandra Nelson, RYT, LMBT. Please feel free to call if you have any questions: 828-749-3794.
- Also available are relaxing, healing massages in the comfort of your own home. My portable table can go almost anywhere! To schedule a session, please call 828-749-3794.
Nectar Yoga And Wellness Center
Saluda's Premier Yoga Studio
Upcoming events at Nectar:
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
Treat yourself, or someone you love, with the healing gift of massage. Regular massage and self care are proven to reduce illness, stress, and aging while greatly improving your daily feelings of well-being and joy.
By appointment. House calls available.
*Three Yoga Classes Weekly
*Private Yoga Instruction
*Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork
*QRA: A healing and diagnostic technique that leads to optimal health
Chandler and Raphaela are extensively trained in yoga, massage, counseling, and QRA, sharing a combined history of study and practice that spans over 20 years.
|Saluda Community Library|
Saluda Community Library
Tuesday, October 1st, 4pm
Afternoon Adventures: Board Games!
Come play your favorite games such as Monopoly, Battleship, and chess.
Snacks will be served.
Thursday, October 3rd, 12:30pm
Storytime: Let's Dance!
Sonya Monts from The Dancer's Extension will teach a short dance lesson.
Thursday, October 10th, 12:30pm
Storytime: Fire Prevention Week!
Firefighters from Saluda Fire Department will visit and give us a tour of their fire truck.
Tuesday, October 15th, 4pm
Afternoon Adventures: Halloween Cupcake Decorating!
Bring your creativity; we'll provide materials and instructions.
***Please register by October 11th; space is limited.***
Thursday, October 17th, 12:30pm
Storytime: It's Pumpkin Time!
Make a pumpkin out of colored pasta.
Thursday, October 24th, 12:30pm
Storytime: All About Apples!
Make a yummy apple stack snack and drink apple juice.
Thursday, October 31st, 12:30pm
Storytime: Monster Mash!
Make a scary monster mask.
The Blue Ridge Rounders will entertain Polk County Public Library patrons Thursday, October 3 at 5:30pm with top of the line Old Time Appalachian Music. Bob Buckingham, accomplished instructor on fiddle and banjo, sets the stage with tall tales as they play traditional tunes and songs of their own making. This event is the sixth in the yearlong HeartSongs series co-sponsored by the library & the Friends of the Library organization. The performance is free and open to the public.
44 W. Main Street
Saluda, NC 28773
Tel. (828) 749-2117
Mon.-Fri. 9am - 6pm
Sat. 9am - 1pm
|Saluda Elementary School|
Upcoming School Events
Mon., Oct. 7 Assembly: Duke Energy "Showdown at Resource Ranch"
Wed., Oct. 9 International Walk to School Day
Students & parents are invited to meet at Saluda Community Library at 7:35am & walk to school!
Wed., Oct. 9 Assembly: "Superhero Science"
Thurs., Oct. 10End of the 1st Six Weeks Grading Period
Fri., Oct. 11 No School---Teacher Workday
Wed., Oct. 16 Report Cards
Thurs., Oct. 24Fall Informance 5:30-7:00pm
This will be a time for students to share what they have been learning with family & friends.
Thurs., Oct. 31 Half Day for Students
School will dismiss at 11:30am today. Lunch will not be served.
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.
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|
Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration
The Rev. Paula C. Morton, Rector
8:00 a.m. - Holy Eucharist - Rite I
9:15 a.m. - Adult Forum
10:30 a.m. - Holy Eucharist - Rite II with music.
Check their website for more programs and schedule changes. Transfiguration
Reverend Jack Presseau(828-698-4317)
Adult SS 10:00 am
Worship Service 11:00 am
Saluda First Baptist Church
Reverend Tony Reese
Worship Service 9:45am
Sunday School 11:00am
Wednesday Meal 5-6 ($3)
Wednesday Services and Academy Classes 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Saluda Methodist Church
The Reverend Rob Parsons
SS 10:00 am
Worship Service 11:00 am
Stone Soup Worship Service, Sunday at 4:00 pm - This is an "alternative" Christian service/discussion for all-comers: new to church, dislocated from church, or other. Please join us. Contact Rob Parsons for information at 828-749-1783 or email to email@example.com.
|Saluda Post Office Hours|
US Post Office Store Hours
Mon-Fri 9:00am-1:00pm and 3:00pm-4:30pm
Sat 9:30am-11:00am Sun closed
Passport Service is available at the Saluda post office.
Get directions by clicking here
102 E MAIN ST SALUDA, NC 28773-7812
Welcome, Sheila Salyers, new Saluda Post Master.
|One bedroom apartment for rent
. Call Libby at 828-749-2732.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Private Piano Lessons,
experienced teacher, ages 1st grade through high school, Saluda area. Please call Karen McGee at 828-749-2530.
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.
Foster Harvey Archer, carpenter and author, died at age 103 1/2 at his Saluda home September 9, 2013.
|Saluda Lifestyles Marketplace|
Shop online at the Saluda Lifestyles Mercantile for the following merchandise:
"Saluda, NC: Voices from the First 100 Years" in CD format. Original recordings of interviews with Saluda's oldest residents documented in the book, Saluda, NC: 100 Years 1881-1981. These interviews were transferred to a CD by Historic Saluda. Price: $17 includes shipping and handling.
Home, Hearth and History: Stories of Old Saluda DVD. Proceeds will go to the Oral History Project for the next sequel. Price: $20.00+shipping.
|Autumn Adventures in Saluda|
Summer ended like it started with an all day rain and a Northern wind that blew away the remnants of summer. The Fall Equinox brought clear blue skies and crisp, cool days. Acorns are falling, colors are changing, misty fogs are rolling into the valleys, winter hours are being posted, and a sense of change is in the air.
Throughout the mountains, small towns are getting ready for the fall foliage, and the great number of people who will visit to savor the splendor of nature's brilliant spectrum of color.
Fall is one of the best times of the year to get out and play. It's a time to watch nature and wildlife get ready for the coming season. With cooler temperatures, it's a great time to hike and bike the many mountain trails, to picnic by a waterfall with colorful leaves swirling around in a brisk wind, and to visit fall festivals. It's a time to prepare the soil for next year's flower and garden beds and a time to smell the fresh unturned earth when kicking through a pile of crunchy leaves. You can still take a kayak trip down the Green River or "take the ride of your life" on The Gorge Canopy Zip Line.
The favorite talk around town is about winter weather predictions and when the colors will peak.
Saludians welcome all the "leaf peepers" and anticipate your arrival with open arms and warm hearts.
Saluda is the gateway to the Blue Ridge Mountains from the low country and a great place to stay while touring the fall colors.
Click here to reserve accommodations in Saluda.
Fall Color Information Links
Asheville Convention and Visitors Bureau Color Report
The Official Visit North Carolina Travel Web Site
The Weather Channel Fall Foliage Report
The Fall Foliage Network
|What's Happening in Music and Art|
What's Happening At The Onion in October
The Onion is on Winter Hours and is closed Wednesday and Sunday.
LIVE MUSIC CALENDAR
Every Friday at 7:00pm Fred Whiskin is on piano playing blues to Brubeck.
October 3 - Chris Padgett (from the Stereofidelics)
You love them and will also love him by himself.
October 5 - Lonesome Road Band
Bluegrass at its finest from close to home.
October 10 - Nikki Talley
Great to have this great singer/songwriter return.
October 12 - Joseph Hasty & Centerpiece
Jazz band from Morganton returns.
October 17 - Daniel Justin Smith
Recommended by Aaron Burdett making his debut here.
October 19 - The Bad Popes
Our audiences love this band from Greenville.
October 24 - Dana & Susan Robinson
This singer/songwriter duo just gets better and better.
October 26 - Chuck Beattie Band
Blues fans make your plans now.
October 31 - The Gypsy Swingers
Another gypsy jazz group makes their debut.
October Wine Tasting
Join us Tuesday, October 1 on the patio of the Purple Onion at 6:30pm for a sampling of seven wines from Chile and a delicious selection of Chilean inspired appetizers and small plates.
Bill O'Friel from Tryon Distributing will be on hand to enlighten us on the selections. The price for the tasting will be $45 and includes a taste of seven wines and several small plates chosen to pair well with the wines. Reservations can be made by calling the Purple Onion at 828-749-1179. We accept Visa, MasterCard, and Discover. Please call early as seating is limited.
We will most likely taste two whites and five reds, including a Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Cabernets and a Carmeniere. We will be deciding on the final selections in the next couple of weeks, as well as our menu for the evening, so check our website for details.
The Purple Onion is located at 16 Main Street, Saluda, NC 28773. Click here for directions.
October Schedule & News At The Party Place & Event Center
"FACE YOUR PARTNER, BALANCE, AND SWING!!!!-" The Contra Dances are growing! We had another great dance in September, and hope you will not miss the next dance on Tuesday, October 22-The Crutchfield Band will be playing. This will be a "FALL FLING" dance, so let's make it extra special by dressing in your favorite fall colors like orange, yellow or gold! The facility will be decorated for the fall season-it is always a great reflection of our beautiful mountains. Lessons at 7:00pm, Dance 7:30pm until 10:00pm. Just $9.00 admission. Snacks, bottled water, beer & wine are available for purchase. Come on--get your friends and get out on that floor!
SPECIAL CONCERTS COMING LATER THIS YEAR-SAVE THESE DATES!
"Jammin JP" will be opening for THE TAMS, plus, playing for the "Till Midnight or Later" closing party!
Tickets $15.00 and go on sale October 1!
Tickets $12.00 and go on sale November 1!
Saluda 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 saludagradecafe.com or on Facebook for Friday night entertainers.
Call 828-749-5854 or email us at email@example.com. Located at 40 East Main Street. Click here for directions.
Back Alley Barn
Presents an Opera & Dinner
A first of its kind event for Saluda and 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 enthusiastic assistance, 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.
Menu from Saluda Grade Cafe
Harvest Pumpkin Soup with Crème Fraiche and Crispy Sage
Apricot, Dried Cranberry Stuffed Pork Loin with Fresh Thyme
Creamy Mashed Potatoes
Sweet and Sour Braised Cabbage
Herb Roasted Fall Root Vegetables
Rosemary, Thyme and Roasted Garlic Baked Chicken Breast
Creamy Mashed Potatoes
Sweet and Sour Braised Cabbage
Herb Roasted Fall Root Vegetables
Rustic Apple Tart with Whipped Cream and Cinnamon
There are only 100 seats available and reservations are required by October 5.
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.
Saluda Artist, Bonnie Bardos
will have Open Studio Saturdays during the month of October from 1-3 p.m. at her vintage 1895 Art House, 285 Greenville Street. You can stop by and see paintings and sculpture in progress, along with many finished artworks. Note cards of select pieces are available; other times and days can be arranged by appointment by calling 828-749-1153 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Her landscape series "Esto Perpetua" is represented by Patricia Carlisle Fine Art, 554 Canyon Road, Santa Fe, New Mexico. Locally, her work is also available at Skyuka Fine Art in Tryon. Bonnie's art can be viewed on her website at bonniebardos.com and her art blog at bonniebardosart.com
Photo: Landscape Painting by Bonnie Joy Bardos
Saluda artist, Jim Carson
will offer a Plein air (outdoor) workshop in Saluda on October 24-26.
The workshop will concentrate on learning values, color balance, and making bold, fresh, and spontaneous brush strokes. It is open to all levels, from beginners to advanced. As of this date, there is only one place remaining in this workshop, but Jim has a few openings in a two-day workshop in Cashiers, N.C., on Oct.11 and 12.
For more information, contact Jim at 828-749-3702 or visit jimcarson.net
or email email@example.com
The Dancer's Extension continues to accept students for the 2013-2014 Dance Season. It's not too late to join the fun and creativity! Simply contact the studio to register. We also offer basic dance attire and shoes for purchase in the studio. And, we've also started carrying a cute line of dance charms and dangle jewelry to wear when you're not in dance class!
Adults join us for a Hot Pop! Saturday Special on Saturday, October 5 at 11AM. Get your weekend off to a rockin' start by moving and grooving to your favorite tunes for only $5! Adults are welcome to join us anytime with no joining or registration fees. The weekly adult schedule for October is: Beginner Ballet Mondays 6:30, Hot Pop! Tuesdays and Thursdays at 3PM and Wednesdays at 10AM. Each class lasts one hour. No experience or special shoes required. Just come ready to move and have fun with friends!
The Dancer's Extension will be closed from October 22 - 24. Adult classes will not be held these days, and youth classes will be rescheduled. Ms. Sonya will be attending the National Dance Education Organization's National Conference in Miami, Florida. She accepted the invitation to represent the private studio sector at the conference in a panel presentation concerning online education for dance teachers. In addition, she will be reporting to the NDEO the impact the National Conference can have for parents of students enrolled in private dance studios. Ms. Sonya is very excited to represent our community on a national level! Please see our website for the rescheduled class days and times. Classes will resume on a regular schedule on Monday, October 28.
Thank you to the community, students and parents for your continued support of the art of dance. We love to dance! Won't you join us?
Our studio is located in Saluda, at I-26, in the Don Mintz center. Please contact the studio at 828-749-9398, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website atthedancers-ext.com for more information and updated schedule. Keep up-to-date with class changes on
Baker's Artist Breakfast
Richard Baker Studio invites artists of all mediums, patrons, and friends to his monthly "Artist Breakfast," October 7 at his Saluda Studio located at 18 Church Street. The breakfast starts at 9:00 am and, "ends when it ends...."
Richard provides the coffee, compliments of Honking Tonker's, and attendees are graciously asked to bring light breakfast-fare.
Richard can be reached at his studio at 18 Church Street, through his Facebook
page, or call at 828-234-1616.
The Old Chicken House
What's happening at the Old Chicken House?
Welcome to Donna Devenport, a woodworker, who is the most recent addition to the Chicken House family and a soon-to-be Saluda resident. Donna comes from Lafayette, Louisiana. Already, she announces her pleasure being in Saluda with a Saluda tag on the front of her car.
She became acquainted with Saluda through her summers on the staff of Green Cove Camp for girls on Lake Summit and through her visits with a friend who has a home on the lake.
While she was in her home in Louisiana, she spent 28 years teaching special needs children, referring to them as her "angels on earth."
The Thursday group of artists who enjoy painting together in the "big room" at the Old Chicken House would like to have others join them. They meet from 9am to 12pm each week. The time schedule is flexible. For info, please call Ruth at 828-749-9718.
"The Hen's Nest" in the Old Chicken House, an indoor yard sale, is permanently intact with new items added frequently. Come see our treasures-uniques, collectibles and a few antiques. Think Christmas. Open Friday and Saturday, 11am to 5pm, and open earlier when we have a special sale. Come another time by calling, 828-749-9718. Ruth will return your call if you leave a message.
Please note that we've returned to our fall-winter hours on Friday-Saturday, 11am to 5pm (closing one hour earlier).
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
williamjameson.com or call Bill at 828-749-3101.
The Art of Painting Snow-William Jameson Workshop
January 16-18, 2014
Deadline: December 15, 2013
This studio workshop (yes, we will be warm and comfortable) is open for beginners to advanced, with one to one instruction in oil, watercolor, acrylic. Participants may work in any or all media and a materials list will be sent to all registrants. This workshop consists of 3 painting days, working from photographic references, in which we will be exploring the dramatic winter landscape of the Southern Blue Ridge Mountains. The workshop will begin each day at 9:00am with demonstrations and painting, break for lunch at one of Saluda's fine restaurants and return to painting until 4:00pm. Also, please join us for a 6:30pm "get acquainted party" on the 15th.
William Jameson has been teaching workshops for over 25 years and has many students who have studied with him throughout the years. Workshop attendees often become personal friends of Bill and his wife, Anne, through wonderful shared experiences in art, traveling, and good food.
For more information, please visit
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
First up on the calendar of events for October is talented mixed media artist Sunny Carvalho from Birmingham, AL. Sunny opens up her weekend here at Random Arts with her Thin Lizzies art doll workshop on Sat. Oct 5 and continues the creativity on Sunday, Oct 6 with Crazy Painted Ladies.
Each of her workshops welcomes everyone at every level of creativity, so that means... beginners welcome. Her gentle guidance and support will put you at ease in her popular workshops. Sunny is well known for her unique style of using acrylics on wall art, purses, totes and more. Registration by email to: email@example.com
On Oct 12, we will celebrate with door prizes, demonstrations and refreshments. Join us from 1-4 as we bring you the best of Random Arts. Haven't been in yet to see us? This is a great opportunity to check out our workshops, funky women's clothing, art supplies, antiques and more. Of course, there is always a "SALE" shelf just waiting for you!
Mixed Media artist, author, instructor and journalist Pam Carriker from Texas, will be here for 3 workshops Oct 18-20. Pam's popularity around the country with mixed media artists has prompted us to add a 2nd day to her "Face Facts" art journal workshop on the 18th. Her classes, as well, are geared to every level of expertise, and she, too, encourages, with her magical approach to creativity, beginners as well. There's no judgment in our space and encouraging creativity is our main focus; so if you need a jump start, this is the place to begin.
You will find additional workshops for October added to our website and Facebook.
Great women's wear in casual separates are perfect for the cooler weather. Pair a funky tunic with leggins and a long sleeve T, and you're ready for a day of leaf peeping, shopping Saluda, or casual hiking to Pearson Falls. You'll make a statement in our ready to wear art inspired clothes.
In October we will be open Mon., Tues., and Wed., noon till 5, and Thurs., Fri., Sat. from 10am till 5pm. Please stop by and see us at 481 Louisiana Ave. Saluda. Phone 828-749-1165 or visit our website: randomartsnow.com
Looking forward to seeing our regular customers, meeting some new ones and introducing you to Random Arts.
|Autumn Care Country Fair|
Mark your calendar now for the annual Autumn Care Country Fair, Thursday, October 3rd from 5:00 - 7:00 pm.
There will be lots of food, music and fun for the Saluda community.
See you at the fair!
Autumn Care Nursing and Rehab of Saluda provides inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services as well as skilled nursing services. To learn more, visit our website at autumncareofsaluda.com.
501 Esseola Drive, Saluda, NC 28773, 828-749-2261.
|Art and Music Fair at Nostalgia Courtyard|
Art and Music Fair at Nostalgia Courtyard, October 19. Come out and shop from local artists and craftspeople and enjoy the entertainment. It was absolutely wonderful last year and there are even more vendors this year. Buy local and support these talented artists.
|"Top of the Grade" Concerts|
The "Top of the Grade" Concerts are the 2nd and 4th Friday through October on October 11 and 25.
All performances will be held on center stage from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at McCreery 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 welcomed.
Food and beverages will be available on site.
Sound Investment returns for your dancing pleasure on October 11.
Sound Investment is an energetic band focused on reproducing classic rock 'n roll music, especially from the 1960's and 70's.
Their music appeals to the young and old, providing just the right beat for dancing. From Sound Investment, you will hear the sounds of the Beach Boys, Beatles, Aretha Franklin, Sam & Dave, The Four Tops, Young Rascals, Temptations, Righteous Brothers, Kinks, Supremes, Johnny Rivers, Doobie Brothers, Atlanta Rhythm Section, and many more.
A special performance with Sound Investment and Aaron Burdett will conclude the 2013 season of Top of the Grade Concerts on October 25.
Covering a genre of music, these local performers will wrap up this year's season.
Prior to the 6:30 start time, Christopher Laughter will play German music on his accordion starting around 6pm.
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, Wynn Insurance, Bryan Easler Toyota, Saluda Grade Cafe, 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 and are tax deductible.
For music scheduling, please contact Judy Ward at firstname.lastname@example.org or 828-674-5958. For sponsorships, please contact Cathy Jackson at 828-817-2876 or email@example.com.
Saluda Faces recognizes Saluda citizens that you may see often and wonder who they are, what they do, and why they live in Saluda.
Throughout his childhood, grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins and friends summered in Saluda. Rob Parsons has been visiting this area with his family since he was two. Rob's great grandparents owned a home in Saluda until the Great Depression forced them to sell and to move permanently to Miami. Life is funny that way because it was from Miami, nearly 80 years later, that Rob, an Orlando boy born and raised, would move his own family back to Saluda. His childhood connections run deep in Rob, bringing him back to the area to attend Furman University. Rob worked at several camps during the summers including Camp Summit (now a part of the Dupont Forest) and Camp Blueridge (now Camp Highlander) where he met Tony Sayer who would later be serving as the minister for the United Methodist Church in Saluda at the time that Rob moved his family here in 2000. These early roots play a significant role in Rob's service to the Saluda community today.
Rob met his wife, Ali Heston at Yale Divinity School, New Haven, CT. Ali was studying ethics and he was studying ministry. They are now proud parents of daughter, Micah, 20, who is studying film at American University (Washington, DC) and is currently studying abroad in Prague. Son, Caleb, 18, is in his first year at Emory University, and daughter, Zoe, 13, is in 8th grade at Polk County Middle School. When his first two children were toddler and infant, Rob purchased a piece of property in Saluda that he intended for retirement. The pull to Saluda was too great, and days after the birth of Zoe in 2000, they moved into a small house behind the cemetery.
Kayaking the rivers in and around Saluda, running half and full marathons, backpacking, rock climbing and filmmaking is how Rob spends his spare time. He has participated in Asheville's 48-Hour Film Festival since its inaugural year in 2007, winning "best actor" in that very first film festival. He loves paddling and has accomplished a five-year goal to kayak the Green River Narrows. Rob loves to share his joy of and ability to kayak. He has taught his two oldest children, several Saluda kids, and several other area kids as the mentor for their senior project at Polk County High School.
Rob served as a pastor in Florida for ten years before moving to Saluda in 2000, following Tony Sayer as minister of the United Methodist Churches in Saluda and Columbus eight years later. Rob feels the whole county is his parish, not just the Methodist church congregations. This is evident in the Summer Sizzling program he helped start in partnership with Saluda Elementary School to provide learning and childcare opportunities to children in the community. The Tuesday night Welcome Table is another example of serving the community through provision of food, fellowship, and a place to serve.
Stone Soup is opportunity to worship outside the confines of a building and traditional liturgy. People from all denominations find this an alternative for meeting their spiritual needs. Picking blueberries at Shining Rock Wilderness or going down to the river provides a backdrop of awe and friendship, giving people a spiritual experience outside in nature. Worship can grow beyond the limits of our imagination. In addition to serving as the minister for Saluda and Columbus United Methodist Churches, Rob serves as a chaplain for Hospice of Carolina Foothills and for many years has taught Humanities at the University of North Carolina at Asheville.
Saluda is a place people chose, whether they have stayed here all their life or moved here on a hope and a dream. Saluda has the best backyard in the nation with the Green River to paddle, trails to hike, bike and run, farms to tour, and mountains to explore. Saluda is more spiritual than we realize. It is a "thin place," which in Celtic theology describes a space between Heaven and Earth where we experience the divine. Rob knows he is blessed everyday here. He extends his service and commitment to Saluda as thanks and in reverence to the joy of community in its many configurations.
The latest news and the unusual offerings provided by Saluda shops, restaurants, accommodations, outdoor recreation, artists, craftspeople, and service providers.
Click here to read Top 10 Reasons to Support Locally Owned Businesses.
Kathleen's Gallery, which features locally made art and crafts, is now carrying books by local authors. Mark Schweizer writes hilarious liturgical mysteries that are set in a fictional mountain town near Boone, NC where the chief of police is also the choir director. I have read all of Schweizer's books from "The Also Wore Tweed" to "The Treble Wore Trouble," and I have to admit that I laughed so hard that tears rolled down my cheeks!
You can also find "Simply Southern Ease" by Cappy Hall Rearick. Cappy is a part time resident of Saluda, and "Simply Southern Ease" is a charming collection of her syndicated columns about life in the south.
"Fantastic Recycled Plastic" by David and Robin Edgar demonstrates (in words and pictures) that with a little imagination and creativity there is so much more you can do with laundry bottles before they are taken to the recycling center.
Kathleen's is located between M.A. Pace and Somewhere in Time on Main Street and is open Monday through Saturday. For more information, please contact Kathleen at 828-749-2640 or
American Craft Week at Heartwood Gallery
This year's American Craft Week celebration, to be held October 4-13, 2013, will bring together individuals, small businesses and organizations from all fifty states in recognition of the countless ways handmade objects enrich our daily lives and contribute to our national aesthetics and economy. Every day, thousands of American artists share their vision and talent by producing amazing hand-made decorative and functional objects. American Craft beautifies our homes and public spaces and celebrates our national history. It supports small businesses, creates jobs, and sustains healthy communities. Take some time this week to seek out the many places in our area that promote American Craft and see what beauty awaits.
At Heartwood we celebrate American Craft every day, all year, every year. This year the gallery focus has been on adornment with the addition of new jewelry cases and new artists. For American Craft Week, we offer comprehensive collections of four western North Carolina jewelry artists: Q Evon, Laura Cardwell, Tamela Wells, and Deb Karash. All of these women excel at their craft with imagination, skill, and attention to detail. We hope they will delight and inspire you.
Located at 21 East Main Street, Saluda, NC 28773, 828-749-9365. Click here for directions.
The Orchard Inn
The glorious colors of fall grace the views of our surrounding mountains, creating an artist's palette of golden hues. 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 mountain view, and weather permitting, there are also tables available on the lovely outdoor terrace. Sunday Brunch features 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 off with a fresh fruit plate and straight from the oven rosemary popovers with honey butter, then a choice of 5 different exquisitely prepared entrées, and a choice of 2 incredible desserts. Everything made to order - no buffet. $24.95 per person, reservations appreciated but not required.
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 Restaurant.com - 2012 Top Rated Restaurant.
For reservations call 828-749-5471.
Visit the Orchard Inn at orchardinn.com. They are located on Highway 176, Saluda, NC. Click here for directions.
Historic Thompson's Store & Ward's Grill
and Historic Boarding House Venue
Fall Specials: NC apples 99 cents per pound.
Weekly from our market-all natural Hormel Deli Meats, purchase a pound and receive "70 cents" off - come in and check out our specials.
"Wine & Cheese Tasting" Receive $3.00 off a bottle, Thursday, October 3, 4 to 6pm upstairs in the Charleston Room.
Coming in for the weekend and do not want to cook-check our frozen meals, pizzas, pasta and more!!!! Life is busy and sometimes hard to get to the store; give us a call and we will get your order together for pickup---828-749-2321.
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.
Fall is a great time for football and BBQ Enjoy your favorite BBQ while watching your favorite teams on our large flat screen TV's.
Tuesday-Saturday, 11am to 9pm
Sunday - Noon- 3pm
Daily specials: $4.99
Tues. - small chopped pork sandwich, slaw,tea or coke
Wed. - small chopped chick sandwich, 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!
Green River BBQ is located at 131 Highway 176 West. Click here for directions.
October is a time of harvesting and enjoy local sourced produce. Time to stop in and see what's cooking at the bakery.
Please stop in and say "Hello" to our new neighbors, Meanwhile Beer, Wine & Specialty Foods.
Wednesday 8am - 3pm
Thursday 8am - 3pm
Friday 8am - 8pm Friday Night Pizza
Saturday 8am - 3pm
Sunday 9am - 2pm
Wildflour Bake Shop 828-749-3356
Wildflour Bakery 828-749-9224
Check us out online at wildflourbakerync.com for daily specials or use the good ol' fashion way...828-749-3356. Keep up with specials on
The Wine Shop and Local Market events for October include an introduction to Bliss Yoga led by Julie Sutton. Join us at 8:30 AM on Monday, October 7 and Monday, October 14, for Bliss Yoga. On Saturday, October 19 from 2 - 4 PM, join us for a wine and cheese tasting featuring Vineyard's Edge Goat Cheese. Visit the shop during the week for Ashebots robotics crafts to support local students. Meanwhile now carries pickles from locally owned Green River Picklers and mustard from Landrum.
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
They are located next to Wildflour Bakery in Nostalgia Courtyard.
Wine Shop Phone: 828-749-9463
Michael Nelson of Citadel Fence Repair wants to remind you that fall is a perfect time to replace or repair your fencing, gates, or dog runs. He specializes in commercial and residential work and installs all types of fencing and repairs. He can do emergency repairs and insurance claim work. He also does mobile welding service. With over ten years of experience, Michael guarantees his work and no job is too small. Give him a call at 828-817-5483 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fall on the Grade
Fall is in the air. The air is crisp and cool. The leaves create a kaleidoscope of colors before they finally fall to the ground. The smell of pumpkin resonates from kitchens and coffee shops everywhere. Apple orchards are abuzz with frenzy over the fall harvests. We love this time of year, and we want to share the heart of the season with you. Come visit us at 108 East Main Street, and while you are here, enjoy some nice warm apple cider, cookies, and handpicked, locally grown apples. After all, these things are only at their best when they are shared with others.
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, maconbank.com
Watch For Our Openings!
Two local girls bringing their talents home to Saluda, NC.
Margaret Byers will open The Christmas House at Maggie's from mid October through the holidays with unique gifts and holiday decor.
Dori Coggins will open The Crust & Kettle restaurant in early October, serving lunch fare, inside and outside seating; hearty soups, salads and sandwiches.
Maggie's located at 1487 Ozone Drive, Saluda 28773, 828.749.3503 * Exit 59 Off I-26Visit Maggie's website.
Saluda Mountain Lake Retreat Cabin Special
Come enjoy a romantic fall 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 October 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 email@example.com. Visit our website and join us on Facebook.
|Tour de Falls at Dupont Forest|
This is a family friendly event that takes place Saturday, October 12 and Sunday, October 13. Tour de Falls is intended to provide families and those with limited hiking abilities an opportunity to tour the DuPont State Recreational Forest. This is a lovely way to treat the family to a beautiful tour of the most spectacular waterfalls in the Southeast via shuttle buses.
The Event Parking Area is located at 1300 Staton Road in Cedar Mountain, NC 28718, GPS (35.18636, -82.637734), a short distance from the High Falls access and parking area. Look for the Tour de Falls directional signs as you near the event area.
Buses will leave the event parking area approximately every 30 minutes from 9 am until 2:30 pm. Visitors may get off the bus at each stop to take photos and explore the area. The tour takes 2 l/2 hours or longer, depending on how much time is spent at each stop. No pets please.
A donation of $6 for ages 6 to 17 and $12 for ages 18 and up is requested. Tour De Falls is a "Making Memories Opportunity" to spend the day outdoors with the family and to enjoy the cool weather and fall foliage. More info: 828-692-2929. Visit Dupont Forest to learn more about the tour. http://dupontforest.com/
Harvest Season Offers Lessons to Investors
It's harvest time again. And while you may not work in agriculture, you can learn a lot from those who do - especially in your role as an investor.
For example, just as farmers maximize the growth of their crops through fertilizer and irrigation, you can give your portfolio the opportunity to grow by "feeding" it the right mix of investments.
And, just as farmers await the results of their work, you, too, need patience as you wait for results from your investments. Investing for the long term and focusing more on long-term results than short-term success can help you as you work toward your objectives.
Finally, farmers help control risk by planting a variety of crops. By putting some drought-resistant crops in the ground, they won't face ruin when the rains don't fall. As an investor, you could sustain large losses if you only owned one type of financial asset, and that asset class dropped sharply. But spreading your dollars among an array of investments may help reduce the effects of volatility on your portfolio.
Think about how farmers meet their challenges - and put this knowledge to work when you invest.
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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|Saluda Christmas Parade|
Soon leaves will change to brilliant hues of gold and crimson, snow will fall and thoughts of the joyous Christmas season will begin. A Christmas parade is a great way to begin the holiday season.
The third annual Saluda Christmas Parade will be held in Saluda on Saturday, December 14 from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm.
The parade is limited to the first 50 applicants, so get your application in early. The due date is November 15. Applications can be found at Historic Thompson's Store, Somewhere in Time or click here to download an application.
For more information, please call Judy Ward at 828-749-2321.
|Saluda Christmas Celebration|
The NC Small Town Main Street promotions team is pleased to invite you to the Saluda Christmas Celebration on Sunday, December 15, 5pm to 8pm hosted by the Orchard Inn, Saluda, NC.
The elegant warmth, Christmas decorations, and hospitality of the Inn will create the perfect setting to spark your holiday cheer.
Only 100 tickets will be sold. Tickets can be purchased by calling Terry Baisden at 828-749-3789 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also pick up tickets at Thompson's Store/Ward's Grill or Cathy Jackson Realty.
The $40 /per person ticket includes heavy hors d'oeuvres, two free tickets for beer and wine, sweet tea, apple cider, and hot chocolate. Cash bar available. There will also be a drawing of the tickets for a fabulous door prize.
Free parking and shuttle service to The Orchard Inn will be from the Tickle Family Health Center & Spa located at 438 East US Highway 176. Only people with physical disabilities or needing assistance will be permitted to park at the Inn.
The Orchard Inn is located at 100 Orchard Inn, Saluda, NC 28773, 800-581-3800, orchardinn.com.
For questions, please contact Terry Baisden at 828-749-3789 or email email@example.com.
Thank you to Marc and Marianne Blazer of the Orchard Inn for hosting and catering the celebration, and Tim and Sara Bell of Green River Adventures for providing the shuttle service to the Inn.
|Arts in Tryon|
|Saluda is home to almost 50 artists and craftspeople who work, exhibit and participate in the art opportunities provided by the art facilities in Tryon.
To see workshops, exhibits, openings and performances, please click on the links provided below.
Tryon Arts & Crafts School
373 Harmon Field Road
Tryon, NC 28782
Tryon Fine Arts
34 Melrose Avenue
Tryon, NC 28782
Tryon Painters & Sculptors
For information about classes and workshops and to register, please contact Christine Mariotti at 828-859-8392 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Information about classes and workshops can also be found in the class notebook located in the gallery. Tryon Painters and Sculptors Gallery is open Thursday through Saturday, 11:00 until 5:00 pm.
The Gallery is located at 26 Maple St., Tryon. You may phone 828-859-0141 if you have any questions or email: email@example.com. Visit the TPS website at tryonpaintersandsculptors.com.
Tryon Garden Club Fall Classes 2013
At Pearson's Falls Glen, 2748 Pearson Falls Rd, Saluda, NC
There is one class left that is 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 the 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
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.
|Romance is Alive and Well in Saluda, NC!|
My husband, Don Mobley, owns Botes & Stuff Woodcraft store on Main Street in Saluda. He has various wood-crafted products in his Studio. He also is privileged to see many people come through to look around. That is the highlight of his day!
One day, a couple from Tryon, NC came in. They were in Saluda to just "look around." They had just had dinner at the Purple Onion. (Good taste again!)
Don just happened to have some beautiful benches he had made out of Black Walnut. The lady, whose name is Tracy, just fell in love with one of the benches. By the way, she has very good taste!
Well, after looking for quite some time, they decided to come back at a later date. And they certainly left much happier than when they came.
A week or 2 later the Gentleman, Billy, called Don and asked if he still had the bench. Sadly, Don said, "No, but I will be glad to make you another one." They discussed prices and set a date that the bench would be ready. Billy told Don he wanted it for his wife's birthday. And it was to be hush-hush as he really wanted to surprise her! He then asked if it could be engraved. "Of course," Don said.
So Don called a friend, who does that type of work, and the bench was engraved. It looked beautiful. It was engraved with a big heart and it said: BILLY N' TRACY, How sweet, thoughtful, and how VERY romantic!
On Tracy's birthday, Billy brought her to Saluda and they had breakfast at Ward's Grill. (Darn they have good taste). He then said to Tracy, "Let's look around." They walked down to Botes & Stuff where Don was waiting for them.
Well, needless to say, Tracy was stunned. She was so surprised, she cried. I just happened to stop by as they were loading the bench into the back of their truck. I noticed they had their bicycles in the back. I asked what the rest of their day was going to be like. They were going to go riding.
What a wonderful birthday present. And the fact that he was spending the whole day with his wife just makes you believe in love. Who says Romance is dead! I guess we have to keep the faith. There are some wonderfully Romantic men in Polk County.
I hope she will remember him as well, when his birthday comes around. Although, it will be hard to top what he did for her... such a sweet story.
I am sending good wishes to Billy N' Tracy!
Don n' Kathie Mobley
|Change Has Embraced Saluda|
In 1982, Karen Knight Edwards, also known as Karen E Knight, featured a column in the Thermal Belt News Journal, "Personal Footnotes..." She had been a summer resident of Henderson and Polk counties since 1946. An English teacher, she taught in several schools in Florida before moving permanently to Saluda. The column was to reflect on personal thoughts and observations about events and happenings in Polk County. This column was found by a Saluda resident and shared with Saluda Lifestyles. If anyone has any of these featured columns, Saluda Lifestyles would be pleased to publish them. This column featured on April 22, 1982.
Karen E Knight died on September 2, 2010 at the age of 64.
Change Has Embraced Saluda: Slowly, Selectively, Comfortably
Pace's Laundromat in Saluda seems an unlikely and uninspiring place to incubate a great essay on life. Yet it occurs to me here that this and the Post Office Bank Building are the only new structures that I can recall being built in the business section of Downtown Saluda in the last thirty years. I wonder how many other cities and towns in America change at this same, slow pace.
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|Autumn in Saluda - Prime Season for Delinquency|
by Clark Thompson
Recent publicity about September's mountain fair, along with the North Carolina Apple Festival, brought back a flood of memories from my youth. Coming on the heels of summer's end, both events helped to ease the dreaded demise of the summer vacation. Their timing also coincided with the beginning of the apple-picking season which could be counted on to provide spending money for each event. Deposit refunds for returned coke bottles also added small amounts to the wallet.
Attending the Apple Festival was the far less expensive affair because there were no entrance or game fees. In fact, food and beverage money was all that was really needed since transportation to and from Hendersonville was usually achieved via hitchhiking.
However, the excitement of the Apple Festival paled in comparison to the glitter and gaudiness found at fair week. Since I was not allowed to visit the fair until the age of 12, I still have memories of sitting on our back porch while trying to imagine what it would be like to actually attend one. That anticipation was only enhanced by the beams of two searchlights sweeping across the nighttime sky.
Contrary to the more wholesome atmosphere surrounding the Apple Festival, fairs in those days had an abundance of titillating side shows and rigged games that could be relatively costly. Right away, my friends and I were faced with the challenge of getting the most from our limited funds. The first was how to successfully gain entrance onto the grounds without having to purchase a ticket at the gate. Standard operating procedure called for scrambling over or under the perimeter fencing after the onset of darkness. Once through the fence, we would then scatter like chickens to reduce the chances of being caught by security people. Even being captured meant nothing more than an escort outside the fence, only to re-group somewhere else and make the second assault. I cannot recall being caught more than once on any given evening.
After safely blending into the crowd, the next challenge was to navigate the fairway and search out which sideshows were deemed worthy of our money. Some featured a single exhibit while others had multiple acts or exhibits under one tent. In those days, a "good" fair always included attractions such as sword swallowers, fire eaters, human pin cushions, giants, knife throwers, tattooed people, motorcycle riders in a round cage, midgets, deformed people, Bonnie and Clyde's death car, Hitler's staff car, two-headed calves, miniature horses, Burlesque (kooch), and other freak shows. All of this excitement was designed to overload our minds with multiple choices of titillating options as the barkers relentlessly tried to separate our collective money from our pockets.
By far, the most degrading exhibit was that of a so-called hermaphrodite. Out front, the barker would launch into a lengthy spiel while proclaiming the veracity of what was just behind the canvas tent. Before he had finished, an audience of men would be crowding around the ticket booth in a somewhat frantic effort to purchase an early ticket before the best seats were filled. This exhibit was by far the most difficult to sneak into but that never stopped us from trying. Even though there was a minimum age limit of 18 years, we would first test the system by attempting to purchase tickets. Failure there left us with no other choice than to reconnoiter the tent, looking for a flap that could be lifted enough to crawl under. Invariably a watchman would also be circling the tent looking for sneaks like us. In that case, we would try to disguise our intent while patiently waiting until he had turned the corner. Then we would make our move. The gathered crowd of men would not notice us since their attention would be absorbed by the somewhat raunchy scenes on stage.
Shortly following the fair and Apple Festival came our mischief-laden Halloween. One of the more serious pranks involved laying a dummy along the grassy edge of Highway 176. Our favorite spot was across from where Nostalgia Courtyard is now. A rope would be tied to the dummy so it could be quickly hoisted up the bank in case an irate driver tried to retrieve it. During that era, there were just enough cars passing through nighttime Saluda to require considerable patience on our part.
After swerving to a stop, most drivers would check the "body" and, upon realizing the childish prank, would then continue on. However, the sounds of laughter from high on the bank occasionally would send some drivers into a profanity-laced tirade with threats to call the law. Those threats created even more laughter because we knew that Carthur Metcalf, our nighttime cop and buddy, would just shrug his shoulders.
In retrospect, I think Carthur understood the crushing boredom of a small town, especially for restless young males, and the compelling circumstances for a certain amount of tolerance. He knew all of us quite well and understood we were just committing mischievous acts, but would never commit any serious criminal ones.
Whether or not that had anything to do with lack of crime in Saluda during those years is for others to debate. My opinion is already clouded.
Thompson's Store is located at 24 Main Street, in the heart of downtown Saluda. Contact the store at 828-749-2321 or visit Thompson's Store online.
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