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In This Issue (click on a topic to move to it quickly.)
Dates to Remember
Annual Calendar of Events
Article Headline
Turkey Dinner
Veteran's Day Ceremony
Contra Dancing
Voting Registration
Saluda Tailgate Market
City Notes
Saluda Center News
Polk County Toy Run
Saluda Community Land Trust
Saluda Garden Club
Tree City USA
The Women's Club of Saluda
Women's Club Fundraiser
Historic Saluda
Feed Me
Local Critters' Connection
Yoga Schedule
Saluda Library
Saluda School
Saluda Church Services
Post Office Hours
Saluda Classifieds
Saluda Lifestyles Marketplace
What's Happening in Music and Art
Green River Narrows Race
Narrows Green River Race
Aaron Burdett Signs
Article Headline
Saluda Scoop
Hometown Christmas
Christmas Parade
Children's Christmas Workshop
Saluda Dog Show
Saluda Christmas Celebrations
Bell Ringers Wanted
Tryon Arts
Winterize Your Summer Home
Frosty Finish
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 
Your Home Town Advantage    
Click on the pictures to link to
 Western NC MLS Listing

(links may expire, visit to view featured listings.)
NEW on the Market! 
Country Charm, Covered Front Porch, 3BR, 2.5 BA, 2-car garage, MLS#529032, Price Reduced to $271,000

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. approx 4100 SF, 4BR, 3BA, 6 ac, MLS#545161  $250,000



Exceptional quality home with year round views, Bold creek, organic gardens, fruit trees.  3BR, 3BA, approx 2460 SF, 6 acres, MLS#546435  $550,000 ONE OF A KIND PROPERTIES!

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 

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 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 

Looking for lake lake sheilaproperty in Saluda.  Click here to visit a hidden gem only four miles from downtown Saluda. 

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

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   

NEW 2.94 ac in Piney Mountain, MLS#549707, $41,500   NEW 60 acres, shared well, septic, unrestricted, MLS#550128, $22,000   


  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 Fall and Winter 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 October 31, 2013). 


Sales               Closed   Pending 

Homes 2013     28         2       

Homes 2012     23         0     


Land 2013         17        4            

Land 2012         11        0


Foreclosures-REO-Short Sales

Saluda - 2 properties 

Polk County - 11 properties 


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 Business Association meets Tuesday, November 5 at 5:30 at Saluda Library. 

Saluda Community Land Trust Monthly meeting 3pm, November 6 at the Saluda Presbyterian Church.

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.

Veteran's Day Ceremony held at Memorial Monument on Greenville St., November 11 at 2pm.
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, November 8 from 2 to 4pm at the Saluda Library.  The public is invited to attend.  


Contra Dancing Tuesday, November 12, 7pm at Party Place & Event Center.

Women's Club meets at 6:30pm, November 14 at Saluda Presbyterian Church for brief business meeting.

Saluda Garden Club will meet November 18 at 10am at Saluda Library.

Potluck and Bingo, Saluda Center, November 25 at 6pm.

Saluda Tailgate Holiday Market November 30 from 1 to 3pm at the West Main Street parking lot.

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 and the public is invited. Next meeting is November 19.

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

November 9    Saluda United Methodist Church    Annual Turkey Dinner

December 13   Hometown Christmas

December 15   NC Small Town Main Street Saluda Christmas Celebration
Christmas Preview Sale
The Saluda Fire Department will host a Christmas Preview Sale of holiday ornaments, handmade crafts, and other gift items on Saturday, November 2, 2013 from 9am til'. The public is invited to attend to get a good start on your Christmas shopping. 

If you are interested in selling appropriate items, please contact Fay Chandler at 828-749-4471.
Turkey Dinner

turkey 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 for more information.  

Veteran's Day Ceremony

2007 Memorial Day Dr. Jerry Russell will hold a Veteran's Day ceremony to commemorate Saluda's veterans and heroes.  Ceremony will be held at the Memorial Monument on Greenville Street, Monday, November 11, 2013 at 2pm.


November Contra Dancing
November 12

contra Please come warm up or chill out with Contra Dancing Tuesday, November 12. 


Join the BlueRidge Contra Dancers to warm up with a cool dance! This is the most fun you can have for two and a half hours and $9!


We will have popular Dean Snipes from Charlotte as our instructor for lessons and caller for the dance. Music is provided by our favorite fiddler Alan Dillman and the Skeeziks. Location is the Party and Event Place in Saluda with lessons from 7-7:30pm and dancing from 7:30-10pm. For directions, please see


Admission is $9 for adults; $5 for under 18. For more information visit our FaceBook page Blue Ridge Contra or email us at


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 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 

Polk County Voting Registration & Early Voting

vote 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 Holiday Market


Mark your calendars for our one special Holiday Market, the Saturday after Thanksgiving, November 30, 1-3pm.  

We hope to include local, agriculturally focused craft along with trees and wreaths, along with our usual fare. See you at the market!


Saluda Tailgate Market is 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 or contact Shelley DeKay 828-606-5713.

CityCity Notes

Joe Adams  


cornucopia-flowers.jpgShow your gratitude to family and friends this Thanksgiving season by investing in a Pace Park Paver in their name or memory.   



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  

redoak The city will publish a leaf pick up schedule in November in the Tryon Daily Bulletin.  The schedule will run through December.  

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 November Calendar.  For more information about activities or how to rent the Saluda Center, please contact the center at 828-749-9245. 

Plagues, Witches and War: The Worlds of Historical Fiction

CourseERA/Global Partners  

For anyone who enjoys reading or writing historical fiction: follow the above link to sign up for a free 8-week online course and join us at the Saluda Center for a live-and-in-person discussion following each on-line session. The first session was made available on October 15. Once you are enrolled, you will receive an introductory letter and syllabus from Professor Bruce Holsinger at the University of Virginia.


The Rev. Paula Morton of Transfiguration Episcopal Church in Saluda will be leading the discussion group at the Saluda Center. The group will meet on Thursdays from 1:00-2:00, which began October 17. There is no charge for the course or discussion group, but several books are recommended.  


Jane Alison, The Love Artist, featuring the poet Ovid

Geraldine Brooks, Year of Wonders, recreating a mountain village 17th-century England

Yangsze Choo, The Ghost Bride, set in colonial Malaysia in the 1890s

Katherine Howe, The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane, a "Tran historical" tale spanning the 17th century to the present

Mary Beth Keane, Fever, a retelling of the story of "Typhoid Mary"



Better Bellies, for mature ladies, is a beginners' belly dance class taught by Rima, a 65 year old tribal belly dancer on Thursdays at 1pm downstairs. Classes are specially priced at $8.00 per class. Wear comfortable clothing. For more information call 894-2242 or email


Detox Facials, Tues. Nov. 12 from 12 to 4 p.m. - "Stop by the Saluda Center for a relaxing Detox Facial - perfect for rejuvenating and strengthening the immune system! Sessions last 20 to 30 minutes. Book ahead to secure the time slot that works best for you. Contact Nedra at 828-384-8421 or


Book club meets on Thurs. Nov. 7 at 2:00 pm.


Saluda Single Women potluck and movie on Thurs., Nov. 21 at 6:00 pm.


Community potluck and bingo on Mon., Nov. 25 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. 

Annual Polk County Motorcycle Toy Run

When: November 30, 2013

Location : Saluda Fire Department, 64 Greenville St.,  Saluda, NC

Event Times : Registration 11:00 AM ~ 2:00 PM

Parade : Starts at 2:00 PM Sharp.  Police Escort for the entire way.

Registration Fee : $10.00 per person or a $10.00 or more NEW toy.


This event will feature barbeque, music, door prizes and more!


motorcycles This is held the last Saturday after Thanksgiving each year. Saludians are invited to turn out on Main Street before 2pm and cheer the riders on. All motorcycle riders are invited to participate in this ride. Motorcycle riders come in from both North and South Carolina to make sure that children in need get a toy for Christmas.   

The route the riders follow starts in Saluda, NC, at the Saluda Fire  Department parking area with room for up to 1000 + bikes.  They move out in parade fashion and travel down highway US-176 to pass through Tryon, NC, while in route to Landrum, SC.  Arriving in Landrum, SC, the riders turn left and go through the town of Landrum, SC crossing over Interstate 26 in route to Green Creek, NC. Once they arrive there, they then turn North on NC-9 to Mill Spring, NC.  Then riders turn West on NC-108 to Columbus, NC, and terminate at the front steps of the Court House.  There will be ample parking in front of the Court House for the motorcycles to park in normal diagonal fashion. The toys are placed on the steps and wall for all to see and admire.  The column of bikers each year is about 10 miles long.  They travel at about 40 mph on the entire route in staggered 2 by 2 fashion.


The Polk County Sheriff's office would like to thank all of the motorcycle riders that participate in this event and hope that it will only grow larger each year.  For more information contact Barry Gee 828-817-3084 or email

Saluda Community Land Trust


Thank you:

A special thank you to all the volunteers who helped put together "Kudzu Education" chili dinner night. The 70 plus guests enjoyed learning the different methods SCLT uses and an update on our kudzu control efforts.


Thank you Becky Shropshire and Southern Pride Search and Rescue Team for their interesting program explaining how they help find missing or lost people.

Thank you to the Saluda Volunteer Fire Department for the use of their facilities.  We especially thank the Polk County Community Foundation which sponsored this event and is supportive of our kudzu control efforts.


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 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.


Walks in the Woods:

November 3"Cabins In The Cove"

Meet at the library at 2pm for a casual hike in the woods. Bring your children and go for a hike that brings you closer to the magic of the changing colors of the leaves.


November 17 "Night Hike Under A Full Moon"

With all the trees bare, the light will be great. Destination unknown, come and see where we end up! Start time 6:30pm, also meeting at the library parking lot.   


These hikes are weather permitting and as always dress appropriately.


The next SCLT meeting will be Wed. November 6 at 3 pm. We will meet upstairs in our office, located in 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 We look forward to your comments and suggestions.

Saluda Garden Club

saluda garden club

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


Next meeting will be November 18 at the Saluda Library and the guest speaker will be John Vining, Polk County Extension Agent. This meeting is open to the public and starts at 10 AM.


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!

Tree City USA-Saluda

Saluda's Tree City USA group is continuing to progress into a cohesive group of dedicated members.  Tree City USA and the long established Saluda Community Tree Preservation Association combine their energies and efforts to promote both groups, emphasizing working toward meeting requirements for designation as Tree City USA for Saluda.


The program began in 1976 with 42 cities.  Now more than 4,000 cities are realizing the benefits.  The program has developed through the collaboration of the US Forestry Service and the Arbor Day Foundation.


We'll welcome your help in joining our Saluda group.


Becoming a Tree City:


1.  Encourages better care of community forests.

2.   Touches the lives of people within the community who benefit daily from cleaner air, shadier streets, and aesthetic beauty that healthy, well-managed urban forests provide.

3.   Recognizes and rewards communities for annual advancements in urban forestry practices.

4.   Increases public awareness of the many social, economical and environmental benefits urban forestry practices.

5.   Provides education to improve current urban forestry practices.

6.   Builds cooperation between public and private sectors to effectively manage urban forests.

7.   Encourages, supports, and strengthens effective urban forestry programs in diverse communities nationwide.

8.   Can make a strong contribution to a community's pride.

9.   Serves as a blueprint for planting and maintaining a community's trees.

10. Puts people in touch with other communities and resources that can help them improve their program.

11. Brings solid benefits to a community, such as helping to gain financial support for tree projects and contributing to safer and healthier urban forests.

12. Helps present the kind of image that most citizens want to have for the place they live or conduct business.

13. Tells visitors, through signage, that here is a community that cares about its environment.

14. Sometimes gives preference over other communities when allocations of grant money are made for trees or forestry programs.

15. Provides a way to reach large numbers of people with information about tree care.


Copied through the courtesy of Arbor Day Foundation and US Forestry Service.


For more information, please call Ruth at 828-749-9718 (leave a message for return call).


Submitted by Ruth Anderson 

Women's Club Meeting

On Thursday, November 14, The Women's Club of Saluda will meet at 6:30 pm at the Saluda Presbyterian Church (behind the library) for a business meeting. From there, members and guests will carpool to the Tryon Little Theater for the 8:00 pm showing of Neil Simon's play, Rumors. Club member Sandie Bright and her husband Henry have been cast in two of the parts. For additional information, please call Program Chairman Peggy Wolf at 828-749-3276 or President Holly Wildey at 828-749-3129.

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.

Women's Club Fund Raiser

The Women's Club of Saluda will be selling event tickets for Belk's Private Charity Sale which will be held from 6am to 10am, Saturday, November 9, 2013.  The Charity Sale is a private, four-hour sale dedicated to supporting local non-profit organizations.  Event tickets are $5 each.  Ticket holders will receive 20% - 70% off of Belk purchases storewide, including special savings on rarely- discounted brands.  Plus, they will receive $5.00 off their first purchase.  Also, one hundred Belk Gift Cards valued anywhere from $5 to $1,000 will be given away to the first 100 customers in each store on Saturday morning! 


As a special offer beginning November 3, those individuals who have purchased their tickets will have the opportunity to reserve merchandise during the week leading up to the Charity Sale.  Those items will be rung into the register on Friday evening, November 8 with the Charity Sale prices.  Customers can then pick up their purchases beginning Saturday, November 9.  What a great way to start your holiday shopping and help support your local women's club.


To get your Belk Charity Sale tickets, please contact Saluda Women's Club President, Holly Wildey at 828-749-3129 or e-mail

Historic Saluda



Preserve Your Family's Heritage

The Historic Saluda Committee (HSC) has been granted a secure space in the Saluda Public Library to store historical documents and artifacts. Items are now being archived in preparation for a future Historic Saluda Museum. Donations of originals or copies of vintage photographs depicting the history of Saluda's families and places are now being accepted. Also being accepted are documents, deeds, art, books, quilts, antiques or other relevant artifacts of historic interest that are in good condition. Contact us at or notify the City of Saluda who will advise a member of the HSC - 828-749-2581. We will gladly pick up donated items.


Oral Histories are Continuing to be Collected 

Oral history interviews are still being conducted in order to preserve the stories of the past for future generations. The HSC would like to thank the following who were interviewed over the past eighteen months: E. Cater Leland, Jr., Dr. Jerry (Doc) Russell, Foster and Libby Archer, Nancy Barnett, Judge Zoro Guice and Betty Anna Thompson Brown.


A little known fact.....!

Did you know Gaffney Street was at one time called Estes Hill?  Estes Hill was named for Charles Estes, a mill owner from Georgia who visited Saluda around 1899. Estes decided to stay and had Crystal Springs on Henderson Street constructed. Using a nearby spring, Estes created a system using a mechanism that created pressure forcing water into wooden lines directly supplying Crystal Springs and the Melrose Inn with fresh running water, a first in Saluda. Later when water came from a city-wide source, Estes dammed the spring for a swimming pool. The 1940 Census shows residents living on Estes Hill, with a later Census showing it as Gaffney Street. Martha Coates Ashley, great granddaughter or Charles Estes, also confirmed this story.


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, November 8, 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

Let a Dog Be a Dog


Let me begin by saying this very important message to all dog owners. Dogs are not born understanding English, or Spanish or German or Greek, or any human language. They speak and understand DOG language. If we can all remember and understand this, our relationships with our canine companions would be much better.


Dogs use body language and vocal language as the primary means of communicating with other dogs and other animal species, including ourselves.   Dogs have adapted to humans throughout history, much better than we have adapted to them.  Their exceptional senses surpass our senses. Their ability to see, smell, and hear things that we humans cannot, makes them the ideal companion and ally in the animal world.


It is important that if you are the companion of a dog, that you allow your dog to be a dog. Dogs are born with a natural coat. Whether they have long coats or short coats, they are well protected in their natural world. This does not mean, that you don't allow your dogs to come inside your home or provide them with a suitable shelter with inclement weather.


The other day while shopping at a local hardware store, one of the salespeople started telling me that an elderly woman had come in with a Chihuahua wearing a Giraffe costume. He (salesperson) said that the poor Chihuahua had a look in his eyes of embarrassment. I have seen dogs that their human companions have dressed up in miniature coats, hats, costumes, little bows and many other outfits, and in most cases, the dog had the same look of embarrassment. Not long ago, I watched a woman walk down the street pushing a fancy baby carriage, and to my amazement, she wasn't carrying a baby, rather a medium-sized dog all dressed in a child's dress with pink bows clipped behind the dog's ears. As I smiled at this comical scene, she let me know that her dog was her "baby." Once again the poor look on the eyes of this dog was of embarrassment.


Dogs are our companions and loyal friends; they guard us, lead us, help us find lost people and things, help detect many things that we humans cannot, and many more tasks, but they should not be dressed as little people or babies. We should show them respect for what they are and should allow our dogs to be just dogs.


When we teach them things, please remember they don't understand our language. They will require some patience and time for them to learn what we are trying to teach them.


I recently stopped teaching dog training because I had grown frustrated with the majority of dog owners who expected instant results. It takes time and effort to teach any dog even the simple commands of sit, stay, come, and so forth.


I regularly go about town with my Shepherds. All three of them, including a 6 month old puppy, are very well behaved and well mannered. I am always asked how long it takes to teach them. I answer that they are learning every day for many months or years. Most people have told me; "Well that's too long, I don't have time." You can't expect our canine companions to learn our rules and boundaries in an instant. Dogs want to please us, and they want to learn what we want from them. Use patience and plenty of time so they can live with us in harmony and understanding.


John Murias

Home Sweet Home Dog Training & Care, LLC
(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 may also want to consider joining my foster outreach E-mail list as a potential foster for dogs or cats (assisting Foothills Humane Society as well).  Contact Katrina Thissen at to be placed on either e-mail list.  Feel free to contact me with any questions or support for lost and found dogs in the area.  Take care of all our Furry Friends!  


Thank you for all your support.

Yoga Class Schedules

Cassandra Nelson, LMBT at Saluda Center
Gentle Yoga Classes

Wednesday 12:30

Thursday 5:30 

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 

Saluda's Premier Yoga Studio


This November marks Nectar's four year anniversary! We feel gratitude for all the support, joy, and transformation this community has shared with us over the past years and look forward to the future.

As Raphaela approaches the fullness of her pregnancy with 'Cherry Baby', she would love to keep the radiant pulse of Nectar alive throughout the year.  The invitation is to please continue to support your practice, health and well being with our new teachers. Nectar would love to remain a facet of the community, continuing to offer our light as needed.
Support your local yoga studio and new teachers, support community, and the birth of something new.   

As the Days Begin Getting Darker, Discover your Light "Within" with Kelly Johnson and other guest teachers.
Monday evenings 6pm-7:30pm, November 11- December 16, Cost is $80.  


*In order for classes to run, there needs to be 12 people in the series.  Please register by November 1 by calling 828-749-2229.  Join us to rekindle the fire within!


Saturday Classes
Begin again.

How better to start your weekend then with yoga! For those of you weekend morning yogis, we would like to offer you a bi-weekly Saturday morning class through November. 

Your participation and presence counts!  Based on attendance, this class will or will not continue.
To honor the winter months, class will begin 1 hour later.
Saturday's 10-11:30am
(Every Other)
October 26th
November 9th &23rd 
Drop in's $15

Led by Kelly Johnson
Pre-registration appreciated (not necessary)


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  

Saluda Community Library

Paul Koenen

Saluda Community Library


Tuesday, November 5th, 4pm

Afternoon Adventures: Board Games!
Come play your favorite games such as Monopoly, Sorry, and Uno.

Snacks will be provided.


Thursday, November 5th, 12:30pm

Storytime: Lois Ehlert's birthday!

Craft: Leaf Art


Thursday, November 12th, 12:30pm

Storytime: Outer Space!

Craft: Foil Spaceships


Tuesday, November 19th, 4pm

Afternoon Adventures: Movie and Snack!
We'll watch "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving" and make Oreo Turkeys.


Thursday, November 21st, 12:30pm

Storytime: Happy Thanksgiving!

Snack: Turkey Cookies


There will be no Storytime on November 28th due to the Thanksgiving holiday.  



Polk County Public Library, with the support of the Friends of the Library Association, hosts HeartSongs, a performing arts event for the public at no charge the first Thursday of each month.   These performances showcase local musicians and storytellers beginning at 5:30pm.


On November 7th, The Saluda River Gals will entertain library patrons with sweet Appalachian melodies.  Amy Buckingham and Lucy Allen sing and play various "Old Time" selections on the banjo, guitar, fiddle and mandolin.  They will perform on the main floor of the library at the foot of the stairs. Light refreshments will be served.  Questions?  Call Kitty at the library at 828-894-8721.



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

Saluda Elementary School
  Joe Adams

Congratulations to the students and staff at Saluda Elementary School!  The NC A+ Schools Program has contracted with an award-winning documentary filmmaker to create several A+ videos and Saluda Elementary School is a stop on the filming schedule!  


Filmmaker, Rodrigo Dorfman, will spend two days at the school.  Michelle Burrows, director of NC A+ Schools stated, "We selected Saluda as one of the schools to film because you are a model A+ school, one that has been with A+ nearly since inception, that also has the unique piece of having a Principal who was a teacher at the school.  Rodrigo is excited at the community aspect of Saluda and may want to include some of that in his filming."  


If you haven't visited the Saluda Post Office lately, you should drop by to see the student artwork on display!  Visual Arts teacher, Susan McRostie, plans to continue the displays throughout the school year.  


Upcoming Events at Saluda Elementary School

November 1         Interim Reports

November 4        Start date for After School Academy

November 5        AdvancEd/SACS Review Team school visit

November 6        Fit For Life 15 Day Challenge

November 6        School Board Meeting 6:00pm at Stearns

November 7        Kindergarten to Saluda Community Library for Storytime

November 11       No School-Veteran's Day

November 13       Strawbridge Studios Make Up Picture Day

November 21       School Field Trip to Flat Rock Playhouse "Mulan Jr."   

November 22       Campfire Friday!  Wear camp t-shirts and jeans!

November 26       End of the 2nd Six Weeks of School

November 27-29  No School-Thanksgiving Holidays

December 3         Report Cards

December 5         Kindergarten to Saluda Community Library for Storytime @ 1:15pm

December 16       Interim Reports

December 16       PTSO Christmas Bazaar

December 17       PreK-2 Holiday Evening Performance  

December 19       Half Day for Students (Dismissal 11:30am)


Saluda Fire & Rescue recently visited Saluda Elementary School to provide fire prevention and safety lessons for students in grades PreK-5.  Students were given the opportunity to practice evacuating "The Fire House."  They also enjoyed seeing the fire engine and were excited to receive their own fire hat and activity booklet.  Mrs. McDonald's second grade class is pictured here wearing their new fire hats.


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 Fellowship Meal 5:15
Wednesday Bible Study and Youth Group 6:30pm

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

Welcome, Sheila Salyers, new Saluda Post Master.
Saluda Classifieds
Healing Space for Rent

After 4 years of cultivating wonderful energy in the space of Nectar, we would like to offer it out to you. While Raphaela takes a maternity leave break, Nectar will be available for rent/sub-let for healing arts sessions, classes and workshops. The space is being offered hourly and/or daily.  Please contact us for further information.  828-749-2229

One bedroom apartment for rent
. Call Libby at 828-749-2732.

Property Cleaning!

Over 16 years Experience in Residential and Commercial Cleaning.  Vacations rentals, "For Sale" houses, (moving in or out of a home), Post-Construction work,

One-time cleaning or more, very detailed, deep cleaning.  Get your homes ready for the Holidays! Don't wait until Spring!  Reasonable rates! Call to set-up appointment for a free estimate.  Call Kathie at 828-674-6108 (cell) or 828-749-4076 (home).


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.
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.

Dennis Earl Lowe, 64, died Sept. 30, 2013. He was a member of the Saluda Presbyterian Church.

N.E. Moore, 79, passed away on Friday, September 13, 2013.

Saluda Lifestyles Marketplace

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

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


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


Salute to Saluda Services

pickard Golden, rusty red, burnt orange, and brown colored leaves are falling all over Saluda, blanketing the ground like an abstract carpet while Saludians rake, compost, or blow them to curb sides to be picked up.  Jumping in piles of leaves is a fun sport for kids but short lived as their parents hurry to tidy them up. 


You can feel the change in the air and the temperament of the town.  Saludians have harvested another productive year as the small village continues to thrive and grow.  As the first frost arrives and the season slows down, it's time to reflect, celebrate, and show gratitude for all our blessings and challenges as they help us grow and improve.


It's a time to recognize and salute our service organizations, our veterans, and volunteers who work tirelessly to make Saluda a great place to live, work, and play.    


Painting is "Mountain Apples" by Beverly Pickard. See her show at Honking Tonker's Gallery on November 30. 

What's Happening in Music and Art

What's Happening At The Onion in November

The Onion is on Winter Hours and is closed Wednesday and Sunday.



November marks the 15th anniversary of the birth of The Purple Onion. As I think back to opening day in 1998, it is remarkable we have come so far. While Lynn and I knew we wanted to create a place for friends and family to come together for good food, good conversation and live music, the minutiae of operating a restaurant presented us with an enormous learning curve. We discovered this quite quickly as the doors opened that first day and our mother, along with a majority of the Saluda Women's Club membership, poured through the front door eager to demonstrate their support of our new venture. We have obviously come a long way since that six table juice bar and coffee shop and  have many to thank.


In celebration of 15 years of good food, good conversation and live music, we wish to express our gratitude once again to our many friends, customers, musicians, farmers and staff who have helped the Onion to flourish for 15 years. A special thanks goes out to my husband and number one supporter Stoney Lamar who, as he puts it, has been "married to the place" all these years. Also, to longtime friend Robert Seiler, who has booked the entertainment from the beginning and keeps our music calendar filled with a talented and varied array of performers. Finally, thanks to sister Lynn, who had the crazy notion to open a restaurant in the first place. We are blessed to be a part of such a wonderful community. Thank you.


Purple Onion Website is Back!

Thanks to Emily Lamar for taking time from her other jobs to pull together a new website after ours was compromised last month. As of October 24, we are live once again.  It may take a few days to update our music calendar and tweak the new site, but bear with us. It has been a project we weren't anticipating this month.


 Argentine Wine Tasting

The Purple Onion will host a wine tasting on Tuesday, November 12 at 6:30. We will taste seven wines from Argentina. Although we traditionally focus on wines well suited for Thanksgiving at our November tasting, the annual celebration is far too multidimensional, with many flavors, textures, weights and aromas, to worry about the perfect pairing.  So while many of these wines will pair exceedingly well with your Thanksgiving meal, they will also be nice additions to your cellar for everyday celebrations. The price for the tasting will be $45 and includes a taste of seven wines and several hors d'oeuvres and small plates to complement them.  Reservations can be made by calling the Purple Onion at 828-749-1179. Please call early as seating is limited.


Monday and Tuesday Nights at the Onion

Daylight Savings ends on November 3 for 2013, and as night falls an hour earlier, we will begin closing on Monday and Tuesday evenings at 8:00 PM until next April. So, come early and take advantage of one of our weekday specials.  


Oysters and Pint Specials on Mondays

25% Off All Wines on Tuesdays


 Sunday, November 24

The Purple Onion continues its Sunday Evening concert series with Wild Ponies, November 24 at 6 o'clock .


Wild Ponies feature the dead right, honest songwriting of Doug and Telisha Williams blended with a kick-ass band. Touring in support of their brand new release on Ditch Dog Records, "Things That Used To Shine", The Wild Ponies - Doug, Telisha and drummer Jake Winebrenner - bring energy and charisma along as they perform brilliant new songs as well as some of the old Doug & Telisha favorites.


The doors open for this show at 5:00 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 5 - 6 PM, 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.


"They kicked it! Telisha is a badass on that bass and Doug rocks that guitar. They are so nice and have terrific stage presence and Telisha's voice is unique and beautiful. The audience loved them!" - Roz Collins, Oak Grove Folk Music Festival


"Fabulous!!!! They put on a great show and have become staff favorites." - Maggi Landau, Director of Events and Music Programs, Madison Square Park Conservancy, New York, NY


"Every now and again you run across something that just knocks your socks off. This was one of those times." - Rod Ames, No Depression


"Doug and Telisha stepped into Storyhill Fest and wowed the audience with their energy, musicianship, and stage presence. They had everyone's attention from the first note they played through the standing ovation they received. We can't wait to have them back again!" - Jim Kowitz, Storyhill Fest


We will be closed on Thanksgiving Day

so our staff can enjoy the day with their families.

 We hope you do too!


Closed December 23-25



5:30 Seating

Fred Whisken on Piano Playing Blues to Brubeck

Al a Carte Menu


8:00 Seating

Music from 9:00 until 12:30 with the

Scoot Pittman Trio 

Four Course Dinner with Optional Appetizers

Champagne Toast  

$65 (plus tax and gratuity)


Closed  January 1 - 8



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


November 2 - Shane Pruitt Band  

Fans, please note this red-hot band's return.


November 7 -  -Fayssoux McLean 

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


November 9 - Overmountain Men 

David Childers returns with his great band.


November 14 - Michael Reno Harrell 

Appalachian grit and wit from this old friend.


November 16 - Johnson's Crossroad 

Everything from Appalachian soul to hillbilly metal.


November 21 - Aaron Burdett 

Local favorite will preview some songs from his upcoming CD.


November 23 - Gigi Dover & The Big Love 

They do it all from Southern soul to world music.


November 28 - Thanksgiving.  No Music.  Have a Day of Gratitude and Thanksgiving


November 30 - Tyler Nail 

This fine band is making its debut at the café.


Music 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 


November Schedule & News At The Party Place & Event Center

November 2-The Reflections Band at 8:00 pm

November 9--  Sound Investment Band at 8:00pm

Tuesday, Nov. 12 -Contra Dance at 7:00pm

November 16 -"THE NIGHTHAWKS" at 8:00pm

November 23 -Free Flight Band at 8:00pm

November 30 -Tuxedo Junction Band at 8:00pm



nighthawks "The NightHawks Band" Performing in WNC

"The Nighthawks Band" from the Washington D.C. area, will be at The Party Place & Event Center in Saluda, NC on Saturday, November 16 starting at 8:00 PM.  This is the one and only performance they have booked in North Carolina this year and we are fortunate to have that show here in WNC.  "The NightHawks" are a  group of experienced musicians that perform on stages all over the world and have been entertaining for over 30 years.  They have perfected their musical mix of blues, doo-wop, R&B, rockabilly, and honky-tonk country into a sound all their own.  With new songs and old hits, they will energize any concert hall.  


They have agreed to a discount ticket price of only $12.00 for this special event!  Reserved tables and advance tickets can be purchased by calling 828-749-3676. 


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


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!


saluda grade 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.     



carsonSaluda artist, Jim Carson

won third place in the painting division of the 40th Annual Artist Guild of Spartanburg Juried Show.  The award was presented at the Awards Ceremony at the Chapman Cultural Center on September 28, 2013.  The winning painting was titled "Next to the Horses" and is a scene on Hwy 64 toward Brevard. 


carson He will exhibit oil paintings in an exhibition, titled "Paintings from Eastern Italy to Western North Carolina", at The Saluda Center. The opening reception will be on Sat., Dec 7, from 5:00 PM-7:00 PM. The exhibition will hang through Jan.15, 2014.


Jim was privileged to be a part of an international painting group in Peschici, Italy, in September, with such highly regarded international landscape painters as Lori Putnam, Ray Roberts, Peggy Kroll Roberts, James Richards, Al Tofanelli, Carol Gray-Weihman, and Katerina Rich.  The complete story of this painting adventure is featured in this month's  Plein Air Magazine, in a story titled "Chasing the Light Across Countries."


Peschici is located on the Aegean Sea in the province of Foggia, in the beautiful Apulia region of southeast Italy. 


Richland Fine Art Gallery in Nashville, Tennessee is planning an exhibit of paintings by these artists in a show there next year.


Jim will exhibit his Peschici paintings, along with some Western N.C. paintings, in the show at The Saluda Center.


Jim's next workshop in Saluda will be "Painting in the Studio- Brushwork Boot Camp," on  Jan. 23-25, 2014.


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

dancers extenstion


Classes for our youth students continue weekly.  Our students are learning dance technique and choreography for Hometown Christmas.  Adults, join us on Saturday, November 2 for a $5 Hot Pop! Saturday Special.  Our weekly schedules for youth and adult classes and class descriptions can be found on our website.  The Dancer's Extension will be closed for the Thanksgiving Holidays on November 27 and 28.


We will host an Open Studio event on Saturday, November 16 from 10AM - 1PM.  Drop by to see the dance attire and new jewelry line we are carrying now.  If we don't have what you are looking for currently in stock, we'll do a special order to have it here for the holidays!  And, here's your opportunity to see the studio space, try out our Marley sprung floor and learn about the classes we have to offer to the community.  The event is free, and everyone is welcome!


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 at 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,"  November 4 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?

Our Hen's Nest, the space set aside for sales of unique collectibles and a few antiques, is open each Friday and Saturday, 11 to 5 or a different day/time by arrangement.


Most recently obtained is an old wooden door with the inside panels removed and replaced with a mirrored panel-a great conversation piece if used as a door or against a wall as a mirror.


For a colorful Thanksgiving table, we offer a basket of colored glass fruit in reds, yellows, greens, wonderful dark purple grapes and even a purplish black egg plant, and many more definitely unique items.


You can also see the work of Doug Honeycutt-his happy, colorful paintings of imaginative flowers, jungle plants and, in a very different style, the hay barn at Brooks Chapel Church near Polkville, NC circa 1890.


To see, as well, are Chris Anderson's watercolor sketches of Saluda's Main Street and several historic local buildings and Ruthie's wreaths for all seasons and décor in various sizes.


Of course, we have plenty of parking area on fairly level ground which has, on special occasions, easily accommodated as many as 35 vehicles.  We can usually provide two spaces for handicapped parking.


We welcome visitors.


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

bill Jameson 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 or call Bill at 828-749-3101.



honkingHonking Tonkers

will now be open Monday through Saturday from 9am to 6pm and Sunday from 10am to 5pm. Closed on Wednesday.   




saluda grade You are invited to an art show for Beverly Pickard at the gallery on November 30 from 5-8pm. "Beverly's Art at Honking Tonker's Gallery" will be Beverly's last show in Saluda before moving back to Macon, GA. Click here to see her online gallery.


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



random arts Random Arts  

Random Arts is in its 18th year in Saluda inspiring and nurturing your creativity as much as ever with our never ending workshop schedule. Adding to that is a unique selection of one of a kind, greeting cards created right here in Saluda, jewelry, gifts, antiques, clothing, vintage, found objects and lots more. It's definitely a stop you will want to make next time you are in town.


On November 2, Susan Edmonson, mixed media fabric and quilt artist will offer a fabric, bead and fiber postcard workshop in the morning and sewn, fabric and doodled cuff class in the afternoon. Contact us by email to register.


The November 9 and 10 acrylic paint and collage workshops with talented, and award winning artist, Wan Marsh are completely filled; however, we hope to have her on the schedule again in the new year. Please plan accordingly and register early to avoid disappointment.


Thanksgiving weekend will be bustling with activity here at the shop. Be sure to check out our planned activities on our website or Facebook as you travel to Saluda.


Although our abundant selection of nationally known instructors will take a break for the winter season, they will be back again starting in March with a whole new venue of new and exciting offerings. 


We will be scheduling a multitude of interesting and fun filled workshops this month that include collage, painting, Zen doodle, play days, and much more.  These cooler temps this time of year are the perfect time to cozy into your studio or ours for some creative experimentation.


Random arts Our playful and artsy line of women's wear has expanded into a much larger area now and your choices are many. From the basic T's, leggings & camisoles to comfy "art to wear" separates and warm scarves and shawls in great fall colors, sizes and price ranges, all to round out your selections. 


Stop in and see us in our brightly colored building at the corner of Louisiana and Ozone. You can't miss our bright orange door and steps. Just 2 blocks from downtown and 1 mile from I-26.  We are open Thurs., Fri., and Sat. from 10-5 (other days by chance or appointment).

Visit our website:

481 Louisiana Ave

Saluda, NC 28773

Phone: 828-749-1165


Please LIKE us on FaceBook


Green River Narrows Race

green 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 for spectator directions and more information about the happening of the day.   

18th Annual Green River Narrows Race

Saturday, November 2nd, 2013

High Noon


The Purple Onion will remain open all afternoon on November 2 to accommodate hungry spectators and participants in what American Whitewater calls the "single most famous, most respected and most competitive creek race on the planet." After the strenuous hike down to the narrows and back, stop in for pizza and beer or a big fresh salad before heading to the Green River Race Awards Party. The awards party begins @ 6 PM and will be held in the alley behind us on the deck at the historic Back Alley Barn behind Thompson Store and Wards Grill. To all paddlers participating, we wish you clean lines and a safe run. Hope to see you on the 2nd.


Ward's Grill will also be open until 6pm that day to accommodate all the racers and spectators in town. 

Aaron Burdett Signs with Organic Records

Congratulations to Saluda's Aaron Burdett for signing with Arden-based Organic Records for a national radio and marketplace distribution of his fifth recording, Fruits of My Labor, to be released in February 2014. Click here to read more.


Photo courtesy of Organic Records. 

Call for Crafters and Artists
Mill Spring Ag Center

Call for crafters and artists to exhibit and sell your work at the Craft Fair at the Mill Spring Ag Center, located at 156 School Road, Mill Spring.   The fair is open every Saturday through December 22 from 9am till 2pm. Set up is at 8:30am and the fee to exhibit is $10.


If you are interested, please call Reda Harvey at 828-894-8028  to reserve a table.


We invite the public to shop at the Mill Spring Store which is also open Tues - Fri, 10am till 6pm and Saturday, 10am till 2pm. 

Polk Momentum 2011
Mill Spring Ag Center

Watch this quick video to learn more about the Mill Spring Ag Center.


Directions:  Near the Intersection of Hwy 9 and Hwy 108, turn North on Hwy 9 (a left coming from Columbus, a right going towards it). Turn right on School Rd or Post Office Road and look for the building on your right. 

Saluda Scoop

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.



wolf run Wolf Run Art Gallery has opened at 50 E Main Street in historic downtown Saluda, NC to provide people beautiful art at affordable prices.  In addition to original art from well known artists, both local and across the country, the gallery has paintings that are incredible reproductions by accredited artists.  The pottery is from local potters and candles are home made.  The gallery will be adding wooden bowls and stained glass in the near future, and adding new art all the time by artists who wish to display their talents.


Wolf Run Art Gallery offers a large variety of oils, pastels, acrylics, and even photography. From the canals of Venice to the mountains, to the marshlands of SC, there is something for everyone.  Whether it is a beautiful landscape or sail boats in the ocean, wildlife, or gorgeous floral paintings, Wolf Run Art Gallery has it.  


Visit us at, 50 E. Main Street, Saluda, NC  28773, (828) 749-1100,



oaks Guest Comments from The Oaks Bed and Breakfast

In a recent interview with, an international web directory for bed and breakfast travelers, the owners of The Oaks Bed and Breakfast were asked:  What is the best compliment you have ever received about the inn? 


The best complement we have ever received about our inn is that guests love how The Oaks brings back warm and happy memories of some grand home that once was part of their past.  The environment we have created allows guest to decompress from "life in the fast lane" and find time to relax and reconnect. 


We are best known for our sumptuous gourmet breakfasts and 100% of our guest reviews make a point of mentioning that.  In a home that is 118-years old, our guests like that things are so well manicured and maintained.  They return to walk to the village and discover something they may have missed before.  People love the fact that The Oaks transforms with each changing season, allowing them a new experience with every visit.       

Now is a great time to book your winter-holiday mountain getaway!  Contact The Oaks Bed and Breakfast at 828.749.2000.  Visit us on facebook or at   

Located at 339 Greenville Street.  Click here for directions.  



eva Visit Evening Shade Pottery for that one of a kind gift for your Christmas gift giving. There is nothing better than a handmade piece of pottery for a loved one.  I do have a warm cozy rocking chair to sit in and watch pottery being made.


Come check it out, you will be amazed at the transformation of a little lump of clay.

If you can't make it down, at least check out and follow the prompts to get an actual tour of Saluda and my little shop.


Thank you and have a blessed holiday season.


Visit Eva McCray's Evening Shade Pottery at its new location at 30 Church Street, behind the Purple Onion and Spring Park. Contact Eva at 828-749-3249 or email at   



saluda street Thanksgiving is right around the corner!    Saluda Grade Café invites you to join us for a wonderful Thanksgiving Feast!  We are taking reservations at 11:30, 1:00, 2:30 and 4:00.


We also would be glad to provide side dishes, desserts and breads for your table at home!  Sage Dressing, Gravy, Cranberry Sauce, Sweet Potatoes, Mashed Potatoes, Loaves of Bread, Whole Cakes, Pies or Cobblers are all available for take out!  Place your orders now by calling 828-749-5854.


Thanksgiving Day Dinners


Roasted Tom Turkey with Sage Dressing and Giblet Gravy  served with Ginger Brown Sugar Sweet Potatoes, Vegetable Medley, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Creamed Pearl Onions and Cranberry Orange Relish.  $24.95 


Rosemary Cornmeal Fried Sunburst Farms Trout with Honey Rosemary Butter.  $26.95


Grilled New York Strip Steak with Three Peppercorn Bourbon Sauce and Caramelized Onions $31.95


Vegetarian Filo Hobo Bag filled with Butternut Squash, Sauteed Spinach, Goat Cheese and Black Beans $18.95

All entrees served with Hot Spiced Apple Cider, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Creamed Pearl Onions, Vegetable Medley, Mixed Green Salad with Gorgonzola Cheese, Pears and Balsamic Vinaigrette and your choice of Traditional Pumpkin Pie, Bourbon Pecan Pie or Warm Brown Sugar Apple Crisp.  Included is your choice of Coffee or Iced Tea.


We are Thankful for You!


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




early morning The Orchard Inn

As A Christmas Carol rejuvenated old Christmas traditions, a local tradition continues at The Orchard Inn on five nights this December at our Dickens Dinners. It is truly the perfect way to get into the Christmas Spirit. On December 7, 12, 14, 20, and 21 you'll enter our spectacular living room with a roaring fire in the fireplace. You'll gaze at our beautifully decorated 10-foot Christmas Tree with candles burning all around. The smell of evergreen fills the room as you taste spiced wine and enjoy the sound of holiday music. Hors d'oeuvres are served at 6:30 and dinner begins at 7. Everyone will enter the dining room at the same time so seating is limited. A sumptuous 4-course special holiday meal will excite your taste buds, such as: Cream of Butternut Squash Soup with Roasted Pumpkin Seeds and Austrian Pumpkin Seed Oil, Organic Baby Green Salad with Orchard Inn Dressing, Choice of Crispy Duck with Homemade Mango Chutney or Pork Tenderloin Stuffed with Goat Cheese and Rosemary Infused Pears or Local Rainbow Trout Almandine, and a choice of two fabulous desserts. In between each course, The Orchard Inn's very own Mr. Pickwick (David Riddle) will read from Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. After dinner, everyone will move into our candle lit living room to listen to the end of the story and toast to the Spirit of Christmas with a Smoking Bishop (hot spiced wine). Set aside one of these evenings to join us. $59 per person, plus tax and gratuity. After dinner, treat yourself to an overnight stay in one of our upstairs rooms for only $110. We guarantee this magical holiday evening at our 12-acre mountaintop retreat to be one you'll always remember. Call to reserve you place at our table - 828-749-5471. 

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




November is the month to bring the warmth into your homes and think about delicious "Hot" meals.  Come by and see our selections of Fresh Meats in the Market, New Fine Wines and all your Holiday Fine Foods.


We have Ciders, Hot Chocolate and the world's best Keen Beans Coffee.  Check out our local items from Dan's Sauces, Kraut, Sweet Pickle Relish, Homemade Jams & Jellies, variety of local BBQ sauce.


Check out our freshly made Pimento Cheese-Regular or Hot, Meatloaf, Chicken Pot Pies, Mac & Cheese, Beef Stew and Best of All "Charlie's Sage Sausage."


This month our Wine Tasting is November 7th, Upstairs in the Charleston Room, 4 to 6. Come see the new selection that Mort has prepared and sample some delicious cheese. 


We would like to thank Tim Diggers from Lexington for suggesting the "Opera." We had a sold out attendance, and it was a night to remember in Saluda.  We appreciate everyone who attended and all the great positive feedback.   We are planning more events for 2014, so be watching for information and call early for tickets. 


The Ladies in the Grill are always cooking up something delicious. Come in, sit a spell and enjoy breakfast or lunch.  Try our hot soups with your favorite Hamburger or Sandwich.


For the web lovers, we are going to have Wifi soon.  

See you at the Grill!


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

Smokehouse Chili and Brunswick Stew are back on the menu! We also have three big screen TV's for all the games or races you want to watch. We have on tap a variety of ten, mostly local, and our list includes a Pumpkin ale and a hard cider! Take a drive to Saluda and see the fall colors and join us! If you haven't seen our newly expanded bar, you must!



Tuesday-Saturday, 11am to 9pm

Sunday - Noon- 3pm

Closed Thanksgiving Day 


Daily specials:  $4.99

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

Wed. - bowl of Smokehouse Chili or Brunswick Stew and drink.  

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!


$2.00 OFF all drafts Tuesday-Thursdays and all domestic bottles will be $2.00 everyday!


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


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.   




Check out the Thanksgiving Order Sheet for 2013 (below).  I honestly could not tell you which selection is my favorite...there may be one of each at our Thanksgiving dinner!  We have already begun to take orders, so call your order in today.

Wildflour will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, November 28.  We will be open our regular hours on Fri., Sat., and Sunday.

Don't miss the final Pizza night of the season on Friday, November 29th!


Wildflour Thanksgiving Order Sheet

All Pies are made to-order and from-scratch from all natural ingredients and as much Local product as possible. REAL butter, REAL sugar, REAL vanilla.... REAL food, NO food flavored substances.

Pies are 9" Deep Dish








Click here to download an order form.


Richard Wesley from High Valley Farm and Greenhouses will be setting up on Friday evening during Wildflour Pizza Nights (5pm - 8pm) in our parking lot with his beautiful, local winter produce.  Many of you will recognize Richard from the Saluda Tailgate Market. 

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, Back in Saluda's Indoor-Year-Round Farmers Market section is open and ready! We now have Foothills Pasture Raised Salami and pepperoni, Vineyard's Edge Dairy Cheeses, Green River Picklers' Okra and many more delicious and locally made foods.  We also feature local hand crafted arts and gifts.  The Wine Shop has new wines and local and craft beers.


Holiday Hours through December:

Open every day 10 AM - 6 PM

And Friday (Pizza Night at Wildflour Bake Shop!) we are open till 9 PM.  


We are located next to Wildflour Bake Shop and The Gardner's Cottage in Nostalgia Courtyard.  Come visit and see the changes to the shop.  


Wine Shop Phone:   828-749-9463




If you have problems this winter with falling branches crashing down your gates or fencing, Michael Nelson of Citadel Fence Repair is available to make repairs. 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


macon bank


Thanksgiving is just around the corner.  Family get-togethers and a week of leftovers await many of us.  It's about more turkey than just the food.  It's a time of reflection.  At this time of year, we are thankful for our many blessings, and here at Macon Bank, we are no different.


We have eleven branches ready to serve you.  Thank you  for making us a part of the Saluda Community, one of the greatest in all of Western North Carolina.


From all of us at Macon Bank, we wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving.  We will be closed Thanksgiving Day, November 28 and will reopen on the 29th, ready, and waiting to serve you. 

Macon Bank, The People You Turn To, The Bank You Trust.


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





maggies Exciting news from Maggie's out at the interstate. In addition to all of the beautiful home decor and furniture, we are now serving lunch!   The Crust and Kettle is open, serving soup, sandwiches, and salads, 10am thru 5pm,  Monday through Saturday, inside Maggie's Country Store. While you are there, be sure and visit our new addition, The Christmas House, packed full of Christmas and Holiday Cheer--a special store for all of your special needs throughout this holiday season.


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

Visit Maggie's website.
Saluda Hometown Christmas

saludasnow Plan now to attend Saluda Hometown Christmas on Friday, December 13, 2013, from 6 to 8pm.  Enjoy holiday refreshments and a variety of music from area artists at many venues.

Event is sponsored by the Saluda Business Association.
Please visit to learn more about the SBA.

(Special Note to those with musical talents.  If you would like to perform during Hometown Christmas, please contact a merchant on Main Street to schedule a performance.)
Saluda Christmas Parade

christmas parade Santa Clause is coming to town!



band The third annual Saluda Christmas Parade will be held in Saluda on Saturday, December 14 from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm.  Please plan to attend. 


We are pleased to announce that the East Hendersonville High School Marching Band will be marching in the parade. 


If you would like to be in the parade, please get your application in by 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 Children's Christmas Workshop

workshop Parents... Mark Your Calendar...

The Saluda Children's Christmas Workshop

Saturday, December 14, 2013


Saluda Fire Department

Free For Kids Five And Up


The Workshop Helpers want to invite Saluda's children five and up to the workshop again this year so we can teach, inspire, and encourage them through creativity. The Workshop offers personal instruction of art projects related to Christmas in the form of ornaments and gifts. The kids get to practice their artistic ability, imagination, patience, cooperation, and gratitude through art. We create projects using lots of different mediums such as recycled products, beading, felting, food gifts, nature inspired gifts, origami, and much more. They will take home projects that will be cherished for years to come.


They aren't the only ones who benefit though...we, the adults, love to share with the kids who come. It's a wonderful experience for everyone. If you'd like to be a helper, just call Laura Fields at 828-749-4521. I encourage creative and kid-loving people (notice I didn't say women) to join us. I wouldn't be able to pull this project off without my volunteers, and for them, I am very grateful. Please join us if you'd like to  be a part of something very special.


Parents, please don't bring children under five as the projects are challenging. No food or drink allowed. No unattended children and parents are allowed on art floor. We provide a special place just for you where you can do a project of your own or watch the kids without being right beside them. See You There!

Saluda Dog Show

dog show An annual dog show will be held this year before the Christmas Parade, Saturday, December 14 at 1:30pm.  Each dog signed up will receive a Christmas kerchief.  Please join us after the show as we walk in the parade at 3pm as a group, and show off your dogs and their awards. There will be a $5 registration fee and all proceeds will go towards the upkeep of the Saluda Dog Park. More details in the December Saluda Lifestyles.

Saluda Christmas Celebration

orchard inn 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 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,


Formal attire appropriate but not required.


For questions, please contact Terry Baisden at 828-749-3789 or email


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.
Be A Bell Ringer

bellringer Once again for our 8th Christmas season, we will man a kettle for the Salvation Army on Main street. As is the Salvation Army custom, we will begin on the Friday after Thanksgiving day.  For the four weekends this year between Thanksgiving and Christmas, we will again be stationed in front of M.A. Pace store and would like to invite anyone who has not joined us in the past to come and experience the blessing of helping those in need during this time when we celebrate the birth of our Savior.  We will begin each Friday and Saturday at 11am and ring in two hour shifts until 5pm. We always have two aprons and two bells so that two friends or husband and wife teams can ring together.


Last year we were proud and very thankful that we had gone over $10,000 in our collection efforts since we began in 2006.  In mid November, The Salvation Army will again have The Appreciation Lunch for Volunteers, and be you a veteran bell ringer or just joining "The Army", you are cordially invited to attend. For information or questions, please call Max McGinnas at 828-749-9111 or Neill Bultman at 828-749-1264, or you can leave your name with the folks at M.A. Pace and we'll get back with you.

Arts in Tryon
Saluda is home to almost 50 artists and craftspeople who work, exhibit and participate in the art opportunities provided by the art facilities in Tryon.

To see workshops, exhibits, openings and performances, please click on the links provided below.

Tryon Arts & Crafts School

373 Harmon Field Road

Tryon, NC 28782

(828) 859-8323      


Tryon Fine Arts

34 Melrose Avenue
Tryon, NC  28782
828.859.8322 (TFAC)     

Tryon Painters & Sculptors

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


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

Winterize Your Summer Home

It's that time of year when you want to think about taking care of winterizing your home so you don't have to be worried about freezing pipes bursting.  Here are a few key items that you want to make sure to get done if your home is going to be empty for any amount of time.   


Freeze Protection Safeguards    

1. Locate your water main and shut it off.   

2.  Cut off electric service to hot water heater and drain tank.   

3.  Drain all pipes via interior faucets and exterior hose bibs.   

4.  Drain all garden hoses and store away for the winter.   

5.  Flush all toilets and add anti freeze to remaining water in tank and bowl.   

6.  Insure gutters are clean (consider installing leaf guards) to allow for proper drainage during rain and snow.   

7.  Insure all condensate and drain lines from HVAC units are drained.   

8.  Insulate any exposed pipes that cannot be drained of water.


General Off Season Protection  

1. Propane or natural gas shut off at supply.  

2.  HVAC units are turned off at the electrical source unless a minimum temperature is to be maintained.   

3.  Prune tree limbs away from house to lessen possibility of storm damage.   

4.  Clean out your refrigerator, unplug and prop door open.   

5.  Unplug all other appliances including TV's.   

6.  Store lawn furniture, grills, tools, etc.   

7.  Turn off home's electrical power at the main breaker unless specific breakers need to remain on for fire protection, security lighting and alarm systems.  

8.  Check exterior doors and windows for cracks and crevices and repair as needed   

9.  Inspect roof and flashings for potential leaks.  10. Test smoke detector batteries and replace as needed.

11. Shut off water to the house.  
12. Find someone who will drop by your home occasionally to make sure it is secure, and there are no problems.  Be sure they know how to contact you.   

Compliments of David Berry


Frosty Finish to Top of the Grade Concerts
As the temperature dropped below 40 degrees, concert goers wrapped up and warmed up with hot cider and hot chocolate.  It felt more like the Hometown Christmas stroll rather than an outdoor concert.

The cold weather did not hamper the performances by Sound Investment and the Aaron Burdett Band as both bands blasted out their music and dancers took the floor.

Thank you to all the performers, loyal fans, sponsors, dancers, and supporters of the inaugural year for Top of the Grade Concerts

We would love to hear from you and get your feedback as we plan for next year's concerts.  You may contact Judy Ward,, Terry Baisden,, or Cathy Jackson,

Photos from October 25 Concert:

Halloween Stroll
Saluda kids had a great time during the 2013 Halloween Stroll on Main Street.  Thanks to the Saluda Police Department for keeping them safe and all the businesses and organizations that opened their doors and hearts to Saluda trick-or-treaters.

Memories of Snowfalls
by Clark Thompson

thompson Most recollections of my childhood winters in Saluda usually center around  memories of living in a very cold house and having to complete twice-daily milkings along with other outside chores in the frigid air.  However, occasionally some pleasant memories of that season rise to the surface.


Most of them revolve around snow. Occasional snowfalls were welcome relief from school, even though the missed days had to be made up later in the year. They also provided opportunities for snowball fights, sledding, and hunting wild rabbits whose trails were much easier to follow. Once in a while, we even practiced our individual artistic skills in the snow whenever the urge of nature called.


Piney Mountain was an excellent incline for sledding since it was quite fast, as well as one of the last to receive vehicular traffic. Nighttime temperatures often dipped low enough to create a hard crust of ice which then allowed speeds approaching the sound barrier, or so it seemed. Two or three bonfires in the ditch helped to guide a sled and its helmetless rider down the hill. Then near the foot of Pine Street, the road intersected with old Macedonia Road which required a hard 90-degree turn, preferably to the right. Successfully negotiating this turn, also demanded enough foot dragging to slow to a more reasonable speed of around 200 mph. A successful rider could finally coast to a stop on Esceola Drive.


During one memorable night, the frozen crust was so hard and slick that I quickly lost all steering control and proceeded to blaze a new uncharted trail through the ditch. What followed was a brief but quite painful encounter with one of the bonfires. The collision knocked my small left finger so far out of joint that arthritis remains a personal friend today.


However, the premier hair-raising ride was located on Church Street. By starting at the top of the hill next to the old Baptist Church, and with a fresh application of bees wax on the rails, one could expect the ride of a lifetime with speeds actually exceeding warp speeds. Unless serious foot dragging began no later than the Henderson Street intersection, what confronted the riders were two sets of railroad tracks looming ahead on the far side of Main Street. Usually, the prudent action was to depart the sled well shy of that point and hope to minimize the bodily mayhem that was sure to follow.


Snowball fights were another fun past time since all that was required was a handful of snow packed tightly into a hard sphere and a good pitching arm to zing the projectile toward anyone within range. Occasionally, teams would form and snow forts or walls would be built to help ward off any direct assault. However, team loyalty usually seemed to vanish after a few minutes which quickly resulted in free-for-all battles. Likewise, the pain felt from a tightly packed snow ball smacking a half-frozen ear or nose often provided all the encouragement one needed to disengage.


After tiring from all these outdoor activities and discarding wet clothing, the most delightful part of any snow event was making snow cream. Filling a very large bowl with clean snow scooped from under any frozen crust, then stirring in vanilla extract, milk, and sugar created some of the best homemade ice cream ever. To make things even better, there were always plenty of second helpings to go around.


Along about 1961, a series of unusually heavy snowstorms blanketed Saluda on four or five consecutive Thursdays, while extremely cold temperatures kept any interim melt to a minimum. Eventually, the cumulative depth reached well over two feet and as much as three feet in some locations. At that time, I was a student at NC State and was determined to get home to enjoy this unusual phenomenon. Only after many hours of hitch-hiking was I able to reach Saluda, but the bitter cold made any outside activities quite unpleasant.


Recently, I discovered some personal photos from that weekend visit and one picture taken in front of Thompson's Store showed a bank of plowed snow on the opposite side of Main Street rising at least three feet above the rooftops of cars. Much of that snow lingered in the form of ice for over a month.


I must defer any discussion about rabbit hunting in the snow out of respect for my son, Jonathan, who loves rabbits as much as most folks love dogs and cats. I also have to rely on him for proofreading!  


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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Thanksgiving and deep gratitude for your continued support of Saluda Lifestyles!
Cathy Jackson

Cathy Jackson Realty
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