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In This Issue (click on a topic to move to it quickly.)
Annudal Calendar of Events
Community Calendar
Dates to Remember
Making Christmas Bright
Thermal Belt Outreach
Appalachian Christmas
Community Chorus Concert
Saluda Tailgate Market
City Notes
Saluda Center News
Bedford Falls Raffle
Saluda Community Land Trust
Saluda Garden Club
Saluda Community Tree
The Women's Club of Saluda
LocaVester $$$
Historic Saluda
Contra Dancing
Saluda Arts Festival
Pearson's Falls News
Yoga Schedule
Reike Circle
Saluda Library
Saluda School
Saluda Church Services
Post Office Hours
Saluda Classifieds
Saluda Lifestyles Marketplace
What's Happening in Music and Art
Carson Italy Exhibit
Hometown Christmas
Children's Christmas Workshop
Christmas Parade
Saluda Dog Show
Christmas Movie Night
Saluda Christmas Celebrations
Gerwe Book Signing
Saluda Scoop
Saluda Faces
Cut Your Own Christmas Tree
Tryon Arts
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! 
Nature lover's paradise with spectacular view and wildlife right up to the back door. Lots of outdoor space with decks, screened porch, and fire pit.  Adjoins NC Wildlife Gamelands. $7,000 allowance toward 2nd bath.  MLS# 529094 $199,900
Sweet cottage walkable to historic downtown Saluda. Relax on porch in midst of shaded, wooded,and private 2 ac. lot. Hardwood floors and tongue and groove walls, fireplace, and open floor plan.  MLS#551836  $175,000
Featured Listings 
Country home offers you nature at its best. Cozy screened porch overlooks the beautiful gardens. Large wooded double lot provides plenty of privacy yet little yard to maintain. MLS#541767  $275,000

Walk to town, but enjoy country living. Recent improvements include: new roof, many new windows, new electrical, new bathroom, new heating and air. A new deck has just been added to enjoy the view and the outdoors. MLS#543244  $166,000

Private, wooded get-a-way with mountain views. Enjoy the sun going down while relaxing on the screened porch that faces the view. Piney Mountain is a nature lover's paradise with wildlife walking right up to your yard. MLS#532879  $119,900 

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 and Land

Mountain Vista

Lot 6, 2.11 ac $55,000, MLS# 463961Lot 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, $73,000 MLS#533763
Lot #30, 1.71 ac, $75,000, MLS#507618

Lot #23, 1.07 ac, $85,000, MLS#546898


Lake Lots

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, winter view of lake, creek, septic installed, water tap installed

$80,000, MLS#484526

Lake Sheila 1ac lot $45,000, MLS#533639

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

.11 ac, $99,500, zoned commercial, MLS#542795



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, $39,900

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, $86,600

View Lot, 1.87 ac, $40,000, Hideaway Acres MLS#455196

Winter Views on Valhalla Ridge, 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

Piney Mountain, 2.94 ac, $41,500 MLS#549707

Awesome views, 1.5 ac, $79,900, MLS#464781 

 11 ac., private, wooded, $125,000, MLS#534045

9 ac, private, $113,900, MLS#509693

NEW 2.94 ac in Piney Mountain, MLS#549707, $41,500

   NEW .6 acres, shared well, septic, unrestricted, MLS#550128, $22,000

5.84 ac, Little Warrior Estates, $69,000, MLS#454691

6.01 ac, pond, $140,000, MLS#543247

1.01 ac, Whites Lake, easy building site, $55,000, MLS#535712

2 ac, Winfield Cove, $40,000, MLS#545653   


Other Areas

3.25 ac, Views, Hogback Mountain Rd, Tryon, MLS#519772, $29,500

4.5 ac in Columbus, creek, drive in, $29,900, MLS#527954

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 November 30, 2013). 


Sales              Closed   Pending 

Homes 2013     28         7        

Homes 2012     26         0     


Land 2013         21        0             

Land 2012         13        0


Foreclosures-REO-Short Sales

Saluda - 2 properties 

Polk County - 10 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.

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.

December 13   Hometown Christmas 

December 14   Children's Christmas Workshop and Christmas Parade 

December 15   NC Small Town Main Street Saluda Christmas Celebration 

Community Calendar of Events
To see all the events and activities in Saluda in one view, please click on this link to access a Google Calendar. 

Google Calendar

Dates to Remember
Saluda Business Association meets Tuesday, December 3 at 5:30 at Autumn Care for a social and brief business meeting. 

Saluda Community Land Trust Monthly meeting 3pm, December 4 at the Saluda Presbyterian Church.
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, December 13 from 2 to 4pm at the Saluda Library.  The public is invited to attend.  


Women's Club meets at Tuesday, December 10, from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm for holiday potluck luncheon.  Meet at Saluda Presbyterian Church at 9:45 to carpool.

Potluck and Bingo, Saluda Center, December 30 at 6pm.

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 December 17.

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.

Making Christmas Bright for Saluda Kids

Help Local Children in Need Have a Merry Christmas by Donating Toys to be distributed in Saluda. 


New toys for all ages and monetary donations can be dropped off at the Saluda Police Department or City Hall through December 13, 2013.


All donations will be given locally to Saluda community families.  Monetary donations will also be accepted and used to purchase items for children's wish lists and to pay bills that create a hardship for families during the holidays.


Call City Hall 828-749-2581 or Saluda Police Dept. 828-749-2691.  Or email for more information.

Thermal Belt Community Outreach

Heartwood Gallery's second annual fund raiser for Thermal Belt Community Outreach is under way with the "Be Joyful, Share Joy" pewter angel. Angels are $14 and the entire amount will go to Thermal Belt Community Outreach for the much needed assistance provided to those in our county. We raised almost $2000 last year and would love to exceed that this year with your help. We look forward to another year of bringing you the best we can find from artists and craftsmen in our region who strive for excellence and who enrich all of our lives with their handwork.

Submitted by Shelley DeKay,


Click here to visit Heartwood online.

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

One Woman's Appalachian Christmas


The Polk County Friends of the Library presents a free program open to the public immediately following their 5:30 pm Annual Meeting on Thursday, December 5.


mccredi "One Woman's Appalachian Christmas," an entertaining program featuring local artist, Marilyn McMinn McCredie, will be presented at the Community Room of the Polk County Public Library on December 5th at 6:30 pm. She is the recipient of the Bascom Lamar Lunsford Festival Award for her significant contribution to the folk, musical, and/or dance traditions of the southern mountain region. She won the "Special Entertainer's Award" at the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival in Asheville and has performed at numerous folk and arts festivals throughout the Appalachian region for many years. She has taught courses in mountain historical facts, folklore, music and culture at Blue Ridge Technical College. She particularly enjoys teaching the mountain dulcimer to international students and she expresses her amazement in how "music can so completely transcend the barriers of language and culture."  


McCredie was born in Hooper's Creek, Henderson County, NC where her family has lived for generations. She grew up "steeped in Appalachian folkways and tradition;" her storytelling material includes ghost stories, Indian legends, tall tales, and how things happened years ago. One Elderhostel student remarked, "If we had a teacher such as Ms. McCredie during our school days, we would have been more appreciative of the value of history."

Community Chorus Concert

You are invited to the "Community Chorus Concert" featuring the Randol Alan Bass "Gloria," Yuletide classics, and many other holiday favorites, along with the Rotary Ringers. 


Concert will be held in the Polk County High School Auditorium on Sunday, December 15, 2013 at 3pm with Mr. Lesley Bush, Director, and Ms. Pam McNeil, Accompanist. 

Tickets are available at Scoops 'n More Ice Cream, Columbus, Knitter's Nest, Landum, and The Bookshelf, Tryon.  All proceeds go to the Rotary Club of Tryon Scholarship Fund

Saluda Tailgate  Market Wraps up Season


The Saluda Tailgate Market has just completed its fourth season. What began in 2010 as a few individuals interested in having a local growers' market has become a solid spring to fall Saluda tradition. Twenty-six Fridays, hundreds of volunteer hours, a new storage shed/shelter, over forty vendors changing with the seasons, and your steady presence made it the best year yet. This year we grew into a beautifully balanced and complete market, offering everything: vegetables, fruit, herbs, flowers, plants, mushrooms, honey, eggs, goat cheese, beef, chicken, lamb, trout, baked goods, jams, sauces, and pesto. We saw micro greens, hydroponic lettuce and crazy cauliflower hybrids; we savored sweet peaches; fall brought apples along with amazing late tomatoes. It was, in spite of heavy summer rainfall, a testament to all that can be produced on the land that surrounds us. Once again our vendors told us how much they love this market because the Saluda community is so welcoming, so consistently supportive, and so willing to plan their weekly shopping around the market.


We will begin our 2014 season on May 2.

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

CityCity Notes

Joe Adams  


Give a gift to a family member or friend that will last a lifetime 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 a 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  


Leaf Pick Up 

The city will

be doing leaf pickup for inside city residents the first two weeks of December. Residents are to pile leaves along the road, but not in the road, prior to the pickup date. Each street will be picked up once only.

Stay Informed - Get on a List!
Stay informed by visiting the city website, Minutes from previous month's town council meetings are posted on this site. To receive monthly notices about town meetings, please email Monica Pace at and ask to be placed on the email list.
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 December Calendar.  For more information about activities or how to rent the Saluda Center, please contact the center at 828-749-9245.
Artwork by Jim Carson will be at the Saluda Center Dec. 7 through Jan. 15. There will be an opening reception on Sat., Dec. 7 from 5:00-7:00pm.  


Plagues, Witches and War: The Worlds of Historical Fiction

The Rev. Paula Morton of Transfiguration Episcopal Church in Saluda leads the discussion group at the Saluda Center. The group meets Thursdays from 1:00-2:00, which began October 17 and continues through Dec. 5.


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 828-894-2242 or email


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


Community potluck and bingo on Mon., Dec. 30 at 6:00pm. All are welcome to attend.


The Saluda book club reading list for January through June 2014:

Jan. 2-Where'd You go, Bernadette- Maria Semple

Feb. 6-One Foot in Eden- Ron Rash

Mar. 6-The Road from Gap Creek- Robert Morgan

April 3, The 19th Wife- David Ebershoff

May 1-The Orphan Train- Christina Baker Kline

June 5-Mr. Carter's Sword- Ken Webb


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


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


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


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


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


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

Saluda Center Raffle


The Saluda Center is holding a raffle to win the "Bedford Falls Christmas Village" from the classic movie, "It's a Wonderful Life."  Proceeds to benefit the Saluda Center Building Fund.  Village is on display at the Saluda Center.  Winner will be drawn at the center at 1:30pm, December 11.  You do not have to be present to win.  Tickets are available at the Saluda Center, The Thrifty Barn, and Macon Bank.  Ticket prices:  1 for $3, 2 for $5, 5 for $10, and 12 for $20.

Saluda Community Land Trust


Please mark your calendar! Another fun day scheduled for road clean up. SCLT will be doing the Adopt-A-Highway cleanup on Monday, December 9 (if change needed due to weather, date change December 16). We will meet in the parking lot of the Saluda Library at 10 AM and form two teams to work both entrances of Saluda on Highway 176. Wear warm clothes, and look forward to the camaraderie of volunteers who enjoy a project that reflects on our very special city of Saluda. Safety vests will be provided and we would love to have you join us!


Are you having thoughts and ideas about what to give your special friends, family and love ones for Christmas? How about a membership to SCLT? Membership is only $25.00 per person for one year. Did you know that we are an all-volunteer organization? You can join us and volunteer on a specific project anytime without a long-term commitment. And your $25 membership allows us to stay focused on our many hands-on projects. We are a non-profit 501(c) (3), so any donation is tax deductible.


The next SCLT meeting will be Wednesday, December 4 at 3 pm. We will meet upstairs in our office which is located at the Presbyterian Church. The public is always welcome.


As we close out the year, we would like once again to thank all the volunteers who have made our projects so successful. We would also like to thank the Polk County Community Foundation for helping finance some of our many projects! Without everyone's support, we could not have completed our many tasks.



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

Saluda Garden Club will not be meeting in December and January. During this time we will be organizing our plans for the coming year.


As always, we are still caring for the gardens at Spring Park. We each have a love and fellowship with this special place and invite you to walk through the garden and enjoy this beautiful historic site.


Remember to be gentle and to leave every plant where it is. Every rock has a purpose and each step is a reminder of times when people came to this spot to be refreshed and share a tale of their travels.


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

Saluda Community Tree Preservation Association

tree preservation The Saluda Community Tree Preservation Association welcomes members of Saluda's local branch of Tree City USA to help decorate the "Tree for the Birds," an annual tradition begun by STPA in 2005.


Members of both groups, along with husbands/wives, and young children are requested to bring one (or more) per family bird-edible decoration to hang on the tree.


The group will meet in the little park across the street from Saluda School at 1:30pm, Saturday, December 7.


After decorations are hung, the next stop is the Old Chicken House for hot drinks and some-mores. The Chicken House is located at 143 (new) Mountain Page Road just beyond the end of Greenville Street.


Merry Christmas to all and a blessed new year.


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


Submitted by Ruth Anderson 

Women's Club Meeting

The Women's Club of Saluda will celebrate the holiday season with a potluck luncheon at the home of member Barbara Hastings on Tuesday, December 10, from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm. Members and guests are to meet at the Saluda Presbyterian Church (behind the library) at 9:45 am to carpool to Barbara's home. The potluck lunch will follow a business meeting and installation of 2014 officers. Guest Ann Cornay will entertain with a reading titled "How Come Christmas" followed by a "playful" gift exchange. 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.

We're Giving Away $$$$

The Economic Restructuring Committee of Saluda's Small Town Main Street program is raising funds from those who value Saluda to help us create a grant program to support downtown projects.  Matching grants of up to $500 will be available to individuals, businesses and organizations to fund beautification, new signage, shop local campaigns, flower planters, artwork and sculpture, special events, festivals and other programs and creative ideas.


Be a "Locavestor"! You can help us make this grant program a success.  Your contribution, however small, will help us fund the grant program.  You will get a tax deduction and a Locavestor sticker for your car.  Those who can give $250 or more will be recognized on a plaque in Pace Park.


We want everyone to participate and feel a part of this effort.  Make checks payable to "City of Saluda, Locavestor Fund" and mail them to City of Saluda,

P. O. Box 248, Saluda, NC 28773 or drop your check off at City Hall.


Working together, we can make this happen!

Historic Saluda



Original Photographs needed to Copy for Book 

The HSC is continuing the work on an Images of America book with Arcadia Publishing for Saluda. Please contact Mary Ann Hester at if you have photographs that the committee may scan (copy) or call 864-325-9292. Arrangements may be made to scan the photographs at your home or other designated location, so they do not leave your possession. The Images of America series chronicles the history of small towns and downtowns across the country. Each title features more than 200 vintage images, capturing often forgotten bygone times and bringing to life the people, places, and events that defined a community.


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 last month: Bill Pace and Roy Johnson.


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!


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, December 13, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at the Saluda Public Library in the upstairs meeting room. The Oral History Committee will also meet jointly with the HSC. The public is invited to attend. 


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


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

Contra Dancing 2014 

contra Make your New Year's Resolutions include getting off the couch and learning to Contra dance!


It's easy to learn, great exercise and some of the most fun people you will ever meet!


We are planning the dances for the second Saturday of each month, which means January 11, February 8 and March 8. We already have Diane Silver lined up as the caller for January and she is a crowd favorite!


The dances are being held at our favorite venue-The Party and Event Place. If you need directions, visit


The lessons begin at 7pm with dancing from 7:30 until 10pm. We are also having a promotion that allows those of you have been dancing with us before to bring two "new people," and then you can dance for free that night! So "bring two new and it's free for you!"  


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.

Saluda Arts Festival - Call for Artists

Waddil Arts Festival  

Call for Artists 


  Historic Downtown Saluda,  NC

   May 17, 2014  10am - 4pm

Cultivating and promoting its heritage in the arts, the Saluda Business Association invites you to enter your work in the 11th annual Saluda Arts Festival scheduled for May 17, 2014.  Showcasing fine arts and crafts from local and regional artists, the Saluda Arts Festival draws thousands of spring tourists visiting Western North Carolina.  


Exhibit Fee:  $60 

Entry Deadline:  March 15, 2014


For more information, please contact Susie Welsh at 828-749-3900, or Catherine Ross at 828-749-3534, 


Click here to download application.

News from Pearson's Falls

Things have been hopping over at Pearson's Falls in recent months. Thanks to a grant from the Polk County Community Foundation, Pearson's Falls is about to reveal the first environmentally-friendly composting permanent restrooms in Western North Carolina, complete with a living roof. They have also recently completed installation of bike racks to provide a safe place for visitors to store their bicycles while visiting the glen, as well as a new bus turnaround to accommodate larger groups of visitors such as school groups.


2720 Pearson Falls Road, Saluda, NC  28773, 828-749-3031

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


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  

Reike Circle

A Reiki Circle is a clinic for all those interested in, or in need of, a different and additional way to approach health. Anyone can participate, and all should leave uplifted and in a much better place mentally, physically, and spiritually. All those attending and participating in the clinic will be temporarily attuned to the energy of Reiki for about 24 hours; thus, you can go home and share it with your family and friends.


We begin by holding hands in a circle while the energy is passed to everyone. After the attunement, each person will have a turn on the Reiki table while the others lightly lay their hands on the person on the table. No clothing will be removed, but it is usually best with the shoes off. If any of you are already attuned to Reiki at any level, it adds even more energy to the circle and is a great way to get some practice and have fun.  Since Reiki is based on pure love, it can do no harm. I promise you will want to come back for more next month.


When:  Tuesday, January 14, 2014, 2:00 PM

Where:  Downstairs at the Saluda  Center, 64 Greenville Street, Saluda, NC


Price is $10.00 per person, $5.00 for seniors.  Call to pre-register 828-749-3887 or e-mail  No pre-payment necessary.


By Mary Alice Judy

Saluda Community Library

Paul Koenen

Saluda Community Library


Pre-School Storytime is held on Thursdays at 12:30pm. This 30 minute program featuring stories and crafts is recommended for children ages 3-5.

Afternoon Adventures is a program designed for children in grades K-5. This event is held on 1st & 3rd Tuesdays at 4pm.

We also offer free homework help! Contact Jen Pace, Children's Services Coordinator, to make an appointment at (828) 894-8721 ext. 227 or

Tuesday, December 3rd, 4pm
Afternoon Adventures: Gingerbread House Decorating Contest!
We'll split into groups to see who can make the most awesome creation. All materials will be provided.

Thursday, December 5th, 12:30pm
Pre-School Storytime: Jan Brett's Birthday!
Craft: "Stained Glass" Mittens

Thursday, December 12th, 12:30pm
Pre-School Storytime: You Can't Catch Me!
Craft: Gingerbread Man Ornaments

Tuesday, December 17th, 4pm
Afternoon Adventures: Movie Matinee!
We'll watch "Elf" (rated PG) and enjoy popcorn and drinks.

Thursday, December 19th, 12:30pm
Pre-School Storytime: Let It Snow!
Snack: Snowmen on Sticks

There will be no Pre-School Storytime on December 26th due to the Christmas holiday.  The library will be closed December 24th-26th.


Special Events at Polk County Public Library (1289 West Mills Street, Columbus, NC 28722):


Famous storyteller Marilyn McMinn-McCredie presents "One Woman's Appalachian Christmas" following the Friends of the Polk County Public Library annual meeting on Thursday, December 5th. The public is invited to this entertaining program at 6:15pm! Holiday refreshments will be served.


Thursday, December 12th, 5:30pm

Drum Circle!

Instruments are provided but you can bring your own as well. All ages are welcome. The drum circle is the second Thursday of every month at 5:30pm.


Saturday, December 14th, 10am

Stemville Saturday of Science

Spend your morning doing fun and engaging science activities created with the whole family in mind! Join us as we explore different STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) topics such as animal adaptations, robotics, and meteorology through various hands-on activities. You can register for this event at Seating will be limited to 25 people (parents are included in that total).


Thursday, December 19th, 4pm

Teen Book Club: Divergent by Veronica Roth

Discuss the book, get a free copy of next month's read and a special gift, and enjoy snacks! Please register in advance.

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

Saluda Elementary School
  Joe Adams

 Upcoming Events at Saluda School


As you are aware, the hustle and bustle of the holiday season can easily take our eyes and ears from the ones who love the holidays most, the children.  As you are busy mailing your holiday cards and gifts at Saluda Post Office, please take time to view student artwork.  Saluda Elementary School is filled with incredible, creative and kind children!   


Christmas Bazaar....Items needed!

Each Christmas season, our school holds a Christmas Bazaar where children purchase "gifts" for family and friends.  If you have knick-knacks, jewelry, candles, mugs, etc. that you would like to donate for the Christmas Bazaar, you are asked to bring items to the school secretary's office before Dec. 13th.


Upcoming Events

December 3  Report Cards

December 5  Kindergarten to Saluda Community Library for Storytime

December 6  Dress Down for Charity

December 6  Second Grade to perform at Tryon Estates for Polk County Employees

December 9  School Board Meeting & Recognition of Teacher of the Year Recipients

Time:  6:30pm  Place:  Stearns Education Center, Columbus, NC

December 16  Interim Reports

December 16  Annual Christmas Bazaar

December 17  PreK-2nd Grade Evening Holiday Performance

Time:  6:30pm  Place:  Saluda School Auditorium

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

December 20  Teacher Workday (No school for students)

Dec 21-Jan 1  Holidays (No school)

January 2    Students return to school!   



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
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


color-candles-menorah.jpg The annual Advent Walk is December 1 and starts at 2pm at Saluda United Methodist.  The walk circles the town's churches singing carols in between and ends back at the Methodist Church for the traditional Advent Ginger Bread.


Saluda United Methodist Church Advent activities open to anyone...

Dec. 1 Advent Walk 2-4 p.m.

Dec. 3, 10 and 16 Advent Study 12-1:30 p.m.

Dec. 13 Hometown Christmas 6-8,  Community Communion & Ecumenical Service at the Presbyterian Church-8:30pm

Dec. 14 Christmas Parade

Dec. 22 Christmas Cantata 11 a.m. Christmas Brunch to follow worship

Dec. 22 Caroling 3:30 p.m.

Dec. 24 Candlelight Christmas Eve Service 11:30 pm with lighting of candles at midnight.


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

House for Rent in town with mountain views, 3 BR, 1BA, large screen porch and deck, basement for storage and crafts area.  Call 828-749-3534.   


Spacious family home available December.

Rent, rent-to-own. 4 BR 4.5 baths, bonus room/study, 2.5 acres of beautiful land, private yet only 1.5 mi from downtown Saluda. Flexible terms. $1800 per mo., 828-749-3859 or 674-6248

Click here to see video.

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

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.
"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 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. 


Saluda Mountain Magic
waddill downtown
Painting by Johnny Waddill 

Saluda turns magical in December. Hiking a mountain trail or walking through the woods gives you a different perspective.  Mountain vistas blocked by summer foliage suddenly appear through the now bare limbed trees, picked clean by November's bashing winds.  Under the canopy of naked trees, the lush green of rhododendrons and mountain laurel stand prominently against the shadows of the gray and brown colors of winter.  It is so quiet in the woods, quiet broken only by a bird call or the hammering of a woodpecker.  Wood smoke drifts in the air, wrapping you with the feeling of warmth and images of curling up near a glowing fireplace. 


The Victorian styled Oaks Bed & Breakfast, adorned with garland and red bows, takes you back to days gone by when holidays were slower paced. It takes you back to a time when people filled with the joy of the holiday spirit took time to just enjoy being together.


Get acquainted with Saluda's magical charm this holiday season.  Walking its three block-long Main Street, you can saunter along window shopping or relax on one of the many benches just to people watch while enjoying a freshly brewed cup of coffee or hot chocolate.  Enjoy shopping the town's unique and alluring boutique shops, galleries, and 100+ year old general stores. Choose from a variety of restaurants serving delicious meals ranging from a juicy hamburger to a Mediterranean style meal.  


Slowing down your holiday time and enjoying the spirit of Christmas is the true magic of Saluda.

What's Happening in Music and Art

What's Happening At The Onion in December

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



It's a busy season, but mark your calendars now so you don't miss our fabulous lineup of live music. Fred Whiskin will be tickling the ivories every Friday night beginning at 7 pm. On Friday, December 13 Robert Seiler will also be taking a turn at the old Steinway so that we can enjoy continuous music throughout the Hometown Christmas celebration. Sunday Evening concerts continue on December 8 with Sol Driven Train and we wrap up 2013 with Scoot Pittman on New Year's Eve.


 Live Music in December

December 5 - JPQ Band

Jim Peterman returns with his B-3 Organ and rocks the café.


December 7 - Chuck Johnson 

Bluesy rock-a-billy songs of the south.


December 12 - Chuck Brodsky 

An old friend returns with some new baseball songs.


December 14 - Uptown Jazz Quartet 

Smooth jazz for the holiday season.


December 19 -Jimmy Landry  

We are happy that he is still around to sing for us.


December 21 -Deluge  

Roots meets soul in the house of the rising sun.


December 26 - Chris Padgett (from the Stereofidelics) 

Great guitar and wonderful songs for a fine evening.


December 28 -Clay Ross 

Native South Carolinian returns for the holidays.


Sol Driven Train

Sunday, December 8 @ 6:00 PM


The Purple Onion continues its Sunday Evening concert series on December 8 at 6 o'clock with the energetic
Sol Driven Train. 



"Sol Driven Train's music weaves through genres like images in a Tom Robbins paragraph. The band's sonic schizophrenia absorbs songwriting influences like Jon Prine and Paul Simon, and afro-caribbean rhythmic explorations, into honest songs of life, love, loss, and long johns. The 5-piece band, based in Charleston, SC, features rotating lead vocalists, and multi-instrumental talent spread across horns, strings, and percussion. The band members share a musical history dating back to childhood, and their music and live shows are filled with a spirit of positivity and joy, even while traversing subjects of suffering and death." 


Sol Driven Train is a band in motion. At shows, the band members bounce to the pulse of the music along with the crowd. Stylistically the band "seamlessly mixes Allmanesque Southern rock, languid world-beat, swampy funk and downright catchy melodies as they swap lead singers and instruments. A punchy horn section adds an extra dimension of sweaty soul to the genre-blurring jam party." (Atlanta Creative Loafing).


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.


Closed December 23-25



5:30 Seating

Fred Whiskin 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 for

Annual Maintenance and Cleaning 


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 


December Schedule & News At The Party Place & Event Center


December 7 - Free Flight Band starts at 8:00pm

December 14 - Sound Investment Band starts at 8:00pm


The Party Place & Event Center will then be closed for the Christmas & New Year Holidays.  We will kick off 2014 on Saturday, January 4 with one of our favorite bands "Sound Investment"! For updates and other information you can always go to our website:  


Bob and Linda would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas & Happy New Year, and look forward to another year of parties, dances, and special events.


contra Tired of line dancing???  Bored with ballroom???  Shagged your shoes off??? Clogged to all the country tunes???  THEN IT"S TIME FOR CONTRA!!  


Contra dancing is easy to learn, great exercise, and a lot of fun! The past few months, we have had a small group of beginners, along with some faithful experienced dancers, that have built a foundation for the contra community in our area. Thanks to everyone who has worked so hard to get our contra dance up and growing.  


In the coming year, we plan to have some special offers and a regularly scheduled Saturday night dance each month. There will not be a contra dance in December, and we will start 2014 with a regular spot "each month on the 2nd Saturday".  By moving our dance to a Saturday night and scheduling at the same time each month, it should be easier for folks to attend.  So our next dance will be Saturday, January 11. Mark that date and hold it! The Caller will be Diane Silver. She has called for us in the past and did a great job.  Same time at 7:00pm for lessons, and dancing at 7:30. Just be patient in learning if you are a beginner, after a few dances you will be surprised at how much fun it can be.


Also, to help build our Blue Ridge Contra Dance, we are having a promotion of "bring two NEW dancers and you get in free!"  (Regular admission is $9.00, but watch for specials).  So, if you have been to our contra dance in the past, find two new and it's free for you! If you have never tried it, then this year is going to be the perfect time to learn a new dance. Spread the word and let your friends know that "It's time for Contra!"


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.     


carson Jim Carson Workshop - January 23-25

Jim Carson will offer an indoor oil and/or acrylic workshop, titled "Painting in the Studio/ Brushwork Boot Camp" on Thursday-Saturday, January 23-25, 2014.


The workshop is designed for those who want to be more expressive with your paintings, particularly in color, contrast, texture, and bold marks and brushwork.


The workshop will be taught in Jim's studio on the second floor above the Saluda Grade Café. Students will learn to make fresh and spontaneous paintings from photographs, and there will be lots of one-on-one instruction time.


The workshop is open to all levels, from beginner to advanced.  A list of needed equipment, as well as paint selections, brushes, etc., will be furnished after registration.

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



Come see our youth students during Hometown Christmas!  They will be dancing in the space above Ward's Grill beginning at 6PM.  All three age groups have a unique dance ready for you, and our National Honor Society for Dance Arts members and candidates will perform our "Zat You Santa Claus" favorite. 


Boys and girls ages 5 and up are invited to join us for the Nutcracker Ballet Dance Workshop on Friday, December 20.  Morning and afternoon sessions are available.  Hear the traditional story and history of the ballet, make a fun craft, and learn the dances of some of the best known characters!  Contact the studio to register early as space is limited.


Adult and youth classes continue on a regular schedule through Thursday, December 19.  The Dancer's Extension will close for the holidays from Monday, December 23 to Wednesday, January 1.  Adult and youth classes resume on a regular schedule on Thursday, January 2.


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,"  December 2 at his Saluda Studio located at 18 Church Street.  The breakfast starts at 9:00 am and "ends when it ends...."  

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

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

chicken house The Old Chicken House     

Found!  In my great Aunt Lucy's attic--more trash and treasures just in time for Christmas.  The Old Chicken House celebrates an indoor sale in the "Hen's Nest" Fridays and Saturdays (closed Saturday, December 7) from 11am to 5pm.


143 (new) Mountain Page Rd., Saluda.  Watch for sign on left when entering Mountain Page Community.


See also the work of resident artists/crafters in progress or completed.

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

jameson William Jameson Fine Art  

The Art of Painting Snow  

January 16-18, 2014


Have a relative or good friend who loves to paint?

Or make it a gift to yourself!


At this point in our lives, we are looking for experiences, not more things! The January workshop "The Art of Painting Snow" would be a memorable holiday gift for any painter. You will not be out in the weather but in a warm studio using photographic references of the dramatic winter landscape of the Southern Blue Ridge Mountains. It is open for beginners or advanced students, and painters can work in oil, watercolor or acrylic. There will be three days of painting from 9am-4pm with a break for lunch. There is also a "get acquainted" party on the night of the 15th.


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.  

Pottery by David Parris and artwork by Ray Pague will be 20% off from December 1 to Christmas.


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



random arts Random Arts   

Your Saluda Hometown Christmas Stroll starts here with spirited drinks and savory snacks at Random Arts on Friday, Dec. 13th from 5 until 9pm. Make us your first stop as you head into town for a festive evening of music, refreshments, and community activities. Stop by 

and see our newest selection of women's clothing, scarves, jewelry and unique, creative gifts for everyone on your list. Many gifts under $10. including Zentangling tools, books, how-to card gift packs, hand crafted cards, and lots more.  There's something for everyone!


In addition to Hometown Christmas, we will have a Holiday Tags & Cards workshop on Sat., Dec. 7 from 1-3pm.  Learn new techniques for using paper embellishments and create several tags and cards in this fast paced workshop. Fun for all ages and it's only $20. All supplies are included and space is limited.


Our annual Holiday Party for our "random" friends and customers will be held on Sat., Dec 21.  We'll be doing some artful demos, modeling our newest clothes and serving all sorts of goodies for a complete party event. Drop in 10-4 and try out our newly completed ramp for easy access to our shop.


Beginning Dec. 1st, our Holiday hours are Mon., Tues, Wed 12-5 and Thurs., Fri. & Sat. 10-5.


Visit our website:

481 Louisiana Ave

Saluda, NC 28773

Phone: 828-749-1165


Please LIKE us on FaceBook


LunaSpiral Tribal Belly Dance, Friday, December 6, 7:00pm at Green River Brew Depot, 26 Church Street, and Sunday, December 8 at 5pm at Saluda Center.


American Tribal Style belly dance is a hybrid improvisational form which blends many ancient, ethnic dance traditions. The troupe is able to move in unison like a school of fish with no pre-set choreography using a "lead and follow" format vocabulary of moves and cues. 


LunaSpiral is a new student troupe which began studying with teacher Rima, formerly of the Pennsylvania trio, LunaMuse, in the Spring of this year. Rima has studied and taught Tribal belly dance for about ten years and is proud to present her fledgling troupe in their debut performance.  None of them has prior experience in this dance form and have only been dancing together for seven months.  

Paintings From Eastern Italy To Western North Carolina

By Jim Carson

carson A reception for "Eastern Italy to Western North Carolina, Paintings by Jim Carson" will be held at The Saluda Center on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 5:00 PM-7:00 PM.


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, and Carol Gray-Weihman.  The complete story of this painting adventure is featured in the November 2013 issue of 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, Tenn. is planning to exhibit paintings created by these artists in a show next year.


Jim will exhibit his Peschici  paintings, along with Western N.C. paintings, here. The show will continue at The Saluda Center through January 15, 2014.


For more information, call 828-749-3702, email or visit

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. 

The Saluda Presbyterian Church will host an ecumenical service at 8:30pm following Hometown Christmas.


Event is sponsored by the Saluda Business Association. 
Please visit to learn more about the SBA.
Saluda Children's Christmas Workshop

workshop Parents... Mark Your Calendar...

The Saluda Children's Christmas Workshop,

Saturday, December 14, 2013


Upstairs over Thompson's Store (Venue Change from 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!




This event is sponsored by Mountain Life Realty

Saluda Christmas Parade

christmas parade Santa Claus 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.  


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


For more information, please call Judy Ward at 828-749-2321. 

Saluda Dog Show - December 14

dog show

The third annual Christmas Dog Show and Parade Walk will be held at the Tennis Courts at Saluda School before the Saluda Christmas Parade.


All dogs entered will receive a Christmas kerchief and dog treats. The winner of each class will receive a blue ribbon.



1:15PM Registration starts- the $5 tax deductible suggested fee per dog will be used to support the Saluda Dog Park
1:30PM  Blessing of dogs by Rev. Rob Parsons  followed by Class Judging

3:00PM All dogs and owners are invited to walk together in the Christmas Parade.  


If you wish to register in advance email for a registration form or contact 828- 749-9172


Thank you for your support of the Saluda Dog Park, a Saluda Community Land Trust Project, a 501c3 organization.


Outdoor Christmas Movie Night

When:  Saturday, December 14 at 6pm

Where:  Top of the Grade Park at McCreery Park

Featuring:  It's a Wonderful Life


movie night  

Bring your chairs, blankets and dress warmly to Saluda's first winter movie night featuring the Christmas classic, "It's a Wonderful Life."  Event is free to public.  Hot beverages will be available.

For more information, please contact Maria Wynn at 828-749-5500.  Weather permitting. 


This event is sponsored by the Saluda Small Town Main Street Promotions Team.

Saluda Christmas Celebration

orchard inn Looking for a Christmas party to celebrate with your friends and fellow Saludians, then the Saluda Christmas Celebration is the place to be.  Hosted by the Orchard Inn, this party will be Sunday, December 15, 5pm to 8pm.


The elegant warmth, Christmas decorations, and hospitality of the Inn will create the perfect setting to spark your holiday cheer.


Your ticket will go in a basket to be drawn for fabulous door prizes like a painting by Bill Jameson, local artwork by Ray Pague, locally hand-made pottery, and more. 


Fred Whiskins, blues pianist will be treating guests with his musical magic. 


Only 100 tickets will be sold so don't wait--get your ticket now.  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.


The Saluda Small Town Main Street promotions team has organized this event to provide a holiday gala during December. 


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.

For questions, please contact Terry Baisden at 828-749-3789 or email
New Thriller by Saluda Author Released

Saluda author, Corinne F. Gerwe, has published a new book, Blood Runs Cold on the Black Side of the Mountain, released by Algora Publishing.  She will hold a book signing at the Saluda Library, December 14, 10am to 12pm, the morning of the Saluda Christmas Parade.  


This is not just a story of sin and redemption, but a life of crime forced upon a child who tried desperately to live up to his father's horrifying expectations and to abide by his maniacal rules. His journey from the black side of the mountain through a wilderness of transforming enlightenment is an exciting, intriguing, and inspiring story of physical and psychological survival.

The book glows with a loving appreciation for the good that lies deep within some of the most hardened hearts, just as the setting, deep in the Appalachian Mountains, is shown bursting with images of spectacular beauty and the rich bounty of nature even while danger may lurk at every turn.


Click here to read more about the story.

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The Gorge Canopy Tour  

gorge holidayThe Coolest Gift Under The Tree - Adventure and GEAR!  This year, purchase a Zip Line Canopy Tour trip for 2 and get your Gorge Gear FREE!



Package includes: 2 Gift Certificates for the 2014 season, 2 Gorge T-shirts, 2 Gorge Water Bottles, and 2 Saluda Adventure Guides.


Click here Gorge Gift Cards to purchase.  Then, The Gorge will be in touch to confirm shipping info and T-shirt sizes.   


The Gorge will be offering trips to groups of 8 or more during December and will then close for the season, opening in March 2014. 


The Gorge™, A Tree-Top Canopy Adventure 

166 Honey Bee Drive   |   (855) 749-2500

Visit website. 


Blue Ridge Sara Bell of The Gorge Zipline and Green River Adventures shared the news that they will be featured in the Blue Ridge Outdoor magazine in December.  Here is the picture that will be used with the featured article.







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



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   



early morning The Orchard Inn

This December, there are several opportunities to join us for one of our very special holiday dinners. Dickens Dinners will be taking place on December 7 (sold out), 12, 14, 20, and 21. Enter our beautifully decorated living room, and you'll be taken in by the warmth, fresh smells of evergreen and a wood burning fire, making you feel right at home. We'll be serving a sumptuous 4-course special holiday meal - 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. Hors d'oeuvres are served at 6:30 and dinner begins at 7. 


We are also serving a Traditional Austrian Christmas Dinner on December 24 (Christmas Eve). Menu will include Goose with homemade dumplings, braised red cabbage, special soup, fresh organic salad, and homemade Sacher Torte for dessert. $59 per person.


And finally, ring in the New Year in Orchard Inn style at our New Year's Eve, black-tie optional, 7-course Gala. $99 per person, includes complimentary glass of champagne at midnight.


At all of our holiday dinners everyone will enter the dining room at the same time, so seating is limited. Call to reserve your place at our table at 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. There are 8 rooms upstairs in the Inn, all with private baths and lovely mountain views, a suite downstairs, and 5 private cottages with decks or screened in porches, Jacuzzi tubs, and gas fireplaces.  We're proud to announce being awarded by Trip Advisor - 2012 & 2013 Certificate of Excellence and by - 2012 Top Rated Restaurant. 


For reservations call 828-749-5471. 

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

Click here for directions.   



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


Christmas time is here and there is no better gift than receiving a gift box with special items from Thompson Store. Come in and select your favorite items, or order a gift box and we will package and mail to your family members or friends.


We also have "gift certificates" for your special friends or for someone you just want to say thank you to at Christmas time.


This month we will be having "two wine tastings." One on December 5 and the other on December 19.  Meet Mort upstairs at 4pm for Wine & Cheese.


For the special this month, we will feature two wines- Cederberg  Chenin Blanc 2012  and "Old Vine Red," a California red blend, either for $11.99 each.


We want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and the best in 2014.


We now have WIFI!


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!  


We will be open during Hometown Christmas and invite you to join us for dinner after the stroll.



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.   




December and I used to have a love/hate relationship....I love the festivities, the beauty and that incredible glow that I feel this time of year.  I do not enjoy the stress, frustration, and pressure that comes with gift shopping this time of year.  The solution:  keep it simple.  Shopping local is one of the easiest ways to simplify!  No long lines, no crowded aisles and the warmest, most wonderful folks to help you.  Not every small town has the incredible selection of unique shops that we have in Saluda; so SHOP SMART -- SHOP LOCAL.


Wildflour's 2012 Holiday Shopping List is ready and the orders have already begun.

Check your list and place your order today! (There, how simple was that?)


Wildflour's 2014 Mug by Saluda's own David Parris                    

Christmas Cookie Assortment Mexican Wedding Cookies, Grandma's Christmas Specials, Pecan Pie Bites, Fruitcake Cookies, Chocolate Hazelnut Crinkles, Raspberry Walnut, and Chocolate Coffee Squares

Stollen a Scandinavian yeasted holiday bread

Christmas Morning Quiche Festive and Fabulous

Bavarian Apple Torte Cheesecake filling topped with baked apple slices

Holiday Gift Bag A mini variety of all the favorites:  a mini stollen, stocking stuffer-size Christmas Cookie assortment and a mini loaf of our best-selling Sunflower Wheat Bread.

Bag, tag, tissue, ribbon and goodies ready to go straight from us to your very lucky recipient.


ALL ORDERS MUST BE IN BY Wednesday, December 18th

PICK UP BY 2:00 pm on Monday, December 23rd.



And we would like to thank you all for your support of our Friday Night Pizza.  It was such a great success and we look forward to another season next year!  Wildflour will be closed Christmas Day and Thursday, December 26.  We will be open again Friday, December 27.


Wildflour Bake Shop Winter Hours

Wed, Thur, Fri, Sat -  8 am - 3 pm

Sunday  - 10am - 3pm


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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 continues to add local products in their new Indoor-Year-Round Farmers Market section.  Jam from Imladris Farms, Beets and Okra from  Green River Picklers, Hot Sauces, Herb Mixes, Olive Oil, Simple Syrups from Blue Blaze Soda Company, Dry Cured Salami and Pepperoni from Foothills Pasture Fed Meats, cheeses from Vineyard's Edge Dairy and much more can be found to make gift baskets. Craft and Local Beers and a great selection of wines for holiday meals and to give to friends.  Local art and crafts added weekly. Join us on Friday, December 6 from 4 - 6 PM for a Wine Tasting and Music Jam session.  


Holiday Hours through December:

Open every day 10 AM - 6 PM

And Friday 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




macon bank

Merry Christmas

From all of us here at Macon Bank, we would like to wish you all Merry Christmas, and we hope your New Year is joyful and prosperous.


Come join usmacon bank for the Saluda Hometown Christmas festivities on Friday, December the 13th from 6 until 8 pm.  During the night's events, there will be music and refreshments at our Main Street branch.  Rodney Gibson will be serenading everyone with his acoustic guitar.  Come by and enjoy the festivities with us.


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






Check out The Christmas Store at Maggie's Old Country Store.  

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

Visit Maggie's website.

kirby Kirby Custom Builders would like to wish everyone a happy holiday season. In this busy life, we hope you can take the time to enjoy the important things in, friends, love, laughter and beauty in all its forms. May 2014 bring warmth to your home and heart.


Best Wishes to our Saluda Community, both near and far.


Todd and Robin Kirby




cabinfever We have been very busy here at Cabin Fever. Every cabin now has a king in the downstairs. Ma & Pa's and Summer Breeze were the last two to get that make over.


The fall season has also been busy; we are sorry for anyone we had to turn away. Some of the leaves turned a little later and the season lasted a little longer this year. But, it was still as beautiful as always. If you are planning a trip up this way next year in October, you should include a day trip to Cataloochee Valley to see the Elk. It is about an hour's drive, but so worth the drive.


If you are heading this way for 2013 Saluda Hometown Christmas December 13, 6pm to 8pm and Christmas Parade December 14 from 3 to 5pm, we still have cabins open for this weekend.


We are looking forward to Christmas and New Years and already have our lights and decorations up. We still have cabins open during that time, and we will have live music on New Year's Eve. Our family loves looking at the lights, and it always puts a smile on our faces.   Holidays are such a magical time for children to see twinkling lights and for watching families come together. I love how it brings out the child in a lot of adults, too. Now, all we are missing is the snow.  


Scott & Christy

Cabin Fever

7337 Spartanburg Hwy

Saluda NC, 28773


Saluda Faces
Cindy Ledbetter

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


ledbetter If you have ever eaten at Ward's Grill, then you know Cindi Ledbetter.  Through all the changes in the past few years, Cindi is the one constant figure that you can depend on to be there flitting from table to table or running over to Thompson's Store to help in a pinch.


Cindi Ledbetter is a Saluda girl who lived in Saluda before hard working parents, Willie B. and Maudie Johnson, moved the family to Flat Rock when she was one.  Although the family was living in Flat Rock, Cindi and her sister spent almost every weekend with her Uncle Bob and Aunt Aud who lived in the old Dar Taylor's house west of town on Coates Street. Dar Taylor was the owner of the Gulf Oil Station where the Depot building is now.  Returning to Saluda by the time she was a freshman in high school, she attended Saluda School and graduated from there in 1972. Giving up a college scholarship, one month later she married Saluda native, Tommy Ledbetter. They settled in Saluda and raised two sons, Cody and Scott, who currently live in Hendersonville. Cindi and Tommy have two granddaughters and one grandson.


Times were simpler growing up in Saluda, and Saturday was a special day for Cindi and her sister  because that's when her Dad would bring them to town to buy meat for the week from Thompson's Store. It was a treat to get a hot dog at Ward's Grill.  Square dancing at the school's gymnasium on a Saturday night gave the family another opportunity to have fun in Saluda.  Cindi, her sister, and cousins shared one bicycle, and she remembers how they would ride the bike down the steep hill from their uncle's house to the street.  Two of them would be at the top of the hill and one would be at the bottom to watch for cars.  Once, her sister, Barbara, was coming down the hill and her cousin screamed, "car, car, car."  Barbara veered off to the right, flipped over a fire hydrant, and landed in a blackberry patch. Unscathed, she climbed out, entangled with the vines and looked like a blackberry bush. Cindi still gets a chuckle from the memory.


Camping at Lake Summit was how Cindi and her family vacationed.  Her Dad would load up the truck with two bales of hay, quilts, fishing poles, and a box of food.  Once at the campsite, beds were made with the hay and quilts, and they would fish, swim, and play for a week at a time, sleeping under the railroad trestle. 


Working part time for Clippard Insurance was one of Cindy's first jobs in Saluda.  She worked for Billie Bagenstos who owned United Farm Real Estate from 1973 to 1976 before working at Autumn Care for Ursi Ward.  She worked in medical records, in the office and helped out when needed in social services, and with activities.


After her son, Scott was born, Cindi became a stay-at-home Mom until Cody went to kindergarten in 1989.  That's when she went to work at Ward's Grill and Thompson's Store.


Going to work every day was like going home. The grill was the hub of the town, and locals met there every day huddled together sharing news or solving problems. She knew everybody that came in, unlike today when the grill fills up with visitors and tourists. Cindi has ridden the waves of change over the years and no doubt will be there until she retires.  


When Cindi isn't working, she loves making crafts and flower arrangements.  She has made flower arrangements for weddings but mostly loves doing crafts for the pleasure it brings her.


Cindi describes Saluda as a "caring community" which helps people who are in need.  This has been demonstrated to Cindi personally when her mother and sister needed help and the community came to their aid.  Cindi's Dad always said, "You don't need money to be rich; when you have friends, you are the richest person in the world."  Cindy says that Saluda is a friend to those who embrace a slow pace and easy lifestyle.

Cut Your Own Christmas Tree
Christmas tree We are fortunate to live where Christmas Trees are grown and harvested so close to home.  These trees get shipped all over the country.  Here's a list of tree farms in the area where you can choose your tree, cut it down, and let them bag it for the ride home.


Buncombe County
Clyde Davis Tree Farm - 129 Ball Gap Road, Arden, NC, 28704. Phone: 828-684-0890.
Gentry's Christmas Trees - 1 Hominy Creek Road, Candler, NC 28715. Phone: (828) 667-1271. Email:
Hope Hollow Farms - Weaverville, NC, 28787. Phone: 828-645-4621.
Sandy Hollow Tree Farm - 63 Sandy Hollow Road, Leicester, NC, 28748. Phone: 828-683-3645 or 828-683-2964
Haywood County  Boyd Mountain Christmas Tree Farm-445 Boyd Farm Road, Waynesville, NC, 28785. Phone: 828-926-1575 or 828-506-3513
Wesley Creek Tree Farm - 124 Gibson Branch Road, Clyde, NC, 28721. Phone: 828- 627-8077.
Rutherford County Moore's Christmas Trees - 951 Oak Springs Road, Rutherfordton, NC, 28139. Phone: 828-287-2527.
Transylvania County
Cedar Mountain Tree Farm - 1350 Reasonover Rd, Cedar Mtn, NC 28718. Phone: 828-884-5954
Colonial Acres Nursery - 2601 Hannah Ford Road, Brevard, NC 28712. Phone: (828) 884-4330. Email:
Farley Nursery - PO Box 564, Brevard, NC, 28712. Phone: 828-884-2365 or 828-883-9828
High Valley Trout and Tree Farm - 615 Cathey's Creek Road, Brevard, NC, 28712. Phone: 828-883-3951.
McCall's Tree Farm - 110 McCall Cove Road, Lake Toxaway, NC 28747. Phone: (828) 877-3503. Phone: (828) 862- 4608
Nicholson Tree Farm - PO Box 38, Lake Toxaway, NC, 28747. Phone: 828-883-8570 or 828- 883-8570
Parker Tree Farm - 230 Lyons Mountain Road, Brevard, NC, 28712. Phone: 828-862-4427 or 828-884-4712
Raxter Tree Farm - 1980 Walnut Hollow Road, Brevard, NC, 28712. Phone: 828-862- 3600
Shoal Creek Tree Farms - 796 Shoal Creek Road, Balsam Grove, NC, 28708. Phone: 828-884- 6396.

More Area Tree Farms

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

Saluda's Connection to the Greatest Generation
by Clark Thompson


Recent devastation of the Philippines caused by Typhoon Haiyan brought back memories of a very famous part-time summer resident of Saluda and one of the more notable people encountered during my childhood. Unfortunately, any journalistic desire on my part had not manifested itself at that early age and the opportunity to capture an interview from a true military hero was forever squandered.


U. S. Army Major General Edward Postell King, Jr. was born in Atlanta, Georgia in 1884. A grandson and nephew of Confederate officers, he grew up wanting to be a soldier. However, his family wanted him to be a lawyer, so he was sent to the University of Georgia where he obtained his law degree. Unhappy with his civilian career, King applied for and was given a Regular Army Commission. Following a brilliant career during and following World War I, General King served in the Philippines as General Douglas McArthur's second-ranking general, after General Jonathan P. Wainwright.  Earlier, McArthur had been forced to flee the Philippines to avoid capture by a massive Japanese onslaught.


General King has been described as a modest, soft-spoken leader who showed great respect for troops of all rank. His reputation as an extremely able officer of high intellect led to his selection by General Wainwright to command the Luzon Forces in the final days of battle on Bataan in the Philippines. On him fell the terrible responsibility of making the hard decision to surrender his starved and disease-riddled troops to the Japanese forces less than three weeks after taking on the assignment.


On the morning of April 9, 1942, General King met with Major General Kameichiro Nagano, head of the Japanese Imperial Army's 14th Infantry Division, to negotiate the surrender of the remaining American and Filipino troops on the battle-swept Bataan peninsula. More than 15,000 American and 60,000 Filipino prisoners-of-war were subsequently forced into the infamous Bataan Death March. Thousands of these soldiers died under Japanese captivity during the ensuing death march and subsequent imprisonment. General King spent three and a half years as a captive and was frequently abused due to his rank.


After  experiencing the horrors of the two World Wars, King retired back to Georgia and became a summer visitor to Saluda. At some point, he purchased a home on the little rise behind Nostalgia Courtyard. Injuries from the abuse suffered while in captivity forced him to rely heavily on a cane for support from his pronounced limp. Even though he witnessed and at times personally suffered years of inhumane treatment, this man still carried himself with dignity and kindness. I can still see this distinguished-looking former officer with his neatly trimmed mustache slowly walking to the Post Office, and on occasions, he would pay me to assist him in carrying his grocery purchases or doing little outside yard jobs around his house.


Subsequent to his passing in 1958, Mary King, sister of the General, inherited the house and continued to occupy it during the summers, while spending the winters in Savannah.  Army Brigadier General Vincent and Mrs. Agnes Meyer, family friends of the Kings, visited each summer to help Mary keep up the house. Unfortunately, the house burned in the 1980's.


This  great American hero is interred at St. Johns in the Wilderness Episcopal Church cemetery in Flat Rock. To have heard a first-hand account of his war experiences would be priceless now. However, as the old saying goes, " It's a shame to waste youth on the young."



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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