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                                                                            January 1, 2014 
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In This Issue (click on a topic to move to it quickly.)
Community Calendar
Dates to Remember
Contra Dancing
City Notes
Saluda Center News
Reike Circle
Saluda Community Land Trust
Saluda Garden Club
Saluda Community Tree
The Women's Club of Saluda
Saluda Craft Club
Historic Saluda
Yoga Schedule
Saluda Library
Saluda School
Saluda Church Services
Post Office Hours
Saluda Classifieds
What's Happening in Music and Art
Saluda Scoop
Masonic Lodge of Saluda
LocaVester $$$
Valentine's Day Party
Saluda Christmas Celebration
Saluda Arts Festival
Tryon Arts
Saluda Grade Challenge
Childhood in Saluda
Snapshots of 2013
Saluda Lifestyles Marketplace
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 

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 December 31, 2013). 


Sales              Closed   Pending 

Homes 2013     32         6          

Homes 2012     31         0     


Land 2013         24        0             

Land 2012         13        0


Foreclosures-REO-Short Sales (Homes) 

Saluda - 2 properties  

Polk County - 8 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. The 2014 directory will be available in February.
Please support Saluda's local service providers.

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

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, January 7 at 5:30 at Saluda Library.

Saluda Community Land Trust Monthly meeting 3pm, January 8 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, January 10 from 2 to 4pm at the Saluda Library.  The public is invited to attend.   


Contra Dancing, Saturday, January 11 at 7pm, Party Place & Event Center. 


Women's Club meets at Tuesday, January 14 at 10:00 am at Saluda Presbyterian Church.

The Saluda branch of Tree City USA meets at 6:15pm in the Saluda Community Library the last Tuesday of each month.

Potluck and Bingo, Saluda Center, January 27 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 January 21.

Saluda Welcome Table, every Tuesday, with dinner 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


Jerry's Baddle Green River Race --This duathlon requires Class V kayaking.


Saluda Tailgate Market -(May through October)

Spring Green Bash - Hosted at Green River Adventures.

Saluda Arts Festival -Fine artists and skilled craftspeople from all over western NC and SC. Music, live demonstrations,  and a children's art tent! 3rd Saturday in May

Top of the Grade Concerts -- (May through October, 2nd & 4th Friday)


Coon Dog Day - A homecoming and celebration for dogs and their people! Great food, live music, parade, crafts, and more! 1st Saturday after July 4.


Green River Games - Extreme multisport event.

Charlie Ward's Memorial BBQ


Green Race - A world Class V kayaking race. 1st Saturday in November.


Hometown Christmas - Open House and Music. 2nd Friday in December

Contra Dancing 2014 


Happy New Year! First Dance of 2014

Saturday, January 11


Make your New Year's Resolutions include getting off the couch and learning to Contra dance! It's easy to learn, great exercise and includes some of the most fun people you will ever meet!


We want our dancers to know that we have made a change that we hope makes it easier to remember the dates of the 2014 dances: all the dances are the Second Saturday of the month. Mark your calendars now! That means January 11, February 8, and March 8.


In 2014, the dances will still be held at the Party Place and Event Center in Saluda. There will be lessons from 7-7:30 and dancing from 7:30-10pm. Admission for adults is $9 with children under 18, $5. But please be on the lookout for our first good deal of 2014. If you bring two new dancers, you get in FREE!


Our caller for the January 11 dance is the popular Diane Silver. She has an easygoing fun style and we are pleased to have her kick-off the new year.



Music will be provided by Eric the Cat (and yes, this  is a photo from the band!). Karen Gaughan on piano, along with our favorite fiddler Alan Dillman. Wes Maluk plays tenor banjo, mandolin and guitar. Terry Maluk is on percussion and banjo uke. All of these band members have been playing at contra dances all over the country, and they still love making music that "inspires dancers  ."


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.

CityCity Notes

Joe Adams  


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

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 January 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 through January.


Reiki circle, intuitive healing. body, mind and spirit, with Mary Alice Judy,Tues., Jan. 14 at 2:00 pm downstairs in the exercise room. Call 828-749-3887 for more information or to register.


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


Saluda single women potluck on Thurs. Jan., 16 at 6:00 pm.


Community potluck and bingo on Mon,. Jan. 27 at 6:00 pm. Bring a dish and enjoy an evening with friends or make new ones. All are welcome to attend.


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. 

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 Land Trust


We are looking forward to this New Year and continuing our efforts to preserve the natural heritage of our Saluda area. We have some very impressive projects planned for 2014 as we enhance our public trails and efforts to control kudzu.


We are so appreciative of the many volunteers, members, and those who donated money this past year. We are also very grateful to the Polk County Community Foundation for their support in our local projects.


Thank you all!

Our next scheduled meeting will be January 8th at 3pm. We meet at our office in the upstairs of the Saluda Presbyterian Church and the public is invited.


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


Happy New Year! 

Saluda Garden Club

saluda garden club

The Saluda Garden Club will be meeting on
February 17 in the upstairs conference room of the library. The meeting starts at 10am.



We will be going over program ideas for the coming year and making plans for planting in Spring Park.


The public is welcome. We are always looking for new members to join in our fun!


For more information about the Saluda Garden Club, please call Patty Martin at 828-817-9518.   

Tree City/Saluda Community Tree Preservation Association

Tree City USA is a project which began in 1976 by the Arbor Day Foundation.  From the first year, the organization began spreading across the nation from 42 towns and cities to approximately 4,000 today.  Our local Saluda group has more than doubled in numbers since early this past fall 2013. 


The organization involves the collaboration of the National Arbor Day Foundation and the US Forestry Service, along with each town's city council.  Our Saluda group is assisted by the Polk County Department of the US Forestry Service.


What is Tree City USA all about?  An answer comes from the bulletin published by the Arbor Day Foundation:


"Better management (of our trees) today means that citizens can enjoy the benefits of a greener, healthier environment in the future.  For this to happen, we need your help!  It takes all of us working together."


The Saluda branch of Tree City USA meets at 6:15pm in the Saluda Community Library the last Tuesday of each month.  Visitors are welcome.  For more information, call Ruth at 828-749-9718.  Leave message and phone number for return call.


Submitted by Ruth Anderson 

Women's Club Meeting

The WCS will meet on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 10:00am at the Saluda Presbyterian Church.  We will be discussing our fundraisers for the year and forming our committees.  We welcome all women in the area to join us for our first meeting of the year.  Refreshments will be served.  For more information on our club contact Secretary Holly Wildey at 828-749-3129 or e-mail:




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.
Saluda Craft Club

The Saluda Craft Club will meet on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 12:30pm at the Saluda Center.  The craft for this month will be Valentine's for Veterans.  These homemade Valentines are always appreciated by our veterans.  I have made these Valentines for many, many years and have always received a great response from the VA hospitals that they were sent to.  If you would like to join us in a card making session for the vets, please bring scissors, colored papers, stickers, stamps, ribbons, glue, etc. (You get the idea.) We will make as many valentines as time allows.  Then we will package them all up in a big envelope and get them to the VA hospital in Asheville in time for Valentine's Day.  For more information, please contact Holly Wildey at 828-749-3129 or E-mail

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, January 10, 2014 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

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  

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 us to make an appointment.  We are considering starting a baby storytime for children ages 0-18 months. Please contact us if you are interested in this program!  Contact Jen Pace, Children's Services Coordinator, to make an appointment at (828) 894-8721 ext. 227 or   


Program Schedule   

Thursday, January 2nd, 12:30pm

Pre-School Storytime: Opposites

Craft: Happy/Sad Masks


Tuesday, January 7th, 4pm

Afternoon Adventures: Board Games

Come play your favorite games such as Monopoly, Sorry, and Uno. Snacks will be provided.


Thursday, January 9th, 12:30pm

Pre-School Storytime: Hibernation Time

Craft: Sleeping Bears


Thursday, January 16th, 12:30pm

Pre-School Storytime: Snowflakes

Craft: Popsicle Stick Snowflakes


Tuesday, January 21st, 4pm

Afternoon Adventures: Movie Matinee

Watch "Despicable Me 2" (rated PG) and enjoy popcorn and drinks!


Thursday, January 23rd, 12:30pm

Pre-School Storytime: Polar Bears

Snack: Polar Bear Bagels


Thursday, January 30th, 12:30pm

Pre-School Storytime: Winter Clothes

Craft: Winter Paper Dolls




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

Saluda Elementary School
  Joe Adams


Words cannot express how much the generosity of this community has meant to many children and families this holiday season! Thank you for your donations of time, money, gifts and food that helped make the holidays brighter for so many!  


Upcoming Events at Saluda Elementary

January 1      No School-Holiday

January 2      Students return to school.

January 3      Dress Down for Charity

January 6-24    Reading 3D MOY Assessments (K-3)

January 9      Kindergarten to Saluda Community Library for Storytime

January 13      Polk County Board of Education Meeting at Stearns 6:30pm

January 17     End of the 3rd Six Weeks & 1st Semester

January 20      No School-Optional Workday

January 21      No School-Optional Workday

January 22      Report Cards

January 31      Campfire Friday


Attention Business Owners:  The Saluda Elementary School Yearbook is selling ads to help support the yearbook.  This is a great way to advertise for your business.  It is also a great way to support your local school.


The ad prices are as follows:  Business Card $25.00;  Half page $80.00 (size is approximately 4 business cards); Full page $125.00 (size is approximately 8 business cards).


If you are interested in placing an ad in our yearbook, you may bring your ad and a check (payable to Saluda Elementary School) to the school office or you may mail your ad and check to Saluda Elementary School, Attn: Ginger Rackley, 214 East Main Street, Saluda, NC 28773.


*Please note we do not design the ads for you and all ads must be placed and paid for by January 31, 2014.


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
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

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
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!

Large jobs involving moving, ( in or out) vacation rentals, one-time "deep" cleaning of residences and businesses.  Reasonable rates. Many years of experience. Call for a free estimate.  Kathie 828-749-4076 or 828-674-6108.


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 expresses heartfelt sympathy to Saluda friends and families who have lost loved ones.

Jessie Ann Phillips was born on December 27, 1929 and passed away on Sunday, December 15, 2013.

Saluda Winter Tranquility

downtown After the bustling of holiday shopping, festivities, and family gatherings, Saludians will spend January reflecting, resting, and resolving to make 2014 a better year.  A quiet tranquility has fallen on Saluda; winter hours are in place while small business owners take advantage of the serenity to do annual maintenance and offer winter sales and specials.


Snow capped mountains in the distance remind one of the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains this time of the year. Winter outdoor adventures draw visitors to Saluda on their way to the higher mountains for skiing, snow tubing, and snowboarding.


In town, it's a great time to enjoy Saluda's restaurants, and Contra dancing promises to keep everyone in shape during the lull in outdoor activities.


Here's to a great 2014 and may the holiday spirit stay with all of you throughout the New Year.

What's Happening in Music and Art

What's Happening At The Onion in January

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



The Purple Onion will be closed January 1- 8 for our annual cleaning and maintenance. We will reopen January 9 and will have a spectacular line up of live music, a beer dinner featuring Oskar Blue Beers and new menu items including plenty of hearty comfort food to ward off the winter chill. In addition to our regular Thursday through Saturday music schedule, we will resume our monthly Sunday night concert series on January 19 with Beaucoup Blue, a father-son duo from Philadelphia.  


Oskar Blues Beer Dinner

Tuesday, January 14, 6:00 PM

We will host our first beer dinner in a very long time on January 14 to taste a selection of five beers from Oskar Blues Brewery in Brevard and five delectable dishes Chambli has created to pair with them. Reservations can be made by calling the Purple Onion at 828-749-1179. The cost for the tasting is $40.



 Live Music Calendar

 To get the 2014 music off to a great start, January's line-up features mostly performers who have appeared here in the past. 


January 9 - Jay Brown Jay returns with his one-man band.


January 11 - Shana Blake Band  Innovative and energetic band to get the juices flowing again.


January 16 - Swayback Sisters  Fabulous harmonies and tunes from these three women.


January 18 - Letters to Abigail Appalachian Americana southern style.


January 19 - Beaucoup Blue (Sunday Concert) - See Below


January 23 - Michael Reno Harrell  One of our oldest musical friends returns.


January 25 -Lonesome Road Band  Bluegrass at its finest.


January 30 - Sweet Claudette  New group featuring Amanda Platt of the Honeycutters


February 1 - One Leg Up  If you like Gypsy jazz you should be here.


Music is scheduled by Robert Seiler. 

Beaucoup Blue

Sunday, January 19, 6 PM

Beaucoup Blue is the Philadelphia based father and son duo, David and Adrian Mowry. From blues to bluegrass, their soulful tradition and contemporary styles mesh into an innovative and authentic sound. During their years together as a duo, they have received numerous awards including "Grand Prize Winner of the Billboard Magazine World Song-Writing Contest," and the "Grand Prize Winner of the Telluride Blues & Brews Acoustic Competition," as well as top 40 on AMA's Americana, Roots, & Folk radio charts. They are a favorite here at the Purple Onion, and we look forward to having them back on a Sunday night when the kitchen is quiet and  the focus is on the music.  


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 $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Come by the café at 16 Main Street in Saluda or call 828-749-1179 for reservations. We accept Visa, Master Card or Discover.


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


January Schedule & News At The Party Place & Event Center


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:  

January 4 - Sound Investment Band performing at 8:00pm

January 11- Blue Ridge Contra Dance-Music by "Eric the Cat" and Caller will be: Diane Silver


January 25 - Free Flight Band performing at 8:00pm

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.     


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




Classes at The Dancer's Extension resume on a regular schedule on Thursday, January 2.  On Friday, January 3, we welcome guest instructor Anna Maiche for special master classes for dancers ages 6 and up.  Anna began her ballet lessons at the age of four in Santiago, Cuba.  She was accepted into the National Ballet of Cuba's school at the age of ten.  She has studied ballet with Ballet Spartanburg, The Kirov Ballet Academy, The North Carolina School of the Arts, and The Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet.  Most recently, Anna moved to New York City to continue her training with Laszlo Berdo.  Anna's Master Classes will focus on dance technique that crosses all genres with balance, stretching, turns and jumps.  A unique and fun opportunity for all students to learn more about dance!  Contact the studio to register.  Space is limited.


Thank you to all the community for your support in 2013.  We look forward to dancing through 2014 and beyond!



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,"  January 6 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     

The Saluda Community Tree Preservation Association hosted a drop-in at the Old Chicken House December 28 for members and friends of the recently organized Saluda branch of Tree City USA.  Both groups are working together to gain Saluda's designation as one of the national Tree Cities.


The Old Chicken House welcomed these special people who love trees and recognize their many benefits and the satisfaction to be experienced in keeping Saluda green for now and for future generations.

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


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. This workshop is open to 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.



random arts Random Arts   

Workshops are being formed for 2014. Please visit our website to see schedule. 


Visit our website:

481 Louisiana Ave

Saluda, NC 28773

Phone: 828-749-1165


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As part of Thompson's Store's "Let the Good Times Roll" music series, we will be hosting a Mardi Gras Masquerade party in our Boarding House Venue upstairs.  The event will begin at 5:30 PM on March 1 with an hour and a half open bar, followed by dinner at 7:00 catered by the Saluda Grade Café.  Menu will include file' gumbo w/sausage & chicken, red beans and rice, maux choux, jambalaya, and king cake.  Recorded music throughout the evening will consist of Cajun/Zydeco music and New Orleans jazz with dancing allowed. Reservations required by February 24.  Please call Judy Ward for details at 828-749-2321.


AaaaEeeeee! We gonna pass a good time!  Laissez le bon temps roulez !

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.


Heartwood Gallery is celebrating 29 years in business and offering $29 off any purchase over $100 during January.


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.     

kathleens Kathleen's Gallery wishes to thank everyone for such a delightful 2013, and to kick off the New Year, we have marked down several items for our January Sale. Please note Winter hours will be 11 -5. Closed Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday.


Be sure to "Save the Date," Friday, May 2, for the Potters for Pace's Park party at the gallery. Several Saluda potters will be selling their pottery with proceeds being donated to the construction of public rest rooms in Paces Park. Join us for a fun evening and watch for more details.

66 E. Main Street, (828) 859-5063Like us on Facebook 



early morning The Orchard Inn

We will be closed from January 4 through the end of the month for Spring cleaning, maintenance and a much needed vacation. We look forward to seeing you all again in February. 


Treat yourself and your significant other to a romantic getaway at The Orchard Inn this Valentine's Day. We are offering a Valentine's Day weekend package for $655, which includes the following:


2 nights upstairs in the Inn - *may upgrade to a romantic cottage for an additional amount* (see below), Dinner for 2 at the Inn either night, Complimentary glass of champagne with dinner, Couples Massage, Chocolate covered Strawberries, and a Dozen Roses.


* upgrade to: Keeping Room + $100 / Twin Poplar Cottage + $110 / Boxwood Cottage + $130 / Paulownia Cottage + $140 / Holly Cottage + $190

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


Happy New Year to All!


Start the year out SHOPPING LOCAL.  Come to Thompson's Store each week for our daily specials, fresh produce, local items, and fresh cut meats.  Check out our delicious deli meats and salads, frozen homemade dinners, and our wonderful variety of Beer & Wine.  Our winter hours will be Monday to Thursday, 8:00 am to 5:30 pm, Friday and Saturday open to 6:00 pm.


Winter Beer Tasting

on Tuesday, January 14 from 4 to 6pm in Ward's Grill.  Have a chance to taste, preorder, and receive by Thursday, January 16.  Special discount for a case.  Just in time for your Super Bowl Party!  


Come to Ward's Grill for a hot delicious Breakfast or Lunch.  Come in for a hot bowl of soup with a grilled homemade pimento cheese sandwich.


Mark your calendars now for March 1 to attend the Boarding House Venue Mardi Gras Party.  Tickets will go on sale soon, so get ready to "Reign on Our Parade."


We now have WIFI!


Historic Thompson Store, open Monday-Thursday 8am to 5:30pm. Friday and Saturday open 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

Happy New Year!  Enjoy our daily specials, Brunswick stew, smokehouse chili, and local craft beers while watching your favorite playoff games on our big screen TV's.




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.   




Wildflour Bake Shop will be closed January 1 through January 14.  We will reopen at 8 am on Wednesday, January 15.  All the "Wildflours" would like to thank each and every one of our great customers for their loyal support.  We are looking forward to a fabulous 2014.  Come on by for a bowl of hot, homemade soup and enjoy the slow, sleepy pace of Saluda in the dead of winter.  It's a great time to regroup and renew.  Got some suggestions or ideas for the coming year? We'd love to hear them.  Happy New Year!


Wildflour Bake Shop Winter Hours

Wed, Thur, Fri, Sat -  8 am - 3 pm

Sunday  - 10am - 3pm


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 News for January and winter hours. 


Open 11 AM till 6 PM Tues., Wed.,Thurs. & Saturday

Open 11 AM till 8 PM Friday

Open 11 AM till 5 PM Sunday 

Closed Monday 


Friday events in January:

January 3:   Move 'em Out Sale & Wine Tasting 5:00 - 7 PM.  Stock up on favorite bottles and try a few new wines.   

January 10:  Music Jam Session & Wine Tasting 5:00 - 8 PM.  Bring an instrument and join in the music or pull up a chair and listen. 

January 17:  Battle of the Budget Bottles

Taste new budget wines and a new pesto recipe.  

January 24: Tall Tales & a Few Good Lies (Story Telling) & Wine Tasting 5:00 - 7 PM.  Join us as two "ole time locals" tell Stories from Saluda's past and listen as newcomers share tales of their first days living in the countryside.  

January 31:  Lunar New Year Celebration & Wine Tasting 5:00 - 7 PM.  吉慶有餘 Jíqìngyǒuyú - "May your happiness be without limit."  Join us as we ring in the Lunar.


Happy New Year!


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.  


171 East Main Street, Saluda, NC 

Wine Shop Phone:   828-749-9463


See us on Like us on Facebook.  



macon bank


We wish you a happy New Year and look forward to serving you in 2014!


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



The Masonic Lodge of Saluda

The Masonic Lodge of Saluda #482 located on Ozone is now the "Polk County Unity Lodge #482."  New officers were elected and they are:



Master Warden - Glenn Thompson

Senior Warden - Tom Kell

Junior Warden - Jim Steckel

Senior Deacon - Jeff Maybin

Junior Deacon - George Redden

Senior Steward - Jack Burrell

Junior Steward - Jimmy Chatman

Chaplin - James Newman

Tyler - Marcus Robinson

Treasurer - Jamie Thompson

Secretary - Oscar Harbin


This 100-year old institution provides gifts and support to The Masonic Home for Children at Oxford, NC. Saluda Lodge #482 is a Regular and Recognized masonic lodge located in Saluda, NC, having a charter through the Grand Lodge of AF&AMof NC, which is recognized by the United Grand Lodge of England.

Saluda Locavestors 

Saluda Locavestors are stepping up to fund a grant program to help downtown Saluda have a more beautiful, vibrant and engaged downtown.


Your tax deductible contribution will help to fund matching grants for downtown projects proposed by organizations, businesses and individuals who want to make our downtown everything it can be. We want everyone to participate and feel a part of this effort.  Make check payable to "City of Saluda, Locavestor Fund" and mail to City of Saluda, P. O. Box 248, Saluda, NC 28773 or drop your check off at City Hall.


We hope you will add your name and thanks to these Saludians who have already made their contribution:   


Dianne Arbour and James Bergen

Carolyn Ashburn and Chuck Hearon

Lynn and Mike Cass

Livvy French

Polk County Community Foundation

Kathy and Glenn Ratliff

Judy Thompson

Peggy and Herb Thornton

Ellen and Wayne Unger

Susie Welsh


Valentine's Day Party


The North Carolina Small Town Main Street Promotions Team will host a Valentine's Day Party on Friday, February 14, 2014, at the Saluda Volunteer Fire & Rescue Department located at 199 Walnut Drive off of Greenville Street in Saluda. 


Celebrate Valentine's with friends or that special person and enjoy a night out with dinner and dancing.   You will be supporting the NC Small Town Main Street, as well as Saluda's Volunteer Fire Department.


Dine on a delicious meal of steak, baked potato, tossed green salad, rolls, drinks, and dessert served from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.  Enjoy listening or dancing to a live band.


Tickets are $25 per person, with $5 person to be donated to the Saluda Fire Department for their use as needed.


Purchase your tickets at Cathy Jackson Realty, or Historic Thompson's Store, or by calling Terry Baisden at 828-749-3789.

Saluda Christmas Celebration
Thanks to all of you who celebrated Christmas at The Orchard Inn at the first annual Saluda Christmas Celebration.

NC Small Town Main Street Promotions Team
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.

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.

Calligrapher, Catherine Langsdorf to Conduct Workshop for Tryon Painters and Sculptors

The new year will offer many opportunities for artists to take classes and workshops at Tryon Painters and Sculptors. The first workshop of 2014 will feature calligrapher, Catherine Langsdorf and will take place on Saturday, January 25 at the studio in the gallery location at 26 Maple Street in Tryon.


Catherine is a resident of Hendersonville and has her own calligraphy business, designing fine lettering for invitations and signs. The title of Ms. Langsdorf's workshop is "Calligraphy with a Broad-Edge Tool."  The one day workshop will focus on learning how to use this tool. This is the main tool of calligraphers who wish to learn the italic, Uncial, Roman or Black letter hands. Time will be spent on understanding how the unique edge of the tool is manipulated to create letters.

Workshops at Tryon Painters and Sculptors are open to everyone and interested persons should contact Christine Mariotti about prices and registration. Christine can be reached at 828-859-8392 or at

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 Grade Challenge

While doing some research, Chris Talbot came across this training video created during the merger between Southern Railway and Norfolk in 1982.


It's very interesting to see the locomotive technology at the time and how the descending of the Saluda Grade was approached, as well as to glimpse what our town looked like around that decade and to see the growth of our town into what is has become today.  It also shows the train going down the grade through Sand Cut and Melrose--sights probably never seen by most of us.  Click on the link to view the training video.  


Southern Railway- Saluda Grade Training Video
Southern Railway- Saluda Grade Training Video

Submitted by Chris Talbot


Zelda Fitzgerald's Saluda Connection
by Clark Thompson


One of the more famous summertime visitors to Saluda during the 1930's was Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald. Zelda was born on July 24, 1900 in Montgomery, Alabama, the youngest of six children. She was named after characters in two little-known stories from the 1800's. Her mother encouraged all of the children to be free spirits while her father, a justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, tried to be very strict.


Despite the strictness of her father, Zelda was extremely carefree, showing little interest in her schooling. Her very active social life as a teenager involved alcohol, cigarettes, and spending time alone with young boys. To flout convention, she learned to dance the Charleston and swam in a tight, flesh-colored bathing suit which fueled rumors that she swam nude.


In July 1918, while dancing at a country club, Zelda met her future husband Army Lieutenant Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald. Despite a courtship that included frequent fights and a long break-up, they were married in 1920 and spent the early part of the decade as literary celebrities in New York. Later in the same decade, the couple moved to Europe and were recast as famous expatriates of the Lost Generation. During this time, their marriage continued to be filled with jealousy, resentment and acrimony. Despite acclaim for The Great Gatsby and other works, Scott, an alcoholic since his college days, sank further into alcoholism, while Zelda's growing instability led to her first mental breakdown and admittance to a sanatorium in Maryland in 1930 where she was diagnosed with schizophrenia. During this stay, Zelda wrote a semi-autobiographical novel, Save Me the Waltz, which was published in 1932.  Scott was extremely angry that she had used material from their life together, although he would do the same as in Tender Is the Night which was published in 1934. The two novels provided contrasting pictures of their failing marriage. The couple seldom lived together after her 1932 breakdown, and for the most part, Zelda would reside in and out of mental hospitals for the rest of her life.


For a brief period of time after returning to America in the late 1930's, Scott visited the Oak Hall Hotel in Tryon and, on occasions, brought Zelda from the Highland Mental Hospital in Asheville for a day's outing and lunch at Oak Hall.  Later, he worked in Hollywood where he tried screenwriting and began an affair with movie columnist Sheilah Graham in 1937. He died in Hollywood in 1940 of a heart attack at the fairly young age 47.


On other occasions, Zelda visited Saluda on her own for short stays at the Esseola Inn which was located near Pine Street. In 1976, Mrs. Jane S. Holman of Batesburg, South Carolina, whose family still owns a summer home almost directly across the street from where the Esseola Inn once stood, wrote about her personal memories of Zelda. It seems that Jane was good friends with Marjorie Brinson Noble, Zelda's sister, who from time to time also stayed at the Inn with their mother. On Friday nights during the summer months, Zelda would come over from the hospital in Asheville and attend the square dances with her mother and sister and "to watch the rest of us dance. To me back then, she was a sad sick person and I did not even know the glamour and excitement that filled her life before her husband Scott died and she lost her health." "I wish I could remember a happier, gayer Zelda and I am sorry for the tragic sadness that came to her after so much excitement and joy."*


Other parts of Zelda's last eight years were spent living with her mother in Montgomery, and when her schizophrenia got too bad, as it did on several occasions, Zelda re-entered the Asheville sanatorium where she eventually spent her remaining years working on a second novel and painting extensively. The novel had not been completed when she died a tragic death in Asheville, also at the age of 47, as a result of a horrific hospital fire in 1948. Eight other patients perished in the same fire.


The couple had one child, a daughter named Francis "Scottie" Fitzgerald, born in 1921 and raised almost entirely by nannies. Zelda and Scott are buried together in Maryland.


While constructing an enclosed rear balcony as part of the restoration of the Historic Thompson's Store building, I felt it was appropriate to recognize Zelda's association with Saluda and named the balcony Zelda's Veranda in her honor. As part of our Boarding House Venue, it now provides a social atmosphere that she would probably have found inviting during her youthful years.


*Jane S. Holman, Thermal Belt News, September 9, 1976


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. 

Snapshots of 2013

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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. 


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Happy New Year,
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