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                                                                                     March 1, 2014 
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In This Issue (click on a topic to move to it quickly.)
Saluda Real Estate Trends
Community Calendar
Dates to Remember
Small Town Main Street Updates
Affordable Health Insurance-Speaker
Benefit for Saluda Child
Contra Dancing
Saluda Center Book Club
Saluda Democrats Meeting
Valentine's Day Party
City Notes
Saluda Center News
Reike Circle
Avid Gardeners & Novices
Saluda Community Land Trust
Article Headline
Saluda Garden Club
Saluda Community Tree
The Women's Club of Saluda
Saluda Craft Club
Saluda Easter Egg Hunt
Historic Saluda
Yoga Schedule
Saluda Library
A Thousand Forests Montessori School
Saluda School
Saluda Church Services
Annual Calendar of Events
Post Office Hours
Saluda Classifieds
Saluda Lifestyles Marketplace
What's Happening in Music and Art
Saluda Scoop
From Kathleen Carson
Saluda Medical Center
Saluda Faces
Saluda Arts Festival
Music Headlining SAF
SAF Needs Volunteers & Sponsors
SAF Receives Grants
Tryon Arts
Suki McMinn, NC Writer
Pearson's Falls' Green Restrooms
Jerry's Baddle
Fly Fishing School
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!

Enjoy Mountain Lake living in this mountain cabin nestled among the rhododendrons and hardwoods. Situated at the south end of a 28 ac pristine, private lake.  3 BR, 3BA, 2772 SF
MLS#555049  $395,000

Mountain horse farm close to quaint mountain village, one level home with hardwood floors, fireplace,wood stove,updated kitchen and bathrooms.Relax on wrap around deck and covered porch gazing over pastures and mountain views.Refresh mind and body with swim in in-ground pool while horses graze nearby.Barn has 5 stalls,tack room,half bath.  MLS#555334 $375,000

Unique stone home in the country with 2.58 acres, stone archways and a newly remodeled guest house. Main house has wood floors, stone fireplace, hand carved firebox, loft and a sun room. Guest house is approximately 700 Sq Ft with a work shop below and a drive to upper and lower levels. A very peaceful setting. MLS#553586  $194,900


$130,800.00 UNDER CONTRACT!
3 BR, 2 BA townhouse - end unit overlooking tennis courts, 1 car garage, living room/dining room with fireplace, deck and patio with full unfinished basement. In Hendersonville. 

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
This authentic arts and crafts bungalow has been totally renovated. 200 year old chestnut oak shades what was originally a log home built in the early 20th century. New cabinets, new stainless steel appliances, raised ceilings, and new bathroom fixtures makes this a 21st century home that is move-in ready. Fireplace and hardwood floors. MLS#509936 $129,900

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

NEW!.43 ac lot, $35,000 MLS#554607  

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  

NEW! 5.77 ac, bold creek, good building site, natural development, MLS$556067, $114,000 

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

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

    .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 Spring and Summer Vacation Retreat?  Click here to download this list of referral properties. (Please contact property owners directly.)  

Links to Real Estate Sources

Saluda Real Estate Market

A Quick Saluda Market Update

(compares last year's sales with the same period this year as of February 28, 2014). 


Sales              Closed   Pending 

Homes 2014     5          3            

Homes 2013     3          0      


Land 2014         0         0               

Land 2013         1         0 


Foreclosures-REO-Short Sales (Homes) 

Saluda - 2 properties  

Polk County - 7 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.


Cathy Jackson Realty Celebrates 8 Years

cake In March, Cathy Jackson Realty will celebrate its 8th anniversary. Thanks to all our clients, colleagues, friends, and family for their support and business.  We wouldn't be here without you and are grateful to all of you for the opportunity to work, play, and live in the Saluda community.

-Cathy Jackson, Amy Zollo, Greaton Sellers

Saluda Service Directory
service directory Saluda Service Directory with new categories is now available. 
Click here to download the 2014 directory.
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 Monday, March 3 at 5:30 at Saluda Library.

Note:  This is a schedule change from the regular first Tuesday to allow members to attend a seminar in Brevard. 


Saluda Community Land Trust Monthly meeting 3pm, March 5 at the Saluda Presbyterian Church.


Saluda Town Hall Meeting at Saluda Fire Department, March 6, 6pm to 8pm. Everyone welcome. 


Town Council meets the second Monday of the month at 7:00pm in the meeting room above the Saluda Library.


The Historic Saluda Committee The regular meeting with Oral History Committee will meet Friday, March 14 from 2 to 4pm at the Saluda Library.  The public is invited to attend.   


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


Women's Club meets on Tuesday, March 11 at 10:00 am at Saluda Presbyterian Church.

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, March 31 at 6pm. 

Saluda 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 March 18.
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.

Saluda Small Town Main Street Updates 

Saluda was designated as a "NC Small Town Main Street" September 2012.  Since then, involved Saludians have formed committees to organize and plan projects and events to meet Saluda's future revitalization and success. The Small Town Main Street program focuses on organization, promotion, design and economic restructuring.  Saluda Lifestyles will update what this dynamic group of volunteers is planning.


Economic Restructuring

Saluda Locavestors

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

Beth and Jim Carson

Lynn and Mike Cass

Marcia Crumrine

Livvy French

Jerry and Kathryn Greenhoot

Polk County Community Foundation

Kathy and Glenn Ratliff

Judy Thompson

Peggy and Herb Thornton

Ellen and Wayne Unger

Susie Welsh



Catherine Ross 


Cash Mob

A cash mob is a group that gets together and spotlights a local business to help our local business owners. We would like to have as many shoppers as possible who will agree to meet at the parking lot below McCreery Park to go to a selected business and spend at least $20. If the group decides to meet in the morning, they will go to a local restaurant together afterwards. If the group decides to meet at 4 in the afternoon, they will go for a drink afterwards.


The next Cash Mobs are scheduled for March 28 and April 6.  Please call City Hall at 828-749-2581 to sign up. You will be guaranteed a good time!


Meet & Greet - An opportunity to get better acquainted with the Saluda Small Town Main Street program.  Scheduled for May 1, at 6pm at the Saluda Fire Department, Sherry Adams, program director, will review where we started, where we are, and where we go from here. Cookies, soft drinks and coffee will be served.


Design and Appearance

Saluda Welcome Marquee - Raising money and requesting grants for a new "welcome sign" at the corner of Ozone and Highway 176 to inform visitors and residents of upcoming annual events.


Streetscapes - Evaluating our Main Street and how to improve its appearance and appeal to people so they will want to linger and stay longer.



Top of the Grade Concerts -Concerts at Top of the Grade at McCreery Park from May to October, two Friday's a month.  


Top of the Grade at McCreery Park Amphitheater - A conceptual plan to build an amphitheater in the "old skate board park." Fundraising events are planned.


Fashion Show

A fashion show is being planned to raise funds for the Top of the Grade Amphitheater for early May.  If you are interested in participating with your clothes, apparels, accessories, jewelry, and other fashionable items to model, display, and sell, please contact Cathy Jackson at by March 15.


The Saluda Small Town Main Street committees meet the third Tuesday each month at 9:00am at the Saluda Library.  The public is welcome to attend.


Click here to download a new City of Saluda quarterly newsletter, Saluda News You Can Use.


Click here to visit the City of Saluda's new Facebook page.  


Saluda Town Hall Meeting

Meet with your elected officials and get informed. Spread the truth! Join us on Thursday, March 6, from 6 - 8 p.m. for a Town Hall Meeting at the Saluda Fire Department. We want to hear from you and to find out your concerns.  We may not have the answers but at least we will know your questions. 

WNC Health Advocates Founder Leslie Boyd Will Speak in Saluda

Former journalist and founder of WNC Health Advocates, Leslie Boyd, will be the guest speaker at the Saluda Center, Monday, March 3 at 7:00 pm. As she goes over the ins and outs of Affordable Health Insurance, Boyd will share her personal story and passion for making health care accessible for everyone. A question and answer session will follow with certified counselors from Blue Ridge Community Health Services present to assist with questions about the enrollment process. They will also be available to make appointments for further help or to enlist the aid of bilingual counselors.


This event is free and everyone is welcome.  

Fundraisers for Six Year Old Saluda Child

The Saluda Fire Department Auxiliary will hold a BBQ dinner for six-year old, Ben Leslie, cancer victim and son of Mary and Curtis Leslie of Saluda.  The proceeds will be used to help with medical and travel expenses while traveling to and from Charlotte for Ben's treatment. 


A BBQ dinner and live gospel and bluegrass music will be held at the Saluda Fire Department, March 15 from 4 to 7pm. A special highlight will be a cake auction.  Tickets are $7 and purchased at the door.


The auxiliary is also raffling tickets to win a Netbook laptop.  Tickets are $5 or 3 for $10.


If you would like to donate to this worthy cause, donations by check can be made payable to The Leslie Family and taken to Macon Bank, Saluda.


For more information or to donate to the raffle, please contact Charlene Pace at 828-749-2641. 

Contra Dancing 2014 


Dance into spring with Blue Ridge Contra on Saturday, March 8th!


Our dances just keep getting bigger and better! The Valentine's dance in February was a big hit with new and experienced dancers, and a lot of folks took advantage of our special "bring two new dancers and you get in free" coupon which is still available in March!


We welcome back caller Jennie Wakefield who says "no dance form exemplifies the statement that 'everyone is a dancer' like contra." She keeps dancers feet moving and laughter coming! The band for March is our much-loved Skeeziks with our favorite fiddler Alan Dillman, Joel McConnell on mandolin and bouzouki, Wes Maluk on guitar and tenor banjo, and Terry Maluk on percussion.


The location is our favorite Party and Event Place on Friendship Road.  Lessons are from 7-7:30 and dancing from 7:30-10pm. Even if you have had lessons come on back and learn more at 7pm! Admission is $9 and those under 18 $5.   


So come on and dance your way into spring!


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 Center Book Club

The Saluda Center Book Club invites you to the next meeting on Thursday, March 6, 2014, at 2 PM at the Center. 

The Road from Gap Creek by Robert Morgan will be discussed and everyone is invited.
Review of The Road from Gap Creek by Robert Morgan from bookbrowse:     

"When Robert Morgan's novel Gap Creek was published in 1999, it became an Oprah Book Club Selection and an instant national bestseller, attracting hundreds of thousands of readers to its story of a marriage begun with love and hope at the turn of the twentieth century. Set in the Appalachian South, it followed Julie and Hank Richards as they struggled through the first year and a half of their union. 

But what, readers asked, of the years that followed? What did the future hold for these memorable characters?

The Road from Gap Creek holds the answers to these questions, as Robert Morgan takes us back into their lives, telling their story and the stories of their children through the eyes of their youngest daughter, Annie. Through Annie, we watch as the four Richards children create their own histories, lives that include both triumphs and hardship in the face of the Great Depression and then World War II. Much more than a sequel, The Road from Gap Creek is a moving and indelible portrait of people and their world in a time of unprecedented change, an American story told by one of our country's most acclaimed writers."


For more information, call 828-749-1212. 

Saluda Democrats Meeting at The Green River Depot

Thursday, March 136:30 pm   

A meeting you won't want to miss.  This family friendly event is an information session, a potluck, and a night out on the town.   


Come learn about local politics.  If you are feeling overwhelmed and uninformed, come to our meeting.  Guest Speaker, Margaret Parker will begin the meeting with briefly educating the group about local issues.


Come meet the Polk County Commissioner Candidates.  This includes Democrats Ray Gasperson, Bill Ingham, and Lee Mink, who will speak, and answer your questions.   


Please Note:

The Green River Depot is the venue but it has no political affiliation.  Beer will be for sale.  You may bring a dish to share if you like, but there will be more than enough if you don't.  Please come and enjoy.

Green River Brew Depot is located at 26 Church Street (behind city hall).

Valentine's Party

The Saluda Small Town Main Street Promotions Team hosted a Valentine's Party on Friday, February 14, 2014 at the Saluda Fire & Rescue Department to raise money for the Amphitheater at Top of the Grade at McCreery Park. 


We want to thank all of those who supported this event.  The banquet room of the SFD was transformed into a romantic and charming venue with Valentine decorations made by Saluda School students, candle lit tables, and red roses were given to the ladies. Thanks to Judy Gibbs, a personal friend of Terry Baisden from Georgia, who photographed couples and groups against a Valentine's back drop and made souvenir cards on site.   


A special thanks to Terry and Fred Baisden who went the extra mile to make sure this event went on after 10-12 inches fell on Saluda a few days before. Fred grilled steaks and chicken while Terry organized and set up the venue and catered the food. The desserts were indeed decadent and Judy Ward had a "candy bar" where you could fill up a container with all sorts of chocolates and Valentine candy.  


Rodney Gibson and Rick Gunderson from "Sound Investment" played Rock & Roll genres while guests danced the night away. 


$1,125 was raised of which a $225 donation was made to the Saluda Fire Department.  A $24 donation collected for Valentines made by the Saluda School 4th & 5th grade students was given to the art teacher to be used for art supplies. The remaining funds will go into the Amphitheater Fund.



If you would like to contribute to the Amphitheater Fund, please write checks payable to City of Saluda (indicate for the Amphitheater Fund) and mail to PO Box 248, Saluda, NC 28773.  For questions, please contact Terry Baisden at 828-749-3789, email, or Judy Ward, 828-749-2321, email

CityCity Notes



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.

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


Tribal belly dance level one, instructed by Rima, on Wednesdays at 6:00 pm in the exercise room downstairs.


Book club meeting on Thurs.,  March. 6 at 2:00 pm.


Reiki circle, intuitive healing...body, mind and spirit, with Mary Alice Judy, Tues., March 11 at 2:00 pm downstairs in the exercise room. Call 828-749-3887 for more information or to register.


Schedule your spot for a quick and easy Out the Door Make Over on Tuesday, March 18 at the Saluda Center! You'll receive a mini facial along with the make over using mineral based make up. Appointments last about 20-30 minutes.  PLUS when YOU or someone you refer books an open time, YOU receive a free gift with purchase. Open time slots are 12, 12:40, 1:20, 2, 2:40, 3:20 or 4 p.m. To schedule, contact Nedra at 828-384-8421 or


Saluda single women potluck on Thurs., March 20 at 6:00 pm.


The Saluda Craft Club will meet on Thursday, March 27 at 12:30pm at the Saluda Center.  This month we will be painting wood bird houses.  JoAnn's and Michaels craft stores have some really nice wood bird houses for around $5.00.  You will need a bird house, acrylic paints in the colors of your choice. a paint brush and some clear spray sealer, which can all be bought at JoAnn's or Michael's.  These bird houses are fun to paint and will make a nice Spring centerpiece for your table or put them outside and wait to see who takes up residence.  As always, you can bring your own craft to work on.  We would love to see what you are making.   


Community potluck and bingo on Mon., March 31 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 basement sales is open every Saturday from 10:00 am-4:00 pm and every Wednesdayfrom 10:00 am-4:00 pm. Donations are accepted on Wednesdays.


A Thrifty Barn is open Wed. through Sat. from 10:00 am-4:00 pm.


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 interested in becoming a volunteer substitute driver for the Meals on Wheels program, please contact Donna at 828-749-9245. This would require approximately 1-1 1/2 hours of your time when needed.


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, March 11, 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

For Avid Gardeners and Novices

Robinson Garden The Robinson Community Garden on Henderson Street is waiting for avid gardeners and for novices who want to learn as they produce food for the home table.  Sign-up opportunities are scheduled for March 13 and April 10 at the library at 6:00 p.m.  Plots will be assigned on a space available basis.  For more information about plots for the 2014 growing season, call Dave and Marilyn Prudhomme for the particulars at 828-749-9172  or e-mail them at


The Saluda Community Land Trust which sponsors the community garden is offering a new service to both new and experienced gardeners who accept a plot in the garden for 2014.  Walter Hoover will make himself available to anyone who would like some hands on practical guidance now or later in the growing season.  He will work with them on an individual basis at the garden. The objective of this outreach is to increase production in, and enjoyment of, the garden plots for an extended growing season.  Learn about soil preparation, inter-planting, succession planting, weed control and other gardening techniques that can increase success and satisfaction.  To  make arrangements any time, you may call Walter at 828-749-5846 or e-mail him at .


So, sign up for a plot for 2014 and let February be the month for planning and for ordering seeds in anticipation of the new gardening season.  And, don't forget that March is the month for planting early crops such as English and snow peas, fava beans, Irish potatoes, radishes, beets, carrots, lettuce, spinach, kale and much more.


Submitted by Walter Hoover

Charles Street Garden


Saluda Community Land Trust


 Adopt-A-Highway will once again be cleaning up the entrances to Saluda on Highway 176. Mark your calendar for Monday, March 10 with rain date of March 17. We will meet in the library parking at 10 AM and each volunteer will be provided a safety vest. Two teams will work both sides of the entrance of Saluda on Highway 176.


Polk County Community Foundation has provided valuable sources for our efforts. We thank them for all that they do to help with our endeavors. One of the many ways they have helped us is their financial assistance with our operating expenses. Their support has allowed us to focus on funding our community projects. With the help of PCCF, we are able to continue with specific community projects as well as have our 7th Annual meeting!


This year we will have plant ecologist Rob Evans as our speaker. Bring your friends and neighbors along with your children for a night of refreshments, education and an update on our many projects. We will meet at the Saluda Center on Wednesday, April 23 at 6:00 PM.


The Saluda Dog Park is a joint project with the City of Saluda. Expansion is being planned and cleanup workdays are being organized. It's a great spot for your dog to run free and socialize. For more information about the Saluda Dog Park contact Dave Prudhomme at 828-749-9172.


Keep an eye out on the Robinson Garden. Plots have been assigned and planting has begun. Soon it will be green with growth as vegetables rise to the surface to smile at the sun. It's a wonderful place for residents to gather and work in a peaceful garden environment right in the middle of town!


Our next board meeting is on Wednesday, March 5, at 3PM. We will be meeting 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.

Raffle Held to Benefit Saluda Dog Park

Win a Jade Plant - 36 inches high, and blooms with a small white flower. All monies received will go to support the Dog Park and new agility course. Drawing will be held at the SCLT Annual Meeting in April.  Winner need not be present to win. The jade plant is on display at the Saluda Library.  Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5 and may be purchased at the Saluda Library, Gentle Hand Grooming (across from Green River BBQ), or contact Dave or Marilyn Prudhomme at 828-749-9172.

Saluda Garden Club

saluda garden club

Our speaker for March will be Charlotte Gardner.  Charlotte is an herbalist and an expert on growing and using herbs.  This meeting is a must for anyone interested in creating an herb garden or using and enjoying a wide variety of herbs.  Following the meeting, members will have their annual seed and perennial exchange.


The meeting date is Monday, March 17th at 10:00 a.m. in the upstairs conference room of the Saluda Library.


The public is welcome.    If you are interested in joining or would like to attend meetings and/or special events, please contact Patty Martin at 828-817-9518.



Some events may be cancelled or rescheduled.  We try to give advance notice but inclement weather or scheduling difficulties may occur.  You may confirm meetings and events with Patty Martin 828-817-9518.

Tree City/Saluda Community Tree Preservation Association

Saluda's Branch (Tree City USA) currently meets the last Tuesday in each month, upstairs at the Saluda Community Library at 6:15pm.  Interested new members or visitors are always welcome.


For more information, call Ruth at 828-749-9718.  Leave message and phone number for return call.

Women's Club Meeting

The Women's Club of Saluda will meet again on Tuesday, March 11, at 10:00am at the Saluda Presbyterian Church.  This will be a general working meeting where we will focus on our  programs and fundraisers for the coming year.  We urge all of our members to attend and bring their suggestions to the meeting.


 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, March 27 at 12:30pm at the Saluda Center.  This month we will be painting wood bird houses.  JoAnn's and Michaels craft stores have some really nice wood bird houses for around $5.00.  You will need a bird house, acrylic paints in the colors of your choice, a paint brush and some clear spray sealer, which can all be bought at JoAnn's or Michaels.  These bird houses are fun to paint and will make a nice Spring centerpiece for your table or put them outside and wait to see who takes up residence.  As always, you can bring your own craft to work on.  We would love to see what you are making.   


For more information, please contact Holly Wildey at 828-749-3129 or E-mail

Saluda Easter Egg Hunt

easter basket Saluda's Easter Egg Hunt will be held on Saturday, April 19, 2014, beginning at 2:00 p.m. in the vacant lot next to the Memorial Park downtown, with refreshments to be served afterwards in the Pavilion at McCreery Park.  


The children will be divided into age groups (0 to 5 years in one group, 6 to 12 years in one group, and 12 years and above in one group) and will be given a designated area to search for plastic eggs filled with surprises!


If you have any colored plastic eggs that you would like to donate to be used at the Hunt, please call 828-749-3789 (can never have enough eggs!).


We hope all children (young and old) will bring their Easter baskets and join in the fun!

The Easter Bunny will make an appearance, so parents bring your cameras.

Historic Saluda


Oral History Interviews 

We would like to thank our most recent oral history interviewee Pearlie Mae Suber Harris. Mary Ann Hester, Betsy Burdett and Carolyn Ashburn traveled to Mauldin, S.C. to interview Pearlie for the oral history project and to collect photographs depicting her life growing up in Saluda, which will be used in the Images of America publication. Pearlie attended church and school at St. Matthews Church in Saluda where her father was a minister.


HSC Purchased Video Equipment 

Proceeds from the sale of the HSC's DVD, "Home, Hearth and History: Stories of Old Saluda"and CD, "Saluda, NC: Voices from the First 100 Years" enabled the committee to purchase a high quality camera/video and accessories necessary to carry out the mission of the oral history project. Since the inception of the oral history project, Cindy Stephenson Tuttle has used her personal equipment to capture the treasured stories of Saluda's people and history. The purchase of the equipment will enable more HSC committee members to go out and capture snippets of history. Thank you to everyone who has supported our projects. Without you this would not be possible!


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.


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, March 14, 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


NEW CLASS is Rockin

Thursday's 6:30-7:30pm
Root and Rise in Natural Time With Emily! 
Stay inspired by digging deep! Join Emily in a slow flow class that breaks down poses and integrates alignment principles from Hatha, Vinyasa, Iyengar and Sridaiva practices. Connect to your breath, root through your soles, and let your heart rise.  Come aspire to your highest self and discover the beauty of Natural Time every Thursday night in an hour of power 6:30-7:30pm.  $8-$12 (Sliding scale)


"Breathe Into It" - The Practice (3 hour intensives)
Sunday, March 2 & 30 1:30-4:30pm

Have you missed your yoga practice? I have! Join me in stepping back onto the mat in 2014. The theme for this coming year is "Breathe Into It."  The more we practice on the mat, the more we learn about ourselves in the moment.  What is it we are being called to cultivate at this point in our lives?  What aspects of ourselves can we strengthen? Soften?  Where are we blocked in the body and in the mind?  Where are we holding tension, congested emotion, and stress?  As we practice together this year, we will breathe into it.  Breathe into your body and into your heart.  Breathe life, love, and attention into the places that have been neglected and discover a renewed sense of spirit in 2014!
Immerse yourself in the transformational powers of The's back.  Go deep into your yoga and go deeper into your heart. This month we look at embodying the energies of Durga and Parvati which contain strength/protection and inner/outer union. Offered once a month as long as we have 12 committed participants to make it happen.  

Mark your calendars and reserve your spot! March 2nd & 30th Nectar $24-30 (sliding scale).


"Energies of the Divine Feminine" Pt. 2 - Parvati & Durga

Learning about deities helps us to cultivate the magical attributes that exist within each of us.  Expand you daily life with the knowledge of powers and potentialities that reside in you. Rediscover your yoga practice through the lens of the divine feminine and the energies of the goddess.  This March we will begin looking at Parvati: The Goddess of Sacred Marriage & Durga: The Warrior Goddess of Protection and Strength.  All levels dynamic yoga with asana, pranayama & guided meditation.  

3/3, 3/10, 3/17, 3/24 & 3/31
6-7:30pm $75

Looking for 12 yogi's to participate, this could be you!


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 (but all ages are welcome).   

Afternoon Adventures is an after-school program designed for children in grades K-5 (but all ages are welcome).  Afternoon Adventures is made possible through a grant from the Polk County Community Foundation.

Thursday, March 6th, 12:30-1pm

Pre-School Storytime: Dr. Seuss

Craft: One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish

Tuesday, March 11th, 4-5pm

Afternoon Adventures: Zumba Kids

Professional Zumba Kids instructor Tonya Lindsey will teach a 45 minute class. Healthy snacks will be served after.

Thursday, March 13th, 12:30-1pm

Pre-School Storytime: St. Patrick's Day

Snack: Shamrock Cucumber Sandwiches

Tuesday, March 18th, 4-5pm

Afternoon Adventures: Board Games

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

Thursday, March 20th, 12:30-1pm

Pre-School Storytime: Spring

Craft: Windchimes

Thursday, March 27th, 12:30-1pm

Pre-School Storytime: Ducks

Craft: Paper Plate Ducks


Polk County Public Library


March 6th at 5:30pm: HeartSongs

The BattleAxe Band puts out old time and Americana music that is fun and hard-driving. Their vocals will stop you in your tracks. They have been playing together for close to ten years and have a fine old time band sound.


March 13th at 5:30pm: Drum Circle

Instruments are provided but you can bring your own as well. All ages are welcome!


March 20th at 4pm: Teen Book Club

The club meets on the third Thursday of every month at 4pm. For our March book, we're reading The Fault In Our Stars by John Green.


March 20th at 5pm: Teen Movie Night

Watch "Catching Fire" and enjoy pizza, popcorn, and drinks! This movie is rated PG-13 and may not be suitable for all audiences. Please let us know you're coming so we can order enough food!




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

A Thousand Forests Montessori School Now Enrolling

Saluda's very own Montessori school for young children in our community will begin its third year in the fall of 2014 and enrollment is now open for children 3 to 6 years old. Two upcoming information sessions will provide a chance for families to learn about the Montessori approach to education.

On Tuesday, March 4th at 6:30 pm, school founder and lead teacher Allison Daugherty will present a free workshop, "Language in the Montessori Classroom." Come learn about the Montessori approach to reading, writing, and spoken language development.  Discover techniques you can use at home to build vocabulary and pre-reading skills, and learn more about our school.   


Event will take place at the school, located at 144 Main Street in Saluda, across from the Green River Bar-B-Que. Contact the school at 828-749-9251 or email for more information.


The Montessori method was created by Dr. Maria Montessori, an Italian physician and educator who began developing her approach in the late 19th Century. Montessori education supports children's natural development by emphasizing independent discovery with freely chosen activities in a mixed age environment. As a six-time nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize, Montessori believed that the ultimate goal of all educators should be the creation of a peaceful world, and that with proper educational support, all children could follow their natural inclinations to love, to reach out to and respect the people, animals, and plants that populate their world.


Today the Montessori method is practiced in about 20,000 schools across the globe. At A Thousand Forests, children explore a core curriculum of Practical Life, Sensorial, Language, and Mathematics, with extensions in Art, Music, Science, Geography, and Peace Education. The primary program is designed to foster confidence, compassion, and independence through the use of individually tailored lessons with developmentally appropriate materials.


The school's name comes for the Ralph Waldo Emerson quotation, "the creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn." 

Allison Daugherty
A Thousand Forests Montessori School
(828) 749-9251
Saluda Elementary School
  Joe Adams

Upcoming Events at Saluda Elementary

March 2014

March 6    Kindergarten to Saluda Community Library for Storytime @ 1:15pm

March 7    Snow Make-Up Day for January 29

March 10  School Board Meeting 6:30pm @ Stearns

March 11  End of 4th Six Weeks (This date may change.)

March 12  Book Swap

March 13  Report Cards (This date may change.)

March 14  Dress Down for Charity

March 15  Super Saturday in Tryon

March 18  Relay for Life Fundraiser:  After School Dance 3:10-4:10pm in the gym  

March 18  Relay for Life Fundraiser:  Faculty/Staff donate $ to wear jeans

March 20  PreK-5 Field Trip:  Flat Rock YouTheater "Charlotte's Web"

March 20  A+ Spring Leadership Conference

March 21  5th Grade to Harmon Field for Heritage Day

March 25  Interim Reports

March 27  Spring Informance:  Science Festival

March 28  Campfire Friday!  Wear camp t-shirts and jeans.


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

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper, 5:30 to 7:30 in Parish Hall, March 4.
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

Annual Events Calendar


Jerry's Baddle Green River Race --

This duathlon requires Class V kayaking. April 19 

Easter Egg Hunt, April 19  


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! Third 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

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
Piano lessons by experienced teacher.

Just moved to Saluda and wanting to establish a piano studio in town. I will consider ages 4-Senior Adult.  Beginner - Advanced.  I have over 30 years experience and have excellent references. Please call Stephen Stone at 843-560-1216 or email for more information.


Need your piano tuned?

Just moved to the Saluda area and am available to tune your piano. References available.  All work comes with a money back guarantee! I am an experienced pianist and will tune your piano correctly! Call Stephen Stone at 843-560-1216 or email to make an appointment.

Office Space/Studio for Rent

Available now....recently painted and renovated 510 square foot office or studio space at Nostalgia Courtyard.  Entry, two rooms, bathroom and storage closet.  $352 month (includes electric and water!)  Call Debi at Wildflour Bakery 828-749-9224

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.

Shirley Caroline Waters Hipp, 74, of Saluda, passed away Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014 in her home.


Preston Edgar Maybin was born on December 2, 1926 and passed away on Friday, January 24, 2014. 

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. 


Wacky Winter Turns Wild and Windy

jonquils With temperatures ranging from 0 to 70 degrees in a matter of days, this winter has proven to be bizarre and Saludians are eagerly awaiting spring.  As the increasingly warm sunshine warms the air, the cold air masses take a firm hold causing the weather to turn windy and stormy. Now as spring begins to take its rightful place, thoughts are turning to preparing gardens, opening summer homes, and planning outdoor adventures.


While strolling through the yard, everyone's eyes peer down, looking for the first green shoots of daffodils, jonquils, and irises.  Flowing yellow forsythias will bloom in March, giving us hope that spring and summer are knocking on the door.  Hiking in the woods and along mountain trails, the quiet elegance of trillium and blood root peek through the woodland floor and will get your attention.


As the sun and earth meet up at the celestial equator, the spring equinox in the northern hemisphere will occur on March 20 this year. Saludians will celebrate the rebirth of the mountains as they come alive with wildlife, floral, and fauna.


The world seems sad
mid winter's gloom,

But all is well
when the jonquils bloom

-Greg Grant 

What's Happening in Music and Art

purpleonion What's Happening At The Onion in March

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


Live Music in March 

Fred Whiskin tickling the ivories every Friday.  


March 1 - Aaron Burdett

Has new CD "Fruits of My Labor."

March 6 -  The Danberry's

Funky acoustic band from Nashville returns.

March 8 -Riyen Roots Band

Acoustic blues from a band new to us.

March 13 - Nikki Talley

Audience favorite returns with her big voice.

March 15 - Deluge

Roots meets soul once again at the café.

March 20 - Scoot Pittman

One of our favorites returns to make you want to dance.

March 22 - Eve Haslam & Satin Steel Jazz

Straight ahead jazz from this great singer.

March 23 - Mac Arnold (Sunday Concert)

March 27 - Fayssoux McLean & Brandon Turner

We are always happy when they are in the house.

March 29 - Lazybirds

Classic American band with Appalachian roots.


Music scheduled by Robert Seiler. 




POSEM Concert Series

Sunday, March 23, 6 PM

We are honored to welcome Mac Arnold back to the Purple Onion stage Sunday, March 23 at 6 PM as part of our Sunday Evening Concert Series.


Mac Arnold's first band included James Brown on piano. Mac moved to Chicago and Muddy Waters hired him on the spot. He toured and recorded with the Muddy Waters Band and recorded LPs with Otis Spann and John Lee Hooker. Mac moved to Los Angeles and produced Soul Train with his friend Don Cornelius. He even played bass on the Sanford & Son television show when he wasn't playing bass for Otis Redding and B.B. King. He retired from show business to be an organic farmer.  Mac is back with his own band and now a third CD, building a new foundation in blues, soul and funk.


Admission is $15 per person in advance, $20 at the door and seating will be limited.  The performance starts at 6 PM.  The doors open at 5 PM. A limited menu will be available prior to the concert with beverages and desserts served throughout the evening.  Reservations can be made by calling the Purple Onion Café at 828-749-1179.


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


March Schedule & News At The Party Place & Event Center


Saturday Night Schedule


March 1 - Tuxedo Junction

March 8 - CONTRA DANCE, CALLER: Jennie Wakefield, BAND:The Skeeziks

March 15 - Emporium

March 22 - Sound Investment



It's Time For Contra!!  

We are having a fantastic start to the 2014 Blue Ridge Contra Dances! A Big thank you to all the volunteers that helped with promotions and to all the dancers. The Contra Dances are scheduled each month on the 2nd Saturday!  So our next dance will be Saturday, March 8.  The Caller will be Jennie Wakefield and music provided by "The Skeeziks."  Same time of 7:00pm for lessons and dancing at 7:30.  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!"



Plans are "in the making" for something new at The Party Place & Event Center this spring!?

For updates and other information you can always go to our website:   
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

Aaron Burdett CD Release Event

March 7, 2014

Aaron Burdett released his new album, Fruits of My Labor on February 18 through Organic Records, Asheville, NC. A CD Release Event will be held at the Isis Restaurant and Music Hall at 743 Haywood Road, Asheville, NC 28806.  The Gorge Zipline is providing shuttle service to Asheville departing from The Gorge at 6pm on March 7, 2014 and returning approximately 11pm after the show. 


If you are interested in reserving a space on the van, please call 828-290-9596 or email Space is limited so don't wait to reserve your seat.  No charge for the ride, and donations for gas and the drivers would be appreciated.


To purchase show tickets and make dinner reservations, please contact Isis Restaurant directly at 828-575-2737 between noon and 5pm.


The Isis is a fantastic music venue and a delicious restaurant.  Take a ride up to Asheville for a night on the town and have a great meal and hear some even better music from Saluda's own Aaron Burdett and his band!


Fruits of My Labor available through, iTunes, and Amazon.


Photo courtesy of Organic Records.



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.  




Our youth students are working hard to learn their choreography for our spring concert.  This year, we will have nine group pieces and a student solo piece.  In addition, it will be the first time for our pointe students to perform.  The costumes have been ordered and we hope to have those delivered by the end of the month!  Please mark your calendars to join us and support our students during this special event on Saturday, May 17 at 11AM in the Saluda Elementary School auditorium.  The event is FREE to the public and held in conjuction with the Saluda Arts Festival.


Adult students are not required to perform!  Adult classes at The Dancer's Extension are very casual, fun and great exercise!  No special gear or attire is needed.  All you need is the desire to learn something new and do something good for yourself!  Adults, join us for beginner ballet on Mondays at 6:30PM and Wednesdays at 11AM.  We also offer Hot Pop! (our version of dance fitness) on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 3PM.  Each class is one hour in length.


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    

Carson to Judge Burnsville Paint Out

Jim Carson, Saluda artist, has been asked to be the Awards Judge for the Plein Air Paint Out, in Burnsville, N.C., on Saturday, May 17.


This is the 8th year of this popular one day plein air event, and last year over 50  plein air artists from around the southeast participated. The artists will paint all day in and around Burnsville, after which their paintings will be judged and sold at auction.


Jim has also been invited to participate in the third Cashiers Plein Air Festival, on July 13-19, held in alternating years in Cashiers, N.C.  Jim has been in all three festivals in Cashiers and is one of only 25 artists from across the United States to be invited back this year. In 2012, the festival sold over $80,000 of original art, painted during the week of the festival.


Jim's next workshop in Saluda will be June 5-7, "Fresh Paint/A Plein Air Experience."


For more information, email, call 828-749-3702, or visit website.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,"  March 3 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     

Really cold days, rain, and snow have characterized our Saluda winter.  What better time to get started on art and/or craft projects while we're indoors.  If you haven't already begun one, we have books on art, on crafts, and magazines to provide inspiration on the shelves in our mini-library where they are used for reference.  We'll be glad to help.  We still have more winter weather coming.


Call or come by to inquire about classes and symposiums to begin in the spring.


Our Thursday morning artist's group continues to enjoy painting together and hopes you'll join them.   They meet 9-12 each week.  No matter whether you're famous, or do your art for your own satisfaction, you are welcome.


Our projected writer's group is growing and is planned to begin soon.  Let us know if you're interested.


We would like to hear of other ideas.


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

Working Large: Conquer Your Fear!

March 20-22, 2014


Leave your comfort zone and enjoy working a little, or a lot, larger than your usual sizes. Become adept at making larger as well as better paintings and discover why some compositions are meant to be small works and others translate beautifully to a larger format.


This 3 day studio workshop will be a fun and intensive exploration of handling a large canvas. We will learn how to select compositions that "work" for large scale paintings and how to execute them without letting the size intimidate. Painters will work in their choice of acrylic or oil.


We will begin with a "get acquainted party" on Wednesday evening, March 19th at our home and studio. Each painting day will start with conversation related to studio technique over coffee, tea and pastries. There will be daily demonstrations working on a large painting. We'll break for lunch ("Dutch") and conversation at one of Saluda's delightful cafes. This workshop is limited to 12 participants so register early with your deposit of $100.00! 

For more information, please visit or call Bill at 828-749-3101 or email



random arts Random Arts  

Our exciting workshops continue in March with nationally known instructor, Jodi Ohl on March 7, 8 & 9. Jodi works primarily in acrylic paints on canvas, and all three of her workshops are project oriented, allowing you to complete several pieces to take home. Her work is one of a kind, as yours will be after learning a multitude of techniques for all levels of painting. Price ranges $65 for a 1/2 day and $110 for a full day of instruction. More of Jodi's work can be seen here.


Additional instructors in March and April include MaryBeth Shaw from St. Louis, MO, Seth Apter from New York City, and Nature Journal Artist from Sanford, NC, Jeannine Reese.  Check out our website for photos of these upcoming workshops and exact dates and times.



We are located at the corner of Louisiana and Ozone in a vintage craftsman style house with colorful trim and a bright orange door. 




Visit our website:

481 Louisiana Ave

Saluda, NC 28773

Phone: 828-749-1165


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green river depot Green River Brew Depot

Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday, March 4, 6pm-10:00pm

Tornado Jones will entertain us with his lively renditions of popular blues, jazz, and dance piano music!


We'll see you then.  Bring a potluck dish to share.  Get all your friends to meet you there and dress in costume if you dare, risque's OK, but not too bare!


Saint Patty's Day, Monday, March 17, 6pm to 10pm

A day for wearing green, drinking 
green beer? And partying with us at the Brew Depot! This will be a musical jam session, so bring your instruments and any Irish music you may know.....and, Irish friends, too!  Potluck food is always welcome. 

Green River Brew Depot is located at 26 Church Street.  Please call Rima at 828-894-2242 or email for more information.Like us on Facebook


Celebrate St Patrick's Day with Masterful Story Telling and Irish Fiddle Playing 

Kate Brighton, story teller and Ball Mason Jar player joins with her true sister, Catherine Francetti, actress and fiddle player,  for this special St. Patrick's entertainment.   Catherine who recently retired and moved to SC has joined with her sister after living and entertaining in Denver, Colorado and Portland, Oregon. Kate is the Director of the Absolute Theatre Company and has lived and worked between Hendersonville, NC and Columbia for the last twenty years, as well as taking on projects in faraway places such as L.A., the Umatilla Indian ReReservation,Pendleton, Oregon  and Portsmouth, England. She has been a narrator with both the Oregon Inland Orchestra and the Portsmouth New Music Orchestra and a comedian on "Roller Skates!" at Universal Studios in Orlando. Her acting credits include national commercials, TV specials and playing a British Biblical Archeologist.


thompsons The show runs Sunday, March 16 with a matinee at 3:00pm. Tickets are $15. Tickets can be purchased at Thompson's Store or onlineSpecial Reserved seating for $20 available in person only at  Historic Thompson's Store, 24 E. Main St., Saluda, NC. Because of story content, this show is not recommended for children under 14. For more ticket information call 828.749.2321 or 803.622.5347


Dale McEntire exhibits at Spartanburg Art Museum

Abstract Invitational Exhibition Opens at Spartanburg Art Museum

Jan. 14th -March 29th

The Spartanburg Art Museum opens a new contemporary group show titled, Abstract Invitational. 


The idea for this exhibit originated with Ann Stoddard, Gallery Director and College Curator of Harper Gallery at Presbyterian College in Clinton, SC. Her intent was to curate a group exhibition that featured regional artists who all create abstract works.  All of the artists live in the Piedmont area of North and South Carolina.


For more information visit: Spartanburg Art Museum.


Bonnie Joy Bardos - Open Studio  

For March, the month that promises spring is coming, Saluda artist Bonnie Joy Bardos will have Open Studio Saturdays (weather permitting) at her vintage 1895 "Art House" at 285 Greenville Street from 1-3 p.m. Paintings, sculptures and note cards will be featured; come take a peek at new work in progress!

Her on-going series "Esto Perpetua" started over 12 years ago is represented by Patricia Carlisle Fine Art gallery on Canyon Road, Santa Fe, New Mexico and Skyuka Fine Art in Tryon; as well as hanging paintings downtown Saluda in Purple Onion and Saluda Grade.

A recipient of several Regional Artist Project Grants from the North Carolina Arts Council, she'll be featured again in Studio Visit Magazine this summer. Appointments can be arranged for other times; parking available at Saluda Fire Department.

For information, call 828-749-1153 or visit or her blog at

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.

Saluda Skin Spa is now open and accepting appointments for free consultations, skin care procedures and product information.  Sherrye Chappell, owner and esthetician of Saluda Skin Spa, began her career working for an MD at a skin care clinic and is certified in Medical Esthetics.  Saluda Skin Spa specializes in scientifically advanced skin care.


Saluda Skin Spa makes a special effort to ensure that all products used in its treatments are synthetic preservative, chemical and animal-cruelty free. Saluda Skin Spa is a PARABEN-FREE SPA. Featuring select products from Jane Iredale Mineral Makeup, IMAGE skincare, Shankara, and Osmosis.


Image skincare is a pharmaceutical grade skincare product that gives licensed esthetician the ability to offer professional treatments and products. Shankara, a product line that uses eastern science of Ayurveda and Western state of art anti-aging science.  Osmosis, medical skincare dedicated to addressing core problems through a combination of products on a cellular level. Jane Iredale mineral makeup products are certified cruelty-free by PETA.


Saluda Skin Spa services offered are advanced micro-derm abrasion, chemical peels and LED Light Therapy. Basic Facials start at $45. If you have any questions or concerns about the products you are currently using or have an interest in using, please call 828-749-3616.  Consultations Are Free.


Saluda Skin Spa educates, motivates, and encourages positive habits, self-esteem, personal success and confidence in a fun and nurturing environment.  Escape into a world of total comfort and Relax and Be!


Saluda Skin Spa

789 Ozone Drive

Saluda NC  28773





Random Arts & Boutique 

As you step into Random Arts and its brightly colored, craftsman style house, our newest addition of "one of a kind" vintage floor cloths will welcome you warmly. You'll be pleasantly surprised at all that we have to offer. From home accessories to art supplies, you will find it here at the corner of Ozone and Louisiana.  We have been a part of the Saluda business community for over 18 years now and you will find us in our very own, historic space with the bright orange and blue trim and plenty of parking.


The snow is now melted but it was beautiful in its new fallen form.


Winter Sale!!!

March Madness Sale - ALL Leggins and Long Sleeve Cotton T'shirts - Reg. priced at $18. now just $12.  Tunics, Dresses, Skirts and Pants 30% off while supply lasts. Stock up now!


Spring and summer collections arriving weekly.

Need a new outfit? New shoes? How about a bright new scarf or a colorful camisole?  You'll find most anything you need in our expanded Boutique section in our shop. We have  added several new lines of womens apparel, discovered in our travels, that will be perfect for those of us who live here or visit Saluda on the weekends.  Stop by and see our new spring separates that have already started filling our racks with beautiful color and style. You can count on weekly arrivals all through the spring and summer, beginning now!  Every day is different here at Random Arts and Boutique.


Along with clothing, you will find our extensive selection of art supplies such as Golden Paints, watercolors, brushes, drawing and sketch pads, gesso boards, canvases, watercolor paper, and lots more.


In keeping with art supplies is the multitude of workshops being offered by our talented instructors who come from as far away as Vancouver, BC, Texas, California, and all spots between. These workshops, taught by internationally know instructors, are open to beginners as well as advanced and start on Fri. March 7th and go through November. We, however, offer $20 workshops throughout the year in various mediums and levels of experience. Signing up for our email and checking our FaceBook page will keep you updated.


Visit our website:

481 Louisiana Ave

Saluda, NC 28773

Phone: 828-749-1165


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Saluda Grade Café saludagradecafe

Did you know that we are having more and more Gluten Free items on our menu? We don't mind special's what we do...Real Chefs cooking Real Food! Gluten Free Quesadillas, Cookies, Meatloaf and soooo much more! Watch for our Easter menu in the April issue of Saluda Lifestyles.


We Cater too! Large, Small, Formal or Casual-we want to be your Caterer! Every menu custom designed to suit your needs. We would love to cater your next Party or Office Lunch!


Keep in touch with us via Facebook to see pictures of what Saluda Grade is cooking up...Pictures of Caterings, Yummy Food and more.  


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.    


GG oaks The Oaks Bed and Breakfast

Yes!  Saluda is a remarkable place...a one-of-a-kind historic village, filled with unique restaurants, shops and galleries...a town where the railroad thrived and families traveled to find a healthier environment.


It is a town like a postcard from the past, where a stroll on Main Street takes you from the library, past the police department and city hall and on to the post office and bank.


Surrounded by the history of Western North Carolina and majesty of the Blue Ridge Mountains, stands The Oaks Bed and Breakfast -- a warm and welcoming Victorian home, built in 1895 as the opulent residence of a doctor and today operating as Saluda's premier bed and breakfast.


Visit now, before summer prices and the temperatures climb.  Call The Oaks Bed and Breakfast at 828-749-2000 - Find your place in history.  

The Oaks Bed and Breakfast


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early morning The Orchard Inn

If you consider yourself a "foodie" and enjoy culinary events, make your way to Saluda for the weekend of March 14th. We are excited to announce a Culinary Extravaganza Weekend at the Inn, which will include the following: 


* Italian themed wine & cheese arrival reception Friday evening, includes a glass of Prosecco or Italian wine.

* Full gourmet breakfast Sat & Sun mornings

* Interactive Cooking Class with Chef Marianne, and lunch Saturday, includes a glass of white or red Austrian wine

* Hors D'oeuvres and Dinner Saturday night, includes 2 glasses of wine

* Brunch on Sunday early afternoon, includes glass of Mosca Pesca or Mimosa

* 2 nights in one of our lovely rooms upstairs in the Inn (may upgrade to a cottage for an additional amount)


Only $795 per couple.


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. All rooms are tastefully decorated with antiques and period pieces, and our linens are ultra luxurious. The gracious hosts, Marc & Marianne look forward to welcoming you to their little slice of heaven. 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


Wine Tasting March 6th 4 to 6 in the Grill- featuring Noble Wines with Allen from Empire Distributing.   


Shop Local: Special for March -Black Angus Beef Tenderloin and Hormel All Natural Deli Meats.

We Feature Local Made Products: Wildflour Bread, Apple Mill, ButterCup Cottage, and our Thompson Store Products.


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

We opened April of 1984 and we will be celebrating our 30th year. Look for specials for the upcoming month of April.



Tuesday-Saturday, 11am to 9pm

Sunday - Noon- 3pm


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


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.   




The winds of March bring the first signs of a new season to Wildflour.  We begin with our Friday Night Pizza on March 7.  If you shared a few Friday nights with us last season, you already know: Molly's amazing pizza's are THE BEST!  Our bread bakers make the crusts with freshly ground North Carolina organic wheat, and we offer both regular and thin styles, plus our own gluten free.  The delicious crusts are topped with homemade Wildflour sauces and beautiful, fresh toppings.  Check out the menu on our Facebook page or at for all the selections as well as lasagna and salads.  Chances are we will even have a few balmy evenings to enjoy dining in the courtyard.


While you are checking out our Facebook page or website, you can sign up for our newsletter.  It's a great way to make sure you don't miss any of the specials and happenings at Wildflour.


The new Spring menu is underway and will be ready in early April.  Enjoy all your favorites on the winter menu this month and look forward to discovering the new ones next month.


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 Friday Events for March


March 7:  Celebrate the return of Wildflour Bake Shop's Pizza Night!

Call ahead to take pizza home or stay and enjoy seeing friends and neighbors.  Wine & beer available and two new wines open for tasting, starting at 5 PM.   Our new hours begin in March and we will be open on Friday Night Pizza Nights until 9:00 PM.

March  14: St. Patrick's Day Beer Tasting (starting at 5 PM) Join us as we get ready for St. Patrick's Day with a beer tasting starting at 5 PM.

(No Green Beer!)  Order a pizza from Wildflour and try out new beers.  

March  21:  Lock Picking 101 and Wine Tasting (starting at 5 PM)

Bring that lock missing its key or the safe-box you cannot get open, and we will try to "pick" that lock!  Join the fun as we try to open locks, boxes and safes that have long ago lost their keys. We will have locks and keys of all sizes and tools on hand to try to learn to safely open stuck or broken locks.  Two new wines will be open for tasting.  

March  28:  Music Jam Session & Wine Tasting (starting at 5 PM)

Bring an instrument and join in the music or just sit back and listen.  Fun for all!   

Order pizza, pasta or salad at Wildflour, sit on the porch (weather permitting) or come inside the Meanwhile shop to enjoy the music. 

Wine by the glass and beer available &  new wines open for tasting.  


Meanwhile New Hours for spring:   *Now open seven days a week*


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

Open 11 AM till 9 PM Friday  for Wildflour Pizza Night

Open 11 AM till 5 PM Sunday

Call us (749-9463) and we will stay later or meet you earlier.  


We now have Wildflour Bake Shop bread and pastries on Monday and Tuesday.  We also carry Organic Free-Range Eggs, Vineyard's Edge Cheese and Pesto & Tapenade by special order.  Give us four days notice to have Pesto/Tapenade ready. High Valley Farms is on site Saturday from 12 noon till 2 PM with greens, eggs and other fresh produce.  We are adding new locally made small-batch specialty foods weekly. We also have home-made soaps, cedar soap dishes and natural deodorants made right here in Saluda by Mother and Son Soaps.  Stop by and see what is new.


Meanwhile is located next to Wildflour Bake Shop and The Gardener's Cottage in Nostalgia Courtyard. 

171 East Main Street, Saluda, NC 

Wine Shop Phone:   828-749-9463


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Nostalgia Courtyard March Merriment


March into Spring like a Mad Hatter

Come visit our shops and hear the chatter

Something new every week

Come sit a spell and rest your feet


Eggs, plants, seeds and cards

Cheese, cakes and flowers for your yard

Wine, beer, soap and tea

Something for you and something for me


Brass pots, plates, bulbs and vines

Cookies, scones and a great time

Good friends, food and fun - no worries

We are open late on Friday, so no hurry!  


Friday night fun is about to begin

Wildflour Pizza is back again!

Wine, dine, skip & play

Come see us every day!


March 7th, Friday, Wildflour Pizza Night Returns!   

~ The Shops at Nostalgia Courtyard ~



macon bank

Mobile Capture Coming Soon to Macon Bank

We know you live busy lives, and Macon Bank strives to make your life easier.  That is why we are proud to announce the next product we will be offering, Mobile Capture.  Mobile Capture is a safe, secure way of depositing checks into your account using your smartphone.  Utilizing the existing Macon Bank Mobile Banking app and your phone's camera, you can deposit checks simply by taking a picture.  In order to use Mobile Capture, you have to request that this feature be activated on your Mobile Banking account.


Once the feature is activated, the process is simple.  After opening the Macon Bank App, choose the deposit option, and then enter the amount of the check.  In the next step, you will be directed to take a picture of the front, then back of the check.  The check will be processed overnight and once approved, your money will post to your account.  The image is securely transmitted and won't be saved to your phone.  You will be able to use the App to see the transaction history of deposits made with Mobile Capture.


Life gets hectic sometimes, that's why we are always striving to make things easier for you.  Mobile Capture is just one of the tools that Macon Bank utilizes in our efforts to make your banking experience more convenient.  For any questions on Mobile Capture or any of the products Macon Bank offers, stop by and see us today at 108 East Main Street.


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



The Dressing Room, Etc.
will open in late March, offering women's fashionable styles for all age groups and sizes, in a wide range of prices.  Irmy Chmieielewski is excited to bring her expertise in women's clothing to Saluda after managing several boutiques in Landrum, SC for a number of years.  Irmy will also offer accessories like purses, scarves, and jewelry.  She will also have stylish home accessories.  Irmy was born and raised in Germany and has been a US citizen since the 80's when she owned and operated restaurants in Myrtle Beach.  She managed local restaurants after moving to the mountains in 2002.  She is a chef and still continues her catering business. She will be open just in time to find those special Easter outfits!


The shop is located at E Main Street next to the Ryan-Boyles Antique shop.  You can reach Irmy at  



The Gorge THE GORGE™ zip line canopy tour and Green River Adventures are now taking reservations for the 2014 season that starts March 1. Reservations can be made online at or or by phone at 800.335.1530.


THE GORGE™, dubbed the steepest canopy on the east coast, allows participants to zip from tree based platform to tree based platform on over one mile of zip line cable through one of the last remaining groves of old growth forest in Western North Carolina.  Your feet never touch the ground!  With panoramic views from Mt. Pisgah to Rumbling bald, this very unique experience is a must do when you visit Saluda this year or have out of town guests looking for an adventure. The whole town is buzzing about this incredible addition to our booming outdoor recreation opportunities.


kirby Has all this winter weather wrecked your roof? Not sure? Kirby Custom Builders is offering a free roof inspection and estimate on any needed repairs. We check the condition of your roof, including ventilation and flashing. Improper ventilation can decrease the warranty on your shingles and insufficient flashing can cause water damage. Call Todd Kirby for a consultation. 828-606-0942



Spring is coming and I am here to take care of any of your fencing needs, including, but not limited to: decorative fencing, farm fencing, dog runs, fence repairs, gate repairs, welding projects, and steel repairs.


Michael Nelson, Citadel Fence, 828-817-5483 


tantastic March is here and we are back in full swing at Tan-Tastic! Our summer hours are effective March 3. Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday 10 - 7. Wednesday and Friday 10-6 and Saturday 9 - 12. I know my family and I have been planning our summer vacations which puts me in the mood for a great tan! The weather has been a little crazy with the big snow storm we just had followed by many days of 50 and 60 degree weather. Well I know I am the first one to want to throw on a pair of shorts when we have a warm day and let me tell you it looks a lot better with some sun on my legs. So come on down to the salon and get started on your summer tan! Our regular beds with high pressure facial tanners are $30 a month plus tax. Our high intensity bed with 52 bulbs is $45 a month plus tax. We carry the best names in lotions and moisturizers. Our March special will be all lotions and moisturizers 25% off. We look forward to seeing you all soon!


Make your appointment now by calling 828-749-1000. Walk-ins accepted.   Located in Nostalgia Courtyard at 19 Pearson's Falls Rd. Follow us on  Like us on Facebook


green river depot What's new at the "Brew Depot"?

We are now offering that perfect snack to have with your favorite brew: Ruben pocket sandwiches, both vegetarian and with corned beef! Freshly handmade by our local Wildflour Bakery.


Come check us out and watch for our special events.


Did you ever think of having your own private party or meeting at the Brew Depot? Bachelorette party? Wedding or baby shower? Casual family reunion? We can handle it....even arrange for catering, photography, party favors, whatever you need!

Green River Brew Depot is located at 26 Church Street.  Please call Rima at 828-894-2242 or email for more information.Like us on Facebook

A Special Message from Kathleen Carson

kathleen Several dear friends have been keeping the store open on the weekends so please drop in and say hello! I have great gifts and cards for your sweetie for Valentine's Day.  Since I will be "otherwise occupied" for a while, I have decided to sell the gallery. Already there has been interest!


Kathleen's Gallery is a profitable, turn-key retail shop. I have it set up to operate through my iPad.  Easy. There is maximum potential for internet marketing by showcasing local art and craft, offering two income opportunities.


Make new friends every day in this lovely tourist destination, Saluda, NC.


I am truly overcome by the outpouring of support. I cannot find words to thank you.


Call my husband, Bill Crowell, 828-859-9278 for information.  


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

Message from Saluda Medical Center

Dear Saluda Neighbor,


You know what a difference having a Dollar General has made to our area.  SMC was the medical equivalent in the 1970s, saving residents winding drives up or down mountain roads to get medical assistance from area physicians and hospitals.  But like a commercial equivalent, it will only continue to exist if it is supported by its community.


So make SMC your local medical home, if it is not already.  If you also have a medical home elsewhere, have a copy of your medical records made available to the care providers at SMC so that they are ready to assess your medical needs whenever you set an appointment.  The local providers can handle your regular needs, such as injections, prescriptions, tests, and evaluations. SMC accepts Medicare, Medicaid and most all insurance policies.  Their telemedicine technology means medical specialists all over NC/SC are just a TV screen away to assess all your medical issues.  Since they are a NC Rural Health Center, low income residents are eligible for health care financial assistance.   The prescription assistance program also helps to cover the cost of medications for low income residents.   We are so fortunate to have such a fine organization here in Saluda to meet our health needs--over 3,000 patients are treated a year.


To provide all these services means that SMC needs top notch providers, equipment and facilities.  Any help you can give to achieve these goals can be donated by Pay Pal or credit card at web site or given directly to SMC.  This assistance would be appreciated by them and by your neighbors.  Since SMC is a 501(c)3 facility, your donations are tax deductible.


smc logo Sincerely yours,

Saluda Medical Center Board of Directors

Michael Kleiner, Chair

Saluda Faces

Saluda Faces recognizes Saluda citizens that you may see often and wonder who they are, what they do, and why they live or work in Saluda. If you would like to refer someone for Saluda Faces, please email 


Saluda Faces will return in April featuring another Saluda resident. 

Saluda Arts Festival - Call for Artists
Deadline Nears

What are you waiting for?  Don't put if off any longer.  It's time to enter your application in Saluda's 11th annual Saluda Arts Festival.  Spaces are filling up fast!


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.


Visit to see more information about the Saluda Arts Festival.


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Saluda Arts Festival Music Headliners Booked

Stoney Lamar, the festival's music coordinator, has lined up performing artists that guarantee to keep McCreery Park Pavilion jazzed up and hopping throughout the afternoon. The festival is pleased to announce its headliners for the 11th annual Saluda Arts Festival.

The Deluge is a whirling dervish of a band that possesses a kinetic energy in their live show that will leave audiences swooning long afterwards. Blending roots rock and soul, the Deluge's unique sound captures the essence of many musical styles.
Their debut record "Cryin' on the Vine." features "Strange World"...which won best R&B song of 2010 from the international John Lennon Songwriting Contest.

The band will be playing at the Purple Onion on March 15.

The Danberry's

The festival welcomes back The Danberry's whose folk/bluegrass/Americana musicianship has attendees at the 2012 arts festival spell bound and wanting more.  Drawing deep from the blues, folk, bluegrass and soul/funk traditions, the Danberrys deliver inspired original tunes featuring strong harmonies and dynamic musicianship.  


Their new full length album offers 11 tracks that are all very relevant and diverse at the same time.


The Danberry's will be playing at the Purple Onion in March.   


Sweet Claudette

Sweet Claudette's captivating sound is powered by 4- and 6-part harmonies, Motown-inspired backup vocals, and an unusual combo of acoustic instruments: cello, banjo, melodica and guitar. Multicolored kazoos sometimes make a brief appearance as well.  The buzz about the band centers on their live shows. Every performance is a collaborative, energetic and hugely entertaining event. Band members pass the instruments around and switch leads, cracking up the crowd and one another.  

Gorgeous harmonies, outstanding musicianship and world-class songwriting are the qualities that set Sweet Claudette apart from the crowd. What's more, they are very proud to be the only Country/Motown band they've ever heard of. With humor, warmth and consummate musicality, the ladies of Sweet Claudette hope to continue charming the pants off audiences for many years to come.

Visit for more information about the Saluda Arts Festival.

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Saluda Arts Festival
Volunteers and Sponsorships Needed

saf Calling Volunteers Who Want to Have Fun!  Volunteering for the Saluda Arts Festival is fun, and you get to make a lot of new friends.  We need volunteers for two-hour shifts to be greeters, area leaders, to clean up before and after and to man the children's tent. Please contact Patty Martin at 828-817-9518 or Denise Kennedy at


2014 Saluda Arts Festival Sponsorships

Without sponsorships, we would not be able to offer the same quality event for which we are recognized. We are grateful to all our sponsors that contribute funds that support the art culture and history in Saluda.


If you would like to be a sponsor of this year's festival, please contribute by April 15.  Sponsorships can be made to Saluda Business Association and mailed to PO Box 1085, Saluda, NC 28773. You will be recognized on a "Sponsor Banner" that will be on display during the festival.  Here are sponsorship categories: Bronze-$50 or less, Silver-$100, Gold - $250. With contributions of more than $250, a special banner will be made for you and placed in a highly visible area.  Sponsors are also recognized in our media releases and announcements.


We promote the festival within a two to four hour driving distance of Saluda. We advertise on two NPR public broadcasting stations, electronic boards, regional trade magazines, put up posters and appear on local TV spots.


We invite you to visit and click on the Saluda Arts Festival to get more information and see images from previous events.


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Saluda Arts Festival Receives Grants

The Saluda Business Association is proud to announce that it has received two grants in support of its 11th annual Saluda Arts Festival.


Polk County Community Foundation's Saluda Fund Grant will support the musical entertainment at the 11th Annual Saluda Arts Festival.


The vision of the Polk County Community Foundation is to advance philanthropy and improve the quality of life for all citizens in Polk County, North Carolina and the surrounding area.  The mission of the Polk County Community Foundation is to:

*Support charitable and beneficial activities in the community
*Provide and administer a variety of planned giving programs
*Serve as responsible stewards of all funds entrusted to it
*Provide initiatives in recognizing areas of community needs and supporting solutions.


The Polk County Community Foundation can be contacted at 255 South Trade Street,
Tryon, North Carolina 28782, 828-859-5314, fax: 828-859-6122 email .


Grant from the NC Arts Council's Grassroots Arts Program.

The Saluda Arts Festival received a $500 grant through the Tryon Fine Arts Center which serves as the NC Arts Council's partner in awarding subgrants to local organizations for arts programs in Polk County. The first priority of the Grassroots Arts subgrant program is to provide operating or program support to qualified arts organizations including theaters, symphonies, galleries, art guilds, choral societies, dance companies, folk arts societies, writers groups and arts festivals, among others.


For more information about the NC Arts Council's Grassroots Arts Program, please contact Executive
Director, Beth Child, at 828-869-8322, ext. 211 or    

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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

North Carolina writer, Suki McMinn, to have debut book signing in Tryon

Suki McMinn, aka Susan McNabb, will be at The Book Shelf in Tryon, North Carolina, signing copies of her debut novel, Drop Dead Gorgeous, on Saturday, March 8 from 2-3:30 p.m.


Having grown up in Asheville, North Carolina, McMinn returned to the area to settle in Tryon after 27 years in Los Angeles. She and her husband are both graduates of Asheville High School, re-connected and married in their forties, and returned to life in the Blue Ridge Mountains in 2011.


"I'm so excited that my first book signing will be in Tryon," McMinn said. "We chose this wonderful little town to live in, not even realizing what a rich literary history it has. It's been home to many wonderful writers, and still is."


McMinn is a member of Tryon Writers as well as the North Carolina Writers Network, and often reads her work at Tryon's bimonthly Literary Open Stage. She's also a member and volunteer at Lanier Library in Tryon, publicity chair for the Tryon Garden Club, and active member of Tryon AAUW, Foothills Questers, Upstairs Artspace, and Tryon Arts and Crafts.


McMinn began writing as a second career after nearly three decades working as a model and commercial actor. Drop Dead Gorgeous is her first novel, an adult vampire romance set in L.A. in the modeling world, and Book One in her L.A. Vamps series.


"I write what I know," McMinn said. "Like my main character, I lived in L.A. and worked as a model, only I didn't bite anyone. In the L.A. Vamps series, I've created a nest of hunky male vampires who live and hide among humans, and in this first book, one happens to also be a supermodel. After being turned, he returns to his dream girl and his dream job, but it's not easy trying to fit into his former world now that he's undead, and his evil maker doesn't want to share him with anyone."


Drop Dead Gorgeous has debuted to impressive reviews, and earned a "5 kisses" rating on the romance review blog, "Read Our Lips," that called it "quick, fun, action-packed," and "a new, fresh take on vamps, filled with smut and suspense."


"I've been really overwhelmed with the positive response," McMinn said, "even though the book had an unusual release." Temptress Press initially published the ebook version of Drop Dead Gorgeous in December, 2013, but within days closed their doors, and so McMinn self-published the second edition and print version in January, 2014.


McMinn added, "I'm just so thrilled people are enjoying the book. I'm working on Book Two in the series now, Die Laughing, and hope to see its release this year."

Pearson's Falls' Green Restrooms Are Open

Pearson's Falls' innovative new green restrooms are now open for use, and the unique building sports a living roof.


The green restroom project was first proposed at the Tryon Garden Club's strategic planning meeting in the summer of 2012. The club which owns and operates Pearson's Falls was looking for "a completely compostable toilet which leaves a very small footprint," according to project chair and former club president, Carol Meeske.


After much research, the club decided to use the Clivus Multrum composting system because it provides clean, sanitary, and accessible restrooms with minimal intrusion to Pearson's Fall's natural environment.


"I thought it was a wonderful idea" said Meeske. "It's in keeping with the Tryon Garden Club's mission of preserving, protecting and treasuring Pearson's Falls, setting by example what can be done to enhance our living in this community, providing an environmental educational opportunity." 


The living roof was added to the plan and incorporates plants native to the glen."What else would you put on a green restroom but a green roof?" explained Meeske.


What was Meeske's biggest challenge? "Educating myself and gaining knowledge about compostable toilets. I felt I had to know what we were doing and question everything." 


Meeske's hard work has paid off, as have the combined efforts of the Tryon Garden Club's members and contractors.


Grants from the Polk County Community Foundation were also instrumental in realizing the dream of the club which hopes their example will inspire other local and regional organizations and agencies to go green when considering public restroom facilities.


Pearson's Falls is listed on the North Carolina National Heritage Site of the Blue Ridge National Area, North Carolina Birding Trail Site and the Smithsonian Institute's Archives of American Gardens.


On April 13, 2014, the entrance to Pearson's Falls will be free from noon until 5:00 p.m.  There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating the official opening of the new green restroom with a living roof at 2:00 p.m.



For more information contact:

Wyndy Morehead

Tryon Garden Club

Pearson's Falls

2748 Pearson Falls Road

Saluda, NC 28733



Jerry's Baddle
April 19, 2014

Jerry's Baddle is a dual sport race that began in 2006 to honor a good friend, Jerry Beckwith, who had been diagnosed with ALS. The race was born out of a desire to keep his spirit and passion alive by raising money to help fight the disease that took his life and to foster the community he loved.  


The race consists of 4 miles of whitewater kayaking through the Green River Narrows followed by 26 miles of road cycling with 4000 ft of cumulative climbing.


Following the race, there will be a festival for all racers and spectators at Wilderness Cove Campground. All race fees include entry to the festival. For those not racing, a $20 festival fee covers music, food, and parking. There are men and women's shower houses available for racers to clean up.


The festival will start around 1:00 pm on Saturday, April 19 and continue into the night. There will be live music for most of the afternoon and evening. There should be plenty of food for racers and spectators.


For more information on how to register, route maps, rules, how to donate, and more, please click here. Like us on Facebook 


Wildnerness Cove Campgroundis located at 3772 Green River Cove Road, Saluda, NC 28773 (828)749-9100,

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Fly Fishing School

Have you ever wanted to learn something truly special for this area?  The Pisgah Chapter of Trout Unlimited is holding its annual Fly Fishing School on Saturday, April 19,2014, from 8:30 am to 4:45 pm at Harmon Field in Tryon.


Students will receive not only a full day of practical instruction from experienced anglers covering the basics of fly fishing, including equipment, casting, line management and stream tactics, but they will also get a ½ day session of "hands on" learning on one of the area's trout rich rivers or streams. The combination of the classroom instruction and on-the-water guided practice makes this one of the most unique and economical fly fishing schools available in our area.


The cost of the school (which includes lunch on Saturday, the 19th) is $125 for adults and $75 for students (ages 12 to 18).  Equipment for the class will also be provided.  For more information or to register for the school, please visit the PCTU website at  Class size is limited.  Early registration is recommended. Deadline for registering is April 9.


All proceeds from the school help support Trout Unlimited educational and environmental programs in Western North Carolina.


Trout Unlimited is dedicated to the conservation, protection and restoration of coldwater fisheries and their watersheds in the Western North Carolina region.

Automobiles Vs. Status in Saluda
by Clark Thompson


Following World War II and even well into the 1950's, most of the more lucrative jobs around Saluda were associated either with Southern Railway, Saluda Hosiery Mill (currently the location of Saluda Fire & Rescue), or Adams-Millis Hosiery Mill in Tryon. The pay scale with any of these three employers offered earnings well above the average for our area. Men who were lucky enough to get hired on with the hosiery mills were paid by the dozens of pairs produced each work shift, and unless the knitting machine broke down during their shift, they could earn pay checks in the range of $60 to $75 per week.



Such a plethora of dollars, especially in a single man's pocket, almost mandated the purchase of a sleek new automobile as a way of publicly displaying his affluence to the general public and, more importantly, to help establish his bona fides among local single women.


An appealing choice for other local young men desiring to ascend the economic ladder was a bus ticket to Detroit where job opportunities in automobile manufacturing were abundant. Most had no desire to seek a career in the industry. The primary goal was to stay just long enough and earn enough to pay for a snazzy new car.  Employee discounts made the purchases in Detroit less costly for autos still fresh off the assembly line.


The return of one or more of these world travelers to Saluda from such a big city created awe in the eyes of youngsters like me. Watching them flaunt their new-found wealth as they tooled around town in brand new luxury cars was the genesis of my own dreams to get the heck out of Dodge and seek my own pot of gold. Later, as a teenager working part-time at the local Gulf Oil Station, I was impressed when one of those affluent drivers would stop for gas and say "fill 'er up." Even with gas prices around 19 cents per gallon at that time, most drivers limited their purchases to a dollar or two's worth at the most.


One young local man earning the big bucks at Adams-Millis in Tryon had a preference for the Oldsmobile 88 model of muscle car, built around one of the most powerful engines being turned out in Detroit at that time. He once told me that he only averaged about 5,000 miles on a set of tire treads due to his fast driving up and down the winding Highway 176 between Saluda and Tryon.


He faithfully had this car serviced and washed at the Gulf Oil Station, and I enjoyed taking care of it because it was a nicer vehicle than most of the clunkers I normally hoisted onto the rack or put a shammy cloth to.  At this point in my life, I had no driving experience other than sitting in my sister's '53 Chevy and pretending to drive while it was parked in our driveway.  Early one evening shortly before reaching my sixteenth birthday, and still with no driving experience, I completed an oil change and grease job on this fellow's car and stepped into the station to tell the him that his car was ready. A group of men were engrossed in a bull session so the owner asked me to remove his car from the rack and park it somewhere in the lot. Rather than admitting that I didn't know how to drive, I cautiously climbed into the driver's seat and cranked his beautiful Olds. While I knew how to place the gear shift into the reverse position, operating a manual clutch and gas pedal at the same time was way above my pay grade.


What followed was not at all pretty! As soon as I placed one heavy foot on the gas pedal and popped the clutch with the other, the car went screaming off the rack and out of the service bay like the flag start of a quarter-mile drag race. Instant terror took over my entire being but at least I had enough sense to turn the wheels to the right and avoid smashing into another vehicle parked near the gas pumps. The car's right front bumper slammed hard against the track holding the bay door, thus providing an instantaneous alert to the men inside that whatever was happening with this car was not normally recommended by the owner's service manual. After what seemed like eternity, I finally found the wherewithal to simultaneously jam both the clutch and brake pedals hard against the floorboard. Another three feet of backward travel and I would have broadsided another parked vehicle. Fortunately for me, the metal bumpers on cars back then were built to take some abuse so the only physical damage was to the track guiding the bay door. Actually, my pride suffered far more damage from subsequent commentary and laughter by the witnesses.


Not long after that event, I was once again working solo on a Sunday morning when an older bright red Cadillac bearing South Carolina tags stopped for gas. As part of the full service typically offered back then, I lifted the hood to check the radiator and the oil dip stick. The oil level was low and dirty so when I showed it to the driver, he asked if I could do a quick oil change since he planned to drive across the Smoky Mountains that day. I guided him onto the lift rack and proceeded to service the car as I had done many times before. However, during this process of changing the oil, I failed to adequately tighten the drain plug. Shortly after he drove away, I noticed a trail of several small oil spots on the concrete leading out to the highway. My limited knowledge led me to speculate that a bad engine seal might account for the leakage.


Later in the afternoon, that same Cadillac driver pulled back into the station with loud clicking sounds emanating from under the hood and asked me to once again put it on the rack for further inspection. As soon as the car was hoisted, it became obvious to both of us that oil had been slowly leaking from around the drain plug which I had failed to properly tighten. Unfortunately, his anger was only slightly ameliorated by my insistence that he would not have to pay for replacing the two quarts of lost oil and the promise of a free oil change should he ever decided to pass this way again. 


My own first vehicle was a used '51 Ford purchased for $300 in 1957 from a brother-in-law who had recently married my sister who owned the '53 Chevy. Prior to that time, she had allowed me to learn how to drive by using her car. That Ford car lasted me for several years until a fateful accident near Hendersonville where I found myself sandwiched between a stopped car attempting to make a left turn and a ten-wheel truck loaded to the gills with red potatoes. I can still see that monster truck with failed brakes suddenly looming in my rear view mirror at a speed estimated by police at 35 miles per hour. Unfortunately, the insurance company totaled out my car for the paltry sum of $350 even though I had done quite a bit of customization to make it look nicer.


Now I was in a real dilemma. Desperate for a new means of transportation and with the insurance money, I began a frantic search for another drivable car. After an exhausting search of used car lots around the region, I finally spotted a beautiful two-tone '55 Chevy in Greenville, South Carolina priced at $500.  I don't remember which family member loaned me the other $150, but the deal was consummated on the spot and I happily began the drive back to Saluda. However, it soon became obvious that this car was really a rolling smoke bomb. Apparently, the dealer had put some kind of additive in the crank case to temporarily limit the amount of smoke discharge so by the time I arrived back in Saluda the car was laying down a voluminous smoke screen. Having no other option, this vehicle continued to provide my transportation for the next several years. I attempted to deflect frequent comments by jokingly telling others that most of my stops involved adding a quart of oil rather than purchasing any gasoline.


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. 

Happy Birthday, Jim

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