Saluda Lifestyles - Monthly Ezine all about Saluda, NC
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                                                                                     April 1, 2014 
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 The printed version is brought to you by these generous sponsors:  Autumn Care,  Don Mintz Builders, Green River BBQ, The Gorge Canopy Tours/Green River Adventures, Green River Brew Depot, Heartwood Gallery, Historic Thompson's Store, Jim Carson, Artist, Macon Bank, The Orchard Inn, Purple Onion, Saluda Grade Cafe, Wildflour Bake Shop, Williamson's Paint, and Wolf Run Art Gallery

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In This Issue (click on a topic to move to it quickly.)
Wildflowers Blooming
Community Calendar
Dates to Remember
Thanks from the Leslie Family
Small Town Main Street Updates
Saluda Tailgate Market
City Notes
The Future of McCreery Park
Saluda Center News
Robinson Community Garden
Saluda Community Land Trust
Dog Park Raffle
Search Dog Team
Saluda Garden Club
Saluda Community Tree
The Women's Club of Saluda
Saluda Craft Club
Historic Saluda
Yoga Schedule
Saluda School
Saluda Library
51st Coon Dog Day
Saluda Church Services
Annual Calendar of Events
Post Office Hours
Saluda Classifieds
Saluda Lifestyles Marketplace
What's Happening in Music and Art
Saluda Scoop
Barbara Seiler
Saluda Arts Festival
Music Headlining SAF
SAF Needs Volunteers & Sponsors
SAF Gift Bags
Tryon Arts
Pearson's Falls' Green Restrooms
Tryon Garden Club Classes
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

To see where and when wildflowers are blooming in the mountains, click on this link  


Spring Flowers Blooming Calendar.

Remember the golden rule about viewing wildflowers, "Leave them as you found them so that others can enjoy them, too."

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!

Be one of the few to own a cottage on one of the best-kept secrets in Western NC. A rare Lake Shelia bungalow on the lakefront is available for your mountain lake get away. Spend summers kayaking, swimming, fishing, and canoeing on a 28-acre pristine lake surrounded by 19,000 acres of watershed property. New addition built in 2003 added additional bedrooms and bathrooms to accommodate guests and family. MLS#557131  $434,000  

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

UNDER CONTRACT! 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

Featured Listings
UNDER CONTRACT! 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


Lake Sheila Bank Owned property, 2BR, 2BA, 1387 SF, detached garage, excellent condition, lake privileges. Listing provided by NC Mountain Realty Group. $209,900 MLS#556336


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



NEW!8.42 ac, close to Fish Top Access on the Green River, $69,900 MLS#557067

NEW! 2.19 ac Piney Mountain,$44,000 MLS#556817


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 March 31, 2014). 


Sales              Closed   Pending 

Homes 2014     8          3            

Homes 2013     6          0      


Land 2014        0          0               

Land 2013        2          0 


Foreclosures-REO-Short Sales (Homes) 

Saluda - 1 properties  

Polk County - 8 properties 


Data taken from Western NC multiple listing service.


Please visit to see all Cathy Jackson Realty Featured Home and Land Listings and search the entire Western NC MLS.


Saluda Service Directory
service directory Saluda Service Directory with new categories is now available. 
Click here to download the 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 Tuesday, April 1 at 5:30 at Saluda Library.


Saluda Community Land Trust

Monthly meeting 3pm, April 9 at the Pavilion at McCreery Park.  Annual meeting April 23 at 6pm at Saluda Center.

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, April 11 from 2 to 4pm at the Saluda Library.  The public is invited to attend.   


Contra Dancing, Saturday, April 12 at 7pm, Party Place & Event Center. 


Women's Club meets on Tuesday, April 15 at 10:00 am at Saluda Presbyterian Church.

Saluda single women will have their potluck dinner on Thurs., April 17 at 6:00 pm at the Saluda Center. 

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, April 28 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 April 15.
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.
Leslie Family Says Thank You

We (the Leslie family) would like to express our deepest gratitude to everyone who attended the benefit for Ben. What a wonderful event and how nice it was to see so many kind hearts coming out for Ben.  


We would like to thank at this time all those who had part in making this possible.


We thank the Saluda Fire and Rescue Lady's Auxiliary. What a hard working group of ladies who worked so hard to make everything just right for this event. They are wonderful


We want to thank Saluda Fire and Rescue. Ben really enjoyed his ride on the fire engine. Ben said, "That was so much fun."  


We want to thank the following people for contributing food:

Green River BBQ for the cole slaw.

Harry's Piggy's for the BBQ.

Margaret Cagle for the baked beans and peach cobbler.

Gwen Garren for the macaroni and cheese.

We thank Wildflour Bakery for the rolls.

We thank Sav-Mor grocery for the rolls.

We thank all those who contributed the Art work for auction.

We thank all the various contributors for the raffled door prizes.

We thank all those who contributed cakes for the auction.

We thank The Mintz Family and Colt Creek for the beautiful music.

If there is anyone we may have overlooked, we apologize. We thank you too!  


We thank everyone who has contributed in any way for Ben's care. We appreciate you all. We have never seen such an outpouring of love. Thank you all. Please continue to keep Ben in your thoughts and prayers. 


Thank you!

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

Kathy and Glenn Ratliff

Judy Thompson

Peggy and Herb Thornton

Ellen and Wayne Unger

Susie Welsh



Catherine Ross

Priscilla R. Scoggin

Elizabeth and Bailey Nager


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 Mob is scheduled for April 25.  Please call City Hall at 828-749-2581 to sign up. You will be guaranteed a good time!


Save the date

The Saluda Small Town Main Street will have a celebration of its two years in the program on Thursday, May 22 at 6 p.m. at the Saluda Fire Department. Please join us as we share our accomplishments and how we plan to move forward. Sherry Adams, our STMS Coordinator for Western North Carolina, will be with us, and we will discuss the Master Plan for McCreery Park. Mary Weber, the park designer, will be with us to answer questions. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.


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 Tailgate Market

tailgate We have missed you! It is almost time to get together again and enjoy your enthusiastic Saluda community. We open Friday, May 2 at 4:30pm. You can arrive for set up at 4:00. Please remember there will be buses exchanging students through the rest of the school year. Come in from the bottom of West Main and pull over in line until the buses depart. As usual, we will have volunteers directing and greeting but please try not to come much earlier than 4.

We have been following the NC Department of Revenue Sales and Use Tax changes closely and the new rules and application reflect our current best understanding of those. Please read all of the documents below carefully and sign and return the application (note it is 2 pages this year). It would help if we had your application ahead of time. You may email it to or return by mail to Saluda Business Association, PO Box 1085, Saluda NC 28773C

click the links below to download:    

Saluda Tailgate market Application 2014 

Saluda Tailgate Market Rules 2014 

or go to

to download.  


We look forward to a great growing season, happy shopping, and healthy eating. But most of all we look forward to your beautiful presence!  

If you have questions, contact Shelley DeKay at 828-606-5713.

Sponsored by the
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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The Future of McCreery Park

There has been a lot of discussion as of late regarding the future of our beloved downtown park. The city has contracted with Mary Weber, a landscape architect out of Asheville, to create a master plan for the future of the park. Ms. Weber is working with the city to create a plan that maximizes the land's natural assets while providing a great destination park for Saluda.


The Board of Commissioners recently approved the idea to include an amphitheater in the plans, which will be used for free community concerts and events, but the remaining portion of the land will be reserved for playground equipment, porch swings, walking trails, and benches for everyone to enjoy. The city has sought suggestions and ideas for the park from the public through open meetings, and all those ideas were given consideration in creating this new plan. The master plan is in its first draft stages currently but will be revised until it is just right. We will be incorporating the city's railroad history and natural topography into the plans as well as providing ramped access to the various elevations of the park area for easy enjoyment by people of all abilities.


Once the master plan is completed and approved, city staff will begin work to find funding to make the plan a reality. Through the city's involvement in the Playful City USA program, we are eligible for grant money through KaBOOM! International to replace the existing playground equipment. City staff is working to apply for additional funding through Polk County Community Foundation, North Carolina Parks and Recreation Trust Fund, as well as launching a local fundraising campaign to provide enough money to supplement the grants. The end result will be a destination park that can be enjoyed by everyone in the community for many years to come and will leave a legacy of play for future Saluda generations and visitors.  


Click here to download the draft design of the park master plan. 

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


Volunteer Appreciation Week April 6-13.

 Thank you so much to our OUTSTANDING VOLUNTEERS!

We really appreciate all you do.


Book club meeting on Thurs., April 3 at 2:00 pm. All are welcome to attend.


Reiki circle, intuitive healing...body, mind and spirit, with Mary Alice Judy,Tues., April 8 at 2:00 pm downstairs in the exercise room. Call 828-749-3887 for more information or to register.


Saluda single women will have their potluck dinner on Thurs., April 17 at 6:00 pm. Movies after dinner. 

The Saluda Craft Club will meet on Thurs., April 24 at 12:30pm at the Saluda Center. This month's craft will be a raffia basket. You will need a shoe box without the lid, hot glue gun and glue sticks, scissors, clothes pins (the spring kind), batting and material that will more than fit the inside of the box, and a couple of rolls of raffia, which you should be able to get in any craft store. Raffia isn't as popular as it once was so if you can't find any, I have some that you can use. If you have any questions please call Holly Wildey  828-749-3129.


Community potluck and bingo on Mon., April 28 at 6:00 pm. Bring a dish and enjoy an evening with friends or make new ones. All are welcome to attend.


Medicare assistance is available by appointment with a trained volunteer for SHIIP, Seniors' Health Insurance Information Program, a division of the Department of Insurance, call 828-749-9245.


A Thrifty barn basement sales is open every Saturday from 10:00 am-4:00 pm and every Wednesday from 10:00 am-4:00 pm. Donations are accepted on Wednesdays.


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


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. 

Robinson Community Garden

Robinson Garden

The Robinson Community Garden on Henderson Street has only one plot left for this year's growing season. We are also offering a new opportunity for those of you who do not want to take on an entire plot and just want to grow a row of your favorite vegetables or herbs. 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

Saluda Community Land Trust



SCLT "Walks in the Woods" will start their monthly walks on Sunday, April 6. These bi-monthly walks will occur the first and third Sundays of the month except during holidays, so no walk on Easter Sunday, April 20.


Meet at the parking lot of the Saluda Library at 2:00pm on Sunday, April 6 to carpool to the Twin Bridges along 176 between Saluda and Tryon. This is not a long walk, more of a meander of one to two hours, walking through a huge population of wildflowers. This walk is rated easy to moderate.

Next SCLT meeting is on April 9th at 3pm...the Pavilion at McCreery Park.


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

"This stump is nice to sit on but if they would build the agility course for us, it would be so much more fun."

You can help by contributing $1 for a

ticket and this beautiful Jade Plant could be yours.


The Jade Plant is at the Saluda Community Library and you can get tickets there and also at Gentle Hands Grooming on Hwy 176 across from Green River BBQ. We will be



naming the winner at the Saluda Community Land Trust Annual Meeting April 23 and you do not need to be present to win. Please make sure your name and phone number are on the back of the ticket and we will deliver the plant to the winner. Any question please call 828-749-9172 or 

Saluda Search Dog Team

becky Becky Shropshire of Southern Pride Search Dogs would like to thank everyone who made donations to the Search Dog Team in 2013.  Southern Pride Search Dogs were called 18 times for searches during 2013 in NC and TN.  So far, we have been called three times to look for missing people in NC and SC in 2014.  Becky was able to attend Brevard College and get her Wilderness First Responder Certification in January.  Thanks to donations, a portion of the cost was covered.  In March, five team members attended a training seminar in Mississippi at their own expense.  Two members plan to attend a training seminar in Virginia in April.  In May, Becky and Orval Banks will be instructing Search Dog Handlers from across the nation at Western Carolina University's Cadaver Dog Training Seminar.


If you would like to make a tax-exempt donation to help fund some of the expenses of this "all volunteer" Search Dog Team based in Saluda, NC, please send to Southern Pride Search Dogs, 385 Old Saluda Drive, Saluda, NC 28773.  We are a tax-exempt, non-profit organization and all donations are appreciated.


For more information, to join, or to help train our dogs, please contact Becky Shropshire at 828-749-2141.


Saluda Garden Club

saluda garden club

Our program for the April meeting of the Saluda Garden Club will be a demonstration on making a unique water garden from a wine barrel.   We will also learn which plants are appropriate to use for water gardening.  As an added bonus, we will see a homemade grow cart for growing herbs and vegetables.


The meeting date is Monday, April 21at 10:00am.  We will meet at the Saluda Library and carpool to Columbus.


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

To our members:  thank you so much for the recognition given me at the library meeting of Tree City.  What a surprise to be greeted with a bouquet of early spring daffodils from Betsy "... because you never gave up" helping to keep Saluda green.  Then, down for a photo of the group gathered in front of a Redbud tree, a Red Maple and a Sweet Gum-all planted by Walter Hoover who had arranged the planting and the celebration.  The trees are across the street from the Saluda Library.  How exciting to anticpate the leafing of each tree and blooming of the Redbud.  How beautiful it will be and a pleasure for the entire community to enjoy.


Thanks to our mayor and city council for their support and foresight in our pursuit of Saluda's designation as a Tree City USA.


Remember,  to celebrate National Arbor Day April 25, a great opportunity for children to learn about trees--their tremendous benefits for our earth and people.  When a child plants a tree, he or she can choose a species, choose an appropriate place, provide care and watch it grow-an experience a child will recall even when an adult.


Be sure to see the Arbor Day exhibit of trees through the seasons by the children in Saluda School, through the direction of Sarah McRostnie, art teacherThere is grateful appreciation for their very special way of observing our North Carolina day to celebrate on March 21, and then National Arbor Day on April 25.


The observance of Arbor Day began in 1872 in Nebraska, home of J. Sterling Morton, newspaper publisher, who realized the benefits our trees provide.  He spent most of his life in educating the public and in promoting the care and love of trees.  Take in this special day's observance.


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 on Tuesday, April 15 at 10:00am at the Saluda Presbyterian Church.  April is our membership month, and we would like to take this opportunity to invite all women of the community to join us for this meeting.  Find out what we are all about, and if you have any questions, we'd be glad to answer them for you.


Cindy Keeter will present our program which will be "The 50 worst charities and how to avoid them."   


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, April 24 at 12:30pm at the Saluda Center.  This month's craft will be raffia baskets.  You will need to bring a shoe box without the lid, hot glue and glue gun, scissors, clothes pins (the spring kind), some batting and material that will more than fit the bottom of the box, and a couple of rolls of raffia which you should be able to find at any craft store.  Raffia isn't as popular as it once was, so if you can't find any, I have some that you can use.  Hope to see you then and if you have any questions, please call Holly Wildey at 828-749-3129


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

Historic Saluda


Last Call!

Do you have interesting photographs of old Saluda? Your name will appear in the book with the photograph if you provide an image that is used. Members of the Historic Saluda Committee (HSC) are hard at work on an Images of America book for Saluda through Arcadia Publishing. The final deadline to submit photos for the book has been extended. If you have photos that the HSC may scan (copy), please contact Mary Ann Hester at or call 864-325-9292. Arrangements may be made to scan the photographs at your home, or other designated locations, so they do not leave your possession. The Images of America series chronicles the history of small towns and downtowns across the country. Each title features more than 200 vintage images, capturing often forgotten bygone times and bringing to life the people, places, and events that defined a community.


Preserve Your Family's Heritage

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


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, April 11, 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)


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 Elementary School
  Joe Adams

Saluda Elementary students participated in an after school dance on March 18.  This dance was originally planned as a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life event in Polk County.  However, after hearing about six-year-old Ben Leslie, the school decided to give all donations from the dance to Ben and his family.  Faculty, staff and students have donated $215.00 to Ben's family to help with travel and medical expenses.  


All students in grades PreK-5 enjoyed a trip to Flat Rock Playhouse Downtown on March 20 to see the YouTheatre production of "Charlotte's Web."  Every student in the school received a copy of the book the following day and all are enjoying reading about Wilbur and Charlotte with their families each evening. Students submit answers to daily trivia questions and one lucky student receives a prize each day.  If you haven't read Charlotte's Web in several years, you might enjoy doing so this spring!


Visit for an updated school calendar.  


Upcoming Events

April 2      Interim Reports

April 3      Kindergarten to walk to Saluda Community Library for Storytime @ 1:15pm

April 4      Dress Down for Charity for Faculty & Staff

April 8      "Books Are Really Fun!" distribution

April 11     Kindergarten to Autumn Care for Egg Hunt @ 10:00am

April 11     Hat Day $1 donation (fundraising event for Relay for Life);

April 14-18 Spring Break!

April 21      Snow Make-Up Day

April 24      PCHS Band "Pops" and Percussion Ensemble Concert @ 9:30am

April 25      Campfire Friday!  Movie: "Charlotte's Web"  Wear camp t-shirts & jeans.

April 25      Polk County Special Olympics @ PCHS football field

April 28      School Board Meeting  6:30pm @ Stearns

April 28-May 16   End-of-Year Reading 3D Assessments for K-3 students

April 30      African Drum & Dance Assembly @ 1:00pm

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 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, April 3rd, 12:30pm

Pre-School Storytime at Saluda Community Library! We'll read books about the circus, make a clown craft, and tell you how you can get free circus tickets by Reading With Ringling Brothers! This 30 minute program is recommended for children ages 3-5.


Tuesday, April 8th, 4pm

Afternoon Adventures at Saluda Community Library! We will watch "Frozen" (rated PG) and enjoy popcorn and drinks. This program is designed for children in grades K-5.


Thursday, April 10th, 12:30pm

Pre-School Storytime at Saluda Community Library! We will read books about rain and clouds and make a Fruit Loop rainbow craft. This 30 minute program is recommended for children ages 3-5.


Thursday, April 10th, 4pm

A Midsummer Night's Dream: The Green World of Drama and Love at Saluda Community Library! Dr. Gary Ettari, associate professor of literature and language at the University of North Carolina at Asheville, will present an oral lecture about William Shakespeare.


Thursday, April 17th, 12:30pm

Pre-School Storytime at Saluda Community Library! We will read books about bunnies and make a bunny nose craft. This 30 minute program is recommended for children ages 3-5.


Thursday, April 24th, 12:30pm

Pre-School Storytime at Saluda Community Library! We will read books about Earth Day and plant seeds. This 30 minute program is recommended for children ages 3-5.


Tuesday, April 29th, 4pm 

Afternoon Adventures at Saluda Community Library! Local mixed martial arts instructor Tim Hall will teach a 45 minute class, followed by a board breaking demonstration. Healthy snacks will be served afterwards. This program is designed for children in grades K-5 and made possible through a grant from the Polk County Community Foundation.



Polk County Public Library (Columbus)

Thursday, April 10th, 10:30am

A Midsummer Night's Dream: The Green World of Drama and Love at Polk County Public Library! Dr. Gary Ettari, associate professor of literature and language at the University of North Carolina at Asheville, will present an oral lecture about William Shakespeare.


Thursday, April 10th, 5:30pm

Drum Circle at Polk County Public Library! Instruments are provided but you can bring your own as well.  


Thursday, April 17th, 4pm

Teen Book Club at Polk County Public Library! Discuss The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan and get a free copy of next month's read! We'll have snacks and prizes as always.


Thursday, April 17th, 5pm

Teen Craft Night at Polk County Public Library! The first 10 teens to register for this program will receive a drawstring backpack to tie-dye. All are welcome to bring items from home to dye as well!


Thursday, April 24th, 5:30pm

Drum Circle at Polk County Public Library! Instruments are provided but you can bring

your own as well.




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

51st Annual Coon Dog Day Gearing Up

Coon Dog Day is now accepting applications for sponsorship! In the past, sponsorships have been solely for the 5K race, but this year sponsors will receive greater benefits for their contributions and will be sponsors of the entire festival. Please review our sponsorship packet and support the tradition of Coon Dog Day. Download sponsorship package here.


Registration will be up soon for the Coon Dog Day 5K. Sign up early and receive a discounted rate of $25 per registration. Price goes up after May 5, so register now! This year's shirts will be performance tees like in years past and will also commemorate the 51st Annual Coon Dog Day.

Register online and check out our Facebook page for updates, volunteer opportunities and to share your input for the race.


Vendor applications are now available as well for food and craft vendors for Coon Dog Day. I would love to see as many local crafters as possible involved, and I always give preference to locals! Craft vendor spaces are only $100 and food vendor spaces are $250 for a 10'x10', and thousands will be in town. Saluda civic groups may receive a free space to raise support for their organization- contact Monica for details. Download vendor application here. 


If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to help sponsor Coon Dog Day, checks can be mailed to Saluda City Hall, PO Box 248, Saluda, NC 28773 with a memo that notes it is a contribution for Coon Dog Day. All money received will go towards the cost of putting on Coon Dog Day, which includes all day live entertainment. 
Saluda Church Services & Events

Pres Church  

Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration 

Right Reverend Augusta Anne Anderson is the  Priest in Charge

8:00 a.m. - Holy Eucharist - Rite I
9:15 a.m. - Adult Forum
10:30 a.m. - Holy Eucharist - Rite II with music.
Check their website for more programs and schedule changes. Transfiguration ****************************
Saluda Presbyterian
Adult SS 10:00 am
Worship Service 11:00 am
Saluda First Baptist Church
Reverend Tony Reese
Worship Service 9:45am
Sunday School 11:00am
Wednesday Fellowship Meal 5:15
Wednesday Bible Study and Youth Group 6:30pm
Saluda Methodist Church
The Reverend Rob Parsons
SS 10:00 am
Worship Service 11:00 am

Stone Soup Worship Service, Sunday at 4:00 pm - This is an "alternative" Christian service/discussion for all-comers: new to church, dislocated from church, or other. Please join us. Contact Rob Parsons for information at 828-749-1783 or email to



march sunrise Easter Sunrise Service on Orchard Hill at 6:45am with light breakfast to follow at the Methodist Church. Directions:  From Main Street, cross over RR on Greenville St., travel to Pace Mountain Rd., bear right, bear right on Judd's Peak, bear right on Orchard Hill.   

Annual Events Calendar


Jerry's Baddle Green River Race --

This duathlon requires Class V kayaking. 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)


Saluda Yard Sale - June 28 


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
Saluda Classifieds
Apartment For Rent 1 Bedroom apartment close to town. All utilities included. $600. 828-243-7519

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.

John Clifford Sease, of Saluda passed away Saturday March 29, 2014 at the Elizabeth House following a lengthy illness.

Barbara Seiler of Saluda passed away peacefully at home on March 28, 2014.

Phyllis Blatecky, 90, passed away March 5, 2014.

Janet N Dykes, 83, Dade City, FL, mother of Saluda resident, Barbara Cardais passed away on March 22, 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. 


Spring Sights and Sounds

spring Floating on a soft warm breeze, a butterfly gently glides in the air swelling excitement that spring is finally here. A symphony of birdsong gladdens the heart, and pastel colors from blooming daffodils, graceful forsythias, flowering Redbud trees, pink cherry blossoms, and lavender phlox canvas the town.


Keeping up with nature's orchestra are the buzzing, whirring, banging, humming, and swishing of hammers, saws, and power washers. Pickup trucks line up in front of Ward's Grill for early morning breakfast as builders and handy people head out to make repairs and improvements to Saluda homes and businesses.


Playful sounds of children laughing and enjoying the outdoors are carried by the wind from the Saluda School playground.   


Colorful kayaks and bicycles atop car racks are seen more frequently on Main Street as the Green River and mountain trails lure the outdoor enthusiasts. 


Saludians are mulching, pruning, and readying gardens and yards for the coming growing season.


Warm, sunny days give way to the still chilly evenings, but the signs are there that Spring is awakening in Saluda.  

What's Happening in Music and Art

purpleonion What's Happening At The Onion in April
Although spring has been somewhat elusive this year, we debuted our spring menu as scheduled and it features the fresh, sweet flavors of a warming earth. Fresh local asparagus, ramps, baby carrots, turnips, beets and spring onions adorn and flavor many of the new selections. It's time to raise the patio walls, enjoy the tastes and smells of spring and come out for some terrific live music. We are delighted to be welcoming Matuto for our April Sunday concert. In Brazil, Matuto is slang for Country Boy, but this NYC based group of urbanized virtuosos is emerging as one of the world's hottest international touring acts.  Recently awarded the title of "American Musical Ambassadors" by the U.S. State Department, Matuto has been hailed as "seductively cross cultural" by the Chicago Tribune, and praised by the Sun Times as "the height of world music sophistication."  Please visit their link below.
Live Music in April

Fred Whiskin tickling the ivories every Friday.  


April 3 -Heidi Howe  

Country singer songwriter from Louisville, Kentucky makes her debut performance at the Onion with her highly acclaimed, just released cd "Be Good".

April 5 -  Joseph Hasty & Centerpiece

Polished, acoustic jazz featuring swing tunes, Latin rhythms and smooth vocals.

April 10 - Marshall Ballew & Wanda Lu Paxton

Friends from the early days at WNCW are back.

April 12 - Tellico

This new band features the singing and songwriting of Anya Hinkle & Stig Stiglets (formerly of Dehlia Low) Aaron Ballance (formerly of Dehlia Low) on dobro and lap steel and Jed Willis (formerly of Town Mountain, Wooden Toothe) on mandolin, clawhammer banjo and telecaster.

Sunday April 13 - Matuto

See below

April 17 - The Wilhelm Brothers 

Infectious indie folk rock music from a duo new to us.

April 19 - Roy Schneider Duo

A compelling mix of narrative and instrumental beauty.

April 24 - Chuck Brodsky

A favorite returns. "Old fashioned story songs brimming with wit and, off-the-wall and incisively funny. He will appeal to everyone who likes their music with a side of thought."New York Times.

April 26 - The Zealots

A collision of pop and garage rock new to us.


Spanish Wine Tasting, April 1 @ 6:30 PM

After tasting some great Spanish wines this month that exemplify Spain's dedication to tradition, innovation and value, we decided it's time to revisit some of our favorite DOs in Spain. In fact, there are too many tasty values available to taste all in one night so we may make this a two part tasting. Look out for another later on this spring.


Allen Clark from Empire Distributing will be joining us Tuesday, April 1 @ 6:30 to enlighten us on seven of his favorite including one of the best value Cavas on the market and rich, expressive, and affordable Riojas from LAN.


The price for the tasting will be $45 and includes a taste of seven different wines, delicious tapas and Spanish cheeses chosen to pair well with the selected wines. Reservations can be made by calling the Purple Onion at 828-749-1179. We accept Visa and Mastercard. Please call early as seating is limited.



Sunday, April 13 @ 7 PM

The Purple onion is pleased to present Matuto Sunday, April 13 as part of our Sunday Evening Music series. Admission is $15 per person in advance, $20 at the door and seating will be limited. The performance starts at 7 PM. The doors open at 6 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.


"These engaging Brazilian forró rockers borrow from jazz and funk in their lively sets." -

The New York Times


"The joyous, ebullient music of Matuto merges the forro folkloric music of Brazil with the sounds of all-American bluegrass. Violin, accordion and a range of Brazilian percussion give this band, founded by South Carolina native Clay Ross, a seductively cross-cultural appeal." - Chicago Tribune


Rolling drums and quicksilver accordion licks, earthy vibes and thoughtful reflections mingle on Matuto's latest refinement of their Appalachia-gone-Afro-Brazilian sound, The Devil and The Diamond (Motema Music; release: May 14th, 2013).


Matuto continues their North American Tour into 2014, after playing over 150 shows the previous year, including a 5 week long tour across Africa that brought the band to Mozambique, Cote D'Ivoire, Ghana, Cameroon, and Senegal.  


Matuto's songs can sway hips just as easily as spark insights.  On stage, the instruments swirl together, bobbing in and out, whirling around the tension at the core of Matuto's music: the push and pull between the Latin syncopations of Brazilian music and the folk traditions of the American South. It's Bluegrass meets Brazil. It's an unlikely combination on paper, but on the dance floor, it just feels right. 



Montana Skies

Sunday, May 4 @ 7 PM

Montana Skies returns to the Purple Onion as part of the Sunday evening music series Sunday, May 4. Combining elements of classical technique, jazz improv and the power and energy of rock n' roll; Jonathan's guitar wizardry and Jenn's blazing electric cello combine to create a sound that is truly remarkable.


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 


April Schedule & News At The Party Place & Event Center


Saturday Night Schedule


April 5-----Closed to the public-private event

April 12----Blue Ridge Contra Dance @ 7:00pm

Lindsay Morris, Caller - Pine Top Revival, band

April 19----Closed to the public-private event

April 26----FREE FLIGHT BAND performing at 8:00pm



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


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.   


green river depot GREEN RIVER BREW DEPOT

What's New at the Brew Depot?

Open 7 days & more hours! 

Beginning April 15 (Tax Day, so come celebrate)


Sunday- Thursday 4-9:00

Friday 4-10:00

Saturday 2-10:00


Music, music & more music!

Live, local talent, jam sessions, Saturday nights....all welcome to bring your instruments and join the fun.


Special Event: Sunday Afternoon Salon, April 27, 4:00, Upstairs at the Brew Depot.  Everyone knows him from the Saluda Tailgate Market, the charming, articulate farmer, but did you know that he is also a poet?  Everyone knows her lovely face sparkling behind a row of vegetables at the Manna Cabanna, but did you know that she is also a pianist?  Lee Mink and Carol Lynn Jackson will enchant us with a storytelling tapestry of poetry set to piano melodies. Please arrive before the program begins at 4:00, purchase your beverage and take it upstairs.


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




 The month of April will be very exciting at The Dancer's Extension.  On Wednesday, April 2, we welcome Dawn from Sentell Photography Studio as our students will be having group and individual photographs.  Dawn will also be available to take portraits of others in the community on April 2.  Please contact the studio for appointment times.  The studio will be open to the community for observation during regular class times the week of April 7-11.  On Saturday, April 12, the community is invited to join us for National Water Dance Day at 4PM.  We will meet at Green River Cove Road, past Fishtop Access at the first bridge near Wilderness Cove.  This simultaneous performance across the country will bring attention to the fragility of our waters through the talent of students in their dance arts programs.  We are looking forward to being a part of this national experience!  We will need a Spring Break after all this excitement!  The Dancer's Extension will be closed for Spring Break from April 14 through April 18.  Classes will resume on a regular schedule on Monday, April 21.  Adult classes continue on a regular schedule throughout the month of April, with exception to spring break.  Adults deserve a spring break, too!  


Don't forget to mark your calendars for our fourth annual Spring Concert on Saturday, May 17 at 11AM in the Saluda Elementary School auditorium.  Our students continue to work hard to prepare a great show for you!  This event is free, open to the entire community and held in conjunction with the Saluda Arts Festival.


Thank you for your continued support.  We look forward to seeing you at our classes and community events!  


Our studio is located in Saluda, at I-26, in the Don Mintz center.  Please contact the studio at 828-749-9398, email or visit our website at for more information and updated schedule.  Keep up-to-date with class changes on Like us on Facebook    

Saluda Artist Accepted in National Exhibition 

Jim Carson, Saluda artist, has  had one of his paintings, "Farm House on Ivey Hill Road," accepted to the 2014 Oil Painters of America National Juried Exhibition for Traditional Oils, to be held at the Bennington Center for the Arts, in Bennington, Vermont, June 4- July 27.


The opening reception will take place on Saturday evening, June 7, followed by the awards presentation. This year's Juror of Awards is Master Signature artist Charles Movalli.


The total amount of the awards is in excess of $75,000, including $25,000 for Best in Show.

The OPA has more than 4,000 artists throughout the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.  Founded in 1991, the goal of the OPA National Show is to assemble the finest display of representational oil paintings. The focus of the selection process is to present paintings that show the highest quality in draftsmanship, color, and composition, emphasizing diversity in representational style and subject matter.


Jim's painting is a local scene on Ivey Hill Road, in Henderson, County.  Jim also had a painting, "Social at the Tailgate" selected to the OPA Eastern Regional Show in Annapolis, Md. in 2013.


Jim Carson Workshop 

Jim Carson, Saluda artist, will offer an outdoor workshop in Saluda, on Thursday- Saturday, June 5-7, titled "Fresh Paint/A Plein Air Experience."


The focus of the workshop will be to simplify your paintings, while learning to apply the paint quickly and confidently. The workshop will be held at three different, but convenient, locations.   It is open to all levels, from beginners to advanced.  Jim will give a lengthy demonstration on Thursday, followed by individual attention at each student's easel, as needed. 


A detailed list of supplies and materials will be sent after registration.  The price of the workshop is $350, which includes lunch brought to the site each day by the Saluda Grade Café. A deposit of $150 will hold a place.  In the event of rain, there is ample room in Jim's studio, which is located above the Saluda Grade Café.


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,"  April 7 at his Saluda Studio located at 18 Church Street.  The breakfast starts at 9:00 am and "ends when it ends...."  

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

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

Spring on the Blue Ridge  

Workshop with Bill Jameson 

May 15-17, 2014

The Perfect antidote for winter! This workshop consists of 3 painting days in and around this charming village situated in Western North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains. Saluda's "Main Street Historic District" has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places and her Victorian summer homes, the Spring foliage, waterfalls and winding streams provide spectacular opportunities for painting.  


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



chicken house The Old Chicken House     

Spring through fall hours:  Open Friday and Saturday, 11am to 6pm beginning mid April and anytime (almost) by appointment.  Located at 143 Mountain Page Rd., Saluda.  Cross the railroad tracks in downtown Saluda onto Greenville St.; we are one mile on left. Watch for signs. Phone is 828-749-9718.


Are you a fine artists or a skilled craft person?  Would you like to have your own spacious comfortable studio?  Would you enjoy working on the premises with compatible creative people in a rural natural environment with a mountain views?  And there's more!  The rent is very reasonable.


If so, please call Ruth and come see our Old Chicken House converted into artists' and crafters' work spaces.


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


Bonnie Joy Bardos - Open Studio 
During April, Saluda artist Bonnie Joy Bardos will have some Open Studio Saturdays to celebrate spring (weather permitting) at her vintage 1895 "Art House" at 285 Greenville Street from 1-3 p.m.;  days will be announced on her Facebook page, or you may call ahead. Paintings, sculptures and note cards are available; come take a peek at new work in progress--there's always something new on the easel!

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; she also has paintings hanging in downtown Saluda in the 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 to visit her studio can be arranged for other times; parking available at Saluda Fire Department or at corner of Chestnut/Greenville.


Painting by Bonnie Joy Bardos (Esto Perpetua series)  


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


random arts Random Arts  

As all of us at Random Arts are welcoming in warmer temps, flowering trees and shrubs, we also welcome you to stop by and see all that has changed here this winter. All new spring and summer clothing has arrived from our favorite designers as we bring you the most unique in women's apparel and accessories. Not only will you find the perfect piece of clothing or accessories that you are looking for, you will receive expert service and assistance to get the "look" you want.  We ARE a full service, one stop clothing shop. Stop by, check out our huge sale of "all season" apparel at 50-75% OFF and get to know us. You'll like us.


But, what else do we do? We nurture your creative soul and your longing to be creative with ongoing workshops all year long.


On April 11 & 12, you can explore the wonders of our beautiful area with Nature Conservancy Artist, Jeannine Reese from Raleigh, NC. You will learn simple, easy ways to sketch what you see as you take a leisurely nature walk. You'll observe, make notes and add this to your journal. Later in the day you will use simple watercolors in your journal to bring your sketches to life.  This workshop is for both beginners and advanced students. Come join Jeannine for a weekend of tapping into your creativity. $150. for 2 days.  To register and see more of her nature sketches, stop by Random Arts.


Also in April, we welcome Seth Apter from New York City for 2 great classes on the 27, 28, and 29th. Seth is a mixed media artist as well as having a full time career in the medical profession. Seth's welcoming and heartfelt demeanor will have you asking "when is he coming back?"  His Shredded Silhouettes workshop is already full, but we would be happy to add you to the wait list while the 2 day class offers 3 available spaces. In that 2 day class, you will capture and contain your artistic spirit in the form of a one-of-a-kind artist book. In this workshop, you will transform the most basic of materials - commercial book covers, cardstock, and paper - into a memorable and unique page-turner. The focus of the class will be on learning a no-sew binding technique that will allow you to bind single sheets into your book. Once your books are bound, we will also move on to creating collaged pages using a gridded-background technique. Your choice of ephemera, stamps, rub ons, marks, drawings, etc. will be used to add design to the pages. Techniques such as flip-out pages and tabs will be covered. You will leave with a fully bound and art-filled book.  


This class is tailored to both the beginner and the advanced bookmaker. $230. for a 2 day workshop. To register or see some of his work stop by Random Arts at 481 Louisiana Ave.


Mark your calendar for Sat., May 17 - 3rd Annual Arts and Crafts Used Supplies outdoor sale. Our parking lots and grassy areas are filled with sellers who have uncluttered their studios, basements, work spaces and their house and boxed up all sorts of goodies to sell such as yarn, fiber, beads, rubber stamps, paper, fabric, laces, magazines, books, and lots more.  We will be open 10-4 for your shopping in our ever popular yearly Art Market Outdoor Sale.  It's the same day as the Saluda Art Festival and we'll attract a lot of attention here at the corner of Louisiana and Ozone right here at Random Arts.


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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Contra Dancing at the Party Place & Event Center

Come join us April 12, 2014 for our Saturday night dance! We will be at our favorite location: The Party Place and Event Center in Saluda. If you need directions please visit Our caller is Linday Morris, a creative and animated individual who has as much fun as the dancers.


Music is by PineTop Revival, a group that has taken old tunes and made them relevant for today. A four piece old time string band shows us their southern style with Dawn Cantrell on guitar, Steve Cantrell on mandolin, Dan Wood on banjo and Josh Johnson on fiddle.


Admission is $9 for adults and $5 under 18. Our "special" offer is still in effect: bring two new dancers to Blue Ridge Contra and the person that brings them gets in free! Lessons are from 7-7:30pm with dancing from 7:30-10pm. For more information visit us on FaceBook at Blue Ridge Contra or email us at Please make sure you are on our mailing list as that is how we communicate; there is always a sign up sheet at the dances!


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 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.

The Crust & Kettle Eatery

A BIG thanks to all our loyal customers. It's because of you that I am now upgrading and adding more equipment and more seating, as well as more home grown dishes to the menu.


We will be closing early March 25 and will reopen on April 9, 2014.


Watch us grow, and giving back more to the community.


Thanks for living my dream with me.

Doris LaFever

828-749-3503. Located at 1487 Ozone Drive.


honking Honking Tonkers is introducing four new salves: a healing balm for cuts and bites, a muscle rub for aches and pains, juicy for burns and bone fractures also for personal moisturizer, and an anti viral salve for eczema, shingles, and rashes.  All natural products and made locally. Prices range from $8 to $12.


There is also a large selection of Van's chocolates just in time for Easter.


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



The long awaited shipments of ladies apparel to THE DRESSING ROOM ETC. are finally beginning to arrive, and I couldn't be more excited!  I can say (with certainty) you will love the name brands, such as Comfy USA, Color Me Cotton, Et'Lois, Chalet, etc., to be arriving daily-some, just in time for Easter!  A unique collection of purses, handbags, scarves, hats, belts and jewelry are already here.


Need a quick hostess gift?  Browse the Home & Garden Room, where you'll find decorative greenery, small accent furniture, home accessories and other special items.


THE DRESSING ROOM ETC.. 141 East Main Street in Saluda is now open for business.  Call me at 828-749-9555. 


Looking forward, Irmy


Saluda Grade Café saludagradecafe

It's our Birthday!  We Thank You for your support and love for the past 16 years!  We opened in 1998 on April 16.  We had no idea what a grand adventure it would turn into!  We are so thankful for each one of you both near and far!  You are the family we love to feed and see!


Easter is on Sunday, April 18 this year and Saluda Grade Café invites you to join us and bring the family!  The menu will include Mustard Crusted Rack of Lamb with Wild Honey, Mint Sauce and Rosemary Au jus...Smoked Half Chicken with Bacon and Spring Green Peas...Blueberry Thyme Chicken Salad with Fresh Fruit and a Warm Buttery Scone...and of course, we will have Deviled Eggs!  (Can't have an Easter without them!)  There will be Juicy Grilled Rib Eye Steaks with Spiced Bacon Jam and Sunburst Farms Trout with a Creole Cornmeal Crust and Cajun Remoulade as entrees as well as new spring appetizers like our Fried Goat Cheese with Roasted Red Pepper Pesto and Artichoke/ Olive Salad.  


I have my baking list all ready unless you can think of some favorites I've forgotten.  I'm thinking we should of course have the regular favorites like Triple Chocolate Cake, Crème Brulee and Carolina Pie but definitely add the Coconut Refrigerator Cake, and Crispy Meringues filled with Lemon Curd and Fresh Berries and definitely Cream Puffs filled with Pastry Cream and Strawberries then dipped in Dark Chocolate.


New Beer on tap!!  Hoppy Bunny by Duck Rabbit...yep...that's the real name...It has Coffee and Molasses as its main flavor profiles with hints of Milk Chocolate and Piney Hops...It's Dark, Bold and Great.  Come give it a try! 


If you haven't seen all our new art, you should definitely come see how great our walls look!  All are local artists with two being employees of The Grade!


Music on Friday nights has been truly amazing!  Great Music, Food and Friends!  Music starts at 7...Food at 5...Friends when you arrive!


Come by and have lunch and/or dinner and I'll tell you stories of Africa!!


Much Love from Saluda Grade Café!

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

Saluda:  A People Friendly City! 

There is no denying that the gregarious folks found in the restaurants, stores and inns are knowledgeable in all manner of local history, geography, art, food and culture and are willing to share their stories.


With the promise of spring comes warmer days and inspiring horticulture -- there are many opportunities to relax, explore and enjoy all we have to offer.  Past guests have found that one day is hardly enough time.


Indulge yourself by staying at The Oaks Bed and Breakfast -- A beautifully restored 1895 Queen Anne Victorian located only three-blocks from Main Street. The Oaks B&B features spacious and comfortable, antique appointed guestrooms, each with full private bath and includes a sumptuous gourmet breakfast.  Enjoy our extensive public areas, fireplaces, gardens, wrap-around veranda and terrace. Soon, the seasons will add to the activities and adventure with concerts and festivals, the spectacular Blue Ridge Parkway, hiking in the Pisgah National Forest, visiting area waterfalls, tubing on the Green River, zip-lining and touring the Biltmore Estate, The Flat Rock Playhouse or the Carl Sandburg House.  But Saluda will always be rich with stories, the beauty of the mountains and will remain America's People Friendly City! 


We look forward to seeing you!


The Oaks Bed and Breakfast


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early morning The Orchard Inn

The restaurant at The Orchard Inn is now open for dinner Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights as well as for Brunch on Sundays. Please join us for some fabulous "farm to table," locally sourced and creatively prepared meals. The ambiance is simply superb as is our congenial hospitality. Every seat in our dining room has wonderful views of the surrounding mountains. So give us a call at: 828-749-5471 to reserve a table.


On Easter Sunday, we'll be serving an amazing brunch from 11:30 - 2:30. Call early for reservations since we expect to be sold out.


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


Shop Local at Thompson's Store.


April's Special from the Meat Market will be Ribeye Steak, selected Deli Meats and Cotswold Cheese.


Tuesday is our Customer Appreciation Day with 10% off $25.00 or more, excludes Meat Market Specials.


Wine Tasting will be April 3rd in the Grill, 4 to 6-Courtney with Tryon Distributing will be featuring some new wines.


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

Celebrating 30 Years!

To celebrate our beginnings 30 years ago, on April 4 Highland Brewery will take over our beer taps for the month of April. They will take over 6 of our 10 taps and all day on April 4 Highland Brewery drafts will be $3.50. We will begin a special "anniversary menu" with flat bread pizzas, specialty sauce ribs, special sandwiches and a special dessert made with Highlands Mocha Stout.  They will include:

  • Choose from a variety of new ribs: Chipotole-Blueberry or Honey Mustard Apple Buffalo, made with Atkins Apple Butter that is sooooo good.
  • We will offer two flat bread pizzas: Buffalo Chicken or BBQ Chicken 
  • We will offer two new BBQ sandwiches both served with cheddar cheese and carmelized onions.
  • A Smokehouse Burger. our Black Angus Smokehouse Burger served with BBQ sauce, chaser cheese and topped with onion straws!
  • We also are smoking our chicken wings. Now that's a different twist on our Buffalo and Teriyaki wings!
  • We will continue to sell Highland Brewery drafts every Wednesday for $3.50 for the entire year of 2014.

We still continue pint Narragansett and Pabst Blue Ribbon for $1.50.


Come help us celebrate April!


Contact Green River BBQ at 828-749-9892 for takeout orders or visit them at Green River BBQ.  Visit their Facebook page to get extra daily coupons! Like us on Facebook 


Green River BBQ is located at 131 Highway 176 West. Click here for directions.   


Wildflour Bakery   


April showers are warmly welcomed here at Wildflour. I just love that we don't have to shovel them.  We are also happy to see the arrival of the new spring menu this month.  Molly is sure to offer us delicious new choices for both breakfast and lunch.  Check it out on our website ( or stop by the shop and order up a new favorite. 


We have had folks asking about Friday night pizza on Good Friday, April 18.  YES....wouldn't really be a GOOD Friday without Wildflour pizza, now would it?  We will be open all our regular hours that week, EXCEPT Sunday, April 20 -- EASTER SUNDAY.  We will be offering Hot Cross Buns beginning Friday, April 11 through Saturday, April 19.  You can place your order today.


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.


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 
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Meanwhile Friday Events for April

April 4:  Wine Tasting and Sale (starting at 5 PM)

Friday nights are Wildflour Pizza nights. Pick up a pizza, taste a new wine and stock up

on sale bottles. Wine & beer available by the glass on Pizza Nights and two new wines open for tasting starting at 5 PM. We will be open on Friday Night Pizza Nights until 9:00 PM.


April 11:  St. Beer Tasting   (starting at 5 PM)

Join us to taste new beers for pizza night starting at 5 PM. New NC Craft beers available. Order a pizza from Wildflour and try a new seasonal beer.


April 18: Wine Tasting (starting at 5 PM)

It is becoming a tradition to taste new wines on Friday night during Wildflour Pizza time. April 18 we will change it up a bit with additions to the wine cup. Frozen jewels of jam, herbal concoctions and other wine recipes for both casual and elegant meals. Recipe cards will be ready!


April 25:  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 and 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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macon bank

Macon Bank, Still Working for You

Macon Bank has been here since 1922.  As we continue to grow and move forward, Macon Bank will remain dedicated to the principles that have kept us around this long.  You can rely on the same customer service and banking experience you have come to expect.


We offer everything you need for personal and business accounts including Loans and Mortgages.  We have a friendly and helpful staff.  We also have the tools to make banking easier like Mobile Banking, and Online Banking. We now also offer Mobile capture, where you can deposit a check into your account by using your smartphone.


We are here for you.  Stop by and see Angie Blackwell and the rest of the staff at 108 East Main Street here in Saluda. We can help you with all your banking needs.


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



A Tribute to Barbara Seiler

Barbara Seiler, beloved member of the Saluda community, died peacefully at home Friday, March 28. Barbara was a patron of the arts and passionate about American craft. She joined Heartwood Gallery as a partner in 1989 and brought the keen eye of a collector to Heartwood's development from a small studio to a Fine American Craft Gallery.


A founding member of the Saluda Business Association, she served on the board for many years as a strong voice for community, small business, and the arts. She wrote and obtained the first grant for The Saluda Arts Festival and contributed to its growth and success over 10 years. Full of energy and love of life she worked steadfastly for positive progress, and was never daunted by obstacles.  She served on boards, volunteered when asked, and quietly and generously supported the efforts of other community organizations. With authentic voice, Barbara valued her relationships and championed her causes.  


As a collector she contributed to the start and success of many artists in her community, always encouraging and supporting growth of creative talent. As an inhabitant of a small beautiful planet she was ardent in her support of preservation of the natural world, wilderness, and all life.  


She faced the cancer that ended her life with humor, style, grace and the same courageous tenacity she brought to all her endeavors. She is survived by her husband Robert, and 3 children, Sarah, Michael and wife Marcia, and Martha husband David Riley, and four grandchildren, Scott and Tanner Echols, and Anna and Kate Seiler.


A celebration of her life will be held at Saint James Episcopal Church in Hendersonville, Saturday, April 5 at 2pm. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Nature Conservancy of North Carolina or Four Seasons Hospice.


By Shelley DeKay 

Saluda Arts Festival - May 17, 2014

Waddil Arts Festival  


  Historic Downtown Saluda,  NC

   May 17, 2014  10am - 4pm

Cultivating and promoting Saluda's heritage in the arts, the Saluda Business Association invites you to the 11th annual Saluda Arts Festival, scheduled for May 17, 2014.  There will be a strong showing this year from more than 90 artists exhibiting paintings, photography, pottery, stained glass, woodworking, metal works, fiber, sculpting, jewelry, naturescapes, clay, and much more.


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


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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 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. 


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.

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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 "Gift Bags"

Saluda businesses have a grand opportunity to advertise at the Saluda Arts Festival. You can welcome exhibitors and show your small-town hospitality by providing exhibitors with gift bags filled with "goodies."


We hope all businesses will take this opportunity to advertise and welcome visitors by donating gifts for the gift bags. With a record breaking number of artists, counting 90+, you will need to provide 95 items. 


Suggestions: Apples, Small bottle of Lotion, Packs of gum, Pens, Hard Candy, Magnets, Bottled water, Hand wipes, Coupons for your business, Cookies, Saluda post cards, Packs of flower seeds, Individual dry juice mixes for bottles of water. Any and all ideas welcome.


THANK YOU to last year's participants.


Many "THANK YOU's" came in from the artists last year.  Let's make this their best year ever! You can make it a great day for them by showing your appreciation and filling the gift bags. Everyone, please drop your "goodies" off to Macon Bank no later than 5pm on May 14, 2014. They are open Monday through Friday, 8-1, 3-5. Should you have questions, please do not hesitate to call Angie Blackwell at 828-749-2550.


All efforts from Saluda Businesses are greatly appreciated, and it will be awesome to see lots of "goodies" for the bags this year.


Thank You,

Saluda Business Association



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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

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.


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


Tryon Garden Club Spring Classes 2014

At Pearson's Falls Glen, 2748 Pearson Falls Rd, Saluda, NC


Classes are being offered to help you learn plant identification and usage for your personal enjoyment.  The money collected from each class goes toward trail maintenance.


Spring Classes 2014

Subject: Identification and use of flowering and  non-flowering plants


Fee: $5 per class.  Non-members: An additional $5 gate admission fee will be collected by the gatekeeper the day of each class


Limit for each class is 15 participants.


Location: Meet at Garden House at Pearson's Falls 15 minutes prior to the beginning of the walk.


Materials:Bring your own notebook and pen.  You will be given a checklist of plants.


Classes scheduled:


Wildflowers, Monday, April 7, 2014, 10:30 to 12:30

Wildflowers, Tuesday, April 15, 2014, 10:30 to 12:30

Ferns & Friends, Tuesday, May 6, 2014, 10:30 to 12:30


Click here to download enrollment form and get detail information about the classes, rain dates, instructors, and what to bring.


For more information call 828-749-3031 or to download enrollment form visit the website at  

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.

Cogitating a Saluda Childhood
by Clark Thompson


After accepting the invitation to write monthly articles in Saluda Lifestyles related to my youth, I have found it to be extremely helpful if I jot down notes on a regular basis. Cognitive dysfunction apparently began to make its presence felt about a decade ago, which was also the time I officially reached senior citizen status. Now I find myself walking around with various pockets filled with small pieces of paper on which I have posted random memories of my childhood that pop up unexpectedly. However, due to their brevity, some of the notes make little sense when I try to refer back to them. Unfortunately, fretting about them accomplishes little because I know the problem will most likely become more severe as time goes by. Mental experts have long known that as people grow old, memories relating to the early years of their life can often be recalled much more easily than more recent events.


The genesis of this particular article is the result of some random memories found among a plethora of dog-eared pieces of paper that I'm tired of looking at. So, let the meandering begin!


In previous articles I referenced a period of early adolescent years when wearing twin cap busters in stud-covered leather holsters was an important part of my childhood fantasy. The later addition of a Daisy bb rifle to my arsenal made me the toughest law-and-order dude in that vast territory bordering Saluda's Pine Street and Old Macedonia Road. Whether playing cops and robbers or cowboys and Indians, seldom did a shootout take place amongst the tall straw grass of Saluda Cemetery without my participation in the events. Early in life, I had decided that my name didn't sound tough enough, so I developed an imaginary persona similar to Wild Bill Hickok who at that time was a famous western gunslinger in the movies. Thus my fictional name became Bill when I play-acted alone with my six-shooters.


Since I was the last male child still living at home, I was subjected to having four mother-like figures trying to boss me around.  Actually, three were older sisters, but they all tried to treat me as if they were my mother. With so many eyes watching over me, getting away with boy stuff was very difficult. I knew that they would tattle to my real mother if they caught me participating in any kind of tomfoolery. At home, I often sought temporary refuge by hiding under the back porch for hours where, as Bill the gunslinger, I could peacefully practice my faster-than-lightning speed for clearing leather.


One sister who was barely a year older than me often needed an escort to some nighttime function or social event and I was her designated chaperone. It mattered little that I might have had different plans not involving her. My only hope was trying to convince her to go home early enough so I could still participate in whatever plans my buddies had. Late night skinny dipping in Ogden's Pond was clearly an activity that required ultimate secrecy. On rare occasions there may have even been co-educational dipping but I would never tell on the summer girls. 


Speaking of tomfoolery, I am reminded of some of my earlier church days. My family and I were members of the original Saluda Baptist Church that stood at the top of hill on Church Street. Just below the church's drive-around was a white board fence that seemed to offer the most excitement of the morning to us male kids. We usually arrived a few minutes early so we could practice our skills at walking the entire length of the narrow fence.  I don't recall anyone successfully completing the approximately 100-foot distance; however, by the time the church bell rang to announce the start of Sunday School, it was almost a sure bet that we would be covered with flakes of old paint, dirt, and grime on our best Sunday-go-to-meeting clothes.


At that time the church had a pastor who delivered the most boring sermons ever, so rather than concentrating on the spiritual message being offered, I would amuse myself by focusing on the number of nodding members in the congregation. However it was quite difficult to get an accurate count without being conspicuous. Often his monotone voice put me in the same twilight stupor which prevented me from completing my intended count. This pastor always concluded his sermons with a very loud "AND UH!" which alerted the nodders to grab the nearest Baptist Broadman Hymnal and quickly get ready to sing the closing hymn. I often wondered how that pastor must have felt as he gazed out over a congregation half asleep while he extolled the importance of hope and redemption.


Periodically, the church's baptismal pool was filled with cold water so when the Sunday came for my immersion, the frigid temperature caused my teeth to chatter and my body to shiver uncontrollably. After what seemed like hours, the pastor finally submerged me for at least twenty minutes while he fumbled to prevent me from slipping through his arms.


One of his favorite sermons frequently condemned square dancing which was extremely popular in Saluda in those days. The associated imbibing of alcohol by some of the participants seemed more immoral to him than the lusting and hugging that went on between sweaty bodies. Such inappropriate activity had to be sternly dealt with, lest the community become totally awash in sin. So, after the Saturday night dances at the gymnasium, it was not uncommon for his pulpit to be lined with empty beer and whiskey bottles at the following Sunday morning church service. Talk about hellfire and brimstone!


During this time many local teetotalers also held the same strong belief that any alcoholic beverage was a sin right out of the devil's workshop, and the slightest whiff of booze on an individual's breath meant the person obviously was an alcoholic; although as best I can remember, Saluda only had a couple of undisputable town drunks. Although not generally addressed publically, it was common knowledge that a fair number of locals regularly partook of their favorite shine.


In contrast, most summer folks openly kept well-stocked pantries or bars and freely imbibed on social occasions including the square dances. Some of these families brought one or more domestic servants to assist them while in Saluda, and it was generally known among my buddies that the key to accessing the owner's liquor supply was through their servants.


Pool halls were also among those places considered by many locals as another sure path leading to evil. Although none existed in Saluda, one facility just happened to be located in Hendersonville not far from the barber shop patronized by most of my friends and myself. Unfortunately, the only time we could devote to the game was during brief monthly trips for a haircut. More frequent trips would have raised suspicions, so any dreams of developing skills to challenge the likes of Minnesota Fats were not remotely realistic. 


Hold on everybody!!!!! I think I just found a couple more pocket notes that had apparently been overlooked. Wait a minute; it now looks like they went through the washing machine! Dadgummit, a couple of my most priceless thoughts are now lost to the ages.


Thompson's Store is located at 24 Main Street, in the heart of downtown Saluda.   Contact the store at 828-749-2321 or visit Thompson's Store online. 

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